About: Mary Chastain

Mary covers international news, with a special interest in Ukraine and Russia. She covered the Ukraine crisis at Breitbart News since the Euromaidan protests broke out in 2013. She wrote about sports, especially tennis and hockey, at Breitbart. Mary also contributed snark to Misfit Politics.

Mary loves her Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, tennis, cats, Diet Coke, and wine.




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North Carolina Deputy Discovers Opium Poppy Field Worth $500 Million

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/500-million-opium-poppy-field-discovered-north-carolina-n764801
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Posted by    Friday, May 26, 2017 at 4:30pm 5/26/2017 at 4:30pm
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/americas-heroin-epidemic/500-million-opium-poppy-field-discovered-north-carolina-n764801

Holy cow! A sheriff deputy in North Carolina accidentally discovered an opium poppy field worth around $500 million. From NBC News:

The plants, which are used to make opium, morphine and heroin, were found on an acre of land near the town of Claremont, some 40 miles north of Charlotte.

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VIDEO Analysis: Turkish Bodyguards Beat Protesters

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/26/us/turkey-protesters-attack-video-analysis.html?_r=2&mtrref=t.co
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Posted by    Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:30pm 5/26/2017 at 3:30pm
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/26/us/turkey-protesters-attack-video-analysis.html?_r=2&mtrref=t.co

Remember last week when Turkish bodyguards beat the crap out of protesters in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.? Since then Turkey has feigned anger and insisted they did not do anything wrong and the men simply tried to protect themselves.

Well, the New York Times dissected the videos released...

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Florida Authorities Arrest Psychic Who Scammed Clients

http://www.pcsoweb.com/17-117-economic-crimes-detectives-arrest-tarpon-springs-psychic-for-scheme-to-defraud-
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Posted by    Friday, May 26, 2017 at 3:00pm 5/26/2017 at 3:00pm
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I’m shocked. Authorities in Tarpon Springs, FL, arrested “psychic” Gina Theresa Wilson after her clients told them “she scammed them out of $155,353.” From FOX 13:

Detectives say their investigation began in November of 2016, when the first victim, a 33-year-old a military veteran, approached detectives during a fraud awareness seminar hosted...

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Rand Paul Wants a Senate Vote on One Part of the Saudi Arms Deal

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Posted by    Friday, May 26, 2017 at 2:00pm 5/26/2017 at 2:00pm

While in Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump signed a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. The White House has claimed the deal “includes defense equipment and other support to help the Arab nation and the rest of the Gulf region fight again terrorism and the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.”

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Terrorists Slaughter 28 Coptic Christians in Egypt

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Posted by    Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:00am 5/26/2017 at 11:00am
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At least 10 gunmen opened fire on a bus transporting Coptic Christians in Cairo, Egypt, and killed 28 people. The Christians were headed to the St. Samuel the Confessor monastery.

Men, women, and children are among the dead. Fox News reported that Copt United news portal confirmed only three children survived the...

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Russia’s Presidential Election Will Happen on Crimea Annexation Anniversary

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Posted by    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 4:30pm 5/25/2017 at 4:30pm

WOW WOW WOW. What a bunch of slime balls. Members of Parliament in Moscow have decided to move the 2018 presidential election to the date that President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that the international community has NOT recognized. From The London Times:

The election had been...

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Sex Trafficking Victim Said Captors Forced Her to Have Sex With 120 Men a Week

http://cbs12.com/news/local/human-trafficking-05-24-2017
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Posted by    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 3:00pm 5/25/2017 at 3:00pm
http://cbs12.com/news/local/human-trafficking-05-24-2017

Investigators in Florida have torn apart a sex trafficking ring in Florida that took place across two counties, which forced women to have sex with at least 100 men a week.

Authorities arrested three men who face accusations “of forcing women to have sex with dozens of men a day.” CBS12 discovered...

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Senate Issues Two Subpoenas to Flynn’s Businesses

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:30pm 5/24/2017 at 5:30pm

On Monday, former national security adviser Michael Flynn refused to honor a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee for documents connected to the investigation into its Russian probe. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right.

The committee has tried another way to receive the documents by issuing two subpoenas for two of Flynn’s...

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Paul Ryan Won’t Let Go of the Border Adjustment Tax

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 4:00pm 5/24/2017 at 4:00pm

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not let go of a border adjustment tax (BAT) when it comes to tax reform, which will set up a major showdown with the White House and possibly the Senate.

Ryan admitted today that the House could pass a tax bill without the BAT, but he’s still...

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Illinois Senate Wants to Hike the Income Tax

http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/capitol-news/senate-passes-budget/720035546
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Posted by    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 3:00pm 5/24/2017 at 3:00pm
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/capitol-news/senate-passes-budget/720035546

How do you fix the economy? Why, hike taxes instead of slashing the budget of course! Well, that’s how it works in good old Illinois. The state faces a budget crisis (what else is new?!) and the Senate decided to fix it by approving a raise in income tax. From ...

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Pakistan Gives Protection to Democratic Aide Who Allegedly Breached House Security

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/14/plot-thickens-in-probe-house-it-contractors.html
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Posted by    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:00pm 5/24/2017 at 1:00pm
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/14/plot-thickens-in-probe-house-it-contractors.html

Four IT staff for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers lost their jobs in February after suspicions arose that they breached security on the House IT network.

The U.S. Capitol Police named Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal “as subjects of a...

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James Bond Star Roger Moore Passes Away at 89

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 12:00pm 5/23/2017 at 12:00pm
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James Bond star Roger Moore passed away today at the age of 89 after a battle with cancer. From the BBC:

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.

He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live...

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Manchester Bombing

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:30am 5/23/2017 at 11:30am
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ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, on Monday night. The attack killed 22 people and left 59 injured.

British authorities refuse to name the attacker, but CBS News reported he was 23-year-old Salman Abedi. Yes,...

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European Union Opens Up to Ukraine

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9:00am 5/23/2017 at 9:00am
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FINALLY! After 3.5 years of covering Ukraine I honestly never thought this day would come. The European Union has finally allowed visa free travel to Ukraine, giving the pro-West former Soviet Republic the freedom they’ve longed for. It’s one step closer to moving away from Russia. From The Kyiv Post:

Ukrainian President...

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DAY TWO: Trump Meets Abbas, Visits Holocaust & Israel Museum

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8:30am 5/23/2017 at 8:30am
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President Donald Trump finished his trip to Israel by meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem and the Israel Museum.

During his first day, Trump “pledged to work toward Israeli-Palestinain peace,” but admitted it’s the “toughest deal of all.” However, he...

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19 Dead, 50 Injured at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester – UPDATED

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Posted by    Monday, May 22, 2017 at 8:30pm 5/22/2017 at 8:30pm
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*We will update this post through the night* (UPDATES BELOW)

An explosion occurred at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Police confirmed 19 dead and 50 injured, but have not confirmed exactly what caused the explosion or who caused it.

Police have told Sky News that they decided to...

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Turkey Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Brawl in D.C.

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Posted by    Monday, May 22, 2017 at 4:00pm 5/22/2017 at 4:00pm
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The Turkish government has summoned the U.S. ambassador over a brawl that Turkish bodyguards instigated in front of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., last week. From

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