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To kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — arguably the most important national security accomplishment of the Trump presidency, along with wiping out ISIS' caliphate — the U.S. relied on many tools President Trump has spurned, Axios' Jonathan Swan writes.
Why it matters: Trump has said President George W. Bush's Middle East invasion was the greatest mistake in American history. Trump says he wants to end endless wars, and bring troops home from Syria. But events keep pulling him back.
In an interview with Swan that aired last night on "Axios on HBO," Iraqi President Barham Salih — long known as a pro-American leader — warned that the U.S. withdrawal from Syria could increase the danger of an ISIS resurgence.
Brett McGurk — who served under President George W. Bush as senior director for Iraq and Afghanistan, and Presidents Obama and Trump as special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS — writes for WaPo:
What's next ... David E. Sanger writes in the N.Y. Times: "[W]hile the raid achieved its goal, it did little to resolve the question of whether Mr. Trump’s instinct for disengagement will create room for new strains of violent radicalism that he and his successors will be forced to clean up."
Photos taken in the White House Situation Room during the killings of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday and Osama bin Laden eight years earlier capture the vastly different styles of two American presidents, AP's Aamer Madhani writes.
Why it matters: The Trump photo, with the president in the center and looking severe, is more formal and captures the current president's interest in conveying the power and grandeur of his office.
During a 48-minute White House appearance that was mostly Q&A (taking up most of the first hour of the Sunday shows), President Trump recounted the raid in what ABC's Terry Moran called "vivid and visceral and contemptuous detail":
"I got to watch it, along with General Milley, Vice President Pence, others, in the Situation Room. And we watched it so clearly. ... I don’t want to say how, but we had absolutely perfect — as though you were watching a movie."
Firefighters from Dry Creek Rancheria in Sonoma County, Calif., remove an American flag as the Kincade Fire bears down yesterday.
By the numbers: 50% of millennials and 51% of Generation Z have a somewhat or very unfavorable view of capitalism, according to a new YouGov/Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey of more than 2,000 Americans 16 years and older, writes Axios' Stef Kight.
Why it matters: Nearly half of Gen Z and millennial respondents said they felt the U.S. economy worked against them — more than other generations.
Just one-fifth of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said their companies have hired additional workers in the past three months, AP's Christopher Rugaber reports.
💰 Perhaps because of concerns over a weakening economy, businesses are less likely to offer higher pay, even with unemployment at a 50-year low.
A massive planned offshore wind farm near Atlantic City, N.J., from Danish company Ørsted could power a half-million homes, but the project is delayed as the Trump administration conducts a broad review of the impacts of such proposals, writes Axios' Amy Harder in her "Harder Line" column.
Ørsted’s U.S.-based CEO, Thomas Brostrøm, told Amy in an interview for "Axios on HBO" that the review is just a "speed bump," calling the overall project "too big to fail" given planned investments of $70 billion over the next decade.
Traffic is slowing and neighborhoods are being transformed to hold logistics hubs as New York City tries to cope with the daily delivery of 1.5 million packages, write the N.Y. Times' Matthew Haag and Winnie Hu.
"Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a civil rights icon who during five decades in Congress co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus and pushed to establish a national holiday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 90," the Detroit Free Press reports.
Boos and chants of "Lock him up!" greeted President Trump last night at Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park.
Below ... Chef, philanthropist and Trump critic José Andrés threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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