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Politics May 05Mark Green, Trump’s pick for Army post, drops out amid growing criticism
The Republican state senator from Tennessee picked by President Donald Trump to be Army secretary has withdrawn from consideration.
Politics May 05Senate wary on ‘Obamacare’ repeal, bumpy path ahead
Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their legislative centerpiece scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law through the House. It was a perilous journey, and its Senate pathway will be at least as bumpy with little doubt…
Politics May 04House approves new sanctions against North Korea
Determined to exert greater economic pressure on North Korea, the Republican-led House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang targeting its shipping industry and use of slave labor.
Nation Apr 07Can the president attack another country without Congress?
Some questions and answers about how and why presidents can conduct military action without permission from the 535 representatives of the American people.
Politics Mar 17Trump’s defense budget boost raises questions on strategy
Trump's proposed defense budget of $639 billion, which includes $65 billion for ongoing emergency war-fighting, totals more than the next seven countries combined.
Nation Mar 15Senate confirms Dan Coats as director of national intelligence
Senators voted 85-12 to approve former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, making him the fifth person to hold the post created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Politics Feb 01Petraeus says Trump order is blocking Iraqi general from US
Former CIA Director David Petraeus says President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees is blocking a senior Iraqi military official…
Politics Feb 01Trump’s secretary of state pick headed for Senate approval
The vote on Tillerson, scheduled for Wednesday, comes as tension builds among congressional Republicans and Democrats over Trump's executive order on immigrants and refugees.
Politics Jan 20Trump’s picks for defense, homeland security confirmed by Senate
Senators voted on Friday to approve the nomination of James Mattis to be defense secretary, 98-1, just hours after Trump's swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol. The selection of John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security cleared the Senate,…
Politics Jan 18Haley supports moving U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
WASHINGTON — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley pledged her support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a shift firmly endorsed by Donald Trump but one that could trigger more violence in the Middle East.