In this latest issue of my weekly podcast, we discuss Biden's and the Democrats' agenda. The Senate has passed the massive $1.9B stimulus package. The bill is also set to pass the House this week. This was a major win for the Democrats. Not only is the package popular among the general public, but it has considerable support among Republican voters. Biden has now turned his efforts towards HR.1, a voting reform package. This bill has almost no chance of passing the Senate, and it takes away from Biden's focus. He would do much better by passing popular and widely understood economic measures.
Myanmar protesters have a new target. As demonstrations against the recent military coup continue, protesters have turned towards the China embassy. While some are asking for China’s help, others blame the country for allowing the coup to happen in the first place.
“Quad” summit planned for next week. Biden has organized a meeting between the US, India, Australia, and Japan. The purpose of the conference is to discuss strategies to counter China’s influence in the Pacific. According to inside sources, vaccine diplomacy is high on the agenda.
Italy blocks vaccine exports. Prime Minister Mario Draghi used a new EU mechanism to block AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia. He earned huge support among Italy's populists (even Salvini is applauding) by arguing that since the company is behind in their EU contracts, they must first fulfill those agreements.
Is there a new biological threat to fertility? In her new book Count Down, epidemiologist Shanna H. Swan warns of a coming crisis in reproductive health. The book argues that endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our environment are wreaking havoc on sperm counts and egg quality and weaken humankind's ability to reproduce.
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