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Bolton Says U.S. Strongly Backs Brexit Even if No EU Deal Is Reached

August 13, 2019
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump’s national security adviser said he told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson the administration would strongly support the U.K.’s exit from the European Union in late October—deal or no deal.
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Coats out, Ratcliffe withdrawn as next DNI remains unsettled

August 2, 2019
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Trump defends his pick for director of national intelligence amid criticism

July 31, 2019
Nancy Cordes | CBS News
President Trump defended his pick for director of national intelligence on Tuesday as Democrats called him unqualified. Three-term Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe joined the House Intelligence Committee six months ago.
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New spy chief pick Ratcliffe made his name during the Trump inquiries by backing the president

July 29, 2019
Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Tex.), President Trump’s pick to serve as the next director of national intelligence, has made his name in Congress as one of the GOP’s most dogged critics of perceived anti-Trump bias at the FBI and in the special counsel’s investigation of his alleged Russia ties.
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States Rush to Make Voting Systems More Secure as New Threats Emerge

July 27, 2019
David Sanger, Reid J. Epstein, Michael Wines | The New York Times
Amid growing warnings about the security of American voting systems, many states are rushing to address vulnerabilities exposed by the 2016 election, even as intelligence officials worry they are fighting the last battle and are not sufficiently focused on a new generation of threats headed into 2020.
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GOP blocks election security bills after Mueller hearings

July 26, 2019
Andrea Mitchell | NBC News
It is simply astounding that not only has the president led a government-wide attack against this invasion by the Russians and perhaps other players, we don't know what Iran and China and others are doing, but we know that Russia's set the model for this. They succeeded in interfering in the election. There's no confusion about that. That has been completely validated by all of the intelligence agencies.
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Senate Democrats push election security bill that McConnell opposes

July 25, 2019
Manu Raju | CNN
Senator Mark Warner, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, along with a couple of other Democrats plan to go to the floor after the Mueller testimony to propose election security legislation that has been languishing in the Senate, objected to mainly by the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange indicted on 17 new charges under Espionage Act

May 24, 2019
Pete Williams | NBC News
It is apparently the first time the U.S. government has brought Espionage charges against someone who published classified information, as the charges are traditionally filed against government employees who legally possess classified information but illegally reveal it.
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‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released from prison

May 23, 2019
Pete Williams | NBC News
John Walker Lindh, the California man dubbed the “American Taliban” after he was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan nearly two decades ago, is set to be released from prison Thursday. Intelligence officials say Lindh has never renounced Islamic extremism.
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