News Roundup 12/16/2021

by | Dec 16, 2021

News Roundup 12/16/2021

by | Dec 16, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Kevin Clinesmith was reinstated to the bar after he pled guilty to removing information from a FISA court application to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. [Link]
  • Biden signs an executive order that instructs the federal government to target more drug traffickers with sanctions. [Link]
  • The Senate passes the 2022 NDAA, approving $770 billion in spending for the Pentagon. [Link]
  • The NDAA includes $75 million in lethal military assistance for Ukraine and a plan to build a Global War on Terror memorial. [Link]


  • The Navy will begin discharging unvaccinated sailors. [Link]
  • The Pentagon halts the vaccine mandate for defense contractors. [Link]
  • The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstates Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in 26 states. [Link]
  • Refugees lack covid shots because vaccine makers are unhappy with the potential lawsuits they could face. [Link]


  • The US flew several of its most advanced spy planes near Russia’s borders on Tuesday. [Link]
  • The US deploys F-15s to Romania. [Link]
  • Russia presented the US with security proposals. [Link]
  • Ukraine wants more international sanctions on Russia now. [Link]


  • The US adds more Chinese companies to a list that bans American investment. The list is now at 60 companies. The US will also restrict US companies from exporting to several Chinese firms. [Link]
  • The Commerce Department announces sanctions against the Chinese Military Medicine Academy and 11 associated institutions. [Link]
  • A senior US official warns of a Chinese military buildup near India. [Link]
  • Germany sent a warship into the South China Sea for the first time in 20 years. [Link]

Middle East

  • Iran signs an agreement with the IAEA to allow cameras to be reinstalled at its Karaj facility. The cameras were damaged by a likely Israeli attack in June. [Link]
  • Syria says an Israeli strike killed one of its soldiers. [Link]
  • The US claims to down a drone that was nearing its forces in al-Tanf, Syria. The US says the drone was fired by Iranian-backed militias. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, assistant editor of and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter.

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