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Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

CELEBRATING 241 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Tim Kaine challenger roils Virginia House with speech connecting 'abortion industry' to mass shootings

 

Judge in trouble over links to Planned Parenthood

 

16 AGs file brief supporting block of 4 Arkansas abortion laws

 

Attorneys general from 15 states and DC file brief in case against Arkansas abortion laws

 

Florida lawmakers pass bill restricting most common second-trimester abortion

 

Speech by Abortion Doctor Attracts Protest at University

 

Opinion: Make abortion pill available at California public universities

 

Jason Isaac makes Mostly False claim that abortion is the leading killer of black Americans (A candidate seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Lamar Smith of San Antonio in the US House says more black Americans die from abortion than any other cause.)

 

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Report: Army mishandled bomb-sniffing dogs from Afghanistan

 

 

AFRICA

 

Nigeria: Muslims murder 12 Christians for trying to protect girls from forced conversion to Islam

 

 Doctors in Kenya perform brain surgery on wrong patient

 

Nigeria: Muslims murder 20 Christians, burn down 10 churches

 

US condemns ‘brutal attacks’ in West Africa

 

AIRLINES

 

After NRA boycott backlash, Delta Air Lines will end discounts for ‘politically divisive’ groups

 

Georgia punishes Delta for ditching a discount only 13 people used

 
AIRPORTS

 

Pass the sick bags! Planes full of vomiting passengers land in DC amid powerful wind turbulence, as Winter Storm Riley slams into the East Coast

 
AUSTRALIA

 

Australia: Officials praise Muslim for “getting more involved in his religion,” months later he arms jihad murderer

 

Three Australians die, more sick in listeria outbreak tied to melons

 

 

CANADA

 

Their son went to Syria. They’re facing 14 years in prison for trying to send him money — they say to bring him home

 

Canada’s Mr. Dress Up Has No Big Boy Budget Pants (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Spineless Trudeau Carries No Stick in a Canada/US Trade War

 

'I want to experience life away from drugs': Canadian convicted of terrorism in U.S. asks for 2nd  chance

 

Jim Coyle: Canada is ‘very smooth’ on trade? Donald Trump doesn’t know the half of it

 

Canada ‘flabbergasted’ by Trump’s tariff proposals

 

The RCMP’s thin red line: Is contract policing unsustainable?

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

 

Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

 

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

 

Honduras arrests alleged mastermind behind activist's murder

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

State's $135,000 fine for Christian bakers challenged as unconstitutional

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Yang battles to turn around China’s bluechip brand Lenovo

 

COMMUNIST CUBA

 

US makes Cuba embassy cuts permanent after 'health attacks'

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

North Korea threatens to 'counter' US over joint military drills

 

 

COPORATE AMERICA

 

Corporate America throws weight behind gun controls

 

COURTS

 

Pictured: Parents accused of housing their three starving children in a filthy plywood box in garbage-covered plot of Joshua Tree desert appear in court as friends insist 'they are poor not abusive'

 

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Gun in Central Michigan University shooting belonged to suspect's police officer father, Mich. cops say

 

Cleveland's latest serial killer crisis

 

Children in back of stolen vehicle found safe in Ohio

 

New photos suggest Parkland shooter tried to fire at people below

 

Man accused of sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl in Walmart

 

'Armed and dangerous' teen who killed parents in Michigan college dorm still on the run

 

Michigan university gunman killed his parents, school says

 

Sheriff's deputy fatally shot by fleeing suspect in Indiana, police say

 

Woman accused of killing brother over huge Colorado ranch worth millions

 

Arizona cop in 'serious condition,' suspect dead after two officer-involved shootings

 

Slain Las Vegas shooting victims' families to receive $275G each, donation fund says

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

As Trump assails Justice Department, Sessions hangs in — and pushes the president's hard-right agenda (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

Don't let Jeff Sessions strangle criminal-justice reform in its crib

 

Justice Dept. urges Congress to rewrite law that handcuffed DEA’s opioid enforcement

 

DOJ takes new look at ex-Navy sailor's request for presidential pardon over classified submarine photos

 

EARTHQUAKE

 

Garcetti wants better earthquake safety for L.A.'s day care centers, private schools and steel towers

 

ECONOMY 

 

Trump's Tariff Plan Leaves Blue-Collar Winners and Losers

 

Universal Basic Income Will Destroy Work Ethic, Expand Gov't

 

Retail Apocalypse: 23 big retailers closing stores nationwide

 

Here's The Real Inflation Problem We Face Today

 

EDUCATION

 

Where is the right to free speech for Israel advocates on campus, academics ask

 

Oklahoma teachers planning statewide strike

 

UConn to host Linda Sarsour for Women's HerStory Month event

 

Anatomy of a School Lockdown: A Threat, then the Anxious Wait

 

America's safest school? A peek inside an Indiana high school that underwent $400G in security upgrades

 

EGYPT

 

Need a North Korean Missile? Call the Cairo Embassy

 

 

ELECTIONS

 

Texas sets early voting record in nonpresidential year

 

ENERGY

 

Energy Prices

 

Refinery workers push to fix broken ethanol mandate

 

EUROPE

 

Switzerland: Muslim migrant arrested for bomb threat in church

 

Yanukovych Says He Never Met Trump Campaign Chief Manafort Face-To-Face  (Deposed Ukrainian President Yanukovich)

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Trump Threatens to Tax European Cars If EU Imposes Tariffs

 

Sweden: Woman faces two years in prison for making jokes about Islam

 

EU Ready To Mediate In Latest Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute

 

FRANCE

 

France: Mobile app helps protect travelers from violent attacks and no-go zones

 

Paris metro fines pregnant woman for walking wrong way

 

GERMANY

 

Immigration Disaster Looms in Germany

 

German economy minister wants tougher foreign investment rules

 

Americans say US-German relations on right path; Germans say 'nein'

GOP

 

Colo. GOP makes claim on seat vacated by Dem state rep expelled over misconduct claims

 

 

GUANTANAMO

 

Alleged 9/11 plotter’s torture takes center stage in Guantanamo hearings

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

LGBTQ activists seek to extend speech ban to adults

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Pennsylvania Race May Turn on Trump Voters’ Regrets

 

Could a Democrat be the best of both worlds in red-state America?

 

Demo Congress Candidate For Swing Seat Attacks DCCC for Trying to Get ‘Only Candidate of Color’ Out of Race


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Violent criminals among illegal immigrants caught in California raid derailed by Dem mayor

 

ICE blames Calif. sanctuary law for illegals’ arrests

 

INDIA

 

India's ruling party emerges stronger after polls in northeast

 

INDONESIA

 

Draconian legislation could transform Indonesia

 

IRAN

 

What to Do with Iran's Mullahs

 

Rohani Vows Women To Be Allowed In Iranian Stadiums, FIFA Chief Says  (Iranian President Hassan Rouhani)

 

 

ISLAM

 

Catholic Church sets out a vision for closer ties with Islam

 

Muslim cleric: Praying for eternal forgiveness for non-Muslims is forbidden

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing    (Saturday, March 3, 2018)

 

Egypt warns Hamas against escalation of violence with Israel

 

Trump’s peace plan doesn’t sound like Trump

 

Coalition leaders warn gov’t on verge of collapse, elections by June — report

 

Video: Israeli soldiers throw tear gas at Palestinian couple running with baby

 

In overture to Hamas, PA includes 20,000 of its employees in budget

 

Palestinians warn of ‘catastrophe’ over major new Israeli settlement

 

Hours after Sadat visit, IDF generals questioned Egypt's intentions   (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Netanyahu aims to avoid June election over Haredi draft legislation

 

Mideast hopes dim at Netanyahu heads for US (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

As legal troubles swirl, Netanyahu heads to Washington for Trump meeting, AIPAC

 

Palestinian farmer injured by Israeli fire in southern Gaza

 

Kushner, on the brink, looks to Mideast peace for salvation

 

Report: Hamas refusing to provide Egypt with details on missing Israelis

 

Israel renews administrative detention of Palestinian woman journalist, 45 others

 

Israel reached out to US hackers for ‘Zero Days’ tools

 

Ashrawi welcomes Prince William as first British royal to visit Palestine since 1948 

 

Dermer warned Obama team Israel would turn to Kushner over UN settlements resolution

 

LEBANON

 

Selfie shows Saudi Crown Prince and Lebanese PM Hariri

 

LIBERALISM

 

5 recent examples of the left's 'tolerance'

 

LOBBYISTS

 

For AIPAC in a polarized America, bipartisanship is a near-impossible challenge

 

MEDIA 

 

ABC: Anything But Conservative

 

Hannity on Nunes' letter to Sessions: 'The scandal is getting bigger and bigger'

 

MEXICO

 

Mexico prepares to make arrests in disappearance of student teachers

 

Doctor dies after he was allegedly beaten during Mexico vacation

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Bahrain arrests 116 alleged members of 'Iran-linked cell'

 

Yemen army taking major leap in the battlefield to

 

Houthi rebels using Yemeni prisoners as human shields, rights group claims

 

Yemen: Muslims murder Muslim cleric known for his moderation

 

MILITARY 

 

Pentagon wants more money to develop its own hypersonic nukes, just like Russia’s

 

General faces questions over Niger ambush that killed four US soldiers

 

Mystery surrounds 'non combat' death of female soldier battling ISIS in Iraq as her body is returned home and Department of Defence announce an investigation

 

Veterans with PTSD sue Navy over claims of biased discharges

 

Pentagon's new problem after years of crying poverty: Spending all the cash

 

Okinawa-based Marines won’t serve time after using fake credit card at Tokyo department store

 

MUSIC INDUSTRY

 

Rapper Rick Ross, 42, is 'put on life support after being found unresponsive' at his Florida mansion

 

Elton screams at fans for getting to close to him

 

PAKISTAN 

 

A passage to Pakistan: Seven decades after separation, how different does the country feel from India?

 

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

 

One chef’s social experiment: Charge minorities $12, white people $30.

 

RUSSIA

 

Putin rally draws tens of thousands of supporters ahead of presidential election (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

12 Ways Trump is a Nightmare for Putin

 

Russia tells EU gas supplies via Ukraine under no immediate threat

 

U.S. Has Been Secretly Watching Russia's Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missiles Crash and Burn

 

Putin Says He'd Reverse Collapse Of Soviet Union If He Could  

 

‘Melania’s Breasts’ or ‘Brezhnev’s Underwear’? Poll to name new Russian arms goes wild

 

Putin Demands Evidence Of Guilt Of Russians Accused Of Meddling In U.S.

 

Wilders: I criticize Putin’s policies, but applaud the way he stands for Russian people   

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

NRA Member Stopped Massacre with AR-15

 

It’s time to stand up to the NRA’s bullying

 

 

SECRET SERVICE

 

Man fatally shoots himself near White House, Secret Service says

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

 

SEC dropped probe month after firm aided Kushner company

 

 

 

SENATE

 

As Steve Bannon's star fades, so does that of some of his Senate candidates

 

Roy Moore issues public plea for money: ‘My resources have been depleted’ (Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore)

 

Sen. Orrin Hatch apologizes for calling Obamacare supporters the ‘stupidest’ people (US Senator of Utah Orrin Hatch (R)

 

Lindsey Graham: War with North Korea would be 'worth it' in the long run  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey Graham (R)

 

Senate confirms nominee whose faith triggered Bernie Sanders' rage   (US Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Facebook Threatens Satire Site Babylon Bee over CNN Story That Snopes Rated 'False'

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

2,500 GM Korea workers apply for voluntary retirement

 

Korea’s ‘patriotic prostitutes’ for US soldiers get justice at last

 

Post-Olympics, it's back to reality for South Korea and its troubled ex-presidents

 

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

 

Federal court hands 'hate' group defeat in free-speech case

 

SPORTS

 

School apologizes after basketball team defeats opponent 93-7

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

 

STATES

 

Slow-moving nor'easter kills eight, leaves swaths of East Coast in the dark

 

Florida senate revokes two-year ban on selling AR-15s minutes after approving it

 

Avalanche strikes crowded Mammoth Mountain: 'Essentially, the top of the mountain came loose'

 

Biggest storm of the season moves into California, bringing warnings of blizzards and mudslides

 

At least six dead as Nor’easter slams East Coast with violent wind, rain, snow and floods

 

At Least 5 Die as Storm Rages Across the Northeast

 

Six teens are running for governor of Kansas, and suddenly this doesn’t seem so preposterous

 

Virginia, Maryland governors declare state of emergency over severe winds

 

Colo. House votes to expel lawmaker accused of harassment

 

Nor'easter explodes into "bomb cyclone" -- and it's not over yet

 

Bomb cyclone leaves 900,000 without power

 

SYRIA

 

Trump, Putin, Netanyahu try to back away from a violent clash in Syria

 

Syria regime seizes '10 percent' of rebel enclave: Monitor

 

Trump and Macron say will respond strongly to use of chemical weapons in Syria (French President Emmanuel Macron)

 

U.S., European Powers Warn 'No Impunity' For Toxic Gas Attacks In Syria

 

The Toys They Carried: Syria’s Children Under Siege

 

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwan Reportedly Bids for Bigger Military Role in Asia

 

China pledges friendship with Taiwan amid tensions over U.S. bill 

 

TAX REFORM

 

Tax Reform Is Growing In Popularity — Opponents Ought To Stop Digging

 

 

TRADE

 

Trump trade policy will turn the US into Brazil

 

Possible weapon in a trade war: dumping U.S. debt

 

Trading partners set to punish Trump for steel tariffs

 

Trade war could spark food fight, California growers fear

 

The best way to win a trade war is to not start one

 

Around the World, Threats of Retaliation Against U.S. Exports

 

Trump’s Tariffs Stoke Fears That Trade War Will ‘Kill’ U.S. Jobs

 

Trade Wars Are Destructive. Of Course Trump Wants One.

 

Five takeaways on Trump’s tariffs

 

Renegotiating Nafta: A U.S. National Security Necessity

 

TURKEY

 

Syrian government makes Ghouta gains; Turkey steps up Afrin attack

 

Turkey tightens its grip on Syrian Kurdish enclave

 

UNIONS

 

New Jersey’s new gov is either clueless or a union puppet

 

Public-sector unions are just racketeering outfits

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

UK: Three Muslims charged with arson over shop blast in Leicester that killed five people

 

 Teen gets life in prison for plotting attack on Justin Bieber concert

 

UK: Muslim teacher tried to raise army of jihadi children for jihad massacres at Big Ben and Heathrow Airport

 

Theresa May: 'Life is going to be different' after Brexit (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

UK: Muslim rape gangs expanding activities, now preying on children in parks

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

UN rights council postpones vote on Syria resolution

 
US CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

 

It's time for common sense to return to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump on China's 'President for life': Maybe we'll give that a shot some day

 

Chris Ruddy: ‘Trump might find more of his inner Democrat’ if Dems take House

 

Report: Trump asked Kelly to encourage Ivanka, Jared, to exit

 

Trump, Russia, and the Red Sparrow

 

A Conspiracy against the People (Trump's steel- and aluminum-tariff proposal isn't populism in any literal meaning of the word; it's elitism of the rankest sort.)

 

Jared Kushner's no good, very bad week

 

Ode to Hope Hicks

 

Stormy Daniels nearly went public with affair before election

 

Days before the election, Stormy Daniels threatened to cancel deal to keep alleged affair with Trump secret

 

A Week That Leaves Even Trump’s Supporters Confused

 

Trump Pushes G.O.P. to Oppose Funding Hudson Rail Tunnel

 

Jared Kushner entanglements increasingly concern President Trump: Sources

 

John Kelly's comment about God punishing him aggravated Trump  (White House Chief of Staff John Kelly)

 

Scaramucci Is on White House 'Exclusion List' Blocking Visits

 

Thomas Binion: Here's what most Americans don't know about the war the president has waged

 

'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished

 

Kelly: 'We didn't cover ourselves in glory' over handling of Porter

 

The Memo: Kushner said to be 'digging in' amid troubles

 

Ex-CIA chief: Trump ‘unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical’

 

Hicks departure leaves void in White House

 

'We're blown away': Trump 'outpacing Reagan'

 

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