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Friday, April 14, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240  YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Abortion Advocates Move from ‘Choice’ to Coercion

 

Trump signs bill allowing states to strip federal family-planning funds from abortion providers

 

Tennessee agrees to stop enforcing two abortion measures

 

Montana legislature passes post-viability abortion law

 

Colorado Senate defeats bill on abortion waiting periods

 

Abortion bill would harm rape survivors (Iowa)

 

Trump’s Anti-Abortion Measure Will Cut Beautiful Babies’ Health Care

 

Catholic School Shows Video Comparing Abortion To The Holocaust

 

‘About Abortion’ Unpacks Shame Narrative to End Silence, Stigma

 

Bossier City abortion clinic reported as closed as Trump signs anti-abortion legislation

 

Confusion reigns over abortion legislation

 

Health Savings Accounts should not fund elective abortion

 

Dead woman's ultrasound showed clot, problems after abortion, records show

 

The messy truth of Abortion: One HBO series takes a look at America’s abortion divide

 

In Costa Rica, Abortion is Legal in Name Only

 

Swedish anti-abortion midwife loses court case

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

USA Today Tweets Out Massively Inaccurate Chart About Power of Atomic Bomb (USA Today significantly misstated the power of the atomic bomb used against Hiroshima in a chart it tweeted out after a US bombing conducted in Afghanistan on Thursday.)

 

Islamic State in Afghanistan Suffering Mounting Losses Under Trump

 

US Wary of Russian Role in Afghanistan as Moscow Holds Talks

 

Government: 36 Islamic State fighters killed by massive bomb

 

Trump Flattens ISIS Terror Complex

 

US says nearly 800 ISIS members on ground when ‘Mother of All Bombs’ dropped

 

U.S. hits ISIS targets with largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat

 

How the Mother of All Bombs kills people: Vaporized bodies, crushed internal organs and suffocated to death... while anyone who survives is left psychologically scarred for life

 

AFRICA

 

Muslims in Zanzibar, Tanzania Jail Pastor in Child Abuse Allegation Scheme, Group Says

 

Death toll in Nigeria meningitis outbreak up to 489

 

AGRICULTURE

 

Sorry, your farm isn't a farm, Iowa assessors tell angry landowners

 

AIRLINES

 

United and Spicer show the art of the apology is tough to master  (White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

United passenger: Dragging incident more horrifying than fleeing Vietnam

 

Let Richard Branson kill United Airlines

 

ASIA

 

Uzbekistan: Sweden Warned About Suspect in Truck Attack

 

Countdown to one Korea

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

Fiat Chrysler CEO says first-quarter 2017 was difficult, doesn't change targets

 

BIG GOVERNMENT 

 

It's Official: Trump's Swamp-Draining Begins

 

CANADA

 

Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Marijuana in Canada (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

CAPITOL HILL

 

Federal cops violate own rules, shoot at driver – again

 

Thousands expected in D.C. for Tax Day protest calling for Trump to release his personal returns

 

 

CENTRAL AMERICA

 

The Russians are coming...to Nicaragua?

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Christianity's prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim

 

A Stranger in My Own Land  (Nowadays, it's acceptable to be a Christian – as long as you don't bother anyone else about it.)

 

COMEDY

 

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Alarming Comedian

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Exiled Chinese Billionaire Sheds Light on Regime’s Forced Organ Harvesting

 

China says North Korea tension has to be stopped from reaching 'irreversible' stage

 

Berlusconi era ends as Chinese group buys AC Milan

 

China’s exporters roar back to life in March

 

Trump’s not so great deal with China

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Why Trump is right on North Korea

 

North Korea Minister: We're Ready for War If Trump Wants It

 

North Korean official threatens to use nukes if US strikes

 

Analysis: Before attacking North Korea, try everything else

 

Japanese, US navies plan joint show of force towards North Korea

 

'We will go to war if they choose': North Korea hits back at Trump, accuses the president of 'troublemaking' with his tweets and says they'll detonate a nuke 'whenever they see fit' as Pence heads to Seoul 

 

China flaunts its mighty missiles on state TV as Beijing urges North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions amid growing military tensions 

 

North Korea: Trump is ‘making trouble’ with ‘aggressive’ tweets

 

North Korean official says situation on the peninsula in a ‘vicious cycle’

 

Is Kim Jong-un planning to use submarines to launch nuclear attack? How 50 North Korean subs 'went missing' sparking panic in Seoul and Tokyo

 

CONGRESS

 

Congress has 20 percent approval rating :Poll

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Restore the 4th  amendment at the U.S. border

 

COPORATE WELFARE

 

Myth Busted: But Taxpayers Are Not Subsidizing Wal-Mart's Low Wages

 

COURTS

 

Teen convicted of homicide in school bathroom brawl

 

Detroit doctor first to be charged under federal law against female genital mutilation

 

Ex-mayor sues city after fall ruptured wife’s breast implants

 

Mystery and Melancholy Surround Death of Judge

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

San Bernardino school shooting: Aide says gunman was 'out for blood'

 

Officers fired after video shows handcuffed suspect stomped on the head

 

Georgia county fires officer captured on video kicking handcuffed man in the head

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

Border agents find $17M of cocaine in bust near Puerto Rico

 

DEATH-PENALTY

 

2 drug makers ask judge to stop Arkansas executions

 

7 Executions in 10 Days: A Legal Fight Is Set in Arkansas

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Hillary Clinton: The Loose Thread That Unraveled a Nation

 

Huma Abedin reportedly shopping for Hillary Clinton campaign-book deal

 

De Blasio finds a use for his bad luck on beasts  (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

The “Resistance” Democrats are a Terrorist Party

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

Whose Side Is Betsy DeVos On?  (Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos)

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Immigration Hawks Ascend to Senior DHS Positions…

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants Sessions to testify at trial  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

Justice Department drops NC LGBT rights lawsuit

 

Jeff Sessions Will Actually Enforce Immigration Law — And It's About Time  

 

ACLU defends 'ideological rot' at Justice Department

 

GOP to Sessions: Prosecute Lois Lerner!

 

Jeff Sessions, Unleashed at the Border

 

ECONOMY

 

Asian Shares Drop as Geopolitical Unease Escalates: Markets Wrap

 

Asian shares, Korean won head south on geopolitical worries

 

Dollar falls after data, on track for weekly decline

 

EDUCATION

 

Student Tests Should Recognize the Plasticity of Giftedness

 

When It Comes to Reading, Kindergarten Is the New First Grade

 

Harvard Activists Say They’re So Sorry for Posting Fake Deportation Notices

 

California Dreamers -- and Their Nightmares (For many illegal aliens students at California State University, Fullerton, it's been a tough semester.)

 

Drain the Higher Ed. Swamp That Produced the 'Hang Trump' Prof.

 

Critique vs. Harassment  (University of Central Florida reprimands a long-serving professor of art for allegedly demeaning a student.)

 

Will Harvard Vote the Puritans Off the Island?

 

College Apologizes for Trashing Music Majors (Many music majors and music lovers were offended by Goldey-Beacom's mailing to high school students that said: "Heading off to college to major in music? Well, good luck with that!")

 

Report Finds Decades of Sexual Abuse at Choate

 

Demanding Access to Trustees (New student group at Davidson wants board to hold regular town hall meetings.)

 

Students fear new Chick-fil-A will create unsafe space on campus

 

‘A Mean Amount of Money’  (Administrators at CUNY and SUNY look to seize an $8 million opportunity to drastically expand the use of open educational resources at their campuses.)

 

Aided and Abetted: Student Brown Shirts and their Administrators

 

Why should college students let their enemies speak? Naked self-interest.

 

Who's Unsafe on Campus?

 

Petitions and the Power of Poetry  (A petition at Yale University signifies that now is the time for English departments to teach new kinds of poetry -- and to teach the old kinds in new ways, writes Eric Weiskott.)

 

Mona Charen: Why Doesn't College Work for Blacks?

 

My Free Speech at Berkeley, Not

 

Cuomo's vow to be the students' lobbyist dies with a whimper   (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

Notre Dame Students Say Vice President Makes Them Feel "Unsafe"

 

EGYPT

 

Egyptian Copts mark solemn Good Friday after church bombings

 

Second church bomber identified in Egypt following Sisi pledge  (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi)

 

Coptic Christians’ Endless Struggle for Survival in Egypt

 

ENERGY

 

Energy Prices

 

Dakota Access to begin shipping crude in May

 

Cuomo’s pipeline policy could leave New York in the dark (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

How The Ethanol Mandate Is Killing The American Prairie

 

OPEC faces ‘lose-lose’ decision on extending oil production curbs

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Pruitt says reports of employee rebellion at EPA a result of changing ideology  (Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt)

 

EPA halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks close lower after Trump’s dollar comments

 

Hungary's Orban eyes 2018 election with 'anti-Soros' university law

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK

 

America First at a reformed Ex-Im bank

 

Trump riles conservatives by reversing campaign stance, embracing Ex-Im Bank

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Comey Knows the FBI 'Confused' People Last Year...Hopes New Documentary Will Help  (FBI Director James Comey)

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

What if Trump’s missile salvo wasn’t really about Syria?

 

President Trump has backed off many of his provocative foreign policy promises

 

FRANCE

 

Le Pen Inner Circle Casts Doubt on Party’s Rebranding

 

An Anti-Semitic Murder in a French No-Go Zone

 

GERMANY

 

Ivanka Trump accepts Angela Merkel's invitation to speak at women's empowerment event  (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

The Failure of Open Borders in Germany and Sweden

 

GOP

 

Frontier Justice, Texas Republican Style

 

Some Republicans embrace chaos, stand firm in face of hostile town hall crowds

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

An Unexpected ObamaCare Recipe For Disaster For Small Businesses — And Consumers

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Boys With Vaginas Cause Wild Confusion In U.S. Emergency Rooms

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

…Border Patrol Agent Tells Speaker Ryan the Wall ‘Must Get Done’ (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Republicans Had Better Listen to Georgia Wake-Up Call


Pelosi calls for debate on strikes after 'saber-rattling' on North Korea 
(House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

Maxine Waters: ‘Trump is no longer just a bully’  (US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Ron Estes says close Kansas race a result of special election, not Republican unpopularity

 

Republican House leader avoids selling GOP health-care plan at home

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

'Time to do real tax reform': Americans rally outside Trump Tower

 

IRAN

 

Iran’s Rouhani registers to run for re-election

 

Analysis: ‘Ethnic restructuring’ behind Iranian oppression of Ahwazi Arabs

 

IRAQ

 

Iraqi Christians return to ransacked town with fear and hope

 

ISLAM

 

Some Arguments for Muslim Religious Liberty Are More Compelling than Others


Americans discover Arabic calligraphy at the hands of a Saudi Scholar

 

'Shariah cop' cracks down on Minnesota Muslims

 

Mutilating Little Girls in Michigan’s Little Palestine

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Friday, April 14, 2017)

 

British woman murdered in Jerusalem attack named as Hannah Bladon, 21

 

PM, president send condolences to family of British woman killed in terror attack (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu/ Israeli President Reuven Rivlin)

 

"Promised Land" = Land where Jews will be exterminated

 

British woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem tram attack

 

Tram stabber was on his way home from a mental hospital — police

 

Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

 

JAPAN

 

Japan says North Korea may have missiles loaded with sarin gas

 

JORDAN

 

Jordan: Guard who killed 3 US soldiers last November will face prosecution

 

LIBERALISM

 

Liberals have to avoid Trump Derangement Syndrome

 

MARIJUANA

 

Colorado ends plans for pot clubs over Trump uncertainty

 

MEDIA 

 

MSNBC's Maddow covers Russia more than all other topics combined: analysis

 

What Goes On Inside the World of Bill O’Reilly

 

MEDICARE

 

Former HHS chief suggests end-of-life changes in Medicare

 

MEXICO

 

Fear of Trump Makes Migrants Disappear From Mexican Border

 

Body of near-naked man seen being thrown out of a PLANE is found on a roof in El Chapo's home state - and he may be the THIRD victim of 'flying gangland killers' in a day

 

 

MILITARY

 

Mattis headed to the Middle East, Africa   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

MOAB drop ordered by US general, Trump approval not needed, officials say

 

Navy bans vaping on ships after explosions, burns

 

Pentagon readies for massive grid attack

 

U.S. airstrikes put civilians at risk: Our view

 

‘Ready to pay’: Marine taken away in shackles after pleading guilty to lying in sexual misconduct case

 

Falling through the cracks: Military families say their special-needs children are especially vulnerable

 

Shulkin defends VA’s response to disorder, danger at DC medical center

 

The Marines have their first female armor officer

 

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA)

 

Where do your NEA dollars go? What we learned on an Indiana road trip.

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

NASA detained a 75-year-old woman selling a tiny moon rock. An appeals court says she can sue

 

Saturn Moon May Have Conditions for Life, NASA Says

 

NEW ZEALAND

 

As New Zealand Courts Tech Talent, Isolation Is a Perk

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

Polish Leader Welcomes NATO Troops, Hails 'Historic Moment'

 

NATO ‘Obsolete’? A Change of Heart in the Oval Office

 

Show of strength: More than 1,100 NATO-led soldiers from the US, Britain and Romania bolster Poland's armed forces after Moscow stations nuclear-capable missiles nearby

 

PHILIPPINES

 

China Relations Stabilize After Philippines Drops Spratly Plan

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

The Evangelical Roots of Our Post-Truth Society

 

 

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (RNC)

 

RNC chair to GOP: Show you can govern or lose in 2018  (Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel)

 

RUSSIA

 

US deploys F-35s to Putin's doorstep amid Russia tension (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

RT boasts that Russia has 'Father of All Bombs'

 

Lavrov: Russia, US agree US strikes on Syria should not be repeated  (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov) 

 

Russia Said Likely To Remain Banned From Global Athletics Events

 

Russia Urged to End Torture, Killing of Gays in Chechnya

 

Russian Police Arrest Blogger, Others Over Alleged Violence At Rally

 

Shocking moment Putin risks wrath of Trump as 'Russian-backed Assad jets' drop deadly cluster bombs in Syria FOUR DAYS after gas attack killed 89  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

SENATE

 

Grassley demands FBI update 'incorrect' whistleblower protection guidance (US Senator of Iowa Charles Grassley (R)

 

Graham ‘pleased’ US bombed Afghanistan  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey Graham (R)

 

Jeff Flake spars with wild crowd in first town hall of the year  (US Senator of Arizona Jeff Flake (R)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

United and Pepsi Affairs Teach Respect for Social Media

 

Facebook back in child-porn spotlight

 

On Easter, Mary Magdalene will be maligned as a prostitute. Except she wasn’t.

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

South Korea police search Samsung Group building after explosives report

 

Calling out South Korean IP theft

 

SPACE

 

There may be other life in our solar system

 

SPORTS

 

Steelers Owner, a Link to Football’s Past, Dies at 84

 

Exclusive: Billionaire NHL team owner Daryl Katz slams allegations he offered Jane the Virgin star $1.5 million for sex romps claiming her gambler husband concocted story after his failed extortion plot

 

Ex-player rips Memphis coach with expletive

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

MLB Scoreboard

 

 

STATES

 

N.C. legislator compares Lincoln to Hitler

 

Big Sur usually can’t keep people away. Right now, it’s practically deserted.

 

Cronyism still plagues New York’s courts

 

Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century

 

Walker cancels Easter egg hunt due to search for fugitive  (Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker (R)

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

The Broken Supreme Court

 

SYRIA

 

Assad denial of chemical attack is ‘100% lies’ – French FM (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad)

 

US Strike Exposes Weakness of Russian Anti-Missile System

 

The Question of Saving Syrian Children

 

Syria, War Crimes, and the National Interest

 

Syria Begins to Swap Residents of Four Towns

 

A game changer for Syria?

 

Assad Says Videos of Dead Children in Syria Chemical Attack Were Faked  (Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad)

 

Obama Claimed 'All' of Syria's Chemical Weapons Had Been Eliminated

 

Piers Morgan: The day I watched the disgusting baby-killer Assad finally sign his own death warrant

 

 

TURKEY

 

Turkey detains Islamic State suspects over planned attacks: Anadolu

 

Turkish voters will determine the strength of Erdogan’s grip on power  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

How Erdogan has reshaped Turkey, as told by readers

 

UBER

 

Uber may face $1 million fine over California drunken-driving complaints

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

 

Banks drag FTSE 100 to lower close at end of holiday-shortened week

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Nikki Haley Says She Won't Make White House Bid (US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley)

 

VATICAN

 

 Pope Attends Good Friday Service Recalling Jesus' Suffering

 

Pope Francis Renders Unto Cesar Chavez

 

VENEZUELA 

 

5 dead in Venezuela protests as movement gains steam

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump shares Passover, Easter greetings in weekly address

 

Trump will not release White House visitor logs, citing privacy

 

11 times Trump flipped

 

How WH infighting benefits conservatives

 

Peter Navarro: Trump’s Nutty Economics Professor

 

Donald Rodham Clinton  (The Trump Presidency is taking on a decidedly Clintonian flavor.)

 

Will Trump's reversal on Syrian refugees make him a one-term President?

 

Worries deepen about Trump's military tilt

 

Trump: I’ll Give China a Better Trade Deal if They Help with N. Korea

 

Trump’s got a new favorite Steve

 

Prediction prof: Trump will be impeached

 

Trump’s base turns on him

 

How WH infighting benefits conservatives

 

Trump threatens to pull financing for ObamaCare

 

Within Trump’s inner circle, a moderate voice captures the president’s ear

 

Trump’s recent flip-flops are something to (cautiously) celebrate

 

The Great Reversal — for now

 

Does White House shake-up mean a sharp left turn?

 

White House says Trump’s ‘tough talk’ on China was a tactic

 

Donald Trump and his flexible mind

 

Analysis: Big bomb may give Trump a political boost

 

We don’t know where Trump stands. Neither does he.

 

Trump gets a taste of success

 

For Trump, a Steep Learning Curve Leads to Reversals

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

 

Somalia's cholera outbreak at more than 25,000 cases: WHO

 

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