The Latest: Top Republican says Taliban holding Americans
The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says some Americans who have been trying to get out of Afghanistan since the U.S. military left are sitting in airplanes at an airport ready to leave but the Taliban are not letting them take off.
Republicans cast aside tensions within the party over Afghanistan to attack Biden’s handling of troop withdrawal
Republicans are focusing their attacks squarely on how the Democratic president has handled the withdrawal while casting aside their serious foreign policy differences over America’s role in the world to try to sharpen their attacks on the Biden presidency ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.washingtonpost.com
GOP report says October 2019 Wuhan military games were ‘one of the earliest superspreader events’
House Foreign Affairs Republicans concluded the World Military Games in Wuhan in October 2019 was “one of the earliest super spreader events” during the pandemic, with their new report contending COVID-19 escaped from a Wuhan lab in late August or early September 2019 — with China covering it up for months.news.yahoo.com
Peter Daszak should be subpoenaed in Wuhan lab investigation, House GOP says
A House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican report that points the finger at the Wuhan lab as the origin of COVID-19 has called on scientist Peter Daszak to be subpoenaed, calling him the “public face” of a Chinese “disinformation campaign designed to suppress public discussion about a potential lab leak.”news.yahoo.com
GOP report says evidence 'proves' COVID emerged from Wuhan lab
House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans released their report on COVID-19’s origins, pointing to evidence of a lab leak, genetic modification, and a cover-up, making the case the virus accidentally emerged from the Wuhan lab in the fall of 2019.news.yahoo.com
Biden administration tries to get control of border, story
Administration officials say Biden inherited an untenable situation that resulted from what they say was President Donald Trump’s undermining and weakening of the immigration system. Career immigration officials had warned there could be a surge after the November election and the news that Trump's hard-line policies were being reversed. There were 18,945 family members and 9,297 unaccompanied children encountered in February — an increase of 168% and 63%, respectively, from the month before, according to the Pew Research Center. Still, the encounters of both unaccompanied minors and families are lower than they were at various points during the Trump administration, including in spring 2019. Biden has reversed that policy, so immigration officials hope the process will speed up now.chron.com
Biden aims to prevent border crossings from swamping agenda
A surge of migrants on the Southwest border has the Biden administration on the defensive. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda. Biden told reporters Sunday at the White House that “at some point” he would go to the border and that he knows what is going on in the border facilities. There were 18,945 family members and 9,297 unaccompanied children encountered in February — an increase of 168% and 63%, respectively, from the month before, according to the Pew Research Center. Biden has reversed that policy, so immigration officials hope the process will speed up now.
3 Texas Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medals to police who protected Capitol during insurrection
Three Texas Congressman voted on Wednesday against a resolution honoring the U.S. Capitol Police for its efforts to protect members of both chambers amid a violent insurrection on Jan. 6. A Politico report from earlier Wednesday stated that Congressional Trump allies tried to "to scrub references to the insurrection" from the resolution. Republican U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington of Lubbock and Kevin Brady of the Woodlands did not vote, but 30 other Texas House members, including Democrats and Republicans, backed the resolution. AdSeveral Texas members braced themselves that day for hand-to-hand street combat but were able to escape to safety thanks to the police and successful barricades. “We heard them trying to break down the door and then we heard the Capitol police show up.
In early foreign policy tests, Biden takes on world as it is
Biden in his early days in office has vowed a dramatic reordering of U.S. foreign policy from his predecessor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden in his early days in office has vowed a dramatic reordering of U.S. foreign policy from his predecessor. The early preference for caution and incrementalism comes as Biden has repeatedly declared that “America is back.” But in early foreign policy tests, Biden has demonstrated, as many of his predecessors have experienced, that a push away from the previous commander-in-chief's policies is easier said than done. AdSullivan pushes back against the notion that Biden's foreign policy approach has been modulated from his candidacy. On China, Biden has been clear-eyed in seeing Beijing as the United States' most significant competitor.
Biden's Russia credentials questioned over European pipeline
(Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – After years of Democratic accusations that former President Donald Trump was too soft on Russia, the Biden administration is facing Republican criticism of its approach to Moscow. The Biden administration rejects the criticism, saying it has been clear about penalties for companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and that its goal is to bolster European energy security. Like the Trump administration before it, the Biden administration believes the pipeline will harm European energy security, particularly for countries in Eastern and Central Europe like Ukraine and Poland, which the pipeline bypasses. U.S. officials have long said they fear Russia will use the pipeline as a political tool against its neighbors. The Biden administration suggests more sanctions may be coming.
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has appealed to congressional leaders to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. Pittman said she needed the leaders' assistance with the three-member Capitol Police Board, which reports to them. Paul Irving, who served on the Capitol Police Board as House sergeant-at-arms, denied that Sund asked him to call the Guard. He ultimately called the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard just before 2 p.m., who in turn testified that the request for help was delayed by the Defense Department. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard.
The Latest: Board reportedly wants Capitol fencing removed
National Guard stand guard at a perimeter fence at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON – The Latest on a possible threat against the Capitol (all times local):5:50 p.m. Pittman says the board suggested some temporary fencing would be removed starting Friday, and the fencing around the outer perimeter of the Capitol complex would be removed starting March 12. Some fencing is likely to remain as law enforcement officials continue to track an increased number of threats against lawmakers and the Capitol. This comes two months after Trump supporters smashed through windows and doors to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory.
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police appealed to congressional leaders Thursday to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. Pittman said she needed the leaders' assistance with the three-member Capitol Police Board, which reports to them. Paul Irving, who served on the Capitol Police Board as House sergeant-at-arms, denied that Sund asked him to call the Guard. He ultimately called the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard just before 2 p.m., who in turn testified that the request for help was delayed by the Defense Department. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard.
Hospitals confront water shortages in winter storm aftermath
HOUSTON – Hospitals across the South grappled with water shortages Sunday in the wake of a devastating winter storm as the region carried on with recovery efforts and the weather offered a balmy respite — temperatures as high as the mid-60s. A rural hospital in Anahuac, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Houston, lost both water and power. “It would have taken her another two hours to get to (the suburban Houston hospital) if our facility wasn't there,” he said. Memphis, Light, Gas & Water issued a boil-water advisory on Thursday out of concern that low water pressure caused by problems at aging pumping stations and water main ruptures could lead to contamination. That hospital has a water purification system for dialysis and has water reserves for tasks such as cooking and bathing patients, he said.
Hospitals confront water shortages in winter storm aftermath
Joggers run down a street empty of cars Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Nolensville, Tenn. A second winter storm in a week is bringing more snow to much of Tennessee. A rural hospital in Anahuac, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Houston, lost both water and power. Memphis, Light, Gas & Water issued a boil-water advisory on Thursday out of concern that low water pressure caused by problems at aging pumping stations and water main ruptures could lead to contamination. That hospital has a water purification system for dialysis and has water reserves for tasks such as cooking and bathing patients, he said. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare also reported problems at some of its Memphis-area facilities due to water pressure problems and the boil advisory.
US sanctions over pipeline from Russia deemed lacking by GOP
But the move was immediately criticized as inadequate by senior Republican lawmakers who noted the administration had not penalized any additional companies or individuals for work on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. U.S. officials have long said they fear Russia will use the pipeline as a political tool against its neighbors. However, congressional Republicans were unimpressed and denounced the administration for failing to impose any sanctions on additional targets, notably people and firms in Germany, which is a strong Nord Stream 2 proponent. “I am deeply troubled and disappointed by the State Department’s report on Nord Stream 2 activities and their decision to forgo additional sanctions on other entities involved in its construction," Risch said. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has co-sponsored legislation opposing the pipeline with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and has been outspoken in her criticism of Nord Stream 2.
Biden repudiates Trump on Iran, ready for talks on nuke deal
Besides signaling Thursday a willingness to talk with Iran, the administration also reversed Trump’s determination that all U.N. sanctions against Iran had been restored. He's expected to address the U.S. stance on the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear deal, the war in Afghanistan and the economic and national security challenges posed by Russia and China. The U.S. has not participated in a meeting of those participants since Trump withdrew from the deal and began steadily ramping up sanctions on Iran. The Trump administration had imposed the severe restrictions, which essentially confined them to their U.N. mission and the U.N. headquarters building in New York. “It is concerning the Biden Administration is already making concessions in an apparent attempt to re-enter the flawed Iran deal," he said.
Here’s How Houston-Area Representatives Voted On Trump’s Latest Impeachment – Houston Public Media
The final “yes” votes to impeach included every Houston Democrat, and no Texas Republicans. TODAY IN HOUSTON | Start your day with the Houston Public Media newsletterCongress voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time on Wednesday, with all four Democratic representatives from Houston voting in favor of the measure and every Texas Republican voting against it. During the debate before Wednesday’s vote, Green — who has pushed multiple times for impeachment since Trump took office — said that “hearts are hurting” over the vote. MORE | Here Are The Texans In Congress Who Voted To Reject The Election ResultsNone of those votes came from Houston-area Republicans, however, as no Texas Republican voted for the measure. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
Congressman Michael McCaul’s district office in Tomball vandalized
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul confirmed that his district office in Tomball was vandalized overnight. TOMBALL, Texas – A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Dist. 10) said Monday that the congressman’s district office in Tomball was vandalized. The words “Swamp Traitor” were spray-painted on the outside doors of the office sometime late Sunday or early Monday, the spokeswoman said. “I pray we can come together as Americans, unified knowing we are one nation under God.”The Tomball Police Department has opened an investigation and has also been in contact with the U.S. Capitol Police.
“Find a place to hide or seek cover”: A harrowing day at the U.S. Capitol for Texans in Congress
Downstairs, off the House floor, U.S. Rep. Sylvia R. Garcia, D-Houston, was in the ladies room and oblivious to the escalation. A Capitol Police Officer pulled her out of her restroom stall and directed her back to the House floor. House members attempted to resume the proceedings but were continually interrupted by Capitol Police. And a woman was shot and killed trying to get into the House floor. He called out the Republican members who said they would object.
Texas politicians united in pleading for calm as Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol
“I like many people voted for President Trump in the 2020 election and hoped for a different result,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin. Over the ensuring hour, scenes emerged of Trump supporters storming barricades, breaching the Capitol and even reaching at least one of chambers. The Capitol building has been breached and both chambers are locked down,” wrote U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso. Texas Democrats, meanwhile, were explicit in linking the harrowing scene to Trump’s refusal to accept the election outcome and belligerent rhetoric. “This is what Trump wanted,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.
Houston FBI warns of economic espionage after shutdown of Chinese consulate
HOUSTON – There is still no timetable as to when the United States may again allow China to resume operations at its now-shuttered consulate in the Montrose area. “I would have to say the amount of information that we got out of that consulate is extraordinary,” said GOP Congressman Michael McCaul. “They are targeting, I would say the Houston area particularly,” said McCaul. “Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said during a speech in July. While the US government stated the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston was necessary to protect America’s interests, it could have an impact on trade according to U-H Downtown professor and US/China relations expert Dr. Peter Li.
Veteran House incumbents cling to seats as districts evolve
But there’s a smaller category of lawmakers like Peterson and GOP Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio who also merit attention: long-term incumbents of both parties fighting to preserve their careers. Over 90% of House incumbents are usually reelected, thanks to name recognition and campaign fundraising advantages. “There are people who traditionally voted Republican who don't identify with the current Republican Party," Schroder, 43, a businesswoman and local public health official, said in an interview. Democratic and Republican campaign committees and other organizations allied with party leadership are aiming the bulk of their spending at each others' softest seats and defending vulnerable incumbents. The Congressional Leadership Fund, aligned with House GOP leadership, planned to spend $3.3 million more, which Republicans said could grow.
House lawmakers ask for probe into Russian poisoning case
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019 file photo Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks during a rally to support political prisoners in Moscow, Russia. The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been taking out of an induced coma and is responsive. German chemical weapons experts say tests showed the 44-year-old was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent. Engel and McCaul urged Trump to enact additional sanctions on Russia if its determined that chemical weapons were used against Navalny. Russia has denied that the Kremlin was involved in poisoning Navalny and accused Germany of failing to provide evidence about the poisoning that it requested in late August.
China faces repeated espionage accusations amid closure of Houston consulate
HOUSTON A video of personnel appearing to burn documents at the Consulate General of China in Houston Tuesday night spread like wildfire overnight. You know I would like to know what those documents held, McCaul said from his Washington D.C. office. McCaul isnt the only one to accuse China of making sinister moves against the U.S. The incendiary actions captured by a Montrose resident in a neighboring building took place after President Donald Trumps administration ordered the shutdown of Chinas Houston consulate Tuesday. This video shared with us by a viewer who lives next to the Consulate General of China in #Houston shows fire and activity in the courtyard of the building.
GOP lawmakers urge action after Russia-Afghanistan briefing
WASHINGTON Eight Republican lawmakers attended a White House briefing about explosive allegations that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan intelligence the White House insisted the president himself had not been fully read in on. Still, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted Trump had not been briefed on the findings because they hadn't been verified. One official said the administration discussed several potential responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step. Bolton declined to comment, and the White House did not respond to questions on the matter. The intelligence officials and others with knowledge of the matter insisted on anonymity to discuss the highly sensitive matter.
Logistical hurdles could slow troop withdrawal from Germany
WASHINGTON The Defense Department is reviewing options to begin pulling about 10,000 troops out of Germany, as directed by President Donald Trump. But even though some may be shifted to neighboring Poland, the withdrawal will still present complex logistical challenges and will not happen fast. Trump has said he is determined to cut the number of troops in Germany from about 35,000 to 25,000. Are they going to build family housing?Most troops in Germany are assigned there, and are not on short-term deployments. The U.S. Air Force has nearly 13,000 troops in Germany, concentrated mainly at two large bases.
US Congress approves China sanctions over ethnic crackdown
WASHINGTON Congress voted Wednesday to toughen the U.S. response to a brutal Chinese crackdown on ethnic minorities, adding another factor to the increasingly stormy relationship between the two countries. Both issues emerged, along with other sore points in the China-U.S. relationship, as Republican and Democratic members of Congress spoke in support of the bill. Congress late last year voted to condemn the crackdown in Xianjiang, where Chinese authorities have detained more than a million people from mostly Muslim ethnic groups that include Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz in a vast network of detention centers. This new legislation is intended to increase the pressure by imposing sanctions on specific Chinese officials, such as the Communist Party official who oversees government policy in Xianjiang. It signals that a member of the international community is actually taking some steps to address the problem, Irwin said.
House Homeland Security chair: U.S. ramping up “visible and invisible” airport security
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, says the United States is ramping up both “visible and invisible” security measures at airports and train stations across the country. The House Homeland Security chairman says he is wary of recent ISIS-produced videos calling for terrorist attacks on American soil.cbsnews.com
Open: This is Face the Nation, March 27
On this Easter Sunday, “Face the Nation” brings you the latest on this week’s terror attacks in Brussels and the 2016 campaign trail. Today’s guests include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, NYPD deputy commissioner John Miller, House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and others.cbsnews.com
McCaul: Lone-wolf attacks a “new wave of terrorism”
Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the threat of lone-wolf attacks by people inspired by terrorists online--or fighters who return from the battlefield--represents the new generation of terrorism and poses a serious risk to the U.S. homeland.cbsnews.com
Michael McCaul: Obama's immigration action threatens democracy
Sign Up For NewslettersIRS to delay tax filing deadline until May 17Learning what it takes to bring students back to schoolNew York City makes it easier to sue police for misconductBiden says Justice Department is "taking a look" at Georgia law2 dead, 8 wounded in shootings in "chaotic night" in Virginia BeachThousands gather to protest violence against Asian AmericansShip remains stuck in Suez Canal for 5th day after failed effort to free itRenewed concern over COVID-19 trajectory, even as vaccinations riseRep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, explains his opposition to the president's decision to act unilaterally on immigration. Michael McCaul: Obama's immigration action threatens democracy Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, explains his opposition to the president's decision to act unilaterally on immigration. Be the first to knowGet browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not NowTurn Oncbsnews.com
November 23: Durbin, McCaul and Brooks
November 23: Durbin, McCaul and Brooks The latest on President Obama's executive action on immigration and the Ferguson grand jury, with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, and Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, and others.cbsnews.com
Open: This is Face the Nation, September 14
Open: This is Face the Nation, September 14 The latest on the fighting in Iraq and Syria, the domestic violence controversy facing the NFL, and the latest Ken Burns documentary, with Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Ken Burns, and others.cbsnews.com
Open: This is Face the Nation, April 6, 14
Open: This is Face the Nation, April 6, 14 The latest on the Fort Hood shooting, the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Obamacare, and a discussion on climate change with White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and more.cbsnews.com
April 6: Pfeiffer, McCaul, Friedman, Cullen
April 6: Pfeiffer, McCaul, Friedman, Cullen The latest on the Fort Hood shooting, the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Obamacare, and a discussion on climate change with White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and more.cbsnews.com