WHITE HOUSE - The United States cannot allow a foreign power to intervene with impunity in American elections, President Joe Biden said Thursday, after he took action to punish Russia for that and a major cyberattack. "Today I've approved several steps, including expulsion of several Russian officials, as a consequence of their actions," Biden said at the White House. "I've also signed an executive order authorizing new measures, including sanctions to address specific harmful actions that Russia has taken against U.S. interests." Biden said he told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call earlier this week that he could have gone further but chose to be proportionate and does not seek to escalate tensions between Washington and Moscow. "If Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I'm prepared to take further actions to respond," he added. Thirty-two entities and individuals linked to Moscow are being sanctioned for disinformation efforts and interference in … [Read more...] about US Further Punishes Russia for Cyberattacks, Election Meddling
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg repeatedly touted the “equity” aspects of President Joe Biden’s “infrastructure” proposal during a Thursday speech to the National Action Network. After praising Al Sharpton as “a moral leader,” Buttigieg said black Americans now have “a White House that has made vaccine equity a pillar of the response” to the coronavirus pandemic. “We need to overcome four years of damage and 400 years of injustice, a mountain of mistrust built over the centuries and still growing today,” he claimed. He called the death of George Floyd and the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin “yet another painful reminder of America’s racialized inheritance.” “The work ahead is daunting but it is heartening on the national stage today, we’re discussing how much progress we can make, how big we can go and no longer just how much damage we must deal with,” the transportation secretary said. Buttigieg said National Action Network has “partners in Washington who … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg Touts ‘Equity’ in ‘Infrastructure’ Plan to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network
(CNN) Over the past year, New Zealand has been celebrated for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic . As other countries battled months-long lockdowns and hospital systems on the brink of collapse, New Zealand imposed a five-week nationwide lockdown before returning to something resembling normality. Although borders have been closed to foreigners for more than a year, music festivals and weddings have gone ahead. The country has reported around 2,500 cases and 26 deaths. It was a similar story in other parts of Asia-Pacific -- so much so that when Australian think tank Lowy Institute scored more than 100 countries on their Covid-19 performance earlier this year, it found Asia-Pacific had, on average, been the most-successful region in the world at containing the pandemic. The two worst regions, according to the Lowy Institute, were Europe and the Americas -- and leaders in United States and United Kingdom, in particular, were seen as catastrophic … [Read more...] about New Zealand and Australia were Covid success stories. Why are they behind on vaccine rollouts?