The following news stories were selected, some with additional commentary, as Jim presented another edition of the News Round-Up:
--President Trump warned that a major conflict could result from the ongoing
standoff over North Korea's nuclear missile programs. He hopes diplomacy will
--China has threatened Pyongyang with sanctions if the rogue North Korean
government continues to disregard calls to stop conducting nuclear tests.
--A North Korean website has published a propaganda video that shows an American
aircraft carrier and Washington, D.C., targeted in crosshairs and then exploding
in balls of fire.
--Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is preparing to chair a special U.N. Security
Council Session today on the North Korean nuclear threat.
--53% of Americans polled approve of military action to stop North Korea from its
nuclear weapons program.
--The U.S. test fired an ICBM that traveled over 4,000 miles before splashing
down in the South Pacific after being launched Wednesday from a base in
--Michael Maloof, a former senior security policy analyst in the office of the
secretary of defense warned that North Korea already has the capability to
launch a nuclear attack on the U.S.
--It would take 10 minutes for a North Korean missile to hit Japan.
--President Trump directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to investigate the
import of aluminum and its affect on national defense.
--Despite U.S. government conclusions to the contrary, Iran is cheating on the
2015 nuclear deal and is actively weaponizing nukes.
--The U.S.S. Mahan had a close encounter with an Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast-
attack craft Monday in the Persian Gulf.
--President Trump has announced the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Customs and
Border Protection, Randolph Ailes, will be the new director of the U.S. Secret
--The U.S. Senate confirms Alex Acosta as secretary of labor. This was the last
cabinet post for the president to fill.
--The Senate approved Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Agriculture Department.
--The U.S. Surgeon General was fired this week.
--Congress approves a one week stop-gap spending bill to avert a government
shutdown this weekend.
--House Republican leaders are still scrounging for votes from their own rank and
file. Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus announced their support for the
revised health legislation.
--Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the official launch of the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement office for victims of illegal Immigrant
This program will help track the custody status of violent, illegal
--President Trump's administration officials announced a sweeping tax reform plan.
--President Trump agrees to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada and Mexico.
--President Trump wants to order a review of the designations of national
--President Trump has been accusing his opponents of 'judge shopping'.
--President Trump signs executive order directing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy
DeVoss to review federal regulations that infringe upon local and state
governments and their ability to enact education policies at the closest level
to the American people.
--President Trump puts forth the Buy American-Hire American policy.
--A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that since President Trump took office in
January, the number of people who believe the economy is improving is the
highest level in 15 years.
--Since January, members of the Trump cabinet have been gathering for weekly
--Judge Roy Moore resigning as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court to
pursue a position in the U.S. Senate.
--Democrats craft a bill that takes guns away from people convicted of hate
--UNESCO to celebrate Israel's independence day next week by voting on anti-Israel
--All 100 U.S. senators signed a letter to the U.N. secretary demanding an end to
the unacceptable, anti-Israel bias in the international body.
--President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are reportedly to
be in the advanced stages of confirming Trump's first state visit to Israel next
--Minnesota becomes the 19th state to ban dealings with BDS compliant businesses.
--The population in Israel reportedly at 8.68 million.
--Federal officials announce the indictment of 15 people for illegally trafficking
body parts...of eagles.
--A new Center for Medical Progress video show a Planned Parenthood senior
executive haggling over pricing for aborted baby body parts.
--On April 29th there will be a protest at the Planned Parenthood facility in
Washington, D.C. It's a nationwide day of prayer and protest against Planned
--Planned Parenthood of Southern New England has moved into a newly renovated
health center with a direct-access parking lot that supporters hope will prevent
confrontation with protestors.
--The Democratic party chairman makes it clear that pro-lifers aren't welcome in
his party any more.
--A new website offers U.S. women help to perform their own abortions with
--A Louisiana center that killed 7,482 babies is closing down for good.
--A breast cancer awareness organization that helps young women hired a former
Planned Parenthood leader as its CEO this month.
--The Missouri House of Representatives has approved a measure that would expand
the circumstances in which passive euthanasia can occur in the state.
--There have been more than 1,324 euthanasia deaths in Canada since it became
--One of the world's premier academic institutions has published a student guide
that states that one's gender can change from day to day and to say otherwise is
considered a form of violence.