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Russia Struggling In Ukraine, Asking Citizens To Fight

By Tiffany Williams – The State Department is saying “President Putin’s call to partially mobilize Russian citizens, directing them to fight in Ukraine, reflects the Kremlin’s struggles on the battlefield, the unpopularity of the war, and Russians’ unwillingness to fight in it.” President Putin the State Department says “Is not operating from a position of strength; … Continue reading Russia Struggling In Ukraine, Asking Citizens To Fight

2 Americans Captured By Russia While Fighting For Ukraine Are Free Wednesday

By Tiffany Williams – The State Department on Wednesday confirmed a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, which includes two U.S. citizens captured while serving in Ukraine’s military. The State Department says “The United States is appreciative of Ukraine including all prisoners of war, regardless of nationality, in its negotiations, and we look forward to … Continue reading 2 Americans Captured By Russia While Fighting For Ukraine Are Free Wednesday

Change Of Command For Special Operations Command And DOD Making Changes To Combat Casualty Care

By Leah Collins, Tuesday, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the outgoing commander; and Army Gen. Brian Fenton, the incoming commander attended a change of command ceremony for Special Operations … Continue reading Change Of Command For Special Operations Command And DOD Making Changes To Combat Casualty Care

Department Of Defense Meeting With LGBTQ+ Organizations

By Tiffany Williams  – Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks met with LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations to hear about the key issues affecting LGBTQ+ service members.  Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks during the meeting provided an update on department efforts to ensure all individuals who wish to serve in the military and can meet … Continue reading Department Of Defense Meeting With LGBTQ+ Organizations

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Had Talks Over The Weekend With Foreign Leaders

By Tiffany Williams – Saturday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi. During their conversation the Secretary expressed his gratitude for Oman’s support securing the recent furlough of Morad Tabhaz, a U.S. citizen unjustly detained in Iran, and for Oman’s extensive coordination on issues related to Iran and … Continue reading Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Had Talks Over The Weekend With Foreign Leaders

President Joe Biden Signs New Law Protecting Supreme Court Justices

By Erica Percy – A day after Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California was indicted by a federal grand jury attempting to murder a Justice of the United States, President Joe Biden signed a bill giving around-the-clock security protection to the families of Supreme Court justices. Prosecutors say Roske, who was carrying a … Continue reading President Joe Biden Signs New Law Protecting Supreme Court Justices

State Department Issues Statement On Attack In Israel

By Alem Senay – Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, on Thursday night issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack in Elad, Israel, which killed at least three and wounded many others.  In his statement Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said “This was a horrific attack targeting innocent men and women, and was particularly … Continue reading State Department Issues Statement On Attack In Israel

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Talks With Chilean Foreign Minister

By Alem Senay – On Monday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Chilean Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola to congratulate her on her new role as Foreign Minister.   During their conversation the Secretary conveyed that he looked forward to Chile’s participation in the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles in early June.  Secretary … Continue reading Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Talks With Chilean Foreign Minister

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Talks With Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó

By Alem Senay – On Monday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó to underscore the importance of a peaceful restoration of democracy in Venezuela, free and fair elections, and respect for the rights and freedoms of all Venezuelans.   During his  conversation with Guaidó, Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the U.S. … Continue reading Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Talks With Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó

Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Meets With Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal

By Tiffany Williams – On Thursday Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Washington. During their meeting they discussed the United States’ support for Ukraine’s military in the face of Russia’s renewed offensive in the Donbas.   They also discussed the ongoing provision of defensive security assistance to … Continue reading Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III Meets With Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal

Department Of Defense Announces Additional Support For Ulraine

News Room Staff – On Thursday, the Department of Defense announced the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to an additional $800 million tailored to meet critical Ukrainian needs for today’s fight as Russian forces launch a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine.  This authorization is the eighth drawdown of equipment … Continue reading Department Of Defense Announces Additional Support For Ulraine

U.S. Capitol Evacuated Wednesday Night By Capitol Police

By Ashley Evans – Military Appreciation Night at the Washington Nationals baseball game caused a scare on Capitol Hill Wednesday.  U.S. Capitol Police confirmed Capitol Hill had to be evacuated after an aircraft entered an exclusion zone around the U.S. Capitol. It all happened about 6:30 PM and thirty minutes later the U.S. Capitol was … Continue reading U.S. Capitol Evacuated Wednesday Night By Capitol Police

United States And India Meeting At The Pentagon And State Department

By Alem Senay – On Monday, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Pentagon for talks with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. During their meeting Secretary Austin and Minister Singh talked about the problems posed by China and Russia in the region and around the world.  “We’re meeting at a critical moment in … Continue reading United States And India Meeting At The Pentagon And State Department

Secretary Austin Thank Ukrainian Forces Training In Virginia

By Tiffany Williams – While Russian military forces continue their attacks on Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, at the Navy’s base at Little Creek, VA. Ukrainian forces were preparing to head back to Ukraine on Sunday.  These Ukrainian troops have been participating in a pre-scheduled professional military education program at the Naval Small Craft Instruction … Continue reading Secretary Austin Thank Ukrainian Forces Training In Virginia

Under Secretary Of Defense Meets With Finland Ministry of Defence

By Tiffany Williams –  Tuesday, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl hosted Finland Ministry of Defence Permanent Secretary Esa Pulkkinen. During their meeting they discussed the strength of the bilateral relationship and the ongoing process to deepen new areas of defense cooperation following Secretary Austin’s meeting with Minister Kaikkonen on March 9.  … Continue reading Under Secretary Of Defense Meets With Finland Ministry of Defence

Defense Department Seeing Little Activity In Ukraine As Russians Are Concerned About Longevity

By Yvette Gould – A senior Defense Department official on Wednesday said there had been little activity in the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the last 24 hours. The official said “We have observed naval activity in the north Black Sea off the coast of Odesa, but no shelling over the course of the last … Continue reading Defense Department Seeing Little Activity In Ukraine As Russians Are Concerned About Longevity

President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To U.S. Supreme Court

By Tiffany Williams – President Joe Biden on Friday announced his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court would be U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. When President Biden introduced Judge Jackson he said “It’s my honor to introduce to the country a daughter of former public school teachers, a … Continue reading President Biden Nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To U.S. Supreme Court

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin And U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace Talk About Russia

By Tiffany Williams – On Wednesday, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby confirmed that Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace today. Kirby said “The leaders condemned Russia’s violation of international law and its international commitments by recognizing the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics … Continue reading Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin And U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace Talk About Russia

Department of Defense Identifies Airman Who Died At Nigerien Air Base

By Reinaldo Vasquez – The Department of Defense confirmed today that Staff Sergeant Dennis F. Melton, 27, of Waverly, Tennessee died February 18 in a non-combat related incident at the Nigerien Air Base 101 in Niamey, Niger. In a statement that Department of Defense said “The incident is under investigation.” Staff Sergeant Melton was assigned … Continue reading Department of Defense Identifies Airman Who Died At Nigerien Air Base

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Meets With Foreign Defense Ministers On Russia

By Tiffany Williams – During a meeting in Vilnius with Estonian Minister of Defense Kalle Laanet, Latvian Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III discussed Russia’s military buildup in and around Ukraine, including in Belarus. The Department of Defense said “Secretary Austin reassured the … Continue reading Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Meets With Foreign Defense Ministers On Russia

Secretary of Defense Traveling To Belgium, Poland And Lithuania

By Tiffany Williams – Today Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will travel overseas to meet with senior military and government leaders in Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania. While in Belgium, Secretary Austin will meet with Allied defense ministers and NATO leadership to discuss Russia’s military buildup in and around Ukraine. In Poland, Secretary Austin … Continue reading Secretary of Defense Traveling To Belgium, Poland And Lithuania

Department Of Defense Call With Japan And Republic of Korea

By Tiffany Williams – On Friday, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Ely Ratner, ROK Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy Kim Man-gi, and Japanese Director General for Defense Policy Masuda Kazuo had a conference call. During their call they talked about the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea … Continue reading Department Of Defense Call With Japan And Republic of Korea

Pentagon Announces Troop Deployment To Romania, Poland And Germany

By Tiffany Williams – Wednesday afternoon the Pentagon announced that the United States will move approximately 3,000 service members to Romania, Poland and Germany. The Pentagon says that the move comes in response to Russia’s continuing build-up of forces on its western border with Ukraine and in Belarus. During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Press … Continue reading Pentagon Announces Troop Deployment To Romania, Poland And Germany

Senator Susan Collins Calling President Biden “Clumsy At Best”

By Ameer Touma – Maine Senator Susan Collins is calling out President Joe Biden for his handling of the Supreme Court vacancy.  Collins, who didn’t vote on former President Donald Trump’s nomination to the court, says that President Biden made a pledge during his campaign to appoint a Black woman to the court and that … Continue reading Senator Susan Collins Calling President Biden “Clumsy At Best”

Secretary Austin Welcomes Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani To Pentagon For Meeting

By Briana Crume – On Monday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar, at the Pentagon. The Department of Defense says the meeting was to affirm the strength of the U.S.-Qatar defense partnership and its key role in the U.S. strategic bilateral relationship.  During … Continue reading Secretary Austin Welcomes Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani To Pentagon For Meeting

A 9th Member Of Congress Tests Positive For COVID-19

By Eleanor Flynt – Another member of Congress on Thursday announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19. U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, in a statement that said he was getting tested regularly and received the “bad news” Wednesday night. “I have minimal symptoms so far and am optimistic I will recover well after … Continue reading A 9th Member Of Congress Tests Positive For COVID-19

Member Of Congress Victim Of A Carjacking In Philadelphia

By Eleanor Flynt – Wednesday afternoon Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon a Democrat representing Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district, was the victim of a carjacking in Philadelphia. Congresswoman Scanlon who is the vice chair of the House Administration Committee and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Rules, was in Philadelphia for a meeting … Continue reading Member Of Congress Victim Of A Carjacking In Philadelphia

Eight Members Of Congress Now Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

By Eleanor Flynt – Seven members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past couple of days and now, another member of the U.S. House of Representatives has tested positive and he’s saying “America is in a new phase of this pandemic. No one is immune,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn who tweeted … Continue reading Eight Members Of Congress Now Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

Two U.S. Senators Test Positive For COVID-19 Including Senator Elizabeth Warren

By Eleanor Flynt – Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted on Sunday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Warren, 72, said on Twitter she is vaccinated and boosted and regularly tested for COVID-19, and “while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case.” Also, Sen. Cory Booker, 52, … Continue reading Two U.S. Senators Test Positive For COVID-19 Including Senator Elizabeth Warren

State Department Calling For End Of War In East African Region

By Yaseen Awad –  On Saturday morning the State Department said it is “Gravely concerned by the expansion of combat in northern Ethiopia. We reiterate our call for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to withdraw from the Amhara and Afar regions, including halting its advances in and around the cities of Dessie and Kombolcha.” … Continue reading State Department Calling For End Of War In East African Region

State Department Confirms Killing Of Walid Al-Sahrawi

By Tammie Mitchell – The State Department announced this afternoon that troops from France killed Adnan Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi.  In a statement the State Department said, “We commend France’s continued commitment to countering terrorism and protecting civilians in West Africa in coordination with our African partners.” Walid Al-Sahrawi, an ISIS leader in the Greater Sahara … Continue reading State Department Confirms Killing Of Walid Al-Sahrawi

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Talked Friday With UK Foreign Minister

By Tammie Mitchell – On Friday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. During their conversation, Secretary Blinken congratulated Foreign Secretary Truss on her appointment and highlighted the importance of the United States-UK bilateral relationship in supporting democracy, the rules-based international order, and open societies worldwide. They also discussed … Continue reading Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Talked Friday With UK Foreign Minister

Secretary of State Says “Iranian Regime Is Withholding Facts From The world”

By Linda Harris – On Monday Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo said “Supreme Leader Khamenei’s fabrications regarding the Wuhan Virus are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk.” Secretary Pompeo says that the Iranian regime is withholding facts from the world and that “In February, Iran’s chief terror airline, … Continue reading Secretary of State Says “Iranian Regime Is Withholding Facts From The world”

Navy Secretary Resigns Over Clash With President Trump

By Tristan Bishop – Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed Monday that it was President Trump who ultimately ordered Eddie Gallagher be allowed to retire as a Navy SEAL. A Military  jury convicted Gallagher of posing for pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter in 2017 but acquitted him of murder in the detainee’s … Continue reading Navy Secretary Resigns Over Clash With President Trump