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DECEMBER 20, 2018


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The Story

The Trump admin is pulling all US forces out of Syria.

Take me back.

A few years back, the terror group ISIS gained ground in places like Iraq and Syria. There are a few involved in the fight to stop them: the US, Turkey, Syrian rebels and Kurdish rebels, Russia, Iran, and the Syrian gov. All working to get ISIS out of the region – but each side with a different motive. See: this. ISIS has been losing ground. Now, we're here.

What's the latest?

Yesterday, President Trump said that ISIS has been defeated in Syria. So he's ordered the military to get American forces out within the next 30 days. The admin says it's time to move on to the next phase of the fight against ISIS and that it'll continue to work with allies to take down the group "wherever it operates."

How are people reacting?

The announcement surprised pretty much everyone. Lawmakers – including some Republicans – want more info on all this. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said if former President Obama had done this "all of us would be going nuts." Some are worried about leaving Kurdish fighters (a US ally) in a tough spot – and that it could maybe make it hard for the US to gain trust from others in the future. The defense secretary is apparently concerned that this leaves Russia and Iran the major power-players in the region. And others are worried that ISIS isn't totally defeated and could regroup. But otherwise, good rollout.


This was one of Trump's campaign promises. Now that he's delivered on it, there's mounting concern it will create more problems in an already strenuous area.


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The DOJ isn't feeling the love either. Yesterday, a federal judge struck down DOJ policies around claiming asylum. Reminder: people can claim asylum and get legal protection in the US if they're facing or could face persecution back home for one of the following: their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or "membership in a particular social group." The last one typically includes people who faced gang or domestic violence. But earlier this year, the DOJ said those types of violence don't fit that category. Advocates said that changing the rule could affect thousands of people trying to escape serious violence. Now a federal judge is stepping in, saying that the DOJ can't make edits to immigration law – that's up to Congress. The DOJ said it's reviewing its options.

What to say while turning up the thermostat in your apartment…

A little higher. Yesterday, the Fed raised interest rates for the fourth time this year. But before you start freaking out about how that affects your credit card bill, it looks like there won't be as many hikes next year. Here's the thing: hiking interest rates means the economy's doing really well. So pumping the brakes on that isn't an immediate SOS. But it does mean that next year, the economy is expected to grow at a slower pace. Meanwhile, Congress is also saying 'show me the money.' Yesterday, the Senate approved a short-term spending bill that would fund the gov through February. The bill doesn't include the $5 billion for the border wall President Trump was hoping for – but this GoFundMe campaign could help him out. Now it's up to the House and Trump to give it the OK by Friday night.

What people are still upset about…

The Catholic Church. Surprise. Illinois' attorney general released a report that said the state's dioceses failed to report hundreds of priests and clergy members accused of sex abuse. This investigation started after the bombshell Pennsylvania grand jury report on sex abuse allegations dropped earlier this year. Now, Illinois' AG is telling us what she found: almost 700 priests and clergy members were accused of sex abuse there – but the dioceses have only named 185 publicly. She says the cases either haven't been investigated properly or at all by the church. Not a good look. Neither is this: actress Eliza Dushku is accusing CBS of firing her after she confronted a co-worker for allegedly harassing her. This comes days after a report came out about a $9.5 million settlement she made with the network over all this.

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Heeey, batter batter. The MLB is letting players from Cuba join the league without having to defect. Which they've had to do because of a US embargo. This comes after years of negotiating to make it easier for these players to get into the MLB. The US gov still has to sign off on it – and if it does, the deal will be in place through late 2021.

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Keep the change, ya filthy animal.



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