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.
In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers
The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.
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.
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.
Fighter Jet Price Hits Record Low in Massive Deal
But high long-term costs and severe maintenance challenges still plague the aircraft.
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.
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.
Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress
A battle is brewing over the transfer of F-35 fighter jets.
Top Democratic Lawmakers Sound Alarm on Trump ‘Loyalty Tests’ for State Department Officials
A letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo follows Foreign Policy’s report.
Rubio Questions D.C. Panel on China Influence
It’s a sign of growing concern over Chinese influence operations in the United States.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Mike Pompeo Needs to Clean Up After Rex Tillerson
The new secretary of state should focus on rebuilding his department.
Congress Has Willfully Abdicated Its Responsibility Over War
It’s time for legislators to share in the authority they claim to want.
Pompeo North Korea Visit Throws Wrench in Confirmation Fight
The behind-the-scenes effort to rally enough senators to confirm Pompeo just got tougher.
Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen
Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.
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.
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.