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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  -THAT IS LOST DAILY UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA

 

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

House Investigation: Planned Parenthood’s Aborted Baby Sales So Disturbing It Must be Defunded

 

Abortion Clinic Tries to Get City to Stop Pro-life Pregnancy Center From Opening Next Door (North Carolina)

 

Senate Introduces Budget Resolution That’s the First Step to Defunding Planned Parenthood

 

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vows to veto 20-week abortion ban bill

 

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Promises to Veto Late-Term Abortion Ban to Protect the State’s “Image”

 

So, abortion doesn't harm women's mental health? The stats disagree

 

911 Transcripts Reveal Planned Parenthood Clinic Trying to Cover Up Botched Abortions

 

Planned Parenthood CEO: ‘Start your 2017 off on the right foot’ by booking appointment at abortion center

 

Texas abortion provider says fetal tissue burial rule is 'offensive'

 

Baby burial decision expected Jan. 6   (Texas abortion centers can continue disposing of aborted baby body parts in sewer systems and landfills for now, due to a federal judge's ruling.)

 

Doctors Said Boy With 6 Heart Defects Should Be Aborted; 2 Years Later, He’s Still Going Strong

 

Ohio lawmakers won’t override veto of pro-life bill banning abortions after heartbeat. Pro-lifers dismayed.

 

Remini Series: Scientology’s Horrors Include Imprisonment And Forced Abortion

 

Obama Gives a Parting Gift to the Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

 

Schools, abortion, death penalty top Kansas court's docket

 

Texas Abortion Clinics Say It’s “Offensive” to Bury Aborted Babies Instead of Selling Them for Parts

 

Breaking: Congressional panel publishes final report on Planned Parenthood body parts scandal

 

Finley’s parents are grateful abortion pill reversal saved their little girl

 

ACLU and Planned Parenthood Use Lawsuits to Topple Any Pro-Life Laws in Alaska

 

North Idaho Group Push Anti-abortion Proposal

 

Pro-lifer arrested for ‘domestic terrorism’ outside Planned Parenthood, but never left sidewalk

 

Abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy put on fast track in Kentucky Senate

 

Pro-aborts tout one big victory in 2016 but admit many legislative setbacks

 

These abortion ads in South Africa are sad. But what they reveal is even sadder.

 

Judge Blocks Obamacare’s Abortion, Sex Change Mandates

 

On the Front Lines of El Salvador’s Underground Abortion Economy

 

Rugby Star’s Wife Has Abortion Just to Avoid the “Trauma” of Another Miscarriage  (Australia)

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Shias protested in Afghanistan against IS

 

Afghanistan struggles to absorb wave of returnees from Pakistan

 

 

AFRICA

Original name of Jewish neighborhood restored by Morocco’s

 

Two Moroccan peacekeepers killed in C. Africa convoy attack

 

Car bomb wounds four U.N. guards in Somalia's capital

 

Libyan jet launches deadly strike on rival

 

Pact Would Force Out Joseph Kabila From Congo. If, of Course, He Agrees.

 

AIRLINES

 

American Airlines Jet Has 3rd  Fume Incident in 3 Months

 

ARCTIC

 

Report on Arctic sea ice unleashes shock waves ('All of the official fake news agencies have been claiming' it's getting thinner.)

 

ASIA

 

Europe Is Self-Correcting – Asia Needs Our Attention  (What happened to our pivot to the Asia-Pacific region?)

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Banks keep ASX in the black, just

 

Australian dollar jumps on US Fed minutes

 

Mosquito-borne virus strikes down hundreds

 

Australia: Eight Muslims attack woman, her husband fights them off

 

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

Why Trump Tariffs on Mexican Cars Probably Won’t Stop Job Flight

 

U.S. December auto sales on pace for record high, led by GM

 

Donald Trump's Cronyism and Authoritarianism on Full Display in Twitter Attack on G.M.

 

Is Ford's Move A Cave-In To Trump Protectionist Talk, Or A Savvy Bet On Future?

 

Ford, Criticized by Trump, Cancels Mexico Plant

 

Ford ditches Mexico plan — and Trump wins again

 

 

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU 

 

MyPillow downgraded by biz bureau for misleading customers

 

CANADA

 

TSX, loonie gain as commodity prices rise; Wall St. advances

 

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

 

Canadian fighting ISIS in Syria has been killed

 

Stunning images of snowy owl caught by Montreal traffic camera

 

China scrutiny of money movers could slow Canada home sales

 

Four people shot dead inside rural Nova Scotia home

 

Ontario’s plan: destroy jobs, save the planet

 

Veteran, his wife, child and mother found dead in apparent murder-suicide

 

Antidepressants may be doubling risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, study suggests

 

Effectiveness of morning-sickness drug Diclectin questioned

 

‘Canada has no closer friend:’ Trudeau counters trade tensions in new video to U.S. lawmakers (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

'High risk of bias': Doctor raises doubts over study into morning-sickness drug

 

Fewer First Nations disclosed financial data after PM suspended key accountability measure

 

The coldest days of winter so far are coming to Toronto this week

 

The unbearable whiteness of Joseph Boyden’s aboriginal identity controversy

 

CAPITOL HILL

 

Obama, Pence huddle with Hill allies as ObamaCare repeal fight begins

 

Donald Trump looms over ceremonial day on Capitol Hill

 

CENSUS BUREAU

 

Census Bureau: U.S. Will Add One New Resident Every 17 Seconds in 2017

 

United Van Lines: Americans are renting moving vans and heading west

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

 

Gun violence research a low priority for federal funding

 

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

Why is Trump siding with Assange over the CIA?

 

CIA chief: 'Wait and see' report before doubting Russian hacking (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan)

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Study: Christians Were The Most Persecuted Religious Group in 2016

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Enough of the tweets, China's state media tells Donald Trump

 

China: The New Imperial Japan?

 

China starts the new year smothered in smog

 

Fire at China nursing home kills seven: Xinhua

 

China frees up salt, ends world’s oldest monopoly

 

China steps in to support yuan again as Trump inauguration nears

 

Party secretary and city mayor shot by official in Sichuan

 

Smog-hit Beijing slapped with top 'fog' alert for second day

 

In China, taxis are turning into mini 7-Elevens

 

China plans to spend $115 billion on railways in 2017: Xinhua

 

 China Joins the Fight to Save Elephants

 

Time-Lapse Video Shows Beijing Swamped by a Tide of Smog

 

Halting China’s free ride  (President-elect Donald Trump ran an election campaign that challenged American diplomacy’s long-standing principles and shibboleths. Since his election triumph, Mr Trump is already rewriting the rules of the Presidency and signaling that his foreign policy approach will be unconventional.)

 

As Trump and North Korea's Kim spar, China poses as the responsible actor

 

COMMUNIST CUBA

 

Welcoming Castro's Spies  (How Obama is exposing US defense information to the world's worst intelligence traffickers.)

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Kim Jong-un's New Year Speech Doesn't Mean Anything  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Congress prepares for Obamacare message war

 

A New Congress Is Sworn In, but With Many Old Faces

 

Pomp of First Day for New Congress Gives Way to Chaos

 

Congress tries to kill Obama's newest moves in single shot

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Robert Spencer on the War on the First Amendment  (The ground we've lost during the Obama years -- and the dangerous consequences for national security.)

 

Is Trump’s Tariff Plan Constitutional?

 

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU

 

Equifax, TransUnion fined for selling consumers credit scores not used by most lenders

 

COURTS

 

Landmark Federal Court Ruling Opens The Way For Explosion Of Constructing Mega-Mosques Across America

 

Charleston shooter Dylann Roof to jury: ‘Nothing wrong with me psychologically’

 

Coca-Cola Accused of Tobacco-Like Deception in Lawsuit

 

Trump’s ‘Historic’ Opportunity to Reshape the Federal Courts

 

Pa. high school football players settle "No Gay Thursday" hazing case

 

U.S. judge delays sentencing of VW employee aiding in emission probe

 

Dylann Roof is a loser

 

South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof poised to represent himself at sentencing hearing Wednesday

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Man confesses to shooting semen at shoppers: Cops

 

Dramatic gunfight in Walmart caught on video

 

Parents accused of letting boy die rather than bring him to doctors

 

Police detain 6 after sexual assault caught on security camera

 

Man charged with using bodybuilding weight to kill friend

 

TV host arrested over alleged ties to child prostitution ring

 

Pictured: Altar boy, 15, who fatally shot a classmate in her bedroom after a New Year's party and then turned the gun on himself

 

New-elected W.Va. sheriff charged with stealing meth from evidence room

 

Video shows male officer slam female high school student to ground (North Carolina)

 

28 People Shot, 3 Killed in Chicago on Jan. 1

 

Dad to press charges after teen daughter uses his credit card               

 

Rock Hill mother accused of exposing herself in front of her 4 children at barber shop (South Carolina)

 

Dad admits choking daughter for posting nude Snapchat photos

 

Body Found in Icy Pond May Be Missing 6-Year-Old

 

Drop in Gang Violence Drove New York City Shootings Below 1,000 in 2016

 

The bloody lesson of Chicago’s 762 murders

 

CYBER ATTACKS

 

Trump Cites Julian Assange in Denial of Russian Hacking

 

Trump Is Right about the Russian Hacking Case

 

Is Julian Assange Telling the Truth about the WikiLeaks Hack?

 

Assange: 'Stupid maneuver' for Dems to dwell on Russian hacking

 

DEATH-PENALTY

 

Texas sues feds over blockage of execution drugs

 

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

Democratic Party builds a war room to battle Trump

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Women’s Issues in the Trump Era  (For decades, the Democrats have supported policies that harm women while pretending to be the party of “Women’s issues.”  That is about to change.)

 

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti rolls out 'bill of rights' plan to improve service for DWP customers

 

De Blasio’s strange ‘progressive’ bedfellows  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

DHS chief warns against using DREAMers' info for deportation

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (INJUSTICE)

 

1,140 Lawyers Pen Letter Opposing Sessions' Nomination  (US Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions)

 

A media noose for Jeff Sessions

 

Jeff Sessions says he handled these civil rights cases. He barely touched them.

 

 

ECONOMY

 

Stock market ends near records, powered by auto sales

 

Wall Street keep gains after release of Fed minutes

 

Dollar retreats from 14-year high after FOMC minutes

 

U.S. Stocks Rise, Bonds Erase Drop on Fed Minutes: Markets Wrap

 

Treasury yields finish flat after Fed minutes

 

Japanese Stocks Lead Asian Equity Gains, Oil Rises: Markets Wrap

 

Strong dollar lifts Japan shares, crimps commodities

 

Anthony B. Atkinson, Economist Who Pioneered Study of Inequality, Dies at 72

 

Financial perils in 2017

 

Emerging-Market Stocks Rise on China Data as Currencies Decline

 

Trump’s agenda would boost his bottom line

 

U.S. Job Creation Index Ends 2016 on High Note

 

‘Perfect storm’ could lead to historic bursting of bond bubble, warns Harvard academic

 

EDUCATION

 

Free Tuition Idea Revived (New York's governor wants to make public higher education free for most students, setting off new debate on the concept.)

 

Cuomo, Bernie Sanders propose free tuition at N.Y. public colleges (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)/ US Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Boycott Battle Ahead (Members of the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly are set to debate a resolution to endorse the boycott of Israeli universities.)

 

Cuomo’s free-tuition plan misses the real need

 

Molly Broad to Retire as ACE President  (Under its first woman president, higher education’s chief lobbying group fought Obama ratings plan and embraced “innovation” agenda.)

 

Black parents take their kids to school on how to deal with police

 

Unintended Consequences  (Months into the first year of an early FAFSA campaign, some campus financial aid offices are forced to sort out discrepancies arising from switch to prior-prior year income data.)

 

Former students fight for a stake in ITT Educational Services bankruptcy

 

Guiding Those Who Guide Students  (New book dives deep into the profession of academic advising, offering direction on how advisers can best counsel students.)

 

A rotten Queens principal may finally be gone — for good

 

Make Government Schools Compete or Die

 

Shocker: Oakland Public Schools Are Already Broke Again After 2003 Bailout

 

EGYPT

 

Video captures horrific murder of Egyptian Christian

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Hillary Clinton’s New York Hometown Is Still Despondent Over Her Loss

 

Stein Final Recount Costs Below Estimates; Will Receive $2 Million Refund

 

Wikileaks' Assange: 'A 14-year-old kid could have hacked Podesta' emails

 

The Russian Election Hacking Case Is Getting Murkier

 

 

ELECTION 2020

 

Blue-state lawmakers want to keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

 

ENERGY

 

Oil rebounds on hope of shrinkage in U.S., international supplies

 

Energy Prices

 

Gasoline prices may hit 3-year high in 2017 as cheap-gas era ends

 

Gov. Brown (D) Appoints Radical Enviro Justice Activists to Public Utilities Commission  (The ideologues trying to destroy California's energy sector.)

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

EPA Asks Employees If They’re Straight, Gay, or ‘Something Else’

 

EUROPE

 

Ukrainian servicemen open fire on DPR’s positions over 1,200 times - spokesman

 

Lock and load: Europeans pack heat as Muslim violence surges

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Drugmakers, retailers yank European stocks from 1-year high

 

Sweden video: Muslims fire rockets at crowds and police on New Year’s Eve in Malmo

 

Most imams in France and Belgium forbid Christmas/holiday greetings

 

European Parliament President Martin Schultz to Receive 2016 Medal of Tolerance

 

Italian Inmates Sip, Smell and Taste Their Way to Rehabilitation

 

Swedish queen says royal palace is haunted by 'friendly ghosts'

 

FAST FOOD INDUSTRY

 

Twitter troll takes on Wendy's and gets owned

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

2016 Smashed Previous Gun Sales Record

 

 

FEDERAL DEFICIT

 

Federal Debt Climbs $1,054,647,941,626.91 in 2016

 

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Interest rate hikes might come at faster pace, Fed minutes show

 

Fed policymakers agree Trump fiscal boost poses inflation risk

 

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

 

3 bank fees that can sneak up on you --- and how to avoid them

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

FDA probes dangers of exploding e-cigarettes

 

FRANCE

 

French Far-Right Presidential Contender Says Crimean Annexation Legitimate 

 

GERMANY

 

Merkel Anticipates Frosty Relations with U.S. (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

Germany Arrests Man Who Dined With Market Attacker

 

German state leaders rip into Berlin's plan to centralize security powers

 

1,000 Muslims screaming “Allahu akbar” set fire to Germany’s oldest church on New Year’s Eve

 

Violent storm brings floods to north, snow to south Germany

 

Amid Terror Fight, Germany Broaches a Postwar Taboo

 

Reverse culture shock: the troubles of leaving Germany for home

 

Call to Centralize Security in Germany Broaches a Postwar Taboo

 

Suspected Isis scout for Berlin attack sites goes on trial

 

Hot Hitler! Who's really buying 'Mein Kampf' will shock you

 

Police raid potential 'contacts' of Christmas market attacker

 

German ISIS Member Who Denied Killing Is Charged in Murders

 

Truck used in Berlin Christmas market attack could go to museum

 

Germany to sue Facebook over racist postings

 

German State Wants to Block Deportation If Migrants Are Victims of ‘Right Wing’ Crime

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

New Report Exposes Rockefeller Dynasty's Role in “Climate” Scam

 

 

GOOGLE

 

Revenge porn victim to Google: Make me disappear

 

GOP

 

Intramural GOP Strife Over Russia? Not So Fast . . .

Pennsylvania GOP chair departs

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Mike Pence Says Obamacare Will be Repealed: “We’re Going to be in the Promise-Keeping Business”

 

American Medical Association makes plea to GOP on Obamacare

 

The Health Data Conundrum

 

Pence, Obama spar on viability of keeping health care law

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Harvard Experts: When a cough just won't go away

 

How did Texan father get professional-grade pesticide which accidentally killed his four children? Police probe after mouse pellets poison family of ten

 

Zika largely spares U.S. as virus wreaks havoc worldwide

 

Doctor tries to perform tracheotomy with dinner knife on choking diner

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

5 Amazing Things The Hero of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Did That Aren’t In the Movie

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

'Ellen' disinvites famous gospel singer after anti-'gay' sermon

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Trump ally wants to remove ‘two states’ from bill condemning UN  (US Representative of Iowa Steve King (R)

 

Ryan: Trump will 'be better informed' after Russia briefing  (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

11 Freshmen Congressmen to Watch in 2017

 

Pelosi: ‘You want grandma living in the guest room? repeal ObamaCare.’ (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Inside the House GOP ethics debacle

 

Paul Ryan gives congressman's son a stern telling off as he DABS during his father's swearing-in photo... and gets the teen grounded (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

GOP blunder on ethics office should start proper debate

 

Norton (D-DC) presses Speaker Ryan for full voting rights in House (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

House GOP Gives Staff Broader New Powers to Grill Witnesses

 

Ryan easily wins speakership, calls unified control ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for GOP

 

Diane Black named interim House Budget chair

 

A day of chaos at the Capitol as House GOP backs down on ethics changes

 

As Trump Joins Outcry, House Cancels Gutting of Ethics Office

 

A tweet from Trump brings unruly House caucus to heel

 

House Fires at Ethics and Shoots Self

 

The House ethics office needs changes, but not the ones Republicans proposed

 

Watchdogs fret House ethics office may yet be defanged

 

Rep. Hudson Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

 

House conservatives to roll out Obamacare replacement

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Shut Down America’s Refugee Programs Before They Turn Us Into Germany

 

President Trump’s Immigration Challenge  (To undo Obama’s catastrophic damage.)

 

INDIA

 

66 weapons, 7000 rounds looted in Kashmir post Burhan Wani's death

 

Bangalore police chief casts doubt on allegations of mass NYE assault

 

World Bank envoy to meet India, Pakistan officials over Indus water dispute

 

North Korea famine focus misses the starving children of India

 

China must hear voice of the world on terror: India on Masood Azhar issue

 

India Call Centers Find New Angle: Scamming Americans

 

Indian Official Blames Women’s Western Dress for Sexual Harassment

 

USA not going to tolerate dual role from India's neighbour: Trump team official

 

INDONESIA

 

Indonesian defence minister plays down diplomatic rift 

 

Indonesian Military Says Cooperation With Australian Military Suspended

 

INTERNET 

 

Montana neo-Nazi march still on, white supremacist website editor says

 

IRAN

 

Arab opposition group claims pipeline bombings in Iran

 

IRGC Presents Its New 'Suicide Drone'

 

IRAQ

 

Iraqi forces press gains against Daesh in eastern Mosul

 

In battle for Mosul, everybody’s taking selfies — and some may be incriminating

 

ISLAM

 

Shocking ‘No Muslims’ sign seen in US store

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing   (Wednesday, January 4, 2017)

 

Elor Azaria’s trial is over, but the tribulations have only just begun

 

Majority of Israelis support pardon for Azariya

 

Azaria pardon options seem unlikely

 

Netanyahu calls for soldier convicted of manslaughter to be pardoned (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Ex-defense minister: Politicians ‘cynically exploiting’ Hebron shooter verdict

 

For Peace in Palestine, Start from Scratch

 

Rivlin: Israelis should shun contact with Europe’s far-right (Israeli President Reuven Rivlin)

 

Israeli Soldier Guilty of Manslaughter in Shooting Palestinian Attacker

 

Lebanon president accuses Mossad of murder in Angola

 

Activist who filmed Hebron shooting 'fears for his life' after Israeli soldier convicted

 

Jerusalem murders shine light on postpartum depression sufferers

 

Palestinians threaten ‘bloodshed’ after Trump promises to move Israeli embassy

 

Security beefed up around judges who convicted soldier

 

Clashes break out as Israeli forces storm Shufat refugee camp, detain 25

 

Family of slain Palestinian attacker vows to take IDF soldier to Hague

 

John Kerry, Those “Illegal” Settlements, That “Two-State Solution” (Part II) (US Secretary of State John F Kerry )

 

Hebron soldier’s family blasts son’s ‘disgraceful’ conviction

 

Without Arab action, Kerry’s truths mean nothing

 

Month after awarding Kerry, Haim Saban repudiates him over Israel actions

 

Liberman: I don’t like Azaria verdict, but we must respect it  (Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman)

 

Fact-checking John Kerry's speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

 

Palestinian UN worker sentenced to 7 months for aiding Hamas

 

Palestinian Foreign Ministry calls Elor Azarya conviction a 'show trial'

 

Israel lifts India travel warning, urges tourists to stay vigilant

 

Bibi’s Revenge at U.N. Risks Israel’s Bid for Security Council Seat  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

PA media shows Israelis killing Santa Claus

 

China to send Israel thousands of construction workers

 

Israeli court rejects appeal to release longest-serving Palestinian prisoner

 

PM Netanyahu Eulogizes IDF Major Hagai Ben Ari, z’l

 

How serious is animosity between Israel, Iran?

 

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz: ‘Make Gush Etzion Part of Greater Jerusalem’

 

Haim Saban ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by US Abstention at UNSC, and Kerry’s ‘One-Sided Speech’

 

Terrorist family satisfied with Azaria conviction, fears light sentence

 

Levin: 'Can You Name One Israeli Who Straps Bombs on Their Children' To Blow Palestinians Up? You Can't!

 

Can Trump Overcome Obama's Israel Failure?

 

Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter in Palestinian's death

 

The Azaria trial and the rift over orders to shoot

 

Israel's position

 

Obama Administration Set for One Last Strike at Israel  (A Paris “peace conference” and a Turtle Bay aftermath.)

 

Netanyahu May Be His Own Worst Enemy in Graft Case (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Far-right Israeli minister plans bill to annex one of biggest settlements

 

 

JAPAN

 

Japan PM to keep economy his 'highest priority' in 2017

 

LIBERALISM

 

Crazy liberals can stop worrying about raising kids in ‘Trump’s America’

 

MARIJUANA

 

Has legal pot impacted teens' view of drug's dangers?

 

Marijuana legalization supporters to hand out 4,200 joints at Trump inauguration

 

MEDIA 

 

Report: Fox News Considering ‘Pro-Trump Conservative’ Woman to Fill Megyn Kelly’s Time-slot

 

Megyn Kelly’s big mistake

 

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Is Hardly 'Public'

 

WSJ editor Gerard Baker defends 'lie' comments from 'Meet the Press' appearance

 

CNN mocked for using screengrabs from Fallout 4 in Russian hacking story

 

Gabriel Sherman: Megyn Kelly Left Fox Over Trump, Ailes and O'Reilly

 

The smile that says she's leaving: Beaming Megyn Kelly heads to the studio hours after announcing she's moving to NBC 'after Fox TURNED DOWN her last-minute $25M demand'

 

'We wish her the best': Rupert Murdoch hopes Megyn Kelly has 'tremendous success' after it's revealed she'll leave Fox on Friday

 

Why Megyn Kelly is leaving Fox News for NBC

 

'Refugee' named Mohamed sexually assaults disabled U.S. woman, media silent

 

Kelly’s Move to NBC Will Test Her, and the Networks

 

One Backlash Spawns Another for Oklahoma Paper That Backed Clinton

 

How Megyn Kelly’s move to NBC could change the cable news landscape

 

MEDICARE

 

Betsy McCaughey: Deadly 'End-Of-Life' Myths

 

MEXICO

 

Connecting the Dots Between Mexican Border Corruption and Islam’s War on America

 

Remittances to Mexico jump by most in 10 years after Trump win

 

 Mexico Last endangered porpoises to be rounded up by US Navy-trained dolphins

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Kuwaiti MP: “It is the Zionist entity that runs the world”

 

Michel Aoun’s visit marks a new era in KSA-Lebanon ties (Saudi Arabia)

 

Houthi militias ‘recruiting children’ in Yemen

 

99,000 Captagon pills seized at Saudi border

 

MILITARY

 

Barack Obama Just Had His Last Meeting With The Military. Here's What He Told Them About Donald Trump.

 

VA Hospitals’ ‘Improvement’ Doesn’t Tell Whole Story, Veterans Advocate Says

 

Five freshmen Congressmen (all with military backgrounds): Why we support Mattis for Defense Secretary

 

Defense Sequester Stands in Way of President Trump’s Shipbuilding Plan

 

Pentagon: Only 'a few hundred' Calif. National Guardsmen will be required to repay bonuses

 

Trump blasts defense contracting titans for overpriced weapons

 

Trump meets with former VA deputy for unfilled Cabinet post

 

Pentagon seeks to avert low-ball bids on development contracts

 

MYANMAR

 

'The Rohingya Alan Kurdi': Will the world take notice now?

 

Myanmar Holds Officers After Video Purports to Show Police Beating Rohingya

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)

 

Absurd, disgraceful NAACP stages sit-in at Jeff Sessions’s Alabama office

 

Guess what the NAACP thinks of Trump's AG pick

 

Police arrest NAACP members protesting in Sessions's office

 

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE

 

Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease Found in Eastern US National Parks

 

PAKISTAN

 

Christian in Pakistan Jailed under Vindictive Blasphemy Charge, Sources Say

 

Pakistan shocked by case of alleged torture of 10-year-old girl

 

Nawaz Sharif and family changed their counsel in Panamagate case  (Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

Panama Papers leak: Pakistan Supreme Court to conduct daily hearings against Nawaz Sharif

 

Why aid Pakistan when it has nukes programme, ask furious UK Parliamentarians

 

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Russia Offers Philippines, a Longtime U.S. Ally, Arms and Close Friendship

 

Russian warships dock in Philippines on goodwill visit, look forward to joint drills  

 

Suspected Rebels Storm Philippine Jail, 158 Inmates Escape

 

Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs strains U.S.-Philippines alliance (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

POLITICS

 

The Last Daze of Conservative Democrats

 

PORNOGRAPHY

 

Pa. man who died hiking in Switzerland faced U.S. child porn charges

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP (TRANSITION)

 

5 Republicans Liberals May Learn to Love in the Trump Era

 

Trump taps private security director for White House job

 

Trump announces 11 more White House hires

 

John Stossel: Why I hope Trump will break many of his promises (and soon!)

 

Poll: Voters Want Trump to Focus on Jobs in Speech

 

Will black college band perform at Trump inauguration?

 

Inside Ivanka and Jared's $5.5 million, six bedroom new D.C. home - just two blocks away from the Obamas' post-presidency digs

 

Democracy and Mr. Trump

 

Is Trump successful in targeting companies?

 

Fake Poll News: Public Says Trump Can't Handle Being President

 

The Donald Should Wave Goodbye to The Sultan

 

Donald Trump says delayed intel briefing on Russian hacking ‘very strange’

 

Report: Trump's 'delayed' intelligence meeting was always scheduled for Friday

 

It started with a little online venting. Now the Women’s March could be the biggest inauguration demonstration.

 

Trump holding press conference next week

 

Trump derides intel briefing on 'so-called' Russian hacking

 

Trump opponents find an ally: Republican incompetence

 

The Snapchat Presidency of Donald Trump

 

Omarosa Manigault Set to Join Trump's White House

 

Donald Trump’s Disastrous Example

 

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have found their D.C. home

 

With Trump’s win, America sees a brighter future

 

Trump's first 100 days

 

GOPers fighting Trump’s agenda at their own risk

 

PRISONS

 

Official gives update on Charles Manson amid hospitalization reports

 

Charles Manson reportedly seriously ill, taken to hospital

 

Massive Manhunt Continues for Escaped Rhode Island Inmate

 

RUSSIA

 

Russia Isn’t Our Friend, But That Doesn’t Make The Left’s Conspiracy Theories True

 

Does Putin like Donald Trump, why have the US sent special forces to the Russian border and will relations improve? (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Lithuania confirms presence of US special forces as a ‘deterrence against Russian aggression’

 

"Russia is not the Soviet Union, this is not the Cold War, and Moscow is not looking for world domination."

 

Rosneftegaz confirms deal on selling Rosneft’s 19.5% stake closed

 

Moscow Says U.S. Will Answer for Devastation in Syria, ‘Sooner or Later’  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: Russia bombs and destroys Syria and murders innocent Syrian citizens to keep the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in power and it is the US fault.)

 

US coalition spared ISIS oil production facilities in Syria – Russian MoD

 

Russian Man Greets the New Year With Automatic Gunfire From His Apartment Window

 

Soviet cosmonaut Igor Volk dies aged 79

 

Russian Central Bank Chief Nabiullina Named European Banker of the Year

 

Plane Crash Exposes Lack of Emergency Preparation at Russian Airport

 

Moscow braces for severe hoar frost after snowstorm

 

The Left's New Soviet Union  (If only leftists had been as incensed by the horrors of the Soviet Union as they now appear to be with Russian President Vladimir V Putin's Russia.)

 

Russian Ruble Ended 2016 As Second Best Emerging Market Performer

 

Vladimir Putin wages information war against U.S., allies (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

SCIENCE

 

Scientists have discovered a new organ in the human body

 

Is Economics a Hard Science?

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

 

Trump Names Jay Clayton, Quintessential Wall Street Lawyer and Goldman Sachs Advisor, to Head SEC

 

Trump Names Wall Street Lawyer as SEC Chairman

 

Exclusive: Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton emerges as Trump’s top SEC choice

 

SENATE

 

Are Republicans Preparing To SAVE Obamacare?

 

Dem Sen Who Skipped Obama Meeting Says 'I Just Think It's Absolutely Wrong'

 

Rand Paul warns Republicans not to repeal-and-delay Obamacare (US Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul (R)

 

Senate Democrats: We’re Going To Block Trump’s SCOTUS Nominees If They’re Not ‘Mainstream’ Candidates

 

McConnell, Schumer back resolution condemning U.N. over Israel vote (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Bernie Sanders Claims he has ‘Plan to Stop Trump’ (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Schumer Flips, Now Says He'll Fight To Keep Supreme Court Seat Vacant

 

Schumer Backs Effort That Rejects the Anti-Israel UN Resolution  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Schumer, McConnell trade shots ahead of SCOTUS showdown

 

Schumer Poised to Oppose Trump Supreme Court Nominees

 

Schumer: Dems Will Work With Trump Only 'If He Moves Completely In Our Direction'

 

Lindsey Graham: Trump citing Assange on hacking 'very disturbing'  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey Graham (R)

 

Top Senate Leaders Back Resolution Rejecting UN Israel Condemnations

 

Trump to GOP: Don't Let 'Schumer Clowns' Escape Obamacare Blame 

 

Schumer Unveils New Slogan for GOP’s Obamacare Repeal: Make America Sick Again

 

GOP shames Schumer for nominee-stall

 

Senate Republicans Introduce Obamacare Repeal Resolution

 

Schumer, favorite senator of Wall Street and K Street, takes over Senate Dems

 

Republicans deliver on 'Day One' promise, begin ObamaCare repeal on Hill

 

Republican unity thwarts Democrats’ plans to block Trump’s Cabinet nominees

 

If Republicans play winner-takes-all, everyone will lose

 

Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

 

Schumer: Trump 'really dumb' for attacking intelligence agencies

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Is Mark Zuckerberg preparing to enter politics? Facebook CEO fuels rumours with 2017 challenge to tour every US state

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Photographer captures incredible images of isolated Amazon tribe

 

A terrifying peace in Colombia: War is replaced by a series of killings

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

 

Seoul to set up special unit to remove N. Korea wartime leadership

 

Childbirth, housing price correlated: study

 

Preparing for the worst

 

Seoul aims to offset leadership vacuum, up NK pressure

 

Retaliation over THAAD

 

Seoul's low-key approach on defense cost stirs controversy

 

SOUTH PACIFIC

 

Fiji earthquake tsunami threat passes after 7.2-magnitude tremor

 

 

SPORTS

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

 

STATES

 

Commuter Train Crashes in NYC; Over 100 Injured

 

Holder hired to help California fight Trump administration

 

Weather limits search for plane that vanished with 6 aboard

 

New lava viewing area opens in Hawaii, days after large lava delta collapse

 

It’s Still a Mad, Mad California

 

How Cuomo Turned Lenient Toward a 75-Year Sentence (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

Cuomo’s contemptible pardon for a terrorist

 

How red and blue states can avoid a nasty divorce

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Exxon Mobil, Tillerson agree to cut all ties

 

Tillerson to Cede Control of $240 Million in Exxon as Trump Pick

 

What Rex Tillerson's Exxon Mobil track record tells us

 

 

SYRIA

 

Resistance Axis Opponents Enraged At Photos Of Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani In Aleppo: The Photos Are Proof Of Iranian Expansion In Syria, Are Reminiscent Of Nazi Generals Strolling Through Cities They Destroyed

 

Aleppo’s Survivors Have Nowhere to Go

 

Thousands return to freezing Aleppo to see ‘destruction beyond recognition’

 

Syrian cease-fire crumbles as government forces advance around Damascus 

 

TAIWAN

 

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

 

Employers struggling with new act: poll

 

Taiwan objects to Vietnam deporting telecom fraud suspects to China

 

Textbook description of masturbation condemned

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Why everyone's talking to Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa

 

TERRORISM

 

9 Recent Terrorist Attacks on Nightclubs Around the World

 

THAILAND

 

Thai leaders say general election on track for this year

 

TRADE

 

With Choice of Trade Negotiator, Trump Prepares to Confront Mexico and China

 

Pick for Trade Chief Indicates Trump Will Confront Partners

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

"Widespread misconduct" at Treasury nominee's bank?

 

 

TURKEY

 

Istanbul on Alert as Hunt for Gunman Reaches 4th  Day

 

Nobody should interfere with others’ lifestyle: Erdoğan (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

One Turkish soldier killed in ISIL attack in northern Syria

 

Gunman identified in Istanbul nightclub attack, Turkish authorities say

 

Footage showing Ankara woman slipping and falling while kicking snowman goes viral

 

Russian officials due in Turkey to discuss Astana talks on Syria: Turkish minister

 

Turkish EU Minister to Muslim televangelist: I play and recommend chess

 

Turkey optimistic for ties with US during Trump era

 

Turkey ‘questions’ US use of İncirlik air base

 

Reina attacker identified, as 40 detained in probe

 

US warned Turkey of potential ISIL attack over Christmas, New Year: Gov’t sources

 

Turkish FM says ceasefire violations put Syria talks in jeopardy

 

Iraq’s Abadi takes anti-PKK stance before Yıldırım’s visit

 

President Erdoğan calls on Turks to ‘mobilize all means’ to revive economy

 

Turkish police tracing Russian envoy killer’s movements on Internet

 

Ministry launches investigation into Syrian child’s death in southern Turkey

 

Obama welcomes Turkey’s efforts for Syria truce in call with Erdoğan

 

Pentagon says coalition jets back Turkey in Syria without weapons

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

 FTSE 100 logs 5th straight record close after late-session jump

 

After Brexit: Will an Economic Goodbye to Europe Mean Hello to the World?

 

UK: Imam advising government on Sharia claims “Islamophobia” gaining “legitimacy” 

 

Sir Ivan Rogers attacks 'muddled thinking' in resignation letter as Theresa May expected to appoint new EU ambassador who 'believes in Brexit' (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

In Blow to ‘Brexit’ Plans, Britain’s Top Envoy to E.U. Resigns

 

Scotland's hunts 'under threat despite animal rights groups losing their class war'

 

Chelsea FC Four fans convicted of racist violence on Paris Métro

 

Glasgow rail protest planned as fares rise by up to 7 per cent

 

Cambridgeshire Police hunt driver after two killed in hit-and-run

 

Queen presents honour while recuperating from cold at Sandringham

 

Christmas Day TV Ratings fall to lowest on record

 

Bird flu confirmed in chickens and ducks in Wales as disease spreads 

 

Magnitude 3.8 earthquake strikes North Yorkshire

 

Brexit to spell the end of burdensome EU billboards for farmers 

 

Zero impact? No evidence sugar-free soft drinks aid weight loss – study

 

Tom Watson, Labour's deputy leader, admits he is not consulted on key strategy decisions by Jeremy Corbyn

 

'I've had to pee into a bottle' Transport firms under pressure to improve disability access

 

New laws changing Britain in 2016 and 2017

 

'Terrified' mother died after C-section advice dismissed, inquest hears

 

EU ambassador attacks 'muddled thinking'

 

Britain's most lucrative speed camera raises as much money as a 'medium-sized business' 

 

Terrorism 'first-aid training needed'

 

Fat Cat Wednesday UK bosses make more in two and a half days than workers earn all year

 

Next warns on outlook as sales fall

 

Dozens of fake degree certificate websites shut down amid crack down on bogus awards

 

Private ambulance staff 'lack training'

 

Asthma Millions of UK sufferers 'not receiving basic levels of care'

 

Brexit 'will need new green law'

 

Plastic bag tax is fuelling spread of food poisoning as people do not wrap raw meat separately 

 

Having children 'carries pay penalty'

 

Gender pay gap Down to 5% among UK workers in their 20s, study finds

 

France bans smacking, raising pressure on UK to follow suit

 

M62 shooting Man killed by police during planned operation

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Trump Presses UN to Reform. Here’s What Can Be Done to Curtail Its Power.

 

New Zealand vandals target sponsor of UN resolution

 

More Americans support UN resolution on Israel than oppose it — poll

 

They Clapped while They Took Away Jerusalem from the Jews  (Something very unusual happened after the Security Council voted to declare Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria as Arab/Islamic land.)

 

Religious leaders indict U.N. as 'anti-Christian'

 

UNITED STATES

 

Storms to Bring Rain, Snow, Frigid Air Across US

 

The Wilding of America  (Let’s dispense with feel-good nonsense about the wild world, which the British have raised to an art form, and visit a society where large wild animals flourish.  Of course, I refer to the hunting culture of the United States.)

 
WHITE HOUSE

 

Star-Studded Guest List for Obama’s Final White House Bash

 

Obama to Trump: Protect 'Dreamers'

 

Barack Obama’s Shaky Legacy on Human Rights (For all his promises — and a Nobel Peace Prize — the Obama Presidency delivered more hope than change.)

 

Obama tells Democrats: 'Don't rescue' Republicans on 'Trumpcare'

 

President Obama Tells Democrats in Congress to Stand Their Ground in Fight Over Obamacare

 

Obama Welcomes Turkish, Russian Effort To Revive Syrian Cease-Fire

 

The Chicago Farewell  (A more dangerous nation is the President’s legacy.)

 

Why the Obama legacy is doomed

 

Obama’s last-minute own-goals

 

Ending the opioid epidemic  (White House leadership is key to halting the deadly scourge.)

 

President Obama’s Legacy Follows His Shadow

 

Obama’s Travel Cost Taxpayers More Than $96 Million

 

Obama's coming obscurity

 

Obama races to grant clemency before Trump puts on the kibosh

 

WORKPLACE

 

Sweden’s six-hour workday experiment is over — but could it succeed in America?

 

Employees pining for a six-hour workday just got some bad news

 

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