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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

Marine Corps Commandant Says Deploying Troops to the Border Poses ‘Unacceptable Risk’
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Marine Corps Commandant Says Deploying Troops to the Border Poses ‘Unacceptable Risk’

WASHINGTON — The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president’s emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”... Read More

Pentagon Discloses Military Projects It Could Tap for Trump’s Wall
National Security
Pentagon Discloses Military Projects It Could Tap for Trump’s Wall

WASHINGTON — After weeks of delay, the Pentagon Monday provided Congress with a list of more than 400 military construction projects around the world, including dozens in California, that it could raid to help pay for President Donald Trump’s long-promised... Read More

Expert in Trump Dossier Trial Says Tech Firm’s Services Were Used in Hack of Democrats
Cybersecurity
Expert in Trump Dossier Trial Says Tech Firm’s Services Were Used in Hack of Democrats

Documents unsealed Thursday in a South Florida court case provide the most convincing evidence yet that Russian spies piggybacked on a Russian-tied foreign tech company with offices in Florida and Texas to hack the Democratic National Committee and party leaders.... Read More

As School Shootings Become More Frequent, Bulletproof Backpacks Provide Peace of Mind to Students and Families
National Security
As School Shootings Become More Frequent, Bulletproof Backpacks Provide Peace of Mind to Students and Families
2019-03-13 00:57:12
by TWN Staff

The horror of school shootings has torn apart families and communities. High profile attacks in Newtown and Parkland have struck fear into the hearts of parents and children in communities across the country. As Congress and state legislatures remain gridlocked... Read More

Soldiers Give Way to Computers After Trump Slashes Korea Drills
National Security
Soldiers Give Way to Computers After Trump Slashes Korea Drills

TOKYO — In recent years, thousands of U.S. and South Korean soldiers met face-to-face on a mock battlefield to prepare for a potential attack from North Korea. Now, after President Donald Trump scrapped the biggest joint exercises, the bulk of... Read More

South Florida Lawmaker Who Took NRA Cash After Parkland Votes for Background Checks
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South Florida Lawmaker Who Took NRA Cash After Parkland Votes for Background Checks

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is running out of friends in South Florida. Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who received campaign cash from the NRA four months after the Parkland shooting, distanced himself from the nation’s largest pro-gun lobby and... Read More

US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
Cybersecurity
US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats
2019-02-16 03:06:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have... Read More

Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts
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Compensation Fund for 9/11 Victims to Slash Payouts

WASHINGTON — The 9/11 fund is running out of money, and will slash payments by at least half for growing numbers of people getting sick or dying from the toxins unleashed in the terror attacks of 2001, officials announced Friday. Read More

More Than 80 Gang Members and Associates Indicted in Joint LAPD-FBI Takedown
National Security
More Than 80 Gang Members and Associates Indicted in Joint LAPD-FBI Takedown

LOS ANGELES — Dozens of suspected gang members and associates were charged with federal racketeering, gun and drug violations Wednesday, marking the end of long-running investigations targeting street gangs... Read More

President Trump Promotes Offensive Cybersecurity Tactics
Cybersecurity
President Trump Promotes Offensive Cybersecurity Tactics
2019-02-13 00:16:00
by Michael Cheng

Government agencies concerned about limited options available to them in the event of security breaches and data hacks may now explore offensive cybersecurity strategies. This is the message firmly conveyed by President Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton earlier... Read More

Lawmakers Uneasy About Using Military Money and Active-Duty Troops at Border
National Security
Lawmakers Uneasy About Using Military Money and Active-Duty Troops at Border

With more than 2,300 U.S. troops still stationed at the southern border, lawmakers pressed Defense Department officials Tuesday to defend the deployment of active-duty members and asked whether President Trump plans on declaring a national emergency so he can use ... Read More

FBI Agents Association Details How Shutdown Is Hindering Investigative Work
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FBI Agents Association Details How Shutdown Is Hindering Investigative Work

Federal terror investigations are being irreparably harmed, informants in drug cases compromised and lives put at stake as the government shutdown grinds on, according to a group of frustrated FBI special agents. Read More

Bipartisan Bill Would Fight Digital Threats from China
Congress
Bipartisan Bill Would Fight Digital Threats from China
2019-01-19 01:07:04
by TWN Staff

This week, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives to toughen the United States’ position against national security threats posed by technology competitors like China. The bill is sponsored by Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (... Read More

Ongoing Shutdown Ripples through Aviation Economy
Transportation
Ongoing Shutdown Ripples through Aviation Economy
2019-01-15 22:55:39
by TWN Staff

Last week, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and federal employees including air traffic controllers and other aviation workforce personnel sent a letter to President Trump calling for an immediate... Read More

Peters Highlights Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Border in Weekly Democratic Address
National Security
Peters Highlights Bipartisan Legislation to Secure Border in Weekly Democratic Address
2019-01-11 22:31:44
by TWN Staff

On Friday, Congressman Scott Peters of California delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. Peters, a centrist member of Congress known for his practical approach to problem solving, represents California's 52nd... Read More

Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill
National Security
Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill
2019-01-04 20:42:02
by TWN Staff

On Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced by Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Committee member Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to combat tech-specific threats to national security posed by foreign actors like ... Read More

How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?
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How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?

Homeland Security officials laid out the stakes in the budget brinkmanship that threatens a partial government shutdown late Friday: the $5 billion the House has approved for a border wall would be enough for about 215 miles of barrier. Read More

Families of 17 Victims in Parkland Shooting Respond to Administration's School Safety Report
National Security
Families of 17 Victims in Parkland Shooting Respond to Administration's School Safety Report
2018-12-18 23:42:03
by TWN Staff

Stand with Parkland President Tony Montalto on Tuesday sent a letter to President Trump in response to the long awaited report issued by the Administration's Federal Commission on School Safety. Stand with Parkland, which represents all 17 families of the shooting ... Read More

Are the Suburbs Getting More Supportive of Gun Control? Moms Demand Action Bets Yes
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Are the Suburbs Getting More Supportive of Gun Control? Moms Demand Action Bets Yes

In the debate among Democrats over whether progressive ideas can sway voters in suburbia, candidates affiliated with an advocacy group that campaigns against gun violence sought — and won — elected office even in historically conservative suburban districts. Read More

Nationwide Email Bomb Threat Prompts Wide-Reaching Evacuations and Police Responses
Cybersecurity
Nationwide Email Bomb Threat Prompts Wide-Reaching Evacuations and Police Responses

A bomb threat email sent far and wide, threatening massive destruction unless the sender was paid in bitcoin, has prompted building evacuations across the country even as several authorities declared it is likely a hoax. Read More

Pentagon Says Border Troops Only Authorized Through Mid-December
National Security
Pentagon Says Border Troops Only Authorized Through Mid-December

U.S. troops hastily deployed to the southern border with Mexico just ahead of the midterm elections are only authorized to remain in place for another month, and the Pentagon said it has no information on whether that deadline will ... Read More

Man who Made Fatal Swatting Call in Wichita Is Guilty of 51 Federal Charges
National Security
Man who Made Fatal Swatting Call in Wichita Is Guilty of 51 Federal Charges

With his public defender at his side and two law enforcement officers on guard at his back, Tyler Barriss pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to 51 federal charges involving fake bomb threats, murders and other violence reported at schools, shopping centers, TV ... Read More

America’s Averaging Almost a Mass Shooting a Day in 2018
National Security
America’s Averaging Almost a Mass Shooting a Day in 2018

There have been nearly as many mass shootings in the United States in 2018 as there have been days in the year so far, according to a nonprofit organization that records gun violence data. The horrific attack carried out... Read More

‘It Was Just Mayhem’: Gunman Kills 12 Inside Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bar
National Security
‘It Was Just Mayhem’: Gunman Kills 12 Inside Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bar

The bouncer was the first to fall, shot repeatedly by a black-clad gunman who targeted Borderline Bar and Grill for unknown reasons on a night when the pub was filled with college students who only wanted to dance and... Read More

A Voter’s Guide to Election Security
National Security
A Voter’s Guide to Election Security

Americans are now voting in the first major election since Russians launched a broad assault on the 2016 presidential campaign. And while election officials and security experts remain vigilant through Election Day, voters have... Read More

Pipe bomb suspect threatened Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, campaign says
National Security
Pipe bomb suspect threatened Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, campaign says

The Florida man who allegedly sent pipe bombs to President Donald Trump’s critics also had Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and at least one other Texas lawmaker in his sights. O’Rourke received several threatening Facebook messages... Read More

FBI Asked to Investigate Allegations Women Were Offered Cash to Accuse Robert Mueller of Sexual Assault
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FBI Asked to Investigate Allegations Women Were Offered Cash to Accuse Robert Mueller of Sexual Assault

Robert Mueller recently asked the FBI to investigate a possible scam in which women were offered cash to fabricate sexual misconduct accusations against him, a representative for the special counsel revealed Tuesday. Read More

‘Hit list’ With More Than 100 Names Found in Bomb Suspect’s Van, Sources Say
National Security
‘Hit list’ With More Than 100 Names Found in Bomb Suspect’s Van, Sources Say

Cesar Sayoc, a strident supporter of President Donald Trump charged with directing a mail-bomb campaign in South Florida against prominent Democrats, kept a “hit list” of more than 100 potential political targets, according to law enforcement... Read More

Feds Widen Search for Others who May Have Helped Florida Mail-Bomb Suspect
National Security
Feds Widen Search for Others who May Have Helped Florida Mail-Bomb Suspect

The quick arrest of a homeless man living in his van on charges of sending more than a dozen mail bombs to notable Democrats around the country may have signaled the climax of a massive federal investigation during the... Read More

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