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Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests
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Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests

Federal agencies are bolstering arsenals of tear gas, sponge-tipped bullets and other crowd-control gear after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. agents to assume new policing powers in cities to quell protests that he said threatened government monuments, statues and property.... Read More

Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall
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Senate Uses Pandemic Bill to Fill Accounts Raided For Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars included in Senate Republicans’ proposed $1 trillion installment of coronavirus emergency relief funding would restore money for military hardware that was redirected to pay for President Donald Trump’s border wall. The Trump administration reprogrammed funding... Read More

Trump Administration Sues to Block Bolton’s Book From Being Published
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Trump Administration Sues to Block Bolton’s Book From Being Published

Whatever’s in John Bolton’s book, President Donald Trump really doesn’t want it to see the light of day. Trump’s Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge to block the former national security adviser’s book from being published... Read More

Trump Defends Ratcliffe as Pick for Intelligence Chief
National Security
Trump Defends Ratcliffe as Pick for Intelligence Chief

President Donald Trump on Saturday touted Rep. John Ratcliffe as the nation’s intelligence chief, calling him “terrific” and predicting quick confirmation despite widespread bipartisan qualms that derailed his nomination to the same post last summer. Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican, was... Read More

Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before
National Security
Correa Defends US Interests, More Important Now Than Ever Before
2020-01-14 16:02:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite assurances from President Donald Trump that "Iran appears to be standing down," after responding to the U.S. killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani with a  casualty-free missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, intelligence and cyber... Read More

Government Security Officials Warn Of Evolving Terrorist Threats
National Security
Government Security Officials Warn Of Evolving Terrorist Threats
2019-11-11 17:07:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A top Homeland Security Department official described recent “major shifts” in terrorist threats to the United States during a Senate hearing last week. Some threats come from residents of Syria and Iraq displaced by military struggles while others... Read More

Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online
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Bipartisan Commission to Study Proliferation of Terrorist Content Online
2019-10-22 22:54:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced Tuesday by the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security would establish a bipartisan commission of non-government experts to examine the ways social media and other online platforms have been exploited to promote and... Read More

Sensitive Data From a US Anti-Terror Program Was Easily Available for Years, Records Show
National Security
Sensitive Data From a US Anti-Terror Program Was Easily Available for Years, Records Show

The Department of Homeland Security stored sensitive data from the nation’s bioterrorism defense program on an insecure website where it was vulnerable to attacks by hackers for over a decade, according to government documents reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.... Read More

Right-Wing Extremism Stymies FBI
National Security
Right-Wing Extremism Stymies FBI

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Christopher A. Wray assured Congress last month that his agents were aggressively combating domestic terror threats from a broad array of extremist groups. “The FBI, working with our state and local law enforcement partners,” he said,... Read More

America Is Woefully Unprepared for Cyber Warfare
National Security
America Is Woefully Unprepared for Cyber Warfare

WASHINGTON — War in cyberspace is fully on, and the United States is losing it, according to about two dozen national security experts. The U.S. military is increasingly adept at mounting cyberattacks in places like Russia and Iran, but America’s... Read More

Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
Economy
Federal Debt on Track to Reach 'Unprecedented' Levels, CBO Says
2019-06-25 21:04:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal debt is on track to reach unprecedented levels in the next 30 years and will rise to 144 percent of the nation's gross domestic product by 2049 if current laws are maintained, the Congressional Budget Office... Read More

Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Claims Another Victim
National Security
Trump’s Homeland Security Purge Claims Another Victim

WASHINGTON — The latest head to roll in President Donald Trump’s continued purge of top Homeland Security officials is that of Lee Francis Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Trump asked for Cissna’s resignation, which he submitted... Read More

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