‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted

They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again. But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they […]

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Trump, Clinton continue clash over national security

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton continued their “commander-in-chief” debate Thursday, the day after a nationally televised forum that featured a number of contested statements by the Republican nominee. While Trump tweeted that “the reviews and polls from almost everyone of my Commander-in-Chief presentation were great,” Clinton and others challenged his comments about U.S. generals “reduced to rubble,” discussion of a classified national security […]

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Clinton: He’s a national security danger. Trump: No, she is

Donald Trump said Tuesday night that Hillary Clinton’s handling of private emails disqualifies her to serve as president. His own temperament, Trump said, was his “single greatest asset” and not the national security danger that Clinton alleges. Trump’s charge, delivered to a packed crowd in swing state North Carolina, marked a pointed escalation of the Republican White House hopeful’s case […]

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Democrats spar over national security, guns and the Islamic State

The Democratic presidential candidates presented competing visions for defeating Islamic State terrorists and clashed passionately at a debate here Saturday night over tax policy, the power and wealth of Wall Street, gun control and other domestic issues. In a nomination contest being shaped in part by who would be the toughest champion for middle-class Americans facing wage stagnation and growing […]

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Clinton confidence grows with national security at forefront

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is emboldened by the rise of national security as an issue in the presidential race. The threat from international terrorism has become a huge issue since last month’s deadly attacks on Paris that killed 130 people, with fears of terrorist attacks in the United States fanned further by Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., where 14 […]

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Jeb Bush goes all in on national security

Jeb Bush on Wednesday laid out his plan to strengthen the military and defend the nation from the threat of terrorism, seizing on national security to turn around a struggling presidential campaign. The coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris last week, which left 129 dead and scores more wounded, has provided the former Florida governor with an opening to make the […]

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Trump on national security: ‘I don’t want to broadcast my intentions’ like Obama

Donald Trump made his triumphant return to The Hugh Hewitt Show Monday afternoon following a low-grade feud with the program’s host over foreign policy questions the Republican presidential front-runner labeled “gotchas.” Hewitt, a co-moderator of the second Republican debate, mostly avoided rehashing the incident that led Trump to refer to him as a “third-rate radio announcer,” but did acknowledge that […]

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Must-Reads from Around the World

In today’s required reading: where al-Qaeda stands 11 years after the 9/11 attacks, Somalia’s struggle to recover after decades of warfare, and the possibility that four Pakistani soldiers who went missing 47 years ago might still be alive. Debt Holdings — A Pentagon report said China‘s holdings of U.S. debt and the prospect that Beijing might suddenly withdraw a significant amount […]

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