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Leading House Republicans soundly rejected the Senate’s bipartisan bill on the border and Ukraine funding Sunday night. The bill was negotiated in secret between Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) with support from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Joe Biden.

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) posted strongly worded statements denouncing the bill, while freshman Rep. Mike Collins (R-GA), expressed his opinion of the bill in a more colorful way, “This bill is the worst screwing in the Senate since that Dem staffer filmed his porno on Klobuchar’s desk.”

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Only two months before the 2020 election, Michigan’s politically motivated Attorney General Dana Nessel warned voters they would be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if they cast more than one vote in an election. Michigan’s crooked Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined Nessel, warning Michigan voters against committing voter fraud while assuring the public she has safeguards in place to ensure this doesn’t happen.

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The continued embrace of diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM combined with a broad decline in academic standards is producing a generation of scientists who are less capable than their predecessors, warned some scientists in recent interviews with The College Fix.

From easier math classes in high school to the elimination of standardized tests to extreme grade-inflation to DEI tropes that elevate lived experiences and ways of knowing over facts and data, the trend represents a pressing problem for science professors working to protect STEM and preserve its standards and meritocracy.

Alex Small, chair of the physics and astronomy department at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, said it starts early in a student’s education.

“The K-12 system is walking away from standards at all levels,” he told The College Fix in a recent phone interview.

For example, he said while most of his students took some sort of calculus class their senior year of high school, “at least a third of them test into a class that’s lower than calculus because what happens is the schools will push people through the pipeline.”

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Antony Blinken is making a fifth trip to the Middle East in a bid to secure a new truce in the Israel-Hamas war as the US revealed it intends to unleash further strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen.

The US Secretary of State is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar and Israel in the coming days on his fifth trip to the region since Hamas's October 7 attack that triggered the war.

Blinken departed for the Middle East from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Sunday after stressing the need for 'urgently addressing humanitarian needs in Gaza'. His trip will focus on advancing talks on the return of hostages taken from Israel by Hamas in exchange for a temporary ceasefire in Gaza. 

He will also make a push on a US-brokered mega deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel to normalize ties, which hinges on bringing an end to other Gaza conflict and steps toward a future Palestinian state.

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As the U.S. Navy continues to wend its way toward acquiring its first batch of Constellation class frigates, a major question remains: is 32 vertical launch system cells enough for these ships?

Debates about the Constellation's vertical launch capacity reflects broader concerns, including how these cells might be reloaded at sea in a major conflict, across the Navy as a whole. The underlying issues here have come into sharp relief recently as the service's vessels have been shooting down dozens of Houthi anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles and drones and launching strikes on the group in Yemen.

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The Constellations are set to be the Navy's next class of small surface combatants and the service has said in the past that it wants to buy at least 20 of them in the future. These will be multi-mission ships, with a mixture of anti-air, anti-ship, and anti-submarine capabilities, designed to supplement larger surface action groups or operate independently.

The Navy's decision to acquire new frigates was a firm rebuke of the two perpetually under-performing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The service has acquired some 30 LCSs, in total, since the late 2000s and is still in line to receive more of them, even as it has been sending relatively young ones into mothballs.

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In a startling turn of events, China’s stock market faces unprecedented turmoil as nearly 30% of all stocks come to a grinding halt, with small caps limited down in an alarming 8% freefall within a matter of hours. This financial upheaval sparks concerns, hinting at an impending storm in the Chinese market.

The tumultuous scene unfolds with Chinese stock market indices experiencing significant disruptions:

CSI 1000: -8%
Star 50: -5%
Beijing 50: -4%
Shenzhen: -4%
Shanghai Composite: -3%
However, amidst the chaos, the CSI 100 and Hong Kong 50 indices, representing Chinese large caps, oddly remain in positive territory. The paradoxical situation raises eyebrows as Chinese small cap stocks crumble while their larger counterparts appear unfazed.

China, in a bid to counter the decline in small caps, has implemented various stimulus measures, including short selling bans and promises to stabilize markets. Yet, the CSI 1000 index continues to face relentless pressure.

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