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US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress, in Washington, on January 6.(Reuters)

Shocked by Capitol siege, more aides, GOP backers desert Trump

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:23 PM IST
Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, became on Thursday the second member of Trump’s cabinet to resign in the aftermath of the Capitol attack, after Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary. DeVos blamed Trump’s rhetoric for the attack, calling it “unconscionable”.
Several members of Congress complained following a classified briefing on the intrusion and calling for an in-person meeting.(AP)
Several members of Congress complained following a classified briefing on the intrusion and calling for an in-person meeting.(AP)

US lawmakers say Trump administration giving few details on hack

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:46 PM IST
US Representative Stephen Lynch said it appeared US “cybersecurity experts don’t have a real sense yet in terms of the breadth of the intrusion itself.”
US president Donald Trump also assured Western European nations not to worry over recent Covid-19 spikes as vaccines ‘are on their way.’(AP)
US president Donald Trump also assured Western European nations not to worry over recent Covid-19 spikes as vaccines ‘are on their way.’(AP)

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine ‘overwhelmingly approved’, distribution to start soon, says US President Trump

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Agence France Presse | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 06:50 PM IST
Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine ‘overwhelmingly approved’, distribution to start soon, says US President Trump
A model of C919 passenger jet by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) is displayed at Aviation Expo China 2017 in Beijing, China September 19, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
A model of C919 passenger jet by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) is displayed at Aviation Expo China 2017 in Beijing, China September 19, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)

In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 10:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump has stepped up his actions in recent months against China. Ten days ago, he unveiled an executive order prohibiting US investments in Chinese companies that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military.
‘Tantrump’ could be the word of the year 2020.(REUTERS)
‘Tantrump’ could be the word of the year 2020.(REUTERS)

Witerati: Of Tantrumps, Tin Pots & TikTok

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Chetna Keer
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:44 PM IST
The new term “Tantrump” has not only imbued immortality to Donald Trump in popular vocabulary but also carries a ring of resonance in daily or desi demeanour narratives
The Trump administration has expelled at least 8,800 unaccompanied children since March.(REUTERS)
The Trump administration has expelled at least 8,800 unaccompanied children since March.(REUTERS)

Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border

Houston | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:36 PM IST
The Justice Department did not immediately say whether it would appeal. It has appealed another federal judge’s order barring the use of hotels to detain children.
There’s a belief that Biden will repair ties and coordinate China policy with traditional US allies(REUTERS)
There’s a belief that Biden will repair ties and coordinate China policy with traditional US allies(REUTERS)

China wants a reset with Biden, but won’t change its approach

By Manoj Kewalramani
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:28 PM IST
Beijing has been watching the unfolding political drama in the United States (US) with a sense of cautious optimism
President Donald Trump listens attends an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House, November 13, 2020(AP)
President Donald Trump listens attends an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House, November 13, 2020(AP)

Looking back at Trump’s presidency through his tweets

UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 07:11 AM IST
Google has a vast collection and I’ve selected a few in memory of someone who may have been exasperating, but was also often entertaining.
An automatic recount was called under the state law of Florida, which reduced the vote margin from 1,784 to 327.(REUTERS)
An automatic recount was called under the state law of Florida, which reduced the vote margin from 1,784 to 327.(REUTERS)

US Election 2020: How was Florida recount during Bush candidacy different from Trump’s challenge?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 07:27 PM IST
Republican George W. Bush was pitted against Democratic Vice-President Al Gore when the controversy surrounding Florida election results erupted.
A file photo taken on September 1 showing US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr.(AFP)
A file photo taken on September 1 showing US President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr.(AFP)

Trump challenges Pennsylvania voting, ropes in attorney general

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Trump has refused to accept the outcome of the election called for Biden unanimously by media outlets, not conceded the election and continued to file lawsuits.
A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)
A file photo US defence secretary Mark Esper with US President Donald Trump.(AFP)

Trump fires US defence secretary Mark Esper

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 09:25 AM IST
Esper was Trump’s second defence secretary. The first, James Mattis, had resigned over policy differences with the president about troops in Syria.
No president in recent memory had maintained such iron-grip allegiance from his own party as Trump, with only a handful of Republicans in Congress ever willing to cross him, fearing that they were always one presidential tweet away from a primary challenge(REUTERS)
No president in recent memory had maintained such iron-grip allegiance from his own party as Trump, with only a handful of Republicans in Congress ever willing to cross him, fearing that they were always one presidential tweet away from a primary challenge(REUTERS)

US Election 2020: Trump may have been voted out, but Trumpism lives on

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 08:18 PM IST
Trump wrung out votes from areas where he already had a core of support, in rural and small-town America. Biden did the same, only more, in urban and suburban America while also holding down Trump margins in some rural areas.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and flags during a protest in Miami on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.(AFP)
Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs and flags during a protest in Miami on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election.(AFP)

Trump’s election lawsuits playing out in these 6 states

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 06:32 AM IST
If Biden’s lead expands in the electoral college vote, few of the court cases may have a real chance to change the final outcome. Trump has scored three wins and five losses since Nov. 3. Below is a list of key court cases to watch:
All eyes are now on Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.(REUTERS)
All eyes are now on Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.(REUTERS)

Witerati: Chithi chithi gang gang

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Chetna Keer
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2020 12:01 AM IST
In pandemic’s poll season staging Donald Trump’s Theatre of the Absurd, engaging the eyeballs of India Rooting was not only team Biden-Kamala Harris’ Battle of the Ballot, but also a Battle of the Berth, at IPL 2020
An electoral official marks a voter's finger with ink after casting her ballot during the last phase of Bihar state assembly elections at a polling station in Thakurganj, November 7, 2020(AFP)
An electoral official marks a voter's finger with ink after casting her ballot during the last phase of Bihar state assembly elections at a polling station in Thakurganj, November 7, 2020(AFP)

The degeneration of electoral democracy

By Mark Tully
PUBLISHED ON NOV 07, 2020 07:32 PM IST
Elections in both india and the united states have become focused on political personalities, not policies or parties
In the eyes of his electoral base, Trump delivered on his promises, such as on stemming immigration, cutting taxes, and nominating conservative Supreme Court justices.(Bloomberg)
In the eyes of his electoral base, Trump delivered on his promises, such as on stemming immigration, cutting taxes, and nominating conservative Supreme Court justices.(Bloomberg)

Trump may go, but Trumpism is here to stay, writes Dhruva Jaishankar

By Dhruva Jaishankar
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 10:13 PM IST
A wariness of international trading agreements, overseas military commitments, and immigration regimes will persist in US positions
A combination picture of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump.(AFP file)
A combination picture of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump.(AFP file)

Biden goes on the offensive in Republican country, Trump seeks to defend turf

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 11:55 PM IST
FiveThirtyEight has Biden ahead of Trump by 1.1 percentage points, in the average of polls in Georgia, but RealClearPolitics has him trailing the president by 0.4 points.
The next step is about taking things beyond guns and gizmos(PTI)
The next step is about taking things beyond guns and gizmos(PTI)

The Delhi-DC strategic dance | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 08:19 PM IST
Defence ties are on a firm footing. Now expand tech and economic cooperation
They said the move would boost U.S. international air travel, which is down 78% year-over-year for the most recent seven-day period.(Unsplash)
They said the move would boost U.S. international air travel, which is down 78% year-over-year for the most recent seven-day period.(Unsplash)

Major airline groups push for end to coronavirus quarantines, travel bans

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:35 AM IST
The United States, state governments and some foreign countries should replace quarantines and travel bans on airline passengers with Covid-19 testing of travellers before departure and upon arrival.
Bottles with Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia.(REUTERS)
Bottles with Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia.(REUTERS)

Covid-19 vaccine updates: Trump planning on ‘enduring’ spread until vaccine rolls out

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2020 07:56 AM IST
As health ministries across the world set timelines on vaccine rollout and delivery, most governments have laid emphasis on inoculating frontline workers, high-risk age groups and vulnerable populations first.
Sangay was among the first persons whom Destro met following his appointment to the special position on Tibet by the Trump administration on Wednesday. (Photo: @Drlobsangsangay)
Sangay was among the first persons whom Destro met following his appointment to the special position on Tibet by the Trump administration on Wednesday. (Photo: @Drlobsangsangay)

Tibetan administration head meets Trump’s point man on Tibet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 10:46 PM IST
The statement said Sangay urged Destro to press the Chinese government to have a dialogue with the envoys of the Dalai Lama based on the “Middle Way Approach”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to repeal President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ if he is elected(REUTERS)
Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to repeal President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ if he is elected(REUTERS)

Joe Biden vows to repeal ‘Muslim ban’ imposed by Donald Trump admin if elected

Greenville | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2020 05:59 PM IST
In a video message to Muslim Advocates, a civil rights organisation, on Thursday, Biden also promised to push lawmakers for legislation to fight the growing spike in hate crimes in the US.
President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Pitt-Greenville Airport on October 15, 2020 in Greenville, North Carolina.(AFP photo)
President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Pitt-Greenville Airport on October 15, 2020 in Greenville, North Carolina.(AFP photo)

Donald Trump accuses Joe Biden of corruption, says he belongs to political class that enriches self

North Carolina | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2020 02:27 PM IST
Speaking at an election rally on Thursday, Trump accused Biden of constantly telling lies about his son and his deals with China. He also accused his democratic counterpart of economic treachery.
The Chinese national flag is raised during a ceremony marking the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.(REUTERS)
The Chinese national flag is raised during a ceremony marking the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.(REUTERS)

Trump administration’s new appointment to scrutinise China’s human rights violations in Tibet

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 10:22 AM IST
Destro will primarily be responsible for advancing dialogue between Beijing and the Dalai Lama and protecting the religious, cultural and linguistic identity of Tibetans, according to the State Department.
Harris did seem to have tried to be likable. She did not call Pence a clown when he interrupted her or asked him to shut up as Joe Biden had done to Trump in their debate. “I am speaking”, she had said to the vice-president politely a few times, but did not really press it(AP)
Harris did seem to have tried to be likable. She did not call Pence a clown when he interrupted her or asked him to shut up as Joe Biden had done to Trump in their debate. “I am speaking”, she had said to the vice-president politely a few times, but did not really press it(AP)

Gender stereotypes, bias shape US elections

Hindustan Times | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 06:09 AM IST
On Thursday, a day after the vice-presidential debate, he unleashed a full range of them against Senator Kamala Harris: A “monster”, a “communist” and “unlikable”.
Trump made the journey from the military hospital to the White House on a Marine One helicopter.(Twitter/@@chippermyers1)
Trump made the journey from the military hospital to the White House on a Marine One helicopter.(Twitter/@@chippermyers1)

Twitter reacts to Donald Trump removing mask for photos after returning to White House

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Budhiraja
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 08:41 PM IST
The US president tweeted that he was leaving the Walter Reed Medical Center after being treated there for Covid-19.
The fee for H-1B petitions filed by US employers was set to go up from $460 to $555 and for L visas from $460 to $805.(AFP file)
The fee for H-1B petitions filed by US employers was set to go up from $460 to $555 and for L visas from $460 to $805.(AFP file)

US judge blocks fee hike for H-1B, L-1 visas, Green Cards

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 09:31 PM IST
The fee for H-1B petitions filed by US employers was set to go up from $460 to $555 and for L visas from $460 to $805.
US President Donald Trump has ordered the US Commerce Department to deplatform both apps.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump has ordered the US Commerce Department to deplatform both apps.(REUTERS)

Trump blocks TikTok, WeChat operations in US from Sunday

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 08:58 PM IST
Commerce officials said the ban on new US downloads of TikTok could be still rescinded by President Donald Trump before it takes effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance races to clinch an agreement over the fate of its US operations.
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.(REUTERS)
A sign marks the headquarters of Moderna Therapeutics, which is developing a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.(REUTERS)

Vaccine-maker Moderna releases Covid-19 trial plan

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 07:58 PM IST
In a statement ahead of an investor meeting the company is holding on Thursday, Moderna said the trial has now enrolled 25,296 of an expected 30,000 volunteers, and more than 10,000 have received two doses of the vaccine.
Interestingly, as a subtext of the Lockdown and Unlock narratives, there has been another ‘cross’ action that has gone unsung. And it is being staged by none other than New Normal’s Digital Living Room – Zoom.(Getty Images)
Interestingly, as a subtext of the Lockdown and Unlock narratives, there has been another ‘cross’ action that has gone unsung. And it is being staged by none other than New Normal’s Digital Living Room – Zoom.(Getty Images)

Witerati: My Big Loud Indian Boom on Zoom

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Chetna Keer, Chetnakeer@yahoo.com
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:38 PM IST
The ‘Virtual as the New Real’ narrative has been unveiling a comic sub-narrative – the Big Loud Indian Cross Talk Boom on Zoom
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