Top News Stories For Today – Jan 11, 2018
Islam will become the second largest religion in US
The Muslim population is growing, and in the next two decades Muslims could become the second-largest religious group in the United States, according to a Pew Research study. The Pew Research Center predicts that by 2050, the US Muslim population will be 8.1 million, more than double the 3.45 million in 2017.
However, according to the study, Muslims would still only be about 2.1% of the total US population. Immigration fuels this growth. In 2016, a record number of Muslims immigrated to the US, and the Muslim population tends to be younger than other religious groups, so they have a higher fertility rate. CNN
Trump slammed by immigration hard-liners
President Trump is being criticized by immigration hard-liners after signaling his flexibility Tuesday to work with Democrats on an immigration deal, including a solution for the 800,000 “DREAMers” brought to the United States illegally as children. A frustrated Tucker Carlson wondered “what was the point of running for president” on Fox News while Ann Coulter, the author of In Trump We Trust, called it the “lowest day of his presidency.”
Trump praised his own “performance” at the bipartisan meeting, saying he “got great reviews” and “I’m sure their [TV] ratings were fantastic.” The president, however, called the court system “broken and unfair” after a federal judge ruled the administration must continue accepting and processing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications while lawsuits are pending. Townhall, BuzzFeed News
No deal Brexit will a big blow to Britain
Britain could lose almost 500,000 jobs and $67.41 billion investment over the next 12 years if it fails to agree a trade deal with the European Union, according a report commissioned by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Britain and the EU will soon begin the much harder task of defining their future trading relationship, after settling the broad terms of their divorce settlement last month.
A stand-off between Britain and the EU over the future access to single market for London’s vast financial services industry is shaping up to be one of the key Brexit battlegrounds before Britain is due to leave the bloc in March 2019. VOA
Missouri governor admits to extramarital affair
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) confirmed on Wednesday that he had an extramarital affair, saying it was a “deeply personal mistake.” News 4 has spent the last several months working on an investigation into Greitens allegedly trying to blackmail a woman he had sexual encounters with in his home. News 4 obtained a recording from the woman’s ex-husband, where she detailed her alleged encounters with Greitens and said after one intimate moment, he put a blindfold on her and took a photo, saying he would make it public if she ever discussed their affair.
The woman, who has not been named, said her sexual encounters with Greitens were consensual, and took place in 2015, before he was governor. When asked by News 4 about the alleged photo, Greitens would not comment. News 4
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa to retire
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election after this term, a development that Politico called “the latest sign of a growing Democratic wave in this year’s midterm elections.” Issa joined the House as a representative for California in 2001 and is a member of the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees.
He joins what NPR notes is a “record number of House Republicans heading for the exits” as the 2018 midterms loom; a full 31 GOP lawmakers have announced their departure from the lower chamber, though 12 of them will be running for a higher office. The exits have stirred talk of a strong midterms showing for Democrats when the elections take place this fall. Politico, NPR
Death toll rises to 17 in California mudslides
The death toll from mudslides that swept through several Montecito, California, neighborhoods rose to 17 on Wednesday, with authorities saying children are among the deceased. The mudslides were caused by heavy rain Tuesday morning, which caused boulders and debris to flow from hillsides that were burned during last month’s Thomas Fire.
Authorities say 100 homes and eight commercial properties have been destroyed, and at least 300 houses have been damaged. At least 28 people are injured and authorities say 24 are missing, and they expect the death toll to rise again. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown described the scene as looking like “a World War I battlefield.” Los Angeles Times
New York sues oil companies over global warming
Democratic Mayor Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city is suing five big oil companies for global warming and divesting $5 billion in oil investments from the city’s pension funds. He said “As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient.”
The mayor compared the oil companies to cigarette manufacturers, who knowingly made and marketed a product they knew was deadly. Three of the five companies the city is suing — Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell — said the lawsuit has no merit and that the courtroom is not the place to fight global warming. VOA
N Korea: Fire and Fury predict Trump’s end
Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury” published recently, paints Trump as a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides. Trump and other White House aides have blasted it as inaccurate trash. But it was the top-selling book in the US last week, and its numbers are likely to grow far higher.
On Thursday, North Korea’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper, run by its ruling Workers’ Party, carried an article about the book’s subject matter, how Trump reacted and why it is selling so well. The article said, its sales reflect “rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the international community. The anti-Trump book is sweeping all over the world so Trump is being massively humiliated worldwide.” The book’s popularity “foretells Trump’s political demise,” the article said. VOA
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