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Monday, February 19, 2018

 

CELEBRATING 241 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Pro-Lifer Runs Against Democrat Who High-Fived Lawmakers After Voting to Keep Late-Term Abortions Legal

 

Legislation could introduce one of strictest anti-abortion laws nationwide (Iowa)

 

Amazing Image Shows Bright Light and Sparks That Occur at Conception

 

Republican leaders back constitutional amendment on abortion (Kansas)

 

Some of the Greatest Quotes From Our Most Pro-Life Presidents

 

Pregnant immigrant forced to request pro-abortion lawyers despite wanting to save her baby

 

Mississippi Governor Wants His State to be “the Safest Place in America” for Unborn Babies

 

Planned Parenthood fights for ‘absolute right’ to abortion based on race, Down syndrome

 

Tennessee Panel Passes Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Chain

 

New Kansas Measure Says There’s No Right to Abortion in the Constitution

 

Iowa Senate Committee Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

 

God bless this abortion mill

 

My Turn: Even on an issue like abortion, we are neighbors, not enemies

 

14,000 Babies Saved From Abortions Since 40 Days for Life First Started in 2007

 

Abortion Activists Freak Out as Support for Legalizing Abortion in Ireland Collapses

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

War in Afghanistan: Threat of attacks 'worse than ever'

 

‘It shatters our spirits’: Deadly bomb attacks in Afghanistan leave street cleaners with a gruesome task

 

Pakistan blocking access to grazing land leaves Afghan nomads trapped, hungry

 

 

AFRICA

 

Suspected Al Shabaab Militants Kill Three Christians in Northeast Kenya, Sources Say

 

Nigeria: Muslims wipe out 15 villages in mass slaughter of Christians, government does nothing

 

Mozambique rubbish dump collapse 'kills at least 17' people

 

AIRLINES

 

Flier’s flatulence forces plane to make an emergency landing

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Euthanasia Supporter Exposes Assisted Suicide Activists: They’ll Break the Law to Kill More People  (Brussels, Belgium)

 

 
AUSTRALIA

 

The Australian dollar is treading water

 

Elon Musk wants Australia to shake up its power grid

 

Australia, U.S., India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative: report

 

Australian lawmaker's online gun picture post sparks police review

 

Pointed Question in Australia: Is Taiwan Part of China?

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

Barack Obama’s border mess, mayhem, madness rage on

 

CANADA

 

Toronto stock index higher, sparked by energy sector

 

Liberals look at creating use-it-or-lose-it leave for fathers, Trudeau says (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Bombardier may lay off hundreds of workers in Quebec if no orders come in

 

 Canadian military rethinks morale tours in wake of Tiger Williams sex assault allegations

 

Catholic Bishop: Discrimination Against Pro-Life People is Turning Christians Into “Second Class Citizens”

 

Ban the Vancouver Canucks! Here is how ridiculous a B.C./Alberta trade war could become

 

Globe investigation into money laundering in B.C. real estate will lead to new rules, AG says

 

Quebec man charged with murder of Alberta woman found in rancher's field 16 years ago

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Trump adviser on Christian 'double standard': What if Joy Behar said 'same thing about Islam'

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Why Alleged North Korean Links Froze a Baltic Bank

 

North Korea's failed Olympians hope to avoid life-threatening consequences

 

North Korea hackers and the cryptocurrency crisis

 

Video: The Defectors  (Escapees from North Korea's prison camps share their harrowing ordeals.)

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Florida school massacre leads GOP to consider alternatives

 

Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans

 

Spending Bill Sets Path to Fix Looming Pension Crisis

 

Uncertainty about voter demands, impact of new laws has Congress in inertia over gun violence

 

COURTS

 

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz stays silent during second court appearance

 

Trial to expose radical Islamic agents embedded in U.S.

 

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Woman arrested over nasty note on ambulance responding to emergency

 

Ohio pastor helped rob Sunday school teacher at church: Cops

 

Girl, 17, accused of setting her dad up to be carjacked at gunpoint

 

Fat cops are weighing down the NYPD

 

On gun violence, we are a failed state

 

Sheriff visits boy shot while shielding classmates in school massacre

 

Student used his body as human shield to protect classmates

 

School system tried for years to help Florida shooting suspect

 

Hero Florida teacher gave fiancée instructions if he died in a shooting

 

Funeral after funeral, an emotional marathon for survivors of the Parkland school shooting

 

Petition seeks military funeral for Douglas JROTC cadet who ‘died a hero’

 

Video shows Nikolas Cruz fighting students in 2016

 

Woman, 20, accused of shooting and killing driver who cut her off

 

Junior ROTC leader stunned that 19-year-old suspect was his cadet

 

A Support System for Grieving Families Mobilizes in Florida

 

As Florida Begins to Mourn, a Search for Solace and Action

 

 

DEATH-PENALTY

 

Prosecutor may seek death penalty for Florida gunman

 

 

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

 

Rare copy of Declaration of Independence survived Civil War hidden behind wallpaper

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Time to Rebrand the Democratic Party as Socialists

 

Pennsylvania's new congressional map could boost Democrats

 

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

 

Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Exclusive: Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

Where Are the Indictments of Obama’s Foreign Colluders?

 

Sessions says he’s ‘aggressively’ going after leakers (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

Russian influence operation attempted to suppress black vote: Indictment

 

What Mueller indictments mean for Trump, Democrats — and Facebook (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

Attacking the ‘Woke’ Black Vote (The Russia indictment shows that black folks had unwanted hands on their backs, nudging them toward apathy.)

 

Mueller’s Sop to the Slavering Media

 

Russian Meddling Was Drop in Ocean of American Discord

 

Mueller Indicts the Cold War

 

 

DOWN SYNDROME

 

Thank You Gerber for Selecting a Baby With Down Syndrome as Your Spokesbaby

 

 

EARTHQUAKE

 

Second earthquake in days hits southern Mexico

 

ECONOMY

 

Dollar steadies versus rivals in holiday-thinned trade

 

The stock market’s new ‘wall of worry’ is built on inflation and interest-rate fears

 

Tudor Veteran Says Just a Little More Inflation Could Rock Bonds

 

Asian shares extend global recovery, volatility subsides

 

Japan Stocks Gain as Yen Rise Stalls; Oil Climbs: Markets Wrap

 

Today, inflation. Tomorrow, crisis?

 

EDUCATION

 

Waking up to China’s infiltration of American colleges

 

Ohio sheriff gets strong response from offer of free gun instruction for teachers

 

Todd Starnes: University re-invites Christian speaker who triggered LGBT students

 

Promising Ivy League student, 19, killed in opioid crisis

 

Beware: 'campus values' are infecting the rest of America

 

A guaranteed remedy to reduce gun violence at schools

 

EGYPT

 

ISIS Steps Up Threats To Tourists, Christians, Government, Military In Egypt As Elections Approach

 

Al-Sisi’s pre-election maneuvers (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi)

 

Egypt Signs $15 Billion Deal to Import Israeli Natural Gas

 

Egypt says three soldiers killed in campaign against militants

 

Forget the Terrorists, What about Your Government, Mr. Sisi? (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi)

 

 

ELECTION 2016

 

If Your Voters were Persuaded by Bad Russian Ads, They Were Never Your Voters

 

New Dem hot take: Russian election ‘meddling’ is just like Pearl Harbor!

 

 

ELECTION 2020

 

Dem presidential candidate to run on 'Universal Basic Income'

 

ENERGY

 

Oil futures rise, as supply fears wait in the wings

 

Energy Prices

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Under fire for travel expenses, EPA’s Pruitt cancels trip to Israel (Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt)

 

 

EURASIA

 

 The Armenian Genocide teaches us how governments use terrorism to create propaganda to justify genocide

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks end day with losses, driven lower by Daimler and Reckitt Benckiser

 

Hungarian Prime Minister: ‘Christianity is Europe’s last hope’

 

Sweden: Muslim teen beats his sister with baseball bat for refusing to wear Islamic veil

 

Sweden Is Getting Worried About Its Cashless Society

 

Denmark: Muslim who attacked couple with axe yesterday has robbed a bank today

 

Polish leader denies being a Holocaust revisionist after blaming ‘Jewish perpetrators’

 

Sweden: Children as young as six pray for jihad war in taxpayer-funded mosques

 

Netherlands: Sermon calling for jihad and martyrdom preached in at least one Turkish mosque

 

In open letter, Polish Jews say they don't feel safe in Poland

 

EUTHANASIA

 

Dementia Patient’s Family Gets Doctor to Euthanize Him Without His Consent (Belgium)

 

Hospital Threatens to Withdraw Patient’s Food and Water, Removes Ventilator Over Family’s Objections

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI: Famous But Ineffective

 

 

FEDERAL DEFICIT

 

Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy

 

FOUNDING FATHERS

 

What George Washington means for us today

 

FRANCE

 

France: Two men stabbed in the neck outside train station in busy tourist hotspot

 

Les Patriotes: What you need to know about France’s newest far-right party

 

Macron's 'repressive' migrant law faces rough ride in parliament  (French President Emmanuel Macron)

 

France to grow wolf packs despite farmers' anger

 

GERMANY

 

Germany seeks new spy satellites to get intel ‘independently from US’ – report

 

Germany: Taxpayers are funding Sharia-loving Muslim migrant with two wives and six children

 

Far-right AfD now the second most popular party in Germany: poll

 

Merkel picks ‘mini Merkel’ and heir apparent for top party role (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

High court to rule on whether banks can keep addressing women as men

 

GLOBAL WARMING 

 

Volcano Alerts: You want to talk 'catastrophic climate change'?

 

GOP

 

GOP inches closer to gun reform

 

GOP candidate in Maryland raffles off AR-15 in fundraiser

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Will coffee in California come with a cancer warning?

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Omarosa explains why she left Hillary Clinton's campaign for Trump's on 'Celebrity Big Brother'

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Gowdy on Mueller indictments: "This is exactly what we wanted him to do" (US Representative of South Carolina Trey Gowdy (R)

 

Not your usual Democrat: Pennsylvania candidate supports gun rights

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Aliens Who Didn’t Register Under DACA: ‘Lazy’ Or Committing Fraud?

 

Focus on Dreamers breeds resentment from other immigrants here illegally


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Antifa Thugs Target ICE

 

INDIA

 

Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on 'unofficial' business trip to India

 

India's federal investigators close bank branch at heart of fraud

 

Landmine kills poll candidate in troubled district of Indian state

 

India’s democracy and Modi’s reforms (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

Taxing America out of its liberties

 

IRAN

 

3 police officers killed as religious group’s protest turns violent in Tehran (Video)

 

Iran Suspends Recovery Effort As All Aboard Crashed Plane Feared Dead

 

Trump slams Obama’s nuclear deal payment to Iran

 

The nuclear agreement is ‘the worst deal ever’ — for Iran

 

 

IRAQ

 

Iraqi Court Sentences Turkish Woman to Death for Joining ISIS

 

‘We do not work for you,’ Iraqi officials tell advisor to Iran’s

 

ISLAM

 

Muslim intolerance of Christians written in stone

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing    (Monday, February 19, 2018)

 

Israel plans new law to ban Palestinians from Jerusalem

 

After IED attack, Israel warns Gazans of more severe response to protests

 

Despite Political Tensions, Israel & Palestinian Authority Forge Economic Ties

 

Netanyahu asks visiting NFL players to be ‘gladiators’ for Israel (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Palestinian leader’s bid for UN spotlight ‘may backfire’

 

Third soldier from deadly Route 6 crash succumbs to wounds

 

Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb: People say terrorism is Islamic, but if not for Israel, there would be no problem

 

State said to defund Arab theater that held play about terrorist

 

Israeli Tax Authority: Bitcoin an Asset, Not a Currency

 

Hamas bans Palestinian women’s TV channel in Gaza

 

Israel continues airstrike campaign across Gaza, blames all violence on Hamas

 

Senior Population Authority official arrested on suspicion of corruption

 

After 2 Failures, Arrow 3 Interceptor ‘Carried Out Its Mission’

 

After delays, Israel successfully tests Arrow 3 long-range missile interceptor

 

Deadline passes, but Israel takes no action to deport asylum seekers

 

Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians across West Bank(Judea and Samaria) , East Jerusalem

 

News the Media Aren’t Giving You

 

Top officials, executives revealed as arrested suspects in Bezeq graft probe

 

2 Palestinian teenagers killed, 2 more injured after Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

 

Casting doubt over peace prospects, US envoy says settlers staying put — report

 

Palestinian laid to rest in West Bank (Judea and Samaria)  as Israel returns body after 5 months

 

Palestinians slam Facebook for removing pages glorifying attacks on Israelis

 

Kahlon: The Americans are the only honest brokers  (Finance minister meets PA leader, urges PA to accept US mediation in peace talks.)

 

In new film, Jewish director challenges Israeli version of 1976 Entebbe rescue

 

Why Jerusalem is not Islam's 3rd   holiest site

 

JAPAN

 

Japan's fiscal target pushed back as government prioritizes social spending

 

Nippon Steel worries about U.S. trade action, yen's surge

 

LEBANON

 

Lebanon's army chief vows to confront 'Israeli aggression'

 

MEDIA 

 

Man jailed for jihad writes for Washington Post

 

MEXICO

 

Mexico’s Second Place in Polls Says He Won't Be Trump's ‘Doormat’

 

Death toll rises in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Arab Coalition intercepts ballistic missile over Yemen coastal city

 

Love revolution: the real force for Mideast change

 

MILITARY

 

Major intelligence, strategic failures helped spur US soldiers' deaths in Niger, report says

 

General officer demoted, forced to retire after flirty messages with subordinate's wife

 

 

PAKISTAN

 

China is pumping cash into Pakistan, but that might not convince other foreign investors

 

To enhance CPEC communication, Pakistan makes China's Mandarin an official language

 

PHILIPPINES

 

‘Chinese province of the Philippines?’ Duterte says Beijing’s military bases only threaten the US (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

 

POVERTY

 

Restoring Federalism to the Fight against Poverty

 

PRESIDENTS’ DAY

 

Presidents’ Day 2018 Message We All Need To Hear

 

 

 

PRODUCT RECALL

 

Another Dog Food Company Recalls Food Tainted With Euthanasia Drug

 

 

RADIO

 

Rush Limbaugh: We need concealed-carry in schools, 'bashing the NRA isn't going to do it'

 

RUSSIA

 

Russia Warns U.S. Not to ‘Play With Fire’ in Syria

 

Russia: Muslim leaders say Muslim who killed 5 at church while screaming “Allahu akbar” has “nothing to do with Islam”

 

Islamic State claims Dagestan church attack: “He targeted the Crusaders with his rifle”

 

Lavrov issues rare rebuke of Iran for calling for Israel's destruction   (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

 

Kremlin dismisses Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians

  

Alleged Gunman Identified In Daghestan Church Shooting

 

 Russia's shadowy world of military contractors: independent mercenaries, or working for the Kremlin?

 

A penetrating look at Putin's rule (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

What the Second Amendment Means Today

 

Fla. students say they are organizing marches nationwide to demand gun control

 

'Big Bang Theory' star slams NRA, calls for 'civil disobedience' to change gun laws

 

 

SECRET SERVICE

 

Secret Service detain Trump motorcade driver after they find gun

 

 

SENATE

 

Romney Is a Misfit for America

 

Democrats, Rubio want 'red flags' to enable gun seizures  (US Senator of Florida Marco Rubio (R)

 

GOP senator rejects Trump criticism of FBI over Fla. shooting and Russia (US Senator of South Carolina Tim Scott (R)

 

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

U.S. to Deploy Attack Drones in Korea

 

South Korea's Moon bemoans GM plant closure, calls on government to be stern in U.S. trade talks  (President Moon Jae-in)

 

Moon calls for strong reaction to US steel tariffs

 

PM: Korea 'being driven into difficult situation'

 

Ivanka Trump to visit South Korea this week

 

Speculation swirls over allies' military drill

 

SPORTS

 

Olympics Day 10: Strong medal chances remain for U.S. in second half of Games

 

NBC hires figure skater/Mike Pence critic Adam Rippon as Winter Olympics contributor

 

Patrick, Elliott, Keselowski among stars who crash at Daytona 500   

 

Black NHL player responds to fans' racial taunts

 

LeBron James and Laura Ingraham shouldn’t be so quick to write each other off

 

NBA stars laugh at Fergie’s sultry take on the national anthem

 

With altered format and legitimate intensity, the NBA All-Star Game gets new life

 

Russian Leaves for Seoul After Failed Doping Test

 

 NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

 

STATES

 

New York treats corrupt politicians better than regular citizens

 

California finally gets a winter as snow, freezing temperatures move in

 

Plane lands on California highway median; no injuries reported

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Rex Tillerson opens up in rare, wide-ranging interview  (US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson)

 

 

SYRIA

 

Syrian Observatory: bombing kills 94 in eastern Ghouta in a day

 

Assad’s forces, Hezbollah prepare for Iranian-Israeli  (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad)

 

The new ‘great game’ in Syria

 

 

 

TAIWAN

 

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolts northeastern Taiwan

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Kansas Republicans vote to ‘oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity’

 

 

TURKEY

 

Turkey threatens to strike back if Syrian forces protect Kurdish ‘terrorist group’

 

Syrian Government militias to enter Afrin, Turkey warns they are ready to fight

 

Turkey warns Assad not to intervene in Kurdish enclave  (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad)

 

Turkey says 'nobody can stop' its forces in Afrin

 

Turkey denies reports Syria will help YPG in Afrin

 

 

UBER

 

Uber Eats driver accused of killing customer during delivery

 

Uber, Lyft driver called 911 before disappearing, family says

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100’s lower close seen as ‘a pause for last week’s global rebound’

 

Hillary Campaign Colluded With British Labourites

 

U.K. Has a Secret Plan to Hold Brexit Cash If EU Refuses to Trade

 

 Theresa May's Vision Starts to Emerge for Post-Brexit Reality  (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Amazing 4D Ultrasound Scan Shows Unborn Baby Smiling

 

UK: Blackburn Cathedral to hold “Jihad of Jesus” seminar

 

Activists crash BAFTAs in protest of British domestic violence bill

 

UK: 150 schools now make it compulsory for girls to wear hijab

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Trump Signals Interest in Gun Background Checks After Shooting

 

Outside White House, teens demonstrate for gun control after school shooting

 

History experts in New York Times op-ed: Trump worst president ever, Obama in top 10

 

John Kelly, Chinese officials caused commotion over nuclear football in Beijing, report says (White House Chief of Staff John Kelly)

 

Trump Says Collusion Investigations Play Into Russia’s Hands

 

Trump backs efforts to improve federal gun background checks, White House says

 

John Kelly, Chinese officials caused commotion over nuclear football: report  (White House Chief of Staff John Kelly)

 

Trump and Schiff agree: Obama should have done more to stop the Russians (US Representative of California Adam Schiff (D)

 

Trump takes heat for saying FBI missed shooter warnings because of Russia

 

Conservatives outraged at Trump’s funding to subsidize Obamacare insurers

 

Trump calls out Oprah for biased interview: Hope tv host ‘runs so she can be exposed and defeated’

 

Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm

 

Trump to host student ‘listening session’ after Florida massacre

 

Trump is ignoring the worst attack on America since 9/11

 

Trump’s Relief Quickly Turns Into Fury After Indictment

 

Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now (He either believes Putin’s denials or is afraid of what the Russians have on him.)

 

Trump, Ryan meet at Mar-a-Lago amid calls for action on gun violence (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Trump surveyed Mar-a-Lago members over gun control in wake of school shooting: report

 

Trump’s Fixer Used Tough Talk, Hush Money and Tabloids

 

Can social psychologists explain why Trump is ruining my friendship?

 

Trump Criticizes Everyone But Russia for 2016 Election Meddling  

 

 

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