Sep 20, 2017

Afghan president: Trump's war plan better than Obama's

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai addresses the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday. Photo: Frank Franklin II / AP

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday that Trump's strategy for the war in Afghanistan is better than Barack Obama's was, per Reuters. The winning points, per Ghani:

  • Trump wants a regional approach
  • Trump wants a harder line with Pakistan
  • Ghani also pointed out Obama didn't have former Afghan President Hamid Karzai on board with U.S. plans

Trump's 4 year plan: Ghani also told NPR in an interview set to air Thursday that the goal with Trump's plan is to bring "80% of the territory of the country under" government control within 4 years, the AP reports. The Taliban currently holds about 50% of territory.

Earlier this week U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis announced the U.S. would be sending more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

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GOP sees more hurdles for Trump as coronavirus crisis drags on

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Republicans are increasingly concerned not only about President Trump’s daily briefings but also his broader plan to ease the nation out of the virus crisis and back to work. This concern is acute — and spreading. 

Why it matters: Trump can easily address the briefing worries by doing fewer, but the lackluster bounce-back planning is what worries Republicans most. 

Pandemic forces startups to shift gears

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Spaces CEO Brad Herman had an early warning about COVID-19 because his startup supplies VR attractions to a number of theme parks in China. Realizing that the business he spent the last few years building was going to evaporate, Herman quickly found a new way to apply his team's know-how: helping companies host Zoom teleconferences in VR.

Why it matters: Many startups are rethinking the viability of their core businesses in the wake of the coronavirus. Spaces' move is one of many such pivots likely to crop up in the coming months.

International coronavirus treatment trial uses AI to speed results

Hydroxychloroquine is one of the drugs that will be included in the trial. Photo: John Philips/Getty Images

The first hospital network in the U.S. has joined an international clinical trial using artificial intelligence to help determine which treatments for patients with the novel coronavirus are most effective on an on-going basis.

Why it matters: In the midst of a pandemic, scientists face dueling needs: to find treatments quickly and to ensure they are safe and effective. By using this new type of adaptive platform, doctors hope to collect clinical data that will help more quickly determine what actually works.

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