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TAIPEI (Reuters) - A bilateral trade deal between Taiwan and the United States would reinforce U.S. support for the democratic island in the face of “unrelenting intimidation” from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, Oct. 10, 2020. Tsai said she was thankful for bipartisan support from U.S. politicians for such a deal. “Such an agreement would further enhance our close economic and trade partnership, and also reinforce America’s support for Taiwan in the face of unrelenting intimidation from across the Strait,” she added. Tsai alluded to the incoming administration, saying: “As we move towards 2021, the Taiwan-U.S. partnership holds enormous opportunities for growth”.
Persons: Tsai Ing, Ann Wang Taiwan, Tsai, , , Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, American Legislative Exchange Council, Leadership, Taiwan - Locations: TAIPEI, Taiwan, United States, China, Taipei, U.S, Taiwan Strait, Taiwan - U.S
U.S. Justice Department probed Kushner lawyer over alleged graft scheme: NYT
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department investigated whether a lawyer for Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, had been involved in a bribery scheme to win clemency for a man convicted of tax crimes, the New York Times said on Thursday. White House senior advisor Jared Kushner looks on at a U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., November 2, 2020. As part of the plan, a San Francisco real estate developer, Sanford Diller, would make an unspecified political contribution, it added. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell released an order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. In October, Broidy pleaded guilty in a separate case to legally lobbying Trump to drop an investigation into a Malaysian embezzlement scandal.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Donald Trump's, Carlos Barria, Abbe Lowell, Elliott Broidy, Trump, William Burck, , Hugh Baras, Sanford Diller, Diller, Burck, Baras, Beryl Howell, Broidy Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Justice Department, New York Times, White House, Fayetteville Regional Airport, REUTERS, ” Reuters, Lowell, Justice Department, San, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Twitter, U.S, District, Trump Locations: Fayetteville , North Carolina, U.S, Berkeley , California, San Francisco, Washington, Malaysian
U.S. Democrats elect Meeks as first Black House foreign affairs chairman
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Patricia Zengerle | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Democrats elected Greg Meeks on Thursday as the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a position in which he is expected to work closely with President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on the Iran nuclear deal and other issues. Engel voted for the 2003 Iraq War and opposed President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The caucus vote was 148-78 for Meeks over Representative Joaquin Castro, who had campaigned for the post as a more progressive alternative to Meeks. Castro, currently vice chairman of the foreign affairs panel, said he looked forward to working with Meeks on common goals such as promoting diversity at the State Department and rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.
Persons: Gregory Meeks, Larry Downing, Greg Meeks, Joe Biden’s, Meeks, , ” Meeks, New York Representative Eliot Engel, Engel, Barack Obama’s, Joaquin Castro, Castro, Donald Trump, Biden Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, . House, House Foreign Affairs Committee, World Health Organization, Congress, New York Representative, Democratic, Israel, Democratic Party’s, State Department, Republican Locations: Washington, Iran, Iraq, United States, Tehran
FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hang outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23 to $495 million, the Trump campaign said. Biden has not released figures for the period, but was consistently raising more than Trump in the final months of the campaign. Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Bill Stepien, ” Trump, Trump’s, solicitations Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican National Committee, Trump, Election Locations: Washington , U.S
FILE PHOTO: Signs by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hang outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. The post-election fundraising haul brought the combined fundraising of Trump committees between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23 to $495 million, the Trump campaign said. Biden’s campaign raised $112 million during the same period, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday. Trump has refused to concede defeat and alleged without evidence that Biden’s victory came thanks to widespread voter fraud. Soon after the election, Trump’s campaign began sending solicitations to supporters by email and text making pleas for donations to an “Official Election Defense Fund” to “protect the results and keep fighting even after Election Day.”The fine print made clear most of the money would go to other priorities, including retiring the debts of Trump’s campaign.
Persons: Donald Trump, Hannah McKay, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden’s, Trump, Bill Stepien, ” Trump, Trump’s, solicitations Organizations: U.S, Supreme, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Republican National Committee, Trump, Federal, Commission, Election Locations: Washington , U.S
President-elect Joe Biden threw his support behind a compromise relief plan in a CNN interview. The relief plan appeared to gather more momentum on Capitol Hill after months of inaction from lawmakers. President-elect Joe Biden came out in favor of the $908 billion compromise relief package, though maintaining he would seek more federal aid after he is sworn in on January 20. Biden's comments come as lawmakers debate the scope and components of another relief package. He said the compromise relief plan "at best, is only going to be a down payment for what's going to happen early next year."
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, CNN's Jake Tapper, cobble, Joe Biden's, Trump, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, McConnell Organizations: CNN, Capitol, Congressional Democratic, Republican, Kentucky Republican, White
The US Department of Justice investigated an attorney for Jared Kushner in connection with an alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme, The New York Times reported. A billionaire real estate developer enlisted an attorney for Jared Kushner and a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in a suspected scheme to obtain a presidential pardon via bribery, The New York Times reported on Thursday. An attorney for Lowell, however, told The Times that no bribe was ever paid. An attorney for Baras told The Times that he was not representing him "for the purposes of a pardon." In 2017, Lowell made headlines after falling for a prankster imitating his client, Jared Kushner.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Sanford Diller, Hugh Baras, Donald Trump, Abbe Lowell, Elliott Broidy, Diller, Lowell, Baras, Kushner Organizations: US Department of Justice, New York Times, Business, The Times, Department of Justice, DOJ, Trump, Social Security, Times
President Donald Trump is considering preemptively pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday. President Donald Trump is weighing issuing preemptive pardons to as many as 20 close associates, Politico reported on Thursday. Trump has expressed particular concern about a pair of fraud investigations that the New York attorney general's office and the Manhattan district attorney's office are conducting. Trump is likely more concerned about the New York investigations because while the president's pardon power is extraordinarily broad, it does not apply to state-level or local offenses. Both investigations — one civil and one criminal — are focused on the Trump family's business dealings, the Trump Organization, and the president's personal finances.
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U.S. Senate set to vote on Trump FCC nominee as soon as next week
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) logo is seen before the FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. That could stymie Democratic priorities on a number of issues at the FCC, including moving to restore the 2015 net neutrality rules overturned by the Trump FCC in 2017. Simington was approved along party lines by a 14-12 vote by the Commerce Committee on Wednesday over the objections of Democrats. President Donald Trump has railed against social media companies and demanded repeal of a social media protection known as Section 230 that is part of a 1996 law. Trump in May directed the Commerce Department to file a petition with the FCC seeking to curb legal protections for social media companies.
Persons: Yuri Gripas, Mitch McConnell, Nathan Simington, Simington, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael O’Rielly, O’Rielly Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Senate, Trump, Federal Communications Commission, FCC, REUTERS, Commerce Department, Republicans, Democratic, Trump FCC, Commerce, Republican Locations: Washington, Georgia, Trump
Factbox-The Biden Cabinet: President-elect begins to build a team
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in Obama’s administration. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: JAKE SULLIVANBiden’s national security adviser when he served as vice president to Obama, Sullivan also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Haines held several posts at Columbia University after leaving the Obama administration in 2017. Senator and Secretary of State Kerry will act as “climate czar” in the Biden Administration. CHIEF OF STAFF: RON KLAINA longtime Biden adviser with experience in responding to the Ebola pandemic, Klain was picked for the chief of staff role that sets the president’s agenda.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts Biden, Obama, Jeff Zients, Vivek Murthy, JEFF ZIENTS Zients, Barack Obama, Biden, VIVEK MURTHY, Murthy, JANET YELLEN, Donald Trump, Tanden, CECILIA ROUSE Rouse, BRIAN DEESE, ANTONY BLINKEN, JAKE SULLIVAN, Sullivan, Hillary Clinton, ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS, Mayorkas, DACA, AVRIL HAINES, Haines, LINDA THOMAS, GREENFIELD, Greenfield, KERRY, State Kerry, , Kerry, Michele Flournoy, Flournoy, Bill Clinton, Biden’s, Jeh Johnson, Johnson, Lloyd Austin, Austin, Tammy Duckworth, Duckworth, Sally Yates, Yates, Doug Jones, Jones, Tommy Tuberville, Tom Perez, Xavier Becerra, Elizabeth Sherwood, Randall, Sherwood, Arun Majumdar, Stanford University’sfaculty, Jay Inslee, Inslee, Ernest Moniz –, Moniz, Heather McTeer Toney, Toney, Mary Nichols, Collin O’Mara, O’Mara, Michael Morell, Morell, Tom Donilon, Mandy Cohen, Cohen, David Kessler, Kessler, RON KLAIN, Klain Organizations: Reuters, Democratic, White House, REUTERS, Politico, Brookings Institution, Republican, Center, American Progress, Republicans, OF, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Obama, OF STATE, State Department, Immigration Services, Mayorkas, CIA, Columbia University, UNITED, GREENFIELD Biden’s, United Nations, Thomas, KERRY Former U.S, State, Biden Administration, Pentagon, Defense Department, Blinken, of Defense, Air Force, Clinton Administration, U.S, U.S . Central Command, Army, Senate, Justice Department’s Civil, Division, U.S . Senate, Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S . Department of, Google, Stanford, Clean, Force, California’s Air Resources Board, National Wildlife Federation, Delaware Department of Natural Resources, Environmental, CENTRAL, Beacon Global, North, North Carolina’s Health, Human Services Department, Centers, Medicare, Services, Food and Drug Administration, FDA Locations: Rehoboth Beach , Delaware, U.S, Obama’s, Paris, Cuba, United States, Black, Africa, Clinton, Illinois, Iraq, Thai, Alabama, Washington, Kenya, France, Portugal, Nigeria, Senegal, Asia, North Carolina’s
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are growing optimistic about a coronavirus relief deal, as party leaders converged Thursday on a price tag after months of stalemate gave way to meaningful negotiations. But lingering policy disputes remain and leaders still hope to combine the Covid-19 relief into a government funding bill by the Dec. 11 deadline to avert a shutdown. A breakthrough came Wednesday when Pelosi and Schumer backed a $908 billion bipartisan measure as the basis for negotiations, lending support for a reduced price tag more palatable to Republicans than Democrats' previous $2.2 trillion offer. McConnell has insisted on liability protections for businesses and organizations from Covid-related lawsuits, which Democrats are resisting. "There are issues — in particular, the size of state aid, and the liability relief," he told reporters on Thursday.
Persons: Pelosi, Schumer, Mitch McConnell, McConnell, Sen, Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, we'll, Donald Trump, I've, it's, Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, John Cornyn, Dick Durbin, We're, Cornyn, I'm, Tom Reed, Josh Gottheimer, Chip Somodevilla, Mitch McConnell's, Hakeem Jeffries, Jon Tester, Rob Portman, Kevin Cramer, Josh Hawley, Hawley, Chris Murphy, Conn Organizations: WASHINGTON, Lawmakers, Democrats, NBC, Capitol, Getty Locations: Ky, Covid, Texas, COVID, D, Ohio
A Senate committee advanced legislation on Thursday that would jumpstart the establishment of the long-awaited National Museum of the American Latino. The last of its museums to open was The National Museum of African American History and Culture, established by Congress in 2003 and open to the public in 2016. Longoria noted she is a ninth generation Texan, and stressed the importance of having a record of Latinos' contributions throughout the nation's history. Muñoz helped spearhead the initial effort to create the institution as chairman of the Commission to study the Creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. In 2003, community, business and congressional leaders began working with advocates like the non-profit Friends of the American Latino Museum, to push for its creation.
Persons: Donald Trump's, , , Sen, Bob Menendez, Estuardo Rodriguez, Rodriguez, Maria Teresa Kumar, John Cornyn, Cornyn, Eva Longoria, Longoria, Henry Muñoz III, Momento, Muñoz, ” Muñoz Organizations: Museum of, NBC, American Latino Museum, Smithsonian, National Zoo, U.S, National Museum of, Congress, Smithsonian Institution, Commission, National Latino Museum, Facebook, Twitter Locations: U.S, United States, Texas, America
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker SMIC and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. The Chinese embassy in Washington, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) and China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Congress and the administration have sought increasingly to curb the U.S. market access of Chinese companies that do not comply with rules faced by American rivals, even if that means antagonizing Wall Street.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Trump’s, Biden, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Defense, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Reuters, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, China National Offshore Oil Corp, CNOOC, U.S . Commerce Department, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, U.S, Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, American
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Slideshow ( 2 images )The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, also including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. SMIC said in a stock market statement that it strongly opposes the decision of United States Department of Defense, which reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by the U.S.administration regarding the end-uses of its business and technology. Shares of CNOOC’s listed unit CNOOC Ltd had fallen by nearly 14% percent following the Sunday report.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, SMIC, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Defense, China Construction Technology Co Ltd, China International Engineering Consulting Corp, Reuters, Republican, Embassy, Foreign Ministry, Offshore Oil Corp, United States Department of Defense, CNOOC, U.S . Commerce Department, Biden, Democratic, Communist Chinese Military, Pentagon, People’s Liberation Army, Giants, China Telecom, China Mobile, U.S, Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc, U.S . House, Trump Locations: Beijing, China, Washington, Hong Kong, crosshairs, U.S, Hikvision, American
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran is unlikely to retaliate over the assassination of a prominent nuclear scientist before the inauguration of Joe Biden in case it jeopardizes any future sanctions relief, the top U.S. envoy on Iran told Reuters on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Members of Iranian forces carry the coffin of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during a funeral ceremony in Tehran, Iran November 30, 2020. “If they want sanctions relief, they know that they’re going to need to enter some kind of negotiation after January 20, and it’s got to be in their minds that they don’t want to... undertake any activities between now and Jan 20 that make sanctions relief harder to get,” he said. In retaliation, Tehran gradually breached the deal’s restrictions on its nuclear program. Biden has said he will return the United States to the deal if Iran resumes compliance.
Persons: Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, REUTERS Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Elliott Abrams, Biden, Donald Trump, it’s, , Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, Trump, Abrams Organizations: WASHINGTON, Reuters, Iranian Defense Ministry, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Jan Locations: Iran, Tehran, Israel, Venezuela, , United States, Washington, Islamic Republic
Wisconsin Supreme Court rebuffs Trump challenge to election results
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Makini Brice | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
A poll worker gestures while processing absentee ballots Milwaukee Central Count the night of Election Day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S., November 3, 2020. Trump’s team filed the petition, which challenged Wisconsin’s election results and sought to invalidate 221,323 absentee ballots, directly to the state’s top court on Tuesday. President-Elect Joe Biden won the majority of votes in Wisconsin, edging Trump out by about 20,000 votes, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Wisconsin’s top court, in denying the petition, said the parties could pursue a case in a lower court. The petition alleged Wisconsin election officials were directed to fill in missing information on ballot envelopes, issued absentee ballots without receiving applications and allowed people to improperly claim a “confined” absentee voting status.
Persons: Bing Guan, Donald Trump’s, Trump’s, Joe Biden, Trump Organizations: Milwaukee Central Count, REUTERS, Wisconsin Supreme, Commission, Biden Locations: Milwaukee , Wisconsin, U.S, Wisconsin, Trump, Madison
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence official stepped up the Trump administration’s harsh attacks on Beijing on Thursday, labeling China the biggest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War Two and saying it was bent on global domination. Beijing has frequently called on U.S. leaders to dial back their rhetoric on China, which it blames on fear of China’s growing role in the world. Ratcliffe alluded to reports collected by U.S. intelligence agencies that Chinese representatives have sought to interfere in U.S. domestic politics. Now let’s all be honest about China,” Ratcliffe told Reuters after the article was published. On Thursday, the Trump administration restricted travel to the United States by members of China’s ruling Communist Party and their families.
Persons: John Ratcliffe, Andrew Harnik, National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, Ratcliffe, Trump, , Rob, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Xi, , ” Ratcliffe, China’s, Hacking, ” Bonnie Glaser, Joe Biden Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, Capitol, National Intelligence, Wall Street, Republican, of, Communist Party, U.S, Center for Strategic, International Studies Locations: Beijing, China, R, Washington , U.S, U.S, America, , Washington, Hong Kong, South China, Xinjiang, Ratcliffe, United States, Asia
Trump signing order on principles for U.S. government AI use
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com + 0.76   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said President Donald Trump is signing an executive order on Thursday setting guidance for federal agency use of artificial intelligence that aims to foster public acceptance of the technology in government decision making. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a medal ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstThe order directs agencies to prepare inventories of AI-use cases throughout their departments and directs the White House to develop a roadmap for policy guidance for administrative use of AI. Some U.S. states and cities have raised concerns about AI applications, especially possible algorithmic bias in the use of facial-recognition software by law enforcement. “A crucial question will be how to subject such tools to meaningful accountability,” the report said.
Persons: Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Michael Kratsios, , Trump, Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, White, REUTERS, Stanford, New York University Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
Trump signs order on principles for U.S. government AI use
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( David Shepardson | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday setting guidance for federal agency use of artificial intelligence in government decision-making. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a medal ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstThe White House said Trump was setting nine principles for the design, development, acquisition and use of AI in government in an effort “to foster public trust and confidence in the use of AI, and ensure that the use of AI protects privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.”The order directs agencies to prepare inventories of AI-use cases throughout their departments and directs the White House to develop a road map for policy guidance for administrative use. Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer, said the order “will foster public trust in the technology, drive government modernization and further demonstrate America’s leadership in artificial intelligence.”The Trump administration has made artificial intelligence a priority, earlier issuing guidance to federal agencies aimed at limiting “overreach” in regulating the use of AI by private companies, while urging agencies to use AI to eliminate outdated regulations. Some U.S. states and cities have raised concerns about AI applications, especially possible algorithmic bias in the use of facial-recognition software by law enforcement.
Persons: Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Trump, Michael Kratsios, Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, White, REUTERS, Stanford, New York University Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
OVERALL UNEMPLOYMENTThe post claims that overall unemployment was 3.9% under Trump and 9.9% under Obama. The overall unemployment rate, however, decreased under Obama, with a steady decrease occurring in his second term. Unemployment overall under Trump was 3.9% (the figure stated in the social media posts) in Dec. 2018. HISPANIC UNEMPLOYMENTThe video says that the unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino people was 4.4% under Trump and 12.8% under Obama. Before the increase in jobs began around Jan. 2010, from Jan. 2009 to Jan. 2010 there was a decrease in non-farm jobs of approximately 4.3 million.
Persons: Donald Trump, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Obama, , coronavirus, Jan, Read Organizations: U.S, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, Trump, Obama, Reuters, BLS, Black Locations: Jan, United States, U.S
Abrams also threatened further U.S. sanctions against anyone responsible for “electoral fraud” in Venezuelan congressional elections scheduled for Sunday. “They are really up against the wall,” Abrams said, referring to the economic impact of U.S. sanctions on Maduro and his allies. “And we’ve got a lot of leverage; we should use it ... My policy advice (to the Biden administration) would be no giveaways to Maduro.”Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Despite Trump’s campaign of sanctions and diplomatic pressure, Maduro has remained in power, backed by the OPEC nation’s military and supported by Russia, Cuba, China and Iran. The ballot could pave the way toward Venezuela’s opposition losing control of the National Assembly, which would complicate Guaido’s standing based on his position as the speaker of the congress.
Persons: Biden, Nicolas Maduro, Elliott Abrams, Andrew Harnik, Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Abrams, ” Abrams, we’ve, Maduro, Maduro’s, Trump, GUAIDO Abrams, Juan Guaido, Guaido, , ” Guaido Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, State Department, REUTERS, Reuters, Maduro’s Socialist Party, OPEC, National Assembly Locations: Venezuela, Washington , U.S, Iran, Washington, U.S, Russia, Cuba, China, United States
LONDON (Reuters) - Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious diseases expert, criticized UK regulators on Thursday for the swift approval of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine, a day after the authorization was announced in London. FILE PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 31, 2020. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBritain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Wednesday it had conducted a thorough assessment of the vaccine before granting its emergency use. He said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was the regulatory gold standard and that the agency was assessing the vaccine data very carefully, which he called appropriate. “Because if we did anything that was cutting corners and rushing, we have enough problems with people being sceptical about taking a vaccine anyway,” Fauci said.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, Pfizer Inc’s, Kevin Dietsch, they’re, ” Fauci, Fauci, Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s Organizations: Pfizer, Pfizer Inc’s COVID, National Institute for Allergy, Washington , D.C, Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, White Locations: London, Washington ,, U.S
LONDON (Reuters) - Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci apologized on Thursday for casting doubt on the rigor of the British regulators who approved the Pfizer Inc vaccine against COVID-19, saying he had faith in the quality of their work. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBritain announced the approval of the vaccine on Wednesday, with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) saying it had rigorously assessed the vaccine data and had cut no corners. U.S. and European Union regulators are sifting through the same Pfizer vaccine trial data, but have yet to give their approval. “I do have great faith in both the scientific community and the regulatory community in the UK,” Fauci said. “I did not mean to apply any sloppiness (to the UK regulatory process), even though it came out that way,” he added.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, Kevin Dietsch, Fauci, , , ” Fauci, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: Pfizer Inc, COVID, National Institute for Allergy, Washington , D.C, Britain, Medicines, Healthcare, Agency, Union, Pfizer, CBS, White Locations: Washington ,, British, U.S, Britain, United States
REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he expected lawmakers would vote as soon as next week on resolutions seeking to block Republican President Donald Trump’s $23 billion weapons sale to the United Arab Emirates. “We are gathering support for it, and I would think some time next week,” Senator Bob Menendez told reporters. The sale includes products from privately held General Atomics, Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s and missiles made by Raytheon. Like other lawmakers, he said he was left with unanswered questions after Trump administration briefings on the sale. Rubio said one of his concerns was how the sale to the UAE would affect Israel, and another involved a matter he could not discuss publicly.
Persons: Donald Trump, Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Bob Menendez, Menendez, Chris Murphy, Republican Rand Paul, Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Marco Rubio, Trump, Rubio Organizations: White, REUTERS, Democrat, U.S . Senate Foreign Relations, United, United Arab Emirates, Republican, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon, Trump Locations: Washington , U.S, United Arab, UAE, Israel, Yemen
WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog agency has found "a substantial likelihood of wrongdoing" by Trump administration appointees who oversee the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded media outlets. NBC News obtained one of the letters, which was signed by Karen Tanenbaum, an attorney in the retaliation and disclosure unit of the Office of Special Counsel. Pack and USAGM have 60 days to report back to the Office of Special Counsel. Seide said he hoped the finding by the Office of Special Counsel will "have a deterrent effect because it goes a long way to holding individuals accountable." The other foreign-language services are in part designed to provide quality, independent journalism in countries that lack a free press.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Michael Pack, Donald Trump, Karen Tanenbaum, congressionally, Steve Herman, Herman, Joe Biden, David Seide, Seide, he's Organizations: Trump, of, U.S . Office, U.S . Agency for Global Media, NBC, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free, Radio Liberty, NPR Locations: Radio Free Europe, America
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