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Saturday’s Headlines: ‘I stopped it’: Inside Trump’s last-minute reversal on striking Iran

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‘I stopped it’: Inside Trump’s last-minute reversal on striking Iran
The president’s abrupt decision to call off retaliation for Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone culminated 24 frenzied hours of public inconsistencies and congressional bewilderment over his intentions.
Trump’s account of planning, then canceling Iran strikes is facing scrutiny
Aides around President Trump and military analysts are questioning his description of events. And no new sanctions were imposed against Iran, in contradiction of Trump’s tweets.
 
Republicans, Democrats express relief after Trump calls off strike
The president faced more pointed criticism from some hawkish Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who said, “weakness is provocative.”
 
Analysis
A dangerous confusion at the heart of Trump’s foreign policy
Publicly, President Trump is determined to appear tough. The problem is that his policy goals have never been murkier. The net result is a president who has proved adept at triggering foreign policy crises, but who seems unable to defuse them.
 
Analysis: The U.S. outguns Iran, but it faces painful realities in the event of a war
Despite inferior weapons, Iranian forces can still inflict harm.
 
Columnist accuses Trump of sexual assault more than two decades ago, an allegation he denies
E. Jean Carroll, a New York-based writer, said Trump attacked her in a dressing room of an upscale department store. The president called her account “fake news.”
 
Campaign 2020
Biden calls for unity but stays publicly mum over remarks about segregationist senators
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with the former vice president privately on Thursday. At an appearance at a renowned fish fry in South Carolina on Friday, he did not mention his comments.
 
Rapid growth without urban planning comes at a deadly cost in Senegal
As empty lots vanish and traffic clogs roads, authorities say more children are heading to the beach with little to no supervision. At least 50 people drowned last summer in the capital city of Dakar.
 
 
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Opinions
All these wannabe nominees are wasting everybody’s time
Time’s Up on presidential debates designed for the last century
Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo
The Trump economy house of cards collapses
Is it okay for a white author to write black characters? I’m trying.
Biden, again, chose his words poorly. But his broader point was right.
 
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Trump says he intends to nominate Esper as secretary of defense
The decision comes as lawmakers increasingly pressure the president to bring stable civilian leadership to the Pentagon, where it has been absent since Jim Mattis abruptly resigned late last year.
 
Campaign 2020 | Analysis
The Democratic presidential hopefuls that voters most want to see drop out
Out of two dozen candidates, only five got more than 2 percent support in a Suffolk University-USA Today poll released this week.
 
‘I cannot allow them to win’: Paul Manafort found ally in Sean Hannity
Chat logs released by a federal court show that from the inception of the fraud and conspiracy case against Manafort to the eve of his trial, he regularly traded opinions and information with the conservative television personality.
 
Viewing U.S. border cells derided as ‘cages,’ Central American officials pledge more immigration cooperation
Programs to combat child smuggling, stop traffickers and redirect asylum seekers are under discussion as top government officials work to contain a humanitarian crisis.
 
Fiery plane crash claims 9 people on Oahu’s North Shore
Hawaii transportation officials said nine people died after a twin-engine aircraft crashed in Hawaii.
 
Airplane WiFi is getting better. But why is it still so bad?
American Airlines just overhauled its WiFi, and experts say there’s reason to be optimistic about staying connected in the sky.
 
A local’s guide: Where to find the true soul of Toronto
The things that make Toronto great aren’t always obvious to outsiders — and we kind of like it that way, because we know where to find its true soul.
 
A Taco Bell hotel? Don’t laugh, because it’s happening.
Brands including Shinola and Equinox are moving into hospitality — because, as one hotel marketing expert says, “Hotels are the new showrooms for retail.”
 
Threats from militia provoke shutdown at Oregon capitol, a day after GOP lawmakers fled
Democratic lawmakers said police warned them of a “credible threat” and advised them to cancel Saturday’s proceedings.
 
Indianapolis archdiocese withdraws official Catholic recognition of school that refused to fire gay teacher
The archdiocese made the announcement about the independently operated Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. But school leaders said the institution would still identify itself as Catholic.
 
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Chris Davenport on The Washington Post’s project for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing: 50 astronauts on what it’s like to be in space. And art critic Sebastian Smee on Frida Kahlo, after the release of a recording thought to be her voice.
 

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