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    Today, 01:04 AM
    No greater degree of justice? What does he think is the proper justice for murder? a fine? There will be negative impacts for Chase and many others because he is let out, if the evidence was sufficient to overcome any doubt the beast should have been executed for a greater degree of justice.
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    Today, 01:00 AM
    Minnesota state government will continue to consent to refugee resettlement, Gov. Tim Walz said Friday, in response to a recent presidential executive order that requires consent from states and counties. Walz also said he rejects the intent of the executive order and reserves the state's right to challenge its requirements. “Minnesota has a strong moral tradition of welcoming those who seek refuge,” he wrote. “Our state has always stepped forward to help those who are fleeing desperate situations and need a safe place to call home. In keeping with this proud history, I offer my consent to continue refugee resettlement in the State of Minnesota.” Minnesota has the country's largest Somali and Karen populations, the second-largest Hmong population and one of the largest Liberian populations — all made up of people who fled their war-torn homelands and their descendants. According to State Department data, Minnesota ranks sixth in the country for refugee arrivals since 2001, accepting over 43,000 individuals. The city of Minneapolis also responded to Trump's order Friday when its mayor and city council approved a resolution affirming a pledge to be a welcoming city that strongly supports the resettlement of refugees. The resolution also affirmed the city's opposition to the Trump administration's cuts to the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. Under President Donald Trump's executive order from September, state and local governments must consent to allowing refugee resettlement, giving governors, county boards and city governments the chance to decide how welcoming they will be. Kandiyohi County in west-central Minnesota apparently became the state's first county to consent last week, while others are still waiting to decide. Trump’s order said the administration was respecting communities that can’t take in refugees. He announced the change at the same time that his administration cut the number of refugees the U.S. would accept from 30,000 this year to 18,000 in 2020, the lowest level since Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980. Three national resettlement groups have sued to block Trump's order.
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    I'd bet many of them are. But some of them look corrupt or like he is just pardoning anyone for whom the slightest doubt can be imagined from a leftist defense lawyer's point of view.
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    Today, 12:29 AM
    If they were so pardon worthy why didn't he pardon them before now? Waiting until he is on the way out (and probably was already not going to be in politics anymore) to pardon hundreds at once makes it look much worse.
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    All of the Democratic presidential candidates who have qualified for next week’s debate say they will skip the event rather than cross a planned picket line at the venue.The seven candidates -- Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang -- all said Friday that they would not show up for the debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles next Thursday if the Unite Here Local 11 goes forward with its protest of food service contractor Sodexo SA. The union, which represents about 150 Sodexo employees at the LMU campus, reached out to the campaigns on Friday to inform them they planned to demonstrate. The union and the food-services company have been negotiating for months but their talks stalled this week. This is the second labor issue to complicate plans for the December debate. It had been set to be held at the University of California at Los Angeles’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. But the Democratic National Committee asked the debate’s media sponsors to find a new location because the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees demanded that the candidates to boycott it over a contract dispute involving patient care workers at the university’s hospital system. “The DNC should find a solution that lives up to our party’s commitment to fight for working people,” Warren wrote on Twitter. “I will not cross the union’s picket line even if it means missing the debate.” Biden said he would not cross a picket line and had to stand with the union’s members “for affordable health care and fair wages.” More at: https://news.yahoo.com/warren-sanders-yang-threaten-skip-191620412.html
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    President Donald Trump is set to announce the withdrawal of roughly 4,000 US troops from Afghanistan as early as next week, NBC News reported on Saturday based on conversations with three current and former officials. This would come as the US is engaged in ongoing, troubled peace talks with the Taliban. The talks resumed in early December after Trump abruptly scrapped negotiations with the Taliban in September, only to be paused again this week after an attack near Bagram Airfield on Wednesday. There are currently somewhere between 12,000 to 13,000 US troops in Afghanistan, and withdrawing 4,000 troops would bring total numbers down to somewhere between 8,000 and 9,000. But there's not a clear timeline on when such a withdrawal might begin, nor specific details on how it would be conducted. The White House and Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. The president reportedly wants to withdraw all US troops by November 2020, and pulling 4,000 out in the near future would be a significant step in that direction. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-set-announce-hes-withdrawing-043248150.html
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    That will come eventually but it has nothing to do with the trade war, it will come because the left refuses to deal with the results of elections they lose or the limits on our government and is thereby making us more like China, the Chinese will collapse when their economy does because they can't resolve their problems electorally. See post 368
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    The idea behind allowing in dangerous elements is that the loser types want to see the winner types in their own group defeated by enemies to whom they can grovel and be rewarded for their treason by them and the failure to reproduce is an overshoot of the desire for sexual gratification without responsibility. r types generally care very little for their young and toss them out of the nest early but extreme r types will seek to not care for them at all through contraception or abortion etc.
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    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    Bevin claims that all of the cases had reason to doubt the correctness of the verdicts. I can't say whether he is right or wrong since I don't know the details but so many pardons doesn't look good and at least one of them he didn't explain. Right or wrong I think his career is over.
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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    You've got that backwards. He reduced some tariffs as part of negotiations, he didn't blink, he set the Chinese up for even bigger tariffs than before if they don't come through.
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    China is about to collapse and America is turning around. Trump didn't blink, if he blinked all the tariffs would be gone. Trump is playing China like a fish and balancing the rebuilding of America with the demolition of China and making Europe play fair.
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    Dream on.
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    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    He got more than that: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has released a two-page summary fact sheet pdf link here] outlining the “Phase-One” agreement in principal. From research into the material the principal agreement appears to be an 86-page document covering nine chapters. The fact sheet covers the top lines of seven chapters: (Source pdf – and – USTR Link) More at: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/12/14/ustr-releases-summary-fact-sheet-outlining-u-s-china-phase-one-agreement/ And if they don't do what they promised he can and will add even more tariffs.
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    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    Most of the tariffs are exactly as before and he got something.
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    LOL Not at all. Trump is playing them like a fish.
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    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Trump will not go to war with Iran, he has already refused to do so multiple times.
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    I'm not sure about that. Cenk supported the Libya war for example when he was on MSNBC.
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    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    More than 27,000 pigs have died in a hog-cholera epidemic that has struck Indonesia, with thousands more at risk, an animal welfare official said.Thousands of pigs have died in more than a dozen regencies across North Sumatra over the past three months, and the pace of deaths is increasing, authorities said. "Every day, between 1,000 and 2,000 pigs are dying. It's quite a high figure," said Agustia, the veterinary office chief in Medan who goes by one name, on Friday. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/cholera-kills-over-27-000-pigs-indonesia-095643342.html
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    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    Two weeks ago we previewed what we said would soon be a D-Day for China's bond market, as a massive commodities trader and Global 500 state-owned enterprise was set for an "unprecedented" bond default. As of last week, this historic default is now in the history books after Tewoo, the closely watched Chinese commodities trader, became the biggest dollar bond defaulter among the nation’s state-owned companies in two decades, in what Bloomberg called a "moment of reckoning" for Beijing as China struggles to contain credit risk in a weakening economy, as bond defaults hit an all time high and are set to keep rising in the coming years. Last Wednesday, Tewoo Group announced results of its "unprecedented" debt restructuring, which saw a majority of its investors accepting heavy losses, and which according to rating agencies qualifies as an event of default. As a result of the default, until recently seen as virtually impossible for a state-owned company, investors’ perceptions are undergoing a dramatic U-turn about government-owned borrowers whose state-ownership had for years offered an ironclad sense of security. No more: The fact that a state-owned enterprise such as Tewoo has now defaulted on repaying its dollar bonds in full, confirms that Beijing will no longer bail out troubled SOEs, let alone private firms, perhaps due to the strains imposed by the economy which while growing at just below 6%, is slowing the most in three decades. It also raises concerns over the Chinese province of Tianjin, where Tewoo is based, following a series of rating downgrades and financing difficulties suffered by some of the city’s state-run firms. The metropolis near Beijing also has the highest ratio of local government financing vehicle bonds to GDP in China. As a reminder, Tewoo ranked 132 in 2018’s Fortune Global 500 list, higher than many other conglomerates including service carrier China Telecommunications Corp. and financial titan Citic Group Corp. It had an annual revenue of $66.6 billion, profits of about $122 million, assets worth $38.3 billion, and more than 17,000 employees as of 2017, according to Fortune’s website. Tewoo is owned by the Tianjin government and operates in a number of industries including infrastructure, logistics, mining, autos and ports, according to its website. It also has footprints in countries including the U.S., Germany, Japan and Singapore. Putting last week's "unprecedented" event in context, since the first SOE bond default emerged in China’s domestic market four years ago, 22 such firms have failed to make good on a combined 48.4 billion yuan ($6.9 billion) onshore bonds as of the end of October, according to Guosheng Securities. However, despite periodic scares such as late repayment, Chinese SOEs had yet to suffer any high-profile default in the dollar bond market since the collapse of Guangdong International Trust and Investment Corp. in 1998. Tewoo is precisely that default. Furthermore, Tewoo's exchange offer, which has bondholders accepting a major haircut on their bonds, is seen as a road-map for resolving similar debt crises in the future as the prospect of more failures by state-backed firms looms. 2019 has already seen over 20 billion in SOE bond defaults, nearly triple 2018's total and the highest on record.
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    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    https://twitter.com/ChanelRion/status/1205852010584723456 1205852010584723456
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    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Why? That's the definition of "the lesser of two evils". (if he IS the lesser)
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    Yesterday, 06:29 PM
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    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    The queen may not be around much longer. And I'm sure the situation was similar in the colonies not too many years before the revolution. Things could go either way but we are closer to seeing Scotland break away than we have been for a long time.
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    Yesterday, 06:19 PM
    LGBT+ conversion therapy could soon be banned across Canada after Justin Trudeau made this one of the priorities for his new government. In a letter to the country’s justice secretary on Friday, the prime minister stated that banning the controversial practice of attempting to forcibly change people’s gender or sexuality must be a “top priority”. He said the Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti must work to ”amend the Criminal Code to ban the practice of conversion therapy and take other steps required with the provinces and territories to end conversion therapy in Canada”. The order was included in a “mandate letter” from Mr Trudeau outlining his top priorities following the Canadian elections in October, in which he lost the majority he had won in 2015 but won enough seats to form a minority government. There are no official reports tracking conversion therapy in Canada, but figures for the US published in 2018 as a whole show that nearly 700,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults had received it. Researchers estimated that an additional 57,000 young people would receive the reparative therapy from a religious advisor before they reached adulthood. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/justin-trudeau-moves-forward-ban-181810631.html
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