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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:45 PM mt

Scenes from 16 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan



U.S. officials have said Trump has given Defense Secretary James Mattis the authority to send about 4,000 additional troops to add to the roughly 8,400 already in Afghanistan. Trump ran for the presidency calling for a swift U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and he acknowledged that he was going against his instincts in approving the new campaign plan sought by his military advisers. The Taliban government was overthrown by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001 but U.S. forces have been bogged down there ever since.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:43 PM mt

Trump rally in Phoenix draws protesters from both sides



Temperatures and tempers ran hot as President Trump prepared to hold a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday evening. Crowds of Trump supporters and protesters feuded in the triple-digit heat outside the event, while many wondered whether the president would launch an attack on his critics inside the Republican Party.

Police attempted to keep Trumps fans away from the protesters, many of whom carried signs that criticized the presidents response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. The dueling crowds did taunt each other across fences and, at times, the lines were crossed. At one point, a group of protesters carrying a sign that declared F*** Trump and one that blended the presidential 45 with a Nazi swastika walked alongside the long line of the presidents supporters. The anti-Trump contingent drew an angry response from the presidents supporters, who stretched in long lines around the building that reportedly included some Trump fans who waited outside since Monday night.

Get back on the other side! shouted one of the Trump supporters.

Get a job! yelled another.

The Trump supporters cheered as a loud roar of motorcycles erupted from a nearby street.

Thats Bikers for Trump! one said, referencing a group of motorcyclists that formed during last years election to provide security for pro-Trump events.

Many of the protesters in Phoenix chanted No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA! Some also carried photos of Heather Heyer, a young woman who was killed at a right wing rally in Charlottesville when a neo-Nazi sympathizer drove his car into a crowd of protesters. Two police officers were also killed after their helicopter crashed as they attempted to respond to clashes between the right-wing rallygoers and protesters.

Trump was widely criticized for his responses to the chaos in Charlottesville as he blamed both sides for the violence rather than focusing on the white supremacists who came to the rally. The president also empathized with the rally attendees concern about the removal of Confederate monuments.

The crowds outside Trumps Phoenix rally also included several groups taking advantage of Arizonas open carry laws and brandishing rifles. One group of camouflage-clad men armed with assault rifles repeatedly said no comment as Yahoo News asked them why they came to the rally. Another group with guns and camp had signs identifying them as the John Brown Gun Club. One of the members offered a quick explanation of their presence. READ MORE by Hunter Walker/Yahoo News >>>

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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:43 PM mt

Arizona Senate ad shows McConnell-Trump feud heating up



The Republican establishment's opposition to a Trump-backed Senate candidate in Arizona is a clear sign of the fraying relationship between Trump and McConnell.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:43 PM mt

Phoenix was Trump country long before Trump



President Trump is in Phoenix for a campaign-type rally that is expected to draw some of his fiercest fans and bring thousands of anti-Trump protestors into the streets. His decision to come to Phoenix prompted mayor Greg Stanton to urge Trump to stay away lest the president inflame racial tensions in the wake of white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville. ...


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:40 PM mt

Phoenix police use tear gas pepper spray on Trump protesters



Phoenix police use tear gas to disperse ant-Trump demonstrators on Aug. 22, 2017. PHOENIX, Ariz. At the conclusion Tuesdayscampaign-style rally by DonaldTrump, police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters who had gathered to voice their displeasure with the president. After the president left the state inside the Phoenix Convention Center, police deployed pepper spray balls on the hundreds of protesters who lingered outside.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:40 PM mt

In Arizona Trump defends Charlottesville response blames media



President Trump lashed out at the media, all but promised to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and basked in the love of his supporters at a Phoenix campaign rally.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:19:40 PM mt

Tense scene as Trump supporters meet protesters in Arizona



Temperatures and tempers ran hot as President Trump prepared to hold a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday evening.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:15:33 PM mt

Trump hints at pardon for former Sheriff Arpaio



U.S. President Donald Trump hinted on Tuesday that he would issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, a controversial former sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case. Trump, who had already held out the possibility of a pardon for Arpaio, decided against announcing it at a major rally in Arizona on Tuesday night but hinted he would step in at some point.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:15:33 PM mt

Americans wish for luck in 700-million Powerball lottery jackpot



The odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world's largest lottery reward ever. Anna Domoto, spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said that even more tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night's drawing.


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Tuesday August 22, 2017 @ 11:15:33 PM mt

Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting



City councilors in Charlottesville, Virginia, voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover two statues of Confederate war heroes in black fabric after ejecting spectators from a chaotic council meeting as residents demanded answers over how a recent white nationalist rally turned deadly. It was the first council meeting since the Aug. 12 rally, when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman. Many at the meeting shouted at the councilors and Mayor Mike Signer, forcing them at one point to leave the chamber.


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