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    Thank You Sir!
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    A Democrat operative who works for a Political Action Committee founded shyster David Brock of Media Matters, and funded by George Soros, has been charged with battery after physically attacking a female campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt. “According to the Laxalt campaign and local law enforcement, Wilfred Michael Stark III, 50, was arrested by the Las Vegas City Marshals on Tuesday evening and remains in custody in the Las Vegas city jail,” said a Fox News report. Stark, who works for American Bridge PAC, allegedly battered Kristin Davison, Laxalt’s campaign manager, at campaign event in East Las Vegas Tuesday night. “We’re used to trackers, but this guy was very physical—pushing me, pushing into members of my staff, screaming,” Davison told Fox. “This man was physically, almost body-checking me. I was getting nervous for my safety, so we left, and went into an open room.” “Two male staffers were trying to hold him back. He was so aggressive, he looked like he was going to towards the candidate to physically harm him,” she said. “He grabbed my right arm, my leg was lodged between the door and the wall. He twisted my arm, and contorted it behind my back. I was scared. Every time I tried pulling away, he would grab tighter, and pull me closer into him.” Apparently, Stark warned Laxalt, who was present during the incident, telling him “there’s only one way you can stop this.” Soros, a Hungarian billionaire donated $80,000 to the PAC that employs Stark in 2017, according to OpenSecrets. The PAC was founded by Brock in 2010, and serves as the opposition research arm of his Republican-smearing operation.
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    More NPC babble.
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    BREAKING: Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time. Soros? US-backed NGOs? Time to investigate the source! pic.twitter.com/5pEByiGkkN — Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 17, 2018 Over the Easter holiday, Americans across the country were shocked to hear of a caravan of Central Americans moving across Mexico with the goal of illegally entering the United States. The group behind the caravan, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, meaning people without borders, pledges to break immigration law in order to provide “refuge” for thousands of Central Americans. The funding behind the group is unknown, but on their website they solicit funds through PayPal, despite their illegal activity directly breaking PayPal’s acceptable use policy. But while the funding of the group running the caravan is unknown, it is known who is funding some of the organizations supporting them. Mother Jones is a left-wing news organization, and after news broke of the caravans, they labeled those opposed to the caravan as “trolls.” In their article, they mince words to make the attempted illegal immigrant criminals sound like nothing more than peaceful migrants.
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    Today, 05:55 PM
    So you are admitting that you attacked a meme without even understanding what it means?
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    Today, 05:46 PM
    In the latest indication of the Trump administration's efforts to root out alleged leakers, a senior Treasury Department official working in the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN), Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, has been charged with leaking confidential financial reports to the media concerning former Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, according to The Hill. Prosecutors say that Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser to FinCEN, photographed what are called suspicious activity reports, or SARs, and other sensitive government files and sent them to an unnamed reporter, in violation of U.S. law. -The Hill Suspicious Activity Reports are filed by banks in order to confidentially notify law enforcement of potentially illegal financial transactions. The documents leaked by the Treasury official, which began last October, are reported to have been used as the basis for 12 news articles published by an unnamed organization. While the news organization was not named in the complaint, it lists the headlines and other details of six BuzzFeed articles published between October 2017 to as recently as Monday which they allege were based on the leaks. BuzzFeed reporters Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier are commonly listed on several of the articles referenced in the government's complaint. (examples here, here and here). Edwards has been charged with one count of unauthorized disclosures of SAR reports and one count of conspiracy to make unauthorized disclousres of SARs. She will be tried in the Southern District of New York, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on both charges. When she was arrested, Edwards was in possession of a flash drive which was allegedly used to save the unlawfully disclosed SARs, as well as a cell phone "containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to Reporter-1." "We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office," said US Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement. According to the criminal complaint, agents in the Treasury inspector general’s office detected “a pattern” of unauthorized media disclosures of the sensitive financial files beginning in October 2017 and continuing for a year. The disclosures were related to matters being investigated either by special counsel Robert Mueller, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York or the Justice Department’s National Security Division. They included leaks about suspicious transactions made by Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Gates, Manafort’s longtime business partner who also served on the Trump campaign and the transition team. Both individuals were charged in connection with Mueller’s Russia investigation last October with crimes stemming from their foreign lobbying activity. Both have since decided to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller’s probe. -The Hill
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    Today, 05:45 PM
    The Fed is much more responsible for that than the tariffs might be temporarily.
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    Today, 05:38 PM
    Police say they've identified two suspects who allegedly attacked two Republican candidates for Minnesota's state legislature over the past week - attacks that have helped justify President Trump's warning that the Democratic Party has become the "party of Mob Rule" in the wake of the widespread outrage and street demonstrations provoked by the confirmation of SCOTUS Justice Brett Kavanaugh. According to the National Review, Republican state representative Sarah Anderson was punched in the arm last week after confronting a man who was vandalizing lawn signs promoting Republican candidates. Over the weekend, Shane Mekeland, a first-time Republican candidate, received a concussion after he was sucker punched while speaking with constituents at a restaurant in his assembly district. Anderson said she was terrified by her assailant, who only backed off when she climbed back in her car and drove away. "It was just insane. He was charging at me, saying, 'Why don’t you go kill yourself?' To have someone physically coming after you and attacking you is just disheartening." Charges against the suspects, who have not been publicly identified, will likely be filed in the coming days, according to local police. Meanwhile, Mekeland has continued to suffer memory loss and sensitivity to light stemming from the concussion he received during the assault. "I was so overtaken by surprise and shock, and if this is the new norm, this is not what I signed up for," Mekeland said. The attacks occurred in the days after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party suspended a member of its communications staff for a week after he wrote in a Facebook post that Democrats would to the guillotine" during the upcoming midterm election, per the Washington Free Beacon. Mekeland expressed disappointment with Democrats for not condemning his attacker and for not doing more to punish the communications staffer.
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    Today, 05:36 PM
    It looks like the Saudis have found their fall guy. Not long after the UN's top human rights official called for diplomatic immunity to be suspended for those found responsible for the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish media and Reuters are reporting that Consul General of Saudi Arabia Mohammad al-Otaibi has been recalled to Riyadh, relieved of his duties, and will face an investigation following reports that Khashoggi had been killed in al-Otaibi's office, and that the doctor who dismembered Khashoggi's corpse had asked al-Otaibi to leave the room. CNN Turk reported Wednesday that an 11-member Saudi investigation team had finally arrived at the Saudi consul's Istanbul residence for a joint inspection with Turkish officials, after the Saudis had declared the residence off limits earlier in the week, per Reuters. Al-Otaibi reportedly fled Turkey on a commercial flight... ... hours before his residence was expected to be searched by Turkish police. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-17/former-saudi-consul-face-investigation-khashoggi-murder-case
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    Today, 05:10 PM
    “Something has to be done...How can my government be subsidizing China and driving me out of business?” Those are the words of Jayme Smaldone, who runs a 12-employee housewares company in Rahway, N.J., who first became aware of the problem when he noticed websites selling Chinese knockoffs of his “Mighty Mug,” a desktop coffee cup he designed with an anti-topple base. And it appears President Trump has listened to Jayme among many others, as The New York Times reports that he plans to withdraw from a 144-year-old postal treaty that has allowed Chinese companies to ship small packages to the United States at a steeply discounted rate, undercutting American competitors and flooding the market with cheap consumer goods. Peter Navarro, Mr. Trump’s hard-line trade adviser, wrote in a Financial Times op-ed last month. “These disparities have introduced a massive distortion in the eCommerce market. It is often possible for a Chinese company to sell ‘knockoff’ products through online vendors, such as Amazon or Alibaba, to U.S. consumers for less than it costs for American mailers to ship authentic goods. Moreover, while USPS loses an estimated $1 on every small package that arrives from China, outbound mail of American exporters is charged at well above cost.” As The New York Times details, a 2015 report from the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service found that the treaty, which was created to ease the flow of mail and small parcels between 192 countries, had not been overhauled to reflect the new realities of eCommerce and China’s aggressive undercutting of international competitors. The price of shipping a 4.4 pound package, the largest parcel covered by the treaty, from China to the United States is about $5, according to United States estimates, according to post office estimates culled by Mr. Navarro’s staff. American companies can pay two to four times that amount to ship a similar package from Los Angeles to New York, and much more for packages sent to China.
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    The FBI has reportedly been investigating Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s office for the last several months following revelations that several high profile investigations were shut down after lawyers for the rich and famous made significant donations, according to the New York Daily News. The queries are centered on how things are handled in the office and who the major players are, the sources said. The FBI interest grew out of revelations that investigations were closed once lawyers representing the bigwig suspects made hefty donations to Vance’s campaign coffers, sources said. The team has asked about current and former high-level staff members and their relationships to private law firms and outside agencies, sources said. Investigators are considering whether undue influence was at play. -NY Daily News Vance Jr. came under fire last October over a 2015 decision not to pursue an investigation into ex-Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after he was accused of groping model Ambra Battilana's breasts in his Tribeca office. An attorney for Weinstein had given Vance $24,000, while another attorney sent an additional $10,000 after the DA decided not to investigate. That $10,000 was funneled through attorney David Boies, whose law firm has given over $182,000 to Vance Jr. over his political career. Vance eventually reversed course and decided to charge Weinstein in May of 2018, following explosive accusations of Weinstein's longtime sexual predation on Hollywood actresses. In another case, the DA refused to bring criminal charges against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., who were accused of defrauding Trump SoHo investors and potential buyers after lying about the number of condominiums which had been sold.
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    Today, 04:57 PM
    With investor attention increasingly focused on China's credit pipeline to see if the recent crackdown on shadow lending has unlocked other sources of debt in a country where growth is always and only a credit phenomenon, and where both the housing and auto sectors are suddenly reeling, overnight's latest credit data from the PBOC was closely scrutinized... and left China watchers with a very bitter taste. What it showed was that traditional new RMB loans rose to RMB1,380bn in September, largely as expected (exp RMB1,360bn) from RMB1,280bn in August, with growth of outstanding loans unchanged at 13.2% Y/Y and up from 12.7% a year ago. New loans to the corporate sector rose to RMB677bn from RMB613bn in August, in which medium- to long-term loans rose to RMB380bn from RMB343bn in August. New loans to the household sector rose slightly to RMB754bn in September from RMB701bn in August, and the long-term loan component (mostly mortgage loans) remained largely flat at RMB431bn (August: RMB442bn). New loans to non-bank financial institutions were -RMB60bn in September versus -RMB44bn in August (average September level: RMB13bn). Also of note, M2 growth rose by 0.1% to 8.3% Y/Y in September, in line with market expectations, however as Nomura writes in a note this morning, monetary aggregate growth is no longer as important to the central bank’s policy making as it once was, and Beijing is focusing more on interbank liquidity conditions, aggregate financing and investment. Where the data was especially interesting, however, was in the broader Total Social Financing category, which on the surface came in well stronger than expected printing at RMB2,205bn in September from RMB1,929bn in August, above the $1,550bn estimate, and the strongest month since January. However, this being China, there was as usual a big footnote with this latest credit data: starting this month, the PBoC further adjusted its definition of aggregate financing by including net financing through local government special bond issuance - just two months after it added asset-backed securities (ABS) and non-performing loan write-offs into this measure - and the same LGFV source of debt which yesterday S&P said could contain as much as $5.8 trillion in off balance sheet debt. Why did China revise its TSF yet again? Simple: to "pump up" the credit numbers and telegraph to the market and consumers that Chinese credit is growing faster, and thus represent a stronger economy, than it is in reality. Indeed, the September jump in TSF was driven mainly by a faster local government bond issuance, while based on the previous definition, it fell to a weaker-than-expected RMB1,467bn from RMB1,518bn and below the RMB1,554 consensus, weighed upon by continued contraction of shadow banking financing and a decline in net corporate bond financing. Growth of outstanding aggregate financing, based on the new definition, slowed by 0.2% to 10.6% in September. If central and local government bond financing is included, growth in Nomura's "augmented outstanding aggregate financing" measure moderated by 0.3% to 11.2% Y/Y in September. This variance in TSF growth rates is shown in the chart below: Broken down by category, despite the mild rise in new loans, new entrusted loans and trust loans combined were -RMB234bn in September, versus -RMB190bn in August, suggesting an even faster contraction of the shadow banking sector.
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    Today, 04:40 PM
    It is definitely not enough yet, lets hope it is the beginning of something that will grow bigger.
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    Today, 04:37 PM
    Oh? Well then let's give him welfare and let him vote communist!
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    U.S. oil production may rise to as much as 14 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) by 2020, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke told Fox Business on Wednesday. “Today we are the largest oil and gas producer on the face of the planet, rolling through 11.2 million bpd, on our way to 14,” Secretary Zinke said. There are some hurdles, we have to get the infrastructure, but the production side of it is well within the capability of going to 14 million bpd, he added. In its October Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that U.S. crude oil production averaged 11.1 million bpd in September, up slightly from the oil production in August. The EIA expects U.S. crude oil production to average 10.7 million bpd this year, rising from 9.4 million bpd in 2017. U.S. oil production will average 11.8 million bpd in 2019, EIA’s latest estimate shows. For exports, U.S. crude oil exports could increase to 3.9 million bpd by 2020, up from just above 2 million bpd now, mostly driven by rising production in the Permian, the Houston Chronicle reported earlier this month, citing a report by S&P Global Platts. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/US-Oil-Production-May-Jump-To-14-Million-Bpd-By-2020.html
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    The offshore drilling segment of the energy industry was among the hardest hit by the 2014 downturn. Many went under, and those that did survive were on their last legs when prices began to climb back up. Now, things are looking up and the sector could see a full recovery by 2020. Reuters recalls in a recent story how offshore drilling rigs fetched around US$180,000 per day during the worst of the downturn, from as much as half a million dollars before. Now, according to offshore drilling giant Transocean, it is raking in US$300,000 per day for its specialized vessels deployed in the North Sea. In the second quarter of last year, offshore drillers retired the most rigs over a three-month period, Bloomberg reported at the time, citing an energy advisory firm. Now, IHS Markit has forecast that in 2020, global drilling rig demand will hit 521 on average, versus its estimate for this year, which is for 453 rigs. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Oil-Price-Rally-Revives-Offshore-Oil-Sector.html
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    The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained on Tuesday in Guatemala after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw funding and aid from Honduras if the flow of migrants north to the United States was not stopped.Guatemalan police officers detained Bartolo Fuentes, a former member of the Honduran Congress, from the middle of a large crowd he and three other organizers had led from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, since Saturday, bound for Mexico. The Honduran security ministry said Fuentes was detained because he "did not comply with Guatemalan immigration rules" and would be deported back to Honduras in the coming hours. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-threatens-cut-u-aid-honduras-over-immigrants-131917390.html
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    Russia should be our friend.
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    Saudi Barbaria would never survive $400/Bbl oil.
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    :star::star::star::star::star:
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    Today, 02:36 PM
    Just what I would expect an anarchist NPC to say.
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    MBS may be a total idiot so I put the odds at 50/50.
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    Schizophrenia can be very useful. :p
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    Khashoggi was connected, he was a PERSON, the Yemenis who die are mere people, just statistics because nobody important knows any of them. That is how the world works, it is wrong but it is how things are. She lied, she profited from the lie, she was called out on the lie, she doubled down on the lie and then she exposed herself as a liar, when that happens with a sitting Senator it is big news.
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    Your English is terrible and your logic is worse, there will always be bad guys with weapons because bad guys don't follow rules. On top of that the public needs weapons to be able to revolt against tyranny.
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    Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has confirmed that 14 Iranian security forces were abducted in Sistan-Baluchistan near the Iran-Pakistan border, Iranian state-run news agency Islamic Republic News Outlet reported Oct. 16. The Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl has claimed responsibility for the attack and the abductions. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iran-security-forces-abducted-near-pakistani-border
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