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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Because it is exceedingly unlikely that Trump said anything that would prove that it was meant to help the campaign as opposed to preserving his image.
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    The "Civil War" but that was a case of "rebellion" not lack of a Republican form of government. True, but I doubt that we can get Congress to pass a ban on ballot harvesting with the Demoncrats in control of the House, we also need federal investigations into all other forms of election fraud that result in prosecutions. And in any case Congress doesn't have legislative authority over state and local elections but if they are corrupted sufficiently the Republican form of government clause could be applied.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    This isn't about safety, something strange is going on and somebody is trying to block radar for some reason.
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    Yesterday, 09:53 PM
    A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system.Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin sought to have the voting system declared unconstitutional after he lost the election to Democrat Jared Golden despite having the most first-place votes. Poliquin asked U.S. District Judge Lance Walker either to declare him the winner or order another election for the 2nd Congressional District. But Walker, appointed by Republican President Donald Trump, said states are given great leeway in how they conduct elections. Critics can question the wisdom of ranked-choice voting, Walker said, but such criticism "falls short of constitutional impropriety." There was no immediate word from Poliquin on whether he planned to appeal. A recount that Poliquin requested, meanwhile, will continue for a few more weeks. Golden and supporters of ranked voting said after the ruling that they felt vindicated by Walker's decision. Golden said that Walker's "decision is clear" and that he hopes Poliquin works with him to ensure a smooth transition for the congressional district. James Monteleone, an attorney for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, said he believes Walker's ruling "will stand up to any appeal." Poliquin, however, said he remained concerned about some Maine voters expressing confusion with the voting system. He defended Maine's old system as a "common sense, one-person, one-vote process." In his ruling, Walker rejected Poliquin's arguments that ranked balloting gives some voters more expression than others or proves too confusing for the average voter.
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    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS. At least one major donor reportedly threatened to halt its funding.Executive Director Michel Sidibe revealed his plans to leave in June at a UNAIDS board meeting Thursday, agency spokesman Mahesh Mahalingham said. Sidibe took up the job in 2009. Sexual harassment allegations at UNAIDS have been an unwelcome distraction for the agency, which has helped get millions of people infected with HIV on antiretroviral therapy. It spearheads U.N. efforts to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 — a key United Nations goal. Media reports suggested Sweden, the agency's No. 2 donor last year, was preparing to stop funding the agency over the crisis. Sweden provided $30.8 million to UNAIDS in 2017, second only to $82.4 million from the United States. "We do not trust him. He must leave now. We are freezing our support until he is gone," Swedish International Development Cooperation Minister Isabella Lovin told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. Outside experts released a report last week saying a culture of impunity and a toxic working environment at UNAIDS cannot be changed unless Sidibe resigned. It cited a "vacuum of accountability" and said agency leaders failed to prevent or adequately respond to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/unaids-head-quit-post-early-following-scathing-report-122341506.html
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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    That's because most girls and women conspire against men and boys whenever they get together and they project their tendencies onto men.
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    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    You don't really care about anything but attacking Trump and promoting liberal agenda items.
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    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    Get lost and take your open borders propaganda with you, you also seem to be supporting foreign intervention, the only good thing about this is that it may get us to break up with Pakistan and be forced to leave Afghanistan.
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    We shall see but even if Trump is working for the enemy he may get the frog to jump out of the pot, we were doomed while the temperature rise was gradual.
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    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    According to Patreon, creators like Laura Loomer, Sargon of Akkad, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the Proud Boys violate their terms of service. But on the other side of the coin, Antifa creators that plot violent insurrection against the United States are A-Ok. Research from watchdog group Far Left Watch shows that groups who openly call for violence, in violation of the site’s Community Guidelines, are not being removed if they are on the left-wing of the political spectrum. The two most glaring cases come from two far-left podcasts, titled “Revolutionary Left Radio” and “The Guillotine Podcast.” Both podcasts support political violence in pursuit of a communist revolution. Revolutionary Left Radio has over 700 monthly donors giving between $1 and $100 each. The shows host, Brett Anderson, who goes by the moniker “Breht Oshea” has a criminal record stemming from a clash with police during a pro-Trump rally in 2017. He is also an advocate of armed confrontation against those who he has ideological disagreements with. I like my working class like I like my antifascism: armed and militant.
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    China Retail Sales, Industrial Production Growth Plummet In November
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    LOL, more anonymous sources from CNN. They have to prove his intent was about the campaign and they can't.
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    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    No, it didn't, campaign related means that its purpose is to help him get elected, the purpose was to protect his brand and his familial relations during a time when they would be most likely to be damaged.
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    Let me know when you have an actual argument.
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    Judge Swamp has TDS.
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    The Dems started that game but that isn't and never was the point, the point is that the Demoncrats want to raise taxes.
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    The post of mine that was referenced was also about the basic idea and that is the EO that Paul's Revere was referring to, I never suggested any other EO.
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    There are too many RINOs in the Senate to take much comfort from that.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    The damage to China’s economy from the trade war with the U.S. can’t be immediately made good even in the case of a resolution with President Donald Trump, Citigroup economists say.That’s because the tariff war is underlining China’s rising cost of labor at a time when the job market is under pressure, Citi economists led by Liu Li-Gang said in their 2019 economic outlook report. The trade war with the U.S. could cut China’s export growth by almost half next year, putting around 4.4 million jobs at risk, the economists wrote. “It is a reality that China is losing some of its cost competitiveness, especially in labor-intensive and low-value-added sectors,” according to the report. “Although shifting the supply chains is not feasible in real time, manufacturers may seriously weigh the option of leaving China if punitive tariffs last longer than expected." Even amid signs of a detente between Beijing and Washington, Citi’s baseline scenario is still that the 15 percent additional tariff will be levied on Chinese exports after March 1, as 90 days may be insufficient to resolve "large differences" between the two countries on issues of IP protection, forced technology transfer, state support to state-owned enterprises, and cyber intrusion and theft. The economists expect the trade war will cut China’s export growth by almost half to 5.1 percent in 2019. The 25 percent tariffs on US $250 billion worth of imports from China would reduce China’s exports by 5.6 percentage points, denting GDP growth by 1.04 percentage points.
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    They can change the rules because they are the majority, the problem is that they want to change them in order to increase taxes.
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    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated."Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs. It was previously on a special watch list. The downgrade would expose Pakistan to potential American sanctions, but Pompeo waived those penalties, citing U.S. national interests. The Foreign Ministry condemned the move, saying Pakistan is a "multi-religious and pluralistic society where people of diverse faiths and denominations live together." In recent years Islamic extremists have repeatedly attacked religious minorities in Pakistan, including Shiite Muslims and Christians. Members of the Ahmadi sect face heavy discrimination and are subject to restrictions stemming from a 1984 law that forbids them from "posing as Muslims." The U.S. said the decision to downgrade Pakistan was largely the result of a law that prescribes death for blasphemy against Islam. The mere rumor of insulting Islam can spark lynchings in Pakistan. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/pakistan-rejects-downgrading-us-religious-freedom-043833530.html
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    Yesterday, 07:55 PM
    As a resolution to a rebellion, that is just a possibility and it would take place with the consent of the legislature of the state. The post you replied to was about the invocation of the Republican form of government clause in the first place not about the possible result.
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    Kosovo will vote Friday on whether to create its own army, in a heavily symbolic show of independence from Serbia that has inflamed tensions between the former wartime foes.Since breaking away from Belgrade in a guerilla war in the late 1990s, Kosovo has relied on NATO-led forces to guarantee its security. But at the end of the week -- dubbed "Army week" by one Kosovo newspaper -- Pristina lawmakers will vote on legislation to transform its own lightly-armed emergency response force, known as Kosovo Security Force (KSF), into a professional army. The measure is widely expected to pass as it draws support from all political parties in ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo, except for a minority of ethnic Serb MPs who have boycotted the sessions. But there is outrage in Belgrade, which refuses to accept the former southern province's independence and has cast the army plans as a threat to the 120,000 Serbs still living in Kosovo. Last week Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said she "hoped" Serbia would not need to use its army against Kosovo, though it is "one of the options on the table." NATO, which has four members who don't recognise Kosovo, has condemned the army move as "ill-timed." But Pristina's core ally Washington has given the green light, calling it a "positive step". The commander of the current 2,500-strong KSF, which is trained for crisis response operations, said this week that the new army will be equipped with US weapons and vehicles.
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Theresa May has warned EU leaders they risk forcing a disorderly no-deal Brexit if they fail to step in a save her exit agreement. A package of the right assurances from leaders over the backstop could “change the dynamic” at Westminster, the Prime Minister said in remarks released by Downing Street. She made clear the perception that the backstop could be a “trap” that the UK cannot escape needs to change, adding: “until we do, the deal – our deal – is at risk”. Mrs May said: "I am in no doubt that the best result for all of us is to get this deal delivered in an orderly way and to get it done now. It is in none of our interests to run the risk of accidental no-deal with all the disruption that would bring, or to allow this to drag on any further." She added: "We have to change the perception that the backstop could be a trap from which the UK could not escape. Until we do, the deal - our deal - is at risk.” The Prime Minister flew early yesterday to a two-day Brussels summit to ask leaders individually to rescue the agreement with new legal assurances on the backstop. Mrs May had appealed to EU leaders to put their trust in her to deliver on her promises and to give her the political room for manoeuvre that she needs. "Over the last few years I hope I have shown you can trust me to do what is right, not always what is easy, however difficult that might be for me politically," she said
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    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an initiative Wednesday that would cancel the controversial education reforms of his predecessor and announced plans to vastly expand free university education.Cancellation of the reform was one of Lopez Obrador's most oft-repeated campaign promises and a gift to teachers' unions, some of which felt forced into accepting the reforms while others never dropped their vocal opposition. "Promise kept, teachers," Lopez Obrador said. The reforms would be replaced by a system that establishes above all else the right to an education. Lopez Obrador pledged a free, public, quality education through the university level for anyone who wants to study. To accomplish that, he said the government would build 100 new public universities and provide 300,000 university scholarships to underprivileged students. The education reforms passed under President Enrique Pena Nieto were written into the constitution, so Wednesday's initiative goes to the Congress and then state legislatures. Lopez Obrador's coalition controls both chambers of the Congress. Proponents of the reforms had lauded them as an important step toward improving accountability and quality within Mexico's underperforming public schools. They urged Lopez Obrador to give them time to be fully implemented and bear fruit. But the demand for tests and evaluations of educators angered teachers, and critics said the reforms didn't address the historic regional inequality in schools. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mexican-president-starts-process-scrap-education-reforms-151304753.html
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    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    Are we talking about the same thing? What has that got to do with seizing control of California to restore a Republican form of government?
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    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller late Wednesday to turn over all of the government's documents and 'memoranda' related to Flynn's questioning; Kevin Corke reports from the White House. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/mueller-ordered-turn-over-documents-141915012.html
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