Congressional negotiators are nearing agreement on a $1.3 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown this weekend after key compromises were reached during overnight talks, congressional aides from both parties said early Wednesday.
President Donald Trump says the Saudis are a “big purchaser” of American arms. A $3.5 billion discount they won from the Pentagon last year in buying an anti-missile system for $15 billion shows they’re also adept at tapping into the Pentagon’s generosity.
Emmanuel Macron, the 40-year-old president, is ramping up French efforts in the race to deploy artificial intelligence and he’s being held back by Europe’s culture of privacy. Reports that Facebook saw some 50 million U.S. profiles fed into election-campaign algorithms in 2016 are unlikely to help him make his case.
Large digital companies operating in the European Union, such as Alphabet Inc. and Twitter Inc., could face a 3 percent tax on their gross revenue based on users’ locations, according to a plan by the European Commission.
Efforts to streamline regulations to accommodate the emerging technology have been under way since the Obama administration with strong bipartisan support. And the Trump administration’s aversion to restrictions and regulations makes it even more unlikely that the accident in Tempe, Arizona, in which an autonomous Uber sport utility vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian, will result in significant new barriers, according to former U.S. officials and some safety advocates.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Canada recognizes the potential disruption major technology companies can have on government revenue and will study whether a new tax regime is required for the industry.
The commander-in-chief’s recent musings about forming a new military branch, a U.S. Space Force, revives a debate that began almost 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon’s space activities should be moved to a new command.
Chinese companies are taking advantage of America’s financially strapped higher-education system to buy schools, and the latest deal for a classical music conservatory in Princeton, New Jersey, is striking chords of dissonance on campus.
“Starter homes have become scarcer, pricier, smaller, older and more likely in need of some TLC” than they were six years ago, the real estate website Trulia reported Wednesday after analyzing housing stock across the country.
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The alleged Texas serial bomber has been identified as 24-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt, law enforcement sources told ABC News. Local and federal authorities took up positions near a hotel where the suspect had stopped his vehicle, awaiting tactical teams to help apprehend him. The suspect, after beginning to drive away, stopped on the side of the road and as Austin SWAT team members approached he detonated a device while inside his vehicle. One officer was knocked back and suffered minor injuries, and another fired at the suspect.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said private schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students should not be eligible for federal dollars, backtracking from an answer she gave last year.
Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a “flawed agreement” on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran.
A shooting at a high school in Great Mills, Maryland, on Tuesday left one student dead and two others injured, officials confirmed. A 17-year-old male student opened fire using a handgun around 8 a.m. in a hallway at Great Mills High School, striking a 16-year-old female student and a 14-year-old male student. The school’s armed resource officer, identified by police as St. Mary’s County sheriff’s deputy Blaine Gaskill, exchanged fire with the shooter, Cameron said. Gaskill was not injured. The three students were transported to local hospitals. The shooter, whom police identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, died hours later.
Iran has defused all regional threats against the country, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, as tension rises between Tehran and Washington over the influence of the Islamic Republic in the Middle East.
Authorities are seeking to have the brother of a teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school involuntarily committed and prohibited from possessing guns.
Pope Francis is to visit Ireland in August – the first papal visit to the country for almost 40 years.
Girls in their early teens are being trafficked into prostitution in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, a BBC News investigation has found. Foreigners seeking sex can easily gain access to children who have fled conflict in Myanmar and now face a new threat.
A US judge has temporarily blocked a Mississippi state law enacting the tightest restrictions on abortion in the country a day after it was signed. Judge Carlton Reeves delayed the bill, which bans most abortions after 15 weeks, from taking effect for 10 days while he hears more arguments. Critics say the ban, which makes no exceptions for rape or incest, is unconstitutional.
The US has announced it will provide $2.5m in aid to Venezuelans who have fled the economic crisis in their homeland for neighboring Colombia.
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order barring US companies and citizens from dealing in Venezuela’s crypto-currency, the Petro.
At least 35 civilians have been killed in a rocket attack on a busy market in a government-held district of Syria’s capital Damascus, state media report.
The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over a California law requiring pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post information about how to obtain abortions, a requirement that the pro-life movement considers a direct infringement on free speech.
The Briefing — Wednesday, March 21, 2018
1) Does marriage make a difference? Dueling articles in major newspapers debate the link between single parenthood and poverty
New York Times (David Brady, Ryan Finnigan, and Sabine Hübgen) –
Single Mothers Are Not the Problem
Washington Post (Robert Samuelson) –
Don’t deny the link between poverty and single parenthood
2) What do declining divorce rates tell us about our current cultural moment?
The Atlantic (Andrew Cherlin) –
Marriage Has Become a Trophy
3) Toys R Us’s announcement reveals the devastating effects of a declining birth rate
Washington Post (Andrew Van Dam) –
Toys R Us’s baby problem is everybody’s baby problem
News – 3/21/2018
Turkey-Allied Jihadists Slaughtering Christians, Yazidis in Syria’s Besieged Afrin
Turkey-linked jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda are taking advantage of the Ankara offensive in the besieged Afrin region in northwestern Syria to slaughter Christians and Yazidis, caution several activists. The warnings come as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced over the weekend that his allied forces conquered the center of the Kurdish-held city of Afrin.
Sweden Unveils Plans For ‘Total Societal Mobilization’ Against Russia
In yet another sign of what Russia expert Stephen Cohen has described as the escalating New Cold War, non-NATO aligned Sweden is initiating detailed plans to ready itself for total societal mobilization in response to military attack from a major external power. As Aaron Mehta points out in his exclusive for Defense News entitled Fortress Sweden: Inside the plan to mobilize Swedish society against Russia, that major external power is none other than Russia, whose heavily militarized port of Kaliningrad lies a little over 220 miles across the ocean from Sweden.
Trump: Sanctuary State Places ‘Innocent Americans at the Mercy of Hardened Criminals’
“This is actually a mass murder happening in the United States by illegal aliens killing American citizens,” Mendoza, who lives in Arizona, said Monday in a meeting that included Cabinet officials, members of Congress, and state and local law enforcement officials. “Over 63,000 Americans have been killed since 9/11 by illegal aliens,” Mendoza continued.
Russian warplane bombs refugee camp in Syria’s Idlib – media
…the Russian air force Su-24 bomber made two attacks on the refugee camp in the village of Khas in the south of Idlib. White Helmets, the Syrian humanitarian organization, noted that the bombs hit the camp in the night hours.
Report: N. Korean, S. Korean and US delegates had ‘constructive’ meeting
“(The meeting) explored approaches to building confidence and [reducing] tensions in Korean peninsula… The participants had a constructive exchange of views in a positive atmosphere,” foreign ministry Director General Kimmo Lahdevirta told reporters, declining to comment on the agenda.
Polish PM’s father: Jews gladly moved to ghettos to get away from Poles
A former Polish politician who is the father of the country’s prime minister said that Jews during the Holocaust moved to ghettos of their own accord to get away from non-Jewish Poles. Kornel Morawiecki, a former senator whose son, Mateusz, became prime minister last year, made the remark in an interview published Tuesday by the online magazine Kulturą Liberalną.
The story behind Africa’s free trade dream
The European Union and its free trade agreement took decades to establish. Africa is now hoping it can achieve the same in a fraction of the time. But with Nigeria pulling out, questions are being raised over just how achievable it really is. The vision is a free trade deal encompassing 1.2 billion people stretching from Cape Town to Cairo.
Syria war: Dozens killed as rockets hit Damascus market
At least 35 civilians have been killed in a rocket attack on a busy market in a government-held district of Syria’s capital Damascus, state media report. Rebels in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region fired the rockets at Kashkoul, police told the Sana news agency. Six other civilians were injured in a separate attack to the west, they said.
Rogue TOXIC space station could crash into Earth NEXT WEEK
China’s first prototype station Tiangong-1 will come crashing back to the planet between March 30 and April 6. And space boffins have revealed it has the highest chance of crashing into cities along a narrow strip around latitudes of 43 degrees north and south. This includes a number of highly populated cities including New York, Barcelona, Beijing, Chicago, Istanbul, Rome and Toronto.
There’s a New Cold War Brewing in Space
The commander-in-chief’s recent musings about forming a new military branch, a U.S. Space Force, revives a debate that began almost 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon’s space activities should be moved to a new command. “Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,” President Donald Trump said…“We may even have a Space Force, develop another one. We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force.”
EU to unveil plan to tax turnover of big U.S. tech firms
The European Commission will propose rules on Wednesday designed to make digital companies pay their fair share of tax and set to hit U.S. tech giants such as Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O). The Commission is expected to propose that companies with significant digital revenues in Europe pay a 3 percent tax on their turnover, according to a draft seen by Reuters last week.
Reviving Biblical Wedding Customs in Preparation for the Third Temple
Reuven Prager, who specializes in Biblically styled clothing, has a passion for restoring ancient Israelite customs. Twenty-five years years ago, Prager learned about four marriage customs described in the Talmud as having fallen out of practice after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and the squashed Bar Kochba revolt in 132 CE. Prager wanted to revive those customs in order to pave the way for the Third Temple, but he also had a vested personal interest.
Firing Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Peace
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired on Tuesday, his central assumptions about the Palestinian conflict with Israel, which are shared by the entire Washington foreign policy establishment, literally blew up in Gaza.
Austin serial bomber dies in wee-hours confrontation after police trace him to motel
The suspected serial bomber who killed two people and terrorized Austin, Texas, for three harrowing weeks was killed in a dramatic confrontation with police overnight Wednesday, according to authorities. The suspect, identified by police early Wednesday as a 24-year old male, was killed near the motel he was traced to by authorities using surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology
Abbas to approve new measures against Hamas
Commentators see these steps as a deliberate move by Abbas to drag Hamas into a confrontation with Israel in order to block the “deal of the century”, the peace plan being formulated by the American administration and which the PA views as biased in favor of Israel.
Storms strike college, leave trail of damage across South
The storm threatened millions of people across the Deep South, prompting tornado warnings Monday in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The area around Jacksonville State University in Alabama was among the hardest hit and thousands of buildings and vehicles were battered by large hail after the night of violent weather.
House GOP Leaders Scalise, McCarthy Sign Letter Demanding Second Special Counsel to Investigate Obama’s FISA Abuse
At the end of February, Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) sent a letter to AWOL Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him appoint a Special Counsel to investigate FISA abuses and how/why Hillary’s probe ended and Trump’s Russia probe began.
Cardinal Says Vatican Is Surrendering to China’s Communist Government With Deal on Catholic Worship
The outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong has launched a fresh attack on a proposed agreement between the Vatican and China’s communist government.
Official Washington flocking to Doomsday Camps
A building network of backwoods doomsday camps around the country are pulling in members from affluent areas and even Washington national security officials as the threats grow from nuclear war, an EMP or virus attack.
Afrin: Turkey’s President Erdogan threatens to expand military offensive beyond Kurdish town
Turkey’s president has vowed to keep up the pressure against a US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia after his troops captured the Syrian town of Afrin, threatening to expand the military offensive into other Kurdish-held areas across northern Syria and even into neighbouring Iraq.
Mind Control: Samsung Site Wipes Your Memory So You Can Re-watch TV Shows
Samsung has launched a website promising to wipe your favorite TV series from your memory so you can watch it again seemingly for the first time. The creepy concept, known as Unspoil me, was apparently launched in January and is available through the company’s Swedish site.
Gov’t ‘Fusion Centers’ Spying on Patriots in all 50 States
Intimidation used against activist who sought information on mosque…Fusion centers were established a few years after the 9/11 attacks by the President George W. Bush administration and expanded under Barack Obama.
Abortion Clinic Caught Selling Box Of Aborted Babies From Car
A South Carolina abortion clinic has been caught on video illegally transporting and selling the bodies of aborted babies from a car to a waste management company.
Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto are moving forward
Hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto for personal injury and wrongful death are moving forward, after scientific analysis was heard in court, detailing Roundup’s carcinogenicity.
War Is On The Horizon
Have Washington and its British vassal set a stage for testing whether Russia has the stomach for war?
China Begins Banning People With ‘Bad Social Credit’ From Trains And Planes
China has announced controversial new measure that will ‘ban’ citizens with ‘bad social credit’ from using public transport like trains and plane, placing a restriction on their travel.
Researchers show how a moth’s brain is smarter than artificial intelligence
Insects may be simple, and in terms of intellectual capability, they will never be able to match humans, but they do have brains. They can definitely learn, as moths do when getting acquainted with new scents. But did you know that even moths can be smarter than today’s standard level of artificial intelligence?
‘Significant damage’ in Alabama after storms hit Southeast
Severe storms smacked the Southeast Monday, bringing possible tornadoes, powerful winds and hailstones the size of baseballs. The damaging weather struck right before Tuesday, which is the first day of spring.
March 19, 2018
— We fought a Civil War to force rebellious states to remain in the Union. Has anyone ever contemplated the possibility that at some point there may be movement to eject rebellious states out of the United States, to leave – – with or without their agreement to leave?… (more)
March 19, 2018
— Like a phantom blip on a radar screen, the special election in Pennsylvania is the result of a momentary systemic anomaly. Democrat Conor Lamb’s apparent victory may not be a harbinger of things to come. Thanks to a federal court decision, district lines in that region of Pennsylvania have changed…. (more)
March 19, 2018
CNN — Austin police just confirmed what residents have feared for weeks – – a suspected serial bomber is attacking their city. For the fourth time this month, a device exploded on Austin residents. What makes Sunday night’s blast especially terrifying is that the device was left on the side of a residential road and triggered by a tripwire, police said Monday. Investigators have found similarities between that device and three previous bombs, which were stuffed inside packages and left on residents’ doorsteps, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said…. (more)
March 19, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Mississippi’s governor says that by enacting a law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, the state is “saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and what better thing can we do?” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant made the comments while he signed the law Monday in a closed ceremony, according to a video his office posted to social media…. (more)
March 18, 2018
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE — The last time Mitt Romney ran against a Kennedy for the U.S. Senate, he lost a bitter 1994 campaign in Massachusetts against liberal icon Ted Kennedy. Now, he is facing a Kennedy in Utah, but this one is a conservative Republican and not a member of that famous clan. Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Romney for the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah…. (more)
March 18, 2018
ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
— These columns have many times observed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s failure to set limits on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. To trigger the appointment of a special counsel, federal regulations require the Justice Department to identify the crimes that warrant investigation and prosecution – – crimes that the Justice Department is too conflicted to investigate in the normal course; crimes that become the parameters of the special counsel’s jurisdiction…. (more)
March 18, 2018
— Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” The popular word for that is collusion, and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations. (Majority Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee recently announced they were unable to find evidence proving collusion.)… (more)
March 18, 2018
CHANNEL NEWS ASIA
— KABUL: Donald Trump flops over his pink and white baby walker and rolls it around his family’s modest home in Kabul, blissfully unaware of the turmoil his “infidel” name is causing in the deeply conservative Muslim country…. (more)
March 18, 2018
VARIETY — Roadside Attractions-Lionsgate’s faith-based “I Can Only Imagine” has crushed early box office forecasts with a surprisingly strong $17.1 million at 1,629 locations in North America. Recent estimates for “I Can Only Imagine” had been in the $2 million-$8 million range. It rang up the top per-site average by far among this weekend’s wide release movies with $10,476, and it notched an A+ CinemaScore among patrons…. (more)
March 16, 2018
WASHINGTON TIMES — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe less than two days before his retirement from the bureau. The firing, effective immediately, was announced late Friday night in a statement by the Department of Justice. Mr. McCabe was fired after a review by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recommended the dismissal after an internal review…. (more)
March 16, 2018
NATIONAL REVIEW — Two federal law-enforcement officials who were removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation for exchanging partisan text messages conspired to set up a meeting with the presiding judge in the case against Michael Flynn, according to text messages obtained by The Federalist…. (more)
March 16, 2018
WASHINGTON EXAMINER — California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel was put on paid leave after questioning in front of her students whether school administrations would let a group of students protesting abortion walk out of class in the middle of the school day like they did with students who did so on Wednesday in protests over school shootings…. (more)
March 16, 2018
IJR — A photo of a student supposedly protesting the NRA during Wednesday’s so-called “National Walkout” was going viral – – but only because of the almost unbelievable irony on display…. (more)
March 16, 2018
— The instruction and training materials used by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office teach that, in the case of a school shooting, deputies arriving on the scene should immediately confront the shooter. “History shows that when a suspect is confronted by any armed individual (police, security, concealed carry person) they either shoot it out with that person or kill themselves,” the materials state. “Either way, the shooting of innocent bystanders must stop…. (more)
March 16, 2018
ART MOORE — It didn’t take long for the horrific, deadly collapse Thursday of a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University’s Miami-Dade campus to become politicized. On Twitter, President Trump is being blamed for wanting to build a wall while “our infrastructures are falling apart, for going out of his way to loosen building regulations and passing a tax-cut bill instead of doing “some REAL work for the country.”… (more)
March 16, 2018
— A scientist with expertise in climate change is lambasting a U.S. senator for casting people who question the theory of man-caused global warming as “evil voices.” Thomas Sheahen, an MIT-educated physicist and author of “An Introduction to High-Temperature Supreconductivity,” was reacting in an interview with Marc Morano at Climate Depot to comments by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I…. (more)
March 16, 2018
GEORGE WILL — Iceland must be pleased that it is close to success in its program of genocide, but before congratulating that nation on its final solution to the Down syndrome problem, perhaps it might answer a question: What is this problem? To help understand why some people might ask this question, today’s column is being distributed together with two photographs. One is of Agusta, age eight, a citizen of Iceland. The other is of Lucas, age one, an American citizen in Dalton, Ga., who recently was selected to be 2018 Spokesbaby for the Gerber baby-food company. They are two examples of the problem…. (more)
March 15, 2018
— The data are in on Facebook’s war on “conservative” news sites, thanks to an impressive report published by WesternJournal.com. The king of social media has been making algorithm changes seemingly intended to marginalize the traffic of right-of-center online news operations, and they have been effective, the report shows…. (more)
March 15, 2018
— Soaring tuition costs, degrees of dubious value and nonstop student activism have combined to bring public confidence in the ivory tower tumbling down. Even college and university presidents acknowledge that the country is becoming disillusioned with higher education. In a recent survey conducted by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, 51 percent of institution leaders said the 2016 election “exposed that academe is disconnected from much of American society.”… (more)
March 15, 2018
— Amid an ongoing surge in Christianity that developed as communism created a spiritual vacuum in people’s lives, China has launched a new crackdown, including rules introduced last month that further restrict the activities of unregistered house churches, according to a new report. Christians in China have been repressed ever since the People’s Republic was created in 1949, with the government’s control of churches and imposition of the Communist Party’s atheistic values…. (more)
March 15, 2018
U.S. NEWS — Eleven Republicans stepped forward before a Thursday evening filing deadline to challenge former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate race, including a state lawmaker who says an “establishment insider” can’t fix problems in Washington. Many of the candidates acknowledge the David-vs-Goliath nature of challenging the famous and popular Romney, but they say someone needs to keep the race to replace Republican Orrin Hatch from becoming a “coronation.”… (more)
March 15, 2018
— Broward Deputy Scot Peterson stands safely behind a concrete wall taking no action as high school students lay dead and wounded just feet away, newly released video of the Florida school shooting shows. The Broward Sheriff’s Office released the 27-minute video Thursday of the former longtime resource officer responding to initial reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14. Peterson, who was assigned to the school and on site when the shooting began, is seen with a civilian security monitor at the start of the video, but spends most of the video standing outside the school with his gun drawn…. (more)
March 15, 2018
Economic commentator, an informal adviser on presidential campaign, has differed with the president on trade issues
WALL STREET JOURNAL — Lawrence Kudlow, a conservative economic commentator whose career included jobs in the White House, Wall Street, radio and business television, will become one of President Donald Trump’s top economic advisers as director of the National Economic Council…. (more)
March 15, 2018
BOB UNRUH — The results may not be official for some time, but it appears that a Democrat, Conor Lamb, now leading by only a few hundred votes, may have won a special election in a western Pennsylvania congressional district that two years ago chose President Donald Trump by 20 points. Mainstream media regard the apparent outcome as an “unmistakable good sign” for Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterms approach…. (more)
March 15, 2018
ART MOORE — long with concluding the Trump campaign did not coordinate with Russia to influence the 2016 election, the House Intelligence Committee report by the Republican majority confirmed that President Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, leaked information about the dubious anti-Trump “dossier” that ended up being reported by CNN…. (more)
The Basic Spirituality of Yoga
In an article I penned in 2010 titled A subtle and dangerous shift in Christianity I expressed my concerns over churches that were offering “Christian yoga”: It seems everyone’s practicing yoga meditation these days. Physicians recommend it to their patients which means it’s beneficial…right? Meditation is said to relieve stress, anxiety, hypertension, acne and post-nasal […]
10 invalid arguments in defense of false teachers
Rick Becker begins his piece with, Scripture warns us that in the last days some will depart from the faith, and be deceived by evil spirits and teachings of demons. Those who teach false doctrines are not on the fringes of Christianity, they are in the center in the form of the Evangelical Industrial Complex. Bethel, […]
The entertainment-driven church
Charles Spurgeon once said of church: If you have to give a carnival to get people to come to church, then you will have to keep giving carnivals to keep them coming back. So, why would church leaders want people to come to a Sunday worship service to be entertained? In the 1800’s, Spurgeon saw […]
“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.” —Samuel Adams (1749)
Headlines – 3/21/2018
Saudi Crown Prince Arrives at White House to Meet with Trump – Prince briefed on peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians
Saudi Crown Prince discusses Mideast peace process with Kushner
Saudi prince’s White House visit continues Kushner courtship
Iran main focus in meeting between Trump, Saudi Crown Prince
Trump asks Saudi crown prince to share kingdom’s wealth by buying more American weapons
Trump praises Saudi crown prince over economic ties
Netanyahu initially welcomed John Kerry’s peace initiative, ex-US envoy says
Palestinians doubt statehood, peace even in 100 years’ time
Israeli red tape may hold up US embassy move to Jerusalem – report
Palestinians Plan Mass Gaza March Ahead of U.S. Embassy Move
Netanyahu: ‘The US stopped coddling the PA and it’s driving Abbas crazy’
Netanyahu: PM: Abbas is like a ‘spoiled child’
Palestinian Authority calls on Hamas to hand over Gaza ‘all at once’
PA may consider declaring Gaza ‘rebel district,’ cutting enclave off
Palestinians’ new doomsday weapon has Israel scared to death
As IDF keeps destroying tunnels, Hamas rebuilds old ones
Hope for Gaza: EU creates broad international coalition to provide drinking water to 2 million people in Gaza
Strike at Defense Ministry body threatens to freeze settlement approvals
Father of Polish PM says Jews gladly moved to ghettos, aided Germans
Netanyahu says ‘flood’ of African migrants worse than Sinai terrorists
Israeli Chief Rabbi Calls African-Americans ‘Monkeys’
Ex-Israeli spy chief enlists top hackers for new cybersecurity firm
Justice Minister: Terror Groups Have Switched to Twitter Because Facebook Cooperates With Israel
Twitter stock dives after Israel threatens legal action over pro-terrorism
Trump blasts Iranian regime in Persian New Year statement
Trump’s holiday greeting to Iranians: Your gov’t is ‘brutal and corrupt’
Trump: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a hostile army that funds terrorism
Merkel said to warn Netanyahu nixing Iran deal will lead to war
Israel formally acknowledges destroying suspected Syrian reactor in 2007
Ending a decade of silence, Israel confirms it blew up Assad’s nuclear reactor
Rocket attack targeting busy Damascus market kills 35
Syria war: Air strike ‘kills children in Eastern Ghouta school’
Trump seeks Saudi Arabia’s help in eastern Syria
Turkey’s Erdogan criticizes US over Syrian Kurds
UN calls on Turkey to end state of emergency
Yemen war: Senate rejects ending US support of Saudi-led campaign
ISIS kidnapped dozens of Indian construction workers in Iraq. Their bodies were just found in a mass grave.
Sisi says he wanted more challengers in Egyptian election
UN gives strong backing to Lebanon’s political independence
Putin to Attend 2018 Inauguration of Turkish Nuclear Power Plant
Seeking closer ties, Trump and Putin plan summit
Xi Jinping warns any attempt to split China is ‘doomed to fail’
China and Russia are ‘aggressively pursuing’ hypersonic weapons, and the US can’t defend against them, top nuclear commander says
Trump to boost exports of lethal drones to more U.S. allies
G20 sees need for ‘dialogue,’ fails to defuse trade war threat
Op-Ed: The world is descending into tyranny
Illegal immigrants, who dodged California ICE raid after Dem mayor’s tip-off, re-arrested for new crimes
Border Patrol Agents Refuse To Turn Over Wanted Felons Because Of California’s Sanctuary Laws
Southern California town stands up to state, votes to reject sanctuary law
Reddit user claims to be Austin bomber, compares himself to ‘Zodiac Killer’ and says he wants world to ‘burn’
Geraldo: Texas Bomber ‘More Like The Joker Than The Unabomber’
Austin Goodwill explosion not linked to previous blasts, authorities say
Facebook ‘outraged’ by misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica
Facebook Sued by Investors Over Voter-Profile Harvesting
TSA denies accessing data on electronic devices carried by domestic airline passengers
Toyota Halts Robot-Car Tests Citing Drivers’ Emotional Toll
Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber
Surge in wealth from stocks and other financial assets may be sending a dangerous signal for the economy
A Chinese Space Lab Will Soon Fall From The Sky. Where It Lands, No One Knows
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico
Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 22,000ft
Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft
Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 16,000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft
With historic snowstorm on the way, spring laughs at the East Coast
Winter Storm Toby, the Fourth Nor’easter This Month, Will Sock the East With Snow, Winds, Coastal Flooding
Snow records in trouble as wild March takes a wilder turn
Spring nor’easter could bury NYC in 15 inches of snow
This is not a drill: DC area could get up to 12 inches of snow
Emails show FEMA silent amid chaos after Hurricane Maria
Coroner Report: 1,030 People Killed By Euthanasia in Ontario
Teen suicide is soaring. Do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame?
Stormy Daniels offers proof she passed polygraph as Playboy model Karen McDougal sues to end silence on Trump
49% of Americans: ‘Trump affair allegations are of ‘very little importance’ to the nation’ says poll
Trump May Be Deposed in ‘Apprentice’ Groping Lawsuit
Trump, deemed ‘not above the law,’ faces legal storm
Feminists Demand Paris Sex Doll Brothel Be Shut For Fueling Rape Fantasies
Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Sues State Over 15-Week Abortion Ban
If the NRA owns Republicans, Planned Parenthood owns Democrats
Sheriff: Armed Officer Ends School Shooting in Maryland
Gunman at Maryland high school dies after armed school officer intervenes; 2 others injured
Priest publicly wishes for Pope’s quick death because of his views on immigration and Islam
‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ Trailer: Witness ‘Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Filming a Live Exorcism
|13-Year-Old Girl Dead After 9-Year-Old Brother Shoots Her Over Video Game
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 06:51 AM PDT
A 13-year-old girl is dead in Monroe County after authorities say she was shot Saturday by her 9-year-old brother. Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said the girl would not give up a video game controller when her brother wanted it. Cantrell said she was shot in the back of the head with a .25 caliber handgun. The girl was rushed to Le Bonheur’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis where she died Sunday at 6:45 p.m.
Authorities don’t yet know how the child had access to the weapon they say he used to shoot his sister. It’s also unclear how much knowledge the boy had of the dangers of guns. “He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV,” Cantrell said. “I don’t know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy.” The investigation will not be rushed, the sheriff said, and the identities of family members are not being released. READ MORE
|PROPHECY WATCH: Reviving Biblical Wedding Customs in Preparation for the Third Temple
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 06:47 AM PDT
Weddings in Biblical times were significantly different than they are today. One Jerusalemite, a simple tailor, has spent years and tens of thousands of dollars to recreate this joyous occasion as authentically traditional as possible. But there are still some changes that need to be made, which will have to wait until the Third Temple is built. The tailor, Reuven Prager, who specializes in Biblically styled clothing,
has a passion for restoring ancient Israelite customs. Twenty-five years ago, Prager learned about four marriage customs described in the Talmud as having fallen out of practice after the destruction of theTemple in 70 CE and the squashed Bar Kochba revolt in 132 CE. Prager wanted to revive those customs in order to pave the way for the Third Temple, but he also had a vested personal interest. “I met a really beautiful woman and I wanted to have it ready so I could propose to her,” Prager told Breaking Israel News. Prager found references that in ancient Jewish weddings, there was an ateret chatanim (groom’s crown), a golden crown worn by the bride, a unique type of wedding canopy (chuppah chatanim) and a luxurious palanquin that was used to carry the bride to the canopy. READ MORE
|Is Your Tongue Ruining Your Life?
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 06:29 AM PDT
(By Michael Anthony) No one wakes up in the morning thinking of ways to destroy their life. But there is a sure way to ruin your life if you’re not careful, and many people are doing so without realizing it. It all comes down to one of the smallest parts of your body, the tongue. Is your tongue wreaking havoc and destroying your success? It could be. Reign in your tongue and you will increase your chances of succeeding in every area of life.
“Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark,” says James. “The tongue,” he adds, “is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:5,6 NIV). There is enough here to motivate me for the rest of my life. How about you? Is your tongue ruining your life — and the lives of others? READ MORE
|Mysterious ‘sea creature’ discovered on Wolf Island beach in South Georgia
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 06:21 AM PDT
A man from Waycross, Georgia found his own version of the Loch Ness Monster on Friday while at Wolf Island. Jeff Warren was out with his son on a boat near the Barrier Islands going around Wolf Island when he saw what he thought was a dead seal. A large heron was pecking at the creature’s carcass, but Warren was able to get a picture and video of the creature. Warren said he went to
Skipper’s Fish House after and folks over there told him that there was a local legend named “Alty,” or Altahama, their own version of the Loch Ness Monster, in the area. The creature is used in advertisements for Darien, Georgia, possibly as a means to attract people to the area. People have reported seeing a giant sea creature since the 1830s. At Darien’s website, you can view sketches of the creature as part of its promotional material. The sea creature has yet to be identified by a marine life expert. READ MORE
|Children Feel Disturbed After Stumbling Across Online Porn
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 06:13 AM PDT
Children are being left feeling insecure and disturbed after unintentionally watching hard-core pornography online, according to the NSPCC. The charity has said that some primary school pupils have required counseling after stumbling across porn online. The government recently announced that it has delayed plans to require pornography websites to verify the age of users. According to NSPCC
figures, reported by the Daily Mail, over 2,000 youngsters contacted ChildLine’s advice service during the past three years to say they felt troubled after watching porn. Out of the youngsters who received counseling, one in ten were eleven or under, and 63 percent were aged 12 to 15. The charity’s research showed that 46 percent of children who watched porn were first exposed to it by accident. READ MORE
|Austin Bomber Blows Self Up, Fears of More Explosives
Posted: 21 Mar 2018 05:50 AM PDT
The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday. The name of the suspect, described only as a 24-year-old white man, has not been released, pending notification of his family, Manley said. Although police are still investigating the possibility of accomplices, he said, “we believe this individual is responsible for all of
the incidents in Austin.” Manley urged the community to remain vigilant for possible other explosives, adding that “we do not know where (the suspect) has been in the past 24 hours.” Police have not identified a motive for the string of bombings, Manley said. Investigators identified several leads but the case really broke in the past 24 to 36 hours, the chief said. READ MORE
|DEVELOPING: Surveillance videos “could possibly” reveal suspect in Austin
Posted: 20 Mar 2018 06:15 PM PDT
The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security committee says federal authorities informed him investigators have obtained surveillance videos in Austin that “could possibly” show a suspect in the package bombing at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio. Congressman Michael McCaul told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he’s been briefed by the FBI, ATF and Austin police about the
situation. But he adds that investigators are still poring through the surveillance recordings. Austin police earlier said another suspicious package was discovered at a second FedEx center near Austin’s main airport. McCaul says evidence obtained from that package if kept intact could be key in finding the bomber. READ MORE
|BREAKING NEWS: Austin Bomber Strikes Again! Man Wounded, Texas on Edge
Posted: 20 Mar 2018 06:08 PM PDT
At least one man was injured Tuesday night in yet another reported package explosion in Austin, Texas — this time at a Goodwill store, investigators said, just the latest in a string of blasts that have killed two people over the past month. The victim, in his 30s, suffered injuries that were “potentially serious, not expected to be life-threatening,” the county’s EMS tweeted. Paramedics rushed the man to a hospital.
Austin Goodwill spokeswoman Valerie Swift was crying when she told Fox News: “Senior Goodwill executives and law enforcement are investigating.” The Houston division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with FBI San Antonio said they were responding with Austin police to the scene. At least five other explosions have rocked the Austin and San Antonio areas. READ MORE
|Grapefruit-Size Hail Strikes Alabama
Posted: 20 Mar 2018 01:17 PM PDT
In anticipation of the release of emergency recovery funds in the wake of Monday night’s battering hail storms, the Cullman County Commission approved a declaration of emergency Tuesday at a specially-called meeting. The commission’s declaration of emergency follows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s emergency declaration for North Alabama counties affected by the storms, which dropped grapefruit-
sized hail over portions of Cullman County and wrought extensive property damage. Commissioners and department heads will have a better idea of the storm’s financial impact once insurance assessors have surveyed the damage. The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office sustained damage to at least 20 vehicles, as well as significant damage to the roof, nine air conditioning units mounted on the rooftop, and exterior siding and fireproofing insulation at its Beech Avenue headquarters, including the newly-built Training Center, as well as the Cullman County Detention Center. READ MORE
|China Ready For ‘Bloody Battle’ To Regain Rightful Place in World
Posted: 20 Mar 2018 01:12 PM PDT
China’s leader Xi Jinping delivered a warning to the world during a nationalist speech on Tuesday. The Communist nation is apparently ready for war to regain its rightful place in the world. In addition, Xi warned that attempts to divide China are doomed to fail and that the countries, organizations, and people seeking to do so would be “punished by history.” Xi Jinping the President of China has paved the way for a Mao-like dominance over the 1.79 billion people that reside in the Asian nation. Mr.
Jinping has set forth the ability to rule for life, just as the infamous Mao Zedong once did. Further, the Communist Leader has set in stone restrictive regulations that nearly disallow the practice of religious beliefs within the nation. On Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 Xi Jinping addressed the closing meeting of the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with blistering warnings to the world, that attempts to divide China will be met with punishment by history and that they are doomed to fail. READ MORE
|Feds come after Facebook, Zuckerberg nowhere to be found, Shares plummet
Posted: 20 Mar 2018 12:57 PM PDT
The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users’ personal data, even as his company is buffeted by mounting calls for investigation and regulation, falling stock prices and a social media campaign to #DeleteFacebook. Facebook’s shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news,
knocking $36bn off the company’s valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall $5.5bn to $69bn, according to Forbes’ live tracker of the world’s wealthiest people. The embattled social media company announced on Monday that it will engage a digital forensics to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica to determine whether or not the firm still has copies of the data in question. READ MORE
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