Mike Betz

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US strikes Libya for first time under Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military conducted airstrikes against ISIS fighters in Libya on Friday, the first time it has struck targets in the North African country since Donald Trump became President.<p>"In coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord and aligned forces, U.S. forces conducted six …

Middle East

McCain calls brain cancer prognosis 'very poor'

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a "very poor prognosis" as he battles brain cancer.McCain underwent surgery in …

Cancer

How a Psychopath Learns to Lie

It’s likely that there are psychopaths among us … in our workplaces, in our circle of friends, maybe even in our families. Or at least that’s what …

Iran says it will drop out of nuclear deal if US withdraws

Part of US President Donald Trump's campaign was based upon his planned cancellation of the deal.<p>Representatives pose after Iran and six major world …

China just ordered all North Korean businesses in the country to close

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese news reports say the government has ordered most North Korean-owned businesses and ventures with Chinese partners to close under U.N. sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programs.<p>China is North Korea's main trading partner, making Beijing's cooperation …

Former NATO military chief: there’s a 10% chance of nuclear war with North Korea

And a 20-30% chance of a conventional one.<p>Retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis spent 37 years in the military, including four years as the supreme allied commander of NATO. Hillary Clinton vetted him as a possible running mate. President-elect Donald Trump considered naming him secretary of state. He …

North Korea

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

College Football

Here's what could happen if North Korea tried to shoot down a US bomber

The US frequently responds to North Korea's provocative missile and nuclear tests by flying its B-1B Lancer— a long-range, high-altitude, supersonic bomber — near North Korea.<p>Fighter jets from South Korea and Japan often accompany the bomber, and sometimes they drop dummy bombs on a practice range …

Mum's the word: Secret proceeding about secret order to keep secret a police abuse guilty plea

According to a 2013 Houston Chronicle article, Derek Collier Thorworth was indicted for “hitting a handcuffed prisoner … in the back of a patrol car”; Thorworth was a Harris County, Tex., deputy constable at the time. In February 2016, according to Houston Channel 2, Thorworth pleaded guilty:<p>The …

Social Media

Sean Payton on Donald Trump: 'I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office'

The Saints coach is the latest to weigh in on Trump's comments<p>If President Trump thought he would influence NFL owners, coaches and players with his …

Donald Trump

A Rebel, a Warrior and a Race Fiend

Donald Trump is operating the White House as a terror cell of racial grievance in America’s broader culture wars.<p>He has made his allegiances clear: He’s on the side of white supremacists, white nationalists, ethno-racists, Islamophobes and anti-Semites. He is simpatico with that cesspool.<p>And …

Donald Trump

Trump’s NFL Anthem Crusade Angers Billionaire Campaign Donors

President Donald Trump put NFL owners in an unwanted spotlight this weekend with his suggestion, starting at a rally in Alabama on Friday and …

Donald Trump

Questions of racial bias surround black man's imminent execution

<b>(CNN) —</b> The state of Georgia is set to carry out its second execution of the year on Tuesday, when it plans to put to death Keith Tharpe, who was sentenced in 1991 for murdering his sister-in-law.<p>But Tharpe, 59, and his attorneys are seeking a stay of execution, based in part on racist comments a …

U.S. Supreme Court

Church used unemployment scam to stoke funds, ex-members say

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — When Randy Fields' construction company faced potential ruin because of the cratering economy, he pleaded with his pastor at …

North Carolina

Russia Committed ‘Grave’ Rights Abuses in Crimea, U.N. Says

GENEVA — Russia has committed “multiple and grave” human rights abuses in Crimea since reclaiming the territory three years ago, the United Nations said on Monday, including arbitrary arrests, torture and the imposition of Russian citizenship on residents of the former Ukrainian region.<p>United …

Human Rights

Colin Kaepernick has won: he wanted a conversation and Trump started it

The quarterback wanted kneeling in protest for the anthem to start a national talk about race and justice. Thanks to the president’s blast of rage, we have one<p>All Colin Kaepernick ever wanted was for his country to have a conversation about race.<p>This, he warned, would not be easy. Such talks are …

Donald Trump

Trump’s global vision is a nightmare. The UN has to act

The presidential cavalcades have departed Manhattan. But the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s speech to the UN general assembly still reverberate. “You can be sure of one thing,” a veteran UN official whispered to me during the speech: “Trump never fails to disappoint.” Still, there had been …

Donald Trump

Little Boy, 8, Bludgeoned To Death With Hammer Trying To Protect Younger Sister From Alleged Abuse

This is horrifying. Third grader Dante Daniels was beaten to death with a hammer while trying to protect his younger sister from allegedly being …

Crime

MLK’s Daughter: People Didn’t Like How ‘My Father Protested Injustice Either’

Bernice King is here with a history lesson.<p>The last surviving daughter of civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King served up a history lesson on Twitter over the weekend in response to those who were angry over NFL players protesting during the national anthem.<p>Bernice King …

Black History

Here's why so many zippers have the letters 'YKK' on them

If you've ever taken a close look at the zippers on your clothes, you've probably noticed the letters "YKK," in all capitals, on a lot of them. They're on everything from jeans, to coats, to sleeping bags.<p>Those letters stand for "Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha" which, from Japanese, roughly …

4 reasons the US Air Force's latest show of force over North Korea is different from previous ones

On Sept. 23, hours after the latest threats from Kim Jong Un who said that Pyongyang will soon test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters …

North Korea

Why You Shouldn't Charge Your Mobile Phone Overnight

You may already have heard the warnings: Don’t overcharge your mobile phone. Make sure you unplug it from the charger after it reaches 100%. Don’t …

Republicans have basically admitted the Obamacare repeal is based on lies

That's pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill." More blunt was Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts who, earlier in the week, told a <i>Vox</i> reporter that "If we do nothing [on health care], I think it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections. And whether or not Republicans still maintain …

Before Trump vs. the NFL, there was Jackie Robinson vs. JFK

President Trump ignited a firestorm this weekend by demanding NFL owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem, setting off a wave of protests by players, coaches and even owners that riveted the country Sunday. But long before Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players drew Trump’s ire, …

Black History

WWII vet takes a knee, slams Trump and becomes an instant internet sensation

‘Those kids have every right to protest.’<p>That’s what John Middlemas, a 97-year-old World War II vet and Missouri farmer, had to say about the …

4 reasons Trump thinks NFL players are a good target (and 1 big reason he's wrong)

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Friday night, President Donald Trump began a full frontal assault against NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem -- deriding them as "sons of bitches." On Sunday night, he was still at it, tweeting: "Sports fans should never condone players that do not …

Donald Trump

Adam Schiff Blows The Lid Off Of The GOP Ploy To Discredit Russia Investigation To Save Trump

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) exposed how Republicans are meddling in the Russia investigation while recused to discredit attempts to get to the facts …

Trump, Presidential? Steph Curry Knows Better.

The next time you hear "He's finally acting like a commander in chief," just wait.<p>“<i>Isn</i>’<i>t it a little weird when a guy who lives on Fifth Avenue in the most beautiful apartment you've ever seen comes to Alabama and Alabama loves that guy?</i><p><i>-- Donald Trump, Sept. 22, 2017</i><p>The “Donald Trump is becoming …

Little Rock Nine: the day young students shattered racial segregation

Minnijean Brown Trickey didn’t intend to make a political statement when she set off with two friends for her first day in high school. She was, after all, only 15. “I mean, part of growing up in a segregated society is that it’s a little sort of enclave and you know everybody,” says Trickey, who …

Black History