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

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

Idaho police zero in on movements of 2 victims who went to frat house before killings

Moscow, Idaho, police are looking for more information on the movements of University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house in the hours before they were killed along with two other Idaho students last month. Police said the couple, both 20 years old, was believed to be at Chapin’s frat house from 9 p.m. on Nov. … Continue reading Idaho police zero in on movements of 2 victims who went to frat house before killings

Suspect in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub massacre is charged with 305 counts

The suspect in last month’s deadly rampage at a Colorado LGBTQ nightclub was charged Tuesday with 305 criminal counts in what could be the most heavily prosecuted murder case in state history, authorities said. The charges filed against Anderson Lee Aldrich include first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and bias-motivated crimes, District Attorney Michael Allen told the court. Aldrich is suspected of … Continue reading Suspect in Colorado LGBTQ nightclub massacre is charged with 305 counts

FBI Ramps Up Spending to Fight MAGA Terrorism

The FBI is conducting three times as many domestic terrorism investigations than it was five years ago, with 70 percent of its open cases focused on “civil unrest” and anti-government activity, according to FBI documents and government specialists. The Bureau has also quietly changed the general classification of white supremacy, antisemitism, abortion-, and anti-LGBTQI+-related extremism to “hate crimes” rather than “terrorism.” Since terrorism remains the … Continue reading FBI Ramps Up Spending to Fight MAGA Terrorism

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

China is building weapons to attack U.S. ‘ground, sea, or air targets from orbit’

China is rapidly building a large force of space weapons, including sophisticated anti-satellite missiles, lasers, jammers, orbiting killer robots and cybertools, to “blind and deafen” a war enemy, the U.S. military is warning. The Pentagon released details of Beijing’s growing space arms arsenal last week in its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military. “The [People’s Liberation Army] continues to acquire and develop a … Continue reading China is building weapons to attack U.S. ‘ground, sea, or air targets from orbit’

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

Explosions rock two Russian airbases far from Ukraine frontline

Explosions have rocked two Russian airbases far from the frontlines as Kyiv appeared to launch a pre-emptive strike on bombers that the Kremlin has used to try to cripple the Ukrainian electrical grid. The Russian defence ministry confirmed the attacks on Monday, blaming them on Ukraine and saying two warplanes were damaged. For Kyiv the strike represented an unprecedented operation deep inside Russia to disrupt … Continue reading Explosions rock two Russian airbases far from Ukraine frontline

China vows to ‘crack down’ as protesters clash with riot cops in hazmat suits

China threatened to “resolutely crack down” on “hostile forces” as historic protests continued overnight — including wild street battles with riot cops clad in hazmat suits. Communist Party leaders gave the ominous warning without directly mentioning the countrywide rallies, the largest show of dissent in the 33 years since protests in Tiananmen Square ended in horror and bloodshed. However, in a statement Tuesday, the party’s … Continue reading China vows to ‘crack down’ as protesters clash with riot cops in hazmat suits

SKorea scrambles jets as China, Russia warplanes enter air defense zone

South Korea said it has scrambled fighter jets after detecting two Chinese and six Russian warplanes in its air defence zone. The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and left the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the southern and northeast coast at around 5:50am local time, the country’s military said. They returned hours later from the Sea of Japan with the Russian warplanes … Continue reading SKorea scrambles jets as China, Russia warplanes enter air defense zone

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

Biden’s Secret Service rental vehicles burst into flames after he left Nantucket vacation

President Biden’s rented Secret Service vehicles burst into flames in a parking lot Monday, just one day after he left his Nantucket vacation. Biden spent Thanksgiving on the ritzy Massachusetts island with his family last week. The Secret Service rented five vehicles from Hertz to carry the president and his family, and all five of them caught fire in the parking lot, according to footage … Continue reading Biden’s Secret Service rental vehicles burst into flames after he left Nantucket vacation

Virginia man accused of ‘catfishing’ teen before killing her family, police say

A former Virginia law enforcement officer, who is believed to have murdered a teenager’s family in Riverside, California, after “catfishing” her online, was killed in a shootout while trying to evade police, the city’s police department said in a news press release. Continue reading Virginia man accused of ‘catfishing’ teen before killing her family, police say

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’

China Covid Protesters Become Targets of Beijing’s Surveillance State

Police fanned out across China’s big cities Tuesday in an effort to prevent fresh protests, as security services harnessed the country’s pervasive surveillance system to hunt down participants in mass demonstrations calling for an end to strict Covid curbs and criticizing national leaders. Meanwhile, China’s central public-health authorities urged local governments to avoid unnecessary and lengthy lockdowns—something that has sparked public ire after nearly three … Continue reading China Covid Protesters Become Targets of Beijing’s Surveillance State