Tag Archives: United States

Pelosi Omits Taiwan From Asian Countries Tour List

Politico reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed Sunday that she will be visiting Asia but did not mention whether she will make a stop in Taiwan. “Today, our Congressional delegation travels to the Indo-Pacific to reaffirm America’s strong and unshakeable commitment to our allies and friends in the region,” the California Democrat said in a statement. “In Singapore, Malaysia, South …

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Twitter Forces Removal Of Chinese Threat To Pelosi

Reuters reports: Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin said on Saturday he deleted a tweet warning of military retaliation should U.S. fighter jets escort House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on any visit to Taiwan, after Twitter blocked his account. If Pelosi were to visit Taiwan, Hu, a nationalist firebrand with a wide Twitter following, wrote, “Our fighter jets should deploy all obstructive …

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China Threatens To Shoot Down Nancy Pelosi’s Plane

Politico reports: U.S. defense officials are increasingly concerned that China would see a congressional delegation to Taiwan, escorted by military aircraft, as an invasion. That rhetoric escalated Friday when Hu Xijin, a commentator with the Chinese-state-owned Global Times, threatened that China’s military could down the speaker’s plane. “If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is invasion,” Hu …

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Russia Open To Discussing Prisoner Swap For Griner

ABC News reports: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that he’s open to a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss a possible prisoner swap involving American basketball star Brittney Griner. Blinken said Wednesday that Washington had offered Russia a deal that would bring home Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan. A person familiar with …

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China Warns Biden On Taiwan: Don’t Play With Fire

The Associated Press reports: President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping spent more than two hours Thursday talking through the future of their complicated relationship, with the flashpoint of Taiwan once again emerging as a key point of tension. According to a description of the call released by Beijing, Xi emphasized China’s claim over the island, which has governed itself …

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China Vows “Forceful Measures” If Pelosi Visits Taiwan

Reuters reports: China’s government warned on Tuesday it would take “forceful measures” if U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, after the Financial Times said she would go to the Chinese-claimed island next month. Pelosi and her delegation will also visit Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and spend time in Hawaii at the headquarters of U.S. Indo-Pacific command, …

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US Strands 17M Monkeypox Vax Doses In Red Tape

The New York Daily News reports: Nearly 17 million doses of monkeypox vaccine are collecting dust at a manufacturing plant in Denmark instead of being shipped to the U.S. due to a bureaucratic delay, White House officials confirmed Friday, as New Yorkers lined up in droves to get ahold of a shot from the city’s short supply. About 6,000 monkeypox …

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UK Embassy’s Fourth Of July Message: “You’ll Be Back”

The Hill reports: The U.K. Embassy in Washington, D.C., shared a playlist to commemorate the United States’s Independence Day on Monday, including only one song on repeat by the band Player: “Baby Come Back.” “Baby come back, any kind of fool could see/There was something in everything about you/Baby come back, you can blame it all on me/I was wrong …

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US Median Age Up 3.4 Years Since 2000 To 38.8 Years

Via press release from the US Census Bureau: The last two decades have seen the country grow continuously older. Since 2000, the national median age – the point at which one-half the population is older and one-half younger – has increased by 3.4 years, with the largest single-year gain of 0.3 years coming in 2021, bringing it to 38.8 years, …

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Biden: US To Bolster Military Presence In Europe

Reuters reports: U.S. President Joe Biden pledged more American troops, warplanes and warships for Europe on Wednesday as NATO agreed the biggest strengthening of its deterrents since the Cold War in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden’s commitment at the Madrid summit “to defend every inch of allied territory” came as the U.S.-led military alliance also set in motion …

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Canada Agrees To Share UFO Info With US Officials

Vice News reports: Canadian government officials have agreed to share information about UFOs with the U.S. Those contacts were revealed in a pair of letters posted online this week from Canada’s Natural Resources department and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), a federal regulator. The U.S. Department of Energy has long been suspected of playing a role in the government’s …

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Dems Push To Follow EU’s Lead On Universal Chargers

The Verge reports: In a Thursday letter addressed to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Sen. Ed Markey  — along with Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — demanded that the department develop a strategy to require a common charging port across all mobile devices. The letter comes a week after European Union lawmakers reached a deal on new legislation forcing all …

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Britain Approves Extradition Of Julian Assange To US

The Wall Street Journal reports: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can now be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. to face espionage charges after British Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the order. The decision, which Mr. Assange has said he would appeal, is the latest step in a long-running legal saga. A London court authorized Mr. Assange’s extradition in April, …

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US To Lift COVID Test Requirement To Enter Country

CNN reports: The Biden administration is expected to announce Friday that the CDC will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US, according to a senior administration official. The move, which CNN was first to report, will go into effect for US-bound air travelers at midnight on Sunday. The CDC is lifting the restriction …

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BREAKING: Multiple Deaths In Maryland Mass Shooting

NBC News reports: A shooter opened fire inside a manufacturing facility in western Maryland Thursday afternoon, killing multiple people, authorities say. Deputies responded to the active shooting in the 12900 block of Bikle Road in Smithsburg around 2:30 p.m. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said there are “multiple fatalities.” The suspect was shot and injured during a confrontation with a …

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US Warns North Korea Against Nuke Test: Swift Action

Star & Stripes reports: A nuclear test by North Korea will prompt a “swift and forceful response,” a senior U.S. diplomat said in Seoul on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency. North Korea would face unified action by several countries should it detonate a nuclear device in violation of existing U.N. Security Council resolutions, Wendy Sherman, deputy secretary of …

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Biden: US Would Defend Taiwan Against China [VIDEO]

CNN reports: President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States would intervene militarily if China attempts to take Taiwan by force, a warning that appeared to deviate from the deliberate ambiguity traditionally held by Washington. During a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, Biden was asked if the US would be willing to go …

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11 GOP Senators Vote Against Ukraine Aid Package

The Washington Post reports: The Senate voted Thursday to deliver more than $40 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, sending the measure to President Biden after a week-long delay sparked by a lone senator’s objection. The vote was 86-to-11 with all opposition to the package coming from Republicans. The bill provides a combined $20.1 billion in military …

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US And Europe Investigate Monkeypox Cases [VIDEO]

CNN reports: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is collaborating with Massachusetts health officials on an investigation into a case of monkeypox, the agency said Wednesday in a statement. The case of monkeypox was confirmed in a man in Massachusetts who had recently traveled to Canada, state health officials announced earlier in the day. The patient is hospitalized …

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State Department Reopens US Embassy In Kyiv

The Week reports: The U.S. has reopened its embassy in Kyiv after having closed it three months ago, just before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday. “Today we are officially resuming operations at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. The Ukrainian people, with our security assistance, have defended their homeland in the face of …

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