Republicans target Biden Federal Reserve candidates during tense confirmation hearing

President Biden’s candidates to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors faced a heated Republican barbecue on Capitol Hill Thursday as GOP lawmakers warn of central bank overrun and say some of the president’s candidates threaten to further distance the Fed from its mandate of price stability and maximum employment. Sarah Bloom Raskin, who … Read more

US reveals Russian plot to use fake video as pretense for Ukraine invasion

The US has revealed new intelligence of a Russian plot to use a phony video as a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine. Senior administration officials said Thursday that the US believes Russia has already recruited players to stage a propaganda video depicting “graphic scenes of a staged false explosion with corpses, actors depicting mourners, … Read more

The US State Department cancels the Fulbright program for Afghan scholars

The State Department canceled the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Afghanistan for the 2022-23 academic year, according to a State Department spokesperson. The move leaves 140 Afghan semi-finalists without access to the prestigious scholarship after nearly a year of waiting. The department said it “could not offer a safe exchange experience for a new cohort … Read more

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s abortion ban proposal stifled by Republican lawmakers

A Republican-controlled South Dakota House committee declined Wednesday to consider a proposal from Governor Kristi Noem aimed at banning nearly all abortions, stifling a top item on the governor’s agenda. The Republican governor loudly trumpeted her proposal this year, which would have mimicked the private enforcement of a Texas law and prohibited abortions once medical … Read more

Biden speaks on raid in Syria that took out ISIS leader

Washington – President Biden is planning to address the nation Thursday morning about a raid by US special operations forces that led to the death of the leader of ISIS in Syria, as well as an unknown number of civilian casualties. A senior administration official said the target of the operation, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, … Read more

Texas butterfly sanctuary shutting after immigration-linked threats from Trump backers

The entrance to the National Butterfly Center on January 15, 2019, in Mission, Texas. SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP via Getty Images A butterfly sanctuary caught in the crossfire of polarizing conspiracy theories on illegal immigration to the United States says it’s shutting its doors Thursday due to security concerns after threats from supporters of former … Read more

For Biden and Adams, a meeting of similar minds on armed crime

Last summer, Eric Adams declared himself the “face” of the Democratic Party, preemptively taking the national spotlight months before taking office as mayor of New York City. The spotlight will fall directly on Adams on Thursday as he hosts President Biden for a public safety summit. For Mr. Adams, the moment represents a high-profile opportunity … Read more

One Illness Reminds Democrats They Have No Votes to Spare

In December of that year, Senator Tim Johnson, Democrat of South Dakota, had a cerebral hemorrhage, putting the slim, newly won Democratic majority in jeopardy. Though he was gone for months, Mr. Johnson ultimately returned the next fall and won re-election in 2008 despite continuing health struggles. In another recent case, Senator Mark Kirk, Republican … Read more

Reports of Civilian Casualties as US Raid in Syria Appears to Target Qaeda Leader

US Special Operations forces carried out what the Pentagon called a “successful” counterterrorism mission in northwest Syria early Thursday. But the risky commando assault against what was believed to be a Qaeda leader came amid reports from the scene that several civilians, including children, may have been killed or injured. American helicopters ferried the commandos … Read more