Kent Covington
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Trump cuts off Brennan’s security clearance

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/16/18, 10:44 am

President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, the White House said Wednesday. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added that the president is also reviewing the security clearances of other Obama administration intelligence officials such as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former national security adviser Susan Rice. Some Democrats criticized Trump, saying he was targeting his political enemies, but Sanders said the president was fulfilling his responsibility to protect classified information.

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West Virginia impeaches its Supreme Court

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/15/18, 01:36 pm

State lawmakers in West Virginia voted this week to impeach all four remaining state Supreme Court justices. The justices were embroiled in a spending controversy, and one of them, Allen Loughry, faced a 23-count federal indictment. The articles of impeachment said Loughry, Beth Walker, Margaret Workman, and Robin Davis failed to control expenses, including more than $1 million in renovations to their individual offices. Republican Gov. Jim Justice will appoint new justices to replace any who are convicted.

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Trump approves bill to fund military, raise soldier pay

by Kent Covington
Posted 8/14/18, 11:48 am

President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion dollar defense bill Monday to fund the military through 2019. The act, signed into law at a ceremony in Fort Drum, N.Y., boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest hike in nine years. It also provides nearly $8 billion dollars for 77 new F-35 fighter jets while barring delivery of the planes to Turkey.

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