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Friday, January 6, 2017

 

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

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Watch How the Liberal Media are Nothing More Than a PR Firm for Planned Parenthood

 

5 Reasons Planned Parenthood Must Be Defunded ASAP

 

Pro-Abortion Billionaire George Soros Launches Campaign to Topple Pro-Life Laws in Catholic Countries

 

Ky. bills to protect unborn babies progress

 

Planned Parenthood CEO Caught Making Bogus Claim That Defunding Abortion Biz Killed Women

 

The Truth about Planned Parenthood


Patricia Heaton: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman, We are For Women at Every Stage

 

Virginia Governor Promises to Veto 20-Week Abortion Ban

 

GOP Passes Anti-Abortion, ‘Right-To-Work’ Bills In Flurry Of Votes (Kentucky)

 

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill to Ban Late-term Abortions After 20 Weeks

 

Commentary: The Kentucky GOP is fast-tracking abortion restrictions that likely won’t fare well in court

 

Pregnant After Rape, I Scheduled an Abortion. I Changed My Mind When My Mom Prayed

 

Republicans look to punish Planned Parenthood — without any evidence

 

Nancy Pelosi, allies prep for war over Obamacare, Planned Parenthood (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Pro-Life Organization Asks Pro-Abortion Groups to Join Their “Women’s March.” Here’s What Happened

 

Abortion ban, anti-union bills are nearly law (Kentucky)

 

Abortion Activists Trash New Trump Health Advisor Because She’s Pro-Life

 

The fight to defund Planned Parenthood has very little to do with abortions

 

House Select Panel: Push for Revenue Makes Abortion Practices More Gruesome

 

GOP to defund Planned Parenthood in ObamaCare repeal

 

A Wave of Anti-Abortion Laws Is About to Hit This State

 

Trump's New Health Care Policy Staffer Thinks Birth Control Causes Abortions

 

To Protect Abortion Rights, Progressives Need to Think Big

 

Senator Perry Files Bill Prohibiting Dismemberment Abortions (Texas)

 

Planned Parenthood Republicans seek to pull plug in Obamacare fight

 

Abortion bill could see action during lame-duck session   (Illinois)

 

ADOPTION

 

Teenage refugee finds family through adoption

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Gunmen Kill 13 Miners In Northern Afghanistan

 

Despite Ban, Invasive Virginity Tests Remain Prevalent in Afghanistan

 

 

AFRICA

 

Power struggle risks tipping Libya deeper into crisis

 

Nigerian Christians Declare National Day Of Mourning For Its Persecuted By Muslim Terrorists

 

Ghana Is Leading the Way For Democracy in Africa

 

Parents must play role in care of Nigeria's freed Chibok girls: campaigners

 

I Was in the Motorcade That Struck and Killed 6-Year-Old Toussaint Birwe

 

Central African Republic: No charges sought over abuse claims against French troops

 

Africa Live: Gunfire in two Ivory Coast cities, Kenya doctors refuse pay offer

 

 

AIRLINES

 

Delta cargo boss accused of regularly masturbating at work

 
AIRPORTS

 

Photo Evidence Reveals Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Is A Muslim Terrorist

 

Police Hunt Second Shooter at Florida Airport: At Least 5 Dead

 

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting: Suspect in custody, 9 injured

 

Three shot dead and nine wounded at Florida airport: Panic in Ft Lauderdale as gunman opens fire in baggage claim

 

ANTARCTIC

 

Giant Antarctic iceberg set to break away

 

ARMS CONTROL

 

Jeremy Stone, Who Influenced Arms Control During Cold War, Dies at 81

 

ASIA

 

Muslim Gangs Are Kidnapping Christian Children, Forcibly Converting Them To Islam, And Then Peddling Them Out Of The Islamic Schools (Bangladesh)

 

'Mastermind' of Bangladesh cafe siege shot dead by police in pre-dawn raid 

 
AUSTRALIA

 

ASX hits new highs as strong start to the year continues

 

Australian Dollar Advances Against Majors

 

Live snakes sent in the mail stun Australian postal workers

 

What international students really think about studying in Sydney

 

Viral Australia advert declared 'obscene'

 

Malek Fahd: Islamic Council refuses to hand over land to school

 

Sydney Uni pair beat Oxford and Yale teams to win global debating contest

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

What's Really Going On with Trump and Ford

 

Toyota shares drop after Trump Mexico plant tweet

 

As Trump attacks, Nissan at bigger risk than Toyota

 

We contribute billions to US economy, Toyota tells Trump

 

 AVIATION

 

Airbus reached A350 delivery target in 2016: sources

 

Boeing nears $10.1 billion order from India's Spicejet: Bloomberg

 

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Americans Still See Big Government as Top Threat

 

Wikileaks' Assange: Governments 'hate transparency. They loathe it'

 

 

CANADA

 

Miners lead TSX retreat; index still up 1.4 pct on week

 

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

 

Justin Trudeau spent vacation on Aga Khan's island in Bahamas (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

When Justin Trudeau corners you at Tim Hortons, you know the Liberals are in trouble

 

Gay man who was mocked by juror on radio has charges stayed

 

Canadians will eventually warm up to Trump. Until then, stop treating him like a monster

 

That's Pretty Bad, Eh? Canadian Government Quietly Releases Document Predicting Dark Future

 

2016 was Toronto's deadliest year for pedestrians

 

The Canadian who spent C$1.5m to rescue more than 200 Syrian refugees

 

2 suspects surrender in Pizza Pizza shooting death

 

RCMP confirms Nova Scotia family killed in murder-suicide

 

The optimist's guide to Justin Trudeau's endless — yet poetic — deficit spending

 

U.S. ambassador to Canada submits his resignation

 

Parti Quebecois launches alternative campaign to counter Canada 150

 

Ethics watchdog won’t explain error regarding $200,000 donated to Trudeau Foundation

 

Mississauga firefighter overcomes severe injuries, returns to work

 

Toronto-area school board reverses decision on Muslim prayers

 

Demystifying the legendary ghost story at U of T’s University College

 

CAPITOL HILL

 

The Women’s March on Washington is becoming a joke

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

 

Heartburn drugs may raise risk of stomach infections: study

 

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

U.S. Intel Report Identifies Russians Who Gave Emails to WikiLeaks

 

North Carolina man set to plead guilty in hacking of CIA Director John Brennan

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2016

 

COLD WAR

 

Bill Perry is terrified. Why aren’t you?

 

COMEDY

 

Conan O'Brien's “Conan” shifting to a weekly show

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

 Data to show China in sound position but risks abound

 

Exclusive: China's ZTE to slash about 3,000 jobs - sources

 

What if Bush had taken a tougher line with China in 2001?

 

China central bank urges rational investment in bitcoin

 

China Ready to Step Up Scrutiny of U.S. Firms If Trump Starts Feud: Sources

 

Yuan Pares Record Rally as Goldman Says Now’s the Time to Sell

 

China Lays Out $360 Billion Plan for Renewable Energy

 

A Poem Praises Smog, and Why Not? It’s From Cancer’s Perspective

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Allies agree to increase pressure on N.Korea

 

U.S., allies warn of "new level of threat" from North Korea

 

US Sees 'Qualitative Improvement' in North Korea's Weapons Capabilities

 

Cold War relic, present day threat

 

CONGRESS

 

US Congress certifies Trump’s election as president

 

If the GOP repeals ONLY ‘most’ of Obamacare, they're nuts

 

The GOP Does Have A Plan To Replace Obamacare. That’s What Scares Democrats Most

 

Real Healthcare Reform

 

How to Repeal Obamacare

 

The GOP can now enact real health care reform

 

Government by faculty lounge subject to repeal

 

Trump asks Congress — not Mexico — to pay for border wall

 

Congress looks to start building a Mexican border wall within months

 

GOP hard-liners might accept $1 trillion budget gap to end Obamacare

 

The G.O.P. Health Care Hoax

 

Make Obamacare great again — call it Trumpcare

 

The Health Care Plan Trump Voters Really Want

 

Why Obamacare must be repealed

 

 

COPORATE AMERICA

 

Stanley Black & Decker Announce Opening of New U.S. Plant After Trump White House Win

 

COURTS

 

Ex-teacher who admitted sex with student learns fate

 

Dylann Roof complains it’s ‘not fair’ to listen to victims’ families

 

Man admits he used phone to record sex with women

 

Appeal: Judge trashed rules to attack Sheriff Joe

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

The #BlackLivesMatter torture film

 

Family of Chicago-area man tortured in Facebook Live video speaks out

 

Naked woman who stole deputy's truck leads police on wild chase

 

A look at black-on-white torture in Chicago

 

The #BlackLivesMatter Torture Film  (When a quartet of black assailants torture a mentally disabled white man on tape, our leftist betters wave us away.  "Nothing to see here." )

 

Some Hate Crimes Are More Equal Than Others

 

Millions under a mattress: US agents find $20m in cash after fraud raid

 

With Rise of Body Cameras, New Tests of Transparency and Trust

 

RI Prison Escapee Captured in Massachusetts

 

Chicago Assault Tests a Tense Nation’s Views on Race

 

Man Tries to Burglarize Spy Shop Selling Surveillance...

 

New York Police Shoot Man Wearing Ballistics Vest

 

Study: Hiring black officers won’t quickly curb police shootings of citizens

 

The reaction to a viral Facebook video of a hate crime tells us something about postelection America

 

Man shot by cops is scion of powerful New York family

 

Heroin overdoses in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks — including teenage boy — prompt crackdown; 17 arrested

 

'His father had been touching him down there': The Menendez Brothers' cousin breaks her silence to claim the boys WERE being molested before they murdered their parents

 

 

CRONY CAPITALISM

 

The ‘Price’ of Doing Business

 

 

CYBER ATTACKS

 

Intel report says US identifies go-betweens who gave emails to WikiLeaks

 

We know what Russia did. But what we really need to understand is why.

 

When it comes to challenging Trump on Russia hacking, Democrats should lead from behind

 

Rudy Giuliani: Hacking the 'Biggest Menace' to US, World  (Former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani(R)

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

More Hillary Clinton emails surface - and show how anti-gay Sharia law ruler The Sultan of Brunei treated Bill 'like part of his family'

 

Clinton vs. de Blasio for New York Mayor? Unlikely Idea Has People Talking (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

Va. gubernatorial race takes an unexpected turn as Perriello jumps in

 

De Blasio’s sad addiction to cheap ego-boosters

 

'Enemies Within' – Hillary's links to Muslim Brotherhood revealed

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (INJUSTICE)

 

Volkswagen, Justice Dept. nearing $3 billion deal to resolve diesel allegations

 

Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chief Counsel: Democrat Campaign Against Sessions ‘All a Big Charade’   (US Attorney General nominee Senator of Alabama Jeff Sessions(R)

 

The Sessions Smear 

 

Senator Jeff Sessions: A Great Choice to Run USDOJ 

 

Former DOJ lawyer says Sessions was right to prosecute controversial voter fraud case 

 

Jeff Sessions: An attorney general who’s all in for prosecutors

 

How Sessions lost in '86 confirmation battle  

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

Beef-jerky plant employee fired over severed thumb incident

 

 

ECONOMY

 

Dow misses 20,000 milestone by about a nickel

 

Boosted by Apple, Wall Street parties like it's 19,999

 

S&P 500, Nasdaq end at records after solid jobs report

 

Wall Street Is Starting to Get Nervous About All the Money Pouring Into U.S. Stocks

 

Manufacturing Jobs Declined by 45,000 in 2016; Government Jobs Increased by 183,000--Now Outnumber Manufacturing by 9,948,000

 

Obama’s Legacy: New Jobs Went to Janitors, Bartenders and Nurses

 

White Unemployment, 4.3% -- Black Unemployment, 7.8% -- Asian Unemployment, 2.6%

 

U.S. job growth slows, but wages rebound strongly

 

Record 95,102,000 Americans Not Participating in Labor Force

 

A record 75 straight months of job growth under Obama (AVIPP COMMENTARY: More media lies!)

 

US Adds 156K Jobs; Jobless Rate Up to 4.7%

 

Dollar jumps after jobs report, erasing the week’s losses

 

Asian shares rise as U.S. interest rates ease, China steps up yuan defense

 

Asian markets mixed as automakers come under pressure after Donald Trump's warning to Toyota

 

U.S. retail mall vacancies flat in fourth quarter: Reis

 

Where Trump Sees Economic ‘Disaster,’ Experts See Something More Complex

 

Goldman’s Bet on Emerging Currencies Is BRICS Without the ‘C’

 

End of the Obama economy is here

 

Sears, Other Retailers Reel From Gales Of 'Creative Destruction'

 

Tax guru: Trump plan is key to reviving U.S. economy

 

How Emerging Markets Will Fare Under Trump

 

The 'January effect' for stock markets is fading: Goldman

 

Gold ends lower after jobs report, but scores second straight weekly gain

 

11 jobs that pay at least $100K at top U.S. employers

 

J.C. Penney holiday sales drop 0.8 percent, shares slide

 

U.S. employment growth seen strong in December, wages up

 

EDUCATION

 

Jew-Hate at Middle Tennessee State University  (Officials turn a blind eye toward blatant anti-Semitism.)

 

A Word of Caution to the Trump Administration on School Choice

 

Be Wary of the Details  (While well intentioned, it’s apparent that the New York State tuition-free public college plan will not accomplish its desired goals, writes Robert Samuels. )

 

A Promising Proposal for Free Tuition

 

Supermajority Requirement in the Minority (Stanford faces criticism for policies requiring a supermajority or unanimous vote when deciding responsibility in sexual misconduct cases. Few other institutions have a similar process.)

 

Could New York's free college tuition plan spread across U.S.?

 

Is Collaboration Worth It?  (Historians push for more teamwork even as many feel it won’t help them earn tenure.)

 

Ex-principal admits to stealing nude pics from students’ phones

 

Call to Action on Languages, 10 Years Later (In 2007 the Modern Language Association issued a report calling for major reforms in the teaching of foreign languages. What's happened since?)

 

The trouble with ‘desegregating’ New York’s schools

 

‘Classics, the Culture Wars and Beyond’  (Author discusses his new book on the battles over the discipline and its future.)

 

Campuses are breaking apart into ‘safe spaces’

 

Crossing the Gulf of the Two Cultures  (As we in the humanities defend ourselves, we should not engage in the corollary of denouncing the sciences as unimportant.) 

 

EGYPT

 

Egyptian Writers Argue Over Mosques' Calls To Prayer Using Loudspeakers  

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Hack had no impact on election results: Trump

 

‘The biggest loser’: Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer spent $88 million on Democrats in 2016

 

 

ENERGY

 

Oil futures stretch gains to a 4th consecutive week

 

Energy Prices

 

Will OPEC Deliver Its Output Cut Deal? Here’s How We’ll Know

 

Trump must establish an export-centric energy strategy

 

Wisconsin Tribe Wants Pipeline Moved From Its Reservation

 

‘Overwhelmed’ Massachusetts Nuclear Power Plant Spikes with Radiation 

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Where the Buffalo Zone (An innovative zoning code overhaul could help revive the western New York city and is already inspiring copycats.)

 

How one company eliminated food waste: The ‘landfill can no longer be an option.’

 

Good news for Chesapeake Bay, nation's largest estuary

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks pare losses after U.S. jobs report

 

EU Boss: Citizens Should Not Get to Vote on Important Issues

 

Report details how police failed to stop ISIS cell before Paris, Brussels attacks

 

Euro zone economy starts year in chipper mood, Germany outlook bright

 

As the E.U.’s Language Roster Swells, So Does the Burden

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI Hate Crime Statistics: Anti-Black Hate Crimes Dropped Dramatically

 

FBI: Roof Displaying Racist Symbols Even During Trial

 

FBI Says Democrats Refused Access to Hacked E-Mail Servers

 

Congress wants to know why the FBI ‘denied or was going to deny’ a security clearance for Ben Rhodes

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

In sign of more hawkish Fed, Evans nods to three rate hikes

 

Are the Fed's Trumpflation fears misplaced??

 

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

 

Financial innovation in the US likely to remain on hold

 

FRANCE

 

The Face Of Treason: French Farmer Arrested And On Trial For Directly Aiding Untold Numbers Of Muslims To Illegally Cross Into France

 

Le Pen to push for ‘Frexit’ if EU refuses to cede powers

 

Charlie Hebdo journalist quits, says paper has gone soft on Islamists

 

Frenchman Who Smuggled Migrants Is a Hero to Some

 

 

GERMANY

 

Germany Arrests Pakistani Man Allegedly Spying for Iran. Guess Who He Was Targeting?

 

'I'm an American and I was racially profiled in Berlin 23 times'

 

Berlin jihad murderer was on terror watchlist, used 14 different aliases

 

Germany Balances Liberty and Security in Face of Terror

 

Germany says can't figure out Trump's foreign policy goals

 

Three seriously injured in bus crash at Frankfurt airport

 

German retail sales rose less sharply in 2016 than in previous year

 

Five arrests made after arson at refugee home

 

 Country sued for damages of 'forgotten genocide' in Namibia

 

East German landlords 'stop renting to politicians, fearing attacks'

 

Police seize 100kg of explosives from teen 'plotting right-wing attack'

 

Poll shows majority of Germans feel safe despite Berlin attack

 

US tank brigade arrives in Germany for eastern deployment

 

Fake news warning in Germany after Muslim ‘mob’ story

 

Nazis’ descendants sing ‘Hatikva’ to Holocaust survivors

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

'The Day After Tomorrow' could become a reality: Climate change could cause ocean currents to COLLAPSE plunging the Northern hemisphere into an ice age, warn scientists

 

GOP

 

Former Los Angeles Rams star: I'm running for California governor

 

GREECE

 

For Greece and Turkey, an Old Rivalry Flares

 

Greece’s Most-Wanted Terrorist Is Arrested in Athens Suburb

 

GUANTANAMO

 

What does the future hold for Guantanamo?

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Feds Ask Colorado's Obamacare Exchange to Return $9.7M

 

 Another ObamaCare Promise Bites The Dust

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher's emotional memorial held at their next-door homes

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Pelosi Rebukes Media For Reporting on Hacked DNC Emails: ‘You Were Accomplices’   (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

GOP congressman takes down colleague's sponsored 'art' depicting police as pigs

 

Nancy Pelosi: Intel briefing on hacking a "stunning disclosure"   

 

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) Paid Family Over $100K From Campaign Funds in 2016

 

House GOP, Trump team hatch border wall plan

 

Conservatives jittery over O'care repeal

 

GOP brass to House Republicans — Don't make us call dad!

 

GOP House passes bill to undo last-minute Obama regulations

 

Exclusive: The 13 House Reps. keeping the GOP from caving on Obamacare

 

GOP won't promise ObamaCare fix will cover all

 

IMMIGRATION

 

New Sheriff Who Defeated Arpaio (With Help of Soros) Calls Illegal Aliens “Guests”

 

Immigration hawks seek reinforcements

 

INDIA

 

India to launch 103 satellites in record single mission

 

GDP growth expected to slip to 3-year low of 7.1%

 

India sees economy losing momentum; economists warn of deeper slowdown

 

Pakistan hands over dossier on ‘India’s interference’ to UN chief

 

Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66

 

After China snub, India examining ‘all options’ to get Masood Azhar banned

 

INDONESIA

 

Indonesia backs down in Australia military row

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

GOP leaders slow-walk Trump's infrastructure plan

 

System glitch leaves Metro’s nerve center unable to control its tracks, snarling morning commute (DC)

 

INTELLIGENCE

 

U.S. Intel Report Says Putin Led ‘Cyber-Enabled Disclosure Operation’ to Help Elect Trump, Discredit Clinton

 

Why Trump and US intel clash over Russia

 

Fallout from Trump questioning intelligence community

 

9 Things You Need To Know About The Intelligence Community’s Russian Hacking Report

 

Agents and Agencies

 

Why Trump is wrong to target the US intelligence community

 

Trump hurts himself and the nation by trashing the intelligence community

 

Russia hacking:  Joe Biden attacks Trump for 'mindless' dismissal of agencies' intelligence  (Vice-President Joseph R Biden Jr)

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

IRS prioritized Obamacare over taxpayer customer service, IG report says

 

Can Trump Fulfill The Tax-Reform Promise?

 

IRAN

 

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

 

Rohani Corruption Spat Could Herald Rough-And-Tumble Iranian Presidential Campaign   (Iranian President Hassan Rouhani)

 

Quake rattles southern Iran, four Afghan laborers killed: TV

 

Moderate Quake Kills 4 People in Rural Area in Southern Iran

 

IRAQ

 

Iraqi forces advance against Islamic State in Mosul night raid: spokesman

 

Islamic State Militants Kill Four Soldiers Near Iraq's Tikrit: Army, Police Sources

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing   (Friday, January 6, 2017)

 

PM Netanyahu Thanks Congress for Its Vote Against UN’s Anti-Israel Resolution  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Israel cuts UN funding following 'anti-settlement' resolution

 

Second probe against PM ‘publicly damaging, but may not lead to indictment’

 

Second Netanyahu Police Interrogation Touches Gifts and Mystery Charge

 

Israel returns bodies of 2 slain Palestinians to families in Hebron

 

Israeli satellite spots launchers for Russian nuclear-capable missiles in Syria

 

Netanyahu's lawyer: I was and still am calm 

 

Fête or fight? In upcoming jubilee, deputy FM aims to redefine Six Day War

 

Israeli forces suppress weekly Bilin, Kafr Qaddum protests

 

Amona residents: Government not keeping terms of agreement

 

Abbas slams US attempts at moving American embassy to Jerusalem  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

French supermarket apologizes for ‘made in Israeli settlements’ labels

 

Abbas warns Trump: Don't move the embassy

 

Hamas willing to negotiate Israelis’ release, if 60 prisoners freed — report

 

Man arrested on suspicion of running shaming database for Haredi soldiers

 

Following 8 months house arrest, Palestinian woman sentenced to prison for 'incitement'

 

10 Jewish-American Players Slated to Represent Israel in Baseball Tournament

 

The most dangerous man in the Middle East?   (Yehudah Glick has a reputation as a radical redheaded rabblerouser, but since entering the Knesset he has confounded his critics with an often progressive agenda.)

 

Why Israel's Settlement Construction Must Be Stopped

 

A Two-State Solution – Built on Nothing More than Hope.

 

How 'greater Israel' has reached a crucial juncture

 

The Two-State Solution is a Zombie

 

Scorched Israel  (Obama sets a diplomatic fire to the Jewish State as he departs the Oval Office.)

 

Benjamin Netanyahu Is Questioned a Second Time on Corruption Suspicions (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

The IDF’s new social contract

 

 

JAPAN

 

Abe Wants to Be the Last Free Trade Samurai   (Japanese Prime Minister  Shinzo Abe)

 

Japan Insurance firm replaces office staff with artificial intelligence

 

Japan defends Toyota after Trump broadside over Mexican plant

 

Japan’s ‘Genderless’ Blur Conventions

 

Japan Recalls Envoy to SKorea Over 'Comfort-Woman' Statue

 

JORDAN

 

Jordan to Charge 12 in Online Abuse of Turkey Attack Victims

 

MALAYSIA

 

Malaysia says search for missing MH370 to end in two weeks

 

MEDIA 

 

N.Y. Times Aids Communist-socialist-feminist-LGBT-anarchist Plans for Inauguration Day Mayhem

 

Washington Post: People voted for Trump because they miss when America was more white

 

Trump slams media on border wall: Mexico will pay us back

 

The Washington Post Needs To Come Clean About Its Russian Hacking Story Fiasco

 

The Last Gasps of the Legacy Media

 

News commentators defend Facebook hate-crime video

 

Hate Crimes and Media Double Standards

 

Megyn Kelly could be in line to replace Savannah at ‘Today’

 

Media blasted for excusing Chicago 'depravity'

 

 

MEXICO

 

Mexico gasoline protests Four dead and hundreds arrested during mass looting

 

For Mexican Leaders, a Turbulent Start to the New Year

 

Mexicans ransack stores, block roads amid anger over steep gas-price hikes

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Saudi-backed fund hits $100 bln mark ahead of schedule

 

You won’t believe this extreme Saudi drifting video

 

Women Defy Saudi Restrictions in Video, Striking a Nerve

 

MILITARY

 

How Trump Should Get Ready for America's Messy Missions Abroad

 

Defense Dept. orders upgraded underwater drones

 

America's Military Has a Big Problem: It's Dead Broke

 

US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon

 

It's past time to kill the F-35

 

Mr. President, Cancel the F-35

 

The Case for a Big Defense Buildup

 

Sangin, Bloody Sangin, and Wretched Afghanistan

 

Pentagon approves $128 billion nuclear submarine project as Obama leaves office

 

More than 1,200 homeless veterans living on Los Angeles streets still need housing

 

Osprey aerial-refueling drills resume after crash on Okinawa

 

History is made as military welcomes first women infantry marines

 

Mother of soldier hospitalized in Philadelphia says he was beaten for Army jacket

 

Cyber researcher discovers breach of data from employees working with special operations

 

Disappearance of 2 soldiers casts light on gaps in military, civilian investigations

 

Marine drill instructors accused of using a 'dungeon' on recruits and drinking on the job

 

Congressman proposes easing gun restrictions for military spouses

 

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

 

Russia meddled in U.S. election, Clapper says, rejecting Trump’s view (Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper)

 

Trump Turns to Popular Senator to Fill Unpopular Job

 

Intel chiefs call for tougher fight against Russia

 

PAKISTAN

 

Pakistan Needs a Dose of Trump’s Madman Diplomacy                                 

 

Int'l community must grill India for Kashmiri people: Nawaz Sharif  (Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

Judge, wife accused of torturing 10-year-old girl maid

 

SC proposed calling members of the Nawaz Sharif family

 

PENSIONS

 

California Cities Facing Growing Pension Costs in New Year

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Top Philippine militant who pledged allegiance to IS killed in firefight

 

Duterte hopes Russia will become Philippines' ally and protector (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

 

How Political Correctness Points A Society Towards Tyranny And War

 

POLITICS

 

Millions Of Americans Don’t Side With Either Political Party, And That’s A Good Thing

 

Independent Political ID in U.S. Lowest in Six Years

 

Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs Court Minorities

 

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP (TRANSITION)

 

How Trump Can Play Nice With Russia, Without Selling Out America 

 

Trump to order anti-hacking plan within 90 days of taking office

 

Donald Trump on Russia hacking allegations: 'This is a political witch hunt'

 

Pence says Trump will take aggressive action to combat cyber hacking

 

'Celebrity' Warfare: Arnold Fires Back At Trump Over Ratings Tweet  

 

Trump to order anti-hacking plan within 90 days of taking office

 

Trump Continues Search for VA Secretary

 

Trump Demands Congressional Probe of 'Top Secret' Leak to NBC

 

Donald Trump Has the Keys to the Most Invasive Surveillance State in History

 

Establishment GOP Seizes Most Important Job In Trump White House

 

Chelsea Handler to Lead Anti-Trump ‘Women’s March’ at Sundance Film Fest

 

Transition to Trump: How Mike Pence is already paying dividends for Trump world

 

Donald Trump Blows Up On Arnold Schwarzenegger After 'Apprentice' Ratings Sink

 

Where Not to Eat in DC During the Inauguration

 

Donald Trump versus the black knights of the left

 

Unite, Even Forgive, but Never Forget  (While Donald Trump's supporters should forgive their wayward rank-and-file GOP brethren who chose to withhold their support, we must never forget those who engaged in outright acts of treachery that jeopardized our cause and our nation's future. )

 

Two weeks before inauguration, Trump recalls Clinton's canceled Election Night fireworks

 

Trump 'Prepared to Listen and Understand' Intel on Russia, Spokesman Says

 

New pro-Trump political group readies for launch

 

Progressives Really Are Deranged  (And it's only getting worse with Donald Trump.)

 

Trump restores power of Israeli ambassador

 

Unable to Win Elections, Liberals Seek to Delegitimize Trump

 

Ex-CIA director Woolsey quits Trump transition team

 

Trump Said ‘Torture Works.’ An Echo Is Feared Worldwide.

 

Trump is good. Assange helped Trump. Therefore, Assange is good?

 

Why Rural America Voted for Trump

 

Donald Trump and the art of messaging

 

Last-ditch regulatory mischief

 

Trump keeps tweeting criticism of intel community

 

The Anti-Inauguration

 

Twitter Pulpit: Trump already breaking mold of the presidency

 

Reality Politics, Starring Donald Trump

 

Why Trump’s inner circle is wearing this pizza-shaped pin

 

Trump's mean tweets spur Dem derision

 

Black College Band to Parade for Trump, Despite Outcry

 

No, this survey doesn't show Republicans think celebrities should be 'obligated' to perform at Trump's inauguration

 

PRISONS

 

Charles Manson had OVER 100 behavioral violations in prison before he was hospitalized: Serial killer spat at guards, made voodoo dolls and had saw blades in the soles of his shoes

 

RUSSIA

 

Intel report: Putin directly ordered effort to influence election  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin) 

 

Hatred fuels Putin's power 

 

Heavy military vehicles of Baltic Fleet remove damaged Airbus A321 from Kaliningrad airport

 

‘Propaganda intended to incite Americans’: John McAfee to RT on ‘Russian hacking’ claims    (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

US 'boasts' of secret operations against Russia in response to cyber attacks

 

Russia’s Northern Fleet to receive six Ka-27M helicopters this year

 

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces to switch to digital technologies by 2020

 

Russian Air Force Receives 5 New Fighter Jets Amid Major Military Upgrades

 

This Russian city says: ‘Don’t call us Siberia’

 

U.S. intercepts said to capture Russian officials congratulating themselves on Trump win

 

SAFETY

   

Breathalyzer lock laws cut drunk-driving deaths, study shows

 

 

SCIENCE

 

The "spanking" debate: Views depend on what you call it

 

 

SENATE

 

Senior Republican senator expects Trump to uphold Iran deal

 

GOP Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Democrats’ Threats in Obamacare Fight


Democratic leader Schumer emerges as Trump's newest punching bag

 

Hitting Trump Before He’s Sworn In  (Democrats are fine with becoming “the party of no.”)

 

Manchin: Trump's EPA pick is 'right' for the job (US Senator of West Virginia Joe Manchin III (D)

 

Senate GOP Concerned About Repealing Obamacare Without Replacement

 

Mike Lee 'would not say no' if Trump nominated him for Supreme Court (US Senator of Utah Mike Lee (R)

 

Senators and Spy Chief Rebut Trump on Russia Findings

 

Senate Republicans hesitant about Russia sanctions

 

Democrats’ strategy to snarl nominations: Demand more information

 

Biden to Senate Dems: Give Trump's SCOTUS nominee a vote (Vice-President Joseph R Biden Jr )

 

Senate rejects effort to force 60 votes for Obamacare repeal

 

Busted! Senate Dems attacking Trump's HHS pick also own health-care stocks

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Facebook refuses to explain why live torture video wasn't removed sooner

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Uproar over Brazilian president's order of 1½ tonnes of cake for plane

 

Dozens more die in Brazil prison just days after decapitations

 

U.S. lawmakers want changes to FARC deal before approving funds  (Colombia)

 

Villagers sentence falsely accused woman to death by fire ants (Bolivia)

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Impeachment Trial of South Korea President Called Mob Justice

 

Samsung estimates highest Q4 operating profit in three years

 

Confidante’s daughter refuses to return back home  (Chung Yoo-ra, daughter of the scandal-ridden presidential confidante Choi Soon-sil, on Friday said that she would not return back home, where she has been summoned to face intense questioning over the extensive influence-peddling scandal pivoting on her mother.)

 

Seoul regrets Tokyo’s suspension of talks on currency swap deal

 

Ban Ki-moon's inner circle taking shape for election

 

SPORTS

 

Ranking the NFL wild-card matchups

 

Brain-injury deaths in high school football players rising

 

$490 million plan for RFK Stadium site include sports center, market, Robert Kennedy memorial

 

What’s next after the Redskins’ firing of defensive coordinator Joe Barry

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

Storm halts buses, strands N.Y. students in schools for hours

 

Partial human skull found along Florida beach

 

Trump, Obama set to shadowbox in Virginia governor's race

 

California police would have to disclose the use of more surveillance devices under this proposed law

 

Centuries of New York History Prepare for a Move

 

California braces for 'once-in-10-year' storm amid fears of flooding, avalanches, blizzards

 

Western states pounded by snow as winter storm eyes Southeast

 

Can a Law Stop Distracted Driving? California Hopes to Find Out.

 

People Are Bailing on Chris Christie’s New Jersey. How Is Your State Holding Up?  (Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R)

 

The perils of Cuomo’s rush to build, build, build (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Syria:  John Kerry blames Britain for derailing Obama's plan for intervention  (US Secretary of State John Kerry)

 

In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day

 

SUICIDES

 

Florida officials say boy killed himself after mom sent him to his room

 

SYRIA

 

Russia 'starting drawdown of forces from Syria'

 

TAIWAN

 

Teachers’ union to protest pensions

 

Taiwan, Australia target stronger ties

 

Profit Taking Expected For Taiwan Shares

 

India may soon send workers to Taiwan

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Autonomous driving, IoT thriving at CES

 

TERRORISM

 

2016 was deadliest year ever for suicide bombings worldwide

 

Parents of American journalist killed by ISIS speak to "60 Minutes"

 

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calls ISIS ‘liars’

 

Islamic terror cells shift from Mideast to U.S.-Mexican border

 

Terrorism made easy when nobody’s looking

 

THAILAND

 

Thai PM visits flood-battered south: six dead, transport disrupted

 

TRADE

 

If Trump really knows the art of the deal, he’ll embrace free trade

 

The problem with tariffs

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Transgender man sues Catholic hospital for refusing to perform hysterectomy

 

Texas Moves to Limit Transgender Bathroom Access

 

Virginia’s ‘Minister of Private Parts’ deserves scorn for his transgender bathroom bill

 

 

TURKEY

 

Turkish-backed forces fighting street battles in Syria's al-Bab: defense minister

 

Turkey assumes USA staged Istanbul night club attack

 

Fresh snowfall paralyzes Istanbul traffic, density at 90 percent

 

PM slams US embassy for recalling Turkey’s assassinated ex-PM

 

Ankara and Baghdad to focus on positive agenda

 

Number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul plunges for first time in 16 years

 

Turkey ‘can end US use of base if interests hurt’  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: And Turkey can be expelled from NATO.)

 

Key figures related to ISIL’s Reina attack in Turkey’s İzmir: Report

 

No doubt PKK was behind İzmir attack: Justice minister

 

Ceremonies held at courthouse for victims of İzmir terror attack

 

Turkish journalist Ahmet Şık kept in isolation, says lawyer

 

Majority of Turkey braces for cold snap breezing from the west

 

Turkey does not anticipate gas, power price hikes in 2017 despite cost increases: Minister

 

Turkey says 1,300 ISIL militants killed in Euphrates Shield operation

 

Two soldiers killed in PKK operation in Turkey’s southeast

 

Heavy flood in Turkey’s south damage fresh vegetable production

 

US consul-general in Istanbul lays flowers to Reina nightclub after attack

 

Turkish automotive market hits sales record in 2016

 

Orthodox Christmas Eve marked in Istanbul

 

UNIONS

 

Federal Worker Union Is Blocking Republican VA Reforms

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 logs 9-day win streak after erasing losses on U.S. jobs report

 

Muslim migrant who beheaded Dutch woman admitted to UK, attacks cops with hammer

 

Boom: UK's economy world's strongest after Brexit

 

London police issue open letter to suspected burglar

 

Britain's productivity malaise persists into second half of 2016: ONS

 

BoE admits Brexit slump prediction error, amid surging UK economy

 

Air pollution: London breaches annual limit for 2017 in five days

 

Can a Satire of ISIS Possibly Be Funny? BBC Viewers Are Split

 

Bank of England: Chief economist admits errors in Brexit forecasting

 

Why Britain’s leader is desperate to work with Trump (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Jamie Oliver: Chef to close six restaurants in 'tough market' after Brexit vote

 

Scots school leavers being ‘locked out’ of university

 

Soft Brexit takes indyref 'off table'

 

UK wind power overtakes coal for first time

 

Forensic science standards 'at risk'

 

Nicola Sturgeon: Indyref2 could be shelved with "soft" Brexit  (Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon)

 

Bowie diagnosis 'three months before death'

 

Theresa May to unveil measures to boost provision

 

Hospitals warn over patient numbers

 

Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows

 

Strike will not stop BA passenger trips

 

London :Teen needs surgery after stabbing by masked men in takeaway

 

S Korean jailed over toxic disinfectant

 

Police 'speak to George Michael's partner Fadi Fawaz' as officers try to work out singer's last movements

 

Social care crisis :MPs put May under pressure to act fast

 

Exclusive: Peers will not sabotage Brexit, Lord Speaker tells Theresa May ahead of Supreme Court ruling

 

 PM to visit president in spring, No 10 confirms

 

Hundreds attend funeral for 'Stud badboy' as inquest into M62 death opens

 

London 'must maintain EU skills access'

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Linda Chavez: The Real Obstacle to Peace In The Middle East

 

Syria: UN warns of war crimes over disruption to water supply north of Damascus

 

Big list of leaders calling for U.S. to defund U.N.

 

UNITED STATES

 

Explosive surprise found by consignment shop employees

 

Deadly winter storms pummeling or threatening much of U.S.

 

SeaWorld exec responds to criticism of revamped killer whale show

 

VATICAN

 

Pope Francis offers Epiphany picnic to poor people at Vatican

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Obama Sets Record for Federal Land and Water Seizures

 

Obama: ‘I Will Publicly Support Repealing Obamacare and Replacing It’ If GOP Comes Up with a Better Plan

 

White House says it did not leak material used in NBC report

 

Michelle Obama chokes up in final speech as first lady

 

Obama Still Doesn’t Get America

 

How Kissinger conspired against a sitting president

 

Who Has More Privilege Than Barack Obama?


Obama calls Facebook live torture video ‘hate crime’

 

The ‘most transparent’ president in history issues record number of ‘midnight’ regulations

 

Trumps decline offer of White House playset from Obamas

 

Ranchers spar with Obama over new national monuments in Utah and Nevada

 

Obama ignores facts with boastful ‘greatest hits’ list

 

Obama: No 'silver bullet answer' for record-high Chicago murder rate

 

Obama gunning for 'global terrorist' with famous name

 

WORKPLACE

 

The behavior making work even more stressful

 

YAHOO

 

Yahoo Finance Unleashes The Worst Typo Headline Ever. Hilarity Ensues.

 

Yahoo deletes Trump tweet that included racist slur

 

 

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