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    Today, 01:43 AM
    A media adviser helping the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee respond to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has resigned amid allegations of his own sexual misconduct, a committee spokesperson said on Saturday.Garrett Ventry, 29, a communications aide to Senate Judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, was "one of several temporary staff brought on to assist in the committee’s consideration of the Supreme Court nomination," a Senate Judiciary Committee spokesperson told Reuters. "While he strongly denies allegations of wrongdoing, he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee," the spokesperson said. Ventry was previously fired from the office of North Carolina House Majority Leader John Bell because a female employee of the North Carolina GOP General Assembly accused him of sexual harassment, according to NBC. In a statement to NBC, Ventry denied any wrongdoing. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/senate-judiciary-aide-resigns-amid-sexual-harassment-allegation-151505990.html After Roy Moore they have decided to hit anyone and possibly everyone this way, expect it to happen to Rand, Amash, Massie etc. sooner or later.
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    Today, 01:39 AM
    Authorities aren't wasting any time bringing Cody Wilson, the owner of 3D-printed gun maker Defense Distributed, back to the US. Taiwan officials deported Wilson to the US on September 22nd following his arrest a day earlier over his annulled legal status in the area. More at: https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/22/3d-gun-distributor-cody-wilson-deported-to-us/?yptr=yahoo
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    Today, 01:36 AM
    After a brief call late Saturday, the lawyers and aides to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, planned to talk again Sunday morning to continue negotiations over the conditions of the testimony, according to three people familiar with the call. Negotiations could still falter over the details, which include who will question the woman, Christine Blasey Ford. But in tentatively agreeing to a Thursday hearing, Republicans made a significant concession that suggested they were working to ensure that the session occurred after several days of uncertainty. If no final deal is made, Grassley will be left to decide whether to move ahead with a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination scheduled for Monday. Kavanaugh, who has vigorously denied the allegations, has repeatedly expressed his desire to testify. The move by Ford, 51, a research psychologist in Palo Alto, came after an extended back-and-forth between her lawyers and top Judiciary Committee aides. Grassley had set 2:30 p.m. Saturday as a final deadline for Ford to agree or decline to appear. The tentative deal came as White House officials and Republicans on Capitol Hill were growing increasingly frustrated at what they said was a ploy to delay Monday’s vote. Republicans had been pressing for Ford, if she were to agree to testify, to do so Wednesday. More at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/nation/article/Christine-Blasey-Ford-willing-to-testify-about-13250440.php :down:
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    Today, 01:25 AM
    Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounted from widespread sex abuse scandals there. Without citing reasons, the Vatican said the latest to leave their posts were the bishops of San Bartolome de Chillan, Monsignor Carlos Eduardo Pellegrin Barrera, and of San Felipe, Monsignor Cristian Enrique Contreras Molina. Earlier this year, Chile's bishops submitted offers to resign en masse to Francis, in response to his belated crackdown on pedophile priests, other sex abuse by clergy there and Chilean church hierarchy's cover-ups of the wrongdoing. Friday's announcement raised to seven the number of bishops so far whose resignations Francis has accepted in recent months. More at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Pope-lets-more-bishops-go-as-part-of-Chile-sex-13246875.php
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    Today, 01:18 AM
    Six of Rep. Paul Gosar's siblings have appeared in online ads asking Arizona voters to back David Brill, their brother's Democratic opponent in November. The stunning public endorsement underscores the family's rancorous relationship with the conservative firebrand who has represented Arizona's 4th Congressional District since 2011. "It would be difficult to see my brother as anything but a racist," sister Grace Gosar says in an ad for Brill. "I think my brother has traded a lot of the values we had at our kitchen table," sister Joan Gosar says in another. The public estrangement of Gosar from his brothers and sisters first became publicly known a year ago, when they expressed their dismay for Gosar's political views in a letter to the "Kingman Daily Miner." But the family's latest intervention in Gosar's political career reveals the depths of the gap between one of the most conservative members of Congress and the people who have known him all of his life.
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    Today, 01:11 AM
    But it was just fine when some places refused service to MAGA hats?
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    India's decision to cancel rare talks with Islamabad was disappointing and "arrogant", Imran Khan said Saturday, after New Delhi accused Pakistan's prime minister of harbouring an "evil agenda". India pulled the plug on a meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart, set for next week on the sidelines of a major UN conference, just one day after saying it would go ahead. The foreign ministry in New Delhi blamed the about-face on recent actions that had revealed Pakistan's "evil agenda" and the "true face" of Khan, who hit back on Twitter Saturday. "Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue," he wrote. "However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture." More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/india-arrogant-cancelling-rare-meeting-pakistans-khan-103505160.html
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    A judge on Brazil's top electoral court on Friday ordered Twitter to hand over data of 16 users who celebrated via tweets the near-fatal assassination attempt two weeks ago of far-right, poll-leading presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.Judge Carlos Horbach rejected an appeal from Twitter regarding the request and gave two days for the company to hand over the data, which was requested by the Bolsonaro campaign. The users could potentially face charges under Brazil’s hate crime laws. Twitter did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the judicial order in its second-biggest market in terms of number of users. The company has been ordered to hand over user data in various other countries in recent years, and routinely fights such requests in the courts arguing that users own their own data under the social media site's terms of service. Horbach ruled that Twitter be fined 50,000 reais ($12,345) per day until it complies with the order. It could also be charged with disobedience of an order from the electoral court, a crime that could lead to the arrest of its executives based in Brazil. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/brazil-court-orders-twitter-hand-over-user-data-002205498--finance.html
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    They may be running out of oil, many people have speculated that they would.
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    But that doesn't mean a country subject to him can't have a flag.
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    Yesterday, 10:25 PM
    Why would a country subject to GOD not have a flag?
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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    It is a question of attitude, our nation should be subject to GOD.
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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    He wants a deal but the Chinese aren't ready to make a fair deal yet, their actions have made that clear. It was a bad deal designed to destroy our sovereignty and advance global government, Trump will get good deal that doesn't destroy our sovereignty. He says it was a bad deal and there are some good arguments for that, even if you don't agree with him he knows what he wants and he will probably get it. He does and you don't.
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    This week The New York Times published an epic 10,000 word piece entitled "The Plot to Subvert and Election - Unraveling the Russia Story So Far." It's essentially the Times' summary of everything that can be definitively established thus far after two years of national obsession and inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling and influence that supposedly ushered Trump into the White House in 2016. The massive investigative piece has the following lede at the top: For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack — hacked emails, social media fraud, suspected spies — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means. But what do we learn? Buried among the nearly 200 paragraphs of seemingly endless intelligence "claims" wherein the reader will be disappointed to find no smoking gun detailing any actual conspiracy of meddling and collusion, we find two specific paragraphs — which though contradictory — are incredibly revealing about the nature of the whole 'Russiagate' scandal. First, in paragraph 5 we are told by the Times journalists: President Trump’s Twitter outbursts that it is all a “hoax” and a “witch hunt,” in the face of a mountain of evidence to the contrary, have taken a toll on public comprehension. And as Moon of Alabama blog astutely observes, after one-hundred-and-seventy-eight paragraphs featuring repetition of "unproven intelligence claims, spin around a few facts and lots of innuendo" the same authors finally admit that Trump is actually right. Near the end of an exhaustively long piece meant to chronicle the "evidence" that few are likely to ever read in full, we find this bombshell candid admission: Mr. Trump’s frustration with the Russian investigation is not surprising. He is right that no public evidence has emerged showing that his campaign conspired with Russia in the election interference or accepted Russian money.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) issued a statement late Friday calling on the U.N. to take "concrete and effective" action to protect civilians and halt fighting near the capital. The GNA urged the UN mission to "present the Security Council with the reality of the bloody events in Libya so that it can... protect the lives and property of civilians". On Friday alone clashes in Tripoli left 15 dead and dozens more wounded, according to official health ministry statements. Since fresh fighting again erupted in Tripoli on August 26 (there's been internecine battles in the capital for years), whole sections of the city have been shut down, especially the southern suburbs where initial street battles began, which has witnessed the shelling of residential areas, street-to-street fighting, and tanks in the streets — allreminiscent of the 2011 war which eventually led to a NATO air campaign and forcible removal and assassination of Libya's longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. According to international reports, some of the feuding militias have come mostly from Libya's third city Misrata and the town of Tarhouna southeast of the capital; however, the early weeks of fighting were driven mostly by rival factions within the GNA itself. On Friday UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a statement through his spokesman, saying he is "alarmed by the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire agreement." Guterres called on the warring militias to respect a prior truce and to "refrain from any actions that would increase the suffering of the civilian population". He said groups responsible for "the violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law must be held responsible," according to the statement. Previously the UN Support Mission in Libya voiced concerns over "the use of indiscriminate fire and heavy weapons in densely populated residential areas." More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-22/libyan-leaders-urge-united-nations-take-concrete-action-halt-tripoli-chaos
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    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    More lies no doubt, they will dig up some woman willing to sell her word of honor and maybe her body to use against anyone they can.
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    Yesterday, 08:47 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Iran: Was Khomeini CIA? in History
    Nope. Take a look at post 12
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    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    More anonymous sources and unpublished documents. :rolleyes: If true it's too bad it didn't work.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Iran: Was Khomeini CIA? in History
    That is the way they wanted it to look.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Iran: Was Khomeini CIA? in History
    And when he tried to become even a little independent the US/UK replaced him. Pinocchio Syndrome: Sooner or later every puppet wants to be a real boy.
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    Even IF they try to control their own journalists that doesn't make the the bad guy in this story IF this story is even true, the UK/US is the bad guy here and Russia would be the good guy.
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    EU Justice Commissioner Quits Facebook In Disgust, Doubles Down On Regulatory Threats
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    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
    Christine Blasey Ford has accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to testify on Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, Ford’s attorneys told Senate Republicans on Saturday. Her decision came just ahead of a looming 2:30pm deadline: Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had given Ford's lawyers until Saturday afternoon to decide whether she would proceed with testifying. Still, her answer is nebulous because as on previous occasions, the exact terms and timing of her testimony remain unclear, as negotiations between Ford's lawyers and staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee remain ongoing. In the email Ford's lawyers said she had accepted the panel's "request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week" even though the legal team said it found that many of the "aspects of the proposal... are fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation." The email also didn't specifically say that Ford was agreeing to a Wednesday hearing date, which is what the Judiciary Committee has proposed. And Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, explicitly said that "she is hopeful that we can reach an agreement on the details." "This an ask to continue 'negotiations' without committing to anything. It's a clever way to push off the vote Monday without committing to appear Wednesday," a senior White House official said Saturday quoted by The Hill. For the past week, both sides had been wrangling over the exact day and conditions for Ford's testimony. Commenting on the constant back and forth, conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said last week that "those who appear before a Senate Committee don’t set the terms. This is ludicrous and must be stopped. Terrible precedent." Grassley has agreed to limit television coverage of next week’s hearing, provide adequate police security and timely breaks. But he has rejected a request from Ford’s lawyers that outside witnesses, such as Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge, be called to testify. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-22/kavanaugh-accuser-agrees-testify-next-week
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    A recent flurry of Russian sanctions put in place by the United States are causing Russia's oligarch billionaires to repatriate more of their offshore assets, perversely aiding a long-held ambition for Vladimir Putin, who has been trying to encourage such repatriations for the past two decades according to a new Bloomberg report. While sanctions were first put into place during the Obama era as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, which however resulted in a muted financial response, as a result of the Trump administration‘s unpredictability and Trump's desire to demonstrate his anti-Kremlin stance to Mueller, Russian billionaires - increasingly at risk from a hostile financial regime - have been forced to move some of their assets back to state-run banks and out of an offshore system that has been a popular tax haven since communism has collapsed. And with new anti-Russia sanctions announced by the US and its allies at an increasingly rapid pace, the accelerating repatriations to Russia have been prompted by the desire to keep assets out of the reach of the United States Treasury, which with its implied near monopoly on the Swift financial transfer network, means that the only place "safe" is back in Russia, and under Putin's watchful eye. It's not just the billionaires: numerous Russian exporters have moved their assets out of United States and European banks, as well. While Russia's central bank doesn’t publish statistics on repatriated funds, and so getting an exact number is difficult, Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank PJSC, reported a 17% rise in corporate holdings and all currencies in January through August of this year, equating to about $90 billion. Additionally, balance of payment data indicates that the private sector in Russia brought more financial assets home then it sent overseas in the second quarter - only the second time this has happened since 2014. Here one can argue that raising sanctions on Russia, and the accelerated repatriation wave, is playing right into the Russian president's hands: in June, Vladimir Putin said that he wanted wealthy Russians to move their capital back to "where it’s earned", with the billions in offshore funds meant to reinforce the weakening Russian financial system. However, absent external interference, there simply weren't enough economic opportunities in Russia to prompt repatriation at the level that Putin seeks during his final term, which ends in 2024.
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    While there has been no love-loss between the U.S. and Russia in recent years, news coming out of Moscow yesterday was sure to cheer the most ardent Russian naysayers in both Washington and especially the U.S. energy patch. A Russian government official, according to a Bloomberg report, asking to not be named since the information hasn’t been made public yet, said on Thursday that the country’s oil production increased to a new post-Soviet high and is fluctuating between 1.54 million and 1.55 million tons a day, driven mostly by state-run energy firm Rosneft. Those numbers equal between 11.29 million and 11.36 million barrels per day (bpd) of output, bypassing a previous record set in October 2016, just a few months before Russian agreed to participate with a Saudi-led OPEC to reign in an over supplied global oil market and prop prices back up from multi-year lows. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Russian-Oil-Production-Hits-Post-Soviet-Record.html
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    Yesterday, 01:30 PM
    I'm not shocked that you have adopted the left's definition of "hate" as anything that disagrees with you.
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    Papa John’s could unveil a new – but not too new – name and logo in the coming months. The pizza chain may soon get rid of its apostrophe, and go by Papa Johns, in an effort to repair its tarnished image after its founder reportedly made a racist remark earlier this year during a conference call. John Schattner, founder and the company’s face, resigned as chairman in July 2018. Papa John’s International filed paperwork about the new spelling and brand imagery with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in late August. Removing the possessive apostrophe in Papa John’s would, in theory, provide a more distance between the company and its founder, so it doesn’t look like he owns the business. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/papa-john-apos-may-changing-185902399.html
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    Yesterday, 01:18 PM
    Ingsoc spinmasters demand absolute submission to party dictates.
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    I'm not shocked that you are eager to swallow zips garbage.
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