Kurdish Forces Retake 2 Towns In Northern Iraq
Kurdish Forces Retake 2 Towns In Northern Iraq
Bon Jovi Says He Gave Chris Christie Permission to Use His Songs
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A senior Kurdish military official says his forces have retaken two towns from the Sunni militants that have seized large parts of northern Iraq. Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih said Sunday the Kurdish fighters were able to push the militants of the Islamic State group out of the villages of Makhmour and al-Gweir. The retaking of the two towns in Nineveh province is significant because it is the first victory by the Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, that until now have been in retreat. Radical Sunni fighters seized Mosul in June and then went on to take even more towns, sending tens of thousands of minorities fleeing into the Kurdish-controlled region.
Chris Christie got permission from fellow New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi to use his songs during his presidential campaign, the rocker confirmed to POLITICO through a publicist on Tuesday. Christie played Bon Jovi’s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” during his campaign announcement speech on Tuesday at his former high school in Livingston, New Jersey. “My friendships are apolitical, and yes, I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs,” Bon Jovi said in a statement through his publicist. Bon Jovi, who hosted a fundraiser for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in Red Bank, New Jersey, on Monday night, has had a friendly relationship with the New Jersey governor in the past. In 2013, Bon Jovi donated $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which was set up by Christie’s wife Mary Pat Christie.
Ted Cruz, Republican presidential candidate and noted enthusiast of “The Simpsons,” could have another job lined up if the whole running for president thing does not work out. The Texas senator “auditioned” for the voice roles of popular 'Simpsons' characters Ned Flanders and Mr. Burns on Tuesday. The video can be viewed online at Buzzfeed.com. It was posted in light of the fact that voice actor Harry Shearer--who voices Flanders, Burns and countless other characters--is leaving the show.
Jimmy Kimmel tapped into the Darndest Things school of comedy on Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, sending a producer and cameraman out to the street to find out what kids knew about gay marriage in light of the Supreme Court's recent marriage equality ruling. Per Kimmel, the bit was inspired by the frequent question posed by gay marriage critics, "How do I explain this to my kids?" As it turns out, today's youth is, for the most part, understanding and accepting of gay marriage — so long as they hear the question correctly. After she was asked if she knew what made somebody gay, one girl proudly says, "I've got a broken leg."
According to a CIA-commissioned report released on Tuesday, the CIA has consistently failed to promote minorities into its leadership ranks, and progress in building diversity at the top of the spy agency has largely stalled in the last decade. The report said, "Agency leaders, managers and supervisors do not prioritize diversity in leadership.
Halfway through 2015, the cable news trends seen in January have yet to shift. CNN remains much-improved from 2014. No. 1 Fox News Channel is enjoying its biggest gains in primetime, and MNSBC's ratings slide is continuing. All this, even as political coverage heats up with the official start of presidential campaigning. For the months of April, May and June, MSNBC ratings fell 18 percent in the primetime for an average 130,000 viewers in the news demo of adults 25-54. It also brought another low for flagship The Rachel Maddow Show, averaging a notch behind its Q1 ratings with an average 143,000 in the targeted age group.
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