Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioner Kristine Svinicki listens to lawmakers as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Svinicki maintains there is no reason to ban the use of cesium irradiators, which multiple experts say pose a grave threat to national security.

SEATTLE — Scientific experts warned Congress more than a decade ago that just four teaspoons of radioactive cesium-137 — if spread by a terrorist's "dirty bomb" — could contaminate up to 10 square miles of Manhattan.

The material is commonly found across the United States. Hospitals, blood banks and medical research centers use it in devices called irradiators, which sterilize blood and tissue. Hundreds of the devices are licensed for use, including at least 50 in Southern California.

Each typically contains about twice as much radioactive material as the scientific panel warned could disrupt much of the nation's largest city.

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WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson and Julian Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson. (Associated Press/Alastair Grant)

A bearded (and quite pale) Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy on Thursday, which the UK Home Office says came "in relation to a provisional extradition request" from the United States. The Department of Justice has charged him with "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion" with then-Army Intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

So what now?

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media.defense.gov

President Trump ignored his own administration's findings, violated his constitutional duties and played pure politics when he declared emergency earlier this month in order to secure funding for a Mexican border wall, several dozen former national security officials said Monday.

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U.S. tactical vehicles provide security near a blockade on a road toward Manbij, Syria, June 20, 2018. (U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Timothy Koster)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's biggest claims on key foreign policy issues from North Korea to Islamic State were undercut on Tuesday — by his own national security team.

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What do China, Russia, bubonic plague and global warming have in common? They are among the top threats to U.S. national security, according to the U.S. government.

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Associated Press/Carolyn Kaster

I doubt Trump really wants to know who wrote that anonymous op-ed attacking his administration from the perspective of an insider.

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