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Thursday, February 23, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Activists Want Abortion Pill to Kill Babies Sold in Every Single U.S. Pharmacy

 

NY Bishop: Pro-Abortion 'Catholic' Politicians Imperil Their Souls, Create Scandal

 

Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

 

Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway: I Can’t be a Feminist Because They Hate Men and Love Abortion

 

Arizona Senate approves birth bill that goes beyond abortion

 

Woman Defends Aborting Her 22-Week-Old Baby Who Had Clubbed Feet and Hands

 

Surprise: South Dakota Republicans Reject Abortion Ban

 

“Teen Vogue” Has Already Pushed Abortion to Teens 63 Times in 2017

 

Oregon AG girding to protect abortion rights

 

God Could Never Approve of My Decision to Abort My Baby, But Thanks to His Amazing Grace I’m Forgiven

 

FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies

 

This Republican Senator Says She Will Oppose the Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

 

Abortion bill targets parents' rights in cases of pregnant minors (Indiana)

 

Catholic Bishops Slam Gov Terry McAuliffe for Vetoing Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood

 

Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed

 

What TV Abortions Get Wrong — And How Creators Can Do Better

 

If abortion rights fall, LGBT rights are next

 

Bill would extend time to sue abortion doctors

 

Canadian minister calls limits on abortion ‘gender-based violence,’ gives $285,000 to Planned Parenthood

 

Abortion Ship Heads to Pro-Life Guatemala to Illegally Give Women Free Abortions

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Afghanistan: The Fall Of Helmand

 

The Art of the Deal with Afghanistan’s Mess

 

AFRICA

 

Millions Of Christians Face Certain Death By Starvation As Muslim Terrorists Ravage Farmland And Destroy Crops (Nigeria)

 

Political Instability in Africa Could Lead to ISIS Resurgence

 

AIRLINES

 

Big airlines join low-cost market with new fares

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Interview: Defending Trump, ex-envoy to US says nobody blamed Obama for leftist anti-Semitism

 

What’s Behind the Rash of Anti-Semitic Incidents?

 

Fake News: Media Hype WH ‘Anti-Semitism’ Claims by Obscure, Anti-Trump Group

 

Pre-School Teacher Fired After Tweeting ‘Kill Some Jews’

 

Muslim campaign raises over $115,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery

 
ARCTIC

 

Trump facing GOP pressure to counter Russia's Arctic fleet

 

 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

 

Police in riot gear enter pipeline protest camp

 

Two children burned after Dakota Access protesters set 20 fires during evacuation

 

ASIA

 

Breaking a taboo, Hanoi recalls war with China

 

Uzbekistan hit with deadly chemical plant blast

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Man Kills His Wife Because They Were Refused an Assisted Suicide

 

AUSTRALIA

 

ASX struggles as heavyweights trade ex-dividend

 

Australian Dollar Hit Hard By Weaker Private Capex

 

Abbott's plan to win the election will infuriate PM Turnbull (Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott)

 

Catholic leaders speak of 'catastrophic failure' on child abuse in past

 

Julie Bishop and British PM divided on Syria (Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop)

 

Australia: Muslim leader admits that Qur’an allows for wife-beating

 

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

Tesla says Model 3 on track for volume production by September

 

 

BALKANS

 

Bosnia appeals UN ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

A year after opening, DC Streetcar is just an expensive relic of the past

 

 

CANADA

 

Toronto stock market slips, U.S. indexes mixed

 

Number of Canadians with medical pot prescriptions now almost 130,000

 

Trudeau and Trump talk about border, softwood lumber and next summits (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Living wage for Durham region pegged at $17 an hour

 

Canada has failed at innovation for 100 years. Can the Trudeau government change that?

 

Canadians projected to live longer, but can they afford it?

 

How Costco broke all the retail rules to win the hearts and wallets of Canadians

 

Fox pulls plug on Onrait and O’Toole, prompting speculation they’re headed back to Canada

 

Report on Christian schools defying LGBTQ policy has ‘complicated’ legal implications, minister vague on why

 

Canadian children 'locked up' in immigration detention centres, report says

 

If the Liberal government drops the migrant ball, Canadians will lose patience quickly

 

School board will pay salary of teacher on ‘home assignment’ after being accused of trafficking cocaine

 

Ontario subsidies for electric cars under fire after minister’s staffer leaves for Tesla

 

Lottery scam: Pay us $5,000 or your winnings will explode

 

Toronto breaks 1984 record for highest temperature

 

Estimated 8,000 millionaires immigrated to Canada last year, report says

 

Anti-Islamophobia motion expected to pass, send a ‘strong statement against all forms of hatred’

 

Young golfer's clubs, lost by Air Canada, end up on Kijiji

 

Canada has never had a real migrant crisis. Trump may have just changed that

 

Losing bidder for new search-and-rescue aircraft takes Canadian government to court

 

18 arrested in cross-border investigation involving fentanyl, guns: OPP

 

Alberta predicts higher deficit, despite increased energy royalties

 

Ottawa suggests banning smoking in apartments or condos and cigarette sales to anyone under 21

 

How ‘Islamic terrorism’ trumped Islamophobia: Cohn 

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

How Peter Thiel's company Palantir was built with CIA funding and has helped the likes of the NSA and GCHQ spy since its inception 

 

COMEDY

 

Bill Maher takes credit for Milo Yiannopoulos fallout: ‘You’re welcome’

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

How to Stop China in the South China Sea

 

As US-China tussle, Asean frets

 

China's US Image the Most Positive in Three Decades

 

China remains dubious over assassination of Kim Jong-nam   (Brother of Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

China Rattles the Nuclear Saber

 

Chinese Military Veterans Stage Protests in Central Beijing Over Pensions

 

Suicidal women in China put into early grave to appreciate life

 

Chinese Feminist Group’s Social Media Account Suspended

 

How the Communist Party Guided China to Success

 

Why Is EBay Returning to China?

 

Beijing completes South China Sea structures 'designed to house long-range missiles' to spark an early test for President Trump

 

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

N.Korea Tightens Controls After Kim Jong-nam Assassination (Brother of Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

Probe into Kim Jong-nam's death a 'conspiracy,' N. Korea claims

 

North Korea against the world: Bites Chinese hand that feeds a hungry nation

 

N. Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia killing

 

Accused killer of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother went from singer to slayer, officials say  

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Conservatives to Congress: Deliver on Obamacare Repeal and Replace Promise

 

Town Hall Project Founded By Former Clinton Staffer   (A group serving as a central hub of information for congressional town halls was founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer and its parent company is located at the same address as an organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.)

 

Congress shouldn't duck the public

 

At a town hall in Trump country, an America that’s pleading to be heard

 

Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV

 

CONSTITUTION

 

The Reach of the Constitution at the Border

 

COURTS

 

Ark. Supreme Court strikes city's LGBT protections

 

Getting Serious About Government Fraud

 

Judge: Women can go topless

 

Reining in a hysterical judiciary

 

Millionaire avoids jail after destroying President Trump's star on Hollywood Walk of Fame but must complete 20 days of community service and pay $4,400 fine

 

N.Y. man indicted for strangling, beating dog in head with a shovel

 

Patriots coach could be called as witness in Aaron Hernandez murder trial

 

California judge blocks law that bans websites from revealing actors' ages

 

Wife of ex-cop who shot man dead in movie theater in fight over texting tells court how the victim lunged at her husband after complaining 'you told on me'

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Houston teen shot dead while protecting mom during robbery

 

Police have DNA profile of killer of runner

 

Authorities investigating Indiana murders receive 500 tips from public

 

Boy, 14, charged with beating classmate, 12, into coma

 

2 cops charged in Florida woman's accidental shooting death

 

Video captures off-duty LAPD officer firing gun after altercation with teens

 

Protests after video appears to capture off-duty LAPD officer firing gun during confrontation with teens

 

Protests erupt in LA after off-duty cop was filmed pulling his gun and firing a shot at gang of teens in scuffle that began because they 'walked on his lawn' and 'threatened to shoot him'

 

Boy, 11, calls 911 as mom slain; found covered in blood

 

Ten arrested, dozens more believed to remain at Dakota pipeline protest camp

 

Teen charged with lying about being raped by college football players

 

CYBER ATTACK

 

Hackers can steal your information simply by analyzing the LED lights on your computer

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

Contender for Democratic head Ellison denounces anti-Semitism

 

Cuomo won't endorse in DNC race  (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

DNC Chair Candidate Stumbles When Pressed On Anti-Semitism

 

Survey: Ellison Leads Tom Perez in DNC Chair Race

 

Keith Ellison Thinks Black People Don't Have An 'Obligation' To Obey The Government

 

Here Are 9 Potentially Damaging Facts About Keith Ellison, a Frontrunner to Chair the DNC

 

'Impeachment' talk flies at DNC chair debate

 

The next DNC chair will have a huge opportunity — and a huge burden

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Barack Obama's Legacy

 

New Identity for a Master of Identity Politics

 

Clinton roasts Republicans who 'can't take the heat' of town halls

 

Lawmaker proposes a 'Barack Obama Expressway'

 

Why give ‘sanctuary’ to gang members?  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

Democrats Attack Trump For Enforcing Their Own Immigration Law

 

De Blasio is still in denial over ACS dysfunction

 

Democrats look for ‘glue’ to put party back together

 

Why Democrats Fear Trump: He Resonates With The Working Class

 

De Blasio will likely win a second term -- unless he faces charges

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

DeVos slams Obama's transgender bathroom rule as 'overreach'  (Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos)

 

DeVos Blasts 'Silencing' Of Free Speech On Campus, Wants To Empower States

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Indiana Joins Idaho, Georgia in DHS Election Hack Claims

 

Kelly: No use of US military to enforce immigration  (Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly)

 

Mr. Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’ Prepares an Assault on American Values

 

Police Fear Trump Immigration Orders May Handcuff Effort to Fight Gangs

 

Revised 'extreme vetting' order drops language rejecting Syrian refugees, official says  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: How unfortunate.)

 

As Indiana governor, Mike Pence failed to bar Syrian refugees. Now the administration he serves is trying again. (Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

'We have laws': Trump supporters in Arizona cheer new guidelines on deportation

 

 

ECONOMY

 

Dow logs 10th  straight record, but Nasdaq stumbles a second day

 

S&P 500 edges higher after Trump renews jobs pledge

 

Stock investors, keep ‘buying the rumor’ until the news is out

 

Immigration Economics

 

Asia stocks ease, dollar steadies after Fed-led losses

 

Asia Stocks Slump as Dovish Fed Minutes Spur Yen: Markets Wrap

 

Treasury yields decline as Mnuchin defends strong dollar

 

Why Trump's Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices

 

Dollar weakens as doubts grow about timing of fiscal stimulus, rate hikes

 

Emerging-Markets Hedge-Fund Assets Reach Record in '16, HFR Says

 

Gold ends at 3-month high as dollar wobbles

 

Landlords Are Taking Over the U.S. Housing Market

 

EDUCATION

 

K-12 Quagmire: Problems with Sight-Words

 

Teachers Ousted From Classroom for Supporting Immigration Law

 

University Of Michigan Student Group Demands Safe Space - No Whites Allowed

 

Politico: Trump Considering School Choice Tax Credit for Working Class Families

 

Women's academic society forms at Southeastern

 

7 Dumbest Democratic Reactions To Trump Revoking Obama's Transgender Bathroom Policy

 

Muslim connects campus minister with yearning friend

 

Another Obamanation undone: Trump & Sessions take the federal government out of your kids’ bathroom

 

Obama-era transgender bathroom order rescinded

 

Large-Scale Assessment Without Standardized Tests

 

A Republic in the Atlantic (An innovative program combines reading the Great Books with character-building and community.)

 

Transgender Protections Withdrawn

 

California Defies Trump on Transgender Bathrooms for Kids

 

Higher Ed Lobbying, SWAT Style (Acting with unusual speed, Michigan university presidents descend on the state capitol to oppose a legislator's proposal to end the state income tax.)

 

Video: Raymond Ibrahim on Prager University  (Shillman fellow breaks down Muslim persecution of Christians, Donald Trump’s policies, and US immigration.)

 

Incomplete Information on Income Tax Breaks (States often don't calculate revenue lost through higher education income tax benefits for students, report finds.)

 

Sessions, DeVos explain removal of Obama's transgender school guidelines

 

Yiannopoulos and the Moral Crisis of Campus Conservatism

 

Critiquing 'The Quad' (Some black college presidents don't like the new BET television show about a fictional HBCU, but that doesn't mean students aren't enjoying the somewhat scandalous portrayal.)

 

EGYPT

 

Egypt denies any plans to give Sinai to Palestinians

 

Muslims Attack A Christian Man And His Son, They Take The Father And Tear Him Apart With Bullets, They Take His Son And Burn Him Alive

 

Editor Of Independent Egyptian 'Al-Misriyyoun' Daily: Sheikh 'Omar 'Abd Al-Rahman Was Never Convicted Of Assassinating Sadat – Or Of Involvement In 1993 World Trade Center Attack

 

I Am a Member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Not a Terrorist

 

ELECTIONS

 

Why Trump’s Call to Investigate Vote Fraud Is Valid

 

ENERGY

 

Oil futures end higher after smaller-than-expected inventory rise

 

Energy Prices

 

Advice to Trump: Make Ethanol Grain Again

 

EUROPE

 

Paul Manafort and the Red Thread Running Through the Long Ukrainian Revolution

 

Why Belarus Can't Afford to Be the New Ukraine

 

Ukrainian military shell Donetsk water purification plant

 

Bishop: Christians Should Break the Law and Employ Illegal Immigrants (Norway)

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks end lower, retreat further from 14-month high

 

'Trump should be better informed about what goes on here' (Sweden’s justice and migration minister fires back at Trump's comments about his country's crime rate.)

 

Geert Wilders Follows the Trump Twitter Trail (Right-wing populist Geert Wilders is currently leading in the polls ahead of elections in the Netherlands  -- despite a campaign that has been conducted largely from his mobile phone.)

 

Denmark: Man who burned Qur’an charged with blasphemy

 

Poland ousts 90 percent of top brass in defence overhaul

 

Milrem displays THeMIS modular unmanned ground vehicle     (Estonian defense company Milrem plans to market its modular unmanned ground vehicle in the Middle East and North Africa. ... )

 

Swedish politicians: Trump is right, Sweden’s embrace of Muslim migrants isn’t working

 

It’s Time for Europe’s Militaries to Grow Up (The continent can't blame Trump for its long-running inability to take care of its own security.)

 

Mob of North African Migrants Causes Midnight Riot Aboard Italian Ferry

 

Sweden Top Cop on No Go Zones: Europe’s Open Borders ‘Has Brought Crime Here’

 

The Refugee Rape Gangs of Sweden (A European nation becomes a rape capital -- due to its immigration policies.)

 

European Counter-Terror Official: IRGC, Muslim Brotherhood Are Not Terror Groups

 

Mona Charen: Who's Right About Sweden?

 

EUTHANASIA

 

Doctors Issued DNR Order For Disabled Newborn Without Telling His Parents

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Report: FBI rejected White House request to publicly dispute Trump-Russia stories

 

F.B.I. Interviews Tell of Cleric’s Role in Plot to Bomb Plane

 

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

 

A new champion for internet choice (One of President Trump’s less publicized appointments also happens to be one of his best: Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is a cause for celebration.)

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

Betsy McCaughey: Patients Are In The Dark About Deadly Medical Devices

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

The Incredible Shrinking John Bolton

 

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Is Yellen trolling Trump and the stock market’s record run?  (Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen)

 

 

FRANCE

 

‘I am Going to Slit Your Throat Muslim Style’: Soros-Backed Blogger’s Threat to Kill Le Pen, Anti-Semitic Tweets

 

Expect the unexpected: French presidential race now wide open

 

How Le Pen's plan to quit the euro could spell economic disaster for France

 

Paris thieves nab €100,000 from tourists in highway robbery

 

Video: Paris pupils clash with cops during anti-police violence protests

 

French mock UK tabloids and US far right's 'Paris no-go zones' but it's no laughing matter

 

British pair left for dead after 'hit and run' in French Alps ski resort

 

GERMANY

 

Germany ‘only country left’ which holds to free higher education

 

Germany deports third group of Afghan migrants to Kabul

 

German Islamist arrested for planning attack on security forces

 

Turkey encouraging teachers to spy in German schools: report

 

Brit arrested for cyber attack on a million German homes last year

 

Germany records record budget surplus thanks to healthy trade

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Climate Change ‘Lunacy’ Called a Gift to Conservatives

 

GOOGLE

 

Google commits $11.5 million to racial justice efforts

 

GOP

 

Manafort faced blackmail attempt, hacks suggest

 

GOP split on whether paid protesters are to blame for rowdy town halls

 

Left staging ambush attacks at GOP-led town halls

 

Are outside agitators stirring up town halls as Trump administration claims?

 

Republicans’ ‘real-live experiment’ with Kansas’s economy survives a revolt from their own party

 

GOP senator says she’s open to demanding Trump’s tax returns as part of Russia probe

 

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Obamacare repeal is ‘not going to happen,’ John Boehner predicts, as GOP can never agree on health care

 

Pinkerton: Your Money or Your Life — Fighting Over Obamacare vs. Fighting for Medical Cures

 

Addiction treatment vulnerable as Obamacare repeal looms in horizon

 

 

HEALTH CARE

   

Heartburn meds linked to risk of kidney damage, study finds

 

Are antidepressants safe for "off-label" health issues?

 

California nurses rally for bill on 1st  state-run single-payer health plan

 

Alarm in Chicago over bugs on the subway

 

Hospital's smallest surviving premie goes home after 4 months

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

West Wing actor tells Ivanka Trump: 'F—- your shoes'

 

Kimmel on Hosting the Oscars at a Political Moment

 

Exclusive: How David Cassidy's dementia diagnosis may thwart his yet-to-be approved bankruptcy plan after promising last month to pay off his $200,000 debt with future gigs

 

HOLOCAUST

 

Holocaust survivor: 'I lost my will to live'

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

The Mobbing of Milo

 

Milo and the 'Stockholm Syndrome' of Sodom

 

Milo learns the First Amendment isn't a get-out-of-jail-free card for foolishness

 

HONG KONG

 

A star can't even afford to buy a home in Hong Kong

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

GOP to bury House resolution on Trump conflicts

 

Nancy Pelosi's Latest Speech Had More Holes Than A Hunk Of Swiss Cheese  (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Paul Ryan’s Housecleaning (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Democrats’ Best Bet to Retake House? Follow the Sun

 

Paul Ryan mixes border tour with district visits, fundraisers

 

Paul Ryan visits U.S.-Mexico border  

 

IMMIGRATION

 

The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration

 

What’s next for many of America’s 11 million illegal immigrants? Hiding

 

NYPD commissioner: Officers won't help in deportations

 

Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

 

The Real American Majority  (Clear majority of Americans support President Trump’s policies against sanctuary cities.)

 

Immigrants Hide, Fearing Capture on ‘Any Corner’

 

The labyrinth of illegal immigration

 

Mexican man commits suicide after being deported from US

 

'You can't even walk anywhere without fearing you may get caught': Immigrants in U.S. illegally prepare for possible deportation


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Evicting ICE from Rikers endangers lives: fed sources

 

New York is safer without illegal-immigrant gangsters — no thanks to the mayor (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio(D)

 

 

INDIA

 

India’s Modi approves NIS 9.4 billion missile deal with Israel

 

Does the China-Pakistan economic corridor worry India?

 

No Thanks: India Turns Down British Advanced Aircraft

 

Naval war room leak case: SC upholds sacking of two officers

 

3 soldiers killed in J&K ambush, 2 officers injured

 

INDONESIA

 

Flooding in Jakarta a political hot potato

 

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

 

Former CIA agent: Intel community playing ‘very dangerous game’ designed to damage Trump

 

Intelligence Community Leaking  (Saboteurs set on bringing down a President.)

 

The spooks have come home to roost

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

Good, Bad News From IRS: Audits Down Again; New Treasury Secretary Wants Larger Budget

 

IRAN

 

Iran Hosts Terrorist Groups as U.S. Mulls Terror Designation for Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

 

Trump Can't Deal With Iran If He Doesn't Understand It

 

Why does Iran neglect Arabs in oil-rich Ahvaz?

 

 

IRAQ

 

Fierce clashes as U.S.-backed forces battle ISIS for airport

 

Corruption in Iraq opens door for Islamic State militants to regroup

 

ISLAM

 

Unholy alliance: Why Islamists and secular left work together

 

Frightened Christians lose battle over U.S. mega-mosque

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Thursday, February 23, 2017)

 

French aliya climbs amid rise in antisemitism

 

Trump’s pick for Israel envoy boasted of removing 2 states from Republican platform

 

Netanyahu to Australia’s Jewish Youth: Stand with Israel, Be Proud Jews, in Sydney and Jerusalem (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Netanyahu avoids endorsing two states in Sydney statement

 

Reports: Israeli Supreme Court rules in favor of punitive demolition of slain Palestinian's home

 

Despite détente with Israel, Turkey to host Hamas confab

 

Should Jews live in Israel or Australia?

 

Delek Group Announces Final Go Ahead for Leviathan Off Shore Drilling

 

Police seek indictment against former Netanyahu chief of staff

 

Protesters organize sit-in at Khan al-Ahmar school slated for demolition

 

60 cops hurt, 13 protesters arrested, but none indicted for Amona rioting

 

Health minister threatens to halt treatment of wounded Syrians due to gov't debt

 

Netanyahu Supports Pardon for Hebron Shooter Azaria

 

Testimonies on deadly Umm al-Hiran incident reveal breakdown in protocol

 

Israel closes Jerusalem-area Palestinian boys school for ‘incitement’

 

Year after deadly terror, Beit Horon fights to prevent next attack

 

Tel Aviv Marathon disruptions

 

Palestinian lawyer signs plea bargain as NGO slams Israeli 'persecution of rights defenders'

 

Officials shut East Jerusalem school accused of being Hamas front

 

Hundreds denounce ‘Fascist’ Netanyahu during Australia visit

 

High Court: The Talpiot terrorist's home to be

 

US envoy to UN meets family trying to retrieve son’s remains from Gaza

 

Israel must not fall into Lebanese trap again Alongside Nasrallah’s harsh words, we

 

Minister offers Turkish mayor elephants for ancient Hebrew inscription

 

Israeli fighter jet shoots down Hamas drone

 

US senator to reintroduce bill cutting funds to PA for payouts to terrorists

 

Building evacuated after police find explosive

 

Partners in Peace: Hamas Releases Music Video Calling For Annihilation of Israel

 

The two-state solution: With caution for Israel

 

 The Limits of Hasbara

 

 

JAPAN

 

Japan’s Abe faces land deal attacks involving hate-speech school  (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe)

 

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

 

LEBANON

 

Reports: Hezbollah obtains 'game-changing' weaponry

 

LIBERALISM

 

Remembering Alan Colmes, a liberal who could laugh

 

Liberals copy Tea Party tactics to protest Trump at town halls

 

MALAYSIA

 

Kim Jong-nam murder: There's no doubt over Malaysia whodunnit  (Brother of Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

North Korea says Malaysia is to blame for death of its citizen

 

Kim Jong-nam's Killers Handled Poison 'with Bare Hands'

 

MEDIA 

 

How to Tell if News Is Really News

 

Trump and the Media's Stockholm Syndrome

 

CNN's Cuomo: 12-Year-Old Girls Who Don't Want To See Penises In Locker Rooms Are 'The Problem,' 'Intolerant'

 

Hannity Mourns Colmes: 'I Have a Hole in My Heart'

 

NBC Touts Norway as Fix for America's 'Flawed Democracy'

 

Huffington Post Removes Blog Post Saying Trump Is 'Absolutely Right' About Sweden

 

Washington Post Adds ‘Clarification’ Noting That Ned Price is Clinton Donor

 

Politico's Story On The Media Is Falling Apart

 

James O’Keefe of Project Veritas Releases Over 100 Hours of Audio From Inside CNN’s Newsroom

 

Fox News Continues To Dominate Cable Ratings

 

Trump adviser Steve Bannon assails media at CPAC

 

Robert Samuelson: Why Trump Loves To Hate The Media

 

Conservative activist plans Wikileaks-style release of 'hundreds of hours' of footage of journalists at work in newsrooms - with CNN his main target

 

MEXICO

 

Trump Deportation Plan Dominates Mexico Trip by Kelly, Tillerson  (Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly/ US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

It’s Time To Stop Talking About A Border Wall And Start Stabilizing Mexico

 

Soda Sales Fall Further in Mexico’s Second Year of Taxing Them

 

Mexico may strike back. Here’s how.

 

Trump's top deputies hope to shore up ties with a suspicious Mexico

 

Mexico fears refugee camps will pop up along the border because Trump immigration crackdown will deport illegals - regardless of nationality - to where they crossed into the U.S. rather than delivering them home

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Saudi Columnist Urges Saudis To Speak Arabic, Not English

 

UAE signs $1.2bn deals as arms fair opens

 

Saudi Arabia's Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check

 

MILITARY

 

To rule the waves: US eyes large-scale navy revamp plan

 

Trump wants to expand U.S. nuclear arsenal, make it ‘top of the pack’

 

Pentagon plan to defeat ISIL will also include efforts to battle al-Qaida and other extremist groups

 

Reports: Air Force Nuke 'Sniffer' Flying Over Europe After Radiation Detected

 

Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields

 

Air Force Stumped by Trump's Claim of $1 Billion Savings on Jet

 

Pentagon: US troops under fire in battle for Mosul

 

Pentagon studies ways to counter hypersonic missile threat from China, Russia

 

Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

 

Marines, airmen eat venomous critters while training in Thailand

 

Rieckhoff denies claims IAVA misused grants

 

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA)

 

The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.

 

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

Planets' discovery said to incite misplaced hope

 

ISS astronauts capture Dragon with manipulator

 

NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE

 

Feds Spending $149,927 Studying Bigfoot

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

Trump security advisor McMaster: tank battle hero of the Gulf War

 

Brookings’ Will McCants thrilled that McMaster in denial about jihadis’ motivating ideology

 

The McMaster Pick: Score One for the Swamp?  (NSA pick McMaster told the National Defense University that “the Islamic State is not Islamic.”)

 

New Security Adviser May Recast Trump’s Foreign Policy Team

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

Take It from a European: NATO Is Obsolete

 

NUTRITION

 

Forget five a day, you should eat 10 portions of fruit and veg to cut your risk of early death, researchers find

 

'Not all sugars are equal': Expert says sugar in fruit DOESN'T make you fat... and you're less likely to be obese if you eat it

 

 

PAKISTAN

 

Bomb blast in Lahore shopping centre kills ten

 

Nawaz Sharif in Ankara to participate in Pakistan-Turkey HLSCC (Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

Pakistan on equipment buying spree to fight militancy

 

Pakistan wants to have friendly ties with all neighbouring countries: Mamnoon Hussain

 

Pakistan on edge as eight killed in fresh Lahore bomb blast

 

Pak Army launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country

 

 

PENSIONS

 

America’s utterly predictable tsunami of pension problems

 

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Will killing claims bring down Duterte? (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

Philippine court orders arrest of president’s most vocal critic on charges of corruption

 

POLITICS

 

CPAC Offers Utterly Uninspiring Vision for Millennials

 

White nationalist leader kicked out of CPAC

 

POLLS

 

Poll: Hispanics divided over their place in U.S. under Trump

 

POVERTY

 

DC Eviction Companies Abusing The Homeless To Evict People's Belongings Onto The Street

 

 

PRISONS

 

Sheriff defends giving tablets to inmates

 

 

PRODUCTY RECALL

 

SodaStream recalls 51,000 potentially explosive carbonating bottles

 

 

RACISM

 

Female Rapper Brags About Assaulting 'White Boy' In Audience

 

RADIO

 

Rush Limbaugh: If Milo were liberal he'd be emceeing the Oscars

 

 

RUSSIA

 

Advice to Trump: Beware of Russian Trolls (The recent stray spy ship and the fly-bys in the Black Sea are signs that the Kremlin is engaging in its favorite pastime: pushing America's buttons.)

 

4,000 Russians Now Fighting in Syrian Insurgency, Says Putin (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Putin says sending Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier group to Syria’s shores was his own idea

 

Russian Political Analyst Shevtsova: 'America Possesses Us, Even If It Does Not Want It'

 

Deputy Prime Minister Names Russia's Closest Allies (They're Not Who You Think)

 

Russia Denies Allegations of Coup Attempt in Montenegro

 

Russian Region Bans Stalin on Anniversary of Deportations

 

Moscow celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day 

 

Russia Red-Stamps Fake News, but Critics Wonder

 

Putin says wants to stabilize Syria’s ‘legitimate’ power

 

SCIENCE

 

Global warming, overfishing threaten Earth's "super-zoos," scientists warn

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

New Hampshire Enacts Constitutional Carry

 

 

SENATE

 

Is a Chuck Schumer-Elizabeth Warren feud breaking out? (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)/ US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

Top Democratic senator on investigating Trump's ties to Russia: 'This is a long way from over'

 

Ted Cruz at CPAC: Thank You, Harry Reid, for the ‘Most Conservative Cabinet in Decades’   (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R)Former Senate Minority Leader Harry (Criminal) Reid (D-Nevada)

 

Rubio skedaddles from demonstrator over skipping town halls  (US Senator of Florida Marco Rubio (R)

 

Ted Cruz Says Another SCOTUS Vacancy Is Just Months Away (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R)

 

Cruz: Flynn Firing Was Obama Admin, Media Orchestrated Hit Job  

 

McCain Secret Trip to Syria (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

Conservatives target McCaskill, Donnelly in ads 

 

Bernie Sanders on "skyrocketing" price of insulin       (US Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

SEX TRAFFICKING

 

Teen who went missing wasn’t kidnapped by sex traffickers: police

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Facebook is racking up the likes among the world’s biggest hedge funds

 

Google, Facebook & Twitter Policing Trolls?  What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

 

Social Media Are Driving Americans Insane

 

Blocked! Staff order restaurant staff not to talk to Facebook boss Zuckerberg despite his pledge to 'talk to more people' pledge

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Brazil prison massacre exposes gruesome gang war over drugs

 

Volcano expert falls in a volcano... and survives: Expert and his guide fall 1,500ft when a rope slips but suffer nothing more than dehydration 

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Central bank stands pat as uncertainties build

 

Consumption stimulus package draws flak

 

Moon Jae-in receives threats of attack (Leading presidential hopeful Moon Jae-in has beefed up his security team after being tipped off about possible attacks against him, his aides said Thursday.)

 

Court nears end of impeachment trial  (President Park Geun-hye)

 

 

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

 

Chris Matthews and SPLC Fall for Hoax Even the NYT Says Is a Lie...Again

 

SPORTS

 

Chris Christie Eyed to Replace Mike Francesa on Sports Talk Radio (Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (R)

 

Baseball players' union OKs proposal affecting hundreds of at-bats

 

The NCAA is coming hard for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze

 

Larry Nassar, ex-USA Gymnastics doctor, charged with sexual assault

 

Kansas clinches at least a share of 13th  Big 12 title in a row

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

California's punishing rain creates rare spectacle

 

Midwest braces for winter storm

 

Cuomo's odd blow for accountability in government  (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

Hit by worst floods in a century, San Jose got little warning of impending disaster (California)

 

San Jose drowns: 50,000 people are told to leave their homes as entire California neighborhoods sink under water after worst floods for 100 years caused by 'atmospheric river'

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Tillerson on Mexico: 2 countries will have differences   (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

Revealed: Democrats Behind Mexico City Demonstration Against Tillerson

 

Rex Tillerson Arrives in Mexico Facing Twin Threats to Relations 

 

State Department sidelined in first month of Trump presidency

 

SUICIDES

 

Man attempts to copy girlfriend's suicide hours later

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

What can defenders of life and family expect from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?

 

Justice Ginsburg Doubtful America Is Becoming Great Again

 

Supreme Court sides with girl, 13, in dispute over service dog

 

SYRIA

 

Turkey-backed rebels in 'near full control' of Al Bab

 

The Islamic State's Greatest Wish: U.S. Combat Forces in Syria

 

Syria’s ‘safe zones’ for refugees pose dangers for U.S. alliances

 

TAIWAN

 

Why China Should Feel Good About Taiwan

 

Tsai vows to investigate 228 Incident (President Tsai Ing-wen said that the government would take the lead in investigating the 228 Incident and find those accountable for the tragic chapter in the nation’s history. The government will investigate the Incident, present the truth and pursue those who are ...)

 

Editorial: China tries to use the 228 Incident

 

Unapproved fungus products removed from shelves

 

Taiwan drops in trade ranking

 

Taiwan Wealth Probe Shows Disdain for China-Style One-Party Rule

 

 

TAXATION

 

With Sales Depressed by Soda Tax, Philly Grocers Look to Cut Jobs as Mayor Blames 'Greedy' Soda Industry

 

Philadelphia soda tax fizzles in first month, layoffs likely: Reports

 

TERRORISM

 

Linda Sarsour and the Media Supported Synagogue Bombers

 

 

TRADE

 

There's Nothing Free  (The hidden cost of "saving" jobs through protectionism.)

 

Republicans look to Trump to help bolster tax on imported goods

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Prominent Jesuit priest tweets support for transgender bathrooms to 100k followers

 

4 Tips For Talking With Your Kids About Transgenderism

 

Inauguration singer Jackie Evancho leads the celebrity outrage at Trump's reversal of transgender bathroom rules 

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

Mnuchin to WSJ: Strong Dollar Is Vote of Economic Confidence  (Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin)

 

Mnuchin: Tax reform by August…

 

Mnuchin Must Bring Transparency to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac  

 

Mnuchin says dollar strength reflects confidence in U.S. economy: WSJ

 

TURKEY

 

Turkey finalizing S-400 missile deal with Russia

 

Ankara police quash protests after mistaking Spanish Narcos theme for ‘Kurdish music’

 

Turkish Deputy PM rules out granting Syrians citizenship before charter referendum

 

Over 1,700 arrested over ‘terror propaganda’ via social media across Turkey

 

Turkish lira hits 6-week high against US dollar

 

Turkey may become an energy exporter in next 10 years: Minister

 

Turkey thanks Pakistan for efforts to wipe out Gülenists

 

Prosecutor’s office concludes main investigation into coup attempt

 

Turkish justice minister pens letter to US counterpart over Gülen extradition

 

UBER

 

Uber Criticized by Venture Backers Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

 

Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace

 

Uber staff say managers groped their breasts, threatened to beat them with baseball bats and yelled homophobic slurs as Eric Holder investigates sexual harassment 

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends lower as Barclays gives up rally

 

‘Weather bomb’: Shocking footage shows planes fight to land at UK airports in Storm Doris (Videos)

 

Man spat in face of kid: 'White people should not breed'

 

Estonia’s spy chief warns UK against Russian ‘honeytraps’ for British troops in E. Europe - report

 

Woman killed by debris as storm batters UK

 

Why Brexit’s backers think the scaremongers were wrong — in one stock chart

 

British Prime Minister Theresa May Popular With Americans

 

British Muslim teacher escorted off US flight hopes it was a mistake

 

For ‘the Brexit capital of Britain,’ a defining moment Thursday

 

The Big ‘Brexit’ Winners? Lobbyists and Lawyers

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

‘The U.S. Is Determined To Stand Up To The UN’s Anti-Israel Bias’

 

Nazi propaganda on display at UN highlights importance of free press

 

UNITED STATES

 

Boy Doll Completes American Girl’s Transformation Into Bigger Barbie

 

America is set for one of the warmest February days in 30 YEARS: Temperature records smashed across the country as the US basks in an early spring 

 

VATICAN

 

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

 

Bishop Schneider: Priests ‘have to refuse’ order from bishop to give Communion to adulterers

 

VENEZUELA 

 

Venezuela denying trial to US man held since June, case goes to the UN

 

WELFARE STATE

 

Walker's proposed welfare reforms should be example (Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker (R)

 
WHITE HOUSE

 

The Presidential Rating Game

 

Despite the Hysteria, Trump Is Trending Less Authoritarian Than Obama

 

Trump's Mandate: Make America Prosperous Again

 

Trump, JFK, and the Masculine Mystique

 

Sean Spicer: Trump 'Misspoke' on Deportations as 'Military Operation'  (White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

Trump's open-door Oval Office

 

Most Americans embarrassed by President Trump, see him as dishonest and a poor leader: polls

 

Trump again vows to bring back U.S. jobs, but offers few details

 

U.S. presidency: It’s Donald Trump vs. Everyone Else

 

Ivanka Trump, Kushner publicly silent as transgender protections rolled back  (The couple is seen as a moderating force on social issues, but transgender allies want them to take a stand as the new administration rolls back Obama-era rules on school bathrooms.)

 

Donald Trump Is Much More Resilient Than He Looks (The White House might not be popular, or organized – but it’s populist enough to keep a firm grip on power.)

 

Trump says new crackdown on undocumented immigrants is a "military operation"

 

Obama Lawyers Unite to Launch Legal Attacks Against Trump Administration

 

…Unity! Bannon, Priebus Team Up at Conservative Confab

 

NYC lowers cost estimate for Trump protection

 

Trump Just Met With CEOs At The White House -- The Joke He Made About Hillary Had Them In Stitches

 

Coalition for Jewish Values Condemns Bizarre Anti-Trump Rant by Anne Frank Center Pres

 

CPAC is a chance for President Trump to display a unified White House

 

Olympic bid offers Trump a symbolic chance at 'winning again'

 

Steve Harvey: 'So-called friends' have 'eaten me alive' for Trump meeting

 

Trump's approval rating stands at 51, 48, 42, 41 or 38 per cent - but it all depends on which pollster you believe 

 

Trump lifts Obama-era directive on transgender bathrooms

 

'I wasn't sidelined, I was looking after my kids!' Kellyanne Conway makes her TV return on Hannity to deny reports she'd been yanked out of on air appearances after giving out wrong information 

 

Who will emcee the White House correspondents’ dinner?

 

Conservatives remain unsure of Trump after divisive 2016 election season

 

Trump appears to be losing his war with the media

 

Trump vows to cut waste in first budget

 

Trump should try acting a bit more vice presidential

 

Ivanka cuts the rent of her two-bedroom Upper East Side condo in a Trump building after struggling to find a tenant - but it'll still cost you $13,000 a month

 

 

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZTION (WTO)

 

Chinese Influence Over Hollywood to Be Tested in WTO Negotiations

 
 

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