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Crosstalk 4-13-2018 News Roundup CD

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The following is a sample of news stories that Jim brought to the attention of listeners this week on Crosstalk:




--President Trump puts Syria military strike on hold while considering options.


--Russia has moved at least 11 navy ships deployed in Syria out to sea in the


event of a U.S. military strike.


--A U.S. guided missile destroyer, the U.S.S. Donald Cook, is already in position


off the coast of Syria with 75 Tomahawk missiles on board.


--British Prime Minister Theresa May is willing to join military action against


Syria even without the consent of Parliament.


--A non-governmental watchdog agency protested the appointment of Syria as chair


of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament, a forum on chemical weapons that will be


held next month.


--Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary and


Commerce Committees. Jim aired a portion of that which contained questions from


Senator Ted Cruz.


--Facebook threatened the Voice of Europe for criticizing migration.


--Ann Ravel, the former Democratic chair of the Federal Election Commission, who


controversially pushed to regulate the Internet during her time leading the


commission, is now suggesting that a new government enforcement agency be


established to help tech companies discover questionable communications from


social media sites in order to find alleged disinformation campaigns.


--President Trump judicial nominee Wendy Vitter's personal pro-life views were


under scrutiny from several Democratic senators at her Wednesday


confirmation hearing.


--House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will retire from Congress when his


present term is finished.


--President Trump pardoned Scooter Libby, the former aid to Vice President Dick




--Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein personally approved the FBI raid on


President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen.


--Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey lectured CIA Director Mike Pompeo who is a


Secretary of State nominee.


--The Counsel on American/Islamic Relations (CAIR) thanked Senator Booker for


confronting Pompeo for his views on Islam. However, they were silent


concerning his views on homosexuality.


--The President of China cuts import tariffs on cars and opened China's markets


wider in response to President Trump's tough trade rhetoric.


--President Trump signed an executive order aimed at welfare reform.


--President Trump is forming a task force to look at the viability and operations


of the United States Postal Service.


--Newly installed National Security Advisor John Bolton cleaned house during his


first week at the job.


--EPA Chief Scott Pruitt received several death threats during the first few


months of his tenure at the agency.


--Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he'll challenge Senator Bill Nelson


setting up a battle that will help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.





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