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July 31, 2014
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As a new study determined a link between depression and cognitive decline, a separate study has suggested there may be a way to determine suicide risk from a blood test.

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University found that DNA could play a key role in determining someone's risk of suicide. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, found that the gene SKA2, which is involved in stress reaction, could predict suicide risk. The researchers conducted three experiments on brain samples from the deceased, and they conducted another three experiments using blood.

The Johns Hopkins team has previously studied postpartum depression risk factors, which they found were related to the body's level of the stress hormone cortisol. The new study found that people with less SKA2 had higher cortisol levels. In the study, researchers found that the brains of those who had died from suicide had less SKA2 than the brains of those who had died from other causes.

The researchers were then able to predict suicide risk with "80 to 90 percent accuracy based on the severity of the risk," The Daily Beast reports. The doctors are now planning to test new samples from military soldiers.

"If we can identify who is at risk, we may be able to intervene in effective ways," Dr. Zachary Kaminsky, lead author of the study, told The Daily Beast. "Notably, we could identify individuals in military populations who are more vulnerable to stress. We know they're going to be experiencing stress when they go off to combat." Meghan DeMaria

1:12 a.m. ET

The celebrate the eagerly anticipated new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi, Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show took snippets from the previous eight Star Wars films to recreate Hanson's last No. 1 single, "MMMBop." You might have to watch the video a few times to catch all the characters contributing to the mashup, or to marvel at all the times a Star Wars character said "bop" (or something close enough), but Yoda — who was not the last Jedi — properly gets the last word. Watch below. Peter Weber

1:01 a.m. ET

A man who served in Vietnam with Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore thought it would be a good idea on Monday night to share what he obviously thought was a charming story about the time the two went to a brothel that had girls who were "certainly pretty" but "young, some were probably very young."

Moore has been accused by several women of groping them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s, but that didn't stop Bill Sailing from recounting his fond memory during a Moore rally ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election. He told the crowd they had been invited to go to a "private club" by a third unnamed man, and they went because there were "legitimate private clubs." When they arrived, "it turned out to be a brothel," he continued. "We walked inside. I could tell you what I saw, but I don't want to."

The crowd laughed, and Sailing kept going. "Roy turned to me in less time than it took for someone to come up to us, and there were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls, they were young, some were probably very young, I don't remember." He said Moore told him, "We shouldn't be here, I'm leaving," and they went back to the base camp, leaving their other friend behind. The Moore he knew, Sailing finished, was "honorable, disciplined, morally straight, highly principled." Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

12:44 a.m. ET
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Stephen Bannon, Breitbart News chairman and former strategist to President Trump, was a main speaker at Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's closing rally in Midland City on Monday night, and he pitched Moore as a Trump-like economic nationalist who will help bring an end to Trump's troubles in Washington. He had some barbs for the Republicans who have criticized Moore or stayed on the sidelines, including an implicit rebuke of Ivanka Trump, who'd said "there is a special place in hell for people who prey on children," as Moore is accused of having done. "There's a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better," Bannon said.

Bannon also had plenty to criticize about the news media, or "opposition party," accusing news organizations of trying to personally destroy Moore, presumably by reporting the collaborated accusations from several women about Moore fondling or dating them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Bannon made an ill-advised dig at Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, too.

"By the way, Morning Joe, you called me a Yankee the other day, just because I'm from Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy," Bannon said. "That's right, Joe, I got into some Yankee schools, Georgetown and Harvard, that I don't think you made the cut on, brother. Just because a Southerner went to a Yankee school, Joe, doesn't make you a Yankee." Scarborough, a native of Georgia, is a graduate of the University of Alabama — as is Moore, who got his law degree there in 1977. Scarborough saw the easy pitch and swung.

Other speakers at the rally included former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Moore's former Vietnam War friend Bill Sailing, and his wife, Kayla Moore. Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday's special election. Peter Weber

December 11, 2017
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It doesn't matter that President Trump said in June he is withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate change accord, actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday, because the rest of the world is still on board.

"The private sector didn't drop out, the public sector didn't drop out, the universities didn't drop out, the scientists didn't drop out, the engineers didn't drop out," he told reporters in Paris. "No one else dropped out. Donald Trump pulled Donald Trump out of the Paris agreement, so don't worry about that." Schwarzenegger was in town to meet with Mayor Anne Hidalgo, and even rode up to Paris City Hall on a green bike. He was there as founder of the nonprofit R20, which works with governments to develop clean energy sources as a way to combat carbon emissions.

Schwarzenegger said that those at the "sub-national level are going to pick up the slack and continue on," fighting for their children and grandchildren because "that is our responsibility and no one will stop us." He also recommended that when people talk about climate change, they focus on how it affects someone's health rather than focusing on glaciers melting and sea levels rising. "This is what people can relate to," he said. "People want to survive. That is the way the human brain is wired." Catherine Garcia

December 11, 2017

Well, that settles it then: While introducing her husband at a rally Monday night in Midland City, Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, said that "fake news will tell you that we don't care for Jews," but that just can't be true because "one of our attorneys is a Jew!"

"We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them," she added. Last week, The Washington Examiner notes, Roy Moore told an Alabama radio host that George Soros, the Jewish liberal fundraiser, "is going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going. And that's not a good place."

After defending the candidate against accusations of anti-Semitism, Kayla Moore moved on to defending him against accusations of racism. "Fake news would also have you think that my husband doesn't support the black community," she said. "Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court. We have many friends that are black and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home." Moore stopped herself before crowing about how great her husband is with kids. Catherine Garcia

December 11, 2017

Standing outside of a Roy Moore rally in Midland City on the eve of Alabama's special Senate election, peanut farmer Nathan Mathis held a photo of his daughter, Patti Sue Mathis, and a sign with a strong message.

"Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis a pervert because she was gay," the sign read. "A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls ages 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worst kind. Please don't vote for Roy Moore!" Speaking to reporters, Mathis said he lost Patti Sue to suicide in 1995, and didn't know what he would accomplish standing there with his sign. "If it's all to no avail, so be it, it won't be the first time I've done something to no avail," he said. "My sign speaks for itself and it speaks the truth."

Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate, has called gay people "perverts, abominations, that's not true," Mathis continued. "We don't need a person like that representing us in Washington." When asked if he was a man of faith, Mathis said yes, and that he used to be anti-gay. "I said bad things to my daughter myself, which I regret, but I can't take back what happened to my daughter," he said. "Stuff like saying my daughter is a pervert, I'm sure that bothered her."

Mathis wrote a letter to the Dothan Eagle in 2012, sharing details about Patti Sue's life and death. She wanted to try conversion therapy, but was told by doctors "you can't help the way you are," he wrote, and she "took her own life because she didn't want to be gay anymore. She was tired of being ridiculed and made fun of. She was tired of seeing how a lot of people treat gay people." Read his entire letter at the Dothan Eagle. Catherine Garcia

December 11, 2017
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After a delay, the U.S. Treasury Department finally released on Monday a one-page document it called an "analysis of growth and revenue estimates" of the Republican tax plan, agreeing with the Trump administration that there will be an annual economic growth of 2.9 percent, more than enough for the plan to pay for itself over 10 years.

Most economists do not expect growth to be that robust, and congressional tax analysts estimate the plan would add $1 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade. The Treasury's brief report said growth would come from tax cuts and "a combination of regulatory reform, infrastructure development, and welfare reform as proposed in the administration's Fiscal Year 2018 budget."

The conservative Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the document "makes a mockery of dynamic scoring and analysis," while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it "nothing more than one page of fake math." The Senate has approved one tax bill and the House another, with both delievering the bulk of tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy. A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that almost half of all Americans are opposed to the plans, which Senate and House Republicans are trying to reconcile. Catherine Garcia

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