Biden says he’s been briefed on Americans missing in Ukraine and urges against travel to the nation

In brief remarks to reporters as he left for a weekend on the beach in Delaware, Biden said repeatedly Americans should not travel to Ukraine at this time. “We do not know where they are, but I want to reiterate: Americans should not be going to Ukraine now,” Biden said in response to a question … Read more

Election standoff ends in New Mexico county after false fraud claims threw primary certification into question

The Otero County Commission voted 2-1, with one of the central figures in the refusal to certify the results, Commissioner Couy Griffinvoting “no.” “We honestly do not have a choice,” Commission Chairwoman Vickie Marquardt said before the vote, citing the potential for fines and removal from office if the panel ignored an order from the … Read more

Ukraine should become a membership candidate to join the EU, commission says

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Ukraine should be welcome as a candidate country. Kenzo Tribouillard | Afp | Getty Images The European Commission on Friday recommended that Ukraine becomes a membership candidate to join the EU – albeit on the understanding that the war-ravaged country carries out a number of important reforms. … Read more

UK approves WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to US

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain. Henry Nicholls | Reuters The UK has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US, where he is wanted over the publication of hundreds of thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables. The deportation was approved Friday by UK Home … Read more

New Mexico county official convicted of January 6 trespassing refuses to certify 2022 primary results based on debunked conspiracy

“I’m not planning to move off my position,” Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin said in a telephone interview with CNN on Thursday. “Why have a commission if we just get overridden by the court system?” The State Supreme Court on Wednesday, acting on an emergency request from the New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse … Read more

January 6 committee has emails between Ginni Thomas and John Eastman

A separate source said the emails were part of a tranche of messages provided to the committee after a federal judge ruled that Eastman’s correspondence was pertinent to the committee’s work investigating former President Donald Trump and efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the months leading up to January 6. There is some … Read more

Exclusive: Retired Republican judge says January 6 was ‘well-developed plan’ by Trump to cling to power

Luttig outlined in his statement how close he believed democracy came to the brink. “It is breathtaking that these arguments even were conceived, let alone entertained by the President of the United States at that perilous moment in history,” Luttig wrote. “Had the Vice President of the United States obeyed the President of the United … Read more

What to watch for at Thursday’s January 6 hearing focused on Mike Pence

Aides said the hearing would include new materials and documents about Pence’s movements on January 6 and what he was doing when the Senate chamber was forced to evacuate after rioters breached the US Capitol. The hearing will focus on Trump attorney John Eastman‘s theory that Pence had the authority to overturn the election results … Read more

Covid vaccine for kids under 5 moves closer to FDA authorization after committee backs shots

A kindergarten student gives the thumbs up to her teacher before starting the first day of kindergarten at Laguna Niguel Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, CA on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Paul Bersebach | MediaNews Group | Getty Images Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for infants through preschoolers has moved a step closer to authorization by the … Read more