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'Most impressive thing any president's ever done': Tucker Carlson on Trump's eclipse viewing – video
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Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has described Donald Trump’s actions during Monday’s eclipse – when he watched the sun without protective glasses, prompting a reminder from an aide – as ‘perhaps the most impressive thing any president’s ever done’. Sarcasm or genuine praise? You decide. How to tell if you damaged your eyes during the […]

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Donald Trump says he'll expand US military intervention in Afghanistan
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The president admitted: ‘My original instinct was to pull out’ but said he’d bowed to advice from officials, and claimed he’d take a much tougher line with Pakistan Donald Trump has announced he would prolong the US military intervention in Afghanistan, which he once described as a “complete waste”, bowing to advice from his top […]

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Stop treating science denial like a disease
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Turning the rejection of scientific expertise into a pathology mistakenly presents individual ignorance as the bottleneck in political disagreements The elevation of science to a central theme in American politics is an extraordinary development in the co-evolution of science and society. Three months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, 40,000 or so people turned out in the […]

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'Sanctuary schools' across America defy Trump's immigration crackdown
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From Los Angeles to Miami to New York, dozens of school districts are vowing to shield students and their families from immigration authorities This article – the first of a three-part series – was reported by The74Million.org, a nonpartisan education news nonprofit, in partnership with the Guardian It’s been an excruciating six months since 14-year-old […]

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Bank's QE programme 'like heroin' says ex-Treasury official – as it happened
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Cohn favourite to replace Fed’s Yellen – survey Merkel hits out at car bosses’ bonuses Chinese company reportedly looking at Fiat Chrysler Total pays $7.5bn for Maersk Oil North Korea and Trump back in the spotlight as bankers prepare for Jackson Hole summit 2.07pm BST Stock markets have a cautious tone ahead of some key […]

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Trump's decision to allow plastic bottle sales in national parks slammed
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Reversal of ban shows ‘corporate agenda is king and people and environment are left behind’, say campaigners The Trump administration’s decision to reverse a ban on the sale of plastic water bottles in some of America’s most famous national parks, such as the Grand Canyon shows “the corporate agenda is king and people and the […]

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Donald Trump to announce new strategy on Afghanistan in major speech
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US president to deliver address to troops and the nation at Fort Myer military base on Monday night Donald Trump will announce his decision on America’s strategy in Afghanistan on Monday night in an address to US troops and the nation almost 16 years after the war began. The US president will “provide an update […]

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Trump's infrastructure plan: let's have another look at those really long charts
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Donald Trump was supposed to be talking about infrastructure when he made his remarks about Charlottesville on Tuesday. His printed chart was taller than transportation secretary Elaine Chao Trump’s infrastructure plan in ruins after wrecking ball of neo-Nazi comments If you like scrolling, you’ll love two charts released recently by the White House. The longer […]

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Bannon departs – but ‘Trump whisperer’ could have more influence from outside
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Despite his exit from the White House, Trump’s longtime ally retains plenty of power – and a war with Republican leaders in Washington is firmly in his sights As Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House amplified predictions of a brewing war between the so-called “alt-right” and the Republican establishment, there was speculation Donald Trump’s […]

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Trump attacks Boston counter-protesters as 'anti-police agitators'
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Trump tweet likely to revive controversy that followed Charlottesville Anti-Nazi protesters dwarfed small group of rightwingers Donald Trump described anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstrators who converged on Boston as “anti-police agitators” on Saturday, in a tweet that seemed destined to revive the still simmering controversy over his remarks equating the far right and anti-Nazis in Charlottesville […]

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Overt racists are easy to spot. America’s insidious racism is a greater challenge | Natalie Y Moore
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Racial terror and violence are built into the fabric of the country – and Trump has given licence to white supremacy In a time of severe political strife in America, a rare show of bipartisanship occurred in the aftermath of the white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Democrats and Republicans alike denounced the white, tiki-torch-carrying […]

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Bannon vows to wage war for Trump by crushing White House opposition
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President praises the ousted ‘alt-right’ strategist who masterminded his nationalist message Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to praise Steve Bannon, speaking out amid the turmoil that followed his chief strategist’s departure and left the president increasingly isolated within the White House. One day after Bannon became the latest high-profile official to part company […]

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The once mighty are falling – and not before time | Catherine Bennett
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Statues honours people’s worth. So it’s surely good sense to question their value from time to time It may interest Donald Trump in his new role as monument conservationist to know he has Chris Patten with him. In 2016, Patten, chancellor of Oxford University, helped preserve the statue of Cecil Rhodes in his bespoke niche […]

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A letter to my American friends: when did the dream die?
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Former foreign correspondent Simon Tisdall fell in love with America during his posting. Here, he asks what happened to the ‘shining city on the hill’ and wonders: how did America lose its mind in the age of Trump? It is difficult for Americans to watch the presidential parody that is Donald Trump with anything approaching […]

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How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists | Russ Feingold
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Let us finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda. It isn’t Russ Feingold is a former Senator for Wisconsin It takes approximately 30 seconds to send a tweet. A half hour to draft and release a statement. And the shelf life of both is only […]

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The storm around America's statues isn't about history. It's about whiteness | Eddie S Glaude, Jr
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Confederate statues are part of a politics that trades on white fears and cultural wars that scapegoat black and brown people. It’s time to confront this During his infamous press conference this Tuesday, as he vehemently defended his claim that both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump declared “many of […]

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The New Depressus: readers' poems for Trump's America
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After a senior Trump adviser dismissed the famous poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty, we asked readers to reimagine The New Colossus in a style that would be to Trump’s liking Continue reading…

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Trump could lose honorary law degree after Charlottesville remarks
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Lehigh University considers rescinding president’s doctor of laws status Robert Gordon University took back Trump’s honorary business degree in 2015 One of the three universities to give Donald Trump an honorary doctorate is considering whether to revoke it in the wake of his controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. The board of […]

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Steve Bannon: the turbulent story of Trump's chief strategist – video profile
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Steve Bannon has been a naval officer, an investment banker, a film producer and an executive at Breitbart News. He was made Donald Trump’s chief strategist and was arguably the most influential man in the White House, but has now been removed, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration Steve […]

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Steve Bannon removed from White House role
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White House press secretary issues statement saying chief of staff John Kelly and Bannon ‘have mutually agreed’ that today would be Bannon’s last day Steve Bannon has been removed from his post as White House chief strategist, ending his highly contentious career at the center of the Trump administration. Related: Steve Bannon’s work is done. […]

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'No good Nazis': James Murdoch criticises Donald Trump over Charlottesville
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21st Century Fox boss breaks with father, major Trump ally Rupert Murdoch, to tell staff that president’s reaction ‘concerns all of us as Americans and free people’ James Murdoch – chief executive of 21st Century Fox and son of Donald Trump ally Rupert Murdoch – has become one of the most prominent voices yet to […]

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New Yorker and Economist covers slam Trump's defence of white supremacists
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Magazines show Trump blowing wind into a Ku Klux Klan sail and shouting through a KKK megaphone The cover pages of the New Yorker and Economist have criticised President Donald Trump’s defence of a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. In an editorial, the Economist said Trump is “politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit […]

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Trump: Confederate statue removals 'rip apart' American history
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On Twitter, Trump accuses media of distorting his words on Charlottesville President likens statues of Confederate leaders to those of founding fathers ‘Changing history’? No – 32 Confederate monuments dedicated in past 17 years Donald Trump on Thursday again lamented the removal of Confederate statues from US cities, saying these removals “ripped apart” the country’s […]

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Fox News backs Trump. Trump backs Nazis. Awkward | Emma Brockes
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Amid the horror of watching the president defend white supremacists comes the amusement of seeing media allies trying to distance themselves There was precious little to laugh about in the US this week, save for one grimly comic spectacle: that of rightwing news anchors struggling, live on air, to react to incontrovertible evidence that the […]

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I was in Charlottesville. Trump was wrong about violence on the left | Jason Wilson
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Jason Wilson, who was in Charlottesville during the white nationalist rally, says the record must be cleared: counter-protesters came in peace Donald Trump said many things over the course of his press conference yesterday. Some of those things cannot be allowed to stand. I was in Charlottesville over the weekend, and Trump’s characterization of the […]

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The fallout from Trump closing down his advisory panels is just beginning | Nils Pratley
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A breakdown in relations between business chiefs and President Trump will damage confidence and hurt share prices America’s chief executives finally seem to have got the message about President Trump. There is little benefit in trying to maintain sweet relations with a president whose ability to deliver tax cuts is fading by the day. But […]

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Corbyn on Trump and Charlottesville: 'It's up to all of us to condemn racism' – video
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The Labour leader criticises Donald Trump for blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville. Speaking in the Lake District on Wednesday, he says there is no equivalence between white supremacists and people who protest against them Corbyn attacks PM’s failure to condemn Trump over far-right defence Continue reading…

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LeBron James: 'so-called president' Trump has made hate fashionable
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Cleveland Cavaliers star addresses violence in Charlottesville Three-time NBA champion has spoken out on social issues before LeBron James, arguably the most influential athlete in America, has launched another attack on Donald Trump as the Cleveland Cavaliers star spoke about the events in Charlottesville at the weekend. On Saturday, an anti-fascist protestor was killed after […]

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The world's challenges can't be solved by so-called heroic leaders
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Individualistic leaders such as Donald Trump are utterly misguided – global problems can be solved only through shared, collective leadership John Bryson and Barbara Crosby are co-authors of Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World Leaders such as the US president, Donald Trump, or Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may claim […]

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Trump reverts to blaming both sides in Charlottesville, including 'very, very violent alt-left'
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Donald Trump defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson Key moments from Trump’s most extraordinary press conference yet Republicans denounce bigotry after Trump’s latest remarks Donald Trump defended far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday, insisting: “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, […]

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Steve Bell’s If … Trump finally agrees that racism is evil
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Trump can prove his words on white supremacy aren't hollow. Here's how | David Schanzer
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White supremacist leaders think that they have a compatriot in the White House. He can take concrete steps to undermine that impression David Schanzer is a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University. Now that President Trump has grudgingly been […]

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Donald Trump retweets alt-right provocateur after condemning white supremacists
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US president accused of trying to signal appreciation for alt-right supporters by highlighting article about crime in Chicago Donald Trump shared a tweet from an alt-right conspiracy theorist and provocateur in the hours after he bowed to overwhelming pressure and directly condemned the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists over Saturday’s violence at a […]

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Who has fanned the flames of fascism? Our politicians and newspapers | Owen Jones
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We mourn brave a hero like Bernard Kenny, while the rightwing racists boldy rise. Blame those marching in Charlottesville, but also look to the real perpetrators They pour the petrol and then wonder why it burns. Fascism is on the rise in the west, and it is emboldened, legitimised and fuelled by “mainstream” politicians and […]

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In America, bias, hate and racism move from the margins to the mainstream | Al Sharpton
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President Trump has often sowed the seeds of division for his own advancement. But his lack of leadership after Charlottesville leaves many disgusted This weekend, the world watched tragedy unfold in Charlottesville, Virginia. A young woman, Heather Heyer, lost her life and at least 19 others were injured when a car rammed into a crowd […]

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Martin Rowson on Donald Trump and the US's far right – cartoon
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Trump's failure to condemn Virginia neo-Nazis is shocking but not surprising
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The president’s refusal to properly condemn the attack in Charlottesville is consistent with past comments and a divisive campaign that stoked hatred After the deadly violence involving white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Donald Trump’s failure to find the right response, Barack Obama stepped into the void with an assist from South Africa’s first black […]

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Scaramucci warns Trump to beware 'enemy within' White House
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Short-lived communications chief likens himself to Pulp Fiction’s Mr Wolf, called in to clean up dysfunctional White House Anthony Scaramucci has claimed that Donald Trump is still fighting an “enemy within” the White House and warned the president to change his strategy if he wanted to bring in his own agenda. In his first television […]

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Poison once flowed in America's waters. With Trump, it might again | Peter Gleick
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Over the past four decades, a huge amount of effort has gone into cleaning America’s heavily polluted waters. Is all of that progress about to be undone? Peter Gleick is a member of the US National Academy of Science and the president-emeritus of Pacific Institute As a scientist working for decades on national and global […]

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America is still hooked on the drug of white supremacy | Carol Anderson
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The violence in Virginia shows that the nation is gripped by a deep malaise – and is writhing under its disastrous effects Carol Anderson is the author of White Rage The United States is in a tailspin. White supremacists are on the march – and have left a trail of blood and destruction in their […]

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Civil rights inquiry opened in connection with civil right activist's death at Charlottesville rally
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White House condemns violence after president criticised over muted response to march by white nationalists in Virginia The US Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of a woman killed this weekend when a car smashed into anti-racism protesters. The move came as politicians from all sides rounded on Donald […]

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Ben Jennings on Donald Trump and Charlottesville – cartoon
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'Man babies with torches': Athletes attack far-right violence in Charlottesville
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NFL’s Chris and Kyle Long speak out on violence in their hometown LeBron James takes swipe at Donald Trump in Twitter comment NFL players Chris and Kyle Long, who hail from Charlottesville, Virginia, were among the sports stars who condemned the violence that erupted in the city over the weekend. White supremacists had gathered in […]

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While the president's away, the White House gets a facelift – in pictures
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Donald Trump is on vacation in Bedminster, New Jersey, so the builders are in to make some much-needed repairs to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Continue reading…

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Donald Trump condemns violence 'on many sides' in Charlottesville – video
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Trump says hatred and bigotry ‘on many sides’ must stop in wake of the violent protests in Virginia Continue reading…

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Virginia governor tells Nazis 'go home' and calls on Trump to fight hate speech – video
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After white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe tells far-right demonstrators and neo-Nazis to ‘go home and never come back’. McAuliffe said he spoke with President Trump and implored him to help ‘stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country, we have got to bring people together’. The governor was speaking […]

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Airbnb listing for Trump's childhood home boasts it's where the president was 'likely conceived'
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The yellow, mock-Tudor townhouse in the New York borough of Queens where the president spent his early years can now be yours from $725 a night The childhood homes of US presidents are normally hallowed places, sacred to the nation, preserved and turned into museums or libraries for posterity. But there is perhaps something fitting […]

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Trump hopes North Korea ‘fully understands gravity of situation’ – video
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US president says Kim Jong-un would regret any hostile acts against US territory or allies. Speaking at his golf resort in New Jersey, Trump was responding to questions from the media about his tweet claiming US military options were ‘locked and loaded’ for use if Pyongyang ‘acted unwisely’ Chinese president speaks with Trump and urges […]

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Trump's rhetoric on North Korea echoes loudly in void of US diplomacy
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The US president refuses to dial down the war of words with Pyongyang despite his state department being in no fit state to deal with the crisis It took more than seven months for the Trump administration to encounter its first real foreign crisis, and when it came, it was largely self-inflicted. The challenge posed […]

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