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In the news, Friday, December 23, 2016


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from Asia Times Online

Aleppo evacuation is complete, says Red Cross
The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of the ancient city in President Bashar al-Assad's biggest victory of the six-year war

China alarmed at Trump trade adviser, warns of US showdown
Chinese state media on Friday expressed alarm and warned of a “showdown with the US” after President-elect Donald Trump named Peter Navarro, an economist who has urged a hard line against China, to head a new White House National Trade Council.

The man behind United States’ China awakening
This is the first in a series by Asia Times writers profiling key individuals chosen by US President-elect Donald Trump to join his administration: Peter Navarro, the man that will shape the US-China relationship for the next four years.


from BBC News (UK)

Germany's Deutsche Bank says it has agreed a $7.2bn (£5.9bn) payment to US authorities over an investigation into mortgage-backed securities.


from Breitbart

Five Ways Trump Could Avenge the Anti-Israel UN Vote
President-elect Donald J. Trump hinted on Friday, via Twitter, that “things will be different after Jan. 20” at the United Nations.


from Christ and Pop Culture

Mannheim Steamroller and Christmas Traditions
Christmas feels more like Christmas when Mannheim Steamroller is playing.


from (& MRC & NewsBusters)

The Islamic Terrorists Wage Real War on Christmas
Western civilization has shown far too little concern for violent attacks on Christianity — the faith that created Western civilization. This newsroom yawn is inexcusable. Christians have been called to suffer persecution since the birth of Jesus. What began as a war on Christmas has become a war on Christianity.

Celebs Protest Rockettes Inauguration Gig: ‘No One Should Be Forced’ to Perform
Although several entertainers have publicly refused to participate in Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities, the Rockettes are now scheduled to perform. Yet, that doesn’t mean every member of the troupe is happy about it.


from Coeur d'Alene Press

Post Falls waterfront park comes into focus
A scaled-back design for a future park along the Spokane River in Post Falls is moving from the public input phase to seeking match funding for the improvements. The Bureau of Land Management has chosen a design for its undeveloped 2.5-acre site on the north side of the river along Maplewood Avenue just east of the Riverside Harbor subdivision.


from Competitive Enterprise Institute

Property Rights Are the Key to Protecting Land
We often hear that only government can protect the environment through outright land ownership or heavy regulatory control of private land. Yet, time and again, private landowners’ stewardship has proven to be far superior to that of public land managers and regulators. That’s because private property and secure property rights give landowners the right incentives to take care of what they own. And unfortunately, federal regulations often undermine private conservation efforts.


from Conservative Tribune
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“Christmas Card” Gen. Patton Gave His Men May Be Manliest Card Ever Created
During the holiday season of 1944, Gen. Patton’s Third Army was bogged down in their advance against the Germans.... Patton was bogged down as he was trying to reach Bastogne, a town in southern Belgium that held by 15,000 American troops but encircled by over 50,000 Nazi soldiers bearing down on it. Unfortunately, due to the weather, Gen. Patton didn’t have the air cover he needed to relieve the 15,000 brave American troops holding off the Germans. That’s when he decided to rely on the power of prayer.


from EUobserver

Top court strikes down EU Western Sahara policy
Africa's last colony hopes a judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will help clear obstacles to its self-determination. The representatives of the Moroccan-occupied territory are asking EU companies to regularise their stay, or face legal action.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
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90,000 Pages of Bureaucratic Hell
Since November 17, the Federal Register has been setting a new record every day. But this morning is special. Today standing at 91,642 pages, the Federal Register is 10,000 pages higher than the prior all-time record.

5 Laws That Could Send Santa to Federal Prison
If not even Santa can stay in line with every single government rule and regulation, how is the average American supposed to keep up?

If You Want to Help Veterans, Abolish the VA
The core structure of the VA is misguided and the entire bureaucracy should be shut down.

Mobile Money Has Lifted 194,000 Kenyan Households Out of Poverty
Since M-PESA was introduced in March 2007, mobile money has become Kenya’s most popular payments medium. Mobile banking services have also enabled millions of Kenyans to start their own businesses. These developments have helped earn Kenya the nickname of the “Silicon Savannah.”


from Indian Country Today Media Network

The Seminole Christmas Gift of Freedom
On Christmas day 1837, 179 years ago, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior United States invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. The Seminole victory stands as a milestone in the march of American liberty. Though it reads like a Hollywood thriller, this amazing story has yet to capture public attention. Despite its significance it does not appear in school textbooks and social studies courses, Hollywood and TV movies.


from LifeZette (& PoliZette)

Obama Economy: Eight Years of Sputtering Growth
Analysts warn 3.5 percent third-quarter boost likely to continue disturbing 'start-stop' pattern

Trump Calms Nuclear Anxiety with Release of Putin Letter
In an effort to tamp down concern over a tweet calling for expanded nuclear capabilities, President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday released a letter offering holiday greetings from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s Hardest Choice: VA Reformer
President-elect taking time to find the right fit for shakeup of scandal-plagued veterans health system

Urgent Steps for Trump to Save American Manufacturing
Restoring competitiveness to U.S. industry will require bold, decisive action

Biggest Public Health Threat We Face
The consequences of a longstanding over-reliance on antibiotics

Hanukkah’s Inspirational Light
A look at the holiday's history — and the strength it represents


from Mises Institute
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Will Latin America Finally Embrace Markets?
Much talk has been made lately about the Left’s recent defeats in countries throughout Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela most notably. These countries have been characterized by Leftist governments that had the luxury of exploiting commodity prices during the early-to-mid 2000s to finance their profligate social programs.


from New Statesman
"The leading voice of the British left, since 1913."

Don't worry about Donald Trump starting a nuclear arms race. Do worry about him starting a trade war with China
Strange as it may seem when the words “Trump” and “nuclear weapons” appear so closely together in a news story, on this occasion, the worries are somewhat overstated.

Donald Trump: "Let there be an arms race"

The President-Elect has said that the United States will "outpass and outlast" its rivals if there is a nuclear arms race. Confusion over Trump’s nuclear policy began with a tweet in which he said that “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”


from RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)

from The Spokesman-Review


from UPI News Agency - United Press International

Trump team seeks info from State Dept. on women's rights efforts
2:38 AM  The U.S. Department of State bristled Thursday after it received a request from the incoming Trump administration for information women's rights issues.


from The Washington Post

Evangelicals side with Israel. That’s hurting Palestinian Christians.
The existence of Palestinian Christians, and the difficulties they face under Israeli occupation in their homeland, is a blind spot for American Christians. Evangelicals in particular are often strong supporters of Israel and suspicious of Muslims but don’t seem to realize that those aren’t the only groups at play in the region.


from Zero Hedge
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This Is How The US Government Destroys The Lives Of Patriotic Whistleblowers
We live in a time and within a culture where the best amongst us are thrown in jail, demonized or destroyed, while the worst are celebrated, promoted and enriched. Nothing more clearly crystalizes this sad state of affairs than the U.S. government’s ruthless war on whistleblowers who expose severe constitutional violations by those in power. This war knows no political affiliation, and has be waged with equal vigor by the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama.


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