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Biden, McCarthy to discuss debt limit on Wednesday
President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are set to meet on Wednesday, as confirmed by McCarthy in an interview with CBS on Sunday. "I want to find a reasonable and a responsible way that we can lift the debt ceiling but take control of this runaway spending," said McCarthy.
 
Blinken begins Middle East tour in Egypt
On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken left Washington for a trip to the Middle East. Blinken has begun his journey in Egypt, after which he will depart for Israel and the West Bank. Blinken said his trip aims to “deepen bilateral relationships and people-to-people ties, promote human rights, and strengthen regional and global security.”
 
North Korea denounces U.S. decision to supply MBTs to Ukraine
On January 29, North Korea denounced the U.S. decision to supply main battle tanks (MBTs) to Ukraine. State news agency KCNA released a statement by Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the Department of U.S. Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK. "The U.S. is working hard to supply such offensive weapons as MBTs to Ukraine at any cost in disregard of the just concern and criticism of the international community," the statement said. "This is an unethical crime aimed at keeping the international situation unstable."
 
Memphis police deactivate street crimes unit
On January 28, Memphis police released a statement that said the SCORPION (Street Crimes Operations to Restore Peace in Our Neighbourhoods) unit has been deactivated. "Today Memphis police officers assigned to the SCORPION Unit met with Chief Cerelyn 'C.J.' Davis to discuss the path forward for the department and the community in the aftermath of the tragic death of Tyre Nichols," read the statement.
 
U.S. General warns of war with China in 2025
Commander of the U.S. Air Mobility Command (AMC) General Mike Minihan says his “guts” tell him his country will be involved in a “fight” with China in 2025. In the internal memo to his subordinates, including AMC Wing Commanders, Minihan said he believes Chinese President Xi Jinping is setting the stage of war over Taiwan. In what he says are the first of eight monthly directives, Minihan says his force must spend 2023 preparing and building on the need for preparedness. He says the aim is to deter, and if that doesn't succeed, defeat China.
 
U.S. economy: gas prices up, mortgage rates and consumer spending down
U.S. Commerce Department data released on Friday shows consumer spending fell in December 2022, dropping 0.2%. Meanwhile, mortgage rates continue to come down. Mortgage finance agency Freddie Mac reported on Friday that a 30-year fixed mortgage is down to 6.13%, the lowest since mid-September.
 
Police release video of Tyre Nichols arrest, officers indicted
The Memphis Police Department has released body cam footage from the arrest of Tyre Nichols on January 7, after several weeks of investigation. In the video, a confrontation occurs when officers attempt a traffic stop. "While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended," says the Memphis Police Department. "The suspect was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition."
 
Three charged in assassination plot of Iranian-American activist
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced charges against three men in a plot to kill author and activist Masih Alinejad. According to court documents, Rafat Amirov, Polad Omarov and Khalid Mehdiyev were charged with murder-for-hire and money laundering for their role in carrying out the alleged murder plot.
 
National archives asks former presidents and VPs to check for classified docs
The National Archives has sent a letter formally requesting former presidents and vice presidents to re-check their records for any classified documents or other presidential records. The requests come following the discovery of classified documents in the homes of former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and President Joe Biden over the last year.
 
Lawmakers urge for reversal of Title 42 expansion and asylum transit ban
A bicameral coalition of nearly 80 lawmakers signed a letter to push back against the Biden administration’s expansion of Title 42 and proposed asylum transit ban on Tuesday. In their letter to Biden, Democratic leaders took issue with a recent policy allowing 30,000 migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti to enter the U.S. each month under temporary immigration status. The policy also facilitates the same number to be expelled from the country under a pandemic directive, known as Title 42.