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    Today, 07:21 PM
    For the first time since the late 1970s, Nicaragua is on the brink of a revolution as tens of thousands of protesters throng the streets of the capitol Managua and a host of other towns to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega, a former left-wing dictator-turned-democrat who led the Sandinistas to during the Nicaraguan Revolution. Ortega, who gave up power after losing an election in 1990 but remained a popular opposition figure and was elected president in 2006, has been criticized for his autocratic rule, political repressions and - most recently - for proposing social security reforms that would involve Nicaraguans paying more into the system while reducing payouts by 5%, according to Al Jazeera. Ortega has aligned his government with the governments of Cuba and Venezuela, though Nicaragua's economy achieved 5% GDP growth last year. Still, it remains the poorest country in Central America. The country's Social Security Institute's deficit has tripled in three years to $77 million as of 2017, prompting the push by Ortega for reform. The protests are the biggest to sweep the country since Ortega returned to power. While Monday's protest was organized by business groups and was markedly less violent than the previous five days of demonstrations - which resulted in the deaths of 25 protesters at the hands of Nicaraguan security forces - Ortega's decision to abandon the controversial social security reform has done little to blunt the opposition's anger. Local journalist Tim Rogers tweeted a picture of molotov cocktails stowed behind a barricade. Molotov cocktails left behind a barricade in Managua, ready for another night of action #SOSNicaragua #SOSINSS pic.twitter.com/MKbk3yNIXw
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    Today, 07:07 PM
    I know, but it still missed it's mark, the implications intended do not apply to defensive tariffs.
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    Today, 07:05 PM
    Rand definitely sounds like he is on the Q train.
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    Today, 06:28 PM
    That is nonsense and has nothing to do with defensive tariffs.
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    Today, 06:26 PM
    If competition is allowed, the FDA and DEA do a pretty good job of protecting the cartel and therefore the cartel can avoid cures in order to use medicine to milk the public instead of healing the sick.
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    Today, 06:19 PM
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed measures Tuesday aimed at preventing gun violence, as well as legislation creating tougher sentences for repeat violent offenders and people who commit crimes with a gun. Advocates who pushed for a law to help get guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others gathered in front and behind the governor and legislative leaders at a bill signing ceremony to cheer for progress after a year of high-profile gun violence in Maryland and around the country. “I think the best thing about today is that you have bipartisan support for a spectrum of gun-violence prevention bills,” said Jen Pauliukonis, president of Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, adding that the laws also address domestic violence, suicide and urban gun violence. One measure Hogan signed will enable families and law enforcement to ask courts for an order to temporarily restrict firearms access to people found to be a risk to themselves or others. It’s known as a “red flag” law. Hogan signed a measure to ban bump stocks, which can increase a semi-automatic rifle’s firing rate. Bump stocks were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800. He also signed legislation requiring convicted domestic abusers to surrender guns to law enforcement or a firearms dealer. Domestic abusers already are prohibited from possessing guns, but because of a loophole they were not required to give up guns they already owned before conviction. Hogan, a Republican, described the legislation as “commonsense bipartisan measures that will keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and those with criminal backgrounds.” The governor also signed a package of legislation to fight violent crime. It eliminates parole eligibility for repeat violent offenders and creates stronger sentences for people who commit crimes with a firearm. Another provision aims to help prosecute volume dealers of fentanyl, the lethal ultra-potent opioid.
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    Today, 06:12 PM
    Under a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy unveiled on Monday, burning forest products, known as biomass, will now be considered a "carbon neutral" fuel source. The EPA's action, which EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced before an audience of Georgia timber industry leaders, for now settles the question of whether chopping down trees, turning them into wood pellets, and then shipping them to power plants where they're burned for fuel will be counted as a renewable source of fuel like solar panels or wind turbines. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/pruitt-apos-epa-now-classify-174419215.html
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    Today, 05:56 PM
    They are worth more than public ones, I'll let everyone decide for themselves how much that is.
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    Today, 05:50 PM
    From the ZH comment section: DesertRat1958 Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:28 Permalink One other thought. Now that the Russians have been named as co-conspirators, they would legally be allowed to share evidence. I might be interesting, in order to extricate themselves from “time out”, to see what starts to appear form the various attorneys in defense of the suit. In the words of Jack Reacher “Remember you ask for this.”.
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    Today, 05:45 PM
    Many have suggested the lawsuit is a tactical error by the DNC, as it may expose or confirm claims against the organization - such as whether they rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders, the level of coordination between the DNC and the Clinton Campaign, and the details surrounding the funding of the "Steele dossier," paid for in part by both the Clinton campaign and the DNC. The defendants - from President Trump, to Wikileaks - and now Roger Stone - are excited at the prospect of examining the DNC servers which cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike determined were victims of Russian hacking in advance of the 2016 elections. Notably, the DNC would not allow the FBI or anyone else to inspect said servers. To that end, Stone's attorneys have slapped the DNC with a notification to preserve evidence related to the case with a "standard pre-discovery notice." Discovery is a pre-trial process by which one party can obtain evidence from the opposing party relevant to the case. My lawyers and I will demand to examine the DNC’s servers and expose them to real forensic analysis, not merely accepting the claims of the DNC’s paid contractor, to finally extinguish this bogus Russian hacking claim, once and for all. My lawyers have served the DNC with standard pre-discovery notice directing the DNC of their obligation under law to preserve all possible evidence, including their servers, for ultimate inspection and exposure to critical review. As Julian Assange wrote on Twitter, via the WikiLeaks feed, “Discovery is going to be fun.” -Roger Stone Stone notes that "Former CIA experts like Bill Binney and Ray McGovern examined the basic data available about the copying of DNC data and concluded that there is more forensic evidence that the material was downloaded to a portable drive, meaning it had to be someone with physical access to DNC computers." "Having made their computer systems the subject matter of multi-million dollar demands for judicial relief, the DNC has now exposed them to the discovery process," writes Stone. Stone writes that at the end of the day "Let’s not forget that at the heart of this Democrat lawsuit is their core claim that the exposure of genuine documents created by the hands of their own top officials, revealing to the American people the horrible truth about the how ruthless and cynical the Democrats, Hillary Clinton and her henchpeople really are, is considered BY THEM to be so damaging that it effectively torpedoed the Democrat party’s multi-billion-dollar efforts to install the single most sleazy corrupt brazen criminal to seek the presidency since Lyndon Baines Johnson." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-24/democrats-slapped-demand-preserve-evidence-roger-stone-goes-after-dnc-servers
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    Today, 05:31 PM
    It works, I can't say if some other tactic would work better but it does work. What we need is more liberty candidates so they can take different approaches and reap the benefits of each.
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    Today, 05:24 PM
    And Communist leaders don't want pets.. just minions. That's why after the revolution all of the sincere communists are executed. UBI will come with a requirement to spy for the people's police or to join the gendarmerie as a part-time enforcer.
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    Today, 04:43 PM
    Tariffs designed to protect against economic warfare by foreign countries have nothing to do with communism at home.
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    Today, 04:40 PM
    Destroying the EPA would have economic benefits.
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    Today, 04:18 PM
    A new pain-relieving compound eventually could be as effective as opioid-based drugs, such as morphine and oxycodone, but not carry some of the risks or drawbacks of them, according to research with mice. University of Michigan researchers found the compound has the same pain-relieving properties as widely-used, and overused, opioid painkillers, but shows the promise of being non-addictive. The findings were presented during the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting this week in San Diego. An abstract of the study has been published ahead of its presentation. The researchers chemically modified compounds based on pain-relieving peptides naturally released by neurons. In cultured cells, they worked on compounds that could provide pain relief, reduce addiction and avoid tolerance. A lead compound was tested in mice. Although it produced pain-relieving effects, it was not effective in tests for reward and dependence, which can lead to addiction and withdrawal. More at: https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/04/24/Researchers-develop-non-addictive-pain-reliever/7721524576617/
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    Today, 04:10 PM
    Bavaria's conservative government is ordering Christian crosses to be placed at the entrance of all state administrative buildings. The regional government says the crosses shouldn't be seen as religious symbols, but are meant to reflect the southern German state's "cultural identity and Christian-western influence." German news agency dpa reported that Tuesday's decree won't affect municipal and federal government buildings in Bavaria. Crosses are already compulsory in public schools and courtrooms in predominantly Catholic Bavaria. More at: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/04/24/german-state-orders-crosses-mounted-at-government-buildings.html
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    Today, 03:02 PM
    Brussels is set to divert tens of billions of euros in EU cash away from patriotic eastern and central states under budget reform plans that would link funding to the bloc’s ‘values’ which include mass migration. According to proposals seen by the Financial Times, the European Commission is planning to shift the criteria for distributing cohesion programme funds away from GDP per capita towards so-called ‘EU values’. Under the post-2020 EU budget laid out in the draft document, the €350bn funding pot aimed at developing the bloc’s weaker economies in the bloc, appears under a new title of “cohesion and values”. More at: http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/04/24/eu-cut-funds-patriotic-nations-values/
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    Today, 02:59 PM
    Parkland school shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv says he was aggressively interrogated by police after social media posts showed he visited a gun range. On Friday, Kashuv – who does not prescribe to the anti-gun rhetoric of his fellow anti-Second Amendment #NeverAgain peers – wrote he was learning to fire a gun for the first time. It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more. My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A pic.twitter.com/4rcOZbpl88 — Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018 “It was great learning about our inalienable right of #2A and how to properly use a gun. This was my first time ever touching a gun and it made me appreciate the #Constitution even more,” he tweeted, indicating in other posts he was there with his father. “My instructor was very informative; I learnt a lot. #2A is important and we need 2 preserve 2A”. Other posts showed Kashuv firing an AR-15 and an instructor teaching him how to fire. pic.twitter.com/NH5HkjPll2 — Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) April 21, 2018
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    Today, 02:44 PM
    As the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation pressed on during the 2016 election, a senior official with the Obama justice department, identified as Matthew Axelrod, called former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - who thought the DOJ was pressuring him to shut down the investigation, according to the recently released inspector general's (OIG) report. The official was “very pissed off” at the FBI, the report says, and demanded to know why the FBI was still pursuing the Clinton Foundation when the Justice Department considered the case dormant. -Washington Times The OIG issued a criminal referral for McCabe based on findings that the former Deputy Director "made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions." McCabe authorized a self-serving leak to the New York Times claiming that the FBI had not put the brakes on the Clinton Foundation investigation, during a period in which he was coming under fire over a $467,500 campaign donation his wife Jill took from Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe. “It is bizarre — and that word can’t be used enough — to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation,” said James Wedick - a former FBI official who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau. “They can have some input, but they shouldn’t be operationally in control like it appears they were from this call.” Wedick said he's never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases during his 35 years there - which suggests an attempt at interference by the Obama administration. As the Washington Times Jeff Mordock points out, Although the inspector general’s report did not identify the caller, former FBI and Justice Department officials said it was Matthew Axelrod, who was the principal associate deputy attorney general — the title the IG report did use. Mr. McCabe thought the call was out of bounds. He told the inspector general that during the Aug. 12, 2016, call the principal associate deputy attorney general expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the presidential campaign. -Washington Times
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    Today, 02:35 PM
    Tehran Threatens To Leave Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty If Trump Kills Iran Dealhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-24/its-something-were-considering-tehran-threatens-leave-npt-if-us-kills-iran-deal
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    Today, 02:27 PM
    Extending the OPEC cuts beyond their current expiry date at the end of 2018 would seem unnecessary if oil prices keep rising, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh told the Iranian oil ministry’s news service Shana on Monday. “High oil prices, even in the mid-term, would destabilize the prices and put pressure on them against OPEC’s interests,” the official outlet of the Iranian oil ministry quoted Zangeneh as saying. When asked about Iran’s position regarding an extension of the OPEC production cuts beyond 2018, Zangeneh told Shana: “No decision will be made regarding this issue in the upcoming OPEC meeting because the matter is unlikely to be included in the meeting’s agenda.” Commenting on oil prices, the Iranian oil minister said, “I think that the balanced, non-fluctuating price of oil would be favorable for OPEC and other producers.” More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Iran-Pushes-Back-Against-The-OPEC-Deal.html
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    Today, 02:24 PM
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided against recusing himself from the investigation into President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, but will consider stepping back from specific questions tied to the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter. More at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-24/sessions-declines-to-recuse-himself-from-probe-into-trump-lawyer
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    Today, 02:10 PM
    What could go wrong?
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    Today, 01:48 PM
    Without a knife?
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    Today, 01:34 PM
    And how many of those jobs will be spying on your fellow Americans?
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