Politics

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UK to remove all countries from the red list
The UK government has announced that all 11 countries on their travel red list will be removed even as the Omicron variant spreads in countries throughout the world. Passengers returning from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will no longer be required to stay in designated quarantine hotels.
 
Manchin has concerns about Biden’s spending bill
On Monday, Senator Joe Manchin expressed fresh concerns about soaring inflation after the CPI hit a 39-year record. Manchin's concern is that Biden's $1.85 trillion Build Back Better (BBB) Act is too costly and will only worsen already skyrocketing inflation.
 
Electric vehicle charging plan unveiled
On Monday, the Biden administration released a national strategy to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) across the country. At an EV charging facility in Maryland, Vice President Kamala Harris stated, "The future of transportation in our nation and around the world is electric."
 
Russia vetoes UN effort to link climate change and security
On Monday, Russia blocked a UN Security Council draft resolution to link climate change with international peace. The resolution, co-sponsored by Ireland and Niger, called for integrating "climate-related security risk as a central component into comprehensive conflict-prevention strategies."
 
Newsom to mirror TX abortion law in effort to restrict access to assault weapons
On Saturday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would be pushing for a gun control law similar to the anti-abortion law in Texas. Newsom stated he had directed his staff to draft a bill with the state's Attorney General, Rob Bonta, that would allow citizens to sue "anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in the State of California."
 
Israeli prime minister makes first official visit to the UAE
On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made a trip to the United Arab Emirates - the first visit by an Israeli premier. The visit comes as part of a wave of regional diplomacy against the backdrop of struggling nuclear talks with Iran. Bennett will meet with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi.
 
Biden interviewed on “Tonight Show”
President Joe Biden made his first late-night TV appearance on Friday since taking office on the "Tonight Show." He had been a guest on the show twice before - once as a presidential candidate and once as the vice president. Biden framed the promised benefits of the "Build Back Better" bill, stating, "We're going to replace all the lead pipes in America that are causing people to get sick, get cancer."
 
Jan 6 committee issues new subpoenas
On Friday, the special House panel investigating the January 6th Capitol attack issued six new subpoenas targeting organizers of the rally that preceded the attack. The new witnesses include Brian Jack, former President Trump's director of political affairs, and Max Miller, a former Trump White House advisor.
 
UK seeks Western nation unity at G7 meeting
Diplomats from the Group of Seven industrialized nations met on Saturday in Liverpool. Russia's build-up of troops near Ukraine's border dominated the talks.
 
US hits highest inflation level in 39 years
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the United States rose 6.8% over the past 12 months, making it the most significant jump in 39 years. Overall prices rose 0.8% in November and 0.5% increase in the core CPI metric.