Politics Rahm Emanuel's Ambassador Nomination by Joe Biden Angers Progressives
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The diplomatic row came over a broken contract by Australia to buy French submarines in the wake of a new security pact by Australia, the US and the UK.Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.
The prospect of former White House chief of staffbecoming U.S. ambassador to has angered progressives who point to the legacy of the when he was mayor of .
In August, Presidentannounced his intention to nominate Emanuel for the envoy role and Nicholas Burns as ambassador to China, in appointments that had been in the works for months, according to .
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But critics have said Emanuel should be disqualified from consideration because under his mayoral administration, Chicago city lawyersof , a Black teenager who was shot 16 times in the back by a police officer in 2014.
Facing accusations he was involved in a cover-up, Emanuel apologized in 2015 for the circumstances surrounding the death, including that it took 13 months before police dashboard camera video of the incident.
But he rejected calls to step down and has always denied he was involved in keeping the video from being released.
Last month the Chicago Tribune, which has condemned moves to appoint Emanuel to the ambassador role, pointed to a poll from 2016 that suggested more than two-thirds of people said he was not justified in withholding the shooting video.
Biden turns to Colorado to pitch investments in clean energy
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — While legislators craft the details back in Washington, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package with a visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado to highlight how the investments in clean energy in his massive spending package would help combat climate change. The trip to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver will cap off the president’s two-day swing to the West, and offer Biden the chance to continue linking the need to pass the massive spending package to the urgent threat posed by climate change.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel's inclusion on a White House list of ambassadorial nominations formally sent to the Senate for approval has sparked further outrage which has been building ever since his name was mentioned in connection with the envoy role.
New York congresswoman, who has been a vehement critic of his appointment, reiterated her criticism on Tuesday tweeting: "This continues to be one of the most bizarre campaigns / uses of energy in Washington. Once again, Senate should vote NO on confirming Rahm Emanuel."
Representative(D-MO) tweeted that Emanuel "should be disqualified from any public office for covering up the murder of Laquan McDonald," adding, "the Senate needs to do the right thing and block his nomination."
Emanuel, who was a chief of staff to former Presidentand a senior adviser to President , could face questions during his confirmation hearing about the shooting as well as crime levels in Chicago when he was mayor.
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Major business groups oppose raising corporate taxes to pay for the bill while some industries have come out against specific parts of proposal.Advocacy groups are drawing battle lines in opposition to parts of the bill aiming to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals, lower prices on prescription drugs and combat climate change. The fights that could trim or threaten to kill the legislation will play out in the coming days and weeks as committees rush to meet a Wednesday deadline for drafting legislation.
New York congressman, who last month condemned the nomination, made a direct appeal to lawmakers, tweeting, "you can value Black life, or you can confirm Rahm Emanuel to an ambassadorship. Pick one."
The Progressive activist group Roots Action has launched an email campaign to encourage people to urge their U.S. senators to vote "no" on Emanuel's nomination.
Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.
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