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Politics Oct 11Democrats who opposed Iran nuke deal urge Trump to keep pact
Several congressional Democrats who split with President Barack Obama to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran are now urging President Donald Trump to uphold the international accord.
Politics Oct 09What escalating tensions between Trump and Sen. Corker mean for the GOP
President Donald Trump and a prominent Republican senator who fears the country could be edging toward "chaos" engaged in a vitriolic back-and-forth bashing on social media Sunday, a remarkable airing of their party's profound rifts.
Politics Sep 26Republican Sen. Corker says he won’t seek re-election
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and a political force on financial issues, announced Tuesday he would not seek re-election. File photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images. WASHINGTON —…
Politics Sep 18Senate passes bill to pump $700 billion into military
WASHINGTON — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than at any time during the decade-plus wars in Iraq…
Politics Sep 15Transgender troops can re-enlist in military for now, Pentagon says
New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered…
Nation Sep 13Senate rejects bipartisan push for new U.S. war authorization
Voting to rescind existing war authorities without a replacement risks leaving U.S. troops and commanders without the necessary legal authority they need to carry out military operations. Opponents said they worried Congress would not approve a new law in the…
Politics Sep 12Does the White House have adequate legal authority to fight ISIS?
Many congressional Republicans and Democrats have been clamoring for Congress to approve a new authorization for the use of military force. But they're moving too slowly for Paul, who's demanding the deadline to ensure faster action.
Nation Sep 07Sexual assault remains a problem in U.S. military, new Senate report says
WASHINGTON — Sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces remains pervasive despite the military’s attempts to eradicate sex crimes from the ranks, according to a new report by a Senate Democrat who has been critical of the Pentagon’s efforts. In…
World Aug 13U.S. officials say confrontation with North Korea not imminent
But national security officials also say that the possibility of war with the reclusive Asian nation is greater than it was a decade ago.
Politics Aug 09Pentagon: British firm billed US $50M for iffy expenses
A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for more than $50 million in questionable expenses.