News Roundup 2/15/17

  • Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich believes the intelligence community is behind the leaks that forced Mike Flynn to resign as National Security Advisor. Kucinich said the intelligence community wants to undermine Trump’s desire for a positive relationship with Russia. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Sean Spicer says Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The IRS will accept tax returns without line 61 filled out. Line 61 is the Obamacare individual mandate question that asks filers if they had health insurance in the past year. Allowing Americans to leave the line blank effectively ends the enforcement of the individual mandate. The change comes as a result of an executive order Trump signed last month. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Humana is pulling its insurance from the Obamacare marketplace starting January 1, 2018. Humana is one of the five largest health insurers in the US. [Link] Healthcare Fyle
  • Six TSA agents along with some airport employees were arrested for smuggling cocaine into the US from Puerto Rico. The operation was going on for 18 years, and they were able to smuggle about $100 million in cocaine during that time. [Link] War on Drugs Fyle
  • 500 US troops and tanks arrive in Romania to bolster the countries defenses and prove our commitment to the NATO ally. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Israel withdrew its Ambassador to Egypt at the end of last year. The move was done quietly and was not reported. Isreal reports the move was made out of safety concerns. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • The head of a UN watchdog group says Iran is following the nuclear deal. [Link] Iran Fyle
  • A Russian spy ship was spotted off of the coast of the US. The ship was well into international waters, and the US Navy did not seem very concerned about the ship. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • Russian planes buzz a US destroyer off the coast of Russia in the Black Sea. US military officials have described the actions as unsafe and unprofessional. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered in Malaysia. US officials believe that North Korean agents carried out the murder. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • The US provided over 1,000 tanker sorties in support of Saudi’s air war against Yemen in 2016. This is an increase of 50% over the number of tanker sorties in the previous year. The US has provided over 7,500 midair refuelings to the Saudis since the start of their air war against Yemen. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

One thought to “News Roundup 2/15/17”

  1. There are so many disturbing articles; forcing fines on the poor to drive them from their homes so their homes can be bought and a land developer can use it for what he wants?! A cosmetologist being investigated for giving free haircuts to the homeless, restoring dignity. Russian ships on the U.S. East Coast as well as a cat & mouse game with our ship in their waters. Not to mention all the foreign affairs ….. thanks for bringing us the news no one else will despite how disturbing it is.

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