In 2021, climate ambitions soared and crashed in the U.S. and around the world

In 2021, climate ambitions soared and crashed in the U.S. and around the world

This post was originally published on this site President Biden’s lofty domestic goals were brought down to earth by congressional opposition, notably from one Democratic senator. International efforts to fight planetary warming also fell short. (Image credit: Kenny Holston/Getty Images)

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The White House wants to focus on China, but Russia continues to be a distraction

The White House wants to focus on China, but Russia continues to be a distraction

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Biden has worked to focus his foreign policy on China. But provocations from Russia keep pulling him away.

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Joe Biden sets 50-year record for economic improvement in first year of presidency: report

Joe Biden sets 50-year record for economic improvement in first year of presidency: report

This post was originally published on this site The U.S. economy has improved more in President Joe Biden’s first year in office than it has under any president in the last 50 years. Bloomberg’s Matthew A. Winkler made the observation in a column on Monday. “U.S. financial markets are outperforming...

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Manchin signals major changes needed to win his support on Biden’s safety net plan

Manchin signals major changes needed to win his support on Biden’s safety net plan

This post was originally published on this siteSen. Joe Manchin, the most pivotal swing vote in the Senate, indicated on Monday that a significant amount of work remains to be done to earn his support for President Joe Biden’s sweeping social safety net expansion, potentially delivering a fatal blow to...

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Updated reconciliation text includes electric vehicle tax credit opposed by Manchin

Updated reconciliation text includes electric vehicle tax credit opposed by Manchin

This post was originally published on this sitePreliminary Senate Finance Committee text for the social spending and climate bill released Monday morning retains a tax credit for union-made electric vehicles, despite objections to the provision by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).The preliminary text…

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Some countries which identify as democracies, weren’t invited to the democracy summit

Some countries which identify as democracies, weren’t invited to the democracy summit

This post was originally published on this siteAfter President Biden’s democracy summit, what does it mean when countries say they are a democracy? NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Seema Shah, co-author of the Global State of Democracy report.

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Unlikely allies Ilhan Omar and Rand Paul team up to introduce legislation blocking Biden’s proposed…

Unlikely allies Ilhan Omar and Rand Paul team up to introduce legislation blocking Biden’s proposed…

This post was originally published on this siteUnlikely allies Ilhan Omar and Rand Paul team up to introduce legislation blocking Biden’s proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN5) Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Rand Paul and Ilhan Omar: the most opposite pairing since Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the movie Twins....

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World’s democracies meet to show solidarity against a rising tide of authoritarianism

World’s democracies meet to show solidarity against a rising tide of authoritarianism

This post was originally published on this sitePresident Biden has invited more than 100 countries to a virtual summit on democracy. But some of the names on the list are drawing questions over their own democratic practices.

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US diplomatic boycott: What does it mean for the Olympics?

US diplomatic boycott: What does it mean for the Olympics?

This post was originally published on this site The United States has announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics to protest China’s human rights record, particularly its handling of Muslim minorities that Washington considers a form of genocide. Here’s what the move means. What is a ‘diplomatic boycott?’...

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