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U.S. lawmakers press for signs of progress in Afghan fight

- The Washington Times

Nearly a year after President Trump's strategy reset, the U.S.-backed war effort in Afghanistan is "treading water" and needs to show fresh progress to justify the American mission, a key House Republican lawmaker said Wednesday.

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks about the National Defense Review, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. China's expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are among the U.S. military's top national security priorities, the Pentagon said Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

James Mattis hails Germany's defense efforts

- The Washington Times

Twenty-four hours after his boss took yet another shot at Germany on Twitter, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis on Wednesday praised the European nation and said it's "on the right trajectory" with respect to its financial contributions to NATO, also telling reporters at the Pentagon that Berlin is an indispensable partner to the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on protecting American workers in Duluth, Minn., Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

At raucous rally, Trump touts hawkish immigration plans

- Associated Press

Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Donald Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally Wednesday to defend his hard-line immigration policies while unleashing a torrent of grievances about the media and those investigating him.

North Korea on summit

A review of North Korean state media provides key insights about Pyongyang's approach to the issue of denuclearization.

Canada PM can't imagine Trump damaging US with auto tariffs

Associated Press

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he can't imagine President Donald Trump will make good on his threat to impose new tariffs on Canadian autos entering the United States because it would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy.

Abbott calls for end to 'disgraceful' family separations

Associated Press

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking Texas' congressional delegation to find bipartisan solutions to immigrant children being separated from parents who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, saying "this disgraceful condition must end."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a pride flag raising ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP)

Justin Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

- Associated Press

Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Caterpillar plant in Texas reminder of trade conflict stakes

- Associated Press

Dozens of half-built engines, more than twice the size of a car engine, stand in a row. They slowly roll ahead on a conveyor belt, stopping periodically as workers run quality checks, install fuel lines and tighten bolts with power wrenches.