In today’s News and Headlines, In The News, Government/Politics, World News, Tech Watch, Commentary/Opinion and Videos.
Strong business investment gives fresh momentum to economy,
The numbers: The U.S. economy’s pace of growth in the third quarter was raised to 3.3% from 3% under the government’s latest revision to gross domestic product.
How good is that? It’s the fastest spurt of U.S. growth in three years.
More good news: Adjusted pretax corporate profits rose 4.3% to an annualized $2.22 trillion, marking the biggest gain in a year.
Republican Roy Moore has regained his footing in Alabama’s heated Senate race, and has jumped out to a lead over Democrat Doug Jones in a new public opinion poll.
The Radio-Television Correspondents’ Galleries has revoked the credentials of a state-funded Russian media group from Capitol Hill according to a letter sent to the network.
RT, a Russian government-funded television network, received the correspondence from the press Wednesday explaining the decision – pointing to the recent registration of its operating company as “a foreign agent.”
Government / Politics:
The sexual harassment charges dogging Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) are splitting House Democratic leaders scrambling to contain the fallout.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is said to be working with other Democrats to nudge Conyers into retirement.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said it successfully tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile yet on Wednesday, putting the U.S. mainland within range and increasing pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration threatened new sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday after the reclusive government shattered 2½ months of relative quiet with its most powerful weapon test yet, an intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believe could reach Washington and the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
Nov. 29 (UPI) — The State Department has approved possible foreign military sales to Poland for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles as NATO continues to bolster Poland’s defense arsenal — a move that Russia says undermines regional security.
A verdict is due in the trial of five men accused of gang-rape during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona last year, in a case where it appeared to many of the alleged victim’s supporters in Spain that she was on trial.
The men, who styled themselves as “la Manada” (the Pack), offered to accompany the woman to the car but instead hauled her into a doorway where it is alleged all five proceeded to rape her while filming the attack on their phones. They then stole her phone and left, it is alleged.
Two American men who were reportedly honeymooning in Thailand were detained after they shared photos of their exposed butts taken at two famous Bangkok temples.
The pair, Joseph and Travis DaSilva of San Diego, both 38, were arrested at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok on Tuesday, just days after they uploaded photos of their bared backsides to Instagram, the Bangkok Post reported; the photos were taken at Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho temples.
Islam / Terrorist / War on Terror:
That was the response from Army Ranger Kris “Tonto” Paronto to the news that Benghazi terrorist Ahmed Abu Khatallah was found not guilty of murder by a jury and therefore will avoid the death penalty. He faced 18 charges and was acquitted of the most serious 14.
Google researchers have developed a privacy application that can instantly detect when a stranger glances at your screen over your shoulder.
Researchers See Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff will demonstrate their shoulder-surfing warning system at next month’s Neural Information Processing Systems Conference in California.
Captcha-designed tests that prove you’re not a robot range from typing in a random series of characters to picking all the photos that contain a certain object — but Facebook is testing a new way to determine if a user is really human: a selfie. On Tuesday, November 29, Facebook confirmed that it is resting a photo-based identity test after screenshots of the test leaked on Twitter.
Commentary / Opinion:
A new war is now taking place: a cultural civil war.
What is at stake in this war are the traditional morals and values that have been foundational in the West for centuries.
Entertainers, media elites and much of the political left think it is time to say goodbye to our traditional values and morals. We are told that these values are old-fashioned and no longer serve an enlightened, politically correct society.
Indeed, one wonders when people will learn. In today’s subjective, post-modern world truth is fast disappearing. Some elites and social engineers deride concepts like right and wrong.
There are no moral absolutes, we are told – well, apart from whatever happens to be politically correct at the moment. Logic, reason and facts have been trumped by identity politics and false narratives.