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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.
Nation Aug 03Senate committee moves to suspend U.S. aid to Palestinians
A Senate committee approved legislation Thursday that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what lawmakers said is a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis.
World Jul 28Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump, Moscow retaliates
WASHINGTON — The Senate is sending a package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia to President Donald Trump to sign after the bill received overwhelming support in Congress. Moscow has already responded, ordering a reduction in the number of U.S.
Politics Jul 25House passes Russia sanctions bill curbing Trump’s power
Sanctions against Moscow would prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.
World Jul 25North Korea missile program farther along than believed, report says
WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials believe North Korea will have a reliable, intercontinental missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, according to a report published Tuesday amid a warning from a top Republican lawmaker who says…
Politics Jul 23Trump expected to support Russia sanctions package
The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress' permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow.
Politics Jul 22Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill
A bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.
Nation Jul 13House rejects ban on transgender surgery for U.S. soldiers
A Republican proposal to bar the Pentagon from paying for gender transition surgeries drew fierce opposition Thursday from Democrats who called it mean-spirited and discriminatory.
Politics Jul 11White House criticizes Russia sanctions stalled in House
A new package of economic sanctions on Russia and Iran unacceptably constrains the president's authority, the White House says, as Democrats complain that the Trump administration is trying to weaken the penalties.