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    The Tea Party are NOT are right wing organisation. Being conservative doesn't make you right wing. Please stop this nonsense. Their main aims are to reduce the national debt, and lower taxes, and members included prominent political members.

    The left must stop lying, or atleast stop falling for the MSM and verify information themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    ^^ assumes about half of hardline white racists bother to vote, in line with the general population.
    Assumes? This is where your point falls apart. Assumptions are not facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    The Tea Party are NOT are right wing organisation. Being conservative doesn't make you right wing. Please stop this nonsense. Their main aims are to reduce the national debt, and lower taxes, and members included prominent political members.

    The left must stop lying, or atleast stop falling for the MSM and verify information themselves.
    Oh yeah, but apparently it’s quite alright to label anyone who disagrees with you as a liberal loon...

    Hypocrite much?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    The Tea Party are NOT are right wing organisation. Being conservative doesn't make you right wing. Please stop this nonsense. Their main aims are to reduce the national debt, and lower taxes, and members included prominent political members.

    The left must stop lying, or atleast stop falling for the MSM and verify information themselves.


    Thatís one for the ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajdeep View Post
    Absolutely hilarious generalization and sums up everything that is wrong with left liberals today. Always living in a parallel universe which dosen't exists. So any protest done by whites is to oppress and blacks for liberty? Wow

    First do racial generalization like this and then wonder why people like Donald Trump's creeps up every now & then.
    @Rajdeep - Have you got the guts to apologise for this blatant misquotation or are you just gonna do a runner ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post


    That’s one for the ages.
    Up there "with FDR was murdered by Jewish doctors".

    Forget that his systolic BP was 240...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post


    Thatís one for the ages.
    Explain why.

    According to your warped logic, anyone voting for Tories is right wing.

    Like I said, your definition of right-wing is utterly diluted and broad, and you highlight aswell as exhbit the problem with the left, and why the left are the reason for division among society.

    The basis of your entire ideology is based on a generalisation which is why you too have flip-flopped when your logic is challenged and proven to be flawed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    lol yep.

    I know the number of coloured people but cant state this until those provide the number of 'far right'. Because you give them the number, they will add a 100 and say more far right.
    It's simple, you don't agree with the LL, you're a racist. You don't agree with their political view, you're a racist. Don't vote the same way they do, you're a racist. Vote Republican, you're a racist.

    Here's the reality - no one in the West will respect blacks until blacks respect their own.

    The victim card has run its course, considering just how succesful POC are in the West.

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    What a bunch of baloney. I feel sorry for some of you kids and the way you think about politics. So much full of hate and arrogance. Unbelievable. Only someone who did t get much love as a child would have such hateful disposition.

    I feel sorry for some of you here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Explain why.

    According to your warped logic, anyone voting for Tories is right wing.

    Like I said, your definition of right-wing is utterly diluted and broad, and you highlight aswell as exhbit the problem with the left, and why the left are the reason for division among society.

    The basis of your entire ideology is based on a generalisation which is why you too have flip-flopped when your logic is challenged and proven to be flawed.

    Of course

    On the left-right political axis we have socialism and capitalism. Right wing means trusting the markets to sort everything out, privatisation small state, strong defence. Left wing means socialism, nationalisation, big state.

    Thatcher was right wing, Major less right wing but still right of centre, Johnson very right wing. Biden is right wing, about where Major was, Trump a lot further right.

    One the top-down axis we have authoritarianism vs liberalism. Extreme authoritarian states include Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Kymer Rouge. Soviet Russia was also far less as well as authoritarian. Nazi Germany was not very right wing, more economicall centrist really. Liberal states include Norway, Sweden and Finland - and Ireland too, of late.

    UK at the last general election: https://www.politicalcompass.org/uk2019

    US last election: [URL="https://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2020"]https://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2020[/UR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Of course

    On the left-right political axis we have socialism and capitalism. Right wing means trusting the markets to sort everything out, privatisation small state, strong defence. Left wing means socialism, nationalisation, big state.

    Thatcher was right wing, Major less right wing but still right of centre, Johnson very right wing. Biden is right wing, about where Major was, Trump a lot further right.

    One the top-down axis we have authoritarianism vs liberalism. Extreme authoritarian states include Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, Kymer Rouge. Soviet Russia was also far less as well as authoritarian. Nazi Germany was not very right wing, more economicall centrist really. Liberal states include Norway, Sweden and Finland - and Ireland too, of late.

    UK at the last general election: https://www.politicalcompass.org/uk2019

    US last election: [URL="https://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2020"]https://www.politicalcompass.org/uselection2020[/UR
    Your first paragraph is wrong.

    Socialism and capitalism are the complete opposite.

    Socialism means relying on the state, and capitalism means the exact opposite, meritocracy .This is the very reason Biden the capitalist beat Sanders the Socialist despite representing the left.

    The fact you have associated right-wing with Nazism above is the very point I have been stating, according to the left, being rightwing means being racist.

    You're entire arguments against Trump is based on him being a racist, not right wing.

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    PS: Robert you've grouped the Tea Party with far right groups. You are essentially saying the TP are level with KKK, you are wrong through and through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Your first paragraph is wrong.

    Socialism and capitalism are the complete opposite.

    Socialism means relying on the state, and capitalism means the exact opposite, meritocracy .This is the very reason Biden the capitalist beat Sanders the Socialist despite representing the left.

    The fact you have associated right-wing with Nazism above is the very point I have been stating, according to the left, being rightwing means being racist.

    You're entire arguments against Trump is based on him being a racist, not right wing.
    Correction : I meant representing Democrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Your first paragraph is wrong.

    Socialism and capitalism are the complete opposite.
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    Yes, that’s why they are on opposite ends of the left-right axis. Socialism is left, capitalist is right.

    Nazi Germany was a tick to the right on the left-right scale while extremely authoritarian. Not as far right as Johnson, because they didn’t believe in free trade / international markets - they were autarkists. They were extremely racist without being very right wing. Though if you tell a socialist that, he will scream blue murder.

    Racists are not necessarily economic right wingers - Tommy Robinson would not be a free marketeer for instance - but they tend to vote for right wing parties because said parties (and individuals like Trump) are good at dog whistling to their prejudices and giving them a sense of belonging.

    It will be a lot easier to understand if you look at the links.

    Help me out here @Markhor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Yes, thatís why they are on opposite ends of the left-right axis. Socialism is left, capitalist is right.

    Nazi Germany was a tick to the right on the left-right scale while extremely authoritarian. Not as far right as Johnson, because they didnít believe in free trade / international markets - they were autarkists. They were extremely racist without being very right wing. Though if you tell a socialist that, he will scream blue murder.

    Racists are not necessarily economic right wingers - Tommy Robinson would not be a free marketeer for instance - but they tend to vote for right wing parties because said parties (and individuals like Trump) are good at dog whistling to their prejudices and giving them a sense of belonging.

    It will be a lot easier to understand if you look at the links.

    Help me out here @Markhor.
    It would be easier if you were honest and not desperate to prove a point.

    KKWC was right. The left would add anything to bolster the figures. He asked users to guess how many far right members voted for Trump, you added the Tea Party.

    Also if capitalism is right, that makes Biden a right-winger too, which means, you're right wing in supporting Biden.
    Last edited by Technics 1210; 23rd January 2021 at 23:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    PS: Robert you've grouped the Tea Party with far right groups. You are essentially saying the TP are level with KKK, you are wrong through and through.
    The KKK is a Protestant, racist, antiMuslim and antiSemitic movement on the populist right and so would naturally gravitate to Trumpism.

    The Tea Party is a fiscal conservative movement within the Republican Party and on the right of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    The KKK is a Protestant, racist, antiMuslim and antiSemitic movement on the populist right and so would naturally gravitate to Trumpism.

    The Tea Party is a fiscal conservative movement within the Republican Party and on the right of it.
    No, he asked for far right groups. Tea Party is not far right. A party asking to lower debt, and taxes, is not far right by any stretch of the imagination.

    I don't need to know what the KKk stand for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    It would be easier if you were honest and not desperate to prove a point.

    KKWC was right. The left would add anything to bolster the figures. He asked users to guess how many far right members voted for Trump, you added the Tea Party.

    Also if capitalism is right, that makes Biden a right-winger too.
    I’m just trying to help you understand.

    Of course Biden is on the right, as I said further up this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    No, he asked for far right groups. Tea Party is not far right. A party asking to lower debt, and taxes, is not far right by any stretch of the imagination.

    I don't need to know what the KKk stand for.
    I would avoid the term “far right” as it is not accurate. Fascists are not particularly right wing, as I stated further up. But racists tend to vote for right wing parties, for the identitarian reason I gave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I’m just trying to help you understand.

    Of course Biden is on the right, as I said further up this thread.
    Okay. So it's clear voters/supporters of Biden represent the right-wing.

    So the only difference between Trump and Biden is that Trump is more towards the right.

    I don't see you as left anymore seeing as you support Biden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Okay. So it's clear voters/supporters of Biden represent the right-wing.

    So the only difference between Trump and Biden is that Trump is more towards the right.

    I don't see you as left anymore seeing as you support Biden.
    I wouldn’t vote for him if he was a UK politician. I see him as more reasonable than Trump.

    I haven’t been a left winger since university. On the UK left-right axis I am pretty much in the middle. A radical centrist, if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I wouldn’t vote for him if he was a UK politician. I see him as more reasonable than Trump.

    I haven’t been a left winger since university. On the UK left-right axis I am pretty much in the middle. A radical centrist, if you like.
    Then why do you have an issue with me describing certain factions of the left in certain terms if you're not a left winger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Then why do you have an issue with me describing certain factions of the left in certain terms if you're not a left winger?
    Remind me - can you be specific on said factions and terms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Remind me - can you be specific on said factions and terms?
    The extreme left ideology is a nuisance to society.
    Last edited by The Viper; 24th January 2021 at 01:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    About 6% of the American population are part of the aggregated Tea Party / militia / Proud Boys / KKK axis. Itís safe to say that they are almost exclusively white and all vote Trump. Works out at about nine million of his 75 million supporters.

    Whereas 18% of male blacks and 5% of female blacks voted Trump. As the black population is about 15% of total, that means four million black males and about one million black females voted Trump.

    Therefore the number of overt white racists voting Trump outweighs the number of blacks voting Trump by about two to one.
    Poor reasoning.

    Not all far right vote, this figures includes all of Americans. You have no proof all of them voting let alone voted for Trump. Many far right dont vote, they are against the voting system or feel the likes of Trump isnt extreme enough, e.g he supports Jewish people etc.

    The Far Right Represents Only 6% of U.S.
    https://fortune.com/2018/10/22/far-r...on-study-says/

    Add millions of Latinos and other ethnicities Asian, Indian, Arab, etc. Around half a million Cubans alone in Florida voted for Trump.

    Ill stick with more people of colour voted for Trump over the far right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Poor reasoning.

    Not all far right vote, this figures includes all of Americans. You have no proof all of them voting let alone voted for Trump. Many far right dont vote, they are against the voting system or feel the likes of Trump isnt extreme enough, e.g he supports Jewish people etc.



    https://fortune.com/2018/10/22/far-r...on-study-says/

    Add millions of Latinos and other ethnicities Asian, Indian, Arab, etc. Around half a million Cubans alone in Florida voted for Trump.

    Ill stick with more people of colour voted for Trump over the far right.
    Yes but by yourself own logic, it means nothing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    The extreme left ideology is a nuisance to society.
    In the UK? Yeah, they don’t contribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    In the UK? Yeah, they don’t contribute.
    Why does it matter if the UK?

    Anyway, there is no centre anymore in Western politics, because thanks to the generalisation by the LL (in both UK/USA), you're either right, or left, depending on who/what one voted for.
    Last edited by The Viper; 24th January 2021 at 04:56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    In the UK? Yeah, they don’t contribute.
    Extremes of any sort don’t contribute much positive regardless of where.

    In fact they don’t get much traction in the US .. Bernie is considered extreme left and he has struggled to establish substantial support. Trump .. far right.. won, but the people soon realized what he was all about and voted for the other guy.

    I believe sensible nations tend to stay away from the poles which is why they don’t amount to much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewie View Post
    Extremes of any sort don’t contribute much positive regardless of where.

    In fact they don’t get much traction in the US .. Bernie is considered extreme left and he has struggled to establish substantial support. Trump .. far right.. won, but the people soon realized what he was all about and voted for the other guy.

    I believe sensible nations tend to stay away from the poles which is why they don’t amount to much.
    Bernie is only seen as a leftie in the States, because the Overton window has shifted so far to the right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewie View Post
    What a bunch of baloney. I feel sorry for some of you kids and the way you think about politics. So much full of hate and arrogance. Unbelievable. Only someone who did t get much love as a child would have such hateful disposition.

    I feel sorry for some of you here.
    I did try to warn you.

    Itís hilarious that you guys are trying to provide rational arguments and presenting evidence.

    Do you actually think these guys read any material, let alone understand it?

    They are simply regurgitating sound bites from the sources I mentioned. Well @Technics 1210 is.

    @KingKhanWC is merely parroting what he hears in his very insular, closed social loop, which never hears an opposing view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miandadrules View Post
    I did try to warn you.

    It’s hilarious that you guys are trying to provide rational arguments and presenting evidence.

    Do you actually think these guys read any material, let alone understand it?

    They are simply regurgitating sound bites from the sources I mentioned. Well @Technics 1210 is.

    @KingKhanWC is merely parroting what he hears in his very insular, closed social loop, which never hears an opposing view.
    I am starting to see that now and you are right. Honestly speaking in all my years here, I have rarely seen anybody and I mean ANYBODY concede a point on these boards.

    I might be generalizing but us Pakistanis by nature are very rigid in our views. I do my best to keep my mind open but I sometimes also have trouble accepting any good done by the Nawaz Sharifs, Zerdaris, Modi’s, Putins and trumps of the world. Haha
    I guess that’s the way it goes.
    But my pet peeve around these discussions lately is how some people want to, be default, paint you with a wide brush and label you a radical lefty.. just because you hated trump and his policies.


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    ĎDark Moneyí Helped Pave Joe Bidenís Path to the White House
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...he-white-house

    After trying to ban the practise for years, and pouring scorn over Trump in 2020 for accepting dark money donations, it has been revealed the Democrats, and Biden embraced the practise.

    Hypocrits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Poor reasoning.

    Not all far right vote, this figures includes all of Americans. You have no proof all of them voting let alone voted for Trump. Many far right dont vote, they are against the voting system or feel the likes of Trump isnt extreme enough, e.g he supports Jewish people etc.



    https://fortune.com/2018/10/22/far-r...on-study-says/

    Add millions of Latinos and other ethnicities Asian, Indian, Arab, etc. Around half a million Cubans alone in Florida voted for Trump.

    Ill stick with more people of colour voted for Trump over the far right.
    Get real, man.

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    Basically be a third term of the Obama Administration. And a lot of embarrassing gaffes.

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    No real expectations. Perhaps a softer tone than the orange idiot and maybe tougher on Arabs slightly. The imperial American machine won't stop for anyone though. Despite what his fans say Trump pushed along the imperial agenda significantly and sleepy will keep the motor running, maybe at a slower pace.

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    Biden raises vaccination goal to 1.5m a day after criticism

    After criticism that his original goal was not bold enough, US President Joe Biden has said he expects the US will soon be able to vaccinate 1.5 million people a day.

    He had announced last week that 1m vaccines would be administered daily in the first 100 days of his presidency.

    But some media noted the US had already nearly reached that target under the Trump administration.

    Mr Biden also renewed Trump-era Covid bans on Monday, adding South Africa.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55805428


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    He has

    - created incentives for private ownership of electric cars, especially for lower income Americans

    - instructed DoJ to begin closing for-profit prisons, thereby eliminating the 19th Amendment loophole that still allows slavery

    - stated that a USA/UK trade deal is conditional on UK rejoining the EU, embarrassing Johnson.

    This is what I call a POTUS! He has guts, and decency and a guiding principle, and he moves. He know he has just got the four years and is making the last stand of his long political life.

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    Biden raises election meddling with Putin in first phone call

    US President Joe Biden has warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their first call as counterparts, the White House says.

    The conversation also included a discussion about the ongoing opposition protests in Russia.

    A Kremlin statement did not refer to any points of friction, saying the call was "business-like and frank".

    Both leaders reportedly signalled willingness to renew the countries' last remaining nuclear deal.

    Former US President Donald Trump sometimes undercut his own administration's tough posture on Russia and was accused by some of being too deferential to Mr Putin.

    But former President Barack Obama - under whom Mr Biden served as vice-president - was also criticised for failing to check the Kremlin as it annexed Crimea, supported rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and muscled in on Syria.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55819769


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    He has

    - created incentives for private ownership of electric cars, especially for lower income Americans

    - instructed DoJ to begin closing for-profit prisons, thereby eliminating the 19th Amendment loophole that still allows slavery

    - stated that a USA/UK trade deal is conditional on UK rejoining the EU, embarrassing Johnson.

    This is what I call a POTUS! He has guts, and decency and a guiding principle, and he moves. He know he has just got the four years and is making the last stand of his long political life.
    Trump was offering a free trade deal with the UK with no conditions but you want conditional trade?

    You talk about abolishing slavery but are happy for the UK to be slaves of USA, and EU for that matter and in the process undermine democracy in the UK. UK will not rejoin the EU, we're out, and an ageing Biden cannot change this with threats of trade.

    Biden knows he cannot pass anything with the HoR. He's got a few months with EOs and then bluster, which after that he's a lame duck president.

    Also closing prisons for profit has nothing to do with the 19th ammendment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Trump was offering a free trade deal with the UK with no conditions but you want conditional trade?

    You talk about abolishing slavery but are happy for the UK to be slaves of USA, and EU for that matter and in the process undermine democracy in the UK. UK will not rejoin the EU, we're out, and an ageing Biden cannot change this with threats of trade.

    Biden knows he cannot pass anything with the HoR. He's got a few months with EOs and then bluster, which after that he's a lame duck president.

    Also closing prisons for profit has nothing to do with the 19th ammendment.
    The UK has to accept it's real place in the global pecking order of nations, it has to be subervient to either the US or EU, the sun has already set on the British empire. The UK is obviously a big part of Anglo-American world order but it's primarily America's world order while the UK is more of a sidekick, think of Batman and Robin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giannis View Post
    The UK has to accept it's real place in the global pecking order of nations, it has to be subervient to either the US or EU, the sun has already set on the British empire. The UK is obviously a big part of Anglo-American world order but it's primarily America's world order while the UK is more of a sidekick, think of Batman and Robin.
    Thank you for the lovely insight. No one talks of the British Empire anymore other than Indians.

    I was merely outlining the irony and inconsitency in the Remainer argument. They swing between left and right wing views that's beyond hillarious now.

    The point is of free trade. Remainers and their project fear claimed UK couldn't sign free trade deals with non-EU nations, and when there was one on offer from USA, Remainers opposed it cos it would've been an embarrassment for Project fear and Remainers.

    Oh, Biden supports the EU because of his Irish heritage and the IRA. A proper POTUS with a soft spot for terrorists. Expains why he's right-wing for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    Biden raises election meddling with Putin in first phone call

    US President Joe Biden has warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their first call as counterparts, the White House says.

    The conversation also included a discussion about the ongoing opposition protests in Russia.

    A Kremlin statement did not refer to any points of friction, saying the call was "business-like and frank".

    Both leaders reportedly signalled willingness to renew the countries' last remaining nuclear deal.

    Former US President Donald Trump sometimes undercut his own administration's tough posture on Russia and was accused by some of being too deferential to Mr Putin.

    But former President Barack Obama - under whom Mr Biden served as vice-president - was also criticised for failing to check the Kremlin as it annexed Crimea, supported rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and muscled in on Syria.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55819769
    Big Pappa trying to bully Russia but his real test is China, they very much influence our economy...

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    Iíve been impressed with him so far.

    No-nonsense leadership, professional use of social media, and strong executive orders.

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    Try to reverse this trend

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    Joe really has been around for a long time.


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    Biden warns China will 'eat our lunch' on infrastructure spending

    US President Joe Biden has warned that China will “eat our lunch” if America doesn’t “step up” its infrastructure spending.

    Mr Biden was speaking on Thursday with a group of senators about the need to upgrade infrastructure in the US.

    His warning comes the day after his first phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    On the call, Mr Xi took a hard line on human rights saying a confrontation would be a disaster for both countries.

    Mr Biden made the comments after meeting with members of the Environment and Public Works committee.

    “If we don’t get moving, they are going to eat our lunch,” President Biden told senators.

    “They’re investing billions of dollars dealing with a whole range of issues that relate to transportation, the environment and a whole range of other things. We just have to step up.”

    During the campaign, Mr Biden proposed spending $2tn (£1.45tn) over four years to create jobs and invest in clean energy infrastructure.

    A widely cited American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “report card” from 2017 gave the country’s infrastructure a grade of “D+”.

    The ASCE estimated that the total “infrastructure gap” needed $2tn by 2025 to fix, but would cost the economy twice as much if it went unaddressed.

    The World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Competitiveness Report ranked the US 13th in a broad measure of infrastructure quality, down from fifth place in 2002.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56036245


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    TJ Ducklo: White House suspends aide for 'threatening reporter'

    A White House spokesman has been suspended for a week without pay after allegedly threatening to "destroy" a female reporter who was asking questions about his private life.

    TJ Ducklo reportedly threatened Politico reporter Tara Palmeri, who was investigating his relationship with another journalist.

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that Mr Ducklo had apologised to Ms Palmeri.

    He has not commented independently.

    Some observers have criticised President Joe Biden for failing to take stronger action. He has previously said he would fire "on the spot" any staff speaking disrespectfully to colleagues.

    The suspension of Mr Ducklo, the White House deputy press secretary, came after Vanity Fair magazine reported on his alleged threats to Ms Palmeri.

    The Politico reporter had been investigating Mr Ducklo's relationship with Alexi McCammond, a journalist with Axios who had covered Mr Biden's election campaign.

    He allegedly rang her and said: "I will destroy you". He also made other derogatory and misogynistic comments, Vanity Fair reports.

    President Biden's spokeswoman tweeted on Friday that TJ Ducklo was "the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President".

    She said that as well as being suspended without pay for a week, Mr Ducklo would no longer work with Politico reporters when he returned to the White House.

    President Biden told his staff on his first day in office that he would not tolerate bullying behaviour.

    "I'm not joking when I say this: If you ever work with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. No ifs, ands or buts," he said.

    Some commentators, such as CNN anchor Jake Tapper, are now asking whether the same punishment should not apply to the way his staff treat journalists doing their job.
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    US to allow in thousands of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico

    The Biden administration says it will start gradually allowing into the US tens of thousands of asylum seekers currently forced to wait in Mexico.

    It says it will begin next week processing about 25,000 people with active cases.

    Asylum seekers will first be required to register and pass a Covid-19 test, before being allowed in via one of three border crossings.

    The move reverses the much-criticised policies of ex-President Donald Trump.

    The Migrant Protection Protocols programme was enacted in 2019, deterring would-be asylum seekers from coming to the US.

    It required migrants entering through the southern border to wait in Mexico while their cases were being heard by US immigration courts.

    But on his first day in office since winning last year's election, President Joe Biden suspended the policy.

    "As President Biden has made clear, the US government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

    "This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values."

    The Biden administration plans to start with two border crossings each processing up to 300 people a day and a third crossing taking fewer numbers, according to the Associated Press.

    The authorities say asylum seekers will be released with notices to appear in court in cities close to or in their final destinations, typically with family.

    At the same time, Mr Mayorkas stressed that "individuals who are not eligible under this initial phase should wait for further instructions and not travel to the border", amid concerns that many people would try to cross the border illegally.

    Friday's announcement was welcomed in a sprawling migrant camp in the Mexican city of Matamoros, just across the border from Texas.

    "Honestly, I have no words for how I'm feeling right now!" Salvadoran asylum seeker Sandra Andrade, who has been waiting in Mexico for over a year, told Reuters news agency.

    The border cities where migrants wait for months are suffering from growing crime rates.

    Last year, charity Human Rights First said "returned families, children and adults are being sent to highly dangerous situations where many suffered kidnappings, attacks, sexual assaults, threats and other incredible cruelty".
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56050102.


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    Biden calls for gun law reform on anniversary of Parkland shooting

    US President Joe Biden has called for Congress to pass gun law reforms, including a ban on assault weapons.

    Mr Biden released the statement on Sunday, the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting in Florida.

    "All across our nation, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends have known the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence," he said.

    In 2018, 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed by an ex-student armed with an AR-15 rifle.

    Many of the school's teenage survivors went on to become prominent advocates for gun legislation reform.

    The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the US constitution and is staunchly defended by many conservatives, including ex-president Donald Trump.

    In his statement, President Biden also called for the introduction of background checks for all gun sales, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and for an end to legal immunity for gun manufacturers.

    "We owe it to all those we've lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change," Mr Biden said. "The time to act is now."

    In a separate statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would resurrect background check legislation that had stalled when Republican former President Donald Trump was in office.

    "Now, working with the Democratic Senate and Biden-Harris Administration, we will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand," she said.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56064770.


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    America is back, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells BBC

    "America is back" and is fully engaged in helping resolve issues including the pandemic, climate change and Iran's nuclear ambitions, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told the BBC.

    In his first international interview, Mr Blinken stressed the importance of worldwide vaccination against Covid-19.

    He also criticised China for its lack of transparency in uncovering how coronavirus emerged.

    It marks a break with the "America First" policy of Donald Trump.

    Mr Blinken was speaking as the leaders of the G7 richest industrialised nations met in virtual session.
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    Texas weather: President Biden declares major disaster

    President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas, clearing the way for more federal funds to be spent on relief efforts in the US state.

    Power is returning across Texas and temperatures are set to rise, but at least 14 million people still have difficulty accessing clean water.

    Mr Biden has said he will visit Texas as long as his presence is not a burden on relief efforts.

    Nearly 60 deaths have been attributed to cold weather across the US.

    The administration had already declared a state of emergency for Texas, along with Oklahoma and Louisiana.

    In a statement on Texas released by the White House, President Biden said he had "ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms".

    "Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programmes to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," the statement said.

    Mr Biden has been in touch with the mayors of some of Texas' biggest cities, such as Houston, Austin and Dallas, to ensure they have access to government resources, an administration official said.

    Several other southern states hit by snow and ice storms this week have also reported water service outages.

    Winter weather also cut off water in the city of Jackson, Mississippi - home to around 150,000 people - as well as the largest county in Tennessee that includes the city of Memphis, with more than 651,000 residents.

    City officials in Jackson say water treatment plants are now running again, but 43,000 households still have no or low water pressure, WLBT TV reports.

    Across the US South, a region unaccustomed to such frigid temperatures, people whose pipes have frozen have taken to boiling snow to make water.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56129833.


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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    I’ve been impressed with him so far.

    No-nonsense leadership, professional use of social media, and strong executive orders.
    Yeah, he’s quietly getting on with it as I thought he would. No grandstanding, no populist gestures, just basic competence. He has a huge task ahead with 500K COVID deaths.

    Very glad to see that he has re-entered the Paris Agreement, repairing Trump’s colossal act of environmental vandalism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Yeah, he’s quietly getting on with it as I thought he would. No grandstanding, no populist gestures, just basic competence. He has a huge task ahead with 500K COVID deaths.

    Very glad to see that he has re-entered the Paris Agreement, repairing Trump’s colossal act of environmental vandalism.
    American politics has become slightly dull again. Even the US-related threads on PP have died off. And former POTUS Trump is a ghost in the media already. These are all good signs that President Biden is cracking on with the huge job in front of him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    American politics has become slightly dull again. Even the US-related threads on PP have died off. And former POTUS Trump is a ghost in the media already. These are all good signs that President Biden is cracking on with the huge job in front of him!
    Amen

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    Biden is getting lambasted in US media. He doesn't appear infront the cameras as often given his frail condition. BBC fact checked Biden and turns out he's an equal liar Trump. Plus Biden is dead boring compared to Trump, so no column inches with Biden.

    Speaking of Trump, he's planning a comeback in 2024. Soon to be announced.

    Feel no pity towards the looney left who want Trumpism to end. It's here to stay.

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    Covid: Biden calls 500,000 death toll 'a grim milestone'

    President Joe Biden addressed the nation as the US marks 500,000 deaths from Covid, the most for any country in the world.

    "As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said.

    The president and vice-president, and their spouses, then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony.

    More than 28.1 million Americans have been infected - another global record.

    "Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and remember those we left behind," he said, calling for Americans to fight Covid together.

    President Biden ordered all flags on federal property to be lowered to half mast for the next five days.

    What did Mr Biden say in his speech?
    At the White House, Mr Biden opened his speech by noting that the number of American deaths from Covid is higher than the death toll from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined.

    "We often hear people described as ordinary Americans. There's no such thing," he said.

    "There's nothing ordinary about them. The people we lost were extraordinary. They span generations. Born in America, emigrated to America."

    "So many of them took their final breath alone in America," he continued.

    He drew on his own experience with grief - his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash in 1972 and one of his son's died from brain cancer in 2015.

    "For me, the way through sorrow and grief is to find purpose," he said in his live speech to the country.

    Mr Biden's approach to the pandemic is different to his predecessor Donald Trump, who cast doubt on the impact of the deadly virus and was viewed as having politicised the wearing of masks and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

    On 19 January, one day before Mr Biden took office, he held an event to mark 400,000 Americans dying of the disease.

    Monday's event, marking the latest death toll, comes less than one month later.

    Elsewhere in Washington, the bells at the National Cathedral tolled 500 times, once for every thousand Americans lost during the pandemic.
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    Biden holds first foreign meeting with Canada's Justin Trudeau

    US President Joe Biden has spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his first bilateral meeting with a foreign leader since taking office.

    The two leaders highlighted mutual policy priorities around climate change and China, including the release of two Canadians held captive there.

    "Human beings are not bartering chips," Mr Biden said on Tuesday.

    The nations also pledged to align climate goals to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

    Canada is often the destination chosen for a US president's first foreign trip, but Covid-19 scuppered Mr Biden's plans. Instead, the meeting was held remotely.

    Mr Biden, a Democrat, is hoping to hit the reset button with Mr Trudeau, a Liberal, whose relationship with the former Republican US President Trump was often considered rocky.

    Mr Trudeau also pledged to work with the US to "get through Covid but also to make sure we're pulling our weight around the world".

    The leaders did not take questions from journalists, which is unusual in Washington for a bilateral event such as this.
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    Biden's Covid stimulus plan: It costs $2tn but what's in it?

    The US is poised to pass its third major spending package of the pandemic - a $1.9tn (£1.4tn) plan that President Joe Biden has championed as a way to help struggling Americans.

    Leaders of his Democratic Party, which has a slim majority in Congress, are planning to pass the so-called American Rescue Plan by the end of the month.

    Republicans say the plan is unnecessarily large and stuffed with Democratic priorities unrelated to the pandemic.

    But Mr Biden and his team maintain the US must "act big" and that the extra cash is being spent on those most affected by the crisis - the poor, minorities and women.
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    Jamal Khashoggi: Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi king

    US President Joe Biden has talked by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he seeks to put relations with America's old ally on a new footing.

    He "affirmed the importance" the US "places on universal human rights and the rule of law", the White House says.

    Mr Biden made the call after reading a forthcoming US report into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The report, due to be released shortly, is expected to implicate the king's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    Mr Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, pursued closer ties with Saudi Arabia.

    The Trump administration rejected a legal requirement to release the report in declassified form, focusing instead on improved co-operation with the Saudis.

    Mr Biden is expected to take a much tougher stance on certain Saudi positions.

    During the murder in 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Khashoggi's body was dismembered. The crown prince denies involvement.

    Saudi authorities blamed his death on a "rogue operation" by a team of agents sent to return him to the kingdom, and a Saudi court tried and sentenced five individuals to 20 years in prison last September, after initially sentencing them to death.

    What did Biden say exactly?

    There was no mention of Khashoggi by name in the White House statement but it said: "The President noted positively the recent release of several Saudi-American activists and Ms. Loujain al-Hathloul from custody, and affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law."

    Saudi women's rights activist Loujain Hathloul was released this month after almost three years in detention but remained subject to a travel ban and was forbidden from speaking to the media.

    The two leaders discussed "the longstanding partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia", and the threat posed to Saudi Arabia by pro-Iranian groups.

    "The President told King Salman he would work to make the bilateral relationship as strong and transparent as possible," the statement said.

    "The two leaders affirmed the historic nature of the relationship and agreed to work together on mutual issues of concern and interest."
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    Equality Act: US House passes legislation protecting LGBT rights

    The US House of Representatives has passed sweeping legislation that prohibits LGBT discrimination, but it faces an unlikely future in the Senate.

    The Equality Act was previously passed by the Democratic-led House in 2019, but was killed by Senate Republicans.

    The debate has laid bare the ideological battle between liberals who support the act and conservatives who say it infringes on religious freedom.

    The act expands on a 2020 Supreme Court ruling protecting some LGBT rights.
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    Texas weather: Biden visits state amid recovery from deadly cold snap

    President Joe Biden has travelled to Texas in his first trip to a disaster zone, visiting workers still reeling from a deadly winter storm.

    "You're doing God's work," Mr Biden told emergency workers in Houston.

    His visit comes as Texas recovers from a massive energy grid failure that left millions without electricity amid an unusually severe cold snap.

    Dozens of deaths have been blamed on the cold, but it could take months to determine the full tally, US media say.

    The energy disaster, which affected some four million residents, came as Texas was seeing the lowest recorded temperatures in more than three decades earlier this month.

    Miles of pipes in the south-western state froze and subsequently burst as homes and businesses that are not often insulated against cold weather lost heat.

    Water treatment plants also failed, forcing millions of residents to boil water to disinfect it. Thousands collected snow - rare in the state - and used the water to flush their toilets. Several communities are still under orders to boil their water.

    Earlier this week, Mr Biden declared a major disaster in Texas, clearing the way for more federal funds to be spent on relief efforts.

    Mr Biden's homeland security adviser said on Thursday that $9m (£6.5m) had already been allocated for assistance.

    The cold weather that set in over the Valentine's Day weekend has mostly now passed, with temperatures reaching around 78F (26C) in Houston during Mr Biden's visit.
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    Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

    The US and its allies should reject calls for a global ban on AI-powered autonomous weapons systems, according to an official report commissioned for the American President and Congress.

    It says that artificial intelligence will "compress decision time frames" and require military responses humans cannot make quickly enough alone.

    And it warns Russia and China would be unlikely to keep to any such treaty.

    But critics claim the proposals risk driving an "irresponsible" arms race.

    "This is a shocking and frightening report that could lead to the proliferation of AI weapons making decisions about who to kill," said Prof Noel Sharkey, spokesman for the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots.

    "The most senior AI scientists on the planet have warned them about the consequences, and yet they continue.

    "This will lead to grave violations of international law."

    The report counters that if autonomous weapons systems have been properly tested and are authorised for use by a human commander, then they should be consistent with International Humanitarian Law.

    The recommendations were made by the National Security Commission on AI - a body headed by ex-Google chief Eric Schmidt and ex-Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, who served under Presidents Obama and Trump.

    Other members include Andy Jassy, Amazon's next chief executive, Google and Microsoft AI chiefs Dr Andrew Moore and Dr Eric Horvitz, and Oracle chief executive Safra Catz.

    Nuclear limit

    Much of the 750-page report focuses on how to counter China's ambition to be a world leader in AI by 2030.

    It says that senior military leaders have warned the US could "lose its military-technical superiority in the coming years" if China leapfrogs it by adopting AI-enabled systems more quickly - for example by using swarming drones to attack the US Navy.

    "The DoD [Department of Defense] has long been hardware-oriented toward ships, planes, and tanks [and] is now trying to make the leap to a software-intensive enterprise," the report says.

    "If our forces are not equipped with AI-enabled systems guided by new concepts that exceed those of their adversaries, they will be outmatched and paralysed by the complexity of battle."

    The report predicts AI will transform "all aspects of military affairs", and talks of rival algorithms battling it out in the future.

    And while it warns that badly-designed AI systems could increase the risk of war, it adds that "defending against AI-capable adversaries without employing AI is an invitation to disaster".

    It does, however, draw the line at nuclear weapons, saying these should still require the explicit authorisation of the president.

    And it says the White House should press Moscow and Beijing to issue public commitments of their own over this matter.
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    USA has deployed four B-1 nuclear bombers to Norway, to counter Russian militarisation of the Arctic.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-56300515

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    U.S. could send $1,400 COVID bill payments within days; child tax credit a bigger challenge

    With plenty of practice sending coronavirus relief payments to Americans, the federal government should be able to launch the delivery of $1,400 checks almost immediately once Congress finalizes the new aid bill and President Joe Biden signs it, tax experts say.

    Some Americans might see direct payments as soon as this week if the bill passes the House of Representatives on Tuesday as expected, compared with several weeks' lag in April 2020. Nearly 160 million households are expected to get payments, the White House estimates.

    The Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service will have new challenges on its hands, though, thanks to the $1.9 trillion relief bill. Incarcerated people, those with non-citizen spouses and relatives of those who died in 2020 will be eligible for payments.

    The bill also includes an expanded Child Tax Credit of up to $3,000 per child, paid monthly starting in July, essentially forcing the revenue collector to act as benefits administrator for the rest of the year.

    The IRS, which has more than 70,000 employees, handles over 190 million individual and corporate tax returns a year, but it has been hobbled by budget cuts and obsolete technology in recent years. The COVID-19 bill includes $1.46 billion for the agency, which is running into its busiest season, as the April 15 deadline for individual taxpayers approaches.

    A U.S. Treasury spokeswoman said the Biden administration's priority was to speed relief to Americans, adding: "Treasury stands ready to implement the direct payment check program as soon as the American Rescue Plan is passed."

    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-...er-2021-03-08/


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    47 days since Biden has given a press conference. His mental capacity is in rapid decline.

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    In China strategy, Biden to meet with leaders of Australia, India, Japan

    U.S. President Joe Biden will meet on Friday with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan, a group central to his efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power.

    The White House said the virtual meeting of the countries known as the Quad would show the importance Biden placed on the Indo-Pacific region and focus on ways to fight the coronavirus, cooperate on economic growth and the climate crisis.

    India and Australia have emphasized the importance of regional security cooperation, which has been boosted by previous lower-level meetings of the four countries.

    A senior Biden administration official told Reuters the meeting would announce financing agreements to support an increase in manufacturing capacity for coronavirus vaccines in India, something New Delhi has urged to counter China's widening vaccine diplomacy.

    The United States wants to strengthen ties with allies and partners as China adopts an increasingly assertive foreign policy in Asia and beyond. Washington says the additional vaccine capacity will be used in vaccination efforts in Southeast Asia, where Beijing is competing for influence.

    The virtual meeting between Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will aim to lay the groundwork for an in-person meeting later this year, the administration said.

    Among the issues to be addressed are supply chains exposed as heavily reliant on China during the pandemic.

    Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday that the four countries would work together to secure rare earth metals essential to the production of electric car motors and other products.

    The U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday the United States and Japan would help fund Indian firms manufacturing vaccines for U.S. drugmakers Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) and J&J (JNJ.N).

    However, Indian government sources said U.S. curbs on exports of critical materials could hamper that effort and those to start large-scale distribution to Southeast Asia.

    India, Australia and Japan have all faced security challenges from China, strengthening their interest in the four-nation alliance. Cooperation among them dates back to their joint response to the Indian Ocean earthquake and Tsunami in 2004.

    The Quad was revived under the Trump administration, which saw it as a vehicle to push back against China's spreading influence. The United States hosted a foreign ministers' meeting in 2019, that was followed by another in Japan last year and a virtual session in February.

    Friday's meeting coincides with a major U.S. diplomatic drive to solidify alliances in Asia and Europe to counter China.

    On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will head to Japan and South Korea for the first meetings between senior officials of the Biden administration and U.S. allies - underscoring the critical importance Washington places on Asia and the China challenge.

    Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, will join Blinken in Alaska next week for a meeting with China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and State Councillor Wang Yi, the first high-level in-person contact between the two sparring countries under the Biden administration.

    Washington has said it will not hold back in its criticism of Beijing over issues ranging from Taiwan to Hong Kong and the genocide it says China is committing against minority Muslims.

    Biden's administration has committed to reviewing elements of policies toward China, in consultation with allies, as the world's two largest economies navigate frosty relations that sank to their lowest depths in decades during Donald Trump's presidency.

    Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first phone call as leaders last month and appeared at odds on most issues, even as Xi warned that confrontation would be a "disaster" for both nations.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/china/...an-2021-03-12/


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    Biden can barley follow his cue cards now. He is a liability now and mentality unstable. He doesn't have the balls, nor do his staff trust him in front of cameras and reporters.

    He cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes.

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    Just imagine if it was the other way round, i.e. someone claims a white poet's poem cannot be translated by a non white person ...

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56334369

    Amanda Gorman's The Hill We Climb stole the show at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration but when a renowned Dutch author was asked to translate her work there was an outcry because the translator is not black.

    Critics said it was not just about skin colour but identity too. This was not simply about translation but whether Gorman's poetry could be accurately reflected, interpreted by someone of a different ethnicity, genre, and mother tongue.

    One day after accepting the task, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld decided not to go ahead after all.

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    Kamala Harris is the president of the US.

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    Another week and still no press conference. More and more news outlets are now questioning the mental capacity of Biden. Many now believe he is suffering from dementia.

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    US immigration: Disaster agency Fema brought in to help with child migrant surge

    A US agency that normally deals with major emergencies and natural disasters has been brought in to help care for the rising numbers of migrant children arriving at the US southern border.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) would "help receive, shelter and transport the children" for the next 90 days, it was announced.

    President Joe Biden has been reversing some of his predecessor's policies.

    But the recent surge of arrivals is putting pressure on processing systems.

    There were a record number of children - 3,200 - being held in US immigration facilities on the US-Mexican border as of 8 March.

    Hundreds continue to arrive each day, and many are being held beyond the legal three-day limit for being processed and transferred.

    Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said last week that the situation on the border was "overwhelming" but not yet a crisis.

    Announcing Fema's involvement, Mr Mayorkas said the agency would work with the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to "look at every available option to quickly expand physical capacity for appropriate lodging".

    "Our goal is to ensure that unaccompanied children are transferred to HHS as quickly as possible, consistent with legal requirements and in the best interest of the children," he added.

    On the campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to reverse many of Donald Trump's restrictive migrant policies.

    Since taking office in January, he has ordered the reunification of migrant children with their families, ended construction of the border wall and called for reviews of legal immigration programmes terminated by his predecessor.

    But in the same month Mr Biden became president, 5,871 unaccompanied children crossed the border - up from 4,995 in December - according to data from the US Customs and Border Protection (CPB).

    As of 8 March, the number of children held in US immigration facilities had tripled in just two weeks - to 3,250. Of that number, nearly half had been in detention longer than the three-day limit and were in CBP-managed facilities that were designed for adults.

    The HHS is required to link children up with their parents, guardians, US relatives or find a sponsor to take them in while their immigration case is being considered.

    Although Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted on HHS-managed shelters to expand capacity for unaccompanied children, the New York Times reports that they are just days away from reaching maximum capacity.

    Most of the unaccompanied children detained are boys between the ages of 15-17.

    Some reports suggest desperate families, who have been turned away at the US border, have been sending their children on alone to improve their chances of entering the US.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56391688.


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    And here comes the first tax hike.

    Biden Eyes First Major Tax Hike Since 1993 in Next Economic Plan

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-economic-plan

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    Well he dished out 1400 bucks each, and now he's clawing it back. Biden has been lying for 49 years.

    His defenders are awfully silent. Then again, his defenders would've supported Kermit the frog if it meant beating Trump.

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    President Joe Biden's 'big problem' at the US border

    When Joe Biden took the presidential oath of office in January, he faced two massive, related crises - the coronavirus pandemic and its resulting economic fallout.

    Those were challenges as obvious as they were anticipated. Now, however, the president is confronting his the first political and policy crisis from a different direction - on immigration, as the US-Mexico border experiences yet another surge in undocumented entries.

    The nature of the crisis is hardly novel, as most recent presidents have grappled with some kind of immigration-related challenge during their time in office. For Biden, however, it comes at a moment when he would prefer to focus elsewhere.

    Politics doesn't care what politicians would prefer, however. The immigration situation has the potential to derail Biden's other, best-laid plans, as he is squeezed by criticism from Republican foes and some within his own party.

    A "big problem"

    Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged that the current situation on the US-Mexico border has become a "big problem".

    The overall number of undocumented migrants encountered on the US border is higher than at the same point in any of the previous three years - and growing at a faster pace toward the traditional peak entry time in late spring.

    In particular, the figures for unaccompanied minors at the border have sharply increased in the past few months.

    About 15,000 unaccompanied youth migrants have been detained at the border in January and February. The total for all of last year was 37,000. In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic slowed migrant movement, it was 75,000. At this pace, that mark will be easily surpassed.

    As of Sunday, US Customs and Border Patrol were housing 4,200 children in detention facilities along the border and admitting an average of 565 children - most between the ages of 7 and 13 - a day.

    Some of this is the result of decisions made by Joe Biden early in his presidency. He reversed a Trump administration policy of turning away unaccompanied children at the border, instead opting to process them and place them with sponsoring families in the US.

    Criticism and complications

    Like many Democrats, Biden has been critical of Donald Trump's since-rescinded decision in 2018 to separate the children of undocumented migrants from their parents - and the former president's draconian immigration enforcement policies in general.

    "Securing our borders does not require us to ignore the humanity of those who seek to cross them," Biden wrote in an executive order reversing the unaccompanied minor policy and announcing an overall review of federal immigration procedures.

    But with such moves come complications. Migrants travelling from Central America have told the BBC that they are doing so because they believe the Biden administration will give them amnesty. The president's attempts to discourage the journey have, so far, had no appreciable effect.

    In her press conference, Psaki also pointed her finger squarely at Trump.

    "The last administration left us a dismantled and unworkable system, and like any other problem, we are going to do everything we can to solve it. So our focus here is on solutions… The president's very focused on expediting what's happening at the border at every step in the process."

    Blaming the previous guy for a current problem is an age-old political manoeuvre - and it's one that tends to have a limited shelf life. If the situation on the border doesn't improve, the "big problem" will be squarely in Biden's lap.

    Republicans sense an opening

    The president's political adversaries on the right appear to be relishing the chance to use the situation on the border to their advantage.

    While Biden and top administration officials have criss-crossed the US to tout the benefits of the recently passed $1.9tn (£1.4tn) Covid relief package, Republican officeholders have been travelling to the Mexican border - and blaming Biden for what they see as an overburdened system and presidential actions that are encouraging more illegal entries.

    "The sad part about that is this didn't have to happen," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at a press event in Texas. "This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration."

    After Democrats attacked Trump for "children in cages" - a result of his family separation policy - Republicans are returning the favour, accusing Biden of implementing policies that put unaccompanied minors in similarly harsh situations.

    Immigration and border security were the lynchpin of Donald Trump's successful presidential bid in 2016, and some Republicans may see it as a pathway back to power in future elections, including the 2022 mid-term congressional elections. The former president himself has joined in the chorus, although he glossed over the fact that recent immigration trends began when he was still president.

    "When I was president, our southern border was in great shape — stronger, safer, and more secure than ever before," he said in a statement issued last week. "Our country is being destroyed at the southern border, a terrible thing to see!"

    For conservatives, immigration is the quintessential "wedge" issue - engaging their base and exacerbating divisions within the Democratic Party.

    Activists growing impatient

    Those Democratic Party divisions have been on display in recent days, as Biden's more liberal supporters have grown restless over the Trump-era policies and provisions that have yet to be rolled back by the new administration.

    For now, the US border with Mexico remains largely closed. And while unaccompanied children have been permitted entry into the US, most others have been turned away - and their asylum requests delayed. While the Trump-era ban on entry from certain majority Muslim nations has been lifted, the visa-approval process for foreign workers is still suspended because of Covid restrictions, and temporary visas for students are facing significant backlogs.

    Patience among some on the left is wearing thin.

    "The longer we sort of slow-walk that restoration of normalcy and how we would address the issues at the border with migrants - whether they're adults or children - the [worse] the problem gets," Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Michigan - herself a former refugee - told Politico this week.

    "Once we think of the humans at the border as humans ... we will have policies that are just, humane, and give them dignity."

    Meanwhile, Democratic moderates - like Congressman Henry Cuellar, who represents an area along the Mexican district - said the Biden team needs to do more to discourage migrants from travelling to the US and falling prey to human traffickers.

    "They're trying to be different from Trump, which I agree with," he told Newsweek. "They need to be different; we don't separate kids. But [Biden's] 'humane' approach, is actually feeding the narrative that the bad guys are twisting to get people over; no ifs, no buts."

    Biden has unveiled comprehensive immigration legislation, but the prospects for passage in Congress - at least as long as the Senate rule requiring 60 out of 100 votes to approve most bills endures - is dim.

    His administration is still not fully staffed, with delays caused by the lack of transition co-operation from the Trump administration and the Senate impeachment trial in February preventing top presidential nominees - who then select staff for their agencies and departments - from being confirmed quickly.

    Over the course of four years, Trump officials dramatically altered the way the federal government handles immigration in the US. Liberals want those changes reversed as quickly as possible, but Biden - with multiple demands on his time and political capital - will be challenged to keep them satisfied.

    His ability to do so, however, could determine how successful he is in keeping together the coalition of disparate interests that made his presidential victory last year possible.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56446814.


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    China and USA swapping insults on human rights records at the big Alaska summit.

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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN2BB1XN

    U.S. President Joe Biden is doing fine after stumbling on the steps as he climbed aboard Air Force One on Friday, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

    She suggested high winds at Joint Base Andrews near Washington may have been a factor.

    “It’s very windy outside,” said Jean-Pierre when asked about his stumbling. “He is doing 100 percent fine.”

    She did not say whether Biden had been checked by a traveling physician after the episode.

    Boarding a flight to Atlanta, where he was to speak to the Asian-American community about a shooting there this week, Biden stumbled slightly about halfway up the 25 or so stairs, recovered, then stumbled again and briefly went down on one knee, according to video footage.

    The president appeared to rub his left knee before getting back up, then completed the stairs at a slower pace. He stopped at the top of the stairs, turned around and offered a crisp salute.

    In late November, Biden suffered a hairline fracture in his right foot while playing with one of his dogs.

    At 78, Biden was the oldest person ever to assume the presidency when he entered the White House on Jan. 20.

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    Child migrants: First photos emerge of Biden-era detention centres

    The Biden administration has said it will open additional facilities for migrants after images from a detention centre in Texas showed children huddled together in crowded makeshift rooms.

    The Texas site, a government-run tent city in Donna at the US-Mexico border, is reportedly housing 1,000 people.

    The photos are the first to show conditions at such facilities since President Joe Biden took office.

    Critics have blamed Mr Biden for a surge in illegal migration to the US.

    Since taking office in January, Mr Biden has removed some of the restrictions for those entering the US introduced by his predecessor, Donald Trump, including reversing the unaccompanied minor policy.

    The Biden administration said last week that conditions at some facilities were "not acceptable".

    On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US government was working to provide further accommodation for arrivals "in the coming days and weeks".

    "Places where kids can have access to healthcare, can have access to educational resources - even legal resources," she said.

    Her comments came after images released on Monday by Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, showed children at the facility in Donna sleeping on thin mattresses on the floor under foil blankets.

    The photos, reportedly captured at the weekend, have also raised concerns over a possible lack of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people remain 2m (6ft) apart to help prevent the spread of virus infections.

    Mr Cuellar said that those being housed at the centre had been divided among eight plastic "pods" that were overcrowded.

    Activists have also said that those housed at the site had not been given adequate access to soap or food.

    Journalists have not been permitted inside the detention centres since Mr Biden took office, although the White House has said that they will be.

    Lawyers who represent the children, and lawmakers who have toured the facilities, have described conditions as cramped.

    The number of unaccompanied minors at the border has increased sharply in recent months.

    The US government has said it wants to work with Mexico and Guatemala to address the root causes of the problem, which include widespread poverty and violence in Central America.

    Ms Psaki said there was special concern about the growing number of unaccompanied children arriving at US border crossings, and that their wellbeing was a priority.

    "Children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing persecution, who are fleeing terrible situations is not a crisis," she said.

    "We feel that it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance and make sure they are treated... and put in to conditions that are safe."

    There has been a big influx of arrivals to the US southern border since Mr Biden took office, including hundreds of unaccompanied children who are being held in US immigration detention facilities.

    Since January, the president has ordered the reunification of migrant children with their families, ended construction of Mr Trump's border wall and called for reviews of legal immigration programmes terminated by the former president.

    While in office, Mr Trump faced criticism over the conditions inside border facilities holding children.

    Some Trump-era facilities - now renovated and upgraded - are being used again. Despite concerns about coronavirus, health officials from the CDC have said these facilities can open at 100% capacity.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56491941.


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    I'm surprised Biden's defenders have been so quiet of late. Their messiah certainly tripped up after Stair Force 1!

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    Biden pressed on child migration at first news conference

    US President Joe Biden was pressed on how he would address the surge in migrants at the southern border at his first official press conference.

    More than 17,000 children are being kept in government detention centres and Mr Biden was challenged on whether his policies could be contributing to the increase in child arrivals.

    The president defended his record and vowed to be transparent.

    The hour-long event also covered subjects from guns to foreign policy.

    He also doubled his administration's vaccine rollout goal, saying that he now aims to have 200 million jabs be given before his 100th day in office.

    But questions about the situation at the US-Mexico border dominated the event.

    What did Biden say about the surge?

    During the White House news conference, Mr Biden blamed his predecessor Donald Trump for the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, and said it was normal for the US to experience an influx of migrants in cooler months.

    "The truth of the matter is, nothing has changed," he said, adding: "The reason they're coming is that it's the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying on the way because of the heat in the desert."

    "I'd like to think it's because I'm a nice guy, but it's not," he said, calling the surge a cyclical event.

    He also blamed the "circumstances in their country," including natural disasters, crime and lack of economic opportunity.

    Asked when he would make government-run detention centres open to visits from reporters, Mr Biden said he "will commit to transparency".

    "You'll have full access to everything," he said, but declined to give a timeline.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56531187.


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