Israel Shift, Pipeline ‘half-truths,' Travel Ban Support: Your Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Here are some stories you may have missed today.One state or two is fine, Trump says — signaling major shift on Israel policyPresident Donald Trump abruptly reversed decades of U.S. policy toward Israel on Wednesday by dropping a two-state-state solution as a goal of peace talks."I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like," Trump said at a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I can live with either one. I thought for a while the two-state looked like it may be the easier of the two but honestly... if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best."And, the Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to help calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama's health law less burdensome for some people. Also, a departure like Michael Flynn's — involving a scandal, at the very beginning of an administration, that has senators across the aisle calling for an investigation — is rare. But top-level White House aides do occasionally leave jobs quickly, under a variety of circumstances, said Andrew Rudalevige, an expert on presidential administrations at Bowdoin College. One more thing: Andrew Puzder says he is withdrawing as President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary.   Continue reading...

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