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Syria

We are Rushing Raqqa

At an April 27 hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on policy options in Syria titled “After the Missile Strikes,” Charles Lister, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, cautioned the dais on the need to “not rush Raqqa.” On May 9, the Pentagon announced that indeed U.S. President Donald Trump intends to do just that.

Climate Change and Security

Trump’s First Foreign Trip and the Fate of the Paris Agreement: Reading the Tea Leaves from the G7 and NATO Summits

President Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris Agreement, and his subsequent statement that he has an “open mind” on the question, will now be transported to the multilateral stage in a setting of high politics.

Donald Trump

More on Rule of Law in the Trump Administration and the Role of Congress

​The President, through his Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is fighting again with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Will the House, the Senate, or both, look beyond the particulars of Russia probe into the basic question of how the Administration functions on rule of law issues?

The Russia Connection

Flynn Misled Pentagon Security Clearance Investigators on Russia Payments, Cummings Says

Hours after former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn indicated his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Elijah Cummings has released a letter indicating that Flynn misled Pentagon security clearance investigators on his receipt of payments from the Kremlin-backed Russian television network RT.

The Russia Connection

Michael Flynn Declines to Comply with Senate Intelligence Committee Subpoena

Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has declined to comply with a subpoena issued by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to obtain records of Flynn's communications with Russian officials and of his communications with the Trump campaign regarding Russia. Flynn's lawyers sent the below letter to SSCI Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Mark Warner regarding Flynn's refusal to comply.

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