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US Senate passes $1tn bipartisan infrastructure bill – live

“This is a story about courageous woman” – White House on Cuomo quitting


White House press secretary Jen Psaki is now beginning her media briefing. She started by praising the passing of the infrastructure bill in the US Senate about an hour ago.

She said US president Joe Biden is paying attention to the bipartisan aspect of the bill, after 19 Republicans joined the entire Democratic caucus in the upper chamber to pass the $1tr bill.

But she pointed out that even more importantly, the administration believes the legislation will “deliver huge benefits” to people in the US, creating “millions of jobs”.

She added that the legislation was expected to benefit the environment and deliver clean drinking water and high speed internet to more Americans.

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Cuomo resigns in wake of damning report on sexual harassment

The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, has resigned following an investigation by the state attorney general that found he sexually harassed multiple women, most of whom worked for him, and also retaliated after some made complaints.

Delivering a prepared statement today, Cuomo continued to defend his actions, but he said he now considered his resignation to be in the best interest of New Yorkers and the state government.

“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing. And therefore, that’s what I’ll do,” Cuomo said, noting the resignation will take effect in 14 days.


“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing. And therefore, that’s what I’ll do,” New York Gov. Cuomo says. pic.twitter.com/Z1edfCJa3z

August 10, 2021

The Democratic governor had lost the support of the party establishment, with Joe Biden calling on Cuomo to resign and similar demands issued by House speaker Nancy Pelosi, both of New York’s US Senators – one of whom is Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer – two Democratic New York congressmen, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and a host of Republicans in Washington DC.

Cuomo’s own No 2, the New York lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, had called his conduct “repulsive and unlawful”.

His political future was dangling by a thread amid moves to impeach the governor and force him from office by the New York legislative assembly in the state capital of Albany.


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UN climate report raises pressure on Biden to seize a rare moment

A stark UN report on how humanity has caused unprecedented, and in some cases “irreversible”, changes to the world’s climate has heaped further pressure on Joe Biden to deliver upon what may be his sole chance to pass significant legislation to confront the climate crisis and break a decade of American political inertia.

The US president said the release on Monday of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report showed that “we can’t wait to tackle the climate crisis. The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. And the cost of inaction keeps mounting.”

The IPCC report, developed over the past eight years by scientists who combed over more than 14,000 studies, shows that the US, like the rest of the world, is running out of time to avoid disastrous climate impacts, with a critical global heating threshold of 1.5C to be breached far earlier than previously expected, potentially within a decade.

“This is not a future problem, it’s a problem now. I’m literally seeing climate change out of my window, climate change is in my lungs,” said Linda Mearns, an IPCC report co-author located in Boulder, Colorado, which has been baked in extreme heat and wildfire smoke in recent weeks.

Mearns, who has been involved in IPCC reports since 1990, said the latest iteration was “very through and disturbing” and demanded a strong response.

“I’m not sure what will be required for people to get it, but my hope is that it will galvanize everyone in Glasgow to meet their agreements,” she added in reference to UN climate talks between world leaders in October.


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