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    Today, 03:09 AM
    The GOP-led House Judiciary committee will issue subpoenas to former FBI Director James Comey and former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, according to Bloomberg and CNN's Manu Raju. The subpoenas will reportedly be issued on November 29 and December 5, while the GOP says they would prefer them to meet in private but are open to public testimony. New: GOP-led House Judiciary, in its final days in power, is planning to issue subpoenas to former FBI Director James Comey and President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch - on Nov. 29 and Dec. 5. GOP wants them in private setting, though they’ve said they would publicly — Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 16, 2018 More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-16/comey-lynch-receive-subpoenas-house-gop
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    Swordsmyth replied to a thread Mexico. in World News & Affairs
    Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will reportedly call on different, unspecified sectors of the population to join an effort to draft what he dubbed a "moral constitution," El Financiero reported Nov. 15. Lopez Obrador referred to such a moral constitution repeatedly during his election campaign, with most observers interpreting it as a desire to modify the constitution. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/mexico-lopez-obrador-calls-moral-constitution The Democratic People's Republic of Mexico?
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    Today, 02:27 AM
    The Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday dealt a blow to Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, passing a no-confidence vote against the embattled Party boss. Caucus members told Politico that Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) introduced the debate over the DNC’s controversial superdelegate system and eventually led to the motion passing against Perez. The mood inside the room is said to have been “heated” as the vote was argued. Members “felt that the DNC pitted them against their constituents,” according to Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) “So now if they want to be a delegate, they have to run against their constituents who want to be delegates, and it’s an unfair proposition,” the Louisana Democrat told Politico. “We don’t want to run against our constituents, so the caucus had made its position known. … It speaks for itself.” More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/14/congressional-black-caucus-pass-no-confidence-vote-in-dnc-chair-tom-perez/
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    Today, 02:20 AM
    John Barrasso, the newly-elected chair of the Senate Republican Conference, said the GOP is committed to confirming judicial nominees with or without a vote from Sen. Jeff Flake. Flake (R-Ariz.), who's retiring in January, has vowed to pull support for all federal judicial nominees -- including 21 pending in the Judiciary Committee and 32 awaiting a vote on the Senate floor -- unless the Senate's GOP leadership permits consideration of legislation to expand protections for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's job. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said this appears to be Flake's "go-to play," noting that he made a similar move over the summer in an attempt to force GOP leadership to hold a tariff vote. "We are going to fulfill our constitutional responsibility, confirming judges, confirming members of the president's team. And we're going to do that with or without Jeff Flake," Barrasso said on "America's Newsroom" Thursday. More at: http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/11/15/john-barrasso-senate-will-confirm-judges-or-without-jeff-flake
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    Today, 01:20 AM
    The Democrat Stacey Abrams campaign is legally agitating for a whole new vote in Georgia, as Republican winner Brian Kemp performs the daily duties of the governor-elect in transition. Gwinnett County — a focus of the Abrams legal team’s efforts — finally certified its vote Thursday night during a divisive session at the election board, which prompted the police to be called. Abrams trails far behind Kemp in the vote count, but the Hillary Clinton prototype is hiring lawyers to stretch out their increasingly inane lawsuit strategy to get more rejected ballots onto the record. (READ: Fulton County Numbers Show Non-Citizens and Non-Registered Persons Voting). The Associated Press reports on the last-ditch Abrams effort with their headline: “Stacey Abrams’ team prepares push for new vote.” More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/sad-stacey-abrams-actually-wants-georgia-to-vote-again/
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    You have no idea what you are talking about.
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    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    You sir are dangerous and immoral, you have a god complex.
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    I for one welcome our new robotic demigods.
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    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    Buy its very own fleet to blockade Russia? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: 'Naval blockade is an option for dealing with Russia'
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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table. According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as notbeing in “an organised fashion.” A situation that can only be described as total chaos, with human surgeons, doctors, and nurses having to scream at each other in order to overcome the “tinny” sound coming from the robot as they were trying to control it, the attempted surgery ended up being nothing short of a complete failure. And in the end, retired music teacher and conductor, Stephen Pettitt, the guinea pig patient in this medical experiment, ultimately lost his life. Lead surgeon admits that he was ill-prepared to operate the surgical robot, having skipped multiple training sessions During a hearing that followed this catastrophe, lead surgeon Sukumaran Nair admitted that he lacked proper experience in controlling and using the surgical robot, stating that he was “running before he could walk.” In other words, it was truly a case of medical negligence and malpractice on steroids. As later revealed by the U.K.’s Daily Mail Online, Nair not only missed a critical training session in Paris that would have taught him how to properly use the surgical robot, but he also wasn’t present for another training sessions that later took place at his own hospital, claiming that he was busy with another surgery at the time. While supervisory experts were supposed to have been present for this surgery-gone-wrong, which should have prevented this type of nightmare from ever even occurring, they, too, were reportedly missing when things started to hit the fan. Overseeing proctors were sipping lattes while surgical robot punctured patient’s aortic septum, splashing blood all over robot camera...
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    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    With Turkey's graphic recording of Khashoggi's final moments finally in the hands of US intelligence agencies, the Washington Post just confirmed what the New York Times first hinted at more than one month ago: That US intelligence agencies believe that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in what is just the latest example of the Trump administration and its intelligence agencies working at cross purposes (the first being, of course, the investigations that eventually coalesced into the Mueller probe). But instead of focusing on the recording of Khashoggi's murder, the CIA is reportedly in possession of another piece of evidence that it believes incriminates the Crown Prince: A phone call made by Khalid bin Salman, MbS's brother and the kingdom's ambassador to the US, to Khashoggi, during which he promised the journalist that he wouldn't be harmed if he visited the Saudi embassy in Istanbul to pick up the paper needed to marry his Turkish fiance. Even if MbS didn't plan Khashoggi's murder, Khalid's call to Khashoggi, which the CIA believes was made at the behest of his powerful brother, suggests that the prince was aware of the plot. In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence. Khalid told Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so. It is not clear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, but he made the call at his brother’s direction, according to the people familiar with the call, which was intercepted by U.S. intelligence. Fatimah Baeshen, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said the ambassador and Khashoggi never discussed “anything related to going to Turkey.” She added that the claims in the CIA’s “purported assessment are false. We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations.” The CIA’s conclusion about Mohammed’s role was also based on the agency’s assessment of the prince as the country’s de facto ruler who oversees even minor affairs in the kingdom. “The accepted position is that there is no way this happened without him being aware or involved,” said a U.S. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions. Aside from Turkey's infamous recording, the CIA also has a recording of a call that was placed from inside the consulate shortly after Khashoggi's killing. The call was made to Saud al-Qahtani, a close confidant of the Crown Prince who was one of 17 people sanctioned by the Treasury Department earlier this week in connection with the murder. The CIA also examined a call placed from inside the consulate after the killing by an alleged member of the Saudi hit team, Maher Mutreb, a security official who has often been seen at the crown prince’s side and who was photographed entering and leaving the consulate on the day of the killing.
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    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    Baker Hughes reported a 1-rig increase for oil and gas in the United States this week—a far more tempered figure after last week’s 14-rig increase. The total number of active oil and gas drilling rigs to 1,082 according to the report, with the number of active oil rigs increasing by 2 to reach 888 and the number of gas rigs falling by 1 to reach 194. The oil and gas rig count is now 167 up from this time last year. The EIA’s estimates for US production for the week ending November 9 were for an average of 11.7 million bpd*—a brand new record high that has contributed in part to the lower prices. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Rig-Count-Inches-Higher-Despite-Oil-Price-Slide.html
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    Saudi Arabia has been slashing oil exports to the United States over the past two months, in what looks like a move to force a reduction in the world’s most transparently reported inventories that could put the Saudis on a collision course with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said that oil prices should be much lower. The Saudis started to reduce shipments to the United States in September, and this month they are loading around 600,000 bpd on cargoes en route to the United States, down from more than 1 million bpd in July and August for example, CNBC reports, quoting figures from ClipperData. According to ClipperData estimates, Saudi oil exports to the United States could soon reach their lowest levels on record. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Saudis-Cut-Oil-Exports-To-US-To-Boost-Crude-Prices.html
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    Iraq resumed on Friday oil exports from the Kirkuk province, a year after it had stopped oil flows from the area due to a dispute with the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, industry sources told Reuters on Friday. Around 300,000 bpd of crude oil previously pumped and exported in the Kirkuk province to the Turkish port of Ceyhan were shut in when the Iraqi federal government moved in October last year to take control over the oil fields in Kirkuk from Kurdish forces after the semi-autonomous region held a referendum that Baghdad didn’t recognize. However, the only export outlet of the Kirkuk oil is the oil pipeline of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The Iraqi federal government and the KRG have been in talks for months to try to reach an agreement on resuming Iraqi exports from Kirkuk. Last week, three people close to the talks told the Financial Times that a deal is close and could be reached as early as this month. Industry sources told Reuters that oil exports from Kirkuk resumed on Friday, with flows at 50,000 bpd-60,000 bpd. It was not immediately clear when oil flows could be boosted and by how much, according to the sources. The KRG said earlier this month that it had recently upgraded its oil export pipeline, boosting its capacity to 1 million bpd from 700,000 bpd, to accommodate future production growth from the region. “This extra capacity will accommodate future production growth from KRG producing fields, and can also be used by the federal government to export the currently stranded oil in Kirkuk and surrounding areas,” KRG’s ministry of natural resources said in early November—a sign that a deal with the federal government may be coming soon. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Iraq-Resumes-Kirkuk-Oil-Exports-A-Year-After-Halt.html
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a power-sharing agreement in August 2018, hoping to put an end to the civil war. Oil production at some oil fields that were shut in at the start of the conflict has resumed. At the end of August, South Sudan resumed production from the Toma South oilfield at a rate of 20,000 bpd, adding to South Sudan’s total daily average of 130,000 bpd. South Sudan hopes to significantly boost its production in the near term, but according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, the extent of damage to infrastructure is unknown, as is the performance of wells that have been shut-in since 2013. The biggest challenge to South Sudan’s rising oil production, however, would be whether the peace deal would hold long enough to allow for a sustained increase in oil production, WoodMac said. According to the World Bank, South Sudan is the world’s most oil-dependent country as oil represents almost all its exports and around 60 percent of GDP. South Sudan expects to resume full oil production of 350,000 bpd by the middle of next year. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/South-Sudan-Says-Recovering-Oil-Production-Boosts-FX-Reserves.html
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Thursday that it intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential 2019 oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea in federal Arctic waters. The environmental impact statement will “focus on the potential effects of leasing, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in the proposed lease sale area,” the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said in a Federal Register notice. The Beaufort Sea Planning Area offshore Alaska consists of 11,876 whole and partial lease blocks covering roughly 65 million acres of the Beaufort Sea. Last month, BOEM approved Hilcorp Alaska’s drilling project for the Liberty prospect in the Beaufort Sea, and this was the first approval for a drilling project in Alaska federal waters. Last December, the Department of the Interior said that an updated resource estimate showed that the mean undiscovered, technically recoverable resources both on and offshore in federal, state, and Native lands and waters in Alaska include 17.6 billion barrels of oil and more than 50 trillion cubic feet of gas. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/US-To-Assess-Holding-Oil-Gas-Lease-Sale-In-Offshore-Arctic.html
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    He didn't say they couldn't act as they chose, he said they would deserve what they got. There is nothing unlibertarian or anti-independence about that.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    Get a job.
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    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    Mankind survived and took care of the poor for centuries before the nannystate was even dreamed of. You are just so selfish that you want everyone else to be forced to support you no matter how unworthy you are and you can't even conceive of anyone being charitable by choice. This is you:
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    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    That is exactly backwards, it is socialists who want everyone else to provide for them, those who believe in liberty care that the rights of no man be violated. Bryan and Brian4Liberty why hasn't this insect been banned yet?
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    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    There is truth to the saying that no prison can hold the human mind, but I wish to free the bodies of men as well that they may better enjoy the freedom of their minds.
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    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    You are the ass, some may call for a society with absolutely no security but I am not among them, but you don't care, you just throw that kind of accusation at anyone who disagrees with you. If you weren't an ass you wouldn't come here where nobody agrees with anything you have to say and you aren't wanted. Keep your brayings to yourself limey, we threw off the Redcoat yoke long ago and have done much better than you people ever since because of it.
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama administration rules while adding mandates that could reshape the school disciplinary systems that schools have developed over the past decade. Under the new plan, colleges would have to investigate complaints only if the alleged incident occurred on campus or in other areas overseen by the school, and only if it was reported to certain officials. By contrast, current rules require colleges to review all student complaints, regardless of their location or how they came to the school's attention. It adds several provisions supported by groups that represent students accused of sexual misconduct. Chief among them, it says accused students must be able to cross-examine their accusers, although it would be done through a representative to avoid personal confrontations. The proposal effectively tells schools how to apply the 1972 law known as Title IX, which bars discrimination based on sex in schools that receive federal money. It applies not only to colleges and universities, but also to elementary and secondary schools. The Education Department says the proposal ensures fairness for students on both sides of accusations, while giving schools flexibility to support victims even if they don't file a formal complaint or request an investigation. "We can, and must, condemn sexual violence and punish those who perpetrate it, while ensuring a fair grievance process," DeVos said in a statement. "Those are not mutually exclusive ideas. They are the very essence of how Americans understand justice to function." DeVos echoed the rules' critics when she rescinded two guidance letters in September 2017, declaring that "the era of 'rule by letter'" was over. In its place, she issued the 150-page proposal on Friday, which will go through a 60-day public comment process before it can be finalized.
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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    In an apparently conciliatory gesture, North Korea also announced on Friday it was releasing an American citizen detained since October after he "illegally" entered North Korea from China. Pyongyang identified the man as Bruce Byron Lowrance. The State Department declined to identify the citizen and did not provide details about him. But in a statement on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has led the U.S. negotiating effort with North Korea, thanked North Korea and Sweden for cooperating to secure the release. North Korea has held previous American detainees for longer, and Washington has accused Pyongyang of using them as bargaining chips. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-koreas-kim-inspects-testing-newly-developed-tactical-024024410.html
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    Yesterday, 08:08 PM
    You are a loser, you want bug government to take care of all your wants and needs that you can't or won't provide for yourself and then you try to come here and spread your attitude and tell us we to will fail because misery loves company. You will continue to lose because you have chosen to be a loser and you will fail to drag us into compulsive loser syndrome with you as well.
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    You show me a place where freedom exists and I will agree it exists, I contend that although it may have existed in the past it doesn't currently exist. In addition I was always speaking relative to the results of the application of a theory, freedom doesn't exist as a result of anarcho-libertarianism if anarch-libertarianism causes tyranny instead. Contrary to the old saying not all great minds think alike.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    President Trump seems to be already working on a plan to regulate press briefings, hours after a judge ruled an ousted CNN reporter’s press access be reinstated. In an interview with Chris Wallace for Fox News Sunday, Trump brushed off Judge Timothy Kelly’s Friday ruling that CNN’s Jim Acosta have his Secret Service pass to the White House grounds be reinstated. Despite the ruling being a interim rejection of The White House argument that the president has “broad” discretion in which credentialed members of the press are allowed access to attend official briefings, Trump said, “It’s not a big deal,” and that his team is already working on “rules” for reporter conduct. “We’re doing that, we’re going to write them up right now,” Trump told Wallace. “It’s not a big deal and if he misbehaves we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.” Pushing for specifics, Wallace asked if certain things are going to be considered “over the line” and Trump reiterated that these new rules are being written now, but that they will cover “decorum” and outline that reporters “can’t keep asking questions.” “We had a lot of reporters in that room, many many reporters in that room and they were unable to ask questions because this guy gets up and starts, you know, doing what he’s supposed to be doing for him and for CNN and, you know, just shouting out questions and making statements, too,” Trump said, referring to Acosta refusing to give up a mic during a briefing last week, which led to the revocation of his White House access. Going forward, Trump said his strategy during briefings will be to simply leave if he doesn’t like the way it’s going. “If I think somebody is acting out of sorts I will leave, I will say ‘Thank you very much everybody, I appreciate you coming,’ and I’ll leave,” Trump said. “And those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that’s acting up.”
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    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    It's a reference to a character in a science fiction movie who succumbs to enemy brainwashing and becomes a traitor after winning the war for his side.
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