Your Look At Things You Need To Know For Your Sunday

As you face your day, Smile Often, Think Positively, Give Thanks, Laugh Loudly, Love Others ,Dream Big, Remember, Life is like a Camera, Focus on What’s  Important, Capture The Good Times, Develop From The Negative and If Things Don’t Work out, Take Another Shot. Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations.

Many find that their anxiety levels will go up when they watch cable news, which causes many to avoid cable news or information that would otherwise help or hurt our society. ” The Government of the people, by the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” Abraham Lincoln.

Stay engaged in the business of OUR SOCIETY, take a break if you get overwhelmed. But equipped yourself with information so that you can make a educated decision that will impact OUR SOCIETY in a positive way. TAKE A BREAK, BUT,  Don’t Quit.

here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed

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 Trump says FBI, FISA court were used to manipulate the 2016 election
President Trump followed up his initial claim that the Nunes memo“totally vindicates ‘Trump'” in the Russia probe with additional tweets Saturday evening accusing the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the FISA court) of being used to manipulate the2016 election. Quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial, Trump aimed his worst ire at the FBI for becoming “a tool of anti-Trump political actors” and lying to Congress. The editorial’s argument rests on the memo’s statement that the FBI acquired FISA permission to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page based significantly on a dossier whose creation was partially funded by a Clinton campaign lawyer. TheJournal rejected Trump’s claim that the memo proves his campaign innocent of Russia-related allegations. [The HillThe Wall Street Journal]
 Amtrak crash leaves 2 dead, 70 injured
Two people were killed and at least 70 injured when an Amtrak train collided with a freight train early Sunday morning in Cayce, South Carolina. The passenger train was traveling between New York and Miami, Amtrak said in a statement, when it “came in contact with a CSX freight train at around 2:35 a.m.” The crash derailed the lead engine car plus several passenger cars. About 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled; hazmat clean-up is ongoing. Lexington County, South Carolina, officials are responding at the scene, and victims are being treated at multiple area hospitals. The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. [ABC News, CBS News]
 FBI urged to ‘keep calm’ amid unfamiliar controversy
FBI Director Christopher Wray filmed a video message urging agents to “keep calm and tackle hard” amid the political controversy engulfing his agency following the release of the Nunes memo FridayTheWashington Post reported SaturdayThe FBI has long been accused of institutional misconduct, including constitutional violations, but it is unusual for the allegations to come from the right. President Trump’s embrace of the memo’s charges, on which the FBI has attempted to cast doubt, has created new political fault lines in Washington, with the FBI finding unusual bedfellows in the Democratic Party. [The Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal]
 China decries U.S. ‘Cold War mentality’
China on Sunday criticized the United States’ new nuclear weapons policy, labeling it a throwback that undermines progress. “Peace and development are irreversible global trends. The United States, thecountry that owns the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, should take theinitiative to follow the trend instead of going against it,” said a statement from Beijing. “We hope that the United States will abandon its Cold War mentality, earnestly assume its special disarmament responsibilities, correctly understand China’s strategic intentions and objectively view China’s national defense and military build-up.” [CNBC, BBC News]
 DOJ requests dismissal of Manafort suit against Mueller
The Department of Justice filed Friday evening for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by President Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, against Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the DOJ itself. Manafort is under indictment as part of Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, an investigation overseen by Rosenstein and the DOJ. Friday’s filing denies Manafort’s allegation that Mueller has operated beyond “thescope of his authority, including with respect to Manafort’s ongoing criminal prosecution.” “These claims lack merit,” said Rosenstein. [TheHill, Politico]
 States reportedly consider individual health-care mandates
Nine states are considering implementing their own individual mandate requiring residents to purchase health insurance, The Wall Street Journal reported SaturdayThe proposals would serve as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) mandate that was repealed in December as part of the Republican tax reform plan. The nine states are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, and the District of Columbia has a similar plan on the table. [The Wall Street JournalThe Hill]
 Paul Ryan deletes tweet touting $1.50 pay raise
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Saturday tweeted, then deleted, a post celebrating a woman who received a small pay bump because of the GOP tax reform law. “A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week,” Ryan wrote, quoting an Associated Press report. “She said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year.” Thetweet quickly came under fire as critics noted a $1.50 per week hike, or $78 per year, is not a large gain. [The Hill, CNN]
 Moscow strikes Syrian rebels who downed a Russian fighter jet
A Russian fighter jet was shot down in Syria on Saturday in the Idlib province near the rebel-held town of Saraqib. The pilot reportedly survived the descent with a parachute but was killed by Syrian rebels on the ground. Moscow launched a retaliatory airstrike several hours later, claiming to kill more than 30 militants. The downed plane may have been involved in Saturday morning airstrikes on a convoy of civilian refugees in the same area that left seven dead. The provenance of themissile that hit the plane is unknown, but the State Department said it is not U.S.-supplied. [The Washington PostThe Week]
 Uma Thurman accuses Harvey Weinstein of assault
Actress Uma Thurman became the latest in a long list of women to accuse disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in a New York Times report published Saturday. “He pushed me down. He tried to shove himself on me. He tried to expose himself. He did all kinds of unpleasant things,” Thurman said of Weinstein, whom she says later made a “half-assed apology” after he was confronted about theincident by director Quentin Tarantino. Thurman also recounted and shared footage of an incident on the set of Kill Bill in which Tarantino required her to drive an unsafe car that crashed into a tree, injuring her neck and knees. [The New York Times, CNN]
 Eagles face Patriots in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII
The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII on Sunday. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Eastern and will air on NBC. Pink is scheduled to sing the national anthem, and Justin Timberlake will head the half-time show, his first appearance since the “wardrobe malfunction” show with Janet Jackson in 2004. Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots are expected by many to win their sixth Super Bowl, but an unusual number of $1 million bets have been placed on an Eagles upset victory. [CBS Sports, Bleacher Report]

 

 

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