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"Rising and Other Stories" by Gale Massey; Bronzeville Books (142 pages, $28) ——— In Gale Massey’s new short story collection, characters are balanced on the edge: on the rim of the Grand Canyon, on a diving board above a pool full of danger, on the verge of escaping a loveless home, on the shore of an ocean they might walk into or the lip of a bottle of pills they might take too many of. How ...

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Pope Francis arrived in Iraq on Friday to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after yea…

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SEN. RAND PAUL: "Joe Biden voted for the Iraq war, which President Trump has long called the worst geopolitical mistake of our generation." — Tuesday.

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KAYLEIGH MCENANY, White House press secretary: “You have this President who, when Washington was unanimous in saying, ‘We’re going into Iraq,’ this President said, ‘No, that’s not the right decision.’” — news briefing Tuesday.

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TRUMP: “The savage ISIS caliphate has been 100% destroyed under the Trump administration.” — remarks Saturday at West Point graduation ceremony.

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JOE BIDEN, saying President Barack Obama asked him to get 156,000 troops out of Iraq: “I did that.”

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Biden repeated his false claim that he opposed the war in Iraq from the moment the war began.

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BIDEN: "I was asked to bring 156,000 troops home from that war, which I did. I led that effort."

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Last week's military clash with Iran shines a new spotlight on foreign policy — and Biden. The former Delaware senator and two-term vice president has struggled for almost two decades to explain his 2002 vote to authorize military action against Iraq. Foreign policy should be a strength for him. But the Iraq vote, among other questionable decisions, gives his rivals legitimate lines of attack.

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