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    The White House defended its new strategy for countering domestic terrorism against complaints it unfairly targets conservatives and supporters of former President Donald Trump. The plan is politically "agnostic" but focuses on individuals whose political or other grievances motivate "unacceptable" violence, according to senior administration officials. BIDEN WALKS FOREIGN POLICY TIGHTROPE WITH TURKEY'S ERDOGAN IN NATO MEETING The White...
    Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, confirmed Naftali Bennett as the country’s new prime minister on Sunday evening, at the head of a narrow majority coalition of small parties that has replaced Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in 12 years. The vote was as close as it could possibly be, with the Knesset voting 60-59 to confirm the government by one...
    Washington (CNN)No shipments of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine have gone out from the federal government in several weeks, CNN has learned, because the one-shot vaccine is in short supply.The government has not sent any doses of the J&J vaccine to states since the first week of May, an official told CNN. That figure is in line with data from...
    THE Indian Covid variant now makes up 91 per cent of all cases in the UK as fears over the June 21 lockdown lift grow. The latest figures are based on an assessment seen by Matt Hancock last night. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 4Royal...
    FAMILIES needing Covid tests for their holidays face huge problems this summer due to misleading test providers on the government list, according to a new report. The list, which has a number of companies which are meant to offer reliable and affordable PCR tests for travel reasons, have been found to not only have incorrect prices but not even offer...
    More On: afghanistan Westchester bridge dedicated to fallen NYPD cop on Memorial Day Russia, China to expand Middle East influence as US withdraws troops Afghans who helped the US now fear being left behind Grant asylum to Afghans who helped United States KABUL — At least 150 Afghan troops have been killed or injured in the last 24 hours...
    AS TOP government officials try to make sense of the Pentagon's recent report on unidentified aerial phenomena, one ex-Pentagon official says UAP sightings go back at least 70 years. Former Pentagon official Lue Elizondo said the military has been seeing mysterious "tic-tac" UFOs since 1950, possibly even earlier. Read our UFO Report for the very latest news and...
    Top cybersecurity officials warned Wednesday that the U.S. can expect to see more ransomware attacks as the nation reels from recent hits on U.S interests, including meat supplies and fuel.  Chris Butera, head of Threat Hunting for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said ransomware has "continued to increase, especially in our state, local governments, as well as our critical...
    (CNN)A county in Washington state banned all local government agencies -- including the local sheriff -- from using facial recognition technology. The King County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to prohibit its administrative offices from using software applications that identify a person from an image of their face."The use or misuse of these technologies has potentially devastating consequences which the...
    In a state rocked by corruption in government over the years, Illinois lawmakers have agreed on a bipartisan ethics bill, but some said the measure doesn't go far enough to tighten ethical rules for lobbyists and lawmakers. At a news conference Monday, citing “glaring corruption” being an issue in Illinois, Senate Bill 539 would end loopholes allowing what state...
    A Biden-Harris transition team official who worked on border issues was simultaneously advising the organization that ended up getting hundreds of millions of dollars in immigration contracts from the government. This week, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general launched an investigation examining how its agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, selected a small Texas-based nonprofit organization known as Family Endeavors...
    William Amos, member of Canadian Parliament A Canadian lawmaker said he's 'stepping aside temporarily to seek assistance' after his colleagues saw him peeing - reportedly into a coffee cup - during virtual House of Commons proceedings.  William Amos made the announcement after he was caught flashing on a work call on Thursday - the second such incident in a...
    A senior National Security Council official says a 'Havana Syndrome' style sonic attack near White House left him unable to speak and thinking he was going to die.   Speaking to the New Yorker the staffer described leaving his office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last November before he fell to the ground after being hit with ringing in his ears. ...
    Former Trump administration officials feel shocked and betrayed after discovering they owe the federal government thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. More than a dozen former officials say they had not received any warning prior that they would be responsible for paying back the government in full, with bills ranging from just under $1,100 in some cases to just over...
    Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are seeking answers into whether politics trounces science after the Biden White House’s ouster of a scientist respected on both sides of the aisle from overseeing the federal government’s report on climate change. In mid-April, the White House Office of Science and Technology removed Betsy Weatherhead as the director of the National...
    The America First Policy Institute, the largest nonprofit organization founded by top Trump administration officials, is beginning a legal organization tasked with beating back unconstitutional overreach. The effort itself has been dubbed the Constitutional Litigation Partnership and "is another strong addition to AFPI’s already impressive arsenal of weapons against these assaults on our freedoms," America First Policy Institute President and...
    GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is rumored to be considering a presidential run in 2024. Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night granted a couple a "reprieve" for citations they have received for repeatedly violating COVID-19 safety regulations in Broward County, Florida. As COVID-19...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday meant to better protect the nation from cyberattacks, but even as he signed it, the White House acknowledged more will need to be done to prevent the type of hack that affected the Colonial Pipeline.That attack, which temporarily shut down the pipeline supplying fuel to the eastern United States this week, caused...
    More On: gas How pipeline fuel crisis will affect tri-state area drivers Colonial Pipeline has restarted operations after cyberattack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis demands feds ‘step up’ amid fuel crisis A good, old-fashioned gas-whooping: Video shows wild fight at fuel station amid crisis President Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order intended to improve US cybersecurity after the hack...
    President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to help protect federal systems from cyberattacks, days after a ransomware hack shuttered the largest petroleum pipeline between Texas and New York. At gas stations up and down the East Coast, drivers waited hours to fill fuel tanks as the Colonial Pipeline outage crept into a sixth day, and as the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former Maryland state government official was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for the distribution of child pornography on Tuesday. Matthew Palmer, 44, of Severna Park, pleaded guilty to the distribution back in March. Palmer previously worked with the Maryland state government, serving as Deputy Legislative Officer for the Maryland Governor’s Office and Chief Operating...
    In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell speaks with Mike Orlando, the acting director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, about the range of foreign espionage threats facing the U.S. from adversaries and challengers like Russia and China. Orlando and Morell discuss how "non-traditional collectors" within the academic and business sectors are increasingly tasked by foreign governments...
    India is under increasing pressure to institute a national lockdown in the face of its relentless COVID-19 crisis, according to reports. Indian shopkeepers assure police personnel of their compliance with government COVID restrictions.Hindustan Times via Getty Images Dr. Randeep Guleria, a government health official, said the situation calls for complete lockdown, especially where the positivity rate exceeds 10 percent,...
    The head of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank said that inflation will increase, but that it will be as temporary as the pandemic-induced toilet paper shortage last year. Inflation isn’t a concern even as prices across the economy continue to rise, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said during his remarks at a Boston College webinar on Wednesday. Rosengren also...
    The Texas agricultural commissioner is urging a judge to throw out a rule that prohibits visitors from entering the state Capitol in Austin without a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination. The Austin Statesman reported that Sid Miller argued Tuesday that the rule violates a provision in the state's constitution guaranteeing the right of residents to petition the state legislature. “I believe in...
    NEW DELHI -- COVID-19 infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with no end in sight to the crisis and a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be "horrible."India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million Tuesday, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths...
    The Rochester Public Schools Board in Minnesota approved Black Lives Matter messaging under protected “government speech,” which officials say protects the school from being held liable for allowing those views while not allowing dissenting opinions. “[By] adopting the messages that you’re adopting as government speech, you’re saying these are the messages that we’re communicating as a school district, and by...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration will begin shifting how it allocates COVID-19 shots to states, moving doses from states with lower demand to those with stronger interest in vaccines, an administration official said.The change away from a strict by-population allocation comes as demand for the coronavirus vaccines have dropped nationwide, but especially precipitously in some areas, with some states turning...
    The federal government has long been covering up the existence of UFOs because of religious objections, concerns over tarnishing its own reputation and fears of inciting public panic, according to the former Pentagon official who says he ran the program investigating “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAP. This longtime suppression of research data has resulted in a serious threat to US...
    Loading the player... Two possible incidents near the White House are being investigated by the Pentagon and other federal departments.  According to CNN, staffers from several agencies testified in front of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees earlier this month, saying a mysterious incident occurred near the Ellipse — the wide, grassy space near the south side of the...
    Former Justice Department official Mary McCord will serve in an advisory role for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court earlier this month.  McCord was one of the officials who reviewed and approved warrants to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.  The FISC, which approved the warrants in 2016 and 2017, later excoriated government officials for providing false and misleading...
    President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Supreme Court to hear Gitmo detainee's request for information on CIA-sponsored torture | General says preparations for Afghanistan withdrawal underway | Army replacing head of criminal investigations division How to get Americans on board with Biden's bold climate goals OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review MORE on Tuesday tapped a trade...
    Washington (CNN)The White House's top official on the response to the massive SolarWinds hack says the sweeping measures announced by the Biden administration against Russia are unlikely on their own to prevent Moscow's malicious cyber activity against the US and did not dispute that the hackers responsible for the massive breach are still lurking on American networks.Expelling Russian hackers from...
    URUMQI, China (AP) — A spokesperson for the Xinjiang region called accusations of genocide “counter to the facts” as China came under more pressure this week over its treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group in the remote border area. The British Parliament approved a nonbinding motion Thursday that said China’s policies amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. Human Right...
    (CNN)Federal officials are currently considering whether to renew the transportation mask requirement that expires next month, an official familiar with the discussions told CNN. The early February order from the Transportation Security Administration applies to airplanes, buses, trains and ferries, and transportation hubs like airports.The agency is currently consulting with health experts, said the official, who declined to predict whether...
    (CNN)Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has called for Joe Biden's "personal engagement" in fighting deforestation in the Amazon rain forest, in a letter sent to the US President on Wednesday. In the letter, Bolsonaro said he is committed to eliminating illegal deforestation in the Amazon by 2030. However, he also said that "massive resources" will be needed and the support of...
    The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded. It was the beginning of an 11-day ordeal in February, during which she says she was repeatedly raped by 23 soldiers who forced nails, a rock and other items...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong on Thursday warned foreign forces not to interfere with the “bottom line” of national security in the city, threatening retaliation amid tensions between China and Western powers. The U.S., Britain and their allies have condemned China’s tightening control over Hong Kong’s freedoms, including the sweeping national security law and electoral...
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly ordered the execution of a top higher education official for "anti-party activities" — after he complained about not receiving support and resources from the government. The man in his 50s, only identified as Park, had been selected to serve as chairman of the Ministry of Higher Education’s "non-standing commission for the implementation...
    CAIRO (AP) — The death toll from tribal violence in Sudan’s restive Darfur region has climbed to 132 as looting continued on Thursday, a local Sudanese local official said. The violence poses a challenge to efforts by Sudan’s transitional government to end decades-long rebellions in areas like Darfur, where conflict often falls along ethnic lines. The latest clashes grew...
    For years, flagrant violations of the Hatch Act were rivaled only by “Infrastructure Week” as the grimmest running joke of the Trump administration. But nearly three months after President Donald Trump left office, a former administration official has been formally disciplined for exploiting their position for political purposes—and more could be on the way. Lynne Patton, a longtime Trump Organization...
    The defense department inspector general has uncovered evidence that Michael Flynn accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign interests and governments, despite repeated warnings by the DoD and the justice department that his conduct might be illegal, the Guardian can reveal. After the retired general pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal criminal charges that he had lied to the...
    Lynne Patton, event planner and Head of Region II for HUD, looks on as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), take questions after signing a ceremonial agreement between the federal government and the City of New York intended to correct mismanagement of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA),...
    New autopsy report reveals 2004 death of Alonzo Brooks was a homicide Florida governor trying to prevent real catastrophic flood situation at reservoir The palace intrigue rocking Jordan took a mysterious turn on Monday when the former crown prince, who claimed he was under house arrest after being accused of plotting a coup against his half-brother the king, vowed...