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A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched during a successful intercept test
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Defense Poised in South Korea

The U.S missile defense battery being installed in South Korea will be operational "in the coming days" according to Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command. Harris expressed a lack of confidence in the North Korean leader refraining from "something precipitous"

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Ann Coulter Cancels UC Berkeley Speech

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has cancelled her speech at UC Berkeley, citing the loss of support from conservative groups that had previously sponsored her speaking engagement. "It's a sad day for free speech," Coulter said

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Large Explosion Rocks the Syrian Capital, Observers Say

A large explosion rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near the Damascus airport, Syrian opposition activists and a monitor said. A pro-government site said the explosion was near the city's Seventh Bridge, which leads to the airport road

President Trump Signs Executive Order Promoting Agriculture And Rural Prosperity In America

President Trump Just Proposed a Big Tax Cut

President Donald Trump wants to simplify the personal tax code by cutting rates and eliminating deductions used by more affluent Americans. White House economic adviser Gary Cohn says the plan would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6% to 35%

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Nine Pro-Democracy Activists Arrested in Hong Kong

Police in Hong Kong have charged several pro-democracy activists over their involvement in a protest against the Chinese government's intervention in the election of two pro-independence lawmakers last year. It's the second arrest of opposition figures in as many days

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Jason Chaffetz Will Miss Weeks of Work for Surgery

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz is set to miss more than three weeks of work as he undergoes surgery, according to his Instagram post. His absence could rule him out of important votes on issues such as health care and tax reform

President Trump Delivers Remarks At National Day Of Remembrance Ceremony

Trump Considering Breaking Up the Ninth Circuit Court

President Donald Trump said that he is considering splitting up the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after its recent rulings that have blocked two of his executive orders. "There are many people that want to break up the Ninth Circuit. It's outrageous," Trump said Wednesday