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    Today, 05:06 PM
    I vehemently oppose illegal immigration and abortion no matter who is involved, my record on both is clear. I also manage to praise good actions on either no matter who is involved. You only show up to attack Trump when he is wrong, you never attack anyone else in politics about either one and you never argue with the posters here who defend either one. Prove me wrong, show just one post where you admit one good thing Trump has done about either or one post in the last year where you attacked anyone else or opposed anyone on this forum.
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    Today, 04:46 PM
    Federal Reserve Confesses Sole Responsibility for All Recessions
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    Today, 04:41 PM
    Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation are in big trouble. A former employee of Jackson Lee’s alleges that the congresswoman fired her after learning that the employee planned a lawsuit against the foundation, which Jackson Lee chairs, because one of its officials raped her. The nut of the lawsuit, in which the plaintiff is unidentified, is this: Doe worked as a CBCF intern in the Fall of 2015, and as Special Assistant and Director of Public Engagement for The Office of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee from November of 2017 — March of 2018. The Office of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and CBCF (for which Representative Jackson Lee serves as the Board Chair) unlawfully retaliated against Ms. Doe after Ms. Doe threatened to sue the CBCF because another CBCF employee ... raped Ms. Doe while he was Ms. Doe’s supervisor. If true, the young woman’s harrowing tale is certain to present a problem for Democrats: what to do with Jackson Lee? A resolution condeming rape? Censure. Expulsion? The Rape After a fundraising event for CBCF, Doe’s boss at CBCF, asked her out to dinner, the lawsuit alleges. He was 30, she was 19 — a student at Howard University and a congressional intern. The two drank margaritas, then took an Uber to the official’s house. They stopped at a liquor store on the way, where he bought some booze. Back at his place, Doe told the CBCF official that she couldn’t drink anything more and needed to leave. The man pulled out a pot pipe and some of the Devil’s Lettuce. Things went downhill from there, the lawsuit alleges. Doe texted a friend for “help” because she was “ready to cry,” but couldn’t tell the friend where to pick her up because she didn’t know where she was. The end result of the evening was forced oral sex, a shower scene, and the next morning, awaking naked in the executive’s bed. Doe went to the hospital, where a sexual assault nurse examined her and found evidence of rough sexual activity. Doe reported the rape to police. DNA evidence, it appears from the the lawsuit, was weak at best and likely inconclusive.
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    Today, 04:37 PM
    Representative Thomas Massie kicked off the legislative New Year on January 3 with H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. This bill is the latest in a series of bills introduced by the likes of Massie and former Congressman Ron Paul calling for a congressional audit of the Federal Reserve, an event that has never taken place in the Fed’s 105-year history. Once politically unthinkable, the drive to audit the Fed has gained considerable momentum in recent years as many Democrats and even some influential far-left progressives, such as Bernie Sanders, have signaled their support. With a president in the White House who has made no secret of his dislike for the Fed, there is a real possibility that Massie’s bill — should it ever pass the House and Senate — could become law. “Now is the time,” Massie told Breitbart News, "because I believe the president would sign an Audit the Fed bill. This bill has passed through the House with a veto-proof majority. This last Congress it passed out of committee, but the Speaker did not pick it up. I believe if we can get it on the floor in the House and to the Senate, it would pass with a large majority; we wouldn’t even have to worry about a veto-proof majority because I believe this president would sign it.” Of course, with the House now controlled by ultra-liberal establishmentarians such as Nancy Pelosi, who are determined to avoid any legislative matters that might resonate with a president they detest, Massie’s assessment of the bill’s political prospects may be overly optimistic. But the fact that a majority of congressmen in the last Congress supported a similar bill bodes well for the movement’s eventual success. More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/economics/item/31233-another-step-toward-auditing-the-federal-reserve
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    Today, 04:33 PM
    As outrage over the United Nations continues to grow, legislation to restore American sovereignty by withdrawing from the scandal-plagued UN was introduced in the Congress this month. In addition to getting the U.S. government out of the UN and evicting the global outfit’s headquarters from U.S. soil, the bill would end American involvement in the full panoply of UN agreements and agencies. It would also prohibit putting of U.S. troops under UN command. The legislation has been introduced in Congress for decades. However, the current president’s publicly expressed hostility to globalism and his oft-stated support for U.S. sovereignty make the issue especially salient right now. In Congress and in the administration, as well as among everyday Americans, anti-UN sentiment is surging. Even some Democrats are fed up with the UN’s criticism of Israel. Advocates of the measure are urging Americans to contact their representatives, senators, and the White House in support. The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2019 (H.R. 204) was introduced by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) right as the new Congress was getting started. “One of my first priorities in this new Congress was to make sure this bill was reintroduced,” said Rogers, who serves as the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “The United Nations is a disaster and our country bankrolls over 20 percent of its annual budget.” More at: https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/31220-congressman-introduces-bill-to-get-the-u-s-out-of-the-un Petition: https://www.jbs.org/federal-legislative-action-alerts?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f62231%2frespond
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    Today, 04:26 PM
    Trump has done more for the pro-life movement than any other president since Roe v. Wade, he isn't perfect but just like the illegal invasion problem you are somehow completely absent from threads when he does something good or when we get posters pushing open borders or abortion, you only show up to complain that Trump isn't perfect. It's almost like you don't really care about illegal immigration or abortion, you just care about attacking Trump even though he has done more on both issues than any other president we have had in a very long time. :confused:
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    Today, 04:11 PM
    VICE’s French website has celebrated the young people of France who have opted to get themselves permanently sterilised to “save the world.” The website, whose English version recently published articles written by a convicted child molester and one anti-gun rights piece that claimed there are no “good guys with a gun”, sought out French men and women in their twenties and thirties who are deciding to go “child-free” in response to the “ecological emergency.” Florence, 24, who was sterilised last year, told the author that “to have children has become an egoistic choice,” and warned that “the simple fact of living pollutes” the Earth. As well as having a vasectomy, Sylvan, 34, has opted to live below the poverty line and foretells that people in the West must adopt certain requirements to stop climate change, including a “return to pre-industrial standards of living” and a “demographic decline”. VICE also noted that some of the young, conscious-driven French they spoke to are worried about “animal exploitation” as a result of having children, while for the men, a vasectomy is a gesture of “feminist activism”. “Children are forced to drink milk, finish their meat to be strong and adhere to norms,” David, 33, said. “This quality of life that we offer them is absolutely not worth living,” he added.
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    Today, 03:57 PM
    The homicidal maniacs at Planned Parenthood took a huge loss in a case involving the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s decision to terminate the death centers from the list of the state’s eligible Medicaid providers. In 2015, undercover video was released showing that Planned Parenthood “doctors” in the state were profiting off of the sale of fetal tissue, which is highly illegal. For this reason, the state decided to nix Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid plans, and a lawsuit ensued. The pro-choice crowd, backed by their friends in the mainstream press, claimed that the videos were “altered” or “doctored” in order to shift responsibility away from the merchants of death and onto those who filmed the illegal activity. Thursday, Planned Parenthood lost on both claims – that the organization should not be removed from Texas’ Medicaid program, and that the videos were doctored – in a ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling affirms the fact that it is within the rights of the state of Texas to drop Planned Parenthood from Medicaid. It also concluded that Planned Parenthood lied when it said that the videos were deceptively edited. “ report from a forensic firm conclud that the video was authentic and not deceptively edited,” the ruling said. Not only is the ruling a win for state’s rights, but also conclusively proves that Planned Parenthood officials broke the law in selling fetal tissue from abortions, which the organization has often denied.
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    Today, 03:54 PM
    There has been much adieu made about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s disinviting President Donald J. Trump to give the State of the Union address on the floor of the House of Representatives. But, just as Pelosi had no authority to use a military jet for her overseas vacation with a Congressional delegation Thursday after Trump cancelled her plane, she appears to have no power to stop him from convening the Congress for the State of the Union, especially given the emergency at the southern border. The legal precedent lies in an opinion from the Deputy Solicitor General for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a man by the name of George T. Washington, who, from his post at the Department of Justice, told Congress that the president has the Constitutional authority to convene them even when they are adjourned, as they are now due to the partial government shutdown. “There is nothing in the Constitution to indicate, nor is there any other basis for believing, that the President’s power to convene the Congress on extraordinary occasions depends upon the precise nature of the recess or the adjournment, that is, whether the adjournment is sine die, until a day certain, or until the majority leaders of the Congress find it in the public interest to reassemble the two houses,” Washington wrote in 1947. Washington highlighted that the authority for the President to proceed as such exists especially during “extraordinary occasions.” “The important factor would appear to be not the nature of the recess or adjournment but, rather, that the Congress is not in session and that an extraordinary occasion has arisen which requires that it be in session and that it convene, therefore, at a date earlier than it otherwise would,” he wrote. “It is beyond question that the two houses of the Congress do not have the power, even by statute, to defeat the constitutional power of the President, under Article II, Section 3, to convene the Congress on such an occasion.” In this case, the “extraordinary occasion” is obvious: America’s porous southern border is costing American lives and crippling the lives of others via the dangerous drugs that pour into the country unfettered.
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    Today, 03:45 PM
    After months of waffling about the prospects of another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, the White House announced Friday afternoon that a meeting has finally been tentatively scheduled for late February, following a series of meetings involving North Korea's chief negotiator that culminated in meeting the president at the Oval Office. Following the announcement, the White House said that it has continued to make progress with North Korea, though sanctions will remain intact. According to the Associated Press, Gen. Kim Yong Chol, the lead negotiator for North Korea and a former spy chief, met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday after previously scheduled talks between the two had been abruptly canceled in November. After meeting with Pompeo at a hotel in DuPont Circle - a meeting for which Stephen Biegun, the US special representative to NK, was also in attendance, Kim traveled to the White House to meet with Trump. A State Department spokesman said that Kim had a "good discussion" with Pompeo and Biegun. None of the parties responded to questions about the location of the summit, which will follow a historic Singapore summit between the two leaders that took place back in June. WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump met with Kim for 90 mins to discuss denuclearization and the possibility of a second summit, and that Trump looks forward to meeting with the North Korean leader again. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-18/trump-kim-hold-second-summit-late-february
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    Today, 03:17 PM
    In what had otherwise been a strong day for US tech stocks, the Washington Post sent shares of Facebook reeling on Friday afternoon when it reported that the FTC is preparing to follow through with a "record-breaking" fine against the social media giant for violating an agreement with the regulator to safeguard the data privacy of its users. The fine, which would be the first penalty Facebook has faced since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke nearly one year ago, won't be anywhere near the trillion-dollar penalty that some speculated Facebook could face at the hands of the FTC, but it will be more than the $22.5 million that the FTC hit Google with back in 2012. The size of the fine was discussed during a recent meeting between the five FTC commissioners, though details aren't yet known. The agency is currently in shut down mode and it's unclear when more information will be known. The FTC’s exact findings in its Facebook investigation and the total amount of the fine, which the agency’s five commissioners have discussed at a private meeting in recent weeks, have not been finalized, two of the people said. Facebook also has talked with FTC staffers about the investigation, one of the people familiar with the probe said, but it is unclear whether the company would settle with the FTC by accepting a significant financial penalty. The FTC, which has been shut down amid the lapse in government funding, could not be reached for comment. FTC Chairman Joseph Simons did not respond to a request for comment. Facebook declined to comment. To be sure, noting that the fine will be bigger than what Google faced in 2012 isn't saying much. Not good for Facebook. But also, it sounds like the previous "record-setting" fine was just $22.5 million...so this would need to be WAYYYY bigger to have any serious impact on FB's business https://t.co/NyAb72P57d — Kurt Wagner (@KurtWagner8) January 18, 2019 But the move by US regulators to fine Facebook is notable in and of itself. Previously, US tech companies have faced far more scrutiny in Europe. By fining FB, the FTC would be taking the lead in holding a US tech giant accountable for misbehavior that spanned the globe.
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    Today, 03:12 PM
    The Malaysian government has a message for Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: Your disingenuous, blame-deflecting apology for Goldman's role in one of the biggest financial frauds ever perpetrated in Asia isn't going to cut it. According to Bloomberg, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters on Friday that Malaysian prosecutors might consider dropping the criminal charges brought last month against the bank, several Asian subsidiaries and two of its employees (who have also been indicted in the US) if the bank agrees to pay back the total amount that the Malaysian government believes was looted during the fraud. That amount? A staggering $7.5 billion. "Goldman Sachs should understand the agony and the trauma suffered by the Malaysian people as a result of the 1MDB scandal," Lim said in the administrative capital of Putrajaya. "An apology is just not sufficient. Not enough. There must be the necessary reparations and compensations." Earlier this week, Solomon apologized to the Malaysian people during an earnings call with analysts, where he blamed senior banker Tim Leissner (who is now believed to be cooperating with federal authorities to testify about the bank's "culture of corruption") for the scandal and claimed Malaysia was “defrauded by many individuals" who - as was implied - just happened to work at Goldman Sachs. Lim characterized Solomon's apology as "insufficient", presumably because media reports have revealed that senior Goldman execs, including former CEO Lloyd Blankfein blithely ignored concerns raised by the bank's compliance department and did everything in their power to court Malaysia's business (Blankfein himself was involved in several meetings with then-Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is now awaiting trial on corruptoin charges, and fugitive financier Jho Low, who is believed to have masterminded the scheme). Goldman earned $600 million in fees on the $6.5 billion in bonds it underwrote for 1MDB, which was launched by Razak as a sovereign wealth fund intended to fund public works projects. "At least he accepted that they have to bear and shoulder some responsibility," Lim said, referring to Solomon. "That apology of course goes some way toward that, but that is insufficient."
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    Today, 03:08 PM
    During this partial government shutdown, it's become nearly impossible to avoid news articles, and segments on television and radio outlining the many ways that federal employees are apparently suffering financially as a result of the partial government shutdown. The stories are very diverse in topic. Some take a "human interest story" angle, simply looking at how the daily lives of some of these employees have been affected. Others look at the apparent injustice of the fact that some workers are "being told to work without pay." Still other suggest that the lack of federal paychecks will drive down economic growth figures. The number of ways to cover the story is quite large, and editors and journalists are apparently looking to see how many different options they can explore. In truth, of course, virtually no one is working "without pay" since Congress has already approved a plan to provide nearly all affected workers with back pay. Nor is is mentioned that, on average, federal workers earn 17 percent more than private sector workers of similar education levels. Also not mentioned is the fact that the unemployment rate is at a historically low level — and thus changing careers is easier now than usual. None of this, of course, is emphasized in the many media stories on the topic. Indeed, the usual slant of the articles is that federal workers somehow suffer more greatly than private sector workers. Just imagine, though, if the media took a similar interest in small business owners and the self-employed in general. Would we then hear about the struggles of how the local Subway franchisee struggles to make payroll in the face of government regulations and taxes? Would we hear about how the local courier company with 23 employees had to cut wages — and thus lose some of his best employees — because tariffs (i.e., taxes) on autos has driven up his costs? Would we hear about how a new increase in the minimum wage forced the local mom-and-pop hardware store to increase prices, thus driving down revenues? Here are some of the news leads we might see see if this were the case: EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Small business owners have cut back hours and laid off workers as the result of new minimum wage requirements that went into effect last week. Lisa Cooper, a single mother of three who opened Bob's Bar and Grille six years ago noted she'll have to lay off some staff and raise prices on some menu items. "It will definitely take a cut out of our revenues," Cooper said. "It looks like I'll have to cancel music lessons for the kids this year." or SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) — Mandatory paid family leave mandates have left some local business owners scrambling for ways to cover employee absences. New mandates passed by the state legislature went into effect last month. Rob Hunnicut, the broker-owner of Oak Realty is unsure how his employees will react. "This is a burden that will fall on all my employees," Hunnicut said, after a staff meeting Thursday morning. "When some employees take paid family leave, that means everyone else in the office has to pitch in to do the same amount of work. Even worse, since we have to keep paying the employees on leave, we can't afford to bring in temp workers." Hunnicut noted he has often provided paid leave in the past when business was brisk. "But now things are different," Hunnicut said. "With these rigid mandates, everyone who's left in the office, including me, will just have to do with less, including those of us who already have small children at home."
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    Today, 02:55 PM
    OPEC published on Friday the long-awaited list of oil production quotas for each country in the OPEC+ deal, as it seeks to shore up market confidence that the cartel and allies will do whatever it takes to rebalance the market. According to OPEC’s list, OPEC and non-OPEC will withhold 1.195 million bpd from the market and keep their combined production at 43.874 million bpd between January and June. The reference production level from which the partners will reduce their respective production is October 2018, except for Kuwait, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan, whose reference months are September 2018, September 2018, and November 2018, respectively. OPEC is cutting a total of 812,000 bpd to a ceiling of 25.937 million bpd, while non-OPEC partners will be reducing production by a combined 383,000 bpd to 17.937 million bpd. OPEC’s de facto leader and biggest producer Saudi Arabia will cut 322,000 bpd from its October baseline of 10.633 million bpd and keep output at 10.311 million bpd. Russia will be taking the lion’s share of the non-OPEC cuts and will reduce production by 230,000 bpd from October’s 11.421 million bpd, to 11.191 million bpd. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/This-Is-How-Much-Each-OPEC-Member-Needs-To-Cut.html
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    Today, 02:51 PM
    China has extended the olive branch back to the United States by offering a path to eliminate Washington’s burgeoning trade deficit with the country, Bloomberg reported Friday. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported Friday that China has offered to significantly boost its purchase of U.S. goods over a six-year period in an effort to re-balance trade between the two superpowers. By increasing its annual imports from the United States, Beijing would reduce its trade surplus to zero by 2024. That would require a spending boost of more than $1 trillion. Last year, Beijing’s surplus with the U.S. stood at $323 billion. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bye-bye-trade-war-china-160627486.html
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    Today, 02:50 PM
    Russia on Friday said it had agreed for France and Germany to monitor shipping traffic in the Kerch Strait following a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year.Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels in the narrow strait -- shared between Russia and Ukraine -- as the boats tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea on November 25. President Vladimir Putin had "immediately agreed" to Berlin's request to send observers to the area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. Lavrov said German Chancellor Angela Merkel had asked Putin for permission to send German specialists to the strait "over a month ago" and later requested for French observers to join the mission. "This can be done today, tomorrow, at any moment," Lavrov said. Lavrov said he received concrete proposals for the mission from Maas on Friday and confirmed Moscow also agreed for the French observers to take part. Maas said that the two countries had not yet agreed on a start date to the mission but that he expected it to be a "topic in the coming weeks". The German diplomat added that the passage of ships in the Kerch Strait is "currently open" and that "this has been confirmed by all sides". He also called on Russia to release 24 Ukrainian sailors that were captured together with their vessels. Later on Friday Maas travelled to Kiev and discussed the monitoring mission with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. "We, of course, welcome this initiative," Klimkin said in a press conference following the talks.
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    Today, 02:47 PM
    Zimbabwe imposed a "total shutdown" of the internet on Friday, a major provider told customers, after protests early this week triggered a ruthless security crackdown.The internet had been partially restored after a first shutdown started on Tuesday. "We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice," Econet, the country's biggest provider, said in a text message on Friday. "Our lawyers advised we are required to comply with the directive pending the court decision on its legality. The earlier directive(s) are already the subject of pending high court application. "We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences caused by the acts of government." The EU on Thursday joined the US and Britain in criticising the authorities' response to the protests. "The escalation of violence in Zimbabwe over recent days has been aggravated by the disproportionate use of force by security personnel," European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said in a statement. "The shutdown of access to the internet should also be reversed." The US embassy in Harare it was "alarmed by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating political activists and labor leaders". More at: https://news.yahoo.com/total-internet-shutdown-zimbabwe-provider-115856620.html
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    Today, 02:33 PM
    That isn't true, people form groups to protect their rights and and they take control of territory in order to do so, the invaders violate our rights and threaten our liberty in many ways. Our territory is our exclusive property and they are trespassing and squatting.
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    Today, 02:29 PM
    Our territory is our property and their invasion of it and presence in it damages us in many direct and indirect ways.
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    Today, 02:23 PM
    The MSM tried to attack him for not visiting the troops and you would have joined them.
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    The odds are decent that a replacement will be better.
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    Illegal immigration is no more a victimless crime than trespassing or squatting are.
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    Today, 01:55 PM
    This thread isn't about the ad, this thread is about the good versions of male traits that were deliberately slandered in the ad by only portraying their bad versions. You are doing exactly what the ad did.
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    Today, 01:50 PM
    I'm not a racist, you are quite correct that for a variety of possible reasons from culture to multi-generational nutritional deficiencies or even possibly basic genetics any merit/liberty culture based immigration system will end up with disproportionate results but I don't have to worry about the racial aspect, it will take care of itself, if race is the predominant factor then focusing on merit/culture will produce the correct results and if race is not the predominant factor then if the correlations shift after a few centuries then focusing on merit/culture will still produce the correct results. A racist would get the wrong results if the correlations shifted eventually. Race is a trap that you don't have to step in because you can get the same or better results by focusing on merit/culture without opening yourself up to demonization.
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    Today, 01:37 PM
    That's what my EMT aunt says.
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    Today, 01:35 PM
    Nobody is talking about the bad version of any of the traits mentioned, you are doing exactly what the SJWs want by equating the good version with the bad.
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    Today, 02:23 AM
    Conflicts over control, inclusivity and alleged anti-Semitism will mean that women protesting on the second anniversary of the Women's March on Washington are faced with competing demonstrations this weekend in New York City.One procession, around the edge of Central Park and down Sixth Avenue, is being organized by the Women's March Alliance, a nonprofit group whose leaders are putting on their version of the demonstration for the third straight year. Another event, a downtown rally held at roughly the same time Saturday, is being organized by the New York City chapter of Women's March Inc., the group formed to help organize the 2017 demonstration in Washington, D.C., the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration. Talks between organizers aimed at linking the groups in New York City didn't go anywhere, the reasons varying between overstepping and indifference depending on who's asked. And hanging overhead that has been a controversy playing out nationwide, of concerns related to race and religion. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/schism-leads-dueling-womens-march-events-nyc-060107508.html
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    Today, 12:05 AM
    Though they have calmed somewhat since they first erupted late last year, the Yellow Vest protests are set to continue this week as French President Emmanuel Macron's offerings of olive branches in the form of rolling back a planned gas-tax hike (the original impetus for the protests), promising to blow out the deficit to offer more government benefits and even abandoning plans to go to Davos have done little to quiet the public outrage over his "presidency for the rich." And as his popularity drops to unprecedented lows, polls suggest that the party of his former rival for the presidency, the National Rally party's Marine Le Pen, has overtaken Macron's "En Marche" in popularity. And as Le Pen and her fellow pan-European populists organize to mount a credible challenge to the Brussels establishment during the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in May, Le Pen is making a notable pivot in her party's platform, presumably to try and make it more appealing to more centrist Europeans. According to RT France, Le Pen told the press on Thursday that leaving the euro - once a hallmark of her party's position - was "no longer a priority" for National Rally. "Unquestionably, the euro is a blow for France" but out "is no longer a priority," Le Pen said Thursday, advocating a change in monetary governance of the European Union. "If we change the monetary" governance and "we see that it is sufficient to allow the French economy to recover the handicaps that have been created by the currency, we will keep the change. We are pragmatic, we are not ideologues," said the president of the National Assembly in the margins of her wishes to the press at the headquarters of his party in Nanterre. Though opposing the euro will no longer be a priority, Le Pen had some disparaging words for the European Central Bank, a sign that she is pivoting to an economically populist agenda targeting inequality and immigration. Instead of directing its policies to the benefit of European workers, the ECB's focus on inflation has led it to a monetary stimulus policy that has helped widen inequality. "The governance that has been chosen and which aims for the ECB to fight only against inflation and to refuse to fight against unemployment, poses a real problem," said the finalist of the presidential election in 2017. "Money creation by the EU, instead of being sent to agencies to invest in the real economy or even directly to states...is for banks and is lost, diluted in the virtual economy," she said. Instead of focusing on leaving the euro, Le Pen would rather RN focus on border sovereignty and economic issues like the French budget, a position that echoes that of Italy's populist leaders, who recently faced down the EU and won permission to blow out the country's budget deficit.
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