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Friday, March 24, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

House Rules Committee Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

 

Planned Parenthood head to Ivanka Trump: 'Stand for women’

 

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Slams Ivanka Trump for Not Defending Abortion

 

Kentucky's abortion law faces attacks in court

 

This Woman is Going to Dance Around in a Giant Birth Control Packet to Promote Abortion

 

What I would tell Gorsuch about my abortion

 

ACLU Waging All-Out War to Prevent Women From Seeing Ultrasound of Their Baby Before an Abortion

 

The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do to Preserve Roe v. Wade

 

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Pro-Life Advocates Outside Abortion Clinic

 

Arkansas House Passes Abortion Bill Based on Sex of Child

 

Paramedics Forced to Wheel Woman Injured in Botched Abortion Through Back Alley of Trash and Dumpsters

 

Trumpcare would force insurance companies to stop offering abortion coverage on their marketplace plans

 

Parental rights versus child safety debated in abortion bill (Indiana)

 

Angolan Women Protest Harsh Bill Criminalizing Abortion

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

‘Russia may be supplying the Taliban’ as they fight US, NATO

 

Taliban seizes key Helmand district from Afghanistan army

 

Critics say scrapping Mi-17 fleet could undermine Afghan air force

 

AFRICA

 

Christians In Nigeria Are Being So Horrifically Persecuted That Many Of Them Now Live In Camps, But Now They Are Being Told, ‘If You Are A Christian We Will Not Give You Any Food. The Food Is Only For Muslims.’

 

South Sudan government warned against 'deliberate starvation tactics'

 

Five bodies found and hundreds feared dead as migrant boats sink off Libya 

 

AIRLINES

 

Free Wi-Fi and meditation proposed as airlines adjust to laptop ban

 

AMTRAK

 

Amtrak derailment: Train sideswiped NJ Transit at NY Penn Station

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Anti-Semitic post uploaded to social media every 83 seconds

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

Hawaii Defeats Dangerous Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide

 

AUSTRALIA

 

ASX ends rough week on a high

 

Australian Dollar Forecast to Soften by Barclays

 

Australian Dollar Slides Against Majors

 

Australia's LNG exports to be hit by 'buyers club'

 

Foreign buyers spend $8 billion on new homes

 

One health fund accounts for 40% of all complaints

 

Australian pot stocks reach a new high

 

BALKANS

 

Macedonia to George Soros and USAID: Go Away

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Dodd-Frank and The Future of Access to Business Loans

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

Border Agent '100% Positive' Even a Partial Wall Can 'Secure the Border'

 

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (ATF)

 

ATF unveils its newest tool to fight gun crimes

 

CANADA

 

TSX clings to modest gain as consumer-related stocks rise

 

Quebec considers assisted death for dementia patients

 

'Grabher' licence plate deemed offensive

 

Disappearance in Edmonton upgraded to homicide investigation after 8 years

 

Ontario's child support law faces constitutional challenge today

 

Liberals gather for weekend caucus meeting to plan budget sales pitch

 

Some Mounties swapping red serge for blue as they seek jobs with other forces

 

Hydro rates shock Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating

 

‘Girls in STEM’ culture is failing both girls and STEM: opinion

 

McGill under fire after Andrew Potter resigns over Quebec column

 

Rest in peace, CSB: A eulogy for the Canada Savings Bond

 

Senators’ rush to cast the first stone bespeaks the systemic dehumanization of civilization

 

London attacker was cheerful, joking the night before rampage

 

Jobs, better oil prices, cheaper transport: Here’s what Keystone XL will mean to Canada and oil industry

 

US immigrants make sub-zero trek for slim chance at asylum in Canada

 

The cod are coming back to Newfoundland — and they’re eating the shrimp that had taken over

 

Senator Don Meredith's new lawyer says sex scandal outcry isn't racist

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China says not militarizing South China Sea

 

South China Sea installations 'primarily' civilian: Li

 

 U.S. Defense Chief Accuses China of Bossines-s to Neighbors

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Stalinist North Korea Blasts Trump’s Immigration Policies: Treating Aliens 'Like Criminals' 

 

Did Kim Jong-Un pull off one of the biggest bank robbery in history? FBI investigates cyber-theft of $81m from central bank of Bangladesh held at the New York Federal Reserve  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

North Korea suspected in massive bank heist

 

 If we're going to rule out negotiations with North Korea, we have to be ready for war

 

CONGRESS

 

US Congress 'set to back climate science as Republicans switch sides'

 

Congress Moves to Cut Obama’s Internet Privacy Rules

 

James Dobson erupts on GOP-led Congress: 'Get to work'

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (CBO)

 

CBO: Latest GOP health care bill would cost more

 

COURTS

 

Ohio: Accused Killer Nasser Hamad Invokes 'Islamophobia' Defense in Double Homicide

 

TransCanada gets Keystone nod, but legal challenges loom

 

Pennsylvania High-Schooler Sues Over Transgender in Locker Room

 

Report: Transgender Activists Attack Pro-Family Campaign Bus

 

Judge Sides With Trump Administration, Refuses To Block Travel Ban

 

Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump's travel ban in May

 

Hawaii judge who blocked travel ban target of threats

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Police believe suspect began JCC hoax bomb campaign because army rejected him

 

‘This Was a Consensual Encounter,’ Says Attorney for Illegal Alien Accused of Raping 14-Year-Old at School

 

Update: Rockville High School Rapists Entered U.S. Under Obama’s Program ‘Unaccompanied Alien Children’

 

'14-Year-Old Girl Would Never Have Been Raped' if We Could’ve Done Our Job, Border Patrol Council Says

 

Sacramento man arrested in killing of 2 adults, 2 juveniles

 

Cops: Walmart rampage suspect agitated after failed battery return

 

Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute

 

Search ends for car stolen with two toddler brothers in it

 

Police: NYC man killed grandma, left her body on street

 

Fugitive teacher, 50, and the 15-year-old girl he abducted are 'spotted' in tiny Texas coastal town 150 miles from the Mexican border

 

Illegal deported 4 times charged in sex attack on girl, 2 (Explosion of MS-13 gang violence terrorizing American communities.)

 

MS-13 gang member sexually abused 2-year-old girl, police say

 

Exclusive: I fear 'disturbed' teacher, 50, missing with my daughter, 15, could get her pregnant or killed - mom of teen who vanished with church-going grandfather speaks for first time

 

Teacher smoked weed, drank with student to set mood before sex: cops

 

Lawyer: JCC suspect's brain tumor may have led to threats

 

1-year-old killed when truck hits mom pushing stroller

 

Ex-Baylor football player arrested on sexual assault charges

 

Police officer accused of dumping emaciated dog in park

 

Mom brutally beat daughter for reciting Bible verses wrong: cops

 

Cop calls scammer back and exchange goes viral

 

A Hatred of Black Men and a Mission to Commit Murder

 

Fatal stabbing in New York was ‘practice’ for more attacks on black men, police say

 

One teen released and another arrested in Chino High School threats case   (California)

 

Parents charged in son’s death put off calling 911 to clean up evidence: cops

 

Forgotten case: Girl, 5, sexually assaulted by refugee boys

 

Nursing home worker posted senior sex videos online: cops

 

Cops given pass for shooting innocent man in his own apartment

 

2 killed, 1 wounded in shooting near South L.A. liquor store

 

The shocking moment an Oklahoma cop runs over and KILLS a fleeing gunwoman after she fired at fellow officers

 

 

DEMOCRACY

 

American democracy: Not so decadent after all

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Ivanka's lawyer, a Democrat, defends herself

 

Asked about NYC killing, de Blasio says 'dynamic of hatred' is 'clearly' linked to Trump   (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

Was John Podesta Snared in a Kremlin Power Struggle?  (John Podesta's cozy relationship with corrupt Russian oligarch Anatoly Chubais is worth a closer look. It may explain why his emails were hacked. )

 

Nebraska Dems welcome refugees with voter registration forms

 

Surreal: LA Times op-ed claims Chelsea ‘never gets a break’

 

Obama emerges to defend his health care law

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Government Cites Virginia Travel-Ban Ruling in Push to Lift Hawaii’s Order

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Half of all federal arrests related to immigration

 

ECONOMY

 

Wall Street ends little changed after healthcare bill yanked

 

Stock market logs worst weekly loss in months as House scraps health bill

 

Caution Abates in Asia as Yen Drops, Stocks Rise: Markets Wrap

 

Treasury yields fall for 2nd week as Trump fails to muster support for health-care bill

 

America’s Rising Business Optimism

 

Dollar flat after health-care bill pulled, posts 3rd straight weekly decline

 

Why Americans' wage growth is so sluggish

 

The Dow’s tumultuous 120-year history, in one chart

 

EDUCATION

 

The Harvard Crimson Condemns Campus Riots

 

‘Dear White People’ Posters Appear on Campus Ripping White Students

 

Maryland governor: No guarantees of children's safety amid rape case  (Maryland’s governor said Friday he cannot promise parents of Montgomery County, where a freshman high school student was raped by two older teenagers, that their children will be .)

 

K-12: No Joy In Reading. That's the Plan.

 

Higher Education: No Safe Spaces for Conservatives

 

Wildfire Sparked by Book Burning a Sign of Times

 

The Peace Process and Higher Ed in Colombia  (The country has some strong universities, but many institutions struggle to serve impoverished students.)

 

After illegal-alien bathroom rape, superintendent accuses community of racism

 

The Free Certificate Movement (Indiana moves to focus on job training through nondegree programs.)

 

Chess program creates state-championship team in rural Mississippi

 

Third-Rail Issues  (Director of McGill Institute for the Study of Canada steps down after publishing column critical of Quebec, and many raise questions about academic freedom.)

 

School board gives Exxon $1.2 billion tax break

 

Another Berkeley Star Accused  (Berkeley is again in hot water for allegedly protecting the reputation of a prominent professor instead of acting on reports of harassment against him. The case this time involves John R Searle, a noted philosopher of language.)

 

Predator Colleges May Thrive Again

 

'The Library Has Never Been More Important' (Arizona State University, known for rejecting norms of traditional campuses, will invest more than $100 million in its library, seeking to serve on-campus and a growing online study body.)

 

Among white Americans, people without college degrees are driving an increase in death rates

 

When Students Self-Segregate  (Should we intervene, a faculty member asks, when students automatically choose to join groups of their own race in the classroom?)

 

EGYPT

 

Former Egyptian President Mubarak freed

 

Egypt suspends school lunches after mass food poisoning

 

 

ENERGY

 

Oil gains for the day, but suffers 3rd weekly loss in a month

 

Energy Prices

 

OPEC Be Warned: Russia Battens Down the Hatches for Oil at $40

 

Slim Majority Now Opposes Oil Exploration on Federal Lands

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

First-Ever EPA Chief Admits The Agency Has Gotten Out Of Control

 

EUROPE

 

Kyiv Identifies Suspected Gunman In Ex-Duma Deputy's Assassination

 

Russia May Have Taken Advantage of Attention on London to Ignite Violence in Ukraine

 

Days before his death, Putin critic said in interview he knew he was in danger (Denis Voronenkov, a Russian lawmaker who had defected to Ukraine, said, “There’s been a demonization of us. It’s hard to say what will happen. The system has lost its mind." Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called Voronenkov's killing "an act of state terrorism by Russia.” )

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks end week lower, as traders mull implications of U.S. health-care vote

 

Pessimism Is Europe’s Only Hope (On its 60th anniversary, a troubled EU should take inspiration from one of its greatest inheritances: gloomy German philosophy.)

 

A Week of Terror and Diversity in Europe

 

Man acquitted of rape because woman didn't scream   (Italy)

 

FEDERAL BUDGET

 

The spending mess that Obama left behind

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI: Tom Brady’s stolen jerseys back with the Patriots

 

 

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

 

Robo-calls have annoyed and scammed millions of Americans. The FCC wants to help block them.

 

FEMINISM

 

Mingling with Foes  (Phyllis Chesler and the question of Zionists not welcome in the 'Feminist' camp.)

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Donald Trump Needs a Strategy for the Asia-Pacific Region

 

FRANCE

 

French Jews imagine life under Marine Le Pen

 

Final Raqqa push in days: France

 

Putin Meets Le Pen, Says Not Seeking To Influence French Vote  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

France and Populism

 

Francois Hollande condemns allegations by Francois Fillon of a government plot against him (French President Francois Hollande)

 

 

GERMANY

 

Are there holes in the official Germanwings crash story?

 

A German Bank Accidentally Transferred $5.4 Billion to Four Other Banks

 

Election in Germany to gauge winds of change

 

No comment on Turkey-EU relations until referendum: Merkel  (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Al Gore Says Climate Change Caused Brexit

 

Climate change Arctic ice falls to record winter low after polar 'heatwaves'

 

GOVERNMENT SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

 

Trump Hotel in DC not in violation of govt. lease: GSA

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

GOP health bill goes down, but Trump can still unleash HHS to bedevil Obamacare

 

New Analysis: Obamacare Regulations Drove Up Health Insurance Premium Costs By Up to 68%

 

 ObamaCare's Unhappy 7th  Birthday 

 

Obamacare's "essential health benefits" could be in jeopardy

 

Dropping Obamacare's 'essential' benefits impacts more than mammograms

 

Larry Elder: What To Do About Obamacare And The Uninsurable? Free Markets And Charity!

 

HEALTH CARE

 

91-year-old who skipped chemotherapy to go on road trip dies

 

For whites across America, "deaths of despair" are rising

 

HOLOCAUST

 

Naked protesters kill sheep near Auschwitz gate

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Pastor: Ex-hookers’ anointed cake turned gay man straight

 

'Power Rangers' promoters trying to cash in on 'gay' furor

 

HONG KONG

 

Hong Kong Daily Slams China's 'Doomed' Boycott of Korea

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

GOP Cancels Health-Care Vote at Trump's Request After Lawmakers Balk

 

GOP health-care bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health-care law

 

Ryan pulls GOP health care bill following call from Trump

 

Why members of Congress aren’t very worried about Trump taking them out

 

House Republicans pull health care bill

 

Which Republicans oppose the bill and which ones are leaning against it

 

US Congress to slam China's retaliation over THAAD

 

The GOP's Self-Inflicted Wound on Health Care

 

The Health Care Bill's Republican Opponents Aren't Extremists

 

Obamacare repeal on track to fail

 

Dems stuck with Nunes in Russia-Trump probe (US Representative of California Devin Nunes (R)

 

This is the only chance to repeal Obamacare? Nonsense!

 

Live updates: Health care bill drama and Trump

 

Dem Super PAC Poll: Republicans Take 33-Point Approval Hit for Backing Ryancare

 

The GOP Health Care Bill Falls Into The Obamacare Trap

 

House set to vote on ObamaCare replacement bill after Trump ultimatum

 

House Appropriations Chair Rebukes Speaker Ryan: Bill ‘Currently Unacceptable’…

 

Partisan split at House intel committee over canceled open hearing

 

…Gohmert: It Isn’t What Any of Us Promised… (US Representative of Texas Louie Gohmert (R)

 

Nunes says information from Trump surveillance ‘concerned me’ (US Representative of California Devin Nunes (R)

 

…Report: Bannon Says AHCA ‘Written by the Insurance Industry’…

 

Manafort volunteers to testify in Russia probe  (House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, announced Friday that Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, has volunteered to testify in front of the committee.)

 

GOP rushes to vote without knowing full impact of healthcare plan

 

Benghazi Liar Adam Schiff (D-California) Slimes Devin Nunes

 

How DARE House Freedom Caucus hold GOP accountable to its promises!?

 

House votes to begin debate on healthcare bill; six Republicans defect

 

Rumor: GOP Healthcare Bill Could Get Pulled Altogether, Speaker Ryan Heads to The White House  (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Ryan heads to WH to brief Trump on healthcare bill

 

Tea Party Express backs Trump’s ObamaCare bill (AVIPP COMMENTARY: The selling out of America begins by supporting Ryancare.  GOP prepare to lose seats for all those that support Ryancare!)

 

Health is big moment for Freedom Caucus

 

Replace healthcare by letting the states decide what to do

 

Take a breath, rewrite repeal and replace

 

Here's what Friday will look like in the House

 

Nine health-care bill changes aimed at wooing moderates and the far right

 

ObamaCare Repeal Vs. Reality 

 

Health care bill divides Trump supporters in Arizona

 

Republicans have met the enemy on health care. It’s them.

 

Rep. Nunes Is a Lapdog in a Watchdog Role  (US Representative of California Devin Nunes (R)

 

Top GOP taxwriter: Tax reform in trouble if healthcare bill fails

 

Ryan unmasks himself as biggest threat to GOP, Trump presidency  (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

The GOP’s top priority is in trouble

 

Trump is struggling with the Art of the (Republican healthcare bill) Deal

 

In a do-or-die moment, Republicans come undone

 

Nunes: 'I had a duty and obligation' to tell Trump

 

Nunes apologizes for going straight to Trump with surveillance info

 

The 11 questions you might have about Trump surveillance

 

The health-care vote delay gives Republicans an opportunity

 

Did Obama Surveil Trump? Sure Looks That Way

 

House Intelligence chair partially backs off claim about surveillance of Trump transition team

 

IMMIGRATION

 

35% Want to Live in a Sanctuary Community

 

Sanctuary Cities Violate Supremacy Clause

 

Rape of Maryland school girl has illegal alien advocates in desperation mode

 

Promoting unrestricted immigration with a false equivalent


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Immigrant family’s detention prompts angry demonstration

 

Illegal Immigrant 'Checks In' With ICE, Stunned To Find Out He's Getting Deported

 

ICE targeting 'sanctuary cities,' source says

 

INDIA

 

‘I told them to kill me’: Indian soldier who was held captive in Pak after straying across LoC

 

Indian woman, son found dead in US home, mother suspects husband’s affair motive

 

After Rohtang, India plans 4 more tunnels for easier access to Chinese frontiers

 

Indian MP boasts of beating air steward

 

India's major airlines ban Shiv Sena MP after slipper assault on steward

 

Indian Navy fires SAM system from INS Vikramaditya

 

Sonia Gandhi is back, hale and hearty: Congress

 

Mr. Modi’s Perilous Embrace of Hindu Extremists (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Trump meets with broadband CEO, Texas gov on infrastructure

 

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

 

Kyrgyz President 'Ready' To Take RFE/RL Lawsuit To 'International Courts'

 

IRAN

 

America Should Impose Stricter Aircraft Sanctions on Iran

 

IRAQ

 

Goodbye, Islamic State. Hello, Anarchy. (The forces liberating Mosul are fighting each other, and opening the door to an Islamic State resurgence.)

 

Iraq's Sadr threatens boycott if election law unchanged

 

Mosul parents sedate children with drugs, fearing discovery by ISIL

 

Iraqi forces prepare new push, tactics in Mosul as civilians flee city

 

Air strikes on Isis-held Mosul 'leave 230 civilians dead'

 

Iraqi prime minister: My country needs more help from the U.S.

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Friday, March 24, 2017)

 

De Facto Settlement Freeze Only Result of US-Israel Four Day Discussion

 

Senior Hamas terrorist eliminated in Gaza

 

Retaliating for ‘Muezzin Law’ Jordan Increases by 25% Temple Mount Waqf Agents

 

Thousands mourn slain Palestinian teen in Ramallah's al-Jalazun refugee camp

 

Conservatives Blame Yael Lempert for Trump’s Settlements Slowdown

 

Congress members urge Trump to back 'two-state solution'

 

After UNHRC adopts 5 anti-Israel resolutions, UK vows to oppose all future such moves

 

Palestinian doctor: ‘All I want is for Israel to take responsibility’

 

Army says kid dragged through Hebron had firebombed Kiryat Arba

 

Clashes erupt in al-Jalazun after Israeli forces kill 17-year-old Palestinian

 

UN secretary-general reaffirms ancient Jewish ties to Jerusalem

 

Settlements undermine two-state solution: Merkel (German Chancellor Angela Merkel; AVIPP COMMENTARY: The two-state solution will only lead to another terrorists state in the Middle East.)

 

In light of changes in Syria, Israeli policy must be updated

 

Israeli forces injure several Palestinians, 5 with live fire, during anti-settlement protest

 

Egypt's ambassador to Israel: Peace between Egypt and Israel is strong, stable

 

2 Palestinians killed, 4 injured after clashes erupt in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp

 

Jewish World: The ‘never-ending war’ against antisemitism

 

The Russia-Israel Relationship Is Perfect Realpolitik

 

Jewish Voice For Peace Defends Jew-Killing Palestinian Terrorist

 

U.S.-Israeli talks conclude with no agreement on settlements 

 

JAPAN

 

Japan Shinzo Abe and wife accused of giving cash to ultra-nationalist school  (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) 

 

MEDIA 

 

Matt Lauer Hopes Russia Ties Will 'Mortally Wound' the Trump Administration

 

Chris Matthews Urges Democrats to Not Vote for “Mr. Nice Guy” Neil Gorsuch (Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch)

 

Sorry, But CNN's "Bombshell" on Trump-Russia "Coordination" Was Garbage

 

Fortune magazine falls for obviously fake Nixon telegram

 

Networks covered fake UVA rape, but ignore alleged rape involving illegal immigrant: Report

 

L.A. Times owner buys out major shareholder that pushed for sale of company

 

In their time to shine, conservative outlets find the spotlight is getting hot

 

MEDICAID

 

In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%

 

This federal Medicaid fix rights a decades-old New York wrong

 

MEXICO

 

Mexico ready to 'step away from NAFTA' if new deal isn't good

 

Another Mexican journalist has been killed — the third one this month

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

As war keeps them away, Yemen children dream of school

 

America's Hands Are Tied in Yemen

 

Former Trump Advisor: We Strive For Partnership With Saudi Arabia, Will Act Against Regional Iranian Expansionism, And Will Not Enable Syrian Regime's Return To Eastern Syria

 

 

MILITARY

 

US pilot describes challenges of bombing Islamic State

 

US warships ‘harassed’ by Iranian forces in Strait of Hormuz – navy commanders

 

What Americans Want To Know About The U.S. Navy And Sea Power

 

Bergdahl trial delayed as his lawyers appeal to highest military court over Trump comments

 

Trump critic Patrick Cronin to head plum Pentagon think tank

 

VA says 'hiring surge' needed to process rising number of benefit claims  

 

Lejeune vet claims to be approved faster for 8 illnesses

 

MINIMUM WAGE

 

D.C. minimum wage hike to result in job losses, higher pay going to suburban workers

 

MUSIC INDUSTRY

 

Relax, everyone. Willie Nelson is 'Still Not Dead'

 

Sib Hashian, ex-Boston drummer, dies on cruise

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)

 

Rachel Dolezal explores her ‘blackness’ in bizarre memoir

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

NASA taking first steps toward high-speed space internet

 

First of three station spacewalks underway

 

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)

 

A Forecast for Your Own Good (Last week’s blizzard-that-wasn’t showed the paternalistic arrogance of the bureaucracy.)

 

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

 

Source: NSA has 'smoking gun' evidence Obama spied on Trump

 

NEPAL

 

China, Nepal discuss joint military exercises

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

NZ quake shifted South Island five metres

 

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET (OMB)

 

Mnuchin says U.S. growth prospects not fully reflected in markets  (Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney)

 

Trump budget chief on fate of GOP health care bill  

 

Budget director: If you're worried about health care cuts, change your state

 

PAKISTAN

 

Pakistan hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad

 

Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked

 

Pakistan rakes up Kashmir issue despite overtures

 

Pakistan Day celebrated with great cultural display in Eastern Europe and Baltic States

 

India is committed to building ties with Pakistan: Indian President

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Manila could share maritime resources with China: Duterte  (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

As Duterte yields, his generals demur on China 

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

 

GOP super PAC pours more than $1M into Georgia special election

 

 

POLITICS

 

Resist the Occupation  (Why pro-illegal politicians should register as foreign agents.)

 

When politicians exploit hate in the name of fighting it

 

PRISONS

 

DNA test frees Idaho man after 20 years in prison

 

PRODUCT RECALL

 

OK Foods recalls chicken over contamination

 

RACISM

 

Blue Lives Matter flag deemed 'racist,' ordered to come down

 

RADIO

 

Beck Isn’t Back 

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

Hey, rabbis: Stop dividing us in the name of fighting hate

 

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (RNC)

 

RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt

 

RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

 

Woman finds teeth in her tacos

 

RUSSIA

 

AP: U.S. Turns Down Invitation To Afghanistan Peace Conference in Russia

 

Russian Central Bank Unexpectedly Cuts Interest Rates As Economy Struggles

 

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on National Guard base in Chechnya

 

Six Russian Troops, Six Militants Killed In Chechnya Fighting

 

Russia May Shrink Its 'Foreign Agents' Registry by Half

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses say they have no suspension orders from Justice Ministry yet


Russia’s Airborne Force wraps up large-scale drills in Crimea


Russia’s Infamous ‘Troll Factory’ Is Now Posing as a Media Empire

 

Number of Russians Who Believe Food Ban Is Harmful Rising – Poll

 

National Guard units in North Caucasus on high alert after gunmen’s attack

 

 Russia accuses 'Western world' of plotting to disrupt 2018 World Cup

 

String of Dead Russians Continues As Witness and Putin Critic Executed: “Typical Show Execution”  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Trump's Greatest Deal  (The Iran deal Trump needs to make with the Russians is clear.)

 

Russia rejects 'Eurovision via satellite'

 

 

SCIENCE

 

The politics of Pluto: 10 years later, the bitter debate rages on

 

Study: Cancer can harm future pregnancies in young women

 

Scientists' world-first TB breakthrough

 

New study renews debate on how much people can do to prevent cancer — and how much is random

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

Another state gives OK to "permitless" carrying of hidden guns

 

Gunphobia: Preschooler Suspended for Having a Spent .22 Shell Casing

 

SECRET SERVICE

 

Secret Service braces for 'outsider' director

 

Secret Service employees in trouble over fence jumper

 

SENATE

 

Sen. Graham: 'Just Let Obamacare Collapse'    (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey O Graham (R); AVIPP COMMENTARY: Good advice.)

 

Graham: 'No other option' than to use nuclear option if Dems block Gorsuch  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey O Graham (R)

 

Kaine: ‘We Need to Be Worried’ About Death Spiral of D.C. Metro System (US Senator of Virginia Timothy Kaine (D)

 

Iran sanctions bill unveiled by bipartisan Senate group

 

Stunning polls show Sanders soaring while 'TrumpCare' crashes (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Sen. Mark Warner concerned about 'partisan' select committee Russia probe  (US Senator of Virginia Mark Warner (D)

 

Senate leader demands to know why accused rapist was allowed to enter US illegally (US Senator of Wisconsin Ron Johnson (R)

 

Grassley: Schumer 'poisoned' the well for SCOTUS nominees (US Senator of Iowa Charles Grassley (R)

 

Democrats will seek to filibuster Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination, Schumer says  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Trying to smear Neil Gorsuch over dark money, Democrats solicit testimony from dark money group

 

Filibuster Gorsuch, Please

 

Mike Lee: Gorsuch a lock on confirmation (US Senator of Utah Mike Lee (R)

 

‘I wouldn’t want to lose my mammograms,’ male GOP senator says — then immediately regrets (US Senator of Kansas Pat Roberts (R)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

‘Hunt & Kill All White Women’ Facebook Post Deemed Not Hate Speech

 

Jihadi terror manuals on how to use a car as a 'tool of war' for mass murder can be found in just two minutes on Google and Twitter

 

Florida girl, 14, who hung herself on Facebook Live after being rejected by her cruel and abusive mother' was taking anti-depressant that increases the risk of suicide in teenagers 

 

SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

 

Why do Conservatives Support Socialized Medicine?

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

Social warriors, sometimes

 

SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Your Social Security benefits at ages 62, 66 and 70

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Cocaine labeled ‘Messi’ worth $85M seized in Peru

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Salvaged Sewol rises into full view

 

Holding firm transition on hold: Samsung Electronics

 

Bending to China to jeopardize Korea-US ties

 

Military action against N. Korea would lead to second Korean War: US expert

 

Ministry to boost Dokdo education

 

N. Korea appears all set for nuke test: officials

 

Hyundai, Nissan, BMW, Audi Volkswagen ordered to recall faulty parts

 

Kia Motors chief promises to strengthen competiveness

 

SPORTS

 

WWE boss Vince McMahon in car crash

 

College Player Allegedly Assaulted for Hair Braids ‘Cultural Appropriation’

 

Participating In Your Office’s March Madness Pool Makes You A Criminal

 

In Beating West Virginia, Gonzaga Nears Elusive Goal

 

NCAA warns N.C. to repeal HB2 for tourney bids

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

College Basketball Scoreboard (Men)

 

STATES

 

Two killed when high school team bus, 18-wheeler, car collide  (Texas)

 

What Georgia Could Teach Trump About How to Drain the Swamp

 

Texas woman survives 5 days stranded in desert near Grand Canyon

 

Western Pa. explosion completely levels house; cause unknown

 

Honoring fallen New York heroes

 

Another reservoir overflows as Northern California receives more rain

 

California considers criminalizing 'deceptive' political statements

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Rex Tillerson is Right: U.S.-China Relations Need Not Be Zero-Sum    (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

Washington sanctions 30 entities and individuals linked to Iran

 

Exclusive: Trump Critic Lands Key State Department Role

 

State Dept. Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

Here comes the Judge  (Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch took the best shots, such as they were, of disheartened, dismayed and despondent Democrats this week, and nobody laid a glove on him. He was as fresh when it was over as when the slugging, such as it was, began.) 

 

SYRIA

 

Will the United States Be a Victim of Its Own Success in Syria?

 

Syrian opposition calls for direct negotiations at the Geneva talks

 

Syria army retakes Damascus areas from rebels

 

Syrian talks resume but an escalating war may tweak agenda

 

12 Syrian refugees dead after boat sinks off Turkey coast

 

Al Qaeda quietly gaining territory in Syria amid ISIS fight

 

IS leaves trail of destruction in Palmyra

 

TAIWAN

 

Same-sex marriage hearing commences

 

US thanks Taiwan for IS coalition contributions

 

Taiwan’s central bank will maintain economic momentum, expand domestic demand – cbank gov

 

US is Taiwan’s crucial security and trading partner: Tsai Ing-wen

 

Taiwan plans show to reel in more to join its army

 

Taiwan court hears key gay marriage case 

 

TERRORISM

 

The growing threat of nuclear terrorism

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Transgender 'Girl' Saddened and Shocked That Straight Boys Aren't Interested in Her

 

TURKEY

 

I will describe Europe as Nazis as long as they call me a dictator: Erdoğan  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

US urges Turkey, Europe to tone down rhetoric amid row

 

German veto on arms exports to Turkey ‘unacceptable’: Minister

 

Ministry to build recreational facilities in protected forest area in Istanbul

 

Turkish, Russian diplomats to meet in March 29 for security

 

Four PKK militants preparing for attacks caught on Turkish-Iraqi border

 

Turkish Central Bank sees ‘gradual and slow’ recovery in 2017

 

Bulgaria goes to polls amid row with Turkey

 

Turkey may not be in great position, but looks worse: Deputy PM

 

Turkish Airlines mulls measures to avoid potential losses from laptop ban

 

At least 11 migrants killed in new Aegean tragedy off Turkey

 

Swiss foreign minister warns Turkey against illegal spying

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends lower to cap worst week since January

 

Britain faces $82 billion Brexit bill from EU

 

London in the Age of Terror and Brexit

 

Muslims Celebrated in the Wake of Recent London Terror Attack (Video)

 

Police release photo of London terror attack suspect

 

Two “significant arrests” made overnight in association with London jihad murders

 

UK pol on London jihadi: “The fact that the man is a Muslim is utterly and completely irrelevant”

 

Neighbor says he knew London jihadi from mosque, mosque says they didn’t know him

 

London jihad murderer had friends who wanted to join jihad groups

 

Westminster Jihadi Terrorist Identified

 

The moment British police shot terrorist dead while hero officer lay dying: Harrowing images emerge as it's revealed Muslim convert 'was radicalized in Saudi Arabia' before killing four in London 

 

Khalid Masood, the violent extremist who dropped off the police's radar before London terror attack

 

E.Coli-linked cheesemaker to recommence production (Scotland)

 

Westminster attack: Everything we know so far

 

Call for 'decently paid' maternity leave

 

Damning school inspection report ‘shows change needed’

 

Poor school behaviour 'underestimated'

 

Westminster vigil: we will never be cowed by terrorism, says mayor

 

'Burglar' found dead in shop roof space

 

Brittany fishing port of Concarneau in shock after double terror drama

 

McGuinness 'was not terrorist' - Adams

 

Victims Teacher killed and citizens of 11 countries injured

 

Coffee shop killer driver sentenced

 

Nicola Sturgeon backs Cunningham amid indyref2 debate row   (Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon)

 

Discovery enables 'mass produced blood'

 

Piers Morgan: You're wrong, Katie Hopkins. When I stood on Westminster Bridge this morning I didn't feel despair, I felt fury, yes, but also immense pride and utter certainty that none of these hateful lunatics will ever take London down

 

UK Muslim leaders condemn 'cowardly' London attack

 

Staff at naval bases begin strike action

 

Hundreds of civil service jobs for Brexit negotiators have not been filled days before talks formally begin, watchdog warns 

 

Britain trails most of Europe on maternity pay, says TUC

 

London terror's American victims: Utah man on dream vacation was knocked over bridge and killed while his wife was left bloodied and weeping in a pile of scattered postcards in image that went around the world

 

Britain's terror hotspots: raids focus on Birmingham, Luton and East London

 

London now 'cheaper to live than New York and Tokyo', plus Viagogo snubs MPs

 

Vicar lied about hundreds of funerals to steal £100,000 from church before spending it on alcohol and books

 

Three senior BBC execs miss out on new board as Paralympian appointed

 

Exclusive: London terror attacker Khalid Masood, 52, once stabbed a man in the FACE and changed from English schoolboy Adrian Elms to maniac who launched car and knife rampage through Westminster

 

Moderate drinking can lower risk of heart attack, says study

 

This Muslim Woman Texting While Infidels Die is the Real Victim of the London Attack

 

London jihad another case of missed religious clues

 

The roar of a vehicle, then screams: How terror overtook a regular day in London

 

London rampage: 8 detained on suspicion of preparing terror attacks

 

London Pride, Undaunted

 

4th victim dies in London terror attack

 

British-Born Man Is Named in Attack Near Parliament

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

UN: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea

 

UN aims to immunize more than 115 million kids against polio

 

Time for US to stop funding horrific UN ‘peacekeepers’

 

 

VENEZUELA 

 

Exclusive: Venezuela increased fuel exports to allies even as supply crunch loomed

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Donald Trump versus the media. And the courts and the states and his party ...

 

Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but obstacles loom

 

Bob Woodward: Not Passing AHCA 'Better for Trump'   (AVIPP COMMENTARY: So true.)

 

Inside Trump's War on the Traditional Media

 

The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency

 

Poll: Majority of Americans want independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties

 

Susan Rice is the Wrong Person to Attack Trump’s Credibility  (Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice)

 

Eric Trump will share business updates with father 'probably quarterly'

 

Trump Hits Pro-Life Freedom Caucus for Not Supporting Obamacare Replacement Bill (AVIPP COMMENTARY: Trump should not be supporting Ryancare which is Obamacare 2.0 or worse.)

 

Assange: Hillary, Intel Community Planning to Install Pence as POTUS  (Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

The Reason For President Trump’s Approval Problem

 

Deep State's Relentless Attacks on Trump

 

President Trump: Charter Cable Closing Offshore Facilites, Investing $25 Billion in US

 

Trump’s ultimatum: Pass health care bill or Obamacare stays  (AVIPP COMMENTARY: If this is the Presidents attitude he will be a one term President.)


White House: 'We have done everything we can' to negotiate American Health Care Act

 

Famous Dealmaker Projects Bravado but Faces Self-Doubt  (People close to the President say he is grappling with the reality that his hopes for a quick health care victory may be unraveling.)

 

Trump nominates US ambassador to Japan, two other posts

 

Never mind — Trump’s no Machiavelli

 

Spicer: Ryan should not resign if AHCA fails on Friday

 

Trump to reporter: “I’m president and you’re not”

 

White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

 

Trump’s handling of vast intelligence resources called into question

 

Fact Check: Trump Misleads on Times’s Surveillance Article

 

White House slams Obama’s defense of Obamacare as repeal vote looms

 

Pence faces backlash for Freedom Caucus photo  (Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

'At some point, there should be concern about substance' (White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer accuses media of attacking messenger on US Representative of California Devin Nunes' (R) bombshell spy revelation.)

 

Forget the post-truth presidency. Welcome to the pre-truth presidency.

 

 

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