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    Today, 12:37 AM
    GOP lawmakers are reportedly readying an immigration bill that would allow detained migrant children to stay in detention centers with their parents for more than 20 days, senior White House and Hill officials told ABC News on Saturday. The bill would overrule a decades-old provision that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention centers for more than 20 days. The news comes days after the Justice Department asked a federal district court to modify the rule, known as the Flores settlement, which runs up against President Trump's recent executive order. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/393819-gop-lawmakers-preparing-to-vote-on-bill-allowing-migrant-children-to-be
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Fixed it, the morons are in the minority in D.C.
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    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    Yes it is, it is also Mexico's fault and Germany's fault and the list goes on and on. Most of all it is the fault of past administrations that made the bad deals.
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    Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr have announced that their blocs are joining forces in a bid to create a new government after weeks of political tensions following last month's parliamentary elections. Sadr's Sairoon Alliance won 54 seats in the May vote to become the largest bloc in Iraq's 329-seat parliament, while Abadi's alliance - once seen as a frontrunner - came in third, with just 42 seats. After a three-hour meeting on Saturday in the Shia holy city of Najaf, the two men issued issued a joint statement announcing they had set up a coalition. The statement said their alliance "transcends sectarianism and ethnic" issues "in order to speed up the formation of the new government and agree on the principles which serve the aspirations of our people". "We announce a cross-sectarian, cross-ethnic alliance to speed up forming the next government and to agree on common points that guarantee the interests of the Iraqi people," Sadr said at a news conference after the meeting. The joint statement did not mention an alliance al-Sadr formed earlier this month with the pro-Iranian former fighters under Hadi al-Amiri, whose list came second in the election with 47 seats. There was no immediate reaction from al-Amiri's camp, but al-Abadi said his pact with al-Sadr would not compromise the Shia leader's other alliance.
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    Ron is wrong, other countries aren't going to stop waging trade warfare against us until we fight back, not fighting back has hollowed out our economy and destroyed our middle class. Rising wealth inequality between ordinary Americans and the crony capitalists that have benefited from collaborating in the trade wars and their camp followers is making socialism dangerously popular as all of America is turned into a giant welfare ghetto.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Maybe after we plug the hole in the hull and pump the bilges we should get around to putting the deck chairs back where they belong instead of where previous administrations arranged them.
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    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    That would be harder to do because they aren't concentrated in just one or two states where they are an overwhelming majority. Getting rid of multiple solid blue states will be good enough.
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    There is an American culture and while some Americans may share more or less of it foreigners share none of it until they are assimilated. So do trade wars waged by foreigners, people get hurt in wars so it is best to discourage others from waging them against you. "All taxation is theft" makes a nice bumper sticker but only anarchist really believe it, government has a legitimate role in life and minimal taxes to support that role aren't theft.
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    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    "Failing" is a strong word, Syria has not completed its victory over ISIS and other rebel groups as quickly as it was hoped they would due to many different factors.
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    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    Things changed.
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    It should be a left turn.
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    Yesterday, 10:03 PM
    Things have changed since then, he will withdraw when Syria has won.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    Washington told the main Syrian rebel factions they should not expect military support to help them resist a major government offensive to regain opposition-held parts of southern Syria bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. A copy of a message sent by Washington to heads of Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, which was seen by Reuters, said the U.S. government wanted to make clear that “you should not base your decisions on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us.” More at: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/syrian-rebels-say-washington-tells-them-it-wont-intervene-in-southern-syria-idUKKBN1JK00U?il=0
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Washington told the main Syrian rebel factions they should not expect military support to help them resist a major government offensive to regain opposition-held parts of southern Syria bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. A copy of a message sent by Washington to heads of Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups, which was seen by Reuters, said the U.S. government wanted to make clear that “you should not base your decisions on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us.” More at: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/syrian-rebels-say-washington-tells-them-it-wont-intervene-in-southern-syria-idUKKBN1JK00U?il=0
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    Russia bombed rebel-held parts of southern Syria late Saturday for the first time since brokering a ceasefire there nearly a year ago, a monitor group said, as allied regime troops prepare a ground assault.Southern Syria is a strategic prize for local and global players involved in the country's convoluted seven-year war. After securing the capital Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appears keen to recapture the southern provinces of Daraa and Sweida, still mostly held by rebels. He has sent military reinforcements there for weeks, dropped flyers demanding rebels surrender, and escalated bombardment in recent days. Late Saturday night, his Russian allies bombed rebel-held towns in Daraa for the first time since the summer of 2017, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "Intense Russian air strikes are hitting towns in Daraa's eastern countryside for the first time since the ceasefire was agreed in southern Syria last year," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman. The Observatory said the warplanes used Saturday -- based on type, location, munitions and flight patterns -- had come from the Russian-operated Hmeimim base in coastal Syria. The Britain-based monitor said at least 25 Russian strikes hit the rebel zones but did not have any casualty figures. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/first-russia-air-strikes-hit-south-syria-assault-221520760.html
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    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    Or Foreign Aid or The US paying for their defense and many other ways they leech off of us.
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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday he would not allow militias to stockpile arms, two weeks after a weapons depot belonging to an armed group exploded in Baghdad.At least 16 people were killed and around 30 injured when the cache, owned by a group close to populist cleric Moqtada Sadr, blew up in his stronghold of Sadr City on June 7. "There are groups who have taken advantage of the war against (the Islamic State group) to stock up weapons in order to threaten the state," Abadi said at a conference at Baghdad's Defence University for Military Studies. "They wanted to be stronger than the state in order to blackmail civilians," he said. "This we will not allow." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraq-pm-warns-armed-groups-against-stockpiling-weapons-155904861.html This could lead to a civil war in a hurry.
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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    Every other country on earth is more protectionist than us and they target our important industries.
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    With that many let in the Demoncrats would not only help them vote illegally, they would start a campaign to grant them all citizenship. I can hear it now: "Republican racists want to keep brown people down as second class humans, end apartheid!" The communist in the OP is way ahead in the polls down there, even the social conservatives are socialists. It doesn't take all of them either, we are at risk from our own Demoncrats turning us into a communist country already.
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    They would vote Demoncrat and turn us into a communist country.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    I'll start the nominations with New Jersey and Massachusetts.
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    Yesterday, 08:43 PM
    I am totally serious, Rand or one of our other office holders needs to start pushing a Constitutional Amendment to expel several states. It won't be easy but it needs doing if the Republic is to be saved. If we get this going we can make a list here. States nominated should be entirely dominated by the Demoncrats and in flagrant violation of their citizens Constitutional Rights like the 2ndA.
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    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    I agree. I am totally serious, Rand or one of our other office holders needs to start pushing a Constitutional Amendment to expel NJ and several other states. It won't be easy but it needs doing if the Republic is to be saved.
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    In the presidential election, opinion polls suggest that President Erdogan is likely to fall just short of the 50% required to win in the first round (implying a second round run-off on July 8). In the parliamentary elections, opinion polls also point to a close result, with a high probability that the incumbent AKP-led Cumhur Alliance could lose its majority. While victory is likely for Erdogan (as we detailed here), as Live Oak Capital's Brad Hoff notes below, Erdogan is utilizing all his state powers to ensure his own success... Bloomberg reports "State TV TRT gives no air time to opposition's Istanbul rally" while multiple sources confirm a television blackout for the Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem Ince as Erdogan's rival continues to reportedly draw immense crowds. So what will happen tomorrow? via Goldman Sachs, Turkey’s elections: Opinion polls point to a close result Turkey will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, June 24. Voting will close at 5:00pm local time (3:00pm London time) and preliminary results will be announced on Monday. However, unofficial results are likely to be available on Sunday evening on media outlets. In the event that no presidential candidate achieves more than 50% of the vote in the first round, the two candidates with the largest number of votes will face a run-off on Sunday, July 8. The election will complete the transition to the new presidential system, with extensive new powers vested in the executive. Unlike previous Turkish elections, this time parties have been able to form alliances, with the 10% threshold for parliamentary representation applying to the alliance as a whole rather than to individual parties. In Exhibit 1, we summarise the policy positions of the government (Cumhur) and opposition (Millet) alliances on key issues. Exhibit 1: A summary of the government (Cumhur) and opposition (Millet) key policy positions
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    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    Would it be better to not do it at all? If O'Bummercare dies due to having holes poked in it will the next President be able to put humpty dumpty back together again? Rand and Trump are doing the best they can in spite of the RINOs and Demoncrats.
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    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    I did not say they weren't human, I said they had some rights as humans but no right to be here. You and the vampire don't get to twist my words to suit your prejudices.
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    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    This dismantling of long-established norms of global diplomacy has many wondering whether NATO, the alliance that has preserved global stability since the darkest days of the Cold War, is the next foundation block of the current world order that the President plans to uproot. “All of that left the friends and allies of the United States wondering, who is the leader of the democratic world?” Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the previous secretary general of NATO, tells TIME. “And if that is repeated in Brussels in July it would be no less than a disaster, not only for the Western democratic world but for the democratic world globally.” There are many targets of Donald Trump’s ire, but NATO has long played a key role in his narrative of the U.S. footing the bill for the rest of the world at the expense of its own citizens. He has repeatedly railed against the U.S. putting up a disproportionate amount of funding for NATO. The U.S. accounts for 22% of the NATO alliance’s common funding, which is spent on projects like military readiness, joint exercises, and initiatives to counter cyber-warfare, and is responsible for 70% of total defense spending among alliance members. Under pressure from Washington — and reacting to Russian aggression — NATO members agreed in 2014 to each increase defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2014. But progress has been slow; so far only eight NATO countries meet that target. While many Europeans, including Rasmussen, agree with Trump’s general point about defense spending, his method of expressing it is exasperating allies. On June 10, a day after the G7 summit, Trump launched a Twitter tirade clearly aimed at Europe, lamenting that the U.S. spends money “protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade”, and warning that “change is coming”. ....Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards NATO, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP. Does anybody believe that makes sense? We protect Europe (which is good) at great financial loss, and then get unfairly clobbered on Trade. Change is coming! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018 On trade and the G7, European leaders are feeling empowered to punch back at the U.S. French President Emmanuel Macron said recently that the G7 could do without Trump, while on trade the E.U. this week retaliated with their own tariffs on US goods. “The initial idea of playing nice with Donald Trump, which several European leaders have tried, has been demonstrably proven to yield no benefits,” says Anthony Gardner, who acted as U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. from 2014 to 2017. But there is far more at stake when it comes to NATO, especially on the front line of the new antagonistic relationship with Russia. Since Putin annexed Crimea in 2014, nations along NATO’s eastern flank have been increasingly concerned by Russian aggression along their own borders, and still see the U.S. as the most important backer of their security. “Without the United States, European security would be in great danger,” Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics tells TIME. “We can’t simply build something that would exclude the United States – this is simply impossible: look at the resources, look at capabilities.” While he predicts “long, very difficult, very heated meetings” at the July summit, Rinkevics believes a consensus is still within reach.
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    Yesterday, 06:59 PM
    It still isn't a human right without the welfare state.
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    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    On June 21, the Iranian Navy dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where a fierce battle is ongoing between the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) and the Saudi-led coalition for the port city of al-Hudaydah. According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, Iran sent a helicopter-carrier and a naval destroyer. The deployment of Iranian warships in the area will likely further complicate relations between Riyadh and Teheran. However, two warships will not be enough to lift a naval blockade from al-Hudaydah. Meanwhile, the Houthis repelled another attempt by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies to capture the al-Hudaydah airport in western Yemen recapturing most of the positions, which they had lost previously. A few dozens of Houthi fighters were killed or injured as result of attacks by the coalition and strikes by its air power. The coalition and its proxies lost at least 6 vehicles. The Houthis are currently building fortifications south and east of al-Hudaydah. In turn, pro-Saudi and pro-UAE sources claim that the coalition is posed to capture the port city by any means. Massive strikes of the Saudi Air Force on targets inside the city signs that these claims are true. Clashes also continued far south of al-Hudaydah, along supply lines of the coalition heading from southern Yemen. The Houthis carried out at least 5 hit and run attacks on the coalition’s supply lines over the past two days. So far, the Houthis have been able to counter the coalition’s efforts to capture the al-Hudaydah airport and to isolate the city. However, they suffer from a lack military equipment and supplies. The situation remains tense. *
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    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    I am not uncharitable, I didn't say fat people had no value or were prima facie bad or anything. How people gain weight is not my business and I am not condemning all fat people. There are many fat people who are far better human beings than many skinny or middle weight people. I didn't even say fat people are all ugly. I do not get to pretend I am as strong as Olympic weight lifters but that doesn't mean I am bad or worthless. Beauty is what it is and it isn't fat.
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