Donald Trump needs to learn how Congress works, Emmanuel Macron’s approach to governing is risky, Why the US-Russia Syria cease-fire could anger Iran, The real reasons behind Syria’s many wars, Roger Federer’s stroke of genius

The Telegraph / London

DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO LEARN HOW CONGRESS WORKS

“Republican plans to repeal and replace Obamacare completed their death spiral … [after] two more Republican senators said they could not support legislation that would effectively deny insurance to more than 20 million people during the next decade,” writes Rob Crilly. “While the Russia scandal dominates headlines … the healthcare debacle could prove far more damaging to this White House and its ability to get things … done. It exposes … [President] Trump’s … misconception about life in modern America and an inability to understand how Washington works. First, it is a well-known truism … that once introduced and disseminated it is all but impossible to scrap an entitlement…. Senators would simply not fall into line behind the health proposals. Cajoling and threats did not help…. And therein lies the problem. Mr Trump is still trying to run the government like his business.”

The Straits Times / Singagpore

EMMANUEL MACRON’S APPROACH TO GOVERNING IS RISKY

“Few world politicians are as admired as France’s President Emmanuel Macron…,” writes Jonathan Eyal. “But just as ‘Macronmania’ reaches new heights, a strong dose of caution is recommended….
[H]is phenomenal rise to power … should not obscure the fact that his style of government still amounts to a … gamble…. There is … a justification for trying to ram through economic and social reform from above…. If the measures produce the expected outcome and France flourishes, Mr Macron would be hailed as a second General de Gaulle. But the moment the reforms appear to flounder, he will find himself alone….”

Al Jazeera / Qatar

WHY THE US-RUSSIA SYRIA CEASE-FIRE COULD ANGER IRAN

“On July 9, the new ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia kicked off in southwest Syria,” writes Alexey Khlebnikov. “The agreement was signed by Jordan, Russia and the US…. One of the most important aspects of this agreement was that it was concluded separately from the Astana talks…. Russia, Turkey and Iran, the three sponsors of the Astana talks, did not sign a single agreement defining the parameters of the four de-escalation zones…. If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin continues to deal with Trump bilaterally on Syria, pushing forward more ceasefires, this could put Moscow at risk and would create problems with Iran.”

Arab News/ Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

THE REAL REASONS BEHIND SYRIA’S MANY WARS

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