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Republicans signal to Trump to back down on defense bill veto threat over renaming Confederate bases

July 2, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Rachael Bade | The Washington Post
President Trump is increasingly isolated over his staunch defense of Confederate symbols on military bases, as uneasy congressional Republicans signal to the White House that now is not the time to hold the Pentagon hostage to this one issue.
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Congress demands answers from Trump over alleged Russian bounties

June 30, 2020
Weijia Jiang | CBS News
The White House insists President Trump was never briefed on reports of a Russian plot to target American troops in Afghanistan because the intelligence was "not verified.” Congress members from both parties, including top Republicans, are demanding answers.
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Officials familiar with Lafayette Square confrontation challenge Trump administration claim of what drove aggressive expulsion of protesters

June 15, 2020
Carol Leonnig, Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett, Aaron Davis | The Washington Post
During the nearly two weeks since authorities charged at peaceful protesters to push them from D.C. streets — about 30 minutes before President Trump walked through the area for a photo op — his aides, the attorney general and federal law enforcement officials have sought to shield the president from political fallout with a simple defense: One scene, they say, had nothing to do with the other.
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Trump Moves to Halt Bid to Drop Confederate Names From Military Bases

June 11, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Michael Gordon | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump on Wednesday sought to extinguish a growing national debate over whether 10 U.S. Army bases honoring Confederate officers should be renamed.
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Aircraft Carrier Outbreak Spread At First Without Symptoms, Officials Say

April 18, 2020
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
A coronavirus outbreak spread through the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the site of the largest outbreak to strike the military, in part through asymptomatic transmission among sailors who unknowingly passed the virus to others, Pentagon officials said Friday.
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Trump invokes rare powers to combat coronavirus outbreak he previously downplayed, calling it ‘war’

March 19, 2020
Toluse Olorunnipa, Nick Miroff, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
President Trump invoked rarely used wartime powers and announced the deployment of two naval ships Wednesday as he tried to boost the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak after days of bureaucratic delays and missteps.
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U.S. Military Prepares Hospital Ships for Deployment, to Open Its Labs

March 18, 2020
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. military said Tuesday it would open its labs, distribute key medical equipment and ready its hospital ships in response to the growing crisis surrounding coronavirus.
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A Secret Accord With the Taliban: When and How the U.S. Would Leave Afghanistan

March 9, 2020
David Sanger, Eric Schmitt, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
In a secure facility underneath the Capitol, members of Congress stopped by all last week to review two classified annexes to the Afghan peace accord with the Taliban that set the criteria for a critical element of the agreement: What constitutes enough “peace” for the United States to withdraw its forces? The Taliban have read the annexes. Nonetheless, the Trump administration insists that the secret documents must remain secret, though officials have struggled to explain why to skeptical lawmakers.
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White House budget office attempted to hide concerns over withholding of Ukraine aid, national security site reports

February 12, 2020
Vivian Salama | CNN
The Office of Management and Budget was fully aware about concerns flagged by numerous officials at the Pentagon about President Donald Trump's decision to withhold aid from Ukraine and attempted to hide their concerns from the Government Accountability Office about the circumstances surrounding the freeze, according to new emails obtained by Just Security.
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