Biden picks broadband-for-all advocate Rosenworcel to lead FCC
Jessica Rosenworcel, a champion of broadband access for low-income American households, is President Joe Biden’s choice for permanent chair of the Federal Communications Commission, the White House confirmed on Tuesday.
The Biden-Macron meeting is billed as a chance to settle a dispute that erupted after Australia scrapped a deal to buy French conventional submarines in favor of a new plan to acquire US nuclear-powered submarines.
The episode saw France not only stripped of a lucrative contract but prompted Paris to question its transatlantic ties. Biden leaves for Rome on Thursday, and will follow the G20 meeting on the weekend with the UN climate summit in Glasgow on Monday and Tuesday.
Biden to meet France’s Macron on Oct 29: White House
US President Joe Biden will meet with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Rome on Friday, the White House said Tuesday. The bilateral meeting will be ahead of the G20 summit in the Italian capital, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters. Biden will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican the same day.
A top US bank regulator said officials are looking to provide a clearer path for banks and their clients that are looking to hold cryptocurrencies, in order to keep control over the fast-developing asset.
Biden denounces coup and ‘horrific violence’ in Myanmar
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday denounced the military coup and “horrific violence” in Myanmar at a summit with ASEAN leaders, the White House said. Addressing the virtual summit, Biden “expressed grave concerns about the military coup and horrific violence in Burma and called on the country’s military regime to immediately end the violence, release those unjustly detained, and restore Burma’s path to democracy,” a statement said. Myanmar’s military government boycotted the ASEAN summit, which was hosted by Brunei, after its chief was banned in response to the February power grab and subsequent deadly crackdown on dissent.
White House eyes new climate change strategies in Biden bill
The White House is zeroing in on a package of clean energy strategies for President Joe Biden’s big domestic policy bill that officials believe could reach similar greenhouse gas emission reduction goals as an initial proposal that was quashed by opposition from a centrist Democrat. Read full story
150 people arrested in US-Europe darknet drug probe
Law enforcement officials in the US and Europe have arrested 150 people and seized more than $31 million in an international drug trafficking investigation stemming from sales on the darknet, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The arrests are connected to a 10-month investigation between federal law enforcement officials in the US and Europol in Europe. Prosecutors allege those charges are responsible for tens of thousands of illegal sales in the US, the United Kingdom, Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged United Nations member states to include Taiwan in more UN institutions, despite opposition from China. “Taiwan has not been permitted to contribute to UN efforts,” Blinken said in a statement. “We encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting Taiwan’s robust, meaningful participation throughout the UN system and in the international community.”
President Joe Biden also announced a $100 million initiative meant to beef up the US relationship with the organization of Southeast Asian nations. The new funding will include money for health spending, a new climate initiative, programs to assist with the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and education programs.
In his opening remarks to the summit, Joe Biden said the United States was committed to the central role of the 10-nation ASEAN in the region and ASEAN nations can expect him to personally show up in the region in future. “The relationship between the United States and ASEAN is vital, vital for the future of all one billion of our people,” Biden said. “Our partnership is essential to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, which has been the foundation of our shared security and prosperity for many decades.”
US President Joe Biden joined Southeast Asian leaders for a virtual summit on Tuesday, the first time in four years that Washington has engaged at the top level with a bloc seen as key to countering an increasingly assertive China.
US new homes sales soar 14% in September: govt
Sales of new homes in the United States soared 14 percent last month from August as buyers snapped up real estate despite high prices and scarce supply, the government reported Tuesday. New home sales hit an annual rate of 800,000 in September, seasonally adjusted, far above August’s pace, according to the Commerce Department, which also reported supply becoming scarcer and prices climbing.
Wall Street strikes fresh records
Wall Street opened in record territory on Tuesday as a host of tech firms were set to announce their results. The S&P 500 and Dow both powered to new intra-day highs as the opening bell rang after closing at record levels on Monday. Progress in Washington on US President Joe Biden’s big-spending economic plans also provided support, traders said.
Biden to meet pope amid pressure from anti-abortion US bishops
Devout Roman Catholic Joe Biden meets Pope Francis in the Vatican on Friday at a time when the US president is under intense pressure for his conflicted position in the dispute over abortion rights. Biden goes to weekly Mass regularly and keeps a picture of the pope behind his desk in the Oval Office. He has said he is personally opposed to abortion but as an elected leader cannot impose his views.
Joe Biden to announce $100 million spending at ASEAN summit
Billionaire tax criticized as Biden pushes for budget deal
The Democrats’ idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for President Joe Biden’s social services and climate change plan quickly ran into criticism as too cumbersome with some lawmakers preferring the original plan of simply raising the top tax rates on corporations and the wealthy.
Florida manatees dying in record numbers amid food scarcity
Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It’s not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that starved to death.
Democratic US Senator Joe Manchin said on Tuesday that “it makes no sense to me” to abandon the Senate filibuster, the week after Democratic President Joe Biden said he was open to changing the custom to pass a voting-rights bill
Idaho mall shooting leaves 2 dead
Idaho police exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a shooting at a shopping mall in Boise, that killed two people and injured four, including an officer, authorities said. Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee told reporters that the shooting was reported about 1:50 p.m. on Monday and included a report that one person was “shot and down.” Panicked people who were inside the mall fled to the parking lot.
In fatal shooting, some political foes take aim at Baldwin
Details are still emerging about how Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set, but some political onlookers swiftly assigned guilt to one of Hollywood’s most prominent liberals.