The US House of Representatives will initiate a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, as announced by Kevin McCarthy, the House’s most senior Republican.
McCarthy specified that the inquiry’s focus would center on “allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption” attributed to President Biden.
Republicans have been actively investigating President Biden’s actions since they gained control of the House in January. Despite months of scrutiny, no concrete evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden has been uncovered. However, the investigations have shed more light on the business dealings of President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, which Republicans find questionable, and President Biden’s knowledge of his son’s activities.
At a press conference held at the US Capitol, McCarthy asserted that there were “serious and credible” allegations related to the President’s conduct, which, when considered together, suggest a “culture of corruption.” The White House swiftly condemned McCarthy’s decision, with spokesperson Ian Sams stating that House Republicans have investigated the President for nine months and found no evidence of wrongdoing, labeling it “extreme politics at its worst.”
Hunter Biden is currently under federal investigation for potential tax crimes associated with his foreign business interests.
This impeachment inquiry grants congressional investigators greater legal authority, including the issuance of subpoenas for documents and testimony enforceable in court. The US Constitution permits a president’s impeachment for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors.” The process could lead to an impeachment vote in the House, followed by a Senate trial, which is a political, not criminal, procedure.
Democrats hold the Senate majority and would likely block the proceedings if it advances to that stage. McCarthy’s move to support impeachment could be seen as an attempt to garner support from right-wing House Republicans amid ongoing budget negotiations.
China’s property market crisis worsens
The Chinese property market is currently facing a crisis, with major developers like Evergrande and Country Garden experiencing significant financial challenges.
This alarming situation has garnered global attention due to its potential impact on the Chinese and international economies.
Evergrande, one of China’s largest property developers, has been struggling with a massive debt burden, exceeding $300 billion. This has raised concerns about the company’s ability to meet its financial obligations, causing a ripple effect across the property market. Country Garden, another prominent player in the industry, is also facing mounting debt pressures, further exacerbating the crisis.
The property market’s decline can be attributed to several factors, including government policies aimed at curbing excessive borrowing, a slowing economy, and a general shift towards more sustainable and affordable housing options.
These challenges have created uncertainty in the market, leading to a decrease in property sales and declining developer revenues.
The implications of this crisis extend beyond the property sector, with potential repercussions for the broader Chinese economy. #ticker today #featured
What life’s like for Ukrainian citizens as war rages
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will highlight the NATO alliance’s ongoing support for Ukraine in its war with Russia in Europe.
The war between Israel and Hamas and heightened tensions in the wider Middle East have raised concerns that Washington cannot sustain the level of military and diplomatic support it has given Ukraine since Russia’s February 2022 full-scale invasion.
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs James O’Brien also told reporters that Blinken, who departed on Monday for Brussels, will highlight the ongoing commitment of the United States and its allies as he takes part in the first foreign minister-level meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Council in Brussels.
“This is part of the process of finding a place in the alliance, which we’ve always said is Ukraine’s future,” he said. #featured
Black Friday shoppers spent a record $9.8 billion in U.S. online sales
Retailers are seeing big numbers as the 2023 holiday shopping season kicks off.
Black Friday kicked off the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.
So far, shoppers spent a record $9.8 billion in U.S. online sales.
That’s up 7.5% from last year.
Qendresa Ibrahimi, the Influencer Marketing Director with EvenSkyn joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #InAmericaToday #featured #BlackFriday #CyberMonday #retail #sales #retailssales #holiday #shopping
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