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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Planned Parenthood Caught Implementing Abortion Quotas, Using Pizza Parties to Motivate Employees

 

Roe v. Wade: An Embarassment to Rule of Law and Integrity of SCOTUS

 

Organizers of Pro-Abortion “Women’s March” Planning a “Day Without Women” National Strike

 

Catholic youth turn brutal attack during March for Life trip into an amazing display of faith, forgiveness

 

Arizona Abortions Drop for 4th Year in a Row as More Babies Saved From Abortion

 

Watch: Former Girl Scouts leader finds organization’s ‘money trail’ to abortion

 

Repulsive: Planned Parenthood Had Quotas For Abortions

 

Planned Parenthood CEO Claims Abortion Biz is “Non-Partisan.” It Spent $30 Million for Hillary Clinton

 

What Pro-Abortion Gorsuch-Opponents Really Want

 

This proposed law would protect doctors who object to abortion

 

Pope Francis: “Let Us Pray For the Babies in Danger of Being Aborted”

 

Obamacare, Abortion and the Ease of Extremism

 

Republicans move to protect pro-life conscience rights

 

Two vulnerable Senate Dems in anti-abortion crosshairs

 

Reading Between the Lines for Gorsuch's Views on Abortion

 

Woman Who Had Abortion: Aborting My Baby Didn’t Bother Me But the Stigma Surrounding Abortion Did

 

Pro-Life, and Pro-Refugee

 

Hawaii is Attempting to Pass a Law to Force Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions

 

At 16, My Mom Flew to Japan Alone to Have an Abortion

 

Minnesota: Taxpayers Forced to Pay for 77,000 Abortions, a New Bill Would Stop That

 

‘It was just horrific:’ Audrey Hepburn’s co-star almost died in a botched abortion, tells her story in new memoir

 

Woman Arrested After Shoving Her Bloody Pad Into Pro-Life Advocate’s Mouth

 

Bill to further limit abortions in Pa. passes Senate committee

 

Dilbert creator in rant over pro-life arguments

 

Pennsylvania Senate Committee Votes to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Off Babies’ Limbs

 

Pro-life group vows fight after Planned Parenthood gets them evicted from their own offices

 

15-Year-Old Disney Star Rowan Blanchard is a Huge Advocate for Abortion

 

Historically Low Abortion Rates Demonstrate Pro-Life Success

 

Pastor Says Church Leaders Should be Free to Counsel Women to Have Abortions

 

Texas legislator’s fight for total abortion ban lands him in police protection after death threats

 

President Ronald Reagan: “No Cause More Important Than the Right to Life of All Human Beings”

 

Abortion divides two families in Oates' 'American Martyrs'

 

Pro-Life Senators Introduce Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

 

U.S. pediatricians: Minors have ‘right’ to abortion, don’t have to tell mom or dad

 

Writer: If We Called Unborn Babies “Fetal Refugees” Would Liberals Oppose Abortion?

 

115,000 People Have Shared This Story Of A Late-Term Abortion

 

This Woman Received Rape Threats for Not Supporting the Pro-Abortion “Women’s March”

 

We need abortion to reach a ‘sustainable population’: top environmental activist

 

Irish Citizens Assembly Reviewing Pro-Life Eighth Amendment Stacked With Abortion Activists

 

Are 100,000 Abortions in Canada Not Enough? Justin Trudeau Wants $600 Million to Fund More (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

European Nations are Using Abortion to Create a “Down Syndrome Free” World

 

ADOPTION

 

Emotional custody battle for South Carolina adoptive family

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Why is Trump White House ignoring Afghanistan?

 

The Threat America Is Neglecting in Afghanistan

 

Blast in Kabul kills 'at least' 20 outside Supreme Court

 

Left-Behind Explosives Taking Deadlier Toll on Afghan Children, U.N. Says

 

AFRICA

 

Fueled by Bribes, Somalia’s Election Is Seen as Milestone of Corruption

 

Witnesses: Soldiers Open Fire in Ivory Coast Town

 

Tunis Greets an Ottoman-Era History Long Banished by Its Dictators

 

ANTARCTIC

 

Crack in an Antarctic Ice Shelf Grew 17 Miles in Two Months

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Amazon German site promotes sale of anti-Semitic book

 

ARAB WORLD

 

Arab World Split Over President Trump's Executive Order Suspending Entry Of Citizens From Arab And Islamic Countries Into The U.S.

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

US Army intends to give Dakota Access pipeline the green light

 

ASIA

 

Getting organized on Asia’s drug trade

 

Turning the Tide Against Cholera (Two centuries ago, a global pandemic rose from the swamps of Bangladesh. Now researchers there may have found the tools to stop it.)

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Assisted suicide: N.M., Hawaii bills push envelope

 

Emails Needed Supporting Bill to Combat Assisted Suicide in Oklahoma

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Miners lead ASX fightback from 2017 lows

 

Australian Dollar Rises Against Majors

 

Alliances crumble as Australian right wing goes to war

 

Father of seven’s three-year court battle results in smashing victory for free speech in Australia

 

'I like Australia': Refugees beg UNHCR to decide their fate

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

GM's US workers to get $12,000 bonus

 

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

 

Better Business Bureau says no 'lavish spending' by Wounded Warrior Project

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

China Fun, Done (Suffocating regulations force another popular New York City business to close its doors.)

 

 

BREAKDOWN OF THE FAMILY

 

Married couple split due to differing views on Donald Trump

 

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

 

George Soros Poster Boy for Needed Campaign Finance Reform

 

CANADA

 

Wall Street edges higher as Nasdaq hits record, TSX up as Fed hike talk boosts banks

 

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

 

Canada’s Trudeau sets up “war room” to monitor not jihad terrorists, but Donald Trump (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Toronto: BLM protestors claim Quebec Muslims were murdered “because Islam challenges white supremacy violence”

 

Canadians not so ‘exceptional’ when it comes to immigration and refugee views, new study finds

 

Chrystia Freeland to meet Rex Tillerson, Paul Ryan in Washington (Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland)

 

Sask. teacher accused of having sleepovers with a student and organizing a strip basketball practice

 

Ottawa calls for overhaul of how sexual-assault cases are handled

 

'This is right off the scale': Border town seeks help after spike in refugees

 

Undramatic it may be, but a calm response to Trump's foreign policy is right for Canada

 

My year as a refugee: A 13-year-old girl in a foreign land

 

About 80,000 denied eligibility for Newfoundland first nation band

 

'We're very much aware of the impatience': MMIW commissioners reassure families at 1st press conference

 

Canada sees first back-to-back trade surpluses since 2014

 

Some school buses cancelled, air travel alerts issued as GTA braces for freezing rain

 

Canadian man who strangled high school sweetheart in Ohio gets life in prison after guilty plea

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Missing Columbia University grad found dead in Panama

 

COMEDY

 

Irwin Corey, the king of comedic confusion, is dead at 102

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Chinese Transplant Doctor Accused of Ordering Executions to Speak at Vatican

 

China tests its new super-accurate missile during war games

 

China may still be using executed prisoners' organs, official admits

 

China: The Real Winner of the 2016 Election

 

Panic over, already! US$2.9982 tln still buys a lot of US companies

 

 China Reserves Edge Below $3 Trillion as Yuan Pressure Increases

 

Donald Trump’s Tweets About a Judge Find a Critic in an Unlikely Place: China

 

Debate Flares Over China’s Inclusion at Vatican Organ Trafficking Meeting

 

Task Force Urges Better U.S. Engagement With China

 

How Trump could put U.S.-China relations on the right track

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Congress Job Approval Jumps to 28%, Highest Since 2009

 

Republican Lawmakers Yet to Deliver Early Wins for Trump

 

Congress Moves to Cut Immigration to U.S. By Half

 

Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow

 

Krauthammer Explains Why Failing To Repeal Obamacare Is 'A Catastrophe'

 

Congress has the power to obtain and release Trump’s tax returns

 

COURTS

 

The Trump travel ban: How to keep track of the legal battle

 

Conservatives Build Case To Impeach Judge Robard

 

Parents of teen fatally beaten by church group sentenced

 

Travel-ban judge makes decision based on whopping lie (One mainstream-media outlet exposes serious gaffe.)

 

Appeals court sets Tuesday hearing to rule on Trump's travel ban

 

Can you tamper with a juror if there's no jury?

 

California joins 15 other states going to court to challenge Trump's immigration orders

 

Judicial Overreach on National Security

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Drug Dealer Whose Sentence Obama Commuted Is Back in Jail

 

Virginia City Fearful It’s Becoming Like Chicago (Richmond)

 

Search intensifies for pair after killing spree on Gulf Coast

 

New York Today: Documenting Hate Crimes

 

Contract for N.Y.P.D. Body Cameras Is Under Investigation, Sources Say

 

About 20 Rabbis Arrested During Protest Over Trump Travel Ban

 

CAIR’s California Classic  (The art of the hate-crime hoax.)

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

Eric Holder endorses Tom Perez in DNC chair race

 

Perez Gains on Ellison in DNC Race  (Two radical leftists who could help keep Democrats out of power for generations.)

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Tom Brokaw to Democratic Party: ‘Rage Is Not a Policy’

 

Hillary: Strong women did stand up and voted for Trump

 

How weak is the Democrat bench? Try ‘President Al Franken’ weak

 

Clinton’s Top Lawyer Joins Soros-Funded Super PAC to Fight Voting Laws

 

Hillary Clinton says 'future is female' in new video

 

How Attorneys General Became Democrats’ Bulwark Against Trump

 

Breakaway Democrats in New York Feel Trump Backlash

 

De Blasio’s dubious plan for paying his lawyers (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

Barack Obam-AIR! New images show former president kite-surfing and horsing around with billionaire buddy Richard Branson

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

DHS Secretary Kelly: 'The Threat is Real'; 'Thousands of Fighters' Available to Infiltrate

 

DHS Secretary Kelly: Border Patrol Needs Additional Physical Barriers

 

Lawmakers will grill Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Trump's travel ban  (Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly)

 

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

 

BLM agent’s Burning Man freebies may upset Bundy case

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (INJUSTICE)

 

For Attorney General Sessions, ‘draining the swamp’ could start at the Justice Department

 

Justice Dept. lawyers say Trump has power to block foreign visitors

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

Labor nominee employed undocumented immigrant

 

ECONOMY

 

Wall Street edges up as Nasdaq sets record high

 

Nasdaq logs a record, but stocks post measured gain as energy slumps

 

Reflation Trades Stall as Bonds Rise, Stocks Mixed: Markets Wrap

 

Global stocks mixed after Wall Street decline, dollar gains

 

Japan’s Nikkei drops as risk aversion boosts yen

 

The New Face of American Unemployment

 

Ending Poverty Through Jobs — Not Cash

 

Private money-like products gain traction amid mistrust of government

 

Dollar strengthens against euro, yen

 

Gold up a 4th session to hold ground at three-month high

 

Why the end of the post-election rally might finally be at hand

 

Treasury yields retreat as traders focus on geopolitics

 

EDUCATION

 

What to expect on student debt from Betsy DeVos, the most divisive Secretary of Education in recent memory

 

DeVos Critics’ Hypocrisy on Public Schools

 

To Thwart Fascism, Leftist Students Start Self-Defense ‘Fight Club,’ Which Actually Sounds Awesome

 

Snowflakes at Santa Clara U say conservative group would make them feel 'unsafe'

 

Campus Capitalist Group: We Were Denied Official Status Over Concerns We Make People Feel ‘Unsafe’

 

Ohio State University course highlights how Muslims helped build America

 

Help not called for hours after student's fatal fall

 

College and University Giving Rises 1.7% (Total contributions climbed to $41 billion in 2016 even though gifts from individuals dropped.)

 

Carmen Fariña shouldn’t wait to quit  (New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is reportedly planning to retire by year’s end. How about right now? After all, her proudest achievement, boosting city high-school graduation rates to 72 percent, turns...)

 

Recommendation Rescinded (If a high school senior displays a swastika at his school, should colleges be told? A teacher is being punished for doing just that.)

 

To fight cyberbullying, ban cellphones from school  (Two years ago, when Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio (D) and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña lifted the ban on cellphones in New York City public schools, they also instituted what they called a...)

 

Family Ties (Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has family and likely financial connections to The College Fix, a conservative news site that often criticizes liberal bias in higher education.)

 

Middle-schooler beat up for wearing ‘Make America Great Again’ hat

 

Professors Fast to Protest Trump Ban  (Clemson professors fast to pressure university to condemn Trump executive order barring entry from seven Muslim-majority countries.)

 

DeVos wants ‘choice’ for special needs kids. In Asia, we saw what that can mean.

 

Duquesne Press to Close  (The 90-year-old university press will close its doors this year after Duquesne decided to cut its funding.)

 

Apple's 'spaceship' campus is nearly ready: Stunning footage reveal the firm's incredible attention to detail

 

Thomas Sowell: Education At A Crossroads

 

Hilarious yearbook messages left by students before graduation show high school taught them a thing or two about humor

 

A New Era of Student Unrest?

 

High school student, 15, was 'expelled when she told staff a star athlete, 18, forced her to perform oral sex and was criticized for attracting unwanted sexual attention' 

 

EGYPT

 

Egypt backs Trump claim that media did not cover terror attacks

 

ENERGY

 

Oil finishes at lowest level in almost 3 weeks

 

Energy Prices

 

Offshore Wind Moves Into Energy’s Mainstream

 

Global oil glut disappearing faster than expected

 

Sanitation Crews Search for Dead Bodies Amid Piles of Pipeline Protester Trash

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

The new gold rush: Loggers see money growing on millions of dead trees (Workers are coming from across the country to cut California’s drought-stricken forests, offering a silver lining to what has been an ecological tragedy.)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

EPA Employees Join Street Protests Against Trump’s EPA Pick

 

Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Pruitt

 

EUROPE

 

Black Sea water turns green near Sevastopol

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks close slightly higher; BNP Paribas down 4.7%

 

Poll: Clear Majority of Europeans Want Total Ban on Muslim Immigration

 

EU Seeks Cash Limits in Push for Orwellian “Cashless Society”

 

Muslim Migrant Anally Rapes Teenager, Gets Only Two Months Jail (Sweden)

 

Poland wants more nuclear arms

 

EU to Britain: Pay Up Before Leaving

 

Romania President: We Are in a Crisis

 

Romanian President Blasts Government Over Crisis

 

Hearing ‘America First,’ European Nations Jockey to Be Second

 

EUTHANASIA

 

Oregon bill would let doctors starve, dehydrate mentally ill patients

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

Euthanasia drug found in dog food prompts recall

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

What Does Trump Really Think about U.S. Alliances?

 

FRANCE

 

Is Frexit next? Why France is starting to really freak out investors

 

Moving forward: Fillon 'relaunches' campaign after expenses scandal

 

Sarkozy 'to be put on trial' over campaign fraud allegations  (Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy)

 

François Fillon Blames ‘Media Lynching’ for His Campaign Crisis

 

GERMANY

 

Germany: Muslim disrupts church funeral, “I come in name of Prophet, to proclaim message of Allah to infidels”

 

German Regions Refuse To Deport Afghan Migrants

 

Merkel Urges Putin To Help End Violence In Eastern Ukraine  (German Chancellor Angela Merkel/(Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Yes, Trump, these German attacks were covered - quite extensively

 

Police arrest Syrian Isis suspect accused of rape

 

Hundreds more German troops arrive in Lithuania amid Russia fears

 

1,000s to strike at Berlin airports, causing cancellations and delays

 

50,000 women in Germany have suffered genital mutilation: report

 

Secret services: no proof Russia meddling in German affairs

 

How a Refugee’s Selfie With Merkel Led to a Facebook Lawsuit (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

Social Democrat threatens Merkel’s stronghold in Germany elections

 

For Germany, Trump Poses a Problem With No Clear Solution

 

GLOBALISM

 

Trump vs. Globalists  (Why globalists detest a populist President who puts Americans first.)

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

If Global Warming Is Real, Why Do Its Believers Keep Cheating?

 

GOP

 

Records: Soros Fund Execs Funded Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John McCain, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham in 2016

 

Trump supporters not welcome at elite Republican club

 

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO)

 

Military should screen for gambling disorder, GAO says

 

GREECE

 

Greece: Debt costs rise sharply as worries grow over IMF role

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Dems blame Trump for lower O'care signups

 

Replacing Obamacare should begin with the states

 

Tom Price, Dr. Personal Enrichment

 

HEALTH CARE

 

4 Children Reported Dead in NYC Due to Flu

 

What you need to know about updated vaccine guidelines

 

Report: Your Hospital Stay Pays Healthcare CEOs Up to $56 a Night

 

130-pound tumor removed from man who’d been told it was just fat

 

A young boy, a devastating brain tumor and parents who ‘will do anything’

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Schwarzenegger says of Trump that he wanted to "smash his face into a table"

 

HOLOCAUST

 

Remembering the Holocaust, forgetting the Jews, again  (There was something familiar about the Trump White House’s statement marking International Day in Commemoration of Victims of the Holocaust on January 27.)

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Vermont Leads States in LGBT Identification

 

Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show: No Trump bashing but still promotes LGBT agenda

 

HONG KONG

 

Using Stealth, and Drones, to Document a Fading Hong Kong

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Democratic Leaders Pelosi And Waters Showing Their Age (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)/ US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Watch: Democratic Congresswoman Laments Russia’s Push Into…Korea  (US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Chaffetz has no idea why Trump wants to see him  (US Representative of Utah Jason Chaffetz (R)

 

Website Wars: Conservative Group Snatches Domains From Dems

 

Nancy Pelosi Says She Can’t Work With ‘President Bush’ (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ted Deutch Stand with Radical Muslims Against Trump (US Representative of Florida Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D)

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

With Eyes in the Sky, Flight Attendants Fight Human Trafficking

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Trump: ‘Sanctuary State’ California ‘Out of Control’…

 

Sorry: Trump’s immigration order is totally legal

 

Is President Trump’s executive order constitutional?

 

Trump’s H1-B Visa Crackdown Threatens Cutting-Edge U.S. Medicine

 

Trump's travel ban: A clash of conflicting laws

 

Mothers and Daughters Divided by Refugee Ban Encounter the Guilt of Good Fortune

 

An Uncertain Wait Ends for U.S.-Bound Refugees Stuck in Jordan

 

Kerry and Albright Ask Courts to Keep Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

 

Waiting for New Lives: 2 Refugees’ Long Journeys to the U.S.

 

Bush immigration official: Law is on Trump's side

 

The law backs a president's power on immigration. Here's where the travel ban differs

 

Tech titans, colleges fight to allow foreign workers and students into U.S.

 

INDIA

 

India signed a number of emergency arms deals

 

A Trump-Modi Relationship Could Change the Trade World  (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

Nepalese criminal's arrest nails ISI role in derailment of trains in India

 

Air pollution choking India, UP home to 5 most polluted cities in the country

 

Doctors find live cockroach inside woman’s skull

 

Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over earthquake remark

 

India takes up with Beijing issue of China blocking US ban move on Masood Azhar

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

As Trump Vows Building Splurge, Famed Traffic Choke Point Offers Warning

 

Cutting the red tape on infrastructure spending

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

Another Travel Ban: This One From IRS, for Back Taxes

 

Report: Cash-Flow Tax System Would Improve Simplicity, Income Inequality, Economic Growth

 

Is that sermon political?

 

IRAN

 

Exclusive: Iran pulls missile from launchpad after apparent prep for launch, US officials say

 

Analysis: Iran feeling US policy shift after Obama

 

Rouhani: ‘Win-win’ nuke deal a model for resolving disputes

 

Khamenei Pledges Trump Response on Iran Revolution Anniversary


Trump vows to turn empowered Iran's dreams into nightmares

 

Iran’s Supreme Leader Sarcastically Thanks Trump for Showing America’s ‘Real Face’

 

Hey, Team Trump: Tell America what’s in the Iran deal

 

Blacklist Iran's Revolutionary Guards

 

 

IRAQ

 

Losing Ground, ISIS Terrorists in Mosul Coerce Population With Death Threats

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Tuesday, February 7, 2017)

 

Infiltration Attempt from Gaza as Bennett Warns of Looming Conflict  (Israeli Education Minister and chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party Naftali Bennett)

 

Poll: Most Israelis oppose annexing parts of West Bank (Judea and Samaria )

 

Attorney General to oppose Regulation Law in Supreme Court

 

High Court orders demolition of 17 outpost homes, leaves others

 

Windshield Smashed in Stoning Attack

 

AG considering testifying against outpost law — report

 

Israeli settlers assault Palestinian photojournalist near Ramallah

 

Arab Terrorist Cell Indicted in Judea Military Court

 

Israel’s inaction in Syria may open Golan to Iran

 

PM Netanyahu Tells Belgian PM Charles Michel That Israel Protects Europe From Terror (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

White House: Outpost law will be ‘topic of discussion’ between Trump and Netanyahu

 

Palestinian family 'violently assaulted' by masked Israeli police in Jerusalem raid

 

The true significance of Israel’s settlement legalization law

 

El Al Pilots Ignore Court Order, Flights Still Grounded

 

Abbas: Settlement expansion ‘an assault against our people’ (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Dozens arrested in demonstrations against AWOL fugitive arrest

 

MK thanks Trump after Knesset legalizes West Bank (Judea and Samaria) outposts

 

Muslim world slams ‘provocative,’ ‘unacceptable’ outpost law

 

Israeli forces raid Palestinian refugee camp, seize security footage and computers

 

PM: Israel protecting Europe from even worse refugee crisis

 

SodaStream is Proud to Say ‘Made in Israel’

 

Wiesenthal Center urges Germany to stop funding Palestinian sports

 

Live Nation buys Israeli company, to bring singers to Israel

 

Listing terror attacks, why doesn’t White House want to report on Israel?

 

EU Postpones Summit With Israel Over Land Normalization Law

 

In historic first, Israel legalizes West Bank (Judea and Samaria) outposts with sweeping new legislation

 

EU postpones diplomatic summit with Israel in opposition to Israeli settlement expansion

 

Minister says court shouldn’t be able to overturn outpost law

 

Haifa U. Iran Expert: Trump’s Comments on Iran a Step in the Right Direction

 

After Gaza flare-up, ministers hear war drums as army seeks return to calm

 

Germany signs sports agreement with terror promoting PA official Rajoub

 

In first since rapprochement, Turkish minister visits Israel

 

Bomb Thrown at Rachel’s Tomb Compound

 

Netanyahu and Trump: a relationship based on flattery and groveling

 

The door is closing on Palestine

 

Tzipi Livni Calls 60 MKs Who Passed Regulation Act ‘Extremist Minority’

 

Elite Hamas fighters defecting to Islamic State

 

Liberman, Lavrov to Meet in Munich For Talks  (Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman)

 

Netanyhau said to deny he knew movie mogul bought champagne for his wife

 

Settlements law spells trouble for Jordan

 

IDF Destroys 6 Hamas Targets in Retaliation for Gaza Attacks on Southern Israelis  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Just What Is the Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution?

 

Israel targeted under law passed to help 9/11 families sue Saudis

 

Israel Passes Provocative Law to Retroactively Legalize Settlements

 

Trump policy on Israel is evolving in somewhat surprising ways

 

UN: Israeli Settlement Law Crosses 'Thick Red Line'

 

Trump administration won't condemn Israeli settlement bill

 

LIBERALISM

 

Soros War Chest Funding Legal Battle Against Trump Administration

 

Leftist Rationality  (Anti-Trump demonstrations are far from irrational. The opposite is more likely.)

 

MARIJUANA

 

Professionals have become the city’s new potheads

 

MEDIA 

 

MSNBC reporter asks if Trump will go down Putin's 'dangerous path' (and start killing opponents) (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Kaaty Tur:  Trump like Putin will target and may kill journalists

 

Piers Morgan is finally right about something: CNN ‘stinks’

 

Journalists call out White House claims on terror reporting

 

Winston Churchill, Anti-German Hate Group Leader  (What if the media treated our enemies this way in the 1930s?)

 

The Mainstream Media's Pointless Fixation on Trump and Putin (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

CNN’s excuse for banning Conway doesn’t add up

 

Oops! Early-edition of The Boston Globe in Florida shows a wrong call in the Super Bowl with a dramatic photo of Brady 'losing'

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

 

Contaminated medical pot may have killed cancer patient

 

MEDICARE

 

Trump Sinks Drug Stocks Again on Medicare Drug Price Negotiation

 

MEXICO

 

A Fox Guarding The Southern Border

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Dubai hosts record 14.9 million visitors in 2016

 

Anti-Trump Cartoons In Qatari Press – During His Election Campaign, Following His Win And Since His Inauguration

 

Trump Risks Deeper Entanglement in Yemen's Murky War

 

MILITARY

 

America Has Too Many Military Bases

 

Pentagon says no dialogue with Russia on joining forces in Syria

 

In Japan island defense, Mattis shifts China dispute focus   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

Exclusive — War Games on a Knife’s Edge: U.S., International Fleet Test Weapons as Tensions with Iran Intensify

 

Navy’s Depleted Aircraft Will Take Years to Rebuild After Obama-Era Defense Cuts

 

Trump vows to defeat ISIS, rebuild military with ‘beautiful new equipment’

 

Take off in an F-18 and balance from a 100-foot cliff in 'VRtually There'

 

Pentagon details plan for $30 billion budget boost

 

Trump tells U.S. troops ‘justice will prevail’ in fight against Islamic terrorists

 

Transgender veteran settles lawsuit over denied haircut

 

US soldiers in Poland take spotlight in Super Bowl ad

 

MINIMUM WAGE

 

Minimum Wage and Discrimination

 

MISSILE DEFENSE

 

Army’s New Missile Defense Software Did The Last Thing You’d Want It To

 

Navy successfully tests new missile-defense system in Hawaii

 

MYANMAR

 

Monk arrested over massive hoard of meth pills

 

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)

 

Climate Scientists Manipulated Temperature Data to Fool Politicians and Public, Claims 'Whistleblower'

 

A Top Climate Scientist Blows the Whistle on Shoddy Climate Science

 

NOAA agrees to review scientist’s claim that data manipulated to discredit warming ‘pause’

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

New Zealand leader: 'Polite' disagreement over refugees

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

Lithuanian President Says NATO Deployment Sends 'Clear Message' Of Unity

 

PAKISTAN

 

10 new ways Trump can approach US-Pak

 

Christian, 70, Charged with Blasphemy in Pakistan as 106 Muslims Are Acquitted

 

Kashmir Solidarity Day observed across Pakistan

 

Five year-old boy returned from India

 

Pakistan wants India to bring its civilian nuclear programme under IAEA

 

Defence of Pakistan is in strong hands: Nawaz Sharif  (Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

POLITICS

 

Authoritarianism Is Not Confined To One Political Party

 

Exporting the example of the new American revolution

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

'Be careful what you wish for'  (At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to "totally destroy" the so-called Johnson Amendment, a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status.)

 

RUSSIA

 

Russia Blocks Porn Site Brazzers for 'Damaging Human Psyche'

 

Putin Signs Law Decriminalizing Some Domestic Violence  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Lavrov Says Trump Position On Ukraine Differs From Obama's   (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

 

Moscow’s $170-Million Syrian Cruise (The Russian military has spent about $168 million to deploy its only aircraft carrier to Syria. Was it worth it?)

 

Russia’s military hardware exports yield $15 bln for state coffers — PM  (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev)

 

Russian anthem causes international scandal in Sweden

 

Putin signs law on ratification of Turkish Stream agreement

 

Those behind recent violence in Ukraine don't want US-Russian relations to improve - Churkin to RT

 

Putin Critic, Who Said He Was Poisoned in 2015, Falls Into Coma

 

Russia’s envoy sees no signs of NATO’s changing its eastward expansion plans

 

Kremlin Asks Fox News to Apologize to Putin After O’Reilly Calls Him ‘a Killer’

 

First look at granny strangling Russian serial killer

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

 

SEC may blunt law to disclose gap between pay of CEOs, workers

 

 

SENATE

 

Here’s How Republicans Can Confirm Supreme Court Nominees Without The Nuclear Option

 

Approve the Cabinet

 

Mike Pence just broke a Senate tie to confirm Betsy DeVos and Dems are terrified


These Are the Two Republicans Who Voted Against DeVos

 

Senate confirms DeVos as secretary of education

 

Tim Scott (R-South Carolina)Crashes Democrats' All Night Talkathon Against DeVos

 

Sessions' nomination to be attorney general clears procedural hurdle

 

Nuke the Filibuster  (It’s time to put Senate Dems in their place.)

 

Democratic senator doesn't expect to defeat DeVos

 

Pence’s Vote on a Cabinet Nominee Would Be Historic (A Senate vote by Mike Pence to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary would be the first by a vice president to break a tie on a cabinet nomination.)

 

Betsy DeVos having her 15 minutes of fame 'at the wrong time'

 

Betsy DeVos’s Rocky Path as Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary

 

House science committee probes Obama's dirty climate report

 

What’s really behind Democrats’ all-night anti-DeVos show

 

Even with unprecedented opposition, Betsy DeVos is likely to squeak through to become secretary of Education

 

Gorsuch's take on life and death could hurt him in Senate

 

Sen. Kamala Harris(D-California) joins Democratic senators in 24-hour floor session to sink DeVos' confirmation

 

Three things to expect from the Cruz vs. Sanders healthcare debate (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R)/US Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Gorsuch to meet Schumer Tuesday at high noon  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Twitter takes new steps to curb abuse, hate speech

 

How a U.S. team uses Facebook and guerrilla marketing to peel off potential ISIS recruits

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Seoul backs Trump's 'peace through strength'

 

Joint Drills with U.S. Will Be Biggest Ever

 

Park behind corporate fundraising, says key official (President Park Geun-hye)

 

Park may end up in jail next month

 

Independent Counsel Mulls Extending Crony Scandal Probe

 

Getting jobs in US becoming impossible for Korean students

 

2nd  foot and mouth case confirmed

 

Trump advised against rushing THAAD deal

 

Are South Korean shipbuilders bouncing back?

 

'Pokemon Go' users exposed to cyber crime

 

SPAIN

 

Artur Mas, Catalonia Ex-Leader, Stands Trial as Thousands Protest

 

SPORTS

 

Big Government Couldn’t Even Stay Out of the Super Bowl

 

Each NHL Team Has an ‘LGBTQ-Inclusion Ambassador’ Now  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: Time to boycott the NHL.)

 

Liberals Regret Politicizing the Super Bowl

 

Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey sparks investigation

 

What was 84 Lumber thinking with its Super Bowl ad?

 

How athletes can avoid -- or at least minimize -- cramps

 

Baylor fires assistant football coach arrested in prostitution sting

 

Budweiser boycott launched over Super Bowl commercial

 

Tom Brady and Gisele return to Boston after historic Super Bowl victory as his Patriots coach sends a not-so-subtle message to NFL commissioner who suspended the quarterback for four games

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

 

STATES

 

23 States Under Winter Weather Alerts

 

Tornado reported as storms thrash Louisiana, Mississippi

 

Witnesses help rescue pilot, 84, from fiery plane crash

 

New Jersey Alters Its Bail System and Upends Legal Landscape

 

California dreamin’ of secession

 

California and Trump are going to war with each other

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Why Rex Tillerson Has the Right Stuff  (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

Two prominent rabbis urge liberal Jewish groups to give David Friedman a chance

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

A Supreme Court Deadlock on Trump’s Travel Ban? Not So Fast

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I'd like to change the Electoral College

 

Support for Gorsuch Lower Than for Other Recent Court Picks

 

Trump: Travel Ban Could Go to Supreme Court

 

If Democrats defeat Neil Gorsuch, they could kick Republicans out of Wisconsin

 

Trump's pick for Supreme Court could miss hottest issue

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg laments partisanship at Stanford talk

 

SYRIA

 

In Syria, The Rebels Turn On Each Other

 

Syrian women, children in prisoners swap

 

Syria’s Assad views Trump as ‘promising’ on ISIS (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad)

 

The Strategic Suicide of Aligning With Russia in Syria (Cutting a bargain with Moscow to cooperate in the fight against the Islamic State would be a disaster for US security and influence.)

 

The Palestinian Plight in Syria  (Where is the media's reporting on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s destruction of the Yarmouk camp?)

 

Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria prison since 2011

 

ISIS Redoubt in Northern Syria Is Said to Be Nearly Encircled

 

Syrian and Turkish forces choke off Islamic State supply line

 

TAIWAN

 

MND launches program to build trainer aircraft

 

Taiwan brushes aside Cambodia's ban of its flag

 

Strong demand boosts exports

 

Taiwan stocks edge higher on Trump financial deregulation order

 

Students gather for Taiwan International Science Fair’s final

 

Taiwan safe for tourists: S Korean representative

 

Groups question tests on students’ pollutant levels

 

Gonorrhea cases surged to record last year: CDC

 

More Taiwanese jobseekers favor ASEAN’s market

 

TERRORISM

 

Why It’s Wrong To Compare Terrorist Attacks To Generic Gun Violence

 

What motivates female jihad-martyrdom suicide bombers?

 

Here’s How ISIS Is Getting Kids to Join Its Terrorist Ranks

 

Time to Abandon the 'Terrorist Recruitment' Delusion

 

File on Islamic State's 'problem' foreign fighters shows some are refusing to fight

 

The Evolving Threat Of Jihad In The West

 

The Seditious Left  (Prosecute the Berkeley rioters by enforcing federal law.)

 

TRADE

 

USA Has Run Annual Trade Deficits for 41 Straight Years

 

U.S. trade deficit falls as exports hit more than 1-1/2 year high

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

NCAA Threatens to Extend Ban on North Carolina if Trans Bathroom Bill Not Repealed

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

Security Fail: the Foreign Investment Process is Broken

 

TURKEY

 

Erdoğan blasts credit rating agencies: ‘What is the referendum to you?’  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Foreign powers performing ‘earthquake tests’ near Istanbul to destroy economy: Ankara mayor

 

No linkage between Turkish referendum and Cyprus talks: Turkish Cypriot President

 

President Erdoğan launches new ‘employment mobilization’ campaign

 

Turkish President Erdoğan to talk on phone with US president Trump

 

Three major earthquakes rock Dardanelles for second day

 

UN wants $3.5 bn to support Syrian refugees in Turkey

 

Syrian migrant children in Turkey quit schools for smuggling

 

UNIONS

 

Labor Leaders’ Cheap Deal With Trump

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends higher even as BP slumps

 

Parents Win £70 Million in Wrongful Birth Lawsuits, They Wish Their Kids Were Never Born?

 

Politician blocks Trump address to U.K. Parliament

 

Donald Trump will not be allowed to address Parliament, Speaker says

 

Exclusive: How Theresa May poked fun at the size of Donald Trump's hands  (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

The Queen for a Free Trade Deal  (British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit-buffeted Britain offers a bridge to Trump, but Europe mulls a rampart.)

 

Marine who killed Afghan prisoner was 'John Wayne' type, court hears

 

Republicans hit back at UK Commons Speaker over call to block Trump

 

Climate change Floods and erosion are ruining Britain’s most significant sites

 

Britain joins international condemnation of Israel's settlement law

 

Nicola Sturgeon urged to apologise for John Mason IRA claim   (Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon)

 

Royal Marine serving life for murdering Afghan insurgent was suffering from mental illness, appeal hears

 

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction

 

Teenager Pleads Guilty in Stabbing Death of American Tourist in London

 

Housing market is 'broken', government admits in white paper

 

Brexit: MSPs to reject UK government’s proposal to leave EU

 

Flight from Pakistan diverted to Stansted under RAF escort

 

Queen Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee Takes On Low-Key Tone

 

Government avoids Brexit rebellion

 

UK tax burden will soar to highest level for 30 years, warns IFS

 

Cannabis farm found at Legoland cottage

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

China blocked US move to get Azhar banned by UN

 

What's U.N.'s real 'climate change' agenda?

 

US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

 

Government Geologist Tried To Pay His Grad School Tuition With A Taxpayer-Funded Credit Card

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump Is Redefining Newton’s Laws of Motion

 

Trump and Bannon Pursue a Vision of Autocracy

 

Make Haste — Deliberately


Democracy at the Tipping Point 
(Some have criticized the image on the cover of this week's Der Spiegel, but the symbol it depicts is a serious one: the very real threat that President Donald Trump poses to liberal democracy.)

 

The Slippery Slope of Trump’s Dangerous ‘Whataboutism’ (The President’s moral relativity is an attack on our shared values, an invitation to dictators, and license to commit awful deeds.)

 

Ed Klein: Obama's Coming Crusade Against Trump

 

White House rattled by McCarthy's spoof of Spicer

 

Melania Trump Getting ‘Substantial Sum’ From Man Who Accused Her of Being an Escort

 

Trump invites sheriff to 'destroy' Texas state lawmaker who opposes asset forfeiture

 

In Their Own Words: Anti-Trump 'Resistance' Leaders Aim To Make America 'Ungovernable'

 

What Steve Bannon wants you to read

 

Mother of Slain Backpacker Slain Criticizes Trump

 

White House Releases List Of Terror Attacks It Considers Underreported By The Media

 

Trump: 'Haters are going crazy' over Russia double standard

 

Why did White House cite "underreported" attacks that were widely covered?

 

Trump stronger than national polls suggest

 

Remember, America first, Mr. President

 

White House says media failed in its coverage of these 78 terror attacks

 

Trump: 'Haters are going crazy' about my Putin relationship for no reason (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Trump to Speak With Leaders of Spain, Turkey-White House

 

Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite

 

Trump promises 'rudiments' of new healthcare plan by December

 

Pure Bunk: Trump Is Merely the Latest President to Challenge a Judge

 

Executive order will make America safe

 

Trump blames ‘Obama people’ for leaking details of calls with foreign leaders

 

Bannon Has Ties to Traditionalists in the Vatican

 

Obama dished America's 'biggest problem' to Trump

 

Is the former White House photographer trolling Trump with photos of Obama?

 

Trump must stop lying or Americans will think he is nuts

 

Mr. Trump’s Real Fear  (Judges can now assume that if they disagree with him, they will face his wrath.)

 

Melania Trump: Libel kept me from cashing in as first lady

 

Bad moons rising: Hundreds to drop trousers for Trump

 

Obama accepted $30K in gifts during his last year in office

 

Trump tried and failed to build a wall at his Irish golf course. He hasn’t forgotten.

 

The grizzly truth: Trump’s competence problems are bigger than DeVos

 

America’s past has become a weapon for Trump’s fans and critics

 

 

 

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