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North Korea Crisis: U.S. and South Korea Respond

July 5, 2017 The U.S. and South Korea conducted a ballistic-missile drill Wednesday, a day after North Korea tested a missile that experts say could reach Alaska. “Self restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war,” General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces Korea, said in a joint statement...

Chris Christie's Day at the Beach

July 3, 2017 Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey’s least-popular governor ever, was photographed Sunday on Island Beach State Park with his wife. Trouble is he’d ordered the beach closed because of an impasse over the state’s budget. Even worse, when asked Sunday afternoon at a news conference if he’d gotten any sun, Christie...

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Transportation Secretary Tries to Explain Trump's Tweets About Mika Brzezinski

June 30, 2017 U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday President Trump was merely expressing his view as a citizen when he attacked MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Twitter. “The president is a citizen as well, and he says what he wants to say,” Chao said at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted...

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Trump Appears to Fault Obama, Calls Otto Warmbier's Death a 'Disgrace'

June 20, 2017 resident Trump said Tuesday had Otto Warmbier been “brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different”—a pointed criticism of the Obama administration’s approach to the case of the University of Virginia student who died Monday in Ohio after spending the last several months in a...

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Departure of White House Communications Director Could Signal Wider Shakeup

May 30, 2017 Mike Dubke, the White House communications director, has resigned from his position, a move that could portend a wider shakeup of the team, CBS News and The Washington Post are reporting Tuesday. “I will say that he has expressed his desire to leave the White House,” Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s...

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'It Is Irritating': The U.K.'s Anger Over U.S. Intelligence Leaks

May 24, 2017 The U.K. government has expressed its displeasure at the U.S. over the leaking of information about the Manchester bombing to the media. “The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information in order to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise,” Home Secretary...

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How Many Times Did Trump's Campaign Contact Russia?

May 18, 2017 Donald Trump’s advisers, including Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials at least 18 times in phone calls and emails during the last seven months of the U.S. presidential race in 2016, Reuters reported Thursday. The news agency is citing anonymous current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges as its...

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Freedom for Chelsea Manning

May 17, 2017 Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking thousands of secret files to WikiLeaks, walked free today from the military detention facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after spending about seven years in prison. She reportedly left the facility at 3 a.m. ET....

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Trump Would Meet Kim Jong Un 'Under Right Circumstances'

May 1, 2017 President Trump says he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “under the right circumstances,” raising once more the question of what his administration’s North Korea policy is. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,”...

NSA Is Changing Some of the Information It Collects

May 1, 2017 The National Security Agency says it will no longer collect Americans’ email and text communications that mention foreign intelligence targets, perhaps the most controversial aspect of the warrantless-wiretapping program. Here’s part of NSA’s statement: After considerable evaluation of the program and available technology, NSA has decided that its Section 702...