2017 NDAA Quietly Signed by Obama

Washington, D.C. – Last week, with Americans busy preparing for the holidays and mostly oblivious to the happenings within the halls of power, President Obama quietly signed 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, which authorizes $611 billion in military spending for 2017.

In a statement, Obama said that:

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U.S. Intelligence: Russia is a Full Scope Actor, Major Threat

US intelligence officials have told Congress that Russia is a “full-scope actor” that poses a “major threat” to the United States, as President-elect Donald Trump continues to cast doubt on their conclusion that the Kremlin hacked the Democratic Party to try and influence the presidential election.

Top officials appeared on Capitol Hill on Thursday

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Trump: U.S. Reachable N. Korean Nuke Won’t Happen

President-elect Donald Trump has made a bold bet on North Korea, saying the secretive country won’t test an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States.

In his New Year address, North Korea’s volatile leader Kim Jong Un said the country was close to doing just that. “It won’t happen,” Trump

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China Sends Carrier to S. China Sea Among Tensions

A group of Chinese warships led by the country’s sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday after passing south of Taiwan, the self-ruled island’s Defense Ministry said of what China has termed a routine exercise.

A general view shows navy soldiers standing on China’s first aircraft carrier

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Putin Blames George W. Bush for Current Nuclear Arms Race

If Russia and the US are engaged in another nuclear arms race now, then it is the fault of George W. Bush, who started it by withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“The prerequisites for a new arms race were created after the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.

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Philippine Journalist Killed After Criticizing Government

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A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte points to photographers during an award ceremony. The journalists’ union has called on

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ISIS Posts $1 Million Reward to Kill This Girl

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Isis has reportedly offered a $1 million reward for the killing of a Kurdish-Danish woman who dropped out of university in 2014 to fight the extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

Kurdish-Danish Joanna Palani dropped out of university and travelled to Syria in 2014 at the age of 21 to ‘fight for women’s rights

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Trump Twitters: Let China Keep the Drone

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The President-elect engages in another bout of Twitter diplomacy after Washington said Beijing had agreed to return the drone. Image Caption: Tensions have escalated since Mr Trump’s shock election victory

Donald Trump has said the US should let China keep the underwater drone it seized in international waters.

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Israel Now Focused on Removing Assad

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a ‘butcher’ who should be thrown out of the country along with his Iranian allies.

Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “massacred and murdered people” and “he and the Iranians” should be thrown out of Syria

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Norwegian City to Boycott Israeli Products

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The resolution stated that “the Tromso municipality will therefore refrain from buying Israeli goods and services produced in “occupied Palestinian territory.”

The City Council of Tromso in Norway adopted a resolution calling on its residents to boycott products made in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

The resolution was

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