Infrastructure bill fails first vote; Senate to try again
Disappointed that there wasn’t bipartisan support for a select committee on Capitol attack: White House
Biden picks Comcast senior adviser as ambassador to Canada
President Joe Biden picked David Cohen, the senior adviser to Comcast Corp’s CEO, as his ambassador to Canada, the White House said on Wednesday, as he looked to add longtime allies and friends to top diplomatic posts.The White House also said that Biden nominated Victoria Kennedy, a lawyer and the widow of late Senator Ted Kennedy, for the ambassadorial post in Austria.The posts announced on Wednesday, including Biden’s pick for ambassador to Slovenia, require Senate confirmation.
US Senate Republicans block debate on infrastructure bill
US Senate Republicans blocked opening debate Wednesday on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure favored by the White House, after enough voted against taking it up.
White House says it expects Congress to act in a timely manner to raise the debt limit
Germany commits to press for European action against Russia in Nord Stream 2 deal with US: Official
Germany has committed as part of an agreement with Washington to take national-level actions and press for action, including sanctions, at the European level, if Russia uses energy as a weapon in dealings with other countries, a senior US State Department official said on Wednesday.The United States elected not to go into detail in the agreement over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline over how such action would be triggered, so as not to “provide Russia with a roadmap in terms of how they can evade those measures,” the official told reporters, on condition of anonymity.
US and Germany had ‘profound differences’ over Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but agreed to act to reduce risk operational pipeline would pose: Senior US state department official
US CDC reports total Covid cases of 34,030,494 as of yesterday
Covid-19 cases in US triple over 2 weeks amid misinformation
Covid-19 cases tripled in the US over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray.“Our staff, they are frustrated,” said Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, which is cancelling elective surgeries and procedures after the number of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 inpatients at its two campuses jumped to 134, up from a low of 16 in mid-May.“They are tired. They are thinking this is deja vu all over again, and there is some anger because we know that this is a largely preventable situation, and people are not taking advantage of the vaccine.”
Taliban seem to have ‘strategic momentum’ in Afghanistan, says top US general
About half of Afghan districts in Taliban control: Top US general
Sherman aims to show China what healthy competition can look like: US
The US State Department said on Wednesday Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman would seek to show China on her upcoming visit to the country what responsible and healthy competition can look like.State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a regular news briefing there needed to be constructive dialogue with Beijing and the United States wanted to ensure there were “guardrails” in the relationship and that competition did not spill over into conflict.”The deputy intends for this engagement to show and to demonstrate to the PRC what responsible and healthy competition can look like,” Price said, referring to Sherman’s planned July 25-26 visit to China.
US and China have an alignment of interest on North Korea: US state department
US is confident there is more room for additional Cuba-related sanctions against specific individuals: US state department
US Treasury is exploring designating Cuban officials for violence, repression and human rights violations against peaceful protests: US state department
There needs to be constructive dialogue with Beijing
US state department
US state department says it wants to ensure there are ‘guardrails’ in relationship with China and that competition does not spill over into conflict
Deputy US secretary of state Sherman intends to use China visit to show what responsible and healthy competition can look like: US state department
House GOP leader McCarthy threatens to boycott Jan. 6 panel after Pelosi blocks appointment of two Trump allies
Biden, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to meet Aug. 30 in Washington: White House
US President Joe Biden will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the White House next month to discuss Ukraine’s sovereignty and energy issues, the White House said in statement on Wednesday.The White House said Biden would reiterate “United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,” and that the two leaders would also discuss anti-corruption efforts.