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US progresses towards zero emission target under Biden’s Clean Energy Plan
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US progresses towards zero emission target under Biden’s Clean Energy Plan

Climate crisis is a rising and potentially threatening concerns for countries across the globe. Leading economies have been pressured by global organizations to head start fight against climate crisis. United States of America under leadership of President Joe Biden is at the forefront of this fight as Biden’s top campaign promise was to bring America towards zero emission and tackle pollution and climate crisis. Biden administration has forwarded a new plan under which there would be rapid uptake of renewable energy across the country. This would rapidly cut down emissions that render increased heating of planet and thus save thousands of lives from air pollution.

White House is under pressure to chalk out a plan that would deliver impactful blow to the rising climate crisis. Out of many policy options available, a standard around clean energy would be most beneficial to the US and Biden administration in relation to the cost and lives saved. A new report underlines that requirements of a clean energy standard would require facilities to notch up their use of clean energy (like wind and solar) amount through an arrangement of penalties and incentives. The proposal was initially planned to be included in administration’s infrastructure bill but was later dropped after compromise with Republicans.

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What does the report suggest?

The new report has been conducted by group of researchers from Harvard University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Syracuse University. According to the new report this plan of incentives and penalties would be the most effective arrangement and can help White House reach its goal of 80% renewable energy use by 2030.

This standard would effectively save at least 317,500 lives in the US in next 30 years. This is attributed to the sharp fall in use of coal, oil and gas. The report states the number of lives that would be saved would be “immediate, widespread and substantial”.

Furthermore, as a result of clean air a total of $1.13tn would be saved in health care by 20150. Report further noted that every US state would benefit from better air quality. But states that would experience maximum benefits would be Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas and Ohio. These states are the ones who have substantial fossil fuel infrastructure currently.

Switching over to renewable energy would cost up to $342bn till 2050. The fossil fuel costs would eventually fall as renewables are much cheaper. The study found that addressing climate crisis would actually sum up to financial benefits.

Kathy Fallon Lambert, a study co-author and an expert at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health said, “The cost are much lower than we expected and the deaths avoided are much higher; there really is a huge opportunity here to address climate change and air quality.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off Congress’s special investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off Congress’s special investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. was stormed during a riot and violent attack against the U.S. Congress. It happened as the mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump attempted to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress. The session was assembled to count electoral votes to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

However, the Capitol Complex was locked down and lawmakers and staff were evacuated while rioters occupied and vandalized the building for several hours. It was also noted that five people died in this forceful riot and more than 140 people were injured Popularly it is believed that what happened on Jan. 6 was because Trump supporters believed that the 2020 election had been stolen from him.

Still, in the end, the prominent question that remains is that what did the president do before and during the Capitol attack? Why didn’t the National Guard show up until several hours after the riot started? And what needs to be done to prevent another insurrection? 

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Forming commissions isn’t unusual for Congress. These lawmakers have created more than 150 commissions since 1989 which are usually staffed by well-known policy experts rather than lawmakers themselves. Since these can provide recommendations to the authoritative accounts of major events in a way that lawmakers themselves cannot. This is because Congress and lawmakers may have shortsighted political goals that make the truth inconvenient. Scott Knowles, who is a historian of disasters and their aftermaths says that the deeper value to society is going to transcend whatever partisan values might seem important at the moment. It is impossible to know for sure what a commission could learn as one can’t always predict what they’re going to find, like any kind of investigation.

What did, or didn’t, Trump do to stop the riot? 

All Trump did was saying that the rioters were left-wing agitators, and when McCarthy pointed out that they were Trump supporters, the president said, that these people are more upset about the election than Kevin is.

How did Republicans respond?

Since many from the commission were the members of Congress were closely involved in the events leading up to and on that day.

What involvement did these congressmen have with Alexander and other rally planners?

The FBI claims that it is investigating communications between sitting lawmakers and insurrectionists around Jan. 6. The commission could similarly examine ties and communications, whether intentional or not, between Republican lawmakers and insurrectionists.

The commission could probe Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s relationship with her close ally Anthony Aguero, who stormed the Capitol. It could also examine Rep. Lauren boebert’s claims to have given tours to people in town for the Jan 6 rally in the days leading up to it. Boebert also tweeted the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the attack unfold.

How America’s DOJ defied all laws & norms to work ‘for’ Donald Trump
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How America’s DOJ defied all laws & norms to work ‘for’ Donald Trump

 Former President of United States of America Donald Trump used all facilities to his and his allies’ benefit – and this is no surprise to anyone. The Department of Justice and Attorney General were the most prominent federal entities that served Trump as his personal lawyers, even if that meant tweaking and moderating laws. Few former DOJ officials have shared that Trump was prone to aggressively nudging attorney generals to work ‘for’ him, protecting him and his friends and families’ interests while targeting his enemies. These moves vehemently witnessed success alarmingly. The trend saw decline only during last few months of Trump’s presidency.

Now that wind has changed its direction in Washington and Joe Biden is in office with his appointee Merrick Garland as Attorney General, shocking revelations are emerging constantly. Furthermore, with Democrats in control of the Congress exposés are indicating how rogue Justice Department went under former president Trump. New inquiries have also been set up to investigate the extent of legal misconduct.

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Trump’s contempt of Constitutional laws was a regular sight specially when his close aid Bill Barr was serving as attorney general, majority during 2019-2020. During Barr’s tenure, Trump never treated DOJ as a separate federal branch. Barr was the aid in which Trump found someone who would unquestionably and undoubtedly do his bidding and serve him. Barr worked under Trump to reject Robert Mueller’s investigational findings into Russian role in 2016 elections.

But this is just the tip of iceberg. Revelations have exposed extreme political abuses during tenure of AG Jeff Sessions in 2018. Claims of subpoenas being issued in classified leak inquiry to acquire Democrats’ communication records have rocked Washington. The targeted Democrats were Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff who were investigating meddling by Kremlin in 2016 presidential election.

Garland has denounced the acts under Trump and has called for separate inquiry set up by department’s inspector general.

“There was one thing after another where DOJ acted inappropriately and violated the fundamental principle that law enforcement must be even-handed. The DOJ must always make clear that no person is above the law,” said Donald Ayer, deputy attorney general in the George HW Bush administration.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a top Democrat on Senate’s judiciary committee, said, “Barr played the role of Trump’s personal fixer, and degraded the Department of Justice – long a citadel of the law – to the role of Trump’s personal law firm. He stonewalled Congress at every turn.”

“He trashed Department rules and norms when inconvenient to the president. And he ran political errands for Trump, even if it meant a hit to the Department’s credibility. He left behind a colossal mess that will take lots of time and hard work to clean up,” he added.

Biden & Putin meeting over an array of issues
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Biden & Putin meeting over an array of issues

Meeting in Geneva between President Joe Biden of the USA and President Putin of Russia is said to be inclusive and progressive. Both the leaders had a long list of issues to discuss and seek. Ranging from atmospheric concerns to the exchange of prisoners, they regard each other’s actions as responsible and forward-thinking. Even though there is a long list of thorny issues President Biden planned to raise about Russia’s cyber hacking, election meddling, human rights abuses. Reports state that both the leaders shared a warm vibe and that could be seen from their smiles and handshake. The officials were very happy to be with Biden, because they wanted to cooperate.

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the ‘positive’ talks as they met for the first time on June 16 and sought to cool off the tensions in the combustible relationship of both the nations. Biden drew a line of “what’s off-limits” and made things crystal clear. Both leaders said that no “threats” were issued during the talks held in private but Biden was emphatic about warning the Kremlin over any cyberattacks.

Biden said, he gave them a list, of 16 specific entities which are defined as critical infrastructure under U.S. policy, from the energy sector to their water systems. He further continued to explain that both the nations agreed to task experts in both countries to work on specific understandings about what’s off-limits and to follow up on specific cases that originate in other countries. And that the last thing he wants now is a Cold War.

Putin also engaged in questioning the arrests in the US following the January 6 riot and cited Black Lives Matter protests for “disorder,” Biden called the comparison “ridiculous.” US President also did not claim that he got Putin to commit to changing his behaviour and the Russian counterpart denied accepting the responsibility of cyberattacks on the United States or any other matter.

After Donald Trump, a new wave of censorship in the United States
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After Donald Trump, a new wave of censorship in the United States

The removal of Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lohmeier from the US Space Force, who this month publicly declared his opposition to Marxism and critical race theory, is part of a new wave of censorship that is reaching its climax in the United States. This is supported by the constitutional expert Alan Dershowitz.

In an interview with “Epoch Tv Crossroads,” Dershowitz, a former Harvard Law School professor, expressed concern over Lohmeier’s firing and other incidents, such as the removal of former President Donald Trump from Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms. in January, as a result of the violation of the Capitol on January 6.On May 19, the Space Force relieved Lohmeier from the 11th Space Warning Squadron on charges of being “politically partisan”, because in an interview he denounced the spread of Marxism in the armed forces.

The Department justified the dismissal, saying Lohmeier made “public comments” considered “partisan political activity.” In a podcast, the military denounced the spread of Marxist ideology within the military and the damaging consequences of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s promotion of the critical theory of race.

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In recent years, critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism, has been heavily disseminated throughout academia, entertainment, government, schools, and the workplace, coming to prominence after the rise of groups far left like Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Employers have included concepts of the doctrine – which some argue teaches that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that one race is inherently superior to another – in their training in “racial and cultural sensitivity.”

Marxism advocates the destruction of institutions, the Western judicial system, the free market economy, and orthodox religions, demanding that they be replaced with institutions that conform to the ideology of the theory.

The law scholar and author of the new book “The Case Against the New Censorship: Protecting Free Speech from Big Tech, Progressives, and Universities,” has accused Democrats and Big Techs of engaging in censorship. “We are now in a very, very dangerous situation, where the left, which has enormous influence on American universities, on social media and certain types of politics in the media, is trying to suppress free speech, and it is succeeding, and we have to fight back,” says Dershowitz.

According to the lawyer, big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are now engaged in “massive censorship” that endangers freedom of speech itself. “It’s not good for the country, it’s not good for the Constitution, it’s not good for freedom of speech. It’s not good for any standard and it has to stop. And we consumers must ask that Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter stop this censorship ».

Twitter executives have indicated that Trump, who had around 90 million followers on the platform, will remain suspended indefinitely, while Facebook’s “Supervisory Board” agreed earlier this month to maintain his ban, but has set a time limit. Companies have also attracted some attention for their alleged political bias as well as unbalanced moderation of user content. Critics say much of corporate moderation over the past year has unfairly targeted posts by conservatives and individuals believed to be Trump supporters.

Meanwhile, various leftist groups have also challenged the way social media companies operate, arguing that they have not adequately addressed the disinformation that is spreading online.” As for what Donald Trump tweets, I may not agree with every single word he says, but he has the right to say it. And most importantly, people forget that the First Amendment has two aspects, one, the speaker’s right, hence Donald Trump, and to be able to speak, that’s a part of it. But the second part that is largely ignored, is the right of you and me, the audience, to listen, read and see what it has to say to accept or reject it in the ideas market. When you ban a speaker, you also prohibit his viewers and listeners from having access to that speech, and this is an equally dangerous aspect of violating the rights of free speech.

GOP tug of war ends: Trump loyalist Stefanik replaces Cheney as No.3 Republican in House
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GOP tug of war ends: Trump loyalist Stefanik replaces Cheney as No.3 Republican in House

Four term Congresswoman from New York, Elise Stefanik has bagged the No.3 position in Republican leadership in House of Representatives, after much speculation and tug of war in GOP. The Republicans have thus ousted Liz Cheney and replaced her with Former president Donald Trump loyalist Stefanik. The move was sealed after a final secret voting was conducted on Friday with 134 votes for Stefanik versus 46 for another candidate, Congressman Chip Roy.

The voting, however, wasn’t unexpected as Ms. Stefanik was the favorite and had backing of top Republicans, including No2 Republican in House of Representatives. Liz Cheney was in crossfires of Republican leadership, with minor support, after she openly rebuked former President Donald Trump for inciting January 6 violence in Capitol Hill and unproven allegations on election system. Trump was known to pressurize his allies in leadership to take strict action against Cheney for her ‘act of dissent’. The appointment of Stefanik can be largely seen as enormous grip that Trump still has on the GOP, even after losing Presidential election six months ago.

Taking on to Twitter, also Trump’s favorite platform for controversially expressing his views at large before he was banned by the social media for inciting Capitol riots, Stefanik wrote, “Thank you to my colleagues for electing me to serve as House Republican Conference Chair. I am excited to lead our unified team… to combat Biden and Pelosi’s Far-Left agenda!”

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Former president Donald Trump congratulated Ms. Stefanik in an issued statement on her “overwhelming victory” and saying the “Make America Great Again movement is strong”.

Addressing to the press on her predecessor Liz Cheney, daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, Ms. Stefanik said that she remained “a part of the Republican Conference”. Cheney fell in sour eyes of many Republicans after she was one of the 10 Republicans who voted alongside Democrats to impeach former US President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol Hill riots on January 6. Trump was eventually acquitted in Senate which is controlled by Republicans.  

‘Havana Syndrome’: White House opens investigation into similar incidents in Washington officials
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‘Havana Syndrome’: White House opens investigation into similar incidents in Washington officials

Unexplained’ health incidents have been reported in two US officials in Washington, prompting White House to open an investigation into the issue. The symptoms experienced and reported in these incidents hold large similarity with symptoms associated with the ‘Havana Syndrome’ that was suffered by many US diplomats and American spies stationed abroad.

The mystery around ‘brain injuries’ began from Cuba in 2016. The symptoms were ruled to be a direct impact of some ‘energy device’ by National Academy of Scientists. CIA, Pentagon and the State Department wasted no time and investigations were launched. On Thursday, CNN Network reported that two similar incidents have been reported on US soil and they are included in the investigation. One incident is reported back to November where a national security council official suddenly fell ill. It had occurred near Ellipse, the large oval garden located on south side of White House. The other incident dates back to 2019. It involves a White House official who fell sick while walking her dog in Arlington suburb in Washington. This particular incident lays out details that the official suffered when a man got out from van and walked past her. Report details, “Her dog started seizing up. Then she felt it too: a high-pitched ringing in her ears, an intense headache, and a tingling on the side of her face.”

The investigation that includes these two incidents on US soil as well as others abroad are still underway, report officials.

Symptoms of Havana Syndrome include hearing strange sounds, dizziness, nausea, loss of memory and severe headaches. These incidents were reported in many US officials stationed in Cuba and China.

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A White House spokesperson said, “The health and wellbeing of American public servants is a paramount priority for the Biden administration. We take all reports of health incidents by our personnel extremely seriously. The White House is working closely with departments and agencies to address unexplained health incidents and ensure the safety and security of Americans serving around the world. Given that we are still evaluating reported incidents and that we need to protect the privacy of individuals reporting incidents, we cannot provide or confirm specific details at this time.”

A taskforce of CIA was formed for this investigation in December last year. William Burns, the new CIA Director has appointed senior official for coordinating investigations into these two incidents, coordinating care of the affected and investigating origins of the attacks.

US sitting on unused vaccine stock as India & Brazil struggle amid devastating Covid-19 surge
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US sitting on unused vaccine stock as India & Brazil struggle amid devastating Covid-19 surge

World currently is waking up every morning with ominous news of catastrophic surges in Covid-19 cases across nations. Leaving few, all countries are witnessing a nightmare with skyrocketing cases and increased death toll. Leading this unfortunate list are India and Brazil. Amid this the United States of America is sitting on a massive stockpile of 35-40 million AstraZeneca vaccines that the Americans would never use, according to Brown University School of Public Health.

After days of criticism of no help extension from Biden administration towards India that is struggling to stay afloat massive second wave amid oxygen and vaccine shortage, US on Sunday broke its silence. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted on Sunday, “Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific Covid-19 outbreak. We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and we will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India’s health care heroes.”

Advocates across US raised campaigns calling upon the government to step up to answer the global call for vaccine equity. Epidemiologists are urging the leaders to release excess stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccine to countries in despair like India and Brazil, considering they would never be used by Americans.

Ashish Jha of Brown University School of Public Health, US is “sitting on 35-40 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine Americans will never use”.

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In early April, US’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that in most likelihood country would not use the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19. One prime reason is that it hasn’t been given EUA (emergency use authorization) by FDA amid raised concerns around its safety after cases of rare but risky blood clots were documented among young women in European nations. It is believed that by time air is cleared around vaccine, majority of Americans would already have been vaccinated with either of the three available Covid-19 vaccines.

US has already given four million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico and Canada.

US Chamber of Commerce issued statement on Friday, “These vaccine doses will not be needed in the United States, where it’s estimated that vaccine manufacturers will be able produce enough doses by early June to vaccinate every American. This move would affirm US leadership, including in initiatives such as COVAX, and as we work with partners around the globe because no one is safe from the pandemic until we are all safe from it.”

This has further prompted epidemiologists and industry experts to call for diverting the AZ vaccines to India which is experiencing vaccine shortage.

Tears of joy as court rules Chauvin guilty of Floyd killing, Biden calls it a ‘start’ towards justice
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Tears of joy as court rules Chauvin guilty of Floyd killing, Biden calls it a ‘start’ towards justice

Verdict has come for Chauvin trial. The former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, who had knelt on George Floyd for over 9 minutes leading to his death of asphyxiation, has been found guilty. On Tuesday, 45 year old Chauvin, was found guilty of all three charges – second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

Second degree murder charge meant Chauvin had assaulted Floyd with his knee and unintentionally caused his death. Third degree murder charge said Chauvin acted with “a depraved mind”. Manslaughter charge said Chauvin’s “culpable negligence” led to Floyd’s death. Chauvin’s sentencing is scheduled for 8 weeks from now. He could face up to 40 years for second degree murder, 25 years for third degree murder and 10 years for manslaughter. According to Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines, 12.5 years in prison are recommended for each murder charge. In this case, however, state has asked for a stricter sentence than recommended period.  

The jurors deliberated before giving verdict for more than 10 hours over span of two days. Hearing the verdict in Hennepin County Courthouse, Minneapolis, Chauvin showed no apparent reaction to the verdict. He was removed from court through side door in handcuffs and taken to facility in Stillwater, Minnesota.

After the verdict pronouncing Chauvin guilty came, President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday evening. He called the verdict “a start” towards bring long due justice to all. He added that “in order to deliver real change and reform, we can and we must do more”.

“Protests unified people of every race and generation in peace and with purpose to say enough,” Biden said. “Enough. Enough of the senseless killings. Today’s verdict is a step forward.”

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“The guilty verdict does not bring back George. George’s legacy will not be just about his death, but about what we must do in his memory,” he continued.

Before President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke and announced that George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would be passed. The bill was worked over last year by Harris, Senator Cory Booker and Representative Karen Bass. Harris said, “This bill is part of George Floyd’s legacy. The president and I will continue to urge the Senate to pass this legislation, not as a panacea for every problem, but as a start. This work is long overdue.”

Lawmakers have celebrated the decision but also called out the need to do more, bring over the laws that are being demanded for years together for Black Lives Matter movement. Cori Bush said the verdict “is accountability, but it’s not yet justice.” She is a Black Lives Matter activist and was elected last year to represent Missouri in the US House of Representatives.

Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama said in a joint statement, “As we continue the fight, we can draw strength from the millions of people – especially young people – who have marched and protested and spoken up over the last year, shining a light on inequity and calling for change. Justice is closer today not simply because of this verdict, but because of their work.”

Canada To Introduce Universal Basic Income Programme
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Canada To Introduce Universal Basic Income Programme

Canada is now looking at nodding to the universal basic income programme. Currently, Trudeau government is already paying 2,000 Canadian dollars per four-week period to those rendered unemployed or underemployed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new wave of pandemic has already thrown havoc on the Canadian economy. So, the Universal Basic Income (UBI) Programme should be a good move just before the budget is presented yesterday.

This is the first budget during the second term of the Liberal Party government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau since coming to power after the October 2019 federal elections.

The budget is a crucial one owning to the fact that it is going to be first time that It will be presented by deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland.  She assumed charge of the finance portfolio following the resignation of her predecessor Bill Morneau last year.

The budget is primarily going to focus on communities at risk like the indigenous people. A resolution to support them was passed by 77 percent members of the Liberal Party had supported the UBI in April in the national convention.

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The New Democratic Party convention also adopted a similar motion earlier this month. The scheme is suppose to help those in need to get a sense of security. Groups are also lobbying for a version of UBI given the current conditions of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis. The Ottawa-based Basic Income Network has argued for“architecture” for those in the 18 to 64 age bracket to “be put in place as soon as possible in order that everyone in Canada can contribute to, and benefit from, a healthier new normal”.

The Canadian government does not seem to have the budgets. This has become evident from the fact that Trudeau’s government has already run a deficit of nearly 382 billion Canadian dollars by late March, according to an estimate by Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux.

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