Quick Quotes

“Both parties need to convince the public we’re not completely crazy up here [and] we can do our job.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the upcoming congressional task (or fight) of agreeing how to fund the U.S government - or face a shutdown - before the end of September.
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“The continued drop in enforcement actions is encouraging, but make no mistake, we’re still in a crisis and more must be done.”

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan on a decline of apprehensions at the U.S. southern border in August - the third month in a row. Just over 50,000 people were apprehended at the U.S. southern border - well below the peak of nearly 132,000 in May.
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“The lives of thousands of families are at stake.”

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Lee Gelernt on the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Trump administration's new policy requiring that individuals who travel to the southern border to apply for asylum in America to first have applied for, and been denied, asylum in another country.
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“It’s very easy actually to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions.”

Pres. Trump on the prospect of naming a new National Security Advisor after ousting John Bolton, the third NSA of his administration. Pres. Trump said he will likely name a new advisor next week.
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“We’ll almost double our fleet to 2,000 stores in North America, predominantly in under-served small markets.”

Old Navy CEO Sonia Syngal announcing the company will open 800 new stores. This news comes as questions swirl about the strength of the U.S. economy and with research suggesting more retail stores are closing this year compared to last year.
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Current Events

Terror Watchlist

Created to keep us safe, is “the list” weaker today than ever before?

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THE LIST

  • Terrorist Screening Database.
  • Contains names of those “known” or “reasonably suspected” of terror ties (exact criteria unknown)
  • Created after 9/11, run by FBI & shared with 18,000+ law enforcement agencies
  • Gov’t does not confirm or deny if you’re on the list.
  • 1M+ people on list; 4,600 Americans (as of 2017).
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THE CASE

  • 23 U.S. citizens who *believe* they’re on the list sued the gov’t.
  • Plaintiffs argued “the list” violates their constitutional rights to due process, adds unnecessary scrutiny while traveling.
  • Gov’t argued national security trumps the inconvenience to an individual, and an acceptable process is in place to challenge one’s status.
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What Happened:

The list can stay, but it may change.

  • Court ruled individuals are *not* entitled to notice or a hearing before being placed on the list.
  • Court *also* ruled the process to challenge one’s status (at least for U.S citizens) is inadequate.
  • Judge ordered both sides to submit proposals for a solution by mid-October.
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The very nature of the secret database ignites questions. Critics say it unfairly targets Muslims & doesn't prevent terror attacks. The gov't says it's updated daily & provides useful information sharing between security agencies. What do you think?

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Now You Know

The Survivor Tree

Now You Know

One tree, common to many cities, has an extraordinary story. Read more on our source page.

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Podcast

A Daughter’s Mission

Special tribute to American hero Mike Spann – the first American killed in combat in the war on terror – as told by his daughter, Alison.

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Coffee Talk

“Ending” vs. “Winning”

What to know about Afghanistan, the Taliban and the “peace” deal that broke apart as we mark 18 years since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

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Current Events

NO PEACE

A reported deal falls apart with the very group America has fought in Afghanistan for 18 years.

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What To Know:

  • The Trump administration has held “peace talks” with the Taliban & Afghan gov’t over the last year.
  • The Goal: Find a way to negotiate an end to America’s longest war.
  • Reports of a “deal” included: *some* American forces leaving Afghanistan; the Taliban having a seat in the Afghan gov’t and promising not to harbor terrorist groups.
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“They’re dead.”

  • Pres. Trump said this as he called off negotiations between the U.S. & the Taliban, after the Taliban claimed responsibility for killing an American soldier in a car bomb attack; 11 others were also killed.
  • This isn’t new. The Taliban have continued attacks on local people and American forces during earlier peace talks.
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What You Should Know:

16 American soldiers have been killed in action this year – the most since 2014.

The Taliban currently control more territory than at any other time during the 18-year war.

The Taliban provided safe harbor to not just al-Qaeda, but other Islamic terrorist groups as well.

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Big Picture:

  • Osama bin Laden used Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as a safe haven to train and stage the 9/11 attacks.
  • Bin Laden wanted to obtain chemical and nuclear weapons for future attacks.
  • “The Taliban remains closely allied with al-Qaeda.” Thomas Joscelyn, FDD Long War Journal, Congressional testimony 9/10/19.
Current Events

Sgt. First Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz was killed last Thursday in Afghanistan. His wife told The New York Times: “He loved his country, and for him it was an honor to serve.”

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Quote of the Day

Our democratic experiment, even on its most imperfect day, is worth defending.”

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Barrett and her younger sister Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi are the first sisters ever to become U.S. Army generals in the service’s 240+ year history. The Army first accepted women to serve as nurses in 1901.

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Sports

A Family Affair

Former NFL Quarterback Bob Lee takes your questions!

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Health

CONCUSSION CLUE?

How a drop of blood may tell you lifesaving info about a hit to the head.

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New Research

  • New study of 450 people using Abbott Laboratories invention.
  • Handheld device collects a few drops of blood from patient, measuring proteins in the bloodstream released when a brain injury occurs.
  • Within 15 minutes the device can predict if a patient has a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
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Why It Matters

“One of the hardest parts about treating concussions today is in diagnosing them. We have to base a diagnosis on the ‘clinical’ picture: how a person or child behaves and their symptoms. So, it would be wonderful to have a simple test that could definitively diagnose it.”

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, ER doctor, mother of 2 and author of "Mom Hacks."
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Data shows upwards of 1/2 of all concussions go undiagnosed. The Dept of Defense helped fund the research on this device which could be used in war zones. It's currently already in use in Europe to diagnose heart attacks.

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Now You Know

Fact or Fiction?

“If you look at the numbers, we’re looking at an active shooter every other week in this country.”

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Who Said This?

FBI special agent Christopher Combs said this during an interview on last week’s mass shooting in West Texas.

The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.”

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What We Know

It’s true in recent years.

From 2000 – 2018, America saw an average of 14.5 each year (less than one every other week).

*BUT* in 2017 & 2018 there was an average of 28.5 active shooter incidents each year (more than one every other week).

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Why It Matters

  • In addition to increasing in frequency over the years, active shooter incidents have become more deadly.
  • Of the more than 800 people killed by active shooters, more than a quarter were killed during 2017 and 2018 incidents.
  • No single explanation as to why the numbers recently increased.
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Despite the increase of active shooter incidents, the numbers also show they are rare considering the American population of 300M+.

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Quick Quotes

“People think you’re a little bit nuts.”

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Lt. Lindsey Norman, one of three women aboard NOAA's first all-female Hurricane Hunter flight crew currently monitoring Hurricane Dorian, flying into the eye of the deadly storm. Dorian pummeled the Bahamas and is currently traveling off the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas, bringing the risk of dangerous winds, flooding and storm surge.
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“YouTube cannot bury its head in the sand.”

FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith announcing a historic $170M settlement with YouTube owner, Google, over claims YouTube violated a federal law that prohibits tracking and collecting data on content geared towards children without parental permission.
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“The status quo is unacceptable.”

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announcing the retailer will stop selling certain ammunition and ask customers to not openly carry firearms in states where the practice is allowed. This is in reaction, in part, to a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso where 22 people were killed. The National Rifle Association says the decision victimizes law abiding gun owners and will not make Americans any safer.
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“This has been a technical matter and a technical error. Our experts unanimously say so.”

An Iranian spokesman acknowledging a failed rocket launch last week amid suspicions surrounding Iran's space program. Pres. Trump denied U.S. involvement in the failed launch, while sharing what appeared to be a reconnaissance image of the launch site.
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“I think I have a voice that should be heard.”

Former Navy SEAL James Hatch on why he is returning to the classroom as a 52-year-old college freshman at Yale University in a program for non-traditional students. Hatch's 26-year Navy career ended in 2009 after he was injured.
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Coffee Talk

An update on one of the biggest stories of the year.

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Sept. 3, 2019

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