Iraqi Kurds taking ISIS-held towns near Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq – Iraqi Kurdish forces say they have retaken five villages east of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-held city of Mosul in an operation launched early Sunday.

U.S.-backed Kurdish forces known as peshmerga aim to “clear several more villages” in “one of many shaping operations” that will increase pressure on the extremist group, the Kurdish region’s Security Council said in a statement.

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Former presidential advisers discuss: What makes a good president?

 

What kind of qualities make a good president?

There are many that are important, a group of former presidential staffers and advisers said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation“–but the main ones include temperament, decision-making abilities, empathy and a willingness to take advice.

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Air Force boosts drone pilot bonuses to keep up with demand

It’s no secret that the US Air Force is doing everything it can to recruit and keep drone pilots, and now it’s resorting to a very direct solution: cold, hard cash. The military branch is offering $10,000 more per year in bonuses to those pilots who renew their active duty commitment for 5 years. They were already getting a hefty $25,000 extra per year, but this is a huge incentive — if a pilot is active for the full term, that’s a total of $175,000 above and beyond their usual pay.

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Nancy Pelosi warns fellow Democrats of “electronic Watergate break-in”

EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned fellow Democrats on Saturday to change their cellphone numbers and not let family members read their text messages after personal and official information of Democratic House members and congressional staff was posted online.

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Donald Trump: We are making a big move for Connecticut

FAIRFIELD, Connecticut – Near the end of Donald Trump’s speech on the campus of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, loud claps of thunder boomed throughout the gymnasium. Many in the crowd – 5,000 strong – blanched. Trump, already speaking for more than hour, continued undeterred. He didn’t seem to notice. It was an apt metaphor for the Trump candidacy.

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House panel finds US military compelled intel analysts to downplay ISIS threat – report

US military officials pressured lower-level analysts to downplay threats from Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in an intelligence report, a House Republican task force has found, sources told the Daily Beast.

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Trump ‘Second Amendment’ Comment Seen as Veiled Threat Against Clinton

Donald Trump’s comments Tuesday suggesting that “2nd Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton from making judicial nominations sparked outrage from opponents — but the campaign defended the remarks by arguing that Trump was referring to the group’s considerable political power.

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Paul Ryan Faces Off With Paul Nehlen as Wisconsin Votes in Primary

What should have been a fairly routine primary challenge for House Speaker Paul Ryan has now become a symbol of Republican Party problems: A fight pitting the establishment against GOP rebels, and their controversial presidential nominee against Washington leadership.

Before last week, few people even knew — or cared — that Ryan’s primary for re-election was approaching. But when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he wasn’t ready to endorse Ryan and then praised his Republican challenger, Paul Nehlen, the political spotlight shined directly on Tuesday’s contest.

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