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Trump's Travel Ban Is Alienating People Who Risked Their Lives for America

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
cnn.com

The executive order signed Friday by President Trump banning refugees from the US may have been designed to put America's safety first, but it defies America's promise to leave no one behind. And in the process, the order sows confusion and leaves American lives hanging in the balance, write Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. 

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Gag Me: Trump's Anti-Abortion Executive Order

Author: Laurie Garrett
cnn.com

Here we go again. The bad old days of United States foreign assistance are coming back, now that President Donald Trump signed an executive order reinstating the global gag rule on overseas discussion of abortion by individuals and organizations receiving federal funding. We have been here twice before -- under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush -- and we know that this order often backfires, leading to increased abortion rates.

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Iran’s Rafsanjani: A Legacy of Terrorism and Repression Behind a Facade of Moderation

Authors: Reuel Gerecht and Ray Takeyh
Washington Post

Contrary to his image as a “pragmatist,” former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who died last week, brandished a moderate image that concealed the reality of his militancy, argues CFR’s Ray Takeyh with Reuel Gerecht. Instead, Rafsanjani was the most consequential architect of the theocracy’s machinery of repression and regional ambitions and a primary sponsor of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear aspirations. 

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