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What are the differences between NAFTA and the USMCA?

January 17, 2020
Amna Nawaz | The PBS NewsHour
The Senate has passed a new trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. The USMCA, as it’s now called, is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, and it does change or replace some important provisions -- but critics say it is hardly the overhaul that was once advertised.
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Trump Broke The Law In Freezing Ukraine Funds, Watchdog Report Concludes

January 16, 2020
Ayesha Rascoe | NPR
A federal watchdog concluded President Trump broke a law when he froze assistance funds for Ukraine last year, according to a report unveiled on Thursday. The White House has said previously that it believed Trump was acting within his legal authority.
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Esper Says He Saw No Evidence Iran Targeted 4 Embassies, as Story Shifts Again

January 13, 2020
Peter Baker, Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times
The sharp disparity between the president and his defense secretary only added to the public debate over the Jan. 3 strike that killed Iran’s most important general and whether there was sufficient justification for an operation that escalated tensions with Iran, aggravated relations with European allies and prompted Iraq to threaten to expel United States forces.
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White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

January 11, 2020
Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro, Jill Colvin | AP News
The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people familiar with the deliberations.
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White House wants to change environmental rules to speed up highway projects, pipelines and more

January 9, 2020
Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis | The Washington Post
The White House is moving to exempt projects without significant federal funding from environmental reviews that have been required for 50 years, a major shift that would make it easier to build mines, expand airports and lay pipelines, among other things, according to three people familiar with the proposal.
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Bolton’s willingness to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial ramps up pressure on Senate Republicans

January 7, 2020
Rachael Bade, Robert Costa, Mike DeBonis, Tom Hamburger | The Washington Post
John Bolton scrambled Senate Republicans’ impeachment strategy on Monday, declaring his willingness to testify and upping the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his party to summon the former national security adviser as a witness in President Trump’s trial.
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Killing of Soleimani follows long push from Pompeo for aggressive action against Iran, but airstrike brings serious risks

January 6, 2020
Josh Dawsey, John Hudson, Shane Harris, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
The secretary also spoke to President Trump multiple times every day last week, culminating in Trump’s decision to approve the killing of Iran’s top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, at the urging of Pompeo and Vice President Pence, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
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F.D.A. Plans to Ban Most E-Cigarette Flavors but Menthol

January 2, 2020
Maggie Haberman, Sheila Kaplan | The New York Times
The Trump administration is expected to announce this week that it will ban mint-, fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarette cartridges popular with teenagers, but allow menthol and tobacco flavors to remain on the market.
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Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion

December 30, 2019
Maggie Haberman, Mark Mazzetti, Eric Lipton | The New York Times
The Democratic-led inquiry into Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine this spring and summer established that the president was actively involved in parallel efforts — both secretive and highly unusual — to bring pressure on a country he viewed with suspicion, if not disdain.
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