The only candidate not playing into ISIS hysteria is Bernie Sanders, and he's surging in the polls

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U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to grab all the media attention, and Hillary Clinton remains a Wall Street favorite--so why is underdog Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders suddenly surging again in the polls? In a Guardian op-ed, Trevor Timm argues that part of the reason is his common-sense, non-hysterical approach to ISIS/ISIL and related Islamist terrorist threats.

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All Los Angeles schools closed over 'credible threat' of terror attack (Update: Hoax)

A sign at Hamilton High School in LA, Dec. 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

UPDATE, 1034am PT: NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says NYC got the same threats as LAUSD did, and determined it to be a hoax. Bratton says LA authorities are massively overreacting. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck disagrees.

Wouldn't be a Tuesday in America without an incident of mass violence or a threat of one.

“Officials closed all Los Angeles Unified School District campuses Tuesday morning after receiving a 'credible threat' of violence involving backpacks and packages left at campuses,” the Los Angeles Times was among the first to report today. LAUSD is America's second-largest school district, with more than 700,000 students.

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CA state Corrections worker hit and threw hot coffee on volleyball-playing Muslim guy in park

Denise Slader attacking an American man who happened to be Muslim. [Rasheed Albeshari]

A woman who works for California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (they handle prisons and parole and stuff) is under investigation after she was filmed mocking a Muslim man who was praying in a Bay Area park.

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“Your son died as a martyr” text to a mom reveals third Bataclan attacker

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A mother in northeast France received a text from a phone traced to Syria: “Your son died as a martyr Nov. 13.”

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MSNBC apologizes for live broadcast from inside San Bernardino shooter's home

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"We regret that we briefly showed images of photographs and identification cards that should not have been aired without review," said MSNBC after doing precisely that earlier today in San Bernardino.

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UK votes to start bombing Syria

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Within hours or days, the UK plans to begin bombing Syria.

After an extensive debate, UK lawmakers have voted 397-223 to join France in the US-led international military campaign against the Islamic State or ISIS, aka “Daesh.”

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Video time-lapse of terrorist attacks from 2000-2015

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Designer Milan R. Vuckovic produced this video time-lapse of terrorist attacks around the world over the last 15 years. Only attacks with 20 or more fatalities were included. Read the rest

22 killed, many hostages reportedly taken in Mali hotel attack

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22 are reported dead after gunmen stormed the luxury Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali's capital earlier today.

The attackers reportedly took up to 170 hostages before Malian special forces stormed the building to free the captives. The government of France, Mali's former colonial power, has dispatched 50 commandos to the Saharan nation.

The remaining hostages were freed in the shootout, reports USA Today, and the gunmen killed.

Mali is in the grip of unrest following a 2012 military coup and Islamist insurgency in the north of the country.

Reuters reports that al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Mourabitoun has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes soon after 129 died in a series of bombings and shootings across Paris.

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Boko Haram, not ISIS, is the world's deadliest terrorist group

Weapons captured from Boko Haram. [Reuters]

A new Global Terrorism Index annual report claims Boko Haram in Nigeria is the world's deadliest extremist group, with the grim honor of having killed more people than ISIS (or “Daesh”), to which it is linked.

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ISIS threatens NYC and DC

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ISIS, or as they hate to be called, Daesh, released a video online Wednesday threatening an imminent attack on New York City.

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Jewish teacher in France stabbed in anti-Semitic hate crime by terrorism supporters

Trench soldiers patrol in the subway in Marseille, France, Nov. 15, 2015, following the series of deadly attacks in Paris on Friday. REUTERS

In France, police are searching for three terrorism supporters who stabbed a Jewish school teacher at a Jewish school in Marseille.

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Carnage returns to Nigeria as Boko Haram terrorist attack kills 30, wounds 80 or more

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An overnight blast blamed on the Islamic extremist terror organization Boko Haram killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria.

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Beard club members taking a selfie were mistaken for terrorists by Swedish police

Beard club members at their photoshoot. [Bearded Villians/YouTube]

Swedish police swarmed on this gentlemanly beard club who were taking a group photo, because the cops received a call from a worried onlooker who believed the group was a a terrorist meet-up. It was not ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda, or anything like that. Just a meeting of a beard enthusiast club. Wonder if the ending would have been as mellow if they hadn't all been white guys.

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Organized crime gangs keep trying to sell radioactive material to terrorists

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In the last five years, criminal gangs in Moldova have been stopped four times from selling radioactive materials, including bomb-grade uranium, on the black market. You have to wonder if they have also succeeded one or more times, and we just don't know about it yet.

From AP:

In that operation, wiretaps and interviews with investigators show, a middleman for the gang repeatedly ranted with hatred for America as he focused on smuggling the essential material for an atomic bomb and blueprints for a dirty bomb to a Middle Eastern buyer.

In wiretaps, videotaped arrests, photographs of bomb-grade material, documents and interviews, AP found that smugglers are explicitly targeting buyers who are enemies of the West. The developments represent the fulfillment of a long-feared scenario in which organized crime gangs are trying to link up with groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaida — both of which have made clear their ambition to use weapons of mass destruction.

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CIA boss John Brennan drafted this never-sent apology letter to senators over the CIA hacking

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“The CIA accidentally released a document to me under FOIA and then asked that I refrain from posting it,” says VICE reporter Jason Leopold. He declined their request.

Suspect in custody after 9 killed in gun massacre at church

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A suspect is reportedly in custody after a gunman entered a church in Charleston, Carolina then shot dead nine worshippers. Read the rest

Turkey blocks Twitter and YouTube

The BBC reports that the courts want to prevent the spread of photos from last week's deadly siege which ended in the deaths of two terrorists and their hostage. Read the rest

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