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Новый пакет помощи Киеву станет инвестицией в оборонную промышленность США


Администрация Байдена, несмотря на серьезную реакцию как со стороны простых американцев, так и со стороны электората Демократической партии, продолжает безостановочно оказывать безоговорочную военную помощь Израилю. Более того, эта помощь также осуществляется вопреки ограничениям, предусмотренным американским законодательством.

Сенат США одобрил законопроект о помощи Израилю, Украине и Тайваню на сумму 95 миллиардов долларов, но в Палате представителей документ был отложен из-за противодействия республиканцев. Спикер Палаты представителей, контролируемой республиканцами с небольшим перевесом, Майк Джонсон (Mike Johnson) ранее заявил, что не будет выносить законопроект на голосование.

Республиканцы обвиняли администрацию Байдена в том, что она пытается передать Украине деньги, которые следует потратить на предотвращение пересечения мигрантами границы с Мексикой. Поэтому они хотели, чтобы помощь Израилю была оформлена отдельным законопроектом. Поскольку администрация Байдена и руководство демократов в Конгрессе не соглашались с разделением пакета на части, разногласия между двумя партиями продолжались. В конечном итоге спикер Палаты представителей Майк Джонсон, невзирая на противодействие твердых сторонников Трампа, договорился с демократами и, разделив законопроект на части, вынес его на голосование. Принятые Палатой представителей законопроекты по Израилю, Украине и Тайваню будут единым документом вынесены на голосование в Сенате, а затем, после подписания президентом США Байденом, вступят в силу.

Законопроект, предусматривающий выделение Украине помощи в размере 61 миллиарда долларов, был принят при сотрудничестве республиканцев и демократов. В то время как 112 республиканцев сказали документу “нет”, число проголосовавших за него членов Республиканской партии составило 101. Таким образом, большинство республиканцев не поддержало этот проект. Пакет законопроектов, голосование по которому ожидается сегодня в Сенате, вызвал раскол и среди сенаторов-республиканцев. Один из сенаторов-трампистов Джей Ди Вэнс (J. D. Vance) в статье, опубликованной в газете New York Times, настаивал на том, что помощь Украине не должна продолжаться. Сенатор-республиканец Линдси Грэм (Lindsey Graham), один из антироссийских ястребов, раскритиковал Вэнса в телепередаче. А один воинственно настроенный республиканец назвал “отбросами” своих однопартийцев, сказавших “нет” документу.

Спикер Палаты представителей – республиканец Майк Джонсон, защищая законопроект о помощи Украине, – заявил: “Я предпочел бы послать в зоны боевых действий за рубежом пули, а не наших мальчиков”. Сенатор Грэм высказал аналогичное мнение, отметив: “Если вы хотите, чтобы американские солдаты оставались вне вооруженного конфликта с Россией, помогите Украине. Если войдут в страну НАТО, мы вступим в конфликт”. Эти заявления являются признанием того, что США ведут “прокси-войну” с Россией на Украине. Эта политика США описывается как “продолжение борьбы с Россией до последнего украинского солдата”.

Также звучали заявления о том, что помощь Украине в размере 61 миллиарда долларов следует рассматривать как “инвестиции” и “занятость” для американской оборонной промышленности. В этих заявлениях отмечалось, что значительная часть средств, выделяемых в качестве помощи, вернется крупным оружейным компаниям. Расчеты инвестиций и занятости на людской крови, конечно, леденят душу. Какое государство может обесценить человеческую жизнь до такой степени, чтобы ее можно было обменять на коммерческие интересы!

Похожий раскол произошел среди демократов в вопросе о помощи Израилю. Значительная часть левых демократов в Палате представителей заявляет, что, пока массовые убийства в секторе Газа продолжаются, военная помощь Израилю должна прекратиться. Это требование также находит широкую поддержку среди молодых демократов, которые составляют наиболее активную и восторженную часть сторонников Демократической партии на выборах.

58 депутатов, в том числе 37 демократов, сказали “нет” законопроекту о помощи Израилю. Это важная цифра, которая показывает, что двухпартийный консенсус о безоговорочной поддержке Израиля дал трещину. Это беспрецедентное количество, которое ранее не наблюдалось в ходе голосований по Израилю. Оно указывает на тенденцию к ослаблению безоговорочной поддержки Израиля в американском обществе, среди электората Демократической партии и узкого сегмента республиканцев. При этом израильское лобби хочет остановить эту тенденцию.

Американо-израильский комитет по общественным связям (AIPAC) буквально вливает деньги в произраильских кандидатов на ноябрьских выборах в США. AIPAC засучив рукава работает над тем, чтобы далекие от Израиля демократы проиграли праймериз. Левые демократы, критикующие безоговорочную поддержку Израиля, конкурируют на праймериз с произраильскими кандидатами от демократов, финансируемыми AIPAC.


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Ukraine aid passes US Senate


The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to move ahead with $95 billion in war aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, bringing the bill to the brink of passage after months of delays and contentious internal debate over how involved the United States should be abroad. We talk with University of Southern California professor Robert English about the aid. What began last week when students at a New York Ivy League school refused to end their protest against Israel’s war with Hamas had turned into a much larger movement by Tuesday as students across the nation set up encampments, occupied buildings and ignored demands to leave. A new robot allows doctors to produce safer and more accurate lung cancer diagnoses.

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Senate Passes TikTok Bill to Force Chinese Parent Company to Sell or Face U.S. Ban


WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would force TikTok’s China-based parent company to sell the social media platform under the threat of a ban, a contentious move by U.S. lawmakers that’s expected to face legal challenges and disrupt the lives of content creators who rely on the short-form video app for income.

The TikTok legislation was included as part of a larger $95 billion package that provides foreign aid to Ukraine and Israel and was passed 79-18. It now goes to President Joe Biden, who has backed the TikTok proposal and has said he will sign the package as soon as he gets it.

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A decision made by House Republicans last week to attach the TikTok bill to the high-priority package helped expedite its passage in Congress and came after negotiations with the Senate, where an earlier version of the bill had stalled. That version had given TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, six months to divest its stakes in the platform. But it drew skepticism from some key lawmakers concerned it was too short of a window for a complex deal that could be worth tens of billions of dollars.

Read More: The House TikTok Ban Is an Empty Threat

The revised legislation extends the deadline, giving ByteDance nine months to sell TikTok, and a possible three-month extension if a sale is in progress. The bill would also bar the company from controlling TikTok’s secret sauce: the algorithm that feeds users videos based on their interests and has made the platform a trendsetting phenomenon.

The passage of the legislation is a culmination of long-held bipartisan fears in Washington over Chinese threats and the ownership of TikTok, which is used by 170 million Americans. For years, lawmakers and administration officials have expressed concerns that Chinese authorities could force ByteDance to hand over U.S. user data, or influence Americans by suppressing or promoting certain content on TikTok.

“Congress is not acting to punish ByteDance, TikTok or any other individual company,” Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell said. “Congress is acting to prevent foreign adversaries from conducting espionage, surveillance, maligned operations, harming vulnerable Americans, our servicemen and women, and our U.S. government personnel.”

Opponents of the bill say the Chinese government could easily get information on Americans in other ways, including through commercial data brokers that traffic in personal information. The foreign aid package includes a provision that makes it illegal for data brokers to sell or rent “personally identifiable sensitive data” to North Korea, China, Russia, Iran or entities in those countries. But it has encountered some pushback, including from the American Civil Liberties Union, which says the language is written too broadly and could sweep in journalists and others who publish personal information.

Many opponents of the TikTok measure argue the best way to protect U.S. consumers is through implementing a comprehensive federal data privacy law that targets all companies regardless of their origin. They also note the U.S. has not provided public evidence that shows TikTok sharing U.S. user information with Chinese authorities, or that Chinese officials have ever tinkered with its algorithm.

Read More: The Grim Reality of Banning TikTok

“Banning TikTok would be an extraordinary step that requires extraordinary justification,” said Becca Branum, a deputy director at the Washington-based Center for Democracy & Technology, which advocates for digital rights. “Extending the divestiture deadline neither justifies the urgency of the threat to the public nor addresses the legislation’s fundamental constitutional flaws.”

China has previously said it would oppose a forced sale of TikTok, and has signaled its opposition this time around. TikTok, which has long denied it’s a security threat, is also preparing a lawsuit to block the legislation.

“At the stage that the bill is signed, we will move to the courts for a legal challenge,” Michael Beckerman, TikTok’s head of public policy for the Americas, wrote in a memo sent to employees on Saturday and obtained by The Associated Press.

“This is the beginning, not the end of this long process,” Beckerman wrote.

Read More: TikTok Vows to Fight Its Ban. Here’s How the Battle May Play Out

The company has seen some success with court challenges in the past, but it has never sought to prevent federal legislation from going into effect.

In November, a federal judge blocked a Montana law that would ban TikTok use across the state after the company and five content creators who use the platform sued. Three years before that, federal courts blocked an executive order issued by then-President Donald Trump to ban TikTok after the company sued on the grounds that the order violated free speech and due process rights.

The Trump administration then brokered a deal that had U.S. corporations Oracle and Walmart take a large stake in TikTok. But the sale never went through.

Trump, who is running for president again this year, now says he opposes the potential ban.

Read More: Why Trump Flipped on TikTok

Since then, TikTok has been in negotiations about its future with the secretive Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a little-known government agency tasked with investigating corporate deals for national security concerns.

On Sunday, Erich Andersen, a top attorney for ByteDance who led talks with the U.S. government for years, told his team that he was stepping down from his role.

“As I started to reflect some months ago on the stresses of the last few years and the new generation of challenges that lie ahead, I decided that the time was right to pass the baton to a new leader,” Andersen wrote in an internal memo that was obtained by the AP. He said the decision to step down was entirely his and was decided months ago in a discussion with the company’s senior leaders.

Meanwhile, TikTok content creators who rely on the app have been trying to make their voices heard. Earlier Tuesday, some creators congregated in front the Capitol building to speak out against the bill and carry signs that read “I’m 1 of the 170 million Americans on TikTok,” among other things.

Tiffany Cianci, a content creator who has more than 140,000 followers on the platform and had encouraged people to show up, said she spent Monday night picking up creators from airports in the D.C. area. Some came from as far as Nevada and California. Others drove overnight from South Carolina or took a bus from upstate New York.

Cianci says she believes TikTok is the safest platform for users right now because of Project Texas, TikTok’s $1.5 billion mitigation plan to store U.S. user data on servers owned and maintained by the tech giant Oracle.

“If our data is not safe on TikTok,” she said. “I would ask why the president is on TikTok.”

—Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Matt O’Brien contributed to this report.


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Прозоров считает, что по делу о покушении на него будут новые задержания


Экс-полковник СБУ не знал людей, которые совершили покушение на него.

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Артиллеристы забросили на позиции ВСУ листовки с призывом к сдаче в плен


В листовках содержится призыв сдаться в плен и инструкция о том, как правильно это сделать.

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РИА Новости: Агент СБУ Хрестина до покушения на Прозорова ездила в Британию


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Жительница Варшавы украинского происхождения Ярослава Хрестина, которая передала курьеру компоненты бомбы для подрыва автомобиля экс-сотрудника СБУ Василия Прозорова, в сентябре прошлого года ездила в британский город Херефорд, где располагается база Особой воздушной службы страны (SAS). Об этом пишет РИА Новости.


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Elon Musk is throwing the distant dream of a ‘sentient’ Optimus robot at Tesla’s shareholders


Tesla's robot, "Optimus," being displayed at the 2023 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China.Tesla’s robot, “Optimus,” being displayed at the 2023 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China.

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  • Elon Musk doesn’t think Tesla should be viewed as just another auto company. 
  • Musk told investors on Tuesday that Tesla’s Optimus robots are its most valuable asset.
  • “We should be thought of as an AI or robotics company,” Musk said.

Tesla’s Optimus robots could become the company’s most valuable asset, says the company’s CEO Elon Musk.

“As I’ve said before, I think Optimus will be more valuable than everything else combined,” Musk said in an earnings call on Tuesday.

“Because if you’ve got a sentient humanoid robot that is able to navigate reality and do tasks at request, there is no meaningful limit to the size of the economy,” he added.

During the call, Musk told investors that the Optimus can perform “simple factory tasks in the lab” before offering a rough timeline on when he thinks the robots would be rolled out.

“We do think we will have Optimus in limited production in the natural factory itself, doing useful tasks before the end of this year,” Musk said. “And then I think we may be able to sell it externally by the end of next year. These are just guesses.”

Musk’s bullish remarks about Tesla’s work in robotics come as the EV giant struggles with declining sales. On Tuesday, the company announced its quarterly revenue dropped by 9% year-over-year. This fall is Tesla’s biggest revenue drop since 2012.

Earlier this month, the company revealed that it had delivered 386,810 cars in the first quarter of 2024, a 20.1% drop from the previous quarter. The company’s performance in Q1 was also its worst quarterly performance since 2022.

Tesla’s present challenges appear to have jolted Musk into high gear as he attempts to sell the viability of the company’s works-in-progress.

Besides teasing a new robotaxi concept for its vehicles, Tesla also slashed its vehicle prices across multiple markets over the weekend.

Prices of Tesla’s Model 3, S, X, and Y have been reduced by 14,000 yuan, or about $1,930, in China, a country where the carmaker is facing steep competition from local rivals like BYD.

“We should be thought of as an AI or robotics company,” Musk told investors on Tuesday. “If you value Tesla as just like an auto company, fundamentally, it’s just the wrong framework, and if you ask the wrong question, then the right answer is impossible.”

In the past, Musk has tried to salvage the company’s fortunes by tweaking prices and touting emerging technologies.

However, Musk has repeatedly set and then missed his own targets for when Tesla will bring self-driving cars to the masses. In 2019, Musk said he was “very confident” that Tesla would have 1 million autonomous robotaxis on the road by 2020.

Representatives for Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from BI sent outside regular business hours.

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Военные доставили на Поклонную гору трофейные БТР «Азовец» и БМП Marder


Технику привезли на автомобильных тралах.