Hungary blocks EU Ukraine aid, deepening rift with Brussels

A rift between the European Union and recalcitrant member Hungary deepened Tuesday when Budapest vetoed an 18 billion euro ($18.93 billion) financial aid package to Kyiv, leaving the other 26 nations to scramble to keep the money supply going. Hungary’s defiant stance also exacerbated an EU dispute over the rule of law under Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his view of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. … Continue reading Hungary blocks EU Ukraine aid, deepening rift with Brussels

Andy Biggs to challenge Kevin McCarthy for speaker on House floor

Rep. Andy Biggs announced Tuesday that he would challenge Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for speaker on the House floor in January.  Biggs, R-Ariz., announced his intention to oppose McCarthy in an op-ed with the Daily Caller. “We cannot let this all too rare opportunity to effectuate structural change pass us by because it is uncomfortable to challenge the Republican candidate who is a creature of the … Continue reading Andy Biggs to challenge Kevin McCarthy for speaker on House floor

Democrats make major concession on vaccine mandate

Congress is poised to use the annual defense policy bill to eliminate the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate — a major concession by President Biden’s Democratic allies that helps clear the way to passing the sweeping package before year’s end.  In a compromise with Republicans, House Democrats are allowing language into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that repeals the coronavirus vaccine mandate for U.S. service … Continue reading Democrats make major concession on vaccine mandate

Indonesia’s Parliament votes to ban sex outside of marriage

Indonesia’s Parliament unanimously voted on Tuesday to ban sex outside of marriage and insulting the president and state institutions. Once in force, the bans will affect foreign visitors as well as citizens. They’re part of an overhaul of the country’s criminal code that has been in the works for years. The new code also expands an existing blasphemy law and keeps a five-year prison term … Continue reading Indonesia’s Parliament votes to ban sex outside of marriage

Biden visits Arizona semiconductor plant in latest celebration of the CHIPS Act

In the four months since he signed the Chips and Science Act of 2022 into law, President Biden has made a habit of visiting semiconductor plants — or plants to be — to tout the effects of the law. Recent stops have included the groundbreaking of an Intel (INTC) facility in Ohio and a Micron (MU) plant in upstate New York. On Tuesday, the Taiwan … Continue reading Biden visits Arizona semiconductor plant in latest celebration of the CHIPS Act

Cristina Fernández: Argentina vice-president found guilty of corruption

A court in Argentina has sentenced Vice-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to six years in jail for corruption in a case that has shaken the country. Fernández, 69, was found guilty of “fraudulent administration” over the awarding of public works contracts to a friend. But she is unlikely to serve jail time. Fernández has some immunity via her government roles and is expected to launch … Continue reading Cristina Fernández: Argentina vice-president found guilty of corruption

Biden defends skipping border visit while in Arizona, says there are ‘more important things’

President Biden defended his decision to skip visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while in Arizona on Tuesday, saying, “there are more important things.” Biden made the defense while boarding Marine One to depart the White House on Tuesday. Biden has never visited the border throughout his presidency, despite the ongoing crisis with record numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the border each month. “Why go to a … Continue reading Biden defends skipping border visit while in Arizona, says there are ‘more important things’

Jan. 6 committee to make criminal referrals to Justice Department

The Jan. 6 committee will make criminal referrals to the Department of Justice as the panel wraps up its investigation into the events that led up to the deadly riot. “We have made decisions on criminal referrals,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the committee, told reporters, saying “we will” on the question of whether referrals will be pursued. He added that consideration of … Continue reading Jan. 6 committee to make criminal referrals to Justice Department

Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials for Trump communications

Special counsel Jack Smith has subpoenaed local officials in Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin — three states that were central to former president Donald Trump’s failed plan to stay in power following the 2020 election — for any and all communications with Trump, his campaign and a long list of aides and allies. The requests for records arrived in Dane County, Wis.; Maricopa County, Ariz.; and … Continue reading Justice Dept. subpoenas Ariz., Mich., Wis. officials for Trump communications

Vladimir Putin brazenly drives across repaired Crimea bridge after huge truck bomb

Vladimir Putin has managed to drive across the Crimea bridge which was damaged by a bomb attack in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The Russian President took the wheel on Monday and drove across the blitzed Kerch Bridge to the peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. During his surprise visit, the Kremlin leader spoke to workers and discussed repair work with a senior … Continue reading Vladimir Putin brazenly drives across repaired Crimea bridge after huge truck bomb

Hakeem Jeffries set to lead House Democrats

Emboldened House Democrats ushered in a new generation of leaders on Wednesday with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected to be the first Black American to head a major political party in Congress as long-serving Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside next year. Showing rare party unity after their midterm election losses, the House Democrats moved seamlessly from one history-making leader to another, choosing the … Continue reading Hakeem Jeffries set to lead House Democrats

Rail unions decry Biden’s call for Congress to block strike. Businesses praise the plan

President Joe Biden was in the unusual position Tuesday of being praised by business interests and attacked by his normal allies in the labor movement after calling for Congress to move immediately to block a strike by more than 100,000 union members at the nation’s freight railroads set for the end of next week. The move was a serious setback for the unions, who say … Continue reading Rail unions decry Biden’s call for Congress to block strike. Businesses praise the plan

Ex-president Trump calls new Special Counsel ‘fully-weaponized monster’

Former President Donald Trump on Monday unloaded on special counsel Jack Smith, who has taken over oversight of the Mar-a-Lago probe and the Justice Department’s investigation of the 2020 election overturn effort. Trump’s attacks came after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith, a career prosecutor, in an effort to provide a measure of insulation amid government probes of the announced 2024 presidential candidate.  ‘This fully weaponized monster, … Continue reading Ex-president Trump calls new Special Counsel ‘fully-weaponized monster’

Biden calls on Congress to avert rail strike

President Joe Biden called Monday evening for Congress to act immediately to head off an economically crippling freight rail strike, saying there appeared to be “no path to resolve the dispute at the bargaining table.” Biden asked that Congress act “without any modifications or delay” to impose a tentative settlement that leadership of railroads and 12 unions had hammered out in September. However, of the … Continue reading Biden calls on Congress to avert rail strike

President Biden calls for assault weapons ban after latest mass shootings

United States President Joe Biden renewed his call to pursue a national ban on assault weapons following the latest mass shooting at a Walmart store in the state of Virginia, and he said it’s “sick” that the United States still continues to sell semiautomatic weapons. The President made no comments regarding the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. constitution which grants individual Americans the right to … Continue reading President Biden calls for assault weapons ban after latest mass shootings

Erdogan threatens Syria ground operation ‘as soon as possible’

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared to say that Ankara is planning to deploy ground forces to attack Kurdish forces based across the border in Syria. Turkey blames the groups for the November 13 bombing in central Istanbul, that killed six people. “We have been bearing down on terrorists for a few days with our planes, cannons and guns,” Erdogan said in a speech … Continue reading Erdogan threatens Syria ground operation ‘as soon as possible’

Kamala Harris says U.S. will defend Philippines in South China Sea

Vice President Kamala Harris called on countries Tuesday to stand up for territorial integrity and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, which has been challenged by China, and said Washington would press an international campaign against “irresponsible behavior” in the disputed waters. Harris did not cite China by name but was obviously referring to Beijing when she underscored America’s support to treaty ally … Continue reading Kamala Harris says U.S. will defend Philippines in South China Sea

Two Arizona counties delay certification of 2022 election results

Two rural Arizona counties have voted to delay certifying their ballot canvasses as some in the GOP claim voters were disenfranchised. Cochise County, a Republican-leaning area in the state’s southeastern corner, delayed its certification on Friday after three conspiracy theorists claimed the county’s vote-counting machines were not properly certified. The three men convinced Cochise’s two Republican supervisors to delay certifying the results until a Nov. … Continue reading Two Arizona counties delay certification of 2022 election results

Iran commander threatens to kidnap and enslave Netanyahu

The Iranian regime’s commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the province of Isfahan said on Sunday that the theocratic state seeks to kidnap Benjamin Netanyahu and bring him to the Islamic Republic as a slave. Iranian-regime-controlled Bahar News reported that Mojtaba Fada, the commander of Isfahan’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said that “the former prime minister of the Zionist regime hoped that the protests … Continue reading Iran commander threatens to kidnap and enslave Netanyahu