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U.S. unsure of deal as Kerry arrives for Syria talks
The talks between Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov aim to produce a nationwide cease-fire in Syria        
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WARgrams released: How NSA used Iraq War as springboard for global intel gathering
Newly published documents from the beginning of the Iraq invasion reveal how the NSA used the “war on terror” to develop its global intelligence capabilities and strengthen the surveillance network exposed by Edward Snowden. Read Full Article at RT.com
579 points by Russia Today | Iraq War Iraq George W. Bush 2003 invasion of Iraq United States War on Terrorism Opposition to the Iraq War Al-Qaeda in Iraq
PolitiFact: Trump wasn’t against the Iraq War
During NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” on Sept. 7, Donald Trump said, “I was totally against the war in Iraq.”Our rulingTrump said he was “totally against the war in Iraq.” While he came to that position when the war became difficult, earlier on he was more accepting of military action. In 2002, as...
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Trump's foreign policy nuttiness was on full display in NBC forum
During NBC’s “Commander-In-Chief Forum” Wednesday night, Donald Trump demonstrated why he would be a constant embarrassment to his country should he ever be unleashed on the world stage with all the powers of the American presidency. Much of the post-forum buzz has been about interviewer Matt Lauer’s...
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Lib Dems recycle discredited claim they opposed Iraq War
Britain’s Liberal Democrat party is still using the discredited claim that it opposed the Iraq War, as part of an attempt to insist that only it can deliver a coherent foreign policy. Read Full Article at RT.com
30 points by Russia Today | 2003 invasion of Iraq Tony Blair Liberal Democrats George W. Bush Iraq War United States Gordon Brown United Kingdom general election 2005
Kerry and Lavrov holding talks on Syria ceasefire deal
Washington says snap meeting will cover how to put an end to fighting and further humanitarian aid for Syrian people.
725 points by Al Jazeera English | Syria Bashar al-Assad Hafez al-Assad Iraq Muhammad Naji al-Otari 2003 invasion of Iraq Jordan Levant
U.S., Russia Talks Continue for Syria Cease-Fire Accord
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are pressing ahead with talks on a nationwide cease-fire agreement in Syria that would include closer military cooperation against terrorist groups.
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Lauer’s rough night increases pressure on debate moderators
Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out for telling lies.Online critics hit Lauer for spend...
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Trump insists again he opposed Iraq war (he didn't)
Donald Trump on Thursday once again sought to convince the public that he opposed the Iraq War by pointing to statements he made after the US had already invaded the country.
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Forum puts focus on how Clinton is judged compared to Trump
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — For months, Hillary Clinton's supporters have griped that she's held to a higher, harder standard than Donald Trump. After Wednesday night's forum on national security, those complaints became a rallying cry.
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Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school
Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump looked back to the Baby Boomer generation and earlier during a Thursday afternoon speech at a Cleveland charter school, where he argued for an expansion of "school choice." "If we can put a man on the moon, dig out the Panama Canal and win two World Wars, I have no doubt that we can provide school choice to every disadvantaged child in the country," Trump said during his 40-minute speech, which focused on education issues. Trump spoke to a small, invitation-only crowd in the cafeteria of the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, run by Accel Schools, an Arizona-based, for-profit operator of charter schools. He unveiled an education plan that included expanding merit pay, and creating a program to award $20 billion in grants for impoverished children to pursue "school choice" -- a catch-all phrase that refers to anything but traditional, government-run schools. The appearance at the school, in the heavily African-American Woodland Hills neighborhood, was part of Trump's ongoing effort to smooth over his "politically incorrect" political persona that many black voters and others have perceived as racist. Trump, speaking quietly and reading from a teleprompter, spoke of his intention to expand opportunities for inner-city residents and others. "My job will be to ensure that any American, African-American, Hispanic, anyone, will be placed on the ladder to success," Trump said. "I define that as a great education and a great job." He added: "You cannot have prosperity without safety. This is the new civil rights agenda of our time." http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/09/scenes_from_a_donald_trump_eve.html Charter debate ongoing Trump's speech touched a nerve of the charter-school debate -- opponents argue that diverting public money toward charter schools does so at the expense of traditional ones, which are more accountable. Last year, lawmakers passed a series of reforms meant to improve oversight of charter schools, some of which have been particularly troubled in Ohio. And, a state government effort is ongoing to audit the $108 million in state funding sent to ECOT, the largest online school in the state, to see whether the school inflated the hours students actually spent taking online courses. "In Ohio, we've seen more than enough of the 'solutions' Donald Trump is selling, but we're not buying," Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Teachers Federation, said in a statement. "Unregulated, unaccountable for-profit charter schools--like the one Trump is visiting today--have destabilized our public districts, defrauded taxpayers, and left our kids and educators worse off, not better." Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's published education plan includes increasing federal funding to modernize school buildings, improving teacher training and pay and working to end the "school to prison pipeline" by reforming laws and disciplinary policies and putting money toward behavioral interventions. Clinton has made supportive statements about charter schools in general, although she has criticized those operated by for-profit companies like the one that owns the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy. Trump insists he opposed Iraq war from the start Trump dedicated much of the beginning of his speech to doubling down on his frequent claim, which independent fact-checkers have found to be false, that he opposed the 2003 war in Iraq from the very beginning. He acknowledged telling Howard Stern in September 2002, the month before Congress voted to authorize the invasion, that he "guessed" he was in favor of invading Iraq. But he also cited instances in 2004 where he was quoted opposing the war, claiming that his subsequent statements "superseded" his earlier ones. Trump summed up his claims about the Iraq War: "Had I been in Congress at the time, I would have cast a vote in opposition." Trump also declared that had he would have been "tougher on terrorism." "Osama bin Laden would have been "caught a long time ago before he was ultimately caught... prior to the demolition of the World Trade Center," Trump said. Trump meets with students, school officials Before Trump's speech, he met for 20 minutes for a "roundtable" discussion in one of the school's classrooms with a group of students, charter-school officials and others. Seated to Trump's right was Debroah Mays, the head of the school. To his left was Ron Packard, the CEO of ACCEL schools. Packard, a prominent figure in the charter-schools market, in 2015 bought the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy and other schools as part of an expansion into the Ohio education marketplace, The Plain Dealer has reported. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/09/owner_of_charter_school_hosting_donald_trump_today_is_a_national_charter_figure_with_a_growing_ohio_presence.html Trump asked the students what they thought of how the school compared to a traditional public school. He also asked school officials and State Rep. Andrew Brenner, the Republican chair of the Ohio house's education committee, about charter-school funding in Ohio. Among the school officials who participated was Chris Delk, a school board member who is a Cleveland police detective. Delk said he is passionate about the charter-school movement because it provides an opportunity for him to show children that "not all police are bad." Trump responded by praising Cleveland police for their performance during the Republican National Convention. "Say hello to your commissioner... your chief. They were absolutely fantastic. You know, for weeks they were ohh, there's going to be riots," said Trump, who himself in March predicted "riots" if he were to have been blocked from receiving the nomination. "But they kept it down. It was so an incredible job. Really professional. So thank you." http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2016/03/donald_trump_i_think_youd_have_riots.html In an interview, Mays said she didn't want to speculate why her school was chosen. But she said while Trump's visit complicated the school day, it provided the school an opportunity to talk to him about charter-school funding issues. "For the children who were exposed to [the visit], I definitely think it was a wonderful educational experience. You turn on the news, and you see politics every day. But for our [students] who were exposed to it, this was a chance to see it up close and personal," she said. Later Thursday, Trump headed to a pair of private fundraisers -- one at the TownHall restaurant in the Ohio City neighborhood organized by Cuyahoga County Republican Party Chairman Rob Frost and Tony George, a politically active local businessman, and another at the home of Ed Crawford, an industrialist who is the state finance chair for Trump's presidential campaign. Trump was last in Cleveland on Monday, when he participated in a "roundtable discussion" with a few organized-labor figures before dropping by the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County.
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In Syria talks, Russia holds the key
Ahead of renewed peace talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov there is a sense of foreboding.
135 points by CNN | Bashar al-Assad United Nations United States Syria Allies of World War II Hafez al-Assad Humanitarian aid 2003 invasion of Iraq
Lauer's rough night increases pressure on debate moderators
NEW YORK (AP) — Traffic cop or truth detector? The rough reception given Matt Lauer for his back-to-back interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare a disagreement over whether journalists who moderate presidential debates should call candidates out…
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In about-face, Kerry heads to Geneva to meet Russia's Lavrov
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russia's foreign minister in Geneva about a ceasefire deal for Syria, the State Department said on Thursday in a sudden about-face after saying it did not believe a meeting was worthwhile.
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Police: Oregon coach who killed 3 had large amount of pills
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators found an "incredible amount of pills" to treat anxiety and depression at the home of a volunteer high school wrestling coach who last month killed himself, the teenage son of a woman he had dated…
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In fairness to Gary Johnson, even NY Times is clueless about Aleppo
After Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson embarrassingly admitted he didn't know what the Syrian city of Aleppo was during an interview, the New York Times tried to ridicule the incident, but instead made three major errors of its own. Read Full Article at RT.com
1203 points by Russia Today | Syria Bashar al-Assad Iraq War Hafez al-Assad 2003 invasion of Iraq The New York Times Damascus Iraq
Official: Attempt to rescue hostages in Afghanistan failed
A few days after a US and Australian professor were kidnapped from American University in Kabul last month, US Special Operations Forces from SEAL Team 6 attempted to rescue them but failed to find them at the location they went to, according to three administration officials.
810 points by CNN | Special Activities Division United States Navy SEALs 2003 invasion of Iraq GROM
Trump dismisses fact checkers, claims incorrectly once again that he opposed Iraq War
The claim drew renewed scrutiny Wednesday evening after NBC's "Commander-in-Chief" forum.
284 points by The Washington Post | Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq United States George W. Bush Iraq President of the United States Gulf War Opposition to the Iraq War
Clinton seeks to raise cash off Matt Lauer interview of Trump
Campaign 2016 updates: Gary Johnson wonders what Aleppo is Sept. 8, 2016, 12:53 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign in swing states after their town hall on military issues. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is widely mocked after asking, "What is Aleppo?"Voters are finding it harder...
308 points by Los Angeles Times | Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq NBC News George W. Bush Barack Obama Today MSNBC President of the United States
Texas man who held baby at gunpoint is vet who suffers from PTSD
A Texas man accused of holding his baby girl at gunpoint in a hospital is an Iraq war veteran who’s “not all there,” his uncle said.
22 points by Daily News | 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq War Saddam Hussein Iraq Rape United States Department of Veterans Affairs Posttraumatic stress disorder Psychological trauma
NBC's 'Commander in Chief Forum' draws 10.8 million viewers, but Matt Lauer gets pummeled for his moderating
The first joint appearance of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum” averaged 10.8 million viewers on Wednesday. But the performance by moderator Matt Lauer, co-anchor of “Today,” became a hot topic during and after the event held at the Intrepid...
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5 key moments from Wednesday's Trump-Clinton forum
The top 5 most-talked-about moments from Wednesday night's forum.       
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Clinton & Trump lies about US intervention overseas go unchallenged during NBC town hall
The “Commander-in-Chief” NBC forum, featuring presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, was slammed on social media for the failure of moderator Matt Lauer to challenge their often contradictory and false claims on US foreign policy. Read Full Article at RT.com
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FactCheck: Clinton, Trump made inaccurate claims during NBC forum

-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | George W. Bush Iraq War Barack Obama President of the United States 2003 invasion of Iraq Veterans Health Administration United States United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Critics blast Matt Lauer during NBC forum

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Hillary Clinton unleashes on Donald Trump over national security
Hillary Clinton unleashed a torrent of attacks against Donald Trump's preparedness to be commander-in-chief Thursday morning, hours after an NBC forum exposed her opponent to criticism on multiple fronts.
6033 points by CNN | George W. Bush Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq President of the United States Iraq Barack Obama Tony Blair United States
Matt Lauer was tougher on Ryan Lochte than on Donald Trump
Clearly Lauer is capable of confronting and correcting misinformation. He just didn't do it with Trump.
4253 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States United States Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush Question Baghdad Barack Obama
Matt Lauer gets panned over handling of candidate forum
Campaign 2016 updates: Voters struggle to commit, presenting a challenge for Trump and Clinton Sept. 8, 2016, 5:34 a.m. Donald Trump will stop in Cleveland, Ohio today. Hillary Clinton heads to Kansas City, Mo., for the National Baptist Convention. Voters are finding it harder than usual to commit...
308 points by Los Angeles Times | Iraq War 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush NBC News Barack Obama Today MSNBC President of the United States
Fact check: Trump and Clinton at the 'commander-in-chief' forum
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made some inaccurate claims during an NBC “commander-in-chief” forum on military and veterans issues.       
3456 points by USA Today | George W. Bush Iraq War President of the United States Barack Obama 2003 invasion of Iraq Veterans Health Administration Iraq United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Trump, Clinton clash on leadership qualities
The candidates participated in a 'Commander in Chief Forum' Wednesday night.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | George W. Bush Barack Obama Iraq War President of the United States United States Bill Clinton 2003 invasion of Iraq Joe Biden
Alt right or shift right? WikiLeaks trolls Clinton in 'Neocon hawk' poll
WikiLeaks has gone full troll with a Twitter poll sarcastically asking social media users to choose which way the presidential candidate truly leans. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Trump, Clinton clash at military leadership forum
The candidates participated in a 'Commander in Chief Forum' Wednesday night.         
3811 points by Arizona Republic | George W. Bush Barack Obama Iraq War President of the United States United States Bill Clinton 2003 invasion of Iraq Joe Biden
From war-torn Iraq to NY fashion week
It's early Autumn and Oday Shakar is carefully hemming his latest creation: a mauve lavender suede jacket, worn atop an ivory chiffon skirt with plissé inserts.
1265 points by CNN | Saddam Hussein Gulf War Jordan Iraq Baghdad 2003 invasion of Iraq United States Iran–Iraq War
Vulnerabilities exposed at the Trump-Clinton forum
Both candidates came under fire for their past actions and future plans at the Commander-in-Chief forum.
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Trump: Putin more a leader than Obama

2626 points by CNN | Iraq War President of the United States Iraq George W. Bush 2003 invasion of Iraq Barack Obama Armed forces George H. W. Bush
At commander-in-chief forum, Clinton notes similarities with Trump on foreign policy
Clinton used the similarities to criticize Trump's character.
25 points by The Washington Post | George W. Bush President of the United States 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq War Barack Obama George H. W. Bush United States presidential election 2008 Joe Biden
Clinton defends her handling of classified information at commander-in-chief forum
Nearly half of the time at the forum was devoted that the issue of her emails.
37 points by The Washington Post | Iraq War Barack Obama George W. Bush President of the United States Classified information Iraq 2003 invasion of Iraq Syria
Trump repeated false claim he 'was totally against the war in Iraq.' Matt Lauer didn't press him on it.
The claim has been repeatedly debunked by independent fact checkers.
219 points by The Washington Post | Iraq War Iraq 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush United States President of the United States Gulf War Saddam Hussein
Fact-checking Clinton and Trump in NBC's Commander-in-chief forum
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each appeared for 30 minutes on NBC's "Commander-in-chief" forum, answering questions on national security from moderator Matt Lauer and audience members. Here's a roundup of dubious claims made by the candidates. HILLARY CLINTON "It was a mistake to have a personal...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Barack Obama George W. Bush Iraq War United States presidential election 2008 President of the United States United States 2003 invasion of Iraq Democratic Party
NBC’s Matt Lauer blasted for letting Trump off easy on Iraq war
Trump told Lauer he "was totally against the war in Iraq." A clueless Lauer left it at that.
664 points by Daily News | 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq War George W. Bush President of the United States Baghdad Barack Obama Iraq United States presidential election 2008
US defense secretary: Russia responsible for Assad's actions in Syria
Russia bears responsibility for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's actions and his failure thus far to agree to a ceasefire in his country's 5-year-old conflict, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.
254 points by CNN | United States War Iraq War American Civil War Civil war Florida American films 2003 invasion of Iraq
Tillerson to meet NATO on March 31, ending no-show furor
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet NATO foreign ministers at a rescheduled gathering on March 31, a senior State Department official said on Friday, ending a furor over his earlier decision to skip the event.
37 points by Reuters | Iraq War United States NATO President of the United States ExxonMobil Reuters 2003 invasion of Iraq Thomson Reuters
US troops to stay in Iraq after fight against ISIS ends – Defense Dept. officials
American troops will apparently remain in Iraq even when the fight against Islamic State has ended, according to Pentagon officials, including US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said that keeping soldiers on the ground is in America’s “national interest.” Read Full Article at RT.com
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RT America’s Chris Hedges nominated for Daytime Emmy
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, who hosts ‘On Contact with Chris Hedges’ on RT America, has been nominated for one of the most prestigious accolades in the TV world, the Outstanding Information Talk Show Host in the annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Read Full Article at RT.com
16 points by Russia Today | Iraq War Rupert Murdoch Mass media Emmy Award 2003 invasion of Iraq Pulitzer Prize The New York Times Middle East
Granite State Stories: Civil War soldiers riot in Concord
Violence erupted Aug. 8, 1861, after soldiers of the First New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment, just back in Concord after a rather uneventful three-month stint in the South, attacked and destroyed the office of the anti-war newspaper, the Democratic Standard.The paper had been castigating Republicans...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Printing Southern United States Vermont 2003 invasion of Iraq Newspaper Massachusetts Paper Virginia
Defense Secretary James Mattis says U.S. air forces heavily involved in Mosul operation
Trump attacks the media at campaign rally a month into his term Feb. 18, 2017, 3:43 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump: Media is a " big part of the problem" Trump says he wants to bring back coal. This soon-to-be closed Arizona plant could be his...
68 points by Los Angeles Times | Iraq Special Forces United States Army Special Activities Division Vietnam War Fighter aircraft Special forces 2003 invasion of Iraq
London mayor: 'Cruel' Trump should be denied state visit
LONDON — London's mayor says that President Donald Trump shouldn't receive a state visit in Britain because of his "cruel" policies on immigration.Sadiq Khan said Sunday the U.S. president should not get VIP treatment when he comes to Britain later this year because of his "ban on people from seven Muslim-majorities countries" and his decision to block refugees from entering the United States.Khan said that "in those circumstances we shouldn't be rolling out the red carpet."
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Iraqi forces launch push to take western Mosul from IS
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began. The fight for Iraq's second largest city - roughly split by the Tigris River into an eastern and ...
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Voices: These journalists are no enemies of the people
The label 'enemy of the people' has reverberated through dark times in history.         
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Uber driver accused of robbing passengers’ homes after drop-off
FRANKFORD, Del. — Police say an Uber driver in Delaware would drop off passengers at their destination and return to their homes to burglarize them. Delaware State Police say 26-year-old Saddam A. Awadallah has been arrested after he drove passengers from their homes to businesses and restaurants in the Ocean City and Dewey Beach areas....
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