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MLK's son hits Pence for comparing Trump to his father

Pence takes hit for comparing Trump to MLKMartin Luther King Jr.’s son is criticizing Vice President Pence for invoking his father’s words to pitch President Trump’s immigration proposal.

"The vice president attempted to compare the president to Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a bridge builder, not a wall builder,” Martin Luther King III  said Monday, according to The Atlantic.

“Martin Luther King Jr. would say, ‘Love, not hate, will make America great,' " added Martin Luther King III, who was in Washington, D.C., to mark the national holiday celebrating his father.

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Second Suicide Bomb in Five Days Hits U.S. Convoy in Syria

Second Suicide Bomb in Five days hits US ConvoyA suicide bombing has hit a U.S.-Kurdish convoy in northern Syria, making it the second suicide attack to target American troops in five days.

On Thursday, two U.S. soldiers and two other Americans working for the coalition in Syria were killed in a suicide bombing in Manbij in an attack later claimed by ISIS. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says two U.S. soldiers were injured in Monday's attack and five of their Syria Democratic Forces escorts were killed.

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Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills over 100

Taliban attack on Afghan security base kills 100A Taliban attack in central Afghanistan on Monday killed scores of security personnel, officials said, with some estimates putting the death toll at more than 100, amid government silence about one of the most deadly insurgent attacks in months.

Attackers rammed a captured military Humvee packed with explosives into a training center of the National Directorate for Security in Maidan Wardak province, west of the capital Kabul. At least two gunmen followed up, spraying the compound with gunfire before they were shot down.

“We have information that 126 people have been killed in the explosion inside the military training center, eight special commandoes are among the dead,” said a senior official in the defense ministry in Kabul, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Attack in Mali Kills Eight UN Peacekeepers

8 peacekeepers killed in MaliEight U.N. peacekeepers were killed and several were wounded while repelling an attack by armed assailants near a village in northern Mali on Sunday, the West African nation’s U.N. mission said.

The identity of the attackers was not immediately clear. U.N. peacekeeping and French forces are stationed in northern Mali to combat well-armed jihadist groups seen as the gravest threat to security across Africa’s Sahel region.

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'Blatant racism': Ky. high school apologizes following backlash after video shows students surrounding indigenous marchers

Students in MAGA hates taunt Native AmericansA Catholic high school in Kentucky apologized Saturday after backlash arose on social media as a widely shared video showed a group of young men surrounding indigenous marchers in Washington, D.C.

The video shows a young man wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap standing near and staring at a man who is drumming as other young men surrounding them cheer and chant. Some of the onlookers appear to wear clothing bearing insignia from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky.

The indigenous man holding a drum was participating in an Indigenous Peoples March and was later identified as Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and Native American elder of the Omaha tribe, by Indian Country Today.

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Four Volunteers Found Guilty After Leaving Food And Water In Desert For Migrants

Judge Bernardo Velsquez convicts volunteersA federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco’s ruling Friday marked the first conviction against humanitarian aid volunteers in a decade.

The four found guilty of misdemeanors in the recent case were volunteers for No More Deaths, which said in a statement the group had been providing life-saving aid to migrants. The volunteers include Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick.

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'It's anyone's guess what happens next': Democrats shoot down Trump's plan to end shutdown

Dems reject Trump nonsense offerApparently, it didn’t work.

President Donald Trump’s offer to extend protections for some young immigrants in exchange for border wall funding and possibly bring an end to the partial government shutdown was immediately shot down by congressional Democrats who called the proposal "inadequate" and predicted it wouldn't pass either the House or the Senate.

Even before Trump officially made his speech and put protections for young immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the bargaining table, Democrats denounced the offer, saying it wasn't enough to end the historic 28-day shutdown.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Trump's proposal "unacceptable" and said it was a "non-starter' that wouldn't pass in Congress.

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Trump offers a ‘Dreamers’ deal for border-money proposal

Trumps empty offer to end shutdownIn a bid to break the shutdown impasse and fund his long-promised border wall, President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to extend temporary protection for young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But while Trump cast the move as a “common-sense compromise,” Democrats were quick to dismiss it at a “non-starter.”

Trump declared in a statement from the White House that he was “here today to break the logjam and provide Congress with a path forward to end the government shutdown and solve the crisis on the southern border.”

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FDA: Another blood pressure drug, irbesartan, recalled over cancer-causing impurity

FDA recalls another blood pressure medicationFDA inspections of factories in China and India that made carcinogen-tainted ingredients that forced dozens of recalls of blood pressure drugs in recent months show a history of problems.

Drug companies recalled dozens of lots of the front-line blood pressure and heart medications valsartan, losartan and irbesartan – alone or in combination with other drugs – after testing revealed the drugs had cancer-causing impurities in trace amounts.

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