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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Israel’s Soldier Suicides

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October 28, 2014

In the weeks following the Gaza ceasefire, three Israeli soldiers from the same unit committed suicide with their own weapons. They came from the Givati Brigade, an elite unit whose commander is known for Old Testament-style religiosity. Now, Israel is trying to make sense of their deaths, wondering if PTSD led to their demise or something more haunting, reports Creede Newton.


Federal health officials have revamped guidelines for doctors and nurses returning home to the United States from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, stopping well short of controversial mandatory quarantines that are being imposed by some American states. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called for isolation of people at the highest risk of Ebola, but said medical workers returning from hardest-hit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone would require daily monitoring without isolation. He warned against turning doctors and nurses who strive to tackle Ebola in West Africa into "pariahs." The new guidelines are not mandatory and states will keep the right to institute stricter policies, as has been done by New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Illinois. The U.S. Army also has enacted mandatory quarantines for soldiers who responded to the crisis in West Africa. 


The latest released video of ISIS captive John Cantlie is so disturbing because he appears so content. Cantlie seems not only healthier, but he is dressed in black like ISIS, not the usual orange for prisoners. Jamie Deter asks: Was Cantlie filmed under duress or has he been brainwashed?


A so-called second leaker of classified government documents that outline the U.S.'s terror-watchlist system has been identified by the FBI, according to law-enforcement and intelligence sources. An Aug. 5 article titled "Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers" and published on The Intercept—an investigative website founded by Edward Snowden's confidant Glenn Greenwald—revealed a database of the government's master screening list, half of which was made up of U.S. citizens with "no recognized terrorist affiliation." The data was as recent as August 2013, months after Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked thousands of top-secret documents, had revealed his identity and fled to Hong Kong, sparking speculation that there was a second intelligence insider involved with the leaks.


While most election coverage is focused on control of the Senate or House, some of the most important battles are for the governor's mansions. In a handful of swing states, moderate Republican governors are cruising to easy re-elections, John Avlon writes. Their victories carry a message that will echo in 2016: When you seize the center, you win—especially in swing states.

Marysville Shooter Lured Victims by Text
Invited them to lunch.
Methodists Save Gay Marriage Pastor
Defrocked for officiating son's gay wedding.
He's Back
Rob Ford Elected to Toronto City Council
As brother Doug loses mayor's race to John Tory.
Seoul: Ankle Surgery Benched Kim Jong-Un
Spy agency says cyst to blame.
Battery Claim
Karlos Williams Probed in Domestic Abuse
Florida State running back.

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