Defense

Trump orders troop withdrawal from Somalia

A troop reduction in the East African country had been anticipated in recent weeks. The move is likely to draw criticism on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have opposed Pentagon efforts to reduce U.S. troops levels for the already modestly resourced U.S. Africa Command. The Pentagon said some troops may be reassigned outside East Africa, while […]

Congress

Pelosi eyes combining Covid aid with mammoth spending deal

Pelosi said the $908 billion proposal released this week by a centrist group of Senate and House members helped restart the stimulus talks, which fell apart just before the election after months of dragging on with little real movement. “There is momentum — there is momentum with the action that the senators and House members […]

Congress

House votes to legalize weed

Friday’s vote reflects the shift in American and global views on marijuana over the past decade: Polls show support for legalization has increased 20 percentage points, to 68 percent, since Colorado and Washington state legalized weed in 2012. One in 3 Americans now lives in a state where marijuana is legal for adults to use. […]

Congress

Lamar stands firm in his last days in the Senate

“Every Republican of this era will be defined, at least partly, in relation to how they interact with Donald Trump. But for Lamar, he’s got a body of work that’s long enough, and deep enough and bipartisan enough, that that’s not the only thing that will be written about him,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), […]

Defense

Trump extends National Guard’s Covid funding through March

As Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge across the country, most states are depending on National Guard members to run testing sites, deliver supplies to overwhelmed hospitals, stock food banks, sanitize nursing homes and carry out other vital tasks. Federal support for that work had been set to expire at the end of the year, […]

Congress

Emboldened moderates force progress in stalled Covid talks

“Congress is filled with lots of great actors. It is devoid of action,” said moderate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), a member of the Problems Solvers Caucus who has been involved in the bipartisan discussions. “There’s a massive disconnect between those who have been elected to leadership in our respective chambers and caucuses and between the […]

Congress

Republicans cheer on a Trump 2024 run

“It’d be great if he ran. He’s done a good job. I think he ought to run if he wants to run. Who knows what’s going to happen in ‘24?” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who said he is not focused on a presidential run at the moment. “He can sell the things he accomplished.” […]

Defense

Trump threatens to veto defense bill over social media rule

“Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk,” Trump added. A senior House staffer said the issue has no chance of success with Democrats. […]

Congress

Lawmakers to Biden: ‘Step it up’ on Cabinet diversity

“We’re very, very concerned as a community, as a Latino community,” said Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who called last week for at least five Latinos to be appointed to Cabinet-level positions. Asian American and Pacific Islander advocates and officials are warning the Biden administration, in writing, it will be “deeply disappointing if several AAPIs are […]