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Travelers beware: Potential measles outbreak at three major U.S. airports

A measles warning for travelers at three different airports in the U.S. Airports in Detroit, Memphis and Newark, New Jersey may have been exposed to measles after cases were confirmed in two international travelers.

FIU bridge collapses; fatalities reported, Florida officials say

Several fatalities were reported after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, leaving several vehicles trapped underneath the sprawling wreckage.

SpaceX wins lucrative new contracts to fly GPS and earth-imaging satellites

The US government dropped a cool $645 million on orbital transportation service this week.

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket, spacex iridium falcon 9 Vandenberg launch 2017

The US Air Force has announced a deal with SpaceX, Elon Musk’s rocket company, to fly three of the newest generation of Global Positioning System satellites into space, at an average cost of $97 million per flight.

Trump administration weighs nicotine limits in cigarettes

The FDA is considering setting a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes for the first time to make them less addictive and is seeking public feedback ahead of issuing a proposed rule.

Lowering nicotine levels will make it harder for future generations to become dependent on cigarettes and make it easier for current smokers to quit or switch to less harmful products, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

86% of university presidents cite negative effects of ‘liberal political bias on campus’: Poll

Public confidence in American universities has eroded in recent years, and campus administrators have taken notice, blaming not only the high cost of a 4-year degree but the impact of liberal bias in the academy, a new survey of college presidents finds.

Penn Law Professor Removed From First-Year Classes After Controversial Statements

There is a major controversy unfolding at Penn Law School.  Professor Amy Wax has been removed from first-year courses after making controversial comments about the performance of black students at the school.

Confirmed: Facebook’s Recent Algorithm Change Is Crushing Conservative Sites, Boosting Liberals

Facebook’s much-publicized demotion of publishers’ content in users’ news feeds has negatively impacted conservative-leaning publishers significantly more than liberal-leaning outlets, an analysis by The Western Journal has revealed.

‘Angel families’ want to see Oakland mayor prosecuted for thwarting ICE raids

The parents of children killed by illegal immigrants are demanding that the Trump administration take a tough stance against a California mayor who thwarted a federal immigration raid this month — urging that she face consequences and even jail time.

Alleged MS-13 Member Charged in Violent Racketeering Conspiracy Including Drug Trafficking and Extortion

A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging an alleged MS-13 member residing in Arlington, Virginia with conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by extortion.

ESPN’s John Skipper says he resigned over cocaine extortion plot

Former ESPN President John Skipper said he resigned from his role because of a cocaine extortion plot, according to comments he made in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

In the interview, Skipper talked about how he used cocaine and had always been careful about his usage. However, a lapse of judgment led to Skipper’s decision to buy cocaine from a new source, which had big consequences.

Plastic surgeon accused of watching porn while performing surgery

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A former patient has filed a complaint saying a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon used drugs and watched “bizarre, hardcore” pornography during surgeries, according to KTLA.

Alaska Airlines pilot accused of rape grounded as shocking details emerge, outcry grows

Alaska Airlines told Fox News that the male senior pilot accused of drugging and raping a female first officer on an overnight trip in June 2017 has been grounded, as new details emerge in Betty Pina’s lawsuit against the carrier and infuriated supporters call for a boycott of the airline.

Betty Pina has filed suit against Alaska Airlines

Betty Pina has filed suit against Alaska Airlines in Washington State Superior Court. Paul Engelien (right) is named in Pina’s lawsuit, but not as a defendant. (Eric Makus/Twitter)

Woman charged with second-degree murder in officer’s death

A woman who is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a western Missouri police officer said she didn’t know a man in her home had a gun when she let five officers inside and shooting erupted.

Former Planned Parenthood Board President Shuts Down Ohio Down Syndrome Abortion Ban

A federal judge who blocked an Ohio law that bans aborting unborn children with Down syndrome Wednesday, previously worked as Cincinnati Planned Parenthood’s president of the board.

The United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio Timothy Seymour Black worked as the director of Cincinnati’s Planned Parenthood Association from 1986 to 1989, and also served as its president in 1988.

Planned Parenthood is responsible for aborting 7,132,130 babies since Margaret Sanger founded the abortion organization in 1916. Planned Parenthood doctors aborted more than 328,348 unborn babies in 2016, and killed 6,803,782 unborn babies between 1978 and 2016, according to CNS News.

Black also serves as Ohio’s Diversity Committee Chair, a post he has occupied since 2004.

DNC vice chair Keith Ellison had secret hotel meeting with Louis Farrakhan

It looks like the Democrats’ Louis Farrakhan problem isn’t going anyway.

Sarah Sanders: Democrats Playing ‘Political Games’ By Opposing Pompeo’s Nomination

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted Democrats Thursday who supported Mike Pompeo for CIA director but now refuse to support his nomination for secretary of state.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Clinton’s ‘backward’ remark showed ‘disdain’ for Trump voters

Hillary Clinton showed her “disdain” for the millions of Americans who voted for President Donald Trump when she attributed his victory to a “backward” view of politics, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

Sanders, speaking to reporters at the White House press briefing, fired back at remarks made by the former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic nominee during an event in India over the weekend. The press secretary described the comments as “a perfect example of why Hillary Clinton is not in the White House.”

Watchdog Group Obtains Shock Docs on What Happened Day Scalia Died

Confusion and disorder compromised the U.S. Marshals Service’s response to Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, according to new documents obtained by a watchdog group.

The documents, “present new information on how federal agents responded to a momentous event in an isolated part of the country and for the first time reveal the formal policies, and underscore the shortcomings therein,” said Gabe Roth, Fix the Court’s executive director.

World News:

U.S. imposes new sanctions on Russian entities over 2016 election meddling

The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped new sanctions on two dozen Russian entities and individuals for interfering in the 2016 election and conducting a series of damaging cyberattacks.

“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “These targeted sanctions are a part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.”

U.S. commander: “Definitely a change” in Iran’s behavior

MANAMA, Bahrain — Iranian naval forces appear to have deliberately halted their provocations of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months, a U.S. military official said Thursday. According to Navy Cmdr. William Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, there have been no “unsafe and unprofessional” actions by Iranian naval forces in the Gulf since August 2017.

Five Afghan Fighters Killed During Clashes in Syria

Five militants from the Afghan Fatimioun militia, which is loyal to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, were killed during clashes in Syria.

Iran Sets up New Drone Base in Palmyra Following Israel Strikes: Source

A well-informed source said Iran has moved its drones from the T-4 military air base to Palmyra air base two weeks after the Israeli airstrikes last February.

Geographically, both bases are located in the Syrian desert, also known as Badiya, but the move by Iran’s air force came as the key ally of Damascus believes that the Palmyra base is more secure and better protected.

USS Iwo Jima docks in Port of Haifa

After participating in massive joint exercise with Israeli Navy, USS Iwo Jima aircraft carrier drops anchor in Port of Haifa, as the weary sailors on board set out to travel the country.

USS Iwo Jima at Port of Haif

USS Iwo Jima at Port of Haifa (Photo: Erez Simon/GeoDrones)

US forces ambushed in Niger again, military says

American forces in Niger were the targets of yet another terrorist ambush, a December attack disclosed by U.S. Africa Command on Wednesday — the latest revelation coming amid the fallout from a deadly October ambush and as lawmakers increasingly question the U.S. mission in the African country.


Barnett: Trump could take one simple step to give states back the power to withdraw from the refugee program

Reform the law while President Trump is in power, or else!

By law the president can zero out the quota altogether and a new president could increase it to 200,000 or higher. Before that happens, it may be wise to look at reforming the program.

First step!

At least one reform would fit in with the president’s goal of putting the federal government back into its proper constitutional role vis a vis the states.

California Appoints Illegal Alien to State Office

Mateo, an attorney, was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. illegally at the age of 14 with her parents, who are also illegal aliens, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Lizbeth Mateo (Facebook)

Lizbeth Mateo (Facebook)

She complained that illegal aliens are not adequately represented in state government, and described her appointment as a step towards correcting that alleged injustice.

Commentary / Opinion:

Bill O’Reilly says parts of California ‘almost destroyed’ by liberals

Plagued by homelessness, punishing taxes, nightmarish traffic, and a censorious culture of political correctness, the Golden State is going down the tubes, according to former Fox star Bill O’Reilly.

Tucker: Don’t pretend school walkouts are acts of bravery

Tucker: Whether you agree with what the kids are saying or not, kids shouldn’t be exploited and used to advance political agendas. This is what happened with national school walkouts one month after the Parkland massacre.

Tucker: Washington not worried about male wage crisis

‘Men in America’: Low male wages are a driving force in family dissolution. That’s why affluent neighborhoods in which men make more have a higher proportion of married couples, and fewer divorces. The opposite is also true, and that leads to a cascade of social problems, which over time become a disaster. Meanwhile, lawmakers don’t worry about the impact of immigration and automation on male workers.

Illegal immigrants, robots ganging up on men?

‘Men in America,’ Part 2: Are illegal aliens and technology fueling high unemployment among men?