The White House says that while Biden was responding to a hypothetical, he did not announce any policy changes on Taiwan

In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, Biden reiterated his previous commitment to defend Taiwan in the event of an invasion, though he specified that “the men and women of the United States” would be involved in the effort. The comments marked another instance of the president venturing beyond the US’s longstanding … Read more

Gap lays off 500 workers as challenges mount

New York CNN business — An estimated 500 corporate jobs are being cut at Gap, adding to the woes the giant retailer is currently facing. The cuts include a mix of layoffs and job openings at the company’s corporate offices in New York, San Francisco and Asia, according to a person familiar with the situation. … Read more

The FTC is investigating Amazon’s $1.7 billion acquisition of Roomba maker iRobot

On Monday, the FTC asked the two companies for more information about the $1.7 billion deal, according to an investor in iRobot, known as a “second request” and an indication of deeper scrutiny by antitrust officials. The investigation underscores how FTC officials are closely scrutinizing Amazon’s merger activity following calls by consumer advocates to block … Read more

Delaware braces for possible migrant arrivals after news of planned flight from Texas

CNN — Volunteers and state officials in Delaware began preparing Tuesday after reports and flight plans surfaced suggesting a plane hired last week to take migrants to Martha’s Vineyard was about to bring another group of migrants to the president’s home state. By Tuesday afternoon, however, there was no sign of such a flight, and … Read more

Montana says he will comply with the court’s order to use a less stringent process to change birth certificates

CNN — Montana will comply with a court order requiring residents to implement a process that makes it easier for residents to change the sex designations on birth certificates, the state health department said Monday, abandoning a recent effort to impose stricter rules on the process of changing records. . “The department has received a … Read more

Feeding our future: DOJ charges 47 people with stealing $250 million from pandemic meal program

CNN — The Justice Department announced charges Tuesday against 47 people accused of stealing $250 million from a federal program designed to provide meals to needy children during the pandemic. According to the department, the scheme is the largest fraud related to Covid-19 that investigators have uncovered to date. The defendants face a variety of … Read more

Biden has renewed his call for Congress to pass a bill to channel dark money into campaigns

CNN — President Joe Biden on Tuesday renewed his push for Congress to pass a bill aimed at targeting dark money in political campaigns, although the legislation is expected to fail this week due to Republican opposition. “There is too much money in the shadows to influence our elections. It is called dark money. It’s … Read more

‘Andor’ review: ‘Star Wars’ revives Diego Luna’s character in slow-motion prequel to ‘Rogue One’

CNN — A prequel to a prequel, “Andor” has a stark tone and looks to the “Star Wars” universe as much to the washed-out landscape of “Blade Runner” as to George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away. However, the promise that comes with it is mostly lost in the weak story, essentially stretching out what would … Read more