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White House considers Putin’s proposal for meeting of UN Security Council
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White House considers Putin’s proposal for meeting of UN Security Council

White House considers the proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet with leaders of countries that are permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, UK, China, USA, France)  This was announced on Sunday by US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan.

 “I know that this proposal is under consideration at the White House,” he said.

 Sullivan noted that US President Donald Trump welcomes the opportunity to speak with the Russian leader.  “Let’s see what his reaction will be,” the ambassador added.

 On January 23, speaking at the World Holocaust Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed convening a summit of the “five” permanent members of the UN Security Council in 2020.  Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that China and France have already supported this initiative.See more News of America Today

Sanders And Buttigieg Lock Horns
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Sanders And Buttigieg Lock Horns

A political stalwart is in loggerheads with a roughly half the age military veteran and both are eyeing the Democratic nomination for the presidential post in the White House. This refers to none other than Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Both rivals took two top spots at the Iowa caucuses where 37 years young
Buttigieg bagged 14 delegates while the 78 years of age, Sanders bagged 12 delegates. One is trailing the other by small margins. Political analysts rightly observe that the numbers are low in terms of the total a candidate would need to secure the nomination. But this little win in their kitty does provide critical early momentum.

New Hampshire is the next pit stop for the other 9 contenders who all have been troubled with the low turnout of voters at the Iowa caucus. New Hampshire is of the many states which will need to be won by one of these contenders to get a majority to be able to contest the presidential elections for 2020.

Buttigieg speaks of the future. If elected, he would be the first open gay president in the world. Also, while referring to Trump, he drew applause in New Hampshire when he said “we need a politics that works for us and brings us together.” He was definitely referring to Trump’s allegiance to lobbies of all kinds that have funded his campaigns and other agendas.

But Sanders have hit it back saying that “Because we bring forth an agenda that doesn’t ask for approval from Wall Street, or the drug companies, our agenda is the agenda that represents working families.” Sanders had referred to Buttigieg of taking millions off billionaires.
Joe Biden on the other hand will steer clear of the open fight between Sanders and Buttigieg. Biden, who had fewer events scheduled on Sunday than his rivals, conceded he was out-organized by Sanders and Buttigieg in Iowa. He reiterated his long-standing belief that he would perform better in states with more African Americans and other voters of color, including upcoming contests in Nevada and South Carolina.For more News of America Today

Trump Administration Used Cellphone Data To Track Immigrant Movement
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Trump Administration Used Cellphone Data To Track Immigrant Movement

In a strange revelation, it has been discovered how the US government has been buying information from private vendors to keep track of movement of immigrants. The Trump administration has gone the road of buying data off a company that maps the movement of millions of mobile phones in America.  

It has further been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal that came across relevant documents confirming this piece of information, that the Homeland Security has already made use of this information to catch hold of illegal immigrant movement on the Mexican border.

The information has also been used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Both agencies fall under the purview of DHS (U.S. Department of Homeland Security).

According to people familiar with the matter, all these agencies uses the information to look into the mobile phone activity that occurs in unusual places like in remote stretches of desert that straddle the Mexican border.

This is seemingly jarring, because this speaks for literally violation of private space of an individual and this kind of tactic for vigilance has never been used by the government before.

According to federal spending contracts, a division of DHS that creates experimental products had begun buying location data in 2017 itself. Its first data provider was Venntel Inc. of Herndon, Va., a small company that shares several executives and patents with Gravy Analytics, a major player in the mobile-advertising world. Venntel, in turn has purchased the information from private marketing companies that sell the location data of millions of cellphones to advertisers.

While all this is complete breach of trust and invasion of privacy to sell people’s mobile movement data, the government agencies have not shied away from accepting that they have indeed accessed this data. However, the use of the data was not disclosed. It has been confirmed by private companies providing such data that this data is pseudonymised. That means each cellphone is represented by an alphanumeric advertising identifier that is not linked to the name of the cellphone’s owner. So, while the advertising identifier is flagged up, the personal data of the individual is not seen. The private company that provides the data states that this data can be used to identify and track individuals based on their real-world behavior but will not identify the individual. To see more news in america.

US National Security Council employee Vindman fired from White House after testimony against Trump
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US National Security Council employee Vindman fired from White House after testimony against Trump

By Julia Dzekish.

An employee of the National Security Council (NSC), Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified against US President Donald Trump as part of the impeachment procedure, was fired.  This is stated in a statement released Friday by lawyer Vindman David Pressman.  Together with Vindman, his twin brother Eugene, who worked as a lieutenant colonel in the NSC as a lawyer, was fired.

“Today, Alexander Vindman was taken out of the White House, where he served his country and the president responsibly. He only spoke publicly [on the impeachment investigation] once and on the agenda of the US Congress,” Pressman said. “Every American understands why work  that person ended, why the country now has one less soldier serving in the White House. Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth. ”  According to him, Vindman, speaking in Congress, did what was required by law.

“The truth cost Alexander Vindman work, career and private life. He did what every military man is obliged to do every day: follow the law, be faithful to the oath, serve the country, even if it involves danger and personal risk,”  lawyer. “For this, the most powerful person in the world decided to take revenge. Today Alexander Vindman left the White House, but we cannot accept the exile of the truth, duty and devotion that he represented.”

“If we allow the voices of truth to shut up and ignore the warnings, one day no one will warn us again,” the statement said.

According to US media, the lieutenant colonel was taken out of the White House, accompanied by guards.

US President Donald Trump earlier on Friday told reporters that the White House has not yet made such a staffing decision.  Vindman, seconded to the NSC from the Pentagon will return to the military.

Earlier in his testimony to Congress, Vindman said that the U.S. administration and Trump himself demanded that the Ukrainian side investigate the activities of Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. vice president Joseph Biden, in exchange for a meeting between Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the American leader in the White House.  An NSC officer told lawmakers that after the decision to speak at the impeachment hearing, he was no longer invited to attend some meetings in the White House. See more news in america.

Justice Department lifts charges off major Automakers in California
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Justice Department lifts charges off major Automakers in California

By Uttara Malhotra.

The United States Justice Department has let off major auto car makers and lifted charges they had earlier levied on them.  Ford Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., BMW, and Volkswagen had been accused of indulging in conduct that violated U.S. antitrust law.

The whole incident goes back to July 2019, when the automakers had entered an agreement with the California Air Resources Board on fuel efficiency standards. This state-based framework is known to be at odds with the Trump administration’s regulatory approach.

The resentment amongst the Californian leaders comes with Trump administration having moved to rescind Obama-era rules that were a good attempt to lower emissions. However, Californian leaders have been in logger heads with the Trump administration on this as well as other issues like health care, immigration and transportation.

The Trump administration has been going out of its way to undo all that had been done for the larger and long term good of the American population. Most of his decisions have favored one or the other lobby.

Environmental rules, especially climate policy are one such sensitive issue that is now on every country’s long term agenda. This has indeed been a burning issue at the center of the conflict between California and the White House.

In July 2019, the four companies had announced a deal to support standards set by the California Air Resources Board. For them, they felt, it was the best way to ensure the dispute didn’t lead to two sets of emissions standards in the U.S. This was not liked by the Justice Department, which then started questioning the companies of their intent and allegiance with the Californian leadership at large. Subpoenas were issued and the automakers one-by-one had responded to them, after which the air was cleared and the Justice Department has thus cleared them off any unlawful conduct. The issue still remains unresolved. If Trump comes back into power, he will ensure the emission rates are changed to suit the fossil fuel lobby to which he has promised allegiance and who maybe pumping a lot of money into his election campaign. For more news in america.

Bloomberg decides to increase its Spending post Iowa Confusion
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Bloomberg decides to increase its Spending post Iowa Confusion

By Uttara Malhotra.

Michael Bloomberg is in seventh heaven as he is making the most of a building up confusion surrounding the Iowa caucus. He has now decided to double its spending on advertisements and ramping up its organizing.

It has been confirmed that he will be pooling in double of his $300 million campaign advertisement spend. This is will help Bloomberg target existing areas of campaigning along with focus on new markets, according to a campaign aide. Mr. Bloomberg has now asked his advisers for the new round of spending after the Iowa Democratic Party failed to announce the results of the first nominating contest Monday night.

According to advertising tracker Kantar/CMAG, the media tycoon has already skipped the first four states. He is known to have spent $254 million on television and radio across the U.S. and at least $47 million on Facebook and Google ads since entering the race in late November 2019. His strategy was to focus on states that would be voting in March 2020.

Right now, all the six states which pushed Trump to win the 2016 election, Bloomberg has employed more than 450 staffers.  The Bloomberg campaign has also announced he robust manpower it has employed to meet its ambition. Even if he does not win the election, Bloomberg has said it will keep the employment of everyone safe. Currently, the team comprises more than 2,100 staff members on payroll, with 1,700 scattered across 40 states and territories and 400 in the campaign’s headquarters in New York City. To read all the latest news in america.

Biden Lags Behind In Mid Campaign Results
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Biden Lags Behind In Mid Campaign Results

By Uttara Malhotra.

Donors and voters are moving away from Joe Biden. There is no escaping this reality. This could be seen in Iowa and New Hampshire. Despite his robust campaigning, the results have not come out the way he had expected. Some are saying there is probably a flaw in the party’s election system.

Biden’s advisors now have to deal with the damp results. Biden was seen to be on fourth position in Monday’s what is being called a ‘chaotic’ caucuses based on the results that were calculated half way.

Results were partially released a day later. His advisors are compelled to feel that the campaign from the beginning had “considerable flaws” becoming the responsibility of the state Democratic Party and evidently showing a flaw in the reporting system. His campaign’s general counsel urged the state party on Monday night to withhold any official results until campaigns had received “full explanations” on “methods of quality control.”

It is now confirmed that Biden in trailing Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. His advisors had warned him not to bank on the New Hampshire votes, because they have a background of supporting candidates from New England. Apparently, three contenders this time hail from New England itself.

Biden had started to feel a ray of hope when the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers promised their support to Biden. A strong union of 775,000 members has endorsed his campaign, giving him more labor support ahead of the New Hampshire vote. The ripple effect can come down to other states as well. This includes Nevada and South Carolina as well. Further, But poor showings at the start of the calendar could give his rivals an opening with black voters while the party’s centrist voters may consider billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has poured more than $300 million into his campaign and focused on states beginning in March. For more news in america.

Majority Vote Prevents Trump From Being Impeached
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Majority Vote Prevents Trump From Being Impeached

By Uttara Malhotra.

The Senate has finally acquitted President Donald Trump of the two articles of impeachment levied on Trump by the Democrats. It is now confirmed that the majority of a two-third vote was not there in order to remove him from his seat of power. Votes were largely along party lines.

Donald Trump had been accused of using his power seat to meet his personal agenda by influencing the Ukrainian President and about getting Joe Biden and his son investigated.

Further, Trump has also been accused earlier of possibly using Russian influence to shifting the voting influence to his side in the 2016.

Previous statements to the media by the Republicans confirmed that the party could not but acquit Trump else it would hurt the party in the long run. During the trial, Democrats repeatedly focused on the point that Trump had gone too far in cheating in the coming election by trying to damage a potential opponent. They were referring to Joe Biden. Republicans then had to create a protective net of words in which they claimed that the Democrats were improperly inflating missteps into impeachable offenses and trying to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

Democrats continued to say that the democracy has been failed by the president, while Trump has been happily boasting of how the economy has risen from the ashes, only because of his efforts. However, the finer print shows that Trump’s presence has disrupted the whole fabric of America’s relations with countries worldwide.

The first article of impeachment was abuse of power. All 47 Democratic-aligned senators and Mr. Romney voted to convict, falling short of the 67 needed to remove the president from office. On the obstruction of Congress article, the vote also failed, with all Democrats and no Republicans finding the president guilty.

Surprisingly, Romney voted out of the simple awakening of his conscience making him the first in the history of the party to do so. Two hours before the acquittal vote he marked in a floor speech that he had decided to vote to convict the president on the first article and said, “The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.”

Attacks on the Utah senator were planned as soon as he changed his stance. Those who can see the larger picture have admitted in various media polls that Mr. Trump abused his power and obstructed Congress. However, some 49% of respondents said he should be allowed to finish his term, compared with 46% who said he should be removed. see more news in america.

Trump Ridicules Democrats As He Prepares For Second Term
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Trump Ridicules Democrats As He Prepares For Second Term

From the way the Republicans have swayed the trial’s outcome towards the impeachment of the President of US, it seems Donald Trump will be acquitted. Speaking to the Congress, Trump went all out to ridicule Democrats’ efforts to impeach Trump over two articles they submitted to the senate.

He was also able to establish credibility for being re-elected for a fresh term, when he boasted openly about how his policies of deregulation and tax cuts were responsible for “unparalleled success” in the economy. He also mentioned how in his presidency, the US economy had done better, and earned the respect the country deserves in the eyes of the world. “In just three short years we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny,” Trump said.

Soon later, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house tore the speech of the president apart.  Her frustration and anger was verbalized in her action. While he got a standing ovation from his own party, Trump started his speech, steering the subject of his impeachment in the early portion of his speech. All the time, at the Congress meeting, the rival Democrats for the most part remained seated and showed their disgruntlement. Throughout his speech, Trump asserted how he had done so much better for the American economy than his predecessor Barack Obama. It has been seen over his term of presidency, that he has out of his way, to undo everything which had been done by Obama in his term to better the situation of America from the inside and on the outside. The worst damage done by Trump has been to the 2015 Nuclear deal which was designed and implemented by Obama. By undoing it, Trump has created war like conditions with Iran and misbalanced the equations with other European countries whose future also depends on this deal. Read more news in america.

Trump Administration Drops Numbers Of  Exemptions  To Tariff Requests
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Trump Administration Drops Numbers Of Exemptions To Tariff Requests

Trump administration is now denying any more tariff exemption requests on Chinese imports, something that continues to cripple the American market.

The approval rates have plunged to 3 percent.  This has been reported after the third round of levies from 35% in the first two. There is a steep decrease seen here.

In the last few months, almost 4500 companies are known to have requested for exemptions. Many companies are known to have made more than one exemption and as of now, more than 8700 such requests had been made. This shows the level of loss and dependency that American businesses have on Chinese products.

Since September, the Trump administration has kept a strict control over the number of exemptions they have approved. Media reports confirm that it has kept a strict control on the use of Chinese goods and approved merely 3%of all the exclusion requests under the $200 billion tranche of tariffs of Chinese goods.

Somewhere inspired by the Indian example to become domestically more independent, the administration has stated a viable reason for its pressure tactic. For one, it insists the American businesses depend more on their own domestic product than that of Chinese.See more News of America Today

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