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  • Donald Trump Sep 27, 2019

    White House Attorneys Directed Sealing of Trump-Ukraine Phone Transcript

    The White House on Friday confirmed a key detail in the intelligence whistleblower’s complaint alleging that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office. A senior administration official acknowledged that the rough transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was moved to a highly classified system maintained by the National Security Council at the...

  • Donald Trump Sep 27, 2019

    How the White House and DOJ Learned About the Whistleblower

    The White House and the Justice Department learned about an intelligence official’s concerns about President Donald Trump around the same time the individual filed a whistleblower complaint that is now at the center of an impeachment inquiry, according to a U.S. official and another person familiar with the matter.

  • Donald Trump Sep 23, 2019

    At UN, Trump Focuses on Religious Freedom, Not Climate

    President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. The climate summit, a centerpiece of this year’s U.N. schedule, was not on Trump’s agenda at...

  • Donald Trump Sep 22, 2019

    Rush of House Democrats Call for Trump Impeachment Probe

    Allegations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate the family of political rival Joe Biden at the same time he was withholding millions in aid from the Eastern European nation are raising alarms in Congress and pushing a wave of House Democrats toward impeachment proceedings. Late Monday, an influential group of freshmen Democrats who served in the military...

  • Europe Jun 10, 2019

    ISIS Expands Reach in Afghanistan, Threatening the West

    The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as...

  • Europe Jun 10, 2019

    ISIS Expands Reach in Afghanistan, Threatening the West

    The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the U.S.-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as...

  • Donald Trump Mar 6, 2019

    Angry and Defiant, ISIS Families Surrender in Syria

    Angry crowds evacuating from the last shred of territory held by Islamic State militants in Syria praised the extremist group Wednesday and chanted “Islamic State will remain,” in a menacing show of support, even as defeat loomed. There were no signs of combat as calm prevailed for a third day to allow for evacuations from the eastern Syrian village of...

  • Donald Trump Mar 3, 2019

    ISIS Fighters Put Up Fierce Resistance to Defend Last Pocket

    Islamic State militants are desperately fighting to hang on to the last tiny piece of territory they hold on the riverside in eastern Syria, deploying snipers, guided missiles and surprise tunnel attacks. The resistance prompted a fierce pounding Sunday by the U.S-led coalition and its ground allies in their final push to end the extremist group’s territorial hold. Rings of...

  • Donald Trump Feb 23, 2019

    Told to Leave, ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Holdouts in Syria Stay Devoted

    They were living in holes in the ground, with only dry flatbread to eat at the end. Those injured in an intense military campaign had no access to medical care, and those who were sick had no medicine. Yet, if it were not for the call from their leaders to leave, they would have stayed. Such is the devotion of...

  • Donald Trump Feb 22, 2019

    From Syria, ISIS Slips Into Iraq to Fight Another Day

    ISIS fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country’s fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Hundreds — likely more than 1,000 — ISIS fighters have crossed the open, desert border in the past six months, defying a massive operation by U.S., Kurdish, and allied forces to stamp out the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 16, 2018

    Trump Criticizes Rush to Condemn Saudi Arabia Over Khashoggi

    President Donald Trump Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis’ request for patience. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials have said was murdered in the Saudis’ Istanbul consulate, to the...

  • NBC May 29, 2018

    CIA Report Says North Korea Won’t Denuclearize, But Might Open a Burger Joint: Sources

    A new U.S. intelligence assessment has concluded that North Korea does not intend to give up its nuclear weapons any time soon, three U.S. officials told NBC News — a finding that conflicts with recent statements by President Trump that Pyongyang intends to do so in the future....
    President Trump is continuing to pursue a nuclear summit with North Korean leader...

  • Donald Trump Feb 27, 2018

    Top Intel Official Says US Hasn’t Deterred Russian Meddling

    The U.S. response to Russian meddling and disinformation campaigns has not been strong enough to deter Moscow’s activities, a top intelligence official said Tuesday. Adm. Mike Rogers, director of both the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, said he’s taken steps to respond to the threat, but that neither President Donald Trump nor Defense Secretary James Mattis has...

  • Associated Press Feb 2, 2018

    Militant Hideout Found in Afghan Capital Shows Security Woes

    The discovery of an ISIS hideout filled with explosives and suicide vests in a poor Kabul neighborhood reflects the failure of Afghanistan’s corruption-wracked government to protect the capital, analysts and residents said Friday. This week’s revelation that militants were operating in Kabul’s western Qala-e-Wahid district follows a recent series of horrific attacks in the heavily guarded city that killed nearly...

  • Donald Trump Jun 22, 2017

    Trump Tweetstorm Disputes Russian Interference in 2016 Election

    President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn’t try to stop it. “By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin.,” the president tweeted. “Why didn’t they stop...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation May 24, 2017

    Happening Today: Russia Probe, UK Bomber, Trump Budget, ‘Top Gun’ Sequel, Michael Bay

    Here’s what to know for Wednesday, May 24.

  • May 24, 2017

    Forecast for Wednesday, May 24

    Chris Cimino’s weather forecast for Wednesday, May 24. 

  • NBC May 23, 2017

    Manchester Bomb Suspect Had Ties to al Qaeda, Terrorism Training Abroad: Officials

    Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old man believed to have killed 22 people in a suspected suicide bombing, had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training abroad, a U.S. intelligence official told NBC News Tuesday. The U.S. intelligence official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, said Abedi was identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the...

  • NBC May 23, 2017

    May: UK Threat Level Raised to Critical

    Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom’s threat level has been raised from severe to critical, its highest level, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, a day after a suicide bombing in Manchester left 22 dead and 59 wounded.

  • Donald Trump Apr 22, 2017

    Senators Seek Data on Americans Caught Up in Surveillance

    A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation’s top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations....
    The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for more transparency about how intelligence agencies use and share...

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