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Grassley calls for Garland to assign prosecutor to investigate FBI ‘cover-up’ in Nassar investigation

Grassley calls for Garland to assign prosecutor to investigate FBI ‘cover-up’ in Nassar investigation

Attorney General Merrick Garland is facing more pressure to reconsider the Justice Department’s decision not to bring any prosecutions related to the FBI’s mishandling of the Larry Nassar investigation, with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley calling Friday for a federal prosecutor or special counsel to further investigate the matter. Grassley is the top Republican on the…

France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia over new national security partnership

France recalls its ambassadors to the US and Australia over new national security partnership

The French government has immediately recalled its ambassador to the US for consultation in response to the recently announced national security partnership with the United Kingdom and Australia. Philippe √Čtienne, the French ambassador to the US, confirmed the news when reached for comment. In a statement, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French minister for Europe and…

Biden signs executive order adding measles to list of quarantinable diseases after outbreak among US-bound Afghan refugees

Biden signs executive order adding measles to list of quarantinable diseases after outbreak among US-bound Afghan refugees

President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order adding measles to the list of quarantinable diseases roughly one week after several Afghan refugees who had recently arrived in the US tested positive for the disease, which led to a pause in flights of US-bound refugees. Flights of Afghans, many of which are operated by…

Montana GOP congressman blasts Biden effort to resettle Afghan refugees in his state
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Montana GOP congressman blasts Biden effort to resettle Afghan refugees in his state

A House Republican on Friday publicly pushed back against the Biden administration’s plan to resettle Afghan nationals in his home state of Montana and suggested that the refugees are not properly vetted, despite repeated assurances from the Biden administration that they are. The comments by Rep. Matt Rosendale — in which he at times uses…

US military admits it killed 10 civilians and targeted wrong vehicle in Kabul airstrike
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US military admits it killed 10 civilians and targeted wrong vehicle in Kabul airstrike

A United States military investigation into a deadly Kabul drone strike on a vehicle in August has found it killed 10 civilians and the driver and that the vehicle targeted was likely not a threat associated with ISIS-K, announced Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top general of US Central Command, at the Pentagon on Friday. McKenzie…

Why France is angry about the US and UK giving Australia nuclear-powered submarines
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Why France is angry about the US and UK giving Australia nuclear-powered submarines

The French government says it was betrayed when Australia pulled out of their existing multi-billion dollar defense deal, agreeing instead to attain nuclear-powered submarines through a new deal with the United States and the United Kingdom. The effort to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines — a major step toward countering China as President Joe Biden…

New documents reveal concern among Capitol Police officers about others in the force after January 6
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New documents reveal concern among Capitol Police officers about others in the force after January 6

A high-ranking Capitol Police officer, who was also a vocal Donald Trump supporter, told those under his command not to wear riot gear on January 6, according to internal documents reviewed by CNN that detail allegations submitted to an officer tip line. In this case, an unidentified Capitol Police lieutenant emailed the tip line to…

Pence preps for potential 2024 presidential run amid rocky headlines about relationship with Trump
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Pence preps for potential 2024 presidential run amid rocky headlines about relationship with Trump

Mike Pence is adding staffers for his brand-new office in downtown Washington — inching closer to a possible White House run even as his standing worsens with former President Donald Trump and his base of supporters. The former vice president’s ramp-up comes as Trump appears to be making good on his declaration to Pence that…

Democratic lawmakers urge Biden administration to halt deportations to Haiti
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Democratic lawmakers urge Biden administration to halt deportations to Haiti

More than 50 Democratic lawmakers urged the Biden administration Friday to halt deportations to Haiti as nearly 10,000 migrants have overwhelmed Del Rio, Texas, many of whom are Haitian. In a letter to the department of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, the lawmakers pointed to the continued instability in Haiti, saying: “The Haitian…

Wall Street Journal: Milley defends calls to China during Trump presidency as ‘perfectly’ within his duties
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Wall Street Journal: Milley defends calls to China during Trump presidency as ‘perfectly’ within his duties

Gen. Mark Milley on Friday defended the calls he placed to his Chinese counterpart during Donald Trump’s final months in office as “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job as the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Wall Street Journal reported. “These are routine calls in order to discuss issues of the…

White House warns states of potentially dire effects if government defaults
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White House warns states of potentially dire effects if government defaults

The White House is warning states that a default caused by failing to raise the federal debt limit could result in drastic cutbacks to disaster relief, Medicaid, school funding and other programs. “If the US defaults and can no longer pay its obligations, billions of dollars in state aid and state-run but federal funded programs…

READ: Indictment of Michael Sussmann

READ: Indictment of Michael Sussmann

A federal grand jury has indicted cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann as part of a special counsel’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, alleging he lied to the FBI general counsel. Read the indictment: Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Sussmann’s name. The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia…

Biden signs executive order authorizing new Ethiopia sanctions amid reports of atrocities
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Biden signs executive order authorizing new Ethiopia sanctions amid reports of atrocities

President Joe Biden signed a new executive order Friday authorizing broad sanctions against those involved in perpetrating the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia as reports of atrocities continue to emerge from the Tigray region. The administration “is prepared to take aggressive action” under the new executive order unless the parties — including the Ethiopian government, the…

Georgia criminal probe into Trump’s attempts to overturn 2020 election quietly moves forward
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Georgia criminal probe into Trump’s attempts to overturn 2020 election quietly moves forward

As Donald Trump returns to Georgia later this month, criminal investigators in the state have been quietly conducting interviews, collecting documents and working to build a line of communication with congressional investigators as they aim to build a case against the former President for his alleged attempts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. Fulton…

January 6 vs. September 18: How law enforcement hopes to prevent another riot
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January 6 vs. September 18: How law enforcement hopes to prevent another riot

A new fence, an information-sharing alert and ramped-up airport security are just a few of the ways law enforcement is preparing to prevent another deadly insurrection ahead of Saturday’s rally aimed at showing support for those arrested on January 6. Criticism of the security failures around the US Capitol riot last winter has loomed large…

Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics
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Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics

On the verge of a new term in which the Supreme Court will wade back into the culture wars, Justice Clarence Thomas reflected Thursday on the role of the judiciary and warned against judges weighing in on controversial issues that he said are better left to other areas of government. “When we begin to venture…

McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate
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McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin sparred on Thursday over what each would do in the fight against the coronavirus, revealing a significant divide between the Democrat’s backing of vaccine mandates and the Republican’s argument that vaccination is a personal choice. The fight over measures to combat Covid-19 was the focus of the…

Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats
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Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to address long-standing complaints that the State Department places disproportionate restrictions on the places diplomats of certain backgrounds can serve and that there is no independent appeals process to challenge decisions. “To strengthen American foreign policy and diplomacy, we must ensure our best and brightest individuals are able to serve,” said…

France cancels Washington reception and tones down celebrations of US-French Revolutionary War victory amid submarine spat
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France cancels Washington reception and tones down celebrations of US-French Revolutionary War victory amid submarine spat

Amid a rift over a new security agreement between the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the French Embassy in Washington has canceled a Washington reception and toned down celebrations commemorating a Revolutionary War naval victory by the French that helped the US to win its independence. The embassy said the celebrations have been…

US defends partnership with UK and Australia after the French blast ‘brutal’ decision
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US defends partnership with UK and Australia after the French blast ‘brutal’ decision

American officials are defending a new deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines after French officials expressed frustration over the agreement’s effect on an existing multibillion-dollar defense deal. The effort to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines — a major step toward countering China as President Joe Biden works to build international backing for his approach…

White House has told governors how many Afghan refugees they can expect to be resettled
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White House has told governors how many Afghan refugees they can expect to be resettled

The White House has informed governors about the number of Afghan refugees they can expect to be resettled in their states in coming weeks, an administration official told CNN Thursday. Former Delaware governor Jack Markell and former FEMA acting head Bob Fenton, who are overseeing the resettlement efforts, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and other…

First on CNN: White House economists say a clean energy transition will lower consumer costs
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First on CNN: White House economists say a clean energy transition will lower consumer costs

In a blog post shared first with CNN, White House economists argue that President Joe Biden’s climate agenda will not only cut carbon emissions but also bring down costs for consumers. White House Council of Economic Advisers member Heather Boushey and council economists Noah Kaufman and R. Daniel Bressler write that the climate and clean…

Lawyer indicted on charges of lying to FBI as part of Durham probe into Trump-Russia investigation
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Lawyer indicted on charges of lying to FBI as part of Durham probe into Trump-Russia investigation

A federal grand jury has indicted cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann as part of a special counsel’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, alleging he lied to the FBI general counsel. The indictment comes as special counsel John Durham is nearing the conclusion of his more than two-year-long probe and faces a looming deadline…