Small, nonthreatening balloon intercepted over Utah by NORAD

SALT LAKE CITY — A small and nonthreatening balloon spotted flying high over the mountainous Western United States was intercepted by fighter jets over Utah on Friday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. NORAD fighter pilots sent Friday morning to investigate the balloon determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a … Read more

US rivalry with China expands to biotech. Lawmakers see a failure to compete and want to act

WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers are raising alarms about what they see as America’s failure to compete with China in biotechnology, warning of the risks to U.S. national security and commercial interests. But as the two countries’ rivalry expands into the biotech industry, some say that shutting out Chinese companies would only hurt the U.S. Biotechnology … Read more

Ex-FBI official sentenced to over 2 years in prison for concealing payment from Albanian businessman

WASHINGTON — A former high-ranking FBI counterintelligence official was sentenced on Friday to more than two years in prison for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a businessman with ties to the Albanian government — and trying to conceal their corrupt financial relationship. Charles McGonigal, 55, supervised national security operations for the … Read more

House Intelligence Committee chair warns of a serious national security threat

FILE – Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 20, 2019. Turner says he has information about a serious national security threat and urges the administration to declassify the information so the U.S. and its allies can openly discuss how to respond. Turner, a Republican … Read more

Senate passes $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan after rare all-night session

WASHINGTON — The Senate early Tuesday passed a $95.3 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, pushing ahead after months of difficult negotiations and amid growing political divisions in the Republican Party over the role of the United States abroad. The vote came after a small group of Republicans opposed to the $60 billion … Read more

Biden campaign trumpets joining TikTok, despite his own administration’s security concerns

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden ’s reelection campaign on Monday defended its new TikTok account as a vital way to boost its appeal with young voters, even as his administration continued to raise security concerns about whether the popular social media app might be sharing user data with China’s communist government. The campaign’s inaugural post … Read more

Biden’s campaign joins TikTok, even as administration warns of national security concerns with app

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign is now on TikTok, even though he has expressed national security concerns over the platform and banned it on federal devices. Biden isn’t expected to personally join the platform, aides said, nor the others in his administration. The account will be run entirely by the campaign team in … Read more

White House national security spokesman John Kirby gets expanded role in Biden administration

WASHINGTON — John Kirby, President Joe Biden’s national security spokesman, is getting an expanded role at the White House, according to a U.S. official. Kirby will have a new title, White House national security communications adviser, and will be named an assistant to the president, the official said Sunday. The official was not authorized to … Read more

White House downplays Biden, national security aide’s blunt comments on Israel

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday sought to downplay sharp criticism levied against Israel by President Joe Biden and a senior national security official over how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has conducted Israel’s four-month-old war aimed at rooting out Hamas militants from Gaza. Biden, speaking to reporters Thursday evening, called Israel’s military operations … Read more