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Trump cedes Syrian postwar planning to Putin

November 22, 2017
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
With rebel fighters largely routed and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, driven from most of Syria’s territory, experts and U.S. officials say the real fight now is about a regional power struggle playing out in the country.
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Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

November 21, 2017
David Sanger, Michael D. Shear | The New York Times
President Trump on Monday officially designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a provocative diplomatic move that he said was aimed at drastically increasing pressure on the rogue nation to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
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Did Donald Trump subvert the case against New York City terror suspect?

November 3, 2017
Joan Biskupic | CNN
Trump's statements, as they stand, likely would not be a factor not in jurors' consideration of Saipov's guilt or innocence, but rather in a sentence of, say life in prison or death. Even then, McCarthy added, jurors may not be influenced by Trump.
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Trump Abandons Idea of Sending Terrorism Suspect to Guantánamo

November 2, 2017
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Trump on Thursday backed off his threat to send the suspect in this week’s New York terrorist attack to the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but once again called for the man to be executed, a public intervention in the case that could come back to haunt prosecutors in any future trial.
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Trump says he ordered U.S. to ‘step up our already Extreme Vetting Program’

November 1, 2017
Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
Trump wrote in a tweet, “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!”
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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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