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July 28, 2015

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House, Senate On Collision Course Just Days Before Crucial Highway Bill Deadline
House, Senate On Collision Course Just Days Before Crucial Highway Bill Deadline
July 28, 2015

Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the transportation bill dead on arrival.

The developments set the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial highway deadline in the midst of the summer driving season. And the ultimate outcomes on the highway bill and the Export-Import Bill were unclear.

As House members convened Monday for their final days of work before an annual August recess, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ruled out taking up the Senate's highway bill, which cleared a procedural hurdle Monday and is headed for completion in the next several days.

"We're not taking up the Senate bill," the California Republican told reporters at the Capitol, adding that the Senate should instead take up the bill already passed by the House. "My best advice to the Senate is to get our highway bill moved forward," he said.

Hours later, in a hectic late-night session, the Senate voted 64-29 to include the provision reviving the Export-Import Bank as an amendment to its version of the highway bill. The bank, a federal agency that underwrites loans to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods, expired June 30 amid conservative opposition.

Supporters in the business community say the bank is necessary for U.S. competitiveness, but conservatives say it amounts to corporate welfare, and their objections pushed the vote Monday well past 10 p.m.

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Boy Scouts change policy on gay leaders
Boy Scouts change policy on gay leaders
July 28, 2015

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it's lifting the ban on gay adults as Scout leaders.

"On Monday July 27 the national executive board ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees," Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said in a video statement on Monday.

The move has been in the works for weeks. This month, the organization's executive committee adopted a resolution that would change the policy.

"This resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation, continuing Scouting's longstanding policy of chartered organizations selecting their leaders," the Boy Scouts said in a statement July 13.

"This change allows Scouting's members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own," it read.

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US, Turkey negotiate Syria 'safe zone' against ISIS as Turkey targets Kurds
US, Turkey negotiate Syria 'safe zone' against ISIS as Turkey targets Kurds
July 28, 2015

The complex alliances in Middle Eastern conflicts took another turn Monday, as Turkish forces targeted Kurds who have been fighting ISIS in northern Syria, even as Turkey and the U.S. were negotiating plans to intensify the battle against the terror group.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, told the Associated Press that the Sunday night shelling on the border village of Til Findire targeted one of their vehicles. It said Til Findire is east of the border town of Kobani, where the Kurds handed a major defeat to ISIS earlier this year. The YPG did not say in its Monday statement whether there were casualties in the shelling.

A Turkish official said the military was only returning fire -- in line with Turkey's rules of engagement -- and that the campaign does not include the YPG.

"The Syrian Kurds are not a target of the operations. Our operations only target IS in Syria and PKK in Iraq," the official said. The Turkish official said authorities were "investigating claims that the Turkish military engaged positions held by forces other than ISIS." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of rules that bar officials from speaking to journalists without authorization.

With the help of U.S. airstrikes, the Kurds have proven to be among the most effective ground forces against ISIS. But their advance across northeastern Syria in recent months has alarmed Ankara, which fears they could revive a decades-long insurgency in pursuit of statehood.

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July 27, 2015

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CNN/ORC poll: Trump still on top but it's getting close!
CNN/ORC poll: Trump still on top but it's getting close!
July 27, 2015

In the first national telephone poll since Donald Trump earned rebukes from Republican leaders over his comments about Senator John McCain's military service, the real estate mogul has increased his support among GOP voters and now stands atop the race for the party's nomination.

The new CNN/ORC Poll finds Trump at 18% support among Republicans, with former Florida governor Jeb Bush just behind at 15%, within the poll's margin of error.

They are joined at the top of the pack by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, with 10% support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered to vote. Trump's backing has climbed 6 points since a late-June poll, while support for Bush and Walker has not changed significantly.

None of the other 14 candidates tested in the new CNN/ORC survey earned double-digit support.

Though Trump currently tops the race for the nomination, his advantage is by no means firm. A majority of Republican voters, 51%, say they see the field as wide open, and that it's too soon to say which candidate they will ultimately get behind. Among that group that see the contest as wide open, Bush has 14% support, while Trump has the backing of 13% and Walker stands at 9%.

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Has 'Jihadi John' fled ISIS?
Has 'Jihadi John' fled ISIS?
July 27, 2015

"Jihadi John" - wanted for the beheading murders of Americans and others seen on video - has left the terrorist group ISIS, reportedly fearing attacks from the U.S.-led coalition and jealous jihadists within the Islamic State.

ISIS would drop him "like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them," a source told the Daily Express. "So it is possible he will end up suffering the same fate as his victims."

Jihadi John, identified as Mohammed Emwazi, who was born in Kuwait and raised in Britain, is the infamous covered face seen in numerous ISIS videos depicting the beheadings of British and American hostages. The 26-year-old, whose first ISIS video appearance was in August 2014, is typically dressed with a black wrap covering his entire face, with only his eyes peeking through. But the Islamist was unmasked by The Washington Post and the BBC in February, a development that reportedly spurred Emwazi to flee.

He's wanted by the U.S.-led coalition for the murders of journalists Stephen Sotloff and James Foley and aid workers David Haines, Alan Henning and Peter Kassig. Emwazi reportedly also believes he could be a target for fellow ISIS members who are envious of his notoriety, according to the Express.

Emwazi may have joined a less well-known extremist group in Syria in an effort to keep a low profile, the Express reported.

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35 Cosby Accusers Appear on the Cover of New York Magazine
35 Cosby Accusers Appear on the Cover of New York Magazine
July 27, 2015

Thirty-five of Bill Cosby's accusers appear on the cover of New York Magazine this week as part of an expansive feature on the sexual assault allegations against the 78-year-old comedian. "I'm no longer afraid," Chelan Lasha, who claimed Cosby assaulted her when she was 17, told the magazine. "I feel more powerful than him."

The cover comes one week after a deposition of Cosby taken during a sexual assault case from 2005 was published by the New York Times. In the court documents, Cosby admitted to giving the plaintiff, Andrea Constand, one and a half tablets of Benadryl to relieve stress. According to Cosby, the sexual contact they had was consensual.

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Trump threatens third-party run
Trump threatens third-party run
July 24, 2015

Donald Trump says the chances that he will launch a third-party White House run will "absolutely" increase if the Republican National Committee is unfair to him during the 2016 primary season.

"The RNC has not been supportive. They were always supportive when I was a contributor. I was their fair-haired boy," the business mogul told The Hill in a 40-minute interview from his Manhattan office at Trump Tower on Wednesday. "The RNC has been, I think, very foolish."

Pressed on whether he would run as a third-party candidate if he fails to clinch the GOP nomination, Trump said that "so many people want me to, if I don't win."

"I'll have to see how I'm being treated by the Republicans," Trump said. "Absolutely, if they're not fair, that would be a factor."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called Trump earlier this month asking him to tone down his controversial rhetoric. More recently, the RNC rebuked him for saying that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is not a war hero. Trump didn't apologize but has since said that the 2008 Republican presidential nominee is a war hero.

Trump told The Hill that the GOP establishment in Washington dislikes him because he's not part of the political class.

"I'm not in the gang. I'm not in the group where the group does whatever it's supposed to do," he said. "I want to do what's right for the country - not what's good for special interest groups that contribute, not what's good for the lobbyists and the donors."

The real estate magnate has upended the Republican presidential primary, with recent national polls showing that he is leading the 16-candidate field. Many in the party's establishment, pointing to his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants and McCain, say that Trump is badly hurting the GOP brand.

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Sandra Bland Autopsy Shows No 'Evidence Suggesting That This Is A Homicide'
Sandra Bland Autopsy Shows No 'Evidence Suggesting That This Is A Homicide'
July 24, 2015

Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail.

Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of the 28-year-old, who authorities say was found hanging by a plastic bag in her jail cell on July 13. She had been arrested three days earlier for allegedly assaulting a state trooper druing a traffic stop.

Diepraam said the autopsy showed that Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle. He said 30 lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists were marks consistent with self-inflicted injuries he's seen before -- though he noted that's not a determination of what happened in this case.

Marks around Bland's neck, he said, also do not match with what are typically found on homicide victims.

The injuries would be consistent with a death by suicide, he said.

"I have not seen any evidence suggesting that this is a homicide," he said.

Bland allegedly told a jailer that she'd attempted suicide in the past, but her family and friends have expressed disbelief that she would kill herself.

He also addressed reports of a large quantity of marijuana found in her system. It's impossible at this point to determine how much she ingested and when, but an upcoming quantitative test might shed light on those questions, he said.

It was possible that she ingested marijuana before her traffic stop, Diepraam said. Investigators have searched her cell and interviewed neighoring inmates and so far haven't found evidence that she smoked pot in the jail.

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