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News Roundup 4-13-18
Posted on April 13th, 2018

​​Date:       April 13, 2018
Host:        Jim Schneider
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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
Cheney.
--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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