Claudia Grisales

Claudia Grisales covers Congress for Stars and Stripes.

She joined Stripes in August 2017, after serving for 16 years as a staff writer for the Austin American-Statesman, the daily newspaper in Austin, Texas. She’s a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She’s also an alum from the University of Texas and the University of Houston.

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Green Beret, two language specialists, SEAL-turned-DIA civilian among dead in ISIS-claimed Syria bombing

The ISIS-claimed bombing of a restaurant in Syria on Wednesday killed an Army Green Beret with four children, a former Navy SEAL working for the Pentagon’s intelligence agency and a Navy linguist, the Pentagon announced Friday. An American contractor was also killed.

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House Armed Services leaders oppose use of military funds for border wall

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, in his first news briefing as the ranking minority member of the House Armed Services Committee, said Tuesday that he’s opposed to the use of military funds for non-defense matters, such as the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

US appeals court rules in favor of Trump transgender ban, but policy still can’t be enforced

A White House effort to ban transgender people from military service has been mired in confusion, chaos and a web of litigation nearly two years after Donald Trump fired off tweets that ignited the controversy.

New House Armed Services Committee chairman Adam Smith outlines his goals

Rep. Adam Smith, a Democratic congressman from Washington state, was officially tasked Friday to take over as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in a move that was widely expected under a change of power for the lower chamber.


Mattis’ replacement faces tightrope walk between Capitol Hill, Trump

With the impending departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a battle could be brewing on who should replace him with President Donald Trump pitted against Capitol Hill lawmakers, who must confirm the Pentagon’s next top official, experts said Friday.

Defense secretary Mattis' resignation jolts Capitol Hill

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were shaken Friday with the news of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, a departure that leaves a gaping hole in military leadership and heightens concerns that the country’s national security could be entering a free fall.