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    Today, 12:17 AM
    At least some categories of businesses are required by law to give at least some categories of employees overtime for more than 40hrs in a week and in some states more than 8hrs a day.
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    I think they want to make some appointments with her.
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    Today, 12:09 AM
    In the latest salvo against civil forfeiture, 21 Republican Members of Congress sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday that demanded the Justice Department “immediately return” up to $22 million that was “seized unfairly by the government.” Using civil forfeiture, the Internal Revenue Service raided bank accounts from hundreds of owners for alleged “structuring” offenses, which involves making a series of cash transactions under $10,000 to skirt federal reporting requirements. “What was done was not fair, just or right in most cases,” the letter declared, which was co-signed by House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX), Oversight Subcommittee Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), and former Oversight Subcommittee Chair Peter Roskam (R-IL). “The IRS’s actions led to the destruction of many lives and small businesses, some of which will never fully recover.” In response to a public backlash, the IRS announced two years ago that it would notify owners who had their property forfeited under structuring laws that they could file petitions to recover what was taken. Appearing before a House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee hearing last month, representatives from both the IRS and Justice Department provided an update on the structuring petitions they had received. The contrast between the two agencies was stark. After mailing over 1,800 letters to property owners, the IRS received 464 petitions. Upon further review, only 208 petitions were within its jurisdiction. Among those petitions, the IRS decided to grant 174 (or roughly 84 percent), and returned over $9.9 million to property owners. For the remaining 256 petitions, the IRS sent those to the U.S. Department of Justice, and recommended that DOJ grant 194 of those petitions. Yet the Department only accepted 41 petitions—less than 1 in 6 petitions—and refused to return more than $22.2 million. Slamming DOJ’s position as “wholly indefensible,” the Members of Congress wrote that they were “profoundly troubled by the significant discrepancy between the IRS’s recommended outcome and DOJ’s final decisions.” “By DOJ’s own testimony, the mitigation process acts as a pardon request, permitting a plea for leniency,” noted the letter. “It provides DOJ with a safety valve that allows for the correction of actions taken by the Government, which in hindsight, we may realize were in error. This is one of those instances.”
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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    Steve Bannon plans to go toe-to-toe with George Soros and spark a right-wing revolution in Europe.Trump’s former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring. The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research for a ragtag band of right-wingers who are surging all over Europe, in many cases without professional political structures or significant budgets. Bannon’s ambition is for his organization ultimately to rival the impact of Soros’s Open Society, which has given away $32 billion to largely liberal causes since it was established in 1984. Over the past year, Bannon has held talks with right-wing groups across the continent from Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen’s Front National (recently renamed Rassemblement National) in the West, to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Polish populists in the East. He envisions a right-wing “supergroup” within the European Parliament that could attract as many as a third of the lawmakers after next May’s Europe-wide elections. A united populist bloc of that size would have the ability to seriously disrupt parliamentary proceedings, potentially granting Bannon huge power within the populist movement. The Movement’s headquarters are expected to be located in Brussels, Belgium, where they will start hiring staff in coming months. It is expected that there will be fewer than 10 full-time staff ahead of the 2019 elections, with a polling expert, a communications person, an office manager and a researcher among the positions. The plan is to ramp that up to more like 25 people post-2019 if the project has been a success. Bannon plans to spend 50 percent of his time in Europe—mostly in the field rather than the Brussels office—once the midterm elections in the U.S. are over in November. The operation is also supposed to serve as a link between Europe’s right-wing movements and the pro-Trump Freedom Caucus in the U.S. This week Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was its envoy to Bannon’s operation in London.
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    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Israeli forces unleashed a wave of deadly strikes across the Gaza Strip on Friday after a soldier was shot dead along the border.A ceasefire agreement was reached early Saturday after Egyptian and United Nations mediation, a spokesman for Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas said, reducing fears of a wider conflict. On Friday, three Hamas militants were killed as air raids sent fireballs exploding into the sky over Gaza, while Israel said rockets had been fired back at its territory. The United Nations urged all sides to step "back from the brink" after months of increasing tensions, with a fourth Palestinian shot dead during protests along the border with Israel. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/four-killed-israel-strikes-targets-throughout-gaza-171055931.html
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    According to The Wall Street Journal, three of the top FBI officials -- Scott Smith, David Resch, and Carl Ghattas -- are exiting the bureau. Assistant FBI director Scott Smith is set to resign this month, and will be joined by David Resch, the FBI's executive assistant director of the cyber, response and services office. Meanwhile, the national security branch of the FBI will lose Carl Ghattas -- also an executive assistant director -- as he pursues other opportunities in the private sector. All the departures have been confirmed by the FBI. In a statement, Resch assured the public that "the Bureau will remain the FBI the American people have depended on for 110 years". Those familiar with the decisions have labelled the mass exodus of senior officials as "highly unusual", particularly in the case of Smith, whose premature departure diverges from the standard practice of agents leaving after retirement age. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/three-top-fbi-officials-quit-121400375.html BOOM?
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Thanks Bryan, I suspected the answer to my question might be Top Secret but it was the best one I could think of, not knowing the answer is uncomfortable and I think it is slightly demoralizing to his fans especially because he made a term limit pledge, if he doesn't run for the senate again he should try to ensure Massie gets his seat.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    It's been a long time but I think you might be right.
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    I think it depends on the state, my father used to have a job with a 4 10hr days schedule and he didn't get overtime.
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    Earth to Fauxcahontas: Government rules are what the rich people use to kill competition and rob the rest of us.
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    I imagine the results would vary depending on the industry involved but this is good and I hope it spreads, sometimes less is more.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    2% is relatively natural as well, that is how much fat is left if non-homogenized milk is allowed to sit until the cream separates.
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    For the first time since 2003, the lower house of India's Parliament held a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 20, The Straits Times reported. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/india-premier-faces-no-confidence-vote
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    The three proposed rules from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service would severely weaken protections for hundreds of endangered animals and plants across the country. They would also ensure that hundreds of imperiled species awaiting protection — like the monarch butterfly and the American wolverine — either never get safeguards or face additional, extinction-threatening delays. One set of regulatory changes would weaken the consultation process designed to prevent harm to endangered animals and their habitats from federal agency activities. A second set of changes would curtail the designation of critical habitat and weaken the listing process for imperiled species. A third regulation would gut nearly all protections for wildlife newly designated as “threatened” under the Act. The proposals are part of a broader effort by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to undercut protections for wildlife and public lands. Under the proposal relating to federal consultations, impacts to critical habitat will be ignored unless they impact the entirety of an animal’s habitat — ignoring the fact that “death by a thousand cuts” is the most common way wildlife declines toward extinction. The proposal will also prohibit designation of critical habitat for species threatened by climate change, even though in many cases these species are also threatened by habitat destruction and other factors. The proposal will also preclude designation of critical habitat for areas where species need to move to avoid climate threats. The regulatory proposal addressing listing and critical habitat designations will gut wildlife agencies’ ability to designate critical habitat in unoccupied areas needed for recovery. Even though most endangered species currently occupy small fractions of their historic range, those areas would effectively be precluded from ever helping a species recover.
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    On July 18, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that their members, backed up by the US-led coalition, had captured 1,100km2, which included sixteen villages, from ISIS in the provinces of al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor. According to the SDF, four ISIS members were killed and four others were captured during the advance. One SDF member reportedly died. Additionally, the SDF captured a pickup truck, two heavy machine guns, a RPG-7 launcher, mines and ammunition. The provided numbers show that ISIS had shown almost no resistance to the advancing US-backed force. A day earlier, on July 17, Ilham Ehmed, co-chairperson of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), a political wing of the SDF, announced that the SDC will open offices in the provinces of Hama, Homs, Latakia and in the capital of Damascus in the near future in a move allegedly aimed to propel negotiations between the SDF/SDC and the Damascus government. The announcement came a day after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Putin in Helsinki on July 16, during which the discussed the situation in Syria and other important topics. More at: https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-sdfs-political-wing-seeks-to-normalize-relations-with-damascus/5648077
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    Did they beat up people for celebrating the Eagle's win? The problems in Philly have many sources but bringing in hordes of muslim immigrants would only make things worse. Europe will be set ablaze and the governments know it:
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    Farmers are saying the situation they’ve been presented with is “dire.” As they battle the worst drought they’ve faced in 100 years, farming families in central-western New South Wales in Australia are facing ruin. According to The Guardian, the farmers in the affected region of central and western New South Wales continue to battle a crippling drought that many locals are calling the worst since 1902. In Warrumbungle Shire, where sharp peaks fall away to once fertile farmland, the small town of Coonabarabran is running out of water. The town dam has fallen to 23% of its capacity and residents are living with level-six water restrictions. There are real fears the town will run dry. Unable to provide food would not only mean financial ruin for the farmers but also less food for those who need it. “It’s a pretty tough old time,” says Coonabarabran farmer Ambrose Doolan. “But if you’re working with your family and everyone is looking out for each other, you count your blessings.” Last year, the Doolan family recorded their fourth-lowest average rainfall and that poor year has been followed by even drier conditions this year. The family has begun selling whatever stock they can and spends their whole day at feeding the cattle that remain because the pastures have dried up. Farmers in this part of NSW are importing almost all food for their livestock from as far away as South Australia as prices rise with demand. The continued cost of buying feed is causing many to question their future on the land. The NSW government recently approved an emergency drought relief package of $600m, at least $250m of which will cover low-interest loans to assist eligible farm businesses to recover. The package has been welcomed but, in the words of a local farmer, “it barely touches the sides”. With the prospect of a dry El Niño weather pattern hitting the state in spring, the longer-term outlook is dire. –The Guardian As the cost of trucking in food for cattle and sheep increases, so will the cost of the products created from them, hitting consumers’ wallets hard.
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    John Stormer became known to millions of Americans during the rise to national prominence of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. His 254-page paperback book, None Dare Call It Treason, published early in 1964, sold close to seven million copies and became a campaign favorite of Goldwater supporters. He passed into eternity after a year of failing health on July 10th. Born in 1928 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Stormer studied electrical engineering at Penn State University but tired of scientific endeavors and earned a degree in journalism at California’s San Jose State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a historian and later became an editor for a Missouri-based magazine popular within the electronics industry. He spent most of his years in Missouri. In 1960, during one of his frequent trips to the nation’s capital, he attended a conference where he heard Goldwater and Minnesota Congressman Walter Judd deliver talks focused on the need for conservatism and opposition to communism, two subjects that had already become his own personal concerns. Increasingly worried about the future, he decided to write a small pamphlet dealing with those two topics. And he began to deliver speeches focusing on his increasing worries about the future. In 1962, he accepted employment as the leader of the Missouri Federation of Young Republicans. The more he delved into conservatism and anti-communism, the more he wrote. Eventually, his research became the book that made him famous. Late in 1963, he had completed his heavily documented manuscript, but he had no publisher. Convinced that there weren’t any established publishing firms willing to help him, he sent copies of what he had produced to several dozen people he described as “known conservatives.” Asking them if they would be willing to support a modest printing of his work, he received enough advanced orders to proceed. Published by his own Liberty Bell Press, the book became an instant success even though never having been produced and marketed through the normal book-selling industry. None Dare Call It Treason sold close to seven million copies during and immediately after the losing Goldwater candidacy. Though heavily scrutinized by liberals and pro-communists who sought to discredit its alarming information, its facts were never shown to be false. A group of liberals calling themselves “The National Committee for Civic Responsibility” issued bogus claims that the book was laden with falsehoods, exaggerations, and inaccuracies. Stormer issued a hastily written response showing that his critics were wrong, not him or his book. The ill-advised attack helped sell more copies of he book.
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    A Belgian politician says civil war in Europe is “closer than we think” as a result of authorities losing control of entire areas of cities now dominated by Islamic gangs. According to Filip Dewinter, one of the leading members of the right-wing Vlaams Belang party, recent attacks on police are meant to undermine the government, while attacks on shops, bars and cafés are supposed to represent attacks on white culture. “I think the tensions will only increase,” Dewinter told Belgian news outlet Sceptr. “What we see is a sort of ethnic underside of society, people who aren’t raised well and who know nothing else other than rioting, violence and vandalism.” “We have reached a pre-revolutionary condition in which people separate themselves from society into gangs motivated by radical Islam,” he added. “This form of violence can lead to a civil war if governments lose control and white people revolt,” said the politician, warning that, “Complete neighborhoods are already beyond control of the government and the police because Islamic cultural structures have overtaken them.” “This situation is closer than we think, it could erupt really quickly and large cities will be the battlefields,” concluded Dewinter. Dewinter posted a video of a white man being viciously beaten by a gang of migrant-background males after France’s World Cup win as an illustration of the “lynching, violence and vandalism” he sees becoming more common. The gang also targeted a bar. Lynchpartijen, geweld en vandalisme: etnische stadsguerrilla is slechts voorbode v/ raciale burgeroorlog in #Europa. pic.twitter.com/kM8Aj9kGMo — Filip Dewinter (@FDW_VB) July 17, 2018 As we highlighted yesterday, numerous major cities in France were rocked by riots after the World Cup final, and in one incident a young couple were beaten by a gang of Algerian men for the crime of saying “Vive la France!” Dewinter’s concerns are shared by Palestinian-Belgian jihad expert Montasser AlDe’emeh, who warned that western European countries were “importing a civil war” by allowing in huge numbers of Islamic migrants. In 2016, prominent French author Éric Zemmour gave an interview with French radio station RTL during which he revealed details of a program called “Operation Ronces,” under which French authorities are preparing for “civil war” against Muslims in order to “clean up” the country. Zemmour said a highly placed source in the government told him the plan would represent a “new reconquista on their own soil”. In 2015, it was revealed that French security forces were preparing for mass civil unrest and radicalized immigrants taking over entire neighborhoods. The Army is making contingency plans for the “reappropriation of national territory,” winning back areas of cities, in the event of immigrant populations obtaining weapons and becoming openly hostile to authorities. “There are a lot of alienated and angry fourth-generation immigrant kids in the suburbs and the prospect of radicalisation is increasingly likely,” the intelligence source told the Telegraph, adding that highly organized networks of Islamist militants have smuggled Kalashnikov automatic rifles and anti-tank missiles into the country. https://www.infowars.com/belgian-politician-says-civil-war-in-europe-closer-than-we-think/ I have said all along Eurabia was intended to cause a far right backlash and a "Crusade" to destroy islam, it will be sooner now rather than later.
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    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    Italy is a very significant factor in European politics and after a short break there is one again common ground for Rome and Budapest, Hungarian Ambassador to Italy Adam Zoltan Kovacs told Mandiner. According to Kovacs, the Hungarian government sees several positive signs: Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto met his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi and the State Secretary for Family, Katalin Novak also visited Family Minister Lorenzo Fontana in Rome recently. He said it’s clear that regarding the family, the two governments share the same values. Italian Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini and his party, Lega Nord has exactly the same opinion with the Hungarian government about illegal migration. “We can say that we have found an ally,” he stressed. According to the ambassador, the two countries have some different interests regarding migration but they agree on the main principles, such as external border control. https://www.infowars.com/italy-hungary-forge-alliance-over-migration-crisis/
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Trump has a right to express his opinion.
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    Yesterday, 07:25 PM
    People knew milk was healthy for centuries before government lied about fat, now the truth is surfacing again.
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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Confirming the President's concerns, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued a warning to China over the recent weakness of its yuan currency on Friday, telling Reuters that the Treasury is closely monitoring the yuan for signs of manipulation. in an interview in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mnuchin said: “There’s no question that the weakening of the currency creates an unfair advantage for them," adding that "we’re going to very carefully review whether they have manipulated the currency." While we have been hammering on the weakness in global FX (Yuan and Euro specifically) for weeks, this is a story that’s been under the radar but suddenly blew up in the last 24 hours. It is key because, if Trump puts a 25% tariff on Chinese imports but China then devalues its currency 25%, then the net effect is zero. The impact of the devaluation offsets the impact of the tariff and then you’re back where you started. This new currency war seems to be happening. Now that Trump is focused on this, he’s likely to be infuriated and retaliate against China in the currency war and take steps to penalize China for currency manipulation over and above the existing tariffs and penalties for theft of intellectual property.
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    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    How many of them were born citizens? Immigrants that gain citizenship eventually and receive welfare are a legitimate part of the charts in question.
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Ecuador is preparing to hand over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the UK in "coming weeks or even days," RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan reported, as political support and sympathy for Assange's predicament have more or less evaporated since the arrival of an administration that largely views Assange as an inherited problem, and would like more than anything to finally be rid of him. "My sources tell Assange will be handed over to Britain in the coming weeks or even days," Simonyan wrote in a recent tweet which was reposted by WikiLeaks. "Like never before, I wish my sources were wrong," she continued. Editor-in-chief of RT: "My sources tell me that @JulianAssange will be handed over to the #UK in the next weeks or days. Like never before I wish that my sources are wrong'' https://t.co/rvN3ne3ifd — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 20, 2018 Earlier this week, reports surfaced in the UK media that high level talks were happening between UK and Ecuadorian officials to try and remove Assange from the embassy. Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan is said to be spearheading the diplomatic effort. Sources close to Assange said he himself was not aware of the talks but believed that America was putting "significant pressure" on Ecuador, including threatening to block an IMF loan, if he continues to stay at the embassy. As things stand, appears Assange will almost certainly be arrested once turned out of the embassy. But as that fate looks increasingly certain, it's important to remember that a UN panel determined that Assange’s stay in the embassy amounted to "arbitrary detention" but it wasn’t enough to change his fate. Furthermore, as we pointed out earlier this week, US imported a record amount of crude from Ecuador last week (a massive unprecedented surge all of a sudden), which begs the question...was there a payoff? More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-20/ecuador-reportedly-preparing-hand-over-assange-coming-weeks-or-days
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    Yesterday, 06:57 PM
    Fixed it. Very few citizens are born overseas (only a few of those who are will be on welfare) and household finances are managed together so any welfare benefits the entire household.
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    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    Paul was a heretic and Romans 13 is tainted with heresy.
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