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  • Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: media Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:09:56 -0500
    PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - A teenager accused of fatally shooting 17 people at a Florida high school was investigated by police and state officials as far back as 2016 after slashing his arm in a social media video, and saying he wanted to buy a gun, but authorities determined he was receiving sufficient support, newspapers said on Saturday.

  • U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:25:38 -0500
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow's purported effort to interfere.

  • Trump ex-aide Manafort accused of bank fraud in bail offer: document Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:35:20 -0500
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has drawn a new accusation of bank fraud from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, according to court documents made public on Friday.

  • Israel's Netanyahu could act against Iran's 'empire' Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:14:17 -0500
    MUNICH (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would act against Iran, not just its allies in the Middle East, if needed, reiterating that Tehran was the world's greatest threat.

  • All 66 passengers, crew believed dead after plane crashes in central Iran Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:31:59 -0500
    DUBAI (Reuters) - All 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in central Iran on Sunday were believed to have been killed, state media reported.

  • U.S. still unsure who directed Syria attack, despite Russian dead Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:52:58 -0500
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is still unsure who directed a Feb. 7 attack on U.S. and U.S.-backed forces in Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, even as he acknowledged accounts that Russian civilian contractors were involved.

  • Firearms debate rages as Florida rally coincides with gun show Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:37:20 -0500
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Student survivors of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school called for gun restrictions on Saturday during an angry and somber rally, but attendees at a nearby gun show said firearms could not be blamed for the massacre.

  • Trump to meet House Speaker Ryan on Sunday in Florida: White House Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:41:48 -0500
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will meet Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan at Trump's Florida resort on Sunday to discuss legislative priorities, White House spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said.

  • Myanmar policeman who detained Reuters pair 'did not know arrest procedures' Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:02:14 -0500
    YANGON (Reuters) - A police officer who said he was part of the team that detained two Reuters reporters in Myanmar in December told a court on Wednesday that he was not familiar with police procedures for recording arrests.

  • Chilean sexual abuse victim testifies before Vatican investigator Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:22:32 -0500
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The key witness in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering sexual abuse said on Saturday he gave "eye opening" testimony to a papally mandated investigator and hoped it would lead to the truth.

  • GOP Mega Donor: No More Money Without ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:30:49 +0000
    David Hamilton
    GOP mega donor Al Hoffman Jr. says he will not write another check to Republicans until that pass an "assault weapons" ban.
  • GOP Rep Rooney: I’ll Do Something on Gun Control, But ‘Not Necessarily for Normal People’ – ‘Some Freedoms’ Will Be Lost Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:36:45 +0000
    Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL)
    On Saturday's "MSNBC Live," Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) stated that "some freedoms are going to have to be given up" to ensure unstable people don't get weapons and that he will agree to act on gun control, but "not necessarily for normal people."
  • Catholic Charities CEO: ‘Deeply Heartbreaking’ DACA Illegal Aliens Haven’t Been Given Amnesty Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:29:06 +0000
    Hispanic Congregation
    President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, Dominican Sister Donna Markham, says it is "deeply heartbreaking" that nearly 800,000 illegal aliens do not have amnesty to permanently remain in the United States.
  • Judge Jeanine: ‘The FBI Needs a Complete Overhaul, a Complete Cleansing’ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:29:14 +0000

    Fox News Channel “Justice” host Jeanine Pirro took aim at the FBI in response to their failure to act on two different tips they received regarding Parkland, FL, shooter Nikolas Cruz. “The FBI needs a complete overhaul, a complete cleansing,” Pirro began her Saturday opening statement. She continued, “In any company or organization that runs afoul of its mission or is tainted by corruption and politics, the CEO and the board of directors would go. Likewise, the utter failure of the FBI in September and January regarding shooter Nikolas Cruz is so monumental that the same rule must apply. The killing of young innocence. teachers and coaches, gunned down in a school — a place that should be a haven in a heartless world, lays at the hands of the FBI.” Pirro added that had the shooting could have been prevented had the FBI “bothered to lift a finger.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
  • Report: Modern Culture Is Not Just Revealing Transgenders, ‘It Is Creating Them’ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:59:31 +0000
    All scientific evidence indicates that gender identity disorders result principally from cultural causes and moreover, modern society is facilitating them.
  • Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant Slams Laura Ingraham As ‘Racist’ for ‘Ignorant’ LeBron James Comment Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:27:11 +0000

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant called Fox News Host Laura Ingraham a racist, for telling NBA star LeBron James to "shut up and dribble."
  • Martin O’Malley: ‘Are We a Nation That Loves Our Guns More Than Our Kids?’ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:45:08 +0000

    During a Saturday appearance on MSNBC, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) called the inaction to prevent future shootings like the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, an “outrage,” asking if the United States is a nation that loves its guns more than its children. “Are we a nation that loves our guns more than our kids?” a fired up O’Malley asked. “Are we going to stand up and say we love our kids more than our guns? This is an outrage and every state has a responsibility to act.” “This is about putting limitations in place that prevent mentally ill people or mass murderers from having such an easy time getting combat assault weapons. I mean, my goodness. We make it easier than any other nation for mass murderers to equip themselves with combat assault weapons,” O’Malley added. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
  • Jeff Flake-Backed Amnesty Plan: DACA Extension for Minor Wall Funding Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:57:19 +0000
    Jeff Flake
    Pro-open borders Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) says he will attempt to "force a vote" in the U.S. Senate on a plan that would extend a temporary amnesty program in exchange for minor funding for a border wall.
  • Lebanese Court Orders Muslims to Learn Quran Verses About Virgin Mary Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:01:53 +0000

    TEL AVIV -- In a highly unusual ruling, a judge in Lebanon has ordered three Muslim men to learn passages from the Quran by heart that praise and glorify the Virgin Mary after they were found guilty of insulting the religious figure, according to a report by the Al Arabiya television network.
  • Al-Qaeda Terrorist Gets Life in Prison for Killing 2 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:46:50 +0000
    Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Harun
    A Brooklyn federal judge sentenced a Saudi-born al-Qaeda terrorist to life in prison Friday for killing two U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
  • LeBron James Fires Back at Conservative Critics Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:04:51 +0000

    Los Angeles (AFP) - A defiant LeBron James said Saturday he would continue to speak up about social issues and racism in America despite criticism this week from conservative commentators.
  • Police: Teacher Caught Half-Naked in a Car with a Student Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:04:54 +0000
    A South Carolina teacher is accused of sexual misconduct after police busted her for being half-naked while in a car with a student.
  • IDF Strikes Hamas Targets After Gaza Terror Rocket Hits Israeli Home Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:06:47 +0000
    The Israeli Air Force attacked six Hamas targets all across the Gaza Strip Saturday, including an offensive tunnel running from the Zaytun neighborhood in Gaza towards Israel.
  • Pakistan: Jihadis Attack Indian Post in Kashmir, India Vows Culprits ‘Will Pay’ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:15:47 +0000
    Funeral India
    The Pakistani army and terrorists from the Islamabad-allied Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) have intensified attacks on the portion of Kashmir controlled by New Delhi, killing ten Indian soldiers and injuring ten civilians, including women and children, in two separate incidents over a week period.
  • Sarah Palin on Florida School Shooting: ‘We Need to Discuss the Failure of the FBI,’ Not Second Amendment Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:36:00 +0000

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered comments about Wednesday’s mass murder at a Florida high school when she spoke with Breitbart News’s Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight on Friday. “It’s not a Second Amendment gun issue at all," Palin said, adding, “What needs to be discussed is the failure of the FBI.”

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