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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS

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October 09, 2014
After a series of suicide bombings and guerrilla attacks, Iranian media and officials are now claiming that the country is being assaulted by ISIS. U.S. officials, however, are not sure whether the violence is from ISIS or some other Sunni militants. Jassem Al Salami reports on how Tehran is now making mass arrests to try to stop the onslaught.

The Washington Post reports that the Secret Service gave information to the White House in 2012 suggesting that an Obama aide had a prostitute in his hotel room in Colombia. The same prostitution scandal led to the firing or punishment of nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and U.S. soldiers, but not the aide. The Secret Service shared the same type of information on presidential advance-team volunteer Jonathan Dach that was used to punish the others, including hotel records and firsthand accounts. The Secret Service shared its findings twice in the weeks after the scandal with top White House officials, including then-counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Each time, she and others interviewed Dach and concluded he had done nothing wrong. Through his attorney, Dach denied hiring a prostitute or bringing anyone to his hotel room. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest tweeted, "Supposed WaPo 'exclusive' was previously reported by AP, CBS, ABC, Politico, The Hill & others—2 years ago." However, that AP report only said the aide "might have been involved."

Any shred of calm remaining in America about Ebola went out the window on Wednesday when Thomas Eric Duncan died in Dallas. The only epidemic happening in the U.S. is an outbreak of fear-mongering, writes Abby Haglage. Everybody rushing to the emergency room when they get the flu could stretch the hospitals to a breaking point.

An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a suspect who fired on him Wednesday, police said, and the slaying touched off unruly protests at the scene just miles from the suburb of Ferguson. The officer, 32, was working for a security company but wearing his city police uniform when he attempted to stop a man who tried to get away on foot, police said. The man, described as black and between 18 and 20, turned and fired at the pursuing officer, who returned fire and fatally wounded him, said Schron Jackson, a spokeswoman with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Police did not disclose the names of the officer or the man who was shot. A crowd of about 200 protesters assembled at the scene in south St. Louis, a few miles from Ferguson, which has been racked by nearly nightly protests since the fatal August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.


The 107th winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature is 69-year-old Patrick Modiano. Modiano is the 11th French writer to win the prize, and will head home with $1.1 million as a result. The Nobel citation read in part that he won, "For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation." Modiano's best-known novel is Missing Person, about a detective who loses his memory, but he is not well known outside of France. Of course, with Modiano's win, the scandal of Philip Roth being snubbed for another year continues.

New Yemen Premier Quits Before Starting
Militia called for protests over his appointment.
China: U.S. Making Up Cyberattacks
Accuses FBI of smear campaign.
Bionic Hands Restore Sense of Touch
For more than a year.
NBC Wanted Stewart for 'Meet the Press'
And was prepared to pay "anything."
NBA Player Takes Holocaust Selfie
Danny Green captioned it with #Holocaust.

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