The Arizona Republican: "Terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who the president said was killed during a special forces raid in Syria, had reportedly been the captor and rapistof Arizona's Kayla Mueller, who was taken hostage in 2013. “What this man did to Kayla — he kidnapped her,” her father Carl Mueller, his voice choking, told The Arizona Republic on Sunday morning, shortly after President Donald Trump announced al-Baghdadi had died. “She was held in many prisons," Carl Mueller said. "She was held in solitary confinement. She was tortured. She was intimidated. She was ultimately raped by al-Baghdadi himself.""He either killed her or he was complicit in her murder," Carl Mueller said. "I’ll let people who read this article make up their own mind how a parent should feel.”
The Hill reports:"President Trump said Monday that he is considering releasing portions of the video of the U.S. military raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over the weekend."
NBC reports how Democrats are mad: "President Donald Trump said he did not give many congressional leaders advance notice of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday because he was afraid of "leaks," he told reporters at a Sunday news conference."
From The Federalist: "[T]he media reacted not with the praise and excitement that greeted President Obama’s announcement of a similar successful operation against Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but with anger and rage. Many media outlets soiled their beds, but the Washington Post is representative of the hard work that went into spinning the killing of Baghdadi into, somehow, a negative story for Trump, beginning with a hagiographic look at Baghdadi as not a brutal rapist and murderer of his political and religious foes but as an “austere religious scholar.” "
Pete's Prep: Monday, Oct. 28, 2019
- Asheville Citizen-Times: "Democrat Travis Smith announced Oct. 16 he will seek the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Terry Van Duyn of Biltmore Forest."
- Mountain Xpress: "Donna Ensley announced on October 24 at the Rotary Club of Asheville, her candidacy for the Buncombe County Commission representing District 3 in the 2020 election."
- WLOS-TV: "More than two dozen people are behind bars in a multi-county drug roundup involving authorities in Henderson, Buncombe, Haywood and Madison Counties." More details at the Citizen-Times.
- Here's the survey of local residents about the impacts of tourism. And here is the "Phase 1" presentation of the Tourism Management and Investment Plan to Develop Community Assets.