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Thursday, December 20, 2018

 

CELEBRATING 242 YEARS OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM  

 

  

In Today’s Issue:  

 

ABORTION

 

Planned Parenthood, Other Feminist Organizations Accused Of Discrimination Against Pregnant Workers

 

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Could Compete with Planned Parenthood for Title X Funds

 

Catholic Priest Courageously Enters Abortion Clinic to Save Babies From Abortion

 

How doctors can stop abortions: Simply refuse to perform them

 

Claire McCaskill Lashes Out at “Dumb” Abortion Activists Who Need to “Shut Up”

 

America's Uncounted Abortions

 

NIH Director Francis Collins Says It’s “Pro-Life” to Use Aborted Baby Parts in Research

 

Pro-Life Groups Slam Tax Funding of Research Using Eyes, Livers and Brains of Aborted Babies

 

Man Raped 13-Year-Old Girl, Then Took Her to Planned Parenthood for Abortion

 

Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Stopped Using Sterile Gloves, Used Solo Cups for Urine Samples to Cut Costs

 

When Will Abortion Be Legal In Ireland? The Ban Officially Lifts Very Soon

 

More Doctors in Italy Refuse to Kill Babies in Abortions, 70% of Physicians Say No

 

Irish president signs abortion law

 

Ireland President Signs Bill Mandating Free Abortions, Forcing Hospitals and Doctors to Do Them

 

AFGHANISTAN

 

After a tumultuous year, Afghans face yet more uncertainty in 2019

 

AFRICA

 

Female Scandinavian Hikers Beheaded in Morocco

 

Morocco: Muslims who murdered Scandinavian girls say killings were “Allah’s will,” victims were “enemies of Allah”

 

A Kenyan says Somali Muslims come to Europe “for your free benefits which are paid out with your taxpayers’ money”

 

Morocco: Islamic State hacks Scandinavian tourists to death, beheads one, films beheading

 

Mogadishu-backed candidate wins test-case regional election

 

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU)

 

ACLU, Muslim Group File Challenges to Texas Anti-BDS Law

 

AUSTRALIA 

 

Australian Market Pares Losses

 

Aussie Dollar Holds Ground Despite Risk-off Sentiment

 

Australian PM Morrison visits troops in Iraq

 

Australia Poised for First Budget Surplus Since Financial Crisis

 

 AVIATION

 

Airbus shares plunge on reported US corruption probe

 

BORDER SECURITY

 

More than 100,000 people give to border wall GoFundMe

 

US, Mexico announce deal on migrants seeking asylum at border

 

CANADA

 

Canada shares lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.86%

 

Canada: Arabic newspaper publishes calls for Muslims to kill Jews

 

Kelly McParland: Canada's so silly we can't make money off oil or drugs

 

John Ivison: Trudeau half as popular as he used to be  (Canadian Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

 

Unifor president says GM will consider Oshawa plant options as union makes case for staying open

 

Federal environment minister says Canada will hit Paris emissions target even after ‘setback’ in Ontario

 

A healthy oil patch is the only thing saving Justin Trudeau from a populist surge, new report says

 

Federal government announces almost $7 million for youth anti-violence program in Toronto

 

Canadian Forces to investigate scheme designed to hide documents from admiral's lawyers

 

 Christie Blatchford: Seventh boy charged in St. Michael's College sex abuse scanda

 

Canada joins U.S., U.K. in calling out China for state-sponsored hacking campaign

 

Canadian Forces to investigate scheme designed to hide documents from admiral's lawyers

 

Huawei and Canada: What we know about the company, the arrest and China’s reaction

 

Why Sara Wheale resigned from PM's youth council over his comments about construction workers

 

A U.S.-China deal is Canada’s best way out of the Huawei mess

 

Exclusive: Saudis fall $1.8B behind in arms deal with Canada

 

Ottawa unveils plan to make medical devices like breast implants, pacemakers safer

 

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA)

 

Former CIA officer caught committing espionage

 

CHRISTIANITY

 

What is Christmas Without Christ?

 

COMMUNIST CHINA 

 

A Warning from Xi Jinping  (Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping)

 

Third Canadian held in China amid spat over Huawei CFO

 

Exclusive: China hacked HPE, IBM and then attacked clients - sources

 

China's Sinograin confirms U.S. soybean purchases

 

China warns US against 'weaponising' space

COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA

 

N.Korean Economy 'Cracking Under Sanctions Strain'

 

North Korea: We Asked 27 Experts What They Think Will Happen in 2019

 

North Korea sounds the death knell for denuclearization

 

COURTS

 

Senate Staffer Sentenced to 2 Months for Lying to FBI in Leak Probe

 

Bombshell court docs reveal GOP power players had early eyes on Trump dossier

 

Christopher Steele Gave Copies of Trump Dossier to a McCain Pal, a Paul Ryan Aide, and a GOP Rep. in Late 2016

 

US indicts alleged Chinese hackers for 'unrelenting effort' to steal tech

 

Charges against Weinstein won't be dismissed

 

We all need to cool it with the ‘treason’ talk(One positive thing could come out of the fiasco of the sentencing hearing for General Michael Flynn — a national teaching moment in respect of the meaning of “treason.”)

 

CRIME IN AMERICA

 

Deputy who killed relatives before committing suicide was former Officer of the Year

 

Exactly 39 years after teen girl was stabbed to death, DNA leads to suspect's arrest

 

500 clergy tied to sex abuse: Illinois AG

 

Deputy who killed relatives before committing suicide was former Officer of the Year

 

DEMOCRATS (MARXISTS)

 

Heed Emanuel(Illinois is facing a fiscal nightmare, Chicago’s outgoing mayor warns.)

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

DeVos Outlines ‘Rethinking’ of Higher Education  (Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos)

 

DEPARTMENT HOMELAND SECURITY

 

DHS: Jesus, Mary and Joseph could have earned asylum in U.S.

 

US says asylum seekers to be sent back to Mexico

 

DHS to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico in attempt to end ‘catch-and-release’

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

 

Trump’s Interior Introduces Proposal to Open Alaskan Refuge to Oil And Gas Exploration

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

Whitaker Mueller oversight appropriate: Rosenstein  (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein)

 

Now That The Russian Collusion Narrative Is Deflating, The Left Is Shifting Goalposts

 

Justice Dept. ethics official told Whitaker’s team he should recuse from Mueller probe

 

William Barr Is Right: Making Comey’s Firing A Crime Will Destroy DOJ

 

Former Federal Prosecutor: That Mueller Memo From Trump's AG Nominee is Excellent, and He Shouldn't Withdraw or Recuse

 

The Barr Memo Is a Commendable Piece of Lawyering

 

DISNEY

 

Petition accuses Disney of cultural appropriation for using popular ‘Lion King’ phrase

 

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)

 

DEA 'double agent' accused of secretly working with murderous gang

 

ECONOMY

 

Dow closes down more than 450 points as Fed and government-shutdown fears punish bulls

 

Wall St slides on Fed plans; Nasdaq flirts with bear territory

 

U.S. stocks clobbered amid White House drama over shutdown

 

Asian Stocks Sink After Wall Street Dives on Rate Hike

 

Stocks slide as Fed's 2019 rates guidance disappoints

 

Stocks, U.S. Futures Fall as Post-Fed Mood Darkens: Markets Wrap

 

Asia's central banks have almost no reasons to hike rates in 2019

 

More than half of global central banks are raising rates, and that’s a problem for stocks

 

Gold settles at a nearly 6-month high as risky assets get rocked

 

Dow sinks below 23,000, Nasdaq flirts with a bear market and oil is in free fall

 

How a looming government shutdown could affect federal services — and stocks

 

EDUCATION

 

Middle school students offered pizza in exchange for HIV testing: report

 

‘Why Didn’t I Get an A?’

 

Mary Washington Ruling Threatens Free Speech on Campus

 

Redefining the Obligation to Protect Students

 

High Price of Prevention

 

Duke VP Criticized for Facebook Post

 

U of Helsinki Tries Anonymized Academic Hiring

 

ENERGY

 

U.S. oil benchmark settles at a 17-month low

 

Energy Prices

 

EUROPEAN UNION

 

Stoxx Europe 600 ends at 2-year low amid global risk-off selloff

 

Elderly Woman Brutally Robbed By Egyptian Migrants In Rome

 

What Sweden’s interest-rate hike means for the European Central Bank’s 2019 path

 

Finland to Start Imprisoning Illegal Migrants

 

Sweden: Music festival bans men because “spate of sex attacks by migrant men plagued other festivals”

 

EU Expands WTO Case Against Chinese Technology

 

Brussels Jewish Museum terror suspect appears in court

 

FEDERAL RESERVE

 

The Fed has left itself wiggle room to fix the economy if it breaks 

 

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

 

Wells Fargo moves jobs abroad after U.S. layoffs, government says

 

FRANCE

 

'Yellow vests' Act VI: Versailles Palace to close on Saturday amid protest fears

 

GERMANY

 

Der Spiegel reporter’s story on U.S. border vigilantes outed as #fakenews by his colleague

 

Security reinforced at airports in western Germany: police

 

Germany: Muslima enraged, files suit over washing instructions that say “Muslims will shrink”

 

GLOBAL WARMING

 

Climate protests cost $91 billion in lost economic activity, chamber study finds

 

GOP

 

2 more moderate Kansas GOP legislators defect to Democrats

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

Most Still Reject Obamacare’s Insurance Requirement  

 

HOMOSEXUALITY

 

Boy dances at gay bar: 'This really is child abuse'

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

House passes temporary government funding bill that includes border wall money

 

House passes criminal justice reform bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

 

Rep. Gutierrez Says Trump Administration Would Have Killed Baby Jesus

 

'Bad case of Potomac Fever': Meadows urges Trump to stand tall for wall

 

Gohmert: Ryan Told GOP to Run Against Trump in 2016

 

IMMIGRATION

 

US steps up Southeast Asian refugee deportation operations

 

It Was Always about the Wall


IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

 

California cops ‘frustrated’ with sanctuary laws stopping them from working with ICE over twice-deported criminal

 

ICE arrested more than 6,500 illegals with homicide/sex offenses in fiscal 2018

 

INDIA

 

India bans commercial surrogacy to stop 'rent a womb' exploitation of vulnerable women

 

Modi's Pledge on Farm Income Wilts as Crop Prices Drop in India  (Prime Minister Narendra Modi)

 

India seeks parliament nod to inject $330 million in Air India

 

India to Spend $12 Billion by March on Bad Loan Clean Up

 

India’s IT sector will create 250,000 new jobs in 2019

 

IRAN

 

Spike in Arrests of Christians in Iran Especially Severe this Christmas Season, Sources Say

 

 

ISLAM

 

Nation of Islam received hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to teach prisoners

 

ISRAEL

 

Palestinian Furor Grows Over Abbas’ Alleged Close Security Coordination With Israel (“Palestinian” Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas)

 

Israeli fizzy-water maker SodaStream to set up plant in Gaza, CEO says

 

Echoes of Gush Katif: Netanyahu’s Lawyer Evokes Sharon Escape from Prosecution (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu)

 

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to ink natural gas pipeline deal next year, PM says

 

Netanyahu: U.S. supports our response to Iran in Syria

 

Has Israel made a huge mistake letting a Chinese firm run part of Haifa port?

 

Shooting at Ofra Junction Followed by Ramming at Focus Checkpoint

 

Twitter says it blocked 22 Hamas and Hezbollah accounts at Israel’s request

 

Mystery disconnects and loop recordings plaguing Israeli-U.S. phone calls

 

Domestic abusers and sex offenders among nearly 1,000 prisoners released early

 

Killing 3 innocent Israelis "is a great thing," says Fatah official

 

82-year-old measles patient dies in Jerusalem

 

The IDF must cut short tunnel operation, get set for repercussions from Trump’s stunning Syria withdrawal  (Israel Defense Forces)

 

On the rainy Lebanese border, IDF fights tunnels and drums up support

 

IDF begins process of destroying Hezbollah tunnels

 

IDF shoots dead Palestinian, injures another as car runs West Bank roadblock

 

Israel Weary Of Bureaucratic Inroads By Palestinians At International Criminal Court

 

Netanyahu canceled Albania visit due to possible plot to target him – reports

 

For the first time: IDF blows up terrorist tunnel in the north

 

Netanyahu’s lawyers call on AG to denounce leaks from corruption probes

 

Retired Lebanese General: The Tunnels Exposed On Israeli Border Were Dug Before 2006; All The Sides Knew Of Their Existence Even Then

 

Netanyahu talks with Trump about US Syria pullout, ‘Iranian aggression’

 

US leaves Israel to fight its battles alone

 

JAPAN

 

Japan to resume commercial whaling next year: reports

 

MEDIA 

 

‘Fake News #MAGA’ sign planted with arrow pointing to Texas Holocaust museum

 

Where the Vichy Weekly Standard went wrong

 

See list of advertisers boycotting Tucker Carlson

 

MEXICO

 

‘Disturbing’ new tactics: Mexican cartels use ultralight aircraft to smuggle illegals into U.S.

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

Coalition says it launched strike at airport in Yemen capital

 

MILITARY

 

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to retire at the end of February – Trump

 

U.S. weighs significant troop drawdown in Afghanistan: officials

 

DoD: U.S. 'Vulnerable to Deadly Missile Attacks' Due to Ballistic Missile Defense Cyber Weaknesses

 

Agency imposes further limits on Navy training harmful to sea mammals

 

Mattis, once one of ‘my generals,’ loses clout with Trump   (Secretary of Defense James Mattis)

 

PAKISTAN

 

Muslim Pakistan says outcry over China detention camps 'sensationalised'

 

 

PRODUCT RECALL

 

Wegmans pulls cauliflower rice, stir fry mixes on E. coli fears

 

RADIO

 

Famous radio DJ saves suicidal man’s life live on air

 

RUSSIA

 

Putin: Convicted Russian spy Marina Butina pleaded guilty to a lie(Russian President Vladimir V Putin)

 

Putin's End-of-Year Presser in Quotes

 

Tsunami warning after 7.4 temblor rocks Russia’s eastern shore

 

Two New Studies Claim Putin Put Trump in the White House. Credible? Not!

 

Putin Accuses U.S. of Raising Risk of Nuclear War and Predicts New Arms Race

 

SENATE

 

Lindsey Graham says withdrawing troops from Afghanistan could pave way for ‘second 9/11’

 

Schumer Explains Why Democrats Oppose Trump's Wall: 'There's No Plan to Build It'  (Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York)

 

Jerome Corsi tells Senate Intel: Take a hike

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Facebook denies giving tech giants access to user data

 

Facebook just can't stop breaking its privacy promises

 

SOUTH KOREA 

 

Moon calls for strong military, alliance with US (President Moon Jae-in)

 

Over 100,000 taxi drivers stage massive strike against ridesharing service

 

BOK stuck between Fed hike, slowdown

 

Korean PM seeks Libya's help for abducted Korean, Filipinos

 

SPORTS

 

NFL bust Dorial Green-Beckham arrested for weed while climbing out window 

 

SRI LANKA

 

New Sri Lanka Cabinet vows to speed up national reconciliation

SYRIA

 

UK and France to do more against IS after US Syria pullout

 

Articles In Syrian Government Press Published Prior To Trump's Announcement Of Pullout From Syria: U.S. Envoy For Syria James Jeffrey Is 'Pathetic And Disconnected From Reality'; U.S. Should Withdraw And Cut Its Losses

 

Russia Delighted, Israel Concerned About Prospective U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Syria

 

TAIWAN

 

Taiwan shares lower at close of trade; Taiwan Weighted down 1.11%

 

TAX CUTS

 

Trump's Tax Cuts: One Year Later, There's Much To Celebrate

 

TRADE

 

Why Democrats should support free trade with Mexico and Canada

 

TREASURY DEPARTMENT

 

U.S. to lift sanctions from aluminum giant Rusal

 

TURKEY

 

US soldier detained by Turkish officials at Istanbul airport has been released

 

Turkey threatens to ‘bury’ Kurdish forces in Syria amid U.S. withdrawal(AVIPP COMMENTARY: This is one reason why the US should not leave Syria.)

 

Turkey Sticking With Russian Missile Defense Purchase, Officials Say

 

Turkey's president criticizes US sanctions on Iran

 

UNITED KINGDOM (BRITAIN)

 

U.K. stocks finish lower as sinking oil weighs on FTSE 100

 

UK: As Muslim who attacked cops with sword walks free, cops hunt for man on train who spoke of disliking Muslims

 

'Muslim taxi driver' threatens to rape converts to Christianity

 

London airport shut down twice due to drones

 

Parliament Is Sleepwalking toward a No-Deal Brexit

 

UK retail sales boosted by Black Friday

 

UNITED NATIONS

 

Israel Exposes Hezbollah Terror Tunnel Infiltration Plan at the UN 

 

VATICAN

 

Pope likens migrants to Jesus as Vatican top dog says hunted Christian Asia Bibi is “internal matter” of Pakistan

 

WHITE HOUSE

 

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

 

Trump announces farm bill signing with ‘Green Acres’ parody video

 

Trump refuses to sign stopgap to avert shutdown, insists on border security funds

 

Voters Say Trump, Not Pelosi, Should Set Nation's Direction

 

Trump struggles to defend decision to pull out of Syria

 

A call to pray for President Trump

 

Trump is keeping his Syria campaign promise too quickly

 

Now media claim Trump jealous of Jesus!

 

Trump defends surprise Syria withdrawal despite withering GOP criticism

 

The Syria withdrawal may be Trump’s biggest blunder to date

 

Pressure from base pushed a flustered Trump into shutdown reversal

 

How the president’s legal woes continue to grow

 

'Bye, Felicia': Michelle Obama Takes Swipe At President Trump, Then Melania

 

White House Condemns 'Activism' Of Judge Who Wants Deportees Back in The US

 

Trump: ‘US is not the Middle East’s policeman’ 

 

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