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We’re covering the collapse of the U.S. peace talks with the Taliban and the highlights of the first week of the N.F.L. season. It’s also a busy week for Congress, which, like me, is returning from a Labor Day break.

Late last month, President Trump met with advisers to consider what could be among the most profound decisions of his presidency: a peace plan with the Taliban after 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan.

Our reporters pieced together the ensuing negotiations, including an idea to bring Taliban leaders to Camp David just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that led to the war.

The plan divided Mr. Trump’s administration, and he announced the cancellation of the talks over the weekend, citing a Taliban attack last week that killed an American soldier.

What’s next: Each side blamed the other for the derailment but also left open the door to continue talks. There was also a consensus in Kabul and Washington that the collapse of negotiations could lead to a surge of violence before elections in Afghanistan this month.


The House Judiciary Committee plans to finalize a resolution today that would expand its investigation into President Trump beyond the findings of the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

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