‘Unsafe and unprofessional’: U.S. chides Iran after American helicopter hit with lasers

The helicopter was operating in international airspace and Iran’s actions were inappropriate, the statement said. “These are not the actions of a professional maritime force,” said Cmdr. Rick Chernitzer, a spokesperson for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. “This unsafe, unprofessional, and irresponsible behavior by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy risks U.S. and partner nation … Read more

McCarthy’s Hail Mary: Strip Ukraine aid and finally pass Pentagon spending bill

Separating the relatively small amount of Ukraine funding is yet another reversal for McCarthy. Over the weekend, the speaker opted keep the money in the bill after previously floating the possibility. But Ukraine aid has become politically contentious in the GOP conference and is opposed by many lawmakers on McCarthy’s right flank. The Pentagon bill … Read more

House thwarts hard-right push to gut Ukraine funding

Ukraine funding has become a political football just days before a possible shutdown. While the two votes show bipartisan support for helping fight off Russia’s invasion, nearly half of House Republicans favored stripping out the money. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has declared the bipartisan Senate funding patch a nonstarter in part because it contains $6 billion … Read more

Government shutdown would put pay for over 1M military members at risk, Pentagon says

Over 1 million military members and furloughed civilian employees are at risk of going without pay during the shutdown period, a DOD spokesperson said. | Andreea Alexandru/AP Photo A government shutdown would harm military readiness and have “huge, profound impacts across the globe,” Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh said Tuesday morning. With a looming government shutdown, … Read more

Biden agrees to send long-range missiles to Ukraine

The news is a major win for Zelenskyy and officials in Kyiv, who have long sought the missiles. ATACMS have a range of 45 to 190 miles and Ukrainians have long argued that they are crucial to striking deep behind entrenched Russian positions along a 600-mile front line. NBC first reported the news that the … Read more

At the center of Menendez’s indictment: Egypt, guns, money and power

Menendez denies any wrongdoing. “The excesses of these prosecutors is apparent. They have misrepresented the normal work of a Congressional office. On top of that, not content with making false claims against me, they have attacked my wife for the longstanding friendships she had before she and I even met,” Menendez said in a statement … Read more