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Pentagon Chief Reaffirms US Commitment to Allies

The United States is working to strengthen its international alliances and partnerships, the country’s top defense official said, describing the effort as critical to U.S. military strategy. “Americans have no God-given right to victory on the battlefield,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a conference just outside of Washington Wednesday, saying no nation can flourish on its own. “History is compelling on this point, that nations with allies thrive and those without allies decline. It’s that simple,” he said. The comments come a day after President Donald Trump told the United…

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Former Trump Campaign Chief Was Subject to Secret Wiretap

Investigators with the United States government wiretapped the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign under a secret court order issued prior to the 2016 election and then again after the election, according to a CNN report. Separately, The New York Times reported federal agents picked the locks on Paul Manafort’s house during a raid earlier this summer before telling him he would be indicted, though they did not specify the charges. Manafort served as Trump’s campaign manager for about two months in the summer of 2016, but he was…

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Interior chief urges shrinking 4 national monuments in West

AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousand or even millions of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development. Zinke’s recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who promised to take the Trump administration to court to block the moves. The Interior … Read the referenced┬ástory here: Interior…

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