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Pentagon wasted $28 million on uniforms for Afghan soldiers, report says Pentagon wasted $28 million on uniforms for Afghan soldiers, report says
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon wasted as much as $28 million over the past decade buying uniforms for the Afghan army with a woodland camouflage pattern appropriate for a tiny fraction of that war-torn country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan Defense Minister picked the pricey, privately owned “forest” color pattern over free camouflage schemes o...
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Justice Department announces 12-city partnership to curb violent crime Justice Department announces 12-city partnership to curb violent crime
BETHESDA, Md. – Seeking to combat disparate spikes in violent crime across the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday a 12-city partnership in which the federal government would provide additional training and crime data analysis to troubled communities. The strategy, an extension of President Trump's executive order aimed at reducing crime, features a three-year program ...
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Supreme Court bails out Bush officials over 9/11 detentions Supreme Court bails out Bush officials over 9/11 detentions
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials should not be held personally liable for the detention and harsh treatment of illegal immigrants in the calamitous days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a case heard by only six justices, the court's conservative majority reasoned that the climate of fear pervading the nation in the fall of 2001 called for extreme m...
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Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers
WASHINGTON — Amid increased concern about lawmakers' safety in the wake of Wednesday's shooting, Congress is considering a request from the U.S. Capitol Police to boost its budget by about $33 million to hire 72 more officers and ramp up security at congressional buildings and parking garages. Police Chief Matthew Verderosa warned House members last month that there are not enough officers to "...
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Bipartisan group of senators seeks caps on flood insurance premiums and other changes Bipartisan group of senators seeks caps on flood insurance premiums and other changes
A bipartisan group of six senators proposed Tuesday overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program to cap premium increases, use advanced radar to make more accurate flood maps, and offer some homeowners vouchers to pay for coverage and loans to elevate buildings. The bill is one of several proposals pending this year for a program that insures 5 million homes and businesses but cannot repay ...
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Trump tells Tangier Island mayor not to worry about sea-level rise Trump tells Tangier Island mayor not to worry about sea-level rise
SALISBURY, Md. — President Trump phoned Tangier Island Mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge Monday after viewing a CNN report about the Virginia island's struggle with rising sea levels. "He said not to worry about sea-level rise," Eskridge said. "He said, 'Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more.'" During the CNN interview, Eskridg...
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Will Donald Trump's anti-Muslim words on travel ban hurt his case? Will Donald Trump's anti-Muslim words on travel ban hurt his case?
WASHINGTON — It's been 18 months since Donald Trump, presidential candidate, called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on." It's been nearly six months since Trump, as president-elect, was asked if terror attacks in Europe had affected his proposed Muslim ban. "You know my plans," he ...
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Trump's 'TRAVEL BAN' tweets may hurt his case at Supreme Court Trump's 'TRAVEL BAN' tweets may hurt his case at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — Lawyers on both sides of the dispute over President Trump's immigration travel ban agreed on one thing Monday: The president likely hurt his case at the Supreme Court with a series of early-morning tweets. By referring to the latest version of the temporary ban on most travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries as "politically correct" and calling for a "much tougher version...
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Supreme Court to rule on cellphone location privacy Supreme Court to rule on cellphone location privacy
WASHINGTON -- Your cellphone service provider knows where you've been. Now the Supreme Court will decide if its OK for police to find out as well -- without a warrant. The justices agreed Monday to hear what will be the latest in a string of cases testing the clash of technology and privacy. The challenge comes from a man convicted of armed robberies in Michigan and Ohio, for whom police acc...
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Secret Service: Trump faces same number of threats as Obama Secret Service: Trump faces same number of threats as Obama
WASHINGTON – Despite a spate of White House security breaches and other attention-grabbing stunts, there has been no change in the number of threats to directed at President Trump during his first five months in office as compared to his predecessor Barack Obama, according to the Secret Service. On average, agents have been pursuing six to eight threat reports each day, the new Secret Service D...
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