Crosstalk: December 14, 2020

Jim covers the news headlines of the week (these include just the first half hour)!

–President Trump announced that his administration helped secure peace and a normalization agreement between Israel and Morocco.  

–In a new show of military might, 2 American B-52H long-range heavy bombers took off from the U.S. and flew over a swath of the Middle East yesterday, sending what U.S. officials said was a direct message of deterrence to Iran.

–Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib raised eyebrows Sunday after she re-tweeted a message with a phrase that’s associated with calling for an end to the State of Israel.

–Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the Chinese Communist Party is using gene editing to boost its military.

–China’s Communist Party seems to be implementing a multi-dimensional strategy in the Caribbean.  

–Admiral Craig Faller, head of the U.S. Southern Command, warns about the alarming and concerning arrival of military personnel from the elite Quds Force from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, confirming that the military is seeing an uptick in weapons shipments from Iran to Venezuela.

–Joe Biden is pledging to usher in a new era of LGBTQ rights.

–Nickelodeon is joining with one of its transgender actors to role out a trans-youth acting challenge for young people who identify as trans or non-binary and want to pursue an acting career.

–The Republican led Senate Finance and Homeland Security Committee published a new and lengthy report Tuesday further detailing national security concerns related to Hunter Biden’s shady foreign dealings in China and Ukraine.

–Hunter Biden revealed Wednesday that he’s under federal investigation for possible tax fraud.

–Pennsylvania House Speaker and Majority Leader filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme  Court against his own state in favor of the Texas lawsuit against the commonwealth and 3 other states.

–3 suspects involved in the Georgia suitcase scandal have been identified.

–An election supervisor in Coffee County, Georgia, demonstrated in recent videos posted online how Dominion Voting Systems voting software allows votes to be changed during an adjudication process.

–Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward announced yesterday that she’s appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court her federal case regarding alleged irregularities with the voting software used in November’s election. 

–Texas Representative Brian Babin has proposed the ‘You Must Be Alive to Vote Act,’ a bill that’s intended to crack-down on alleged instances of people using names of the deceased in order to vote.

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