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Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark

Joseph Clark covers Congress and national security for The Washington Times. He is a Kansas native and holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas. Joseph spent ten years in the Navy after college and worked briefly in banking prior to obtaining his master's degree from the Columbia Journalism School and joining The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Joseph Clark

In this June 25, 2021, file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is seated after his meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Ghani breaks silence, apologizes for fleeing Afghanistan

Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Wednesday said fleeing Kabul was "the most difficult decision" of his life and apologized to the Afghan people for leaving "without ensuring stability and prosperity." Published September 8, 2021

Security personnel manned the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit this week by a team from the World Health Organization. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

U.S.-funded research at suspect Chinese lab raises new COVID-19 origin questions

New documents revealed Tuesday are offering new insights into the scope and target of U.S.-funded research on coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China and raise new questions over the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 4.5 million people around the globe. Published September 7, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to members of the US embassy and Mission Afghanistan in the Qatari capital Doha, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Blinken says the State Department is working with the Taliban to facilitate additional charter flights from Kabul for people seeking to leave Afghanistan after the American military and diplomatic departure. (Olivier Douliery/Pool Photo via AP)

Blinken to testify before Congress

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan on Sept. 14. Published September 7, 2021

Belarus' opposition activists Maria Kolesnikova, right, and Maxim Znak attend a court hearing in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. A court in Belarus on Monday sentenced two leading opposition activists to lengthy prison terms, the latest move in the relentless crackdown Belarusian authorities unleashed on dissent in the wake of last year's months-long anti-government protests. Maria Kolesnikova, a top member of the opposition Coordination Council, has been in custody since her arrest last September. A court in Minsk found her guilty of conspiring to seize power, creating an extremist organization and calling for actions damaging state security and sentenced her to 11 years in prison. Znak was sentenced to 10 years in prison. (Ramil Nasibulin/BelTA pool photo via AP)

Belarusian opposition figures receive lengthy sentences

A Minsk court Monday sentenced two Belarusian opposition figures to lengthy jail terms in what the State Department has called further evidence of "the regime's total disregard for the human rights and fundamental freedoms" of its citizens. Published September 6, 2021

President Joe Biden speaks from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, on the August jobs report. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden signs executive order to declassify some 9/11 documents

President Biden on Friday signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to review certain documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks for declassification, bowing to pressure from victim's families demanding more information on how the attack was plotted and carried out. Published September 3, 2021

In this March 25, 2020, file photo Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., attends a news conference about the coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scrambling to address voting concerns amid a pandemic, election officials from Nevada to Florida are scaling back or eliminating opportunities for people to cast ballots in person. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Sen. Rick Scott blasts Kodak CEO for apologizing to China

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida on Wednesday criticized Eastman Kodak CEO James Continenza for apologizing to Communist China for an Instagram post showing conditions in the Xinjiang region, saying the apology only empowers Beijing to continue its atrocities against Uyghur Muslims. Published September 1, 2021

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers talks as a character witness during former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard ethics trial Friday, July 8, 2016, in Opelika, Ala. (Todd Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP. Pool) **FILE**

Afghanistan debacle front and center at NDAA markup

The House Armed Services Committee's top Republican Mike Rogers vowed Wednesday to hold President Biden accountable for the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in his opening remarks for the full committee markup of the next major defense authorization bill. Published September 1, 2021

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., center, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, right, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and other GOP members criticize President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the close of the war in Afghanistan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  **FILE**

House Republicans seek increase to Pentagon budget

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee took aim Wednesday at the Biden administration's inflation-trailing Pentagon budget in his opening remarks for the full committee National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Published September 1, 2021