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Team Trump Goes Back To Sanctions Playbook

The Trump administration announced fresh sanctions on Iran Friday following Tehrans missile strikes on an Iraqi military base housing American troops. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a press conference Friday that the U.S. had sanctioned eight Iranian officials as well as companies in the countrys steel, metals, and mining sectors. Several of those companies have been blacklisted, meaning American individuals and entities are barred from doing any business with them. The Iranian officials sanctioned include the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian…

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Pompeo suggests reporter ‘working for Democrats’ after impeachment grilling

Secretary of state says to Nashville local TV reporter Nancy Amons who asked hardball questions: You have some of your facts wrong Secretary of state Mike Pompeo suffered embarrassment from an unexpected quarter on Friday, as a speech to a Christian group about religious freedom, a priority of the Trump administration. WSMV, an NBC affiliate, Nancy Amons was determined not to give him a break. Saying she would start right away with the tough stuff, as you know, Amons asked about a key issue in the Ukraine scandal: the removal…

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U.S. Intel to Congress: No Evidence al Qaeda Is Helping Iran

The American intelligence community has no evidence that al Qaeda has cooperated with the Iranian government in its recent aggressive moves in the Persian Gulf region, a senior U.S. government official told members of Congress on Tuesday. That finding, which was relayed to The Daily Beast by three sources familiar with the matter, could undercut a potential legal case for going to war with Iran if tensions between Washington and Tehran keep escalating. The assessment was delivered in a classified briefing with dozens of House members on Capitol Hill. According…

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