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On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

Published on May 18, 2019
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On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From rising tensions with Iran to the still-growing Democratic presidential field, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed (and some links if you’d like to read further).___________________White House warnings of a threat from IranThe State Department on Wednesday ordered “nonemergency United States government employees” to leave Iraq, responding to what the Trump administration said was a threat linked to Iran. To people on Baghdad’s streets, the warnings paralleled those heard before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.The intelligence behind the Trump administration’s warnings came from photographs of missiles aboard small boats in the Persian Gulf, some of which were loaded by Iranian paramilitary forces.President Trump told the acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he did not want war with Iran, sending his hawkish aides a message that the administration’s pressure campaign must not escalate into open conflict.To contain Iran, the White House wants a “breakout” period — the time it would take Iran to make fuel for a bomb — of more than a year. That same time frame was at the heart of the 2015 deal negotiated by President Barack Obama, which Mr. Trump pulled out of last year.Additional Reading• Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran• White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War• Trump Said He Would Tame Rogue Nations. Now They Are Challenging Him.Bracing for a long trade war with ChinaPresident Trump’s chief economic adviser said on Sunday that American consumers would face pain from the trade conflict with China, contradicting Mr. Trump’s claim that his tariffs amounted to a mostly one-way payment from China to the Treasury.On Monday, the trade fight escalated as China raised tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods, retaliating for the president’s decision to raise tariffs on many imports. The round of Chinese levies includes beer, wine, swimsuits, shirts and liquefied natural gas.Anxiety spread to Wall Street, with stocks falling sharply as investors dealt with a painful new reality: The trade conflict with China could go on indefinitely.On Friday, Mr. Trump delayed a decision on whether to impose tariffs on imported cars from Europe, Japan and elsewhere, stepping back from opening another front in his trade wars.Additional Reading• How Xi’s Last-Minute Switch on U.S.-China Trade Deal Upended It• Fed Officials Sound an Alarm, Worrying Weak Inflation Could Last• Trump’s Love for Tariffs Began in Japan’s ’80s Boom• Trump’s Tariffs, Once Seen as Leverage, May Be Here to StayMore Democrats join the 2020 raceThe first presidential caucus in Iowa is always important, but with more than 20 Democrats running in 2020, it’s more important than usual to make a strong showing. Most contenders are bound to depart the Des Moines airport next February damaged or dispirited, if not politically dead.Responding to a series of restricPolitics, Policy, Political News - POLITIC, Fact-checking U.S. politics | PolitiFac, Judge grills Trump attorney in subpoena case - POLITIC, Politi.us | Political Analysis of Today's Event, politi - Wiktionar, What does politi mean? - Definitions.ne, politi - YouTub,


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