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In the news, Friday, December 30, 2016


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from Ars Technica

White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election
US issued JAR billed itself as an indictment that would prove Russian involvement.


from Asia Times Online

Japan’s view: Trump mustn’t let the post-war order slip away

Trump’s ‘active diplomacy’ awakens the dragon in the straits
President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to Taiwan’s president has been called both a blunder and a brilliant move, but within it lies the clue for the kind of policies his administration would be following in the future vis-à-vis China.


from Atlas Obscura

In England, You Can Camp in Abandoned Medieval Churches
"Champing" supports the upkeep of village churches, while offering travelers a unique overnight stay.


from The Babylon Bee  [Satire]


from Being Libertarian
[Information from this site is not reliable.]

The Political Class has a New Enemy: Fake News
If you want to defeat fake news – then use real facts – and point out nonsense stories for what they are. The internet may have allowed anyone with a keyboard to tap out any nonsense they want; but it also allows anyone to fact-check that nonsense. Point out fake news stories – even mock them; but don’t let the government ban them. If we care about the First Amendment, even bollocks stories must be allowed to exist.

Before the Income Tax of 1913, and How Tariffs Had No Effect on Imports
The majority of pre-1913 government revenue was funded by tariffs. Tariffs had little to no impact towards business and imports in the United States, while helping the US government to receive funds, for what can be called, primary services towards the general public (national defense as an example).


from Big Think

Who Was America's Greenest, Most Environmental President Ever?
Who was the greenest, most environmental President so far? You’ll be probably surprised to learn it’s Richard Nixon. Yes, that Richard Nixon, also America’s most disgraced President. This Republican’s record on the environment is not only second to none, it’s had a profound and lasting effect.


from Breitbart

Sanctuary Cities Demand 11th Hour Executive Orders Against Trump
In an open letter to President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and 30 other “sanctuary city” leaders across the country asked for further protections for illegal immigrants before President-Elect Donald Trump takes office.

Seven Ways Obama Is Trying to Sabotage the Trump Administration
President Barack Obama’s final weeks in office seem dedicated to setting foreign and domestic policy on fire to make life as difficult as possible on his successor, Donald Trump.


from Capital Press
The West's Ag Website

Washington state’s snowpack looks good
Washington state is starting the new year with healthy mountain snowpack and above average water storage in critical Yakima Basin reservoirs. The mountain snowpack is at 117 percent of normal, and Yakima Basin reservoir storage is 109 percent of average.


from CFP Canada Free Press
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

Their hysteria goes beyond insanity, and the liberal lefties are gnashing their teeth in anger and fear because of their anti-Trump derangement disorder.


from Chicago Tribune

Bison mania hits 95 miles west of Chicago as herd continues to grow
The Bison herd brought to Nachusa Grasslands have greatly proliferated and the herd that once numbered 20 now has a total of 90 bison.


from (& MRC & NewsBusters)

Alt-Left Insanity: 7 Times Liberals Were More Insane Than You Imagined


from Competitive Enterprise Institute

NRDC Is Wrong: Trump Can Issue Day 1 Executive Order Declaring Clean Power Plan Illegal
How is the NRDC wrong when they claim that the President can not declare the EPA's Clean Power Plan unlawful?

Trump Administration Will Have Legal Authority to Halt Clean Power Plan
Does the Clean Air Act require the Clean Power Plan or some other regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants? That’s what fourteen state Attorneys General, led by New York’s Eric Schneiderman, claim in a poorly reasoned letter to President-elect Trump. The letter took issue with a request from 24 other Attorneys General, asking President-elect Trump to: 1) issue a day-one executive order declaring the Clean Power Plan illegal; and 2) order the Environmental Protection Agency to not enforce the rule.

The 2017 Unconstitutionality Index: 18 Federal Rules for Every Law Congress Passes
Here is the final count of the multiple of unelected agency rules, over the number of laws from our elected Congress in 2016.


from EUobserver

Italy criticises ECB over bank bailout
The European Central Bank (ECB) needs to be more clear about its calculation that ailing bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena needs more than €8 billion pumped into it, Italy's economy minister Pier Carlo Padoan says.

EU legitimacy in question
From lost referendums to growing contention of the EU's role in policies, people's commitment to the European project has diminished further this year.


from The Federalist

EPA To Alaskans In Sub-Zero Temps: Stop Burning Wood To Keep Warm
In Alaska’s interior, where it can reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, the EPA wants people to stop burning wood. But it's just about their only feasible way to stay warm.


from The Heritage Foundation

The Founders Anticipated ‘Fake News.’ Here’s What They Did About It.
The spread of hyperpartisan, scurrilous, and even phony news stories has been more common than uncommon throughout the history of the republic.

Artwork Depicting Cops as Pigs Has No Place in the US Capitol
Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo. selected the artwork, named “Untitled #1,” as his district’s winner in the 32nd Annual Congressional Art Competition. As such, “Untitled #1” now proudly hangs in the Capitol alongside other winners of the competition.


from The Independent (UK)
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

Russian Embassy in UK responds to sanctions with 'lame duck tweet'
The Russian response to Barack Obama’s announcement that he was expelling 35 diplomats over the alleged cyber attack on the US election, was fast, and in some cases, rather amusing. As officials in Moscow said that US diplomats would be ordered to leave in a tit-for-tat response, the Russian Embassy used Twitter to make its point with little panache. “President Obama expels 35 [Russian flag] diplomats in Cold War deja vu. Everybody, incl [US flag] people, will be glad to see the last of this hapless Adm.”

from Indian Country Today Media Network

The Truth About the Wounded Knee Massacre
Why was deadly force used?


from LifeZette (& PoliZette)

Obama’s Vain Attempt to Settle Personal Score with Moscow
Petty sanctions designed to box Trump in, embarrass Putin backfire on the outgoing president

Franklin Graham to Speak at Trump Inauguration
He is praying for guidance about what to say, affirms God allowed Donald Trump to win

Trump’s Chance to Reverse Obama’s International Retreat
President-elect can restore sanity to U.S. foreign policy by knowing enemies from friends


from The Living Church

Mark Clavier:  Like Mary, we have to let go of that Christ, whom we have imagined, and encounter Christ in his own reality.


from The Spokesman-Review


from Sputnik
(Russian government-supported propaganda channel)

Trump to Meet With Intelligence Officials to Clarify Russian Spying Accusations
"In the interest of our country and its great people," Trump promised to meet with members of the FBI, DHS, and other intelligence agencies "to be updated on the facts of this situation," according to a statement from the transition team.

Nationwide Ceasefire Takes Effect in Syria
The promise for peace in Syria has been revived, after a nationwide ceasefire officially took effect on Friday at midnight, local time.


from Tribal Tribune (Nespelem, WA)

When Marsha and her father Marshall Pakootas stood in front of a crowd here Dec. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, it was the reflection of two generations of Loretta Pakootas. There, they told the story of Jezelle Marconi, a 6-year-old tribal member who succumbed to aplastic anemia in September of 2012.


from Vogue

from The Wenatchee World

Feds begin process to stop Methow Valley mining
In a move that drew praise from local businesses, residents and politicians, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday segregated 340,079 acres in the Methow Valley from rules that oversee mining on federal lands. The agency’s notice in the Federal Register means that the land surrounding Mazama is now temporarily withdrawn from new mineral exploration and development for two years. During that time, federal agencies will evaluate whether to extend the withdrawal for 20 years, and federal legislation to permanently remove the land from major mining operations may also be considered.

Recovery comes to Chelan
If you’re wondering whether the Chelan area has recovered from the devastating 2015 wildfires, well, the answer depends on where you look.


from Your News Wire
[Information from this site is not reliable.]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just declassified 400,000 documents that expose child trafficking and a child sex ring in Washington. 


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