Second US House Republican calls for Speaker Johnson to leave top job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. Republican lawmakers are now pushing to oust House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson, who said on Tuesday he would not resign. THE TAKE Johnson, who took over as the narrowly divided chamber’s speaker last year after fellow Republicans ousted his predecessor, Kevin McCarthy, faces pressure from far-right conservatives, particularly those … Read more

The US ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to a stronger security alliance

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Japan urged Tokyo on Tuesday to take a greater role in developing, producing and supplying weapons “to enhance our collective security” amid conflict in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel visited a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ F-35 fighter jet factory and stressed the importance of stronger defense industry … Read more

Biden administration announces new partnership with 50 countries to stifle future pandemics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden‘s administration will help 50 countries identify and respond to infectious diseases, with the goal of preventing pandemics like the COVID-19 outbreak that suddenly halted normal life around the globe in 2020. U.S. government officials will work with the countries to develop better testing, surveillance, communication and preparedness for such … Read more

Johnson Says House Will Vote on Stalled Aid to Israel and Ukraine

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., on Monday said he planned this week to advance a long-stalled national security spending package to aid Israel, Ukraine and other U.S. allies, along with a separate bill aimed at mollifying conservatives who have been vehemently opposed to backing Ukraine. Johnson’s announcement, coming after he has agonized for … Read more

US trade chief Tai says taking ‘serious look’ at tools to deal with China

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will tell lawmakers on Tuesday that the Biden administration is “taking a serious look” at U.S. trade defense tools to deal with threats posed by China’s trade and economic policies, including a review of Trump-era tariffs on Chinese imports. In excerpts of testimony to … Read more