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Thursday’s Headlines: Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran

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Trump, frustrated by advisers, is not convinced the time is right to attack Iran
The president is not inclined to respond forcefully unless Iranians make a “big move,” a senior White House official said.
Alabama abortion ban threatens to reshape 2020 election
Democratic presidential contenders cast the nation’s strictest ban as a severe blow to women’s rights, while Republican leaders dodged questions about the law.
 
Alabama abortion ban galvanizes both sides to take up lengthy battle
The Alabama governor signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law Wednesday, setting up a challenge to Roe v. Wade. Pro-choice advocates say the decision has energized them to fight to keep the Supreme Court precedent intact.
 
Trump to unveil plan to move immigration toward ‘merit-based’ system
The proposal to prioritize high-skilled workers already faces skepticism from lawmakers in both parties, and there appears to be no clear path toward advancing the plan through Congress.
 
Toddler apprehended at U.S.-Mexico border dies after weeks in hospital
The boy had been taken into custody at one of the most overwhelmed Border Patrol stations, where he was held for three days.
 
A widow’s pathbreaking election bid highlights a deep crisis in rural India
Farmers have struggled under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, contributing to a grim suicide trend, but they could also hold the key to his political future.
 
The costliest drug on the planet will treat infants with a rare disease. The market fight is just getting started.
Infants with spinal muscular atrophy may soon have two treatment options. The second one has a price tag of $1.5 million to $5 million.
 
 
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The obsession with redaction is hiding the obvious: Trump committed crimes
After two faulty Boeing jets crash, Trump officials blame foreign pilots
Wake up, GOP. Even corporations are calling for action on climate change.
The NRA is imploding. We have fancy clothes to thank for that.
The #SexStrike wasn’t real. Why was there so much coverage?
An attack on one hiker is an attack on us all
 
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Trump administration cracks down on giant Chinese tech firm, escalating clash with Beijing
Huawei is going on the Commerce Department’s “Entity List” — known to some as the “death penalty” — which makes it virtually impossible for companies to survive once U.S. firms are discouraged from doing business with them.
 
Trump pardons billionaire friend who wrote a glowing book about him
Conrad Black was convicted in 2007 on fraud charges and served three years in prison. He was deported to Canada and barred from returning to the United States for 30 years.
 
Democrats adhere to Pelosi’s no-impeachment strategy despite Trump’s defiance
Several rank-and-file lawmakers want to begin impeachment proceedings. But instead of pushing back on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, they’re following her lead.
 
Colorado school shooting suspects will both be tried as adults
The two suspects appeared separately in a courtroom that included the family of Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old student who was killed in the shooting at the suburban Denver school.
 
White House escalates fight against Facebook, Google, Twitter by asking users to share censorship allegations
The move is a controversial escalation of President Trump’s claims that tech giants are biased against conservatives.
 
Philippines recalls its envoys in Canada over tons of rotting garbage
The move is the latest escalation in a long-simmering conflict involving containers that were shipped to the Philippines containing household waste instead of recyclables.
 
Pilot decisions contributed to Boeing 737 Max crashes, FAA chief says
The pilots of the two downed planes “didn’t adhere to the emergency” directive when an automated anti-stall feature mistakenly kicked in.
 
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NYC Mayor de Blasio to enter 2020 race, adding another liberal voice
Bill de Blasio was twice elected as mayor of the nation’s largest city, where his tenure has been marked by a dramatic shift in policy focus to lower-income residents.
 
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