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Hawley demands Homeland Security investigation into Biden’s ‘baffling’ response to Chinese spy balloon

Hawley demands Homeland Security investigation into Biden’s ‘baffling’ response to Chinese spy balloon

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is demanding an immediate investigation into President Biden’s lack of a response to China’s spy balloon that is currently floating over the U.S.”I write to request that you expeditiously convene a hearing on troubling reports that the Chinese government has launched a surveillance balloon over the United States to spy on our nuclear capabilities,” Hawley wrote in a letter to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.”As Members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), we have an obligation to obtain a full understanding of the surveillance that the Chinese government is currently conducting in gross violation of U.S. airspace and to understand the Biden Administration’s baffling response thus far,” he wrote.AFTER CHINESE BALLOON ENTERS US AIRSPACE, BIDEN SECRETARY OF STATE POSTPONES TRIP TO CHINA
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)Defense Department spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Friday that the Chinese surveillance balloon hovering over the U.S. has moved to the central part of the country.Ryder said the North American Aerospace Defense Command is closely monitoring the balloon’s location and that it is moving eastward across the U.S. and said that it will “probably be over the United States for a few days.””Yet rather than shooting down or otherwise disabling this high-altitude balloon, the Biden Administration is merely ‘monitoring the situation’ and referring reporters to the Chinese government for answers,” Hawley wrote.AFTER CHINESE BALLOON ENTERS US AIRSPACE, BIDEN SECRETARY OF STATE POSTPONES TRIP TO CHINA
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, left, and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., speak at a press conference.
(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)”This is a gross violation of American sovereignty. China’s foray into America’s sovereign airspace is deeply disturbing and calls for an immediate investigation. This is a matter of homeland security, and we should hear from senior members of the Biden Administration to understand their response, or lack thereof, so far. The American people are demanding answers,” the senator wrote.The letter comes after House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., on Friday criticized the Biden administration for failing to keep Congress informed about the discovery of a Chinese spy balloon floating above the U.S., and said his committee should have been notified by the administration instead of the media.CHINESE SPY BALLOON ENTERS US AIRSPACE: WHAT WE KNOW
President Biden speaks about inflation and supply chain issues in Los Angeles.
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The realities of a balanced budget highlight Congress’ dishonesty on the issue

The realities of a balanced budget highlight Congress’ dishonesty on the issue

Republicans in Congress have a goal when it comes to the national debt.”I think that we’ve finally, maybe, reached that point in time where enough is enough. Eighteen trillion when I got here four years ago. Now $31 trillion,” said Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind. The GOP mantra: balance the budget. Republicans are converting the upcoming joust over the debt ceiling into an opportunity to discuss ways to slash federal spending. How about trimming Medicare and Social Security? Those two programs alone account for a staggering 40% of all federal spending.”Let’s take those off the table completely,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told CBS.MCCARTHY SAYS HE SEES AN ‘OPPORTUNITY’ TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON DEBT CEILING’ AFTER ‘VERY GOOD’ BIDEN MEETING
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., met with President Biden this week to discuss the debt ceiling.
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call)”We’re not cutting Social Security,” said Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.”We need to be serious about finding spending cuts,” said House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky. “And we can cut spending without cutting Social Security and Medicare.”So what do Republicans aim to chop?”I want to eliminate waste wherever it is,” McCarthy said on “Face the Nation.””There’s a lot of discretionary spending that we can and must look at,” said Rep. Bob Good, R-Va.”Discretionary” spending is the amount of money Congress allocates each year to run the government. It comprises a scant 30% of all federal spending compared to 70% for entitlements and other mandatory programs.Even if you cut every discretionary dollar from congressional appropriations bills — money allocated for national parks, overseas trade, enforcing the border — you still couldn’t “balance the budget.””It’s totally unrealistic to assume that you can balance the budget and not touch Social Security, Medicare,” said Bob Bixby of the fiscal watchdog Concord Coalition.
House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., leads an organizational meeting for the 118th Congress at the Capitol in Washington Jan. 31, 2023.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Pentagon spending soaks up 15% of all federal dollars. That’s slightly more than half of all discretionary spending. Some Republicans are game to trim military money, but it’s hard to see how Congress gets close to establishing a ten-year path to balance the budget.Bixby says such lofty proposals give people “a false sense” of what’s achievable.”It does make it difficult for people who are serious about trying to get some budget reform,” said Bixby.OPINION – HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE RIGHT: NO DEBT LIMIT INCREASE UNTIL A BALANCED BUDGET PLAN IS IN PLACEDouglas Holtz-Eakin is the former Congressional Budget Office director and now president of the American Action Forum. He’s a budget hawk. But he explained the reality of “balancing the budget.””One in every $5 needs to go away. And so the check you used to get for a buck is now 80 cents. We used to get $100. You got 80 bucks. You go to the doctor. They used to give them $100 for care. They’re going to give them $80. How does the doctor react when they take 20% of their revenue away? They might drop an assistant. Appointments take longer to book,” said Holtz-Eakin. “Money has been in the pipeline and people are counting on it. When it goes away, abrupt changes happen.”And what would it take to match the ambition of a balanced budget blueprint over the next decade?”You’d have to cut about $7 trillion in spending,” said Holtz-Eakin. “That means you have to make substantial cuts to things people care about. About $3 trillion to come out of Social Security, $2 trillion to come out of Medicare. Take $1 trillion out of Medicaid.”Of course, deep cuts require lawmakers to vote for such plans. And voters generally abhor gouging programs for things they care about. Lawmakers believe that reductions to Medicare and Social Security — as mentioned by McCarthy, Tuberville and Comer — are toxic. That’s why lawmakers are loath to commit to steep cuts that could actually “balance the budget.””That’s the litmus test,” said Holtz-Eakin.So, what do they advocate? Balancing the budget. But only nibbling around the edges. Addressing waste. And since no one wants to vote for something that would gash Medicare and Social Security, lawmakers address their attention elsewhere — the debt ceiling.Opposing an increase in the debt ceiling is easy. Opposing a debt limit hike appears as though a lawmaker is being fiscally responsible by not authorizing additional red ink. Plus, if you’re a Republican, a debt ceiling scramble gives you the opportunity to portray Democrats as “out of control” with spending.”A lot of people think that the debt limit has something to do with fiscal responsibility,” said Bixby. “If somebody owed you money, and they wrote you a note and said, ‘Hey. In the interest of fiscal responsibility, I’m not going to pay you.’ What would you think of that? Would you think, ‘Hurrah for you? You’re being fiscally responsible now?’ I don’t think so. You’d say, ‘You should pay your bills. That’s really what the debt limit is about. It’s not about fiscal responsibility. It’s about paying the bills.”Some combination of lawmakers may forge a pact and avoid a fiscal calamity — without touching Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. It’s politically easier to rail against “waste” and the debt ceiling — even if you never address the root cause of the problem. WHITE HOUSE ACCUSES HOUSE GOP OF ‘EMPOWERING CHINA’ FOR INSISTING ON SPENDING CUTS BEFORE RAISING DEBT CEILINGSo, as a facade, lawmakers harp on the debt ceiling and say they want to bring down spending, using it as a fiscal fig leaf. Yet if they really wanted to slash spending, they would have to take a butcher’s knife to entitlements. That’s why many budget experts say lawmakers aren’t being honest.”It’s like a false sense of possibility that you think you can achieve something with cutting waste, fraud and abuse, and you can’t,” said Bixby.Lawmakers aren’t greenlighting new spending by lifting the debt ceiling. They’re just blessing spending that is already owed via entitlements. That money is already obligated.
President Biden sits next to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy during the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 2, 2023.
(Kevin Dietsch)President Biden and McCarthy held what everyone characterized as a productive meeting at the White House this week. They have until June to work this out. That is, unless there’s a market shock. That would signal that investors don’t think that Washington is taking the debt ceiling seriously. In 2011, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit worthiness of the United States after the debt ceiling skirmish — even though Congress met the deadline. The reason? The drama surrounding the legislation undercut confidence S&P had in lawmakers and the government to take the issue seriously.So, it’s possible the Treasury Department could move up the debt ceiling target date if Wall Street reacts negatively to a lack of action. The same if credit ratings agencies doubt that lawmakers are up to the task.”It scares the hell out of me,” Bixby said of the debt ceiling intrigue. “In prior years, people used to think, ‘This is just a political dance, and they’ll raise the debt ceiling.’ I’m not so sure of that anymore.”So there will be lots of talk about balanced budgets. Lots of talk about what it really takes to move the U.S. to a more firm financial footing. And there will undoubtedly be some drama.”I would feel better, if I was the markets, based upon the meeting I had today,” McCarthy said after the White House meeting.CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAnd that may be the goal. Separate the political reality of ginning up the right about spending versus maintaining calm in the financial sector. But it’s hard to keep those too apart. And that’s where aspiration could crash headlong into reality. 

House Judiciary subpoenas FBI Director Wray on targeting of parents at school board meetings

House Judiciary subpoenas FBI Director Wray on targeting of parents at school board meetings

EXCLUSIVE: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, compelling him to turn over documents and communications related to the FBI’s “misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources” to target parents at school board meetings.Fox News Digital first reviewed the subpoena, which compels Wray to turn over documents to the committee at 9:00 a.m. on March 1. The subpoena compels Wray to produce all documents referring to meetings with U.S. attorneys’ offices in accordance with Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Oct. 4, 2021 memo, which directed the FBI to partner with local law enforcement and U.S. attorneys to identify parental threats at school board meetings against faculty and “prosecute them when appropriate.”CONGRESS TO RETURN TO DC WITH RENEWED FOCUS ON BIDEN ADMIN INVESTIGATIONS
The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena, first reviewed by Fox News Digital, to compel FBI Director Christopher Wray to appear before the committee at 9:00 a.m. on March 1 for a deposition.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The subpoena also demands documents related to the Justice Department’s task force that focused on identifying school board threats, and the FBI’s role as a member of that task force.The subpoena also requires Wray to turn over all documents related to “both formal and informal recommendations” created or relied upon by FBI employees relating to meetings with U.S. attorneys offices, as well as “all documents and communications referring or relating to the EDUOFFICIALS threat tag.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan subpoenaed FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday.
(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)Wray is also required to produce “all documents and communications sent or received by the following individuals referring or relating to FBI investigations of school board threats: Carlton L. Peeples; Jay Greenberg; Calvin A. Shivers; Brian M. Cohen; Timothy R. Langan Jr.; and Kevin Vorndran.”WHITE HOUSE PLEDGES TO WORK IN ‘GOOD FAITH’ WITH GOP AS IT INVESTIGATES DOJ TARGETING OF PARENTSFox News is told those individuals are FBI agents that were on the initial “EDUOFFICIALS” threat tag emails.The FBI confirmed receipt of the subpoena to Fox News Digital on Friday. “As Director Wray and other FBI officials have stated clearly on numerous occasions before Congress and elsewhere, the FBI has never been in the business of investigating speech or policing speech at school board meetings or anywhere else, and we never will be. Our focus is and always will be on protecting people from violence and threats of violence,” an FBI spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “We are fully committed to preserving and protecting First Amendment rights including the right to free speech.” The spokesperson added: “Attempts to further any political narrative will not change those facts.” The FBI spokesperson told Fox News that the bureau “recognizes the importance of congressional oversight and remains fully committed to cooperating with Congress’s oversight requests consistent with its constitutional and statutory responsibilities.”  “The FBI is actively working to respond to congressional requests for information –including voluntary production of documents,” the FBI spokesperson said. Jordan and committee Republicans have been reviewing whistleblower information that the White House “colluded with the National School Boards Association to manufacture a pretext for the use of federal law enforcement authorities against parents” since 2021, and are continuing the probe—this time, with subpoena power.Whistleblowers told Jordan that the FBI labeled dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division to assess and track investigations related to school boards. One whistleblower told Jordan that the FBI opened investigations with the “EDUOFFICIALS” threat in every region of the country and relating to all types of educational settings. In one investigation, FBI officials interviewed a mom for allegedly telling a school board member “we are coming for you.” The person reported the mother because she belonged to a “right wing mom’s group” called “Moms for Liberty” and because she is a gun owner. FBI officials eventually determined this mom was not a threat. In another investigation, Jordan said FBI officials interviewed a father opposed to COVID masks. The person who reported the father did so because he supposedly fit the bill of an “insurrectionist” and “rails against the government” and “has a lot of guns and threatens to use them” – claims which the person later admitted they had “no specific information or observations of … any crimes or threats.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland.
(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)It was 2021 when Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a memo to the FBI, office for U.S. attorneys, and the DOJ’s Criminal Division to notify officials that the agency would “use its authority and resources” to identify threats at school board meetings against faculty and “prosecute them when appropriate.”JORDAN SEEKS TESTIMONY FROM GARLAND, WRAY, OTHERS IN HOUSE JUDICIARY PROBES OF DOJ, FBIGarland’s memo said the FBI would partner with local law enforcement and each U.S. attorney to convene meetings with federal, state, local, tribal and territorial leaders in each federal district. Garland said the meetings would “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff, and will open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment and response.”The memo also announced that the FBI’s involvement would help to “determine how federal enforcement can be used to prosecute these crimes.” The memo was sent after the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to Garland citing instances, including nonviolent behavior that did not include threats, but that was deemed disruptive. The NSBA had called for the use of measures, including the Patriot Act, which is typically used to address terrorism.Their second letter said they “regret and apologize for the letter,” stating that “there was no justification for some of the language” they had used.Jordan, in November after the midterm elections when it became clear Republicans would take the majority in the House of Representatives, penned a letter to Wray and Garland, urging them to comply with his past requests on the matter, and warned them that if ignored he would resort to compulsory measures to obtain necessary information and testimony. HOUSE REPUBLICANS DEMAND FBI DISCLOSE HOW IT IS COMPLYING WITH DOJ SCHOOL BOARD MEMO”Chairman Jordan is rushing to fire off subpoenas only two days after the Judiciary Committee organized, even though agencies already responded in good faith seeking to accommodate requests he made,” Ian Sams, White House spokesperson for oversight, told Fox News. “These subpoenas make crystal clear that extreme House Republicans have no interest in working together with the Biden Administration on behalf of the American people—and every interest in staging political stunts.” Last week, the White House said it will work cooperatively and in “good faith” with Jordan during his investigation on the matter, after he said the White House has “not complied” with long-outstanding requests for information and documents. The White House, though, reiterated President Biden’s commitment to ensuring teachers can do their jobs “free from violence, threats, and intimidation.”
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on what he calls the “continued battle for the Soul of the Nation” in front of Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, U.S., September 1, 2022.
(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY/File Photo)Jordan has already formally launched a number of high-level investigations in his first month as committee chairman. HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO EX-FBI OFFICIAL CHARGED OVER TIES TO RUSSIAN OLIGARCHJust this week, Jordan notified Wray that the committee has opened an investigation into  Charles McGonigal — the former FBI special agent in charge of the counterintelligence division who was recently indicted on charges of money laundering and other counts stemming from his “collusion” with a Russian oligarch.Jordan has also successfully established a new Judiciary subcommittee – the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government – which he will chair.

Interior secretary’s daughter member of group that participated in violent protest at Interior headquarters

Interior secretary’s daughter member of group that participated in violent protest at Interior headquarters

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s daughter belongs to a grassroots environmental group that participated in a violent protest at the Department of the Interior (DOI) headquarters in late 2021.The top Biden official’s daughter Somah Haaland is a media organizer for the New Mexico-based Pueblo Action Alliance which has repeatedly called on the federal government to take drastic measures halting oil and gas development on public lands. According to government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), members from the group attended the October 2021 protest which led to multiple injuries among DOI security personnel and at least one hospitalization.”With the connections of members of DOI leadership to groups many consider on the radical fringes of the environmental movement, it’s not surprising the Department might consider such organizations to be their friends and attempt to downplay the potential for situations to get out of hand,” said PPT Director Michael Chamberlain.”But the circumstances around the riot at Interior headquarters represent yet another instance in which an administration that promised a return to normalcy is producing anything but,” he added. “Meanwhile, the American public’s trust in its government continues its precipitous decline.”BIDEN CABINET MEMBER’S DAUGHTER LOBBYING CONGRESS ON ISSUE HER MOM HAS FINAL SAY ON: ‘CONFLICT OF INTEREST’
Somah Haaland, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s daughter, speaks during a virtual event hosted by the The Wilderness Society in October.
(The Wilderness Society/YouTube/Video screenshot)The violent protest at the Stewart Lee Udall building, the DOI headquarters, took place on Oct. 14, 2021, during a week in which climate activists had planned several rallies calling on the Biden administration to implement aggressive actions to combat global warming. During the protest, activists attempted to infiltrate the DOI building leading to several injuries among security personnel and one officer being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.BIDEN ADMIN SIDES AGAINST NATIVE AMERICANS IN CRACKDOWN ON OIL LEASING NEAR INDIGENOUS SITEIn a statement following the violent protest, a DOI spokesperson downplayed the situation, saying the agency “believes strongly in respecting and upholding the right to free speech and peaceful protest” and would continue “to do everything we can to deescalate the situation while honoring first amendment rights.”While Interior officials also expressed shock at the protest, internal agency communications obtained this week by PPT showed that officials from the DOI, Department of Homeland Security, National Park Service and Metropolitan Police Department coordinated security efforts ahead of the protest which activists said would include “civil disobedience” measures. For example, in one message, U.S. Park Police told DOI security officials that they should be “bit more vigilant” ahead of the protest. NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES DEPENDENT ON FOSSIL FUEL RESOURCES RIP BIDEN ADMIN FOR DOUBLE STANDARDAnd DOI Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs Shantha Ready-Alonso met with protest leaders who gave her a flash drive one day before the protest. Ready-Alonso had been invited to attend a press conference outside the DOI building organized by environmental groups, but the event was canceled over security concerns, the internal communications showed.Speakers from the Greater Chaco Coalition, a group that includes Somah Haaland’s Pueblo Action Alliance, was one of the lead event organizers.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, speaks during a news conference on July 22, 2021, in Denver.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Meanwhile, in December, Somah Haaland was one of several activists to travel to Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers to support a federal moratorium on oil and gas leasing near a Native American historical site in New Mexico. She and the other activists argued that drilling near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico would cause irreparable damage to local communities and the environment.However, her involvement in the lobbying push sparked concerns that there was a conflict of interest since her mother would have the final say in a decision on the moratorium. Activists have called for a moratorium halting drilling within 10 miles of the site while industry groups and locals have supported five-mile compromise.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”In our comments on the withdrawal, we pointed out the conflict of interest Secretary Haaland already has as a member of a Puebloan nation that is advocating for the 10-mile buffer,” Kathleen Sgamma, the president of the Western Energy Alliance, told Fox News Digital in December. “Her daughter actively lobbying for the buffer highlights the conflict of interest and lack of discretion.”Sgamma added that it appeared “Secretary Haaland’s interests and kinship ties are clouding her ability to make a reasoned, balanced decision.”Somah Haaland and the DOI didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Chinese balloon flying over US ‘intentional,’ not weather craft that blew off course, US official says

Chinese balloon flying over US ‘intentional,’ not weather craft that blew off course, US official says

U.S. officials on Friday disputed claims from the People’s Republic of China that a Chinese surveillance balloon detected over the northern United States was a “civilian airship” that had blown off course. A senior U.S. Defense official told Fox News that the balloon was launched from mainland China. The Pentagon does not believe that this was a weather balloon that flew off course. There was no “force majeure” that caused the Chinese surveillance balloon to enter U.S. airspace, as China’s foreign ministry spokesperson had claimed. “This was intentional,” the senior U.S. official said.The balloon is currently flying at 60,000 feet, which is higher than most U.S. warplanes or aircraft can fly. Multiple Republican lawmakers and former President Trump – who declared his candidacy for president in 2024 in November – have called on President Biden to shoot it down. AFTER CHINESE BALLOON ENTERS US AIRSPACE, BIDEN SECRETARY OF SATE POSTPONES TRIP TO CHINA
A balloon flies in the sky over Billings, Montana, Feb. 1, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media.
(Chase Doak/via Reuters)Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen Pat Ryder announced Thursday that the U.S. government had detected the Chinese surveillance balloon flying over Montana. He said that this kind of balloon activity had been observed before and that once it was identified, the government “acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.”Chinese officials confirmed that the balloon belonged to China on Friday. “The airship is from China. It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. “Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course.”The spokesperson continued, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure. The Chinese side will continue communicating with the U.S. side and properly handle this unexpected situation caused by force majeure.” CHINA CONFIRMS BALLOON IS THEIRS, AS SPOKESPERSON CLAIMS IT IS CIVILLIAN RESEARCH AIRSHIP
Pentagon spokesman Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. 
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)However, U.S. officials reject China’s characterization of the incident. Senior State Department officials said Friday it was a “statement of fact” that the Chinese balloon currently over the United States “is a clear and unacceptable violation of U.S. sovereignty.” The Defense official fold Fox News Digital it was a “bold” decision by the Chinese government to fly a surveillance aircraft in U.S. airspace. The U.S. does not fly spy planes over mainland China, the senior Defense official emphasized. HOUSE HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIR RIPS ‘WEAK’ BIDEN FOR HIDING CHINESE SPY BALLOON, EMBOLDENING ADVERSARIES
President Biden speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)President Biden was briefed on the situation and has weighed military options to deal with the balloon, but for now has decided against shooting the balloon down.  “To all those who say ‘just shoot it down. There’s a lot of empty space in Montana,’ there are also a lot of schools. It is not unpopulated,” another senior official said. “What happens when this balloon, which is carrying heavy equipment and is the size of at least two school buses, lands on someone’s home or on a kindergarten?” The official added, “If we shoot it down, the balloon and the equipment on board will plunge to earth at meteoric speed.” CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe possibility of American civilian casualties and collateral damage is weighing heavily in Biden’s mind. However, the president may use military options to bring down the spy balloon if it becomes safe to do so. 

Mike Pompeo calls on Biden to shoot down China’s balloon, warns his ‘weakness is provocative’

Mike Pompeo calls on Biden to shoot down China’s balloon, warns his ‘weakness is provocative’

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday the “Biden administration’s weakness is provocative” as it refuses to take down a Chinese spy balloon hovering over the U.S.”When we realized the CCP was spying on Americans from their consulate in Houston, we shut it down,” Pomeo tweeted Friday. “The Biden administration’s weakness is provocative. Xi Jinping and the CCP are growing bolder because of it. Shoot down the CCP’s balloon safely, and demand answers from Xi.”REPUBLICANS PUSH BIDEN TO STOP ‘APPEASING’ CHINA AND SHOOT DOWN THE SPY BALLOON

Haley, DeSantis or Trump vs Biden? Here’s where Americans stand on rumored 2024 presidential contenders

Haley, DeSantis or Trump vs Biden? Here’s where Americans stand on rumored 2024 presidential contenders

As speculation swirls over would-be candidates in the 2024 presidential race, Americans have begun to weigh in on their picks for the next commander-in-chief.Among Republican voters, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to perform well in many polls, while former President Donald Trump has seen mixed results. President Biden has received modest support among Democrats, though a healthy portion of left-leaning voters still express interest in someone else entirely. According to a recent Marquette University national poll, 64% of registered Republicans would pick DeSantis over Trump as the 2024 nominee, if the choice came down to the pair. The same poll found that registered voters favored DeSantis over Biden, 45% to 38% in a hypothetical 2024 matchup. In a head-to-head match up between Trump and Biden, the duo tied at 40%. In both hypothetical matchups, Biden’s share of support has steadily declined since last summer, while support for DeSantis and Trump has increased in the past year. The Marquette poll was conducted from Jan. 19-20.TRUMP, NEWSOM, DESANTIS? A LOOK AT WHO’S RUNNING, AND WHO’S OUT OF THE 2024 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
From left to right, former Vice President Mike Pence, former President Donald Trump, President Biden, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
(Getty Images)In a December USA Today poll, Biden led Trump in a hypothetical matchup. However, the president continued to trail DeSantis in a head-to-head race, with DeSantis at 47% and Biden at 43%. In New Hampshire, a critical early state in the presidential nomination process, DeSantis leads the pack of GOP candidates with 42% of likely GOP voters picking the Florida governor as their top choice for president in 2024. Trump follows modestly behind with 30%, with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley next in line with 8%. The University of New Hampshire poll, conducted from Jan. 19-23, shows steady support for DeSantis since June 2022, though Trump’s support among likely Republican voters in the Granite State declined since last summer. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
Former President Donald Trump announced his third run for the White House from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after the midterm elections.
(Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg)While DeSantis has gained ground among GOP candidates in some polls, a NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist national poll from December has Trump on top in a field of Republican candidates. The former president had a healthy lead over his competitors with 45% of Republican and Republican-leaning independents supporting Trump in 2024. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.SOUTH CAROLINA’S NIKKI HALEY TO LAUNCH 2024 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, JOINING TRUMP IN NOMINATION HUNTAccording to the same poll, Biden continues to lead in a Democratic field of contenders with 35% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents supporting a Biden re-election, though 27% of respondents support someone other than Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris or Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

(Fox News)Though Biden has not yet announced his decision to seek re-election, departing White House chief of staff Ron Klain on Wednesday gave the latest sign that the president intends to pursue a second term: “As I did in 1988, 2008 and 2020, I look forward to being on your side when you run for president in 2024,” Klain told a group of staff and press.Sources confirmed to Fox News in January that an announcement on Biden’s 2024 presidential campaign plans would not come until after the State of the Union address next Tuesday. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Among Republicans, the pool of contenders is also starting to take form, with Trump in the race since November and Haley expected to announce her run on Feb. 15. Other rumored GOP candidates include DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Vice President Mike Pence.