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The Washington Post: What Americans are afraid of in the age of Trump

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Just in time for Halloween, Chapman University has released its fourth annual survey of American fears.

Among other things, the survey asks respondents how afraid they are of more than 70 scary subjects, including spiders, medical bills and thermonuclear war.

Relative to last year, the list shows there has been a shift in anxieties with the dawn of the Trump administration. “The 2017 list of fears clearly reflects political unrest and uncertainty in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president,” the study’s authors wrote.

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An elaborate Halloween display, such as this one Oct. 11, 2017, is put up in front of Matt Warshauer’s home every year in West Hartford, Conn. (Monica Jorge/Hartford Courant/AP)

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What Americans are afraid of in the age of Trump – The Washington Post

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Generation ISIS: When Children Are Taught to Be Terrorists

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Abu Shahed first realized his 11-year-old son was being brainwashed by ISIS when he saw the fourth-grader’s textbooks.

They were filled with images of “bombs, guns, machine guns, tanks, warplanes and other war symbols,” the father of four recalled.

The militant group’s black flag also featured in materials given to children at the ISIS-run school that Abu Shahed’s son was forced to attend after the militants captured the Syrian town of Al Bukamal in 2014.

“My son changed a lot at school and became very pro-ISIS,” said Abu Shahed, who now lives in Turkey with his family and like others interviewed by NBC News did not want to give his full name out of concern for relatives sill living in Syria.

“Me and my wife knew that we had a little spy at home,” he said.

As ISIS continues to lose territory across Syria, families are grappling with the effect the militants’ education system has had on their children and the reality of what could be a generation of radicalized youngsters.

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Image: Isis Schoolbooks

This diagram from a book used in an ISIS-run school shows different types of weapons. NBC News

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Doctors Fear A Potentially Deadly Disease Outbreak In Puerto Rico

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Christian Romero sat in near darkness in the stairwell of his apartment building. The glare from his phone illuminated his face, as he swiped through photos of his late brother Romsy.

“I feel like a part of me is missing,” Romero, 28, told HuffPost. He spoke calmly, but his eyes bore the weight of countless sleepless nights. “He was older than me by a year and three months. We literally grew up together, hand by hand, doing the same things, going to the same places.”

Romsy Romero died on Oct. 5. His brother says doctors told the family they suspect he was infected with leptospirosis, an animal-borne bacterial disease that can be fatal if not properly treated in time.

In the four weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, leaving the island largely without power and with limited access to drinking water, doctors fear Romsy’s case is hardly unique.

On Thursday, Puerto Rico state epidemiologist Carmen Deseda announced there are 74 suspected leptospirosis cases reported in October. The number significantly surpassed its average of 60 reported cases a year for the disease. Four of the suspected 74 cases resulted in death.

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Christian Romero shows HuffPost a photo of his late brother Romsy on Oct. 14, 2017. The family says doctors believe he died after being infected with leptospirosis.

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Trump family breaks with presidential pet tradition

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He campaigned and won vowing to shake up Washington. Now, President Donald Trump is again breaking with tradition on a more personal matter: keeping a pet at the White House.

The illustrious tradition of keeping pets in the White House dates back to Thomas Jefferson, who kept a mockingbird and a couple of bear cubs during his presidency. Throughout the years, presidential pets became celebrities of sorts.
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“It softens their image, it broadens their appeal,” Ed Lengel, chief historian at the White House Historical Association, told CNN. “They help create an atmosphere of the White House as a family, a lived-in place and not just a stiff museum, but a place where a family lives and plays and enjoys each other’s company.”
 
For an image-conscious President, Trump seems to be in little rush to add a furry friend to the White House brood, making his the only first family in modern presidential history without a pet.

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President Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad rides one of his horses.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/politics/donald-trump-presidential-pet/index.html

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Trump, ‘King of Debt,’ makes GOP fret

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As a New York businessman, Donald Trump proudly referred to himself as the “King of Debt” — he thrived on taking financial risks and routinely leveraged debt to grow his family empire.

“I’m the king of debt. I love debt,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in May 2016 at the height of the campaign — blunt and telling comments that revealed just how comfortable the real estate mogul was in using debt as a financial tool.
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But now, the mindset behind that nickname is aggravating some of the President’s Republican colleagues in Washington.

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Trump Makes False Claim on stock market, debt.

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http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/21/politics/president-donald-trump-king-of-debt-tax-reform/index.html

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Former Ole Miss, NBA player Justin Reed, 35, dies of cancer

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Justin Reed, who starred for the Ole Miss basketball team from 2000-04 and went to play three seasons in the NBA with the Celtics and Timberwolves, died early Friday morning after a battle with angiosarcoma, a form of spinal cancer, MSNewsNow.com reports.

Reed was 35.

Reed led the SEC in scoring in the 2003-04 season as a senior at Ole Miss, and in 2001, he earned the conference’s Freshman and Newcomer of the Year honors. He was All-SEC all four years of his collegiate career.

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Justin Reed

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http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/news/justin-reed-death-cancer-ole-miss-celtics-timberwolves/ido519xz10nl1tpma7et5ytrx

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Scientists Hatch Bold Plan to Save Planet From Supervolcano

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Humans have witnessed many cataclysmic volcanic eruptions, from the one that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. to the extraordinary Krakatoa eruption of 1883. But around the world right now there are about 20 so-called “supervolcanoes” that could outdo them all.

One of these monster volcanoes lurks beneath Yellowstone National Park. The Yellowstone Caldera is an enormous craterlike depression measuring 30 miles by 45 miles and filled with molten material (magma). If it were to blast its innards out in a super-eruption, it’s no exaggeration to say that the human race could be imperiled.

But scientists at NASA have sketched the rough outlines of a plan that they say would not only spare us from a deadly super-eruption but also turn the Yellowstone supervolcano into a source of electric power. In a write-up of the plan first shared with the BBC, the team argues that we could siphon heat from the caldera until it becomes too cool to erupt — and convert the geothermal energy into electricity.

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Aerial view, Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.Peter Adams / Getty Images

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