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Trump dismisses concerns about leaving Kurds at the mercy of Turkey

Trump dismisses concerns about leaving Kurds at the mercy of TurkeyPresident Trump was unconcerned about what is widely characterized as a betrayal of the Kurdish fighters who bore the brunt of the battle against ISIS.



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'I don't care.' Trump dismisses GOP concern over protecting whistleblower

'I don't care.' Trump dismisses GOP concern over protecting whistleblowerPresident Donald Trump dismissed concerns Wednesday, including from some GOP lawmakers, about protecting the confidentiality of a whistleblower.



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Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. Military

Women’s March Dismisses New Board Member amid Backlash over Statements Comparing ISIS to U.S. MilitaryZahra Billoo, who joined the board of the Women's March just several days ago, announced on her Twitter feed Thursday morning that she has been voted off the board.Billoo has a history of controversial statements on Twitter, in which she has compared the U.S. and Israeli militaries to ISIS and Nazis, once even asserting that the FBI recruits "mentally ill" people to join ISIS.The Women's March has not released a statement explaining the justification for her dismissal as of this writing.However, Billoo asserted in a tweet thread that she was voted out as a result of an "Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in defense of Palestinian human rights and the right to self determination."Addressing the controversy over her tweets, she wrote "In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words."> In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words. 15/> > — Zahra Billoo (@ZahraBilloo) September 19, 2019Billoo stated on Facebook in 2017 that she would not go to see the movie "Wonder Woman" because of the participation of actress Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli Defense Forces. She justified her stance by saying she would similarly not see a movie in which the lead actress was proud of being a member of ISIS, al-Qaeda, or the U.S. military.In a 2014 post on Twitter, Billoo said she was opposed to "all terrorism, including all that regularly committed by the US military and Al Qaeda, the Israeli Defense Forces and ISIS.”Billoo and other new members were hired to replace three former Women's March leaders dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism. Two of these members, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, have drawn fire for their support of Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.



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Iran dismisses U.S. claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, says ready for war

Iran dismisses U.S. claim it was behind Saudi oil strikes, says ready for warIran rejected accusations by the United States that it was behind attacks on Saudi oil plants that risk disrupting world energy supplies and warned on Sunday that U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles. Yemen’s Houthi group claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks that knocked out more than half of Saudi oil output or more than 5% of global supply, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the assault was the work of Iran, a Houthi ally.



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Judge dismisses wrongful death lawsuit over abortion

Judge dismisses wrongful death lawsuit over abortionAn Alabama judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf on an aborted embryo by a man who was upset that his ex-girlfriend ended her pregnancy. Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer ruled Friday that Ryan Magers could not bring a wrongful death claim over a legal abortion. Magers had sued the Alabama clinic where he believed his ex-girlfriend obtained the abortion pill, on behalf of himself and the estate of the aborted embryo.



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Rep. Omar dismisses questions about alleged affair, campaign funds as 'stupid'

Rep. Omar dismisses questions about alleged affair, campaign funds as 'stupid'Rep. Ilhan Omar under fire from Federal Election Commission; Gillian Turner has the details.



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Trump dismisses criticism of his dual loyalty comments: 'It's only anti-Semitic in your head'

Trump dismisses criticism of his dual loyalty comments: 'It's only anti-Semitic in your head'President Trump Wednesday expanded on his views about how Jews who vote for Democrats are “disloyal” and dismissed any criticism of his comments.



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Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strongPresident Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week’s steep drop in the financial markets. “I don’t think we’re having a recession,” Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New Jersey golf club. A strong economy is key to Trump’s re-election prospects.



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Netanyahu dismisses Hezbollah warning

Netanyahu dismisses Hezbollah warningIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday he was “unimpressed” by a speech from Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in which the Lebanese Shiite leader warned of his movement’s military strength. Nasrallah spoke in a TV broadcast Friday marking the anniversary of a 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. Nasrallah said that the 2006 war had helped Hezbollah develop “a military system to defend our villages, towns and cities”.



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Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismisses white supremacy as 'a hoax'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismisses white supremacy as 'a hoax'* Carlson: ‘It’s actually not a real problem in America’ * El Paso massacre suspect posted anti-immigrant screedTucker Carlson said of white supremacy: ‘Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.’ Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesTucker Carlson, the Fox News host who regularly echoes Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant “invasion” rhetoric, has described white supremacy in America as a “hoax” and a “conspiracy theory”.Coming just days after a Texas man allegedly killed 22 people in El Paso after posting a manifesto complaining of a “Hispanic invasion”, the prime-time news star defended the president from criticisms of his rhetoric by disputing that Trump ever “endorsed white supremacy or came close to endorsing white supremacy”.“If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America,” Carlson told his audience on Tuesday night.Claiming that the white supremacy issue was being used by Democrats as a political tool, Carlson continued: “This is a hoax. Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”Carlson also claimed all the white supremacists in America could fit inside a football stadium before repeating his belief that white supremacy in the US is a non-existent problem. He went on to insist that he’s “never met anybody – not one person – who ascribes to white supremacy”.The host’s comments were made even as the FBI stated last month that it considers a majority of the growing number of domestic terrorism cases as versions of white supremacist violence.The suspect in the Walmart shooting on Saturday that left 22 people dead and injured dozens more posted an anti-immigrant manifesto minutes before the rampage highlighting his support for a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand, who killed 51 people at two mosques in March.According to FBI data, since 2011 suspects with ties to white extremism have carried out at least 17 “active-shooter” attacks, or attacks defined by the agency as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area”.After the mass shooting at a food festival in Gilroy, California, last month, the FBI confirmed it considered that attack to be a potential case of domestic terrorism.The gunman in that incident, 19-year-old Santino Legan, had been exploring violent ideologies and had drawn up a list of potential religious and political targets.A study by the New York Times published this week indicated the growing international ideological connections between attackers as well as repeated referencing by later gunman to previous incidents.In keeping with the attackers in Christchurch and El Paso, the gunmen in Poway, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania, posted white nationalist views online before launching their assaults. Both the El Paso and Poway gunmen praised the Christchurch shooter in manifestos posted online.While the extent to which online message boards such as 8chan are used as a conduit for violent ideologies, the role of the mainstream media remains clouded.Carlson is not alone at his channel in attempting to minimize the role of white supremacy ideology in the current wave of attacks. The media publication Media Matters this week accused Fox News of attempting to “mainstream” the white supremacist conspiracy theory of “replacement”.“Adding to its pattern of mainstreaming toxic extremism, Fox News regularly echoes and sanitizes the dangerous white supremacist conspiracy theory that non-white immigrants represent the threat of ‘replacement’ to white populations,” the publication wrote.“This racist talking point has already inspired massacres and hate crimes around the world.”



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