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Cruz Blames Biden's 'Surrender' to Putin for Ukraine Crisis

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine U.S.-Russia policy on Dec. 7, 2021, at the Capitol. (Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,  blasted  President Joe Biden in a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor over the growing crisis in Ukraine, as tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have been posted near its border. Cruz  said:  ''Right now, as we speak, hundreds of thousands of Russian troops are amassed on the border of Ukraine, waiting to invade. This calamitous foreign policy disaster is Joe Biden's fault. This is the direct consequence of Joe Biden's surrender to Vladimir Putin on Nord Stream 2. ''What is Nord Stream 2? It is a pipeline being constructed from Russia to Germany to carry natural gas. Putin is building Nord Stream 2,'' Cruz continued. ''Why? To go around Ukraine, because right now, Russian gas goes through Ukraine. ''Putin didn't just wake up recently and
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Mark Meadows, the chief of staff to former President Donald Trump, decried the Jan. 6 panel's use of "broad" subpoenas as an abuse of power and warned that under their terms, he would not cooperate, despite the threat of a contempt of Congress charge. "Hopefully," Meadows, author of " The Chief's Chief " told  Newsmax 's " Cortes & Pellegrino ," the panel "will understand that my accommodation and willingness to answer — even now — questions through in interrogatories still exists, but they rejected every attempt we've made to try to cooperate." Meadows added, in the past "48-72 hours," he received a subpoena after he "had voluntarily given some nonprivileged information to the committee." "We got a subpoena that was so broad in scope," Meadows said, "that every single ... phone record ... geolocation, you name it; the broad scope of the subpoena was just breathtaking. "I can t

DOJ Sues Texas Over Redistricting, Claims It Violates Voting Rights Act

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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) The Department of Justice is suing the state of Texas. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the legal action against the lone star state in a Monday press conference. He alleged Texas’ recent redistricting is discriminatory in nature. Garland claimed the action violates the  Voting Rights Act   of 1965. “The complaint we filed today alleges that Texas has violated Section 2 by creating redistricting plans that deny or abridge the rights of Latino or Black voters to vote on account of their race, color or language minority group,” stated the Attorney General. Although there is no language explicitly singling out voters of any color in the state’s redistricting process, Garland and his team persist the action has racist intent. U.S. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta accused Texas of participating in gerrymandering its two new congressional districts to favor whit

Putin Demands Security Guarantees From Biden to Curb NATO Expansion

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  (Getty) KRussian President Vladimir Putin presented U.S. President Joe Biden with a demand for legally binding security guarantees that would rule out the expansion of NATO, the Kremlin said on Tuesday after virtual talks between the two leaders. During two hours of talks with Biden on a video call, Putin said NATO was bolstering its military potential near Russia's borders and "making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory," the Kremlin said in a statement. "Therefore, Russia is seriously interested in obtaining reliable, legally fixed guarantees that rule out NATO expansion eastward and the deployment of offensive strike weapons systems in states adjacent to Russia," the Kremlin said. Russian authorities have said that NATO's growing ties with Ukraine and the possibility of the alliance deploying missiles targeted against Russia there was a "red line" it would not allow to be crossed. Putin also told his U.S. counterpart he wanted gu

Trump: GOP Needs to Wage 'War' Over Biden's $2T Social Spending Plan

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Former President Donald Trump at the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on Oct. 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Zarrilli/Getty Images) Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and GOP senators as House Democrats moved to raise the debt ceiling without the required 60 votes to overcome procedural roadblocks. In a statement from his  website , Trump derided Republican support of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, arguing the GOP is now facing "a much harder war" over the nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better package for social programs and climate spending. Trumps reiterated  previous advice  in his new statement, urging: "USE THE DEBT CEILING TO WIN, AND MEAN IT THIS TIME!" "I'm watching Republican Senators talk about fighting the horrendous Build Back Better Bill that the Democrats will push forward, made much easier for

Debates On Overturning Roe V. Wade Continue, GOP Confident

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FILE – A group of anti-abortion protesters pray together in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) As the U.S. Supreme Court continues debating on the future of abortion access nationwide, the GOP remains confident in its decades-long effort to have a landmark abortion case overturned. Justices recently heard oral arguments over a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15-weeks. During an  interview  Sunday, GOP Governor Tate Reeves said there’s “some reason for optimism” the Supreme Court will uphold the 15-week ban and overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade. Reeves, however, assured if the decision is overturned he plans on enforcing a near total ban of all abortions in his state. “What it does mean is that all 50 states, the laboratories of democracy, are going to have the ability to enact their

Indonesia Semeru Volcanic Eruption Kills 14; Dozens Injured

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  An aerial view of the damaged houses in Sumber Wuluh village that got affected by the eruption of Mount Semeru volcano in Lumajang regency, East Java province, Indonesia, December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan The eruption of Semeru volcano has killed at least 14 people and injured dozens on Java island, Indonesia’s disaster agency said on Sunday, as rescue teams searched for victims under layers of ash, sometimes digging with their bare hands. Semeru, the tallest mountain on Java, threw up towers of ash and hot clouds on Saturday that blanketed nearby villages in East Java province and sent people fleeing in panic. The eruption destroyed buildings and severed a strategic bridge connecting two areas in the nearby district of Lumajang with the city of Malang, authorities said. A BNPB official said in a news conference late on Sunday that 14 people had been killed, nine of whom have been identified, and 56 people suffered injuries, most of them burns. Around 1,300 people have been e