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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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Trump declares emergency on southern border, opens battle over use of military funds to build wall

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency along the U.S-Mexico border, part of an overall effort that uses roughly $6 billion in military funds and personnel to build a wall to curtail illegal immigration.

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Sexual assault remains 'tremendous problem' for military, lawmaker says

The Defense Department’s “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Service Academies” included an anonymous survey of servicemembers that found 50 percent of women and 16 percent of men said they had experienced sexual harassment.


Obstacles remain in battle against ISIS, other terrorist threats

Two top Pentagon officials told a panel of House lawmakers Wednesday that the Islamic State and other terrorist groups have been dealt a series of defeats, yet plenty of challenges remain to fending off future threats.


Navy revises rules in wake of linguist’s death in Syria

Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, a 35-year-old mother of two, was killed Jan. 16 by a suicide bomber at a restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij. It was her fifth combat tour.


CENTCOM’s Votel: ISIS will be defeated before US leaves Syria

A top military general told Senate lawmakers Tuesday that the Islamic State will be defeated in Syria and the terrorist group will not be capable of a resurgence after U.S. troops leave the country.


Lawmakers demand answers in wake of Navy linguist’s death in Syria

Navy Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, 35, a mother of two, was killed last month by a suicide bomber at a restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij. She was on her fifth combat tour.