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10:15 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. heads toward 23 million COVID-19 cases as three lawmakers test positive after Capitol lockdown News adds to fears that last week’s attack on the U.S. seat of government created two superspreader eventsThe number of confirmed global cases of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 climbed above 91 million on Tuesday, and the U.S. case tally headed toward 23 million, as three Democratic lawmakers who were forced to shelter in place during last week’s attack on the Capitol tested positive for the virus.
4:36 p.m. Dec. 8, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
U.S. suffers deadliest week from coronavirus since pandemic broke out A group of doctors and scientists urge leaders to follow the science and stop the misinformation that has undermined the U.S. response to the crisisThe U.S. has set another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, averaging the most deaths from COVID-19 in a week since the start of the outbreak, as cases continue to rise across the country and hospitals fill with patients
10:34 a.m. Oct. 9, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: WHO warns of record single-day rise in global COVID-19 cases, while northeastern U.S. states heat up again Clusters emerge in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island and New York City is seeing more than 500 cases a dayThe World Health Organization on Friday reported a record rise in global cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, in the latest sign that the illness is far from contained.
1:20 p.m. Sept. 30, 2020 - Associated Press
Comey testifies before Senate committee as Republicans seek to keep origins of Trump-Russia probe front-and-center before election Former FBI director questions merit of ‘insight’ declassified by John Ratcliffe at Lindsey Graham’s apparent request that even Trump loyalist Ratcliffe concedes could be falseFormer FBI director questions merit of intelligence referenced in letter to Lindsey Graham that even Trump-loyalist DNI John Ratcliffe concedes may be false.
3:44 p.m. Sept. 19, 2020 - Associated Press
Assange lawyer says Trump associates offered deal if WikiLeaks founder divulged hacked DNC emails didn’t come via Russia Then–Rep. Dana Rohrabacher presented Assange with a ‘win-win situation’ that would allow him to leave his embassy refuge in London and ‘get on with his life’ without fear of being extradited to the U.S.Then–Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican and Trump ally, presented Julian Assange with a ‘win-win situation’ that would allow him to leave his embassy refuge in London and ‘get on with his life’ without fear of being extradited to the U.S.
11:36 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - Associated Press
Russian military intelligence unit again targeting Democrats ahead of November presidential election, says Microsoft State-backed group known as Hurricane Panda ‘appears to have indirectly and unsuccessfully’ targeted the Biden campaign through non-campaign email accounts belonging to people affiliated with it, says MicrosoftState-backed group known as Hurricane Panda ‘appears to have indirectly and unsuccessfully’ targeted the Biden campaign through non-campaign email accounts belonging to people affiliated with it, says Microsoft.
11:22 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Ciara Linnane
Coronavirus update: Global case tally tops 24 million as U.S. tally tops 5.8 million, and CDC head walks back testing change amid outcry In a second embarrassment for a major U.S. public health agency this week, CDC says asymptomatic people exposed to infection can again be testedThe number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus illness COVID-19 worldwide climbed above 24 million on Thursday, and the U.S. tally topped 5.8 million, as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention walked back a change in guidelines on testing following a storm of criticism from doctors and scientists.
3:42 p.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - Associated Press
Russia meddled on Trump’s behalf in 2016, bipartisan Senate intelligence report concludes Senate committee calls its 1,300-plus-page report the most comprehensive description to date of Russia’s activities and the threat they posed, overshadowing even the Mueller reportSenate committee calls its 1,300-plus-page report the most comprehensive description to date of Russia’s activities and the threat they posed, overshadowing even the Mueller report.
3:55 a.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - Associated Press
Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson on defensive over probe of Biden and Ukraine in wake of intelligence assessment about ongoing Russian election interference Stark warning that Russia is working to denigrate the Democratic presidential candidate adds to questions about the probe by Johnson’s Senate committee and whether it is mimicking Kremlin propagandaThe stark warning that Russia is working to denigrate the Democratic presidential candidate adds to questions about the probe by Johnson’s Senate committee and whether it is mimicking, even indirectly, Russian efforts and amplifying its propaganda.
9:57 a.m. Aug. 10, 2020 - Associated Press
Republican Ron Johnson subpoenas FBI documents amid Senate committee probe into origins of Trump-Russia investigation Wisconsin lawmaker’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is one of multiple Republican-led Senate panels scrutinizing the FBI’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and RussiaThe Wisconsin lawmaker’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is one of multiple Republican-led Senate panels scrutinizing the FBI’s investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
11:56 a.m. July 29, 2020 - Associated Press
U.S. to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany and move 5,600 more to other countries Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the military moves will cost in the “single digit” billions of dollarsSpurred on by President Donald Trump’s demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense leaders said Wednesday, detailing a Pentagon plan that will cost billions of dollars and take years to complete.
6:49 a.m. July 28, 2020 - Associated Press
Barr visions of executive power and American justice to come under scrutiny Tuesday before House panelIn the course of roughly 18 months in his second go-round on the job, the 70-year-old Barr has become inexorably linked to a norm-busting president with sagging popularity and uncertain re-election prospects.
9:57 a.m. July 21, 2020 - Associated Press
Biden warns Russia and other countries that interference in 2020 election won’t go unpunished ‘If any foreign power recklessly chooses to interfere in our democracy, I will not hesitate to respond as president to impose substantial and lasting costs,’ the former vice president saysDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Monday that he is putting Russia and other foreign governments “on notice” that he would act aggressively as president to counter any interference in U.S. elections. The statement came hours after Democratic leaders issued a new warning that Congress appears to be the target of a foreign interference campaign©
7:28 p.m. June 29, 2020 - Associated Press
Republican lawmakers urge action after briefing on Russia-Afghanistan bounties House members express alarm; White House maintains intel was unconfirmed, Trump wasn’t briefedEight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing Monday about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan — intelligence the president himself was said to have not been fully read in on.
2:32 p.m. June 15, 2020 - Associated Press
Trump cuts U.S. troops in Germany, despite pleas by some Republicans Critics say move helps Russia, undermines U.S. national securityPresident Donald Trump said Monday he is ordering a major reduction in U.S. troop strength in Germany, a move widely criticized by members of his own party as a gift to Russia and a threat to U.S. national security.
10:41 a.m. June 11, 2020 - Associated Press
Senate Judiciary Committee’s party-line vote empowers Graham to subpoena dozens of Obama-administration officials Republican committee head Lindsey Graham defiant in taking atypical step of moving forward with subpoenas absent bipartisan backing, while Democrat Dianne Feinstein lament’s the panel’s reaching a point where it can’t agree on subpoenasRepublican committee head Lindsey Graham defiant in taking atypical step of moving forward with subpoenas absent bipartisan backing, while Democrat Dianne Feinstein lament’s the panel’s reaching a point where it can’t agree on subpoenas.
4:54 a.m. June 10, 2020 - By Gordon Lubold
Nearly two dozen House Republicans petition Trump to reconsider troop reduction in Germany House Armed Services Committee members echo other critics in labeling Trump move a gift to Moscow“We believe that such steps would significantly damage U.S. national security as well as strengthen the position of Russia to our detriment,” the Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee said.
10:58 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Dustin Volz
Virginia Democrat Warner petitions Trump’s acting intelligence chief to declassify all reports on Flynn-Kislyak contactsPresident Trump’s acting intelligence chief was asked Wednesday by a leading Senate Democrat to declassify all intelligence reports of conversations between Michael Flynn and Russia’s former ambassador, which led to his prosecution on charges of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the investigation by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
4:18 a.m. May 21, 2020 - Associated Press
Senate Republicans in no rush to take up further coronavirus aid as chamber heads toward recess Thursday One GOP senator, Cory Gardner, facing a difficult re-election battle in November, vowed to try to prevent the Senate from recessing Thursday unless it votes on more aid to states and citiesOne Republican, Cory Gardner, facing a difficult re-election battle in November, vowed to try to prevent the Senate from recessing Thursday unless it votes on more aid to states and cities
1:56 p.m. May 19, 2020 - Associated Press
Ratcliffe narrowly wins Senate panel’s nod for DNI post; nomination heads for floor vote Texas Republican seeks to shed image as Trump loyalist as senators weigh for a second time his qualifications to serve as director of national intelligenceTexas Republican seeks to shed image as Trump loyalist as senators weigh for a second time his qualifications to serve as director of national intelligence.
5:42 a.m. May 6, 2020 - Associated Press
Trump DNI nominee Ratcliffe tells Senate panel he wouldn’t politicize intelligence The Texas Republican emerged as a vigorous Trump defender as Robert Mueller testified before Congress about his probe into Russian election interference and during House impeachment hearings late last yearRep. John Ratcliffe, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s top intelligence official, was nothing if not consistent as he told lawmakers a dozen or so times that he wouldn’t allow politics to color information he took to the president. The senators kept asking.
4:03 a.m. May 6, 2020 - Associated Press
Ratcliffe faces Senate panel nine months after Trump abandoned initial plan to make him director of national intelligence Critics said the Texas congressman used Robert Mueller hearing in House last July as an audition for the jobA Senate panel is considering Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe’s nomination for director of national intelligence, holding the in-person hearing amid President Donald Trump’s shakeup of the intelligence community and under drastic new distancing rules to protect Capitol Hill from the coronavirus.
5:21 a.m. May 5, 2020 - Associated Press
Senate set to take up Trump’s nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe as director of national intelligence Previous nomination of Ratcliffe to the post was pulled last August amid bipartisan criticism after scrutiny of his biography and experiencePrevious nomination of Ratcliffe to the post was pulled last August amid over scrutiny of his biography and experience and bipartisan criticism.
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