Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a new interview, said Russia’s relationship with the United States has “deteriorated to its lowest point” in recent years, while noting that President Joe Biden is “radically different” from his predecessor.
“We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years,” Putin told NBC News’ Keir Simmons, in a preview that aired Friday night.
“Treasury announced yesterday that they made investigative referrals to their Office of Inspector General as well as the FBI, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia,” Douglas O’Donnell, the IRS’s deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, told a House Ways and Means committee panel Thursday. “We fully support any investigation under taken and will urge the investigative authorities to keep Congress appropriately informed of their findings.”
BORIS Johnson today called on G7 leaders to build a “more gender neutral, more feminine” world after the pandemic.
The PM’s odd rallying cry came as he opened the weekend summit in Cornwall after greeting leaders with Carrie Symonds on the beach.
World leaders have converged on Carbis Bay for crunch talks where they will draw up plans to fight coronavirus, climate change and global poverty.
Kicking off their first roundtable, Mr Johnson said: “It’s genuinely wonderful to see everybody in person, I can’t say what a difference it makes.”
But mapping out his vision for the post Covid world, he told his fellow leaders they should ensure “we’re building back better together. And building back greener. And building back fairer. And building back more equal.
“Maybe in a more general neutral, a more feminine, way. ”
Downing Street insisted the bizarre plea referred to £430million of funding the Government pledged tonight toward girls education in poor nations.
Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on Friday to news organizations that provided in-depth coverage of the dramatic turns of 2020, a year dominated by a pandemic that left millions dead and a national conversation on race after the murder of George Floyd.
The prize for public service, considered the most prestigious of the Pulitzers, went to The New York Times for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, an award shared by many departments at the newspaper. The board called The Times’s coverage “courageous, prescient and sweeping.”
The Pulitzer board also recognized journalism that examined law enforcement practices during a year of worldwide street protests inspired, in part, by the murder of Mr. Floyd, a Black man, by a police officer in Minneapolis.
If President Biden won’t build a border wall, then Texas will.
Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that his state will erect border barriers in easy-crossing areas along the Rio Grande, and then start arresting and jailing illegal immigrants on state charges.
“The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden Administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job,” Mr. Abbott told Breitbart Texas shortly before a border summit Thursday in Del Rio.
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A number of Democrats are growing increasingly nervous that the White House could agree to a bipartisan infrastructure deal that scales back key climate-change initiatives, prompting a lobbying push that has included former vice president Al Gore making his case directly to President Biden.
The private warning last month from the climate hawk and Democratic grandee comes as Biden faces growing unease among liberals — including many administration officials — about his pursuit of Republican support for his next major spending package.
The Iranian-backed Hamas terror group presented an award this week to the Al Jazeera news network for what the terror group described as the outlet’s “great professionalism” in its coverage of last month’s war with Israel.
Khalil al-Hayya, Hamas’s deputy head, said the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera network “performed with great professionalism during its coverage of the sword of Jerusalem battle and proved its commitment to the cause of the oppressed Palestinian people,” according to an Arabic-language press release posted on Hamas’s website and independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon.
A group of a dozen Jewish House Democratic members is calling on fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar to “clarify her words,” after accusing her of equating the US and Israel with the Taliban and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the US.
Omar’s views on Israel and Palestinian rights have often put her at crossroads with fellow Democrats, and GOP members often highlight her stance to justify calls for her removal from committees. The dispute between Omar, a progressive from Minnesota, and the group of House members who pushed back on her comments underscores the fracture within the Democratic Party over Israel policy, continuing after a recent, violent days-long conflict in the region.
Omar had tweeted Monday that “we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she wrote, including a video of her questioning Secretary of State Tony Blinken during a House hearing Monday.
There have been a higher-than-expected number of cases of heart inflammation in 16- to 24-year-olds after receiving their second dose of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, citing preliminary data from its vaccine safety monitor system.
The CDC has received reports of 275 cases in that age group as of May 31, the agency said in a presentation prepared for a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel meeting Thursday. Scientists expected between 10 and 102 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis — where the heart muscle or the lining surrounding it become inflamed, according to the CDC.
Prices rose by 5 percent in May compared with a year ago, the largest increase since the Great Recession, continuing a steady climb in inflation even as policymakers insist on staying the course.
Price spikes often coincide with downturns, and officials from the White House and Federal Reserve have predicted that prices will climb over the coming months, especially compared with a year ago, when the economy was reeling from coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. However, the move adds new fuel to criticism from Republicans, and at least one prominent liberal economist, that too much government spending could wreak havoc and lead to an overheated economy.