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What summer doldrums? So much is going on right now in Washington that the only way to properly handle it is with a lightning round:

• The Trump administration is working on a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan that would reduce the number of US troops in the country from about 14,000 to between 8,000 and 9,000 in the coming months. The US is also working to significantly trim personnel at the US embassy in Afghanistan, sources say.

• At a rally in Cincinnati, President Trump again took aim at cities run by Democrats and expressed surprise that Dems running for president took more shots at former President Obama than at him during this week’s debates.

• The President yesterday also amped up the trade war with China by saying he’ll go ahead with new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese-made products (like iPhones and toys) on September 1. Financial markets were not pleased.

• The Senate passed that massive budget deal that lifts the debt ceiling and prevents automatic spending cuts. Some GOP senators grumbled that the bill does nothing to harness the national debt. Trump has said he’ll sign it. […]