Biden urges Democrats to “move along” and pass social, infrastructure agenda
Biden says vaccines for children will be available at about 20,000 locations
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines by next week for children and these shots will be available at about 20,000 locations around the country.
US, India agree to take comprehensive look to expand bilateral trade relationship
US and India on Wednesday (local time) agreed to take a comprehensive look at ways to expand the bilateral trade relationship.US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal met virtually and looked forward to their upcoming meetings in New Delhi (November 22-23).
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai met virtually with Union Commerce Min Piyush Goyal . The two discussed bilateral trade ties & US-India Trade Policy Forum. They also shared perspectives on reaching meaningful outcomes at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference
‘Iran nuclear talks to resume on November 29 in Vienna,’ AFP quotes Iran Deputy Foreign Minister as stating
US seeing ‘sizable’ price hikes but inflation likely ‘transitory’: Fed
US senator submits bill to boost Taiwan’s military capabilities amid China tensions
Amid Beijing’s growing military aggression, a US senator has introduced the Arm Taiwan Act of 2021 to strengthen Taiwan’s defences against a possible Chinese invasion. The legislation calls for allocating $3 billion annually for a new Taiwan Security Assistance Initiative to accelerate Taiwan’s deployment of asymmetric defence capabilities.
Diwali Day Act introduced in US Congress to declare festival of lights as federal holiday
Led by Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney from New York, lawmakers on Wednesday announced that a bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives to declare Diwali, festival of lights, a federal holiday.
China expanding its nuclear arsenal faster than anticipated: Pentagon
US services sector index jumps to record high; private payrolls beat expectations
A measure of US services industry activity surged to a record high in October likely as declining Covid-19 cases boosted demand, but businesses remained burdened by snarled supply chains and the resulting exorbitant prices.
US Supreme Court justices debate gun rights in major New York case
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday explored the divisive issue of gun rights, with the justices hearing arguments in a challenge to New York state’s limits on carrying concealed handguns in public – a case that could imperil certain firearms restrictions nationally.
US Senate Democrats return to voting rights legislation
US Senate Democrats will try again to advance voting rights legislation on Wednesday, but are expected to encounter overwhelming Republican opposition for a fourth time this year. The Senate is due to vote on whether to begin debate on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore state voting requirements to prohibit racial discrimination that were struck down by the US Supreme Court in 2013. The vote is slated for 2.15pm (1815 GMT).
Iran says it blocks US attempt to confiscate oil in Sea of Oman
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards thwarted an attempt by the United States to detain a tanker carrying the Islamic Republic’s oil in the Sea of Oman, the elite force said in a statement on Wednesday. US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Iranian report was not true and there had been no American attempt to seize a tanker.
US blacklists Israeli hacking tool vendor NSO Group
The US Commerce Department added Israel’s NSO Group and Candiru to its trade blacklist on Wednesday, saying they sold spyware to foreign governments that used the equipment to target government officials, journalists and others.
US ‘absolutely’ has ability to defend Taiwan: Top Pentagon general
US begins vaccinating its youngest against Covid-19
The United States on Wednesday started vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 against Covid-19, with roughly 28 million school-age kids now eligible for the shots that provide protection against the illness. On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE shot for broad use in that age group after a panel of outside advisers voted in favor of it.
Former police captain Eric Adams easily won the race for New York mayor Tuesday, and Boston elected its first woman and Asian American to the city’s top job as voters across the US picked local leaders who were largely defined by their stances on police and crime.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday announced the deal on one of the few remaining provisions that needed to be resolved in Biden’s big package as the party moves closer to wrapping up negotiations. Schumer acknowledged it’s not as sweeping as Democrats had hoped for, but a compromise struck with one key holdout Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Democrats reached agreement on a plan to lower prescription drug costs for most older people, capping out-of-pocket Medicare costs at $2,000 and reducing the price of insulin, salvaging a campaign promise as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion domestic policy proposal.
Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over schools and race to unite former President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters with enough suburban voters to become the first GOP candidate to win statewide office in a dozen years.