Opposition from progressive lawmakers and activists might hold President-elect Joe Biden from nominating former Pentagon official Michele Flournoy to be the nation’s first feminine protection secretary, in keeping with experiences.
Sources stated Biden is planning to select Flournoy, Fox Information stated, whereas additionally citing a Sunday tweet from US Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
“Flournoy supported the conflict in Iraq & Libya, criticized Obama on Syria, and helped craft the surge in Afghanistan,” Khanna wrote.
“I wish to assist the President’s picks. However will Flournoy now decide to a full withdrawal from Afghanistan & a ban on arms gross sales to the Saudis to finish the Yemen conflict?”
In the meantime, Flournoy’s backers have been attempting to blunt the impression of teams led by Simply Overseas Coverage and Demand Progress that deliberate to demand she clarify her previous positions on Yemen, Libya and Syria, in addition to arms gross sales to Saudi Arabia, Overseas Coverage reported.
A number of foreign-policy specialists involved with Biden’s transition staff stated the progressive pushback was extremely unlikely to show efficient, the journal stated, including that it was unclear who her opponents would like as a substitute.
Six folks near Biden’s transition staff stated Biden was nonetheless on the fence concerning Flournoy, with two former Obama White Home officers including that Biden by no means developed a powerful private relationship together with her, Politico stated.
Obama’s second Homeland Safety secretary, Jeh Johnson — who could be the primary black protection secretary — can be into consideration, Politico added.
“Michèle remains to be on the prime of the listing however they nonetheless wish to hold wanting — and that’s a change,” a former senior nationwide safety official advised Politico.
New child giraffe dies at Nashville Zoo after mom by accident steps on her
A new child giraffe on the Nashville Zoo died Saturday after she was by accident stepped on by her mom.
“We’re devastated over the lack of Nasha’s calf,” Rick Schwartz, the zoo’s president, mentioned in a press release.
“Our workers has labored tirelessly to verify this calf was given the very best care. We moved from concern of a stillborn to pleasure of revival to anguish,” mentioned Schwartz.
The zoo mentioned in a weblog submit that an preliminary necropsy confirmed the calf suffered neck trauma.
Further testing can be executed to examine for any potential underlying causes of demise, the zoo mentioned.
Throughout start, the mom giraffe had required help from the zoo’s veterinary staff after experiencing issues.
The zoo mentioned staffers will consolation the first-time mom, who they are saying is doing effectively, within the days to come back.
Man fearing COVID-19 arrested for residing at airport for months
A person with a concern of COVID-19 was arrested for residing at a safe space of Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport for practically three months, in accordance with a report.
Aditya Singh, of California, was hiding out within the airport from Oct. 19 — when he arrived from Los Angeles — to Saturday, when two airport employees confronted him, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing prosecutors.
Singh was discovered sporting an airport ID badge that was reported stolen on Oct. 26, the report mentioned.
The employees referred to as police, who arrested Singh, charging him with prison trespass to a restricted space of an airport and theft, the newspaper reported.
At a Sunday listening to, a prosecutor mentioned Singh was “scared to go residence resulting from COVID, in accordance with the report.
He additionally claimed to have discovered the badge, prosecutors mentioned.
It was not clear why Singh flew to Chicago within the first place.
A decide set Singh’s bail at $1,000 and ordered him to remain out of O’Hare Worldwide Airport, the report mentioned.
Heavy metallic guitarist charged for alleged function in Capitol riot
Jon Schaffer, middle, a local of Central Indiana and founding father of the heavy metallic band Iced Earth, was photographed amongst a mob of individuals metallic who stormed the Capitol.
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A heavy metallic guitarist accused of being amongst a bunch of Capitol rioters who sprayed police with “bear spray” was arrested on Sunday, based on the FBI.
Jon Schaffer, a founding member of a Florida-based heavy metallic band known as Iced Earth, is going through six fees, together with participating in an act of bodily violence in a Capitol constructing, the FBI’s Indianapolis workplace tweeted.
Schaffer was first recognized after his picture appeared on an FBI poster searching for out rioters who “made illegal entry” into the Capitol through the lethal Jan. 6 siege, the Indianapolis Star had reported.
He beforehand attended Trump rallies and as soon as appeared as a visitor on the radio present of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the newspaper reported.
Schaffer’s 4 bandmates had put out a press release denouncing the riots.
“We hope that every one these concerned that day are dropped at justice to be investigated and reply for his or her actions,” the assertion learn.
“With damaged hearts we’re sending our love and compassion to everybody who has felt ache from the occasions on January sixth.”