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Second Federal Judge Issues Order Blocking Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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For the second time in as many months, a Federal Court is blocking the Administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military.

Presidential Authority To Order Nuclear Launches In The Trump Era

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Is it time to reexamine Presidential authority to launch a nuclear strike?

Fox News Host Shepard Smith Debunks His Own Network’s Favorite Clinton Conspiracy Theory

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A Fox News host has debunked the Uranium One conspiracy theory being pushed by his own network.

The Insanity Of Preemptive War Against North Korea

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A preemptive attack on North Korea would be illegal, immoral and, most importantly, insane.

There Are Two Options When It Comes To North Korea, And Only One Of Them Makes Sense

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On North Korea, there are two options, deterrence and war. And only one of those options makes sense.

Bowe Bergdahl Receives Dishonorable Discharge, Reduction In Rank, Will Not Serve Prison Time

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Bowe Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank, but will not serve time in prison.

Justice Department May Seek Charges Against Russian Officials For Election-Related Hacking

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The Justice Department appears to be on the verge of charging Russian government officials in connection with election-related hacking.

Eight Killed and Nearly A Dozen Injured In New York City Terror Attack

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A month that was highlighted by the capture of the ISIS capital city of Raqqa ends with an apparent lone wolf ISIS-inspired attack in New York City

Federal Court Blocks Implementation Of Trump’s Ban On Transgender Soldiers

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A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration from implementing its ban on transgender soldiers.

Trump and the Autonomous Military

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Via The Hill:  Trump: ‘My generals’ had decision-making authority on Niger mission. President Trump on Wednesday said he did not personally authorize the mission in Niger in which four U.S. soldiers were killed, saying “my generals and my military” have decision-making authority. Asked if he authorized the mission, Trump responded, “No, I didn’t, not specifically.” “I have […]

Trump Claims He Did More To Fight ISIS Than Obama. That Is, Of Course, Not True.

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Another day, another Trump lie.

America’s Forgotten, And Forever, Wars

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America has become involved in conflicts around the world, largely without the knowledge of the American people or the consent of their representatives, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to end anytime soon.

Japanese Voters Give Shinzo Abe A Big Win In Snap Elections

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to call a snap election pays off big time.

Questioning Generals Like John Kelly Is Not Only Appropriate, It’s Absolutely Necessary

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The White House believes that it is ‘inappropriate’ to question Generals. This argument is not only wrong, it’s downright dangerous.

John Kelly Defends Trump On Call To Grieving Family, But Gets Many Facts Wrong

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White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly publicly defended the President’s call to a military widow yesterday, but he got several facts wrong in the process.

American-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa, But ISIS Is Far From Defeated

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The capital of the purported caliphate declared by ISIS has apparently fallen, but that doesn’t mean the end of ISIS. In fact, it may make the group more dangerous.

Donald Trump Displays Appalling Disrespect For A Soldier Who Died On His Watch

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President Trump sinks even lower.

Two Federal Courts Block Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban Again

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Two Federal Judges have issued orders blocking the latest version of President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion And Other Charges

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The Bergdahl case comes to an end.

Iraqi Army Moves Against Kurdish Oil Assets

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Iraqi military forces begin to crack down against Iraqi Kurds after last month’s independence referendum.

Trump Decertifies Iranian Compliance With Nuclear Weapons Agreement

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Despite the fact that everyone seems to agree that Iran is complying with the nuclear weapons deal, President Trump took steps that will undermine that agreement and do serious damage to American credibility around the world.

Top Aide To John Kelly Named To Head DHS

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Kirsten Nielsen, who currently serves as Deputy White House Chief of Staff under retired General John Kelly, has been selected to become the new head of the Department of Homeland Security: WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he intended to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of […]

Donald Trump’s Disturbing Obsession With, And Ignorance About, Nuclear Weapons

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Donald Trump continues to be as astoundingly ignorant about the most powerful weapons the U.S. military possesses as he was as a candidate.

Decertifying The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be A Foolish, Potentially Dangerous, Error

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Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.

Report Says Tillerson Reportedly Called Trump A “Moron,” Considered Resigning

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Tensions continue to rise between the White House and Foggy Bottom.

Trump Undermines His Own Secretary Of State’s Efforts On North Korea

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Donald Trump is undermining his own Secretary of State’s efforts on North Korea, and he doesn’t seem to care.

North Korea Threatens War As Trump Ups His Fiery, Irrational Rhetoric

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Donald Trump’s increasingly confrontational rhetoric regarding North Korea is leading to similar rhetoric from the DPRK, and concern among top diplomats.

Trump Administration Issues Indefinite Travel Ban Aimed Mostly At Muslims

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The Trump Administration has issued a new travel ban to replace the temporary one that expired late last week, but it still suffers from most of the same defects as its initial efforts.

Donald Trump’s First General Assembly Address Strikes Belligerent Tone

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In a marked departure from previous American Presidents, Donald Trump delivered a highly belligerent speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Trump Administration Preparing To Stay In Afghanistan For The Long Haul

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America’s longest war seems likely to soon turn into America’s never-ending war.

Chelsea Manning’s Short Tenure as Harvard Fellow Terminated

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The Harvard Kennedy School pulled its Visiting Fellowship from the controversial figure after predictable outcry.

London Underground Bombed By Presumed Terrorists

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The London subway was hit by a bomb during the morning rush hour. Authorities are treating it as a terrorist attack.

Trump Administration Set To Further Reduce Sanctions Against Iran

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Notwithstanding his promises during the campaign, President Trump seems likely to go forward with sanctions reductions required under the nuclear deal with Iran.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Repeal AUMFs Authorizing The Bush-Obama-Trump Forever Wars

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Once again, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional responsibilities.

Remembering 9/11 Without Obsessing Over It

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At some point, it will be time to move on.

Why Negotiations With North Korea Are (Currently) Impossible

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Absent significant changes, expecting normal diplomatic relationships with the DPRK is a pipe dream.

North Korea Rattles Its Saber, So Trump Attacks South Korea

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At a time when our alliance is more important than ever, President Trump is responding by attacking our ally.

North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test

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More provocative action from North Korea, and another reminder that there are no easy answers to the problems represented by the Kim regime.

No, General Mattis Is Not Defying Trump On The Transgender Military Ban

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Contrary to reports, Secretary of Defense Mattis is not defying the President on his order to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military.

Defense Secretary Mattis Joins Tillerson In Rebuking Trump Over Charlottesville

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Another Cabinet member rebukes the President for his comments about Charlottesville.

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Trump Signs Order Barring Transgender Service Members

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President Trump’s shameful decision to ban transgender Americans from the military has nothing to do with military readiness and everything to do with pandering to his far-right base.

Sebastian Gorka Out At White House

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In addition to announcing the pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the White House also announced last night that controversial White House appointee Sebastian Gorka was fired in what appears to be another move by new Chief of Staff John Kelly to clean house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Sebastian Gorka, an outspoken […]

Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

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The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

Trump And Afghanistan: New President, Same Policy

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President Trump’s Afghanistan policy sounds awfully familiar, and it’s likely to lead to the same results.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Sounds A Lot Like Obama’s And Bush’s Plan

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Based on initial reports, Trump’s Afghanistan policy looks a lot like what we’ve seen for the past sixteen years.

The 82nd Airborne Is Still Fighting Fascists

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The 82nd Airborne Division is calling out a man who was photographed at the Charlottesville rally on Saturday wearing an 82nd Airborne hat: The 82nd Airborne Division fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II. So after a man in a hat bearing the elite Army paratrooper unit’s insignia was pictured throwing a […]

At Least Thirteen Dead, Dozens Injured, In Apparent Terror Attack In Spain

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At least thirteen dead in an apparent terrorist attack in Spain.

South Koreans Not So Concerned About War From The North

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The people who would most immediately be impacted by a war on the Korean peninsula don’t seem quite so concerned. Perhaps we should take a cue from them.

Trump Aide Tried To Set Up Meetings With Russian Officials, Report Says

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A new report indicates that Trump campaign officials were seeking contact with Russian officials earlier than we thought.

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