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Afghan Presidential Race Takes Shape as Ghani’s Challengers Emerge

Afghanistan’s presidential race is in full swing, with several former officials lining up to challenge President Ashraf Ghani in a vote to be held in July, amid a raging war and fears that yet another fraud-marred election could further [...]

POLITICO Playbook: Trump gets a chance to shape America for decades

President Donald Trump points towards Republican Senate candidate Rep. Kevin Cramer (N.D.), during a campaign rally in Fargo on Wednesday. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo Driving the Day SNEAK [...]
As Israel Celebrates Dream of Independence, Many See Nightmare Taking Shape
JERUSALEM — When Israel declared its independence in 1948, President Harry Truman rushed to recognize it. He took just 11 minutes, and Israelis, about to go to war to defend their infant state, were euphoric. Seventy years to the [...]
Mueller tight-lipped as media leaks shape Russia narrative
Special counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors aren’t talking to the media, but still the leaks keep coming. In the past two weeks, anonymously sourced news reports have said the top federal Russia investigator is preparing [...]
Trump sets his Cabinet free to shape an agenda
President Donald Trump’s administration is now embroiled in an all-consuming fight with the Hill over immigration, and there’s no guarantee that its push for an infrastructure plan will go anywhere — but a robust agenda [...]
Republicans suspicious of ‘Democrats’ Cohn and Mnuchin as tax plans take shape
Conservative lawmakers and strategists have deep concerns that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic adviser Gary Cohn — the administration’s two key leaders on tax reform — don’t have the know-how or political [...]
Commander-in-Creep: Trump tells French First Lady “you’re in such good shape”
Donald Trump has done it again. Only hours after inflicting his infamous shake-and-yank handshake on French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Trump made things even more embarrassing by gushing about what “good shape” First Lady Macron was in. Trump [...]
Inside Marco Rubio’s campaign to shape Trump’s Cuba crackdown
Facing President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio issued a blunt warning: The administration’s plan to crack down on Cuba trade and travel was under threat. Any effort by Trump to make good on his campaign promise [...]

Trump’s billionaire adviser stands to gain from policies he helped shape

Billionaire investor Steve Schwarzman’s newfound status as a trusted outside adviser for President Donald Trump has created blurred lines in which the Blackstone CEO is offering guidance on policies that could boost the fortunes of his company [...]

Bill Maher makes us dumber: How ignorance, fear and stupid pop-culture clichés shape Americans’ view of the Middle East

Last Sunday was the 14th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq. Given the outcome of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the milestone passed almost completely without comment among the many who led the charge to Baghdad in 2003. There are soldiers [...]