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Monday, March 13, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Radical Feminists Push Abortion as the Solution for Poor, Malnourished Women Worldwide

 

Huckabee: PP's Abortions Like McDonald's Burgers - '#1 Profit Center'

 

Top Democrat Chuck Schumer Repeats This Huge Lie About Planned Parenthood to Save Its Funding

 

Trump calls Planned Parenthood's bluff

 

University Officials Scrub Students’ Pro-Life Chalk Messages, Leave Messages From Other Groups

 

What mother of feminism thought about abortion

 

More States May Pass Laws Banning Late-Term Abortions on Unborn Babies After 20 Weeks

 

Hottest ticket at SXSW? Planned Parenthood rally

 

Planned Parenthood teams up with Tumblr amid looming funding cuts

 

No more compromise: Abolish abortion

 

This man drives for Uber to spread the pro-life message

 

Scientifically Clueless Pro-Abortion Legislator Wants to Fine Men for Masturbating as “Act Against Unborn Child”

 

#Ru486RuCrazy campaign warns women about the dangers of abortion drug

 

These Stories Prove Laws Don’t Stop Abortions, They Only Make Them Dangerous

 

98 Babies Saved From Abortion So Far During 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign

 

Midwives accused of pushing for abortion 'free for all'  (United Kingdom)

 

Shock: British Doctors and Midwives Groups Pushing Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth

 

China Aborts Over 63,000 Unborn Babies Every Single Day

 

Police Raid Homes of Irish Abortion Activists for Illegally Distributing Abortion Pills  (Ireland)

 

Was Sophie’s Instagram Justin’s abortion cover? (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Trudeau gov’t seeks to remove criminal code restrictions on anal sex under 18 and abortion  

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Afghan, Pakistani Traders Demand Reopening of Joint Border

 

 

AFRICA

 

Mogadishu hotel hit by "bloodthirsty" suicide bomber in Somalia

 

 

AGRICULTURE

 

2 of a Farmer’s 3 Children Overdosed. What of the Third? And What of the Land?

 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)

 

Flush With Cash, ACLU Now Trying to Deliver on Anti-Trump Agenda

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

US lawmakers urge Trump to retain anti-Semitism envoy position

 

ARAB WORLD

 

The Arabs Know that the Moslem Brotherhood are Terrorists

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Gold adds some shine to lacklustre ASX

 

Australian Dollar In For Difficult Week

 

Why the Saudi king's trip is a worry for Australia

 

$22.3 billion in 10 weeks: dividends boost income

 

Study finds Australian kids are worried about war and terrorism

 

Australia considers childcare ban on unvaccinated children

 

Backpackers in Australia rethink safety arrangements after British woman's ordeal in Queensland

 

 AVIATION

 

Once the queen of the skies, the 747 will soon be just a flying truck

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Defunding NPR Likely Wouldn’t Go Into Effect for 2 Years

 

 

CANADA

 

TSX, U.S. stock markets steady ahead of Federal Reserve interest rate decision

 

Omar Khadr in intensive care following surgery for war wounds  (Former child soldier Omar Khadr is in an intensive care unit at an Edmonton hospital following surgery to repair his shoulder, which was severely damaged more than a decade ago during a firefight with US soldiers in Afghanistan.)

 

One-armed man punched woman, took dump in shed

 

Canadians let Liberals get away with stunts that would have Tories decried as schemers

 

On the hook for $170K: RBC sues student forced out of med school by mental illness

 

Why Canada’s “Prime Minister Dreamboat” will come to regret his embrace of refugees  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Quebec’s euthanasia death toll stunningly almost doubled in second half of 2016

 

Soaring Toronto house prices refill empty nests

 

B.C. Premier announces panel to map out campaign finance reform

 

Graphic video shows man shot by Edmonton police after he pulled out long-barrelled gun in middle of street

 

'We must earn our customers' trust': TD Bank on defensive after CBC stories

 

Brampton mayor condemns ‘hateful’ campaign against Muslim prayer in Peel schools

 

Most Canadians favour values test for immigrants, while 23 per cent think Muslims should be banned: poll

 

Canada's highest court rules that Donald Trump misled investors

 

Trudeau approved blocking candidate from Liberal MP race

 

Caught at Canada’s border: What happens once asylum-seekers cross irregularly

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Inside China's High-Tech Space-Based Laser Arsenal

 

Chinese marine corps to increase 400 percent to 100,000

 

Kushners Set to Get $400 Million From Chinese Firm on Tower

 

Meet China’s SexyCyborg, the goddess of geeks

 

Chinese Banks Are Great, Fundamentals Aside

 

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Experts: N. Korea Must Be Held Accountable for Crimes Against Humanity

 

The North Korea Syndrome

 

Departure North Korea, destination Hawaii

 

CONGRESS

 

Healthcare: Which Fix Should We Follow?

 

Good Enough Heath Care Legislation for 2017

 

Democrats threaten shutdown over wall funding

 

Even If GOP Healthcare Bill Passes, It Is Destined to Fail

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (CBO)

 

GOP Health Plan to Increase Uninsured by 24 Million, CBO Says

 

Team Trump, GOP downplay looming CBO report, question group’s competence, earlier findings

 

 

COPORATE AMERICA

 

Why Corporate Leaders Became Progressive Activists

 

COURTS

 

Tennessee Files ‘Friendly Lawsuit’ Against Feds over Refugee Resettlement Program

 

Scout claims rape by Louisville officers in suit

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Florida mom reportedly abducted by husband is found alive

 

Mom missing after thrown into car tied-up and screaming

 

Tensions rise in Ferguson after new Michael Brown video surfaces

 

Cops: Suspect in hate attack yelled, "Arab, you need to leave"

 

Cops: Woman attacked boyfriend with Samurai sword

 

Murders of 3 transgender women highlight alarming trend

 

Navajo Nation officer dies after shooting

 

Outrage at heavily-tattooed California cop who was caught on camera punching an unarmed man and threatening witnesses with his gun

 

As overdose deaths soar, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers

 

Sheriff investigating possible vandalism at Trump golf course in Rancho Palos Verdes

 

'Go back to your country, terrorist': Man attacked Middle Eastern restaurant employee with a pipe 'because he looked like Saddam Hussein'

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

De Blasio and Cuomo have nothing to say about Bharara’s firing  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio /Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo)

 

Hillary Clinton's team met with Russian ambassador, says Kremlin spokesman, as he warns against 'hysteria'

 

City Hall’s fake press releases (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

Michelle Obama writes a recommendation for 17-year-old Black-ish star Yara Shahidi's application to Harvard

 

Joe Biden calls for SXSW tech innovators to join cancer fight, 'the only bipartisan thing left in America'  (Former Vice-President Joseph R Biden Jr (D)

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 

Critical Nationwide Network for First Responders Continues to Be Delayed

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Crucial U.S. agency now rationing ammo

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Who is Attorney General Loretta Lynch? FISA court handled two requests to wiretap Donald Trump (Former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch)

 

The Press Only Cares About Replacing U.S. Attorneys When It’s Republicans Doing the Replacing

 

Well Done (Preet Bharara fought the good fight.)

 

Bharara Shunned Politics. His End Was Tinged by Them.

 

Good Riddance to Preet Bharara

 

Mobsters could walk free after feds potentially botch case

 

Trump transition team member in running to replace Preet

 

Preet compares being fired to shutdown of anti-corruption panel

 

New York will be forever grateful for Preet Bharara’s service

 

Did Trump fire the 'Sheriff of Wall Street' to keep him from investigating foreign business ties? Top Democrat claims Preet Bharara's dismissal came days after a letter sent by ethics watchdogs called for a funding probe

 

Ex-U.S. Attorney Bharara implies he was fired to stop an investigation

 

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

 

Acosta confirmation hearing is postponed

 

ECONOMY

 

Stock market holds its ground as Fed rate decision looms

 

Treasuries Drop, Stocks Mixed as Fed Meeting Looms: Markets Wrap

 

Wall Street drifts along with eyes on Fed; Intel drops

 

Wall Street Has Found Its Next Big Short

 

How long have the S&P 500 and Dow gone without a 1% fall? 104 days

 

Asia shares off to cautious start as Fed rate hike looms

 

Asian Stocks Advance, Yen Weakens While Oil Slides: Markets Wrap

 

Taking the homeownership plunge

 

Two-year Treasury yield posts highest close since 2009 ahead of Fed meeting

 

Strong Job Growth Driven by Construction and Manufacturing, Report says

 

Gold notches first advance in 10 sessions

 

EDUCATION

 

Watch: University Students Support Religious Freedom for Muslims, BUT Not Christians

 

Way out the door, Team Obama admitted its efforts to fix public schools were complete failure

 

New York State to End Literacy Test for Aspiring Educators, Claiming it Hurts Diversity

 

You won’t believe the 50 websites Harvard has labeled “Fake News”

 

Harvard going Orwell, protecting students from conservative websites

 

Fake Professor Calls Free Beacon ‘Fake News’

 

More Complications From IRS Snafu  (Student aid advocates and financial aid administrators say shutdown of IRS data retrieval tool has consequences beyond the FAFSA process.)

 

'Higher' Education: College Students Spend Loans On Booze And Drugs, Expect Taxpayer Bailout

 

Dropping the Ball on Professor's Dropped Trou?  (Lawsuit alleges Metro State Denver enabled a professor to retaliate against faculty members who complained that he was repeatedly seen masturbating in his office.)

 

Republican governor leading free college movement

 

Diving Into Diversity and Safe Spaces (At American Council on Education annual meeting, three university leaders discuss freedom of expression and student demands for inclusive environments.)

 

City schools’ biggest mistake is its cookie-cutter approach  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio (D) once promised to “shake the foundations of New York City education” and bring real change to failing schools. That was in 2014. Three years later, the foundations...)

 

Will International Students Stay Away? (Four in 10 colleges are seeing drops in applications from international students amid pervasive concerns that the political climate might keep them away.)

 

The graduate and professional student debt problem

 

The Controversial Visit You Didn't Read About  (On the same day Charles Murray was shouted down at Middlebury, Franklin & Marshall hosted a speaker opposed by some Muslim students and others. They protested, but didn't disrupt. And he spoke.)

 

Here’s proof de Blasio doesn’t care about Renewal School kids

 

Deep Cuts at Aquinas in Tennessee  (About 60 of 76 faculty and staff members will be out of their jobs.)

 

High School Level Literacy Tests for Teachers are Racist

 

The Problem With College Governance? Alumni  (Higher education institutions should stop filling their boards with donors and instead recruit unaffiliated people with expertise in the areas they need help in, Ryan Craig and David Friedman argue.)

 

At this high school, no one has to sit alone at lunch

 

EGYPT

 

On The Backdrop Of Copts Fleeing Sinai, Egyptian Establishment, Al-Azhar Criticized For Helplessness In Dealing With ISIS, Discrimination Of Copts

 

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be released, lawyer confirms

 

ENERGY

 

Oil stretches losing streak to 6th  session

 

Energy Prices

 

U.S. shale-oil production poised to hit highest level in about a year

 

Protecting the coal industry

 

Why America must not go ‘green’

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Scott Pruitt Is Absolutely Right About Carbon Dioxide (Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt)

 

EUROPE

 

Iceland to end capital controls more than 8 years after banking crash

 

Ukrainian Protesters Wall Off Russia's Sberbank Headquarters In Kyiv

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks log 4th day of gains in choppy trade

 

Europeans Restrict Turkish Political Campaigning

 

Sweden Can’t Find Contractor Willing to Build Police Station in Migrant Suburb — ‘Too Dangerous’

 

Sweden paying welfare benefits to multiple jihadis who went from Sweden to fight in Syria and Iraq 

 

EU Leaders Criticize Turkey Over Accusations of 'Nazism, Fascism'

 

‘We’ll never negotiate under threats from you’ – Dutch PM to Turkey amidst rally row

 

Sweden, immigrants and Trump’s post-Enlightenment world

 

Has the Netherlands lost its way?

 

Protest: Demonstrations in 40 cities to show growth of pro-EU movement

 

FEDERAL BUDGET

 

Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce

 

 

FEDERAL DEFICIT

 

Just so you know: Total U.S. debt and other obligations now total $69 trillion

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Does monetary policy still matter?

 

The Fed’s high-stakes choice

 

Trump Wants Faster Growth. The Fed Moves for Restraint.

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Where’s the Trump Doctrine?

 

FRANCE

 

Everything You Need to Know About France’s Elections

 

'Carlos the Jackal,' 1970s extremist, faces trial

 

An American Immigrant in Paris

 

Police to travel for free as Paris region boosts security on RER trains

 

Iran’s House Speaker: Zionists Started Syrian Civil War

 

French Presidential Candidate Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Tweet

 

Paris mayor to spend 1.5 mln euros for ‘war on rats

 

GERMANY

 

Merkel to Meet Trump in Clash of Style and Substance (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

Germany spent more than $21,000,000,000 on refugees in 2016 as crisis outstrips state budgets

 

German MPs call for troop withdrawal from Turkish airbase amid rally row

 

Merkel's first meeting with Trump postponed due to snow storm

 

Another Axe on Islam’s Crazy Train

 

Police free second suspect in Essen mall attack threat

 

Germany rebuffs Trump's call for a big jump in military spending

 

Germany hunts possible contacts of mall attack plotter

 

Trump looks to ease tensions with Germany’s Merkel (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

New report shows 'Berlin is growing but crime is not'

 

Analysis: What Merkel will make clear to Trump in Washington

 

Turkey has 'no business here' campaigning in Germany: minister

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

UCSD scientists worry Trump could suppress climate change data

 

GOP

 

Republicans on campaign trail shun Obamacare replacement

 

Sarah Palin blasts GOP healthcare plan as 'socialism' and calls on Trump to 'step in and fix it' 

 

GUANTANAMO

 

Former Gitmo prisoner details U.S. interrogation tactics to ‘60 Minutes’

 

HAITI

 

Runaway bus 'kills 34' in Haitian city of Gonaives

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Report: Obama Admin Spent $77M in 2016 to Advertise Obamacare

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Cardboard boxes as cribs? Safety sleep program expands

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Maryland library cancels lesbian pole dancer’s sex-ed classes for teens

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Here’s the problem that Trumpcare and Obamacare share

 

4 Key Problems That Could Kill The Tax Credits In The Obamacare Repeal

 

Issa: ‘Not Prepared’ to Vote for RINO-Care, ‘I Think We Can Do Better’ (US Representative of California Darrell E Issa (R)

 

The con job that is the “American Health Care Act”

 

GOP rep under fire for tweet about "somebody else's babies"  (US Representative of Iowa Steve King (R)

 

House Dems Bill Would Force ICE Officers to Wear Body Cameras

 

How and Why Obamacare Repeal Will Succeed  (It is a practical, 3-part process, against which no Republican can afford to vote.)

 

Trump said no one would lose coverage under Obamacare repeal. Paul Ryan won’t make that promise. (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Ryan agrees 'bloodbath' for GOP possible if healthcare plan doesn't pass

 

Encountering Resistance from Both Sides (On Obamacare repeal, Republicans are left holding the bag.)

 

Activist groups find little to like in GOP Obamacare replacement

 

Rep. Steve King blasted for 'our civilization' tweet  

 

Congressman King is Right

 

The messy health care fight (Repealing and replacing Obamacare was always going to be a messy, combative, internecine battle. And that's what it has become.)

 

Why lawmakers care about Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Georgia

 

Dems delight as industry lobbies line up against GOP bill

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Fewer immigrants could mean fewer new homes

 

Pat Condell: A Word To The Criminal Migrant (Video)

 

Groups advising illegal aliens how not to get caught: Report

 

'Insecurity' among immigrants after Trump's immigration orders


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Fears of Rogue Immigration Agents Amid Hiring Surge

 

INDIA

 

Blast at 145-year-old metal & steel factory claims two lives in Bengal

 

Pak violates truce in J&K for 3rd time in 24 hrs

 

Pakistan troops violate ceasefire along LoC again

 

India arrests 70 workers in U.S. call-center scam

 

INDONESIA

 

Corruption scandal rocks Indonesia’s establishment

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Budget hawks, anti-tax conservatives support Trump’s infrastructure plan

 

INTELLIGENCE

 

Revealed: The five genuine signs of intelligence that people can't fake - so how many do YOU possess? 

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

What does the Republican health plan mean for your taxes?

 

We're No. 1! — In Taxes

 

A tax reform plan worth Trump’s attention

 

INTERNET 

 

Dad's lesson to 9-year-old son about bullying goes viral

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 

Going Red for International Women’s Day… and Its Useful Idiots

 

IRAN

 

Iran Postpones Rocket Carrier Launch Fearing US Threats

 

What future for the Iran nuclear deal?

 

In Iran, A Nationwide Teachers' Demonstration

 

Until We Are Free: The Shirin Ebadi Story  (The tale of a single woman who took on the Islamic Republic, paid a heavy price for it, and survived.)

 

Report: Iranian sleeper cells operating in U.S.

 

Iran deploys jamming device to counter drones

 

IRAQ

 

Iraq forces face tough resistance in advance on Mosul’s Old City

 

ISIS is cornered, desperate and leaving a trail of destruction

 

IS fighters in Mosul 'will die' - US envoy

 

Iraqi helicopter fires at ISIS targets as troops seal off the last road out of Mosul and injured civilians flee from bomb blasts in the besieged city 

 

ISLAM

 

North Dakota: Muslim calls 911 47 times to say he supports the Islamic State and hates Trump

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Monday, March 13, 2017)

 

Abbas appoints Antisemitic PA TV host as dean of Gaza Al-Azhar schools  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Palestinian marchers demand Abbas resign over Israel ties

 

Arabs: Israel eavesdropped on Trump-Abbas conversation

 

Ministers promise billions in tax cuts in coming weeks

 

Ya’alon Leaves Likud, Starts New Party  (Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon)

 

Court remands relatives of Palestinian who stabbed police in Jerusalem

 

Hundreds rally in Ramallah in protest of PA police brutality

 

Palestinian tried to cause gas blast near crowded Jerusalem pub — police

 

The BDS Movement Claimed Eight Victories in 2016. They Were All Actually Losses

 

Shin Bet nabs 2 Palestinians allegedly planning shooting, bomb attacks

 

State Department: Greenblat in Israel for 'listening tour'

 

2 police officers hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack; assailant killed

 

BDS Leader Barred From Entering Israel

 

Ministers push for state-funded Temple Mount foundation

 

Family of Palestinian slain in Jerusalem: ‘Our son was executed in cold blood’

 

Left-wing activist detained by police in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria)

 

The Transformative Power of the Palestinian Narrative

 

Israel said planning for visit by Philippines leader Duterte

 

Netanyahu on Iran: Who are they kidding?  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Meeting Trump’s envoy, Netanyahu hopes ‘we can do some good things together’

 

Netanyahu Congratulates Mobil-Eye on Largest Deal in Israeli History

 

Ever unpredictable, Trump throws Mahmoud Abbas a lifeline

 

PA opens probe into 'events' at anti-PA rally where police assaulted protesters, journalists

 

Miki Zohar has dream for an annexation

 

Biggest Deal in Israeli Hi-Tech History: Intel Buys Mobileye for $15 Billion

 

Gaza tailor makes prayer caps for Jewish

 

Fatah spokesperson: Situation in East Jerusalem 'has become unbearable'

 

Arab toddler filmed in panic from shooting

 

Jerusalem Arab Charged With Plotting Bar Explosion

 

Katz: Iraqi Hezbollah's 'Golan Liberation Brigade' increases Iran risk (Israeli Minister of Intelligence and member of Security Cabinet Israel Katz)

 

Iranian FM: Netanyahu Distorts Jewish Scriptures

 

Trump’s Middle East diplomacy is complicated by Palestinian terror incitement

 

JAPAN

 

Radioactive wild boars rattle Fukushima

 

LEBANON

 

Report: Iran set up weapons factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon

 

LOBBYISTS

 

The Republican health care plan that K Street wrote

 

MARIJUANA

 

"Fake weed" much riskier than marijuana, study says

 

MEDIA 

 

Washington Post Flips Out over Conservatives with WHite House Access

 

New Yorker: White House Press Corps Livid over Trump’s ‘Trolling’

 

Media pivots on Trump's prosecutor purge after learning Clinton, Obama did the same

 

Pro-Trump media outlets set the agenda with lies. Here’s how traditional media can take it back.

 

Superstar reporter goes public with Obama's creepy spying on her

 

Anti-Trump New York Tabloid Realizes Readers Like Trump

 

MEDICAID

 

Medicaid’s future a sleeper issue that could be biggest stumbling block for health-care plans

 

MEXICO

 

Mexico approves series of new trademarks for Trump brand

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Saudi King Salman: Terrorism is the greatest danger to nations’ security

 

Abu Dhabi: Non-Muslim couple imprisoned for sex before marriage

 

MILITARY

 

Fear the Reaper: U.S. drone that replaces the controversial Predator is a much faster, deadlier weapon

 

‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II

 

The Battle to Keep the Pentagon in Democrat Hands

 

Fort Carson soldiers suffer minor injuries in Stryker crash

 

A Lifeline for Troubled Veterans

 

Meet the hero vet who fought the Taliban while battling sexism

 

MINIMUM WAGE

 

Restaurants Add “Labor Surcharge” to Tabs to Cover Minimum-wage Increases

 

The Fight for $15 and the Rise of the Machines 

 

MISSILE DEFENSE

 

Under the radar: Life is low-tech at Army missile defense base in the Pacific

 

MYANMAR

 

Moderate earthquake shakes Myanmar's biggest city; 1 injured

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

NASA has a new rocket and spaceship. Where will Trump take the space program?

 

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)

 

Trump's Reckless Plan to Starve NOAA

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

Defense Spending by European NATO Allies Inches up in 2016

 

NATO chief seeks to reassure Trump on budgets

 

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET (OMB)

 

Trump's budget director claims Obama 'manipulated' unemployment numbers to make them smaller

 

PAKISTAN

 

Chinese,Turkish armies to participate in the Pakistan Day parade

 

Pakistan census: A third sex, nine languages, many faiths

 

Pak Army inducted Chinese-built LOMADS LY-80

 

India released two Pakistani students falsely accused of Uri attack

 

India policy of isolating Pakistan is especially troubling: Gen Joseph Votel

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Wary of China, Duterte tells navy to build ‘structures’ east of Philippines  (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

RUSSIA

 

Russia ready to resume contacts with US on Syria

 

Russia’s National Guard launches first-ever snap combat readiness check

 

Russian Orthodoxy Opens Church To St. Patrick, Other Western Saints

 

Russian submariners to get new escape gear

SENATE

 

Republican senator: GOP risks losing House majority if health bill approved  (US Senator of Arkansas Tom Cotton (R); AVIPP COMMENTARY: If the House would just repeal Obamacare it would have a majority for decades.)

 

Schumer: Mexico border wall could weaken airport security  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York); AVIPP COMMENTARY: The man is a total fool.  Israel has a wall and it did not weaken airport security.)

 

Senator Cruz Found an Overlooked 1974 Rule That Could Be a Real Game-changer for Repealing Obamacare  (US Senator of Texas Ted Cruz (R)

 

Senator Warren's 'Trust The IRS' Bill  (US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

Paul: We're missing the story on wiretapping (US Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul (R)

 

Elizabeth Warren: Trump pushed out prosecutors to install 'cronies'   (US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D); AVIPP COMMENTARY: Would the hypocrite Warren have said this about Bill Clinton? Read:  Flashback: When Bill Clinton Had 93 U.S. Attorneys FIRED IN ONE DAY (Video) ; Precedent: Right After 1992 Election Bill Clinton Fired U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions .)

 

Booker: I spoke with Ivanka Trump privately (US Senator of New Jersey Cory Booker (D)

 

On Russia, McCain warns of 'more shoes to drop from this centipede' (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

SOCIALISM

 

Seeing red: Membership triples for the Democratic Socialists of America

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Park Faces Fresh Investigation by Prosecutors (President Park Geun-hye)

 

Will China ease THAAD retaliation?

 

Deposed President Heightens South Korea’s Instability As China Maneuvers For Power

 

US deploys drones in South Korea capable of striking North Korean targets

 

Chinese Electric-Car Maker Gets Green Light for Sales in Korea

 

South Korea Does Impeachment Right

 

THAAD, ‘decapitation’ raid add to allies’ new drills

 

Spy agency likely to become No.1 target of reform

 

SPORTS

 

The All-Academic Men's Tournament Bracket  (Our annual look at who would win the NCAA's Division I men's basketball tournament if academics trumped athletic skill.)

 

NCAA Tournament bracket: Villanova, Kansas, UNC and Gonzaga picked as number 1 seeds

 

3 things the NCAA tournament selection committee got right, 3 things it got wrong

 

NBA player ejected, fined for making finger-gun gesture during game

 

Illinois State, Syracuse head six NCAA tournament snubs

 

Brawl in the pit lane at NASCAR race: Kyle Busch attacks rival driver Joey Logano after he spun out in last-lap collision

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

Cuomo Forms Plastic Bag Task Force to 'Tackle' Carry-Out Question (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

At Odds With History: States Seize Control of Civil Asset Forfeiture

 

Northeast braces for late-winter wallop

 

Winter storm Stella will hit 50MILLION people across the Northeast: Residents are warned to expect travel chaos, power outages and up to TWO FEET of snow on Monday night and into Tuesday

 

Northeast bracing for a 'ferocious' snowstorm

 

In a small Georgia town, reaction to KKK banner is a sign of the times

 

This play can help New Yorkers understand Trump supporters

 

Use of high-tech tool to locate shooters may greatly expand in California under proposed bill

 

Father and son battle for lead in Iditarod Sled Dog Race across 1,000 miles of grueling Alaska wilderness

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

U.S. Bishops indicate to Sec of State Tillerson Global Warming is their top foreign-policy priority   (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

SYRIA

 

Before US whacks ISIS-Syria, Al Qaeda is resurgent

 

UNICEF: 2016 worst year yet for Syrian children

 

'Even if Daesh were just walking down the road they would find someone to slaughter': Syrian father reveals how he witnessed ISIS beheadings before fleeing with his wife and five children

 

TAIWAN

 

Anti-spying bill backed on China fears

 

No new cyberwarfare branch listed in defense review

 

TELEVISION

 

Lena Dunham’s Character on “Girls” is Pregnant, Makes a List of “Reasons It’s Insane to Have a Baby”

 

TRADE

 

Administration still has not decided how to change NAFTA

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Women Asked to Leave Women’s Shelter Over Objections to Transgender Roommate

 

TURKEY

 

Trump, Erdoğan meeting 'possible after referendum'  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Netherlands Dispute Gives Turkey Perfect Election Fodder

 

Turkey suspends high-level relations with Netherlands

 

Protests in Turkey against Netherlands over diplomatic crisis

 

Netherlands warns citizens in Turkey amid diplomatic tensions

 

Turkey-Netherlands tension rises amid calls for calm

 

Netherlands does not extradite terrorists to Turkey: Minister

 

Human traffickers, 83 migrants caught on luxury yacht

 

30 PKK militants killed in one week: Interior ministry

 

Turkey says the Netherlands will 'pay the price' for denying entry to ministers, as Erdogan claims 'Nazism is alive in the west'  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Turkey War of Words With Dutch Worsens With New Accusations

 

With Flynn out as Trump adviser, Turkey still presses for cleric’s extradition from US

 

Turkey’s Europe Relations Sink Amid Quarrel With Dutch

 

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 posts second gain in a row as investors shake off Brexit jitters

 

May Skirts Rebellion as Lower House Rejects Brexit Bill Changes  (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

British pound jumps as Brexit moves take center stage

 

Oxford bosses tell UK: protect EU workers or academics will flee

 

As Britain braces for Brexit, will Scotland break away?

 

UK: Muslims barrage Muslima in hijab with death threats for twerking 

 

No-deal Brexit 'would put UK in worst trading position of rich nations'  

 

Nicola Sturgeon's last-ditch bid to derail Brexit if Scotland is not offered special treatment in negotiations (Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon)

 

Budget 2017 Families could lose up to 16% of income after national insurance changes

 

Scottish Labour still opposed to indyref2 despite Corbyn comments

 

Refugees UK sending Syrians back to countries where they were beaten and abused

 

Hundreds of millions of British aid 'wasted' on overseas climate change projects

 

Mhairi Black SNP politician may quit 'depressing' parliament after single term as MP  

 

Threat of hard Brexit looms as final EU debate looms

 

Ian McEwan Referendums such as Brexit vote remind me of Third Reich

 

Leaving the EU without a deal on Brexit would be 'perfectly OK', Boris Johnson says, as Tory rebellion falters  (British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson)

 

Scotland: Woman dies after taking part in endurance race

 

Sturgeon accused of ‘irresponsible’ rhetoric over indyref2

 

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

 

 Theresa May travel plans left on a train in 'serious security breach'  (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Lancashire: Anti-fracking protesters take government to court

 

Article 50 explained as Theresa May prepares to start Brexit

 

Hacking British democracy at risk from Russia, says GCHQ

 

Rail strike chaos spreads to north of England with walkouts in three different regions 

 

GCHQ warns politicians about Russian hacking threat

 

Brexit Will article 50 be triggered on Tuesday – or later in the month?

 

Davis urges MPs to back Brexit bill     (The Brexit secretary also says plans are under way in case a deal with the EU cannot be reached.)

 

Dry stone walls to be built by ex-prisoners in £10 million drive to preserve traditional British skills

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

UN Human Rights Head Says Trump Policies Might Breach International Law 

 

UNITED STATES

 

Toddler dies in first U.S. fatality linked to a hoverboard fire

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump Warns It Could Take Several Years for Health Costs to Drop

 

Jerry Springer: Bannon ‘Wants America To Be Basically Christian and White’

 

Trump Meets with Victims of Obamacare at White House…

 

Trump steps up ObamaCare repeal push, meets with law's 'victims'

 

How Trump Can Gut Obamacare Without Congress

 

Juan Williams: The worst 'TrumpCare' surprise of all

 

Trump’s Skeletal Crew

 

Underestimating Trump: Foreign diplomat edition

 

Is Trump Making Americans Free to Speak Truth Again?

 

Where Does FISAgate End Up? Probably Nowhere.


Woman Who Harassed Sean Spicer at Apple Store Also Harassed Betsy DeVos
(White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer/Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos)

 

Trump’s White House planning meeting with Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince

 

Kellyanne Conway: government can spy on citizens "any number of ways"

 

WH Won't Release Proof Trump Donated Salary as Promised

 

Sean Spicer is confronted in an Apple Store by woman who calls Trump a 'fascist' - and then accuses the White House press secretary of racism for telling her America 'allows you to be here' (White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

Truth of Trump's Wiretap Claim Should Emerge Soon, Lawmakers Say

 

'No conclusive evidence of wrongdoing'  (A week ago, President Trump unleashed a media firestorm when he accused Barack Obama in a Tweet of wiretapping Trump Tower in New York.)

 

Key Offices Gather Dust as Positions Remain Unfilled  (The President is months behind where he should be in hiring crucial senior officials, according to experts in both parties, even some inside his administration.)

 

Kellyanne Conway suggests even wider surveillance of Trump campaign

 

You're fired!: Trump 'unfollows' Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Twitter

 

White House Said to Be Loosening Rules of Counterterrorism

 

Next steps for the Trump resistance

 

Man Without an ISIS Plan  (Trump derided Obama’s anti-ISIS strategy as a disaster, though offering none of his own.)

 

No fixed address: How Steve Bannon lived in a string of multi-million dollar properties across America - leaving him open to voter fraud claims - and left one home with $14k of damage and a Jacuzzi destroyed by acid

 

New Trump executive order hurts Hawaii's feelings

 

The Memo: For Trump, an early test of leadership  

 

 

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