Below is a summary of current national newsletters in the United States.
The White House is not repeating any policy changes in Taiwan; experts see Biden’s blunder
The White House reiterated on Friday that Joe Biden was not signaling a change in US policy toward Taiwan when he said the United States would come to the aid of the island if it came under attack from China, and analysts called the president’s remark a blunder. While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has long followed a policy of “strategic ambiguity” over its military intervention to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.
White House reports Biden may soon address filibuster reform
The White House sent a strong signal on Friday that it was preparing to seek changes soon to a long-standing Senate tradition that has allowed Republicans to block voting rights legislation and other major Democratic initiatives. Democratic President Joe Biden, who spent 36 years in the Senate, previously opposed any major overhaul of a Senate rule known as filibuster, which requires 60 of 100 senators to agree on most laws.
US Democrats narrow differences on Biden’s agenda, reflect on billionaire tax
Democrats reach deal on President Joe Biden’s social and climate agenda by narrowing their differences over health care and other issues, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after a meeting at the White House on Friday. “We had a very positive meeting this morning. I am very optimistic,” Pelosi told reporters on his return to Capitol Hill.
U.S. Supreme Court considers Texas abortion case, leaves ban in effect
The United States Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a Nov. 1 challenge to a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on the process and allows individuals to enforce it – a case that could significantly restrict l access to abortion in the United States if the judges approve the measure’s unique design. The judges responded to requests from President Joe Biden’s administration and abortion providers to immediately consider their challenges to the law. The court, which authorized the entry into force of the law on September 1, refused to follow up on the Justice Ministry’s request to immediately block the application of the measure.
Trump’s claim for executive privilege in the Capitol riots case heard on November 4
A U.S. judge will review former President Donald Trump’s claim to executive privilege on November 4 in response to a request for a document from a Congressional panel investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump sued the Jan.6 select committee on Monday, alleging members made an illegal request for his White House records as part of their investigation.
US steps to offshore Alaskan oil and gas auction next year
On Friday, the Biden administration took procedural action to hold an auction for oil and gas rights to drill in Cook Inlet off the coast of Alaska next year. The move is the latest effort by the US Department of the Interior to comply with a court order to resume sales of oil and gas concessions that President Joe Biden halted shortly after taking office in January.
Viral video, opinions challenge Georgia jury selection for Arbery case
A Georgian court has struggled this week to sit jurors in the trial of three white men accused of the murder of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, underlining the challenge of finding people who have not formed a firm opinion on the base viral video of the shooting. “I’ve seen the news footage and I’ve seen the video footage of the crime, and I’ve already formed a guilty opinion of the crime,” a woman told court earlier this week.
Alec Baldwin heartbroken in gun crash, issues reported on set
Actor Alec Baldwin said on Friday he was in shock after his fatal accidental shooting of a cinematographer on a film set in New Mexico, as there were reports of walkouts earlier in the week due to dangerous conditions. The “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” star said he was “fully cooperating” with authorities to determine how the incident happened on Thursday on the set of his western “Rust”.
Propeller pistols spark debate after director of photography dies on set
A gunshot death on set has rekindled concern over the use of firearms as arms actor Alec Baldwin unloaded the murder of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while filming a film at the New Mexico. Some propeller pistols are facsimile weapons that don’t fire, but many are real pistols, loaded with blank cartridges instead of bullets.
Giuliani Parnas’ ex-partner convicted of violating US campaign finance law
Lev Parnas, a former partner of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was convicted on Friday of violating US campaign finance laws in the 2018 election. Parnas, an American businessman born in Ukraine, and his former partner Igor Fruman were accused of soliciting funds from Russian businessman Andrey Muraviev to donate to applicants in states where the group was seeking licenses to operate cannabis in 2018.
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