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Trump’s new immigration plan emphasizes skills and education over family connections

KEY POINTS President Donald Trump will unveil a sweeping new proposal Thursday designed to move the United States from a family-based immigration system to what administration officials describe as an employment- and skill-based system. The proposal includes two parts – a physical infrastructure component that would include border wall construction and

ISIS defeated — but in West Africa, extremism gets worse

Siobhan O'Grady and Danielle Paquette Days after President Trump declared the Islamic State’s caliphate had been eliminated in Syria, the prime minister ofone of West Africa’s most turbulent nations urged the United States to shift attention to a rising extremist threat in the Sahel. Malian Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga visited Washington

Is the ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Dead?

This time his death was reported by the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, which is typically seen as reliable By Krishnadev Calamur   The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights says Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader, is dead. The group did not cite a source, though Agence France-Press reported that the claim was

How foreign intelligence services help keep America safe

By Daniel L. Byman Editor's Note: Perhaps more than any other policy instrument writes Daniel Byman, foreign liaison relationships play a vital role in counterterrorism against global terrorist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida. Given the geographic span of these groups’ operations, it is not realistic for the United States

Unpacked: The delicate process of impeachment

Editor's Note: In Unpacked, Brookings experts provide analysis of Trump administration policies and news   THE ISSUE  After reports that President Trump may have pressed former FBI Director James Comey to end an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the possibility of impeachment is being discussed by political commentators and even