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Pence delays Middle East trip in case his vote is needed on tax bill

December 15, 2017
Ashley Parker | The Washington Post
Vice President Pence delayed his trip to the Middle East and Germany this weekend and will remaining in Washington for a few extra days in case he is needed to cast a tiebreaking vote on Republican tax legislation, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
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U.S. to Remain in Syria Indefinitely, Pentagon Officials Say

December 9, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon plans to keep some U.S. forces in Syria indefinitely, even after a war against the Islamic State extremist group formally ends, to take part in what it describes as ongoing counterterrorism operations, officials said.
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U.S. allies worry Jerusalem decision will hurt peace talks

December 7, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
Israel is the only country praising President Trump Thursday for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. There are fiery protests in the nearby West Bank. Iraq's foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador, France's president said he disapproves of the move and Saudi Arabia called it "unjustified and irresponsible.
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Powerful allies molded Trump’s view on Jerusalem

December 7, 2017
Julie Pace, Jonathan Lemire | The Associated Press
The decision reflects the influence of powerful allies in Trump’s inner circle, including Vice President Mike Pence and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, men determined to coach Trump on the issue and its importance to conservative Jews and evangelical Christians.
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Against advice, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

December 6, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
President Trump is set to reverse nearly seven decades of U.S. Middle East policy, as he is expected to announce that Washington will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The president plans to tell the State Department to begin moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.
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U.S. Captures a Second Suspect in 2012 Benghazi Attack

October 31, 2017
Nancy Youssef | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Special Operations Forces captured a Libyan man believed to be part of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, U.S. defense officials said Monday.
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What's next for the caliphate?

October 23, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
ISIS lost its Syrian capital, Raqqa, last week. Trump issued a congratulatory statement; but we've not seen any George W. Bush-style "Mission Accomplished" speeches.
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