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Crypto faces existential threat as crackdown gathers steam

Cryptocurrency firms are fighting for lobbyists and fielding subpoenas in what could be an existential fight over how the multitrillion-dollar industry should be regulated.

Fed signals bond-buying taper may start soon, split on 2022 hike

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could begin scaling back asset purchases as soon as November and complete the process by mid-2022, after officials revealed a growing inclination to raise interest rates next year.

Trump’s lawsuit against New York Times and his niece is a ‘stunt,’ her lawyer...

Former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece over an investigative report on his tax avoidance for which she provided documents is just his “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.

Hong Kong quietly widens national security law with subtle shift

Hong Kong has quietly broadened the language it uses to describe national security violations, a shift lawyers said could expand the reach of a government crackdown on dissent in the Asian financial hub.

Taliban name UN ambassador and ask to address General Assembly

The Taliban nominated Mohammad Suhail Shaheen to be Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations and requested that their foreign minister be allowed to address the U.N. General Assembly taking place this week in New York.

Biden plans donation of 500 million Pfizer shots, doubling goal

President Joe Biden plans to announce an order of 500 million doses of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the matter, as the president looks to increase donations of shots abroad and ward off criticism about U.S. plans for boosters.

Biden vows to beat COVID and climate change in debut speech to UN General...

President Joe Biden passionately called on world leaders to work together to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and address the challenge of climate change in his first address as president to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday morning.

Johnson & Johnson’s booster shot prevents severe infection

A booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine provided 100% protection against severe disease when given two months after the first inoculation, according to widely anticipated data that suggests it increases the potency of the one-time shot.

5 ways to maximize your Social Security payments

Social Security provides a secure, fixed income to retirees and others, helping many to afford their golden years. Given the fact that you get reliable money for the rest of your life, many people want to max out their monthly check. But how do you do that?

China’s neighbors worry Australia nuclear sub deal will disrupt region

France isn’t the only country upset about a new security pact between the U.S., U.K. and Australia: Some Southeast Asian nations are also worried the partnership could provoke China and spur a regional arms race.

GOP and Democrats both top $12 million in August fundraising

The Republican National Committee raised $12.2 million in August, equaling its Democratic rival while leaving it with more money in the bank as the two parties seek a financial edge before the 2022 midterm elections, according to their latest filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Fauci says ‘mix and match’ strategy for COVID-19 vaccine boosters still on the table

The federal government may determine in the coming weeks that Americans can “mix and match” their initial COVID-19 vaccine with booster shots from a different manufacturer, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday.

US to open air travel to most vaccinated foreign passengers

The U.S. will soon allow entry to most foreign air travelers as long as they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — while adding a testing requirement for unvaccinated Americans and barring entry for foreigners who haven’t gotten shots.

North Korea warns of ‘nuclear arms race’ after AUKUS subs deal

North Korea warned of a “nuclear arms race” after the U.S. and U.K. agreed to give Australia technology to build nuclear-powered submarines, and vowed to take counteraction for any adverse impact on its own security.

Xi’s celebrity crackdown no match for Universal Studios in China

As President Xi Jinping’s government looks to tame China’s celebrities, the popularity of a new Universal Studios theme park in Beijing shows Hollywood’s enduring soft power among the nation’s 1.4 billion people.

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Former Trump aides subpoenaed by Capitol riot probe panel

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and three other of former President Donald Trump’s advisers were subpoenaed Thursday by the select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

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Interior’s Haaland hints at limits on fossil fuel extraction

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suggested a sharply limited role for fossil fuel extraction on U.S. federal lands and waters in her most expansive comments yet on the administration’s overhaul of oil and gas leasing.