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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I'm a Pediatrician. Here's What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.


By Daily Signal, Dec. 11, 2017

“Congratulations, it’s a boy!” Or, “Congratulations, it’s a girl!”

As a pediatrician for nearly 20 years, that’s how many of my patient relationships began. Our bodies declare our sex.

Biological sex is not assigned. Sex is determined at conception by our DNA and is stamped into every cell of our bodies. Human sexuality is binary. You either have a normal Y chromosome, and develop into a male, or you don’t, and you will develop into a female. There are at least 6,500 genetic differences between men and women. Hormones and surgery cannot change this.
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Conservative college students in Minnesota face insults, threats for political views


By Fox News, Dec. 11, 2017

Just because Midwestern universities and colleges have been largely spared the left-wing violence that has marred campus events on the West and East coasts doesn’t mean the heartland is a safe space for conservative students.

On the campus of the University of Minnesota, for example, conservative students say they have been subject to harassment and threats – albeit nonviolent – for their political beliefs.


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Amid the rush to finish GOP tax bill, a sudden slowdown for second thoughts


By LA Times, Dec. 11, 2017

The rush to finish the GOP tax overhaul has hit a snag as Republicans grapple with substantial differences between the House and Senate bills, and pause to consider unintended consequences of the most massive rewrite of the tax code in a generation.

Lawmakers are eager to pass the bill, President Trump’s top domestic priority, by Christmas. But they are also increasingly wary of political fallout from the hurried process and want to prevent embarrassing moments, such as the scribbled text hastily added to the margin of the final Senate bill.


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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Died At 65


By CNN, Dec. 12, 2017

(CNN)San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, a former civil rights attorney who became the first Asian-American to serve in the city's top post, died early Tuesday -- hours after appearing at a public event -- at a city hospital at age 65, his office said.

Lee, who had been mayor since 2011, had suffered a heart attack while shopping at a Safeway grocery store Monday night, said US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco in Congress. Lee's office didn't release his cause of death.


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Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation


By Variety, Dec.12, 2017

WASHINGTON — A day after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for President Donald Trump’s resignation in the wake of renewed sexual misconduct allegations, he fired back at her, claiming that she was once “begging” him for campaign contributions and that she “would do anything for them.”

He wrote, “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”


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Soleimani Says Iran Is Ready to Back Palestinian Forces


By Bloomberg, Dec. 12, 2017

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani says his nation is ready to support Palestinian forces in the Gaza Strip, days after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Soleimani, commander of the Al Quds force, made the offer in a phone call late Monday with leaders of groups in Gaza, according to the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ website, Sepah News, which didn’t give details of the assistance proffered. Other forces in the region are ready to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Soleimani also told the Gaza faction leaders, without identifying them. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a frequent flashpoint for tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.


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Scarborough mocks Bannon: You only went to Harvard because you couldn’t get into Alabama


By The Hill, Dec. 12, 2017

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon after Bannon attacked the "Morning Joe" co-host over his education.

"Hey Bannon, you only went to Harvard because you couldn't get into Alabama. #RollDamnTide" Scarborough tweeted.


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It's Official: Bitcoin Surpasses "Tulip Mania", Is Now The Biggest Bubble In World History


By Zero Hedge, Dec.12, 2017

One month ago, a chart from Convoy Investments went viral for showing that among all of the world's most famous asset bubbles, bitcoin was only lagging the infamous 17th century "Tulip Mania."

One month later, the price of bitcoin has exploded even higher, and so it is time to refresh where in the global bubble race bitcoin now stands, and also whether it has finally surpassed "Tulips."


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A Disney Deal for Fox Is Coming Within Days


By Bloomberg, Dec. 11, 2017

Walt Disney Co. may announce a deal as soon as this week to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter, transferring legendary Hollywood properties to new owners.

Comcast Corp., the other major contender for the Fox assets, said Monday it’s no longer in the running.
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Roy Moore’s Last Push: It’s Me or the ‘Lynch Mob Media’


By The Daily Beast, Dec. 12, 2017

MIDLAND CITY, Alabama—A Roy Moore victory over Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate special election would represent a major victory for President Donald Trump. But it would be an absolute triumph for some of the conservative press.

As much as any candidate, it is the press corps that is on the ballot on Tuesday. Exposés by The Washington Post turned what was supposed to be a sleepy contest in one of the most conservative states in the country into a political battleground. Since then, the primary question being asked of voters, and pushed by conservative media sympathetic to Moore, has been: Do you—can you—believe the sexual-misconduct allegations that you have read?


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NFL woes: Three straight months as America's most hated sport


By Washington Examiner, Dec. 11, 2017

For three straight months, the National Football League has been America’s most unpopular team sport, a trend that now appears to be settling in, according to the latest Winston Group Sports Survey.

In November, 38 percent said they had an “unfavorable” view if the NFL, more than twice that of baseball. No other sport came close to having such a poor rating in the survey provided to Secrets.


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Tragedy as famous daredevil climber plunges to death from well-known skyscraper


By Fox News, Dec. 11, 2017

A daredevil climber was attempting to scale a 62-story skyscraper in China when he plunged to his death, according to media reports.

Wu Yongning, a so-called “rooftopper,” had earned a huge following on social media by climbing tall buildings without safety equipment and posting vertigo-inducing selfies and videos online. However, the 26-year-old fell from the top of the 62-story Huayuan Hua Centre in the Chinese city of Changsha, The Telegraph reports.


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Port Authority explosion suspect: What we know about Akayed Ullah


By Fox News, Dec. 12, 2017

An attempted suicide bomber who set off a rush-hour explosion at the nation's busiest bus terminal is a Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn who was inspired by ISIS, law enforcement officials said.

The suspect in Monday morning's blast at Port Authority in midtown Manhattan was identified as Akayed Ullah, 27. Ullah strapped a pipe bomb to his body with Velcro and zip ties, and it detonated in a subway corridor, police said.


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Roy Moore sits down for interview with 12-year-old girl


By Huffington Post, Dec. 11, 2017

A Trump-supporting super PAC arranged to have a 12-year-old girl interview Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore for a campaign video.

The girl, Millie March, is well known in the political sphere for her rampant support of Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign, even though she’s not old enough to vote. The super PAC America First Project, a pro-Trump advocacy group founded by former Breitbart staffers, arranged for March talk to Moore for the campaign spot.


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New Yorker: The Moore Campaign has overstated the support from evangelical pastor


By New Yorker, Dec. 08, 2017

Last month, after several women had credibly accused her husband, Roy Moore, of trying to seduce them when he was in his thirties and they were in their teens, Kayla Moore published on her Facebook page an open letter, signed by about fifty Alabama pastors, supporting her husband’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate. The letter made no direct reference to the allegations of sexual assault and harassment, which were first reported by the Washington Post, but its timing implied that the parts of the Christian right that had formed Moore’s base and propelled him to victory in the Republican primary still stood by him. “You can know a man by his enemies,” the letter insisted, before listing those who had long been Moore’s antagonists: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the A.C.L.U., the media, the political establishment.

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali accused of sexual misconduct by four women


By Washington Examiner, Dec. 11, 2017

An undercover endeavor from James O’Keefe seemed to crash and burn after Project Veritas was caught as they tried to feed disinformation about Roy Moore to Washington Post.

WaPo released a story tonight about how their reporters were contacted by a woman who claimed that she had an abortion after Moore impregnated her as a teenager decades ago. This account came after WaPo released their report on the first four women who came forward with claims about the Alabama Senate candidate.


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Latest on motive behind the failed NYC terrorist attack


By National Review, Dec. 11, 2017

According to investigators, Ullah said he selected the subway station due to its Christmas-themed posters, hoping to mimic attacks on European Christmas markets. His motivation regarding the attack itself, however, is still unclear. Law enforcement officials initially indicated his attack was intended as a protest against Israel. Now, they’ve suggested he was retaliating against U.S. airstrikes on ISIS.

New York City subway bombing suspect Akayed Ullah told law enforcement officials that he carried out the attack in response to recent Israeli actions in Gaza.


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Could the Senate refuse to seat Roy Moore?


By Washington Times, Nov. 27, 2017

If Roy Moore wins Tuesday’s special election for U.S. Senate in Alabama, after he takes the oath of office the Senate will have the authority to begin an ethics investigation into allegations that Moore engaged in nonconsensual or assaultive sexual conduct going back to the 1960s. No rule or precedent would stand in the way of the Senate investigating and adjudicating the allegations against Moore through its bipartisan Select Committee on Ethics. No rule or precedent would prevent the full Senate from imposing a sanction commensurate with any proven offense. If he is elected and seated, the Senate will have the power — if it chooses to exercise it and if the evidence established through the ethics process supports the outcome — even to expel Moore.

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Roy Moore and Doug Jones: 6 things to watch in Alabama Senate race


By USA Today Dec. 11, 2017

This from the category of "things you never thought you'd hear": There is U.S. Senate race in Alabama this week that is neck-and-neck.

Here are six things to watch in a race that pits firebrand conservative Roy Moore against first-time Democratic candidate Doug Jones:

Alabama is a heavily Republican state — Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton there last year by a 63%-35% margin — but Huntsville and surrounding Madison County, on the state's northern border, is more like pink than red. In 2016, Trump took 56% of the vote in Madison County, but 80% of the vote in neighboring Jackson County.


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