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A study from the Rand Corp. warns that the U.S. military forces are poorly structured and argues that the military must reform its structure and strategies to better deal with challenges. (Associated Press)

Report: U.S. military could lose next war

- The Washington Times

A new study by the Rand Corp. is warning that U.S. military forces are poorly structured to meet the threats posed by China, Russia and other states, as well as the continuing war against Islamic terrorism.

"I wish I could tell you that Montgomery County is immune from (the opioid) epidemic. Unfortunately, I cannot do that," said county executive Ike Leggett. (Associated Press)

Law firm says Big Pharma misled consumers

- The Washington Times

A preliminary investigation of the pharmaceutical industry has uncovered misleading statements by drugmakers about the risks and efficacy of their products, according to a law firm hired by Montgomery County to sue Big Pharma for its role in the county's opioid epidemic.

Kentucky State Rep., Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, regarding allegations that he sexually abused a teenager after a New Year's party in 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Johnson says a woman's claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2013 has no merit and he will not resign. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Kentucky lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations commits suicide

Associated Press 34 minutes ago

Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The coming Trump-Bannon divorce

Steve Bannon has achieved what no one thought possible. He delivered a Senate seat in Alabama to the Democrats — a more meaningful accomplishment than half of the Democrats in the Senate will have in their lifetimes.