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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 

CELEBRATING 241 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

 

FBI Seeks Senate Documents on Abortionists' Sale of Fetal Tissue, Body Parts

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Planned Parenthood May be Charged With Illegally Selling Aborted Baby Parts

 

The Abortion Reversal ‘Witch Hunt’

 

Bishops Elect Archbishop Who Kicked Out the Girl Scouts for Pushing Planned Parenthood as Their New Pro-Life Leader

 

Update: Abortion, assisted suicide are pro-life focus, says cardinal

 

Appeals Court Tells Arkansas It Can Defund Planned Parenthood

 

SCOTUS to Hear Case on Whether California Pro-Lifers Have to Promote Abortion

 

Students at This Catholic University Promote “Sex Week” to Celebrate Abortion

 

How the fight over Kentucky's last abortion clinic could have national ramifications

 

Abortion Activists Falsely Claim President Donald Trump’s Pro-Life Policies Will Increase Abortions

 

Senate Republicans Shoehorn Anti-Abortion Measure Into Tax Bill

 

No, Trump-Administration Policies Won’t Increase the Abortion Rate


Satanist Who Got Abortion Sues State of Missouri over Pro-life Law

 

Buffer zone plan for Portsmouth abortion clinic (United Kingdom)

 

Parents Post Desperate Plea for New Heart for 6-Week-Old Baby They Refused to Abort (United Kingdom)

 

NY Times Bemoans Italy’s Failure to Force Doctors to Perform Abortions

 

British Abortion Activists Pass Proposal to Stop Pro-Lifers From Helping Women Outside Clinics Find Abortion Alternatives 

 

Automatic Prenatal Test for Down Syndrome Means More Babies Will Become Abortion Victims (United Kingdom)

 

Attorney Sues to Declare Elephants “Legal Persons” as Unborn Babies are Killed in Abortions 

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Figures reveal dire trend in Afghan opium production

 

Why America Can't Afford to Continue Waging a War in Afghanistan

 

 

AFRICA

 

Zimbabwe's Coup Is Nothing to Celebrate

 

Zimbabwe army seizes power from President Mugabe

 

Why Africa Could Provide an 'ISIS Renaissance'

 

Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe (Zimbabwe Dictator Robert Mugabe)

 

Zimbabwe television interrupted for live announcement on Mugabe

 

Libya's detention of migrants 'is an outrage to humanity,' says UN human rights chief Zeid

 

Zimbabwe Military Appears to Be Engaged in a Coup

 
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA)

 

Betsy McCaughey: The American Bar Association's Anti-Trump Smear Machine

 

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

New School draws ire for antisemitism panel featuring Linda Sarsour and JVP head

 

Columbia Professor Criticized for Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts

 
ASIA

 

 

Vietnam-US-China triangle takes shape

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Australians decisively back gay marriage

 

 

 

AUTO INDUSTRY

 

GM challenges Tesla with promise of profitable electric cars

 

Ford takes action as Explorer exhaust complaints grow

 

BIG GOVERNMENT

 

 Forcing taxpayers to fund anti-chemical activism

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

Cards Against Humanity buys land at Mexican border in bid to stop Donald Trump building wall

 

CARIBBEAN

 

 

Puerto Rico Hit by New Blackout Just as Governor Touts Recovery

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

Pompeo emerges as favorite to succeed Tillerson  (The President's warm relationship with his CIA director mirrors his earlier closeness with John Kelly, who was elevated from secretary of Homeland Security to chief of staff.)

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity

 

COMMUNISM

 

Why Communism Is Bad

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Don't Count on China's Support on North Korea, US Panel Says

                                                                                                                                   

VOA to Fire Three Employees Over Controversial Radio Interview  (China pressured official U.S. radio to halt live broadcast of dissident who revealed PRC corruption.)

 

These 5 Things Could Challenge China's Rise

 

Rights report urges China to ban gay conversion therapy

 

China sends senior official to North Korea - days after Donald Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping  (Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping)

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

North Korea 'Sentences Trump To Death' For Insulting Kim Jong Un (Communist North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un)

 

Warning: N. Korea mapping specific plan for 'devastating' EMP

 

U.S. Government Shares Technical Details on North Korean Hacking Campaign

 

 

CONGRESS

 

Congressional tax reform must include an affordable housing fix

 

Trump Can't Declare War on North Korea—Only Congress Can       

 

Stephen Moore: Hey, Republican Big Spenders: Keep the Spending Caps

 

 

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU

 

Consumer bureau chief announces resignation

 

COURTS

 

County fights back after official seal's cross ruled unconstitutional

 

Gang killers recorded a teen’s final moments. The video helped convict one of them.

 

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Nursing Home Crisis in Minnesota as 25,000 People Say They Were Sexually or Physically Abused

 

'In Harm's Way,' School Staff Saved Students During Tehama County Shooting

 

Calif. shooter had semi-automatic rifle, military-style vest

 

California gunman tried to gain access to school classrooms to shoot more children, police say

 

Joe Biden says Texas church shooting hero Willeford never should have owned AR-15

 

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

 

Border Patrol Chief: Trump’s Support Has ‘Definitely Had a Positive Effect’

 

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE (DNC)

 

Donna Brazile 'under oath' on Seth Rich killing? ('If this were a random murder,' why did she fear for her own life?)

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Please, Democrats, no more op-eds about how terribly Bill Clinton behaved 20 years after it mattered

 

Bill Clinton should have resigned (What he did to Monica Lewinsky was wrong, and he should have paid the price.)

 

Sex scandal boomerang: Is the left ready for a Bill Clinton 'reckoning?'

 

Liberals’ Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton’s Behavior Is Cynical And Self-Serving

 

Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel Is Latest Gender Pay Gap Hypocrite, Says New Report  (Mayor of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel)

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

U.S. Coast Guard seizes $300M worth of heroin, cocaine

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Sessions: DOJ running 27 separate probes of damaging deep-state leaks  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

'It's grotesque': Justice Dept. veterans recoil at idea of another special counsel

 

The Attorney General Replaces the Left with the Rule of Law

 

Sessions admits he has email alias, just like predecessor Loretta Lynch (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

Analysis: Sessions gives Trump what he wants - a return to 'Crooked Hillary'

 

‘It’s grotesque’: Justice Dept. veterans recoil at idea of another special counsel

 

Will Justice Investigate Hillary Clinton's Crimes In Uranium One-Fusion GPS Scandal? It Should

 

There are no grounds for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Doesn’t Recall

 

 

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)

 

44 state attorneys general want to restore DEA powers against drugmakers

 

EARTHQUAKE

 

Series of small earthquakes reminds California it is overdue for 'the big one'

 

ECONOMY

 

Dow, S&P 500 have worst day since September as energy shares weigh

 

Wall Street falls as energy tracks oil lower; tech weighs

 

Stocks Fall, Treasuries Rise as Commodities Slump: Markets Wrap

 

Dollar trims losses in ‘delayed reaction’ to economic data

 

CPI: Rising Rents, Health Costs Reflect Inflation Poised to Surge

 

Gold prices mark first loss in three sessions

 

Retail Sales Unexpectedly Rise on Automobile Purchases          

 

Is recession looming? Wall Street sends mixed signals

 

Gallup: Economic-Confidence Index Stays Near 9-Year High

 

Asian stocks slip as oil woes sap sentiment, euro stands tall

 

Losses Deepen for Global Stocks; Commodities Drop: Markets Wrap

 

Economics isn't a bogus science — we just don't use it correctly

 

EDUCATION

 

Subsidized Foreign Grads of US Colleges Took 19% More Jobs from Americans in 2016-17

 

Report: Students for Justice in Palestine Threatens Free Speech on Campus

 

Georgia school bus driver hailed as hero after fiery crash

 

A Different Kind of Speech Debate (In building up to speech by anti-Muslim activist at Stanford, some questioned the appropriateness of hosting someone who has attacked students by name on his blog. Students stage walkout at event.)

 

 

Knox College Cancels Brecht Play

 

Socialist students at Kent State refuse to take part in 'capitalist vs. socialist food drive'

 

University suspends frats, sororities after pledge dies

 

RPI Under Fire for Stifling Students’ First Amendment Rights

 

Student commits suicide at school in ‘planned event’: cops

 

Students triggered by Steve Martin's 'King Tut'

 

Brandeis University dishonors Lenny Bruce

 

ELECTION 2016

 

WikiLeaks is just the tip of Don Jr.’s dumbness iceberg

  

 

ELECTION 2020

 

Poll: Biden leads Trump in prospective 2020 matchup

 

Run, Joe, Run

 

ENERGY

 

Oil prices end at a nearly 2-week low as U.S. crude supplies, output climb

 

Energy Prices

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

 

Trump administration seeks to delay findings on pesticides

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

European stocks drop for 7th  straight day to suffer longest losing streak in a year

 

EUTHANASIA

 

New Video: Woman Explains How Her Mother Was Euthanized Without Consent

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI Report Shows Increase in Hate Crimes for 2016

 

The FBI called him 'Captain America.' But the informant had a secret

 

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 

The criminalization of America’s government agencies

 

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA)

 

 

FDA warns of injury, death with herbal supplement kratom

 

FOREIGN POLICY

 

Trump's Unsung Success in the Middle East

 

FRANCE

 

France prepares to set legal age for sexual consent

 

Macron: Don't rebuff Trump and Putin  (French President Emmanuel Macron)

 

Macron faces first signs of rebellion among movement that swept him to power

 

GERMANY

 

Two ex-Nazi camp guards charged over hundreds of Holocaust deaths

 

These are the disagreements taking German coalition talks down to the wire

 

GLOBAL WARMING

   

15,000 scientists say "time is running out" on climate change

 

Democratic governors outsource climate campaigns to activist groups, emails reveal

 

GOP

 

Top New York fundraiser quits state GOP job over tax reform opposition

 

Here are the GOP officials who have spent the most at Trump properties

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Defying gloomy predictions, Obamacare enrollment surges

 

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

 

Bening: 'We need more films about older women and sex'

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

Conservatives press Ryan to end ObamaCare individual mandate (Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)

 

Congressman exposing their genitals on the House floor—getting to go unnamed

 

Gowdy Rejects Colleague's Call for a Special Counsel on Hillary   (US Representative of South Carolina Trey Gowdy (R)

 

Ryan Should Take President Trump’s Suggestions On Tax Reform

 

House Democrats Introduce Five Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

 

Schiff Says House Intel Committee 'Learned A Great Deal' During Fusion GPS Testimony  (US Representative of California Adam Schiff (D)

 

Congressional Black Caucus members grill Jeff Sessions  (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions)

 

 Key takeaways from Sessions’s memory-lapse-filled hearing

 

Sessions testifies: I forgot about Papadopoulos meeting, but now remember

 

Congressmen: U.S. Ceding Syria to Iran, Causing Rift With Israel  

 

Fusion GPS co-founder testifies before House Intelligence Committee for seven hours

 

IMMIGRATION

 

U.S. yogurt billionaire expands plant to hire more foreign refugees


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

ICE agents rebel, say Trump ‘betrayed’ them by retaining Obama’s people

 

INDIA

 

Christians Charged with Serious Crimes after Hindu Extremists, Police Detain Children in India

 

 

IRAN

 

 

Pining for Fig Leaves   (Obama partisans fret as Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US face reality on Iran. )

 

Rouhani vows action over quake collapses    (Iranian President Hassan Rouhani)

 

Devastating Earthquake Poses ‘Divine Test’ for Iranians

 

Trump follows Obama’s lead and gives Iran just what it wants

 

IRAQ

 

Kurdistan Needs a Berlin-Style Emergency Airlift

 

 

In Iraq, crashing boulders, collapsed homes and a town on edge after powerful earthquake

 

 

ISLAM

 

Luther, Islam, and the Lies that Cripple

 

Ohio Lawmakers Meet With Islamists in the Capitol

 

ISRAEL

 

Israeli-“Palestinian” Arab Conflict Briefing        (Wednesday, November 15, 2017)

 

Is Belgium misleading the international community, continuing to support PA schools?

 

Jerusalem store owner demolish own shop to avoid Israeli fines

 

Syria, Iran & The Limits Of Israeli Diplomacy

 

Israel to expropriate Palestinian land for settlement expansion in northern West Bank (Judea and Samaria)

 

Israel Offers ‘Superior’ Psychiatric Treatment to Terrorists

 

Israeli settlers throw rocks at Palestinian cars, injure 2 Palestinians

 

Soldier killed, officer seriously hurt in northern Israel crash

 

Israeli forces detain 4 Palestinians, husband and wife, from Hebron area

 

Firebrand Jordan MP backs suicide bombings in Israel

 

Ehud Barak: No one more qualified to run Israel than I (Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak)

 

Israel unprepared for terror, domestic drone threats

 

Miss Iraq defends her joint pic with Miss Israel as a message of peace

 

House panel unanimously approves Taylor Force Act, targets Hamas

 

Attorney general okays seizure of private Palestinian land for outpost road

 

Israel to tax Google, Facebook within a year

 

Netanyahu didn’t sell Israel’s security  (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

LEBANON

 

Hariri reiterates he will soon be back in Lebanon

 

LIBERALISM

 

How Elite Liberals Have Sold Out the Black Community

 

MEDIA 

 

Shep Smith and Sean Hannity live in different realities. That's a problem for Fox News.

 

'If you can't do this then get out': Hannity gives Roy Moore 24 hours to explain 'inconsistencies'   

 

Alabama robocall claims to be Post reporter asking for Roy Moore information

 

Charles Krauthammer 'still recovering' from mystery surgery, promises: 'I'll be back'

 

MEDICAID

 

Report: Skyrocketing Medicaid Enrollment Leading to Increased Government Dependency

 

MIDDLE EAST

The Middle East's Problems Are Really Our Problems

 

 

MILITARY

 

The Military May Soon Get a Long-Needed Boost. Why That’s Good News.

 

Retired US general says nuclear launch order can be refused

 

House votes overwhelmingly to pass $700 billion defense bill

 

Air Force: Trump's plan to aid pilot shortage will not work

 

The Marines returned to Helmand province. Is their mission a blueprint for Trump’s Afghanistan strategy?

 

Army pushes back on reports of mental health waivers

 

Pentagon pays for service member's gender reassignment surgery

 

First VetsAid concert provides $360,000 in grants

 

New venture mentors, helps children of 'fallen heroes'

 

MINIMUM WAGE

 

Maryland’s Montgomery County Adopts $15 Minimum Wage

 

POLITICS

 

Cal Thomas warns about mixing politics, religion

 

RADIO

 

Mark Levin: ‘I’m Calling on Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to Resign’

 

 

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE (RNC)

 

RNC exits Roy Moore fundraising agreement

 

RUSSIA

 

Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria

 

AP Explains: What happened when Russia bought Uranium One

 

What Hillary knew about Putin's propaganda machine (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Russia's Bill Retaliating Against Foreign Media Passes Unanimously

 

Russia's next Power Play May Occur in Yemen

 

First Chechen to Come Out as Gay Apologizes on Local TV

 

Russia uses fake photos to accuse US of supporting ISIS

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

What about the sexual harassment stories we're not hearing?

 

Jon Stewart says sexual harassment everywhere, hints at misconduct at NBC

 

NBC News Senior VP Fired After Allegations of Sexual Harassment

 

SCIENCE

 

Scientists Say Earth Is Doomed Without 'Urgent' Action — Just Like They Did 25 Years Ago

 

Artificial volcanoes risk natural disasters, scientists warn

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

Boston Globe Piece Calls for the Confiscation of Millions of Guns: ‘There’s No Way Around It’

 

 

SENATE

 

Judge Roy Moore’s former chief of staff: ‘Never once did I see anything suspicious or improper’

 

Bannon to stick with Moore, say people close to Breitbart chief

 

Sen. Johnson first Republican opposed to tax bill

 

Poll: Moore Trails Democrat Doug Jones By 12 Points

 

Colbert: 'Alabama Evangelical' ... 'Makes Me Want to Puke'

 

Drudge blasts Moore as 'Judge Whore'

 

Expelling Moore would put Senate in uncharted territory

 

The Moore Affair Is in the Hands of Alabama       

 

Who Wrote the Roy Moore Dossier?

 

Fake News: 53 Pastors Didn't Endorse Roy Moore After the Sexual Assault Allegations

 

6 Reasons The Individual Mandate ‘Deal’ Is Rotten Health Policy

 

Roy Moore Didn't Say This in His Defense Did He?

 

Schumer: Dems won't help pass ObamaCare payments if tied to tax bill (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Roy Moore’s Deplorables

  

Alabama Republicans, fearing Roy Moore's base, decline to push him out of Senate race

 

Will the Republicans Get Tax Reform?

 

Roy Moore: "Obviously I've made some people mad"

                                                                                                              

How Come Roy Moore Didn’t Know Any Better?

 

By inserting Obamacare repeal into tax plan, Senate GOP may complicate passage

 

Nevada GOP candidate criticizes 'rush to judgment' against Moore

 

Bannon is said to be revisiting his support for Roy Moore

 

GOP grapples with these 5 options on Roy Moore's future

 

‘Blue slips’ won’t spike Trump’s judicial picks: Grassley (US Senator of Iowa Charles Grassley (R)

 

Christians: Our silence on Roy Moore isn’t enough

 

The four wonderful words Mitch McConnell said this week  (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

 

Why Don’t Sanders Supporters Care About the Russia Investigation?  (US Senator of Vermont Bernard Sanders (I-Socialist)

 

Thank liberals if Roy Moore survives the charges against him

 

Skylar Baker-Jordan :I grew up among fundamentalist American Christians like Roy Moore

 

Luther Strange's campaign tried and failed to confirm Roy Moore allegations

 

Luther Strange campaign tried to confirm Moore allegations

 

New Senate tax bill phases out most individual tax cuts in 2025

 

Roy Moore should step aside, and Trump should push him              

 

Democrats mum on abandoning Alexander-Murray if GOP guts Obamacare individual mandate

 

 

 

SEX TRAFFICKING

 

 

Does Backpage help or hinder efforts to stop sex trafficking?

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Zuckerberg Surprised by Extent of Opioid Crisis, While Multiple Facebook Pages Sell Opioids

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Beijing-Seoul detente doesn’t have to hurt US-South Korea relationship

 

5.4 quake shakes southeast South Korea

 

Another S. Korea quake fuels fears of what's next

 

SPACE

 

Newly discovered nearby planet could support life

 

SPORTS

 

Papa John's apologizes for criticizing NFL anthem protests

 

9-year-old basketball star says LeBron James 'works as hard as me'

 

Female high school quarterback throws TD on 1st  pass in varsity game

 

Despite devastating injuries, football in the heartland is a way to make it through life

 

Gregg Popovich on the feedback he’s getting for Trump critiques

 

NHL Scoreboard              

 

NBA Scoreboard

 

SYRIA

 

Iran already has 13 bases in Syria and tens of thousands of troops. Is their removal realistic?

 

TERRORISM

 

U.S. Granted Visas to At Least Five Accused Terrorists

 

Boy on School Bus Recounts Manhattan Terrorist Attack

 

 

THANKSGIVING

 

Prager U Video: What's the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

 

TRADE

 

9 Ideas for Negotiating a Better NAFTA

 

Trump and big business collide as NAFTA teeters

 

America must not turn its back on trade

 

 

 

UNIONS

 

Previously Suspended NLRB Official Forces Workers into SEIU

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

FTSE 100 ends in the red for 5th  straight day as commodity stocks suffer

 

Jewish teenager stabbed 12 times in London park

 

Top UK cybersecurity official: Russia targeted British media, energy firms

 

Nicola Sturgeon tells Theresa May Brexit bill not acceptable (Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon/ British Prime Minister Theresa May)

 

No defeats as MPs debate key Brexit bill

 

NHS A&E units, GP surgeries and walk-in centres to close as cash crisis bites

 

British explorer Benedict Allen 'goes missing in Papua New Guinea jungle' while searching for lost tribe of headhunters

 

Indulgent grandparents 'bad for health'

 

St Paul's London girls' school at centre of sexual abuse claims

 

Food Britons 'face expensive Christmas dinner' as price inflation soars  

 

Brexit UK's reputation for scientific research threatened, watchdog says

 

Russian hackers have targeted Britain's energy companies, cyber security chief says 

 

Six universities told to change adverts

 

Half of over-65s take at least five drugs a day 

 

Appeal to find missing baby and siblings

 

Scotland's universities 'to fall down league tables' unless criteria changed to include number of poor students

 

Giving birth on due date 'less risky'                                    

 

Russian tweets Fake Kremlin-linked accounts backed Brexit

 

Attack victim dies after two-year coma

 

Honda: UK Firm warns of dangers of leaving customs union

 

Vulnerable children: Crisis help only

 

May under pressure to scrap exact Brexit date days after setting it

 

Tory rebels vow to resist 'blood-curdling threats' over Brexit bill

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Israel Co-Sponsors UN Resolution with Saudi Arabia  (Israel co-sponsored a United Nations resolution on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia for the first time ever.)

 

Haley Calls Venezuela a Global Threat: It is ‘An Increasingly Violent Narco-State’ (US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley)

 

Huh? U.N. climate czar laughs off own proposal

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

A year after the election, Trump’s core supporters in coal country still have his back

 

Trump on Philippines Visit: I Was Forced to Watch ‘Fake’ CNN

 

Trump Asks Whether UCLA Basketball Players Will Thank Him For Avoiding Chinese Prison

 

Book: Steele says 70-90 percent of his Trump-Russia dossier is accurate

 

Alec Baldwin: ‘We Can’t Be Mean Enough’ to Trump

 

Susan Rice Still In Denial Over Failed Tenure (Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice)

 

Trump’s extraordinary 12-day adulation tour

 

 

 

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