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To do list: Donald TrumpEach new day starts off with me being wrong.  It's been this way for months and months -- every single day.  It's morning again, and I couldn't have been more wrong. Again.

A new day has arrived, and BAM!  Donald proves me wrong, once more, that he CAN, in fact, top what he said in all those OTHER previous days I had, way back when, of daily disbelief... days in which, every day, I somehow thought it impossible for him to top himself, and keep topping himself.  But he did, every day, just as he does now -- just as he's been doing for almost a year.

The off-the-wall comments began in relatively small and unimportant ways -- strange, but not too strange.  Still-connected-to-the-planet strange.


Syria war: ISIL flees Manbij with 'human shields'

Civilians fred from ISILSyrian rebel fighters have accused the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group of taking more than 2,000 people hostage, and using them as human shields, as they retreated from the northern city of Manbij.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance consisting of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said on Friday they were in control of most of the city, held by ISIL, also known as ISIS, since 2014.


N.M. police officer shot and killed; suspects in custody

NM police officer shotA police officer from the Hatch Police Department died Friday evening after being shot during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Officials took three suspects into custody hours earlier and said they were allegedly responsible for the officer shooting as well as a carjacking and shooting another man at a rest stop off Interstate 25 in a crime spree that triggered a massive manhunt.


More rain expected to drop on soggy Louisiana, Mississippi

Rain floods La. and Mis.Moderate to heavy rain continued to fall Saturday over southern Louisiana, where at least two people died and dozens had to be rescued from waist-high water that engulfed their homes. Mississippi and Alabama were also struggling with the effects of heavy precipitation.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for southwest Louisiana until 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Forecaster Donald Jones in Lake Charles, Louisiana, said the storm system was drifting slowly west from southeast Louisiana to an area along the central Gulf coast.


Afghan-Pakistan ISIL's Hafiz Saeed Khan killed

ISIL leader killedThe leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Afghanistan and Pakistan was killed in a US drone strike on July 26, US and Afghan officials have confirmed.

Hafiz Saeed Khan, ISIL's Khorasan Province leader, was killed in Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangharhar province, according to Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the top Afghan diplomat in Pakistan.


Zika in Puerto Rico now a public health emergency

Zika emergency PRPuerto Rico has recorded 10,690 Zika cases, including those of 1,035 pregnant women, prompting the declaration of a public health emergency in the commonweath by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Two people have died from complications of the virus and 90 were hospitalized, according to Puerto Rico's department of health.


Leaks from DCCC Hack Emerge Online

Guccifer 2.0Documents from a hack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have been uploaded online by purported hacker Guccifer 2.0. The documents, published Friday evening, appear to show password lists and internal documents from the DCCC which raises money for congressional races.

Guccifer 2.0 has taken credit for previous hacks on the Democratic National Committee, though some U.S. security officials say the username is a front for hackers from the Russian government. Guccifer 2.0 has not taken credit for any leaks since the publication of DNC documents.


How state regulations can prevent man-made earthquakes

man made earthquakesOklahomans aren't just imagining it. The state has experienced 100 fewer earthquakes thus far this year than it had by August, 2015.

Geologists tentatively attribute this decrease in tremors to increased regulations on the fracking and oil extraction industries, whose wastewater disposal practices have wreaked seismic havoc in Oklahoma and other states. Still, experts caution, it's too early to tell if the quake swarms have been permanently quelled.


Judge rejects Ohio law to cut Planned Parenthood funds over abortion

Judge rejects Ohio law to cut PP fundsA judge on Friday prevented Ohio from cutting federal taxpayer funding from 28 Planned Parenthood clinics, setting back the governor's hopes of stopping the women's health services group from providing abortions.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett said the law was unconstitutional and would cause "irreparable injury" to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Southwest Ohio and their patients.


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