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The US could face a ‘decisive military defeat’ in a war with China or Russia today, an alarming new report warns

"If the United States had to fight Russia in a Baltic contingency or China in a war over Taiwan, Americans could face a decisive military defeat," a new report warns.

How Goldman Sachs’ Dina Powell became a top contender to replace Nikki Haley at the UN

Dina Powell was the highest ranking Arab-American in the Bush administration. After making millions on Wall Street, she briefly served in the Trump administration, and now she's rumored to replace outgoing ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
James Comey.

Acting on Trump’s threat to revoke security clearances of former intelligence officials who criticize him could backfire in a national crisis

If President Donald Trump moves to revoke the security clearances of former US intelligence officials who criticize him, it could backfire in a moment of national crisis. Historically, former officials have maintained their clearances so the latest administration can consult them as needed.
New York Times reporter Ali Watkins

The 26-year-old New York Times reporter who had a relationship with a Senate Intelligence aide has been reassigned

Ali Watkins, a New York Times national security reporter whose communications were secretly seized by the government earlier this year, will be reassigned from the paper's Washington, DC bureau to its New York City office.
Former Senate Intelligence Committee aide James A. Wolfe; New York Times reporter Ali Watkins.

How a young reporter’s affair with a top government staffer became the center of a classified leak investigation

Ali Watkins, a young New York Times reporter, recently became the known journalist to have her communications seized by the Trump administration. She'd been having an affair with a senior staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she covered.

Security concerns have Australia reportedly reconsidering a 5G contract with China’s Huawei

Australian national security agencies are recommending the government not allow Chinese firm Huawei to work on new 5G networks. In 2012, the Chinese firm was flagged for cybersecurity concerns and the NSA reportedly warned Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull about Huawei earlier this year.
Donald Trump.

Ex-Trump aide says the president is like a gossipy female who can’t keep a secret

President Donald Trump has a lot of trouble keeping certain secrets and is basically a "yenta," a Yiddish word for female gossip, according to one of his former 2016 campaign aides.
Dried coral lies on a beach as the sun sets on Lady Elliot Island located 80 kilometers north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia.

Climate change is one of Australia’s biggest national security risks

Climate change poses a "current and existential national security risk" to Australia, according to an Australian Senate inquiry. The report said the Asia-Pacific region is "most vulnerable" to risks associated with climate change, that could increase the potential for conflict.
Pamela Geller and John Bolton in 2009

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller has been in touch with Trump’s new national security adviser, John Bolton

Pamela Geller, a well-known anti-Islam activist, says she has had "positive" interactions in recent years with the president's new national security adviser, John Bolton. Geller, a promoter of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories," called Bolton "a fierce patriot ... who has a clear and accurate understanding of the nature and magnitude of the threats facing us."
National security adviser John Bolton

Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton chaired an anti-Muslim group promoted by Russian trolls

John Bolton, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, chaired an anti-Muslim think tank that promotes false, misleading, and discriminatory news.