Success is still achievable in Afghanistan but, without more troops in the next year, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure." That's according to a 66-page "urgent confidential assessment" by the top US and NATO commander, General Stanley McChrystal that's been posted on the Washington Post. Peter Spiegel is senior foreign policy correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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Conventional wisdom has it that healthcare reform is in big trouble, especially with conservative, "Blue Dog" Democrats worried about next year's elections. But big Pharma's on board and the American Medical Association, after 60 years of denouncing government plans as "socialized medicine." Are White House tactics paying off after all? What did those special interests get for their support? What did they give up? Will it all add up to cost control? We talk to the doctors and others.
Nancy Nielsen, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association
Robert Laszewski, President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute / Atlantic (@NormOrnstein)
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
The FBI and New York City Police don't yet have specific information on timing or targets, but an urgent investigation is said to be picking up speed on what could be the first terrorist operation on US soil since 9/11 that's linked to al Qaeda. Three arrests have been made so far, two near Denver, Colorado, the other in Queens, New York. Three native Afghans, living legally in the US, are charged with deliberately making false statements to federal agents. Josh Meyer covers terrorism for the Los Angeles Times.
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On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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