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U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Treatment Of Uighurs

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The Commerce Department has issued a list of 28 state security bureaus and tech companies in China that it says are being used to suppress the country’s Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities – a move that blocks them from doing business with U.S. firms.

The revised Entity List that came out late Monday adds several security bureaus with jurisdiction in China’s western Xinjiang region, where the Uighurs are concentrated, as well as firms such as Hikvision and Dahua Technology, which are leading providers of video surveillance equipment.

The filing says the entities “have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States,” and have been engaged in “China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the [Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region].”

In a statement, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. “will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities in China.”

The move comes as the U.S. and China are engaged in a heated trade war that continues to escalate despite more than a dozen rounds of negotiation since it started more than a year ago. China’s Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are expected to meet on Thursday for the latest high-level talks aimed at resolving the dispute.

Hikvision and Dahua join other high-profile Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE, which were placed on the Entity List in August. Also added on Monday are artificial intelligence firms SenseTime and Megvii Technology, and iFlytek, a company that specializes in voice recognition.

Hikvision said in a statement that it “strongly opposes today’s decision by the U.S. Government,” claiming that the move “will hamper efforts by global companies to improve human rights around the world.”

“Hikvision, as the security industry’s global leader, respects human rights and takes our responsibility to protect people in the U.S. and the world seriously,” the company said. “Hikvision has been engaging with Administration officials over the past 12 months to clarify misunderstandings about the company and address their concerns.”

In Xinjiang, a vast territory in northwest China home to many minority ethnic groups, the population is subjected to intense surveillance by face recognition technology and other means. Up to 1.5 million Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities are believed to be detained in Xinjiang in massive prison-like education camps.

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U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Treatment Of Uighurs

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Visitors are tracked by face recognition technology from state-owned surveillance equipment manufacturer Hikvision at the Security China 2018 expo in Beijing. Hikvision is one of several firms that have been added to a U.S. trade blacklist. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Treatment Of Uighurs

Visitors are tracked by face recognition technology from state-owned surveillance equipment manufacturer Hikvision at the Security China 2018 expo in Beijing. Hikvision is one of several firms that have been added to a U.S. trade blacklist.

Ng Han Guan/AP

The Commerce Department has issued a list of 28 state security bureaus and tech companies in China that it says are being used to suppress the country’s Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities – a move that blocks them from doing business with U.S. firms.

The revised Entity List that came out late Monday adds several security bureaus with jurisdiction in China’s western Xinjiang region, where the Uighurs are concentrated, as well as firms such as Hikvision and Dahua Technology, which are leading providers of video surveillance equipment.

The filing says the entities “have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States,” and have been engaged in “China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the [Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region].”

In a statement, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. “will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities in China.”

The move comes as the U.S. and China are engaged in a heated trade war that continues to escalate despite more than a dozen rounds of negotiation since it started more than a year ago. China’s Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are expected to meet on Thursday for the latest high-level talks aimed at resolving the dispute.

Hikvision and Dahua join other high-profile Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE, which were placed on the Entity List in August. Also added on Monday are artificial intelligence firms SenseTime and Megvii Technology, and iFlytek, a company that specializes in voice recognition.

Hikvision said in a statement that it “strongly opposes today’s decision by the U.S. Government,” claiming that the move “will hamper efforts by global companies to improve human rights around the world.”

“Hikvision, as the security industry’s global leader, respects human rights and takes our responsibility to protect people in the U.S. and the world seriously,” the company said. “Hikvision has been engaging with Administration officials over the past 12 months to clarify misunderstandings about the company and address their concerns.”

In Xinjiang, a vast territory in northwest China home to many minority ethnic groups, the population is subjected to intense surveillance by face recognition technology and other means. Up to 1.5 million Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities are believed to be detained in Xinjiang in massive prison-like education camps.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods destroyed $5 million worth of assault rifles, CEO Ed Stack says

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Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack said his company destroyed $5 million worth of assault rifles as part of its tough stance on guns.

In his new book and in an interview with “CBS News Sunday,” Stack shared how the company turned the guns into scrap metal.

“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, then we need to destroy them,'” Stack told CBS News.

In his book, “It’s How We Play the Game: Build a Business. Take a Stand. Make a Difference,” which goes on sale Tuesday, Stack wrote that rather than returning the firearms banned by the company to manufacturers, the chain “sawed $5 million worth of rifles into scrap.”

Stack is scheduled to be on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Tuesday.

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The National Rifle Association tweeted an article written by right-wing publication Breitbart and wrote: “Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack told CBS News that his company destroyed $5 million worth of “assault-style rifles” to keep them out of private hands.”

The reaction to the NRA tweet was mixed with several saying they’d shop at Dick’s and others against the news.

“Thank you for publicizing this very excellent thing that Dicks has done,” Twitter user @RevAndyKarlson commented. “I’m proud to support a company that acts with moral conviction.”

“Exactly why I no longer shop at @DICKS,” Twitter user @tjomac wrote. “They are deceptive in their terminology, trying to be PC and they made stupid business decisions.”

In his CBS interview, Stack said after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, he removed the AR-15 from his chain of 720 stores.

“All we were going to do was just take it off the shelf and not say anything,” Stack said. “We thought we’d get a little bit of a backlash, but we didn’t expect to get what we got.”

After the Parkland school shooting in Florida left 17 dead in February 2018, Dick’s pulled high-capacity magazines from stores and halted the sale of firearms to anyone under 21.

“We found out we sold this kid a shotgun and I said, ‘We’re done,’” Stack said on CBS of the then-19-year-old alleged shooter. “Even though that’s not the gun he used, it could have been.”

Contributing: Jeff Platsky, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin; Kristin Lam, USA TODAY

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Susan Rice slams Trump’s troop withdrawal from Syria

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Former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice sounded off on President Trump‘s decision to withdraw troops from Syria, calling the announcement “bats— crazy” during her appearance on “The Late Show.”

“Stephen, I woke of this morning to hear that news and as I do- it seems like six days a week- I just put my head in my hands,” Rice told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert. “This is bats— crazy.”

Rice explained that the Kurds in Syria are “the people who for the last four years have been fighting on our behalf” to defeat ISIS and that “we basically said to them, ‘see ya.'” She also referred to Turkey as the “hungry wolf who’s trying to kill the lamb.”

“It’s just appalling because we promised them out partnership and we promised them that if they worked with us to defeat our common enemy… then we would stand with them,” Rice continued. “And Trump woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it appears, and decided ‘Never mind.'”

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The former Obama official credited Republican lawmakers since they have “gotten a pulse today” by largely condemning Trump’s decision, insisting it “must be really bad.”

“Have you heard any rationale being given for it?” Colbert asked. “Because I don’t quite understand how he’s justifying this.”

“Well, there’s no justification that you or I would understand,” Rice responded. “He seems to be trying to couch this and ‘we’ve been at war for too long,’ you know, ‘I’m sick and tired of all of this. Somebody else should take up the burden’…

“That’s not a bad argument on a certain level,” Colbert interjected, “because America has been at war for a long time since 2001.”

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“But these are different wars to be precise,” Rice pushed back. “This is a war that we have been involved in very smartly through these partners. American service members are not in combat on the ground in Syria in any meaningful way. They have been advising and supporting these very brave Kurdish allies who have taken the fight effectively to ISIS on our behalf. That’s a smart way to fight terrorism. And that’s what we started and that’s what we pursued during the Obama administration. Trump continued it and at some point, I guess he decided that he had enough.”

Rice went on to warn that the ISIS prisoners that are currently in Kurdish custody could “harm” Americans and European allies if Turkey intervenes.

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Some of Los Angeles’ homeless could get apartments that cost more than private homes, study finds

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LOS ANGELES – Having made a deep financial commitment to create housing for some of its 27,000 unsheltered homeless people, Los Angeles is falling short in building new apartments to take thousands of people off the streets, a new study finds. 

Nearly three years after city voters approved a $1.2 billion construction program over 10 years, the city has  yet to see the first building completed. Average per-apartment costs have zoomed more than $100,000 past prior predictions, the study by city Controller Ron Galperin finds.

“To create a bigger impact now and in the future, the city must make some immediate changes to its approach,” said Galperin in comments via email. “Los Angeles needs to figure out how to make the cost of development cheaper and the timeline quicker.”

At an average cost of $531,373 per unit – with many apartments costing more than $600,000 each –  building costs of many of the homeless units will exceed the median sale price of a market-rate condominium. In the city of Los Angeles, the median price for a condo is $546,000, and a single-family home in Los Angeles County has a median price of $627,690, the study states. 

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Prices rose dramatically because of higher-than-expected costs for items other than actual construction, such as consultants and financing. Those items comprise up to 40% of the cost of a project, the study found. By contrast, land acquisition costs averaged only 11% of the total costs.

Instead of the 10,000 apartments touted by city leaders as the goal of the bond issue, the city measure known as Proposition HHH is now projected to provide a total of 7,640. The hope is that the new apartments, combined with dormitory-style shelters and other facilities, can make a dent in the city’s unsheltered homeless population.

“I don’t think anyone can say what Los Angeles has done to create and build housing for the unsheltered has been successful or good enough,” despite voters having passed the funding proposition by a 77% margin, Galperin said. “We are not where we need to be.”

With tents pitched on sidewalks, alleys and along riverbanks, homelessness has become a top issue in Los Angeles, creating public health issues and an eyesore in a city that’s long been a tourist destination. President Donald Trump has singled out California for criticism over the homeless problem.

Last month, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to California: “We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening.”

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Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, in a report also last month, said the state could take steps like easing building restrictions to boost the total amount of housing and be less tolerant of people sleeping in the street

At the time, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti responded by saying if Trump cared about the crisis, he’d be trying to find more federal money to help resolve it.

As for city controller’s report, Garcetti’s office issued a statement Monday in which it said it stands by the goal of 10,000 new housing units using both the funds from the proposition and other sources. And it didn’t dispute Galperin’s findings.

“The controller’s report is a thoughtful look at a generational challenge, and it rightfully acknowledges the deep complexity of the task before us. We are on track to meet our goals — and Mayor Garcetti is as committed as ever to reaching the objectives,” said spokeswoman Andrea Garcia.

At least Californians are now fully focused on the issue. A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California finds homelessness has drawn even with the economy as the top concern among the state’s residents.

Against that backdrop, Los Angeles had hoped that, to a large extent, it could build its way out of the crisis. The bond measure provides up to $140,000 per unit with the rest coming from other sources. Yet of 19 projects under construction, 60 in pre-development and 35 awaiting city approval, only two are expected to be finished by the end of the year, the study found.

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Part of the problem with costs is that some of the projects are being built in some of the most-expensive areas of the city. More apartments could be built at a lower cost, the study found, if they were resituated in lower-cost, outlying areas.

The city also could promote lower-cost alternatives to traditional apartment buildings. Some 975 apartments will be in six projects in which the cost will average $351,965, with some as little as $200,000 a unit.

“The projects are pending city approval and feature modular construction, shared housing, and simplified financing,” the report states. “If successful, these approaches have the potential to significantly lower costs and shorten development timelines.”

But overall, Galperin recommended big changes to the program in order to maximize the amount of housing that can built.

“There is a tremendous sense of urgency to make critical changes now,” he said in comments on the report. While all the funding has been allocated, “there is still an opportunity to review the expensive projects.”

“A course correction is required,” Galperin said in his report, “before it is too late.”

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Democrats ‘transfixed’ with ‘fishing’ for scandals because they fear another 4 years of Trump, Matt Schlapp says

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American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp said Democrats continue to try to ]fish for scandals involving President Trump because they fear another term will allow him to further reduce “swamp” corruption.

Democrats wasted their opportunity to work on issues the American people care about, Schlapp told “Hannity” on Monday.

“They had their opportunity to show the American people what their agenda was,” he said.

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Schlapp called Democrats’ current order of business is to have a “fishing expedition to find any scandal they can on Donald Trump.”

“They’re transfixed with this idea that if they don’t bring Trump down with fake and phony scandals, that they won’t win,” he said.

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Schlapp said Democrats are frantic to undermine the president because he will continue to hammer the “deep state” and Washington, D.C. swamp.

Earlier Monday, the chairmen of three powerful House committees issued subpoenas to the Pentagon and the White House Office of Management and Budget for documents relating to Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., sent individual letters to Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and OMB Acting Director Russell Vought concerning reports that Trump ordered then-acting OMB Chief Mick Mulvaney to freeze military aid to Ukraine.

Mulvaney reportedly conveyed Trump’s order “through the budget office to the Pentagon and the State Department, which were told only that the administration was looking at whether the spending was necessary.” White House officials have denied any “quid pro quo” linking that aid to Trump’s request for an investigation into the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, with Ukraine. The latest subpoenas aim to dig into the question.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Scherzer, Zimmerman lead Nationals past Dodgers 6-1 to force Game 5

For a guy whose teams kept losing in the postseason, Max Scherzer sure is delivering now. Every time he’s pitched this October, the Washington Nationals have won.

His latest outing was a season-saving, seven-inning masterpiece that combined with Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer to lift the wild-card Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the league-best Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night, forcing a deciding Game 5 in their NL Division Series.

“I was just gassed. I was out. I was empty in the tank,” Scherzer said about his last inning.

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Scowling and muttering to himself, Scherzer allowed one run and four hits while striking out nine — and, most importantly for Washington, he prevented LA from closing out the NLDS after taking a 2-1 lead into Game 4.

“He really gave it all he had,” said Anthony Rendon, who drove in three runs for Washington.

With fans who braved some rain chanting, “Beat LA!” in the late going, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson combined to get the last six outs for Washington, setting up a winner-take-all contest in the best-of-five series Wednesday at Los Angeles, with the Nationals sending Stephen Strasburg to the mound against Walker Buehler.

“If I could bet, I’d bet on him,” Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton said about Strasburg. “He’s a very good pitcher. A polished pitcher. To have him healthy and ready to go in that situation only boosts our confidence.”

Whichever team advances will face the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series. That playoff is also even at 2-all.

The 35-year-old Zimmerman showed what he still can do at the plate by taking a 97 mph pitch, the second thrown by reliever Pedro Báez, and turning it into a high-arching parabola that descended onto the green batter’s eye in straightaway center field for a three-run shot that made it 5-1.

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Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman celebrating his three-run homer off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pedro Baez (52) with teammate Howie Kendrick in the fifth inning in Game 4 of a baseball National League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Zim put a really good swing on it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

That was after Julio Urías, LA’s third pitcher and the one charged with the loss, began the fifth by serving up a line-drive single to Trea Turner, who finished with three hits. Rendon, who led the majors with 126 RBIs during the regular season but entered Monday with just one in the playoffs, delivered a run-scoring single that made it 2-1.

Rendon also brought home runs via sacrifice flies in the third and sixth.

It was plenty for Scherzer. He left after 109 pitches, the most stressful coming after he loaded the bases by issuing a pair of walks with one out in the seventh. Scherzer got out of that by striking out pinch-hitter Chris Taylor and getting Joc Pederson to ground out, then shook his arms and yelled as he stalked to the home dugout.

“You can’t say enough about his compete,” Roberts said about Scherzer. “He just sort of wills his way to getting outs.”

The Dodgers’ lone run came when Justin Turner connected for a no-doubt-about-it homer to left on Scherzer’s 10th pitch, a 95 mph fastball. But from there, facing an LA lineup stacked with a half-dozen lefty hitters, Scherzer displayed the sort of ornery dominance that helped him win three Cy Young Awards.

He entered these playoffs on a skid: His teams, Detroit and Washington, had been 0-7 in his most recent seven postseason appearances. But the Nationals won the NL wild-card game, which he started; Game 2 of the NLDS, when Scherzer struck out all three batters he faced in relief; and now Game 4.

The Dodgers are trying to get to the NLCS for the fourth year in a row, while the Nationals have never been to that round since moving from Montreal in 2005. Washington will be playing in its fourth NLDS Game 5 in the past eight years; the Nats are 0-3 so far, with all those losses at home, including against the Dodgers in 2016.

Zimmerman for so many years was the face of the franchise for the Nationals, who made him their first draft pick 14 years ago. So he’s been through all of their highs, including four NL East titles, and lows, including early exit after early exit in the playoffs. He no longer is an everyday player — Game 4 marked his second start of this postseason — and his teammate-mandated dugout dance after his homer consisted of pretending to use a walker.

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“He’s been here forever,” Rendon said. “Man, he means everything to this city, to this team.”

This could be a last hurrah for Zimmerman with the Nationals, who hold an $18 million contract option on him in 2020. He said before the game that he’s not thinking about the future, other than insisting that he’ll continue playing beyond this season.

“I plan on playing more games. I feel like a lot of people think I’m not going to play more games,” Zimmerman said. “But I feel good. I feel like I can still be very productive beyond this year.”

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When ‘Get Out’ Is a President’s National Security Strategy

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WASHINGTON — President Trump is once again pursuing a national security strategy at odds with the official position of his government, ordering a pullback of American forces just inside the Syrian border. It is a move that his own senior advisers have warned would risk new chaos throughout the region.

He is demonstrating that in his pursuit of ending America’s “endless wars,” no American troop presence abroad is too small to escape his desire to terminate it. In this case, the mission has been to prevent Islamic State forces from reconstituting, and to keep another conflict at bay — a Turkish attack on Kurdish forces, including on those that have been America’s staunchest allies in the fight against ISIS.

To the Pentagon and the State Department, that is a traditional role for American troops, honed over 75 years of global leadership. But if there is a Trump doctrine around the world after 32 months of chaotic policymaking, it may have been expressed in its purest form when the president vented on Twitter on Monday morning: “Time for us to get out.”

Just this summer, the State Department’s special envoy for Syrian affairs, James F. Jeffrey, one of America’s most experienced Middle East hands, told a public forum not to worry about a precipitous withdrawal. “We plan on having a small residual force to remain on for an indefinite time,” he said. The president, he added, “is much seized with this.” But perhaps not seized the way Mr. Jeffrey imagined.

Long before he was elected, Mr. Trump had sounded a recurrent theme about Syria — as well as about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the American presence in Japan and South Korea, and other global deployments. Acting as the world’s policeman was too expensive, he complained. Allies played us for “suckers.” Both in the campaign and today, Mr. Trump sensed that many Americans share his view — and polls show he is right, even among some who loathe Mr. Trump himself.

So when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey spoke by telephone with Mr. Trump on Sunday, the Turkish leader likely knew exactly what he was doing: circumventing the American generals and diplomats who sing the praises of maintaining the traditional American forward presence around the world. The Turkish leader could appeal to Mr. Trump’s instincts, and clear a path for his forces to fight those he calls “terrorists” over his border, even though they are the same Kurdish troops who have long been allies of the United States.

Mr. Trump’s sudden abandonment of the Kurds was another example of the independent, parallel foreign policy he has run from the White House, which has largely abandoned the elaborate systems created since President Harry Truman’s day to think ahead about the potential costs and benefits of presidential decisions. That system is badly broken today. Mr. Trump is so suspicious of the professional staff — many drawn from the State Department and the C.I.A. — and so dismissive of the “deep state” foreign policy establishment, that he usually announces decisions first, and forces the staff to deal with them later.

It has happened time and time again on Syria. When he announced a unilateral withdrawal late last year, it was the final straw for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation letter was a searing indictment of Mr. Trump’s disregard for allies and alliances.

By Monday morning, both traditional American allies and Mr. Trump’s staunchest Republican defenders, the ones standing up for him in the impeachment battle, argued that the decision was a victory for authoritarian leaders across the geopolitical spectrum.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said Mr. Trump had rewarded America’s adversaries. “A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran and the Assad regime,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement, a reference to Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator. “And it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup.”

In the most biting line, he urged Mr. Trump “to exercise American leadership.”

Mr. McConnell was among the Trump allies who cheered the president when, not even three months after his inauguration, he ordered the first military strike of his presidency, a missile attack against Syrian air bases in response to evidence that Mr. Assad had, once again, gassed his own people. Mr. Trump said he reacted to pictures of Syrian children suffering in the gas attack. But he also ordered the action while Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader, was at his dinner table at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, eating what the president called “the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you have ever seen.” It was clearly meant as a message: There was a new sheriff in town.

Mr. Xi may have a different view now. Mr. Trump’s calls for restraint have often followed his threats of fire and fury. Mr. Xi and the North Koreans may both have reason to believe that Mr. Trump may pull back from the Pacific — their fondest wish — in return for few concessions. It is a possibility Mr. Trump himself has periodically raised with aides while complaining about trade deficits.

After Mr. Trump mysteriously suspended military aid to Ukraine in July — now the subject of an impeachment inquiry into whether he was holding the aid hostage in return for politically damaging information on former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — his stated argument was that the United States paid too much, and Europeans too little.

If there was any discussion in the White House about how slowing the military aid might damage efforts to contain Russia’s power in the region, it has not surfaced.

When he pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran, it was over the objections of a secretary of state, a national security adviser and a secretary of defense — all since departed — who urged him to build on the past agreement. Sixteen months later, he fired his next national security adviser, the hawkish John R. Bolton, for fear that Mr. Bolton would send him down the road to another “forever war.”

In that regard, Mr. Trump has correctly read the American people who, after Iraq and Afghanistan, also have a deep distaste for forever wars. It is the one issue on which Mr. Trump and former President Barack Obama agree, and a reason for Mr. Obama’s decision not to make good on his promise of bombing Mr. Assad for crossing the “red line” of using poison gas.

But Mr. Trump’s objections go beyond Mr. Obama’s. “Like some of those who are running to replace him, President Trump has conflated ‘forever wars’ with an open-ended presence,” said Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior George W. Bush administration official as America went into two wars between 2001 and 2003.

“We’ve had 70 years of open-ended presence in Germany, Japan, South Korea,” he noted. “It’s part of an alliance. And it keeps countries from doing things you don’t want them to do,” like building their own nuclear weapons.

The Syria presence, Mr. Mattis had argued, was in that vein — low risk, low casualty, high returns for America’s security. It was a tripwire to keep the Islamic State from rising again, and Turkey from starting a war. Mr. Trump’s Sunday night tweet, saying everyone in the region was going to have to work things out themselves, announced an abdication of that role.

He may well pull back in coming days; in fact, by lunchtime on Monday he already appeared to be pivoting, declaring on Twitter that “if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey.”

It was a strange threat to utter to a NATO ally. It did not specify what was out of bounds. And most of all, it did not describe how the United States would exercise that kind of power in a world in which America is viewed in many capitals as already getting out.

Lara Jakes and Edward Wong contributed reporting.

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Ellen DeGeneres stands up to Twitter mob, defends appearing with ‘friend’ George W. Bush

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Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres took a stand against the Twitter mob after receiving backlash for appearing at a football game next to former President George W. Bush, who she calls a “friend.”

During her monologue on Monday, DeGeneres told the audience that she and Portia de Rossi were invited to a Dallas Cowboys game by Charlotte Jones, daughter of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

She was seen in the suite sitting next to Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.

“When we were invited, I was aware that I was going to be surrounded with people from very different views and beliefs. And I’m not talking about politics… I was rooting for the Packers,” DeGeneres joked. “So I had to hide my cheese hat in Portia’s purse.”

However, DeGeneres faced heavy criticism on social media for appearing alongside Bush.

“People were upset,” DeGeneres said. “They thought, why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?… A lot of people were mad. And they did what people do when they’re mad… they tweet.”

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The comedian then read a tweet, “Ellen and George Bush together makes me have faith in America again.” The audience clapped.

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“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have,” DeGeneres continued. “We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.”

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“When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone. Doesn’t matter.

DeGeneres concluded by thanking Charlotte and Jerry Jones as well as George and Laura Bush for a “Sunday afternoon that was so fun,” but added that they owe her “six dollars for the nachos.”

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Climate Activists Block Roads, March In Global Protests

BERLIN (AP) — Activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement blocked roads and staged demonstrations in big cities around the globe Monday, part of a wide-ranging series of protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change.

Demonstrators stopped traffic in European cities including Berlin, London, Paris and Amsterdam. In New York, activists smeared themselves — and emblems of Wall Street — in fake blood and lay in the street.

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In some cities, activists chained themselves to vehicles or pitched tent camps and vowed not to budge.

“You might come from a variety of different groups, but we all stand against a system that’s destroying the planet and mankind, and we’re looking to change that because we can’t just have little changes, we want a real big change,” said Pierrick Jalby, a 28-year-old nurse from eastern France who joined the demonstration in Paris. “We don’t want reforms, in fact, we want a revolution.”

Members of Extinction Rebellion, a loose-knit movement also known as XR that started last year in Britain, have staged a series of flashy protests this year to demand action on manmade climate change, often featuring marchers in white masks and red costumes and copious amounts of fake blood.

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In Berlin on Monday, around 1,000 people blocked the Grosser Stern, a traffic circle in the middle of the German capital’s Tiergarten park dominated by the landmark Victory Column. That protest began before dawn. Another 300 people blocked Berlin’s central Potsdamer Platz, placing couches, tables, chairs and flowerpots on the road.

Over the weekend, demonstrators had set up a tent camp outside German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office to prepare for the protests, reflecting dissatisfaction with a climate policy package drawn up last month by her government.

Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, criticized the group’s tactics.

“We all share an interest in climate protection, and the Paris climate targets are our standard in this,” he told ZDF television. “If you demonstrate against or for that, that is OK. But if you announce dangerous interventions in road traffic or things like this, of course that is just not on.”

He dismissed the idea of declaring a “climate emergency,” saying that the German constitution doesn’t provide for such a thing and it wouldn’t translate into “concrete action.”

Around 1,000 protesters blocked the area around Chatelet in central Paris and vowed to stay at least the night in the makeshift camp they had pitched. Some were seated, some chained to a barrel.

Demonstrators playing steel drums marched through central London as they kicked off two weeks of activities designed to disrupt the city.

London police said some 135 climate activists had been arrested. Extinction Rebellion said protesters were arrested as they blocked Victoria Embankment, outside the Ministry of Defense.

Among those arrested was 81-year-old Sarah Lasenby, a retired social worker from Oxford.

“It is imperative the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to radically reduce the use of fossil fuels,” she said.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS New York City Police arrest activists with the Extinction Rebellion movement as they demonstrate outside the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, kicking off a wide-ranging series of worldwide protests demanding much more urgent action against climate change.

In New York City, protesters doused a famous statue of a charging bull near Wall Street with fake blood. One protester waving a green flag climbed on top of the bull. Other activists splashed with red dye staged a “die-in” in front of the New York Stock Exchange — lying down as if dead while tourists gawked.

Afterward, a few participants were seen mopping the fake blood off the ground.

“The blood of the world is here,” said Justin Becker, an organizer who made a link between the fossil fuel industry and the financial interests of Wall Street. “A lot of blood has been spilled by the decisions of the powerful and the status quo and the toxic system that we live in.”

In Amsterdam, hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major road outside the Rijksmuseum, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, and set up tents. The protest went ahead despite a city ban on activists gathering on the road. The protesters ignored police calls for them to move to a nearby square.

In Spain, a few dozen activists briefly chained themselves to each other and to an elevated road over a major artery in the Madrid, snarling traffic during the morning rush hour. The National Police said 33 activists were taken to their premises and three were arrested for resisting orders by anti-riot officers.

A few hundred other protesters camped out in 40 tents at the gates of Spain’s Ministry of Ecological Transition.

Those at the Berlin protests included activist Carola Rackete, best known as the German captain of a humanitarian rescue ship who was arrested for docking in an Italian port without authorization this year to disembark migrants rescued at sea.

“We must stay here and rebel until the government proclaims an ecological emergency and acts accordingly,” Rackete said.

Founded in Britain last year, Extinction Rebellion now has chapters in some 50 countries. The group said the protests Monday were taking place in 60 cities worldwide in countries including Turkey, Canada, South Africa, Mexico and elsewhere.

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