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Writing for @Slate. Previously covered India for @NPRNews & @TIME.

U.S.-backed Kurdish forces drive ISIS out of Kobani.

slate.com — Kurdish forces registered an important victory in the fight against ISIS on Monday, successfully expelling the group from the contested city of Kobani on the Syrian border with Turkey. The Wall Street Journal reports Kurdish fighters were "hoisting their flags atop strategic hilltops," signifying a final turn in the Kurds...

Obama’s Gallup job approval rating at 50 percent.

slate.com — President Obama has been riding a popularity hot streak of late. Buoyed by a brightening economic outlook, and perhaps by his newfound policy assertiveness, Obama's poll numbers have steadily climbed from their pre-midterm lows last fall. On Monday, Gallup announced, the resurgent Obama, with a small boost from the State...

King Tutankhamun’s broken beard was glued back to mask in Cairo.

slate.com — Oh, the intrigue! A bit of a modern day whodunit is brewing these days at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo that is part Indiana Jones, part Mr. Bean. The two mysterious questions that need to be answered are: Who broke the 3,300-year-old beard off the famed burial mask of the...

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies.

slate.com — Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died according to Saudi Arabian state TV. The news of the King's death ricocheted around social media on Thursday, but was initially denied by journalists and other members of the Saudi Royal family. King Abdullah was admitted to the hospital last month for pneumonia,...

Russian Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles to be made in U.S.

slate.com — Recent sanctions on Russia have put trade ties with the U.S. in a deep freeze. The two countries' robust trade in Kalashnikovs-or AK-47s-has also taken a hit. The American company RWC, you see, had to halt its imports of the assault rife and cut off contact with their Russian manufacturer....

Video shows New Jersey police shooting man during traffic stop.

slate.com — A New Jersey traffic stop on Dec. 30 ended in the police fatally shooting the passenger in the car. The Bridgeton Police Department released audio and video recorded by the squad car's dashboard cam on Tuesday showing a several minute interaction that escalated quickly as one of the officers describes...

Soccer Stars drop Women’s World Cup gender discrimination suit against FIFA.

slate.com — It's pretty well known FIFA isn't exactly leading from the front when it comes to gender equality. But, even by the global soccer governing body's standards, this summer's Women's World Cup was shaping up to be a bit of a nightmare-complete with a law suit filed by 84 players against...

NFL finds New England Patriots played with under-inflated balls.

slate.com — "This is not 'Nam... there are rules." When Walter Sobchak uttered those words he was referring to bowling, but we can assume he would not be happy with the New England Patriots right now. The problem, of course, is if the Patriots intentionally released air out of the game balls...

Syrian Electronic Army hacks Le Monde Twitter feed.

slate.com — The Twitter account of French newspaper Le Monde was hacked on Tuesday night by the Syrian Electronic Army. The account was taken over around 7 p.m. ET and Mashable points out, was quickly suspended. Before the Le Monde account was suspended the hackers made reference to the recent Charlie Hebdo...

ISIS releases Japanese hostage video with $200 million ransom.

slate.com — ISIS released another video on Tuesday showing what appear to be two Japanese hostages the militants are threatening to kill unless a $200 million ransom is paid. The video identified the men as freelance journalist Kenji Goto, and Haruna Yukawa, a contractor with a private military company. Here's more on...
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Jan 26, 2015

@BenMathisLilley You don't win friends with salad or grass-fed anything during the snow-induced end of days. Carbs, the cup of life.

Jan 25, 2015

RT @solomongeorgio: Don't tell me we live in a post racial America when there's never been a famous black magician.

Jan 25, 2015

Fun fact: The motorcycle driver is also responsible for making jet engine sounds @WSJ: India’s motorcycle Dare Devils on.wsj.com/1JrmmQQ

Jan 25, 2015

RT @samirsaran: “@rahulkanwal: This is funny. Guest goes off to sleep in the middle of a TV show. Wonder how he can sleep.... noise pic.twitter.com/gX7pHTL4fE

Jan 25, 2015

Malaysia Airlines' tough run continues. But, I mean, what exactly are hackers copyrighting here? pic.twitter.com/d8RyM4beCQ

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