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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Woman Writes: “I Had an Abortion Last Week Just Because I Wanted To”

 

Reformers' pro-life views recounted

 

Whoopi Goldberg: Defunding Planned Parenthood Makes America “Not Much Different Than the Taliban”

 

Pro-Life Activists Praise Gorsuch Nomination

 

Nancy Pelosi Throws a Fit Over Neil Gorsuch: “He’s Hostile to Women” Because He Opposes Abortion  (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California )

 

Governor: ‘Put abortion rights in New York constitution’

 

Planned Parenthood Slams Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch: He’ll Overturn Roe v. Wade

 

Anti-abortion groups applaud Gorsuch

 

Pro-Abortion Members of Congress Introduce Bill to Force Americans to Pay For Abortions

 

Ultrasound? Sure, says Planned Parenthood, if you pay for abortion

 

Planned Parenthood was founded to ‘destroy the African-American community’: black leader

 

Abortion is the wrong test for the next Supreme Court justice

 

Trump's Supreme Court Pick Anti-Abortion Leanings

 

Groups That Oppose Abortion See Opportunity Under Trump

 

House panel endorses 3 abortion related bills (Wyoming)

 

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Lobbying Against ‘Extreme’ Abortion Bill (Tennessee)

 

Abortion argument continues in Richmond (Virginia)

 

South Africa: Women and girls risk unsafe abortions after being denied legal services

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Afghanistan ready to talk unconditionally with Taliban

 

Afghan Government Control Shrank, Troop Deaths Soared Last Year: Report

 

U.S. Airstrikes Hit Taliban After Attack on an Afghan Army Post

 

Afghan woman's ears cut off by husband

 

AFRICA

 

Muslim Mob Rapes 15 Christian Women in ‘Revenge Attack’ for Conversions (Uganda)

 

Fears for jailed activists as Cameroon cracks down on anglophone minority

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

North Dakota lawmakers say Army will proceed with Dakota Access approval

 

Army Corps ordered to issue final Dakota Access pipeline permit, two lawmakers say

 

ASIA

 

How the U.S. used Sovietstyle land reforms to counter communism in Asia

 

Mystery Cargo: Suspicions Of Smuggling Swirl Around Airline Tragedy In Kyrgyzstan

 

Trump Presidency Could Offer Opportunity to World’s Autocrats

 

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh to Be Relocated to Remote Island

 

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Gorsuch wrote the book on assisted suicide. Here’s what he said. (“The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia” is a deep, highly cerebral overview of the ethical and legal debate surrounding the practices.)

 
AUSTRALIA

 

ASX gains as Fortescue hits six-year high

 

Aussie dollar steady as Trump eyed

 

Uni students 'paying people to write essays' on sharing-economy site

 

Unions urge Premier to return trains, trams to government 

 

A woman is likely to head ACTU for the first time  (Australian Council of Trade Unions)

 

Sydney siege gunman's girlfriend jailed

 

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull reveals his ‘substantial’ pre-election contribution to the Liberal Party

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

 Growing wave of federal workers is pushing back against Trump

 

Trump's Plan To Cut Regulations Will Face A Surprising Foe

 

 

BOY SCOUTS

 

Boy Scouts' transgender policy 'sad,' 'predicted'

 

Conservatives Alienated by Boy Scouts’ Shift on Transgender Policy

 

CANADA

 

TSX, Dow Jones finish flat as metals, materials give Canadian markets a bump

 

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

 

Trump tax proposal could push Bank of Canada toward quantitative easing

 

Trudeau government abandons promise of electoral reform  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Arrest made after hate crimes spike following Quebec mosque attack

 

Canadian wingsuit legend Graham Dickinson found dead

 

As Canada Transforms, an Anti-Immigrant Fringe Stirs

 

Kevin O’Leary on how he would govern Canada

 

Quebec City mosque posts video of blood-stained scene of shooting

 

The Quebec City Mosque Victims: Professor, Butcher, Computer Technician

 

Kellie Leitch says her supporters aren't racist for backing values test

 

Tories criticize Trudeau over letter to Fox News about tweet

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

CIA: Syria 10% Christian; Congress: Targeted for Genocide; State: 99% of Refugees Muslim; Kaine: Trump’s Refugee Policy Biased in Favor of Christians

 

Trump to Add CIA Director to National Security Council Amid Backlash  (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo)

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Pew Survey: Third of US believes 'true Americans' are Christian

 

Christian leaders praise Trump's Supreme Court pick

 

COMEDY

 

Jon Stewart slams Trump's first days in the White House:

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Chinas second aircraft carrier takes shape - report

 

How China Sees the U.S. Navy's Sea Hunter Drone

 

Ancient Porcelain Arts Thrive Again in a Chinese River Town

 

Trump Aide’s Deal With Chinese Firm Raises Fear of Tangled Interests

 

Zookeeper is viciously attacked by a ZEBRA just three days after a man is killed by a tiger at another Chinese animal park

 

CONGRESS

 

Congressional Ban on Earmarks Hasn’t Stopped Pork-Barrel Spending

 

Trump’s success depends on Congress

 

Democrats escalate anti-Trump offensive

 

COPORATE AMERICA

 

In corporate America, uncertainty overtakes early optimism about Trump

 

A Concerned Citizen’s Plea to America’s Business Leader

 

COURTS

 

Muslim in Pennsylvania Who Wanted to Buy Yazidi Girl Pleads Guilty

 

Border agent is found not guilty in death of immigrant who was decapitated - but convicted of aiding drug cartel

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Teen chokes mother to death during spat about his meds, cops say

 

Son under investigation after dad with dementia found overseas

 

Police body cameras on the rise, but how effective are they?

 

A gun-crime tool that works

 

New Jewish-Muslim coalition urges action against hate crimes

 

‘He’s not waking up or anything’: A child’s tearful 911 call after his dad’s apparent overdose

 

Obama Pardons Gang Drug Dealer.... Who Gets Murdered

 

Eric Garner's mother arrested in Trump Tower protest

 

Shocking video inside Sunset Boulevard Jack in the Box where police shot dead knifeman 'who stabbed three in horror daylight attack'  

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

Donald Trump names Ronald Vitiello to head Border Patrol

 

DEATH-PENALTY

 

Missouri man executed for murder of mother, 2 children

 

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

Donald Trump cites DNC hack in launch of cybersecurity efforts

 

DNC boots candidate from chairman’s race for criticizing Ellison’s Islamic faith

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

It’s Escalating: Defiance and Calls for Violence among Democrats

 

Obama Prepares To Divide Trump’s America

 

Hillary Clinton to give Wellesley College commencement address

 

Biden Foundation established to push for equal rights (Former Vice-President Joseph R Biden Jr)

 

Democrat Castro: Impeach Trump over Refugee Order

 

Democrats are becoming the party of secession

 

Doubting Democrats’ newfound ‘passion’ on refugees

 

De Blasio again dodges the truth on charters (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

De Blasio: Trump's order is first step toward Muslim ban

 

Democrats running Tea Party playbook against Trump

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Homeland Security says 721 people denied entry under ban, while Trump claims 109

 

Homeland Security counters White House, acknowledges problems with rollout of extreme vetting

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (INJUSTICE)

 

Picking and choosing: Fired AG defended Obama’s unlawful immigration amnesty

 

Travel order and firing of acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates roils Justice Department

 

Jeff Sessions isn't the attorney general we need (US Attorney General nominee US Senator of Alabama Jeff Sessions (R); AVIPP COMMENTARY: Sessions is exactly what is needed at the Department of Justice too bring back the rule of law not personal opinions in the enforcement of the law.)

 

‘No Macarena for Trump’? A Response From Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

 

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)

 

Special agent who helped capture El Chapo gets book deal

 

ECONOMY

 

Stock market closes higher on Fed statement, Apple rally

 

Dollar, Stocks Little Changed on Mixed Fed Signal: Markets Wrap

 

S&P 500 down for fifth session, Apple spike lifts Nasdaq

 

Most Asian markets gain following positive China data

 

Global shares mostly higher on strong manufacturing data

 

U.S. small business borrowing rose slightly in December

 

Dollar gives up ground after Fed statement

 

Savaged dollar steadies ahead of Fed, stocks rise

 

The January Barometer points to another winning year for stocks

 

Are Temporary Jobs the New Norm?

 

U.S. factory, private payrolls data point to firming economy

 

Trump seems determined to punish the U.S. dollar

 

Gold prices edge up after Fed holds steady on rates

 

What Trump did to gold, oil and other commodities in January

 

EDUCATION

 

Rashid Khalidi Worries that Jews Will ‘Infest’ the Trump Administration

 

Amherst Student Expelled for Sexual Misconduct Can’t Defend Himself—It Would ‘Impose Psychological Trauma’ on Accuser

 

Brown Accused of Sexism for Gym Dress Code That’s Exactly the Same for Men as for Women

 

Ex-education secretary talks Betsy DeVos, plagiarism charges

 

University of San Francisco in uproar, persecutes former student for Snapchat “Allah akbar” emoji

 

Betsy McCaughey: What Everyone Missed In Trump’s Executive Order On Refugees

 

Fragile Status  (Two students from Libya consider the executive order banning entry to the US for them and their compatriots.)

 

In Hillsdale College, a ‘Shining City on a Hill’ for Conservatives

 

‘Cowardly and Cruel’ (Macalester president issues some of the harshest words yet from a higher ed leader on Donald Trump's immigration ban).

 

How today’s academia risks outraging tomorrow’s historians

 

Rejecting Bigotry Is Core to Our Mission  (Colleges and universities must be open to concerns and points of view from across the ideological spectrum, writes Michael Roth.)

 

White privilege essay contest sparks outrage in Connecticut suburb

 

Campus Fallout From the Trump Order  (Harvard medical students don't want fund-raiser at Mar-a-Lago. Old Dominion professor apologizes for email criticizing those who skip protests. Digital pedagogy group considers adding Canadian location for meeting. Wheaton of Massachusetts creates scholarship for refugees. )

 

Column: A $471,000 charter school exec, and another case of gutter politics in LAUSD school board race

 

On the Fence About DeVos  (In committee vote on nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary, two Republican senators withhold full endorsement of the Michigan school choice activist, signaling possible trouble for her on the Senate floor.)

 

Liberty University president to head Trump task force reforming higher education

 

Which Professors Earn More?  (Analysis of political scientists illustrates role of gender, PhD pedigree, negotiations, institution type and more. Study is bad news for women who teach undergraduates.)

 

Four Texas State University fraternities are suspended for 'alcohol violations' after sorority member was dragged 500ft to her death under a party bus

 

EGYPT

 

Furor as Egypt officials use state funds for flashy cars

 

ELECTIONS

 

President Trump says it's illegal to be registered to vote in two states — but he's wrong

 

Poll: One-quarter believe Trump's voter fraud claims

 

ENERGY

 

Oil rallies to 3-week high as U.S. output slips

 

Energy Prices

 

Filling up with natural gas

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Democratic Boycott Stalls Action on Trump EPA Nominee Pruitt 

 

EUROPE

 

Donald Trump’s Far-Right Feedback Loop Is Shaking Europe to Its Core

 

Ukraine Says Russia Fired On Military Transport Plane Over Black Sea

 

An outburst of violence in Ukraine may be Trump’s first test with Putin (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Pops for Volvo, Roche help propel European stocks to higher close

 

Dutch will hand count ballots due to hacking fears

 

German and EU taxpayers will pay nearly $46,000,000,000 to deal with problems caused by Muslim migrants

 

Austria: Muslim migrants scream “Allahu akbar” as they fire plastic pellets at train passengers

 

Sweden: State-owned company launches campaign to replace standard Swedish with “migrant-inclusive accent”

 

Lech Walesa Denounces Report Labeling Him a Communist Informer (An official report including a handwriting analysis charges that Mr Walesa, a Nobel laureate, was a paid informer in Poland the 1970s.)

 

Czech Government Suspects Foreign Power in Hacking of Its Email

 

European Parliament member slams likely U.S. ambassador

 

Romania’s government decriminalizes official misconduct

 

Trump Threatens Europe’s Stability, a Top Leader Warns

 

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Fed holds interest rates steady, remains upbeat on economy

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

Trump's FDA Chief Could Revolutionize Biotech

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Iran could provide Trump with first big foreign policy test

 

FRANCE

 

French Court Rejects Palestinian Demands

 

Migrants make return to Calais in new hope of making it to UK

 

Le Pen refuses to repay 'misused EU cash'

 

 

GERMANY

 

Meet the Man Who Will Challenge Merkel  (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

Angela Merkel Has a Playbook for Bullies Like Trump 

 

Berlin to fit suspected jihadists with ankle bracelets

 

Tunisian held in German terror raids

 

After Knut, meet Fritz, the polar bear melting German hearts

 

German soldiers accused of 'sadistic sexual rituals' and humiliation

 

Tunisian terror suspect 'had already committed attack in Tunis'

 

Watch: Police dog pushes woman onto train tracks in Nuremberg

 

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Tom Steyer Drops Climate Focus, ‘Crowdsources the Resistance’ Instead

 

GOP

 

Bush 43 Won’t Comment Publicly on Trump’s Immigration Order  (Former President George W Bush)

 

The spectacular week that was

 

Woman who sneaked into GOP retreat is said to have posed as lawmaker’s wife

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Totally Paralyzed Patients Use a Computer to Tell Doctors Their Thoughts, They Say They’re Happy

 

Hawaii Leads US States in Well-Being for Record Sixth Time

 

Tens of thousands told to boil water after tests in Pittsburgh

 

Why My Stepsons’ Father Killed Himself  (The government has made it almost impossible to prescribe desperately needed painkillers.) 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Frank Pellegrino Sr. of "The Sopranos" is dead at 72

 

Trump travel ban is 'scary' for Hollywood, which relies on a global talent pool

 

George Takei: Trump should resign after refugee order

 

 

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

 

Holocaust museum urges lawmakers to protect all refugees

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Trump steps up on LGBT rights

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Democrat Congressman compares Trump immigration order to Japanese internment camps

 

Nancy Pelosi Caught on Hot Mic to Dem Rep Carson: ‘Tell Them You’re A Muslim’  (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Mother Whose Son Was Murdered By Illegal Alien Confronts Pelosi Over Sanctuary Cities

 

Nancy Pelosi Was Asked About Neil Gorsuch -- She Said A Lot Of Words But Made Zero Sense

 

Pelosi asked at town hall which of her kids is 'expendable' (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Smith (D-Washington): Trump hiring freeze hurts military maintainers around the country

 

Pelosi: Gorsuch a 'very hostile appointment'

 

‘Please press 1′ to leave a message about Donald Trump, says House Oversight voice mail

 

Democrat wants 3.2 percent pay hike for federal workers

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Refugees and the Right to Immigrate

 

Jenna Bush Hager Uses Dad's Post-9/11 Words Over Trump Immigration Order

 

Aliens Guaranteed Entry Into the U.S.?  (Trump’s executive order on immigration and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.)

 

Poll: Less than one-third think Trump's immigration order will make them safer

 

Massive number of 'high-risk travelers' banned from flights to U.S. last year

 

Obama vetting procedures allowed Iraqi terrorists into U.S.

 

The Trump Administration, Love It or Leave It

 

World leaders, Muslim nations condemn Trump’s extreme vetting; European nationalists cheer

 

Faith leaders pan Trump order protecting religious minorities from genocide

 

How Populism Stumbles  (Trump’s refugee mess may be a sign of things to come.)

 

When it comes to callousness on Syrian refugees, Obama trumps Trump

 

15,000 Somalis 'heartbroken' by Trump refugee ban

 

How Trump Has Taken Away Our Homes

 

Unable to Enter U.S., and Still Stranded Abroad

 

Strife Over Immigrants: Can California Foretell Nation’s Future?

 

California father, 12-year-old daughter stuck in Africa following Trump travel ban, lawyer says

 

INDIA

 

India-Russia discuss defence cooperation, cross border terrorism in high level talks

 

Dangerous Fruit: Mystery of Deadly Outbreaks in India Is Solved

 

Surgical strikes: How Indian soldiers targeted Pak bunkers

 

India’s great Trump hope

 

7 killed, over 30 injured as under-construction building collapses in Kanpur

 

What Trump's push to limit overseas workers means for India's army of high-tech migrant labor

 

7 Odisha policemen killed, 5 injured in Maoist landmine blast

 

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

 

African Union backs mass ICC withdrawal

 

IRAN

 

US, Western allies launch war games near Iran waters

 

Picture Shows Iran Airport Using American Flag as Welcome Mat

 

It's Time To Talk About The Iran Nuclear Deal

 

IRAQ

 

Islamic State attack drones pose threat to Iraqi troops, general says

 

ISLAM

 

Muhammad and Forced Conversions to Islam

 

U.S. Muslims urged: Don't cooperate at border

 

If We Don’t Let Muslims into America, They’ll Kill Us  (Our immigration policy should not be a hostage crisis.)

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing   (Wednesday, February 1, 2017)

 

Final fight over Amona synagogue looms as evacuation nears end

 

Supreme Court rejects Amona relocation plan

 

MK likens Amona outpost evacuation to ‘brutal rape’

 

13 Israeli settlers arrested, 24 officers injured as Amona evacuation breaks into clashes

 

Bennett: Amona evacuation will lead to West Bank (Judea and Samaria)  annexation (Israeli Education Minister and chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party Naftali Bennett)

 

Regavim Responds to Israel HIgh Court Decision

 

Bad decisions produced Amona shambles

 

Ten Police Officers Injured in Clashes with Amona Residents

 

Netanyahu announces plans for new illegal settlement to host Amona outpost residents  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

PM compensates Amona settlers with first new West Bank settlement in 25 years

 

At Last: Knesset Plenum Begins 3-Day Debate on ‘Settlement Regulation’ Bill

 

Accepting Palestinian petition, High Court rejects Amona compromise

 

Scattered Violent Clashes As Israel Evacuates Amona Outpost in West Bank (Judea and Samaria)

 

Bennett implores PM to prevent destruction of Amona farmland

 

Canadian School Rescind Boycott of Israeli Applicants over ‘Illegal Settlement Activity’

 

Palestinians rejoice as Amona outpost evacuated

 

PA initiates 'urgent discussion' over Israel's illegal settlement construction

 

Six weeks after UN vote, Israel buries the hatchet with Kiev

 

Police Arab Bus Raid Reveals Stashed Assault Rifle

 

EU warns new settlements risk making two-state solution ‘impossible’

 

Palestinian Columnist In Response To UN Secretary-General's Statements On Jerusalem's Jewish Connection: The Jews Have No Connection To Jerusalem Or Palestine At Large

 

DC think tank ranks Israel 45th  most free country in world

 

Israel Aerospace Industries Introduces Jamming-Resistant GPS System

 

Ex-US envoy voices support for ‘carefully’ moving embassy to Jerusalem

 

Israel greenlights 3,000 new settler homes hours after 'Legalization bill' approved

 

Knesset speaker goes to Washington to push for embassy move

 

Prominent Saudi Journalist: West Jerusalem Is Part Of Israel; Moving The U.S. Embassy There As Part Of Overall Peace Agreement Could Herald The End Of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

 

Trump says ‘chance’ he’ll move embassy, but admits there are ‘two sides’

 

Who will be the next leader of Hamas?

 

Analysis: For Netanyahu, Trump brings friendship — and risks

 

Two families, die-hard protesters remain in Amona

 

Opposition MK wants PM to delay Trump meeting until graft probe resolved

 

For hardline West Bank (Judea and  Samaria)  settlers, Jared Kushner's

 

France ‘bitterly condemns’ latest settlement construction plan

 

Mattis Could Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  (US Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

Terror poems for kids on PA TV

 

Israel Approves Another Wave of West Bank (Judea and Samaria) Settlement Construction

 

Israeli forces begin operation to evacuate West Bank (Judea and Samaria) outpost

 

JAPAN

 

Japan hits back at Trump's accusation of currency manipulation

 

LIBERALISM

 

Why The Left Will Never Stop Despairing Over Trump

 

The Liberals' Great Nonwhite Hope

 

Why Are Progressives So Angry? Trump Defeated Their Messiah

 

Left Fumes at Trump Pro-Religious Freedom SCOTUS Pick

 

The left's 'war on reality' grows bizarre ... and menacing

 

KARL MARX

 

Karl Marx, the Racist

 

MEDIA

 

CNN Hires Former Trump Adviser to Be Senior Economics Analyst

 

Either The Russians Hacked MSNBC's Wednesday Broadcast, Or Someone In The Booth Is Gettin' Canned

 

Oppositional Denial and Alarm  (They didn’t expect Trump to win and it’s been downhill ever since.)

 

L. Brent Bozell: 2017 — The Year Conservative Protests Are News

 

Media very interested now in the death of one of al-Awlaki's children

 

Fatigued by the News? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet

 

CNN producer sues over Trump refugee order

 

Fox News deletes false tweet about Quebec shooter 

 

NYT to Dems: Don't filibuster Neil Gorsuch

 

MEDICAID

 

More Than 10 Percent of Federal Medicaid Payments Last Year Were Improper

 

MEXICO

 

Mexican official threatens U.S. with 'chaos' (Will southern neighbor stop cooperating over drug cartels? AVIPP COMMENTARY: If this is the case the US should put the military on the border.)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Kurds in Middle East Hope Trump Will Change US Policy

 

Tens of thousands of Yemenis trapped in Red Sea fighting

 

Arab coalition slams Houthi attack on warship

 

Saudi Arabia launches Citizen’s Account portal

 

UAE say Donald Trump's migration ban is NOT anti-Islamic and point out that the majority of Muslims are still free to travel to the US 

 

MILITARY

 

Democrats ask Pentagon to explain Russian payment to President Trump's national security adviser Flynn

 

Air Force base: 1 killed, 1 injured in New Mexico training

 

US Army to test 'biodegradable' bullets

 

Trump's Pick to Head VA Rejects Radical Changes

 

US Defense Secretary Embarks on Damage Control Mission to East Asia

 

Can Jim Mattis fix Asia?  (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

Fighters in Yemen Seemed Ready for SEAL Raid: Source

 

Navy, Japan Coast Guard search for oil damage after USS Antietam incident

 

How Trump’s first counterterrorism operation turned into chaos

 

Trump taps executive power on military – with limits

 

Pentagon to Seek Budget Change to Boost Islamic State Fight

 

Report: Military did not distort intelligence reports on Islamic State

 

Mattis orders accelerated budget review to fund 'larger, more capable' military  (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

Rising tensions in Kosovo could serve as early test of US-Russia relations under Trump

 

MYANMAR

 

Myanmar Arrests 4 in Fatal Shooting of Prominent Rights Lawyer

 

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

How Stressful Will a Trip to Mars Be on the Human Body?

 

NATIONAL SECURITY

 

Travel Ban and National Security

 

How Trump strengthens national security

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

Security Adviser Flynn says Iran ‘on notice’ after missile test

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Backyard butchers and vigilante farmers Stock rustling on the rise in New Zealand

 

NOBLE PRIZE

 

Exclusive: Israel to Nominate Trump for Nobel Prize

 

NUTRITION

 

Report finds chemicals in one-third of fast food packaging

 

The surprising foods you should ALWAYS eat before bed if you want a good night's sleep (and the late-night snacks to avoid at all costs)

 

PAKISTAN

 

Decision to put Hafiz Saeed under house arrest is a policy decision: ISPR

 

Pakistan doctors trade on cheaper Indian stents

 

Viewpoint: Will Pakistan ever stamp out extremism?

 

Pakistan refuses to grant new ID cards to Bin Laden doctor's family

 

Pakistan lifts its ban on Indian films

 

Catholics dismayed by acquittal of anti-Christian mob in Pakistan

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Rights Group Says Philippine Killings Are Extrajudicial

 

Philippine Ministry Asks Duterte to Clarify Military's Role in Drug War  (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

Communist Rebels in Philippines Say They’ll End Cease-Fire

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

 

Trump misunderstands government drug price negotiations

 

RADIO

 

Limbaugh eviscerates Trump for 1 'serious' mistake (Rush says Donald 'is singularly responsible.')

 

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

 

Sanctuary restaurants for the gender-confused?

 

RUSSIA

 

Russian government rules out defense spending cuts

 

FSB head orders to set up border zones in Russian regions neighboring Belarus

 

Why Russia Might Not Want a Deal with Trump

 

Ukraine’s An-26 plane makes dangerously close passes near Russian oil rigs in Black Sea

 

What Russia Expects from the Trump Administration

 

Russia and Japan to hold consultations on economic activity on South Kuril Islands


Russia's Orbit – Moldova's President Dodon Promotes Strategic Partnership With Russia During Visit To Moscow

 

Putin Heads To Budapest Amid Concerns Over EU Unity  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Shocking details as Russian spies charged with treason

 

A Big Tax Bill Is Keeping This Veteran Russian Pilot Grounded

 

Russian Youth Leader Found Guilty of 'Justifying Terrorism' With Anti-Gay Rant

 

Russian Bill Decriminalizing Some Domestic Violence Sent To Putin

 

Toward a new take on Russia

 

Russia stripped of 2012 relay silver

 

SCIENCE

 

Physicist at forefront of energy-efficiency movement dies at 90

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

Tennessee Bill Prohibits Federal and International Gun Regs

 

 

SENATE

 

Distorting Senator Sessions’s Questioning of Sally Yates

Senate committee advances Sessions nomination

 

Democratic Leadership PAC Sends Money to Wrong Nelson

 

Dem Accusations About Tom Price Stock Trades Unsubstantiated

 

Senate committee delays vote on White House budget director

 

Republicans vote to suspend committee rules, advance Mnuchin, Price nominations

 

Senate Advances Trump Nominees Price and Mnuchin Without Democrats

 

Cruz: Gorsuch nomination Trump's 'most important moment' so far   (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R)

 

Senate to Vote on Trump's Choice for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

 

Trump Supreme Court Nominee to Meet with Congress

 

Trump to McConnell: 'Mitch, go nuclear'  (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Kaine: Democrats Have to ‘Fight in the Streets’ Against Trump  (US Senator of Virginia Timothy Kaine (D)

 

Nuke Them, Mitch  (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s Gorsuch nomination

 

The Democrats' New Opposition Strategy: Obstruction

 

Thousands of protesters gather outside Chuck Schumer’s apartment  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Democrats see opening in Trump's stumble on travel ban, move to block Cabinet votes

 

Trump Court Pick Faces Senate Split by Bitter Fights

 

‘Nuclear’ cloud hangs over pick of Gorsuch for Supreme Court

 

Trump Cabinet confirmations stalled by Democrats’ tactics

 

Hugh Hewitt: Democrats made confirmation easier for Trump nominees. The GOP should fix that.

 

Democrats delay Jeff Sessions’ AG confirmation with this trick

 

Democrats tell colleagues to give Neil Gorsuch a chance

 

The three numbers that will keep Democrats from blocking Neil Gorsuch

 

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

 

A big lift for small business

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Colombian Farc embarks on 'final march'

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

U.S. Mulls Big Show of Force in Joint Exercises

 

Korea’s exports grow for three straight months

 

Korea, US military chiefs discuss contingency plans

 

Top aides deny Park inaction on Sewol, Choi’s meddling in state affairs (President Park Geun-hye)

 

Banana Milk Jelly banned from sale

 

Former UN Chief Ban Won't Run for South Korea Presidency

 

SPACE

 

Are we living in a holographic universe? New study suggests that it's possible

 

SPAIN

 

Real Madrid Surrenders Its Cross

 

SPORTS

 

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Says Trump Called Him Every Week After His Wife Died

 

Budweiser Debuts Pro-Immigration Super Bowl Ad

 

The press should stop pestering Tom Brady about his Trump ties

 

Super Bowl ads toned down by Trump's shadow?

 

Houston Super Bowl police officials wanted more warning, info on Trump ban

 

It’s not easy being Bill Belichick’s son

 

The ultimate Super Bowl LI preview: How do Patriots, Falcons stack up?

 

Patriots' Tom Brady on Trump controversies: 'I have a right to stay out of it'

 

Sri Lanka: Astrologer who predicted president’s death arrested

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

California Lawmakers Want ‘Third Gender Option’ for Drivers’ Licenses

 

Think Brexit is chaotic? Wait till California tries the same

 

On Alaska’s Coldest Days, a Village Draws Close for Warmth

 

How California can fight the extreme provocations of Donald Trump

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Rex Tillerson confirmed as next secretary of state

 

State Dept Concerned About ‘Dramatic’ Uptick in Fighting in Ukraine

 

State Dept. Dissent Cable on Trump’s Ban Draws 1,000 Signatures

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

7 reasons Neil Gorsuch’s nomination is only the beginning of taking back the judiciary

 

A Great Legal Pen (Judge Gorsuch is one of the finest writers on the federal bench.)

 

Touching Photo: Gorsuch Meets Scalia's Wife, Son After Being Nominated

 

Gorsuch's Liberal Colleagues and Students Love Him

 

How Trump got to yes on Gorsuch

 

Trump Does Scalia Justice With Gorsuch Pick

 

Trump Fulfills Another Promise

 

Full Transcript and Video: Trump Picks Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

 

What makes Neil Gorsuch so appealing to conservatives

 

Introducing the next Antonin Scalia ...

 

Read Gorsuch's hilarious dissent in child burping case

 

Colorado federal appeals court judge is favorite of conservative legal establishment

 

Conservatives ecstatic over Gorsuch nomination

 

It’s still Justice Kennedy’s court — but for how long?

 

With Gorsuch, Trump got his Supreme Court pick right

 

Neil Gorsuch, the Nominee for a Stolen Seat

 

Analysis: Neil Gorsuch could lead Supreme Court to a new conservative era

 

The Supreme Court Meets Reality TV

 

Why Liberals Should Back Neil Gorsuch

 

How Trump kept Gorsuch’s nomination a secret

 

Why Democrats Should Oppose Neil Gorsuch

 

Conservative Gorsuch emulates Scalia minus the rough edges

 

Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

 

A Supreme Successor to Justice Scalia

 

Federal appeals judge seen as sharing Scalia's views

 

Conservative legal scholars call Trump pick Gorsuch an ideal Scalia replacement

 

Gorsuch Leaves No Doubt on Conservative Credentials

 

Solid Conservative; Not Seen as Divisive

 

Obama solicitor general lavishes praise on Gorsuch

 

Neil Gorsuch: A Worthy Heir to Scalia

 

Where Gorsuch Would Fit on the Court

 

Trump picks a Scalia-clone to fill empty Supreme Court seat

 

Neil Gorsuch could fall somewhere between his hero, Justice Scalia, and former boss, centrist Justice Kennedy

 

Neil Gorsuch upheld the rights of hated prisoners and Muslims

 

SYRIA

 

Syria safe zones: Why, where and at what cost?

 

Aleppo's online student

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwanese diplomat praises US as ‘natural ally’

 

Taiwan ranks ahead of the US in freedom report

 

Indonesia to seek higher pay for its domestic workers in Taiwan

 

Taipei offers schools subsides for adopting stray dogs cats

 

Ten recommendations for Taiwan-US mil relations

 

MOFA to consider inviting Obama to Taiwan

 

New home sales still stagnant: report

 

Wu draws fire over gay marriage ideas (Former Vice-President Wu Den-yih)

 

2 Taiwan schools on Times list of most international universities

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Tech Companies Throwing in with Progressive Left to rid the world of Trump

 

How ID thieves are outsmarting "smart cards"

 

TELEVISION

 

Whoopi Goldberg: Trump is like the Taliban

 

Where did the radical right come from? Television tries to make sense of it.

 

TERRORISM

 

Crying for 'New Americans' from the Lands of Jihad

 

Pentagon, State Department scramble to fill in Trump’s plan to fight Islamic State

 

Boston Marathon bombing survivor to wed fireman who saved her

 

TRADE

 

Trump shares Obama’s myopia in doing business with China

 

US-UK trade deal faces hurdles

 

TURKEY

 

Erdoğan likens 2016 coup to closure of Ottoman Parliament by occupiers in 1920 (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Panic as officer barricades self in hospital, threatens suicide

 

Turkey’s ruling AKP deputy to Greece: Don’t mess with us or we’ll shoot you

 

Germany refuses Turkish demand for access to imagery from campaign against ISIL

 

Turkey indirectly urges US to stop delivering arms to PYD

 

Syrian opposition to draw up strategy on Feb 6 in Ankara

 

Turkey doesn’t want ‘tension with Greece,’ but ‘won’t bow to fait accompli’

 

German chancellor visits Turkey, tough disagreements on agenda

 

Turkey, Greece in fresh rift over Aegean islets after 21 years

 

 Foreign Ministry chiefs of Turkey and Israel hold bilateral talks

 

Christians in Turkey subjected to rising hate speech: Protestant Church report

 

Teachers in Turkey fail to answer questions in their own fields

 

Turkish coup soldiers to stay in jail: Greece

 

Trump travel ban denies US history: Turkish deputy PM

 

Turkey faces largest decline in freedoms in 2016: Report

 

Istanbul among world’s safest metropolis except for terror threat: Governor

 

Turkey’s Ugly Referendum  (Democracy in the crosshairs.)

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends higher, with miners rising after Chinese data

 

Woman Who Killed Her Newborn Baby Girl Minutes After Birth Won’t Go to Prison

 

Britain pardons thousands of gay men for convictions under abolished laws

 

British PM slams Muslim countries for banning entry by Israelis

 

 Liam Fox dismisses 'absurd' claim that UK will face £50 billion Brussels bill after Brexit

 

Business: EU will lose out from bad Brexit deal on City, says leaked report

 

Alan Turing Law Grants Posthumous Pardons to Gay Men in Britain  (The policy is named after the World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who was chemically castrated after being convicted of gross indecency for having sex with a man.)

 

Serial child sexual abuser pleads guilty to 45 charges

 

Thousands 'unaware of sudden death risk'

 

Theresa May rejects calls to block Donald Trump's state visit in fierce exchange with Jeremy Corbyn  (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Puppy farm fraud gang spared jail

 

Military Judges allow partial release of British marine shooting video

 

SNP MSP sparks anger over IRA ‘freedom fighters’ comment

 

Supermarket tycoon Sir Ken Morrison dies aged 85

 

Theresa May backs Muslim women's right to wear a hijab

 

Rise in gun crime in Merseyside prompts Crimestoppers appeal

 

Scotland’s only Labour MP to rebel over Brexit trigger

 

Drug dealer guilty of murdering carer who fostered more than 50 children

 

NHS overseas patient's £330,000 bill

 

Inquest Tunisia attack survivor held grandfather as he was shot

 

Pro-Trump petition founder 'proud'

 

Brexit: David Cameron asked Daily Mail owner to sack Paul Dacre  (Former British Prime Minister David Cameron)

 

UK fighter 'shot himself to avoid IS'

 

Squatting London squatters occupying £15m mansion evicted

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Pakistan,Palestine called for implementing of Security Council Resolution 2334

 

Putting a price tag on the United Nations

 

Trump’s Immigration Ban Blocks Children Most in Need of Aid  (A United Nations report said children from five of the seven countries cited in the president’s order were found to have needed the most humanitarian aid.)

 

Iran Warns Trump Over Missile Dispute, and American U.N. Envoy Hits Back

 

Behind the new UN chief’s kind words for Israel

 

 UN chief decries discriminatory border bans in rebuke to Trump travel decree   (United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres)

 

VATICAN

 

Church in revolt at pope’s ‘blessing’ of Islam’s expansion in Europe

 

Does Pope Francis actually oppose Church teaching on contraception? This summary raises the question

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump Goes to Dover to Meet Remains of Commando Killed in Raid

 

'Skype seats' provide awkward, but substantive exchanges at White House briefing

 

The Fight over Nationalism Is About to Get Messy

 

Trump Means the End of Liberal Small-Ball Governance  (President Trump doesn’t believe in small ball.)

 

On Trump, Conservatives Have Little Choice But To Take It Issue By Issue

 

Time for Bretton Woods 2.0  (Trump has an opportunity to reverse the debasement of word currencies, including the dollar.  Will he take it?)

 

'There is a major war brewing': Seed of populist agenda visible in Steve Bannon's past

 

New Poll Shows President Trump’s Approval Rating Is Closing In On 50 Percent

 

Trump Sends $10K Check to 24-Year-Old Campaign Volunteer

 

Trump blasts media at African-American "listening session"

 

Ohio Pastor Tells President Trump: Chicago Gang Bangers Want to Work With You To Lower The Body Count

 

Trump security’s use of force questioned

 

Trump: ‘I Don’t Watch CNN’ Because ‘I Don’t Like Watching Fake News’

 

Trump’s visit to Harley-Davidson cancelled because of protests

 

The lessons of Roosevelt's failures  (The current media and left-wing uproar over the executive order US President Donald Trump signed on Saturday is extraordinary on many levels.)

 

Report: Melania Trump may not move into White House at all

 

White House stands firm on claim that Sally Yates ‘betrayed’ Justice Department


Bannon among the so-called media sophisticates

 

Trump wants to talk about ‘fake tears’ over his travel ban? Let’s talk about tears.

 

Bannon’s past rhetoric serves as a road map for the agenda that has roiled Washington

 

History will record that Republicans had a chance to rein in Trump. They declined.

 

Steve Bannon’s own words show sharp break on security issues

 

Steve Bannon is Trump’s conscience. Yikes.

 

Trump has more than $7 million already for his 2020 campaign

 

For Bannon, the game has only just begun

 

Trump's tweet about Kate Middleton could make state visit awkward

 

Trump Says ‘Bad Guys’ Will Be Kept Out, Whether It’s Called a Ban or Not

 

Where Is Jared Kushner?

 

Bannon’s power puts Republicans on edge

 

GOP grapples with potential executive overreach — by a Republican

 

Trump on travel ban: 'Call it what you want'

 

Psychologists believe Trump is showing signs of severe mental illness

 

ZOO

 

Jaguar surprises Penn. zoo staff with new twins

 

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