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Josh Hawley, under fire for obstruction and capitol riot, fails to win over CPAC

Josh Hawley, under fire for obstruction and capitol riot, fails to win over CPAC

ShareMissouri Sen. Josh Hawley has emerged as one of the most controversial GOP lawmakers since former President was defeated in November's election, a position that has earned him criticism from his colleagues on the Hill and constituents in his home state.While more moderate have sought to pull the party back towards the center, Hawley is among those seeking to capitalize on anger and confusion among to position himself for a future presidential run.But straw polls taken at this weekend's in Orlando, Florida, suggests that Hawley's gamble is not paying off. Just 3 percent of respondents...

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Joe Biden Syria airstrike prompts hypocrisy accusations

Joe Biden Syria airstrike prompts hypocrisy accusations

SharePresident 's first known action against Iran-backed militias in the Middle East has prompted bipartisan concerns that his administration will follow a historic pattern of reactionary American military action in the Middle East.Liberals and conservatives alike noted it took just over a month between Biden taking office and launching his first strike on in the Middle East. Biden is also overseeing continued anti-terrorism operations against Islamic State militants and other groups in the Middle East and Africa.The targeted Iranian-linked Iraqi militias—among them Kataib Hezbollah and...

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America is exporting its extreme right abroad via social media, experts warn

America is exporting its extreme right abroad via social media, experts warn

ShareThe battle against far-right extremism will be a significant part of President 's domestic agenda. Long on the fringes of American society and politics, far-right extremists were energized and emboldened by former President and his allies, who did little to discourage their rise and at times even helped it.Biden came to office days after a right-wing mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, sending lawmakers running for their lives and horrifying those who still considered the American political system—for all its obvious faults—the pinnacle of democracy.Since 9/11, far-right extremism has played...

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says House GOP has "legitimate white supremacist sympathizers"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says House GOP has "legitimate white supremacist sympathizers"

ShareDemocratic Rep. has accused House of kowtowing to white supremacist groups in their refusal to back consequences for the storming of the Capitol earlier this month by a far-right, pro-President mob bent on overturning the election results.Speaking with 's Chris Hayes on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez suggested the House GOP is turning into "something much more nefarious" having been stripped of their leader in the White House, and are now turning to white supremacist organizations "as a political tool."Ocasio-Cortez was among the lawmakers forced to flee the chambers on January 6 when...

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Republicans stand by Marjorie Taylor Greene as House GOP stalls on taking action

Republicans stand by Marjorie Taylor Greene as House GOP stalls on taking action

ShareThe GOP is wrestling with how to deal with its most controversial and extreme House member—Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene—as prominent clash over her range of offensive beliefs.Past comments made by the Georgia lawmaker have set off an ideological battle in the GOP, which is still trying to decide what path to take after losing the White House and the in November's elections.Taylor represents the nationalist, populist, conspiracy theory-laden wing of the party that was cultivated by former President and his allies.Greene has inflamed tensions by—among other things—trying to...

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Russia warns Joe Biden it will retaliate against any U.S. sanctions over Alexei Navalny

Russia warns Joe Biden it will retaliate against any U.S. sanctions over Alexei Navalny

ShareRussia has warned that it will retaliate against any American sanctions imposed over the imprisonment of anti-corruption and pro-democracy campaigner , who was jailed for almost three years on Tuesday.Moscow is facing international outrage over its treatment of Navalny, who has long been harassed by law enforcement and Kremlin loyalists for his campaign against President 's dictatorship and the corruption rampant among Russia's rulers and their oligarch allies. returned to Russia in January after several months in Germany, where he was recuperating from an assassination attempt by...

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Iran says Joe Biden's nuclear deal window is closing as Tehran tests new rocket

Iran says Joe Biden's nuclear deal window is closing as Tehran tests new rocket

ShareIranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has once again warned President that the window to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal is closing, adding that the new administration should prioritize the accord over political maneuvering.Speaking with 's Christiane Amanpour in an interview broadcast Monday, Zarif again insisted that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons. Soon after the interview aired, Iran's military tested its latest satellite launch system, elements of which could be used in a ballistic missile research program."The time for the United States to...

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Ex-Trump aide invites Marjorie Taylor Greene to meet Pentagon staff who experienced 9/11

Ex-Trump aide invites Marjorie Taylor Greene to meet Pentagon staff who experienced 9/11

ShareAlyssa Farah, who served as a press secretary at the and later as President 's director of strategic communications, has hit out at GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after a recording emerged of the far-right Georgia lawmaker backing debunked 9/11 conspiracy theories.Greene has already become one of the most controversial House lawmakers since taking office on January 3, having been elected in the November to represent Georgia's 14th district.She has been criticized for—among other things—trying to overturn the presidential election results citing Trump's baseless electoral fraud...

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Missouri faith leaders tell Josh Hawley to resign, say he'll "sell his soul" for career

Missouri faith leaders tell Josh Hawley to resign, say he'll "sell his soul" for career

ShareFaith leaders in Missouri have called on Sen. Josh Hawley to resign over his role in inciting the Capitol rioting earlier this month, branding him an "opportunist" who is putting his own self-interest before the voters he was elected to represent.Hawley has been widely criticized for objecting to the certification of the November presidential election results, which saw President defeat former President . Hawley—along with Texas Sen. —objected to the certification as tens of thousands of pro-Trump protesters descended on the Capitol.Hawley was pictured giving a raised fist salute to...

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Saudi Arabia, MBS brace for Biden action on Yemen, Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia, MBS brace for Biden action on Yemen, Khashoggi murder

ShareSaudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be wary as President begins his term, aware that the days of near-unquestioning support and preferential treatment from President 's administration are over.Trump and his top officials stuck by the Saudi royal family despite concerns over within the kingdom, its brutal and disastrous war in Yemen, and the harassment and murder of prominent dissidents abroad.The former president instead lauded Saudi Arabian purchases of American weaponry while his foreign policy team put the kingdom at the center of its nascent regional alliance to...

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Joe Biden faces Justin Trudeau clash over Keystone XL pipeline

Joe Biden faces Justin Trudeau clash over Keystone XL pipeline

SharePresident-elect has vowed to revitalize America's traditional alliances after he takes up residence in the White House this week, repairing the damage he says President has done to the U.S.-led international system that has dominated international affairs since the Second World War.But Biden appears to be on course for an early head-to-head with Prime Minister over the $9 billion Keystone XL project, a controversial Canada-U.S. oil pipeline that has been opposed by progressives, environmentalists and indigenous groups.Trudeau has long supported the project despite the protests, arguing...

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Most Republicans still believe Capitol riot antifa conspiracies: Poll

Most Republicans still believe Capitol riot antifa conspiracies: Poll

ShareA new poll has found that a majority of Republican voters still believe anti-fascist activists were responsible for the storming of the Capitol last week, despite clear statements from GOP leaders and law enforcement dispelling the conspiracy theory.An Economist/YouGov poll published on Wednesday evening shows more than two-thirds of the surveyed blame anti-fascist activists—colloquially known as antifa—for the violence, which was actually perpetrated by supporters and conspiracy theorists seeking to overturn the result of November's presidential election.The surveys were conducted...

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Russia blames U.S. for "visa war" that caused staff shortages at last American embassy in country

Russia blames U.S. for "visa war" that caused staff shortages at last American embassy in country

ShareRussia has accused the U.S. of starting a "visa war" with Moscow, resulting in severe staff shortages at the only remaining American diplomatic mission in the country as President-Elect prepares to take office and officials continue to investigate the SolarWinds hack.The Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., issued a statement on its Facebook page Saturday disputing media reports in the U.S. blaming the Kremlin for staffing issues at the American embassy in Moscow.One report in The Washington Post said the situation was so dire that senior American diplomats had to carry out day-to-day...

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U.S., China send navies into contested sea after Taiwan show of force

U.S., China send navies into contested sea after Taiwan show of force

ShareThe American and Chinese navies are once again posturing in the South China Sea after Beijing deployed its newest aircraft carrier to the sensitive area, skirting Taiwan and ratcheting up regional tensions as President plays out his final weeks in the White House.China's Shandong carrier sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, prompting Taipei to deploy naval and air assets, Reuters reported.The carrier—commissioned last year—sailed from the Dalian shipyard in northern China accompanied by four other warships and passed south towards the South China Sea.Taiwan, which has repeatedly...

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Trump's final weeks bring risk of regional Iran war with tinderbox of sanctions, assassination and Soleimani anniversary

Trump's final weeks bring risk of regional Iran war with tinderbox of sanctions, assassination and Soleimani anniversary

SharePresident-elect 's electoral victory has brought much talk of a revival in ties with Iran, perhaps even an end to the tension and military posturing that has punctuated the last four years under President .But even on his way out of the White House, Trump appears intent on breaking the regime in Tehran. Combined with recent and upcoming events, experts warn that there is a heightened risk of war breaking out.The administration is imposing ever-more on Iran and its officials, seeking to punish the regime for its repeated refusal to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Trump and for its...

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Michael Flynn's call for "martial law" comes amid violent threats over Trump election defeat

Michael Flynn's call for "martial law" comes amid violent threats over Trump election defeat

ShareFormer national security adviser —controversially pardoned by President last week—on Tuesday retweeted a call for the White House to declare martial law and re-run last month's presidential election.The appeal—made by the Ohio non-profit We The People Convention in a Washington Times advert Tuesday—urged the president to declare "limited martial law" in order to hold a new election.The advert cited President Abraham Lincoln's suspension of Habeas Corpus during the Civil War as precedent, adding: "Then, as now, a President with courage and determination was needed to preserve the...

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A warning from Europe: Trump may be leaving, but right-wing populism is not

A warning from Europe: Trump may be leaving, but right-wing populism is not

ShareThe saying goes: "When America sneezes, the world catches a cold." The election defeat of U.S. President , the current flag-bearer of national populism, is a loud sneeze heard worldwide by his political kin.But one sneeze does not make a cold. The hard right are an entrenched, long-lasting force across the world, particularly in Europe, and will continue to shape the politics of societies in which they remain strong.Matthew Goodwin, a professor at the U.K.'s University of Kent, an associate fellow at the Chatham House think tank and an expert in populist movements, told Newsweek these...

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Trump encourages D.C. police to "not hold back" as violence erupts after "Million MAGA March"

Trump encourages D.C. police to "not hold back" as violence erupts after "Million MAGA March"

SharePresident has urged police in Washington, D.C., to not "hold back" on protesters who disrupted the so-called "Million MAGA March" this weekend, raising further fears the president is encouraging violence against his political opponents.Thousands of Trump supporters marched in Washington Saturday, calling for the result of this month's presidential election to be overturned. The demonstrators echoed false claims by the Trump campaign and its allies of widespread electoral fraud against the president, which they say illegally handed President-Elect victory.Clashes erupted between...

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Trump says Biden won, but only because the "election was rigged"

Trump says Biden won, but only because the "election was rigged"

SharePresident said on Twitter that President-Elect did defeat him in this month's election, but claimed he only appears to have done so because "the Election was Rigged."The president continued his campaign against the election results early Sunday, claiming—again without providing any evidence to support his assertions—that electoral officials have engaged in electoral fraud to cheat him out of the election.The president's team has resorted to long-shot litigation and conspiracy theories to dispute the election results. Trump has ordered multiple investigations and recounts in key swing...

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Allies say Trump wouldn't attend Biden inauguration—Scaramucci

Allies say Trump wouldn't attend Biden inauguration—Scaramucci

ShareFormer White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said President might refuse to attend the inauguration of in January if the former vice president maintains his growing electoral lead and wins the 2020 presidential election.Biden is on the verge of the presidency, leading Trump in Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Trump cannot be re-elected without Georgia and Pennsylvania, but the final batches of ballots are coming in from both (largely absentee mail-in ballots from urban and suburban areas) are favoring Biden.Biden and his campaign have said they are confident...

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Joe Biden starts election day with visit to son Beau's grave

Joe Biden starts election day with visit to son Beau's grave

ShareFormer Vice President began election day with a visit to his parish church for a mass service, followed by a visit to his son Beau's grave in the church's cemetery.The press pool accompanying Biden said Tuesday morning that the Democratic candidate and his wife Jill entered St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic church in Greenville, Delaware, at 7:10 a.m.After a service lasting around an hour, NPR political correspondent Scott Detrow—who is accompanying the vice president—said Biden visited his son Beau's grave."Joe Biden is beginning what could be the most important day of his...

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Steve Bannon claims Joe Biden's son tried to recover hard drive amid Russian interference concerns

Steve Bannon claims Joe Biden's son tried to recover hard drive amid Russian interference concerns

ShareSteve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President , has claimed that emailed a computer repair shop to reclaim a hard drive now at the center of an FBI probe into Russian disinformation.The New York Post this week detailed alleged conversations between Hunter—the son of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President —and an executive at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, on whose board Hunter previously served.The Post cited emails reportedly found on a hard drive supplied by Trump attorney . Giuliani has long been involved in Trump's political machinations in Ukraine and...

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Trump's border wall with Mexico is not "almost built"

Trump's border wall with Mexico is not "almost built"

SharePresident told a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Saturday that his controversial Mexican border wall is "almost built," though the White House has struggled to make progress on the proposed barrier that became a touchstone of his "Make America Great Again" platform.The promise to build a wall along the entire frontier with Mexico—some 1,933 miles—was central to Trump's 2016 campaign, and encapsulated the nationalistic, anti-immigration rhetoric that runs through the president's "America First" ideology. The president promised to build the wall and to make Mexico pay for it, but has...

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China forces "on high alert" after U.S. warship sails near Taiwan

China forces "on high alert" after U.S. warship sails near Taiwan

ShareThe Chinese navy has condemned a U.S. warship for sailing through the Taiwan Strait, accusing Washington, D.C. of "trouble-stirring" amid ongoing tensions regarding the island's independence from Beijing.The Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry passed through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday, in what the U.S. Pacific Fleet said was a "routine" transit "in accordance with international law."But the Chinese People's Liberation Army Eastern Theater Command, responsible for the country's east coast and the Taiwan Strait, dismissed the American transit as a provocation.The...

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Map of China on U.S. military badge angers Beijing

Map of China on U.S. military badge angers Beijing

ShareChinese state media has condemned the U.S, military after troops taking part in a simulated island assault exercise used a patch showing a military drone in front of a silhouette of China.The drill was being conducted off the coast of California, but Chinese media said the use of the patch and the nature of the island drill indicated that troops were training for possible combat amid the archipelagos of the South China Sea. magazine reported that the Air Force drill—named Exercise Agile Reaper—involved three MQ-9 Reaper drones attached to the U.S. Navy's Third Fleet, which is...

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