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Millennials support socialism because they want to make America great — but for everyone

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I want to see an Occupy Wall Street / Washington protest with the following two objectives:

1.) Shorten the standard work week by 8 hours (1 working day) so people have more time and energy to fight back against oligarchy, prevent or adapt to climate change, and otherwise use for their wellbeing as they see fit.

(Look at this and then think about the sheer scale of human life that has been and is being wasted by the existence of oligarchs/oligarchy: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/rauch/worktime/wre.html)

2.) Outlaw oligarchs altogether, just as we outlawed slavery.

Imagine how beautiful life would be if oligarchs were outlawed. If people had more of their time and energy for themselves, their families, and their communities.

It can be done, and we can make it happen.

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Ron Meyer: Why Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign appears to be ‘cooked’

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Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign appears to be “cooked,” political analyst Ron Meyer said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”

Explaining his bold prediction, Meyer pointed at the changes introduced to the way delegates are designated in the Democratic Party. He said the elimination of superdelegates and winner-take-all primary contests adds up to bad news for the former vice president, even though he now leads in national polls.

Meyer said in states where Biden is ahead he holds only small leads, meaning that candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will also be picking up delegates there. He said once Warren or Sanders drop out of the race, their delegates will switch to support the other.

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“If you look at Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, they’re right behind him in most of these states or beating him in [Iowa and New Hampshire]. So when you add up the two socialist candidates versus the one moderate candidate, they overtake him,” Meyer said.

“And so as these delegates amass, you’re going to see basically the left wing of the party is going to have more delegates at the end of the day. So when Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren drops out, those delegates will consolidate behind one candidate that’s not Joe Biden, and that spells trouble for him.

“I think he’s cooked,” he concluded.

Biden remains the preferred presidential candidate among Democratic primary voters, as a Fox News Poll released two weeks ago showed more voters think he is capable of beating President Trump.

In addition, more Democratic primary voters think Biden is “about right” on issues (64 percent) than Buttigieg (56 percent), Warren (53 percent), Sanders (49 percent), and Bloomberg (47 percent). Seventy-eight percent of Republicans say Trump’s positions are “about right.”

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Running down the Democratic race: Biden leads with 30 percent, followed by Sanders at 20 percent. Warren returns to third with 13 percent, down from a high of 22 percent in October.

Listing his other 2020 political predictions, Meyer said he believes the USMCA trade deal will be passed and signed into law in the next three months, while a China trade deal will not pass in Congress.

He also said he believes Trump will win in 2020 based on the strong economy and anticipated Warren or Sanders will be the Democrats’ nominee.

Fox News’ Dana Blanton contributed to this report.

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Emily Ratajkowski reflects on impressive 2019: ‘A year full of deliberate focused hard work’

Emily Ratajkowski has a lot to be proud of following an incredible 2019.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the 28-year-old supermodel showed off a horde of accomplishments in a massive post that that spanned over 60 Instagram Stories.

To preface her impressive year, Ratajkowski was afforded the opportunity to walk the runway for Versace in January — a prestigious honor in the modeling world.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI DOESN’T CARE WHAT ‘WHITE OLDER MEN’ THINK BECAUSE SHE’S MAKING MORE MONEY THAN THEM

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Emily Ratajkowski walks the runway for Versace. (Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram)

In the post, she wrote, “Swung my pony for @versace” while also tagging the fashion brand’s chief executive officer, Donatella Versace.

Ratajkowski also expressed excitement after launching her female-focused swimwear/lingerie brand Inamorata with friend Kat Mendenhall. Ratajkowski notes that the collection is inspired by her upbringing in Southern California.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI SHOWS EXPOSED RIB CAGE IN BIKINI SNAP

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Ratajkowski celebrates the launch of her womenswear brand, Inamorata. (Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram)

When asked about how growing up in Encinitas impacted her, Ratajkowski stated, “I think one thing about the lifestyle we grew up with is in the summer you wake up and you don’t put on an outfit — you put on your swimsuit and you immediately go get supplies for a day at the beach. You end up spending twelve hours in your bathing suit; you go get burritos in your bathing suit.”

“I think it makes girls who grow up doing that develop this insane body confidence. You don’t even think about it,” she continued.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI, HUSBAND ACCUSED OF BEING ‘NIGHTMARE’ NEIGHBORS

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Mayo Clinic saved Ratajkowski’s mother’s life in March (Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram)

In March, the supermodel revealed that she “went to Mayo Clinic where they saved my mother’s life.”

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Ratajkowski and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard wed in 2018. (Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram)

Ratajkowski shared several snaps, including her and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard‘s trip to Mallorca. The two also spent August together in the supermodel’s hometown.

EMILY RATAJKOWSKI, HUSBAND ACCUSED OF SKIPPING RENT

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Ratajkowski wins entrepreneur of the year for Inamorata. (Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram)

In one of Ratajkowski’s most impressive feats of 2019, she earned Daily Front Row’s fashion entrepreneur of the year award for Inamorata.

Ratajkowski concluded the lengthy look back with a poignant reflection on her big year.

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Ratajkowski’s concluding message. (Emily Ratajkowski/Instagram)

“Lots of things — mostly very hard work — are hard to capture for Instagram. 2019 was a year full of that kind of deliberate focused hard work,” she wrote. “I’m truly grateful for all of your support and for the incredible platform Instagram offers me.”

“I can’t wait for what the year ahead will bring. Love to all of you,” she concluded her Instagram Story.

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Iraqi Protesters Ending Standoff at U.S. Embassy, on Orders From Militia Leaders

BAGHDAD — After vowing to camp outside the United States Embassy until the Americans left Iraq, and trying for a second day to scale the compound’s walls, demonstrators drawn largely from Iranian-backed militias called off their protest on Wednesday.

They gradually drifted away on foot or drove off in trucks, ending a tense standoff in which American diplomats were trapped in the embassy compound, and United States troops fired tear gas to disperse the thousands of people who stood outside chanting “Death to America.”

Iraqi counterterrorism forces took over on Wednesday from the Special Forces for the Green Zone, which had largely hung back from confronting the protesters, even as some of them attempted to climb over the walls and clambered onto the roof of the reception building demonstrators had burned a day earlier.

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Sources: Compound boundaries from the Associated Press and satellite imagery.

By Sarah Almukhtar, Falih Hassan, Lauren Leatherby, Allison McCann and Anjali Singhvi

In contrast to Tuesday, when some demonstrators forced their way into the compound and lit fires there, the crowd was much smaller on Wednesday and none of the protesters got inside the compound. When they reached the roof of the burned reception building, the United States security forces defending the embassy shot tear gas that drove them back, and a second volley of tear gas around midday dispersed a few hundred of the roughly 1,000 who had spent the night just outside the walls.

A couple of hours later an order came from the Hashid Commission, which oversees all the armed groups that sprang up in 2014 to fight the Islamic State — the most powerful of which are close to Iran and function as Iranian proxy forces.

The commission asked, out of “respect for the government’s sovereignty” and its promise that “it had heard the protesters’ message,” that the protesters stand down. That request was reiterated by the spokesman for one of the powerful, Iranian-backed armed groups, Asaib al-Haq.

Those militia members then began to leave, but at first the fighters loyal to Kataib Hezbollah, the militia at the center of the confrontation, did not. “We have not heard from our leaders,” said Mohammed Muhi, the spokesman for the group.

Within an hour, that group, too, sent the word for its followers to leave.

In a parting shot at the Americans, some members of the militia hung a green banner with yellow writing on the burned reception area that said: “Popular Mobilization Commission,” the umbrella group for the militias, as if to remove any doubt of who was in charge.

The United States blamed Kataib Hezbollah for a rocket attack on Friday on an Iraqi military base, which killed an American contractor and wounded several other people. American forces responded on Sunday with strikes on five sites controlled by the militia, in Syria and Iraq, that killed at least two dozen people and injured twice as many; Iran has put the death toll at 31.

On Tuesday, thousands of Iraqis, many of them militia fighters, marched on the United States Embassy compound in Baghdad to protest the American strikes, and some of them forced their way through the outer wall. They did not attempt to breach the embassy itself, and there were no reports of serious injuries, but the clash evoked memories of the takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

In an ominous sign for the Americans’ ability to stay, the Iraqi authorities, who had prevented previous demonstrations from getting near the embassy compound, allowed the protesters on Tuesday to march on it unimpeded.

In the past months, in the face of antigovernment protests, it was Iraqi forces firing tear gas to dispel protesters. But this week, the Iraqi authorities have left that to the United States, rather than confronting their own people.

President Trump on Tuesday tweeted that Iran was responsible for the attack on the embassy, and threatened retaliation. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, responded on Wednesday, “You can’t do anything.”

Iraqi militias — in theory under the umbrella of the national military, but often quite independent — played a major role in the fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS. While many of the armed groups, who are made up of Shiite Muslims, are backed by Iran, a Shiite theocracy at odds with the United States, the two powers had a common goal in their effort to defeat the Islamic State.

Once the Islamic State was largely demolished, however, the Iran-backed Iraqi militias turned their attention to constraining United States activities in Iraq, especially after America ratcheted up its sanctions against Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the United States was “taking revenge on the Popular Mobilization Forces for defeating ISIS,” a group that he claimed “the U.S. had created.”

Kataib Hezbollah denied responsibility on Wednesday for the most confrontational demonstrators, although it had pushed for protests in front of the embassy.

There are about 30 groups within the Popular Mobilization Forces, each answering to different leaders who do not always agree with each other. Neither the government nor any of the factions has the authority to corral all of them, making for a dangerous mix.

Falih Hassan reported from Baghdad, and Alissa Rubin from Paris.

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St. Louis records 4 homicides in first 3 hours of 2020

Only a few hours into 2020 and Missouri’s second largest city recorded four homicides in multiple shootings across St. Louis.

The St. Louis Police Department told KMOV the incidents – in which a total of eight people were shot – began rolling in shortly after midnight, when a teenager was shot in the thigh in a neighborhood on the city’s northwest side.

The teenager was rushed to an area hospital and was listed in stable condition, police said.

Not even a half-hour after the first incident was reported, three people were found fatally shot in an intersection in the city’s Benton Park neighborhood. A fourth victim was discovered shot in the leg at the location just before 12:30 a.m.

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Officials told FOX2 the victims have not been identified and no arrests have been made in connection with those shootings.

Authorities were called to a third shooting in north St. Louis, where a man was found shot to death around 2:40 a.m. Another man at the scene who was conscious and breathing was rushed to an area hospital.

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Four people in St. Louis were shot to death in the early hours of the first day of 2020, including three killed at one location. (iNews)

Shortly after the third shooting, a fourth incident was reported on the 3400 block of Wyoming Ave., where a man reported suffering a graze wound after gunfire was reported. The man was transported to an area hospital, according to FOX2.

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The violent early hours of 2020 were not confined to just city limits. Another early-morning shooting was reported in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur, Mo. Officers responded to a 911 call around 1:30 a.m. and found two teens shot at the home.

The homeowner told officials that around 75 to 80 teens were at the home for a New Year’s Eve party when a gunman walked through the front door and opened fire, FOX2 reported. The two teenagers were transported to an area hospital. Details about their conditions were not yet known.

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In 2019, St. Louis recorded 194 homicides, up from 186 in 2018. The 2019 victims included 11 children, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fatal New York City $1 mugging caught on video leads to arrest: reports

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A New York City teenager, who was caught on camera allegedly mugging a 60-year-old man – who later died – of $1 dollar on Christmas Eve, has been arrested, police said.

Abu Conteh, 18, of the Bronx, was arrested Tuesday morning, just days after the brutal overnight assault, the New York Post reported.

Juan Fresnda, 60, died three days after the $1 robbery outside a McDonald’s in the Bronx. He was trying to protect his boyfriend.

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Officials said detectives know the names of Conteh’s accomplices and are looking for them, the Daily News reported.

Conteh’s mother told the paper the video shows her son but he wasn’t involved.

“He saw people fighting and he knows those people in the video but he never touched that man,” Isataturay Conteh told the paper. “I don’t know all his friends. Abu goes to school and comes home. We expect him always around 7 or 8 p.m.”

Conteh was charged with second-degree murder, gang assault, and robbery, according to the paper.

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He was jailed without bail.

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Ancient stargazing device appears at New Mexico college

A newly forged steel instrument that can pinpoint the path of stars and planets across the night sky using the naked eye is a throwback to the years just before the advent of telescopes, returning stargazers in the hills of northern New Mexico to the essentials of astronomy in the past.

Installed at St. John’s College by graduates, the device is a remake of long-lost originals devised by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe in the late 16th century to chart the location of stars and the orbits of planets.

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It consists of four interlocking rings — forged of precision steel and aligned with the north star and equator — combined with a sliding viewfinder that is moved by hand to measure angles between the any celestial object, the horizon and the equator.

Lengthy, painstaking measurements from such an instrument in the late-1500s allowed Johannes Kepler to show that Mars revolved in an elliptical orbit around the sun, disproving the entrenched theory of the circular movement of heavenly bodies and setting off a search of new theories of planetary motion and forces.

“You can often learn things about how science was done in another age by recreating the artifacts and recreating the instruments,” said William Donahue, a retired faculty member and laboratories director at St. John’s College, whose campus overlooks Santa Fe. “This is a lot of fun because you get to do things that nobody has done for 300 years.”

None of Brahe’s original instruments have survived. Graduates of St. John’s commissioned a functioning replica using Brahe’s original drawings and illustrations. They hired British craftsman David Harber to assemble a precision instrument from surgical stainless steel. The venture cost upwards of $100,000, Donahue said.

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Static sculptures of Brahe’s so-called armillary sphere proliferate in public parks, but few if any allow for detailed measurements like the one in Santa Fe. It is accurate to incremental angular measurements of one-sixtieth of a degree, or 1 arc minute.

The device is an obvious anachronism in an age of sky-charting smart phone apps — and a fitting addition to St. John’s College, where students trace the evolution of math and science from ancient civilizations by studying original texts or their English translations.

Beyond St. John’s, New Mexico’s dark cloudless skies have attracted groundbreaking astronomical devices and student observatories.

‘ANCIENT STAR BURST’ SPOTTED AT CENTER OF MILKY WAY

They include New Mexico Tech’s Magdalena Ridge Observatory, perched 2 miles (3 kilometers) above sea level near Socorro; a cluster of research telescopes at Apache Point Observatory; the iconic Very Large Array radio astronomy observatory where antennae span miles across the Plains of San Agustin: and recently assembled radio scopes that explore low frequencies for clues about cosmic evolution.

By contrast, the latest stargazing device in Santa Fe promises no scientific advances. Instead, it’s something of a time portal into the travails of 16th century astronomy.

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Donahoe, who translated Kepler’s “Astronomia Nova” from Latin, says pinpointing the coordinates of bright stars and planets produces lots of “ah-hah moments” for students. The sphere is not yet part of the college curriculum.

Measurements taken by Brahe were accurate enough to challenge fundamental astronomical conceptions and misconceptions and help pave the way for Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity and the laws of motion, Donahue says.

Tracking orbits also was no easy feat in an age where mechanical clocks could be maddeningly inaccurate. Then came the telescope.

“In 1609 Galileo turned his telescope on the sky — and that changed everything,” Donahue said.

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State Department spokeswoman pressed on whether Trump administration’s Iran policy is working

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State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus insisted Wednesday that the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran is working, following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad by pro-Iran militia members.

Ortagus said those who attacked the embassy were “terrorists that are organized, trained and equipped by the Iranian regime,” not legitimate protesters.

Dozens of pro-Iran militiamen and protesters remain camped outside the compound on Wednesday, one day after militiamen stormed into the compound and smashed windows before pulling back. It was one of the worst attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in years.

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The demonstrators said to be protesting U.S. airstrikes over the weekend that killed 25 fighters. Those strikes were in response to a rocket attack on an Iraqi Army base that killed a U.S. contractor and injured several American troops.

“We have told the Iranian regime countless times, do not confuse President Trump’s strategic patience with weakness,” said Ortagus, prompting “America’s Newsroom” anchor Leland Vittert to ask when Iran’s provocations in the region will be met with a stronger response from the United States, such as targeted airstrikes.

“We think our policy is working stronger than ever. The Iranian economy is out of money,” said Ortagus, formerly a Fox News contributor.

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“We’re not seeking another war in the Middle East. That’s not what we’re doing here. But we are holding the Iranian regime accountable and we are protecting and defending ourselves,” she added, saying the administration is “completely confident” that the embassy is secure.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday night, just hours after dozens of Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the embassy attack in Baghdad, President Trump vowed that the situation “will not be a Benghazi” — a pointed reference to the deadly 2012 embassy attack in Libya on the Obama administration’s watch, after officials at the embassy had requested enhanced security for weeks.

“It’s been handled very well,” Trump said as he walked into New Year’s Eve celebrations at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “The Marines came in. We had some great warriors come in; they did a fantastic job. They were there instantaneously, as soon as we heard. They came immediately. It’s in great shape. This will not be a Benghazi. Benghazi never should have happened. This will never, ever be a Benghazi. … As soon as we saw there was a potential for a problem, they got in.”

Trump added: “Things are in great shape. … I want to thank the Iraqi government. They really stepped up.”‘

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Ortagus maintained that the president’s strategy with Iran has been effective.

“We can pursue peaceful diplomacy with the Iranian regime while also continuing our maximum economic pressure campaign, while also defending ourselves. … To say that it’s a war with Iran or nothing is just a fundamental misunderstanding of how foreign policy actually works,” she said.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report.

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Trump Deploys More Troops To Middle East After U.S. Embassy Attack

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Charging that Iran was “fully responsible” for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, President Donald Trump ordered about 750 U.S. soldiers deployed to the Middle East as about 3,000 more prepared for possible deployment in the next several days.

No U.S. casualties or evacuations were reported after the attack Tuesday by dozens of Iran-supported militiamen. U.S. Marines were sent from Kuwait to reinforce the compound.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday night that “in response to recent events” in Iraq, and at Trump’s direction, he authorized the immediate deployment of the infantry battalion from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He did not specify the soldiers’ destination, but a U.S. official familiar with the decision said they will go to Kuwait.

“This deployment is an appropriate and precautionary action taken in response to increased threat levels against U.S. personnel and facilities, such as we witnessed in Baghdad today,” Esper said in a written statement.

Additional soldiers from the 82nd Airborne’s quick-deployment brigade, known officially as its Immediate Response Force, were prepared to deploy, Esper said. The U.S. official, who provided unreleased details on condition of anonymity, said the full brigade of about 4,000 soldiers may deploy.

The 750 soldiers deploying immediately were in addition to 14,000 U.S. troops who had deployed to the Gulf region since May in response to concerns about Iranian aggression, including its alleged sabotage of commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf. At the time of the attack the U.S. had about 5,200 troops in Iraq, mainly to train Iraqi forces and help them combat Islamic State extremists.

The breach of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday was a stark demonstration that Iran can still strike at American interests despite Trump’s economic pressure campaign. It also revealed growing strains between Washington and Baghdad, raising questions about the future of the U.S. military mission there.

“They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon, though it was unclear whether his “threat” meant military retaliation. He thanked top Iraqi government leaders for their “rapid response upon request.”

American airstrikes on Sunday killed 25 fighters of an Iran-backed militia in Iraq, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. said those strikes were in retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor and the wounding of American and Iraqi troops in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base that the U.S. blamed on the militia. The American strikes angered the Iraqi government, which called them an unjustified violation of its sovereignty.

While blaming Iran for the embassy breach, Trump also called on Iraq to protect the diplomatic mission.

“Iran killed an American contractor, wounding many,” he tweeted from his estate in Florida. “We strongly responded, and always will. Now Iran is orchestrating an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. They will be held fully responsible. In addition, we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified!”

Even as Trump has argued for removing U.S. troops from Mideast conflicts, he also has singled out Iran as a malign influence in the region. After withdrawing the U.S. in 2018 from an international agreement that exchanged an easing of sanctions for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program, Trump ratcheted up sanctions.

Those economic penalties, including a virtual shut-off of Iranian oil exports, are aimed at forcing Iran to negotiate a broader nuclear deal. But critics say that pressure has pushed Iranian leaders into countering with a variety of military attacks in the Gulf.

Until Sunday’s U.S. airstrikes, Trump had been measured in his response to Iranian provocations. In June, he abruptly called off U.S. military strikes on Iranian targets in retaliation for the downing of an American drone.

Robert Ford, a retired U.S. diplomat who served five years in Baghdad and then became ambassador in Syria, said Iran’s allies in the Iraqi parliament may be able to harness any surge in anger among Iraqis toward the United States to force U.S. troops to leave the country. Ford said Trump miscalculated by approving Sunday’s airstrikes on Kataeb Hezbollah positions in Iraq and Syria — strikes that drew a public rebuke from the Iraqi government and seem to have triggered Tuesday’s embassy attack.

“The Americans fell into the Iranian trap,” Ford said, with airstrikes that turned some Iraqi anger toward the U.S. and away from Iran and the increasingly unpopular Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

The tense situation in Baghdad appeared to upset Trump’s vacation routine in Florida, where he is spending the holidays.

Trump spent just under an hour at his private golf club in West Palm Beach before returning to his Mar-a-Lago resort in nearby Palm Beach. He had spent nearly six hours at his golf club on each of the previous two days. Trump spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi and emphasized the need for Iraq to protect Americans and their facilities in the country, said White House spokesman Hogan Gidley.

Trump is under pressure from some in Congress to take a hard-line approach to Iranian aggression, which the United States says included an unprecedented drone and missile attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry in September. More recently, Iran-backed militias in Iraq have conducted numerous rocket attacks on bases hosting U.S. forces.

Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican and supporter of Trump’s Iran policy, called the embassy breach “yet another reckless escalation” by Iran.

Tuesday’s attack was carried out by members of the Iran-supported Kataeb Hezbollah militia. Dozens of militiamen and their supporters smashed a main door to the compound and set fire to a reception area, but they did not enter the main buildings.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blamed Iran for the episode and faulted Trump for his “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.

“The results so far have been more threats against international commerce, emboldened and more violent proxy attacks across the Middle East, and now, the death of an American citizen in Iraq,” Menendez said, referring to the rocket attack last week.

By early evening Tuesday, the mob had retreated from the compound but set up several tents outside for an intended sit-in. Dozens of yellow flags belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias fluttered atop the reception area and were plastered along the embassy’s concrete wall along with anti-U.S. graffiti. American Apache helicopters flew overhead and dropped flares over the area in what the U.S. military called a “show of force.”

The embassy breach was seen by some analysts as affirming their view that it is folly for the U.S. to keep forces in Iraq after having eliminated the Islamic State group’s territorial hold in the country.

A U.S. withdrawal from Iraq is also a long-term hope of Iran, noted Paul Salem, president of the Washington-based Middle East Institute.

And it’s always possible Trump would “wake up one morning and make that decision” to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq, as he announced earlier with the U.S. military presence in neighboring Syria, Salem said. Trump’s Syria decision triggered the resignation of his first defense secretary, retired Gen. Jim Mattis, but the president later amended his decision and about 1,200 U.S. troops remain in Syria.

Trump’s best weapon with Iran is the one he’s already using — the sanctions, said Salem. He and Ford said Trump would do best to keep resisting Iran’s attempt to turn the Iran-U.S. conflict into a full-blown military one. The administration should also make a point of working with the Iraqi government to deal with the militias, Ford said.

For the president, Iran’s attacks — directly and now through proxies in Iraq — have “been working that nerve,” Salem said. “Now they really have Trump’s attention.”

Associated Press writers Matthew Lee, Darlene Superville and Sagar Meghani contributed to this report.

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