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More than 30 states have asked the National Guard to help safeguard the 2020 election from cyber threats.

Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

President Trump on Sunday ordered National Guard troops to start withdrawing from Washington, where the protests over the killing of George Floyd have been peaceful in recent days.

In a telephone briefing with reporters, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said guardsmen from 11 states, who came to assist the D.C. National Guard, will be returning home over the next two or three days.

Altogether, the National Guard force from D.C. and the states totaled more than 5,000 this past week, though only about one-third were on the streets at any given time, he said.

In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

National Guardsmen who respond to domestic missions - such as providing disaster assistance or working along the southern U.S. border - may not qualify for V-A benefits.

A thousand National Guard troops from Texas will try to address one of the unintended results of President Trump’s immigration crackdown -- traffic jams that are slowing international commerce.

In California - a state with strong differences with the White House on immigration policy - about 400 troops are on border duty. But they're keeping a low profile.

A North Carolina-based engineering battalion is making slow progress repairing roads that were blocked or damaged in Hurricane Maria. But months of work lies ahead.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has activated another 3,000 National Guard members to help with shelter operations and evacuations as Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida.

Scott was in Jacksonville Thursday meeting with city officials about storm prep.    


Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The search for Florida's next lieutenant governor will be an inside job.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Governor Rick Scott said on Monday that the search for Jennifer Carroll's replacement will be run by his chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, and it will be an internal process with no vetting by outsiders.

U. S. Department of Defense

The United States Air Force is considering budget cuts that could mean moving a squadron of National Guard C-130s from Texas to Montana.

Why does Florida Governor Rick Scott care?  He and other Gulf Coast governors say the plan would hinder rescue and recovery efforts following hurricanes.

Governor Scott -- along with Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Robert Bentley of Alabama -- sent a letter this week to President Obama asking that he intervene.