#US Congress

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The commission comprised of a former head of Google and the future chief of Amazon.(Photo Credit: Representative/Pixabay)

  • The report was released by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence
  • The commission was formed by Congress in 2018 
  • "AI will be the most powerful tool in generations for benefiting humanity," the letter read

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The remains of Khashoggi's body have still not been recovered. (Photo credit: April Brady/Project on Middle East Democracy)

  • Kamal Khashoggi was killed in 2018 after being lured to the Saudi Consulate
  • US Intelligence confirmed Saudi crown prince's involvement in the murder
  • While US sanctions were announced on 76 Saudis

US President Joe Biden has been backed for his stimulus package.(Photo Credit: AFP)

  • A letter signed by more than 150 CEOs said Biden's American Rescue Plan "provides a framework for coordinated public-private efforts to overcome COVID-19
  • Signatories included James Gorman of Morgan Stanley and David Solomon of Goldman Sachs
  • A separate letter from the Business Roundtable also called for Congress to move swiftly on economic relief

.New York, NY, USA
The week ended with optimism over stimulus package. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended unchanged at 31,494.32
  • The broad-based S&P 500 slipped 0.2% to 3,906.71
  • While the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index added 0.1% at 13,874.46

.Milwaukee, WI, USA
President Joe Biden speaks during a televised town hall event at Pabst Theater, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • "Now is the time we should spending. Now is the time to go big," Biden told CNN audience
  • His stimulus package would more than double the previous measure passed by Congress, after intense debate, in December
  • "You folks are all on the front lines and dealing with the crisis since day one," Biden said

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Kamala Harris has backed President Biden's plan. (Photo credit: Instagram/KamalaHarris)

  • Kamala Harris said the American Rescue Plan will make vaccines free
  • She said Congress needs to pass the plan
  • Earlier, she visited healthcare workers at the Washington DC VA Medical Center

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden remembered Parkland shooting victims. (Photo Credit: AFP/File)

  • Biden said he wants Congress to pass laws that would mandate background checks on all gun sales
  • He also asked Congress to outrightly ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said the House would try again

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The Senate voted 55-45 to allow witnesses but both the sides decided against it. (Photo Credit: AFP Photo)

  • Impeachment managers  agreed to admit into the record a statement from the witness
  • Republican congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler decided to testify against Trump
  • Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would vote to acquit the former president

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
The US is likely to witness its second-largest budget deficit since World War II this year (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The national debt of the US will be 100.1% of the GDP, according to the estimates made by the CBO
  • The national debt is likely to rise to $22.5 trillion in 2021
  • The debt-to-GDP ratio is expected to surpass its highest ever record, hitting 107.2%

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
President Joe Biden met with the Pentagon's top generals and civilian leaders. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI File)

  • Joe Biden promised the defense force to keep domestic politics out of the country's security
  • Biden termed China as the premier strategic threat to the United States
  • The task force was necessary "so that we can chart a strong path forward on China"