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Russia signed signed an agreement Friday giving it a much greater ability to deploy military forces in Syria for at least the next HALF-CENTURY, per the NYT.The winner: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his people during the six-year war to hold power.Elsewhere:

  • More from the NYT: "As the clock wound down on Barack Obama's presidency, an Air Force B-52 bomber carried out a punishing airstrike against a training camp of al Qaeda in Syria, the Pentagon said Friday. The attack, which took place west of Aleppo, killed more than 100 fighters."
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, the first leader Trump mentioned in our interview when asked about his top allies, told the Financial Times she would be very frank about the need for a strong NATO and EU. Trump has very critical of both institutions.

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President Trump said Monday that TikTok will be shut down in the U.S. if it hasn't been bought by Microsoft or another company by Sept. 15, and claimed that the U.S. Treasury should get "a very substantial portion" of the sale fee.

Why it matters: Trump appears to have backed off his threat to immediately ban TikTok after speaking with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who said Sunday that the company will pursue discussions with TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to purchase the app in the U.S.

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Filing suggests Manhattan DA is investigating Trump for possible fraud

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The Manhattan District Attorney's office suggested for the first time Monday that it's investigating President Trump and his company for "alleged bank and insurance fraud," the New York Times first reported.

The state of play: The disclosure was made in a filing in federal court that seeks to force accounting firm Mazars USA to comply with a subpoena for eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax returns.