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Mike Pence blasts ABC host for mocking his faith

Vice President Mike Pence said coverage from ABC's "The View" of his Christian faith shows how "out of touch some in the mainstream media are" with the American people.

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Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman said recently on "Celebrity Big Brother":

“As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence… everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life... I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”

"The View" host Joy Behar's reaction:

Quote“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you... That's called mental illness if I'm not correct... Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”
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Extremist with ties to 9/11 captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand guard on a rooftop.
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard on a rooftop in Raqa on October 20, 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German extremist who is believed to have links to the 9/11 attacks, is being questioned by the Syrian Democratic Forces, NBC reported Wednesday, citing an AFP report, and CNN confirmed on Thursday.

Why it matters: Per CNN, Zammar "is believed to have recruited some of the perpetrators" for the 9/11 attacks. Zammar was "a well-known figure in the Muslim community (and to German and U.S. intelligence agencies by the late 1990s)," the 9/11 Commission Report stated, according to NBC. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN that Zammar "was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria."