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ESPN Football Analyst Walks Away, Disturbed by Brain Trauma on Field

Peter CunninghamIf Ed Cunningham had not already seen enough, he would be back in a broadcast booth on Saturday afternoon, serving as the color analyst for another top college football game televised on ABC or ESPN. It is the work he has done each fall for nearly 20 years.

But Cunningham, 48, resigned from one of the top jobs in sports broadcasting because of his growing discomfort with the damage being inflicted on the players he was watching each week. The hits kept coming, right in front of him, until Cunningham said he could not, in good conscience, continue his supporting role in football’s multibillion-dollar apparatus.

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Rightwing alliance plots assault to 'defund and defang' America's unions

Rightwing alliance out to destroy US unionsRightwing activists across the US have launched a nationwide campaign to undermine progressive politicians by depriving them of a major source of support and funding – public sector unions.

A network of conservative thinktanks with outposts in all 50 states has embarked on a “breakthrough” campaign designed to strike a “mortal blow” against the American left. The aim is to “defund and defang” unions representing government employees as the first step towards ensuring the permanent collapse of progressive politics.

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Flash Floods Hit Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, after Harvey Makes Landfall

Beaumont, Texas floodedThe Texas cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur were watery wastelands Wednesday after they felt the wrath of Harvey.

The storm that inundated Houston swamped the cities with a record 30 inches of rainfall, unleashed flash flooding that police said claimed two lives in Beaumont and forced hundreds of residents to flee to local shelters.

For many there was no escape from the water.

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Mattis: Transgender troops can keep serving pending study

Transgender ban halted pending studyDefense Secretary James Mattis announced Tuesday that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study.

The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis to explore how to handle those currently serving in the armed forces.

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Mattis responds to Trump: US 'never out of diplomatic solutions' on North Korea

DefGeneral Mattisense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday sought to downplay President Trump’s earlier assertion that seemed to rule out a diplomatic solution to North Korea's ongoing missile tests.

"The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Mattis broke from that view, telling reporters asking about the tweet at the Pentagon, “We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”

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UN: Israel settlements big hurdle to two-state solution

UN: Israeli settlements illegal, obstacles to peaceAntonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, has lashed out at Israel's illegal settlement activity, calling it a "major obstacle" to achieving a two-state solution and peace with the Palestinians.

"There is no plan B to the two-state solution," he said on Tuesday after meeting Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

"A two-state solution, end to occupation, creating conditions to end the suffering of the Palestinian people are the only way to guarantee that peace is established," Guterres added.

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1,850 U.S. leaders to Trump: Don't kill DREAMer protection program

Leaders plead with Trump to save SACA prograMore than 1,850 leaders from around the country pleaded with President Trump on Wednesday to preserve an Obama administration program that protects DREAMers from deportation.

Trump is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which President Barack Obama created. It has granted deportation protections to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

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Trump Punishes Longtime Aide After Angry Phoenix Speech, Sources Say

George Gigcos firedDonald Trump was in a bad mood before he emerged for a confrontational speech in Arizona last week.

TV and social media coverage showed that the site of his campaign rally, the Phoenix Convention Center, was less than full. Backstage, waiting in a room with a television monitor, Trump was displeased, one person familiar with the incident said: TV optics and crowd sizes are extremely important to the president.

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Judge dismisses Palin defamation lawsuit against New York Times

Sarah Palin loses lawsuit against NYTA federal judge on Tuesday dismissed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times, concluding that she had failed to show that the Times had defamed her in a June staff editorial.

Palin, the running mate of GOP presidential nominee John McCain in 2008, filed the complaint after the Times published an editorial that seemed to link Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ 2011 shooting to an advertisement from Palin’s political action committee.

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