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Biden weighs sending thousands of troops to counter Russia

Biden weighs sending thousands of troops to counter Russia

Rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine stokes fear GOP strategist Charles Blain, who is the founder of Urban Reform, and Wisconsin radio talk show host Mike Crute, a Democratic strategist, weigh in on recent poll results on national security and discuss the surge in crime in cities across the U.S. NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
President Biden is considering sending a few thousand troops to Eastern Europe and the Baltic States as part of a broader NATO effort to bolster NATO allies that border Russia and Ukraine, given recent tensions, Fox News confirms.Advisors presented Biden with various options to respond to Russia’s aggressive stance in Eastern Europe in a Sunday briefing at Camp David. The president is considering sending 3,000-5,000 U.S. troops to Romania and to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia as part of a broader NATO effort. Other NATO countries may also contribute troops to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin not to try to move into neighboring countries.BIDEN’S ‘GREEN LIGHT’ TO PUTIN ON UKRAINE WILL HAVE ‘RIPPLE EFFECT’ THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, CRITIC SAYSThe president is also considering deploying naval vessels to make port visits to NATO allies who may feel threatened. Some equipment and troops in these proposed actions would come from Europe and some would come from the U.S.
FILE – President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the ‘Villa la Grange’, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.
(Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File Pool)The U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office disclosed on Saturday that it had information suggesting that Russia will plan to install a Russian puppet in Ukraine.”We have information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine,” a spokesperson for the British agency said.Former Ukrainian Member of Parliament Yevhen Murayev was being considered a potential candidate, the spokesperson added.
Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Murayev heads Nashi, a small pro-Russian political party that currently has no representation in Ukraine’s parliament, The Associated Press reported.Biden met with his national security team Saturday to respond to this development, which one U.S. official described to Fox News as “deeply concerning.”K.T. McFarland, deputy national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, told Fox News Digital that President Biden has brought the current circumstances upon himself, seemingly giving President Putin a “green light” during a press conference this week.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Whatever happened in Afghanistan had a ripple effect with Ukraine. Whatever is going to happen with Ukraine is going to have a ripple effect with China, but it will have a ripple effect with Iran. It’s going to have a ripple effect with North Korea because all of these countries will think they’ll seize the moment. They’ll think this is my time. America’s weak, it’s disorganized,” McFarland said.
Presidents Biden and Putin
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images |   Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Patrick Ward, Adam Sabes, and Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

Washington DC 'Defeat the Mandates' march calls for end to 'draconian' COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Washington DC 'Defeat the Mandates' march calls for end to 'draconian' COVID-19 vaccine requirements

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The “Defeat the Mandates” march took to the streets and monuments of Washington, D.C., as protestors and speakers called for an end to COVID-19 vaccine mandates nationwide. A number of major U.S. cities including D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Boston have implemented citywide rules requiring residents to show proof of vaccination at certain establishments, such as restaurants and gyms.The peaceful protest started around noon at the Washington Monument and headed first to the Lincoln Memorial, where it remained while a series of speakers took to the steps to share their experiences of the past year and their reasons to call for an end to the vaccine mandates. FAUCI OUTLINES PANDEMIC LONG-TERM RETURN TO NORMAL: ‘BEST-CASE SCENARIO’ WE LEARN TO LIVE WITH ITBetween 30,000 and 35,000 people attended the protest, demanding an end to vaccine mandates and passports and a call for reasonable debate and the power of informed consent. “You’re going to hear a lot of people talk about on the left say this is a big, anti-vax rally — it’s people coming in to deny science,” march organizer Will Witt, an author and political commentator for nonprofit PragerU, told Fox News Digital last week. MISSOURI AG: LAWSUITS AGAINST ‘ILLEGAL’ MASK MANDATES IN SCHOOLS WILL ‘RETURN POWER’ TO PARENTS”But this march is about the mandate, and this march is about the Draconian measures that we’re seeing all across this country right now, especially in places like D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco.”Several groups sponsored the event, including the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, World Council for Health, Vaccine Safety Research Foundation, and Children’s Health Defense – headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Speakers included Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of mRNA technology used in COVID vaccines, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Christina Parks, Dr. Paul Alexander, and Stephanie De Garay, mother of Maddie De Garay. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe rally ended around 3:30 p.m. This is a developing story. Check back for more updates. Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report. 

Beto O'Rourke 'not interested' in help from Biden during Texas gubernatorial campaign

Beto O'Rourke 'not interested' in help from Biden during Texas gubernatorial campaign

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Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke told reporters Friday that he is “not interested” in help from President Joe Biden in his run to replace Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Regarding whether he would seek the help of Biden during his campaign, O’Rourke told reporters Friday that he did not want Biden or anyone else in Washington, D.C., to get involved in the campaign, according to The Dallas Morning News.”I’m not interested in any national politician — anyone outside of Texas — coming into this state to help decide the outcome of this,” said O’Rourke. “I think we all want to make sure that we’re working with, listening to and voting with one another here in Texas.”
Former Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and then-candidate Joe Biden visit a Whataburger after O’Rourke endorsed Biden’s campaign for president in Dallas, Texas, U.S., March 2, 2020. (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo)

NY Gov blames 'shot from an illegal gun' for killing of NYPD officers

NY Gov blames 'shot from an illegal gun' for killing of NYPD officers

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New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul said the ambush shooting of two New York City police officers Friday signaled the need for congressional action in Washington, D.C. to help “fight the scourge of illegal guns on our streets.””Our hearts and prayers are with the families and the members of the NYPD, but also, it’s a resounding call to action,” Hochul said during a press conference in Buffalo on Saturday. “We have to do more to fight the scourge of illegal guns on our streets. And we need Washington teaming up with us, teaming up with locals, to get it done.”HARLEM ‘AMBUSH’: NYPD OFFICER JASON RIVERA HONORED AT VIGIL: ‘VIOLENCE WON’T DIVIDE US’New York City Police Officers Jason Rivera, 22, and Wilbert Mora, 27, were shot at a Harlem apartment Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Rivera died from his injuries and Mora is in life-threatening condition with a serious head wound, officials said.The man police say shot the officers, Lashawn J. McNeil, 47, also was critically wounded and hospitalized, authorities said. McNeil was on probation for a 2003 felony narcotics conviction in New York City and had a lengthy criminal history, police said.An illegal Glock 45 that was stolen from Baltimore in 2017 was recovered at the scene, police said.Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday called on federal authorities to do more to seize illegal guns.”We’re removing thousands of guns off the street, but there’s an endless flow that continues to come through our city borders,” Adams said. ” I am encouraged by the president’s acknowledgement that we need to collaborate with city, state, and federal entities the way we did during 9-11 to fight terrorism we have to fight the crimes on our street.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. 
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)Hochul said during her briefing that while New York has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, guns are still coming in from other states with looser restrictions and that federal action is needed.”These guns, despite our tough laws here in the state of New York, and we’re proud of them, they’re coming in from other states,” she said. “They’re flooding our streets. And I have pledged the resources of the New York State police to become embedded with NYPD and others to help them.   “In fact, we’ve tripled – just a week ago on our budget, tripled the funding for this gun interdiction effort because they’re coming in from Virginia and Maryland and coming in from Pennsylvania to our very streets,” she continued. “And we have to do whatever we can to protect our neighborhoods.” 
New York State Governor Kathy Hochul addresses the media during the 2021 New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2021 in New York City. 
(John Lamparski/Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe spate of violent crime in New York City in recent weeks has prompted leaders to call on Democratic lawmakers in Albany to repeal the state’s bail reform law, which eliminated cash bail for most nonviolent crimes and misdemeanors.”Criminals have more rights in New York State than victims,” Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, who was sworn into office Monday afternoon, told CBS New York. “It’s got to end, the madness has to stop, and I’m calling upon the governor to repeal the bail reform act.”

Biden plans tax-funded legal services program for 'Remain in Mexico' immigrants: report

Biden plans tax-funded legal services program for 'Remain in Mexico' immigrants: report

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The Biden administration will look to make it easier for immigrants to seek legal services across the southern border with the launch of the Legal Access at the Border (LAB) program.The program will launch in seven border cities, including San Diego, Calexico, Nogales, El Paso, Eagle Pass, Laredo, and Brownsville – all cities in which the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) was once enforced. MPP – also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy – appears to have provided the motivation to create the program in the first place: Many legal aid organizations have remained wary of providing assistance due to the program, which some believe presents a humanitarian issue. U.S. authorities detained more than 1.7 million immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended in September – the most since the passage of President Ronald Reagan’s sweeping immigration reform bill in 1986. 
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a news conference at The National Press Club in Washington, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. 
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will run the program after it gets off the ground, agency spokesperson Kathryn Mattingly told Axios. The Biden administration hopes to get the program going within the next 60 days. BIDEN ADMIN EXPANDS TRUMP-ERA ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ TO RIO GRANDE VALLEY SECTOR, CITING COURT ORDERThe LAB program will mainly provide legal assistance, with contractors explaining options for staying in the U.S. while deportation orders remain pending, as well as general court practice and procedures individuals should be aware of prior to their appearance. 
Sept. 18, 2021: Migrants camp under the International Bridge in Del Rio. (Rep. Pfluger.)

Sanders admits ‘Republicans laughing all the way to Election Day,’ as Biden spending agenda fails in Senate

Sanders admits ‘Republicans laughing all the way to Election Day,’ as Biden spending agenda fails in Senate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., recognizing the upcoming 2022 midterms could result in a regained GOP majority in the Senate, remarked Sunday that Republicans are “laughing all the way to Election Day,” as President Biden’s hopes of passing election reform and spending packages have stalled in the upper chamber.”What has bothered me very much is that the Republicans are laughing all the way to Election Day,” Sanders remarked on CNN’s “State of the Union,” acknowledging Biden’s $1.7 trillion social spending and climate package failed to pass the Senate, currently split 50-50 along party lines. “They have not had to cast one bloody vote … and we have got the change that.” After weeks of negotiations, two Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, decided not to support the legislation, and in doing so, Sanders argued they “sabotaged the president’s effort to address the needs of working families in this country.” ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY CENSURES KYRSTEN SINEMA FOR PROTECTING FILIBUSTER “It’s not only those two,” Sanders told CNN host Dana Bash. “It is 50 Republicans who have been adamant not only in pushing an anti-Democratic agenda but also opposing our efforts to try to lower the costs of prescription drugs, trying to expand Medicare to include dental, hearing and eyeglasses, to improve the disastrous situation in home health care, in child care, to address the existential threat of climate change. You got 50 Republicans who don’t want to do anything, except criticize the president.” 
Sen. Bernie Sanders arrives for President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, April 28, 2021.
(Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)After closed-door negotiations failed, Sanders proposed putting each policy issue on the Senate floor up for a vote and to then craft legislation around parts of the Democratic agenda that can pass.”We have allowed the Republicans to get away with murder. They haven’t had to vote on anything,” Sanders said, arguing he’s confident he could get 50 or more votes in favor of some issues in the package. “I think there is widespread understanding that what we have done for the last six months has failed from a policy point of view. It has failed politically. We need to change course. We need to have the courage to take on the Republicans and let Manchin and Sinema decide which side they are on.”
Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have said they don’t want to undo the filibuster. 
(Getty Images/Reuters)Sanders also said he agreed with the Arizona Democratic Party’s decision Saturday to formally censure Sinema for refusing to roll back the Senate filibuster in order to pass major voting rights reforms. Sinema’s office has said she still supports voting rights legislation but has maintained that preserving the 60-vote threshold in the Senate is important to protect against wild policy swings. “I think what the Arizona Democrats did was exactly right,” Sanders told CNN.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “On that particular vote that she and Manchin cast, we were trying to address the reality that you got 19 Republican states all over this country who are undermining the foundations of American democracy,” Sanders continued, “trying to make it harder for people of color, young people, people with disabilities to vote, coming up with extreme gerrymandering, taking action against independent election officials. And it is so important that we protect American democracy, that we stand up to the big lie of Trump and his allies that he really won the election. And they undermined that effort.” Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report. 

Gov. Kristi Noem says transgender athlete bill ‘strongest' in the nation to protect women's sports

Gov. Kristi Noem says transgender athlete bill ‘strongest' in the nation to protect women's sports

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Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said Sunday her bill making its way through South Dakota’s legislature aimed at protecting fairness in women’s sports will be the “strongest bill in the nation” of its kind.”This is about fairness,” Noem said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is about making sure that our girls have a chance to be successful and to compete, to win scholarships, potentially go on to play professional sports beyond that. We want them to have the opportunity to do that.KRISTI NOEM’S FORMER ADVISER ACCUSED GOVERNOR OF ‘GASLIGHTING’ WITH NEW AD ON WOMEN’S SPORTS
Kristi Noem, governor of South Dakota, speaks during the Family Leader summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 16, 2021.
(Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg )”Title IX fought for that years and years ago and I’ve been doing this for years, which started, man, almost five years ago now in the sport of rodeo, where we protected girls’ events,” she continued. “So now I’m bringing a bill to the legislature that will be the strongest bill in the nation in protecting fairness in girls’ sports, and I’m hopeful that my legislators will support it.”A South Dakota legislative committee on Friday approved a bill championed by Noem that limits collegiate and K-12 participation to the sex identified on an athlete’s birth certificate. If it passes the legislature, South Dakota will become the 10th state to ban transgender people from competing on teams that match their gender identity.The bill makes good on a promise Noem delivered when she controversially vetoed a similar bill from the state legislature last year. After initially supporting House Bill 1217, Noem sent a style and form veto back to the legislature with a slew of requests, including removing a provision designed to protect collegiate sports. The Republican-led legislature ultimately failed to override her veto and the governor attempted to supplant that bill with executive orders aimed at protecting K-12 sports. 
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on July 11, 2021, in Dallas, Texas.
(Brandon Bell/Getty Images)Noem had argued that unlike elementary and secondary school regulations, collegiate restrictions would create an unworkable patchwork for athletic organizations that operate at the national level. “I did not veto a bill,” Noem declared Sunday. “What I did was I asked my legislature for changes, and they rejected it. So immediately that very same day I put executive orders in place to protect girls’ sports.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPNoem also defended her new proposed bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or around six weeks, which includes a provision that would punish people who aid someone in getting an abortion with a minimum $10,000 penalty.”The South Dakota law is different,” she said. “It is modeled after the Texas law, and it says when that heartbeat is detected, that then abortion is not an option. And frankly, since we got to the Texas law in place, lives have been saved. In South Dakota, there’s a private right of action clause that is different than the Texas model. But we think that really gives people the option to really not insert the state into that relationship, but make sure that people have the opportunity to go after those doctors that do perform abortions, and save those lives so that we can continue to be bold in doing that.”Fox News’ Sam Dorman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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