9 Feb 2018

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Since last week’s State of the Union address, Trump’s approval ratings have been running slightly ahead of where Barack Obama was at this stage of his presidency.

50% Think Senior Law Enforcement Officials Broke the Law to Block Trump Presidency
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s at least Somewhat Likely senior federal law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency, including 32% who think it’s Very Likely.

Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; US envoy under fire
In an interview with an Israeli newspaper that was excerpted ahead of its full publication on Sunday, Trump described his Jerusalem move as a “high point” of his first year in office. The Palestinians were outraged by Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move overturning decades of US reticence on the city’s status, and say they are looking at additional world powers as potential mediators.

Army spokesperson: Egypt begins security operation against ‘terrorists’
Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” across the country, the army spokesman said. The army spokesman said the operation covers areas in Sinai, the Delta and the Western Desert and it follows a three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to crush a years-long Islamist insurgency.

Greenblatt criticizes Abbas’ statement on Jerusalem’s holy status
For the first time since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6, Jason Greenblatt, his chief envoy to the Middle East peace process, called out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by name on Wednesday night. “Pres. Abbas states about Jerusalem: ‘It is Arab, Muslim and Christian,’” Greenblatt wrote, “and makes no mention of any Jewish ties. Nothing peaceful or productive can come from statements like this.” “Lasting peace will not be achieved by denying Judaism’s thousands of years of ties to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews,”

German shipyard starts work on state-of-the-art warships for Israel
The first of four corvettes are scheduled to arrive next year. Construction of Israel’s four newest warships that will be used to defend the country’s natural gas fields and territorial waters has begun in Germany.

Government shutdown showdown over budget deal; Top Dem offered contact with dossier author
An overnight government shutdown has come to an end after the House approved a budget deal that funds the government through March 23 … The House vote was 240 to 186. The bill now goes to President Trump to sign.
Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele,

As Kim Jong-un stages a purge within his ‘unruly’ military, could the North Korean leader face a coup threat?
As sanctions feed public disillusionment and Kim Jong-un battles a growing resentment within the military, cracks may be appearing in the North Korean leader’s footing. The head of the North Korean army’s politburo has been purged and three other senior officers have been either removed from office and are undergoing “re-revolutionisation education”, with analysts suggesting that such a wide-ranging clear-out of its top ranks could harden the army’s resistance to Kim’s leadership.

US Jewish leaders to visit United Arab Emirates
In yet another sign of rapprochement with the Persian Gulf states, a group of prominent US Jewish organizational leaders led by Malcolm Hoenlein will travel in the coming days to the United Arab Emirates. Members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which Hoenlein leads as its executive vice chairman, will travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai as part of their annual leadership mission before coming to Israel.

Pence skips Olympic dinner with N Koreans in Pyeongchang
US Vice-President Mike Pence has skipped a dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam. Mr Pence briefly encountered Mr Kim but they tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports. Meanwhile South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

Asia stock markets drop sharply after US falls
Major Asian markets suffered sharp losses on Friday, following another day of steep falls on Wall Street. In a volatile week for global investors, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index slid 2.3%, while China’s Shanghai Composite slumped by 4.1%. Earlier, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 1,000 points for the second time this week.

US Congress votes to end brief shutdown
US lawmakers have voted to pass a two-year budget, meaning the country’s second shutdown in three weeks could end before the working day begins. The measures have passed the Senate and the House but still need to be signed off by President Donald Trump. Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT), after the Senate missed a voting deadline.

First human eggs grown in laboratory
Human eggs have been grown in the laboratory for the first time, say researchers at the University of Edinburgh. The team say the technique could lead to new ways of preserving the fertility of children having cancer treatment. It is also an opportunity to explore how human eggs develop, much of which remains a mystery to science.

Trump tells Israel peace means compromise; U.S. envoy under fire
U.S. President Donald Trump told Israel on Friday that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what they see as pro-Israel bias…“I think that both sides will have to make significant compromises in order for achieving a peace deal to be possible,” Trump added, without elaborating.

Inside the Ring: Obama-era cash traced to Iran-backed terrorists
The U.S. government has traced some of the $1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.

Egypt Warns of Muslim Brotherhood Organizations in U.S.
An Egyptian government website features a warning that the Muslim Brotherhood has a lobby in the U.S. disguised as civil society organizations. The United Arab Emirates has made similar statements and the U.S. Justice Department has confirmed the existence of a Muslim Brotherhood branch in America.

Uranium One Scandal: Moscow Routed $3 Million To Clinton Global Initiative
An informant has come forward with evidence that the Clinton Global Initiative received $3 million from Moscow in lobbying fees in exchange for nuclear support. But it gets worse for Democrats as more evidence that the media covered up this scandal surfaces as well.

Norovirus SPREAD Quickly At 2018 Winter Olympics
As we previously reported, the norovirus is spreading quickly among security guards at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Determined not to let the Olympics spiral into a widespread gastrointestinal nightmare, organizers of the Games seemed intent on carrying out a scorched-earth assault on every last germ in a 40-mile radius.

Melania Had White House Spiritually Cleansed Before Moving In, Pastor Claims
First Lady Melania Trump demanded the White House be spiritually cleansed prior to moving in, a pastor recently stated. In a February 2 interview on The Weekend Vigilante with Sheila Zilinsky, Pastor Paul Begley claimed Melania’s desire to “completely exorcise” the White House may have sparked Trump’s own religious fervor.

ACLU Sues Alabama to Force Sex Change on Driver’s Licenses of ‘Transgender’ Residents
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama has filed a lawsuit against a number of state officials in an effort to force the Licensing Bureau of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to allow residents with gender dysphoria to be able to change their driver’s license to the opposite sex without having a “sex-change” operation.

Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers
Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged criminals, according to the Communist Party’s official newspaper People’s Daily.

‘Consumer Reports’: Samsung, Roku Smart TVs may be vulnerable to hackers
Buyer beware. If you’ve snapped up a smart TV, with built-in Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and other Web connections, heads up on this warning — your smart TV could make you vulnerable to hackers and is probably monitoring more of your viewing than you realize.

400 Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Sign ‘Washington Declaration’ for Religious Tolerance
Over 400 Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders from all over the world affirmed on Wednesday a new declaration calling for the global protection of religious minorities and marginalized communities.

The Obama Administration is Directly Responsible for the Latest Gas Attacks on Syrian Civilians
A few days ago, Secretary of Defense James Mattis hinted that Syria might have used more Sarin nerve agent on civilian populations and warned them of the consequences should that be proven true:

Trans Pastor Celebrates Her New Gender
Pastor Rose Beeson, who is in transition from woman to man, will take on the name “Peter” Sunday in a public ceremony at St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, N.J.

Trump Speech National Prayer Breakfast
…“Our currency declares ‘In god we trust,’ and we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the pledge of allegiance and proclaim we are one nation under God,” The president declared in a common refrain. He continued, “That is why the words ‘Praise be to god’ are etched atop the Washington monument, and those same words are etched into the hearts of our people. So today we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be American.”

Christian Teacher Fired, Reported to Counter-Terror Unit After Telling Lesbian ‘God Loves You’
A Christian teacher in Bristol was fired and reported as a “radicalisation threat” after she answered questions from pupils about her beliefs, an employment tribunal has heard.

Food Stamp Enrollment Drops by Four Million in One Month
Four million people dropped off the food stamp rolls in one month, according to the latest numbers on food stamp enrollment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Bermuda Governor Approves Bill Reversing Same-Sex Marriage
Bermuda’s governor on Wednesday approved a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry in the British overseas territory, despite a Supreme Court ruling authorising same-sex marriage last year.