Photo: Gen. John Nicholson, Resolute Support Commander, visits with with key leadership in Ghazni, Afghanistan. (US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Trujillo)
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President Trump returned from Europe to new reports about FBI investigations of his inner circle. Reuters reports one subject of inquiry: did the head of a Russian-owned bank propose to the President's son-in-law, Jared Kusher, that economic sanctions be relaxed so that Russian banks could offer financing to people with ties to the President? Jonathan Landay is reporting the story.
Sixteen years after September 11th, the Trump Administration is divided over America's longest war. Since the peak of 100,000 American soldiers their number is now just 8500 soldiers — at a cost of $3.1 billion a month. Now the Pentagon wants to send 5000 more. But the Trump White House is divided. Advocates of continued US involvement say it's all about the Taliban gaining strength and even more extreme groups now involved in the country. Skeptics point to massive financial corruption and ask if there's any plan for ending a conflict that's killed and wounded so many American soldiers for so long.
J. Kael Weston
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Thirty-eight years ago, one of two nuclear reactors at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania suffered a partial meltdown and had to shut down. It was the worst accident of its kind in American history, with "significant" releases of radiation -- but no extensive health affects -- according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That reactor was shut down, and now the second may have to close — 15 years before it's due for a license renewal. Christina Simeone is director of policy and external affairs at the University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Energy Policy Center.
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White House ‘Norms:’ Past and Present President Trump has famously violated traditional rules of presidential behavior. Now Barack Obama has broken the studied silence maintained by former presidents. He’s even attacked Trump by name. Warren explores the historical context and future implications with Tim Naftali, who once ran the Richard Nixon Library and Museum.
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