Listen: Taliban, John Radcliffe Hatcliffe Trump, Afghan Government discussed on The Daily 202's Big Idea
"<music> good morning. I'm James Holman from the Washington Post and this is the daily to Oh to for Friday August second in today's news. The only Black Republican House announces his retirement at age forty one president trump's nominee to leave the intelligence community has embellished and exaggerated key items on his resume and another tragedy for the Kennedy family as R._F._K.'s breath case twenty two year old granddaughter dies of an apparent overdose but first the big idea the trump administration is preparing tearing to withdrawal thousands of U._S.. Troops from Afghanistan in exchange for concessions from the Taliban including a ceasefire and a renunciation of al Qaeda as part of an initial deal to end the nearly eighteen year old war the agreement which would require the Taliban to begin negotiating in a larger peace deal directly with the Afghan government could cut the number of American troops in the country from roughly fourteen thousand now to between eight thousand and nine thousand that number would be nearly the same as when trump took office. The plan is taking shape after months of painstaking negotiations between the Taliban van and Zalmay Khalilzad an Afghan board American diplomat who was appointed by trump last year to jumpstart talks officials said an agreement could be finalized ahead of the Afghan skin presidential election next month though they caution that Taliban leaders could drag their feet in that significant challenges remain the proposal all is viewed skeptically by some U S and Afghan officials who questioned the Talibans honesty and wonder how the U._S. can verify whether Taliban leaders are following through but if approved proved it would be one of the most significant steps toward ending America's longest war a goal that increasingly has bipartisan support Washington Post reporters broke the story last night. My colleagues across the globe have been aggressively pursuing anything we can learn about News or Al Qaeda if need be cutting the troop level the nine thousand though would require commanders in the battlefield to make some tough decisions on which basis the clothes in which commissions to curtail and on whether to scale back advising Afghan troops one person who's familiar with millers thinking says the general is shirt to want to keep <unk> Open Bagram Air Force Base which the U._S. launches counter-terrorism strikes in Afghanistan's eastern mountains from the military also is likely to maintain a significant presence in Kabul. Were there are numerous bases and some troops at Kantar airfield the largest U._S. base in the South U._S.. Officials say that the Germans are likely to keep some MM troops in northern Afghanistan and the Italians will keep troops in the west American negotiators acknowledged that there are very legitimate concerns that the Taliban might not not follow through and breaking with Al Qaeda as Washington has demanded or stand up to isis still officials may be content with a partial troop withdrawal that opens the door to additional negotiations associations and keeps the counter terror mission alive as the status quo becomes frankly politically untenable. The Taliban has refused to talk with the Afghan government which it calls calls puppet regime until it reaches a deal with the U._S.. On troop levels one senior Afghan government official speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of these discussions expresses concern that a partial pullout will embolden the Taliban he said quote this is a chilling quote. The Americans call this a peace negotiation but the Taliban definitely perceive it as withdrawal negotiation. One important concern is that gains made sense. The fall of the Taliban could be a racist if the group which seeks to reestablish an Islamic Emirati becomes part of a power-sharing Afghan government women's rights groups are especially concerned given the Talibans ends restrictions on women and their total opposition to educating girls last year was the deadliest year for civilians during the entirety thirty of the Afghan conflict according to the United Nations there were three thousand eight hundred and four civilian deaths in two thousand eighteen and seven thousand more civilians these were wounded and that bloodshed could continue after the United States leaves the country and that's the big the idea here are three other headlines that should be on your radar. As this week comes to an end Will need to regain control of the house in next year's elections with herds retirement Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina will be the lone black Republican in Congress heard a former C._I._A.. Undercover officer barely held onto the seat last year in the midterms and in two thousand sixteen trump lost his congressional district which covers more than fifty eight thousand square miles between San Antonio and El Paso along the border with Mexico in an interview last night with the Post heard criticized trump's recent racist tweets in which the president attacked the squad those four democratic minority congresswoman heard said tweets like that are making it hard to appeal to voters in district like his where seventy percent incentivize constituents or Latino but heard also repeated his earlier pledge to vote for trump in twenty twenty and he said Hispanics African Americans and other groups chiefs would be receptive to conservative messages if they weren't drowned out so often by trump's racially charged rhetoric Hurd's announcement came on Thursday night at the exact exact same time as trump was in Cincinnati escalating his attacks on Baltimore and other diverse liberal cities led by minority mayors he told the crowd in Ohio that Democrats quote deliver poverty for their constituents and privilege for themselves heard who's just forty one years old says is he hopes to run for elected office again though he wouldn't specify which one he has made or scheduled trips though in recent months to New Hampshire Iowa and South Carolina <hes> with an eye toward the twenty twenty four Republican presidential calendar number two another Texas Republican Congressman John Radcliffe Hatcliffe Trump's pick to lead the nation's intelligence community often claims that he arrested quote three hundred illegal immigrants on a single day when he was a federal prosecutor but he didn't this is one of several things Ask people who were American citizens for being here illegally. We're also learning more about ratcliffe record in Congress his main qualification for the jobs. There's a spot he got earlier this year on the house. Intelligence Committee but senior congressional and intelligence officials say he's widely regarded as a disengaged member and he's almost totally unknown across the intelligence community trump wants to put him in charge of officials say he's yet to take part in a single one of the committees overseas trips to learn more about spy agencies work. It's also unclear whether we spent much time at all at the headquarters of the CIA the N._S._A.. or other parts of the sprawling Intel community we do know that ratcliff is an infrequent visitor visitor to the classified reading room the skiff were lawmakers review top secret material and he's known for making only brief appearances at the weekly business meetings and hearings the House panel often conducts behind closed doors number three another tragedy for the Kennedy family. A granddaughter of Robert F Kennedy died yesterday afternoon after suffering an apparent overdose at the family's compound in Hyannis Port Massachusetts the Young Woman Sarah Russia Kennedy Hill was twenty two she was the daughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill choose at the compound staying with her grandmother Ethel Kennedy when Emergency Z. Responders were called she was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis where she was pronounced dead before enrolling at Boston College where she was a communications major and vice president of the College College Democrats she wrote openly about her struggles with depression and mental illness for the student newspaper at Deerfield Academy a Private Prep School in Massachusetts her depression Russian she wrote in two thousand sixteen quote took root in the beginning of my middle school years and will be with me for the rest of my life. She described deep bouts of sadness. Yes that is she. Put it like a heavy boulder on my chest. We've been getting a lot of very sad recurring reminders lately that depression and mental so illness can impact anyone it doesn't matter how rich or powerful or well-connected you are. Sarah means freedom in Gaelic. Ethel Kennedy R._F._K.'s ninety one year old widow says in a statement that went out overnight quote the world is a little less beautiful today and that's the daily to to for Friday August second. Thanks for listening and James."