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    Today, 01:53 AM
    Mayor Catherine Pugh relieved Police Commissioner Kevin Davis of his duties after 2 1/2 years as top cop. Pugh, then announced that Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, who has been on the force for 30-years, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis‘ spot effective immediately. Commissioner-Designate DeSousa: "Baltimore has long been my home and I've spent my career on its streets and in its neighborhoods to address problems and bring about solutions that are meaningful for the people we serve." MORE: https://t.co/evEpMlu8dC pic.twitter.com/LRzexpylkM — FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) January 19, 2018 “As I have made clear, reducing violence and restoring the confidence of our citizens in their police officers is my highest priority,” said Pugh. “The fact is, we are not achieving the pace of progress that our residents have every right to expect in the weeks since we ended what was nearly a record year for homicides in the City of Baltimore.” The fact the Pugh is achieving no progress at all should be disheartening to residents og Baltimore. The city closed out 2017 with 343 homicides, just shy of the 353 set back in 1993 when the city had 100,000 more residents. Last year, Baltimore hit a 100-year low in total population, as the city as a whole continues to shrink in size. On top of that, the city has experienced 50-years of failed Democratic leadership coupled with deindustrialization, which has turned the area into a war-zone. As shown below:
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    Today, 01:48 AM
    1. Trump can declassify anything he wants. All classification by the U.S. government has no basis in laws passed by Congress (with one tiny exception that is irrelevant here). Rather, all classification is based on presidential executive orders, which rely on the president’s constitutional role as commander in chief of the armed forces. According to the Supreme Court, the presidential power “to classify and control access to information bearing on national security … flows primarily from the constitutional investment of power in the president.” That means presidents can also declassify anything they chose to — for any reason or no reason — as they have done in the past. George W. Bush, under pressure in 2004, declassified the section of the 2001 presidential daily brief headlined “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Barack Obama declassified the Justice Department memos produced during the Bush presidency on the legality of torture. Thus if the House Intelligence Committee merely releases a version of its memo without the supporting documentation, that won’t be just because they don’t want Americans to see it – it will be because Trump doesn’t want us to see it either. Note that GOP House members are insistent that releasing the memo and the underlying source material would not remotely harm national security: Releasing this classified info doesn't compromise good sources & methods. It reveals the feds' reliance on bad sources & methods. — Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 18, 2018 So what possible justification is there for Trump to continue to conceal this alleged evidence of massive criminality from the American people by hiding it behind “classified” designations? Indeed, it is illegal to abuse classified designations to hide evidence of official criminality: so not only can Trump declassify such evidence, one could argue that he must, or at least should. 2. The House (and Senate) intelligence committees can declassify any material they possess. According to the procedural rules of both houses of Congress, their intelligence committees can declassify material in their possession if the committee votes that such declassification would be in the public interest. It is then declassified after five days unless the president formally objects. If the president does object, the full chamber votes on the question. It is true that – in a measure of how embarrassingly deferential Congress is to the executive branch – neither the House nor the Senate intelligence committees has ever utilized this power, so it’s impossible to know how this gambit would play out in practice. But if Trump refused to release proof of the Obama administration’s misdeeds, congressional Republicans should have a straightforward way to overrule him. 3. The Constitution protects members of Congress from prosecution for “any speech or debate in either House.” Members of Congress have legal immunity for acts they commit as part of the legislative process. Article I, Section 6, clause 1 of the Constitution states that “for any speech or debate in either House, shall not be questioned in any other place.” It is this constitutional shield that protected Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska from legal consequences in 1971 when he read sections of the Pentagon Papers during a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Grounds, and then placed the rest of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record.
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    Today, 01:37 AM
    Not gonna watch it, the title set off my bunk detector.
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    Today, 01:15 AM
    And they kill birds too.
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    Today, 01:06 AM
    Your post will undoubtedly be used as evidence by Nikki Haley at a UN meeting someday soon.
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    Today, 01:01 AM
    So you are saying you'd rather be a dead man than a red man?
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  • Raginfridus's Avatar
    Today, 01:01 AM
    Like I said, the burning of Jan Hus.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 AM
    Unless you are guilty with no hope of hoodwinking the jury and can get a reduced sentence like this freak.
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    Today, 12:53 AM
    If he can get it attached it will either keep the bill from passing or will at least get something good done while they pass garbage, it's a real win-win if he can do it.
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    You haven't won yet.
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    I'm not distressed, it's not about me. It’s that unbelievers or people who are on the fence are continually being misled by this religion section. There's a lot more to be said about that, but the last thing I feel like doing right now is getting into an argument with you. Thank you for sharing your testimony. And thank you for speaking out on these threads. You're absolutely right that God is not a capricious, monster control freak puppetmaster, as Calvinists portray him. The funny thing is, they sound exactly like Christian hating hard-core atheists. Exactly.
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Rex Tillerson harshly criticized Russian meddling in our hemisphere, accusing the Russians of equiping the Rastafarian State in Jamaica. The Russians issued a rebuttal and warned Holness must leave office, or there will be dire consequences.
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    Yesterday, 07:12 PM
    The only reason they would have for erasing this stuff now is to stymie trials and cover ass. I mean, whatever data they had from those years has served it's evil purposes by now. Their apology would be insulting if it wasn't expected.
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    I mean another for the reading list. I do read some, not as much as I used to. I'm on call more often during winter, opposed to just normal hours, so my list is backed up more than usual. That's all.
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    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    I dont know about you guys, but today was at least as, if not more, productive for me than yesterday. Maybe there's something magic to this shutdown business... Is that you Christina Wilkie?
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    Yesterday, 06:46 PM
    You guys and your books... :P There's another for the list.
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    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    Social. Gospel. ...? Sounds like a name somebody invented out of frustration, because they couldn't honestly admit their religion was flawed somewhere. The Social Gospel might be heresy, but its still a Christian one. For what its worth, I have no idea what Putin means by "very similar" - I take it "Christianity" to him is only EO/RO - which is why I never used "very". Also, if 19th cent. Papists were struggling internally with Progressivism and Socialism, that's interesting and didn't know that. I can see it in the 20th for sure.
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    Yesterday, 06:01 PM
    Surely you don't mean we must be familiar with somebody to be influenced by them... Do you want me to detail in so many posts how Progressivism's conceits came to be over the centuries? Are you going to read and consider everything I post if I do? (Can I charge you for the service?) Because I'm not up to it, least of all for a man like Putin's sake. If you're up to it I cited a work which tackles the long development of Socialism, particularly it's midwife Christian heresy.
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    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    Men don't live long enough to corner the ideas market and stop others from adapting their bad ideas further. The 19th century's Progressives began in the low-church Protestant religions of America and England. It is what it is, sorry.
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    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    Dems are having a field day with this on social media... 954582373303308294
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    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    Once annually, MSM harness all their fear-mongering prowess to incite the hypochondriacs into panic.
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    Yesterday, 05:13 PM
    I'm thinking NC was right and that we should throw out the whole religion section. It likely does more harm than it does good. And things never change around here.
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    Yesterday, 04:55 PM
    Florida Still On Trump’s Draft Drilling Plan A senior official from the Interior Department (DOI) said Florida was still under official consideration for offshore drilling, despite an announcement by Secretary Ryan Zinke last week stating that the state would be granted an exemption from the draft drilling plan due to concerns about its potential to effect coastal tourism. Walter Cruickshank, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, made the statement at a congressional hearing on Friday, during which he was questioned by California Rep. Jared Huffman and Orlando Rep. Darren Soto. “ statement stands for itself, and we have no formal decision yet on what is in or out of the five-year program,” Cruickshank said in response to a question from Huffman. Florida Governor Rick Scott had met with Zinke the week before, after which the secretary clearly declared the southern state’s shores would not be open for drilling. “Cruikshank simply said BOEM will finish the legally required analysis of the planning areas, as is always done for all planning areas,” DOI spokesperson Heather Swift told The Orlando Sentinel in an email. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Senior-Interior-Dept-Official-Says-Florida-Still-On-Trumps-Draft-Drilling-Plan.html
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    Yesterday, 04:47 PM
    There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. As Philip Giraldi notes, up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently. Nowhere is that "independence" of the 'state within a state' more evident than in the blatant and egregious news this week that The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings. As Politico reports,the agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and "sincerely regrets its failure." Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties. However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/nsa-sincerely-regrets-deleting-all-bush-era-surveillance-data-it-was-ordered
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    Yesterday, 04:32 PM
    I think this is more of a move to avoid sanctions against the IRGC etc.
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    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    Kurdish media reported that Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled a ground offensive carried out by Turkish forces from Balbala town, in the countryside north of Afrin.The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Turkish army and Kurdish forces exchanged shelling near Afrin. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kurdish-forces-repel-turkish-ground-135812960.html
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