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NEWS   THURSDAY, JANUARY  18, 2018   NEWS

North & South Korean Olympic Teams To March As One In Opening Ceromonies
North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag, the South said Wednesday, in a diplomatic breakthrough following days of talks between the two countries. The nations have also agreed to form a joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team for the Games in Pyeongchang, which begin early next month, South Korea's unification ministry said. ). CNN
VOA VIEW: SK is making a major mistake.

Remember When Monica Lewinsky Blamed Bill Clinton Instead of Matt Drudge?
Monica Lewinsky injected herself into the news cycle once again this week, this time with a fascinating re-writing of her dubious place in history. Lewinsky painted herself as victim, once again, but this time she claims to be a victim of the Internet. Or, more specifically, of Matt Drudge and the Drudge Report. In Lewinsky's warped (or calculated) view of her time in the limelight, she was the world's first victim of "cyberbullying" and Drudge the first perpetrator. Free Beacon
VOA VIEW: Lewinshy is nuts.

Republicans Offer One Month Spending Bill
House Republican leaders presented their rank and file with a one-month spending bill Tuesday aimed at keeping the government open ahead of a Friday night deadline, as hopes for a deal on young undocumented immigrants faded. The bill would extend existing spending levels through Feb. 16 and include an extension of a popular children’s health insurance program — aimed at winning Democratic votes — and a new sweetener for conservatives and Democrats alike in delaying several taxes included in the Affordable Care Act. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Republicans need to get a backbone.

Flake: A President 'Who Cannot Take Criticism Is Charting A Very Dangerous Path'
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to rebuke the President for his repeated attacks on the truth as well as his colleagues for failing to be a check on Trump. "No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaulistract -- who must find someone else to blame -- is charting a very dangerous path. And a Congress that fails to act as a check on the President adds to the dangerts on our institutions," Flake said in his speech.  CNN

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USA Gymnastic Doctor's Double Life-Gold Medal Monster
For more than two decades, Larry Nassar was regarded as one of the country’s premier sports medicine doctors as he treated numerous Olympic gold medalists and
worked his way up the ranks at USA Gymnastics. But as sentencing continues for Nassar inside a Lansing, Michigan, courtroom, dozens of girls and women are painting a very different portrait of the doctor - that of a serial sexual abuser who molested at least 140 athletes and tragically altered their life trajectories. Fox

Palestinians Call US Decision To Cut Aid 'A Death Sentence'
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main body providing aid to millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants across the Middle East, made an urgent appeal for international support Wednesday, one day after the State Department announced it will withhold more than half its annual funding. “After decades of generous support, dramatic reduction of US funding to @UNRWA results in most critical financial situation in history of Agency,” the agency’s commissioner general, Pierre Krähenbühl, wrote on Twitter.  Google News
VOA VIEW: Palestinians call the US names and expect aid - not with this president.

UK Appoints Minister For Lonliness
Since Britain voted to leave the European Union more than a year ago, Europeans have mockingly said that the decision will result in an isolated, lonely island nation. But Britain, in fact, already has a serious problem with loneliness, research has found. More than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely, according to a 2017 report published by the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.  NY Times
VOA VIEW: Dumb, silly or both.

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US Border Patrol Routinely Sabatoges Water Left For Migrants Report Says
United States border patrol agents routinely vandalise containers of water and other supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants, condemning people to die of thirst in baking temperatures, according to two humanitarian groups. In a report published Wednesday, the Tucson-based groups said the agents committed the alleged sabotage with impunity in an attempt to deter and punish people who illegally cross from Mexico. Volunteers found water gallons vandalised 415 times, on average twice a week, in an 800 sq mile patch of Sonoran desert south-west of Tucson, from March 2012 to December 2015, the report said. The Guardian
VOA VIEW: US border patrol should not make it easy for illgal migrants.

Cryptocurrency Sell-Off Deepens: Bitcoin Below $10,000
Bitcoin fell below $10,000 for the first time since November, as a sell-off in cryptocurrencies continued for a second day. The world's largest cryptocurrency dived as low as $9,199.59 Wednesday morning, falling almost 19 percent within 24 hours, according to CoinDesk data. CoinDesk tracks prices from cryptocurrency exchanges Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Bitfinex. Bitcoin then recovered slightly to $10,123 at 11:56 a.m. ET. CNBC

"She's Perfect": Inside The World Of Ivanka's Instagram Account Followers
There are dozens of accounts dedicated to the first daughter, chronicling her every selfie, every fashion choice, every megawatt smile. Most post at least once a day, with effusive captions (“I cannot get over this beauty!”) and plenty of hashtags (#teamivanka, #ivankaforpresident, #beautiful). Culled from Ivanka's personal Instagram or Snap story or cribbed from the Daily Mail, among other places, the photos depict all aspects of the first daughter’s life, from international trips to Hanukkah celebrations with her kids. Ivanka herself follows 40 of them.  Cosmopolitan
VOA VIEW: Jealousy and insecurity.

Apple Investing $350 Billion To US Economy & Jobs Over Next 5 Years
Apple on Wednesday made a slew of announcements about its investment in and contribution to the U.S. economy. The headline from Apple is that it will "contribute" $350 billion to the U.S. economy over the next five years, although it's unclear exactly how the company came to that number. But the company promised to create 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax reform. It anticipates a $38 billion tax bill for repatriated cash, as a result of the new tax bill. This implies it will bring back virtually all of its $250 billion in overseas cash. CNBC

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Pentagon Plans Citywide Drone-Catching Dragnets
The U.S. government is a step closer to deploying a new system for tracking small drones flying over busy cities. But there’s no guarantee it will be affordable. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s two-year-old Aerial Dragnet initiative could begin testing in 2018, an agency official told The Daily Beast. If it works and the government funds it, Aerial Dragnet could help military commanders and law enforcement officials keep tabs on drones zipping through urban battlefields or flying over densely populated city neighborhoods in the United States. Daily Beast

Trump Says Russia Helping N Korea Skirt Sanctions
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday Russia is helping North Korea get supplies in violation of international sanctions and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being able to deliver a long-range missile to the United States. “Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.” Reuters

Shutdowns Are For Losers
When congressional Republicans provoked two government shutdowns in 1995, the public held them responsible. When they shut down the government in 2013, Republican approval hit its lowest point in 20 years. In neither case did Republicans achieve their policy objectives. Why are Democrats taking a page from a failed playbook? Unless a deal is secured to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, several Democrats are threatening to block a bill that would keep the federal government open past Friday.  Politico

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The Exhausted Racism Charge
The first opportunity for a successful end of the Second Civil War, between President Trump and the incumbent political class, has been squandered by the Democrats. Nothing could be done until Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan accepted that they could no longer pretend to be happy neutrals in the mortal combat between Trump and the Democrats in Congress, waiting to see whether Trump would be impeached or not. National Review

Trump: We're Playing A "Very Hard Game Of Poker" With North Korea
President Trump tells Reuters that Russia is "not helping us at all with North Korea," and that the Russian actions are "denting" progress China is making. He also said North Korea is getting "closer every day" to getting a missile that can hit the U.S. Putin "can do a lot," Trump said, "but unfortunately we don't have much of a relationship with Russia, and in some cases it's probable that what China takes back, Russia gives.  Axios

Nobel Prize Winner: Trump Has Launched a Nationalist “Revolution” Against the Elite
Nobel Prize winning economist and globalist Robert Shiller says that President Donald Trump has launched a nationalist “revolution” against the elite. Speaking to CNBC and undoubtedly on behalf of many of the political class, Shiller said he found it “troublesome” and was “concerned” that the Trump phenomenon was derailing globalism. “Trump is a revolution unfortunately, (and one) who’s reaffirming nationalism,” said Shiller, expressing his desire that Democrats will recapture control of Congress after the mid-terms so that Trump’s agenda is “defanged”.  InfoWars

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Incredible: Professor’s Defense of Free Speech Leaves Regressive Leftist Literally Speechless
A clip in which Professor Jordan B. Peterson explains why his free speech is more important than the risk of a transgender person being offended is going viral. Peterson was previously embroiled in a controversy as a result of his refusal to comply with Canada’s draconian Bill C-16, which makes it a hate crime to not use someone’s preferred gender pronouns. The video features Peterson, who is currently doing a series of lectures in London, being interviewed by far-left UK broadcaster Channel 4.  InfoWars

SOUTH FROZEN!
A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain blanketed a large swath of the South, trailed by a blast of frigid air that could approach record low temperatures Wednesday. By Tuesday evening, steadily dropping snow about 15 miles northwest of Atlanta was forcing cars on Interstate 75 to slow considerably amid scattered fender benders. NY Post

Obamacare A Contributing Factor To Opiod Epidemic
The expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare made the opioid epidemic even worse, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The report suggests that because people who were uninsured were able to get government-funded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare, they are now receiving more access to prescription painkillers like OxyContin, and some are selling them illegally on the streets. Washington Examiner

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WH Directed Bannon Silence In House Interview
Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press. As lawmakers probed Bannon’s time working for President Donald Trump, Bannon’s attorney Bill Burck was asking the White House counsel’s office by phone during the Tuesday session whether his client could answer the questions. He was told by that office not to discuss his work on the transition or in the White House. AP
VOA VIEW: Truth, false or  proper protocol.

‘Fire and Fury’ Will Soon Become a TV Series
Michael Wolff’s controversial new book Fire and Fury may soon hit the silver screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a production company called Endeavor Content has bought the film and television rights of Wolff’s palace-intrigue book. The report claims that the massive deal “is said to be in the seven-figure range.” No network is yet attached to the project, but Endeavor Content plans on shopping the content to networks as a TV series. Wolff is expected to be executive producer for the series, and former Channel 4 and BBC executive Michael Jackson will also produce. Daily Beast

Mueller Team Is Probing ‘Newly Found’ 2016 Russian Money Transfers
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Kremlin meddling in the 2016 presidential election has reportedly zeroed in on “newly uncovered” money transfers made between Russian government officials and U.S.-based individuals and businesses in November 2016 and January 2017, BuzzFeed News reported. Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador to the U.S. who has found himself in the heart of Mueller’s probe, allegedly received $120,000 just 10 days after Trump’s victory in November.  Daily Beast

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