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Sunday, August 12, 2018

 

CELEBRATING 242 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Pro-gay church plans to build worship space/brewery, donate profits to Planned Parenthood

 

Planned Parenthood Wins After Missouri Judge Puts Medical Abortion Case Onhold

 

Anti-abortion protestors picket Planned Parenthood  (Washington)

 

Anti-abortion rally at the Oregon State Capitol held Saturday

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Taliban crosses the Rubicon with Tashkent meeting

 

Dozens reported killed as battle for Ghazni intensifies

 

Afghanistan’s Illicit Opium Trade Shows No Signs Of Abating

 

Drought raises food security fears in Afghanistan

 

Taliban's political stature rises with talks in Uzbekistan

 

Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni rages for third day

 

Taliban Kill More Than 200 Afghan Defenders on 4 Fronts: 'a Catastrophe'

 

US advising Afghan forces in battle for eastern city

 

 

AFRICA

 

African space programs will boost development with satellite data

 

China's growing influence in Africa

 

AIRLINES

 

Airplane theft shows potential dangers from airline workers

 

ASIA

 

Could a pipeline of peace help unite Northeast Asia?

 

Two Koreas move closer despite deadlock over nuclear talks

 

AUSTRALIA 

 

Australian Population Tops 25 Million for First time

  

BIG GOVERNMENT 

 

Obama Admin Holdovers Perpetrating “Greatest Political Scandal In American History”

 

 

CANADA

 

Vermont, Quebec to sign joint declaration amid U.S.-Canada tensions

 

Article In Saudi Daily: Canada Is Waging A New Crusade In The Guise Of Defending Human Rights

 

Canada and US in territorial dispute over island inhabited by birds

 

Trump Abandons Canada in Saudi Human Rights Fight

 

Getting out from under Canada's retaliatory tariffs can be a 'heavy lift'

 

 

CAPITOL HILL 

 

Rally draws white nationalists, counter-protesters to Washington - live updates

 

Counterprotesters gather near White House: ‘We will be here until these fascist forces are gone’

 

Counterprotesters outnumber white supremacists as groups rally near White House

 

Live coverage: White nationalists, counter-protesters rally in DC

 

White nationalists met with queer dance party for ‘Unite the Right’ rally

 

Black Lives Matter counterdemonstration draws hundreds to DC ahead of 'Unite the Right' rally

 

‘Unite the Right 2’ exposes white nationalist movement in disarray

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

A Myth about Christians Dies Hard

 

COMEDY

 

Kanye West says he wasn’t ‘stumped’ by Jimmy Kimmel’s question about Trump 

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China will buy Turkey on the cheap

 

China Actively Targeting Critical Infrastructure in the US, Rail Car Manufacturers on List

 

China threatens to demolish a mosque, the same day it faces questions at the U.N. over its treatment of Muslims

 

COURTS

 

Man, 35, accused of killing, eating ex-girlfriend declared fit to stand trial

 

How a liar like Rick Gates can still be an effective witness

 

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Photographer says Bill Murray accosted, threatened him on Martha’s Vineyard

 

Baltimore cop suspended after viral video shows him punching, kicking man

 

Mollie Tibbetts, University of Iowa student, missing: Bill Hemmer dives deeper into the mystery disappearance

 

Man, 48, Tasered after filling water cup with soda at fast food restaurant: report

 

Garbage truck driver drank beers before fatally striking Australian tourist in New York City, cops say

 

Security guard shoots at manager of business, cops

 

1 wounded in shooting outside Georgia State dorm

 

Before becoming LAPD chief, Moore retired, collected a $1.27-million payout, then was rehired

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)  

 

Nixon’s terrible ‘economic plan’ almost makes Cuomo look good  (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Under Trump, the rare act of denaturalizing U.S. citizens on the rise

 

ECONOMY

 

Trumponomics as a Response to a Failing Globalization

 

The Advantage of Keeping the Economy Human

 

EDUCATION

 

Why Does It Cost So Much to Educate a Child in America?

 

At UC Santa Cruz, a housing shortage pits the need for beds against a much-loved meadow

 

Your child is nervous about the new school year, which may be normal — or not

 

ELECTION 2018

 

Is Russia Really Trying to Sway the Midterm Elections?

 

A wake-up call for the sleeping beauties

 

Democratic socialists suffer another loss in Hawaii primary, as Dems notch gains elsewhere

 

Brian Kemp, Enemy of Democracy  (Georgia)

 

Wisconsin Faces a Political Crossroads at the Polls Tuesday

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

Exposed: the Deep State's Authorship and Publication of the Dossier

 

Trump never told Comey to ‘go easy’ on Michael Flynn, Giuliani says: ‘There was no conversation’   (Former FBI Director James Comey)

 

Giuliani: Trump, Comey never discussed Flynn

 

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Trump’s foreign policy is actually boosting America’s standing

 

FRANCE

 

1,800 evacuated as France defuses British WWII bomb

 

Fleeing the police, man takes refuge at French spy HQ

 

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic next year

 

GERMANY

 

Spain and Germany seek EU aid for Morocco over migrants

 

US judge rejects German drug maker's efforts to halt execution

 

Monsanto's German owners call weed killer 'non-cancerous' after jury orders big payout

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Climate change? Left-wing policies making fires worse

GOP

 

John Kasich: GOP needs unifying message, less chaos  (Governor of Ohio John Kasich(R)

 

One year after Charlottesville, the Republican Party has lost all ability to condemn racism

 

Trump's not the reason the GOP sputtered in Ohio

 

GOVERNMENT

 

What happens when the government stops doing its job?

 

HEALTH CARE

 

Why the health care infrastructure must be rebuilt

 

Why are nursing homes drugging dementia patients without their consent?

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Nothing the Academy does will save the Oscars

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Nancy Pelosi Is Damaging Democrats’ Takeover Chances    (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California)

 

A Congressman, a Financial Deal and a Web of Conflicts (The allegations of insider trading against US Representative of New York Christopher Collins (R)

 

Keith Ellison denies allegations of domestic violence  (US Representative of Minnesota Keith Ellison (D)

 

House Candidates Vulnerable to Hacks: Researchers

 

INDIA 

 

Hope Pakistan works for terror-free region: Modi  (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

India lost one-third of its coastline from erosion, gained almost as much: Report

 

India ageing faster than we thought, shows data

 

INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

 

How to Fix the Intelligence Community

 

INTERNET 

 

Online activists hit hatemongers like Alex Jones where it hurts the most — in the wallet

 

IRAN

 

Three Kurdish groups in Iran are now fighting the IRGC

 

 

IRAQ

 

Iraq PM Abadi caught in the crossfire as Iran sanctions pressure grows

 

Iraq PM to visit Turkey, Iran

 

The Iraqi Spy Who Infiltrated ISIS

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Sunday, August 12, 2018)

 

The United Nations shares the blame for Hamas' bloodshed

 

Amid major shortage, PA orders cancer drugs be sent to Gaza

 

Life In Gaza: Between War, Peace & Everyday Reality

 

Security cabinet huddles over Gaza Strip violence, ceasefire with Hamas

 

New Start for Medical Professionals, Lone Soldiers Immigrating to Israel

 

Abbas running org. designated by Israel as a terror organization  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Gaza Return March Spokesman Ahmad Abu Rutema Calls for 'Tactical Withdrawal' From The Return March: 'We Have Lost The Battle For Public Opinion' And Must Invent New Tactics

 

Netanyahu threatens elections if ultra-Orthodox won’t compromise on draft bill  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Security Expert: Israeli Crackdown On Left-Wing Groups Could Foment Extremism

 

We’re in a Campaign Against Terror in Gaza’

 

Is South America Turning Pro-Israel?

 

Thousands chant 'No to the nation-state law, yes to equality'

 

PA has paid $294,332 to the Sbarro bombers

 

Calm, but still no Gaza ceasefire

 

Between Ceasefire And War: Gaza On A Knife's Edge

 

Residents of Israeli border communities: 'The ground is burning'

 

Isaac Herzog: ‘Diaspora Jews are drifting away from Israel’

 

Israeli navy attacks, detains 5 Gaza fishermen

 

PM: Many Arabs protesting nation-state law want Israel to be a Palestinian state

 

Hamas official: We are not afraid of assassinations

 

Bereaved families to Liberman: Don’t appoint Yair Golan as IDF chief  (Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman)

 

Shooting themselves in the flag

 

JORDAN

 

Jordan king vows to defeat terrorism after militant shoot-out

                                                                                                                                                  

Jordanian King Abdullah II vows to eliminate terrorism

 

LIBERALISM

 

‘Hate speech’ is sneaky leftist censorship, not law

 

MEDIA 

 

Fake News Shooting Itself in Left Foot While Aiming At Trump

 

Dan Gainor: Anti-Trump media spins Republican victories into defeats

 

The Media Shouldn’t Fear Conservatives, It Should Fear Itself

 

Laura Ingraham disavows white nationalist support amid ‘demographic changes’ controversy

 

After apparent hack, NBC reporter’s Twitter account posts Trump threats and Turkish propaganda

 

Reporter shares video of altercation with protester in Charlottesville

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Exposing Antisemitism And Fighting Extremism In The Middle East

 

Arab Coalition investigation team says market airstrikes targeted Houthi forces

 

MILITARY

 

High-profile V.A. facility resembles '3rd  world hospital'

 

Disabled Michigan veteran sets powerlifting records

 

Tuskegee airman's daughter gets a golden ring found at his wartime crash site

 

Rescue efforts continue for Marine reported overboard on USS Essex near Philippines

 

'The poison was me... dumb ass': Doctor threatened to kill her soldier husband in ominous texts

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

NASA probe to give closest look ever at the sun

 

PAKISTAN

 

Christian in Pakistan Charged with ‘Blasphemy’ in Scheme Involving Islamist Party, Sources Say

 

Gas explosion in Pakistan coal mine kills 4, traps 13

 

Pakistan releases 26 Indian fishermen

 

US suspends military training program for Pakistan

 

POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES

 

A New Pitch to Voters: No PAC Money Accepted

 

POLLS

 

Poll: One year after Charlottesville, Americans see racial tensions the rise

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

Mega-pastor accused of 'heresy' for attack on Old Testament

 

RUSSIA

 

Amid Kremlin Victories, Putin Fails to Persuade West on Russian Sanctions  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Russia says will ditch US securities amid sanctions: RIA 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

2nd  city tries to tell state how to run gun law

 

 

SECRET SERVICE

 

Video: Antifa, Secret Service Agents Clash Near White House

 

SENATE

 

Lindsey Graham: ‘Normal relationship’ with Turkey impossible with pastor jailed  (US Senator of South Carolina Lindsey O Graham (R)

 

Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) says Trump taking "positive steps" in right direction on race

 

Feinstein’s Ties to China Extend Beyond Chinese Spy  (US Senator of California Dianne Feinstein (D)

 

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia)  says Charlottesville violence spawned "energetic activism"

 

SOCIALISM

 

Democratic socialists are conquering the left. But do they believe in democracy?

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Jeff Sessions photo leads Texas restaurant to shut down social media accounts  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

The end is nigh … for Google, Facebook

 

Libertarian Gavin McInnes Banned From Twitter

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

North, South Korea to hold talks before possible Pyongyang summit

 

South Korea says North's coal entered ports illegally in 2017

 

If South Korea is so hi-tech, what’s with the lack of AC?

 

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER

 

The SPLC’s terrible year just got worse

 

SPORTS

 

'A Slap in the Face': FL Police Unions Urge Miami Dolphins Boycott After Anthem Protests

 

Broncos fans boo first-round quarterback off the field

 

Maryland Suspends Football Coach After Report of Abuse

 

Tiger Woods hangs in there at the turn in the PGA Championship

 

MLB Scoreboard

 

STATES

 

Andrew Cuomo unknowingly confesses to breaking federal law with eagle feather story  (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

The Day Andrew Cuomo Got Religion

 

Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker says her city is still healing

 

More rain on the way for already-soaked Northeast

 

School bus overturns on turnpike, 36 people hurt

 

2 ferry workers suspended for pro-Trump flag

 

The right divided: Inside the far-right's year of turmoil after Charlottesville

 

Watch as floodwaters sweep cars away from dealership (New Jersey)

 

Hundreds march in peaceful protests in Charlottesville with police in riot gear nearby

 

Firefighters gain upper hand on 22,700-acre Holy fire in Cleveland National Forest, as containment rises to 41%  (California)

 

In the Deep South, the Confederacy Is Set in Stone

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

White House counts on Kavanaugh in battle against ‘administrative state’  (Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh)

 

SYRIA

 

Syria weapons depot blast kills dozens of civilians

 

Army built by Syrian rebels with Turkish help faces challenges

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwan's president says no one can 'obliterate' country's existence ahead of US visit

 

Conflict in the Taiwan Strait Is No Mere ‘Family Struggle’—It’s Part of Something Much Greater.

 

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Woman protests sharing abuse-shelter room with man who says he's female

 

TURKEY

 

Turkish lira plunges as Erdogan blames crash on ‘political plot’ against Ankara  (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

Turkey Policy Making Paralysis Promises More Markets Tumult

 

Turkey is trying to offload its problems onto Trump

 

Turkey ready to create more safe zones in Syria

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN) 
British Ex-Spy Lobbied for Russian Oligarch While Writing Anti-Trump Dossier

 

Corbyn urged to step down amid latest controversy

 

Steve Bannon backs Boris Johnson over burqa ‘bank robber’ comments: ‘Nothing to apologize for’  (Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson)

 

Fight to read Bible in public hits Britain

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Trump said 'blame on both sides' in Charlottesville, now anniversary puts him on spot

 

Trump tees off on Omarosa, Sessions  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

Omarosa releases bombshell secret Situation Room tape, says she aided in White House 'deception'

 

Kellyanne Conway rejects Omarosa’s claims of Trump racial slurs

 

Omarosa says she secretly taped John Kelly firing her in Situation Room  (White House Chief of Staff John Kelly)

 

Spicer says Omarosa’s claim he was paid to laud Trump is bogus  (Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer)

 

Trump condemns ‘all types of racism’ a year after Charlottesville

 

Trump calls Omarosa a ‘lowlife’

 

Trump: Harley Davidson boycott would be 'great'

 

Trump Tweets Reflect Fixation on Women’s Appearances

 

‘Working for one guy’: Bill Shine’s journey from Ailes enforcer to Trump producer

 

Omarosa’s book isn’t news, but what she did sure is

 

Don’t fall for Trump’s latest whataboutism 

 

 

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