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Crosstalk: October 17, 2016

National and world news headlines were the order of the day once again as Jim presented another news round-up and comment edition of Crosstalk.  Stories included:

 

--Russian President Putin tells top Russian officials, politicians and their children overseas to return home to the motherland.

--Turkish Deputy Prime Minister warns that the proxy wars between the U.S. and Russia could signal the reemergence of worldwide conflict between the two cold-war superpowers.

--Russia plans to expand its supply base in the Syrian port city of Tartus into a permanent naval base.

--U.S. military launches cruise missiles at coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran aligned Houthi forces.

--Iran deploys two war ships in response to the U.S. cruise missile firing.

--A prominent Iranian official warns the West that they have 9 million troops who could be deployed to battle lines in under 10 days.

--Insurgent groups like Hezbollah and ISIS have learned how to weaponize surveillance drones and use them against each other which adds a news twist to

  the civil war in Syria.

--Major media outlets have some explaining to do after the latest WikiLeaks e-mail release alleges reporters, editors and contributors not just advocating for Hillary Clinton but apparently colluding with her campaign.

--Hillary Clinton's Campaign Manager, John Podesta, said in an e-mail that Hillaryn has begun to hate every-day Americans.

--A new theory has emerged that Hillary Clinton and her 'latchkeys' are linked to the death of Antonin Scalia.

--On March 4th, 2015, Congress issued a subpoena for Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server that illegally contained classified information.  Thanks to WikiLeaks, that same day we know State Department officials were still

  discussing which e-mails to delete apparently to avert the subpoena.  By March 10th, Clinton had announced that she had deleted nearly 32,000 e-mails from a private server that could have been used for a congressional investigation.  She claimed they had been deleted much earlier.

--An e-mail released in last week's WikiLeaks dump sent by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and received by John Podesta, who was then counselor to President Obama from 2014-2015, discusses and exposes intelligence sources on the ground in Libya and Iraq.  Podesta is now the chairman of Clinton's presidential campaign.

--The massive WikiLeaks dump also uncovered a February 2015 e-mail sent from Bill Clinton's personal Chief of Staff, Tina Flournoy, who informed John Podesta that all donations from foreign governments were in.

--Behind closed doors, Hillary Clinton told bankers she favors open trade and open borders.

--In a new undercover video released yesterday, U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold of Wisconsin seems to relish the idea that Hillary Clinton could issue executive orders that would erode the 2nd Amendment.

--An undercover video campaign aimed at exposing voter fraud has caught a campaign staffer for Hillary Clinton confessing that ripping up voter registration form if they're for Republicans is fine.

--An overwhelming majority of Muslim Americans favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

--The new U.N. Chief, Antonio Guterres, has now been promoted to the top post at the U.N. replacing Ban Ki-moon as secretary general.

--Israel suspends relations with UNESCO after they adopted 2 resolutions on annexed East Jerusalem ahead of a final vote next week.

--The U.S. State Department to resume funding to UNESCO.

--Trump responds to UNESCO by saying he will work to have Jerusalem internationally recognized as Israel's capital and would move our embassy currently in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

--Acting Justice Lyn Stuart and Justice Michael Bolin have summoned Chief Justice Roy Moore's head law clerk and 2 other law clerks and terminated them.

--Just 2 years after striking down the state's law criminalizing sodomy, the Chief Judge of the Alabama Court of the Judiciary who also serves as an elder and Bible teacher at the Church at Brook Hills joined his colleagues in their

  unanimous decision to suspend Chief Justice Roy Moore.

--Under a provision in Massachusetts, the attorney general has claimed that houses of worship are places of public accommodation and members cannot therefore express even ideas concerning religious expression regarding biological sex and gender identity.

--The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has threatened to penalize Johns Hopkins University if it does not denounce a report from two of the institutions scholars who concluded that there's little scientific evidence that people are

  born gay or transgender.

--The Interior Department and National Parks Service held a conference call to announce a renewed effort to tell a more inclusive story of our nation's history

  by giving places around the nation connected to the homosexual movement certain historic designations.

--A mathematician and software engineer has filed a lawsuit in Texas naming dozens of environmental groups and others seeking to influence public action and expenditures regarding global warming programs in an action alleging violations of RICO.

--Death threats made against a Canadian journalist for reporting on Muslim sex attacks on high school girls.

--A devout Muslim stopped on a busy highway, got out with his prayer rug, took off his shoes, washed his feet, turned to Mecca and prayed for 10 minutes while cars dodged around the stopped bus full of children.

--An ISIS flag found stitched to the inside of a baggage handler's glove.

--Muslim arrested for threats at a D.C. airport.

--22 year old man arrested for allegedly making threats at Reagan National Airport.

--Muslims hold a moment of silence to honor a terrorist at a Palestinian-Arab  league soccer game yesterday.

--Students at Neenah High School in Neenah, Wisconsin, are learning a lesson in current events from a nationally known U.S./Islamic relations expert who just

  happens to be a Neenah graduate.

--The Satanic Temple of Seattle has announced that they plan to start an after school Satan club at Point Defiance Elementary School in Washington State's Tacoma Public School District.

--A petition drive is underway in Florida to place a measure on the 2018 ballot that would amend the state constitution to criminalize abortion as murder.

--2 California medical companies connected to Planned Parenthood are facing a lawsuit that claims they illegally profited off the sales of aborted baby body parts.

--The political arm of Planned Parenthood is beginning a 30 million dollar effort to encourage voters to turn out for the presidential contest and senate races in targeted states.

--Mike Pence says we will defund Planned Parenthood and reverse Roe v. Wade. 

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