Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported

Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today.

NPR

Congressman Tom Marino has withdrawn his name from consideration for drug czar after an explosive report from 60 Minutes and the Washington Post that detailed how Marino shepherded a bill through congress that limited the Das ability to crack down on the shipments of opioids headed to the black market. The nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis with about 142 people dying each day from overdoses.
The Justice Department announced the indictment of 2 Chinese opioid traffickers accused of making Fentanyl and powerful narcotics then selling them online to customers in the US.
US backed forces in Syria has retaken Raqqa, which ISIS called it’s capital and leaves an uncertain future for the city’s population. Airstrikes by the US and Russia have left Raqqa all but destroyed. Many civilians have been killed in the fighting, most fled and don‘t know if they will have a home to return to.
Rohyngia Muslims keep pouring into Bangladesh fleeing the violence in Myanmar. The number stands ar more than 580,000 in just over 7 weeks.
The DOW rose to just above 23k for the 1st time briefly today. Right now its at 22,981.  
Iraqi troops took back more territory from Kurdish forces in northern Iraq today one day after capturing the city of Kirkuk. The US is calling on both sides to stop fighting and negotiate their differences saying the violence is a distraction from fighting ISIS.
The president of the NCAA is speaking weeks after the FBI arrested 10people of fraud charges related to NCAA Basketball players. He says the NCAA still has the teeth to hold college sports programs accountable and restore public trust.
There is progress in California’s deadly wildfires in wine country. Yesterday some evacuations were lifted more than a week after residents fled for their lives. 41 deaths have been reported and the search continues for dozens missing. Nearly 6,000 homes and buildings were destroyed.
NFL owners will gather for a meeting to discuss player protests during the National Anthem. The League wants to end what it sees as a distraction and the players want the owners to do more to promote racial justice.

Fox News

Congressman Tom Marino has withdrawn his name from consideration for drug czar after was reported that he backed legislation that would weaken the DAs ability to go after big drug distributors. Officials say that even without a permanent leader the office of National Controlled Drug Policy is working hard to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. This statement comes after the indictment of Chinese opioid traffickers.
The head of the FCC is speaking out for the 1st time about the President’s recent suggestion that fake news could lead to a network losing it’s broadcast license. National networks are not licensed and the FCC says they do not have the authority to revoke a local station’s license based on content and the FCC will stand for the 1st Amendment.
US backed forces in Syria claimed a major victory and has recaptured the city of Raqqa, which ISIS called it’s capital. Officials say the operation may not yet be complete. There is an estimated 100 remaining ISIS militants remaining. However, across Syria and Iraq 80% of ISIS territory has been retaken.
There is progress in California’s deadly wildfires in wine country. Yesterday some evacuations were lifted more than a week after residents fled for their lives. 41 deaths have been reported and the search continues for dozens missing. Nearly 6,000 homes and buildings were destroyed.
NFL owners will gather for their annual meeting to discuss the controversy over protests during the National Anthem.
A 19 year old Ohio mother decided not to fight criminal charges and has pled guilty to attempted child endangerment for taping her 2 year old son to a wall. The toddler’s mouth was also taped shut so she could clean without being bothered. She streamed the incident live on Facebook leading child services to intervene. She could face up to 18 months in jail.
The former mayor of Tulsa, OK says a $4 million insurance payment is not enough to cover the value of her blue diamond ring lost when she took it off to wash her hands on vacation in California. AIG says her policy did not cover any increase in the rings value but she is suing for $75,000 more.

BBC

US backed forces in Syria have retaken Raqqa, which ISIS called its capital, after 4 months of fierce fighting. Flags of the Kurdish and Arab Alliance are flying over public buildings and the stadium where the final battle was fought.  
In what is seen as a major setback for the Kurdish Authority in Iraq, Central government forces have captured 2 of its strongholds and say they now control all oil fields in the Kirkuk province. A Kurdish leader says that these actions are a direct result of last month’s Kurdish independence referendum.
At a rally in Barcelona, tens of thousands of pro-independence Catalans have demanded the release of two civil society leaders who’ve been detained by the Spanish authorities. The regional government has insisted that it won’t give in to Madrid’s demand that it renounce any independence declaration by Thursday.
Declassified documents released by the American embassy in Indonesia show that the United States knew the scale of mass killings of suspected communists in the 1960s. It’s thought at least half a million people were killed within a year.
There’s been stinging criticism of President Trump after he claimed that most of his predecessors, including Barack Obama, didn’t make phone calls to console the families of deceased U.S. servicemen. Trump later backtracked, saying that Mr. Obama did sometimes. A top official from the Obama administration called the remarks an outrageous and disrespectful lie, even by Trump’s standards.
There have been clashes between anti-corruption demonstrators and riot police in the Ukrainian capitol, Kiev.
An appeals court in the state of Missouri has reversed a multi-million dollar verdict against the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, over a death allegedly linked to its talcum powder. The court said the case was heard in the wrong state.

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