Category: Biden

America’s global image under Biden skyrockets compared to Trump, survey finds

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America’s reputation on the global stage appears to have significantly rebounded since former President Donald Trump left office and President Joe Biden became the commander in chief, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. As Bi

Source: America’s global image under Biden skyrockets compared to Trump, survey finds

Why Joe Biden Should Listen to Bernie Sanders on Corporate Taxes | Washington Monthly

Screenshot_2021-06-01 Why Joe Biden Should Listen to Bernie Sanders on Corporate Taxes Washington Monthly

For now, Biden and Senate Democrats are struggling to figure out whether they need to negotiate with, fight, or ignore Republicans who want to pare down the president’s infrastructure plan into a small-ball program with no political impact. Rather than look for outside-the-box revenue raisers that might create some novel politics around taxes, they are haggling over how much to weaken Biden’s opening offer in order to bring all Democrats and at least some Republicans on board.

Source: Why Joe Biden Should Listen to Bernie Sanders on Corporate Taxes | Washington Monthly

Will Manchin and Sinema Sabotage Biden? | The Smirking Chimp

The only question, then, is whether or not that makes any sense to the centrist Democrats like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin or the two senators from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly. Sadly, there is a fair chance that other than the hardcore Trumpers who will believe anything they’re told, these Democratic senators will be the only people in America to whom it does. They must be persuaded that now is the time, while the Republicans are ideologically spent and the economy is set to blast off, to do something real and meaningful for the American people. These occasions don’t come very often. It would be a crime if the Democrats let this chance slip from their grasp.

Source: Will Manchin and Sinema Sabotage Biden? | The Smirking Chimp

Biden Praised for Taking ‘Crucial First Step’ to ‘Prioritize People Over Guns’ | Common Dreams News

Advocates of stricter firearms laws on Thursday welcomed President Joe Biden’s announcement of six initial actions to address what his administration is calling the nation’s “gun violence public health epidemic.”

Source: Biden Praised for Taking ‘Crucial First Step’ to ‘Prioritize People Over Guns’ | Common Dreams News

Biden Is About to Undo Trump’s Judiciary Project | Washington Monthly

US President Biden invites world leaders to online climate summit | News |  DW | 26.03.2021Joe Biden’s first set of judicial nominations this week is the beginning of something big: almost certainly by the end of this Congress, the majority of lower court seats will be filled by Democratic appointees.

Source: Biden Is About to Undo Trump’s Judiciary Project | Washington Monthly

Biden touts ‘once-in-a generation investment in America’ in his infrastructure plan unveiling

President Joe Biden delivers a speech on infrastructure spending at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)“Two years ago, I began my campaign here in Pittsburgh, saying I was running to rebuild the backbone of America,” President Joe Biden said Wednesday at the unveiling of the first part of his infrastructure plan. “And today, I return as your President to lay out the vision of how I believe we do that—rebuild the backbone of America.” In his speech, Biden centered jobs and the people who will occupy them, as well as his intent to “rebuild the middle class. We’re going to bring everybody along,” he said. “Regardless of your background, your color, your religion, everybody gets to come along.”

Source: Biden touts ‘once-in-a generation investment in America’ in his infrastructure plan unveiling

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington, March, 25 2021. At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

“This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” he told reporters at his first news conference as president. “We’ve got to prove democracy works.”

Among the biggest tasks of his presidency, Biden seemed to be arguing, is to prove anew to a skeptical world that both American democracy and its model of democratic capitalism still works – and that it is superior to the very different system Xi is ruthlessly enforcing at home as he tries to extend China’s influence around the world.

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

Biden Calls on Senate to Immediately Pass Gun Reform Laws in Wake of Mass Shootings – Mother Jones

Biden called on lawmakers in the House and Senate to pass new gun reform measures in brief remarks Tuesday morning following a mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado Monday that claimed 10 lives. The shooting took place a week after a separate shooting in Atlanta killed 8 people.

Biden Calls on Senate to Immediately Pass Gun Reform Laws in Wake of Mass Shootings – Mother Jones

Biden Ends U.S. Support for Saudi “Offensive” in Yemen

Yemeni girls hold pictures of civilian victims during a demonstration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Saudi-led airstrike in which 140 civilians were killed and more than 500 were injured, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 8, 2017.

In his first major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that he would end American support for Saudi and United Arab Emirates-led “offensive operations” in Yemen, echoing a promise he made on the campaign trail in 2019.

Biden Ends U.S. Support for Saudi “Offensive” in Yemen

Biden to have Feds buy 650K Electric Vehicles, Promising rapid Fall in EV Prices

President Joe Biden plans to create a million auto-worker jobs by replacing the enormous fleet of some 650,000 vehicles owned by the federal government with electric cars. He specified EVs that emit no carbon dioxide, which suggests he wants the government to buy pure EVs like General Motors’ Chevy Bolt or the Tesla 3. So reports Kate Duffy at Business Insider. Biden called it the biggest government infrastructure procurement program since WW II.

Biden to have Feds buy 650K Electric Vehicles, Promising rapid Fall in EV Prices
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‘Good’: Anti-War Democrats Applaud Biden for Freeze on US Arms Sales to Saudis and UAE | Common Dreams News

A float at the 2019 Dusseldorf Carnival in Germany depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his "guardian angel," President Donald Trump. (Photo: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images)

This is an important first step in ending our material support for war globally, and the genocide in Yemen in particular,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar.

‘Good’: Anti-War Democrats Applaud Biden for Freeze on US Arms Sales to Saudis and UAE | Common Dreams News

Did America really Duck the Dark Night of Fascism? The delusion of normalcy that haunts the United States

, neoliberal globalisation gave rise to the political and cultural blowback called Trumpism in the US and its ethnonationalist cousins across the world. Making a fetish of normalcy is a form of American exceptionalism. “America is back” may prove as myopic and delusional as “Make America Great Again”.

Did America really Duck the Dark Night of Fascism? The delusion of normalcy that haunts the United States

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

U.S. Capitol Police officers walk by the Department of Justice (DOJ) building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. A bulletin this week from the FBI and other agencies warned that extremists may exploit the aftermath of the Capitol breach by conducting attacks to destabilize and force a larger conflict in the U.S. Photographer: Pete Kiehart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Before Donald Trump began his run for president, there was a war against journalism in the United States. President George W. Bush used the Espionage Act and sought to jail reporters who refused to give up their sources, not to mention killing journalists in war zones. When President Barack Obama, a constitutional law scholar, came to power, he did so claiming that he and Joe Biden would represent the most transparent administration in history. But then reality set in.

Biden Should Repudiate Espionage Act Prosecutions of Whistleblowers and Journalists

The USA, CIA and a poor night’s sleep for the world

Trump’s coup plot has been treated by many in the media as the last gasp of a deranged political despot, but we are told that American democracy remains strong and that a new day is dawning. Had the news been coming from almost anywhere else in the world the headlines might have been different. We would have been reading about a “failed state”.

The USA, CIA and a poor night’s sleep for the world

Republicans have become the Party of Zombies and Loss at Polls won’t stop them from Coming for Biden

One thing is for certain: If the Biden administration doesn’t take firm and decisive action against the illegalities of the Trump team, if Biden doesn’t address the root causes of the zombification of half the electorate, the new president will be eaten alive.

Republicans have become the Party of Zombies and Loss at Polls won’t stop them from Coming for Biden

Biden’s cabinet picks are globally respected, but one obstacle remains for the US to ‘lead the world’ again

But there’s one significant hurdle still looming. If the Democrats can’t gain control of the Senate by winning the two run-off elections in Georgia in early January, the Republican-led chamber will likely aim to block Biden’s aims of resuming a constructive global role.

Biden’s cabinet picks are globally respected, but one obstacle remains for the US to ‘lead the world’ again

Wall Street opens its wallets for Biden

Executives from the likes of Blackstone, Bain Capital and Soros Fund Management are among those donating to Biden.

More than $US50 million ($71 million) has been ploughed into the Democratic challenger’s campaign coffers by the finance industry with executives from the likes of Blackstone, Bain Capital and Soros Fund Management among those donating to Biden’s party, according to the non-partisan Centre for Responsive Politics. By comparison, the US finance industry has raised just under $US30 million for Donald Trump, marking only the second time during an election or midterm year since 1992 that Democrats have gained more donations from the executives.

Wall Street opens its wallets for Biden

Biden Will Rise With the Progressive Tide | The Smirking Chimp

Joe Biden is no Progressive, but that doesn’t mean progress under a Biden administration would be impossible or even unlikely. Democratic resistance to Progressive policies is due in large part to the interests of the donors. That’s a matter of economic convenience.

Biden Will Rise With the Progressive Tide | The Smirking Chimp