Monday, Jan. 3
United States-led military coalition released a statement saying that “two
fixed-wing suicide drones” were shot down as they approached an Iraqi
military base hosting U.S. forces near Baghdad’s international airport. No
one was harmed in the incident, the statement explained, but still
described it as “a dangerous attack on a civilian airport.” The
perpetrators have not been identified.
global nuclear powers — the U.S., United Kingdom, Russia, China and
France — released a rare joint statement pledging to prevent atomic
weapons from spreading and to avoid nuclear conflict. All five powers are
permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. “A nuclear war
cannot be won and must never be fought,” the statement said.
Tuesday, Jan. 4
Labor Department release its latest “Job Openings and Labor Turnover
Survey” showing that a record 4.5 million Americans voluntarily quit their
jobs in November 2021, an increase of 382,000 over the previous month.
Justice Department charged Mario Antonio Palacios, 43, of Colombia, with
“conspiracy to commit murder or kidnapping outside the U.S.” for his
participation in a plot to kidnap or kill Haitian President Jovenel Moēse, who was
assassinated in July last year. Palacios was also charged with “providing
material support resulting in death, knowing or intending that such
material support would be used to prepare for or carry out the conspiracy
to kill or kidnap.”
House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol sent a
letter to Fox News host Sean Hannity requesting
that he provide information about his text communications with former
President Donald Trump, as well as his aides and lawyers, in the days
leading up to and following the attack.
Coast Guard issued a statement saying it returned 119 Cuban migrants to
the country over the course of a dozen operations in three days. Coast
Guard figures show 586 Cuban migrants have attempted to enter the U.S. in
the first three months of the 2022 fiscal year, a significant jump from
2021, when the Coast Guard expelled a total of 838 Cubans throughout the
entire fiscal year.
Wednesday, Jan. 5
General Merrick Garland held a news conference at which he promised
justice and accountability for the Jan. 6 insurrection, describing it as
an “unprecedented attack” on democracy. “Those involved must be held
accountable. And there is no higher priority for us at the Department of
Justice,” Garland said.
Thursday, Jan. 6
Joe Biden delivered a speech on the anniversary of the Jan. 6
insurrection, condemning Trump for promoting the “big lie” that the 2020
election was stolen and inciting an angry mob of supporters to storm the
Capitol building. “For the first time in our history, a president not just
lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a
violent mob breached the Capitol,” Biden said.
of State Antony Blinken announced David
Satterfield, the outgoing ambassador to Turkey, will
take up the role of Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa after Jeffrey Feltman stepped down from the post. Feltman recently visited Ethiopia, where an estimated tens of thousands of people have been
killed in an ongoing war in the country’s Tigray
federal judged ruled that incriminating statements made by El Shafee Elsheikh, a British
national charged with a role in the torture and beheading of American and
British hostages held by ISIS, can be used against him in trial. Elsheikh sought to toss out the statements, claiming
they were obtained through torture after he was captured.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said
an agreement to resume the 2015 nuclear deal could be reached if the U.S.
lifts all sanctions it has imposed against Iran.
State Department imposed visa restrictions on eight Cuban government
officials, barring them from entering the U.S. The officials were targets
based on allegations that they were, according to Blinken,
complicit “in attempts to silence the voices of the Cuban people through
repression, unjust detentions and harsh prison sentences.”
Justice Department arrested Pierre Girgis, 39,
an Egyptian-American man from New York, on allegations that he unlawfully
worked on behalf of the Egyptian government to track the “political
opponents” of the country’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He was
charged with conspiring to act as a foreign agent and acting as a foreign
agent without notifying the attorney general’s office.
Justice Department announced that Xiang Haitao,
a Chinese citizen employed by the agricultural company Monsanto and a
subsidiary from 2008 to 2017, pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal trade
secrets from Monsanto to benefit the Chinese government. He faces a
maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Friday, Jan. 7
Treasury Department announced the $46 billion federal program enacted by
Congress last year to prevent evictions is now distributing cash so
quickly that many states are running out of money, revealing that there is
less money available in the program for renters than needed.
visited with the victims of the majorly destructive wildfire that wiped
out hundreds of structures in cities near Boulder, Colorado, scorching
more than 6,000 acres in about two hours.
- Blinken told reporters that Russia will face “massive
consequences” if it continues to perform “aggressive actions” in Europe,
especially its military buildup on the Ukrainian border. “We’re prepared
to respond forcefully to further Russian aggression,” Blinken
explained. “But a diplomatic solution is still possible and preferable if
Russia chooses it.”
Saturday, Jan. 8
Sunday, Jan. 9
Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced he would refuse to cooperate with the House
panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. “It amounts to
an unprecedented and inappropriate demand to examine the basis for a
colleague’s decision on a particular matter pending before the House of
Representatives,” Jordan argued.
Russian and American officials met for a
preliminary dinner ahead of negotiations Monday regarding threats to Ukraine
and U.S.-Russian relations more broadly. At this dinner, Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister Sergei Ryabkov allegedly said the U.S.
lacked understanding of the Kremlin’s security demands at the Ukrainian border.