One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot towards China

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 officials made it clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that … Read more

Senate vote on tax and climate bill: Live updates

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warmingmoderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers … Read more

Biden steps out of the room and finds legacy-defining wins

WASHINGTON (AP) – Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it. A summer legislative blitz has sent bipartisan … Read more

Senate referee rules weakens Dem drug plan in economic bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats’ plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden’s top domestic goals. Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan rules arbiter, … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebooking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – US Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion. of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more

5 things to know for August 3: Primaries, Taiwan, Monkeypox, January 6, Kentucky

CNN – US veterans service organizations are breathing a sigh of relief after the Senate passed a long sought-after bill on Tuesday to expand care for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. The legislation now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. Here’s what you need to know Get … Read more

EXPLAINER: Who was al-Zawahri – and why did the US kill him?

WASHINGTON (AP) – A US drone strike Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in Afghanistan this weekend, who helped Osama bin Laden plot the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and helped al-Qaida survive and spread in the years after. By finding and striking al-Zawahiri, President Joe Biden said, the US was ensuring that Afghanistan … Read more

Enough of Joe Biden’s ‘He said-Xi said’

In a sign of how far and fast relations between China and the United States are falling, the nations can’t even agree on what their leaders said to each other in a conversation. It’s a tale of two versions of one telephone call. The White House insists President Biden scolded Chinese President Xi Jinping about … Read more

Inflation stokes demand at food banks, hitting Biden’s plan to end hunger by 2030

Nearly half of America’s food banks describe rising numbers of people lining up for handouts, as inflation puts pantry basics out of reach and the Biden administration’s eight-year anti-hunger plan comes unstuck. Householders across the US told that eye-watering grocery store prices had pushed them to food pantries for help. Even food bank organizers … Read more

As Pelosi starts Asia tour, China warns of military action if she visits Taiwan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off an Asia tour Monday that has been shrouded in secrecy following an escalation in tensions with China over Taiwan. With no word on whether Pelosi will visit the island, she stopped first in Singapore, where Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged her at a meeting to strive for “stable” … Read more