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

Dave Bautista wants to do a romantic comedy even though he’s not a ‘typical rom-com lead’

CNN  —  Dave Bautista is looking for his next role, and he’d love for it to be a chance to show off his softer side. The former wrestler told Page Six on Monday that while he knows he’s “not your typical rom-com lead,” he’d love to be considered for a film in that genre. “I’m … Read more

As ice storm continues in the South, the Northeast braces for dangerously frigid temperatures

CNN — As tens of thousands of people remain without power in Texas on Thursday amid freezing temperatures and icy roads, the Northeast braces for a blast of extremely cold air that could feel well below freezing. Texas bore the brunt of a dangerous ice storm that dumped multiple rounds of sleet and freezing rain, … Read more

Winter ice storm: The deadly weather crippling much of the South leaves more than 300,000 Texans without power in the frigid cold

CNN — Dangerous road conditions are now linked to three deaths in Texas as a wave of ice and sleet continues to pound parts of the southern and central United States overnight. A 49-year-old woman was killed this week when she lost control of her truck on an icy road north of Eldorado, the Texas … 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