Bloglikes - Politics en-US Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:15:18 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of anti-homelessness ordinance that would impact roughly 40,000 unhoused Angelenos Echo Park Lake Thursday, March 25, 2021 in los Angeles, CA.

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  • The LA City Council passed an ordinance that would prohibit homeless encampments in some areas of the city.
  • The measure restricts "sitting, lying, or sleeping or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property in the public right-of-way."
  • The measure passed Wednesday in a 13-2 vote, but LA Mayor Garcetti still has the power to veto it.
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The Los Angeles City Council voted on Wednesday in favor of an ordinance that would prohibit homeless encampments in some areas of the city.

The measure, which would replace a similar version known as Municipal Code 41.18, was co-authored by city council members Paul Krekorian and Mark Ridley-Thomas. It would prohibit "sitting, lying, or sleeping or storing, using, maintaining, or placing personal property in the public right-of-way."

There are approximately 40,000 unhoused Angelenos who would be impacted by the ordinance, according to the Associated Press.

Members of the LA City Council first voted on the measure on July 1, approving it in a 13-2 vote. However, a second vote was required because it did not pass unanimously the first time around.

The second vote also had 13 in favor and two against. Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Mike Bonin both voted against the ordinance in the meeting.

Raman posted a thread on Twitter detailing her concerns, saying that "real solutions - housing, outreach, and services - take time and money."

"None of it is easy to do," the councilwoman wrote. "But that's exactly what we *need* to be doing, not enacting harmful and illusory 'quick fixes.'"

During the meeting, Bonin said pointed to contrasts between "housing" and "sheltering."

"We need a right to housing, not a mandate to shelter," Bonin said. "People want housing. They don't want warehousing, they don't want shelter, they want housing."

Earlier this month, Krekorian, one of the councilmembers who proposed the ordinance, defended the ordinance to Spectrum News, saying it "does not make homelessness illegal," "criminalize homelessness," nor does it "make any conduct that is fundamental to being human illegal"

"What it does do is it guarantees that we will reestablish passable sidewalks," Krekorian said on July 1. "It protects the users of our public infrastructure and the unhoused residents of our city from being put into positions of interaction with automobiles, around loading docks, driveways, and so forth. It guarantees access to our fire hydrants, entrances to buildings."

Some Los Angeles residents, however, find the ordinance to be unjust. Knock LA, an independent journalism platform, captured a few of those disapproving statements while covering the city council meeting.

"You're creating a problem because you're going to be arresting a lot more homeless people," a resident told Spectrum News at the Right to Rest Without Arrest Rally, which took place outside of Los Angeles City Hall prior to the Wednesday meeting.

"The idea is they're trying to keep the homeless people moving all the time," the resident continued. "That's impossible. They get tired. They're carrying their stuff. They need places to live and stay, and they don't have it."

The ordinance is not law, yet. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti still has the authority to veto the measure. Representatives for Garcetti did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.

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Trump threatened to primary GOP lawmakers who favor the bipartisan infrastructure plan. 17 Republicans just voted to advance it, including Mitch McConnell. Former President Donald J. Trump speaks about filing a class-action lawsuits targeting Facebook, Google and Twitter and their CEOs, escalating his long-running battle with the companies following their suspensions of his accounts, during a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club on Wednesday, July 07, 2021 in Bedminster, NJ.

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  • President Trump threatened primary challengers to any Republicans who support the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
  • The former president has railed against negotiations in recent days, warning Republicans to abandon the talks.
  • But in a Wednesday vote, 17 Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to advance the $1 trillion package in the Senate.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Former President Donald Trump left no words unspoken in his most direct attempt yet to tank President Joe Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure deal.

The GOP frontman threatened "lots of primaries" ahead for any Republican lawmakers who cooperate with Democrats to get the bipartisan deal passed.

His statement was released after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would vote to advance the measure and preceded the procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday. Seventeen Republicans joined all 50 Democrats to advance the bipartisan legislation, in a major test for the bill.

The vote came hours after a group of 10 Republican and Democratic negotiators announced they struck a deal with the White House on infrastructure, which included a new agreement of $550 billion in spending and $30 billion in cuts.

Trump, who tried throughout his presidency to pass his own infrastructure bill, has railed against negotiations in recent days, telling Republican lawmakers to skip the talks - not, it seems, because of any specific issues with the content of the bill, but because passage of the bill would be "a victory for the Biden administration and Democrats and...heavily used in the 2022 election."

-Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 28, 2021

"Don't do it Republicans - Patriots will never forget!" he wrote. "If this deal happens, lots of primaries will be coming your way."

The threat comes as the former president has already endorsed primary challengers to try and unseat Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio.

Despite his defeat at the ballot box in November 2020, Trump maintains massive power in the Republican party and has been making a show of handing out endorsements - or rejection. Most recently, however, on Tuesday, a Trump-backed candidate in Texas lost in a congressional special election.

Wednesday's vote to advance the bill in the Senate precedes a final vote on the legislation coming sometime in the next week or two. Democrats are also preparing a reconciliation package that would pass the Senate without Republican support.

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A Texas deputy attorney general caught some heat after calling US Olympian Simone Biles a 'selfish, childish national embarrassment'

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  • A Texas prosecutor criticized Simone Biles after she withdrew from two Olympic events in Tokyo.
  • The remarks drew backlash, with one person saying Biles has "ten times the integrity than you do."
  • Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz apologized for speaking without full knowledge of the situation.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

A Texas attorney general caught some heat Wednesday after calling US Olympian Simone Biles a "selfish, childish national embarrassment" for withdrawing from two events at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympic gold medalist announced her withdrawal from women's gymnastics team final at the Tokyo Games earlier this week, citing mental health concerns.

Some people drew comparisons between Biles' exit and US gymnast Kerri Strug, who helped her team win gold in the 1996 Olympic Games despite having a broken ankle, showing what could happen when athletes push themselves too far.

Writer Chris Buskirk tweeted a video of Strug's performance in 1996, saying she had "amazing grit" and that "the great ones find a way."

-Chris Buskirk (@thechrisbuskirk) July 27, 2021

Aaron Reitz, a deputy attorney general in Texas, reshared Buskirk's tweet, with the caption: "Contrast this with our selfish, childish national embarrassment, Simone Biles."

The now-deleted post drew criticism, and one Twitter user responded to Reitz, saying Biles has "ten times the integrity than you do."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement he "learned about a very inappropriate and insensitive tweet by one of our employees" and that the matter "will be handled internally."

"I know Simone Biles - she is a fantastic athlete but an even better person," Paxton said in the statement. "Mental health is far more important than any athletic competition and I fully support her decision."

Following the statement from the Office of the Texas Attorney General, Reitz later tweeted saying his "personal social media comments do not represent Attorney General Paxton or the Office of the Attorney General."

"In a moment of frustration and disappointment, I opined on subjects for which I am not adequately versed," Reitz said in a statement posted later Wednesday. "That was an error. I can't imagine what Simone Biles has gone through."

"Simone Biles is a true patriot and one of the greatest gymnasts of our time," he added. "I apologize to her, and wish her well."

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Jared Kushner set to move away from politics and launch investment firm
  • Trump’s former adviser to launch firm in Miami, sources say
  • Kushner to publish book next year about White House role
  • Jared Kushner, a top adviser to former Donald Trump, plans to launch an investment firm in coming months, a move that will take him away from politics for the foreseeable future, sources familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

    Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president’s senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami.

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:33:56 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs White House World news US news US politics Miami Donald Trump Trump Kushner Kushner Companies Jared Kushner Miami Continue Affinity Partners
    Biden's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal advances in the Senate in major test vote GOP Sens. Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Bill Cassidy announce they struck an infrastructure deal with the White House.

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    • Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal advanced in a major test vote on Wednesday.
    • Seventeen Republicans joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting for it.
    • A final vote for the bipartisan plan will likely happen sometime in the next week or two.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    President Joe Biden's $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure agreement advanced in the Senate in a major test vote late on Wednesday afternoon.

    The procedural vote was 67-32, allowing it to move ahead in the Senate. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was among the 17 Republicans that voted to approve the plan, along with all 50 Senate Democrats. One Republican senator, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, was absent.

    "My goal remains to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a budget resolution this work period. Both," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said immediately after the vote. "It might take some long nights, it might eat into our weekends, but we are going to get the job done. And we are on track."

    The procedural vote came hours after a group of 10 GOP and Democratic negotiators announced they struck a deal with the White House on infrastructure. The protracted negotiations produced a new agreement with $550 billion in fresh spending, with $30 billion in cuts coming from transit funds and an infrastructure bank.

    The bulk of the spending would go to roads and bridges, along with rail, broadband, and clean water. The plan would be largely paid for with repurposed relief funds from the $1.9 trillion stimulus law passed in March.

    The vote sets the stage for a final vote sometime in the next week or two, a top priority for Biden and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Democrats are also moving a reconciliation package that would clear the Senate without GOP votes.

    The reconciliation bill's $3.5 trillion price tag was thrown into doubt on Wednesday after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona came out against it, making cuts to the package likely.

    This story will be updated.

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:20:57 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Senate White House Trends Joe Biden Gop South Dakota Arizona Mitch McConnell Biden Bill Cassidy Chuck Schumer Senate Senate Mike Rounds Sen Kyrsten Sinema Joseph Zeballos Roig White House Drew Angerer Getty Sens Rob Portman Mitt Romney Susan Collins Wednesday Seventeen Republicans
    White House works behind the scenes to prepare labor leaders for federal employee vaccine requirement ]]> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 18:22:31 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs White House Joe Biden Cnn McConnell just said he'll vote to advance Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal in a major test vote Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., does a cable news interview before the start of a two-week recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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    • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would vote to advance the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
    • The procedural vote will advance a vehicle of the bill, which will later be replaced with legislative text.
    • McConnell's approval comes after Sens. Portman and Sinema met with President Biden last month to negotiate the framework of the infrastructure deal.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that he would vote to advance the bipartisan infrastructure bill that GOP lawmakers have staunchly opposed in recent weeks.

    The Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote to advance a vehicle for the bill on Wednesday evening, which will later be replaced by the amendments proposed by GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona.

    Portman and Sinema met with President Joe Biden last month to negotiate the framework of the infrastructure deal, later announcing they had reached an agreement.

    "Based on a commitment from Leader Schumer to Senators Portman and Sinema that the Portman-Sinema amendment to be filed will be the substitute amendment, I will vote to proceed to the bipartisan infrastructure bill," McConnell tweeted Wednesday evening.

    McConnell's support will likely ensure the agreement gets enough Republican votes to advance. A final vote on the bill could come sometime in the next two weeks.

    The bipartisan agreement is the product of nearly a month of tumultuous negotiations between Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans and the Biden administration. It will provide nearly $550 billion in fresh funding to repair roads and bridges, along with upgrading broadband connections nationwide.

    It will by covered by a blend of revenue sources including unspent coronavirus relief funding, new cryptocurrency tax enforcement, and some corporate user fees, per a White House fact sheet.

    Democrats want to move that package in tandem with a $3.5 trillion party-line spending package that will contain many social initiatives strongly opposed by Republicans. That will embark on the arduous reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority vote and all 50 Senate Democrats to stick together.

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 18:18:59 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics Washington Senate White House Trends Joe Biden Infrastructure Gop Mitch McConnell Ohio Biden Rob Portman Capitol Schumer Mitch McConnell R Ky McConnell Portman Sinema Kyrsten Sinema GOP Sen Scott Applewhite Sens Portman Sen Kyrsten Sinema Lauren Frias Joseph Zeballos Roig Arizona Portman Portman Sinema
    The Queen Really Hates Harry and Meghan’s Kid

    Queen Elizabeth has endorsed reducing plastic pollution at Buckingham Palace, but it turns out the monarchy may not be taking a climate-friendly turn just yet. On Wednesday, the Guardian published a scathing report detailing how the Queen spent months quietly lobbying Scottish ministers to exempt her private land from…


    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 17:50:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics Science Scotland Environment Articles Renewable Energy Buckingham Palace Harry Energy Policy Countries Elizabeth Meghan Parliament of Canada Paul Wheelhouse British Monarchy 100 Renewable Energy Kid Queen Elizabeth Royal Prerogative Queens Consent Monarchy In Canada Members Of The Scottish Parliament
    Facebook warns of ‘headwinds’ to its ad business from regulators and Apple Facebook posted its second quarter earnings Wednesday, beating expectations with $29 billion in revenue.

    The world’s biggest social media company was expected to report $27.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, a 50 percent increase from the same period in 2020. Facebook reported earnings per share of $3.61, which also bested expectations. The company’s revenue was $18.6 billion in the same quarter of last year.

    In the first financial period to really reflect a return to quasi-economic normalcy after a very online pandemic year, Facebook met user growth expectations. At the end of March, Facebook boasted 2.85 billion monthly active users across its network of apps. At the end of its second quarter, Facebook reported 2.9 billion monthly active users, roughly what was expected.

    The company’s shares opened at $375 on Wednesday morning and were down to $360 in a dip following the earnings report.

    In spite of a strong quarter, Facebook is warning of change ahead — namely impacts to its massive ad business, which generated $28.5 billion out of the company’s $29 billion this quarter. The company specifically named privacy-focused updates to Apple’s mobile operating system as a threat to its business.

    “We continue to expect increased ad targeting headwinds in 2021 from regulatory and platform changes, notably the recent iOS updates, which we expect to have a greater impact in the third quarter compared to the second quarter,” the company stated its investor report outlook.

    Facebook isn’t happy about Apple’s upcoming ad tracking restrictions


    No matter what Facebook planned to report Wednesday, the company is a financial beast. Bad press and user mistrust in the West haven’t done much to hurt its bottom line and the company’s ad business is looking as dominant as ever. Short of meaningful antitrust reform in the U.S. or a surging competitor, there’s little to stand in Facebook’s way. The former might still be a long shot given partisan gridlock in Congress, even with the White House involved, but Facebook is finally facing a threat from the latter.

    For years, it’s been difficult to imagine a social media platform emerging as a proper rival to the company, given Facebook’s market dominance and nasty habit of acquiring competitors or brazenly copying their innovations, but it’s clear that TikTok is turning into just that. YouTube is huge, but the platforms matured in parallel and co-exist, offering complementary experiences.

    Facebook predicts ‘significant’ obstacles to ad targeting and revenue in 2021

    TikTok hit 700 million monthly active users in July 2020 and surpassed three billions global downloads earlier this month, becoming the only non-Facebook owned app to do so, according to . If the famously addictive short form video app can successfully siphon off some of the long hours that young users spend on Instagram and Facebook’s other platforms and make itself a cozy home for brands in the process, the big blue giant out of Menlo Park might finally have something to lose sleep over.

    Biden’s sweeping executive order takes on Big Tech’s ‘bad mergers,’ ISPs and more

    ]]> Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:50:39 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Apple Social TC Facebook Messenger Instagram Congress White House Social Media Tech Whatsapp Software United States Computing Earnings Biden Operating Systems Menlo Park Mobile Applications Sensor Tower Facebook Stories AOC on Sinema blocking $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill: 'Good luck tanking your own party's investment' Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Monday, August 24, 2020.

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    • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter after Sen. Krysten Sinema came out against $3.5 trillion in Democratic infrastructure spending.
    • The New York congressman criticized moderate Sinema for "tanking" investment in childcare and climate action.
    • Ocasio-Cortez previously called the $3.5 trillion deal a "progressive victory."
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a fellow Democrat, after Sinema came out against her party's $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.

    Sinema told the Arizona Republic in a statement that she thinks the bill is too costly, and "will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona's economy and help Arizona's everyday families get ahead."

    Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to call out the Arizona Democrat, writing: "Good luck tanking your own party's investment on childcare, climate action, and infrastructure while presuming you'll survive a 3 vote House margin - especially after choosing to exclude members of color from negotiations and calling that a 'bipartisan accomplishment.'"

    Ocasio-Cortez previously criticized the lack of diversity in the bipartisan group, arguing that it leaves marginalized communities behind.

    Sinema is a key moderate for the Democrats, and a main negotiator in the bipartisan infrastructure deal. A group of Republican senators said earlier today that they had reached a bipartisan deal with the White House. That deal cut $30 billion from the new spending proposed, lowering funding for public transit and slashing an infrastructure bank meant to foster private and public partnership. Sinema's opposition will force Senate Democrats to make cuts from the $3.5 trillion agreement they struck earlier this month. It will need all 50 Democrats in the Senate to stick together so it clears the arduous reconciliation process.

    -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 28, 2021

    AOC is not the only progressive sounding off on the prospects of a slimmed down Democrat-only spending package. Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York also tweeted: "Without a reconciliation package that meets this moment, I'm a no on this bipartisan deal."

    At the time, the New York congresswoman said that $3.5 trillion agreement was an "enormous victory," although she would have preferred a larger package.

    "This bill is absolutely a progressive victory," Ocasio-Cortez said, according to reporter Kevin Frey of NY1. "If it wasn't for progressives in the House, we probably would be stuck with that tiny, pathetic bipartisan bill alone."

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:13:18 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs New York Senate White House Trends House Arizona Democratic Aoc Arizona Republic Sinema Tom Williams CQ Roll Call Inc Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Ocasio Cortez Mondaire Jones Getty Images Pool Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Sen Krysten Sinema Juliana Kaplan Joseph Zeballos Roig Sen Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona Kevin Frey
    Pelosi says Biden doesn't have the power to cancel student loan debt, as Schumer pushes him to eliminate $50,000 per borrower Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) looks on during a news conference about climate change on July 28, 2021.

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    • Pelosi said that Biden does not have the power to cancel student loan debt.
    • The House speaker said student loan debt cancelation has to be "an act of Congress."
    • Fellow Democrat Schumer has called for Biden to wipe out $50,000 in student loan debt.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not have the power to cancel student loan debt, though some of her Democratic colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, disagree.

    The California Democrat told reporters during a press briefing that student loan debt is "a policy discussion" and that cancelation has to be "an act of Congress."

    "Here's the thing. People think that the president of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not," Pelosi said. "He can postpone, he can delay, but he does not have the power."

    "Not everybody realizes that," she added.

    -ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) July 28, 2021

    Pelosi stands in opposition to Schumer, as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the two congressional Democrats leading the call for Biden to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower.

    They claim that Biden can use his "existing authority" under the Higher Education Act to "immediately" wipe out debt for millions of borrowers across the country.

    Approximately 45 million Americans have a $1.7 trillion student-debt burden. Borrowers on average have between $20,000 to $24,999 in college student loan debt, according to the Federal Reserve.

    "President Biden can cancel $50,000 of student loan debt with the stroke of a pen," Warren told Insider in June. "He doesn't need Congress to act, he can do it on his own, and I hope that's what he's going to do."

    The pair re-upped their demands in a press event on Tuesday, arguing that student loan debt relief would help close the racial wealth gap and stimulate the economy.

    "All President Biden has to do is flick his pen - sign it - make America a happier, better, more prosperous place," Schumer said.

    Warren compared student loan debt to a "sword hanging over" the heads of borrowers.

    "Every day that goes by, that sword draws a little closer," she said Tuesday. "This is a matter of economic justice. It is a matter of racial justice. The president of the United States can remove this sword. The president can prevent this pain."

    -Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 27, 2021

    Spokespeople for Schumer and Warren did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment on Wednesday.

    On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden pledged up to $10,000 in student loan debt cancelation per person. Six months into his presidency, that has not come to pass.

    The measure was left out his trillion-dollar economic plans released in May, and was also excluded from his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed in March.

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Biden's support to wipe out $10,000 per student loan debt borrower in February, but added that he wants to see the legislation first approved in Congress, believing that he did not have the ability to cancel it unilaterally.

    Biden has started to rethink that position amid increasing pressure to cancel student loan debt from congressional Democrats, including Schumer and Warren, as well as civil rights groups and student organizations.

    The White House has asked the Justice Department and Education Department to review whether Biden has the ability to cancel student loan debt via executive action. But neither the White House nor the federal departments have provided an update as to when that assessment will come.

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:05:04 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics News Congress California Senate White House Massachusetts America Trends Joe Biden United States House Warren Student Loans The White House Student Loan Debt Nancy Pelosi Federal Reserve Biden Student Debt Sen Elizabeth Warren Pelosi Schumer Chuck Schumer Jen Psaki Congress Here Student Loan Forgiveness Debt Forgiveness Justice Department and Education Department
    DC Park Display Honors Enslaved People Who Built White House Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:01:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Washington White House Michelle Obama Biden officials reportedly warn Iran's incoming president that time is running out to save nuclear deal Iranian Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign meeting at the Mosalla mosque in Tehran


    • The US is warning Iran that the 2015 nuclear deal could soon be beyond saving, Axios reports.
    • Talks aimed at reviving the deal have been stalled as Iran prepares to inaugurate a new president.
    • The incoming president, Ebrahim Raisi, is a hardliner and close ally of Iran's supreme leader.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    The US is warning Iran's incoming president, Ebrahim Raisi, that the 2015 nuclear deal could soon be beyond saving, according to an Axios report.

    The US and Iran have engaged in six rounds of indirect talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the nuclear pact, a top foreign policy goal of President Joe Biden. But the talks are stalled after Iran suspended the negotiations earlier this month, stating they would not resume until Raisi is inaugurated in early August.

    Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, in a tweet earlier this month said, "We're in a transition period as a democratic transfer of power is underway in our capital. [Vienna talks] must thus obviously await our new administration. This is what every democracy demands."

    Meanwhile, a senior US official told Axios that in a few months Iran's nuclear program could advance to a point at which returning to the agreement would effectively be pointless. The official also expressed concern that the new government under Raisi, a hardliner and protégé of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will vie to get more concessions.

    "We also hope they don't think they will get more than the previous government because they are tougher," the official said. "It's not about being tougher, it's about fully implementing the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal. The US position will not change, and the Iranians will not be able to reinvent the nuclear deal or be in a situation where they do less and we do more."

    Iran's authoritarian government rigged the country's June election in Raisi's favor. He won the election with roughly 62% of the vote amid historically low turnout. Only seven people were permitted to run for the presidency, and millions of voters stayed home in protest. Iran's Guardian Council prohibited influential moderates and reformists from running.

    On Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader lashed out at the Biden administration over the talks, calling the US "stubborn."

    "Westerners do not help us, they hit wherever they can," Khamenei said, per the Associated Press. "They don't help, they are enemies."

    The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

    Khamenei endorsed the Vienna talks but continued to criticize the US amid the discussions. Raisi has also backed restoring the pact, but that's now appearing increasingly unlikely.

    The Iran nuclear deal was orchestrated by the Obama administration, with France, the UK, China, Russia, and Germany also involved in the negotiations. The agreement aimed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal in May 2018, in a move that would push tensions between Washington and Tehran to historic heights. Iran gradually took steps away from the deal after the US pulled out, essentially abandoning it altogether after Trump ordered a drone strike that killed the top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.

    Biden vied to restore the deal once in the White House, but the US and Iran have butted heads over the path to bringing the pact back to life. Iran has insisted that the US lift sanctions before it returns to compliance, while the US has maintained that no sanctions relief will occur until Tehran demonstrations it's adhering to the deal.

    The Vienna talks began in April, and there were early signs of progress. Iran's move to stall the negotiations, however, has raised alarm bells among Western powers eager to revive the deal.

    French foreign ministry spokesperson Agnes von der Muhll in comments to reporters earlier this week warned Iran that it was walking a path that could lead to the collapse of the talks and any hope of restoring the deal - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "If it continues on this path, not only will it continue to delay when an agreement to lift sanctions can be reached, but it risks jeopardising the very possibility of concluding the Vienna talks and restoring the JCPOA," she said.

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 15:40:33 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics News Obama Washington France White House Germany US International Trends Joe Biden Iran Vienna Ayatollah Ali Khamenei State Department Biden Tehran Donald Trump Iran Nuclear Deal Trump Khamenei Guardian Council Axios John Haltiwanger Ebrahim Raisi JCPOA Raisi Agnes von der Muhll Biden Administration Mosalla Seyyed Abbas Araghchi Iran UK China Russia Qassem Soleimani Biden
    Despite skepticism and opposition, LA County creates homelessness commission LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of establishing a Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness.

    The recommendation for a commission came from Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who warned that unless cities have more input into how Measure H dollars are spent, the county won’t have the support it needs to ensure future funding.

    “Homelessness is a major crisis affecting our communities at every level, and it’s time for sweeping changes to the system,” Barger said.

    “This Blue Ribbon Commission will be critical to help the county, in partnership with our 88 cities, identify the reforms and changes needed and to move forward with actions that can finally help our vulnerable residents who are suffering on the streets.”

    Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Holly Mitchell cast the dissenting votes.

    Kuehl said she agreed with Barger that homelessness is an urgent issue requiring all hands on deck but couldn’t see what the commission might accomplish.

    “There is no silver bullet about homelessness. There is no sudden, new something we haven’t even thought of that is going to come out of this,” Kuehl said.

    “This, I think, will actually simply take up a lot of time, come up with many of the same recommendations that we’ve heard from the four reports that we’ve done in the last 12 months about LAHSA and homelessness, and then we will be facing the same question about action or lack of action.”

    Two weeks ago, Mitchell proposed a new city-county commission to rethink the structure of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority that was shot down by everyone other than Kuehl.

    Supervisor Janice Hahn said at the time that she didn’t understand how more elected officials “thrown into the mix” was going to solve the problem.

    “I’m not convinced that creating another inter-governmental body, made of up elected officials from the city and the county, does anything to move this forward,” Hahn said July 13. “We are already accountable.”

    Tuesday, Hahn cast her lot with Barger, saying she was “frustrated enough to try one more thing.”

    Hahn also offered a “friendly” amendment to add three additional city representatives, bringing the total commissioners to 12.

    Each supervisor will appoint one member, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will appoint another, three will be appointed by Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez, two will be nominated by the Councils of Government and the final member will be named by the Contract Cities Association. Nominations are expected by Aug. 10, with the commission to convene immediately thereafter.

    Part of its review will include an analysis of the fiscal and operational implications of renegotiating or even withdrawing from the joint powers agreement with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

    The commission is designed to end after six months, a point both Barger and Hahn stressed in pressing for it over objections that it would derail momentum in the battle against homelessness.

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    Inflation Is New Battle Line as Republicans and Biden Spar Over Spending Wed, 28 Jul 2021 15:20:49 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs White House Biden Kyrsten Sinema blocks Democrats' plan to spend $3.5 trillion on infrastructure, setting up major cuts Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

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    • Kyrsten Sinema came out against the $3.5 trillion Democratic spending plan on Wednesday.
    • Her opposition will force Democrats to scale back the bill to earn her support.
    • She did not specify a new spending amount.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona came out in opposition to the Democratic $3.5 trillion spending blueprint, virtually ensuring her party will be forced to make substantial cuts to get her onboard.

    In a statement to the Arizona Republic, the moderate Democrat said while she supported efforts to bolster the country's economic competitiveness in an infrastructure plan, she believed the bill was too large.

    "I have also made clear that while I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion - and in the coming months, I will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona's economy and help Arizona's everyday families get ahead," she said.

    Sinema's opposition will come as a blow to Senate Democrats, who ultimately agreed on a $3.5 trillion spending plan earlier this month. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chair of the Senate Budget Committee, had pressed for a much larger spending proposal but settled on $3.5 trillion. Earlier on July 28, hopes for the bill were raised as key Republican senators reached agreement with the White House on a bipartisan portion of the bill.

    All 50 Senate Democrats must stick together for a reconciliation package to clear the Senate in a simple majority vote. Embarking on the process allows them to circumvent Senate Republicans who are staunchly opposed to it.

    Democrats are seeking to stuff many new social initiatives in the reconciliation plan, including a national paid leave program, affordable childcare, prescription drug reform, and another extension of monthly cash payments for parents. Sinema's spike makes cuts to the package likely.

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    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:57:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics Republicans Congress Senate White House Trends Joe Biden Economy Infrastructure Democrats Arizona Vermont Reconciliation Sen Bernie Sanders Arizona Republic Senate Budget Committee Sinema Kyrsten Sinema Sen Kyrsten Sinema Joseph Zeballos Roig
    The CDC quietly changed its guidance to say even vaccinated people should get tested if they've been exposed to COVID-19 A medical worker performs a PCR test for COVID-19 on August 31, 2020, at a testing booth in Montreuil, France.

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    • Until Tuesday, the CDC maintained that fully vaccinated people did not need to get tested for COVID-19, unless they developed symptoms.
    • But, new data shows vaccinated people may be able to transmit the Delta variant just as well as the unvaccinated.
    • The CDC is now urging anyone who's been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to get tested 3-5 days later, so they don't put others at risk.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    A new set of guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday changes the coornavirus testing protocol for fully vaccinated people in the US.

    The CDC now recommends that vaccinated people who have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested for the virus - even if they don't have symptoms.

    Previously, the agency maintained that fully vaccinated people didn't need to get tested for COVID-19 unless they developed tell-tale signs of infection, like a cough, sore throat, or fever.

    "We don't see any reason currently to test for those who are asymptomatic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House coronavirus briefing on July 8.

    But that was before the CDC divulged new findings this week, showing that vaccinated people may be able to transmit the Delta variant just as well as the unvaccinated.

    "Some vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others," Walensky said Tuesday afternoon on a press call. "This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations."

    Fully vaccinated people are also being asked to put their masks back on indoors in areas of the country where COVID-19 cases are high. (The red and orange counties on the map below are the designated hotspots.)

    a map of the US from the CDC showing which counties have the highest transmission rates People in orange and red-colored counties should wear masks indoors in public, the CDC said Tuesday.

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    "If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don't have symptoms," the new guidance reads. "You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive."

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    Wishing Harm to Anti-Vaxxers and Climate Deniers Won’t Solve Anything

    I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend in how people are talking about covid-19. As vaccines have become widely available in the U.S., people are treating the unvaccinated with scorn and anger. Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey even went so far as to say “It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for the new…


    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 14:30:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics Science Environment Alabama Rand Paul Mitch McConnell Biden Donald Trump Deception Michael Stern Climate Change Denial Kay Ivey Vaccine Hesitancy
    The GOP just slashed $30 billion from the new bipartisan infrastructure deal they struck with Biden GOP Sens. Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy and Susan Collins announce they struck an infrastructure deal with the White House.

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    • Republicans and the White House struck a deal on a slimmer infrastructure deal compared to last month.
    • The new agreement cut almost $30 billion, largely the result of reductions of transit funding and an infrastructure bank, two people familiar said.
    • The deal could face a major test vote later on Wednesday evening.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Republicans struck a fresh bipartisan infrastructure agreement with the White House, but it appears to be a little slimmer than the one brokered last month.

    Three people familiar with the negotiations confirmed to Insider that the amount of new spending in the agreement was slashed $30 billion. It now amounts to $550 billion instead of $579 billion.

    Two of the people said the deal will drop a proposed infrastructure bank aimed at leveraging public-private partnerships to fund new projects. They said it also reduced the amount of public transit funding. Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters on Wednesday this was the case.

    One of the sources familiar said the infrastructure bank was dropped because Republican and Democratic negotiators were unable to resolve disputes about how much to pay workers on new construction projects. Democrats wanted to levy a higher wage floor than Republicans, who balked at imposing wage laws on private companies.

    The agreement could face a major test vote in the evening, but its unclear enough Republicans will back it given their past demands to review the bill.

    Sen. Jon Tester, one of the Democrats negotiating the deal, told reporters he was "confident" that a bill would be made public by the evening.

    This story will be updated.

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    Julian Assange’s long, contentious relationship with Ecuador is officially over: According to Associated Press, the nation has chosen to revoke his citizenship effective immediately.


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    Sajid Javid admits UK Covid rates unpredictable as cases rise again Health secretary’s comments came after a week of declining cases ended with 4,000 increase in one day

    Sajid Javid has said “no one really knows” what trajectory the Covid pandemic will take in the weeks ahead, as new cases across the UK rose after seven days of consecutive declines.

    The latest Covid data, published on Wednesday, showed 27,734 people testing positive across the UK – up by 4,000 from a day earlier.

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    Michelle Obama and Sen. Mitt Romney praise Simone Biles after she pulled out of Olympics event: 'We are rooting for you' Simone Biles of Team United States blows a kiss whilst watching the Men's All-Around Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

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    • Several politicians praised Simone Biles after she pulled out of an Olympics event.
    • "I love and admire Simone Biles and our Olympians," Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah tweeted.
    • Biles withdrew from the team competition, citing mental health concerns.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Several public figures and politicians threw their support behind US gymnastics champion Simone Biles after she decided to pull out from a team Olympics event on Tuesday.

    Former First Lady Michelle Obama tagged Biles in a tweet on Tuesday evening and wrote: "Am I good enough? Yes, I am. The mantra I practice daily."

    "We are proud of you and we are rooting for you," she added.

    GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah similarly commended the superstar gymnast, writing in a tweet: "I love and admire Simone Biles and our Olympians."

    "Beyond their determination and sacrifice, they evidence the greatness of the human spirit, in victory and in defeat," he continued. "I take pride in them, not so much for the medals they win as for the grace, humanity & character of their hearts."

    Biles sent shockwaves through the Olympic Games on Tuesday when she unexpectedly withdrew from Team USA's group competition in Tokyo, Japan, after she scored low marks on her opening vault routine. USA went on to earn silver in the women's gymnastics team final.

    -Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) July 27, 2021

    The 24-year-old athlete later revealed that she dropped out due to mental health concerns.

    "I have to put my pride aside. I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being," she told reporters. "That's why I decided to take a step back."

    Biles also cited the stress of the global sporting competition and the pressure to perform well for others as reasons for her exit. She announced on Wednesday that she will also not participate in the individual all-around final at the Olympics, set to take place Thursday.

    -Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) July 28, 2021

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged the move in a press briefing on Wednesday.

    "God bless our athletes. We admire them for their skill, and their discipline, and their focus, and their talent," the top Democrat said. "And we admire them as athletes, but we admire them as people for having the strength to walk away from all that."

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Biles' withdrawal "courageous" and congratulated the rest of the women's gymnastics team on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

    -Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 28, 2021

    Other members of Congress also tipped their hat to Biles for pulling out of the competition.

    Rep. Lori Trahan of Massachusetts described her as an "American icon" and "inspiration to young women across the world."

    "She's also human, and her decision to put her mental health first is once again setting an incredible example for all of us," Trahan added. "We've got your back, Simone."

    Rep. Ritchie Torres of New York tweeted that Biles' "decision to put her mental health first is a testament to her character, bravery & will help #EndTheStigma" around mental health.

    "We stand with her & congratulate the USA gymnastics team on bringing home the silver," he said.

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    Senate has reportedly reached deal on infrastructure By Lisa Mascaro and Kevin Freking | Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans reached a deal with Democrats on Wednesday over major outstanding issues in a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and said they are ready to vote to take up the bill. An evening test vote was possible.

    Lead GOP negotiator Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio made the announcement at the Capitol, flanked by four other Republican senators who have been in talks with Democrats and the White House on the bipartisan package.

    “We now have an agreement on the major issues,” Portman said. “We are prepared to move forward.”

    Sen. Krysten Sinema of Arizona, a lead Democratic negotiator, said she spoke Wednesday with President Joe Biden and he was “very excited” to have an agreement.

    For days, senators and the White House have worked to salvage the bipartisan deal, a key part of Biden’s agenda.

    The outcome will set the stage for the next debate over Biden’s much more ambitious $3.5 trillion spending package, a strictly partisan pursuit of far-reaching programs and services including child care, tax breaks and health care that touch almost every corner of American life, and that Republicans strongly oppose.

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer opened the Senate on Wednesday announcing a possible test vote on the bipartisan package in the evening. It will require 60 votes in the evenly split 50-50 Senate to proceed to consideration, meaning support from both parties. That would launch a potentially long process to consider the bill, and any possible amendments.

    Republican senators met Wednesday morning with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, who appears to have given his nod to proceed. Portman said McConnell “all along has been encouraging our efforts.”

    Democrats, who have slim control of the House and Senate, face a timeline to act on what would be some of the most substantial pieces of legislation in years.

    The bipartisan package includes about $600 billion in new spending on highways, bridges, transit, broadband, water systems and other public works projects.

    Filling in the details has become a month-long exercise ever since the senators struck an agreement with Biden more than a month ago over the broad framework. There remains work to do as they draft the legislative text.

    Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who has been central to talks, said, “That doesn’t mean every ‘t’ is crossed, every ‘i’ dotted, but on the major issues we are there.”

    Republican senators sparred at their closed-door lunch Tuesday, one side arguing against doing anything that would smooth the way for the Democrats’ broader bill, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Others spoke in favor of the bipartisan package.

    A recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC found 8 in 10 Americans favor some increased infrastructure spending.

    House Democrats have their own transportation bill, which includes much more spending to address rail transit, electric vehicles and other strategies to counter climate change.

    At a private meeting of House Democrats on Tuesday, Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called the Senate’s bipartisan measure complete “crap,” according to two Democrats who attended the session and spoke on condition of anonymity to describe it.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not commit to supporting the bipartisan package until she sees the details, but said Wednesday she’s “rooting for it.”

    Pelosi said, “I very much want it to pass.”

    Senators in the bipartisan group have been huddling privately for weeks. The group includes 10 core negotiators, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, but has swelled at times to 22.

    Transit funding has remained a stubborn dispute, as Republican senators are wary of formalizing what has been a typical formula for the Highway Trust Fund allotting around 80% for highways and 20% for transit.

    Most Republican senators come from rural states where highways dominate and public transit is scarce, while Democrats view transit as a priority for cities and a key to easing congesting and fighting climate change. Democrats don’t want to see the formula dip below its typical threshold.

    Expanding access to broadband. which has become ever more vital for households during the coronavirus pandemic, sparked a new debate. Republicans pushed back against imposing regulations on internet service providers in a program that helps low-income people pay for service.

    Sinema said transit and broadband were the remaining issues being finished up Wednesday.

    Democrats also have been insisting on a prevailing-wage requirement, not just for existing public works programs but also for building new roads, bridges, broadband and other infrastructure, but it’s not clear that will make the final package.

    Still unclear is how to pay for the bipartisan package after Democrats rejected a plan to bring in funds by hiking the gas tax drivers pay at the pump and Republicans dashed a plan to boost the IRS to go after tax scofflaws.

    Funding could come from repurposing COVID relief aid, reversing a Trump-era pharmaceutical rebate and other streams. It’s possible the final deal could run into political trouble if it doesn’t pass muster as fully paid for when the Congressional Budget Office assesses the details.

    Portman said the package will be “more than paid for.”

    Meanwhile, Democrats are readying the broader $3.5 trillion package that is being considered under budget rules that allow passage with 51 senators in the split Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris able to break a tie. It would be paid for by increasing the corporate tax rate and the tax rate on Americans earning more than $400,000 a year.

    Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Josh Boak in Washington and Tali Arbel in New York contributed to this report.

    Wed, 28 Jul 2021 13:42:37 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Politics New York News Washington Oregon Senate White House Sport Joe Biden Soccer Democrats Gop House Arizona Mitch McConnell Ohio Associated Press Nancy Pelosi Biden Irs Kamala Harris Capitol Pelosi Kevin Freking Senate GOP McConnell Portman Chuck Schumer Congressional Budget Office Alan Fram Sen Rob Portman House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Peter DeFazio Lisa Mascaro Sinema National News TALI ARBEL JOSH BOAK Associated Press NORC Sen Mitt Romney R Utah Sen Krysten Sinema
    Biden Plans to Say Civilian Federal Workers Must be Vaccinated or Face Testing Wed, 28 Jul 2021 13:41:35 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs White House Biden Jared Kushner plans to move away from politics and start an investment company, report says Jared Kushner is pictured in April 2020, when he was working as a senior White House advisor.

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    • Jared Kushner plans to start an investment firm, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
    • The move will shift Kushner away from politics, sources told the news outlet.
    • Kushner has laid low since leaving the White House in January.
    • See more stories on Insider's business page.

    Jared Kushner, ex-White House senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, plans to move away from politics and start an investment firm, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

    Sources close to the matter told the news outlet that Kushner is finalizing the launch of Affinity Partners, an investment company that will be headquartered in Miami. The firm is still in its planning stages and is expected to launch in the coming months, according to the sources.

    Kushner is also aiming to open an office in Israel, which would establish regional investments between the country and India, North African and Gulf nations, sources told Reuters.

    Since leaving the White House in January, Kushner has been out of the public spotlight and moved to Florida with his wife, Ivanka Trump, and their two children.

    He has spent the past six months writing a book about his time working for Trump, according to Reuters. Kushner secured the book deal with Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins. Trump was reportedly envious of the seven-figure advance that Kushner received for the memoir, according to a CNN report in June.

    The New York Times reported last month that Kushner has told some of Trump's closest advisors that he wants to have a "simpler relationship" with his former boss and father-in-law. As Trump remains in the political sphere, hosting rallies and endorsing GOP candidates for the 2022 midterms, Kushner has largely been absent from his circle.

    Trump's fixation on the 2020 election has driven Ivanka and Kushner away, CNN reported in June. Although the couple resides in Miami, not too far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, they've been visiting him less and less frequently, the report said.

    Kushner previously served as chief executive of his father's real estate firm, Kushner Companies, before he resigned in 2017 to work for the Trump administration.

    In his White House role, Kushner particiapted US negotiations in the Middle East. He later assisted with the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Tory crime strategy will increase risk of major public disorder | Letters Cllr Mark Blake says an enforcement approach to curb youth violence will fail, while Prof Saville Kushner says stop and search will undermine democratic policing. Plus letters from Mary Jones, TG Ashplant, Susan Ellery, Lynn Beudert and Christopher Reilly

    Boris Johnson’s announcements around his crime reduction strategy are worrying and predictable (Weird and gimmicky’: police chiefs condemn Boris Johnson’s crime plan, 27 July).

    As a councillor in Haringey who previously led on the council’s work with the Metropolitan police, I’m filled with dread at the thought of the Met ramping up stop and search in some supposedly “evidenced” response to knife crime.

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    American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe Joins Showtime’s The First Lady Series Following the recent addition of Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn, Showtime continues to expand the already stacked ensemble cast of The First Lady, with Deadline bringing word that Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe has signed on to join the upcoming anthology drama. She was most recently seen in Amazon’s Underground Railroad series, and will also next be seen in George Clooney’s upcoming coming-of-age feature The Tender Bar.

    The American Horror Story actress is set to portray the role of Lorena “Hick,” Hickock, a pioneering American journalist who became America’s best-known female reporter in 1932. She was also known as a close confidante and mentor to Eleanor Roosevelt, who will be portrayed by Gillian Anderson. The nature of their relationship has become the subject of much debate, especially after 3000 of their mutual letters were uncovered that hinted a possible affair between the two accomplished women.

    RELATED: Three Women: Shailene Woodley to Star in Drama Series Adaptation at Showtime

    The First Lady will be led by Viola Davis as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt along with Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford, O.T. Fagbenle as Barack Obama, and Kiefer Sutherland as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Joining them are Dakota Fanning, Jayme Lawson, Kristine Froseth, Eliza Scanlen, Cailee Spaeny, Judy Greer, Rhys Wakefield, Regina Taylor, Lexi Underwood, Aya Cash, and more.

    The series is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of America’s most iconic First Ladies. The first season will be focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, and Michelle Obama.

    RELATED: Jennifer Carpenter to Reunite with Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s Dexter Revival

    The First Lady is created and written by Aaron Cooley from an idea that originated with Cathy Schulman, who was inspired by Cooley’s spec script about Lady Bird Johnson. Schulman is executive producing and will also serve as the showrunner. Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier (The Undoing) has also boarded the project to serve as its director and executive producer.

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    Mitch McConnell will air pro-vaccine radio ads in Kentucky as the Delta variant surges and his red state lags behind in vaccinations Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump is still "liable" for his conduct in office.

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    • McConnell will run minute-long ads on Kentucky radio stations urging people to get vaccinated.
    • The Republican has consistently urged Americans to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
    • But McConnell has refused to reject vaccine skepticism in his own caucus.
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    Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell will run minute-long ads on more than 100 Kentucky radio stations urging people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

    "Not enough people are vaccinated," McConnell, a Polio survivor who got his shot last December, told Reuters. "So we're trying to get them to reconsider and get back on the path to get us to some level of herd immunity."

    The ads will be paid for with McConnell's campaign funds. The GOP leader argued that misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines is to blame for Americans refusing to get the vaccine.

    "There is bad advice out there," he said. "Apparently you see that all over the place: people practicing medicine without a license, giving bad advice. And that bad advice should be ignored."

    But he didn't mention that many lawmakers in his party are promoting such misinformation, refusing to say whether they've been vaccinated, and otherwise sowing skepticism about the scientific consensus around the virus.

    Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who's said he won't get vaccinated, has spread misleading information about the shots, making false claims about the potential risks associated with vaccination. He's also said Americans shouldn't trust the government's guidance on vaccines.

    "It creeps me out that the government is wanting to push a vaccine in everybody's arm, even those people that don't need it," Johnson said recently on a conservative podcast. "Sorry Uncle Joe, I'm not signing up for that program. I don't trust them. … It's creeping me out because it's not rational."

    In reference to COVID-19 vaccines, Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said he doesn't think it's his job to "encourage people to do something that they don't want to do."

    Almost half of House Republicans have refused to say publicly whether they've been vaccinated. Conspiracy theory-promoters like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert have urged Americans not to get vaccinated, calling the shots "experimental" and deriding them as "Fauci ouchies." Former president Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump secretly received their vaccinations before leaving office in January, a fact that was only reported months later.

    Kentucky's vaccination rate is below the national average. About 52% of Kentuckians have gotten at least one dose and about 45% are fully vaccinated, while about 57% of Americans overall have had their first shot, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

    McConnell has escalated his consistent calls for Americans to get vaccinated, and recently warned that the country could face another debilitating wave of infections if vaccination rates don't pick up. This comes as the delta variant, which is much more infectious and dangerous than other strains of COVID-19, is surging across the country.

    "These shots need to get in everybody's arms as rapidly as possible or we're going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don't yearn for - that we went through last year," he said earlier this month. "This is not complicated."

    Some other Republican leaders, particularly governors, have strongly promoted the vaccines. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said last week that it's "time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks" for the ongoing pandemic, and later argued in a Washington Post op-ed that many unvaccinated Americans "are being lied to" by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson recently blamed "false information" for "hardened" resistance to vaccines in his deep-red state.

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