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San Bernardino Shooter Malik Said She Was Pregnant When She Sought U.S. Green Card

A note scrawled in red ink on a page in Malik’s application reads: “applicant is pregnant due on 05-21-15,” a congressional official who has reviewed her immigration record said Monday.

December 30, 2015

Pentagon Ponders Cyberattacks On Islamic State

The Pentagon is considering increasing the pace and scope of cyberattacks against Islamic State, arguing that more aggressive efforts to disable the extremist group’s computers, servers and cellphones could help curtail its appeal and disrupt potential terrorist attacks.

December 22, 2015

Surging To 2nd Place, Fiorina Tries To Seize ‘Important Moment’ For Campaign

An increased number of Republican voters, at least for now, have seized on Fiorina as an antidote to Donald Trump’s bombastic style and headline-grabbing quips.

September 20, 2015
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Bin Laden’s Papers Show He Studied U.S. Terrorism Investigations And Military History

Called “Bin Laden’s Bookshelf,” among the terrorist leader’s documents are works by Noam Chomsky and sports dieting tips.

May 20, 2015

Homeland Security Chief: Funding Should Not Be ‘Political Football’ In Immigration Fight

Jeh Johnson has a stern message for Republicans who would play games with Homeland Security funding.

January 29, 2015

Cheney Leads Defense Of CIA Torture Of Prisoners

Cheney and other Bush administration figures are offering a spirited defense of torture.

December 15, 2014
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Sony Cyberattack Investigation Points To North Korea, Lawmaker Says

North Korea’s guilt has almost been confirmed, according to a high-ranking congressman.

December 12, 2014

Intelligence Gleaned From CIA Torture Focus Of Debate

CIA officials are pushing back against the Senate’s conclusion that torture made America no safer.

December 11, 2014

U.S. Shuts Down Last Detention Center In Afghanistan

The Defense Department no longer operates any prisons in Afghanistan.

December 11, 2014
Democrats, Sessions

Graphic Report On CIA Interrogations, Torture Released By Senate Panel

Inside the Senate’s shocking report on Bush-era torture.

December 9, 2014
Democrats, Sessions

Dianne Feinstein Leaving Senate Intelligence Job As Clash On Interrogations Report Is Unresolved

Senator Feinstein is taking on the CIA as Democratic control of the Senate draws to a close.

December 8, 2014

Intelligence Gap Poses Major Challenges In U.S.-Led Air War Against Islamic State

U.S. spy agencies are struggling to stay on top of intelligence about Syria.

November 17, 2014

Obama Weighs Ambitious List Of Immigration Rule Changes

Find out how the president may act alone to reform our broken immigration system.

November 13, 2014

Islamic State Making Millions Despite U.S. Bid To Halt Money Flow

Is there any way to stop the flow of cash supporting ISIS?

October 24, 2014

Passengers From Ebola-Stricken Countries To Use Five U.S. Airports

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Passengers flying to the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken countries will have to fly into one of five designated American airports for additional screening, including having their temperature taken, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday. The restriction was immediately criticized by House Republicans who want […]

October 21, 2014

Some Central Americans Can Now Seek U.S. Refugee Status From Home

Learn more about the president’s latest executive order.

October 3, 2014
Central American youths

Honduran Children May Be Allowed To Apply For U.S. Admission From Home

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The White House is considering a proposal that would allow Honduran children to apply for admission to the United States as refugees or on humanitarian grounds while still in their native country. It is one of several plans under review to deter Central American kids from making […]

July 25, 2014

U.S. Investigators Focus On Money Laundering Linked To Border Crisis

By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The increasingly costly and divisive border crisis is pushing federal investigators to crack down on money-laundering schemes they say are being used to smuggle thousands of Central American children into the United States. Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement […]

July 22, 2014

U.S. Investigators Head To Ukraine To Study Malaysia Airlines Crash

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board are sending a team of investigators to Ukraine to help investigate the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, officials said Friday. The plane is believed to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russia forces, according […]

July 18, 2014

Lawmakers Press DHS Secretary To Stop Children Crossing The Border

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday he had ordered five dozen additional criminal investigators to Texas to prosecute human smugglers responsible for bringing children across the border illegally. Johnson disclosed the beefed-up federal presence during a sometimes-acrimonious congressional hearing in which Republicans blamed a […]

June 24, 2014

U.S. Border Agency’s Head Of Internal Affairs Removed From Post

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection was removed from his post Monday amid criticism that he failed to investigate hundreds of allegations of abuse and use of force by armed border agents, officials said. James F. Tomscheck, who has held the post […]

June 9, 2014

Young Immigrants Can Seek Deportation Waiver Extensions, U.S. Says

By Brian Bennett and Kate Linthicum, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — More than half a million young immigrants who were granted temporary deportation waivers can apply for a two-year extension, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday, in what may be a template for more sweeping White House action before the midterm elections. Under a […]

June 6, 2014
Private prisons, deportations

Homeland Security Head To Review Release Of Immigrants Convicted Of Crimes

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Under pressure from lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday he was reviewing the release from jail of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of crimes and faced deportation. The Department of Homeland Security last year released 36,007 such immigrants who had been […]

May 29, 2014

U.S. Officials Frustrated By Nigeria’s Response To Girls’ Kidnapping

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As American military and intelligence specialists joined the hunt for Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls, U.S. officials expressed frustration Thursday with the country’s inability to act on fresh intelligence about the Boko Haram extremists who took more than 200 teenagers captive and threatened to sell them into slavery. Imagery from […]

May 16, 2014

Rubio Says Human Activity Isn’t To Blame For Warming Climate

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican star and possible 2016 presidential candidate, said Sunday that he does not believe human activity is causing climate change. “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” […]

May 12, 2014