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  • US Senate passes $739bn healthcare and climate bill – video
    on August 8, 2022 at 2:29 am

    Senate Democrats passed their climate and healthcare spending package on Sunday, sending the legislation to the House and bringing Joe Biden one step closer to a significant legislative victory ahead of crucial midterm elections in November.'To the tens of millions of young Americans who spent years marching, rallying, demanding that Congress act on climate change, this bill is for you,' said Chuck Schumer, the US Senate majority leader. 'The time has come to pass this historic bill'Senate passes $739bn healthcare and climate bill after months of wranglingClimate bill could slash US emissions by 40% after historic Senate voteWhat does the US-China row mean for climate change? Continue reading...

  • China not in control of US 'travel schedule', says Nancy Pelosi – video
    on August 5, 2022 at 4:42 am

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said China 'will not isolate' Taiwan by preventing US officials from travelling there. Pelosi, who is currently leading a Congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region, with her last stop in Tokyo, said her visit was 'not about changing the status quo' but recognised China 'made their strikes probably using our visit as an excuse'. Pelosi said the Chinese have tried to isolate Taiwan, adding, 'we will not allow them to isolate Taiwan ... They are not doing our travel schedule.'China will not isolate Taiwan, Pelosi says, as second day of military drills set to begin – liveAsia on edge as China launches air and sea military drills around TaiwanChina-Taiwan tensions: how worried should we be about military conflict? Continue reading...

  • House January 6 panel asks lawyer for Alex Jones’s accidentally leaked texts
    by Hugo Lowell and Ramon Antonio Vargas on August 4, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Two years of messages were inadvertently sent by Infowars host’s attorney to lawyer for Sandy Hook victim’s familyThe House January 6 committee has asked the attorney for a family suing Alex Jones for defamation to turn over up to two years’ worth of text messages from the far-right conspiracy theorist’s phone that he inadvertently received from the defense ahead of the trial.The request from the select committee – and another from federal law enforcement – was confirmed in an Austin, Texas, courtroom on Thursday by Mark Bankston, the lawyer for the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which Jones has falsely claimed was a hoax. Continue reading...

  • Arizona Republican who defied Trump and lost primary: ‘I’d do it again in a heartbeat’
    by Martin Pengelly and agencies on August 4, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    Rusty Bowers, who refused to help overturn Trump election loss, says he has no regrets despite losing bid for state senate seatRusty Bowers, the Arizona Republican who defied Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the state then testified to the House January 6 committee, has no regrets despite losing his bid for a state senate seat.“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he told the Associated Press. “I’d do it 50 times in a row.” Continue reading...

  • MyPillow chief spends tens of millions in fresh crusade to push Trump’s big lie
    by Peter Stone in Washington on August 4, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Mike Lindell says he has poured up to $40m into wave of lawsuits and a new movie as US experts warn of threat to democracyThe MyPillow chief executive, Mike Lindell, a fervent Donald Trump ally, says he has poured $35-40m into a wide crusade – a wave of lawsuits to get rid of voting machines that he faults for Trump’s defeat, a new movie about voting fraud, and a hefty legal stable – to promote charges that the 2020 election was riddled with fraud, despite a flood of contrary evidence.In his frenetic quest to dispense with electronic voting equipment that he has often charged is defective, Lindell is hosting a two-day “Moment of Truth” summit on 20 and 21 August in Missouri, that he expects will draw 200 federal and state officials and staff, as well as hundreds of representatives from groups nationwide who have investigated alleged election fraud this year and in 2020. Continue reading...

  • Justice department urged to investigate deletion of January 6 texts by Pentagon
    by Martin Pengelly in New York on August 4, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Watchdog group calls on Merrick Garland asked to investigate deleted phone messages from senior Trump officialsThe US attorney general, Merrick Garland, has been asked to investigate yet another deletion of text messages and other communications by senior officials on 6 January 2021, this time by the Pentagon.American Oversight, a non-partisan watchdog group, revealed the shock deletion on Tuesday, having discovered it through freedom of information requests to the Department of Defense. Continue reading...

  • Pelosi's Taiwan visit sparks furious reaction from China – video report
    by Bryony Moore on August 3, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Nancy Pelosi concluded her controversial trip to Taiwan on Wednesday. The US House speaker arrived in Taipei late on Tuesday on an unannounced but closely watched trip, which has drawn condemnation and vows of retaliation from China, which claims Taiwan as its province. Beijing demonstrated its anger by launching live fire 'targeted military operations' in six locations surrounding the self-ruled island, while the Chinese foreign minister called the visit 'an outright farce'Nancy Pelosi pledges US solidarity with Taiwan amid alarm at China military drillsChina-Taiwan relations: what’s behind the tensions – in 30 seconds Continue reading...

  • Kansas: celebrations after voters uphold right to abortion – video
    on August 3, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Kansans delivered a win for abortion rights in the US on Tuesday night when they voted to continue to protect abortion in the state constitution. A deeply conservative and usually reliably Republican state, Kansas was the first in the US to put abortion rights to a vote since the US supreme court ruled to overturn Roe v Wade in late JuneKansas votes to protect abortion rights in state constitution Continue reading...

  • Nancy Pelosi begins controversial visit to Taiwan amid tensions with China – video
    on August 2, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has arrived in Taiwan amid increased tensions between the US and Chinese governments. Pelosi became the highest ranking US official to visit the self-governed island in 25 years. China has however sent numerous stern warnings including the threat of a military response. Hua Chunying, China's foreign ministry spokesperson warned the US against allowing Pelosi to visit, saying Washington would 'pay the price' for the tripNancy Pelosi-Taiwan visit live updates: China summons US ambassadorNancy Pelosi lands in Taiwan amid soaring tensions with ChinaUS says Beijing has no reason to turn Pelosi’s expected Taiwan visit into a ‘crisis’ Continue reading...

  • 'Justice has been delivered': al-Qaida leader killed in US drone strike, Biden says – video
    on August 2, 2022 at 4:33 am

    US President Joe Biden  has announced  the top al-Qaida leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. The US president described the death of al-Zawahiri, who was Osama Bin Laden’s deputy and successor, as a major blow to the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks.The CIA strike will be seen as a proof of the US’s ability to conduct 'over-the-horizon' operations despite last year’s military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. But it also raised questions over al-Qaida’s continued presence in the country since the Taliban regained powerWho was Ayman al-Zawahiri? The al-Qaida leader who helped plot their deadliest attacksAl-Qaida enjoying a haven in Afghanistan under Taliban, UN warns Continue reading...

  • China warns its military will 'not sit idly by' if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan – video
    on August 1, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    China has stepped up its warning against Nancy Pelosi’s potential visit to Taiwan, saying its military will 'not sit idly by' if it goes ahead this week. The explicit message came amid reports that the US House speaker, who began her tour of Asia at the weekend, may be arriving in Taipei on Tuesday and as China’s People’s Liberation Army was celebrating the 95th anniversary of its founding. China’s spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, said that because of Pelosi’s status, a visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own province, would 'lead to egregious political impact'China’s military ‘will not sit idly by’ if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan Continue reading...

  • January 6 committee watches Josh Hawley running from Capitol riots – video
    on July 22, 2022 at 5:13 am

    The committee into the January 6 US Capitol riot showed Josh Hawley, the rightwing senator of Missouri, raising his fist in solidarity with the crowds massed before later playing security footage of him fleeing as rioters breached the CapitolJan 6 hearing: Trump said ‘I don’t want to say the election is over’ in speech outtake one day after riotRepublican Josh Hawley fled January 6 rioters – and Twitter ran with it Continue reading...

  • Republican congressman condemns Trump's 'dishonor and dereliction of duty' – video
    on July 22, 2022 at 3:24 am

    Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republican lawmakers on the January 6 committee and an Air Force veteran, said Donald Trump 'did not fail to act during the 187 minutes between leaving the Ellipse and telling the mob to go home. He chose not to act'. Kinzinger added Trump violated his oath of office during the attack on the US Capitol Jan 6 hearing live updates Continue reading...

  • Jill Biden criticised for likening Latino Americans to breakfast tacos – video
    on July 14, 2022 at 4:31 am

    Jill Biden has apologised for remarks in a speech to the civil rights and advocacy organisation UnidosUS in which she likened the diversity of Latino Americans to breakfast tacos. Speaking in Texas on Monday, the first lady said: 'The diversity of this community – as distinct as the bodegas of the Bronx, as beautiful as the blossoms of Miami and as unique as the breakfast tacos here in San Antonio, is your strength.'‘We are not tacos’: Jill Biden criticized over Latino Americans remark Continue reading...

  • Donald Trump is gone but his big lie is a rallying call for rightwing extremists
    by Ed Pilkington on January 24, 2021 at 7:00 am

    The myth of the ‘stolen election’ – simple and endlessly repeated – is likely to be a rallying call for far-right terroristsWhen the back wheels of Air Force One finally lifted off the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday bound for Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s White House-in-exile in West Palm Beach, cheers erupted in millions of households across America and around the globe.Four years of screeching tweets and ugly divisiveness were over, and for many it felt like the hope of a calmer, more civil world had swept in. Continue reading...

  • The inauguration was full of exquisite moments: but what was the best bit? | Emma Brockes
    by Emma Brockes on January 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Apart from Joe Biden we had Kamala, Lady Gaga, Bernie’s mittens – and Trump suddenly seeming an irrelevanceIt started on Tuesday with nerves in the playground: why weren’t they holding it indoors? No one with sense, we agreed, had an appetite for spectacle, and our systems couldn’t take any more. Donald Trump was going, good riddance, but let’s not tempt fate; besides, on Wednesday morning we all had things to do. After a year of rolling crises, even New Yorkers were feeling meek and defeated. Let’s get this thing over with and try to move on.The most surprising thing about the inauguration this week – apart from the reminder that, when it comes to its national ceremonies, America is if anything even more camp than Britain – was the sheer, irrepressible joy of it. From the first minute to the last there was no containing this thing and nothing – not pragmatism, superstition, trauma fatigue or work – would get in the way of the feeling. “Bye bye Trump, that dummy,” said one of my daughters on Wednesday morning. And so it began. Continue reading...

  • How Amanda Gorman became the voice of a new American era
    by Liesl Schillinger on January 22, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Her recital at Joe Biden’s inauguration electrified viewers and sent the hitherto little known poet’s work to the top of the chartsOn Wednesday in Washington DC, a striking young woman stood at a podium on the steps of the US Capitol, surrounded by the country’s leaders, who were masked against the pandemic. She was unmasked, at a safe distance, so she could speak with resonance and force, spreading her enthusiastic vision without danger. She radiated joy, conviction and purpose as she declaimed the poem she had written to mark the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th president of the US: The Hill We Climb. Tears sprang from the eyes of many listeners, those weary and wary from four years of domestic discord, whether they sat on folding chairs at the Capitol, or on easy chairs in their homes. Hearing her words, they felt hope for the future.That woman’s name is Amanda Gorman. She is America’s first national youth poet laureate and, at 22, she also is the youngest poet accorded the honour of delivering the presidential inaugural poem. But despite her youth, Gorman’s assurance and bearing made her seem to stand outside time. Erect as a statue, her skin gleaming as if burnished, her hair cornrowed, banded with gold and drawn tightly back into a red satin Prada headband, worn high like a tiara, she evoked what poet Kae Tempest calls the “Brand New Ancients”: the divinity that walks among us in the present day. According to Greek mythology, nine muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, inspire creative endeavour, with five devoted to different kinds of poetry – epic, romantic, lyric, comic or pastoral and sacred. Gorman suggested a new poetic muse – one to inspire the poetry of democracy. Continue reading...

  • Insurrection and inauguration: Joe Biden's new political era - video
    by Oliver Laughland, Tom Silverstone, Nicolas Pollock and Charlie Phillips on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Following the US Capitol riot, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone travel to Washington DC for the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration to find a downtown area under what is essentially military occupation and a city coming to terms with the trauma of Donald Trump’s final days in office. They speak to lifelong residents in the outer suburbs as well the US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who tells of her harrowing experience of the 6 January riot. Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton rails against criticisms of the Republican administration’s handling of the domestic terrorism threat'I didn’t know if I would make it out that day': Ilhan Omar on the terror of the Capitol attack Continue reading...

  • The Guardian view on UK-US relations: rebuilding with Biden | Editorial
    by Editorial on January 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    America and Britain are each emerging from disruptive internal periods. The alliance between them must be rooted in realism about the present, not fantasy about the pastIn British politics, everyone now loves President Joe Biden. That the UK opposition parties are foundation members of the Biden appreciation club is not surprising. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all identify most naturally with the Democrats and thus with the new administration in Washington. But the changing of the guard at the White House this week has won strikingly broad support across the entire political spectrum too.Many Conservatives now take an enthusiastic view of Mr Biden as well. In some cases this is hard to believe – or forgive. Not long ago, many of the same Tory politicians who now enthuse about Mr Biden tried to bet the house on Donald Trump. Theresa May rushed to Washington to court him. Michael Gove conducted a gushing interview. Boris Johnson said he should get the Nobel peace prize. A US trade deal was obsessively talked up. Today, these same politicians are all friends of Joe and behave as if they barely knew Mr Trump. Continue reading...

  • 'You just can’t get everything you want': Bernie Sanders' mittens not for sale
    by Martin Belam on January 21, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Teacher who made inauguration gloves that went viral says she’s had thousands of requests for moreBernie Sanders’ mittens may have become the unexpected must-have fashion accessory of Joe Biden’s inauguration, but those hoping to steal the Vermont senator’s look are in for a disappointment. The teacher who made them and gave them to Sanders says she has none for sale.The mittens that sparked hundreds of internet memes were made from repurposed sweaters and recycled plastic by Jen Ellis, 42, a second grade teacher who lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, just outside of Burlington, where Sanders was mayor in the 1980s. Continue reading...