Russian troops move into Syria, Democrats to debate tonight, and other headlines

click to enlarge U.S. Special Forces soldiers near Manbij, in northern Syria, on Feb. 7, 2018. President Donald Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. ground troops from Syria within 30 days, declaring the four-year American-led war against the Islamic State as largely won, officials said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. - MAURICIO LIMA/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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U.S. Special Forces soldiers near Manbij, in northern Syria, on Feb. 7, 2018. President Donald Trump has ordered a rapid withdrawal of all 2,000 U.S. ground troops from Syria within 30 days, declaring the four-year American-led war against the Islamic State as largely won, officials said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.
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With American troops withdrawing from northern Syria, the Kurds have hastily forged an alliance with the Syrian government after the Turkish military attacked several Kurdish-controlled towns.

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Putin moves in
The vaccum left by American troops withdrawing from northern Syria has prompted Russian forces to move into the area, illustrating the shifting power balance in the region. Russian authorities say that their troops will patrol territory between Turkish and Syrian forces. (New York Times)

A house divided
The Trump administration's effort to pressure Ukrainian authorities to investigate a political rival caused severe internal divisions in the White House, with former national security John Bolton telling an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told yesterday. Bolton allegedly described Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer who was involved in the effort, a "hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up." (New York Times)

Debate, debate!
The New York Times and CNN are hosting a debate with the Democratic presidential candidates tonight. It starts at 8 pm eastern time. (New York Times)


Stalled negotiations
After months of negotiations,  union nurses and other hospital workers at Sacred Heart Medical Center will vote next week whether to authorize a strike. (Spokesman-Review)

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