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Quebec mosque shooting should be a wake-up call

It would be tempting to think the mass shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec was an act of hatred conceived south of the border and born in Quebec City, but that would be a mistake.

This is a wonderful country. In the last election the majority of us voted for ‘sunny ways,’ and elected a Prime Minister who is devoted to diversity. The ham-fisted actions of the demagogues down south make him look all the better.

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Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans

Since taking the presidency by surprise back in November, the Republican Party has been salivating on the unexpected opportunity laying before them — control of the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Even with the oddly unconventional behavior of the newly elected President Trump for them to juggle, Republicans recognize a mostly unobstructed opportunity to do what they like for at least the next two years.

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Trump’s 1990 Playboy interview perfectly lays out his view of the world

Ahead of the meeting, Japanese officials have reportedly been preparing by, among other things, reading Trump’s 1990 interview with Playboy Magazine, during which he rails against Japan on trade, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Jacob M. Schlesinger and Alastair Gale.

Although reading a quarter-century old article from Playboy in preparation for talks may at first seem to be somewhat unorthodox, in the interview Trump discusses many talking points about foreign policy and economics similar to those he pitched during his campaign for the White House.

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IMF head: Trump good for US economy for now as trouble looms

The head of the International Monetary Fund said Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump taking office is likely good for the American economy in the short term, though rising interest rates and a strengthening dollar will challenge global trade.

Christine Lagarde said Trump’s plans for additional investment in U.S. infrastructure and his likely tax reforms will boost America’s economic fortunes.

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Chinese, US military airplanes have ‘unsafe’ encounter over South China Sea

A Chinese military aircraft had an “unsafe” encounter with a US Navy surveillance aircraft near a contested reef in the South China Sea, the US Pacific Command said Friday.

The two planes came within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of each other during Wednesday’s incident near the Scarborough Shoal, which is claimed by both the Philippines and China, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis.

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Sheriffs Still Looking for Clarity on Deportation

Despite tough talk on sanctuary cities from the Trump administration, many sheriffs still fear that they lack the legal right to hold prisoners for possible deportation, even at the request of federal authorities.

Sheriffs, who operate 85 percent of local jails, are still waiting for courts to clarify the legality of “detainers,” or federal requests to hold prisoners for possible deportation.

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For indicted NSA contractor, hoarding classified documents became an obsession

Prosecutors Wednesday indicted a former U.S. intelligence contractor on charges of stealing highly classified documents, nearly six months after investigators swooped down on his Maryland home and found “breathtaking” quantities of top-secret information, some of it stored in a shed and in his car.

Prosecutors slapped 20 felony counts on Harold T. Martin III, 52, accusing him of willful retention of national defense information. Each count carries a potential 10-year jail term.

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Gravy Train Flows at Warren’s Consumer Agency

Pay is flowing so generously at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that hundreds of bureaucrats there receive more than most members of Congress.

The Senate majority and minority leaders are paid $193,000 annually. Two hundred and one CFPB employees outdo Sens. Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer in pay.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Calls Democrats ‘The Party Of The KKK’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claimed Wednesday night that “the Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Speaking on Fox News, Cruz blasted the party for its opposition to Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed as attorney general on Wednesday.

Critics had accused Sessions of racial bias, among other things, but Cruz attempted to turn it around on the Democrats.

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POLL: Travel ban is one of Trump’s most popular executive orders

President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US is one of his most popular so far, according to a new poll from Morning Consult and Politico.

The order has a 55% approval rating among voters polled, with 35% saying they “strongly approve.” Thirty-eight percent of voters said they disapprove.

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Chelsea Manning supporters launch ‘Welcome Home Fund’ as WikiLeaks source nears release from prison

Friends and family members of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning launched a crowdfunding campaign on her behalf Tuesday as the WikiLeaks source prepares for life after prison.

A “Welcome Home Fund” established for the soldier this week aims to raise $100,000 to go towards various living expenses she’ll likely incur upon being released from prison this spring after serving seven years of a 35-year prison sentence for espionage and other charges related to her unauthorized disclosure of documents to WikiLeaks.

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Highly-trained Hamas commandos head to Egypt to team-up with terror group ISIS

Many have travelled to the war-torn Sinai peninsula which already has a heavy ISIS presence, reports the Times of Israel.

Highly-trained bomb makers are among those said to have joined up with Islamis State jihadis.

ISIS has carried out a string of bloody attacks targeting both civilians and the Egyptian army over the last few years.

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GOP stalwart Steve Forbes blasts Republicans on ‘crazy’ border tax

The House Republican border adjustment proposal to tax imports is “insane,” said media mogul and two-time GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes.

“The Republicans are proposing this crazy tax. They’re going to punish American consumers over $100 billion a year” over 10 years by making goods coming into the U.S. more expensive, Forbes told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. “And these are Republicans doing it.”

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