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FILE PHOTO: A view shows the scene of the attack that killed Prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, outside Tehran, Iran, November 27, 2020. With Fakhrizadeh the fifth Iranian nuclear scientist killed in targeted attacks since 2010, security experts are suggesting Iran’s enemies have found its Achilles’ heel. This is essential for us.”Iran’s military and clerical rulers have accused Israel of killing Fakhrizadeh. Israel had identified him as a prime player in what it says is Iran’s nuclear weapons quest though Tehran denies seeking nuclear arms. Israel has not commented on the incident but in the past has acknowledged pursuing covert operations against Iran’s nuclear programme to gather intelligence.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s, Hossein Dehghan, Fakhrizadeh, , , Israel, Kasra Aarabi, Tony Blair, Ali Shamkhani, Henry Rome, Behnam Ben Taleblu, Benjamin Netanyahu, Qassem Soleimani, Mahmoud Mousavi, Majd, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Trump, Hassan Rouhani Organizations: Reuters, West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, Revolutionary Guards ’ Security Force, Iran’s, Tony, Tony Blair Institute, Supreme National Security Council of, Eurasia Group, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Revolutionary Guards, Quds Force, U.S, , White House Locations: DUBAI, Islamic Republic, Tehran, Iran, WANA, Israel, Republic, Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Washington, U.S, Iraq
Three of the six cases involved content that Facebook removed for breaking hate speech rules. An Oversight Board spokesman said hate speech cases had been “the most significant proportion” of appeals received. In November, Facebook for the first time disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on the platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech. Asked about this group, a spokeswoman for Facebook’s oversight board said: “Lots of people have opinions about Facebook. The Oversight Board is focused on making binding decisions and issuing policy recommendations that will hold Facebook to account.”
Persons: Johanna Geron, ” Jamal Greene, “ It’s, Greene, , Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Reuters, Facebook, REUTERS, Columbia Law School
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States entered the final month of the year hoping that promising vaccine candidates will soon be approved to halt the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus after 4.2 million new cases were reported in November. FILE PHOTO: A health worker provides a COVID-19 test at a drive-through testing site, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread, in Staten Island, New York, U.S. November 25, 2020. “One hundred percent of the Americans that want the vaccine will have the vaccine by (June). We will have over 300 million doses available to the American public well before then,” Paul Ostrowski, the vaccine program’s director of supply, production and distribution, told MSNBC television on Monday. “If these trends continue, we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic, action.”
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Donald Trump’s, Johnson, ” Paul Ostrowski, Webster, Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, California’s, Gavin Newsom Organizations: WASHINGTON, United, REUTERS, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Pfizer Inc, Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca PLC, Johnson, Trump, MSNBC, Reuters, Merriam Locations: United States, Staten Island , New York, U.S,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s promise to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year for drillers and miners could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party. Biden has said axing fossil fuel subsidies will generate money to help pay for his broader $2 trillion climate plan. It would help establish the United States as a global leader on climate, potentially helping convince other big emitters to axe fossil fuel subsidies. Estimates of the value of fossil fuel subsidies, which mainly take the form of tax breaks, vary. Biden and Congress will be under pressure to reduce the federal deficit by cutting such tax breaks.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts, Biden, Donald Trump’s rollbacks, , , Gilbert Metcalf, Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Martin Heinrich of, Joe Manchin, Kevin Book, Heinrich’s, Obama, we’re, Metcalf, Bob McNally, Frank Macchiarola Organizations: WASHINGTON, drillers, REUTERS, Senate, Treasury Department, Senate Energy Committee, ClearView Energy Partners, Democratic, Biden, Rapidan Energy, Environmental, Energy Study Institute, U.S, Taxation, American Petroleum Institute Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Georgia, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, West Virginia, New Mexico, United States, Obama’s
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States’ anti-drug policy in Latin America needs to change if Washington is to effectively combat a problem worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, a U.S. congressional commission will say in a bipartisan report coming out this week. The 117-page report urges “smarter” interagency policies led by the U.S. State Department to reduce the supply of dangerous drugs. “An increasingly complex threat requires a more agile, adaptive long-term strategy,” the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission said in the report, seen by Reuters ahead of its release. For example, some efforts to eradicate production of coca have moved production, and associated violence, to new communities. And law enforcement efforts targeting drug-gang leaders, or kingpins, have at times fractured drug cartels, leading to more violence as gang members fight for control.
Persons: , Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, United, U.S . State Department, Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission, Reuters, Democratic, Republican, Representatives, Venezuela Locations: United States, Latin America, Washington, U.S, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba
Trump Is Wild Card in Coronavirus, Spending Talks
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Kristina Peterson | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON—Lawmakers start a year-end sprint this week to keep the government running, provide more coronavirus aid and pass an annual defense bill, with President Trump’s focus on challenging his election loss injecting more uncertainty into the legislative outcome. As the pandemic surges nationwide, Democratic and Republican leaders are under increasing pressure from rank-and-file lawmakers to agree on some Covid relief, prodded in part by the looming expiration of aid provisions from bills passed earlier this year.
Persons: Trump’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, Lawmakers, Democratic, Republican
(Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will formally introduce his top economic policy advisers on Tuesday as his administration prepares to take power amid a slowing economic recovery hampered by the resurgent coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a pre-Thanksgiving speech at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 25, 2020. The advisers have all expressed support for government stimulus to maximize employment, reduce economic inequality and help women and minorities, who have been disproportionately hurt by the economic downturn. The transition to a Biden administration has proceeded despite Republican President Donald Trump’s false claims that he lost the election as a result of voter fraud. Rouse would be the first Black woman to lead the Council of Economic Advisers, which advises the president on economic policy; Tanden would be the first woman of color to run the OMB; and Yellen would be the first female Treasury secretary.
Persons: Joe Biden, Joshua Roberts Biden, Janet Yellen, Cecilia Rouse, Heather Boushey, Jared Bernstein, Neera Tanden, Biden, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Rouse Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Treasury, Princeton University, of Economic Advisers, Center for American Progress, Management, Electoral, Democratic, Republicans Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia, United States
Senate confirms two Trump picks for energy regulation panel
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Yuri GripasWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed two of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in a move that could secure a Republican majority on the panel through June. The Senate passed Mark Christie, a Republican, and Allison Clements, a Democrat, by voice vote to FERC, an independent panel of the Energy Department. The panel regulates the transmission of electricity and natural gas across states and reviews large energy projects such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. But the panel could have more Republicans than Democrats through June, 2021, when the term of commissioner Neil Chatterjee, a Republican, ends. Newly confirmed pick Clements is the founder and president of Goodgrid LLC, an energy policy and strategy consulting company based in Utah.
Persons: Donald Trump, Yuri Gripas WASHINGTON, Donald Trump’s, Mark Christie, Allison Clements, Joe Biden, Neil Chatterjee, Christie, Clements Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Senate, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, Republican, Energy Department, Democrat, Democratic, Virginia State Corporation Commission, Goodgrid LLC, Energy Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council Locations: Washington, Camp David, U.S, Utah
Scott Atlas resigns as special adviser to Trump on coronavirus - Fox News
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Dr Scott Atlas, U.S. President Donald Trump’s coronavirus disease advisor, talks to a reporter outside the White House on Election Day in Washington, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dr. Scott Atlas has resigned as special adviser to President Donald Trump on the coronavirus, Fox News reported on Monday, after a controversial four months at the White House in which he clashed repeatedly with other members of the task force responding to the deadly pandemic.
Persons: Scott Atlas, Donald Trump’s coronavirus, Tom Brenner WASHINGTON, Donald Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Fox News, White Locations: Washington , U.S
ET Covid-19 Live Updates: School Policies Shift to Bring Back Younger Children In the U.S., more districts have begun to prioritize elementary students for in-person learning, a policy already in place in much of Europe. There is no plan yet to bring middle and high school students back into city school buildings. Italy has kept its primary schools open but kept teaching remote for middle and high schools. All schools in Germany are open, and discussions about possible closures have focused mainly on high schools. There is wide agreement that frontline health care workers should be prioritized, and the C.D.C.
Persons: Mayor de, Juan Arredondo, Bill de Blasio, , , Elliot Haspel, Gina Raimondo, Michael Osterholm, Joseph R, Biden, , ” — Eliza Shapiro, Atlas, Trump’s, Dr, Scott Atlas, Anna Moneymaker, Scott W, Trump, Atlas’s, Anthony S, Deborah L, Fauci, Stephen Speranza, Alex M, Azar II, Marcus Plescia, Moncef Slaoui, Andy Beshearsaid, Beshear, — Bryan Pietsch, Will Wright, Salgu Organizations: Mayor, The New York Times, Washington D.C, Infectious Disease, University of Minnesota, White, ., The New York, Stanford University, Fox News Channel, White House, Fox News, Twitter, Fox, Centers for Disease Control, NBC, Association of State, Territorial Health Officials, Trump, Politico, Moderna, Pfizer, Food and Drug Administration, Gov, Credit, Alameda County Superior Court, Locations: U.S, Europe, P.S, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, America, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Italy, Germany, Covid, Cheyenne , Wyoming, States, Kentucky, California, Alameda County, Oakland, Los Angeles
India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Abhrajyoti Chakraborty | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
If the Censor Board refused to certify the documentary, was he confident that the courts would again come through for him? But in an op-ed he wrote for an Indian newspaper several weeks later, he seemed to have made up his mind. In scenes straight out of a Patwardhan film, women camped out on streets day and night in the cold. “I feel so helpless watching all this on TV,” Patwardhan told me. Patwardhan told me last year that it was becoming difficult to distinguish between Hindutva and Hinduism.
Persons: Patwardhan, , it’s, ” Patwardhan, , Patwardhan’s, Gandhi, Ambedkar, Donald Trump’s, Modi, “ Jai Bhim Comrade ”, I’m, Weeks, Advani Organizations: College, Patwardhan, Indian Locations: India, country’s, New Delhi, Jaipur, , “ Bombay, Our, Mumbai, Britain, Italy, Spain
Measured solely by policy accomplishments, Donald Trump’s longest-serving cabinet official, Betsy DeVos, was a flop in her four years as secretary of education. Early on, her efforts to move a federal voucher program through a Republican-controlled Congress more concerned with taxes and deregulation repeatedly fell short. This year, she was forced to abandon a directive ordering states to redirect coronavirus funds to private schools after three federal judges ruled against her. Though Ms. DeVos has been mostly stymied, both by Trumpism’s policy indifference and progressive opposition, her legacy will still be far-reaching and long-lasting. This is not a result of what she made, but of what she broke: a bipartisan federal consensus around testing and charters that extended from the George H.W.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Betsy DeVos, Obama, , Biden, DeVos, George H.W Organizations: Republican Locations: Bush
A powerful figure on the Biden transition team, he worries some progressives because of his business experience. Top lobbyists such as the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have praised Mr. Zients as someone who heard them out. But Mr. Biden has already indicated that his will not be business as usual. But to make it happen, they are expected to slash the number of officials flanking Mr. Biden. Never voting again,’” said Buzz Brockway, a former Republican state representative.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Trump’s, Jeffrey D, Zients, Stephen Crowley, New York Times Jeffrey D, Obama, Jeff Hauser, Barack Obama, Biden’s, Doug Mills, Joseph R, Trump, , , Tony Allen, coy, — Michael D, Eric Johnson, Kelly Loeffler, Stephen Morton, Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, Kemp, Kemp “, , , I’m, ’ ”, Buzz Brockway, don’t, Lisa Lerer, Richard Fausset Organizations: Republicans, National Economic Council, Biden, New York Times, Obama, Economic Council, Facebook, America, Wall, Business, U.S . Chamber, Commerce, Cranemere, Bain & Company, Advisory Board Company, Democratic Party, White, Pennsylvania, Delaware State University, Joint Chiefs, Staff, Senate, Georgia Republicans, Republican, Associated Press, Gov, Twitter, Georgia Senate, , Republican Party, White House Locations: Georgia
But there is a potential wild card: outgoing President Donald Trump, the head of asset allocation at Pacific Life Fund Advisors said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A man walks outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., November 24, 2020. U.S. stocks rallied during Trump’s presidency, up more than 60% from his 2016 election to the Nov. 3 Election Day. In addition, equipment from Caterpillar and United Rentals, which would benefit from infrastructure spending, also run on oil products, suggesting a positive knock-on effect for energy companies, Gokhman said. “If infrastructure, stimulus and vaccine deployment go well then you could have an absolutely incredible market” next year, he said.
Persons: Donald Trump, Brendan McDermid, Joe Biden, Biden, , Max Gokhman, voluble Trump, Biden’s Jan, Gokhman, “ Trump won’t, Trump’s, Stocks, Trump, ” Gokhman Organizations: YORK, Life Fund, New York Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Dow, Nasdaq, Reuters Global Investment Outlook, Life, Advisors, Pentagon, Wildlife Refuge, U.S, Senate, Logistics, FedEx, UPS, Chevron, Exxon, Caterpillar, United Rentals Locations: U.S, New York, Georgia
The threat of digital services taxes has prompted threats of trade retaliation from outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. The new tax would come into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and remain in place until a common approach is agreed upon. The measure would raise federal revenues by C$3.4 billion ($2.6 billion) over five years, starting in the 2021-22 fiscal year. “Canadians want a tax system that is fair, where everyone pays their fair share,” Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland told legislators in the fall economic update. Ottawa also plans to oblige people renting out short-term accommodation to charge sales taxes, saying popular digital rental platforms do not currently have to impose the taxes.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Chrystia Freeland Organizations: OTTAWA, Finance Department, Economic Cooperation, Development, Facebook Inc, ” Finance Locations: Canada, Ottawa
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Ukraine-born businessman who once helped Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gather information about U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pleaded not guilty to cheating investors in a fraud-insurance company, even after his former partner in the venture pleaded guilty. FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas arrives for a hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., February 3, 2020. Giuliani, now leading the Trump legal team’s push to overturn Biden’s presidential election win, told Reuters in October 2019 he was paid $500,000 for work he did for Fraud Guarantee. David Correia, who was Parnas’ partner in Fraud Guarantee, pleaded guilty on Oct. 29 to wire fraud conspiracy for cheating investors, and to making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. The case is U.S. v. Parnas et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Lev Parnas, Bryan R Smith, Paul Oetken, Giuliani, Igor Fruman, Parnas, Oetken, , , ” Oetken, Nicolas Roos, Biden, Hunter, Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, David Correia, Fruman, Trump’s, Andrey Kukushkin, Kukushkin Organizations: YORK, Manhattan Federal Court, REUTERS, U.S, District, Prosecutors, Trump, Reuters, New, Federal, Court, Southern District of Locations: Ukraine, American, Manhattan, New York, U.S, Belarus, Florida, New York City, Russian, Southern District, Southern District of New York
The advisers, several of whom would need to be approved by the U.S. Senate, come from liberal research organizations and worked in previous Democratic administrations. “They will be ready on day one to get to work for all Americans.”Biden is expected to formally introduce the new economic team members on Tuesday, the transition team said. Most of the battleground states that Biden won, including Pennsylvania and Georgia, previously certified their results. Together with the results from states where the outcome is not in dispute, Biden has secured enough votes in the state-by-state Electoral College to win the presidency. Biden selected Cecilia Rouse, an economist who is dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.
Persons: Joe Biden, Janet Yellen, ” Biden, , Biden, Donald Trump’s, Trump, Bill Clinton’s, ” Ron Wyden, Biden’s Jan, Steven Mnuchin, ” Wyden, Mitch McConnell, Wally Adeyemo, Adeyemo, Barack Obama, Neera Tanden, Tanden, Obama, John Cornyn, , Sherrod Brown, Cecilia Rouse, Heather Boushey Organizations: U.S . Senate, Democratic, Monday, Biden, Electoral College, Trump, Economic Advisers, Twitter, Senate Finance, Republicans, Senate, Treasury, Obama Foundation, Center for American Progress, Management, Republican, OMB, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, of Economic Advisers, Washington Center for Equitable Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, United States, America, Arizona, Wisconsin, Biden’s, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Georgia , Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania , Michigan, U.S
NATO must focus more on challenge of rising China - report
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Robin Emmott | Sabine Siebold | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
It is the rising power of our century and NATO must adapt,” said one NATO diplomat who has seen the report, pointing to Chinese activity in the Arctic and Africa and to its heavy investments in European infrastructure. The 30-member alliance could also forge closer ties with non-NATO countries such as Australia and focus more on deterrence in space, where China is developing assets, the report suggests. NATO should consider including China in NATO’s official master strategy document, its “Strategic Concept”, diplomats cited the report as saying, though it will stop short of declaring the country an adversary. TENSIONSIn other recommendations, the report will suggest that NATO foreign ministers meet more regularly and will call for a strengthening of the secretary-general’s role as an international mediator. The report will be discussed by NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday before being presented to the alliance’s heads of state and government next year.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, , Donald Trump’s ‘, Joe Biden Organizations: NATO, Trump Locations: BRUSSELS, BERLIN, China, Russia, “ China, NATO, Africa, Australia, Russian, Soviet Union, Crimea, Ukraine, Europe
Lebanon urges self-restraint after killing of Iranian scientist
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon on Monday called for self-restraint following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, to avoid a slide towards the “worst scenario”. Lebanon, which is home to the heavily armed, Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, condemned the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last Friday in an ambush near Tehran. In a statement, the Lebanese foreign ministry urged “all parties to exercise the greatest degrees of self-restraint to avoid the slide towards the worst scenario in the region”. Hezbollah, which was founded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in 1982 and exercises major influence in Lebanon, has said the response for the assassination is in Iran’s hands. Iran’s supreme leader promised on Saturday to retaliate for the killing, raising the threat of a new confrontation with the West and Israel in the remaining weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Persons: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Israel, , Iran’s, Donald Trump’s Organizations: Iran’s, Guards, West Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Iranian, Tehran . Iran, Lebanese, Israel
The challengers to Trump’s July directive include various states led by New York, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. House districts are based on a state’s population count in the decennial national census. If California loses House districts, that likely would mean Democrats lose House seats, benefiting Republicans. Federal courts in California and Maryland have reached the same conclusion in other cases though one court in Washington ruled for Trump. Critics said the question was intended to frighten immigrants from taking part in the population count and artificially reduce population numbers in heavily Democratic areas, also to benefit Republicans.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, teleconference, Joe Biden, , , Critics, John Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, Roberts Organizations: WASHINGTON, Supreme, Trump, Democratic, Republican, U.S . House, Representatives, Constitution, Electoral College, Census, Conservative Locations: New York, California, Texas, New Jersey, U.S, Democratic California, United States, Maryland, Washington, New
The challengers to Trump’s July directive include various states led by New York, cities, counties and immigrant rights groups. House districts are based on a state’s population count in the decennial national census. If California loses House districts, that likely would mean Democrats lose House seats, benefiting Republicans. The number of House seats for each state also determines how many votes that state gets in the Electoral College, the system used to determine the winner of presidential elections. The Supreme Court last year ruled 5-4 against Trump’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Trump, teleconference, Joe Biden, Letitia James, , Critics, John Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, Roberts Organizations: WASHINGTON, Supreme, Democratic, Republican, U.S . House, Representatives, Constitution, New York, Trump, Electoral College, Conservative Locations: New York, California, Texas, New Jersey, U.S, Democratic California, United States, Maryland, Washington, New
FILE PHOTO: A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building at sunset in Washington, U.S. November 10, 2020. House districts are based on a state’s population count in the decennial national census. If California loses House districts, that likely would mean Democrats lose House seats, benefiting Republicans. Trump’s administration would base its numbers on data gathered elsewhere, though it has not explained the methods being used. The Supreme Court last year ruled 5-4 against Trump’s effort to add a citizenship question to the census.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Erin Scott, Trump, teleconference, Joe Biden, Samuel Alito, Jeffrey Wall, ” “, ” Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Wall, ” Barrett, , , John Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor, Critics Organizations: WASHINGTON, Supreme, U.S, REUTERS, Democratic, Republican, U.S . House, Representatives, Constitution, Conservative, Trump, Electoral College Locations: Washington , U.S, New York, California, Texas, New Jersey, U.S, Democratic California, United States, Maryland, Washington
The number of House districts in the 50 states is based on a state’s population count in the decennial national census, which was conducted this year. The justices were expected to decide the case on a expedited basis, with a ruling before the end of the year. There are an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. The challengers have argued that Trump’s policy violates both the Constitution and the Census Act, a federal law that outlines how the census is conducted. Wall told the justices that it is “very unlikely” the administration will amass data to exclude all immigrants in the country illegally.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Erin Scott, Jeffrey Wall, Democrat Joe Biden, John Roberts, Amy Coney Barrett, ” Barrett, Wall, Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, ” “, ” Alito Organizations: WASHINGTON, Conservative U.S, Supreme, U.S, REUTERS, American Civil Liberties Union, Republicans, Trump, Democrat, Conservative Locations: United States, Washington , U.S, New York, Democratic California, U.S, , California, Texas, New Jersey
Biden picks diverse economic team to focus on pandemic recovery
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Jarrett Renshaw | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
(Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden named several women to his top economic policy team on Monday, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary nominee, setting the stage for diversity and a focus on recovery from the pandemic. “This team looks like America and brings seriousness of purpose, the highest degree of competency, and unwavering belief in the promise of America,” Biden said in a statement. “They will be ready on day one to get to work for all Americans.”Biden was expected to formally introduce the new economic team members on Tuesday, the transition team said. As Treasury Secretary, I will work every day towards rebuilding that dream for all.”Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, welcomed Yellen’s nomination. Biden selected Cecelia Rouse, an economist who is dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, to chair the Council of Economic Advisers.
Persons: Joe Biden, Janet Yellen, Jonathan Ernst, ” Biden, , Yellen, Bill Clinton’s, Kristalina Georgieva, Yellen’s, Ron Wyden, Steven Mnuchin, ” Wyden, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Wally Adeyemo, Adeyemo, Barack Obama, Neera Tanden, Tanden, Obama, Cecelia Rouse, Heather Boushey, Kamala Harris, Brad Raffensperger, Brian Kemp, Raffensperger Organizations: Market, REUTERS, U.S . Senate, Democratic, Economic Advisers, Twitter, International Monetary Fund, Senate Finance, Republicans, Senate, Republican, Biden, LIBERAL, Treasury, Obama Foundation, Center, American Progress, Management, OMB, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, of Economic Advisers, Washington Center for Equitable Locations: WILMINGTON, Del, Washington , U.S, United States, America, U.S, Georgia, Trump’s
Biden should clarify US position on digital tax within two months, France says
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File PhotoPARIS (Reuters) - The European Union hopes Joseph Biden’s incoming administration will clarify the U.S. position on digital taxation within two months of taking office, a French Finance Ministry source said on Monday. March will be two months after Biden takes office ... We hope to have contacts within these two months with the new American administration,” the source said. France is pushing its EU partners to prepare an EU digital tax in early 2021 that could be quickly applied in case the talks at the OECD fail again by mid year. Paris has its own national digital tax, but has pledged to scrap it as soon as there is an international deal.
Persons: Francois Lenoir, Joseph, Donald Trump’s, Biden Organizations: EU, REUTERS, PARIS, French Finance Ministry, Google, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, European Council, it’s, OECD Locations: Brussels, Belgium, EU, France, Paris
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