CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised lawmakers that he would not be a “yes man” as Trump’s new Secretary of State if confirmed, the Wall Street Journal writes.
Jordan A. Brunner is a graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and was a national security intern at the Brookings Institution. Prior to law school, he was a Research Fellow with the New America Foundation/ASU Center for the Future of War, where he researched cybersecurity, cyber war, and cyber conflict alongside Shane Harris, author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Political Science.
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The Trump administration levied sanctions against several close allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Those sanctioned include Russian oligarchs and political elites, as well as powerful companies like United Co. Rusal PLC, one of the largest producers of aluminum in the world.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced that an American service member was among those killed by a roadside bomb in Syria, CBS reports. The bomb killed two members of the anti-ISIS coalition and wounded another five when it exploded Thursday night, apparently somewhere near the Syrian town of Manbij. Roadside bomb attacks are rare in the war-torn country, and the coalition is still gathering information about what happened.
President Donald Trump has signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill just passed by Congress after threatening to veto it earlier today, CNN informs us. Tweeting on Friday that he was considering not signing the bill because it did not address DACA recipients and border wall funding was incomplete, Trump had raised the spectre of yet another government shutdown just as Congress moves to recess for two weeks.
On March 7, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 10-to-one to approve legislation authorizing the operations of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the first time since the Department’s inception on March 1, 2003.
The Trump administration accused Russia of perpetrating a series of cyberattacks on American and European critical infrastructure on Thursday, the New York Times reports. The attacks, which started in 2015 around the same time that interference in the 2016 presidential election began, compromised some operators in the spring of 2017.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to be building the case to indict the Russians who carried out the hacking of the Democratic National Committee servers and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and the subsequent release of the information during the 2016 presidential election, NBC reports.