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

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

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

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

Opinion: How Russia outmaneuvered the US in Africa

Editor’s note: Joyce M. Davis, Awareness and Opinion Editor for PennLive and The Patriot-News, is the President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is a seasoned journalist and author who has lived and worked around the world, working for National Public Radio, Knight Ridder Newspapers in Washington, DC, and Radio … Read more

George Santos tells House Republicans he wants off of his committees until issues are resolved

CNN — Rep. George Santos told the closed-door House GOP conference on Tuesday that he wanted to leave both of his committees until his issues were resolved, three members told CNN. The New York Republican who has faced calls to resign over misrepresentations — including about his work experience, educational background and identity — is … Read more

Ransomware: New US strategy prioritizes victims but could make it harder to catch cybercriminals

Washington CNN — Last week’s disruption by US and European law enforcement of a $100 million ransomware gang is the clearest public example yet of a new high-stakes strategy by the Biden administration. to prioritize protecting victims of cybercrime – even if that means warning suspects and potentially making it difficult to stop them. The … Read more

New questions emerge about George Santos’ old campaign filings

CNN — Freshman Rep. George Santos, whose finances and fabrications are under investigation, faces new questions about the accuracy of campaign reports filed during his unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2020. Someone named Stephen Berger, for example, is described in the New York Republican’s campaign materials as having contributed $2,500 on July 31, 2020. But … Read more