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Fox News psychiatrist Keith Ablow said on Wednesday morning that President Obama's effort to de-brand the U.S. has helped push teens to join the Islamic State.

Ablow said on "Fox and Friends" that people "without a sense of self" need something to "fill them up," and turn to ISIL, according to a clip highlighted by Mediaite. Ablow then compared radical Islam to a drug.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is writing a letter to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), urging him to consider Armed Services Committee hearings on Second Amendment Rights on military bases after McCain mocked the Texas senator for claiming that the two had already spoken about the issue, according to CNN.

"Senator Cruz has been discussing this issue for a long time and he looks forward to continuing to raise it in the Senate Armed Services Committee where he serves with Chairman McCain," Cruz spokeswoman Amanda Carpenter told CNN.

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President Obama on Tuesday defended the trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with 11 Pacific countries from concerns aired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other congressional Democrats.

"I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," Obama said at a town hall with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, according to the Huffington Post. "When you hear folks make a lot of suggestions about how bad this trade deal is, when you dig into the facts, they are wrong."

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During every election cycle, there are storylines or interpretive memes that are widely repeated but turn out to be completely irrelevant or plain wrong. Early in this presidential cycle, yesterday’s cliches about the presidential race seem to be exploding all around us. Perhaps the biggest is the claim that governors make the best presidential candidates.

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CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — Rescue seemed so close at hand.

A ship with experience plucking migrants from unseaworthy smuggler's boats had arrived soon after the distress call went out. But then the fishing trawler's navigator made a maneuver that would seal the fate of the 850 people crammed inside: Instead of easing up alongside the merchant ship, he rammed it.

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