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Monday, August 21, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 241 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Pro-Life Democrat Says Democrats Will Lose Seats if Party Leaders Kick Out Pro-Lifers

 

Pro-life Democrat: Abortion issue may cost seats in 2018

 

Apple Will Donate $1 Million to Pro-Abortion Group

 

Patricia Heaton Is a Problem for Feminists Because She’s Unapologetically Pro-Life

 

New app lets users send uterus emojis to support Planned Parenthood

 

Abortionist Has His License Suspended After Illegally Prescribing Drugs to Family and Staff

 

‘Pro-Choice’ Planned Parenthood Condemns Choice of ‘Abortion Reversal’ Procedure

 

Poland May Consider Measure to Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

 

Chile high court OKs abortion in some cases

 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Calls Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth a Human Right

 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Meets With Abortion Activist Justin Trudeau But Not Women Who Regret Their Abortions

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

What Does Victory in Afghanistan Look Like? Washington Doesn’t Know

 

 

AFRICA 

 

Police in Sudan Evict Two Pastors from Their Homes

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

Washington Post Singles Out Trump’s ‘Court Jews’ in Anti-Semitic Attack

 
ASIA

  

Hidden agenda behind China-India Himalayan showdown

 
AUSTRALIA

 

ASX wilts as BlueScope shares torched

 

$A lifts back above US79c

 

'Suicidal': North Korea warns Australia as war games begin

 

Two people found dead at a house in Melbourne's east

 

 

AUTO INDUSTRY
 

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat Chrysler

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

Steyer Critics Call Out Tax-Break ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Support for New Tesla Subsides  (Fight heats up over California's $3 billion electric-vehicle subsidy.)

 

 

CANADA

 

TSX down slightly as U.S. stocks dip following back-to-back losses

 

Female genital mutilation is happening in Canada, study finds

 

The Charter’s Notwithstanding Clause and Canada’s border crisis

 

Mental ‘fitness’ of Toronto woman charged with terror offences brought into question

 

Trump cancelling reprieves could see thousands more migrants looking for asylum in Canada

 

North Korean threat puts spotlight back on whether Canada should join missile defence program

 

Calgary airport criticized after converting 5 disabled stalls to Lexus-only parking

 

At least six wildfires combine to form largest blaze burning in B.C.

 

Quebec police hint at arrests over violent counter-rally

 

Food, auto industries drag down Canada’s wholesale sales

 

Ottawa seeks info on nuclear-waste bunker's impact on First Nations

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Persecuted Christian: My ordeal as an ex-Muslim in Iran and Turkey

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Chinese paper on censorship: If you don’t like our rules, then leave

 

Academics call on Cambridge Press not to bow to China

 

China, Inc. Is the World's Biggest Money-Laundering Threat

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

Ukraine Says Its Rocket Engines Not Behind North Korea’s Missile Success

 

 

 

CONGRESS

 

 

McConnell and Mnuchin Predict Congress Will Raise the Debt Ceiling

 

CONSTITUTION

 

Rise of antifa after violence in Charlottesville alarms free-speech advocates

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Ohio judge shot, injured outside courthouse

 

Feds: Texas man tried planting bomb on Confederate statue

 

9 shot dead, 54 wounded in violent Chicago weekend

 

'Sex Fantasy' Led Fancypants College Professor To Stab His Boyfriend 70 TIMES Just To Watch Him Die

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Taxpayers Doling Out Millions to Fund de Blasio’s ‘Special Assistants’ (Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio)

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

 

Trump nominee Sam Clovis: 'As far as we know' homosexuality's a choice, 'logical' LGBT protections could lead to legalization of pedophilia

 

EARTHQUAKE

 

3.6 earthquake shatters buildings near Naples, Italy (Photos, Video)

 

ECONOMY

 

Wall Street flat as North Korea worries remain; energy a drag

 

U.S. stocks close mostly higher

 

U.S. Stocks Advance, Dollar Drops as Bonds Rise: Markets Wrap

 

Dow, S&P 500 halt skid, but Nasdaq ends lower a 3rd  session in a row on light volume

 

Trump's Economic Boost May Be Short Lived

 

Gold marks highest finish in nearly 11 weeks as U.S.-North Korea tensions return

 

Shares barely budge amid uncertainty over Trump's economic agenda

 

Asia Stocks Mixed Before Korea Drill, Jackson Hole: Markets Wrap

 

Yellen, Draghi Head to Jackson Hole Amid Inflation Unease  (Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen/ President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi)

 

EDUCATION

 

Kindergarten celebrates 5-year-old transgender ‘transition;’ kids traumatized

 

Two White Women Harassed for Wearing MAGA Hats at Howard University

 

UC Berkeley Charges Young Republicans $15,000 For 'Security' at Ben Shapiro Speech

 

Challenging the ‘Productivity Paradox’ (Study finds that technology spending spurs gains in colleges’ outputs -- but they vary depending on the institution.)

 

Parent at D.C. school alleged to have misused Home School Association funds

 

Charlottesville Fallout for 2 Students

 

University of Michigan Fraternity Cancels Nile River-Themed Welcome Party

 

Off the Pedestal (Duke removes statue of Robert E Lee. University of Texas will remove statues of Lee and 3 other Confederate leaders. Bowdoin removes plaque honoring Confederate alumni and Jefferson Davis.)

 

10 Colleges, Universities Selected as First Sites for ‘Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers’

 

Outrage Over University Press Caving in to Chinese Censorship

 

EGYPT

 

Bizarre 18th  century Jewish items seized from archaeology smuggler in Egypt

 

In Egypt, Clashes Between The Institution Of The Presidency And The Institution Of Al-Azhar

 

 

ELECTION 2020

 

Collins: 'Too Difficult to Say' If Trump Will Be 2020 GOP Nominee

 

ENERGY

 

Oil prices drop back after two-session rise

 

Energy Prices

 

Trump administration’s nuclear energy plans hanging on by a thread

 

 

EUROPE

 

Swiss Parliament Contemplates Kosher Meat Import Ban (Again)

  

Ukraine Removes 1,320 Vladimir Lenin Statues, 1,000 Soviet Monuments: Report

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks end lower, but Fiat Chrysler and Maersk shine

 

Finland names Moroccan suspect in stabbings that killed 2, wounded 8

 

Homemade submarine maker: I buried missing reporter at sea (Danish police say the owner of a home-built submarine has told investigators that a missing female Swedish journalist died onboard in an accident, and he buried her at sea in an unspecified location.)

 

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK

 

GOP divided over Trump's Ex-Im Bank nomination

 

FRANCE

 

1 dead as vehicle rams bus stops in France

 

GERMANY

 

Berlin: 9 injured after smoke bomb goes off at Kurdish event

 

Merkel: trust must be 'restored' in diesel cars after emissions scandal (German Chancellor Angela Merkel)

 

Suspect in Finnish terror attack lived in Germany in late 2015

 

Syrian refugees name their baby Angela Merkel

 

Merkel welcomes release of German-Turkish author in Spain

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 Disturbing Trends in Obamacare's Collapsing Health Care System

 

Chief Obamacare Architect Sacked After Fraudulent Billing Investigation

 

 

HEALTH CARE

 

The Next Charlie Gard? Baby Russell Has a Similar Condition and His Parents are Fighting for His Life

 

Zika virus reduced to few cases after scare in 2016

 

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Lesbian teens are getting pregnant more than twice as often as their peers

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

The Very Strange Indictment of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT Scammers  (US Representative of Florida Debbie Wasserman Schultz(D)

 

2018 midterms: Dems target 80 House seats; Republicans respond by going on offense

 

Rep. Peter King backs U.S.-South Korea military drills despite North Korea warning (US Representative of New York Peter T King (R)

 

INDIA

 

India Is Still Haunted By the Aftershocks of Partition

 

Indian suicide bomber killed many Kurdistan fighters in Syria: Islamic State

 

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India alleging 'breach of contract'

 

US to rejig its defence department to boost military ties with India

 

PM Modi to roll out 9,500 projects in a day (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

China blames Indian troops for Ladakh clash, PLA conducts drill to strike ‘awe’

 

 

ISLAM

 

Franklin Graham: Politicians, 'Stop Saying Islam Is a Religion of Peace'

 

Let Us Now Praise Muslim Apostates (For two brave writers, the battle against Islamism can be won only on the terrain of ideas.)

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing     (Monday, August 21, 2017)

 

IDF searching for Palestinian in West Bank (Judea and Samaria) as gun found in car (Israel Defense Forces)

 

It`s beneath Palestinian dignity to compete with Israelis, says Palestinian Olympic Committee

 

Israel condemns Finland terror stabbing, expresses ‘shock’

 

Tragedy Averted by IDF in Samaria, ‘Child’ Terrorist Captured

 

Court extends firebrand cleric’s detention over incitement

 

Israel delays decision on burying Palestinians in 'cemetery of numbers'

 

Turkey, Jordan call for ‘serious’ Israel-Palestinian peace talks

 

High Court Sides with Illegal Bedouin Settlers Cutting Off Ma’aleh Adumim from Jerusalem

 

Israel demolishes kindergarten in Bedouin community near Jerusalem

 

U.S. urges UN not to publish anti-Israel blacklist

 

Abbas says he still 'can't understand' the US position on Israeli-Palestinian conflict  (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Bannon boycotted Trump meet with ‘terrorist’ Abbas — report

 

State: Law seizing Palestinian property meets international standards

 

Memorial for the fallen of Gush Katif: 'Second burial'

 

Israel clamps down on pedophilia in schools

 

Palestinians prevent Israeli demolition of cemetery wall in East Jerusalem

 

Fast and furious: The new police helicopters

 

We're not going anywhere

 

South African diplomat says country will boycott Africa-Israel summit

 

Report: Bannon Urged Trump to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem — Blocked by Kushner

 

LEBANON

 

Lebanon says it helped foil plot to down plane in Australia

 

LIBERALISM

 

Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left

 

MEDIA 

 

CNN Changes Headline After Claiming Antifa Uses Violence

 

Scarborough: Despite White House Woes, It's The Dems Who Are 'Wandering Around In The Wilderness'

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Progress for Women’s Legal Protections in Jordan and Lebanon

 

MILITARY

 

U.S. Navy Admiral Orders Operational Pause 'In All Our Fleets Around the World'

 

Air Force, mission partners prepare satellite for August launch

 

75 Years Ago, U.S. Marines ‘Sealed Japan’s Doom’ At This Pivotal WWII Battle

 

10 sailors missing after Navy destroyer collides with tanker

 

Pentagon chief James Mattis “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan

 

Mattis: Navy Conducting Broad Inquiry into 7th Fleet After 2nd  Collision at Sea

 

Bergdahl Chooses to Have Trial Heard by Judge and Not Jury

 

 

MISSILE DEFENSE

 

Guam Governor Confident in Island’s Missile Defense Against North Korea

 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

 

Kaepernick Makes Black History Smithsonian Before Clarence Thomas  

 

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

 

Feds Spend $174,932 on ‘Implicit Bias’ Conference

 

NATIONAL SECURITY

 

Trump campaign backers snubbed for top national security jobs

 

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER

 

H.R. McMaster endorsed book telling US military to kiss Qur’an (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

PAKISTAN

 

Trump's Afghanistan strategy to put new pressure on Pakistan

 

New US Afghan policy may push Pakistan towards China, Russia: Report

 

Nawaz Sharif-family members failed to appear before NAB

 

 

RADIO

 

Exclusive – Michael Savage Scolds Trump Tweet on Boston Leftists: ‘Trump Has Buckled to the Mob’

 

RUSSIA 

 

Closure of Kerch Strait Is Russia’s Latest Attack on Ukrainian Sovereignty

 

Fire sweeps across Russian city, dozens of homes destroyed

 

Russian Independent Media Outlet Meduza.io: 'Western Far-Right Groups Started Migrating To The Russian Internet'

 

Putin appoints new ambassador to the US  (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Kremlin Opponent Khodorkovsky: A Russian Civil Society Weakened By Sanctions Would Likely Turn To Another 'Leader Figure' In A Post-Putin Scenario

 

Moscow Responds to U.S. Visa Freeze With Accusations of Political Meddling

 

Is a U.S.-Russia Reset Possible?

 

U.S. Embassy in Moscow Suspends Non-Immigrant Visas for Russians

 

My life at a Russian propaganda network

 

Ka-226 helicopter to be first equipped with new crash-resistant fuel system by 2019

 

Seven major US funds play against the Russian rouble

 

SCIENCE

 

Amazing Artificial Womb Helped Birth a Premature Lamb, Premature Babies May be Next

 

 

SECRET SERVICE

 

Report: Secret Service can't afford to pay agents to protect Trump family

 

 

SENATE

 

Chuck Schumer Says Feds Will Spend $18,000,000 to Buy Grape Juice to Subsidize Vineyard Owners  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

McConnell says ‘zero chance’ Congress will fail to raise debt ceiling (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Former Romney Aide Announces Senate Bid to Challenge Warren (US Senator of Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren (D)

 

GOP senator questions Trump’s moral authority to lead the country

 

Sanders Op-Ed Touts Medicare-for-All Ahead of Campaign Speech  (US Senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Mitch McConnell says most news "is not fake"

 

Sen. Paul: Time to Defy Critics and Pass 'Audit the Fed' Act (US Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul (R)

 

Senator questions Trump's ability to lead if "moral authority remains compromised"  (US Senator of South Carolina Tim Scott (R)

 

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE

 

Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in 60 Seconds

 

Solar eclipse sweeps across America

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

South Korea Is the Junior Partner in the North Korean Crisis

 

THAAD Radar Positioned to Rule out Monitoring of China

 

Father of American teen missing in S. Korea says family just wants her home

 

S. Korea-US drill starts amid NK missile concerns

 

Allies focus on deterring nuclear threats

 

Internet banks vulnerable to scams

 

Same-sex couples flee to wed

 

SPAIN

 

The Long Shadow of Al Andalus (Spain is on the periphery of Europe, but central to modern jihad.)

 

'A shock for us': Spanish town linked to 8 attack suspects searches for answers

 

New ISIS Threat to Spain: 'War Has Not Been Fought and Gone'

 

Expert: ‘No surprise’ that Spain was targeted

 

Mom, 26, cut in half when elevator reportedly malfunctions in freak accident

 

Police kill suspected driver in Barcelona attack

 

SPORTS

 

Kaepernick Items to Be Included in Black Lives Matter Collection at Smithsonian

 

Bills' Boldin reverses course, opts to retire

 

USC’s Mascot Criticized for Having Name Similar to Robert E. Lee’s Horse

 

MLB Scoreboard

 

NFL Scoreboard

 

STATES

 

Taiwan's Foxconn to build three ancillary facilities as part of Wisconsin LCD campus

 

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Anti-Israel Leaders Hosted at State Dept. Seeking to Drive Wedge in U.S.-Israel Alliance

 

SYRIA

 

Hezbollah says it used drones to bomb Islamic State in Syria

 

Russian jets kill over 200 ISIL militants near Syria's Deir al-Zor

 

Raqqa families make daring escapes from Daesh stronghold

 

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city

 

TAIWAN

 

IESA reaches Taiwan to feed electronic demand, reduce reliance on China

 

Taiwan Is Suffering From a Massive Brain Drain and the Main Beneficiary is China

 

Taiwan Upgrades 2017 Economic Growth Forecast on Solid Trade

 

 

TAXATION

 

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Taxes Are Too High

 

 

TERRORISM

 

Petition urging terror label for Antifa gets enough signatures for White House response

 

 

 

TURKEY

 

Military operation with Iran against PKK in Kandil is on Turkey’s agenda: Erdoğan (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan)

 

No destructive quake expected in Turkish resort Bodrum, but aftershocks to continue: Expert

 

Head of Turkey’s top exam body resigns

 

All soldiers should obey assignments: Erdoğan

 

Russia set to finish Akkuyu nuclear plant licensing by year-end

 

Turkey ‘most dedicated’ in fight against ISIL

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 slips as renewed U.S.-North Korea tensions prompt caution

 

UNITED STATES

 

America's confused priorities

 

Former Obama Official: Taking Down Confederate Monuments Is 'A Matter of Homeland Security'

 

If We Topple Every Statue Of An Imperfect Person They Must All Come Down

 

The Real Threat to America Comes From Americans (Just as the Arab world struggles to come to grips with jihadism, the United States has failed to grapple with its own demons.)

 
VATICAN

 

 Pope Shock: Francis Says Rights of Migrants Trump National Security Concerns After Weekend of Terror

 

VENEZUELA 

 

The U.S. Military Will Not Solve the Venezuela Crisis

 

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Trump's Unintended Consequences: The Republican Party Reveals Itself

 

Source: McMaster Fails to Brief Trump Before ‘That’s Too Bad’ Error (White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster)

 

A Warning to Trump and the Nation

 

Mike Huckabee says faith community stands by Trump after Charlottesville

 

The Strange Rage of Steve Bannon

 

How Trump has divided his time between the White House and Trump properties

 

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson prod Trump to send more American troops to train Afghan forces

 

Bannon: The Days Of Ivanka 'Crying' To Daddy 'Are Over' Now That Kelly Is Chief

 

Former Rep. J.C. Watts: Trump Has Obligation Not to Pour Salt on the Wounds

 

Bannon 'unchained' has Jewish staffers in his crosshairs

 

 

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