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Biden Makes History Nominating First Latino Homeland Security Chief, First Woman to Head Intelligence
Political News
Biden Makes History Nominating First Latino Homeland Security Chief, First Woman to Head Intelligence
2020-11-23 20:19:30
by Dan McCue

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden unveiled several of his top national security picks on Monday, his campaign revealing he will nominate Avril Haines to be his director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas, to be his secretary of Homeland... Read More

Tear Gas and Rubber Bullet Spending Jumps After Protests
In The News
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
Congress
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
Bipartisan
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

Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
Geopolitics
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior
2019-05-24 19:01:35
by HJ Mai

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers... Read More

DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules
Geopolitics
DC Radio Station Must Register As Russian Agent, Judge Rules
2019-05-21 21:46:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Washington, D.C. radio station must register as a foreign agent because of its persistent broadcasts of Russian news and information that critics describe as propaganda, a federal judge ruled last week. This week, the Justice Department hailed... Read More

Sen. Lindsey Graham Aims to Advance Border Security Bill in Early June
Congress
Sen. Lindsey Graham Aims to Advance Border Security Bill in Early June

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he is willing to work with Republicans and Democrats to craft a limited immigration bill in short order that would change asylum laws and expand detention facilities in an attempt... Read More

Citing Threats, US Builds Case — and Military Force — for Confronting Iran
National Security
Citing Threats, US Builds Case — and Military Force — for Confronting Iran

WASHINGTON — The State Department ordered several hundred U.S. diplomatic personnel to leave Iraq on Wednesday, citing heightened threats from neighboring Iran amid a buildup of U.S. military forces in the volatile region and growing concerns of a potential conflict... Read More

Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
National Security
Senate Witnesses Advocate Space Force to Protect U.S. Military and Private Satellites
2019-05-15 16:04:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The United States needs a new military branch called the Space Force for national defense and to protect commercial satellites, expert witnesses told a Senate panel Tuesday. President Donald Trump proposed the Space Force last year as a... Read More

Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Elaine Luria, Va.-2, Takes Climate Change Head On
National Security
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Elaine Luria, Va.-2, Takes Climate Change Head On
2019-05-03 19:11:16
by Dan McCue

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Mikie Sherrill, N.J.-11, Takes Climate Change Head On
National Security
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Mikie Sherrill, N.J.-11, Takes Climate Change Head On
2019-05-03 19:11:10
by Dan McCue

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Abigail Spanberger, Va.-7, Takes Climate Change Head On
National Security
Citing Threats to National Security, Representative Abigail Spanberger, Va.-7, Takes Climate Change Head On
2019-05-03 19:11:06
by Dan McCue

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

Citing Threats to National Security, Three Women in Congress Take Climate Change Head On
National Security
Citing Threats to National Security, Three Women in Congress Take Climate Change Head On
2019-05-03 18:58:40
by Dan McCue

Three newly elected Democratic members of Congress, all of them women and all with backgrounds in either law enforcement or the armed forces, are concerned that climate change impacts are harming military readiness at the same time they are increasing... Read More

Synagogues Struggle With Security Measures Following Attacks at Houses of Worship
National Security
Synagogues Struggle With Security Measures Following Attacks at Houses of Worship

LOS ANGELES — Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of Los Angeles’ Pico Shul was at home Saturday afternoon, observing the Sabbath, when someone on the synagogue’s security team alerted him about the deadly shooting at the Chabad of Poway. The synagogue was... Read More

Trump’s Pick to Lead Homeland Security Triggers Calls for an ‘Outsider’
National Security
Trump’s Pick to Lead Homeland Security Triggers Calls for an ‘Outsider’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s pick for acting Homeland Security secretary after the rocky 16-month tenure of Kirstjen Nielsen ended with her resignation, is already drawing criticism amid calls for an “outsider” to lead the department that oversees immigration policy.... Read More

Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Chief, Quits After Rocky Tenure
National Security
Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Chief, Quits After Rocky Tenure

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who defended the separation of thousands of migrant children from their families on the southern border, carried out the most sweeping changes to U.S. asylum policy in decades, and saw two Guatemalan... Read More

Kirstjen Nielsen Has Hung On as Homeland Security Secretary, But at What Price?
National Security
Kirstjen Nielsen Has Hung On as Homeland Security Secretary, But at What Price?

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen put down her pen, stood up and hugged the officials from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, thanking them for their work on what she hailed as a “historic” pact to target unauthorized migration.... Read More

Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
National Security
Congress Seeks New Strategies Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
2019-04-04 15:14:55
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Two congressional committees met Wednesday on Capitol Hill to figure out the resources they should dedicate to confronting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During a House Armed Services subcommittee hearing, Pentagon officials explained emerging threats from... Read More

House Oversight Committee Votes to Issue Subpoena in Security Clearance Probe
National Security
House Oversight Committee Votes to Issue Subpoena in Security Clearance Probe
2019-04-02 21:16:49
by Dan McCue

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday afternoon voted to authorize a subpoena for a former White House official to testify as part of a probe into the Trump administration’s security clearance process. The committee voted 22-15, on party lines, to... Read More

Shanahan’s Bid to Become Permanent Defense Secretary in Doubt
National Security
Shanahan’s Bid to Become Permanent Defense Secretary in Doubt

WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan’s prospects to head the Pentagon are increasingly at risk as President Donald Trump holds off on picking him and an investigation continues into whether he’s showed favoritism toward Boeing Co., his former employer.... Read More

Trump’s Border Funding Demand Will Hamper Pentagon, Shanahan Says
National Security
Trump’s Border Funding Demand Will Hamper Pentagon, Shanahan Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s order to shift military funds to build a wall at the southern border will hamper the Pentagon’s ability to reprogram funds to meet defense needs in the future, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan conceded. “We... Read More

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