Crosstalk: December 18, 2017

​Below are some of the stories that Jim rolled out on this week's edition of the 'Round-Up':

--The fed has announced that the tax cuts will contribute to economic growth without driving inflation higher than its target.
--Paul Ryan laughs away speculation that he plans to quit his post after Congress passes tax reform.
--This year, 138,000 manufacturing jobs have come back after a loss of 34,000 jobs in 2016.
--Yesterday, President Trump announced that for every one new regulation, his administration has eliminated 22.
--The FCC voted to repeal the landmark net neutrality protections.
--President Trump to unveil national security strategy on Monday.
--President Trump has signed a directive for NASA to join the space race once again.
--Huffington Post laments that one year in, President Trump is winning.
--Former CIA director regrets how intelligence agencies treated President Trump.
--A New York appeals court tossed out a 4 million dollar defamation suit against President Trump from a Republican consultant, alleging that the president damaged her career by calling her a 'real dummy' on Twitter.
--Chuck Grassley is demanding answers from the Justice Department concerning a cryptic text from one of the FBI's top Russian counter-intelligence experts discussing an 'insurance policy' in the event Trump won the election.
--Congress will let a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact, at least temporarily.
--Judicial Watch has released new U.S. Department of State documents showing former Secretary Hillary Clinton and her then Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin were permitted to remove electronic and physical records under a claim that they were personal materials and unclassified non-record materials.
--Newly released documents reveal that then FBI Director James Comey's draft statement on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe was edited numerous times before his public announcement in ways that seemed to considerably water-down the bureau's findings.
--Dr. Dean Lorich, an acclaimed trauma surgeon who famously criticized the Clinton's relief efforts in Haiti was found dead in his New York City apartment this past Sunday. He was found dead with a knife in his chest. Police say there were no signs of forced entry and his death is being treated as an apparent suicide.
--Former Attorney General Eric Holder warned congressional Republicans not to make any moves to remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
--Theologian and Ligonier Ministries founder R.C. Sproul passed away on Thursday at the age of 78.
--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) has donated 5 million dollars worth of aid to the 9 federal refugee resettlement agencies in the U.S.
--ISIS has threatened to unleash more terror attacks on New York City.
--The man accused of detonating Monday in the name of ISIS reportedly taunted President Trump via social media before the attack took place.
--Family members of the failed New York City terror bomber were blasted on social media Tuesday after they accused the police of heavy handed tactics.
--Nearly 120,000 foreign nationals have been allowed to enter the U.S. since 2005 despite coming from nations designated as state sponsors of terrorism.

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