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US President Joe Biden

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Joe Biden: good news bad news

There is good political news ahead for Joe Biden. The trouble is that, for the embattled US president, bad news never seems far behind.

For example…

Good news: His party’s lawmakers look set to score some major legislative victories. On Tuesday, the US Senate passed a $280 billion package of subsidies and research funding to bolster US competitiveness in semiconductors and other advanced technology, with significant Republican support. In coming weeks, Democratic majorities in Congress are also expected to pass the first big prescription drug legislation in a generation, which is expected to lower the cost of prescription medication, and to enshrine the right to same-sex and inter-racial marriage into federal law, a highly popular step with Democratic voters.

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Putin attends a meeting with government officials via a video link in Moscow.

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Ukraine: Who wins a stalemate?

A month into Russia’s war in Ukraine, the two sides appear locked in a military stalemate. This grim standoff might last for months. Even if Russian forces can seize Kyiv and other cities, it’s far from clear how they plan to occupy them or to control Ukraine’s western border, a frontier shared with four NATO countries.

A lasting stalemate might pit a Russian occupation force and a government imposed by Moscow against an unruly civilian population and a Ukrainian insurgency armed with more Western-made weapons than Russia can’t contain.

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Clarence Page: Why Black Voting Rights Matter | GZERO World

Clarence Page: Why Black voting rights matter

When the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page had just finished high school.

This legislation changed the lives of Black people in America because Jim Crow laws had virtually prevented Blacks from voting in the South with impossible poll questions and literacy tests, he said in an interview with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

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