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Rick Perry is preparing to exit Trump’s cabinet — here’s why that will further damage US national security

Rick Perry is preparing to exit the Trump administration. As the Secretary of Energy, he is also a member of the principals committee of the United States National Security Council, the official group of advisors to the president on all matters of national security, the military, and foreign policy.

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Melania Trump is urging the president to oust this national security official after clashing behind the scenes: report

President Trump's long-expected post-midterms White House shakeup is underway, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions being the first to get the boot. But a much larger White House exodus is being planned, reportedly including Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

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Trump's 'Unlawful Order': National Security Expert Explains Why the Military Will Not Follow the President's Cruel Directions

President Donald Trump is already breaching the bounds of central norms surrounding the U.S. military by sending in troops to the Mexican border in the run-up to the midterm elections, despite no evident need — and for obvious political reasons.

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177 Former Officials Issue Joint Warning About Trump's Security Clearance Abuses

After Donald Trump stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance over Brennan’s outspoken criticism of Trump, 177 former national security officials have signed on to a letter expressing “strong opposition to actual or threatened removal of security clearances from former government officials.” 

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'He's an Amateur at This': Ex-CIA Operative Calls Trump 'Illiterate' on Intelligence Issues

President Donald Trump, the person in charge of American national security, has no idea how to read a basic intelligence report, according to former CIA operative Bob Baer.

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Here's How Working Americans Get Scammed As Politicians Try to Run the World

So effectively has the Beltway establishment captured the concept of national security that, for most of us, it automatically conjures up images of terrorist groups, cyber warriors, or “rogue states.”  To ward off such foes, the United States maintains a historically unprecedented constellation of military bases abroad and, since 9/11, has waged wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere that have gobbled up nearly $4.8 trillion.  The 2018 Pentagon budget already totals $647 billion -- four times what China, second in global military spending, shells out and more than the next 12 countries combined, seven of them American allies.   For good measure, Donald Trump has added an additional $200 billion to projected defense expenditures through 2019. 

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'I’m Speaking Out Because They Can’t': National Security Reporter Reveals the Very Real Danger of the GOP's Attacks on the Mueller Probe

National security reporter Marcy Wheeler made a startling revelation Tuesday on the Empty Wheel blog where she has covered the Russia investigation in meticulous detail.

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Trump Asked Trudeau to Answer for War of 1812 in Trade Spat: 'Didn't You Guys Burn Down the White House?'

President Donald Trump had an embarrassing phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 25 about steel and aluminum import tariffs that found Trump accusing Canada of burning down the White House in 1812.

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Facebook Allowed a Chinese Firm Deemed a 'National Security Threat' to Access Personal Data: Report

Facebook's scandalous handling of private user data somehow keeps getting worse.

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'Insulting And Unacceptable': Justin Trudeau Delivers Stunning Rebuke of Trump Labeling Canada a National Security Threat

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is speaking is defiant terms about President Donald Trump's decision to levy tariffs against the United States' northern ally, a policy that requires invoking laws to essentially declare Canadian trade with the U.S. to be a national security threat.

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The White House Just Completely Eliminated Its Top Cybersecurity Job

Less than two years after Russia penetrated state election systems, the White House has eliminated the cybersecurity coordinator position on the National Security Council.

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