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Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Planned Parenthood CEO Complains “Gorsuch’s Judicial History Shows an Alarming Hostility” to Abortion

 

Why Aren't Abortion-Loving Leftists Calling Beyonce's Babies 'Fetuses'?

 

Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson: “I Was Ordered to Double the Number of Abortions”

 

Woman Brags About Abortion ‘Because I Wanted To’

 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Donates $1 Million to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: And Christians use Facebook!)

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: “The Butchering of Unborn Babies” in Abortion is “Barbaric”

 

She Calls Herself the “Abortion Travel Agent” and Her Job is to Help Women Abort Their Babies

 

Sparks: Fetal Burial Rule “Pretext” For Restricting Abortion

 

These Seven States Have Just One Abortion Clinic Left

 

AP: Gorsuch case review shows he's no crusader on abortion

 

‘Exceptional,’ ‘remarkably qualified’: Pro-life leaders praise Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination

 

An Adopted Girl to Pelosi: 'Abortion Is Not the Answer'

 

Episcopalian Priest: Christians Should Promote the Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

 

During my abortion they ‘turned the screen away so I couldn’t see my baby’

 

Lila Rose: GOP preparing to defund  Democrats' 'holy grail'  ('It's looking like Trump would actually sign it into law.')

 

The Question the Left Won’t Answer on Abortion

 

Pro-lifers target senators up for 2018 re-election

 

Anti-abortion groups target vulnerable Democrats on Supreme Court pick

 

New Law Lets Dads Veto Abortions (Arkansas)

 

Yes, Trump's 'Mexico City' abortion policy puts global health money at risk

 

I Talked To 200 Women Who Had Abortions—Here's My Letter To Congress

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Afghan Government Lost 15% of Its Territory Last Year

 

Afghanistan: Former child bride’s ears hacked off by husband for speaking to other men

 

AFRICA

 

Officials under fire for deaths of 94 psychiatric patients

 

Libyans understand Trump’s motive behind order for travel ban

 

ARAB WORLD

 

London-Based Palestinian Activist: Perpetrators Of 'Honor Killings' Are Greatly Respected In Arab Society

 

ASIA

 

Superbugs take up residence in South-east Asia

 

Game-changers on the Maritime Silk Road  (Despite the Pentagon's predictably shrill notes, both Communist China and India are only interested in making deals to expand and protect their supply chains.)

 

 
AUSTRALIA

 

ASX slips, $A soars on trade data

 

Australian Dollar Rises Against Majors

 

This is a wake-up call: Australia will need to become more self-reliant

 

'Dear Australia, we are sorry': Trump feud stuns US

 

Homeless to be banned from camping in Melbourne's CBD

 

Turnbull learns that President Trump doesn't 'make nice'   (Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull)

 

Australian prime minister denies Trump canceled refugee deal in testy call

 

‘This was the worst call by far’: Trump badgered, bragged and abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader

 

US media, congressmen stunned Trump picked a fight with Australia

 

Trump's behaviour a reality check on US alliance: Bob Carr

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Regulation output slashed 70 percent

 

BIOETHICS

 

Pig embryos with human cells deemed 'problematic'

 

 

CANADA

 

Canadian dollar edges up, flirts with 77 cents US

 

'We will rise from this darkness,' Trudeau says at funeral for victims of Quebec mosque shooting  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

How an editor allegedly used Vice Canada to recruit drug mules for a global smuggling ring

 

Feds lobby against Trump biometric border screening push

 

Ex-mint employee who smuggled gold in rectum gets 30 months in prison, $190K fine

 

Federal infrastructure spending lacks transparency: PBO

 

Montreal Mafia lawyer going to prison for becoming one of the gangsters he defended

 

Are the Academy Awards next? U.S. Super Bowl commercials test future of CRTC ad policy

 

Vancouver home sales drop 40% in January

 

New Canadians to pledge honour for Indigenous treaties in revised citizenship oath

 

Alberta industry oil spill estimates ‘too good to be true,’ researcher says

 

Why accused in Quebec City mosque shooting isn't likely to face terrorism charges

 

Education support staff reach contract extension  

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Immigration: Thousands of young Central Americans at risk as ban halts key program

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

The Mystery of Russia’s 1999 Apartment Bombings Lingers — the CIA Could Clear It Up

 

Pompeo and Circumstance  (Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo; The coming battle inside the CIA.)

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Why Progressive Christians Are Ineffective and Unpersuasive

 

Trump Helps Persecuted Christians and Protects America with One Move

 

COMEDY

 

Sarah Silverman calls for military to overthrow President Trump

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

What has Beijing achieved in the South China Sea?

 

Russia to deliver 10 Su-35 fighter jets to China in 2017

 

Behind China’s PMI smokescreen lies a bag of new year surprises

 

China’s Butchers-in-Chief: Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Get your money down for the Kim-Trump smackdown  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

CONGRESS

 

The Word ‘Earmarks’ Means Political Suicide, Congressmen Say

 

Republicans warn Trump: Garage bands don't score hits

 

Democrats plot protest for Trump’s speech to Congress

 

What do Democrats do when they’re done acting out?

 

Stunner! Congress considering free speech for pastors

 

Republicans warned about perils of further shaking up health care marketplace

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Wyoming and Arkansas Reject Call for "Convention of States" Con-Con

 

COURTS

 

San Francisco Sues Trump to Stop Executive Order About Sanctuary Cities

 

Man found guilty of killing ex-wife hours after she remarried

 

Judge orders Trump to end travel ban from Muslim-majority countries

 

California's top court to decide whether emails and texts sent on personal devices are public record

 

Student, 24, wins $1.15M in one of the largest rape settlements ever after her professor 'plied her with wine and sexually assaulted her just a day before graduation'

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Horribly bullied teen committed suicide; manager charged

 

This Woman In A Trump Hat Was Doing A TV Interview At Berkeley. Then Things Turned Violent

 

Fla. father shot dead in Craigslist dirt bike sale

 

Don't get financially shocked by a utility scam

 

High school from hell: Teachers have been BANNED from punishing students at Mississippi school where mass brawls and dozens of arrests are now a part of every day life

 

Two students threatened attack 'bigger than Columbine' at Troy High School, police say

 

Al Sharpton’s Daughter Arrested at Anti-Trump Protest

 

Milo Yiannopoulos speech canceled after Berkeley campus rampage

 

Washington State councilwoman arrested for outburst at Sessions hearing

 

Mother-of-one teacher, 28, at school for children with behavior problems 'had an eight-month affair with a student, 16, and said she was her future wife' 

 

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

DNC boots candidate from chairmanship race for criticizing Islamic law’s discrimination against gays

 

Fifth labor group breaks with AFL-CIO to back Perez for Dem party chairman

 

Dark Horse DNC candidate: Party has to 'evolve'

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

What Is the Democratic Party?

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel asks Trump to ‘send in the feds’ (Mayor of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel)

 

Who needs the White House? Hillary and Bill take in a Broadway show hours after Clinton put herself back on mega-fee speaking circuit and signed major book deal

 

Mob rules drive Democrats: Leaderless party revolves around fight against Trump

 

The ‘mansion tax’ is all about de Blasio’s politics of resentment (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

The Democrats are babbling and discouraged

 

The mayor’s best hope: more pigs to pardon  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

Grassroots rage and the Democrats’ crackup

 

California Democrats relish opposing Trump on immigration — but they could go too far

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Morale at Homeland Security has 'skyrocketed' under Trump

 

Mexican border wall could take just two years to build (Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly)

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (INJUSTICE)

 

When Trump Fired Sally Yates, He Fired a Traitor

 

Is Sessions ready to say no to Trump?  (US Attorney General nominee US Senator of Alabama Jeff Sessions(R)

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

Could Elaine Chao as Trump transport secretary open doors in Beijing?

 

ECONOMY

 

Stocks slip on Trump diplomacy woes; S&P 500 bucks weak trend

 

Wall Street stalls as market, Trump priorities diverge

 

Dollar, Stocks Little Changed as Jobs Report Looms: Markets Wrap

 

Asian markets slip following the US Fed keeping interest rates steady

 

Asian markets meander amid positive economic data

 

Gold marks highest finish since mid-November

 

Non-committal Fed drives down dollar, dampens stocks

 

The path won’t be straight, but gold’s bullish trajectory is set

 

The honeymoon is over: Wall Street is finally taking Trump literally

 

Dollar turns higher in rebound off 11-week low

 

Jobless claims drop to 246,000 in first week of Trump administration

 

Two-year Treasury yield slips as hope for March rate hike fades

 

U.S. labor market tightening, productivity still weak

 

Global Economic Stagnation: The Fix (Part 2)

 

Tax reform could undercut stock buyback incentives

 

America's 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2017

 

EDUCATION

 

Who knew there were so many homophobic, racist xenophobes at Berkeley

 

Amherst Walks Out Over Trump, Ignores Fellow Student Punished Without Trial   (The students at Amherst College need to recalibrate their injustice meters. An Amherst student finds himself unable to exonerate himself from a rape charge because it might traumatize his accuser, and they go silent. Yet students jumped at the idea of a walk-out protesting President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:)

 

Town Holds ‘White Privilege’ Essay Contest for Teens

 

…UC Berkeley Admin Shares Blame for Anti-Free Speech H8

 

Pepperdine Will Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

 

Berkeley riots put campus fascism on Trump’s agenda

 

No Sanctuary for Rioters and Criminals  (Time to prosecute and expel the campus fascists.)

 

Amid Violence, Yiannopoulos Speech at Berkeley Canceled

 

Backer of charter schools opposes DeVos nomination

 

Imagining the Next Generation of Humanities Research

 

Decades after civil rights gains, black teachers a rarity in public schools

 

Standing Up to Trolls  (AAUP says institutions need to defend professors targeted for online harassment due to their political views.)

 

Berkeley Riots Provoked by Freedom Center Campaign  (Berkeley fascists shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled anti-sanctuary campus speech.)

 

Data Fears and Downloads  (Some education researchers have begun downloading federal data amid questions about the new administration's commitment to continuing transparency efforts.)

 

After Visa Ban, Hints of Hidden Tension on Mississippi Campus

 

Direct-to-Student Data (Study finds that giving students timely feedback about their performance in a class can benefit students with lower grades.)

 

Girl expelled after suing school to be on boys’ basketball team

 

NLRB Chips Away at Athlete Amateurism  (Big-time college football players at private institutions should be considered employees, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel says in new memo.)

 

Trump threatens funding cut if UC Berkeley 'does not allow free speech'

 

Laureate Goes Public  (For-profit Laureate Education becomes a publicly held company and the first such company to adopt benefit status, signaling its intent to focus on mission as well as money.)

 

US teacher greets each pupil with personalised handshakes

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Evidence Suggests Voter Fraud in the 2016 Elections Was Likely

 

How Trump Won Michigan: A Case Study

 

Millions in campaign funds went to Trump firms

 

ENERGY

 

Oil futures pull back to tally first loss in three sessions

 

Energy Prices

 

Nuclear Plant’s Neighbors Confront Regulators on Safety  (A misdirected email reignited worries about the Pilgrim power plant in Massachusetts, but officials said the troubles weren’t serious enough to close it.)

 

Why the oil market shrugs at Trump’s warning to Iran

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Battle over EPA pick is big business

 

EURASIA

 

Three Jailed In Armenia On Charges Of Inciting Mass Disorders

 

 

EUROPE

 

Holocaust Victims’ Mass Graves Looted Across Ukraine

 

The Ukraine-Russia Conflict: A Way Forward

 

BBC reporter films Kiev tanks in residential area on E. Ukraine frontline (Video)

 

CIA Veteran: Europe a ‘Launching Pad’ for ISIS to Attack the U.S.

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Deutsche Bank, Daimler yank Germany’s DAX to close lower after earnings

 

EU's Tusk Says Fighting Must Stop In Ukraine, Points To 'Russia's Aggression'  (European Council President Donald Tusk)

 

A Patriotic Spring?  (After Brexit and Trump, can Geert Wilders pull it off in the Netherlands?)

 

EUCOM monitors condemn Russia as violence spikes in Ukraine

 

Romanian Gov't Showing Strain From Backlash Over Graft Decree

 

Romania's Leader Aims to Annul Graft Law as Unconstitutional

 

Trump is destabilizing Europe from within and without

 

 

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION (FEC)

 

No-Show Dem FEC Official Wants Approval for Foreign-Funded Junket

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

Terminally Ill Applaud Trump’s Pledge to Change FDA Rules

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

What social epidemiology means for U.S. foreign policy

 

Combative tone set for Trump’s foreign policy as Flynn puts Iran ‘on notice’

 

FRANCE

 

What happens to the French election race if François Fillon falls?

 

Is this Barack and Michelle Obama's long lost Paris love lock?

 

France François Fillon's presidential bid threatened by fake jobs scandal

 

 

GERMANY

 

Merkel Meets Erdogan Amid Tense Ties  (German Chancellor Angela Merkel/Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

‘Sadistic Rituals’ at Elite German Military Base Uncovered by Paper

 

Erdogan tells off Merkel for using phrase 'Islamist terrorism'

 

Why thousands of German teachers are striking this week

 

Suspect confesses to rape in Munich university toilet

 

Propeller plane crashes into wind turbine, killing pilot

 

Frankfurt takes early lead in race to woo over London's banks

 

5 times Germany's new foreign minister has had a go at Trump

 

1000 officers, one arrest in German terror raids

 

Six things you need to know as Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel arrives for talks with Donald Trump's team

 

Terror Raids in Germany Reap More Doubts Than Results

 

Angela Merkel is now the leader of the free world, not Donald Trump        (German Chancellor Angela Merkel; AVIPP COMMENTARY: Merkel cannot lead an oom pah band and now she is the leader of the free world.  Germany is in chaos because of Merkel’s refugee policy and soon will be voted out of office.)

 

German Bishops Open Way to Communion for Divorced Catholics

 

Atheist In Germany Asks Christian Girl If She Accepts Homosexual Marriage, The Girl Tells Him That Its Wrong, The Atheist Pulls Out A Knife And Stabs Her To Death

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Quiz: What Choices Would You Make on Climate Policy?

 

 

GOOGLE

 

Time for the Trump administration to start Googling—Google!

 

 

GROUNDHOG DAY

 

Groundhog Day: Phil says ‘long winter,’ but he was wrong before he even woke up

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

New Obamacare Report Shows Rising Costs and Fewer Options for 2017

 

Insurance Commissioner: State Health Insurance Market Better Off Before Obamacare

 

Woman Loses Health Insurance for Fourth Time Under Obamacare

 

Manufacturing CEO Says Obamacare Costs Negatively Impacted Jobs, Investment, Product Development

 

Nebraska Woman Loses Health Insurance for Fourth Time Under Obamacare

 

People from all around California are heading to the Central Valley to defend Obamacare. Here's why

 

HEALTH CARE

 

If Prostate Cancer Returns, Hormone Blockers May Help

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Director Apatow Fired Up by Berkeley Riot: ‘This is Just the Beginning’

 

'It's time for us to embrace': Matthew McConaughey says celebrities should accept Trump is president and 'be constructive'

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Proposed Trump Order Could Curtail LGBT Rights

 

Sorry: the gay rage at Trump is just ridiculous

 

HOTEL INDUSTRY

 

A Chicago landmark and an A-lister retreat in the Caribbean: New rankings reveal the best hotels in North America and Europe

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Ryan Supports Repealing Law That Prevents Pastors From Endorsing Candidates From Pulpit   (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Ryan: Presidents Often Prioritize Refugee Claims--Obama 'Put a Preference in for Sexual Orientation'

 

GOP House members float bill to sanction Iran for non-nuclear activity

 

Democrats press Ryan on nondisclosure rules  (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

US House speaker backs additional Iran sanctions

 

Gutiérrez: Democrats now the pro-immigrant party  (US Representative of Illinois Luis Gutierrez (D)

 

Arab-American Republican lawmakers divided on Trump’s travel ban

 

Ryan, Kushner met for dinner: report  (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

McCarthy denies GOP is 'scrambling' with O'care  (House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California)

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Viral Video: U.S. Marine Reveals Truth About Trump’s Travel Ban

 

While Chicago shields illegal aliens, a victim mourns

 

The Democrats' travel ban no one likes to talk about  (How one Christian escaped from Iranian Islamic hell.)

 

Experts: Trump travel ban should go further

 

The immigration conundrum

 

Sorry, Trump’s refugee order is probably legal

 

Former AG Alberto Gonzales: Trump immigration order rollout 'botched'

 

Conservatives Defend Stephen Miller: A ‘Brilliant And Courageous’ Man

 

Protesters Vow Defiance After Miami Heeds Immigration Order

 

Giving sanctuary to undocumented immigrants doesn’t threaten public safety—it increases it

 

The United States Government Has So Far Brought In 399,677 Christian Refugees Into America


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE) 

 

California Dems Pass Bill to ‘Freeze Out ICE’ Passes Committee

 

INDIA

 

Violence in Nagaland: Mobs torch govt buildings in Kohima over local body polls

 

Violence in Nagaland: Protesters attack govt offices, Army called out

 

Trump hasn’t passed any executive order on H1-B visas, India will react if he does: Govt

 

4 Pak boats found abandoned near Sir Creek area

 

Jallikattu effect? Tamil Nadu child rights panel wants ban on PETA for ‘porn content’

 

Indian IT cos need to stop using H-1B: Murthy

 

Kanpur building collapse: Three-year-old girl rescued from rubble after 16 hours

 

India announced 10 percent increase in defence budget

 

 

INDONESIA

 

Brought to tears by Sharia justice: Woman is forced to endure 26 agonizing lashes of the cane for having sex outside of marriage in Indonesia 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

What's needed to Improve U.S. infrastructure competitiveness

 

Study: Urban areas more likely to benefit under Trump-style infrastructure plan

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

Feds say meth-smoking IRS attorney shipped drugs

 

IRS Does Not Notify Taxpayers If a Child’s Identity Was Stolen to Commit Fraud

 

IRAN

 

Iran shrugs off pressures from 'inexperienced' Trump

 

Iran mocks Trump in response to White House threat

 

Iran 'should have been thankful': Trump issues warning after missile test

 

Analysis: Iranian regime’s Achilles Heel

 

According To Iranian Officials, Obama Administration Gave Unwritten Consent In The Nuclear Talks And In The JCPOA Negotiations For Iran To Develop Ballistic Missiles With A Range Of Only 2,000 km – That Is, Capable Of Striking Israel But Not Europe

 

 

IRAQ

 

A Report from the Front: Why the Peshmerga Need More from America

 

Troop Surge, Increased Coordination Helped Coalition Conquer East Mosul

 

Iraqis trapped by ISIL in Mosul face starvation, beatings and execution

 

ISLAM

 

Study: Muslims Are a Demographic Ticking Time Bomb – For the Whole Planet

 

Muslim leader defends Trump immigration order after mosque burns down

 

Steve Bannon in 2010: “Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of submission.”

 

An Apology to Muslims for President Trump

 

Dearborn Imam: Man Who Claimed His Mother Died After Trump’s Travel Ban Lied

 

Jewish people give Muslims key to their synagogue after mosque fire  (Texas)

 

Making Policy, With a Dark View of Islam

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing   (Thursday, February 2, 2017)

 

UN Sec-Gen "sinned" when he acknowledged Jewish Temple

 

Netanyahu’s Reaction to Amona Expulsion: First New Settlement in 25 Years  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

'Construction boom for Judea and Samaria'

 

Police Violence in Amona Kept to Areas without Cameras

 

1 Palestinian, 3 Israelis injured in West Bank (Judea and Samaria)  vehicular incident

 

Palestinian sentenced to 9 years for hacking Israeli drones

 

Watch: Policeman hurls chair at Amona protesters

 

Herzog compares Amona synagogue protesters to Duma killers  (Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog)

 

January was drier than usual

 

16-year-old slain Palestinian laid to rest after being held by Israel for over 2 months

 

Protesters call for Netanyahu’s resignation at Tel Aviv rally

 

19 injured in 8-car pile-up on Highway 6

 

Amona activists smash bus windows, police car, and flee

 

Israeli court extends detention of slain Palestinian's father

 

Hurling guilt on top of rocks, Amona protesters target police’s hearts and minds

 

Watch: Police Violence in Amona Caught on Film


Amona evacuation comes to violent end as protesters pulled out of synagogue

 

Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinian teens with live ammunition in Nablus

 

The Defense Ministry's failed handling of Hezbollah drone threat

 

Watch: Ramming Attack at Adam, 3 Wounded

 

Amona evacuation completed

 

The Ultimate Alternate Israel-Palestine Solution

 

JAPAN

 

Record high fatal radiation levels, hole in reactor detected at crippled Fukushima nuclear facility

 

Is America Abandoning Japan?

 

Attention, Japan: Trump Is Your Golden Opportunity

 

Exclusive: Japan considers buying more U.S. energy as Abe prepares to meet Trump  (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe)

 

LIBERALISM

 

Democracy Alliance Brings on Obama White House Aide With Soros Ties

 

MEDIA 

 

ABC Talks Iran Warning, Shows Trump ‘Go Nuclear’ Graphic

 

Conway: Media ‘emboldened’ Berkeley protesters

 

Trump White House Boycotts CNN for Fake News

 

Fake news! Man lied about Trump travel ban killing his mom

 

Media Attacks Judge Neil Gorsuch's Dead Mother

 

Scarborough: GOP defections on DeVos show confirmation hearings matter

 

MEXICO

 

Christian Jailed in Chiapas, Mexico Told to Leave Area in Exchange for Freedom

 

Mexico, U.S. both say Associated Press misreported Trump-Nieto phone call

 

Trump to Mexico: Take care of 'bad hombres' or US troops might

 

Trump’s Mexican Shakedown

 

Mexican government says Trump never threatened to send troops to Mexico

 

Trump threatens to send U.S TROOPS into Mexico if government doesn't stop the 'bad hombres down there'

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

“Islamophobia”: Kuwait imposes visa ban on five Muslim-majority nations, including Pakistan

 

US-led coalition admits another 11 civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

 

UAE protests Iran’s arming Yemen rebels with ‘drones’

 

Limitations to the New United States’ Safe Zone Policy

 

MILITARY

 

Mattis says NK threat top priority for US  (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

The James Mattis great American reassurance tour    

 

Black Rifle Coffee Company Takes on Starbucks: We're Hiring 10,000 Veterans

 

Mattis Criticizes N. Korea Before Talks With Allies

 

U.S. reportedly still hammering Yemen militants after deadly raid

 

Iran-Backed Proxies Stirring Trouble  (Pentagon believes attackers of Saudi frigate intended to strike the US.)

 

In initial Asia visit, Mattis vows joint stance against North Korean nuclear threat  Trump VA Sec Pick Promises ‘Major Reform’ for Veterans Health Care

 

Air Force general stripped of 2 stars due to sex misconduct

 

U.S. says civilians ‘were likely killed’ during raid in Yemen

 

Trump honors fallen Navy SEAL during unannounced trip

 

Raid in Yemen: Risky From the Start and Costly in the End

 

Navy upgrades Pacific carrier wing with new E-2D Hawkeye

 

Pentagon Clears Officials of Skewing Data in ISIS Reports

 

Reports: Teen arrested in Vienna had made plans to plant bomb at Ramstein Air Base

 

Trump-ordered raid in Yemen approved without sufficient intelligence: military officials

 

MYANMAR

 

Myanmar Arrests 4 in Fatal Shooting of Prominent Rights Lawyer

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)

 

NAACP Chapter Elects Embezzler As Its President

 

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

 

Flynn taps four new top deputies at NSC

 

NATIONAL SECURITY

 

How Trump strengthens national security

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

Report: Ukraine Considers Referendum on NATO Membership

 

PAKISTAN

 

Pakistan denies any visa ban on citizens by Kuwait: Reports

 

Govt has no intention to ban Careem,Uber: Sindh Transport Minister

 

Pakistan needs to find 'requisite political will' to take action against Hafiz Saeed: India

 

Pakistan does not need any certification on JUD from India: Interior Ministry

 

Govt increased price of petrol by Rs2.25

 

No aircraft used for airlifting of a horse to Qatar: PAF

 

Overseas Pakistanis will not be counted in census: PBS

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Philippine President to use troops in drug war, willing to 'kill more'

 

More Than 100 Injured in Fire at Philippines Factory Complex

 

POLITICS

 

Meet the former Catholic priest battling to get money out of politics

 

PRISONS

 

Guard found dead in Delaware prison standoff was 16-year department veteran

 

Officials detail timeline of deadly Del. prison standoff

 

Delaware prison officer killed in hostage raid

 

Inmates demanding education, protesting Trump holding hostages at Delaware prison

 

4 Held Hostage in Ongoing Situation at Delaware Prison

 

RACISM

 

Hispanic Ethno-Nationalists Try to Cover Their Tracks  (Exposing La Raza's racial agenda is having an effect.)

 

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

 

'Unattended children will be taught to swear': Hilarious restaurant signs warning that unruly children will NOT be tolerated sweep the web 

 

Washington Restaurants Await Ivanka Trump

 

RUSSIA

 

Putin on E. Ukraine flare-up: Kiev trying to extort US, EU cash by playing the victim  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Kremlin Critic Hospitalized With Similar Symptoms To 2015 Poison Scare

 

The Epidemic That Was Forced to Wait in Line

 

Toward a New Equilibrium in U.S.-Russian Relations

 

Belarus Blasts Russia Over New Border Controls

 

NATO delays missile defense talks with Ukraine not to anger Moscow

 

White House denies easing sanctions on Russia, cites need for specific carve-outs

 

On 'Radical Islamic Terrorism,' Trump and Putin Differ 

 

Russian army may start receiving 5th-generation T-50 fighter jets in 2018

 

Putin, in Hungary, Hopes to Capitalize on a Divided Europe

 

Russia, Hungary agree to step up cooperation in nuclear power


Right-Wing Russian Philosopher Dugin: 'If Washington's Attention Will Be Focused On The Far East… [Russia Has] The Chance To Quickly Resolve [Its] Tasks In The Middle East And, Most Importantly, In The Eurasian Space'


Putin’s quest for a Monroe Doctrine

 

SAME-SEX UNIONS

 

Bishop Barron tells ‘gay’ interviewer: I wouldn’t press to reverse ‘gay marriage’ decision

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

Hawaii Did Not Issue Any Gun-Carry Permits to Private Citizens in 2016

 

 

SENATE

 

Democrats fuming over Gorsuch backed him in 2006

 

These Democrats will decide Gorsuch’s fate

 

Republicans advance Pruitt to floor despite Dem boycott  (President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency passed through committee on Thursday, sending him to the main floor for final approval.)

 

Rules Change: EPA Chief Pruitt Moves Forward Without Democrat Vote

 

Tammy Baldwin Takes Down Political Video That Appears to Have Violated Senate Ethics Rule

 

OMB nominee Mulvaney secures initial committee approval

 

McCain Calls Australian Ambassador After Trump Call  (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

Senators set to huddle on Russia hacking probe

 

Commentary: Schumer has no good options on Supreme Court pick  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Manchin sees possible path to 60 for Gorsuch (US Senator of West Virginia Joe Manchin III (D)

 

GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union  (The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation’s largest teachers union.)

 

DeVos Dealt Confirmation Blow by Key GOP Senators

 

Trump’s education pick on thin ice after GOP defections

 

Supreme Court Fight Is More About Trump Than Gorsuch

 

How Senate traditions are falling victim to partisan divide

 

Here's why Democrats face an uphill battle against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

 

Whip count: Here's where Democrats stand on Trump's Supreme Court pick

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Trump's friends and foes revealed by Twitter diplomacy

 

Trump Threatens Iran on Twitter, as Part of a Broad Public Salvo

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Navy Puts Anti-Submarine Choppers into Service

 

Korea court to declare Hanjin Shipping bankrupt

 

Ban Ki'moon's exit won't necessarily benefit Moon Jae-in

 

SPORTS

 

Pat McAfee walks away from the Colts at 29

 

NFL Denies Roger Goodell Had Anything to Do With Barstool Sports Ban

 

Winners and losers on college football's National Signing Day

 

We Are All Tom Brady Now

 

Tom Brady doesn't owe explanation on Trump

 

Audi Super Bowl commercial has strong statement on pay equality

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

Family finds rattlesnake in toilet, then 23 more underneath their house

 

Texas governor threatens to remove defiant sheriff who declares sanctuary for immigrants

 

California Dreamin’ Near the Left Edge of the Earth

 

'So far I couldn't be happier.' Red California backs Trump, sees protests as overreaction

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Tillerson: Diplomats must be a team despite personal beliefs (US Secretary of State Rex Wayne Tillerson)

 

Foreigners Trapped in the United States by New Policy

 

Trump rattles his saber at Iran before his top diplomats are even in place

 

SUICIDES

 

Cop dies while trying to rescue woman contemplating suicide

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

UK Site Clumsily Tries To Paint Gorsuch as a Racist

 

Why Neil Gorsuch’s Politics Matter Far Less Than His Legal Analysis

 

Alan Dershowitz: Ask Gorsuch About Obama SCOTUS Pick Garland

 

Analysis: Scalia tribute may have boosted Gorsuch in search for court pick

 

Exclusive: Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorusch founded and led club called 'Fascism Forever' against liberal faculty at his elite all-boys DC prep school

 

Gun Rights Groups Praise Trump Supreme Court Pick

 

Neil Gorsuch Could Rule on These 3 Big Cases If He Joins Supreme Court Soon

 

Gorsuch deserves a hearing. These are the questions he should answer.

 

With Gorsuch, Trump Finds His Own Scalia

 

When Supreme Court justices lacked prestige

 

It’s time to make Republicans pay for their supreme hypocrisy

 

Gunning for Gorsuch — liberals' new normal

 

SYRIA

 

Syrian army says it will conduct ops near Aleppo against ISIL

 

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwan shares close down on profit taking; turnover expands

 

Many in Taiwan aim to make it the first Asian country with same-sex marriage

 

Taiwan's Cabinet passes a plan to achieve 3% economic growth rate in 4 years

 

Uber suspends ride-hailing services

 

Consumer confidence falls to four-year low

 

Taiwan manufacturing PMI falls to 55.6 in Jan. from a 68-month high

 

TAXATION

 

Philly’s Drink Tax Is Hurting Consumers, Businesses, and the Poor

 

Tax Cuts for Those Paying at 2.6%

 

TELEVISION

 

NBC star abruptly quits over Megyn Kelly  (Tells network to keep its millions after being replaced.)

 

TERRORISM

 

Berkeley Mayor Blasts “Ultra-Nationalist Far Right” in Response to Anti-Milo Riot

 

Video: The Truth About the Berkeley Riot

 

Bonokoski: Berkeley riots 'sadly ironic' at free speech home

 

Al Qaeda resurgence  (US intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world.)

 

U.S. Says Widow of Orlando Nightclub Killer Knew of Attack Plans

 

Former US serviceman who shot and killed a Denver transit officer was a 'radical Muslim who had jihadist material in his backpack' and had recently been kicked out of a mosque 

 

 

TRADE

 

“Death By China” Film Exposes Suicidal U.S. Polic

 

U.S. and Mexico appear to take first steps toward renegotiating NAFTA, document suggests

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

Texas Mayor Jess Herbst comes out as transgender woman

 

TURKEY

 

Turkey and Greece Trade Jabs in Island Dispute

 

Turkey, Germany pledge close cooperation against terror

 

Not deliberate if Turkey makes mistakes in post-coup security: PM Yıldırım

 

Turkey’s TV watchdog introduces new measures limiting terror attacks broadcasting

 

ISIL militant linked to Istanbul nightclub attacker says he was previously detained, released

 

World Bank cuts Turkey’s growth forecast for 2016

 

Turkey records huge drop in Aegean Sea refugee crossings to Greece in January

 

Police in Turkey’s Şanlıurfa rescue kidnapped son of Syrian businessman

 

1,235 cases launched over Gülen, coup attempt links

 

Erdogan talks to NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg over phone

 

Turkey’s auto sales up 8 pct in January

 

British defense giant confident about Turkish economy

 

Turkish warplanes kill 51 Daesh militants in Syria

 

UNIONS

 

Wackiness Aside, Unions Still Our Biggest Problem

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 closes higher, pound drops as Bank of England strikes ‘dovish tone’

 

UK doctors union orders employees to say ‘pregnant people’ rather than ‘expectant mothers’  

 

UK Lawmakers Back Bill to Trigger EU Exit Talks

 

Bank of England sharply raises 2017 growth outlook

 

UK PM May to Meet Israel's Netanyahu in London on Monday (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Nicola Sturgeon slams Tory bid to block indyref2 plans  (Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon)

 

Brexit White paper spells out need for new immigration laws

 

Theresa May Gets Parliament’s Backing on ‘Brexit’ Bill

 

Modern slavery UK Border Force 'failing to identify thousands of victims'

 

 Briton who died in Syria shot himself to avoid becoming Isis hostage

 

Scotland Budget: Greens agree deal with SNP

 

UK home to 80% of top-earning European bankers

 

UK's white mountain hares at risk from predators due to worst snowfall in 10 years

 

100 Women: What's it like to be British, female and Muslim?

 

JK Rowling roasts former fans who threatened to burn her books over Trump criticism

 

Disgraced Iraq human rights lawyer Phil Shiner struck off over false abuse claims against British troops

 

Approval for Faslane submarine training school

 

Archbishop of Canterbury 'completely unaware' of summer camp abuse claims as police confirm investigation into historic allegations

 

Prince Harry is 'not a fan' of Donald Trump and 'fears he could be a threat to human rights'

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

UN Secretary General Guterres Misspeaks on President Trump’s Entry Suspensions

 

Trump's Plan to Reduce UN Spending Is a Step in the Right Direction

 

UN chief backs Syria delegates plan for Geneva

 

New U.N. chief ignites another Temple Mount firestorm (Angry demands for apology follow comment on anti-Israel UNESCO resolution.)

 

UNITED STATES

 

Victor Davis Hanson: When Normalcy Is Revolution

 

The Statue of Liberty was modeled after an Arab woman

 

VATICAN

 

Vatican doctrine chief rebukes bishops using Amoris to justify ‘mortal sin’ of adultery

 

Watch: Pope accuses Christians of ‘cowardliness’ for overfocus on following ‘all’ 10 Commandments

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

President Trump: “Freedom of Religion is a Sacred Right.” I Will Defend Religious Liberty

 

Mr. President: Don’t Cave to Liberal Fearmongering. Protect Religious Freedom.

 

If You Want To Fight Trump, You Can’t Be Worse Than Trump

 

Anti-Trump Demonstrations Prearranged Prepaid and Predictable

 

Trump Slams 'Dumb' Refugee Deal With Australia

 

Trump Overseeing the Destruction of the Democrat Coalition

 

First Lady Hires Chief of Staff, Plans Move to DC

 

Trump Admin: Iran in Breach of Nuke Deal

 

Trump on combative calls with foreign leaders: 'Don't worry about it'

 

Left Goes to War: Obama Official Suggests ‘Military Coup’ Against Trump

 

Trump team building a wall inside National Security Council

 

Trump vows to protect religious liberty – and knocks Arnold – at National Prayer Breakfast

 

Trump at Nat’l Prayer Breakfast: Pray for Schwarzenegger’s ‘Apprentice’ Ratings…

 

Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump

 

…Potus Celebrates America’s Faith-Based Foundation, Vows to Defend Religious Values

 

About Half of Americans Say Trump Moving Too Fast

 

Conway slams Democrats as 'crybabies' for not confirming Trump's Cabinet picks

 

 Trump Comments on Mexico 'Lighthearted': White House


Donald Trump 'could be impeached' over immigration ban

 

How Trump can win Democrats' war on him

 

In which Trump discovers some guy named Frederick Douglass

 

Trump Call With Australia’s Leader Said to Grow Testy

 

President urges Republicans in Senate to ‘go nuclear’ if Democrats block high court pick

 

Trump lashes back at Berkeley after violent demonstrations and snub of Breitbart writer: ‘No federal funds?’

 

Trump's Executive Orders Are Nothing Compared To Obama's 'Pen And Phone' Abuses

 

Trump’s base lauds his first moves: ‘It’s what executives are supposed to be’

 

Was Obama's clemency applied fairly?

 

The president has no use for dissent — inside or outside government

 

Jared and Ivanka turned down a free dinner on date night. Could they have taken it?


Trump Takes Hair-Growth Drug, His Doctor Says

 

White House Inc.

 

Making a Case for Trump’s Entrepreneurial Inaugural Address

 

Team Trump risks big trouble with unforced errors

 

Trump aide: Bannon's experience crushing 'left-wing rivals' an asset on NSC

 

Trump's evangelical inner circle: TV preacher who caught his eye 15 years ago takes her place at his right hand in White House strategy meeting over Supreme Court pick Gorsuch

 

 

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