House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday it would be "wrong" to hold up a short-term spending deal over "unrelated issues," as congressional leaders face the prospect of a partial government shutdown without action by the end of the week.
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Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson huddles Tuesday with nations that fought on America's side in the Korean War, looking to tighten the economic noose around North Korea over its nuclear weapons even as hopes rise for diplomacy. Published January 16, 2018
Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.
President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order which seeks to lower suicides rates among our nation's veterans. The order, which would take effect in March, expands mental health services for transitioning veterans upon their return home to civilian life. Mr. Trump hailed the order as a "historic step to make sure that our incredible veterans are taken care of in a proper manner."
Chelsea Manning, who used to think she was Bradley Manning, and who was once a private first class in the U.S. Army before he became a traitor, now thinks he can be a U.S. senator from Maryland. Maryland may not be quite that deep shade of blue, but it's a brave new era in the Democratic Party, where feverish Democrats think Donald Trump is insane and Bradley Manning is a woman because he says he is.
Iran's rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.
American military advisers in Iraq are working closely with national counterterrorism and local police forces to prevent the Islamic State terror group or other extremist entities from disrupting key parliamentary elections, scheduled for later this year.
North Korea's state-run media say U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong-un's is the "spasm of a lunatic."
The first Marine Corps task force to deploy to southern Afghanistan's violent Helmand province since the Corps pulled out of the region in 2014, officially ended their nearly yearlong mission on Monday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to destroy a 30,000-man border security force in Syria, trained and equipped by Washington, characterizing it as a "terror army" designed to infringe on the country's sovereignty in the region.
With the simple push of a wrong button Saturday, Hawaii was thrown into sheer panic over the false warning of an impending missile strike -- and the reverberations continued Sunday as lawmakers demanded answers for a massive blunder that stoked fear of nuclear war.
An emergency alert warning Hawaii of a ballistic missile threat Saturday was issued by mistake, authorities said afterwards.
The former co-president of a Maryland transportation company that moved to nuclear materials across the United States is accused of bribing an official at a subsidiary of Russia's State Atomic Energy Corp.
President Trump kept the Iranian nuclear deal in place Friday for another 120 days but warned it's the last time, as the U.S. seeks a tougher agreement against Tehran with European allies, and the administration slapped Iran with fresh sanctions unrelated to the agreement.
The Trump administration is taking aim at another U.S. industry it says it being held back by overregulation and government red tape, moving to reduce federal rules and restrictions governing overseas sales of weapons and armament, in a bid to accelerate American arms deals to a growing international clientele eager to field the latest generation of U.S.-made weaponry.
The suspected mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks had his own #MeToo moment this week by claiming he was sexually harassed at Guantanamo Naval base in Cuba.
South Korea's president said Wednesday that President Trump "deserves big credit" for renewed talks between South and North Korea, and that Mr. Trump has offered to negotiate personally with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
At the beginning December 2017, the comptroller of the Department of Defense (DoD) David Norquist announced that DoD would conduct its first ever audit.
It's tempting to say that Europe's leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone.
The Navy's disastrous 2017, punctuated by the deaths of nearly 20 American sailors, was the culmination of deep-seated issues within the sea service's budget, operations and culture stretching back decades, issues that Navy leaders are only now attempting to address.
Rep. Brian Mast said Monday he's opened one of his congressional offices inside a Veterans Affairs facility in Florida.
The Iranian election of 2009, re-electing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was so obviously fixed that the results ignited a near-revolt that threatened the terror-sponsoring regime of the ayatollahs.
John Young, a retired astronaut and one of only a handful of humans to walk on the moon, has passed away at the age of 87 following complications from pneumonia, NASA said Saturday.
President Trump said Saturday he would like to see North Korea participate in next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, saying it could lead to a lowering of tensions on the peninsula.
Since the outbreak of anti-regime protests in Iran, President Trump has expressed his strong support for the Iranian people through a number of tweets. The U.S. Congress can also use these widespread demonstrations to send a strong and unified message of support to the Iranian people by passing House Resolution 274 with unanimous consent and with as many co-sponsors as possible.
Russian officials have urged the U.S. not to interfere in the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Iran for the past week.
Amid renewal of direct communications between North and South Korea, President Trump agreed with South Korea's leader Thursday to keep up "the campaign of maximum pressure" against Pyongyang and its nuclear program.
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The commander of some 30,000 U.S. troops based in South Korea warned Thursday that North Korea may be trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul by making sudden overtures toward diplomacy with the South.
What caused Joseph Stalin to become one of history's most notorious mass murders? Unlike Adolph Hitler, whose victims were anonymous Jews and other "undesirables" whom he did not know, Stalin's victims included persons from his inner circle, fellow leaders of the Soviet Communist party.
China is constructing its second overseas military base in Pakistan as part of a push for greater power projection capabilities along strategic sea routes
North Korea said Wednesday it will reopen a telephone hotline with South Korea -- re-establishing a key emergency communications link between the two nations a day after Seoul put forward a proposal for high-level talks with Pyongyang.
For good or evil, we may see radical changes in North Korea in 2018. The beefed-up United Nations sanctions by midyear could lead to widespread North Korean hunger, as well as the virtual end of the country's industry and transportation.
This is the second round of violent protests by Iranians against their government for suppressing their rights and attempts to enjoy those rights. Barack Obama didn't have much sympathy for the protests against the government suppression of voters in a national election in 2009.
The Pentagon and Justice Department are not doing enough to defend and implement President Trump's order banning transgender citizens from serving in the military, a top conservative defense analyst charged Tuesday.
The Trump administration is weighing new sanctions against Iran if it interferes with civilian protests, a top adviser to President Trump said Tuesday.
President Trump reacted to protests in Iran on Tuesday, calling the regime "corrupt."
President Donald Trump opened 2018 with a stark reminder of why he's not Barack Obama -- why America is not content to sit idly by and talk, talk, talk while getting screwed, screwed, screwed.
Kim Jong-un is entitled to feel pretty good about his skill in playing Washington and the West. There's a history of North Korea getting what it wants and not paying anything for it. A succession of American presidents, Republican and Democrat, have been eager to play the mark.
President Trump said Sunday the United States is keeping an eye out for human rights violations during the deadly Iranian protests, which have entered their fourth day.
President Trump voiced support Saturday for Iranians protesting in the streets against their government, saying Tehran's oppressive regime "cannot endure forever."
President Trump said Thursday that he is "very disappointed" with China for selling oil to North Korea, warning that such transactions would thwart a "friendly solution" to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.
In recent times, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi has been mistreating the Kurdish citizens in his country. It is time for this to come to an end.
Russia's top military general is accusing U.S. forces in Syria of setting up a special camp to train former operatives of the Islamic State terror group.
Russia is an influential strategic player in northeast Asia and a major stakeholder in Korea since the late 19th century. The Soviet Union was responsible for the establishment of the DPRK some 70 years ago, and since that time, Russia amassed a wealth of experience and contacts in its relations with the Kim dynasty and provides support — from energy exports to protection against the more extreme sanctions policies sought by Washington — that are vital to the political well-being of the regime. Based on this long-term relationship, Russia is well-positioned to contribute to efforts to restrain Pyongyang's weapons programs.
Decades of "national security strategies" have left us jaded. Required by the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, they haven't been strategies at all, just statements of principals and goals without plans to achieve them.
Sailors who thought their time in the Navy would soon end due to fitness failures were granted a reprieve this week.
Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit Thursday to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, telling them that he brought Christmas greetings from President Trump.
By the end of President Obama's second term, the practices of leaking, ignoring and twisting intelligence for political gain were ingrained in how the administration conducted national security policy, according to sources who spoke anonymously with The Washington Times.
A federal appeals court in Virginia on Thursday denied a Trump administration request to delay a requirement that it begin allowing transgender people to enlist in the military on Jan. 1.
President Trump spoke by phone Wednesday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia following a foiled ballistic missile attack against the king's palace, with both leaders agreeing on the need to hold Iran accountable for the attack.
President Trump's new national security blueprint labeling Russia and China "strategic competitors" struck a nerve in Moscow and Beijing, with both criticizing the "America First" approach as isolationist and reminiscent of Cold War-style posturing by Washington.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Tuesday that the U.S. will not tolerate a nuclear North Korea.
Royal Air Force base Mildenhall, used by the U.S. Air Force, has been placed on lockdown Monday after a security incident, reports Sky News.
Sgt. La David Johnson's family said Monday the Pentagon has not told them any further developments about how he died or what happened in Niger back in October.
Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press has learned.
The Trump administration offered what it called "concrete evidence" Thursday of Iranian complicity in terrorist attacks, including a missile said to have been sent from the Islamic republic to rebels in Yemen, then used in last month's attack on the main civilian airport in Saudi Arabia.
A new study by the Rand Corp. is warning that U.S. military forces are poorly structured to meet the threats posed by China, Russia and other states, as well as the continuing war against Islamic terrorism.
Relieving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of its oversight of our nation's air traffic control (ATC) operations would create significant concerns in both military and homeland security air defense mission areas. House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Schuster has advocated relentlessly for ATC privatization, drafting and promoting two separate bills outlining the move to privatized control of the busiest airspace in the world. Endorsed by the Trump administration, this move has repercussions beyond the inherent conflict of interest presented by a commercial airline governing board.
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When gentlemen compete, they honor the rules of the game and accept the referee's calls. But no one would mistake the rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran for gentlemen, and their gamesmanship in pursuing nuclear weapons is deadly serious. As the mullahs make a bid for more uranium, They have been called out for cheating. The United States is obliged to withhold approval of a new supply of the radioactive material until the regime can prove it's not up to mischief. Anything else is simply tomfoolery.
Last year, President Obama assured the world that "we are living in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history," and that "the world has never been less violent."
"The land of the morning calm" is anything but that. The ancient Korean name for the divided peninsula is belied by the tension simmering for nearly 70 years, enlivened with frequent bursts of cross-border invective and sometimes violence.
With North Korea threatening its sixth nuclear test, and the pace of its ballistic-missile tests quickening, Pyongyang's global threat is ever more imminent. Twenty-five years of self-defeating American efforts to negotiate with the world's only hereditary Communist dictatorship have, not surprisingly, proven fruitless.
When a politician promises something that "holds the promise of changing the course of human history," we naturally assume it's typical overstatement. But when President Ronald Reagan said that on March 23, 1983, in reference to his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), he was exactly right.
If demography is destiny, in North Korea the guiding force is ancestry. Like his grandfather and father before him, Kim Jong-un suffers delusions of grandeur, surrounded only by frightened sycophants, coveting a place among the world's important nations. As Pyongyang edges closer to building a working nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States, Mr. Kim must get the right response to his vow to annihilate his enemies. Tough talk from the United States and its allies is only a stopgap. The solution, short of war, lies with China.
President Trump's first budget called Thursday for a dramatic shift from the "soft power" diplomacy of the Obama era to a "hard power" military buildup, cutting the State Department by 28 percent in a slashing of foreign aid, boosting Pentagon spending by 10 percent and budgeting more than $4 billion to start construction of a border wall with Mexico.
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Defense Secretary James Mattis announced a freeze on the transgender military ban late Tuesday pending a study.
President Trump signed a presidential memo Friday night ordering the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender people for military service.
President Trump asked the American people Monday to trust him in sending more troops to Afghanistan, saying that his gut told him to pull out but that careful examination of military options convinced him decisive victory over Islamist militants was the only option.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has joined a group of 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons.
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with a tanker early Monday in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, and at least 10 sailors are missing.
After massive intelligence failures grossly underestimating North Korea's long-range missile capabilities, number of nuclear weapons, warhead miniaturization, and proximity to manufacturing a hydrogen bomb, the biggest North Korean threat to the United States remains unacknowledged.
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday said North Korea's pursuit of a nuclear arsenal is taking the rogue regime down a path that will end with its destruction and that of its people, echoing the strong language coming from the Trump White House.
North Korea says it is examining its plans for attacking Guam to contain U.S. bases there.
Concern of an armed clash over North Korea's nuclear weapons program reached new heights Tuesday as an angry President Trump warned that Pyongyang could soon face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" amid reports that the North has managed to build a nuclear bomb small enough to fit inside an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Trump administration says it has new momentum to expand international pressure on North Korea following a unanimous U.N. Security Council vote to ramp up economic sanctions as punishment for Pyongyang's recent long-range ballistic missile tests.
Iraqi security forces with the support of coalition forces are finally getting close to defeating ISIS in Iraq, which begs an important question: What comes next? More to the point, what governmental structure would best protect the many ethnic groups that live there?
North Korea's successful test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile this week is a game-changer. The United States and its allies can no longer allow this situation to fester.
The Trump administration and the international community on Wednesday were weighing a range of bad policy options after North Korea's ballistic missile program cleared a dangerous milestone this week, leaving the White House and its allies scrambling for diplomatic -- and potentially military -- solutions to curb Pyongyang's increasingly potent nuclear capabilities.
North Korea on Tuesday claimed it successfully test-launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile, a potential game-changing development in what may be the world's most dangerous nuclear standoff and, if true, a direct rebuke to U.S. President Donald Trump's earlier declaration that such a test "won't happen!"
President Trump said Friday that the U.S. was taking a new hard-line approach to resolving the nuclear threat from North Korean, declaring that "patience is over."