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President Trump Seeks 2nd Term, After Overcoming Impeachment  

Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States and only the third president to have been impeached but then acquitted, is seeking election to a second term in November. Trump officially launched his re-election campaign in June 2019 in Orlando, Florida, unveiling the slogan, “Keep America Great,” a variation of his 2016 slogan “Make America Great Again.” He told supporters, “We did it once and now we will do it again and this time we’re going to finish the job.” FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign kick off rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, June 18, 2019.Previous accomplishments: Before becoming president, Trump was a prominent and controversial New York real estate developer and television personality. Soon after graduating from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, he took over his family’s real estate business, expanding it and building hotels, casinos and golf courses around the world. In the early 1990s, Trump was forced to file several bankruptcies involving properties in Atlantic City and New York. However, he later rebuilt his businesses and, in 2016, Forbes estimated his net worth at $3.7 billion.FILE – In this March 27, 2004 file photo, passersby look at a sign advertising the reality television show, “The Apprentice,” displayed at the entrance to the Trump Tower building in New York.In 2004, Trump became a widely known media figure for producing and starring in the reality television show “The Apprentice,” which became a hit for NBC. He left the show in 2015 as he prepared to run for president. Trump’s presidency: During his 3 1/2 years in office, President Trump has passed a major tax reform bill, drawn down troop levels in Syria, and won Senate confirmation for two Supreme Court appointments, conservative jurists Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, to fill vacancies on the nine-member court. He also won approval for nearly 200 other judges to lower federal courts.FILE – Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles next to U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, July 9, 2018Kavanaugh’s nomination proved particularly contentious, with public hearings focusing on his youthful beer-drinking days and allegations of sexual misconduct. In the end, the Senate narrowly approved Kavanaugh’s appointment to the country’s highest court. Trump has pushed forward policies to crack down on illegal immigration, including winning approval of nearly $1.4 billion from Congress for a border wall (though far less than the amount he requested) and declared a state of emergency to free up $3.6 billion more funding for the wall.FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump points at the wall as he talks with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott while touring a section of recently constructed U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020.The president has followed through on campaign promises to roll back government regulations and to repeal a large part of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, popularly known as Obamacare. Even as millions of Americans lost their jobs and health insurance when the worldwide coronavirus pandemic engulfed the United States this year, Trump appealed to the Supreme Court to invalidate Obamacare in its entirety. Trump has often expressed his dislike of the policies of Obama, his Democratic predecessor and the country’s only African American chief executive. FILE – Stock traders wear New Year’s 2020 party glasses at New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 31, 2019.For three years, Trump presided over an economic boom that included an unemployment rate that fell to just 3.5%, the lowest for the world’s largest economy in five decades, and the country’s major stock indexes soared. But that success ended without warning as the coronavirus pandemic spread from China across the globe in early 2020, with Trump voicing constant skepticism of its lethality and its effect on the United States. In late February, in a television clip often replayed on news shows, Trump predicted, “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” FILE – An empty parking lot leading to a closed AMC movie theatre and restaurants sits idly Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Phoenix.Instead, the virus spread to all 50 states, causing massive disruptions. Soon the nation was engulfed in an economic disaster as well. More than 48 million workers lost their jobs — more than a quarter of the U.S. labor force — as state governors ordered businesses to close in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Schools and universities shut down classroom instruction in favor of online learning from home. Professional and collegiate sports leagues stopped playing games, while hospitals postponed elective surgeries and restaurants resorted to curbside food pickups while inhouse dining was prohibited in much of the U.S. Reporters are seen complying with social distancing norms as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, April 13, 2020, in Washington.Trump staged daily news briefings about the coronavirus for weeks, but often downplayed the severity of the coronavirus, seemingly fearful that any acknowledgment of its effects would hurt his re-election chances in the November 3 contest. He constantly promised that a vaccine for the virus would be found in the coming months even as health experts said that at best mass-inoculation would not happen until early 2021. For a while, Trump touted the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure-all for the coronavirus and said he himself had taken it. But health studies in several countries said it was worthless to treat the virus and Trump mostly stopped talking about it. At another point, he startled Americans by suggesting that the virus could be cured by consuming poisonous bleach. While health experts urged Americans to wear face masks to limit the spread of the virus, Trump resisted, saying he did not think it was for him, and belittled some who did wear them. FILE – Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) wheel a man out of the Cobble Hill Health Center nursing home during an ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York, April 17, 2020.Gradually, over weeks and weeks, the death toll climbed to more than 131,000 in the U.S. by mid-year and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to more than 3 million, bigger figures than in any other country in the world. Health experts are predicting tens of thousands more Americans will die in the coming months. As the number of cases ebbed in the northern U.S. states, there were new outbreaks in a southern tier of states where governors were among the first to reopen their economies and then had to order bars and some businesses to again shut down. The U.S. jobless rate peaked at 14.7% in April, then dropped to 11.1% in June as the economy added nearly 5 million jobs. Trump, acting as his own cheerleader, said much better days were ahead for the American economy in the second half of 2020 and into 2021. While the coronavirus swept silently across the U.S., Trump was forced to deal with boisterous, sometimes violent protests across the country following the May 25 death of an African American man, George Floyd, who was pinned face down on a street in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a white police officer who pressed his knee on his neck even as Floyd gasped that he could not breathe.FILE – Protesters demonstrate Saturday, June 13, 2020, near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers.Trump sent mixed messages about the unrest that followed, expressing support for peaceful demonstrations but also saying that street chants of “Black Lives Matter” were a “symbol of hate.” He voiced his approval of a video of one of his political supporters who shouted, “White power!” But he removed the clip from his Twitter account after critics vocally admonished him, while Trump aides said he had not heard the racist exclamation. As the U.S. celebrated the 244th anniversary of its independence on the July 4 weekend, Trump ramped up his rhetoric, decrying racial justice protesters as “evil” representatives of a “new far-left fascism” whose ultimate goal is “the end of America.” With the turn of events in the first half of 2020, Trump’s political fate was uncertain at best, with numerous national polls showing him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by about 9 percentage points four months ahead of the quadrennial presidential election. But only two U.S. presidents have lost bids for re-election in the last four decades and Trump supporters noted that he also trailed in polling ahead of the 2016 election, when he unexpectedly defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Foreign policy: Trump’s foreign policy has been defined by his “America First” agenda in which he has put what he regards as America’s interests above all else. He withdrew from several international agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal; the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal. On trade, Trump fulfilled a campaign pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, while launching a trade war with China.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, President Donald Trump, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and other NATO Alliance leaders at the annual NATO heads of government, in Watford, Britain Dec. 4, 2019.He has repeatedly questioned the amount of money the United States spends to defend other countries and has publicly criticized NATO, the Western military alliance crafted after World War II. The president has had a volatile relationship with many foreign leaders, including traditional allies such as former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, but embraced such historical foes such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump called Kim “little rocket man” but later met with him on three occasions and declared, “We’ve developed a very good relationship.” Presidential challenges: Trump, aside from the coronavirus and economic crises of 2020, has faced major challenges as president, including an impeachment inquiry Democrats launched over allegations that Trump sought Ukraine’s help to dig up incriminating information about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, that could hurt Biden’s prospects of trying to challenge Trump in the 2020 U.S. election.In this image from video, senators vote on the first article of impeachment during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Feb. 5, 2020.The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives impeached him in late 2019, but the Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him in early 2020, with only one Republican senator voting to convict and remove him from office. Trump also faced a nearly two-year investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.Mueller’s final report found that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia to affect the outcome of the race. However, it reached no conclusion on whether Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice for instances in which he may have tried to sidetrack Mueller’s probe. In any event, there is a long-held tradition in the U.S. that sitting presidents cannot be charged with criminal offenses while in office.

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By Polityk | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Former Vice President Joe Biden Making 3rd Bid for US Presidency

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat set to run against President Donald Trump in the November 3 national election, is making his third run for the White House — but for the first time stands as his party’s presumptive nominee.If he wins, and is inaugurated next January, Biden would become the country’s 46th chief executive. By then, he would be 78, the oldest U.S. president ever, surpassing the 74-year-old Trump.Biden has said throughout months of campaigning that he is seeking to put an end to Trump’s “aberrant” administration.“We’re in a battle for the soul of America,” Biden says on his campaign web site. “It’s time to remember who we are. We’re Americans: tough, resilient, but always full of hope. It’s time to treat each other with dignity. Build a middle class that works for everybody. Fight back against the incredible abuses of power we’re seeing. It’s time to dig deep and remember that our best days still lie ahead.”Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden departs after a roundtable on economic reopening with community members, June 11, 2020, in Philadelphia.Biden has characterized Trump as an unfit leader of the Free World, saying, “It’s time for respected leadership on the world stage—and dignified leadership at home.”But amid an historic coronavirus pandemic, Biden’s campaign through the early days of July has been unlike any modern U.S. run for the presidency. He has largely waged his campaign from his home in the eastern state of Delaware with occasional forays to Wilmington, the state’s biggest city, and to nearby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for speeches and policy discussions with small groups of people. The former U.S. senator has held only one news conference over a three-month period and shunned large political rallies for fear of catching or helping to spread the coronavirus if large crowds gathered to hear him speak.Accomplishments and personal life: After graduating from the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School, Biden, at age 29, became in 1972 one of the youngest lawmakers ever elected to the U.S. Senate. But weeks after the election, personal tragedy struck. Biden’s wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping. Biden entertained thoughts of resigning his newly won Senate seat to care for the couple’s two other children, both sons, but instead began daily back-and-forth 90-minute train commutes between Washington and his Delaware home, a practice he followed through six terms –36 years — in the Senate.A car passes a yard displaying a campaign sign for Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, June 23, 2020 in North Hampton, New Hampshire.Several years after his first wife’s death, Biden met and later married Jill Jacobs Tracy, an aspiring schoolteacher, with whom he has a daughter born in 1981. Biden ran for president in 1987 and 2007 but failed to gain much support from voters either time. After Biden dropped out of the presidential race in 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama later asked him to be his running mate. The two went on to win the 2008 election and re-election in 2012. Biden served as Obama’s vice president for eight years.Foreign policy: While in the Senate, Biden was a longtime member of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and served twice as the panel’s chairman. He opposed the Persian Gulf War in 1991 but voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He advocated for U.S. and NATO intervention in Bosnia in 1994. While serving as vice president under Obama, Biden helped to formulate U.S. policy toward Iraq, including the withdrawal of troops in 2011. He also supported the NATO-led military intervention in Libya in 2011.Biden played other key roles during his years in the Senate, especially in crafting anti-crime bills, including a federal assault weapons ban that stood for 10 years until 2004 but has not been renewed. He backed tough sentencing for convicted criminals, a stance he has modified in his 2020 run for the presidency. Now he says that “too many people are incarcerated in the United States – and too many of them are black and brown.”Biden has said that he considers the Violence Against Women Act “the single most important legislation” he helped shepherd through Congress during his Senate tenure.But it was his oversight of testimony at the 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearing of Clarence Thomas, a conservative African American put forward by then-President George H.W. Bush, that has rankled some of Biden’s Democratic intra-party foes for years.Anita Hill, a lawyer and Thomas co-worker, accused Thomas of sexual harassment and testified against him, allegations that Thomas denied. But Biden, then chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not permit further witnesses to buttress Hill’s testimony. Women’s groups and liberal legal activists sharply criticized Biden’s handling of the hearings. Eventually the Senate narrowly confirmed Thomas’s nomination and he sits on the Supreme Court to this day. In April 2019, Biden called Hill to voice regret over the manner in which he conducted the Thomas hearings, but she said later she remained deeply dissatisfied.Platform: A prospective Biden presidency might mirror the eight years of Obama’s White House tenure, with policies that advance progressive causes for racial equality and women’s rights in the United States and international accords abroad. While Trump has pulled the United States from multinational trade, nuclear and climate deals that he did not consider to be in Washington’s best interests, Biden almost assuredly could be expected to attempt to restore U.S. standing and engagement abroad.Biden Proposes $700 Billion-Plus ‘Buy American’ Campaign Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firmsAt home, Biden over the years has had a reputation of reaching across the political aisle to work with Republican lawmakers, But during the lengthy fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden pushed back against criticism that he is not liberal enough for today’s Democratic Party, saying at an event in March, “I have the most progressive record of anybody running.” Biden emphasized the record of the Obama administration, including expanding health care, supporting efforts to legalize gay marriage, and pushing for the government bailout of the U.S. auto industry.Biden contends that Trump has abandoned the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, adding he would “stop the political theater and willful misinformation that has heightened confusion and discrimination.” Biden says he would “ensure that public health decisions are made by public health professionals and not politicians.”While tantrums and taunts on Twitter have been one of Trump’s signature White House calling cards, Biden’s verbal gaffes have given Trump an opportunity to claim the Democratic nominee is mentally diminished as he ages. In recent weeks, Biden has said he is running for the Senate instead of the presidency and said at another time that 120 million Americans had died from the coronavirus, instead of 120,000.“If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid, the Fake News Media would come down on me with a vengeance. This is beyond a normal mistake,” Trump tweeted.But Biden, asked whether his mental capacity has waned, retorted, “Look, all you’ve got to do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”The two candidates are planning to face off in three debates in September and October.Megan Duzor contributed to this report.

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By Polityk | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

На низці пляжів Києва виявили кишкову паличку

У Держпродспоживслужбі повідомили, що після досліджень води виявили кишкову паличку на низці столичних пляжів, а також інші невідповідності санітарним нормам.

Згідно з повідомленням, станом на початок липня не відповідають санітарним вимогам за необхідними показниками пляжі «Венеція», «Веселка», «Дитячий», «Золотий», «Молодіжний», «Передмісна Слобідка», «Райдуга», «Тельбін», «Центральний», «Троєщина» та «Чорторий»; Також дрібні водорості та запах є на пляжі «Галерний». Є невідповідності вимогам і на пляжах «Вербний» та «Пуща-Водиця».

Міський голова Києва Віталій Кличко 15 червня заявив, що хоча сьогодні пляжі столиці відкриті як прибережна зона відпочинку, купатися на них заборонено.


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By Gromada | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Суспільство

На підпис Зеленському передали закон щодо випускників із ОРДЛО і Криму без складання ними ЗНО

Голова Верховної Ради Дмитро Разумков підписав законопроєкт про зміни до закону «Про вищу освіту» щодо особливостей вступу до закладів вищої освіти осіб з тимчасово окупованих територій Криму і Дорнбасу. Як йдеться на сайті парламенту, документ повернено з підписом голови Верховної Ради і передано на підпис президентові 8 липня.

3 липня Верховна Рада ухвалила законодавчі зміни, що, зокрема, передбачають можливість вступу до всіх українських вишів за вступними іспитами в межах встановлених квот для абітурієнтів, місцем проживання яких є тимчасово окупована територія і територія на лінії зіткнення.

На сьогодні вступ за квотою передбачений лише для абітурієнтів, місцем проживання яких є тимчасово окупована територія Криму і міста Севастополя, до уповноважених закладів вищої освіти.




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By Gromada | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Суспільство

Supreme Court Set to Rule on Trump Financial Records Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court is issuing the final opinions of its current term today, with attention focused on three high-profile cases involving requests for President Donald Trump’s tax records and other financial documents by congressional committees and a New York prosecutor.Trump, who went against the practice of modern presidential candidates by refusing to make his tax documents public while campaigning in 2016, has sought to block the release of those records and others related to his financial dealings.In two combined cases, several House of Representatives committees issued subpoenas seeking the records from two banks, Capital One and Deutsche Bank, as well as the accounting firm Mazars USA.The key issue justices are weighing in those cases is the separation of powers among the branches of the federal government and congressional power to investigate a president.Trump lawyer Patrick Strawbridge said during oral arguments in May that the subpoenas served no substantial legislative purpose and that lawmakers should not be allowed to probe a president’s affairs with unlimited authority.In ruling against Trump in December, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District in New York said the committees had sufficiently identified their purposes.”The Committees’ interests in pursuing their constitutional legislative function is a far more significant public interest than whatever public interest inheres in avoiding the risk of a Chief Executive’s distraction arising from disclosure of documents reflecting his private financial transactions,” Judge Jon O. Newman said in writing for the appeals court majority.A lower court also ruled against Trump in the third case involving Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s request for financial records from Mazars as part of a grand jury investigation of alleged hush money payments to two women during the 2016 election.Jay Sekulow, another Trump lawyer, argued before the Supreme Court in May that the president enjoys “temporary constitutional immunity” from prosecution while in office and that the New York district attorney has no authority to subpoena Trump.Carey Dunne, the general counsel for the Manhattan district attorney, countered that presidents, while immune from criminal prosecution, are not excused from responding to a subpoena. In addition, Dunne said, the information his office is seeking predates Trump’s presidential term and is not protected by executive privilege.There “is a risk that American presidents and third parties unwittingly could end up above the law,” Dunne said.The Supreme Court has dealt with the question of whether a sitting president is required to comply with a legal request for documents in the past.The court ruled unanimously against President Richard Nixon in 1973 in a case involving turning over White House audio tapes to a special prosecutor. Justices also issued a unanimous ruling against President Bill Clinton in 1997 allowing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton to go forward.The nine justices gave little indication during oral arguments which way they will decide the current cases, reflecting the need to balance competing interests among the branches of government.In addition to ruling in favor of one side or the other, the justices could also decide to send either case back to the lower court for reconsideration.While the lower court rulings against Trump came amid his impeachment by the House of Representatives on charges of obstruction of justice and abuse of power of which the Senate later acquitted him, the Supreme Court ruling comes with the nation months away from deciding whether to elect Trump to a second four-year term, or to put his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, in the White House. 

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By Polityk | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Biden Proposes $700 Billion-Plus ‘Buy American’ Campaign

Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.
Biden calls for a $400 billion, four-year increase in government purchasing of U.S.-based goods and services plus $300 billion in new research and development in U.S. technology concerns.
Among other policies expected to be announced Thursday, he proposes tightening current “Buy American” laws that are intended to benefit U.S. firms but can be easily circumvented by government agencies.  
An outline released by Biden’s campaign also touts his long-standing promises to strengthen workers’ collective bargaining rights and repeal Republican-backed tax breaks for U.S. corporations that move jobs overseas.
“This will be the largest mobilization of public investments in procurement, infrastructure and (research and development) since World War II,” senior adviser Jake Sullivan told The Associated Press, with the campaign promising additionally that Biden would require that effort in domestic markets before negotiating any new international trade deals.
The former vice president will discuss the proposals Thursday at a metal works concern in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. It’s the first of a series of addresses Biden plans as he shifts his line of attack against President Donald Trump to the economy. It’s political turf the Republican incumbent once considered a clear advantage before the coronavirus pandemic curbed consumer activity and drove unemployment to near-Depression levels.
An opening emphasis on manufacturing and labor policy is no coincidence: Biden wants to capitalize on his union ties and deliver on oft-made claims he can win back working-class voters who fueled Trump’s upset win four years ago.
Biden will continue in coming weeks with an energy plan to combat the climate crisis and a third package on what the campaign has dubbed the “caring economy,” with a focus on making child care and elder care more affordable and less of an impediment to working-age Americans.
Campaign aides told reporters that all of Biden’s policies would target immediate recovery from the pandemic recession and address systemic inequalities Biden says are “laid bare” by the nation’s ongoing reckoning with racism.  
“What’s going on here, we need to build back, not just to where we were but build back better than we’ve ever been,” Biden told the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Wednesday. “We’re going to take a monumental step forward for the prosperity, power, safety and dignity of all American workers.”
The Democrat’s agenda carries at least some rhetorical echoes of Trump’s “America First” philosophy, but the former vice president’s aides describe his approach as more coherent. They cast Trump’s imposition of tariffs and uneven trade negotiations with other nations as a slapdash isolationism compromised further by tax policies that enrich multinational corporations. The Biden campaign also pointed to an uptick in foreign procurement and continued outsourcing of jobs by U.S.-based corporations during Trump’s presidency.
Republicans nonetheless have made clear they will attack Biden on trade and the economy, framing the Democratic establishment figure as a tool of the far left on taxes and a willing participant in decades of trade policy that gutted American workers. Trump also has lampooned Biden as “weak on China.”
On trade, at least, it’s a similar line of attack Biden withstood from the Democratic primary runner-up, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and one that Trump used effectively against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Biden voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement in the Senate in 1994, an anchor of Trump’s criticism and Sanders’ attacks before that. One of Trump’s signature achievements is an overhaul of NAFTA, which he accomplished with backing from many Democrats on Capitol Hill. Since the 1990s, including during two presidential campaigns, Biden has advocated tighter controls in future trade deals, and he’s promised to have organized labor and the environmental movement at the table.
The campaign’s outline ahead of Thursday emphasizes that Biden wants a resurgence in U.S. markets before engaging in new trade deals abroad. That includes joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership that Biden advocated when he served as President Barack Obama’s vice president. Trump opposed TPP as a 2016 candidate. China is not a TPP member.
Trump and Biden have called out China for unfair trade practices, but Biden accuses Trump of instigating a trade war with a commensurate economic power that the president “has no plan” to win.
Biden’s team insisted his approach falls within World Trade Organization rules, but aides also acknowledged that a Biden administration would try to modify an existing WTO deal, the Government Procurement Agreement, which effectively creates a shared open international market for participating governments to secure goods and services.
For now, Biden has not identified how he’d pay for the proposed new spending. Aides said he has identified revenue sources for all ongoing spending proposals but not for the one-time or short-term investments like the $700 billion in procurement and research. That raises the possibility that Biden could declare that spending to be deliberate deficit spending to stimulate the struggling economy. 

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By Polityk | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

МОЗ: у травні лише 30% дітей першого року життя мали необхідні щеплення від поліомієліту

Міністерство охорони здоров’я заявляє про зниження рівня імунізації в Україні, особливо серед дітей, через пандемію коронавірусу.

Як заявив під час онлайн-брифінгу 9 липня очільник МОЗ Максим Степанов, зокрема, станом на травень лише 30% дітей першого року життя отримали всі три дози вакцини для профілактики поліомієліту. 

«За попередньою інформацією, рівень імунізації у червні дещо виріс, проте залишається недостатнім», – повідомили у МОЗ.


Міністр Степанов закликав батьків проводити імунізацію відповідно до графіку обов’язкових щеплень. 

У МОЗ уже раніше висловлювали занепокоєння зниженням рівня вакцинації в Україні під час пандемії.

Минулого року через низьке охоплення вакцинацією Україна увійшла до 5-ки країн, де зафіксовано найбільше випадків захворювання на кір.


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By Gromada | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Суспільство

Biden-Sanders Task Forces Unveil Joint Goals for Party Unity

Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing recommended Wednesday that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding a coronavirus-ravaged economy.  But they stopped short of urging Biden’s full endorsement of policies that could prove too divisive for some swing voters in November, like universal health coverage under “Medicare for All” or the sweeping Green New Deal environmental plan.  The groups, formed in May to tackle health care, immigration, education, criminal justice reform, climate change and the economy, sought to hammer out a policy road map to best defeat President Donald Trump. Their 110 pages of recommendations should help shape the policy platform Democrats will adopt during their national convention next month — even though the entire party platform adopted in 2016 ran only about 50 pages.  Skeptical progressivesThe task forces sought to help Biden, a center-left establishment candidate, engage skeptical progressives who’d backed other 2020 candidates, especially Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is under consideration for Biden’s running mate. Biden hoped the groups would promote party unity and help him avoid a repeat of 2016, when many Sanders supporters remained disillusioned enough that they stayed home rather than support Hillary Clinton against Trump.  They recommend that Biden commit to moving the U.S. to being fully powered by renewable energy, and meeting other key environmental benchmarks, by 2035. That’s far more ambitious than the 2050 deadline he embraced during the primary. They also call for a 100-day moratorium on deportations and a series of steps to overhaul the economy in an effort to reduce economic and racial inequality. “While Joe Biden and I, and our supporters, have strong disagreements about some of the most important issues facing our country, we also understand that we must come together in order to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,” Sanders, a Vermont senator, said in a statement. Biden thanked Sanders for “working together to unite our party, and deliver real, lasting change for generations to come.” Hydraulic fracturingStill, the recommendations don’t include a ban on hydraulic fracturing that could hurt Biden in the energy-producing swing state of Pennsylvania. There’s also no endorsement for Medicare for All, which dominated debate during the Democratic presidential primary but could alienate voters afraid of losing their current, employer-based private health coverage. Instead, the recommendations list ways to expand health insurance coverage by building on the Obama administration’s signature law.  “We still believe that Medicare for All is the right way to go and we’re still going to continue to fight for that,” said Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state, who co-led the health care task force. “But this was a situation where Joe Biden had already put a stake in the sand on the Affordable Care Act and it was part of his legacy with President Obama.” Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, served on the environmental advisory group and said she was encouraged by the finished product. She noted that it does not include specific recommendations on how many new jobs Biden hopes to create in the sector or spell out how much money he would commit to making his promises a reality. Also omitted is the Green New Deal, the comprehensive anti-climate change plan that Prakash’s group champions.  Still, Prakash said Biden making the recommendations a centerpiece of his campaign can help bolster his support among young people, Latinos and working class voters.  “If Joe Biden takes this plan that he has signed off on and campaigns really, really hard on it, if he understands the economic opportunity that exists in tackling the climate crisis, if he can speak to the level of urgency and the level of swift, scalable action that we need to be taking, he will appeal to so many of the voters that he needs to unite,” Prakash said. National reckoningTheir conclusions come as Biden and Democratic Party officials enter the main phase of writing the platform. The campaign’s and the party’s entire policy apparatus acquired added weight after the pandemic, resulting economic collapse and national reckoning on systemic racism spurred Biden to start talking in bolder tones about the need to “rewrite the economy.”  Biden plans to travel Thursday to Pennsylvania, where he will begin detailing an economic package that his aides pitch as a direct preview of the policies he would pursue should he win. Progressives who have been in contact with Biden’s campaign noted that he’s consulted with Sanders and Warren while devising it.  Biden is expected to emphasize American manufacturing and labor policies, including how government can aim its buying power to bolster U.S. manufacturing. That will likely include an emphasis on ratcheting up government purchases of medical supplies that would address the pandemic.  “This will be the largest mobilization of public investments in procurement, infrastructure and R&D (research and development) since World War II, and that’s just a part of the plan,” said senior adviser Jake Sullivan. 

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By Polityk | 09/07/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика