ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

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January 24, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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Republicans fund Children’s health insurance program, but leave their local health centers in the lurch (Los Angeles Times)

… Children who have CHIP ... are going to have an insurance card, but they’ll have nowhere to go to actually get healthcare.

Wild horses face slaughter after U.S. government proposes new regulations (ABC)

The Bureau of Land Management wants to kill 75% of wild horses on public lands.

7.9 quake in Gulf of Alaska spurs tsunami alerts, evacuations  (Anchorage Daily News)

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 hit beneath the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday, resulting in tsunami alerts for coastal areas from British Columbia to the Aleutians.

Trump team bypassed DHS analysts to produce bogus terror report (Daily Beast)

The Trump administration was clear: ‘An analysis conducted by DHS’ concluded that 73% of terrorists were ‘foreign-born.’ Except DHS analysts had nothing to do with the conclusion…While DHS’ analysts keep track of domestic terrorism data and immigration data, they do not cross-reference that data by citizenship…“Here’s a government report focused just on Muslim terrorism and demonizing that threat and ignoring the facts that white terrorists killed more people in 2017 than Muslim terrorists,” said Daryl Johnson—a former professional DHS terrorism analyst.

White supremacists killed 18 people in 2017, double the number in 2016, study finds (Newsweek)

White supremacists not only shed their masks in 2017 but unleashed one of the deadliest years for extremist violence in almost half a century.  Over the past 12 months, white supremacists committed the largest number of domestic-extremist-related killings, helping to make 2017 the fifth-deadliest year for extremist violence since 1970, according to a newly released report from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.  The center counted a total of 34 people killed by domestic extremists, of which 18 were killed by white supremacists, more than double the number from the previous year. In the past decade, right-wing extremism made up 71 percent of extremist-related murders, compared with 26 percent of murders by Islamic extremists.

Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar gets 40 to 175 years for sex abuse (NBC)

After a remarkable hearing that featured gut-wrenching statements from 156 of his accusers and an apology that the judge said rang hollow, former Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls under the guise of treatment. "You do not deserve to walk outside of a prison ever again," Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said in the Ingham County, Michigan, courtroom where Nassar was forced to listen to victims for seven days before learning his fate. "I signed your death warrant," she added.

A year ago, they marched. Now a record number of women are running for office (Time)

…There is an unprecedented surge of first-time female candidates, overwhelmingly Democratic, running for offices big and small, from the U.S. Senate and state legislatures to local school boards. At least 79 women are exploring runs for governor in 2018, potentially doubling a record for female candidates set in 1994, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The number of Democratic women likely challenging incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives is up nearly 350% from 41 women in 2016.

Hawaii governor didn't correct false missile alert sooner because he didn't know his Twitter password (Jewish world Review)

Minutes after the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a missile alert at 8:07 a.m. on Jan. 13 - terrifying residents and visitors across the state - some officials, such as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, rushed to Twitter to reassure everyone it was a mistake. But one Twitter account was deafeningly silent for 17 minutes: that of Hawaii Gov. David Ige.

Trump’s 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he ‘just didn’t show’ (Washington Post)

 A former Trump campaign worker appointed at age 23 to a top position in the White House’s drug policy office had been let go from a job at a law firm because he repeatedly missed work, a partner at the firm said…Weyeneth’s only professional experience after college and before becoming an appointee was working on the Trump campaign and transition.

Sessions is questioned as Russia inquiry focuses on obstruction (New York Times)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week as part of the special counsel investigation, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday, making him the first member of President Trump’s cabinet to be interviewed in the inquiry. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is increasingly focused on Mr. Trump’s conduct in office and on whether he obstructed the investigation itself.

2 dead, 17 wounded in Kentucky high school shooting (USA Today)

A 15-year-old student opened fire Tuesday at a high school in rural Kentucky, killing two people and wounding a dozen more, authorities said.

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested (New York Times)

A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years.

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Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia (Reuters)

Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil war.

Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military  (Reuters)

Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.

Chilean protests, threats 'unprecedented' for papal visit (CS Monitor)

Pope Francis faced an unusually high level of hostility on his visit to Chile with protestors burning at least 11 churches and leaving threatening pamphlets directed at the pope.

At least 19 dead after overnight battle at Kabul hotel in Afghanistan (JPost)

More than 150 guests were able to flee as parts of the building caught fire.

Philippine volcano erupts, causing 56,000 to flee (BBC)

Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, erupted for eight minutes on Monday afternoon, spewing a 3-mile-tall column of debris and volcanic gas. I

Nikki Haley says Russia is complicit in Syria atrocities (CNN)

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia lobbed verbal jabs at each other Tuesday over the use of chemical weapons in Syria.