Biden presents plan for child care, education and taxation in Virginia
Donald Trump attempted to join Twitter this week after his team created an account, @DJTDesk, to broadcast the president’s statements to his fans. But in one day, the account was blocked by the social media giant.
It comes as President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has warned Moscow that the United States will “respond” to any act of aggression or recklessness committed by the Russian government.
Progressive Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, also celebrated Mr Biden’s decision to support a proposed waiver of intellectual property (IP) rights protection for Covid-19 vaccines.
United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai announced the proposal on Wednesday ahead of a World Trade Organization (WTO) debate on the waiver after a small number of rich countries vetoed it .
“I commend the Biden administration for taking this bold step to accelerate the production and availability of coronavirus vaccines,” Mr. Sanders wrote. “I also recognize the dedicated work of activists around the world to bring this issue to the global agenda. We are all in there. “
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted its support for other initiatives concerning expensive essential drugs: “Let’s make insulin”.
Andrew Yang on air for mayoral election of New York
The entrepreneur, former presidential candidate and leader of the “Yang Gang”, Andrew Yang, has launched his first television commercial in the race for mayor of New York. He’s currently voting atop a crowded Democratic field, but a few annoying missteps mean he’s far from a shoo-in.
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 5:02 PM
Increasingly bizarre election audit in Arizona now involves UV lamps
The Arizona Republican Party’s “forensic audit” of the November election results is already potentially in violation of the anti-bullying elements of the Voting Rights Act – but the people who carry it out are ready to do everything to get the job done, at least as they see it.
The last trick is to order ultraviolet lamps to check the bamboo ballots. This stems from a conspiracy theory that tens of thousands of ballots were airlifted into the state from Southeast Asia, a claim that counts as extravagant even by Trumpist standards.
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 4:48 PM
Fox hosts vaccination status celebration not going well
The hosts of Fox and friends this morning, they rejoiced to be back on their studio couches for the first time in months, joking that they first showed each other their vaccine cards. Their MSNBC counterpart Joy-Ann Reid was not impressed.
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 4:28 PM
Hillary Clinton calls for “a global account with disinformation”
In an interview with the GuardianHillary Clinton reiterated her views on the need for governments to take action against disinformation – and in particular the role of major social media companies in facilitating it.
“Facebook… has the worst record for allowing false truths, disinformation, extremism, conspiracy, for god’s sake, even the genocide in Myanmar against the Rohingya,” she said. “So governments are going to have to decide right now that platforms need to be subject to some sort of standard, and that’s tricky.”
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 4:10 p.m.
Tucker Carlson’s last speech rings too true
The independentRichard Hall’s finds a note of truth in last night’s ravings from the most angry member of Fox News’ list …
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 3:51 PM
From vaccine patents to everyday medicines: AOC vs big pharma
On the back of the news that the Biden administration will support the waiver of patents on Covid-19 vaccines, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking the initiative to call for similar action on life-saving drugs that are sold in mind-boggling amounts to United States despite being available at low prices elsewhere.
Topping her list is insulin, which in the United States can cost people as much as a mortgage payment.
Since she tweeted “let’s do insulin next,” a video from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez describing the specific insulin problem at a congressional hearing has been around.
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 3:33 p.m.
Trump foiled in an attempt to circumvent social media bans
Donald Trump’s team fell at the first hurdle in an effort to bring their boss back to Twitter in everything but name. They had created an account, @DJTDesk, to broadcast the president’s statements to his fans – but in just one day it was already closed.
Clara Hill has the story.
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 3:15 p.m.
Trump reveling in electoral fraud conspiracy theory surrounding New Hampshire town
Donald Trump issued a statement welcoming the prospect of “voter fraud” coming to light in the town of Windham, New Hampshire, where the November election results are being audited to explain a small counting error detected in November.
Whatever its outcome, the process takes place on such a small scale that it will not affect the outcome of the election in any way. However, he was followed closely by the right-wing fringe media. the Washington Post took a deep dive into the story earlier in the week.
Here is the full text of Trump’s statement: “Congratulations to the great patriots of Windham, New Hampshire for their incredible fight to uncover the truth about the massive electoral fraud that took place in New Hampshire and the 2020 presidential election. L he spirit of transparency and justice is displayed across the country by media that do not represent fake news. People are watching in droves as these patriots work tirelessly to reveal the real facts of the most corrupt and corrupt election in American history. Congratulations to Windham. I can’t wait to see the results. “
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 2:55 PM
Florida joins other states in trying to make voting more difficult
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has now signed a bill that should make it harder for people of color in his state to vote. And for more panache, he did it live during an episode of Fox and friends.
Andrew NaughtieMay 6, 2021 2:41 PM
Biden’s recent Amtrak story crumbles
the Daily mail used his investigative energy to dig into a story told to Joe Biden at Amtrak’s recent 50th anniversary celebration – and found it to be full of inconsistencies, Mr. Biden citing a conversation with a boss of orchestra that had retired two decades earlier.