In 2014, the Obama administration, without ample prior consultations and discussions, announced its “strategic pivot” to Asia. China was angered , and many friends and allies were alarmed by the seemingly sudden shift in American policy. China would become “ the pacing threat” for the Obama administration’s national security planning. The next two administrations would follow suit . “Pacing” like “ prevailing ” is a marvelously loose word that implies more than it means. But does “pacing” demand dramatic action? Or is its ambiguity a clever disguise to hide intent? “Prevailing” is equally elusive. Did the U.S. prevail in Afghanistan by killing Osama bin Laden despite the fraught withdrawal a decade later? Given Russia’s military buildup around Ukraine’s borders and Western intelligence forecasts that an invasion may be imminent in late January, surely Moscow is the more “clear and present danger.” China only talks about regaining Taiwan by force if necessary. … [Read more...] about Is Russia or China a bigger threat?
The U.S. Navy said Sunday that it had rescued two Iranian fishermen adrift who had been in the Gulf of Oman for eight days. The cargo ship USNS Charles Drew picked up the fishermen and provided medical care, food and water after members of an international naval coalition got distress calls, Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement. They were transferred Sunday to an Omani coast guard vessel near Muscat, the capital of Oman , the statement said. Both were “in good health and spirits,” it added. Iran remains ready to return to nuclear talks 'very soon,' says new Iranian foreign minister Sept. 25, 2021 32:38 “This is what we are trained and ready to do,” said Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, the U.S. 5th Fleet and the multinational Combined Maritime Forces. “As professional mariners, we have a responsibility to help people in need at sea.” Iranian officials did not comment … [Read more...] about U.S. Navy rescues two Iranian fishermen stranded at sea for eight days
Senate Democrats are set for a reckoning on their months-long pledge to pass voting rights legislation, including trying to change the rules to leapfrog needing GOP support. The Senate had been scheduled to be out of town this week for a week-long Martin Luther King Jr. Day recess. But Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer Chuck Schumer Romney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Joe Biden's disastrous 48 hours MORE (D-N.Y.) kept the Senate in town in order to bring up voting rights legislation, paving the way for a months-long shadow fight over the legislative filibuster, which requires 60 votes for most bills to advance, to come to a head. ADVERTISEMENT The debate means the Senate is missing Schumer’s self-imposed deadline to hold the rules change vote by Monday. Schumer had threatened to keep senators in town through the weekend to meet the date, but … [Read more...] about This week: Democrats set for showdown on voting rights, filibuster
5 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top diplomat on Monday angrily rejected the U.S. allegations that it was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine as Russian troops have remained concentrated near the border. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had already deployed operatives to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to carry out acts of sabotage there and blame them on Ukraine in a “false-flag operation” to create a pretext for possible invasion. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the U.S. claim as “total disinformation.” He reaffirmed that Russia expects a written response this week from the U.S. and its allies to Moscow’s request for binding guarantees that NATO will not embrace Ukraine or any other ex-Soviet nations, or station its forces and weapons there. Washington and its allies firmly rejected Moscow's demands during last week’s Russia-U.S. … [Read more...] about Russia denies looking for pretext to invade Ukraine
3 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community, the U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican, Tim Scott of South Carolina, is putting forth what he characterizes as a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he’s best-positioned to rebut. But that approach comes with some harsh words about President Joe Biden’s recent rhetoric. In conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Scott told The Associated Press that he hoped recent constituent roundtables on topics like building generational wealth would refocus a fraught national conversation on race. The current climate, Scott said, was only exacerbated by Biden's recent voting rights speech, which Scott called “misleading." Last week in Atlanta, Biden challenged senators to “stand against voter suppression” by changing Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation that Republicans are blocking from debate and votes. Biden likened the wrongs of … [Read more...] about Scott creates MLK Day videos, hopes to rebut Biden speech
Presented by Facebook Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported today: 850,605. As of today, 74.2 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 62.3 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker and the government’s definition. The percentage of the Americans who have received third or booster doses is 23.7. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, President Biden Joe Biden Carville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A 15-year-old shot by a Miami-Dade police officer is hospitalized in critical condition. The teen was shot Sunday after trying to flee from police. READ MORE: Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Celebrated With Parades, Unity March “Once they activated their emergency lights, the vehicle immediately fled and soon thereafter lost control and crashed into a fence,” said Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta. Police said after the vehicle crashed near NW 56 Street and NW 22 Avenue, its occupants tried to escape on foot. Among them was the 15-year-old who had been driving the car. Officers were able to catch up to him. “The detective confronted the subject, the subject was armed, shots were fired, the subject was struck and he was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center,” said Zabaleta. READ MORE: South Florida Law Enforcement Brace For Reckless "Wheels Up, Guns Down" Riders Police said the teen, who was armed, had a warrant out for his arrest. “He … [Read more...] about Teen Shot By Miami-Dade Police In Critical Condition
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Local police, federal officials, and authorities in Great Britain are continuing their investigation Monday into the weekend standoff at a North Texas synagogue that ended with an armed British national dead and a rabbi crediting past security training for getting him and three members of his congregation out safely. Authorities identified the hostage-taker as a 44-year-old British national, Malik Faisal Akram, who was killed Saturday night after the last hostages ran out of Congregation Beth Israel around 9 p.m. The FBI said there was no early indication that anyone else was involved, but it had not provided a possible motive. READ MORE: Jewish Communities Across US On Heightened Alert After North Texas Standoff The investigation stretched to England, where late Sunday police in Manchester announced that two teenagers were in custody in connection with the standoff. Greater Manchester Police tweeted that counter-terrorism officers had made … [Read more...] about Jewish Leaders Say Past Security Training Was Key During North Texas Synagogue Hostage Standoff
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A possible drone attack may have sparked an explosion that struck three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and another fire at an extension of Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday that killed three people and wounded six, police said. Abu Dhabi police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. It did not identify the wounded, who police said suffered minor or moderate wounds. Police said an investigation was underway. While Abu Dhabi police did not immediately offer any suspects for the possible assault, Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the United Arab Emirates, without elaborating. The Iranian-backed Houthis have claimed several attacks that Emirati officials later denied took place. The incident comes while Yemen’s yearslong war rages on and as an Emirati-flagged vessel found itself recently captured by the Houthis. That’s as Abu Dhabi largely … [Read more...] about Suspected drone attack in UAE kills 3, wounds 6
'Deadliest Attack in Yemen's 19-Month War' Kills Dozens Oct. 10, 2016 01:37 A Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a funeral hall packed with thousands of mourners in Yemen's capital Saturday, killing over 140 people and wounding more than 525 others in one of the deadliest single attacks of the country's civil war, a U.N. official said. Saudi Arabia announced early Sunday that it would launch an investigation into "reports about the regrettable and painful bombing" in Sanaa, without acknowledging that its coalition battling rebels in Yemen is the only force with air power in the conflict. Thousands of Yemenis marched outside the U.N. building in Sanaa, urging an independent investigation and blaming the United Nations for not ending the conflict. Some protesters brandished automatic weapons, and rebel supporters in the crowd called on people from the region to rise up and attack Saudi Arabia. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the bombing in a statement, … [Read more...] about Yemeni Officials Say Over 140 Killed in Saudi Airstrike: U.N.