KTTH Morning Update – June 16, 2014

By Neal McNamara | June 16, 2014

The situation in Iraq worsens

Talking to the Enemy: The U.S. and Iran may enter talks to save Iraq. Both the U.S. and Iran want to prevent the Jihadist ISIS – now also called ISIL, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – from destroying the country and establishing a Sunni Muslim caliphate. Iran has sent 500 troops to fight alongside Iraqi security forces. Iran and Iraq’s ruling parties are Shi’ite Muslims.

ISIL/ISIS Capture More Cities: As the U.S. talked about possible airstrikes, and talked about talking to Iran about defending Iraq – lots of talking – the Jihadists storming across Iraq captured more cities. The Jihadists are within an hour’s drive of Iraq, and knocked out more small cities in northern Iraq earlier Monday.

Gang Members Get Through Border: The National Review has discovered that known gang members are being allowed to enter the U.S. through the Mexico border to be reunited with their families. The vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 confirmed that gang member are being allowed to enter the U.S., including members of the dreaded MS-13 Mara Salvatrucha gang.

Obama’s War on Climate Change Skeptics: Obama during a commencement address at the University of California at Irvine told graduates to challenge climate change skeptics aggressively, likening skeptics to people who believe that the moon is “made of cheese.” Congress is “full of folks who stubbornly reject the scientific evidence,” he continued.

Starbucks Offers Better than $15 Minimum: The local Seattle coffee mega-chain Starbucks will begin offering a free ride to finish college to most of its 135,000 baristas in the U.S.  The benefit will allow Starbucks workers to complete their junior and senior years at Arizona State University – online – totally free of charge. Baristas who average at least 20 hours per week are eligible.

Casey Kasem Dead at 82: The king of radio countdowns, the prince of New Year’s Eve, and the voice of Shaggy from “Scooby Doo” died over the weekend at a Gig Harbor hospital. Kasem had suffered from dementia, and his final months were marked by a family battle for control over his affairs.

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