Tuesday’s Headlines: U.S. is poised to ramp up military in Afghanistan

Yates says she warned White House that Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia; The Fix: 5 things we learned from Sally Yates’s testimony; The Fix: Spicer suggests Obama’s warning about Flynn was dismissed as sour grapes from a loser; Iowa congressman walks out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting; Kimmel returns to air, slams critics of his health-care plea; Judges weighing travel order repeatedly ask Trump’s attorneys about campaign promise of a Muslim ban;
 
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U.S. is poised to ramp up military in Afghanistan
The Trump administration is considering a major shift in strategy in Afghanistan, including an increase of at least 3,000 troops, that would effectively put the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban. The plan would authorize the Pentagon, not the White House, to set troop levels in Afghanistan and give it far broader authority to use airstrikes to target militants.
Yates says she warned White House that Flynn could be blackmailed by Russia
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates told lawmakers that she expected the White House to “take action” on her January warning about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn. The retired general stayed on the job for 18 days after Yates’s warning.
 
The Fix: 5 things we learned from Sally Yates’s testimony
We learned much more about the moment that brought down Michael Flynn. But we were also left with questions.
 
The Fix: Spicer suggests Obama’s warning about Flynn was dismissed as sour grapes from a loser
The president’s winners-versus-losers worldview may have cost him in the Michael Flynn fiasco.
 
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Iowa congressman walks out of a TV interview and into an angry town hall meeting
Rep. Rod Blum, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, struggled to explain his vote to support the American Health Care Act to a pre-screened audience.
 
Kimmel returns to air, slams critics of his health-care plea
“I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care, it was insensitive,” Kimmel deadpanned.
 
Judges weighing travel order repeatedly ask Trump’s attorneys about campaign promise of a Muslim ban
President Trump’s political statements trailed him to court, where ­judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit seemed skeptical his revised travel ban was based on national security concerns rather than his campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
 
 
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What the French election highlights about Trump and U.S. politics
Emmanuel Macron channeled that kind of “centrist” idealism that is virtually nonexistent in the United States. But he was also buttressed by a more sober, responsible media at home.
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South Koreans go to the polls to elect new president after months of turmoil
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