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Friday, February 17, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ Salary Has Gone Up a Whopping 265% to Almost $1 Million

 

Pro-abortion group plans protest outside Paul Ryan's home (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

If Beyoncé’s Fetuses Are Babies, Why Not All Fetuses?

 

Pope Francis has removed every single member of the Vatican pro-life academy

 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Defends Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Off Babies’ Limbs

 

These Two Republicans Voted to Force States to Fund Planned Parenthood

 

Radical Abortion Activists Will Flood Congressional Town Halls Demanding Planned Parenthood Funding

 

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback: We Must Defund Planned Parenthood

 

Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Upset Pregnancy Center Opened Next Door: “We Care for All People”

 

Pro-Life Movement Has a Chance to Defeat More Pro-Abortion Senators Next Year

 

Survival Rates of Premature Babies Born at 23-24 Weeks are Improving

 

Kentucky Legislators Propose Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Corporation

 

Arkansas Senate Passes Bill Requiring Doctors to Care for Babies Born Alive After Abortion

 

House Votes to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

 

Australia pledges $9.5 million to International Planned Parenthood after Trump defunded it

 

Irish Abortion Activists Hand Out Dangerous and Illegal Abortion Pills in the Streets

 

France passes law imposing up to two years prison for running pro-life websites

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Analysis: Afghan Talks Reflect Russian Moves to Expand Global Influence

 

IS Attack Leaves 18 Afghan Soldiers Dead

 

There Is No Solution in Afghanistan

 

 

AFRICA

 

Armyworms May Invade South Africa Sugar Fields After Corn

 

Girls in Africa: one way that more of them are attending school

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Reporter Who Asked Trump Anti-Semitism Question: I’m ‘With’ Trump Being Outraged Over Anti-Semitism Charges

 
AUSTRALIA

 

Miners and banks spur second week of ASX gains

 

AUD/USD: Is The Australian Dollar Overvalued?

 

The truth behind why police don't always chase

 

Controversial pro-lifer fails to oust sitting Liberal MP

 

Australia mulls bigger commitment to Islamic State fight

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

Exclusive: GM plans to build, test thousands of self-driving Bolts in 2018 - sources

 
 AVIATION

 

Trump, With Praise for Boeing CEO, Hints at Big Fighter-Jet Deal

 

Trump, Battered in Washington, Is Buoyed at Boeing

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Who Rules the United States?  (Column: How bureaucrats are fighting the voters for control of our country)

 

BIOETHICS

 

Scientists Given Green Light to Edit the DNA of Unborn Babies

 

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (ATF)

 

ATF: 1.3 Million Silencers in U.S. Rarely Used in Crimes

 

 

CANADA

 

TSX has first losing session in nine days as Dow edges up to seventh straight record high

 

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

 

Protesters outside Toronto mosque call for ban on Islam as Muslims pray inside

 

Toronto anti-Islam protest prompts spontaneous counter-protest

 

Canada already knows how to silence the cranks, do we really need M-103?

 

Trudeau blames corporate elites for rise in global public anger  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Illegal immigrants would rather be arrested in Canada than stay in US

 

As Donald Trump's refugees stream into Canada, will our immigration policies hold up?

 

Metrolinx tells Bombardier: 'stop blaming others' and deliver overdue vehicles

 

Police offer extra protection to MP Iqra Khalid following threatening messages

 

Overdose of Toronto man shows system’s cracks

 

Lack of foreign-buyer data sparks concern about Toronto housing crisis

 

Rash of Toronto gunfire brings back memories of Year of the Gun: DiManno

 

'Cunning, cruel' murderer Douglas Garland can't apply for parole for 75 years: judge

 

Parks Canada issues avalanche warning for Rocky Mountain national parks

 

Liberal MP says Quebec mosque shooting was ‘direct result’ of Conservative and PQ policies

 

Big bonuses for RCMP top brass as front-line Mounties go without pay hikes

 

 COMEDY

 

What the late-night hosts said about Trump's 'bizarre' news conference

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Chinese Warships End Week of South China Sea Exercises  

 

Chinese Ambassador Requested Meeting With Top Clinton Campaign Aides

 

COMMUNIST CUBA

 

Cuban nationals deported for first time since end of 'wet foot-dry foot'

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Will North Korea Stop its Weapons Program?

 

Analysis: Murder of Kim Jong Un’s Brother Comes After Book Reveals Plan to Use Him for Regime Change  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

Kim Jong-nam assassination suspects were paid for TV reality 'prank': police

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Lawmakers probe US funding for Soros groups, left-wing causes in Europe  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: Congress is late as usual.  This investigation should have occurred years ago.)

 

COURTS

 

Judge Tells Heroin Addict She Can’t Have More Babies After 4th Child Taken From Her Due to Neglect

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Teen Mom Gave Birth, Threw Her Baby Out the Car Window, Then Texted Her Boyfriend: “It Was a Girl”

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

Border agents searched 23,000 phones, laptops in 2016

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

DNC leaders unhappy with aggressive tactics to elect Ellison as chairman

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Everyone needs to ignore RFK Jr.'s misinformed anti-vax claims

 

Why homelessness gets worse as de Blasio doubles spending  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 

Why does the left insist that food stamps cover junk food?

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

After protests, DeVos is now being guarded by U.S. marshals (Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos) 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Lynch’s Doubling of False Claims Act Fines Could Be Bonanza for Trial Lawyers  (Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed an interim final rule shortly before leaving her post that will effectively double penalties under the False Claims Act, which could stand to benefit trial lawyers, who overwhelmingly contribute campaign funds to Democrats.)

 

Dems call on Sessions to sit out Russian investigation (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

Trump orders Justice probe of intel leaks, says Flynn was ‘just doing his job’

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

Labor Giants Split on Labor Nominee

 

DOWN SYNFROME

 

You’ll Want to Read This Mom’s Beautiful Letter to Her Daughter With Down Syndrome

 

ECONOMY

 

Stock market resumes record run to cap week, with late-session push

 

World stocks edge lower; Wall Street at record

 

With stocks at highs, investors eye consumer results

 

Stocks Rise To Records, Dollar Gains With Bonds: Markets Wrap

 

Asian stocks hit the brakes at end of choppy week

 

Asian Stocks Pare Weekly Advance; Japan Slips as Yen Strengthens

 

How Trump’s stock market ranks in his first 30 days in office

 

Dollar broadly higher, but cedes ground against yen

 

Treasury yields fall, extending February retreat

 

Emerging-Market Investors Fearless of Fed as Growth in Focus      

 

Gold ends lower, but tallies a third-weekly gain

 

EDUCATION

 

Student Debt in America Has Hit a New Record

 

University of Wisconsin Students Demand ‘Full and Free Access for All Black People’

 

Online Education Costs More, Not Less  (Study challenges the myth that digital instruction costs less -- both for students and for the colleges producing the courses.)

 

Homeschoolers Revolt Against Republican School Choice Bill

 

Immigration Wars  (Minnesota philosophy professor writes that immigrants have low IQs and refugees are part of "religious-political cult." Reaction is intense.)

 

Ivy League school makes really dumb mistake

 

Required to Detain  (Texas legislation could force campus police departments to hold on to those they arrest until federal immigration authorities can consider their legal status.)

 

Deconstructing the 'Liberal Campus' Cliche

 

Maybe College Isn't the Great Equalizer (Study links family income growing up to post graduation income -- even after controlling for many factors. Other researchers disagree.)

 

College girls hailed for rat extermination genius

 

Student says hugging teacher led to sex

 

College student spots 11-foot python slithering under car

 

EGYPT

 

Egyptian Columnist Calls To Celebrate Valentine's Day, Slams Salafis For Boycotting It

 

Egyptian Writers: Israel Surpasses Arabs In Innovation And Scientific Development

 

 

ELECTIONS

 

Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote

 

ENERGY

 

Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output

 

Energy Prices

 

Gasoline prices may rise to a more-than-2-year high by Memorial Day

 

U.S. Coal Mines Are Opening in a Year of 'Cautious Optimism'

 

Gasoline Glut in New York Has Traders Sending Cargoes Abroad

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy will keep close tabs on Pruitt (Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy)

 

Susan Sarandon: Pruitt is 'the end of the EPA'

 

EUROPE

 

Catholic doctor fired for refusing to administer birth control. Court rules against her  (Norway)

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks finish higher for the day and week

 

FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC

 

Trump's In-Laws May Put Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in a Tough Spot

 

Fannie Mae Will Pay U.S. $5.5 Billion After Reporting Profit

 

Democrats flag Fannie backing of Blackstone rental houses

 

FAST FOOD INDUSTRY

 

Naked Chalupa: Taco Bell Has Made an Unholy Change to the Traditional Chalupa

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Flynn in FBI interview denied discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador

 

FBI chief Comey meets with senators

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Yellen may have the clearest explanation for the stock market’s record run (Federal Reserve Chairman  Janet Yellen)

GERMANY

 

VP Pence to Meet with German CHancellor Merkel (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

Entire German 2016 Budget Surplus Going to Migrants

 

German defense minister hammers Trump’s dismissive attitude toward European allies

 

Germany bans doll for being 'hidden spying device'

 

'The strength of the US has grown because of NATO': Merkel (AVIPP COMMENTARY: A very ignorant individual. US strength has grown because of its economy and military.  NATO would collapse without the US. )

 

German army battles 'fake news' of rape reports in Lithuania

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Trump insists plan to kill ObamaCare is on track

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Anthem, Cigna Blast One Another Over Blocked Insurer Merger

 

HONG KONG

 

Chinese Billionaire’s Disappearance Continues to Raise Questions   

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

House Republicans Unveil Bullet Points for Obamacare Repeal

 

House bill seeks social media reviews for all visa applications

 

IMMIGRATION

 

How immigration will change the electoral power of states Trump needed to win election

 

NY Times: Trump’s Deportation Efforts ‘Not So Unusual’

 

Fearful Immigrants Flood Mexican Consulates in U.S.


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

ICE: Raid reports fake news, Obama grabbed 350% more

 

Fake News: Media Lying to Public on ICE Arrests Of CRiminal ILLEGALS

 

NYC immigration raid netted a dozen sex offenders

 

INDIA

 

India's IT industry Agrees It Faces Twin Challenges: Trump And...

 

Vivek Ranadive wants Kings to play preseason games in India

 

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

 

Dirty Dossiers coming from Barack Obama’s Blackmail Bait?

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

Small Business Owner Spends $14,000 Each Year to Comply With Federal Tax Code

 

IRAQ

 

Captured ISIS militant says he raped and killed hundreds: ‘It was normal’

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Friday, February 17, 2017)

 

Bush, Obama, Russia, EU and UN buried under Trump Landslide

 

Alan Dershowitz op-ed: Trump says Palestinians must earn a two-state solution

 

Liberals are unhinged over Trump & Israel

 

Donald Trump abandons the “two-state” formula for Israel

 

LIBERALISM

 

Liberal Moms Cancel Kids Skating Party Because It Would Be Hosted at Trump-Owned Rink

 

Lib mag suggests Trump's mind has been melted by STD

 

MALAYSIA

 

Malaysia hunts four North Korean spies over Kim Jong-nam's assassination

 

MEDIA 

 

Sorry, media — this press conference played very differently with Trump’s supporters

 

CBS News Political Director: Media Ruined Its Own Reputation, Not Trump

 

Bogus Times scoops on Trump, Russia are recycled propaganda

 

Brian Williams: Trump Trying to Discredit Media by Reducing Its ‘Prestige’

 

CNN Tweets Out Mocking Video of Donald Trump

 

CNN Chief: Antagonism Toward Trump ‘Boosting Morale’ of Network Employees

 

For Some Reason, MSNBC's Latest Commercial Features Sean Spicer Putting Their WH Correspondent In A Body Bag

 

Fox News’ Shepard Smith Defends CNN Reporter, Attacks Trump

 

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Says Trump Has ‘Failed in Every Conceivable Way’

 

Brzezinski: Trump’s Presidency Is a ‘Fake Presidency’

 

MEXICO

 

Mexican woman says she was stolen as baby in Spain

 

MILITARY

 

Russian spy ship 'loitering' off Virginia near world's largest naval base, officials say

 

After Calling on NATO to Increase Defense Spending, Mattis Says Trump ‘Fully Supports’ Alliance   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

Obama Holdovers in Pentagon Are Fighting Gen Mattis Efforts to Fix Military Problems

 

Veterans Affairs official mocking Trump over Twitter

 

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)

 

Somebody Asked The NAACP About A 'Congressional White Caucus'

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

NASA finds ‘building blocks of life’ on dwarf planet Ceres

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

Ted Cruz: John Bolton 'very strong' choice to replace Flynn (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R); AVIPP COMMENTARY: Excellent selection.)

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

Scientists discover gigantic lost continent that sunk into the ocean millions of years ago

 

PAKISTAN

 

No restraint for anyone: Day after shrine blast, Pakistan kills 100 militants

 

Afghan President pursues Pakistan-bashing to boost his political capital, says Pak Defence Minister

 

Wave of Terrorist Attacks Leaves Pakistan on Edge

 

RADIO

 

Limbaugh on Trump: ‘This Was One of the Most Effective Press Conferences I Have Ever Seen’

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

Cardinal Burke urges massive U.S. crowd to defend faith amid Church confusion

 

RUSSIA

 

Russian provocation: Bluster or genuine peril?

 

No, Hillary Clinton did not "give Russia 20 percent of the uranium” in the US  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: More Fake News! Read: MSNBC's Melber Botches Trump Presser Fact Check About Clinton’s Involvement In Russian Uranium Deal ; Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal ; Flashback: When the Clintons Loved Russia Enough to Sell Them Our Uranium .)

 

SENATE

 

McConnell on Trump: 'I like what he's doing' (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Sen. Mike Lee: Conservatives Must Join President Trump as Champions of ‘The Forgotten Man’ (US Senator of Utah Mike Lee (R)

 

An open letter from 14 Medal of Honor recipients to Blumenthal (Former US Senator of Connecticut Richard Blumenthal (D)

 

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to head EPA

 

McCain tells Europe: Trump team 'in disarray' (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R); AVIPP COMMENTARY: Time for McCain too resign. He was virtually silent on Obama.)

 

The Fix: McCain delivers a pointed takedown of Trump’s worldview

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Samsung Heir’s Arrest in South Korea Intensifies Calls for Cleanup

 

How Samsung dominates South Korea's economy

 

SPAIN

 

500 African Migrants ‘With Tools and Clubs’ Storm Spanish Border

 

 

SPORTS

 

George (The Animal) Steele dies at age 79

 

Patriots Player Unleashes Tweet Storm on Everyone Criticizing Him for Boycotting White House (AVIPP COMMENTARY: Chris Long is just another overrated imbecilic football player that should stick too football not politics.)

 

Roger Goodell won’t like this Gisele Bündchen celebration

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

Sandra Lee drops major wedding hint to Gov. Cuomo (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

It's a bloodbath at the State Department

 

‘Fox & Friends’ Anchor Under Consideration for State Department Spokesperson

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwan Seeing Decline in University Students from China

 

TURKEY

 

Turkey recalls imams from Germany for 'exceeding authority'

 

UBER

 

Bans on Uber are about cronyism — not safety (New York)

 

UNIONS

 

GOP Outraged After Discovering VA Employees Spent 1.1 Million Hours on Taxpayer-Funded Union Activities

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends higher, helped by Unilever’s leap and pound’s drop

 

100 UK-Bound Migrants Brawl in France

 

Blair Urges Brits to ‘Rise Up’ Against Brexit (Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair)

 

After working for Trump’s campaign, British data firm eyes new U.S. government contracts

 

UK retail sales extend slide

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

U.S. envoy Haley: U.S. supports 2-state Israel-Palestinian solution  (US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley; AVIPP COMMENTARY: Yesterday the US did not.)

 
VATICAN

 

Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

 

‘It gives the feeling of a schism’: EWTN panel analyzes current ‘disaster’ in the Church

 

Vatican doctrine chief criticizes bishops for giving ‘contradictory interpretations’ of Amoris

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 55 percent of Likely US Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance.)

 

Trump Job Approval 21 Points Below Average at One-Month Mark (Gallup Poll)

 

Trump's approval rating dips to 38 percent

 

Trump’s approval rating matches Obama’s all-time low

 

Fox News Poll: Slightly more voters trust Trump than media

 

Trump tweets 'fake news media' is 'the enemy of the American people'

 

White House Denies Fake News Allegation of National Guard Immigration Force

 

White House Dismisses 6 Staffers After They Fail Background Check

 

Trump touts ‘mainstream media accountability survey,’ asks supporters to ‘fight back’ against press

 

Insiders: Obama Holdover ‘Shadow Government’ Plotting to Undermine Trump

 

Trump Says He Is Keeping His Promises to the American People. The People Agree.

 

Coal Miners Praise New Measure Rolling Back Obama Regulation at Trump Signing

 

Former CIA Analyst Believes Leftover Obama Staffers Withholding Intel From Trump Admin

 

‘Mom, the Meatloaf!’ Trump Doesn’t Give Christie Any Options at White House Lunch (Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R)

 

We Compared Trump And Obama's First Press Conferences. Here's What We Found.

 

Trump: U.S. manufacturers need to ‘hire American’

 

Ivanka Trump Brand Soars to No. 1 on Amazon Best Sellers List

 

Trump blasts ‘out of control’ media for ignoring early successes

 

Quiz: How well do you know US presidents trivia?

 

Trump at Boeing: 'American industry is roaring back'

 

Trump family’s elaborate lifestyle comes at high cost to taxpayers

 

Trump's 1st  Month: Rapid-fire executive actions, Donald diplomacy – and controversy

 

Report: Mike Dubke To Be Named White House Communications Director 

 

 

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