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    Today, 01:48 AM
    Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she would bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a mid-January vote, pledging to get assurances from the European Union before then to break a deadlock over Britain's fraught efforts to quit the bloc.With just over 100 days until Britain is due to leave the EU, May faced accusations from some lawmakers that she was trying to force a deeply divided parliament into backing her deal by running the clock down to exit day. A mid-January vote could oblige lawmakers to make a decision between her deal or leaving without one on March 29, a nightmare scenario for many businesses. May is pressing on with her deal to leave the EU, rejecting calls for a second referendum or to test support for different Brexit options in parliament, despite hardening opposition to the agreement to maintain close ties. May said parliament would debate the deal in January, before a vote in the week beginning Jan. 14 - more than a month after an original Dec. 11 vote which she cancelled after admitting she faced a significant defeat. After a tumultuous week in which she survived a confidence vote within her Conservative Party and sought last-minute changes to the Brexit agreement reached with Brussels last month, May said again that the alternatives to her deal were leaving without an agreement or no Brexit at all. "I know this is not everyone’s perfect deal. It is a compromise. But if we let the perfect be the enemy of the good then we risk leaving the EU with no deal," she told lawmakers, her speech punctuated by loud shouts of protest. "Avoiding no deal is only possible if we can reach an agreement or if we abandon Brexit entirely." She said the EU had offered "further clarification" on the most contentious aspects of the withdrawal agreement and her government was seeking "further political and legal assurances". The leader of the opposition Labour Party sought to turn up the pressure by lodging a motion of no confidence in May for not quickly re-scheduling the vote by lawmakers on her Brexit plan that she delayed last week. "This is unacceptable in any way whatsoever," Jeremy Corbyn said in the House of Commons.
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    Tunisian activists took the streets Monday in the same rural town where a fruit seller set himself ablaze years ago, demanding more job opportunities and lower prices in a new show of force on the anniversary of the uprising that triggered the Arab Spring revolts.Among the several hundred protesters marching in the town of Sidi Bouzid were members of the Red Vests, activists modeling their movement on France’s Yellow Vest protesters. The group’s members, however, opted against donning the vests or even holding their planned march in the restive Kasserine province, as had initially been planned. "We won’t back down and we won’t go home until our demands are met," said Riad Jrad, a leader of the protesters. Another organizer, Seifeddin El-Ghabri, said that wearing the red vests was not necessary. “This is the name of our movement, but the first blow came in Sidi Bouzid, which witnessed the igniting of the spark of revolution in Tunisia in 2011." The demonstration is the latest flare-up in the North African nation that had emerged as the most vibrant democracy in the region after the 2011 uprisings. Those rebellions began when Mohamed Bouazizi’s act of self-immolation because the catalyst for movements of millions against autocratic governments in the region. While Tunisia has avoided the broader chaos that engulfed other Arab Spring neighbors, it has endured several major militant attacks that have encumbered efforts by successive governments to revive the economy. Officials are now struggling to implement cost-cutting measures without stoking further unrest. The new budget for 2019 increases spending by 8.5 percent and includes no new taxes -- a plan that largely runs counter to the reform measures supported by the International Monetary Fund which, in 2016, approved a $2.9 billion loan to Tunisia. Evidence of the unrest that led up to the Red Vest protests has been ample. In the past month alone, hundreds of thousands public service employees went on a day long strike. Lawyers and teachers have also walked off the job, while negotiations narrowly averted a strike by air navigation technicians in the country’s main airport. Adding to the chaos has been a weeks-long feud between President Beji Caid Essebsi and his premier, Youssef Chahed -- a battle that has largely ripped apart the coalition government of moderate Islamists and secularists. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/seeing-red-tunisians-protest-arab-115201102.html
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    Today, 12:48 AM
    Russia has signaled it will continue its controversial build-up of defensive fortifications on a disputed chain of islands near Japan at a time when the United States is increasingly active in the region and has maintained a stance in recent years of voicing support to Japan's claims over the islands. On Monday Russia announced it had built new barracks for troops in the Southern Kurils as they are known in Russia — referred to as the Northern Territories in Japan — and further said there were plans to construct more facilities for armored vehicles, in defiance of Japan's urging Moscow to cease militarizing the disputed territory. Japan has long urged its powerful northern neighbor to cease its military build-up there, recently promising President Putin that the US would not put its forces there should Russia hand the islands back to Japan. Russian officials have expressed deep concerns that Japan could allow the US military a foothold in Russia's eastern backyard, a legitimately heightened fear especially after Japan’s acquiring and testing of the Aegis Ashore U.S. missile system in recent months, which Russia officials have warned could be placed on the islands should they ever be returned to Japanese sovereignty. Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have held numerous face-to-face meetings to attempt to resolve the crisis, which has been a central issue in relations since the Soviet Union seized the island chain at the end of WWII. In recent years the Kremlin has gone so far as to authorize live military exercises and significant troop deployments on the islands, which have been interpreted by Japan as a clear sign Russia maintains them for military offensive purposes. According to a Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) statement, Moscow plans "to shift troops into four housing complexes on two of the four disputed islands" by next week. “Also on both islands we have modern and heated storage facilities for weapons and armored vehicles,” the MoD said.
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    This will drag the Demoncrats even farther left which is good, the question is what effect will it have on the GOP?
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    Ban all absentee voting.
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    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    Sooner or later there will be blood spilled over the issue, this is what societal acceptance of "consenting adult" perverts and government recognition of pervert "marriage" was guaranteed to take us.
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    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    This should be good precedent for getting rid of certain gun laws in the state.
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Or your own hand.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    All animals are equal but perverts are more equal.
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    The Senate advanced a White House-backed criminal justice reform bill on Monday, paving the way for senators to try to pass the bill as early as Tuesday. Senators voted 82-12 to end debate on the legislation, which merges a House-passed prison reform bill with a handful of changes to sentencing laws. Twelve Republicans voted against advancing the legislation despite President Trump endorsing the measure in November: GOP Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), John Kennedy (La.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jim Risch (Idaho), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.). The Senate is expected to vote on potential changes to the legislation as soon as Tuesday before taking a final vote on the bill. “There are a number of members with outstanding concerns that they feel are still unresolved. ... The Senate will be considering amendments before we vote on final passage later this week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said ahead of the vote. Though supporters rolled out a final version of the bill last week to try to win over more GOP senators, conservatives, led by Cotton and Kennedy, are expected to get votes on three amendments. Cotton, in a National Review op-ed published Monday, said his potential changes would help "limit the damage" and conservatives who had already said they would support the bill "have jumped on the bandwagon too soon."
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    The Senate advanced a White House-backed criminal justice reform bill on Monday, paving the way for senators to try to pass the bill as early as Tuesday. Senators voted 82-12 to end debate on the legislation, which merges a House-passed prison reform bill with a handful of changes to sentencing laws. Twelve Republicans voted against advancing the legislation despite President Trump endorsing the measure in November: GOP Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), John Kennedy (La.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jim Risch (Idaho), Ben Sasse (Neb.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.). The Senate is expected to vote on potential changes to the legislation as soon as Tuesday before taking a final vote on the bill. “There are a number of members with outstanding concerns that they feel are still unresolved. ... The Senate will be considering amendments before we vote on final passage later this week,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said ahead of the vote. Though supporters rolled out a final version of the bill last week to try to win over more GOP senators, conservatives, led by Cotton and Kennedy, are expected to get votes on three amendments. Cotton, in a National Review op-ed published Monday, said his potential changes would help "limit the damage" and conservatives who had already said they would support the bill "have jumped on the bandwagon too soon."
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    A federal court has ruled that that a New York state ban on possessing nunchucks is unconstitutional. Judge Pamela Chen issued the ruling about the famous martial arts weapon last Friday in a Brooklyn federal court, according to The Associated Press. The news service noted that Chen's ruling recounted the history of the nunchucks ban, which was instituted in New York in 1974 "out of a concern that, as a result of the rising popularity ‘of ‘Kung Fu’ movies and shows,′ ‘various circles of the state’s youth’ — including ‘muggers and street gangs’ — were ‘widely’ using nunchaku to cause ‘many serious injuries.’” The plaintiff in the case, James Maloney, was charged with possession of nunchucks, two rigid rods connected at one end by a chain or rope, in his home in 2000. Maloney initially filed a complaint in 2003. The AP notes that he was mainly focused on getting that part of the law that bans nunchucks even in private homes overturned. Chen said in her ruling that the court couldn't just take that part out of the existing law. She ruled that the state law as it pertained to possessing the weapon was in violation of the Second Amendment. She also said that the law as it applied to the manufacturing, transporting or disposing of nunchucks was unconstitutional.
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    Yesterday, 10:58 PM
    It couldn't be that the place is a pedo den, could it?
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    There was much anticipation ahead of tonight speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 40th Reforms Anniversary Event. Hope was high for Xi to highlight potential new reform measures, growth initiatives, and - what the markets want most - moar stimulus. He instead offered none of the above, choosing a propaganda-heavy discourse on the Communist Party's contributions to the success of China. Main highlights include Xi pointing out that 1978 marked major turning point of far reaching significance and "China's stability makes it one of the safest nations in the world..." (except if you're a Canadian businessman) China's had an average +9.5% growth for the past 40 years. But warned that: "China may face unimaginable difficulties ahead"
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    It will be the perfect opportunity to demand that the blue states give up their statehood and become territories.
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    I'm sure that there was no undue influence of either a positive or negative nature involved.;)
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    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    Clothes made by detained Chinese Muslims living in a mass detention camp have been traced to a US sportswear company, according to AP, which tracked "recent, ongoing shipments" from a privately-owned, state-sponsored "internment" sweatshop. The Associated Press has tracked recent, ongoing shipments from one such factory — Hetian Taida Apparel — inside an internment camp to Badger Sportswear, a leading supplier in Statesville, North Carolina. Badger’s clothes are sold on college campuses and to sports teams across the country, although there is no way to tell where any particular shirt made in Xinjiang ends up. The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products made with forced labor from getting into the global supply chain, even though such imports are illegal in the U.S. Badger CEO John Anton said Sunday that the company would halt shipments while it investigates. -AP The CEO of Hetian Taida Apparel, Wu Hongbo, confirmed the existence of a factory inside of a re-education compound - one of many across China where some 1 million Muslims, known as Uighurs, are estimated to live in detention where they are forced to give up their language and religion as they are politically indoctrinated. "We’re making our contribution to eradicating poverty," Wu told the AP via phone. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, pushed back against the "many untrue reports" about the reeducation camps, though she did not elaborate. "Those reports are completely based on hearsay evidence or made out of thin air," Chunying added. A dozen people AP interviewed who had either been in a camp or had friends or family in one beg to differ - telling the news agency that detainees are given no choice but to work at the factories.
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state-controlled agency responsible for operating the New York City subway and its buses, prepares to shutter a heavily used subway line that connects Northern Brooklyn with Lower Manhattan so that it can undergo necessary maintenance to repair some of the lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy, the recently appointed head of the agency has warned that NYC and New York State are facing a stark choice: Either invest $40 billion in the subway for badly needed upgrades and improvements, or allow one of the world's most heavily used mass transit systems to sink into a "death spiral," according to Bloomberg. NYC Transit Authority President Andy Byford - who was credited with turning around Toronto's mass transit system before heading to New York - has been telling anybody who will listen (subway riders, taxpayers, business executives and the city council, the name a few) that these upgrades are needed asap. And if Albany won't allocate the money, the City must do something. "You don’t get the billions you need by just going to Albany with a begging bowl," Byford, recruited a year ago to run New York City Transit, told executives at a Crain’s Magazine breakfast this month. As anybody who relies on the subway, or regularly reads the New York Times Metro Section, is probably aware, the subway has been struggling with acute signs of distress - typified by rapidly worsening service - that have intensified in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. So, why is Byford issuing this warning now? Well, after months of being stonewalled by the city, Byford is hoping to capitalize on a new power dynamic in Albany after Democrats won control of the State Assembly, creating a state of unified rule in Albany. The subway could be struggling with a nearly $1 billion operating deficit by 2022, which is clearly unsustainable. Already, credit ratings agencies like Moody's have downgraded their outlook on the MTA's bonds. Voters in November flipped control of the state Senate, putting Democrats in charge of both houses of the Legislature and increasing the chances of approving transit funding. Many support Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to charge motorists "congestion pricing" fees to enter Manhattan’s business core. Still, the MTA - which controls the subways and buses along with commuter trains and some bridges and tunnels - faces a $991 million deficit looming in 2022 and political arguments over who will pay to close it and how. On Dec. 13, Moody’s Investors Service revised its credit-rating outlook on the MTA to negative from stable, noting how deteriorating service has produced lower-than-expected revenue as subway and bus ridership declined. That situation could worsen if fares go up, as the MTA board prepares to vote on a 4 percent increase in January.
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    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    French officials vowed Monday to quickly push tax cuts and a rise in the minimum wage through parliament in a bid to end the anti-government "yellow vest" protests, amid signs the movement is losing steam ahead of the year-end holidays.At the same time police said they would start removing barricades at roundabouts and on motorways after a month of demonstrations which have at times spiralled into violence while taking a toll on the economy. President Emmanuel Macron announced a series of concessions last week, including a 100-euro increase for five million minimum wage earners, the removal of a planned tax increase for a majority of pensioners, and tax-free overtime pay for all workers. The concessions will be discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday before being brought to the National Assembly and Senate for votes before Christmas. "We have made mistakes. We haven't listened enough to the French people," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told the financial newspaper Les Echos in an interview published Monday. But many of the yellow vests, so-called for the high-visibility jackets drivers are required to keep in their cars, have vowed to press on with the protests. Two more motorway toll stations were set on fire overnight in southern France, near Beziers and Manosque, officials said.
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    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin on Monday announced he's continuing his effort to have Maine's new election system used for the first time in a congressional race declared unconstitutional.A federal judge last week rejected Poliquin's request to nullify the outcome of the election and either declare him the winner or order another election. His notice of appeal was filed Monday in U.S. District Court. Poliquin, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Jared Golden, tweeted Monday evening that a formal appeal will be filed with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, dragging on the longshot legal process. Poliquin claims he should be the winner because he had the most first-place votes on Election Day. But Golden won the race in an extra round of voting in which two trailing independents were eliminated and their votes were reallocated. "Rank voting came to Maine due to a largely out-of-state-funded push to change our election system that has worked well for one hundred years," he said in a statement. "There is nothing more fundamental than our one-person, one vote constitutional right," he added. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/republican-drops-recount-request-maine-congressional-race-170258714--election.html
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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    President Donald Trump did not commit during a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at the G20 summit two weeks ago to extradite a Muslim cleric based in the United States, a senior White House official said on Monday."While meeting with President Erdogan at the G20, the president did not commit to extradite Fethullah Gulen," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-did-not-tell-erdogan-extradite-gulen-white-213307002.html
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    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    Helping to move them too far left.
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    Yesterday, 09:03 PM
    Suppose a bunch of criminals take power over a country and raise their children to be criminals before they leave their positions of power to them............ .............who's going to stop them? Answer: no one. QED
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    I doubt the CIA stopped at merely creating GOOLAGLE, it is much more valuable to them as a near monopoly.
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    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Let me know when you launch your revolution, until then I will work to expand liberty as best I can.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    "Shall not be infringed" was destroyed long ago, reciprocity bills will do nothing to weaken it and will expand firearm liberty until we can restore "Shall not be infringed" in all its glory.
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    Yesterday, 08:14 PM
    21 Tech Firms Unconstitutionally Funded By CIA-Front Group In-Q-Tel How the CIA made Google
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    After over three years of following the disastrous effects of socialism unfolding in Venezuela I can confidently say that 99% of the articles I’ve read on the issue will sooner or later point out that Venezuela’s crisis is not only surprisingly dire, but rather counterintuitive given that it is one of the most oil rich country in the world, with probably the largest proven reserves. As a result, most analyses will conclude that it is the current president’s incompetence on the one hand, and the fall in oil prices in the last 5 years on the other, that have brought about the collapse of the once-prosperous South American economy. The latest example is the short video posted by The Economist, which, in summarizing Venezuela’s recent history, explains that “after Mr Chavez—who had spent generously when oil prices were booming—died in 2013, oil prices crashed and… Maduro inherited an economic crisis which he made worse with his ineptness. The country plunged into chaos.” That the gravity of the situation is still surprising to most commentators when it should have been expected long ago is something I’ve discussed before. I would like now to focus on the implicit economic fallacy that underlines the assumption that a country is bound to be inherently prosperous if it owns significant natural resources, particularly oil. First of all, it is merely an impression that Venezuela was indeed prosperous in a healthy way at some point in the past. The large-scale exploitation of its rich oil reserves, first discovered before the Spanish conquest, began only in 1910. Before, Simon Bolivar’s 1811 decree stated national ownership of all domestic mines and production was minimal at first. The beginning of the Venezuelan oil industry was also still plagued by government intervention, as drilling and refining were still only permitted via governmental concessions—usually offered to close friends of the 1920s Gómez administration. Later in 1975-76, a monopoly of oil production was handed to the state-owned enterprise Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), then the world’s third largest refiner after Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon, as the Venezuelan oil industry was fully nationalized. Although foreign companies were allowed minority partnerships, the taxes they had to pay were significantly increased during the Chavez administration. During this turbulent history, oil production waxed and waned, following state directives rather than market incentives, yet booming oil prices in the early 2000s allowed for large cash windfalls. But eventually after 2005 all revenues from it began to be rerouted by the government into Chavez’s lavish social missions, which covered everything from free health clinics to neighborhood basketball courts.
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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    You could run. Don't you live in TN?
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