- The White House calls for union to fight the climate crisis.
- The low vaccination rate in the young population worries the White House.
- Authorities Investigate Don McGahn.
Los Angeles, Jul 6 (EFE News).- On Tuesday, the presidential adviser of the United States Gina McCarthy, called for a greater commitment from the Republican side to fight the climate crisis through the funds of the infrastructure plan that is currently stalled in Congress due to the conservative rejection.
In an interview with Efe, McCarthy explained that the infrastructure plan, valued at 1.2 billion dollars, is the tool to protect the American population from the droughts, fires and hurricanes, among other natural disasters, that are recorded in the United States at this time of year. “We need this bipartisan union to move, and move now,” McCarthy said of the Republican and Democratic deal in mid-June, which is now on hold.
The climate problem
The Administration of US President Joe Biden and the Democrats want the infrastructure proposal to be linked to a social spending plan, which includes investments in broadband, the fight against the climate crisis and the care of children and the elderly, among others . However, Republicans want the project to stick to traditional infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and ports, and reject that it be related to social spending.
“This pact is an opportunity for us to work in unison with Democrats and Republicans to do something important for the people of this country, not for any party in particular,” insisted McCarthy, who led the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, in its acronym in English) during the second term of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017).
Statements by the White House advisor
In addition, Biden’s advisor highlighted the “excellent” economic and labor opportunities that will come from the hand of this agreement, mainly in the energy sector and public transport. In his remarks, McCarthy lamented the intense heat wave, with temperatures close to 50 degrees Celsius, which left hundreds of deaths in the western United States and Canada in the last week, and pointed out that with the new infrastructure plan prevention measures for disasters of this type would improve.
“We see that the drought is becoming totally restrictive in the west of the country and we have to invest in resources such as water storage and cooling centers,” he added. McCarthy’s message of commitment comes a few days after Biden defended the infrastructure plan not only for the value it will have in rebuilding the nation’s airports, highways and bridges, but for what it represents to the identity of the United States. The presentation of the bipartisan agreement, Biden warned that he would not sign the infrastructure plan that can be approved in Congress if it is not linked to that of social spending; however, shortly after he had to back down and clarify that he would sign it, given the danger for the Conservatives to withdraw their support. EFE News
The White House, concerned about the low rate of vaccination among young people
Washington, Jun 21 (EFE News) .- The White House expressed its concern on Monday about the low rate of vaccination among youths Americans, especially between 18 and 25 years old, and admitted that it will be very difficult to reach the goal of the president, Joe Biden, that by July 4, 70% of adults have at least one dose.
Despite the notable progress achieved, with more than 65% of adults already inoculated with at least one of the doses of the available sera, the health authorities highlight as one of the great challenges the need to encourage vaccination among the youngest. “What we have seen in the data is that there is a big difference between people over 25 years old and those between 18 and 25 years old,” he said. Jen Psaki, a spokesman for the White House, at his daily press conference.
The variant is increasing
Psaki stressed that this disparity is “worrisome, especially given that the delta variant is on the rise” and, he recalled, “does not discriminate by age.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the end of May 80% of those over 65 had been vaccinated, while the segment between 18 and 29 the percentage was less than 40%.
Biden’s spokeswoman acknowledged that the goal of July 4 was “ambitious”, but stressed that vaccination “will continue” in the US after that date, urging citizens to take the step to protect themselves and their community. 55.8% of the total US adult population (more than 143 million people) is already fully vaccinated, and 65.8% (168 million) have received at least one dose, according to the latest CDC data. Added to the age disparity are regional differences in the US. While states like Massachusetts, Connecticut or New Jersey already have more than two-thirds of their population fully vaccinated, others like Alabama, Georgia or Louisiana have only fully immunized just over a third. The United States is the country in the world hardest hit by covid-19 throughout the pandemic, with more than 601,000 deaths and 33.5 million infections. EFE News
Former White House attorney McGahn among those investigated by Justice
New York, Jun 13 (EFE News) .- The Department of Justice demanded in February 2018 that Apple provide them with data from the accounts of the then White House lawyer, Don McGahn, and his wife, according to this report. Sunday the newspaper The New York Times. It is not clear what the Justice Department was looking for McGahn’s data for, who did not know about the matter until Apple informed him about it last month, because the government had prevented the company to reveal those orders to the White House lawyer, adds the newspaper, which cites two people briefed on the matter.
This information is released after several media reported this Thursday that the Department of Justice, under the Presidency of Trump (2017-2021), allegedly required and seized from the Apple company metadata of progressive representatives in Congress, in order to investigate the leaks to the press about Russia.
What information was given to the authorities was not released
This led to the next day the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, announcing that an investigation has been initiated into the reasons that led the former president to order that seizure of the legislators of both his work and personal environment. Apple told McGahn that it complied with the requirements of the subpoena, which it received on February 23, 2018, and that it was issued by a grand jury from the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the Times.
Apple declined to tell you what information was provided to the government. The newspaper recalled that gag orders for subpoenas must be renewed for up to one year at a time, suggesting that prosecutors went to court several times to prevent Apple from notifying McGahn of what happened. Apple and the Justice Department did not comment to the Times while the former White House attorney declined the paper’s request.
Trump angry at former White House attorney
The Times also notes that, although it is not clear why prosecutors obtained the subpoena, it recalled that the Virginia prosecutor’s office was the center of part of the investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign for the 2016 elections led by Robert Mueller. He notes that one reason for the subpoena could be that since McGahn was the lead attorney for the campaign, it is possible that at some point earlier he would have been among those who were in contact with someone Mueller’s team was investigating in early 2018.
It highlights that another argument could be that around that date, Trump was upset with McGahn on an issue related to the Russian investigation which included a leak. In disclosing the investigation that the Department of Justice has initiated, Horowitz explained that these investigations “will examine the department’s compliance with the applicable policies and procedures of the Department of Justice, and whether such uses, or the investigations, were based on inappropriate considerations. ”. Today, Democratic congressional leaders vowed to investigate the seizure of metadata from progressive congressmen. Both the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, announced that they will try to get answers from those who were responsible under Trump, Jeff Sessions and William Barr. “Under President Trump, the Justice Department broke the rules in many ways,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNN. EFE News
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