Congress

Pelosi signals no relief for airlines without bigger Covid deal

Pelosi’s comments appeared to be a change in direction for Democrats, one day after she and some top lawmakers had privately discussed moving ahead with an airlines-only relief bill as soon as this week. Several Democrats, including a key chairman, had been demanding urgent action on airlines with tens of thousands of jobs at stake […]

Defense

When are U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan? Depends on who you ask.

The president has repeatedly promised to end America’s “endless wars” and has touted his administration’s moves to bring home hundreds of U.S. service members from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and even Germany. And his Afghanistan tweet came as he sought to boost his own foreign policy achievements ahead of a major political event watched by millions […]

Congress

‘It wasn’t wise’: Republicans urge Trump to restart Covid talks

“It wasn’t wise,” said Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), who was ousted in a primary by a conservative challenger earlier this year. “You saw that realization when he walked back the comments last night by tweeting about passing a [standalone] Covid aid bill. Now, every GOP candidate lost the argument about Covid relief.” “Unfair or not, […]

Defense

Trump: U.S. troops ‘should’ be out of Afghanistan by Christmas

His post comes a little less than a month after Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, announced plans to cut the troop presence in Iraq to 3,000 from 5,200 by the end of September. He later provided additional details about the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying that the U.S. military presence would decrease […]