Senators put bipartisan pressure on Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

Senators put bipartisan pressure on Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday that the designation should be made either by the President or Congress, with both of them saying Biden must intensify pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin and continue aiding Ukraine amid the ongoing invasion . … Read more

Senate vote on tax and climate bill: Live updates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warmingmoderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers … Read more

Manchin 2024 re-election chances could ‘disappear in a flash’ following support for new spending bill

Several West Virginia Republicans could pose a threat to the re-election chances of Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., after he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a social spending measure last week that would dole out hundreds of billions of dollars and raise hundreds of billions more in new taxes. Last week, Manchin, after more … Read more

White House resists Congress’ bipartisan bid to overhaul US-Taiwan relations

But the Biden administration is once again deciding to try to cage congressional hawkishness when it comes to China and Taiwan — this time by pushing back on a popular bipartisan bill that the White House fears could upend its assurances to Beijing about maintaining America’s “One China” policy, a diplomatic acknowledgment of Beijing’s position … Read more

Gaza death toll rises amid cease-fire talks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli aircraft pummeled targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, driving up the Palestinian death toll, and militants fired repeated rounds of rockets that reached deep into Israel, even as reports emerged that the sides were seeking a cease-fire deal. While Egyptian officials worked on an agreement, another seven … Read more

Senate Democrats near passage of Inflation Reduction Act in marathon session

Washington — Democrats drove their election-year economic package towards Senate approval on Sunday, debating a measure with less ambition than President Biden’s original domestic vision but that touches deep-rooted party dreams of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. Debate began Saturday and by sunrise on Sunday, Democrats had swatted down a … Read more

Ukrainian POWs killed in Olenivka prison explosion: What to know

August 6, 2022 at 6:14 pm EDT A satellite photo provided by Maxar Technologies shows a view of the Olenivka detention center, after an explosion reportedly killed Ukrainian soldiers. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies/AP) Comment on this story Comment Early on July 29, on the outskirts of Olenivka village in eastern Ukraine, a mysterious explosion … Read more

Shift in war’s front seen as grain leaves Ukraine; plant hit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Four more ships carrying agricultural cargo were held up by the war in Ukraine received authorization Sunday to leave the country’s Black Sea coast as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the southern port cities to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine and Russia … Read more

580 rockets fired from Gaza since Friday; Iron Dome at 97% success rate

The Iron Dome missile defense system has achieved a 97 percent success rate in intercepting incoming rockets, amid almost non-stop barrages launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group since Friday, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday. The Sunday morning IDF data put the number of rockets and mortars launched towards Israel since Friday evening … Read more

580 rockets fired from Gaza since Friday; Iron Dome at 97% success rate

The Iron Dome missile defense system has achieved a 97 percent success rate in intercepting incoming rockets, amid almost non-stop barrages launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group since Friday, the Israel Defense Forces said Sunday. The Sunday morning IDF data put the number of rockets and mortars launched towards Israel since Friday evening … Read more