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The Speaker of the House visited Taiwan last week, setting off a heated diplomatic row between the United States and China. The event caused a rare event in American politics: Republicans and conservatives fell in love with Pelosi. Twenty-six Republican senators issued a formal commendation for the Democrat’s visit. Many more fawned over her alleged bravery.

Why has there been almost no coverage of what was taking place at the same time multi-millionaire Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was visiting Taiwan? 

Consider what is being said, as well as what is totally omitted, in the U.S. coverage of China’s naval action around Taiwan.

Amidst record inflation, global economic instability, and large portions of Americans reporting that they deeply distrust their government, some lawmakers are taking advantage of this opportunity to pounce and seize more control of our day to day lives.

One particularly insidious idea gaining steam is the completely digital dollar.

They were building a battery — a vanadium redox flow battery — based on a design created by two dozen U.S. scientists at a government lab. The batteries were about the size of a refrigerator, held enough energy to power a house, and could be used for decades. The engineers pictured people plunking them down next to their air conditioners, attaching solar panels to them, and everyone living happily ever after off the grid.

The virus - officially named Langya henipavirus (LayV) - is entirely novel, meaning it has not infected humans before. 

However, it is in the Henipavirus family, of which two species have been identified before - the Hendra virus and Nipah virus.

These produce often severe and fatal illnesses in people - and there are no vaccines or treatments.

Amid the military standoff in the Taiwan Strait triggered by the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan last week, the US is planning to send warships through the Taiwan Strait “in the coming days,” the publication of the United States Naval Institute reported Tuesday.

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A Utah-based apparel company was slammed by the Federal Trade Commission last week for an unusual violation. Lions Not Sheep was ripping out the “Made in China” labels on some clothing items and replacing them with “Made in the USA” labels.

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China’s announcement that it was suspending eight channels for cooperation and dialogue with the US following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei appears to mark a break with the country’s previously overly indulgent approach to Washington’s caprice. The Americans’ reaction, meanwhile, was as predictable as it was revealing.

Washington unsurprisingly condemned the cutting of ties and insisted it did nothing wrong in giving the go-ahead for Pelosi’s visit.