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THE BORDER SECURITY BARRIER: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced he hopes to hold a vote on President Joe Biden's $105 billion emergency supplemental budget request a week from today. The request, sent to Congress a month ago, includes $61.4 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine, $14.3 billion in military assistance for Israel, and $4 billion for Taiwan and Indo-Pacific partners.

"I intend to bring the president's national security supplemental package to the floor as soon as the week of December 4th," Schumer said in a Dear Colleague letter yesterday, in which he outlined several other goals for the end-of-the-year session, including passing the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act and confronting what he called Sen. Tommy Tuberville's (R-AL) "reckless and brazen hold on military promotions."

"The biggest holdup to the national security assistance package right now is the insistence by our Republican colleagues on partisan border policy as a condition for vital Ukraine aid," Schumer wrote. "This has injected a decades-old, hyper-partisan issue into overwhelmingly bipartisan priorities. Democrats stand ready to work on common-sense solutions to address immigration, but purely partisan hard-right demands, like those in H.R. 2, jeopardize the entire national security supplemental package."

IS COMPROMISE POSSIBLE? "President Biden has shown that he seems to care more about Ukraine's border than he cares about America's borders," said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Fox News Sunday. "We Republicans care about both. We want to secure our border. We want to stop the flow of illegal immigrants in this country and the crime and the drugs and potential terrorism it could open this country up to."

"In return for providing additional funding for Ukraine, we have to have significant and substantial reforms to our border policy, specifically asylum and parole, the processes that are being abused at our border for millions of illegal migrants to come into this country over the last three years," Cotton said.

With more than three weeks before the normal holiday break, there's no reason the aid bills for Ukraine and Israel shouldn't pass, but the Democrats are going to have to give on border security and agree to budget cuts to offset the $105 billion request, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) said on CBS's Face the Nation.

"I think it's absolutely essential to get aid to Ukraine," said Buck, who has announced he won't be running for reelection. "The question, always, where does the money come from? And so, to expect that the Democrats help us find ways to pay for the Israel aid and the Ukraine aid, I think, is absolutely fair.

"If the Democrats want to hold up Israel aid, that's up to them. I think it's important that we find ways to pay for the needs that Israel has and Ukraine has and to do it in a responsible way," Buck argued. "If we don't get aid to Israel, Democrats are going to own that."

"I think it would be very difficult to get it done by the end of the year," Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said on NBC's Meet the Press. "Congress is going to require that there be laws changed to make certain that the border returns to its prior state, you know, perhaps 'Remain in Mexico,' other types of provisions that would secure the southern border."


HOW TO SECURE THE BORDER: The Biden administration and Republicans in Congress have widely divergent views on how to secure the southwestern border, which has seen the number of migrants crossing the border and applying for asylum reaching historic highs.

Republicans want to make it much harder for asylum-seekers to claim they are fleeing persecution and not just seeking economic opportunities in the United States. The Biden approach would focus on hiring more Border Patrol agents, immigration judge teams, and asylum officers to determine more quickly who has legitimate asylum claims and more quickly repatriate those who don't.

"There has been discussion about whether or not we ought to think about changing the asylum standard," Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) said on CBS. "There's always room to make our immigration system better on behalf of the American people. And I hope people of good faith can come together and reach a solution.

"One of the things we all have to recognize I think as Americans is that over the last 10 years, gangs south of the border have created a billion-dollar business that's smuggling human beings across the entire world to the southern border," Bennet said. "That's been a problem in Republican and Democratic and, you know, administrations. And if we can find a way to help fix that in a bipartisan way, that would be great.

"I would love it if we could include the 'Dreamers' in this package. Ninety percent of the American people believe that the 'Dreamers' should have a pathway to citizenship," he said.



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HAPPENING TODAY: POSSIBLE EXTENSION OF FOUR-DAY TRUCE: Today is the last day of a four-day pause in the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas terrorists, with the last of 50 hostages expected to be released in return for 150 Palestinian convicts. With more than 150 Israeli hostages still being held in Gaza, including as many as 10 Americans, President Joe Biden is calling for the truce to be extended so more hostages can be freed.

Speaking in Nantucket, Massachusetts, after the release of 4-year-old Abigail Edan, a dual Israeli-U.S. citizen who was orphaned when Hamas terrorists murdered her parents, Biden said, "Thank God she's home. I wish I were there to hold her."

"For weeks, I've been advocating the pause in the fighting for two purposes: to increase the assistance getting into the Gazan civilians who need help and to facilitate release of hostages," Biden said. "More is needed, but this is delivering lifesaving results. Critically needed aid is going in and hostages are coming out, and this deal was structured so that it can be extended to keep building on these results. That's my goal. That's our goal to keep this pause going beyond tomorrow so that we can continue to see more hostages come out and surge more humanitarian relief to those in need in Gaza."


RESCUE IN THE GULF: The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group was en route to the Persian Gulf, which the U.S. military calls the Arabian Gulf, when it received a distress call yesterday from a commercial cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden that was under assault from pirates attempting to take over the ship.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason along with allied ships and aircraft responded and demanded that the hijackers who had boarded the Central Park release the ship.

"Subsequently, five armed individuals debarked the ship and attempted to flee via their small boat. The Mason pursued the attackers resulting in their eventual surrender," the U.S. Central Command said in a post on X, formerly Twitter. The crew was unharmed, and the Central Park was said to be safe.

The Zodiac Maritime ship management company, which is one part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer's Zodiac Group, reported the attack on the Liberian-flagged Central Park yesterday. The incident came days after a container ship, CMA CGM Symi, owned by another Israeli billionaire, came under attack by a suspected Iranian drone in the Indian Ocean.

Afterward, two ballistic missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen toward the general location of the Mason and the Central Park but fell short by about 10 nautical miles. "While in the Arabian Gulf, the [ships of the Eisenhower Strike Group] are patrolling to ensure freedom of navigation in key international waterways while supporting CENTCOM requirements throughout the region," CENTCOM said in its social media post.


UKRAINE, RUSSIA TRADE DRONE STRIKES: Overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, Russia launched its most intense drone attack on Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion last year, and in response, Ukraine sent about two dozen drones against five areas of Russia, including the capital of Moscow.

Both sides claim to have shot down almost all of the drones, but in Kyiv, at least five civilians were reported wounded.

"The Russian Federation continues to ignore the laws and customs of warfare, using the terror tactics, launching missile and air strikes, and firing multiple launch rocket systems not only at the military, but also at numerous civilian targets across Ukraine," the Ukrainian General Staff said on its Facebook page. "Unfortunately, the Russian terrorist attacks have wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged."

On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he expects to get additional air defenses to protect the Black Sea grain corridor in the Odesa region.

"We still need a very specific number of systems with a very specific name. The request has been made. We have a positive response when these systems start to protect that region. Because both the corridor and the people there are important," Zelensky said. "Our people in Odesa region are important to us. Air defense is in short supply, but ... what's important is that we have agreements, we have a positive signal, and the corridor is operational."

TAKING ANOTHER RUN AT TUBERVILLE: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is hoping to get the 10 Republican votes he needs to break the stranglehold that Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) has placed on hundreds of senior military nominations and promotions.

"The Rules Committee has acted on a resolution that would allow the Senate to quickly confirm the more than 350 military nominations being blocked by Sen. Tuberville," Schumer said Sunday. "In the coming weeks, I will bring this resolution to the floor so we can swiftly confirm the hundreds of highly qualified and dedicated military leaders being held up by Sen. Tuberville before the end of the year."

Schumer called Tuberville's monthslong hold on military nominations in protest of the Pentagon's abortion travel policy an "extreme and unprecedented obstruction" by a single senator that "has eroded centuries of Senate norms and injected extreme partisanship into what has long been a bipartisan process.'


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Wall Street Journal: Russia Steps Up Attacks On Ukraine Cities

Stars and Stripes: U.S. Marines Join Finnish-Led Drills In Baltic Sea, With Russia Watching

AP: Intercepted calls from the front lines in Ukraine show a growing number of Russian soldiers want out

Reuters: U.S. Navy 'Excited' By Prospect Of Better Communication With China, But Says More Work Needed

USNI News: CNO Franchetti: Indo-Pacific Still Top U.S. Priority

AP: Trump hints at expanded role for the military within the US and legacy law gives him few guardrails

AP: North Korea restores border guard posts amid rising tensions over its satellite launch, Seoul says

Yonhap: Navy Chiefs Of S. Korea, U.S. Discuss Boosting Cooperation After N.K. Satellite Launch

AP: Pentagon boosts AI program as lethal autonomy looms

New York Times: U.S. Troops Still Train on Weapons With Known Risk of Brain Injury

The War Zone: Ukraine Situation Report: New Ground-Based Air Defense Coalition Announced

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11 a.m. — Wilson Center Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies virtual book discussion: "Russia's War Against Ukraine," with author Gwendolyn Sasse, director of the Center for East European and International Studies https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/kennan-long-view-series

11 a.m. — Heritage Foundation discussion: "The New Authoritarian Axis: The Growing Threat to the Free World from China, Russia, and Iran," with Iain Duncan Smith, former leader of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party; Nile Gardiner, director of the Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom; and Victoria Coates, vice president of the Heritage Foundation's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute https://www.heritage.org/defense/event/the-new-authoritarian-axis

1 p.m. 1030 15th St. NW — Atlantic Council discussion: "The trilateral security partnership between Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. (AUKUS)," with Bonnie Jenkins, undersecretary of state for arms control and international security https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/a-conversation-with-bonnie-jenkins/

1 p.m. 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW — Center for Strategic and International Studies discussion: "China's Economic Forecast: The View from Congress," with Rep. French Hill (R-AR) https://www.csis.org/events/chinas-economic-forecast-view-congress

4 p.m. — Vandenberg Coalition discussion: "The Future of Conservative Foreign Policy," with Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA). Register: https://form.jotform.com/233096101318044

4 p.m. 4th and F Sts. NW — National Press Club news conference with advocates for Alsu Kurmasheva, the second U.S. journalist detained by Russia since the end of the Cold War https://www.press.org/events/news-briefing-advocates-alsu-kurmasheva

5 p.m. 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies lecture on "Taiwan and the Future of Sino-American Relations," with Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and executive chairman of the Silverado Policy Accelerator https://sais.jhu.edu/campus-events

5 p.m. 1521 16th St. NW — Institute of World Politics lecture: "The Politicization of U.S. Intelligence: Causes and Consequences," with John Gentry, professor at Missouri State University's School of Defense and Strategic Studies and author of Neutering the CIA: Why U.S. Intelligence Versus Trump Has Long-Term Consequences https://www.iwp.edu/events/the-politicization-of-u-s-intelligence

7 p.m. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW — Politics and Prose bookstore book discussion: State of Silence: The Espionage Act and the Rise of America's Secrecy Regime, with author Sam Lebovic, professor at George Mason University https://www.politics-prose.com/sam-lebovic


5 a.m. EST Brussels, Belgium — "Doorstep statement" by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg as the meeting of foreign ministers at NATO Headquarters begins https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events

10 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., NW — Hudson Institute in-person and virtual discussion: "How the U.S. Should Respond to China's Challenge to U.S. Geoeconomic Leadership," with Miles Yu, senior fellow and director, China Center; Thomas Duesterberg, Hudson senior fellow; Peter Hefele, policy director, Martens Centre for European Studies, Brussels; Leland Miller, co-founder and CEO, China Beige Book; and Craig Singleton, China program deputy director and senior fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies https://www.hudson.org/events/how-us-should-respond-chinas-challenge

10:30 a.m. EST Brussels, Belgium — Press conference by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the end of the first day of the meeting of NATO foreign ministers https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events

4 p.m. 1777 F St. NW — Council on Foreign Relations in-person discussion: "A Conversation about Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Reform," with Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL); Stewart Baker, Steptoe and Johnson and former general counsel, National Security Agency; Glenn Gerstell, senior adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former general counsel, National Security Agency; and Karen Kornbluh, distinguished fellow, German Marshall Fund of the U.S. RSVP: Ann Healy ahealy@cfr.org


5:30 a.m. EST — Press conference by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at the conclusion of the two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/events

10 a.m. 310 Cannon — House Homeland Security Committee hearing: "The High North: How U.S. Arctic Strategy Impacts Homeland Security." http://homeland.house.gov

10 a.m. — Henry L. Stimson Center virtual discussion: "The Implications of the Gaza War," with Mairav Zonszein, senior Israel analyst at the International Crisis Group; Collin Meisel, associate director of geopolitical analysis at the University of Denver's Center for International Futures; Randa Slim, senior fellow at the Middle East Institute; Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Center of Washington, D.C.; and Ali Vaez, project director for Iran at the International Crisis Group https://www.stimson.org/event/the-implications-of-the-gaza-war/

10 a.m. 1030 15th St. NW — Atlantic Council virtual discussion: "Beyond the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility: Ukraine's priorities and needs in the fight and the role the U.S. and the West play in providing support," with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH); Catherine Sendak, director of the Center for European Policy Analysis's Transatlantic Defense and Security Program; and Rebeccah Heinrichs, director of the Hudson Institute's Keystone Defense Initiative. RSVP: press@atlanticcouncil.org

10 a.m. — Asia Society Policy Institute virtual discussion: "Deciphering the U.S.-China AI Showdown," with Paul Scharre, executive vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security; Paul Triolo, senior vice president for China and technology policy lead at the Albright Stonebridge Group; and Lizzi Lee, researcher on the Chinese economy at the Asia Society Policy Institute's Center for China Analysis https://asiasociety.zoom.us/webinar/register

11:30 a.m. 7801 Leesburg Pike — Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Northern Virginia Chapter discussion with Assistant Deputy Air Force Undersecretary Lora Muchmore, assistant deputy chief management officer at the Air Force. https://afceanova.swoogo.com/NOV23Lunch

3 p.m. — Advanced Nuclear Weapons Alliance Deterrence Center virtual forum: "Understanding the Modernization of the Land-based Leg of the U.S. Strategic Nuclear Deterrent, LGM-35A Sentinel," with Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, and Air Force Brig. Gen. Colin Connor, director of ICBM Modernization https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-strategic-nuclear-deterrence


8 a.m. 2401 M St., NW. — George Washington University Project for Media and National Security Defense Writers Group in-person discussion: "Final Report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the U.S.," with Madelyn Creedon, commission chairwoman; and Rebeccah Heinrichs, commission member https://nationalsecuritymedia.gwu.edu/events. RSVP: Thom Shanker at tshanker@email.gwu.edu

9:30 a.m. — Brookings Institution virtual discussion: "Israel and Gaza: Where Do We Go From Here?" with Natan Sachs, director of the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy; Itamar Rabinovich, Brookings fellow; and Salam Fayyad, Brookings fellow https://www.brookings.edu/events/israel-and-gaza-where-do-we-go-from-here/

10 a.m. — Arab Center virtual discussion: "Assessing America's Response to the Gaza Crisis: The White House, Congress and the American Public," with Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace; Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Shibley Telhami, professor at the University of Maryland https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register

12 p.m. 7805 Regents Dr., College Park, Maryland — University of Maryland's Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland discussion: "Russia's Nuclear Weapons and the War in Ukraine," with Anya Loukianova Fink, research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses https://cissm.umd.edu/events/cissm-global-forum-russias-nuclear-weapons

12 p.m. — SETA Foundation in Washington, D.C., virtual discussion: "Israel's War in Gaza: The Humanitarian Crisis and Prospects for Peace," with Khaled Elgindy, director, Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs, Middle East Institute; Trita Parsi, executive vice president, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft; Randa Slim, director, Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues Program, Middle East Institute; Kadir Ustun, executive director, SETA Foundation; and Kilic Kanat, research director, SETA Foundation https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register

2 p.m. HVC-210, U.S. Capitol — House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing: "The U.S. Border Crisis and the American Solution to an International Problem," with testimony from Gene Hamilton, vice president and general counsel at America First Legal, and former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, executive director, chief strategy officer and chairman of the America First Policy Institute http://foreignaffairs.house.gov

2 p.m. 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE — Heritage Foundation discussion: "The Strategic Posture Commission: Defending America in a Modern World," with Madelyn Creedon, chairwoman of the U.S. Strategic Posture Commission; former Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute; Rebeccah Heinrichs, senior fellow and director of Keystone Defense Initiative; and Robert Peters, research fellow for nuclear defense and missile defense at the Heritage Foundation's Center for National Defense https://www.heritage.org/defense/event/the-strategic-posture-commission

2 p.m. 1763 N St. NW — Middle East Institute discussion: "Shabiha Forever: The Syrian Regime's Creation, Control, and Use of Militias Since 2011," with Hari Prasad, research associate at Critica Research and Analysis; Karam Shaar, nonresident senior fellow at the Newlines Institute; Kayla Koontz, researcher at the Syrian Archive; Gregory Waters, MEI nonresident scholar; and Charles Lister, director of the MEI Syria and Counterterrorism Programs https://www.mei.edu/events/shabiha-forever-syrian-regimes

3 p.m. 1957 E St. NW — George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs discussion: "Transatlantic relations, the role of Germany in the EU, Germany's aid to Ukraine, and the impact on Germany of the war between Israel and Hamas," with German Ambassador to the U.S. Andreas Michaelis https://calendar.gwu.edu/event/a_conversation_with_german_ambassador


9 a.m. 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW — Hudson Institute discussion: "U.S. National Security and Ukraine," with Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE); Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA); Tamar Jacoby, director of the Progressive Policy Institute's New Ukraine Project; John Walters, president and CEO of the Hudson Institute; and Luke Coffey, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute https://www.hudson.org/events/us-national-security-ukraine

10:15 a.m. EST Simi Valley, California — Reagan National Defense Forum with members of Congress, senior leadership of the Department of Defense, former officials, scholars, defense industry leaders, and members of the press https://rndf2023virtual.rsvpify.com

11 a.m. — Washington Post Live virtual book discussion: Conflict: The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to the Present with co-author and former CIA Director retired Army Gen. David Petraeus https://www.washingtonpost.com/washington-post-live


10:15 a.m. EST Simi Valley, California — Reagan National Defense Forum with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. and Shannon Bream of Fox News Sunday https://rndf2023virtual.rsvpify.com


"It appears to me that, after a couple decades of neglect, we have allowed the [Chinese Communist Party] to turn the Monroe Doctrine into the Mao Doctrine. … The CCP is now exploiting that complacency in order to encroach on our territory, in my view, as part of an effort to undermine America and displace us as the global leader."
Rep. Mike Gallagher, chairman, House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party, interviewed on Fox Sunday Morning Futures
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