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    Today, 04:33 PM
    You are right about his decline but he is still better than Beto will be and we really don't want the Dems to have a Senate majority.
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    Today, 04:22 PM
    That kind of thing is what I am talking about, people who think like that are never any good at their supposed profession and catering to them always ends up degrading the quality of the product.
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    Today, 04:18 PM
    One kind of those who seek power has always sought the shadows, they understand that stealth is power, you will never be rid of them or force them out of the shadows.
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    Today, 02:31 AM
    NOW: U.S. Marshals release “wanted” poster for Cody Wilson, maker of so-called 3D guns. pic.twitter.com/wJDgfS7Grm — Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) September 19, 2018
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    Today, 02:26 AM
    Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports. A source told CNN that Ford's lawyers are also opposed to an outside counsel being used to question her during a hearing, something that was being discussed by Republican senators to avoid the optics of 11 male GOP senators questioning Ford. More at: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/407714-ford-could-testify-thursday-report What is the point of him testifying first? How can he respond to her accusations if she hasn't made them yet?..............................Oh, Yeah, that's the point isn't it?
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    Today, 02:21 AM
    Conservative House Republicans are calling on their colleagues to subpoena Nellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, after a deal fell apart this week that would have led to her voluntary testimony. “Now that Nellie Ohr is not coming in it is time to subpoena her and get her in as soon as possible,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in an interview with The Hill. He called it “unfortunate” that Ohr would not come in as planned on Friday for a deposition. A Republican House Judiciary Committee aide separately told The Hill that the committee will use its subpoena power to try to compel Ohr to testify if she does not agree to do so voluntarily. It’s unclear why the deal fell apart to have Ohr interviewed behind closed doors with the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees. “Last week, we thought Nellie Ohr was going to be in for a deposition tomorrow. We thought she was coming in this Friday. Turns out she isn’t. That is unfortunate,” Jordan said during a phone interview. GOP lawmakers are also threatening to subpoena Jim Baker, former FBI general counsel, if he does not agree to testify voluntarily. Baker had initially planned to meet with the committee in late August. “The Committee continues to seek the testimony of Nellie Ohr and Jim Baker and will compel their testimony if necessary,” the Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told The Hill.
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    Today, 02:17 AM
    A gun-rights advocate known for his quest to help Americans manufacture firearms at home using 3-D printers may be on the run in Taiwan, after police in Texas charged him for paying to have sex with a 16-year-old girl. The Austin Police Department is working with national and international authorities to locate Cody Wilson, 30, and “bring him to justice” after he became aware of the investigation and missed a flight home from Taipei, Commander Troy Officer said at a press conference on Wednesday. Police said a friend of the victim called Wilson and tipped him off that authorities were investigating. It’s not clear how the friend knew Wilson. A call to Wilson’s mobile phone wasn’t answered and the voice mail box was full. His criminal defense lawyer couldn’t immediately be identified. Josh Blackman, Wilson’s lawyer in the civil suit that was filed by the states, said he only represents the Texan in civil matters. After the charges became public on Wednesday, organizers of a Second Amendment conference set for the coming weekend said Wilson wouldn’t be speaking at the event. He had been scheduled on Sept. 22 to discuss the impact of 3-D printing on the future of gun control at the 33rd annual gun rights policy conference in Chicago. The charge Wilson faces is a second-degree felony in Texas. If found guilty, he could find himself barred from owning a firearm due to state and federal regulations. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/3d-gun-printing-entrepreneur-cody-094436038.html
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    Today, 01:54 AM
    By cutting tariffs, China is hoping to stimulate its economy and increase domestic consumption. The move could also strike a blow in the ongoing trade war with the United States, but it is not clear how many U.S. imports already targeted by Beijing could benefit from reduced tariff barriers if they enter China through a third country. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/china-beijing-cut-tariffs-imports-most-trading-partners
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    Today, 01:51 AM
    Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Krasimir Karakachanov said Sept. 19 that his government opposes the European Parliament's decision to begin Article 7 proceedings against Hungary, Euractiv reported. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/eu-bulgaria-backs-hungary-against-article-7-procedure
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    Today, 01:49 AM
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can breathe a sigh of relief. On Sept. 20, he prevailed over Shigeru Ishiba in the internal Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election. This victory extends his role as both party head and prime minister for three years. Abe won 329 of 402 (82 percent) votes cast by lawmakers and 224 of 405 (55 percent) of votes cast by the party's rank and file — giving him a strong 69 percent of votes overall. Abe not only secured a large majority of lawmaker votes but also hit his goal of 55 percent of rank-and-file votes, an accomplishment given that Ishiba won the majority of those when the two last went toe-to-toe in 2012. If he completes his term, Abe will become Japan's longest-serving prime minister — particularly noteworthy given that the average length of a prime minister's tenure since 1989 has been under two years. This means he can hold on to the office at least as long as his counterparts in the United States, South Korea and Russia keep their posts. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/japan-ruling-party-votes-keep-abe-charge
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    Today, 01:36 AM
    Warren Smears Kavanaugh With Doctored Video
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    Today, 01:32 AM
    Don't use Chrome.
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    Today, 01:26 AM
    A new theory has emerged in the case of whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted accuser Christine Blasey Ford roughly 35 years ago; it was Kavanaugh's high school look-alike, whose high school house better fits Ford's description, and who kept in touch with the other guy allegedly in the room, Mark Judge. The theory was presented Thursday afternoon by Ed Whelan, a former clerk to USSC Justice Antonin Scalia and currently president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), a conservative think tank. Using entirely circumstantial evidence which could certainly ruin the life of the man at the center of the new theory, Whelan suggests that Kavanaugh's high school doppelgänger, Chris Garrett, may have in fact been responsible for Blasey Ford's recollection of the alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh (left), Chris Garrett (right) Earlier this week, Whelan tweeted "By one week from today, I expect that Judge Kavanaugh will have been clearly vindicated on this matter. Specifically, I expect that compelling evidence will show his categorical denial to be truthful. There will be no cloud over him." Update: Ford, who has had trouble remembering specifics about the alleged encounter, dismissed Whelan’s theory in a statement late Thursday according to the Washington Post: "I knew them both, and socialized with" the other classmate, Ford said, adding that she had once visited him in the hospital. "There is zero chance that I would confuse them." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-20/was-kavanaugh-accuser-almost-raped-his-doppelganger-new-theory-emerges
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    Today, 01:23 AM
    I'm on his side, I just think he could have been much wiser and the quote in your picture was an inaccurate self assessment.
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    Most people don’t know much about the history of South Africa beyond the simplistic propaganda of the 1980s – white South Africans bad, ANC good. The history and current situation of South Africa, however, is much more complex. Defining Terms: Who Are the Key Players? Before going any further, terms should be defined and the key players identified: ANC: The African National Congress, the leading party in South Africa since the end of apartheid.
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    Today, 01:06 AM
    In practice, the International Criminal Court is a failed experiment. Its trials appear selective and political. While the court has received more than 10,000 written complaints referring to 139 countries, according to the London-based Africa Research Centre, it has focused its prosecutions exclusively on sub-Saharan Africans. Of the 10 investigations in progress, nine relate to African leaders or rebel leaders. (The only non-African case was against Serbian extremists.) This leads to the all-too-easy accusation that the court is racist, neo-colonialist or, in the words of one African writer, "white justice for black Africans." Following a 2013 African Union summit, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn denounced the court as a "racial hunt". While these charges are hyperbolic, the court's selective prosecutions have undermined its credibility among Africans. The ICC has also not been successful in Africa. The court's first chief prosecutor, Luis Ocampo, pledged to indict and try the leaders of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan terror group linked to slaughter, rape and kidnapping, by the end of 2005. The LRA's leaders have yet to face justice. Almost a decade ago, the court indicted Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir. No trial has occurred and Bashir continues to travel freely to Arab and African states that have signed the ICC's implementing treaty. The court has not delivered on its promise to bring justice to people who have none. As a result, African nations are pulling out. South Africa, Burundi, Gambia have voted to withdraw from the ICC and other African states are joining the stampede for the exit. The ICC likes to refer to itself as the world's court, but it represents fewer and fewer of world's nations. The U.S., Israel, China and Russia have refused to ratify the court's implementing Treaty of Rome. The African Union itself has openly criticized the ICC and debated leaving the court's jurisdiction en masse. The court's leaders have, in addition, not held themselves to particularly high standards. Chief prosecutor Ocampo, defended his use of offshore bank accounts by saying that his salary was insufficient. Such a remark hardly inspires confidence. Even worse for the court's credibility are the allegations brought by David Nyekorach Matsanga, president of the Pan-African Forum, that Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, the ICC's president, allegedly received illegal sums totaling some $17 million between 2004 and 2015. These payments, Matsanga said, were to bribe prosecution witness against Sudan's president. A court spokesman dismissed Matsanga's evidence as a falsified invoice and unverified bank records. (Matsanga is no angel. He was spokesman for the infamous Lord's Resistance Army in the 1990s.) Still, the evidence deserves an impartial review. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-20/international-criminal-court-failed-experiment
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    Today, 01:03 AM
    That seems to vary, but they are usually safe as long as they make sure to pick the strong side in any visible divides and kick all the designated enemies.
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    Today, 12:45 AM
    He could have not used a hooker he didn't know anything about, I am quite willing to believe that it was a setup but using strange hookers who are on the young side is not "the best any man can do" to avoid trouble.
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    Today, 12:42 AM
    The U.S. population is around 328 million. It’s estimated that about 11 million — or one in 30 — are illegal immigrants. Yet criminal aliens account for more than one in five federal prison inmates. Even assuming a pretty radical margin of error for the sake of argument, that would still mean illegal immigrants are drastically over-represented among the criminal population. And the actual picture may be worse, since the government says it has no way to be notified of all imprisoned illegal immigrants. So, instead, it counts a subset of them that it learns about through identifiers such as an FBI number. The latest information is included in a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The summary by the leader of GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice team, Gretta Goodwin, seems oddly written to try to put a positive spin on the grim findings. It highlights this figure: From 2011 through 2016, the criminal alien proportion of the total estimated federal inmate population generally decreased, from about 25 percent to 21 percent. Stop there and you might think we’re on a good path. But dig into the actual report and footnotes — and it’s difficult to sugarcoat the findings. For starters, 91 percent of federal criminal aliens were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia or Guatemala. There were more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons and local jails during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million arrests for 7.5 million offenses. (The numbers, according to the GAO: 197,000 criminal aliens in federal prisons, arrested 1.4 million times for 2 million offenses, between 2011 and 2016; 533,000 in state or local facilities between 2010 and 2015, representing 3.5 million arrests for 5.5 million offenses.) The arrests include allegations of more than 1 million drug crimes, a half-million assaults, 133,800 sex offenses and 24,200 kidnappings. Even more serious, the imprisoned illegal immigrants, over a five-year period, had been arrested for 33,300 homicide-related offenses and 1,500 terrorism-related crimes. In terms of cost, federal taxpayers shelled out more than $15 billion during the period studied — or $2.5 billion a year — to keep criminal aliens behind bars in federal, state and local facilities. Many are repeat offenders. Of about 146,500 criminal aliens who finished a federal prison term, about one in six — around 24,800 — already had been imprisoned again at least once.
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    Today, 12:41 AM
    Census Bureau data analyzed by researchers at the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that America has greatly increased immigration from the third world and Islamic regions within the last seven years. Since 2010, foreign countries with the largest percentage increases based on the number of legal immigrants they are sending to the U.S. include: Nepal – 120 percent increase in immigration to the U.S. Burma (Myanmar) – 95 percent increase in immigration to the U.S. Venezuela – 91 percent increase in immigration to the U.S. Afghanistan – 84 percent increase in immigration to the U.S. Saudi Arabia – 83 percent increase in immigration to the U.S.
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearization, but a key goal is declaring an end this year to the 1950-53 Korean War, the South’s President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday. Seoul aims to jointly announce with the United States an end to the war within this year, a measure Moon said he would discuss with Trump when they meet next week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. An end-of-war declaration would not affect the presence of U.S. troops and the UNC in the South, Moon said, adding that Kim shared his view. “It would be a political declaration that would mark a starting point for peace negotiations,” Moon said. “A peace treaty would be sealed, as well as normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations, after the North achieves complete denuclearization.” More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea-summit-moon/north-koreas-kim-wants-another-trump-summit-to-speed-denuclearization-south-koreas-moon-idUSKCN1M01KE
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearization, but a key goal is declaring an end this year to the 1950-53 Korean War, the South’s President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday. Seoul aims to jointly announce with the United States an end to the war within this year, a measure Moon said he would discuss with Trump when they meet next week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. An end-of-war declaration would not affect the presence of U.S. troops and the UNC in the South, Moon said, adding that Kim shared his view. “It would be a political declaration that would mark a starting point for peace negotiations,” Moon said. “A peace treaty would be sealed, as well as normalization of North Korea-U.S. relations, after the North achieves complete denuclearization.” More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-southkorea-summit-moon/north-koreas-kim-wants-another-trump-summit-to-speed-denuclearization-south-koreas-moon-idUSKCN1M01KE
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Israel said on Thursday it would not halt strikes on Syria but would do more to “deconflict” them with Russian forces, after Moscow accused it of “irresponsible and unfriendly actions” that led to Syrian ground fire mistakenly downing a Russian plane. Although Russian President Vladimir Putin initially described the downing as “tragic chance”, Moscow has made its anger clear. “Moscow views as irresponsible and unfriendly actions of Israeli Air Force, which exposed Russian Il-20 aircraft to danger and led to death of 15 servicemen,” the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv said on Twitter in English, adding that Russia would “take all necessary measures to eliminate threat to life and security of our military fighting against terrorism”. Israel has struck Syria scores of times during its seven-year civil war to prevent what it says are transfers of weapons to Hezbollah fighters and other Iranian allies. Russia has largely overlooked the sorties, which the Israelis say pose no direct threat to Moscow’s ally, President Bashar al-Assad. Israel dispatched its air force chief to brief Moscow about the incident on Thursday. Expressing regret at the loss of life, Israel denied wrongdoing and blamed what it called wanton Syrian anti-aircraft fire after its jets had withdrawn back over the border. Speaking to Army Radio, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman made clear that Israel would not halt attacks in Syria. “We will do whatever is necessary to safeguard the security of Israel’s citizens ... and we will not hold these discussions over the airwaves,” he said. But when pressed during the interview, Lieberman avoided asserting Israeli “freedom of action” over Syria, a term he has used in the past. Naftali Bennett, another member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet, said “deconfliction mechanisms” would be improved, referring to a Russian-Israeli hotline designed to avoid inadvertent clashes with forces Moscow sent to Syria as part of a military intervention mounted in 2015.
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    Iran dismisses U.S. offer of talks
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    Today, 12:30 AM
    Which is why they tend to bootlick everyone who might have it.
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    A bipartisan bill is raising concerns among civil liberties groups over provisions that would allow the U.S. government to surveil, hack and shoot down consumer drones deemed a threat. The Preventing Emerging Threats Act, according to National Journal’s Brendan Bordelon, would grant certain agencies the ability to take offensive measures against any unmanned aerial vehicles “that encroach on facilities, events, or assets the agencies deem to be at high risk from bad actors.” Critics argue that the legislation’s broad language could lead to widespread abuse, while proponents point to incidents such as the recent attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, which utilized drones carrying explosives, as proof of the bill’s necessity. The act has been attached to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which must be decided on by the end of this month. Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), says the bill would give both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “enormous new surveillance powers, the ability to use force, to seize private property, and to do all of that with no judicial oversight whatsoever.” “A bill that raises these kinds of privacy and civil-liberties concerns shouldn’t become law, and it certainly shouldn’t be passed as part of this larger package that makes it very difficult for members to raise concerns and seek amendments to problematic provisions,” she said. More at: https://www.infowars.com/bill-would-permit-feds-to-shoot-down-hack-surveil-consumer-drones/
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    Today, 12:20 AM
    It's a nice thought but life is far too complex for it to be possible, power comes in too many forms and derives from too many sources.
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