The Brief

An unarmed Minuteman III ICBM launches during an operational test from Vandenberg Air Force Base California
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Rising Tensions

An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile has been launched from a U.S. Air Force Base in California on a flight to a target in the Pacific Ocean. The test, designed to show U.S. "nuclear capabilities," comes amid escalating tensions in Korea

Sanctuary Cities

Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Sanctuary City Order

A federal judge blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. It's yet another case of President Donald Trump's executive orders facing scrutiny from the judiciary

Operation Euphrates Shield

Turkey Bombs U.S. Allies, Prompting Concern in Washington

A series of Turkish airstrikes against U.S. allies in Syria and Iraq has provoked deep concern in Washington. The State Department condemned the strikes, which killed members of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Iraq-based Kurdish Peshmerga

2017 Time 100 Gala - Dinner

See the Biggest Moments From the TIME 100 Gala

Leslie Jones, Margot Robbie, and Riz Ahmed were just three of the attendees at the 2017 TIME 100 Gala. Between performances from John Legend and Demi Lovato to toasts from Syrian Defense leader Raed Saleh and Viola Davis, it was a night for the books

Donald Trump

GOP Drops Border Wall Demands

Congressional negotiators inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny President Donald Trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the Mexico border

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Le Pen Calls French Election a 'Revolt' Against the Elite

Far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen said that people are revolting against the elite and predicted that could translate into a "very big surprise" when ballots are cast May 7 in France's final round to choose a new leader

Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, speaks to members of the media after a closed House Republican election meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

House Oversight Leader: Flynn Apparently Broke Law

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said former national security advisor Michael Flynn appears to have broken the law when he accepted payments from entities linked to Russia and Turkey. Flynn was forced to step down as national security advisor in February

APTOPIX Venezuela Political Crisis

Death Toll in Venezuela Protests Rises to 26

Two men were gunned down at separate demonstrations Tuesday, bringing fatalities around this month's protests against the Maduro government to 26. The opposition's main demands are for elections, the release of activists and autonomy for the legislature

Ivanka Trump Attends W20 Conference In Berlin

Ivanka Trump Booed in Germany

Ivanka Trump was booed by the audience as she defended her father as a supporter of women during a panel discussion at the W20 Summit, while answering questions about her dual role as a first daughter and presidential adviser

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Rick Perry Says U.S. Should 'Renegotiate' Paris Agreement

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that he supports remaining in the Paris Agreement but would like the country to "renegotiate" the climate change accord. Perry's comments come as President Trump is considering whether to pull the U.S. from the agreement

Leading Conservatives, Presidential Candidates Speak At CPAC Gathering

UC Berkeley Braces for Protests During Ann Coulter Speech

Coulter was invited to Berkeley by college Republicans last week to speak this Thursday, but the University cancelled, citing security concerns and claiming they were unable to find a safe venue. Instead, they proposed that she speak in May