The White House charges Moscow with an elaborate plot to hack American infrastructure and for the first time orders sanctions for election meddling.
American problems in the 16-year war include a resilient Taliban, a weak government in Kabul and, according to the top general overseeing the conflict, Russian interference.
From the onset of his presidency, Donald Trump has made it clear that cheap, abundant domestic energy derived from fossil fuels would be the crucial factor in his total-mobilization approach to global engagement.
The GOP memo, however, includes revelations that may complicate efforts by the president and his allies to undermine Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
The Justice Department objects to the plan to release a memo on the Russia investigation that Republicans say shows improper use of surveillance by the FBI.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden joins those urging officials to release a document that's said to have information about government abuses.
The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims.
This administration, like its post-Cold War predecessors, has one way out of the crisis: real negotiations.
As Hawaii officials try to reassure residents, the state's false alarm triggers a broader discussion about national security in a time of nuclear saber-rattling.