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The 26th Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is greeted on his first full day in the position by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., in Arlington, VA, Jan. 21, 2017.  <br>D. Myles Cullen/Department of Defense

Trio of military men gain growing influence with Trump

In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with.



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Supreme Court could rule in transgender bathroom case

Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys' bathroom and the Virginia school board that won't let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute, even after the Trump administration retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use.



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europe

Poland guts military command on NATO front line

With the government moving to rid institutions of officials appointed by the former ruling Civic Platform party, 90 percent of the General Staff leadership and more than 80 percent of the army's top brass have gone.



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pacific

Japanese think tank argues for moving Marines off Okinawa

The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit could leave Okinawa without sacrificing its value as a security provider in the Asia-Pacific, a Japanese think tank said following a study of alternatives to building a new runway opposed by the island’s governor.