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In authorizing the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, President Trump chose his lifetime instinct for projecting strength over his vocal aversion to foreign intervention.
What's next: Leon Panetta — former CIA director, SecDef and White House chief of staff — told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the U.S. is "closer to war with Iran than we’ve been in the last 40 years," and warned of a "cycle of violence that ... could take us to war."
Behind the scenes: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "had gone to Palm Beach to brief Trump on airstrikes the Pentagon had just carried out in Iraq and Syria against Iranian-sponsored Shiite militia groups," the L.A. Times' David Cloud reports.
In discussions that began over the weekend, officials "reminded Trump that after the Iranians mined ships, downed the U.S. drone and allegedly attacked a Saudi oil facility, he hadn’t responded," the WashPost reports (subscription).
The big picture: "The U.S. drone strike ... marks a pivot toward direct confrontation with Iran, further entangling the U.S. in the Middle East after years of trying to avoid a major conflict," The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
Above: In Baghdad today, thousands of Iraqi mourners hold a funeral procession for Qasem Soleimani, with chants of: "America is the Great Satan."
Below: In Tehran, Iranians demonstrate yesterday against the U.S. airstrike.
Ivanka and Don Jr. are near the top of a long list of politicians who have held elected office, many of them vocal supporters of the president.
Above: Faith leaders pray with President Trump at a Miami church during yesterday's launch of his re-election campaign's Evangelicals for Trump coalition.
Below: Trump holds up a sign given to him at the rally. (He was co-author of a book called "Never Give Up," published in 2008.)
A tightening labor market "and a vast cohort of millennial workers beginning to start families are putting pressure on employers to expand their benefits to attract and retain workers," the WashPost's Jena McGregor writes on the Sunday Business cover (subscription).
"We’re seeing an increasing trend in interest in covering things that plague families beyond parental leave," Carol Sladek, who leads work-life consulting for the human resources firm Aon, told The Post.
"Average prices of Manhattan co-ops and condos fell to $1.8m in the fourth quarter, according to Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate brokerage in the New York City area," the Financial Times reports (subscription).
What's happening: New York City's mansion tax, which took effect July 1, "levied a sliding scale of charges on apartments selling for more than $1m."
Younger buyers still flooded into Brooklyn and Queens, and sought out studios and one-bedrooms in Manhattan, the FT added.
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