News Roundup 1-5-18

​Date:      January 5, 2018
Host:      Jim Schneider
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​What stories were in the news that you may have missed this week? Find out when you review this edition of VCY America’s News Round-Up. Some of the stories included:

–Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham have formally recommended that the
Justice Department and FBI investigate the author of the controversial anti-
Trump dossier in the first known criminal referral from Congress as part of the
Russia probe.
–A new book about President Trump contains a note that casts considerable doubt
about on the reliability of the contents.
–After one year in office, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has increased by
about 35%, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in
–Under President Trump, the U.S. economy added 2 million jobs in 2017.
–In December, the unemployment rate for black Americans dropped to 6.8%. That’s
the lowest percentage ever in the U.S. since record keeping began in that
–President Trump took an important step toward insuring America’s long-term
national security by signing an executive order to improve access to America’s
metals and minerals.
–President Trump to greatly expand the areas available for offshore oil and
natural gas drilling including off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
–President Trump has scrapped the commission he created to investigate problems
with alleged voter fraud.
–The White House announced that it’s banning employees and guests from using
personal cell phones in the West Wing citing security and technology concerns.
–For the past 12 months, the Inspector General at the Department of Justice has
been conducting a review of the FBI and the DOJ’s actions related to the
investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while she
was Secretary of State.
–Huma Abedin forwarded sensitive State Department e-mails, including passwords to
government systems, to her personal Yahoo e-mail account before every single
Yahoo account was hacked.
–The Justice Department launching a new inquiry into whether the Clinton
Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while
Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.
–The protests taking place in Iran may not be the final battle between the
Islamic republic’s hard-line government and its fed-up populace.
–Iran protests have spread to more than 80 cities.
–A leaked report of meetings recently held by Iranian leadership indicates how
pressured the regime feels from the last wave of protests.
–Despite occasional media reports, in the last few years, Iranian Muslims are
converting to Christianity at an unprecedented pace.
–Vice President Mike Pence indicated that unlike President Obama, President Trump
will not be silent on Iran.
–There have been so many deaths due to opioids that life expectancy at birth in
the U.S has declined for the second year in a row.
–Vice President Pence cancels a trip to Israel for the second time.
–A Texas imam who urged Muslims in a sermon to fight and kill the Jews in
Palestine, is now trying to repair the damage.
–Operation Rescue names their pro-life person of the year for 2017—President
Donald Trump.
–The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) lashes out at Operation
Rescue, calling pro-life Americans who work for the protection of the unborn as,
‘Trump’s extremist fringe base.’
–A new report indicates that Planned Parenthood made more money than ever before.

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