Tags: Defense

China’s mysterious campaign to build artificial islands in disputed waters of the South China Sea has grown to cover roughly 2,000 acres, a senior defense official said Friday, as the Pentagon issued a report warning the sites could be used to bolster the country’s military infrastructure. Full News here – FOX News

President Obama “will mount his latest defense of a Pacific trade agreement with a visit Friday to the headquarters of a quintessential importer, Nike Inc., a move that scrambles the traditional political arguments for free trade,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “By traveling to the huge importer of shoes from Asia, the president will highlight…

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Calling Republican defense spending plans a "road to nowhere," Defense Secretary Ash Carter appealed on Wednesday for lawmakers to work with him toward a new bipartisan budget deal to provide stable funding for a U.S. military hurt by years of steep cuts. Carter told a Senate…

First Draft: Clinton Team Bolsters Its Defense Ahead of Negative Book’s Release

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign team is ratcheting up its pushback on “Clinton Cash,” a book about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, by creating a website and other measures focused on debunking the book, which comes out Tuesday. Full News here – NYT > Politics

The Senate on Tuesday kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy funding debate over Senate Republicans’ budget blueprint, which aims to boost defense spending and to repeal the Affordable Care Act through a process known as reconciliation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to keep his promise of an open-amendment process on…

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