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    Today, 07:27 PM
    Some of that percentage is actually made up of illegals who are using stolen identities.
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    But they didn't have scientific measurements of that one.
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    Today, 07:07 PM
    They’re usually called the Brussels police. Now some may call them the Thought Police. Whatever the case, they recently arrested the driver of a Hungarian-government-commissioned van — because they didn’t like the anti-migration message it bore. Welcome to 1984, effete social-justice-warrior style. As EuroNews reports, “Hungary’s government accused the Belgian capital of trying to censor it on Thursday after a van it commisioned to drive through Brussels with a billboard linking migration to terrorist attacks was stopped by police.” “Zoltan Kovacs, Hungarian secretary of state for international communications and relations, made the accusation in a video posted on Facebook. He said the truck had been stopped by police on December 5 and that the driver had been arrested,” the site continued. Brussels police did confirm that the action was taken, but wouldn’t reveal what charges, if any, were brought against the driver. Some may suspect, however, that the offense was a DWT: Driving While Truthful. As EuroNews explains: The mobile billboard featured pictures of two terror attacks on European soil, which took place in 2016 — at Brussels’ Zaventem airport and in the French coastal city of Nice.
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    Today, 07:01 PM
    Breitbart News reports that the New Jersey State Police have “refused to rule out house-to-house enforcement of the state’s ‘high capacity’ magazine ban,” in correspondence from the Garden State’s law-enforcement agency to the news organization. As of December 11, it is a fourth-degree felony in New Jersey to possess a “large capacity ammunition magazine,” which is defined as “a box, drum, tube or other container which is capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition to be fed continuously and directly therefrom into a semi-automatic firearm.” Breitbart News reached out to New Jersey state law-enforcement officials “to ask how they planned to enforce the newly enacted ban. We asked whether they would enforce it on a traffic-stop basis — checking magazines in firearms when they pulled over drivers for speeding, reckless driving, etc. — or whether they would enforce it by going to house-to-house to check magazine capacity in the firearms New Jersey residents kept in their homes.” The reply is, sadly, not surprising and not at all direct. “We do not discuss enforcement strategies,” was all the New Jersey State Police would say. While that’s not a “yes,” it’s not a “no” either.
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    Today, 06:57 PM
    Complaints over lack of sufficient funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) often appear at this time of year, just as taxpayers are beginning to focus on readying their tax returns due in April. This year is no exception. Whining over insufficient funding began with Dennis Ventry, the chairman of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC), who complained on Monday that Trump’s tax reform had created a “nightmare” for the agency. He lamented: “ personnel had to work on reform this year when they otherwise would have been working on something else. So, in some respects, it was a lost year.” That lost year, Ventry opined, cost the federal government billions in taxes owed but not collected. And it’s all because Congress keeps cutting the IRS budget. As a result, the IRS now employs about 24,000 fewer full-time agents than it did back in 2010 (now down to a scant 76,000), with most of those cuts (17,000) coming from the tax-enforcement arm. Ventry estimates that the agency was unable to collect somewhere between $58 billion to $84 billion over the last eight years due to those cuts. The agency may be underfunded. It may not have enough agents to prepare themselves for questions arising from taxpayers over Trump’s tax-reform act. It may be leaving money on the table as a result. But at bottom, the agency not only has brought this upon itself by its past and recent unconstitutional behaviors, it also violates the principle that what a person earns he has a right to keep. Instead, through withholding, the government stands in front of the taxpayer to get its share first, allowing the taxpayer to keep what is left. There is no sympathy from this corner. The damage done was done by the agency itself. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/30900-irs-enforcement-arm-continues-to-shrink
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    Today, 06:48 PM
    Corpratist American Traitors Organization propagand. 63% of Non-Citizen Households Access Welfare Programs Compared to 35% of native households The illegals that use stolen identities are counted among the native households as well.
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    Today, 06:33 PM
    They get other kinds of welfare through fraud.
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    Today, 06:24 PM
    The quake hit 11 km (6 milesi) from Decatur in the state of Tennessee at about 9.14 am (UTC). It was centered about 7 miles north-northeast of Decatur. This was followed by another 3.3 magnitude aftershock, which struck at 9.27am (UTC). The US Geological Survey (USGS) said shaking was also reported in the state of Georgia, with residents in Atlanta also reporting feeling their homes shake. The 4.4 earthquake was the second strongest quake on record to strike eastern Tennessee, according to the USGS. The strongest ever registered was in 1973 when a 4.7 magnitude quake hit near Maryville. It is currently unclear whether the quake caused any damage. Thousands of people took to social media after being woken by tremors. More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1057758/Tennessee-earthquake-decatur-georgia-earthquake-news-us
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    Today, 06:16 PM
    And they get welfare anyway.
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    Today, 06:00 PM
    MATTEO Salvini sent a stern warning to the EU claiming the Brussels bloc would come to an end if the European Commission agreed to Emmanuel Macron's new costly budget whilst sanctioning Italy on the same issue.Speaking to the press on his visit to Israel, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister claimed his Government has come up with a solution to the ongoing budget row with the European Commission. But Matteo Salvini launched a scathing attack against the Brussels bloc at the news French President Emmanuel Macron has put forward new costly economic measures to respond to the deadly Paris riots. Mr Salvini claimed the European Union would come to an end if Brussels decided to approve President Macron's measures in this moment of difficulty for France but refused to budge on Italy's demands. He said: “We, as Italians, have found a solution. “I trust in Brussels’ common sense and I refuse to imagine that they would act as nothing happened in the face of Macron’s request of billions because he is obviously struggling while they reject Italians’ demands. “It would really be the end of this European Union.” Clemens Fuest, President of Germany’s IFO Institute, claimed the French President should face the same disciplinary procedure as Italy from the European Commission arguing Mr Macron's response to the riots is a mere "tax giveaway". He said: “Macron’s response suggests that a rioting and pillaging mob can dictate politics, while those who demonstrate peacefully - or not at all - are ignored.
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    Today, 05:59 PM
    THE European Commission is monitoring the budget impact of possible new fiscal measures to be introduced by the French government in early 2019, Brussels’ economy chief Pierre Moscovici said on Tuesday, in a major warning to Emmanuel Macron.The bloc’s executive arm “will closely monitor the impact of the announcements made by President Macron on the French deficit and any financing arrangements,” the economic affairs commissioner told AFP. He said: “We are in constant contact with the French authorities." More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1058028/emmanuel-macron-france-budget-eu-fiscal-rules
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    Today, 05:54 PM
    Macron's government faces a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday amid nationwide anger at the French president which has seen violent riots across the country. To bring down the government, the motion would have to meet a majority. But this could be impossible due to the 62 elected on the left compared to the 577 deputies in the Assembly. Bloomberg reporter, Nikos Chrysoloras, tweeted: "O.K, this is an epidemic now: France’s government will face a no confidence vote in parliament on Thursday, AFP reports." More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1057746/macron-news-france-no-confidence-vote-latest-yellow-vest-protests
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    Today, 05:48 PM
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday urged Senators to block an imminent vote on a historic war powers resolution that would end U.S. support of the Saudi-led strikes in Yemen. The Kentucky Republican said a bill sponsored by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., “is neither precise enough or prudent enough,” to protect the 70-year alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia. The measure, slated to come up Wednesday afternoon, would impose an unprecedented check on the executive branch to use military force abroad. McConnell urged lawmakers to instead back a forthcoming resolution drafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., which would condemn the Saudi government, and specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. “It’s a superior road to the outcome that most senators want,” McConnell said. “So I urge every member to vote against considering the Sanders-Lee resolution today and join me in supporting Chairman Corker’s responsible alternative.” Corker told reporters he believes the Sanders-Lee resolution has the backing both to proceed to debate and pass the floor, but has little future beyond the Senate this year.
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    Today, 05:26 PM
    What does NOT make sense is that the arrest happened on Saturday and markets did not find out about it until Wednesday night. Let’s try out one of those equivalence narratives so popular in the business press. If Google’s global CFO had been detained in Hong Kong for extradition to China, would the world have waited five days to find out? This is where what had to be a massive conspiracy of silence begins to raise some interesting questions. U.S. prosecutors are never shy about their victories. Their detention of Meng is a BIG story – it sends the message that not even the rich and well connected are immune from prosecution under the sanctions regime. Since those who violate the sanctions are at least well paid and well connected and not mere bank tellers, getting this message across is crucial. Our bet is that Bolton (or someone else) told them to keep the story under wraps, probably to protect the trade negotiations, not sabotage them. If Huawei were an American company, it would have been legally obligated to announce the detention of its CFO. That is a material fact that must be disclosed promptly. Chinese security laws are enforced in a more “flexible” way. But why wouldn’t the Chinese government want the information out if they are really so furious as they appear to be in the last few days? Something really begins to smell at this point. Then along comes a story in the South China Morning Post about an October meeting with employees in which Meng said that there are cases where, “the external rules are clear-cut and there’s no contention, but the company is totally unable to comply with in actual operations. In such cases, after a reasonable decision-making process, one may accept the risk of temporary non-compliance.” That statement is full of euphemisms, but it makes putting the corporate interest ahead of complying with the law the official position of management. Put that in the context of a four-year anti-corruption campaign by Xi and a purge of top-level tech executives who have gotten too big for their britches. In Xi’s new world it may be one thing to have said that it was ok to put China’s interests first, but she is putting the corporate interests ahead of China’s interests. Also note that these comments were in quotes from an internal (and closed) Huawei meeting. How did the SCMP acquire these direct quotes? The SCMP is one of the world’s truly great papers, publishing candid news and commentary focused on getting to the truth in a way that is only a distant memory in American newspapers. That said, it is also like Hong Kong – one nation, two systems. If Beijing really wanted a story out, it would provide the sources and the reporters would do the rest. And if they really wanted a story spiked it probably would be spiked. Those direct quotes obviously came from Chinese authorities and the story was printed at a very inconvenient time for Meng – when she was protesting her innocence. Somebody in Beijing thinks Meng is a loose cannon. Then there is the apparently bellicose Chinese reaction largely in the internal Chinese press. Any country is obligated to protest the detention of one of its leading citizens and to let its citizens know that it is loudly protesting. But consider a Friday story from the SCMP written by Zhou Xin, the head of the political economy section at the paper. “China has separated the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou from trade talks between Beijing and Washington" Gao Feng, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce, said on Thursday that he had no information at all about Meng’s case. Gao also said China was confident about reaching a trade deal with the United States within the 90-day truce agreed by the two sides in Argentina last weekend. Separately, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also refused to directly link the arrest of Meng – in Canada last Saturday at the request of...
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    Today, 05:19 PM
    It's official: May has won the leadership contest. 200 backed her while 117 voted against. Analysts said that if more than 100 Tories voted against May, it could create problems for her government and draw her credibility as prime minister into question. Sterling has started moving lower on the result (though it remains up on the day), as traders are correctly assessing that this doesn't bode well for May's Brexit deal (though she did receive more votes of support than when she was first elected prime minister, that margin improved by a mere 5 votes from 195 to 200). As ITV's Robert Peston pointed out, more than half of the independent Tory MPs (that is, those who don't hold a post in the government), voted against the prime minister, which hardly inspires confidence. Well over half of independent Tory MPs voted against her - and even then she had to concede she would not lead party into next election. — Robert Peston (@Peston) December 12, 2018 As Bloomberg's David Goodman points out, this doesn't bode well for May's Brexit deal. Assuming those 117 Tory MPs will vote against May's Brexit deal (obviously not a given), that result bodes pretty badly for her chances of getting it through Parliament. Already, May's intraparty rivals are piling on...
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    Today, 04:46 PM
    And Assange IS a reporter. You are attempting to defend their deliberate snub of the most important "Guardian of Truth" who is being persecuted for reporting the truth.
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    Today, 04:32 PM
    Does he have a male child? It isn't a very good idea if he doesn't.
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    Today, 04:24 PM
    And all we gave up was a temporary halt to new tariffs.
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    Today, 04:18 PM
    Saudi Arabia decided in 2016 to impose taxes on expat dependents as part of Crown Prince MbS drive of Saudisation of the economy. Bloomberg writes; Announced in 2016 as part of a drive to increase non-oil government revenue — a key goal of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic transformation plan — the fees have been unpopular with business owners in a country accustomed to cheaper foreign labor. Partly as a result, hundreds of thousands of foreigners have left the kingdom, hitting the already-struggling economy but failing to make much of a dent in Saudi unemployment. As of earlier this year over 800,000 expats had left the country. Now the country contemplates of removing or reducing the “fee/tax” as the economy falters. Bloomberg continues; While it’s unlikely the fees will be canceled altogether, a ministerial committee is looking at modifying or restructuring them, one of the people said. A decision is expected within weeks, two of the people said. All this comes back of the fact Saudisation is not working. The working age population in Saudi Arabia have in essence no desire to with work jobs equivalent to their skill levels. Business Insider reports; Many companies are reported to be circumventing the policy’s local employee quota requirement by hiring Saudis and paying them small salaries for what are in effect bogus jobs — a process termed “fake Saudisation. “Employers say young Saudi men and women are lazy and are not interested in working and accuse Saudi youth of preferring to stay at home rather than to take a low-paying job that does not befit the social status of a Saudi job seeker,” Bassnawi said, adding that fake Saudisation “could create a generation of young men and women who are not interested in finding a job and who prefer to get paid for doing nothing.” Saudi Arabia is in a difficult situation. Their disastrous war in Yemen costs about $200m/daily. Recent oil declines hit the Saudi economy harder than any other country. With its total dependence on foreigners on every facet of its society there is risk continues low oil prices and a lack of economic development in the country will lead to disaster. Maybe the only way Saudis might get some leeway is that there is a War in the Middle East. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-10/saudi-arabia-expat-exodus-hurting-saudis-country-totally-economically-and-military
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    Today, 04:15 PM
    The Turkish Lira tumbled to session lows after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey will start a new military operation in Syria east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria in a "few days". "It is time to realize our decision to wipe out terror groups east of the Euphrates," Erdogan said in a speech at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit held at the presidential complex in Ankara on Dec. 12. "We will start the operation in east of the Euphrates in a few days to save it from the separatist terrorist organization," Erdoğan added, referring to the YPG. "Turkey's target is never the U.S. soldiers, but rather the members of the terror group." Turkey has repeatedly threatened to attack Kurdish militants in the region, who are backed by the U.S. but viewed by Turkey as an extension of a terrorist organization, the PKK. The Pentagon had announced on Dec. 11 that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported YPG, have been erected, despite Ankara’s request to scrap the move. The Turkish army since 2016 has already launched two military operations in Syria, the last of which saw Ankara-backed Syrian rebels take the border city of Afrin from the YPG in March. the United States has long been complained that tensions between Turkey and the SDF, of which the YPG is the backbone, have at times slowed down progress on fighting the ISIL. In the same speech, Erdoğan also slammed the new US plan for 'protecting terrorists, not Turkey.' "There is no Daesh threat in Syria any longer," Erdoğan said accusing the U.S. of "delaying tactics" regarding its promise to clear the northeastern Syrian town of Manbij from YPG members. "It is clear that the purpose of U.S. observation points in Syria is not to protect our country from terrorists but protect terrorists from Turkey," he noted. Turkey has also been skeptical about a U.S. plan to train around 40,000 locals in northeastern Syria:“We do not see them as well-intentioned approaches," the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Ömer Çelik said Dec. 11, referring to the reported U.S. plan. He added that the move will be seen by Turkey as "lending fresh support to terror elements in Syria."
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