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10 years ago, former FBI agent Bob Levinson disappeared in Iran. His family is asking Trump for answers

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson on the Iranian island of Kish. Acknowledging the anniversary Thursday, both the FBI and the White House released statements that pledged to do more to find the missing American.

“Bob went missing in Iran,” FBI Director James B. Comey said. “Ten years is an inhumane amount of time to ask a family to wait for word of their loved one. Our ability to reunite Bob with his family is dependent on this shared commitment and we continue to call on the Iranian government to provide assistance.”

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Starbucks CEO’s refugee comments sour customer views of chain

Starbucks Corp’s vow to hire thousands of refugees after President Donald Trump’s first executive order that temporarily banned travel from seven mostly-Muslim nations appears to be hurting customer sentiment of the coffee chain.

Trump supporters have used Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to call for a boycott since Jan. 29, when Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz vowed to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in the countries where it does business.

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Dusseldorf Axe attack: Horror as axeman injures seven

Seven people including two police officers were injured when a man wielding an axe went on the rampage at a train station in Dusseldorf. The suspected culprit, identified as Fatmir H, from Kosovo, has been arrested and German anti-terror police confirmed they are not hunting anyone else. The 36-year-old ran towards a nearby underground station and jumped from a bridge as he attempted to flee.

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39.1%: CBO Says U.S. Has Highest Top Statutory Corporate Tax Rate in G20

The United States has the highest top statutory corporate tax rate—39.1%–of any nation in the G20, according to a study released Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office.

That rate is nearly twice as high as the 20-percent rate in Russia, which, along with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, has the lowest statutory corporate tax rate in the G20.

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Bill Clinton: Resurgent nationalism ‘taking us to the edge of our destruction’

Don’t buy what purports to be nationalism that’s engulfed politics in America and all over the world, former President Bill Clinton said Thursday; what’s actually at play, he argued, is more insidious and interconnected than that.

“People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world,” Clinton said. “It’s like we’re all having an identity crisis at once — and it is an inevitable consequence of the economic and social changes that have occurred at an increasingly rapid pace.”

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NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs described in court filings

National Football League teams violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories each season, according to sealed court documents contained in a federal lawsuit filed by former players.

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FISA court handled two requests to wiretap Donald Trump

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed off on both FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court requests to wiretap the Trump campaign, according to reports.

All applications to the FISA Court were signed off on by the attorney general, ABC news confirmed.

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EPA’s Scott Pruitt: Carbon dioxide not to blame for global warming

President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency chief said Thursday that carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are not to blame for global warming.

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

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IPT Examines J Street’s Unusual “Support” for Israel

J Street, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, has an unusual way of showing it “is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.”

It has called for direct negotiations with Hamas, a designated terrorist group committed to the Jewish state’s destruction. It partners with aggressively anti-Israel groups which advocate an economic, political and academic boycott of Israel. And it partners with rabidly anti-Israel speakers and groups in the name of “open debate.”

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Social Experiment Swapped Gender Roles For Trump And Clinton, Ends With People Realizing Why He Won (And How Unlikable She Is)

What if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swapped gender roles? I know a woman acting like Trump and a man becoming Clinton, it’s usually a nonsensical exercise when the Left does this. The analysis of the reactions did touch upon how we perceive messages through gender, but it also yielded interesting results, namely highlighting the unappealing persona of Clinton, compounded when a man assumes her role. Whether you’re a man or a woman, the voters just didn’t like her, even if the roles were switched, as was the case in this exercise.

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Hizballah Continues Recruiting Palestinians to Kill Israelis

Israeli security authorities arrested a suspected Palestinian member of Hizballah for planning terrorist attacks against Israelis, Israel’s domestic security agency announced on Thursday.

A subsequent Shin Bet interrogation revealed that Hizballah recruited Yusef Yasser Suylam, 23, via Facebook page. Suylam hails from the West Bank town Qalqiliya.

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India: Why Minimum Wage Is Bad For The Poor As Well As The Economy

It reflects quite poorly on our political discourse that there has been almost no debate over the recently amended Minimum Wages Act, 1948 which increased the wages of labourers by a whopping 42 per cent. The intelligentsia applauds such populist increases irrespective of the government in power.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tweeted out that the 42 per cent hike for unskilled non-agricultural workers was historic! Other ministers of the Narendra Modi government have also fully endorsed this move, which came into effect in August last year.

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