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Pro-Trump heckler briefly disrupts ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’

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An audience member apparently angry over some panelists “trashing our great president” and “our great country” briefly interrupted Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

The disruption came during a panel discussion about the withdrawal of President Trump‘s nominee for director of national intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas. Host Maher and guest Buck Sexton, a former CIA intelligence officer, were debating the politicization of past and present intel officials.

Suddenly, the audience member began shouting, drawing boos from Maher’s largely liberal crowd.

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“I do not know him, by the way,” Sexton joked during the commotion.

“I see you brought a guest,” Maher quipped.

After briefly trying to calm the gentleman down from the set, Maher later said he felt an urge to take matters into his own hands.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve had to go in the audience,” Maher said as he stood up, “but we’ve got to get faster-moving security people. I mean, I’m telling you.”

The HBO star told the heckler, “I know you’re going to make America great again, but… yeah… You’ve made your point. I don’t know what it was, but you’ve made your point. I think your point was that you like Trump. And there are a lot of people who like Trump.”

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Maher quickly told security, “Make sure he doesn’t have a gun,” sparking laughter from the audience.

This wasn’t the first time “Real Time” was disrupted. As Maher referenced, he confronted 9/11 conspiracy theorists who interrupted a panel discussion in 2007. Another incidenyt occurred in 2011.

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Coal miners’ struggle continues amid Trump promises, Democratic plans

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As he stands atop a crosstie, effectively blocking a rail shipment of coal, Chris Rowe and many other coal miners in Harlan, Ky. fret about the future.

“Every time I look at my seven-year-old it gets worse,” he says. “Because me as an adult, I can survive. But when it comes to my little boy, he needs more than what I do.”

The laid-off miners have been blocking coal trains for five days now while they demand back pay from the Blackjewel Coal Company, which has declared bankruptcy and has put its assets up for auction.

At Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Detroit, the party’s presidential contenders added to the miners’ despair.

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When asked if there would “be any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a [Joe] Biden Administration,” the former Vice President and current Democratic frontrunner replied: “No … we would work it out. We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either. Any fossil fuel.”

Biden added that his proposed phase-out of fossil fuels would take place over thirty years. The Green New Deal, supported by many Democrats, would phase them out over ten years.

It may be a perilous strategy.

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In March of 2016, Hillary Clinton said in a CNN town hall: “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She then added an important qualifier. “We’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories.”

It wasn’t enough.  In her post-defeat book “What Happened,” Clinton described the town hall remarks as “her greatest campaign misstep.”

No wonder then, that after Biden’s comment Wednesday night, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted: “Bye bye coal, Democrats & @JoeBiden just said they are done with you. How do you feel about that Pennsylvania?”

In its own statement, the Trump campaign added: “Jobs gone, auto and manufacturing industries crushed, lives ruined. Reckless and dangerous.”

But reality suggests that for all of the president’s promises to coal miners, little has changed in the thirty-one months of his administration. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have caused the damage. It’s the free market —  specifically fracking — that has been coal’s undoing.

“Over the last few years, the United States has become the largest producer of natural gas and last year the largest producer of oil in the world,” U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Administrator Dr. Linda Capuanotold listeners at this year’s Energy Outlook Conference.

As a result, coal production and consumption has declined precipitously since 2010. Even last year’s export of 116 million tons of US-mined coal barely dents the decline.

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Most Democrats believe the shift to wind and solar will produce new economic benefits. At Wednesday’s debate, Biden cited 10 million new jobs. Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper believes such promises are fantasy.

“That is a disaster,” he said. “You might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump.”

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Playboy reporter, CNN analyst Brian Karem says White House suspended his credential over clash with Gorka

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Playboy senior White House reporter and CNN political analyst Brian Karem said Friday that the Trump administration temporarily suspended his credentials over a fiery spat with radio show host Sebastian Gorka last month.

Karem tweeted that he’d received an email from the White House telling him that as of Monday, his press pass would be “suspended for 30 days.”

“Yes, I can and will appeal this decision,” Karem added.

CNN reported that the White House cited Karem’s behavior at the July 11 White House social media summit. While waiting for a presidential press conference following the summit, Karem and Gorka got into a shouting match after Karem described the summit attendees as “group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”

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“You’re a journalist, right?” Gorka shouted from a distance.

“C’mon over here and talk to me, brother,” Karem responded. “We can go outside and have a long conversation.”

Gorka, a former White House aide, then asked Karem if he was “threatening” him in the Rose Garden.

“You’re a punk, you’re not a journalist, you’re a punk,” Gorka yelled at Karem, who responded by urging Gorka to “get a job.”

The “America First” host celebrated the suspension on Twitter by taunting Karem.

“Thank you @realDonaldTrump, thank you @PressSec,” Gorka told the president and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. “On behalf of Americans who’ve had enough of FakeNews punks like @BrianKarem.”

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Last November, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta had his press pass suspended “until further notice” hours after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with the president at a press conference following the midterm elections.

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump told Acosta at one point.

Nine days later, a federal judge granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order and ordered that Acosta’s press pass be restored.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Nicole Darrah and Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Woman killed, 4 others injured after cliff collapses at Southern California beach, police say

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A woman was killed and four others were hurt Friday afternoon after a cliff collapsed at a Southern California beach, authorities said.

The bluff gave way around 3 p.m. in Encinitas, a suburban area north of San Diego, according to city officials. The area is popular with locals and vacationers.

The beach was reportedly crowded at the time of the collapse. Helicopter footage captured by San Diego’s KNSD-TV showed beach chairs, towels, surfboards and beach toys strewn about the sand.

The collapse trapped victims in an earthen pile which measured about 10 feet tall at its highest point, according to Encinitas Fire Chief Mike Stein. Rescue crews brought in service dogs to search for victims.

Two people were flown to hospitals in critical condition, and two were treated for minor injuries, Stein said. Authorities did not release their names or ages.

City officials closed hundreds of yards of shoreline around the accident site as a precaution.

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Bluffs give way four to eight times a year in Southern California, but “nothing of this magnitude,” said Brian Ketterer, California State Parks’ southern field division chief.

“This is a naturally eroding coastline,” Encinitas Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said. “There’s really no rhyme or reason, but that’s what it does naturally. …. This is what it does, and this is how are beaches are actually partially made. It actually has these failures.”

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The suburbs north of San Diego have contended with rising water levels in the Pacific Ocean, pressuring bluffs along the coast. Some bluffs are fortified with concrete walls to prevent multimillion-dollar homes from falling into the sea.

Homes on top of the bluff were not in any danger, Stein said.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Navy identifies pilot killed in California jet crash

The U.S. Navy on Friday identified the pilot who died in a fighter jet crash in the California desert earlier this week.

Authorities identified the aviator as 33-year-old Lt. Charles Z. Walker. The Navy released a photo but provided no other information, such as Walker’s hometown.

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Investigators are still probing the cause of Wednesday’s crash, which occurred 40 miles north of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake during a training mission.

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This undated photo provided Friday by the U.S. Navy shows Lt. Charles Z. Walker, 33, the pilot killed in the crash of a fighter jet in the California desert. (U.S. Navy via AP)

Walker was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-151, known as the Vigilantes and based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California’s Central Valley.

At the time of the crash, Walker was flying the F/A-18E Super Hornet, a single-seat jet, through a canyon in Death Valley National Park. The area is frequently used by pilots to conduct low-level training missions.

“Lt. Walker was an incredible naval aviator, husband and son. He was an integral member of the Vigilante family and his absence will be keenly felt on this flight line,” Capt. James Bates, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Strike Fighter Wing, told the Navy Times. “Our aviators understand the risk associated with this profession and they knowingly accept it in service to our nation.”

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The jet went down around 10 a.m. in an area dubbed “Stars Wars Canyon.”

Seven park visitors at a nearby scenic overlook were injured, but none were seriously hurt. The area is popular with aviation enthusiasts who like to view low-flying military aircraft.

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Katharine McPhee sings ‘secret’ new song by husband David Foster while rehearsing on elliptical

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Katharine McPhee is giving fans a preview of a brand new song written by her husband, David Foster.

In a video posted to Instagram on Friday, the 35-year-old star is seen rehearsing the “secret” tune while on an elliptical machine.

“Listen to meeee gee wiiiizzzz,” McPhee captioned the impressive clip. “I’m singing a new little secret song that David wrote for something special during my vocal exercises today with @amychapman.

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“Don’t judge me!” she added.

For the rehearsal, McPhee rocked a blue tee, denim cut-off shorts and a pair of white sandals.

McPhee’s social media followers were quick to notice the “American Idol” alum’s skills, applauding her in the comments section.

“You are a 🎁,” wrote “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Rinna. While Kristin Chenoweth said she also belts out songs when exercising.

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“I sing all the time on the treadmill,” Chenoweth admitted. “Good for our lungs!”

McPhee and Foster, 69, tied the knot at a church in London back in June.

“It was a gorgeous ceremony,” a source told Fox News at the time. “You can tell a lot of thought and care went into making sure everything went perfectly without a hitch.”

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For the special day, McPhee wore a custom-made gown by Zac Posen. She “looked stunning,” said the insider, adding that the actress “struggled to fight back tears.”

“Her special day finally came and it was everything she could have imagined it would be,” continued the source. “It was a long time coming and this one just felt right to Katharine.

“Regardless of what other people have said about her and David’s relationship – it was more than a decade in the making and she’s happy.”

Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.

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Retiring GOP Rep. Hurd ‘wants to make sure the Republican Party looks like America’

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Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, appeared on Fox News’ “The Story” Friday and discussed his upcoming retirement and his future in the Republican Party.

“I’m still a Republican,” Hurd told guest host Jon Scott. “Just because I’m not in Congress, [that] doesn’t change that. So I’m looking forward to continuing to make sure that the Republican Party looks like America.”

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Hurd, who announced Thursday he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term, told Scott that he thought the Republican Party “can be more diverse” when pressed on the issue.

Hurd and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., are the only two African-American Republicans in Congress.

When asked about Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, withdrawing his name from consideration for director of national intelligence, Hurd called Ratcliffe “a friend.”  Hurd, a former CIA officer, also said that he hadn’t been asked about the job.

“I don’t know Congressman Hurd, but I’ve heard he’s done a good job,” President Trump told reporters earlier Friday. “We differ on certain subjects but I’ve heard he’s actually done a good job. It’s too bad he’s leaving.”

The congressman declined to name anyone he’d like to see nominated for the DNI post but threw his support behind promoting principal deputy director Sue Gordon to acting director for the time being.

The New York Times reported Friday that the White House was planning to block Gordon’s ascension to acting director.

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Hurd praised the men and women in the intelligence community and credited them for the lack of large-scale terror attacks since Sept. 11, 2001.

“The reason there hasn’t been [an attack] is because the men and women in the intelligence community are still operating as if it’s Sept. 12th because the men and women in our military are doing the same, as well as law enforcement,” Hurd said.

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Covington students’ attorney on new defamation suit: Defendants ‘used their big platform to lie and libel’ kids

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The attorney for eight Covington Catholic High School students told Fox News Friday his clients did nothing wrong during a highly scrutinized Washington, D.C. field trip that became a viral story earlier this year.

“They did nothing racist. They weren’t taunting, harassing anyone,” attorney Robert Barnes said on “The Story.” “They had no idea that they would have this social media lynch mob led by people like Maggie Haberman, a lead political reporter for The New York Times, or Senator Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.] … both of whom refused to delete or correct or retract or issue any apology for their false statements about these kids.”

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The lawsuit filed in Kentucky seeks damages for alleged defamatory comments by 12 individuals — lawmakers, journalists and social media personalities, according to Law & Crime.

The individuals include presidential candidate Warren and New York Times White House correspondent Haberman.

A field trip to the March for Life rally by a group of Covington students this past January drew international headlines after student Nicholas Sandmann was filmed in an apparent face-to-face confrontation with a Native American activist while wearing a MAGA hat near the Lincoln Memorial.

A lawsuit brought by Sandmann and his family against The Washington Post over its coverage was dismissed last week by a Kentucky federal judge.

Barnes told guest host Jon Scott that the students remain unnamed in the lawsuit to protect their anonymity and to avoid further threats.

“You had someone like [comedian] Kathy Griffin who called for them to be doxxed, called for them to be named and shamed. Many of them were doxxed in their local community. They received threats over the phone, threats through e-mail, threats to their homes,” Barnes said.

Scott asked Barnes why he thought this lawsuit would prove successful as opposed to the lawsuit dismissed earlier in the week.

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Barnes said the Post lawsuit was filed by different attorneys under a “different legal theory,” adding that individuals are treated differently than institutions under Kentucky law.

“The reason they’re being sued is because they used their big platforms to lie and libel about these kids and have refused to issue any correction at all,” Barnes said.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.

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Woman shot by Texas cop was fire captain’s daughter

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A woman who was fatally shot by a Texas police officer said to be aiming at her dog has been identified as a local fire captain’s daughter.

The Tarrant County medical examiner identified the dead woman as 30-year-old Margarita Brooks; the Arlington Fire Department confirmed on Friday that Brooks was Fire Capt. Troy Brooks’ daughter, according to reports by NBC 5.

Emergency responders and the officer, 25 — he’d completed his training and was released from supervised patrol on July 1 — were responding to a welfare check in Arlington, where Margarita Brooks was reportedly passed out in a grassy area around 5:20 p.m., the Arlington Police Department said in a statement Thursday.

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In body camera footage released Friday, the young officer can be heard calling out to Brooks, “Ma’am…are you OK? … Is that your dog? Can you get up?” A small dog, a beagle-Labrador retriever mix belonging to Brooks, appeared to charge at the officer.

That officer, whose name has not yet been released, drew his gun, shouting, “Get back,” before firing three times.

The woman can be heard screaming; the bullets apparently grazed the dog but hit Brooks in the chest.

She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said Friday that criminal and administrative investigations are ongoing; at the moment, the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.

“Preliminary information leads investigators to believe the woman was struck by gunfire from the officer,” the statement said.

“Our hearts are broken for the Brooks family and the police officer involved,” Johnson said. “Clearly, this is not the outcome our officer wanted or the department wanted. Ms. Brooks was never the target of force. We know as police officers that we are responsible for our actions.”

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Jim Hanson: US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would be welcome news

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A Trump administration plan to withdraw several thousand of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan if a peace agreement is reached with Taliban insurgents is welcome news.

U.S. officials told Fox News that negotiations are still underway with the Taliban, meaning the possible troop withdrawal is not final. The number of American troops that could be withdrawn has not been announced.

Zalmay Khalilzad – the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, who was born in that country – is leading the talks with the Taliban. He has hinted that a peace agreement could be reached within days.

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We should all hope for an agreement ending the long war in Afghanistan. The U.S. has nothing left that we can accomplish that justifies keeping a large military presence there.

For the past 19 years we have spent massive amounts of time, energy and money in an attempt to make Afghanistan a stable country free of Islamist insurgent forces. Most significantly, more than 2,430 American troops have been killed in the war in Afghanistan since 2001.

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The Taliban ruled the country at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan and with the help of Afghan forces ousted the Taliban government, which was protecting the Al Qaeda terrorist group that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks.

But despite losing power, the Taliban – along with Al Qaeda and ISIS fighters – have battled U.S., Afghan and allied coalition forces in the years since.

At the height of the war in 2011, there were about 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

We have to be honest and admit that we cannot totally eliminate the Taliban, other Islamist groups and their influence in Afghanistan. So our best realistic option is to make a deal with the least bad elements and move on.

We have to be honest and admit that we cannot totally eliminate the Taliban, other Islamist groups and their influence in Afghanistan. So our best realistic option is to make a deal with the least bad elements and move on.

The argument against further U.S. troop withdrawals made by many – including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. – is that we can’t leave Afghanistan because Al Qaeda may reconstitute there and plan another attack against the U.S.

“One thing I know for certain – Al Qaeda and ISIS will never be at the negotiating table,” Graham said.

Graham is right that the two terrorist groups should not be involved in peace negotiations. But that’s not a good reason to turn Afghanistan into the quagmire we choose to never leave.

Any deal we make with the Taliban is predicated on the idea that Al Qaeda and ISIS will not be allowed to operate in Afghanistan. If that provision is violated, we can always come back from the sky with a rain of Hellfire missiles to destroy any foothold the terrorists claw out.

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We have allowed Afghanistan to become a symbol of our resolve to never allow another Sept. 11. But that ignores the global nature of al Qaeda, ISIS and the Islamic Jihad terrorist group.

There are any number of other places equally or more likely to host a resurgence of terrorism that could target the U.S. or other nations.

Many of the terrorists who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq are scattered around the Middle East and other parts of the world. They could avoid raising a flag anywhere and simply skulk in the shadows and allow their fighters to wreak havoc in their home countries and elsewhere.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been reported to be in Libya taking advantage of its status as a failed state, for example.

The U.S. military is deeply invested in not “losing” the war in Afghanistan. The current leaders of our armed forces have been fighting this war most of their careers. But there is no path to winning it and we need to accept that.

If there was a path to victory in Afghanistan, we would have made some demonstrable progress in the almost two decades we have been fighting there. The best and most painful description of our efforts I’ve heard is that we haven’t fought a 19-year war – we’ve fought the same war 19 times.

We rotate units in, and they have to learn their area of operations and the local forces and leaders located there. The U.S. troops do their best for one fighting season, then they rotate right back out. Rinse and repeat. Or not. And that is where we are today.

Since our strategy has denied us victory in Afghanistan, we must change our strategy. Staying in Afghanistan another 19 years or longer and doing nothing differently will at best maintain the status quo.

The fight against the Islamists has two facets. One is direct conflict with their terrorist and armed factions. The second is a battle to show the bulk of the Muslim world that this regressive and oppressive ideology is not their destiny.

Muslims can live in the modern world without compromising their identity and religion. Saudi Arabia serves as the “Custodian of the two Holy Mosques” and it is embarked on a modernization program that drives the Islamists crazy. The Saudis are showing a path forward from the 7th century vision of Al Qaeda and ISIS.

No one should trust the Taliban – members of the group are barbaric and evil. But they are resilient and they are staying.

So we should make a deal with the Taliban, while expecting they will not abide by it unless forced. We can offer some incentives for economic development, but also assume that endemic corruption will suck most of that dry.

The only thing that will prompt the Taliban to honor any agreement is fear of retribution if they do not. The advantage for us is we can bring that kind of pain in an asymmetric way rather than our current model of trying to control the situation on the ground.

The hellish terrain and tribal nature of Afghanistan has shown us exactly what it showed everyone from Alexander the Great, to the British to the Russians. You cannot conquer Afghanistan – you can only hope to lease some peace.

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That is what we must do now. We must pay some people we rightly despise for a promise to keep some even worse people from using Afghanistan as a base.

We should have no illusions that a peace agreement in Afghanistan is a victory in the traditional sense. But it is also not a defeat, and sometimes that is good enough.

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