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 Democrats pass Inflation Reduction Act; House to vote next

WASHINGTON DC — 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 warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where … Read more

Senators put bipartisan pressure on Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday that the designation should be made either by the President or Congress, with both of them saying Biden must intensify pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin and continue aiding Ukraine amid the ongoing invasion. . … 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

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns ‘hostage’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken spoke in an online news … Read more

US climate bill is welcomed internationally but still criticized for not going far enough

US officials are hoping it puts them in a better position for difficult negotiations to come: the international climate talks in Egypt this fall. Kerry and Biden now have billions of legislative investments in clean energy to tout when they go to COP27 in November, which US lawmakers and experts say is a game changer. … 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

Kenneth R. Timmerman reflects on the day journalism died in the US

I have covered war, espionage and intrigue for major news organizations in the United States and around the world, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine, Reader’s Digest, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC News, Le Monde, L’Express, Le Point, and many others. That was when these organizations still tried to be “mainstream” and did not … Read more

Kenneth R. Timmerman reflects on the day journalism died in the US

I have covered war, espionage and intrigue for major news organizations in the United States and around the world, including the New York Times, Newsweek, Time magazine, Reader’s Digest, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC News, Le Monde, L’Express, Le Point, and many others. That was when these organizations still tried to be “mainstream” and did not … Read more