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Biden Picks Senator Kamala Harris as His Running Mate 

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate —making her the first Black woman to be named to a major party’s ticket for a presidential election.As a woman of Indian descent, she is also making history as the first major South Asian-American candidate to run in the general election.“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”After winning enough primaries to secure the nomination earlier this year, Biden, 77, committed himself to picking a female vice presidential candidate. There was much speculation he would choose a Black woman to run with him. A number of familiar and respected names surfaced in the press as potential running mates.Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris shake hands before the start of the second night of the second 2020 presidential Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, July 31, 2019.But Biden and Harris have a long friendship going back to the days when she was California attorney general at the same time Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, was attorney general in Delaware.“She worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Joe Biden tweeted Tuesday. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”Harris had high praise for Biden during a campaign event several weeks ago before she was named as his running mate.“Joe has empathy, he has a proven track record of leadership and more than ever before we need a president of the United States who understands who the people are, sees them where they are, and has a genuine desire to help and knows how to fight to get us where we need to be,” Harris said.Harris, 55, was born in Oakland, California, to a Jamaican American father and an Indian American mother.She graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was elected district attorney for San Francisco in 2003 and California attorney general in 2010.Harris arrived in Washington less than four years ago as the U.S Democratic senator from California.In her 2020 presidential campaign, Harris was briefly the Democratic front-runner after success in the early debates. Her criticism of Biden’s one-time opposition to court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance in public schools strained their relationship.But Harris’ overall centrist political stance in the early debates, including her support for law enforcement as an attorney general, failed to excite progressives and liberals, and she dropped out of the presidential race before the first primaries.Some Democrats accused her of being out of touch over issues of police violence — questions that are bound to be raised again amid nationwide protests against police brutality against Black people and other people of color.Social media sites are already full of excitement from many Democrats over the Biden-Harris ticket, including a tweet from former President Barack Obama.FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo, former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York.“I’ve known Senator Kamala Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing,” Obama tweeted Tuesday.Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who was born in New Delhi, tweeted: “Regardless of your political leanings, it says so much about the progress our country has made that a major party ticket now includes a Black and South Asian American woman.”But senior Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson calls Harris “Phony Kamala” and says she “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party. … She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”Harris is the third woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.Democratic representative Geraldine Ferraro was Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984 when they lost by a landslide to the Republican ticket of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ran with Republican John McCain in 2008 but lost to Democrats Obama and Biden. 

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Biden’s Pick of Harris as Running Mate Draws Tears from Some, Criticism from Others

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday announced that U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California would be his running mate in the Nov. 3 election. Here are some reactions to the choice: Former President Barack Obama, via Twitter: “I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had been one of Biden’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, via Twitter: “Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history.” Georgia political activist Stacey Abrams, who was on Biden’s list of potential running mates, via Twitter: “Thrilled to support @KamalaHarris as next VP. I was honored to speak with @JoeBiden at length over the weekend and again today. His focus on reaching out to every corner of our country speaks to how he will lead us. …” Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham via Twitter: “Senator @KamalaHarris will be a formidable opponent. She is smart, aggressive, and has fully bought in to the Democratic Party’s very liberal agenda.” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in a statement: “A hiding, diminished, and incoherent Joe Biden didn’t just select a vice-presidential candidate, he chose the person who would actually be in charge the next four years if he is somehow able to win. Kamala Harris’ extreme positions, from raising taxes to abolishing private health insurance to comparing law enforcement officials to the KKK, show that the left-wing mob is controlling Biden’s candidacy, just like they would control him as president. These radical policies might be popular among liberals, but they are well outside the mainstream for most Americans.” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was on Biden’s list of potential running mates, via Twitter: “Congratulations to @kamalaharris and @JoeBiden on a fantastic and historic ticket. Now, let’s go win!” Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas in a statement: “Kamala Harris supports Medicare for All, she implied that Joe Biden is racist, and she laughed at the idea that the Constitution would stop her from confiscating guns. Her presidential campaign was a mismanaged catastrophe that ended before any votes were cast. “By selecting Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s staff have shown just how radical and incompetent a Biden administration would be.” U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, via Twitter: “I have tears in my eyes but joy in my soul. I am so overwhelmed, as I know that women around the nation, women of color, and yes Black women can see their equal status in this nation finally. Thank you Vice President Biden …” Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, via Twitter: “I’m thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected.” U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who had run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, in a statement: “Kamala Harris has spent her career fighting for people who need it most – an essential quality for our Vice President as we face the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, and our longstanding struggle for racial justice in America. “She is a champion for middle-class families, and her leadership in the Senate on criminal justice reform has been vital.” NAACP President Derrick Johnson, in an interview: “She will not only be able to speak to the moment, she understands the plight of Black women; therefore, she’s up to the task.” Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, a group that promotes women of color in politics, in a phone interview: “It’s remarkable. Today is a spark of hope. It’s a watershed moment for Black women, for women of color. It’s nothing short of historic.”  

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Facebook Announces Restrictions on Political Content

Facebook announced new regulations Tuesday that prevent U.S. publishers with demonstrated ties to political groups from running advertisements that look like news reports on the social networking site.Facebook has been under pressure to manage disinformation appearing on its pages during the coronavirus pandemic and as the country prepares to vote for president in November.The rules announced Tuesday permit publishers with political connections to register with the site, but they will be excluded from using Facebook’s “news” page for their messages.“The news pages with these affiliations will not be eligible for inclusion in Facebook News,” the social media giant said.Previously, such organizations were labeled “news exempt,” meaning that their content was not labeled as political.Facebook defines a “political entity” as “an organization, company, or other group whose predominant purpose is to influence politics and elections,” such as political action groups and organizations designated as social welfare organizations by the Internal Revenue Service.A “political person” includes candidates for public office, those whose positions are subject to legislative confirmation, such as Supreme Court justices and others, who possess the authority to enforce political power.The Columbia Journalism Review published a report Tuesday outlining “new networks of shadowy, politically backed ‘local news websites,’” distributing domestic and internationally-sourced disinformation surrounding the U.S. election.Several tech companies have cracked down on political exploitation of their platforms in recent weeks. Google recently told media company Axios it was planning to implement a similar ban in September, and Twitter temporarily suspended the account of the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., in July after he promoted the drug hydroxychloriquine as a treatment for coronavirus. Hydroxychloriquine’s efficacy in treating COVID-19 has been dismissed by medical experts after several clinical trials. 

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Mike Pence: Backing up a Demanding Boss

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has weathered storms that have shaken the Trump White House, standing by the president through an impeachment trial and many Cabinet reshuffles. He has served as an international envoy and taken a leading role in the COVID-19 response. Mike O’Sullivan spoke with two analysts about Pence’s performance so far.

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Trump Abruptly Escorted from White House Briefing After Shots Fired Nearby

U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted from a White House media briefing Monday afternoon by a U.S. Secret Service agent because of a shooting outside the building. Returning to the briefing room lectern minutes later, Trump said, “There was an actual shooting, and somebody’s been taken to the hospital.”  The shots were fired by law enforcement, the president said. A male subject and a Secret Service officer “were both transported to a local hospital,” a Secret Service statement said. “At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger.”Two gunshots were heard by at least one reporter who was in the briefing room.  “I heard two shots in rapid succession just after you took the podium,” Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts told the president when Trump asked the journalist what he had heard. Here’s audio of the shots being fired: https://t.co/zrARtsyy6b@SecretService
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) U.S. Secret Service Police stand outside the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, in Washington, as a news conference by President Donald Trump was paused, Aug. 10, 2020.“You were surprised, I was surprised also,” Trump told reporters when he returned to the briefing room, saying he had been taken to the Oval Office.  “I do want to thank the Secret Service. They are fantastic,” Trump said, adding that he was not certain the incident “had to do anything with me.” Asked by a reporter if he was rattled by the extraordinary event, he responded. “I don’t know. Do I seem rattled?”  Trump told reporters he gave no thought to not resuming the briefing once the Secret Service told him it was safe to do so. 

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By Polityk | 11/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Trump Says Party Acceptance Speech Likely at White House or Gettysburg

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced he is likely to give the acceptance speech for his party’s nomination at either the White House or 115 kilometers to the north at the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   Asked by a reporter at a briefing on Monday why he is considering Gettysburg, which Trump said he had visited numerous times, the president replied, “It’s the history. It’s incredible, actually to me. It was a very important place and is a very important place in our country.”  The White House location, however, would be easier in terms of expense and security, according to Trump.  The president did not clearly indicate whether he is planning to invite an audience for the event, but noted: “You have plenty of room at both locations.”   Other venues are also under consideration, according to Trump.   We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations – The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) FILE – Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about his plans to combat racial inequality at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, July 28, 2020.The Democrats have also drastically downscaled their party convention next week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Former Vice President Joe Biden has announced he will not travel to Milwaukee and will deliver an acceptance speech in his home state of Delaware.Both the White House and the historic battlefield are federal properties, raising legal and ethical concerns about their use for what will be a political event by the president.After the White House was first mentioned as a possible venue, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it an idea that “should be rejected right out of hand,” predicting “It won’t happen, let’s put it that way.”Trump administration and campaign officials are obviously not rejecting it.The alternative to the White House, which is a national park in Pennsylvania, commemorates the decisive July 1863 Union victory that ended Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North during the Civil War, the years-long fight over states’ rights regarding slavery in the United States. Four months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln delivered what came to be known as the Gettysburg Address, which is one of the best-known speeches in American history. Lincoln said that the soldiers who died there helped preserve U.S. liberty and that America’s “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” The battlefield, however, may not provide the best political optics for such a speech by Trump, acknowledge some Republican sources, because of the president’s recent defense of generals from the losing side.Both the White House and Gettysburg could be risky sites for some White House staff asked to help organize the event, as the Hatch Act limits the political activities in which they can be involved.Certain executive branch appointees are allowed to engage in limited political activity while on duty in the executive residence portion of the White House, and political parties have to reimburse the federal government for all costs.“Whether Trump holds this event at the White House or at Gettysburg, he’s sending a message that there is no line between private gain and public responsibility in this administration,” said Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.“Trump is helping himself to a public resource to advance his personal political ambitions. It is not a resource that is available to his opponent, and it is one that should not be available to him. But the consistent theme of the Trump administration has been abuse of power, so it’s no surprise that he’s abusing power again,” Shaub, who became a harsh public critic of Trump after leaving his post in mid-2017, told VOA.As for any administration officials or career staff not subject to Hatch Act exemptions to participate, Shaub added, “I hold out little hope that anyone responsible for enforcing that law will take appropriate action.”Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1979 — while 50 Americans were being held hostage in Iran — decided to make his reelection announcement during a brief East Room ceremony. His campaign also used the Oval Office as a setting for an advertisement for a campaign that saw him lose to Ronald Reagan. 

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By Polityk | 11/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Trump Nomination Speech to Be at White House or Gettysburg

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will make his Republican presidential renomination acceptance speech from either the White House or at a Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. With the coronavirus pandemic unchecked in the U.S., neither Trump nor his Democratic opponent in the November 3 election, former Vice President Joe Biden, is planning to make a traditional nomination acceptance speech at either of their respective scaled-back conventions. Biden last week said he would make his August 20 nomination acceptance speech from his home state of Delaware rather than go to the convention site in the midwestern city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Republicans are holding a limited gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, starting August 24.  Trump said in a Twitter comment he would announce soon whether he would make his August 27 renomination acceptance speech from the White House or Gettysburg. The national park at Gettysburg commemorates the scene of a decisive 1863 Union victory that ended Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North during the Civil War, the years-long fight over states’ rights and slavery in the United States. Four months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln delivered what came to be known as the Gettysburg Address, honoring those killed there. He said that the fallen helped preserve U.S. liberty and that its “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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By Polityk | 11/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

White House Open to More Coronavirus Aid Talks 

The White House signaled Monday it is open to more negotiations with opposition Democrats on a coronavirus aid package and willing to spend more money to reach a deal. “We’re prepared to put more money on the table,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC. “The president is determined to spend what we need to spend.”  U.S. President Donald Trump signs executive measures for economic relief during a news conference amid the spread of the coronavirus disease, at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., Aug. 8, 2020.President Donald Trump signed executive orders Saturday extending a portion of the expired benefits to millions of unemployed workers and deferring payroll taxes for many employed Americans. In a new Twitter comment, he did not rule out more negotiations but blamed Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Friday’s collapse of talks on an aid package.  “So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal,” Trump tweeted. “Amazing how it all works, isn’t it. Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were “hardliners”, and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly? They know my phone number!” So now Schumer and Pelosi want to meet to make a deal. Amazing how it all works, isn’t it. Where have they been for the last 4 weeks when they were “hardliners”, and only wanted BAILOUT MONEY for Democrat run states and cities that are failing badly? They know my phone number!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, left, speak to reporters following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Aug. 7, 2020.As the talks collapsed last week, Schumer and Pelosi said Democrats were willing to cut $1 trillion from their original demand for White House approval of the $3.4 trillion coronavirus aid package approved by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in mid-May. They said the White House should at the same time double its call for a $1 trillion deal to at least $2 trillion, but the Trump administration refused. The Treasury chief said the Trump administration is willing to spend more money, but not “unlimited amounts of money that don’t make sense.” Mnuchin said the two sides have “agreed on more money for businesses that are particularly hard hit,” sending another $1,200 check economic stimulus check to most adult Americans, providing more aid to schools so they can reopen safely and more money for hospitals and the development of vaccines to combat the coronavirus. But one key sticking point in the coronavirus talks is additional aid to state and local governments, the assistance Trump disparaged as “bailout money” for jurisdictions run by opposition Democrats. Pelosi and Schumer say the hard-pressed state and local governments need $1 trillion. “We’ve offered more money for state and local [governments],” Mnuchin said, “but we’re not going to give a trillion…. That’s just not a reasonable approach.”  Mnuchin called for congressional passage of aid the two sides have agreed on while talks continue on disputed items, but the Democrats have balked at a piecemeal approach to an aid package. Mnuchin declined to speculate when talks could resume. With the collapse in the negotiations, Mnuchin said Trump “needed to take action,” the executive orders he signed at a golf resort he owns in Bedminster, New Jersey. In Sunday talk show appearances, Schumer and Pelosi derided the provisions as too limited to help unemployed workers or other Americans impacted by the coronavirus. Pelosi also said Trump’s actions were unconstitutional since U.S. authority for spending legislation rests with Congress, not the president. FILE – Motorists take part in a caravan protest in front of Senator John Kennedy’s office at the Hale Boggs Federal Building asking for the extension of the $600 in unemployment benefits to people out of work, in New Orleans, La., July 22, 2020.In the fruitless negotiations, Democrats sought to extend the $600-a-week federal government boost to less generous state unemployment benefits through the end of 2020 after they expired at the end of July. Trump cut the figure to $400 and said states should pay $100 of that amount. The president also suspended the 7.65% payroll tax for workers who make less than $100,000 a year through the end of 2020. Unemployed workers, who do not pay the tax because they aren’t collecting a paycheck, won’t benefit. The taxes are used to fund pensions and health care for older Americans. The money would need to be paid back eventually unless Congress acts to write off the deferred taxes.  Trump also said he was extending protections for rental tenants threatened with eviction, further delaying student loan payments and maintaining zero percent interest on federally financed loans. The spread of the pandemic remains unchecked in the U.S. with the country’s number of confirmed cases topping 5 million on Sunday and the death toll more than 163,000. Both figures are the biggest national totals across the globe. 

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By Polityk | 10/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика
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