National Security

Trump Endorses Controversial, Unprecedented Policy on Settlements Held by Previous Administrations

Support for U.N. resolution calling Israeli settlements illegal made in final days of Obama presidency

WEst BankSecretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the United States had reversed a Carter administration-era State Department legal opinion calling Israeli settlements in the West Bank "inconsistent with international law." The decision, apparently long in the works, comes days after a ruling by an E.U. court requiring Israeli products made in disputed territories to carry special labels—a decision widely seen as creating a legal pretext for the E.U.'s eventual adoption of boycotts on Israeli goods.

Ron Johnson: Ukrainians Felt No Pressure From White House Over Withheld Aid

New testimony further calls into question Chris Murphy's characterization of Zelensky meeting

Republican senator Ron Johnson (Wis.) said Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky made no mention during their September meeting in Kiev of feeling pressure from the White House to take action in return for military aid, contradicting his Democratic colleague Chris Murphy's characterization of the meeting.

How the State Department Is Training Diplomats to Survive the Next Benghazi

New training center will teach skills necessary to survive 'the worst day of your life'

State DepartmentThe State Department unveiled a new state-of-the-art training facility that aims to teach diplomats and security personnel how to survive a Benghazi-style attack, according to multiple U.S. officials who described the program as preparation for "the worst day of your life."

Lawmaker Probes Facebook Advertisement Ban of Anti-China News Site

Rep. Banks concerned ban of Epoch Times is part of effort to appease communist China

A lawmaker on the House Armed Services Committee is pressing Facebook to explain why it banned advertisements from a conservative-leaning newspaper that has been known to investigate Chinese human rights abuses, according to a copy of a letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.