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President Trump issued an executive order instructing the Commerce Department to prevent U.S. telecommunications companies from using foreign-made equipment that could pose a national security threat to American networks, reports the New York Times. Although the order did not single out any country or company, it is widely viewed as an attempt to preclude U.S. companies from using equipment from Huawei. The executive order is available here on Lawfare. The president told Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan that he does not want to go to war with Iran, said the Times.  Trump is expected to announce an immigration proposal on Thursday that prioritizes high-skilled workers above those with family members in the U.S., according to the Washington Post. The Post reports that the plan was developed with support of White House adviser Jared Kushner as an effort to move the U.S. toward a “merit-based” immigration system. The proposal does not appear likely…

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