Democrats’ hopes of holding Senate may rest on hoodie, shorts-wearing ex-mayor

PHILADELPHIA – The Democratic Party’s hopes of picking up a much-needed U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania are likely tethered to a 6-foot, 8-inch tall tattooed and goateed liberal who eschews suits for hoodies and once met with President Joe Biden wearing basketball shorts. John Fetterman, 52, the state’s lieutenant governor, is surging in opinion polls ahead of the May 17 Democratic Senate primary, shocking political observers who had predicted a close contest with U.S. Representative…

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Biden, backed by business executives, presses Congress on chip funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden met with executives of chipmakers including Samsung, Micron and other companies on Wednesday as part of an effort to push the U.S. Congress to fund $52 billion in grants to chipmakers to ease the semiconductor crunch. Biden, along with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, hosted the event with Dr. Siyoung Choi, president of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd’s Device Division, joining remotely, and Sanjay Mehrota, president and chief executive of Micron…

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White House: Senators Sinema, Manchin are negotiating in good faith

WASHINGTON – The White House said on Thursday that Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin are negotiating in good faith about President Joe Biden’s social spending and infrastructure bills. Democrats are arguing about the size and scope of what was initially proposed as a $3.5 trillion plan to expand the social safety net and fight climate change. Sinema and Manchin, both moderate Democrats, have been pushing for a smaller package and opposed some elements of…

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Biden administration to tap Emory Law professor for CFTC seat -source

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is expected to tap Kristin Johnson, a law professor at Emory University, for a Democratic seat on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, according to a source familiar with the matter. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees derivatives markets, currently only has three members on what is typically a five-person commission. It is expected to be a key regulator as the administration under President Joe Biden heightens oversight of Wall…

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Trump backs opponent of Republican House member who voted to impeach him

WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed Army veteran Joe Kent’s bid to unseat Republican U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who was among the few in her party who voted to impeach Trump in January. Trump has promised to help Republicans win control of Congress in the November 2022 elections and is also working to replace his Republican critics in Congress with loyalists. Herrera Beutler was among 10 Republican lawmakers…

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Biden admin defends approving licenses for auto chips for Huawei

– The Biden administration, which was criticized this week for approving licenses for auto chips for Huawei, said it has not changed the policy on restricting sales of goods and technology to the Chinese company that was put in place during the Trump presidency. “The policy has not been eased or amended,” a Commerce Department spokesperson said. The comments came in response to demands from Sen. Marco Rubio that U.S. officials explain why they approved hundreds…

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Pelosi sets Oct 1 target for infrastructure, Biden spending bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday set an Oct. 1 target date for passing President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure and social spending agenda. In a “Dear Colleague” letter to her fellow Democrats, Pelosi also warned against delaying next week’s expected vote on a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that some party centrists have threatened not to support. “Any delay to passing the budget resolution threatens the timetable for delivering the historic…

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Biden approval drops to lowest level this year after Taliban takeover

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s approval rating dropped by 7 percentage points and hit its lowest level so far as the U.S.-backed Afghan government collapsed over the weekend in an upheaval that sent thousands of civilians and Afghan military advisors fleeing for their safety, according to a /Ipsos poll. The national opinion poll, conducted on Monday, found that 46% of American adults approved of Biden’s performance in office, the lowest recorded in weekly polls that…

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Biden approves additional forces to help drawdown of personnel from Kabul

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he had approved additional military forces to go to Kabul to help safely draw down the American embassy and remove personnel from Afghanistan. In a lengthy statement, Biden defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against Taliban forces sweeping through the country. “Based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military and intelligence teams, I have…

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