February 4, 2023

For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.

House Wants Biden Minutes House Republicans are asking the Secret Service for information on who visited President Biden’s home in Delaware, where the FBI found classified documents.

Chairman of the Oversight Committee James Comer:

COMER: We have formally sent inquiries to the Secret Service about any communications or documents that would give us an idea of ​​who actually had access to this house.

The White House previously told lawmakers there are no visitor logs for the home because it is a private residence.

Investigators found another stack of classified documents in the home this week, including some from Biden’s time in the US Senate.

Battle of the House Committee » Meanwhile, a showdown looms between the speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin explains:

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: In 2021, House Democrats stripped two GOP MPs of committee posts over controversial remarks and online posts.

In return, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has promised to remove three Democrats from committees: Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar.

McCarthy said Schiff – quote – “lied to the American public…” during Trump’s impeachment trial. He also noted Swalwell’s past connections to a former Chinese spy and remarks by Omar that some in both parties called anti-Semites.

But minority leader Hakeem Jeffries defiantly nominates Congressmen Schiff and Swalwell to the Intelligence Committee. He said both deserve to sit on the panel.

Omar is expected to be re-nominated to the Foreign Affairs Committee.

For WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin.

California shooting death toll Police are still looking for a motive in the shooting attack at a Los Angeles-area dance hall where guests were gathering to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Another victim died in hospital from injuries, bringing the death toll to 11.

Scott Wiese is the Chief of Police for Monterey Park, California.

WIESE: My individual officers want to know why, the family wants to know why. The why plays a big role in this.

Authorities identified the shooter as a 72-year-old Vietnamese man. They said he visited the dance hall and allegedly occasionally gave free classes. His ex-wife told CNN it was there that they first met.

PÖland urges more tanks for Ukraine » Poland says it will ask Germany for permission to send German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

MORAWIECKI: (Polish) Even if Germany is not in this coalition, we will hand over our tanks to Ukraine along with the others.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says that with or without Berlin’s blessing, Poland and a coalition of other countries would send their German-built tanks to Ukraine.

Germany has been reluctant to send its own tanks to Ukraine but said this week it would not stand in its way if other nations supplied Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv.

Mexico’s top law enforcement officer in court » A jury is now hearing the case against former Mexican security chief Genaro García Luna. The US government has accused him of accepting bribes from the drug cartels he was tasked with overthrowing. WORLD’s Josh Schumacher has more.

JOSH SCHUMACHER, REPORTER: Prosecutors say Luna accepted briefcases full of cash to look the other way as the Sinaloa cartel smuggled tons of cocaine into the United States.

Prosecutors also argue that Luna guaranteed the cartel intelligence on investigations, smooth passage of its cocaine through police checkpoints, and sometimes even law enforcement badges for cartel members.

Luna officials are accused of personally delivering drug shipments from airports and killing people as mercenaries on behalf of the cartel.

Luna insists he is innocent.

For WORLD, I’m Josh Schumacher.

Egg prices, accusation of collusion » As egg prices soar, a farmer-led advocacy group has accused the country’s dominant egg producers of price-fixing.

Egg producers say an outbreak of bird flu is to blame for skyrocketing prices.

But the Farm Action group says it’s just a convenient excuse. It wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission arguing that large corporations entered into a backroom deal to raise prices.

During an outbreak of “bird flu” in 2015, prices doubled. But during the current outbreak, average egg prices have nearly tripled from $1.79 in December 2021 to $4.25 a year later.

AG Comments Harris Omits ‘Life’ From Speech » Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday outlined efforts to combat pro-life laws in states across the country. He said the government’s abortion rights task force was continuing its work.

GARLAND: The task force is also evaluating appropriate responses to these laws, including filing confirmatory actions, filing declarations of interest, and intervening in private litigation.

His remarks follow Vice President Kamala Harris’ Sunday address on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court Roe v. calf Decision. Harris tried to tie abortion rights to America’s founding documents.

HARRIS: A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence that we all have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Many quickly took up the missing words, in particular the right to freedom of life and the pursuit of happiness endowed by their Creator.

I’m Kent Covington. Visit wng.org for more news, features and analysis.

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