Author: Jordan Williams

Defense & National Security — Garland defends FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday defended the FBI’s search of former President Trumps’ Mar-a-Lago as the Justice Department asked a judge to unseal the warrant authorizing the search. We’ll talk about Garland’s first public comments since the Monday search. Plus, we’ll talk about Russia confirming the existence of prisoner swap negotiations for WNBA star…

Defense & National Security — Feds warn Iran after alleged plot to kill John Bolton

The White House warned Iran on Wednesday after the Justice Department charged a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in connection with a plot to kill former national security adviser John Bolton. We’ll look about the plot. Plus, we’ll talk about President Biden signing into law comprehensive legislation expanding benefits for veterans who were exposed to…

Biden signs veterans’ toxic exposure bill into law

President Biden on Wednesday signed into law a bill to expand benefits for millions of veterans who were exposed to toxins during war and are suffering illnesses as a result. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act also expands presumptions of service connections for a variety of…

Pentagon confirms anti-radiation missiles sent to Ukraine

The Department of Defense’s top policy official confirmed on Monday that the U.S. has sent anti-radiation missiles to Ukraine, the first time the department has acknowledged sending the missiles. Colin Kahl, undersecretary of Defense for Policy, said the missiles have been sent as part of “recent” presidential drawdown authority (PDA) packages, meaning that the Pentagon…

Implementing the PACT Act is veterans’ next battle

Veterans clinched a victory after the Senate passed a bill that would expand medical coverage for former service members with toxic exposures. But after a long fought battle with no shortage of last-minute drama, their work is far from over. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must now implement the legislation efficiently amid concerns…

Defense & National Security – Pentagon delays missile test again

The Department of Defense has delayed a planned intercontinental ballistic missile test launch for the second time amid increased tensions with China over Taiwan. We’ll break down the second delay. Plus, we’ll get to know the Pentagon’s new press secretary — Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder. This is Defense & National Security, your nightly…

Senate sends veterans toxic exposure bill to Biden’s desk

The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation expanding care for veterans who suffer from illnesses because of exposure to toxins during their military service, ending a standoff after Republicans blocked the bill last week. The Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act passed with a vote of 86-11 and aims…