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Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan fights subpoena

Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan fights subpoenaKevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, is challenging a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee to discuss terrorism threats to the U.S. on the day before he’s set to leave office. Kevin McAleenan sent a letter to House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson on Friday saying he was surprised and disappointed to get the subpoena a day earlier. McAleenan had suggested that the department’s top intelligence officer testify in his stead.



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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held in civil contempt for violating judge's order on student loan collection

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held in civil contempt for violating judge's order on student loan collectionThe Department of Education had been ordered to stop collecting on federal loans of students who attended Corinthian College, which closed in 2015.



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Trump accidentally refers to Defense Secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawal

Trump accidentally refers to Defense Secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawalPresident Trump quoted "Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense" on Sunday. But the man in charge of the Pentagon is named Mark Esper, not Esperanto.



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Defense secretary says U.S. troops in Syria to transfer to Iraq, Trump maintains they're coming home

Defense secretary says U.S. troops in Syria to transfer to Iraq, Trump maintains they're coming homeIt appears U.S. troops leaving Syria won't be coming home — at least not yet — as President Trump had indicated last week, and reiterated today.Instead, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that all U.S. troops leaving northern Syria will be re-stationed in western Iraq where they will reportedly defend the country and continue to conduct preventative operations against the Islamic State, as the cease-fire brokered with Turkey in northern Syria mostly seems to be holding. Esper also did not rule out counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria.The plan calls for about 1,000 troops to head to Iraq, adding to the more than 5,000 troops currently in the country. "Things could change between now and whenever we complete the withdrawal, but that's the game plan right now," Esper said. The secretary added that he will talk with U.S. allies at a NATO meeting next week to discuss how to handle military operations to block any resurgence from ISIS.But Trump still maintained that troops were coming home in a Sunday morning tweet, in which he also called Esper the wrong name.> Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense, "The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with the Kurds." USA soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zones. We have secured the Oil. Bringing soldiers home!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019Read more at NBC News and The Associated Press.Update: Trump has since removed the original tweet and posted another in which he referred to Esper by his correct name, and said the U.S. is "ending endless wars" rather than "bringing soldiers home."



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Defense secretary says Trump has expanded withdrawal of troops from northern Syria

Defense secretary says Trump has expanded withdrawal of troops from northern SyriaTurkey has begun a military operation in northern Syria against Kurdish groups that were allied with the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.



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Harry Dunn death: Family left ‘angry and frustrated’ after ‘publicity stunt’ meeting with foreign secretary

Harry Dunn death: Family left ‘angry and frustrated’ after ‘publicity stunt’ meeting with foreign secretaryThe family of a teenager killed in a car crash involving a US diplomat’s wife have said they have been left “angry and frustrated” after meeting with Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, which they described as a “publicity stunt”.Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorbike collided with a car in Northamptonshire on 27 August.



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Reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the Trump-Ukraine phone call

Reports: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the Trump-Ukraine phone callAccording to reports, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of the Trump officials on the Ukraine call at the center of the whistleblower complaint.



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White House press secretary: Trump stopped briefings because reporters were mean

White House press secretary: Trump stopped briefings because reporters were meanAny hope that Americans may one day see Trump’s new press secretary taking questions from reporters in a formal White House press briefing went out the window on Monday morning when Stephanie Grisham sat down for her first appearance on "Fox & Friends" since taking over for Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this year.



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Former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to write book, but don't expect a tell-all

Former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to write book, but don't expect a tell-allSanders' yet-to-be-titled book is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2020 – presumably right before the general election.



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Exclusive: Secretary of State Pompeo Declines to Sign Risky Afghan Peace Deal

Exclusive: Secretary of State Pompeo Declines to Sign Risky Afghan Peace DealThe deal doesn't ensure several crucial things, those familiar with the discussions tell TIME



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