January 24, 2016
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Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on Saturday about the countries' shared goal of stopping the Islamic State in Syria, Agence France-Presse reports.

On the ongoing attempt at a political resolution to Syria's five-year civil war, Biden said: "We are neither optimistic nor pessimistic. We are determined." Biden went onto suggest a "military solution" for Syria is on the table, should political means fail.

Biden also condemned Turkey's Kurdistan Workers Party as a terrorist group, likening their actions to those of ISIS. Julie Kliegman

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On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament that the U.K. is in no hurry to invoke Article 50, triggering the process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union, while EU lawmakers and the leaders of Germany, Italy, and France said Britain should invoke Article 50 as soon as possible. Cameron and his EU counterparts will be able to discuss the timing and other Brexit details at a two-day summit starting Tuesday; Cameron will meet with EU leaders up through a working dinner on Tuesday, but not attend the second day with the 27 other leaders of the 28-member European Union.

Germany's Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Britain may want "close relations" with Europe, but "whoever wants to leave this family cannot expect to have no more obligations but to keep privileges." Some Britons are hoping to remain in the EU tariff-free union but not have to abide by other EU rules like open borders, but Merkel ruled that out: "We will ensure that the negotiations are not carried out with the principle of cherry picking." At an emergency session of the European Parliament, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made clear that nobody in the EU will start negotiations on Britain's exit until the U.K. starts the clock. "No notification, no negotiation," he said. "I want the U.K. to clarify its position. Not today, not tomorrow at 9 a.m., but soon. We cannot allow ourselves to remain in a prolonged period of uncertainty." Peter Weber

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Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, who led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and amassed the winningest record in Division I college basketball, died Tuesday. She was 64. Summitt retired in 2012, after 38 years at Tennessee, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She ended her coaching career with an unprecedented 1,098-208 record, and in her 38 seasons, she never had a losing record; her Lady Vols made every NCAA Tournament and played in 18 Final Four matches.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, said Tuesday morning that his mother had died peacefully at a retirement home in Knoxville. "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, 'Alzheimer's Type,'" he wrote, "and we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease." Peter Weber

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Over the last two weeks, Donald Trump has made a rhetorical shift in his proposal to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., a policy he unveiled in December after the San Bernardino shooting. After the Orlando nightclub shooting, Trump gave a scripted speech in which he said he "will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe, or our allies." In Scotland over the weekend, Trump said he "would limit specific terrorist countries, and we know who those terrorist countries are," then added later that when "you have a country that's loaded up with terrorism, we don't want the people coming in until they're very strongly vetted."

So is Trump's policy now that people of any religion from unspecified "terror states" will be banned, or only those who can't be "strongly vetted," or is it still all Muslims, with some exceptions? Trump is preparing a policy memo to clarify the state of his Muslim ban, but spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Associated Press on Monday that Trump "has been very clear," and it's the media that has "tried to cause confusion."

Another spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, tried to clarify Trump's policy on Monday to CNN's Brianna Keilar. "There has been no change," she said. Trump "still does not want to allow individuals to come into this country who cannot be vetted." "Individuals or Muslims?" Keilar asked. "Well, it doesn't really matter where you're coming from," Pierson said, reiterating that Trump had added "terrorist nations" to his policy. Keilar pointed out that Paris and Belgium have suffered attacks by Belgian and French citizens. "That's the point," Pierson said.

You can also watch below to see Keilar explain the long vetting process for refugees being settled in the U.S., and Pierson having none of it. Peter Weber

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"Everyone here excited for the Republican Convention?" Stephen Colbert asked on Monday's Late Show, and the audience cheered. "Well then, you're not a Republican." He ran through some of the signs of growing Republican disenchantment with likely nominee Donald Trump, then looked at one particular "legendary conservative columnist and bowtie host organism" who just bolted the GOP: "George Will is now officially George Won't." Will announced his defection in his column, in a speech, and on Sunday talk shows, and he changed his Maryland voter registration to "unaffiliated." "Which means, other political parties, he's single!" Colbert said, grabbing a 1970s game show mic and selling Will's various attributes and turn-ons for other interested political factions — or maybe he was trying to get Will a date? It's odd, and a little uncomfortable at times, but Jon Batiste's George Will dating game song makes the whole bit something special. Watch below. Peter Weber

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On Monday's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee lit into Great Britain for voting to leave the European Union — or at least the parts of the U.K. that did vote to leave. "What were you thinking England and Wales?" she asked. "Screwing over the rest of the world by voting stupidly? That's our job." She sourly noted that anti-immigration fervor seemed to be the deciding factor for the Leave campaign, and saved some special scorn for leading Brexit advocate and "insufferable frog-faced wanker" Nigel Farage.

Then she noted that Donald Trump immediately waded into the Brexit melee, landing in Scotland — which voted heavily to Remain in the EU — and congratulating it on taking its country back. "Oh boy, you just confused England and Scotland — they love that," Bee said. "Trump immediately got dragged by British Twitter — it's like Black Twitter, except 87 percent not," she added. "Gee, I wish I had a real Scotsman to read their tweets to you." David Tennant, the previous regeneration of Doctor Who, stepped up, and his recitation of some choice 140-character invectives was like the Jimmy Kimmel "mean tweets" bits, but with a Scottish brogue, without the sad music, and much more NSFW. Watch below. Peter Weber

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"While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation and saying, 'Oh god, what have we done?'" said Samantha Bee on Monday's Full Frontal, "a lot of Americans were looking over and saying 'Oh god, what are we about to do?'" The warning rant from Van Jones about how Brexit equals President Trump was a little over-the-top for Bee, but she saw where he was coming from: "The Brexit vote was driven by angry, less-educated white voters who feel screwed by globalization and the establishment, and have been fed a chip buddy of xenophobia slathered in slogan sauce."

Bee told America to calm down. "American shouldn't be complacent, but you also shouldn't panic and move to Canada — Canada asked me to say that," she said. "America is not Britain. Being not Britain is pretty much central to the whole America brand." First, America has been doing immigration for centuries, while Britain, until the late 20th century, hadn't really dealt with a big influx of foreigners since 1066. Second, Britain is much whiter and more homogenous than the U.S. "And you know the other thing America has that Britain lacks?" she asked. "A butt-ton of evangelical Christians. Thank God! Yeah, you heard that right."

"So take heart," Bee said. "I mean, we can still wreck everything if we forget to vote — it wouldn't be the first time — but Trump's brand of right-wing, racist, anti-immigrant demagoguery isn't American, it's a European import. And if we're smart, we'll stop it at the border and send it back where it came from." And it's important that America arrest this now, and definitively, she added, noting the uptick of racist bullying in Britain after the Brexit vote. "That really is the worst outcome of Brexit — not the breakup of the EU or the fact that you can now use the British pound as loo paper; it's that the vote made these hateful morons think that over half the country agreed with them," Bee said. "This is why it's not enough for Trump to lose. It has to be a f—ing landslide, 50-state repudiation." Watch Below. Peter Weber

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IKEA is recalling 27 million dressers and chests from its Malm series of products after three children were killed by pieces that tipped over onto them.

Because they "could be a danger," the products are no longer being sold at IKEA stores, IKEA USA President Lars Peterson told NBC News. He also urged people who already own pieces to "please take them out of the room." Last year, the company started a campaign to bring awareness to anchoring furniture, and says it sent out 300,000 anchor kits to customers. Anyone who has purchased a Malm piece is eligible for a free kit, and refunds will also be offered.

The statistics are scary: The Consumer Product Safety Commission says every 24 minutes, a child goes to the emergency room after being hit by a falling piece of furniture or TV, and every two weeks, a child dies. A Malm dresser killed 2-year-old Cullen Collas; his mother, Jackie Collas, found him in his room pinned between the dresser and his bed. The dresser was not anchored to the wall, and Collas told NBC News she "had never heard of that before." Her goal now is to "just spread the word about anchoring anything that could fall." Catherine Garcia

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