2020 US Elections – Rayyes News https://rayyesnews.com Fri, 26 Nov 2021 19:08:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://rayyesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/cropped-1latest-32x32.png 2020 US Elections - Rayyes News https://rayyesnews.com 32 32 Marjorie Taylor Greene lays out demands for GOP House speaker vote if https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/26/marjorie-taylor-greene-lays-out-demands-for-gop-house-speaker-vote-if/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/26/marjorie-taylor-greene-lays-out-demands-for-gop-house-speaker-vote-if/#respond Fri, 26 Nov 2021 19:08:15 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/26/marjorie-taylor-greene-lays-out-demands-for-gop-house-speaker-vote-if/ “We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,” Greene said on an episode of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast that aired Thursday morning. “He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure […]]]>


“We know that Kevin McCarthy has a problem in our conference. He doesn’t have the full support to be speaker,” Greene said on an episode of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s podcast that aired Thursday morning. “He doesn’t have the votes that are there, because there’s many of us that are very unhappy about the failure to hold Republicans accountable, while conservatives like me, Paul Gosar, and many others just constantly take the abuse by the Democrats.”
Greene, who previously told reporters she would be laying out a list of demands to earn her speaker vote, mentioned some of the challenges that lay ahead in McCarthy’s quest for the speaker’s gavel. Among her demands, the Republican told Gaetz she wants fellow GOP Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming kicked out of the House Republican Conference for serving on the January 6 committee, something McCarthy has so far resisted. She also said she has no respect for current GOP leadership.

The command from Greene comes amid frustration from some Republicans with GOP House leadership as McCarthy eyes the House leadership position. Trump’s allies in Congress — who have voiced increasing skepticism and frustration with McCarthy in recent weeks — have already started to flex their muscles in the potential race for speaker, which is still more than a year away.

Depending on the party’s margins, McCarthy could have a math problem if these Trump allies stick together. The House Freedom Caucus, which denied McCarthy the speakership once before, is comprised of roughly 40 members.

Some in Trump’s orbit, including Gaetz and Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows, have also teased that Trump should make a play for the speaker’s gavel, a move that could be designed to put McCarthy on notice and remind him of the leverage that the MAGA wing of the party would have in a speaker’s race.
Greene also wants to see moderate Rep. John Katko, a New York Republican and McCarthy ally, lose his top spot on the House Homeland Security Committee. Katko, who represents a key swing district, supported the bipartisan infrastructure law, voted to impeach Trump and supported the Democratic-led effort to remove Greene from her committees.

“Katko’s not a Republican. He’s a Democrat,” Greene said. “Our conference and the NRCC needs to stop playing this majority-maker game.”



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Far-right populist looks set to win first round of Chile’s presidential election https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/22/far-right-populist-looks-set-to-win-first-round-of-chiles-presidential-election/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/22/far-right-populist-looks-set-to-win-first-round-of-chiles-presidential-election/#respond Mon, 22 Nov 2021 01:08:09 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/22/far-right-populist-looks-set-to-win-first-round-of-chiles-presidential-election/

The far-right populist José Antonio Kast is on course for a convincing victory over former protest leader Gabriel Boric in the first round of Chile’s presidential election.

With more than 50% of the votes counted, Kast led Boric by four percentage points. If the trend is maintained, the two will meet in a runoff next month. Chileans also voted for a new congress in the general election.

Polling showed far-right Republican party candidate Kast had pushed into an unlikely lead over the last month, and he has ultimately been able to draw support from across the right to take victory in this first round.

Kast is a devout Catholic and father of nine who opposes marriage equality, abortion and political correctness. He has run a campaign focusing on migration, public security and conservative social values.

The Broad Front’s Boric, by contrast, is a 35-year-old former student leader who espouses social liberties and a green post-pandemic recovery.

The result suggests that Kast’s hardline stance on several big issues resonated more with voters than Boric’s plans to expand and improve Chile’s social welfare system.

The presidential candidate for the Broad Front, Gabriel Boric
The presidential candidate for the Broad Front, Gabriel Boric, at his campaign’s closing ceremony on 18 November Photograph: Lucas Aguayo/Zuma Press Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Elsewhere in a divided field, Franco Parisi, a businessman who has conducted his entire campaign from the US without once setting foot in Chile, surprised analysts by taking nearly 14% of the vote.

Two other presidential hopefuls, centrist Yasna Provoste and former minister Sebastián Sichel, underperformed notably – each drawing about 12% of the vote.

The vote marks a sharp departure from the progressive trajectory Chile has followed since era-defining anti-inequality protests exploded in October 2019.

Millions took to the streets in demonstrations to decry a host of inequalities and injustices, leading to the country opting to rewrite its dictatorship-era constitution in a plebiscite last October.

When the referendum was held nearly 80% of Chileans voted to draft a new constitution, and in a subsequent vote this year independent and leftist candidates swept into the assembly that is currently writing the new document.

But abstention is often high in Chile. Since voting became voluntary in 2013, the first round of a presidential election has never had a turnout of more than half of registered voters.

On this occasion, more than 15 million Chileans were registered to vote both in the country and abroad. Turnout data will be available shortly.

The runoff between Boric and Kast will be held on 19 December, and Chileans face an anxious wait to see how the other candidates’ first round votes will be divided between the two leading candidates and their starkly contrasting national projects.



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Philippines election: Manny Pacquiao says he’ll jail former allies if he wins https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/17/philippines-election-manny-pacquiao-says-hell-jail-former-allies-if-he-wins/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/17/philippines-election-manny-pacquiao-says-hell-jail-former-allies-if-he-wins/#respond Wed, 17 Nov 2021 07:08:19 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/17/philippines-election-manny-pacquiao-says-hell-jail-former-allies-if-he-wins/ Speaking to CNN in an interview on November 11, the presidential candidate said he planned to investigate some members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s outgoing administration. “All those corrupt officials should be jailed,” he said. “That’s the only way that we can have economic growth in our country, because that’s the cancer of this country, the […]]]>


Speaking to CNN in an interview on November 11, the presidential candidate said he planned to investigate some members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s outgoing administration.

“All those corrupt officials should be jailed,” he said. “That’s the only way that we can have economic growth in our country, because that’s the cancer of this country, the hindrance of development.”

Pacquiao hopes to succeed Duterte when the Philippines goes to the polls on May 9, 2022, with official campaigning not scheduled to start until February.

But the race is already heating up.

One of the frontrunners is Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. — the 64-year-old controversial son and namesake of the late dictator accused of stealing billions from the country during a two-and-a-half-decade reign during which thousands of people were imprisoned and tortured.
Some experts estimate the Marcos family amassed more than $10 billion during the dictatorship. Marcos Jr. has claimed many of the allegations against his family are slanderous.

Pacquiao’s agenda includes trying to recoup some of the “stolen wealth” from the Marcos family, who were exiled for more than five years following a 1986 revolution.

“I am not scared,” Pacquiao said. “This is my fight to give development to our country, to jail those who are continuously stealing the Philippines of its wealth. I want them jailed.”

Philippine senator and  boxing icon Manny Pacquiao arrives at Sofitel Hotel to file his certificate of candidacy for President, in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on October 1, 2021.

A wide open field

Weeks of speculation ended on Tuesday when Marcos Jr. and Duterte’s eldest daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, confirmed they will be running mates in the election.

Duterte-Carpio, 43, will stand for vice president — elected separately from the President — on the same ticket as Marcos Jr., cementing an alliance between the two powerful families.

Among the other main candidates for the top job are Duterte’s longtime aide, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go; incumbent vice president and Duterte critic Leni Robredo; and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a former actor.

According to Richard Heydarian, associate professor in politics at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, dynasties and celebrities have dominated the country’s politics since the fall of the Marcos dictatorship.

“For a while, the celebrities presented themselves as kind of a self-made alternatives to political dynasties,” he said. “Nonetheless, just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean you’re going to win.”

But Pacquiao has a fighting chance.

The wide field of candidates, combined with the Philippines’ first-past-the-post electoral system could work to the former boxer’s advantage, Heydarian said.

“Let’s not forget, in the Philippines, we have no run-off elections,” he said. “All you have to do to become the President is to win more votes than everyone else.”

In 2016, Duterte did just that — winning the presidency with just over 39% of the vote.

A dictator's son. A former actor. A champion boxer. Inside the manic race to replace Duterte as the Philippines' leader

Despite criticism that he prioritized his boxing career over his congressional role, Pacquiao’s political star has risen over the past five years under Duterte’s rule.

But relations between the two men have faltered in recent months.

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Analysis: The absurd logic of Trump’s bid to defy the January 6 committee https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/12/analysis-the-absurd-logic-of-trumps-bid-to-defy-the-january-6-committee/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/12/analysis-the-absurd-logic-of-trumps-bid-to-defy-the-january-6-committee/#respond Fri, 12 Nov 2021 07:08:20 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/12/analysis-the-absurd-logic-of-trumps-bid-to-defy-the-january-6-committee/ A President who refused to accept the result of a free and fair election and who incited a mob that invaded the US Capitol is arguing that he is acting to protect the republic, the presidency and constitutional norms. That argument is hard to read with a straight face. His goal is to delay the […]]]>


A President who refused to accept the result of a free and fair election and who incited a mob that invaded the US Capitol is arguing that he is acting to protect the republic, the presidency and constitutional norms. That argument is hard to read with a straight face.

His goal is to delay the House select committee’s investigation and keep his West Wing documents secret as long as possible, at least until after the midterm elections when a Republican House majority could shut down the probe. And on that front, he got a short-term victory on Thursday when a panel of appeals court judges granted him a last-minute reprieve to stop the committee from obtaining his White House documents as scheduled on Friday. The move was to allow time for Trump’s appeal to a scathing ruling from a lower court judge earlier this week that comprehensively rejected his claim to shield memos, diary entries, and call and visitor logs with executive privilege. But in their Thursday memo, the three judges — all appointed by Democrats — wrote that it “should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits.”

Trump’s argument that he is trying to defend the presidency may possess a certain legal coherence within the confines of a case he is making that his discussions around January 6 should remain confidential through a doctrine known as executive privilege, which protects presidential deliberations. But in the real world, the claim that he’s acting to protect future occupants of the Oval Office is undermined by his wrecking ball presidency that stretched the Constitution to its limits. It’s the kind of leap of credulity and subversion of truth that defined Trump’s presidency and is consistent with a lifetime approach of using the law to avoid answering the consequences of his own actions rather than pursuing justice.

And as so often before, Trump ends up accusing those who try to hold him to account of being guilty of the exact transgression of which he is accused — in this case eviscerating presidential norms. Trump’s argument would also require outsiders to draw the conclusion that a man who spent four years ignoring the Constitution, defying scrutiny by Congress and stretching the powers of his office suddenly cares for American democracy.

Even when out of office, his tactics and behavior are being replicated by some of his most loyal former aides. An attorney for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, for example, said on Thursday his client would not cooperate with the January 6 committee until the courts rule on Trump’s executive privilege claim. The former North Carolina congressman is claiming his dealings with Trump are shielded by executive privilege. But select committee Chairman Bennie Thompson demanded Meadows show up before the committee on Friday or else risk a criminal contempt referral — a move the panel already took against Trump political adviser Steve Bannon.

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On this day — November 7 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/07/on-this-day-november-7/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/07/on-this-day-november-7/#respond Sun, 07 Nov 2021 07:08:40 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/07/on-this-day-november-7/ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Day of the year November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 54 days remain until the end of the year. This day marks the approximate midpoint of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere (starting […]]]>


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Day of the year

November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 54 days remain until the end of the year.

This day marks the approximate midpoint of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere (starting the season at the September equinox).

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Pence says he looked to James Madison as he certified the 2020 election for https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/02/pence-says-he-looked-to-james-madison-as-he-certified-the-2020-election-for/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/02/pence-says-he-looked-to-james-madison-as-he-certified-the-2020-election-for/#respond Tue, 02 Nov 2021 12:08:07 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/11/02/pence-says-he-looked-to-james-madison-as-he-certified-the-2020-election-for/ Asked during an event at the University of Iowa who had told him to buck Trump’s plan, Pence responded, “James Madison.” The former vice president also cited the Bible, saying, “Psalm 15 says he who keeps his oath even when it hurts.” He noted that he had written a letter to Congress expressing concern over […]]]>


Asked during an event at the University of Iowa who had told him to buck Trump’s plan, Pence responded, “James Madison.”

The former vice president also cited the Bible, saying, “Psalm 15 says he who keeps his oath even when it hurts.”

He noted that he had written a letter to Congress expressing concern over voting in some states.

“I continue to share those concerns and I support efforts in states to improve voter integrity as has been done in places like Georgia and Arizona and elsewhere,” Pence said, even though there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in any state during the 2020 election.

But, he added, “the only role of the federal government is to open and count the electoral votes that were sent by the states. You’ve got to be willing to do your duty.”

The comments add new insight into Pence’s mindset on January 6, when he presided over Congress as it affirmed Biden’s victory. When Pence refused to intervene, Trump turned on his vice president, attacking him on Twitter even as the insurrection at the US Capitol was unfolding.

The former vice president had said in June that he and Trump have spoken “many times” since leaving office but that “I don’t know if we’ll ever see eye to eye” about January 6, when Pence was rushed out of the Senate chamber as rioters, some calling for his death, stormed the halls of Congress.

The 2020 election certification was the only clear break Pence made with the former President he served loyally for four years — and whose mantle he may like to take up in the 2024 presidential race. That goal is complicated by the open possibility Trump could run again himself, and the blame that Trump’s most loyal supporters ascribe to Pence for failing to overturn the election.



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Taiwanese President Says Chinese Threat ‘Increasing Every Day,’ Confirms U.S. https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/28/taiwanese-president-says-chinese-threat-increasing-every-day-confirms-u-s/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/28/taiwanese-president-says-chinese-threat-increasing-every-day-confirms-u-s/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 18:08:32 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/28/taiwanese-president-says-chinese-threat-increasing-every-day-confirms-u-s/ Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that American soldiers are stationed in the country, in an interview with CNN released on Thursday. “Yes, we have a wide range of cooperation with the U.S. aimed at increasing our defense capability,” Tsai said when asked if U.S. troops were involved with training Taiwanese soldiers. However, when asked how […]]]>


Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen confirmed that American soldiers are stationed in the country, in an interview with CNN released on Thursday.

“Yes, we have a wide range of cooperation with the U.S. aimed at increasing our defense capability,” Tsai said when asked if U.S. troops were involved with training Taiwanese soldiers.

However, when asked how many U.S. troops are stationed in Taiwan, Tsai answered “not as many as people thought.”

Tsai also addressed rising tensions with China, saying the threat from China is “increasing every day.”

“Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve,” Tsai said. “If we fail, then that means people that believe in these values would doubt whether these are values that they [should] be fighting for.”

Tsai’s comments come several weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that a U.S. special operations unit and group of Marines have been deployed to assist Taiwanese forces. President Biden said the U.S. has a “commitment” to help defend Taiwan at a CNN town hall last week, although a White House spokesperson later clarified that the U.S. relationship to Taiwan would be “guided by the Taiwan Relations Act” of 1979.

China’s air force executed its largest-ever incursion into Taiwanese air space earlier this month. China does not consider Taiwan to be an independent country, and Premier Xi Jinping has repeatedly called to unify Taiwan with the mainland.

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Obama Assails Republican Push to Restrict Voting As He Stumps for McAuliffe in https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/24/obama-assails-republican-push-to-restrict-voting-as-he-stumps-for-mcauliffe-in/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/24/obama-assails-republican-push-to-restrict-voting-as-he-stumps-for-mcauliffe-in/#respond Sun, 24 Oct 2021 00:08:08 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/24/obama-assails-republican-push-to-restrict-voting-as-he-stumps-for-mcauliffe-in/ Former President Barack Obama delivered a scathing rebuke of Republican efforts to restrict voting and the divisive politics of former President Donald Trump on Saturday, as he stumped for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Virginia. “All across the country Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote, not make it harder to vote, […]]]>


Former President Barack Obama delivered a scathing rebuke of Republican efforts to restrict voting and the divisive politics of former President Donald Trump on Saturday, as he stumped for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Virginia.

“All across the country Democrats are trying to make it easier to vote, not make it harder to vote, and push back on Republicans who are trying to systematically prevent ordinary citizens from making their voices heard,” Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 gathered outside at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

“You have to ask yourself, why is it Republicans don’t want you to vote?”

With less than two weeks until the November 2 election, Obama framed the race as one between McAuliffe, who he said would stand up for democracy, and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, who has been “encouraging the lies and conspiracy theories” surrounding the last presidential election.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama campaigns with Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at Virginia Commonwealth University October 23, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia.
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After receiving Trump’s endorsement in July, the Republican candidate has sidestepped direct comparisons to the former president, avoided his most aggressive rhetoric and steered clear of campaigning with him in a state that Democrats won by 10 points in 2020.

In the early stages of his campaign, Youngkin focused on Trump’s voter fraud claims, refusing for weeks to acknowledge Biden’s win in November.

“We’re at a turning point right now, both here in America and around the world,” Obama said. “Because there’s a mood out there. There’s a politics of meanness and division and conflict, of tribalism and cynicism. That’s one path. But the good news is there’s another path where we pull together and we solve big problems.”

He added that McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor between 2014-2018, would “show the country and the world that we’re not going to indulge in our worst instincts.”

Recent polling shows Youngkin and McAuliffe deadlocked, with the Republican candidate gaining in the final weeks of the race. In the latest Monmouth University survey, both were tied with 46 percent support among registered voters—a dip for McAuliffe who held a five-point lead just one month earlier.

Virginia’s race has been spotlighted on the national stage as a possible early test of voter sentiment and Black turnout ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

A slew of high profile Democrats have visited the state to campaign for McAuliffe in the closely watched race, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Georgia Representative Stacey Abrams. Biden is scheduled to campaign with the former governor in Arlington Tuesday, one week before election day.

Newsweek reached out to Youngkin’s campaign for comment.



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Why Are All Eyes on the Virginia Governor’s Race? https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/19/why-are-all-eyes-on-the-virginia-governors-race/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/19/why-are-all-eyes-on-the-virginia-governors-race/#respond Tue, 19 Oct 2021 06:08:16 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/19/why-are-all-eyes-on-the-virginia-governors-race/ michael barbaro From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is The Daily. {music] Today: The upcoming election of Virginia’s next governor has attracted the attention of everyone from Donald Trump to Barack Obama. I spoke with my colleague, Lisa Lerer, about why both parties are so invested in the outcome and what the […]]]>


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From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is The Daily.

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Today: The upcoming election of Virginia’s next governor has attracted the attention of everyone from Donald Trump to Barack Obama. I spoke with my colleague, Lisa Lerer, about why both parties are so invested in the outcome and what the race is already revealing about the state of American politics in the Biden era.

It’s Monday, October 18.

Lisa, why is the governor’s race in Virginia, which is a state race, not a federal election, why is it being so closely watched, and why does it matter to national political reporters like you?

lisa lerer

Well, Michael, this is really the first competitive election we’ve had since Biden won office. And it’s also the first race we’re seeing without Trump on the ballot or in the White House. So we’re really getting a glimpse of political dynamics that we just haven’t tested before of how people are perceiving this moment and how voters are feeling about it.

michael barbaro

And what should we know about the politics of Virginia itself?

lisa lerer

So Virginia is an interesting state. It’s traditionally been a red state, but that began to change, really during the Obama years. And now, particularly during Trump’s time in office, it’s become a place that Democrats feel a lot more confident about. It really epitomizes the way that Democrats won during the Trump administration, which was by turning these suburban counties that had been maybe more moderate or more swing counties, turning them much more Democratic. And of course, in 2020, Biden won the state by 10 points.

But there is this sense that Virginia is a place that’s heavily influenced by the national political environment, in part because it’s next to Washington, D.C., and then that gives Republicans a chance to possibly mount a comeback in the Commonwealth — that if Republicans could win in Virginia, and it could be a harbinger of them doing much better in the midterm elections and even the 2024 presidential.

michael barbaro

Hmm. So the question in this race, or a question in this race is: Is this a favorable moment for Republicans nationally, or is it still the case, coming out of Biden’s 10-point victory a year ago, that this is a favorable moment for Democrats?

lisa lerer

That’s exactly right. During Trump, the national environment was very unfavorable for Republicans. As we saw, Democrats took control of the White House in Congress. And now there’s a sense that that could be changing. Biden’s approval ratings are not what they were when he entered office. He’s doing much worse, particularly with independents, and Republicans see a real opportunity. They’re looking at the environment around them, and they’re seeing that people are facing all these challenges in their daily lives.

There’s been an uptick in crime. There’s a rise in inflation. So people’s prices for gas, for cars, for milk, for groceries are higher. There’s a supply chain shortage. There’s concerns about how everyone is going to get their Christmas presents, things like that. And Republicans see those as issues that they can capitalize on to really make a…



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The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – Biden: We will fix nation’s https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/14/the-hills-morning-report-presented-by-altria-biden-we-will-fix-nations/ https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/14/the-hills-morning-report-presented-by-altria-biden-we-will-fix-nations/#respond Thu, 14 Oct 2021 12:08:07 +0000 https://rayyesnews.com/2021/10/14/the-hills-morning-report-presented-by-altria-biden-we-will-fix-nations/                                Presented by Altria     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the […]]]>


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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of each morning this week: Monday, 713,350; Tuesday, 714,060; Wednesday, 716,479; Thursday, 719,530.

The word “transitory” covers just about every White House conversation about policy and political roadblocks President Biden is navigating these days.

 

Administration economists assure the public that rising inflation is fleeting and impermanent. The Consumer Price Index jumped 5.4 percent in September, more than expected, which complicates West Wing and Federal Reserve narratives (The Hill).

 

Gasoline prices have soared, along with food and housing costs. Millions of Americans are quitting jobs, switching careers and moving elsewhere based on beliefs that wages are rising, or perhaps may never rise. COVID-19 is still a pandemic, the delta variant was a surprise, as was the public resistance in many states to free and effective vaccines.

 

Temporary trouble? For how long? “It’s going to take a little time,” Biden said at the White House on Wednesday. 

 

Efforts by the administration and Congress to tackle overwhelmed ports and infrastructure needs, energy sources and housing and education costs are in limbo. Like many presidents before him, Biden resorts to jawboning U.S. companies, governors, airlines, labor unions, petroleum producers, allies abroad and vaccine manufacturers.

 

The administration is scrambling to alleviate supply chain pressures it says are temporary, to the extent it can. Administration officials brokered a deal to move the Port of Los Angeles toward 24/7 operations, joining the port in Long Beach, which is already operating around the clock. UPS, Walmart and FedEx, among a list of companies, say they will operate during more off-peak hours to try to alleviate bottlenecks for access to products and parts (The New York Times and The Hill).

 

The Hill: What you need to know about the bottlenecks.

 

​”If the private sector doesn’t step up, we’re going to call them out and ask them to act,” the president said on Wednesday, “because our goal is not only to get through this immediate bottleneck, but to address the longstanding weaknesses in our transportation supply chain that this pandemic has exposed.”

 

The Associated Press: Winter heating bills are set to jump as inflation hits home.

 

Los Angeles Times analysis: Biden wants to save Christmas. He may not be able to.

 

“There’s not an off-the-shelf playbook for this kind of situation. I think they’re figuring it out as they go,” said economist Jason FurmanJason FurmanWhite House scrambles to avert supply chain crisis The Fed needs to articulate its framework for inflation Biden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks MORE, a former top adviser to Presidents Clinton and Obama…



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