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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.
Persons: Tyrone Siu, Barack Obama, Donald Trump’s, Robert Lighthizer, Brent Christensen, Hsiao, , Antony Blinken, Biden Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, Tyrone Siu The Trade, American Institute, U.S . Trade, Taiwan’s, Trade, World Trade Organization, New Zealand, Washington Locations: TAIPEI, Taiwan, United States, Taipei, Washington, U.S, China, Beijing, Singapore, New
U.S. House votes to repeal 'true lender' banking rule issued under Trump
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to repeal a contentious banking rule introduced during former President Donald Trump’s administration that Democrats say allows predatory lenders to skirt state consumer protections. The vote to roll back the so-called “true lender” rule, which attempted to clarify what laws applied to lenders like fintechs when partnered with traditional banks, clears the way for its removal, as President Joe Biden is expected to sign it. (Reporting by Pete Schroeder)
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Joe Biden, Pete Schroeder Organizations: U.S . House
DES MOINES, Iowa—Nikki Haley is trying to emphasize her own political identity while still appealing to former President Donald Trump’s deeply loyal supporters as she lays the groundwork for a possible 2024 presidential bid. A critic of Mr. Trump before becoming his United Nations ambassador for two years, Ms. Haley will on Thursday evening headline the Republican Party of Iowa’s biggest gathering of the year. Her Lincoln Dinner appearance, a high-profile stop in the state that is expected to host the first GOP presidential nomination balloting in 2024, will give the former South Carolina governor a chance to both introduce herself to activists and offer contrition to supporters of Mr. Trump that she may have offended in the past. Earlier this year, Ms. Haley told Republican National Committee members that Mr. Trump would be “judged harshly by history” for his behavior after November’s election. Her back and forth regarding the former president has left some questioning Ms. Haley’s political compass.
Persons: Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s, Mr, Trump, Haley, contrition, , , Ms, won’t Organizations: DES, United Nations, Republican Party of Iowa’s, South, Mr, Republican National Committee, Politico Locations: DES MOINES, Iowa, South Carolina
The second measure would be passed through a Senate maneuver called reconciliation here, which would allow it to take effect without Republican votes. “I expect that in the coming months this summer, before the fiscal year is over, that we will have voted on this (bipartisan) bill - the infrastructure bill - as well as voted on the budget resolution,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “It almost makes your head spin.”McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer have not been directly involved with the bipartisan infrastructure talks. Slideshow ( 6 images )RECONCILIATION REDUXPelosi said the House would vote on the bipartisan bill only after the Senate had also approved the additional reconciliation bill. Republicans chafed at his definition of infrastructure, which included fighting climate change and providing care for children and the elderly.
Persons: Joe Biden, , ” Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, I’m, Mitch McConnell, ” McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell, , Lindsey Graham, Biden, Donald Trump’s, ” Schumer, Republicans chafed, John Thune Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Republican, White, Internal Revenue Service, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Democratic, Republicans, Congressional, Office Locations: U.S, Washington
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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TEHRAN — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday seized 36 Iranian-linked news website domains, accusing them of spreading disinformation, amid continued tensions between Tehran and Washington. Three other seized websites were operated by one of the main Iran-aligned Iraqi militia groups, Kata’ib Hizballah, which more than a decade ago was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S, the department's statement added. The department said SDNs are prohibited from obtaining services, including website and domain services, in the United States without a license. The sites seized included Press TV, the Iranian government's main English-language television channel, and Al-Alam, its Arabic-language equivalent. But they were back online using Iranian domain addresses Alalam.ir and Presstv.ir.
Persons: Kata’ib, IRTVU, SDNs, Kata’ib Hizballah, IRNA, Mahmoud Vaezi, Alam, It’s, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, Donald Trump’s, Raisi, Joe Biden, Yuliya Talmazan, Ali Arouzi Organizations: The U.S . Justice, The Justice Department, Iranian Islamic Radio, Television Union, U.S, Revolutionary Guard, United, Press, U.S ., Lualua, NBC, ., Department of Justice, Revolutionary Guards Locations: TEHRAN, The, Tehran, Washington, U.S, United States, Iran, Iranian, Al, London
White House pitches America First 2.0
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference after the U.S.-Russia summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden’s top economic aide, Brian Deese, said on Wednesday that the government needs to play a bigger role in supporting certain technologies and industries. That’s taking a leaf out of China’s playbook and a more organized version of former President Donald Trump’s America First policy . Deese said the pandemic was a wake-up call to make more products at home. The Senate recently passed a bill to spend $250 billion on research and development to better compete with the People’s Republic .
Persons: Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON, Joe Biden’s, Brian Deese, Donald Trump’s, Deese, Sam, Gina Chon, Swaha Pattanaik, Amanda Gomez Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Atlantic Council, Senate, Heineken, GameStop, Vivendi Locations: U.S, Russia, Geneva, Switzerland, Donald Trump’s America, China, People’s Republic, India
Opinion | In N.Y.C., Black Is Back
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Charles M. Blow | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
In that ad, Trump also wrote: “Let our politicians give back our police department’s power to keep us safe. Unshackle them from the constant chant of ‘police brutality.’” All five suspects would be wrongly convicted while Dinkins was in office. The pump was being primed for unleashing law enforcement to crack down in the city, whatever the cost. As The New York Times reported in 1992, more than 10,000 off-duty police officers gathered at City Hall to protest. Then the rioting began: “A handful of people, then hundreds, then thousands, broke through police barricades and surged onto City Hall’s steps.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Trump, , Dinkins, George H.W, Bush, Edward Byrne, Ed Koch, Bill Clinton, Black N.Y.C, Souljah, Jesse Jackson’s, Jackson, Clinton, ” Rudy Giuliani, Dinkins’s, Organizations: Central, New York, Democratic, Rainbow Coalition, New York Times, City Hall, stoke, Times Locations: New York State, Black, Brooklyn, Murray
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
“But there’s something else we know: that New York City said ‘Our first choice is Eric Adams’,” he said. Tuesday’s totals were enough to force a concession from former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who was in a distant fourth place. Voters also were choosing among eight Democratic candidates seeking to replace retiring Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. The election’s outcome could help show where Democratic voters stand on the topic ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The leading moderate candidates - Adams, Garcia and Yang - all called for increased police resources.
Persons: Eric Adams, Adams, , Eric Adams ’, , Bill de Blasio, Andrew Yang, Yang, Maya Wiley, Kathryn Garcia, Cyrus Vance Jr, Donald Trump’s, Garcia, Curtis Sliwa, Fernando Mateo, it’s, Meg Vasu, Wiley, , ” Vasu, Michael Hartman Organizations: YORK, Brooklyn Borough, New York City, Democratic, Tuesday’s Democratic, MSNBC, Manhattan District, Wiley, New, Guardian Angels, Republican, New York Times, New York Daily News Locations: Brooklyn, York City, , New York City, Brooklyn’s Fort Greene
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republicans in the narrowly divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday blocked an election reform bill considered a top priority by Democrats seeking to offset a wave of laws passed by Republican-led state legislatures that impose new limits on voting. The 50-50 party-line vote fell short of the 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation in the Senate, sparking new calls by some Democrats to rethink that rule, known as the filibuster. Republicans argued that the bill infringed on states’ rights to set voting policy. Those claims were rejected by multiple courts, state election authorities and Trump’s own administration. The court in coming days could further weaken the Voting Rights Act in a ruling on voting restrictions in Arizona.
Persons: Chuck Schumer, Joe Biden, ” Biden, “ I’ve, Donald Trump’s, Mitch McConnell, , Marco Rubio, , Joe Manchin, Steny Hoyer, Debbie Stabenow Organizations: WASHINGTON, Senate, Republican, Republicans, Democratic, Democrats, Constitution, NEXT, Moderate Democratic, Justice Department, Civil Rights Division Locations: U.S, Florida, Washington, United States, Arizona
Manhattan District Attorney Race Reaches the Finish Line
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Deanna Paul | ) www.wsj.com + 0.94   time to read: +1 min
Eight candidates squared off Tuesday in the race to be the next Manhattan district attorney, a powerful office that prosecutes crime ranging from murder to securities fraud and is investigating former President Donald Trump’s company. Two former federal prosecutors, Tali Farhadian Weinstein and Alvin Bragg, have emerged as front-runners, leading in fundraising, polling and receiving big-name endorsements. In the most recent public poll, conducted last week by Data for Progress, Mr. Bragg led Ms. Farhadian Weinstein with 34% to her 25%. But 14% were undecided in a contentious election that features several candidates who want to completely remake the district attorney’s office. A victory by either Mr. Bragg or Ms. Farhadian Weinstein would be historic.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, Alvin Bragg, Bragg, Farhadian Weinstein, Cyrus Vance Jr Organizations: Democratic Locations: Manhattan
Biden becomes dealmakers’ no fun police
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Jennifer Saba | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers update on administration's coronavirus response from the White House in Washington, June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaNEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters Breakingviews) - U.S. President Joe Biden was meant to bring predictability to the antitrust environment after a tumultuous four years. For Wall Street, that means more months of holding their collective breath just as the Biden administration become dealmakers’ no fun police. - Endeavor is an entertainment and talent company that owns sports franchises, such as Ultimate Fighting Championship, and promotes live events. Live Nation is concert producer and ticket seller.
Persons: Joe Biden, Carlos Barria, Department of Justice crowed, Ari Emanuel, Mark Shapiro, Willis Towers Watson, Lina Khan, Khan, Donald Trump’s, Time Warner, Jeff Bezos’s, Biden, Clayton, Lauren Silva Laughlin, Amanda Gomez Organizations: White, REUTERS, Reuters, Department of Justice, Hollywood, Endeavor, Live Nation Entertainment, Apple, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Time Warner, CNN, FTC, DOJ, Mobile, Time, MGM, U.S . Department of Justice, Nation Entertainment Locations: Washington
Opinion | Want to Get Trump Re-elected? Dismantle the Police.
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Thomas L. Friedman | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Like everyone else, I look forward to a summer of reconnecting with family and friends and relishing a good ole Fourth of July barbecue — unmasked! But I will be doing so with a pit in my stomach, because just beneath the surface calm in America, volcanic forces are gathering that could blow the lid off our democracy. Now imagine what would happen if Trump was re-elected in 2024 by his cultlike following and he didn’t have to worry about facing voters again? Democrats are vulnerable. That’s why President Biden plans to lay out a forceful anti-crime strategy on Wednesday.
Persons: relishing, , Donald, Trump’s, Trump, He’d, Vox, Democrats —, Biden Organizations: Donald Trump’s, Department, Republican, Trump, , Times, Democrats Locations: America
A TikTok clip viewed over 54,000 times spreads the repeatedly debunked claim that U.S. president Joe Biden is a “fake president”. As evidence, the video shows images from a press conference in which no U.S. flag can be seen hanging behind Biden. American flags were on display at his press conference in Geneva. Firstly, Biden is the legitimate president of the United States. Large flags were displayed above and to either side of Biden at his press conference in Geneva, although they were out of the frame of some images.
Persons: Joe Biden, , Biden, Donald Trump’s, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, ” Scot Guenter, Biden’s, Read Organizations: Electoral, Archives Electoral, U.S, White, Biden, Reuters, Flag Research, Congressional Research Service, U.S . Flag Locations: Geneva, United States, U.S, , Russia, Switzerland
America’s Democratic Model Tarnished, Yet Still Powerful
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( Gerald F. Seib | ) www.wsj.com + 0.83   time to read: +1 min
Which raises the question of how America is doing as a democratic model for the rest of the world. The model is tarnished—badly tarnished by some measures. Indeed, the democratic model’s enduring power actually may be breaking through. Pew compiled the results of interviews on perceptions of America with more than 16,000 citizens from 16 advanced economies in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. And that sentiment was nearly a majority opinion in Italy and Greece, the only countries where it fell just below 50%.
Persons: Biden, Vladimir Putin, , Donald Trump’s, hasn’t Organizations: Pew Research Center, Pew, U.S, Capitol Locations: Europe, North America, Asia, Pacific, U.S, Italy, Greece
America’s Democratic Model Tarnished, yet Still Powerful
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( Gerald F. Seib | ) www.wsj.com + 0.83   time to read: +1 min
Which raises the question of how America is doing as a democratic model for the rest of the world. The model is tarnished—badly tarnished by some measures. Indeed, the democratic model’s enduring power actually may be breaking through. Pew compiled the results of interviews on perceptions of America with more than 16,000 citizens from 16 advanced economies in North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. And that sentiment was nearly a majority opinion in Italy and Greece, the only countries where it fell just below 50%.
Persons: Biden, Vladimir Putin, , Donald Trump’s, hasn’t Organizations: Pew Research Center, Pew, U.S, Capitol Locations: Europe, North America, Asia, Pacific, U.S, Italy, Greece
Donald Trump’s Former Bodyguard Under Scrutiny in New York Probe
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( Rebecca Ballhaus | Corinne Ramey | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
New York prosecutors are investigating whether a top Trump Organization executive, Matthew Calamari, received tax-free fringe benefits, as part of their probe into whether former President Donald Trump’s company and its employees illegally avoided paying taxes on such perks, according to people familiar with the matter. Calamari, once Mr. Trump’s bodyguard, indicates that their probe into the Trump Organization’s alleged practice of providing some employees with cars and apartments extends beyond Allen Weisselberg, the company’s chief financial officer, and his family. Calamari and Weisselberg, nor anyone else connected to the company, has been accused of wrongdoing. Mr. Vance’s office, in coordination with the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, has said it is working on a broader criminal probe into potential bank, insurance or tax fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers. Calamari and his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., that they should hire their own lawyer, people familiar with the matter said.
Persons: Matthew Calamari, Donald Trump’s, Calamari, Trump’s, Allen Weisselberg, Messrs, Cyrus Vance Jr, Weisselberg, Letitia James, Matthew Calamari Jr, Trump Organizations: Trump Organization, Trump, Manhattan District, New York, Prosecutors, Trump Organization’s Locations: York, Allen, Manhattan
Initial results showed Ebrahim Raisi won 17.8 million votes in the contest, dwarfing those of the race’s sole moderate candidate. However, Raisi dominated the election only after a panel under the watch of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei disqualified his strongest competition. The race’s fourth candidate, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, had around 1 million votes, Orf said. As night fell Friday, turnout appeared far lower than in Iran’s last presidential election in 2017. After a day of amplifying officials’ attempts to get out the vote, state TV broadcast scenes of jam-packed voting booths in several provinces overnight, seeking to portray a last-minute rush to the polls.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Raisi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ATTA KENARE, Mohsen Rezaei, Jamal Orf, Amirhossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Hemmati, Instagram, , , Rezaei, Khamenei, Dr, Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, ” Rezaei, a.m, Rouhani, Donald Trump’s, , Khamenei’s, Mojtaba Organizations: Getty, Revolutionary, Iran’s, Ministry, Orf, Twitter, Raisi, Islamic, U.S Locations: Islamic Republic, AFP, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iran, Iran’s, Tehran, America, Vienna, Israel
Opinion | The Strange Death of Liberal Russophobia
  + stars: | 2021-06-19 | by ( Ross Douthat | ) www.nytimes.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
It will shock you how much it never happened.”You can definitely see the Draper method at work in the let’s-just-not-talk-about-Trump wing of the G.O.P. But what’s equally striking are the ways that liberals are practitioners as well. This week, for instance, Joe Biden held a summit with Vladimir Putin — a banal event in the context of past Democratic administrations, but a remarkable one in the context of the world as the liberal Resistance interpreted it from 2016 through 2020. In that world, Putin was a figure of extraordinary menace, the leader of an authoritarian renaissance whose tentacles extended everywhere, from Brexit to the N.R.A. In this atmosphere every rumor about Russian perfidy was pre-emptively believed, and the defense of liberal democracy required recognizing that we had been thrust into Cold War 2.0.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Don Draper’s, Draper, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin —, Putin, perfidy, emptively, Biden, , Trump Organizations: Trump, Democratic, Manchurian, Republicans Locations: Brexit, Afghanistan, East, Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Moscow
WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led military mission in Afghanistan planned to hold a flag-lowering ceremony on Friday in Kabul with NATO allies but the event was cancelled at the last moment amid questions over what the ceremony was meant to signify, according to three U.S. Defense officials. The flag-lowering ceremony at the Kabul headquarters for NATO’s “Resolute Support” mission, which trains and advises Afghan security forces, was called off only hours before it was due to begin, the Defense officials said. The ceremony likely would be held at another date, two Defense officials said, and would only include officers and officials already working at the headquarters due to concerns over Covid-19. U.S. troops already have handed over several bases and airfields to Afghan security forces and C-17 cargo planes are continuously flying out equipment. The Defense Department “continues to pursue, analyze and refine the best options available and will announce corresponding decisions and implementation plans as they become available and appropriate,” Lodewick said.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, , , Stephanie Kostro, ” Kostro, Rob Lodewick, ” Lodewick, Defense Department “, Biden’s, Ronald Neumann, Jake Sullivan, Tayyip Erdogan, Sullivan, Hamid, Erdogan Organizations: NATO, U.S . Defense, U.S, Pentagon, , Defense, United, Taliban, U.S ., Lawmakers, State Department, U.S . Agency for International Development, Professional Services Council, Professional Services, NBC, DoD, Department of Defense, State, Department, Defense Department, The State Department, Washington Post, International Airport, Monday, American Foreign Service Association, Afghan, Coalition Locations: The U.S, Afghanistan, Kabul, Washington, Resolute, Covid, U.S, United States, , Turkey, Brussels, American
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday is poised to repeal the 2002 war powers resolution that authorized the use of military force in Iraq, a reversal that Democrats have been trying to enact for years. Democrats especially have criticized the Iraq war resolution as a mistake predicated on on false intelligence about the threat of weapons of mass destruction and have said the 2001 resolution has given presidents too much leeway to wage war. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that he plans to bring the Iraq war authorization repeal to the Senate floor. “The Iraq war has been over for nearly a decade, an authorization passed in 2002 was no longer necessary in 2021,” Schumer said. “It's been nearly 10 years since this particular authorization has been cited as a primary justification for military — for a military operation.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Barbara Lee, ” Biden, Barack Obama, Biden, Donald Trump’s, Qassem Soleimani, Chuck Schumer, ” Schumer, “ It's Organizations: Rep, U.S, Islamic State, ISIS, United, Iraqi Locations: Iraq, United States, Afghanistan, U.S, Iran
Asian American and Pacific Islanders voted in record numbers last November, which experts said was fueled in part by the pandemic and former President Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. Now, ahead of next week's mayoral and City Council primaries in New York City, community leaders say outrage over anti-Asian racism and excitement about the historic bids of Andrew Yang and other Asian American candidates could similarly boost the group’s participation in local elections. Get-out-the-vote initiatives in predominantly Asian American neighborhoods are aimed not only at registering people to vote but also at teaching them about ranked-choice voting. “There’s a lot more interest from candidates to reach out to Asian American voters as much as possible,” he said. “One of the key things we want to do is to make it so that Asian American turnout is not dependent on having Asian American candidates in an election,” Shih said.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Andrew Yang, ” Christine Chen, APIAVote, , , Sandra Choi, ” Choi, Howard Shih, Shih, they’ve, Yang, Felicia Singh, Jaslin Kaur, Sen, John Liu, there’s, ” Shih Organizations: Pacific Islanders, , NBC Asian, MinKwon Center for Community, APA Voice, MinKwon, for Community, Asian American, City, City Council, Asian American Federation, American Locations: New York City, NBC Asian America, Flushing, New York
ByteDance Ltd., the owner of popular short-video app TikTok, told employees that its revenue last year more than doubled to $34.3 billion, underscoring why the Chinese technology giant is one of the world’s hottest startups. ByteDance had about 1.9 billion monthly active users across all its platforms as of December 2020, according to the memo. From the Archives Video-sharing app TikTok has come to rival some of the world’s most popular social-media platforms in just a few years. WSJ looks at how Chinese startup ByteDance took TikTok to the masses and why it attracted regulatory scrutiny. Kuaishou’s market capitalization was recently about $103 billion, and the company reported 2020 revenues equivalent to about $9.2 billion.
Persons: ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, Jaden Urbi, TikTok, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Zhang, — Raffaele Huang, Liza Lin Organizations: ByteDance, Wall Street, KKR, Co, Sequoia Capital, General Atlantic, Fidelity Investments, Inc, Cyberspace Administration Locations: Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, China, U.S, ByteDance, Liza.Lin
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Republican challenge to Obamacare law
  + stars: | 2021-06-17 | by ( Lawrence Hurley | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican bid that had been backed by former President Donald Trump’s administration to invalidate the Obamacare healthcare law, ruling that Texas and other challengers had no legal standing to file their lawsuit. It marked the third time the court has preserved Obamacare since its 2010 enactment. President Joe Biden's administration in February urged the Supreme Court to uphold Obamacare, reversing the position taken by the government under Trump, who left office in January. The ruling came in a lawsuit by Texas and 17 other Republican-governed states and later joined by Trump's administration. The Trump administration did take steps to hobble the law.
Persons: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Jonathan Ernst, Donald Trump’s, Stephen Breyer, Joe Biden's, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Lawrence Hurley, Will Dunham Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, U.S, Supreme, Republican, Affordable, Trump, Trump's, Democratic, Republicans, Thomson Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Texas, California, New York
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