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Lindsey Graham Refuses To Back Down On Investigating Bidens

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended his move to investigate Joe Biden and his son, days after the former vice president said he was disappointed and angered by his old friend. “I love Joe Biden as a person but we are not going to give a pass to what is obviously a conflict of interest,” Graham tweeted Monday, claiming Hunter Biden’s past ...

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People Are Doubling Down On Their Opinions On Impeachment, Poll Finds

Days of televised impeachment hearings have left Americans largely dug into their original opinions, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, dashing Democrats’ hopes that the testimony might finally splinter the president’s base of support and Republicans’ predictions that the hearings would backfire on their opponents.  The poll was conducted starting Wednesday night, after a day of House hearings during which Gordon ...

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Pentagon Chief Says Trump Ordered End To Disciplinary Process Against Navy SEAL

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Monday that President Donald Trump gave him direct orders to stop disciplinary proceedings against a Navy SEAL convicted of a war crime. Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher was demoted following his conviction in 2017, but Trump reinstated his rank earlier this month. Top Navy officials are reportedly worried the president’s intervention jeopardizes the integrity ...

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Top U.S. General Says Navy SEAL’s Case Closed As Far As He’s Concerned

MANAMA (Reuters) – The top U.S. general said on Monday that as far as he was concerned the case of a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct in Iraq was now closed, a day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper removed the Navy’s top civilian over the saga. Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday over his handling of the issue of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who had won the backing of President Donald Trump. “I think at ...

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NATO’s Next Threat: Its Own Leaders

The so-called Quad, an informal inner circle of four powers — the United States, Britain, Germany and France — that has shaped Western decisions for decades, has ceased to function in the Trump era, insiders say. Allied leaders learn of presidential decisions that affect their security and strategic interests via Twitter. There’s very little coordination, as became apparent last month ...

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Ukraine Official Says Giuliani Associates Tried To Recruit Him For Energy Deal: Report

A Ukraine energy official has told federal prosecutors that indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump donors tried to recruit him as part of a scheme to wrest control of a Ukrainian gas and oil company, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Part of the recruitment pitch was reportedly peddling a baseless conspiracy theory about billionaire philanthropist George Soros and ...

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Bumbling Congress gives Trump the budget freeze he wanted

It’s an outcome that would not only highlight congressional dysfunction but also deny the Pentagon and domestic programs potentially critical funding boosts. Congress passed a massive budget deal earlier this year, but lawmakers still need to pass individual spending bills to divvy up the money. Until those measures are signed into law, Mulvaney and his allies get precisely the same ...

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Lindsey Graham Says White House Told Him To ‘Please’ Block Armenian Genocide Resolution

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who was excoriated as “spineless” and “despicable” for blocking a Senate resolution to formally recognize the Armenian genocide, told Axios Sunday that he’d cast the vote at the behest of the White House. In the hours before the vote on Nov. 13, Graham had been in an Oval Office meeting with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ...

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