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Trump officials to brief Congress on escalating tensions with Iran

May 21, 2019
Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
President Trump’s top national security advisers will meet with the full membership of the House and then the Senate on Tuesday afternoon to brief lawmakers on the administration’s escalating standoff with Iran.
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Trump to Open Middle East Peace Drive With Economic Incentives

May 20, 2019
Peter Baker, Mark Landler | The New York Times
After more than two years of study and deliberation, President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have decided to take a businessman’s approach to Middle East peace: They will try to buy their way to a deal. On Sunday, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner finally opened their long-awaited drive for what the president has called “the deal of the century” by announcing that the United States would hold an “economic workshop” in Bahrain next month to produce strategies to invest in the Palestinians and other Arabs.
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States aren’t waiting for the Trump administration on environmental protections

May 20, 2019
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
More than a dozen states are moving to strengthen environmental protections to combat a range of issues from climate change to water pollution, opening a widening rift between stringent state policies and the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.
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To Contain Iran, Trump’s Newest Line in the Sand Looks a Lot Like Obama’s President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, watching the National Army Day parade in Tehran last month. Credit Reuters Image

May 18, 2019
David Sanger | The New York Times
Pressed this week to define President Trump’s goals in escalating military and economic pressure on Iran, one of his top foreign policy aides ticked through a familiar list: End the country’s support for terrorism, stop its missile launches and then, most important, keep Iran more than a year away from the capability to build a nuclear weapon.
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Trump unveils new plan to overhaul U.S. immigration system

May 17, 2019
Hallie Jackson | NBC News
The plan would shift from a family-based immigration system to a merit-based system that prioritizes highly-skilled and educated immigrants. The plan does not address undocumented immigrants already in the country or so-called Dreamers and has been criticized by Democrats.
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Judge orders public release of what Michael Flynn said in call to Russian ambassador

May 17, 2019
Carol Leonnig, Rosalind Helderman | The Washington Post
A federal judge on Thursday ordered that prosecutors make public a transcript of a phone call that former national security adviser Michael Flynn tried hard to hide with a lie: his conversation with a Russian ambassador in late 2016.
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White House Puts Off Final Decision on Auto Tariffs for 180 Days

May 17, 2019
Vivian Salama, Josh Zumbrun | The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration said Friday it would put off for 180 days a final decision on whether to impose broad tariffs on automobile and auto-part imports. President Trump has repeatedly warned he could impose tariffs on cars produced by major trading partners including the European Union and Japan, citing national-security concerns. The administration has sought to use the pressure from that threat to negotiate bilateral trade agreements.
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Trump's irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy

May 16, 2019
Kaitlan Collins, Kevin Liptak, Jeremy Diamond, Jim Acosta, Kylie Atwood | CNN
President Donald Trump has become irritated at an emerging impression his hawkish national security advisers are marching him closer to war with Iran despite his isolationist tendencies, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Trump administration to delay auto tariffs by up to six months: Sources

May 16, 2019
Kayla Tausche, Jacob Pramuk | CNBC
The Trump administration plans to delay auto tariffs by up to six months, stopping itself for now from widening global trade disputes, four sources told CNBC. The White House faces a Saturday deadline to decide whether to slap duties on car and auto part imports over national security concerns. After Saturday, the administration would have another 180 days to come to a decision as long as it is negotiating with its counterparts.
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