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    Today, 01:48 AM
    The United States is reportedly tightening its visa guidelines, with the State Department providing officials with new rules to deny entry or expel visitors. According to The New York Times, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained the changes in a cable to U.S. Embassies across the globe. Under the new rules, the State Department will assume a person with a visa lied on purpose if they do something outside the scope of what he or she told a consular officer. These actions include going to school or marrying a United States citizen, the newspaper said. The rules would make renewing a visa or obtaining a new one difficult should an individual be in this scenario, the Times noted.The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s associate director of government relations described the new guidance as “a significant policy change.” “If someone comes to the U.S. as a tourist, falls in love and gets married within 90 days and then applies for a green card, this means the application would be denied,” Diane Rish told the Times. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351298-us-tightening-rules-for-visas-report
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    Today, 01:32 AM
    No you want to prevent businesses and corporations (groups you disagree with) from speaking, that is no different from AntiFa's position. We need less controls on speech not more, if you don't like the influence of businesses and corporations then compete with them, find or form your own group and lobby and campaign for candidates that support your beliefs, if the government can limit the ability of corporations to engage in political speech it can limit you and that is BAD. There is no way to force government to listen to you and forcing others not to speak will not help.
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    We are talking about speech, the voters and the legislators still hold the power. What you propose would allow the government to prevent any group from speaking as a group, the public would be relegated to speaking one at a time with little influence while the elite would wield power and influence in smoke filled back rooms. The cure for mob rule is constitutional restrictions like the Bill of Rights not letting the government limit speech.
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    Hamas on Tuesday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave the Islamic militant group seized a decade ago.Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group is serious about returning power to the Western-backed Palestinian leader and called on him to respond with "practical steps." Hamas has said it will dismantle a contentious committee that has governed Gaza in recent months — answering a key Abbas demand. It has also said it is ready to hand over all government functions to Abbas and to hold elections in Gaza and the West Bank. "We extend a clear and frank invitation without obstacles for the consensus government to work in Gaza," Haniyeh said after returning from Cairo, where he and other Hamas leaders held rare talks with Egyptian officials. Hamas is in financial and political distress after years of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade as well as recent economic pressure from Abbas. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/hamas-invites-abbas-resume-control-gaza-164015454.html
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    Hepatitis A outbreak hits Los Angeles after 2 cases confirmedhttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/hepatitis-a-outbreak-los-angeles-county/
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbors could lead to global conflict.Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said in Ankara next Monday's vote posed a major risk and Turkey would take "every step" needed to thwart any similar steps in its mainly Kurdish southeast. Iraqi Kurdish authorities have defied growing international pressure to call off the vote, which Iraq's neighbors fear will fuel unrest among their own Kurdish populations. Western allies say it could detract from the fight against Islamic State. "A change that will mean the violation of Iraq's territorial integrity poses a major risk for Turkey," Canikli said. "The disruption of Syria and Iraq's territorial integrity will ignite a bigger, global conflict with an unseen end." Kurds in north Syria, like those in Iraq, have capitalized on the turmoil in both countries to consolidate a degree of autonomy. Washington has supported Syrian Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State, despite Turkish protests. Turkish troops dug in on the southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons toward Kurdish-run northern Iraq. Tanks and rocket launchers mounted on armored vehicles faced the Iraqi frontier, about 2 km (one mile) away. Mechanical diggers tore up agricultural fields for the army to set up positions in the flat, dry farmlands. The military drill, launched without warning on Monday, is due to last until Sept. 26, Turkish military sources said, a day after the planned referendum. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkish-tanks-trained-northern-iraq-show-force-ahead-103743955.html
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    The lawyer who beat President Obama’s recess appointment power grab is now the Trump administration’s top courtroom attorney, after the Senate on Tuesday confirmed Noel Francisco to be solicitor general. He’ll now oversee the administration’s legal strategy as it prepares for one of the most momentous Supreme Court terms in memory, with President Trump’s travel ban and landmark religious liberty and voting rights cases already on the docket. The 50-47 confirmation vote split along party lines, suggesting Democrats’ attempts to obstruct Mr. Trump’s nominees continues despite new pledges of bipartisan cooperation this month. Mr. Francisco will jump right into a number of heavy legal battles, with the new Supreme Court term opening in just a few weeks and Mr. Trump facing across-the-board legal challenges to his agenda. Jonathan Turley, law professor at George Washington University, said the confirmation will also bring needed relief to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been leading the Justice Department with “a truly skeleton staff.” Mr. Francisco will now be able to help shape courtroom strategy for the department. More at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/19/senate-confirms-donald-trumps-solicitor-general-no/
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    How about we start with this one: She is domestic and a broad.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    My guess is that somebody wanted to buy some or all of his cars at fire sale prices.
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    She looks like Merkel to me:
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    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    They work hard - when there's porno to be watched, or stupid jokes to be made.
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Maybe someone called her a slut once, or even - asked her out. :eek:
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    There's really nothing like entrapment is there?
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    I think it was an inside joke or insult at worst. She said so herself, "we worked hard to get the right Russian word." yeah right
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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    That is what I never figured out, so I just wondered instead of making it my opinion.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Lee (the orange X) is making a come back:
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    I always wondered if that "mistake" was really some kind of coded message.
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    If you give government the power to abolish political parties you give them the power to dictate politics and prohibit political speech and association, you will come to regret it. With instant run off voting people will no longer need to vote for "the lesser of two evils", they can make that their second choice, then they will find out just how electable Libertarian or Constitution party candidates are, even with the current "Major" party bias of the law 3rd parties would quickly qualify, if the voters still elect scum then nothing will help.
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    No no: the Party (Boss) System - abolish it. We will organize and associate just fine without their organized apparatus. There's nothing wrong with IRV, but it means nothing if the Party System is still in place. At best, people will still vote for the Devils They Know. At worst, you'll end up with a multiplicity of parties controlled by the same caucuses of special intrigues as the two we've got now. qft so Abolish the Party System, and watch their leverage in the Congress evaporate. This isn't a freedom of association issue, its a cut out the rot issue.
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    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    Researchers have devised malware that can jump airgaps by using the infrared capabilities of an infected network's surveillance cameras to transmit data to and from attackers. The malware prototype could be a crucial ingredient for attacks that target some of the world's most sensitive networks. Militaries, energy producers, and other critical infrastructure providers frequently disconnect such networks from the Internet as a precaution. In the event malware is installed, there is no way for it to make contact with attacker-controlled servers that receive stolen data or issue new commands. Such airgaps are one of the most basic measures for securing highly sensitive information and networks. The proof-of-concept malware uses connected surveillance cameras to bridge such airgaps. Instead of trying to use the Internet to reach attacker-controlled servers, the malware weaves passwords, cryptographic keys, and other types of data into infrared signals and uses a camera's built-in infrared lights to transmit them. A nearby attacker then records the signals with a video camera and later decodes embedded secrets. The same nearby attackers can embed data into infrared signals and beam them to an infected camera, where they're intercepted and decoded by the network malware. The covert channel works best when attackers have a direct line of sight to the video camera, but non-line-of-sight communication is also possible in some cases. Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Shamoon College of Engineering said the malware establishes a two-way channel that attackers can use to communicate with compromised networks even when they're air-gapped. The covert channel can transmit data from a video camera to an attacker at 20 bits per second and from an attacker transmitter to a video camera at 100 bits per second. When more than a camera is used in the attacks the bit-rate may be increased further. More at: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/attackers-can-use-surveillance-cameras-to-grab-data-from-air-gapped-networks/ I've read about systems that use a computers fans and mics as well
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Prioritized instant run-off voting will end the "lesser of two evils" trap, if you ban parties only the elites will be organized enough to elect candidates to office. More freedom is the answer not less.
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    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    People freely associate without the Party System. With it, they're indentured to the Parties, and we'll end up with two or one no matter the regulations. No, abolish them.
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    You are free to do it or not do it, if you outlaw them you will not be free to associate with them.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    There's nothing free about associating with political parties. Somehow or another, every body pays their due.
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Clintons and Russians? ... gobsmacked
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    In Denmark, once one of the world’s safest countries, the army now has been deployed domestically. It’s part of an effort to combat “low-tech jihad,” thousands of “incidents involving loosened wheel bolts on cars, large rocks or cinder blocks thrown from highway overpasses, and thin steel wires strung across bicycle paths meant to decapitate unsuspecting cyclists, reports Dr. Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist and writer. Moreover, despite Denmark’s ultra-strict gun-control laws, gangs of immigrants from the MENAP countries (Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan) are randomly shooting people in the capital city of Copenhagen, Sennels further informs. Sennels, who spent years working with Muslim youth in prison, claims that his nation itself is beginning to resemble a prison, with the rule of law breaking down and migrant gangs controlling some streets. For example, after citing the shootings of three young men used for, as he puts it, “target practice,” Sennels reports that police warned 17- to 25-year-old men to avoid public spaces in Copenhagen. He quotes Preben Bang Henriksen, spokesman for Denmark’s majority government party, as being horrified and stating, “We have not had such warnings from the police since the 2nd World War. It is totally unacceptable.” More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/26937-denmark-thousands-of-cases-of-low-tech-jihad-worst-situation-since-wwii
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    British citizens voted to leave the European Union (EU) on June 23, 2016. Over a year later, sparse progress has been made. That is until this past weekend, when Member of Parliament Boris Johnson (shown), the current leader of the Brexit movement in Britain, spoke out, declaring that Britain would have a glorious future after leaving the EU. He added that Britain should not be required to compensate the EU monetarily for exiting. Johnson repeated his assertion that membership in the EU costs Britain £350 million per week, with less than half of it coming back, and that this money could be spent much more profitably in the U.K. under British control. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/26942-boris-johnson-brings-brexit-debate-into-the-public-arena
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    Yesterday, 09:42 PM
    Puerto Rico Braces For Hurricane Maria, Imposes Rationing Ahead of Storm Puerto Rico has imposed a rationing of basic supplies including water and baby formula as Hurricane Maria approaches as a Category 5 storm. Officials said Monday that the rationing is necessary to ensure everyone has access to basic items such as batteries, milk, canned foods, flashlights and other supplies. It does not apply to gasoline or other fuels. Shelves at many stores were emptying out quickly as people rushed to finalize hurricane preparations. Many posted desperate pleas on social media for help in finding certain items. More at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-imposes-rationing-of-basic-supplies/
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