The Gist

Shots Fired. What Now?

How does President Trump’s attack on a Syrian air base fit into U.S. policy toward the Assad regime?

USS Ross fires a tomahawk land attack missile on Friday.

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What does President Trump want to achieve with Thursday’s escalation of force against Syria? Fred Kaplan considers all the angles, including this one: Ordering a strike against a single Syrian air base was one of the lesser military actions President Trump could have approved. Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate.

In the Spiel, like a clueless boyfriend in a zip-up sweater, Trump went to Jared.

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