Biden formally announces Ron Klain is stepping down as White House chief of staff and will be replaced by Jeff Zients

CNN — President Joe Biden announced White House chief of staff Ron Klain will step down next week and will be replaced by Jeff Zients, the former Obama administration official who ran Biden’s Covid-19 response operation. Biden said there will be an “official transition” event at the White House next week to “thank Ron for … Read more

National Archives asks former presidents and vice presidents to check for classified and presidential documents

Washington CNN — The National Archives is formally asking former presidents and vice presidents to re-check their personal records for any classified documents or other presidential records in the wake of classified documents discovered in the homes of former President Donald Trumpformer Vice President Mike Pence and President Joe Biden over the last year. The … Read more

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions targeting Russian mercenary group

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Groupa Russian private mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraineas a significant transnational criminal organization, and imposed a slew of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The US Department of State concurrently announced a number of sanctions meant to “target … Read more

The latest leadership test for the Republican Party will be settled by secret ballot

Dana Point, California CNN — A fresh family feud is boiling inside the Republican Party. As the GOP begins looking ahead to the 2024 presidential campaign – and following a disappointing midterm election and a disorderly race to elect House Speaker Kevin McCarthy – members of the Republican National Committee are set to elect a … Read more

McCarthy officially denies Schiff and Swalwell seats on the House Intelligence Committee

CNN — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell sit on the House Intelligence Committee. “I appreciate the loyalty you have to your Democrat colleagues, and I acknowledge your efforts to have two Members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote … Read more

DOJ sues Google over its dominance in the online advertising market

CNN — The Justice Department and eight states sued Google on Tuesday, accusing the company of harming competition with its dominance in the online advertising market and calling for it to be broken up. The move marks the Biden administration’s first blockbuster antitrust case against a Big Tech company. The eight states joining the suit … Read more

First on CNN: Classified documents found at Pence’s Indiana home

Washington CNN — A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence discovered about a dozen documents marked as classified at Pence’s Indiana home last week, and he has turned those classified records over to the FBI, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have launched … Read more

Recently identified inflammatory disease VEXAS syndrome may be more common than thought, study suggests

CNN — David Adams spent half a decade fighting an illness he couldn’t name. He was in and out of the hospital several times a year. His inflamed joints made his hands feel like they had been squeezed into gloves – and he could no longer play his beloved classical and jazz guitars. He had … Read more

Russia’s Wagner’s brutal tactics in Ukraine revealed by intelligence report

Kyiv CNN — Wagner Group fighters have become the disposable infantry of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, but a Ukrainian military intelligence document obtained by CNN sets out how effective they have been around the city of Bakhmut – and how difficult they are to fight against. Wagner is a private military contractor run … Read more

McConnell plans a backseat role as McCarthy battles the White House over the debt ceiling

CNN — Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has engineered ways out of a devastating debt default in the past. This time may be different – ​​at least for now. Facing the riskiest debt ceiling standoff in a dozen years, Senate Republican leaders are planning to take a backseat role and let the newly empowered House … Read more