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ISIS Expanding Its Base In Libya Despite U.S. Attacks

ISIS Fighters

Despite American air strikes, ISIS is expanding its power amid the chaos in Libya.

At Least Three Dead, Twenty Injured, In Apparent Terror Attack In London

Parliament Lockdown

An apparent terror attack outside Parliament in London.

Michael Flynn, Trump’s Former National Security Adviser, Was Working For Turkey

Michael Flynn

More conflicts of interest for the Trump Administration.

Thoughts about the Trump National Security Team

State Department

Trump appears to undervaluing existing bureaucracies listening more to hacks and ideologues.

Jon Huntsman Tapped To Be Ambassador To Russia

Jon Huntsman

A strong pick for what is likely to be an important Ambassadorial position in coming years.

Hawaii Sues Trump Administration Over Renewed Muslim Ban Executive Order

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

Hawaii is the first state to challenge the Trump Administration’s revised Muslim travel ban.

Majority Supports Independent Counsel To Investigate Ties Between Russia, Trump Campaign

Trump Russia

A majority of Americans support appointment of an Independent Counsel to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 election and the Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia, but we should be careful before taking this step.

Trump Administration Issues Revised Muslim Travel Ban

Donald Trump

President Trump has issued a revised ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim nations.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

Truman Buck Stops Here

A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.

Jeff Sessions Failed To Disclose Contacts With Russian Officials

Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently misled Senators when asked about his contact with Russian officials.

Trump To Propose Massive And Unnecessary Increase In Military Spending

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Reports indicate that President Trump will seek to increase military spending. We don’t need to, and we can’t really afford it.

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

Bowe Bergdahl

A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

McMasters on “Radical Islam”

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Via the NYT: H.R. McMaster Breaks With Administration on Views of Islam President Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser has told his staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion, rejecting a key ideological view of other senior Trump advisers and signaling a potentially more moderate approach to the Islamic world. The adviser, Lt. […]

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

Trump McMaster

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

Donald Trump

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

Trump Campaign Reportedly In Contact With Russian Intelligence During Campaign

Trump Putin

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’

Bowe Bergdahl

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

Kim Jong Un North Korean Flag

North Korean Intrigue…….

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

Cabinet Room

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

Michael Flynn Out As National Security Adviser

Michael Flynn

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

Michael Flynn

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

Rhetoric Matters: Trump and Iran

Iranian And American Flags

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

Rex Tillerson

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

Airport Protests

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

Chelsea Manning

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

Obama Netanyahu

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

Russian Ambassador Turkey Assassination

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

Apparent Berlin Terror Attack Kills 12, Injures Dozens

Berlin Market Attack

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

Russian Ambassador Turkey Assassination

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

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

Bolton

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

Rex Tillerson

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

Donald Trump Shrug

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?

Jon Huntsman

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

Donald Trump Shrug

For Donald Trump, it appears that ignorance is bliss.

India And Pakistan Exchange Fire In Kashmir

India Pakistan Flags

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

Donald Trump Mitt Romney

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

Rand Paul Filibuster

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

Michael Flynn

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.

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