What to make of the US military’s movements in the Pacific and a general’s wild warning about war with China

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To receive it in your inbox, subscribe for free here. CNN — Multiple developments in recent weeks reinforce the US military’s new excessive focus on China: There is a new agreement between the US and Japan that will redesignate US Marines stationed in Japan, … Read more

Biden confirms his top economic aide is leaving the White House

CNN — President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that his National Economic Council Director Brian Deese plans to step down from office, a long-awaited confirmation of an expected departure. Biden’s statement offered no details on a successor or when Deese would leave, but praised the work of his top economist during a tough time for … Read more

Americans are broadly unsatisfied with the state of things in the US, poll finds

CNN — President Joe Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address next week in a country that has a pretty bleak outlook. For the past two decades, Gallup has polled the American public on a range of political issues and broad societal perceptions in its annual “Mood of the Nation” poll. Average … Read more

US and India to boost defense and technology cooperation as China threat grows

CNN — The United States and India are taking steps to strengthen their defense partnership, officials said Tuesday, in the latest sign of cooperation between the two countries in the face of an increasingly assertive China. The plans emerged after two days of meetings in Washington between government and business officials from both countries and … Read more

‘It’s all empty promises’: Palestinians feel betrayed by US, warn there’s only so much they can bear

Ramallah, West Bank CNN — Abu A’asem brews pot after pot of his specialty Arabic coffee, despite the pouring rain. His corner stand in the heart of Ramallah is always busy, whatever the weather, but his future as a Palestinian is as bleak as the sky. “I am 40 years old and I still see … Read more

FBI finds no classified documents at Biden’s Delaware vacation home

CNN — The FBI conducted a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and no documents bearing classified marks were found, Biden’s personal attorney said Wednesday. Bob Bauer, Biden’s attorney, said the FBI took handwritten notes and documents with them for further examination. The search lasted three and a half hours. “The … Read more

Tyre Nichols’ life to be celebrated in Memphis funeral service

CNN — Tire Nichols, whose death at the hands of police in Memphis led to second-degree murder charges against five officers, will be remembered at a funeral service on Wednesday for the life he lived. Nichols, 29, who was black, was subdued but continuously beaten after a traffic stop by Memphis police on January 7. … Read more

Report: Man accused of kidnapping, torturing Oregon woman dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound following police standoff

CNN — A week after authorities discovered a woman bound and beaten in a southwestern Oregon home, the kidnapping suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports a CNN affiliate . Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, died in a hospital after an hour-long standoff with law enforcement Tuesday night in Grants Pass, Oregon, CNN affiliate KTVL … Read more

Trump struggles to fundraise in early weeks of campaign

CNN — Former President Donald Trump’s political operation has grossed $9.5 million in the roughly six weeks since he announced his latest White House run, according to a source familiar with fundraising figures . The loot is less than the nearly $11.8 million raised by Trump entities in the six weeks leading up to the … Read more

GOP leaders work to lock down votes to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee

CNN — House Republican leaders are working to lock in votes to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the Foreign Affairs Committee after several members of their conference reported resistance to the move. One of those Republicans, Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana, announced on Tuesday that she was now prepared to support a … Read more