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Wednesday’s Headlines: After warning to Iran, some question aggressive U.S. policy

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After warning to Iran, some question aggressive U.S. policy
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that any attack by Tehran or its proxies resulting in a single American casualty will generate a counterattack, U.S. officials said. The departure of acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan could further sideline the Pentagon, which has sought to reduce the potential for hostilities.
Trump characterizes alleged attacks by Iran on tankers as ‘very minor’
In an interview with Time magazine, the president said he would “certainly” go to war over nuclear weapons but left open the question of taking action to protect oil supplies.
 
‘It’s difficult to relive’: Shanahan speaks on family’s violent incidents
The defense secretary nominee withdrew from consideration after an unusually lengthy FBI background check delayed his nomination.
 
Trump’s vetting process questioned
Senators are asking why they weren’t told sooner about the domestic abuse allegations involving Patrick Shanahan’s family.
 
Low prices of some lifesaving drugs make them impossible to get
Bladder cancer patients are scouring clinics in search of a critical treatment. At a time of intense focus on escalating drug prices, the shortage shows a flip side: Prices can be too low to spur companies to produce urgently needed medications.
 
Campaign 2020
Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on most avid backers
While the high drama and persistent controversies that have defined the Trump White House are a continuation of how he conducted his 2016 campaign, he is now an incumbent with a record of actions that have affected people’s lives.
 
Campaign 2020
Pouring rain, food trucks and protests: The scene outside Trump’s reelection speech
“Our patriotic movement has been under assault from the very first day,” Trump said after taking the stage at the 20,000-seat Amway Center in this state that was key to his 2016 victory.
 
The Fix: Five takeaways from the president’s speech
Not much new, but here’s what stuck out.
 
Fact Checker | Analysis
Trump rehashes old, misleading lines in kickoff speech
Phony numbers on trade. Unfounded claims about immigrants. False statements about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. The president’s speech contained the usual.
 
Trump vows to deport millions, but his plan may run up against ICE’s limits
A large-scale push to arrest and deport hundreds of thousands of migrants would be exorbitantly expensive and highly unlikely, experts say.
 
 
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Opinions
Let’s talk about what really matters in 2020: Hillary Clinton’s emails
Shanahan’s departure worsens Trump’s credibility problem with Iran
Harvard did the right thing by revoking Kyle Kashuv’s admission
On collusion, Trump is right and George Stephanopoulos is wrong
Trump’s latest immigration threat is yet another half-cooked plan
We ought to be concerned about preserving the order of the Supreme Court
 
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Today’s WorldView | Analysis
Trump sees Mideast peace. Others see a ‘racist, colonial mentality.’
Next week the administration will hold an event aimed wooing West Bank development projects, but the Palestinian political and business communities have rejected it outright.
 
U.N. joins call for independent probe into death of Egypt’s ousted president Morsi
The nation’s first democratically elected president, who died this week inside a Cairo courtroom, had been denied adequate medical care while held for years in solitary confinement, rights groups say.
 
Trump suggests he might want to remove Federal Reserve chairman
The president’s remarks on Jerome H. Powell constitute an almost unprecedented attack on the central bank just as leaders are meeting today to decide what to do on interest rates.
 
McConnell seems to call prospect of D.C. statehood ‘full-bore socialism’
The comments by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came as the Democratic-controlled House is moving forward with plans to hold a hearing — and perhaps a floor vote — on D.C. statehood for the first time in decades.
 
Trump called for the execution of the Central Park Five. He still won’t apologize.
The president refused to apologize Tuesday for the full-page ad he ran in 1989 calling for the execution of the Central Park Five and suggested the men might still be guilty, even though they were exonerated years ago.
 
Review
‘Toy Story 4’ is a visually dazzling delight in a summer of stupid sequels
Sheriff Woody and crew are back, achieving something that eludes most sequels, especially this far into a series: a near-perfect balance of familiarity and novelty, action and emotion, and joyful hellos and bittersweet goodbyes.
 

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