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SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan

The United States will pull thousands of troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by November, the top American commander for the Middle East said Wednesday, as President Donald Trump tries to make good on his campaign promise to get America out of “endless wars.”

During a visit to Iraq, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the reduction in Iraq — from about 5,200 troops to about 3,000 — reflects the Trump administration’s confidence in the ability of U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces to handle the militant threat from the Islamic State group.


Chicago murder rate cut 'roughly in half' since before Operation Legend: AG Barr

The federal government through Operation Legend has "reversed" Chicago's surge in violence, making more than 500 arrests and charging 124 people with federal criminal charges since it started, officials announced. U.S. Attorney General William Barr said during a Wednesday morning press conference in the Windy City that the federal program had helped decrease Chicago's murder rate to the lowest it's been "at any time" since April, cutting the rate "roughly in half since before the operation."


Amazon adding 33K corporate jobs with average $150K compensation

Amazon is adding 33,000 new corporate jobs, the tech giant announced in a blog post Wednesday.

The corporate job additions come ahead of the tech giant's first virtual "Career Day" on Sept. 16, which will give job seekers of all levels and interests the opportunity to attend live-streamed discussions and interviews with industry leaders, according to the event website.

"COVID-19 continues to affect millions of people across the country, and people are eager for the opportunity to get back to work," Beth Galetti, Amazon senior vice president, human resources, said in a statement Wednesday. “We've created more jobs in the U.S. over the past decade than any other company – and we are continuing to hire people from all backgrounds and at all skill levels."


Mortgage demand from homebuyers surges 40% from a year ago amid sales spree

The end of August usually marks the beginning of the slow season for housing, but as with everything else, this year’s trends are like no other.

Mortgage applications to purchase a home rose 3% last week from the previous week and were a stunning 40% higher from a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. The year-on-year comparison is usually in single digits. While it may have been skewed slightly by the Labor Day holiday,which fell earlier last year, purchase demand is still running significantly higher than a year ago.


BLM Activist Arrested for Running Over Trump Supporter in Washington

On Saturday, people held a memorial for Trump supporter Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson who was gunned down by BLM/”100% Antifa” Michael Reinoehl in Esther Short Park in Vancouver, Washington. Some of the people then went to Charlie’s Bar and Grill after the memorial.

But in the bar, a man, alleged to be Charles “Robbie” Holliday-Smith began to get aggressive with the group, according to Rex Fergus.

But now Holliday-Smith has been arrested and faces charges including first-degree assault and felony hit-and-run.



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