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    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers met with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Friday morning in a surprise one-day visit intended to reaffirm the United States’ “rock solid” support for the self-governing island. The bi-partisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night and were planning to meet with senior leaders including Tsai, said the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy. No further details were provided about their itinerary. The visit comes as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. “When news of our trip broke yesterday, my office received a blunt message from the Chinese Embassy, telling me to call off the trip,” Representative Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., who is part of the delegation, wrote on Twitter. Representatives Mark Takano, D-Calif., Colin Allred, D-Texas., Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C., are also part of the visiting delegation. “We are...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Five U.S. lawmakers are in Taiwan on Friday in a surprise one-day visit, said the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto embassy. The lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday night and will meet with senior leaders on the island. No further details were provided about their itinerary. The visit comes as tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades. Taiwan has been self-ruled since the two sides split during a civil war in 1949, but China considers the island part of its own territory. “Just touched down in the Republic of Taiwan,” tweeted Republican Representative Nancy Mace of South Carolina on Thursday night, using the island’s unofficial name. Representatives Mark Takano, D-Calif., Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., Colin Allred, D-Texas., Sara Jacobs, D-Calif. and Mace are all part of the visiting delegation. The trip comes just a few weeks after a group of six Republican lawmakers visited the island. That congressional delegation met with President Tsai Ing-wen, National Security Secretary General Wellington Koo and Foreign...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)A delegation of United States lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday sparking immediate condemnation from China, with Beijing describing the trip as an "act of provocation."The unspecified group landed in Taipei on a Boeing C-40A military plane shortly after 6 p.m. local time, according to flight details by Flightaware. The plane subsequently took off for Okinawa after a brief stay at the airport.Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the visit and said the trip was arranged by the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taipei. It did not disclose the names of the lawmakers involved in the visit, nor their itinerary.When approached for comment, the American Institute in Taiwan did not confirm the list of lawmakers but directed CNN to Sen. John Cornyn's office for information, a Republican from Texas.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told reporters Tuesday the trip "seriously violated the one-China principle" and demanded the US "immediately stop any form of official interaction with Taiwan."Read More"We urge the US congressmen to recognize the situation. Collaborating with the 'Taiwan independence' forces is...
    TAIWAN (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – A delegation of United States lawmakers, including at least one from Texas, arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday, November 9 sparking immediate condemnation from China, with Beijing describing the trip as an “act of provocation.” The unspecified group landed in Taipei on a Boeing C-40A military plane shortly after 6 p.m. local time, according to flight details by Flightaware. The plane subsequently took off for Okinawa after a brief stay at the airport. READ MORE: Astroworld Fest Emergency Operations Plan Did Not Include Crowd Sure ProtocolsTaiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the visit and said the trip was arranged by the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taipei. It did not disclose the names of the lawmakers involved in the visit, nor their itinerary. When approached for comment, the American Institute in Taiwan did not confirm the list of lawmakers but directed CNN to Sen. John Cornyn’s office for information, a Republican from Texas. An unconfirmed passenger manifest released by Taiwan-based Mirror Media said there were 13 people in the group, including four Republican...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Bumping their elbows in greeting, European Union parliamentarians met with Taiwan’s premier on Wednesday in the first official visit of an EU delegation to the self-ruled island, which is also claimed by China. Thirteen members of the EU committee on foreign interference in democratic processes are visiting Taiwan, after the European Parliament passed a resolution last month calling for the body to “intensify EU-Taiwan political relations.” “Although we are geographically very far away, between our two sides, we share the same values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. … In those regards, we are actually very close,” Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang said. The European delegation will also meet President Tsai Ing-wen and Digital Minister Audrey Tang, and visit Taiwanese think tanks, NGOs and others working on countering disinformation. The visit comes amid growing support for the democratic island, which China claims as part of its territory to be annexed by force if necessary, and rising negative perceptions toward Beijing in Western countries. “The flourishing of your democracy is formidable and this is...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Bumping their elbows in greeting, European Union parliamentarians met with Taiwan’s premier Su Tseng-chang on Wednesday, in the first official visit of an EU delegation to the island. Thirteen members of the EU’s committee on foreign interference in democratic processes are visiting Taiwan, after the EU parliament passed a resolution last month calling for the body to “intensify EU-Taiwan political relations.” “Although we are geographically very far away, between our two sides, we share the same values, such as freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law… In those regards, we are actually very close,” said Su. The European delegation will also meet President Tsai Ing-wen and digital minister Audrey Tang, and visit Taiwanese think tanks, NGOs and others working on countering disinformation. The visit comes amid growing support for the island and rising negative perceptions toward China in Western countries. “The flourishing of your democracy is formidable and this is why we are so happy to be here,” said Raphael Glucksmann, the chair of the foreign interference committee. ”You have shown that...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In just over a week, we’ve seen two protests of the Line 3 pipeline. But Friday morning, some Minnesota lawmakers and union members gathered at the State Capitol in support of it. The group of 60 GOP lawmakers released a statement, saying they are “offended” that a group, led by Rep. Ilhan Omar, is visiting northern Minnesota to protest the project. READ MORE: 69 Arrests Made During Line 3 Protest Outside Governor’s Mansion “We are offended the D.C. ‘Squad’, led by Minneapolis Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, is coming to Northern Minnesota to protest and further obstruct a thoroughly vetted, tested, and approved project. Their presence will only serve to incite the obstructionists when it’s clear Line 3 has brought incredible benefits to the state and people. The blatant mistruths in their recent letter to the Biden Administration have already been debunked by union leaders,” the statement said. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-8th District) hosted the press conference along with other state lawmakers and union members late Friday morning. “In northern Minnesota, the constituents I represent...
      The surprise decision by two lawmakers to travel to Afghanistan, which Pentagon officials were “not aware” of in advance, distracted from the evacuation mission underway at the Kabul airport, according to the Defense Department’s top spokesperson. Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Moulton2 House lawmakers make secret trip to Afghanistan amid evacuations US military faces growing calls to do more to evacuate Afghanistan Overnight Defense: Top general acknowledges intel missed speed of Afghan collapse MORE (D-Mass.) and Rep. Peter MeijerPeter Meijer2 House lawmakers make secret trip to Afghanistan amid evacuations GOP rift opens up over resettling Afghan refugees Former longtime Sen. Carl Levin dies at 87 MORE (R-Mich.) on Tuesday secretly traveled to Afghanistan to see conditions on the ground and push President BidenJoe BidenUS intel report on COVID-19 origins inconclusive: WaPo NBC correspondent: History will remember Afghan withdrawal as 'very dark period' Overnight Defense & National Security: Outcry over Biden's Afghanistan deadline MORE to extend his Aug. 31 deadline to pull all U.S. forces from the country. But the visit “took time away from what [U.S. military forces] had been planning to do that...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress are facing condemnation and questions following their surprise visit to Afghanistan this week, which diverted resources from the U.S.’s chaotic withdrawal, enraged military leaders and led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to declare it not “a good idea.” Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., flew in on a charter aircraft and were on the ground at the Kabul airport for several hours Tuesday before flying out on a military plane. They billed their “secret” visit as an effort to conduct congressional oversight of the Biden administration’s handling of a rapidly deteriorating situation after the Taliban’s lightning fast takeover of the country. But it stunned State Department and U.S. military personnel. They said the resources needed to protect the congressmen detracted from the evacuation effort and raised the possibility that the lawmakers’ flight out could have deprived seats to other Americans or Afghans looking to flee the country before President Joe Biden’s Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawal. “We are obviously not encouraging VIP visits to a very tense, dangerous...
    Two more Texas Democrats have tested positive for coronavirus during a trip they took to Washington, D.C. The news comes just one day after three of their colleagues also reported that they had contracted the virus.  It brings the number of Texas state lawmakers who have tested COVID-positive, who were also in Washington, to five, according to the Texas Tribune San Antonio Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer said on Sunday he was among the two new positive tests.  San Antonio Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer said Sunday he was among the two new positive tests Austin Rep. Celia Israel said confirmed she was among the initial group of three to test positive 'Today, I received a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test result. I am fully vaccinated, and had tested negative on Friday and Saturday. I am quarantining until I test negative, and I am grateful to be only experiencing extremely mild symptoms,' he said in a statement.  Earlier on Sunday, Austin Rep. Celia Israel said in a statement she was among the  initial group of three to test positive.  The...
    A trio of lawmakers from Texas called on President Biden and Vice President Harris to travel to the Lone Star State and visit the southern border amid the ongoing crisis. Republican Sen. John Cornyn, Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar coauthored an opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, noting that border apprehensions have skyrocketed during the Biden administration.  The lawmakers pointed out that the U.S. is on track to receive "the highest number of total yearly border crossings in two decades" after nearly 930,000 migrants including "almost 80,000 unaccompanied children" have illegally crossed over into America in the past 8 months. KAMALA HARRIS HAS GONE 90 DAYS WITHOUT VISIT TO BORDER SINCE BEING TAPPED FOR CRISIS ROLE "The momentum for this crisis has been building for months, but no significant action has been taken to address it." the lawmakers wrote. "The president and vice president have yet to even visit the border." The Texans lambasted Harris for saying "she is interested in doing work that leads to real results as opposed to ‘grand gestures,’"...
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    North Carolina lawmakers in the state House and Senate approved bills on Wednesday guaranteeing a patient’s family members and clergy are allowed to visit during emergencies like a pandemic. The Senate’s bill was called “No Patient Left Behind” and was passed in a 40-9 vote, the Associated Press reported. The bill outlines warnings and fines that will be given to health care facilities, hospice care, residential treatment facilities and nursing homes if they do not allow family members or clergy in to see patients during emergency times. The facilities must go off guidance from the Medicaid and Medicare rules on what extent visitors are allowed during emergencies, according to AP. If a healthcare facility refuses to let visitors in, they would receive a warning and then a $500 fine. The House passed a similar bill in a 98-19 vote. The bill calls for hospitals to allow a clergy member to visit if a patient asks for one. The clergy member could be required to go through health screenings before allowing the visit, AP noted. The bills were inspired by situations across...
    Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and six other GOP lawmakers are urging Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as soon as possible. Congress members note that President Biden on March 24 tapped Harris to lead "efforts to stem migration across the U.S.-Mexico border." "There is no substitute for seeing overcrowded migrant facilities in person and speaking directly with our border agents and officers who are dealing with this crisis on the human level every day," Fleischmann, ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee's Homeland Security Subcommittee, wrote.  VP Kamala Harris Letter U.S. - Mexico Border by Fox News on Scribd He added that lawmakers "are greatly concerned about the Biden administration's ability or willingness to respond to this humanitarian crisis when neither the President nor the Vice President has gone to the Southwest border to assess this crisis for themselves." ARIZONA AG SAYS KAMALA HARRIS HASN'T RESPONDED TO HIS INVITATION TO TOUR THE BORDER "We invite you to make the journey to the southern border and to work with Congress to find solutions to mitigate this humanitarian and national security crisis in order...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Members of Congress laid flowers Sunday at the three massage businesses in Georgia where a gunman killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, and demanded that prosecutors charge the suspect with a hate crime. The congressional delegation included members of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, which said Asian Americans have faced increased hostility since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers said they wanted to experience the shooter’s roughly 30-mile (48-kilometer) trip from Cherokee County, where police say he killed four people at Youngs Asian Massage, to Atlanta, where he is accused of shooting and killing four more people at two businesses across the street from each other. New Jersey Rep. Andy Kim said he came to show solidarity with the local Asian American community and try to understand how it felt after the March 16 attack. “As I come here, what comes to mind is the idea that this could have been anywhere,” Kim, who is Korean American, said. “And that’s what makes us so fearful right now. We’re fearful because what...
    White House officials and lawmakers headed to the southern border Wednesday for a surprise trip to an influx facility that temporarily houses unaccompanied children, but President Biden skipped the trip despite Republicans' calls for him to see the crisis in person. The trip would have been Biden's first visit as president to a facility responding to the influx of children, families, and adults from Mexico, for which Republicans have blamed him. The group is only visiting a Department of Health and Human Services facility and not touring the border or looking at Border Patrol stations and facilities, which are overcrowded with people being held longer than the three-day cap. BORDER PATROL NOT RETURNING MAJORITY OF FAMILIES DESPITE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS The White House announced Wednesday morning that staff and members of Congress would travel to the Office of Refugee Resettlement's facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, which had stopped accepting children from the Border Patrol after the coronavirus positivity rate spiked past 10%. HHS said Tuesday that it was opening another facility on the property that would be a set...
    A group of White House officials and members of Congress will travel on Wednesday to a facility housing young migrants near the southern border and will be accompanied by a media member as the Biden administration faces pressure to provide transparency on the situation at the border. The White House did not specify which officials will be traveling to the Carrizo Springs, Texas, facility run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. But it said one network camera will be allowed into the facility to provide footage to the rest of the media. "The Biden Administration is committed to transparency and will continue to work with agencies on creating avenues for media access and visibility at both Homeland Security and Health and Human Service facilities," the White House said in a statement. "Agencies will continue working to fulfill requests from Members of Congress for access to these facilities as well." The administration has faced repeated questions in recent weeks over the lack of press access to the facilities where migrant children are being held as it grapples with a growing crisis at the border....
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Friday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers as an influx of migrants seek asylum, creating a backlog of unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody.  Mayorkas was joined by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Gary Peters and ranking member Rob Portman, as well as the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security, Democrat Chris Murphy, and ranking member Shelley Moore Capito. The group traveled to El Paso, Texas, visiting the Paso del Norte International Crossing, "where they were provided with an overview of Port of Entry enforcement activities and a briefing on the wind down of the Migrant Protection Protocols," according to a readout of the trip from the Department of Homeland Security. They also visited the newly constructed Centralized Processing Center where unaccompanied minors and families are initially sheltered after crossing the border, and toured the CHS Trail House Shelter, an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility providing care for children before they're placed with family members or a sponsor. Roughly 4,500 unaccompanied migrant children were...
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    Fencing encircling the Capitol, put up temporarily after the Jan. 6 riot, is now a hindrance to voters meeting their elected representatives, Republican House members say. “We haven’t had visitors, to my knowledge, in here in a year. It’s been almost exactly a year. No constituents can come and see us. No groups or organizations can come and see us. Nobody can sit in the gallery and watch us. They’re not having regular committee hearings. They’re cramming all this stuff through,” Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican who leads the House Freedom Caucus, told the Washington Examiner. Rep. Thomas Massie called the fencing “a joke” and said that “closing the people’s house to the people is an evolutionary cul-de-sac.” SECURITY TASK FORCE BRIEFS LAWMAKERS ON RETRACTABLE FENCING AND OTHER SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS The Kentucky Republican added, “If the executive branch wanted to cancel the legislative branch, they would surround us with razor wire and soldiers and prevent people from seeing us. Yet, we have done this to ourselves.” After the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, by rioters upset...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian lawmakers on Monday visited an impoverished southeastern province that has been roiled by recent unrest, state-run media reported, the government’s most visible step yet to address rising popular resentment in the region. Five members of parliament, including from the influential committee for national security and foreign policy, arrived in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan to investigate the turmoil, state-run IRNA news agency reported. Last week, border guards shot at fuel smugglers trying to cross into Iran from Pakistan, killing at least two and sparking protests across the city of Saravan. Demonstrators stormed a local governor’s building and police station, clashing with security forces. Some even descended on a checkpoint armed with grenade launchers, according to the governor, killing one officer. While information about the unrest in the remote region remains sensitive and difficult to verify, the official parliamentary visit signaled that the matter is serious for Tehran. A day before, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported that the country’s police chief dismissed and replaced the local provincial police commander, an unexplained move...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An FBI agent visited the home of a Michigan lawmaker’s top aide after authorities were told that she had discussed the use of tear gas before the election. But Katie Reiter said the visit was because of a bizarre misunderstanding: She had been on the phone 10 days earlier in October talking about legislation to ban the use of tear gas by police. “No one should have to go through what she experienced,” Reiter’s boss, state Sen. Rosemary Bayer, an Oakland County Democrat, told The Detroit News. “I look forward to hearing from the FBI their plan to prevent these situations from happening in the future.” Bayer said an appliance repairman who was at Reiter’s home might have overheard the conversation. The FBI said that it received a complaint from a “concerned citizen” about the “use of tear gas during the upcoming election.” “At no time prior to that interview did the citizen or the FBI know the reported comments were made in the context of proposed legislation,” spokeswoman Mara Schneider said. The story was first...
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