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9/23/16

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Senator Mark Kirk on terrorism.

Our Nation’s security is further threatened by the Administration’s politically motivated decision to allow over 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. this year, despite a lack of airtight screening procedures. In 2015, the U.S. only accepted 1,682 Syrian refugees. This year, we have already accepted 11,491 Syrian refugees — fifteen percent more than the Administration’s original goal of 10,000 refugees by the end of September. In August alone, the U.S. accepted 3,189 Syrian refugees. This is clearly a system that is putting partisan politics ahead of national security.
Members of ISIS have exploited the refugee system before. In January 2016, two Iraqi refugees were arrested by U.S. authorities in an ongoing terrorism investigation, including one who pledged allegiance on social media to various terrorist organizations. And in 2009, two members of al-Qaeda in Iraq, including a suspected terrorist bomb-maker, successfully infiltrated the Iraqi refugee program to resettle in Kentucky.

Michael Cohen shares the latest from the PEORIA project.

In this heated campaign year, millions of Twitter users have been utilizing hashtags to promote their favored candidates and movements as well as contest ones they oppose. As the campaign moves into its debate phase, let’s count down nine of the top slogans, attacks, and movements we’ve supported, opposed, and endured this year so far.

Bryan Curtis on CNN.

CNN understood that indulging Trump was great for ratings. “CNN’s prime-time audience has more than doubled to 435,000 viewers a night in its target demographic of 25- to 54-year-olds,” The Wall Street Journal reported in May — it left MSNBC in the dust and nearly caught Fox News. On The Ringer’s Keepin’ It 1600 podcast (cohosted by CNN contributor Dan Pfeiffer), NBC’s Chuck Todd alit on another attraction: Trump flattered an old-media institution like CNN. By granting interview after interview, he allowed CNN to imagine it had recaptured something like its ’90s primacy, when Al Gore and Ross Perot debated NAFTA on Larry King Live.
It was one thing to fall for a Trump head fake during the primaries. It’s another thing to fall for it months later. As the clock ticked toward noon on Friday, something remarkable happened. CNN fought back.

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