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Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.”

“Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.

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We just got a bunch of great news about the US economy

On Wednesday, the news for the US economy was stellar across the board.

A batch of data released at 8:30 a.m. ET showed that retail sales, inflation, and manufacturing activity all topped expectations.

In January, retail sales rose 0.4% over the prior month, better than the 0.1% that economists were expecting. Perhaps the more encouraging part of this report was the revision to December’s number — a month that of course falls right in the heart of the all-important holiday shopping season — which now shows sales rose 1% during that month, up from an initial print of 0.6%.

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Reporter says White House staffer Omarosa recorded fiery exchange without her knowledge

A heated exchange between White House communications official Omarosa Manigault and a reporter was captured in a recording, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

April Ryan, a reporter with American Urban Radio Networks, got into an argument with Manigault near the Oval Office last week, according to the newspaper.

During the exchange, Ryan said, according to The Post, she felt “physically intimidated” by Manigault, and she accused Manigault of saying Ryan was included in supposed White House “dossiers” of negative information on several journalists.

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Leading candidate for Trump’s science advisor calls climate change a cult

In January, the Trump transition team arranged for two scientists to meet with Trump. Since then, both have been considered frontrunners to become the new presidential science advisor, a position that typically heads the Office of Science and Technology Policy. While the two—Princeton’s William Happer and Yale’s David Gelernter—have radically different backgrounds, they have a couple of things in common: strong support for science in general and extreme skepticism of climate science in particular.

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Julian Assange trolls intel community over Flynn leaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange weighed in on the tension between the Trump administration and the U.S. intelligence community, calling it an “amazing battle for dominance.”

“Amazing battle for dominance is playing out between the elected US govt & the IC who consider themselves to be the ‘permanent government,’” Assange wrote on Twitter Wednesday, one day after joining the social media website.

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Sally Kohn Has A ‘Straightforward’ Plan to Make Hillary Clinton President

CNN political commentator Sally Kohn has a straightforward plan on how Hillary Clinton could still become president. The liberal commentator tweeted her five-step plan on Wednesday morning.

The first step is to impeach President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence. Step two would entail a constitutional crisis. Step three would be a call for a special election.

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Senate Democrats unify around congressional probe of Trump ties to Russia

Senate Democratic leaders agreed Wednesday to a bipartisan probe inside Congress of allegations that people linked to President Donald Trump – including ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn – had frequent contacts with Russia during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

Democrats agreed to push forward with an ongoing Intelligence Committee investigation into Russia’s purported activities into the election, expanding the probe to include contacts made by Flynn and perhaps other Trump campaign officials with the Kremlin. They united around this course of action despite pressure from some Democrats to demand an independent commission to pursue the matter from outside Congress.

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Friend of San Bernardino shooter to plead guilty in aiding terror attack

A longtime friend of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook has agreed to plead guilty to providing weapons and other support to terrorists, as well as plotting an additional attack in Riverside that did not occur, officials said.

Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, of Riverside, entered a federal plea agreement in which he pleads guilty to providing material support and resources to terrorists, including weapons, explosives and personnel, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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Iran Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

A senior Iranian lawmaker is worried that President Donald Trump may leak secret documents related to Iran’s nuclear program.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran’s parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security, claimed that any attempt by Trump to publish documents relating to Iran’s nuclear program from the International Atomic Energy Agency would represent a violation.

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Iran defeats U.S. Navy in defiant animated film

A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump’s hardening rhetoric against Tehran.

The director of the “Battle of Persian Gulf II”, Farhad Azima, said that it was a remarkable coincidence that the release of the film – four years in the making – coincided with a “warmongering” president sitting in the White House.

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Student who recorded prof saying Trump election is ‘act of terrorism’ gets suspended

The college student who took video of a human sexuality instructor telling a class that Republican President Donald Trump’s election was an “act of terrorism” got suspended from the California school for one semester.

Caleb O’Neil also must meet with the dean of students of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa before he’s readmitted and then remain on disciplinary probation for a semester, Campus Reform reported.

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It’s official: Our enemy is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS

The Islamic State terrorist group would be still be as barbaric under any of its labels: ISIL (preferred under the Obama administration), or Daesh (the moniker of choice ISIS for many world leaders and some of its adversaries in the Middle East).

But henceforth, by decree, the Pentagon, in all official references will refer to the terror network as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS. A memo circulated Tuesday throughout the military makes that clear.

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More than half of NFL players booked for Israel PR trip withdraw

The Israeli government has suffered an embarrassing blow after it emerged that only five of 11 NFL players turned up for an all-expenses paid PR trip organised to improve Israel’s image.

A storm of criticism had developed last week after the Israeli tourism minister claimed the players making the trip would serve as “ambassadors of goodwill for Israel”. Michael Bennett, the Seahawks defensive end, withdrew from the trip on Friday in protest at being “used” in such a way. He said he would visit Israel in his own time.

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