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Saturday, August 5, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 241 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Competing To Glamorize Abortion

 

Federal court judge halts enforcement of Illinois abortion notification law

 

Both sides seek to drop Alaska abortion lawsuit

 

Democratic idea stirs abortion-rights backlash

 

Over half of UK women who sought abortion last year used contraceptives

 

Chile's bishops lament lifting of abortion ban

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Trump’s competing impulses define contentious debate over U.S. Afghan strategy

 

AFRICA

 

Canadian, American opposition advisers being deported from Kenya ahead of presidential vote

 

Kenya government denies pre-election raid on opposition offices

 

 

ASIA

 

South China Sea row stalls ASEAN communique 

 
AUSTRALIA

 

3 Marines missing after aircraft 'mishap' off Australia

 

What Was Australia Doing in Vietnam?

 

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

General Motors Recalling Nearly 800,000 Pickup Trucks Worldwide

 

BALKANS

 

Iran expands its terrorist sponsorship in the Balkans

 

 

CANADA

 

Disturbing footage emerges of a woman hitting and BITING her whimpering dog on Toronto subway, forcing angry passengers to intervene and confront her

 

Canada’s Passchendaele Heroes Offer Lessons for Today

 

Professor renews legal effort to block Canadian combat vehicle exports to Saudi Arabia

 

Conrad Black: Aboriginals deserve a fair deal, but enough with us hating ourselves

 

No, Justin Trudeau is not the leader of the free world  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Goldstein: Trudeau's unhidden agenda

 

Montreal’s Olympic Stadium becomes shelter as Haitian refugees from the U.S. seek home in Canada

 

Trudeau urges asylum seekers to use proper channels to enter Canada

 

CARIBBEAN

 

Puerto Rico governor defies oversight board on worker furloughs

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

China increases its rhetoric on border dispute with India

 

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

McMaster: Threat of North Korean nuclear weapon strike "impossible to overstate"  (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

McMaster: Trump 'Will Not Tolerate' Threats From NKorea

 

Southeast Asia issues strong rebuke, warning to North Korea

 

North Korea: US seeks UN ban on exports of coal, iron, lead and seafood

 

 

CONGRESS

 

GOP efforts to stabilize Obamacare markets might come too late

 

Republicans attack Democrats on government-run healthcare after Obamacare repeal failure

 

Healthcare? Taxes? No. Congress bizarrely acts on horse slaughter

 

Republicans in Congress Agree on Need to Agree

 

Dems introduce legislation to protect manned aircraft from drones

 

Congress should stop states from taxing and regulating beyond their own borders

 

COURTS

 

Cybercrime WannaCry 'hero' to plead not guilty to accusation he wrote banking malware

 

Blackwater ex-guard's murder conviction in Baghdad shooting is overturned

 

A Flippant Shkreli Is Convicted of Fraud and Conspiracy

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Florida teacher accused of molesting EIGHT students known as 'Jason's Girls' after he encouraged them to read Lolita and asked one to write a poem titled 'Come Inside Me'

 

Bomb explodes at Minnesota mosque during morning prayer

 

Teen charged with murder after newborn's remains found buried

 

'Nobody kill anybody': Baltimore hopes for homicide-free weekend

 

Police chief ousted after Muslim cop shot unarmed woman named Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year

 

Northwestern professor and Oxford staffer wanted in stabbing death are in custody in California, police say

 

Police: Northwestern professor wanted in grisly slaying apologized in video

 

NYPD: Suspect threatened women with acid at ATM

 

New Mexico cow shootings spark serial cattle killer fears

 

Gunfire at Santa Monica park leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded

 

He was 12. He had just moved to America. Then his Sikh father was murdered.

 

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Democrats fear Russia probe blowback

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

The Likely Road Ahead for the Mueller Investigation (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

Is Mueller’s Grand Jury Impeachment Step One?


Chicago to Sue DoJ Over Sanctuary City Policies

 

What to know about Mueller's use of a grand jury in the Russia probe  (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

Mueller’s Office Is Said to Seek White House’s Flynn Records (Former White House National Security Adviser General Michael T Flynn)

 

Waters: Mueller is 'going to win'  (US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Investigations of Leaks Tripled Under Trump, Sessions Says  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

The gang so terrifying it rivals MS-13

 

Sessions might subpoena journalists to reveal leakers. Pence once fought against that.

 

Dershowitz: Mueller's DC Grand Jury Might be Bad For Trump

 

 

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)

 

DEA Proposes 20 Percent Cut in Opioid Production for 2018

 

ECONOMY

 

The Jobs Report: Proof of Trump Making America Great Again

 

Key questions raised by July's jobs report

 

Jobs report disputes Trump immigration claims

 

Is The Trump Jobs Boom Beginning? 

 

EDUCATION

 

Fresno State professor won't be returning to classroom after 'Trump must hang' tweet

 

How about the Feds stop pushing racial discrimination?

 

Bipolar kindergarten teacher found alive in field weeks after crash

 

Black people aren’t keeping white Americans out of college. Rich people are.

 

ENERGY

 

Energy Prices

 

A Misguided Attack On Energy Infrastructure

 

 

EUROPE

 

Weather Extreme heat warnings issued in Europe as temperatures pass 40C

 

Weather disasters to impact 2 out of 3 Europeans by 2100, study says

 

Switzerland: Melting glaciers in Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses

 

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI tracked fake news believed to be from Russia on Election Day

 

FBI tracked Election Day social media for fake news from Russia

 

 

FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION (FERC)

 

Why are these billions in pipeline projects stalled? 

 

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

 

 Wells Fargo: Fake accounts in scandal could rise

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

Uncle Sam calls truce in the war on e-cigs

 

The FDA just unveiled one of the most important public-health initiatives of the century

 

FRANCE

 

Trump, Macron discuss increasing cooperation in Syria and Iraq (French President Emmanuel Macron)

 

Panda gives birth to twins at French zoo, one cub dies

 

France nets 1.3 tonne cocaine haul on boat from Brazil

 

France: Rocket launcher discovered near Qur’an school

 

GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM (GMO)

 

GMO salmon held up in U.S. over labeling complications. Meanwhile, Canadians have eaten 5 tons of it.

 

GERMANY

 

Germany could have deported Hamburg supermarket jihad murderer in 2015

 

German supermarket chain yanks eggs amid pesticide scare

 

GOP

 

With party switch in West Virginia, Republicans now have matched record number of governors' seats. Will it last?

 

The GOP has become the party of the grotesque

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 Illinois ObamaCare insurance premiums expected to rise 43 percent next year

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

Jim Carrey Mocks Trump Rally in Bizarre Tweet

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Colossus of Corruption: Ben Rhodes Unmasked  (Rhodes's people are almost certainly among the criminal leakers and part of Obama's fifth column within the Trump administration.)

 

Maxine: ‘I Am Not Running for Anything Except the Impeachment of Trump’ (US Representative of California Maxine Waters (D)

 

Radioactive: Democrats Are Starting To See Nancy Pelosi As a Cancer  (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California )

 

Paul Ryan Opposes Immigration Cuts (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s pathetic ‘right thing’ defense (US Representative of Florida Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D)

 

Why Dana Rohrabacher's name keeps coming up in the Russia investigation  (US Representative of California Dana Rohrabacher (R)

 

Paul Ryan: Intel leaks 'the problem of the leaker, not the journalist'  (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

House GOP outlines contempt case against Cordray

 

Border district Dems raise alarm over environmental impact of wall

 

House Intelligence secretly sent staffers to meet Trump dossier writer: Report

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Jim Acosta and the MSM: Grasping at Straws in the Immigration Debate

 

Why Trump Supporters Distrust Immigration and Diversity

 

Why shouldn’t US immigration law be good for the US?

 

Immigration critics find their champion in Trump


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

Deportation of brothers sparks outrage in Md.

 

INDIA

 

Chinese daily talks of military operations in Doklam

 

India wary as China takes up Doklam issue with Nepal

 

Fatal Heights: The Untold Deaths Of India's Construction Workers

 

India now readies manned underwater craft

 

Air India makes flyers wait 3 hours in snag-hit plane

 

Two Thousand Hindus Surround Christian Woman And Declare To Her That She Must Reject Christianity And Worship The Hindu Gods. She Refuses, The Hindus Grab Her And Beat Her Until She Becomes Unconscious And They Scream Out: “If Your Jesus Is Alive Ask Him To Heal Her Right Now”

 

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

California bullet train chief executive is still on the state payroll — two months after his exit date

 

IRAN

 

Iranian president calls for EU support on nuclear deal

 

ISLAM

 

Muslim Miss Universe contestant wears kaftan instead of bikini in swimsuit competition

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Saturday, August 5, 2017)

 

'They killed everyone, my sister said'

 

Harow ‘incriminates’ Netanyahu in corruption case, TV report claims  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Is this the end for Netanyahu?

 

Watch: Police, IDF, Flee Hundreds of Arab Rioters at Funeral Saturday  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Demonstrators square off over Netanyahu graft probes

 

Abdullah in Ramallah will strike anti-Israel stance (The Jordanian king’s visit to Ramallah on Monday is expected to produce a joint move with “Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to assail Israel’s sovereignty on Temple Mount and Jerusalem.)

 

Opposition leaders call on Netanyahu to resign over corruption cases

 

Abbas: ‘Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Palestine’  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Ari Harow, the man who could bring down the prime minister

 

PA Hysterical over Possibility of Israeli Seat at Security Council

 

Shots fired at IDF forces in West Bank (Judea and Samaria), no injuries

 

PA: Palestinian internet facing ‘fierce’ cyber attack

 

Israeli shot dead in suspected gang hit

 

Report: Israeli Police Collaborated with PA Agents in Interrogating Arab Who Sold Hebron Building to Jews

 

Israeli officials say under-fire McMaster a great friend of Israel  (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

Funerals held for Palestinians slain in July, after bodies returned to families

 

Gaza drone crashes in Israel

 

Ma’an responds to Israeli accusations of incitement

 

JAPAN

 

Does Japan need an Israeli Arrow 3 interceptor missile?

 

MEDIA 

 

Kredo to Hannity: With Power Revelations, Unmasking ‘Really Becomes a Flashpoint’

 

NRA to 'New York Times': We're coming for you

 

CNN's Jim Acosta Defends His Anti-Trump Bias: 'Let Other People Be the Wallflower'

 

Don't make the press collateral damage in a war on leaks

 

How one mom got caught in a 'fake news' battle involving J.K. Rowling and Donald Trump

 

Could CNN be sold off? AT&T 'prepares to get rid of huge assets including TMZ and the news network' during their $85billion merger

 

MEDICAID

 

Medicaid Expansion Was — And Is — A Bad Mistake

 

MEXICO

 

Vicente Fox trolls Trump again, slams his 17-day vacation

 

NARCO-TERROR: Cartel Gunmen Throw Grenade at Hotel in Mexican Border City 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Only 27% of Americans see Qatar as ‘US friend or ally’: Arab News / YouGov poll

 

Women in bikinis in Saudi Arabia? This resort will allow it

 

Americans urge censorship of terror content amid Qatar media row

  

MILITARY

 

America's Endless Search for a Strategy

 

Pentagon considering 'mini-nukes' for maximum deterrence

 

More Than 50 House Dems Urge Mattis to Reject Transgender Military Ban  (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

US Navy suspends search for missing sailor

 

US troops are on the ground in Yemen for offensive against al-Qaida militants

 

Commander of Combat Logistics Battalion 8 relieved of command

 

VA whistleblower gets job in Trump’s new accountability office

 

86-year-old Marine Corps legend John Fasulo, 'Dr. Demo,' is set to retire

 

Court deals major blow to veterans suing military contractor over burn pits

 

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

 

Feds Spend $300,000 for ‘Dialogues About Water’

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

 

9-year-old "Guardian of the Galaxy" applies for job at NASA

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

McMaster blocked Ayaan Hirsi Ali from speaking to NSC and meeting Trump: “Islamophobic”  (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

McMaster calls Israel “illegitimate,” “occupying power”

 

McMaster’s NSC coup against Trump purges critics of Islam and Obama

 

New White House intrigue surrounds 'pro-forma' letter McMaster sent Rice (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster/ Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice)

 

McMaster Becomes Latest Target of White House Infighting

 

Former national security officials call on Trump to ax McMaster

 

Trump comes to defense of H.R. McMaster after a week of attacks

 

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

 

“Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes,” say former NSC officials  (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

PACIFIC

 

Shattered faith: Nearly 100 sex abuse suits against Catholic priests rock island of Guam

 

PAKISTAN

 

Pakistan names first Hindu minister in government for more than two decades

 

Did Sharif sideline brother from Pak PM post? (Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif)

 

Internet speed down by half in Pakistan, as another submarine cable system collapses

 

PRISONS

 

Opioid Users Fill Jails. Why Aren’t They Being Treated?

 

 

RACISM

 

Firestorm: Procter & Gamble ad portrays 'racist' America

 

RADIO

 

Michael Savage: 'Taking down Trump' would provoke civil war

 

RELIGION IN AMERICA

 

North Carolina church fighting allegations of decades of abuse

 

RUSSIA

 

Russian Energy Ministry slams new EU sanctions as unlawful

 

Russian opposition leader: There's a 50/50 chance I'll be killed

 

Russia’s ex-envoy to US says his talks with Flynn were about Russian-US cooperation  (Former White House National Security Adviser General Michael T Flynn)

 

Vladimir Putin goes fishing and warns of high pollution levels in Russia's Lake Baikal  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

 

SENATE

 

Senate Stays in Pro-Forma Session, Blocking Trump Recess Appointments as Lawmakers Leave D.C.

 

…Senate Confirms Dozens of Trump Nominees, But Key Posts Remain Unfilled

 

McCaskill Claims She ‘Respects’ Trump Voters, Despite Mocking POTUS  (US Senator of Missouri Claire McCaskill (D)

 

Mark Warner, Senate Intel vice chairman, calls for investigating leaked Trump phone call transcripts  (US Senator of Virginia Mark Warner (D)

 

McCain declares war on Trump's plan for 'merit-based' immigration  (US Senator of Arizona John McCain (R)

 

Mo Brooks lands backing from conservative group  (US Representative of Alabama Mo Brooks (R) won the backing of the conservative group FreedomWorks on Friday amid the highly contentious Alabama Republican Senate race.)

 

The Senate's last best chance to end the Obamacare disaster

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Memo to Mark Zuckerberg: So you want to be president

 

Dinesh D'Souza takes back Facebook page

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Preschoolers Spend More Time in Classes Than Playgrounds

 

7 Out of 10 S.Koreans Support Full THAAD Deployment

 

Temperature surges to 39C as scorching heat continues

 

SPACE

 

Vendors may be selling ‘fake’ solar eclipse glasses. Here’s how to make sure yours are real.

 

 

SPORTS

 

Oakland Athletics star 'hurls gay slur at Los Angeles Angels fan and challenges him to a fight' during heated game 

 

Fired coach: Principal 'wanted more white players'

 

Doc Rivers relieved of front office duties

 

MLB Scoreboard  

 

STATES

 

Massive Florida sinkhole grows as 2 more homes condemned

 

Navy veteran told to take down patriotic mailbox  (Florida)

 

Heavy rains, flooding wreaks havoc across US

 

3 children struck by lightning in Utah

 

Hot, hazy and bothered: Pacific Northwest swelters in unusual heat wave

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

North Korea just one of the problems Tillerson faces in return to Asia  (US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson)

 

 

SUICIDES

 

What's behind the skyrocketing teen suicide rate?

 

SUPREME COURT 

 

Supreme Court's next big gun control case? Post-Newtown laws face new scrutiny

 

Did Supreme Court cancel judges' free-speech rights?

 

TAIWAN

 

Passenger system aims to help prevent terror threat

 

Beijing reaches out to young Taiwanese with summertime sweeteners

 

Chinese barred from study at NCKU: reports

 

Could China and America Go to War over Taiwan?

 

 

TELEVISION

 

Transgender actors push for more inclusion on TV

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

To End Era Of Currency Volatility, The U.S. Treasury Must Lead

 

TURKEY

 

Turkey warns new military moves in Syria imminent

 

Teachers, doctors, tax collectors: In Turkey's sweeping purges, ordinary people are branded enemies of the state

 

Turkey’s main opposition leader says ‘Turkey not safe for Germans’

 

Army kills two PKK militants in Turkey’s southeast

 

Bus accident kills six, injures 36 in Turkey’s north

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

'We released you because you are a mother': Group who kidnapped British model, 20, who was drugged, stuffed in a bag, driven to a farmhouse and auctioned as a sex slave on the Dark Web reveal why they had a change of heart and let her go

 

Britain prepares to show its Brexit hand

 

Charlie Gard :Medic decries 'soap opera' that stoked abuse of hospital

 

Princess Diana’s private tapes will air despite pleas from her family and friends

 

Brexit: Britain could be left with a bare larder, farmers warn

 

Is Harry set to propose? Prince whisks girlfriend Meghan Markle on romantic African holiday for her 36th  birthday 

 

Acid attacks: People who carry out 'life-changing' crimes face life sentences

 

A fifth of Scotland’s coastline is under threat, experts warn

 

Mental health: NHS finds bed for teenager at risk of suicide

 

Tories 'should have focused on change'

 

Ireland Taoiseach urges Northern Ireland to back staying in single market

 

Trust volunteers shun LGBTQ symbols

 

Scottish Government criticised over low-emission zone plans

 

'Extraordinary' US surgeon may be forced to quit UK because of visa nightmare

 

Earthquake in Highlands biggest recorded in over 30 years

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

 

US tells UN it wants out of Paris climate deal

 

UN study finds Isis fighters 'lack basic understanding of Islam' 

 

VENEZUELA 

 

Venezuelan assembly ousts defiant chief prosecutor

 

Venezuela ushers in all-powerful lawmaking body as opposition struggles to regroup

 

Vatican calls on Venezuela's Maduro to suspend constitutional assembly

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

President Trump’s Weekly Address: August 4, 2017

 

Trump defends McMaster from calls for his firing  (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

Here's five environmental regulations Trump is dismantling

 

Report: Stephen Miller Could Replace 'The Mooch' as Communications Director

 

Can General Kelly Save the Trump Presidency?

 

Leaks that betray America

 

Trump arrives in New Jersey for 17-day vacation

 

How Trump's days away from the WH compare to his predecessors 

 

Checking in on Trump's promises to fight the opioid epidemic

 

Trump signs law to aid wounded U.S. Capitol Police officers

 

Someone Just Noticed That Trump Is Getting Stuff Done

 

An erosion of ethics oversight should make us all more cynical about Trump

 

Trump facing reality that his words — and tweets — are often not having their desired impact

 

Trump is a one-man assault on the rule of law

 

White House may use lie detectors to find leakers, says Conway

 

 

WORKPLACE

 

Microchipping employees raises apocalyptic questions

 

 

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