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NFL Security Chief Backs Bipartisan Drone Defense Bill
San Francisco 49ers event cited as example of situation that could have been worse

The NFL is backing legislation that would authorize the government to track and destroy drones in the name of enhanced security. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Football League’s top security official on Thursday backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize the federal government to track, seize and destroy drones considered a threat to large, public gatherings.

Cathy Lanier, the NFL’s senior vice president of security, described for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee “a dramatic increase in the number of threats, incidents, and incursions by drones” at NFL stadiums, including an incident last year at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, when a drone dropped leaflets near one of the end zones.

California Man Curses Trump, Tries to Stab GOP House Candidate
Swalwell’s challenger Rudy Peters threatened with switchblade at local festival

Farzad Fazelli, 35, of Castro Valley, California, was arrested Sunday for trying to stab GOP congressional candidate Rudy Peters. (Photo courtesy Alameda County Sheriff's Office)

A Northern California man pulled a switchblade on GOP congressional candidate Rudy Peters and tried to stab him after shouting swear words about President Donald Trump on Sunday at a local town festival, authorities and the candidate said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Farzad Vincent Fazeli, 35, of Castro Valley, and have charged him with felony counts of assault and making threats and misdemeanor counts of brandishing a weapon and possessing a switchblade, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

On Typically Unifying 9/11, Trump Attacks His Domestic Foes
On somber anniversary, president dubs DOJ, FBI ’so terrible‘

President Donald Trump began the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by lashing out at his own political foes. (Getty Images)

Wreaths were laid and bells tolled Tuesday for the fallen in Manhattan, at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania. Officials spoke, as did Vice President Mike Pence, about “honor and remembrance.” But President Donald Trump started off the 9/11 anniversary by lashing out at his political opponents.

“For the families of the fallen and all those looking on, the cherished final moments with your loved ones … seem like yesterday. Just know that your nation understands,” Pence said at the Pentagon, striking the tone George W. Bush and Barack Obama administration officials did on Sept. 11 anniversaries past.

Latest Omarosa Tape Shows Trump ‘Unfit’ for Office, Frederica Wilson Says
On recording, president cracks wise about Niger operation that left four U.S. troops dead

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., admires the high school projects hanging in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel as she makes her way from the Capitol. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, one of the Trump White House’s political sparring partners, says a new recording of the president released by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman shows he is “unfit” for the Oval Office.

Newman released her latest recording, made while she was still on Trump’s West Wing staff, Monday on ABC’s “The View.” On the recording, Trump can be heard cracking a joke about how becoming a terrorist is the “only thing” someone in Niger can do to earn a living. He is also heard dropping a quip about a U.S. military operation that left four U.S. and four Nigerian soldiers dead.

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White House PLO Move Shows Kushner Peace Push Stalled
International Criminal Court is ‘dead to us,’ John Bolton says

Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, leaves the Hart Senate Office Building after his interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House signaled Monday its Jared Kushner-led Middle East peace pact has stalled, making clear it is ready to buck yet another international organization.

The administration’s move against the Palestine Liberation Organization comes as that organization is set to ask the International Criminal Court to look into some Israeli actions in the region. It also is intended to send a message to Palestinian leaders as talks toward a peace pact have made little progress.

3 Takeaways From Brett Kavanaugh’s Testimony
Americans ‘rightly’ will have ‘dimmer view of the Senate,’ Graham says

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies Wednesday before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spent two days jousting with Senate Democrats over his views on executive power and abortion rights. But he appeared mindful that his top job was to keep all 51 Republican senators firmly in his corner.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee rarely flustered the 12-year veteran of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and by midday Thursday several complimented his knowledge of the law and character. Republican Judiciary members began Thursday in a huddle called by Chairman Charles E. Grassley and spent the second day of questioning refuting Democrats’ criticisms of the nominee and defending him.

Harris Lands First Blow on Kavanaugh — But It Only Grazes Him
Senator accuses nominee of remembering conversation but not wanting 'to tell us'

From left: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., confer during the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:14 a.m. | ANALYSIS — It took almost 12 hours Wednesday before a Democratic senator, Kamala Harris of California, landed more than a glancing blow on the Teflon chin of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And even then, she wasn’t able to put President Donald Trump’s second high court pick on the canvas.

The late-night exchange lasted nearly 10 minutes, left Kavanaugh with a dumbfounded facial expression several times, and led Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee to break in with a helping hand.

Trump Attacks Bob Woodward, Warns Syria’s Assad
President calls ‘Fear: Trump in the White House’ ‘total fiction,’ tells Assad to resist using chemical weapons

President Trump is at war with a new foe, veteran journalist Bob Woodward. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump denied allegations in a coming book by journalist Bob Woodward that he directed Defense Secretary James Mattis to “kill” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“That was never even contemplated, nor would it be contemplated,” the president said Wednesday.

Trump to Pompeo: Delay New North Korea Talks
President criticizes China, sends a shoutout to ‘Chairman Kim’

South Koreans watch reporting on President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a new round of talks with North Korean officials about that country’s nuclear program, saying too little progress has been made.

What’s more, the president criticized China for not being helpful enough in dealing with Pyongyang — and he sent a shoutout to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.