February 29, 2020

The Presidential Daily Brief

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  • War No More?

    Taliban to Sign Pact to End Longest US War

    Is it peace, or an exit strategy? American and Taliban officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are poised to sign a historic agreement to end their 19-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. To be signed this afternoon in Doha, Qatar, establishing conditions under which 12,000 U.S. troops would be drawn…

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  • Story of the Week

    Trump Calls Virus Worries His Foes' 'New Hoax'

    As U.S. President Donald Trump called coronavirus concerns a “hoax,” 813 new cases were reported today in South Korea, where the total hit 3,150 — second only to China — and 28,000 American service members are stationed. Trump compared the disease to flu and said the press was hyping its…

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  • Coming Up

    Super Tuesday Voters to Decide: Is Sanders Inevitable?

    Bernie Sanders is offering Democrats voting on Super Tuesday a revolution. But as OZY columnist Susan Del Percio asks, is that what they want? With 14 states, including the biggest, California, and a Pacific territory up for grabs, they may resoundingly answer her question. A big impact on those choices…

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  • Downturn

    Fed Signals Relief After Weeklong Market Rout

    Friday’s frenzied market swings, which shaved 3 percent from London’s FTSE index and caused wild drops and rebounds on Wall Street, were a dramatic close to a week that saw the Dow shed 12.4 percent — its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. Uncertainty over the economic disruptions caused…

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  • In Short

    Also Important…

    The United States has offered to help Iran with its coronavirus outbreak. Roman Polanski, convicted in a 1977 U.S. underage sex case, was awarded a French “Oscar” for best director Friday while some women attending walked out in protest. And an appeals court that blocked President Trump’s policy of keeping…

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