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terça-feira, 9 de maio de 2017

THE WASHINGTON POST-U.S. is poised to ramp up military in Afghanistan


The Trump administration is considering a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan, including an increase of at least 3,000 troops, that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban. The plan would authorize the Pentagon, not the White House, to set troop levels in Afghanistan and give it far broader authority to use airstrikes to target militants.
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates told lawmakers that she expected the White House to “take action” on her January warning about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. The retired general stayed on the job for 18 days after Yates’s warning.
Sandy Hockenberry of Dubuque, Iowa, yells in anger at a town hall meeting held by Rep. Rod Blum. (Rachel Mummey/For The Post)
Sandy Hockenberry of Dubuque, Iowa, yells in anger at a town hall meeting held by Rep. Rod Blum. (Rachel Mummey/For The Post)
Rep. Rod Blum, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, struggled to explain his vote to support the American Health Care Act to a pre-screened audience.
President Trump’s political statements trailed him to court, where ­judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit seemed skeptical his revised travel ban was based on national security concerns rather than his campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

Two months before Monday’s announcement that Sinclair Broadcast Group would acquire Tribune Media, the company sent out a “must-run” piece echoing a frequent complaint of President Trump. While other station owners also push “must-runs,” Sinclair appears unique for what analysts see as a political slant.
An offer of visas for a $500,000 investment in a Kushner company property is a “stark conflict of interest,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
After paying $2.4 billion for the whimsical handbag company, Coach plans to do away with its deep discounts.
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Emmanuel Macron channeled that kind of “centrist” idealism that is virtually nonexistent in the United States. But he was also buttressed by a more sober, responsible media at home.
A man was arrested Monday in a string of a dozen separate shootings that terrified a predominantly Latino neighborhood last year, a huge break in what was dubbed the case of the Serial Street Shooter.
Homo naledi lived as recently as 236,000 years ago and could have crossed paths with the direct ancestors of modern humans, scientists say.
The late-night host called on his viewers to submit online comments to the Federal Communications Commission to show their support for net neutrality rules. Since the show aired on Sunday, the commenting site has had connectivity problems.
The peace accord signed by the Colombian government and leftist FARC rebels to end their 52-year war called on the guerrillas to quit the drug business and help rural families switch to legal crops. But cash benefits available through the deal has had the opposite effect, luring farmers to stuff their fields with coca plants, the raw ingredients of cocaine.
Millions are going to the polls, bringing about an end to six months of political turmoil but opening a new and potentially difficult chapter in relations with the United States.
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