On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week – The New York Times

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Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, said that cyberthreats against the United States were her top national security priority, not the situation at the southwestern border.

For years, the Pentagon has maintained that no civilians have been killed in American airstrikes and raids in Somalia. In a new report released Tuesday, however, Amnesty International put the death toll at 14 since 2017 alone. The report linked the killings to Mr. Trump’s decision to relax rules for preventing civilian casualties.

Mr. Trump’s ability to get his revised North American trade agreement through Congress may hinge on a little-noticed provision governing intellectual property protections for new pharmaceutical products. The provision could undermine Democrats’ push to make American health care more affordable.

Mr. Trump has been unable to shake his grudge against Senator John McCain, who died in August of brain cancer. The president made that clear in front of a military audience at a tank plant, saying that he had given Mr. McCain “the funeral he wanted, and I didn’t get ‘thank you.’”

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Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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