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Joe Biden snub of Republicans in first 100 days threatens agenda
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Joe Biden snub of Republicans in first 100 days threatens agenda

President Biden posted some historic accomplishments during his White House honeymoon — but the methods he used to earn them threaten to poison the marriage. He’s won the largest-ever spending bill from Congress, issued a flurry of executive actions reversing Trump policies, checked off his 200 million coronavirus vaccines goal and largely thrilled his left flank, while still posting impressive approval numbers among the rest of the population. But as he nears his 100th day in office the grim realities of governing in a deeply divided Washington are setting in, and the hardline approach he took toward negotiating with Republicans on the coronavirus spending bill has cost him considerable goodwill. “The legislative approach this administration deployed has been akin to Biden walking into th...
Afghanistan exit creates hurdles for counterterrorism operations
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Afghanistan exit creates hurdles for counterterrorism operations

The scheduled exit from Afghanistan in September represents much more than the end of the longest war in U.S. history. It will also mark the dawn of an era for a U.S. counterterrorism campaign that after two full decades will not have Afghanistan as a key staging ground and logistical hub. In the next phase of the war on terrorism, President Biden is making a bet on cutting-edge technology, long-range drones and intelligence assets to keep al Qaeda, the Islamic State group and other global terrorism organizations in check while cautiously banking on cooperation from unpredictable countries in historically unstable parts of the world. Top Pentagon officials say the U.S. will retain the ability to find and kill terrorist targets, including al Qaeda militants who could resurface if the Taliba...
China nixed biowarfare meeting as coronavirus queries increased
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China nixed biowarfare meeting as coronavirus queries increased

China canceled an online meeting with American officials last year to discuss mounting concerns regarding secret Chinese biological weapons work in possible violation of an international treaty, according to a new report. The meeting between State Department arms control officials and their Chinese counterparts was planned as a video conference rather than in person because of COVID-19 travel curbs. Chinese officials, citing unspecified technical problems, failed to show for the session, according to an account published this month in the State Department’s annual report on compliance with arms agreements. It was the first time in four years that Beijing refused to meet with U.S. officials to discuss suspected Chinese violations of the 1975 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, known as...
FBI use facial recognition, undercover operations to nab Capitol invaders
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FBI use facial recognition, undercover operations to nab Capitol invaders

The number of U.S. Capitol invaders charged with crimes has topped 400, Justice Department records show, and in a recent case the FBI disclosed new twists in identifying and ensnaring a suspect. A Washington Times review of scores of law enforcement affidavits justifying an arrest show this pattern: Agents examine thousands of videos and photos taken inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. In old-school detective work, officers pick out a target and compare Capitol images to online posts from that day or previous days based on tips from the invaders’ friends, co-workers and even family. To seal the deal, FBI agents openly approach the suspect in a phone call or home visit. The targets in many cases readily admit to their actions. It is difficult to deny wronging when caught on camera. In the case of...
Supreme Court ruling upends American Indian prosecutions in Oklahoma
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Supreme Court ruling upends American Indian prosecutions in Oklahoma

A Supreme Court ruling that bars state prosecutions of American Indians in Oklahoma for crimes on tribal land has led to a wave of appeals from convicts, a rising backlog of cases in federal and tribal courts, and an accused serial rapist walking away free on a technicality. “If you were going to make a nightmare, you couldn’t make one better than this,” said Scott Walton, sheriff in Rogers County, Oklahoma. Before the high court handed down its ruling in July, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Oklahoma prosecuted about 240 cases a year. The office now is indicting about 100 cases a month, about five times more, as the federal government picks up cases formerly in the state’s jurisdiction. In the past eight months, the U.S. attorney’s office has accepted 600 major fel...
Revealing Joe Biden’s hatred of humanity and religion
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Revealing Joe Biden’s hatred of humanity and religion

ANALYSIS/OPINION: On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, President Biden and his administration filed an appeal in federal court seeking to force all doctors and hospitals in the United States, regardless of religious conviction, to provide transgender surgeries to all patients who request such services. If this doesn’t disturb you, then your heart is black and your soul is cold.  This is not just a story about the Democratic Party’s undeniable disdain for religion and its ongoing war against Judeo-Christian morality. It is not just another sad tale of the progressive left’s relentless attack on our Constitution and its enumerated First Amendment rights. No, this is not just another chapter in the ongoing saga of cultural elites presuming to push their moral nihilism on all of American society. ...
Arizona Republicans seize all ballots, voting machines from Maricopa County
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Arizona Republicans seize all ballots, voting machines from Maricopa County

PHOENIX — Months after former President Donald Trump’s election defeat, legislative Republicans in Arizona are challenging the outcome as they embark on an unprecedented effort to audit the results in the state’s most populous county.  The state Senate used its subpoena power to take possession of all 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County and the machines that counted them, along with computer hard drives full of data. They’ve handed the materials over to Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based consultancy with no election experience run by a man who has shared unfounded conspiracy theories claiming the official 2020 presidential election results are illegitimate.  The process is alarming election professionals who fear the auditors are not up to the complex task and will severely undermi...
U.S. sending aid to India amid COVID-19 crisis
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U.S. sending aid to India amid COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. is sending protective gear, therapeutic drugs and raw materials for vaccines to India as it battles a catastrophic wave of COVID-19 cases that is taxing its health system, depleting oxygen supplies and forcing cremation centers to operate around the clock. “Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need,” White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said. President Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, made the commitment Sunday in a phone call with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval. The U.S. will send ingredients that will accelerate the production of Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University shot that is being ...
VP Kamala Harris: American people want a result in George Floyd reform effort
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VP Kamala Harris: American people want a result in George Floyd reform effort

Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday increased pressure on the Senate to pass legislation that would overhaul policing policies in the wake of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction, saying the “American people, in a bipartisan way,” are demanding a shake-up. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ms. Harris said the evenly divided chamber must pass a version of the House-passed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act she drafted with fellow Democrats last year. “Nine minutes and 29 seconds. People are in pain over what we all saw in that video,” Ms. Harris said, referring to the length of time Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis. “We have got to put an end to these moments where the public questions whether there’s going to be accountability, questions whethe...
Texas Democratic lawmaker: ‘Modern science’ says there are six sexes
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Texas Democratic lawmaker: ‘Modern science’ says there are six sexes

A Harvard-educated Texas Democratic lawmaker drew double-takes for declaring at a hearing that there are six sexes, prompting a rebuke from skeptics who said his count was off by four. Texas state Rep. James Talarico made his pronouncement prior to public testimony Tuesday before the Public Education Committee on House Bill 4042, a measure to bar transgender athletes from girls’ K-12 scholastic sports. Mr. Talarico, a former English teacher, first quizzed Republican state Rep. Cole Hefner, the bill’s sponsor, on how many sexes there are. Mr. Hefner said there were two. “The bill seems to think there are two,” said Mr. Talarico, who holds an M.A. in education policy from Harvard. “The one thing I want us to all be aware of recognize is that modern science obviously recognizes that there are...