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Jan 16 18:13

WAS MANBIJ ATTACK A FALSE FLAG TO IMPEDE SYRIA WITHDRAWAL?

Reportedly, four American soldiers were killed and three wounded in a suicide bombing in Syria’s northern flashpoint town of Manbij on Wednesday. Additionally, seven civilians were also killed and nine injured in the bombing, though some reports are mentioning a higher number of casualties.

Jan 16 16:54

Sheldon Whitehouse: We Are ‘Moving Toward Indictment and Charges of the President’

Appearing Tuesday evening on CNN’s Cuomo Primetime, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told host Christopher Cuomo that prosecutors are “moving toward indictment and charges” against President Donald Trump.

Jan 16 16:50

NBC, CNN: Secret Service, DHS Reject Nancy Pelosi’s ‘Security’ Excuse for Canceling State of the Union

Multiple reports indicate that the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security both reject Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s stated reason for asking the President of the United States to postpone the State of the Union address.

Jan 16 16:20

Trump's shutdown trap?

Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy? In only five more days of the already "longest government shutdown in history" (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.

Don't believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off? Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF – a Reduction in Force – and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections. But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off – as in no more job. It is all explained by Michael Roberts here (updated after the beginning of the partial shutdown):

A reduction in force is a thoughtful and systematic elimination of positions. For all practical purposes, a government RIF is the same thing as a layoff. ...

Jan 16 16:10

These New Numbers Are Telling Us That The Global Economic Slowdown Is Far More Advanced Than We Thought

Some people that I hear from insist that there is no possible way that they can put together an emergency fund because they are already spending everything that they are bringing in.

Jan 16 15:33

Roy Moore releases 2017 polygraph results

Former Judge Roy Moore (R) has steadfastly denied the allegations that he abused underaged young women during the 1970s.

On Monday, the Moore Defense Team released a polygraph test in which Moore denies the accusations against him that derailed his 2017 senate campaign.

The Moore team said that to this day Corfman and her attorneys have refused to answer questions about Judge Moore’s residence or vehicle at the time and have not agreed for us to take her deposition. Judge Moore’s team emphasizes that he passed the polygraph that taken on December 19, 2017.

Jan 16 15:31

WATCH: Ex-CIA Chief Who Pushed Russiagate Probe Backs Off Collusion Theory

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who once beat the drum about alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia, backed off that position in a recent TV interview, saying he simply found the US president’s policies puzzling.

During an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes Tuesday night, Brennan said, "I don't think I've said that" when Hayes prompted him about his repeated suggestions that Trump's "policy positions are the product, essentially, of some concealed relationship with the Russians."

"I think we're saying there are demonstrated examples of Mr. Trump's policy actions that are undermining the US role internationally," Brennan said, also speaking of the opinion of David Laufman, the ex-chief of the Justice Department's Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, whose opinions Hayes had just cited.

Jan 16 15:29

Global Debt Surpasses 244 Trillion Dollars As “Nearly Half The World Lives On Less Than $5.50 A Day”

The game is literally rigged against us, and we need to realize what we are up against. Tinkering around with the current system is not going to fix anything. We need to ditch this current system and start again from scratch, but it will probably take a horrific collapse before most people start to understand this.

Jan 16 15:24

Are You Suffering From Toxic Masculinity? Know The Warning Signs

It's called "toxic masculinity," and it's the latest disease to plague the nation. It can affect every aspect of a toxic man's life. Worst of all, toxic masculinity is contagious, so if you're infected, you need to know right away so you can avoid spreading it to your friends and family.

Jan 16 15:12

The Danger Within: Border Patrol Is Turning America Into a Constitution-Free Zone

Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world, in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.

Jan 16 14:57

Kissing the Hands that Molest You

What boot-licking does exist probably arises from the notion that the TSA protects flights. True enough, if we define “danger” as yogurt, family-sized tubes of toothpaste, shampoo, salsa, soups, and snow globes. But does the TSA guard us from actual peril? Nope. Not only has it never snared a single terrorist, it also fails to detect a stunning 95% of the weapons undercover agents sneak through checkpoints. Yet brainwashed, fearful, infantile Americans insist that only the TSA prevents planes from exploding mid-flight.

Jan 16 14:49

Red Flag Gun Laws – Public Safety or Abuse of the Innocent?

There is a bias in politician's press releases and in the slanted news. The media and the politicians ignore the fact that firearms are used to save lives far more often than they are used to take them. News stories about violence hold an audience. Stories about violence get politicians in front of TV cameras. The good guy with a gun that stopped a crime from happening isn’t even considered news. The scales are tipped; tragedy becomes front page news while the triumph of a life saved is hardly mentioned.

Jan 16 13:49

FBI: Hundreds of Bureau Agents Took Bribes from CNN, NY Times, NBC News and More; Wray Looks the Other Way to Protect Media Partners

Access to the FBI is for sale.

Concert tickets. Expensive private dinners. NFL tickets. Parties on booze cruises. Discounts on travel.

FBI insiders said more than 60 agents in D.C. alone have been nailed for taking gifts from the news media. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said earlier this week about 50 FBI agents took 300 free gifts from news media.

However, Horowitz failed to stipulate that number is ONLY in Washington D.C. which covers one field office and FBI headquarters. The Inspector General did not examine the FBI’s other field offices, officials said. And the problem of taking free gifts for Intel is rampant, officials said.

New York. Los Angeles. New Haven. Philadelphia. The list goes on in the FBI’s 55 other field offices.

And so does the corruption. Outright bribery.

Jan 16 12:44

The FBI’s Investigation of Trump as a “National Security Threat” is Itself a Serious Danger. But J. Edgar Hoover Pioneered the Tactic

LAST WEEK, the New York Times reported that the FBI, in 2017, launched an investigation of President Trump “to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security” and specifically “whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.” The story was predictably treated as the latest in an endless line of Beginning-of-the-End disasters for the Trump presidency, though – as usual – this melodrama was accomplished by steadfastly ignoring the now-standard, always-buried paragraph pointing out the boring fact that no actual evidence of guilt has yet emerged:

Jan 16 12:41

Senate Republicans fail third time to advance pro-Israel bill S.1

Senate Republicans again failed to advance legislation that would give Israel a $38 billion package, combat the international boycott of Israel over its human rights abuses, sanction Syria, and take other pro-Israel actions.

Democrats oppose taking up the bill until their legislation to address the government shutdown is brought to a vote.

The final vote was 51 to 43. Since moving the bill to a vote requires 60 aye votes the measure failed.

The bill has been promoted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, which sent out an email earlier today calling it a “crucial bill” and urging supporters to pressure potential swing Senators to vote for the bill.

Jan 16 12:40

McCaul introduces House bill to give Israel billions of dollars, combat BDS

On January 8th Republican Congressman Michael T. McCaul of Texas introduced H.R. 336, reported to be a companion bill to S.1, the Senate bill that would cement a $38 billion package to Israel, combat the movement to pressure Israel to adhere to international law known as BDS, and other measures.

The text of the bill is not yet publicly available since McCaul has not published it on his Congressional website, issued a press release about it, or informed his regional offices about the bill. The Congressional website also does not yet contain a summary or text almost a week after the bill was introduced.

The bill has been referred to the Committees on Foreign Affairs; the Judiciary; Financial Services; Science, Space, and Technology; and Armed Services.

Jan 16 12:39

Pro-Israel, Pro-War Neocons ally with “Progressives” to Destroy Donald Trump

The Roman poet Ovid’s masterful epic The Metamorphoses includes the memorable opening line regarding the poem’s central theme of transformation. He wrote In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora, which has been translated as “Of shapes transformed to bodies strange, I purpose to entreat…”

Ovid framed his narrative around gods, heroes and quasi-historical events but if he were around today, he would no doubt be fascinated by the many transformations of the group that has defined itself as neoconservative.

Neocon origins

Jan 16 12:38

The Trump-Russia Scam - How Obama Enabled The FBI To Spy On Trump

Despite the loss of major narratives, the war of the deep state against U.S. President Trump continues unabated. The main of tool in this war are allegations of relations between Trump and anything Russia. The war runs along several parallel paths.

The narrative war in the media is most visible one. When any of the fake stories about Trump and Russia gets debunked and disposed, new ones are created or others intensified.

In parallel to these propaganda efforts the deep state created an investigation that Trump has no way to escape from. Enabled by one of the Obama administrations last acts the investigation is using signal intelligence to entrap and flip the people surrounding Trump (see section three below). The big price will be Trump himself. Here we take a look at what transpired during the last weeks.

Jan 16 12:37

Mueller Final Report Rumored to be “Anticlimactic”

During a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl revealed that his sources have given him cause to believe the final report by Robert Mueller’s “investigation” is “almost certain to be anticlimactic.” Karl further opined, “If you look at what the FBI was investigating in that New York Times report…Mueller did not go anywhere with that investigation.” If Karl’s sources are reliable, none of this should come as any surprise. This so-called investigation in search of a purpose has only served to further damage the reputation of the nation’s most elite police force and enflame the cynicism of the electorate concerning the public faith and the duty of our nation’s top officials to respect the rule of law.

Jan 16 12:16

Conservative Groups Targeted in Lois Lerner’s IRS Scandal Receive Settlement Checks

Dozens of conservative organizations are receiving late Christmas presents years after the IRS handed them a lump of coal.

The federal government in recent days has been issuing settlement checks to 100 right-of-center groups wrongfully targeted for their political beliefs under the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service, according to an attorney for the firm that represented plaintiffs in NorCal v. United States.

Three of the claimants in the $3.5 million national class-action suit are based in the Badger State.

“This is really a groundbreaking case. Hopefully it sets a precedent and will serve as a warning to government officials who further feel tempted to discriminate against U.S. citizens based on their viewpoints,” Edward Greim, attorney for Kansas City, Missouri-based Graves Garrett LLC told MacIver News Service.

Jan 16 12:12

Chicago Seized And Sold Nearly 50,000 Cars Over Tickets Since 2011, Sticking Owners With Debt

Sandra Botello moved to Chicago five years ago for what she called “the opportunities.”

Now 41, she and her children had been evicted from her home in Idaho when her landlord’s property was foreclosed.

The move to Chicago indeed delivered opportunities. She earned an associates degree and then enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now works as an executive administrative assistant downtown. And, two of her four kids snagged scholarships to private schools.

But her time in Chicago has also been mired with a major hurdle. It started with citations for the city road tax collected through “city stickers.” After failing to keep up with ticket payments, the city seized her car and sold it to a private towing company, only to have none of the sale price applied to her debt.

Botello is not alone.

Jan 16 12:11

Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator

Special counsel Robert Mueller has zeroed in on at least three new witnesses associated with a conservative commentator connected to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, signaling that investigators remain focused on the activities of Stone and his associates despite the continued public silence on a matter long thought to be close to resolution.

ABC News has learned that at least three new witnesses connected to Stone associate Jerome Corsi – the former Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the far-right internet site Infowars – have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury hearing testimony on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Copies of those subpoenas delivered to two individuals late last year bear Mueller’s name and call for the retention and producing of documents, communication logs and other records involving two people: Corsi and Stone.

Jan 16 11:56

Kirsten Gillibrand to Announce 2020 Presidential Campaign Plans

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to announce her bid for the Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, according to sources close to the Senator.

Gillibrand will announce the formation of an exploratory committee on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” CBS News has reported.

Aside from the committee, the New York congresswoman has planned a visit to Iowa just days later and has even, according to the New York Times, begun doing Pilates and working out to get in shape for a possible campaign.

Jan 16 11:48

Scott Adams: Kamala Harris, Some Fake News You Think is Real, and Climate Update

Kamala Harris video had persuasion powers
It appealed to her base, showed her personality
Four Examples of normal explanations vs. batshit crazy ones
Climate change, Too bad skeptical arguments
Climate change outstanding questions

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Jan 16 11:44

WATCH: Rob Schmitt Confronts Sen. Menendez on Puerto Rico Beach Photo

"Fox & Friends First" host Rob Schmitt tracked down Sen. Bob Menendez in Puerto Rico Monday after the New Jersey lawmaker was photographed on a beach amid the partial government shutdown.

About 30 Democratic lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for the retreat over the weekend, and Schmitt was in San Juan to report on the trip.

Republicans were quick to criticize their Democratic colleagues for the retreat, which included a special performance of the hit Broadway show "Hamilton." A photo of Menendez (D-N.J.) shirtless on a beach went viral Sunday.

Jan 16 11:43

Twenty Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Kamala Harris

A trip through the life and career of the California senator as she gears up for a probable presidential run

Jan 16 11:43

Former top FBI lawyer James Baker under criminal investigation for media leaks

Former FBI general counsel James Baker is under criminal investigation for unauthorized leaks to the media.

The development was made public in a letter sent Tuesday to the office of U.S. Attorney John Durham for the District of Connecticut by Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

In the letter, the two lawmakers cite the transcript of a congressional interview with Baker and his lawyer in October. “You may or may not know, [Baker has] been the subject of a leak investigation … a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department,” lawyer Daniel Levin told lawmakers, according to the transcript cited by Jordan and Meadows.

Jan 16 11:40

Class Warfare Between Workers And Elites Explains Trump-Era Conflicts

What’s happening in America is an echo of what’s happening in democracies around the world, and it’s not happening because of Trump.

To understand events around the world today, one must think in terms of the class struggle.

This sentence sounds like something that could be written by a doctrinaire Marxist. But it is nonetheless true. Much of the current tension in America and in many other democracies is in fact a product of a class struggle. It’s not the kind of class struggle that Karl Marx wrote about, with workers and peasants facing off against rapacious capitalists, but it is a case of today’s ruling class facing disaffection from its working class.

Jan 16 11:22

The FBI Prostituted Itself

Citing unnamed “former law enforcement sources and others,” the New York Times reports that “in the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”

The mainstream media has touted this story as major breaking news. But, to anyone who has been paying even a modicum of attention, it is crystal clear that Comey’s firing did not precipitate the FBI’s investigation of Trump. To the contrary, the readily available record facts demonstrate that Comey’s FBI began investigating Trump and his campaign for possible Russian collusion shortly after he won the Republican Party’s nomination.

Jan 16 11:19

Exclusive–Mo Brooks: ‘Democrat Strategy’ of Importing Foreign Voters will Turn America into California

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) says the “Democrat strategy” of importing a permanent underclass of welfare-dependent foreign-born voters will transform the United States into the left wing, sanctuary state of California.

In an exclusive interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Saturday, Brooks said the Democrats’ open borders, mass immigration plan is ultimately to replace native-born American voters with a foreign-born population.

Jan 16 11:18

WHOA! House Dems Move to Strip States of Election Powers, push a bill to Federalize Much of what the Constitution Set up as state Rights!!

If at first you don’t succeed, change the rules of the game so that you can. This has been the modus operandi of the Democrat Party for a long time, and Dems are again putting it to work with their new House majority.

HR 1, the first bill to be introduced in the new session, has been euphemistically called the For the People Act. Its full title is, get this, “To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.”

This so-called voter-reform bill was introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), and Democrats are hoping to use it to fundamentally change (there’s that phrase again) America’s voting and campaign-finance system.

How does it work? Spoiler alert — it’s totally rigged to tip the scales in favor of a putting a leftist government in permanent power in the U.S.

Jan 16 10:38

Federal Judge Orders Rhodes, Rice, & Other Obama Officials To Respond Over Clinton Benghazi/Email Scandal

In what Judicial Watch describes as a "major victory for accountability," a federal judge ruled Tuesday that former national security adviser Susan Rice and former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes must answer written questions about the State Department's response to the deadly 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, as part of an ongoing legal battle over whether Hillary Clinton sought to deliberately evade public record laws by using a private email server while secretary of state.

As Fox News' Samuel Chamberlain reports, the judge's order amounts to approval of a discovery plan he ordered last month. In that ruling, Lamberth wrote that Clinton's use of a private email account was "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency" and said the response of the State and Justice Departments "smacks of outrageous misconduct."

Jan 16 10:09

A Chance for a New US Congress to Rethink Knee-Jerk Support for Israel

On January 3, 2019, the winds of youth and change were evident in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives and more particularly in the offices of some of the newly elected members. By 9 a.m. Representative Rashida Tlaib, dressed in her traditional Palestinian thobe, was already standing for pictures and a large crowd was standing in line for a photo op. Palestinians from across the U.S. came to celebrate the first Palestinian-American to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The office of Ilhan Omar too was filled with young people. Many were of Somali heritage and many of other diverse backgrounds who came to celebrate not only the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives but a new kind of politician, one that clearly cares about issues that touch those in need. Both Tlaib and Omar are progressive Democrats who came out publicly in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, against the state of Israel.

Jan 16 10:07

Now More Than Ever, It’s Clear the FBI Must Go

The New York Times reports that “[i]n the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests.”

That’s an interesting way of putting it, but let’s try another:

Enraged at the firing of their director, and suspecting the firing might portend a threat to their place and power in the American political establishment, FBI officials went to war with the president of the United States. They redirected taxpayer money and government resources away from anything resembling a legitimate law enforcement mission, putting themselves instead to the task of drumming up a specious case that said president is an agent of a foreign power.

Jan 16 10:03

Benefiting Israel Tops Congressional Agenda

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu famously was unaware that he was being filmed when he commented that “America is a thing you can move very easily, moved in the right direction.” His predecessor Ariel Sharon was even more to the point when he reportedly said “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that …don’t worry about American pressure; I tell you, we, the Jewish people, control America and the American people know it!”

Jan 16 09:56

From Baghdad to Finland and All Across the World: What’s the US Up To?

Situated across the street from the main entrance of Malmi Airport, the warehouse with its 3 meter high security fence appears an unlikely location for official embassy business. Neighbouring companies include a car yard and a tyre warehouse.

Helsinki Times visited the perimeters this weekend. Security personnel, young Finns in uniforms with American flags on their arms, appeared nervous and suspicious when asked to comment on the warehouse and refused to even confirm the order of the new fence structure which now surrounds the compound. At one point a security guard appeared in a second floor window to carefully monitor this reporter’s movements along Takoraudantie.

Jan 16 09:55

That Was Then and This is Now

Jan 16 08:43

Upskirting is set to become a criminal offence in spring with perverts who film up women's skirts facing up to two years in prison as new law passes final legal hurdle

Taking pictures up a woman's skirt is set to become a criminal offence in the spring - with perverts found guilty of doing so facing up to two years in prison.
Upskirting often sees perpetrators taking photographs or videos of a victim's groin area from under their clothing, often without that person's knowledge.
A new law which bans 'upskirting' passed its final legal hurdle today when it received its third reading in the Upper Chamber of the House of Lords.

Jan 16 05:40

Pro-Israel: Top Recipients

The numbers on this page are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.

All donations took place during the 2017-2018 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday, January 08, 2019.

1st and 2nd place:
1 Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) Senate $546,507
2 Cruz, Ted (R-TX) Senate $349,437

Jan 15 19:19

Anonymous, Pirates and Activists Challenge Articles 11, 12a, 13 With Stop ACTA 2 Protests January 19th Across Europe

By Aaron Kesel

The European Union is attempting to censor the Internet with several new initiatives called Article 11, 12a, and 13 while numerous other Articles are pending to be drafted that could affect your Internet freedom rights.

These Articles will have legal implications that will break the Internet as we know it. Not only will they include an “upload filter” if passed to block copyrighted (or unwanted) content from being uploaded on the Internet, it will also be impossible to link to source material, including educational content and even memes...

Jan 15 18:57

Economic Controls Turn Regular People Into Criminals

By Jeffrey A. Tucker

Part of the underlying drama of the show The Americans is that we know how it ends up. The glorious communist utopia of the Soviet Union, to which the main protagonists have devoted their lives as undercover spies, goes belly up at the end. Which is to say: they seem to be wasting their lives on a lost cause. The viewer knows this going in. The characters do not. They continue to believe they are working for the great cause.

You can summarize every domestic economic policy of Russia following the Bolshevik Revolution through 1991 as an attempt to salvage the unsalvageable. The attempt began in 1922 with the New Economic Policy, an expedient to save lives following the disastrous wartime socialism. It continued all the way through Nikita Khrushchev’s attempt to create a pricing system for planned markets. Even Mikhail Gorbachev’s reforms were intended to save the system from itself....

Jan 15 14:46

Student Debt Crisis Worsens: Florida Board Of Health Suspends Licenses Over Defaults

The United States Department of Education estimates more than 10 percent of student loan borrowers are in default. The federal government estimates Americans owe $1.2 trillion in student debt. That figure is now larger than all outstanding U.S. credit card and vehicle debt combined.

Jan 15 13:52

Visualizing America’s Wars

The program is about two works of the prominent filmmaker John Gianvito. The discussion is how media coverage could determine the fate of wars that the US waged. The absence of media coverage of recent American wars was the cause that those wars broke out and dragged on...

Jan 15 13:27

Eric Holder: Citizenship Question On Census 'Threatens American Democracy'

Asking census recipients whether they're US citizens "threatens American democracy," at least according to former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Jan 15 12:05

Scott Adams: Putin Puppets CNN and Max Boot Doing Russia’s Bidding

CNN’s reaction to President Trump denying he’s a Russian asset
First CNN pushes, promotes Russian asset story
Now they are gasping in horror he has to deny their BS?
Max Boot’s article, 18 reasons President might be Russian asset
Laundry list of unrelated stuff other people did or said
CNN seems to have given up on Mueller
CNN is creating the news they’re reporting

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