Al-Baghdadi Killed and Katie Hill

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Mission Completed

The Headline

ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed by Special Ops

The Grind

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, founder and leader of ISIS, was killed last weekend during a dangerous nighttime raid in northwest Syria.

Speaking Sunday in the Diplomatic Room, President Trump described a dangerous operation to take down the “world’s No. 1 terrorist leader.”

Up to 70 troops participated in the raid, which took 8 helicopters and a warplane through Russian airspace and conflict zones to reach Baghdadi’s compound in Idlib province.

Troops engaged in a firefight for about two hours before entering the compound through a hole blown in the side. Military canines chased Baghdadi to the end of the hallway, where he activated a suicide vest to avoid capture.

Baghdadi’s three young children were killed in the explosion, but 11 other children were rescued from the compound unharmed. No US troops were killed during the raid.

The Details

Baghdadi was “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way,” said Trump, who watched the raid in real-time in the Situation Room. “He died like a dog, he died like a coward.”

The US Government, which was prepared to offer a $25 billion bounty for the death of Baghdadi, has been looking for the terrorist for years.

“Capturing or killing al-Baghdadi has been the top national security priority of my administration,” Trump told reporters. “He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone.”

On-site DNA testing confirmed Baghdadi’s death, which has been declared several times in the past by Russia and Iraq.



Bad News

The Headline

Media attacks Katie Hill over polyamorous affair

The Grind

Freshman Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) is suffering some seriously bad press after a RedState investigation revealed that she and her husband, Kenny Heslep, were involved in a polyamorous relationship with a Congressional staffer.

RedState also got its hands on a slew of nude photos and several text messages indicating Hill may have a drinking problem.

Hill’s attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Daily Mail Thursday after the tabloid published a series of intimate photos of Hill and the staffer that did not appear in the RedState report.

The Details

“It is this writer’s view that events that occur within a marriage or affairs that lead to its demise should be kept between the parties involved and are not the business of the general public,” writes RedState journalist Jennifer Van Laar, who broke the story.

When those events or affairs occur within one of the parties’ workplace, though, and that workplace is the United States Congress, the public should know about them as they determine that elected official’s fitness to serve.”

Hill ended the ménage à trois in May to ‘focus on impeachment proceedings,’ after which Heslep claimed she had also been involved with her Legislative Director, Graham Kelly.

Hill denies having a relationship with Kelly and there is no proof to suggest an improper relationship occurred.

The Takeaway

Why are we attacking Katie Hill? Everyone has a personal life, and there are things best left out of the headlines.

Unfortunately we live in the era of technology, when any person in power can be taken down over some little detail (especially since the media likes to take things out of context). Critics are claiming sexual misconduct based on the belief that a person cannot truly consent to sex if the person they are with signs their paycheck – but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

The trio, which considered the relationship long-term and committed, took several vacations together and agreed to continue the relationship when Hill moved to DC in January 2019.

My only concern here is that Hill – as a member of the Oversight & Reform and Armed Services Committees, has access to extremely sensitive national security information (making her an easy blackmail target).




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