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    Today, 01:25 AM
    Meanwhile, the Crowdstrike analyst who led forensics on the DNC servers is a former FBI employee who Robert Mueller promoted while head of the agency. It should also be noted that the government of Ukraine admonished Crowdstrike for a report they later retracted and amended, claiming that Russia hacked Ukrainian military. In connection with the emergence in some media reports which stated that the alleged “80% howitzer D-30 Armed Forces of Ukraine removed through scrapping Russian Ukrainian hackers software gunners,” Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informs that the said information is incorrect. Ministry of Defence of Ukraine asks journalists to publish only verified information received from the competent official sources. Spreading false information leads to increased social tension in society and undermines public confidence in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. –mil.gov.ua (translated) (1.6.2017) Amazing... More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-16/us-governments-entire-russia-dnc-hacking-narrative-based-redacted-draft-crowdstrike
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    Today, 12:46 AM
    The current state of society is proof enough of that.
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    This is an appropriate thread for this. It is unclear whether such reports are correct or not.
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Power returned to much of Argentina and two neighboring countries following a massive blackout that left tens of millions in the dark on Sunday, but Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the cause of the "unprecedented" outage was still unclear.Argentina's grid "collapsed" around 7 a.m. (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power, Argentina's Energy Secretariat said. The outage also cut electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, and shut down YPF SA's La Plata refinery, Argentina's largest. Power had returned to nearly 90 percent of Argentina by early on Sunday evening and to virtually all of Uruguay and Paraguay, officials in each country said. Macri´s energy secretary, Gustavo Lopetegui, told reporters earlier in the day that the blackout started with a failure in the country´s "interconnection system," known as SADI, but said the root cause of the outage remained unknown and that results of a full investigation would not be available for 10 to 15 days. "There was a failure in the system, the kind that happens regularly in Argentina and other countries," said Lopetegui, adding that "a chain of events that took place later ... caused a total disruption." "This case is unprecedented and will be deeply investigated," Macri said on social media. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/massive-blackout-hobbles-south-america-130749619.html
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    A United Airlines plane skidded off the runway after its tyres burst as it landed at an airport near New York. Some passengers suffered minor injuries when Flight 627 slid off the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Boeing 757-200’s left main landing gear was “stuck in a grassy area” following the incident at 1pm. “The aircraft will be towed off the airfield after passengers leave the aircraft via stairs,” it added in a statement. No injuries were reported to the FAA but United said some passengers had refused treatment for minor injuries. The airline did not say how many people were hurt. The pilot told those on board the plane had blown two tyres as it landed, according to passenger Caroline Craddock. She said at least one person hit their head and another suffered an elbow injury. Arrivals and departures were suspended at Newark following the incident. Flights resumed after passengers were “safely deplaned”, the airport tweeted. The FAA said it was sending officials to the airport to begin an investigation. https://news.yahoo.com/united-airlines-plane-skids-off-204857845.html
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    Today, 12:11 AM
    A Turkish observation post in Syria's Idlib region was attacked with mortar fire and shelling from an area controlled by Syrian government forces, causing damage but no casualties, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Sunday.The ministry said its forces immediately retaliated with heavy weapons and it made representations to Moscow over the incident, the second attack of its kind within a week. "It is impossible for us to tolerate the regime's harassment targeting our soldiers. We will put them in their place," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised speech in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, bordering Syria. The ministry did not specify when the shelling occurred, but said the attack was launched from what it named the Tall Bazan area and it was assessed to be deliberate. Cavusoglu said the latest "aggression" was contrary to the Idlib agreement which Turkey signed with Russia. "It is the responsibility of Iran and Russia, with which we have worked in close cooperation on Syria, to halt the regime," he added. On Thursday Russia and Syria gave sharply conflicting accounts of a previous attack on a different Turkish outpost. Turkey blamed Syrian government forces for that earlier attack but Moscow said it was carried out by Assad's rebel enemies. Russia said on Wednesday that a full ceasefire had been put in place in the area, but Turkey denied this.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    Smack in the middle of a trade war with the U.S., China is facing a food shortage that’s raising prices for consumers. If officials can’t keep inflation in check, President Donald Trump’s Twitter tantrums will be the least of their worries.African swine fever is decimating China’s pig population. The country’s stock fell 21%, or by nearly 73 million pigs, from March 2018 through April 2019, according to official statistics. Unofficially, however, industry experts whisper about slides of more than 40% to 50%. That would be comparable to wiping out all the pigs in the U.S. and Europe combined. For a country that derives most of its protein consumption from pork, this is a problem. Compounding the challenge is the invasion of fall armyworm in the lead-up to the autumn harvest. Traveling up to 60 miles a day, the crop-eating pest is expected to be present in all Chinese provinces by the end of the year. This is already having a significant impact on expected yields of corn, wheat and rice. Beijing has moved to raise food imports, and had even considered increasing U.S. pork purchases before trade tensions ramped up last month. But there simply isn’t enough pork out there to replace the world’s biggest producer. This adds serious pressure to China’s economy. Food, alcohol and tobacco comprise 30% of the CPI basket, the highest share of any category. The isolated food component stands at about 20%, even after shrinking in recent years. May’s inflation data have already shown evidence of supply shortages: Pork prices gained 18.2%, pushing the consumer-price index up 2.7% from a year earlier, the highest since February 2018. While that’s still within Beijing’s comfort zone, we haven’t even hit the summer growing months, when the damage from armyworm will really kick in. This puts Beijing in a bit of a pickle. China has been banking on the idea that consumers will pick up the slack in a weakening economy. Just last week, officials announced new stimulus measures to boost purchases of cars, home appliances and electronics. But with rising prices offsetting gains from tax cuts earlier this year, that’s starting to seem like wishful thinking. China’s growth is slowing much faster than the headline official data admit. Higher inflation will only constrain Beijing’s options for further easing. The first step in addressing this challenge would be to recognize the seriousness of African swine fever and armyworm. There’s little evidence Beijing has done that. Instead, Chinese officials have been snuffing out critical media coverage, underreporting data and putting an all-too-rosy sheen on their response to the crisis, not unlike what we saw with SARS in the early 2000s, as Bloomberg Opinion columnist Adam Minter has written. Second, Beijing needs to rapidly increase imports to slow expected price increases – even if China starts to skew its protein balance more toward chicken and beef. Theoretically, that would be a boon for other key pork suppliers, such as the U.S. and Germany. In reality, though, the shifting contours of the trade war make relying on U.S. imports unlikely, and China’s relationship with Europe is lukewarm at best. The existential problem facing Beijing is how to address rising food prices and a slowing economy, which have a history of triggering episodes of social unrest. If pork prices do climb 70% this year, as officials forecast, Beijing will face a very unhappy population eager to assign blame for the mismanagement of a crisis. That will be a lot scarier than missing a GDP target.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Smack in the middle of a trade war with the U.S., China is facing a food shortage that’s raising prices for consumers. If officials can’t keep inflation in check, President Donald Trump’s Twitter tantrums will be the least of their worries.African swine fever is decimating China’s pig population. The country’s stock fell 21%, or by nearly 73 million pigs, from March 2018 through April 2019, according to official statistics. Unofficially, however, industry experts whisper about slides of more than 40% to 50%. That would be comparable to wiping out all the pigs in the U.S. and Europe combined. For a country that derives most of its protein consumption from pork, this is a problem. Compounding the challenge is the invasion of fall armyworm in the lead-up to the autumn harvest. Traveling up to 60 miles a day, the crop-eating pest is expected to be present in all Chinese provinces by the end of the year. This is already having a significant impact on expected yields of corn, wheat and rice. Beijing has moved to raise food imports, and had even considered increasing U.S. pork purchases before trade tensions ramped up last month. But there simply isn’t enough pork out there to replace the world’s biggest producer. This adds serious pressure to China’s economy. Food, alcohol and tobacco comprise 30% of the CPI basket, the highest share of any category. The isolated food component stands at about 20%, even after shrinking in recent years. May’s inflation data have already shown evidence of supply shortages: Pork prices gained 18.2%, pushing the consumer-price index up 2.7% from a year earlier, the highest since February 2018. While that’s still within Beijing’s comfort zone, we haven’t even hit the summer growing months, when the damage from armyworm will really kick in. This puts Beijing in a bit of a pickle. China has been banking on the idea that consumers will pick up the slack in a weakening economy. Just last week, officials announced new stimulus measures to boost purchases of cars, home appliances and electronics. But with rising prices offsetting gains from tax cuts earlier this year, that’s starting to seem like wishful thinking. China’s growth is slowing much faster than the headline official data admit. Higher inflation will only constrain Beijing’s options for further easing. The first step in addressing this challenge would be to recognize the seriousness of African swine fever and armyworm. There’s little evidence Beijing has done that. Instead, Chinese officials have been snuffing out critical media coverage, underreporting data and putting an all-too-rosy sheen on their response to the crisis, not unlike what we saw with SARS in the early 2000s, as Bloomberg Opinion columnist Adam Minter has written. Second, Beijing needs to rapidly increase imports to slow expected price increases – even if China starts to skew its protein balance more toward chicken and beef. Theoretically, that would be a boon for other key pork suppliers, such as the U.S. and Germany. In reality, though, the shifting contours of the trade war make relying on U.S. imports unlikely, and China’s relationship with Europe is lukewarm at best. The existential problem facing Beijing is how to address rising food prices and a slowing economy, which have a history of triggering episodes of social unrest. If pork prices do climb 70% this year, as officials forecast, Beijing will face a very unhappy population eager to assign blame for the mismanagement of a crisis. That will be a lot scarier than missing a GDP target.
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    A decade after leaving her family behind to flee North Korea, the defector was overwhelmed with excitement when she spoke to her 22-year-old son on the phone for the first time in May after he too escaped into China.While speaking to him again on the phone days later, however, she listened in horror as the safe house where her son and four other North Korean escapees were hiding was raided by Chinese authorities. "I heard voices, someone saying 'shut up' in Chinese," said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her son's safety. "Then the line was cut off, and I heard later he was caught." The woman, now living in South Korea, said she heard rumors her son is being held in a Chinese prison near the North Korean border, but has had no official news of his whereabouts. At least 30 North Korean escapees have been rounded up in a string of raids across China since mid-April, according to family members and activist groups. It is not clear whether this is part of a larger crackdown by China, but activists say the raids have disrupted parts of the informal network of brokers, charities, and middlemen who have been dubbed the North Korean "Underground Railroad". "The crackdown is severe," said Y. H. Kim, chairman of the North Korea Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea. Most worrisome for activists is that the arrests largely occurred away from the North Korean border – an area dubbed the "red zone" where most escapees get caught - and included rare raids on at least two safe houses. "Raiding a house? I've only seen two or three times," said Kim, who left North Korea in 1988 and has acted as a middleman for the past 15 years, connecting donors with brokers who help defectors. "You get caught on the way, you get caught moving. But getting caught at a home, you can count on one hand." The increase in arrests is likely driven by multiple factors, including deteriorating economic conditions in North Korea and China's concern about the potential for a big influx of refugees, said Kim Seung-eun, a pastor at Seoul's Caleb Mission Church, which helps defectors escape.
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop."We continue and will continue to search in those areas that are ours," Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul. "Someone has given an order. They will apparently arrest our boats' personnel. You will come off badly if you do so," Erdogan warned, after Cyprus reportedly issued arrests warrants for crew members of Turkey's drilling ship, Fatih, last week. After a summit of the southern European Union countries in Valletta, the seven nations issued a joint declaration on Friday, expressing "serious concern over actual or potential drilling activities within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone". They urged the EU to keep an eye on the issue "and, in case Turkey does not cease its illegal activities, to consider appropriate measures in full solidarity with Cyprus". The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday said the declaration was "biased" and contrary to international law, accusing the European Union of siding with EU members Cyprus and Greece. Erdogan on Sunday also hit out at French President Emmanuel Macron over his support for Cyprus. Macron said on Friday the EU would "not show weakness on this matter". "What business does France have here?" Erdogan said. "Turkey is a guarantor power in Cyprus. Greece and the UK are guarantor powers as well. What are you?
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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, has signed a bill into law that declares abortion a “fundamental right” and denies parents a right to be notified if their daughter is seeking an abortion. The denial of parental consent for a child seeking an abortion contrasts sharply with the state’s health code, which says non-prescription medication — such as ibuprofen — cannot be administered to a child in school without permission from a parent. “Like many Vermonters, I have consistently supported a woman’s right to choose, which is why today I signed H.57 into law,” Scott said in a press statement. “This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont – protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.” An amendment known as Proposal 5 would also make Vermont the first state to enshrine abortion in its constitution. Proposal 5 would need approval again by the General Assembly in 2021–2022, and then by the state’s voters in 2022, in order to amend Vermont’s Constitution. In addition to declaring abortion a “fundamental right,” the new law blocks state oversight of abortion clinics and removes protections for women seeking abortions, obstructing their ability to claim malpractice in the case of a failed or botched abortion. More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/14/vermont-gop-gov-signs-bill-denying-parental-right-to-notification-of-childs-abortion/
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    The “poor huddled masses” coming across the southern border may not be so poor after all. Swiss journalist Urs Gehriger recently visited African migrants who breached the border and hung out on the streets of San Antonio, Texas, waiting to go elsewhere in the country, and he met hostility from people who didn’t want to share details about their experiences, conflicted each other, and had rolls of $100 bills. In a recording played on Fox News, Gehriger asks a migrant from Congo how she got to America. She refused to say. “We are here now in the United States. Why do you ask about Ecuador?” a woman said, referring to the reported country they passed through. As Gehriger continued to ask simple questions, he said they backtracked and “were not answering at all.”
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had a secret meeting with a top Amazon cloud sales executive in 2017 before the Pentagon announced a $10 billion cloud computing contract that critics say was designed to be fulfilled only by Amazon, Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported on Friday. Earlier this month, The Intercept reported: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are now the two finalists to win the highly contested $10 billion contract for what is known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI. The deal, one of the largest federal contracts in U.S. history, would pay one company to provide cloud computing services in support of Defense Department operations around the world. The Intercept further noted that there are allegations that former DOD official Deap Ubhi, who left to work for Amazon in 2017, "worked on the preliminary research for the JEDI program in the late summer and fall of 2017" and was "also engaged in a secret job negotiation with Amazon for months, complete with salary discussions, offers of signing bonuses, and lucrative stock options." During his program on Friday, Carlson reported: Well, the Department of Defense exists to protect America from foreign threats and does a great job with that, thank God, but it's also a massive consumer of tax dollars, the biggest really. And for that reason, concerns about corruption are always there. There's reason to believe that over the past couple of years some at the Pentagon have worked to enrich Amazon, already the world's richest company. In 2017, the Pentagon announced a $10 billion cloud computing contract. According to critics, the contract wasn't actually competitive, it was designed from the very start to be fulfilled by Amazon and only by Amazon. Several of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' aides had prior professional ties to Amazon. A key official working on the Pentagon's cloud computing program was carrying out secret job negotiations with Amazon even as he worked on the Pentagon's program. And we can report exclusively tonight on this program that in March 2017, before the cloud computing contract was announced, Secretary Mattis had a secret dinner in London with Amazon's top cloud sales executive, Teresa Carlson . A source told The Daily Wire that Carlson referred to Mattis' dinner with the Amazon official as "secret" because Teresa Carlson's name was redacted from itinerary records, which were later unredacted.
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    This is the thin end of the wedge, they use the word "reparations" with the purpose of conditioning people so they can demand money for all gays later.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    If you live in California, you’d better run out and buy all the ammunition you can afford (after you finish reading this article, of course). Beginning July 1, a new state law will require everyone attempting to purchase ammunition to pass a background check and show a government-issued ID. And, in case anyone was looking for some economic insult to go with the constitutional injury, the new California statute charges prospective buyers the cost of running the background check. “From San Bernardino to Ventura to Poway, too many Californians have already died from gun violence,” California Governor Gavin Newsom declared last week. “I championed Prop. 63 because it is beyond time that we take common sense actions such as these to keep deadly ammo out of the wrong hands and protect our communities.” In 2016 while “serving” as lieutenant governor, Newsom was an outspoken proponent of the proposition that garnered the support of over 63 percent of voters in the Golden State. The text of the new law makes it very clear that a large majority of Californians could not possibly care less about the right to keep and bear arms. The new law: Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice's participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Unless that’s not clear enough, the state Attorney General published the following guide to understanding the proposition’s purposes and penalties: Proposition 63 required individuals who wish to purchase ammunition to first obtain a permit. The measure mandated dealers to check this permit before selling ammunition. The measure also eliminated several exemptions to the large-capacity magazines ban and increased the penalty for possessing them. Proposition 63 enacted a court process that attempts to ensure prohibited individuals do not continue to have firearms.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    Movie criticism ain’t what it used to be. Film critics once served audiences by telling them if a movie was worth their hard-earned cash. Some critics still cling to that approach. Others use their forums to promote their ideological agendas. And, since the vast majority of film critics lean left, the results are predictably woke. That’s less of a problem for critics who work for progressive sites like The Nation or Mother Jones. Their audiences expect a hard-left look at film. The same holds true for conservative National Review readers checking out the latest from Kyle Smith. Other critics toil for allegedly neutral sites but heap their political baggage onto the readers’ laps. Which brings us to TheWrap.com. The site’s review of The Secret Life of Pets 2 must be read to be fully believed. The film sequel follows the further adventures of Max (Patton Oswalt), Gidget (Jenny Slate) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The site’s review reads like a parody of the trend under discussion. A kiddie film, we’re told, isn’t acceptable unless it checks a set number of cultural boxes. The Secret Life of Pets 2, on the other hand … effectively acts as an animated ode to heteronormativity, toxic masculinity and patriarchal worldviews, passed off as harmless plot points to entertain young audiences. This is a children’s movie review, mind you. The critic clutches a swinging set of pearls over Secret Life’s “conservative” messaging. That’s a non-starter, apparently. Pets 2’s descent into the bowels of what reads as conservative messaging begins as Katie (voiced by Ellie Kemper), Max’s owner, randomly meets a young man, quickly marries and has a child. In this fictional universe, that’s clearly the only natural progression of events in a woman’s life. That trope is later reinforced through the pet characters.
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    Their practice is bad enough whether it is equal to their rhetoric or not, I don't want to live in the USSR whether they didn't practice "real communism" or not. If they were equal to or superior to Americans in liberty culture I might welcome them unless they were significantly worse than Americans about other important factors like violent crime (a small enough difference could actually not matter if they were more liberty loving than the average American because they would help us to fix our weapons laws), those that bring a significant health risk like those from the area around the ebola outbreak would need to be held in quarantine for a sufficient amount of time as we discussed in another thread.
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    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    The President is the master and commander of the DoJ, he is its sole source of power. He has every right to order it to cease and desist any investigation that is based on illegal spying, lies and entrapment. Amash is endorsing the investigation by endorsing the obstruction charges, without the illegal spying, lies and entrapment there would have been no investigation to obstruct. If a cop breaks into my house without a warrant and I throw him out am I "obstructing justice"? If I find drugs he planted and flush them down the sewer system am I "obstructing" the investigation that happens when he phones in an "anonymous" tip to his department? Amash is endorsing the entire treasonous coup and all the illegal spying by twisting the truth to try and provide the criminals with a "happy ending" impeachment that achieves their objective, if he got his way the deepstate would be emboldened to conduct even more illegal spying and domestic coups. The fact that his claims of obstruction are so ludicrous makes it clear that he is attempting to finish what the deepstate started but failed to successfully complete.
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    I will report violations of the forum rules to the forum staff when they are egregious enough. You should remember that.
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Communists are always hypocrites but that doesn't change the philosophy they teach their people in order to keep power. S. Africa will get around to stealing more than just farmland as it destroys its economy.
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    The big question is whether they exposed a deepstate operation to try and anger Russia and make Trump look bad or whether they just made it all up to do the same things.
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    Have you heard of S. Africa? It's happening there right now. And the past matters, the countries where it happened in the past are still communist/socialist.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    It has happened in other African countries. And we see how they act when they get to Europe or America. They come here for the free stuff.
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    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    If the investigation was illegal then you can't charge someone for obstructing it, that would be like charging you for obstruction of justice because you found drugs that were planted in your car and threw them out the window on the highway. The investigation wasn't just corrupt, it was illegal and Trump didn't just guess that the investigation was illegal he had proof it was illegal. If you support prosecuting someone using "the fruit of a poisonous tree" you are supporting the illegal spying that was the "poisonous tree". Here is a good breakdown of how wrong Amash is on obstruction even if the investigation wasn't illegal:
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    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
    President Trump has hurled the dire charge of "Treason" at the New York Times for its lengthy investigative piece alleging US intelligence has stepped up systematic cyber attacks on Russia's power grid. “This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country…” Trump tweeted Saturday evening in response to the story which ran hours earlier. He then hastily added in a follow-up tweet in all caps, "ALSO, NOT TRUE!" — as if only then realizing his initial tweet seemed to actually vouch for the story. The follow-up further excoriated the Times for their reporting with "not even the slightest thought of consequence!" Whether this means the president is outraged that a true and verified report could be detrimental to US credibility and national security, or that fake news could hurt the US and invite unnecessary cyber retaliation is still not fully evident, but Trump's impulsive Saturday evening tweets appear to back the former. .....ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019 And the Times was quick to respond to the "treason" charge as follows: Accusing the press of treason is dangerous. We described the article to the government before publication. As our story notes, President Trump’s own national security officials said there were no concerns. https://t.co/MU020hxwdc pic.twitter.com/4CIfcqKoEl — NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) June 16, 2019 The NYT report outlines an alleged ongoing US operation to infiltrate and implant malware in Russia’s power grid as preparation for any potential major cyber warfare operation in the future, and further as "a warning" to the Kremlin. However, the story is light on details and heavy on the usual anonymous "current and former officials". According to the Times, “officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets.” The officials described that “it has gotten far, far more aggressive over the past year,” and that they are “doing things at a scale that we never contemplated a few years ago.” Though US operations hadn't reached the level of specific attacks, the malware constitutes what's described as a “persistent presence” within Russia’s infrastructure.
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    Certain users of online forum 8chan may want to lawyer up, after a recently unsealed affidavit reveals that the FBI served the website with a search warrant in April for the IP addresses and metadata information on Chabad of Poway shooter John Earnst, along with "all of the individuals who responded to his posts on the forum. lmaooooooo 8chan just got search warranted pic.twitter.com/Rhi6g2OWKo — shoshanot at cannes, pls stop asking 🛸 (@swodinsky) June 14, 2019 On April 27, 19-year-old John Earnest opened fire on the Chabad of Poway, located in a suburb of San Diego, killing one and injuring three others. Earlier in the day, an 8chan user believed to be Earnest posted "It's been real dudes. From the bottom of my heart thank you for everything. Keep up the infographic redpill threads," along with a link to a livestream of the attack broadcast over Facebook and an "open letter" manifesto. Earnest's post and anyone who replied to it, "and/or commented about it" were swept up in the search warrant. "Anyone had a decent read of his manifesto yet?" wrote one user. Another replied "It's very much written for /pol/" - referring to the "Politically Incorrect" forum where Earnest posted. "Several people responded, both individuals who were taken aback about the posting as well as people who were sympathizers. As a result, some of the individuals may be potential witnesses, co-conspirators and/or individuals who were inspired by the subject posting." "There is probable cause to believe that within 8chan, more fully described in Attachment A, will be found evidence of violations of federal law," reads the affidavit.
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    Why not 5? Idiocracy is tyranny, the age needs to be raised.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Just because there isn't much wealth to "share" doesn't change the philosophy.
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    He has been a soviet spy his whole career: Fake News Ignores Video of “Drunk, Naked” Bernie Sanders Singing With Soviet Comrades
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    You can't obstruct an illegal investigation, by endorsing the obstruction charges (which are laughable even if the investigation was legal) Amash endorses the illegal investigation.
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Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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