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Rep. Matt Gaetz Says Take the US Military Out of Somalia

Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) resolution (H.Con.Res. 30) that would, pursuant to the War Powers Resolution, require the removal of United States military members from Somalia is on the schedule for consideration in the US House of Representatives this week. The resolution directs the president to remove all US military members from the African country within one year, except for those assigned to protect the US embassy.
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The House of Representatives Remains Hooked on Expanding the President’s Sanctioning Power

Some things changed in the United States House of Representatives after Republicans gained the majority in January. But, one thing that has remained the same as during the previous years of Democratic leadership is that the House is committed to handing over to the executive branch, even when the executive branch is under the control as now of a president of another party than the House majority, the power to impose more and more sanctions across the world.
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House Members to Send Letter Calling for Termination of Effort to Prosecute Julian Assange

A Thursday report by Ryan Grim at The Intercept relates that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is seeking cosigners for a letter to United States Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on him to “uphold the First Amendment’s protections for the freedom of the press by dropping the criminal charges against Australian publisher Julian Assange and withdrawing the American extradition request currently pending with the British government.”
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While Americans Increasingly Oppose US Involvement in the Ukraine War, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Remains All-in

“Defeating the Russians in Ukraine is the single most important event going on in the world right now.” That was the pitch of United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a Fox News interview when he was asked about newly released Associated Pres-NORC poll results indicating a significant decrease in support among Americans for the US government’s efforts against Russia in the Ukraine War.
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The Outrageous Removing of Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The United States House of Representatives approved on Thursday a resolution (H. Res. 76) that removes Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. The resolution passed by a party-line vote, with Republican members casting all the votes for the resolution and Democratic member casting all the votes cast against it. Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) cast the sole “present” vote.
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