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News and Headlines. 12/26/2017

In The News:
The GOP tax overhaul kept this $1,300 tax break for seniors
The GOP tax overhaul kept this $1,300 tax break for seniors  

Seniors can still grab this tax break under the new tax law: the additional standard deduction.

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which President Donald Trump signed into law on Dec. 22, doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint filers who are married.

Tax provision could bring lots of U.S. corporate cash from abroad


Trump makes historic mark on federal bench in first year – and 2018 could be bigger

One of the most transformative years in the federal judiciary began with uncertainty and ends on a political high note for President Trump.

The White House, after winning confirmation for Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat held by the late conservative icon Antonin Scalia, has moved with record speed to fill vacancies on the lower federal courts – a surefire way for a president to help cement his legacy.

Former Planned Parenthood manager speaks: ‘It takes a part of your soul’

Mother, 2 children killed in Christmas standoff in Phoenix

Dec. 26 (UPI) — A woman and her two children were shot and killed in a series of Christmas Day shootings at a Phoenix apartment.

A man was taken into custody by police after 10 p.m. Monday after a standoff with officers and is suspected of killing the woman. The two children, aged 10 and 11, were also found dead in the apartment.

Although it’s possible the suspect killed all three people in the afternoon, police allowed negotiations for hours in hopes one of the children was alive, Sgt. Jonathan Howard, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman said.

Exclusive: Federal agents found fetuses in body broker’s warehouse (Warning: Graphic images)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal agents discovered four preserved fetuses in the Detroit warehouse of a man who sold human body parts, confidential photographs reviewed by Reuters show.

Washington Post heir, 69, shoots himself dead, echoing his father’s own 1963 suicide, days before Meryl Streep movie about the family was released

The heir to the Washington Post fortune, William W. Graham, committed suicide last week, echoing his publisher father’s death in 1963.
Graham, a 69-year-old lawyer, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound last Wednesday, according to an obituary published in the Post.
His father Phil, who was publisher of the newspaper for 17 years, killed himself back in 1963.

Deep State / Government Corruption / Russian Collusion:

Investigating the Investigators at DOJ and FBI

Eight high ranking Department of Justice and FBI officials have been removed, reassigned or are rumored to be leaving. They include the top FBI agents who worked on two of the agency’s most high-profile investigations in the past two years: the probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information as secretary of state, and the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

Bucking the System

Today we begin with an extraordinary interview with a sitting member of Congress. It will make you mad but it’s something you should hear. Republican Ken Buck is speaking out of school about the shocking, transactional nature of Washington politics. About party elites he says, “live like kings and govern like bullies.” And he’s lifting the curtain on why he says nothing gets done in Congress, describing collusion between Democrats and Republicans to fleece taxpayers on behalf of special interests.

A “tough vote,” says Congressman Ken Buck, means anything that cuts spending or programs that benefit political and corporate interests.

Dershowitz: McCabe Should Have Recused Himself Immediately from Any Investigation Involving Hillary Clinton

Monday on Fox News‏ Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” when asked about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s wife receiving donations from Clinton ally Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for her 2015 Virginia Senate campaign, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said McCabe “should have recused himself immediately from any investigation involving Hillary Clinton.”

Pennsylvania’s lack of gift law criticized by government watchdogs

Despite past efforts by some lawmakers, the state of Pennsylvania does not have a ban on gifts that legislators can receive.

In late 2014 and early 2015, five current and former members of the state’s General Assembly were charged with bribery and other charges in connection with their acceptance of cash gifts from a lobbyist. This led to proposed legislation to ban cash gifts, but a ban never took place, according to the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania.

Terrorism / Islam / War on Terror:

US Terror Attacks & Convictions Just in December 2017

Sex Robot Convention Relocated After Terror Tip-Off

A sex robot convention pulled out of their venue last week after a tip-off it may be target for jihadi terrorists. The Third International Congress in Love and Sex with Robots was scheduled to take place at Goldsmiths University in London on December 19, 2017 but was relocated to a secret location.

World News:

Israeli chess players denied entry into Saudi Arabia for tourney

Dec. 26 (UPI) — Seven Israeli chess players were denied entry into an international tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, because the nation rejected their bid for visas.

IS-linked Somali fighters urge ‘lone wolf’ attacks in first propaganda video

Dec. 26 (UPI) — Militant fighters in Somalia affiliated with the Islamic State have called for attacks over the holiday season, in what’s believed to be their first propaganda video.

The fighters in the video call on supporters to take advantage of the “drunkenness” over the holiday season and “hunt down” and attack “non-believers,” according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

British military alarmed by Russian warships in North Sea

Dec. 26 (UPI) — British military officials became alarmed on Monday after seeing what they said amounted to aggression — with Russian warships moving through the North Sea.

The Royal Navy said it escorted the Russian vessels through the sea after they passed near British territorial waters.

Commentary / Opinion:

The Media and Trump

Sharyl Attkisson: And to be clear, you find much of what Donald Trump says distasteful. You disagree with it.

Al Martinez: Yes, many of it I disagree with, but I don’t think that the guy wakes up in the morning trying to be Hitler, or the devil, or the most evil man in the history of humanity, yet that is how the media portrayed him.

Sharyl Attkisson: Do you think this phenomenon has resolved itself since Donald Trump was elected president?

Al Martinez: I think it’s resolved itself in as much as an increasing number of people are becoming increasingly immune to the terror that the media wants to portray on a daily basis. Every tweet is the moment of a collapse of civilization, just because Donald Trump said it. And people are starting to become immune to it, but the media itself has not yet changed. They learned nothing, and they have barely improved at all. And their mea culpas have been almost nonexistent.

How Trump Is Saving Western Civilization

Trump is saving Western civilization. Not necessarily because of his policies, though. Rather, Trump’s unorthodox political style has created a new political reality in which old ideas are being re-examined or even thrown out, while new ideas are being seriously considered. This is vital to a successful and functional country, and it may just mean the public is ready to have an honest conversation about radical Islam.