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January 1, 100K Indians Greet Trump at Massive Rally



This Day in History | 1803

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Marshall establishes the principle of judicial review in the case of Marbury vs. Madison.

Good morning Middle Americans, 

Trump is a rock star in India. If there were any question about that, consider it answered. More than 100,000 Indians showed up to greet President Trump upon his arrival. It’s a similar scene to what we say in Saudi Arabia, when the president visited that country. Trump is also hoping to come home with some progress on a new trade and arms deal. The meeting is also comes at at a critical time. Right now, for many reasons India is looking like a more stable option than China as a strategic partner. 

Congratulations to Amb. Rick Grenell. As he takes his seat as acting Director of National Intelligence. He’s the highest ranking openly-gay member of the U.S. government in our history. 

Bernie Sanders is riding high after a clear victory in Nevada over the weekend.  But, as his nomination starts to come into clearer focus, groups like AIPIC, are starting to feel the burn of a guy like Sanders. The Vermont Senator, and his supporters like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, call the group racist. AIPAC carries a lot of weight with Jewish voters. 

Finally today. we have a story about WWII U.S. aircraft shot down of the pacific 75 years ago. The plane have been found thanks to the efforts of some dedicated patriots. 

Read all about it. 

– Fraser Dixon 

’Namaste Trump!’ India Greets U.S. Leader With Epic Party

(NPR) – President Trump would be the first to tell you: He and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite some economic friction between their countries, share a warm personal friendship. And Modi, as Trump’s friend, evidently knows just how to greet the U.S. president when he drops in for a visit — with throngs of adoring fans.

Shortly after touchdown in Ahmedabad, the largest city in the prime minister’s home state of Gujarat, Trump is heading to a rally at the massive Sardar Patel Stadium. Billed as the largest cricket stadium in the world, the newly renovated facility is hosting a party that also happens to bear the president’s name: “Namaste Trump,” a nod to the similarly gargantuan “Howdy Modi” fete for the prime minister last fall at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

For all the physical enormity of the event, though, expectations of Trump’s two-day visit remain modest — even from Trump himself. The president has carefully downplayed the prospect of a major trade deal anytime soon.

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Richard Grenell Now Highest-Ranking Openly Gay official in US Government History

(NY Post) – President Trump made history this week after appointing Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence. The new job, a cabinet-level position, makes Grenell the highest serving openly gay man to hold federal office in United States history.

“He is a faithful patriot and an extraordinary student of our national security apparatus and foreign policy. He has led at the UN, the foreign service and for several presidential campaigns. He is unabashed and completely qualified for the DNI. Acting or nominated,” Billy White, a former president of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan who has known Grenell for three decades, told The Post

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Sanders Won’t Attend AIPAC Conference, Accuses It of Providing Platform for ‘Bigotry’

(The Hill) – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday in a statement confirming that he would not attend the pro-Israel organization’s annual conference.

Sanders tweeted that he would not attend the conference due to AIPAC’s connection to “leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights,” an apparent reference to the current administration of Israel headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Sanders has repeatedly criticized in the past.

“The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people. I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason I will not attend their conference,” he wrote.

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Three US Aircraft Shot Down During World War II have Been Found in the Pacific

(CNN) – The last time anyone saw these military aircraft, US forces were pummeling Japanese targets in the western Pacific during World War II.

“Operation Hailstone” in February 1944 was a decisive victory for the US. But it came at a cost to American forces — 40 service members were killed and more than 20 aircraft were lost.

Many families had no answers on their loved ones’ exact whereabouts for generations.

Now Project Recover, a nonprofit that searches for those missing in action since World War II, has found three of the missing aircraft.

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