Jindal to respond to Obama’s first State of Union address
Thrust into the spotlight as a Republican rising star, Louisiana’s Indian-American Governor Bobby Jindal is set to deliver the party’s response to the first State of the Union address by President Barack Obama in what could be a defining moment in his political career.
The Republicans, vanquished in the 2008 presidential polls, has entrusted the once little-known Congressman with key task of delivering the party’s televised response to Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress.
The first-term charismatic Governor is a rising star in the Republican party, who is increasingly popping up on talk shows and at events outside his state. That is leading to speculation that Jindal, 37, is being urged to run for the presidency, US media reported ahead of his speech tonight.
On Sunday, Jindal, once touted as a front-runner on Senator John McCain’s shortlist of running mates, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, plotting a future for the national party.
“Look, our Republican party got fired ... We became the party that defended spending, corruption that we never should’ve tolerated, and we stopped offering relevant solutions to the problems that Americans care about,” he said.
“I think now is the time and it’s a great opportunity for Republican Governors and other leaders to offer conservative-based solutions to the problems.”
Ghislaine Maxwell, is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday for her December conviction for helping her then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, the globe-trotting financier and convicted sex offender, abuse girls between 1994 and 2004. Prosecutors say she deserves between 30 and 55 years in prison. She told psychology staff she was not suicidal. Prosecutors said the jail's warden will oversee an investigation. Maxwell wants less than 20 years, arguing she is being scapegoated for Epstein's crimes.
World leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin's tough-man image at a G7 lunch in Germany on Sunday, joking about whether they should strip down to shirtsleeves -- or even less. "Jackets on? Jackets off? Do we take our coats off?" The leaders -- from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the European Union -- pondered the dilemma. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson interjected: "We've got to show them our pecs."
South African police are investigating the deaths of at least 20 people at a nightclub in the coastal town of East London early Sunday. “At this point we cannot confirm the cause of death,” said health department spokesperson Siyanda Manana. Police Minister Bheki Cele was on Sunday morning expected to visit the scene. The owner of the club, Siyakhangela Ndevu, told local broadcaster eNCA that he had been called to the scene early Sunday morning.
Politicians representing a parliamentary majority on Saturday voiced support for a bill enshrining abortion rights in France's constitution, after the US Supreme Court revoked the nationwide legal protection for American people to terminate pregnancies. The landmark ruling by the conservative-majority court on Friday overturned almost five decades of constitutional protections for abortion in the United States, allowing individual states to regulate the procedure. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said the government would support the bill “wholeheartedly”.
US President Joe Biden announced on Sunday a G7 project to rival China's Belt and Road Initiative by raising some $600 billion for global infrastructure programmes in poor countries. “Together with G7 partners, we aim to mobilise $600 billion by 2027 in global infrastructure investments,” the White House said shortly ahead of a speech by Biden unveiling the proposal.