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US election 2024: What's next for Democrats if Joe Biden drops out of race?

Two dozen Democrat lawmakers in Congress have urged Joe Biden to reconsider his poll bid, citing reasons such as his health concerns and worries over his declining popularity against Donald Trump

US election 2024: What's next for Democrats if Joe Biden drops out of race?
Updated On : 19 Jul 2024 | 12:09 PM IST

Ex Republican presidential candidate Ramaswamy takes 7.7% stake in Buzzfeed

Former Republican presidential candidate and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy has purchased a minority stake in Buzzfeed, the digital publishing company that shut down its media outlet last year. Shares of the company skyrocketed more than 50% before the market open on Wednesday. Ramaswamy acquired a 7.7% stake in Buzzfeed, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Tuesday. Ramaswamy said in the filing that he believes Buzzfeed's stock is undervalued. He is looking to speak with the company's board and management. Buzzfeed has struggled to prop up sales since it went public in 2021. In late 2022 job cuts began rolling out with the company citing a poor digital advertising environment, then early last year announced that it was shutting down its Pulitzer Prize winning digital media outlet BuzzFeed News. The corporate parent's co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti said in a memo to staff at the time that in addition to the news division, layoffs would tak

Ex Republican presidential candidate Ramaswamy takes 7.7% stake in Buzzfeed
Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 6:37 PM IST

BlackRock sans Fink? Shareholders fret about asset management firm's future

Today, it's a caretaker of $10.5 trillion of investor money and a provider of sophisticated trading technology, and Fink has been an informal financial adviser to many governments, including the US

BlackRock sans Fink? Shareholders fret about asset management firm's future
Updated On : 19 May 2024 | 11:41 PM IST

Biden surrendering US campuses to 'anarchists, jihadist freaks': Trump

Trump further claimed that the very same people who are funding the violent campus uprisings are also funding Joe Biden's campaign

Biden surrendering US campuses to 'anarchists, jihadist freaks': Trump
Updated On : 13 May 2024 | 8:02 AM IST

Most world leaders told me not to 'let Trump win' 2024 elections: Biden

Making a forceful case for his re-election, US President Joe Biden has claimed that during his meetings with world leaders, including at the G20 summit in India, almost every one of them told him not to let his predecessor Donald Trump win in 2024 as they feel it would put their democracies in danger. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also joined Biden on Thursday night in New York at the most lucrative fundraiser of the 2024 campaign, warning fellow Democrats that Trump, a Republican, must be defeated. "Trump says if he loses again again in November, there will be a bloodbath. What the hell is with this guy? No, I'm I'm not no, I'm really serious. It concerns me the most," Biden said. "And but whether it's the G20 meeting in in India or whatever the meeting where there are other heads of state, I am not exaggerating when I say and I say it in front of the press without giving the names almost every one of the world leaders finds an excuse to get me alone for a

Most world leaders told me not to 'let Trump win' 2024 elections: Biden
Updated On : 30 Mar 2024 | 4:19 PM IST

Investors greenlight Donald Trump's $6 billion social media merger deal

Shareholders of Digital World Acquisition Corp (DWAC) , the SPAC that plans to list Trump Media & Technology Group on the stock market through a merger, voted in favor of the deal on Friday

Investors greenlight Donald Trump's $6 billion social media merger deal
Updated On : 22 Mar 2024 | 10:15 PM IST

'Too old, mentally unfit': US President Biden roasts Trump at DC dinner

The big news this week, President Joe Biden said at a weekend Washington roast, was that two candidates had clinched their party's nomination for president. But one was too old, too mentally unfit for the job, he said. The other's me," Biden quipped. The digs against Republican Donald Trump kept coming from the president at the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation Dinner, as Biden deflected ongoing criticism that his memory is hazy and he appears confused, instead highlighting moments when the 77-year-old Trump has slipped up, too. Don't tell him, he thinks he's running against Barack Obama, that's what he said," said Biden, 81, who also quipped that he was staying up way past his bedtime. It was the first time Biden has attended the dinner during his presidency, and comes as the 2024 election looms and the rematch between Biden and Trump heats up. The annual bacchanalia hosted by the journalistic organization, now in its 139th year, traces its history to 1885 that was the year ...

'Too old, mentally unfit': US President Biden roasts Trump at DC dinner
Updated On : 17 Mar 2024 | 11:42 PM IST

Biden signs package of spending bills hours before shutdown deadline

President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a USD 460 billion package of spending bills approved by the Senate in time to avoid a shutdown of many key federal agencies. The legislation's success gets lawmakers about halfway home in wrapping up their appropriations work for the 2024 budget year. The measure contains six annual spending bills and had already passed the House. In signing it into law, Biden thanked leaders and negotiators from both parties in both chambers for their work, which the White House said will mean that agencies may continue their normal operations. Meanwhile, lawmakers are negotiating a second package of six bills, including defense, in an effort to have all federal agencies fully funded by a March 22 deadline. To folks who worry that divided government means nothing ever gets done, this bipartisan package says otherwise," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said after lawmakers passed the measure Friday night just hours before a deadline. He said the

Biden signs package of spending bills hours before shutdown deadline
Updated On : 09 Mar 2024 | 11:34 PM IST

Former US ambassador Nikki Haley ends presidential campaign: Report

Haley's decision to suspend her campaign comes a day after Super Tuesday, when Trump beat her soundly in 14 of the 15 Republican nominating contests

Former US ambassador Nikki Haley ends presidential campaign: Report
Updated On : 06 Mar 2024 | 10:53 PM IST

Former Trump CFO Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury in civil fraud case

Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of Donald Trump's company, pleaded guilty Monday in New York to perjury in connection with testimony he gave in the ex-president's civil fraud case. Weisselberg, 76, pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury and will be sentenced to five months in jail which would be his second stint behind bars after 100 days last year in an unrelated tax fraud case. The pleas related to testimony he gave at a July 2020 deposition in New York Attorney General Letitia James' case against Trump, but in court Monday he also admitted, without pleading guilty, to lying on the witness stand at the former president's civil fraud trial last fall. Prosecutors accused Weisselberg of lying under oath in the case about allegations that Trump lied about his wealth on financial statements given to banks and insurance companies. Allen Weisselberg looks forward to putting this situation behind him, his lawyer Seth Rosenberg said in a statement. After The New Y

Former Trump CFO Weisselberg pleads guilty to perjury in civil fraud case
Updated On : 04 Mar 2024 | 11:18 PM IST

'Nikki who?': Trump campaign dismisses Haley after South Carolina win

Saturday's win in South Carolina makes Trump's march towards the Republican presidential nomination appear inevitable, and leaves Haley, despite her vow to battle on, no clear path to beating him

'Nikki who?': Trump campaign dismisses Haley after South Carolina win
Updated On : 25 Feb 2024 | 11:29 PM IST

Trump's hush-money trial will begin in 39 days with jury selection: Judge

Donald Trump's hush-money trial will go ahead as scheduled with jury selection starting on March 25, a judge ruled on Thursday, turning aside requests for a delay from the former president's defense lawyers. In leaving the trial date intact, Judge Juan Manuel Merchan took advantage of a delay in a separate prosecution in Washington charging Trump with plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. That case has been effectively on hold pending the outcome of an appeal from Trump. The decision means that a case centered on years-old accusations that Trump sought to bury stories about extramarital affairs that arose during his 2016 presidential campaign will be the first of the four criminal prosecutions against Trump to proceed to trial. Other cases charge him seeking to undo the election and illegally hoarding classified documents at his Florida estate. Trump's attorneys blasted the decision to keep the March date, complaining that Trump will have to stand tria

Trump's hush-money trial will begin in 39 days with jury selection: Judge
Updated On : 15 Feb 2024 | 9:50 PM IST

US presidential election: Nikki Haley raises $16.5 mn in Jan for campaign

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley, the only challenger left against former president Donald Trump, has raised a massive USD 16.5 million in January, despite the Indian-American politician coming third and second in the two primaries so far. The USD 16.5 million in January includes USD 11.7 million from grassroots supporters, which added 69,274 new donors. This is Haley's best fundraising month and more than she raised in the first, second, and third quarters of 2023, a campaign release said. While Donald Trump blows USD 50 million of his donors' money on his legal cases, Nikki Haley has been focused on talking to voters and saving our country, said Haley national spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are supporting Nikki's campaign because they don't want two grumpy old men and all their chaos, confusion, and grievances. They want a strong, conservative leader who will save this country, Perez-Cubas said. Haley, the 52-year-old former two-t

US presidential election: Nikki Haley raises $16.5 mn in Jan for campaign
Updated On : 05 Feb 2024 | 8:25 PM IST

What next for Donald Trump after $88 million fine in defamation damages

For years, Donald Trump hurled insults at E. Jean Carroll, saying the advice columnist fabricated a sexual assault allegation against him to sell a book. Will Trump keep that up, now that he's been hit with a $83.3 million defamation judgment? A jury on Friday found that Trump had maliciously damaged Carroll's reputation in 2019 after she went public with her accusations. Jurors awarded her $18 million to compensate for the personal harm she experienced, then added $65 million more to punish Trump and maybe prevent him from continuing to go after her on social media. A different jury concluded last May that Trump was responsible for sexually abusing Carroll in a Manhattan department store dressing room in 1996. Those jurors awarded Carroll $5 million. If both judgments stand, Trump would owe her a total of $88.3 million. Trump and his lawyers have promised to appeal. A look at the verdict and where the case might go from here: THE ACCUSATION Carroll said she was shopping at the

What next for Donald Trump after $88 million fine in defamation damages
Updated On : 27 Jan 2024 | 11:22 PM IST

Donald Trump races toward 2024 Biden rematch after New Hampshire win

The back-to-back wins put Trump on track to deliver a knockout blow to Haley next month in her home state of South Carolina and turn his attention to all-but-certain rematch with President Joe Biden

Donald Trump races toward 2024 Biden rematch after New Hampshire win
Updated On : 25 Jan 2024 | 12:12 AM IST

Donald Trump seeks early victory as Iowa caucus kicks off Republican race

A strong second-place showing for either Haley or DeSantis would keep alive the idea that Trump's march toward the nomination is not a foregone conclusion

Donald Trump seeks early victory as Iowa caucus kicks off Republican race
Updated On : 15 Jan 2024 | 10:49 PM IST

Trump criticises Ramaswamy publicly ahead of Iowa caucus

Former US president Donald Trump for the first time has lashed out at his rival Vivek Ramaswamy, who is most closely aligned with him in the race for the Republican nomination, accusing the Indian-American entrepreneur of engaging in deceitful campaign tricks". Trump's remarks came ahead of the Iowa caucuses on Monday, marking the beginning of the long process by which the Republicans and Democrats choose their nominees for the presidential election. The comments come after a series of remarks and posts by Ramaswamy, 38, that have angered Trump and his team. Trump's criticism stemmed from shirts that Ramaswamy's campaign is handing out that say 'Save Trump, Vote Vivek' on them. Ramaswamy posted a photo with a group of young men wearing them after his event in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday, which caught the former president's attention. Vivek started his campaign as a great supporter, the best President in generations,' etc. Unfortunately, now all he does is disguise his support i

Trump criticises Ramaswamy publicly ahead of Iowa caucus
Updated On : 14 Jan 2024 | 11:34 PM IST

Republicans try to stop US govt's anti-abortion counselling fund reduction

In a new twist to the fight over abortion access, congressional Republicans are trying to block a Biden administration spending rule that they say will cut off millions of dollars to anti-abortion counselling centres. The rule would prohibit states from sending federal funds earmarked for needy Americans to so-called crisis pregnancy centres, which counsel against abortions. At stake are millions of dollars in federal funds that currently flow to the organisations through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programme, a block grant programme created in 1996 to give cash assistance to poor children and prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancies. Programmes that only or primarily provide pregnancy counselling to women only after they become pregnant likely do not meet the ... standard, the Health and Human Services agency said in its rule proposal released late last year. More than 7,000 comments have been submitted on the proposed rule, which includes a series of restrictions

Republicans try to stop US govt's anti-abortion counselling fund reduction
Updated On : 13 Jan 2024 | 6:53 PM IST

Asian-Americans fastest-growing group of eligible voters in US: Pew study

The number of Asian-American eligible voters has skyrocketed over the past two decades and since 2020, according to a new study as the US goes to polls to elect a new president this year. The report titled 'Key facts about Asian American eligible voters in 2024, released Wednesday, revealed that in the past four years, the Asian American eligible voter population grew by 15 per cent. That far outpaces the growth rate of all eligible voters at 3 per cent, making them the fastest-growing electorate in the US. A projected 15 million Asian Americans will be eligible to vote in November, according to the Pew Research Center study. The group makes up just over 6 per cent of eligible voters, but its growth outpaced Hispanic eligible voters, who grew by 12 per cent. Asian Americans typically lean Democratic, the research said. In 2020, 72 per cent of English-speaking, single-race, non-Hispanic Asian voters said they voted for Democrat Joe Biden for president, while 28 per cent said they

Asian-Americans fastest-growing group of eligible voters in US: Pew study
Updated On : 13 Jan 2024 | 12:43 PM IST

Why American democracy is not in decline

Jill Lepore's collection of essays takes readers on a guided tour through the rise and presumed decline of the US, with Trump emerging as the ultimate object of the author's scorn

Why American democracy is not in decline
Updated On : 04 Jan 2024 | 12:43 PM IST