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Past articles by Deirdre:

13 high-level Trump officials violated Hatch Act, using government office for partisan activity, watchdog probe finds

A federal watchdog said 13 Trump administration officials, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, used their government power to influence the 2020 election → Read More

U.S. made 'substantial' offer for Brittney Griner prisoner swap with Russia

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia on drug charges since traveling to the country in February. → Read More

Biden's Ukraine ambassador nominee, Bridget Brink, seeks Senate approval amid war

Biden's nominee, Bridget Brink, would face daunting challenges if confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine amid the country's deadly war with Russia. → Read More

US blames Russia for Ukraine cyber attacks, as troop buildup could be as high as 190K

Biden will speak with allies then make remarks on the Russia-Ukraine crisis on Friday afternoon. → Read More

‘Where we belong’: Bond forged in war brings Afghan commando's family to Pennsylvania

An elite Afghan fighter went from seeing his children's fear amid Taliban gunfire to seeing their joy on a Pennsylvania playground. This is his story. → Read More

Biden 'considering' a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics hosted by China

A U.S. boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics would be a major snub to China as it confronts scrutiny for its human rights record and other issues. → Read More

'We inherited a deadline. We did not inherit a plan': Blinken defends Afghanistan exit during testy House hearing

Blinken defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan during a contentious House hearing, which included GOP calls for his resignation. → Read More

FBI releases newly declassified document on Saudi government's role in 9/11 attacks

The document, the first in an expected series, makes no conclusion about whether the Saudi government helped advance the terrorist attack → Read More

With soldiers gone, security for remaining Americans in Afghanistan will depend on diplomacy

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said fewer than 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan and the actual number is "likely closer to 100." → Read More

With last plane out of Kabul, America's 20-year war in Afghanistan is over

The pullout capped a tumultuous withdrawal of U.S. troops that was upended after the Taliban quickly took over the Afghan government this month. → Read More

'Egregiously mishandled' or inevitably 'messy'? What went wrong in U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Biden promised the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would be "secure and orderly." Critics say it's been marred by chaos and missteps. → Read More

Biden said US would 'hunt' down Kabul airport attackers. A day later, a drone strike killed two ISIS-K targets.

The Thursday attack at the airport in Afghanistan killed 11 Marines, 1 Navy corpsman and 1 Army soldier, and at least 169 Afghan people. → Read More

U.S. Embassy in Kabul instructs Americans to 'shelter in place' amid reports of gunfire at airport

The embassy's alert came as U.S. troops were evacuating all diplomatic staff from the embassy to the airport and the Taliban entered Kabul. → Read More

'This is how I'm going to die': Police officers recount harrowing attacks, beatings of Jan. 6 Capitol riot

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn said rioters called him a racial epithet as they attacked him and others in an attempt to 'disrupt democracy' → Read More

Amid mounting frustration, Biden suggests decision on EU travel coming within days

President Joe Biden said his COVID response team is reviewing U.S. travel restrictions that bar visitors from the European Union. → Read More

Two Haitian Americans are among those detained in brazen presidential assassination. Here's what we know.

Haitian police identified James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, as the two American citizens involved in the assassination of Moïse. → Read More

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home; Biden calls it 'very worrisome'

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been assassinated at home and the first lady has been hospitalized amid political instability. → Read More

US troops leave Bagram Airfield, suggesting full US withdrawal from Afghanistan is near

U.S. troops have handed Bagram Airfield over to Afghan security forces, nearing complete withdrawal after nearly 20 years of fighting in Afghanistan. → Read More

Biden to meet with Afghanistan leaders as US troop withdrawal expected well ahead of 9/11 deadline

Withdrawal of nearly all U.S. troops is expected within weeks, well before the Sept. 11 deadline set by President Biden, as the Taliban makes gains. → Read More

House votes to repeal 2002 war resolution that paved way for Iraq invasion

The Senate's Democratic leadership has vowed to take up the measure, and the White House has also endorsed it. → Read More