Photo: A view of a part of western Mosul, Iraq, (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
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President Trump renewed ties with Europe today in Paris, where he's gone to celebrate Bastille Day with French President Emanuel Macron. He also made his first public comment about the growing controversy over his son Donald, Jr. for taking a meeting with a Russian lawyer, but said nothing came of it."
Vivian Salama is White House reporter for the Associated Press, in Paris with President Trump. She has more on the president’s comments about his son and his discussions with Macron.
The Islamic State is mostly gone from the ancient city of Mosul after what some veterans call "the toughest urban warfare since World War II." Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared victory, but half his second largest city is in ruins. Thousands are dead; more than 700,000 are refugees. Nobody thinks peace is at hand — while ISIS still holds the Syrian city of Raqqa and fosters violence in other places, too. Will the US and other western countries help rebuild Mosul — while Kurds, Turks and other factions struggle for power?
Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (@rcallimachi)
James Dobbins, RAND Corp (@Jim_Dobbins)
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, Middle East Forum (@ajaltamimi)
Robert Malley, International Crisis Group (@Rob_Malley)
Moments before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shows his GOP caucus his latest version of healthcare reform, two moderate Republicans offered another plan. South Carolina's Lindsey Graham told CNN, "We're going to support Mitch's efforts with his with his new plan, but we want an alternative and we all see which one can get 50 votes. We're not undercutting Mitch. He's not undercutting us." Graham was joined by fellow Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy (Gage Skidmore)
Josh Barro, senior editor at Business Insider and host of KCRW's Left, Right and Center, considers likely Democratic and Republican reaction to the new bills.
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