Rep. Tim Burchett on UFOs: 'Yeah, I think there's a cover up'
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by Tiah Shepherd
4h ago
Following a classified briefing on unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs), more commonly known as UFOs, Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) suggested Wednesday that the U.S. government may be intentionally concealing information on these objects from the American public. “I think there's a cover up,” Burchett told Blake Burman on NewsNation’s “The Hill.” “There are tens of millions of dollars that we've spent investigating these things. We've had departments tell us that they have recovery units, but they won't release full reports. Everything's covered up," Burchett added.  This is not the firs ..read more
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Israel ambassador to US says Israel 'will respond' to Iran strikes
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by Nick Robertson
5h ago
The Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. said Wednesday that Israel must respond to Iranian strikes on the country, brushing off warnings from American leaders and other allies fearful of a regional war between the two powers. Iran launched over 300 munitions toward Israel on Saturday evening in response to an Israeli strike that killed Iranian military leaders early this month. Nearly all the munitions were intercepted by American, Jordanian and Israeli defenses before reaching their targets, and the country suffered minimal damages and no fatalities from the strikes. “This cannot just pass. It ca ..read more
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Johnson turns to Democrats on Ukraine aid amid ouster threat
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by Mike Lillis, Mychael Schnell
5h ago
Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) will lean heavily on Democrats to move a series of bills in the coming days providing aid to Ukraine, Israel and other democratic allies overseas — a strategy that acknowledges the nuances of governing in a divided Washington but also heightens the risk of his removal by disgruntled conservatives. In rejecting a Senate-passed foreign aid bill favored by Democrats, the Speaker has sought to mollify his hardline GOP critics and put a more conservative stamp on the contentious foreign assistance. Simultaneously, he’s moving a border security bill, also aimed at ..read more
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Los Angeles officer who shot and killed teen girl in dressing room won't face charges
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by Nick Robertson
7h ago
A Los Angeles police officer who shot and killed a teenage girl with a stray bullet will not be charged over the incident, the California Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Officer William Dorsey Jones Jr. fired his rifle three times into a Burlington Coat Factory department store when pursuing a man who had attacked two women in December 2021.  Valentina Orellana Peralta, 14 years old, was shot and killed while hiding in a dressing room with her mother, the bullet traveling through a wall. The suspect was also killed. Instead of filing criminal charges against Jones, the state DO ..read more
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Cyberattack hits NY Capitol amid budget negotiations
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by Nick Robertson
7h ago
An apparent cyberattack struck the New York State Legislature's computer infrastructure overnight Tuesday, slowing progress on state budget negotiations that are already weeks overdue and forcing the state to move to a 20th-century backup system. Gov. Kathy Hocul (D) said Wednesday that the cyberattack was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday, sparking a quick response from state cybersecurity officials.  The exact cause or motivation for the attack is unknown. The legislature’s bill drafting office — those responsible for finalizing the text of the state budget — was the worst hit ..read more
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GOP unveils national security bill as last piece of Ukraine aid package
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by Mike Lillis, Mychael Schnell
7h ago
House GOP leaders on Wednesday unveiled a catch-all package of Republican national security priorities designed to sweeten a massive round of new funding for Ukraine and other foreign allies in the face of fierce conservative opposition. The bill features the “innovations” promised by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) when he rejected a Senate-passed foreign-aid package in favor of a House version he said would better reflect the interests and concerns of lower chamber lawmakers. His proposal features a provision that would ban TikTok in the U.S. if the company fails to divorce its operations from ..read more
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Frost criticizes Greene after she disavows white supremacists: 'damn hypocrisy'
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by Nick Robertson
7h ago
Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-Fla.) went after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Wednesday after she disavowed white supremacy in a House Oversight Committee hearing, calling back to her previous interactions with Nick Fuentes. “It’s interesting to hear my colleague just now talk about disavowing white supremacists, when in 2022 she spoke at an event led by white supremacists and white nationalist Nick Fuentes,” Frost said in the hearing. “And when asked about it, doubled down on it and said, ‘We’re going to focus on people, not labels.’ So get out of here with that damn hypocrisy.” Fu ..read more
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NRA promises to reform charitable arm in new settlement with DC attorney general
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by Nick Robertson
8h ago
The National Rifle Association (NRA) settled a suit with the D.C. Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday, concluding a three-and-a-half-year case by promising to reform its troubled charity arm, avoiding a trial. Prosecutors said the NRA Foundation misused over $10 million in tax-deductible donations, illegally funneling the money into its parent organization for political activity. The case was set to go to trial April 29. The settlement comes as the NRA recovers from a disastrous New York corruption trial, which saw the organization and its top executives levied with multi-mil ..read more
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Former congressional budget leaders slam 'absolutely broke' budget process
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by Julia Shapero
8h ago
Several former leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees criticized the current state of the congressional budget process on Wednesday in the wake of Congress's repeated failure to adopt concurrent budget resolutions in recent years.     “The budget process is absolutely broke, and it needs to be repaired,” said former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.), who chaired the Senate Budget Committee from 2003 to 2005.  “It’s unconscionable to think the United States government wouldn’t have a budget,” he added at an event hosted by The Hill and the Bipartisan Policy Center ..read more
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House GOP unveils border bill as conservatives slam foreign aid measures
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by Mychael Schnell, Rebecca Beitsch
8h ago
House GOP leaders on Wednesday introduced a new border security bill designed to appease conservatives who are up in arms that Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) foreign aid package excluded tougher measures to battle migration. Johnson announced Wednesday morning that he was plowing ahead with sending aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan despite outspoken opposition from hard-line Republicans, many of whom were incensed that his plan excluded border security. For months, the Speaker had said that any assistance for Kyiv must be paired with legislation to address the situation at the southern border ..read more
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