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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Censored: Planned Parenthood Activists Clash with Police at #ProtestPP March

 

House Votes Tomorrow on Overturning Obama’s Mandate Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

 

Alveda King: I’m Sick of Pro-Abortion Politicians Using Race-Baiting to Deceive Black Voters

 

The heartbeat of life  (Finally. There's a bill that's captured the pulse of America: HR 490, the Heartbeat Bill.)

 

Congressional Bill Would Protect Doctors and Nurses Who Refuse to Assist Abortions

 

Teen Vogue Dismisses Abortion Regret

 

They said her baby was ‘incompatible with life.’ She showed them what it means to be an ‘awesome mom’

 

Missouri House Proposes Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions

 

Alabama health dept. chides Planned Parenthood: If your hands are covered with blood, wash them

 

We Already Know How To Safely Reduce Abortions

 

Catholic Church Newspaper Says “Jesus Would Have Marched” at the Pro-Abortion Women’s March

 

This woman’s abortion story will challenge your beliefs – no matter what they are

 

Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Director: “Planned Parenthood Treated Women Like Cattle”

 

Paul: Will Congress end taxpayer funding of abortion?  (Former US Representative of Texas Ron Paul (R)

 

Planned Parenthood Gets $1 Million Donation From Founder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Hotel

 

Texas Senate opens debate on abortion-related bills

 

Mom Watched in Horror as Baby Born Before Abortion Limit Was Left to Die “Struggling to Breathe”

 

Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Company

 

Pro-Abortion Actress Scarlett Johansson Claims Monogamy is “Not a Natural Thing”

 

Indiana House Panel OKs Bill to Tell Women How the Abortion Pill Can be Reversed to Save Their Baby

 

Senate committee tables ‘20-week’ abortion ban (New Mexico)

 

Professor of Neurobiology: Human Life Begins at Conception, Fertilization

 

Writer for HBO’s “Girls” Says Abortion is Like “Shooting a Puppy in the Head”

 

Bill Gates says Trump's anti-abortion ‘gag rule’ endangers millions of women and children

 

Bill Gates Slams Trump Executive Order to Defund International Planned Parenthood

 

Catholic Bishop: Killing Babies in Abortion is “Eugenics” Like “What Went on in Nazi Germany”

 

Wording on abortion yanked from Utah telemedicine bill

 

Pro-Life Trump Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder: “Every Human Being Begins at Conception”

 

Missouri House Proposes Bill to Define Unborn Baby as a Person and Ban Abortions

 

CW Show “Jane the Virgin” Runs Ad Promoting Planned Parenthood Abortion Corporation

 

New Study Reveals Americans Are Actually Supportive When People Talk About Getting an Abortion

 

City Won’t Let Pregnancy Center Open Next to Abortion Clinic to Save Babies From Abortions

 

Planned Parenthood ‘treated women like cattle’ says former manager

 

Abortion Clinics Report Threats of Violence on the Rise

 

Should a Father be Able to Stop The Mother From Aborting Their Baby? Lawmakers Say Yes

 

Cardinal Counsels 'Soft' Stance on Abortion on 'The Young Pope'

 

Iowa legislators Advance Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Company

 

If Trump Gets His Way, These Will Be the First Places to Ban Abortion

 

Arkansas House passes bill banning sex-selection abortions

 

Witches Come Out to Support Planned Parenthood as Pro-Life People Protest

 

Doctors who object to abortion need more legal protections, bishops say

 

City Council Votes to Make St. Louis, Missouri a “Sanctuary City” for Abortion

 

Abortion bill in Oklahoma would require fathers to approve procedure

 

California Abortions Have Dropped 27% Over Last 6 Years as More Babies Saved From Abortion

 

Planned Parenthood ‘treated women like cattle’ says former manager

 

Catholic group to Illinois governor: veto abortion funding bill

 

People Have Changed Their Mind on Abortion After Watching This Short Film

 

United Nations Hearing Will Slam Ireland for Not Killing Unborn Babies in Abortions

 

St. Louis Passes Bill to Become Abortion Sanctuary City

 

30 Million Chinese Men May be Single by 2050 Because So Many Girls are Aborted

 

Catholic teachers’ union urges Canadian gov’t to promote ‘access to abortion’

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

US air strikes 'kill 18 women and children' in Afghanistan, UN says

 

In Afghanistan, families from Kerala try to build Islamic State

 

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar launching terrorist attacks from sanctuaries in Afghanistan: MoFA

 

UAE says ambassador to Afghanistan dies of bomb attack wounds

 

AFRICA

 

More than 100 dead in neglect of psychiatric patients in South Africa

 

AGRICULTURE

 

How A ‘Farm Bust’ Could Help Renew American Agriculture

 

AIRLINES

 

American pilots denounce CEO, citing missed White House meeting

 

ALT-RIGHT MOVEMENT

 

History's lessons unlearned  (The alt-right has apparently lost another battle. The alt-right is the racially preoccupied group that champions the cause of white nationalism. This time it was Yale University that beat them back.)

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Netanyahu absolves Trump of anti-Semitism claims (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

ARAB WORLD

 

US looks to form Arab alliance against Iran — report

 
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

Dakota Access ‘water protectors’ endanger rivers by leaving behind 200 vehicles in floodplain

 

Feds join Dakota Access protest camp cleanup in race to avoid ‘environmental disaster’

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Tell the Hawaii Legislature to Vote “No” on SB 1129 to Legalize Assisted Suicide

 

U.S. House could vote to overturn D.C.’s assisted suicide law this week

 

House Committee Votes to Strike Down D.C. Law Legalizing Assisted Suicide

 
AUSTRALIA

 

CBA rally drives ASX to 21-month high

 

Year of the kangaroo: $A breaks through US77c

 

Coral bleaching threat extends to Sydney

 

One in three principals victims of physical violence at school

 

Australia and Lockheed field 2nd -Gen sat-based augmentation system

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Lawrence Kudlow: Tax And Regulatory Reform Will Mark The End Of Obama's War On Business

 

 

BREAKDOWN OF THE FAMILY

 

Study Finds Cohabiting Parents Twice as Likely to Split as Married Parents

 

CANADA

 

TSX adds to winning streak, sets record high

 

Canada, U.S. will focus on bilateral NAFTA negotiations

 

Relief package coming for northern, rural Hydro users, Wynne says

 

Tories argue anti-Islamophobia motion impacts freedom of speech

 

Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68

 

B.C. signs LNG benefits deals with First Nations on Petronas project

 

Asylum seekers streaming into Quebec from U.S. to escape Trump order

 

With CETA, Canada swims against the anti-trade tide

 

Victoria College pays no property taxes on pricey Bloor land

 

'He wanted help': First Nations artist Moses Beaver dies in Thunder Bay, Ont., jail

 

‘Our pride includes police’: LGBT activists in Vancouver rally against Black Lives Matter plan to shun cops

 

$10,000 fine for Toronto homeowner who used agencies like Airbnb to find tenants

 

Canadian government using kittens and selfies to spark little girls’ interest in science and technology

 

Documentary Shows China’s Propaganda Reach in Canada

 

York officer sentenced to 16 months for sex assault

 

Trudeau revives Liberal gvmt program designed to circumvent Canadian laws  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

U.S. media saw the Trump-Trudeau summit as a bust. The Canadian press loved it.

 

A Canadian City Thrives on Gas, Like a ‘Wealthy Little Country’

 

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Honduran jungle protected lost city for 500 years with venomous vipers and flesh-eating parasites

 

COMEDY

 

Stephen Colbert’s anti-Trump experiment is starting to work

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China warns U.S. against challenging its sovereignty amid S. China Sea row

 

8 killed in Xinjiang knife attack

 

Goldman Warns of China Economy Risks During Year of the Rooster

 

Fighting on Behalf of China’s Women — From the United States

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

There Are No Ordinary North Korean Aristocrats

 

The Short Peripatetic Life of Kim Jong-nam

 

'NK leader’s half-brother begged for mercy amid death threats'  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

Where are Kim Jong-nam's widow and children?

 

Female Spies and Poison Darts -- N.Korea's Cloak-and-Dagger History

 

Kim Jong-un risks vital ties with China

 

Kim Jong-un’s loyalists led assassination of his half-brother: experts

 

Potential threat to N. Korea leader gone

 

Order to Assassinate Kim Jong-nam 'Would Have to Come from Leader'

 

Assassins used poison to kill Kim Jong-nam

 

North Korea to Donald Trump: Challenge Accepted

 

World looks to North Korea as woman arrested in Kim Jong Nam's murder

 

For North Koreans in Kim Jong-un’s Orbit, Falling From Favor Can Be Deadly  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

North Korean Leader’s Half-Brother Murdered in Malaysia

 

North Korea, the real threat

 

Rumors highlight the hidden lives of North Korean leaders

 

Trump’s Muted Tone on North Korea Gives Hope for Nuclear Talks

 

Inside the wild life of Kim Jong Un’s playboy brother

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Finally: GOP Backs Trump on Exposing Classified Leaker

 

Trump and Congress can Make America Great Again

 

The ObamaCare Repeal Will Derail The Republican Agenda Unless Congress Gets Smart

 

As Democrats Seek Inquiry, G.O.P. Anxiety Grows

 

Could the most conservative members of Congress save Obamacare?

 

GOP's ObamaCare replacement should also boost jobs

 

COPORATE AMERICA

 

Under Armour CEO responds after calling Trump 'an asset'

 

COURTS

 

Ruling Blocking Trump Ban Doesn’t Even Mention the Applicable Law

 

Travel-ban judge: Foreigners have constitutional rights

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

U of Michigan: Muslim student who faked anti-Muslim hate crime won’t be charged

 

Armed Homeowner Catches Burglar

 

Fatal shooting in Chicago streamed on Facebook Live

 

Boy, 2, killed in Chicago gang hit

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

Drug catapult found attached to Arizona-Mexico border fence

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

The Muslim Face of the New Democratic Party

 

Prominent Jewish Democrat Calls on Schumer to Abandon Ellison in DNC Race  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

David Duke gives ringing endorsement to Keith Ellison for DNC chair

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Obama in His Own Words: ‘Everybody Says How Cool I Am’

 

Obama’s Shadow Presidency

 

Video: Tom Perriello Says Electing Trump Was a ‘Political September 11’ (Virginia Democrat candidate for governor compares 2016 election to 9/11.)

 

Chelsea Clinton’s Latest Book On Global Heath Flops

 

Explosive new hacking scandal has Democrats' fingerprints

 

Sally Kohn Has A ‘Straightforward’ Plan On How To Make Hillary Clinton President

 

Sharpton Threatens to Picket Madison Square Garden

 

The angry Loser Party

 

Is Jim Webb The Only Sane Democrat Left?   (Former US Senator of Virginia Jim Webb)

 

De Blasio's 'jobs plan' is a laughable con (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

The worst thing about de Blasio's State of the City was de Blasio

 

The corruption cloud over Mayor de Blasio just got darker

 

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Homeland Security captures 680 illegals in first major raids of Trump era

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Democrats ask Sessions to investigate Trump-Russia ties  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

Trump's Labor pick Andrew Puzder officially withdraws his nomination after video of his ex-wife telling Oprah he beat her surfaced

 

Puzder Withdraws His Nomination for Labor Secretary

 

Oprah Gives Senators Video of Puzder Abuse Allegations

 

ECONOMY

 

Stocks set another round of records as Trump pledges ‘massive’ tax plan

 

Wall Street rises further into uncharted territory

 

Stocks Surge to Records, Bonds Fall on Growth Bets: Markets Wrap

 

Stock market notches best record run in quarter century

 

Treasury yields rise for 5th straight day, longest streak since mid-December

 

Asia stocks at 19-month peak, dollar up as Yellen puts March rate hike in play (Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen)

 

Asia Extends Global Gain as Yellen Buoys Stocks: Markets Wrap

 

Gold prices snap a 4-session skid

 

Trump's Job One: Cut Taxes To Restore Booming Economic Growth

 

Trump’s stock-market rally threatens to annihilate bears

 

Economic Freedom in the United States Hits Record Low in 2017

 

Houston Falls From No. 1 to Tie for Last in Job Creation

 

EDUCATION

 

80 Cents on the Dollar  (Despite higher education's progressive reputation, new research shows a stubborn pay gap between women and men who are administrators.)

 

Calif. Student Suspended for Taping Prof's Anti-Trump 'Act of Terrorism' Rant

 

Will Data Error Threaten For-Profit Regulation? (For-profit-college advocates cite Obama administration data goof on loan repayment rates as justification for revisiting borrower-defense and gainful-employment rules.)

 

The Rape and Slavery That No Campus Will Condemn (Slavery and rape aren’t wrong when Muslims do it.)

 

Free Speech Furor … at Chicago  (University faces criticism for appearance by Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, and also for keeping journalists out of the room while he talks.)

 

College Dems Wear White Puzzle Piece Pins to Remind White Students of Their ‘Privilege’

 

‘Every Campus a Refuge,’ but Can Refugees Come?  (For a group of faculty members, students and staff at a Pennsylvania community college prepared to sponsor a refugee family, their plans are on hold.)

 

Parents Outraged After Michigan School Teachers Caught Playing ‘Kill, F***, Marry’ Game About Teenage Students

 

At His Own Pace  (President Marvin Krislov says higher ed is changing as he prepares to move from Oberlin to Pace.)

 

Move the University of California, Berkeley to Garland, Texas

 

Schoolteachers fired for pro-Trump remarks

 

ELECTIONS

 

Trump lays the groundwork for a nationwide voter intimidation program

 

ELECTION 2020

 

2020 Poll Has Trump Beating Elizabeth Warren By 6 Points

 

Trump leads Warren for 2020? Not so fast.  (US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

ENERGY

 

Oil retreats as U.S. crude-oil supplies hit a record level

 

Energy Prices

 

How U.S. crude-oil inventories rose to their highest level ever

 

Biofuels: A Sound Investment For Energy Security

 

EUROPE

 

Ukraine declares emergency situation on electricity market due to coal shortage

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks score highest close since 2015 as banks rally

 

Young Romanians Take On Corruption

 

EU approves contentious free trade pact with Canada despite protests (Video)

 

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)

 

F.A.A. Investigates Errant Flight Involving Harrison Ford

 

 

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI)

 

FBI investigating binary options fraud worldwide, invites victims to come forward

 

 

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION (FEC)

 

Dem FEC Commissioner Potentially Violated Federal Ethics Laws With Trump Demand

 

 

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

 

Trump approves FEMA disaster declaration for 34 California counties hit by storms

 

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

U.S. lawmakers grill Yellen on interest rates, regulatory policy (Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen)

 

Yellen may have offered the clearest explanation for the stock market’s record run

 

Fed to Shrink $4.45 Trillion Balance Sheet When Bank Is Confident Economy Is Solid

 

How Convenient — Fed Turning Hawkish Just In Time For Trump

 

Restoring Conventional Monetary Policy At The Fed

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

A new approach to U.S. Middle East strategy

 

FRANCE

 

French Elections - The Moscow Times: Russia Launches Operation 'Anyone But Macron'

 

'Stay out of our election': France sends stern warning to Russia

 

Death of most wanted French jihadist 'confirmed by DNA tests'

 

GERMANY

 

Germany Prepares for Coming Tax Battle (Ahead of the G-20 meeting in Baden-Baden in mid-March, threats from the U.S. and Britain to discard the international tax framework promise to dominate discussion. Germany is already planning countermeasures.)

 

Is the German military capable of defending Europe?

 

'Mass sexual assault' by refugees in Germany on NYE exposed as a hoax

 

Police raid homes of imams suspected of spying for Turkey

 

Merkel Might Lose After All  (With just six months until Germans go to the polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's re-election is looking less certain by the week. Martin Schulz is a dangerous adversary and his Social Democrats are full of the kind of enthusiasm that the chancellor's party lacks.)

 

Scandal in German military: female soldier 'forced to pole dance'

 

Germany: Pakistani Man Sexually Assaults 6-Year-Old Girl, Gets Light Sentence

 

Lufthansa agrees on pay hike to settle years-long pilot dispute

 

2 Out of 3 Germans Want Merkel Gone

 

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress

 

GOP

 

An overlooked Republican empire

 

GROUP OF TWENTY FINANCE MINISTERS AND CENTRAL BANK GOVERNORS (G-20)

 

China FM to attend G20 meeting alongside Tillerson   (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

GUANTANAMO

 

Lawmakers press Trump on Gitmo transfers,use of facility

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Top Dem Blames Trump For Humana Bailing On Obamacare

White House Proposes New Rules to Steady Insurance Markets Under Health Law

 

Humana latest insurer to exit Obamacare exchanges

 

The inevitable Obamacare death spiral

 

Let's Make Health Insurance Legal Again

 

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Rare Rat-Related Disease Kills a Bronx Victim, the City Says

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Michael Moore Claims Trump a “Russian”

 

Michael Moore Calls For Hillary to be Installed as President, Wants Trump Arrested

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Meet the Trump admin official paid to promote LGBT ‘rights’ around the world   (AVIPP COMMENTARY: The government should not promote immoral and deviant behavior.)

 

 

HONG KONG

 

7 Hong Kong Police Officers Convicted of Assaulting Protester in 2014

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Gowdy: No one elected judges to ‘second guess’ commander in chief on national security (US Representative of South Carolina Trey Gowdy (R)

 

Lawmakers call for Russia sanctions to stick in bipartisan push

 

Ryan goes door-to-door on the Hill to try to salvage plan for Obamacare repeal, replacement (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

GOP holds listening session with foes of Dakota Access pipeline

 

House Intelligence Committee Chair: Leakers of Flynn Call ‘Belong in Jail’

 

Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Elijah Cummings fall for fake Flynn account on Twitter  (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)/ US Representative of Maryland Elijah Cummings (D)

 

Rep. Blackburn: ‘The People Are Tired of the President Not Having His Cabinet in Place’ (US Representative of Tennessee  Marsha Blackburn (R)

 

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Most Americans Support Trump’s Immigration Order, And They’re Not All Racists

 

Trump's Immigration Crackdown Triggers Anxiety Across U.S. Farms

 

Sanctuary Cities in Name Only

 

An Immigrant Mother in Denver Weighs Options as Deportation Looms

 

A pastor in the Bible Belt opened his church to refugees. Here’s how it went


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Immigration groups demand freedom for illegal immigrant gang member

 

Then, Deportations Were Good; Now, Deportations Are Evil

 

INDIA

 

GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command

 

Record 27 US lawmakers to visit India this month

 

India Launches 104 Satellites From a Single Rocket, Ramping Up a Space Race

 

Two security personnel killed in encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

 

Modi Faces ‘Disappointed’ Voters in India’s Most Populous State (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

ISRO’s record of innovation: Bullock cart to launching 180 foreign satellites

 

Delhi: Neighbours heard woman’s screams on night of beheading, did little to help

 

 To soothe China, India calls Taiwanese group ‘informal’

 

From 290 km to 450 km: India to soon test extended range BrahMos missile

 

INDONESIA

 

Runoff Likely in Jakarta Election Seen as Test of Tolerance for Indonesia

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Tens of thousands of US bridges are structurally deficient

 

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

 

Former NSA Analyst: Intel Community Vows Trump Will “Die in Jail”

 

Intelligence war: Are U.S. agencies using major media to target a sitting U.S. president?

 

Trump Is Showing How the Deep State Really Works (America's intelligence agencies aren’t operating outside the law – they’re using the vast power they’ve acquired within it.)

 

Intercepted Calls Show Contact During 2016, Officials Say

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

Refusing to Enforce the Law Is the Wrong Way to Defeat Obamacare

 

IRS rolls back tighter enforcement of Obamacare mandate

 

IRS softens on Obamacare mandate, as GOP wrestles with reform

 

Trump's IRS stages a stealth attack on Obamacare

 

IRAN

 

Khamenei flays Iran president on economy ahead of vote

 

Iran Warns Trump Against Disclosing Secret Iran Deal Documents

 

Iran growing network to train foreign terrorists, dissident group says

 

Designate Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization

 

IRAQ

 

Islamic State video shows two young boys blowing themselves up as jihad suicide bombers

 

Eastern Mosul Was Freed From ISIS, but Battle Still Rages

 

ISLAM

 

America Snoozing  (Europe is waking up. When will blue-state USA?)

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Wednesday, February 15, 2017)

 

Trump rolls back US obligation to two states, but vows to pursue a ‘great peace deal’

 

PA: We're committed to the 'two-state solution'

 

The new face of Hamas. Even worse than the old one

 

Former ambassadors: Friedman is 'unqualified'

 

PMW thanks YouTube for removing terror-promoting video and reinstating PMW’s exposure of the terror video

 

IDF Captures 26 Arab Suspects in Judea, Samaria Security Raids  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Trump renounces US commitment to 2-state solution in press conference with Netanyahu (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

While refusing to endorse two-state solution, Netanyahu says Israel won’t annex West Bank (Judea and Samaria)

 

Netanyahu: Yes to Jerusalem building, cautious settlement activity

 

'We asked for recognition of Israel's presence in the Golan'  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

PM at White House: Radical Islamic terror threatens US, Israeli values

 

Arab Workers From Husan Blocked From Jobs in Beitar Illit Over Stoning Attacks

 

Netanyahu defends Trump over omission of Jews from Holocaust remembrance statement

 

How a pro-Palestinian American reporter changed his views on Israel and the conflict

 

Trump wants Israel to hold back on settlements ‘for a little bit’

 

Right-wing lawmakers rejoice after Netanyahu-Trump summit

 

Palestinian Authority’s Abbas Meets CIA Director in Ramallah  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Abbas to Netanyahu: Heed Trump and freeze settlements

 

Trump & Netanyahu agree: Israel-Gulf peace first

 

Allowing Trump’s talk of a one-state solution to go unchallenged, PM fails Israel

 

Full Text: PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at White House Briefing

 

Poll: Most Americans maintain favorable view of Israel

 

Palestinians denounce US comments on 2-state solution, say alternative is apartheid

 

GOP Jews: Trump-Netanyahu meet ‘welcome sign of new era’

 

Watch: US President Trump, Israel’s PM Netanyahu Meet the Media

 

Hamas political chief hails ‘democratic’ rise of new Gaza leader

 

Lebanese Dailies: Hizbullah Possesses 'Game-Changing' Weapons Provided By Iran; Has Tunnels On Israeli Border, Forward Positions Overlooking Israeli Towns

 

The carrot, the stick and the narrative  

 

Sweden announces ‘special envoy’ to Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Israel scoffs

 

Iran Among Main Issues on Netanyahu-Trump Agenda

 

Israeli forces demolish house in Bedouin village in Negev, leave handicapped woman homeless

 

Children Treated for Shock in Stoning Attack

 

6 million Palestinians living under apartheid rule, PLO tells Arab News

 

Temple Mount Crowdsifting Project Discovers Shells of Snails Used for Making Blue Fringes (Tekhelet)

 

Farewell to doublespeak: Israel’s vision for the future is terrifying

 

US shift on two-state solution ‘doesn’t make sense’: Palestinians

 

Trump's New Approach on Israel-Palestine Just Might Work

 

Ambassador Nominee Apologizes; Rabbis Call for Fair Hearing

 

Ahead of Netanyahu meeting, White House official says U.S. won’t insist on two-state solution (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

The Netanyahu-Trump Meeting: A Pivotal Moment

 

Israeli PM Netanyahu Becomes D.C. Darling as Democrats Clamor for Meetings

 

EU Globalists Resent Israel's Nationalism

 

Trump-Netanyahu meeting couldn’t come at better time

 

Poll: US Opposition to Palestinian Islamic Terror State Hits High

 

Trump meets with Israeli prime minister after White House backs away from two-state solution with Palestinians

 

JAPAN

 

Japanese Schools Ordered to Teach Claim to Dokdo

 

SoftBank of Japan Will Buy U.S. Private Equity Giant Fortress

 

JORDAN

 

Jordan Set To Play More Important Role in Middle East

 

LEBANON

 

Lebanese Daily 'Al-Akhbar' Attacks UN Special Coordinator For Lebanon Over Opposition To Hizbullah Weapons

 

 

LIBERALISM

 

Note to the Left: Four Years Ago, Conservatives Were Just as Depressed

 

Now the left is going nuts again over Trump’s nonexistent storm troopers

 

MALAYSIA

 

Detained woman says she sprayed Kim Jong-un's brother as a prank: report

 

Malaysia detains woman as probes widen into killing of North Korean leader’s half-brother

 

MEDIA 

 

Entertainment Media Casts ‘The Young Pope’ As Supervillain For Being Catholic

 

'She's not credible anymore': Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski says Kellyanne Conway is BARRED from the show

 

Mainstream Media Reporters Frustrated Trump Not Calling on Them at Press Conferences

 

CNN's Jim Acosta: 'The Fix Is In' Trump Ignores MSM Questions  (For three joint press conferences in a row, conservatives finally got to ask questions. Acosta is not happy.)

 

Who is hacking Tom Friedman's sense of judgment?

 

NBC News Incorrectly Says Criminals Can Legally Manufacture Their Own Guns

 

Bumps in the Road: Trump vs. Obama  (The curious media silence on the chaotic first 100 days of the Obama administration.)

 

Fake News: New York Times Uses Quote from Fake Flynn Twitter Account

 

New York Times Accuses, then Exonerates Donald Trump Aides in Russia Claims

 

MEDITERRANEAN

 

Maritime activity raging as navy ships in the Mediterranean display their presence

 

MEXICO

 

As trade screws tighten, Mexico recruits U.S. tech

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

ISIS Launches Campaign Calling To Kill Prominent Islamic Clerics Such As Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, Saudi Mufti 'Abd Al-'Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh, Former Egyptian Chief Mufti 'Ali Gum'a

 

Islamophobic Saudi Arabia Deports 40,000 Muslim Pakistanis, Citing Terrorism Concerns

 

‘We’ll settle Mars by 2117’: UAE enters race to put humans on Red Planet (Photos)

 

Yemeni Officials Say Saudi-Led Airstrike Kills 5

 

MILITARY

 

AFCENT Airmen fight from ultimate high ground

 

CNN: Pentagon May Propose Sending Combat Troops to Syria

 

Mattis on Flynn’s Resignation: ‘Frankly, This Has No Impact’   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

Defense Secretary Mattis issues new ultimatum to NATO allies on defense spending

 

Camp Humphreys commander talks about possible impact of hiring freeze

 

US Navy confirms Trident II test off California coast, puts end to ‘UFO glow’ speculations (Videos)

 

Navy ditches PowerPoint, brings in actors to battle sexual assault

 

Russian Jets Buzzed U.S. Destroyer

 

Joint Chiefs chairman to meet with Russian counterpart

 

SpecOps Commander: U.S.-Led Coalition Forces Have Killed 60,000 ISIS Militants

 

MYANMAR

 

Risks remain for US companies in Myanmar

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

Could Donald Trump send man back to the moon? NASA staff told to accelerate plans for first manned mission of new Orion capsule - the first time humans have left low orbit since 1972

 

NASA, under Trump, plans to compete with China's space program

 

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

 

Surprise: At the End, Obama Administration Gave NSA Broad New Powers

 

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

Trump's new national security advisor is vice admiral and former SEAL who grew up in pre-revolutionary Iran where Navy captain dad advised America-friendly military

 

WikiLeaks: ‘Destabilization Campaign’ Responsible for Flynn Resignation

 

The hypocrisy of Ben Rhodes  (Ben Rhodes has emerged as one of the Swamp plotters behind the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for dialogue with the Russians.  Talk about hypocrisy. )

 

Make the Flynn Tape Public

 

Dan Rather: Flynn scandal maybe bigger than Watergate

 

Out Like Flynn

 

Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn

 

AP Explains: National security adviser a policy whisperer

 

Michael Flynn's resignation: A timeline

 

‘Eroding Level of Trust’ Gave Way to Flynn’s Downfall

 

The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn

 

Flynn Is Exactly What Trump Deserves

 

Flynn defiant: Intelligence leaks 'a criminal act'

 

Leaks, like the ones that did in Michael Flynn, are a great American tradition

 

The Missing Pieces in the Flynn Story

 

Good riddance to Michael Flynn, a fear monger who was wrong for the job long before his Russian antics

 

Why you should fear the leaks that felled Mike Flynn

 

Mike Flynn's dangerous gamble with US national security

 

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

 

Robert Harward plans a housecleaning of Trump’s National Security Council staff

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

State of emergency declared as fires threaten Christchurch

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

NATO is 'fundamental bedrock' for US: Mattis   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

3 NATO Reforms Allies Should Expect From the Trump Administration

 

Chinese military approaches technological ‘near-parity’ with NATO in air domain – think tank

 

NATO poised to open new Naples anti-terrorism hub

 

PAKISTAN

 

Christians In Hiding For Fear Of More Attacks After Suicide Bomber Drives Motorcycle Into Crowd Of Christian Demonstrators, Murders 14 People And Wounds Dozens More

 

Fight against terrorism is about right and wrong: Nawaz Sharif  (Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

If Rangers can conduct operation in Karachi then why can not in Punjab: Imran Khan

 

13 ppl died in Lahore Mall Road bomb blast

 

Trump administration pledged to work with Pakistan to defeat terrorism

 

PHILIPPINES

 

 

Former US air base in Philippines may host commercial flights to North America

 

 

POLITICS

 

Statistics and politics have much to teach one another

 

RADIO

 

Michael Savage: Flynn a 'scapegoat'

 

Rush Limbaugh: 'Drive-by' media 'smell blood'

 

RUSSIA

 

US warns Russia amid reports of new cruise missile

 

Moscow Issues Its First Nuclear Challenge to Trump

 

Pro-Kremlin Pravda.ru: ' Iran Is Becoming A Major Problem, First And Foremost For Russia's Interests'

 

2 Million Russians Regularly Use Drugs, Says Interior Minister

 

NATO Expert: Russian Legislators ‘Made Fun’ of Obama for Being ‘Too Soft’ on Russia

 

Military Helicopter Makes Surprise Landing on Snowy Kazakh Highway

 

Russia’s Alleged Nuclear Missile Treaty Violation: Serious But Not Clear-Cut

 

Putin’s Most Radical Supporters Turn on Kremlin News Agency Over ‘Cult of Trump’  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Russia Imposes New Fines on Internet Providers That Don't Block Banned Sites 

 

Exclusive: Shadowy Iranian general visits Moscow, violating sanctions

 

‘Our land’: Russia tells US that Crimea won’t be ‘given back’ to Ukraine

 

Russian spy ship patrolling off U.S. East Coast: ‘We are keeping our eyes on it’

 

Russia sends spy ship near US coast, deploys banned missiles at home, officials say

 

Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty and Challenging Trump

 

Russia Dismisses Reports That Trump Aides Had Contact With Intelligence Agents

 

SCIENCE

 

Fossil gives 1st evidence of live birth in ancient reptile thought to lay only eggs

 

Trump Cabinet Science-Denial or Scientific Skepticism?

 

Taxpayer-Funded Study Asked if People Could Smell ‘Asparagus Pee’

 

SECRET SERVICE

 

Trump Set to Choose Next Secret Service Director as Joseph Clancy Announces Retirement

 

SENATE

 

Flashback: Chuck Schumer Predicts Intelligence War Against Trump  (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

 

McConnell: Trump needs to reach understanding with Washington (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Wary of town-hall protests from their party, Democrats turn to Bernie Sanders for help  (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Mulvaney survives procedural vote on his OMB nomination

 

Schumer Complains After Immigration Raids Net Illegal Pedophiles (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Senate votes to roll back Obama gun rule

 

Democratic senators demand answers from Pentagon on Trump’s smartphone security

 

Franken: Calling Warren "Pocahontas" is Racist (US Senator of Minnesota Al Franken (D)/ US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

GOP to Warren: Please, raise your profile

 

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

South Korea’s Top Spy Chief: Kim Jong Un Ordered Assassination of Half-Brother  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

'N. Korea assassins target defectors in S. Korea'

 

S. Korea to recall 2,721 BMW, Peugeot cars

 

Unemployment tops 1 mil. in January

 

Seoul high school to adopt state-authored textbook

 

4 in 10 multicultural students show poor academic performance

 

Samsung Heir Again Faces Arrest in South Korea Bribery Scandal

 

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

 

Hate crimes on rise in US for second consecutive year — NGO

 

SPORTS

 

All-Jewish Hockey Team Dominates

 

Pastors fight back over NFL bathroom threat

 

USA Today Badly Misquotes Tom Brady

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

 

The stunning destruction at Oroville Dam and the work ahead  (California)

 

'It's just another problem they don't need to have': Incoming storms bring powerful wind and rain as Oroville Dam repairs continue

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

How Rex Tillerson can head off a revolt at State  (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

SYRIA

 

Damascus denies accusations of chlorine use in Aleppo

 

TAIWAN

 

Donald Trump and the Coming Taiwan-China Crisis

 

F-35 sale to Taiwan? A test of Taiwan and Trump

 

China protests to India over Taiwanese delegation's visit

 

GDP forecast revised up to 1.92 percent

 

32 dead in Taiwans worst highway accident for decades

 

As bird flu threat rises, pass on the eggs Benedict

 

Taiwan’s Central Bank Chief Faces a Currency Challenge

 

TERRORISM

 

Al Qaeda Likely to Absorb ISIS Amid Weakened Territorial Holdings

 

Parents of People Killed by Muslim Hit Trump for Calling Murders Terrorism

 

 

THAILAND

 

US and Thailand kick off 'Cobra Gold' war games

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Vogue Paris to feature first ‘transgender’ man on cover

 

N.C. governor offers ‘compromise’ repealing LGBT law 

 

TURKEY

 

Woman arrested after pulling off headscarf of student on public bus in Istanbul

 

Three new artificial islands to be built off Istanbul’s Pendik district

 

10 ISIL suicide bombers killed in fierce clashes during attack on Turkish base in Syria

 

Turkey, Russia differ on Astana agenda

 

Turkey’s unemployment rate rises to 12.1 pct, highest in seven years

 

Turkish FM to attend Munich security conference

 

Turkey to build supply center for Syrian refugees: Deputy PM

 

Turkey runs over $3 bln budget surplus in January as revenues on rise

 

World Health Organization report raises alarm about bad air in Turkish cities

 

Europe’s top human rights official calls on Turkey to restore free speech

 

Russia outraged by award for photo of Turkey ambassador killing

 

UNIONS

 

Unions Gave $10 million to Labor Committee Dems

 

NLRB Strikes Down MI Union’s Photo ID Policy

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

Financials drive FTSE 100 to 1-month high after hawkish signals from Yellen

 

UK: Convert to Islam carried axe to meeting with Christian father

 

Four out of five British expats fear Brexit will strip them of rights to live abroad

 

UK: Man banned from maintaining train station clock for “racist” private conversation

 

UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit

 

Muslim Caller Brags On Major UK Radio Show ‘The UK Is Ours- You Will All Convert To Islam Or Die’

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Big Powers Clip U.N. Secretary-General’s Wings

 

American Blocking of Fayyad UN Bid Seen as Unfounded and Counterproductive

 

The Livni-Fayyad Two-Step  (Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni/“Palestinian” Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad; Anti-Israel maneuvers at the UN are as transparent as ever.)

 

Resolution 2334 and Potential Teachable Moments  (How a document long on anti-Israel lies can still be put to good use.)

 

UNITED STATES

 

Rise in U.S. Traffic Deaths Reported for a Second Year

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

 

Hating Valentine’s  (Why Islamists and the radical Left loathe the Day of Love.)

 

VATICAN

 

Vatican Cardinal: Catholics in adulterous unions ‘must be given’ Communion

 

Vatican Conference Spreads Misinformation About Organ Harvesting in China

 

Pope Francis weighs in on Dakota Access Pipeline conflict

 

VENEZUELA 

 

Venezuelan vice president rejects U.S. sanctions, denies ‘drug kingpin’ designation

 

US bars entry to Venezuelan VP accused of Hezbollah, Iran ties

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Full Text: US President Donald Trump’s Remarks, Plus Q&A at Joint White House Briefing

 

President Trump and the Runaway Judiciary: The Founders Have Provided the Remedy

 

Donald Trump and Russia — What Do We Really Know?


CNN: Sources Accuse Conway of Orchestrating Leaks Against Spicer
(White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

W.H. Fears Sabotage by Intelligence-Industrial Complex

 

Report: It’s week 4, and the ‘soft coup’ against Trump administration is in progress

 

Exclusive: President Trump has done more for illegal immigrant children in two weeks than Obama did in two years, claims immigration lawyer

 

Report: Priebus Next to Go as Trump Strikes Back Over Flynn  (White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus)

 

Melania goes to Washington: First Lady wears a stunning skirt suit to welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in her first official appearance since Trump was sworn in

 

Trump rejects talk of Russian connection as ‘non-sense’

 

President Trump takes first steps to change Obamacare

 

Trump blames Clinton for media reports on his Russian ties

 

Trump: Intelligence community giving out classified information to press ‘like candy’

 

Officials: Trump kept Pence in dark over Flynn-Russia call

 

How Far Will Republicans Go to Destroy Trump?

 

Analysis: Russia cloud over Trump unlikely to fade with Flynn exit

 

The Flynn crisis paralyzes the White House

 

White House Aide Criticizes Obama’s Counter-Terrorism Policy for Failing to Mention Islam

 

White House taped heated exchange with reporter, Omarosa Manigault

 

Trump’s Right: Job Creation Alone Won’t Fix Welfare

 

Stephen Miller’s ‘cringeworthy’ campaign speech for student government

 

Reprimanded NYT Reporter Who Called FLOTUS a ‘Hooker’ Apologizes on Twitter

 

From a phone call at a Caribbean resort to a forced resignation at the White House

 

White House will not ‘dictate’ two-state solution between Israel, Palestinians

 

In the early weeks of the new administration, the humbling of a president

 

Team Trump is having typo trouble

 

Lying took down Flynn, but the administration seems to think it’s just fine on Sunday talk shows

 

NYT: Intercepted communications show Trump associates, Russians in contact

 

Trump’s team initially was skeptical about details of Flynn’s contacts with Russia

 

White House labors to move on after leaks sink Flynn

 

Pence learned Flynn misled him 2 weeks after Trump, others knew

 

Aide in Ethics Violation Over Trump Product Promotion

 

The Trump Era’s Catholic Mirror

 

Law allows Trump to refuse visas to ‘uncooperative’ countries that won’t take back deportees

 

On the Road to Another Watergate?

 

Flynn episode ‘darkens the cloud’ of Russia that hangs over Trump administration

 

President Trump, Will You Save the Jews?

 

Trump’s 1st Month Has Washington Reeling

 

Chris Christie has lunch with Trump amid job speculation (Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R)

 

America, meet the nuclear ‘football’

 

Left Attacks Ivanka Trump for WH Photo Shoot with Canadian PM Trudeau in Oval Office

 

Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat

 

Bannon: 'I could care less' about repairing relationship with media

 

Bookstores Stoke Trump Resistance With Action, Not Just Words

 

Trump faces critical decisions amid 1st  presidential crisis

 

YAHOO

 

Verizon close to Yahoo deal, price cut of $250-350 million: sources

 

 

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