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Trump Signs Executive Order to Prepare for EMP Attack

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday directing the federal government to prepare a coordinated response plan in the event of an electromagnetic pulse attack (EMP). The order described the enormous damage such an attack could cause and noted the U.S. government currently lacks a coherent plan of action for responding to one.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up sign to supporters who applauded as he returned to the White House after spending the weekend in Florida March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump returns to Washington as Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation …

GOP/Dem Border Deal: $1.3B for Wall, No Increase in Detention Space

A Republican-Democrat border security deal that is expected to be offered to President Trump funds about $1.3 billion for a United States-Mexico border wall and includes no increase in detention space to control increasing illegal immigration at the border. 

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GOP/Dems Set to Offer Trump a Quarter of $5.7B for Border Wall

A Republican-Democrat House and Senate committee is planning to offer President Trump a border security package that could include less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall he originally requested.

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Mattis Spends Christmas at the Pentagon, Sends Final Holiday Letter to the Troops

Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly spent Christmas Day working at the Pentagon, with only a week to go before Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan takes over on January 1, as ordered by President Donald Trump. The Defense Department published the final holiday message to the troops from Mattis on Christmas Eve.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced his resignation last week. File Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI

Navy SEALs, Pentagon Brass Push Back Against Political, Media Exploitation

When Taya Kyle, wife of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, fondly recalled her late husband’s humility on Breitbart News Daily Tuesday morning, she was speaking in the context of a New York Times article published over the weekend. The article described a growing rift among current and former Navy SEALs, and Pentagon commanders, over what some denounce as the commercial and political exploitation of the legendary service.

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Pentagon: Spy Drone Flights over U.S. Have Been Safe, Lawful, and Rare

In response to a Freedom of Information Act Request, the Pentagon has released a report from March 2015 that describes surveillance drone flights over the United States. The report says fewer than 20 such flights were made between 2006 and 2015, all of them for “non-military” missions, although the exact details of those missions were not revealed.

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Russia Planning Request to Fly High-Tech Spy Planes over U.S.

Russia is reportedly planning a request, under the authority of the Open Skies Treaty, to fly advanced surveillance planes over the United States. Some American defense officials say the Russians are abusing the treaty in a manner that could jeopardize U.S. national security.

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Whistleblowers: Top Intel Official Knew ‘Optimistic’ Islamic State Reports Were Cooked

Last summer brought a surprisingly short-lived scandal about the Obama administration cooking the books to make the president’s strategy against the Islamic State look far more successful than it actually was. Now there are whistleblowers charging that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper knew the ISIS reports were excessively “optimistic.”

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