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January 26, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:


Presidential campaign

Other national news


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Presidential campaign

How Trump and Cruz differ on the issues (CBS)

A new poll shows Republican Donald Trump leading Ted Cruz two-to-one in New Hampshire, less than three weeks before the primary. Sarah Palin's endorsement helps Trump deflect attacks from Cruz over Trump's conservative credentials. But the candidates differ on several issues, including taxes, government surveillance and immigration.

In Iowa farm town, immigration debate yields surprising views (LA Times)

Each weekday morning, members of a Marshalltown coffee club gather for breakfast and conversation. Their views on immigration are more nuanced and complex than the heated politics on the campaign trail would suggest.

Inspector General: Clinton emails had intel from most secretive, classified programs (Fox)

Fox News exclusively obtained the unclassified letter, sent Jan. 14 from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III. It laid out the findings of a recent comprehensive review by intelligence agencies that identified "several dozen" additional classified emails -- including specific intelligence known as "special access programs" (SAP)….  Intelligence from a "special access program,” or SAP, is even more sensitive than that designated as "top secret" – as were two emails identified last summer in a random sample pulled from Clinton's private server she used as secretary of state.

Bloomberg considers third-party run for president: report (The Hill)

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering a third-party bid for president, telling allies he could spend at least $1 billion to mount the uphill climb, according to the New York Times. He has reportedly set a final deadline of early March and has asked his aides to create a roadmap for his potential bid.

Other national news

Suicide rate of female veterans is called ‘staggering’ (Los Angeles Times)

New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces.

Planned Parenthood cleared, but 2 indicted over video (AP)

A grand jury convened to investigate whether a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic had sold the organs of aborted fetuses on Monday cleared the clinic and instead indicted the undercover videographers behind the allegations, surprising the officials who called for the probe and delighting supporters of the women's health organization.

Blizzard for record books paralyzes New York and Washington (Reuters)

A blizzard that has paralyzed much of the U.S. East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill and forcing the closure of roads, bridges and tunnels into New York until Sunday morning. In all, there were at least 19 deaths in several states related to the storm. It ranked No. 3 in terms of snowfall accumulation in New York City history with at least 25.1 inches (63.7 cm), and was among Washington's biggest too, the National Weather Service said.

Ohio town may be the next Flint with its water crisis (CBS)

A small Ohio town about halfway between Canton and Youngstown is facing a growing drinking water crisis like the one in Flint, Michigan, that has captured national attention. The water treatment operator in Sebring, Ohio, is facing a criminal investigation from the Ohio Environmental Protection agency after elevated levels of lead and copper were found in tap water, reports CBS affiliate WKBN in Youngstown.

Magnitude 7.1 quake rocks Alaska, damaging roads and displacing residents  (Anchorage Daily News)

Southcentral Alaska was rocked by a strong and prolonged magnitude-7.1 earthquake early Sunday morning, destroying four homes on the Kenai Peninsula and rattling nerves throughout the region.

The Delicate Politics Of Rising Crime (NPR)

Violent crimes increased in the first six months of 2015, FBI data show. It's a relatively small increase, but one that might affect the current bipartisan push to shrink America's prison population.

Exclusive: U.S. weighs making Hawaii missile test site operational - sources (Reuters)

 The U.S. military has stepped up discussions on converting its Aegis missile defense test site in Hawaii into a combat-ready facility that would bolster American defenses against ballistic missile attacks, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

WORLD 19,000 Civilians Killed In Iraq In 22 Months, U.N. Report Says (NPR)

More than 35,000 were wounded during the same period. "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering," the report states, pointing to the "scourge" of ISIS.

50 percent pay cut: a tough break for ISIS fighters (CS Monitor)

According to documents leaked from inside ISIS, the terrorist organization has cut the salaries of its jihadists by half. Experts say the deduction can be attributed to recent victories by the US-led coalition. 

Photos show destruction of oldest Christian monastery in Iraq by ISIS (CS Monitor)

St. Elijah’s Monastery joins a list of more than 100 historical and religious sites that have been demolished by Islamic State, including mosques, churches, tombs, and shrines.

North Face widow offers land to Chile (BBC)

The widow of North Face co-founder Douglas Tompkins opens talks with Chile on donating a vast nature reserve to be turned into national parks.

Migrants storm French port of Calais and board British ferry

PARIS (Reuters) - Around 200 refugees managed to break into the port of Calais in northern France on Saturday after a demonstration of support for migrants living in a slum nearby ended, enabling some of them to board the front deck of a British ferry, an official said.

Hong Kong democrats find a deeper resonance in Taiwan's orderly election (CS Monitor)

Taiwan freely elected its first female president in last weekend's election which was closely watched in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous territory under Chinese rule. 

Israeli troops evict Jewish settlers from West Bank homes (Reuters)

 Israeli troops forcibly removed Jewish settlers on Friday from homes in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron that they said they had bought from Palestinians, prompting some right-wing lawmakers to threaten to withhold support for the government.


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