Mike Pompeo launches new campaign to combat what he says is ‘wokeness in the military’


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EXCLUSIVE: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has a new mission – to battle what he terms is “a woke military.”

Taking aim at political correctness in the nation’s armed forces, the West Point graduate and Army officer who served in Germany during the Cold War is launching a campaign to target what he calls “woke polices” by President Biden’s administration that are directed towards the military. 

The campaign, which includes a new website and two ads released by CAVPAC, a political action committee set up last year by Pompeo, was shared first with Fox News on Tuesday.

“American security, and the safety of our families, rests on the shoulders of our men and women in uniform. Their training must never be corrupted to advance left-wing political goals. This matters. A woke military is a weak military,” Pompeo, who was elected to Congress before serving as CIA director and America’s top diplomat during former President Trump’s administration, argued in a statement. 

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo address the 'Politics and Eggs' speaking series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, on Sept. 20, 2022 in Goffstown, N.H. 

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo address the ‘Politics and Eggs’ speaking series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, on Sept. 20, 2022 in Goffstown, N.H. 
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And he charged that “unfortunately, woke and weak are exactly the policies that President Biden is pushing on our troops. That’s why we must do everything we can to stop the spread of wokeness throughout our armed forces.”

The website – which can be found at TroopsSpeakOut.com – allows veterans and active duty service members “to shine a light on Biden’s woke polices”

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Conservative politicians and pundits and opinion leaders on the right have railed since the start of the Biden administration at what they consider overzealous political correctness by U.S. military leaders. Top Pentagon officers have pushed back on such criticism that the military was becoming too “woke,” calling such accusations “offensive.”

Pompeo, in his ad, argues that “our military today is under assault from the radical left” and stresses that “If you’re a young kid sitting in a foxhole, you don’t give a darn about political correctness. If we focus on the wrong priorities, then Americans will be a lot less safe. We’ll use the right pronouns but what we won’t have is the capacity to keep our country safe.”

“I can assure you that there’s no Russian general, no Iranian leader, no Chinese Communist Party admiral, who’s spending one second thinking about gender or woke ideology, or climate change,” Pompeo argues. “They’re thinking about how to kill Americans and the fight is on. We have to walk away from this radical left ideology. We cannot let it penetrate our military.”

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The new ads by Pompeo, a Fox News contributor who’s preparing for a potential campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, will run in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – the first three states to vote in the GOP presidential nominating calendar – as well as in Washington D.C., according to a Pompeo adviser.

Earlier this month during a high profile stop in New Hampshire, Pompeo told Fox News “whether we’ll decide to get in the race and run for president, I can’t answer. But we are doing the things that one would do to be ready to make such an announcement and then to engage with the American people on the ideas that we believe matter.”



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Pelosi, Schumer push Biden to take tougher stand against Chinese investment


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The Congressional Democratic leadership took a rare step on Tuesday by publicly urging President Biden to take a tougher stance against Chinese investment within the U.S.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York joined a group of bipartisan lawmakers in a letter that urged Biden to issue an executive order on the topic.

“As deliberations continue in Congress, we urge your Administration to move forward with executive action,” they wrote.

Pelosi and Schumer want the president to issue new disclosure guidelines on investments by firms linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The leaders are also requesting new restrictions on investments made near U.S. military installations.

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Pelosi and Schumer are urging Biden to take unilateral action to increase oversight over Chinese investments within the U.S.

Pelosi and Schumer are urging Biden to take unilateral action to increase oversight over Chinese investments within the U.S.
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Pelosi and Schumer are also backing legislation to give the federal government the authority to block Chinese investment within the U.S. when there are sufficient national security concerns.

Lawmakers initially hoped to include the provision in bipartisan legislation shoring up the domestic semiconductor industry. The push failed, however, after the legislation hit several roadblocks from both Republicans and Democrats.

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Democrats and Republicans hope to revive the legislation after the November midterms. In the meantime, however, the Democratic leadership says Biden should take unilateral action.

Congressional lawmakers have increasingly sounded the alarm regarding U.S. investments by the Chinese Communist Party. 

Congressional lawmakers have increasingly sounded the alarm regarding U.S. investments by the Chinese Communist Party. 
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“Government action on this front is long overdue to address the scope and magnitude of these serious risks we face as a country,” wrote Pelosi and Schumer.

Congressional lawmakers have increasingly sounded the alarm on U.S. investments by the CCP or entities controlled by the regime. They say China is strategically investing in companies central to U.S. national security and the nation’s supply chain infrastructure.

Recently, a wind energy project by a CCP-linked entity was reportedly nixed by the state of Texas after it was revealed the proposed site for the investment was only miles from an Air Force base.

White House national security officials said earlier this month that the Biden administration is weighing on whether to impose new restrictions and oversight requirements on Chinese investments. 

White House national security officials said earlier this month that the Biden administration is weighing on whether to impose new restrictions and oversight requirements on Chinese investments. 
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“We must protect our supply chains and national security from foreign adversaries like China and Russia,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.

White House national security officials said this month that the Biden administration is weighing whether to impose new restrictions and oversight requirements on Chinese investments.





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Manchin’s energy permitting proposal stripped from funding bill after GOP, progressive opposition


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Sen. Joe Manchin Tuesday asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to remove energy permitting language from a government funding bill, after he failed to secure enough support for the proposal. 

“It is unfortunate that members of the United States Senate are allowing politics to put the energy security of our nation at risk,” Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a statement. “A failed vote on something as critical as comprehensive permitting reform only serves to embolden leaders like Putin who wish to see America fail.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., could not secure votes for an energy permitting proposal Tuesday. 

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., could not secure votes for an energy permitting proposal Tuesday. 
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Manchin added: “For that reason and my firmly held belief that we should never come to the brink of a government shutdown over politics, I have asked Majority Leader Schumer to remove the permitting language from the Continuing Resolution we will vote on this evening.”

This is a developing story, please check back for updates. 



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Conservatives slam VP Harris visit to Korean border as illegal immigration surges in US: ‘America Last’


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Conservatives are blasting Vice President Kamala Harris following news she plans to travel to the demilitarized border between North and South Korea rather than the border between Mexico and the United States as the illegal immigrant influx there continues to surge.

The White House confirmed this week that Harris is scheduled to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the Koreas on Thursday, prompting several Republican members of Congress to wonder why she is not visiting the southern border instead.

“Kamala is going to the Korean DMZ to review their border security,” Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, tweeted. “Would it be too much to ask for her to visit OUR BORDER!? Our country is being invaded, and Kamala’s biggest concern is to visit other nation’s borders. Kamala & Democrats are AMERICA LAST!!”

“Border Czar Kamala Harris is traveling thousands of miles to visit the DMZ in Korea instead of visiting our own southern border,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., tweeted. “Our country is literally being invaded and she doesn’t care.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris smiles during her speech at the NAACP National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 18, 2022.

Vice President Kamala Harris smiles during her speech at the NAACP National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 18, 2022.
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“@KamalaHarris​ ​will travel anywhere in the world but our US southern border that is under invasion every day by thousands of unknown people & deadly poisonous fentanyl,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tweeted. “Here she goes to South Korea & Japan, 2 countries that would never allow the same​.”

“Finally a border Kamala Harris does want to visit,” Heritage Foundation communications director John Cooper posted on Twitter.

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Groups of migrants wait outside the Migrant Resource Center to receive food from Catholic Charities on Sept. 19, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas.

Groups of migrants wait outside the Migrant Resource Center to receive food from Catholic Charities on Sept. 19, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas.
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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Vice President Kamala Harris meets with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo.

Vice President Kamala Harris meets with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo.
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Harris, who was appointed “border czar” by the Biden administration, is in Asia attending the funeral of late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meeting with representatives of other countries to discuss the safety and security of Taiwan. 

The number of illegal immigrant encounters at the southern border this fiscal year exceeded two million in August, sources told Fox News – a number that marks a new record, as well as a glaring sign of the enormous and ongoing crisis facing agents, officials and communities at the border.

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Additionally, Customs and Border Protection officials told Fox News this month that over 800 migrants have died trying to cross the border this fiscal year.

Harris, who said earlier this month that the southern border is “secure” despite the influx of thousands of illegal immigrants per day, has been widely criticized by conservatives for not visiting the southern border more often, traveling to the region only once since taking office.





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Dem blasts ‘unlimited’ and ‘undisclosed’ contributions despite taking thousands from ‘dark money’ funded group


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FIRST ON FOX: Oregon Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tina Kotek has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a group bankrolled by “dark money,” despite railing against “unlimited” and “undisclosed” political donations in a recent social media post, according to campaign finance disclosures reviewed by Fox News Digital.

“It’s time to end the flow of unlimited and undisclosed money in politics,” the former speaker of Oregon’s House of Representatives tweeted last week, pushing what her campaign website has described as her campaign finance reform priorities, which include contribution limits and reducing the “influence of dark money.” 

“Dark money,” an increasingly common phrase in campaign platforms, refers to unlimited funds raised to influence elections by organizations not required by law to disclose their donors, and that choose not to do so.

In contrast to her call to end such political financing, Kotek has taken in $590,000 this year from a group called Stand for Children Oregon PAC, a political action committee affiliated with Stand for Children Inc., a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group that the IRS defines as a “social welfare” organization. The group is not required to disclose its donors, and chooses not to do so. 

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In its annual financial reports, Stand for Children Inc., which says it advocates for “education equity and racial justice” and encourages people to “vote in support for students, teachers, and high-quality public schools,” selectively lists some of its donors for the purposes of appreciation, however the information is not available on any public database.

Stand for Children Oregon PAC does disclose its donors, which includes the hundreds of thousands of dollars it received from Stand for Children Inc. before, in turn, filling Kotek’s campaign coffers.

In addition to the undisclosed money, Oregon election data show Kotek has received millions in campaign contributions from the Democratic Governors Association, as well as a number of other left-leaning groups. In total, she has raised nearly $10 million since the start of the year.

Fox News Digital reached out to Kotek’s campaign for comment about her criticism of “dark money” while still accepting such contributions, but did not receive a response.

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Tina Kotek, then speaker of Oregon's House of Representatives, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 2016.

Tina Kotek, then speaker of Oregon’s House of Representatives, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 2016.
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Fox News Digital also reached out to Kotek’s opponent, Republican gubernatorial nominee Christine Drazan, for comment and received a response from communications director John Burke, who blasted the Democrat as a “hypocrite.” 

“Tina Kotek says one thing but does the opposite. If she truly opposed unlimited contributions, she wouldn’t be accepting multimillion dollar donations from national Democrat groups who are desperate to save her struggling campaign,” he said.

“Oregonians deserve a governor who stands by their principles, not a hypocrite who will do whatever’s politically convenient for them,” he added.

Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan speaks with a supporter at a campaign stop.

Oregon GOP gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan speaks with a supporter at a campaign stop.
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Fox News’ Power Rankings has rated Oregon’s gubernatorial race as a “tossup.”

The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.



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January 6 Committee postpones hearing as Hurricane Ian approaches


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The special House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol postponed its scheduled hearing for Wednesday, citing the rapid approach of Hurricane Ian. 

“In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s proceedings,” the panel led by Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said in a statement. “We’re praying for the safety of all those in the storm’s path. The Select Committee will soon announce a date for the postponed proceedings.”

Hurricane Ian is expected to batter the coast of Florida later this week including the district of Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy — one of the panel’s key members. 

The decision to postpone the hearing also comes as most media outlets are expected to provide wall-to-wall coverage of the hurricane, likely diminishing the impact of the hearing. 

The committee, compromised largely of Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, was set to hold one of its final hearings before the midterm elections this week. Set for noon Wednesday, the hearing was expected to see lawmakers unveil new evidence in their quest to prove former President Donald Trump sought to overturn the 2020 election. 

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Sources close to panel confirmed to Fox News that its public hearing scheduled for Wednesday would be postponed because of Hurricane Ian.

Sources close to panel confirmed to Fox News that its public hearing scheduled for Wednesday would be postponed because of Hurricane Ian.
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“This hearing, at this point, is the final hearing,” said Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., last week. “But it’s not in stone because things happen.”

No public testimony was expected from the hearing. Lawmakers instead were poised to summarize the findings of their nearly 15-month long investigation. 

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Missing from the committee’s hearings, however, have been testimony from Trump and other key players that were in the White House or Congress on Jan. 6. Not only has Trump refused to cooperate with the panel, but so have the former president’s top congressional allies.

Missing from the committee's hearings, however, have been testimony from Trump and other key players. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Missing from the committee’s hearings, however, have been testimony from Trump and other key players. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Apart from gaining access to tens of thousands of documents, the committee has conducted nearly a thousand interviews during its 15-month tenure. 

Apart from gaining access to tens of thousands of documents, the committee has conducted nearly a thousand interviews during its 15-month tenure. 
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Although the committee still could hold further hearings in preparation for the release of its final report later this year, the panel is quickly approaching its end date. 

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The committee is set to disband at the end of this Congress unless lawmakers vote to reauthorize it next year. That likelihood is slim given that Republicans, who have refused to take part in the panel’s deliberations, are expected to win control of the House. 





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White House says ‘we welcome’ Russians applying for US asylum amid Putin conscription


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U.S. would “welcome” any Russian citizens seeking asylum in the U.S. after fleeing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military draft, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre made the comments during a White House Press briefing on Tuesday, even as tens of thousands of Russian citizens have surged into neighboring Eastern European countries. A reporter pressed Jean-Pierre about reports of military-age men fleeing across borders or even injuring themselves to avoid conscription.

“I know the White House has drawn a distinction between the Russian government and the people of Russia. Does the president have a message for some of these men who are desperately trying to flee the country?” a reporter asked.

“We are seeing protests in the streets of Russia, we are seeing people sign petitions, and I think the message they are sending to us very clearly is that this war that Putin started…is unpopular,” Jean-Pierre responded. “There are people out there in Russia who do not want to fight Putin’s war or die for it.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) vowed to strengthen Russia's military cooperation with its allies at the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 15, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) vowed to strengthen Russia’s military cooperation with its allies at the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 15, 2022.
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Ukrainian soldiers use a launcher with U.S. Javelin missiles during military exercises in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Ukrainian soldiers use a launcher with U.S. Javelin missiles during military exercises in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. (Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)
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“We believe that, regardless of nationality, they may apply for asylum in the United States and have their claim adjudicated on a case-by-case basis,” she added. “We welcome any folks who are seeking asylum, and they should do that.”

Putin ordered a partial mobilization of the Russian military last week, drafting up 300,000 reserve troops. The move has led to widespread fear of general conscription amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mongolia, Georgia and Kazakhstan have borne the brunt of the wave of Russian-military aged men leaving the country. Georgia officials stated that daily border crossings have nearly doubled in less than a week.

Ukrainian soldiers sit on infantry fighting vehicles as they drive near Izyum, eastern Ukraine on September 16, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukrainian soldiers sit on infantry fighting vehicles as they drive near Izyum, eastern Ukraine on September 16, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)
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“About four to five days ago, there were five to six thousand visitors [from Russia] daily, and now it has increased to about ten thousand,” Georgia Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri told reporters Tuesday.

Others fleeing to Mongolia had to wait in lines more than a dozen hours long to be processed. One man, Aleksey, told Reuters that he was leaving behind his wife and children while the draft is ongoing.

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“We are not afraid, but why do we have to fight in Ukraine, why?” he told Reuters. “If other countries would attack Russia, we would fight for our country. But why are we going to Ukraine? For what?”



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Dueling Wisconsin Senate candidates want to ‘support law enforcement’ in key midterm state


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The growing issue of crime and public safety continues to strike the key battleground state of Wisconsin, as voters begin to pin their focus towards candidates who will address these crucial issues going into the midterm elections this fall.

A Marquette University poll, conducted from Sept. 6-11 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points, found that 88% of Wisconsin residents are either somewhat or very concerned about crime in their state. According to WISN 12 News, the medical examiner’s office in Milwaukee recently reported that four teenagers in Milwaukee have died violent deaths since the beginning of September.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is seeking re-election in one of the country’s most closely watched Senate races of the cycle, against Democrat Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. On Monday, Johnson shared to Twitter the story of a 17-year-old victim of gun violence in Milwaukee, shining a light on the city’s crime problem and claiming his opponent wants to release 50% of the prison population.

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“While Mandela Barnes says it pains him to see law enforcement fully funded, the people that really suffer from his soft on crime policies like defunding police and letting criminals walk free are the friends and families who lose loved ones to violent crime,” Mike Marinella, Press Secretary for the Ron Johnson campaign, told Fox News Digital Monday, “We need to support law enforcement and restore safety to our communities, not adopt the dangerous policies of Mandela Barnes.”

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Maddy McDaniel, a spokesperson for the Barnes’ campaign, told Fox News Digital that Barnes does not want to defund the police, but ensure that “law enforcement offices have the resources they need.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is seeking re-election against Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes this fall.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is seeking re-election against Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes this fall.
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“Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes has long worked to prevent senseless gun violence,” said McDaniel over the crime surge in the state, “In the U.S. Senate, he will make sure law enforcement officers have the resources they need to keep Wisconsin safe, and that communities have what they need to stop crime from happening in the first place — unlike Ron Johnson, who voted against $100 million of funding for public safety that the Evers-Barnes administration invested in law enforcement and violence prevention.” 

In his bid for the Wisconsin Senate seat, Barnes now says that he wants to fund public safety, a revision from an interview with PBS Wisconsin in 2020 where he stated that money can be taken from police departments to fund other community efforts. “We need to invest more in neighborhood services and programming for our residents, for our communities on the front end. Where will that money come from? Well, it can come from over bloated budgets in police departments, you know?” Barnes said.

Barnes continued: “The same way the more money we invest in communities, the more opportunity we offer to residents in all parts of our state, the less money we’ll have to spend on police work. And this isn’t about, you know, beating up on police officers. This is about recognizing the moment that we’re in and recognizing the needs that exist.”

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In 2012, Democrat Barnes teamed up with Wisdom, an organization created to end mass incarceration in Wisconsin, and launched the 11×15 campaign that sought to cut the state’s prison population in half.

Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.



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US on pace to fund a majority of Ukraine’s national budget this year


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The billions of dollars in U.S. support to Ukraine is doing more than helping the embattled country defend itself from Russia – it is also putting America on track to funding a majority of Ukraine’s national budget this year.

Senators this week proposed an additional $12 billion in aid to Ukraine, which includes $3 billion in direct military training, equipment and weapons to help Ukraine fend off Russian advances.

The bill also includes another $4.5 billion in economic support to Ukraine. A Senate summary of the bill says the money will help “maintain the operations of Ukraine’s national government, including to enable the government to maintain macroeconomic stability and provide basic citizen services.”

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy displayed on a screen as he addresses the audience from Kyiv on a screen during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, May 23, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy displayed on a screen as he addresses the audience from Kyiv on a screen during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, May 23, 2022.
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That $4.5 billion would be in addition to the $13 billion the U.S. approved in May to support Ukraine’s basic government operations, which was in the broader $40 billion Ukraine aid package approved in May. That $13 billion was meant to fund basic humanitarian needs like food and shelter within the country in addition to the provision of other services to Ukrainian citizens.

That means if the new Senate language becomes law, the U.S. will have provided $17.5 billion in funding for Ukraine’s basic government services in less than five months. If the U.S. keeps up that pace, it could end up spending more than $40 billion this year to support Ukraine’s basic government functions, which is more than half of Ukraine’s current budget and the $70 billion budget Ukraine has proposed for 2023.

Passage of the Senate will would bring the total funding for Ukraine approved by Congress up to approximately $65 billion.

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, 

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from the damaged by shelling maternity hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, 
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A growing number of Republicans have opposed additional aid to Ukraine in light of excessive federal spending and budget deficits that have risen sharply over the last few years because of emergency spending related to COVID-19.

James Carafano, vice president for foreign and security policy at the Heritage Foundation, said his group continues to support military funding to Ukraine, but raised questions about spending on civilian services.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is hoping to pass a spending bill this week that adds another $12 billion in Ukraine funding. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is hoping to pass a spending bill this week that adds another $12 billion in Ukraine funding. 
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“On the civilian side, the Europeans should bear the weight of that,” Carafano told Fox News Digital. “That keeps it equitable.” He explained that the U.S. is paying for about half of the outside military support received by Ukraine, and that European nations have a more direct interest in keeping Ukraine’s civil services up and running.

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Carafano added that sending weapons to Ukraine to help it fight Russia carries a far lower risk of corruption than sending billions of dollars to fund Ukraine’s broader government. He said Ukraine never underwent the transformation that took place in Estonia, and said corrupt elements of the government mean U.S. financial aid is at risk.

“The worst thing we can do is just throw money at Ukraine,” he said. “I’m very skeptical about putting money into the hands of this government on civilian aid.”



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Kamala Harris centers Asia trip around security, adds Korean DMZ to tour


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In meeting after meeting with Asian leaders Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized the U.S. commitment to regional security and the White House disclosed that she would visit the Demilitarized Zone dividing the rival Koreas.

An official said Harris would tour the border area between South and North Korea on Thursday, at the end of her trip to Asia. The visit comes amid persistent concerns about North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

North Korea test-fired a short-range ballistic missile shortly before Harris left Washington, an apparent response to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea that include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the DMZ in August, and then-President Donald Trump went in 2019 when he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. President Joe Biden did not go when he was in South Korea earlier this year.

Harris’ plan, which had been kept under wraps by her team, was unexpectedly revealed during a meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on Tuesday. A White House official rushed to confirm details of her trip afterward.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Harris “will tour sites at the DMZ, meet with service members and receive an operational briefing from U.S. commanders.”

She will also “reflect on the shared sacrifice of tens of thousands of American and Korean soldiers who fought and died together” in the war that divided the peninsula seven decades ago.

Vice President Kamala Harris is pictured here meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 27, 2022.

Vice President Kamala Harris is pictured here meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 27, 2022.
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According to the White House, Harris also talked with Han about South Korea’s complaints about the Inflation Reduction Act, which makes electric cars built outside of North America ineligible for government subsidies.

“They pledged to continue to consult as the law is implemented,” the White House said.

Security concerns have dominated Harris’ public remarks during her meetings in Tokyo, where she’s attending the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July.

While sitting down with Han, Harris said the U.S. alliance with South Korea is the “linchpin of security and prosperity” in the region.

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“We stand with you in the face of threats,” she said.

Afterwards, Harris met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, telling him their countries share a “common goal and bond as it relates to our dedication to peace and security.”

The conversations follow Harris’ meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday, shortly after arriving in Tokyo.

During that encounter, Harris described the U.S. alliance with Japan as “a cornerstone of what we believe is integral to peace, stability and prosperity” in the region.

Like the abrupt disclosure of Harris’ trip to the DMZ, the meeting with Kishida was also marked by confusion. His staff tried to usher reporters out of the room while Harris was still speaking. The commotion drowned out some of her remarks, making it hard for her office to finalize a transcript of her exact comments.

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In addition to concerns over North Korea, there’s been increased tension involving Taiwan, the self-governing island that China views as part of its territory.

Biden recently said that the U.S. would send troops to defend Taiwan if China attacked. Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said Saturday that any attempt to prevent reunification with Taiwan would be “crushed by the wheels of history.”



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