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Biden has come through his first foreign policy crisis | TICKER VIEWS



By Bruce Wolpe. Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre and Ticker News US political contributor

Biden has officially handled his first foreign policy crisis – but what does this tell us?

President Biden successfully brought the war in Gaza to an end – at least for now.  How did he do it?  What does it mean for his foreign policy going forward? 

First and foremost, the past two weeks showed us how much Bide’s deep expertise – decades of it in the Senate  as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, and eight years as vice president under Barack Obama – and he brought it fully to bear on Gaza. He has seen war in Gaza before.   He knew what to do.  He knows the players.  He knew how he wanted to get there.

Biden operates more inside than outside.  He worked the phones – and not the UN.   His language with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu was very measured – in public.  It was much harder in private.  And he ratcheted it up each day — from “Israel has a right to defend itself” to “De-escalate” to “Ceasefire” – to the point where, when the moment was ripe late last week, he said: “Ceasefire. Now”.  

He will do more for Palestine but in the context of a press for a two-state solution to the conflict.

Biden stands with allies.   In the Gaza crisis, He supported Israel.  He worked with Egypt’s al-Sisi, and the Palestinian’ Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas.   And those alliances paid off.

In his broader foreign policy agenda, Biden is going forward with a “New Realism”:  the projection of American values — democracy, human rights —  together with the US  engaging with anyone in good faith to get done what can be achieved by reaching the best working relationship without compromising US values.  So this will guide what happens with Russia and China and North Korea and Iran.

With Biden, Asia is at parity with US attention to Europe and the Middle East.  The first two White House visitors were the leaders of  Japan and South Korea.

The top priorities are clear:  Rebuild US alliances.  

China:  re-engage and demand clear rules for conduct in Asia.  In fact, push back as needed –  US allies alongside pushing with Biden.  

Climate:  make decisive  progress possible. 

Iran: a deal if it can be done.  

Russia: Ukraine; cyber security; the fate of dissident Navalney.  

North Korea:  a deep effort to get Kim to roll back his nuclear arsenal.  

What Biden accomplished last week showed us how he wants to advance US interests through his presidency.

Bruce Wolpe is a Ticker News US political contributor. He’s a Senior Fellow at the US Studies Centre and has worked with Democrats in Congress during President Barack Obama's first term, and on the staff of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has also served as the former PM's chief of staff.

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BREAKING: Shots ring out at Trump rally



Donald Trump was whisked off the stage at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania after loud noises rang through the crowd.

Trump was showing off a chart of border crossing numbers when bangs started ringing through the crowd. Trump could be seen reaching with his right hand toward his neck. There appeared to be blood on his face.

He quickly ducked behind the riser as agents from his protective detail rushed the stage and screams rang out from the crowd. The bangs continued as agents tended to him on stage.

His motorcade has left the venue.

In a statement, Trump says he is “fine” and says he is being checked at a medical facility.

Donald Trump was safe, the U.S. Secret Service and his campaign said on Saturday after multiple shots rang out at a rally by the Republican presidential candidate in Pennsylvania as video showed Trump grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.
The former president had just started his speech when gunshots erupted and Trump and other rally attendees hit the deck. Secret Service agents swarmed around him and live video showed blood on the right side of Trump’s face and ear.
Trump repeatedly raised his fist in the air, with an American flag visible behind him, as security ushered him away.
“The Secret Service has implemented protective measures and the former president is safe,” a spokesperson for the agency said on X after what it called an incident.
“This is now an active Secret Service investigation and further information will be released when available.”

A map of the site, showing where the alleged gunman was situated compared to Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump was injured, but gave no other details. It was not clear how or what injuries he may have sustained.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely



Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model



With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

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