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AP sources: Donald Trump to order troop cuts in Afghanistan, Iraq

President Donald Trump is expected to cut a significant number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and a smaller number in Iraq by the final days of his presidency, U.S. officials said Monday. The plan would run counter to military commanders’ advice over the past year, while still falling short of Trump’s much-touted goal to end America’s long wars.

Spokane Arts announces 2020 Arts Award nominees, event performers

Spokane Arts announced Thursday the nominees for the 2020 Spokane Arts Awards, as well as the names of those performing during the live virtual event. The award ceremony, planned for Sept. 26, will be livestreamed from Lucky You Lounge and feature a variety of performances and the presentation of the awards.

With prime minister in ICU, Britain asks: Who’s in charge?

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights the coronavirus in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, the people of his country are wishing him well – and asking who’s in charge. The answer is ambiguous. Britain’s unwritten constitution does not spell out what happens if a prime minister becomes unable to perform his or her job.

Everything Is Copy: The need for moral leadership at our universities

At my college reunion in May, I caught up with a classmate who had just been appointed chancellor of the largest urban public university system in the country. As we stood under a big tent drinking top-shelf liquor (it costs nearly as much to attend these reunions as it did to go to college there), I told him that I wanted – no, I expected – one thing from him.

Incoming Democrats weigh Pelosi vote

Pelosi, who was House speaker from 2007 to 2011, faces a challenge in her bid to return in that post, fueled in part by resistance from incoming Democratic freshmen who pledged during their campaigns in conservative-leaning districts not to support her.

Trump ally Kevin McCarthy selected to lead House GOP

Republican Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, a familiar role for the underestimated scrapper whose top priority will be to protect President Donald Trump’s agenda and try to build the party back to retake the majority.

Steve Christilaw: Cheerleaders necessary in all aspects of life

They may be maligned in some circles and treated as cliches in others, they may face unimaginable horrors in Halloween movies at a rate far greater than most and they may be subjected to unfair stereotypes for more reasons than can be listed in this space, but here’s the truth: