20 Feb 2017

3 man I.T. SPY ring busted in Congress! Maria Bartiromo goes Ballistic.
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California Told To ‘Brace For Evacuation’ As Storm Approaches
As the first outer rain bands from a Pacific storm touched Northern California on Sunday, residents in the Central Valley were told to be prepared to leave their homes amid fears that severe flooding could hit the State on Monday and Tuesday as the severity of the storm is expected to worsen.

Present Conflict With Islam Will Determine Christian Fate in End of Days, Says Rabbi
In a startling lecture, a noted rabbi labelled the anti-Israel movement prevalent in global politics today as the first stage in a two-part End of Days prophecy, noting that this stage, a Christian-Muslim alliance, is ending as America’s new president severs ties with the Islamic world. Another rabbi agrees, suggesting the absurdity that has come out of the anti-Israel UN is only an indication that the next stage, a Muslim-Christian conflict, will be even stranger.

Kim Jong-nam death sparks diplomatic row
Malaysia has recalled its envoy to Pyongyang in an escalating row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump to interview John Bolton, three others for national security adviser
The four men are former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Army strategist Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg and West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Saturday.

Harsh weather in Afghanistan kills dozens in blizzard, rainstorms
As many as 50 people have died in storms over the past three days in Afghanistan, including 25 shepherds lost in a blizzard, a government disaster management official said on Monday.  Another 44 people were hurt in weather-related accidents.

Genetically engineered viruses will WIPE OUT hundreds of millions, warns Bill Gates
Bill Gates has told world leaders to prepare for the worst, with a genetically engineered virus on the way which could wipe out large swathes of the population – yet there is no preparation for it, he added. An outbreak is on the horizon, he warned, and urged the powers that be around the globe “to prepare for these epidemics the same way we prepare for war.”

Alaska’s Bogoslof Volcano erupts, sends up ash cloud
An Alaska volcano that’s been active since mid-December has erupted again. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted just before 10 a.m. and sent an ash cloud to 25,000 feet. Ash can harm and stop jet engines. Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos is a threat airliners operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet. After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised from orange to red, the highest level.

Blowing up Houses, Digging up Graves… Iraqis Purge ISIS
“This village suffered a lot,” said 26-year-old resident Ammar Ibrahim, who used to be in the security forces, but is now in a tribal armed group. “ISIS blew up our houses so we are blowing up theirs. No trace of them will remain.”

Dozens of workers lose their jobs for participating in Day Without Immigrants protest
Twelve Latino employees from the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill in Tulsa, Okla. told Fox 23 News they were fired over text message because they didn’t show up for their shift and failed to let their employers know about their absence.

‘New Day’ of Arab-Israeli Partnership Dawning in Opposition to Iran
Arab, African and Asia leaders believe that a “new day” has arrived in the Middle East and increasingly view Israel as an island of stability that could anchor a period of economic growth around the region, according to Chairman of the Conference of Presidents, Stephen M. Greenberg, and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein.

Democrats are obsessed with power, not effective education
You would think, after years of Washington pumping tens of billions of taxpayer funds into public education with virtually no improvement in test scores, a new Education secretary that genuinely wants change would be celebrated.

Iranian Dissidents Demand Investigation Into Islamic Regime’s Secret U.S. Lobbying Network
A group of nearly 100 prominent Iranian dissidents is demanding that Congress launch investigations into clandestine efforts by the Islamic Republic to influence U.S. policy using a network of lobbyists and propaganda pieces placed in Voice of America’s Persian service, according to a letter sent to leading lawmakers and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

US twin sea buildup against China, NKorea, Iran
Donald Trump marked his first month as US President with two major military gambits in the Middle East, Asia and the South China Sea. Early Sunday, Feb. 19, the US Navy said that the Nimitz-class USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and strike group had begun patrols in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. With them are three air squadrons coming from their Naval Air Station Lemoore: the USS Lake Champlain guided missile cruiser and two guided missile destroyers, the USS Michael Murphy and the USS Wayne E. Meyer.

Two rockets from Sinai explode in southern Israel; none hurt
Two rockets launched from the Sinai Peninsula exploded in southern Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council on Monday morning, the IDF reported. No air raid sirens were activated in the area as the projectiles were headed toward open territory, a military source added. There were no reports of injury or damage in the incident.

South Sudan declares famine in Unity State
A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed.

East Ukraine ceasefire due to take effect
A ceasefire is due to come into effect in eastern Ukraine following a deal in Munich over the weekend to halt fighting and withdraw heavy weapons from the front line. But there have been many such agreements in the past and the omens for peace in the region are not good. Russian-backed fighters and the Ukrainian army have clashed almost daily for the last 30 months.

Global arms trade highest since Cold War
Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday. Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Washington prepares to bring North Koreans to U.S. for talks
Preparations are under way to bring senior North Korean officials to the United States for talks with former U.S. officials, the first such meeting in more than five years, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The talks would be the clearest indication yet that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to communicate with the new Trump administration.

Democrats Suggest Invoking The 25th Amendment Unless Trump “Gets A Grip”
After questioning President Trump’s sanity earlier in the week, it appears Democrats have found another narrative to cling to – invoke the 25th Amendment unless Trump “gets a grip.”

U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea
The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea, despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea.

America Is No Longer Top Dog: Chinese Military “Reaching Near-Parity” With The West
So the question is, what happens if a nation that has already mastered unconventional warfare also reaches parity with the United States when it comes to conventional warfare?

Leah Remini agrees Tom Cruise could ‘single-handedly’ end Scientology
Leah Remini, star and producer of the A&E docuseries Scientology and the Aftermath, agreed with a startling conclusion from Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time Friday night: Tom Cruise could single-handedly end the cult of Scientology.

Flood Fears Renewed As Another Storm Aims For California
The first outer rain bands from a powerful Pacific storm headed to Northern California on Sunday brought light rain and wind and renewed warnings of possible flooding in the already soggy region.

Internet-Regulating FEC Commissioner to Resign
A Democratic Federal Election Commission official who pushed to regulate the internet and has been absent from public meetings for months is resigning, according to an announcement. Ann Ravel, who wanted to regulate political speech on the internet from websites such as the Drudge Report, announced Sunday that she is stepping down from her post.