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  • Iraqi army attacks Kurdish forces on road to Erbil (KRG)

    10/21/2017 6:42:39 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | October 21, 2017 03:27 | Seth J. Frantzman
    Kurds say that the Iraqi forces include not only elite Counter-Terrorism fighters but also Iranian-backed Shia militias often called Hashd al-Shaabi. Iraqis tend to stress that this is an Iraqi army operation, whereas Kurds emphasize the Iranian role. There are also divisions within the Kurdish side with some Kurdish leaders associated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan supporting the Iraqi army against Kurdish forces associated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party.
  • JFK assassination: Trump to allow release of classified documents

    10/21/2017 6:22:51 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 35 replies
    President Trump announced on Twitter that he will allow the release of thousands of classified documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy after years of delays. The unexpected move means the trove of never-before-seen documents are set to be released by the National Archives by Oct. 26.
  • Roy Moore leads Doug Jones by 11 percent in new poll

    10/21/2017 6:15:32 AM PDT · by libstripper · 10 replies
    The Cullman Times (Alabama) ^ | Oct. 19, 2017 | Rick Journey
    Republican Roy Moore leads Democrat Doug Jones by 11 percent in a new Raycom News Network Senate Election poll conducted by Strategy Research. The survey of 3,000 likely Alabama voters finds Moore receiving 51% support to 40% for Jones. Nine percent remain undecided in the exclusive poll conducted on Monday.
  • FACT CHECK: Is ‘Empty Barrel’ A Racist Term?

    10/21/2017 6:11:40 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 51 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | David Sivak
    Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson claimed Friday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly used a “racist term” when he described her as an “empty barrel.” Kelly made the remark during a press briefing Thursday while defending a phone call that President Donald Trump made to the widow of a fallen soldier. Verdict: False The Daily Caller News Foundation could not find any instances where “empty barrel” has been used as a racial epithet. Fact Check: During an interview Friday on CNN, Wilson claimed she had looked up the term “empty barrel” in the dictionary and found it to be...
  • The Obama Administration’s Uranium One Scandal

    10/21/2017 5:55:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | October 21, 2017 | Andrew McCarthy
    Not only the Clintons are implicated in a uranium deal with the Russians that compromised national-security interests. Let’s put the Uranium One scandal in perspective: The cool half-million bucks the Putin regime funneled to Bill Clinton was five times the amount it spent on those Facebook ads — the ones the media-Democrat complex ludicrously suggests swung the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
  • Trump Signs Order Allowing Recall of Retired Air Force Pilots

    10/21/2017 4:22:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    VOA News ^ | October 20, 2017
    Trump Signs Order Allowing Recall of Retired Air Force Pilots October 20, 2017 10:16 PM WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will allow the Air Force to bring back to active duty as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address a pilot shortage. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said the Air Force is short about 1,500 pilots. “The pilot supply shortage is a national-level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come,” Ross said. 25-pilot cap removed Under current...
  • Weiner seems to be prepping for prison in orange outfit

    10/21/2017 2:18:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/16/17 | ERIC BARROW, GRAHAM RAYMAN
    Judging from the color of his duds, Anthony Weiner is already preparing for prison life. The disgraced ex-pol was spotted Monday on a downtown 4 train in an orange v-neck sweater and rust-colored slacks with hipster-style sneakers. He was wearing ear buds attached to his phone and seemed solemn.
  • CIA ‘working to take down’ WikiLeaks threat, agency chief says

    10/20/2017 11:55:02 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2017 | Andrew Blake
    The head of the CIA lumped WikiLeaks with al Qaeda and the Islamic State and said his agency is working toward reducing the “enormous threat” posed by each of them. CIA Director Mike Pompeo placed the antisecrecy website in the same category as terrorist organizations while speaking Thursday at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ National Security Summit in D.C. “I talked about these non-state actors, and it’s not just Wikileaks. Indeed I may have overemphasized them — they are an enormous threat, we are working to take down that threat to the United States as well, to reduce...
  • Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Kymberly Suchomel, who Claimed Multiple Shooters Involved Dies

    10/20/2017 11:04:01 PM PDT · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 41 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 10/13/17 | Patricia Ramirez
    Just over a week after living through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas on October 1, shooting survivor and witness Kymberley Suchomel passed away at the age of 28. Suchomel was uninjured in the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and after the terrifying event she used her Facebook presence to contradict the official story of a lone gunman. According to Kymberley Suchomel’s posts, there were multiple shooters involved in the horrific mass shooting that left 58 people dead and 546 injured. In fact, Suchomel, who was the co-founder of the High Desert Phoenix...
  • Bannon blasts George W. Bush’s presidency at California GOP meeting

    10/20/2017 10:14:46 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 78 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 21, 2017 | 12:54am
    Former White House adviser Steve Bannon says there has not been a more destructive presidency than George W. Bush’s. Bannon delivered a scathing criticism of the former president after Bush this week denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of “nativism,” isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity. Bannon told a capacity crowd at a California Republican convention in Anaheim that Bush “embarrassed himself.” In his remarks in New York, Bush warned of a nation in which discourse has been degraded by “casual cruelty,” where bigotry is emboldened. Bannon says Bush has no idea...
  • National Anthem singer takes a knee while performing at Brooklyn Nets game

    10/20/2017 10:09:13 PM PDT · by Main Street · 24 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Oct 20, 2017, 10:15 PM | Katie Leach
    After performing the national anthem at Friday night's Brooklyn Nets game, singer Justine Skye took a knee in the latest installment of the ongoing demonstration. Skye knelt specifically during the line "and the home of the brave," according to reports. However, according to the Associated Press, the demonstration wasn't well received among fans. Skye reportedly received more boos than cheers for her stunt. Shortly after her performance at the Nets' home opening game, Skye posted on Instagram a clip of her kneeling with the caption, "Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and...
  • Apple and AT&T Team Up to Improve Cellular Service in Puerto Rico With LTE Band 8 Activation

    10/20/2017 9:30:27 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 5 replies
    MacRumors.com ^ | October 20, 2017 | Juli Clover
    Apple and AT&T have been working together to improve cellular connectivity for iPhone users in Puerto Rico who have been largely without cellular service since Hurricane Maria hit a month ago. The two companies are enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that's been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, reports TechCrunch. ... LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are...
  • Germany's entire submarine fleet is now out of action

    10/20/2017 8:46:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/21/2017
    BERLIN (AP) — All of Germany's six submarines are out of action, and the country's defense minister isn't happy about it. The Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reports that four U-boats are being serviced in boatyards while two others are waiting for a berth. Asked how Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen views the temporary loss of the underwater fleet, her spokesman said Friday that "this is obviously not a good situation." Jens Flosdorff told reporters in Berlin that "we would hope the mission readiness was higher, but sometimes with technology the devil is in the detail."
  • Ga. Sheriff in massive drug search faces new trouble: his own son

    10/20/2017 8:30:14 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 4 replies
    The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge. The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local high school last April was somehow linked to his son’s troubles. Sheriff Hobby and two deputies were indicted earlier this month by a grand jury in a criminal case that alleges false imprisonment, violation of oath of office and sexual battery. Students at the high school say deputies sexually...
  • India Might Finally Terminate Their Stealth Fighter Program With Russia

    10/20/2017 8:28:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A new report by Defense News states that India is extremely unhappy with Russia's supposed 5th generation fighter—better known as the T-50, or by its new production name the Su-57—that will act as the base for the sputtering FGFA cooperative fighter program between the two countries. The news comes after years of squabbling over the program, usually characterized by credible reports of the Indian Air Force's dismay with the qualities of the Russian aircraft. Now it seems as if the Indians want out of the program—which aimed for at least a 108 airframe production run—once and for all. Such a...
  • Permitted concealed handguns stop two kidnappings

    10/20/2017 8:15:59 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 7 replies
    Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 19, 2017 As he always does before leaving his house, Pearson, a concealed-carry weapon permit holder, put his pistol on his hip. . .
  • Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) urges Democrats to hide views on gun control

    10/20/2017 8:14:05 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 19 replies
    The Hill newspaper and Politico have articles about how Democrats want to avoid discussing their views on gun control until after the 2018 mid-term elections.
  • Does placing a 'no valuables inside' sign in a car window deter break-ins?

    10/20/2017 7:58:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Does placing a 'no valuables inside' sign in a car window deter break-ins? Car burglaries are at epidemic levels in San Francisco By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 9:18 am, Friday, October 20, 2017 In San Francisco, where no automobile parked on the street is immune from glass-smashing thieves, some people have taken to posting signs on car windows announcing that there are no valuables inside. The hope, of course, is that a thief will read the notice and decide: "Huh. No valuables in this one.I guess I'll break into some other car." On Tuesday, a Reddit user posted a photo...
  • A Cub Scout pressed a lawmaker about gun control. Then his den kicked him out, his mother said.

    10/20/2017 7:55:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 20, 2017 | Samantha Schmidt
    When Ames Mayfield’s Cub Scout den met with a Colorado state senator last week, the 11-year-old came prepared with a long list of typed-up questions. Ames pressed the Republican state senator, Vicki Marble, on an issue he knew was important to her: gun legislation. The Cub Scout in Broomfield, about 20 miles north of Denver, asked her a slew of questions about previous bills she had sponsored in support of the right to bear arms, and he wasn’t shy about inserting his opinion. “I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own...
  • NRA: Trump is victim of ‘most ruthless attack on a president’ in history

    10/20/2017 7:01:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/20/17 | John Bowden
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims in a new video that President Trump and his supporters are being subjected to the most "ruthless" attack against a U.S. president and his supporters in the history of the country.In a video posted Friday to the group's Twitter account, spokeswoman Dana Loesch accuses Democrats and other critics of the Trump administration of trying to delegitimize Trump's presidency.“We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president and the people who voted for him, and the free system that allowed it to happen, in American history," Loesch says at the beginning of the video.Scenes...