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Senator Mccain Says Subpoena May Be Required to Get Answers on Niger Ambush

Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday that he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been forthcoming with details of an ambush in Niger in which four U.S. soldiers were killed. The attack earlier this month, which U.S. officials suspect was carried out by a local Islamic State affiliate, has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counter terrorism mission in the West African country, which has about 800 U.S. troops. The U.S. military is investigating the incident to find…

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CIA Chief Says US Needs Pakistan Help on Taliban Safe Havens

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil. Pompeo said for talks to move ahead, the Taliban must have no hope of winning on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and that means making it no longer possible to cross the Afghan-Pakistani border and hide inside Pakistan. That strategy was outlined by President Donald Trump this summer as part of his…

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Trump Says Comey Knew he was Going to Exonerate Clinton

President Donald Trump is again tweeting about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. The latest burst came Wednesday morning in response to the FBI’s release of a heavily blacked-out draft memo from May 2016 by Director James Comey in preparation for closing the Clinton probe.   Trump tweeted that the letter, whose existence was previously known, shows the FBI had exonerated “Crooked Hillary Clinton” long before the investigation was complete. He tweeted: “James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton. He was the best…

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Trump Says His Drug Czar Nominee has Withdrawn from Consideration

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his nominee for drug czar has withdrawn from consideration for the position. “Representative Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!,” Trump said on Twitter. Marino, a House Republican, withdrew his name after news reports said the lawmaker played a pivotal role in passing legislation that weakened federal government efforts to reduce the availability of opioid drugs that have inundated communities across the U.S. Trump raised the…

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NYC ‘remains a target,’ FBI says after bombing conviction

AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams NEW YORK (AP) — The swift conviction Monday of a New Jersey man in a mostly botched bombing mission in Manhattan last summer was labeled a victory against terrorism by law enforcement officials, but they urged continued vigilance. “It’s very obvious that this city remains a target,” said William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the city’s FBI office, at a news conference outside Manhattan federal court after a jury that deliberated about four hours over parts of two days convicted Ahmad … Read the referenced story here: NYC…

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Amazon says a patch for WPA2 exploit KRACK is in the works

Amazon is evaluating their products to determine how to go forward and patch KRACK. Phones and computers aren’t the only devices affected by the KRACK WPA2 exploit. In a connected world, everything from your toothbrush to your doorbell to your stereo uses Wi-Fi, and every one of them also needs a patch. Good luck with that. One manufacturer with untold millions of things in homes around the world is Amazon, and we hit them up for any news on what they’re doing about KRACK. An Amazon spokesperson tells us “We…

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Trump Says Iran Non-Compliant with Nuke Deal

President Donald Trump has announced that he is decertifying Iran’s compliance with a multinational 2-year-old nuclear deal and slapping Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps with new counter-terrorism sanctions. VOA White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman reports, however, the president is stopping short of calling for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to be scrapped. … Read the referenced story here: Trump Says Iran Non-Compliant with Nuke Deal

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Ex-Hostage Father Says Captors Killed Infant Daughter

U.S.-Canadian couple Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle landed in Canada late Friday, five years after they were kidnapped in Afghanistan. They arrived with their three young children, who were all born in captivity. Boyle gave a statement after landing. He said the Haqqani network in Afghanistan killed his infant daughter in captivity and raped his wife.  Caitlan Coleman and Boyle were rescued Wednesday, five years after they had been abducted by a Taliban-linked extremist network while in Afghanistan as part of a backpacking trip. Coleman was pregnant at the time and…

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UN Says Attacks on Schools on the Rise 

The United Nations says attacks on schools worldwide are on the rise, with more than 500 attacks in the first six months of the year, many of them in war zones. Virginia Gamba, the U.N. special representative for children in armed conflict, told a U.N. Security Council meeting that 2017 might be a record year for the number of schools bombed and destroyed. In 2016, Gamba said the United Nations was able to verify 753 attacks on schools and hospitals. But she said the actual number is likely much higher…

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