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Okay, here's where things currently seem to stand: Government Shutdown Begins as Budget Talks Falter in Senate
Tillerson Says U.S. Troops Are Staying in Syria, but No One Is Sure What They Will Do There
Of course: FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump
Stormy Daniels Reveals Donald Trump Is a Lot Like Harvey Weinstein
Report: More Than A Dozen Michigan State Staffers Were Told Of Larry Nassar's Sexual Abuse And Nothing Happened
A Blot on Ireland’s Past, Facing Demolition
I don't deal with change well but, uh, the new guy is kinda dreamy: After 50 Years, Israel Philharmonic Names a New Conductor
THIS IS SO STUPID: Reality show crew allegedly tried to sneak fake bomb past airport security (The best line in that piece, obviously, is "The nine individuals, all men...")
Sigh: Pyramid schemes target Snapchat teens
Are Rats Innocent of Spreading the Black Plague?