AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL

NEW CRUSHING VICTORY FOR TRUMP

IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Nothing seems to be able to prevent the former Nothing seems to be able to prevent the former head of state from being a presidential candidate.

Donald Trump's victory was projected by the American media just a few seconds after the polling stations closed. Saturday February 24, the septuagenarian billionaire inflicted a scathing defeat on his last Republican rival, Nikki Haley, during the South Carolina primary. With almost all the ballots counted at 7:00 a.m. local time (12:00 p.m. GMT) on Sunday, the main American media gave the former real estate magnate well ahead, with around a little less than 60% of the votes. In his first victorious declarations after the South Carolina vote, he simply ignored Nikki Haley, preferring to designate the current tenant of the White House as his main opponent. “Joe (Biden), you’re fired!” he said from Columbia.

Governor of South Carolina for six years, Nikki Haley was nevertheless playing at home for the Republican primary organized in this state, this Sunday, February 25 in the United States.

However, Nikki Haley, 52, is hanging on, refusing for the moment to leave the race for the Republican nomination. “The fight continues. See you in Michigan,” the candidate posted on X (formerly Twitter) shortly after her defeat. Nikki Haley, who embodies a more moderate wing of the party, is Donald Trump's latest Republican rival.

At a meeting in Charleston, she promised to continue “fighting for America.” “We will not survive four more years of Trump’s chaos,” she assured. I am not giving up this fight.”

On Tuesday, the two rivals should therefore face each other in Michigan. Republicans from Idaho, Missouri and North Dakota will then vote in turn, a well-orchestrated ballet that will lead the candidates to one of the biggest political events of the year: Super Tuesday. On March 5, around fifteen states, including Texas, California, Colorado and Virginia, will simultaneously organize their polls during this major election day.


If the fifty-year-old remains in the race, it is undoubtedly because she believes that her opponent could be knocked out of the game by a court decision...



Jaimie Potts for DayNewsWorld

KANSAS CITY THE SUPER BOWL PARADE

DEADLY SHOOTING

A shooting broke out in Kansas City, Missouri, this Wednesday, February 14, 2024, during the parade celebrating the Chiefs' Super Bowl victory.

The shooting broke out at the end of the parade of the Kansas City Chiefs (Super Bowl winners), in this Missouri city located in the center of the United States.

One person died following this attack and at least 21 others were injured, according to a provisional report communicated by the emergency services.

Eight life-threatening patients were taken to hospital within 10 minutes of the shooting, Chief Ross Grundyson said at a news conference.

Stacey Graves, the Kansas City police chief, said that three people in total had been arrested in connection with the shootings.

Children's Mercy Pediatric Hospital said it had just treated 12 injured people from the gathering, including 11 children.

“Nine have injuries caused by firearms,” detailed a spokesperson for the establishment.

Tens of thousands of people celebrated the Chiefs, who paraded through the streets of Kansas City to celebrate their victory on Sunday in the Super Bowl, the annual high mass of American football.

The traditional convoy of double-decker buses traveled up Grand Boulevard towards Union Station. The shooting took place near the Union Station parking lot as the parade was winding down.

“I thought they were fireworks,” John O’Connor told our colleague from the daily The Kansas City Star, explaining that he heard “between 15 and 20 shots in a short period of time.”

The police indicated a few minutes later on the social network

The police managed to arrest two armed people "for further investigation", they said for the moment without further details.

Police also said "Anyone in the vicinity should leave the area as quickly and safely as possible" to facilitate the treatment of gunshot victims, also advising people to avoid the Union Station parking lot for allow first responders to pass.

In a statement, the Kansas City Chiefs said they were “saddened” and condemned a “senseless act of violence,” adding that all of their players, coaches and staff members, as well as their families, were safe.

Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes said "pray for Kansas City" in a post on X.

According to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, authorities have been in contact with the White House, which has offered federal assistance.

The latter specified that President Joe Biden had been informed of the situation.

The mayor of Kansas City, who was present with his family during the parade, said he was "angry".

A parade to celebrate a Super Bowl victory, "it's a day that many people hope to remember for the rest of their lives; and what they shouldn't have to remember is the threat posed by gun violence,” Quinton Lucas said at a news conference.

About 49,000 people died from gunfire in 2021, compared to 45,000 in 2020, which was already a record year.

This represents more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides. However, it is the shootings with many victims that mark people’s minds the most.

However, let's not stop only at firearms!

As proof, a simple van which rushes into a pedestrian lane during a festive demonstration and it becomes a horror, a massacre with multiple deaths, such as for example the case of Nice in France on July 14, 2016, 86 dead and hundreds of injured, all without firearms!!.

However, all this should not make us forget that these criminal acts are the work of a handful of people with failing mental and moral health, but also the result of the loss of bearings, often caused by a malaise which takes root at the heart of an increasingly suffering population.

It would therefore be urgent to put in place an action plan for real improvement, because we must never forget that crimes, and in particular mass murders, are the work of human beings; weapons, whatever their nature, are only the tools to carry out a massacre.



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PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S MENTAL HEALTH BECOMES A SERIOUS DISABILITY

FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL

On Thursday, American President Joe Biden assured that he had a “very good memory”.

This speech came shortly after the release of a 388-page summary in which special counsel Robert Hur highlighted the deterioration of the mental health of the tenant of the White House, while recommending not to engage prosecution in the case of classified documents. For investigator Robert Hur, Joe Biden turns out to be “an elderly, friendly, well-meaning man but with a bad memory”.

The report also recalled forgetting the date of death of her son, Beau.

“How the hell dare he?” “, castigated the head of state, before getting stuck in an embarrassing sequence. Asked about the humanitarian corridor separating the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Joe Biden referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as the "president of Mexico."

Joe Biden also recently confused Emmanuel Macron with “Mitterrand of Germany” during a meeting.

The repeated omissions and blunders of the oldest American president in history fuel criticism and deal a serious blow to the image of the president, a candidate for his own re-election.

Biden's age, at 81 the oldest American president in history, is a concern for more than three-quarters of voters, including half of Democrats, and a favorite angle of attack for Republicans, who present him as a senile old man.

A duel with Donald Trump in perspective

The Democratic Party is dramatically worried. Joe Biden is the only real Democratic candidate, with both candidates being complete unknowns to voters. Traditionally, it is always an advantage to have the incumbent president running again because he is not exposed to real primaries and he campaigns at the same time as he governs.

A few months before the presidential election, he nevertheless appears to be the only one who can block the path of former president Donald Trump. 


Largely ahead of the Republican primaries, the real estate mogul has his popularity intact, despite his legal troubles, particularly linked to the assault on the Capitol, in 2021.



Jaimie Potts for DayNewsWorld

AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL

TOWARDS A BIDEN-TRUMP DUEL

The long primary season, where Republicans and Democrats choose their champion for the presidential election in November, has only just begun in the United States. However, after the New Hampshire vote on Tuesday, it seems to have lost all its spice, due to lack of suspense.
The day after the New Hampshire primaries, the gap between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is already widening.

It seems increasingly certain that they will win their respective party's nominations this summer, preparing to face each other again on November 5.

Donald Trump, 77, confirmed his landslide victory the previous week in the Iowa caucuses by relegating the only strong competitor still in the running, Nikki Haley, to a significant distance. In the Atlantic coast state, where unaffiliated voters could participate in the primary, he won a landslide victory with 54.6 percent of the vote to Haley's 43.2 percent.

The particularism of this state allowed Haley, aged 51, whom the extremism of the populist billionaire qualifies as moderate, to achieve a respectable score. However, this proved largely insufficient to worry Trump, who is confirming his status as "boss" of the Republican Party thanks to the unwavering support of the populist faction known as "Maga" (Make America Great Again).

Defeated for the second time in eight days, Donald Trump's challenger, Nikki Haley, however, maintains that "the race for the Republican Party nomination is far from over."

“The competition is far from over,” asserted the former governor of South Carolina with confidence, following the announcement of the results from New Hampshire. However, in her own state, where elections will take place next month, she is presumed to lose, with local political elites having already rallied to Trump's camp.

The former President expressed his annoyance at Haley's refusal to step down, telling supporters gathered in Nashua, "What a shame!" Before qualifying her, with her usual rudeness, as a “bird brain” on social networks.

On the Democratic side, 81-year-old Joe Biden won an easy victory against Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips (51.6% to 19.7%) and writer Marianne Williamson (4.7%). , even though his name did not appear on the ballots due to a dispute between the Party and its local branch. His supporters had to register it “manually”.

The outgoing President is only preparing to enter the campaign and intends to "kill" the semblance of competition on February 3 during the Democratic primary in South Carolina, where he took a significant lead during the 2020 primaries.

Could the conclusion of the primaries mean that the poster for November 5, marking the re-edition of the Biden-Trump duel of 2020, is already established ?

Uncertainties however

In each state, candidates are accumulating delegates who will exert their influence at each party's conventions, scheduled for this summer. At this point, Trump has 62, while Haley has 17. The former President, if he succeeds in winning all the delegates, could collect the necessary 1,215 of the 2,429 as early as March, after Super Tuesday, where Simultaneous primaries will be held in 16 states. The same opportunity presents itself for Biden.

On a political level, the outcome seems predictable: almost no one now contests the victory of the two favorites. “We now need to focus on Joe Biden, not Nikki Haley,” said Tim Scott, a South Carolina senator and former candidate who briefly rallied to Trump.

Reacting to the New Hampshire results in a press release, Joe Biden also seems to have turned the page on the primaries: “It is now clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate. Our democracy, our individual freedoms, our economy... Everything is in question. game."

However, other types of extra-political uncertainties persist. The hypothesis of a health problem or the incapacity of one of the candidates seems more and more plausible, taking into account the fact that Trump and Biden, the two oldest candidates in American history, have sometimes showed signs of confusion without a teleprompter.

Less theoretical, the legal setbacks of Donald Trump, faced with four separate cases (bank fraud, theft of secret documents, attempted subversion of the 2020 presidential election and incitement to the Capitol riot), could disrupt the game.

His candidacy, contested in several states under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, must still be validated by the Supreme Court, probably by March.




Jaimie Potts for DayNewsWorld

WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR THE TRUMP-BIDEN 

AMERICAN ELECTIONS ?

At the end of 2024, American citizens are preparing to elect their “new” president as well as all of their representatives in Congress. No election in the electoral history of the United States has been so crucial.
This electoral meeting, through the international issues it raises and the unusual configuration it presents, could well signal a fundamental transformation for American democracy itself. A central protagonist in this political saga is Donald Trump.

A radicalized Donald Trump? Joe Biden as a preferable alternative?

After failing to obtain a second term in 2020, Donald Trump is embarking on a new presidential race despite the numerous legal disputes against him. His situation is made even more delicate by his recent declared ineligibility in the states of Colorado and Maine, following his involvement in what was described as a “rebellion” during the invasion of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Currently,
the Trump's fate remains unresolved, depending on an appeal filed before the Supreme Court, which refused to deal with the matter urgently. This decision contributes to making the former president's judicial calendar even more uncertain, as the battle for the nomination begins with the Iowa caucus on January 15.

Joe Biden's words speak for themselves: "If Trump wasn't a candidate, I'm not sure I would run." The outgoing president positions himself as the guarantor of American democracy, presenting his role as a bulwark against the “Trump threat”. Faced with this threat, Biden chooses to describe himself as the “normal president”, making this normality his main and indisputable argument.

In the absence of Donald Trump, the Democratic Party would find itself in a much more difficult position to rally its left wing. Faced with his predecessor, Joe Biden simply continues to emerge as a preferable alternative. However, could this dynamic continue in the presence of figures such as Ron DeSantis, who is younger, or Nikki Haley, a moderate woman from the Republican camp and from an ethnic minority?
Donald Trump's stated intentions, such as "I will not be a dictator except on day one," appear to add a serious threat to American institutions. Pro-Trump ads sometimes depict the former president putting his political opponents behind bars, illustrated by a photo captured in Miami in June 2023 during a Trump appearance in federal court in Florida in the White House documents he allegedly kept after his defeat.

Thus, the electoral process presents itself as a doubly restrictive choice . Both Trump and Biden are seen as favorites by default. American voters find themselves forced to choose not the best candidate, but the one considered to be the least worst. An essentially negative confrontation which generates a record level of dissatisfaction among citizens.

A new political reality.

In this particular political climate, the use of the “Trump scarecrow” presents itself as the most effective deterrent weapon. Usually, when an incumbent president runs for re-election, the election takes the form of a referendum for or against him.

During the previous election, Joe Biden initially announced his commitment to a single term. Despite his advanced age, he revised his position after the positive results of the mid-term elections, declaring in May 2023 his candidacy for his own succession.

Current vice president and running mate for 2024, Kamala Harris, remains in the background. As for the declared contenders for the Democratic nomination, they are stagnating due to the lack of notoriety or support of the party. Whether it's Marianne Williamson, 71-year-old author specializing in personal development, Dean Phillips, millionaire entrepreneur and Minnesota MP, or Robert F. Kennedy Jr, known mainly for his name, the latter presenting himself as an independent. None of these rivals seems able to challenge Joe Biden's privileged position as Democratic candidate, barring a serious health incident. But beyond the president's age – he was born in 1942 – his state of health weighs on the multiple “affairs” which are catching up with his son Hunter. They concern his drug consumption, tax fraud of 1.4 million dollars, and above all consulting activities with Ukrainian and Chinese energy companies...
His only major challenge therefore remains to cross the campaign physically and in the media, avoiding gaffes and failures during travel, interviews and debates.

Disoriented voters

The Republican Party primaries are proving more competitive. Apart from Donald Trump, the four main candidates still in the running are Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the United Nations, Vivek Ramaswamy, young pro-Trump entrepreneur, and Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey. None seem to actually threaten Donald Trump. This observation defies predictions because the ex-president's supporters suffered severe defeats in the mid-term elections.
Although several trials are planned for the first half of 2024 (Stormy Daniels, classified documents, invasion of the Capitol), the repercussions remain uncertain. An impeachment investigation was opened against the sitting president with the Trump team's attempt to establish an equivalence between his legal woes and the indictment of Joe Biden's son for tax fraud.

Donald Trump thus maintains a strong chance of being nominated as the Republican candidate, benefiting from significant support among both the wealthiest and the least educated voters. With 60% of Republican voters having a level of education less than or equal to the baccalaureate, compared to 30% among the Democrats, he maintains an advantage within the general staff of the party, despite the persistent divisions on his chances of victory in next November. Trump's popularity remains his main shield.

On the Democratic Party side, the electoral base appears less stable. Despite the traditional support of educated urban categories, their influence is limited by a voting system which accentuates the weight of rural and sparsely populated states. An internal divide has been emerging since October 7, linked to the debate on military support for Israel and the rise of anti-Semitism on university campuses.
Democrats, seeking to regain lost ground, are questioning their ability to capitalize on the issue of abortion, an issue skillfully manipulated by their opponents to win decisive support from the female electorate.
Contrary to the usual dynamic of primaries aimed at mobilizing the base, the Democrats are entering a different year, focused on the need
to seduce Independents and demobilize moderate Republicans without fragmenting their own electoral base. They also seek to increase turnout by fighting voter ID legislation, promoting early voting and attracting young voters, despite Biden's approval rating hovering around 35%.

Although President Biden holds a unifying strategy, a danger looms with his relative decline among minorities, attributed to a mixed economic record. The middle and lower classes have suffered a drop in purchasing power despite a historically low unemployment rate (3.7% as of December 19, 2023). The promise to raise the minimum wage has not been kept, and climate policies, although applauded by young people and progressives, do not show tangible effects in the short term.

In a flammable international context, electoral fever extends beyond American borders. What divisions will the election be based on? The involvement of the United States in Ukraine or the Middle East pushes us to open a debate on balanced budgets. Issues linked to immigration, in particular the security of the southern border weakened by the expiration of anti-Covid restriction measures. ? Joe Biden's trip to Mexico at the end of December 2023 indicates the importance of this issue for the Democratic candidate.

Rivalry with China, both economically and militarily, is also a major concern, particularly regarding the future of Taiwan.


This 2024 election promises to be a formidable test for the oldest democracy in the world.



Garett Skyport for DayNewsWorld

JOE BIDEN AND XI YINPING SUMMIT

REUNION DESPITE STRONG RIVALRIES

IN INTERDEPENDENCE

American President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will meet face-to-face on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, near San Francisco on the sidelines of the Apec summit.

The time has come for appeasement between China and the United States. This is the message that Xi Jinping and Joe Biden will try to convey during their meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning in San Francisco, on the sidelines of the APEC summit. Beijing, Monday.

The American president is due to meet with his counterpart for several hours, near San Francisco, California, on the sidelines of an Apec summit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

According to Voice of America, the meeting, scheduled for 6:45 p.m. GMT, will take place in an upscale and bucolic estate, about forty kilometers from the famous Golden Gate Bridge.

The two men want to show that the rivalry between their two countries remains under control. In an international context complicated by conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, this meeting, which takes place a year before the American presidential election, will allow them to discuss "peace and development in the world", assured Joe Biden .

No “decoupling”

Despite geopolitical rivalries and security tensions, despite the trade war started by Donald Trump and continued by Joe Biden, the decoupling of the two economies is no longer at all relevant, Americans and Chinese assure in unison. Jack Sullivan, the White House Security Advisor, puts it in full: “the United States and China have interdependent economies”. Janet Yellen, the Treasury Secretary, warns that “a complete breakdown would have significant negative repercussions on the economy.” In Beijing, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs goes further: “We are opposed to a definition of Sino-American relations in terms of competition.” The very nationalist Chinese daily Global Times explains that the big subject of San Francisco is the stabilization of economic relations between the two countries to revive global growth.

Just before this tête-à-tête, the tone was intended to be very conciliatory. “We are not trying to decouple ourselves from China,” Joe Biden assured Tuesday, for whom the objective is to “be able to pick up the phone and talk to each other if there is a crisis.”

“We are opposed to a definition of Sino-American relations in terms of competition,” even said a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two leaders, who have known each other for several years, spoke for three hours on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Indonesia a year ago. The relationship has since turned sour, particularly with the flight over American territory by a Chinese balloon at the start of the year. Joe Biden irritated Beijing by highlighting in February the “enormous problems” that, according to him, China encounters economically.

Previous provocative statements

We are a long way from the provocative statements of March when Xi Jinping criticized, with rare virulence, an American strategy of “encirclement” while Washington is strengthening its alliances in the Asia-Pacific. China denounces the sanctions imposed on it by the United States in the technological field, while Washington protests against Beijing's "provocative" actions in the South China Sea.

Even the famous “panda diplomacy” had suffered from the cold snap: on November 8, the three giant pandas from the Washington Zoo left for China, marking the end of an animal-diplomatic practice begun in 1972.

The tone between Washington and Beijing, however, softened enough in the summer to allow the organization of the Californian face-to-face meeting.

Taiwan, Israel, Ukraine

Joe Biden “wants to ensure that we manage this very important bilateral relationship in the most responsible manner possible,” White House spokesperson John Kirby said on Tuesday.

On the American side, China is expected to guarantee its non-interference in Taiwan's next presidential election in January 2024, to begin military de-escalation in the South China Sea and to put an end to its intimidation operations around the island

The status of the island, of which Beijing claims sovereignty, and to which Washington provides substantial military assistance, remains a central subject of friction. The increase in demonstrations of force by the Chinese army off the coast of Taiwan worries the United States, as the presidential election on the island looms in January. On the Chinese side, the visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the American House of Representatives, in August 2022, was very poorly received by Beijing, which had suspended most regular military communications with the United States.

“Xi Jinping will once again defend the One China policy before President Biden. Because the impassable red line, as the Chinese government has repeatedly said, is the question of Taiwan!”, advances RFI Gao Zhikai, vice-president of the Center on China and Globalization in Beijing. Joe Biden must reaffirm to China that Washington does not support independence for Taiwan, and that American policy on the matter has not changed.

The two leaders must also address the two major conflicts of the moment: in Ukraine and the Middle East. Before the meeting, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said her administration was "concerned that equipment critical to Russia's military effort is evading [US] sanctions and being delivered to Russia.

" The United States certainly does not expect China to cut ties with Russia, but hopes that it does not further deepen its friendship with Vladimir Putin by directly supplying him with weapons.As part of the outfit annual meeting of the Xiangshan Security Forum Zhang Youxi, first vice-president of the Central Military Commission, expressed China's wish to deepen cooperation with Russia in the military field. “China stands ready to actively work with Russia to respond to various security threats and challenges in order to jointly safeguard global strategic balance and security,” he said, quoted by the official agency. New China.

The United States also asks China not to aggravate major international crises, and in particular the war between Israel and Hamas, which Joe Biden does not want to see spread. “They have lines of communication in the region that we don't have,” John Kirby said, referring to the relationship between Beijing and Iran. Building on its recent mediation in the reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the United States hopes that China will put pressure on Tehran so that the Shiite power does not seek to become more involved in the Gaza war.

However, during international crises, "China loves to be seen as a major player, but it is very little involved in resolving problems. It is first and foremost focused on its own issues, particularly economic and strategic, because it likes also increase the circle of those who can support it", underlines Valérie Niquet, head of the Asia pole at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)

Renewing a joint dialogue

The crisis in Taiwan has damaged the military relationship between China and the United States. Washington wants a resumption of dialogue. “President [Biden] is committed to seeing the restoration of military-to-military ties because he believes it is in the national security interests of the United States,” said Jake Sullivan, the American adviser to national security, on the American channel CBS. “He believes that communication between armies is necessary to ensure that this competition does not escalate into conflict.”

If the United States wants to control any escalation in the military domain, while maintaining vigorous competition in the technological and economic domains, China does not distinguish between these domains, because they are interconnected.

A working group on joint climate action

Tuesday, on the eve of the meeting between the two men, China and the United States announced the upcoming creation of a working group on climate cooperation, a few weeks before the international climate conference (COP28 ).

This working group will focus on "energy transition, methane, circular economy and resource efficiency, low-carbon and sustainable provinces/states and cities, and deforestation", it said in a statement shared by Chinese state media and the US State Department. The members of the group will lead “dialogue and cooperation in order to accelerate concrete actions in favor of the climate”, according to the text.

The meeting between the two largest CO2 emitters countries "offers tempting hope in terms of climate action", estimates, in an article, Kate Logan, of the Asia Society Policy Institute, a few days before the opening of the COP28 in Dubai, November 30. “A high-level agreement between the United States and China could provide the change of course necessary to keep global temperatures below 1.5°C” increase compared to the pre-industrial era, she assures. .

Why this change of tone ?

Both leaders currently find themselves in a delicate phase on the domestic front, where the need for positive economic outcomes is more crucial than ever. In the United States, with the election just a year away, polls reveal growing skepticism toward Bidenomics among the population. In order to preserve the growth that the United States is experiencing, it is imperative to ease tensions that could potentially hamper the national economy.
In Beijing, Xi Jinping is resigned to reality: China will not become the leading world power as quickly as initially expected. Faced with slowing growth and rising unemployment, particularly among young people, Xi recognizes that now is not the ideal time to clash with such a crucial trading partner. Indeed, the American market represents a vital outlet necessary to maintain the operation of factories and revive an activity devastated by the real estate crisis.

Recent figures for "Singles' Day", the Chinese equivalent of "Black Friday", which occurred on November 11, are hardly encouraging, according to Reuters. Exports recorded a fall of 6.4% year-on-year in October, and the youth unemployment situation in urban areas has reached such a worrying level since June (21.3%) that the government has reportedly decided to no longer report publicize these figures.

On the Chinese side, demands revolve around the review of customs duties, the lifting of controls on American exports to China and the easing of sanctions against Chinese companies. These aspirations reflect Beijing's desire to strengthen its commercial ties with the United States in an increasingly complex and uncertain economic context. An easing of tensions could bring American companies back to the Chinese market.

A group of big bosses very involved in the largest market in the world such as Elon Musk with Tesla will participate in the dinner organized in honor of Xi Jinping. Their investments and their purchases are more welcome than ever to support Chinese growth.

What to expect from this summit ?

Obviously, the grievances harbored on both sides are too numerous and too deep to hope for anything other than the affirmation in Beijing and Washington of the shared desire to renew a dialogue conducive to rebuilding the path of mutual trust. .
For Masahiro Okoshi, head of the Washington Bureau of the Japanese media Nikkei Asia, - quoted by Pierre-Antoine Donnet in Asialyst - it would be illusory for the United States to expect from this summit a change in strategy from the Chinese regime to towards America. According to him, nourishing the hope of a change in Chinese strategy towards America would be illusory.

The crucial aspect of the meeting between Biden and Xi lies in the possibility for each to truly understand the other's position. He believes that this mutual understanding would potentially be more meaningful than resounding declarations.

Thus, beyond the spectacular announcements, the real challenge would be to promote a deep understanding of the respective positions. These reflections shed light on the complexity of Sino-American relations, in a delicate geopolitical context.

“The San Francisco meeting will at least have allowed the American and Chinese presidents to speak directly to each other. And therefore to avoid misunderstandings which can lead to the worst,” according to a specialist.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

UNITED STATES 22 DEAD AND MORE THAN 50 INJURED

IN MASS SHOOTING IN MAINE

As the United States is once again plunged into mourning following recent tragic shootings in Maine on Wednesday October 25, 2023, the National Rifle Association (NRA), an influential American lobby in favor of firearms, finds himself in the spotlight of criticism.

The scene is real carnage. A shooter opened fire Wednesday evening, October 25, at a bowling alley and bar-restaurant in a city in the northeastern United States. Initial reports show at least 22 people killed and more than fifty injured, according to the authorities, who published the photo of a man actively wanted.

An “armed and dangerous” man, still on the run.

These horrific shootings occurred in Lewiston, the second largest city in the state of Maine. Residents were forced to confine themselves in the face of the threat posed by this “armed and dangerous” man, still on the run, according to the police. “We have 22 confirmed dead and many, many injured,” said Robert McCarthy, elected official from Lewiston, a city of more than 36,000 residents.

The region's hospital infrastructure proved incapable of handling this type of shooting. According to local authorities, there were between 50 and 60 injured.

Lewiston police are currently attempting to locate the suspected shooter, identified as 40-year-old Robert Card. The motivations behind these actions remain unknown. Photos circulating show a man dressed in a brown top and dark blue pants, armed with a semi-automatic rifle that he had taken in his hand. The shots rang out in at least two different locations, a bowling alley and a bar-restaurant, as reported by local law enforcement.

The Boston FBI, the federal police, is also involved in the investigation. "Hundreds of police officers are investigating across the state to determine the whereabouts of Mr. Card, a potential suspect," the commissioner said. Maine Public Safety Officer Mike Sauschuck during a press conference.

According to several media outlets, Maine law enforcement indicated in a news bulletin that Robert R. Card was a trained weapons instructor and U.S. Army reservist who had recently reported that he had suffered from mental disorders.

This tragedy unfortunately joins the long list of shootings which regularly mourn the United States, a country where firearms are abundant and easily accessible. Another shooting took place during the same evening in a logistics center of a Walmart supermarket, according to several American media. These tragedies once again reignite the debate over the role of the NRA in each mass shooting.

The NRA, considered the most powerful lobby in the world, enjoys considerable influence in defending the right to bear arms in the United States. While a third of Americans say they own a gun, American authorities are struggling to tackle the roots of the problem. At issue: fundamental American law.

Indeed, if the Constitution allows the population to arm themselves, the carrying of a rifle has serious defenders. On one side, the Second Amendment, on the other, the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The NRA, a staunch defender of the Second Amendment

Created in 1871 with the aim of uniting hunters and shooting enthusiasts, the organization evolved from 1975 to become involved in the political arena, with the primary mission of preserving the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, a text written in 1791, the day after the American War of Independence, including the first ten amendments to the American Constitution, deemed untouchable.

The Second Amendment states that "in view of the necessity of a well organized militia for the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Faced with multiple threats to this right, the NRA created the Legislative Affairs Division in 1934, although it did not lobby directly at that time. In 1975, recognizing the need for urgent political defense of the Second Amendment, the NRA established the Institute for Legislative Action.

Currently, the association has more than five million members and has an annual budget of 300 million dollars (around 281 million euros). During election campaigns, the NRA intervenes by airing ads opposing candidates who might challenge the Second Amendment.

In 2012, the NRA spent $32 million on political lobbying, including $700,000 on direct financing of candidates, 88% of whom were affiliated with the Republican Party. .
The NRA also funds many politicians, with a recent list published by the New York Times revealing which members of Congress had received money from the association, sparking heated debate on social media.

The United States is paying a heavy price for the proliferation of firearms on its territory, as well as the ease with which Americans can obtain them.

Excluding suicides, more than 15,000 people have lost their lives to gun violence so far this year in the country, according to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA).




Alyson Braxton for DayNewsWorld

THE AMERICAN CONGRESS PARALYZED

CHAOS TAKES AWAY SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES KEVIN MCCARTHY

Wracked in recent years by a succession of upheavals, the political scene in the United States experienced a new historic turning point on Tuesday, highlighting its increasingly chaotic and dysfunctional character.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, was removed from office on Tuesday, following a vote led by the conservative fringe of the Republican Party. During the vote, 210 Republicans supported the Californian elected official, but eight dissident elected officials brought down the "speaker".

A first in the history of Congress. Kevin McCarthy thus became the first “speaker” to be removed from this eminent position, which placed him at the top of the hierarchy of the American Congress and second in the order of presidential succession after Vice-President Kamala Harris.

After a meeting with his Republican colleagues, the California representative announced that he would not prolong his humiliation by running for his own succession.

"I will never abandon the American people, but that doesn't mean I have to be speaker of the House," he said at an evening news conference.
Speaking of the extremist Republicans who contributed to his downfall, he added: "They have no right to call themselves conservatives because they are angry and chaotic. That's not the party I belong to. "

It was the elected official from North Carolina, Patrick McHenry, main negotiator with the White House during the debt crisis, who was chosen by Kevin McCarthy to become temporary Speaker, while waiting for a vote to take place. Given the internecine war among Republicans in the House, this could take time: in January, it took 15 rounds of voting for McCarthy to be elected in the face of opposition from the same group. And the countdown has already begun: the extension to avoid the “shutdown” only runs for 45 days, with finance laws still in an impasse.

Old internal fractures
This motion of censure is the latest act in a series of crises within the right in the House of Representatives. The vote was initiated by a motion from Matt Gaetz, elected Republican from Florida, in reaction to the bipartisan agreement reached on Saturday to avoid a shutdown of federal public services.

Kevin McCarthy's continued position was still precarious. This was due to a red wave that did not occur in the midterm elections in November 2022, with a tiny Republican majority of five votes. This was mainly due to a dozen ultra-conservative elected officials from the Freedom Caucus who had demanded, to break the deadlock in January, that a vote of confidence could be triggered at the request of a single representative. Since 2010, the Republican Party has been in crisis in the House, first with members of the Tea Party, then with those of the Freedom Caucus, who pushed John Boehner to resign in 2015. The impeachment of Kevin McCarthy was widely

criticized by Republican senators, more centrist than in the House. “We saw the same thing with (John) Boehner, (Paul) Ryan and now McCarthy. I'm sure the next Speaker will face the same terrorist attacks,” blasted Texan John Cornyn.

Other Republican representatives expressed fear that the chaos caused by Matt Gaetz could end up helping Democrats regain the majority in the House in 2024. "
I prefer common sense to chaos," said New York Republican Rep. Anthony D'Esposito on Fox News. “I think we should focus on governance rather than political maneuvering, and the fact that we have someone who is holding us back and holding America back is a real problem.”

Donald Trump above the fray

Donald Trump, who counts Kevin McCarthy and Matt Gaetz among his allies, was surprised by this fratricidal conflict which has shaken the Republican group in the House since its conquest of the majority in 2022.

"Why are Republicans always fighting among themselves, why aren't they fighting the radical left Democrats who are destroying our country?" the former president wrote in a post on Truth Social during a break in his trial civil case for fraud in New York and before the vote on the motion to impeach Kevin McCarthy

The way out of the crisis was not clear Tuesday evening, while negotiations began. Republicans and Democrats held separate meetings to address the question of the next House speaker. Democrats already have their candidate: New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, minority leader

The Republican choice will not be so simple. The names of five potential candidates were circulated Tuesday evening: Patrick McHenry (North Carolina), Steve Scalise (Louisiana), Tom Emmer (Minnesota), Tom Cole (Oklahoma) and Jim Jordan (Ohio).

Of these, Scalise and Emmer are part of the Republican staff in the House, the first as majority leader, the second as whip.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

JOE BIDEN UNDER SHOT

OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO IMPEACHMENT

After the impeachment precedents of Trump and Clinton, the shadow of possible impeachment now hangs over the presidency of Joe Biden. This week, Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced the launch of an investigation into the activities of Joe Biden in connection with those of his son Hunter, thus marking the start of a possible impeachment procedure .

This development highlights the tense partisan atmosphere that continues to reign in Washington, as well as the gradual normalization of a constitutional measure once considered exceptional, reserved for desperate situations.

Republicans accuse Joe Biden of not only knowing about the controversial business activities of his son Hunter and his brother James Biden, but also of directly participating in them when he was vice president during the Obama administration. They accuse Joe Biden of having “deceived” the American people.

This investigation primarily stems from the affairs surrounding Hunter Biden, who allegedly entered into questionable deals in China and Ukraine between 2009 and 2017.

This is not the first time that a parliamentary investigation has targeted the sitting president, who is also a candidate for re-election. The White House spokesperson sharply criticized a previous Republican-led investigation, calling it a nine-month fruitless search devoid of any hard evidence of wrongdoing.

Joe Biden faces increasingly virulent opposition from Trumpist elected officials in Congress, and questions persist about his age and state of health, raising concerns even within his own party.


The question of the president's physical and mental condition now occupies a central place in the Democrats' concerns.



Emily Jackson for DayNewsWorld

ASSAULT OF THE CAPITOL

RECORD SENTENCE OF 22 YEARS IN PRISON

FOR ENRIQUE TARRIO EX-LEADER OF THE PROUD BOYS

American justice had a heavy hand. Enrique Tarrio, former leader of the Proud Boys - an anti-feminist movement transformed into a far-right militia - was sentenced on Tuesday September 5 to twenty-two years in prison. This is the heaviest sentence handed down for the assault on the Capitol, an unprecedented desecration of the sanctuary of American democracy, but which remains lower than that required by prosecutors (thirty-three years).

On January 6, 2021, around 200 members of the Proud Boys stormed the Capitol, seat of the US Congress, in an attempt to prevent the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's victory over Republican President Donald Trump.

Last week, the four other members of the Proud Boys, convicted last May with Enrique Tarrio, were sentenced to terms ranging from 10 to 18 years in prison. Unlike the four other defendants, if Enrique Tarrio was not in Washington on this fateful date, the judge considered that he was the “ultimate leader of the conspiracy”.

President of the Proud Boys from 2018 to 2021, a far-right organization that promotes violence to achieve its political ends, Tarrio was convicted last May, like three other leaders, of “seditious conspiracy”. His sentence remained to be pronounced.

Even having been barred from traveling to Washington on January 6 due to an earlier court injunction, Tarrio played a central role in planning the Capitol riot, which aimed to prevent Congress from certifying Trump's victory. Joe Biden for president. Approximately 200 members of the Proud Boys participated in this attack on the headquarters of the United States Congress, which tragically took the lives of five people, including a police officer, and left more than 140 police officers injured.

Prosecutors described Enrique Tarrio, 39, as a "naturally charismatic leader" and a "clever propagandist" who used his influence over hundreds of the far-right group's supporters to coordinate the attack. At Tuesday's hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Conor Mulroe said:

“This defendant and his accomplices targeted our entire system of government” because they wanted to contest the result of the presidential election which gave victory to Joe Biden. He warned that clear consequences must be established to deter any discontent with the results of future elections, whether 2024, 2028, 2032 or beyond.

Equipped with a strategic plan against government buildings

The investigation showed that the former petty criminal, who resold stolen diabetic test strips, became a police informer and then the director of the association of "Latinos of the State of Florida for Trump", had organized the rallies of the small group in Washington before January 6 in an effort to stop the peaceful transition of power, that he monitored their movements and encouraged them during the assault, brimming with their actions in the days following the insurrection. A nine-page strategic plan to “storm” government buildings in Washington on January 6 was found in his possession after the riot.

Enrique Tarrio's lawyers argued that his only goal was to rally his supporters to confront demonstrators from the far-left Antifa movement. They insisted he was in Baltimore, in the neighboring state of Maryland, on January 6, 2021, and had no way of controlling his friends who had turned violent.

"My client is not a terrorist. My client is a misguided patriot. He was trying to protect this country, as misguided as it was," argued Sabino Jauregui, one of his lawyers.

The magistrate seemed little sensitive to the remorse expressed at the bar to the accused, a 39-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, originally from Florida, his voice at times strangled by sobs. Enrique Tarrio described January 6, 2021 as a “horrible day ", imploring his "clemency".

Wasted effort.


Alyson Braxton for DayNewsWorld

JOE BIDEN ELECTION

ALREADY LOST ?

Joe Biden, in a clever game of political caution, wisely chooses to refrain from commenting on the legal troubles of his eminent competitor, Donald Trump.

This strategic reserve, which has intensified since the start of the summer season, not only reflects Joe Biden's usual reluctance to media interactions, but also reflects careful deliberation illustrating his acute perception of the stakes in the approach of the imminent presidential election.

Staying true to his presidential attitude, Joe Biden is focusing his attention on carefully crafted speeches around his major legislative initiatives, including the much-noticed "Inflation Reduction Act" (IRA), which he signed with conviction on August 16, 2022.

At the dawn of his 80th birthday, Joe Biden harbors the aspiration of a second term, an undertaking that requires skillful management given the crucial importance of each statement.

Guided by an acute conscience, Joe Biden exercises caution against any intervention likely to be interpreted as an attempt to politicize justice against his charismatic rival, Donald Trump.

The strategy of restraint adopted by the Democratic president since the first of four indictments against his opponent, which occurred in the spring in New York in the context of a case involving an actress of films for adults, perfectly illustrates the subtlety of modern politics.

Although appearances may suggest a calculated distance, careful analysis invites us to wonder whether the myriad disputes surrounding Donald Trump are really just an elaborate edifice by the Democrats to influence the 2024 election.

These seemingly independent cases could reveal a larger plot aimed at altering the prospects of success in the upcoming ballot, which does not appear to be in favor of Joe Biden.

Joe Biden faces a major challenge in terms of public trust.

His approval rating is currently singularly low, reflecting a divided and wary American public opinion.

Voters, in particular, remain unconvinced by Joe Biden's economic agenda and openly express reservations about his age, knowing that he would reach the age of 86 at the end of a hypothetical second term.

Nevertheless, the president masterfully sidesteps the political turbulence surrounding the recent appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate his youngest son, Hunter Biden.

The criticisms emanating from the Republicans, who evoke dubious transactions abroad, do not seem to shake the presidential cool.

In a context where communication and perception play a major role, Joe Biden faced a meeting with Democratic donors with resilience last week.

Although some signs of uncertainty were perceptible, even a slight palpable tension, he remains aware that the investigations into his son's affairs have only just begun.

In sum, the strategic silence observed by Joe Biden regarding his competitor's legal troubles, as well as his continued focus on key initiatives, reveal a calculated and considered approach.

This approach, while cautiously executed, does not fail to draw attention to the underlying political issues and raises intriguing questions as to the true intentions of these judicial inquiries.

In the political arena where every word and every gesture is scrutinized, Joe Biden navigates on sight, while Democratic donors seem to face significant wavering, even deep unease. This is all the more significant as it seems that we are only at the beginning of the multiple cases involving the son of Joe Biden.


Pamela Newton for DayNewsWorld

HUNTER BIDEN CASE COULD COST

THE RE-ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY OF JOE BIDEN

A cumbersome son for the president. US Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the investigation against Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden On Friday August 11, 2023, the prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden has indeed been elevated to special adviser status. The investigation will now be led by a team of experienced prosecutors with more resources and independence to pursue the case.

Would the Department of Justice take the investigation seriously and believe in a strong possibility of filing criminal charges?

“This appointment confirms my commitment to provide David Weiss with all the resources he requires.

It also reaffirms that he has the authority he needs to conduct a thorough investigation and to independently continue to move forward in the manner he deems appropriate, based solely on the facts and the law. US Attorney General Merrick Garland.

David Weiss, federal prosecutor in Delaware, had been investigating Hunter Biden for several years already.

The president's 53-year-old son is accused of tax evasion and acquiring a firearm while a drug addict.

With his new title, David Weiss will have broader powers. He was appointed to Delaware by ex-President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden and aims to make a comeback to the White House.

This is a major blow for Hunter Biden but also for his father. The resounding and unexpected announcement comes as Joe Biden is campaigning for a second term.

The bad past of son Biden

In his book "Les Belles Choses" (2021), Hunter Biden recounts drinking vodka, night wanderings in search of crack around seedy convenience stores, failed attempts at detoxification, fleeting love with his brother's widow. ..

Of his father, he writes: "He never abandoned me, never ignored me, never judged me". "At times his perseverance drove me mad."

The Hunter Biden investigation also raises serious ethical questions. The right regularly accuses Hunter Biden of having used his father's reputation and influence, when the latter was Barack Obama's vice-president (2009-2017), with his business relations, particularly in Ukraine. I haven't done anything unethical," Hunter Biden said afterwards, adding, however:

"I wouldn't do it again."

Hunter Biden used his family's name and connections to land lucrative business deals in Ukraine and China. He also did not report these business transactions on his tax return. This raises questions about whether Hunter Biden used his father's position to enrich himself.

The attorney general's aim is to avoid any perception of political interference in the investigation, given the "exceptional circumstances" involving the son of the incumbent president. However, the appointment of a special adviser reinforces the perception of scandal and possible wrongdoing, even if the legal aspects of the case have not changed.

The 50-year-old claims to be now "clean". Remarried and father of a little boy named Beau like his late brother, he converted to painting.

Moreover, since the beginning of the year, Joe Biden had even given more visibility to his younger brother. Hunter Biden was omnipresent during an official trip by his father to Ireland in April, and he was seen, in a tuxedo, mingling with guests at the state dinner given in June in honor of the Indian Prime Minister.

But his past regularly catches up with him, and Joe Biden with it.

Recently, the Democratic president admitted that he has not six, but seven grandchildren, acknowledging the existence of a little girl born from an affair of Hunter Biden. The Republican opposition immediately denounced the contrast between Joe Biden's silence in the face of the small Navy and his public image as an affectionate patriarch.

Many challenges

How far will his son's past behavior harm the image of his father as president?

Republicans are using the Hunter Biden investigation to attack President Biden accusing him of using his position as vice president to enrich his son.

But the White House's concern is that special advisers and independent prosecutors from the Clinton to Trump administrations have often expanded their investigations beyond their original areas, and no one knows exactly how or when their investigations could end.

Joe Biden who is already facing several challenges, including the ongoing war in Ukraine, the rising cost of living and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, must now manage this new twist in the Hunter Biden case.

In a likely close election, even against former President Donald Trump at the many. charges, this new twist in the Hunter Biden case could cost him his re-election.

The nomination of David Weiss did not silence Hunter Biden's critics, however.

"David Weiss can't be trusted and it's just another way to stifle corruption in the Biden family," said Russell Dye, spokesman for Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

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UNITED STATES THE END OF POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION IN UNIVERSITIES AND COMPANIES  ?

The US Supreme Court has decided to put an end to the positive discrimination policies instituted by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1961. Thursday, June 29, the highest US court ruled.

She ended affirmative action programs at the university, after a year ago removing federal abortion protection. Its six conservative magistrates judged, against the opinion of the three progressives, contrary to the Constitution the admission procedures on campuses taking into account the ethnic origin of the candidates.

In 2014, an NGO attacked the universities of North Carolina and Harvard, accusing them of discriminating against Asian students, to the benefit of minorities. The association denounced, among other things, the practices of "affirmative action", aimed at promoting diversity in admissions. Nine years later, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, deciding to banish this positive discrimination, reports the New York Times.

Established in 1961 by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "affirmative action" had led several selective universities to introduce ethnic criteria into their admissions procedure. Policies of "positive discrimination", the avowed objective of which was to increase the share of black, Hispanic or Native American students in American universities.

Equality and merit

In a press release, the organization for the defense of the rights of black Americans castigated this decision. "In a society still scarred by the wounds of racial disparity, the Supreme Court displayed a willful ignorance of our reality," NAACP said. Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy welcomed the ruling. "Now students will be able to compete based on equal criteria and individual merit," he tweeted, adding that it "will uphold equality before the law."

The Biden administration had however pleaded for maintaining the status quo, declaring that “the future [of the United States] depends on [their] capacity to have leaders with varied profiles, able to lead an increasingly diverse society” .

A decision that is binding on all universities

This decision will be imposed on all the universities which practice this positive discrimination set up in the 1960s in reaction to the exclusion from which black Americans had suffered. This is not the first time that the Supreme Court has had to rule on its legality. In previous decisions, it had notably prohibited quotas as well as automatic additional point systems according to race.

The court had explained, in 2013 and then in 2016, that universities should seek other means of diversifying their promotions, that is to say racially neutral. But as long as race is not the only criterion of choice, the Supreme Court has until now accepted positive discrimination.

The example of Harvard is in this respect crucial for understanding the limits of the policies implemented so far, as analyzed by Jean-François Amadieu, university professor, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, in an article.de TheConversation . Harvard not being an isolated case.

The biases of subjective personality assessments

The Bias Inherent in Subjective Personality Assessments
In an attempt to defend itself, Harvard was forced to reveal unpublished data about its recruitment processes. Never before had there been so much detail about the reality of student selection.

This information reveals that not only students of Asian origin could be victims of discrimination (which Harvard refutes), but above all that the recruitment procedure favors children from wealthy backgrounds to the detriment of others.
Alongside the policy of affirmative action in favor of blacks and Hispanics, which Harvard recognizes, persists a subtle and widespread discrimination based on social origin. This is underlined by Peter Arcidiacono, an economist at Duke University, who has exploited a considerable amount of information on the recruitments carried out by Harvard over the course of several years.

Unofficial quotas

On the one hand, it appears that, at Harvard as in other universities, applicants of Asian origin are at a disadvantage, despite clearly superior academic results . To explain this phenomenon, Harvard mentions that the selection of students is based on other criteria, more personal or extracurricular. Letters of recommendation, involvement in associative activities, and above all the "personal note" play a determining role. This rating is given based on an essay written by the candidate, an interview with a former student, the opinion of a member of staff, as well as reports from their teachers.

Harvard does not provide a precise definition of this criterion. What is certain, however, is that this "personal mark" is decisive for admission (80% of those admitted obtain a mark of 1 or 2 on a scale of 5). Curiously, students of Asian origin are poorly evaluated according to this criterion. The hypothesis is that recruiters would have a biased judgment towards Asian candidates due to stereotypes.

As the Justice Department points out, Harvard appears to be practicing quotas informally, including using subjective personality ratings. The Department of Justice demonstrates this by asking a question that Harvard cannot easily answer: Why is the "Personal Rating" of Asian students lower each year than that of white students, while the percentages by ethnic group remain stable?

Students favored by inheritance

This is not the first time that Harvard has been accused of using supposed personality assessments to drastically reduce the number of quality students deemed too numerous. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the Jewish candidates who were the victims; they then lacked the required "morality and conformity" characteristics.

In 1920, Jewish students made up 20% of Harvard's workforce, down from 28% in 1925. After the introduction of the admissions process taking into account the character of applicants, their attendance fell to 15%. Several major universities have adopted these personality assessments to exclude Jewish applicants, as described by a Berkeley sociology professor in his book, "The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton." .

Children "heirs"

Other criteria play a role when selecting students, such as being a child of a graduate. This positive discrimination in favor of the families of former students, perfectly assumed and official, is explained by the feeling of community that it would develop and the financial support provided by the former students, aspects beneficial for all, including the least favored. . These "heirs" represent 14% of the student population and are almost 6 times more likely to be admitted.

Harvard is not an isolated case. It is estimated that in the large universities, in particular the most selective and those which are private, the rate of children of alumni is between 10 and 25%.
Then there are the students who are lucky enough to be the children of major donors. They are listed on the "Dean's List" at the discretion of management and represent 9.5% of admissions in 2019. Finally, children of Harvard staff (teachers, administrators) represent 1.3% of students.

Additionally, Harvard also affirmatively discriminates in favor of athletes, arguing that they help develop a sense of community on campus and provide diversity that benefits all students.
These advantaged groups represent 29% of the total workforce.

In fact, 43% of white students at Harvard belong to one of these privileged groups (compared to only 16% of black, Hispanic or Asian students). Worse still, 75% of these students (children of donors, children of staff, athletes and children of former students) would never have joined Harvard University without these large boosts, given their skills.

A significant change in admissions

If Harvard no longer considered race or ethnicity for its admissions, it would cause a significant shift in admissions rates, to the detriment of black and Hispanic students. However, this result, observed in other universities that have abandoned affirmative action, does not take into account other changes that could be made to the recruitment process.

Other student selection criteria could be considered, such as place of residence, parental income, social category or level of education.
Moreover, if the university stopped giving a bonus to the children of alumni, big donors and athletes, the proportion of white students would decrease and the proportion of students from wealthy families would drop significantly.

Correcting the effects of social origin by abandoning privileges and networks would contribute to equal access, including ethnically and racially.

"This important decision will also impact the practices in use in companies. The challenge is to turn the page on positive discrimination policies which have a negative impact on certain ethno-racial minorities. This is only possible if attacking discrimination on the basis of social origin with racially neutral policies."




Jenny Chase for DayNewsWorld

A DISTITUTION AGAINST JOE BIDEN ON THE HORIZON ?

Could President Joe Biden be impeached for "treason, corruption or other major crimes and misdemeanors" ?

That's what some Republicans say.

The prospect of President Joe Biden's impeachment took a major step forward this week, as Republicans in Congress cautiously embarked on a potential impeachment inquiry. Conservative Republicans seem determined to see this through.

During the session of Congress on June 22, a "privileged" resolution aimed at forcing a vote of impeachment was rejected, by 219 votes in favor against 208 votes against. This resolution, referred to the committees of the House of Representatives, therefore gave rise to the opening of an impeachment inquiry led by the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Justice. According to House rules, a "privileged" resolution must be put to a vote within two legislative days. This type of resolution makes it possible to circumvent procedural obstacles and can be dealt with more quickly than traditional resolutions, being placed directly on the agenda.

The vote, "inevitable in the months to come"

If Democrats were simply hoping to defeat the measure, Republicans redirected Lauren Boebert's attempt to force an impeachment vote against President Joe Biden to the two previously mentioned committees.

Representative Lauren Boebert justifies the move by arguing that President Biden has endangered the security of the United States and the health of the American people, a charge she defends in the articles of impeachment she has submitted. Indeed, according to her, Joe Biden would have "violated" his oath by not enforcing immigration laws and by not ensuring the security of the border with Mexico to prevent the introduction of a synthetic drug, fentanyl, on American soil. These elected officials accuse the Democratic president of being responsible for an "invasion" on the border between the United States and Mexico because of his immigration policy.

According to the US Constitution, Congress can impeach the president for "treason, corruption, or other major crimes and misdemeanors." The Colorado Republican therefore believes that the tenant of the White House deserves to be dismissed for this reason. Another Republican representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene, also considered very conservative, has also announced her intention to present other privileged resolutions soon to remove not only the president from the White House, but also two members of his cabinet: the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, and the American prosecutor Merrick Garland, in charge of the prosecutions against the participants in the storming of the Capitol in January 2021.

Reluctance among some Republicans

However, the rest of the Republican opposition refuses for the moment to go down this path, fearing to transform the procedure into a purely partisan exercise. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, opposed the moves, preferring to wait for the conclusions of the investigations currently being conducted by James Comer, chairman of the oversight committee, and Jim Jordan, chairman of the judiciary committee, on Biden, his family and his administration. “I think approaching [an impeachment] prematurely, without having experience in this area, would undermine our efforts,” he said.
The Republican opposition therefore does not wish to venture into this terrain for fear of transforming the procedure into a purely partisan exercise, given that some of its members want to indict the President of the United States out of pure revenge.

However, some observers say last Thursday's vote only delays an inevitable impeachment for months to come. Some party lawmakers have already filed articles of impeachment against Biden, but the use of such resolutions raises concerns.

United Front. of Democrats against this impeachment inquiry

Faced with this impeachment inquiry, the Democrats formed a united front. The Biden administration reacted on Monday, June 26, 2023 to the launch of this inquiry, criticizing its opponents for having "desperately deviated" from their economic program. Ian Sams, White House Spokesman for Oversight and Investigations, said, "President McCarthy and House Republicans are proving they have no positive agenda to actually help the American people on the issues that matter most. most important to them and their families." Karine Jean-Pierre said: "It is unfortunate that Republicans in Congress want to continue to focus on an issue that is not the priority of American families."
If an impeachment were to take place, Joe Biden, whose candidacy for a second term is criticized because of his age, would be the first president in American history to be the subject of such a procedure. So far, no US president has been impeached. Three presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019 and 2021. However, all were eventually acquitted.

In 1974, Richard Nixon preferred to resign to avoid certain impeachment by Congress, due to the Watergate scandal.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

WHY IS THE VICE TIGHTENING AROUND JOE BIDEN'S SON BUT ALSO THE FATHER ?

Hunter, the son of US President Joe Biden, will appear in court on July 26, 2023.

He pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 to willful non-payment of tax and offenses related to the possession of firearms.

The son of the President of the United States is at the heart of investigations opened in 2018 on his work, in particular abroad, suggesting the existence of tax evasion. Investigating officers also established that he lied when buying a gun in 2018.

And in order to avoid prison, the son of Joe Biden, 53, pleads guilty to several offenses.

The Biden son pleads guilty to two federal misdemeanor charges and has reached an agreement on the illegal acquisition of a weapon.

On Tuesday, June 20, 2023, the Delaware prosecutor announced that Hunter Biden had reached an agreement with the office, admitting his guilt in the two federal cases concerning him.

"My understanding is that the five-year investigation into Hunter is resolved," said Chris Clark, attorney for Hunter Biden.

“I know Hunter feels it's important to take responsibility for the mistakes he made during a period of turmoil and addiction in his life. He intends to continue his healing and move on.” Hunter Biden, who has long battled alcohol and drug addictions, has regularly hit the headlines in recent years, to the point of being sometimes considered a potential weight for his father's political career.

Hunter Biden will therefore appear in federal court in Delaware on July 26, 2023 to answer two counts of willful non-payment of taxes and misdemeanors related to the possession of firearms. But we no longer seem to be investigating other cases concerning him.

Joe Biden: 'My son did nothing wrong'

Faced with the surge that falls against his son, Joe Biden continues to publicly support the latter, while rejecting the accusations of the Republicans who accuse Hunter Biden of having done questionable business in Ukraine and China while his father was vice -president. “My son has done nothing wrong. I trust him,” Joe Biden assured in an interview on the MSNBC channel last May.

Among the Republicans, we denounce an agreement deemed complacent and privileged. Donald Trump, who has made Hunter Biden one of his favorite targets, lamented a “broken” judicial system.

This affair will certainly not fix the popularity of Joe Biden at 32% in the polls despite a slowdown in inflation. Joe Biden will have to drag this file like a ball and chain until the 2024 election.

Joe Biden's repeated blunders

But worse still, it is above all the repeated political gaffes of the president which only tarnish his image as a presidential candidate a little more. At the start of the week, his secretary of state indeed managed to relaunch discussions with China, an improvement noted by Xi Xinping himself. But yesterday Joe Biden ridiculed him during a financing operation, calling him a dictator.

Joe Biden was speaking at a reception in California with Democratic Party donors, in the presence of journalists and he had these sensitive remarks: "It's very embarrassing for dictators when they don't know what happened. past," he continued, adding, "When (the balloon) was shot down (Xi Jinping) was very embarrassed and he even denied that (the aircraft) was there." Within minutes, Anthony Blinken's valiant efforts were up in smoke.

No wonder nasty tongues call Joe Biden “walkin dead”. More seriously it is up to him to bow out at the end of his term !




Britney Delsey for DayNewsWorld

DESPITE A NEW CHARGE

DONALD TRUMP STAY IN HEAD

FOR REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

Like an air of already seen. Targeted by 37 counts, in particular for having kept defense secrets in his personal residence, the former American president must appear before a judge in Miami at 3 p.m. (midnight, Paris time) this Tuesday, June 13, 2023. Before return to his summer residence in New Jersey, from where he should speak overnight, on the eve of his 77th birthday.

After a first charge, last March, by the Manhattan prosecutor in the Stormy Daniels case, Donald Trump has just been charged again, this time at the federal level, for much more serious reasons: he is accused of having violated the Espionage Act and endangered the security of the United States by illegally retaining, after his departure from the White House, classified documents.

A hearing at which he should plead not guilty

Donald Trump, who flees the humidity of Florida and has made his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, his summer headquarters, arrived in the "Sunshine state" on Monday evening. His "arraignment" (the reading of the indictment) is scheduled for 3 p.m. in federal court in Miami. He should go to justice just before, probably via an entrance at the level of the underground car park.

Donald Trump will then be under arrest, but as in New York, he will probably escape handcuffs and a photo, the famous "mugshot". The hearing is expected to be short and the former president has announced his intention to plead not guilty.

The sentence could also be pronounced on another date, and not immediately. Joe Biden's predecessor could therefore return to court a few days later, which would give his lawyers time to negotiate an agreement with the prosecution.

One of his legal team members told Fox News that Trump isn't considering brokering a deal, "especially when he's done nothing wrong," she said. “He would never admit his guilt.”

For former former Trump administration Justice Secretary Bill Barr on Fox News on Sunday: "This all happened because of the President's reckless conduct."

Donald Trump has called for support from his supporters and the authorities fear excesses. Questioned on a radio, the former president thus declared: "Our country must protest [...] we have lost everything". He then clarified that it had to be done peacefully.

Is this a new blow for his 2024 presidential candidacy?

"A political attack by the Democrats"

Unsurprisingly, in the face of this federal indictment, Trump maintains his innocence, accusing the Biden administration of "election interference at the highest level" and "instrumentalization of the Department of Justice and the FBI". This defense, taken up by Fox News, is also that adopted by tenors of the Republican Party, including Kevin McCarthy, the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Even his primary opponents, starting with his main rival, Ron DeSantis, find themselves forced to buy into this narrative: an indictment that would be a political attack by Joe Biden against one of the main candidates for the Party's presidential nomination. republican.

If the most prominent Republicans defend the former president or remain silent, it is because Donald Trump remains very popular with their voters. He is leading the polls in the primaries with more than 50% of the voting intentions. Above all, he distances his main opponent DeSantis by 30 points, a gap which continues to widen, including in the state of Florida where DeSantis was however re-elected governor by a very large majority in 2022.

The ex-president indeed benefits from the multiplication of candidacies in the primaries and the scattering of votes that it generates. They are already a dozen to have officially declared themselves, but none seem to emerge yet. Indeed, the first-past-the-post system applied to the primaries and the fact that, in most states, the candidate who obtained the greatest number of votes wins all the delegates benefits the former tenant of the White House. On the strength of his solid electoral base, the latter should all the more easily get ahead of his pursuers as they will be numerous and will tear each other apart.

Moreover, only a very small minority of voters vote in the primaries. There was less than 15% turnout among Republicans in 2016, the highest rate in more than 30 years. It is commonly accepted that it is the most radicalized fringe that votes for this election.

This new indictment, like previous cases and scandals, is therefore unlikely to undermine the support of Republican voters for the former president. It could even strengthen it, especially since, if found guilty, Trump would remain eligible anyway. Indeed, according to the Constitution and the 14ᵉ amendment, only a conviction for insurrection or rebellion could disqualify him...

Let's not forget either, that Joe Biden also kept secret defense documents in his garage !




Garett Skyport for DayNewsWorld

REPUBLICAN MIKE PENCE STARTS

IN THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL

Donald Trump's former vice-president, Mike Pence, filed his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential election on Monday, June 5, 2023, according to documents released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

This evangelical conservative, fierce opponent of abortion, will therefore challenge Donald Trump in the Republican primaries of 2024. He should publish Wednesday, June 7, the day of his 64th birthday, his entry into the running with a meeting in Iowa. The candidate will be on the sets of the CNN chain, had confided at the end of last week of the relatives, on condition of anonymity, to NBC and other American media.

"The crazier we are"

Mike Pence had helped Donald Trump conquer the religious right by being his running mate during the 2016 presidential campaign. After years of unwavering loyalty, he changed his tone because of the assault on the Capitol. The break between the two men jeopardizes the chances of Mike Pence, whom many activists loyal to Donald Trump continue to consider a "traitor". To all these candidacies should be added that of the governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum, very little known in the country. All to the delight of Donald Trump.

"The crazier we are, the merrier," he said on Fox News after the entry into the race of the only female Republican candidate, Nikki Haley.

Mike Pence's campaign launch is less likely to interfere with the former president's candidacy than that of Ron DeSantis, currently second in the polls after Donald Trump. Like the former vice-president, the 44-year-old governor is also betting on a very conservative, albeit more offensive, speech.

Unlike 2016, when Donald Trump had caused amazement by winning the Republican nomination, then the election, the former president this time is surfing at the top of the voting intentions. But the logic remains the same: a Republican primary with a dozen candidates, all anxious to block the way to the septuagenarian, may ultimately lead to a dispersion of votes, in favor of the former reality TV star. A scenario that takes more and more thickness, while Mike Pence, Chris Christie and Doug Burgum are about to launch.

The tribune, whose fall has been announced a thousand times, has so far survived all the scandals.

"Republican primary contenders can do their best, but if rape accusations (and the Capitol storming) haven't swayed Trump's base, neither will these candidates." , predicts Democratic strategist Amani Wells-Onyioha.




Paul Emison for DayNewsWorld

GOVERNOR RON SANTIS ANNOUNCES

HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL LIVE BY ON TWITTER

He could steal the show from Donald Trump. The former President of the United States' main rival for the Republican nomination, Florida Senator Ron DeSantis, 44, is due to announce his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential election, Wednesday, May 24, 2023 live on Twitter, during a a planned exchange with the boss of the social network Elon Musk. The billionaire and CEO of Tesla confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that a "conversation" between Ron DeSantis and him would take place this Wednesday at 6 p.m. Washington time (midnight in Paris).

Ron DeSantis was waiting for the end of the parliamentary session in Florida in May to officially declare himself a candidate for the Republican primary for the presidential election of 2024. History to highlight his record as governor of the Sunshine State, after an election won by a hair in 2018, then won hands down with 59% of the vote for a second term in November 2022.

A former foal of Donald Trump

Is Ron De Santis really the most serious candidate, the main opponent of Donald Trump? In any case, given the virulent criticism of the former president against him, it is clearly the Republican who has the best chance against the ex-president in the primaries of the party.

He is actually a former colt of Donald Trump and he shares a lot of his ideas. DeSantis is the conservative leader of the "culture war" that is tearing America apart. "Florida is where wokism is going to die," he asserted in early January. His goal is to demonstrate that he is more Trumpist than Donald Trump, his former mentor who has become an adversary, and more radical than the MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) base of the former president, in order to hope to win the primary. republican. He has also made himself known throughout the country thanks to his ultra-conservative policies that he implemented in Florida on education or immigration. Questions of gender and homosexuality are no longer allowed to be discussed at school, for example in Florida.

Thursday, May 18, the multinational Disney canceled a campus project of more than 1 billion dollars (925 million euros), which should have created south of Orlando 2,000 jobs, with average annual salaries of 120,000 dollars .

At the heart of this decision is the culture war waged against Disney. The firm, which operates the gigantic Disney World amusement park in Orlando, criticized a year ago the law nicknamed "Don't Say Gay" ("do not talk about homosexuals"), which prohibits approaching in schools so-called “gender” issues and homosexuality up to the equivalent of CE2.

Ron DeSantis retaliated by depriving the firm of the right to self-manage its estate, a privilege negotiated in the late 1960s, but that was without counting on the reaction of his boss, Robert Iger, who took the governor to court, denouncing "a targeted government retaliatory campaign". Then, Mr. Iger canceled the construction of the campus.

This former naval officer has therefore gained popularity by multiplying the ultra-conservative outbursts on education or immigration, in the name of a battle against the supposed "good-thinking".

On this point, the two candidates are hunting on the same ground. Ron DeSantis indeed multiplies the hard positions on immigration, the Covid-19 or even gender issues.

Disabilities and strengths

But Ron DeSantis' path to the White House is strewn with pitfalls. The main handicap of this father of three children: a lack of charisma, pointed out from all sides. And on which the Trump camp does not hesitate to attack it. “Announcing his candidacy on Twitter is perfect for DeSantis. That way he doesn't need to interact with anyone, "said one of Donald Trump's advisers.

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, former US President Donald Trump, who has already announced his candidacy for the 2024 election since November 16, 2022, maintains a comfortable lead.

The growing notoriety of Ron DeSantis in the ranks of the Republicans and his ability to raise funds probably make him the biggest rival of Donald Trump. Ron DeSantis has another advantage: he is young, he is only 44 years old. He is the father of three young children. We are far from the 76 and 80 years of Donald Trump or Joe Biden.

The two men, however, remain the two favorites for the Republican nomination. The other declared Republican candidates – Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Asa Hutchinson – for the moment rarely exceed 5% of voting intentions.

The candidate chosen by the Republican camp at the end of the primaries will face in November 2024 the one nominated by the Democratic Party.




Jenny Chase for DayNewsWorld

CHAOS ON THE US-MEXICO BORDER WITH

THE END OF TITLE 42 ?

The crisis is not new, but could take on unprecedented proportions.

In the coming weeks, the United States authorities expect a "chaotic" situation, in the words of Joe Biden himself, with massive arrivals of migrants at the Mexican border.

In an attempt to respond, the federal state has mobilized more than 24,000 agents and law enforcement at the border, in addition to 4,000 soldiers. The cause ?

The expiry this Thursday of a public health order known as "Title 42".

Disorder indeed reigns on the US southern border, according to US border officials, with Title 42 ending at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, May 11, 2023.

Nearly 10,000 migrants were intercepted, hours before the end of the measure, as they desperately tried to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.

Title 42, which had been in place since March 2020, allowed border patrol officers to deport migrants who arrived illegally on US soil before they could apply for asylum, amid a pandemic.

End of Title 42

"Title 42" refers to Clause 42 of the U.S. Governmental Code, established July 1, 1944.

It is a law that gives federal authorities the power to prohibit the entry of people and products into the country in order to limit the spread of a communicable disease.

It is therefore this clause that the Trump administration invoked in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, to limit the entry and receipt of immigration applications. Its objective was to prohibit border control agencies from detaining migrants in "gathering places" such as detention centres, where the COVID-19 virus could spread rapidly.

This measure having ended Thursday evening, several migrants rushed to the border, hoping to be able to take advantage of this chaotic transition to the United States.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Thursday that “a high number of arrivals” had been observed “in “certain sectors” before the expiration of Title 42. The federal government expects receive up to 13,000 migrants a day immediately after the measure expires, compared to around 6,000 on a normal day.

“Chaotic” situation

Local authorities are grappling with the large migratory flow of the last few days, in addition to the duty to deal with undocumented migrants already intercepted. The Biden administration planned to release these irregular immigrants without deporting them to breathe new life into border guards.

However, a federal judge in Florida on Thursday ordered a conflicting notice requiring officers to serve notices to appear for immigration court, a time-consuming process that border officials say is harmful.

“This is a harmful regulation that will lead to border congestion, which impedes our ability to effectively carry out procedures and deportations of migrants and which risks creating dangerous conditions for border agents and migrants.” A quote from the US Border Patrol

To help local authorities, 24,000 additional agents were deployed on Wednesday in addition to 4,000 soldiers in view of the large influx of migrants.

The situation, although chaotic, was however expected. President Joe Biden himself recently said that the situation will be "chaotic for a while" as he tries to keep a balanced policy on this file.

Faced with a risk of a migration crisis, the Democrats are therefore displaying a discourse of firmness. "I want to be very clear: our border is not wide open. People crossing our border illegally and without a legal basis to stay will be immediately [...] deported," said Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas.

However, he admits to being lucid about the challenges that we will probably face in the days and weeks to come.

"We are ready to respond to it ," said the minister, noting "that a high number of arrivals" had already been observed "in certain sectors".

To restrict irregular crossing at its border, the US government wants to introduce new restrictions.

Visa-free migrants who passed through other countries before reaching the United States and who did not apply in those countries will no longer be eligible to apply for asylum. However, those who have made an appointment on the CBP One mobile application for their application will be exempt from the measures.

The only exception to the rule will be unaccompanied minors.

Illegals who do not meet the criteria will be subject to the "accelerated deportation process" which will prevent them from entering American soil for the next five years.

Migrants "who have no reason to stay, we will remove them very quickly with what we now have at our disposal, our traditional powers of immigration control", explained the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The impacts with the return of clause 8

Since the Term 42 policy began, the Border Patrol has reportedly conducted 2.8 million migrant deportations, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Before the pandemic, Clause 8 was the main resource available to immigration authorities when deciding whether to detain a person at the border or release them with a permit to seek asylum or to invoke humanitarian reasons.

Term 8, however, provides severe penalties for returned migrants for illegal entry, including a re-entry ban for at least five years and potential criminal prosecution for repeated attempts to illegally enter US territory.

The return of the application of clause 8 should reduce the number of repeated border crossings, which increased considerably during the application of clause 42.

However, this clause provides exceptions for people who belong to vulnerable populations, for example those who report a credible fear of persecution. They could appear before a judge, who will then decide whether they can stay in the United States or not.

Contain the flow of migrants

The Biden administration has decided to send 1,500 troops for 90 days to the US-Mexico border.

A total of 4,000 military personnel are mandated to assist border authorities with various non-law enforcement tasks.

This measure is not unanimous among Democrats, some deploring that President Biden has decided to militarize the border with Mexico.

Meanwhile, the United States has opened new processing centers in Colombia and Guatemala, which will allow migrants to be screened through legal pathways, such as asylum seeker or refugee status, before going to swell the ranks of the population at the border.

Alejandro Mayorkas, head of Homeland Security, said in a statement that his department would process the migrants according to "standard procedure", that is, subjecting them to deportation proceedings.

Delicate political dossier

Republicans accuse Democrats of not tightening enough security at the country's gates, while migrant rights groups say the government is blocking asylum seekers from accessing their rights. civil rights (ACLU) is suing the Biden administration to counter new restrictions on asylum seekers.

The new government policies want to encourage migrants to adopt the legal process to enter the country. The problem identified by the organization is that the system requires appointment booking via a mobile application, while many applicants do not have access to the Internet or even a mobile device.

It's a political problem for Joe Biden. A timely migration crisis for Republicans, as Donald Trump makes his comeback on the American political scene?

For the former president, "Joe Biden has officially abolished what was left of America's borders".

On the side of the Democrats, we want a humanitarian treatment of migrants. Everyone wants new immigration laws, but congress is so divided they can't pass new laws.

In the meantime, Republicans, who have a majority in the House of Representatives, plan to hold a vote on the new "Secure the Border Act of 2023" next week. The bill would restore many of ex-President Trump's most controversial border policies.

Kyrsten Sinema, Democratic Senator from Arizona, and her Republican colleague from North Carolina, Thom Tillis, are currently working on a bill that would grant a two-year temporary authorization to continue deporting migrants from the United States, so with powers similar to those conferred by clause 42.

This measure is not unanimous among Democrats, some deploring that President Biden has decided to militarize the border with Mexico with the sending of 1,500 American soldiers as reinforcements to the Mexican-American border.

Meanwhile, the United States has opened new processing centers in Colombia and Guatemala, which will allow migrants to be screened through legal pathways, such as asylum seeker or refugee status, before going to swell the ranks of the population at the border.

Separately, as early as Thursday, Republicans intend to pass a bill, known as HR 2, that would codify some of the border agendas implemented by former President Donald Trump, including the policy that demanded that migrants remain in Mexico while following the asylum procedure.

He also plans to devote more resources to border security, relaunch the construction of the wall between the two states, increase border personnel and modernize border technology.

So far, the United States has agreed with Mexico to contain migrants turned back by Washington.

And Mexico in all this ?

For its part, Mexico has agreed to welcome migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti under the old clause under the new parole procedures implemented by the Biden administration in the United States. beginning of the year. These policies have resulted in a significant drop in the number of illegal border crossings by nationals of these four countries.

However, despite ongoing talks with the United States, it is uncertain whether Mexico will agree to continue hosting non-Mexicans rejected by the United States without the Term 42 mechanism.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

DONALD TRUMP IN HEAD

JOE BIDEN'S AGE A DISABILITY

FOR HIS RE-ELECTION AS PRESIDENTIAL

For his first campaign rally since his indictment in New York, Donald Trump strongly attacked President Joe Biden, who has just announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election.

“We are going to crush Joe Biden”. This is what Donald Trump assured, this Thursday, April 27, during a meeting in New Hampshire, two days after the current American president announced that he was running for the 2024 ballot.

In his speech, the former Republican president had very harsh words to sum up the record of his successor. “On Tuesday, Joe Biden officially declared that he wanted four more disastrous years in office,” he criticized. "We are now in a country steeped in violence and crime, crushed by inflation, where banks are collapsing," he added.

Donald Trump leads the polls

Donald Trump is currently surfing well above the fray of Republican candidates. New Hampshire, where he is in a meeting, is among the first states to organize their Republican primaries in early 2024. A victory in this state would guarantee the 76-year-old Republican candidate a precious momentum, and necessary for the future.

Currently, the 45th American president thus dominates by 4 points the 46th, with 46% of the projections against 42%. The remaining 12% are divided between the choice of another candidate (7%) and those who remain undecided (5%).

“I am a candidate for my re-election”

Joe Biden announced Tuesday, April 25, 2023 to run for a second term as head of the United States. "I'm running for re-election," the 80-year-old US president said in a video message posted on Twitter.

"When I ran for president four years ago, I said this was going to be a fight for the soul of America and we're still there," Biden said. "This is not the time for complacency, that's why I'm running for re-election. [...] Let's get the job done. I know we can do it."

Tuesday's date was far from trivial. It marks the fourth anniversary, to the day, of Joe Biden's last entry into the campaign, when the Democrat launched a battle for "the soul of America", and deprived Donald Trump of a second mandate.

But the president was to speak on what will likely be one of his leitmotifs as a candidate: how to bring "manufacturing jobs" back to the United States and "rebuild the middle class". Since the beginning of the year, Joe Biden has hammered home his desire to restore his "dignity" to popular America "forgotten", disturbed by globalization, which Donald Trump has been able to seduce in part.

Joe Biden's age a matter of debate

The tenant of the White House may think he has the statistics with him: American presidents generally run again, and they are most often re-elected.

But Joe Biden, by his age, defies historical precedent. If re-elected, he would complete his second term at the age of 86. In November 2021 and then in February 2023, the manager underwent check-ups which concluded that he was in "good health".

But he, who is already prone to blunders and whose appearance is unmistakably marked by the years, exposes himself to an upsurge of attacks from the Republicans on his mental acuity. His repeated falls, his diction problems and his frequent slips had long been highlighted by the Republican media to present Joe Biden as a senile old man who had become a toy in the hands of his advisers.

But the subject of the age of the American president is now openly broached by the Democratic media, where it has until now been taboo. His own camp is wondering about a second term for the oldest American president. 70% of Americans did not want to see him candidate again, according to a recent poll. Even in New York, a traditionally Democratic city, his candidacy is making a lot of noise.

Joe Biden's failures

Also, the Democrat failed to reunite the country. Three emblematic subjects of both America's deepest divisions and Joe Biden's failures can be invoked, partly explained by his limited institutional room for maneuver. The President started his first mandate without clear parliamentary domination, he finished it with a divided Congress: a Democratic Senate, a Republican House of Representatives.

He also has against him many states governed by Republicans and a conservative Supreme Court.

Joe Biden did not ban assault rifles as promised, despite several killings. He could not or knew how to do nothing when the Supreme Court put an end to the constitutional right to abortion. Nor has he passed major legislation to protect African Americans' access to the vote or to respond to police brutality.

The American President has put an end to the construction of the wall that Donald Trump wanted on the border with Mexico, but the arrivals of migrants continue without his having succeeded in reforming the immigration system.

Joe Biden has also not stemmed a wave of overdoses due to synthetic opiates.

A future Trump-Biden duel?

If Donald Trump is targeting Joe Biden, it is in particular because he anticipates a duel with the Democratic candidate, who will be his main opponent to gain the presidency once again. In 2024, America will have the choice between “success and failure”, “security or anarchy”, “prosperity or disaster”, he estimated, the tone serious.

Donald Trump embarked on a Joe Biden imitation implying that the octogenarian leader was senile, a recurring claim among Republicans.

However, before being officially invested by his party, Donald Trump will have to face the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, his biggest rival, who also took for his rank. “It is collapsing” in the polls, he hammered.

With 36% satisfaction in the polls, Joe Biden is more unpopular than Donald Trump has ever been. Currently, the 45th American president thus dominates by 4 points the 46th, with 46% of the projections against 42%.




Alyson Braxton for DayNewsWorld

THE MAIN SUSPECT OF LEAKS OF CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS IS A YOUNG US MILITARY RECRUIT

Jack Teixeira, 21, was arrested on Thursday. It took a week to identify the main suspect. On Thursday, April 13, shortly before 2 p.m., FBI police arrived in North Dighton, Massachusetts, at the home of Jack Teixeira. The 21-year-old young man, red shorts and khaki T-shirt, was boarded, his hands handcuffed. He is due in front of a Boston judge on Friday to be charged under the Espionage Act. His arrest was broadcast live by American television channels.

New to the army

The National Guard said Jack Teixeira enlisted in September 2019, worked as a computer and communications specialist and achieved the rank of Airman First Class, the third lowest in the hierarchy. Coming from a military family, his stepfather retired after 34 years of service at the military base where he himself worked, according to the Cape Cod Times, while his stepbrother also currently works there.

Jack Teixeira's mother has worked in NGOs supporting veterans, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, according to US media. She posted photos of the family every year on Veterans Day.

"Inform and Impress"

Under the pseudonym "OG", the suspect would have published for months documents from the military base where he works on a private online group of the social network Discord.

“OG” had asked other members of the Discord group not to distribute the documents, assuring that he had no intention of being a whistleblower, according to the Washington Post. He was critical of the state - whose "abuse of power" he denounced -, the police and the intelligence community." According to one of these friends contacted by a newspaper, the young man, fervent Catholic and libertarian was extremely pessimistic about the future of his country.

The group, made up of around 24 people, some of whom are from Russia and Ukraine, was formed in 2020 around their mutual passion for firearms, military equipment and religion.

According to testimonies collected by the American daily, the young man simply wanted to teach the young members of the group "what real war was".

Its goal, according to members of the group, which formed in the midst of a pandemic, “was to both inform and impress.” According to a minor member of the group, interviewed by the Wahington Post with the consent of his mother, "OG" would have started by sending them messages in which he reproduced the verbatim of confidential notes, which required him hours of work, adding to it annotations to explain certain acronyms or technical points. Then, tired of this restrictive method, he would have chosen in a more risky way to send them copies of the documents, several per week, from the end of 2022.

Thus, from at least October, Jack Teixeira began sharing descriptions of classified information "before eventually posting hundreds of pages of documents online, including detailed maps of the frontline in Ukraine and confidential assessments of the Russian war machine

"Everyone respected OG," Vahki, a member of the band, was quoted by The New York Times as saying. "He was the guy, the myth. And he was the legend. Everyone respected him." And to add: "This guy was Christian, anti-war, and just wanted to inform his friends of what was going on".

Espionage Act

In an article this Friday devoted to the personality of the suspect, the Washington Post points out that despite his inexperience, Jack Teixeira already had access to numerous highly sensitive classified documents via the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System network, which allowed him to read these files.

In Washington, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that Jack Teixeira, arrested for "unauthorized removal, retention and transmission of classified information relating to national defense", in reference to the Espionage Act , will be arraigned in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts.

Justice, following the example of the American authorities, will have to clarify in particular the circumstances which allowed a young first-class airman to have access to such sensitive information on the war in Ukraine, and to daily intelligence reports emanating in particular from the CIA and the National Security Agency.




Alize Marion for DayNewsWorld

THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE LEAK OF CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES

Washington is trying to assess the risks associated with the leak of classified documents, which relate in particular to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and which could prove valuable for Moscow.

The leak of classified American documents, particularly related to Ukraine, poses a "very serious" risk to the national security of the United States, the Pentagon said on Monday.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation, which appears to be of growing concern to his administration, "late last week," his spokesman John Kirby said.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin himself was not made aware of the problem until the morning of April 6 – the day the leak was revealed later that day by The New York Times – the report said. Pentagon spokesman.

Among these documents, which were leaked online by the New York Times1 on Thursday, one takes stock of the state of the conflict in Ukraine at the beginning of March, others refer to the situation on specific fronts, such as Bakhmout , or the crucial anti-aircraft defenses of Kyiv.

Some also seem to point to US intelligence gathering targeting some of its allies.

If he did not want to comment on the authenticity of these documents, John Kirby, spokesman for the National Security Council attached to Joe Biden, spoke of the concern of the American authorities.

"We don't know who is responsible for this. And we don't know if they have more [documents] to publish" online, he said, before adding:

"Is this a concern for us?

Absolutely !."

How such a leak?

The specialized media Bellingcat explains that these "Top Secret" documents were published on various social networks, first on Discord, on a channel initially created to talk about the Minecraft video game. They then spread to 4chan, then Twitter, and Telegram.

The origin of the leak has not yet been identified. The posts on Discord are photos of the "Top Secret" documents "surrounded by objects", the outlet explains. Many of them are no longer available on the sites where they originally appeared. The United States would work to have them removed.

We continue to investigate how this happened, as well as the extent of the problem. Steps have been taken to analyze [...] how this type of information was distributed and to whom.

The Justice Department has opened a separate criminal investigation.

CNN, which was able to consult 53 of the leaked documents, explains that most of them seem to have been produced between mid-February and March 2023. They contain classified information, of different levels of confidentiality.

Many also relate to the war in Ukraine. One, for example, takes stock of the state of the conflict at the beginning of March, including the amount of Russian and Ukrainian losses, while others evoke the situation on specific fronts, such as Bakhmout.

With the Guardian, a spokesman for the French Ministry of Defense denied the presence of French soldiers in Ukraine, when it would have been revealed in the documents which have leaked, explains the British media.

According to CNN, some documents also show how the United States managed to obtain information within the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Wagner organization.

Several documents seem to indicate that Washington is spying on its own allies, including Israel and South Korea. And even directly the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.?

Ten years after the revelations about spying by the NSA on several European countries, including France, does the United States continue to spy on its allies?

Defense Department spokesman Meagher said a team was working to determine if the documents were genuine, and noted that in any event, the released photos appeared to contain sensitive information.

Are they genuine?

"Photos appear to show documents in a format similar to that used to provide daily updates to our senior Ukraine and Russia-related operations, as well as other intelligence updates," he said. he said, but some "seem to have been modified".

Several media, including CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times, report that US officials claim, on condition of anonymity, that most of the documents are authentic. They correspond to CIA reports circulating at the White House, the Pentagon or even the State Department, says the same source.

However, at least one of the documents appears to have been altered to suggest that Ukraine suffered greater losses than Russia, when the supposed original said otherwise.

The leaks could endanger US intelligence sources, as well as provide Russia with valuable information on the state of Ukrainian troops. The documents evoking the partner countries of the United States could embarrass Washington, in particular about a possible espionage of close allies.

“The release of classified and sensitive information can not only have enormous consequences for our national security, but also lead to death,” warned Chris Meagher.




Alize Marion for DayNewsWorld

DONALD TRUMP "THE CASE WILL COLLAPSE" !

Advocates for the former president attacked the indictment released Tuesday during his historic appearance in a Manhattan court. “Relieved” on reading the document which, according to him, “has no new material element”, Me Joe Tacopina thus predicted on the NBC channel that the affair was going to “collapse” quickly.

Trump is accused of orchestrating payments to cover up embarrassing deals ahead of the 2016 presidential election. A court clerk announces that the defendant faces "34 counts of falsifying business records." Trump is asked to say whether he is about to plead guilty or not. "Not guilty," he replies hoarsely.

What he is accused of is having, among other things, bought the silence of three embarrassing people just before the 2016 election and having disguised these payments of money in the accounts of his company or of friendly companies. - a maneuver that Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg describes as criminal under New York electoral law.

Stormy Daniels, the one who brought down Trump

Among the recipients of his payments, there is first of all Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claims to have received 130,000 dollars to silence her one-night stand in 2006 with Trump, which the latter denies. She is the star of the trial, the "faller" of the ex-president, the one through whom the scandal happens and who is amused by it: three minutes before the hearing, she launched on Twitter for the intention of his detractors: "you all accuse me of being a 'fucking bag' but I'd rather be in my position than under arrest". Then there is Karen McDougal: this ex-playmate claims to have had a ten-month affair with Trump (which he also denies) between June 2006 and April 2007. According to prosecutor Alvin Bragg, Trump would have bought his silence by through his friend David Pecker, publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid,

The same method was allegedly used to silence Dino Sajudin, the third beneficiary. This former janitor of Trump Tower swore he had proof of the existence of a natural child of Trump and he threatened to sell the story (which turns out to be totally invented) to the press. He would have received $ 30,000 from the National Enquirer, and Trump would have been so grateful to the friend Pecker that according to the indictment, he would have invited him to his inauguration in January 2017 and then a second time to the White House a few months later.

Like just minor infractions

In New York State, falsifications of accounting records are generally considered simple minor offenses, but become misdemeanors, punishable by four years in prison, if they are committed to "cover up" another offense. At a press conference, Democratic prosecutor Alvin Bragg assured that this was the case, but only touched on what this other offense could be, invoking pell-mell possible violations of campaign finance laws. elections or tax evasion.

"New York justice, unlike federal justice, allows imprecise indictments, but that pushes the limits a bit," notes John Coffee, professor of law at Columbia University. The prosecution case is "risky on several levels", also believes his colleague William Banks of Syracuse University, pointing to the problem of credibility of the main witness for the prosecution, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

This man, who once boasted of being his boss's "pit bull", paid actress Stormy Daniels out of his own pocket not to open up about a sexual relationship she claims to have had in 2006 with Donald Trump.

Michael Cohen, who had been reimbursed by the Trump Organization, today claims to have acted at the express request of Donald Trump. But the former president's lawyers accuse him of being a "pathological liar" and recall that he was convicted of tax evasion by federal justice. To weaken his testimony, the defense insists on the fact that the former lawyer, now disbarred, had been convicted of having lied to Congress in the investigation into Russian interference.

“Fiasco”

In the opinion of many lawyers, who paraded on television sets last night, these stories are crisp but insufficient to be qualified as crimes. These would only be misdemeanors. “What I read in the indictment seems disappointing to me”, regretted Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI dismissed in 2018 on the orders of Trump in particularly odious conditions. The same goes for John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, turned notorious anti-Trumpist, who called the indictment "distressing and "even more fragile" than it looks. feared. Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who hates Trump and vice versa, accused the New York prosecutor of "using justice for political ends".With the reason he ran for Manhattan District Attorney. "I'm running because all too often we have two standards of justice: one for the rich, the powerful, and those with relationships, and the other for everyone else. »

The New York lawsuits "are a legal and political error", also asserts Richard Hasen, professor of law at the University of California, on the Slate magazine website. This renowned expert in electoral law recalls that the federal justice had failed in 2012 to convict John Edwards, candidate for the Democratic primary of 2008, whose mistress had received nearly half a million dollars during the campaign to conceal her pregnancy .

Richard Hasen fears that a similar fiasco "will lend credence to the 'witch hunt' accusations" hammered home by Donald Trump. The risk is to discredit at the same time the other investigations which threaten the former real estate magnate.

Alvin Bragg, the New York prosecutor who accuses him of 'orchestrating' payments to cover up extramarital affairs before the 2016 election, is using a legal argument that has never been used before to make a criminal case.

Alvin Bragg "built one of the most controversial and high-profile cases in American history on the most uncertain legal basis possible," laments the American news analysis site Vox.

“Alvin Bragg did not state the basis of his action in the indictment. tax – but it's as if he himself had not yet chosen", underlines Stephen Dreyfuss.

The most obvious track concerns the federal law on the financing of electoral campaigns. The $130,000 paid by Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's ex-lawyer, to Stormy Daniels was not counted as campaign spending "even though it is arguable that he wanted to cover up a case that could have reduce Donald Trump's chances of winning the election", analyzes Marc Scholl. Except that this option is also the riskiest legally.

It will have been understood that there is therefore little chance that Donald Trump, who, theoretically, risks the absurd number of 136 years in prison, falls on these derisory cases.

Moreover, back at Mar a Lago, Trump was not mistaken there swaggering during his speech, acclaimed by his fans, after two trying days in Manhattan, but during which he monopolized the light.





Garett Skyport for DayNewsWorld

STORM DANIELS CASE

DONALD TRUMP'S CRIMINAL CHARGE

SPRINGBOARD OR STIGMA FOR 2024 ?

Donald Trump is criminally charged in a 2016 case of buying the silence of a porn actress and is expected to appear in court in New York on Tuesday. An unprecedented historical fact for a former American president, who denounced Thursday March 30 a "political persecution".

The former tenant of the White House, who dreams of winning it back in 2024, is officially charged by Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg, dependent on the justice of the State of New York, for a payment case, just before the presidential election. in 2016, $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

A spokesperson for the local prosecutor's office had previously indicated that he had organized with the defense of Donald Trump "his surrender before the Manhattan District Attorney for a arraignment hearing before a Supreme Court", a court, according to a statement released after the vote. of a grand jury – a panel of citizens with investigative powers that works in concert with prosecutors – in favor of this indictment. This act and the lawsuits remain "under seal" for the time being.

CNN mentions around thirty charges revolving around fraud to conceal the circulation and accounting at the end of 2016 of the 130,000 dollars.

According to New York State criminal procedure, Prosecutor Bragg had to comply with the grand jury's vote of indictment, the proceedings of which are confidential. In the coming days, former President Trump will therefore have to "go" to the Manhattan court to be served with his indictment by a judge, to be briefly and symbolically placed "under arrest", photographed and his fingerprints taken. . He will then have to plead guilty or not guilty.

A legally complex matter

The case of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels is legally complex. New York justice is seeking to determine whether Donald Trump is guilty of misrepresentation, an offense, or breach of campaign finance laws, a criminal offense, by having paid money to this woman, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just before the 2016 presidential election, which the Republican won.

The key man in the file is called Michael Cohen: former lawyer and now enemy of Donald Trump, he had paid Stormy Daniels. He testified before the grand jury, and the actress also cooperated with the law.

In the sights of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Michael Cohen ended up collaborating with the justice system. He pleaded guilty in August 2018 to tax and bank fraud and violation of campaign finance laws.

In doing so, "the pit bull" turned against Donald Trump, claiming to have always acted on his orders. However, the federal prosecutor's office considered that the payments made by the lawyer to buy the silence of the actress were intended to "influence the presidential election of 2016". Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018.

The investigation showed that the Trump Organization reimbursed Michael Cohen for the sums paid to Stormy Daniels. This is where the shoe pinches: American justice considers that it is a hidden donation to the president's campaign, in violation of electoral financing laws.

The fact of having paid Stormy Daniels to buy his silence is not criminal in itself. But, as John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor and financial crime expert, explains, "What's illegal is falsifying a company's business records."

The reimbursements paid to Michael Cohen by the Trump Organization were indeed "declared to be intended to cover legal fees". What the American justice considers as false declarations.

Faced with local justice in New York State, this single offense constitutes a misdemeanor. But “if prosecutors can convince a jury that the tampering took place for the purpose of hiding another crime,” such as an illegal donation to the candidate's 2016 campaign, “it becomes a felony, which can be punished up to four years in prison,” says John Coffee.

Even if he is sentenced in New York justice, Donald Trump will not be legally prevented from maintaining his candidacy for the presidency of the United States for 2024. The Republican will do everything to delay a trial, in order to avoid the effect potentially "stigmatising" a conviction.

Defense of Donald Trump

Indicted, Donald Trump risks being tried under the aegis of the New York State Attorney's Office for Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat.

His lawyers say he is the victim of "extortion" from Stormy Daniels and question the reliability of Michael Cohen, who has become the key witness for the prosecution and therefore Donald Trump's sworn enemy. To weaken his testimony, the defense insists on the fact that the former lawyer, now disbarred, had been convicted of having lied to Congress in the investigation into Russian interference.

“A radical New York prosecutor trying to bring down Trump before 2024? It was to be expected, ”said Laura Ingraham in the first minutes of her show on Monday March 20. The star Fox News journalist then inducted the prosecutor in question, Alvin Bragg, into the “ Hall of Detractors of Trump”, believing that the latter considers this story of bribes a higher priority than “violent criminals” .

The 45th President of the United States (2017-2021) derided in a press release a "political persecution and interference in the presidential election" of November 2024. He denounced a "witch hunt" which "will backfire (Joe ) Biden", the Democratic president elected in November 2020 and whom Donald Trump has accused for more than two years of having "stolen" the victory

"Contrary to the values ​​of America"

One of his sons, Eric Trump, thundered on Twitter against "an opportunistic act targeting a political opponent in the middle of an election campaign". One of Trump's 2024 Republican rivals, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, called the indictment "contrary to American values" and assured that his state, where the former president resides, would not respond favorably "to an extradition request" from the State of New York.

Same unwavering support from the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, for whom "the American people will not tolerate this injustice" and an "unprecedented abuse of power" on the part of Prosecutor Bragg, from the Democratic Party.

Host Jesse Watters claimed as early as March 20 on FoxNews that Alvin Bragg was trying to "trigger a new January 6", the date of the assault on the United States Capitol, by attacking Donald Trump:

"They better not put my president in jail. He represents 74 million Americans. That's as many votes as you want to lock up. Anyway, that's how I see it".




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THE GHOST OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE FOR

 DONALD TRUMP WILL FIDE

N ew drama in New York: justice has postponed, perhaps until next week, the possible criminal indictment of former President of the United States Donald Trump, several media reported on Wednesday March 22.

Last Saturday, the former head of state and presidential candidate of 2024 predicted his own arrest, scheduled according to him for this Tuesday, March 21. He is worried for having bought the silence of Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), a pornographic film actress with whom he would have had an affair.

“The Republican Party candidate” for the 2024 presidential primary “and former President of the United States of America will be arrested on Tuesday of next week,” Donald Trump wrote on the Truth Social platform on Saturday. Calling for demonstrations, he encouraged his supporters to "take back [the] nation", while he is in the sights of justice in the State of New York. If he was not arrested on Tuesday, he could be in the next few days.

Afraid that "Melania will dump him".

The 76-year-old Republican billionaire, who dreams of "returning" to the White House in November 2024, must answer in court in New York State for a case of payment of 130,000 dollars, just before his presidential victory of November 2016, to an actress of X movies, Stormy Daniels, with whom he would have had an affair.

According to the Daily Mail, Donald Trump paid Stormy Daniels to prevent his wife from finding out the details of his infidelity accusations.

Incidentally, a furious Melania Trump spent several nights in an upscale Washington hotel to stay away from the White House when news broke that the then-president had paid the porn star to she is keeping quiet about their one-night stand, the Wall Street Journal reported in January 2018. It was exactly what Donald Trump feared. He was afraid that “Melania would dump him”.

Donald Trump therefore denies any wrongdoing and any affair with Ms Daniels, 44, and called the case politically motivated. He described the payment to Ms Daniels as a 'nuisance payment' that wealthy people sometimes pay to make a problem go away.

After the article, a gossip magazine published a 2011 interview with Daniels, in which she discussed the 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a Lake Tahoe, Nevada, casino. the aftermath of a celebrity charity golf tournament. The magazine had kept the interview for seven years before publishing it.

The case dates back to the 2016 presidential campaign.

At the time, those close to Donald Trump were trying to prevent any embarrassing revelation about the Republican candidate, even if it meant paying the price. One of his friends, boss of the tabloid The National Enquirer, for example bought for $ 150,000 the rights to the story of model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had a relationship with the billionaire.

At the same time, Stephanie Clifford, better known by her actress pseudonym Stormy Daniels, also tried to monetize her supposed adventure with Donald Trump. Claiming to have had a relationship with him in 2006, when he was already married to his wife Melania, she was put in touch with Michael Cohen, the Republican candidate's personal lawyer.

At the end of October 2016, the man nicknamed “the pit bull” made the actress sign a confidentiality agreement, in exchange for 130,000 dollars. This payment was revealed in January 2018 by the Wall Street Journal but Michael Cohen and Donald Trump denied, the latter even ensuring that he never had a relationship with Stormy Daniels.

Alvin Bragg in the spotlight

After years of investigation by the Manhattan prosecutor's office, his prosecutor Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat, seemed on March 13 to announce a criminal indictment - which would be historic - of the 45th American president (2017-2021).

On Wednesday morning, US media besieging the Manhattan courthouse speculated that a grand jury — a citizens' panel with broad investigative powers that works with prosecutor Bragg — would vote on an indictment in the afternoon. Michael Cohen, former lawyer and now enemy of Trump who paid Stormy Daniels, had testified before the grand jury. The actress has also cooperated with prosecutors and this same panel.

Asked a spokeswoman for the prosecutor refused to "confirm or comment on matters related to the grand jury".

And even charged, Donald Trump would not be “arrested” immediately. It would take several days for him to appear in Manhattan. In this case, after having voluntarily "surrendered" to justice, he would be notified of the proceedings and would, possibly and symbolically, be placed under arrest for a few minutes.

The former president, who has upset the balance of power in the United States since 2016, would then be photographed, his fingerprints taken and he could even be briefly handcuffed.

A legally complex matter

The case of pornographic actress Stormy Daniels is legally complex. New York justice is seeking to determine whether Donald Trump is guilty of misrepresentation, an offense, or breach of campaign finance laws, a criminal offense, by having paid money to this woman, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just before the 2016 presidential election, which the Republican won.

In the sights of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Michael Cohen ended up collaborating with the justice system. He pleaded guilty in August 2018 to tax and bank fraud and violation of campaign finance laws.

In doing so, "the pit bull" turned against Donald Trump, claiming to have always acted on his orders. However, the federal prosecutor's office considered that the payments made by the lawyer to buy the silence of the actress were intended to "influence the presidential election of 2016". Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018.

The investigation showed that the Trump Organization reimbursed Michael Cohen for the sums paid to Stormy Daniels. This is where the shoe pinches: American justice considers that it is a hidden donation to the president's campaign, in violation of electoral financing laws.

The fact of having paid Stormy Daniels to buy his silence is not criminal in itself. But, as John Coffee, a Columbia University law professor and financial crime expert, explains, "What's illegal is falsifying a company's business records."

The reimbursements paid to Michael Cohen by the Trump Organization were indeed "declared to be intended to cover legal fees". What the American justice considers as false declarations.

Faced with local justice in New York State, this single offense constitutes a misdemeanor. But “if prosecutors can convince a jury that the tampering took place for the purpose of hiding another crime,” such as an illegal donation to the candidate's 2016 campaign, “it becomes a felony, which can be punished up to four years in prison,” says John Coffee.

Even if he is sentenced in New York justice, Donald Trump will not be legally prevented from maintaining his candidacy for the presidency of the United States for 2024. The Republican will do everything to delay a trial, in order to avoid the effect potentially "stigmatising" a conviction.

Defense of Donald Trump

If he is indicted, Donald Trump risks being tried under the aegis of the New York State Attorney's Office for Manhattan, Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat. However, in each of the cases that target him, the Republican denounces a political "witch hunt" led by Democratic magistrates.

His lawyers say he is the victim of "extortion" from Stormy Daniels and question the reliability of Michael Cohen, who has become the key witness for the prosecution and therefore Donald Trump's sworn enemy. To weaken his testimony, the defense insists on the fact that the former lawyer, now disbarred , had been convicted of having lied to Congress in the investigation into Russian interference.

“A radical New York prosecutor trying to bring down Trump before 2024? It was to be expected, ”said Laura Ingraham in the first minutes of her show on Monday March 20. The star Fox News reporter then inducted the prosecutor in question, Alvin Bragg, into the "Hall of Detractors of Trump", believing that the latter considers this story of bribes a higher priority than "violent criminals". .

Host Jesse Watters claimed that Alvin Bragg was trying to "trigger a new January 6th" storming of the United States Capitol by going after Donald Trump:

"They have no interest in putting my president in jail. He represents 74 million Americans.

That's as many votes as you want to lock up. Anyway, that's how I see it."




Garett Skyport for DayNewsWorld

PRESIDENTIAL

DONALD TRUMP THE TIRELESS ATTACKER

The presidential election is approaching, and Donald Trump is attacking. The former American president, who formalized his candidacy in November for the presidential election next year, spoke for nearly an hour and forty, sparing no one, including his own camp.

The former US president warned on Saturday that he was the only candidate capable of saving the United States from the Democrats

"warmongers" as well as "fanatics and fools" of the Republican Party, during the annual high mass of American conservatives gathered in Washington.

He was not only very critical of his camp:

"We had a Republican Party led by monsters, neo-conservatives, globalists, (...) and imbeciles".

"American voters," Trump said, "are tired of entrenched bipartisan political dynasties, rotten special interests, China-loving politicians" and supporters of "endless foreign wars."

“I will prevent World War III”

But he also assured that he was the only credible candidate to prevent "the third world war". "We're going to have a third world war if something doesn't happen soon," he warned after openly disapproving of US aid to Ukraine.

"I am the only candidate who can make this promise: I will prevent the Third World War," assured the former president.

A poll conducted by the institute associated with Emerson University in Boston, and published last Tuesday, gives the former president the winner in the event of a duel with Joe Biden. He would collect 46% of the votes against 42% for the current holder of the post. 5% of respondents did not yet know who they would vote for, and 7% would choose another candidate.

The former president may be the favorite for the Republican nomination, but he is no longer his party's sole leader.

Two rising stars among the Republicans

Among Donald Trump's rivals is former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. She is the first to declare herself a candidate for the Republican nomination after Trump.

Since the end of Trump's term, his two-year former spokesperson's attacks have become more frontal, openly criticizing the president's post-election crusade over alleged unproven fraud.

"It's time to appoint a Republican who can govern and win a national election," she told Fox News recently.

Upon her arrival at the UN in January 2017, this political leader, then without international experience, clashed with her hard-hitting formulas on explosive subjects.

"You don't put lipstick on a pig," she says of the Iranian nuclear deal, which she will fight firmly, even if it means bullying some of the United States' closest European allies in the process. Some of her partners hail the "pragmatism" of this direct and warm woman. But for others, it is too "ideological" and "disconnected from reality" in its approaches.

But for Nikki Haley as for Donald Trump, the threat could also come from Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and rising star of the party. Notably, Ron DeSantis — who is expected to run but has yet to declare his intentions — did not attend CPAC. He instead embarked on a multi-state tour to promote his new book about his governance of Florida as a model for the nation. On Sunday, DeSantis gave a speech about his vision for the party at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

Both men have planned trips to Davenport, Iowa, over the next two weeks – visiting the state where the Republican nomination process begins.

Early commercials against DeSantis

Besides, Donald Trump made no mistake about it by targeting certain members of his own party "We had a Republican Party which was led by monsters, neoconservatives (...) declared Trump. But we will never return to the party of Paul Ryan, Karl Rove and Jeb Bush".

Paul Ryan, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, recently spoke out against Trump.

He sits on the board of Fox News, a network whose recent coverage choices have frustrated the Trump team.

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and 2016 Trump rival, spoke favorably of Ron DeSantis.

Publicly and privately, Trump has already begun to lash out at DeSantis, though he didn't mention it on Saturday. Trump's campaign spent a small amount this week running its first Facebook ads aimed at DeSantis, including one with a photo of the two men and the caption. Pictured is an apprentice learning from the master."

President Trump is still the leading candidate for the Republican nomination. But it's a much more open race than it has been in the past.




Garett Skyport for DayNewsWorld

UNITED STATES HISTORICAL SNOWFALLS

CALIFORNIA EMERGING DROUGHT STATE

Known for its sunshine and palm trees, California has been experiencing one of its worst winter storms in decades since Friday. Heavy snowfall fell in the region, the consequences of a rare blizzard. A state of emergency has even been declared in San Bernardino County. 118,000 people are left without electricity.

The American authorities have decided to partially or completely close several national parks in California including Yosemite, Death Valley, Redwood as well as Sequoia and Kings Canyon due to the winter storm that is raging in the American state. California also had to close some of its major highways due to freezing weather, with no immediate prospect of reopening.

The letters of the famous Hollywood sign have been hidden in the storm, but experts say what was first presented as "snow" is just hailstones.

“Wondering what is this frozen precipitation falling from the sky in your area (if you are in the mountains)?” tweeted the NWS of Los Angeles, associating with its message a graphic to differentiate snow pellets from hail.

100.00 homes without electricity

In the mountains, where the wind could blow with force, the snowflakes should be legion. Snow and wind have already destroyed power lines, knocking out power to 100,000 California homes. According to the NWS, even valleys "that are not used to receiving snow" could become covered in a white coat.

While not everyone will find themselves under the snow, Californians living at low elevations could receive downpours, which pose a risk of flooding and mudslides.

Out of the drought

For the first time in years, more than half the state is out of drought. Only 49% of the state remains in drought conditions. The accumulated amount is 177% of the normal amount for this time of year in the California Sierra. At the state level, this accumulation reaches 190%.

"This snowfall rivals that of 1982-83, which is the largest on record," Sean de Guzman, snow survey manager for the state Department of Water Resources, told CNN.




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THE POPULIST SPEECH OF JOE BIDEN

ON THE STATE OF THE UNION

"WHAT TRUMP PROMISED, I DO IT"?

As one New York Times columnist aptly summed it up, Biden's message is ultimately to say:

" What Trump promised, I do."


We reproduce for you the analysis of Jérôme Viala-Gaudefroy, Assistant lecturer, Cergy Paris University, published on February 16, 2023 in an article in TheConversation;

A key moment in American political life, the President of the United States' State of the Union address took place on February 7: one of the rare occasions when the three branches of government come together.

The president takes stock of his action and presents his upcoming program live, in front of tens of millions of viewers and a few handpicked guests.

This event, established in 1790, has become, over time, a veritable political spectacle of pomp and ceremonial formalism, punctuated by applause and "standing ovations", especially since Ronald Reagan established the tradition of invite people to the podium. They are often ordinary citizens, honored in the speech for their heroism, or because they embody the exceptional values ​​of America… or even, more pragmatically, an aspect of the policy of the president.

The game consists in having the members of Congress, including those of the opposing party, applaud, even ovation, these heroes and the policy they illustrate.

The particularly moving presence of the mother of Tire Nichols, this young black man beaten to death by the police on January 7, to which all the elected officials paid tribute, was thus an opportunity for Joe Biden to ask Congress to pass his proposed law on police reform.

A Union Divided

Through this speech, which stems from a constitutional duty of the President to inform Congress of the "state of the Union" (Article II, Section 3), it is also a question of demonstrating to the people that the nation is united. Joe Biden concludes his intervention by reaffirming his belief in American exceptionalism, and by proclaiming that the union of the nation is strong “because the people are strong”. However, the show that was given on February 7 was rather that of division.

The president did start his speech on a unified note, congratulating his elected opponents in Congress, including new Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and insisting that Democratic and Republican lawmakers must work together in the House. drafting of laws.

But the issue of raising the federal debt ceiling, which must be voted on by Congress by June in order to be able to pay the debt on the financial markets, sparked hostilities. The most radical Republicans have in fact conditioned their vote on massive cuts in public spending, including social spending.

Joe Biden accused this fringe of the Republican Party of carrying out a form of blackmail and even of wanting to sign the death warrant of the very popular health programs for seniors (Medicare) and retirement insurance (Social Security). The president was obviously ready for a reaction from the opposition. This was not long in coming. The most radical of the elected Republicans did not hesitate to invective and boo the head of state, the elected extremist of Georgia Marjorie Taylor Greene particularly signaling herself by shouting “You lie, you are a liar! ".

Improvising, the president then notes ironically that since Greene affirms that he is lying when he says that the Republicans want to bury the social programs… it is therefore that the latter do not wish to question them!

“We seem to agree, we don't touch it ?

We have unanimity then! “, he said mischievously, inviting the assembly to stand for the seniors, thus forcing many elected Republicans to join in the applause.

Economic nationalism and left populism

Beyond this unusual contest between a president and the opposing party, Joe Biden's speech also marks the consecration of a real ideological break with the enthusiasm for free trade and globalization that the two parties have had in common. over the past forty years. Advocating true economic nationalism, the Democratic president takes up his administration's slogan, "Buy American", which echoes Donald Trump's "America First" in 2016.

Hardly surprising for a president who has maintained some of the customs barriers put in place by his predecessor. And signed laws ending outsourcing, relaunched domestic industrial manufacturing and new infrastructure spending, and formalized open competition with China, notably through the CHIPS law on semiconductors or the law on the reduction of electricity. inflation, perceived elsewhere in Europe as protectionism.

Another similarity with Trump: Biden wants to be the defender of the forgotten whom he opposes to an elite, not cultural as the Republicans do, but economic.

He thus denounces the companies which “charge too much” and which “rip off” the little people, from “Big Pharma” to “Big Tech” via credit card companies and airlines, not to mention the billionaires who do not not pay their fair share of taxes. He then asked Congress to pass more regulatory laws (Junk Fee Prevention Act) and to reform taxes, as many measures as the Republican majority, which defends deregulation and tax cuts, will never pass. As one New York Times columnist aptly summed it up, Biden's message is ultimately to say, "What Trump promised, I deliver."

A campaign speech ?

Foreign policy issues, such as Ukraine or China, which nevertheless occupy a large part of the president's agenda, were very quickly skimmed over, Joe Biden choosing to focus on everyday domestic and economic issues, which concern more voters. His goal seems to be the reconquest of the popular white middle classes and blue collar workers, many of whom have abandoned the Democrats for Donald Trump.

In an unfavorable inflationary context, the president stresses that he is in the process of “rebuilding the middle class”, which is no longer in the majority in the country.

It also highlights a 50-year low unemployment rate, including for black and Hispanic workers, as well as job creation in the manufacturing industry “across the country”, “not just on the coast. but also in the middle of the country”. Beyond the figures, he emphasizes the need to “regain pride in what we do. »

It is, for example, the pride of the work of a metal erector, which he makes applaud. Pride's return sounds like a response to Trump's slogan of making America great again. One of the leitmotifs of the speech is that we must "finish the job", an expression repeated a dozen times.

As for social issues such as abortion or gun control, they are briefly mentioned but the president does not expand.

A taste of 2024 ?

On the Republican side, the official answer was given by the former spokesperson for Donald Trump at the White House, Sarah Sanders. She went on about culture war themes, like wokism or trans-identity, which Democrats and the Biden administration supposedly want to impose. According to her, the confrontation no longer takes place between left and right, but between “normality and madness. »

This could raise a smile coming from a party whose majority of elected officials campaigned on the theory of the "Big Lie" and whose most publicized face during the State of the Union speech was that of the notorious conspirator Marjorie Taylor Greene. It is a position which may appeal to the most radicalized base but which will have difficulty in convincing the whole of the population in a general election, because the primaries are played at the extremes, the general elections are often decided at the center, as seen in the 2022 midterms.

As for Joe Biden, who has not yet officially declared himself the candidate for 2024, he has one of the lowest approval ratings in recent history (42%). Even in his camp, 75% of Democratic voters do not want him to run again, in particular because of his age. His luck is that Donald Trump – who has already formalized his candidacy – is even more unpopular.

His only path to re-election is to appear as a reassuring figure in the face of worrying radicalism, but it's a long road full of pitfalls.




Jenny Chase for DayNewsWorld

WITH HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE PRESIDENCY

NIKKI HALEY CHALLENGES DONALD TRUMP

Republican Nikki Haley announced her candidacy for the 2024 US presidential election on Tuesday, February 14.
The candidacy of the 51-year-old former US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) had Several weeks.
Ms.

Haley had promised a “special announcement” Wednesday to her supporters in Charleston, South Carolina, the state of which she served as governor.
She becomes the first notable candidate to challenge Donald Trum

"I've never lost an election, and I'm not going to start now"

She is the first of a long list of Republicans who are expected to kick off the 2024 campaigns in the coming months. 

They include Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen.

Tim Scott of South Carolina. Joe Biden has said, for his part, that he intends to seek re-election in 2024, blocking any scramble for the Democratic nomination.

Ms Haley has regularly bragged about her track record of defying political expectations, saying : "I've never lost an election, and I'm not going to start now".

Upon her arrival at the UN in January 2017, this political leader, then without international experience, clashed with her hard-hitting formulas on explosive subjects.

"You don't put lipstick on a pig," she says of the Iranian nuclear deal, which she will firmly fight, even if it means bullying some of the United States closest European allies in passing. Some of her partners hail the “pragmatism” of this direct and warm woman. But for others, it is too "ideological" and "disconnected from reality" in its approaches.

A “change of generation”

Abroad, the name of this dynamic and ambitious curator is intimately associated with that of the former president, whose spokesperson she was for two years. 

Although anticipated, this announcement is nonetheless a volte-face coming from this former head of Donald Trump's cabinet, who declared two years ago that she would not challenge her former boss for the White House in 2024. 

Changing her mind in recent months, the Republican cited, among other things, the country's economic struggles and the need for "generational change," a nod to Trump's age of 76. years.

Challenge Donald Trump

Stuck in a series of cases, former President Donald Trump, candidate since November 15, did not immediately react to Nikki Haley's announcement.

After going it alone for three months, Donald Trump is gradually seeing the ranks of his Republican rivals fill up. Its former vice-president, Mike Pence, its ex-head of diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, the governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin… 

Many Republicans plan to launch themselves in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson for Donald Trump's foreign policy for two years, Nikki Haley will take care to keep the leader at a safe distance despite everything. As during the debates in 2018 around the appointment of conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, accused of sexual assault: contrary to a large part of his camp, she calls to listen to his alleged victims.

Since the end of Trump's term, the attacks have become much more frontal, with Nikki Haley openly criticizing the president's post-election crusade over alleged unproven fraud. "It's time to appoint a Republican who can govern and win a national election," she told Fox News recently.

For Nikki Haley, the threat could also come directly from her state: South Carolina senator Tim Scott is also very openly flirting with a candidacy. But the spotlight is mostly on Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida and rising star of the party. He hasn't officially entered the race either. The battle for the Republican nomination therefore promises to be bitter.

Elected, Ms. Haley would be the country's first female president and the first American president of Indian origin.




Garett Skyport for DayNewsWorld

SINO-AMERICAN STRUGGLE

AROUND THE "SPY" BALL AT THE WORST TIME

Only debris remains at the bottom of the ocean. The Chinese stratospheric balloon which had been flying over American territory for almost five days was shot down by the American army on Saturday February 4, 2023, off the state of South Carolina (southeast of the country). The balloon was about 18 kilometers above sea level and 11 kilometers from the coast, according to Pentagon officials. Saturday's operation by an F-22 fighter jet took place "over water off the coast of South Carolina, in US airspace", the Pentagon said.

Joe Biden congratulated the pilots who carried out "successfully" this delicate operation. He said he had given the order on Wednesday to shoot down the balloon "as soon as possible", but that the Pentagon wanted to wait "for the safest place to do so" in order to avoid any damage to the ground when the balloon fell. any debris.

"China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and protests against the use of force by the United States," the Chinese foreign ministry said, adding that it "reserved the right" to retaliate. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called the operation a "deliberate and lawful action" in response to an "unacceptable violation of our sovereignty" by China.

A "spy" balloon

On Thursday, US officials first revealed that they were tracking an imposing Chinese "surveillance balloon" over the United States.

According to Pentagon officials, the balloon first entered US airspace on January 28 over Alaska, before entering Canada on January 30, then returning to US skies at of Idaho, in the northwest of the country, Tuesday, January 31.

He notably flew over the state of Montana (West), which is home to nuclear missile silos, a senior American official told reporters on Thursday. The balloon, relatively imposing, is the size of “three buses”, specified the staff of the US Air Force.

According to the Pentagon spokesman, the aircraft was flying above commercial flights.

This air zone located in the middle of the stratosphere, below space, is today not governed by any international rules. There is still a legal void around this space, which is not regulated.

After hesitating, Beijing admitted that the "aircraft" was Chinese, but assured that it was a balloon intended to collect meteorological data. It would have "deviated from its trajectory", added a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, expressing his country's "regrets" for this "involuntary" violation of American airspace. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also said on Sunday that it had “clearly requested the United States to handle the situation properly, in a calm, professional and restrained manner”. "Beijing will resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the companies involved" in the incident, the ministry added.

Operations to recover the remains of the craft, which could involve divers, are now underway, in order to analyze more precisely the technology used.

Cancellation of Anthony Blinken's visit to Beijing

As a result, the head of American diplomacy Anthony Blinken on Friday canceled a rare visit to Beijing, which was to help calm relations with China.

This ball affair falls to the worst for the United States and China. In recent weeks, Beijing and Washington had expressed their desire to appease their volcanic relations. The main purpose of Blinken's visit was and remains to put in place a Sino-American mechanism intended to avoid any military escalation in the event of an error of judgment or a military incident between the two countries in the Taiwan area.

The Taiwan Question

Will 2025 be the year of a great explosion in the Taiwan Strait? The Americans are alarmed by an unbalanced military balance of power between Taiwan and China, and by Beijing's more offensive posture. And by assuring last September that the United States would come to the rescue of Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack, Joe Biden moved away from “strategic ambiguity”. Despite this change in the form of a warning to Beijing, the exact intensity of American military support in Taiwan remains unspecified. The ambiguity therefore persists at the tactical level. The Americans are debating the best strategy to adopt to most effectively counter the rise in power of the Chinese army.

Strengthened by its economic growth, China continues to prepare the People's Liberation Army (PLA) for this mission. While Taipei announced in August 2022 a sharp increase in its defense budget, that of Beijing, the second in the world after that of the United States, remains twenty times higher. China is also building amphibious assault ships, adapting its ferries to armor transport and landing missions, and expanding its air transport fleet and bases in Fujian (the coastal province across from Taiwan).

In addition, Beijing has reached a new level with the August 2022 maneuvers after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei, resorting to missile fire in six areas around Taiwan. The PLA seemed to want to convince of its ability to deploy without being deterred as close as possible to Taiwan, encircle the island and deter the intervention of “external forces” “American” during a conflict. The crossing of the unspoken "middle line" of the strait by PLA planes has become routine.

In fact, the distressing question of a major armed conflict in Taiwan remains more relevant than ever. US military officials believe the Chinese may soon seize the opportunity to act by unleashing a war on the island, which China considers part of its territory. In any case, this is what an American general foresees. In an internal memo sent Friday, January 27 to his troops, General Michael Minihan warns of the high risk of a war between the United States and China in 2025, most likely around Taiwan.

"I hope I'm wrong. My instinct tells me that we will fight in 2025," wrote the Air Force general in this internal note published by the American press. A macabre forecast based on the political calendar of the United States and Taiwan. President Xi Jinping "has both a team, a motive and an opportunity for 2025", believes this senior American officer, assuring that the Taiwanese presidential elections in January 2024 would give the Chinese leader a "reason" to act.

The race for the White House, scheduled for the same year, will offer a "distracted America", he further argues.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

SCANDAL AMONG DEMOCRATS

AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF NEW CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS AT JOE BIDEN

New confidential documents were found on Saturday January 14 at Joe Biden's private home in Wilmington, just four days after a page stamped "Top Secret" was already spotted.

Five additional pages of confidential documents were indeed found in Joe Biden's family home, the White House said on Saturday, in the room adjacent to the garage. They would a priori concern Ukraine (before the war) and Iran according to the American media. These new discoveries, which date from the vice-presidency of Joe Biden under Barack Obama, were made after the visit to the Thursday evening, from presidential counsel Richard Sauber. The representatives of the Ministry of Justice accompanying him “immediately” took possession of these finds.

Before this week, several documents were discovered in November in an office in Washington, then at the end of December in his private residence in Wilmington, while for 45 years, American presidents and vice-presidents have been obliged to transmit, at the end of their mandate, all of their emails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.

A special prosecutor for the investigation

In a solemn declaration to the press, the Attorney General (Minister of Justice), Merrick Garland, announced the appointment of a special adviser to investigate the case. This is Robert Hur, former prosecutor of Maryland and ex-executive of the ministry, also passed through the private sector.

The White House, for its part, communicated without delay about these new documents, recalling however that former President Donald Trump, too, was in the sights of justice for having brought confidential papers into his residence. in Florida.

Presidential counsel Richard Sauber reported on the update in a statement released Saturday. He indicates that he went to Donald Trump's successor to supervise the transmission to justice of a first set of confidential documents, found there on Wednesday. With authorization, additional excavations were thus carried out in this other room of the house, leading to these new finds, the same day that the United States Minister of Justice, Merrick Garland, appointed an independent prosecutor to investigate previous discoveries made at the house. the current president.

A lack of transparency?

Last November, other documents were discovered at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, in one of Joe Biden's former offices, and immediately entrusted to justice. However, the information was only revealed to the public on Monday, January 9, 2023, which is already worth criticizing the White House for its lack of transparency.

In addition to this criticism, the discovery of these additional documents could well compromise the political future of the American president.

In the Democratic ranks, where there is a united front around the president, this situation causes some embarrassment. “Any breach of security protocols regarding the storage and processing of classified information is obviously a serious matter,” said elected official Jamie Raskin, in a press release.

"Irresponsible"

The case hurts all the more as his predecessor is also in the sights of justice for having taken boxes of documents when leaving the White House. An attitude described as “irresponsible” by Joe Biden in the fall.

And it could also indirectly discredit Democratic criticism of Donald Trump, who targeted him for the hundreds of secret documents taken to his home in Mar-a-Lago.

Blessed bread for Republicans, who do not hesitate to recall that Biden had theatrically deemed "unacceptable" the retention of classified documents by Donald Trump in the program 60 Minutes.

A politically explosive file

The Republican opposition has been quick to denounce the Democratic leader's actions, picking up on a question thrown at Joe Biden by a journalist from the popular conservative network Fox News, suggesting that he could have left these documents next to his favorite car, a Corvette. "President Biden protects his Corvette better than confidential documents", criticized Republican elected official Buddy Carter on Friday, just before his colleagues announced the opening of an investigation in Congress on this file. They also denounce a justice at double speed.

With their new majority in the House of Representatives, the Republicans intend to exploit any potential Democratic flaw, with the 2024 presidential election in their sights. The opposition is already planning to launch an investigation in the House of Representatives.

There is no doubt that this affair is tarnishing the image of the president, who promised to remove the mystery about a possible candidacy at the start of the year.

Even if the White House pleads “inadvertence”, it is its silence in this affair which makes things delicate for Joe Biden who had nevertheless gained seven points of popularity in seven months.




Alize Marion for DayNewsWorld

SCANDAL AROUND JOE BIDEN

DISCOVERY OF CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS

AT HIS HOME

It is Joe Biden's turn to be splashed by the discovery earlier this week of confidential documents dating from his vice-presidency under Barack Obama, from 2009 to 2017, in one of his former offices. While he had announced that he was unaware of their content and was "surprised" by this discovery, other documents resurfaced this Wednesday, this time from his private residence in Wilmington.

Following the discovery of a dozen documents of this type in a "small locked cupboard" of the Penn Biden Center, the lawyers of the American president reviewed all his files and found "a small number of documents additional documents dating from the Obama-Biden administration and classified as confidential,” which were in the garage of his Delaware residence and an adjoining room, according to a White House statement.

It is not wrong that the opposition denounces a “two-speed justice”, compared to the investigation against Donald Trump. In the United States, does not a 1978 law oblige American presidents and vice-presidents to transmit all their e-mails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives?

The most embarrassing revelations for the Democratic president, the authorities have been investigating for months the management by his Republican predecessor Donald Trump of his own presidential archives. The FBI had indeed seized thousands of documents, including a hundred classified defense secrets, in the private club of Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where the ex-president retired.

A very embarrassing affair, while the Democratic president boasts of his integrity in the face of the investigation which targets Donald Trump, also under investigation for having refused to return thousands of confidential documents.

The embarrassment was also palpable on Thursday among the Democrats and this did not escape the opposition, which hastened to denounce a two-speed justice. "This is a new misstep by the Biden administration which (…) treats President Trump one way and President Biden another," said Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy, for whom "Congress must investigate this matter."

"Classified documents next to your Corvette, but what did you have in mind?" a journalist from the popular conservative channel Fox News asked Joe Biden defiantly. The president replied that he would speak “soon, God willing” on the subject. “Besides, my Corvette is in a locked garage. (…) It's not like she's on the street, ”added the 80-year-old Democrat, referring to his favorite car, a bottle green convertible from the 1960s.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed an independent prosecutor to investigate the documents. “I have signed a document appointing Robert Hur as a special prosecutor” which “authorizes him to investigate any person or entity who may have violated the law” in this case, he said during a short speech.

Joe Biden claimed to "cooperate fully" with American justice. For his part, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, immediately called on Congress to investigate.




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RISK OF CONGRESSIONAL PARALYSIS WITH 

KEVIN MCCARTHY FINALLY ELECTED "SPEAKER"

In the United States, Kevin McCarthy finally succeeded in being elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The process lasted several days, it took fifteen rounds due to the blocking of elected Trumpists.

Kevin McCarthy was elected by 216 votes against 212 for the Democratic representative of New York Hakeem Jeffries.

"I'm glad it's over," the new Speaker of the House said after the 15th vote.

At the age of 57, this man with an impeccable gray lock reached the prestigious position of "speaker" which he had been aiming for for years. But the interminable duration of his election, a real epic which required 15 laps, weakens him. in Congress for the next two years

A “speaker” challenged by pro-trumps

It took no less than fifteen ballots and four days of unprecedented chaos for Republican Kevin McCarthy to be elected, Saturday, "speaker" of the House of Representatives.

The fault of around twenty elected Trumpists, members of the ultra-conservative group “Freedom Caucus”, who took advantage of the very thin Republican majority won in the mid-term elections of November 8 to come and play spoilsports. Judging Kevin McCarthy too moderate and too close to the "establishment" of Washington, they blocked his election until obtaining important concessions.

These Republicans would thus have obtained a simplified procedure for ejecting the “speaker” from the Chamber and negotiating important positions in the various parliamentary committees. Concessions that risk reducing his power as Speaker of the House to almost nothing and strengthening the influence of the same radicals who humiliated him.

So what should we expect from this House, whose Republican majority is divided, facing a Senate with a majority, he, a Democrat?

A Republican with fluctuating positions

Leader of the Republican group in the House since 2014, Kevin McCarthy started from a classic Republican position, focused on the defense of the market and individual success, to finally endorse the shift to the right of his political training on immigration, crime or against the rights of LBGT people.

After the election of Joe Biden, contested by the Trump camp, he distinguished himself by his opportunism. A supporter of the Republican billionaire in the 2015 primaries, Kevin McCarthy initially espoused the thesis of a “stolen” election. But after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, he quickly declared that Donald Trump "bears responsibility" for the violence committed by his supporters. Barely a week later, he was photographed all smiles alongside the former president in the gilded salons of Mar-a-Lago, the real estate mogul's Florida residence, praising the virtues of a "movement United Conservative”.

It is in the name of this unity that Kevin McCarthy has made a rapprochement with the faithful lieutenants of Donald Trump in Congress. But other supporters of the former president were unconvinced, persisting in challenging him even after Donald Trump called on them to vote for him. He “sold out to everyone for decades”, thus justified the rebellious Matt Gaetz, one of the six Republicans who remained opposed to Kevin McCarthy until the end.

The blockage orchestrated by a group of Trumpists is "humiliating", ultimately judges political scientist Larry Sabatoque Mr. McCarthy is the weakest speaker ever elected since the Civil War.

The beginning of his ordeal?

For many analysts, his election is perhaps only the beginning of his ordeal.

“To assume the position of Speaker of the House with the current culture of the Republican Party is almost political suicide,” commented Mark Martinez, political scientist at California State University in Bakersfield, this agricultural and oil city which saw the birth of Kevin McCarthy 57 years ago.

Professor Martinez's judgment of the rebels of the Republican group is no harsher than that of some of Kevin McCarthy's allies.

"We can't let the terrorists win," Texas Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy Seal who lost an eye in Afghanistan, said earlier this week.

His Republican colleague from Nebraska Don Bacon, another veteran, had for his part qualified as “Taliban” the recalcitrant Republicans, whose number rose to 20 after the second ballot.

Sword of Damocles with concessions and threat of paralysis

“Clearly he gifted the sun, moon and stars to each of these individuals,” said Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank. “And I suspect he has assured some of the holdouts that they will not face serious ethical investigation for trying to overthrow the government in 2020.”

Under Kevin McCarthy, Jim Jordan will chair the important House Judiciary Committee. In particular, he intends to investigate the FBI and the Department of Justice.

Another major concession by Kevin McCarthy will secure more seats for the Freedom Caucus on the House Rules Committee. As its name suggests, this committee dictates the rules by which bills are introduced in the House.

“We will have the weakest Speaker of the House in modern history,” argued Norm Ornstein. Even without McCarthy's extremely important concessions, the most radical of its members would have had all the power because of the narrowness of the Republican majority. And they are ready to exercise these powers. »

We're going to have a chaotic House and real threats of state paralysis and default, says Norm Ornstein, congressional scholar with the American Enterprise Institute

“Unless the Republicans – not the most moderate, but the least radical – manage to agree with the Democrats on a certain number of texts of common sense measures, for example on the debt ceiling.

And that, it can have the function, finally, all things considered, of depolarizing the Chamber, ”concludes Lauric Henneton.




Jenny Chase for DayNewsWorld

THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOE BIDEN

IN ALL DISCRETION AND FOR GOOD REASON

It is the first time that a sitting American president has become an octogenarian in the White House.

A Joe Biden, whose age is debated as he plans to run for re-election

No public event was planned for Sunday, while on Saturday, the president had celebrated another important family milestone at the White House: the wedding of his granddaughter Naomi, closed to the press. 

On Instagram, moreover, the Democrat appears in top form, notably by posting his encouragement to American footballers for the World Cup On Instagram, the Democrat appears in top form, especially when he posts his encouragement to American footballers for the World Cup. "Let me play, I'm ready," he laughs in a video. A wink to make people forget that he is the oldest president to have taken office in the history of the United States.

It took until mid-afternoon for his wife Jill Biden to post an affectionate message, with two photos of the couple dancing in tuxedos and gala attire. “I wouldn't want to dance with anyone else. Happy birthday Joe! I love you,” the First Lady tweeted.

Start of generational change among Democrats

If Joe Biden is not an exception in the American political landscape, where it is not uncommon to come across influential personalities who have blithely passed 70 or even 75 years of age, the mid-term elections have however brought about the beginning of a change of generation. in his party. The very influential Nancy Pelosi, 82, for example, gave up Thursday to run for a new term as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The US president, meanwhile, underwent a detailed medical checkup about a year ago, concluding that he was "vigorous" and "in good health".

It is also with the family that the Democrat intends to discuss his possible candidacy for the presidency of 2024. So far, he repeats that he "intends" to start, and has promised to make his decision public at the beginning of the year. next. According to various polls, a majority of Americans reject the idea of ​​a new candidacy.

And yet Joe Biden bears, like the other presidents before him, the marks of an exhausting function. It is now difficult to forget his age, betrayed by his stiffer gait and certain moments of confusion. Joe Biden's age is a matter of concern for many Americans. The question comes up after each of the blunders he regularly commits, such as the day he looked around the room for a recently deceased parliamentarian, or the day he seemed to forget the name of his Australian counterpart.

Points on which his critics in the Republican camp, including Donald Trump, rely in particular.




Steven Colton for DayNewsWorld

WHAT FUTURE FOR DONALD TRUMP 

AFTER THE MIDTERMS ?

The mid-term elections which were held this Tuesday in the United States did not bring the announced red wave.

"It's definitely not a Republican wave, that's for sure," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC. “We expected a Republican wave and it's a very slight wavelet. Neither side really won.

What seems pretty clear to me is that the United States has entered the 2024 campaign. We do not know if Joe Biden will be a candidate, a priori no, or if Donald Trump will be, a priori yes, but the Will Republicans let him do it?” Comments specialist André Kaspi on the results of the midterms.

The Republicans won control of the House of Representatives. This is extremely important because it allows them to block the Biden agenda. In the senate, it is possible that they will lose a seat - maybe more - when they hoped to win two and maybe more. For them it is a disappointment.

The victories of the Republican camp are indeed fewer than expected. Donald Trump intended to place his MAGA foals in key positions for the next presidential election, and triumphantly announce his candidacy next Tuesday. Instead, Republicans performed somewhat poorly, with swing states rejecting the most extreme conspiratorial candidates.

Positive attitude

Silent all morning, and "angry" according to the gossip, Donald Trump reacted on his network, Truth Social. A rare occurrence for this die-hard “positive thinking” borrowed from Pastor Norman Vincent Peale, the former president admitted that the results of this election were “somewhat disappointing”. For the others. "From a personal point of view, it was a great victory," he says.

Maths in support, he says that the candidates to whom he has given his support have won 219 victories for 16 defeats. An exaggerated flattering ratio. Keeping only the statewide polls (governor, senator, secretary of state), and not just a district, Donald Trump's score is 21 wins for 24 defeats. And much less if we only look at the "swing states", where you have to seduce a more centrist electorate.

The most striking successes of the Republicans come above all from the local elections, which are held at the same time as the midterms, and first of all from the large states of Texas and Florida which are anchored resolutely to the right, champions of a new revolution. conservative that we had detailed in a previous column

Those who campaigned on the negation of the 2020 results, on the other hand, are all beaten. It's that the Americans want prospects for getting out of the crisis, waiting for dynamic people for that.

In the United States, today, everyone is talking about only one man, Ron DeSantis, who did very well in Florida, not only personally but more broadly by electing people around him. The DeSantis system works in Florida. He proposed another way, which remains despite everything that of a strong conservatism. He is young, 44, and that may be attractive to Republican voters who are looking for a new leader today.

Moreover, last summer, Mitch McConnell had he not criticized the “quality” of the Republican candidates chosen during the primaries, most often novices in politics having pledged allegiance to the “Don”. “You cannot nominate candidates who are unable to appeal to the electorate beyond a narrow base,” moderate Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, attacked on Wednesday. “The more the candidates were MAGA, the more they underperformed in their state”, he continues, denouncing a “debacle for which Donald Trump is responsible”.

Ron DeSantis, a potential rival

To make matters worse Ron DeSantis, whom Donald Trump had helped a lot in 2018, won a resounding victory by nearly 20 points in Florida. To the point of conquering Miami-Dade, a county however predominantly Hispanic that Trump had lost by 7 points against Biden and 29 against Clinton.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, surrounded by his wife and their three children, was easily re-elected on November 8, 2022. According to the polls at the polls, DeSantis won 57% of the Latino vote, managing to seduce not only the Cuban immigrants, traditionally conservative, but also the Puerto Rican electorate. Unheard of for a candidate ideologically close to Donald Trump but with the discipline of a former Navy lawyer who went to Harvard, who seems less repulsive to independents. His triumphant re-election in Florida makes Republican Ron DeSantis a strong rival to Donald Trump, whose foals are getting mixed results.

Several lessons emerge from the results of this election

First of all, these results highlight a phenomenon of an outgoing bonus. A striking example is that of Wisconsin, which voted again for its outgoing governor and senator even though they were Democrats and Republicans. The fact of being in a period of crisis leads voters no longer to make a choice guided solely by the question of ideological positioning, but to favor the experience of outgoing candidates.

This brings us back to an American tradition which is that if the incumbents do the job, the voters say to themselves: “why take another one? ".

Some find themselves elected ad vitam eternam or almost, like Nancy Pelosi who has just obtained her 19th term and was re-elected with 82% of the vote.

According to CNN polls, the defining issues in these elections were inflation, followed by abortion.

And it appears that from June 24, the question of the right to abortion emerged in the battle of the midterms following the decision of the Supreme Court to put an end to the constitutional right to abortion by reversing the Roe judgment. v. Wade.

Democrats have used this divisive campaign theme to outvote Republicans. During this period, an increase in registrations on the electoral lists could also be recorded. On election day, in order to finally witness a rise in the question of the right to abortion in the reasons for the choices of the vote (from 4th to the second position

The Democrats were therefore able to benefit from the return of a favorable subject for them on the day of the vote but also were able to use the flexibility of the postal vote to vote at times when they had the wind in their sails.

Furthermore Biden flipped what was supposed to be a referendum against him into a referendum against Trump running a campaign that talked about democracy and the threat to it. In addition, it allowed him not to have to discuss his balance sheet, when that's what midterms are normally for.

The socio-demographic divisions of the country

The midterms reveal clear political divides that reflect American society today. Quite traditionally, we find the town-country divide but also federalism versus local power. Added to this is a certain traditionalism in the vote, as shown by the outgoing bonus. This vote is very similar to what was done in the past.

Joe Biden left for a second term?

According to Emeric Guisset and William Thay, "the first consequence of this ballot is that Joe Biden should have the ability to run again in 2024 despite his age and his faults if he wishes. Indeed, despite his reasons which lead him to be with less than 40% popularity in public opinion, he has once again demonstrated that he is the best barrier to Donald Trump in the Democratic camp. He manages to seduce part of the white working classes and thus cut Donald Trump of what made him successful in 2016: the Rust Belt."

However, the Republicans in the House, who should be able to choose Californian Representative Kevin McCarthy as speaker, have already promised to carry out numerous parliamentary investigations, on the model of those suffered, according to them wrongly, by Donald Trump. The future Republican Chamber would thus endeavor to launch an in-depth investigation into Hunter Biden, the President's son, and his dubious business, or even on the Ministry of Justice, which dares to question the faulty management of the presidential archives by Donald Trump.

The case of Hunter Biden could indeed seriously destabilize his father. In addition to an incredible computer case recovered by an almost blind and totally Trumpist repairman in which salacious photos and compromising emails were found, Hunter Biden, in turn a lawyer, lobbyist and financier, is regularly accused of corruption in connection with his business in the oil and gas, especially in Ukraine, without proof for the moment. He is, however, under federal investigation for tax evasion. Each time, he is suspected of having taken advantage of his father's position, as vice-president then president of the United States, to set up dubious businesses...

A mini-crisis among the Republicans

The Republicans, for their part, risk seeing a mini-crisis open up. The absence of a large victory for the Republicans does not allow Donald Trump to establish himself as an indisputable candidate for 2024. He could be challenged by the governor of Florida, Ron DeSentis. Ron DeSantis, still little known to the general public a few years ago, has become one of the heavyweights of the Republican Party: can he dethrone Donald Trump at the head of the Republican Party?

Rising star of the hard right, this 40-year-old won without surprise or difficulty against ex-governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican who had changed parties. “We not only won re-election, we redefined the political map,” rejoiced Ron DeSantis after the announcement of the results.

“For me, the fight has only just begun,” added the man to whom presidential ambitions are attributed, which he has not yet confirmed. Donald Trump's leadership over the conservatives therefore risks being undermined by his rival Ron DeSantis, triumphantly re-elected as governor of Florida, and presented by the Miami Herald as the possible new "sheriff" of the Republican Party.

Ron DeFuture?

No wonder Donald Trump recently nicknamed him “Ron-la-Morale”. A slick ex-military family man, he offers a stark contrast to former President Donald Trump's stormy style. The real estate magnate had however given him a major boost in the race for the seat of governor in 2018, by giving him his support; The rivalry between the two Republicans recently escalated. The New York Post, which is also owned by the Murdoch family, ran its front page on "Ron DeFuture."

Feeling the threat rising like a hurricane strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico, Donald Trump, who ruled out postponing his announcement, made a veiled threat: “I don't know if he's going to be a candidate. But if he does, I'll reveal unflattering things about him. I know more about him than anyone, maybe except his wife.

If Ron DeSantis chose to run for the nomination, "I think he would make a mistake," Donald Trump said on Monday. “I don't think the base would appreciate it. I don't think it would be good for the party," he added.

Because if Ron DeSentis achieved a very good score in Florida, does that make him a good presidential candidate?

Does he have the ability to reach out to Rust Belt voters with his Southern Republican profile?

For his part, Donald Trump has already demonstrated his ability to win the presidential election and to make the synthesis between the traditional Republican electorate of the "SunBelt" and the working class electorate of the "Rust Belt". . However, the MAGAs are still there with a desire to win and Trump does not necessarily seem to be the one able to bring victory. In the United States, traditionally, when you have lost, you let the others pass. And this is what is catching up with Donald Trump today.

At the end of these midterms, the Republicans must therefore face more doubts than certainties.




Kelly Donaldson for DayNewsWorld

MIDTERMS REPUBLICANS LEAD

In the day after the midterm elections, the Republicans lead in the House. In the Senate, a new vote will take place in December in the State of Georgia. The hypothesis of a “red wave” which would ensure that the Republicans have a majority in both chambers does not seem to have been fully acquired. In Georgia, neither of the two candidates obtained 50% of the votes and a new vote will be organised, as required by state legislation, in December.

After a fierce campaign focused on inflation, Republicans were confident in their chances of stripping anemic President Joe Biden of his congressional majorities on Tuesday. Organized two years after the presidential election, the mid-term elections almost systematically act as a vote-sanction for the power in place. A sign of the optimism that reigned in the Republican camp, the "Grand Old Party" even aimed for seats in constituencies that were supposed to be firmly won by the Democrats.

However, the Republican “wave” did not obtain the expected results, while the final composition of the Senate remains unknown.

The House of Representatives leans Republican

“It is clear that we are going to take over the House of Representatives,” enthused the Republican tenor Kevin McCarthy on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, when the results continued to flow. According to the latest results, the Democrats won 183 seats, while the Republicans currently dominate with 206 representatives.

The Republicans, however, won a series of important victories: by campaigning hard on inflation, JD Vance, one of the colts of Donald Trump, landed the coveted job of senator in Ohio, one of the industrial and agricultural strongholds of America. The very Trumpian Marjorie Taylor Greene, who rose to prominence during her first term for her racist and anti-Semitic remarks, was re-elected in Georgia. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, two future Republican contenders for the presidency, easily defeated their Democratic rival.

The Republicans should therefore regain the majority in the House of Representatives, which would allow them to block certain projects of the Biden administration for the next two years, before the next presidential election.

The Republican Party, which was credited with a breakthrough of 25 or even 30 seats, has certainly been forced to revise its ambitions downwards. "It's certainly not a Republican wave, that's for sure," admitted influential Senator Lindsey Graham, a close friend of Donald Trump, on NBC. Donald Trump also spoke this evening on the results of the midterm elections "While in some respects yesterday's election was somewhat disappointing, from a personal point of view it is a very big win,” former President Donald Trump said on his Truth Social tonight. But the former president, still beating, intends to launch his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, with an announcement scheduled for November 15.

Democratic successes and defeats.

If the Democrats are relatively disappointed not to have created the surprise in Ohio, with the victory of the colt Trumpist JD Vance, they can console themselves by looking at the side of Pennsylvania where the colossus in hoodie John Fetterman beat Mehmet Oz, star doctor television dubbed by Donald Trump, for a seat in the Senate previously held by a Republican. The Biden camp won a symbolic victory there. The Democrats also snatched two governorships from the Republicans: in Maryland and in Massachusetts. They also saved themselves a big scare by retaining control of New York State, where Republicans thought they could unseat Governor Kathy Hochul. In Georgia, however, Democrat Stacey Abrams failed to become governor against Brian Kemp.

Georgia is again decisive state for the Senate

Neither Democrat Raphael Warnock nor his Republican opponent Herschel Walker managed to win and collect more than 50% of the votes required to win in this state. At the end of the day, the Democratic candidate is slightly ahead with 49.4% of the vote against 48.5% for his opponent. The candidate of the libertarian party Chase Olivier collects him, 2.1% of the votes.

According to state election rules, a new election must be held between the two candidates with the most votes if neither has reached the required 50 percent. The State of Georgia must first certify the results of yesterday's vote and verify that a new election is indeed necessary.

An election to which all eyes of America will turn, because it may well define the majority in the Senate, and therefore the political agenda in the United States for the next two years.

Georgia's election rules mandate a new election, four weeks from now.



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MIDTERMS BIDEN AND TRUMP PLAY THEIR FUTURE

More than 40 million Americans have already voted early, and on Tuesday voters turned out in droves at polling stations amid a climate of defiance in a landslide election for Joe Biden's presidency and ambitions. of his rival Donald Trump to regain the White House in 2024.

“We need everyone on deck to elect Democrats,” Joe Biden tweeted at midday, calling on his camp to mobilize in the most contested states.

Handicapped by record inflation, the 79-year-old president risks losing control of Congress during these midterm elections traditionally unfavorable to the ruling party, and seeing his action paralyzed for the next two years.

Until the end, Joe Biden sought to defend his economic record, presenting himself as "the president of the middle class" who canceled student debt and invested in infrastructure. But his efforts do not seem to have borne fruit.

His predecessor Donald Trump, who vigorously supported a large number of Republican candidates, is banking on their success to launch himself under the best possible auspices in the presidential race.

At his last rally, he promised to make "a very big announcement" on November 15. "It's going to be a very exciting day for a lot of people," he promised Tuesday as he exited a polling station in Florida.

In the meantime, "I think we're going to have a really good night," the 76-year-old billionaire added confidently.

Shortly after, however, he replayed the score that has been his since his defeat in 2020, stoking doubts about the regularity of voting operations. Noting that voting machines malfunctioned in a crowded Arizona precinct, he posted on his Truth Social platform: “Here we go again? People are not going to accept it”.

“Proxy voting in Detroit is not going well at all. People show up to vote and hear themselves answer: “sorry, you have already voted”, he still affirmed on his network.

Local authorities have acknowledged the problem, but assured that voters have other options to vote in this ballot which covers the entire House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, many local elected positions and many referendums .

Each camp dramatized the stakes of the ballot: the Democrats posed as defenders of democracy and the right to abortion against Republicans deemed “extremist”; the conservatives acted as guarantors of order in the face of a so-called “lax and radical” left in matters of security and immigration.

According to opinion polls, the Republican opposition should take at least 10 to 25 seats in the lower house – more than enough to be in the majority there. Pollsters are more mixed about the fate of the Senate, with nevertheless an advantage for the Republicans.

Deprived of his majority, the president would above all have veto power, and the Republicans have made it known that they will not spare it. In particular, they plan to launch investigations in the House into the affairs of his son Hunter and some of his ministers.

Breathtaking duels

Concretely, the midterm elections are being played out in a handful of key states – the same ones that were already at the heart of the 2020 presidential election.

All the spotlights are thus on Pennsylvania, a former bastion of the steel industry, where the Republican multimillionaire surgeon Mehmet Oz, dubbed by Donald Trump, faces the Democratic colossus John Fetterman for the most disputed post in the Senate.

Georgia is another object of desire. Democrat Raphael Warnock, the first black senator ever elected in this southern state with a heavy segregationist past, is trying to be re-elected against Herschel Walker, a former African-American sportsman, also supported by the former president.

Arizona, Ohio, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina are also the scene of intense struggles, where Democrats everywhere are opposed to candidates supported by Donald Trump, who swear absolute loyalty to the former president.

These breathless duels were all fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars, making this election the most expensive midterm elections in US history.

The first results are expected from 7 p.m., but the outcome of the tightest duels could take several days.




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MIDTERMS 2022 IN PENNSYLVANIA DONALD TRUMP CALLS FOR A RED WAVE

During a marathon day of competing meetings in Pennsylvania, a crucial state for the November 8 midterm legislative elections, the 46th (Biden) and 44th (Obama) tenants of the White House clashed at a distance with the 45th (Trump), before a ballot that will lay the foundations for the 2024 presidential election.

Barely three days before the "decisive" elections in the United States, the former Republican president painted his usual apocalyptic picture of the United States on Saturday during a meeting in a state that could prove decisive for the control of the Senate. For their part, President Joe Biden and his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama urged on Saturday to “vote” to protect “democracy”, their opponent Donald Trump wanting a “giant wave” Republican to “save the American dream”.

Trump versus Biden

With a remarkable arrival in a Boeing 757 called "Trump Force One" on the runway at Latrobe airport (Pennsylvania), Saturday, November 5 and thousands of people waiting for hours on the tarmac. In the evening, still in Pennsylvania, in the town of Latrobe, the hero of the Republicans, ex-president Trump (2017-2021), red cap "Make America Great again" pushed down on his head and hiding his gaze, called for a very long time for a "giant wave" of his party to "stop the destruction of the country and save the American dream". After a fierce campaign centered on inflation, the Republicans are showing their confidence in their chances of depriving the Democratic President of his majorities on November 8th.

If their predictions are confirmed, the 76-year-old businessman seems determined to take advantage of it to formalize his candidacy for the presidency of 2024 as soon as possible. With an air of revenge on his defeat in 2020.
“The election was rigged and stolen, and we can't let that happen again,” he said, warning that any further underperformance could have no other explanation than manipulation. Donald Trump has also called for a change in the voting rules, even though more than 39 million ballots have already been cast, as part of the advance procedures, in person or by mail.

On the other hand, in a controversial speech, President Joe Biden accused Republicans MAGA (acronym for "Make America Great Again", the slogan of Donald Trump and his supporters) of "destroying American democracy" and of being "a threat for this country” and for “the very foundations of our republic”. A few days earlier, he had declared that the philosophy of these pro-Trump Republicans was "almost semi-fascism". These strong words constitute a real rupture in a president who had made national reconciliation the heart of his rhetoric, tirelessly repeating his will to unite and not to divide the people from the announcement of his victory, then in his investiture speech.

“Democracy is literally on the ballot. This is a decisive moment for the nation and we must all speak with one voice”, launched Joe Biden, under a blue and red light, a huge American flag and the ovations of a room in Philadelphia, cradle of the American Constitution at the end of the 18th century. The Democratic leader is trying to convince Americans that this election is "a choice": on the future of abortion or same-sex marriage, all subjects on which he has promised to legislate if he obtains solid majorities in Congress. But it is the rise in prices - 8.2% inflation on average over one year - which remains by far the main concern of Americans,

Barack Obama, for whom nostalgia is on full display, was first in Pittsburgh, an industrial city in Pennsylvania, where he asked "Cousin Pookie" and "Uncle Joe", the affectionate nickname of demobilized voters, sunk in their sofa , to get up and “go vote!” Tuesday for Democrats.

He acknowledged that “the whole country has gone through difficult times in recent years”, especially with a “historic pandemic”. But the creator of health insurance “Obamacare” attacked Republicans, who want to “dismember Social Security, Medicare and give the rich and big business more tax cuts”.

All the spotlight is on Pennsylvania, a former steel-making bastion, where Republican multi-millionaire surgeon Mehmet Oz, a Donald Trump-esque TV star, faces off against bald colossus and former small-town Democratic mayor John Fetterman for the most contested seat in the Senate.

Because of this position of senator undoubtedly depends the balance of the powers of the upper house of Congress, with immense power. Tuesday, November 8, the Americans are also called upon to renew the entire House of Representatives. Governors and local elected officials, who decide their state's policies for abortion or the environment, are also at stake.

Still, a majority of Americans (69%), Republicans and Democrats alike, consider democracy to be “in danger of collapsing,” according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.

In addition, according to the very relevant analysis by Jérôme Viala-Gaudefroy, assistant reader at Cergy Paris University, published in The Conversation, the transformation of an intermediate ballot into a "return match" for the 2020 presidential election makes the forecasts very uncertain.

Democracy in danger ?

“While the mid-term elections are traditionally a vote on the balance sheet, in particular the economic one, of the administration elected two years earlier, the 2022 campaign is taking an entirely new turn.

First of all, because never has a former president dominated the primaries of a midterm election as Donald Trump did. It has thus supported more than 200 candidates, not only at the federal level but also at the local level. However, it should not be forgotten that in the federal system of the United States, it is the States, and not the federal power, which are in charge of the organization of the elections.

For the Republicans, the next elections must quite simply allow them to "save America" ​​from the danger represented by the Democrats. It is not only a question of making November 8 a revenge for the 2020 presidential election, but also of preparing for the 2024 presidential election. And, in the event of defeat in 2024, if not as early as 2022, to be able to contest, block, or even confiscate the electoral apparatus, which could potentially lead to a constitutional crisis.

Extremism, a risky strategy that does not necessarily pay off...

Historically, the most extreme candidates who win the primaries reduce their party's chances of winning the general election.

This finding has prompted Democrats in some states to implement a risky and somewhat cynical strategy: fund advertising campaigns aimed at highlighting the most extreme Republican candidates in the primaries, linking them to Donald Trump for example, in the hope of defeating them more easily in the general elections.

If this strategy has worked in the past, it could backfire in a highly polarized environment where party membership is increasingly conflated with a sense of identity.

The irony of history is that it is now the Democrats who put forward moral and societal issues and deliver to the Republicans, in turn, a so-called “cultural war”. The latter, for their part, and even if immigration and crime remain favorite subjects for them, seek above all to maintain attention on economic issues such as inflation, which is currently galloping - which, in normal times , would probably be enough to secure them a landslide victory.

An essential vote

Thus, the transformation of an intermediate ballot into a “return match” for the 2020 presidential election (between a relatively unpopular president and a radicalized ex-president, like the candidates he supports) makes the forecasts very uncertain".

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Simon Freeman for DayNewsWorld

HIGH UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE ELECTIONS

MIDTERM ALREADY ON THE WAY


Two years after Joe Biden's eventful election to the White House, American voters will once again be called to the polls on Tuesday, November 8. Complete renewal of the House of Representatives, of a third of the Senate, election of certain governors and secretaries of state, local referendums… these mid-term elections promise to be rich.

More than two million voters have already voted early in many states ahead of the midterm elections on November 8. This data suggests a high turnout in a normally less crowded election, and for good reason: the stakes – social, economic, environmental and political – are high. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, a third of the 100 seats in the Senate and 36 governorships are at stake.

The entire House of Representatives, the lower house of the American Parliament, will be renewed, ie 435 seats put into play every two years. Since the election of Joe Biden, the Democrats have a narrow majority there, at 220 seats (against 212 Republicans). Three seats being vacant, it would therefore be enough for the Republicans to win them and take five seats from the Democrats to take control of the House.

The coming political reshuffling will therefore be decisive for the end of Joe Biden's mandate, but also for the general elections of 2024. However, since the Second World War, the mid-term elections or "midterms" have always marked - except once – a sanction vote against the party of the president-elect.

The American mid-term elections do not only affect federal elected officials: candidates also cross swords on the municipal scene, including in Washington DC.

This is why a significant fear is emerging on both sides of the political spectrum: that of having an election “stolen”.

A record for LGBT+ candidates in 50 states

For the first time in the history of the United States, lesbian, gay, bi or transgender people are candidates for the midterm elections in each of the 50 American states. It's a record that could have a huge impact on the country's political landscape, according to an analysis released Oct. 26 by the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which helps fund the campaigns of about 90 politicians. % of these candidacies come from the Democratic camp.

Some 678 LGBT+ people are candidates in the November 8 elections, a ballot in which the Americans will renew all the seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. A whole host of governorships and local elected officials are also at stake. Among the notable candidates, Democrats Tina Kotek and Maura Healey could become the first lesbian governors of their respective states, Oregon and Massachusetts. And in the state of Vermont, bordering Canada, Becca Balint has a good chance of becoming the first lesbian in this state elected to the House of Representatives.

Decisive votes

Within all the ballots of these mid-term elections, some are of the most strategic importance before the next American presidential election, in 2024. Some of them could, moreover, prove decisive for the presidential election of 2024.

In Ohio, for example, Democrat Marcy Kaptur, elected from Ohio since 1983, faces the toughest re-election of her career this year, after voting districts were redefined in 2020. She opposes to Republican JR Majewski, close to former President Donald Trump, he was present in the Capitol during the riots of January 6, 2021.

In California, a Republican who voted for the dismissal of Donald Trump is reclaiming his place. This is David Valadao, currently elected to the House of Representatives. They are only two to submit to the votes again this year. David Valadao and Rudy Salas clash in the Central Valley district, slightly more favorable to the Democrats since the redistricting.

In Michigan, Democrat Elissa Slotkin could be re-elected after the cancellation of Roe vs. Wade even if the new district is more Republican and rural, analyzes Time. But the questioning of the federal right to abortion has changed the political landscape, and offers a new chance to Ms. Slotkin.

In the Senate, the Democrats have only a narrow lead: one vote. Out of a hundred seats, thirty-five are up for grabs in these midterm elections. This is the promotion elected in 2016, in the wake of Donald Trump.

Other votes are also important since they are linked to referendums for the right to abortion and the legalization of cannabis.

After the dismantling of the federal right to abortion, leaving the States free to legislate on their own scale, five of them are indeed taking advantage of the mid-term elections to organize referendums: California, Michigan, Vermont, Kentucky and Montana. Five other states are speaking out on cannabis: Arkansas, South Dakota, Maryland, Missouri and North Dakota.

A difficult political debate for Joe Biden's camp

On the merits of the political debate, the tenant of the White House has a lot to do to defend his action in a context of galloping inflation. The Democratic camp knows it has a lot to lose or gain depending on the cost of fuel posted at gas stations in the coming days. To put the odds on his side during the 2022 midterm elections, on November 8, Joe Biden has been working for several months to lower the price of a gallon of gasoline, which exploded when war in Ukraine broke out. To rally progressives around him, he straddled the battle horse of abortion, promising that in the event of victory in the midterms, the first law of Congress will guarantee the right to abortion.

For their part, the conservatives of the Grand Old Party promise to lead a relentless fight against inflation. Republicans elected to the House also want to devote more resources to border protection, security and the fight against opiate addiction, which affects many Americans. They could also encourage mining and gas drilling on national territory.

These midterms are also marked by the impact of Trumpism: "In many Republican primaries in the spring and summer, denying the legitimate results of the 2020 elections was the ticket" for a nomination in the midterm elections. , notes the Washington Post.

Still, the polls are particularly tight and the outcome uncertain as we approach these midterms. But Joe Biden and the Democrats have history against them.

"The president lost the majority in the House of Representatives 36 times out of 40", during the midterms, explained to Linternaute Marie-Christine Bonzom, former French journalist for the BBC.




Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

INTERNATIONAL STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

"SUPPLANT CHINA AND CONSTRAIN RUSSIA"

Impose on China in the long term, and immediately counter Russia in order to remain the undisputed first world power. "Displace China and coerce Russia":

the White House unveils its international strategic priorities .

Indeed Joe Biden published, this Wednesday, his priorities concerning American national and international security. Joe Biden was originally supposed to unveil them in February, but, because of the war in Ukraine, it took until Wednesday for the White House to unveil a 48-page document, sweeping across a multitude of themes and all corners of the planet.

Stand up to authoritarian regimes, Beijing and Moscow in the first place.

“America will be guided by our values, and we will work in unison with our allies and partners and all who share our interests. We will not leave the future at the mercy of the whims of those who do not share our vision of a free, open, prosperous and secure world".

From its introduction, the National Security Strategy, a document published by the White House with each new administration, is intended to be clear.

Among the strategic priorities of the United States: "supplant China and constrain Russia".

Russia, "an immediate threat"; China, a more diffuse threat

The "most pressing" subject, according to this document, released by the American executive, is therefore to stand up to authoritarian regimes. And first in Moscow and Beijing.

"Russia presents an immediate threat to a free and just international order by shamelessly flouting fundamental international rules," the White House said.

"China, by contrast, is the only rival that has both the will to change the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological means to pursue this objective", further notes the Biden administration.

But China is also, Jake Sullivan pointed out, America's biggest trading partner...

The first world power also intends to “update the current system of international trade”, under the impetus of a Joe Biden who displays an uninhibited economic patriotism.

"In summary, we cannot go back to the traditional free trade agreements of yesteryear. We have to adapt," said Joe Biden's adviser.

Also in the introduction, Joe Biden signs a statement imbued with his usual optimism:

“The United States has everything to win the competition of the 21st century. We emerge stronger from each crisis.

And there's nothing we can't do."

"A Decisive Decade"

Speaking to the press, the US President's top diplomatic adviser, Jake Sullivan, commented:

“We will not try to divide the world into rigid blocks. We do not seek to turn competition into confrontation or into a new 'Cold War'”.

"And we don't view each country simply as a proxy confrontation ground," he said, referring to the many "proxy wars", ranged wars, waged by the Americans and the Soviets between 1945 and 1989.

“Two essential challenges”

"I don't believe the war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Joe Biden's approach to foreign policy, which dates from long before his presidency, and it has only grown stronger and amplified ever since. 'he's in office,' the national security adviser said again.

And Jake Sullivan summarizes the message of this American strategy:

"we have entered a decisive decade". With, as "two essential challenges", "the competition between the great powers to shape the international order of tomorrow".

"The second...is that we face a set of transnational challenges that affect people everywhere, including in the United States:

climate change, food insecurity, contagious diseases, terrorism, energy transition, inflation,” he detailed.




Jaimie Potts for DayNewsWorld

DONALD TRUMP ACCUSED

JOE BIDEN ENEMY OF THE STATE

After being accused of endangering democracy, former US President Donald Trump referred the attack to his successor Joe Bien.

Between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the invective had not ceased with the election of the first against the second.

But the closer we get to the midterms (the midterm elections that will take place next November), the more the tone rises between the two rivals.

On the night of Saturday to Sunday September 4, 2022, Donald Trump responded to his successor during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.

"The enemy of the state is him, Joe Biden and the group that controls him", Joe Biden "who is only hatred and anger".

Two days earlier, Joe Biden effectively lashed out at his predecessor, accusing him and Republicans of the “Make America Great Again” fringe of “representing an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.”

"They don't respect the Constitution. They don't believe in the rule of law. They don't recognize the will of the people,"

he had denounced from the capital of Pennsylvania.

Donald Trump also attacked the current leader's record, which happens to be catastrophic!

"You could take the five worst presidents in the history of the United States, and put them together, they couldn't have done as much harm as Joe Biden did to our country in less than two years," he said. he decided, evoking unemployment, inflation and the rise of insecurity.

The show of force was also Donald Trump's first public appearance since the FBI raided his Florida residence in Mar-a-Lago.

If he had already succeeded on his social networks, he took advantage of the meeting to say all the bad things he thinks about this procedure.

“The shameful raid and raid on my Mar-a-Lago home is a travesty of justice, the starkest example of the very real threats to American freedom,” he thundered!.

It has to be said that Donald Trump had put our country in full employment, with very low inflation, rising purchasing power, falling taxes, and rather good security, quite the opposite of the situation highly degraded by Joe Biden in just two years. 




Boby Dean for DayNewsWorld

SALMAN RUSHDIE STAB BY ISLAMIST

British author Salman Rushdie, under a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini a year after the publication of his book "The Satanic Verses", considered impious by the mullahs' regime in Iran, was stabbed on Friday in the USA. The writer was attacked as he prepared to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institute, a cultural center in western New York State.

Transported by helicopter to a hospital, injured in the neck, his state of health last night was uncertain. "Salman Rushdie is alive and receiving the care his condition requires," said New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, who condemned the attack.

The attack happened around 10.45 a.m. local time when the 75-year-old novelist was on the institute stage, just before he was to speak. A journalist from the AP agency, present on the spot, found that a man had rushed on him to give him between 10 and 15 blows. Local police confirmed it was a stabbing. According to another witness, the attacker was dressed in black and wearing a black mask. Salman Rushdie fell to the ground while the assailant was subdued and arrested. On a video posted on social networks, we see several people go to the bedside of the injured in order to provide him with first aid. The room was then evacuated.

The author of "Satanic Verses" was placed on life support. According to the 75-year-old British writer's agent, Andrew Wylie, to the New York Times, “Salman will probably lose an eye; the nerves in his arm were severed and he was stabbed in the liver.” We don't know if the writer will survive.

The assailant arrested, a Shiite extremist

The assailant was arrested: a 24-year-old man, Hadi Matar, from New Jersey. The profile of Hadi Matar, 24, is already becoming clearer. Charged with attempted murder and assault this Saturday, August 13, the man of Lebanese origin would have connections with Shiite extremism, police sources told the New York Post. The first elements of the investigation reveal in particular support for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran. On his Facebook profile, since suspended by the platform, the suspect from Fairview, New Jersey, widely displayed his support for the Iranian regime. and the ideology of the Revolutionary Guards. Images of various regime figures, including Iranian commander QassemSolemani, assassinated in 2020 by an American strike, were visible on his "wall". As for his profile photo, it displayed the figure of Ayatollah Khomeini, the "supreme leader of the revolution", who took the head of Iran in 1979 and himself launched the fatwa against Salman Rushdie ten years later.

Glorified by a conservative Iranian newspaper

Iran's main ultra-conservative daily, Kayhan, congratulated the man who stabbed Salman Rushdie on Saturday. "Congratulations to this courageous and duty-conscious man who attacked the apostate and the vicious Salman Rushdie", writes the newspaper, whose boss is appointed by the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "Let us kiss the hand of him who tore the neck of the enemy of God with a knife", continues the text.

Salman Rushdie: the expression of freedom

Coming from a wealthy Indian family, he was born in Bombay, then British. He left his native country at the age of 13 to go live in the United Kingdom. His notoriety, he acquired it in 1981, when he published "The Children of Midnight", which won the prestigious Booker Prize, the equivalent of Goncourt in the land of Queen Elizabeth II. He recounts, under cover of a novel, the history of India, from 1947 to the 1970s. He has published twelve novels, a collection of short stories, four essays, and has even written two children's books. .

“The Satanic Verses” were released in 1988, unleashing the wrath of the Iranian regime and part of the Muslim world. The life of Salman Rushdie then rocks, when the supreme guide of the Iranian revolution, the ayatollah Khomeini, launches, on February 14, 1989, his fatwa, that is to say his religious decree, in which he calls on all Muslims to kill him. A bounty on his head is $2.8 million. The writer is therefore forced to live under police protection and hide. There followed ten years of life hidden under police protection, where he took Joseph Anton as his pseudonym, inspired by his two favorite authors, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. After a decade in hiding, he is trying to return to an almost normal life in New York, where he has lived since 1999.

He is currently between life and death.




Jaimie Potts for DayNewsWorld

FRAUD WITHIN THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION OR

 WITCH HUNT ?

DONALD TRUMP REFUSED TO ANSWER

AT THE PROCURE GENERALE

Donald Trump remained silent on Wednesday during a six-hour sworn hearing with the New York State Attorney General, who suspects him of financial fraud within his Trump Organization group, in the midst of a political storm after a spectacular search of the FBI at his home in Florida. Two days after a spectacular FBI search at his home in Florida, he denounced a “witch hunt” justifying his refusal to cooperate.

The former president of the United States has been targeted since 2019 with two of his children – Ivanka and Donald Jr. – by a civil investigation by the highest magistrate of the State of New York, Letitia James.

He was heard by Ms. James and her team in Manhattan from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but he announced in a press release at the start of the hearing that he had invoked the famous Fifth Amendment of the American Constitution, which allows any litigant to do not testify against yourself.

The magistrate, an elected Democrat, confirmed this in a brief statement after her face-to-face meeting with the Republican billionaire and assured that she would “pursue the facts [and the application] of the law, wherever that leads. ". According to one of Donald Trump's lawyers, Ron Fischetti, quoted by NBC television, the only response his client gave was to give his name

“No one is above the law”

"Our investigations continue," promised Ms. James, who has been insisting for three years that "no one is above the law" in the United States.

On the contrary, in his press release, the 45th American president once again presented himself as the victim of a "witch hunt" and claimed to have "refused to answer questions" under the Constitution.

At the end of the hearing, the businessman spoke on his social network Truth Social of a “very professional meeting”. “I have a fantastic business with great assets, very little debt and lots of MONEY. It only happens in America! ", he added.

No sooner had he entered Mrs. James's than he had made fun of her "lavish, beautiful and expensive office […], beautiful working conditions while people are being killed in New York and she devotes her time and efforts trying to 'catch Trump'.

And when he arrived in New York on Tuesday evening, he even accused the African-American prosecutor of being "racist", claiming to be, with his family and the Trump Organization, the target of "attacks from all sides" in a "Republic banana” governed by Democrat Joe Biden.

This hearing of Donald Trump – who left power on January 20, 2021 – had been requested by Ms. James for months and had been set for July 15. But the death of Donald Trump's first wife, Ivana, had further postponed the event.

According to CNN, Ivanka and Donald Jr. had discreetly been heard by the services of the Attorney General in late July and early August.

Fraud

The civil investigation against the family group Trump Organization had been opened after the explosive testimony in Congress in Washington by one of Donald Trump's former personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, alleging fraudulent evaluations, either up or down. , assets within the Trump Organization, to obtain loans, obtain tax reductions or better insurance compensation.

Allegations swept away by Donald Trump's lawyers.

Letitia James had assured in January that she had "uncovered significant evidence which suggests that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization had falsely and fraudulently valued a number of assets", in particular golf courses or the personal apartment on three floors of the American billionaire located in Trump Tower in New York.

The Attorney General does not have the power to indict Donald Trump, but she can initiate civil proceedings, including seeking financial damages.

The charges against the former president are also the subject of an investigation, criminal this time, led by the Manhattan prosecutor.

FBI raid

The hearing comes two days after an unprecedented search of Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, sparked outrage among Republicans.

He even suggested on Truth Social that the FBI may have "planted" evidence against him during the operation.

Never had a former tenant of the White House been worried by justice in this way.

Does the federal police search have to do with the many boxes that Donald Trump took with him when he left the White House in January 2021? Is it linked to the investigation into his responsibility in the assault on the Capitol? Does it rather concern the suspicions of financial fraud of which the Trump Organization is the subject in New York?

On conservative favorite Fox News, the banners were highly critical of the raid: 'The Justice Department's increasingly radical tactics are a danger to the republic', 'Biden's FBI ransacks the home of one of his potential opponents for the 2024 election,” headlined the channel.

Neither the Department of Justice, nor the FBI, nor the justice of New York has made a comment this week.

Donald Trump claims his innocence in all these cases.

FBI director denounces threats against the government

The FBI director called threats by supporters of former United States President Donald Trump circulating online against federal agents and the Justice Department "deplorable and dangerous" on Wednesday. These circulated online following his agency's search of Mr Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on Monday. Among the reactions of Donald Trump's supporters are the widespread "Lock and load", a phrase which means to get to safety and load your weapon, as well as calls for the assassination of federal agents and even of US Attorney General Merrick Garland.

For the moment, no charges have been brought against the former president of the United States, although he is the subject of four investigations. So, political cabal as claimed by the one who sees himself as a candidate in 2024 or violations of the law?

An "intolerable instrumentalization for political purposes"

But, faced with his probable new candidacy for the presidency in 2024, any action aimed at him will be perceived as political. This is how it is interpreted by the conservative fringe of the Republicans.

Denouncing an “intolerable instrumentalization for political purposes” of the Department of Justice, the leader of the conservatives in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, promised an investigation into its functioning when the Republicans return to power.

His camp could regain control of Congress in the November legislative elections, which promise to be perilous for Joe Biden's camp..




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37 DEAD IN KENTUCKY FLOODS

The floods, among the worst to ever hit Kentucky, have turned roads into rivers, washed away bridges and swept away homes in one of the most deprived areas of the United States.

The still provisional toll of the devastating floods in Kentucky has risen to 37 dead and the bad weather continues, said Monday August 1st the governor of this State of the South-East American. “We end the day with heartbreaking news from Eastern Kentucky. We can confirm the death toll now stands at 37, with many more missing,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear tweeted. “Let us pray for these families,” he added.

Beshear said the death toll is likely to rise as relief workers reach flood-hit areas and find more bodies. Their search was hampered by further rain on Monday and further thunderstorms were expected overnight. "As if the situation wasn't difficult enough for the people of this region, they are having rain right now," the governor said during a press briefing earlier in the day.

New bad weather to come

The National Weather Service has placed most of eastern Kentucky on flood alert through Tuesday morning and warned on Twitter of a risk of thunderstorms tonight in the area:

“Heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding as well as severe thunderstorms is possible. The floods, which began last week and are among the most severe to ever hit Kentucky. The State, particularly underprivileged, was completely swept away. Damage to mobile phone antennas complicated rescue efforts and estimating the number of dead and missing. On Sunday, the governor said bodies would be found "for weeks, many of which will have been carried hundreds of yards".

President Joe Biden has declared a state of "natural disaster" and released federal reinforcements.




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6 DEAD AND 36 INJURED IN SHOOTING

DURING A PARADE FOR THE PARTY

INDEPENDENCE IN THE UNITED STATES

At least six people were killed and thirty-six injured in a shooting that occurred on Monday July 4, 2022 in Highland Park (Illinois, United States), near Chicago, during an American Independence Day parade, according to the authorities.

Five people died at the scene and another after being taken to hospital. At least 36 people were also injured: 26 people aged 8 to 85 were transported to Highland Park Hospital and at least ten to nearby establishments, according to a hospital official quoted by the New York Times.

The suspect identified by the police is a 22-year-old man "from the region", whose name and photo they released. Spotted in his car north of Chicago, he briefly attempted to flee before being arrested "without incident" and taken into custody, the Highland Park police chief said Monday evening. “The charges have not yet been approved at this time – and we are far from it,” said Christopher Covelli quoted by CNN on Monday evening.

The man had posted several videos on the internet in which he made reference to guns and shootings, according to the Chicago Tribune. Online, where he presents himself as a musician from Chicago under the pseudonym "Awake the Rapper", he had posted a video several months earlier showing people being shot, with the audio commentary: "I just need the to do (…) it is my destiny. Everything led me to this. Nothing can stop me, not even myself. A clip, described by CNN, shows him in a classroom-like studio with headphones and a bulletproof vest. His accounts on YouTube and other social networks were not available on Monday evening.

The shooting broke out as hundreds of people gathered to watch the traditional Fourth of July parade, which celebrates the United States' declaration of independence in 1776.

According to the first elements of the investigation, the shooter was positioned on the roof of a business accessible by an emergency staircase. "He was very discreet and difficult to see," said Christopher Covelli, a police spokesman. A "powerful" rifle was found by the police where the shooter was, who fled shortly after the arrival of the police on the spot.

The motives for the shooting are not yet clear. Before arresting the suspect, Christopher Covelli claimed that the targets were "random" but the attack "intentional".

The festivities had been suspended in Highland Park, a wealthy town north of Chicago, where the tragedy took place, and in several surrounding towns.

“As we gathered to celebrate our freedom, we must mourn the tragic loss of life and overcome our terror,” city mayor Nancy Rotering said at a press conference.

The United States is still reeling from a series of shootings, including one in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, which left 21 people dead, including 19 children.

The country is more generally facing an increase in gun violence with more than 22,000 people killed since the start of the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which incorporates suicides into its data.




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END OF ABORTION LAW IN THE UNITED STATES

OR LESS DEMOCRACY MORE RELIGION

The Supreme Court of the United States has just officially announced what had already been suspected for several weeks: the end of the right to abortion at the federal level. Confirming the leak of documents revealed on May 3 by the Politico site, the Court reversed the jurisprudence of the Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992).

The short and medium term consequences are still unclear. Several analysts fear a nationwide ban is inevitable if the Republican Party regains a majority in Congress after midterm elections next November, as Democrats themselves expect.

Two phenomena, both distinct and related, make it possible to understand the political trend at work in the United States: on the one hand, the rise of white evangelicalism as a political identity; on the other, a growing tolerance – even a preference – for authoritarian tactics within the Republican Party. An ideology and a strategy that together risk undermining American democracy.

“A nation united under the authority of God”: politicization of the religious right

White evangelical Christians represent one of the most unified and mobilized demographic groups in the United States today, forming a unique political force. This religious right, pillar of the anti-abortion movement, is therefore as much a cult as a social movement characterized by a variety of opinions. Despite these internal divisions, the common agreement is about a nationalist project defending an anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ and pro-gun policy.

The politicization of white evangelicalism existed long before the Trump era. Despite the statements of Jerry Falwell, an evangelical pastor and one of the leaders of the religious right, it does not date either from a moral outrage provoked by the Roe v. Wade of 1973 which established the legal framework for access to abortion.

It was rather during the desegregation and financial penalization of evangelical schools that refused to admit black students that the religious right began to organize in the late 1970s. During the presidential election of 1980, abortion replaces desegregation as the emblematic cause, but the legacy of white supremacist ideology has survived within the evangelical movement.

Leaders of the religious right continue to mobilize in favor of the Republicans rather than create their own party, a strategy more likely to lead to electoral victories in the American two-party system. The fusion of this white evangelicalism with the Republican Party asserted itself with the re-election of Ronald Reagan in 1984 then with that of George HW Bush in 1988, although they themselves were quite distant from evangelical beliefs.

Pro and anti-abortion protesters outside the Supreme Court in Washington

Between the two national conventions of the Republican Party, from 1992 to 1996, the rate of adherents to the Christian Coalition exploded, going from 14% to more than 50%. In 2000, converting to evangelicalism was a big part of George W. Bush's campaign, and in 2016, 80% of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump.

An ideological change allowed by the American institutional system

At the same time, the Republican Party has developed an anti-system position and illiberal strategies for twenty years. According to the V-Dem Institute, this movement started gradually between 2000 and 2012; between 2014 and 2018, the party tipped on the edge of what the Institute considers authoritarianism – while the Democratic Party's score remained stable over the same period. Civil and political rights abuses in the first year of the Trump administration also prompted Freedom House to downgrade the "freedom score" in the United States in 2018.

Since the early 2000s, the Republican Party has relied on the redrawing of electoral districts – gerrymandering in English – to diminish the electoral power of traditionally Democratic groups, in particular ethnic minorities and young people. The reduction in the number of polling stations in certain neighborhoods and the implementation of voter identification laws in the United States (voter ID laws) have the same purpose.

This evolution continued until an agreement was reached between the leaders of the Republican Party to adamantly oppose the policies of Barack Obama just before his inauguration in 2009 – an agreement in which some Republican elected officials saw such a break with the norm that they have decided to leave politics for good.

These decisions lead to the situation we know today: a party that continues to contest the results of the elections that it does not win; blocking the investigation into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the most violent assault on the American government since the War of 1812, to which some of its members contributed; who continues to modify the electoral system to ensure results in his favor in the next elections. It is therefore not surprising that Republicans ignore the fact that the majority of American public opinion supports the right to access to abortion.

According to some political scientists, all of these elements are emblematic of a democratic backsliding – when a democracy ceases (or threatens to cease) to be so. At the international level, the backsliding of women's rights is only one of the expressions of this ongoing backsliding.

And the separation of powers ?

If the influence of religious groups is responsible for the rightwardization of American society, the politicization of the Supreme Court is an even more convincing phenomenon. For the past 80 years, the Supreme Court has played a vital role in granting civil rights, assessing the constitutionality of state laws or deciding court cases that restrict those rights. In this sense, the authorization of interracial marriage in 1967 had been a historic decision. With regard to the protection of civil rights, the Supreme Court plays a much more important role than the French institutions whose role comes closest to its own, namely the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Council.

Many of Americans' civil rights do not result from legislation passed by Congress, but were decided through legal precedent from the Supreme Court. This is why the federal government did not transcribe Roe v. Wade in federal legislation: until now, this was not considered necessary. This lack is due both to an American political tradition and to poor management on the part of the Democrats, which they must certainly regret today.

What response from the Democratic Party ?

Seen from the outside, one wonders why Democratic President Joe Biden – whose party still has a majority in Congress – does not have the power to lead the country in the direction of the program for which he was elected. in 2020.

First, many Democrats have tried. Social networks and the press are full of speeches asking Americans to protect their rights, explaining how the decision would have a strong negative impact on the balance of the country. Joe Biden notably advised his people to vote for pro-abortion legislative candidates this fall.

Second, the government has no control over this decision, because the tools at its disposal can all be circumvented.

One example is the filibuster that Americans call filibuster, a Senate rule by which a minority group can prolong debate indefinitely to block a vote on a bill. This strategy requires two-thirds of the seats to overcome it, so the majority is no longer enough. Originally intended for exceptional cases, it began to be used regularly by Republicans to block legislation during Obama's presidency. The Democrats' attempt to codify access to abortion thus failed because of a Republican filibuster, as did their bill aimed at better protecting voting rights last January.

Furthermore, the Supreme Court has power over the executive orders of the President. In the event Joe Biden issues an executive order enshrining Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court could overturn it. So today there is an unprecedented power imbalance in favor of the Supreme Court.

The religious right will then be able to attack the other rights it contests, currently protected by the same legal principle ("right to privacy" or "right to private life") as Roe: contraception, marriage for all, same-sex relationships, and some even say interracial marriage could be affected.

Whatever the details of the Supreme Court judgment, Roe's end confirms a less democratic and more theocratic turn in the United States.

after Kimberly Tower, PhD Candidate in International Relations and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po and Camille Gélix, PhD candidate, Sciences Po, article published in The Conversation.



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INDIGENOUS SOCIAL DEMONSTRATION

IN ECUADOR

In Ecuador, the social conflict between indigenous communities and the government is intensifying, despite the state of emergency declared in three new provinces (six in total, including the capital Quito). The country has been shaken for ten days by a mobilization of indigenous communities, in particular against rising fuel prices. Thousands of Ecuadorian natives from all over the country marched on Wednesday, June 22, in the streets of Quito. This standoff left two dead and dozens injured. Ecuador's capital has been partly paralyzed since Monday by around 10,000 indigenous protesters from across the country who take to the streets daily to protest the cost of living and demand more social benefits, amid hardship growing economy.

Quito also denounced the attack, in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, of a police station in the city of Puyo, in the province of Pastaza. The attackers set fire to the building while the police were still inside. “Six police officers were seriously injured, three are held hostage [by an indigenous community] and eighteen are missing,” Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo told a press conference.

The government refuses to lift the state of emergency declared in six of the twenty-four provinces of the country, a requirement of the indigenous movement prior to the opening of negotiations.

“Call to dialogue”

"The violence in Puyo shows that they do not want dialogue", denounced Mr. Carrillo, who however "launched once again a public call for dialogue to the indigenous movement and to these radical groups responsible for these senseless acts". . adding that President Guillermo Lasso recognizes "the just demands" and seeks to create a "consensus".

On Tuesday, the president said he accepted "a process of frank and respectful dialogue with Conaie [Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador] and other civil organizations".

The powerful Conaie, which participated in the revolts that overthrew three presidents between 1997 and 2005 and led violent demonstrations in 2019 (eleven dead), has been organizing marches and raising barricades since June 13 to demand lower fuel prices. Its president, Leonidas Iza, demanded on Tuesday evening, prior to any discussion, the repeal of the state of emergency, as well as the "demilitarization" of a park in Quito occupied by the police and traditionally used as a gathering to the natives.

"Peaceful Resolution"

“We cannot lift the state of emergency because that would leave the capital defenceless,” replied Minister of Government Affairs Francisco Jimenez on Wednesday. “We already know what happened in October 2019 and we are not going to allow it,” he said, referring to the invasion of parliament, the burning down of a government building and the ransacking many public assets.

The Alliance of Human Rights Organizations reports at least 90 injuries and 87 arrests since the protests began. The police, for their part, put forward a toll of 101 police and soldiers injured and 80 civilians arrested. On the night of Monday to Tuesday, a first protester died following a fall, but the prosecution decided to open an investigation for alleged homicide

US Under Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Brian Nichols on Twitter on Wednesday called for "a peaceful and negotiated resolution to the protests in Ecuador" and asked all parties to refrain from violence. The Organization of American States (OAS) urged dialogue to "respond to the demands" of the demonstrators.

In addition to fuel prices, the demonstrators denounce the lack of jobs, the granting of mining concessions in indigenous territories, the lack of control of the cost of agricultural products, and demand a renegotiation of peasant debts with banks.

Indigenous peoples make up at least one million of the 17.7 million Ecuadorians.




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US SENATORS PROPOSE GUN LAW

"A giant step" for the organization Moms Demand Action, which campaigns for stricter supervision of arms sales. Democratic and Republican senators unveiled, on Tuesday June 21, 2022, a bill aimed at restricting gun violence after a series of deadly shootings..

The parliamentary initiative was launched after the Uvalde massacre, which killed 21 people, including 19 children, in a Texas elementary school at the end of May.

The text highlights in particular the support for laws, State by State, which would allow the weapons they possess to be removed from the hands of people deemed dangerous.

It also plans to strengthen criminal and psychological background checks for gun buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, as well as better control of the illegal sale of weapons, and the funding of programs dedicated to mental health.

The “most important legislation in almost 30 years”

It is “the most significant gun violence legislation in almost 30 years,” tweeted Democratic Senator Chris Murphy. This 80-page text "will save thousands of lives", he added. Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, also described the text as “advanced”. “While not all we wanted, this legislation is urgently needed,” he said in a statement.

Republican John Cornyn, who worked with Chris Murphy on the project, said it was about making attacks like Uvalde's "less likely to happen, while still protecting the Second Amendment" of the Constitution, which permits the possession of firearms. "I'm proud that this proposed mental health and school safety bill places no new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners," he tweeted.

The NRA, the weapons lobby, immediately expressed its opposition to the text, judging on the contrary that it could be used to “restrict the purchase of legal weapons”. The bill "leaves too much leeway to state officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions, inviting interference in our constitutional freedoms", she said.

However, this text remains far below the measures demanded by President Joe Biden, who had publicly shown his support for activists against gun violence by listing the measures he wanted to see adopted but which are absent from the agreement between the senators: ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, background checks for all gun buyers - not just those under 21 - requirement for individuals to keep their guns locked up.

Despite everything, it constitutes a first for decades.



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3D PRINTABLE GUN

The Americans should normally be able to ignore their own arms control system, quite legally.

People who are banned from buying guns, and those who want to own a gun that is illegal in their state could have easily circumvented the law.

3D printable guns?

Why ?

The little story:

An American crypto-anarchist had obtained permission to distribute 3D firearms manufacturing plans.

After several years of legal adventures, the Defense Distributed site had been authorized to distribute - legally - the 3D printing files of several types of firearms.

Among them, AR-15 style rifles, used in several mass shootings such as the one in Las Vegas or Parkland.

And this Wednesday, each inhabitant had prepared to be able to make a "do it yourself" gun using a simple 3D printer, from home and without any restrictions. The plans were to be published on the web this Wednesday!!

These guns are all plastic, but have the capacity and power to fire live ammunition.

These functional weapons, nicknamed "phantom weapons", from a digitized plan are completely anonymous, and without it being possible to trace them, unlike those produced by an approved manufacturer.

The creation and publication of these weapons plans had been made possible following an agreement in June 2018 between the government and Cody Wilson.

On the homepage of its site is indicated: "August 1, 2018: the era of downloadable weapons officially begins".

But prosecutors in eight U.S. states have announced they will ask a federal judge to block the plastic weapons 3D printing program from going online.

The embarrassment of the White House was such that Donald Trump himself said on Tuesday, before the court decision was rendered, that the sale of plastic guns did not make "very much sense" to him.

"The dissemination of these files is now illegal," insisted Judge Lasnik. But Cody Wilson, the founder of the Texas organization Defense Distributed, at the initiative of the Liberator, anticipated the bans and posted the plans for seven models of pistols online as of Friday, July 27, 2018.

Judge Robert Lasnik ruled in his injunction that the online dissemination of these files undermines the security of Americans. "There are 3D printers in universities and public places and there is a risk of irreparable damage," said the magistrate at the end of the one-hour hearing.

"It's just insane to give criminals the tools to 3D print untraceable and undetectable weapons at the push of a button," said New York State Attorney Barbara Underwood. attached to the court proceedings.

The assessment in 2022, after its declarations of 2018 is without appeal! The number of weapon files has multiplied so much around the world that it seems illusory to stop this by law the distribution of 3d printing files of firearms.




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THE UNITED STATES RAISE THE TONE AGAINST CHINA

TO DEFEND TAIWAN

Usa President Joe Biden has said in Tokyo that he would be prepared to use force to defend Taiwan, appearing to move away from the U.S. policy of "strategic ambiguity" under which Washington is helping Taipei strengthen its defence, but without explicitly promising to come to its aid in the event of an attack from China.

Joe Biden made this statement at the end of his talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The American president wants to tone up American strategy in Asia as Japan is determined to strengthen its military capabilities as part of its alliance with the United States.

The American president thus answered “yes” during a press conference, “if China invades Taiwan, we will come to its defense”. Then he brings this nuance: “We agreed with the policy of one China, but that Taiwan can be taken by force, it is not appropriate. The Chinese are already flirting with danger by flying so close to Taiwan. »

Dissuade China from invading Taiwan

This franchise access from Joe Biden relieves Japan, which would be on the front line in the event of an attack on Taiwan by China. The last Japanese island, in the very south, is only a hundred kilometers from Taiwan.

On Russia, Joe Biden says, “Making Putin pay a high price for his invasion of Ukraine is necessary to deter China from invading Taiwan. »

Maintain calm economic relations with China

The US president is tough on the diplomatic front with China, but he is looking for appeasement on the economic front.

Joe Biden is ready to lift certain tariff barriers vis-à-vis China. Big American business wants neither an economic war nor a military war with China.

Biden launches new Asia-Pacific economic partnership

Joe Biden announces the start of a new economic partnership in Asia-Pacific with 13 first countries, excluding China which does not see it with a good eye. "It's a commitment to work with our close friends and partners in the region on the challenges that matter most to ensuring economic competitiveness in the 21st century," the US president said in Tokyo during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

This new Indo-Pacific Partnership (IPEF), which is not a free trade agreement, revolves around four key sectors: the digital economy, supply chains, green energies and the fight against corruption. It is made up of 13 countries, the famous diplomatic "Quad": the United States, Japan, India and Australia, as well as Brunei, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand , the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Together, they represent 40% of global GDP, and are well regarded in business circles. Other countries could be included.

But this partnership does not include Taiwan, which is world champion in semiconductors.

With this initiative, the United States wants to offer an alternative to China, the second world power, very influential in Asia-Pacific.

Beijing also accuses Washington of seeking

"to form small cliques in the name of freedom and openness" hoping to "contain China", according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.




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LES ETATS-UNIS DE JOE BIDEN VONT LIVRER DES  SYSTEMES ANTIAERIENS DONT DES DRONES « KAMIKASES » A L'UKRAINE

A défaut d'avions de combat, l'Ukraine aura des drones. Alors que les Etats-Unis ont estimé la semaine dernière que l'Ukraine n'avait pas besoin d'avions de chasse pour lutter contre les forces russes, et ce, en dépit des multiples demandes ukrainiennes, Joe Biden annoncé, ce mercredi, le déblocage de 800 millions de dollars supplémentaires pour fournir une aide militaire à l'Ukraine, dont une partie concerne l'envoi de 100 drones pour lutter contre l'artillerie russe qui pilonne les villes. des « Switchblade », des drones dits « kamikazes » qui explosent au contact de la cible et dont le modèle plus petit permet de détruire des blindés légers.

La référence à Pearl Harbor

Cette annonce est intervenue, après un discours du président ukrainien, Volodymyr Zelensky, prononcé par lien vidéo devant le Congrès des Etats-Unis, dans lequel il a exhorté les Etats-Unis à fournir à l'Ukraine davantage d'armements pour faire face aux bombardements aériens de la Russie, invitant les parlementaires américains à se souvenir de l'attaque de Pearl Harbor en 1941 et des attentats du 11 septembre 2001.

Si Joe Biden s'oppose aux demandes ukrainiennes de créer une zone d'exclusion aérienne au-dessus de l'Ukraine, car elle pourrait déclencher une troisième guerre mondiale selon ses mots, les Etats-Unis vont donc apporter une assistance militaire plus musclée.

Des S-300 russes

Outre les drones, cette enveloppe de 800 millions de dollars « inclut 800 systèmes anti-aériens pour permettre à l'armée ukrainienne de continuer à arrêter les avions et les hélicoptères qui attaquent (l'Ukraine) », a indiqué Joe Biden, précisant que ces systèmes de défense anti-aériens comporteraient des missiles à plus longue portée que les Stingers déjà fournis. Selon la même source militaire américaine, il s'agit de S-300 russes, concurrents de première génération du Patriot américain, qui pourraient venir de certains pays de l'ex-bloc soviétique qui en possèdent encore, notamment la Slovaquie et la Bulgarie. Des armes que l'armée ukrainienne maîtrise bien. Les Etats-Unis en possèdent aussi. En décembre 1994, ils en avaient reçues après l'effondrement de l'URSS, en provenance de Biélorussie. Outre ces S-300, Washington va également envoyer 800 nouveaux lance-missiles sol-air portables Stinger, efficaces contre les hélicoptères et les avions volant à basse altitude, qui s'ajouteront aux plus de 600 Stingers déjà fournis.

Les Etats-Unis fourniront également 9.000 systèmes anti-char (dont 2.000 Javelin) et 7.000 armes légères telles que des mitraillettes, fusils d'assaut, pistolets et lance-grenades.

La crainte des armes chimiques et bactériologiques russes

Le secrétaire général de l'Otan, Jens Stoltenberg, a dit craindre ces derniers jours que la Russie puisse avoir recours à des attaques chimiques en Ukraine. Moscou accuse en retour les Eta

Vers un compromis sur le statut de l'Ukraine ?

Kiev et Moscou ont évoqué mercredi certaines pistes susceptibles de déboucher sur un compromis sur le statut de l'Ukraine, esquissant l'espoir d'une possible sortie de crise après trois semaines de guerre. Volodimir Zelensky, a déclaré que les négociations entre les deux camps devenaient plus « réalistes » et le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères, Sergueï Lavrov, a affirmé que certaines formulations en discussion pouvaient faire l'objet d'un accord. Moscou et Kiev discutent d'un statut pour l'Ukraine similaire à celui de l'Autriche ou la Suède, deux pays membres de l'Union européenne qui n'appartiennent pas à l'Alliance atlantique. Vladimir Poutine, déclenchement de a dit que Moscou était prêt à discuter d'un statut neutre pour son voisin.

« Un statut de neutralité est désormais sérieusement discuté parallèlement, bien sûr, à des garanties de sécurité », a déclaré Sergueï Lavrov. « Il y a des formulations absolument précises qui de mon point de vue sont proches de faire l'objet d'un accord. » Le principal négociateur russe, Vladimir Medinski, a précisé à la télévision publique: « L'Ukraine propose une version autrichienne ou suédoise d'un Etat démilitarisé neutre mais en même temps un État disposant de sa propre armée et de sa propre marine. »

Dans un signe apparent d'ouverture, Volodimir Zelensky a déclaré mardi que l'Ukraine était prête à accepter des garanties en termes de sécurité de la part des pays occidentaux, quitte à renoncer à son objectif de long terme d'une adhésion à l'Otan.

Le chef du Kremlin a toutefois ajouté que la Russie atteindrait ses objectifs en Ukraine et que l'Occident échouerait dans ce qu'il a qualifié de tentative de domination mondiale et de démembrement de son pays. L'assaut russe, que Moscou présente comme une « opération spéciale », se déroule comme prévu, a-t-il assuré lors d'une intervention devant ses ministres retransmise à la télévision d'Etat.

Le chef de la délégation ukrainienne aux pourparlers, Mykhaïlo Podolyak, a déclaré que Kiev réclamait toujours un cessez-le-feu et le retrait des troupes russes et souhaité des négociations directes entre Volodimir Zelensky et Vladimir Poutine.




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KETANJI BROWN JACKSON  PREMIERE FEMME NOIRE NOMMEE A LA COUR SUPREME DES ETATS-UNIS

La juge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nommée vendredi par Joe Biden à la Cour suprême des Etats-Unis, a été confirmée par le Sénat. Sa nomination qui fait grand bruit, l’a d’ores et déjà propulsée dans la lumière. L’occasion pour elle de rappeler qu’elle a eu « une expérience de la vie un peu différente » de ses collègues. Et pas uniquement parce qu’elle est noire.

Cette brillante juriste de 51 ans deviendra la première magistrate afro-américaine au sein de la haute institution, où n’ont siégé jusqu’ici que deux hommes noirs, si sa candidature est validée. Mais elle sera aussi l’une des rares à avoir une expérience professionnelle et intime du système pénal.

Un de ses oncles a écopé d’une peine de prison à vie

Alors que la plupart des juges de ce niveau se sont distingués comme procureurs, Ketanji Brown Jackson, elle, a travaillé du côté des accusés : pendant deux ans, elle a été avocate dans les services de l’aide juridictionnelle à Washington, où elle a défendu des prévenus sans ressources. Elle a ensuite raconté avoir été « frappée » par leur méconnaissance du droit et avoir, une fois devenue juge, pris « grand soin » d’expliquer ses décisions aux condamnés.

Plus personnel encore : un de ses oncles a écopé en 1989 d’une peine de prison à vie dans le cadre d’une loi très répressive, qui imposait automatiquement la réclusion à perpétuité après trois infractions aux lois sur les stupéfiants. Même si elle n’était pas proche de lui, « cette expérience familiale l’a sensibilisée à l’impact de la loi sur la vie des gens », a raconté au Washington Post un ami, sous couvert d’anonymat.

Une enfance stable et des études brillantes

Ketanji Brown Jackson a, elle, eu une enfance très stable dans une famille d’enseignants installée en Floride. Son père avait ensuite repris des études de droit et est devenu juriste dans un conseil d’école, tandis que sa mère se hissait au rang de directrice. Championne de concours d’éloquence dès le lycée, elle brille et rejoint la prestigieuse université Harvard, dont elle sort diplômée avec mention.

Dans les années qui suivent, elle alterne les expériences dans le privé et le public. Elle travaille notamment comme assistante du juge progressiste de la Cour suprême Stephen Breyer, qu’elle est désormais appelée à remplacer. Elle exerce dans des cabinets d’avocats mais aussi à la Commission des peines, une agence indépendante chargée d’harmoniser la politique pénale aux Etats-Unis.

Barack Obama la nomme juge fédérale à Washington

En 2013, le président démocrate Barack Obama la nomme juge fédérale à Washington. Mariée à un chirurgien, avec qui elle a deux filles, Ketanji Brown Jackson a un lien familial par alliance avec le président républicain de la Chambre des représentants de l’époque, Paul Ryan, qui la présente avec des louanges sur son « intelligence, sa personnalité et son intégrité ».

Au cours des huit ans qui suivent, elle rend des dizaines de décisions. Elle désavoue notamment Donald Trump, qui essaie d’empêcher le Congrès de convoquer un de ses conseillers, en écrivant : « Le principal enseignement des 250 ans d’Histoire américaine, c’est que les présidents ne sont pas des rois ».

Dès son arrivée à la Maison Blanche​, Joe Biden la nomme au sein de l’influente Cour d’appel fédérale de Washington, considérée comme un tremplin pour la Cour suprême. Malgré les profondes divisions politiques au Sénat, elle est confirmée avec le soutien de tous les démocrates et de trois républicains. Interrogée par un élu lors du processus de confirmation, elle jure de mettre à l’écart « ses opinions personnelles et toute autre considération inappropriée », dont sa couleur de peau, dans son examen des dossiers.

Mais « j’ai peut-être une expérience de la vie différente de celle de mes collègues », reconnaît-elle sobrement. « Et j’espère que cela peut avoir un intérêt. »




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CANADA ETAT D'URGENCE DECLARE A OTTAWA

 LA CAPITALE

Le maire d'Ottawa a durci le ton contre les manifestants, jugeant la situation « hors de contrôle » dans sa ville paralysée depuis plus d'une semaine par des opposants aux mesures sanitaires.

Etat d'urgence

Les protestations, qui avaient débuté à Ottawa samedi 29 janvier dernier, se sont étendues ce week-end à d’autres grandes villes canadiennes, tandis que des dizaines de poids lourds ainsi que des manifestants continuaient à paralyser le centre-ville de la capitale ce dimanche.

Le maire Jim Watson a donc annoncé dans l’après-midi avoir déclaré l’état d’urgence à Ottawa « en raison de la manifestation en cours ». Une déclaration qui « reflète le grave danger ainsi que la menace à la sûreté et la sécurité des résidents posés par les manifestations continues et souligne le besoin de soutien de la part d’autres administrations et ordres de gouvernement », indique la mairie dans un communiqué.

Plus tôt dans la journée, le maire avait jugé « la situation complètement hors de contrôle, (à Ottawa) car ce sont les protestataires qui font la loi ». « Nous sommes en train de perdre la bataille, (…) nous devons reprendre notre ville », avait martelé le maire, jugeant « inacceptable » le comportement des protestataires qui obstruent les rues du centre-ville et actionnent sans relâche les klaxons de leurs poids lourds.

La police durcit le ton

La police d’Ottawa, critiquée pour n’avoir pas su prévenir la paralysie du centre de la capitale, a de son côté annoncé son intention d’empêcher le ravitaillement des protestataires, en carburant notamment. « Toute personne qui tenterait d’apporter un soutien matériel (carburant etc.) aux manifestants risque d’être arrêtée. Cette mesure est désormais en vigueur », a-t-elle averti dans un tweet.

 La police d’Ottawa doit recevoir sous peu le renfort de quelque 250 membres de la gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC) un corps de police fédéral.

« Convoi de la liberté »

Le mouvement, baptisé «convoi de la liberté», visait à l’origine à protester contre la décision d’obliger, depuis la mi-janvier, les camionneurs à être vaccinés pour franchir la frontière entre le Canada et les Etats-Unis, mais il s’est rapidement transformé en mouvement contre les mesures sanitaires dans leur ensemble et aussi, pour certains, contre le gouvernement de Justin Trudeau.

 L'exécutif canadien se montre particulièrement offensif à l'égard du public le plus rétif à la piqûre anti-Covid et a notamment décidé de ne plus verser les allocations chômage aux non-vaccinés.




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DONALD TRUMP EN CAMPAGNE

 POUR LES ELECTIONS DE MI-MANDAT 2022

Depuis un podium portant l'inscription «Sauvons l'Amérique», l'ancien président a tenu le premier rassemblement de l'année 2022, promettant une année de reconquête de «la Chambre et du Sénat», avant «de reprendre la Maison-Blanche en 2024».

Trump est de nouveau en campagne. L'ancien président américain livrait son premier meeting de l’année à Florence en Arizona, samedi 16 janvier, au cours duquel il a lancé la campagne pour les élections de mi-mandat de novembre 2022. Il a promis que ce serait l'année ou «nous allons reconquérir la Chambre et le Sénat», avant «en 2024, de reprendre la Maison-Blanche».

Dans le vent désertique flottaient, sur un vaste champ, les drapeaux « Trump 2020 » et « Trump 2024 », pour encourager le milliardaire défait dans les urnes après quatre années à la Maison Blanche à se représenter à la prochaine présidentielle. Avant le début de la réunion publique, la foule scandait « Let's go Brandon », une formule codée insultante pour Joe Biden devenue cri de ralliement de la base trumpiste.

« C'est presque comme un Woodstock MAGA », un mélange entre le festival hippie des années 1960 et les meetings « Make America Great Again » de l'ex-magnat de l'immobilier, s'enthousiasme un trumpiste de la première heure.

L’ex-président américain entendait en effet répondre au discours très offensif lancé contre lui par Joe Biden lors des commémorations de l’attaque du Capitole le 6 janvier.

Un an après l’attaque, son discours est inchangé. À peine arrivé sur scène, casquette rouge sur la tête, Donald Trump commence son meeting de Florence en Arizona en contestant sa défaite à la présidentielle 2020. « L’année dernière, l’élection était truquée. Les preuves sont partout ! ». l'ancien président a d'emblée expliqué avoir les «preuves» que l'élection de 2020 avait été «truquée». «Les fausses nouvelles et les médias classiques refusent d'en parler», a dit Trump, «ils disent que c'est sans fondement et que c'est un gros mensonge. Le gros mensonge, c'est un tas de conneries, voilà ce que c'est». «Si une élection avait lieu aujourd'hui, nous les aurions battus à plates coutures, comme nous l'avons fait le 3 novembre. Nous les avons battus. Si nous avions une presse honnête, l'élection aurait été bien différente», a lancé Trump.

Et les militants exultent

Donald Trump utilise maintenant le thème de l’élection volée pour mobiliser ses supporters pour les prochaines élections de mi-mandat. Une stratégie du déni gagnante, selon Ali Alexander, l’organisateur de la fameuse manifestation du 6 janvier à Washington, présent dans le public. « Avec Trump pour nous guider, on se dirige vers une vague républicaine », affirme-t-il.

Croisé aussi dans le public, Ron Watkins, une figure soupçonnée d’être à l’origine du mouvement QAnon bénéficie d’une invitation VIP au meeting de Trump. « Je suis venu soutenir Trump parce que l’élection lui a été volée, c’est un fait », considère Ron Watkins.

Et sur scène, Donald Trump avait invité plusieurs candidats qui tous utilisent son « élections volée » pour faire campagne et gagner les prochaines élections. Parmi les invités figurait Kari Lake, candidate au poste de gouverneure de l'Arizona, à laquelle Donald Trump a apporté son soutien et qui a affirmé par le passé qu'elle n'aurait pas certifié la victoire de Joe Biden dans cet Etat-clé si elle avait été en fonctions à ce moment-là. C'est que Donald Trump conserve une grande influence sur le parti républicain, dont beaucoup d'élus désirant conserver leur siège aux prochains scrutins souhaitent bénéficier de son adoubement. Il a d'ailleurs pas manqué de critiquer le gouverneur actuel, Doug Ducey, coupable selon lui d'avoir reconnu la victoire de Joe Biden aux élections de 2020...

Trump a donc retrouvé l'accent de ses campagnes électorales. Il a attaqué les médias, faisant huer par la foule les équipes de télévision, il a critiqué Biden, l'accusant de transformer l'Amérique «en un nouveau Venezuela». Trump a dénoncé «les frontières ouvertes» et l'entrée «de millions d'immigrants illégaux», l'inflation galopante, l'augmentation du prix du carburant, les pénuries dans les magasins, et les taux de criminalités élevés «dans les villes démocrates».

Donald Trump a également critiqué les « politiciens de Washington » qui veulent « contrôler » les vies des Américains.« On en a marre que les politiciens de Washington contrôlent nos vies. On en a marre des obligations », a-t-il tonné

« Les démocrates extrémistes veulent faire des Etats-Unis un pays communiste », a-t-il aussi lancé.

Ce rassemblement était le premier d'une campagne qui devrait en compter environ deux par mois jusqu'au scrutin de novembre, le prochain étant prévu au Texas à la fin du mois de janvier.




Joanne Courbet pour DayNewsWorld
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ETATS-UNIS PLUS D'UN MILLION DE CAS QUOTIDIENS

 DE COVID -19 UN RECORD MONDIAL

Les États-Unis, confrontés à une inquiétante cinquième vague de Covid-19 alimentée par le variant Omicron, ont enregistré un record mondial de plus d'un million de cas quotidiens lundi, selon le bilan de l'Université Johns Hopkins. Le pays a enregistré 3,4 millions de cas ces sept derniers jours, soit une moyenne de 486.000 par jour avec un pic le 3 janvier, qui dépasse le précédent pic enregistré sur la semaine entre le 5 et le 11 janvier 2021, en pleine troisième vague (258.000 cas).

Une courbe « presque verticale »

Le Dr Anthony Fauci, principal conseiller de la Maison Blanche sur la crise sanitaire, avait déclaré dimanche que la hausse du nombre de cas de Covid-19 aux États-Unis suit une courbe "presque verticale".

Les taux de décès et d'hospitalisation aux États-Unis ont toutefois été beaucoup plus faibles ces dernières semaines que lors des précédentes poussées de Covid. Le nombre de décès enregistrés a diminué de 10% d'une semaine sur l'autre avec 9.382 morts ces sept derniers jours. Omicron est désormais le variant dominant aux États-Unis et représentait environ 59% des nouveaux cas sur la semaine qui s'est achevée au 25 décembre, selon les Centres de prévention et de lutte contre les maladies (CDC). Anthony Fauci a dit espérer que la vague actuelle atteindrait son pic « après quelques semaines » avant de s'inverser, comme cela s'est passé en Afrique du Sud.

Les autorités sanitaires américaines ont autorisé lundi l'injection de doses de rappel du vaccin Pfizer pour les 12-15 ans, et réduit de six à cinq mois le délai avant l'injection de cette troisième dose, pour toutes tranches d'âge.

Ces décisions interviennent en pleine flambée de l'épidémie dans le pays, liée au variant Omicron, et au moment où les écoliers s'apprêtent à retourner en classe après les fêtes de fin d'année.




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CORONAVIRUS AUX ETATS-UNIS

 DUREE D'ISOLEMENT REDUITE DE MOITIE

 EN CAS D'INFECTION

Les cas contacts et les personnes positives au coronavirus, mais asymptomatiques, peuvent désormais réduire de dix à cinq jours leur durée d’isolation, ont annoncé les autorités sanitaires américaines, ce lundi 28 décembre 2021.

Cette modification est « justifiée par la science », selon laquelle la majorité des infections ont lieu dans les deux jours précédant et les trois jours suivant l’apparition des symptômes, ont expliqué les Centres de prévention et de lutte contre les maladies (CDC), principale agence sanitaire des Etats-Unis, dans un communiqué. « Ces mises à jour permettent à chacun de poursuivre sa vie quotidienne en sécurité, » a expliqué dans un communiqué Rochelle Walensky, la directrice des CDC.

Inquiétudes autour d’une paralysie de certains secteurs

Le variant Omicron, bien plus transmissible, est désormais majoritaire aux Etats-Unis, et le nombre de cas est en très forte hausse dans le pays, à plus de 200.000 cas quotidiens sur les deux derniers jours, s’approchant du record de janvier dernier. Les responsables s’inquiètent d’une paralysie de certains secteurs économiques par carence de main-d’œuvre. Tout en réduisant de moitié l’isolation pour les personnes asymptomatiques, les autorités sanitaires leur conseillent de porter le masque dans les cinq jours qui suivent.

La durée de quarantaine pour les cas contacts non vaccinés est également réduite de 14 à 5 jours, avec également le conseil de porter rigoureusement un masque dans les cinq jours qui suivent. Selon ces recommandations, les cas contacts pleinement vaccinés n’ont pas besoin de s’isoler. Le 23 décembre, ces autorités avaient déjà réduit la durée d’isolement pour les soignants.

Une recommandation mais pas une obligation

Les recommandations des CDC ont valeur de référence et sont largement suivies aux Etats-Unis, mais elles ne constituent pas une obligation fédérale.

La hausse brutale du nombre de cas dans le pays, et les périodes d’isolation qui vont avec, ont conduit ces derniers jours les compagnies aériennes à annuler des vols par centaines.

Lundi matin, le président Joe Biden a reconnu que les hôpitaux du pays certains hôpitaux du pays étaient « dépassés, en termes d’équipements et de personnel », mais a demandé aux Américains de ne pas céder à la « panique ».




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UN BILAN CATASTROPHIQUE POUR JOE BIDEN

EN CETTE FIN D'ANNEE 2O21

Echec par-ci, revers par-là... Décidément, Joe Biden boucle sa première année au pouvoir en multipliant les ratés et déconvenues. Le président démocrate ne parvient pas à faire avancer son programme à cause de nombreux bâtons dans les roues.

« Je sais que vous êtes fatigués. […] Et je sais que vous êtes frustrés. Nous voulons tous que ce soit fini mais nous sommes toujours en plein dedans », a-t-il conclu dans son discours du mardi 21décembre 2021.

Une situation qui commence à plomber le moral du parti démocrate et des Américains. Alors que Joe Biden s’était installé dans le Bureau ovale avec 57% des citoyens satisfaits de son action, depuis le mois de septembre, ce chiffre est passé à 42% et 43%.

L’ombre du variant Omicron

Le président américain s’est fait élire sur la promesse de mettre fin à la pandémie alors que son prédécesseur Donald Trump avait longtemps minimisé la crise sanitaire puis avait délaissé sa gestion aux différents États. Près d’un an après sa prise de fonction,force est de constater que les États-Unis n’ont pourtant absolument pas tourné la page coronavirus.

Depuis le mois de septembre, le pays souffre à nouveau alors que la vaccination fait quasiment du sur place: en cette fin décembre, à peine 60% des Américains sont vaccinés avec au mois deux doses, soit seulement 10% de plus que trois mois auparavant.

L’arrivée du très contagieux variant Omicron dans ce contexte est venu doucher les espoirs de beaucoup d’en voir la fin. Selon les Centres de contrôle et de prévention des maladies (CDC), Omicron représente désormais 73 % des contaminations aux États-Unis, sur la base des données hebdomadaires arrêtées au 18 décembre. La semaine précédente, le chiffre n'était que de 12,6 %. La proportion d'Omicron tourne autour de 95 % des cas dans un groupe d'États du nord-ouest (Oregon, Washington et Idaho) et dans un autre du sud-est, comprenant la Floride, selon les Centres de prévention et de lutte contre les maladies (CDC).

Le contexte est venu doucher les espoirs de beaucoup d’en voir la fin. Le pays enregistre actuellement une nouvelle flambée de contaminations, en moyenne près de 150.000 par jour, dont les trois quarts sont dues à cette mutation. Plusieurs États remettent même en place des restrictions: à New York, le télétravail redevient obligatoire dans certaines entreprises, des musées reviennent aux capacités d’accueil limitées, plusieurs comédies musicales de Broadway ferment... À Boston, la mairie a décidé de ne pas rouvrir les écoles immédiatement après les vacances de Noël. La lassitude et l’anxiété autour de cette impression de ne pas avancer jouent ainsi fortement contre l’administration.

Ce mardi 21 décembre, Joe Biden a donc pris la parole pour rassurer les citoyens: 2020 ne se reproduira pas. Il n’y aura tout d’abord pas de restrictions nationales ou de confinement d’ici Noël. « Nous devons tous nous préoccuper d’Omicron » mais « nous ne devons pas paniquer », a affirmé Joe Biden, ajoutant : « Nous ne sommes plus en mars 2020. Nous sommes prêts. »

Mais le président a aussi promis une riposte pour faire face à cette nouvelle vague.

Les non-vaccinés dans le viseur

Il a ainsi cité « trois grandes différences » avec le début de la pandémie dont tout d’abord les vaccins, mais aussi l’abondance d’équipements de protection individuelle pour les soignants devant faire face à l’afflux de non-vaccinés dans les hôpitaux, ou encore le savoir accumulé sur ce virus.

Joe Biden a cependant tenu à mettre en garde ceux qui ne sont pas entièrement vaccinés, déclarant qu’ils avaient « de bonnes raisons d’être inquiets » et qu’il était de leur « devoir patriotique » de se faire vacciner.

Les autorités vont distribuer gratuitement 500 millions de tests et mobiliser un millier de médecins, infirmiers et membres du personnel médical de l’armée.

Bloc républicain

Joe Biden irait bien volontiers plus loin dans sa gestion du coronavirus. Le démocrate, élu en grande partie sur la promesse de mettre fin à l'épidémie, ne dispose cependant pas, au niveau fédéral, de beaucoup de leviers. Et les quelques mesures contraignantes qu'il a prises, notamment la vaccination dans les grandes entreprises, butent sur des procédures judiciaires et alimentent les discours de l'opposition républicaine sur une atteinte aux libertés individuelles. Pas question donc pour le démocrate en ce moment de serrer davantage la vis.

Mesure phare entravée par le démocrate Joe Manchin

Autre revers : l’un des coups les plus durs pour le président qui vient de fêter ses 79 ans est également tombé dimanche 19 décembre. Le pharaonique plan de réformes sociales que promettait Joe Biden a reçu un coup de poignard après que le sénateur démocrate Joe Manchin a annoncé qu’il n’approuverait pas ce programme.

« C’est non », a annoncé ce dernier sur Fox News, chaîne du câble habituellement révérée des républicains et ultra-conservateurs. « Je ne peux pas voter pour ça », a expliqué Joe Manchin face à ses « collègues démocrates à Washington, déterminés à remanier profondément [la] société (...) avec une dette publique faramineuse de 29.000 milliards de dollars et une inflation qui est réelle et qui nuit à tous les Américains ».

Le Sénat étant divisé (50 élus pour chaque camp), n’importe quel démocrate a dans les faits ce qui s’apparente à un droit de veto sur tout projet de loi face aux républicains qui serrent généralement les rangs. Faire passer ce plan de 1750 milliards de dollars baptisé « Build Back Better » (“Reconstruire en mieux”) est pourtant primordial pour l’administration Biden qui a promis notamment de faire baisser le coût de la garde d’enfants et des médicaments, tout en investissant en masse pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre.

Les contre-attaques des républicains qui font bloc, face à un parti démocrate tiraillé entre sa gauche et son centre, nourrissent elles aussi le sentiment d’être face à un mur alors que le président avait promis un véritable bon en avant en ayant la majorité au Congrès.

L’avortement mis en danger.

L’un des dossiers emblématiques qui revient de façon quasi hebdomadaire dans les informations depuis fin août: le droit de l’avortement mis en danger. Dès que le Texas a mis en place une loi interdisant depuis le 1er septembre d’avorter après six semaines de grossesse, Joe Biden a juré de combattre la mesure. Mais les appels n’y ont rien fait. L’affaire a terminé devant la Cour suprême -à majorité conservatrice avec l’aide de Donald Trump- qui a décidé de ne pas interdire la mesure draconienne et simplement laisser les tribunaux fédéraux intervenir s’y le souhaitaient.

Même la couverture médiatique des derniers mois de la présidence Biden outre-Atlantique décrit depuis l’été ses actionsavec la même « négativité » que celle de Donald Trump à la même époque l’année précédente.C'est dire la déception des Américains pro-Biden !!!




Joanne Courbet pour DayNewsWorld
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LES SOMBRES PREDICTIONS DE JOE BIDEN

« UN HIVER DE MALADIE GRAVE ET DE MORT »

La nervosité gagne les États-Unis, alors que le variant Omicron se propage, perturbant notamment les championnats de basket et de football américain

Le président américain a averti que ce nouveau variant très contagieux était « là » et allait « se mettre à circuler beaucoup plus rapidement ». Le 1er décembre, le nombre de nouveaux cas quotidiens aux États-Unis était de 86 000 en moyenne ; le 14 décembre, il était de 117 000, soit une augmentation d’environ 35 % en deux semaines.

À New York, les annulations de représentations se multiplient à Broadway à cause d’une augmentation des cas positifs. De prestigieuses universités américaines ont d’ores et déjà adapté leur fonctionnement, en organisant des cours et des examens en ligne. La NFL, ligue de football américain, a mis en place des mesures sanitaires renforcées après avoir enregistré une centaine de cas positifs parmi les joueurs depuis le début de la semaine. La NBA, la ligue de basket, est également touchée - deux matchs des Chicago Bulls ont été reportés. Jeudi soir, deux joueurs des Los Angeles Lakers, dont la star Russell Westbrook, ont dû déclarer forfait pour leur match de vendredi pour cause de protocole Covid.

À la Maison Blanche, le changement de ton est évident.

Joe Biden, qui il y a quelques semaines demandait de ne « pas paniquer » face au nouveau variant, a fait venir jeudi les journalistes à la fin d’une réunion consacrée à la pandémie de Covid-19 pour, a-t-il dit, faire « passer directement un message aux Américains ». La mine grave, il a rappelé qu’il était « de la plus haute importance » de recevoir une dose de rappel pour les personnes vaccinées, et de « recevoir la première dose » pour les autres. Le président des Etats-Unis a mis en garde contre « un hiver de maladie grave et de mort » pour les personnes non vaccinées, avec l'explosion du variant Omicron du coronavirus, et appelé les Américains à se faire vacciner, jeudi 16 décembre. « La seule vraie protection est de recevoir votre injection », a dit le président américain, insistant sur le fait que le variant Omicron est  « là » et va « se mettre à circuler beaucoup plus rapidement aux Etats-Unis ».

Le variant Omicron semble se propager plus vite que le variant Delta, provoquer des symptômes moins sévères et rendre les vaccins moins efficaces, indique l’OMS, qui souligne que les données restent très parcellaires.

Peu auparavant, la porte-parole adjointe de la Maison Blanche Karine Jean-Pierre avait elle laissé entendre que l’administration ne prendrait pas pour l’instant de mesures restrictives particulières, pour se concentrer plutôt sur la vaccination. « Les outils que nous avons fonctionnent », a-t-elle assuré, ajoutant : « Nous allons continuer à travailler pour que les Américains se fassent vacciner et fassent leurs rappels ».

Joe Biden, élu en grande partie sur la promesse de mettre fin à la pandémie, avait dévoilé le 2 décembre un plan censé protéger les États-Unis contre une déferlante de cas, d’hospitalisations et de décès. Mais il s’était bien gardé de prendre des décisions très contraignantes, sachant le sujet hautement sensible.

Les Américains sont las de la pandémie, et des ténors de l’opposition républicaine s’insurgent régulièrement contre toutes les tentatives d’imposer les vaccins ou le port du masque.




Joanne Courbet pour DayNewsWorld
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ETATS-UNIS TORNADES MEURTRIERES

 AVEC PLUS DE QUATRE-VINGTS MORTS

Plus de soixante-dix morts dans le Kentucky, où une ville a été au moins en partie rasée, d’autres victimes dénombrées dans l’Illinois, l’Arkansas, le Missouri et le Tennessee . Des tornades destructrices ont frappé une partie des Etats-Unis, vendredi 10 décembre, causant la mort d’au moins 83 personnes. L’une de ces tornades a parcouru plus de 400 km, selon le service météorologique national (NWS), alors qu’en moyenne celles-ci ne dépassent pas plus de 6 km de distance.

La ville de Mayfield réduite à « un tas d’allumettes »

Des bâtiments éventrés, du métal tordu, des arbres et des briques éparpillés dans les rues.

Mayfield, une ville de 10 000 habitants, semble avoir été à l'épicentre de la catastrophe. « La ville a subi les coups les plus durs. La dévastation y est massive », a souligné Michael Dossett, un responsable local des secours, interrogé sur CNN. Il y a évoqué un « ground zero », une expression employée pour décrire les ruines du World Trade Center après les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 à New York.

« Nous étions assez sûrs du fait que nous allions perdre plus de 50 Kentuckiens. Je suis à présent certain que ce nombre est supérieur à 70, et il pourrait bien dépasser la centaine d'ici à la fin de la journée », a déclaré le gouverneur de l'État Andy Beshear lors d'une conférence de presse.Plusieurs comtés ont été dévastés, a-t-il ajouté.

L’effondrement du toit d’une usine de fabrication de bougies « a fait d’innombrables victimes » dans la ville de Mayfield, a expliqué le gouverneur. « Avant minuit, j’ai déclaré l’état d’urgence », a ajouté M. Beshear, en précisant que des équipes de recherche et de secours avaient été déployées dans ce chaos, aggravé par les coupures de courant. Dans la soirée, la maire de la ville, Kathy O’Nan, a précisé sur CNN qu’aucune personne n’avait pu être sortie vivante des décombres de l’usine, laissant craindre une aggravation du bilan. Le centre de Mayfield ressemblait samedi « à un tas d’allumettes », a-t-elle déploré.

Dégâts dans plusieurs États

Au total, 30 tornades ont été enregistrées dans la nuit dans six États du Midwest jusque dans le sud des États-Unis : outre le Kentucky, l’Illinois, l’Arkansas, le Missouri et le Tennessee .

A Edwardsville dans l’Illinois, la force des vents a en partie arraché le toit d’un entrepôt d’Amazon, causant la mort d’au moins six personnes, le 11 décembre 2021 , la partie secours des opérations étant désormais terminée, laisse place à la récupération des victimes.

« Nous avons le cœur brisé par la perte de nos collègues là-bas, et nos pensées et prières vont à leurs familles et à leurs proches », a réagi sur Twitter le patron d’Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

Jusqu’à une centaine d’employés du géant de la distribution travaillaient de nuit pour traiter les commandes avant les fêtes de fin d’année.

« Tragédie inimaginable », a réagi le président américain..

Le Kentucky a demandé que la Maison Blanche déclare aussi l’état d’urgence, ce qui permettra de recevoir l’aide du gouvernement fédéral. La garde nationale devrait notamment être envoyée en renfort ainsi que les équipes de la FEMA, l’Agence fédérale de gestion des urgences. La Maison Blanche dit suivre la situation de près, car les alertes de tempêtes sont toujours en vigueur sur une majeure partie de l’est des États-Unis.

Alors que les secours étaient encore à pied d’œuvre samedi matin, le président américain, Joe Biden, a évoqué une « tragédie inimaginable ». « Nous travaillons avec les gouverneurs [des Etats touchés] pour nous assurer que nous avons ce qui est nécessaire pour la recherche des survivants », a-t-il ajouté.

«C’est probablement la série de tornades la plus violente de notre histoire».

« Tout est plus intense lorsque le climat se réchauffe », a poursuivi le président américain, sans établir toutefois de lien de causalité directe entre le dérèglement climatique et cette catastrophe.




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VACCINATION OBLIGATOIRE POUR TOUT LE SECTEUR PRIVE A NEW-YORK

New York serre la vis. Le maire Bill de Blasio a annoncé lundi 6 décembre 2021 que tous les employés du secteur privé seraient soumis à une obligation vaccinale contre le coronavirus à compter du 27 décembre 2021.

L'édile est allé plus loin que le président Joe Biden dont l'obligation vaccinale, qui devait entrer en vigueur le 4 janvier 2022 mais est actuellement suspendue par une décision de justice, ne concernait que les salariés de sociétés de plus de 100 personnes.

« Ici, à New York, nous avons décidé de lancer une attaque préventive (contre le coronavirus) pour vraiment faire quelque chose d'audacieux pour arrêter la progression du Covid et les dangers qu'il nous pose à tous », a indiqué M. de Blasio sur la chaîne MSNBC.

Il a précisé que tous les « employeurs du secteur privé à New York seraient concernés par l'obligation vaccinale à compter du 27 décembre », soit quelque 184.000 entreprises, sociétés et commerces.

Par ailleurs, à partir de la même date, les « New-Yorkais âgés de 12 ans et plus devront montrer la preuve qu'ils ont reçu trois doses de vaccin », selon le maire, qui quittera son poste le 31 décembre pour être remplacé par Eric Adams, élu le 2 novembre.

Le variant du coranavirus Omicron est désormais confirmé dans au moins 15 Etats américains - avec quelques cas à New York, la plus grande ville des Etats-Unis particulièrement meurtrie par l'épidémie en 2020 avec au moins 34 000 décès.




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THE UNPOPULAR JOE BIDEN DRAWS FROM STRATEGIC OIL RESERVES TO BRING UP HIS COAT OF ARMS ON THE EVE OF THANSGIVING

Before his compatriots hit the road for the very family-friendly Thanksgiving holiday, which falls on Thursday, the Democrat launched a rather unprecedented initiative: put into circulation 50 million barrels taken from the strategic oil reserves of the world's largest power, the largest quantity ever drawn.

"We are launching a major initiative," the US president said in a speech, against the backdrop of photographs of gas stations and tanks. The initiative "will not lower prices overnight" but it "will make a difference", he promised from the White House.

Usually, the United States touches sparingly on its reserves - currently 609 million barrels, which makes them the largest in the world - buried in Louisiana and Texas, in the event of natural disasters or international crises.

In coordination with other big consumers of black gold

Joe Biden says he is launching this initiative to draw on American reserves in coordination with other large consumers of black gold, which is unprecedented. For the occasion, Washington and Beijing have put their rivalry aside: the United States has let it be known that China is joining this initiative, as has India, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. , but without giving much details.

In the sights large companies in the sector ...

The American president has obviously in his sights the large companies of the sector, accused of passing on to the pump only the price increases, while raking in huge profits. The White House asked the US Competition Authority a few days ago to look "immediately" into the "possibly illegal" behavior of oil companies, and does not rule out legal action.

But especially the OPEC countries

By increasing the supply, the United States and the other States hope to automatically lower prices, while putting pressure on the producing countries. The White House has repeatedly urged OPEC to step up its production ramp-up. The cartel, allied with Russia and nine other producing countries under an agreement to voluntarily limit its production of black gold, still leaves more than 4 million barrels underground every day.

However, while an OPEC meeting is scheduled for December 2, the United States has failed to convince the organization and its allies. The latter highlight the absence of an oil shortage and have confirmed that they will raise their production by 400,000 barrels per day, no more. The use of strategic reserves could, however, provoke a reaction from OPEC + members, which could consequently slow down the gradual increase in their production, according to some analysts.

Above all a political aim on the eve of Thanksgiving

But in fact Joe Biden's main focus is elsewhere. Joe Biden is unpopular. According to the FiveThirtyEight site, which aggregates polls, its popularity rating was below 43% on Tuesday.

Inflation, which is reaching peaks, is undoubtedly for something. And in particular the rise in prices at the pump, in a country where taking the car is as much a necessity, for lack of developed public transport, as a way of life. The White House thus hopes to ease the tension on gasoline prices, while the price per gallon (3.78 liters) has climbed 60% in one year in the United States, to reach 3.41 dollars (3 euros ), according to the AAA Automobile Association.

With this symbolic announcement, he hopes to make life easier for the middle class, discouraged in the face of globalization and the Covid-19 pandemic. It mostly occurs on the eve of Thanksgiving, when Americans hit the road to join their families. “For this Thanksgiving holiday we have so much to be thankful for,” he said on Tuesday.

One of the tenors of the Republican camp, Senator Lindsey Graham, denounced in a press release an “abuse” of the use of these reserves, intended according to him for “emergencies. ".

This initiative of the Democrat is only a communication operation to convince Americans that he is indeed the president of the middle class.



Joanne Courbet for DayNewsWorld

A DARK BELIER CAR IN A PARADE

CHRISTMAS IN THE UNITED STATES

After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the traditional Christmas parade returned Sunday, November 21, 2021 in Waukesha, a small town in Wisconsin.

But around 4.30 p.m. local time, a ram car suddenly burst in, mowing down some participants and killing at least five people. The car in question, a red SUV, entered at full speed in the middle of the procession after having destroyed the security barricades installed for the occasion.

She began her mad race behind a group of school musicians. At least five dead, according to an initial assessment that could increase

The first report shows five dead and 40 injured. The city of Waukesha, on its Twitter account, nevertheless indicated that the toll could be called upon to increase.

“Today our community faced horror and tragedy in what should have been a community celebration,” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly said at an evening press conference, lamenting a "horrible and senseless act".

Dancers, high school music groups or even political figures were invited to invest the streets of this city of 70,000 inhabitants.

Due to the nature of the targeted event - a Christmas parade - many injured happen to be children. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a city about 30 kilometers away, said a priest and students from the Catholic school in Waukesha had been affected.

A group of dancers invited to perform during the parade, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies (Milwaukee dancing grandmothers) said on their Facebook page that several of their members were among the victims. A new press conference is expected to take place on Monday afternoon.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson announced that a person of interest had been arrested, without revealing more about his identity or involvement, and that the vehicle had been recovered. He said a police officer opened fire on the vehicle in an attempt to stop its course.

Suspect already accused of acts of violence

Two law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly, allegedly identified the person: she is already accused of acts of violence, two criminal cases being opened in Milwaukee County.

This brings Wisconsin back into the spotlight for the second time in just a few days. Last Friday, a Kenosha jury created a stir by acquitting Kyle Rittenhouse, this young white man who had killed two people with an AR-15 on the sidelines of protests against racism and police brutality on August 25, 2020 in this city located in the south of the state.




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ASSAULT OF THE VICTORY CAPITOL OF DONALD TRUMP WHO OBTAINS SUSPENSION IN THE PUBLICATION OF MAISON-BLANCHE DOCUMENTS

A US court on Thursday, November 11, 2021 granted the former US president's request to temporarily suspend publication of White House documents that could implicate him in the attack on Capitol Hill. The court only validated the request of the former president of the United States.

These documents are requested by the special committee of the House of Representatives investigating the assault, and their publication was ordered Tuesday by a federal judge in the name of "the public interest" to understand "the events that led to the assault. January 6 ”.

Seized by Donald Trump's lawyers, an appeals court said Thursday that it had granted an "administrative injunction" and set the proceedings for November 30. The court clarified that this decision "should in no case be interpreted as a decision on the merits" of the case.

On January 6, thousands of Donald Trump supporters gathered in Washington as Congress certified Joe Biden's Democratic victory in the November 2020 presidential election. The former real estate mogul addressed the crowd, hammering that the election had been "stolen" from him. Several hundred demonstrators then launched an assault on the temple of American democracy, sowing chaos and violence.

Joe Biden has already agreed to the publication of some 770 pages of documents which are kept at the National Archives, part of which was due to be sent to Congress on Friday. They include the files of former close advisers to Donald Trump as well as the daily newspaper of the White House - an account of his activities, trips, briefings and phone calls.

Donald Trump, who denies any responsibility for the coup, invokes the right of the executive to keep certain information secret.



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JOE BIDEN BARRED TO ADOPT HIS SOCIAL AND ECOLOGICAL REFORMS

After a war of nerves and extreme tensions, a first release: the US Congress definitively adopted, Friday, November 5, the vast infrastructure investment plan wanted by Joe Biden, a victory obtained after a hard fight by the Democratic President which, however, did not convince parliamentarians to also vote for the titanic social and ecological aspect of its ambitious reform projects.

It took 218 votes for Democrats to pass this $ 1,200 billion plan to modernize roads, bridges, high-speed Internet, and considered one of the most ambitious in modern American history. They obtained 228 against 206. The text he will receive for signature at the White House passed with the support of 13 Republican votes. Index of democratic fractures, six elected officials missed the call: members of the "squad", the very left-wing group gathered around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The second legislative project is however postponed for ten days: the Build Back Better Act (BBB), social and ecological reforms to the tune of 1,750 billion.

Joe Biden urgently needs to relaunch his presidency: the contrary signals seem to be accumulating in recent weeks with the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the defeat of a Democratic governor in Virginia, Donald Trump in ambush or the polls. falling. This is why the tenant of the White House hoped Friday, November 5 to advance two major texts in the House of Representatives: this investment plan but also the vast program to overhaul the social protection system and the fight against global warming evaluated. to $ 1.7 trillion. In particular, the text provides for nursery school for all, a profound improvement in health coverage and significant investments inreducing greenhouse gas emissions - a real redefinition of the welfare state in the United States.

But the Democratic leaders had to give up a vote of approval of the second text, the centrist wing of the party demanding clarification of the costing.

Divisions within the Democratic Party

This social and environmental aspect is indeed the subject of very difficult negotiations within the Democratic Party, between the left wing and the moderate camp.All day, the Democratic President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, tried to put its troops in working order, and generate support for the president's plans. "The program that we are putting forward is innovative, historic, and that is what makes it a challenge," she declared in a letter to the Democrats, as if to explain these internal quarrels between elected officials of the party.

This is because the debate revolves around the very philosophy of the Biden project, which is supposed to make 21st century America a model of prosperity and stability vis-à-vis China.

For these centrist Democrats, and for the entire Republican camp, the state should not interfere too much, even with the best of intentions, in the privacy of Americans.

For the most left-wing elected officials, led by Senator Bernie Sanders, on the contrary, there is an urgent need to correct the gaping inequalities. And in the middle, there is Joe Biden who tries the synthesis, by repeating at will "I am a capitalist", but also that it is necessary to support the working middle class. "Elected as the anti-Trump, Joe Biden aspires to be the second incarnation of FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), the father of the New Deal which transformed America after the crisis of 1929]", accused, in April, the Wall Street Journal business daily.

Joe Biden's reforms are therefore subjected to the grueling test of Democratic cohesion ... However, if the Democrats control Congress, their majority in the Senate is so short that any defection is impossible.

The obstacle Joe Manchin

So Joe Biden is on the infighting of his own party. If it obtains the green light from elected officials in the Chamber after mid-November, its major social component will still have to be approved in the Senate, where it risks being significantly altered. Its fate is more particularly in the hands of an elected official from West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin, who says he fears that the plan will further widen public debt and fuel inflation. However, in view of the very thin Democratic majority in the Senate, he virtually has a right of veto over presidential projects.

Joe Manchin is, in fact, "the man who controls the Senate", as The New Yorker wrote in a long survey devoted to this politician in June 2021. His vote became central in a chamber divided into two, with 50 Democratic or related senators and 50 Republicans.

And Joe Manchin, embodying the centrist wing, seems determined to block everything that, in the program of the American president, could go in the direction of a welfare state ... wanted only by the progressive wing of the party. democrat.




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ERIC ADAMS EX-BLACK ANTI-RACIST POLICE

WILL HE BECOME THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK ?

The African-American Eric Adams should be elected this Tuesday, November 2, 2021 mayor of New York, a consecration for this child from poor neighborhoods released from delinquency and former anti-racist police officer.

If he beats well at the polls on Tuesday, as is almost certain in a city classified on the left, his Republican rival Curtis Sliwa, Eric Adams, 61, will be the second African-American mayor in New York's history, after David Dinkins (1990-1993).

Both discreet and charismatic, the 61-year-old candidate had been preparing for the post of mayor for a long time.

After retiring, Eric Adams was elected Senator from

New York in 2006 and then re-elected three times before becoming Brooklyn's first black president in 2013.

"The personality that suits New Yorkers"

“Moderate” Democrat, less on the left than the media representative of the party in New York Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the profile of the former police officer seduces to the New York Post, a newspaper classified on the right, according to the New York Times.

It also appeals to working-class neighborhoods, reassures the business community. He's vegan and trumpets that he would be able to carry a handgun in church. He constantly juggles between glorifying himself and self-criticism.

And wields the art of adapting the story of his life to his audience as a person. In short, he is "a pragmatist rather than a leftist ideologue", summarizes the political scientist of Columbia University Robert Shapiro.

During the Democratic primaries in June, he showed himself as a strong leader, defender of the middle and popular classes, at the forefront against racial discrimination. The former police officer also promised to be intractable against crime whose indicators have turned red in 2020.

His program promises to curb the increase in shootings (+ 32% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period of 2020), a theme on which his career gives him some credibility. Rather attached to the right wing of the Democratic Party, Eric Adams is known to be close to the business circles of "Big Apple" ("Big Apple"), the financial lung of the planet.

The largest police force in the country

The mayor of New York manages the largest municipal budget in the United States, 98.7 billion dollars for the fiscal year 2021-2022, devoted in part to the exit from the health crisis.

He has control over the largest police force in the country (NYPD, 36,000 employees). The next mayor will have to continue the reform of the police accused of having in its ranks violent, racist and corrupt agents. The brutal crackdown on protests after the murder of African American George Floyd by a white policeman left a mark. "I don't hate police services, I hate abusive cops, and that's what people confuse , the former cop told The New York Times.

When you like something, you criticize it for making it what it should be, you don't let it happen ”.

He plans to reform the police, increase the number of officers of color and appoint a woman to the post of commissioner.

But the former police officer does not claim the Black Lives Matter movement either, and rejects the slogan "Defund the police" that the American left chanted in 2020. Many other sites await him. also after a health crisis that killed more than 36,000 New Yorkers .

The candidate, a man of the field, has every chance of being elected mayor of the metropolis of eight million inhabitants on Tuesday. “Being progressive is not what you tweet, but what you do in the streets every day to help people,” he said during his campaign.




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UNITED STATES ISSUE THEIR FIRST

GENDER "X" PASSPORT

The gold of his presidential campaign, Joe Biden promised to take better account of the rights of sexual minorities, thus reviving an initiative by Barack Obama in 2011.

It's done . The United States indeed announced, Wednesday, October 27, to have delivered the first passport with the gender "X" to a person who does not recognize himself in the traditional choices "male" or "female".

The name of the holder of this document has not been revealed by US officials.

The US State Department has "added an X box for non-binary, intersex people" and more broadly those who do not identify with the gender criteria proposed so far, announced its spokesperson, Ned Price.

This option will be offered to all passport applicants from early 2022, he said, reaffirming the commitment of US diplomacy to

“Promote the freedom, dignity and equality of all people”.

The United States thus completes the list of countries, including Canada, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, India and Pakistan which offer the choice "X" or "other" in their passports, according to the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, headquartered in London.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken already relaxed the rules in June by allowing American citizens to choose their gender on their passports themselves. Previously, people who wanted to register a different kind than their birth certificate had to provide a medical certificate. Biden has made defending the rights of sexual minorities around the world a priority, more than any other president of the United States before him and at odds with his predecessor, Donald Trump.

This recognition of a "third kind" marks another step forward towards the transhumanism wanted by Silicon Valley which is threatening our society....




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DONALD TRUMP WILL LAUNCH HIS “TRUTH SOCIAL” SOCIAL NETWORK

Donald Trump announced Thursday, October 21, 2021 the launch of his own social network called Truth Social ("Social Truth"), after being scandalously banned in January from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, who accuse him of inciting his supporters of violence on their platforms before the assault on Capitol Hill.

Truth Social has just entered its beta version, intended to be tested by a reduced number of users in order to identify flaws and potential improvements. This phase should last until early 2022, before the launch to the general public. The first invitations will be sent out in November.

"I created Truth Social and the Trump Media and Technology (TMTG) group to resist the tyranny of the tech giants," said the former president in a statement, specifying that his platform should be launched in the first quarter of 2022 .

"We live in a world where the Taliban are very present on Twitter, but where your favorite American president has been silenced," he said.

The big companies of Silicon Valley have "used their unilateral power to silence dissenting voices in America," added Donald Trump. The former president added that Trump Media & Technology Group, the parent company behind TRUTH Social, was "founded with the mission of giving a voice to all. ".

Terms of use

Before being banned, Donald Trump had nearly 89 million followers on Twitter - where he had announced a number of major presidential decisions and thunderous sackings as well as 35 million on Facebook and 24 million on Instagram.

According to the terms of use, Internet users wishing to use Donald Trump's platform will however be prohibited from "denigrating" or "tarnishing" the camp of the former president as well as the social network itself.

Other prohibited behaviors include impersonating another user, copying software from the site, or using the site in a manner that is against the law.

2024 in sight

Truth Social is visually and technically similar to Twitter. The platform also has a news feed, a search system and also a profile creation for users.

The billionaire's new media group, TMTG, will also include a video-on-demand service with entertainment programs and “non-woke” podcasts.

While he maintains the suspense over a possible candidacy in 2024, Donald Trump will need an online presence.




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LES REFORMES DU PRESIDENT DEMOCRATE

JOE BIDEN CONFRONTEES AUX DIVISIONS

DANS SON PROPRE PARTI

Les revers se multiplient pour Joe Biden qui peine à faire voter son grand plan de reconstruction de l’Amérique, Build Back Better (« Reconstruire mieux », BBB) aux deux volets, un plan d’infrastructures doté de 1 200 milliards de dollars (1 030 milliards d’euros) et le paquet social de 3500 milliards, «une refondation de l’Etat-providence à l’américaine ». En cause : des oppositions au sein même du parti démocrate. Deux très importants projets de loi sont donc toujours bloqués au Congrès, faute de consensus entre l’aile gauche du parti et les centristes.

C'est pourquoi le président américain s’est même rendu au Capitole, vendredi 1er octobre, un déplacement rare dans l’enceinte du pouvoir législatif, pour tenter de ressouder son camp. « Nous y arriverons », a-t-il promis à la tribune, assurant que ses réformes économiques et sociales finiraient par être acceptées par le Congrès.

En effet si les démocrates soutiennent unanimement le premier volet, ils se déchirent cependant sur l’envergure du second et la nécessité de passer les deux textes en même temps.

Aucun problème donc pour les investissements dans les routes, les ponts, les réseaux électriques, qui sont plutôt consensuels, soutenus par plusieurs élus républicains, et par l' ensemble des démocrates. Mais pour le gigantesque programme de dépenses sociales (éducation, santé, garde des jeunes enfants) et environnementales à 3 500 milliards de dollars, les avis divergent selon que l'on soit démocrate centriste ou démocratesde l'aile gauche.

Pour certains démocrates centristes – les plus en vue étant le sénateur Joe Manchin et la sénatrice Kyrsten Sinema –, la question est celle du montant, qu’ils voudraient baisser, et du financement, qu’ils contestent, par des hausses d’impôt sur les riches et les multinationales. L’aile gauche démocrate refuse, quand à elle, de voter définitivement le plan infrastructures à la Chambre des représentants, tant que les deux sénateurs démocrates centristes Joe Manchin (Virginie-Occidentale) et Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) n’apportent pas au Sénat leur voix indispensable au vote du plan social. Son argument : les démocrates du centre, une fois financés les ponts et les routes, seraient trop heureux de renvoyer aux calendes grecques un vote sur cet autre volet.

Mais au-delà de ces marchandages, le débat porte sur la philosophie même du projet Biden, censé faire de l’Amérique du XXIe siècle un modèle de prospérité et de stabilité face à la Chine. Pour ces démocrates centristes, et pour tout le camp républicain, l’État ne doit pas trop se mêler, même avec les meilleures intentions, de la vie privée des Américains.

Pour les élus les plus à gauche, emmenés par le sénateur Bernie Sanders, il y a au contraire urgence à corriger des inégalités béantes. Et au milieu, il y a Joe Biden qui tente la synthèse, en répétant à l’envi « je suis un capitaliste », mais aussi qu’il faut soutenir la classe moyenne laborieuse. « Elu comme l’anti-Trump, Joe Biden aspire à être la deuxième incarnation de FDR [Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945), le père du New Deal qui transforma l’Amérique après la crise de 1929] », accusait, en avril, le quotidien des affaires Wall Street Journal.

Les réformes de Joe Biden sont soumises au test éprouvant de la cohésion démocrate...Or, si les démocrates contrôlent le Congrès, leur majorité au Sénat est si courte que toute défection est impossible.

Sans compter qu’ils risquent fort de la perdre dans un peu plus d’un an, lors des élections de mi-mandat.




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LE RETRAIT DE L'AFGHANISTAN EST

UN « ECHEC STRATEGIQUE »

 SELON L'ARMEE AMERICAINE

Moins d’un mois après le départ définitif des troupes américaines d’Afghanistan au terme de vingt ans de guerre, des hauts gradés, ainsi que le ministre de la Défense, ont répondu mardi 28 septembre aux questions d’une commission du Sénat, à Washington. C’est « un échec stratégique », ont-ils répondu aux sénateurs qui les interrogeaient. Joe Biden contredit par ses hauts gradés

Joe Biden mis en cause

Ils ont contredit Joe Biden, en affirmant qu’ils lui avaient conseillé de maintenir 2.500 soldats sur place pour éviter un effondrement. « Et plus tôt, à l’automne 2020, j’avais aussi recommandé le maintien de 4 500 hommes, a poursuivi le général Kenneth McKenzie. C’était mon point de vue, et je pensais aussi que le retrait de ces troupes conduiraient à coup sûr à l’effondrement de l’armée afghane ». Le chef d’état-major, le général Mark Milley, et le chef du commandement central américain (Centcom), le général Kenneth McKenzie, se sont justifiés devant le Sénat. Selon eux, Joe Biden a choisi de ne pas suivre leur conseil, que le locataire de la Maison Blanche affirmait ne pas avoir reçu, le 19 août sur ABC.

« Pris par surprise »

Pour autant, les militaires n’accablent pas l’administration actuelle. Ils incluent dans cet « échec stratégique » global, l’armée afghane dont le niveau de décrépitude avait été sous-évalué selon Lloyd Austin, le ministre de la Défense.

« Le fait que l’armée afghane, que nous avons formée avec nos partenaires, se soit effondrée -- souvent sans tirer une balle – nous a tous pris par surprise », a admis le ministre américain de la Défense Lloyd Austin. « Nous n’avons pas réalisé le niveau de corruption et l’incompétence de leurs officiers de haut rang, nous n’avons pas mesuré les dommages causés par les changements fréquents et inexpliqués décidés par le président Ashraf Ghani au sein du commandement, nous n’avons pas prévu l’effet boule de neige des accords passés par les talibans avec quatre commandants locaux après l’accord de Doha, ni le fait que l’accord de Doha avait démoralisé l’armée afghane », a-t-il énuméré.

« C’est un échec stratégique », a commenté le général Mark Milley. « L’ennemi est au pouvoir à Kaboul. Il n’y a pas d’autre façon de décrire les choses ».

Il a aussi prévenu que le risque d’une reconstitution en Afghanistan d’Al-Qaïda ou du groupe Etat islamique était « une possibilité très réelle ».




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VICTORY OF THE DEMOCRAT GOVERNOR

GAVIN NEWSOM

The continuation of Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom was played out on Tuesday, during a recall referendum triggered by activists opposed to his measures to combat Covid-19.

An unusually risky situation for Democrats, in a state that is usually theirs.

And the victory goes to the Democratic camp of Joe Biden. Voters in California, the most populous state in the Union, have in fact decided to retain their governor, Gavin Newsom, by voting overwhelmingly "no" in the referendum organized by his detractors to obtain his dismissal, according to officials. first estimates released Tuesday, September 14 by the American media.

After counting 59% of the ballots, the no to recall showed 67% of the votes (against 33%), according to CNN and NBC.

With such a lead, the two channels estimated that Democrat Gavin Newsom will remain governor of the most populous state in the United States and complete his term.

This vote "says 'yes'" to what is dear to us Californians, "Gavin Newsom launched in a voice tied with emotion at the announcement of these first results.

"As a State, we have said yes to science, yes to vaccines, yes to the end of the pandemic (...) yes to the right to vote without fear of false accusations of fraud", declared the governor.

Veteran politician, Democrat Gavin Newsom, 53, former mayor of San Francisco, was elected handily in 2018. His term ends next year.

High taxes and strict management of the health crisis criticized

Using a provision of the Californian Constitution, disgruntled citizens, very quickly rallied by the Republican Party, obtained this "recall ballot" allowing to dismiss a governor outside any electoral calendar, after having collected more than 1.5 million dollars. signatures.

Californians in favor of the referendum denounced excessive taxes, a democratic "elite" perceived as contemptuous and individual freedoms flouted by Gavin Newsom to stem the pandemic.

Eighteen years ago, a similar vote allowed Arnold Schwarzenegger to conquer California by bringing down the then Democratic governor..




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ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11

TWENTY YEARS LATER

A painful anniversary: ​​two decades later, the United States again commemorates the attacks of September 11, this Saturday September 11, 2021.

The United States paid tribute, Saturday, September 11, to some 3,000 dead from the attacks of Al-Qaeda, twenty years after September 11, 2001, in an atmosphere weighed down by the chaotic withdrawal of the American army from Afghanistan. , a war that was started in 2001 in retaliation for these terrorist attacks.

• Joe Biden visited each of the sites where hijacked planes crashed in 2001, to pay tribute to the victims. The US president delivered a speech to the nation ahead of the commemorations on Friday evening, where he said “unity is what makes us who we are, and we cannot forget it. "

• Six moments of silence were observed at 8:46 am, 9:03 am, 9:37 am, 9:59 am, 10:03 am and 10:28 am. They successively symbolize the moment when the planes struck the towers of the World Trade Center, then the Pentagon, the collapse of the South Tower, the crash in Pennsylvania and the collapse of the North Tower. Minutes of silence and musical tributes followed one another until 12:30 p.m. to mark the tragedies of this fatal morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

• Family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks gathered on the Memorial plaza near Ground Zero to read the names of the victims aloud, accompanied by artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Chris Jackson.

• At 9.45 am, at the National Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville George W. Bush, who was ruling the country at the time of the attacks, gave a speech paying tribute to the passengers and crew who revolted against the terrorists. “I come without explanations or solutions. I can only tell you what I saw. On this day of America's trial and mourning, I have seen millions of people instinctively grab hold of their neighbor's hand and rally to each other's cause. This is the America I know, ”he said. The former president was in office during the 2001 attacks.

• Vice President Kamala Harris applauded the bravery of the passengers on Flight 93, all of whom lost their lives when the hijacked plane crashed near Shanksville. “Within minutes, under the most dire of circumstances, the 40 reacted as one man,” she said.

A memory of light

Huge vertical beams of light are already rising from the two huge black basins that have replaced the base of the towers. It is the “Tribute in lights”, a tribute in light to the World Trade Center.




Kelly Donaldson for DayNewsWorld

UNITED STATES

THE DAY OF THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

It is 20 years since one of the most significant events of Islamist terrorism took place:

the attacks of September 11, 2001.

In a matter of hours, the coordinated attacks carried out by Al Qaeda on American soil killed 2,977 people.

Nineteen terrorists hijacked four airliners: two crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the last in a wooded area thanks to passenger resistance.

Feedback on these events

7:59 am. American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767, departs Boston for Los Angeles. On board, 76 passengers, 11 crew members and five hijackers.

8:15 am. United Airlines Flight 175, also a Boeing 767 from Boston to Los Angeles, takes off with 65 people on board, including five pirates.

8:19 am. American Airlines Flight 11 crew members alert that the plane is being hijacked. One of the hijackers stabbed a passenger, ABC7 recalls, probably because he tried to oppose the terrorist.

8:20 am. Flight 77, a Boeing 757, takes off from Dulles near Washington for San Francisco, with 64 people on board, including five pirates.

8:42 am. United Airlines Flight 93 departs from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. On board, 33 passengers, seven crew members and four terrorists.

First impacts

8:46 am. Flight 11 hits the north tower of the World Trade Center. It opens a gigantic breach in the upper floors, which ignite.

8:50 am. US President George W. Bush has been warned. The accident hypothesis is the first considered.

About fifteen minutes after the first impact, a plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Center.

9:03 am. United Airlines Flight 175 in turn crashes against the upper floors of the South Tower.

9:05 am. While in Florida, President George W. Bush begins reading a story to elementary school children. “A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack, ”his chief of staff whispered in his ear.

At the same time, a passenger of flight 77 alerts her husband of the hijacking of the plane in which she is. He warns the federal authorities.

9:25 am. The civil aviation authorities, the FAA, announce the closure of American airspace and ban any takeoff.

"Apparent terrorist attack"

9:30 am. George W. Bush announces to schoolchildren that he is returning to Washington because of an "apparent terrorist attack".

9:36 am. The Secret Service evacuates Vice President Dick Cheney to the Presidential Emergency Operations Center under the White House.

9:37. American Airlines Flight 77, departing from Dulles Airport near Washington for San Francisco, crashes into the west facade of the Pentagon. The impact killed all passengers and 125 people on the ground.

The plane that crashed into the Pentagon killed 125 soldiers and civilians in addition to the passengers and crew in the hijacked aircraft.

The plane that crashed into the Pentagon killed 125 soldiers and civilians in addition to the passengers and crew in the hijacked aircraft .

9:42 am. The Federal Aviation Administration (the national air traffic control agency) orders all airplanes in flight to land as soon as possible.

9.45 a.m. The White House and the Capitol are evacuated.

9:59 am. After burning for nearly an hour, the South Tower collapsed within seconds in a deluge of fire, steel and dust. The violence is such that no trace of DNA has ever been found for hundreds of victims.

10:03 am. Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey, crashes in Shanksville, a wooded area in western Pennsylvania. Some passengers, informed by cell phone of what was happening in New York, resisted the terrorists.

10:15 am. Part of the Pentagon collapses.

Bush promises to hunt down those responsible

10:28 am. The north tower collapsed, 102 minutes after being hit by the plane. The southern tip of Manhattan is covered in a cloud of ash and debris.

11:02 a.m. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani orders the evacuation of southern Manhattan.

1:04 p.m. George W. Bush, who was evacuated from Barksdale air base (Louisiana), places the armed forces on "maximum alert" and promises to "track down and punish the cowards responsible" for the attacks. The president will then be transferred to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska (center) before returning to the White House in the evening.

13:27. Washington Mayor Anthony Williams declares a state of emergency in the federal capital.

5:20 p.m. After having burned for seven hours, building 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed in turn, without causing any victims.

8:30 p.m. George W. Bush addresses the Americans, denounces "deliberate terrorist acts". He promises to track down those responsible and warns that Washington will make "no distinction" between terrorists and those who harbor them. Days of research followed, in an attempt to find survivors or the remains of the victims. 40% of the missing still could not be identified.

11:02 a.m. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani orders the evacuation of southern Manhattan.

1:04 p.m. George W. Bush, who was evacuated from Barksdale air base (Louisiana), places the armed forces on "maximum alert" and promises to "track down and punish the cowards responsible" for the attacks. The president will then be transferred to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska (center) before returning to the White House in the evening.

13:27. Washington Mayor Anthony Williams declares a state of emergency in the federal capital.

5:20 p.m. After having burned for seven hours, building 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed in turn, without causing any victims.

8:30 p.m. George W. Bush addresses the Americans, denounces "deliberate terrorist acts". He promises to track down those responsible and warns that Washington will make "no distinction" between terrorists and those who harbor them.




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COVID-19 JOE BIDEN MAKES VACCINATION MANDATORY

Faced with the rise of the Delta variant and the pandemic which is returning to the unvaccinated, the American President, Joe Biden, announced, Thursday, September 9, an acceleration in the fight against Covid-19 in the United States by taking a imperative measures:

Vaccination thus becomes compulsory for two-thirds of employees in the public and private sectors.

This time, Joe Biden wants to give himself the means to raise a vaccination rate which is ceiling in the United States:

vaccination obligation for caregivers, civil servants and federal government contractors, and for the first time, obligation for companies with more than 100 employees to verify that their employees are doubly vaccinated or present a negative test at least once per week, under penalty of a fine of $ 14,000 per violation.

To date, nearly half of large companies have already announced mandatory vaccination rules for all or part of their staff. Among them are Walmart, the largest private American employer, but also United Airlines, Kraft Heinz, BlackRock, Citigroup, Comcast, Google and Microsoft. "The largest companies are already asking for it, United Airlines, Disney and even Fox New", pleaded Thursday, September 9 the American president

The president also plans to call on the organizers of major sporting or cultural events to make public entry conditional on proof of vaccination or a negative test. The goal is "to reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans (...), to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, to allow our children to go to school safe and to keep our economy strong," he said. explained the spokesperson for the presidency.

The White House also wants to facilitate screening tests and extend the wearing of masks (travel, federal buildings) to curb the epidemic. A national recall campaign for Covid-19 vaccines is also due to start from September 20.

A new wave of contamination

The Delta variant is inflicting in the United States a new wave of contaminations, which clutters hospitals and hinders economic recovery, while a quarter of the population has not received any vaccine injections. The daily toll has risen to 1,500 dead, up 30% over the past two weeks, and 100,000 people are hospitalized because of Covid-19. Concern is growing for children: around 20 of them die each week from Covid-19.

In terms of vaccination, America is cut in half, with rates ranging from just 40% in Mississippi, Alabama and Wyoming to over 70% in Washington DC, Rhode Island or Vermont. But only 53.3% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to health officials, and another 80 million Americans are not vaccinated, or 25% of the population, in this country with the most deaths linked to the new coronavirus. in the world, with more than 653,000 deaths.

"Your refusal has a cost for all of us"

So Joe Biden denounced the “identified minority” of Americans who “keep the country from turning the page” on the epidemic. “My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: what are you doing? wait for more? What more are you waiting for? We have made vaccination free, safe and convenient. The vaccine has had full approval from health authorities. Over 200 million Americans have had at least one dose. We have been patient, but our patience is running out. Your refusal comes at a cost to all of us. So please do what is right, ”he urged.

This change of method comes as Joe Biden suffered several setbacks this summer on the health, economic and political fronts, punctuated by an avalanche of criticism of his management of the evacuations of civilians from Afghanistan at the end of August, in the midst of chaos after the return to the country. power of the Taliban.




Abby Shelcore for DayNewsWorld
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    INONDATIONS MEURTRIERE A NEW-YORK

La ville de New York a subi des inondations impressionnantes. L'ouragan Ida, rétrogradé en cyclone post-tropical, a amené dans son sillage des pluies torrentielles qui ont provoqué d'importantes inondations sur la côte est des États-Unis. Au moins sept personnes ont été retrouvées mortes à New York, jeudi 2 septembre, dans les importantes inondations qui ont frappé la ville au passage des restes de l'ouragan Ida, a annoncé la police locale. Un mort est également à déplorer dans la ville de Passaic, dans le New Jersey, rapporte notre confère du New York Times.

Etat d'urgence.

Kathy Hochul, la gouverneure de l'Etat de New York, et Bill de Blasio, le maire sortant de la capitale économique et culturelle américaine, ont décrété l' « état d'urgence », suite à ces inondations massives qui concernent potentiellement quelque 20 millions d'habitants.

 « Nous subissons un événement climatique historique, avec des records de pluie, des inondations brutales et des conditions dangereuses sur la route", a annoncé le brutales et des conditions dangereuses sur la route », a annoncé le maire de New York Bill de Blasio, avant de décréter l'état d'urgence dans la ville.


Toutes les lignes du métro new-yorkais sont suspendues, inondées. Plusieurs routes sont bloqués sous plusieurs mètres d'eau notamment dans les quartiers de Brooklyn et du Queens, très touchés.
Les habitants sont appelés à ne pas sortir de chez eux.
Face aux fortes inondations, le Notify NYC, un programme de communications d'urgence de la ville de New York a demandé aux résidents de ne pas prendre la voiture jusqu'à 5 heures du matin pour faciliter l'intervention des secours.
 
« En raison des conditions météorologiques extrêmes, une interdiction de voyager est en vigueur à partir de maintenant jusqu'à 5h du matin. Tous les véhicules non urgents doivent être éloignés des rues et des autoroutes de New York." » Quelques heures plus tôt, sur Twitter, il avait été demandé aux habitants de rester chez eux en raison des débris qui volent dans les rues de la ville.


Dans le New Jersey, accablé par des pluies torrentielles, l’état d’urgence a aussi été déclaré par son gouverneur, Phil Murphy. Plusieurs villes, dont Philadelphie, ont été placées sous alerte pour risque de tornade par le NWS.

 « C’est une situation particulièrement dangereuse.  S’il vous plaît, mettez-vous à l’abri si vous êtes dans la zone d’une alerte tornade », a tweeté mercredi le NWS Mount Holly. D’impressionnantes tornades ont aussi été observées en Pennsylvanie, dans le New Jersey et dans le Maryland. A Annapolis, ville située à une cinquantaine de kilomètres de Washington, ce phénomène météorologique a déraciné des arbres et fait choir des poteaux électriques.


 Ida devrait ensuite continuer sa route vers le nord, et se diriger vers la Nouvelle-Angleterre, jeudi.



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ETAT D'URGENCE EN  LOUISIANE

AVEC L'ARRIVEE DE L'OURAGAN IDA