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President Trump fired national security adviser John Bolton yesterday, telling the Washington veteran his services were "no longer needed" late Monday. Bolton joined White House senior leadership last April as a well-known foreign policy hawk, having advocated for regime change in North Korea, Venezuela, and elsewhere and voicing strong disagreement with the Iran nuclear deal. The announcement ends tensions between Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - the two had clashed in recent months over how to handle negotiations with the Taliban as the administration sought an end to the two-decade war in the country. Pompeo reportedly supported bringing both Taliban and Afghan officials to Camp David in the hopes of brokering a deal - Bolton believed troops could be withdrawn without negotiating with the Taliban. A replacement is expected to be named within two weeks.
US Remembers 9/11.
The US will recognize the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks today, with a number of memorials being held in New York City and across the country. As in past years, the names of those killed in the attacks will be read aloud in a ceremony at the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, with the day capped by the museum's now-iconic Tribute in Light (see video), a public art installation that will run from dusk to dawn. The attacks - which killed 2,977 and injured 6,000 others - remain the deadliest terrorist attacks in US history (see gripping day-of photos here). The intricately-planned strikes sparked an intense focus on global counter-terrorism efforts that continue to this day. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have come full circle, with the US now chasing an elusive peace deal between the Taliban - targeted in 2001 for harboring Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda - and the Afghan government.
Breaking: Early this morning a rocket reportedly hit the US Embassy in Afghanistan. Initial reports say no injuries occurred.
The share of Americans without health insurance rose in 2018 according to new data from the US Census Bureau, the first time that number has risen in over a decade. Uninsured rates crept up from 7.9% to 8.5% - representing an increase of nearly two million people, to 27.5 million total - a bump largely driven by a drop in Medicaid coverage in various states. Analysts noted that swing states Ohio (increase of 58,000) and Michigan (25,000) in particular saw sharp rises in uninsured rates. Economic numbers remained positive, though slowed down from the last three years - while earnings grew 3.4% and the poverty rate fell 0.5%, median household income stayed mostly flat at just under $63,000.
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Science & Technology.
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Business & Markets.
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Politics & World Affairs.
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Historybook: Legendary college football coach Bear Bryant born (1913); Chilean President Salvador Allende commits suicide in midst of coup d'état (1973); Pete Rose breaks baseball’s all-time hits record (1985); Coordinated terrorist attacks in US kill 2,996, injure over 6,000 others (2001); US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya attacked resulting in death of 4 Americans (2012).
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"So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart." - Billy Collins*
*The final line from the poem, The Names, US poet laureate Billy Collins' ode to the victims of the 9/11 attack.
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