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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting of his cabinet in the White House on Feb. 12, 2019, in Washington.

Will Bolton’s Bombshell Affect the Impeachment Trial?

New revelations from Trump’s former national security advisor could alter the fight in the Senate over whether to allow witnesses.

Rep. Adam Schiff and other Democratic lawmakers walk through the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Senate on Jan. 16 in Washington, DC.

What to Watch Today in Trump’s Impeachment Trial

A key unanswered question is whether the U.S. Senate will vote to allow witnesses.

Rudy Giuliani, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, and his associate Lev Parnas arrive for the funeral of late U.S. President George H.W. Bush in Washington on Dec. 5, 2018.

Is Lev Parnas a Reliable Impeachment Witness?

New evidence from a key player sheds more light on Trump’s role in pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 3.

Trump Team Sends Muddled Message on Iran

National security officials backed away from the president’s claim that Iran was preparing to attack four U.S. embassies.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley arrive for briefing with members of the U.S. House of Representatives about the situation with Iran in Washington on Jan. 8.

U.S.-Iran Tensions Fuel New War Powers Debate in Congress

Some lawmakers are outraged at the administration’s defense of Suleimani’s assassination.

U.S. President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate.

Trump Doubles Down on Threats Against Iran as Regional Tensions Soar

The U.S. president threatened Iranian cultural sites as Iraq voted to expel U.S. troops.

Lebanese demonstrators burn tires and wave their national flag during a protest against dire economic conditions on a highway between Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli on Oct. 18.

The Security Stories That Shaped 2019, Part Two

Five events that shifted national security, from the stop-and-start peace talks in Afghanistan to the rise of Huawei.

A Syrian boy watches as Turkish military vehicles, part of a U.S. military convoy, take part in joint patrol in the Syrian village of Hashisha on the outskirts of Tell Abyad town along the border with Turkey on Oct. 4.

The Security Stories That Shaped 2019, Part One

Five events that shifted national security, from Juan Guaidó’s failed coup in Venezuela to Turkey’s incursion in northern Syria.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper holds a media briefing at the Pentagon on Aug. 28 in Arlington, Virginia.

Pentagon Exodus Leaves Critical Gaps

Of 59 Senate-confirmed positions at the Department of Defense, 15 are currently vacant—and that number will soon rise to 18.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press conference at the State Department.

Pompeo Edges Closer to Senate Run

Trump’s top diplomat has been eyeing the open Kansas Senate seat for months.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver speaks to reporters the Pentagon in Washington on May 3.

The Pentagon’s Top Asia Policy Expert Resigns

Randy Schriver’s departure creates another vacancy in the department’s senior leadership.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper addresses the Reagan National Defense Forum, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, California, on Dec. 7.

Pensacola Shooting Casts Shadow Over U.S.-Saudi Relations

After attack on base, the U.S. defense secretary directs a review of vetting procedures for foreign nationals.

Iraqi demonstrators gather as flames consume Iran's consulate in Najaf, Iraq, on Nov. 27.

Iran Goes on the Offensive in Iraq

Tehran funnels in missiles while Trump reportedly mulls a big increase in U.S. troops.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump during the 72nd U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21, 2017, in New York.

Hurdles Remain for Renewed Afghan Peace Talks

Trump has touted new diplomatic efforts with the Taliban, but it’s unclear whether anything has changed.

Richard Spencer testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing in Washington.

Navy Secretary Spencer Forced Out After Trump Meddled in War Crimes Case

Three conflicting narratives have emerged over what happened behind closed doors.

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