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The Atlantic Daily: National-Security Shakeup

H.R. McMaster fires Ezra Cohen-Watnick from the NSC, Trump signs Russia sanctions into law, Japan succeeds at education equity, and more.
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Job Insecurity: National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster removed Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the controversial senior director for intelligence, from the National Security Council. Last month, he also forced out a top official who had authored a memo claiming President Trump’s agenda was under attack by subversive forces inside and outside the government. The dismissals speak both to an administration troubled by infighting and to McMaster’s effort to take control of his office. But behind the staffing turmoil, the executive branch is getting things done.

Though President Trump on Russia into law, he also criticized it for “the many ways it improperly encroaches on executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests the sanctions will inadvertently affect their business interests. For its part, Moscow has reacted with an expulsion of U.S. diplomats recalling tactics the Soviet Union used during the Cold War—which were .

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