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How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

How Trump decided to kill a top Iranian general

On Sunday, President Trump’s most senior national security advisers joined him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where Trump was beginning the second week of his holiday vacation. The officials told reporters that U.S. F-15 Strike Eagles had just attacked Iranian-sponsored militia groups at their bases in Iraq and Syria, in response to a series of rocket attacks that had culminated in the death of an American contractor two days earlier. But privately, a different topic had come up with an agitated president: whether to kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, whom military leaders...

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Army reviewing investigation into Michael Flynn’s dealings with Russia, foreign firm

Army reviewing investigation into Michael Flynn’s dealings with Russia, foreign firm

ADThe Defense Department’s internal watchdog has concluded a long-delayed investigation into Michael Flynn, defense officials said Friday, sending its findings to the Army in a case that could bring tens of thousands of dollars in financial penalties for former president Donald Trump’s first national security adviser.The investigation focuses on Flynn’s acceptance of money from Russian and Turkish interests before joining the Trump administration, a potential violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause. With few exceptions, U.S. officials, including retired service members like Flynn,...

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Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has more coronavirus cases, Navy says

Aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has more coronavirus cases, Navy says

ADThree sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the , Navy officials said Monday, marking the second outbreak at sea on the ship within a year.The sailors were not experiencing any symptoms and are isolated aboard the ship along with people they have been in close contact with, the Navy said in a statement. None of the people in close contact had tested positive, the service said.“The ship is following an aggressive mitigation strategy in accordance with Navy and CDC guidelines to include mandatory mask wearing, social distancing, and proper...

Feb 16
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The time to question election results has passed, all living former defense secretaries say

The time to question election results has passed, all living former defense secretaries say

ADThe time to question election results has passed, and there is no role for the military in changing them, all 10 of the living former defense secretaries said in an extraordinary rebuke to President Trump and other Republicans who are backing unfounded claims of widespread fraud at the ballot box.The former Pentagon chiefs issued their warning Sunday evening in an opinion piece that they co-authored and published in The Washington Post. Its authors include Trump’s two former defense secretaries, Jim Mattis and Mark T. Esper, as well as each surviving, Senate-confirmed Pentagon chief...

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Frustrated Trump redoubles his efforts to challenge the election result

Frustrated Trump redoubles his efforts to challenge the election result

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has intensified efforts to overturn the election, raising the idea of radical measures in recent days, including military intervention, seizing voting machines and a 13th-hour appeal to the Supreme Court. On Sunday, Trump said in a radio interview that he had spoken with Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., about challenging the electoral vote count when the House and Senate convene on Jan. 6 to formally affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory. Related stories "He's so excited," Trump said of Tuberville. "He said, 'You made me the most popular...

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Gen. Lloyd Austin, defense secretary nominee, brings deep combat experience and a connection with Biden

Gen. Lloyd Austin, defense secretary nominee, brings deep combat experience and a connection with Biden

ADAs Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III retired from the Army four years ago, he reflected on a career that included years in Iraq. The toughest days, he said, came when troops whom he oversaw were killed in action.“When you lose them, their loss affects you profoundly,” Austin said somberly. “Indeed, it stays with you forever.”Austin, 67, was speaking in the language of loss that President-elect Joe Biden, whose son Beau died of cancer in 2015, often uses. The two men have known each other for years, with Austin deploying repeatedly in a war that Biden voted to authorize as a senator, and commanding...

Dec 9
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