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Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war....

Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for Foxconn at town hall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following the white supremacist march in Virginia, even though he believes Trump "messed up" by saying "both sides" were to blame for violence and that there were "very fine people" among those marching to protect Confederate statues....

On Afghanistan's front lines, US commanders await more men
TACTICAL BASE GAMBERI, Afghanistan (AP) -- Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they need more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. President Donald Trump declared Monday he'd augment troop levels, but wouldn't say by how much....

Mattis in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi leaders, US commanders
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Islamic State militants, driven from their main stronghold in northern Iraq, are trapped in a military vise that will squeeze them on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said....

Mnuchin's wife touts fashion labels, slams critic
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blasted as "adorably out of touch" a person who criticized her Instagram post in which Linton depicted her designer-label outfit....

Trump watches eclipse from White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump squinted and pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to take in the solar eclipse at the White House....

Trump rebuffs coal industry; CEO claims promise broken
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision one executive said breaks a personal promise from President Donald Trump to take the extraordinary step to benefit the industry....

Analysis: Trump promises victory, but his plan is murky
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is vowing to win what has seemed to be an unwinnable war....

The Latest: Pence says Trump favors 'resolve and commitment'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and US policy in Afghanistan (all times local):...

As NKorea vows response, US dismisses calls to pause drills
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) -- As North Korea vowed "merciless retaliation" against U.S.-South Korean military drills that it claims are an invasion rehearsal, senior U.S. military commanders on Tuesday dismissed calls to pause or downsize exercises they called crucial to countering a clear threat from Pyongyang....