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A broader dollar retreat and a bipartisan U.S. Senate deal on infrastructure spending also boosted emerging assets, with the Thai baht strengthening from a 13-month low hit on Thursday. The country has also approved the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Indian vaccine developer Bharat Biotech, and will receive a million doses of AstraZeneca Plc's COVID-19 vaccine from Japan. The baht had skidded lower after Thailand's central bank on Wednesday downgraded annual growth forecasts and pledged an accommodative policy stance Political uncertainty is also weighing. Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets on Thursday, calling for the prime minister to resign. Jakarta stocks rose nearly 1% to snap two sessions of losses, while Malaysian shares registered their best session in a week.
Persons: Soumyajit Saha, Ruben Carlo O, AstraZeneca Plc's, South Korea's, Joe Biden, Rashmi Aich Organizations: Senate, ng Pilipinas, The Union Bank of, Bharat Biotech, AstraZeneca, AstraZeneca Plc's COVID, South, Malaysian Locations: Malaysia, U.S, Manila, Asuncion, Philippines, Japan, Asia, Jakarta, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Bengaluru
Peter Thiel, the luminary venture capitalist billionaire, has used a common personal retirement account as his own “$5 Billion Tax-Free Piggy Bank,” according to a new report from the nonprofit news organization ProPublica. ProPublica said the documents showed that Thiel started a Roth IRA 22 years ago with assets that at the time were worth less than $2,000. According to ProPublica, Thiel began the Roth IRA with his shares of his startup, PayPal, which he originally co-founded in 1998 under the name Confinity. In 2004, when Thiel spent $500,000 and received in return a substantive stake in a nascent Facebook, that too went into Thiel’s Roth IRA account. Tax experts said Thiel was clearly taking advantage of the Roth tax allowances.
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Republicans are itching to conduct investigations of Hunter Biden if they win the majority in 2022. GOP inquiries would force the White House to play whack-a-mole with Hunter Biden accusations. Republicans are gearing up for a hot pursuit of Hunter Biden should they win a majority in Congress in the 2022 midterms. Republicans say they want to know more about Hunter Biden's ties to China and the Ukraine gas company Burisma. Johnson has this year sent at least four letters to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies demanding answers on different Hunter Biden allegations, including on possible ties to "foreign nationals connected to the communist Chinese government"; unethical links to a Biden administration DOJ appointee; and an incident allegedly involving Hunter Biden and a firearm.
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A refresher: Hunter Biden came under intense scrutiny during the 2020 campaign over everything from his business dealings to his struggles with substance abuse. ": A bipartisan group of 21 senators and President Joe Biden reached a major breakthrough in negotiations for an infrastructure bill. "There ain't going to be an infrastructure bill unless we have the reconciliation bill passed by the United States Senate," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. Biden, too, said of the infrastructure bill: "If this is the only thing that comes to me, I'm not signing it." "Big crowds in the Great State of Ohio this weekend for the Trump rally," Trump wrote in a Wednesday night statement about his planned Saturday rally outside Cleveland.
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On Infrastructure, Biden Tests the Limits of Having It Both Ways
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Jim Tankersley | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -0.83   time to read: +2 min
His agreement with Senate centrists, including at least five Republicans, includes just under $600 billion in new federal spending, focused on physical infrastructure like highways and broadband. “Neither side got everything they wanted in this deal, and that’s what it means to compromise,” Mr. Biden told reporters in the East Room. “If this is the only thing that comes to me, I’m not signing it,” Mr. Biden said, just moments after extolling the virtues of consensus. “The bottom line is both tracks need to make progress concurrently.”Top Republicans were quick to denounce the two-step. They do not expect Republicans to walk away from the agreement struck this week.
Persons: Mr, Biden, Biden’s, I’m, ” Mr, , Chuck Schumer, “ That’s, Mitch McConnell of Organizations: Senate, Democratic, , Republicans Locations: New York, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
The towering 2,000-year-old stone amphitheatre, the biggest in the Roman empire, is Italy's most popular tourist attraction, drawing 7.6 million visitors in 2019. The circular balconies, long accessible to tourists, used to accommodate up to 70,000 spectators to watch gladiator fights, executions and animal hunts. The arena could also - before the hypogeum was built - be filled with water to re-enact sea battles. Now a new 160 metre (525 ft) walkway reveals a part of the monument that has not been accessible to visitors. The final phase involves renewing the galleries and the lighting system and creating a new visitor centre.
Persons: Gracchus, della Valle, Della Valle, let’s, Crispian Balmer, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Senate, Tod’s, La Scala, Thomson Locations: Rome, trapdoors, Italy
A new bipartisan bill proposed in Congress would require the Social Security Administration to once again mail annual statements to everyone ages 25 and over who have paid into the system. The bill, called the Know Your Social Security Act, was proposed on Thursday by Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate. The Social Security Administration since 2011 has only sent out paper statements on a limited basis. Those who still receive annual mailed paper statements include people who are ages 60 and up who are not receiving benefits and have not signed up for an online My Social Security account. Receiving the annual statements will help workers make sure their earnings record with the government agency is accurate.
Persons: John Larson, Conn, Vern Buchanan, Ron Wyden, Bill Cassidy, Larson Organizations: Social Security Administration, Security, Republicans, Democrats, Senate, Finance, Social Security Locations: R, Sens
GOP Georgia Senate candidate Kelvin King on infrastructure deal, voting laws
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.80   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailGOP Georgia Senate candidate Kelvin King on infrastructure deal, voting lawsKelvin King, founder of construction company Osprey Management and a Republican running for Senate in Georgia, joined "Squawk Box" on Friday to discuss the infrastructure deal struck between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators.
Persons: Kelvin King Organizations: GOP Georgia, Osprey Management, Republican, Senate, White Locations: Georgia
Live Updates: Harris Will Visit the U.S. Border with Mexico
  + stars: | 2021-06-25 | by ( Katie Rogers | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
Live Live Updates: Harris Will Visit the U.S. Border with Mexico Vice President Kamala Harris will visit a migrant processing center in El Paso during her first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office. Vice President Kamala Harris departed Joint Base Andrews for a trip to El Paso on Friday. Along with Ms. Escobar, Ms. Harris is traveling with Senator Dick Durbin, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has been involved in past attempts at bipartisan immigration reform. Ms. Harris is also traveling with Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security. Greg Abbott of Texas days after Ms. Harris visits.
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The group will continue to work from afar. "There is still more work to be done on the final bill, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to. The issues have been at the core of demands from activists and progressives who want police to be held accountable. The potential legislation would also address choke and carotid holds, no-knock warrants, national standards for policing, misconduct record keeping and resources for police mental health. The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Sens, Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Karen Bass, ” Bass, George Floyd Organizations: Senate, Republicans, George, George Floyd Justice
Factbox: What's in the U.S. Senate's $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan?
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Construction workers are seen at the site of a large public infrastructure reconstruction project of an elevated roadway and bridges in upper Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Mike SegarWASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday embraced a bipartisan Senate deal to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure projects, building roads, bridges and highways and helping stimulate the economy. Here are some of the details of the bipartisan framework released by the White House, valued at $1.2 trillion over eight years, $579 billion of which is new spending:NEW SPENDING* Roads, bridges and other major projects: $109 billion* Power infrastructure, including grid authority: $73 billion* Passenger and freight rail: $66 billion* Broadband infrastructure: $65 billion* Water infrastructure, such as eliminating lead pipes: $55 billion* Public transportation: $49 billion* Resilience (preparing infrastructure for the impacts of climate change such as floods and other extreme weather events, and cyber attacks): $47 billion* Airports: $25 billion* Environmental remediation: $21 billion* Creation of an Infrastructure Financing Authority focused on clean transportation and clean energy: $20 billion* Ports, waterways: $16 billion* Safety, including grants to add bike lanes and other steps to protect vulnerable road users: $11 billion* Electric vehicle infrastructure, including chargers: $7.5 billion* Electric buses, transit: $7.5 billion* Western water shortage: $5 billionFINANCINGThe plan includes a number of proposals to finance the spending. Republicans sketched out those plans:* Improve tax enforcement: Net increase of $100 billion after $40 billion invested in enforcement* Public-private partnerships and "direct-pay" municipal bonds: $100 billion* Redirecting unused COVID-19 relief funds: $80 billion* Proceeds from 5G wireless networks spectrum auction: $65 billion* Estimated macroeconomic impact of infrastructure investment: $58 billion* Redirecting unused unemployment insurance money returned from U.S. states: $25 billion* Reinstating Superfund fees for chemicals. Superfund, the program for cleaning up the nation’s worst hazardous waste sites, was originally financed primarily through taxes on petroleum products, chemicals and corporate income: $13 billion* Extending expiring customs user fees: $6.1 billion* Sale of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve: $6 billionReporting by Susan Cornwell, David Shepardson and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Scott Malone and Sonya HepinstallOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mike Segar WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Susan Cornwell, David Shepardson, Lisa Lambert, Scott Malone, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: REUTERS, White, Financing Authority, U.S . Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Thomson Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S
Private capital has remained on the sidelines eager to invest. Let’s start with the basics: Infrastructure is a terrific, necessary investment, and the private sector has the capital to pay for it. The original toll roads, meanwhile, saw safety improve, congestion decrease and toll rates fall thanks to private sector investment. It can allow states to commission projects worth many times the public investment, as has already happened in Virginia, Maryland and Florida. Too often, the answer is “someone else.” This compromise proposal has sent the bill to private capital, the “someones” volunteering to pay.
Persons: Joe Biden, , it’s, Sen, Susan Collins, we’ve, Biden, Organizations: Republicans, GOP, Private, Politico, Transportation Infrastructure Finance, Innovation Locations: America, Maine, Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, Virginia , Maryland, Florida
Benigno Aquino III, the son of pro-democracy icons who helped topple Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died Thursday, a cousin and public officials said. On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I offer our deepest condolences to former President Benigno Aquino III’s family and loved ones at this heartbreaking time. We are saddened by President Aquino’s passing and will always be thankful for our partnership. His father, former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., was assassinated in 1983 while under military custody at the Manila international airport, which now bears his name. Philippines' President Benigno Aquino smiling upon his arrival at Wattay airport to attend the ninth Asia-Europe summit in Vientiane, on Nov. 4, 2012.
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Pelosi to Form Select Committee to Probe Jan. 6 Assault on U.S. Capitol
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Lindsay Wise | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said she will establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, after Senate Republicans blocked an earlier effort to establish a bipartisan independent commission. The committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and will make recommendations for the prevention of any future attacks, Mrs. Pelosi said. The speaker had signaled her intention to form a select committee earlier this week during a meeting with the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, according to people familiar with the matter. “This gleeful desecration of the Capitol resulted in multiple deaths, and physical harm to over 140 members of law enforcement and terror and trauma to staff, workers and members,” said Mrs. Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday. But in the Senate, Republicans blocked the legislation, which needed 60 votes to advance under the chamber’s longstanding filibuster rule.
Persons: Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, didn’t, , Mrs Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Capitol, Republicans, House Democratic, Capitol, Democrats, Senate Locations: Calif
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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WASHINGTON—A House committee approved far-reaching legislation to curb the market dominance of tech giants, including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., but much of the effort faced intensive lobbying by affected firms that slowed the committee’s work and foreshadowed a pitched battle in the Senate. Another measure, passed late Wednesday, requires that the largest internet platforms make it easier for users to transport their data to other platforms and even communicate with users on other platforms. The bills must still pass the full House, where the timetable for bringing them to the floor for final votes remains unclear. The package would affect large tech firms including Google, Facebook, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. The debate over the House Judiciary Committee’s legislation started Wednesday morning and continued into Thursday morning, as Republicans—and some Democrats—raised concerns and floated amendments.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Organizations: Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc, Senate, Federal Trade Commission, Google, Facebook, Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Judiciary
WASHINGTON—A House committee approved far-reaching legislation to curb the market dominance of tech giants, raising political alarms for firms including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. The move leaves the big tech firms—once darlings of Washington—in lawmakers’ crosshairs, despite intensive lobbying efforts. The package also includes a measure to bar big tech companies from favoring their own products in a range of circumstances on their platforms. Known as the American Choice and Innovation Online Act, it would prohibit big platforms from engaging in conduct that advantages their own products or services, disadvantages other business users, or discriminates among similarly situated business users. The bill—known as the Augmenting Compatibility and Competition by Enabling Service Switching, or Access, Act—would give the Federal Trade Commission extensive new powers to set individualized standards for the large tech companies.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Washington —, ’ crosshairs Organizations: Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Senate, Federal Trade Commission Locations: Washington
WASHINGTON—A House committee approved far-reaching legislation to curb the market dominance of tech giants, raising political alarms for firms including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. The House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to approve the final piece of its six-part package, the “Ending Platform Monopolies Act,” which restricts big tech companies’ ability to leverage their platform dominance to promote other lines of business and disadvantage competitors. The move leaves the big tech firms—once darlings of Washington—in lawmakers’ crosshairs, despite intensive lobbying efforts. Still, the companies will have multiple opportunities to block or water down the broad legislative package, which must be approved on the House floor and then in the Senate to become law. Write to John D. McKinnon at john.mckinnon@wsj.com and Julie Bykowicz at julie.bykowicz@wsj.com
Persons: WASHINGTON, Washington —, ’ crosshairs, John D, McKinnon, Julie Bykowicz Organizations: Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc, Senate Locations: Washington, john.mckinnon
The bipartisan group of Senators negotiating an infrastructure package will head to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden on Thursday. The lawmakers appeared optimistic after closed-door meetings with White House officials Wednesday. “We’ve agreed to a framework on the entire package,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters Wednesday afternoon. White House officials also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Wednesday. “I would call this a much sturdier framework,” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said.
Persons: Joe Biden, “ We’ve, ” Sen, Mitt Romney, we’ve, , Sen, Rob Portman, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, ” Schumer, , Lawmakers, Mark Warner, Susan Collins, Biden Organizations: White, Republicans, Democrats, GOP, House, Democratic Locations: R, Utah, Ohio, Maine
The bipartisan group of senators meeting with White House officials said they reached a 'framework' for a deal. They will present their framework for the massive spending package to President Joe Biden tomorrow. "There's a framework of agreement on a bipartisan infrastructure package," Collins told reporters on Wednesday after the meeting. Simultaneously, Senate Democrats are considering pushing through an infrastructure package drafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. Through budget reconciliation in July, an infrastructure package could be approved without GOP support.
Persons: Joe Biden, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin, Mitt Romney, Collins, Sen, Bernie Sanders, Jen Psaki Organizations: White, Senate, Service, White House, Wednesday, Bloomberg, GOP, Senators Locations: Sens
WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday will vote on whether to advance the nomination of gun control advocate David Chipman, President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ATF will play a vital role in Biden's pledge to crack down on a tide of rising violent crime and shootings. A tie will require Senate Democrats to jump through some procedural hurdles to advance his nomination, but is not an insurmountable roadblock. The job is so politically fraught that the Senate has only confirmed one ATF director nominee in the last 15 years. The administration is looking to regulate self-assembled "ghost guns" and stabilizing braces that can be attached to pistols.
Persons: David Chipman, Joe Biden's, Chipman, Vanita Gupta, Civil Rights Kristen Clarke, General Merrick Garland Organizations: U.S, Senate, Justice Department's, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives, ATF, Republicans, Civil Rights, Democrats
"White House senior staff had two productive meetings today with the bipartisan group of Senators who have been negotiating about infrastructure," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday night. "The group made progress towards an outline of a potential agreement, and the President has invited the group to come to the White House tomorrow to discuss this in-person." President Joe Biden invited Democratic and Republican infrastructure negotiators to the White House on Thursday, as senators say they have moved closer to a deal to revamp transportation, broadband and utilities. Twenty-one senators — 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats — have backed the infrastructure framework. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., met with White House officials on Wednesday night.
Persons: Sen, Bill Cassidy, Kyrsten Sinema, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, , Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Schumer, Biden Organizations: Sen, U.S . Capitol, White House, Senators, Democratic, Republican, White, , Senate, House, Republicans, GOP, CNBC, YouTube Locations: U.S, Washington ,
A growing group of Republicans who could run for president in 2024 are making their way to New York to meet with lucrative donors. Potential contenders who either have or are set to gather with donors in the Big Apple include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sens. Trump has not ruled out running for president again after losing in 2020 to President Joe Biden. Democratic candidates have fared better in the blue state, with New York donors contributing over $385 million to those running on that side of the ticket. Garbarino is running for reelection in the New York congressional district he won in 2020 by around 6 percentage points.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Sens, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Ron DeSantis, Scott, Rubio, DeSantis, Pompeo, He's, Donald Trump, Sen, Ted Cruz, Trump, Joe Biden, Karl Rove, Biden, Andrew Garbarino, John Catsimatidis, Andrea Catsimatidis, Peter Kalikow, Robert Rosenthal, Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, Todd's, Pete, Joe, Ameritrade, Hudson, Todd Organizations: Big Apple, Florida Gov, American, PAC, Senate, Pompeo's New, Western Conservative Summit, Trump, Republican, CNBC, Politico, Responsive Politics, GOP, Democratic, New, Manhattan Republican Party ., Hudson Institute, Republican Party, Chicago Cubs, Republican National Committee, Hudson, South, Rubio's, Hamptons, Florida gubernatorial Locations: New York, Pompeo's New York, Denver, Texas, Manhattan, York, Nebraska, Wuhan, China, South Carolina, Rubio's Florida
U.S. panel approves five antitrust bills, 'break 'em up' bill up next
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( Diane Bartz | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.93   time to read: +2 min
Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the bills were needed to protect an open internet that has "delivered enormous benefits to Americans and our economy." When the committee resumes work, it will take up what some call the "break 'em up" bill. This would require a platform, again like Amazon, to sell any business that competes with other businesses using its platform. The committee also approved a bill that would increase the budgets of the agencies enforcing antitrust law. The panel additionally approved measures to require platforms to allow users to transfer their data elsewhere and to ensure that antitrust cases brought by state attorneys general remain in the court they select.
Persons: Jerrold Nadler, Diane Bartz, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: U.S . House, Big Tech, Inc, U.S . Chamber of Commerce, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Google, Senate, Thomson
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.
Persons: Biden, Cindy McCain, she's, Sen, John McCain, Republican Sen, Joe Biden, McCain, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Democratic Sen, Krysten Organizations: United Nations, Senate, Republican, United Nations Agencies, Food, Agriculture, White House, Arizona GOP, University of Southern, US, Democratic Locations: Arizona, University of Southern California, Vietnam, UN
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