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McDonald's is working to introduce a $5 value meal (10.05.24)
The potential new offering comes at a time when low-income consumers are beginning to pull back on spending, particularly at fast-food brands. Mentions of low-income consumers on company earnings calls are at their highest levels in nearly two years, according to data from Bank of America. Executives from McDonald's to Wendy's to Dave and Buster's have all noted the restraint in spending.
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BURNETT: When you talk about the economy, it is of course by far the most important issue for voters. It's also true, Mister President, voters by a wide margin trust Trump more on the economy. They say that in polls, and part of the reason for that may be the numbers and you are aware of may of these, of course. The cost of buying a home in the United States is double what it was when you look at montly costs before the pandemic. Real income, when you account for inflation, is actually down since you took office. Economic growth last week far shorter of expectations. Consumer confidence may be no surprise is near a two year low. With less that six months to go to election day are you worried that you're running out of time to turn that around?
BIDEN: We've already turned it around. Look at the m- m- Michigan survey where sixty-five percent of the American people think they're in good shape economically. They think the nation's not in good shape—they're personally in good shape. The polling data has been wrong all along. Now, how many [do] you guys do a poll [at] CNN? How many folks[do] you have to call to get one response? The idea that we're in a s- s- s- situation where things are so bad. Look. I mean, we've created more jobs. We're in a situation where people have access to good paying jobs, and the last I saw, the combination of inflation, the cost of inflation and all those things, that's worrisome to people and with good reason. That's why I'm working very hard to bring the cost of rentals down, increase the number of homes available. Let me say it this way, when I started this administration, people were saying there would be a collapse in the economy. We have the strongest economy in the world. Let me say it again, in the world. GDP is still growing. Look at the response of the markets, overwhelmingly positive, and one reason people feel good about it not being strong as it was is [that] they believe the Fed[eral Reserve]...
BURNETT: They hope they're going to get a rate cut.
BIDEN: Yeah. Well. So. I mean, no president has had the run we've had in terms of creating jobs and bringing down inflation. It was nine percent when I came into office.

by Cat on Sun May 12th, 2024 at 01:32:40 AM EST
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10 May 2024 v.1 memorable quotes
WAPOO: "allegedly engaging in quid pro quo after withholding aid to Israel"
Republicans have a new new theory of why Biden should be impeached

WELKER: "pausing the delivery of high payload bombs to Israel"
The White House declined to comment.

LINDSEY "human shield" CRACKER: "This is not Viet Nam."
How many people died in the Vietnam War?

NBC News | Graham says Israel should do 'whatever' it has to while comparing the war in Gaza to Hiroshima and Nagasaki (12.05.24)
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday compared Israel's war against Hamas to the U.S. decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan in World War II during an interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press." Asked by moderator Kristen Welker why it was OK for President Ronald Reagan to withhold certain weapons from Israel during its war in Lebanon in the 1980s, but not OK for Biden to threaten to do so now, Graham once again brought up World War II.
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10 May 2024 v.2, "Blowback & Biden's Red Line," A/V (EN) 00:54:04
SYNOPSIS: Former State Department official Josh Paul reacts to President Biden's decision to pause some weapons shipments to Israel. Richard Engel joins with the latest reporting on the ground in Jerusalem. Yasmin Vossoughian and Carol Lam break down another week in the Trump hush-money trial, with Michael Cohen set to testify next week. Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, talks about the state of the anti-abortion movement and former President Trump's stance on abortion.
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WELKER @ 00:00:02: If it's Friday, US officials tell NBC News, the Biden administration has continued to send military assistance to Israel despite the president's threat to halt weapons shipments and despite his acknowledgement, US weapons have killed civilians in Gaza....
Big Israel Impoundment Control Act in US Congress impeaches self
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2024 at 12:48:36 PM EST
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ChayGPT | Biden administration is sending $1 billion more in weapons to Israel, 15 May
But it was not immediately known how soon the weapons would be delivered....The package disclosed Tuesday includes about $700 million for tank ammunition, $500 million in tactical vehicles and $60 million in mortar rounds, the congressional aides said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an arms transfer that has not yet been made public.

The administration's notice to lawmakers this week isn't the final, formal notification before a sale, one of the congressional aides said. The deal would be an entirely new sale, the aide said. That means any weapons that are part of it could take years to be delivered....

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sputnik | Biden Sending $1 Billion Arms Package to Israel in Latest Flip-Flop, 15 May

Reporting on Tuesday indicated US President Joe Biden is preparing to send $1.25 billion worth of weapons and ammunition to Israel despite putting a separate arms transfer on hold just days ago.
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Biden has previously suggested an Israeli incursion into the city would constitute a "red line," before immediately walking the comment back during a heavily criticized interview on cable news channel MSNBC.
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The Biden administration previously contradicted itself in March after voting "present" during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, allowing a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Israel's seven-month assault on Gaza to pass. White House officials quickly insisted the resolution was "non-binding," a characterization criticized by international law experts.
by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 04:01:03 PM EST
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defense.gov | Biden: Range of Missions Increasing as Pace of World Change Accelerates (25.05.24)
Biden, who spoke at the commencement address to the graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, today, provided some examples of change. The president touted the strength of the NATO alliance, applauding the newest members Finland and Sweden. "I've always been willing to use force when required to protect our nation, our allies, our core interests. When anyone targets American troops, we will deliver justice to them," Biden said. "Never forget Americans are strongest when we lead not only by our example of our power, but by the power of our example," he said.
alkhaleej.ae | Justice of the Palestinian cause wins, 26 May
While the Israeli reaction to the International Court of Justice's order to stop the military aggression on Rfah was expected, attention is turning to Washinton as the only party capable of facilitating the implementation of the resolution, whether by refraininf from usina a "veto" in the Security Council or actively pressuring Tel Aviv to comply with the ruling of the highest judicial body representing the spirit of international law.
CRS | Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2023
The image of the United States in front of world public opinion is unenviable, for the first time < wipes tears > in its history, this increasing international isolation is known because of international covenants and treaties, which made it gamble with its strategic interests and historical alliances, because its claim to defend the world order is only a defense of its interests and employs all international bodies and institutions in this.
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archive commencement insults in Gaza Obliterated, we reject the ICC's application and we have jurisdiction in Accused of War Crimes
by Cat on Sun May 26th, 2024 at 01:36:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 28th, 2024 at 11:28:46 AM EST
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'Significant' Chinese response to US tariffs possible: Janet Yellen, 13 May 14 minutes transitory stump speech "interest cost"
"President Biden believes that anything we do should be targeted to our concerns and not broad-based, and hopefully we will not see a significant Chinese response. But that's always a possibility," Yellen told Bloomberg TV in an interview on Monday.
scmp | German carmakers want to compete with China but it must be a 'fair fight': envoy Patricia Flor de-coupled strategic autonomy "de-risking"
SCMP: China and the European Union share different perspectives on overcapacity and have had heated exchanges on the issue. What is your take? Do you see any middle ground? What would you want to see China do to address its partners' concerns?
FLOR:The European Union and Germany have been asking for a level playing field for our companies, banks and other institutions in China for quite some time, because this is the underlying issue for overcapacity.
scmp | Chinese companies pull out of solar projects after EU launches subsidy probe, 13 May: photovoltaic in Romania, electric trains in Bulgaria
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SCMP: The European Union has taken a hardline approach against China by launching several investigations into Chinese new energy products. Meanwhile, Germany and China promised to cooperate on clean energy, such as developing automated driving, and Berlin said it will scale back restrictions for China's investment. Is there any inconsistency? If the EU is getting tough on China, then where is the room for Germany to cooperate with China?
FLOR: If the EU gets tough on China, it is also because Germany and all member states of the European Union decide to empower the EU Commission to launch investigations and take measures to protect the European single market whenever they find evidence that something is wrong, such as dumping, subsidies, or unfair support measures. The European Commission then decides on its own authority.
EU International Procurement Instrument (IPI) summary | full text
The European single market is an open market. It works under market conditions. It is totally transparent, and everybody can look up all of the regulations, but this is not equally true all over the world....
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin's Regular Press Conference on May 13, 2024
Ukrinform News Agency: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Special Representative of the Chinese government Li Hui carried out the third round of shuttle diplomacy on the issue of Russian war against Ukraine. Could you share more details about the results of this round?
Wang Wenbin: From May 3 to 9, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on Eurasian Affairs Li Hui carried out the third round of shuttle diplomacy on the political settlement of the Ukraine crisis. He visited Türkiye, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Before and after the visit, Special Representative Li Hui had discussions with officials from countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, and Kazakhstan....
by Cat on Mon May 13th, 2024 at 07:26:03 PM EST
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