Syria: US tells Russia it will end talks if bombing continues

Wow, someone is trying to throw their weight around. US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned his Russian counterpart that Washington will end Syria talks unless Moscow stops the bombing of Aleppo.

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Lawmakers clash over water damage, amid fresh threat of gov’t shutdown

A battle over water damage could well determine whether Congress avoids a government shutdown Friday night. Lawmakers are fighting over  a stopgap spending bill (known as a Continuing Resolution or “CR”) to keep the lights on in Washington. But Congress is struggling to provide aid to victims of the catastrophic flooding that drowned Louisiana last month. Lawmakers simultaneously wrestle with emergency assistance for the toxic drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich.

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Alabama Chief Justice Moore faces ethics panel on gay marriage order, could be removed

Wednesday Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will appear before a judicial discipline panel to answer accusations that he tried to block gay couples from marrying in the Deep South state. The outspoken Republican jurist could be removed from office for the second time in 13 years if the Court of the Judiciary finds he violated the state’s canons of judicial ethics.

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FBI doc dump on email case reveals role of ‘confidential’ Clinton aide

When Romanian hacker “Guccifer” breached Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s email account in 2013, it set off an explosive chain of events among a tight circle of Clinton family aides – including one “confidential assistant” whose extensive role in managing some of the former secretary’s mobile devices and computer security requests is only now becoming clear.

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Obamacare Raked $1.8B From Uninsured in First Year of ’14 Read more: Report: Obamacare Raked $1.8B From Uninsured in First Year of ’14

Nearly 8.1 million people paid $1.7 billion in Obamacare penalties for not having health insurance in 2014 – the first year the fine went into effect, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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ISIS ‘dead set’ on using chemical weapons

Monday a Pentagon spokesman said ISIS is “dead set” on using chemical weapons and will likely try to use them against Iraqi forces as they prepare its siege on Mosul.

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German mosque, congress center attacked in 2 explosions; no injuries reported

Tuesday a mosque and a conference center were attacked in two explosions in the German city of Dresden but nobody was injured. Dresden police said in a statement that there was no immediate report on the extent of damage from the explosions late Monday.

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Online polls declare Trump debate winner, despite media consensus for Clinton

The Drudge Report said that 80@ of the people who took part in their poll, gave the victory to Trump, and a Time.com poll had the Republican nominee leading Clinton by 4 percentage points – 52 percent to 48 percent – after more than 1,300,000 votes were cast. CNBC and Breitbart polls also had Trump winning the event, at New York’s Hofstra University.

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Ahead of debate, Trump endorsed by U.S. immigration officers

Donald Trump picked up the endorsement on Monday of the union representing 5,000 federal immigration officers, a boost of support for his immigration policy ahead of his first debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Nebraska town considers banning smoking in apartments

Some leaders in a blue-collar Nebraska suburb that’s home to Offutt Air Force Base are borrowing an idea from a vastly more liberal state: Ban apartment renters from smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes inside.

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