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Biden appoints economist Shambaugh as international head of US Treasury

US President Joe Biden will appoint Jay Shambaugh, a professor at George Washington University and a former economic adviser to the Obama administration, as the next US Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs, the White House announced on Friday. Biden will also appoint William Duncan as ambassador to El Salvador and Lesslie Viguerie as ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, the White House said. Both are career foreign service officers.

White House asks Congress for $6.4 billion for Ukraine crisis

The White House on Friday asked Congress to approve $6.4 billion in aid to deal with the Ukraine crisis after an invasion by Russia, including $2.9 billion in security and military aid. aid and $3.5 billion for the Department of Defense, the Biden administration and congressional aides said. “In a recent conversation with lawmakers, the administration identified the need for additional U.S. humanitarian, security, and economic assistance to Ukraine and Central European partners due to the uncontrolled invasion. provoked and unwarranted by Russia,” an official from the White House Office of Management and Budget said. .

US House panel expands probe into Trump’s handling of documents

A U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating former President Donald Trump’s removal of classified documents from the White House has expanded its investigation into the Republican’s handling of the records, according to a letter made public Friday. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democratic chair of the House Oversight Committee, wrote to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asking for more information about what she described as “what appear to be the most of the Law on the Presidential Archives since its promulgation.”

Judge Gives Green Light to J&J’s Strategy to Resolve Talc Lawsuits in Bankruptcy Court

Johnson & Johnson can use the bankruptcy system to resolve a multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming its talc products cause cancer, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, approving a legal maneuver that allows the company to avoid battling over 38,000 individual lawsuits. J&J used a strategy known as “Texas Two-Step,” which allows companies to separate valuable assets from liabilities through a so-called split merger. In October, J&J, which maintains its talc products are safe, filed the claims with a newly created entity called LTL Management LLC, which filed for bankruptcy days later.

Biden approves $350 million in military aid to Ukraine

President Joe Biden on Friday asked the US State Department to release $350 million in military aid to Ukraine as it struggles to repel a Russian invasion. In a memorandum to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Biden directed that $350 million allocated through the Foreign Assistance Act be earmarked for Ukraine’s defense.

Texas police shooting victim featured in Reuters qualified immunity series dies

David Collie, a Fort Worth, Texas man whose attempt to hold police accountable for shooting him in the back and leaving him paralyzed was blocked by the legal doctrine known as qualified immunity, died at age 38. The cause of death has not been determined, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, pending the results of an autopsy.

US relaxes indoor COVID mask guidelines for most countries

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday significantly relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines for masks, including in schools, a move that means 72% of the population resides in communities where inner face coverings are no longer recommended. The new masking guidelines shift from focusing on the rate of transmission of COVID-19 to monitoring local hospitalizations, hospital capacity and infection rates.

Biden picks Ketanji Brown Jackson as landmark nominee for U.S. Supreme Court

President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Federal Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court, saying it was time for America’s highest court to reflect “everything talent and greatness of our nation”. Biden picked Jackson, 51, for a lifetime job on the High Court to succeed retired liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, setting up a confirmation battle in the tightly divided Senate. Jackson’s nomination fulfills a campaign promise Biden made two years to the day to deliver the historic appointment.

Trump’s New York criminal investigation gets new prosecutor after lawyers leave

A new prosecutor has been chosen to lead a criminal investigation into former U.S. President Donald Trump, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday, after the departures of two top lawyers cast doubt on the future of the investigation. Susan Hoffinger will now lead the investigation into Trump and the practices of her family business, the Trump Organization, according to Danielle Filson, a spokeswoman for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Biden’s Supreme Court pick comes in stepping up America’s fight against race

President Joe Biden’s Friday selection of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first black female nominee for the United States Supreme Court immediately puts the federal appeals court judge at the center of the American debate on race. Of the 115 people who have ever served on America’s highest judicial body, all but three were white, only two were black, and both were men. Biden and many leading Democratic colleagues have sought to argue that nominating a black woman is long overdue, but some leading Republicans have accused him of discrimination for refusing to consider non-black men or women for the nomination. job.

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