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US helps Israel shoot down ‘nearly all’ Iran-launched attack drones as Biden vows support

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Saturday lauded American forces who helped Israel down “nearly all” of the drones and missiles fired by Iran and vowed to coordinate a global response to Tehran’s unprecedented attack. And the Pentagon said its forces intercepted “dozens of missiles” and drones launched from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that were headed toward Israel.


























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8-year-old killed, 10 injured in shooting at family gathering in Chicago

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A child was killed and at least 10 other people were injured, including a 1-year-old and an 8-year-old, when gunfire broke out in Chicago, according to police.
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Iran launches attack on Israel: What is the Iron Dome?

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Iran unleashed a retaliatory attack on Israel Saturday night, sending more than 300 uncrewed drones and missiles toward targets throughout the country, officials said.
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U.S. will not participate in reprisal strike against Iran, official says

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Washington — In the aftermath of the unprecedented airstrikes by Iran against Israel, President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. will not participate in a reprisal strike on Iran, according to a senior administration official.

Israel reported only minor damage to a military base after more than 300 missiles and drones were fired from Iran toward Israel Saturday night, most of which were intercepted before entering Israeli territory. The retaliatory attack marked the Islamic republic's first-ever direct offensive...
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Sununu Says Trump ‘Contributed’ to Insurrection, but Still Has His Support

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Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire said on Sunday that former President Donald J. Trump “absolutely contributed” to an insurrection and that Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election were “absolutely terrible” — but that nothing, not even felony convictions, would stop him from voting for Mr. Trump because the economy, border security and “culture change” were more important.

The interview, on ABC News’s “This Week,” showcased Mr. Sununu’s transformation from Trump critic — while supporting Nikki Haley in the Republican primary, he said Mr...
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Johnson Says the House Will Vote on an Israel Bill in the Coming Days

  • News source: Catie Edmondson
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Speaker Mike Johnson said on Sunday after Iran’s overnight attack on Israel that the House would vote in the coming days on aid for Israel, and he suggested that aid for Ukraine could be included in the legislation.

“House Republicans and the Republican Party understand the necessity of standing with Israel,” Mr. Johnson said on Fox News, noting that he had previously advanced two aid bills to help the U.S. ally. “We’re going to try again this week, and the details of that package are being put together. Right now, we’re looking at the options and...
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Bowen: As Israel debates Iran attack response, can US and allies stop slide into all-out war?

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World leaders are scrambling to prevent the Middle East entering a damaging wider conflict.
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US tells Israel to 'think carefully' on Iran response

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US officials have said they have ruled out participating in any Israeli response to Iran's attack.
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Republicans slam Biden’s ‘Don’t’ deterrence: ‘Every time he says Don’t, they do’

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Republicans have taken aim at President Biden in the wake of Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel, claiming the president’s "don’t deterrence" has only emboldened Iran.

"So much for President Biden telling bad guys ‘Don’t’ actually being an effective deterrent. Every time he says ’Don’t,' they do," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wrote in a post on X Saturday.

Graham’s comments after Iran launched a barrage of over 300 missiles and drones at Israel Saturday in an apparent response to Israel’s reported role in an airstrike that killed a senior Iranian...
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Sen. Kennedy advises ‘wobbly’ Biden to get tough on Iran after Israel attack: 'Go on Amazon and buy a spine'

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., called on President Biden to take a stronger stance against Iran after his administration reportedly advised Israel not to launch a response after Tehran fired hundreds of missiles and drones at the Jewish state on Saturday.

Kennedy addressed Iran’s attack during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," criticizing Biden’s support of Israel as less than ironclad.

"In the past 60 days, we have seen President Biden go wobbly in his support of Israel," Kennedy said. "With respect, go to Amazon and buy a spine online. Peace...
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Rep. McCaul says decision on Ukraine aid vote is a "speaker determination"

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Washington — Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Sunday that the decision about when and how to bring Ukraine aid up for a vote in the House is a "speaker determination," noting that he had plans to talk with Speaker Mike Johnson later in the day, although any aid package faces opposition from some in their conference.

"We don't have time on our side here," McCaul said on "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "We have to get this done."

McCaul said he had a commitment from Johnson that the Ukraine aid would come...
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Transcript: IMF director Kristalina Georgieva on "Face the Nation," April 14, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Kristalina Georgieva, director of the International Monetary Fund, that aired on April 14, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We're back with the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva - I got it right this time, I apologize. Oil markets. have been swinging because of this instability in the Middle East escalation risk, the threat to global shipping as well. Can you gauge at this point what the economic impact will be?

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND MANAGING DIRECTOR...
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Transcript: John Kirby, National Security Council spokesperson, on "Face the Nation," April 14, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Adm. John Kirby, White House National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, that aired on April 14, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we turn now to Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the White House National Security Council, John Kirby. Good morning, and welcome back.

COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, JOHN KIRBY: Thank you, Margaret, good to be with you.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, do you believe that Iran intended these strikes to be...
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Transcript: Sen. Mark Kelly on "Face the Nation," April 14, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Sen. Mark Kelly, Democrat of Arizona, that aired on April 14, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We're joined now by Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly. Welcome back to Face The Nation, Senator.

SEN. MARK KELLY: Thank you for having me on. Margaret,

MARGARET BRENNAN: I know you are on the Intelligence Committee, you track a lot of national security issues. The U.S. intelligence assessment back in February that was declassified said Iran is quote, "not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons...
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Transcript: Ret. Gen. Frank McKenzie on "Face the Nation," April 14, 2024

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The following is a transcript of an interview with retired Gen. Frank McKenzie, former commander for U.S. Central Command, that aired on April 14, 2024.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we're going to go now to the former commander for U.S. Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, who is also the author of a new book, "The Melting Point", available in June. General, welcome back to "Face The Nation". Given what you just saw play out in the last 24 hours, I wonder if you think that deterrence has been reestablished? And on the spectrum of options that Iran had...
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Open: This is "Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan," April 14, 2024

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This week on "Face the Nation," as the world waits for what Israel's response will be after the Israel Defense Forces said it intercepted more than 300 Iranian drones and missiles, President Biden spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. John Kirby, White House National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, joins Margaret Brennan, along with House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Rep. Michael McCaul.
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