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U.S VP: ‘If we don’t stand up for our democracy, I mean, what do we have left worth fighting for?’



Just days into her new role of advancing voter protections, Vice President Kamala Harris has advocated to her fellow American’s fundamental election rights.

It comes off the back of President Joe Biden announcing last week that he asked Harris to lead these efforts, over his administration’s concerns that voter rights are under assault.

Harris’s new role involves overseeing the progress of the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act” and the “For the People Act”, both of which may not pass despite Democratic majorities.

“These laws that are being passed are so transparently going to have the effect of impeding, suppressing and making it more difficult for people to vote,” Harris said during a news conference in Mexico City.

The bills follow Biden’s urgent efforts to reverse increasingly restrictive voting laws in Republican-controlled states.

Harris believes the right to vote is the cornerstone of who Americans say they are.

Harris says she will visit U.S/Mexico border

During her first international trip, Harris addressed U.S. President Joe Biden’s goals to curb migration at the southern border, naming the most pressing causes of migration from the Central America.

Mike Shanley, CEO, Aid Connect Data breaks down Harris Administration policy to address the migration issue at the US/Mexico border.

Harris, currently on the second half of her international tour of Guatemala and Mexico, recently told migrants “not to come to U.S”

This was said at a press conference with Guatemala’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, the former California senator spoke about investigating corruption and human trafficking in Central America.

“It’s an interesting statement because it definitely pushed the administration a bit more towards the centre. I know with with the administration came in on the right, there was some concerns that the policies would be too far left,” Shanley says.

“With comments like that, it definitely looks like they’re looking to move the policy more towards the centre, especially we’re past the 100 days mark.”

“In the US. We’ve already started the talks of the next election cycle for 2022. So, you know, comments like that. One consideration is always the next election cycle, and it’ll be the midterms, but how that’s going to affect congressional races and obviously, they would like the democrats to maintain a majority in both houses,” Mike concluded.

Will the foreign aid go directly to the Central American governments?

What role does the US hope Mexico will play?

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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.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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