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Monday, February 20, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Planned Parenthood Kills 323,999 Babies in Abortions, Provides Only 17,419 Moms Prenatal Care

 

Ex-clinic managers for Planned Parenthood say it treats women like cattle

 

The Pro-Life Legacy of Norma McCorvey, the ‘Roe’ of Roe v. Wade

 

Abortion Clinic Rushes Woman to Hospital After Botching 4th  Abortion in 5 Weeks

 

Mother who made abortion legal in the US - then fought to get it banned: As woman in 'Roe v Wade' case dies at 69, how she was used as a pawn by BOTH sides in incendiary debate 

 

Is It Appropriate to Compare Abortion Activists to Hitler to Condemn the Atrocity of Abortion?

 

The death of a hero

 

Boy Born With 2% of His Brain Stuns Doctors Years After His Mom Refused Abortion

 

Mystery of the child at the center of Roe v Wade: Mother died without ever reconnecting with the baby girl put up for adoption who was basis for the case that legalized abortion

 

Roe v. Wade Attorney Sarah Weddington’s Shocking Answer When Asked, “Whatever Happened to Roe?”

 

'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade died as 'friend of life'

 

'Jane Roe' in her own words: Norma McCorvey's life journey from abortion-rights pioneer to opponent

 

Mo. governor to fight St. Louis abortion 'sanctuary'

 

The Untold Story: Abortion Activists Exploited Norma McCorvey to Legalize 60 Million Abortions

 

APNewsBreak: Utah's anesthesia abortion law unenforced

 

Abortion Activists Freak Out After Norma McCorvey’s Death: “Abortion Rights Not Far Behind”

 

Texas Legislators Double Down, Break Glass Table, In Next Big Abortion Fight

 

Abortionists Violate Law Requiring Anesthesia Before Abortion Because Baby Can Feel Intense Pain

 

Brownback’s abortion appeal follows plan to go national  (Governor of Kansas Sam Brownback (R)

 
ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS)

 

How Mike Pence used Obamacare to halt Indiana's HIV outbreak (Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Sudan Orders Demolition of at Least 25 Church Buildings, Christian Leaders Say

 

Grenade Attack On Afghan Home Kills 11 Members Family

 

Harsh weather in Afghanistan kills dozens in blizzard, rainstorms

 

AFRICA

 

Eastern Libyan ban on women’s travel without male guardian mocked

 

‘Man-made’ famine declared in South Sudan: United Nations

 

Death Toll Hits 34 In Car Bombing At Somali Market

 

Convoy carrying head of Libya's U.N.-backed govt shot at in Tripoli

 

Armyworm pests invade southern Africa 'like one of the 10 plagues of the Bible'

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Bomb Threats Lead to Evacuations at JCCs in 5 States

 

In vague tweet, Ivanka Trump appears to address JCC bomb threats

 

Jewish cemetery in St. Louis vandalized

 

David Friedman Beware: 200 Years Ago, US Envoy to Tunis Was Fired for Being Jewish

 

The New York Times’ Cynical Exploitation of Anti-Semitism

 

Toronto Jews Plagued by Anti-Semitic Notes on Doors & Vandalized Mezuzahs

 

US Jewish leaders urge Israel to query Trump on anti-Semitism

 

ARCTIC

 

Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole

 

Ice-cold war: Russian icebreakers outnumber U.S. vessels in vital Arctic

 

ASIA

 

Vietnam Seeks Stronger China Ties Despite New Buildup on Disputed Islands

 

Deadly Avalanches Hit Central Asia

 

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Washington D.C. Becomes 6th  Place in the U.S. to Legalize Assisted Suicide

 
AUSTRALIA

 

ASX drops as investors savage Brambles, WorleyParsons

 

$A set to crack US80c: Deutsche Bank

 

ASX needs earnings fuel to extend rally

 

Inside the Aussie dollar's global domination

 

Preparing for inflation, but dubious of growth

 

'I swallowed a chicken bone and became a quadriplegic'

 

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

Trump’s Wall Can Be a Memorial, Too

 

How San Diego built a bridge over the wall  (A simple pedestrian crossing created the world’s first true binational airport, and boosted the economies on both sides of the border.)

 

As U.S.-Mexico border cities celebrate unity, worries of a wall and tighter immigration rules loom

 

CANADA

 

Anti-Semitic notes left on condo doors

 

Montreal passes motion to become 'sanctuary city' for undocumented immigrants

 

Loblaw resets all PC Plus passwords after breach steals member points

 

Canada's border sees surge in families, others crossing illegally from US

 

Trudeau apologizes to anglophone woman for answering in French at Sherbrooke town hall  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Trudeau Gives Preference to Islam over all other Religions in Canada

 

After 21 people injured on Toronto-bound flight in 2015, TSB reminds passengers to buckle up

 

Cambridge, Ont., councillor to be reprimanded for twice calling constituent a ‘sexy gramma’

 

Tim Hortons parent company nears deal to buy Popeyes

 

Sizable minority says Canada is accepting too many refugees: poll

 

He's 'moving on,' but campaign to keep Mulcair as leader picks up steam

 

Canada: Montreal pushed to become “sanctuary city” for migrants

 

Bell discriminated against ailing cellphone customer, tribunal rules

 

'Feeling squeezed out': Will a move to save Vancouver's housing past compromise its future?

 

Sask. nurse who criticized grandfather’s long-term care on Facebook could be fined $30,000

 

Students in Hyperloop competition pioneering the ‘fifth mode’ of transportation

 

Canada: Protesters outside mosque where imam prayed for killing of unbelievers could face hate crime charges

 

Canada set to renew Ukraine military training mission

 

Chasing the Canadian dream: The real force driving the housing boom in our nation’s biggest cities

 

Pot shop owner recalls police raid

 

 

CAPITOL HILL

 

Capitol Hill's assault on holidays

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

 

“Child-Free” Millennials Choose Pets Over Kids: “Who Needs Children When We Can Cuddle Our Pets”

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Christian Persecution Is Real And Is Getting Worse, But Not Everything That Is Called Persecution Is Actually Persecution

 

COMEDY

 

Conan O'Brien on good will tour of Mexico

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China’s economy is dangerously close to unraveling

 

Russias S-400 to help China control Taiwan and Diaoyu airspace - expert

 

From Taiwan Call To ‘One China’ Policy, Trump Keeps China — And Experts — On Edge

 

China wields stick with North Korea, but is still pushing for talks

 

Xinjiang: Chinese troops stage show of force and vow to 'relentlessly beat' separatists

 

COMMUNIST CUBA

 

Elian Gonzalez was a Dreamer Too  (Remember it was Bill Clinton who pointed a gun at Elian Gonzalez, not Donald Trump.)

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

N.Korea Builds Anti-Aircraft Gun Battery Near Kaesong

 

North Korea Remains Least-Popular Country Among Americans

 

North Korea insists dead man was not leader's half-brother

 

Video surfaces showing Kim Jong Nam’s assassination (Brother of Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

North Korean officials are planning to come to U.S. for talks, but preparations just got trickier

 

CONGRESS

 

Congressional Dems to their crackpot base: Cool it on the impeachment talk

 

Term limits need to be reality; not simply campaign rhetoric

 

Will Republicans break with Trump over Russia?

 

Congress must stop death by decree  (At the first meeting of the Trump Leadership Council — an advisory group consisting of top CEOs from major companies — President Donald Trump asked these business leaders what was their biggest problem. I expected the answer to be America’s anti-growth tax system.)

 

With Coverage in Peril, Health Law’s Critics Go Quiet

 

How the market can fix health care  (Republicans agree that Obamacare has failed and must be repealed. But they can’t agree on the replacement “plan.”)

 

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders and the Constitution

 

COURTS

 

Man gets 65 days in jail after runaway dump truck kills N.C. boy

 

Tennessee Star: Nashville to Host Impeach Rogue Judges Rally

 

Durst Hearing Draws Reporters and a Mystery Witness

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

One officer is killed and another is injured in Whittier shootout  (Los Angeles, California)

 

Arrest in gruesome slayings of couple found in basement

 

Cops: Hunters shot each other, not immigrant "ambush"

 

Woman jumps on back of man attacking police officer, cops say   

 

Shooting death of girl gives her cousin, 7 others a chance to live

 

Two men are shot dead as brawl turns into a shootout inside Houston strip club

 

CYBER ATTACKS

 

The cyberhacking to come

 

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

OFA Made the DNC DOA: Obama’s Community Organization Ruined the Democratic Party

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Chelsea Clinton Attends ‘I am Muslim Too’ Protest in NYC

 

Has Obama’s Would-Be Publisher Read ‘Breaking the War Mentality’?

 

Recalling Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for Japanese internment (Exactly 75 years ago Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the incarceration of Yoshihashi and 120,000 other Japanese Americans in desolate camps scattered across deserts and swampland.)

 

Now Democrats call Obama's shadow government 'The Devil'

 

Democrats tie Trump to Russia as Republicans focus on leaks

 

Chelsea fires back again! Former first daughter mocks Trump on Twitter over made up Sweden attack

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 

Food stamps and sweets: Should they be kept apart?

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

5 Pieces Of Advice For Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

 

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Feds Establish Support Program for Victims of Criminal Aliens

 

DHS Authorizes Hiring 10,000 Immigration Officers

 

New DHS guidelines outline tougher stance on illegal immigrants

 

DICTATORS

 

Dictators Actually Get Started With a Cheerleader Media

 

ECONOMY

 

Dollar sticks to tight ranges, but drifts lower against British pound

 

Why ‘Made in America’ is so hard to do

 

Asia subdued amid U.S. holiday, eyes on Unilever

 

Yen Gains Weigh on Japan Stocks; Unilever in Focus: Markets Wrap

 

Gold Isn't Doing in Practice What It Should in Theory, Yet Again

 

A record run for stocks could resume this week

 

EDUCATION

 

College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A 'Racist,' 'Unjust Language Structure'

 

How to get the best college financial aid package

 

After Islamic jihadi attacks Ohio State students, campus hosts talk on “Islamophobia”

 

Speaking Out Where Others Wouldn't  (President of Trinity Washington takes on Kellyanne Conway, Trump aide who is an alumna and a donor. To Patricia McGuire, the issue isn't politics, but truth.)

 

MS-13 recruiting elementary kids via Facebook

 

The Changing Monograph Market  (Study suggests university presses are publishing fewer books in the humanities. Experts say the publishing industry is facing more significant changes.)

 

'President Trump is very superior and _____': Father of sixth-grade student is outraged after his daughter is given a VERY political fill-in-the-blanks assignment

 

Trump May Try to Kill AmeriCorps  (Administration's draft list of programs to eliminate includes the national service program, which has provided $2.4 billion in student aid, as well as humanities and arts endowments.)

 

Yale’s smart choice in renaming Calhoun College

 

Information Access and the 800-Pound Gorilla  (Current technology offers unfettered access to good information and good scholarship, but standing in the way is the US copyright law, argues Bryn Geffert.)

 

Washington Post gives Georgetown prof Jonathan Brown platform to explain away his pro-slavery remarks

 

Don't Blame State Disinvestment Alone  (Tuition rose faster than state appropriations fell, and federal aid helped make that possible, study asserts.)

 

Charter Schools Are No Panacea

 

Capital Letters Live on at Quinnipiac (University drops logo opposed by many students because it featured university without a capital U.)

 

EGYPT

 

ISIS Declares To Muslims In New Video To ‘Hunt Down, Terrorize, And Slaughter All The Christians Of Egypt’

 

Egypt's top court upholds 10 death sentences over soccer violence

 

 

ENERGY

 

Oil prices push higher, lifted by decline in Saudi exports

 

Energy Prices

 

Why oil experts think OPEC’s U.S. headache won’t go away this year

 

Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, but Jobs Are Left Behind

 

Why the ‘next leg in the oil bull market’ could come soon

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Pruitt confirmation adds another strong anti-marijuana voice to Trump cabinet (Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt)

 

EUROPE

 

Crimean Journalist Asking For Separatism Charges To Be Dropped

 

Trial Of Alleged 'Chainsaw Killer' Begins In Belarus

 

East Ukraine ceasefire due to take effect

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks end higher, led by RBS, Rolls-Royce

 

American Journalist Savagely Beaten In Sweden For Asking Questions About Muslim Refugees Raping European Women

 

Culturally Enriched Malmo, Sweden is the Most Dangerous City in Western Europe

 

How Sweden Became an Example of How Not to Handle Immigration

 

Kids jump for Jihad at European-funded dance competition

 

Romanians Gather For 20th Day Of Protests Against Government

 

Jean-Claude Juncker could step down as European Commission President in March

 

Muslim Officials in Europe Reject Asylum Requests by Persecuted Iraqi Christians

 

Pence seeks to reassure European allies unnerved by Trump (US Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

EUTHANASIA

 

Nursing Home Resident Euthanized Against Her Will  

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Flynn's forced resignation makes some Republicans rethink surveillance - while others question why the adviser was being investigated by the FBI in the first place 

 

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Household Debt Climbs to $12.58 Trillion, Just Shy of Its 2008 Peak

 

U.S. economy now on 'sound footing': Fed's Mester

 

FOOD INDUSTRY

 

Kraft walks away from 'friendly' bid for Unilever

 

FOUNDING FATHERS

 

Washington & Lincoln baptism claims debated

 

The Real George Washington

 

George Washington: founder for all Americans

 

FRANCE

 

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

 

Another French cop faces charge of raping young man with baton

 

Thieves botch raid on luxury Paris flat belonging to Bin Laden family

 

Drivers in France beware: Private firms to take over fight against speedsters

 

Watch: First video emerges of captive French ISIS militant

 

France decries Moscow recognition of passports issued by rebels in Ukraine

 

Picasso's wartime seeds of hope during Nazi occupation of Paris set to fetch £15m

 

Calais Home Office agrees to review asylum claims of child refugees

 

Inside the $11m Kim Kardashian heist crime scene: Chilling images emerge of a gag used to silence star and ripped tape used to bind her as suspects are filmed at a cafe three miles from Paris hotel

 

 

GERMANY

 

German Air Force intercepts unresponsive jet in dramatic footage (Video)

 

Why German arms sales are shrinking, despite global weapons race

 

Incoming storm: Hurricane-force winds on the way to Germany

 

Amazon seeks 2,000 new techies in Germany - and they're advertizing in English

 

Syrian teen on trial in Cologne over Isis bomb plot

 

Interior Ministry wants unidentified refugees to give up cell phone data

 

Germany demands answers after Swiss nuclear reactor is restarted... and then shut down again

 

Merkel's trip to Algeria called off due to president's illness (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

War Is the Climate Risk That Europe's Leaders Are Talking About

 

Two cheers for a carbon tax, but don’t expect it to fix everything

 

 

GLOBAL WEAPONS TRADE

 

Global weapons trade reaches highest point since cold war era

 

Images of new bleaching on Great Barrier Reef heighten fears of coral death

 

 

GOP

 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: Europe still unsure of Trump’s leadership in world

 

The grandson Abraham Lincoln never met

 

 

GUANTANAMO

 

Guards and Detainees Alike Left in Limbo at Trump’s Guantánamo

 

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Dumbest Ever Defense of Obamacare

 

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Underreported: How Gun Silencers Became a Health Issue

 

Secrets of people who never get colds

 

You can fake a healthy skin tone to look more attractive (without actually being healthier)

 

 

HONG KONG

 

Donald Tsang denied bail pending sentence for misconduct

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Democrat on House Intel Committee to Question Flynn over Russia

 

House Republicans tout healthcare plan, Democrats call it inadequate

 

Week ahead: House GOP's ObamaCare blueprint under scrutiny

 

Even a Democratic congressman has to answer for Trump (US Representative of New Jersey Josh Gottheimer)

 

 

IMMIGRATION

 

How Illegal Immigration Harms Black Americans, According to Civil Rights Commissioner

 

Lewandowski slams Trump senior staff for recent missteps on immigration

 

This tiny California town's battle over 'sanctuary city' status started long before Trump

 

Repeal the Left’s Motor Voter Law: It is breaking up immigrant families

 

Dozens of illegals fired for skipping work on ‘Day without immigrants’


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

ICE: 950,000 illegals with 'removal orders' free, raids get just a sliver

 

Feds: Ariz. jail’s change on immigration holds ‘dangerous’

 

INDIA

 

UP election: Why Modi attacked Samajwadi Party with his ‘kabristaan-shamshaan’ comment (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

Dassault to offer Rafale fighter to Indian navy

 

India’s oldest warship may be sold for scrap

 

Forget H-1B visas, there’s is still enough opportunity for India in Trump's US

 

14 more medical devices may see price regulation soon

 

EU wants bilateral investment treaties extended but India not keen

 

India eyes it big as a major exporter of military hardware

 

Terrorists killing innocents won’t get bail or parole, says Supreme Court

 

India has capability to set up space station, says ISRO chief

 

India hopes to meet all its energy requirements from moon by 2030

 

INDONESIA

 

North Korean man arrested in Kim Jong Nam’s death investigation

 

INTERNET 

 

Piracy Google and Bing to demote piracy websites

 

IRAN

 

Iran summons Turkish ambassador over accusations Tehran ‘trying to turn Syria and Iraq into Shiite’

 

Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercises

 

Iran: Israelis and Saudis coordinating on certain issues in region

 

Iran's foreign minister mocks Donald Trump 'putting him on notice'

 

Iran nuclear deal is here to stay – for now

 

Iran 'will not instigate hostilities' - foreign minister

 

IRAQ

 

Daesh ‘rapes and tortures Sunni Arab women too’: HRW

 

Battle for Mosul UN says civilians at extreme risk as offensive begins

 

 

ISLAM

 

“Allahu akbar!”: Islamic call to prayer sounds at #IAmAMuslimToo rally in Times Square

 

Massive fire in Goleta building that houses Santa Barbara Islamic Society  (California)

 

Defeating radical Islam  (Who is the enemy? It’s been over 15 years since September 11, 2001, and this fundamental question still rattles around. Prominent answers have included evildoers, violent extremists, terrorists, Muslims, and Islamists.)

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Monday, February 20, 2017)

 

Minister close to Netanyahu insists the PM still backs two-state solution (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Rubio: Settlements are the smallest obstacle to 2-state solution  (US Senator of Florida Marco Rubio (R)

 

PM has not backtracked on pledge for new Amona settlement, says aide

 

'Netanyahu’s political fears thwarted a regional peace deal’

 

Prime Minister’s Office: Commitment for New Amona Community Will Be Kept

 

After Sderot, photographer trains lens on a disappearing Dead Sea

 

'We want our children back': Mother of slain Palestinian fights for his body to be returned

 

At secret summit, Netanyahu said to have offered freeze outside settlement blocs

 

How UNRWA Keeps Remaking Itself: Defining, Re-Defining and Re-Re-Defining Who Is a Palestinian Refugee

 

Singapore PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses ‘two-state’ plan

 

Israel Pivots Away From Palestinians, Toward Moderate Arab States

 

Netanyahu to face protests on Australia state visit

 

France’s Relentless Hostility to the Jewish State

 

The Jews and the Chinese: A connection between ‘the world’s most ancient people’

 

Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal released from prison as Gazans stage solidarity sit-in

 

IDF soldiers punished after leaving their station in protest  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Israeli Arab Arrested on Suspicion of Ties with ISIS

 

Outcry over nursing home abuse scandal grows

 

'Trump is the best friend of the Jewish nation'

 

Controversial NGO finance bill passes first Knesset reading

 

Israeli court sentences Palestinian boy with leukemia to 3 months in prison

 

Defense minister: Islamic State in Sinai ‘not a serious threat’ (Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman)

 

Malaysia’s impact on Singapore-Israel ties

 

Israeli forces reopen main road west of Bethlehem after 1 week closure

 

Fatah official: Regional solution should start with ending military rule

 

One State or Two States?

 

Rockets fired into southern Israel from Sinai

 

Trump has a new idea for Middle East peace! Except it isn’t new at all.

 

JAPAN

 

‘Descent from Heaven’ scandal rocks Japan’s Ministry of Education

 

Japan Inc signals boost to domestic capex but less keen on the U.S.: Reuters poll

 

JORDAN

 

Former Jordanian Minister: ISIS Was Created By Iran, Israel, Assad Regime To Crush Sunni Arabs In Middle East

 

LIBERALISM

 

George & the Dragon Slayer

 

Lefties keep showing off their civic ignorance

 

LOBBYISTS

 

Iranian Dissidents Demand Investigation Into Islamic Regime’s Secret U.S. Lobbying Network

 

MALAYSIA

 

Son of murdered North Korean due in Malaysia: airline source, media report

 

Malaysia releases pictures of suspects in killing of Kim Jong Nam

 

Airport killing probe strains Malaysia-North Korea ties

 

Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia recalls envoy from North Korea

 

MEDIA 

 

How the media are doing everything they can to confuse the living daylights out of you

 

NBC Releases Two Propaganda Videos Featuring Children Attacking Trump

 

Breitbart employees threaten to quit if Milo Yiannopoulos is not fired: Report

 

Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos appears to defend pedophilia

 

Milo Yiannopoulos says he was not supporting pedophilia

 

Time to move on from Milo

 

“Very Fake News”? You Bet  (Trump's indictment is still an understatement.)

 

Phony baloney: The 9 fakest fake-news checkers

 

Republicans defend media amid Trump attacks

 

75 years later, looking back at The Times' shameful response to the Japanese internment

 

Fox News’s Chris Wallace says Trump crossed the line in latest attack on the media

 

News anchors vs Trump: Chris Wallace and Dan Rather hit out at the president saying his recent attack on the 'enemy' media has gone too far

 

When the high-minded stoop to the low-down  (Rage can lead the unwary to dangerous places, and some of our media notabilities are half-way there. EJ Dionne of The Washington Post poses the question that bugs them most.)

 

Could reporters be hunted down if Trump goes after leakers?

 

MEXICO

 

Mexicans form human chain to protest Donald Trump immigration plan

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Saudi arms imports triple amid Yemen campaign, US & Europe top suppliers to Mid East – report

 

Rising stock: Saudi women take top financial jobs in major shift from tradition

 

The Trump team’s deal with Bahrain could ignore its human rights abuses

 

Defeat of Islamic State could inaugurate era of new dangers

 

 

MILITARY

 

U.S. military is now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul

 

Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while

 

U.S. Defense Chief Nears Recommendation On Afghan Troop Levels   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

US servicemember dies outside Ramadi

 

Defense Secretary Mattis arrives in Iraq and makes clear the U.S. is not there to take oil

 

The comeback: Scarred by war, Air Force sergeant returns to the skies

 

Putting students to work inventing for US military

 

MINIMUM WAGE

 

Study: $15 Minimum Wage Would Force McDonald’s to Increase Prices 38 Percent

 

MULTICULTURALISM

 

The Dire Cost of Europe’s Multiculturalism

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

Exclusive: NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic”

 

Trump selects Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

New Zealand startup offers unlimited holiday and profit share to attract workers

 

Scientists argue that New Zealand is just the tip of a ‘hidden continent'

 

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

US patience 'won't endure forever': Pence tells NATO to spend more, or else

 

PAKISTAN

 

Afghan villagers flee Pakistani cross-border firing: aid group

 

Police collected evidence from CCTV footage of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar

 

 It’s time India changed the foreign policy calculus with Pakistan and China

 

Lal Masjid distance it self from terrorist attack

 

Ski resort razed by the Taliban lifts Pakistan's domestic tourism

 

Revival of Military Courts underway: Ishaq Dar

 

After Musharraf admits using Kashmir militants as tools, Pakistan defence minister calls Hafiz Saeed a threat

 

Eleven foreign terrorist killed in exchange of fire in Kurram Agency

 

Punjab to have Rangers operation

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Ex-cop: I killed "my own brothers" for Duterte's death squad   (President Rodrigo Duterte) 

 

14 students killed in Philippines bus crash

 

 

POLITICS

 

CPAC rescinds Milo Yiannopoulos' invitation after swift backlash

 

Ed Schultz Is Speaking At CPAC?!   (AVIPP COMMENTARY: Why?)

 

 

PRESIDENTS’ DAY

 

Happy Birthday to Our Greatest President

 

Why Presidents Day isn't so patriotic after all

 

What today's leaders could learn from those we honor on Presidents' Day

 

RADIO

 

Rush on TV: Trump's 3 magic bullets to beat shadow government

 

Limbaugh: 'The media did not make Donald Trump, and they can't destroy him'

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

Church response to domestic violence focus of study

 

SD Bishop Calls on Catholics to Protest Trump: ‘We Must All Become Disrupters’

 

RETIREMENT

 

Commentary: This GOP bill is harmful to your retirement

 

RUSSIA

 

Russia’s new ICBMs can ‘rip apart’ US anti-missile systems – Deputy PM Rogozin

 

Kremlin: Trump associates’ peace plan for Ukraine ‘absurd’

 

Putin To The Federal Security Service Board: '[NATO Is] Provoking Us Constantly And [Is] Trying To Draw Us Into Confrontation' (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Russian deputy FM to ‘Post’: Hezbollah will leave Syria when conflict is over

 

Russia signs large contract on delivery of T-90MS main battle tanks to Middle East

 

Russian TV News Has Reduced Trump Coverage by Four Times in Two Weeks

 

Russia Compiles Psychological Dossier on Trump for Putin

 

Trying to Fill a Trump-Sized Hole, Russian Propagandists Turn on Each Other  

 

Lavrov Rejects Claim Moscow Was Behind Montenegro Coup Plot   (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

 

US Seeks 'New Common Ground with Russia'

 

How does placing sanctions on Russia help America?

 

Russia says four soldiers killed in Syria: agencies

 

US intel ‘routinely taps Russian ambassador’s communications’ – Lavrov

 

Poisoned Russian opposition activist recovering abroad

 

SCIENCE

 

‘We did not start this fight’: In Trump era’s dawn, scientists rally in Boston

 

 

 

SENATE

 

Rand Paul Was Right About McCain (US Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul (R)/ US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

Juan Williams: Senate GOP begins to push Trump away (AVIPP COMMENTARY: They do this at their own peril.)

 

Graham: Ryan tax plan won’t get 10 votes in the Senate  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey Graham (R)/ US Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul (R)

 

‘Secret wars’ and nation-building: Bolton all wrong for national security post, Rand Paul warns (US Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul (R)

 

Senate Appointment Adds New Twist to a Scandal in Alabama  (When Governor of Alabama Robert J Bentley (R) appointed Luther Strange to the United States Senate, he picked a man overseeing an investigation into corruption in state government.)

 

Ryancare: You Can Pay More for Less!

 

Graham: European leaders 'feel better' after Pence's speech  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey O Graham (R)

 

SOCIALISM

 

Progressive Populism: Socialism’s Latest Marketing Campaign

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Reddit Censors Pro-Trump Content in New Crackdown

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Ecuador elections: Lenín Moreno facing runoff as 40% vote looks out of reach

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Acting president blames NK for murder of Kim Jong-nam

 

Why do pro-Park activists wave US, Israeli flags?  (President Park Geun-hye)

 

Human vs. AI translation battle to take place Tuesday

 

US soldier charged with rape in Busan guesthouse

 

[News Analysis] Samsung's defense against widened allegations

 

Court rejects Park's request for delay of final hearing date

 

High-school apprenticeships gain traction

 

S. Korea military on high alert after Kim Jong-nam's death

 

Large firms cut back on jobs amid slump

 

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

 

How the Southern Poverty Law Center Faked an Islamophobia Crisis

 

Look who's on SPLC's 'anti-government hate group' list

 

 

SPORTS

 

Trans Wrestler Taking Testosterone Wins Regional Title By Default

 

NBA Commissioner Doubles Down on League’s Transgender Activism

 

Muslim Olympian who claimed she was detained because of Trump ban actually detained under Obama

 

NFL star Greg Olsen's bad-boy college quarterback brother is charged with rape after years of being kicked off teams for DUI, drugs and breaking team rules 

 

Sydney Phillips scores big in first basketball game on boys’ team

 

Pelicans’ Davis scores All-Star-record 52 points, and host team gets Cousins in trade

 

Former elite gymnasts come forward publicly to detail abuse to 60 Minutes

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

 

Cal-exit? Meet the movement for Californian secession

 

Severe storm leaves nearly 40,000 without power in San Antonio

 

76-year-old Boston woman fined for failing to clear snow off sidewalk

 

Three injured after sprint car flips into stands at Volusia Speedway Park 

 

Three injured after drone spooks horse at "Skijoring" race   (Colorado)

 

Cuomo's right in not rushing to fill vacant seats in Legislature (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

Nearly 5,000 remain without power from storm-related outages, DWP says  (California)

 

Monticello taking new notice of the plantation’s other side  (Virginia)

 

‘Excessive rainfall,’ flooding threatens Central and Northern California 

 

SUICIDES

 

Study links decline in teen suicide attempts to this

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

Supreme Court Begins First Sitting of Trump Presidency

 

Christian florist vows Supreme appeal in same-sex war

 

Supreme Court enters Mexico border debate with Texas shooting case

 

SURGEON GENERAL

 

More Tools, Less Understanding (Thoughts on the surgeon general’s report on addiction.)

 

SYRIA

 

 A Journey Through Assad's Syria   (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad)

 

Syria army ramps up shelling near capital ahead of talks

 

TAIWAN

 

Tsai’s, Cabinet’s approval ratings rise   (President Tsai Ing-wen)

 

China asks US to ‘properly handle’ Taiwan issue

 

Vegetables eaten wrong way might cause constipation

 

Military helicopters conduct drill at MND headquarters

 

Taiwan tech exports drop the most in January

 

TAXATION

 

The example Trump should follow to pass tax reform

 

TERRORISM

 

Terrorist Collaborator Cops A Plea  (Enrique Marquez planned attacks, procured weapons for San Bernardino killers Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.)

 

 

TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (TSA)

 

Nearly a dozen passengers walked through unattended TSA checkpoint at JFK, police say

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

Naked ambition: Scottish fiancée of Trump's new Treasury Secretary appears in steamy shower and sex scenes in her latest movie (Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin)

 

 

TURKEY

 

Coup-plotting soldiers go on trial for Erdoğan assassination attempt  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

'President Erdogan assassination plot' trial opens in Turkey

 

Turkey Tries 47 Ex-Soldiers in Erdogan Assassination Plot

 

Turkish army says killed 34 Kurdish militants in air strikes in northern Iraq

 

Police detain two Georgians after woman attempted to enter Turkey in luggage

 

New high-speed train project to connect Eskişehir with Antalya: Minister

 

‘New day’ starts with US, says Turkish PM

 

US Senator McCain meets Turkish leaders

 

We have no intention to place naysayer citizens near terrorist groups: Turkish PM

 

Over 1,600 suspects detained in anti-terror operations in one week: Interior Ministry

 

Around 100,000 children in registered labor force in Turkey: Ministry

 

Foreign child workers exploited in sweatshops in Istanbul’s Küçükpazar

 

Five Azerbaijanis among eight people killed in bus accident in Turkey’s east

 

Turkey expects over 226 million annual air passengers by 2019

 

UBER

 

Uber 'Urgent investigation' into sexual harassment claims

 

UNIONS

 

Decline of Unions Under Right-to-Work Laws Levels Playing Field for Trump

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

Unilever’s dive offsets jump for RBS, leaving FTSE 100 marooned

 

The Queen Doesn’t Need Saving from Donald Trump (British royals aren't wilting flowers -- they're diplomatic weapons. And Elizabeth II is one of the best.)

 

London: Five teens arrested on terror charges

 

British territory seizes Russian billionaire’s super-yacht

 

UK Conservative MPs back Trump visit in fiery parliament debate

 

Has Jack The Ripper been identified?

 

UK union chief likely to meet Peugeot CEO on Friday over GM deal: source

 

PM May to meet Peugeot head, determined to protect UK car industry  (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Brexit: Lords to begin debating bill to trigger Article 50

 

'Brexit does not mean Brexit': Who are peers with EU pensions likely to frustrate Article 50 and what have they said on it?

 

The Brexit gamble Blackmail tactics will backfire, EU leaders warn May  

 

Oil reserves off Scottish coast ‘may have been missed’

 

Cancer charity welcomes NHS u-turn on second stem cell treatment

 

Donald Trump's State Visit to UK is in national interest but he won't address Parliament, ministers expected to say

 

Thousands of migrant workers to take part in UK's first day of action

 

Cancer patients in poorest parts of Scotland twice as likely to die

 

NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association

 

Exclusive: Oxford University may break with 700 years of tradition and open a foreign campus - after France offers Brexit sweetener

 

Councils prepare to cut essential services to fund adult social care

 

UKIP officials quit in Hillsborough row

 

Concerns over 40-strong wild boar colony near Scottish town

 

Councils warn of cuts despite tax rises

 

UK borrowing and growth better than expected for budget, says report

 

Ex-boxer talks of 'violent carjacking'

 

London Underground Night Tube drivers to vote on strike action in pay dispute

 

Vauxhall pensions 'could scupper GM sale'

 

Police chief hits out at tabloid over Edward Heath abuse claims

 

Officers hurt stopping youths' party brawl

 

An independent Scotland would face ‘Greece-style’ austerity cuts

 

Search engines to demote pirate sites

 

Business rates row: senior ministers write to Tory MPs to head off revolt

 

Amazon plans 5,000 new jobs in UK

 

UK weather: Spring is in the air, but not for long - Britain to bask in highs of 17C before gale-force winds return

 

EU's Brexit warning: Divide and rule tactics 'could leave UK without deal'

 

Revealed: Scotland's most congested roads and cities

 

Bovis to pay £7m to compensate customers for poorly built homes

 

Museum visitors split on returning stuffed gorilla to UK

 

British lawmakers to debate withdrawing Trump’s state visit invitation

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to UN, dies suddenly at 64

 

UNITED STATES

 

U.S. city ranked most congested on Earth for rush-hour traffic

 

The United States of ... not America (Exclusive: David Barton reveals four big reasons court's ruling against Christian florist is wrong.)

 

Why so many Americans call evil good and good evil

 

VATICAN

 

Vatican, Rome’s Jewish Museum, team up for first joint show

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Establishment media mocks Trump for Sweden comment while Swedish MP’s demand billions for police amid growing crisis

 

4 Reasons The Anti-Trump Resistance Won’t Win Like The Tea Party Did

 

State Officials to Trump: Revoke Obama’s Federal Takeover of Elections

 

Trump Proved Citizens United Doesn’t Let Big Money Control Democracy

 

Barack Obama Welcomes You To Donald Trump’s Imperial Presidency

 

Former President Obama and his Paid Thugs Trying to Topple Trump

 

President Trump’s Terrible One-Month Report Card

 

Trump may have been unclear, but Sweden experiencing a migrant crime wave

 

Democrats Invoke 25th  Amendment, Question Trump’s Mental Health

 

WH understates extent of Trump's golfing

 

"Not My President's Day" rallies held across country

 

President Trump to speak at CPAC

 

Did Mike Pence Think President Trump Misled Him Over Mike Flynn Conversation? His Answer...   (Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

Trump Versus Obama: Whose Cabinet Nominees Faced More Obstruction?

 

Swedish Columnist Backs Up Trump's Immigration Claims

 

Trump Takin' It to the Left: I'm Lovin' It!

 

Trump Is a Lot Like the LBJ Whom Liberals Still Idolize

 

Defending Donald Trump: Winding Up, Winding Down

 

The Press vs. the President

Rating the Presidents — and Obama

 

Inside the US county where people love Donald Trump more than ever

 

The media doesn't call the shots -- Trump does

 

Fox News anchor berates Trump's chief of staff over attacks on media (White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus)

 

Trump's search for a national security advisor sums up his biggest challenges so far

 

Donald Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could help bring abuse to a neighborhood near you

 

Trump is right, there was a Sweden attack - by neo-Nazis on refugees

 

Please stop comparing Trump's presidency to Orwell's '1984'

 

A Reminder to Conservative Trump Critics

 

Is the 'deep state' out to get Trump? We're not there yet

 

White House denies reports of Russian contacts amid search to replace Flynn  (Reince Priebus says Senate report will find no links to Russia as US Senator of New Jersey Robert Menendez (D) calls for inquiry on scale of 9/11 commission .)

 

Treason! It's a provocative charge being leveled against Trump, and one that rarely amounts to much

 

Ex-CIA chief Leon Panetta says intel community ‘absolutely not’ withholding data from White House

 

Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

 

Thousands expected at ‘Not My Presidents Day’ rallies Monday

 

Does Trump have 'cabin fever'? Report claims the President is complaining that living cooped up in the White House is giving him headaches

 

Trump, attempting to clarify puzzling remarks about Sweden, cites Fox News report

 

White House Defends Removing NSC Official Who Criticized Trump

 

Anti-Trump demonstrators finding wealth of options in once-apathetic Miami

 

I did NOT make up a terror attack in Sweden! Trump cites Fox News report as he hits back in feud with Scandinavian nation and insists he was talking about immigration 

 

 

WORKPLACE

 

Alabama Leads US States in Employee Engagement

 
 

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