Wednesday, December 12, 2018

By Mediaite, Dec. 11, 2018

President Donald Trump had a surreal, explosive clash with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the White House over border wall funding for their first meeting together since Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

As Trump talked about the need for border security, the conversation grew increasingly tense as Pelosi and Schumer pushed back against his demand for $5 billion to fund the border wall.

By Washington Times, Dec. 11, 2018

The government snared more than 3,000 immigrants who illegally attempting to cross into the U.S. in just one day last week, the Trump administration’s top border official told Congress on Tuesday, saying the situation qualifies as a full-blown “crisis.”

Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the majority were traveling as families and another 350 were children traveling without parents.

By Daily Mail, Dec. 12, 2018

At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, northeastern France on Tuesday evening.

Police identified the gunman as Cherif Chekatt, a Strasbourg-born 29-year-old who has a criminal record and is a designated 'threat to the state' on the security services' watchlist. 

By PJ Media, Nov. 19, 2018

ISIS supporters ushered in the holiday season by invoking the 2016 Berlin Christmas market attack and vowing "retribution" to come.

A dozen people were killed in the Dec. 19, 2016, attack when Anis Amri hijacked a truck, killed the Polish driver and plowed it into crowds at the market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz. Amri was killed four days later during a shootout with police in Italy.

By PJ Media, Nov. 28, 2018

Pope Francis said the following in a message ahead of the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees: “The principle of the centrality of the human person ... obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.”

Francis, who has made the cause of refugees and immigrants a major focus of the Catholic Church, said, “Solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return."

By NY Post, Dec. 10, 2018

A black 9-year-old girl in Alabama allegedly took her own life after facing relentless bullying and racism in class, according to reports.

McKenzie Adams’ relatives said she hanged herself Dec. 3 in her home in Linden, about 100 miles west of Montgomery, and was discovered by her grandmother, according to the Tuscaloosa News.

By AOL, Dec. 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was not concerned that he would get impeached and that payments made ahead of the 2016 election by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to two women did not violate campaign finance laws.

"It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.

By USA Today, Dec. 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a shift, announced Tuesday the Senate would take up a long-awaited bipartisan bill that aims to reduce the number of people in the nation's crowded prisons.

"At the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that have been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the revised criminal justice bill this month," the Kentucky Republican said. He said he would turn to it as early as the end of the week. 

By PJ Media, Dec. 10, 2018

Declaring that ISIS is a "globalist" organization, a new magazine geared toward young recruits is calling on jihadists to wage vehicle attacks outside of the U.S. Capitol.

Shabab al-Khilafah, or The Youth of the Caliphate, debuted its first issue on Oct. 10 as a colorful collection of articles, posters and teasers to online videos encouraging home-turf attacks on behalf of the Islamic State. Supporters were encouraged to submit content for future issues.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

By Telegraph, Dec. 05, 2018

The mounted officers advanced behind serried ranks of police on foot holding up their shields like Roman legionaries. In front of them, on the fashionable Rue de Bretagne in central Paris, were the “yellow-vest” protesters and masked, black-clad youths, sending shoppers and patrons of pavement ­cafés scurrying indoors for cover.

By CNBC, Dec. 10, 2018

Although tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks this year fueled small-business optimism to hit its highest level in decades, the latest CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, released Monday, reveals that small-business confidence is starting to cool.

After hitting a record high in Q3, the Small Business Confidence index declined from 62 to 59 in the fourth quarter, led by small moves lower in components across the board. This new data from CNBC and SurveyMonkey underscores the idea that while sentiment is at or near record highs, challenges still remain for Main Street.

By Reuters, Dec. 05, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The growing ranks of stock market Eeyores now have another reason to stay glum: Next year’s profit picture is darkening fast.

Corporate earnings forecasts are eroding as the tailwind from the tax cut fades and as investors worry the U.S.-China trade dispute could upend global commerce more than it already has.

By Variety, Dec. 10, 2018

Kevin Hart’s abrupt departure as Oscars host has left the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences scrambling to find someone to take the gig. As of now, the situation remains fluid as the group’s leadership explores options, including going host-less, individuals familiar with the situation told Variety.

The Academy was blindsided by Hart’s announced departure Thursday night, according to two insiders. The Board of Governors will convene on Tuesday night at a previously-scheduled meeting where the matter will inevitably be discussed.

By PJ Media, Dec. 10, 2018

Declaring that ISIS is a "globalist" organization, a new magazine geared toward young recruits is calling on jihadists to wage vehicle attacks outside of the U.S. Capitol.

Shabab al-Khilafah, or The Youth of the Caliphate, debuted its first issue on Oct. 10 as a colorful collection of articles, posters and teasers to online videos encouraging home-turf attacks on behalf of the Islamic State. Supporters were encouraged to submit content for future issues.

By Fox News, Dec. 10, 2018

The Supreme Court is staying out of legal fight over efforts to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, with the newest justice casting the deciding vote.

The high court Monday rejected review of appeals from two states, which claim the nation’s largest abortion provider should not receive any public funding after a series of disputed videos surfaced reportedly showing the group engaged in illegal sales of fetal tissue for medical research.

By Daily Caller, Dec. 10, 2018

The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas.

The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest abortion provider.

By Irish Times, Dec. 10, 2018

The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user.

One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark, New Jersey, to a nearby Planned Parenthood. Another represents a person who travels with New York’s mayor during the day and returns to Long Island at night.

By Pew Research, Dec. 10, 2018

Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.

By The Sun, Dec. 09, 2018

FACEBOOK’S new policy on sex chat could get you all hot and bothered – but for all the wrong reasons.

The social media giant has tightened up is content-moderation policies to stop people talking dirty.

It has now specifically banned “sexual slang” as well as any hint of “sexual roles, positions or fetish scenarios”.

By CNBC, Dec. 10, 2018

CEO Sundar Pichai put an emphasis on Google's patriotism in his prepared remarks for a congressional hearing on Tuesday where he'll likely face questions about a purported bias against conservative content on search and YouTube.

"Even as we expand into new markets we never forget our American roots," he wrote.

By The Intercept, Dec. 10, 2018

GOOGLE IS FACING a renewed wave of criticism from human rights groups over its controversial plan to launch a censored search engine in China.

A coalition of more than 60 leading groups from countries across the world have joined forces to blast the internet giant for failing to address concerns about the secretive China project, known as Dragonfly. They come from countries including China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, France, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Romania, Syria, Tibet, and Vietnam.

By France24, Dec. 12, 2018

Ever since the May 1968 protests that paralysed France and precipitated the demise of its war hero Charles de Gaulle, French governments have been terrified by the prospect of facing a united front of workers and student protests. While French universities are largely quiet nowadays, the prospect of a two-pronged offensive edged nearer to reality last week when high-school pupils seized on the momentum from the so-called Yellow Vest movement to vent their anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s educational reforms.

By AP News, Dec. 11, 2018

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

President Emmanuel Macron has acknowledged he’s partially responsible for the anger that has fueled weeks of protests in France, an unusual admission for the leader elected last year.