5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump lays out Afghanistan strategy: 'We are not nation-building again'

  • Trump accuses Pakistan of being a safe haven for terrorist organizations

  • Paul Ryan criticizes Trump's Charlottesville comments in town hall

  • Poll: 9 percent of Americans say white supremacist views are acceptable

  • Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $417 million to woman in talcum lawsuit

President Trump on Monday shared his strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, saying the United States military is "not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists." When it comes to Afghanistan, while his original instinct was to pull all troops out, he listened to his advisers and came up with a new strategy, which includes never revealing the number of troops on the ground in the country or announcing upcoming military actions. He will not set a timetable for withdrawing troops, instead using a conditions-based approach, and economic development in Afghanistan will help defray the United States' cost. He is also expanding authority for American armed forces to "target terrorists and criminal networks that sow violence and chaos throughout Afghanistan," he said.

Source: The Week

While discussing his strategy for the war in Afghanistan, President Trump on Monday had sharp words for Pakistan, saying the United States could "no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond." The country has "much to gain" by working with the U.S. in Afghanistan, and "much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists." The United States has been paying Pakistan "hundreds of millions" at the same time they are housing "the very terrorists we are fighting," and that "has to change immediately," Trump added. Because both Pakistan and India have nuclear arms, their "tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict," Trump said, and it is in everyone's best interests to come together to fight "agents of chaos, violence, and terror."

Source: The Week

At a CNN town hall forum Monday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan faced some pointed questions from the home-district audience in Racine, Wisconsin. The town hall, Ryan's first at home in two years, directly followed President Trump's speech on the Afghanistan War, and Ryan praised that address, saying he especially appreciated that Trump did not set any deadlines for ending the war, arguing that the U.S. "shouldn't telegraph our timetable for when we're leaving," because the Taliban would just "wait us out." He also criticized Trump for his comments after the Charlottesville melee, saying Trump "messed up" when he expressed "at the very least moral ambiguity when we need extreme moral clarity." Ryan also predicted that passing tax cuts will be easier for Republicans than health-care reform, and sparred with a nun over his anti-poverty policies.

Source: CNN, Axios

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist rally, 37 percent of Americans approve of President Trump's job performance while 58 percent disapprove. When it comes to how he responded to the incidents in Charlottesville, just 28 percent approve versus 56 percent who do not. The poll also found that 9 percent of respondents, the equivalent of 22 million Americans, believe it is acceptable to hold white supremacist or neo-Nazi views, and 10 percent support the alt-right movement, while 50 percent oppose it. The poll, a random sample of 1,014 adults, was conducted August 16-20 in English and Spanish, on landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is ±3.5 points.

Source: ABC News

A 63-year-old woman with terminal ovarian cancer was awarded $417 million Monday after a jury in Los Angeles found Johnson & Johnson liable for not warning her about the risk of using the company's products with talcum. Eva Echeverria's lawsuit is one of 4,500 in the United States, which allege Johnson & Johnson disregarded studies that link its baby powder and Shower to Shower products with ovarian cancer. Echeverria was diagnosed in 2007, and said she started using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder at age 11, and didn't stop until 2016; Echeverria testified she would have quit much sooner had she known about the link. The jury awarded her $347 million in punitive damages and $70 million in compensatory damages, and found there was a connection between her cancer and the powder. Johnson & Johnson said it will appeal the verdict.

Source: Los Angeles Times
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