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Dunn Of Tight Biden Inner Circle Takes Breather Back Into Private Life
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Dunn Of Tight Biden Inner Circle Takes Breather Back Into Private Life

Anita Dunn, one of the top advisers in Biden’s office has resigned, sources have confirmed. Dunn has surprisingly decided to return to her Democratic consulting company in August. It seems the accusations on her of crossing purposes has been too much to take after all.

Dunn has been instrumental in prepping up the president for every media interaction up until now. Dunn is known to be a hard master in strategy and grudge control and has been buttressing most of Mr. Joe Biden’s disaster management strategies.

She provided direction when his campaign was failing for example in the Iowa caucuses. In the West Wing, at the White House, she has been prominent in shaping every major policy push so far, not to forget her sidelining Julian Castro for snubbing the president in a public debate, questioning his ‘metal acuity’.

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It is going to be big blow to Biden’s inner circle as the Covid-19 new variant precariously eats into the lives of the unvaccinated and threatens the stability of his infrastructure deal as well.

According to David Plouffe, a former Obama campaign manager, Ms. Dunn was disciple and anchorage personified, something you need all the time in the volatility that American lives, politics and therefore White House has to constantly deal with.

An advocate for women empowerment, she has been known to push for women representation in the West Wing. She has stood firm on the stance that while discharging her office duties, she has never mingled her company’s functioning, it is worth noting that indeed her company was hired to handle the $2.2 million direct mail contract for the Biden campaign. Senior White House official have highlighted that Ms. Dunn would be subject to post government restrictions that apply to former federal employees. That includes a two-year restriction on whom she contacts on matters in which the government has a “substantial interest” that was pending under her official responsibility in the White House. Strangely, even though she goes back to private life, her influence with Biden might still continue due to the trust that the President places in her abilities.  

Who is really behind the crisis in Haiti?
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Who is really behind the crisis in Haiti?

Protests broke out, on Wednesday, in Haiti’s capital as gasoline shortages added to the country’s woes – which has been plunged into darkness after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.

As police announced new arrests, nearly all the gas stations in Port-au-Prince were shut and long queues formed outside the few that were still operating.

Residents blamed both the criminal gangs that manage key supply routes and opportunistic black market fuel sellers deadening distribution into Haiti’s biggest city.

Protesters set tires ablaze in the middle of gritty streets, as they remained quieter than usual in the aftermath of Moise’s killing on July 7.

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In the middle of the night on July 7, a gang of armed men stormed the residence of the Haitian President and shot him dead. The brazen sent shivers down the spine of Haitian society. Although it is still not clear that who hired the killers and why, there are clues that point to Colombian mercenaries, a US security company and various opponents of Moïse in the country.

Moïse was unpopular and amid a climate of uncertainty, he had attempted to extend his term in office.

It is clear that over the next few weeks, Haitians will have to wrestle with the political implications of the assassination, the lust for power, and the increased repression against protests.

Eighteen of the Colombians have been detained, three were killed by police and five are still on the run, Haitian police said. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a third Haitian-American, was arrested.

Haitian police announced, on Wednesday, that they arrested two more men after probing their homes and finding weapons.

Leon Charles, the National Police chief, identified former Haitian Senator John Joel Joseph as a key player in the plot. He is suspected to be the one who supplied weapons and planned meetings. The police is still, as per Leon, searching for him.

Charles also said that a company identified as World Wide Capital Lending Group was responsible for fundraising “to execute this criminal act.”

Climate emergency in the United States between fires and hurricanes
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Climate emergency in the United States between fires and hurricanes

Acres of land burn in the western United States where an extreme heatwave has brought record temperatures. Entire communities have been evacuated as firefighters fight the flames even in extreme situations. The BBC reports. In Arizona, two firefighters died in the crash of their aircraft while trying to put out fires. And among the extreme temperatures in Las Vegas, it was 47.2 degrees yesterday.

Water, wind, fire: it is an actual climatic apocalypse that is overwhelming America in these hours. Canada has been burning for days, overwhelmed by an unprecedented heatwave with temperatures well above 40 degrees, that is, 10-15 degrees higher than usual. As in the Vancouver area, the famous port in the British Columbia region, where it even touched 49.6 degrees centigrade, the highest temperature ever reached in Canada: causing the death of at least 500 people and as many as 240 fires. Meanwhile, in the North West of the United States, infernal temperatures even melt the asphalt of the streets: Residents of large cities such as Boston and New York have been asked to limit the use of appliances and air conditioners as possible to avoid the risk of blackout.

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If the North is burning, in the South of the country, there is a hurricane warning. But, here in these hours, Elsa is scary: the first hurricane of the season is running towards Florida. And never mind if, after having devastated the small Antilles with its load of winds and heavy rains, it lost energy in the meantime, almost without damage touching the island of Cuba: were, reduced to a (virulent) tropical storm, it left behind “just” 3 deaths and 100,000 evacuated, as well as landslides and floods. But now that it is aiming for the South of the United States, ready to hit the Florida peninsula, meteorologists fear a new strengthening “fed” by the warm waters of the eastern fringe of the Gulf of Mexico. Therefore, it has already been reclassified as a category one hurricane. Also, for this reason, in Miami, authorities rushed to complete the demolition of the condominium’s remains that collapsed on June 24 last. Thus, deciding the controlled explosion previous unsafe structures, despite the opposition of relatives of the victims, since only 32 bodies of the 121 missing have been recovered.

The experts, on the other hand, have no doubts. It will be a cyclonic season above average, even without necessarily reaching the crazy budget of 2020: yes, in short, the historical record of last summer, when amid the Covid emergency, 30 cyclones (two more than the 28 in 2005) and seven hurricanes hit the southern United States. Of course, scholars explain, climate change does not directly affect the number of recorded phenomena. But they contribute to making them increasingly virulent and destructive due to the increase in the sea’s surface temperature. A thesis demonstrated by the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, according to which for each additional half degree of heat, is an increase of about 3 percent of the average content of that atmospheric humidity, which then acts as fuel for hurricanes passing.

Kamala Harris Follows Internal Policy To Visit Mexico Border
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Kamala Harris Follows Internal Policy To Visit Mexico Border

Vice President Kamala Harris is finally visiting the border, and she says it has got nothing to do with pressure from the Republic side. She is visiting the El Paso Central Processing Center this week. There has been amid a surge in migration as Biden administration has promised to resolve pending cases of migration.

It has been made clear that the problem of the migrants and commotion at the border is something that Biden’s administration has inherited from his predecessor.

Harris had been entrusted by Biden to solve this issue from the root. Meanwhile, critics have been blaming Harris for having preserving her position. But her action, it seems has been well planned to visit the border. In March, media rounded her up on her delay to visit to which she answered with an innocence laugh that it was ‘grand gesture’ to merely make a visit to the border.

As a part of the government of doers, we might get to see more of such gestures. In a formal statement to put the rumours to the ground over Republican pressure, Symone Sanders, the spokesperson and senior adviser for VP Harris said, “This administration does not take its cues from Republican criticism or pressure, nor from the former President of the United States of America. We have said, over a number of different occasions—and the vice president has said, over the course—over the last three months, that she would go to the border. She has been before. She would go again. She would go when it was appropriate, when it made sense.”

Migration cases have been stuck for years with American courts. While it had raised the hopes of many in Central America, they never saw the light of the day, till PM Biden’s administration made heartfelt promise to put the ones can could be, into action.

While the clearing up will take time, the panic and anticipated excitement has been increasing on the Mexico-American border. There has been a surge of unaccompanied children migrants in huge numbers too. Temporary makeshift stays arrangements have been bursting from the seams as well.

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US lawmakers introduce sweeping antitrust bills to regulate Big Tech
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US lawmakers introduce sweeping antitrust bills to regulate Big Tech

US House lawmakers have introduced sweeping bills to limit the market power of the country’s Big Tech companies after a 15-month long investigation carried out by the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee led by Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline conducted a thorough investigation into the powers of the US technology giants, including Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon on various topics varying from data and mergers to their competitive behaviour.

In its 449-page report, the committee concluded that the four tech giants have abused their power over digital markets by accessing important data of individuals and businesses, charging excessive fees, and imposing strict contract terms on its users.

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In response to the report, these bipartisan proposals are aimed at bringing a major overhaul to the market by placing new restrictions on the structure and operations of tech companies.

“Unregulated tech monopolies have too much power over the economy. Our agenda will level the playing field and ensure the wealthiest, most powerful tech monopolies play by the same rules as the rest of us,” said Rep. David Cicilline.

As per reports, the four bills would tighten the merger reviews for tech companies, prohibit them from promoting their products and services over competitors on their platforms, and allow users to leave a platform and transfer their data to competitors. A fifth bill has also been introduced that allows the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to monitor the tech companies to confirm the legality of their mergers and police their operations.

While antitrust experts have lauded the proposals noting that the existing law is not enough to regulate American tech giants, the four companies have opposed the findings of the investigation.

In addition, tech trade groups have also expressed their displeasures with the legislations, terming them a “threat” to consumer choice and innovation. Opposing the bills, the Chamber of Commerce said that they are “targeted attacks” on particular companies in the market.

From Amazon to Facebook, leading tech companies in the US have been facing intensifying scrutiny over their increasing monopoly over the market along with issues of user privacy and competition in recent years.

After being referred to the House Judiciary Committee, the bill will be introduced into the House of Representatives and then the Senate. For it to become a law, the bill will require President Joe Biden’s consent.

Climate & Wildlife Preservation: Biden suspends Trump approved Arctic oil drilling leases
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Climate & Wildlife Preservation: Biden suspends Trump approved Arctic oil drilling leases

 US President Joe Biden has suspended all oil and gas drilling leases that were approved by former President Donald Trump in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With this President Biden has taken a significant step towards his campaign promise of taking measures to protect climate and wildlife, and thus reviving political fight over the region. Alaska is home to polar bears among other wildlife, and also rich in oil reserves.

The remote region that pans across 19.6m acre is home to polar bears, snowy owls and caribou, along with other wildlife and migrating birds from six continents. Oil industry lobby and Republicans have been trying to open up the rich oil reserve refuge in region that is highly lucrative. The region is sacred to indigenous Gwitch’in communities and drilling is what they have been resisting for years to protect their region. Environmental groups, Democrats and many native tribes of Alaska have long been trying to block the advancements of Republicans and oil industry in region.

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On his first day in Oval Office, President Biden had signed an executive order that suggested requirement of an environmental review to address legal flaws in drilling program approved by Trump under Congress enacted 2017 law. The interior department after conducting the review and assessment said that it “identified defects in the underlying record of decision supporting the leases, including the lack of analysis of a reasonable range of alternatives” that is required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The two parties have been in crosswires over the region when in 1995 former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, vetoed Republican plan of allowing drilling in refuge. President Biden has been a big advocate of bringing in environmental reforms and openly opposed drilling in the refuge. One of his main presidential campaign promises was to push for permanent reforms to protect environment which have been long demanded by the environmental groups.

Kristen Miller, acting executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League, hailed Biden administration’s decision of suspending the Arctic leasing program. She said, “Suspending these leases is a step in the right direction, and we commend the Biden administration for committing to a new program analysis that prioritizes sound science and adequate tribal consultation.”

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said in a statement, “President Biden believes America’s national treasures are cultural and economic cornerstones of our country. He is grateful for the prompt action by the Department of the Interior to suspend all leasing pending a review of decisions made in the last administration’s final days that could have changed the character of this special place forever.”

Demand for ‘The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act’
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Demand for ‘The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act’

As the anniversary of Geoge Floyd’s murder approaches, US Citizens believes that the best way to honor his memory is to get Congress to pass a bill in his name that overhauls policing. It has been more than two decades since the people have been reportedly witnessed, experienced and complained about the policy reforms that have failed over and over to stop Black people from dying at the hands of officers. This entire issue got in the limelight since last year when Geoge Floyd, a black man was murdered under the knee of a white Minneapolis officer. Today, on his death anniversary, people from across nations are demanding reform in federal legislation being negotiated in his name, calling ‘The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act’.

The creation and implementation of this reform are necessary as several activists and political thinkers have warned that some of the proposed reforms have not been enough to stop past police abuses, reflecting a divide within the movement over what would constitute real progress. Citing the dreadful death of Eric Garner, who was killed in 2014 by NYPD as they chokehold him. His last words were the same as Floyd, “I can’t breathe.”

The organizer of the Movement for Black Lives, mentioned, that they have realized that police departments, with their oversized budgets and their outsized political power, can rise above reformist policies and they misconduct themselves against their vendetta.

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Floyd’s family has been in a fixture in Minneapolis since his death, attending legal proceedings and appearing at events to urge justice for his death. Being pressurized through people and civil servants, Joe Biden addressed the nation last year and said that we cannot let Floyd’s parents die with him. We have to keep hearing them and we must not turn them away. We cannot turn away. This can be a moment of significant change. An activist from the protest emphasised saying that the police officers need to be held accountable for their actions, so they can know that when they break the law when they take a loved one from someone, they’ll think twice about it.

Brazil to lock second contract with Pfizer for 100 million vaccine doses
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Brazil to lock second contract with Pfizer for 100 million vaccine doses

Brazil is about to sign a second contract with Pfizer Inc for a further stock of 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, 35 million shots of which are due to be delivered in October said Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga on Monday.

That makes it up to 200 million doses of the Pfizer shots for Brazil this year. The second deal is aimed at relieving the shortage of vaccines so that the world’s second-deadliest outbreak, after the United States, could be encountered.

Brazil’s second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro announced, a few days back, that it was delaying second doses of CoronaVac as it was running out of shots.

As per the announcement, the vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech will see the application of its second dose only after more supplies arrive from the Butantan biomedical center in Sao Paulo.

Most COVID-19 shots given so far in Brazil have been CoronaVac. Due to the delayed shipments of its active ingredients from China, the Butantan finishing line halted two weeks ago.

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A new load of the ingredient that would be enough for 5 million doses of CoronaVac, reached Brazil on April 19.

So far, Butantan has given about 42 million jabs of CoronaVac to the national immunization program.

Brazil’s Health Ministry, last week, got its first 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Talking to industry leaders in Sao Paulo, Queiroga said the signing of the second contract with Pfizer would multiply the 100 million doses already signed by two. They are due for delivery by the end of September, this year.

On the other hand, a parliamentary inquiry has begun to hear testimony in a Senate probe into the handling of the coronavirus crisis by the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro. He has constantly denied the gravity of the virus, spoken against lockdowns, and was slow to register for vaccine supplies last year.

USA, shooting in a parking in Indianapolis kills at least eight
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USA, shooting in a parking in Indianapolis kills at least eight

A night of blood and fear in Indianapolis. At least eight people died in the shooting that took place around 11 pm yesterday, local time, in the capital of the American state of Indiana, south of Chicago. The shooting, whose motive and details are not yet known, took place in a FedEx warehouse in the southwestern area of ​​the city, near the Indiana International Airport. According to preliminary reports, an as yet unidentified gunman opened fire, killing several people, then, as confirmed in a press conference by police department spokesman Genae Cook, took his own life. It is not yet clear the motive or whether the episode is linked to a demonstration or an act of terrorism.

At least ten shots were discharged during the incident. The number of people injured in the shooting has risen to at least nine, according to local media. The spokesperson for the local police specified that seven injured, including one in critical condition, were transported to the hospital, while two others were treated on the spot. However, the number of injured is destined to rise as some people have reached the nearby hospitals on foot. A reception center has been set up in a nearby hotel for the family members of people who are not reachable. According to the reconstruction published by the local Indianapolis Star newspaper, shortly after 11 pm, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of gunshots in the FedEx logistics center. Arriving at the scene, the agents found the shooting in progress.

In a statement, the company said: “We have learned of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. The safety of the people is one of our top priorities and our thoughts are with the people who have been affected. We are working to gather more information and we are collaborating with the investigative authorities.” More than 4,500 people work at the FedEx sorting center in Indianapolis, the group’s second-largest hub.

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Jeremiah Miller, one of the company’s employees, told local broadcaster WISH-TV that he saw a man holding a kind of ‘automatic rifle’ and heard at least 10 shots: “I immediately got down and tried very scary,” he added. Timothy Boillat, another employee, told reporters that he saw about 30 police cars arriving at the scene. “Fortunately, I was far enough away not to be seen by that man.” This is the third shooting in Indianapolis only this year. The first dates back to January, with the killing of five people including a pregnant woman, while the second occurred in March, with four victims, including a child.

Explosive volcano eruption: St Vincent rocked as La Soufriere eruption forces thousands to flee
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Explosive volcano eruption: St Vincent rocked as La Soufriere eruption forces thousands to flee

La Soufriere volcano, which had remained dormant for decades now, erupted with an ‘explosion’ leading to thousands evacuating their homes.The volcanic eruption on Caribbean island of St Vincent led to the blanketing of island with ash and smoke.

The volcano started showing some volcanic activity from December and it picked up this week. After being dormant since 1979, from December Soufriere began disgorging smoke and steam, along with some rumblings.

The first sign that an eruption is imminent was evident on Thursday evening after a lava dome was visible on the volcano. On same night Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves urged over 16,000 residents to evacuate the ‘red zones’.

On Friday just before 9:00, seismologists from University of West Indies said that an “explosive eruption” of volcano is any time possible now. People evacuated were then taken on cruise ships and to safer parts of the island.

Since then the volcano has spewed dark ash plumes 6 km high into the air. The ash fall has been recorded at least up to Argyle International Airport which is around 20 km from the volcano, informed St Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

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A resident shared that he could see “a huge ball of smoke” after which there was panic all around. A volunteer, Lavern King said, “People are still being evacuated from the red zone, it started yesterday evening and into last night. The place in general is in a frenzy.”

Another explosion was recorded later on Friday night by UWI Seismic Research Centre.

Issuing an advisory to people, NEMO wrote on Facebook, “Now that the La Soufrière volcano has begun erupting explosively, ash falls will soon overwhelm us. Be sure to get rid of or clean up the ash, soon after it falls. If rain falls, the ash could harden and pose a danger to you.”

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