Good morning and here are today’s headlines. As always, these headlines come to us courtesy of Freedom Forum’s “Today’s Front Pages” exhibit:
Politico, Published in Arlington, VA
The Biden administration is willing to let infrastructure talks continue past the Memorial Day deadline they had set. Republicans have proposed a $1 trillion counteroffer, though certain sticking points still leave the possibility that talks will break down and a number of Democrats are preparing to go it alone on a party-line vote instead.
President Joseph R. Biden
The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan
A meeting between U.S. and Taiwanese diplomats took place in Tokyo earlier this week in a sign of a shift in U.S. foreign policy to recognize the island nation. “We exchanged views on issues related to regional peace and prosperity,” said the Taiwanese envoy. The Chinese government issued a statement demanding the U.S. adhere to their “One China” policy, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan and her people.
The Washington Post, Published in Washington, DC
President Biden has requested U.S. intelligence investigate the origins of the coronavirus as the so-called “lab leak” theory -- that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology -- gains traction.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
Former Johnson aide, Dominic Cummings, in a seven-hour hearing with members of parliament, lambasted his former boss as unfit to serve as prime minister and stated that because of his hesitancy to take action on the coronavirus pandemic “tens of thousands of people died who didn’t need to die.”
Haaretz, Published in Tel Aviv, Israel
Chairman of the Religious Zionism party Bezalel Smotrich accused Yamina’s leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelat Shaked of selling out right-wing voters in a bid to form a national unity government. Shaked stated that they are trying to avoid the chaos and instability of another election by forming a government of the right (Yamina claims to have abandoned the idea of forming a national unity government with Yair Lapid et al. since the war in Gaza broke out) and countered that Smotrich was preventing that from happening.
Ayelet Shaked, one of Yamina’s party leaders
Shaked, courtesy of Wikimedia
Biden, courtesy of Wikimedia