24 May 2017

Poll: Majority says mainstream media publishes fake news
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the mainstream press is full of fake news, a sentiment that is held by a majority of voters across the ideological spectrum.

ObamaCare on federal exchanges increased by average 105% since ’13: report
The cost of an individual ObamaCare policy has increased by an average 105 percent from 2013 to 2017 in all 39 states that have used the federal exchange, the Trump administration said Tuesday. The average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017, according to the report. The HHS official said the cost doubled in 20 of the states and tripled in three of them.

Brennan: ‘I Don’t Know’ If There Was Collusion
“I saw interaction,” Brennan said. “But I don’t know. I don’t have sufficient information to make a determination whether or not there was cooperation or complicity or collusion.”

CME TO SIDESWIPE EARTH THIS WEEK
On Tuesday, May 23rd, the orbiting Solar and Heliospheric Observatory observed a CME leaving the sun: movie. NOAA analysts say the plasma-filled cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field midday on May 26th

Scientists now able to ‘SEE through walls’ using Wi-Fi
…an undergraduate physics student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), told Business Insider: “It can basically scan a room with someone’s Wi-Fi transmission. “If there’s a cup of coffee on a table, you may see something is there, but you couldn’t see the shape. “But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that’s more than four centimetres in size.”

Putin vows to PUNISH ISIS after Manchester bombing as he vows ACTION and backs Britain
VLADIMIR Putin has vowed to crush barbaric Islamic State (ISIS) and stated they will not go unpunished following the massacre at Manchester Arena by a suicide bomber which left 22 people dead.

Trump leaves Israel with no mention of Palestinian state, settlements or embassy
Trump, who flew from Tel Aviv to Rome on the third leg of his first trip abroad as president, made no mention in seven public appearances in Israel of a Palestinian state, a two-state solution or settlements, something one senior government official said was a refreshing break from Trump’s predecessor. On the other hand, the president also made no mention of his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Six Day War – Salvation and Miracle
PM Netanyahu says Six Day War was ‘a salvation and miracle,’ promises Temple Mount will always remain in Jewish hands. “We will not go back to a situation in which we can look at the Western Wall, but cannot approach it,” Netanyahu said. “The desire to pound Israel is not something which is based on facts.” “Again and again, they try to erase our roots, to deny our historical connection to Jerusalem, and to destroy our sovereignty over it.

North Korea threat: US official warns ‘inevitable’ regime develops ICBM
North Korea’s testing over the last year indicates Kim Jong Un is intent on proving the isolated regime’s capability. The North’s public claims suggest it could conduct its first flight of an intercontinental ballistic missile this year.

Pope Francis, Trump hold landmark first meeting
Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction “for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United States of America, as well as the joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience.”

Ancient Pools in Jerusalem Succored Jewish Pilgrims to Temple 2,000 Years Ago
Jerusalem contains a large number of these ancient pools. A massive cistern named the Pool of Israel—more than 360 feet long, 111 feet wide and 78 feet deep—is situated next to the Temple Mount. The Pool of Hezekiah lies among the houses of the Christian Quarter.

Israel’s next security concern: A Middle East arms race
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he was concerned by a Middle East arms race following the signing of an enormous arms deal between US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia last week. “I’m not at peace with the arms race in the Middle East. The arms sales in the region have reached $215 billion and this is no small sum,”…pointing to other countries in the region such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Iran who have made some “non-negligible” arms purchases in the Middle East.

Trump meets Pope in Vatican after stops in Israel, Saudi Arabia
US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis, one of his most high profile critics, at the Vatican on Wednesday and after an exchange of gifts he promised he would not forget the pontiff’s message during their half-hour discussion. Trump and the pope have expressed opposing views on issues such as immigration and climate change and the two men exchanged sharp words during the presidential campaign last year.

Taiwan’s top court rules in favour of same-sex marriage
Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favour of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex from marrying violated their right to equality and were unconstitutional. It gave parliament two years to amend existing laws or pass new ones.

Moody’s downgrades China’s credit rating
China’s credit rating has been cut over fears that growth in the world’s second-biggest economy will slow in the coming years. Moody’s, one of the world’s big three ratings agencies, cut China by one notch to A1 from Aa3. It was the first time the agency has downgraded the country since 1989.

Jerusalem celebrates 50 years to its unification
Jerusalem Day celebrations began on Tuesday in the capital with various events and concerts well into the night and continue in full force on Wednesday as the city marks 50 years to its unification. The President’s Residence hosted a musical event on Tuesday evening titled “Singing for you Jerusalem,” which featured a variety of artists and songs about the city. At Safra Square, the Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra performed with Israeli singers Miri Mesika, David D’Or and Kobi Aflalo.

Syrian army says Islamic State’s ‘minister of war’ killed
The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had killed Islamic State’s “minister of war” among other senior figures in the group in operations east of the northern city of Aleppo. A Syrian military source cited by Syrian state media identified the war minister as Abu Musab al-Masri, without saying exactly when or where he was killed. He was named among 13 senior Islamic State figures killed in Syrian army operations east of Aleppo, including men identified as Saudi and Iraqi nationals.

Mindanao: Churchgoers ‘taken hostage’ amid Marawi siege
A priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in Marawi city, on the island of Mindanao in southern Philippines, as thousands of residents fled ongoing unrest that prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the region. The violence erupted on Tuesday after the army raided the hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIL.

Europe’s denial of Islamic terrorism threat perplexes security specialists
The Manchester massacre underscores complaints from counterterrorism analysts that Europe has fallen into denial about the threat of Islamic terrorism. For instance, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on record as saying terrorism is “part and parcel” of urban life.

GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A US attack on North Korea is imminent 
The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman — setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with potentially catastrophic consequences.

UK Deploys Army As Terror Threat Raised To Highest, May Warns “More Attacks Imminent”
In response to the Monday terrorist attack, Prime Minister Theresa May raised the UK’s terror alert to the highest “critical” level, resulting in the deployment of armed forces on the street of Britain, and warning that “not only an attack remains highly likely but that a further attack may be imminent.”

Britain raises terror threat level after concert carnage
Britain prepared to deploy soldiers at key sites on Wednesday, having raised its terror threat level to maximum after a suicide bomber massacred 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester.

US Journalism’s New “Golden Age”?
The mainstream U.S. media is congratulating itself on its courageous defiance of President Trump and its hard-hitting condemnations of Russia, but the press seems to have forgotten that its proper role within the U.S. democratic structure is not to slant stories one way or another but to provide objective information for the American people.

Congressional Aides Fear Suspects In IT Breach Are Blackmailing Members With Their Own Data
“I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s been months at this point” with no arrests…”there are a lot of members who could go down over this.”

Exclusive — Rand Paul Explains Move to Force Vote Opposing Saudi Weapons Deal
…Paul previously used this exact tactic—forcing a Senate vote on a Saudi weapons deal—toward the end of the Obama administration to limited success. While only a quarter of the Senate backed him up, in the end the Obama administration changed part of the deal.

CONFIRMED: Leaked Classified Docs Show Obama Intel Agency Illegally Spied on Americans For Years
A new bombshell report from Circa News via leaked classified documents confirms what we have suspected to be true about the Obama administration. Obama’s Intel agency conducted illegal searches on Americans for years.