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Climate talks grow tense as U.S. resists Europe’s plan for aid

“The U.S. might end up being isolated from the entire conversation, and therefore has no other choice but to come on board,” Tuvalu Finance Minister Seve Paeniu told reporters Friday. The EU proposal also calls for China to play a role in contributing money to a fund to offset climate damages — a condition the …


Biden will ask Supreme Court to revive student debt relief plan

The various emergency requests by the Biden administration tee up what could be the most consequential Supreme Court showdown yet over President Joe Biden’s debt relief policy in the coming weeks. Justice Amy Coney Barrett has twice rejected preliminary requests in other lawsuits to block Biden’s debt relief program. But neither case had addressed the …


‘I do not plan to be involved in politics’

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, who was a senior White House adviser during the Trump administration, says she’s taking a break from politics. Former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter did not attend his speech Tuesday night at his Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where he announced his 2024 bid for the White House. She said later that she …


Federal judge declares Biden’s student debt relief plan unlawful

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful and must be vacated, delivering a victory to conservative opponents of the program. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman, an appointee of former Republican President Donald Trump in Fort Worth, …


California pushes a new plan cutting rooftop solar subsidies

California is poised to reduce payments to homes and businesses that go solar for clean electricity they supply to the power grid — a landmark shift in how the state promotes a crucial technology for fighting climate change. The Public Utilities Commission’s proposal would keep the payment rates higher — at least for a few …


China promises change but sticks to severe ‘zero COVID’ plan

BEIJING —  Chinese leaders promised Thursday to improve quarantine and other anti-virus policies after public frustration boiled over into protests but said they will stick to a severe “zero COVID” strategy that has confined millions of people to their homes and disrupted the economy. President Xi Jinping’s government is enforcing some of the world’s most extreme …