February 21 - In a warning about the sinfulness of
homosexual sex and the deceit in calling such acts "love,"
Christian preacher Franklin Graham criticized a new Ad Council
commercial filmed at the 2017 Pro Bowl and explained that the
"NFL is trying to push homosexuality through" the homosexual
ad. The ad, "Fans
of Love/Love Has No Labels", relies on the kiss cam at the
January 29th Pro Bowl to show various couples kissing each
other or hugging, including two homosexual men and two...
February 23 - As educators around the United States
wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their
schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a
simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without
a criminal warrant. The stand taken by Chicago Public Schools,
the country's third-largest school system, is among the
boldest of the districts that have announced measures to
protect those who may be living in the country illegally. It
remains unknown how...
February 23 - The overseas arm of the Democrat Party is
responsible for organizing a protest in Mexico as a pair of
U.S. cabinet secretaries visit the country. Democrats Abroad,
“official Democrat Party arm for the millions of Americans
living outside the United States,” is organizing a protest
outside the American embassy in Mexico City in response to a
visit by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of
Homeland Security John Kelly. “Democrats Abroad Mexico and
February 23 - A Black Lives Matter activist has been
arrested after making an incredible running leap through
police tape to snatch away a Confederate flag at a
demonstration in Charleston, South Carolina. Muhiyidin d’Baha,
31, was charged with disorderly conduct for his feat on
Wednesday, a Charleston Police Department spokesman told The
Huffington Post. The act was caught on live television, and
can be seen below. D’Baha, whose real name is Muhiyidin Elamin
Moye, attempted to snatch the flag...
February 23 - An Anchorage-area school has banned the
display of the Confederate flag after some students posed with
a version of the flag for photos inside the school. Chugiak
High School Principal David Legg sent an email to parents
Tuesday banning the flag from the school. He also made an
announcement at school Tuesday,
Star reported. The announcement comes weeks after five
students posed with a version of the Confederate battle flag
that also depicted the silhouette of a woman...
February 21 - Police in France raided the offices of
presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday (February 20th)
as part of a fraud investigation. The leader of the far-right
National Front is suspected of using fake EU parliament
contracts to swindle the EU taxpayer out of some €340,000. A
statement issued by the party claims the investigation is a
media smear campaign designed to derail her presidential
ambitions. "For the second time, a raid took place at the same
offices, over the same allegations...
February 23 - A student activist group at the
University of Michigan is demanding campus officials provide
them with “a permanent designated space on central campus for
Black students and students of color to organize and do social
justice work.” The demand is one of several lodged by
“Students4Justice,” who this month ratcheted up
demonstrations to pressure administrators to cave,
complaining in a newly launched
petition that President Mark Schlissel has snubbed their
February 23 - A
Danish man who posed a video of himself setting fire to
Quran on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy in the
first such prosecution for 46 years. The 42-year-old suspect
put the clip, entitled “Consider your neighbour: it stinks
when it burns" to a group called “YES TO FREEDOM – NO TO
ISLAM” in December 2015. Jan Reckendorff, from the public
prosecutor’s office in Viborg, said: “It is the prosecution's
view that circumstances involving the burning of holy books
such as the Bible...
February 23 - An Alabama Senate committee has passed a
bill that would protect the rights of faith based adoption
agencies to make decisions based on their religious beliefs.
It's an issue that could come into play if homosexual couples
try to force those agencies to provide services for adoptions
or foster care. The bill was advanced by Alabama's Senate
Health Committee Wednesday in a vote of 6-1. The legislation
would prohibit the state from refusing to license or sign
contracts with adoption groups...
February 22 - For the first time, astronomers have
discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby
star – and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of
planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation
Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team
who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle
tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the
size of Jupiter. Three are in the so-called habitable zone,
the area around a star where water...
February 22 - The Writing Center at the University of
Washington is telling students that expecting Americans to use
proper grammar perpetuates racism. A press release put out by
the University of Washington’s Writing Center argues that
“there is no inherent ‘standard’ of English,” and that
pressure to conform to proper American grammar standards
perpetuate systems of racism. “Linguistic and writing research
has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent
‘standard’ of English...
February 22 - A new poll finds that more Canadians
distrust their government than trust it for the first time in
17 years, following a series of ethics scandals surrounding
liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The poll, part of a
global survey known as the Edelman Trust Barometer, also found
a profound distrust of the nation’s major institutions and
elites, with nearly three in four Canadians responding that
they trust leaked information more than they would trust
information deliberately published by a corporation or
February 23 - China has built artificial islands and
military bases, annexing regions belonging to other countries,
all in violation of international law, and specifically
declared illegal by the United Nations Permanent Court of
Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague last year, but that isn’t
stopping China from continuing its massive illegal and
dangerous military buildup in the South China Sea. On
Wednesday, reports emerged from unnamed US intelligence
officials that China has built on its artificial islands...
February 23 - An Israeli Air Force fighter jet shot
down an unmanned aircraft of Hamas which was making its way
from the Gaza Strip to the Mediterranean on Thursday
afternoon. The drone was shot down before it managed to
infiltrate Israel, and fell into the sea after being
intercepted. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that "the IDF
will not allow any airspace violation and will act resolutely
against any such attempt." The drone was operated by militants
from Hamas's military wing. It was identified immediately...
February 23 - President Donald Trump's administration,
on Wednesday, revoked landmark guidance to public schools
letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their
choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democrat
President, Barack Obama. Reversing the Obama guidelines stands
to inflame passions in the latest conflict in America between
believers in traditional values and social progressives, and
is likely to prompt more of the street protests that followed
Trump's November 8 election.
February 23 - The California Department of Education
reacted angrily Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s decision
to withdraw President Barack Obama’s federal guidelines on
transgender facilities in public schools. The Obama
administration urged schools to allow students to use
bathrooms and locker rooms according to their “gender
identity,” as opposed to biological sex. That could have
resulted in anatomically male students undressing in front of
female students, for example, and vice versa.
February 23 - Germany notched up another record budget
surplus in 2016, official data showed Thursday, as calls mount
for Europe's top economy to loosen its purse strings and
invest more. The country's federal, state and local
governments together achieved an overall surplus in their
public finances of 23.7 billion euros ($25 billion) last year,
according to Germany's statistics office Destatis. "In
absolute terms, this was the highest surplus achieved by
February 7 - A second Swedish police officer has gone
public to blow the whistle on how authorities are covering up
a migrant crime wave just days after another top cop was
reported as a “racist” for making similar comments. Last week
Peter Springare, police investigator and former deputy head of
the division for serious crimes at the police in Örebro, made
headlines after he wrote a Facebook post in which he detailed
how the country was in “chaos” due to a never ending epidemic
of serious crimes...
February 8 - It would appear that Facebook’s
cracking down on so-called “fake news” was nothing more
than a ploy to block articles that don’t fit its narrative.
Last night, the social media giant began blocking the sending
of some links to the Daily Express website, particularly on
articles relating to UKIP or migrant crime. At a time when the
majority of people get their news through social media, it’s
worrying that Facebook would ban links to articles apparently
based on their political stance...
February 6 - Far-right National Front leader Marine Le
Pen promised to take France out of the EU and Nato as she
kicked off her presidential campaign in Lyon over the weekend.
Le Pen told supporters on Sunday (5 February) she would give
France its freedom back, and said: "Financial globalisation
and Islamist globalisation are helping each other out. Those
two ideologies aim to bring France to its knees." In a
published at the beginning of the two-day rally Le Pen
February 7 - The City of Charlottesville, Virginia, has
decided to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E.
Lee that has stood in a city park for nearly 100 years,
reports say. In a three to two vote, the Charlottesville City
Council decided to eliminate the equestrian statue
memorializing the Confederate hero that was first erected 93
years ago in the city’s Lee park. After the vote, city leaders
also vowed to erase Lee’s name from the park,
CBS reported. The final anti-Lee vote was cast by...
February 7 - The vast majority of left-wing protesters
arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in
Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report
found. The figures, which were published in daily newspaper
Bild revealed that 873 suspects were investigated by
authorities between 2003 and 2013. Of these 84 per cent were
men, and 72 per cent were aged between 18 and 29. More than
half of the arrests were made in the Berlin districts of
Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte, mostly during...
February 8 - Two asylum seekers have been charged with
molesting five girls between the ages of 12 to 14 at a German
swimming pool. A local police report from the Ratzeburg force
states the suspects were two 'southern-looking' men who
molested them under the water. The men are 23 and 34 years old
and are said to be asylum seekers living in Bad Oldesloe in
the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. The incident was
reported to the lifeguards, according to the report, who
kicked them out of the pool before...
February 7 - Authorities in North Dakota are working to
prevent an environmental catastrophe caused by the massive
amounts of trash left behind by anti-oil pipeline protesters,
local media report. State and tribal sanitation crews are
rushing to remove piles of waste and debris left over from the
protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline before weather
warms and the mountains of trash turn toxic. According to
cleaning crews, they're worried they might even find dead
bodies among the piles of refuse...
February 7 - In a moment of historic significance, Joe
Maldonado put on a Cub Scout uniform on Tuesday night as he
became a member of Pack 20 in Essex County while his mother
held back tears — one week after the Boy Scouts of America
changed its national policy to allow transgender children to
be scouts. Scouting's decision to change its longtime policy
came about a month after The Record reported that Joe had been
thrown out of a Cub Scout pack in Secaucus last year because
he was born a girl.
February 7 - Sir Robert Baden-Powell began the Boy
Scout movement in England in 1908, and two years later, the
Boys Scouts of America was incorporated, Feb. 8, 1910. Robert
Baden-Powell was educated at Charterhouse, London, and joined
the English hussars in 1876. As a soldier for in British
Empire, which was the largest empire in world history, Robert
Baden-Powell served in India, Afghanistan, and South Africa.
In 1895, he commanded native troops in Ashanti, and later
served in the Matabele campaign.
February 8 - President Donald Trump has been severely
critical of the news media for doing what he called a poor job
of covering instances of Islamic terrorism not only in the
U.S. but around the world. The White House released
a list late Monday of 70 terrorist attacks “executed or
inspired” by ISIS, many of which Trump spokesman Sean Spicer
said were not give sufficient coverage by the national media.
“You have seen what happened in Paris and Nice. All over
Europe, it’s happening,” Trump told...
February 6 - Vizio, one of the world's biggest makers
of Smart TVs, is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it
collected viewing habits from 11 million devices without the
knowledge or consent of the people watching them. According to
complaint filed Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission,
Internet-connected TVs from Vizio contained ACR—short for
automated content recognition—software. Without asking for
permission, the ACR code captured second-by-second information
February 7 - In Greek mythology, a chimera is a
fire-breathing monster created from different species, most
often portrayed as a creature with a lion's head, a goat's
body and a serpent's tail. Chimeras have long been regarded as
mythical creatures, to the extent that the word "chimera" also
means "an illusion or fabrication of the mind" or "an
unrealizable dream." Among humans, chimeras, or people who
have two genetically distinct types of cells, do exist,
however. Most often this occurs among...
January 31 - U.S. president Donald Trump said in an
interview Sunday that a “very big decision” is coming soon on
moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I’m
looking at it…We are studying it very, very long and hard. You
know it’s a very big decision, because every president for the
last number of presidents … they’ve come in and they were
going to do it and then all of a sudden they decide they don’t
want to get involved. It’s a big, big decision, but we’re
studying the issue right now...
January 31 - The surge in shootings that marked the
early weeks of the new year continued, resulting in more than
300 people shot in the first 30 days of 2017. The
Chicago Tribune reports the number of shooting victims
January 1 through January 30 is 302; this includes fatal and
non-fatal shootings. The number of homicides alone is 54,
which means the city has averaged 1.8 killings a day every day
this year. On January 23,
Breitbart News reported that shootings and murders for
January 1 through...
January 31 - Austria's ruling coalition has agreed to
prohibit full-face veils in public spaces such as courts and
schools. It is also considering a more general ban on state
employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols.
The measures are seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the
far-right Freedom Party, whose candidate narrowly lost last
month's presidential vote. The centrist coalition nearly
collapsed last week amid crisis negotiations over the
government's future direction.
January 30 - Some Muslims in San Antonio are changing
their names in the wake of President Trump's Immigration Ban.
The executive orders temporarily ban people in seven
Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. "Which is
very unfortunate right, people are looking to change their
identity to escape what is happening," said attorney Juanita
Pelaez-Prada. America's major airports have been the backdrop
of widespread protests against President Donald Trump's new
January 31 - On a recent Friday morning, Cazembe
Jackson donned a sharp blue suit and green paisley tie and
made his way to Atlanta's Midtown US passport office. It was a
day he had long been waiting for, one he thought might never
come. He took a number and sat with friends who were there for
the same reason. It was not only his first time applying for a
passport. It would be the first time a government employee
identified him as a man, calling him "Mr. Jackson," and made
it official on...
January 30 - While some cities are backing off their
status as "sanctuary cities" since President
Donald Trump threatened to pull federal funding from them,
at least one has opted to go all-in since the announcement.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley on Monday
announced at a press conference that his city was
officially designating itself a sanctuary city, saying police
officers there will continue to not enforce federal
immigration laws. Cranley
said he does not believe Trump would pull federal
January 30 - California may prohibit local law
enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration
authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in the
nation’s largest state as legislative Democrats ramp up their
efforts to battle President Donald Trump’s migration policies.
The legislation is scheduled for its first public hearing
Tuesday as the Senate rushes to enact measures that Democrat
lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown that
the Republican president has promised....
January 31 - Two of the biggest executives at Twitter
said they are planning on introducing new tools to help
prevent users from saying hateful things on the platform.
“Making Twitter a safer place is our primary focus and we are
now moving with more urgency than ever,”
said Ed Ho, the company’s vice president of engineering,
in a string of tweets. “We heard you, we didn’t move fast
enough last year; now we’re thinking about progress in days
and hours not weeks and months,” Ho continued.
January 31 - New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio said
in an interview Monday that he would categorize drunk driving
“that doesn’t lead to any other negative outcome” a minor
offense. DeBlasio was asked on CNN about New York’s stance as
a sanctuary city and its refusal to turn over illegal
immigrants who commit minor offenses. He said that he did not
want to “see families torn apart” over something very minor.
He was asked if he considered grand larceny and drunk driving
a “very minor offense”.
January 31 - A New Jersey woman whose son was asked to
leave his Boy Scouts troop after leaders found out he is
transgender said she has mixed emotions about the
organization's decision to allow transgender children who
identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs. The Boy
Scouts of America announced Monday that enrollment in its
boys-only programs will now be based on the gender a child or
parent lists on his application to become a scout, rather than
the gender listed on the child's birth certificate.
January 31 - Nearly a full year after Justice Antonin
Scalia's death left the Supreme Court shorthanded, President
Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch to
fill the void Tuesday night, setting off a pitched battle over
the direction of the nation's highest court. Trump was
unveiling his nominee to the nation on live television from
the East Room of the White House after a day filled with
palace intrigue, during which the media mapped the whereabouts
of Gorsuch, from Colorado, and federal...
January 31 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) is once again facing scrutiny over its dealings with
Monsanto, the maker of
Roundup herbicide. In 2015, glyphosate, Roundup's active
ingredient, was determined to be a "probable carcinogen" by
the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which
is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The EPA, rather than taking immediate steps to protect
Americans from this probable cancer-causing agent, decided...
January 24 - The Church of England is coming under
scrutiny for considering a system that would allow clergy
members to practice homosexuality while they serve in the
church. Currently, homosexual members of the clergy who have
been ordained are asked to be celibate, change jobs or seek a
promotion to become a bishop, The Daily Mail reports. However,
the House of Bishops will discuss proposals Tuesday to see if
they can avoid asking clergy members about their private lives
and sexual orientation.
January 24 - The government must consult Parliament in
order to invoke Article 50 and take Britain out of the
European Union, the Supreme Court has ruled. That means
Parliament must take a vote on whether to invoke Article 50,
which triggers the process to take Britain out of the EU,
before Prime Minister Theresa May, can do so. May had
originally set a timetable to invoke Article 50 in March, but
it remains to be seen whether that deadline will now be moved.
However, the judges ruled that the devolved...
January 24 - Widener’s Reloading and Shooting Supply
reports that ammunition purchases in the Los Angeles County
metro area have surged nearly 400 percent in the two months
since the November 8 passage of Proposition 63. Prop 63 goes
into effect January 1, 2018. It will require a background
check to be performed on all face-to-face ammunition purchases
and will prohibit the acquisition of ammunition from online
outlets. The months since the passage of Prop 63 have been
January 24 - Bureaucrats at the State Department
brought 500 refugees into the country on Tuesday, one day
before President Trump “is expected to order a multi-month ban
on allowing refugees into the United States except for
religious minorities escaping persecution, until more
aggressive vetting is in place,”
according to Reuters. The temporary ban on refugees will
be one of several executive orders on immigration President
Trump will sign on Wednesday, Reuters
reports. “Another order will block visas...
January 24 - Despite strict gun controls — including
universal background checks, mental examinations, and bans on
entire categories on guns — Paris, France, is deploying
soldiers to protect the wealthy during Haute Couture Fashion
Week. The move comes after France’s gun controls failed to
prevent the January 7, 2015, attack on Charlie Hebdo
(12 killed); the November 13, 2015, armed attack on Parisian
concert goers (130 killed); and the October 3, 2016, armed
robbery of gun control proponent Kim Kardashian.
January 23 - Israel has approved 2,500 settler homes in
the occupied West Bank, officials said Tuesday, marking a
major settlement expansion following the election of US
President Donald Trump. The planned new homes approved by
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor
Lieberman may be the largest number to have been given the
green light since 2013, said settlement watchdog Peace Now.
Settlements in both the West Bank and east Jerusalem are
viewed as illegal...
January 24 - A major nemesis during the Iraq War is
warning that if the U.S. moves its embassy in Israel from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem, as President Trump has vowed, it will be
regarded as a declaration of war against Islam. Iraqi cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr, who led a militia against U.S.-led coalition
forces in Iraq, called for the “formation of a special
division to liberate Jerusalem were the decision to be
implemented.” Although Congress passed a law two decades ago
directing that the embassy be moved...
January 24 - In the aftermath of a United Nations
resolution declaring Jewish settlements in the West Bank
illegal came a call for the United States to withdraw from
participation in the international body and its one-world
agenda. The U.N. resolution was implicitly approved by the
Obama administration, which declined to use America’s veto
power to stop it. Among the reactions was an online
petition calling for the U.S. to halt support for the U.N.
and expel its headquarters from American soil.
January 24 - Students enrolled in a world religions
course this semester at Texas Christian University must attend
a mosque service as part of the class. The field trip was
scheduled to take place on Good Friday – one of the most holy
days for Christians – observed as the day Jesus Christ was
crucified. “Every student is expected to attend this service,”
states the syllabus, a copy of which was obtained by The
College Fix. “This visit is part of your participation in
class. Many other students from our department...
January 25 - President Trump on Wednesday is
expected to order the construction of his long-promised
wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and take other actions on
immigration, a cornerstone of his presidential campaign. Trump
is planning a visit to the Department of Homeland Security,
where he will roll out executive actions on immigration.
Staying true to form, Trump took to Twitter Tuesday night, and
posted, “Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among
many other things...
January 24 - Days into Donald Trump’s administration,
heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of
Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto
Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the
way. One is the hospital’s CEO, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered an
employee $305,000 to quit after she played a role in exposing
his drug arrest. “Mr. DeWayne Hamlin was removed from federal
service effective January 20, 2017”–inauguration day–the VA
January 24 - Officials say the Obama administration in
its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly
released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP
members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department
official and several congressional aides said the outgoing
administration formally notified Congress it would spend the
money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of
State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move
shortly before he left...
January 25 - The U.S. House of Representatives moved
Tuesday to make permanent a provision attached to every
spending bill since the mid-1970s restricting the use of
federal tax dollars for abortion services. The House
passed the bill along largely party lines Tuesday not only
codifies the national restriction as law but prevents the
District of Columbia from using funds apportioned to it by
Congress for abortion services for low-income women, the
latter of which had Democrats calling foul. The decision
January 25 - While many may think it must be a typo or
at least an exaggeration, it's not: The use of low-calorie
sweeteners (LCS) has skyrocketed by 200 percent in children
living in the U.S. More than a few parents think it's a
terrible idea for kids to be ingesting these artificial
sweeteners, but 25 percent of U.S. kids do. George Washington
University's Milken Institute School of Public Health recently
reported this staggering statistic from a national survey,
revealing that while the consumption...
January 25 - On January 10, 2017, the Huffington Post
reported the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as
"Obamacare," has helped many poor women get mammograms, as it
eliminates out-of-pocket costs for certain cancer screening
procedures. Among female Medicare patients over the age of 70
who were due for a mammogram, screening rates increased by 2
percent after the implementation of the ACA, from 5 to 7
percent each month. Screening rates also rose among other age
January 12 - Blessing an abortion clinic may seem
antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life.
But various religious leaders came together to do just that on
Tuesday at Planned Parenthood’s newest abortion facility in
DCist reports religious leaders representing more than 20
groups participated in the ceremony inside the new
mega-facility, which opened in September. The new abortion
facility is located
next to the Two Rivers Public Charter School, a
January 19 - Kellogg Community College is being sued
after campus police arrested three conservative activists and
college students while they were handing out pocket
Constitutions and signing students up for a conservative
student organization. As detailed in
footage obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, a
KCC student and two fellow conservative activists spent two to
three hours handing out Constitutions and recruiting for a
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter on campus in...
January 19 - The state of California “accidentally”
released the private information of nearly 3,500 firearms
instructors in October 2016. The information was released as
part of the response to a Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)
reporter’s Freedom of Information Act request. The reporter
was seeking information on state Firearms Safety
Fox News reports that information on “3,424 firearms
instructors” was inadvertently released. That information
contained “dates of birth, driver’s license...
January 19 - Oscar López Rivera, the mastermind of
Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN, placed more than 130
bombs throughout the United States, most concentrated in New
York and Chicago. Outgoing President Barack Obama,
nonetheless, commuted López Rivera’s sentence, allowing him to
be freed in May, despite his sentence still requiring him to
serve 30 additional years. A
1999 House report for the Committee on Government Reform
revealed that the bombings, deemed terrorist attacks, killed
at least five people and wounded dozens more, in addition to
causing more than $3 million in property damage.
January 18 - Migrants trying to sneak into the United
States from the parched Mexican desert have to contend with
border guards’ drones overhead, poisonous snakes underfoot and
human trafficking gangs at their backs. But these challenges
are nothing compared to their bigger fear: that someday soon,
US President-elect Donald Trump will build a wall to keep them
out altogether. So before Trump takes office on Friday, they
are racing against time, riding a freight train up to the
border to look for a way...
January 18 - Colorado State University in Fort Collins
flagrantly violated the 14th Amendment’s equal protection and
due process provisions, as well as the 1st Amendment’s freedom
of speech and ban on viewpoint discrimination, by banning the
use of student fees for speakers on topics the university
doesn’t like, according to a new federal lawsuit. The U.S.
District Court case was brought by
Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the school’s
Students for Life chapter and student Emily Faulkner...
January 18 - In his final news conference as president
Wednesday, Barack Obama vowed to step off the political
sidelines if incoming President Donald Trump dares to “round
up” children of illegal immigrants, “roll back voting rights”
or otherwise engage in “systemic discrimination.” Obama
offered hints about his post-White House plans when he
indicated he would take a more activist role to defend “core
values that may be at stake” under a Trump administration. “If
I saw systematic discrimination [is] being ratified...
January 19 - Billionaire investor George Soros will
partner with Mastercard Inc on a venture they said could help
migrants, refugees and others struggling within their
communities worldwide to improve their economic and social
status. The partnership, Humanity Ventures, stems from a
pledge Soros made in September to earmark up to $500 million
for investments to address challenges facing migrants and
refugees. In a joint statement on Thursday, Mastercard and
Soros said that despite billions of dollars...
January 12 - President Barack Obama is "setting up an
informal shadow Cabinet to resist Donald Trump at every turn,"
journalist Edward Klein told
on Thursday. "The subtext of that farewell address was: 'I'm
not going anywhere. I'm still the head of the party. I'm going
to organize a resistance to Donald Trump — and I want you all
to follow me,'" Klein to host Steve Malzberg on "America Talks
Live" in an interview. "He's staying in Washington," Klein
added. "This Chicago stuff was just...
January 19 - President Donald Trump will "come out
smoking" as soon as he takes over the Oval Office, bestselling
author David Horowitz told Lou Dobbs on Fox Business News
Wednesday night. "He's going to undo the 200 executive
orders," Horowitz said. "He's going to take care of the
borders, unravel Obamacare." Horowitz's new book "The Big
Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America," released just
this week, reveals Trump's "first 100 days strategy" to roll
back Obama's legislative and executive record.
January 18 - The website for an organization calling
itself Demand Protest made its mission pretty clear: “When
your strategy demands paid protest, we organize and bring it
to life.” Billing itself as a group that generated the
“appearance of outrage” on behalf of left-wing causes, the
existence of Demand Protest became an attractive story for
many right-wing media outlets. The group, it appeared, was
proof that dissent against Trump was manufactured by shady
leftist organizations, and could be...
January 10 - Missouri State University has settled a
lawsuit after kicking out a student who would not counsel
homosexual couples. The university has agreed to pay $25,000
to Andrew Cash, who was removed from a master's degree
counseling program in 2014. The $25,000 is the estimated cost
for Cash to obtain a master's degree at another university.
Cash said in his lawsuit that he was "targeted and punished
for expressing his Christian worldview." The settlement
prevents Cash from seeking admission...
January 11 - President-elect Donald Trump says
construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall will begin
immediately after he takes office Jan. 20. “On the
‘fence’—it’s not a fence. It’s a wall. You just misreported
it. We’re going to build a wall,” Trump said during a
Wednesday press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. “I
could wait about a year and a half until we finish our
negotiations with Mexico, which will start immediately after
we get into office. But I don’t want to wait. Mike Pence is
January 11 - President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to
build a border wall along with U.S.-Mexico Border will be
challenged through environmental lawsuits, according to
California’s second-highest official. California Lt. Gov.
Gavin Newsom said in an interview with ‘The
Golden State Podcast’ that he would use specific
environmental laws in the state to stop the border wall from
being built, at least in southern California. “There’s
something called CEQA in California—NEPA at the federal
level,” Newsom told...
January 11 - Migrants crossing the U.S.-Canadian border
are now looking to circumvent deportation under
President-Elect Donald Trump with the help of faith
organizations. Since the start of 2015, over 500 have
illegally crossed the U.S. northern border, a region that is
rarely focused on but is proving to cause issues as more
refugees are reportedly coming from Canada after being placed
there. Migrants are looking to be harbored by churches,
hospitals, and schools to avoid potential deportation under...
January 12 - A school district is taking on new
measures to shield migrants from federal immigration law, just
as President-Elect Donald Trump is expected to crack-down on
the issue. The Santa Maria Joint High School District’s Board
of Education unanimously approved a new policy, which makes
the school district a “safe haven” for not only unlawfully
present students, but also their family members who are in the
country as well. “Under the law, all students have the right
to attend public school and enjoy...
January 12 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on
Tuesday reiterated the claim that Israel has “unequivocal”
evidence of the Obama administration’s involvement in
orchestrating the anti-settlement resolution passed by the UN
Security Council last month. “We have unequivocal evidence
that the Security Council resolution passed in the UN against
Israel was led by the administration,” he
told a group of visiting American Israel Public Affairs
Committee (AIPAC) officials in Jerusalem. “There is no...
January 12 - In a new study of President Obama’s
legacy, the Pew Research Center found that religious
affiliation and practice dropped off dramatically during his
two terms in the White House. “When it comes to the nation’s
religious identity, the biggest trend during Obama’s
presidency is the rise of those who claim no religion at all,”
Pew notes in a
report released this week titled “How America Changed
During Barack Obama’s Presidency.” When Barack Obama took
office, those who identified as atheists...
January 11 - Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill in
the House of Representatives that touched on nearly every step
U.S. agencies take in creating and applying new rules,
continuing their blitz to radically reform "abusive" federal
regulation of areas from the environment to the workplace. In
a 238-183 vote, the House passed the "Regulatory
Accountability Act," which combined eight bills aimed at
changing how the vast government bureaucracy runs. Only five
Democrats voted for it.
January 10 - Canada’s capital is a small sleepy city of
less than a million. Its average annual murder rate is only
10. That’s a weekend in Chicago. But last year something
strange happened to Ottawa’s murder rate. It shot up to 24
homicides. The last two murders were of Somali Muslim sisters
Asma and Nasiba. Their murderer was their brother, Musab A-Noor.
Despite the obvious history of Muslim honor killings of women,
often carried out by brothers against their sisters, Musab was
found “unfit” to stand trial.
January 12 - The U.S. Senate took the first major step
toward repealing the Affordable Care Act after a marathon
voting session that started Wednesday evening and extended
into early Thursday. The vote does not repeal President
Obama's signature achievement, but it does set the stage for
Republicans to clear the first procedural hurdle for repeal of
the massive health care law. The bill will now go to the House
of Representatives for a vote expected to take place on
January 12 - The Mexican consul in Chicago said that
immigrants are flocking to the Windy City before Donald Trump
becomes president because Chicago is a sanctuary city,
according to a report Tuesday in
El Financiero. Carlos Martin Jimenez was speaking at a
recent gathering of Mexican ambassadors and consuls in Mexico
City and said that Mexicans in Indiana and Wisconsin are
coming to the Chicago consulate due to it being a sanctuary
for illegal immigrants. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
January 10 - It is indisputable that we are negatively
affecting our air, soil and water in a way that is drastically
impacting the earth itself. If you look down while on an
airplane, you can't help but notice the vast exposure of soils
into perfectly-carved squares below. These exposed soils are a
tragic sign of an unsustainable practice that leads to
erosion, runoff pollution while also decreasing soil organic
matter and impacting our air quality. Please use my search
engine to find previous interviews...
January 11 - Heavy reliance on antibiotics in medicine
and agriculture has brought about drug-resistant bacteria,
which exacerbate successful treatment of many infections.
That’s a fact that people responsible for food production at
large, from farm to table, say they’re very aware of, as the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been
encouraging farmers to use as little antibiotics as possible.
Every year, many restaurants and supermarkets commit to only