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China approves contentious Hong Kong national security law

China on Tuesday approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system.

Judge: Bolton can publish book despite efforts to block it

WASHINGTON – Former national security adviser John Bolton can move forward in publishing his tell-all book, a federal judge ruled Saturday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to block the release because of concerns that classified information could be exposed.

Judge weighs bid to stop release of John Bolton’s book

WASHINGTON – A federal judge on Friday criticized former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton for moving to publish his book without formal clearance from the White House, but also suggested he was probably powerless to stop its release given that copies of the manuscript have already been widely distributed.

Bolton critique of Trump could define tell-all book battles

The White House fight with former national security adviser John Bolton is the latest chapter in a lengthy history of Washington book battles, yet it will likely define future cases between the U.S. government and former employees determined to write tell-alls.

Court appears reluctant to order dismissal of Flynn case

A federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it should order the dismissal of the Justice Department's prosecution of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, wading into a politically charged legal question and a power struggle between two branches of government.

National Guard to help with state’s jobless backlog

0LYMPIA – Washington is calling out the National Guard to help with another problem connected to the COVID-19 pandemic: clearing up a backlog of claims for unemployment benefits by out-of-work residents, and separating them from fraudulent claims that have cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Trump’s OMB nominee gets first Senate committee nod

WASHINGTON — Russell Vought, the acting Office of Management and Budget Director nominated to assume the position officially, cleared the first hurdle to confirmation with a 7-4 vote in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Ex-judge says push to dismiss Flynn case is abuse of power

A former federal judge appointed to review the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss criminal charges against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn said there was evidence of a “gross abuse” of prosecutorial power and that the request should be denied.

Washington recovers $300 million of fraudulent jobless claims

As investigations continue into fraudulent unemployment activity, Employment Security Department officials in Washington reported they were able to recover $300 million dollars from the unspecified “hundreds of millions” lost to fraudulent claims.

China moves to quell Hong Kong protests with security law

China officially ratified a plan Thursday to write a national security law for Hong Kong that exerts Beijing’s broader, new control over the semi-autonomous territory in a bid to prevent a return of the months of often-violent protests last year.

Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China’s legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory’s civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly.

Russia says US leaving overflight treaty will hurt security

Russia said Tuesday that the U.S. decision to withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities would erode global security by making it more difficult for governments to interpret the intentions of other nations.

Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

The young migrants and asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande and clamber into the dense brush of Texas. Many are teens who left Central America on their own; others were sent along by parents from refugee camps in Mexico. They are as young as 10.