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    Today, 01:52 AM
    Indiana's attorney general is facing allegations of sexual harassment and defamation in a federal lawsuit filed by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year.The women and their lawyers announced the lawsuit against Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill during a Tuesday news conference. The women's lawyers said in October that they intended to sue Hill after a special prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against him. Hill is accused of touching the backs or buttocks of Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials to resign. The lawsuit also accuses the state of Indiana of inadequately protecting Statehouse employees from sexual harassment and workplace retaliation. Candelaria Reardon said the lawsuit seeks "institutional change." "When an elected official betrays the trust, the public trust, in such an egregious way so as to commit sexual battery and assault and doesn't have the honor to resign, to maintain the dignity of the office, there have to be consequences for those actions and there have to be options to hold him accountable," she said. Neither the attorney general's office nor a private attorney who has represented Hill immediately responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit. Hill's attorneys have said the special prosecutor's decision "exonerates and absolves Mr. Curtis Hill of any factual and legal criminal behavior." Hill faces an October hearing on possible sanctions from the state Supreme Court on allegations that he committed professional misconduct at the party, which could lead to his disbarment as an attorney.
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    When they have imported enough communists.
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration replacement rule, expected as soon as this week, instead would give individual states wide discretion to decide whether to require limited efficiency upgrades at individual coal-fired power plants. Joseph Goffman, an EPA official under President Barack Obama, said he feared that the Trump administration was trying to set a legal precedent that the Clean Air Act gives the federal government "next to no authority to do anything" about climate-changing emissions from the country's power grid. Supporters of the revised rule say the Obama-era plan overstepped the EPA's authority. "This action is recalibrating EPA so it aligns with being the agency to protect public health and the environment in a way that respects the limits of the law," said Mandy Gunasekara, a former senior official at the EPA who helped write the replacement rule. She now runs a nonprofit, Energy45, that supports President Donald Trump's energy initiatives. "The Clean Power Plan was designed largely to put coal out of business," Gunasekara said. Trump's overhaul is meant to let states "figure out what is best for their mission in terms of meeting modern environmental standards" and providing affordable energy, she said.
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    Today, 12:35 AM
    President Trump’s recent appointee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is apparently wasting little time in making changes at the agency. According to a report, USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli sent an email to staffers Tuesday, instructing asylum officers to halt some asylum efforts during initial screenings at U.S. border entry points. "Asylum officers, you took an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States,” Cuccinelli wrote, according to BuzzFeed News. “As a public servant your role as an asylum officer requires faithful application of the law. “Therefore,” the email continued, “USCIS must, in full compliance with the law, make sure we are properly screening individuals who claim fear but nevertheless do not have a significant possibility of receiving a grant of asylum or another form of protection available under our nation’s laws.” Cuccinelli reminded the officers that they are empowered to combat “frivolous claims” of asylum and should “ensure that are upholding our nation’s laws by only making positive credible fear determinations in cases that have a significant possibility of success,” the report said. More at: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/some-asylum-seekers-should-be-halted-at-border-new-uscis-acting-director-says-in-memo-to-staff-report
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    Today, 12:33 AM
    President Trump abruptly announced Tuesday that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing from consideration to lead the Pentagon and he’s naming Secretary of the Army Mark Esper as his replacement. “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” the president tweeted. “I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!” Esper has served as secretary of the United States Army since 2017. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 — the same year as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. More at: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-puts-army-secretary-in-charge-of-pentagon-after-shanahan-drops-out-of-contention-for-secdef
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    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    I can agree with that, from one point of view it certainly can be a spectrum instead of a yes or no question. But from the context of the discussion I was having that started this thread about a world government ruled by GOD it is yes or no and at the present time it is a no, that will change when GOD wants it to and not before.
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    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    Having all power is not the same as instituting the Kingdom of GOD on earth, in the quote from John above Christ declares just before his crucifixion that for now his Kingdom is not on earth.
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    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    Where is it on earth then?
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    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    One would think a magazine titled Foreign Affairs would be about, well, foreign affairs. But in the July/August edition of Foreign Affairs, the article “The Republican Devolution” makes it clear that the publication of the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is not just for a global government, but for socialism here at home. It is not just that they hate President Donald Trump (whom they denigrate in every issue of the publication), they blame the Republican Party generally for standing in the way of a government more to their liking, which would be a left-wing progressive government. “There is one overriding culprit behind the failure of the U.S. political system: the Republican Party,” write article authors Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. “Over the last two and a half decades, the GOP has mutated from a traditional conservative party into an insurgent force that threatens the norms and institutions of American democracy.” For years, the CFR has included both Democrats and Republicans within its membership, and has focused on foreign policy, not domestic policy issues. But in this article, published in their bimonthly journal Foreign Affairs, the CFR takes the left side of the political issues on domestic politics, as well. The journal claims to “tolerate wide differences of opinion,” and, “It’s articles will not represent any consensus of beliefs,” but a cursory reading of the articles will lead to an obvious conclusion. Foreign Affairs, like the CFR which publishes it, is a left-wing publication. There is no wide difference of opinion in the journal. One will not find articles by a Pat Buchanan or anyone else who takes positions against the dogmas of the establishment, such as open borders, multilateral trade deals, and that more and bigger government is the solution to all ills. Hacker is a political science professor at Yale, while Pierson is a political science professor at Cal-Berkeley. Hacker coined the term, pre-distribution, an idea adopted by the Campaign for Co-operative Socialism in one of their publications. He contributed to the healthcare plan ideas of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards, the three leading Democratic Party candidates in 2008. His plan for healthcare, “Health Care for America” proposed requiring employers to provide health insurance for their employees, or enroll them in an insurance pool. Hacker and Pierson wrote American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper, in which they call for a “mixed economy” for the United States. (In a “mixed economy,” some free markets are allowed, but all under heavy government planning.) Knowing the background of the two authors leads to no surprises when one reads in the article, “The Democratic Party has moved modestly leftward,” while adding, “By contrast, the Republican Party has moved dramatically rightward and now represents a radically disruptive force that the U.S. political system is ill equipped to contain.” In case a reader did not get the point, Hacker and Pierson add, “Republicans have moved much further to the right than Democrats have moved to the left.” How anyone can make such a statement, when surveying the present field of Democratic presidential candidates — with several socialist candidates — must say more about Hacker and Pierson than the Democrats or the Republicans. The authors contend that Republicans have “deployed strategies designed to disrupt and delegitimize government” since the 1990s, specifically arguing that the Republicans have attempted “to hold the U.S. economy hostage by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.” “Positions that were once at or beyond the outer fringe of American conservatism have become first acceptable and then Republican orthodoxy,” the authors claim. What positions? “More than ever before, the Republican Party is dismissive of climate change, hostile to both the welfare...
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    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    Your record speaks for itself and now your admitted background adds to it.
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    We can have it in our hearts at any time but it hasn't been instituted on Earth yet. Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” King James Version (KJV) John 18:36 “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” King James Version (KJV)
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    In building its case for a lawsuit directly challenging Colorado’s new “national popular vote” law, government watchdog Judicial Watch (JW) is suing Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold. She actively supported passage of the law but has refused to relinquish background papers under a Freedom of Information Act request and so the non-profit watchdog group is suing to obtain them. JW explained the issue at stake: Currently, most states award all their Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote in that state. But … when a state, such as Colorado, passes legislation to join the National Popular Vote Compact, it pledges that all of that state’s electoral votes will be given to whichever presidential candidate wins the popular vote nationwide, rather than the candidate who won the vote in just that state…. The Electoral College … balances the interests of citizens in both large and small states by requiring candidates to seek votes in less populous states whose interests might otherwise be ignored. Under a state could award its Electoral College votes to a presidential candidate who lost the state’s popular vote. Tom Fitton, JW’s president, was much more direct about the threat of the National Popular Vote movement to the Republic: Leftists in Colorado and other states want to undo the Electoral College and the U.S. Constitution in the hopes of guaranteeing control of the presidency. This attack on the Electoral College would give large left-leaning states … an unconstitutionally outsized impact on the outcome of our presidential elections. At the moment, a similar law has been passed by 15 states possessing 189 electoral votes. In other words, 89 more electoral college votes are necessary before these “popular vote” laws become effective in abolishing the Electoral College.
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    And we should just believe that you left it? What was it you said about the LP guy?
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    Libertarian Party Chair Rejects Liberty For Unborn Babies, Supports Legalized Murder Before it got moved to hot topics. (which was possibly devil21's intent when he refused to bring the discussion here)
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    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    More tabloid trash gossip, we've come to expect that from you.
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    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    Wow, at :30 you could tell he was disappointed that he couldn't quite smell her hair from that distance.
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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    Is a tourniquet good for the human body? Might you need it to save your life? It used to be accepted that you can't have open borders while you have a welfare state and it is just as true that you can't have free trade while you have a regulatory state but it seems that some libertarians think that the destruction of America is a good thing and that it will result in increased liberty. They are the idiots. Let's just go ahead and have open borders in a welfare state and free trade in a regulatory state and let the most liberty oriented society in the world be destroyed and replaced with a communist dictatorship because perfect free trade (which we can't have thanks to Chinese intervention anyway) is ideal in a perfect libertarian country that we don't have.
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Seriously though, that's exactly what he should have said to that cowardly traitor. Excellent response. :up:
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    Michigan state representative Jim Lower is advertising himself as a pro-Trump conservative, but he is closely tied to former Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who led the ‘Never Trump’ movement in Michigan with Reps. Justin Amash and Fred Upton heading into the 2016 election. Lower even boasted that he would model himself after Justin Amash when he first won elected office, claiming that following in Amash’s lead would “give the citizens in the county some input and see each and every vote.” Lower claims “he grew “disenchanted” with Amash after he came out against Trump after repeatedly voting for Amash and helping with his campaigns, but the two men share a powerful close ally in former LG and state house rep. Brian Calley, who was the ringleader of the ‘Never Trump’ movement in 2016. With just a month before the Nov. 2016 elections, Calley was joined by U.S. Reps. Justin Amash and Fred Upton to throw Donald Trump under the bus, attempting to leverage their power to give the presidency to Hillary Clinton following the now-infamous leaked audio of Trump outside the set of Access Hollywood. “The latest revelations about Donald Trump and his past make it impossible for me to maintain support of him… I intend to write in the name of Governor Pence and focus my time, effort and support on the state House elections,” Calley said at the time. Despite the best efforts of Calley, Amash and Upton, Trump still won Michigan in surprising fashion by a narrow margin and became the 45th President of the United States. Although Calley led the ‘Never Trump’ movement in Michigan, that didn’t dissuade Lower from continuing his close association with the man who he considers a lifetime friend.
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Other countries aren't as stupid and collaborationist as our leaders have been and China has targeted us because they want to rule the world and we are in their way. ChiCom government intervention in the marketplace is as bad or worse than domestic government intervention in the marketplace, they tariff our industries and use non-tariff barriers more than any other country in the world and they subsidize their industries, in order to protect ourselves from their economic warfare we must cancel out their intervention or ban trade with them entirely, canceling out their intervention is preferable. Our own taxes and regulations are a problem but they aren't the only problem but even if they were that doesn't make allowing the destruction of America and its conquest by globalists and communists while we try to fix it is a good idea. It used to be accepted that you can't have open borders while you have a welfare state and it is just as true that you can't have free trade while you have a regulatory state but it seems that some libertarians think that the destruction of America is a good thing and that it will result in increased liberty. They are the idiots.
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    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    That would help explain a few things.
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    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    China didn't just use tariffs, they have many non-tariff barriers and and subsidies for their industries. It is bad long term economic policy for them but it was very effective trade warfare, just like all warfare is bad economic policy unless you use it to conquer another country and loot its resources or to protect your own country from being looted the Chinese sought to use trade warfare to conquer and loot America and we must fight back to protect ourselves from being looted. It is also not so certain that we are paying the costs of Trump's tariffs, the Chinese lower their prices and/or get government subsidies in order to try and keep marketshare and they pay some or all of the tariffs.
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    And with Russia over Crimea.
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    Not really, you need to be in the 70's or above to maybe be a net positive to liberty. https://www.thenewamerican.com/freedom-index Sen. Tom Cotton - 62% The best you can say for him is that he is less horrible than a Demoncrat would have been.
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    lol. Wanted to catch you about something else. That talk we had about Twitter addictions made me take a look at myself. And out of introspect I realized I was doing the same thing. I had to take a break and gather myself. :)
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    Just a week before OPEC and allies were set to meet in Vienna to discuss the fate of the production cut deal expiring in less than two weeks, participants are still debating when to hold the crucial talks, with OPEC discussing a proposal to delay the meeting to July 11 and 12, S&P Global Platts reported on Tuesday, citing two sources. While OPEC and Russia have been busy trying to assure the markets that they would be working toward a solution to rebalance the oil market, reports started to emerge in the past few weeks that the parties can’t even agree on whether to hold the meeting as scheduled on June 25-26 or to push it into July. Reports have it that Russia has requested a delay of the June meeting into early July so that it would be held after the G20 summit in late June, while Iran, which is at odds with the Gulf Arab members of OPEC, has reportedly told the cartel that it wouldn’t agree to a postponement of the key meeting. Khalid al-Falih, the energy minister of OPEC’s largest producer and de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, reiterated on Sunday his hope that the cartel would reach a deal to extend the cuts into the second half of the year at a meeting that will probably be held in the first week of July. The latest rumored meeting slot—July 11 and 12—would be a week later than what the Saudis hinted two days ago, but it would be okay for Iran, whose Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh said on Monday that the Islamic Republic “would confirm rescheduling of the upcoming OPEC meeting only if it was to be held on July 10, 11 or 12 from originally June 25.” Zangeneh doesn’t want the date changed to July 3-4, as Russia had reportedly originally requested, because of scheduling conflicts. According to an OPEC delegate who spoke to Bloomberg, the cartel proposed the July 10-12 dates to its members and would wait for their replies. Judging from the comments of various OPEC and non-OPEC officials and ministers and from reports from sources, the OPEC+ group won’t make a decision about the production cuts by the time those cuts expire at the end of June.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    Lol. remember that he may have been sarcastic, but if not, he has an individual right against ignorant micromanaging communist peer pressure... Wrong or not... I'll back up his objective personal opinion anytime.
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    Yesterday, 08:43 PM
    Absolutely, you see it a lot in foreign policy where some otherwise sensible individuals believe everything said by anyone who is an enemy of America just because the empire uses America and cheer for even the worst countries in the world as if they are going to save us and make a perfect world.
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    I see the electoral college situation as the beginning...
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