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Defense Chief Undergoes Another Medical Procedure

Lloyd Austin has already resumed duties after Friday procedure for ongoing bladder issues

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin underwent a medical procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday evening and has resumed duties after temporarily transferring power to his deputy, Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement. Austin is continuing to deal with bladder issues that arose in...

Defense Secretary: No Evidence of Genocide in Gaza

Lloyd Austin appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee

(Newser) - The US has seen no indication that Israel has committed genocide in Gaza, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. "We don't have any evidence of genocide being created," Austin said Tuesday during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. When pressed by Sen. Tom Cotton on whether that...

US, UK Strike Houthi Targets in Yemen
US, UK Pound Houthi
Targets in Yemen

US, UK Pound Houthi Targets in Yemen

18 sites hit in response to recent uptick in attacks on commercial ships in Red Sea

(Newser) - The US and Britain struck 18 Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, answering a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including a missile strike this past week that set fire to a cargo vessel. According to US...

Defense Secretary Austin Discharged From Hospital

Pentagon says he has resumed full duties but will be working from home for a few days

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday, ending his second stay since surgery to treat prostate cancer, and he has resumed his full duties, the Pentagon said. Austin, 70, has had ongoing health issues since undergoing surgery in December. He was taken...

Defense Chief Offers Public Mea Culpa
Defense Chief Admits
His Mistake

Defense Chief Admits His Mistake

'I should have told the president about my cancer,' says Lloyd Austin

(Newser) - Defense chief Lloyd Austin swears he's learned his lesson. In his first press conference since a hospital stay he kept secret , Austin issued a mea culpa for not being more forthcoming:
  • '"I want to be crystal clear: We did not handle this right. I did not handle this

Merrick Garland Having Surgery, Will Delegate Duties

Justice Department is making the disclosure under new federal guidelines

(Newser) - Attorney General Merrick Garland will undergo back surgery this weekend and delegate his duties to the deputy attorney general during the procedure, the Justice Department said Monday. Garland, 71, will be under general anesthesia during the back procedure on Saturday, which will last about 90 minutes and is "minimally...

Special Request in Lloyd Austin's 911 Call: Be 'Subtle'
911 Call for
Lloyd Austin
Is Out

911 Call for Lloyd Austin Is Out

Aide asked for ambulance heading to defense secretary's home to be 'subtle' about it

(Newser) - Lloyd Austin was released from Walter Reed hospital on Monday, two weeks after being secretly admitted for complications following surgery for prostate cancer. Now, audio is out of the call requesting an ambulance be sent to the defense secretary's Virginia home on New Year's Day, with a special...

Lloyd Austin Ends a Much Scrutinized Hospital Stay

Defense secretary is discharged from Walter Reed after 2 weeks, will work from home for now

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was released from the hospital Monday, after spending two weeks there to treat complications from surgery for prostate cancer he kept secret from senior Biden administration leaders and staff for weeks. He is expected to work from home as he recovers, reports the AP . Austin, 70,...

Biden Agrees Austin Had a Lapse in Judgment

President says he still has confidence in Cabinet member

(Newser) - President Biden said Friday that it was a lapse in judgment by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin not to tell him about his hospitalization last week, but he still has confidence in his Pentagon chief. Speaking to reporters as he toured local businesses outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, Biden said "yes" when...

Pentagon Watchdog to Investigate Austin Controversy

Defense chief failed to disclose his hospitalization

(Newser) - The Pentagon's internal watchdog said Thursday he will review the secrecy surrounding Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's hospitalization and why the Defense Department waited days to inform the White House that he had transferred authority to his deputy. Austin, 70, is still in the hospital being treated for complications...

Ex-Pentagon Chief Panetta on Austin Incident: 'Serious Risk'

Defense secretary's secrecy over hospitalization, subject of a formal inquiry, remains in the spotlight

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is continuing to work from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on what's now the 11th day of his current hospitalization. Meanwhile, a storm continues to brew over the failure of the secretary, second in the line of military command, to notify officials that he...

Lloyd Austin Has Prostate Cancer
Lloyd Austin Has
Prostate Cancer

Lloyd Austin Has Prostate Cancer

Biden wasn't told about diagnosis until Tuesday morning, officials say

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has prostate cancer and underwent surgery to treat it last month, doctors said Tuesday. In a statement, doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center said the 70-year-old was hospitalized for a " minimally invasive surgical procedure" called a prostatectomy on Dec. 22, CNN reports. The...

White House Seeks to Prevent Repeat of Austin Situation

Chief of staff is reviewing procedures connected to delegation of duties

(Newser) - The White House doesn't want to have another situation where the president is unaware for days that the defense secretary or another Cabinet member is unable to perform their duties. In a memo Tuesday, White House chief of staff Jeff Zients asked all Cabinet secretaries to "submit your...

Biden Won't Accept Austin's Resignation, Aides Say

Defense secretary also was hospitalized in December without telling White House, Pentagon says

(Newser) - The Pentagon has said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin does not plan to offer the president his resignation, and several Biden administration officials said he wouldn't accept it anyway. Austin is in hot water for not telling a long list of people who might need to know that he was...

Biden Didn't Know About Defense Chief's Ailment for 3 Days

Pentagon didn't immediately inform White House Lloyd Austin was in the hospital

(Newser) - The White House press corps and members of Congress are miffed they didn't know defense chief Lloyd Austin was in the hospital . But Politico reports a remarkable addendum to that: President Biden himself didn't know for three days that his secretary was out of action. The outlet says...

Questions Arise Over 'Evolving Situation' With Defense Secretary

Lloyd Austin's hospitalization on Jan. 1 for complications following surgery was kept quiet

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is already home after being hospitalized most of the week—except almost no one knew he'd been hospitalized in the first place. The Pentagon announced Friday that Austin, 70, checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on New Year's Day, after he suffered...

After Austin's Israel Remarks, Graham Has 'Lost All Confidence'

Calls defense secretary's remarks on Israel-Hamas war 'naive'

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham had a lot to say about Lloyd Austin's recent remarks on the Israel-Hamas war, in which the defense secretary suggested Israel could suffer a "strategic defeat" if it does not protect civilian life in Gaza, thus potentially pushing Gazans "into the arms of the enemy....

Austin Rejects Calls for US 'Retreat From Responsibility'

Ensuring safety and prosperity requires American leadership, defense secretary says

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday denounced those who advocate "an American retreat from responsibility" and said sustained US leadership is needed to help keep the world as safe, free, and prosperous as possible. The US must reject calls to turn away from global interests and become more isolationist,...

Ukraine: Russia's Shelling in Single Day Is a 2023 Record

In just 24 hours, 118 settlements in 10 of the nation's regions were bombarded: interior minister

(Newser) - This week, Ukraine saw more than 100 of its settlements attacked by Russia over a one-day span—the most in that time period since the war between the two nations started in February 2022. "Over the last 24 hours, the enemy shelled 118 settlements in 10 regions," Ihor...

Aid Reaches Gaza as US Issues a Warning
Aid Reaches Gaza as
US Issues a Warning
the rundown

Aid Reaches Gaza as US Issues a Warning

Austin, Blinken say military is ready if Americans are attacked

(Newser) - On a day of stepped-up clashes , US officials said they expect the Israel-Hamas war to widen—warning that if that happens, they'll answer any attacks on Americans. Gaza received humanitarian aid on Sunday, and a UN official said more will arrive Monday. Developments include:

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