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An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran

September 23, 2019
Peter Baker, Michael Crowley, Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
By the time President Trump met with congressional leaders on the afternoon of June 20, he had already decided to retaliate against Iran for shooting down an American surveillance drone. But for once, he kept his cards close to the vest, soliciting advice rather than doing all of the talking.
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At a rally like no other, Trump woos Indian American voters ahead of 2020

September 23, 2019
Anita Kumar | POLITICO
It wasn’t your typical Trump campaign rally. Instead of red Make America Great Again hats, there were turbans and Islamic caps. Women in traditional Indian garb danced to bhangra drums. And tens of thousands of cheering Indian Americans chanted “USA!” and snapped photos.
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Whistleblower complaint about President Trump involves Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter

September 20, 2019
Ellen Nakashima, Carol Leonnig, Shane Harris, Greg Miller | The Washington Post
A whistleblower complaint about President Trump made by an intelligence official centers on Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the matter, which has set off a struggle between Congress and the executive branch.
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Pentagon Weighs Sending More Military Assets to Mideast

September 20, 2019
Nancy Youssef, Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon is considering sending additional antimissile batteries, another squadron of jet fighters and added surveillance capabilities to the Middle East to shore up the military’s regional presence in the wake of the attack last weekend on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum industry, U.S. military officials said.
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Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say

September 19, 2019
Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller, Shane Harris | The Washington Post
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
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What attacks on Saudi oil sites mean for the U.S. and Iran

September 19, 2019
Yamiche Alcindor | PBS NewsHour
In Riyadh on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia showcased evidence it says proves Iran’s involvement in weekend airstrikes on two major Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies the claim, and given the strained relations between the two countries, how should the U.S. respond?
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Trump Names Robert O’Brien as National Security Adviser

September 18, 2019
Vivian Salama | The Wall Street Journal
President Trump named Robert C. O’Brien as his new national security adviser, picking a top hostage-affairs official for the high-profile White House role. Mr. Trump tweeted the announcement Wednesday morning, writing “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”
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Trump’s Challenge: Can His Word on Iran Be Trusted?

September 18, 2019
David Sanger | The New York Times
President Trump must now confront that problem as he struggles with one of the most critical national security decisions of his presidency. Over the next few days or weeks, he will almost certainly face the reality that much of the world — angry at his tweets, tirades, untruths and accusations — could be disinclined to believe the arguments advanced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others that Iran bears responsibility for the attack.
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Lies, Purging and Prorogation: Two Pivotal Weeks in Brexit

September 14, 2019
Mark Landler | The New York Times
After two dizzying weeks, Britain seems poised on a threshold, between the folkways and rituals of its past and a future of radical change, where conventions are turned upside down and old rules no longer apply. Past and future were both on vivid display during these fraught days, sometimes hand in hand.
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