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Millie Bobby Brown marks end of the decade with throwback Adele cover

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It’s been a big decade for Millie Bobby Brown.

The 15-year-old actress burst onto the scene in 2016 after starring as Eleven in “Stranger Things” on Netflix, scoring herself two Emmy nominations, as well as playing a major role in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

Brown took to Instagram on Tuesday to mark the end of the decade and reflect on all that she has accomplished — she shared a video of herself singing “Someone Like You” by Adele when she was 7 years old, in 2011.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN SHARES THE ‘STRANGER THINGS’ SCENE THAT MADE HER VOMIT

“At the beginning of this decade, I was 6 years old. Going to school. Making my class listen to me sing 24/7. Probably not even thinking about where I’d be at the end of the decade,” Brown said. “This video was taken in 2011 when I was 7 and utterly obsessed with @adele and still utterly obsessed. No change. This decade has been life-changing, like seriously. I found my passion in 2013 when I knew I loved being on camera.”

Brown’s first credited role came in 2013, when she appeared in the television series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”

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“In 2014-2015 I was begging casting agents to believe in me,” she said. “In late 2015 Carmen Cuba, the [Duffer brothers], Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, but most of all @netflix believed in me.”

The Brit continued, saying that since her casting on “Stranger Things,” she has traveled the world, met “the most genuine people,” and “grown up and learned many things.”

“I’m turning 16 soon and I can confidently say I’m living my dreams out,” she said. “This is what I want for every young person right now. Thank you to everyone for all of your support. Love you forever.”

Netflix commented with three heart emojis.

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In the video, a young Brown — who will turn 16 in February — sings along while Adele’s music video plays on a television behind her, not missing a word.

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Rebecca Grant: Iranian-backed attack on American Embassy in Iraq increases risk of US-Iran military conflict

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President Trump faced plenty of problems dealing with Iran and Iraq until now, but on the last day of 2019 his problems got a lot worse when dozens of Shiite militia members backed by Iran forced their way into the U.S. Embassy compound in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, set fires and caused other damage.

The militia members, who eventually withdrew from the embassy compound, were part of a much larger group of several thousand people protesting outside the embassy. They denounced American airstrikes that killed two dozen members of an Iranian-backed militia and wounded dozens more over the weekend.

The protesters chanted “Death to America,” threw rocks and called for a withdrawal of the more than 5,000 U.S. troops now stationed in Iraq – a long-sought goal of Iran’s anti-American regime. Protesters said they planned to remain outside the embassy.

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Job One for the U.S. military is keeping Americans and the embassy secure. Some 120 Marines were sent to the embassy to provide increased security and U.S. helicopter gunships flew over the compound.

You can be sure that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper have laid out an array of military options and President Trump has been briefed and is up to speed on all of them.

If needed, U.S. forces can and no doubt will impose calm on downtown Baghdad.

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Baghdad will not see a repeat of the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi in 2012, when the U.S. ambassador and three Americans were killed. Nor will we see a repeat of the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Iranian capital of Tehran, when revolutionaries captured 52 Americans and held them hostage for 444 days.

It’s actually Iraq’s duty to protect the U.S, Embassy. President Trump made that clear on Twitter and in a call with Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi, as did other top U.S. officials with their Iraqi counterparts.

In one tweet Trump said “we expect Iraq to use its forces to protect the Embassy, and so notified.” Later Trump tweeted: “Iran will be held fully responsible for lives lost, or damage incurred, at any of our facilities. They will pay a very BIG PRICE! This is not a Warning, it is a Threat. Happy New Year!”

This is all happening because Iraq is infested with Iranian influence. The power of that influence was clear when at first Iraqi police and security forces stood by while the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad began Tuesday – just as Iran planned.

The mob attacking the U.S. Embassy was filled with members of an Iranian-backed terror group called Kataib Hezbollah, or KH for short, which is closely allied with Iran’s Quds militia force.

Iran has a grip on Iraq’s police and military response. And Iranian officers have free rein across much of Iraq’s state apparatus, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported in November after reviewing leaked Iraqi diplomatic cables published by The New York Times.

Iraq’s military has been thoroughly trained and supplied by the U.S. and other allies for years. Yet the failure of Iraqi forces to act against Iranian-backed militia forces in recent weeks has been similar to the paralysis that let ISIS sweep to the outskirts of Baghdad in the summer of 2014.

Iraq has lost control to the point where Iran can mount harassing attacks on U.S. forces all over the country. American troops in Iraq were attacked 11 times in the past two months, according to the Pentagon. The attacks have occurred from south of Mosul to near Kirkuk in the north and other locations.

Trump had already waited weeks for Iraq to deal with these hostile acts.

Iraq’s own military would not or could not hit the KH Iran proxy gang that launched over 30 rockets at an Iraqi base where U.S. forces were stationed Saturday, killing one American and wounding four.

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Since Iraq couldn’t cope, Trump approved the Sunday strikes by U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, hitting weapons caches linked to the KH Iran proxy gang.

The airstrikes also help remind Iran that America is willing to take military action. Trump has been quite restrained, backing off a retaliatory strike after Iran shot down a U.S Navy Global Hawk drone. Nor did Saudi Arabia strike back after Iran hit the Saudi Aramco oil complex.

The crisis in Iraq has been boiling since October, when Iraqis increased their demonstrations against government corruption and Iran’s influence. Some 319 Iraqis were killed in protests from October to mid-November, according to an Iraqi Parliament report.

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Long-term, Iran’s guilt in the attack on the American Embassy in Baghdad shows why Trump has been right to impose maximum economic sanctions to pressure Iran, and why he insists on dismantling Iran’s `terror network as well as its nuclear ambitions.

 The Trump administration will no doubt keep up the sanctions, but be ready for military action if necessary. 

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Mexico: 7 detained in drug-cartel massacre that killed 9 Americans

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Mexican prosecutors said seven people linked to the November slaughter of three women and six children in a suspected drug cartel ambush have been detained.

Three men were arrested and charged with organized crime for drug offenses, federal prosecutors said. None have been charged with murder.

Four others are being held under house arrest. The name of the police chief of Janos in the state of Chihuahua, near where the killings occurred, was arrested for his links to the massacre of LeBaron family members, matches one of the suspects.

TRUMP CALLS FOR ‘WAR’ AGAINST MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL ‘MONSTERS’ AFTER AMERICANS MURDERED IN SHOOTOUT

Local media reported Fidel Alejandro Villegas had been paid by the La Linea drug gang. Mexican prosecutors are barred from identifying suspects by their full name.

Julian LeBaron, who lost relatives and friends in the ambush, said the police chief had been arrested.

“Who vets them?” LeBaron asked. “He (the police chief) was there for 13 years”, he said.

Authorities believe a drug gang was responsible for the Nov. 4 attack. The family members were traveling on a dirt road in broad daylight when gunmen let off a hail if gunfire on their three SUVs.

MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE: SUSPECT WITH 2 HOSTAGES, ASSAULT RIFLES, BULLETPROOF SUV ARRESTED IN BORDER TOWN

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The family members lived in a faith-based community in the Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They had dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship.

Authorities said several cartels operate in the area where the killings occurred, including La Linea, Los Jaguares and Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Alabama man caught with meth, heroin asks for photo with arresting deputies

An Alabama man who was found to be in possession of meth and heroin during his arrest on Saturday had an unusual request for the arresting officers: to take a photo with them.

Heath Swafford, 24, was arrested by deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) after a foot chase on Lower Dry Creek Road in the Lacey Springs community, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

“In an unusual turn, Swafford requested a photo with the arresting deputies,” the sheriff’s office said.

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Heath Swafford poses with deputies who have just arrested him. (Morgan County Sheriff’s Office)

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Swafford was found to have been carrying an amount of heroin and meth, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies later discovered a stolen motorcycle at his residence, they said.

Despite the circumstances, a picture on the MCSO’s Facebook page shows Swafford appearing to be all smiles alongside the three deputies who arrested him. 

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Swafford is charged with four felony probation revocation warrants of possession of a controlled substance, theft of property, receiving stolen property and first-degree criminal mischief. He also faces drug and property crimes and is being held without bond, the sheriff’s office said.

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Matt Lauer dating marketing executive Shamin Abas: report

Matt Lauer is moving on.

After finalizing his divorce from ex-wife Annette Roque, 53, in September, Lauer, 62, is now dating his longtime pal Shamin Abas, who runs a marketing firm, according to In Touch.

The outlet claims that the two embarked on a getaway in New Zealand just before the holiday. Lauer and Abas, 50, have known each other for over a decade.

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“Obviously one thing led to another and they’re a full-fledged item now,” an insider told the magazine.

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Matt Lauer and longtime friend Shamin Abas are reportedly dating. (Getty)

According to the source, the disgraced television host has been “on the prowl” for a new girlfriend following his divorce from Roque after 21 years of marriage.

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“She knows who he is,” said the source. “She’s thrilled she’s with him. She doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. For everything he may have done, Matt’s very charming. I can see how Shamin fell for him.”

Lauer was fired from “Today” in 2017 after he was accused by several women of sexual harassment.

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Reps for Lauer did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Dana Perino calls Bloomberg’s ‘open office plan’ the ‘worst’ idea of Democratic primary

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Dana Perino criticized Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg‘s “open office plan” idea that the former New York City mayor tweeted about on Monday, calling it the “worst” idea put forth so far by a Democratic candidate.

“Of all the ideas that I have heard during the Democratic primary, of all of them — and I’m talking like the craziest of the crazy, I think this might be the worst of the ideas. The open floor plan,” Perino said on “The Five” on Tuesday. “First of all, no one in America, no human likes an open floor plan.”

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Bloomberg was blasted on social media over his campaign promise to turn the White House East Room into an “open office plan” as president after he shared a photograph on Twitter of himself in the middle of an open office plan from City Hall during his tenure as mayor, suggesting the White House will have an extreme makeover of its own if he wins in 2020.

“As president, I’ll turn the East Room into an open office plan, where I’ll sit with our team,” Bloomberg tweeted.  “I’ll use the Oval Office for some official functions — never for tweeting — but the rest of the time, I’ll be where a leader should be: with the team.”

Perino, who served as the White House press secretary during the George W. Bush administration from 2007 to 2009, argued that workers need their space.

“At White House, it’s like super tense. You need your space,” Perino said. “Fences make good neighbors. Offices make good colleagues. And also the East Room is for ceremonies. There is a history to the White House, and we want to preserve that.”

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“And you need the Oval Office for the president to think and also to have to be able to know that this is where decisions are being made rather than out on the open floor plan,” added the “The Daily Briefing” host.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Benghazi team member: Iraq’s response to Baghdad embassy attack a ‘slap in the face,’ Iran must be punished

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Retired Marine Sgt. John “Tig” Tiegen, one of the four men who defended the Libyan consulate in Benghazi during the 2012 attack there, said the Iraqi government’s slow response to a deadly attack on the U.S. embassy is a “slap in the face.”

Tiegen told Charles Payne on Tuesday’s “Your World” that, additionally, Iran must face retaliation — as the attack appeared to be sanctioned by Tehran, according to the president.

“To me, this is a real big slap in the face on the Iraqis’ [part] in my personal opinion,” Tiegen told Payne.

“They allowed the protesters to walk through multiple security checkpoints before they got to the embassy,” he continued, adding, “Something has got to happen against Iran. If they are backing it and Hezbollah is behind it, there has got to be some sort of retaliation against them.”

Regarding the Iraqi government’s purported “slap” to the U.S., Tiegen said it’s the responsibility of the “host country” to protect embassies and consulates within their territories.

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He said that in the Baghdad case, it’s unwise to have U.S. military forces firing upon civilians and protesters simply because they were setting fires and destroying property. He said it’s Iraq’s responsibility, in that case, to “protect American lives.”

“If it comes down to it… make sure you shoot straight and shoot fast.”

In addition, Tiegen expressed regret that, after the trillions of dollars spent in Iraq, incidents such as the embassy attack still have unfolded.

“This is what they do to us. It seems like there is a lot of backstabbing going on. They should have stopped the protests and should’ve had military people there when they saw the protests starting to move from the funeral,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, crowds of angry Iraqis protesting America’s recent airstrikes against an Iran-backed militia laid siege to the embassy compound, chanting “Down, Down USA!” as they stormed through a main gate, prompting U.S. guards to fire back tear gas in response.

As of Tuesday night, protesters set up tents outside the embassy in the Iraqi capital where they said they intended to stage a sit-in “until American troops leave Iraq and the embassy is closed.” About 100 Marines were sent to the embassy to bolster security and an Army Apache helicopter flew over the premises and dropped flares in a “show of force,” with the goal of dispersing the crowd, a U.S. defense official told Fox News.

Tiegen, a Colorado native, had helped defend the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, after it faced RPG and small arms fire.

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Militants killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, as well as U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and CIA contract protective officer Glen Doherty. Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khattala later was sentenced to prison on terrorism-related charges in connection with the attack.

The Benghazi siege and U.S. response precipitated a high-profile congressional investigation, featuring testimony from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Fox News’ Eddie DeMarche and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Up to 4,000 US troops could deploy to Middle East amid Baghdad unrest: officials

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The U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s alert brigade has been issued orders to deploy rapidly to Kuwait amid the unrest in Baghdad, three U.S. defense officials told Fox News on Tuesday.

At least 500 paratroopers are already making their way to Kuwait, Fox News is told.

The alert brigade of roughly 4,000 paratroopers, known as the DRB — the Deployment Ready Brigade — has been told to pack their bags for a possible deployment in the days ahead after hundreds of Iranian-backed militiamen tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad Tuesday.

Within that alert brigade, three rifle battalions have a certain alert sequence, 18 hours, 36 hours and 54 hours for the third. The entire brigade has a 96-hour alert window to deploy.

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The Pentagon is expected to issue a statement in the coming hours about the deployment.

Some of the paratroopers already have left their base in Fort Bragg, N.C., to fly overseas in Air Force C-17 cargo planes, according to officials.

The U.S. Army has kept an alert brigade of roughly 4,000 paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne for crisis response like this.

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There are roughly 5,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to Iraq now, among the roughly 60,000 U.S. troops currently deployed to the region. According to the Pentagon, 14,000 have been added since May as the threat from Iran increased.

The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman has been in the Gulf of Oman, its strike group armed with hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles in addition to the dozens of strike aircraft aboard Truman.

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More than 100 U.S. Marines arrived at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad earlier Tuesday to help bolster security after the mob of Iranian-backed Shite militiamen tried to storm the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

The crowd attacked the embassy following funerals for 25 Iranian-backed fighters killed in U.S. airstrikes Sunday in Iraq and Syria–retribution for an American defense contractor killed in Iraq Friday, according to U.S. defense officials.

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Sarasota man with ‘hit list,’ weapons didn’t deserve plea deal with no jail after shooting, lawyer says

A Florida man who police say had a “hit list” and weapons in his home after a standoff with police last year did not deserve a no-jail plea deal, attorneys for the people on the hit list say.

Ryan Flanzer, 27, pleaded no contest on Dec. 19 to multiple charges, including firing a weapon into a dwelling and possession of a controlled substance, WWSB reported.

Flanzer was arrested in Sarasota in May 2018 after firing several rounds at a condo door before fleeing to a hotel. There he barricaded himself in a room until police convinced him to surrender.

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Ryan Flanzer will receive no jail time for shooting through a condo and engaging in a standoff with police during an incident in May 2018, prosecutors said.  (Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office)

He was subsequently treated for mental health problems, and his firearms and assault weapons were seized by police. Flanzer has since resided at an addiction treatment rehab center in Malibu, Calif., the Herald-Tribune reported.

As part of Flanzer’s plea agreement, the charges of first-degree attempted armed burglary, second-degree impersonating an officer, and third-degree wearing a bulletproof vest during a crime, were dropped, according to the paper.

Flanzer was sentenced to more than 11 months in county jail and 48 months of probation, but he won’t serve jail time because Sarasota County Circuit Judge Charles Williams gave him credit for time served in the Malibu treatment center.

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After his arrest in May 2018, authorities discovered drugs, an arsenal of weapons, shirts bearing the faces of the Columbine shooters and a “hit list” of at least six people, police said.

Attorneys for some of those people say their clients are terrified and have hired personal security. They also question why Flanzer won’t receive any jail time.

Prosecutors said they agreed to a no-jail plea for Flanzer because of the good behavior he has shown in rehab, pointing to good grades and a psychological report that did not deem him a threat.

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“This is a man who had no prior criminal record, no one was injured, and he was able to successfully pursue recovery and treatment over approximately the past 18 months,” Assistant State Attorney Art Jackman told the Herald-Tribune. “Based upon the defendant’s exceptional turnaround over the last 18 months, Judge Williams, an experienced judge, in conjunction with three separate psychological reports and evaluations showing the defendant was a very low risk to re-offend, approved and accepted this plea disposition as fair and appropriate.”

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Progressive group under fire for taunting Trump by calling violent Baghdad protests his ‘Benghazi’

A progressive veterans PAC is under fire for a tweet suggesting hope that the violent protests that erupted at the U.S. embassy on Baghdad would go down as President Trump‘s “Benghazi.”

VoteVets, a veterans group that helps progressive candidates seek public office, used the violent demonstrations on Tuesday to knock the president.

“Hey @POTUS remember [your] Benghazi rants during 2016? You’re about to have your own one unfortunately in Iraq,” VoteVets wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

The “Benghazi rants” was in reference to Trump’s repeated attacks against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her handling of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that left four dead including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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VoteVets, which boasts that the president had blocked its account on Twitter, was slammed on social media by making the “terrible” tweet.

“Yes, this is just like Benghazi, except um…this time reinforcements were sent. And nobody is blaming it on an obscure YouTube video. And what the hell is a ‘veterans org’ doing gleefully tweeting about an attack on the US?” author and Afghanistan veteran James Hasson reacted.

“No big deal. Just a ‘veterans group’ hoping for our troops and embassy personnel to die because Orange Man Bad,” Townhall senior writer and U.S. Marine Julio Rosas tweeted.

“Besides the fact that the ambassador hasn’t been murdered & dragged thru the streets, that the protests haven’t been blamed on a YouTube video but rather on the violent [demonstrators] themselves & their foreign backers, & that dozens of reinforcements were quickly sent — yep. Same,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy wrote.

The tweet has since been deleted.

VoteVets did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Crowds of angry Iraqis protesting America’s recent airstrikes against an Iran-backed militia laid siege to the U.S. Embassy compound, chanting “Down, Down USA!” as they stormed through a main gate, prompting U.S. guards to fire tear gas in response.

A U.S. defense official told Fox News that 100 Marines were being sent to the embassy to bolster security. Defense Secretary Mark Esper later confirmed additional forces were being sent, as the military released images of those forces deploying from Kuwait.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Lucas Tomilson, Greg Norman and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report. 

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