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Free speech threat seen in prosecuting WikiLeaks' Assange

Nov. 16, 2018 4:37 PM EST

In a divided Washington, few causes have as much bipartisan support as prosecuting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Many Democrats seethed when the radical transparency activist humiliated Hillary Clinton by publishing the content of her campaign chairman's inbox. Most Republicans haven't forgiven Assange for...

Trump signs bill to elevate cybersecurity mission at DHS

Nov. 16, 2018 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed legislation that elevates the importance of cybersecurity work within the Department of Homeland Security. The legislation the president signed into law on Friday creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. The new agency will...

Trump aide ousted by first lady says service was 'an honor'

Nov. 15, 2018 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House aide pushed out by first lady Melania Trump said Thursday that it had been "an honor" to serve in President Donald Trump's administration and that she admires the first family. Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, departed the White House on Wednesday, a day...

US cutting counterterror forces in Africa

Nov. 15, 2018 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world as part of a broad effort to shift American military focus toward what it calls threats from Russia and China. The planned 10 percent cut from U.S. Africa...

Nielsen's DHS replacement to face same border challenges

Nov. 15, 2018 5:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive changes at the U.S.-Mexico border. With Nielsen's departure now...

Newcomer Andy Kim beats GOP Rep. MacArthur in New Jersey

Nov. 14, 2018 8:09 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Andy Kim, a political newcomer and former national security aide in the Obama administration, defeated Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a tight race in which the incumbent's vote to roll back the Affordable Care Act was a hot issue. Kim upset MacArthur in the hotly contested...

Trump aide departs West Wing after rebuke from first lady

Nov. 14, 2018 6:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal. No replacement was named. Aides said Ricardel clashed with the first lady's staff over her visit to...

Mattis, Nielsen arrive at US-Mexico border to inspect troops

Nov. 14, 2018 12:24 PM EST

DONNA, Texas (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are inspecting troops camped at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, even though the caravan of Central American migrants that prompted the deployment is headed to California . Mattis and Nielsen on Wednesday...

AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

Nov. 14, 2018 8:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two...

Trump eyeing staffing shakeup in Cabinet and at White House

Nov. 13, 2018 9:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two...