“The first impression of Asma al-Assad is movement–a determined swath cut through space with a flash of red soles. Dark-brown eyes, wavy chin-length brown hair, long neck, an energetic grace. No watch, no jewelry apart from Chanel agates around her neck, not even a wedding ring, but fingernails lacquered a dark blue-green. She’s breezy, conspiratorial, and fun. Her accent is English but not plummy. Despite what must be a killer IQ, she sometimes uses urban shorthand: “I was, like. . . .”

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The wailing and gnashing of teeth over President Trump’s executive order regarding refugee policy is deafening. So regarding his executive order regarding refugee policy, what did he actually do? Let’s slice and dice the issue in a Q & A format.

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