House lawmakers draft resolution to condemn Chinese spy balloon

House lawmakers are prepping a bipartisan resolution to condemn China after the U.S. shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the weekend, which ratcheted up tensions between Washington and Beijing.

Though Republicans have sharply criticized the Biden administration for waiting for days as the balloon traveled across the continental U.S. to South Carolina before shooting it down, the resolution is not expected to focus blame on President Biden.

“We want it to b...

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Defense & National Security — Questions remain after Chinese balloon downed

As the U.S. government gathers the debris from a suspected Chinese spy balloon shot down off the South Carolina Coast, questions remain as to what intel the aerial object gathered and how often Beijing has sent similar balloons over U.S. airspace.  

We’ll share details of the clean-up efforts and what we know so far about previous instances of spy balloons over North America, plus lawmakers look to probe the Biden administration about the balloon and a warning from the Un...

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Democratic freshmen to host Parkland, Uvalde parents at SOTU

Two progressive Democratic House freshmen from Florida and Texas will host parents of two victims of school shootings as their guests for President Biden's State of the Union Address address on Tuesday.

Rep. Greg Casar (D-Texas) will host Brett Cross, whose son Uziyah García was one of the 19 schoolchildren who died at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022; Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) will host Manuel Oliver, the father of Joaquín Oliver, one of 17 victims of the 20...

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Jake Davison assault case should have been sent to CPS, detective tells inquest

Police were under pressure not to send more cases to courts at time of attack a year before Plymouth shooting

The decision to not refer Jake Davison’s assault of two teenagers to the Crown Prosecution Service a year before he shot dead five people in Plymouth was wrong and posed a danger to the public, a detective has admitted.

DS Edward Bagshaw said a case should have been sent to the CPS for it to consider charging him with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery. ...

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Jake Davison assault case should have been sent to CPS, detective tells inquest

Police were under pressure not to send more cases to courts at time of attack a year before Plymouth shooting

The decision to not refer Jake Davison’s assault of two teenagers to the Crown Prosecution Service a year before he shot dead five people in Plymouth was wrong and posed a danger to the public, a detective has admitted.

DS Edward Bagshaw said a case should have been sent to the CPS for it to consider charging him with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and battery. ...

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All-or-nothing approaches to firearm safety have gotten us nowhere

Data scientists seek to glean insights from data that can place issues of public concern into the appropriate perspective.

That being said, my recent op-ed in The Hill, “What the data actually say about assault weapons” fueled discussion that was more revealing about the state of semi-automatic rifles (or assault weapons, or tactical rifles or modern sporting rifles as they are known by some) than the data itself. 

One group of respondents were concerned that ...

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War of words over downed Chinese spy balloon continues as US recovers debris

Beijing lodges formal complaint with US embassy as Washington throws criticism back at China

The diplomatic row has escalated over the Chinese high-altitude balloon that flew across the US before being shot down, as the first wreckage was salvaged off the Atlantic coast.

Beijing on Monday accused the US of “overreaction” and the “indiscriminate use of military force” in shooting down a Chinese balloon, warning of damage to bilateral relations.

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Ranked choice voting may be the ultimate cure for extremist politics

Let me set the stage for my support of ranked choice voting with some personal history. I left a safe seat on the Idaho Supreme Court at the end of 2016, after having served 12 years, so that I could speak out on public affairs. I’d previously served as a Republican attorney general of the state for eight years (1983-1991). During the 1980s, Republicans and Democrats often had policy differences, but they also worked together to solve important problems facing the state. For example, I ...

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