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Defense Secretary Mark Esper, shown here last week on Capitol Hill, lists flags that are authorized to be displayed on U.S. military property in a memo Friday. The Confederate battle flag is missing from the list. Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP hide caption

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper, here at a Pentagon press conference in March, says he does not support invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act to deal with the current unrest in the nation. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is in the western North Pacific Ocean on March 18. The Navy has recommended reinstatement of the ship's captain who was fired after pleading for help with the coronavirus infection onboard. Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas/U.S. Navy via AP hide caption

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas/U.S. Navy via AP

Defense Secretary Mark told NPR on Monday that the U.S. has the constitutional authority to strike Iranian proxies in Iraq and Iran on its home soil in retaliation for attacks on American forces. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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