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Joe Biden to UN: The world needs democracy and unity

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday (White House photo).

In his first address to the United Nations, President Joe Biden on Tuesday delivered a defense of the importance of democracy and a plea for unity in a world fractured by rivalries, disease and climate change.

“No matter how challenging or how complex the problems we’re going to face, government by and for the people is still the best way to deliver for all of the people,” he said.

According to The New York Times, Biden sought to explain America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. “Today, many of our greatest concerns cannot be solved or even addressed by the force of arms. Bombs and bullets cannot defend against COVID-19 or its future variants,” he said to the General Assembly.

An angry reply came from Ebrahim Raisi, president of Iran. He complained that America was simply using money instead of bombs. “Sanctions are the U.S.’s new way of war with the nations of the world,” he said.

However, he did speak of his desire to restart talks that might lead to a lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s uranium enrichment program, which is considered a potential step toward the development of nuclear weapons, according to Reuters.com

COVID-19 deaths spiking again in U.S.

DEATHS from COVID-19 are spiking in the U.S, and are mostly among the unvaccinated (Shutterstock).

An average of over 1,900 Americans are now dying each day from COVID-19, according to the Associated Press. Although nearly two-thirds of Americans have received at least one “jab” of vaccine, new cases and deaths are resurging, with the highest rates of infection and death occurring in the states with the lowest rates of vaccination.

Over 70 million Americans still have not been inoculated. “There is a very real risk you’ll end up in the hospital or even the obituary pages,” said Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff of the Ohio Department of Health, about those resistant to or skeptical about the vaccine’s safety or effectiveness.

Over 670,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, more than perished in the “Spanish Flu” epidemic a century ago.

Also in the news:

  • Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary for Homeland Security, said he was “horrified” by photos of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing migrants near Del Rio, Texas. He promised to investigate that matter as well as conditions for Haitians and others at the border, UPI is reporting.
  • His nation will stop the development of new coal projects, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, as part of China’s efforts to help fight climate change, according to CNN.

Sports: Dodgers win, Angels are eliminated

With a run in the top of the 10th inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers (97-54) kept the pressure on the San Francisco Giants in the tight National League West race.

Pinch-hitter Albert Pujols singled in what proved to be the winning run to give the Blue Crew a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night.

The San Francisco Giants (98-53) stayed one game ahead of the Dodgers with a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

With a 10-5 loss to the Houston Astros in Anaheim Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Angels were officially eliminated from any chance at getting a wild card berth.

The Halos (72-79) fell behind early, trailing 10-1 at one point. The highlight of a dismal night was that Shohei Ohtani hit his 45th homer of the season. Also going deep for the Halos was Jack Mayfield (his 10th of the season) and Phil Gosselin (seventh).

Weather: Hotter than expected

Things got a little warmer than expected in the West Orange County area on Tuesday, hitting 95 degrees, compared to the forecast of 90.  Thursday’s outlook calls for continued sunny skies and a daytime high of 92 (overnight low of 66). The heat should break by Thursday, with a high of 81, dropping to the mid-70s by the weekend. In coastal Huntington Beach, daily highs should be seven degrees cooler until Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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