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Friday, February 16, 2018

 

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In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Reporter: If More Babies Were Aborted, the Florida School Shooting Wouldn’t Happen

 

Abortion, video games and masculinity: 3 surprising takes on Florida shooting you might have missed

 

Pregnant Immigrant Teen Was Forced to Accept Pro-Abortion Attorneys, Does Not Want Abortion

 

Florida House Committee Passes Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Off Babies’ Limbs

 

New Jersey Democrats Force Taxpayers to Send $7.5 Million to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

 

Illegal immigrant minor suggests she faced pressure to get abortion on federal dime

 

Planned Parenthood Sues President Trump After He Defunded Its Programs Pushing Sex on Kids

 

Ban on abortions due to Down syndrome challenged in lawsuit (The ACLU has filed a constitutional challenge to Ohio's law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.)

 

California Regulators Take Aim at Abortion ‘Reversal’ Nursing Course

 

Should Parents be Able to Sue Doctors for Not Disclosing Birth Defects So They Could Abort Their Baby?

 

Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes

 

You Can Help Put This Abortion Clinic Out of Business for Good. Here’s How

 

How Google Maps Could Be Making It Harder for Women to Find Abortion Clinics

 

Activists Complain Pregnancy Centers Do Better Reaching Women on Google Than Abortion Clinics

 

House panel targets abortion procedure

 

Teacher Raped His Student, Then He and His Wife Gave Her Abortion Pills to Kill the Baby (India)

 

El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned for Decade Under Abortion Ban

 

UN is Pushing Abortion on Africa, But This Pro-Life Scientist is Trying to Stop Them

 

British island with only 83,000 people about to pass one of world’s most extreme abortion bills

 

Irish Doctors Group Neutral on Whether Babies Should Be Killed in Abortions

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

‘Unspeakable numbers’: 10,000 civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2017

 

Afghan Taliban offered peace negotiations to America

 

The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan

 

America Has Turned a Blind Eye to the Taliban's Territorial Gains

 

AFRICA

 

Cameroon: Muslim converts to Christianity, his wife calls for him to be beheaded

 

AIRLINES

 

Delta passenger drops governor's name, screams at baby, is suspended from job

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Anti-Semitic hate speech incidents in Austria at all-time high, watchdog says

 
AUSTRALIA

 

ASX dips into the red at the end of a positive week

 

The Australian dollar continues to rally as the greenback pummelling intensifies

 

Australia: “I mean to take as many of them down as I can” — Muslim teen planned “maximum fire” jihad massacre

 

Office affair comes between Aussie deputy PM and his boss

 

 

BALKANS

 

 Kosovo Finds Little to Celebrate After 10 Years of Independence

 

CANADA

 

Toronto stock index higher, sparked by energy sector

 

1,029 patients killed by euthanasia in Ontario since legalization: coroner’s report

 

WatchConrad Black: Trump doesn't care about Canada. Let's not overplay our NAFTA hand

 

Parent advocate Granic Allen ‘steals the show’ in Ontario conservative leadership debate, media say

 

Men-only RCMP Facebook group crosses line of conduct, say female RCMP members

 

Patrick Brown to enter PC leadership race: sources

 

Hawks devouring pigeons in Toronto to the delight of social media

 

Are employers ready to deal with pot in the workplace?

 

How a broken jury list makes Ontario justice whiter, richer and less like your community

 

Eddie Lampert on the retailer’s woes: ‘I deeply regret the failure of Sears Canada’

 

Peeing in the seats? Military eyes air force alcohol ban after troubled VIP trip

 

Premier confirms ‘troubling’ sex assault allegations against unnamed former Liberal cabinet minister

 

Team Canada lives up to lofty expectations, could win most medals ever

 

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

 

Flu vaccine only 36 percent effective

 

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

CIA Argues the Public Can’t See Classified Information It Has Already Given to

 

CIA: We get to pick which media receives classified info

 

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Media watchdog to ABC: Apologize for Christian bashing or else

 

COMEDY

 

Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Calls Trump ‘Mentally Ill,’ Urges Viewers to Vote Out Pro-Second Amendment Congressmen

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China's Political Climate Crushes One More Dream

 

China slams India PM trip to disputed region

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Get real: U.S. commander in Korea says Kim in hot pursuit of unified communist nation (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

How Will Global Exposure Affect North Koreans?

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Congress calls for action after 'sinister and systematic' attacks on elections by Russians

 

How Congress Can Start Rebuilding the Military Within New Budget Framework

 

 

CONSTITUTION

 

First Amendment Protects Unpopular Views, Like Those Held by a Christian Baker

 

 

COPORATE AMERICA

 

GE moves to sell part of overseas lighting business

 

 

COURTS

 

U.S. appeals court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

 

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Three ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes in Florida school shooting

 

Lying About Gun Violence With Statistics

 

Five crucial minutes inside Douglas High where lives were lost and saved

 

How Can We Stop School Shootings?

 

Students emerge as new critics for lack of action on guns: ‘This stuff happens and we don’t know why’

 

Russian bots promote pro-gun messages after Florida school shooting

 

‘Red flag laws’ in five states allow guns to be seized before violence can occur

 

Smith & Wesson Made the Assault Rifle Used in Florida School Massacre

 

The motives behind the massacre

 

The terrible numbers that grow with each mass shooting

 

Florida shooting raises awareness of stigma attached to mental illness

 

The stories of those who died in Parkland

 

Funerals begin for victims killed at Fla. school

 

Dems, Media Push Misleading Stat That There Have Been 18 School Shootings This Year

 

No, There Haven't Been 18 School Shootings This Year — Not Even Close

 

Perv tutor tried to hook up with 13-year-old girl by wearing this shirt

 

Bold grandma calls cops, thwarts grandson's bloody school massacre

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 

 

Commerce Department calls for Trump to impose steep tariffs or quotas on foreign steel and aluminum

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Is Robert Mueller Mad or a Russian Agent? (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

Russia-Trump inquiry: Full text of Mueller's indictment

 

…Rosenstein: **NO** Allegation 2016 Results Altered… (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein)

 

NO COLLUSION -- Rosenstein: No American 'Had Any Knowledge' In Russian Meddling Indictment

 

'Top Priority' -- Sessions Orders 'IMMEDIATE REVIEW' Of FBI, While FL. Gov. Calls For Director Wray's Resignation  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

DOJ indicts 13 Russians for election meddling, says no Americans were 'knowing participants'

 

13 indicted on charges related to meddling in US elections

 

Special counsel issues indictment against 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference

 

13 Russians charged for U.S. election meddling -- live updates

 

FISA court judge ups pressure on DOJ to disclose spy warrant records

 

DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Hid Wife’s Fusion GPS Payments From Ethics

 

Justice, FBI Russia-Trump Investigation Just Got Even More Corrupt — Why Does It Continue?

 

ECONOMY

 

Dow, S&P 500 book 6th straight gain as stocks post best week in years; Nasdaq lags

 

Wall Street erases gain after U.S. indicts Russians

 

U.S. Stocks Rebound to Best Weekly Gain Since 2013: Markets Wrap

 

2-year Treasury yield posts largest weekly jump since March despite Friday relief

 

Stock Rally Continues in Asia; Yen Extends Gains: Markets Wrap

 

Asian shares extend bounce to fifth day, dollar sags to three-year low

 

Bond Investors Pull $14.1 Billion From Global Debt Funds

 

Trump Needs A Return To King Dollar

 

Gold ends higher, logs biggest weekly gain since 2016

 

Anonymous trader buys $400 million in bitcoin

 

Dollar perks up, but registers weekly loss

 

EDUCATION

 

For College Presidents, Is 70 the New 50?

 

Research Keeps Showing This Kind Of Teaching Is Very Effective. So Why Won’t Schools Use It?

 

Texas: Plano councilman pressured to quit for calling for banning of Islam from schools

 

After Atheist Group Got Prayers Before Sports Canceled, Students Are Fighting Back

 

Utah: American flag destroyed, replaced with Islamic State flag at high school

 

EGYPT

 

King Salman expresses support for El-Sisi’s fight against terror (Saudi Arabia/ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi)

 

Holocaust Denial By Egyptian TV Host: It Is The 'Greatest Lie In History'; Gas Chambers Were Used To Disinfect Clothes

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Meet Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian Oligarch Indicted in US Election Interference

 

ENERGY

 

U.S. oil benchmark extends win streak to 3 days as crude claws back lost ground

 

Energy Prices

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

EPA Administrator’s Pricey Travel Included Charter Flights in Home State

 

Critics blast EPA for lowering Syngenta pesticide fine

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks post best week since 2016 as global appetite for risk ramps up

 

Belgium: Muslim couple beat up their four children because they were “too Western”

 

Sweden: Pro-Sharia advocate of polygamy and wife-beating gets green light to open Islamic school

 

FAST FOOD INDUSTRY

 

Jewish seniors fight isolation with a fast food community in ‘Wendy’s Shabbat’

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI agent: Bureau 'dropped the ball' with Florida shooter

 

State Department Nominee Confirms FBI Was Blocked From Arresting Chinese Security Officials

 

Man alerted FBI to threatening comment a year before Florida shooting

 

FBI says it got Jan. 5 tip Florida gunman could be planning 'school shooting'

 

Fugitive on FBI’s 10 most wanted list captured in Mexico

 

 

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

 

FCC probing chairman over media mega-merger

 

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Federal Reserve Board seeks to fine and bar Barclays banker over FX manipulation

 

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

 

JPMorgan Whistle-Blowing Case Resulted in Record $30 Million Award

 

FRANCE

 

French students cancel Israel festival due to pro-Palestinian protests

 

Serial killer 'confesses' to killing British student Joanna Parrish in France

 

Paris suburb becomes jihadi breeding ground and recruitment zone for the Islamic State

 

France: Muslim leader warns Macron not to meddle with Islam

 

 

GAMBLING

 

Wynn Resorts says ex-CEO Steve Wynn not entitled to severance pay

 

A Chinese Casino Has Conquered a Piece of America

 

GERMANY

 

'Innovation and creativity': German army in need of startup founders

 

German Activist Has Her Eyes Opened About Muslim Refugees

 

Merkel 'curious not frustrated' after Theresa May meeting (German Chancellor Angela Merkel/British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

 

GOP

 

Only 6% of Washington’s booming Jewish community identify as Republican

 

A G.O.P. Guide to Mass Shootings

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Flu kills first Delaware woman without underlying illness

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Terror on a Train

 

Hollywood activism hurts liberal causes as much as it helps, political scientists say

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Cummings: Mueller indictments are evidence of a crime Trump 'tried to cover up' (US Representative of Maryland Elijah Cummings (D)

 

The GOP Tax Cut Gamble


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

ICE Steps Up Arrests in California: 212 Illegal Immigrants in One Week

 

Is ICE immigration crackdown in California bad for business?

 

INDIA

 

Unpublished Data Shows India’s Fraud Problems Extend Far Beyond PNB

 

Indian water dispute settled after 200 years

 

INDONESIA

 

Muslim Extremist Who Attacked Church in Indonesia Tried to Go to Syria

 

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF)

 

IMF Warns Trump's Tax Overhaul Could Fuel a Global ‘Race to the Bottom’

 

IRAN

 

Iranian president: Shias, Sunnis coexisted peacefully before West intervened

 

Head of Iran’s al Quds Force threatens to “wipe out” Israel

 

 

ISLAM

 

Virginia Imam Shaker Elsayed Encourages 'Armament,' 'Lining Up' For Jihad: The Enemies Of Allah Already Call Us Terrorists, So Let's Give Them A Run For Their Money – Archival 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing    (Friday, February 16, 2018)

 

Two terror attacks, two widows, a shared pain

 

Nasrallah: Downing of Israeli jet 'a big achievement'  (Hezbollah terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday boasted that Syria’s downing of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet last weekend was a “very big achievement.”)

 

Hamas, Palestinian Factions In Response To Israel's Airstrikes In Syria: 'Any Israeli Attack, On Any Front, Will Be Answered With A Comprehensive War On All Fronts'

 

Report: Israel returns bodies of two terrorists

 

Coalition Rivals Preparing for Post-Netanyahu Era (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

TV report claims ‘dramatic’ developments in Case 4000, involving PM’s associates

 

Arafat’s friend: The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem

 

How Israel Could Take The Fight Directly To Iran

 

Netanyahu to UN chief: Israel won’t allow Iran to establish foothold in Syria

 

Following Goldin Family Petition: Hamas Prisoners’ Visits Suspended

 

Netanyahu: Austrian leader intends to change voting pattern at UN

 

Omar al-Abed, Palestinian teen who killed 3 settlers in July, sentenced to life in prison

 

Haley to address AIPAC conference; Trump-Netanyahu to meet March 5

 

Abbas To Meet Putin in Moscow Amid Peace Process Impasse (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas /Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Spared by Shabbat, first asylum seekers facing deportation given until Sunday

 

Israeli naval forces open fire at Gazan fishermen

 

Hamas says it discovered tiny spy camera in Gaza field

 

Why is the PA lying to its own children?

 

IDF said to return bodies of 2 West Bank (Judea and Samaria)  terrorists (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Israeli forces seal Nablus-area village, revoke permits of several local workers

 

Israeli-Lebanese Peacemaking Thru Energy Dealing in Beirut

 

Army to open criminal probe into 2015 death of 18-year-old Palestinian

 

Israeli settlers severely beat Palestinian youth at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

 

How Israel could take the fight directly to Iran

 

Hamas Outraged by US ‘Human Shields Prevention Act’

 

Palestinians hope Omani visit boosts Jerusalem tourism

 

Netanyahu’s new task: Projecting business as usual in highly unusual times

 

Israel’s gun control laws can make the US safer, too

 

LEBANON

 

Tillerson to Hariri: Iran’s Influence ‘Unhelpful to Lebanon’s Long-term Future’ (video)

 

Lebanon speaker: US proposal on Lebanon-Israel disputed waters “unacceptable”

 

U.S. Overtures to Hezbollah Suggest Internal Trump Admin Battle

 

 

LIBERALISM

 

We Can’t Have A Debate About Guns If Liberals Keep Lying About Them

 

MALAYSIA

 

 

Malaysia: Chinese Year of the Dog images removed to avoid offending Muslims

 

MEDIA 

 

Can’t Let It Go: CNN Hung Up on Collusion Despite Mueller Indictments

 

CNN video shows school shooting suspect doing target practice

 

Insane Hypocrisy: Here’s What Candidate Joe Scarborough Told the NRA

 

5 Terrible Things the Media Communicates to Every Potential School Shooter

 

Dubious Report That Florida Shooter Was White Supremacist Apparently Started With 4Chan Prank

 

CNN exploits a mother’s grief

 

How media frenzy is already inspiring next school massacre

 

Want To Prevent Mass Shootings? Stop The Wall-To-Wall National Media Coverage

 

Media ignoring 1 crucial factor in Florida school shooting

 

 

MEDICAID

 

Key GOP lawmaker backs Medicaid expansion in Virginia

 

MEXICO

 

Look who’s irrelevant in Mexico’s prez race

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Saudi Arabia's high-speed Haramain train to generate over 2,000 jobs, says official

 

MILITARY

 

US Pacific Command Admiral ready for war with China, but hopes it won’t happen

 

Achieving a 355-Ship Navy ‘Before This Decade Is Out’

 

Trump's Military Budget: Seventy versus Seven Hundred

 

Troubled transition: Tricare changes endanger autism therapy services for military families

 

Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about Afghan war progress

 

AFRICOM sees growing threat from ISIS affiliate

 

General: US troops in Europe must adjust to 'changing character of war'

 

V.A. Secretary Says Officials Are Trying to Force Him Out

 

4 Big Lies in Anti-Trump Ad '30 Seconds to Nuclear War'

 

 

MYANMAR

 

Aung San Suu Kyi Scores 1st  Win in Myanmar's Crumbling Peace Process

 

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

Polish PM slams NATO 'free riders' before Berlin visit

 

US says NATO closing gaps in alliance unity

 

PAKISTAN

 

Why Pakistan is sending troops to Saudi Arabia

 

Pakistan Under Scrutiny for Planned Troop Deployment in Saudi Arabia

 

Pakistan Deploys Troops To Saudi Arabia For “Bilateral Security”- Pakistan And Saudi Arabia’s Goose Is Cooked, Turkey And Iran Are Waiting To Chow Down

 

India wasted opportunity for normalisation of ties with Pakistan: Khurram Dastgir

 

State of Non-Affairs: Why Israel And Pakistan Don’t Relate

 

Senate warned against Pakistan being put on watchlist country

 

Pakistani Court Orders 12-Year-Old Christian Girl Kidnapped, Raped, And Forced To Convert To Islam And Marry Her Rapist To Return To Her Parents

 

POLITICS

 

The Tea Party is dead — it’s the Covfefe Party now

 

PRISONS

 

Rapper Meek Mill’s Chances Of Getting An Early Release From Prison Just Went Way Up

 

 

 

PRODUCT RECALL

 

Popular Dog Food Brands Recalled After Repeatedly Testing Positive for Euthanasia Drug

 

 

RACISM

 

What happens when blacks forgive whites

 

RUSSIA

 

Russian Intellectual Lukyanov: 'The Philosophy Associated With Trump Is Becoming The Norm, A Natural Part Of The Global Picture'

 

Lavrov stresses that US intends to carve up parts of Syria (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

 

 Trump Stares Down Putin In Syria (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Why the West needs strong Russia and strong Putin

 

American Nationalists Are Awfully Quiet about Russia

 

MiG Corporation to make fifth-generation fighter from MiG-35

 

Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology


‘Absurd’ meddling claims & indictment of Russians show new US policy – Russian FM spokesperson

 

Russia deploys powerful army in the Caucasus to contain NATO

 

This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians

 

Russia Raises Minimum Wage 43% Ahead of Presidential Elections

 

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

 

 

SAME-SEX UNIONS

 

Gay Olympians are accidentally proving why same-sex ‘marriage’ is wrong

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

 

SEC denies Chicago Stock Exchange sale to China-based investors

 

 

SENATE

 

Mitt Romney running for Senate in Utah

 

Immigration bills fail in the Senate, fate of Dreamers murkier than ever

 

No Room for Debate: Senate Fight Over Immigration Is a Bust

 

Rubio calls for probes into FBI's 'inexcusable' failure on Florida shooter tip  (US Senator of Florida Marco Rubio (R)

 

Ted Cruz Slams CNN’s Chris Cuomo for Falsely Claiming He’s ‘Afraid’ to Appear on CNN (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R)

 

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign struggling to meet goal

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Why North Korea sent hundreds of cheerleaders to the Olympics

 

More Young Koreans Run Away from Home in Tough Job Market

 

Half a Million Koreans to Spend Lunar New Year Abroad

 

South Korea’s ‘Iron Man’ Yun Sung-bin wins historic gold in men’s skeleton

 

S. Korea will maintain tight bird flu quarantine regime during the Olympics: minister

 

Norovirus affected Swiss athletes, but they were not in village: IOC

 

 

STATES

 

Is CA Senate Rigging Report In Harassment Probe of Sen. Tony Mendoza?

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

Justice Clarence Thomas says he's 'worn down' with victimhood culture

 

SYRIA

 

Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured – Syrian media

 

Syrian air defenses spread out to target US as well as Israeli overflights

 

 

TAIWAN

 

Ministry rebuts US official on status

 

Hong Kongers eyeing emigration look to Taiwan

 

Taiwan president wishes China happy New Year

 

 

TERRORISM

 

A Millennial Bin Laden Prepares To Take Over Al-Qaeda – And Possibly The Global Jihad Movement

 

Twin brothers arrested in NYC on explosives charges after bomb-making materials found

 

 

TRADE

 

US Trading Partners Calling Foul on Trump’s Tariffs

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Transgender woman breastfeeds, first case study shows

 

TURKEY

 

US and Turkey agree to mend ties; Turks propose joint deployment in Syria

 

Turkish Vessel Attacks Greek Coast Guard Boat, Erdogan Responds By Building Up Turkish Military Presence In The Aegean Sea (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Erdogan’s Fatal Blind Spot

 

Turkey jails six Turkish media workers for life, releases German reporter

 

New Turkish Media Bill Aims To Monitor ‘Moral Values’

 

Turkey and US in Talks on Worsening Syria Crisis

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN) 

 

FTSE 100 marks best week since 2016, as global stocks rebound

 

UK Blames Russia for Cyber Attack, Says Won’t Tolerate Disruption

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Former UN official: UN workers responsible for 60k rapes in last decade

 

UN urges Hungary to review anti-Soros bills 

 

VATICAN

 

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump Can Win More by Tweeting Less

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Trump: 'We have to do something' after massacre  

 

Ex-playmate claims she had affair with Trump

 

Report details Playboy model and Trump's alleged affair and coverup

 

Winfrey gets pass from Behar after ‘View’ host mocks VP for talking to God

 

Mr. President, it’s time to do something about guns

 

Inaugural Committee Paid $26 Million to First Lady’s Adviser

 

Kelly makes changes to White House security clearance process after abuse allegations against top aide  (White House Chief of Staff John Kelly)

 

Rob Porter Ex-Wife Falsely Accuses ... President Trump

 

Trump Technology Aide Is Latest to Exit Turbulent White House

 

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

 

The world is zeroing in on the end of polio — by stopping people at bus stops, airports and train stations

 

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