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Ernst calls on Biden to be ‘very clear and very strong’ in call with Putin as US concerns grow over Russian military activity near Ukraine

Ernst calls on Biden to be ‘very clear and very strong’ in call with Putin as US concerns grow over Russian military activity near Ukraine

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst on Sunday urged President Joe Biden to be “very clear and very strong” in his upcoming call with Russian President Vladimir Putin as US officials grow increasingly concerned about a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia. “I do think that President Biden needs to be very clear and very strong in…

Democratic legislators call on Senate to take action on gun legislation following Michigan school shooting
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Democratic legislators call on Senate to take action on gun legislation following Michigan school shooting

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said he continues to work with his Republican and Democratic colleagues to pass gun safety legislation, especially after the deadly school shooting last week in Michigan. “The fact of matter is we have the votes in the House, in the Senate, for universal background checks bill. We have a President…

Biden’s universal pre-K plan could mean a need for at least 40,000 new teachers
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Biden’s universal pre-K plan could mean a need for at least 40,000 new teachers

The nation’s public education system could be transformed under President Joe Biden’s plan to create free, universal pre-K, which would make preschool available and affordable for 6 million more children. But if passed by Congress as part of a sweeping social safety net bill, one major challenge to implementation is hiring tens of thousands of…

Mississippi governor calls Supreme Court oral arguments on state’s restrictive abortion law ‘a watershed moment in American history’
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Mississippi governor calls Supreme Court oral arguments on state’s restrictive abortion law ‘a watershed moment in American history’

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves called recent Supreme Court oral arguments on a restrictive abortion law in his state “a watershed moment in American history,” saying he’s cautiously optimistic the court will overturn two seminal decisions that secured abortion rights for women nationwide. “This has been a watershed moment in American history over the last week…

Rep. Omar ‘very confident’ Pelosi will take action against Boebert this week after anti-Muslim remarks
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Rep. Omar ‘very confident’ Pelosi will take action against Boebert this week after anti-Muslim remarks

Rep. Ilhan Omar said Sunday she is “very confident” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take “decisive action” against Rep. Lauren Boebert over the Colorado Republican’s anti-Muslim remarks. “I’ve had a conversation with the Speaker and I’m very confident that she will take decisive action next week,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the…

Fact check: Biden tells inaccurate story about his 1973 meeting with Israeli prime minister
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Fact check: Biden tells inaccurate story about his 1973 meeting with Israeli prime minister

President Joe Biden has a favorite story about his long relationship with Israel. For decades, he has been publicly recounting his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir — which he described in 2015 as “one of the most consequential meetings I’ve ever had in my life.” But parts of the version of the…

What comes next after the Supreme Court’s signal on abortion rights
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What comes next after the Supreme Court’s signal on abortion rights

At stake in the Mississippi abortion case heard by the Supreme Court December 1 is access to the procedure for millions of people across the country. As Justice Brett Kavanaugh made clear at Wednesday’s hearing, the justices are not considering whether to outlaw abortion nationwide. But a decision that overturns current Supreme Court precedent on…

Top Space Force official: China is developing space capabilities at ‘twice the rate’ of US
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Top Space Force official: China is developing space capabilities at ‘twice the rate’ of US

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations for the US Space Force, said Saturday China is developing its space capabilities at “twice the rate” of the US. On a panel of US space experts and leaders speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in a panel moderated by CNN’s Kristin Fisher, Gen. Thompson warned…

Sec. Austin says US isn’t afraid of Chinese competition even as country advances its hypersonic weapons
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Sec. Austin says US isn’t afraid of Chinese competition even as country advances its hypersonic weapons

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin addressed recent Chinese military advancements Saturday, including the test of a hypersonic weapon system and strengthening of nuclear capabilities, saying, “America isn’t a country that fears competition.” During the Reagan National Defense Forum’s keynote address, Austin said the US is ready to face China’s military rise and is working…

Biden administration still seeking return to compliance with original Iran nuclear deal while preparing for world without it
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Biden administration still seeking return to compliance with original Iran nuclear deal while preparing for world without it

The Biden administration is still seeking a return to mutual compliance to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran but is “preparing for a world in which there is no return” to the landmark agreement, a senior State Department official said Saturday. The official’s bleak assessment following the latest round of talks in Vienna echoed strong…

Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 99
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Army Col. Edward Shames, the last remaining member of World War II’s ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies at 99

Col. Edward Shames, the last surviving officer of the historic World War II parachute infantry regiment of the US Army known as Easy Company, died Friday at the age of 99. Shames “passed away peacefully at home,” said the obituary posted by the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory. During World War II, Shames “was a…

For this American family, the Iran nuclear talks are personal

For this American family, the Iran nuclear talks are personal

Emad Shargi’s daughter says her dad has always been stoic during his ordeal as an American citizen unjustly held in an Iranian prison. But recently, she heard something different. “Whenever I tell him, ‘Oh, I wish you were here, I wish we could do this together, like when I cook something and I wish he…

US intelligence estimates Russian troop levels on Ukraine border could reach 175,000
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US intelligence estimates Russian troop levels on Ukraine border could reach 175,000

New US intelligence findings estimate Russia could begin a military offensive in Ukraine in a matter of months as it amasses up to 175,000 troops along the border, a startling escalation that President Joe Biden has warned could lead to severe consequences. The latest developments come after months of steady increases along the Russia-Ukraine frontier…

If the Supreme Court curtails abortion rights it could flip the script on the 2022 midterm elections
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If the Supreme Court curtails abortion rights it could flip the script on the 2022 midterm elections

With the looming possibility of the Supreme Court gutting Roe v. Wade, the future of reproductive rights in America is poised to become a central and potentially defining issue in the upcoming midterm elections. The high court is expected to deliver its ruling on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks next summer,…

US military launches investigation after possible civilian casualties in Syria strike targeting al Qaeda leader
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US military launches investigation after possible civilian casualties in Syria strike targeting al Qaeda leader

US Central Command has launched an investigation after a drone strike against a senior al Qaeda leader in northwest Syria on Friday may have killed civilians, according to a spokesman for Central Command. The strike in Idlib, Syria, was carried out by an MQ-9 Reaper, targeting a senior al Qaeda leader and planner, Capt. Bill…

Jeffrey Clark’s deposition postponed until December 16
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Jeffrey Clark’s deposition postponed until December 16

The January 6 select committee announced Friday that the deposition with Jeffrey Clark originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until December 16 due to a “medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow’s meeting.” “Through his attorney, Mr. Clark has informed the Select Committee of a medical condition that precludes his participation in tomorrow’s…

The week in 14 headlines

The week in 14 headlines

This week, the first Omicron variant case was detected in the United States as some conservative members of Congress nearly shut down the federal government over vaccine mandates.  Monday Biden’s agenda brings warring conservative factions together in quest to flip House Biden says new Omicron variant is ’cause for concern, not a cause for panic’…

Meadows doubles down on debunked election fraud claims and whitewashes January 6 riot in new book
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Meadows doubles down on debunked election fraud claims and whitewashes January 6 riot in new book

In a new memoir, Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows doubles down on the baseless claim the 2020 election was stolen and whitewashed the violent attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, according to a copy of the book obtained by CNN. The book, titled “The Chief’s Chief,” spans…

Conservative lawyer Eastman says he will defy subpoena from January 6 committee
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Conservative lawyer Eastman says he will defy subpoena from January 6 committee

John Eastman, a conservative Lawyer who helped crafted a questionable legal theory that former Vice President Mike Pence had the constitutional authority to interrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election results, has informed the January 6 committee that he plans to defy a subpoena from the panel. Eastman confirmed Friday on Steve Bannon’s podcast…

January 6 committee spoke with Michigan secretary of state
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January 6 committee spoke with Michigan secretary of state

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and members of her staff met virtually Tuesday with the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Benson spokesperson Tracy Wimmer told CNN. Wimmer did not divulge much from what was discussed in the meeting, but said the topics included the 2020 presidential election…

US, European allies sound a pessimistic note as Iran nuclear talks break in Vienna
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US, European allies sound a pessimistic note as Iran nuclear talks break in Vienna

US and European officials sounded a pessimistic note Friday as the latest round of talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal concluded, saying that Tehran’s maximalist demands and push to unwind previously agreed upon points are leaving them disappointed and concerned. “Iran right now does not seem to be serious about doing what’s necessary to…

US State Department phones were hacked with NSO Group spyware
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US State Department phones were hacked with NSO Group spyware

The iPhones of about a dozen US State Department employees serving in Africa were hacked with spyware developed by Israeli technology firm NSO Group in recent months, according to a senior US official familiar with the investigation and another source familiar with the matter. The State Department is in the process of trying to figure…

US Capitol rioter ‘sought to physically remove’ Pelosi and McConnell, prosecutors say
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US Capitol rioter ‘sought to physically remove’ Pelosi and McConnell, prosecutors say

Justice Department prosecutors say they have evidence that an alleged rioter who brought a gun to the US Capitol on January 6 was targeting both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. According to a filing Thursday, Guy Reffitt, a member of the Texas Three Percenter militia, “specifically targeted at least two lawmakers…