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Trump Selects Lt. General H.R. McMaster To Be National Security Adviser

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President Trump has actually made a good pick for National Security Adviser. As with the rest of his foreign policy team, though, the question is if he’ll listen to him.

Trump’s First Choice To Replace Mike Flynn Turned Him Down Due To Chaos In Administration

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Chaos inside the Trump Administration is causing people to turn down lucrative positions.

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

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The story about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia didn’t start with Michael Flynn, and it isn’t going to end with his resignation.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Older Brother Of Kim Jong-Un Murdered In Kuala Lumpur

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North Korean Intrigue…….

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Michael Flynn Out As National Security Adviser

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An unsurprising ‘resignation’ from the shortest-serving National Security Adviser in history.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser, Under Fire For Lying About Contacts With Russia

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Could National Security Adviser Michael Flynn be the first to go under Trump?

Rhetoric Matters: Trump and Iran

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Trump’s combination amateur hour/tough guy approach is not going to make the world a safer place, nor will it advance US national interest.

Rex Tillerson Confirmed As Secretary Of State

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In a closer than normal vote for the position, Rex Tillerson has been confirmed as Secretary of State.

Protests And Court Orders Push Back Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

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The first day of implementation of President Trump’s order barring immigration from certain Muslim nations did not go smoothly for the Administration.

Trump Reorganizes, Politicizes National Security Council

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Steve Bannon is in. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence are out. Sort of.

Trump Administration Not Rushing To Move U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

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Despite campaign promises, President Trump appears to be putting off any immediate decision on the location of the U.S. Embassy to Israel.

Politicization of Dead Spies

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The 117 CIA officers who have died in our service should not be used to score cheap political points.

Trump To Move Embassy to Jerusalem, Needlessly Inflaming Region

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This will get people killed. Quite likely, including American citizens.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

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A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Chelsea Manning Reportedly On Short List For Commutation

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With  only nine days to go in his Presidency, President Obama is reportedly working out a final list of pardons and commutations of people convicted of crimes under Federal law, and among those names on a short list is Chelsea Manning: President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year […]

United Nations Resolution Vote Leads To More Tension Between U.S. And Israel

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While you were celebrating Christmas, Israel was blasting the Obama Administration and cozying up to the incoming Trump Administration.

Sometimes History Doesn’t Repeat Itself

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Ambassador Karlov is mostly likely not a modern day Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Apparent Berlin Terror Attack Kills 12, Injures Dozens

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Another attack in what has been a bloody 2016 for Europe.

Trump and the Presidential Daily Brief

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Delegating the morning briefing to advisors isn’t actually that unusual.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated In Ankara

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The situation in the Middle East just potentially became much more complicated.

John Bolton Reportedly In Line For Number Two Spot At State Department

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A controversial member of George W. Bush’s foreign policy team is up for a post in Donald Trump’s State Department.

ExxonMobil CEO Rex TIllerson Reportedly Trump’s Pick For Secretary Of State

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The head of the biggest energy company in the world is reportedly Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State.

Trump: “I’m like a smart person”; Doesn’t Need Daily Intel Briefings

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Good thing the world is a static, simple place…

CIA Report: Russia Acted To Help Trump Win The Election

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New information raises serious questions about the integrity of the 2016 elections, and about Donald Trump and his supporters.

Another General In Trump’s Cabinet

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Three of the top four national security positions in Donald Trump’s Cabinet will be filled by retired Generals. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Jon Huntsman For Secretary Of State?

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Another name may be on the short list for Secretary of State.

Trump Selects Retired General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense

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President-Elect Trump has selected a retired Marine Corps General to lead the Defense Department: President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up […]

Trump Refusing To Take Intelligence Briefings

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For Donald Trump, it appears that ignorance is bliss.

India And Pakistan Exchange Fire In Kashmir

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As America prepares for a Presidential transition, an old conflict with a history of turning dangerous rears its head.

Mitt Romney Said To Be Top Contender For Secretary Of State

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Mitt Romney and Donald Trump became bitter rivals for the soul of the GOP in 2016, but Romney appears to be at the top of Trump’s list for the nation’s top diplomat.

Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Potential Trump Nominees

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is speaking out against several of President-Elect Trump’s proposed Cabinet nominees.

Secretary Of State Mitt Romney?

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Team of Rivals?

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo Selected As Trump’s C.I.A. Director

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Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo has been selected to be the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President-Elect Donald Trump: WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Representative Mike Pompeo, a hawkish Republican from Kansas and a former Army officer, to lead the C.I.A., according to officials close to Mr. Trump’s transition team. […]

Retired General Michael Flynn Tapped For Trump’s National Security Adviser

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A controversial retired General has been tapped to be President-Elect Trump’s top White House foreign policy voice.

As The Revolving Door Turns

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A senior congressional staffer is taking a new job that happens to coincide with her boss’ committee assignment.

Joe Biden For Secretary Of State?

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According to reports, Vice-President Biden is on a Clinton campaign short list for Secretary of State.

Clinton-Cartwright Comparisons Don’t Hold Up

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Clinton is getting no special treatment by the standards of her high-powered peers.

Trump Ignores Intel Experts

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More evidence that Trump would be a terrible president.

Suspect In New York City, New Jersey Bombings Captured By Police

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Just about two days after setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York City, a suspect is in custody.

Explosion From Apparent Bomb Injures 29 In New York City

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An explosion that ended up injuring 29 people interrupted an otherwise quiet Saturday evening in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City.

The Lost National ‘Unity’ Of September 11th

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The sense of national ‘unity’ that existed in the wake of the September 11th attacks didn’t last for very long.

U.S., Russian Agreement On Syria Seems Doomed To Fail

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The United States and Russia have reached an agreement to end fighting in Syria, but it seems unlikely to succeed given that it doesn’t involve the parties actually doing the fighting.

“We’re The Only Plane In The Sky”

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As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Sunday, Politico is up with a fascinating first-person account of the attack from the point of view of White House aides, military officers, and members of the traveling press corps who were with President Bush the day everything changed. It follows the story from […]

New Emails And F.B.I. Notes Show Clinton Still Hasn’t Put Email Issue Behind Her

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Another set of revelations shows that the Clinton campaign has yet to put the email story behind it.

Donald Trump Calling Obama The “Founder” Of ISIS Requires One To Ignore History, And Reality

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President Obama’s ISIS policy has been far from perfect, but to call him a “Founder” of ISIS is to ignore both history and reality.

Retired Generals Should Stay Out of Politics

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My latest for War on the Rocks.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

Dozens Dead, Dozens More Injured, As Truck Rams Bastille Day Crowd In Nice

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A night of terror mars Bastille Day celebrations in France.

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