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The Supreme Court's conservative justices sounded ready to uphold President Trump's travel ban as a national security measure. [Read More]
President Donald Trump's travel ban appeared likely to survive the Supreme Court's scrutiny Wednesday, after the government's lawyer argued that current restrictions on entry from five Muslim-majority nations traced not from the president's provocative campaign statements but the deliberate assessments of national-security professionals. [Read More]
A majority of US Supreme Court justices on Wednesday seemed to agree with the government's contention that President Donald Trump had the authority to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority countries in the name of national security. In the case, Trump v. Hawaii, the justices considered the third and latest version of Trump's executive order — also called a presidential proclamation — which restricted travel to the US by citizens of eight countries, six of them predominantly Muslim. (The countries are Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Venezuela and North Korea; Chad was recently removed from the list.) The court's decision... [Read More]
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The Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it agrees that President Trump has the authority to ban travelers from a number of countries, including some majority-Muslim countries, in the name of national security. Lower courts had previously struck down versions of the ban. CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford reports. [Read More]
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The US Justice Department has opened an investigation into suspected violations of Iran sanctions by China's Huawei Technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A Justice probe would come on the back of subpoenas issued to the company by the US Commerce and Treasury Departments over sanctions-related issues, according to the Journal. Huawei -- one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment and services providers -- has been under tough scrutiny in the United States, where government national security officials say that its alleged close links to the Chinese government make it a security risk. Its US business has been... [Read More]
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Alex Wong/Getty Images President Donald Trump's legal team, led by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, is once again in talks with the special counsel Robert Mueller about an interview with Trump. Trump was reportedly "champing at the bit" to sit down with Mueller, but he soured on the special counsel following the FBI raids of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's property. Interviewing Trump and determining whether he had "corrupt intent" is central to helping prosecutors determine whether he sought to obstruct justice in the Russia probe. Mueller's team has indicated to Trump's lawyers that they would ask... [Read More]
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The White House on Wednesday sharply criticized a federal judge's ruling that the Trump administration must resume a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. While the government has 90 days to restate its arguments before the order takes effect, presidential press secretary Sarah Huckabee characterized the ruling as "good news" for smuggling organizations and criminal networks and "horrible news for our national security." If Tuesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge John... [Read More]
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The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, giving the president a major victory on a signature and controversial policy. In the court's first full-blown consideration of a President Trump order, the conservative justices who make up the court's majority seemed unwilling to hem in a president who has invoked national security to justify restrictions on who can or cannot step on U.S. [Read More]
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Authorities say a worker at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard wasn't using his phone in a restricted area to steal national security secrets, but to promote prostitution. The Kitsap Sun reports that the 32-year-old man was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service after he was seen with his phone in the restricted area. Charging documents filed last week in Kitsap County Superior Court say law... [Read More]
The national security adviser, John Bolton, has informed National Security Council employees that staff changes are imminent, including an influx of new people and a reorganization, a Trump administration source told Fox News on Wednesday. [Read More]
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The US Supreme Court appeared closely divided Wednesday over whether President Donald Trump had the power to block travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, in the biggest legal test of the administration's contentious travel ban. Five of the nine justices appeared convinced that Trump had not overshot his authority over immigration matters in the most recent version of the ban, which the administration claims is justified by national security concerns. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy -- who often casts a swing vote -- asked skeptical questions of those challenging the ban. The court's four liberal-leaning... [Read More]
Authorities say a worker at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard wasn't using his phone in a restricted area to steal national security secrets, but to promote prostitution. The Kitsap Sun reports that the 32-year-old man was investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service after he was seen with his phone in the... [Read More]
Michael Anton, the recently departed spokesperson for President Donald Trump's National Security Council, defended Trump's Tuesday reference to North Korean ruler... [Read More]
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The Justice Department is reportedly investigating Chinese electronics company Huawei over possible violations of sanctions against Iran, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Details of the investigation are unclear Details of the investigation are unclear, including what, specifically, the company is suspected of doing, but the probe is a new front in ongoing US scrutiny of Chinese manufacturers looking for a bigger slice of the American market. Huawei has faced severe hurdles to operating in the US, as the government questions how cooperative the company might be with the Chinese government, and how that... [Read More]
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The Justice Department is probing whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions related to Iran, opening a new avenue of scrutiny amid national-security concerns over the Chinese cellular-electronics giant. [Read More]
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Google Maps users are vulnerable to deception by "ghosts" posing as legitimate businesses to capture personal information over the phone or bolster their rival business, according to a pair of amateur online investigators who suggest the problem could even pose a threat to national security. [Read More]
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In Toronto, Canada, a man driving a white van barreled at high speed through busy downtown streets Monday, swerving onto sidewalks and seeming to aim at pedestrians, leaving 10 people dead and 15 others injured. Police say the driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was apprehended without a shot fired, after he told officers he was carrying a gun and then shouted, "Shoot me in the head!" Minassian left behind a path of injury and destruction nearly a mile long. Canada's federal public safety minister said investigators were still searching for a motive but did not believe there was a "national... [Read More]
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For the first time since the Cuban revolution toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista, a president who does not have the last name Castro has taken power. Miguel Díaz-Canel was sworn in as president last Thursday. He succeeds Raúl Castro, who served two consecutive 5-year terms in office. Castro is now 86 years old and will remain head of the Communist Party. Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother Raúl in 2008 while his health deteriorated, and died in 2016. Thursday's session was held on the 57th anniversary of Cuba's 1961 defeat of a CIA-backed Cuban exile invasion known as... [Read More]
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A new Politico cover story reveals how an ABC journalist named Lisa Howard conducted a secret liaison with Cuba's Fidel Castro, eventually establishing a secret back channel between Castro's office and the White House. For more, we speak with Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive at George Washington University, and who wrote the piece in Politico, "'My Dearest Fidel': An ABC Journalist's Secret Liaison with Fidel Castro." [Read More]
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President Donald Trump's effort to ban immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries heads to the Supreme Court Wednesday, which will decide if his argument asserting national security interests was tainted by religious bias. The case, known as Trump v. Hawaii, will address the president's broad powers to set immigration policy, which the administration says permit Trump's travel ban, one of his hallmark policies since taking office in January 2017. Legal experts say the court is usually loathe to rule on executive powers. But the travel ban's focus on Muslim countries has left Trump the target of allegations that it... [Read More]
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