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My Donations Are Principled – Unlike Democrats Who Support Maga Candidates | Letters Tue, 27 Sep 2022 16:06:00 +0000

Robert Reich (History Will Judge Republicans Who Keep Quiet About the Big Lie, 9/11) criticizes me and others who have endorsed Republican candidates.

Obviously, Mr. Reich does not make the same criticism of Democratic donors. Across the country, the Democratic Party and its affiliates have given generously to support the Maga candidates again and again. In Illinois, for example, billionaire Democratic Governor JB Pritzker and the Democratic Governors Association just spent $35 million promoting a Republican candidate’s Maga credentials. The transparent strategy was designed to defeat a moderate Republican candidate. This is the most hypocritical and cynical policy.

I proudly spend money supporting politicians whose ideas I believe will secure a better future for America — and encourage others to do the same. I have supported politicians from both parties who focus on education, sound economic policies, crime prevention and national security. I will continue to use my resources to support the men and women working to stop the senseless policies that are destroying lives, devastating communities and weakening America.

If my actions in the public space can play a small part in educating our children better, making our cities safer, and creating a thriving economy that rewards everyone’s hard work, I’m more than happy to be judged on those results. . I would argue that issues of education, security, and economic prosperity are far more important to ordinary Americans — and to the future of democracy — than Mr. Reich’s partisan attacks.
Kenneth C Griffin
Chief Executive Officer, Citadelle

Ex-Demo cop Demings closes in on Republican Rubio in Florida Tue, 27 Sep 2022 02:13:00 +0000

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WASHINGTON, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Representative Val Demings is entering the final weeks of her campaign to oust Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in a stronger position than many observers in conservative Florida had expected.

Demings, a former Orlando police chief, is the underdog against Rubio, who is seeking his third six-year Senate term and ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Recent polls show Demings closing in on Rubio ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections, even as the state’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis maintains a large lead over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

While DeSantis should easily fend off Crist’s challenge, some political observers said Rubio faces a closer race with Demings.

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Control of Congress hangs in the balance on Nov. 8, with Democrats holding slim majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Democrats currently hold the Senate with the narrowest margin possible, thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ decisive vote in a chamber split 50-50 between the parties.

While Republicans are favored to win a House majority, competitive races in states like Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona have boosted Biden’s party’s chances of successfully defending its Senate majority. Demings hopes to add Florida to that list.

Rubio has sought to tie Demings tightly to President Joe Biden, declaring on Twitter last month that she was “just another rubber stamp blaming America first” and accusing Democrats of allowing an increase in the urban crime.

“This race is about Val Demings versus Marco Rubio,” said Christian Slater, communications director for Demings’ campaign. “We have a clear contrast in this race: a cop on pace who is a maverick with voters versus a career politician.”

Demings has raised more campaign funds than Rubio, bringing in $47.2 million to the incumbent’s $36.5 million as of Aug. 3, the latest figures available.

“I see both running hard – anything is possible,” said a Republican strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Rubio will need strong turnout in very conservative Northwest Florida, the strategist added.

Republicans have nominated untested Senate candidates including former football star Herschel Walker in Georgia, TV doctor Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and venture capitalist and author JD Vance in Ohio, as well as nominee far-right Don Bolduc in New Hampshire. Occupying seats like those of Rubio is therefore all the more important for them.

Demings’ allies acknowledge that she faces political headwinds in Florida, including Biden’s low popularity. Biden has lost the key electoral battleground state to Trump by 3 percentage points in 2020. An average of opinion polls released last month puts Demings about 3 percentage points behind Rubio, according to RealClearPolitics.

Demings relied on her 27-year career in law enforcement, identifying herself in ads as “the boss” rather than playing out her six years in the House. Demings also served as one of the Democratic House Managers in Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial of 2020. If elected, Demings would become Florida’s first black U.S. senator. No black women currently sit in the Senate.

Florida Democratic Party adviser Jose Parra said for Demings to win, she would have to increase voter turnout in South Florida, including Rubio’s birthplace of Miami, and attract independents to a wealthy corridor in votes crossing central Florida.

“It will be all about the independents,” Parra said.

(This story deletes paragraphs 3 and 4, which referred to a Biden trip to Florida scheduled for September 27 that was canceled on September 24)

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Biden’s student loan relief could cost $400 billion, Congressional Budget Office says Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:55:12 +0000

Student borrowers hold a rally on August 25, 2022 outside the White House to celebrate President Joe Biden‘s cancellation of federal student debt.

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President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan will cost an estimated $400 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Biden announced a plan last month to forgive $10,000 in federal student loans for borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year or whose household income is less than $250,000 if they file jointly. Low-income Pell Grant borrowers are eligible for an additional reduction of $10,000.

In addition to the costs of canceling that debt, the CBO has estimated that the cost of Biden’s pause on student loan repayments from September to December 2022 will total $20 billion.

The CBO is a nonpartisan agency that calculates the costs of federal revenue and spending plans for Congress. Its latest analysis does not include the cost of adjustments to income-driven repayment plans. Biden’s executive order lowered the cap a borrower would have to pay on their student loans to 5% of income, from 10%. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a think tank opposed to Biden’s student loan plan, estimated the change will cost an additional $120 billion.

The White House says more than 40 million Americans could be affected by changes to student loans, and half of them could see all of their student debt eliminated.

The application for requesting loan forgiveness should be available in early October. During Monday’s White House briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration would have updates on the candidacy process “very soon.”

About 8 million borrowers will automatically receive a discount, according to the White House, because the Department of Education already has their income information.

Kamala Harris in Japan amid protests against state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Mon, 26 Sep 2022 10:35:00 +0000

Vice President Kamala Harris landed in Japan on Monday for a visit to Asia that will see her meet with officials in Tokyo and then South Korea later this week. The first stop was a multi-day visit to Tokyo for the memorial service for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Harris leads the US delegation at Tuesday’s state funeral for Abe, who, after serving as prime minister for nine years between 2006 and 2020, was shot and killed while delivering a campaign speech in July. In addition to paying tribute on behalf of President Biden and the entire American people, Harris’ visit aims to “reaffirm America’s commitment to our allies in an increasingly complex security environment” and to “deepen our global engagement in the Indo-Pacific region”. “, said a senior administration official during a Friday briefing.

Shortly after landing, Harris met with current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Before going behind closed doors, the two spoke briefly to reporters, with Harris saying she was sad to be in the country under such difficult circumstances, referring to Abe’s death, but that she was happy to be here to honor the life and legacy of the slain leader.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shake hands before the Japan-United States bilateral meeting at the Akasaka Palace State Guesthouse in Tokyo, Japan on September 26, 2022, before the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


Harris called the Japan-US alliance a “cornerstone” for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and she vowed the US would continue to stand with Japan.

The vice president is expected to face controversy during the trip, as Abe’s funeral backed by the Japanese government sparks public backlash and protests. Last week, an elderly man allegedly set himself on fire near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, in an apparent move against plans for the memorial, according to officials and media. More protests are expected to take place in the coming days.

US allies seek clarification after mixed messages over whether Mr Biden would be send troops to defend Taiwan of a Chinese invasion, a potential conflict that could quickly engulf the rest of the region. There is potential for more provocations from North Korea, which tested a missile shortly before Harris left Washington on Sunday.

Meanwhile, South Korea and Japan are moving toward a reconciliation that would heal some of the wounds left by World War II, with the United States cautiously trying to push the process forward. And there’s resentment over a new US law that makes electric vehicles built outside of North America ineligible for subsidies.

But in Japan, even Abe’s state funeral on Tuesday is a sensitive topic, as such memorials are rare and the late leader’s legacy remains disputed. Abe, a conservative nationalist in a country that embraced pacifism after World War II, was murdered with a homemade gun almost three months ago.

The controversy has politically weakened the current Japanese Prime Minister, Kishida, at a time when his government is plan to pursue Abe’s goal to strengthen the country’s army.

If Japan goes ahead with its proposed military spending, it will have the world’s third-largest defense budget in years to come as tensions rise between China and the United States over Taiwan. The island is a self-governing democracy, but Beijing considers it part of its territory and has pledged to reunite it with the mainland.

Police investigate the site where a man protesting the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set himself on fire
Police and firefighters investigate the site where a man, who was protesting the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, set himself on fire in Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2022.

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Harris, who will lead a delegation of current and former US officials to the funeral, plans to spend three nights in Tokyo. She was also due to meet South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Harris was also scheduled to meet with Japanese business leaders, as the United States sought to expand computer chip manufacturing, and to visit American sailors serving on a US destroyer at a nearby naval base.

It’s the Vice President’s second trip to asia since taking office in January 2021.

During a layover in South Korea, she plans to see President Yoon Suk Yeol and host a panel discussion with leading women – a touchy subject in a country where Yoon has faced criticism for his administration. predominantly male.

Relations between South Korea and Japan remain strained due to the legacy of Japanese aggression during World War II. Koreans are asking for compensation for the forced labor and sex slavery that took place when Japan occupied their country.

Kishida and Yoon announced at the United Nations on Thursday that they would accelerate their work to repair relations between their two countries.

Mr. Biden has met with each leader separately, and the United States is eager to see the two allies work out their issues as they seek a united front against China.

Taiwan remains a hot spot and tensions have increased in recent months.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Taiwan in August, provoking the indignation of Beijing, which retaliated by organizing military exercises. Although Chinese leaders have said they seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan, the exercises are a reminder of the possibility that Beijing could use force.

China also fired missiles into waters near some of Japan’s southern islands, a reminder that any dispute over Taiwan would pose a threat to other countries as well.

The United States has 55,000 troops based in Japan, more than half of them on the southern island of Okinawa. Earlier this month, Okinawa re-elected a governor who calls for a reduction in the US presence there.

Mr. Biden said in a recent “60 Minutes” interview that the United States would send its own troops to defend Taiwan if China invaded. But there is no formal defense treaty with Taiwan and administration officials have repeatedly said Mr Biden’s comments did not reflect a change in policy, muddying the waters on what exactly the United States.

President Joe Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2022.

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“It’s ambiguous,” said Ja-Ian Chong, an associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. “But if it’s strategically ambiguous, I don’t know.”

More controversy awaits Harris in South Korea, where new US rules that make electric cars built outside North America ineligible for US government subsidies are sparking outrage. The policy was included in the Cut Inflation Act, a landmark law that includes nearly $375 billion for climate change initiatives.

Yoon, South Korea’s recently elected president, had spent his first months in office emphasizing his country’s close ties to the United States, but now officials are expressing a sense of betrayal. They want the rules delayed until 2025, when Korean automaker Hyundai plans to complete a new plant in Georgia.

Yoon’s government is also considering filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the law, which it sees as a potential violation of trade rules and an agreement between the two countries.

South Korean officials are also seeking cooperation with European countries such as Germany and Sweden, which they say share similar concerns over their electric vehicles being exported to the United States, to put more pressure on Washington. concerning “discriminatory” withdrawals of subsidies.

The dispute is a nasty sequel to Mr. Biden’s trip to seoul earlier this year when he celebrated automaker Hyundai’s plans to invest $10 billion in the United States. About half of that money goes to the Georgia plant.

]]> Reviews | Democrats Should Accept Joe Manchin’s ‘Big Oil Side Deal’ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 11:08:42 +0000

Senate Democrats are racing to figure out how to keep the government lights on, facing a Friday deadline to pass a spending bill funding federal operations. It shouldn’t be difficult. No one wants a government shutdown with November’s midterm elections looming. But a fight broke out over whether to add to the necessary spending bill what opponents call “the big oil side deal” – legislation designed to speed up the clearance of energy projects, which Sen. Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.) demanded in exchange for his summer vote on the Cutback Act from inflation, the climate and the Democrats’ historic health- care bill.

There should be no controversy: including Mr. Manchin’s bill would improve the package. This is true even – or especially – if the primary concern is climate change.

Mr. Manchin’s bill has sparked controversy because it contains a concessionary provision that would benefit a pipeline project in West Virginia that Mr. Manchin wants to pass. But, while unattractive, it doesn’t even come close to the most important piece of legislation; the fact that the bill would facilitate the construction of power lines is.

The country needs to build a lot of new infrastructure if it is to quickly transition from greenhouse gas-intensive fossil fuels to renewable energy. Aside from more solar panels and wind turbines, perhaps the greatest need is for transmission – large cables that carry large amounts of electricity from power stations to cities and towns. The sun does not shine and the wind does not blow everywhere at the same time. A grid filled with renewables will require transmission lines to pull electricity from places with favorable weather conditions to where people live. In addition, electricity will have to replace gasoline as the fuel for the country’s cars and trucks, power heat pumps and water heaters in homes, and run stoves that will replace natural gas stoves, which means the country will need more of it – and more wires to move it across the country.

Yet building such things as power lines is unreasonably difficult in the United States. Large transmission projects, even those expressly designed to carry clean electricity, die after years allowing purgatory. Princeton’s ZERO Lab, which models the effects of climate policies, found that if the U.S. didn’t increase the rate at which it extended transmission lines, 80% of emissions reductions could come from the new bill. on the climate of Democrats during the process. of this decade would not happen. Even increasing the pace by 50% would leave 25% of the policy’s potential emissions reductions on the table. Failure to improve the rate at which the country builds transmission lines would even increase natural gas consumption this decade, which would be an ironic outcome given that opposition to Mr. Manchin’s bill reflects concerns concerning the construction of a gas pipeline.

The Manchin legislation would strengthen the federal government’s power to approve transmission lines it deems to be in the national interest and would facilitate funding for new cables. It would also encourage more speed in lengthy reviews which may thwart other necessary developments. Democrats should embrace reform — not tie up government funding in a gratuitous squabble.

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]]> Jim Hartman: Biden declares war on ‘maga Republicans’ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:51:41 +0000

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On September 1, President Biden used Independence Hall as a backdrop with uniformed Marines positioned behind him to deliver a high-profile speech promoting the “continuing battle for the soul of the nation.”
Biden delivered a divisive political speech without pretense of being a unifier.
The speech had one goal – to elevate Donald Trump to the center of the 2022 election. Democrats want to pretend Trump is on the ballot to campaign against the great Democratic foil.
While Democrats claim to fear and hate Trump, they truly cannot succeed without him. They need him and want him. He is their ticket to stay in power.
Republican fans of the former president need to grasp the depths of his unpopularity.
Some Republicans live in fantasy land, still believing he won in a landslide. Many who should know continue to indulge in these delusions to the detriment of their party and the country.
In fact, Trump lost the national popular vote to Biden by more than 7 million votes. He’s less popular now than he was in 2020, with just 27% of Americans wanting him to run again in 2024.
That’s why Biden so directly taunted Trump and his supporters with the “Republican MAGA” tag. His growing rhetoric aims to smear the GOP as Trump-controlled and “semi-fascist.”
Biden is slandering half the country – more than 74 million Americans who voted for Trump.
All of this is deeply cynical and divisive.
While warning that ultra-MAGA Republicans threaten American democracy, Democrats have spent more than $40 million interfering in primaries, including in Nevada, to help the most extreme skeptics of the 2020 Republican election to win.
Yet the people who really saved American democracy after the 2020 election and January 6 were Republicans:
• Governors (Doug Ducey of Arizona and Brian Kemp of Georgia) and Secretaries of State (Brad Raffensperger of Georgia and Barbara Cegavske of Nevada) have resisted demands to change electoral college voter lists.
• Attorney General Bill Barr who refuted claims by the legal team of Sidney Powell’s Trump Clown Show.
• Trump-appointed judges who followed the evidence and the law to assess allegations of voter fraud.
• And especially Vice President Mike Pence, who followed the Constitution in rejecting private and public pressure from Trump to stop counting the electoral votes that certified Biden as the winner.
Biden’s strategy is to deflect the debate away from his own record of failure.
Inflation is at its highest in 40 years and America has lost control of the southern border.
Drug overdoses have reached an all-time high. Violent crime has increased thanks to soft-on-crime policies and a lack of support for the police.
Biden’s commitment to teachers’ unions and pandemic school closures have led to a dramatic drop in test scores and an epidemic of chronic absenteeism.
Abroad, Biden’s clumsy foreign policy has led to a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, gifting the Taliban with billions in weapons and emboldening Vladimir Putin to launch his invasion of Ukraine.
Biden hides inflation, falsely claiming “zero percent increase”.
In a spectacularly untimely event, the White House celebrated the passage of the absurdly misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act.” It was the same day the government reported an 8.3% annual increase in the consumer price index in August. The Dow Jones fell 1,276.37 points.
Larry Summers, a Democrat and former Treasury Secretary, summed up the grim news: “Today’s CPI report confirms that the United States has a serious inflation problem.
And Vice President Kamala Harris is blatantly lying about immigration.
“The border is secure and under control,” Harris told NBC’s Meet the Press. It’s not just wrong. This is painfully, obviously wrong.
Through August, Border Patrol apprehensions set a record 2,150,378 unchecked illegals on the southern border – with one month remaining in fiscal year 2022.
If the Democrats add Senate seats and hold the House, there will be no check on a far-left political agenda to come.
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President Joe Biden proclaims Saturday, September 24, 2022 National Public Lands Day Sat, 24 Sep 2022 12:56:32 +0000

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September 24, 2022 – Proclamation by President Joe Biden on National Public Lands Day 2022.

On National Public Lands Day, we give thanks for the precious public lands that are the birthright of every American and at the heart of our national pride. From national parks to monuments, conservation areas, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, reservoirs and lakes, these lands offer endless opportunities for adventure, education and respite. . These are the ancestral lands of tribal nations and indigenous peoples – sacred sites with a rich heritage. They support the outdoor recreation industry and strengthen our economy. They protect biodiversity, help mitigate climate change and make communities more resilient to extreme weather events and natural disasters. On this day, we acknowledge our responsibility to make our public lands accessible to all Americans and pledge to conserve these spaces for generations to come.

Since 1994, volunteers across the country have come together on this day to perform acts of service and help protect public lands. From the Colorado River to the Upper National Forest, participants clean up waterways, maintain trails, reforest lands and discover the value of conservation. The theme for this year’s National Public Lands Day is “Giving Back Together”, a recognition of the many ways in which public lands enrich our lives and a reminder of the power they have to unite us around a common appreciation of the world. natural. I encourage everyone to visit and search for volunteer opportunities near you.

My administration is committed to helping protect and restore America’s cherished public lands. Through our Cut Inflation Act and historic funding from Congress, we will fight the climate crisis by investing in clean energy, securing funding for climate-friendly jobs, building resilience to forest and fighting against deforestation. We will redouble our efforts to protect ancient forests, restore the boundaries of treasured monuments and reaffirm the protection of wildlife. Through the Civilian Climate Corps, we hope to put Americans to work to conserve our country’s public lands. And with our America the Beautiful initiative, my administration is working with state, local, and tribal governments, as well as private landowners, to voluntarily conserve 30 percent of our nation’s land and water by 2030.

Additionally, we strive to ensure that our public lands – the heart of our nation’s heritage – tell the full story of America and remain accessible to all Americans. This is why I signed the Amache National Historic Site Act to recognize the unjust incarceration of thousands of civilians of Japanese ancestry at Amache during World War II. I have restored the protections of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments to safeguard the ancestral lands of tribal nations, preserve vital cultural and archaeological artifacts, and honor the history of those who have managed these lands since time immemorial. Public lands reflect our past and create opportunities for remembrance and healing for the future. It is essential that we continue to make public lands accessible to all Americans so that everyone can enjoy and derive meaning from their splendor and the stories they tell.

Today, federally-run public lands will offer free admission to all visitors, and I encourage Americans to explore these places. I also invite everyone to express their gratitude to the dedicated staff and volunteers who work hard to preserve our public lands and safeguard these national treasures for all Americans to enjoy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the September 24, 2022 as National Public Lands Day. I invite all Americans to join me in a day of service for our public lands.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have affixed my signature this twenty-third day of September of the year of grace two thousand and twenty-two and of the independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-seven.

Source: White House Office

Related: Celebrate National Public Lands Day at All National Parks Including Yosemite on Saturday, September 24 – Highlights Include Free Admission, Special Events and Volunteer Activities

Kamala Harris to visit Japan and South Korea amid heightened regional tensions Fri, 23 Sep 2022 23:26:48 +0000

Vice President Kamala Harris will lead a US delegation to Japan next week to attend the funeral of slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and later visit South Korea in a bid to signal US commitment to its allies in region, the White House said.

While abroad, Ms Harris is expected to meet with key regional leaders, including current Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Prime Minister Han Duck- soo amid growing tensions between the United States and China. . She arrives in Japan on Monday.

Senior administration officials said Friday that the purpose of the trip was to “reaffirm America’s commitment to our allies in an increasingly complex security environment” and to “deepen our overall commitment to the ‘Indo-Pacific’ in addition to honoring the former Prime Minister. .

The high-level visit to the region amid growing tensions in the Taiwan Strait adds to White House actions intended to bolster the Vice President’s foreign policy chops, as speculation grows over the intention of President Biden to seek re-election in 2024.

“This is an area of ​​great strategic and national security interest to the United States,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “This is certainly an opportunity for the vice-president to restore her image in international politics. Does this send a signal towards 2024, I don’t know.

US-China relations grew increasingly strained after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in August.

The California Democrat has become the most senior US official to visit Taiwan in decades, sparking a series of Chinese military exercises around the island 100 miles from the mainland.

The White House has warned that China’s reaction to the high-profile stopover could cast a considerable shadow over US-China relations for the foreseeable future.

Relations were further inflamed earlier this week after Mr Biden said in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes that US forces would defend Taiwan if China launched an “unprecedented attack” on the self-governing island.

Under the Biden administration, the United States adhered to the so-called “one China” policy, under which Washington has long recognized Beijing’s position that Taiwan is part of China, even if the United States United maintains informal diplomatic relations and substantial defense ties with the island democracy – and does not technically recognize Chinese sovereignty over it.

Shortly after the interview aired, the White House said US policy toward China had not changed.

“You can assume that Taiwan will be brought up in the various bilateral meetings, both in Japan and in Korea,” the senior official said of the vice president‘s trip. “Clearly, Japan and the Republic of Korea have a lot at stake in Taiwan and the region. This will be an opportunity for the Vice President to discuss recent developments and the way forward with the leaders of Japan and of the Republic of Korea.

The United States also faces growing tensions with an increasingly belligerent North Korea that has dramatically stepped up weapons testing under the Biden administration.

Officials say the vice president will “highlight the strength of the ROK alliance and discuss the threat posed by the DPRK” when meeting with Yoon.

The visit marks Ms. Harris’ second trip to the region as Vice President, following a trip to Singapore and Vietnam in August 2021.

Ms. Harris’s foray into foreign policy has come under intense scrutiny from Republicans who question her ability to deal with high-pressure situations that have global ramifications.

In March, Ms Harris led a US delegation to reassure NATO allies Poland and Romania weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine.

During the trip, she was criticized for a series of blunders at closely watched press conferences. Critics accused her of giving an uncomfortable laugh in response to a question about countries accepting immigrants fleeing war-torn Ukraine.

The gaffe led a former spokesperson for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to write “It would be a tragedy if this woman won the presidency”, on Twitter before deleting the response.

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The inconvenients:

  • Interest rates vary by lender


What are no credit check payday loans and how do they work?

Online same day payday loans without a credit check are small loans ranging from $100 to $5,000. Generally, the application process is very simple and easy to understand. Plus, it can be done online, so there’s no need to wait in long lines or be stuck on hold trying to speak to a representative.

How did we choose the best payday loan providers with no credit check?

Here are the factors we considered:

• What interest rates you will be charged

The most important thing we consider is the amount of interest that will be added to your loan. We want you to get the best deal possible after all!

• How easy is the application process?

The application process should be simple and quick. No one wants to spend years filling out forms only to find they’ve been declined.

• How quickly you will receive your money

A quick payment term is crucial when you are in urgent need of funds. The speed with which companies pay you is therefore an essential factor for us.

• What factors do they use to consider granting you credit?

We don’t want to send you to a provider who will only consider your credit history to decide whether or not you deserve a loan. After all, we all make mistakes and we want you to have the chance to rebuild your credit.


If you’re looking for a regulated and well-reviewed place to acquire a payday loan, look no further than the five options we’ve listed above. Viva Payday Loans is a great all-around provider that can not only get you the financial help you need, but it can do it in an easy and affordable way.


1. Can you get a payday loan without a credit check?

When you apply for a loan, you will be required to consent to a credit check. But that doesn’t mean the lender will only consider your credit history when deciding whether or not to give you a loan. They will consider other factors such as how much you can afford to pay, your monthly expenses, how much you have left each month after paying your bills, etc.

2. How much do payday loans cost?

There is no definite payday loan cost as the cost depends on many factors. These factors include: how much you borrow, who you borrowed from, and how long you will pay it back.

3. Is a payday loan good for my credit?

Payday Loans Near Me No Credit Check is a great way for people with bad credit to rebuild their credit rating. If you pay your installments on time and in full, you will receive positive points on your credit score. However, if you fail to make installments or pay one late, it can hurt your credit.

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