Russia to withdraw forces from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he has ordered Russian forces to begin withdrawing from Syria, saying they have achieved their goals in the country. The pullback will begin Tuesday, the state-run Sputnik news agency reported. "I think that the task that was assigned to the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces as a whole has achieved its goal, and so I order the defense minister to start tomorrow withdrawing the main part of our military factions from the Syrian Arab Republic," Putin said. Russia began airstrikes in September in support of the Syrian government in a civil war that is now nearly 5 years old. Palin on Trump protesters: 'Punk-ass, little thuggery'. Sarah Palin's description of the protesters increasingly disrupting Donald Trump's rallies? "Punk-ass, little thuggery." Palin campaigned with Trump in Tampa Monday before returning to Alaska to be with her husband, Todd, who was in a serious snow machine accident. "We don't have time for all that petty, punk-ass little thuggery stuff that's been going on with these 'protesters,' who are doing nothing but wasting your time and trying to take away your First Amendment rights," she said. "And the media being on the thugs' side -- what the heck are you guys thinking, media?" Sheriff's office weighing charges against Trump. A North Carolina sheriff's office is weighing charges of inciting a riot against Donald Trump or his campaign stemming from a Trump supporter's alleged assault against a protester during a rally last week. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Monday its investigation "is not complete" and that it is probing "the potential of whether there was conduct on the part of Mr. Trump or the Trump campaign which rose to the level of inciting a riot." "Our investigation is not complete as to the incidents of Wednesday, March 9, 2016," the Sheriff's office said in a statement, referring to the date of Trump's rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Police arrested 78-year-old John McGraw and charged him with assault on protester Rakeem Jones after multiple videos surfaced online showing McGraw attempting to punch Jones, hitting him in the face with his elbow.
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