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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks to the media prior to hosting an Honor Cordon for His Excellency Yusuf bin Alawi, Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Security Brief: No, Trump is not about to order a strike on Iran; U.S. may return to North Korea to look for more war remains; Mattis vs the First Amendment

Catch up on everything you need to know about the false reports that Trump is about to order a strike against Iran, North Korea returning Korean War dead, and the Secretary of Defense’s response to reports the Pentagon is denying media access.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers

The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (Photo by Thomas Peter - Pool/Getty Images)

Congress Caves to Trump in Fight Over China’s ZTE

Lawmakers preparing a must-pass defense bill stripped out harsh penalties against the Chinese telecommunications firm after the White House intervened.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak during a joint press conference after their summit on in Helsinki on July 16. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

As Trump Walks Back Russia Comments, Senate Summons Pompeo for Hearing on Helsinki

The president said he misspoke when he sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community, but that may not be enough to quell Republican furor.

The sun sets behind an Australian F-35A Lighting II at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on June 27. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham) Note: This image was created by placing a reflective surface in front of the the camera lens.

Fighter Jet Price Hits Record Low in Massive Deal

But high long-term costs and severe maintenance challenges still plague the aircraft.

US Navy pilots of an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft prepare for takeoff from the USS George Washington aircraft carrier (U.S. Navy)

Tightening Chest and Tingling Fingers: Why Are the Military’s Fighter Pilots Getting Sick?

The Navy is investigating the latest in an alarming string of incidents that left pilots disoriented and shaken.

Gina Haspel is sworn in during her confirmation hearing to become CIA director in Washington, D.C., on May 9. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

He Feared the CIA Would Delete a Document Detailing Its Torture Program. So He Took It.

On our podcast: A Senate investigator who exposed the agency’s torture secrets tells his story.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio at Capitol Hill on July 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Kelly Craft)

Rubio Questions D.C. Panel on China Influence

It’s a sign of growing concern over Chinese influence operations in the United States.

Rep Ro Khanna (D-CA) speaks at a rally on April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for MoveOn.org)

Eastern European Laws on World War II History Spark Congressional Reaction

Will a letter sent by concerned lawmakers encourage leaders to change course or further polarize politics?

MEK supporters demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 28, 2009.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Bolton’s Ascent Gives Iranian Group a New Lease on Life

With a supporter in the White House, the MEK might finally have a voice in U.S. policy.

Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) participates in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, November 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anti-Abortion Row Derails State Department Policy Bill

Congress came close to passing the bill, which could have raised the spirits of a bruised and battered State Department.

U.S. Marines stack hurricane relief supplies from the U.S. Agency for International Development in Dominica on Sept 29, 2017. (Sgt. Melissa Martens/U.S. Marines via Getty Images)

USAID Redesign Moves Forward, With No Drama

Unlike ex-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, U.S. Agency for International Development chief Mark Green has won over his workforce with his reorganization plan.

U.S. Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on April 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson

The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.

Members of the 115th U.S. Congress take the oath of office in Washington on Jan. 3, 2017. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Congress Has Willfully Abdicated Its Responsibility Over War

It’s time for legislators to share in the authority they claim to want.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo walks to a meeting with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on Capitol Hill on April 18. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pompeo North Korea Visit Throws Wrench in Confirmation Fight

The behind-the-scenes effort to rally enough senators to confirm Pompeo just got tougher.

A Yemeni child looks out on buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18. (Ahmad Al-Basha)

Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen

Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.

Protesters stand and chant behind Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo before his confirmation hearing in the Senate on April 12. (Jim WatsonAFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Gets a Grilling on the Hill

Mike Pompeo’s charm offensive may have stumbled out of the gate in his confirmation hearing to be Trump’s top diplomat.

Then-Congressman Mike Pompeo listens as Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Has Been Undermining the State Department Since the Benghazi Investigation

Trump's nominee for secretary of state must answer for the false claims and recycled conspiracies he propagated.

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