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    Today, 07:22 PM
    One detail does not appear in the original article.......................................... unfortunately.
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    Today, 07:18 PM
    With the world's attention focused on the Coronavirus outbreak and to a lesser extent on Trump's impeachment trial, the war in Libya just got a lot more scary in terms of the potential for mass civilian death. Incredibly, Gen. Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) just threatened to shoot down civilian planes after days ago declaring a 'no fly zone' over Tripoli following increased Turkish intervention. The BBC reports the unambiguous and shocking declaration as follows: Gen Haftar's spokesman, Ahmad al-Mesmari, said in a statement on Wednesday that "any military or civilian aircraft, regardless of its affiliation, flying over the capital will be destroyed". In the past days Haftar has accused Turkey, which has lately openly transferred both Turkish national army troops as well as Syrian FSA mercenaries into Tripoli to fight on behalf of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, of using the Libyan capital's only functioning international airport as a military base. It appears the LNA is saying it will consider even commercial flights as 'fair game' because it's alleging Turkey and the GNA are using civilian aviation in a 'human shield' capacity. BBC reporting that Haftar's spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that "any military or civilian aircraft, regardless of its affiliation, flying over the capital will be destroyed" Said spokesman’s utterances often dismissed as bluster by apologists. https://t.co/AdoHqQ7WVx
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    Today, 07:12 PM
    A CHINESE woman who knew she was infected with the deadly coronavirus has disguised her symptoms by deliberately taking antipyretics and successfully boarded a plane to France. She then bragged about her actions online in photographs with friends she met on arrival, according to Chinese media sources. More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1231898/coronavirus-latest-chinese-woman-france-sneaked-in-infected-corona-virus-wuhan-weibo
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    Today, 05:51 PM
    Imports are down and so is our trade deficit, not all Amazon stuff comes from China, it sounds like you are the one making things up. They are fighting him but they are losing.
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    Today, 05:36 PM
    Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv has been arrested after committing an assault against a journalist on video while leaving a court building last week. Rebel Media journalist Keean Bexte has reported that Yaniv was thrown in jail and charged with assault for committing the attack against the reporter. Yaniv now faces up to five years in prison for perpetrating the brazen assault. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/trans-activist-jessica-wax-my-balls-yaniv-arrested-for-assaulting-journalist-outside-of-court-house/
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    Today, 05:28 PM
    The other half was undoubtedly mostly shipping less Chinesium junk around the country. There are always ups and downs but Trump has changed the general direction upward.
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    Today, 05:23 PM
    DOJ: Surveillance Of Carter Page Based On Insufficient Evidence, No Probable Cause "This could have huge implications for every case brought by Mueller."
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    Today, 05:20 PM
    Brazil produced more than 1 billion barrels last year, the first time it has breached the 1-billion-barrel mark, Reuters reports, citing the country’s oil regulator, ANP. The daily average stood at 3.106 million bpd, up 7.78 percent on 2018, ANP also said. More than half of the total oil production Brazil recorded in 2019 came from the prolific presalt zone off its coast. The contribution of the presalt zone stood at 633.98 million barrels, which was an annual improvement of 21.56 percent. Brazil’s crude oil production topped 3 million barrels per day for the first time ever in November 2019, the ANP reported lat month, adding that total oil and gas production rose to 3.95 million barrels of oil equivalent daily - also a record-breaking figure. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Brazil-Breaks-Oil-Production-Record.html
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    Today, 05:14 PM
    +Rep It is nice to see the people who hate Trump more than they love liberty expose themselves. (or maybe they never really loved liberty)
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    Today, 04:59 PM
    Administration to add Brazilians to asylum-seekers required to wait in Mexico
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    Today, 04:58 PM
    Trump grants Texas its request to defund Planned Parenthood
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    Today, 04:52 PM
    M 6.2 - 22km E of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska 2020-01-23 05:53:03 (UTC) 51.920°N 177.827°W 10.0 km depth
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    Today, 04:46 PM
    Putin is purging the Medvedev factions. Former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine and Tokyo correspondent for the South China Morning Post says his sources are saying the Rothschilds were just purged from Russia and Japan, and one of his weirder sources is saying the Medvedev which Putin had removed in his current takeover was an alien
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    Today, 04:38 PM
    You mean the world is complex?:confused:
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    Today, 04:34 PM
    There are positions on the spectrum between perfection and 100% evil, Trump is better than halfway towards 100% good.
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    Today, 03:53 PM
    Three years into the Trump administration, we see a clear pattern forming. The Obama administration implemented labor rules that make the labor market less flexible, often at the expense of smaller businesses, but in ways that made unions happy. The Trump administration then takes these rules away. The latest example is the dismantling of the Obama Labor Department's joint employer rule. As the new Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and the Office of Management Director Mick Mulvaney explained recently in The Wall Street Journal, "When joint employment exists, two separate companies are responsible for ensuring that workers receive the federally mandated minimum wage and overtime pay. Two companies are responsible for ensuring the proper records are kept. And two companies can be taken to court if it's alleged that those responsibilities have not been met." The question is: When is there actually joint employment? From 1958 to 2015, joint employment was said to exist when two employers are "not completely disassociated" from each other. This needlessly vague phrasing was only worsened by the Obama administration's attempted clarification. A 2015 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, followed by a 2016 legal interpretation adopted by the Labor Department, expanded joint employment to any business with "indirect influence" over another company's employment terms and conditions. That was a big deal for a wide range of franchise, subcontract and supplier business models. These diverse business forms were forced into a one-size-fits-all model of "joint employment," thus opening them up to legal troubles caused by their contractors and franchisees. For instance, under this rule, Subway -- the biggest franchise by far in the United States in terms of number of stores at 23,647 -- can be sued for the lack of labor compliance at any of its independently owned stores across the country. Even if you have little sympathy for big business, think about all the self-employed contractors and subcontractors affected by the rules. As Walter Olson of the Cato Institute wrote at the time, "What do advocates of these changes intend to accomplish by destroying the economics of business relationships under which millions of Americans are presently employed? For many, the aim is to force much more of the economy into the mold of large -- payroll, unionized employers, a system for which the 1950s are often (wrongly) idealized." This classification is also very costly. A study by economist Ronald Bird for the Chamber of Commerce concluded that the expanded rule costs businesses between $17.2 billion and $33.3 billion a year -- mostly to protect themselves against legal actions rather than on tighter labor compliance. Bird also documented how the Obama rule forced many national brands to distance themselves from their franchisees out of fear of being sued and shifted many training and software responsibilities to the franchisees. Unfortunately, franchisees, which are smaller businesses, are often not as well equipped to handle such responsibilities or do so at costs as low as those achieved by larger companies. Thus, their total cost of doing business rises. Despite franchisee efforts to shield themselves from abusive legal actions, there has been a 93% increase in lawsuits against franchise businesses since the rules made such lawsuits more lucrative.
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    Today, 03:51 PM
    The Trump administration is at the point of finalizing reform of antiquated Cold War rules which were used to target gunsmiths and small gun manufacturers. Included in the reforms is the transfer of responsibility for the export of most firearms and ammunition from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce. In 2016, the State Department, under the Obama administration, “clarified” the definition of “manufacturers” who were required to register under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The registration fee was $2,250 per year. PNJ.com reports the actions of the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC): The DDTC defined manufacturing as, among other things: The production of firearm parts, the systemized production of ammunition, modifications that change round capacity, the machining or cutting of firearms resulting in enhanced capability, and use of any special tooling or equipment upgrading in order to improve the capability of assembled or repaired firearms. The change in definition appeared to cover everything from drilling and tapping for scope mounts to threading a barrel. It impacted the small gunsmith, for whom $2,250 a year would be a large expenditure, more than large manufacturers. Those small gunsmiths are the least likely to be a threat to the United States military. Attempts to reform the bureaucratic attack on gunsmiths began immediately. Return to the status quo was opposed by those who wish a disarmed population. The Trump administration worked to return to the original situation for gunsmiths while reforming antiquated, restrictive rules of firearms exports which had accumulated under ITAR. The final form of the new rules is expected to be published on 23 January 2020. There will be a 45 day period after that before the rules go into effect. From NSSF: WASHINGTON — NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, applauds the Trump administration’s posting for public inspection of the final rules that modernize the export regulations for sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products. The formal publication of the final rule is scheduled for Jan. 23. The rules will be implemented 45 days after formal publication. President Donald Trump’s administration successfully completed the long-promised modernization of the export control regulations that began more than eight years ago under the prior administration, but which was never completed due to domestic gun control reasons. “This is a tremendous achievement for the firearms and ammunition industry. We salute the Trump administration for modernizing our nation’s outdated Cold War era export controls and putting American manufacturers on an even playing field with their foreign competitors,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “This initiative will enable U.S. manufacturers to create more good-paying jobs in America while also helping to strengthen our national security.” The rules issued today transfer export licensing of sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products to the Commerce Department from the State Department. This change removes unnecessary and outdated regulations and allows the State to focus its export control resources on those items that give our warfighters a tactical advantage. It makes no sense to treat the commercial sale of hunting or target shooting rifles with the same level of scrutiny as nuclear weapons, tanks and fighter aircraft.
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    Today, 03:48 PM
    Switzerland unveils world's smallest coin measuring 0.12 inches, weighing one 500th of an ounce and showing Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue (if you've got a magnifying glass!) State-owned Swissmint said the coin would be go on sale for 199 francs (£155) Coin comes with a magnifying glass so owners can see Albert Einstein's face Its size, 0.12 inches, is similar to the combined thickness of two pieces of paper And its weight, 0.063 grams, is similar to combined mass of two grains of rice
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    Today, 03:46 PM
    Ghislaine Maxwell’s Lawyers Admit They Don’t Know Where She Is Either
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    Today, 03:35 PM
    “I think it’s crazy, and I think Virginia is crazy,” the president said. “They want to take away the guns in Virginia. You have a governor that’s — I just can’t believe it — but Virginia’s very much in play. I think we’re going to win the state of Virginia.” “They want to take everyone’s gun away in Virginia. You can’t do it. You can’t do it,” he said. “People need that for safety. They need it for hunting and other — but many people need it for safety. They need it for security.” “They’re playing with our Second Amendment,” Trump continued. “Frankly, they’d get rid of it. I watched on an interview. He would get rid of the Second Amendment if it was up to him, and you have many Democrats saying the same thing.” “They’re saying it quietly, but if they win these elections, they’re going to try and get rid of the Second Amendment. It will never happen as long as I’m here,” he added.
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    Today, 03:33 PM
    He won't get the nomination, just like last time.
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    Today, 03:29 PM
    https://twitter.com/DExEUgov/status/1220354468207874048 1220354468207874048
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    Today, 03:23 PM
    The wooden indian has a glass tomahawk.
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    They taste like eggplant.
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    Today, 03:20 PM
    Wear a face mask in public and take lots of vitamin C. Hopefully you will be allowed to fly out on schedule.
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    Today, 03:14 PM
    I don't know, I can spread the word of your run on Free Republic and some other places I go but we don't seem to get much activism around here anymore. Keep us updated and hopefully you'll get some help.
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    Today, 02:15 PM
    Ron Paul & Trump have the same problem!
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