Sunday, July 23, 2017

Show Notes 07-22-2017

Saturday Show 7-22-17

Tea Party wins 8-year battle with IRS
It took eight years of frustration, court battles and waiting. It took the complete change of a presidential administration. And it took the persistent fighting of a top-level team of lawyers.
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Wells Fargo to shut down 450 branches
Wells Fargo has long been known among analysts and commentators as one of the nation's most efficient banks. As a result, when its efficiency started to slip recently, the bank responded by announcing an initiative to cut annual expenses by $2 billion by the end of 2019.
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Shock News: US Post Office Broke the Hatch Act to Help the Clinton Campaign
Yesterday the Washington Post posted a story about a senate hearing that revealed that during the 2016 presidential campaign the USPS broke law by giving time off for postal workers to campaign for Clinton, but if you watched the mainstream media news you would never know about it.
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Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had 'secret list' of proposed regulations
At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administration’s goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations.
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Shock News: US Post Office Broke the Hatch Act to Help the Clinton Campaign
It seems that the democrats sunk every egg they had into the Hillary Clinton basket in 2016, and now the party and its leadership are irrevocably doomed.
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VA has fired 500 employees since Trump took office, report shows
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired more than 500 employees since Jan. 20, when President Trump took office, according to a list of job categories of employees recently disciplined or fired.
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Why US may slash military aid to an ally it helped build up in Lebanon
From the imposing ramparts of a newly constructed military base, fortified by rock-filled blast barriers and an armor-plated watchtower, Lebanese soldiers keep a careful eye on the adjacent border area with Syria, which until not long ago was home to Syrian rebel groups and extremist militants.
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Ohio veteran can keep ducks to relieve PTSD, depression
An Ohio veteran who sought to defy local law and keep pet ducks, that he says help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, can now keep them.
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NRA, eschewing talk of guns, ratchets up rhetoric
Buoyed by soaring gun sales and a White House supportive of its efforts, the National Rifle Association has charted a new course in its messaging, employing the group’s sophisticated communications apparatus to attack liberal politicians and activist groups, as well as mainstream news outlets, without ever mentioning guns, rifles, or the Second Amendment.
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TV Station Credits Cows, NOT Armed Citizens for Capturing Armed Carjacker
WUSA, a CBS affiliate station in Washington, D.C., cunningly credited a herd of brave bovine for helping deputies catch a suspected armed carjacker in Berryville, VA.
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The day Communion was served on the Moon
“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” stated Astronaut Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969, as he became the first man to walk on the moon. The second man on the moon was Colonel Buzz Aldrin.
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Show Notes 07-21-2017

Friday Show Notes 7-21-17

Spokesman for Trump's legal team resigns, reports say
The spokesman for President Trump’s personal legal team resigned Thursday, according to multiple media reports.
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Supreme Court allows more exemptions to Trump travel ban
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal court judge's order expanding the number of immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations who can enter the country under President Trump's temporary travel ban.
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ICE chief readies national sanctuary city crackdown
Empowered by a president who has "taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement," the nation's chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he's planning to deploy more agents and resources to "sanctuary cities" to arrest illegal criminals.
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EPI Report: No Data to Support H-2B Visa Increase
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows that there is no evidence of a labor shortage to support the recent H-2B visa increase. DHS Secretary John Kelly announced this week that he will use the authority granted by Congress to approve an additional 15,000 H-2B visas over the annual 66,000 cap.
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Boston Launches Anti-Islamophobia Poster Campaign
The city of Boston is launching a poster campaign to fight Islamophobia by encouraging bystanders to intervene, in a nonconfrontational way, if they witness anti-Muslim harassment.
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European nations rebel against EU 'refugee' Quotas
As migrants flood Europe from Africa and the Middle East, several countries seeking to protect their sovereignty are rebelling against the European Union’s resettlement mandates, and their influence is growing as they announce support for a potential new ally against migration, Italy.
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Europe's female imams challenge Muslim patriarchy – and fight Islamophobia
Sherin Khankan flits about the window sills, lighting wicks and placing bouquets of roses in just the right places as she prepares for Friday prayers.
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Plot to replace Europeans with refugees exposed
Millions of migrants mostly from Africa and the Middle East have swarmed Europe in the last three years – the result of what has been explained by world leaders as a war-driven “refugee” crisis.
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Venezuela opposition calls for ‘zero hour’ action against Maduro’s plan
Venezuelan opposition leaders have called for their supporters to escalate street protests and support a 24-hour national strike later this week after more than 7.1 million people rejected a government plan to rewrite the constitution.
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'At home, we couldn’t get by': more Venezuelans flee as crisis deepens
There are no luxuries in the four-room house in southern Bogotá, where 12 recently arrived Venezuelans huddle on thin mattresses under even thinner blankets to ward off the Andean mountain chill. They have no hot water, and what few furnishings they have were salvaged from a nearby dump.
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In the Shadow of the Lighthouse: North Atlantic Boston Light, Little Brewster Island
The Boston Light played an important role in the economy of the colonies by guiding thousands of trading ships to Boston wharves. It was involved with the struggles leading up to the Revolutionary War, as well as a strategic post during the war itself.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Show Notes 07-16-17

Sunday show 7/16/17

Schools Spice Up Student Lunches with Restaurant-Quality International Dishes Designed to Boost Enrollment
On Wednesday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue attended the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) annual conference in Atlanta, promising to enable nutrition professionals to prepare meals for students that are more culturally-diverse, appealing and nutritious.
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Krispy Kreme cripples traffic for hours with promise of discounted doughnuts
How long would you wait for a discounted doughnut? To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Krispy Kreme is selling a dozen doughnuts for 80 cents once a customer buys the first dozen at regular price.
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Judicial Watch: VA Gov.’s Former Electric Car Company Will Cost Taxpayers Millions – Media Silent
The state auditor of Mississippi is demanding that Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s former company, GreenTech, repay nearly $6.4 million in public money since the electric vehicle company shut down and failed to deliver on its promises to create new jobs.
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Thousands sign up to clean sewage because they didn't read the small print
Do you read the terms and conditions? Probably not. No one does. And so, inevitably, 22,000 people have now found themselves legally bound to 1000 hours of community service, including, but not limited to, cleaning toilets at festivals, scraping chewing gum off the streets and “manually relieving sewer blockages”.
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US Accounts For Almost 60% of OAS Contributions; GAO Says Reform Efforts ‘Hindered’ by Venezuela
A U.S. effort to reduce the Organization of American States’ heavy dependence on U.S. funding is being hobbled by Venezuela – which owes  the OAS $6.9 million – according to a recent GAO report.
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AG Sessions Visits Gitmo, May Refill It With New Prisoners
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats went to visit the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on July 7 in order to “to have an up-to-date understanding of current operations.”
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New study names the 10 most post-Christian cities in the US
The Barna Group, an evangelical research firm headquartered in Ventura, California, has ranked the top 10 most “post-Christian” cities in the United States, and most of them are in the northeast.
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DOJ Going After Doctors and Others Who Feed Opioid Addictions
Working with the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Justice Department said it will charge 412 defendants, including 56 doctors, with health care fraud. He said collectively, they have defrauded taxpayers of $1.3 billion.
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 COURT: RELIGIOUS GROUPS PICK THEIR LEADERS, NOT THE STAT
A New York court has ruled that a Catholic school is legally permitted to choose a principal who shares and advances its faith, dismissing a plaintiff’s argument that promoting religion in school is indoctrination akin “to protecting jihadists.”
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Meet the hideous creature that will live to the end of the world
Humans, you've met your match. Unlike us, tardigrades — the world's most indestructible species — will survive until the sun dies, according to a new Oxford University study released Friday.
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Tiny Bird Fossil Solves Big Mystery About Life After Dinosaurs
A teeny-tiny fossilized bird skeleton is helping researchers understand the explosive rate at which birds diversified after the dinosaur age, new research shows.
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This $10,000 bikini is made of actual pizza
Why waste your time shopping for a regular boring bikini when you can get a custom-fitted pizza-kini, instead? That’s right. Pizza lovers will be thrilled to know they can now get a bikini made entirely of actual dough, cheese, sauce, pepperoni and all.
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Show Notes 07-15-17

Saturday Show 7-15-17

Oregon may soon decriminalize heroin, cocaine, meth
First-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and other illegal drugs will face less jail time and smaller fines under a new bill approved by the Oregon legislature that aims to curb mass incarceration.
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Sens. Graham, Cassidy Offer Alternative Health Care Plan That Gives States Power to Decide to Keep or Replace Obamacare
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) unveiled the details of their alternative health care plan on Thursday, which gives Obamacare money to the states in the form of a block grant and lets governors decide how best to deliver health care to residents.
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China Insists Its 1st Overseas Military Base Has Nothing to Do With Military Expansion
The establishment of China’s first military base beyond its shores is making headlines, but Beijing seems bemused by the attention, insisting the outpost in Djibouti – just miles from a key U.S. Special Forces base – is for logistics and supply, not a step towards extending Chinese “hegemony” abroad.
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Chinese Party Newspaper: The West Bestowed on Dead Dissident ‘A Halo Which Will Not Linger’
As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others in Washington mourned the death of the long-imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, a Communist Party-affiliated newspaper in Beijing said the Nobel peace prize laureate had been “kidnapped” by the West and bestowed with “a halo which will not linger.”
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Chemicals in Contraception Pills Feminize Male Fish
Professor Charles Tyler, reproductive physiologist and environmental biologist at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), has found that chemicals from contraceptive pills and other household cleaning products are causing fresh-water male fish to develop female parts and even to lay eggs.
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How Does the New 'Gene-Altering' Therapy Fight Cancer?
A new type of cancer treatment that involves altering a person's genes — and could save children's lives — passed a major hurdle this week, when a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel recommended that the agency approve the therapy, The New York Times reported. But how does the treatment work?
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People Could Make Smallpox from Scratch in a Lab, Scientists Warn
Scientists have re-created a relative of the smallpox virus in a lab, from scratch.
This virus, called the horsepox virus, is not harmful to humans, but the new findings suggest that it's possible for people to make the deadly smallpox virus in a lab. That virus was eradicated from the world in 1980, according to the journal Science.
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GOP HOUSE OKS OBAMA'S 'BIZARRE' TRANSGENDER POLICY
Should taxpayers fund sex changes and hormone therapy for soldiers, sailors and marines who suffer from “gender dysphoria” and are in the process of “transitioning” from male to female or vice versa?
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Show Notes 07-09-2017

Sunday show 7/9/17

Why you might want to think twice before going to law school
Whittier Law School in California is closing its doors for good next spring, and students and faculty are stunned. It is, after all, a shocking milestone – to be the first ever accredited law school to shut down.
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Activists scale Trump Tower, raise 'Resist and Defend' banner
Seven members of the environmental organization Greenpeace are in custody after unfurling an anti-Trump banner at Chicago's Trump Tower. Activists raised a "Resist and Defend" message on the south side of the Trump International Hotel & Tower.
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Hundreds gather to help restore vandalized Colorado Freedom Memorial
Robert and Jean Terry stood looking up at the Colorado Freedom Memorial under a row of names.  “Your brother was 14th … I see him,” they said pointing above on the wall.
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Sessions Pledges to ‘Aggressively and Appropriately’ Enforce Hate Crime Laws Involving Transgender Victims
In a speech at the Justice Department’s 2017 Hate Crimes Summit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said his department will “aggressively and appropriately” enforce hate crime laws “where transgendered individuals are victims.”
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Microsoft cuts thousands of jobs
Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) confirmed the move in a statement sent to CNN Tech, noting it is "taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated."
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Pope Francis Says America Has ‘a Distorted Vision of the World’
Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Thursday that the United States of America—and Russia, China, North Korea and Bashar al Assad's Syria—have “a distorted vision of the world"--("una visione distorta del mondo," as reportetd in Italian by La Repubblica).
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Germany: Chechen Sharia Police Terrorize Berlin
A hundred Islamists are now openly enforcing Sharia law on the streets of Berlin, according to local police who are investigating a recent string of violent assaults in the German capital.
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Bare shoulders, debate on dress code for female Hill reporters heats up
A story about a female Capitol Hill reporter unexpectedly barred from the House Speaker’s Lobby for wearing a sleeveless dress is emerging as Washington’s hottest controversy -- with some veteran journalists now trying to take the blame off Speaker Paul Ryan and saying the rules have long been in place.
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WOMAN CONVICTED FOR FAKE RAPE CLAIMS AGAINST 15 INNOCENT MEN
A British woman who repeatedly claimed of being sexually assaulted and raped by 15 different men – leading one to be wrongly imprisoned – is now facing jail time of her own after she was convicted Thursday of lying about her claims.
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Report: Applicants for US Citizenship Surge; Mexicans Least Likely to Apply
The number of legal immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship has surged by more than 20 percent since 2015, according to a recent Pew Research study – with Mexicans the least likely to apply.
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Snortable Chocolate Claimed to Boost Energy: Is It Safe?
This chocolate isn't for dessert: A new "snortable" chocolate product called Coco Loko is being marketed as a drug-free way to feel energized. But some health experts said they are wary about the effects of inhaling chocolate through your nostrils.
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Show Notes 07-08-2017

Saturday Show 7-8-17

Memorandum to DOD
Under existing DoD policy, such accessions were anticipated to begin on July 1, 2017.  The Deputy Secretary directed the Services to assess their readiness to begin accessions.
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GOP Senator Proposes Transferring Sanctuary Cities’ Federal Funds to Border Wall Budge
One Republican senator is proposing a new solution for sanctuary cities that do not follow the law: take some of their federal funding and transfer it to a budget for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.
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Cambridge Offers ‘How-To’ Legal Guide For Illegal Aliens
Late last month, one of the Bay State’s most progressive cities quietly started offering a new service on its website, an “immigrant concerns” resource page aimed at assisting “undocumented people living in Cambridge.”
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ICE Director: ‘We Do Not Conduct Sweeps’ Or ‘Raids’
During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said that ICE does not conduct sweeps, raids, or roadblocks to remove people who have illegally immigrated into the U.S.
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Judge Denies Hawaii’s Motion on ‘Travel Ban,’ Says Supreme Court Right Venue
A federal judge in Hawaii has denied a motion filed by that state seeking to limit the scope of President Donald Trump's so-called travel ban, parts of which were cleared to be implemented by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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First of 100 ‘Police-Stations-in-a-Box’ Arrive in Iraq: ‘Nothing Says Normal Like a Policeman’
Nothing says normal like a policeman,” Anderson told reporters. He said the temporary, relocatable police stations will be set up in all five of Iraq’s liberated provinces  (Nineveh, Kirkuk, Saladin, Diyala and Anbar) “to establish a visible police presence as soon as possible.”
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Trump to Three Seas Nations: If You Need Energy, ‘Give Us a Call’
In a speech at the Three Seas Initiative Summit, President Donald Trump on Thursday touted the United States’ energy independence, telling Central European leaders that America exports energy and if they need energy, they should “give us a call.”
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Franks: If Senate Strips Planned Parenthood Defunding From Health Bill, It Will Blow It to 'Smithereens'
On Twitter last Friday, House Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) warned that if the Senate takes the "pro-life components out of" the health care bill, it will blow the bill "to smithereens" in the House. Franks' remarks came several days after he signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the bill was essentially non-negotiable.
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New holes in Loretta Lynch’s story on the Hillary probe
When former Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified last year about her decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, she swore she never talked to “anyone” on the Clinton campaign.
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DNC WON'T RELEASE EVIDENCE OF SETH RICH'S WIKILEAKS TIES
Jack Burkman, a lawyer and GOP lobbyist who is funding the Profiling Project, wrote the letter on behalf of the group. He called on the DNC to turn over any evidence that would substantiate Rich’s ties to WikiLeaks.
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Tech start-up event pulls flier featuring topless robot, lingerie show
Silicon Valley is reeling from charges of sexism and discrimination. But that didn't stop a tech start-up networking event at San Francisco's swank W Hotel from advertising itself with a poster of a topless female robot and the promise of a "summer seduction lingerie fashion show" to follow.
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Hybrid Driving-Flying Robots Could Go Beyond the Flying Car
Whether they're swooping in to deliver packages or spotting victims in disaster zones, swarms of flying robots could have a range of important applications in the future, a new study found. The robots can transition from driving to flying without colliding with each other and could offer benefits beyond the traditional flying-car concepts of sci-fi lore, the study said.
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Friday, July 07, 2017

Show Notes 07-02-2017

Sunday show 7/2/17

Pope shakes up Vatican by replacing conservative doctrinal chief
In a major shake-up of the Vatican's administration on Saturday, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism's top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff's vision of a more inclusive Church.
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Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear
Quick action from a Hoonah boy saved a fishing party from a charging brown bear on June 18, the Empire has learned through Alaska State Troopers and family members.
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Navy destroyer sails near disputed island claimed by China
The Navy destroyer USS Stethem conducted a "right of innocent passage" exercise Sunday near a tiny but bitterly disputed island occupied by China in the South China Sea.
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Criticism of Trump Shifts From ‘Collusion’ to ‘Inaction’: ‘Dereliction’ of His Duty to Defend the Country
Ambassador Nicholas Burns, who held various diplomatic posts in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, told Congress on Wednesday that President Obama, in hindsight, “should have acted more resolutely, quickly” to tell the American people about Russian attempts to interfere with the U.S. election.
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NEW ALERT OVER X-RATED MATERIALS … IN SCHOOL!
A new warning has been issued for the pornographic content, including “group, anal, public, and BDSM sex,” of a popular online resource that many schools make available to their students.
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PERSECUTED CUBAN HOMESCHOOLERS LOOK TO TRUMP POLICY FOR HOPE
Experts at the world’s foremost advocacy organization for homeschooling, the Home School Legal Defense Association, say a homeschooling Cuban father’s hope to remain out of jail may rest with the Trump administration’s recent policy change.
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PARENTS SUE SCHOOLS OVER COLLUSION WITH 'HAMAS FRONT'
Parents suing San Diego schools over an “anti-Islamophobia” campaign have revised their complaint to focus on the radical Islamic origin of the group that initiated the program.
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The man who made Princeton University great
John Witherspoon was born on February 5, 1722, at the village of Gifford, near Edinburgh, Scotland. The males in his family were all clergymen, and he was trained to become a Presbyterian minister. At the age of four, he could read the Bible. He attended grammar school at the neighboring town of Haddington.
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