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US officials say foreign election hacking is inevitable

May. 22, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The hacking of U.S. election systems, including by foreign adversaries, is inevitable, and the real challenge is ensuring the country is resilient enough to withstand catastrophic problems from cyber breaches, government officials said Wednesday. The comments by representatives from the...

House hearing grows heated over migrant children's deaths

May. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, an accusation the acting head of the Homeland Security Department called "appalling." The brouhaha came at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the budget for...

Bolton: Coast Guard to help reassert US leadership in Arctic

May. 22, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told 240 new Coast Guard Academy graduates Wednesday that they will help lead the way in "reasserting American leadership in the Arctic." "You will help the United States challenge growing Russian military influence in the Arctic, and push...

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

May. 21, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tamping down talk of war, top Trump administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that recent actions by the U.S. deterred attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remained deeply skeptical of the White House approach in the Middle East. After a day of closed-door briefings on...

Cuccinelli joining Trump administration in immigration role

May. 21, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former attorney general of Virginia, whose name had been tossed around for months for an immigration role, will be joining the Trump administration, according to a White House official. Ken Cuccinelli will be taking a position within the Department of Homeland Security, according to...

Documents shine rare light on Syrian government crackdown

May. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of documents purportedly collected from abandoned Syrian government offices during the country's civil war reveal the reach of President Bashar Assad's shadowy, labyrinthine security agencies as they spied on the population at large, sought to eliminate dissidents at all cost and...

Former Obama official Susan Rice has book out in October

May. 21, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Susan E. Rice, the former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has a book coming out this fall. "Tough Love" will be published Oct. 8, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. She will reflect on challenges and controversies that arose during the Obama...

Trump team to brief Congress on Iran; Dems seek counterpoint

May. 20, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As questions mount over President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion. The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday, unusual and potentially polarizing, come...

Nebraska lawmaker warns of Offutt Air Force Base's gear loss

May. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska congressman is backing the Air Force's emergency request for $234 million to replace equipment and crew training simulators damaged by recent floodwaters that inundated the Offutt Air Force Base. Rep. Don Bacon recently sent a letter to a House subcommittee...

EU rejects claim that its car exports threaten US security

May. 20, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is rejecting claims that Europe's car exports pose a threat to the United States after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ruled that imported vehicles and parts imperil national security. European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday that "the EU and the...