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CDC to parents: Consider circumcising your sons, because benefits outweigh the risks

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the benefits of circumcising male infants outweigh the risks. The CDC suggested that parents consider the procedure for their sons and said that insurers should pay for it.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the health organization released draft guidelines for circumcision and is opening the document to public comment for 45 days before finalizing them.

These are the first federal guidelines in the U.S. regarding circumcision. The agency has been studying the issue for nearly a decade to determine whether the practice is a truly beneficial measure or an outdated religious rite with no medical purpose.

Male circumcision is an ancient practice historically associated with the Jewish and Muslim faiths in which the foreskin is cut away from the tip of the penis. Removal of the foreskin has been demonstrated to inhibit the growth and proliferation of certain bacteria and viruses at the site.

The CDC guidelines cite studies which found that circumcised men are significantly less susceptible than uncircumcised men to penile cancers, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases.

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Researchers first began to examine the possibility that circumcision is beneficial to male sexual health after a cluster of influential studies found that circumcised men in Africa had a lower rate of HIV infection than uncircumcised men.

The results are bound to stir controversy among anti-circumcision activists, who believe that circumcision is cruel and of dubious medical benefit.

A small percentage of circumcisions result in scar tissue on the penis which could decrease sexual sensitivity. There have been medical accidents in which the tip of a baby’s penis is severed, but pro-circumcision advocates argue that these are rare occurrences.

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One anti-circumcision group called Bloodstained Men toured the U.S. this year, committing acts of civil disobedience and demonstrating at courthouses across the country.


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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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