Taliban announce start of spring offensive

Afghanistan’s Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the launch of the offensive Friday in an email statement. The Taliban dubbed this year’s offensive “Operation Mansour,” named for the Taliban leader killed last year […]

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Trump: ‘We may terminate’ U.S.-South Korea trade agreement

President Trump threatened to terminate the U.S. trade agreement with South Korea in an interview Thursday night, declaring that the five-year-old accord with a key ally was “a horrible deal” that has left America “destroyed.” During an Oval Office interview about trade policy in North America, Trump served notice that he is looking to disrupt an important partnership in the […]

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White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It’s a sign of the intense partisanship over President Donald Trump’s outlines for cutting tax rates in hopes of stimulating faster economic growth, increasing business activity and helping the middle class. The proposal unveiled Wednesday would also repeal several […]

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Top Pentagon watchdog launches investigation into money that Mike Flynn received from foreign groups

The Pentagon’s top watchdog has launched an investigation into money that former national security adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn received from foreign groups, members of the House Oversight Committee said Thursday. The Pentagon office will try to determine whether Flynn “failed to obtain required approval prior to receiving” the payments, according to an April 11 letter […]

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House Democrats to force vote on bill requiring Trump to release his taxes, visitor logs

House Democrats plan to force a floor fight with Republicans on Thursday over legislation that would require President Trump to disclose information about his personal taxes, business holdings, ethics waivers, and visitors to the White House and his vacation properties. Knowing that the legislation will be blocked by Republicans who control the House, Democrats are hoping to squeeze the majority […]

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