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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"A four" -- Hillary Clinton on how Donald Trump would rate the Statue of Liberty's looks. Both candidates were in the same room for the annual Al Smith Dinner in NYC last night. They red, white, and roasted each other.
MO-SUL, MO PROBLEMS
Welcome to day five in the fight to get ISIS out of Mosul.
Back in 2014, ISIS decided it wanted to conquer Iraq. The terror group made Mosul -- a key Iraqi city -- its unofficial capital, and has been running sh*t there ever since. Now, the city is ISIS's last remaining stronghold in Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraq (with an assist from the US) has been planning an offensive for months to kick ISIS out and regain control of the city. That started earlier this week.
HOW'S IT GOING?
It's going. The good news: yesterday, Iraq's PM said the army is winning back territory surrounding Mosul faster than planned. The bad news: ISIS doesn't plan to go quietly. Yesterday, an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb near Mosul. It was the first American combat casualty since the fighting in Mosul started. Then today, ISIS launched a counter-attack in a city near Mosul as an apparent diversion from the offensive. Several people were killed.
President Obama's been trying to get the US out of Iraq since he became prez. Almost eight years later, and he decided to send hundreds more troops there to be part of a major offensive in the country. Now that the fight to take back Mosul is underway, it could take months. So yes, the US's stay is going to be a bit longer than expected.
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WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR BF DROPS OFF A BOX OF YOUR STUFF AT YOUR DOOR...
Did we just break up? Yesterday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he's consciously uncoupling from the US and shacking up with China. For decades, the US and the Philippines have been friends with benefits. Think: military and economic allies. But then Duterte came to power earlier this year, and decided the Philippines wasn't getting anything out of its US relationship. Last month, Duterte called Obama a "son of a b*tch." And then yesterday, while on a trip to Beijing, Duterte said "America does not control our lives." Well OK then. Duterte's newfound love for China is a little surprising because the Philippines (along with the US and friends) has for years been trying to stop China from taking over the South China Sea. That's because the South China Sea is great for things like trade and oil. But yesterday, Duterte said he'd temporarily forget about previous disagreements between the Philippines and China. Love can be blind like that.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR BOSS FINDS A SLACK CHANNEL LABELED 'EMPLOYEES ONLY'...
Busted. Yesterday, the NCAA charged current and former basketball staff members at the University of Louisville with rules violations. This has to do with a scandal that broke last year that revealed a university employee had been hiring prostitutes for players and recruits. Earlier this year, Louisville imposed its own penalty…a postseason ban for the basketball team. Now, the NCAA could decide that's not good enough. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, in other sports news that makes you want to go 'ugh,' earlier this week, police documents were released that show NY Giants kicker Josh Brown abused his former wife. Last year, Brown was arrested after his wife told police he had abused her multiple times. The charges were dropped, but the Giants suspended Brown for one game. Then earlier this week, a series of emails, journal entries, and a letter written by Brown were released, where Brown says "I have abused my wife." The Giants said they weren't aware of the documents when they initially punished him, but now they're going to take a second look. Good idea.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU GET A PROMOTION, YOUR OWN DESK, AND AN OFFICE WITH A DOOR...
Things just got real. Yesterday, the Justice Department said it plans to charge ex-NSA contractor Harold Martin with violating the espionage act. Earlier this year, Martin was arrested for allegedly stealing potentially classified documents. Yesterday, the DOJ released a document that says the information Martin stole was "breathtaking." Not in a good way. He allegedly stole millions of pages of docs that could include trivial things like files explaining the NSA's hacking tools. This has raised a lot of eyebrows, especially since the NSA's hacking tools were put up for sale online recently by an anonymous group called the'Shadow Brokers. Be shadier. Dare you. So far, it's unclear if Martin transferred any of this info to the Shadow Brokers or other countries, but he's apparently been trying to teach himself Russian. Comforting. Today, a federal court is deciding whether or not Martin will be released while he waits for his trial. Spoiler: probably not going to happen.
WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR UNCLE WHO FINALLY TRADES IN HIS FLIP PHONE FOR A SMARTPHONE…
Welcome to 2016, Mr. Baaanks. The UK is also getting with the times. Yesterday, the government there announced it will pardon tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men who have been charged for having homosexual relations. The pardon applies both to men who have since passed away and men who are still alive. The amendment that allows the pardon has been nicknamed the "Turing Law," for the man who helped Britain crack Nazi Germany codes during World War II. He was officially pardoned for being gay in 2013. So today would be the day to text your British friend rainbow emojis.
THING TO KNOW
Francisco Lindor: The guy whose bandwagon you should hop on. He's a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians who's about to play in the World Series. Oh, and he's 22. There's more MLB where that came from, and we Skimm'd it for you. Shine bright like a baseball diamond.
About Nadia, a black teenager in SoCal dealing with the death of her mom...and a fling with the pastor's son that turns out to be not-so-casual. Especially when her best friend gets involved. Here's what you need to know...
- This 26-year-old first-time author got her book deal after writing an essay about racial justice that went viral
- The story flips between Nadia, her BFF, and 'the mothers' – the church-going women in her town who are giving them side-eye
- The book tells its biggest secret right away. But what happens after is more interesting
- Think: the small-town drama of "Friday Night Lights" and the 'what ifs' of "Sliding Doors." Buy here.
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