Author: Laura Kelly

GOP lawmakers are cheering on Pelosi when it comes to Taiwan

Lawmakers in both parties are cheering on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as she plows ahead with a planned visit to Taiwan in the face of opposition not only from Beijing, but also from her allies in the Biden administration. Pelosi is typically a toxic figure in Republican circles, where her unapologetic brand of liberal…

Pelosi inviting members of Congress for Taiwan trip

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has extended an invitation to members of Congress to join her on a planned trip to Taiwan, according to a House aide. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was invited to join the Speaker to visit Taipei but is unable to attend because…

White House appoints new liaison to the Jewish community

The White House has appointed a new liaison to the Jewish community, a senior administration official confirmed to The Hill. Shelley Greenspan will take over the position from Chanan Weissman, who Jewish Insider reported is expected to step down from his role this week. Weissman, who served in the position under President Biden for almost…

GOP civil war on Ukraine builds between MAGA, Reagan Republicans

A GOP civil war is building over U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, pitting Reagan Republicans against more isolationist “MAGA” Republicans who take their political cues from former President Trump. The Reagan Republicans have been winning the battle, but the continued fight could shape future U.S. policy if the GOP takes the House or Senate…

Senate panel advances Finland, Sweden NATO bid

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday advanced protocols to support the accession of Finland and Sweden to join NATO, setting up a full Senate vote on expanding the alliance. The text, called a resolution of advice and consent to ratify NATO accession protocols, passed by voice vote. Senators from both sides of the aisle…

Erdoğan: Turkey can ‘freeze’ Finland, Sweden NATO bids if demands not met

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday threatened to “freeze” Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership bids if the Nordic countries fail to keep promises on counterterrorism measures agreed to last month. All 30 NATO member states must individually ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s ascensions to the alliance. Erdoğan’s objections raise the prospect of Ankara delaying NATO’s…

Ukraine’s first lady to address Congress this week

Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska will address Congress on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Monday. The first lady will deliver remarks in the congressional auditorium of the Capitol Visitor Center and all members of the House and Senate are invited. The speech is part of a multiday trip Zelenska is making in…

Zelensky challenges world to help end Russia’s war by December

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has thrown down the gauntlet for the U.S. and allies to help Kyiv bring an end to Russia’s war by December. The imperative is to stop the bloodshed – Ukrainian forces are suffering as many as 200 casualties per day and Russian artillery has killed dozens of civilians in recent attacks, with hundreds…