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McConnell Hits Back At Steve Bannon: 'Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home'

McConnell Hits Back At Steve Bannon: 'Winners Make Policy, Losers Go Home'WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday responded to reports that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is recruiting candidates to challenge GOP incumbents in next year’s midterm elections as a way to better advance the president’s agenda.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 3:27 PM

Top Republicans, Business Leaders Come Out Against Trump

Top Republicans, Business Leaders Come Out Against TrumpWithout the subsidies, insurance companies will be forced to raise rates on everyone else who buys Obamacare coverage. Analysts say many middle-class Americans could see their premiums jump by 30 to 60 percent.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2017 11:49 AM

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot python

Harrowing viral footage shows 3-year-old riding a 20-foot pythonShocking footage that shows a little boy riding a 20-foot python in the streets of northern Vietnam is quickly making its way around the internet. 




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 11:56 AM

Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's Term

Like You, This Giant Clock Is Counting Down The Remaining Hours Of Trump's TermIn June, a band of artists furtively installed a massive, red, digital clock on the exterior of a building on the Queens waterfront.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 1:18 PM

'She Just Lost It.' See a Family Reunite With Their Dog After Losing Their Home in Wildfire

'She Just Lost It.' See a Family Reunite With Their Dog After Losing Their Home in WildfireThe family thought their beloved pup had been killed in the fire




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2017 11:42 AM

Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines Flight

Tamika Mallory Says She Was Kicked Off An American Airlines FlightActivist Tamika D. Mallory said Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 5:05 PM

Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle over Kirkuk as 'major operation' launched

Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle over Kirkuk as 'major operation' launchedIraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged artillery fire early Monday south of the city of Kirkuk, after central government forces began a "major operation" to take control of a Kurdish military base and oil fields. Iraqi forces said they had seized an oil field during the operation, which follows soaring tensions over an independence referendum. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said the forces took over the Baba Gargar oil field, one of six in the disputed Kirkuk region, as well as the headquarters of a public oil company. Shortly before, state television announced that government troops had taken "large areas" of the province from Kurdish peshmerga fighters "without fighting", although military sources on both sides reported exchange of Katyusha rocket fire to the south of the provincial capital. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who said this week that he was "not going... to make war on our Kurdish citizens", has "given orders to armed forces to take over security in Kirkuk," state television said. Iraqi troops will "secure bases and government facilities in Kirkuk province" the government said. They are aiming to retake military bases and oil fields which Kurdish peshmerga fighters took in 2014 during the fightback against the Islamic State jihadist group. Multiple peshmergas were injured in the clashes and hospitalised in Kirkuk, a local security source said. Abadi said that members of the Hashed al-Shaabi, the paramilitary Popular Mobilisation forces, which are dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias, would stay away from Kirkuk, where there have been multiple demonstrations against their involvement in the dispute. "Counter terrorism units, the 9th armoured division of the army, and the federal police have recovered control of important areas of Kirkuk province without fighting," a general from the counter terrorism force said. A counter terrorism force source said that their units had retaken the industrial zone of Kirkuk. At the same time, a local security source said four military vehicles were burned in an explosion. Kurdish peshmerga fighters stand on the roof top of a building as they hold a position on the opposition side of river bank from Iraqi forces on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk  Credit: AFP Further south, two people were killed in artillery exchanges at Tuz Khurmatu, 75 kilometres from Kirkuk, which has been shaken every night since Friday by fighting between the peshmerga and Hashed al-Shaabi, a doctor at a city hospital said. An AFP photographer saw columns of Iraqi troops heading north from the town of Taza Khurmatu, which is located south of Kirkuk. This image made from a video provided by RUDAW TV shows what the Irbil-based Kurdish broadcaster says are Peshmerga fighters and volunteers arriving on military trucks in Kirkuk, Credit: AP The advance came days after a standoff between Kurdish forces and the Iraqi army and the expiry of a deadline for Kurdish peshmerga fighters to withdraw from the areas they have controlled since 2014. Iraqi forces are seeking the "K1 base", just eight kilometres (five miles) north of Kirkuk, which was one of the main Iraqi army bases before it was taken over by the peshmerga in 2014. It stands near an oil refinery, The Iraqi troops also hope to retake the nearby airport. Earlier Sunday, Iraq’s National Security Council said it viewed as a "declaration of war" the presence of "fighters not belonging to the regular security forces in Kirkuk", including fighters from Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Crisis talks on Sunday made little headway in resolving an armed standoff between Kurdish and Iraqi forces in the province. Tensions have soared between the central government and Iraqi Kurds since they overwhelmingly voted for independence in a September 25 referendum, whose results Baghdad has demanded be nullified. Iraqi forces gather in the area of Taza Khurmata on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk  Credit: AFP For their part the Iraqi forces have said that they have no wish to enter Kirkuk but that they wish to retake military positions and infrastructure which were under their control before their troops withdrew in the face of hostility from the jihadists. On the fringes of the town, they used loudspeakers to call on the peshmerga to give up their positions, local sources said. Baghdad has demanded the Kurds scrap the results of the September 25 non-binding referendum that produced a resounding "yes" for independence for the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Tensions have soared in the wake of the vote, with the crisis raising fears of fresh chaos just as the country’s forces are on the verge of routing IS from the last territory it controls in Iraq. Long claimed by the Kurds as part of their historic territory, the province has emerged as the main flashpoint in the dispute. Polling during the referendum was held not only in the three provinces of the autonomous Kurdish region but also in adjacent Kurdish-held areas, including Kirkuk, that are claimed by both Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. The referendum was declared illegal by Baghdad and held despite international opposition. The Kurds control the city of Kirkuk and three major oil fields in the province that produce some 250,000 barrels per day, accounting for 40 percent of Iraqi Kurdistan’s oil exports. The fields would provide crucial revenue to Baghdad, which has been left cash-strapped from the global fall in oil prices and three years of battle against IS. Iraq is also demanding the return of a military base and a nearby airport, according to the Kurds.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 12:42 AM

Victim of Las Vegas shooting wakes up from coma after bullet struck her forehead

Victim of Las Vegas shooting wakes up from coma after bullet struck her foreheadTina Frost, 27, woke from a coma on Friday to take her first steps since sustaining a bullet to the forehead from being shot by Stephen Paddock on the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 10:53 AM

Israel uncovers Roman structure at foot of Jerusalem's Western Wall

Israel uncovers Roman structure at foot of Jerusalem's Western WallIsraeli archaeologists in Jerusalem's Old City on Monday unveiled a newly unearthed section of the Western Wall and the first Roman public structure ever discovered in the city, they said. Archaeologist Joe Uziel said he and his colleagues knew the wall section was there and had expected to find a Roman street at its base. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), which conducted the two-year dig, said that historical sources mentioned such structures but in 150 years of modern archaeological research in the city none had been found.




POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2017 11:16 AM

‘Art Of The Deal’ ghostwriter predicts President Trump will not finish his first year in office

‘Art Of The Deal’ ghostwriter predicts President Trump will not finish his first year in officeTony Schwartz, co-author of Donald Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal,’ still says that President Trump will not finish his first year in office.




POSTED OCTOBER 15, 2017 9:13 AM

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