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The human faces of America's opioid crisis in mugshots

Daily Mail - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:37
America is in the grip of an opioid addiction epidemic, and while the haggard faces of crack and meth users are well known, this gallery documents the toll prescription pills can have on users.

Rude welcome: Irving set for return to 'rowdy' Cleveland

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:35
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving is back where his NBA journey began six years ago.There are familiar faces, and some of them won't be as friendly as he remembered them.Traded to Boston this summer after he demanded the Cavaliers deal him so

Rabbi gets prison for stealing disabled preschoolers' funds

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:33
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City rabbi has been sentenced to prison for stealing $5 million in funding intended for disabled preschoolers.Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday that Sa

$17m 'Glass House' mansion destroyed in California fires

Daily Mail - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:32
An iconic home, that cost $17million to build, nicknamed the 'glass house', located in Fairfield on the border of Solano and Napa counties has been destroyed in California fires.

$2.7 TRILLION: Electric Car Price Tag For Infrastructure

Info Wars - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:32
Government controlled self-driving cars will be forced on the public.

US-Backed Forces Take Over ISIS' 'Capital' In Syria

Newsy - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:32

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American-backed forces in Syria say they've taken back ISIS' self-proclaimed capital city. 

The terrorist group had ruled over Raqqa for three years and implemented a strict interpretation of sharia law. Residents who did not follow were often executed or forced to run. 

It's been a long road to recapture. The focus on Raqqa started almost a year ago, but U.S.-backed militias first had to isolate the city. 

The Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday it took control of Raqqa — over four months after the fighting moved inside the city limits.

The BBC notes the SDF had cleared ISIS' last two major strongholds in Raqqa earlier in the day. 

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Now the SDF's focus turns to removing any ISIS fighters in hiding, as well as any land mines or improvised explosive devices left behind. 

An Army spokesperson estimated about 100 ISIS fighters remain in the city, but he stressed explosives and booby traps are the bigger concern. 

UAE says 2 pilots killed in military plane crash over Yemen

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:31
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates says two of its pilots were killed when their military plane crashed due to "technical failure" during an operation in Yemen.The statement published by the state news agency Tuesday off

Trump: Ask General Kelly if Obama called him when his son was killed in action

Hot Air - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:31

How did a question yesterday about whether Trump had called the families of the troops killed in Niger turn into a 24-hour story about whether Obama called John Kelly after his son was killed in action in Afghanistan? All POTUS had to say was, “Not yet but I’m planning to soon.” Now he’s forcing his chief of staff to relive a tremendously painful memory for no better reason than to score a point on Obama that didn’t need to be scored, probably can’t be scored, and won’t do anything for Trump or the GOP even if it is scored.

Oh well. Sorry, John Kelly.

JUST IN: President Obama did not call Gen. John Kelly when his son was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, White House official tells NBC News

— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) October 17, 2017

“I do wonder if General Kelly wants to be the front guy for Trump’s suggestion Obama didn’t care about dead soldiers,” says Ben Shapiro. Obama alumni are incensed:

Kelly, a man of honor & decency, should stop this inane cruelty. He saw up-close just how—& how much—Obama cared for the fallen’s families. https://t.co/5NPTKHsd1Z

— Ned Price (@nedprice) October 17, 2017

that's a fucking lie. to say president obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA – he's a deranged animal.

— Alyssa Mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) October 16, 2017

Stop the damn lying – you’re the President. I went to Dover AFB with 44 and saw him comfort the families of both the fallen military & DEA. pic.twitter.com/HhE4KbTBkJ

— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) October 17, 2017

Here’s what Trump said yesterday about Obama and families of the fallen:

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in the Rose Garden with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”…

After he answered the question about his response to the attack, Mr. Trump was pressed later in the news conference about his claim that Mr. Obama had never called bereaved families. This time, he seemed to soften his tone.

“I don’t know if he did,” the president said. “I was told he didn’t often, and a lot of presidents don’t. They write letters.”

“President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn’t,” Mr. Trump continued. “That’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals.”

I think he got defensive when the press asked why he hadn’t called any families yet and resorted to arguing “well, I call more than the other guys did!” He may not have meant to insinuate that his predecessors had no personal contact with Gold Star families at all, though, just that they tended to prefer letters to phone calls as a point of first contact. Listen to the audio below of Trump telling Brian Kilmeade that he’d have to ask Kelly whether Obama ever called him and you’ll see that it sounds worse on the page than it does when you hear it. His tone isn’t accusatory, more of a “I don’t know what Obama did, exactly, but John might.”

Then again, what are the odds Trump would refer a reporter to Kelly on this unless he knew how Kelly would answer? Imagine the embarrassment if Trump suggested during a presser that Obama wasn’t known to call grieving families and his own chief of staff piped up to say, “He called me.”

Anyway. What does the White House get from fighting this battle, aside from John Kelly having the worst tragedy of his life kicked around as a political football and the media given ample cause to revisit the many times Obama met with Gold Star families, visited wounded troops at Walter Reed, and greeted the remains of the fallen upon their return to the U.S.?

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Authorities: Bodies in California desert locked in embrace

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:31
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two adult bodies were locked in an embrace when they were discovered in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a missing Southern California couple vanished while hiking three months ago.

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing a partisan agenda are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators.When the office of the ailing

San Antonio Stars moving to Las Vegas, bought by MGM Resorts

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:30
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA says the San Antonio Stars are being bought by MGM Resorts International and moving to Las Vegas, joining the NFL and NHL with teams tied to the gambling mecca.The Stars will begin play next season with home games at the

FCC chairman defends First Amendment after Trump broadcaster threats (Margaret Harding McGill/Politico)

Memeorandum - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:30

Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
FCC chairman defends First Amendment after Trump broadcaster threats  —  ‘I believe in the First Amendment,’ Pai said at a telecom law event in Washington, without mentioning Trump by name.  —  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday defended the First Amendment and said his agency can't revoke …

Monmouth University Polling Institute (Monmouth University)

Memeorandum - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:30

Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Virginia  —  Race for Governor Deadlocked  —  Regional partisan divides widen; Eastern/Central VA up for grabs  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The campaign for governor of Virginia remains up for grabs, with Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam locked in a one point race.

George Soros Transfers $18 Billion To Open Society Foundations

Info Wars - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:29
OSF primary vehicle for his far-left 'activism.'

Mayfield, Love, Barkley lead AP midseason All-America team

TownHall - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:28
Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and star running backs Bryce Love of Stanford and Saquon Barkley of Penn State lead The Associated Press midseason All-America team, along with two defensive backs from No. 1 Alabama.The team released Tuesday was selec

George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to His Foundation, Creating an Instant Giant (Wall Street Journal)

Memeorandum - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:25

Wall Street Journal:
George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to His Foundation, Creating an Instant Giant  —  The pioneer of hedge-fund investing has transferred the bulk of his wealth to Open Society Foundations  —  George Soros, who built one of the world's largest fortunes through a famous series of trades …

Tickets to Bruce Springsteen Broadway show hit $12,500

Daily Mail - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:23
Two Row A seats in the Orchestra Center section of the Walter Kerr Theater on the show's closing night are being sold at $12,500 each. The most expensive ticket was originally priced at $875.

Viking textile has 'no Arabic at all' slams expert

Daily Mail - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:22
Dr Stephennie Mulder of the University of Texas in Austin said the Kufic script did not occur until 500 years after the Vikings and said the error stems from a 'serious problem of dating'.

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