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    Today, 12:11 AM
    On March 3, 2017, HFA turned over its materials to the DNC, and the transfer was registered in FEC files as an in-kind contribution. But just under a year later, on January 8, the money began to flow to Onward Together. The DCCC, which is contesting scores of expensive races around the country, has pumped more than $700,000 toward Onward Together in recent months, FEC records show. Clinton’s willingness to turn her email list over has been flagged as evidence of her commitment to the Democratic Party, often as a counterpoint to the refusal of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to do the same. More at:
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Democratic campaign organizations have paid or pledged to pay more than $2 million for key parts of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign infrastructure -- including her email list and campaign software -- as the party ramps up a costly campaign to win back both houses of Congress this November, The Intercept reported Wednesday. According to the report, the Democratic National Committee will pay Clinton's PAC Onward Together $1.65 million for access to her campaign resources, including voter data. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has paid more than $700,000 to rent the email list. In contrast, then-President Barack Obama gifted his email list worth nearly $2 million to the DNC as an in-kind contribution in 2015, the report added. The Intercept report comes as the DNC struggles with a fundraising disadvantage while the midterm campaign kicks into high gear. According to OpenSecrets, the RNC has raised $171.5 million so far this cycle, nearly double the $88.1 million raised by the DNC. The numbers also show that the DNC has spent $90.5 million this cycle -- nearly $2 million more than it has taken in -- and has just $9.3 million in cash on hand. By contrast, the RNC has nearly $43 million in cash on hand and a surplus of $17.6 million. The stark financial numbers have not deterred Perez from setting up a so-called "State Party Innovation Fund," a $10 million grant program meant to rebuild the state parties.
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    Federal immigration authorities will no longer be able to carry out arrests in New York State facilities unless they have a warrant. On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a cease and desist letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in which he threatened to take legal action against the agency if it does not stop its “reckless and unconstitutional practices” in immigrant communities. And he signed an executive order to modify executive order #170—which bans state agencies and officers from asking about an individual’s immigration status unless mandated by law—that prohibits ICE arrests in state facilities without a warrant. “The reckless and unconstitutional practices ICE is deploying in our communities violate everything we believe in New York and are an assault on our democracy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I demand ICE immediately cease and desist this pattern of conduct, and if they fail to do so, I will pursue all available legal recourse and commit to doing everything in my power to protect the rights and safety of all New Yorkers.” More at:
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the dominant figure of Turkish political life for the last 15 years, stunned his country last week by moving up crucial presidential and parliamentary elections from November 2019 to June 24. Erdogan hopes to complete his transformation of the government from a parliamentary to a presidential system, and he succeeded at catching the opposition off guard. But Erdogan’s opponents have quickly rallied, showing fresh energy and unanticipated strategic thinking. Erdogan now faces the very real possibility of being democratically unseated. “Bring it on,” a spokesman for the center-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) publicly announced about the early elections. Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) are strong but not all powerful in a highly polarized Turkey. A poll by the leftist Sozcu newspaper showed Erdogan with 43.5 percent of the vote, falling short of a majority he would need to win the presidential vote in the first round, and less than the 51.8 percent he won in the 2014 election. The timing of the elections, less than two weeks after the end of monthlong Ramadan holidays, gives organizers scant time to set up voting procedures abroad and in far-flung places. Candidates will find it equally challenging to mount campaigns. “You can’t even organize a wedding by June 24,” one journalist quipped on Twitter. But Erdogan’s opponents have responded by forming an unlikely alliance against him centered on two potential candidates: Meral Aksener, the charismatic leader of the newly formed Iyi Party, and former President Abdullah Gul. It remains unclear which presidential candidate the combined opposition will rally around. On Sunday, 15 of the 131 CHP members in parliament switched their allegiance to Iyi (which means “good” in Turkish), giving it a large enough block to overcome rules that could have prevented the party and Aksener — a former history professor and staunch nationalist who has been critical of Turkey’s crackdown on the press and dissent under Erdogan — from running for office.
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country. The highly unusual move came as a surprise in the typically sedate and oil-rich Gulf Arab nation, both a long target of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s criticism and heavily reliant on Filipina nannies and maids. The two nations had been negotiating an end to the Philippines’ ban on workers from heading there following the shocking discovery in February of a Filipina stuffed into a freezer in Kuwait City for over a year. But the arrest of two Filipinos associated with the embassy earlier this week over allegedly convincing maids to flee their employers’ homes and Ambassador Renato Villa’s comments reported in local media over the effort appears to have been too much for Kuwait to accept. “Expelling the ambassador of the Philippines is a correct measure that should have been taken when the Philippines president first started his threats,” conservative Kuwaiti lawmaker Shuaib al-Muwaizri wrote on Twitter. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should not accept any offers made by the Philippines president or his foreign affairs secretary.” The Philippines called Kuwait’s decision “deeply disturbing,” saying it “reneged” on an earlier agreement to work together. “In discussions at every level with Kuwait, the Philippines has always emphasized that the wellbeing of Filipino nationals wherever they may be will always be of paramount importance,” the Philippines Foreign Affairs Department said in a statement. In its own statement, Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry accused the Philippines’ mission in Kuwait City of a “flagrant and grave breach of rules and regulations that govern diplomatic action where staff helped Filipina house helpers run away.” The ministry also said it had declared Villa, who it previously summoned twice, persona non grata and had ordered him to leave Kuwait within a week. More at:
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    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    A daily dose of baking soda may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scientists say. They have some of the first evidence of how the cheap, over-the-counter antacid can encourage our spleen to promote instead an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease, Medical College of Georgia scientists report in the Journal of Immunology. They have shown that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, it becomes a trigger for the stomach to make more acid to digest the next meal and for little-studied mesothelial cells sitting on the spleen to tell the fist-sized organ that there's no need to mount a protective immune response. "It's most likely a hamburger not a bacterial infection," is basically the message, says Dr. Paul O'Connor, renal physiologist in the MCG Department of Physiology at Augusta University and the study's corresponding author. Mesothelial cells line body cavities, like the one that contains our digestive tract, and they also cover the exterior of our organs to quite literally keep them from rubbing together. About a decade ago, it was found that these cells also provide another level of protection. They have little fingers, called microvilli, that sense the environment, and warn the organs they cover that there is an invader and an immune response is needed. Drinking baking soda, the MCG scientists think, tells the spleen - which is part of the immune system, acts like a big blood filter and is where some white blood cells, like macrophages, are stored - to go easy on the immune response. "Certainly drinking bicarbonate affects the spleen and we think it's through the mesothelial cells," O'Connor says. The conversation, which occurs with the help of the chemical messenger acetylcholine, appears to promote a landscape that shifts against inflammation, they report. In the spleen, as well as the blood and kidneys, they found after drinking water with baking soda for two weeks, the population of immune cells called macrophages, shifted from primarily those that promote inflammation, called M1, to those that reduce it, called M2. Macrophages, perhaps best known for their ability to consume garbage in the body like debris from injured or dead cells, are early arrivers to a call for an immune response. In the case of the lab animals, the problems were hypertension and chronic kidney disease, problems which got O'Connor's lab thinking about baking soda.
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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    Who's self defense? unless you buy that multi dimension checkers crap. we have been are war since 1953,, and the stupid Phucks will get their war.. don't delude yourself into thinking it is good or that there will be any winners. The attackers will get handed their own asses.. and burial pits are already prepared.
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    President Donald Trump offered some of his most bellicose rhetoric yet about Iran on Tuesday when he said Iran would have "bigger problems than they have ever had before" if the country's leadership dared to restart its nuclear program following a US pull-out of the JCPOA (otherwise known as the Iran deal), per the Times of Israel. And today, a top Iranian general hit back at Trump with an aggressive threat to sink US Navy ships, while warning that the US would find itself in a "catastrophic situation" if it withdraws from the deal and reimposes economic sanctions. "The actual information that the Americans have about us is much less than what they think they have. When will they figure this out? When it is too late," the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s navy commander, Admiral Ali Fadavim, told Iranian television on Saturday. "They will definitely figure it out when their ships are sunk, or when they find themselves in a catastrophic situation," Fadavi threatened in an interview with IRINN TV, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. On Wednesday, a non-proliferation envoy confirmed that the US isn't seeking to renegotiate the JCPOA. Instead, the White House would like to pursue a separate agreement like the one French President Emmanuel Macron proposed during a press conference with Trump. And apparently, Macron's proposal took his European partners by surprise. Admiral Fadavim's remarks followed a similarly stern warning from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments, the Iranian government will react firmly," Rouhani said. "If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences," he added. More at:
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    U.K. Courts Sentence Another Baby To Death
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions far below legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine technology. “This breakthrough offers the opportunity to shift the heated debate over diesel into new territory and, hopefully, bring it to a close," Bosch Chief Executive Officer Volkmar Denner said Wednesday at a press conference outside Stuttgart. Bosch’s new process optimizes thermal management of exhaust temperatures, slashing nitrogen oxide emissions to one-tenth of the legally permitted limit, and doesn’t require new hardware, Denner said. The system keeps emissions stable even at cold temperatures, he said. More at:
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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one's risk of dementia. But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson's and urinary incontinence -- carry a higher risk than others. Anticholinergic drugs function by blocking the effects of acetylcholine, a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerves and muscles. They are prescribed to 20% to 50% of older adults in the United States to treat a variety of neurological, psychiatric, gastrointestinal, respiratory and muscular conditions, according to a 2009 study. In the UK, 34% to 48% of older adults take them, another study found. The new study, published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, looked at the risk of new-onset dementia among nearly 350,000 older adults in the United Kingdom. The researchers found that people who used certain types of anticholinergics, such as those used to treat depression, Parkinson's and urinary incontinence, for a year or more had about a 30% increased risk of developing dementia down the road. More at:
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    Funny you should ask,, they seem to be getting scrubbed almost as fast as posted.. almost like embarrassing. Isn't that odd.
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that his country would attack Russian S-300 air defence systems in Syria if they were used against Israeli targets.His remarks came a day after the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that Moscow could soon start to deliver S-300 systems to its ally Damascus, and cited a source as warning of "catastrophic" consequences if they were attacked. "What's important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won't be used against us," Lieberman told the news website Ynet. "If they're used against us, we'll act against them." More at:
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    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    Iran already has anti-stealth tech,, rendering all that expensive hardware useless. They not only detected but captured a stealth drone.. because they can. and because,,, arrogance
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    That was your neighborhood. This is mine. EM Mind control and harassment.. Government Style On a Federal Fusion Center server in Washington State. Curious or infuriating?
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    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    Kanye West pal and fellow Chicago-based musician "Chance the Rapper" fired off a tweet in support of his controversial friend, who is once again taking flack from the left over his love of Donald Trump - and most recently, black conservative Candace Owens. "Black people don't have to be democrats," tweeted the 25-year-old Chance in defense of Kanye. Black people don’t have to be democrats. — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018 Donald Trump Jr. agreed with Chance - as did others who declared that people who belong to traditionally liberal demographics can also think differently. The same goes for all the intersectional groups of the left that say you HAVE to be a democrat. That isn't true. Be free, think for yourself. — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 26, 2018 Gay people don't have to be democrats, either. — Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 25, 2018 Jewish people don’t have to be democrats. — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) April 25, 2018 Women don't have to be democrats, either. — Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) April 26, 2018 Kanye then retweeted Trump supporter Scott Presler who echoed Chance's sentiments:
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    any other Crickets? Not surprised at the file contents.. The tech is known. I am surprised and concerned at where the file was.. Why was it there? And people need to put that "They can't do that" mindset to rest. It is like a trained reflex. They can do it ,and they do because they can.
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    Yesterday, 09:24 PM Not sure if I believe this will ever happen...
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Start losing sleep when parents go to jail for letting their kids drink coffee, eat sugared cereal, or anything else that is deemed "ungood" and requires that you be over 21 to do anything.
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Let them march, so long as they pay their Google Tax.
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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Loot boxes in video games bad because teaches kids to gamble. Lobbing missiles at sovereign states risking global nuclear annihilation ok because an exceptional nation cannot appear weak as this may jeopardize long term financial interests of key linch pins of global order.
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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread #Antifa in U.S. Political News
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    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    To kill a child.
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    It takes a village... :rolleyes:
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    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    Joker: Why did the chicken cross the road? Jokee: Why? Joker: To get to the ugly person's house. Joker: Knock knock... Jokee: Who's there? Joker: The chicken.
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    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    I miss me some Fire11
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman will meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton to discuss Iran's activities in the region and in Syria, Ynet News reported April 24. More at:
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    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    Must be nice to just rob people when you're broke.
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