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Andrew Yang condemns FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence

  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang condemned the FBI’s recent raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, saying that the decision “seems political” in nature.
  • “I’m no Trump fan. I want him as far away from the White House as possible. But a fundamental part of his appeal has been that it’s him against a corrupt government establishment. This raid strengthens that case for millions of Americans who will see this as unjust persecution,” Yang wrote about Monday's raid.
  • “It seems like this was authorized by a local judge and a particular FBI office without buy-in or notification of higher levels of government,” the former presidential candidate added in a follow-up tweet. “But literally no one will believe that or make a distinction. It’s probably bureaucratic but it seems political.”
  • Citing two unnamed sources, CBS News noted that FBI agents only took boxes and documents and did not appear to have taken any electronics from the property during the raid.
  • Speaking to TMZ Live on Wednesday, Yang said that if the FBI does not uncover any “really strong” evidence against Trump, the recent raid will look like a political attack on the former president.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has condemned the FBI’s recent raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, saying the decision “seems political” in nature.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Yang, 47, wrote that although he is “no Trump fan,” the raid on the former U.S. president’s Palm Beach residence could be viewed as “unjust persecution” by millions of Americans.

University of Michigan appoints Santa Ono, its first Asian American president

  • On Wednesday, the University of Michigan appointed 59-year-old Santa Ono as its first Asian American president following a unanimous vote by the school’s board of regents.
  • Ono, former president of the University of Cincinnati and current president and vice-chancellor at the University of British Columbia, is replacing former University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, who was removed from his position due to allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a colleague.
  • “It is a singular honor to be chosen to lead such an extraordinary institution,” the biomedical researcher and former professor said of his appointment. “I look forward to embracing the university community and supporting their education, scholarship, innovation and service.”
  • Board of regents member Sarah Hubbard said in a statement that Ono was selected after an extensive search by the school board.

The University of Michigan appointed its first Asian American president on Wednesday.

Santa Ono, former president of the University of Cincinnati and current president and vice-chancellor at the University of British Columbia, was appointed following a unanimous vote by the school’s board of regents. 

Deposed Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa denied US visa, flees to the Maldives via jet

  • Deposed Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has reportedly fled to the Maldives with his family on a military jet, days after being denied a visitor's visa by the U.S. embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Rajapaksa had requested a visa to travel to California over the weekend after fleeing the presidential palace, which was stormed by angry protesters on Sunday.
  • “It was made very clear to him that there will be no visa for him,” a representative from the embassy was quoted by SBS as saying. “He could go there as a head of state without a visa, but the current circumstances are different.”
  • Rajapaksa and his brother’s earlier attempt to flee the country was also foiled by airport staff and angry locals who blocked them from boarding a flight to Dubai.
  • On Wednesday, the country’s air force confirmed that Rajapaksa had flown to the Maldives with his wife and two security officials.

Deposed Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reportedly flew to the Maldives on a military jet, days after being denied a visitor’s visa by the U.S. embassy in Colombo. 

Rajapaksa, who fled the presidential palace after it was stormed by angry protesters on Saturday, had requested a visa to travel to California over the weekend.

Matthew McConaughey as US president could get country out of current ‘mess,’ says Andrew Yang

  • Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, 47, believes that actor Matthew McConaughey, 52, could potentially get the United States out of its current “mess” if he runs for president in 2024.
  • Speaking with comedian guest Shane Gillis while recording an episode of Yang’s podcast “Forward with Andrew Yang” on Monday, the businessman-turned-political candidate opened up about the state of the country’s two political parties.
  • Yang then declared that there needs to be a “positive ex-institutional energy that comes up and ends up being this third force in American politics.”
  • The person he cited as his ideal candidate was McConaughey, whom he described as someone who comes from “outside the institutions, but he’s not an assh*le in the same way Trump is.”
  • “So I look at someone like that and think, ‘God, that’s the kind of figure that we need to get us out of this mess,'” Yang said.
  • Other people Yang thinks could fall under the “ex-institutional” candidate category include Mark Cuban, The Rock and Oprah Winfrey.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang believes that actor Matthew McConaughey could potentially get the United States out of its current “mess” if he runs for president in 2024.

Speaking with comedian guest Shane Gillis while recording an episode of Yang’s podcast “Forward with Andrew Yang” on Monday, the 47-year-old businessman-turned-political candidate opened up about the state of the country’s two political parties.

Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. inaugurated as 17th president of the Philippines

  • Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was sworn in as the Philippines’ 17th president on Thursday.
  • Marcos, also known as BBM, won the May 9 election with 31,629,783 votes, or 58.77% of the electorate.
  • Marcos steered his 2022 campaign with a promise of unity and progress.
  • Around 5,000 supporters gathered to watch the new chief executive’s inauguration at the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was sworn in as Manila’s 17th chief executive on Thursday.

Marcos Jr., who goes by the moniker BBM, won the country’s presidential election on May 9 with 31,629,783 votes, which constituted 58.77% of the electorate.

‘Sounds cooler in English’: South Korean president’s unnecessary mixing of languages annoys citizens

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  • South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s “unnecessary” use and praise of English has some citizens alleging he has a “complex.”
  • Yoon has been heard using English terms on several occasions, even when the events did not call for a mixing of languages.
  • In a meeting on June 10, the president stated that “When you say ‘National Memorial Park’ in English, it sounds cool, but when you say ‘Gukrip Chumo Gongwon,’” referring to the Korean equivalent of the name, “it doesn’t.”
  • A representative from Yoon’s main opposition party told viewers on a radio show that Yoon appears to have “some sort of complex about English.”
  • The Sejong Institute of Korean Language and Culture Director Kim Seul-ong also argued that the president had a responsibility as the country’s leader to speak in a way that is most accessible to the public.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s “unnecessary” use and praise of English has some citizens alleging he has a “complex.”  

Yoon has been heard using English terms on several occasions, even when the events did not call for a mixing of languages.

Biden Deputy Assistant Erika Moritsugu on why the White House now uses ‘AANHPI’ instead of ‘AAPI’

Erika L. Moritsugu
  • Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Senior Liaison Erika Moritsugu spoke to NextShark about the Biden presidency one year in.
  • Inclusivity and acknowledgement of the diverse realities of AANHPIs in America have been key to the White House’s priorities, says Moritsugu.

One year into the Biden Administration, Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Senior Liaison Erika Moritsugu reflected on the efforts of the White House to better serve our communities. 

Committed to Asian American communities

Heavily-armed California man with TikTok ‘hit list,’ including Biden, Obama, Fauci, in custody

White House Hit List
  • Authorities found an AR-15-type rifle inside Kuachua Brillion Xiong’s vehicle after he was pulled over for “driving aggressively” in Iowa on Dec. 21.
  • Investigators also uncovered several items inside his car, including a TikTok hit list containing 100 names, including President Joe Biden, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Xiong planned to enter through a White House security “weak spot” to fight “evil demons.”
  • He was charged with one count of making threats against a former president of the United States.

A heavily-armed man who was allegedly on his way to the White House to kill figures of authority – such as President Joe Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Barack Obama – has been arrested in Iowa.

Cass County Sheriff’s Department arrested Kuachua Brillion Xiong, 25, a recently fired grocery store employee from Merced, California, for “driving aggressively” on Interstate 80 in Cass County, Iowa, on Dec. 21, the Los Angeles Times reported.

China’s government responds after Trump says it ‘destroyed the world’ with COVID, Xi is a ‘killer’

Trump & Chinese Chinese President Xi Jinping
  • Former President Donald Trump said President Xi Jinping is a "killer" who "destroyed the world" in an interview with Fox News.
  • But he doesn't think that the U.S. should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
  • A spokesperson from China's Foreign Ministry said that Trump’s allegations are “just nonsense.”

Former President Donald Trump said in a recent Fox News interview that Chinese President Xi Jinping is a “killer” who “destroyed the world” after the way China handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump’s claims

‘Korean culture is dominating the world’: South Korean President Moon congratulates BTS on AMA win

BTS Congratulated by South Korean President

South Korean President Moon Jae-in tweeted a congratulatory message for BTS after they won the 2021 “Artist of the Year” award at the American Music Awards (AMAs).

Korea’s soft power: President Moon celebrated the K-pop band’s historical AMAs win by congratulating and thanking BTS on his official Twitter account on Nov. 22. 

Third-ever historical resolution by CCP paves way for Chinese President Xi Jinping to have third term

President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to rule for a third consecutive term — a period of at least five more years — with the passing of a landmark resolution that celebrates his work and puts him on par with former leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

A historical resolution: The resolution, which was passed on Nov. 11, is    is reportedly the third of its kind in the 100-year history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with Mao passing the first in 1945 and Deng passing the second in 1981.