Senate Health Bill, Liu Xiaobo, Harry Potter: Your Monday Briefing

• Where Trump zigs, Tillerson zags.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has found himself out of sync with President Trump and his top advisers, especially on Middle East policy. We look at how the top U.S. diplomat’s priorities have hit a wall.


During the recent dispute between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to position himself as an intermediary. The president, however, openly sided with the Saudis.

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Separately, the White House is pushing military spending in Africa over humanitarian and development assistance.

• New blow for a battered work force.

Thousands of people in the U.S. face unemployment as retailers struggle to compete with online shopping.

Even as e-commerce grows, it isn’t absorbing these workers.

• Capturing vital data on ISIS.

We got a rare glimpse of a handful of secret and increasingly risky commando raids in the nearly three-year American ground war against the Islamic State.

• Why Grenfell Tower burned.

A team of reporters in London investigated how the incineration of the 24-story high rise — the deadliest fire in Britain in more than a century — was rooted in a regulatory breakdown.

• Jailed Chinese dissident is hospitalized.

Liu Xiaobo, who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his writings promoting democracy, has been moved from prison to be treated for late-stage cancer, one of his lawyers said today.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, President Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare could come down to abortion, and a look at a group of strong advocates for his stance on immigration.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.


• Takata, the Japanese auto parts maker crippled by vast airbag recalls, filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. on Sunday.

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