The Daily Populous

Sunday August 7th, 2022 day edition

image for Taiwan: US hits out at 'irresponsible' China amid attack rehearsal claims

The United States has accused Beijing of "provocative" and "irresponsible" actions after Taiwan said China rehearsed an attack on the island.

Taiwan said it responded to the Chinese drills, now in their fourth day, by deploying aircraft and ships on Sunday.

The heightened tensions follow a trip to Taiwan by a US delegation led by senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

China views the visit as a challenge to its claims of sovereignty over Taiwan, which sees itself as distinct.

Speaking to reporters in Taipei, premier Su Tseng-chang accused China of "arrogantly" using the exercises to disrupt regional stability and appealed for restraint from the Chinese side.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of taking "irresponsible steps" by blocking key communication channels with Washington.

The island has its own constitution, democratically elected leaders, and about 300,000 active troops in its armed forces. »

Harris breaks 50-50 deadlock to advance landmark climate, tax, health bill

Authored by

The Senate voted 51 to 50 to proceed to the 755-page bill, after Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at the Capitol to cast the tie-breaking vote.

The vote puts the bill on a trajectory to pass the Senate sometime Sunday, barring an unexpected setback, such as the sudden absence of a Democratic senator.

It would extend expiring health insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act another three years at a cost of $64 billion. »

Activision Blizzard earned more on mobile games last quarter than PC and consoles combined

Authored by

Activision Blizzard earned $332 million on the PC during the quarter, and $376 million on combined console sales.

Under the "mobile and ancillary" category, however—which Activision Blizzard said "primarily include revenues from mobile devices"—the company pulled in a whopping $831 million for the quarter.

It's quite a shift from the same quarter in 2021, when console and mobile revenues were much more closely aligned. »

Democrats’ Long-Sought Plan for Lowering Drug Costs Is at Hand

Authored by

Still, the measure would not deliver every tool that Democrats would like for reining in prescription drug costs.

Prescription drug prices in the United States are far higher than those in other countries.

A 2021 report from the RAND Corporation found that drug prices in this country were more than seven times as high as in Turkey, for instance. »