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October 25, 2019

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kurds fleeing while isis prisoners escape

What happened Northern Syria was engulfed in chaos this week as Turkey pressed a weeklong offensive against Kurdish forces once allied with the U.S., while Russian and Syrian government troops seized territory and bases hurriedly left behind by withdrawing U.S. soldiers. The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) suffered an estimated 360 casualties amid intense fighting along the Syrian border after President Trump gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the green light to invade during a phone call and began withdrawing 1,000 U.S. soldiers from the region. As bombs and artillery shells fell, hundreds of ISIS-connected detainees escaped from detention camps formerly guarded by Kurdish fighters, and the U.S. military said it had to leave behind 60 “high-value” ISIS prisoners. An estimated 300,000 civilians fled, and at least 71 were killed or…

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impeachment inquiry targets giuliani

What happened The White House’s Ukraine crisis deepened this week with revelations that multiple senior administration officials were alarmed by efforts by Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to seize control of U.S. foreign policy in that country. Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former top Russia adviser, testified to the House impeachment panel that Giuliani muscled aside career diplomats to pressure Ukraine for investigations into Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter. According to Hill, former national security adviser John Bolton shared her concerns over the maneuvering by White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, reportedly telling Hill, “I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.” Bolton showed similar scorn for Giuliani, calling him “a hand grenade that’s…

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it wasn’t all bad

Retired Illinois schoolteacher Bobbe Greenberg only learned how to swim in her late 50s. Now, at age 73, she’s a two-time Ironman champ. At the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii last week, Greenberg swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and then ran 26.2 miles in an impressive 14 hours, 7 minutes, and 11 seconds. For the second year running, she was faster than anyone else in the women ages 70–74 bracket. “It’s like a drug,” Greenberg, who has completed 17 triathlons this year, says of racing. “[I’m in] a positive state the whole time.” Simone Biles has made history, again. The American gymnast became an international sensation after her dominant performance in the 2016 Olympics, and she’s continued to improve, landing an unprecedented “triple-double” flip in August. And following her five…

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through the looking glass

Los Angeles Accused by Republicans of benefitting from his father’s former role as vice president, Hunter Biden this week announced he was quitting the board of a Chinese company and pledged to stop working with foreign entities if his father is elected president. Biden, 49, called President Trump’s claim that then–Vice President Joe Biden pressured Ukraine on behalf of a company he worked for a “ridiculous conspiracy idea.” Though the younger Biden conceded that his work in Ukraine could be seen as an error in judgment, he insisted it was “absolutely not” an “ethical lapse.” He likened the efforts to attack him by the president—whose own attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens are at the center of the impeachment inquiry—to an Alice in Wonderland trip down the rabbit hole.…

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justice denied

London The U.S. diplomat’s wife who crashed into and killed a teenage motorcyclist while driving on the wrong side of the road in Britain will not return to the U.K. to face justice, President Trump told the teen’s family this week. Anne Sacoolas, 42, claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the country soon after the August collision that left 19-year-old Harry Dunn dead. Dunn’s parents traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for Sacoolas’ return. During a White House meeting with Trump, they were told that Sacoolas—who has apologized in a statement—was in the next room and ready to meet. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn said they felt “ambushed” and declined to see her. Such an impromptu meeting would be “not good for her mental health,” said Charles. “It’s certainly not…

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in the news

Former NBC Today show host Matt Lauer released a graphic letter last week attacking one of his sexual assault accusers, saying, “I will no longer provide them the shelter of my silence.” Lauer spoke out after former NBC colleague Brooke Nevils said Lauer anally raped her in his hotel room in Sochi, Russia, where they were covering the 2014 Winter Olympics. “I was too drunk to consent,” Nevils said, adding that she “wept silently into a pillow” while he forced himself on her. Lauer called her “a fully enthusiastic and willing partner,” describing the “variety of sexual acts” they performed. Lauer was fired from the Today show in 2017 after numerous women accused him of sexually preying on them; he insisted last week that “I have never assaulted anyone or…