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News Roundup 2-9-18
Posted on February 9th, 2018

​Date:       February 9, 2018
Host:        Jim Schneider
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​Jim featured these stories and more on this week's edition of the 'Round-Up':


--President Trump signed a massive budget package early today that will lift
spending caps while funding the government through March 23rd. It's the second
largest spending increase in a decade, second only to the Obama stimulus.
--Senator Rand Paul outraged that the 400 billion dollar bipartisan spending plan
adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the nation's 20 trillion dollar debt.
--House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized politicians for not welcoming
vulnerable immigrant children in spite of the fact that she supports the
destruction of millions of unborn children.
--The White House plans to request 3 billion dollars in funding for President
Trump's long promised southern border wall.
--People from around the world gathered in Washington, DC, yesterday morning for
the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast.
--House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes says there is evidence of
collusion with Russia during the 2016 election but it's not with the Trump
campaign.
--Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel says that the text messages between senior FBI
official Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who at the time were involved in an
extramarital affair, are blowing the lid off a DOJ/FBI coverup that has the
potential of being the biggest political scandal in American history.
--Of the 11 FISA court-appointed judges, 10 of them were appointed by Obama,
including Rudolph Contreras, that granted the FISA warrant after another judge
rejected it.
--Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, a friend and donor to Obama and Clinton, is
hiring an army of more than 50 political operatives in a major campaign to help
Democrats get control of the U.S. House this year and remove Trump from power.
--A presidential tracking poll from Rasmussen has Trump's approval rating at 48%.
On February 8 of 2010 under President Obama, his approval rating was 46% and his
disapproval rating was 54%. This means Trump is tracking 2 points higher than
Obama, and that's with a media that's 80% negative regarding the current
presidency.
--Fewer Americans than expected filed for unemployment benefits last week.
--The British Oil and Gas company known as BP is increasing investment in the U.S.
after the lowering of tax rates under President Trump.
--A senior Department of Transportation official derided Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer for his refusal to confirm the nation's top railroad safety
regulator and suggested the partisan obstruction is placing rail passengers at
risk.
--Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that the U.S. will deploy some
small nuclear weapons on 2 new missiles to counter growing threats posed by
Russia and China.
--China is reportedly moving missile defense batteries and troops closer to its
border with North Korea, a potential sign that Beijing anticipates either a
large refugee wave or a military disturbance triggered by Kim Jong-Un.
--Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to launch a new cyber-space and digital
economy bureau.
--In a historic first, the Army conducted a live fire exercise with a remote-
controlled ground combat vehicle armed with a fifty caliber machine gun.
--Iran announced Monday it's begun the mass producing of a new weaponized drone
that carries smart bombs capable of precision strikes.
--The Israeli Defense Force is preparing for the largest parachuting exercise in
recent years due to the tension near the northern border.
--Child Evangelism Fellowship won a permanent injunction against an Indiana
School District.


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