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Fourteen US airmen suspended over ‘illegal drug activity’ at nuclear missile base

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Fourteen airmen who helped secure a U.S. complex in Wyoming that includes nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles have been suspended from their duties due to an investigation of “illegal drug activity,” the U.S. military said on Friday.

“The drug allegations involving these 14 airmen are credible,” said Air Force General Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command. He added that the allegations involved activities by the junior airmen during their off-duty hours.

Rand, speaking to reporters, declined to detail the kinds of drugs involved or say whether the allegations extended to the sale and distribution of illegal substances.

Prior to being pulled from their duties in the 90th missile wing, the airmen helped secure F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, as well as its surrounding missile complex, Rand said.

“The investigation began after an airman became aware of the suspected drug activity and promptly alerted (authorities),” he said.

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The probe came two years after a series of scandals involving U.S. nuclear missile forces triggered a reform effort. Those scandals also included drugs and extended to missile launch officers who cheated on their proficiency exams.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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News flash: Trump’s no racist!

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The gap that Donald Trump continually shows us between word and deed is remarkable. He lets words hurt while ignoring the substance of what the words mean.

That public words that various people, from both in and out of government or politics, say about him seem to matter a whole lot more than actual events, scandals or bad governmental behavior reflecting on his presidency. We’re used to it by now, numb really, so, it seems useful to step back and look at the pattern.

Even so, his tweets on Sunday telling four rebellious first-year congresswomen, citizens who are all of color, that they should return to where they came from “to go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” is an insult that crosses all borders. As it happens, three of the four are American-born, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mich.) has been a naturalized citizen since age 12.

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Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.

The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.

"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"

Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.

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Pacific leatherback sea turtles are one of eight turtle species the Fisheries Service has identified as most at risk of extinction. The number of West Pacific leatherback sea turtles declined about 6% a year from the 1980s through 2011.

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