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7:24 AM 12/26/2018 - Syria military says Israel strikes hit Damascus weapons depot | "The Trump administration’s decision to pull out the roughly 2,000 American soldiers deployed in Syria was partially influenced by a request from Israel’s leadership."

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"The Trump administration’s decision to pull out the roughly 2,000 American soldiers deployed in Syria was partially influenced by a request from Israel’s leadership." 

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Syria military says Israel strikes hit Damascus weapons depot

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Loud explosions have been heard close to Syria's capital Damascus overnight, in what the Syrian military says were Israeli air strikes on a weapons depot.
A Syrian military official told state media the depot was hit, and three soldiers were injured. Syria said most of the missiles were intercepted.
Israel has not confirmed the strikes. It said it activated its air defence systems to bring down a Syrian missile.
There were no casualties or damage to property in Israel, the military said.
Late on Tuesday, Syria's state media published footage of an object moving over Damascus being intercepted.
A loud explosion is then heard, followed by burst of artillery shelling.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have not commented on the reported air strikes.
The IDF later tweeted that its air defence systems were "activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria".
Israel has on numerous occasions targeted Iranian and Hezbollah sites in Syria that it regards as threats to its own security.
Israel rarely admits carrying out such strikes.
But in May, Israel said it had struck almost all of Iran's military infrastructure inside Syria in its biggest assault since the start of the civil war there in 2011.
The strikes came after rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights overnight.

Social Media's Year of Falling From Grace

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In 2018, technology firms such as Facebook and Google faced more scrutiny and negative press over their handling of data breaches and online speech. The issue may mean new rules and more regulations in the future.
The question of who can access personal user data through technology caused many people to rethink how much they trust these companies with their private information. At a recent hearing, House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy grilled Google over accusations it uses algorithms to suppress conservative voices.
"Are America's technology companies serving as instruments of freedom? Or instruments of control? Are they fulfilling the promise of the digital age? Are they advancing the cause of self-government? Or are they serving as instruments of manipulation used by powerful interests and foreign governments to rob the people of their power, agency, and dignity?," he said.
At the hearing, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he runs the U.S. technology giant without political preference.
In October, Google acknowledged that several months earlier, it had discovered a data breach involving its Google Plus service, which the company said would be shut down.
Pantas Sutardja, chief executive of data storage company LatticeWork Inc., says such scandals are forcing the companies to take a closer look at how they manage and protect user content.
"2018 has been a challenging year for tech companies and consumers alike. Company CEOs being called to Congress for hearings and promising profusely to fix the problems of data breach but still cannot do it," said Sutardja.
Also this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from U.S. lawmakers over a breach that allowed a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, to exploit the data of millions of Facebook users. Zuckerberg apologized to lawmakers, but some legislators say the giant social network cannot be trusted to regulate itself.
Separately, the attorney-general for Washington, Karl Racine, said the U.S. capital had sued Facebook over reports involving Cambridge Analytica's use of data from the social media giant.
The year saw new revelations that foreign operatives were using social media to secretly spread divisive and often bogus messages in the United States and worldwide. Walt Mossberg, a former tech journalist, says consumers are frustrated.
"It doesn't matter to whose benefit they were operating. What bothers people here is that a foreign country, using our social networks, digital products and services that we have come to feel comfortable in, a foreign government has come in and used that against us," he said.
The Facebook data breach has prompted companies like Latticework to create new ways for users to protect their information and themselves, Sutardja says.
"Despite apologizing profusely about leaking customer data, they can't do anything about it because their real master, their boss is Wall Street," he said.
User data was just one area in which tech firms came under criticism.Under pressure, social media companies tightened restrictions on the kinds of speech they tolerate on their sites.
And workers pressed managers about their companies' government contracts and treatment of female colleagues.
Mossberg says he wants federal law to limit U.S. internet firms' collection and use of personal data.
"These are giant companies now. There really are four or five of them that control everything. And governments and citizens of countries around the world need the right to regulate them without closing down free speech. And that's tricky," he said.
Mossberg says he has given up Facebook.
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Berlin's Gay Life Is Starting to Harken Back to a Darker Era

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Berlin is a powerfully queer place—gay culture, politics, activism, clubs, and sex reverberate through the city. Crowds here dance under confetti rain at annual Christopher Street Day, or gay pride, parades. A fierce campaign is under way to protect intersex children from surgery, and antiracism protestersregularly drown out far-right rallies. But “Germany is not the shiny, progressive country it wishes to be portrayed as,” says Katrin Hugendubel, the advocacy director of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association in Europe (ILGA-Europe), which represents more than 1,000 LGBT organizations.
In 1918, when Bull’s predecessor first opened, Weimar-era Germany was embarking on a scandalous decade. Gay communities in New York, Paris, and London faced the threat of imprisonment, financial ruin, murder, or even execution. Berlin’s reputation for wild immorality and its unusually liberal law enforcement, by contrast, helped turn the city into Europe’s undisputed gay mecca.
By the 1920s, Berlin was home to an estimated 85,000 lesbians, a thriving gay-media scene, and around 100 LGBT bars and clubs, where artists and writers mixed with cross-dressing call girls who supposedly inspired the Some Like It Hot director Billy Wilder. Magnus Hirschfeld’s revolutionaryInstitute for Sexual Science openly lobbied for the decriminalization of homosexuality and helped transgender men apply with government agencies to live legally under their new gender. Audiences, straight and gay, queued up at Eldorado, a Jewish-owned nightclub where trans women and drag queens performed and gave paid dances to visitors. There, patrons watched the drug-addled, bisexual Anita Berber star in naked dances named after narcotics. In 1929, the British writer Christopher Isherwood, whose pivotal years in Berlin were brought to life in the film Cabaret, wrote in his diary: “I’m looking for my homeland and I have come to find out if this is it.”
Isherwood is something of a passion for Brendan Nash. With a shaved head, a hooded jacket, and an endless supply of racy anecdotes, Nash is not your average armchair academic. For the past eight years, he has transported tourists and earnest gender-theory students back in time to search for the ghosts of their pioneering heroes, as part of his popular LGBT walking tour around West Berlin’s “gayborhood” of Schöneberg.
But lately, the tour has taken on a different meaning. Instead of merely teaching history, he’s drawing parallels with the present.
“1932 was the 2016 of its age,” Nash explained to a rapt group, muffled in thick coats in the bright, cold sunshine. Passing around a 90-year-old one million Deutsche Mark note—a legacy of the period’s hyperinflation, which  drove many people to embrace populist politicians—that he had found at a flea market, he added: “Desperate people in poverty were being promised jobs, that they could ‘take back control’ and ‘make Germany great again.’”
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10:28 AM 12/25/2018 - Robert Mueller has Mike Pence nailed - YouTube 

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Robert Mueller has Mike Pence nailed - YouTube
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After the shock of Mattis' resignation, some see a different narrative - CNN
Gov. Jerry Brown orders new tests in quadruple-murder case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper - Los Angeles Times
Trump invited to visit Turkey - POLITICO
Mexico: Helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor - Fox News
New DNA Test Ordered For Kevin Cooper, Convicted Of Quadruple Murder In 1983 - HuffPost
Mexico Helicopter Crash Kills Governor and Her Husband, an Ex-Governor - The New York Times
More than 3000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis - Boston.com
ICE dumps hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at a bus station on Christmas Eve - Business Insider
After the shock of Mattis' resignation, some see a different narrative - CNN
Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu’s coalition dissolves parliament - The Washington Post
Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu’s coalition dissolves parliament - The Washington Post
Trump resumes attack on the Fed as markets sink again - CNBC
Headphone jack fans lost out to fullscreen smartphones in 2018 - Engadget
Mystery case that appears tied to Mueller investigation reaches Supreme Court - NBC News
The stock market just booked its ugliest Christmas Eve plunge — ever - MarketWatch
Israel's Government Collapses Amid Corruption Charges and Trump's Mideast Chaos - The Daily Beast
Mattis signs order to withdraw troops from Syria - CBS News
Trump’s week of tumult shakes many in GOP | TheHill - The Hill
Partial shutdown is a total failure, and it could last until the new year - The Washington Post
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Alexa Goes Down in the UK on Christmas Day - Thurrott.com

Alexa Goes Down in the UK on Christmas Day  Thurrott.com
If you live in the UK and got someone a new Amazon Echo speaker, that might not have been the best idea. Amazon's Alexa assistant went down just about an ...
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Essay on Racism: Growing Up Turkish in Germany - SPIEGEL ONLINE

'Turkified' Why I Can Never Be a Proper German

Turks make up Germany's largest ethnic minority, and SPIEGEL reporter Özlem Gezer grew up in the port city of Hamburg as a part of this community. She describes herself as a "model immigrant," but explains how Germans have made her feel she could never be one of them.
Thilo Rothacker/ DER SPIEGEL
Robert Mueller has Mike Pence nailed - YouTube

BREAKING!! POSSIBLE ARREST ON THE WAY! The Video Obama Wants To Hide & Hannity Wants All To See! - YouTube

BREAKING!! POSSIBLE ARREST ON THE WAY! The Video Obama Wants To Hide & Hannity Wants All To See!
Частые и загадочные смерти генералов в России, Безумный мир - YouTube

Частые и загадочные смерти генералов в России, Безумный мир
NYPD and LAPD trade Die Hard tweets on Christmas Eve - Consequence of Sound

NYPD and LAPD trade Die Hard tweets on Christmas Eve  Consequence of Sound
Thirty years later, Die Hard has become the de facto alternative Christmas tradition, offering an action-packed detour for pop culture junkies exhausted from ...
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After the shock of Mattis' resignation, some see a different narrative - CNN

After the shock of Mattis' resignation, some see a different narrative  CNN
Gen. James Mattis' resignation triggered an outpouring of anxiety and anger and a steady stream of kudos for the 68-year-old, but as the shock of his departure ...
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Gov. Jerry Brown orders new tests in quadruple-murder case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper - Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown orders new tests in quadruple-murder case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper  Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday ordered new tests of physical evidence in the case of Kevin Cooper, whose high-profile quadruple-murder conviction three ...
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Trump invited to visit Turkey - POLITICO

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Mexico: Helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor - Fox News

Mexico: Helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor  Fox News
A husband-and-wife political power couple who were the current and ex-governors of the central Mexican state of Puebla died in a Christmas Eve helicopter ...
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New DNA Test Ordered For Kevin Cooper, Convicted Of Quadruple Murder In 1983 - HuffPost

New DNA Test Ordered For Kevin Cooper, Convicted Of Quadruple Murder In 1983  HuffPost
After The New York Times reported that death row inmate Kevin Cooper may have been framed for the murder of a family of four in 1983, he got the Christmas ...
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Mexico Helicopter Crash Kills Governor and Her Husband, an Ex-Governor - The New York Times

Mexico Helicopter Crash Kills Governor and Her Husband, an Ex-Governor  The New York Times
The governor of the Mexican state of Puebla and her husband, a lawmaker who was the former governor of the same state, were killed in a helicopter crash on ...
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More than 3000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis - Boston.com

More than 3000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis  Boston.com
Officials say more than 3000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Read more on Boston.com.
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ICE dumps hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at a bus station on Christmas Eve - Business Insider

ICE dumps hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at a bus station on Christmas Eve  Business Insider
Lawmakers and immigrant rights groups scramble after ICE releases hundreds of migrants without alerting local shelters.
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After the shock of Mattis' resignation, some see a different narrative - CNN

  1. After the shock of Mattis' resignation, some see a different narrative  CNN
  2. Defense Secretary James Mattis signs Syria withdrawal orders, official says  Fox News
  3. Trump tweets he's 'all alone (poor me)' on Christmas Eve as he spends the day attacking everyone from Democrats and the Fed to James Mattis  Business Insider
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Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu’s coalition dissolves parliament - The Washington Post

Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu’s coalition dissolves parliament  The Washington Post
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition announced Monday plans to dissolve the country's parliament and hold a snap ...
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Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu’s coalition dissolves parliament - The Washington Post

  1. Israel headed to elections as Netanyahu’s coalition dissolves parliament  The Washington Post
  2. Israel Calls Early Elections as Netanyahu’s Coalition Collapses  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Israel to Dissolve Parliament, Hold Early Elections in April  The Daily Beast
  4. Israeli government falls, early elections called for April  ABC News
  5. Israel will hold early elections as parliament prepares to dissolve  New York Post
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Trump resumes attack on the Fed as markets sink again - CNBC

Trump resumes attack on the Fed as markets sink again  CNBC
President Donald Trump on Monday escalated his attacks on the Federal Reserve in a Christmas Eve tweet, claiming the central bank doesn't "have a feel for ...
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Headphone jack fans lost out to fullscreen smartphones in 2018 - Engadget

Headphone jack fans lost out to fullscreen smartphones in 2018  Engadget
Throughout 2016 and 2017, it was hard to fathom why Apple, Motorola and other smartphone makers were so eager to drop headphone jacks. There weren't ...
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Mystery case that appears tied to Mueller investigation reaches Supreme Court - NBC News

  1. Mystery case that appears tied to Mueller investigation reaches Supreme Court  NBC News
  2. Chief Justice pauses contempt order for mystery company in Mueller investigation  CNN
  3. Chief Justice Roberts weighs in on mystery subpoena clash potentially tied to Mueller  Fox News
  4. The Supreme Court takes up a secret case involving Robert Mueller and a mystery company  ThinkProgress
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The stock market just booked its ugliest Christmas Eve plunge — ever - MarketWatch

  1. The stock market just booked its ugliest Christmas Eve plunge — ever  MarketWatch
  2. Stocks Fall; Dow Jones Heads For Decade's Worst Month  Investor's Business Daily
  3. Not very merry: US stocks slump ahead of Christmas holiday  ABC News
  4. Dow Drops Below 22K, S&P Enters Bear Market on Worst Christmas Eve Session Ever  TheStreet.com
  5. Dow Gains 87 Points Because It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year  Barron's
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Israel's Government Collapses Amid Corruption Charges and Trump's Mideast Chaos - The Daily Beast

Israel's Government Collapses Amid Corruption Charges and Trump's Mideast Chaos  The Daily Beast
The specific issue that brought down Bibi's government was subsidies for ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers. Still, he thinks he'll win at the polls again in April.
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Mattis signs order to withdraw troops from Syria - CBS News

Mattis signs order to withdraw troops from Syria  CBS News
The President announced Sunday that the Pentagon chief would be leaving his post two months earlier than anticipated.
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Trump’s week of tumult shakes many in GOP | TheHill - The Hill

Trump’s week of tumult shakes many in GOP | TheHill  The Hill
One of the most tumultuous weeks in President Trump's turbulent two years in office has turned up the spotlight on divisions between the White House and ...
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Partial shutdown is a total failure, and it could last until the new year - The Washington Post

Partial shutdown is a total failure, and it could last until the new year  The Washington Post
The partial government shutdown is a total government failure brought on by President Trump's demand for a wall and his caving to right-wing media ...
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Disclaimer and Clarification for our most studious and brightest FBI investigators: this title is the literary device of irony, not a call to violence. So give your new “carpetas” the correct tags and labels, dance ethically and esthetically, keep your guns securely holstered, and do not drink too much. Are they able or willing to understand the difference? Hopefully, they kapish. They are not that dumb. Hopefully. Most importantly, address the issues.

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RUSSIA and THE WEST - РОССИЯ и ЗАПАД

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