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Crosstalk: May 8, 2017

Once again, Jim took listeners around the world as he presented the following headlines:


--After 12 hours, 3 judges and $75,000 in bail, Sandra Merritt, who was involved in undercover Planned Parenthood videos, was released from jail on Wednesday.
--Iran using Canada as a forward operating base for influence operations against the U.S. government.
--Iran is using the billions in cash provided under the landmark nuclear deal negotiated under the Obama presidency to engage in an unprecedented military buildup meant to transform their fighting force into an offensive juggernaut.
--Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a submarine in the Strait of Hormuz but the test failed.
--When Iran attempted to launch a cruise missile from a midget submarine, Pentagon officials saw more evidence of North Korean influence in the Islamic republic.
--The House voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on North Korea.
--North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is now threatening war with China.
--North Korea accuses U.S. and South Korean intelligence services with attempting to assassinate Kim Jong-Un with a biochemical substance.
--Hawaii discovering they don't have enough fallout shelters.
--U.S. Air Force tests another long range ballistic missile shot from California.
--Two unarmed Russian 'Bear' bombers entered Alaska's air defense zone on Wednesday evening.
--Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had a very good conversation with President Trump.
--A senior adviser to President Erdogan warned of the possibility of future Turkish attacks on American forces operating in the region.
--President Trump raises hackles on the 'Hill' by suggesting long standing senate rules simply be scrapped to cripple Democratic opposition.
--Fake news is at its finest. When President Trump was referring to filibuster rules as being archaic, media headlines put forth information making it appear as though Trump was criticizing the Constitution.
--NATO is considering appointing a senior official to oversee counter-terrorism efforts.
--President Trump open to the idea of breaking up giant Wall Street banks.
--President Trump called out Susan Rice for refusing to testify before a Senate committee investigating both Russian meddling in the 2016 election and allegations of Obama-era spying on 'Team Trump'.
--Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began fulfilling President Trump's mission to reduce the size of government by proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs at the State Department.
--President Trump's first foreign trip will include visits to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.
--President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but Abbas is still set on a two-state solution based upon the 1967 borders.
--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacks Abbas statement on peace.
--Obama once dreamed of being Trump.
--Republican lawmakers plan to reintroduce a bill that would directly target pensions for ex-presidents raking in more than $400,000 after leaving the Oval Office.
--The Democratic National Committee is currently defending tactics it used to rig the presidential primary against Senator Bernie Sanders.
--Hillary Clinton says she took absolute personal responsibility for losing her presidential campaign yet blamed FBI Director James Comey and Russian interference for aiding Donald Trump.
--An Australian business is making jewelry from human embryos left over from in vitro fertilization.
--An Iowa law requiring women wait 72 hours before having an abortion is scheduled to take effect today after a judge refused requests by abortion activists to block it.
--Planned Parenthood promotes the termination of a pregnancy as a very safe, simple and effective medical procedures. A Planned Parenthood pamphlet from 1952 says otherwise.
--The 'Sock-It to Planned Parenthood' campaign that set out to collect baby socks representing children who've died from abortion, delivers just short of 200,000 baby socks to Congress.
--Popular homeschooling resource quietly promotes LGBT lifestyle to children.
--Target Corporation announces a cut in pay for its CEO.
--Citing safety for women, 40 leaders of groups across the nation have signed a letter asking Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson to rescind and revise a gender identity rule adopted by the Obama administration for government shelters.
--A man is spending $5,000 per month to transform himself into an elf. He considers himself 'trans-species'.
--Museum of the Bible is preparing for its Washington, D.C., November opening.
--An Episcopal church organist admits vandalizing his own church with pro-Trump graffiti because he wanted to mobilize a movement after being disappointed in and fearful of the outcome of the presidential election.
--A 23 year old woman sues parents after they refused to support her financially.

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