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Good Morning, it’s Thursday, 19 October 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
The Islamic State has lost its caliphate with the fall of Raqqa to U.S. backed forces. It’s hard to be a nation-state (that exports terrorism) and not just a bunch of thuggish terrorists without having a physical territory under its control. We have not seen the last of the Islamic State as there are enough extremists to keep it active for years to come, but it has been significantly diminished in reach and influence with the fall of Raqqa.
The turmoil, misunderstandings, and prickly sensitivity continue in Washington, as this morning President Trump wakes up to a huge round of condemnation about his handling of condolence calls to Gold Star families. Toss into the mix a reversal on some key policy issues and you have a Washington swamp that is not being drained, but enlarged. What a hot mess.
The Daily Grope: McKayla Maroney, a former member of the U.S. Olympic Team has gone public with accusations that team Doctor Larry Nasser abused her while she was in training. Nasser is currently in prison after conviction on other sexually-based charges.
Spain is going to suspend the recent vote by Catalonia for autonomy according to reports issued this morning.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked to testify before a congressional hearing yesterday on the Russian involvement with the election. His appearance has been described as that of a “hostile witness”, but then this was a congressional hearing. It’ll be interesting to see how Sessions performs when Robert Mueller, who is the Special Prosecutor looking into the Russian Hacking incident(s), deposes him. Expect an implosion.
Today is National Seafood Bisque Day. Be sure to ask for the crackers.
Also, we added the CNN “text news” site, which is much faster than their full multi-media site. It’s also below at the end of the links.
Stay safe, stay dry, and help one other person today.
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