Service members forced to “play God” amid chaotic Afghan withdrawal, Army investigation details

New documents detail how the administration’s lack of coordination over the withdrawal from Afghanistan put the burden on young service members to “play God” on who left Kabul. The Army investigation into the August 26 Abbey Gate attack at the airport in Kabul that killed 13 US service members and 170 Afghan civilians included interviews … Read more

New York couple charged with conspiring to launder crypto billions

A New York couple was arrested Tuesday and charged with conspiracy to launder billions of dollars’ worth of stolen bitcoin, resulting in the seizure of $ 3.6 billion in cryptocurrency, the Justice Department announced, the largest financial seizure in the department’s history. Russian national Ilya Lichtenstein, 34, and his wife, Heather Morgan, 31, are accused … Read more

Veterans’ Groups Splinter Over Ukraine Crisis

WASHINGTON – An antiwar alliance of veterans that emerged from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and spanned the political spectrum is splintering badly over the US response to the threatening moves of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia against Ukraine. The fracturing is more ideological than partisan: Some groups on the left that opposed … Read more

Veterans’ Groups Splinter Over Ukraine Crisis

WASHINGTON – An antiwar alliance of veterans that emerged from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and spanned the political spectrum is splintering badly over the US response to the threatening moves of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia against Ukraine. The fracturing is more ideological than partisan: Some groups on the left that opposed … Read more

Democratic governors in several states ease mask mandates, though White House is sticking with stricter guidance

Democratic governors in several states are rolling back mask mandatesgetting ahead of Biden administration guidance that still call for masking in schools and many other indoor spaces. California Governor Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Delaware Governor John Carney and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on Monday all announced some rollback of indoor masking requirements. … Read more

Supreme Court halts redraw of Alabama’s congressional map

The US Supreme Court voted 5-4 Monday to halt the ordered redraw of Alabama’s congressional map, a blow for anti-gerrymandering advocates and Democrats who were hoping to add a second Black-majority congressional district in the state. The court will hear the case in its next term, after the 2022 elections, determining whether the Republican-drawn map … Read more

Erik Prince Helped Raise Money for Conservative Spy Venture

WASHINGTON – During the summer of 2018, as Richard Seddon, a former British spy, was trying to launch a new venture to use undercover agents to infiltrate progressive groups, Democratic campaigns and other opponents of President Donald J. Trump, he turned for help to a longtime friend and former colleague: Erik Prince, the private military … Read more

Biden science adviser Eric Lander resigns after acknowledging “demeaning” conduct

Dr. Eric Lander, a top science adviser to President Biden, resigned Monday night. His resignation of him comes hours after White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed he had been investigated over a complaint that he mistreated staff. Politico reported on Sunday that an internal White House investigation found that Lander, a Cabinet member, had … Read more