But Trump got lucky. Remember that Iran mistakenly downed a Ukrainian airliner full of civilians, fanning public anger and tarnished the regime's reputation at home. The devastating error robbed clerical leaders of the chance to conjure unifying value from Soleimani's martyrdom. … [Read more...] about Did Iran give Trump a foreign policy victory, after all?
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"The target selection list is getting pretty short," said Richard Nephew, director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a former lead sanction expert for the US team negotiating with Iran under President Barack Obama. "The fact that they had to redesignate a number of individuals also demonstrates that there aren't too many more targets to hit." … [Read more...] about US imposes new sanctions on Iran
Official information from Iranian authorities shows that the virus appears to be spreading quickly in a short amount of time. The fatality rate of COVID-19 infections in Iran is an alarming 15%, which is the highest anywhere in the world. Iran currently has the highest number of coronavirus deaths outside of China. … [Read more...] about Could Iran become a new coronavirus epicenter?
The United States has offered to help Iran with its outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCheney, House Republicans express 'serious concerns' with US-Taliban deal GOP, Democrats hash out 2020 strategy at dueling retreats Overnight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions MORE said Friday. … [Read more...] about Pompeo: US has offered to help Iran fight coronavirus
A Republican member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee duked it out with Democrats on Friday in a confrontation over the killing of a top Iranian general during a public hearing on U.S. policy in Iran in which Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoCheney, House Republicans express 'serious concerns' with US-Taliban deal GOP, Democrats hash out 2020 strategy at dueling retreats Overnight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions MORE was present. … [Read more...] about GOP rep, Democrats exchange heated remarks during Pompeo hearing on Iran
California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomPence talks coronavirus with Cuomo, Newsom, other governors Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding On The Money: Stocks plummet into correction over fears of coronavirus spreading | GOP resistance to Fed pick Shelton eases | Sanders offers bill to limit tax breaks for retiring executives MORE (D) announced on Thursday that the state has made testing its “top priority” in collaboration with the CDC. Accurate testing for coronavirus takes days and CDC is working to improve the test kits and number of labs that can perform the testing. Federal health officials on Thursday expanded the criteria that guides who should get tested. There are 60 confirmed cases of infection in the United States as of this morning. … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Washington, Wall Street on edge about coronavirus