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Some US troops due to leave Afghanistan will be back soon

MANAMA, Bahrain — Some members of a U.S. Army training brigade scheduled to leave Afghanistan next month will go back soon.

The Army says about 100 soldiers whose mission is to train and advise Afghan forces will return for three weeks in February. Gen. Robert Abrams says the troops will help a new team of advisers learn the terrain as they start their nine-month tour.

Abrams described the plan in a recent interview amid concerns the departure of troops in the training brigade will cause a potentially dangerous gap with Taliban attacks on the rise.

Report: China’s Entry to WTO Cost US Millions of Jobs, Billions in Lost Wages

A new report has confirmed what many economists and policymakers have long held: China’s ascension into the WTO (World Trade Organization) has cost the U.S. economy greatly.

Between 2001, when China first entered the WTO, and 2017, the amount of U.S. jobs lost as a result of the expanding bilateral trade deficit totaled 3.4 million, according to a new analysis published on Oct. 23 by the Economic Policy Institute, a U.S.-based think tank.

Nearly three-quarters of the jobs lost were in manufacturing, with every state and congressional district impacted.

Workers who were displaced out of their jobs were pushed into occupations where they earned less, resulting in a net wage loss of roughly $37 billion per year between 2001 and 2011 due to trade with China, according to the report.

Officials Say 63 More Sick in Ground Beef Recall

Sixty-three more ill people from 14 states were added to an investigation triggered by potentially tainted ground beef, bringing the total up to 120, officials said this week.

Approximately 6.5 million pounds of ground beef and other beef products, which may be contaminated with salmonella, were recalled by Arizona-based JBS Tolleson Inc. on Oct. 4. The products were produced and packaged from July 26 to Sept. 7, and sold nationwide under a range of brand names, including at Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Pope forcibly removes Memphis bishop after investigation

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has forcibly removed the bishop of Memphis, Tennessee, Monsignor Martin Holley, following a Vatican investigation into the diocese.

The Vatican didn’t say why Holley was removed. In a brief announcement Wednesday, the Vatican said only that Francis had “relieved (Holley) from the pastoral governance” of the diocese and named Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to replace him temporarily until a new bishop is named.

The phrasing in the announcement is commonly used by the Vatican when the pope forcibly removes a bishop who refuses to resign voluntarily.

Missouri mom outraged after viral video shows bullies holding gun at teen son’s head

A Missouri mother was furious after a viral video showed a teenager holding a gun at her 13-year-old son’s head.

The video, which circulated on social media, showed the 13-year-old boy on his knees and being yelled at by a few boys demanding him to kiss their feet. A boy was seen pulling out a gun and pointing it at the boy’s head. The gun was pulled away and the boy was seen being punched.

NJ ex-superintendent admits to pooping on a nearby high school’s grounds

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The New Jersey schools superintendent accused of pooping on a high school football field “on a daily basis” reportedly confessed to his crimes on Wednesday.

Thomas Tramaglini, 42, pleaded guilty to defecating in public, NJ.com reported. Lewdness and littering charges were dismissed.

The former superintendent of Kenilworth schools was arrested in April after a surveillance video caught him relieving himself near Holmdel High School’s football field.

Kansas man guilty in death of boy found encased in concrete

Stephen Bodine, 41, of Wichita,

Stephen Bodine, 41, of Wichita,

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the horrific abuse and slaying of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete in the laundry room of his home four months after his death.

Stephen Bodine, 41, of Wichita, was convicted Wednesday in the May 2017 death of Evan Brewer. Bodine was also found guilty of child abuse, aggravated child endangerment and two counts of kidnapping. He will be sentenced December 17.

Slain University of Utah student told campus police about ex-boyfriend’s harassment, they didn’t tell his parole officers

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Melvin Rowland, a 37-year-old registered sex offender, is believed to have shot and killed University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey. He was found dead with from a self-suspected gunshot wound about 4 miles from campus. (Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

The slain 21-year-old University of Utah student spent days after breaking up with her boyfriend – who was a registered sex offender – telling university police that he was harassing her.

According to Lauren McCluskey’s mother, her daughter broke up with 37-year-old Melvin Rowland on Oct. 9 after she was informed by a friend about his criminal history. Days later, she told university police he had begun harassing her.

Trump signing bipartisan measure to confront opioid crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is signing bipartisan legislation to confront the opioid crisis — the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history.

Trump on Wednesday said that “together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America,” or at least do everything possible to limit it.

Nearly 48,000 people died last year from drug overdoses involving opioids. Overall, U.S. drug overdose deaths have started to level off, but U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says it’s too soon to declare victory.

Woman Declares Herself Pro-Life After Watching The ‘Gosnell’ Movie

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The theaters may be dropping “Gosnell” but that doesn’t mean the movie is not fulfilling its mission of teaching people the horrors of abortion.

Now, a college student who once considered herself pro-choice claims to have been changed by the film.

University of Central Florida student Kathy Zhu garnered herself a big social media following in 2016 when she publicly announced herself a Trump supporter after researching his positions on national security.

She initially supported Hillary Clinton’s bid for president but switched.

DHS: We Can Confirm There Are Criminals, Gang Members in the Illegal Caravan

dca10aeb-8bb9-465f-9fd9-05bf74d1f764The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed there are in fact criminals and dangerous gang members traveling inside the illegal caravan headed to north to the U.S. southern border.

In addition, they are confirming President Trump’s claims “middle easterners” and citizens of countries outside of North and South America, are also in the caravan.

During an interview with Fox News Tuesday, a Honduran man traveling with the caravan confirmed criminals are involved.

HOW MAIL BOMBS GET INTERCEPTED—AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

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THIS WEEK, APPARENT explosive devices have targeted the mailboxes of former President Barack Obama, former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, philanthropist George Soros, and cable news network CNN. Additional reports of suspicious packages have continued to emerge Wednesday, and the situation is still developing.

What all of the attempts have in common—aside from prominent liberals as intended recipients—is that they so far have been intercepted before they could cause any damage.

Politicians react to suspicious packages sent to Obama, Clinton, CNN

The suspicious packages sent to the homes of former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and to the Time Warner Center in New York where CNN is located Wednesday elicited reactions from politicians across the aisle, many of whom condemned the incidents.

The packages sent to Obama and Clinton were identified by Secret Service officials as “potential explosive devices,” and arrived just days after an explosive device was found at billionaire George Soros’ home in Bedford, New York. It wasn’t immediately clear if the incidents are related.

The Latest: Trump says political violence has no place in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on explosive devices sent to former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says “acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States.” He’s addressing the suspicious packages sent to former President Barack Obama, the Clintons, CNN and others.

Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Bernie Sanders shared stage with 9/11 conspiracy theorist

Sanders-Baldwin-SplitWisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have come under fire for sharing a stage with a progressive activist who is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

Dem Consultants Tried to Erase Candidate’s Time in Cuba

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The media consultants for a Democratic congressional candidate in Washington recently attempted to edit her Wikipedia page to remove details about her time in Nicaragua and Cuba. Lisa Brown’s D.C.- and Seattle-based media consultants, GMMB, appear to have tried to change her Wikipedia page last week.

‘Centrist’ Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to Shift Left If Elected, Staffers Say

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp (2nd R) on Capitol Hill on Oct. 4, 2018. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) will lean further left than she lets on if re-elected, her staffers were recorded as saying by undercover reporters from Project Veritas Action.

“It’s election year for her. She’s being careful about [expletive] people off and, it’s funny, she said basically, like, after the election, if and when she gets re-elected, she’s going to be super liberal,” Jesse Overton, digital director for Heitkamp, said with a chuckle.

WONDER WHERE BETO GETS HIS FUNDING? HUGE CHUNKS OF CAMPAIGN CASH COME FROM EMPLOYEES OF THESE SIX TOP TECH COMPANIES

US Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) greets supporters

US Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) greets supporters at the conclusion of a Senate race campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 20, 2018.

Democratic Texas congressional candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke might not be leading in the polls, but he is leading Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz in campaign cash, thanks in part to major amounts of money from tech giant employees.

Employees of 14 universities and corporations — including six top tech companies — gave O’Rourke’s campaign nearly $1.3 million during the 2018 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Other tech and Silicon Valley companies whose employees have collectively given major money to O’Rourke’s campaign include Microsoft, Dell, Facebook, Apple and Amazon, whose employees gave over $250,000 in total during the cycle. Those companies make up nearly half of the top 14 contributors to O’Rourke’s campaign.

Tech Watch:

Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part of the biggest security breach in history.

The restitution hinges on federal court approval of a settlement filed late Monday in a 2-year-old lawsuit seeking to hold Yahoo accountable for digital burglaries that occurred in 2013 and 2014, but weren’t disclosed until 2016.

Twitter Uses Verification to Endorse, Aid, and Abet Anti-Conservative Censorship Advocacy Group Sleeping Giants

Testifying before Congress last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey acknowledged in an exchange with Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) that verified accounts are given special privileges and expanded visibility on the platform.

“The verified badge is a signal that is used in some of our algorithms to rank higher or to inject within shared areas of the – ”

The Sleeping Giants account was created on or about November 16 2016, in direct response to the Republican successes in the 2016 elections. At its origin, its sole focus was spreading slander to Breitbart News’ advertisers, including false charges of racism, anti-semitism and white nationalism. The group’s modus operandi is to encourage its followers to intimidate and harass the advertisers of conservative media with deceptive practices and with inaccurate information until those advertisers sever ties.

Note to Our Readers from Senior Management About Leftwing Activist Group ‘Sleeping Giants’

Breitbart News sent the following letter to the progressive political activist organization Sleeping Giants, and founder Matt Rivitz. Since it is newsworthy, we decided to simply report it to you directly without further comment.

As always, we are grateful to the tens of millions of conservative Americans who choose Breitbart as a primary source of news and information.

Twitter Suspends Influential Black Female Trump Supporter’s Account After She Announces She Is Attending TPUSA Event in Washington DC

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“Melissa” is a black conservative and Trump supporter with a huge following on Twitter.Earlier this week Melissa announced on Twitter that she was attending the Black Conservative Summit in Washington DC this week sponsored by Turning Point USA.

Within an hour of posting her announcement on Twitter Melissa was suspended by Twitter.

This was the third account she created since coming out as a black female Trump supporter.

Commentary/Opinion:

Fox News Video: Ingraham: Leftists aiding and abetting an invasion

No one should be permitted to undermine our immigration laws or destabilize the security and sovereignty of the United States of America.

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