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Taiwan, U.S. to hold long-stalled trade talks next week
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan and the United States will hold trade talks next week, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taipei said on Friday, resuming long-stalled discussions as Washington seeks to deepen its support for the Chinese-claimed island. FILE PHOTO: Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed for a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Taiwan’s Office of Trade Negotiations will serve as the “chief consultants” for the talks, it added. Taiwan had been cautiously optimistic about resuming the high level trade talks with Washington this year after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signalled a possible resumption this month. While Taiwan is a member of the World Trade Organization, many countries are wary of signing trade deals with the tech powerhouse fearing objections from China, though Taiwan does have free trade deals with Singapore and New Zealand.
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Julian Assange's partner Stella Moris reacts after a court denied bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden must let Julian Assange go free if he wants the United States to become a beacon for a free press once again and put the legacy of Donald Trump behind it, the fiancée of the WikiLeaks founder told Reuters. "If Biden really wants to break with the Trump legacy, then he has to drop the case," Moris told Reuters in an interview. The U.S. Justice Department said in February it planned to continue to seek the extradition for Assange to face hacking conspiracy charges. "A superpower that has a free press is very different in nature from one that does not."
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Failed attempts to pass marriage equality measures in 2007 and 2009, however, left supporters deflated. Andrew Cuomo was sworn into office in January after making same-sex marriage a key plank in his campaign. “We had the opposite of momentum,” said Brian Ellner, who left then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office in 2011 to help lead New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. During the race, Marchione questioned McDonald’s conservative bona fides, claiming he backed same-sex marriage to secure campaign donations. That May, then-Vice President Joe Biden came out in favor of same-sex marriage, quickly followed by President Barack Obama.
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President Biden has tapped Cindy McCain for a post at the United Nations. Cindy McCain will represent the US at the UN's food agency if she's confirmed by the Senate. She endorsed Biden during the 2020 campaign and is the widow of the late Sen. John McCain. Cindy McCain, an Arizona businesswoman and the widow of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, has picked to take over as the US representative for the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Although the McCains were pitted against Biden and former President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign, both she and President Biden have described themselves as friends.
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White House negotiators and a group of senators struck a deal on a bipartisan infrastructure agreement on Thursday that will likely slash measures to combat climate change and help the U.S. transition to a clean-energy economy. The second package could also include programs related to child and elder care, education, and health care, in addition to climate change measures, issues that administration officials have called "human infrastructure." The prospect of massing major climate legislation through Congress was a longshot from the beginning, but Democrats had been fighting to keep the president's climate measures in a bipartisan bill. Markey, in a statement to CNBC earlier this month, said that any proposal that fails to address and invest in climate change mitigation "is in denial." "If we are not seizing this moment to get our emissions and our clean economy on track, we must reject this deal and work in good faith on a real climate infrastructure package," Markey said.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joe Biden's, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, " Pelosi, Sen, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Markey Organizations: White, White House, CNBC Locations: Washington
Conan O'Brien says goodbye to late night
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Frank Pallotta | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
New York (CNN Business) After nearly 30 years and a lot of hilariously bizarre moments, Conan O'Brien said goodbye to late night on Thursday night. Photos: Conan O'Brien's late-night career Conan O'Brien is seen backstage on the set of his show "Conan" in 2019. Hide Caption 1 of 25 Photos: Conan O'Brien's late-night career Conan O'Brien is seen backstage on the set of his show "Conan" in 2019. Hide Caption 5 of 25 Photos: Conan O'Brien's late-night career O'Brien warms up the crowd at one of his "Late Night" tapings. Hide Caption 24 of 25 Photos: Conan O'Brien's late-night career O'Brien's last "Conan" show will air on June 24, 2021.
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In 1980, Senate Republicans won a majority for the first time in 26 years, breaking the Democrats’ hammerlock on the chamber. After Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked consideration of marquee voting rights legislation, Democrats are closer than ever to ending the filibuster. The eagerness of many Senate Democrats to abolish the filibuster reflects a case of epic legislative amnesia about the rule’s double-edged nature. Senate Democrats in 2019 used it to block construction of Trump’s border wall. Senate Democrats only feel differently now because they hold the majority and are frustrated by being on the other side of the coin.
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WASHINGTON — For decades, crime has paid for Joe Biden — at least, trying to crack down on it has. On Wednesday, Biden will focus Americans on rising rates of violent crime — so that he can outline his strategy for reversing them — in a speech at the White House. The risk for Biden is if violent crime rates rise despite his strategy. Data suggest that no one really knows why crime rates fluctuate. In the past, as a member of the Senate or as President Barack Obama's vice president, Biden wasn't on the hook for the outcome of policies.
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The unprecedented work will include compiling and reviewing records to identify past boarding schools, locate known and possible burial sites at or near those schools, and uncover the names and tribal affiliations of students, she said. Starting with the Indian Civilization Act of 1819, the U.S. enacted laws and policies to establish and support Indian boarding schools across the nation. For over 150 years, Indigenous children were taken from their communities and forced into boarding schools that focused on assimilation. Besides providing resources and raising awareness, the coalition has been working to compile additional research on U.S. boarding schools and deaths that many say is sorely lacking. I just think it’s good in this country to have conversations about what happened to Native American children,” Hoskin said.
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WASHINGTON — Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is running for governor of his home state of Maryland, where the outgoing Republican governor has proven immensely popular despite the state’s heavy Democratic tilt. Perez led the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and then served as labor secretary under President Barack Obama. When his term as DNC chair ended earlier this year, Perez was replaced by current chairman Jaime Harrison, who ran for Senate in South Carolina last year. Maryland goes heavily Democratic in presidential elections but, like its fellow Northeast liberal states Massachusetts and Vermont, currently has a popular Republican governor. Perez enters the race with widespread name recognition, connections to national donors and some key local endorsements, but he is hardly alone in the race.
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SEOUL—In nuclear diplomacy with the U.S., North Korea is playing hard to get, for now. The Kim Jong Un regime this year has rebuked the Biden administration’s outreach for engagement, without detailing what might woo them back to talks beyond vague demands. As diplomacy stalls, Pyongyang is adding to its nuclear arsenal, which President Biden has called the biggest foreign-policy threat facing the U.S. The U.S., during former President Barack Obama’s second term, refused to hold high-level negotiations with North Korea, wanting Pyongyang to first show commitment to abandoning its nuclear arsenal or face isolation. Now it is the Kim regime holding out.
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A “Stop Gun Violence” sign displayed on a truck during a Gun Violence Peace March last week in Miami. The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department would start five “strike forces” to combat gun trafficking in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and the San Francisco area. Mr. Biden does not feel that reforming the police and tackling crime are conflicting goals, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said on Tuesday. Centrist Democrats in the Senate — along with Mr. Biden — have said repeatedly that they want to strike a deal with Republicans. Mr. Biden dispatched aides to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for discussions that his press secretary, Jen Psaki, said yielded progress.
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Ethics experts say the State Department is relying on loopholes to keep his investments hidden. Officials have refrained from discussing the mysterious mogul on the record and won't explain his hire, even though Gallogly has reported being a State Department employee on campaign-finance disclosure forms. The White House referred questions about Gallogly to the State Department, which declined to comment on the record for this story. The Biden administration has provided no information on Gallogly's responsibilities, nor has it made him available for statements or interviews. In an emailed statement, a State Department spokesperson said only that Kerry's team was still being organized: "The staffing and structure are still being finalized."
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Ethics experts say the State Department is relying on loopholes to keep his investments hidden. Officials have refrained from discussing the mysterious mogul on the record and won't explain his hire, even though Gallogly has reported being a State Department employee on campaign-finance disclosure forms. The White House referred questions about Gallogly to the State Department, which declined to comment on the record for this story. The Biden administration has provided no information on Gallogly's responsibilities, nor has it made him available for statements or interviews. In an emailed statement, a State Department spokesperson said only that Kerry's team was still being organized: "The staffing and structure are still being finalized."
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Live Live Updates: Harris to Visit Southern Border Amid Republican Criticism Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to El Paso on Friday with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. President Biden is set to deliver remarks on gun violence as homicides rise in some cities, raising concerns about efforts to overhaul policing. The visit will come just days before former President Donald J. Trump is set to visit the border with a group of House Republicans and Gov. While she said no one likes the conservatorship, she does not expect any push by the Biden administration to end it anytime soon. Mr. Biden dispatched aides to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for discussions that his press secretary, Jen Psaki, said yielded progress.
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U.S. again votes against U.N. call to end Cuba embargo
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/File PhotoNEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday continued Washington's tradition of voting against an annual United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba. The resolution was adopted for the 29th time with 184 votes in favor, three abstentions and two no votes - the United States and Israel. The U.N. vote can carry political weight, but only the U.S. Congress can lift the more than 50-year-old embargo. Trump also rolled back nearly all measures Obama had taken to ease the embargo and improve ties between the United States and its old Cold War foe. "Like the virus, the blockade asphyxiates and kills, it must stop," Rodriguez told the General Assembly.
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Former DNC chair Perez announces bid for Maryland governor
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Brendan O'Brien | ) www.reuters.com + 0.87   time to read: +2 min
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez speaks to the crowd before the start of the Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 7, 2020. In an online video announcing his candidacy, Perez vowed to build a Maryland where all residents have access to quality education, affordable healthcare and a good job. In the five-minute video announcing his candidacy, Perez highlighted his upbringing as the son of Dominican of Republic immigrants. Perez served as the head of the civil rights division of the Department of Justice and as labor secretary under President Barack Obama. He was elected to head the Democratic National Committee in 2016 after Hillary Clinton lost a bitter race for president to Republican Donald Trump.
Persons: Tom Perez, Brian Snyder, Larry Hogan, Perez, Hogan, Dominican, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Venable, Brendan O'Brien, Matthew Lewis Organizations: Democratic National, Democratic, REUTERS, Democratic National Committee, Wednesday, Republican, Republic, basketball, Department of Justice, D.C, Thomson Locations: Manchester , New Hampshire, U.S, Maryland, Washington, Chicago
On Wednesday Secretary Yellen asked Congress to extend a July deadline to pay back some of the federal debt. Without an extension, she warned of a "catastrophic" default that could hurt economic recovery. Some in the GOP have signaled they want spending cuts in exchange for increasing the debt ceiling. Without the extension, she warned of an "absolutely catastrophic" default that would imperil the nation's economic recovery from the pandemic. Increasing the debt ceiling does not mean additional federal spending.
Persons: Yellen, Janet Yellen, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Obama, I'm, Sen, Ron Wyden Organizations: GOP, Service, Treasury, Republicans, Trump, House Republicans, Senate Finance Locations: Oregon
And until his yet-to-be-announced successor arrives, neither Beijing nor Washington will have a top envoy in each other's capital. The former US ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, left Beijing last year before the November election. But unlike Cui, Qin has never been an ambassador and has no direct experience with the US. Crypto mining is a critical step in the process needed to put more of these coins in circulation, and China accounts for the lion's share of such activity. Over the weekend, Chinese state media reported that Sichuan province, a mining hub, had ordered a halt to all crypto mining operations and cut off the power supply to many mining facilities.
Persons: Cui Tiankai, Cui, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Terry Branstad, Nicholas Burns, Biden, Trump, Zhao Lijian, Axios, Qin Gang, Qin, Xi Jinping, Obama, Hong, Tong Ying, Tong, Bitcoin, Edward Moya, Moya, Laura He Organizations: CNN, HBO, Police, People's Bank of Locations: Hong Kong, China, United States, Washington, Beijing, Americas, Oceania, transacting, Sichuan, People's Bank of China
Kim Jong Un's sister derides U.S. official, dismisses chances for talks
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
U.S. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan called Kim’s comments an “interesting signal.”On Tuesday, Kim Yo Jong derided Sullivan’s response. Sung Kim later met South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and the two said they would strive to resume U.S.-North Korea talks, Moon’s office said. North Korea may only ease its stance if it can no longer endure its ongoing economic hardship, some experts said. Analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea said Kim Yo Jong’s statement suggested North Korea isn’t ready to rejoin talks anytime soon. Even if the U.S. and North Korea meet, it’ll never be easy to find common ground,” Cheong said.
Persons: Kim Jong Un, ” Kim Yo, Hope, Jake Sullivan, Kim Yo Jong, ” Shin Beomchul, Biden, , ” Shin, Sung Kim, Washington, Kim Yo, Lee, Moon Jae, didn’t, Cheong, Chang, it’ll, ” Cheong, Sullivan, Donald Trump’s, Kim, Barack Obama’s, haven’t, Trump Organizations: . National Security, Korean Central News Agency, Korea Research Institute, National Strategy, United States, South Korean Unification, South, North, Sejong Institute, ABC News Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, United States, U.S, Seoul, North Korea, Korea, Washington, denuclearization . North Korea, Korean, Kim
It's not a vote on this bill or that bill. It's a vote on whether the Senate should simply debate voting rights," he said Monday. Schumer pre-emptively criticized Republicans for opposing the vote, saying the GOP "doesn't even want to debate" the issue. The bill consists of a expansive wish list of progressive priorities, such as requiring 15 days of early voting and mail-in voting. After the vote, Democrats will likely face renewed pressure from their base to abolish the filibuster to push the bill through, but they don't currently have the votes to do that.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Chuck Schumer, It's, Donald Trump, Schumer, emptively, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Sen, Joe Manchin, Roy Blunt, Barack Obama Organizations: Republican, Democratic, GOP, Senate, Republicans, Monmouth University Locations: Georgia
Barack Obama said he backed Sen. Joe Manchin's voting reform bill compromises. Manchin suggested ideas to overcome GOP opposition to a bill defending voting rights. Former President Barack Obama said he supports a compromise deal proposed by Sen. Joe Manchin to defend voting rights. Obama said that Manchin's proposal was one of the only viable ways to combat a state-by-state voting suppression drive by the Republican Party. A comprehensive Democratic bill defending voter rights, the For the People Act, is expected to be blocked by Republicans when its brought to the Senate this week.
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Live Live Updates: Voting Rights Bill and Filibuster Expected to Collide Democratic leaders plan to call a test vote to try to advance a sweeping voting rights bill, known as the For the People Act, though they are all but certain to fail in the face of united Republican opposition. The Senate’s voting rights bill will almost certainly run into the filibuster on Tuesday. Mr. Manchin opposed key planks in the original For the People Act as too intrusive into the rights of states to regulate their elections. On Monday, former President Barack Obama tepidly endorsed Mr. Manchin’s version as the best chance to pass a new federal voting law. “I’ll be honest, the bill doesn’t have everything I’d like to see in a voting rights bill.
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Former President Barack Obama on Monday called the filibuster a "tool for obstruction" and urged Republican senators not to use it to block a key vote on the For the People Act voting rights bill this week. That motion is not expected to receive the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and proceed to the bill. Obama said the bill isn't perfect, but he touted several of its provisions, including one that would cut down on partisan gerrymandering. The bill might undergo changes, but "we as a people should all say Senate, Congress, do something." “Whatever else we may argue about, the one thing we should agree on the bedrock idea that we as Americans have been taught to take pride in, this is the fact that we’re a democracy,” Obama said.
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Gail Collins: Bret, it’s been a while between conversations and although I’ve been on vacation I have noticed a lot of … stuff. Action-stopping Joe Manchin? Years ago I won a minor journalism award on the strength of my mockery of Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. I really don’t understand how some liberals attack the filibuster as some kind of emblem of white supremacy when both Barack Obama and Joe Biden were defending its sanctity during a period of Republican control of the Senate. Come to think of it, as Democratic senators past and present go, I think I like Manchin almost as much as I like the other Joe — Lieberman, that is.
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