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Where do you start?

With the president who undercuts, insults, lambastes his attorney general, but does not fire him?

With the White House press secretary who resigns from his job only when he faces the prospect of reporting to someone he does not like?

With the White House communications director who tells a reporter he’s planning on firing a staffer, then backtracks, then has the staffer resign?

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Russia Hits Back Over Sanctions, Orders U.S. Diplomats to Leave

Russia told the United States on Friday that some of its diplomats had to leave the country in just over a month and said it was seizing some U.S. diplomatic property as retaliation for what it said were proposed illegal U.S. sanctions.

Nuclear Workers Call for Congressional Investigations After Charges from Labor Department Whistleblower

An advocacy group for workers in the nuclear weapons industry is calling on Congress to hold hearings to investigate charges from a Labor Department whistleblower that government officials are purposefully thwarting ill workers’ or their widows’ claims for compensation required by law.

Feds Spends Million on Failed Program to Combat Extremism in America

Members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation SWAT team are seen during an FBI field training exercise

The U.S. government has spent millions in taxpayer dollars on programs to combat violent extremism, despite zero evidence these programs have prevented the growth of terrorists in the United States, according to Congress, which criticized the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for enacting policy preventing its authorities from referencing “Islam” and “Islamic terrorism.”

Congress Could Halt Spy Authorization Over Obama Aides’ Anti-Trump Leaks

Ben Rhodes and Susan Rice

Key lawmakers are threatening to cancel the authorization of sensitive U.S. spy operations until congressional leaders investigate efforts by former top Obama administration officials to leak highly classified national security information in what many believe was a targeted campaign to undermine the Trump administration, according to senior congressional sources familiar with the situation.

GOP Senators Ask If State Department Lawyers Are Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’

A group of Yazidis from Iraq carrying their arrive at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border

Republican senators are calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explain reports that top State Department lawyers are systematically removing the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from official agency documents.

Inside the Ring: CIA on Chinese Cyber Spying

China's President Xi Jinping

A senior CIA analyst said China is continuing to conduct aggressive cyberespionage operations against the U.S., contrary to claims by security experts who say Beijing curbed cyberattacks in the past few years.

Transgender Surgeries Would Cost Pentagon $1.3 Billion

Taxpayer-funded sex-change surgeries would cost the Pentagon $1.3 billion over 10 years.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be eligible to serve in the military, with the White House citing cost and military readiness concerns.

Internal data provided to the Washington Free Beacon from Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R., Mo.), a leading opponent of taxpayer-funded sex changes, show that even by using a conservative estimate, the costs associated with 0.7 percent of the military population is great.

Russia Hits Back Over Sanctions, Orders U.S. Diplomats to Leave

Russia told the United States on Friday that some of its diplomats had to leave the country in just over a month and said it was seizing some U.S. diplomatic property as retaliation for what it said were proposed illegal U.S. sanctions.

Nuclear Workers Call for Congressional Investigations After Charges from Labor Department Whistleblower

An advocacy group for workers in the nuclear weapons industry is calling on Congress to hold hearings to investigate charges from a Labor Department whistleblower that government officials are purposefully thwarting ill workers’ or their widows’ claims for compensation required by law.

Feds Spends Million on Failed Program to Combat Extremism in America

Members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation SWAT team are seen during an FBI field training exercise

The U.S. government has spent millions in taxpayer dollars on programs to combat violent extremism, despite zero evidence these programs have prevented the growth of terrorists in the United States, according to Congress, which criticized the FBI and Department of Homeland Security for enacting policy preventing its authorities from referencing “Islam” and “Islamic terrorism.”

Congress Could Halt Spy Authorization Over Obama Aides’ Anti-Trump Leaks

Ben Rhodes and Susan Rice

Key lawmakers are threatening to cancel the authorization of sensitive U.S. spy operations until congressional leaders investigate efforts by former top Obama administration officials to leak highly classified national security information in what many believe was a targeted campaign to undermine the Trump administration, according to senior congressional sources familiar with the situation.

GOP Senators Ask If State Department Lawyers Are Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’

A group of Yazidis from Iraq carrying their arrive at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border

Republican senators are calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explain reports that top State Department lawyers are systematically removing the word “genocide” to describe the Islamic State’s slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from official agency documents.

Inside the Ring: CIA on Chinese Cyber Spying

China's President Xi Jinping

A senior CIA analyst said China is continuing to conduct aggressive cyberespionage operations against the U.S., contrary to claims by security experts who say Beijing curbed cyberattacks in the past few years.