Trump’s defense budget boost raises questions on strategy

An essential element is missing from President Donald Trump’s plan for boosting the budgets of the U.S. military services by $54 billion in 2018. How, exactly, does the commander in chief intend to use the world’s most potent fighting force? Beyond the threat posed by the Islamic State and other militant groups, Trump doesn’t articulate what he’s defending the country […]

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Top Trump security adviser faces questions in rare hearing

The senior Army officer tapped by President Donald Trump to be his national security adviser faces questions from senators during a rare closed-door meeting amid intense scrutiny of the White House for alleged Trump campaign contacts with Russian officials. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster’s appearance before the Armed Services Committee, slated for Tuesday, is unusual because national security advisers aren’t subject […]

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Questions multiply over Bannon’s role in Trump administration

President Trump’s elevation of his chief political strategist to a major role in national security policy, and a White House order banning refugees from certain Muslim-majority countries from U.S. entry, appeared to come together as cause and effect over the weekend. Stephen K. Bannon — whose nationalist convictions and hard-line oppositional view of globalism have long guided Trump — was […]

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IRS Commissioner Avoids Questions on Trump’s Taxes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen came to Congress Wednesday to defend himself against Republican calls to impeach him, but he also had to deflect Democrats’ repeated questions about what could become the most significant documents of 2016: Donald Trump’s tax returns. The Internal Revenue Service, maligned by Republicans during the Obama administration amid accusations the agency had targeted conservative groups for […]

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Antitrust threat raises questions about how Trump would wield power

Donald Trump’s bellicose rhetoric against the business community is raising questions about how he would wield federal power if elected president. Trump has indicated he would bring businesses to heel in the White House, telling The New York Times he would unilaterally threaten higher tariffs on Fortune 500 companies unless they brought jobs back to the United States. The presumptive […]

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Hillary Clinton Faces Questions of Trustworthiness in New Polls

Fewer Americans say Clinton inspires confidence, is trustworthy and honest A growing proportion of Americans have negative views of Hillary Clinton, according to new polls, even as the former Secretary of State remains the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination. The CNN/ORC survey released Tuesday showed that more Americans now have an unfavorable view of Clinton than at any […]

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