Palestinian Authority’s 2017 Budget Shows ‘Huge Increase’ in Funding for Terror Payments | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

The Palestinian Authority’s 2017 budget shows a “huge increase” in the funding of salaries for imprisoned terrorists and the families of “martyrs,” an Israeli research institute revealed on Wednesday.

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the amount of money allocated by the PA for payments to terrorists jailed in Israel rose 13% this year to $158 million — compared to $135 million in 2016. During the same time frame, disbursements for family members of dead terrorists increased by 4% — to $197 million from $183 million.

Overall, PMW said, the PA is spending $355 million this year on the direct funding of terrorism.

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https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/19/palestinian-authoritys-2017-budget-shows-huge-increase-in-funding-for-terror-payments/

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Proposed ‘Transgender Tool Kit’ For Students Causes A Stir « WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The debate over how schools should handle transgender students got heated Wednesday afternoon. The Minnesota Department of Education created guidelines for the state’s K-12 public schools.

On Wednesday, supporters and opponents of a proposed “transgender tool kit” showed up at a meeting to share their opinions, and each side has strong views

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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/07/19/transgender-tool-kit/

Senate Republicans still at impasse after late-night health care meeting – POLITICO

The Republicans initially planned to bring in chiefs of staff and health care wonks to advance the negotiations. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was expected to join and help push the disagreeing GOP senators to yes.

But as the senators kept talking, they reevaluated their plan and decided not to allow staff in and keep the room to members only. Priebus strolled out of Sen. John Barrasso’s office, as did White House legislative director Marc Short. The senators would keep talking amongst themselves.

Talks “narrowed down to try to figure out what is causing members not to be able to vote in favor or problems they have with the bill,” said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who opposes the GOP’s latest repeal and replace draft. “It had merit and it’s something that should have been taking place.”

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http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/19/trump-congress-no-recess-health-care-240718

Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

[Read excerpts of The Times’s interview with President Trump.]

In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-interview-sessions-russia.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

GOOGLE Releasing 20 million lab created mosquitoes 

Last October, we announced the Debug Project, an initiative at Verily to reduce the devastating global health impact that disease-carrying mosquitoes inflict on people around the world. Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of Debug Fresno, our first field study in the U.S. to test a potential mosquito control method using sterile insect technique in collaboration with MosquitoMate and Fresno County’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District
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https://blog.verily.com/2017/07/debug-fresno-our-first-us-field-study.html?m=1

US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms – Defense One


The Army Research Lab is turning more of its attention to fighting land wars against far more technologically sophisticated adversaries than it has in the past several decades. In the coming months, the Lab will fund new programs related to highly (but not fully) autonomous drones and robots that can withstand adversary electronic warfare operations. The Lab will also fund new efforts to develop battlefield communications and sensing networks that perform well against foes with advanced electronic warfare capabilities, according to Philip Perconti, who became the director of the Lab in June.
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http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/07/us-army-seeks-internet-battlefield-things-distributed-bot-swarms/139533/

‘Atypical’ form of mad cow disease confirmed in Alabama cow | AL.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed an “atypical” case of bovine spongiform encephalopothy (BSE), commonly known as mad cow disease, in an 11-year old beef cow in Alabama but emphasized that the animal never entered the slaughterhouse and “at no time presented a risk to food supply or to human health.”

According to a news release from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, the sick animal was discovered during routine surveillance at an Alabama livestock market. The animal died at the market before entering the slaughter channels and samples were sent to a USDA lab in Iowa for confirmation.

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http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/atypical_form_of_mad_cow_disea.html

Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival – NYTimes.com

AMMAN, Jordan — As next in line to be king of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef was unaccustomed to being told what to do. Then, one night in June, he was summoned to a palace in Mecca, held against his will and pressured for hours to give up his claim to the throne.

By dawn, he had given in, and Saudi Arabia woke to the news that it had a new crown prince: the king’s 31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-mohammed-bin-nayef-mohammed-bin-salman.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

ICE chief praises Trump, plans to send more agents to sanctuary cities | TheHill

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan on Tuesday said he plans to further crack down on undocumented immigrants by sending more resources and agents to sanctuary cities.

Homan told Washington Examiner on Tuesday that he plans to address “ludicrous” sanctuary cities.

“In the America I grew up in, cities didn’t shield people who violated the law,” Homan told the publication. “What I want to get is a clear understanding from everybody, from the congressmen to the politicians to law enforcement to those who enter the country illegally, that ICE is open for business.”

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http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/342580-ice-director-trump-has-taken-the-handcuffs-off-law-enforcement

North Korea conducts public executions for theft, watching South Korea media: report | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea carries out public executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing media from South Korea and prostitution, a report issued on Wednesday said.

The report, by a Seoul-based non-government group, said the often extra-judicial decisions for public executions are frequently influenced by “bad” family background or a government campaign to discourage certain behavior.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-rights-idUSKBN1A4035

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