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News Analysis: Trump Seeks a Clear Victory in a Murky War

Mr. Tillerson endorsed that approach on Tuesday, arguing that the president had laid out a strategy “intended to put pressure on the Taliban.” Video Trump’s Changing Stance on Afghanistan Before he became a candidate for president, Donald J. Trump was clear about Afghanistan. But during his campaign, he switched views. By CHRIS CIRILLO and MARK SCHEFFLER on Publish Date August 21, 2017. Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video » The idea, Mr. Tillerson said during a rare appearance in the State Department briefing room, was…

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Louise Linton Goes From the Lap of Luxury to the Center of a Social Media Storm

It was too late to stop critics from defacing her Wikipedia page, usually the first sign of any true social media frenzy. And it was too late to go back to her relatively under-the-radar Washington life. She even managed to upstage President Trump, a man who had just stared directly into the sun. The debacle started after Ms. Linton took a day trip to Kentucky with Mr. Mnuchin and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. Ms. Linton, a spun-sugar blond who cuts an over-the-top glamorous figure in Washington, posted an…

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China protests North Korea-related weapons sanctions from US

SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images President of China, Xi Jinping. The United States should “immediately correct its mistake” of imposing unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals to avoid damaging bilateral cooperation, a Chinese embassy spokesman said on Tuesday. Washington announced new North Korea-related sanctions on Tuesday, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for allegedly facilitating Pyongyang’s weapons programs. “China opposes unilateral sanctions out of the U.N. Security Council framework, especially the ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ over Chinese entities and individuals exercised by any country in… Read Story

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Kushner leading Trump delegation to Middle East

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (C) sits alongside U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (2nd L) as they prepare to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Saudi delegation at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a delegation of Trump administration officials to the Middle East to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. A senior White House official says Kushner, envoy for…

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Hispanic consumers spending less because of lingering fears of Trump's immigration policy

The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration policy is contributing to a slowdown in Hispanic consumer spending, according to a recent Wall Street report. “Numerous consumer companies flagged weak spending from Hispanic consumers this earnings season,” wrote Wall Street researchers at Jefferies. “Weakness doesn’t appear to be a result of a deteriorating macro backdrop; rather, it’s likely because of uncertainty around immigration policy.” President Donald Trump’s pursuit of more aggressive immigration reform has drawn criticism from many consumers and businesses for social responsibility reasons, but this report shows the new push…

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Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, spars with an Instagram user after touting her designer clothing

Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images Steven Mnuchin and wife Louise Linton on the platform at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, January 20, 2017 Louise Linton, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wife, got into an Instagram fight after she posted a picture of herself disembarking a government jet, complete with captioned hashtags calling out Tom Ford, Hermes and Valentino. Linton posted the picture after returning from a Louisville, Kentucky, trip with her husband — where he pitched tax reform with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She called it a day trip…

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Right and Left React to Trump’s Afghanistan Speech

_____ • Daniel DePetris in The Washington Examiner: “The notion that a continued U.S. military presence in Afghanistan would prevent these kinds of self-radicalized or remotely-directed attacks from being carried out is like a doctor prescribing major surgery for a common cold: the remedy is not only unnecessary but a waste of resources and a misunderstanding of the problem at hand.” Does the U.S. need to prolong its longest war to protect itself from the threat of terrorism? The “de facto assumption,” writes Mr. DePetris, is that the collapse of…

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Immigration crackdown has been effective, DHS officials say ahead of Trump's Arizona visit

Daniel Cardenas | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto (not seen) at Los Pinos presidential residence, in Mexico City, Mexico on August 31, 2016. The crackdown on suspected illegal immigrants is working, senior officials said Tuesday ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Yuma, Arizona. Arrests of suspected illegal immigrants are up 43 percent in the first half of 2017 from the same period last year, Department of Homeland Security officials said. The DHS branch Immigration and…

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