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Biden rescinds abortion restrictions on U.S. foreign aid

Biden rescinds abortion restrictions on U.S. foreign aid

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday rescinded a regulation that barred U.S. foreign aid from being used to perform or promote abortions. His decision, while expected, was cheered by abortion-choice advocates and some humanitarian groups and denounced by anti-abortion groups.Biden’s move came just a week after he was inaugurated and fulfills a campaign pledge to reverse a policy that previous Republican presidents, including his immediate predecessor, Donald...

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Biden administration puts hold on foreign arms sales, including F-35s to U.A.E.

Biden administration puts hold on foreign arms sales, including F-35s to U.A.E.

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has put a temporary hold on several major foreign arms sales initiated by former President Donald Trump.Officials say that among the deals being paused is a massive $23 billion transfer of stealth F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates. That sale and several other massive purchases of U.S. weaponry by Gulf Arab countries had been harshly criticized by Democrats in Congress. The officials did not identify the other sales that had...

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China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China

China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — China imposed sanctions on nearly 30 former Trump administration officials moments after they left office on Wednesday.In a statement released just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft.Others covered by the sanctions include Trump’s economic adviser Peter Navarro; his top...

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Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack

Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack

Your gift makes PBS NewsHour possible.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON — Contradicting his secretary of state and other top officials, President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the cyberattack against the United States and tried to minimized its impact.In his first comments on the breach, Trump scoffed at the focus on the Kremlin and downplayed the intrusions, which the nation’s cybersecurity agency has warned posed a “grave” risk to government and private networks.“The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in...

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Appointment of new VOA chief raises fears for U.S. broadcaster

Appointment of new VOA chief raises fears for U.S. broadcaster

Your gift makes PBS NewsHour possible.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The appointment on Wednesday of a new director of Voice of America has raised new concerns about the direction of the government’s flagship international broadcaster as President Donald Trump’s term winds down.The announcement that Trump’s handpicked head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media has replaced the VOA chief with Robert Reilly, a conservative critic of its programming, has caused alarm among staffers and in Congress.Although USAGM chief Michael Pack had the right to replace VOA’S temporary leader with...

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U.S. wades in cautiously to Armenia-Azerbaijan peace effort

U.S. wades in cautiously to Armenia-Azerbaijan peace effort

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.Leave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration waded cautiously Friday into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are engaged in their worst conflict in more than 25 years.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met separately in Washington with the foreign ministers of both countries in a bid to promote a cease-fire in hostilities over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The State Department said Pompeo had emphasized to Armenian Foreign...

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U.S. demands restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran

U.S. demands restoration of U.N. sanctions against Iran

Subscribe to Here’s the Deal, our politics newsletter for analysis you won’t find anywhere else.#yourvoicemattersScheduleSen. Kamala Harris, vice presidential nomineeFormer President Barack ObamaSen. Elizabeth WarrenLatest Election NewsLeave a commentcommentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will demand Thursday that all United Nations sanctions be reimposed against Iran, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, a move that follows America’s embarrassing defeat to extend an arms embargo against Tehran.The administration’s insistence on snapping back international sanctions against Iran sets...

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