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    Today, 02:09 AM
    One of the frontrunners to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of her political party has called for Germany to deport migrants to Syria. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said asylum-seekers whose claims are rejected or who commit crimes could be returned to the war-torn country. “Certain regions of Syria could be secure enough in the foreseeable future,” she told Bild newspaper. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, popularly known in Germany as “mini-Merkel”, is widely seen as Mrs Merkel’s preferred successor. But she has been at pains to distance herself from the chancellor’s controversial migrant policy in her bid for the leadership of the Christian Democrat party (CDU). Germany currently bans deportations to Syria because of the situation there. The German foreign ministry is set to reassess the policy by the end of this month, but an internal memo leaked to the German press warns: “It is extremely challenging to get first-hand reliable information about the situation in the country." The German embassy in Damascus is currently closed and the country is deemed too dangerous for diplomats to visit. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s comments are a clear attempt to avoid being seen as a Merkel continuity candidate in the race for the CDU leadership. She has also called for asylum-seekers who commit crimes in Germany to be barred from the entire Schengen Area. Mrs Merkel will step down as party leader in December but says she wants to see out her current term as chancellor, which ends in 2021.
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    Today, 02:06 AM
    Germany's interior minister on Monday denied reports that he was planning on stepping down as the nation's top security official but said he will relinquish his post as leader of the sister party to that of Chancellor Angela Merkel.Horst Seehofer told reporters at an event in the eastern city of Bautzen that rumors he was resigning as interior minister were incorrect. "I am the federal interior minister and I continue to serve in that office," the 69-year-old said. Despite staying on as interior minister, Seehofer confirmed that he had decided to step down from the Christian Social Union, which operates only in Bavaria as the partner of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. "Change is a part of life," he said, adding he'd announce specifics on timing later in the week. Seehofer stepped down as Bavarian governor earlier this year in favor of a younger rival, Markus Soeder, but clung to the post of CSU leader until the party's dismal result in September's regional elections increased the pressure for him to leave. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/report-gadfly-german-government-quit-posts-071802796.html
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    Today, 01:25 AM
    I will believe it when Trump appoints him to something.
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    Today, 01:20 AM
    A senior Iraqi politician says the Iraqi parliament will discuss the withdrawal of US forces from the country amid rising unease at Washington’s meddling in Baghdad’s internal affairs. MP Ahmad al-Assadi, the leader of the Iraqi Construction Alliance, said the lawmakers will step up their demand that the Iraqi government force US troops to leave the country, Arabic-language Arabi21 online newspaper reported. Calls for the withdrawal of US troops began during the last legislature, but lawmakers are now seeking a “clear timetable” for a pullout, he said. Al-Assadi said, “After the big victory against these gangs , the Iraqi government has the right to review the need for American forces on Iraqi soil.” He said the push for the withdrawal of US forces will double once the new parliament is sworn in, where lawmakers will allow the presence of foreign military advisers and trainers based on the requirements specified by state authorities. More at: https://www.globalresearch.ca/iraqi-mps-plan-motion-to-seek-expulsion-of-us-troops/5659826
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    Today, 01:16 AM
    How many SCOTUS nominations until he gets one? AG would be a better idea now that Sessions is gone, his age doesn't matter in that position.
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    Today, 12:17 AM
    Over 80 percent of citizens of New Hampshire voted to approve an amendment to the state’s constitution that declares an individual’s privacy to be a natural right that must remain free from government intrusion. Question 2 on the statewide ballot asked voters in the Granite State to approve or reject the following proposed additional language to the New Hampshire Constitution: “An individual’s right to live free from governmental intrusion in private or personal information is natural, essential, and inherent.” In New Hampshire, a constitutional amendment needs a two-thirds (66.67 percent) vote vote of electors to be approved, and with 98 percent of the votes counted, 81 percent of the electorate (402,092 voters) approved the amendment. The results are an impressive victory for the right of the individual to be free from government interference in his life and a significant setback for the ever-expanding surveillance state. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/30630-new-hampshire-voters-approve-sweeping-privacy-amendment
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    Which it appears he is part of.
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    China’s debt productivity dropped 42.9% between 2007 and 2017. That was the worst among major economies, but others lost ground, too. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-13/mauldin-worldwide-debt-default-real-possibility
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Yemen's Hodeida intensified Tuesday, as Britain said the Saudi-led coalition had agreed to the evacuation of wounded rebels from the country ahead of proposed peace talks in Sweden. The office of British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the Saudi-led alliance fighting on the side of the government had agreed to the evacuation of up to 50 wounded Huthi fighters to Oman following Hunt's visit to Riyadh. The move comes ahead of another proposed round of peace talks in Sweden later this month, Hunt's office said. But residents in Hodeida, whose port is vital for food imports and humanitarian aid for millions at risk of starvation, say they now fear a siege on the city, where only one major exit route is still open to traffic, on the northern edge of the city. And despite an apparent temporary lull in the fighting, a spokesman for the Huthis said the rebels were ready for "war in the streets" of rebel-held Hodeida itself. "We are ready, and present, and our plans are in place" in case of an attack by the rival pro-government alliance, the spokesman said at a news conference broadcast on the rebels' Al-Masirah TV, which did not give his name. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/violence-calms-yemens-hodeida-amid-diplomatic-pressure-115908277.html
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    China's Communist Party under Xi Jinping is expanding control over the Chinese government while increasing the use of covert action influence operations, according to a forthcoming congressional report. The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will reveal that communist control over China's 1.4 billion people has increased and notes the "Party-ification" of the Chinese government. Xi also has expanded personal power by adding his brand of communism to the Chinese constitution—he is the first Chinese communist leader to do so by name—and through purging thousands of top military and civilian officials. "In one of the most significant developments of 2018, the solidified its control over policy in China through what it called the ‘deepen reform of party and state institutions,'" a late draft of the forthcoming annual report says. The report is due to be made public in the next several weeks. A copy of the draft, dated Oct. 26, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. "The increase in Party control over governmental functions coincided with the additional consolidation of President Xi's control over the Party." Xi, in the clearest sign of growing dictatorial power, was reapproved as Party general security and abolished limits on the number of terms he can hold the supreme leadership post. Few academics or officials outside China have discussed Xi's drive for absolute power in China under the system of Marxism-Leninism and socialism with Chinese characteristics. The CCP also recently took control of a number of government agencies that were once part of the Chinese state. The takeover has weakened the government, the report said. The shift means China's system is doing away with traditional governance and ruling through Party "leading small groups" and committees made up of Party leaders. The groups and committees have now institutionalized decision-making for the Party.
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    She wasn't anything enough, whether or not there was election fraud it was only close enough for fraud to work because she gave nobody a reason to vote for her. I read an article earlier that said almost all of her ads were attacking Sinema without giving any reason to vote for McSally. Studies show that contrast ads are the most effective and pure attack ads are the least effective with self-promotion ads coming in somewhere inbetween.
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    If libertarians don't maintain control of a nation's politics what good does their ideology do them? Political control is THE determinant of what happens in the world. If you would be happy as a "pure" libertarian in the USSR because at least you were "pure" enough to let the communists in to your country then I don't know what to say.
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    I don't see any reason for us to waste our time since it is obvious neither of us will change the other's mind. If you can't see how the Demoncrats have turned into outright communists hell bent on destroying western civilization or if you think the problems with the Swampublicans are equivalent then there isn't anything I can say that will do any good.
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    When the left says "immigration reform" they mean amnesty and a fast track to citizenship. Once you allow people to come in unlimited numbers you can't make sure they leave when they are supposed to without a huge police state, if you allow them to stay forever then you will have a problem whether you have birthright citizenship or not, if you do then their children will vote socialist because their parents will raise them to do so, political assimilation takes multiple generations, if you don't have birthright citizenship but foreigners can stay for as long as they like then you will develop an underclass of non-citizens who will resent their status and agitate for citizenship, if they get it they will reflexively oppose the libertarian regime and if they don't they are likely to start an armed uprising which will probably turn into a communist revolution.
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    There is no single libertarian stance on the border, Ron Paul may be too soft on the border but even he says we should have one and that the feds should enforce it. You can't have a libertarian society without a border, the libertarian society would produce wealth in copious amounts and socialists from all over the world would flock to it and turn it into a socialist hellhole.
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    None of those are the better parts. Again, that isn't what has been good about him so far. Most of those apply to the Dems and I could add an arms length list of things that are as bad or worse about them, the Repubs still support a few of our basic rights and don't want to take from each according to his ability and give to each according to his need.
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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    And feudal lords were private landholders.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    Drugs aren't a problem but they call letting criminals have free rein part of "curtailing police brutality" and jacking taxes through the roof part of "ending corporate welfare". The Swmapublicans are bad (yes I have called them that before) but they are much better than the Demoncrats.
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    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    Protecting ourselves from communists does nothing to deny them liberty in their countries, they do that to themselves without our help.
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    It's how they want to implement most of those ideas that is the problem.
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    Yesterday, 09:07 PM
    Yes it does, the incumbents will be interviewed in the news and they tend to get reelected anyway, meanwhile you gave government the power to silence the opposition. The fact that you are not a libertarian was relevant in this thread. That is an outright lie, contributions are still limited and ANYONE can form a group and buy ads or pay for them on their own if they can afford it.
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    Yesterday, 08:50 PM
    Are you familiar with the concept of "the last straw"? Once you realize that RINOs like McCain don't count you realize that Republicans didn't republicans just have the executive + congress for 2 years, McCain wouldn't even let them repeal O'Bummercare, how were they supposed to cut anything else?
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    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    It's simple, the answer is less government and you are calling for more, I encourage everyone to go to the original thread. P.S. Nobody said politicians should have more right to speak than civilians and corporations should have more right to amplify the speech of politicians than civilians do, that isn't the case. You are making a communist argument for enforced "equality" because you don't like it that some people have more money than other people, the irony is that what you propose will only give the powerful more power while silencing the weak entirely.
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    Somebody with TDS has bought or blackmailed him or he has it himself.
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    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    You must spread some reputation around.....
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