News Wrap: Pelosi begins Asian tour with stop in Singapore

In our news wrap Monday, Nancy Pelosi begins Asian tour in Singapore amid reports that she plans to make a stop in Taiwan, Texas man tied to a far-right militia sentenced to seven years in federal prison in Jan. 6 probe, thousands of Iranian-backed protesters filled the streets of Baghdad, and President Biden continues isolating after his COVID case rebounded.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: A Texas man tied to a far right militia group has drawn the toughest penalty yet in the January 6 investigation.

    Guy Reffitt was sentenced today to more than seven years in federal prison. He had been convicted of urging a mob into the U.S. Capitol and of threatening to harm his own children if they informed on him.

    The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, began an Asian tour amid reports that she will make a stop in Taiwan. Pelosi met with leaders in Singapore today, as Taiwanese media said she will arrive there tomorrow night. That is despite China's claim that the island is a renegade province.

  • Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman (through translator):

    If U.S. House Speaker Pelosi goes to Taiwan, it will be a gross interference in China's internal affairs, seriously threaten peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and seriously damage China-U.S. relations.

    We would like to warn the U.S. again that China is fully prepared for any eventuality. The Chinese People's Liberation Army will not sit back.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The White House warned China not to overreact. And it said the speaker will make her own decisions about traveling to Taiwan.

    In Iraq, political tensions escalated today, as thousands of Iranian-backed protesters filled streets in Baghdad for several hours. They threw stones, and police fired back with water cannon. The crowds were opposing supporters of the anti-Iran cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who seized the Parliament Building on Saturday.

    Back in this country, President Biden is still isolating after his case of COVID-19 rebounded on Saturday. His physician says that the president tested positive again today, but is feeling well. A small percentage of patients who have taken the antiviral drug Paxlovid, as the president did, have rebound cases.

    A special disciplinary officer today suspended pro football star Deshaun Watson for six games. More than two dozen women accused the Cleveland Browns quarterback of sexual harassment and assault when he played for the Houston Texans. Two grand juries declined to indict him, and he recently settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits. We will return to this later in the program.

    And on Wall Street, stocks started the week with fractional losses. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 46 points to close at 32798. The Nasdaq fell 21 points. The S&P 500 slipped 11.

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