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Illinois 8th-grader brutally beaten in anti-Persian ‘hate’ attack by classmate

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An Illinois eighth-grader is facing felony hate crime charges after he brutally attacked fellow student Omid Babakhani on Tuesday. Chicago’s CBS Channel 2 reported that 13-year-old Babakhani is now in constant pain and barely able to move, suffering from two broken collarbones and other injuries.

Babakhani said the attack came out of nowhere. He was walking down the hall on his way to class at Hannah Beardsly Middle School in Crystal Lake on what seemed like an ordinary Tuesday.

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“And I heard, ‘Hey Persian’ from behind me,” he told Channel 2.

The ethnic insult was followed by a remark about Babakhani’s mother. He said he tried to walk away from the confrontation, but the other student jumped on him.

“He put me in a head lock and slammed me to the ground and repetitively started punching my head,” Babakhani said, snapping both his collarbones in the process.

Now, with his future as a competitive swimmer in doubt, Babakhani’s parents are furious. His father told reporters, “It’s heartbreaking, but what can you do? You have to deal with it.”

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Police arrested the attacker, whose name has not been released. The student is facing felony hate crime charges and aggravated battery charges. He is currently in custody at a juvenile facility.

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Republicans lack the ‘moxie’ to defend America’s Kurdish allies in Syria: Ex-RNC Chair

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Republicans will criticize President Donald Trump on foreign policy, but lack the nerve to do anything meaningful to protect America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria, the former chair of the Republican Party explained on MSNBC on Wednesday.

MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Steele about what it would take for Republicans to serve as a check on the president.

"I think the only way to make him change his mind is -- he’s got to think they might walk," Todd said.

"Well, that would require a level of moxie that we haven’t seen from the leadership," Steele replied.

"On the foreign policy space, I think that’s the one area where we’ve seen people actually start to push back rhetorically," he noted. "But I don’t know if internally they’ve really sat down with the president and go, 'This is how damaging this is, this is how troublesome it is, and this is the problem you’re having inside the caucus.' I just don’t — at least from the folks I’ve talked to, I haven’t gotten the sense they’ve gone there yet."

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‘Ignorance at the highest level’: Intel Democrat slams Trump for bizarre letter to Turkish president

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, ripped President Donald Trump for his juvenile letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

"The White House just released the text of the less letter that the president sent to Erdo?an of Turkey, among other things, saying in the aftermath of the earlier decision by the U.S. to pull out troops, saying 'Don't be a tough guy, don't be a fool,'" said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "What is your reaction to that?"

"You know, I'll be honest, I saw this online first. I got a copy of the letter," said Quigley. "I actually thought it was a prank, a joke. It couldn't possibly come from the Oval Office. It sounded all of the world like the president of the United States, in some sort of momentary lapse, just dictated angrily whatever was on the top of his head. These are extraordinarily serious issues. And an extraordinarily dangerous part of the world."

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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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