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Air Strike in Syria: The U.S. launched more than 50 missiles at a Syrian airfield last night in retaliation for Assad’s alleged nerve-gas attack on civilians. This military intervention on humanitarian grounds marks a major policy shift for Trump, who’s famously promised to put “America first”; it’s also a big departure from the Obama doctrine of foreign policy. Key U.S. allies support the strike, as do some Democratic leaders, but others say it was unconstitutional, and some of Trump’s strongest supporters are disappointed. Here’s a practical guide to the debate—but either way, the strike complicates the fight against ISIS, and raises questions for the U.S. political system. So, what

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