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August 27, 2016

Obama’s legacy on Syria dealt another blow

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President Barack Obama hasn’t had many victories to point to in Syria, but there was one: the U.S. and Russia-brokered deal in 2013 that compelled the Syrian regime to hand over hundreds of tons of chemical weapons. Now, a U.N. investigation has put even that victory in question, leading critics to hammer a U.S. president they say is too stubborn to admit he was wrong to pull back on military…

GOP plots early wake-up call for Clinton

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Hillary Clinton has managed to win support from Republicans without conceding any part of the progressive economic agenda she outlined during the Democratic primary. But with fall approaching and momentum on Clinton’s side, Democrats and Republicans alike are looking over the horizon to a thornier reality: if elected, Clinton would likely become the first Democrat since Grover Cleveland to enter office without control of both houses of Congress. That means…

Trump and Clinton throw more blows in bigotry fight

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The heavy charges of bigotry that have flown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spilled into Friday, with Trump releasing new videos accusing Clinton of a long history of veiled racism and Clinton re-upping her claims that a “radical fringe” is carrying his candidacy. The slicing accusations have taken the brutal general election battle between the two candidates to a new level. Both already suffer from dismal favorability ratings, and…

Al Roker’s takedown of Ryan Lochte allegedly caused drama at ‘Today’

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Al Roker may have kept it real about Ryan Lochte’s Rio robbery tale, but it turns out not everybody was happy about it. According to Page Six, “Today” show insiders say the network was “embarrassed” by Roker’s comments. “He lied. He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom, [and] he left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled,” Roker told Billy Bush during a debate about Lochte’s ever-changing story about having been…

Cancer patient sent to jail over unpaid bills

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An Arkansas cancer survivor is getting support to fight the courts after being jailed over bounced checks and unpaid debt. The Huffington Post reports that in 2009, Lee Robertson was undergoing his first chemotherapy treatments when he started to have money problems. He was unable to work because of pancreatic cancer, and over two weeks, Robertson wrote 11 check for amounts between $5 and $41. Although the checks only totaled about $200, he…

Man who threw boiling water on gay couple gets 40-year prison sentence

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A Georgia jury deliberated for all of 90 minutes before sentencing a truck driver who threw boiling water on a gay couple to 40 years in prison. Martin Blackwell was found guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery as well as two counts of aggravated assault. He was not charged with a hate crime, because Georgia is one of five states that does not have hate crime laws.  The federal government…