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    Today, 01:10 AM
    The California secession movement has been given the go-ahead to gather signatures for its effort after the ballot proposal was approved Monday. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) announced the ballot proposal's approval, which would ask the state's voters in 2020 if they want to discuss declaring independence from the U.S. If the initiative passes, that vote would take place May 4, 2021. Those in favor of secession have to meet an October deadline to collect 365,880 signatures from registered voters in order to put the measure on the ballot. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/384662-california-secession-movement-gets-cleared-to-begin-collecting
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    :eek: UBI causes that?
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Related? Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it has delayed by three days the launch of an "entertainment city" near Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the oil-reliant kingdom seeks to diversify. King Salman had been scheduled on Wednesday to launch construction of the 334-square kilometre project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh, touted as the kingdom's answer to Disneyland. "King Salman will inaugurate next Saturday the Qiddiya project, which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the kingdom," the state-run Saudi Press Agency said, without explaining the delay. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5652563/Saudi-Arabia-pushes-launch-entertainment-city.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    So you are admitting it works in D.C.?
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Not the best perhaps, but he has more political success than many.
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    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    And if you can't win friends and influence people you are also guaranteed to lose.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reportedly gave a "stand-down" order to FBI agents who began probing Hillary Clinton's use of a private server for official government business following a report in the New York Times, reports journalist Sara Carter, citing "multiple former FBI officials, along with a Congressional official." After The New York Times publication, the FBI Washington Field Office began investigating Clinton’s use of private emails and whether she was using her personal email account to transmit classified information. According to sources, McCabe was overseas when he became aware of the investigation and sent electronic communications voicing his displeasure with the agents. -Sara Carter "Electronic communications" you say? Sounds like McCabe picked the right time to relaunch his new legal defense fund. McCabe's reported March 2015 "stand down" order to agents investigating the New York Times report may have broken FBI rules, to say the least. The official DOJ request to investigate Clinton would not be issued until the end of July 2015, four months later. “McCabe tried to steer people off the private email investigation and that appears to be obstruction and should be investigated,” said one former FBI official with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the investigation. “Now if the information on the ‘stand-down’ order is obtained by the IG that could bring a whole lot of other troubles to McCabe.” So McCabe was accused of a "stand-down" order during the 2016 election, for which he authorized the leak that got him fired - and he now stands accused of a separate, previous "stand-down" order as agents began to follow up on a March 2 2015 New York Times report into Clinton's use of a private server.
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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    Just so you know what the Demoncrats think voters are: More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-24/latest-ridiculous-lawsuit-sue-nited-states
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    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Columbia Professor Comey Leaked Classified Memos To Claims He was Secret Undercover Squirrel for FBI The Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leak the contents of sensitive memos to the media confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that he previously worked as a “special government employee” (SGE) for Comey’s FBI on an unpaid basis. The professor, Daniel Richman, confirmed the special status in response to an inquiry from Fox News, while referring other questions, including on the scope of his work, to the FBI. “I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay),” Richman wrote in an email. Richman emerged last year as the former FBI director’s contact for leaking memos documenting his private discussions with President Trump – memos that are now the subject of an inspector general review over the presence of classified material. Sources familiar with Richman’s status at the FBI told Fox News that he was assigned to “special projects” by Comey, and had a security clearance as well as badge access to the building. Richman’s status was the subject of a Memorandum of Understanding. Lawmakers are only beginning to raise questions about Richman’s status. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo,” said the information about Richman and his special FBI status first emerged during closed-door testimony by Comey’s former chief of staff James Rybicki before the House oversight and judiciary committees. “uring that deposition, it was brought out that Daniel Richman, the guy who information was leaked through to The New York Times, had this special status called special government employee status, where he could sort of come and go in the FBI,” Jordan said. He said he could not speak to the significance, but “it seems kind of interesting that the guy who Comey leaks to is a good friend, who had this sort of unfettered access into the FBI.” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., also raised questions about the status. These two stooges think this helps Comey? Nope. Now Comey's pal is on the hook too. He had better protection as a professor who didn't know the Memos were classified. Now he is co-conspirator. Morons. https://t.co/klCJfigOqC — Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) April 25, 2018
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    https://www.thenewamerican.com/freedom-index Dist.4: Jim Jordan - 80%
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Something flammable.
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    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Another flight of fantasy that will be overruled.
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Covered.
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    Rand definitely sounds like he is on the Q train.
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    Yesterday, 06:28 PM
    That is nonsense and has nothing to do with defensive tariffs.
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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