Congress

Team Biden taps Asian American groups to help save Tanden

“It is incredibly frustrating to watch because we are talking about individuals who are preeminently qualified, but also coming from communities that have been screaming at the top of their lungs to be visible and valued by this country,” said Gregg Orton, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. The daughter of […]

Defense

Austin eyes rolling back Trump-era policy on special operations

The move was seen as a way to elevate the needs of America’s elite special operations forces — Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, Marine Raiders — which have borne the brunt of the fighting in the Middle East and Afghanistan over the past two decades. It was also designed to increase civilian oversight following the […]

Congress

Democrats’ $1.9T Covid aid bill faces the Senate chopping block

The minimum wage will likely stir up the most drama behind closed doors on Wednesday, with Republicans arguing that such a sweeping policy change doesn’t pass muster with the budget restrictions guiding passage of Biden’s pandemic plan. But Democrats are confident that they have a strong case, fueled by recent analysis from the Congressional Budget […]

Defense

Pentagon wades into political minefield in hunt for extremists

The Pentagon has not yet disclosed all the training materials it is providing commanders, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers and right-wing commentators from accusing the Defense Department of initiating a witch hunt on behalf of the Biden administration to purge political opponents. While there is no evidence to support a politicization of this effort, there […]

Congress

McConnell to support Garland for attorney general

Senate Republicans have maintained that their decision to prevent Garland from receiving a hearing in 2016 was not personal. “President Obama and his allies may now try to pretend this disagreement is about a person,” McConnell said at the time, shortly after Obama formally nominated Garland. “The decision the Senate announced weeks ago remains about […]

Defense

U.N. nuclear chief in Iran as it threatens watchdog’s cameras

“This is not a deadline for the world. This is not an ultimatum,” Zarif told the government-run, English-language broadcaster Press TV in an interview aired during Grossi’s visit. “This is an internal domestic issue between the parliament and the government.” “We have a democracy. We are supposed to implement the laws of the country. And […]

Congress

Trump taunts don’t shake McConnell’s hold on Senate GOP

The crumbled alliance between Trump and McConnell, who worked hand-in-glove on political and legislative strategy for four years, has finally brought the GOP to the reckoning that never happened after the 2016 election. Trump may take another swipe at McConnell in the coming days at the Conservative Political Action Conference. But McConnell probably won’t hear […]

Defense

Rocket attack in Iraq marks third in one week

And last week, a dozen rockets targeted coalition forces outside Erbil International Airport, killing one non-U.S. contractor and wounding nine more people, including five Americans. The latest strike, which a defense official initially said involved three rockets before the military clarified that it was two, could increase pressure on President Joe Biden’s administration to warn […]

Congress

Collins to oppose Tanden for OMB, further jeopardizing her nomination

“Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor the temperament to lead this critical agency,” Collins said in a statement Monday morning. “Her past actions have demonstrated exactly the kind of animosity that President Biden has pledged to transcend.” Collins added that Tanden’s decision to delete tweets before her nomination “raises concerns about her commitment to […]