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The Washington Post names Sally Buzbee as top editor
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( The Associated Press | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Sally Buzbee, senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, was named Tuesday as executive editor of The Washington Post, succeeding the recently retired Marty Baron. Buzbee previously served as the agency’s Washington bureau chief, and before that was Middle East editor, among many other positions in an AP career stretching back to 1988. At the Post, Buzbee succeeds the widely revered Baron, who had led the Post since 2013, guiding the news organization’s resurgence under the ownership of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. “This is bittersweet news for the AP,” President and CEO Gary Pruitt said. Until a selection is made, the executive editor duties will be shared by AP Vice President and Managing Editor Brian Carovillano, who will lead AP’s news report, and AP Vice President and Managing Editor David Scott, who will handle news operations.
Persons: Sally Buzbee, Marty Baron, Buzbee, Donald Trump’s, Jeff Bezos, Baron, “ I’ve, ” Buzbee, , AP’s, Gary Pruitt, “ Sally, Sally, Brian Carovillano, David Scott, Organizations: Associated Press, The Washington Post, Amazon, AP, Hezbollah, Nerve, House, Congress, Pentagon, Locations: Washington, East, Olathe , Kansas, Topeka, San Diego, Cairo, Iraq, Israel, Darfur, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, York
The ex-president’s blog has drawn a considerably smaller audience than his once-powerful social media accounts, according to engagement data compiled with BuzzSumo, a social media analytics company. The blog posts come in the form of statements that are also sent to supporters via email. A blow to the newest blog’s reach came last week when Twitter booted an account with more than 2,100 followers that primarily shared Trump’s blog posts. Trump’s Twitter ban is permanent, and his temporary YouTube suspension will be lifted when the company decides that the threat of violence is no longer imminent. Research has consistently found no evidence of anti-conservative bias from the most popular social media platforms.
Persons: Donald Trump, Donald J, Trump, , , Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, , Trump’s deplatforming, Jeremy Blackburn, ” Blackburn, Jason Miller, Trump’s, ” Miller Organizations: , Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, CNBC, White, Trump University, Capitol, Research, Trump, New York’s Binghamton University
Palantir allows payments in bitcoin, mulls investing in cryptocurrencies
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.86   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Andrew Kelly(Reuters) - Palantir Technologies Inc, a Peter Thiel-backed U.S. analytics company, said on Tuesday it had started accepting bitcoin as payment from customers and was also considering investing in cryptocurrencies. This comes as the world’s biggest cyrptocurrency continues to gain acceptance across Wall Street with companies like Tesla Inc allowing customers to buy vehicles with bitcoin. The electric-car maker also bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin earlier this year, propelling its prices to record highs. The company’s revenue rose 49% to $341.2 million in the first quarter, above estimates of $332.23 million, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Excluding items, the company earned a profit of 4 cents per share in line with analysts’ expectations.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Peter Thiel, Thiel, Donald Trump Organizations: Palantir Technologies, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Reuters, Palantir Technologies Inc, Tesla Inc, Refinitiv, U.S . Central Intelligence Agency Locations: Manhattan , New York City, U.S, cryptocurrencies
Stacey Abrams, Hillary Clinton and Why Politicians Write Fiction
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Mark Yarm | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
But a different sort of trend is making a comeback in 2021: Big-name politicians are writing fiction. Stacey Abrams’s While Justice Sleeps, which centers on Avery Keene, a law clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court justice, is out May 11. (The former Georgia gubernatorial candidate has also written eight romance titles under the pen name Selena Montgomery.) Another part of the appeal is the insider knowledge that people like the Clintons can bring to the page. “With the first book, there were certain reviewers who said, ‘I know exactly what Clinton wrote and what Patterson wrote,’” he recalls.
Persons: Donald Trump, Barack Obama’s, Stacey Abrams’s, Avery Keene, Keene, Selena Montgomery, Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Hillary Clinton, Louise Penny, “ There’s, , Kristen McLean, ” Patterson, , Clinton, Patterson, ’ ”, Organizations: U.S, Supreme, Navy SEAL, of, NPD Group Locations: Georgia, Belgrade
The woman in the photograph was actually a neighbor of Ivanka Trump photographed in Washington D.C. on April 1, 2017 at an LGBT+ climate change protest outside Ivanka Trump’s house. It was published on April 2, 2017 in a Daily Mail article, seen here . It was taken during a dance protest staged by LGBT+ activists on April 1, 2017 outside Ivanka Trump’s house in Washington D.C. against then-president Donald Trump’s executive order undoing Obama-era climate change regulations (here , here). The caption on the photo says, “Dianne Bruce (right) lives across the street from Ivanka Trump and also lives in London. The photo shows the neighbour of Ivanka Trump, not Rudy Giuliani, and was taken in Washington D.C. in April 2017.
Persons: Rudy Giuliani’s, Ivanka Trump, Ivanka, Giuliani, Donald Trump, “ Rudy Guiliani’s, “ Schaden, Freude, Mary F, Calvert, Donald Trump’s, Obama, “ Dianne Bruce, Bruce, Rudy Giuliani, Read Organizations: FBI, Mail, Washington D.C, Reuters Locations: Washington, New York, Ukraine, ,, Ivanka Trump’s, London
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Federal Reserve and other bank regulators should force banks to hold more cash to guard against potential losses due to climate change and possible steps to fight it, one of Washington’s top liberal think tanks said on Tuesday. The paper argues that regulators could move quickly to bolster banks’ capital cushions by establishing several new safeguards, including a new capital surcharge directly tied to how much pollution banks directly finance and heightened stress tests of big banks that incorporate climate risks. After lagging European counterparts on climate change under the Trump administration, the Fed has ramped up efforts in recent months, including devoting new staff specifically to exploring how climate change could affect the economy and the financial system. But the Fed has yet to adopt any new policies in response to climate change, which some argue are already overdue. It adds the Fed should go farther with the largest banks, imposing a new capital surcharge directly tied to how much carbon they finance with their activities.
Persons: Leah Millis, Biden, Trump, , , Gregg Gelzinis, it’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Board, REUTERS, Center for American Progress, Reuters, Wall, Fed Locations: Washington , U.S
U.S. Fed should require banks to hold more cash for climate risks -think tank
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( Pete Schroeder | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
Federal Reserve Board building is pictured in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisThe U.S. Federal Reserve should force banks to hold more cash to guard against potential losses due to climate change and possible steps to fight it, one of Washington's top liberal think tanks said on Tuesday. After lagging European counterparts on climate change under the Trump administration, the Fed has ramped up efforts in recent months, including devoting new staff specifically to exploring how climate change could impact the economy and the financial system. "It is increasingly clear that climate change could have important implications for the Federal Reserve in carrying out its responsibilities," said Fed Governor Lael Brainard in a March speech. But the Fed has yet to adopt any new policies in response to climate change, a move the paper argues the regulator can ill afford.
Persons: Leah Millis, Biden, Trump, Lael Brainard Organizations: Board, REUTERS, U.S . Federal, Center for American Progress, Reuters, Wall, Fed, Federal Reserve, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, U.S
Virginia Republicans selected former private equity executive Glenn Youngkin as their nominee in this year's governor's election, in which he will face whomever Democrats nominate in their own primary next month. "While certainly would have preferred a W, I send my heartfelt congratulations to @glennyoungkin on a tremendous race + deserved win. Virginia's off-year governor's election, which always takes place the year after a presidential election, is often read as a bellwether of the national mood a year into a new presidential term. A TV ad featured video of Trump singling out Youngkin by name for credit in a trade deal with China. In the final days before the convention, Youngkin campaigned with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who has become a prominent Trump ally.
Persons: Glenn Youngkin, Pete Snyder, Snyder, Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Snyder —, Mitt Romney's, Virginia —, State Sen, Amanda Chase, Youngkin, Trump, Carlyle, Sen, Ted Cruz, Joe Biden, Organizations: Virginia Republicans, GOP, Carlyle Group, Gov, Youngkin, Trump, State, Virginia Locations: Virginia, China, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Vermont, Massachusetts
Lafayette Square near the White House reopens to public
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON — Lafayette Square, the park across from the White House, reopened Monday to the public nearly a year after federal authorities fenced off the area at the height of nationwide protests over policing following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The square, which offers perhaps the best view of the White House to the public, was closed after U.S. Park Police officers last June forcefully dispersed protesters who had gathered near the White House. The protesters were ejected from the square shortly before then-President Donald Trump walked across the park to stand near St. John’s Church to pose before cameras holding a Bible. Fencing still surrounds the square named after the American Revolutionary War hero, but entryways on the northern side of the park were quietly opened to the public on Monday morning. Lafayette Square has long been one of the nation’s most prominent venues for demonstrations.
Persons: George Floyd, Donald Trump, , Derek Chauvin, Floyd Organizations: White, . Park Police, John’s, Secret Service, The, Department Locations: WASHINGTON, Minneapolis, St, Lafayette
REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File PhotoChina should implement its commitments to equal treatment for foreign business and abandon "implicit" guidance to replace foreign products with domestic alternatives, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said on Tuesday. When ties worsen, U.S. firms see poorer implementation of regulations promising equal treatment for foreign business, affecting investment project approvals and market access, said Greg Gilligan, chairman of AmCham China. Legislation promising equal treatment for foreign and domestic companies is only unevenly implemented, said the paper, which also called for emerging sectors like cloud computing to be opened up to foreign companies. U.S.-China tensions were seen as a challenge to doing business in China for 78% of companies polled by AmCham, according to a survey released in March. China also pledged to toughen intellectual property protections, and improve agriculture biotechnology and financial services access for U.S. firms.
Persons: Yuri Gripas, Greg Gilligan, Sweden's, Joe Biden, Katherine Tai, Trump Organizations: Pentagon, REUTERS, American Chamber of Commerce, Republicans, AmCham, U.S . Trade, Biden, U.S, Thomson Locations: Arlington , Virginia, U.S, China, United States, China's, Xinjiang, Beijing, Beijing . U.S, Tai, Washington
Renewable power generation grew at the fastest rate in two decades last year, and that growth is set to continue in the aftermath of the pandemic, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. IEA sees 270 GW added in 2021, followed by 280 GW in 2022. "Wind and solar power are giving us more reasons to be optimistic about our climate goals as they break record after record," said Fatih Birol, IEA's executive director. IEA believes solar installations will continue to break records, and predicts more than 160 GW installed annually by 2022. "If enacted, the bill would drive a much stronger acceleration in the deployment of renewables after 2022," the report said.
Persons: Fatih Birol, that's, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden's Organizations: International Energy Agency, IEA, Energy Locations: China, U.S, Paris
Indeed, Israel’s Supreme Court was slated to rule Monday on whether the Palestinians could be expelled but delayed the decision because of the violence. Palestinians argue that it is unfair that Jews can reclaim land or homes they owned in East Jerusalem before 1948 but Palestinians have no legal means to reclaim land they owned in West Jerusalem or anywhere else in Israel before 1948. Clashes over these sacred dates and sacred spaces would be incendiary enough, but they were also fueled, as I said, by scenes on TikTok. In April, some Palestinian youths uploaded a short video of themselves assaulting an Orthodox Jew on public transportation, as a way of inspiring copycat attacks. By the way, the Biden administration has no interest right now in being forced to react to those headlines.
Persons: Lehava, , Abraham, Trump, Biden, Israel —, Bibi Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Bibi Organizations: Israel’s, West Bank, United Arab Locations: East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, Israel, Jerusalem, Damascus, Old City, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, Iran
China moves to regulate all synthetic cannabinoids
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
China will become the world's first country to regulate all synthetic cannabinoid substances, in a bid to get ahead of new variations whose chemical properties are not yet subject to regulation, the country's drugs control office said on Tuesday. Synthetic cannabinoids are lab-made drugs originally designed to produce similar effects to cannabis, but which are often far stronger and carry a greater health risk, Deng Ming, deputy director of China's National Narcotics Control Commission, said at a briefing. Some of the drugs in China were being produced domestically, though some were also being smuggled from abroad, he added. In April 2019 China added fetanyl-related substances to a list of controlled narcotics drugs, after criticism from former U.S. President Donald Trump for allowing the synthetic opioid to be shipped to the United States. The number of drug users in China has dropped in recent years from around four million to one million, another official said, without specifying the time frame for the drop.
Persons: Deng Ming, Deng, Yu Haibin, Yu, Donald Trump Organizations: National Narcotics Control Commission, Thomson Locations: China, Xinjiang, United States
President Joe Biden usually slips into the back pews of the mid-19th-century Catholic church during the priest's entrance procession. Kevin Gillespie, the pastor at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington's posh Georgetown neighborhood. Church has been a significant outlet for the nation's second Catholic president during his early days in office. "Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house," Biden tweeted with a photo of the ceremony. Still a 'regular guy' at churchParishioners at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington are used to seeing Biden there.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kevin Gillespie, he'd, Bob Dole, Gillespie, He's, Ash, Patrick's, Donald Trump, Joseph, Chieko Noguchi, José H, Gomez, Pope Francis, Tom Williams, Roe, Wade, Brian, Joe, doesn't, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, Monsignor William Koenig, hasn't, I'm, Nancy Pelosi's, Salvatore J, Cordileone, Andrea Mitchell, America's, John F, Kennedy, Margaret McGuinness, Pope Paul VI, Bettmann, Republican Richard Nixon, Beau, John Bel Edwards, Neilia, Naomi, Stephen Colbert, Ashley, Sen, Biden's, Jill Biden, Matthew the Apostle, Chip Somodevilla, Derek Chauvin, George Floyd's, he's Organizations: Catholic, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Kansas GOP, Trinity Catholic Church, Service, US Conference of Catholic, Capitol, Washingtonian, White, White House, Holy Trinity, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington's, Biden, ABC News, MSNBC, La Salle University, Republican, Trump, Democratic, Church, Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, St, Washington DC Locations: Washington's, Georgetown, Kansas, St, Delaware, Los Angeles, Texas, Minnesota, California, Washington, In Delaware, Biden's, San Francisco, South Carolina, Philadelphia, Vatican City, Louisiana, Wilmington, Minneapolis
Tesla currently ships China-made Model 3s to Europe, where it is building a factory in Germany. In a statement to Reuters, Tesla said its Shanghai factory was "developing as planned". Construction documents posted on a government website in March show Tesla is revamping its plant in Shanghai to add capacity. Another said Tesla may acquire more land for more car production lines in the future. Separately, Tesla is building facilities to repair and reproduce key components such as electric motors and battery cells and build EV chargers at its Shanghai plant.
Persons: Carlo Allegri, Donald Trump, Tesla, Elon Musk Organizations: REUTERS, Tesla Inc, Reuters, Inc, General Motors Co, Thomson Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S, Shanghai, China, United States, Europe, Germany, Tesla's Shanghai
Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics, your weekday look at the biggest stories in DC and beyond. President Joe Biden at the White House on April 6. MORE JOBS-REPORT FALLOUT: President Joe Biden said Americans receiving unemployment benefits must either take a job that is "suitable" or lose the support. Gina Raimondo; Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz; Jennifer Granholm; Deb Haaland. Today's trivia question: Dogs have had their days at the White House.
Persons: Anthony Fauci, Republican Sen, Rand Paul teeing, Joe Biden, Evan Vucci, Biden, Nick Oxford, Chipotle, Ghaith, Glenn Youngkin, Pete Snyder, Youngkin, Terry McAuliffe, Liz Cheney, Sen, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cheney's, Ernst, Donald Trump, Cheney, Kevin McCarthy, McCarthy, Joe Biden's, Gina Raimondo, Adam Schultz, Jennifer Granholm, Deb Haaland, Team Biden, Major aren't, Biden's, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, Lo, Ben Affleck Organizations: Republican, White, Republicans, Reuters, Democratic, Costco, Washington Post, Politico, Drug Administration, Pfizer, BioNTech's, Former Carlyle Group, GOP, Gov, House Republicans, US Conference of Catholic, Team, New York Times, Health, Big Sky, Service Locations: Fauci, South Carolina , Montana, Arkansas, Fayetteville , Arkansas, Gaza, Jerusalem, Israel, Canada, Washington, India, Japan, Tokyo, Montana
A former GOP state attorney general slammed the Maricopa County, Arizona, election recount. "They lost, and they can't get over it," Grant Woods, now a Democrat, told the AP. A former Arizona Republican attorney general said that the people running Maricopa County's much-criticized ballot recount "can't get over" losing the state in 2020. The recount was ordered by the GOP-led Arizona state legislature following widespread conspiracy theories around the result. "They lost, and they can't get over it," Woods told the AP on Monday.
Persons: Grant Woods, Donald Trump, Doug Ducey, Woods, Republican Sen Paul Boyer, Katie Hobbs, , Ken Bennett, Joe Biden, Trump, There's, Boyer Organizations: GOP, AP, Arizona Republican, Maricopa, Democratic Party, Associated Press, Republican Gov, Service, Republican, Arizona, Democrats, The Washington Post, The, of Justice Locations: Maricopa County , Arizona, Arizona, Maricopa County, Arizona's
Opinion | Is the U.S. Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Covid-19?
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( The Ezra Klein Show | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
The villain of Lewis’s story is not Donald Trump; it’s the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What we needed was earlier shutdowns, frank public messaging, a more decentralized testing regime, a public health bureaucracy more willing to stand up to the president. But I’m skeptical of whether the kind of pandemic response he lionizes in the book was ever possible for America. Put another way: How much of a constraint is the public on public health? I’m not sure Lewis and I came to agreement, but I’m still thinking about the conversation weeks later.
Persons: Michael Lewis’s, Donald Trump, Lewis, I’m Organizations: for Disease Control Locations: United States, America
Voting rights activists gather during a protest against Texas legislators who are advancing a slew of new voting restrictions in Austin, Texas, U.S., May 8, 2021. The bill faces long odds in the Senate, where 10 Republicans would have to join with Democrats for it to pass. "Democrats’ partisan power-grab 'election reform' bill is not about voting rights. It’s about letting Washington Democrats control the terms of political debate and all 50 states’ election laws," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Twitter on Monday. read moreThat follows Georgia's enactment in March of a far-reaching Republican election law bill that includes a prohibition on offering food or water to voters waiting in long lines.
Persons: Mikala Compton, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump Organizations: Texas, REUTERS, Mikala Compton Democrats, Senate, Republicans, Washington Democrats, Twitter, U.S . House, Representatives, Republican, Democrats, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Austin , Texas, U.S, Florida, Texas, United States
Tesla has stopped a planned expansion of its Shanghai plant, sources told Reuters . Tesla will slow production in China because of tensions between the China and US, they said. The expanded Shanghai plant would have allowed Tesla to produce 200,000 extra vehicles, they said. The company told Reuters its Shanghai plant was "developing as planned." Since October, the automaker has recalled nearly 85,000 vehicles in China for suspension failures and problems with their touchscreen.
Persons: Tesla, Donald Trump Organizations: Reuters, Service Locations: Shanghai, China, US, Europe
Israel and Hamas exchanged fire overnight amid new clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police. The Democrat Andrew Yang weighed in on the issue, tweeting his support for Israel Monday night. Yang's comments got the support of Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz, Meghan McCain, and Stephen Miller. Andrew Yang tweeted in support of Israel amid the country's latest unrest with Palestinians on Monday, provoking anger from fellow liberals and support from top Republicans. "The people of NYC will always stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel who face down terrorism and persevere," Yang tweeted.
Persons: Democrat Andrew Yang, Yang's, Sen, Ted Cruz, Meghan McCain, Stephen Miller, Andrew Yang, Yang, David Cross, Chelsea Manning, Bishop Talbert Swan, Bravo, Omar, Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Rashia Tlaib, Donald Trump, Meghan McCain retweeted, Israel, Mustafa Hassona, Organizations: Democrat, Israel, Service, NAACP, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Associated Press Locations: Israel, New York City, Gaza, NYC, Springfield , Massachusetts, Texas, Jerusalem's Old City, Gaza City
Mike Lindell held a rally in South Dakota Monday to speak about his voter-fraud website Frank. The Dickinson Press reported that guests stood in line for hours – but the venue was only half-full. Supporters of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell stood in line for hours to attend his rally in South Dakota on Monday – but the Corn Palace venue was only half-full for the event. Photos shared on Twitter show lines snaking around the Corn Palace in Mitchell. His Corn Palace rally was sandwiched between a Dakota Wesleyan University graduation ceremony and an event by the American Corn Hole Association.
Persons: Mike Lindell, Frank, Ben Carson, Eric Metaxas, Joe Piscopo, Lindell, Doug Greenway, Insider's Kevin Shalvey, Donald Trump, Zachary Petrizzo, Trump, Read, Mitchell Organizations: Dickinson Press, Twitter, Service, Lindell, Dominion, Trump, Newsweek, Commission, South Dakota GOP, Dakota Wesleyan University, Hole Association, YouTube Locations: South Dakota, Mitchell, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas
Sen. Lindsey Graham said it was "impossible" for the Republican Party to progress without Donald Trump being its leader. Sen. Lindsey Graham said it was "impossible" for the Republican Party to progress without Donald Trump being its leader and said those within the party who criticized him would "wind up getting erased." "The most popular Republican in America is not Lindsey Graham, it's not Liz Cheney, it's Donald Trump," Graham told Fox News on Monday. And to try and erase Donald Trump from the Republican Party is insane. Some senior Republican figures including Sen. Graham have suggested that Trump and his politics are integral to the party.
Persons: Sen, Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump, it's, Liz Cheney, it's Donald Trump, Graham, Trump, they're, Ronald Reagan, Cheney Organizations: Republican Party, GOP, Republican, Fox News, Service Locations: America
The Pentagon may pull its $10 billion cloud-computing JEDI defense contract with Microsoft, the WSJ reported. The contract has been swamped with litigation from Amazon since Microsoft was awarded it in 2019. Officials at the Pentagon are reportedly considering ending the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract it has with Microsoft in light of endless litigation from Amazon, according to a Wall Street Journal report. In October 2019, the Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Microsoft its JEDI contract, valued at up to $10 billion, to store and manage sensitive military and defense data. JEDI contract should involve more companiesLawmakers and government-contracting experts told the Journal that the JEDI contract should be pulled because having a single company, such as Microsoft, controlling the program was an insufficient and outdated model.
Persons: Donald Trump, Jamal Brown, Jeff Bezos, Trump, Amazon's Organizations: Pentagon, Microsoft, Amazon, Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, Wall, Department of Defense, Web Services, Associated Press, AWS, Washington Post, DoD, Defense Department Locations: Amazon
Putin submits legislation on Russian withdrawal from Open Skies treaty
  + stars: | 2021-05-11 | by ( ) sentiment -0.91   time to read: +1 min
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow, Russia April 21, 2021. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERSRussian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday submitted legislation to parliament to formalise a Russian exit from the Open Skies treaty, a pact that allows unarmed surveillance flights over member countries. The United States left the Open Skies arms control and verification treaty in November in one of Donald Trump's final acts as president. read moreKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday said one of the reasons behind Russia's planned withdrawal was that the United States was still able to receive information acquired through the Open Skies treaty from its NATO allies. Putin on Tuesday submitted a document to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, proposing that Russia exit the treaty, filings on the Duma website showed.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Klimentyev, Donald Trump's, Washington, Dmitry Peskov, Russia's, Putin, Leonid Slutsky, Slutsky Organizations: Federal Assembly, Sputnik, REUTERS, United, NATO, State Duma, Duma, Federation Council, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, formalise, United States
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