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    Today, 12:12 AM
    The Guardian Live Blog discusses a constitutional challenge, DUP opposition, and other details. Jean-Claude Juncker has tried to help sell the new Brexit deal in the face of opposition from the Democratic Unionist party by pouring doubt on a further Brexit extension in the event of it being rejected. Juncker said he was “ruling out” a prolongation, although the issue is solely the remit of the heads of state and government. “If we have a deal, we have a deal and there is no need for prolongation,” he added. Constitutional Challenge Campaigning anti-Brexit QC Jolyon Maugham has now lodged his petition at the court of session in Edinburgh, which essentially tries to ban parliament from debating the new Brexit deal, on the basis that it is illegal, and which he anticipates will be heard tomorrow. Maugham believes that the deal contravenes s55 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018, which states that it is “unlawful for Her Majesty’s government to enter into arrangements under which Northern Ireland forms part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain”. With the detail of Boris Johnson’s new deal still emerging, lawyers insist that s55 is “crystal clear” and that any form of differentiated deal for Northern Ireland will contravene it. Lord Carloway, Scotland’s most senior judge, has already cleared time for an emergency hearing in the court of session at noon on Monday 21 October, where he could issue court orders forcing Johnson to send a letter to the EU asking for an extension to article 50 until 31 January as per the Benn Act. Boost to Johnson Folks point out that decision on Brexit extension not down to @JunckerEU but a EU council decision. True....but I think he knew exactly what he was saying and its a big help for Team Johnson. — norman smith (@BBCNormanS) October 17, 2019 Johnson Likely Has the Votes I suspect @BorisJohnson and his team think they have the numbers to pass the deal without the DUP - but even if they don’t, they get to run a populist election campaign, which should be enough. But it’s so volatile a change of just a few points could be disastrous. — Craig Oliver (@CraigOliver100) October 17, 2019 Sir Oliver Letwin will back deal Sir Oliver Letwin, who had the Conservative whip withdrawn over his rebellion on a no-deal Brexit vote, has said he will back the Prime Minister's deal on Saturday, calling it "admirable"
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    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    The Commerce Department released its “Advance Estimates of U.S. Retail and Food Services” this morning. This is the first estimate for the month that will get revised – often substantially – in following months as more data become available. And the report said that in September compared to September last year: Total retail & food services (restaurants, cafes, etc.) rose 4.1%. Retail sales without food services rose 4.0%. Food services sales rose 4.9%. Retail sales without gasoline sales rose 4.7%. Retail sales without gasoline, motor vehicles & parts sales rose 4.5%. Sales at non-store retailers (ecommerce, vending machines, door-to-door, telemarketing, home parties such as Tupperware, etc.) rose 12.9%.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    It's that time of the month again... when China drops all its heavy-hitting macro-economic data (goal-seeked or not - allegedly) with expectations for slowing industrial production and overall economic growth (but a bounce in retail sales). Recent aggregate macro data has been disappointing as China's credit impulse (despite every effort) has failed to inspire... The Chinese goalseek-o-tron appears out-of-order tonight, when moments ago Beijing reported that China's Q3 GDP rose just 6.0% YoY, below the 6.1% consensus had expected - and the lowest since 'modern' records began 27 years ago in 1992, dipping below even the financial crisis low of 6.4%. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/china-q3-gdp-growth-disappoints-slides-new-record-low
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    Malaysia is open to more talks with Goldman Sachs after having two rounds of discussions to drop criminal charges against three units of the bank over the 1MDB scandal, the country's top prosecutor told the Nikkei Asian Review.Malaysian and U.S. investigators say about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from the now-defunct state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, set up in 2009 by former prime minister Najib Razak. Last year, Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman over its role as underwriter and arranger of three bond sales that raised $6.5 billion for 1MDB. Prosecutors in August filed criminal charges against 17 current and former directors at its units. Malaysia had a strong case and was very confident of winning, Nikkei on Thursday cited Malaysian Attorney General Tommy Thomas as saying, but that criminal charges and settlement negotiations were taking place in parallel. "A lot of cases are even settled even after the trial begins," he said. "So the doors for discussion are still open while the prosecution readies the criminal case." Thomas and officials in his office were not immediately available for comment. No date has been set for the criminal trial yet. Malaysia's finance minister said in January the government would be ready to discuss dropping criminal charges against Goldman if it agreed to pay $7.5 billion in reparations. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-malaysia-goldman-discuss-dropping-082603022.html
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    Yesterday, 07:40 PM
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    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    That's not what I said, I said 0% chance he would resign.
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    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    :sleeping:
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Sanford had one person show up to his campaign kickoff, a Demoncrat.
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    0%
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    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    We are talking about groups in this discussion not individuals, there is a place for both in life. Indian culture tends to affect individual Indians but not every single one.
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    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    Britain faces an army recruitment crisis, with frontline combat units operating as much as 40% below strength, figures obtained by the Guardian reveal. Data released by the Ministry of Defence under freedom of information laws shows the number of soldiers in the British army’s infantry regiments has declined steadily over the past five years. There are more than 2,500 fewer personnel in frontline units than 2015, and all 16 regular regiments have shortfalls. The figures have prompted criticism of the outsourcing company Capita, which signed a contract with the MoD to manage recruitment to the armed forces in 2012, for its “shambolic and chaotic” handling of the situation. There have also been calls for the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, to address the crisis urgently. Publicly available data published quarterly by the MoD shows a 7.6% deficit in personnel across the army on 1 January 2019, but the figure masks a more dramatic shortfall in frontline troops. Guardian analysis of the FOI data for the same period shows that nine of the 16 infantry regiments were 20% or more below their “workforce requirement” – the planned number of personnel needed. Four were 25% or more below their required strength. The Scots Guards regiment, which has fought in nearly every major conflict since the reign of Charles I, is worst affected. The figures show it is 257 soldiers below its target strength of 697, a shortfall of 37%. If the regiment’s F company, a supporting unit,is removed from the figure, the shortfall grows to 42%. The Guardian reported in March that figures from October 2018, which were released to the MP Mark Francois, revealed that almost half of all infantry battalions sitting within regiments were missing 20% or more of their required personnel. The data released to the Guardian for January 2019 reveals a significantly worsening picture, with 10 out of 16 regiments having fewer soldiers than four months earlier.
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    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    The slave admits he wants everyone else enslaved.
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    Yesterday, 06:35 PM
    The member of Congress tapped to replace Rep. Elijah Cummings as chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform recently “suffered a medical episode.” New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney was in Manhattan when she “suffered a fainting spell” during the public appearance just 10 days ago. More at: http://www.theamericanmirror.com/cummings-oversight-replacement-suffered-medical-episode-10-days-ago/
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    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    And they try to mind OUR business when they get here. Keeping them out IS minding our own business and preventing them from minding it.
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    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    No, we are leaving. And you keep posting things trying to say the Kurds are innocent victims that we are leaving to be slaughtered by the Turks even though it isn't true, they aren't innocent and Assad and Russia are preventing any slaughter as is Trump through this ceasefire he pressured Turkey into.
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    Yesterday, 06:01 PM
    As expected, the EU has decided to support Johnson's plan after Juncker successfully sold it to the European Council, which announced during a late-day press conference that they now support the plan. Now, the battle of Whitehall has truly begun. �� LIVE NOW: Press conference by @eucopresident Tusk, @JunckerEU, @MichelBarnier and @LeoVaradkar on #Brexit https://t.co/aE7GdwFIf9 — EU Council Press (@EUCouncilPress) October 17, 2019 * * * More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/pound-soars-eu-uk-agree-new-brexit-deal
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    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    Amash has TDS and has let it get the better of his principles. (If he ever really had any)
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    Yesterday, 05:55 PM
    The Kurds have always had a Turkey problem. And you are the one who is complaining about us leaving.
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    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    Aramco Again Delays Long-Awaited IPO
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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    The legacy of colonialism.;)
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    Yesterday, 05:42 PM
    They came from Turkey and invaded those other areas. And we are talking about the areas of Syria that they expanded into during the current war, notice on YOUR map how little the area is in Syria where they started. And the other option is for us to go to war with Turkey for them, is that what you want?
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    Yesterday, 05:40 PM
    later on Thursday Mulvaney revised his remarks, maintaining that there had never been any quid pro quo between the hold the administration put on aid to Ukraine and Ukraine’s cooperation on an investigation into allegations surrounding the DNC server. In a statement late on Thursday afternoon, Mulvaney accused the media of “misconstruing” his earlier remarks to the press at the White House "to advance a biased and political witch hunt against President Trump", and explained that the aid was held over concerns about a lack of financial support from other nations, especially in Europe, for Ukraine: the “only reasons we were holding the money was because of concern about lack of support from other nations and concerns over corruption." He had cited that rationale in the earlier briefing before adding that the server was an issue that the president wanted investigated before aid was forthcoming. “Multiple times during the more-than 30 minute briefing where I took over 25 questions, I referred to President Trump’s interest in rooting out corruption in Ukraine, and ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly and appropriately,” Mulvaney said in the statement. “There was never any condition on the flow of aid related to the matter of the DNC server,” Mulvaney said in the later statement, which is reposted below: More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/mulvaney-revises-his-statement-says-there-was-never-any-quid-pro-quo-ukraine-aid
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    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    And the other option is for us to go to war with Turkey for them, is that what you want?
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    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    That's nonsense, they moved in on a lot of territory that never belonged to them, they have a habit of doing that.
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    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    We should let them control our politics too.
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    Yesterday, 05:00 PM
    What kind of weather are you under when you are under the weather?
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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1137961234722988032.html https://twitter.com/moldbugman/status/1137961234722988032 1137961234722988032 Read the whole thread.
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    Yesterday, 04:47 PM
    More at: https://boards.4chan.org/pol/thread/230182228
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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    Schiff's signature Check out those ff's Compare to the g in Cummings last name
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