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Obama’s Pro-Iran Echo Chamber Finds New Ally in Rand Paul

The Obama administration's pro-Iran "echo chamber" has found an unlikely ally in Republican senator Rand Paul, who recently engaged in shadow diplomacy with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif—part of what multiple U.S. officials described to ...
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Lawmakers Demand Trump Admin Nix Loopholes Permitting Iranian Nuke Work

A delegation of 50 members of Congress petitioned the Trump administration on Wednesday to cancel a series of sanctions waivers that have permitted Iran to continue its most contested nuclear research, including at a military ...
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Iran Caught Smuggling Nuke Materials Out of U.S.

An Iranian national was caught by the Trump administration attempting to smuggle materials that can be used to enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, out of the U.S., according to the Justice ...
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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack on U.S. Base in Afghanistan

The ISIS terror group is claiming responsibility for a missile attack at a U.S. base in Afghanistan, according to a statement released on its social media networks. The attack is reported to have occurred on ...
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Trump Admin Tackles Rising Anti-Semitism

The Trump administration is working on multiple fronts to investigate and combat a rising tide of anti-Semitism in America that top officials warned is spreading across the country via a network of far left, anti-Israel ...
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Sanctions Loopholes Still Permit Iranian Nuke Research at Military Site

Pressure is mounting on the State Department to nix a series of sanctions waivers that have permitted Iran to continue some of its most controversial nuclear weapons research, including at a secretive military bunker known ...
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Exiled Chinese Billionaire Wins Defamation Suit Over False Tweets

Dissident Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui has won a lawsuit involving tweets and YouTube videos in a rare defamation case involving American social media. A federal jury in Alexandria, Va., awarded Guo $100,000 he had sought ...
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Secret Iranian Nuclear Weapons Facility Still Up and Running

Iran never ended critical nuclear weapons work at a controversial underground military bunker that remains operational to this day and able to "enrich uranium to weapons grade" levels. That is according to a new watchdog ...
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Inside the Ring: Countering Pro-China Experts’ Letter

The Trump administration is pushing back against a group of former officials and China experts, including former State Department official Susan Thornton, for an open letter criticizing the administration's tougher U.S. policy toward China. A ...
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US Approves $2.2 Billion Sale of Tanks, Missiles to Taiwan

The Trump administration is selling $2.2 billion worth of tanks and missiles to Taiwan but has delayed exports of new F-16s over budget shortfalls in Taipei. The main piece of the latest arms package announced ...
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Trump Sanctions Hezbollah Agents in Lebanese Government

The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a bevy of new sanctions on a terror network of Lebanese Hezbollah agents who have been performing "Iran's bidding" across the region, according to the Treasury Department. The terror ...
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Silicon Valley Spy Case Links ZTE, PLA to Stolen US Technology

China's major telecommunications firm ZTE was offered stolen American wireless technology used in filtering electronic signals from cell phones and military communications, according to court documents in a Chinese government-linked economic spy case. A document ...
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Warren Staffer Draws Criticism for Anti-Israel Tweet

A staffer for Democrat Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential campaign has come under scrutiny for a recently deleted tweet stating he "would totally be friends with Hamas," the Middle Eastern terror group that routinely murders Israeli ...
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Damaged Russian Sub Linked to Underwater Drone Program

A fire aboard a secret Russian nuclear research vessel that killed 14 Russians may have been involved in secret operations by Moscow to support underwater drone operations. Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement that ...
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Pentagon: S. China Sea Missile Test Violated Xi Militarization Pledge

China's military conducted a flight test of an anti-ship ballistic missile in the contentious South China Sea last weekend in violation of a pledge four years ago by President Xi Jinping not to militarize the ...
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New Ad Urges Trump to Act Against Slaughter of Innocents in Syria

A new advertisement currently running on cable news channels urges President Donald Trump to take concrete action to stop Russia and Iran from helping Syrian president Bashar al-Assad slaughter scores of innocent civilians in the ...
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Iran Breaches Bans on Enriched Uranium in Nuclear Escalation

Iran made good on Monday on its threats to violate key nuclear commitments, warning that further breaches will be coming in the next weeks unless European nations still party to the nuclear agreement help Tehran ...
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China Confirms Submarine-Launched Missile Test

China's Defense Ministry this week confirmed the test firing of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile the Pentagon regards as a strategic weapon capable of striking anywhere in the United States from underwater launch points. Asked ...
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U.S. Warning: Iranian Hackers Hitting Gov Agencies With Cyber Attacks

The American government sent an internal warning to federal agencies on Friday disclosing a rise "in malicious cyber activity" by Iranian regime hackers who are threatening sensitive computer systems, according to a copy of the ...
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Inside the Ring: Huawei’s Secret Back Doors

An investigation of the telecommunications equipment produced by China's Huawei Technologies Ltd. has uncovered numerous cases of secret access points that could allow Chinese intelligence to conduct cyberoperations through the equipment. Finite State, a cybersecurity ...
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New U.S. Curbs on China Target Supercomputers

As President Donald Trump prepares to talk trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Commerce Department blacklisted five Chinese entities linked to Beijing's large-scale nuclear arms buildup. Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added ...
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Moscow Sends Warships to Havana in Message to US

Russia has dispatched several warships, including one of its newer missile frigates, to Cuba in a bid to bolster the floundering regime of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, according to a senior administration official. "Anytime any ...
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Trump: ‘I’m Ready’ for Iran

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that his administration does not have any sort of exit strategy in line for a potential war with Iran, telling reporters at the White House, "I don't do exit ...
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Iran, Russia, China Continuing Operations to Disrupt 2020 Elections

Foreign governments including Iran, China, and Russia are expanding their covert operations to influence the 2020 U.S. elections, according to multiple senior intelligence and Trump administration officials who disclosed Monday that these countries are using ...
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Congress Seeks to Make Iran Pay For Downed American Drone

Congress is considering a new measure that would extract millions from frozen Iranian bank accounts in order to subsidize the cost of its recent downing of an American drone in the region, according to congressional ...
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Pompeo: Iran-Orchestrated Attack on Saudi Airport Threatens Americans

An Iran-orchestrated attack conducted Sunday against Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport directly threatens Americans living in the country and marks the second time in less than two weeks that Tehran’s terror forces have used drones to ...
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U.S. Kicks Off 19-Nation War Games Drills in Ukraine

The United States military and partners from 19 countries are getting set to kick off a massive series of war drills in Ukraine amid rising threats from Iran and Russia, according to the Defense Department ...
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Trump Calls Off Iran Strike ’10 minutes’ Before Launch

President Donald Trump said that he called off a U.S. strike on several Iranian sites 10 minutes before it was to be conducted due to concerns over the death toll. Following Iran's attack on an ...
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Lawmaker: Revoke Al Jazeera’s Congressional Press Credentials

A Republican lawmaker has formally petitioned the Congressional Press Office to revoke Al Jazeera's press credentials pending an investigation into the outlet's ownership, according to a letter obtained by the Free Beacon. Rep. Jack Bergman ...
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Inside the Ring: Trump Administration Gets Third Defense Chief

Army Secretary Mark T. Esper takes over on Sunday as the Trump administration's acting secretary of defense — the third defense chief for the administration and its first Republican. Mr. Esper got the nod for ...
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U.S. Expected to Strike Back for Iran’s Downing of Drone

The United States is likely to take military action against Iran in the coming days for Tehran's downing a U.S. drone in international airspace on Wednesday near the Strait of Hormuz. The Central Command said ...
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DOE Investigating Anti-Israel Events at UNC, Duke

The Education Department has informed Congress that it is launching an investigation into how $235,000 in federal grants were used to fund a series of anti-Israel events that featured speakers and events tied to Palestinian ...
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Bolton: China Continuing Cyberattacks on Government, Private Networks

China is continuing cyberattacks against government and private sector networks aimed at obtaining intellectual property to support China's military buildup and economic modernization, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton says. Bolton said that as ...
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Trump Admin to Sanction Iran’s Last European Lifeline

The Trump administration is considering new sanctions on Iran to stop it from using backdoor financial methods as a means to skirt U.S. economic sanctions on its business dealings with leading European nations, according to ...
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Bolton: America Willing to Talk to Iran But Ready to Retaliate

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said the United States is willing to talk to Iranian leaders to ease tensions but also is set for retaliatory action against Iranian military provocations. Bolton revealed in ...
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