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    Today, 07:38 PM
    Trump threatens veto over Gateway tunnel funding
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    Today, 07:37 PM
    You didn't include a link so I can't tell if this is newer or older information: Trump Having "Second Thoughts" About Omnibus Spending Deal
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    Today, 07:22 PM
    How about they simply ban being unhappy and then we can send the snowflakes to jail?
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    Today, 01:46 PM
    During a March 21 meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said Iraq will not allow Turkish troops — which are attempting to drive out militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party — in its territory and reiterated calls for Turkey to withdraw from Bashiqa in Northern Iraq, Al Mirbad reported. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iraq-foreign-minister-calls-turkish-troops-leave-iraq
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    Today, 01:33 PM
    An Iranian who chairs a Maltese bank has been arrested on U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions and funnel more than $115 million paid under a Venezuelan construction contract through the U.S. financial system, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday. Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, 38, was charged in a six-count indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan accusing him of a role in a scheme to evade U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, prosecutors said. Sadr, chairman of Maltese-registered Pilatus Bank, was arrested on Monday in Dulles, Virginia, according to court papers. A lawyer for Sadr declined comment. More at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-crime/u-s-arrests-iranian-over-alleged-115-million-sanctions-evasion-scheme-idUSKBN1GW32E
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    Today, 01:31 PM
    A court in Austria has ruled that transport ministry official Peter Franzmayr was discriminated against on the basis of his gender when a managerial role he applied for was given to a woman instead. The case began in 2011, when the Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology led by Social Democrat (SPÖ) politician Doris Bures—currently the Second President of the country's Parliament—decided to consolidate two departments and had to pick a new manager. Three candidates came forward and were all judged to be highly-qualified for the role. Ursula Zechner, who then headed the rail regulator Schienen-Control, was ultimately offered the job over the other two male applicants. Franzmayr, whose application was rated 0.25 percent higher than Zechner's, sued for gender discrimination. The Federal Administrative Court ruled in his favor on Monday, the Austrian press reported, and instructed the State to pay him compensation worth €317,368 (nearly $390,000)—the difference between his current salary and the one he would have earned in the role plus damages and interest. More at: http://www.newsweek.com/man-wins-gender-discrimination-lawsuit-after-woman-gets-promotion-he-wanted-853795
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    Today, 01:25 PM
    The proposal, called Initiative Petition 42, would require legal gun owners “to surrender or register their assault weapons or face felony charges.” “The proposal defines an assault weapon as any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, and any feature like folding or telescoping stock, or that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition,” reported KGW News. More at: https://www.infowars.com/oregon-initiative-requires-gun-owners-to-surrender-assault-weapons/
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    Today, 12:49 PM
    “Today is about Mississippi making history, and Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith becoming Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith when she is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence,” he added. Hyde-Smith and the NRSC did not respond to requests for comment. More at: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/21/white-house-opposes-cindy-hyde-smith-477571
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    Today, 01:58 AM
    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday killed a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen's civil war, the same day President Donald Trump was due to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.The Senate voted 55-44 to dismiss the resolution, which sought for the first time to take advantage of a provision in the 1973 War Powers Act that allows any senator to introduce a resolution on whether to withdraw U.S. armed forces from a conflict not authorized by Congress. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/senators-criticize-u-support-saudi-campaign-yemen-crown-162540052.html
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    Today, 01:57 AM
    A self-driving Uber car which killed a female pedestrian in Arizona was speeding when the crash occurred, police investigators revealed. Tempe Police said the car was travelling at around 40 mph in a 35 mph zone and preliminary investigations suggest the SUV failed to slow down before hitting Ms Herzberg. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uber-apos-self-driving-car-205337712.html
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    Today, 01:55 AM
    Automaker Toyota has temporarily ceases its public road testing of its fully autonomous 'Chauffeur' system in the U.S. after an accident earlier this week saw an Uber self-driving test vehicle strike a pedestrian, which ultimately resulted in her death. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/toyota-pauses-automated-driving-testing-183243826.html
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    Today, 01:16 AM
    You wouldn’t think your kids could get suspended from school just because you exercised your constitutionally guaranteed rights off campus, but this is apparently what happened to one New Jersey family. It’s not that the school district jumped the gun, either — rather, the punitive action was prescribed by official policy. As Fox News reported Sunday: A New Jersey high school came under fire Friday after it allegedly suspended two students over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a shooting range. News of the unnamed students’ suspension circulated through a Lacey Township Facebook group, according to NJ.com. Amanda Buron, a Lacey resident and family friend of one of the suspended students said one of the photos shared on SnapChat featured four rifles, magazines, and a gun duffel with the caption “fun day at the range,” NJ.com reported. Buron said the two students received a five-day in-school suspension after the picture drew the attention of Lacey Township High School officials, who argued that it violated the school’s policy on weapons possession. The school district shortly faced community backlash for the alleged suspension, with many calling for people to appear at the school board’s next meeting on Monday to protest the decision.
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    Today, 12:44 AM
    Harvard Law School is currently offering a class dedicated to the “impeachment and removal by other means” of President Trump. “Constitutional Law 3.0: The Trump Trajectory” is currently being taught by Laurence Tribe, a high-ranking professor at Harvard Law School who has appeared in numerous TV and print interviews calling for Trump’s impeachment. Enrollment was capped at just 12 students, each of whom had to submit a CV along with a statement of interest for Tribe’s consideration when they applied to enroll in the two-credit course. Students are learning about “how we might expect the Constitution to constrain Trump’s execution of his powers and duties, and what #impeachment and removal by other means might resemble in the Trump era,” the course description explains. More at: https://www.infowars.com/harvard-law-offering-class-on-trump-impeachment-and-removal/
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    Essential oils are often marketed as a way to soothe your mind, rejuvenate your skin or alleviate pain. But according to researchers, these products have some unwanted side effects — at least for young boys. New research by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) shows how some essential oils — specifically lavender and tea tree — could disrupt hormones and lead to abnormal breast growth in pre-pubescent boys. The findings were presented on Saturday by scientists Jeffrey Tyler Ramsey and Dr. Kenneth Korach at the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in Chicago. What did they find? Ramsey and Korach studied eight chemicals found in both lavender and tea tree oil that are also found in at least 65 other essential oils. They tested these chemicals on human cells in the laboratory to see how they affected estrogen and testosterone receptors. The duo found the chemicals affected the cells in a way that would encourage prepubertal gynecomastia — breast growth in pre-pubescent males. “Our society deems essential oils as safe, however they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential (hormone) disruptors,” Ramsey said in a statement. Is this the first time essential oils have been linked to breast growth? Researchers at NIEHS first found evidence of this phenomenon in 2007. The team studied three young boys who had started to develop breasts prior to puberty. The boys didn’t have any underlying medical conditions, but they all had one thing in common: each used topical over-the-counter products that contained lavender oil and tea tree oil. When the boys were instructed to stop using the products, their breast growth halted. The hypothesis was that chemicals found in these essential oils were disrupting hormones — specifically increasing levels of estrogen and lowering levels of testosterone, thereby promoting breast growth. More at: http://nationalpost.com/health/health-and-wellness/new-research-suggests-lavender-and-tea-tree-oil-may-be-making-young-boys-grow-breasts
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    Bryant has now signed a law that makes his state the most difficult state in the country to get an abortion. It is called the Gestational Age Act, and it bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, except in the case of a medical emergency or a severe fetal abnormality. The law does not make exceptions in cases of rape or incest. The Mississippi House passed the measure on March 8, and Bryant signed it into law on Monday. More at: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/19/595045249/mississippi-governor-signs-nations-toughest-abortion-ban-into-law
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    Samsung has launched a website promising to wipe your favorite TV series from your memory so you can watch it again seemingly for the first time. The creepy concept, known as Unspoil me, was apparently launched in January and is available through the company’s Swedish site. The technique was developed by certified hypnotists Ulf Sandström and Frederik Praesto, who narrates the video. The 23-minute procedure is a guided hypnosis which tells you to focus on the show you want to erase from your memory, as it shows a hypnotic pattern and walks you through a series of instructions. The process is billed as a way to experience all of your favorite shows for the first time using Samsung’s QLED TV. More at: https://www.infowars.com/mind-control-samsung-site-wipes-your-memory-so-you-can-re-watch-tv-shows/ NO THANKS.
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    The source article is paywalled at Court News UK: Plot to Abuse Children for ‘Top Political People’: A paedophile told an undercover police officer that they could make millions of pounds raping children on camera for ‘top political people,’ a court heard. Gihan Muthukumarana, 28, claimed they could sell the film for £10m if they ‘got rid’ of the young girls afterwards by dissolving them in barrels of acid, it is claimed. He was reported to the police after he told escort about his plans while regularly meeting her for sex at the Master Robert Hotel… Via: Breitbart: Gihan Muthukumarana told undercover police they could make £10 million raping children on video for “top political people”, a court has heard. The 28-year-old, who appeared in court this week accused of plotting to kidnap, rape, and beat young girls, allegedly claimed that footage of the abuse could be sold for “ridiculously big” sums of money if they “got rid” of the victims by dissolving their bodies in a vat of acid afterwards, Court News UK reports. http://www.cryptogon.com/?p=52544
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    The last few days have seen CDS rise across the middle-east, as Saudi Arabia’s domestic crises which prompted the reform drive will continue to stifle Riyadh’s progress in the Vision 2030 project launched by Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, according to the Financial Times. For the first time since July 2017, Saudi credit risk is higher than Qatar credit risk... More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-20/saudi-cds-jump-economic-crises-continue-loom
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    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    Just when you thought it was the first day of spring... Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC., warns of the fourth nor’easter this month — expected to slam into the North East on Wednesday: “Another coastal storm will take shape Tuesday off the eastern seaboard. Intermittent snow and mixed precipitation will impact the Mid-Atlantic Tuesday then spread into New England Wednesday. Snow will be heavy at times Wednesday into Wednesday night, allowing it to periodically accumulate on roadways despite the higher March sun angle. Snow may impact morning commutes in Baltimore and DC, then impact evening commutes from Philadelphia to Boston Wednesday with low visibility and snow covered roads. Coastal flooding, gusty winds, and heavy, wet snow is expected which, in tandem, may lead to power outages in some locations. Snowfall will wind down from southwest to northeast Wednesday night.” The National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm advisories, warnings, and watches for most of the Ohio-Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and North East up to Boston, Massachusetts (as of Tue, Mar. 20, 2018 at 7:50:08 am EDT) for Wednesday into Thursday. “The fourth NorEaster for this month is expected to bring up to a foot of snow along the spine of the Appalachians, across northern New Jersey, and into the lower Hudson Valley of New York during the next couple of days,” said NWS.
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    Yesterday, 11:50 PM
    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was arrested on Tuesday morning in connection with a probe into the financing of his successful 2007 presidential run which allegedly included funding from late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Sarkozy - who was president of France from 2007 until 2012 - is said to have accepted €50MM from Gaddafi's regime, claims which have been repeated by the late Libyan dictator's son and French businessman Ziad Takieddine, SkyNews reported. That amount would be more than double the legal spending limit in French elections at that time, which was €21MM. Alleged payments would also violate French laws on foreign financing and declaring the source of campaign funds. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-20/former-french-president-sarkozy-arrested-over-campaign-financing
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    In a blockbuster report published Tuesday in the Intercept, reporter Sam Biddle cited several documents included in the massive cache of stolen NSA documents that showed that the agency has been tracking bitcoin users since 2013, and has potentially been funneling some of this information to other federal agencies. Or, as Biddle puts it, maybe the conspiracy theorists were right. It turns out the conspiracy theorists were onto something. Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency indeed worked urgently to target Bitcoin users around the world - and wielded at least one mysterious source of information to "help track down senders and receivers of Bitcoins," according to a top-secret passage in an internal NSA report dating to March 2013. The data source appears to have leveraged the NSA’s ability to harvest and analyze raw, global internet traffic while also exploiting an unnamed software program that purported to offer anonymity to users, according to other documents. Using its ability to siphon data directly from the fiber-optic cables, the NSA managed to develop a system for tracing transactions that went well beyond simple blockchain analysis. The agency relied on a program called MONKEYROCKET, a sham Internet-anonymizing service that, according to the documents, was primarily deployed in Asia, Africa and South America with the intention of thwarting terrorists. The documents indicate that "tracking down" Bitcoin users went well beyond closely examining Bitcoin’s public transaction ledger, known as the Blockchain, where users are typically referred to through anonymous identifiers; the tracking may also have involved gathering intimate details of these users’ computers. The NSA collected some Bitcoin users’ password information, internet activity, and a type of unique device identification number known as a MAC address, a March 29, 2013 NSA memo suggested. In the same document, analysts also discussed tracking internet users’ internet addresses, network ports, and timestamps to identify "BITCOIN Targets." ... The NSA’s budding Bitcoin spy operation looks to have been enabled by its unparalleled ability to siphon traffic from the physical cable connections that form the internet and ferry its traffic around the planet. As of 2013, the NSA’s Bitcoin tracking was achieved through program code-named OAKSTAR, a collection of covert corporate partnerships enabling the agency to monitor communications, including by harvesting internet data as it traveled along fiber optic cables that undergird the internet. ... Specifically, the NSA targeted Bitcoin through MONKEYROCKET, a sub-program of OAKSTAR, which tapped network equipment to gather data from the Middle East, Europe, South America, and Asia, according to classified descriptions. As of spring 2013, MONKEYROCKET was “the sole source of SIGDEV for the BITCOIN Targets,” the March 29, 2013 NSA report stated, using the term for signals intelligence development, “SIGDEV,” to indicate the agency had no other way to surveil Bitcoin users. The data obtained through MONKEYROCKET is described in the documents as “full take” surveillance, meaning the entirety of data passing through a network was examined and at least some entire data sessions were stored for later analysis. Naturally, once the NSA got involved, the notion of anonymity - whether with bitcoin, or even some of the privacy-oriented coins like Zcash - was completely crushed.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    The U.S. Department of the Interior is auctioning on Tuesday, March 20, a total of 43 parcels in southeast Utah for oil and gas development, despite protests from environmentalists that the lease sales are near archaeological monuments and spectacular redrock wilderness. The auction of 51,400 acres today is part of the U.S. Administration’s plans to open up wider areas for oil and gas drilling in the country—a campaign pledge that President Donald Trump has been following since taking office. The auction includes areas that are near the boundaries of the former Bears Ears National Monument that President Trump modified at the end of 2017 to “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of important objects of historic and scientific interest.” Local Utah officials welcome the lease sale as they believe that oil and gas extraction and mining could improve the economy of areas such as one of Utah’s poorest counties, San Juan. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-Holds-Utah-Oil-Lease-Sale-Despite-Protests.html
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill Tuesday ordering that a statue of a Confederate general at the U.S. Capitol be removed and replaced with one of an African-American woman. The statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith will be removed from Statuary Hall and replaced with a monument to Mary McLeod Bethune, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/379360-florida-will-replace-confederate-statue-in-us-capitol-with-one-of
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    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    We should take a retract the empire non-intervention anywhere position, it is accurate and avoids the charges of antisemitism.
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