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February 22, 2017

Obama “Guidance” for School Restrooms Revoked

Washington—The Trump administration has revoked Barack Obama’s guidelines indicating that public schools should allow usage of restrooms according to preferred “gender identity.” [MORE]

February 20, 2017

Hillary Probably Got 800k Votes from Illegals: Political Scientist

Amid widespread media denials of any evidence of widespread voter fraud, a political scientist’s study suggests that over 800,000 non-citizens voted for Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election.

In seeking to debunk President Donald Trump’s claims that he lost the popular vote due to voter fraud, Old Dominion’s Jesse Richman and his colleagues undertook a study based on university polling, and concluded that while voter fraud is widespread, the numbers do not suggest that Trump had more votes from U.S. citizens.

Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million.

Former Uber Engineer Post Sparks Firestorm

[Huffington Post] Former Uber engineer post alleging sexual harrassment, coverups and unfair practices creates firestorm

Hydrocephalus Boy’s Brain 80% Normal Size at Age 4

Abbeytown, England—Despite repeated urging by doctors, Rob and Shelly Wall refused to abort their boy, diagnosed with spina bifida and hydrocephalus—a condition that left him with a brain 2% normal size at birth. [MORE]

Chicago Woman Gets Murder Charge for Starving Baby

[AP] Chicago woman gets murder charge in starving of two month old baby boy

San Antonio Storm: 100 Structures Damaged

[UPI] San Antonio storm injures 5, damages 100+ structures

Norway Joins $$ Fight to Abort the World

Norway has become the latest country to pledge money to make up for U.S. funding bans on groups carrying out abortion-related activities. The Scandinavian country has pledged $10 million additional dollars to help fund international abortion. [MORE]

February 18, 2017

Social Justice Battles Racism—Unless It’s Against Asians

[Acculturated] Left-wing social justice battles racism—unless it’s against Asians

Norma McCorvey Passes

The woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 abortion case Roe vs. Wade has passed. Norma McCormey, who later became a staunch pro-life advocate, was 69. [MORE]

February 17, 2017

Embryos Show Human Autonomy

[Public Discourse] Human embryos show autonomy—even outside womb

Pruitt Confirmed to Head EPA

Washington—After perennially challenging the EPA, Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has been put in charge of it. Pruitt had filed 14 lawsuits against the EPA in his six years as the state position, which he resigned today. [MORE]

February 16, 2017

House Overturns Obama Rule Forcing State Funding of PP

[LifeSite] House of Representatives overturns lame-duck Obama rule forcing state funding of Planned Parenthood

Washington Supreme Court Says Christians Can Be Forced to Participate in Gay Weddings

Olympia, Washington—The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that Christians can be compelled to participate in gay weddings. Baronelle Stutzman, a florist who declined to participate in a wedding involving long-time homosexual clients, has lost in Washington and will now take her case to the nation’s Supreme Court.

After being forced to pay all attorney’s fees as well as penalties, Stutzman’s life savings are jeopardy.

In a joint statement, the homosexual couple said the ruling affirmed that they were “on the right side of the law and the right side of history,” adding they were glad they stood up for their rights.

Mutterings: What rights, exactly? The right to force others to approve of your actions and legitimate them? And why do people think it’s a court’s job to determine who is “on the right side of history”?

February 15, 2017

House Oversight Committee Disapproves DC Assisted Suicide Law

[LifeSite] House Oversight Committee votes to disapprove D.C. assisted suicide law, sends issue to full House

Birmingham PP Gets Deficiency Report from Health Dept

[LifeSite] Birmingham Planned Parenthood gets damning deficiency report from Alabama health department: unsterilized equipment & more

2015 U.S. Strikes in Syria Used Depleted Uranium

Syria—A U.S. Central Command spokesman has confirmed that the military used depleted uranium weapons in strikes against ISIS in Syria in 2015, despite earlier vows not to use the ammunition. Although studies on depleted uranium are not complete, it is thought to cause cancer and an array of health and environmental problems, and is considered officially by the EPA as a radiation health hazard inside the body. It is not, however, banned by U.N. conventions. Its density helps ammunition to penetrate armored vehicles such as tanks, but the 2015 instances are puzzling because they primarily targeted unarmored oil tankers.

February 14, 2017

Flynn Out Over Russia Talks, Deception

Washington—Upon the request of President Donald Trump, national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday. The essential dismissal comes in the wake of revelations that he allegedly discussed economic sanctions with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to confirmation to his post. The White House Trump lost trust in Flynn because he denied to Vice President Mike Pence that sanctions or policy matters had been discussed with the ambassador.

February 09, 2017

Ultrasounds in 3D

[Telegraph] Ultrasounds in 3D?

Trump Promises Impending Tax Reform

[Reuters] Trump promises impending tax reform

Muslim Olympian Claims Detained at Customs

[USA Today] Muslim Olympian claims she was detained by U.S. Customs for 2 hours without explanation

Virginia Lawmakers Aim to Protect Religious Orgs on Same-Sex Marriage; Governor Vows Veto

Both Virginia houses have passed bills that would protect religious organizations and their representatives from being forced to perform same-sex “marriages.” Democrat governor Terry McAuliffe, who signed an executive order requiring LGBT compliance from all state contractors and employees, has vowed to veto.

Trump Travel Ban Stays Suspended

San Francisco/Washington—The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Washington judge’s suspension of President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. The administration’s options include appealing to the entire 9th Circuit, or to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeals court acknowledged the weight of national security, but ruled that the U.S. government had not demonstrated national security concerns which would justify the ban, adding that no evidence had been given that anyone from the seven affected nations had committed any terrorist activity within the United States.

Mutterings: Trump’s ban may in fact be a terrible idea, but the courts are arguing on the wrong premise. The real question is who has constitutional authority to make foreign policy decisions of this nature. Weighing the pros and cons of Trump’s policies does not belong within the purview of the courts.

February 08, 2017

Buffalo Mom Arrested … for Home Schooling Decision?

[WKBW Buffalo] Buffalo Mom arrested … for deciding to homeschool?

Girls Scouts for Abortion

[LifeSite] Girl Scouts of Gateway Council promotes abortion pioneer Margaret Sanger as inspiring, empowering

Gorsuch Critical of Trump Swipes at Judge

[Reuters] Trump Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch: President’s swipes at judge who blocked travel ban executive order are demoralizing, disheartening

NSA Contractor Indicted for Theft of Classified Info

[Reuters] Former NSA contractor indicted for theft of classified defense info

Sessions Confirmed for Attorney General

Washington—Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the incoming administration’s Attorney General. The vote passed 52–47, largely along party lines.

The process, however, was bitter, as Elizabeth Warren attacked the nominee for alleged racist tendencies, ultimately getting booted from the discussion by way of a little-used measure.

February 07, 2017

Administration Makes Case to Appeals Court for Travel Ban

San Francisco/Washington—The Trump administration is making its case to a U.S. appeals court in San Francisco, seeking to re-engage an executive order for a travel ban from seven majority Muslim countries. The executive order was blocked Friday by a Seattle court. [MORE]

Senate Confirms DeVos with Pence Vote

Washington—Two Republican senators voted with the opposition today, creating a deadlock, but Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie in favor of confirming Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. Critics complained that DeVos has neither the experience nor knowledge to run the federal Department of Education, [MORE]

February 05, 2017

Patriots Win Super Bowl in Improbable Comeback

Houston, TX—For two and a half quarters of football, the Atlanta Falcons looked unstoppable and the New England Patriots looked dispirited. But with the Falcons up 28–3, the Patriots began to chip away, ultimately piecing together far and away the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, winning 34–28 in overtime.

In what will go down as one of the most memorable games in NFL history, there were a number of historic firsts. Among them:

  • First Super Bowl to be decided in overtime
  • Quarterback Tom Brady became first four-time Super Bowl MVP
  • Coach Bill Belicheck became first five-time Super Bowl winner
  • First time any team has been down by more than 10 points and won
  • Most passing yards by one quarterback: 466
  • Most pass attempts by one quarterback: 62
  • Most completions by one quarterback: 43
  • Most points by a player: James White had 20 on three touchdowns and a two point conversion.

It was a particularly remarkable turnaround for Brady, who looked increasingly frustrated as the game wore on as the speedy Falcons were shredding his offensive line, leading to rushed plays and ultimately, the quarterback’s first ever pick-6 in postseason play. But when the tide turned it turned decisively; in the fourth quarter alone Brady amassed 196 yards through the air, ending with a total of 466.

While New England’s running game faltered for most of the game, running back James White emerged as Brady’s key aerial target late, amassing a Super Bowl record 14 receptions, and finishing with three touchdowns (two on the ground and one through the air).