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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

 

CELEBRATING 242 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

 

In Today’s Issue: 

 

ABORTION

 

Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen Says Abortion is a “Basic Human Right”

 

Anti-abortion groups call on NIH chief to resign in fight over fetal tissue

 

NIH Director Francis Collins Says It Will Keep Using Aborted Baby Parts in Scientific Experiments

 

4 Independent Abortion Provider Staffers Open Up About Their Work & What Keeps Them Going

 

Some Days This Abortionist Delivers Babies, Other Days She Kills Them

 

Anti-abortion groups demand ouster of NIH chief over fetal tissue

 

19 States Ask Supreme Court to Uphold Ban on Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

 

Democrats target New Mexico's criminal abortion law

 

Abortion Activist Oprah Winfrey Helped Career of Man Who Allegedly Raped 300 Women

 

Penny Marshall Explained How Her Abortion After Marriage With Rob Reiner Ended Would Shape Her Social Views

 

Pro-Abortion Kirsten Gillibrand Raises Millions in Advance of Possible Presidential Bid

 

El Salvador court frees woman jailed under anti-abortion law

 

Catholic Bishops Call for 9 Days for Prayer to End Abortion

 

Former Employees Expose Planned Parenthood: “Everything They Did Was Money-Motivated”

 

Indiana Defends Denying License to New Clinic to Kill Babies in Abortions

 

Anti-Abortion Crisis Pregnancy Centers Are Seeking Federal Funds Alongside Planned Parenthood

 

President Trump Should Fire NIH Director for Pushing Research With Aborted Baby Parts

 

Woman Suffers Seizure After Botched Abortion, Here’s the 911 Call for Emergency Help

 

Canada reverses abortion rights proviso to summer jobs program

 

Abortion Activist George Soros Named Person of the Year for “Defending Democracy”

 

Abortion is legal in Italy, but most doctors refuse to perform them

 

Cecile Richards Celebrates the “Sheer Joy” of Ireland Killing Babies in Free Abortions

 

Every Christmas for Seven Years Mary Wagner Has Been Jailed for Saving Babies From Abortion. Not This Year  (Canada)

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

Report: Afghan District Bordering Iran Embracing Crystal Meth Production

 

AFRICA

 

Where’s Tutu?

 

 

AMERICA

 

Americans say there’s not much appeal to big-city living. Why do so many of us live there?

 

ANTARCTICA

 

Tracking the Race Across Antarctica

 

ANTIFA

 

Revealed: Antifa Leader Relied On Anonymity To Push Radical, Violent Communist Agenda

 

ANTI-SEMITISM

 

The Left Lends Cover to Anti-Semitism

 

ASIA

 

ASEAN Must Choose: America or China?

 

ASSISTED SUICIDE

 

HBO Developing Assisted Suicide Comedy, But Killing People Isn’t Funny

 
AUSTRALIA

 

Australia’s Encryption Law Deals a Serious Blow to Privacy and Security

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

Democrat Reps., Lawyers Escort Caravan Migrants Across the Border

 

The border wall will divide this Texas town, displacing or blocking homes — but where?

 

 

BREAKDOWN OF THE FAMILY

 

One-third of Americans can’t name all of their grandparents

CANADA

 

Canada mulls canceling Saudi arms deal over Yemen, Kashoggi murder

 

Canada: Appeals Court upholds ruling that Muslims who plotted jihad massacre were entrapped by police

 

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

 

Media Has Third-Highest Suicide Rate in the U.S., CDC Report Finds

 

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

Christian baker sues Colorado officials for pressuring him to make LGBT cakes

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

Chinese city bans public displays of Christmas, cites ‘clean city’ as reason

 

Xi warns no one can 'dictate' China's path, 40 years on from reforms(Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping)

 

Dangerous Liaisons  (Ignoring possible Sino-Russian cooperation against the United States, and the factors that can exacerbate it, could be very costly.)

 

Good News, Bad News in China Tiff

 

Now China’s Getting New Foreign Drugs Before the U.S.

 

'Wicked' China shuts down biggest underground churches

 

China got rid of one of the most oppressive practices of the Mao era. Now it’s coming back.

 

COMMUNIST CUBA

 

Cuba Blames Trump for Bread, Egg, Meat, and Rice Shortages Before New Year

 

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

New ‘maelstrom’ threatens to derail North Korea nuke talks

 

COURTS

 

Democrat-Appointed Judge Lambastes Flynn

 

Veteran judge upends hopes of Trump allies as he spotlights Flynn’s misdeeds

 

California police union seeks state Supreme Court review of new law disclosing internal investigation records

 

Judge's comments only add to strangeness of Flynn case

 

Drug trafficker: We hid El Chapo’s drugs in NYC’s ‘best neighborhoods’

 

Big surprise at sentencing of Michael Flynn

 

Lawsuit challenges new rule banning bump stocks

 

Michael Flynn’s judge just struck a potent blow for the rule of law

 

DC court dismisses lawsuit seeking Trump's tax returns

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Teen charged with third shooting, second murder in 8 months

 

Oregon white nationalist hospitalized after clash with activists

 

CYBERSECURITY

 

Getting serious about cyber security

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

The True Picture of the Real Obamas You Were Never Supposed To See

 

Obama-Loving Country Music Star Partners with Terror-Sponsoring Communists

 

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

 

Ryan Zinke is leaving — but his departure is just the beginning  (Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke)

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

The Mueller probe could turn out to be a disaster — for the Democrats  (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

ECONOMY

 

Stocks tumble after Fed raises rates again, lowers expectations for hikes next year

 

Global stocks sink after Fed hike, bonds rally

 

Asian Stocks Mixed Before Fed Decision; JGBs Climb: Markets Wrap

 

Asia tenses for Fed call, oil slide boosts bonds

 

10-year Treasury note yield hits 7-month low after Fed hike decision

 

Stan Druckenmiller Says Algos Are Robbing Markets of Trade Signals

 

30-year Treasury bond yield slumps after Fed raises rates

 

Asian business confidence wallows near three-year low on trade worries: Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

 

After Fed selloff, is a U.S. bear market next?

 

There’s More Than One Reason Traders May Have Disliked the Fed's Message

 

 Dollar can’t shake weakness after Fed downgrades 2019 interest-rate outlook

 

Here are the worst-performing stocks after Fed spooks the market

 

Gold settles higher, then pulls back as Fed lifts a key interest rate

 

EDUCATION

 

More Than 2,000 People Fail North Carolina Math Exam To Become Licensed Teachers

 

Least-Educated State: California No. 1 in Percentage of Residents 25 and Older Who Never Finished 9th  Grade; No. 50 in High School Graduates

 

The Liberal Arts Weren’t Murdered — They Committed Suicide

 

Federal School Safety Commission Proposes Fixing Mental Health Laws, Adopting Extreme Risk Protection Orders

 

Unwelcome Guest  (Students at Northwestern want controversial visiting scholar who muses on race, intelligence and beauty, and who has been accused by colleagues of "bad science," off their campus.)

 

L.A. teachers strike appears more likely as a key report fails to bring the union and district together

 

Duke's Random Roommates

 

School for the disabled won’t stop electrically shocking its students

 

Universe of Doctoral Universities Expands  (Carnegie classification's new category of “professional practice” institutions acknowledges growing role of non-research-oriented doctoral work in graduate education.)

 

There’s no shortage of real outrages these days. L.A. Unified doesn’t need to overreact to a perceived one

 

Grand Canyon’s OPM Business Takes Shape

 

ELECTION 2016

 

Russian interference in the election was worse than we thought

 

ELECTION 2018

 

How the Polls Broke at the End

 

ELECTION 2020

 

Why Biden, Bernie and Beto Shouldn’t Get Cocky

 

ENERGY

 

Oil prices finish higher as U.S. supplies fall a third straight week

 

Energy Prices

 

 

EUROPE

 

Albania expels Iranian diplomats over foiled plot to attack Israelis — report

 

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Italian bonds, stocks rally after Rome strikes deal with EU to end budget clash

 

Hacked Cables Reveal Europe’s Fears Over Trump, Russia and Iran

 

Recognizing Poland’s vibrant democracy

 

Belgium: Amid violent protests, Prime Minister resigns over his support for UN migration pact

 

FAST FOOD INDUSTRY

 

Boycott-hit Chick-fil-A flying high in fast-food rankings

 

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) 

 

FBI Abused The Law To Keep Flynn From Using His Right To Remain Silent

 

The FBI Manufactured '302s' before Mueller  (Justice Department special counsel former FBI Director Robert Mueller)

 

The FBI's Flynn Interview Was Not Legitimate  (Former White House National Security Adviser General Michael T Flynn)

 

 

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

 

FCC Says LOL to California Text Tax

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

Federal Reserve hikes interest rates in defiance of Trump - and its chair tells president 'nothing will deter us' from more raises as share prices plunge after move

 

The specter of deflation makes for a dovish Fed

 

FOREIGN AID

 

U.S. agrees to aid for southern Mexico and Central America, but not to deal on asylum seekers

 

 

GERMANY

 

Arab refugees in sights of Berlin's crime 'clans'

 

Germany: Mosque raided for suspected jihad terror financing, imam is one of chief suspects

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Cut Carbon Through Innovation, Not Regulation

 

GOOGLE

 

Google Knows Where You Sleep

 

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE (GAO)

 

VA left millions unspent for veterans suicide prevention: GAO

 

GREECE

 

Muslim widow caught between Sharia law, Greek courts in legal drama

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

‘The government makes lousy parents’: Thousands of migrant kids set for release by Christmas

 

Democrats are waging war against affordable health insurance

 

HOLLYWOOD

 

The Oscar Worldview

 

Penny Marshall, who played feisty Laverne in ‘Laverne & Shirley’ before directing movies, dies at 75

 

Penny Marshall’s sister recalls her final moments

 

Penny Marshall broke barriers for women — but rejected ‘feminism’ label

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

The LGBTQ Hart Attack Is a Good Thing

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

The Gospel According to Nancy: No Borders, Kill Babies

 

Comey misled Congress on dossier in closed-door testimony, transcript shows  (Former FBI Director James Comey)

 

Nancy Pelosi, Call Your Office: Your Priorities Aren't The Public's

 

Transcript of Comey’s interview with House committees released

 

‘He was the future of the party’: Ryan’s farewell triggers debate about his legacy

 

Democrats, vowing to investigate migrant girl’s death, denounce conditions at Border Patrol stations  

 

Just in Time for Hanukkah, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Remembers Her Jewish Roots (Part One)

 

IMMIGRATION

 

Yemeni mother blocked by travel ban is granted U.S. visa to see her dying son, attorney says

 

INDIA

 

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in Southern India

 

Hindu Terrorists Get Indian Police Police To Shut Down Christian Event And Arrest Pastor

 

Pastor arrested for 'showing movie about Jesus'

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Elon Musk unveils his company's first completed tunnel in Hawthorne, and it's not a smooth ride

 

ISLAM

 

Muslim Amazon workers protest against internet giant and claim they don’t have enough time to pray

 

Muslim cleric: “Your husband is only yours 25 per cent. The remaining 75 per cent belongs to other women.”

 

ISRAEL

 

Trump pullout from Syria leaves Israel alone to battle Iran’s likely resurgence

 

Nikki Haley: US Peace Plan Will Upset Israelis, Too  (US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley)

 

Feinstein, Sanders urge Senate not to include anti-BDS law in spending bill

 

Israel Weary Of Bureaucratic Inroads By Palestinians At International Criminal Court

 

Israel accuses Lebanese army of working with Hezbollah to thwart anti-tunnel op

 

UN's food program cuts aid to Palestinian Arabs

 

Knesset report finds IDF’s readiness has ‘significantly improved’ since 2014 war  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

Bricks In The ‘Wall’: Israel As A Test-case For President Trump’s Proposed Border Measures (with Video)

 

Bombed out and broke, Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV to go off air

 

Trump orders US troop pullout from NE Syria. Israel left alone against Russia, Iran

 

Settler leader accuses counterparts of ‘dancing on blood’ of terror victims

 

Danon Shares Israeli Intelligence with UN Security Council, Warns Israel ‘Will Bury Hezbollah in Rubble of Lebanon’

 

Israel preparing for major influx of French Jewish immigrants

 

Oman to mediate Israel-PA talks?

 

Israelis are “blood suckers,” says mother of 6 terrorists who murdered at least 10

 

‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Spread To The Middle East

 

PA threatens to boycott Israeli produce in response to possible Israeli ban

 

Who benefits from US withdrawal from Syria? Not Israel   (Analysis: Washington's decision is counterproductive: it gives Iran a second front in its war against the Jewish State and leaves IS active, whatever Trump says—it erodes US standing on the world stage and gives Putin even more power in the Mideast.)

 

In tune with tikkun olam, this cantor has a day job helping transgender patients

 

Facebook bans Benjamin Netanyahu’s son over anti-Muslim ‘hate speech’(Son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; AVIPP COMMENTARY: Facebook does not do the same for anti-Semitic or anti-Christian speech.)

 

Who Murdered Baby Amiad Yisrael?

 

MEDIA 

 

Burying the Weekly Standard

 

Major advertisers reject Tucker Carlson boycott

 

Ousted NPR news chief partnering with ex-Fox News execs for new site

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Obama’s Christmas Genocide  (From Iraq to Gaza, from Egypt to Syria, fewer Christians in the Middle East.)

 

MILITARY

 

Long Range Anti-Ship Missile reaches early operational capability status on B-1B bombers

 

If a Green Beret Is a War Criminal, then So Is Obama

 

White House directs Pentagon to form Space Command, eyes Space Force by 2020

 

Another 1,000 troops return home from US-Mexico border mission

 

Sailor, wife arrested at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for filming child abuse incident

 

Police: Fort Riley soldier drove to Arkansas to meet teen girl, faces sex charges

 

Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort returns home after South American mission

 

Group urges White House, VA to reject resurfaced proposal cutting disabled, unemployed veterans' benefits

 

‘This is my father!’: Civilian dad joins his deployed son in Afghanistan

 

PAKISTAN

 

Pakistan Gov’t Minister Caught on Tape Pledging Support for US-Designated Global Terrorist

 

 

RACISM

 

It’s time to face the facts: Racism is a national security issue

 

RADIO

 

Is Michael Savage the latest victim of TDS and the left's 'pacification effort'?

 

Radio silence: Stations set to dump Michael Savage

 

Limbaugh: Trump should 'shut down this whole DOJ'

 

RUSSIA

 

Putin lays out plans to develop missiles if US leaves treaty (Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

U.S. imposes fresh Russia sanctions for election meddling

 

 

 

SECOND AMENDMENT

 

The Trump Administration’s New ‘Bump Stock’ Ban Is A Legal Abomination

 

Trump administration bans bump stocks, but school safety report goes light on other measures

 

 

SENATE

 

Bombshell: Democrats Used 'Similarly Deceptive Tactics' In Alabama Senate Race As Russians Used In 2016 Election, NYT Reports

 

Why no details about criminal justice ‘reform?’

 

Senate Report Reveals Russians Targeted Blacks and Latinos More Than Conservatives

 

Senate Passes Trump-Backed Criminal Justice Overhaul

 

The Senate 'love birds' out to destroy Trump & Corsi

 

Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee

 

Senator: Congress may fund government until February

 

Martha McSally, who lost Senate race, gets John McCain’s Senate seat

 

U.S. Congress will not pass self-driving car bill in 2018: senators

 

SOCIALISM

 

Ideas of Socialism Transcend Time

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Facebook reportedly gave tech giants access to users’ private messages

 

Facebook gave more user data access to tech firms than previously known: report

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

South Korea seeks smaller military drills with U.S. amid North Korea talks

 

US envoy on North Korea visits border village 

 

STATES

 

 

More proof the deep state’s hypocrisy is alive and well  (New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood (D)

 

Will Cuomo stand his ground against the progressive agenda?  (Governor of New York Andrew M Cuomo (D)

 

Michigan Enacts Forward-Thinking Reform to Help 5G Growth

 

STATE DEPARTMENT

 

Hizbullah’s rising clout in Lebanon’s parliament gives State Dept. pause

 

SUPREME COURT 

Judiciary dismisses ‘serious’ misconduct complaints against Brett M. Kavanaugh(Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh)

SYRIA

 

Trump Weighs Potential Shock American Withdrawal From Syria

 

U.S. Declares It No Longer Seeks To Topple Assad Regime

 

TAIWAN

 

China’s interference in the 2018 elections succeeded — in Taiwan

 

TERRORISM

 

Neo-Nazi couple who named son Hitler get prison for terrorism ties

 

TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT

 

Criminal Records Show Women Are Prudent To Not Want Men In Their Bathrooms

 

TURKEY

US approves sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

Heavyweight GlaxoSmithKline soars on deal, helping drive FTSE 100 gains

 

Three Stabbed at London Hospital by Hooded Attacker

 

UK: Muslim who attacked cops with sword while screaming “Allahu akbar” found not guilty, didn’t mean to hurt anyone

 

Catholic diocese attacked after Courage expands into Scotland

 

Hamas-linked “charity” Islamic Relief Worldwide expanding into Ireland

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

U.S. Rightly Rejects UN Global Compact on Refugees

 

U.S. Rejects UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants

 

Nikki Haley: Saudi Crown prince must stop 'thuggish' behavior  (US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley)

 

The UN's obsession with Israel makes peace harder to achieve

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Hearing Should Be a Wake-Up Call

 

Body Language In The Trump vs. Pelosi-Schumer Meeting

 

Deplorables Rising: Report Shows Trump Kept His Word To Those On Bottom

 

Can Trump be Europe’s Salvation?

 

Trump retreats on shutdown

 

Trump signed letter of intent for Moscow Trump Tower talks, contradicting Giuliani

 

Why President Trump is shutting down his charity

 

Trump asked cabinet to look for border wall funding

 

Trump backs off demand for wall funds, but impasse remains ahead of shutdown deadline

 

Trump to attend World Economic Forum at Davos for second year

 

Trump knocks Dems: Border wall will be 'artistically designed' and 'beautiful'

 

Trump to dissolve his charity amid allegations that he used it for personal and political benefit

 

Trump Thinks He’s Still Winning on Immigration

 

Webb: Trump critics — look beyond the one-liners, focus on his actions

 

Oh, Big Deal! So Close Down the Government

 

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Gender pay gap will take over 200 years to close: World Economic Forum

 

 

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