A senior defense official told Pentagon reporters that the U.S. has “very high confidence” it is a Chinese high-altitude balloon and it was flying over sensitive sites to collect information. Gen. Patrick Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, provided a brief statement on the issue, saying the government continues to track the balloon. The defense official said the U.S. has “engaged” Chinese officials through multiple channels and communicated the seriousness of the matter. The senior defense official said the U.S. did get fighter jets, including F-22s, ready to shoot down the balloon if ordered to by the White House. A photograph of a large white balloon lingering over the area was captured by The Billings Gazette, but the Pentagon would not confirm if that was the surveillance balloon.
—THE MONDAY BRIEF | Stephen Boyd’s weekly Capitol Hill briefing for Alabama’s business, financial, defense, and government affairs executives. Also, some might seek to punt the funding debate into the new year when Republicans will have the House majority. Sticking points may include the breakdown between defense and non-defense spending, additional funding for Ukraine, and more money for Covid relief. Hallway Conversations…Looking to next year, incoming Republican Majority Leader Steve Scalise released the 2023 House calendar . Stephen E. Boyd is a Partner at Horizons Global Solutions.3 months ago Alabama Daily News
The narrator ominously described life in America as “dangerous and unaffordable” because of an alliance between the two Democrats. Republican House candidates nationwide won the support of 38% of independent voters in last month’s midterm elections, VoteCast showed. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled a campaign proposal in September titled “Commitment to America,” billed as a GOP agenda. “If you don’t bring me solutions to whatever problems you think we have, how can I take you seriously?”VoteCast suggests that independent voters distinguished between the problems facing the U.S. and Biden’s culpability for them. Thank Joe Biden and Angie Craig,” a point that failed to land with Kathy Lewis, an independent voter from Lakeville, Minnesota.2 months ago Alabama Daily News
PHOTOS: Jeff Cook, Co-Founder of Country Music Band “Alabama”, Dies at 73by Alabama News Network StaffAP22312764586869 FILE - Jeff Cook of Alabama performs during the All for the Hall concert, benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in Nashville, Tenn., on April 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) FILE - Jeff Cook of Alabama performs during the All for the Hall concert, benefitting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, in Nashville, Tenn., on April 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)AP22312764567712 FILE - Jeff Cook, from left, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry from the American country music band Alabama pose for a portrait in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 13, 2013. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP, File) FILE - Jeff Cook, from left, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry from the American country music band Alabama pose for a portrait in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) FILE - Jeff Cook, from left, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen, of the band Alabama, appear at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.4 months ago Alabama News Network
The FAA ordered all U.S. flights to delay departures until at least 8:30AM CST. Due to heavy congestion, the FAA cleared flights to depart at Newark Liberty and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airports and departures were expected to resume at other airports soon. Some medical flights can get clearance and the outage is not impacting any military operations or mobility. Julia Macpherson was on a United Airlines flight from Sydney to Los Angeles on Wednesday when she learned of possible delays. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said the U.S. military flights were not impacted because the military has its own NOTAMS system separate from the FAA system and the military’s system was not affected by the outage.2 months ago Alabama News Network
Paul Pelosi was severely beaten, suffering blunt force trauma after he was struck several times in the head. Nancy Pelosi, who is second in line of succession to the president, has a protective detail that was in Washington with her. Often at Nancy Pelosi’s side during formal events in Washington, Paul Pelosi is a wealthy investor who largely remains on the West Coast. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that President Biden had also been in contact with Nancy Pelosi. “The president is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family,” Jean-Pierre said.4 months ago Alabama News Network
by Alabama News Network StaffAlabama, which was favored by nearly two touchdowns, lost in overtime to LSU 32-31 in Tiger Stadium Saturday night. The loss drops Alabama to 7-2 and 4-2 in the SEC, virtually ending the Crimson Tide’s hopes of reaching the College Football Playoffs. For Alabama to reach the game, LSU would have to lose both games and Alabama would have to beat Ole Miss and Auburn. Alabama began overtime with the ball and took a 31-24 lead on Roydell Williams’ second touchdown of the game. But Young drove Alabama to the LSU 28 and Will Reichard’s 46-yard field goal with 21 seconds left tied it.4 months ago Alabama News Network
Needing 218 votes in the full House, McCarthy got just 203 in both rounds — less even than Democrat Hakeem Jeffries in the GOP-controlled chamber. Democrats were joyous as they cast their own historic votes for their leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York. Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveled closed the last session, moving aside for new House leadership in her Democratic Party, to a standing ovation from colleagues on her side of the aisle. But first, House Republicans had to elect a speaker, second in succession to the presidency. It was all in stark contrast to the other side of the Capitol, where Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell will officially become the chamber’s longest-serving party leader in history.2 months ago Alabama News Network