Congress has begun laying the groundwork to help the incoming Trump administration repair the long fractured relationship with Israel, an effort that includes moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, according to a copy obtained by the Washington Free Beacon of the first official congressional communication scheduled to be sent Friday to the newly inaugurated President Donald Trump.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) departed from Damascus on Wednesday after traveling to the Middle East on an undisclosed “fact-finding trip” intended to help end Syria’s nearly six-year conflict.
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis was approved on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Armed Services to serve as secretary of defense in Donald Trump’s administration.
A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that the Obama administration’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence did not meet the conditions of Assange’s offer to agree to extradition to the United States in the event of clemency for Manning, the Hill reported.
A Republican lawmaker is pressing the incoming administration of Donald Trump to change the way that troop caps are formulated, arguing that current caps on service members in Iraq and Afghanistan are too low to achieve U.S. strategic objectives.
Israel’s upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a “Star Wars”-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.
Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked top-secret information to the press, has legal grounds to apply for Russian citizenship in the near future, according to Russian news reports quoting his lawyer.
President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army soldier jailed for leaking classified national security information, opening himself up to criticism from leading Republican lawmakers in his final days in office.