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May 13 2020
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has delayed immediate resolution to the Michael Flynn case by allowing "amicus" or "friend of the court" submissions.
The order by Judge Sullivan is the latest development in a high-profile case that the Justice Department said had no basis to incur FBI questioning of Flynn. Critics have been questioning whether Attorney General William Barr isNew York Times (News) The Hill Fox News (Online News)
May 05 2020
The Senate Select Intelligence Committee is holding a confirmation hearing on the nomination of John Ratcliffe (R-TX) to be Director of National Intelligence.
The hearing, which is open but limited due to social distancing measures, takes place as the work of the U.S. intelligence community has been thrust into headlines by questions about the coronavirus outbreak's origin.NBC News (Online) Fox News (Online News) The Hill
Apr 22 2020
President Trump says he has ordered the U.S. Navy to destroy any Iranian gunboats that harass American ships at sea.
The move comes a week after the Pentagon accused Iran of sending 11 fast boats to conduct "dangerous and harassing approaches" to six American warships in the Persian Gulf.New York Times (News) Fox News (Online News) The Hill
Apr 12 2020
All 50 U.S. states are now under a national disaster declaration after President Donald Trump approved an order for Wyoming on Sunday in response to growing coronavirus concerns there. The declaration coincided with another alarming milestone in the country's struggle with the pandemic, as the U.S. on Saturday overtook Italy to have the highest death toll in the world.
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Apr 04 2020
U.S. Navy officials have relieved Capt. Brett Crozier, the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, after he raised concerns about the health of his crew amid an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the vessel. In a letter to the Pentagon that was later leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle, Crozier wrote that they risked "failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — ourNew York Times (Opinion) Wall Street Journal (Opinion) Defense One
Feb 29 2020
U.S. officials confirmed that a man from Washington state had died of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, marking the first such casualty of COVID-19 in the country. President Donald Trump and his top health advisers responded by urging calm and announcing a series of travel restrictions during a press conference in Washington D.C.NPR (Online News) Politico New York Post (News)
Feb 14 2020
News reports on the Trump administration's decision to divert $3.8 billion from the Pentagon to border wall construction, regardless of political leanings, focused largely on apparent bipartisan congressional disapproval of the move. Many focused on criticism from Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.
The decision to divert the funds,New York Times (News) Washington Examiner Associated Press
Jan 16 2020
Ukrainian police have opened an investigation into whether or not U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch came under surveillance before she was recalled from her post in Ukraine last May.
Democrats have released documents that show Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, communicating about Yovanovitch's removal.New York Times (News) NPR (Online News) Fox News (Online News)
Jan 08 2020
Iran's Islamist government fired a series of ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops.
The retaliation occurred days after President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.Newsmax (News) HuffPost The Hill
Jan 06 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives will vote this week on legislation to limit President Trump's military actions on Iran, as Democrats have been critical of his recent decision to conduct an airstrike there.
The War Powers Resolution would mandate that military hostilities with Iran cease within 30 days unless further congressional authorization like a declarationReuters CNN (Online News) Fox News (Online News)