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  • Syria: Can Trump's anti-Iran strategy survive hostilities with Turkey?

    Turkish tanks rolled into northern Syria Sunday, attacking Syrian Kurdish forces that have been instrumental US allies in the fight against Islamic State militants. The Turkish offensive is the latest move in a confluence of events that mark a new stage of the seven-year-old Syrian conflict. As the main players strive to establish facts on the ground to maximize their own chances of shaping postwar Syria, Turkey in particular is challenging core components of the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:40:59 -0500
  • Shutdown saga sparks debate about how to fix 'broken' Congress

    On day two of the government shutdown, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) of Wisconsin concluded her floor speech with a broad indictment: “The biggest problem we face right now is that Washington is broken,” she said. This latest impasse may have been resolved – for now – as Democrats and Republicans reached a deal to reopen the government for three weeks, in exchange for addressing a host of other issues, and a promised vote in coming weeks on immigration.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:32:25 -0500
  • Facebook’s about-face on news credibility

    Artificial intelligence, or AI, is called artificial for a good reason. Facebook made that point last week by ending its attempt to rely heavily on software algorithms to select news items for its 2 billion users. It announced Jan. 19 that the Facebook “community” will be asked to rank news outlets by their trustworthiness.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:12:18 -0500
  • Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

    The Winter Olympics are coming to Asia for only the third time and feature new sports, with the aim of attracting a more diverse global audience. WHERE IS PYEONGCHANG? Pyeongchang is the name of both a city and county in the rugged eastern mountains of the Korean Peninsula, just 50 miles from the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:02:07 -0500
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