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Incoming Top Naval Officer Will Retire Amid Ethics Scrutiny

July 8, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
Adm. William Moran, who was to take over as the Navy’s top officer this summer, is instead stepping down over his association with a former naval officer who had been investigated more than two years ago for inappropriate conduct, U.S. military officials said.
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With Flyovers and Flags, Trump Plays M.C. for the Fourth

July 5, 2019
Michael Shear | The New York Times
In a made-for-television Independence Day production starring America’s military weaponry, President Trump on Thursday used the Lincoln Memorial as the backdrop for a tribute to the country’s armed forces and a call for unity that has been largely absent during his divisive presidency.
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Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event

July 1, 2019
Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
National Park Service acting director P. Daniel Smith faces plenty of looming priorities this summer, from an $11 billion backlog in maintenance needs to natural disasters like the recent wildfire damage to Big Bend Park. But in recent days, another issue has competed for Smith’s attention: how to satisfy President Trump’s request to station tanks or other armored military vehicles on the Mall for his planned Fourth of July address to the nation.
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Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

June 21, 2019
Michael Shear, Michael Crowley, Maggie Haberman, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.
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Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan Won’t Seek Confirmation, Trump Says

June 19, 2019
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan decided not to pursue Senate confirmation as the permanent Pentagon chief amid scrutiny of his tumultuous family relationships.
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Acting Defense Chief Will Skip a Formal Probe Into USS McCain

June 3, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold, Rebecca Ballhaus | The Wall Street Journal
Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Sunday he doesn’t plan to initiate an independent review by Pentagon investigators into a White House request that the USS John S. McCain be kept “out of sight” during President Trump’s visit to Japan last month.
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Trump denies asking military to move USS John S. McCain ‘out of sight’

May 30, 2019
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
President Trump on Wednesday denied having involvement in a reported White House directive to the U.S. Navy to move the USS John S. McCain “out of sight” prior to the president’s visit to Japan.
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Democrats aim not-so-friendly fire at Trump over military deferments

May 29, 2019
Robert Costa | The Washington Post
President Trump, who has touted himself as an unmatched ally of military veterans, is facing pointed new attacks from Democratic presidential candidates who question his medical deferment from service in Vietnam — and, in turn, his patriotism and integrity.
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Iran Threat Has Been Put ‘On Hold,’ Acting Defense Chief Says

May 22, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Andrew Duehren, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration said Tuesday that the threat of hostilities with Iran has receded in the face of U.S. military deployments and sought to assure lawmakers in classified briefings that a war wasn’t imminent.
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