In our news wrap Tuesday, leaders of two Senate committees reached agreement on new sanctions against Russia, targeting corruption, human rights abuses and weapons shipments to Syria. Also, Pentagon leaders came under fire for not finishing a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan.
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In the day’s other news: Leaders of two Senate committees have reached agreement on new sanctions against Russia. The plan, announced last night, targets corruption, human rights abuses and weapons shipments to Syria. It also requires congressional review if a president tries to ease or end existing sanctions.
Pentagon leaders were criticized over not finishing a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. At a Senate hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis says he will provide details next month.
Arizona Republican John McCain, chair of the Armed Services Committee, said it should have been done within the administration’s first 60 days.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-Ariz.:
Unless we get a strategy from you, you’re going to get a strategy from us. The fact is, it’s not our job. It’s not our job. It’s yours.
JAMES MATTIS, U.S. Secretary of Defense:
Sir, I understand the urgency. I understand it’s my responsibility. We are not winning in Afghanistan right now. And we will correct this.
Secretary Mattis had his own complaint about Congress. He said that — quote — “No enemy has hurt combat readiness more than the automatic spending cuts of recent years.”
Verizon completed its takeover of Yahoo! today in a deal valued at $4.5 billion. Yahoo!’s news and other offerings will be folded into a new Verizon subsidiary called Oath.
And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 92 points to close at 21328. The Nasdaq rose nearly 45 points, and the S&P 500 added 11.
And the Golden State Warriors are celebrating their second NBA championship in three years. They captured the title last night in Oakland, California, after finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. Golden State lost to Cleveland in last year’s finals.