WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday. As it did following the U.S. announcement on Tuesday, China responded furiously, saying no Australian officials had been invited to the Olympics and “no one would care about whether they come or not." Morrison said it should come as no surprise that Australian officials would boycott the event after the nation’s relationship with China had broken down in recent years. “I’m doing it because it’s in Australia’s national interest,” Morrison said. “It’s the right thing to do.” He said Australian athletes would still be able to compete. As well as citing human rights abuses, Morrison said China had been very critical of Australia’s efforts to have a strong defense force in the region, “particularly in relation, most recently, to our decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines.” … [Read more...] about Australia joins US in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics
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Democrats are losing elections because their radical equity agenda is frightening normal people who are focused on jobs and wages, according to Ruy Teixeira, an important Democratic strategist whose 2002 book helped to create the modern Democratic Party. Democrats “would be on much stronger ground [in 2024] if they became identified with an inclusive nationalism that emphasizes what Americans have in common and their right not just to economic prosperity but to public safety, secure borders and a world-class but non-ideological education for their children,” Teixeira wrote on his substack blog, The Liberal Patriot . But the political need to move towards Trump’s centrist — but also chaotic and combative — “America First” platform will be difficult, Teixeira admitted, Progressives are contemptuous of the Republicans, Democrats and other Americans who disagree with their never-ending equity agenda, he noted: This [political move] may strike many Democrats as terribly unfair; … [Read more...] about Liberal Strategist: Democrats Should Mimic Donald Trump’s Policies
LOS ANGELES — Even when John Chiang was in law school, his mother asked him if he would still consider going to medical school. “My mom wanted four surgeons,” Chiang, the oldest of four, told NBC News, laughing. “She’s a worrywart, but she’s fine with [my career] now.” That career is one of public office that began in 1997 when he was appointed to the California Board of Equalization, and then elected the following year to the same position. Chiang won re-election in 2002, and then went on to serve two terms as California state controller. In 2014, he was elected California state treasurer. It’s been a steady path through state government, and now the 55-year-old Democrat has his sights set on a new office: governor of California. But before he can even make it to the November 2018 election, Chiang will have to get past California’s “top two” primary system in June, in which the two candidates who receive the most votes — regardless of party affiliation — will go … [Read more...] about Could John Chiang Be California’s First Asian-American Governor?
SYDNEY, Australia, Friday, Sept. 7 — President Bush has accepted an invitation from President Hu Jintao of China to attend the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, a move that drew condemnation from human rights advocates and a Republican member of Congress, who are calling for a boycott of the Games. Mr. Hu extended the invitation — reiterating an offer he had made — during a private meeting with Mr. Bush here late on Thursday, on the eve of an economic meeting of leaders of Asian nations. Their 90-minute talk touched on a variety of issues, including climate change, the recent recalls of tainted toys made in China and a new plan for a hot line to link the Chinese and American militaries. But it was the Olympics announcement that grabbed the most attention — so much so that on Friday morning here, Mr. Bush defended his decision in a speech at Sydney’s famous opera house. “I’m looking forward to going,” he told business delegates at the meeting, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation … [Read more...] about Bush, After Talks With China’s Leader, Accepts Invitation to Beijing Olympics
We’re covering tests of Pfizer’s booster vaccine against the Omicron variant and a new chapter in Germany after 16 years under Angela Merkel. Pfizer says its booster protects against Omicron Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their Covid vaccine “may not be sufficient to protect against infection” by the new Omicron variant, but lab tests suggested that three doses offered significant protection . The companies said that blood tests from people who received only two doses found much lower antibody levels against Omicron compared with an earlier version of the virus. Blood samples obtained from people one month after a booster shot showed neutralizing antibodies against Omicron, comparable to the levels of antibodies against a previous version of the virus after two doses, the companies said. Big takeaway: These experiments, done with blood samples in the lab, cannot determine for sure how the vaccines will perform in the real world. But the … [Read more...] about Your Thursday Briefing: Pfizer’s Booster and Omicron.