Month: November 2020

Biden’s budget pick faces thorny Senate confirmation

Washington (AFP) – Neera Tanden, US President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), faces a potentially stormy Senate confirmation with opposition coming from the right and strained relations with the left.”Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands…

Rain/Wind today!

With a high of 60F and a low of 56F. Currently, it’s 55F and Rain outside. Current wind speeds: 13 from the Southeast Pollen: 0 Sunrise: November 30, 2020 at 06:54AM Sunset: November 30, 2020 at 04:15PM UV index: 0 Humidity: 91% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv November 30, 2020 at 02:15PM

US hits Chinese company over Venezuela internet curbs

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a major Chinese electronics and engineering company for assisting Venezuela in curbing dissent on the internet.The US said it was restricting transactions with the China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) and blocking assets of any firm in which the state-owned company holds…

Biden taps Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary

Washington (AFP) – US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday formally tapped ex-Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, as he named officials to try to revitalize the world’s largest economy.The United States is struggling with a massive Covid-19 outbreak that’s caused tens of millions of layoffs while sharply slowing annualized growth, and with…

Hopes for December vaccines get a boost despite ‘surge on surge’ warning

Washington (AFP) – Hopes for a first wave of vaccinations before the end of 2020 received a boost with US firm Moderna saying it was filing Monday for emergency authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe.After top US scientists warned Americans to brace for a “surge upon a surge”, Moderna reported…

S&P Global gobbles up IHS Markit in $44-bn deal

New York (AFP) – Ratings giant S&P Global reached an all-stock deal to buy IHS Markit for $44 billion, creating a giant in data and analytics used by Wall Street, the companies announced Monday.The companies said combining will bolster offerings to investor clients and provide complementary information streams in growth areas, such as in the…

Trump administration wages last major Supreme Court fight

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s administration wages its last major policy fight before the Supreme Court Monday as it seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count used to determine states’ representation in Congress.If the outgoing president’s plan goes forward, states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could see their influence reduced…

Trump administration wages last major Supreme Court fight

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s administration wages its last major policy fight before the Supreme Court Monday as it seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count used to determine states’ representation in Congress.If the outgoing president’s plan goes forward, states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could see their influence reduced…

Trump administration wages last major Supreme Court fight

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump’s administration wages its last major policy fight before the Supreme Court Monday as it seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population count used to determine states’ representation in Congress.If the outgoing president’s plan goes forward, states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could see their influence reduced…

Moderna says will request US, Europe vaccine authorization Monday

Washington (AFP) – US firm Moderna said it would file requests for emergency authorization of its Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Europe on Monday, after full results confirmed a high efficacy estimated at 94.1 percent.”We believe that our vaccine will provide a new and powerful tool that may change the course of this…