Once Tortured in Iranian Jail, Ex-marine Fights Spy Claims

WASHINGTON—After Amir Hekmati was released from Iranian custody in a 2016 deal trumpeted as a diplomatic breakthrough, he was declared eligible for $20 million from a special U.S. government fund as compensation for years of imprisonment that included brutal torture. But payday never arrived, leaving Hekmati to wonder why. The answer has finally arrived: Newly…

US report warns of threats from white supremacists, militias

WASHINGTON: US spy agencies warned yesterday of an ongoing threat that racially motivated violent extremists, such as white supremacists, will carry out mass-casualty attacks on civilians while militia groups target police and government personnel and buildings.Agencies contributing to the assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence included the FBI, the Department of…

Iowa House Race Becomes Funhouse Mirror of Toxic 2020 Politics

Caroline Brehman/GETTYAt first blush, the biggest outstanding dispute of the 2020 election reads all too familiar: An Iowa congressional candidate—certified by the state as the loser in her election by just six votes—is continuing her challenge four months after Election Day with a battle cry to “count every legal vote.”But the candidate in question, Rita…