Biden administration announces new partnership with 50 countries to stifle future pandemics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden‘s administration will help 50 countries identify and respond to infectious diseases, with the goal of preventing pandemics like the COVID-19 outbreak that suddenly halted normal life around the globe in 2020. U.S. government officials will work with the countries to develop better testing, surveillance, communication and preparedness for such … Read more

Johnson Says House Will Vote on Stalled Aid to Israel and Ukraine

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., on Monday said he planned this week to advance a long-stalled national security spending package to aid Israel, Ukraine and other U.S. allies, along with a separate bill aimed at mollifying conservatives who have been vehemently opposed to backing Ukraine. Johnson’s announcement, coming after he has agonized for … Read more

US trade chief Tai says taking ‘serious look’ at tools to deal with China

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that the Biden administration is “taking a serious look” at U.S. trade defense tools to deal with threats posed by China’s trade and economic policies, including a review of Trump-era tariffs on Chinese imports. In excerpts of testimony to … Read more

What does Liz Truss’s book tell us about her American ambitions?

In her new book, the former British prime minister Liz Truss directs scathing attacks and mockery at Joe Biden, president of her country’s closest ally. Biden was guilty of “utter hypocrisy and ignorance”, Truss writes, when the US leader said he “disagree[d] with the policy” of “cutting taxes on the super wealthy” in the mini-budget … Read more

Only 1 in 3 US adults think Trump acted illegally in New York hush money case, AP-NORC poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first criminal trial facing former President Donald Trump is also the one in which Americans are least convinced he committed a crime, a new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds. Only about one-third of U.S. adults say Trump did something illegal in the hush money case for which jury … Read more

Democrats seek to seize control of deadlocked Michigan House in special elections

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are hoping to win back a majority in the deadlocked Michigan House and regain control of the state government in two special elections on Tuesday. Democrat Mai Xiong is taking on Republican Ronald Singer in District 13, while Peter Herzberg, a Democrat, faces Republican Josh Powell in District 25. … Read more