4 Mar 2017

The New DNC Chair Had a Hillary Clinton-Esque Email Scandal
A more apt comparison to Clinton would be to the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez, who as a lawyer at President Obama’s Department of Justice frequently used his personal email account to conduct agency business. The investigation concluded that Perez “likely violated both the spirit and letter of the Federal Records Act.”

‘The Lebanese Army will fight alongside Hezbollah in a war with Israel’
In the past two years a new challenge has risen on the northern front, should Israel go to war with Hezbollah, the Lebanese Army would fight on Hezbollah’s side, Maariv the sister publication of The Jerusalem Post reported on Friday. According to Israeli security officials, unlike Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, a future war would feature the Lebanese Armed Forces on Hezbollah’s side.

Dutch anti-Semitism watchdog asks government to ban ‘Hamas front’ conference
A watchdog on anti-Semitism in the Netherlands petitioned the government to ban an upcoming Rotterdam conference that it said was organized by Hamas-affiliated groups. The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, on Friday asked Justice Minister Stef Blok and Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk to stop the conference, titled “Palestinians in Europe,” which is slated for April 15.

China to increase military spending by 7% in 2017
China says it will increase military spending by about 7% this year, just days after Donald Trump outlined a boost to the US defence budget. The scheduled announcement was made ahead of the annual National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. China has been modernising its armed forces recently as its economy expands.

Erdogan anger as Germany-Turkey war of words escalates
A row between Ankara and Berlin over a series of cancelled Turkish political rallies in Germany is continuing to escalate. On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Berlin of “aiding and harbouring” terror. He said a German-Turkish journalist detained by Turkey was a “German agent” and a member of the outlawed Kurdish militant group, the PKK.

Jordan executes 15 prisoners, 10 convicted of terror charges
Jordan has executed 15 prisoners, including 10 convicted of terrorism charges, officials say. The prisoners, all Jordanians, were hanged at dawn on Saturday in a jail south of Amman, Information Minister Muhammad Momani said. The five not charged with terrorism offences had been convicted of rape and sexual assault.

U.S. Navy, Iran ships have close encounter in Middle East
A U.S. Navy surveillance ship had a close encounter with an Iranian navy frigate in the Middle East, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The frigate came within 150 yards of the USNS Invincible on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, just south of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The gulf separates Oman from southeastern Iran.

U.S. Airport Pat-Downs Are About to Get More Invasive
While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now those options have been eliminated and replaced with a single universal approach. This time, you will notice. The new physical touching—for those selected to have a pat-down—will be be what the federal agency officially describes as a more “comprehensive” physical screening, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesman.

Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials
After keeping it hidden for years, California’s Department of Public Health has released a draft document outlining health officials’ concerns about cellphone radiation exposure…Among the information in the document, which is titled simply, Cell Phones and Health, are summaries of scientific studies that suggest long-term cellphone use may increase the risk of brain cancer, among other health problems.

EU to weigh high-level talks with Israel
European Union foreign ministers are to discuss whether to hold high-level talks with Israel soon amid concern over its settlement policy and commitment to a two-state solution, diplomats said Friday. The diplomats said the EU must be clear in its dealings with Israel, especially given the US administration’s unclear position on the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

North Korea Continues To Build Its Nuclear Arsenal
North Korea has aggressively continued its nuclear advancements, which have threatened its neighbors and the West, despite receiving tough sanction from the United Nations. Kim Jong Un’s regime’s defiant testing of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles increased last year when the reclusive country launched two nuclear missiles, one in January and the other in September.

Mark Levin to GOP: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump
Radio host Mark Levin used his Thursday evening show to outline the known steps taken by President Barack Obama’s administration in its last months to undermine Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and, later, his new administration.

64 ways Obama is sabotaging Trump
It might seem outrageous and unprecedented that a newly departed president would devote himself to overthrowing his successor, but that is exactly what a mountain of growing evidence appears to indicate. “Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment,” the Daily Mail reported Wednesday. The source also told the paper that Obama loathes President Trump and considers his presidency illegitimate. “Obama is dismayed at the way Trump is tearing down his legacy – Obamacare, the social safety net and the welcome mat for refugees he put in place,” the source told the paper.

Soros-Tied Obama Lawyers Form Group to Battle Trump
Further evidence of Barack Obama’s close association with efforts to oppose President Trump has emerged: a group of former top lawyers for the Obama administration have formed an organization aimed at utilizing legal advocacy methods to oppose Trump’s policies.

Flashback: 30 Senate Democrats Met With Russian Diplomats To Advance Obama’s Iran Deal
The Democrats are obsessed with Russian conspiracy theories. It seems that only Democrats are allowed to speak with Russia because nobody complained back in 2015 when 30 Senate Democrats met with Russian Diplomats in order to advance Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.

UN chief urged to add IDF to blacklist
A network of humanitarian organizations urged the United Nations to add the IDF to the blacklist of countries and armed groups responsible for grave violations against children. Formed in 2001, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict released its annual report ahead of the release of the United Nations’ annual report on children and armed conflict.