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Atkins: Transgender in the military OK’d — with a hitch

December 12, 2017
Kimberly Atkins | Boston Herald
The Pentagon decision to allow recruitment is also the latest break by Mattis from Trump on the issue. In August, after weeks of uncertainly following Trump’s tweet, Mattis announced that transgender troops would be allowed to continue serving pending a department study.
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U.S. to Remain in Syria Indefinitely, Pentagon Officials Say

December 9, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon plans to keep some U.S. forces in Syria indefinitely, even after a war against the Islamic State extremist group formally ends, to take part in what it describes as ongoing counterterrorism operations, officials said.
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Why the U.S. Considers North Korea’s Kim a ‘Rational Actor’

December 6, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. intelligence and military officials believe Kim Jong Un is a rational actor, a conclusion that for now is guiding Washington’s approach to the North Korean leader as he risks economic sanctions and military reprisals to build nuclear weapons and threaten rivals.
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Washington Eyes a Cold War Strategy Against North Korea

November 30, 2017
David Sanger | The New York Times
But one thing is clear: Whatever threats that Washington and Beijing issued in the past few months — sanctions, and the threat of oil cutoffs — have clearly not deterred Mr. Kim.
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Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.

November 17, 2017
David Sanger, William Broad | The New York Times
The new approach, hinted at in an emergency request to Congress last week for $4 billion to deal with North Korea, envisions the stepped-up use of cyberweapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched, as well as drones and fighter jets to shoot them down moments after liftoff.
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Downing North Korean Missiles Is Hard. So the U.S. Is Experimenting.

November 17, 2017
David Sanger, William Broad | The New York Times
The new approach, hinted at in an emergency request to Congress last week for $4 billion to deal with North Korea, envisions the stepped-up use of cyberweapons to interfere with the North’s control systems before missiles are launched, as well as drones and fighter jets to shoot them down moments after liftoff.
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Trump asserts ‘a lot of progress’ on North Korea, urges ‘deal’ to resolve standoff with United States

November 7, 2017
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
President Trump asserted Tuesday that his administration is making “a lot of progress” on North Korea, and he urged dictator Kim Jong Un to “make a deal” at the negotiating table on the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
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