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Monday, May 22, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 240 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Woman Who Survived Abortion: “If Abortion is Merely About Women’s Rights, Then Where Were Mine?”

 

Undercover Video Exposes Deep Contradiction at the Heart of Planned Parenthood

 

Christian School Punishes Student Who Got Pregnant and Rejected Abortion

 

Joss Whedon Should Support Women’s Humanity, Not Planned Parenthood

 

Pro-Abortion Students at “Catholic” Notre Dame Walk Out of Pro-Life VP Mike Pence’s Commence Speech

 

Forcing women to have children is akin to slavery, says a devoutly Christian abortion doctor

 

Planned Parenthood Caught Refusing to Provide Abortion Alternatives: “Just Google It”

 

PolitiFact: Lawmaker says abortions are safer than vasectomies  (Texas)

 

Powerful pro-life conference for women coming in June

 

State lawmakers put millions toward combating abortions (Missouri)

 

New law may force pro-life groups to hire abortion activists

 

Listen to People Who Have Had an Abortion

 

Abortionist Kicked Out of Multiple States Opens New DC Abortion Clinic Killing Babies Up to 24 Weeks

 

Facebook will not delete videos of violent death, abortion and self-harm, leaked guidelines show

 

Pope Francis: “The Church Must Never Tire” of Fighting Abortion

 

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron refuses to say whether abortion is 'wrong' (United Kingdom)

 

New Poll Shows UK Voters Strongly Oppose Legalizing Abortion Up to Birth

 

Thousands turn out in Rome for March that’s ‘taking on a life of its own’

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

A surprise attack by the Taliban kills 25 Afghan police and spotlights security failures

 

AFRICA

 

Trophy hunter dies after wounded elephant crushes him in Zimbabwe

 

 

AGRICULTURE

 

Farm Handouts Are Out of Control. Here Are 5 Reasons to Target Them in the Budget.

 

Heavy Rains Are Turning U.S. Corn Fields Into Lakes

 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)

 

The ACLU's army of ex-cons

 

ASIA

 

RCEP trade-deal disagreements surface at talks  (Disagreements between Asian nations over a Communist China-backed free-trade deal surfaced at talks,...)

 

Trump's new trade rep Lighthizer struggles to win over Asian partners

 

An independent Kurdistan

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Commodities bounce off Chinese hopes to lift ASX

 

The Australian dollar continues to grind higher

 

Melbourne man tests positive to HIV while taking preventative drug

 

Indian taxi driver ‘racially’ abused, beaten up in Australia: Report

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Australia leads fight to save trade pact

 

Audis targeted in home invasion and carjacking in Melbourne's west

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

Ford CEO Suddenly Retires: Early Casualty of AV Revolution

 

Ford names Hackett as CEO to tackle car rivals, Silicon Valley

 

Mark Fields Out As Ford CEO Amid Investor Angst

 

 AVIATION

 

Boeing’s Contract with Iran Harms National Security

 

Boeing signs defense, commercial deals with Saudi Arabia

 

CANADA

 

Here's how the Conservative vote could go down, ballot by ballot

 

In Bombardier fight, Boeing sees ghost of Airbus ascent

 

Absentee ballots could swing B.C. government

 

University of Guelph student union takes a walk on the ‘controversial’ side over Lou Reed song

 

RCMP and China strike deal to combat opioid smuggling

 

The other border (Immigrants eye Canada as US deportation fears grow.)

 

Glen Davis' murder overshadows his legacy as one of Canada's most generous conservationists

 

Canada Calls Boeing's Trade Challenge ‘Lousy Customer Relations’

 

Middle school teacher, 36, convicted of sending nude selfies to EIGHT students aged 13-18, plying them with beer and having sex with them - but she claims she was 'blackmailed' into sending the lewd pictures

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China confirms six Japanese men arrested amid spying allegations

 

Chinese Media Praises Killing Of CIA Spies: 'Sweeping Victory'

 

Beijing's new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists

 

 Farming the World: China’s Epic Race to Avoid a Food Crisis

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

North Korea Confirms Launch, Says Missile Ready For Military Use

 

N. Korea says new missile ready for mass production

 

North Korea says world looks beautiful from a ballistic missile

 

CONGRESS

 

Exclusive: Obama Holdover Colluded With Unions To Pressure Congress On Budget Cuts

 

Remember IPAB? It's time for a full repeal

 

After Flint, Congress works to push green water infrastructure

 

Local communities look for reasons, take up resolutions to impeach Trump

 

COURTS

 

Tenn. sued over spousal definitions

 

CAIR Supports Black Lives Matter in Police Shooting Verdict in Oklahoma

 

Kentucky Court Ruling Protects Artist’s Free Speech, Religious Liberty

 

Ukrainian Hacker Gets 2 1/2 Years for Stealing News Releases

 

Lawyer Argues Female Genital Mutilation Is A Religious Right   (Lawyers defending the Michigan doctors charged with female genital mutilation in April plan to argue that the practice is a religious right in the upcoming trial.)

 

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Campus killing: Suspect is a member of 'Alt Reich' FB group, police say

 

Louisiana man charged in attempt to look up Trump's tax records

 

Man Accused of Posing as Uber Driver to Sexually Assault a 15-Year-Old Girl

 

A millionaire, a hotel maid and an arrest after the inauguration for sex abuse

 

Man, 28, is stabbed to death by fellow wedding guest at a party in New York

 

Teacher, 51, who 'whispered in middle school student's ear and told her she had beautiful hair is arrested after he chased her down and hugged her from behind'

 

 

CYBER ATTACK

 

How you can escape the next big ransomware trap

 

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

DNC battling class-action suit alleging Sanders was robbed in 2016  (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Breaking: ‘Complete Panic’ at Highest Levels of DNC Over Kim DotCom’s Seth Rich Announcement

 

Gingrich spreads conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer  (Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia)

 

DNC Chair Tom Perez heckled by Sanders' camp in California

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Democratic divisions on display at California convention

 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

 

Wilbur Ross Praises Lack Of Saudi Protests, Apparently Forgets Protesters Are Jailed And Killed  (Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross)

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

DHS: 600,000 US Visitors Overstayed Visas Into 2017

 

Sheriff David Clarke Says DHS Appointment Still Happening, Will Step Back From Public Spotlight in New Role

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Best Buds Mueller and Comey Target Trump (Former FBI Director Robert Mueller/ Former FBI Director James Comey)

 

The Real Constitutional Crisis is the Appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

 

False Claims Act overreach in healthcare: patients lose

 

ECONOMY

 

U.S. stocks close higher as tech, industrials lead the way

 

U.S. Stocks Rise as Oil Advances, Dollar Weakens: Markets Wrap

 

Wall Street rises with help from tech, defense sectors

 

California Unemployment Falls to Lowest rate in 16 Years…

 

Dow industrials book longest win streak in 12 weeks

 

Asian Stocks May Rise, Oil Extends Gains Above $50: Markets Wrap

 

Asian stocks set to drift higher on U.S. cues; dollar weak

 

Moving toward 3 percent growth

 

Gold prices tally highest settlement in 3 weeks

 

Lack of Workers, Not Work, Weighs on Utah’s Economy

 

Treasury yields edge up amid flurry of Fed speakers

 

EDUCATION

 

The True Purpose of the University

 

Teachers Give Kid With ADHD 'Most Likely To Not Pay Attention' Award. It Doesn't Go Over Well.

 

Maine School Worker Forbidden to Say 'I Will Pray For You' on School Property

 

Oprah tells women’s college grads to seek fulfilment by serving others

 

Mass. AG tells charter school to end ban on braided hair extensions

 

Contracts Withheld  (Saint Thomas in Houston has held back reappointment notices for philosophy professors -- even those with tenure -- amid debates over budget and the curriculum.)

 

'Unwelcoming Mike Pence back to Indiana': Embarrassment for VP as protesting students stream out of Notre Dame commencement speech while he implores them to rely on 'integrity and values'

 

Signs of a Ceiling in Online Ed Market  (Report on online education landscape suggests potentially leaner times ahead for colleges hoping to profit in the market. Community colleges are already seeing it.)

 

High school students create "13 Reasons Why Not"

 

Experiments With a New Way of Paying for College (Colleges (and nontraditional providers) experiment with income-share agreements as innovation that could help some people afford education and training.)

 

Texas House OKs transgender bathroom limits in schools

 

Hoax With Multiple Targets (Fake article is published, calling for the penis to be seen conceptually, not as a body organ. Debates take off about gender studies and open-access journals.)

 

2015 train hero earns a new title: graduate

 

The Right to Hear Controversial Ideas  (An essential task of the university is to provide a space where diverse points of view can be debated, argue five Distinguished Professors at the City University of New York, who support Linda Sarsour's right to deliver next week's commencement address.)

 

Harvard student graduates with honours for rap album thesis

 

Coming Into His Own, Until a Fatal Night of Hazing

 

An Affordable Pathway to a Bachelor's Degree (Despite the frequent loss of credits, transferring from a community college to a university is less expensive than starting at a four-year institution, a new study finds.)

 

How L.A.'s school board election became the most expensive in U.S. history  (California)

 

Pence and Protest at Notre Dame  (Dozens walk out on his commencement speech. Vice president attacks “noxious wave” he sees in higher education.)

 

De Blasio's gift to teachers — at your expense (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio(D)

 

Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump in Colby College speech over his 'coarse rhetoric' and 'political chaos' before congratulating graduates with hugs and handshakes - and the ladies seem to get the lion's share of the cuddles (Former Vice-President Joseph R Biden Jr (D)

 

EGYPT

 

Trump compliments Egyptian president’s ‘nice shoes’

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Russia Reveals U.S. Appeals for Help in Election Hacking Investigation

 

ENERGY

 

Oil ends at one-month high as traders bet on extension of output deal into early 2018

 

Energy Prices

 

EUROPE

 

Switzerland Votes To Phase Out Nuclear Power

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks finish lower after Merkel says euro ‘too weak’

 

Euro climbs to 6-month high after Merkel says ECB made it ‘too weak’   (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

EU Decision To Grant Visa-Free Travel To Ukrainians Becomes Official

 

FEDERAL BUDGET

 

Trump's budget plan to include 6 weeks of paid family leave ...

 

Republicans already giving Trump's budget icy review

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Comey Investigated Clintons Four Times: Let Them Off Each Time While He and His Family Benefited from Clinton Related Work  (Former FBI Director James Comey)

 

What The FBI Should Be Investigating: The Death Of DNC Staffer Seth Rich

 

Poll: 45% Say Questions on Comey's Firing Are Legitimate, not Political

 

Murder of black Maryland college student probed as possible hate crime

 

The other questions Jim Comey needs to answer  (Former FBI Director James Comey)

 

Karl Rove: ‘Our Biggest Current Leaker is Comey’ (Video)

 

 

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

 

Sinclair’s TV deal would be good for Trump. His FCC is clearing the way.

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Trump Moves U.S. Towards a Realistic Approach to Jihad Threat

 

FRANCE

 

Bomb Scare Delays Cannes Film Screening

 

Marine Le Pen ‘ditches plans for Frexit’ in shock U-turn

 

'Cocaine cruise ship’ smugglers on trial for transatlantic hash and coke trade

 

 

GERMANY

 

Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command

 

Polish Leader: Germany Created Migrant Crisis, Should Pay Consequences

 

Students demand retake of English test with 'mumbly' Prince Harry speech

 

A new concert hall in Hamburg transforms the city

 

Police save ducklings from busy Autobahn using officer's hat

 

Germany and France vow to speed up eurozone integration

 

GLOBAL WARMING 

 

Obama Hates Global Warming. So Why Is He Contributing To It?

 

GOOGLE

 

Google’s left-wing bias steers users to vicious articles trashing the late Roger Ailes

 

GOP

 

The Suicide of the Republican Party

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Insurers Request Double-Digit Premium Rate Increases for Obamacare Plans Next Year

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Times Square maniac latest sign of city’s mental-health failure

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Black congressman threatened with lynching

 

Waters’ Microphone Cut Off During Remarks Before California Democrats  (US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) Campaign Disbursed Nearly $10K For Super Bowl Tickets

 

House Dems revive 2006 playbook for 2018

 

Chaffetz Says He'll Talk to Deposed FBI Director Comey on Monday   (US Representative of Utah Jason Chaffetz (R)

 

Time to show 'Auntie Maxine' the door  (US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Bernie Sanders raises the stakes in tight Montana race  (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Cummings on Russia probe: 'May be quite a few people' in White House with problems  (US Representative of Maryland Elijah Cummings (D)

 

Jason Chaffetz: White House leaker should be jailed

 

IMMIGRATION

 

‘Are you here illegally?’ Minneapolis transit officer asks about rider’s immigration status

 

Churches circumvent immigration enforcement: ’60 Minutes’ report

 

INDIA

 

3 years of Modi govt: Defence gets its aim right (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

No, Google’s Not a Bird: Bringing the Internet to Rural India

 

Human shield row: Army major who ‘tied’ Kashmiri man to jeep honoured

 

China signals it plans to block India's NSG bid once more

 

Indian climber who went missing on Everest found dead after 36 hours search

 

INDONESIA

 

Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws appeal against blasphemy jail sentence

 

INTERNET 

 

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

 

IRAN

 

Iran's president mocks Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia

 

US stirring up ‘Iranophobia’ to boost arms sales to Arab nations – Tehran

 

Iran says it will continue missiles tests ‘if necessary’

 

Iran Continues Deporting Undocumented Afghan Refugees

 

Trump: Iran must never be allowed to have nuclear arms

 

Rouhani: Regional stability impossible without Iran (Iranian President Hassan Rouhani)

 

Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

 

The people of Iran are still America's natural allies

 

IRAQ

 

Iraq bans tomato imports from Turkey after Russia

 

Muslim Terrorists Kidnap People And Conduct Human Experiments On Them, They Take One Man And Force Him To Eat Poison, And He Endures An Agonizing Death For Ten Straight Days, They Cover One Man’s Body With Poison And Inject Chemicals Into Another Man Who Suffers For Two Hours And Dies

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Monday, May 22, 2017)

 

In Address At Al-Aqsa Mosque, Cleric Calls On Allah To Annihilate 'White House Satan' Trump, Jews

 

'Chance for peace greater than before'  (US President and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give joint report to press, say chance for peace greater than ever before because of regional developments.)

 

Full text of Netanyahu, Trump remarks in Jerusalem

 

As Trump meets Abbas in Bethlehem, the PA names squares after murderers  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Stabbing Attack Stopped in East Jerusalem During Trump Visit

 

Palestinian Writer Warns: There Is An ISIS-Like Culture Among Us That Excludes Christians And Is Intolerant Towards Them

 

Israeli PM Netanyahu Slams Obama During Trump Presser (Video) 

 

Trump, Israel and the importance of symbols

 

Trump Hints Israel Was the Source of Intel He Shared With Russia   

 

Making history is a good start but not enough to make peace 

 

Reporters Fall for Fake Document of Trump Making Absurd Demands in Israel

 

Trump in Israel - what about the peace process?

 

Melania Trump blocks husband from grabbing her

 

IPS transfers tens of hunger-striking prisoners to civilian hospitals, prison field clinics

 

‘How can it hurt?’ Why Israel says it’s not worried by Trump’s huge Saudi arms deal

 

Netanyahu to Trump: There’s No City Where You’re More Welcome Than Jerusalem! [video]

 

Trump, Sissi said to agree on peace summit ‘very soon’ (Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi)

 

In Israel, Trump sees region where children 'grow up free from terrorism and violence'

 

Police: Palestinian attacks border cops near Jerusalem, is shot dead

 

Ivanka Yael Trump Kushner Quietly Prayed at the Western Wall

 

Donald Trump brings God into the negotiation room

 

Palestinian shot and injured by Israeli forces with live fire in central Gaza Strip

 

Officials fume over maverick lawmaker’s stolen Trump selfie

 

Terror Attacks Foiled in Abu Dis, Ma’ale Adumim on Day 1 of Trump Visit to...

 

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces across West Bank (Judea and Samaria)

 

16-year-old Palestinian shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt at Bethlehem-area checkpoint

 

Sara Netanyahu and Melania Trump agree: ‘Media hate us but people love us’

 

US President Donald Trump Makes History in Visit to Western Wall [video]

 

Skirting own policy, White House puts ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ on website

 

Trump arrives in Israel amid fierce opposition among Palestinians

 

Trump says he never mentioned Israel in leak to Russians

 

Trump Upon Landing in Israel: We Have Before Us a Rare Opportunity

 

Trump tells Netanyahu a ‘lot of love’ will help bring peace

 

Will Trump Be Israel's Redeemer?

 

Trump in Israel says Saudi king left him encouraged over peace prospects

 

Peace Now: Settlement Construction Up 34% in 2016

 

Buoyed by Saudis, Trump sees ‘new level’ of Israel-Arab ties possible

 

Netanyahu Can't Predict What Trump Will Do Next

 

Bereft of meat, Trump declarations leave Israel with much to chew on

 

Israelis and Arabs share ‘common cause’ against Iran and extremism, Trump says

 

PayPal, the Palestinians, and Problems

 

Historic Moment: Trump Becomes First Sitting President To Visit Western Wall

 

Sources: Trump Heads to Israel, Where ‘More History Will Be Made’

 

Israel to Make Rare Overture to Palestinians ‘at Trump Request’

 

Daughter hails her father, a jailed Hamas jihad mass murderer of Israeli civilians, in graduation letter

 

Trump Saudi to Israel Flight Thought to Be First Ever

 

Trump Assails Iranian Aggression During Israel Visit

 

The Six-Day War: A Retrospective

 

Trump tells Israelis: Arab neighbors in ‘common cause with you’ against Iran

 

Israel’s Preparations for Visit Expose Rifts

 

An answer to a prayer? How Trump can help oppressed Christians in Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem

 

Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints

 

MARRIAGE

 

Man in threesome marriage: ‘This should be the future of relationships’

 

MEDIA 

 

The Seth Rich ‘Scandal’ Shows That Fox News Is Morally Bankrupt

 

Bob Schieffer on Trump Saudi Arabia Speech: ‘He Actually Sounded Presidential’

 

Journalists Spread Fake News About Ivanka Trump

 

Juan Williams Calls For More Govt Leaks: ‘If You Have a Leak, Please Call Me at Fox News’ (Video)

 

Boom! Hannity Invites Hacker Kim Dotcom to Discuss Seth Rich on TV, Radio: ‘Buckle Up’

 

Ruddy to ABC's Stephanopoulos: Trump Suffers from Media 'Barrage'

 

Sad: CNN Omits Data on Media Bias to Make FOX News Look Bad (Video)

 

'I'm coming after them...and hell is coming with me': Roger Ailes' grieving teenage son lashes out at the women who accused his father of sexual harrassment during emotional eulogy

 

Revealed: Media Matters 3 Year Plan for Destroying Breitbart #BrockGate

 

The crisis in American journalism benefits no one

 

MEDICAID

 

Trump to propose slashing Medicaid, giving states power to limit other safety-net benefits

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

A Saudi embrace against Iran

 

Trump and Saudi Arabia: Have we reached peak hypocrisy yet?

 

Trump’s Statesmanlike Speech in Riyadh

 

President Hadi: ‘We won’t allow division of Yemen into states’

 

Trump’s Saudi Speech: Pretty Good

 

UAE Minister Says Iran Has Chance To Reset 'Troubled' Ties With Its Neighbors

 

Trump’s Saudi Speech: Pretty Good

 

President Trump In Saudi Arabia: Just One Important Thing Missing

 

Report: Saudi Arabia, UAE Will Donate $100M to Ivanka’s Women Entrepreneurs Fund891

 

Christianity being kicked out of its birthplace

 

Trump's huge challenge to the Saudis

 

Gen. Keane: Trump Building 'Framework of an Arab NATO'

 

Trump Reaches Out to Sunni Nations, at Iran’s Expense  (President Trump used a speech in Saudi Arabia to declare his commitment to Sunni Arab nations, asking them to isolate a nation that “fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.”)

 

How Trump could deal a blow to Iran — and help save Syria

 

Ivanka Trump praises progress for Saudi women

 

Trump charms some young Saudis with his deal-making and deference to customs. Others are unimpressed

 

People are mesmerized and confused by glowing orb Trump touched

 

MILITARY

 

Sidelined Senior Trump NSC Official Blames Anti-Trump Bureaucrats   (A White House National Security Council analyst who was sidelined from the job after the Pentagon suspended his security clearance is blaming anti-Trump bureaucrats for the action.)

 

The Painful Story of How U.S. Special-Operations Forces Grew Up

 

National Guard unit on Virgin Islands caught in Army recruiting assistance scheme

 

Services required to report plans to accept new transgender troops

 

Honoring sons, daughters left behind in Europe

 

US refuses to add sailors' names to Vietnam Memorial

 

MISSILE DEFENSE

 

Lockheed Martin receives new THAAD contract

 

MYANMAR

 

Peace process in pieces in Myanmar

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

 

Republicans Want Trump to Fire NIH Director Who Supports Embryonic Stem Cell Research

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

Nasa plans emergency spacewalk on International Space Station

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

McMaster does not deny that Trump discussed Comey with Russian officials  (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

HR McMaster refuses to say if Trump pressed Russia on election interference

 

NEPAL

 

Alabama doctor among 3 killed on Mount Everest

 

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

 

NATO Chief Meets With Germany, Turkey Over Incirlik Base Dispute

 

NUTRITION

 

No fruit juice for babies, new guidelines say

 

PAKISTAN

 

Roadside Bomb Kills Five, Including Soldier In Northwestern Pakistan

 

Six Pakistani Police Killed In Attacks Claimed By Extremist Groups

 

Dams on Indus cascade may prove to be a blunder for Pakistan

 

Pakistan's plea for rehearing of Kulbhushan Jadhav case may cut no ice with ICJ

 

Pakistan had a deep commitment to the unity of the Muslim world: Nawaz Sharif  (Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

PHILIPPINES

 

‘US, EU meddle in other countries & kill people under guise of human rights concerns’ – Duterte  (President Rodrigo Duterte)

 

POLITICS

 

Tomi Lahren Hired By Pro-Trump Group

 

Republicans Go to Jail, Democrats Run Free

 

POSTAL SERVICE

 

Postal Service Deleted Customer Complaints Around Christmas

 

PRISONS

 

Informant says he was planted in O.C. jail to snitch

 

PRODUCT RECALL

 

Massive hot dog recall after metal shards found in packaging

 

RINGLING BROTHERS

 

Ringling Bros. yields to changing times as ‘greatest show’ takes a final bow

 

RUSSIA

 

Russia, Like Everybody Else, Cannot Figure Out Trump

 

NATO’s saber-rattling only impairs security of alliance's members — diplomat

 

From Hiding, Journalist Who Exposed Chechnya's Gay Purge Sees 'Culture of Impunity' Ending

 

Russian Believers Form 1.5 Kilometer Mega-Line to See Holy Relics in Moscow

 

Russia and its EU partners discuss entry point for Turkish Stream’s second line

 

Putin to Meet French President Macron on 'Unplanned' Paris Visit  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

McCain’s anti-Putin rants are ‘way out of line’ but fail to harm ties with US — Kremlin

 

One in Four Russians Witness Police Brutality — Poll

 

Putin sets task of accelerating work on super-heavy rocket

 

SCIENCE

 

7.2-million-year-old pre-human fossils challenge evolutionary theory

 

SENATE

 

Sen. Kamala Harris: ‘We Worry That a Late-Night Tweet Could Start a War’  (US Senator of California Kamala Harris (D)

 

 

McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

AP: Michael Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment  (Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.)

 

Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

 

GOP businesswoman to run for Senate in Michigan

 

As Obamacare markets tighten, lawmakers feel squeeze for quick fixes

 

Watch: Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren Gets Called Out by Cherokee Indians About Her Heritage: ‘Prove It’  (US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

6-year-old calls for an end to violence in Facebook post

 

Zuckerberg: I'm not running for public office

 

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

 

 'Cries for help': Facebook will let users livestream self-harm, documents show

 

Analysis: Has Facebook become a forum for misogyny and racism?

 

Ignore or delete: Could you be a Facebook moderator?

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

Brazil police raid Sao Paulo 'Crackland' and make arrests

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

North Korea Tests Second Missile, Seoul Says Dashes Hopes for Peace

 

China Eases up on THAAD Boycott of Korea

 

S. Korea likely to resume humanitarian aid, civilian exchanges with N. Korea

 

Despite declining world trade, Korean exports record rapid recovery

 

 

SPORTS

 

In New TNT Show, Charles Barkley Glorifies Black Militia Member Who Praised Dallas Cop Killer

 

NBA player says family threatened after coach's critical comments

 

Penguins move closer to Stanley Cup Final return with rout of Senators

 

'It's time to move on': Former Olympic swimmer with 23 gold medals, Michael Phelps, has no plans to return to competition

 

LeBron James builds an off-court legacy

 

Sweden wins ice hockey world title

 

NHL Scoreboard

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

MLB Scoreboard

 

SRI LANKA

 

Sri Lanka: Muslim child marriage victim tortured and set on fire by her husband 

 

STATES

 

 

Texas lawmakers pass controversial bathroom, adoption bills

 

Firefighters advance on blaze southeast of San Diego

 

Alcohol-related deaths are rising. Will new state rules help?

 

California fights man's request for 'male' on birth certificate

 

Hot weather raises wildfire risk across Southern California

 

Man dies in a fire at his home as he celebrated his 62nd birthday, as his son, 9, frantically begged neighbors for help

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Tillerson: Defeat Terrorism, Then Push for Human Rights; Schiff and Rubio Disagree  (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

Tillerson: Trump's Views On Islam 'Continue To Evolve'

 

Nazarbaev Meets Tillerson, Voices Hope For Closer Cooperation    (Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and voiced hope for closer cooperation between the two countries.)

 

USA amb assures Syrian refugees more help coming

 

US Allots $200K In Europe To Promote ‘Positive Narratives’ About Refugees  (A grant from the US embassy in Belgium designates $200,000 for a group to promote positive narratives about refugees and immigrants in Europe.)

 

Tillerson holds briefing in Saudi Arabia without US press (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'

 

Supreme Court calls North Carolina's congressional maps unconstitutional

 

Could Trump turmoil affect Justice Kennedy's retirement plans?

 

 

SYRIA

 

Syrian regime regains total control of Homs city

 

Syrian rebels leave last Homs district

 

TAIWAN

 

PRC pressure stops WHA from discussing Taiwan

 

‘Taiwan is not a province’ government tells Beijing

 

Export order growth falls short

 

Tsai misses ‘passing grade’ in survey (President Tsai Ing-wen)

 

Taiwan's same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia's liberal beacon

 

Taiwan kicks off military drills aimed at fending off potential Chinese attacks - report

 

As Taiwan dollar strengthens, is time to stop investing in fixed USD deposits?

 

TELEVISION

 

Billy Bush wants a second chance: Shamed NBC host gives first interview since Trump p****gate scandal and reveals his TV comeback plans after apologizing to his distraught daughter over lewd comments that changed his life

 

Families of 9/11 victims slam Showtime's Billions for shooting four-minute scene at the sacred Ground-Zero memorial

 

THAILAND

 

Bomb wounds 21 at Bangkok army hospital

 

24 Wounded in Thailand Bomb Blast

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Breastfeeding organization welcomes transgender ‘nursing men’

 

TURKEY

 

Trial Of Alleged Turkey Coup Ringleaders Begins Amid Criticism From Rights Group

 

Turkey slams U.S. over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards

 

Enes Kanter: "I'm getting death threats almost every day"

 

Man survives lynch attempt after setting Atatürk statue on fire, hitting it with axe

 

Foreign Ministry sends diplomatic note to US envoy over violence outside Turkish mission

 

Istanbul’s Reina nightclub demolished five months after ISIL attack

 

Failed coup attempt generals appear before court for first time

 

Turkey, Russia sign deal to remove trade barriers

 

Turkish hoteliers flock to courtroom to voice opposition to Booking.com ban

 

Turkish gov’t ready to apply food measures to push down inflation to single-digits: Deputy PM

 

Turkish NGO circumcises 1,100 Syrian children over six days

 

642 militants ‘neutralized’ in Turkey since 2017: Ministry

 

Two ISIL militants killed in Turkish capital plotted attack on AKP congress: Governor

 

NATO chief mediates between Turkey and Germany in İncirlik rift

 

UBER

 

Uber’s Driverless Cars Wear Out Welcome in Pittsburgh

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

U.K. stocks rise for 2nd  day as election poll weighs on pound

 

Interview: UK bishop questions LGBT involvement in Catholic schools’ sex-ed program

 

UK: Schools told to change class times, exam times and sports days because of Ramadan

 

Trumpism without Trump in the U.K.

 

'No time to waste' as Brexit talks will start just 11 days after the election, says Theresa May   (British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

Cyber whizz who saved NHS slams 'super invasive' British tabloids

 

Party leaders clash over indyref2 and Brexit in election debate  (Scotland’s party leaders clashed on the issues of independence and Brexit immediately as the first TV debate of the election north of the border got under way.)

 

Teenager airlifted after quarry fall

 

Theresa May drops longstanding Tory policy to axe all mixed sex hospital wards

 

GDP Consumers lose appetite for spending due to rising prices in shops

 

Conservatives' shrinking poll lead should 'focus minds'

 

Tories 'won't rethink' social care plans

 

Car boot-sale diamond set to fetch £350k

 

Anti-drug campaigners slam plans to introduce drug testing tents at music festivals

 

Labour brings forward tuition fees pledge

 

Doctors 'too reliant' on depression questionnaire designed by Pfizer, campaigners warn

 

Green MPs 'will hold Tories to account'

 

Survey finds half of British gardeners cannot name a single shrub, as Chelsea Flower Show prepares to open

 

Fishermen criticise emergency reef order

 

Church of England fund sees 'stellar' returns

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

At refugee camp, US envoy Haley vows more aid for Syrians (US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley)

 

Nikki Haley to NKorea: 'Don't Give Us a Reason' for a Fight

 

UNITED STATES

 

New Orleans took down its Confederate monuments. Will the rest of the South?

 

VATICAN

 

Can the pope save Trump?

 

VENEZUELA 

 

How to make Venezuela's economy great again: Don Pittis

 

Cry for me, Venezuela

 

Venezuela Man set on fire during anti-government protests

 

50th  day of protests brings central Caracas to a standstill

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Donald Trump denies a Russia allegation that no one made

 

Refusing To Allow Neutrality On Trump Will Not End Well

 

51% Say Trump Puts Himself Above Country

 

Report: Christie Said He Warned Trump About Flynn

 

Editorial: Two thumbs up, Mr. Trump

 

Gingrich: World Leaders Respect Trump; Media 'Pygmies' Don't

 

Trump Is POTUS, and Leftist Hysteria Is Noise

 

Escalating probes rattle Trump and his aides

 

John Podesta unloads on Trump

 

Commentary: Why Trump won't be ousted anytime soon

 

Trump’s Middle Eastern Tour

 

Priebus to make early return to Washington, job status in question  (White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus)

 

Impeachment Pandemic

 

White House says Trump ‘exhausted’ on Middle East trip

 

Toward a Restoration of Gravitas in the Middle East

 

Trump’s bizarre and un-American visit to Saudi Arabia

 

Trump’s Road to Riyadh

 

Weekend wrap: Warm welcome in Saudi Arabia offers Trump a respite from controversy at home

 

Inside left's secret plot for coup against Trump

 

Kushner keeps most of his real estate but offers few clues about potential White House conflicts

 

‘This Wasn’t a Speech About Islam’

 

Melania's outfit choices win surprise praise from staunchly conservative Saudi media - despite her decision to shun the headscarf 

 

So, let’s say Trump is impeached. Then what?

 

Should we wish for a President Pence?

 

Trump’s Saudi speech a good start — now action must follow

 

Dems are gunning for Trump — here's how he can survive

 

Boehner called Trump about signing government funding bill   (Former Speaker of the House John A Boehner (R-Ohio)

 

Priebus asked Boehner to convince Trump to avert a government shutdown: Report

 

Melania thinks Sean Spicer 'is doing a bad job': Pressure mounts on besieged White House press secretary as First Lady questions his ability to properly defend her husband  (White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

Trump said to be 'exhausted' three days into first trip abroad as president

 

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

 

Who’s Going to Be the Next Leader of WHO?

 

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