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The White House has been bugged.

Reporters in the basement press offices spotted something suspicious last week, the National Journal reports.

A cockroach.

“It was the size of a small drone,” says Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University.
It’s not the first time the White House has had a problem with critters. First lady Barbara Bush once ran into a rat that “did not look like a Walt Disney friend,” she told reporters.

Syrian rebels, by the numbers

Of the 100,000 rebels fighting against the Syrian regime, as many as 45,000 are aligned with al-Qaida or Islamist hardliners, IHS Jane’s will report this week, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

The fighters are splintered into as many as 1,000 bands, the defense analyst and consulting group finds.
“The idea that it is mostly secular groups leading the opposition is just not borne out,” says Charles Lister, author of the analysis.

 

Excerpts from This Just In published in the Tribune-Review on Sept. 17. This Just In, compiled by M.S. Scully, appears in the print edition of the Trib on Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

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