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News and Headlines. 12/11/2017

Covered in News and Headlines today, Terrorism/Islam/War on Terrorism, In The News, World News, President Trump, Tech Watch, Commentary/Opinion. Scroll down for all sections, as always comments, suggestions welcomed.

Terrorism / Islam / War on Terrorism:

Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Uprising Against US

Port Authority explosion leaves several injured, reports say

Several people were injured and one person was in custody after an explosion near New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal during Monday morning’s rush hour, prompting mass chaos and halting multiple subway lines, according to a report citing law enforcement sources.

Port Authority explosion: Suspect ID’d in ‘attempted terrorist attack’

A Bangladeshi national living in Brooklyn prematurely detonated his “low tech device” in an “attempted terrorist attack” inside New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal Monday morning — a blast that rocked the city during rush hour, causing chaos and halting several subway lines.

Port Authority explosion suspect: What we know about Akayed Ullah

Ullah lived in Brooklyn after he entered the U.S. in 2011 from Bangladesh on a chain migration visa, Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Houlton said in a statement.

The DHS said Ullah came to the U.S. on an F43 visa, a preferential visa available for those with family in the U.S. who are citizens.

He was considered a “Lawful Permanent Resident from Bangladesh,” Houlton told Fox News.

Law enforcement officials said Ullah was inspired by ISIS but didn’t appear to have direct contact with the group and likely acted alone.

Ullah was a licensed cab driver from March 2012 to March 2015, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission confirmed to Fox News. His TLC For-Hire Vehicle Driver’s License was not renewed after 2015.

NY BLAST New York explosion – Dramatic moment ‘ISIS-inspired’ Bangladeshi Akayed Ullah attacks Manhattan Port Authority Bus Terminal with pipe bomb strapped to his body

3 people arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Goteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days. Jewish groups condemned the attacks as “unconscionable” and demanded that authorities take action.

Car bomb kills journalist in Somalia capital, says witness

A Somali journalist has been killed by a car bomb in the capital late Monday, says a fellow journalist.

Mohamed Ibrahim, a news presenter for Kalsan TV, died at a hospital after being injured by a bomb concealed in his car in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, said Ahmed Mohamed, who works for the same broadcaster.

Muslim Activist: Political Correctness Fuels Extremism

One of Britain’s leading experts in counter extremism has warned excessive political correctness is inadvertently increasing religious extremism, reported the Evening Standard. Forcing people not to talk about it leaves the vulnerable unable to address the causes of Islamic extremism and without adequate counter-arguments.

US Muslim Brotherhood Operative Calls for the Execution of President Trump

What do you get when you have an individual who was acquainted with the founders of al-Qaeda and recruited into a terrorist cell by one of them; who was sentenced to death for the murder of an Egyptian policeman; who is consistently leveling threats at world leaders; and who is currently living in the United States? The answer can be nothing short of ‘Trouble.’ The individual in question is Muslim Brotherhood operative and Chairman of the March for Justice, Nidal Sakr. Recently, Sakr took to social media to call for the execution of President Trump. He is yet to be punished for his alleged murder. Will he be punished for this crime?

(Graphic video warning) ISIS may be in decline in Syria and Iraq but its barbarism continues elsewhere. In this video, Islamic State crucifies, amputates and decapitates an alleged spy as a child watches and then stands victoriously on the head of the executed prisoner. ISIS Video: Crucified, Amputated, Decapitated

In The News:

“The Next Charlie Gard” Is Now

Alfie Evans is an 18-month-old in another United Kingdom hospital—Ader Hey Children’s. As in the case of Charlie Gard, the hospital has given up on Alfie. They can’t sort out what’s wrong with him; he has been in a coma for a year, and they don’t even have a diagnosis.

Alfie moves, shows expression, and exhibits signs of life, based on several videos posted online, including this video posted on Twitter. But doctors have decided it is in his best interest to simply end his life.

Caught on tape: Late-term abortions done on healthy moms and babies

Companies that sold aborted baby parts forced to shut down, pay $7.8 million

Foundation that made billions from fraud gives millions to Planned Parenthood

Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh’s licence cancelled after baby wrongly declared dead

The Delhi government scrapped on Friday the licence of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh where doctors last week wrongly declared an infant dead, triggering anger among people against private healthcare providers which often charge high fees.

Rutgers announces punishment for professor accused of making anti-Semitic remarks

Rutgers University professor accused of posting anti-Semitic rants on his Facebook page will lose his role as a director and no longer will be allowed to teach required classes, the school announced.

Michael Chikindas, a professor in the food science department, reportedly posted dozens of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel comments on his page over several months, as Fox News has reported.

House could be first up to tackle entitlement reform

Republicans who want to overhaul entitlement programs Medicare and Medicaid will have to look to the House to take the first crack at it next year.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told radio show host Ross Kaminsky on Wednesday that he wants to revisit entitlement reform after tax reform is finished. But the last effort to tackle entitlements in Obamacare repeal failed in the Senate last summer, and a member of Senate leadership said that the House will have to take the first step at any reform bill.

Social Security Won’t Give You Security

If you’re counting on Social Security to finance your retirement, you’re in for a big surprise. Money expert Chris Hogan explains why.

Judge mysteriously quits Flynn case

U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras suddenly recused himself from the FBI/Michael Flynn case.

The Obama appointed judge’s vacancy was randomly filled by Emmett Sullivan, a Bill Clinton appointee. Contreras gave no reason for quitting the case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

States Seek To Avoid Facing Little Sisters In Court While Challenging Their Legal Win

After taking two trips to the Supreme Court and reaching an impasse in negotiating an accommodation with the Obama administration, the Little Sisters finally received a reprieve when, on October 6, 2017, the Trump administration issued new regulations exempting the Little Sisters, and other individuals and entities with a religious objection, from the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.

But within hours of the release of the new interim rules, the attorneys general of California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Virginia filed a lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court, challenging the Trump administration’s new religious-based exemption. The Pennsylvania attorney general filed a nearly identical complaint in federal district court in Philadelphia.

Pentagon says transgender people can enlist starting in January, after court order

The Defense Department plans to allow transgender people to enlist in the military starting Jan. 1, Pentagon officials confirmed to Fox News on Monday, after a federal court ordered the military to do so despite opposition from President Trump.

Pentagon pays for transgender soldier’s gender reassignment surgery after a federal judge blocked Trump’s ban last month

The Pentagon has paid for an infantry soldier to undergo gender transition surgery after a federal judge blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender service members last month.

The soldier, who identifies as a woman, became the first active-duty service member to receive such an operation paid for by the Defense Department when she went under the knife on Tuesday.

Daredevil climber dies after plunge from Chinese skyscraper

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.

Make A Wish Kid Fulfills Dream Of Commanding A Navy Warship

The Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Federal Police joined together over the weekend to grant a terminally ill boy’s wish to command a navy ship come true.

“I’d like my wish to be a memory and not a thing, because a memory, I can always have it,” 12-year-old Daniel said, explaining that he wanted his “Make-A-Wish Australia” dream to be a memory because he might outgrow a physical item.

Southwest passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody’ on plane after being caught smoking

A Southwest Airlines pilot was forced to declare an emergency on Saturday after a passenger repeatedly told a flight attendant she would “kill everybody” on the plane.

The trouble started after the female passenger disabled a smoke detector aboard Southwest Flight 2943 from Portland, Ore., to Sacramento, and proceeded to smoke onboard, Southwest confirmed to Fox News. After she was caught, the woman created a “disturbance” which was captured on video by a fellow passenger.

Sarah Sanders Gets Into It With CNN Over Fake News Question: ‘I’m Not Finished!’

World News:

Putin announces Syria withdrawal, says ISIS destroyed

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered his country’s forces to begin withdrawing from Syria, saying the country’s two-year campaign to destroy ISIS is complete.

Netanyahu slams Turkey’s Erdogan for claiming Israel is ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children’

North Korea’s nuclear test site aftershocks are ‘relaxation events’ caused by nuke test, analysts say

North Korea’s sixth nuclear test caused a series of aftershocks called “relaxation events” after the blast moved the “earth’s crust around” and caused stress on the region, analysts said after two earthquakes were detected in the region over the weekend.854081161001_5667011293001_5667012959001-vs

Aftershocks measuring magnitude 2.9 and 2.4 were detected Saturday near the Punggye-ri test site, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. North Korea tested a nuclear device, a purported hydrogen bomb, on Sept. 3 that triggered a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. A USGS official told Reuters the aftershocks are most likely “relaxation events.”

Tech Watch:

More than a quarter of millennials say they would replace a human lover with a DROID

From Daily Mail: A new report suggests that over a quarter of 18-34 year-olds will feel it’s normal to form friendships and even romantic relationships with robots in the future. The report was created by Paris-based Havas, and examined the future of artificial intelligence, and people’s attitudes to the future of technology. The findings were based on a survey of 12,000 people of mixed ages worldwide.

Pictured is Samantha, a realistic sex bot currently on sale in London

The surging availability of robotic sex dolls means it is easier than ever for people to rely on technology for their sexual needs. Experts have warned we will soon see a rise in the number of ‘digisexuals’. Pictured right is Samantha, a realistic sex bot currently on sale in London

Facebook terminates the ticker, the ‘creeper feed’ of every interaction

Facebook is making it harder to see what your friends are liking and commenting on right this minute — the ticker feed recently joined Facebook’s list of axed features. A Facebook representative confirmed through a help forum last week that the ticker, which showed friend activity in real time from status updates to likes and comments, was removed after users started asking where the option was.

Commentary / Opinion:

Trump can win on deficits, solve the debt ceiling, and own Congress forever

As the Republican tax plan grinds through Congress, President Trump has an opportunity to offer a few changes which could alter the legislation to make it more acceptable to fiscal conservatives, permanently eliminate recurring debt ceiling debates, and put him firmly in control of the congressional agenda for years to come.

The central problem today is Congress’s propensity to spend money the country does not have, and spend too much of it on favored interests and too little on economic growth. As Jake Novak complains in a recent CNBC op-ed:

What can we do? How do we motivate legislators to treat taxpayers’ money with the same care as taxpayers do themselves?

The answer is simple. Align the incentives.

It’s true, we’ve NEVER had a president like Trump – he actually keeps his promises. No wonder the liberal media can’t stand him

Donald Trump, according to his many critics, is the single most divisive, stupid, bigoted and unpopular president in American history.

To say Trump is ‘polarizing’ is to massively understate the sheer enormity of hatred that exists toward the billionaire tycoon who won the White House just over a year ago.

On social media, every minute of every day, I see hysterical liberals screaming themselves digitally hoarse with rage at his very existence.

Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police

Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency. This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave.

In order to boost the credibility of the FBI’s investigations of the Trump team, much of the media is whitewashing the bureau’s entire history. But the FBI has been out of control almost since its birth.

What C.S. Lewis Can Teach Us About America’s Pronoun Wars

While it may seem that America’s pronoun wars — namely the debate about whether words like “he” and “she” reflective the objective reality of biological sex — are a new and frightening development in human history, the works of C.S. Lewis remind us that in the fight over language, there’s nothing new under the sun. In his book “The Abolition of Man,” for example, Lewis expertly explains the nature and stakes of the battle over whether language reflects objective reality or only subjective experience.

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