Fiat Chrysler planning for big recall on engine used in Jeeps
DEROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is preparing for a possible recall related to an issue affecting upward of one million vehicles, likely including Jeep SUV models, equipped with its 2.4-liter Tigershark engine.The expected recall is related to emissions testing conducted on the gasoline engine and, according to the company, is not connected to claims summed up in various lawsuits that the engines burn excessive amounts of oil, which could cause stalling. It’s not known how soon the recall could happen.“In connection with internal testing, we determined that approximately 1 million vehicles e...
Detroit Free Press
US will stand by Guaidó, but senators cast doubt on policy towards Venezuela
The United States will continue supporting Venezuela’s National Assembly President Juan Guaidó as the country’s rightful leader, despite Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to orchestrate a “fraudulent” election, a top U.S. diplomat said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.“Juan Guaidó occupies the office of the interim president because it was vacant as a result of the May 2018 corrupt and fraudulent presidential elections,” said Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams during a hearing in the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.“It cannot be that Maduro can improve his situation, legally or practical...
Biden says he would reverse Trump immigration policy in push to reach Florida Hispanics
MIAMI — Joe Biden would grant permanent legal status to Venezuelan exiles in the U.S. if he becomes president, end the federal government’s deputizing of local law enforcement on immigration matters, and, on his first day in office, file an immigration bill creating a “legal road map” for roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status, advisers to the presumptive Democratic nominee said Tuesday.Biden’s presidential campaign released staples of his plan for Latinos during a call with reporters, laying out the former vice president’s intent to reverse much of President Donald ...
Stimulus checks aside, little agreement in Congress over new stimulus plan
WASHINGTON — As time expires on elements of the first coronavirus relief package, the triple threat of mass evictions, lost unemployment benefits and cratering gross domestic product has yet to bring the U.S. Senate and House and the White House together on a new economic stimulus plan.The House passed a $3.4 trillion relief plan, the HEROES Act, in May. This week, the Senate offered a $1.1 trillion plan, the HEALS Act. With an August recess set to begin Aug. 8, both chambers of Congress are under pressure to reach an agreement over starkly different approaches to rescue the U.S. economy from ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
House Democrats urge Pentagon to reverse policy banning LGBTQ Pride, Native Nations flags
More than two dozen House Democrats are demanding the reinstatement of LGBTQ Pride and Sovereign Native Nations flags on military installations — and an explicit ban on the Confederate Flag.In a letter sent Friday to Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, 34 lawmakers argued that a new policy he issued last month — which was intended to target the Confederate battle flag, but ultimately also banned Pride and Native Nations flags — undermines efforts of inclusion in the military.“We ask that you immediately revise the new policy on flag display, explicitly ban the Confederate Battle Flag, ...
New York Daily News
Commentary: What Pompeo gets right — and wrong — about China
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to the Nixon Presidential Library last week to proclaim the American opening to China a grand failure. “What do the American people have to show now 50 years on from engagement with China?” Pompeo asked. His answer: not much.China, the secretary of state intoned, had become a menacing tyranny that had succeeded economically only by robbing America of its jobs and its ideas and now threatened its freedom. Instead of continuing “the old paradigm of blind engagement with China,” Pompeo called for unrelenting pressure to force Beijing to change its ways.Whil...
'It's real.' Latinos, African Americans most likely to view pollution as a serious health threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Latinos and African Americans are more likely to view pollution as a serious health threat than other groups, according to a new statewide study by the Public Policy Institute of California.“African Americans and Latinos are more likely than others to say that air and water pollution in their part of California are very serious health threats to themselves and their families,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, in the study.Two-thirds of Californians surveyed said air pollution is a very serious or somewhat serious threat....
The Sacramento Bee
US State Department will switch out its top diplomat in Havana
The U.S. State Department will appoint Timothy Zuniga Brown as the new charge d’affaires for its embassy in Havana, the Miami Herald has learned.He will replace Mara Tekach, who in turn will take his current position as coordinator of the Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.Diplomats on foreign missions usually rotate every few years.State Department officials declined to comment on the change until the official announcement is released.Zuniga Brown has a long experience on Cuban issues. He worked at the then U.S. Interest Section in Havana in the late 1990s. He later worked at the Office of ...
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US State Department will switch out its top diplomat in HavanaThe U.S. State Department will appoint Timothy Zuniga Brown as the new charge d’affaires for its embassy in Havana, the Miami Herald has learned.He will replace Mara Tekach, who in turn will take his current position as coordinator of the Department’s Office of Cuban Affairs.Diplomats on foreign missions usually rotate every few years.State Department officials declined to comment on the change until the official announcement is released.Zuniga Brown has a long experience on Cuban issues. He worked at the then U.S. Interest Section ...
Tribune News Service
Trudy Rubin: The White House could be turning independent Voice of America into Trump radio network
In the newest White House nod to neo-authoritarianism, President Donald Trump seems bent on remaking Voice of America into Voice of Trump.This U.S.-funded network was set up in Washington, D.C., in 1942 to broadcast news of America overseas. It was never intended to be a partisan propaganda tool, like state-run Russian or Chinese overseas networks. Nor was it meant to be the voice of one political party.Rather, its mission was to present foreign audiences with nonpartisan news coverage of our country, ranging from U.S. politics and foreign policy to American culture. Under veteran journalist A...
The Philadelphia Inquirer