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    Today, 01:46 AM
    We can hope but that doesn't change how bad this pick is.
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    Whatever that was it's gone now.
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    Today, 01:40 AM
    BOOOOOOOOOOO! I guess this means McMaster was the one who told him not to congratulate Putin and then leaked about it.
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    Today, 01:33 AM
    The Saudis can't afford it, this will accelerate their collapse. (That is not a defense of Trump)
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    Today, 01:28 AM
    We'd be a communist country.
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    Yesterday, 01:04 PM
    One White Farmer Killed in South Africa Every Five Dayshttp://www.independentsentinel.com/one-white-farmer-killed-in-south-africa-every-five-days/
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    Yesterday, 01:01 PM
    Australian nurses and midwives are being forced to announce their 'white privilege' before treating Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander patients - a move which has been slammed as 'racist to its core'. Graeme Haycroft, spokesperson for the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland, (NPAQ) told Sky News the addition to the code of conduct could have serious consequences for nurses and is simply 'racist'.The Board describes the move as 'a decolonising model of *practice based on dialogue, communication, power sharing and negotiation, and the acknowledgment of white privilege'. Mr Haycroft said 50 per cent of NPAQ members were opposed to the new rule. 'They have said "this is wrong, do something about it",' Mr Haycroft told host Peta Credlin. The inclusion of 'white privilege' in the code of conduct was first exposed by Cory Bernardi's Australian Conservatives. Senator Bernardi heavily criticised the move, labelling it as 'another virtue signal' and 'nonsensical'.
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    Yesterday, 12:58 PM
    There a many different concerns possible with this idea, whatever you think of it making it the centerpiece of your campaign seems designed to make libertarians look like kooks.
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    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    IF WHITE farmers want to flee for a “racist country” like Australia they should leave the keys to their houses and tractors behind, the head of South Africa’s radical Marxist opposition party says. But Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, who recently declared his party was “cutting the throat of whiteness”, denied white farmers were being killed. “We don’t know violence, we know negotiations,” Malema told a packed Human Rights Day rally in Mpumalanga Stadium on Wednesday. “And we are very robust in our engagement sometimes. A racist country like Australia says: ‘The white farmers are being killed in South Africa.’ We are not killing them. Now Australia says: ‘Malema, EFF want to kill white farmers, they must come to Australia.’ “If they want to go, they must go. They must leave the keys to their tractors because we want to work the land, they must leave the keys to their houses because we want to stay in those houses. They must leave everything they did not come here with in South Africa and go to Australia.” His comments came as Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton stared down criticism from “crazy lefties” as he pushed on with plans to bring white South African farmers to Australia. “They don’t realise how completely dead they are to me,” Mr Dutton told Sydney radio station 2GB on Thursday. More at: http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/south-african-politician-says-australia-is-a-racist-country-farmers-should-leave-the-keys-when-they-go/news-story/e98607c4fa66d30d9b2731aa30e2a956
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    During an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show this week, Senator Rand Paul warned that “Absolutely, there is a deep state” and that it is actively working to “try to bring Trump down.” “The deep state is the intelligence agencies that do not have oversight,” Paul said, adding “Only eight people in Congress know what they’re doing, and traditionally, those eight people have been a rubber stamp to let the intelligence communities do whatever they want.” The Senator was referring to the majority and minority leaders of the House and Senate, in addition to the chairmen and ranking members of the two intelligence committees. “There is no skeptic among the eight people that are supposedly overseeing the intelligence community.” Paul warned. The Senator then warned that intelligence heads, with the rubber stamp of the ‘gang of 8’ have abused their positions. “John Brennan and James Clapper were doing whatever the hell they wanted, without any judicial warrants,” Paul declared. “I think there were numerous people in the Obama administration who were using intelligence — one, to try to bring Trump down; but two, also, they were using it for political purposes,” Paul stated, adding that “this is very, very worrisome.” “This is the real problem,” Paul said, noting that founding father James Madison warned about such over reach.
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    Charges have been dropped against 11 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail that were accused of beating protesters in Washington, D.C. Federal prosecutors made the decision to drop the charges against 11 of out the 15 security members in connection with the incident. Police originally announced charges against 16 people in connection with the violent clashes in June. The scuffle took place last May after roughly two dozen protesters gathered outside of the Turkish Embassy to protest Erdogan’s policies during his visit to Washington. More at: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/379697-charges-dropped-against-most-turkish-officers-accused-of
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    Yesterday, 12:37 PM
    This week, Rocklin High School students are using social media to organize a pro-life walkout using the hashtag #life. “To honor all the lives of aborted babies pretty much. All the millions of aborted babies every year,” said organizer Brandon Gillespie. He says his history teacher inspired the idea. As thousands of students across the country walked out of class demanding strict gun laws, in honor of the Parkland shooting victims, Benzel was placed on paid administrative leave when she asked students to consider whether there’s a double standard in the national school walkout. “I would like a conversation about when is too much? And are we going allow this on the other side?” said Julianne Benzel The principal at Rocklin High declined to meet with us for an on-camera interview, but a district spokeswoman tells us, he does plan to sit down with the student about the possible abortion walkout, and that’s not going over well with some of his peers. More at: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/03/20/student-planning-abortion-protest/
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    Yesterday, 12:32 PM
    Citigroup is setting restrictions on the sale of firearms by its business customers. The new policy, announced Thursday, prohibits the sale of firearms to customers who have not passed a background check or who are younger than 21. It also bars the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. It would apply to clients who offer credit cards backed by Citigroup or borrow money, use banking services or raise capital through the company. If business customers decline Citigroup’s restrictions, the bank said it would work with them to “transition their business away.” More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-22/citigroup-enforces-gun-control-restrictions-customers
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    U.S. refiners are receiving smaller shipments of oil from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) due to the bloc’s production cut agreement, according to a new report by Bloomberg. Weekly crude imports from seven bloc nations dropped by 14 percent last week, the Energy Information Administration said. The fall brings import levels down to the lowest since 2010, when the agency first started collecting weekly data. Ecuador cut shipments to the United States by 86 percent and Kuwait cut exports by 58 percent, week-over-week. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/OPEC-Curbs-Oil-Shipments-To-US-Refiners.html
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    Yesterday, 02:30 AM
    Videos can no longer sell guns or accessories via direct sales or even have links to sites that sell them. Videos also cannot have instruction on manufacturing firearms or associated items like magazines or silencers.Accessories banned include bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears and conversion kits, as well as high-capacity magazines. Instruction on upgrading firearms to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities is similarly prohibited. This isn't YouTube's first policy update around firearms, either; the company banned gun mod tutorials after the Las Vegas shooting last year. According to Motherboard, YouTube has already removed some of these types of videos, causing some consternation among popular gun vloggers. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/youtube-bans-videos-sell-guns-185000695.html
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    Yesterday, 02:28 AM
    Reddit's bid to clean up its communities now includes what those communities trade. The social site has updated its policies to ban the trade of firearms, explosives, drugs (including alcohol and tobacco), services with "physical sexual contact," stolen goods, personal info and counterfeits. Accordingly, Reddit has shut down numerous subreddits that either directly traded in these goods or were clearly meant to enable those exchanges, including r/gunsforsale, r/stealing (yes, it existed) and r/darknetmarkets. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/reddit-bans-communities-trading-firearms-034800195.html
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    Yesterday, 02:10 AM
    A Michigan candidate for US Senate, Brian Ellison, who is expected to be the Libertarian party’s candidate in the November midterm election, set his sights on raising at least $10,000 to buy 20 pump-action shotguns and provide training for homeless people. Ellison is calling his fundraising campaign “Arm the Homeless,” and the drive has already made international news. Saying that homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime,” Ellison believes that providing the homeless with firearms to defend themselves would serve to act as a deterrent. A 2014 study, entitled Violence and Victims, highlights the disparity in violent victimization of homeless individuals versus the general population: Individuals who are homeless have an increased risk of experiencing myriad social problems including victimization and violence. The prevalence of violent victimization in the homeless population has been estimated to range from 14% to 21% and approximately one-third report having witnessed a physical attack on another person who was homeless. This rate of violence is highly disparate when compared to the general population in which only 2% report experiencing a violent crime. When Ellison was asked by Michigan Radio if he trusted the homeless people with guns, he questioned why there was judgement and bias against homeless people. “I don’t know why the homeless are viewed as such a different type of people as the rest of us. I carry a gun with me all the time, and I don’t victimize anyone. I wouldn’t expect that the homeless would use their weapons to fight off the police who are asking them to leave. I think the homeless would use their weapons to protect themselves from being victims of violent crimes,” he said. “Not only are the homeless constantly under threat from would-be criminals,” said Ellison, “but they are also under threat from governments at various levels that criminalize activities that homeless people rely on for survival.” Ellison, a veteran who served in Iraq, told The Guardian that he decided to run for office “just to try and make a difference.” While he admitted that his “Arm the Homeless” campaign has shock value— meant to bring attention to his campaign— Ellison said he believes that as a third-party candidate going up against well-funded Democratic and Republican opponents, shock value is necessary to break the media marginalization of third-party candidates. And while the shock value gets publicity, he said the true intent of the campaign is to bring more attention to the high rates of violence experienced by homeless individuals and their dehumanization. When asked by The Guardian, as to whether he thought his plan was dangerous, Ellison responded with a question of his own.
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    Yesterday, 02:06 AM
    As the government was working on the recent, new budget deal and subsequent boost in government spending, Congress quietly snuck in a provision that forms a committee which would use federal funds to bail out as many as 200 “multi-employer” pension plans – where employers and labor unions jointly provide retirement benefits to employees. As is often the case, this rescue “plan” is too little too late. The US pension system is beyond repair. And if you’re depending on pension income to carry you through retirement, it’s time to consider a Plan B. Before explaining how dire the situation actually is, let’s take a step back... Pensions are simply giant pools of capital used to pay out retirement benefits to workers. Typically, employers and employees contribute a percentage of the employees’ salary to a pension throughout his or her career. Then, upon retirement, the pension is supposed to pay a fixed, monthly amount to the retiree. There are both government and corporate pension plans. Boston College estimates the nation’s 1,400 multiemployer plans (corporate) are facing a $553 billion shortfall. And around one-quarter of those are in the “red zone,” meaning they’ll likely go broke in the next decade or so. But Congress’ committee, assuming it works, wouldn’t even rescue the red zone plans, much less the remaining 1,200. And it doesn’t even begin to address the real problem – the $7 trillion funding gap faced by the government’s own pensions. Congress is stepping in because the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) – the pension equivalent to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) – is completely insolvent. Like the FDIC, the PBGC is an insurance program funded by premiums paid by its participating members (pensions). Its entire income is made up of premiums collected and the investment income it earns on those premiums. So, as the markets crash, not only will the PBGC’s portfolio get slaughtered… so will those of the pensions it guarantees (which will then require more funds). And as these pensions fail, the PBGC will collect less in premiums. It’s a vicious circle. But things are plenty bad already.
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    Yesterday, 02:02 AM
    They don't happen as much as they should.
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    Yesterday, 01:57 AM
    Republican Rick Saccone conceded defeat on Wednesday night to Democrat Conor Lamb in a Pennsylvania special congressional election. Republicans mulled a recount and legal action over the Lamb's razor thin lead, however the Democrat's margin over Saccone, 60, continued to increase as officials continued to count votes. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-21/rick-saccone-concedes-pennsylvania-congressional-race-conor-lamb
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    Yesterday, 01:53 AM
    On March 21, the Houthi insurgency in Yemen, also known as the Houthi rebellion, reportedly shot down a Saudi Arabian McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, in the northwestern region of war-torn Yemen, cited Sputnik. A source within the Yemeni air defenses told Saba News Agency that Houthi rebels launched a surface-to-air missile (SAM), and “managed to hit an F-15 aircraft belonging to the aggression , carrying out criminal and hostile raids over the city of Saada.” The source confirmed to Saba that Houthi rebels carried out “monitoring and targeting of the aircraft with the latest defense technology developed locally successfully.” This alleged footage had surfaced on social media of the moment when Houthi rebels launched a surface-to-air missile (SAM) — striking the F-15 fighter jet, which caused the warplane to erupt in flames at high altitudes. FOOTAGE: #Yemen|i army & resistance shoots down a #Saudi F-15 over Sa’dah governorate by SAM. (21 march 2018)pic.twitter.com/I4tpLqxAnW — 24 Resistance Axis (@Syria_Hezb_Iran) March 21, 2018 #Yemen#Houthi rebels have damaged a Saudi F-15 warplane near Sa'da. pic.twitter.com/7PCErloeQQ — Mr. Revinsky (@MrKyruer) March 21, 2018 Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition forces, Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the warplane was struck at 15:48 local time (1248 GMT) by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) launched from Saada airport camp in Yemen. Al-Maliki noted that the plane received minimal damage from the strike and managed to return to a Saudi Arabian airbase. Al-Maliki stressed that the surface-to-air missile (SAM) was “not included in the Yemeni government arms arsenal…and that this is another proof of Iranian weapons smuggling to the Shiite rebels in Yemen.”
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    Yesterday, 01:41 AM
    Iran has drastically cut its gasoline imports in recent weeks as it started the second phase of an oil refinery, moving closer to reaching gasoline independence, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing trading sources. Iran—OPEC’s third-largest oil producer—has been reliant on gasoline imports for years because of lack of refining capacity and the Western sanctions that had limited the choices for funding and spare parts for refinery maintenance. Now Iran has started the second phase of the Persian Gulf Star Refinery in Bandar Abbas, which will double the refining capacity of the facility to 240,000 bpd. According to trading sources who spoke to Reuters, production has yet to be ramped up and has yet to meet the highest gasoline quality standards. “Iran does seem to have significantly reduced its reliance on imports,” Robert Campbell, head of oil products at consultancy Energy Aspects, told Reuters. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iran-Moves-Closer-To-Achieving-Gasoline-Independence.html
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    03-21-2018, 07:38 PM
    Trump threatens veto over Gateway tunnel funding
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    03-21-2018, 07:37 PM
    You didn't include a link so I can't tell if this is newer or older information: Trump Having "Second Thoughts" About Omnibus Spending Deal
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    03-21-2018, 07:22 PM
    How about they simply ban being unhappy and then we can send the snowflakes to jail?
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