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News and Headlines. 1/1/2018

Rogue Chinese space station expected to hurtle toward Earth in 2018, researchers say

The new year could bring a major scare: the expected crash of an 18,740-pound Chinese space station headed toward Planet Earth.

And researchers haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly when and where this event will likely happen.

Tiangong-1, a Chinese space station that launched into Earth’s orbit in September 2011, was predicted in essence to fall out of space around January 2018, according to an October forecast by researchers at The Aerospace Corporation.

Esprit Founder Paid Thousands For Sexual Assault Campaign Against Trump

Esprit Clothing founder Susie Tompkins Buell provided $500,000 to a campaign to fund women accusing then-candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, according to a Sunday New York Times report.

The funds did not bring any new accusers into public view.

Buell, an affluent Clinton supporter, provided the money to publicity-conscious lawyer Lisa Bloom who was actively seeking Trump accusers during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Texas police seek girls, 14 and 7; may be with person of interest in suspicious death

Texas police have issued an Amber Alert for two girls, ages 14 and 7, who may be with a man described as a “person of interest” in a suspicious death on Sunday.

After responding to a welfare check in the 2600 block of Leslie Court in Round Rock, Tex., police found a deceased woman inside, KHOU-TV reported. Her identity or relationship to the two children were not immediately disclosed.

Round Rock police believe that Terry Allen Miles, 44, has abducted the girls.

Round Rock police believe that Terry Allen Miles, 44, has abducted the girls. (Round Rock Police Department )

Police believe that Terry Allen Miles, 44, is connected to the suspicious death and the abduction of the two girls, Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margaret, 7.

Teenager murders his family members on New Year’s Eve, officials say

A 16-year-old New Jersey boy gunned down his parents, sister and a family friend just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, turning the family home into a bloodbath that his brother and grandfather managed to escape, authorities said Monday.

The teenager fatally shot his father, mother, sister and a family friend who also lived in the Long Branch, New Jersey home, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement. Police were called to the home around 11:43 p.m., and the suspect was taken into custody without incident, Gramiccioni said.

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Gets $33,750 Raise

In early-February 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that would provide a pay raise to himself, city council members, district attorneys, and borough presidents, among others. The mayor said he wouldn’t take the pay raise until the beginning of his second term, which officially began on January 1, 2018.

De Blasio’s new $258,750 salary represents an increase of 15% over his previous salary of $225,000. A New Yorker earning a $13 minimum wage, working eight hours a day, seven days a week (with no time off) would make $34,944 before taxes — which is roughly equivalent to de Blasio’s $33,750 pay increase.

De Blasio Promises ‘New Progressive Era’ For NYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Monday to usher the city into a “new progressive era” that will spread beyond the city’s “borders.”

“Something big is happening in New York City,” de Blasio told a crowd of hundreds gathered in front of City Hall Monday. The 56-year-old Democratic mayor announced a commitment to bring about “a new progressive era in this city’s history,” one that will be “felt beyond our borders.”

De Blasio was sworn in Monday for his second and final term as the city’s mayor. Progressive stalwart Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont administered de Blasio the oath.

California Ushers in 2018 with Ammunition Control

It is January 1, 2018, which means law-abiding Californians can no longer buy ammunition out-of-state or possess an unregistered AR-15 with a bullet button accessory.

On December 13, 2017, Breitbart News reported that California’s war on guns was about to expand to a war on ammunition, and January 1 marks the day that the war on ammunition begins.

Currently, law-abiding Californians must buy their ammunition from a licensed in-state ammunition dealer. This means that Californians who buy ammunition online must have that ammo shipped to a licensed in-state dealer and pay that dealer a fee when picking up the ammo.

Baltimore broke homicide record in 2017

Baltimore has set a new per-capita homicide record as gunmen killed for drugs, cash, payback – or no apparent reason at all.

A surge of homicides in the starkly divided city resulted in 343 killings in 2017, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever – roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

WikiLeaks Drops Proof That NYTimes Colluded With Hillary Clinton

You thought 2017 was going to end without a bang — other than the fireworks?

Think again.

After The New York Times on Saturday published a story headlined “Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in G.O.P.,” WikiLeaks couldn’t stand it anymore. In a late-night post on Twitter, WikiLeaks revealed that a Times reporter used to feed State Department email updates of the stories the paper would be publishing DAYS before the stories appeared.

At the time, Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State.

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NHS Patient Asks for Female Nurse But Gets Tattooed Trans Man With Stubble Instead

This is a 21st century story that perfectly demonstrates the chasm of understanding between elites and ordinary people.

A female patient in Great Britain asked for a female nurse to take a cervical smear. But the nurse they sent in wasn’t exactly what the patient had in mind.

Iran protests have left at least four dead and hundreds arrested

Benjamin Netanyahu applauds ‘brave’ protestors in Iran, supports their ‘noble quest for freedom’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cheered protestors in Iran on Monday, and denied “laughable” allegations from the Iranian government that Israel encouraged the protests.

“Unlike Rouhani, I will not insult the Iranian people,” Netanyahu said in a video statement, referring to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. “They deserve better. Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets. They seek freedom. They seek justice. They seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades. I wish the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom.”

Trump Blasts ‘Failing’ Iran Calls For Major Change

President Donald Trump harshly criticized the Islamic Republic of Iran Monday amid ongoing protests in the country.

Protests have rocked multiple cities across Iran for four consecutive days with some calls for head cleric Ayatollah Khamenei to quit. The protesters were reportedly sparked by high food prices in Iran and grievances over how much the government spends on funding terrorist groups and supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Donald Trump Sends Pakistan a Very Direct Message in First Tweet of 2018

In his very first tweet of the new year, President Donald Trump directed fire at the government of Pakistan, suggesting that the U.S. should stop sending them billions in foreign aid while they continue to spread “lies & deceit” and harbor terrorists.

While the tweet may have been intended as a warning to Pakistani government officials to be more cooperative in the fight against Islamic radicalism, it was certainly not the first time the Republican president has openly pondered slashing aid to the country, long accused of harboring terrorists and undermining U.S. military efforts.

Breaking: Kim Jong Un Issues Stark Warning for the New Year: ‘Nuclear Button’

Kim Jong Un warned the United States of the reality of North Korea’s nuclear forces in his annual New Year’s Day address.

The North Korean leader specified that he has a nuclear button on his desk, but he won’t use it to attack unless he feels threatened, The Washington Post reported.

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Egypt: Gunman attacks liquor store, killing 2 Christians

Egyptian security officials say a gunman has killed two Coptic Christian brothers in an attack on a liquor store in Giza province, just days after nine people were killed in an attack on a church and store in Cairo.

The officials said Monday the attack took place on New Year’s eve, a busy night for liquor stores.

Clarion’s 2017 Awards: The Bad and the Brave

Worst Mother:  Philadelphia mother Keonna Thomas, 33, planned to abandon her two young children and travel to Syria to join her ISIS husband (whom she married via Skype) and become a “martyr” for Islamic State. At her sentencing (she got eight years in prison), Thomas said, “I was, I guess at one point, impressionable.” That’s an understatement.

Worst Example Set by a Teacher:  A Tennessee teacher was suspended without pay after a video surfaced on social media of a girl in the teacher’s classroom having her hijab removedagainst her will, exposing her hair to the class.

Worst Example Set by a Lawyer: Speaking on TV about a proposed bill to tighten the anti-prostitution laws in Egypt, lawyer Nabih Wahsh stated,  “Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?…I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.”

Virginia Man Suspected of Planning ISIS Attack Arrested

A Virginia man was arrested for allegedly destroying evidence that linked him to ISIS.

Sean Andrew Duncan, a convert to Islam, was also suspected of planning a terror attack and providing information to an ISIS contact about building homemade bombs.

Duncan and his wife tried to travel to Turkey in 2016 but were denied entry and returned to the U.S. At that point, he was interviewed by the FBI. Two days later, he deleted his Facebook account and changed his phone number.

‘Would You Like Dinner Before I Kill You?’

A pair of grisly honor killings have shocked even the most hardened in Pakistan, after a teenage couple in Karachi was tied down and repeatedly electrocuted for the crime of wanting to marry one other, The Guardian reported.

How Progressives Are Responding to Fuqra Candidate

When Clarion Project broke the story about a congressional run in Massachusetts by an official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Jamaat ul-Fuqra (which now uses the name of Muslims of the Americas or MOA), we pointed out that she casts herself as “unapologetically progressive.”

It is fascinating to see how progressives respond to the “progressive” candidacy of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District against Rep. Richard Neal.

German ‘FBI’ Fears Rising Influence of Muslim Brotherhood

British ISIS Fighters in Turkey Threaten Europe

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