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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Woman Doesn’t Regret Aborting Her Baby: It Was Just a “Minor Procedure”

 

Oklahoma House Calls Abortion Murder; Directs State Officials to End the Practice

 

“Pro-Life Democrat” Senator Poses With Signs Supporting and Opposing Planned Parenthood

 

Pro-Life Advocates Optimistic as One of Their Own Gets Key HHS Job

 

Christians are Leaving the Girl Scouts Over Its Connection to Planned Parenthood

 

Cosmopolitan Columnist Argues Abortion Is Good Because It Leads to Better Sex

 

Ohio Bill Would Make It the Third State to Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

 

Women Should Not Be Ashamed to Talk About Abortion: A Conversation with Author Carol Sanger

 

Delaware Senate Passes Bill Keeping Abortion Legal if Roe v. Wade is Overturned

 

Oklahoma House declares abortion murder

 

Abortion Foes Cheer Series of Advances, as Opponents Protest  (From the US Capitol and the White House to far-flung battlegrounds in Arizona, Iowa and elsewhere, it's been a dramatic two weeks in the debate over access to abortion and birth control.)

 

Democrats Stumble Into Abortion Rift (Voters in Omaha, Nebraska, will pick a new mayor Tuesday in a local election that has become the epicenter of a divisive national Democratic fight over abortion.)

 

The Problem With Linking Abortion and Economics

 

Kentucky’s last abortion clinic could close after court ruling

 

Report: Kansas, Texas Lead Nation on Abortion Restrictions

 

NY Times publishes an op-ed critical of abortion

 

Montana governor vetoes bills on abortion, concealed weapons

 

Abortion expansion passes Senate committee (Illinois)

 

Abortion bill clears state Senate (Delaware)

 

Correction: Alaska-Abortion Story

 

As a Third Daughter, Her Chinese Grandmother Wanted to “Get Rid of Her.” But Something Saved Her Life

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Trump's best bet for cleaning up Obama's Afghan mess

 

AFRICA

 

Parents still waiting to see girls released by Boko Haram

 

Chibok girl 'refused to be released'

 

AGRICULTURE

 

US crop outlooks miss expectations

 
AIRLINES

 

Fists fly after Southwest Airlines flight lands, video shows

 

United passenger claims trip was canceled for filming dispute

 

Judge forces Spirit Airlines pilots to work during dispute

 

 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)

 

ACLU Lawyer Claims if Hillary Issued Travel Ban It Would Be Constitutional (Video)

 

 

ASIA

 

Erasing Images Of The Dead In Southwestern Turkmenistan

 

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

New York Bill Would Make It the Next State to Legalize Assisted Suicide

 

AUSTRALIA

 

ASX enjoys post-Budget boost

 

'Aussie has little to recommend it to investors'

 

The war against the black economy has only just begun

 

Australia's Qantas boss got pie in the face over gay marriage support

 

Parliament breastfeed an Australian first

 

$180m funding boost to streamline Veterans' Affairs claims system

 

Australian soldier killed during training in Northern Territory

 

Australian Schools Say They’ll Facilitate Gender Changes For 6-Year-Olds

 

BALKANS 

 

Kosovo Lawmakers Dismiss Government

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

Trump Is Getting His Wall  (Trump can finish this job in a few years and have a powerful barrier to entry at all the most important crossing regions. )

 

CANADA

 

TSX gets boost from gold, energy stocks

 

Sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Canada

 

Christy Clark remains B.C. premier until all votes counted

 

Obama to deliver keynote speech to Montreal Board of Trade

 

Drug money: Cancer treatments cost as much as $33K a month, but are hardly wonder cures

 

Strange bedfellows: B.C.'s 3 party leaders must court each other

 

Police believe toddler died in frigid Quebec floodwaters

 

Climate change ‘a boon’ for Quebec wine industry but potential axe for traditional wine-growing countries

 

Toronto man accused of killing girlfriend in Mexico: Reports

 

Infrastructure bank to get short review as Ottawa rushes to pass bill

 

Canadian food distributor charged with kashrut fraud

 

'It was a chaos situation': RCMP officer testifies about being under fire in Moncton shootings

 

Watch: Cops use chopper to track bank thieves' wild ride

 

Friendly skies? Most air passengers satisfied but Canadian carriers lag

 

Federal Court strikes down key provisions of Citizenship Act

 

Why women shouldn’t bother reporting sex assault: DiManno

 

OMG Liberals spend big on Snapchat filters

 

Ontario woman can’t sell SUV because of modern Stone Age computer glitch

 

CARIBBEAN

 

Sale of Trump Caribbean property revives ethics concerns

 

 

CENSUS BUREAU

 

U.S. Census director quits as funding crisis looms for 2020 count

 

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

U.S. Catholic bishops complicit in Muslim persecution of Christians

 

COMEDY

 

Video: Liberal Crowd at Colbert Show CHEERS Comey Firing–Then Sheepishly Changes to Jeering Trump After Colbert Shames Them

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Taiwan's Foxconn to build plant in U.S. in second half of 2017, China tries to woo it back

 

China welcomes new South Korean president's offer to negotiate

 

China protests US delegation meeting Dalai Lama

 

Cold front sends shivers down China’s industrial backbone

 

China Is Building a Disney World for Wine

 

'Emaciated, unrecognisable'China releases human rights lawyer from custody

 

China Orders All Uyghur Students Abroad to Return, Uses Families as Hostages

 

The Kushners and Their Golden Visas   (The President’s in-laws promise Chinese investors green cards. The real scandal is that it’s legal.)

 

China vows to defend climate pact

 

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Trump advised to send envoy to Pyongyang

 

If Trump Meets Kim, He Should Do It the Right Way  (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

North Korea warns US ‘we are not afraid’ vowing to explode sixth nuke bomb

 

North Korea: U.S. senator has "lost basic judgment and body hair"

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Americans’ Approval of Congress Unchanged in May

 

Congress Must Demand an Independent FBI Director to Replace James Comey (FBI Director James Comey)

 

10 Democrats Who Slammed James Comey, Called For His Firing

 

GOP healthcare effort dogged by gender inequity

 

Lawmakers weigh new troops for America’s longest war

 

 

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE (CBO)

 

CBO score of Obamacare repeal bill expected week of May 22

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Texas joins call for Convention of States (11th  to pass Article V resolution aimed at limiting government.)

 

Liberal Fascism Attacks Robert Mercer’s First Amendment Rights

 

COURTS

 

Donald Trump, Keeping His Promise, Makes The Right Move On Judges

 

Ninth Circuit: Critics want to split up 'nutty' court that will hear Trump's travel ban

 

Accused Phoenix serial street shooter: "I'm innocent"

 

Sierra LaMar case: Verdict for man accused of abducting, killing girl on way to school

 

Admirer of Adolf Hitler gets his name changed

 

Federal court ruling prompts review into 2014 firing of Phoenix VA executive

 

Texts suggest Penn State students were made to do elephant walk while holding pledges' penises during obscene frat initiation preceding teenager's death as eight more brothers are indicted

 

Ohio mother pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter after she gave her violent autistic 21-year-old daughter a fatal dose of insulin

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Illegal immigrant deported 15 times arrested in hit-run crash that hurt 6-year-old boy

 

Police arrest NC student armed with weapons, hit list

 

Iranian Muslim Pedophile Arrested in Synagogue Fire in Las Vegas

 

Police reveal how suspect in doctors' slayings is linked to victims

 

Man who decapitated son, 5, granted conditional release

 

This 22-year-old man is back in jail following his 53rd  arrest

 

Cheerleader arrested after lying about stolen uniforms

 

Exclusive: Student, 15, who was abducted by her teacher, 50, is refusing to return home and claims she is 'IN LOVE' with grandfather who took her on 'fun road trip'

 

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

Newark Airport border officers 'were victims of extreme sexual hazing' which included being taped to a 'rape table and assaulted'

 

 

CYBER ATTACK

 

Foreign States Preparing Cyber Attacks on Infrastructure in Future War

 

The cyberthreat to democracy

 

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

DNC chief: Comey firing ‘a brazen and disgraceful abuse of power’

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

New Obama Bio Is Not Just Exhausting; It’s Insulting

 

‘This terrifies me’: Ex-Clinton aides express disbelief, outrage  (Hillary Clinton’s allies suggested that Comey’s firing was an attempt by President Trump to frustrate the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia.)

 

Seattle mayor drops re-election bid amid claims of sex abuse

 

De Blasio can’t be bothered to attend Grammys announcement (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

The Mets give de Blasio a lesson in accountability

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

 

Officials give update on tunnel collapse at Hanford nuclear site

 

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

Courts Block DHS Review of Refugee Threats

 

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

 

Interior Secretary Zinke admires national monuments he’ll likely recommend removing (Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke)

 

Reviving debate over Bears Ears National Monument also revives racial tension in a remote corner of Utah

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Rod Rosenstein, man behind Comey’s firing, is highly respected on Capitol Hill  (FBI Director James Comey)

 

Jeff Sessions' Defense of James Comey Contradicts His Justification for Firing Him (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions/FBI Director James Comey)

 

Interim FBI director likely to be named as soon as Wednesday

 

Author of Comey memo is overseeing Russia probe

 

DOJ Memo: Hillary Presser ‘Textbook Example of What Fed Prosecutors, Agents Taught Not to Do’

 

Dems ask Justice Dept, FBI to 'preserve any and all files' on Comey firing

 

Sally Yates was the real blackmailer

 

Sessions Expected to Bulk Up Prosecution on Drug Crimes  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

The Justice Department’s case against Comey, annotated

 

DISNEY

 

Disney CEO Bob Iger addresses ESPN layoffs

 

 

ECONOMY

 

U.S. Stocks Boosted by Oil Rally as Dollar Slips: Markets Wrap

 

Wall Street mixed after Trump fires FBI head; Nasdaq hits record high

 

Nasdaq closes at record for 4th straight day as Dow slips in FBI firing aftermath

 

Asia stocks rise for third day on earnings; dlr stalls on Comey sacking

 

Asia Stocks Rise; Yen Gains Amid North Korea Worry: Markets Wrap

 

A stock market decline may be around the corner, Elliott Wave analysis says

 

Here’s why the stock market isn’t freaking out about the Comey firing

 

Dollar advances vs. yen as oil prices climb

 

Gold tallies best one-day gain in over 2 weeks

 

EDUCATION

 

The Left is forcing Christians out of colleges. That’s actually good news for conservatives

 

University Under Fire for Pro-Sharia Commencement Address

 

Good Jobs Are Out There – It’s the Schools that Are Failing  (Why don’t our students have basic competence in math and English?)

 

Georgia teacher caught sleeping as students brawl

 

Hazing and holiness

 

Colleges Think Women Having Sex Is Dangerous. This Feminist Says They’re Wrong.

 

Protesters object to Betsy DeVos as commencement speaker at historically black university

 

Arizona college asks students to consider ‘pee privilege’ over transgender issues

 

Don’t Use Our Brand (Louisiana State University tells athletes not to wear university gear if they talk publicly about the outcome of the Alton Sterling case.)

 

Pupils wouldn't need doctor's note for sunscreen under bill

 

Culturally Responsive Developmental Education

 

Theology professor pressured out of Duke after protesting liberal racism ‘training’ program

 

Trickle-Down Antagonism

 

Better choices in higher education

 

What Are Students Rating When They Rate Instructors?

 

UC revises its plan to limit the share of spots going to out-of-state students

 

A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts … and Transform College Admissions

 

Leftist Profs Leave University of Kansas to Protest 2nd  Amendment

 

What Policies for Improving Graduation Rates Actually Work?

 

 

EGYPT

 

Egyptian Columnist Responds To Attack On Naguib Mahfouz's Work: In Egypt, There Is A 'Bizarre' Double Standard – We Fight Terrorism While Disregarding Salafi Incitement

 

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Why The Rock didn’t endorse a candidate during the election

 

 

ENERGY

 

Oil jumps 3% as U.S. inventories see biggest weekly drop of 2017

 

Energy Prices

 

Firing ethanol

 

Tesla’s Solar Roof Pricing Is Cheap Enough to Catch Fire

 

 

ENTITLEMENT REFORM

 

Stephen Moore: Entitlement Reform At Last

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

Nearly 30 MILLION Americans are drinking contaminated tap water linked to cancer, birth defects and lead poisoning

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

EPA Bureaucracy Strikes Back: The Case of the Board of Scientific Counselors

 

EURASIA

 

Miners' Deaths Spark Protests In Georgia

 

EUROPE

 

Amnesty International condemns ‘fascist’ arrests in Ukraine

 

Move to ban male circumcision alarms Jewish leaders (European Jews are on alert after a political party in Norway voted to propose a bill in parliament to ban ritual circumcision of children under the age of 16.)

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks finish at fresh 21-month high

 

EBRD Predicts Pick-Up In Region's Economic Growth

 

Video from Austria: “Dark-skinned man” attacks, destroys crucifix, does over $16,000 in damage

 

EU Criticizes U.S. For Slashing UN Contribution

 

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Donald Trump Must Act—Now

 

It Was Inevitable That Trump Would Fire James Comey  (FBI Director James Comey)

 

Four Big Questions in Wake of Comey’s Firing

 

Behind the scenes of James Comey's epic firing

 

An Overdue Move (President Trump made a mistake not in firing James Comey but in waiting so long to do it.)

 

Will Dems next be leaving tear-soaked teddybears and flowers for Comey at FBI headquarters?

 

Trump Strikes A Blow For The Rule Of Law 

 

FBI world reacts to Comey's firing

 

Finally, one of the Chief Swamp Creatures—Fired!

 

The Bipartisan Case against James Comey

 

Some names Trump may consider for a new FBI chief

 

Exclusive–Former FBI Assistant Director: Comey ‘Threw the Reputation of the FBI Under the Bus’

 

Trump’s sacking of FBI Head Comey stuns DC

 

James Comey’s Democrat Critics Now See Russian Conspiracy In Trump’s Firing

 

Report: Trump Was Mad Comey Wouldn’t Utter Three Important Words

 

Hah! Wikileaks Offers to Hire James Comey After Firing

 

Comey wanted more resources for Russia probe

 

FOX Expert Herridge: Comey Was Fired Because He Refused to Reveal Obama Unmaskers (Video)

 

Analysis: Timing, Reasons for Comey's Firing Raise Questions, But Trump's Next Move is What Matters

 

Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia

 

Levin: Trump was right to fire ‘drama king’ Comey

 

6 Quick Takeaways From Trump’s Firing Of FBI Director Comey

 

Suspicious FBI role in Garland jihad attack is major FBI scandal on Comey’s watch

 

Bye Bye, Comey  (Behind the scenes of Trump’s firing of the FBI Director.)

 

Why Comey was fired: DOJ rips handling of Clinton case in ouster 

 

Why James Comey had to go

 

FBI subpoenas Flynn associates

 

The Firing of James Comey

 

Analysis: James Comey's firing won't end election controversy over Russia

 

Trump Is Lying Again (There is no reason to believe the President on the firing of James Comey.)

 

5 key points in memo calling for Comey firing

 

Echoes of Watergate in Trump’s Decision

 

Comey’s firing should make all of us ‘mildly nauseous’

 

Comey reportedly found out he was fired by watching the news

 

Gregg Jarret: Comey's firing was long overdue

 

Comey’s dismissal may turn the anti-Trump wave into a tsunami

 

Why was FBI Director James Comey fired now?

 

Comey Received Word of Firing From TV Reports, Thought It Was a Joke

 

Is Comey’s firing ‘Nixonian’ or uniquely Trumpian?

 

Trump urged Comey to go after Clinton — and then fired him for it

 

How did we get here? A James Comey timeline

 

The Trump administration’s case for firing FBI Director Comey

 

The Comey debacle only magnifies the Russia mystery

 

Editorial: Absolutely nothing about Comey's firing passes the smell test

 

Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey  (Despite claims to the contrary, the FBI director was clearly ousted for leading an investigation into Russian ties that could threaten the President.)

 

The one thing we know for sure about Comey’s firing

 

Who might succeed Comey? Former FBI director candidates could be in mix

 

Trump firing Comey demands fuller explanation

 

An Abrupt Parting, a Year in the Making (The FBI director’s ouster was the culmination of a toxic dynamic between him and the President.)

 

Comey's temporary replacement is also embroiled in Clinton scandal: Andrew McCabe's wife from a Hillary fundraiser

 

It was already past time for James Comey to go

 

'Fun Fact: Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI': President gets trolled by Tricky Dicky's Library, leaving critics to ask if this is Trump's 'Saturday Night Massacre'

 

US Attorney fired by Trump: 'Everyone' should be troubled by Comey firing

 

 

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

 

John Oliver’s Net Neutrality Campaign Filled With Bots, Fake Comments, Racist Attacks Against FCC Chairman

 

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC)

 

 

Revealed: The 45 celebrities that got warning letters from the FTC over their sponsored content posts

 

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

 

Bank adds 1,200 NC jobs stalled by anti-LGBT law

 

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

ALS drug approval gives patients hope

 

Drug safety issues common after FDA approval, study finds

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Trump’s Uncontrolled Foreign Policy

 

FRANCE

 

Hand on heart - Has French politics become too Americanized?

 

France's 'first lady': Does Brigitte Macron want to be the French Michelle Obama?

 

Charlie Hebdo in hot water over 'sexist' cartoon of a pregnant Mrs Macron

 

Polish MP: “French No Longer Have Strength to Fight For France”

 

Who is Emmanuel Macron? France’s new leader called ‘useful idiot’ on militant Islam

 

Macron's win doesn't end France's divide and other comments

 

French models will need a doctor's note to hit the catwalk

 

The elites win a round, but in France

 

A French Lesson for the American Media

 

Why Marine Le Pen's loss is a win for Trump

 

GERMANY

 

Did stimulants fuel Nazi Germany’s war of annihilation?

 

Today's German military has a Nazi problem

 

Defence minister vows clear army break with Nazi past

 

Police launch nationwide raids against suspected Isis supporters

 

German govt to ban tourist hotspot at North Korean embassy

 

Corpse sits in city tree for several weeks before pedestrian spots it

 

Amid collusion allegations, AP releases review of its coverage of Nazi Germany

 

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

'False sense of security': Scientists warn on pace of global warming

 

Get America Out Of The Paris Climate Agreement NOW!

 

Ivanka Pressures Trump to Push Global Warming as Earth Enters New Ice Age

 

Climate Pact Offers Few Benefits for Exiting It, by Design (The Paris agreement is largely nonbinding, which has given ammunition to those urging the Trump administration to stick with it.)

 

Earth could break through a major climate threshold in the next 15 years, study says

 

GOP

 

Democrats LOSE Again! GOP Candidate Wins Omaha Mayor’s Race in a Romp

 

Labrador files to run for governor after health care comment outrage  (US Representative of Idaho Raul Labrador)

 

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Voters Like Their Health Care, But Still Want Law Fixes

 

Grassley, Chaffetz rebuke HHS secretary for muzzling agency employees (Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price)

 

 Conn. Health Insurance Request Average Premium Rate Hikes as High as 52%

 

Why Should Anyone Trust What Dems Say About Health Reform?

 

Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Voters See Higher Costs, Lower Quality Care With Single-Payer System

 

Proof That Those International Health Care Comparisons Are Bogus

 

NSAID painkillers linked to higher risk of heart attack

 

Why is Minnesota experiencing the worst measles outbreak in 30 years?

 

1 pregnant woman found to have Zika after DC testing error

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

'Faith-based film' label needs to go, experts say

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

We can defeat the LGBT juggernaut if we fight hard enough. What just happened in Colorado proves it

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

The AHCA Insurance Company Bailout

 

Rowdy crowd interrupts Congressman's town hall

 

US reps, Dalai Lama take aim at China sore spot Tibet

 

GOP Doublespeak on ‘Free Market’ Health Care

 

Poll: Support for GOP health bill declines

 

Lawmakers continue debate on whether new health care bill will cost vets

 

Sandra Lee refused to let Paul Ryan join cooking segment (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

No, the health bill doesn’t gut coverage for pre-existing conditions

 

The safety net anti-Ryan protesters don't want to talk about

 

GOP rep: No one should hear of a firing on TV (FBI Director James Comey)

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Trump’s immigration enforcement helps slow illegal border crossings by 76%

 

INDIA

 

ICJ’s stay on Indian Jadhav’s execution a blow to Pakistan

 

Indian workers ‘held captive’ by company in Saudi Arabia, embassy intervenes

 

‘Ummer was a brilliant student; he wasn’t scared’: Family and friends remember Kashmiri army officer killed by militants

 

International Court of Justice to hear Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Monday; Pakistan says will review its jurisdiction  (India moving the International Court of Justice on the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue was a “carefully considered decision” as the retired Indian Navy officer was in illegal detention in Pakistan and his life was under threat, the external affairs ministry said on Wednesday.)

 

Presidential poll: Sonia Gandhi to meet Mamata Banerjee next week to discuss strategy

 

Sanjay Mitra to be next defence secretary

 

 

INDONESIA

 

Blasphemy Charge Against Christian Governor Could Be a Sign of Deteriorating Religious Freedom in Indonesia

 

Blasphemy Conviction for Jakarta Governor Seen As Blow for Religious Freedom  

 

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICES (IRS)

 

IG: ‘IRS Overpaid More Than 600 Employees Approximately $4.2 Million’

 

IRAN

 

Messaging apps push boundaries of Iranian politics

 

Iran to Launch Two New Satellites, Likely Cover for Illicit ICBM Program

 

Flying Iran’s Friendly Skies to Victory (President Hassan Rouhani's overhaul of his country’s rickety airlines is a centerpiece of his re-election campaign. But will Donald Trump get in the way?)

 

IRAQ

 

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul and liberate the Maamel neighborhood

 

‘You will blow yourselves up,’ ISIS tells Iraqi boys in training camps

 

Iraqi boys’ harrowing tale of captivity, training by Daesh

 

ISLAM

 

Now some Muslim women are outraged over high-fashion hijabs

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Wednesday, May 10, 2017)

 

Arab Media: Abbas Netanyahu Trump Plan Three-Way Summit  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas/ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Abbas said to agree to summit with Netanyahu and Trump

 

'Barghouti's sweets' handed out at Nakba Day ceremony (Convicted murderer and terrorist-“Palestinian” leader Marwan Barghouthi)

 

After fighting Somali pirates, Indian Navy ships visit Haifa

 

Islamic bloc wins for 3rd  year running in Birzeit University student elections

 

Trump ‘still reviewing’ embassy move to Jerusalem – White House

 

Pipe Bombs Attack Prevented at IDF Military Court  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

At 7:04 p.m., after 81 years, Israel Radio fades to music

 

Erdogan Is Honing In On Jerusalem To Send The Flood Of Muslims While He Forms An Islamic Alliance And A New MUSLIM World Order  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Hamas assures critics Israel’s destruction still its goal

 

PA Security Force Pulls Weapons Off Streets Ahead of Trump Visit

 

IDF accuses B’Tselem of ‘manufacturing’ conflicts

 

Israeli authorities continue attempts to break mass hunger strike on 24th  day

 

The curious case of Donald Trump’s 1989 (non-)visit to Israel

 

Russian Parliament Member Drowns in Dead Sea

 

Netanyahu discusses peace process, Syria with Putin (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Turkish President Recep Erdogan attacks Israel Verbally – “Necessity to prevent the Judaization of Jerusalem.”

 

There are no settlements, Israel’s new envoy to Brazil says

 

Fires in Northern Negev, Samaria

 

Israel’s military advocate general defends trial of Hebron shooter

 

PA denies reports that shipments of medicine and baby formula to Gaza were halted

 

Wife of Palestinian hunger striker wants pope to intervene  (Convicted murderer and terrorist-“Palestinian” leader Marwan Barghouthi)

 

Hamas must do more to become politically relevant

 

Human Rights Watch’s Israel-Palestine director barred from Bahrain

 

Israel, AIPAC reluctant to endorse Taylor Force Act

 

B'Tselem denounces Israel for unjustified killing of Palestinian teen in Jerusalem

 

No deal, Mr. President

 

Kahlon ‘Net Family’ Tax Cut Plan Passes Unanimously

 

Leading Hamas official says no softened stance

 

While Abbas met with Trump, Fatah honored 12 terrorists responsible for murdering 95 people

 

New Nation State Bill In Israel Moves Forward

 

Fooling many of the people much of the time  ("Hamas Drops Call for Israel's Destruction," headlined The Wall Street Journal last week. The New York Times told its readers: "Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel." And the United Kingdom's The Guardian concluded that Hamas had produced a document likely to "ease peace process.")

 

Abbas: We want our children to live 'along with Israeli children in peace' (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

 

LIBERALISM

 

What Do Leftists Celebrate?

 

 

MALAYSIA

 

Video from Malaysia: Muslim woman lathers hijab in shampoo commercial

 

MEDIA 

 

Advocating Warfare: The Media's Record as an Enemy (US journalists have an exalted view of themselves.  But a look at their history suggests they're just a worker-bee hive, not people of any achievement.)

 

Fox News ratings slip among older viewers with Bill O'Reilly's departure, but advertisers are back

 

Firing fallout: Media jump on Trump for dumping Comey (FBI Director James Comey)

 

Maddow Scores Ratings Win on Monday Night

 

Trump crashes news gatekeepers to reach Americans (Campaign uses new tool to reveal facts mainstream media are 'hiding.')

 

Scarborough to GOP: 'Stand the hell up' to Trump

 

MEXICO

 

World’s heaviest man goes under knife in Mexico

 

Mexico’s 2016 Murder Tally Exceeds Those of Many Countries at War

 

Special Cinco de Mayo Greetings from Chicano Icon Che Guevara  (“Mexicans are mostly a rabble of illiterate Indians.” )

 

Liquor-drenched party in Mexican prison embarrasses government

 

MILITARY

 

Failing Those Who Served Us  (It's about time President Trump made some real progress on the longstanding Veterans Administration debacle.)

 

Inside the U.S. Navy's newest, fastest submarines

 

Pentagon hackers infiltrated Islamic State accounts, changed passwords: Report

 

Chelsea Manning speaks out for first time since clemency win

 

Maintenance crews’ work below deck keeps warship on target

 

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

 

‘Resistance’ Researcher Gets $43,576 From NIH

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

Here Are NASA's Biggest Problems Sending Humans To Mars By 2033

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

The National Security Council’s New Pro-Hamas Israel Advisor

 

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

How U.S. Meddling in the Bosnia Conflict Changed the Face of NATO

 

Joining NATO is unacceptable, Moldovan president says

 

NATO assessing request for more troops to Afghanistan

 

 

NUTRITION

 

Why a western diet gives you gout: Regularly consuming sugary drinks, red meat and fries raise the risk

 

PAKISTAN

 

Christian in Pakistan Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for ‘Blasphemy’

 

Chaman border crossing will stay closed until Afghan govt addresses Pakistan's reservations: Sartaj Aziz

 

Pakistan PM accused of taking money from bin Laden to fund jihad in Kashmir

 

International court halts Pakistan execution of Indian convicted of spying

 

Pakistan,Iran to settle trade transactions through banking channels

 

 

PHILIPPINES

 

 Kidnap warning issued for Philippine tourist hostpots

 

Philippine Leader Names Senator Ally New Foreign Chief

 

 

POLITICS

 

Voters Think Religious Institutions Have a Place in Politics

 

RACISM

 

The Ugly Racism of Karl Marx

 

RUSSIA

 

Top Russian diplomat jokes about Comey firing  (FBI Director James Comey/ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

 

PM Medvedev Says He Needs Two Years to Raise Russia's Minimum Wage to Subsistence Levels

 

To Fight “Extremism,” Russia Bans Jehovah's Witnesses

 

Russian Investigators Ordered to Find Out How Hackers Cracked an Activist's Telegram Account

 

Lavrov: Trump admin are business people, dialogue free from ideological bias   (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov)

 

How the Kremlin Turned Macron Against Russia

 

US Criticizes Russian Build-up Near Baltic States

 

Trump urges Russia to ‘rein in’ Assad, Iran after talks with Lavrov

 

Analysis: Veteran 'Silovik' Named To Head Chechen Presidential Administration

 

Putin Restricts Rallies In Decree That Could Hamper Navalny's Protest Plans   (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Kremlin unveils details about Russian FM Lavrov's visit to Trump's Oval Office

 

Putin and Trump to meet in Hamburg in July

 

Moscow Conference on International Security 2017: Cooperation Lost in Translation

 

SCIENCE

 

Project to map human brain from womb to birth releases stunning images

 

Study: More proof a man can never become a woman

 

Dinosaur named for 'Ghostbusters' creature found in Montana 75 million years after its death

 

 

SENATE

 

Kaine: Russia Probe Making Trump ‘Very, Very Nervous’; Blumenthal: ‘Constitutional Crisis’  (US Senator of Virginia Timothy Kaine (D)/ Former US Senator of Connecticut Richard Blumenthal (D)

 

Elizabeth Warren Pushes Trump to Destroy Wall Street's Megabanks  (US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

GOP Senator to Introduce Bill Strengthening U.S. Missile Defense Amid North Korean Threat

 

Comey fallout: Grassley backs Trump, tells media to 'suck it up and move on'  (US Senator of Iowa Charles Grassley (R)/FBI Director James Comey)

 

Almost Half of Senate Democrats Don’t Heed Schumer’s Instruction to Be at Their Desks by 9:30  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

McConnell dismisses calls for special prosecutor on Russia (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

In Wake of Comey Firing, Amash and McCain Demand Special Commission (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)/FBI Director James Comey)

 

Trump Loses Senate Vote To Repeal Obama-Era Methane Rule Thanks To McCain

 

After Comey firing, Dems want Russia documents kept from White House

 

Chuck Schumer's Shameless Hypocrisy and Faux Outrage Over James Comey's Firing (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Shut The Chuck Up (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

First on CNN: Senate Russia investigators ask Treasury for Trump team financial information

 

McMaster to Brief Senate Committee on Plan to Defeat ISIS   (President Trump’s national security adviser, Lieutenant General HR McMaster, will brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the administration’s plan to to defeat the Islamic State in an off-the-record meeting Wednesday.)

 

Senate Republicans face their own divisions in push for health-care overhaul

 

Senate confirms Gottlieb as FDA commissioner

 

Who will decide what the Senate’s health-care bill looks like? Follow the Medicaid-state senators.

 

Senate Democrats to GOP: Yank repeal effort, and we’ll talk health care

 

Rubio Tells ADL About ‘Very Disturbing’ Voice Mail His Wife Received  (US Senator of Florida Marco Rubio (R)

 

The Senate’s turn to ponder health care

 

Three Senate GOP chairmen raise concerns over Comey’s dismissal

 

McCain: US 'woefully unprepared' to fight Russian cyber attacks  (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

Republican Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr 'troubled' by Comey's firing, citing both the timing and 'reasoning' of the decision as panel's Russia probe continues

 

Senate Dems to meet Wednesday on Comey  (FBI Director James Comey)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Former Governor Mike Huckabee Drops One Of The Dumbest Tweets Of All Time About CNN

 

Alleged abduction streamed on Facebook: Police

 

Tweets fly fast after firing of FBI head Comey

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Moon Jae-in faces uphill battle on US ties, THAAD  (President Moon Jae-in)

 

Moon, Trump likely to hold summit soon

 

Moon Faces Uphill Struggle with Slim Majority

 

Don't let Trump, Xi decide Korea's future  (Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping)

 

Moon Jae-in highlights cooperation, national security

 

Moon's education pledges under scrutiny

 

Moon Goes to Work Immediately

 

Moon urged to shun interventionism

 

IMF Keeps Growth Outlook for Korea at 2.7%

 

Political stocks fall as Moon's win clears uncertainty

 

Shortage of Health Workers Feared

 

Moon to make global debut at G20 meeting in July

 

India, a great hedge for Korean economy

 

Korean consumers keep buying Chinese cars

 

South Korea’s new president has a juggling act far beyond the norm   

 

South Korea’s new leader willing to visit the North

 

South Korea's new president sworn in

 

S. Korea's new leader wants to reverse N. Korea policy

 

An Agenda for South Korea’s New Leader

 

S. Korea's Next Leader Will Engage North, Reconsider THAAD

 

Partisanship Won't Sink the U.S.–South Korea Alliance

 

SPORTS

 

Bryce Harper Explains His Cryptic Home Plate Salute in Mother’s Day Video

 

Kathy Berman, wife of ESPN's Chris Berman, killed in car crash

 

College quarterback younger brother of NFL star Greg Olsen is indicted for 'punching woman, 23, he was dating in the face then raping her in his apartment after a night of drinking'

 

Rangers will make big changes after season-ending crusher

 

Panthers' Michael Oher turns himself in to police

 

Sidney Crosby takes the fall for NHL's failed procedures

 

Berkeley rugby player suffers injury which leaves him paralyzed below the chest during his team's championship game

 

Rory McIlroy switches clubs in a $100M deal

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

MLB Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

 

STATES

 

Texas Gov. Abbott Urged Pastors to Pressure Lawmakers on 'Bathroom Bill'

 

Wildfire rages in Charlton County, Georgia

 

Wisconsin voter ID law proved insurmountable for many voters

 

Forest Lake, Minnesota, city of nearly 20K, votes to disband police department

 

Woman goes missing on hike with her dog in Montana

 

Top officials in Maryland, Virginia, D.C. gather for urgent regional action against opioid epidemic

 

Why won't the Assembly help protect kids from MS-13?   (MS-13 and other violent gangs are a plague on minority and immigrant communities, targeting black and Hispanic teens with extortion, beatings and murder. But some New York lawmakers are flinching...)

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Judicial Watch Sues State Dept for Russia Files Sent to Democrat Senator

 

 

SUICIDES

 

Mich. lawmaker found dead hours after drunk driving arrest

 

SYRIA

 

Syrian Kurdish official praises US decision to provide arms

 

US-backed forces seize Syria’s Tabqa, dam from ISIS

 

In blow to ties with Turkey, U.S. to directly arm Syrian Kurds against ISIS

 

He says he went to Syria to rescue his wife from ISIS. Now he sits in prison.

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwan Rejection From WHO Assembly Further Strains Relations With China

 

More trouble ahead for Taiwan's Tsai after rocky year  (President Tsai Ing-wen)

 

No other way for Taiwan than to accept One-China policy: Beijing

 

Taiwanese officials ready to work from WHA sidelines

 

Teacher accused of sexual assault breaks his silence

 

US strongly backs Taiwan’s WHA bid

 

WHA missing out, health workers say

 

Most Taiwanese unhappy with Tsai administration: poll

 

Bakery changed expiration dates

 

Health ministry to consider water fluoridation

 

 TAXATION

 

The ‘Made in America’ tax myth  (Are American-made products at a disadvantage to imported ones? That’s the argument supporters of a 20 percent tax hike on imports are making to justify their position.)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

 

Apple becomes first company worth $800bn

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Transgender teen pushes boundaries to be 'legal'

 

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

Treasury Ran $182,428,000,000 Surplus In April--But Said Debt Frozen at $19,808,747,000,000

 

 

TURKEY

 

Erdogan urges US to reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Turkey warns US against arming Syrian Kurd ‘terrorists,’ ponders end of ‘strategic partnership’

 

Decision on S-400 deliveries to Turkey to be made after talks on price, minister says


Anti-terror fight should not be carried out with other terror groups: Erdoğan

 

Turkey furious at US decision to arm Syrian Kurdish group

 

President Erdoğan should ‘reconsider’ his US visit, Main opposition says

 

Turkey challenges EU to ‘open new chapters’

 

EBRD expects slowdown in Turkey’s growth amid security, geopolitical risks

 

Turkey’s judicial board reshuffles over 1,000 judges, prosecutors

 

Turkey signs deal to buy training aircraft from Pakistan

 

Former AKP lawmaker arrested over Gülen links

 

3,000 police officers dismissed over Gülen links were blacklisted by group

 

Two Turkish doctors accused in organ transplant scam among arrested in Ukraine

 

President Erdoğan speaks with UK’s May

 

Turkey slams Swiss decision to not charge protesters over Erdoğan banner

 

Turkey’s steel giant establishes joint venture with US company in metal recycling

 

Turkey wants to carry on its EU membership bid on win-win basis

 

Turkish-British joint venture to develop engine control systems for German business

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends at 7-week high as energy stocks climb

 

 Theresa May admits energy price cap is not 'Conservative' but voters come before ideology (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Labour and Lib Dems pledge school cash

 

Brexit could see hundreds of GPs quit Scotland, doctors warn

 

 Decision due on election expense charges   (Prosecutors have examined police files on the way Tory campaign costs were recorded.)

 

Scottish Greens deny election plan to prop-up SNP vote

 

Women trafficked for sham UK marriages

 

Scotland set for midge explosion as population soars

 

Girl, 11, dies after theme park fall

 

Inflation spike to put pressure on wages

 

Fears of GP losses after Brexit

 

BA plane grounded after blackbird causes chaos in the cockpit

 

Man charged after Westminster arrest

 

Calls for end to 'inhumane' separation of elderly couples being moved into care

 

Holiday rep hurt in resort acid attack

 

Cumbrian zoo where 500 animals died granted new licence

 

Man jailed for 1986 attempted rape

 

Twenty teenagers ill after taking Xanax

 

 

UNITED STATES

 

2 bodies found in water in Central Park in less than 24 hours

 

Decomposed body found in Central Park reservoir

 

New Orleans needs help moving Confederate statues — and stopping extremists in the way

 

VATICAN

 

Pope to canonize 2 children a century after visions

 

VENEZUELA 

 

'They have gas; we have excrement': protests take a dirty turn

 

Venezuela sees sharp rise in child deaths

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Keith Olbermann Wants Trump Impeached for Agreeing With Him

 

Could Trump’s Deregulation Be a Lifeline for Struggling Entrepreneurs?

 

Pence: Comey firing not about Russia investigation  (Vice-President Mike Pence)

 

In Firing Comey, Trump Shows He's Afraid of No One  (FBI Director James Comey)

 

Trump says 'Comey wasn't doing a good job'

 

‘Now They Play So Sad’: Trump slams Democrats For Flip Flopping On Comey

 

Ricky Waddell named White House deputy national security adviser

 

Trump Meets With Kissinger After Kissinger Met With China Over NKorea

 

Trump Praises 'Very Good' Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister

 

Watch: White House Spokeswoman Says ‘It’s Time To Move On’ From Trump-Russia Investigation

 

Trump Hires Law Firm to Fight Suggestions of Russia Business Ties

 

Trump Keeps Acting Like He Has Something to Hide (America’s rule of law now hinges on whether the GOP still feels loyalty to the republic, not just Republicans.)

 

Trump mocks Comey backlash: President accuses Cryin' Chuck Schumer of hypocrisy after Senate minority leader claims firing of FBI director has 'shattered' the criminal justice system

 

Text: Trump letter to Comey (FBI Director James Comey)

 

Trump's take on the 'Uncivil War'  (Leave it to President Trump to wake the populace. This time his alarm bell is America's slaughterhouse of 1861-65. "Why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?" he said last week.)

 

Trump takes to Twitter to blast Democrats at hypocrites after Comey firing

 

Why Trump is stronger than he looks  (To paraphrase Mark Twain: Reports of President Trump's political death "are greatly exaggerated." Simply scanning approval ratings overlooks the many trends determining a President's effectiveness and re-electability. Many of these favor Mr Trump.)

 

Sean Spicer's explanation of why it took 18 days to fire Flynn (White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

Chaos and the commentariat  (It is probably too early in our 45th President's tenure to evaluate how his critics are appraising him, both those on the left and those on the right. Among his critics on the right, such as Bill Kristol and George F Will, their criticisms have calmed down a bit, and of course their criticisms are relatively chaste. )

 

Spicer defends White House following Yates' testimony on Flynn

 

Marking Six Months Since Victory, White House Official Pledges to Share Video of Trump Taking Clinton’s Concession Call

 

Zelizer: Trump just used his nuclear option on Russia probe

 

Melania's cyber bullying platform 'work in progress'

 

Shocking firing raises questions and stakes for the White House

 

Stop copying Trump to try to counter him

 

All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.

 

Conway: Comey firing 'not a cover up'

 

Trump to Meet Top Russian Diplomat at the White House

 

 

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