Biden’s handwritten notes part of classified docs probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is a man who writes down his thoughts. And some of those handwritten musings over his decades of public service are now a part of a special counsel’s investigation into the handling of classified documents. It isn’t clear yet what the investigators are looking for by taking custody of … Read more

US releases Guantanamo prisoner once tortured at CIA sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials said Thursday they released and sent to Belize a onetime al-Qaida courier who had completed his sentence. The transfer of Majid Khan ended an imprisonment that included torture at clandestine CIA sites and 16 years at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Khan, a Pakistani citizen who grew up outside … Read more

After Tyre Nichols funeral, Biden faces pressure on policing

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Vice President Kamala Harris was called to the pulpit at the funeral for Tyre Nichols, she said the White House would settle for nothing less than ambitious federal legislation to crack down on police brutality. “We should not delay. And we will not be denied,” Harris said to applause in Memphis, … Read more

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to deliver Republican response to State of the Union address

Washington CNN  —  Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address, according to an announcement from GOP congressional leaders. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Thursday that Sanders will give the Republican address to the nation from … Read more

No EI benefits for man fired over COVID-19 vaccine, test refusal: Federal Court – National

If you were fired from your job for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and test, there is a good chance you won’t be eligible for any unemployment benefits in Canada, legal experts say. A federal court decision last week stated that a man in Ontario was not entitled to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits … Read more

House passes resolution to remove Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

CNN  —  The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass a resolution to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee. House Republicans have argued Omar should not serve on the committee in light of past statements she has made related to Israel that in some cases been criticized … Read more

Russia hits civilian targets anew, EU officials visit Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit residential areas in an eastern Ukrainian city Thursday for the second time in 24 hours, while top European Union officials held talks with the government in Kyiv as the war with Russia approaches its one-year milestone. The latest strikes in Kramatorsk came as rescue crews searched for survivors … Read more

White House transfers Guantanamo detainee to Belize – MSNBC

White House transfers Guantanamo detainee to Belize  MSNBC U.S. transfers Pakistani Guantanamo Bay detainee  Reuters Tortured Guantánamo Detainee Is Freed in Belize  The New York Times View Full Coverage on Google News

Biden confirms his top economic aide is leaving the White House

CNN  —  President Joe Biden announced Thursday that his National Economic Council Director Brian Deese plans to step down from his role, a long-awaited confirmation of an expected departure. Biden’s statement did not provide any details on a successor or timing of Deese’s departure, but praised his top economist’s work during a difficult time for … Read more

Iran accuses Israel of launching drone attack on weapons facility

Permanent Representative of Iran Amir Saeid Iravani at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on December 14, 2022. Yuki Iwamura | Afp | Getty Images Iran’s government is accusing Israel of carrying out a drone strike on a weapons factory near the central Iranian city of Isfahan. The strike, which took place on … Read more