Author: Jordan Williams

Defense & National Security — Biden unveils $625M weapons package to Ukraine 

The Biden administration unveiled a $625 million security assistance package to Ukraine on Tuesday as the West continues to grapple with Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories. We’ll break down what’s in the latest package. Plus, we’ll look at how the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is wading into uncharted territory with its interim final rule…

Biden speaks with Zelensky, unveils $625 million weapons package to Ukraine

President Biden and Vice President Harris spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday and unveiled a $625 million security assistance package to Ukraine amid Russia’s annexation of regions in the eastern and southern parts of the country. Biden and Harris underscored that the U.S. “will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of Ukrainian territory,” according…

VA wades into abortion battle with contentious new rule

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is wading into tense territory with a new rule essentially making the agency an abortion provider, facing the wrath of GOP lawmakers and likely legal challenges. The VA has already started providing abortions to pregnant veterans and VA beneficiaries in limited circumstances set out in the rule, which took…

Defense & National Security — Putin annexation reverberates

Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed four Ukrainian territories on Friday, a move that reverberated quickly across the West. We’ll recap the international fallout. Plus, we’ll talk about who the prime suspects are in the apparent sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. This is Defense & National Security, your nightly guide to…

Zelensky says Ukraine filing expedited application to join NATO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his country will file an expedited application to join NATO after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties to annex parts of Ukraine. In a statement, Zelensky called Ukraine and NATO “de facto” allies and said his country would seek formal membership in the alliance. “De facto, we have already proven…

Why the Pentagon hates continuing resolutions — especially now

The Pentagon has never been a fan of using continuing resolutions (CR) to keep the government funded. But the stopgap measure passed by the Senate on Thursday is causing particular concern about the U.S. military’s ability to stay competitive, due to record inflation gripping the country. The Senate is considering a stopgap measure to fund…

Defense & National Security — US pushes allies to reject Russian annexation effort

The U.S. is mobilizing its allies to reject Russian attempts to annex territory in Ukraine, something Kyiv hopes will spark more military support. We’ll break down what’s to come. Plus, we’ll talk about a bipartisan effort in the Senate to include a critical munitions acquisition fund for Ukraine in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act….