A fighter with Badr Brigades an armed Shiite group under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces loads his rifle as Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces and Sunni tribal fighters, take combat positions outside Fallujah / AP

A fighter with Badr Brigades an armed Shiite group under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces loads his rifle as Iraqi security forces and allied Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces and Sunni tribal fighters, take combat positions outside Fallujah / AP

A synchronized attack on ISIS militants by unknown persons in the city of Mosul suggests spreading unrest in the last large city held by ISIS in Iraq.

Local sources in Mosul have told Iraqi media that ISIS terrorists were shot at by unknown men in several areas in Mosul. ISIS has deployed its fighters in the city to find the shooters. This is the largest synchronized attack since ISIS occupied the city in 2014, Daesh Daily reported Friday.

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Duckworth Settles Workplace Retaliation Case to Avoid Testifying

Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Embattled Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) settled on Friday a years-long legal dispute surrounding allegations the lawmaker wrongly retaliated against employees during her tenure as the head of Illinois’ Department of Veterans Affairs.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Security Buffer Zone for GOP Convention

Protesters outside a rally for Donald Trump in San Jose, Calif. / AP

A federal judge found unconstitutional a heightened-security area proposed to surround the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, saying the 3.5 square mile “event zone” unfairly restricted free speech.

Obama Admin Frees Bin Laden’s Bodyguard From Prison

Guantanamo

The Obama administration has released from the Guantanamo Bay prison an al Qaeda terrorist who served as terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden’s personal bodyguard, according to an announcement by the Defense Department.

Top Federal Scientific Integrity Official Left Post Days Before Data Manipulation Report

Alan Thornhill

The top scientific integrity official at a federal agency that informs U.S. energy policy quietly departed this month, and the agency says that has nothing to do with a government report released around the same time that detailed widespread scientific misconduct at an agency lab.

War and Peace for Dummies

Leo Tolstoy

Do young people write novels anymore? I don’t mean Kindle erotica or derivative fantasy fiction meant for the post-Harry Potter “Y.A.” market. I mean the sort of things I used to bang around with in my rapidly disappearing youth: semi-autobiographical bildungsromans cleverly (or so their authors imagine) concealed by the third-person à la Joyce; passionately lyrical evocations of small-town and/or big-city life; book-length pastiches of Faulkner or Nabokov or Pynchon or (insert the name of your favorite flashy prose stylist), all done in Courier or some similar type-writer-looking font, or even better, on an actual typewriter—sorry, fountain pens are for dorks, not would-be Flauberts. Ah, herte mine!

Top Hillary Funder Previously Scrutinized By Muslim Groups for Racial Stereotyping

Hillary Rodham Clinton, J.B. Pritzker

Hillary Clinton, who consistently rails against the use of “offensive” and “dangerous” rhetoric on Muslims on the campaign trail, recently attended a ritzy fundraiser held by a major campaign bundler and generous funder of Clinton causes who came under fire in the past for racially stereotyping Muslims during a failed congressional run.

‘The Neon Demon’ Review

The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon—and you’ll surely know that this is Nicolas Winding Refn’s movie, as Nicolas Winding Refn’s name is prominent in the credits and Nicolas Winding Refn’s monogram appears on the title card—feels less like a narrative feature than an almost-two-hour-long music video.

The Empty Chair

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s courtroom chair is draped in black to mark his death as part of a tradition that dates to the 19th century / AP

“If you keep on blocking judges from getting on the bench, then courts cannot issue decisions,” President Obama said Thursday, in response to deadlock in the Supreme Court over his use of executive authority to liberalize immigration laws. The president blamed the defeat on the refusal of Republican senators to consider his nominee to replace the late justice Antonin Scalia. “That may have been the strategy from the start,” he went on, “but it is not a sustainable strategy. It is a strategy that will be broken by this election. Unless their basic theory is we’ll never confirm justices again.”

Top Federal Scientific Integrity Official Left Post Days Before Data Manipulation Report

Alan Thornhill

The top scientific integrity official at a federal agency that informs U.S. energy policy quietly departed this month, and the agency says that has nothing to do with a government report released around the same time that detailed widespread scientific misconduct at an agency lab.

War and Peace for Dummies

Leo Tolstoy

Do young people write novels anymore? I don’t mean Kindle erotica or derivative fantasy fiction meant for the post-Harry Potter “Y.A.” market. I mean the sort of things I used to bang around with in my rapidly disappearing youth: semi-autobiographical bildungsromans cleverly (or so their authors imagine) concealed by the third-person à la Joyce; passionately lyrical evocations of small-town and/or big-city life; book-length pastiches of Faulkner or Nabokov or Pynchon or (insert the name of your favorite flashy prose stylist), all done in Courier or some similar type-writer-looking font, or even better, on an actual typewriter—sorry, fountain pens are for dorks, not would-be Flauberts. Ah, herte mine!