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Iran state media claims 30 killed in missile strike — but no casualties reported by US or Iraq

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General Qasem Suleimani in civil dress during a public ceremony in 2015. Photo by the Ali Khamenei website.

The Iranian government “caught America off guard” with ballistic missile attacks at military bases in Iraq that house US troops — and Iranian state media are claiming to have killed 30 American service members, according to the Tehran bureau chief for NBC News. But Iraq’s military said it sustained no casualties and President Donald Trump said initial casualty assessments indicated “all is well”.

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Ali Arouzi reports Iran state media is claiming to have killed 30 troops, though Arouzi noted that the report has not been confirmed and CNN is reporting that the casualties were Iraqi soldiers, not Americans.

He said “Iran is all in right now” and “all bets are off.”

“If the U.S. retaliates, this is going to blow up beyond any imagination,” he Arouzi warned.

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Expert: Trump’s ‘forward-leaning posture’ and ‘body tics’ are cause for serious concern

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A professor of Neurology at George Washington University says he believes there may be legitimate concerns over President Donald J. Trump's "forward-listing posture" that goes beyond the comical memes and gif responses normally shared on social media.

"I know something about political figures and observable signs of illness from afar," Richard E. Cytowic M.D. wrote in Psychology Today. "... The American public deserves an accurate account of our president’s health."

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Armed guards at Florida polling site say they were sent by the Trump campaign

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Two armed men set up a tent outside of an early voting location in St. Petersberg, Florida, saying that they were the Trump campaign.

"The Sheriff [Bob Gualtieri] told me the persons that were dressed in these security uniforms had indicated to sheriff's deputies that they belonged to a licensed security company and they indicated, and this has not been confirmed yet, that they were hired by the Trump campaign," said Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus.

"The sheriff and I take this very seriously," Marcus said. "Voter intimidation, deterring voters from voting, impeding a voter's ability to cast a ballot in this election is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any way shape, or form. So we anticipated many things going into this election. Not only cybersecurity, but physical security, and we had a plan in place and executed that plan."

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Seth Meyers says Trump is so checked out he sounds like he’s already packing his stuff

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President Donald Trump's closing message on his 2020 campaign career appears to be "'60 Minutes' was mean to me," and he doesn't really want to be in the White House anymore, said Seth Meyers during his "Closer Look" segment Wednesday.

Speaking about Trump's recent decision to walk out of a "60 Minutes" interview, Myers noted that it doesn't appear that Trump's heart is really in it anymore. Apparently, presidenting is no longer for once you start getting indicted.

"You can almost picture him on the other end of the phone in the White House packing his things in a cardboard box, not really paying attention, making half-hearted sh*t up because he knows it's what they want to hear," said Meyers.

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