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Sophie Turner Says Sansa Stark's Hair Is Full of Game of Thrones Secrets

Sophie Turner Says Sansa Stark's Hair Is Full of Game of Thrones SecretsThat's one insightful 'do



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Full transcript of Donald Trump's Oval Office address on border security

Full transcript of Donald Trump's Oval Office address on border securityA transcript of President Donald Trump's Tuesday night address about security along the U.S. southern border, as provided by the White House: My fellow Americans: Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country. We are out of space to hold them, and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country. America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation. But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War. In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don't act right now. This is a humanitarian crisis – a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul. President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security Credit: Reuters Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States – a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system. This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end. My administration has presented Congress with a detailed proposal to secure the border and stop the criminal gangs, drug smugglers, and human traffickers. It's a tremendous problem. Our proposal was developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents at the Department of Homeland Security. These are the resources they have requested to properly perform their mission and keep America safe. In fact, safer than ever before. The proposal from Homeland Security includes cutting-edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband, and many other things. We have requested more agents, immigration judges, and bed space to process the sharp rise in unlawful migration fueled by our very strong economy. Our plan also contains an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical support. Furthermore, we have asked Congress to close border security loopholes so that illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home. Finally, as part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested $ 5.7 billion for a physical barrier. At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It's also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense. It was the first prime-time Oval Office address by US President Donald Trump  Credit: Bloomberg The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $ 500 billion a year – vastly more than the $ 5.7 billion we have requested from Congress. The wall will also be paid for, indirectly, by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico. Sen. Chuck Schumer – who you will be hearing from later tonight – has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected President. Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. And they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation. The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security. My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation. But the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and re-opens the government. This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting. I have invited Congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security. Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don't build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized. A television monitor in the White House press briefing room broadcasts U.S. President Donald Trump's address on border security  Credit: Bloomberg America's heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien, who just came across the border. The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country. Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders. In California, an Air Force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl. Over the last several years, I've met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration. I've held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad. So terrible. I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls. How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job? To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: Imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken? To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen: Call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border. This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve. When I took the oath of office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God. Thank you and goodnight.



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Trump speech: Read the full Oval Office address

Trump speech: Read the full Oval Office addressPresident Donald Trump spoke to the nation Tuesday night to talk about his desire for a border wall.



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Read the Full Transcript of Democrats' Response to President Trump's Oval Office Address

Read the Full Transcript of Democrats' Response to President Trump's Oval Office AddressNancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer offered a rebuttal to President Donald Trump's Oval Office address on the border wall. Read the full transcript.



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Read the Full Transcript of President Trump's Oval Office Address on the Border Wall

Read the Full Transcript of President Trump's Oval Office Address on the Border WallPresident Donald Trump gave his first address from the Oval Office to pitch his border wall to the American public. Read the transcript of his speech.



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Australian man screaming at spider 'why don't you die?' triggers full police response

Australian man screaming at spider 'why don't you die?' triggers full police responsePolice in Australia responded to reports of a man screaming "why don't you die?" by dispatching multiple units to a home in Perth. But officers were soon told to stand down when they found a man who “had only been trying to kill a spider", according to the police log published online. The alarm was raised when a passer-by heard a screaming child and a man repeatedly shouting.  In a tweet on Wednesday morning Wanneroo police shared their account of the unusual incident.  It cited the man’s “serious fear” of spiders, and added that there had been no injuries at the scene apart from those sustained by the spider.  The now-deleted tweet by Wanneroo police The tweet read: “Multiple police units responded lights and sirens to the incident this morning. Never a dull moment for the Police!” A police spokesman, Samuel Dinnison, said: "It's just one of those jobs where you go expecting to see one thing and see another." He confirmed the tweet was later deleted from Twitter because it pictured internal police communication systems and because “there were just some typos in it, things like that”. The man was reported to have apologised “for the inconvenience” he had caused. A similar incident occurred in 2015 , when police in Sydney found a man screaming “I’m going to kill you, you’re dead” at a spider in his home.



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Donald Trump orders immediate and full withdrawal of US troops from Syria

Donald Trump orders immediate and full withdrawal of US troops from SyriaDonald Trump plunged America’s Middle East policy into chaos on Wednesday as he declared the the Islamic State (Isil) had been “defeated” and ordered a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria. The shock decision to pull out US troops was immediately criticised by his own Republican allies as a “huge” mistake and his declaration of victory over Isil was openly contradicted by the British government.  Republicans warned the withdrawal would jeopardise the fight against Isil and undermine US hopes of countering Iran’s influence in Syria. It may also embolden Turkey to launch a major offensive against America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria.  US diplomats began an immediate evacuation from Syria within 24 hours. America’s 2,000 troops are expected to be all be withdrawn from the country by the end of March, US officials told Reuters.     “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.  Tobias Ellwood, a junior UK defence minister replied: “I strongly disagree. It has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive.” I strongly disagree. It has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive. t.co/wrRMTBJ4tX— Tobias Ellwood (@Tobias_Ellwood) December 19, 2018 The decision appears to indicate that Mr Trump has decided to follow his own instincts over the advice of US security officials, including Jim Mattis, the defence secretary, who urged him not to withdraw American forces.  Mr Trump has said often that he wanted to get out of Syria and in a speech in March this year he said US troops would be “coming out of Syria like very soon”.  But he was persuaded to continue the American deployment. Senior US officials like John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security advisor, have spent recent weeks saying the US was committed to a longterm presence in Syria to counter Iran.   Those promises by Mr Bolton and others appeared to have been cast aside by Mr Trump’s announcement Wednesday.    “Withdrawal of this small American force in Syria would be a huge Obama-like mistake,” said Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator close to Mr Trump. “The confusion surrounding our Syria policy is making life much more difficult and dangerous for Americans in the region.” We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018 The news was met with dismay by America’s Kurdish allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been fighting alongside US troops against Isil in eastern Syria.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has been threatening to launch a new offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria. The presence of US forces had acted as a deterrent to Mr Erdgoan but their withdrawal makes it more likely Turkish forces will move ahead with their attack.  Analysts suggested the Kurds may feel they have no choice now but to ally with the Assad regime to try to protect themselves against Turkey.  “It’s a sad state of affairs when our key allies on the ground, who’ve shed blood and thousands of lives for our fight against Isil, are to be well and truly abandoned,” said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.  He said the decision was “extraordinarily short-sighted and naive” and would benefit not only Isil but also Iran, Russia, and the Syrian regime.  Russia's foreign ministry welcomed the US troop withdrawal and said it believed the decision would help lead to political settlement in Syria. Russia has its own military force in Syria fighting on behalf of the Assad regime.  Whitehall had been braced for an announcement on the US withdrawal from Syria, but Mr Trump's tweet took Downing Street by surprise.  Britain will renew its commitment to airstrikes against Isil in Syia and will not be withdrawing from the conflict, government sources said.  Several dozen British commandos are believed to be on the ground in Syria operating alongside US forces, while the UK continues to carry out airstrikes against Isil.  The decision is also likely to be unnerving for Israel, which saw the US presence in Syria as a counterweight to Iranian influence in the country. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said he had been forewarned of the withdrawal and promised that Israel would continue to counter Iran regardless of America’s decision.    Whitehall had been braced for an announcement on the US withdrawal from Syria, but Mr Trump's tweet took Downing Street by surprise. Britain will renew its commitment to airstrikes against Isil in Syia and will not be withdrawing from the conflict, government sources said.  Several dozen British commandos are believed to be on the ground in Syria operating alongside US forces, while the UK continues to carry out airstrikes against Isil.  Mr Trump’s declaration of victory came shortly after US and SDF forces drove Isil fighters out of the town of Hajin, their last urban stronghold in Syria. But the group continues to control areas of rural territory and just hours before Mr Trump’s tweet the US military put out a statement detailing its ongoing campaign against Isil in eastern Syria.  Donald Trump has been eager to withdraw US forces  Credit:  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Isil itself claimed responsibility for an attack in Raqqa just a few minutes before Mr Trump pronounced them defeated.  The group’s fugitive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still at large and is believed to be hiding in a remote area near the Iraq-Syria border. The UN warned in August that the group may still have up to 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, waiting to launch insurgent attacks in both countries. US officials have repeatedly warned that Isil would not be defeated even when its territory had all been taken and said the jihadists could regroup if Western pressure was taken off them.   Just last week, Brett McGurk, Mr Trump’s special envoy on the fight against Isil, said the US would not “just pick up and leave” Syria.  “If we’ve learned one thing over the years, enduring defeat of a group like this means you can’t just defeat their physical space and then leave; you have to make sure the internal security forces are in place to ensure that those security gains are enduring,” he said. The White House said in a statement after Mr Trump’s tweet that the US has "defeated the territorial caliphate" and "started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign". "These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign," the statement said. One US defence official told the New York Times that they believed Mr Trump had made the Isil announcement to distract from the Russian investigation and other alleged corruption scandals swirling around the White House.  “For most US allies and adversaries, this move will look like a ‘withdrawal,’ not a ‘victory,’ and yet more evidence of the dangerous unpredictability of the US President,” Mr Lister said.  



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Hawaiian Monk Seal With Eel Stuck Up Its Nose Makes Full Recovery — The Eel, Not So Much

Hawaiian Monk Seal With Eel Stuck Up Its Nose Makes Full Recovery — The Eel, Not So MuchEarlier this week, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program (HMSRP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted a bizarre and rather troubling photograph on social media. The snapshot, which amassed hundreds of comments on Facebook and was shared more than 1,000 times, showed a Hawaiian monk seal with a spotted eel stuck up its nose. The situation was resolved through “light restraint of the seal and a slow steady pull to get the eel out,” notes Motherboard, citing sources from the seal program.



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Full coverage: George H.W. Bush state funeral

Full coverage: George H.W. Bush state funeralWorld leaders gathered at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.



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Rudy Giuliani Goes Full Conspiracy Theory Because He Doesn't Understand The Internet

Rudy Giuliani Goes Full Conspiracy Theory Because He Doesn't Understand The InternetRudy Giuliani pushed out a conspiracy theory about Twitter on Tuesday because



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