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    Today, 12:43 AM
    Wouldn't surprise me, I'd like to hear the evidence.
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    We will see but right now the plan seems to be to leave.
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    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
    Rescuers found more bodies overnight in the rubble of a supermarket that crashed down in a powerful earthquake that also damaged other buildings and an airport in the northern Philippines, raising the death toll to 11, officials said Tuesday.The bodies of four victims were pulled from Chuzon Supermarket and three other villagers died due to collapsed house walls, said Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila. An Associated Press photographer saw seven people, including at least one dead, being pulled out by rescuers from the pile of concrete, twisted metal and wood overnight. Red Cross volunteers, army troops, police and villagers used four cranes, crow bars and sniffer dogs to look for the missing, some of whom were still yelling for help Monday night. Authorities inserted a large orange tube into the rubble to blow in oxygen in the hope of helping people still pinned there to breathe. On Tuesday morning, rescuers pulled out a man alive, sparking cheers and applause. "We're all very happy, many clapped their hands in relief because we're still finding survivors after several hours," Porac Councilor Maynard Lapid said by phone from the scene, adding that another victim was expected to be pulled out alive soon. Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda said at least 10 people died in her province, including some in-hit Porac town. The magnitude 6.1 quake damaged houses, roads, bridges, Roman Catholic churches and an international airport terminal at Clark Freeport, a former American air base, in Pampanga. A state of calamity was declared in Porac to allow contingency funds to be released faster. A child died in nearby Zambales province, officials said. At least 24 people remained missing in the rice-growing agricultural region, most of them in the rubble of the collapsed supermarket in Porac, while 81 others were injured, according to the government's disaster-response agency. The four-story building housing the supermarket crashed down when the quake shook Pampanga as well as several other provinces and Manila, the Philippines' capital, on the main northern island of Luzon. More than 400 aftershocks have been recorded, mostly unfelt.
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    https://twitter.com/Global_Mil_Info/status/1120137394580348928 1120137394580348928
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    "I Was The CIA Director - We Lied, We Cheated, We Stole"-Sec Pompeo We will just have to wait and see.
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Takes Military Intervention in Iran Off the Table for Now https://twitter.com/Global_Mil_Info/status/1120137394580348928 1120137394580348928
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    More nonsense. Many politicians are criminals but ALL criminals are criminals and they tend to vote for criminal politicians.
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    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    The leader of the militia group which we profiled over the weekend for its detention of migrant families at the US border, was arrested and charged of plotting the assassination of former President Barack Obama, George Soros and various other key Democratic Party figures, the FBI said in court papers. While militia leader Larry Hopkins, 69, was arrested on Saturday for a weapons charge said to be unrelated to his activities on the border, the FBI now claims Hopkins bragged about his fellow militia members "training to assassinate" former President Barack Obama, Trump's nemesis in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic Party's most generous billionaire donor, George Soros. To be sure, Hopkins had been a busy man - if what the Feds say is to be believed (which these days is a stretch) - for a long time, and before the F.B.I. arrested the militia leader, he’d had so many run-ins with the law that his police record stretched across much of the United States. Oregon police arrested him in 2006 on charges of impersonating a police officer and a felony weapons offense. They had found him showing guns to teenagers in a gas-station parking lot while wearing a police-style uniform and a badge emblazoned with the words "Special Agent" according to the NYT. “Hopkins stated that he worked for the federal government directly under George Bush,” Officer Jack Daniel of the sheriff’s office in Klamath County, Ore., wrote in his report. Hopkins, the report said, claimed variously to be investigating a meth lab, hunting fugitives and undertaking unspecified “operations” in Afghanistan. Over a decade later, Hopkins finally came under the scrutiny of federal authorities in 2017, after the FBI received reports that his group was “training” to assassinate Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros, according to documents unsealed Monday in federal court. Hopkins appeared in Federal District Court on Monday after his arrest over the weekend on yet another charge, this time of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
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    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina's Family Targeted In Sri Lanka Blasts
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    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will send $3 billion in financial aid to Sudan, Reuters reported April 21. Separately, the head of Sudan's transitional military council announced that a delegation would soon travel to the United States to discuss removing Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/sudan-saudi-arabia-uae-provide-financial-assistance
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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have agreed to form a joint quick reaction force along their border, Reuters reported April 22. The countries announced the deal during a press conference following a meeting between both leaders in Tehran. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iran-pakistan-leaders-agree-establish-joint-border-quick-reaction-force
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    The Cuban government has announced it would cut electricity generation by 10 percent, Reuters reported April 21. Anecdotal evidence is suggesting the country is already experiencing daily power outages that can last multiple hours. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/cuba-government-announces-10-percent-cut-electricity-generation
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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    Algeria's national gendarmerie arrested five billionaires over the weekend and an Algerian court has summoned former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to answer to charges of misuse of public funds, Al-Jazeera reported April 22. The detained businessmen are among the wealthiest individuals in Algeria and have close ties to former President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika. The arrests may serve as a sign that Ahmed Gaid Salah, chief of staff of the Algerian People's National Army, is attempting to assuage protesters demanding anti-graft measures by going after elements of the country's political system. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/algeria-national-gendarmerie-arrests-5-billionaires-anti-graft-campaign
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    With Zelenskiy's victory now all but official, the question shifts to how he will reshape Ukrainian policy after he takes office. In the short term, he won't be able to do much. The Ukrainian parliament, currently led by the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, presents a significant limiter on the power of the presidency. Therefore, Zelenskiy — whose party currently has no parliamentary representation — will find it difficult to push through any significant policy changes at least until parliamentary elections in October, when he will have a chance to build his party's numbers. Any changes Zelenskiy wants to make must also take into account external influence, including a push by the West for policy continuity on economic reforms tied to the country's financial assistance program through the International Monetary Fund. Beyond the immediate term, Zelenskiy could shift Ukraine's approach to key issues such as the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in Donbas. Indeed, he has called for a reset of the negotiation process over ending the war in Eastern Ukraine, but faces obstacles to that ambition. Ukraine's Western backers have pushed for a continuation of the Minsk process and Normandy format of negotiations, a step that Zelenskiy's representatives have confirmed a commitment to keeping, meaning the bid to find a resolution to the conflict will face the same constraints. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/ukraine-new-presidents-mandate-change-faces-stiff-resistance-poroshenko-zelenskiy
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    That is nonsense. The problem of the falsely imprisoned or of those imprisoned for things that shouldn't be illegal is separate and the solution is not to let them vote while leaving them incarcerated. Meanwhile the guilty should not get to decide who should run our country, those with criminal tendencies vote for criminal policies like communism.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    Iranian-Indian relations might be about to enter their worst-ever period in modern history as a result of two very important and uncoordinated moves undertaken at almost the exact same time by the American and Pakistani leaders. PM Khan just paid his first visit to Iran where he and his hosts announced that they’ll enter into a new era of anti-terrorist cooperation that geopolitical analyst Adam Garrie comprehensively analyzed in his recent piece on this breaking news event. The ball was indeed in Iran’s court to stop India’s anti-Pakistani Baloch terrorism like I wrote the other day, and to Tehran’s credit, its leadership finally understood this and decided to expand its military partnership with the global pivot state of Pakistan. This will greatly complicate India’s Hybrid War capabilities in clandestinely using Iranian territory to carry out terrorist attacks against Pakistan by proxy as it obsessively seeks to sabotage CPEC, meaning that PM Khan’s visit will have far-reaching and long-term geostrategic security consequences in the New Cold War. In parallel with this, Trump decided that the US won’t renew its Iranian oil sanctions waivers and that Washington’s GCC partners of Saudi Arabia and the UAE will help the Islamic Republic’s energy customers replace their imports with Gulf resources instead. India was very vocal last year about its intent to defy the US’ unilateral sanctions against Iran, but as I wrote in my piece at the time about the “Indian Illusion“, all of this was just rhetoric to hide the fact that New Delhi was quietly implementing its new American patron’s will. Trump just put Modi on the spot, however, and it might augur negatively for the Indian leader during the ongoing month-long electoral process if he publicly capitulates to the US’ demands and replaces Iranian resources with Gulf ones like I suspected he’s been planning to do since late last year after his summit in Argentina with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. As such, this American move might also be yet another “bad cop” tactic against Modi to get more strategic concessions out of India. It therefore wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Trump and PM Khan might have just ruined Iranian-Indian relations for good when considering the combined effect of their latest moves to that relationship. The Pakistani leader exposed India’s Hybrid War terrorist plot during his talks with the Iranian leadership which probably explains why the two neighboring nations decided to take their military cooperation with one another to the next level, while the American leader is forcing India to stop importing Iranian oil under the threat of potentially crippling “secondary sanctions” and to replace its resources with those from the Islamic Republic’s hated GCC foes. More at: https://www.globalresearch.ca/trump-pm-khan-ruined-iranian-indian-relations/5675276
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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    It's a look inside her mind: "for me, not knowing is half the fun" "Then inventing the answers on a bed of dew drops is the other" "to be honest, I don’t really care about where we’re going."
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    The statement of condolences issued by the Department of Homeland Security after the bombing by alleged Muslims in Sri Lanka did not mention the religion of the victims, even though they were in Christian churches. Instead, the DHS statement described the targets merely as “places of worship.” The statement’s vagueness matches the statements issued by Democrats who described the victims as “Easter worshippers.” More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/22/dhs-suicide-bomb-attacks-hit-places-of-worship-not-churches/
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Additionally, the memorandum calls for DHS and the State Department to develop plans within 120 days to implement an admission bonds program where nationals arriving in the U.S will be required to pay a bond that they would be returned when they return to their home country because their visa has expired. Should a visa holder not return home, the bond amount would be withheld. An admission bond policy already exists in current immigration law, but the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has yet to enforce the program in all cases. NumbersUSA’s Rosemary Jenks told Breitbart News the plan’s most effective element would be the implementation of admission bonds to cut the number of visa overstays, but she questioned why the “most important tool” in stopping visa overstays, full implementation of the Biometric Entry/Exit system, was excluded. “In terms of what is in the memo, the use of admission bonds probably would have the most immediate impact on reducing overstays,” Jenks said. “Additional impacts will depend on how the State Department and DHS respond. I’m surprised at the glaring omission of the single most important tool for reducing overstays: completion of the automated, biometric exit system, first required by law in 1996.” More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/22/trump-orders-crackdown-on-illegal-aliens-overstaying-their-visas-in-u-s/
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    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    Modern architects have begun circling the charred remains of Notre Dame, proposing that it should not be faithfully restored, but rebuilt with “contemporary” features such as a glass roof, steel spire, or even a minaret. With leading academics and professionals in architecture generally being hostile to building or restoring anything in styles predating the infamous Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) and the Bauhaus school, they were quick to pounce when President Emmanuel Macron’s prime minister announced there would be a competition to “ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived… Or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire”. The Telegraph published an article claiming it would be a “travesty” to restore Notre Dame as it was just a day after the fire, while Rolling Stone quoted a Harvard architecture historian as saying that the burning of a building “so overburdened with meaning… feels like an act of liberation.” Now proposals for a new spire are beginning to come together, and leading architects do indeed appear to be pushing for a “contemporary” replacement in the ubiquitous glass and steel style used for modern buildings all over the world. https://twitter.com/Birdyword/status/1119551741509263360 1119551741509263360 Lord Norman Foster, arguably Britain’s most famous modern architect, has unveiled a design topping the ancient cathedral with a glass and steel canopy with a featureless glass and steel spire, which he describes as “a work of art about light” which would be “contemporary and very spiritual and capture the confident spirit of the time” in comments to The Times.
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    A handful of Senate Democrats vying for the presidency are rallying around Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in an effort to eliminate a law that prevents college students from voting in the Granite state unless they are permanent residents. Sheehan reached out to the 2020 hopefuls on Monday to sign a petition “protecting the integrity of New Hampshire’s voting process” by allowing university students residing in the state during their schooling to vote in elections, despite permanently residing in other states. The petition is in response to a recent law that requires out-of-state residents, such as college students, to obtain a state driver’s license and register their vehicles within 60 days of casting an election ballot, reported The Hill. The law is set to go into effect in July. “ are being disenfranchised by photo ID requirements, arbitrary challenges to residency, and unfounded allegations of fraud,” Sheehan wrote. “This new law, by effectively creating a poll tax on college students, is just the latest attempt to undermine America’s constitutionally-protected right to vote.” Hours after Sheehan sent out the open letter, several 2020 presidential contenders responded in support of the petition. “Our democracy is strongest when voters have the freedom to head to the ballot box to make their voice heard,” tweeted Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “The efforts of to restrict this right for tens of thousands of students is unconscionable. I strongly support efforts to amend and repeal this bill.” “Students are the ones who will have to deal with the decisions lawmakers make for decades to come—protecting their right to vote is paramount,” Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said. “Thank you, for leading the fight in New Hampshire to protect student voters. I’m proud to support this fight.” Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris also tweeted her support and echoed Shaheen by saying that the aforementioned law is “voter suppression” and is “intended to disenfranchise college students from exercising their right to vote.”
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    It is debatable whether they should be allowed to vote when their time is up (I'm against it), allowing them to vote during their incarceration is insane.
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    It can't have been, even without Sri Lanka.
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    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    Sri Lanka said on Monday it was invoking emergency powers in the aftermath of devastating bomb attacks on hotels and churches, blamed on militants with foreign links, in which 290 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded. The emergency law, which gives police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders, will go into effect at midnight on Monday, the president’s office said. A night curfew went into effect at 8 p.m. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blasts/sri-lanka-attacks-carried-out-by-suicide-bombers-investigator-idUSKCN1RY068?il=0
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Social Security’s Opens a New Window. reserve funds are expected to be depleted in 2035, at which time the program will no longer be able to pay out benefits Opens a New Window. in full. That’s according to the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees report released on Monday, which said total costs of the program, which covers the old age and disability insurance programs, will exceed income in 2020 – for the first time since 1982. That’s two years later than projected last year, but means the program will have to dip into its reserves to cover benefits at that time. By 2035 those reserves will be depleted, and 80 percent of benefits will be payable. In 2018, the trustees forecast that 100 percent of benefits would be covered through 2034, meaning the trust fund gained an extra year before expected depletion. However, the trustees are still urging lawmakers to take action sooner than later. “Both Social Security and Medicare face long-term financing shortfalls under currently scheduled benefits and financing,” the trustees wrote. Taken separately, the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust fund will have enough reserves to pay full benefits through 2034. The Social Security disability fund, however, will not run out until 2052, about two decades later than what last year’s report projected. That change was attributed to a decline in disabled-worker applications and disability incidence rates. The trustees combine the programs in the report to summarize the overall state of Social Security's finances. Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund is expected to run out of money in seven years, which remains the same as last year’s projections.
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