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Kim Jong-un’s Travel May Be Limited by Aging Aircraft. That Means...

“It’s really hard if you only have a 2,000-mile radius,” said David H. Rank, who previously served as the acting United States ambassador to China. Locations in the United States and Europe were in the running, a senior administration official said on Wednesday, though the situation was fluid. Here are some options being discussed: Europe…

Trump Says Attack on Syria ‘Could Be Very Soon or Not...

Germany refused to take part in the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and in 2011 abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing the use of military force to protect civilians in Libya. Heeding Mr. Trump’s warning on Wednesday about an American response, Syria has moved military aircraft to the Russian base near Latakia, and is…

With Scant Precedent, White House Insists Trump Could Fire Mueller Himself

“We’ve been advised that the president certainly has the power to make that decision,” she added. Photo Archibald Cox, the first special counsel investigating Watergate, outside Federal District Court in Washington in October 1973. Credit Associated Press Photo But there is scant precedent supporting the notion that Mr. Trump has lawful authority to bypass the…

‘It’s Factory North America,’ but Trump Could Hobble It

CHICAGO — If North America were a factory, Union Pacific would be its biggest conveyor belt. Based in Omaha, the company operates the largest rail network on the continent, a conduit that provides us with cereal, lumber, car parts and pretty much everything that touches our lives. That makes the railroad a real-time barometer of…

Trump’s Abrupt ‘Yes’ to North Korea: The 45 Minutes That Could...

Mr. Trump brushed them off. I get it, I get it, he said. Where others see flashing yellow lights and slow down, Mr. Trump speeds up. And just like that, in the course of 45 minutes in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump threw aside caution and dispensed with decades of convention to embark on a…

Trump Trade Sanctions Aimed at China Could Ensnare Canada

Last Thursday, James Mattis, the Defense Secretary, published a public letter concluding that the decline of the American industry as a result of unfair trade posed a threat to national security, a position aligned with the Commerce Department’s. But he urged the administration to proceed cautiously, particularly with regard to allies. The Defense Department “continues…

Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost $30 million

The last such celebration in Washington occurred in the summer 1991 when the end of the relatively brief Persian Gulf War was celebrated with a $12 million dollar victory parade. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said earlier this month that he is working to develop plans to fulfill the president’s request. “We’re all aware in this…
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