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Russian Parliament Launches Investigation Of "CNN And Other American Media"

Following legislation introduced by Jeanne Shaheen earlier this week to investigation the RT in the U.S., the Russian Parliament has decided to launch its own media witch hunt to check whether CNN, the Voice of America, Radio Liberty and "other American media" are complying with Russian law.

Mexicans Flood Into Canada As 2017 Border Detentions Surpass All Of 2016

Mexican immigrants are suddenly finding out that, while Canada is happy to host 'tourists' from our Southern neighbor courtesy of relaxed visa requirements that went into effect December 1st, they're not so eager to invite folks looking for work or immigrants without valid identification and/or a criminal record.

DOJ Delivers Trump Wiretap Documents To Congress, Statement Due Shortly

The DoJ just delivered documents to congressional committees responding to their request for information that could shed light on President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama ordered U.S. agencies to spy on him. Reuters reports that a congressional official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the House Intelligence Committee was examining the documents and might issue a public statement about them later on Friday.

Frontrunning: March 17

  • Oil Set for First Weekly Gain This Month (BBG)
  • Trump’s Budget Likely to See Major Rewrite in Congress (WSJ)
  • Trump, Germany's Merkel to hold first face-to-face meeting at White House (Reuters)
  • Tillerson Doesn’t Rule Out Preemptive Strike on North Korea (BBG)
  • Trump May Not Want Immigrants, but Rust Belt Mayors Do (BBG)

"Military Action Is On The Table": Tillerson Warns "Patience" With North Korea Has Ended

“I think it’s important to recognize that the political and diplomatic efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to the point of denuclearization have failed,” Tillerson said. "Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table."

Syrian Army Claims It Shot Down Israeli Jet After Raid Near Palmyra

The Syrian Army said Israeli warplanes targeted Syrian army positions and hit a “military target” near Palmyra in a Friday morning raid, in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State. In retaliation the jets were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles with one of the Israeli fight planes shot down.

Trump Releases His First Budget Blueprint: Here Are The Winners And Losers

Today at 7am, Trump released his  first federal budget blueprint revealing the President's plan to dramatically reduce the size of the government. As previewed last night, the document calls for deep cuts at departments and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce. It also proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which the White House says will be offset by the other cuts.

Greeks Tried To Blow Up The IMF Too

A Greek return address was on the envelope which exploded in Paris, Greece's public order minister said in Athens. "French authorities just informed us that it was mailed from Greece," Nikos Toskas told Ant1 Television.