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Garland notifies lawmakers of conclusion of special counsel’s Biden docs probe

Merrick GarlandSpecial counsel Robert Hur has concluded his investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified records in his prior government posts, Attorney General Merrick Garland informed lawmakers in a letter Wednesday.

The letter from Garland says nothing about the conclusion Hur reached, but arrives amid reporting that the special counsel is expected to announce the findings of his investigation in coming days.


Feds Foil Man's Alleged Sniper Attack Plot At U.S.-Mexico Border

Migrants at border

A Tennessee man was arrested Monday after allegedly plotting to carry out a violent attack against federal agents at the U.S.-Mexico border with the help of multiple militia groups.

Paul Faye of Cunningham is charged with possessing, selling or transferring an unregistered firearm following a nearly yearlong undercover investigation, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nashville.

Faye allegedly said that he wanted to “stir up the hornet’s nest” at the border and intended to coordinate the attack with militia groups from Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. He hoped that news of the violence would set off a “domino effect” in which others would travel to the border to support his effort, according to conversations cited in the complaint.



Florida Asks State Supreme Court To Tank Abortion Ballot Proposal election interference case

Florida State SCFlorida’s conservative Supreme Court considered the wording of a ballot proposal Wednesday that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution — a measure that Florida officials are hell-bent on stopping.

Floridians Protecting Freedom, a political action group, collected more than 1 million signatures, well over the amount required, from residents wishing to vote on the proposal come November. If passed, the proposal would prevent Florida lawmakers from interfering with abortion decisions made by pregnant patients and their doctors up until the point where the fetus is able to survive outside the womb, which is generally at 24 weeks’ gestation.


Search underway for 5 US Marines after missing military helicopter found in California

Marines missing A search-and-rescue operation is underway for five Marines after a United States military helicopter carrying them to Southern California was found Wednesday.

The helicopter departed from Nevada and was slated to land in California, USMC 1st Lt. Kevin Uebelhardt told USA TODAY. After it was reported overdue, teams in several states began a search and the aircraft was located by civil authorities in Pine Valley, California, just after 9 a.m.

"The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is managing search and rescue efforts through the Wing Operations Command Center and using ground and aviation assets to locate the aircrew in coordination with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and multiple federal, state and local agencies," the agency said in a statement.

The five missing marines are assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Uebelhardt said.


Netanyahu dismisses Hamas cease-fire offer as 'delusional'

Netanyahu dismisses Hamas dealIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Wednesday the considerable concessions sought by Hamas leaders in their counter to the latest cease-fire proposal, saying surrendering to their demands would result in disaster for his country.

A "crushing" military victory over the "delusional" militants can be obtained within months, Netanyahu said at a news conference. “We are on the way to complete victory, the victory is within reach,” he said. "The 'day after' is the day after Hamas."

Hamas had proposed a 135-day cease-fire plan that would include the release of the remaining hostages, withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip and an end to a war that has killed tens of thousands and left the enclave in ruins.


Chile's former president Sebastian Pinera dies in helicopter crash

Sebaastian Pinera dies in helicopter crashChilean ex-President Sebastian Pinera died in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, sending the country he led for two terms into mourning and prompting an outpouring of condolences from leaders across Latin America.

The helicopter carrying Pinera, 74, and three others plunged into a lake in southern Chile. The former president was pronounced dead shortly after rescue personnel arrived at the scene. The other three passengers survived.

Hamas responds to Gaza truce deal, Blinken says agreement 'possible'

Blinken meets Qatar's Al ThaniThe Palestinian militant group Hamas said on Tuesday it had delivered its response to a proposed ceasefire deal for Gaza that would also involve the release of hostages, and the United States said it still believed an agreement was possible.

Details of the response were not immediately available.
In a statement Hamas said it responded "in a positive spirit, ensuring a comprehensive and complete ceasefire, ending the aggression against our people, ensuring relief, shelter, and reconstruction, lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip, and achieving a prisoner swap."

House GOP fails to impeach Mayorkas over border handling

Mayorkas impeachments attempt fails

House Republicans’ high-stakes gamble to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas just barely failed on Tuesday, an embarrassing political setback for an already embattled majority.

The articles of impeachment against the Homeland Security secretary failed in an 214-216 vote, after four Republicans sided with Democrats to oppose recommending Mayorkas be booted from office. But Republican lawmakers quickly predicted they will bring it back up once Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who is undergoing treatment for blood cancer, returns.

“We’ll bring it back. The guy deserves to be impeached," said Homeland Security Chair Mark Green (R-Tenn.), who has led the effort against Mayorkas.


Group of Palestinian-Americans skip Blinken meeting over Biden admin’s support for Israel’s offensive in Gaza

Palestinian Americans refuse to meet with Blinken

A number of Palestinian-Americans refused to attend a roundtable meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday to discuss the situation in Gaza in protest against the Biden administration’s ongoing support for Israel’s offensive in the war-torn strip – a military campaign that has exacted a massive humanitarian toll.

“We do not know what more Secretary Blinken or President (Joe) Biden need to hear or see to compel them to end their complicity in this genocide,” several of those who rejected the invitation said in a press statement distributed by the non-profit Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU).


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