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    Ukrainian Orthodox Christian priests are poised to select a leader for their newly independent church, cementing a split from the previous Russian hierarchy in a step that’s further straining relations between the two former allies. President Petro Poroshenko is portraying the church schism as an “issue of national security” and is hoping it will help revive rock-bottom popularity before elections in March. His campaign slogan is ‘Army, language, faith.’“The independent status of the Ukrainian church is another declaration of independence,” he said this month. Choosing a leader for a new independent church to end the dominance the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy isn’t just a matter of regional political tensions. While strained relations have accelerated the process, the move marks the culmination of almost three decades of government and diplomatic efforts. The Russian Orthodox Church has about 12,000 parishes across Ukraine and a monastery listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, though support has weakened amid the recent conflict, which has killed more than 10,000 people. Ukraine says most parishes will convert to the new structure though Moscow contests the extent of the likely swing. For Russia, as well as ceding property and influence, the split essentially means losing the spiritual home of its own church, in Kiev, where the state of Kievan Rus’ adopted Orthodoxy in the 10th century, long before Russia became a separate country. “The Russian Orthodox Church isn’t the Russian state -- it’s bigger than Russia and Ukrainian orthodoxy is part of Russian orthodoxy,” said Alexander Volkov, spokesman for Russian Patriarch Kirill. “That’s why this attempt to take away the Ukrainian church from the Russian church is a spiritual, historical and religious tragedy.” Saturday’s vote on Ukraine’s new church leader will take place in Saint-Sofia Cathedral in central Kiev. In a sign of the tensions around the issue, Ukraine’s SBU Security Service said it will step up safety measures in case of provocations aimed at inciting violence. Russia complains that priests loyal to its branch of the church are being harassed by the SBU.
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    Today, 01:43 AM
    Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday."Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel," Morrison said. "We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical," he told reporters in Sydney. Morrison said Australia would not move its embassy to West Jerusalem until the city's final status was determined, but said trade and defense offices would be opened there. He confirmed Australia's support for a two-state solution with a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/australia-formally-recognizes-west-jerusalem-israels-capital-022444632.html
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    Today, 12:43 AM
    We wouldn't want the peasants to get a significant portion of the spoils or there wouldn't be any point to being part of the ruling class, we have to keep them desperate.
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    Today, 12:19 AM
    Brazil on Friday launched the first of five attack submarines built with French technology in a 35 billion-real ($8.9 billion) program planned to end in 2029 with delivery of a nuclear-powered submarine.President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull. The submarines being built by the Brazilian Navy in partnership with France's defense company Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, are a modified version of the Scorpene class diesel-powered submarine. While the first four submarines in the deal with Naval Group are conventional subs, the fifth will place Brazil in the club of only six nations with nuclear-powered submarines - the United States, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, China and India. The program has been delayed by budget cuts and corruption scandals involving contractors such as Brazil's largest engineering and construction firm Odebrecht. The launch date of the last submarines has been put back until 2029. The launch of the Riachuelo gives the Brazilian Navy six submarines, adding to five older ones of German technology. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/brazil-first-step-program-join-nuclear-powered-sub-175209248.html
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    Today, 12:14 AM
    A senior Trump administration official told reporters on Friday that the president had decided to give his new pick for chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, an interim title.The official spoke to reporters minutes after President Trump announced on Twitter that Mulvaney, his current budget director, would be the new “acting White House chief of staff.” Despite the “acting” designation, Mulvaney’s appointment is not limited in scope and will include all of the responsibilities of a position that is widely considered one of the most powerful in the White House, the official said. “There’s no time limit. He’s the acting chief of staff, which means he’s the chief of staff,” the official said. “He got picked because the president liked him. They get along.” The official also cited Mulvaney’s experience as a former congressman who “knows Capitol Hill” as a reason Trump chose him for the job, while also praising Mulvaney as “fiscally responsible.” The official who discussed Mulvaney’s selection with reporters said Kelly was pleased with the decision. “The current chief is happy. The current chief is fine. The current chief will stay till the end of the year,” the official said. The official was pressed on why Mulvaney’s title was “acting chief of staff” and replied, “Because that’s what the president wants.” Another senior administration official then piped in to discuss the distinction. “We’ll see,” the other official said of the importance of the word “acting.” “It’s what the president wants right now, and if we have anything else we’ll let you know.”
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    Today, 12:10 AM
    The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.Ukraine's Orthodox clerics will gather for a meeting Saturday that is expected to form a new, independent Ukrainian church, and Ukrainian authorities have ramped up pressure on priests to support the move. The Ukrainian church has been part of the Russian Church for centuries, while enjoying broad autonomy, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has pushed for the creation of an independent church. The newly formed community would then be expected to receive independence from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based institution considered the so-called "first among equals" of leaders of the world's Orthodox Churches that has already drafted a charter for an independent Ukrainian church. The Russian Church said on Friday that its Patriarch Kirill has sent a letter to the U.N. secretary-general, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other spiritual leaders, urging them to help protect the clerics, believers and their faith in Ukraine. Merkel's spokeswoman and the German foreign ministry spokesman said they didn't immediately have any information on the letter. As church tensions have grown, Ukraine's Security Service has searched Russian Orthodox churches and the homes of Russian Orthodox priests in several cities. The agency also has summoned dozens of priests for questioning. Ukrainian authorities have sought to portray Russian Orthodox priests in Ukraine as supporting Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, claims that the clerics have rejected. Kirill's letter accused the Ukrainian government of hate speech and pressuring the clerics to take part in the Saturday gathering. "The numerous instances of discrimination against the Ukrainian Church (of the Moscow Patriarchate) give us the reason to fear far worse infringements of the rights and legitimate interests of Orthodox believers," the letter said. The Moscow Patriarchate's Ukrainian Church said on Friday that the security services forcibly delivered one senior cleric to Kiev, reportedly for a conversation with the president. In Kiev, about 100 people led by a Moscow-affiliated cleric were holding prayers near the Ukrainian parliament Friday morning to protest the creation of a new church.
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    Today, 12:06 AM
    Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, a development which gives Ducey a second opportunity to fill the position.Kyl, 76, had said he was only committed to serving through the end of the year, although Ducey said he had hoped to persuade him to serve through 2020. His resignation is effective Dec. 31 and forces a pivotal decision by the state's Republican governor. Ducey said he will pick a replacement "in the near future." His office has been typically tight-lipped about who might fill the seat, leading to frenzied speculation in Arizona and Washington. Under state law, the governor must appoint a Republican because McCain was elected as a member of the GOP. The most prominent Republican politician whose name has been floated is Rep. Martha McSally, who just lost a race for the state's other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema last month. A former air force colonel who was mentored by Kyl, McSally has drawn criticism from some Republicans for running a campaign that focused on her closeness to President Donald Trump and tried to portray Sinema as a radical liberal. Still, McSally only lost the race by two percentage points in a bad year for Republicans, and she's long been seen within the party as a possible senator. Other Republican women whose names have been floated do not have her experience running in competitive elections, especially statewide. They include Eileen Klein, a former health care executive appointed state treasurer by Ducey last year. She did not run for re-election. Some Republicans have also speculated about an appointment for Barbara Barrett, a former Ambassador to Finland and businesswoman who unsuccessfully ran in a GOP gubernatorial primary in 1994. Some Republicans have urged the appointment of McCain's widow, Cindy, to the seat. Notably, Ducey did not select her in the weeks after the senator's death, and there remains widespread animosity toward the McCain family from the GOP's conservative base.
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    Today, 12:03 AM
    A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in a men's prison.Barring any appeals, under the ruling Adree Edmo will become the first Idaho inmate to receive gender confirmation surgery while in Idaho Department of Correction custody. The ruling in Idaho's U.S. District Court was handed down by Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Thursday. Winmill said the Idaho Department of Correction and Corizon's refusal to provide Edmo with the surgery puts her at risk of irreparable harm. "For more than forty years, the Supreme Court has consistently held that consciously ignoring an prisoner's serious medical needs amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment," Judge B. Lynn Winmill wrote in his ruling issued Thursday. Edmo showed she had a serious medical need and that failure to treat her medical condition could result in significant further injury or the unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain, Winmill found. She also showed that prison officials were aware of and failed to respond to her pain and medical needs, causing her to suffer harm. The state has six months to provide Edmo with the surgery, which will restructure her physical characteristics to match her gender identity. Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said IDOC will be addressing some of the issues raised by the ruling — including whether the state will appeal, and where Edmo will be housed after her surgery — in the days to come. There are currently 30 inmates with gender dysphoria in state custody, according to the ruling. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/judge-orders-idaho-transgender-inmate-gender-surgery-232528244.html
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    Today, 12:01 AM
    The Republican-led Legislature sent Ohio Gov. John Kasich a pair of new abortion restrictions on Friday, including legislation banning terminations at the first detectable fetal heartbeat that he's vowed to veto.Following marathon lame-duck votes that lasted into the wee hours, Ohio lawmakers left open the possibility of returning to override any vetoes. However, the so-called heartbeat bill didn't get the 60 House votes Friday that would be needed. It was the second time in two years that lawmakers have sent the heartbeat bill to Kasich's desk. He vetoed a similar measure in December 2016. The final legislation specifies a transvaginal ultrasound isn't required. That would mean detection of the heartbeat would be possible at around 10 weeks, rather than six weeks. The other bill, approved during a Thursday session that continued overnight, bans dilation and evacuation abortions, one of the most common methods for the procedure. After the approval of the heartbeat bill, Faith2Action President Janet Porter, who authored the legislation, urged supporters to "Pray!" and to respectfully hound Kasich in hopes he'll change his mind. Once he receives the bill, Kasich has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to act. The House has scheduled a session day for Dec. 27 when an override vote could take place. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/pair-abortion-restrictions-ohio-head-kasichs-desk-153602793.html
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    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    Michigan Republicans moved Wednesday to curtail ballot initiatives by advancing a measure limiting how many signatures could come from any one region of the state, the latest proposal assailed by critics as an unconstitutional, lame-duck power grab from voters or incoming Democratic officeholders.The House passed the bill 60-49 along mostly party lines in a late-night session hours after hundreds of activists rallied at the Capitol. The new legislation was sent to the GOP-controlled Senate for consideration next week. Republican lawmakers are trying to make it harder to mount ballot drives after voters last month legalized marijuana for recreational use, overhauled the process of redrawing district lines that the GOP dominated in recent decades and expanded voting options. It is seen by critics as the newest attempt to diminish the left's influence before Democrats come into power in Michigan and Wisconsin, moves that have gained national attention and have sparked protests in both states. The bill to tighten requirements for ballot proposals initially drew opposition from across the political spectrum at a committee hearing, though the House then made changes to placate Right to Life of Michigan. The legislation would affect ballot committees initiating constitutional amendments, bills and referendums by capping the number of signatures that could come from an individual congressional district at 15 percent. There is no geographic threshold currently, and the measure could dilute the ability to circulate petitions primarily in more heavily populated Democratic-leaning areas. Petition circulators also would have to file an affidavit with the state if they are a paid signature gatherer. The bill was backed by business groups and Republicans who said it would add much-need transparency and accountability to the petition-gathering process and ensure statewide input earlier on regarding ballot drives often funded by out-of-state interests. "As a member from a more rural area, it's not very often that people come to our area of the state to locate signatures and place these types of measures on the ballot," said the sponsor, Rep. James Lower of Cedar Lake. "I think voters — whether they are in the U.P., Marquette or in Alma or Greenville in my district or down in Detroit — all deserve a fair shake in this petition-gathering process." The House vote, which occurred during a marathon session, came a week after GOP legislators maneuvered to significantly scale back minimum wage and paid sick time laws that began as ballot initiatives. At the behest of the business lobby, the Legislature preemptively adopted the wage and leave measures before the election, rather than let them go to a public vote, so it would be easier to change them after — an unprecedented strategy that is sure to spark lawsuits if Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signs the bills. GOP lawmakers also have advanced bills that would strip or could dilute the authority of Democrats taking over the secretary of state, attorney general and governor offices — though it is uncertain if they will win final approval before legislators adjourn next week.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/walker-signs-sweeping-lame-duck-230358640.html
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    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    So can all the people who paid the fine get their money back?
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    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel rushed to reshuffle his government and stave off its collapse Sunday morning as his tenuous pact with Flemish nationalists finally reached a breaking point over an international migration pact. King Philippe of Belgium on Sunday allowed Michel to reorganize his government without the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA). The party's objection to the U.N. Global Compact on Migration forced the ruling coalition to break apart Saturday night. Michel replaced ministers from the N-VA, including Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, local media reported. Health Minister Maggie De Block, a liberal, will take over the migration portfolio, and Pieter De Crem, from the CD&V party, will take over as interior minister, L'Echo reported Sunday. De Block, who was in charge of migration during a previous government, immediately announced plans to dismantle Francken’s policies, telling De Morgen that reversing the limits he placed on asylum applications would be a “first step.” Michel will remain in place as prime minister for now. But his "orange-blue" coalition doesn't have a parliamentary majority without the Flemish nationalists, raising the possibility he may not be able to finish his mandate. Belgium faces regional, federal and European elections in May. The minority government would provide “continuity” until those elections, Michel said. During an interview with RTL, Michel said he has no intention of calling for a vote of confidence in the parliament. He warned MPs that calling for an early election could “very well block the country for more than a year.” The “orange-blue” coalition will focus on the economy, security and climate change, Michel said during a press conference on Sunday.
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    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    Belgium has joined the list of countries that are rebelling against their elected leadership. Over the weekend the Belgian government fell over Prime Minister Charles Michel’s trip to Morocco to sign the United Nations Migration Agreement. The agreement made no distinction between legal and illegal migrants and regarded immigration as a positive phenomenon. The Belgian people apparently did not agree. Facebook registered 1,200 Belgians agreeing that the Prime Minister was a traitor. Some users expressed concern for their children’s futures, noting that Belgian democracy is dead. Others said they would get yellow vests and join the protests. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-14/war-against-globalism
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    That would be a good place to start if they would take this approach.
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    Thanks for the confirmation, now I am twice as likely to believe it.
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    EU leaders have unanimously agreed to extend economic sanctions against Russia for another six months, Deutsche Welle reported Dec. 13. The sanctions were due to expire on Jan. 31, 2019. It is notable that the decision was passed unanimously, given that countries such as Italy, Hungary and Greece have criticized the sanctions in the past. The European Union, however, did not introduce any additional sanctions against Russia over the recent Kerch Strait incident with Ukraine. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/eu-leaders-agree-unanimously-extend-sanctions-against-russia
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    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Member states of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) have agreed to enact structural changes to the trade bloc's charter, Buenos Aires Economico reported Dec. 14, citing anonymous sources. The changes would likely include weakening the common external tariff and allowing states to negotiate bilateral trade agreements that do not harm the interests of other member states. Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro plans to improve his country's economic growth by eliminating Mercosur restrictions that prevent it from concluding bilateral trade agreements, and will begin negotiations with Argentina's government to enable it. If Argentina resists amending the Mercosur charter, Bolsonaro will likely threaten to withdraw from the bloc. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/south-america-mercosur-members-reportedly-agree-structural-changes
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    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    EU leaders have authorized the creation of a eurozone budget, and said that its size will be decided by June 2019, Reuters reported Dec. 14. The leaders did not reach an agreement on creating a European deposit insurance scheme. The agreement shows that Northern European countries succeeded in attenuating, and in some cases postponing, some of France's main proposals for a eurozone budget. Paris has strongly supported the idea of a separate budget for the eurozone, though the final agreement was much more modest than the French plans envisioned. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/eu-leaders-move-ahead-eurozone-budget-disagree-deposit-insurance-scheme
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    Yesterday, 10:55 PM
    Sweden's parliamentary speaker has begun preparing for a new election after caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's attempt to form a government was voted down by a tally of 200 to 116, Dagens Nyheter reported Dec. 14. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/sweden-parliamentary-speaker-preparing-new-election
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Hundreds of Jordanians have demonstrated against an upcoming income tax law and clashed with security forces, Al Jazeera reported Dec. 14. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/jordan-protesters-rally-against-proposed-income-tax-law
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    So would I but I would like to see both go, Roberts can't be trusted and he is relatively young so he will last a long time if he doesn't resign because of a scandal like this.
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    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    The article I linked to says he declared the individual mandate unconstitutional:
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    Scientists have decided to publicly attempt a geoengineering experiment. The researchers from Harvard University are going to attempt to use particles to block out the sun in an attempt to save humanity from global warming, and cool the planet. According to Popular Mechanics, this incredibly bad-sounding idea seems like it stemmed from an actual event. In 1991, the volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines, sending millions of tons of ash and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere. This layer of particulates actually lowered global temperatures by almost a full degree Fahrenheit for the following two years. Researchers speculated that by filling the atmosphere with a similar level of particulates that were shot into the sky during the 1991 eruption, while skipping the lava and explosions, they might be able to reduce global temperatures enough to halt or delay some of the more severe consequences of “climate change.” But even the most left-leaning of human beings are not on board with attempting to alter the global climate artificially. After all, isn’t that what the tyrants and political elitists the peons continue to vote for keep telling us was the problem in the first place? Any small mistake could radically and permanently destroy the delicate ecosystems and global climates for centuries. In particular, one study published last year found that spraying particulates into the atmosphere around the Gulf of Mexico could trigger droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. But scientists are attempting to assure everyone that their test won’t have any major effect on the climate. The test allegedly consists of a high-altitude balloon that will fly several miles into the atmosphere and release less than a pound of calcium carbonate (a less harmful alternative to the sulfur dioxide produced by volcanoes) and then spend about a day flying through the resulting cloud to measure its effects. The purpose of this test is to figure out exactly how the substance behaves in our air so scientists can build more accurate simulations. Of course, others have gathered a wealth of evidence suggesting that climate manipulation is already occurring right under our noses. Dane Wigington has an entire website titled GeoengineeringWatch.org in which he publishes all of the evidence he’s collected proving that governments have been manipulated the weather for a long time. In fact, they might be responsible for the very “climate change” they blame on the general public and make us all pay for.
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    Yesterday, 10:39 PM
    More questions were raised than answered Friday in the Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation. Most reporting has it wrong. Judge Emmett Sullivan had ordered Mueller to file FBI interview notes in the prosecution of Michael Flynn. Sullivan is scheduled to decide on a sentence for Flynn’s guilty plea on December 18 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Mueller’s office filed a “Government’s Reply To Defendant’s Memorandum In Aid Of Sentencing” on December 14, 2018. That covering transmittal is pure rhetoric. As a criminal defense attorney, let me explain that those statements by Mueller attorneys Brandon Van Grack and Zainab Ahmad are spin, essentially a closing argument. These are only the prosecutors’ opinions. Yet Trump critics like Fox News’ Shepard Smith were reading that document on air as if it were evidence. What really counts is two documents that Sullivan ordered the FBI to cough up. Exhibit A and Exhibit B raise serious questions. Both are heavily redacted, but the context of the blacked-out sections suggests that there is “no there there.” Exhibit A is a very superficial January 24, 2017, memo to the file from when Peter Strzok and another, unnamed FBI agent interviewed Trump’s incoming National Security Adviser Flynn. The interview was at the direction of Andrew McCabe. It is reported that McCabe wrote Exhibit A. Both Strzok and McCabe are Trump haters and coup plotters as demonstrated by their text messages and emails. McCabe’s wife took over $700,000 from Friends of Hillary to run as a Democrat in Virginia for the State Senate. As an attorney, I believe that nothing in Exhibit A would allow Judge Sullivan to sustain a criminal conviction of Flynn under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 for lying to the FBI. We don’t know what is blacked out, but the context around those redactions leave it improbable that any lie by Flynn is recorded in those interview notes.
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    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    Obama administration intelligence officials John Brennan and James Clapper must answer to the allegations that they blackmailed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to get his vote for Obamacare in 2012. Attorneys for an NSA and CIA whistleblower in D.C. circuit court are trying to see to that. Roberts, who reportedly was investigated at one time for illegally adopting his sons, betrayed the Republican base that initially celebrated his Bush appointment when he confirmed the supposed constitutionality of Obamacare during Obama’s re-election campaign. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was sharply critical of the FISA court as he came up for confirmation, before the Obama administration intelligence chiefs reportedly hacked his phone and electronic records. The FISA court is being accused of being a body that reports to no one, with wide-ranging power to do the bidding of intelligence operatives. Hillary Clinton’s lawyer in the Russia matter Michael Sussmann, a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm that tapped DNC contractor Crowdstrike to “investigate” the leak of DNC emails to Wikileaks, was interviewed by CNN on the “inner workings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court” in 2013, according to the Perkins Coie archives. Robert Mueller has also praised the FISA court prior to the Trump case. Justice John Roberts, a Bush nominee, voiced his displeasure with the court in his 2005 confirmation. “I’ll be very candid. When I first learned about the FISA court, I was surprised. It’s not what we usually think of when we think of a court,” Roberts said. Justice John Roberts, a Bush nominee, voiced his displeasure with the court in his 2005 confirmation.
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    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    Friday's decision which will undoubtedly be fought all the way to the Supreme Court, as California has already announced that they will appeal. The Texas-led Republicans argued that they've been harmed by an explosion of people on state-supported insurance rolls - claiming that when Congress repealed the tax penalty last year it nullified the US Supreme Court's rationale for deeming the ACA constitutional in 2012. The Democratic attorneys general argued that overturning Obamacare would toss millions of people from health insurance rolls by reversing Medicaid expansion - which would end tax credits and allow insurers to start denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. DOJ attorneys urged Judge O'Connor to strike down the individual mandate and pre-existing condition mandate, however they asked the judge to spare the rest of the law - including Medicaid expansion, health exchanges, the employer mandate, federal healthcare reimbursement rates for hospitals and premium subsidies. On September 13, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh tried to save Obamacare, seeking a judgement that the Affordable Care Act is indeed constitutional, in the form of a court order barring the United States from taking any action inconsistent with that conclusion. Frosh sued then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions along with the DOJ and department of Health and Human Services. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-12-14/obamacare-gutted-core-provisions-ruled-unconstitutional-texas-judge
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    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Don't get too excited until the "acting" is removed from the title.
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    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    Do you think that any of our 3rd party candidates can ever win?
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