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Brexit The EU issued an ultimatum to PM Johnson to leave northern Ireland in the EU customs union, or leave it with no deal. PMs Johnson and Varadkar (of Ireland) are meeting today to try to reach an agreement, and Johnson said he was “still cautiously optimistic.” Russia Yesterday’s NYT had a great report on Russia’s shadowy…

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Syria Facing backlash from Kurds and their sympathizers for handing northern Syria over to Turkey, Pres. Trump vowed to “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it does anything “off limits” to the Kurds (which it probably will). Trump’s administration says the U.S. withdrawal will only involve a small number of troops in northern Syria—as…

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Impeachment The White House released an unredacted rough transcript from Pres. Trump’s call with Ukrainian Pres. Zelensky, from which everyone saw what they wanted to see: Pres. Trump says it proves he put “no pressure” on Zelensky, and Fox agrees. The Washington Post says it’s a “devastating indictment of our president.” Zelensky himself told reporters yesterday that “nobody pushed…

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China Demonstrators in Hong Kong took a tiny step back from the brink with a kinda-sorta apology for their part in recent confrontations. One wrote: “We apologize for our behavior but we are just too scared…our police shot us, government betrayed us, social institutions failed us. Please help us.” Meanwhile, Pres. Trump tweeted that he…

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GWOT U.S. officials said they now think Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza, died sometime in the last two years—based on intercepted communications between some of the militants who had admired him. The media is reporting that he was killed in an airstrike, which is a strong possibility, given that he was a top U.S. target….

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Migration The WSJ says that the U.S.-Guatemala immigration deal is likely to lead to a greater share of migrants entering the U.S. being single, often male adults—since most asylum seekers from the countries affected tend to be families who will now be deterred by the idea of being sent to Guatemala. Mexico said that the number of…

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China A court in China sentenced human rights activist Huang Qi to 13 years in prison for “deliberately leaking state secrets”—by running a website that tracks accusations of human rights abuses. Huawei said its 1H revenues were up 23% vs. last year—despite the U.S. blacklisting its technology. Afghanistan An apparent insider attack killed two U.S….

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Coming Up This Week Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hopes to advocate for a rate cut this week—even though economic indicators look good—because the economy isn’t responding to Fed policy as theory would expect. The second Democratic primary debate will take place over two nights—tomorrow and Wednesday—in Detroit. China Hong Kong saw another round of…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/27/19

U.S. The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a heavily-redacted report saying that Russia targeted all 50 states’ election commissions during the 2016 cycle. It’s only the first of five volumes the Committee is producing on Russian interference. The Senate confirmed Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by 89-1. Saudi…

Blackwater USA – Daily Brief 7/26/19

Saudi Pres. Trump vetoed three joint resolutions to prohibit arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The measures were intended to withdraw U.S. support for Saudi, in protest of Saudi’s poor human rights record, but Trump said they were “ill conceived” and didn’t address the “root causes” of the war in Yemen. China Reuters reports that an official…