Good afternoon! Here are a few of today’s headlines, courtesy of Freedom Forum’s “Today’s Front Pages” section. A political scandal has rocked Britain’s ruling party, an officer has been charged with manslaughter, Biden announces the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as he prepares to meet Japan’s Prime Minister to discuss joint policy regarding China and Senate negotiations on a bill to combat Chinese influence abroad has soured.
The Washington Post, Published in Washington, DC
Biden has announced the United States will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, stating the country has accomplished its original objectives and must look towards new threats to national security. Biden has set a deadline for all troops to return home by September 11th.
American troops in Afghanistan. The photograph was taken nearly 14 years ago.
Politico, Published in Arlington, VA
Majority Leader Chuck Shumer has been spearheading a bipartisan effort to curb the rising global influence of China. While there is confidence such a bill will get passed, possibly as early as the end of this month, Republicans have expressed dismay over the bipartisan talks and ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee Senator James Risch made a procedural motion to delay consideration of part of the bill.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
Britain’s ruling party has been gripped by a scandal over corrupt lobbying practices as it was recently discovered that former Prime Minister David Cameron was calling and texting members of parliament to ensure investment firm Greensill Capital, which he now works for in an “advisory” role, receive full access to business loans provided in the wake of the coronavirus recession. Other senior government officials have also been found to have close ties to Greensill. The ruling party has rejected the opposition’s call for a cross-party investigation on the grounds that it would be redundant to the work of other parliamentary committees the leadership of which it controls.
The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will be visiting the United States to meet with President Biden on Friday. The two will be discussing China’s increasingly belligerent actions towards Taiwan and the Japanese islands of Senkaku, which China claims belong to them. The U.S. hopes to convince Japan to take a more aggressive stance towards the Chinese.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
The New York Times, Published in New York, NY
The officer that shot Daunte Wright last week in Minneapolis has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
Troops in Afghanistan, courtesy of U.S. Army at Flickr
Yoshihide Suga, courtesy of Wikimedia