Defense

Pentagon considering permanent naval task force to counter China in the Pacific

The news comes as NATO leaders are increasingly aligning themselves with Washington’s confrontational stance on Beijing. Four years after former President Donald Trump made countering China a top foreign policy priority, NATO allies this week declared Beijing a security challenge and said the Chinese are working to undermine global order. The discussions grew out of […]

Congress

The one Biden priority Democrats are confident they can get done

“The number’s important, but the quality of the nominee is even more important,” said Senate Judiciary Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). “So we’re being supportive and careful that the people who come before the committee are ready to serve.” Durbin added that he’s urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to “move our judges as quickly as […]

Defense

NATO commits to training Afghan forces after U.S. withdrawal

During the meeting, “NATO leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continue to stand with Afghanistan with training and financial support for Afghan forces and institutions,” Stoltenberg said. Training of the Afghan security forces, especially the special forces, will take place at an undetermined location outside Afghanistan, a NATO spokesperson said after Stoltenberg’s remarks. Training and advice […]

Congress

Texas Dems amp up voting rights pressure with D.C. blitz

The Democratic state lawmakers are set to hold meetings with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who chairs the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the “For the People Act” and other elections-related legislation; and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), the lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill. They’re also slated to meet […]

Congress

Why Bernie’s not sweating White House infrastructure dance with GOP

The White House has been hesitant to abandon talks with centrist Democrats and Republicans, leading a growing number of progressive lawmakers in both chambers to decry the slow pace of negotiations. This past week a handful of Democratic senators shot off warning tweets at the White House, threatening to withhold support for infrastructure bills without […]

Defense

Biden heads to NATO amid friction over Afghanistan withdrawal

“It’s not a surprise that you’ve seen some countries express, pretty straightforwardly, their dissatisfaction with the way things were done,” said one European official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. “This is another example of one of the issues where within NATO, we should be more substantially discussing and consulting with […]