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    Today, 01:35 AM
    Parliamentary elections in Afghanistan's Kandahar province have been postponed after Gen. Abdul Razeq, a powerful security chief and U.S. partner, was killed during an insider attack from the Taliban, Reuters reported Oct. 18. Kandahar is the second of Afghanistan's 34 provinces to delay parliamentary polls. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/afghanistan-parliamentary-elections-kandahar-delayed-after-taliban-kills-security
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    Today, 01:34 AM
    The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization force established to counter money laundering, has chosen to continue suspending countermeasures against Iran until February 2019 to give the Islamic republic more time to enact reforms and bring its financial system in line with global standards, Reuters reported Oct. 19. The FATF's statement is much harsher than those that have accompanied previous extensions, suggesting that Iran may have received its final warning and that the organization will reimpose countermeasures in February 2019 if Iran fails to enact promised reforms. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/iran-anti-money-laundering-body-gives-tehran-new-extension-enact-reforms
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    Today, 01:30 AM
    Shigeru Kitamura, the head of Japan's Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, met with an official from the North Korean United Front Department in Mongolia's capital from approximately Oct. 6 to 8 to discuss the past abductions of Japanese nationals, Kyodo reported Oct. 19. Shigeru Kitamura, the head of Japan's Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, met with an official from the North Korean United Front Department in Mongolia's capital from approximately Oct. 6 to 8 to discuss the past abductions of Japanese nationals, Kyodo reported Oct. 19. More at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/situation-report/japan-north-korea-intelligence-officials-reportedly-met-secretly-early-october
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Thursday called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign "immediately." “I think at this particular point, Rod Rosenstein’s priorities are misplaced. His unwillingness to come before Congress and allow us to conduct proper congressional oversight, along with the other information that we’ve learned over the last week or so, would indicate that Rosenstein has not displayed the candor of which would support one’s theory of actually believing that he has been open and honest in all regards," Meadows told reporters. "So with that, I think that it’s time that Rod Rosenstein steps down. He should do so immediately and in doing that, I think it would serve the country well, it would serve this president well," he added. The comments marked Meadows's most explicit call yet for Rosenstein's resignation. House Freedom Caucus members had previously said Rosenstein should either testify before Congress or resign from his post. More at: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/412077-meadows-calls-on-rosenstein-to-resign-immediately
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    Today, 12:51 AM
    Speaking at the “New Code of the West” conference over the weekend, a pair of activists exposed some of the major problems with federal Indian policy. Comparing the U.S. government's Indian policy to a “great big hippopotamus sitting on the United States,” Elaine Willman (shown) slammed the infringement on the parental rights and other liberties of those who live under federally funded tribal governments. Another speaker, Custer Battlefield Museum founder Chris Kortlander, highlighted dubious voting policies and restrictions on state jurisdiction over elections processes on Indian reservations, suggesting these issues threaten the integrity of the ballot. Fringe left-wing groups and their “fake news” allies went wild in the days before the conference, but the summit nevertheless succeeded in educating citizens, policymakers, and lawmakers from across the region. Throughout her remarks, Willman focused mostly on problems with federal Indian policy, her area of expertise. She described it as the federal government's “best kept secret.” Among other concerns, she blasted federal courts for creating the notion of semi-dependent, semi-sovereign tribal “nations” that treats Indian tribes as a dependent “federal trust.” This state of affairs was never envisioned in the U.S. Constitution or authorized by the U.S. Congress, Willman said. And it leads to all sorts of problems that harm Indians and non-Indians alike. The federal government and the tribal governments it funds often collaborate to trample on state sovereignty, too, and the consequences can be devastating for states and especially the Indians living under the thumb of federally funded tribal governments. One major problem, Willman said, is that the rights of Indians are often not respected. And so, Willman highlighted some of the work done by the Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), where she sits on the board, to help Indians having problems with their tribal governments. “Many of my friends are tribal families,” Willman said, noting that she spent decades living on Indian reservations. “We provide whatever resources we can to tribal persons at odds with their tribal government. Within those tribal governments, members do not have the First Amendment, they do not even have parental rights.” In some cases, she said, tribal governments deprive parents of their parental rights and take their children away as a result of disagreements with tribal officials. Ironically, CERA is one of the few organizations that actually helps Indians facing things such as the seizure of their children in retaliation for disputes with extremely powerful and wealthy tribal authorities. And yet, Willman and the organization, which promotes equal rights for Indians and all Americans, has been ludicrously smeared by fringe hatemongers as “anti-Indian.” CERA and Willman have both argued that federal policy should not be racial, and that everyone should be treated equally under the law — and that means Indians should have all of their constitutionally protected rights respected at all levels of government, just like anyone else. Somehow, though, hardcore leftists who seek to keep Indians down have argued that promoting equality is actually “anti-Indian.” Seriously. Another expert on Indian policy issues, fellow CERA board member Kortlander, the founding director of the Custer Battlefield Museum and a very close friend of late Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Joe Medicine Crow, also spoke out fearlessly, despite having been brutalized and terrorized by heavily armed federal bureaucrats. Among other topics, the former Montana law-enforcement officer spoke about some key issues with federal Indian policy and elections.
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    Today, 12:14 AM
    The humanitarian superpower Sweden has once again shown that it has no problem giving one vulnerable person preference over another when deciding whom to expel and who should be allowed to stay for humanitarian purposes. When Denis was only 5 years old, his mother was found dead in an apartment in Södertälje. As his Ukrainian father has renounced custody, he is now an orphan. Now the Swedish Migration Agency has decided that he will be expelled to Ukraine all by himself. There, he will probably end up in an orphanage since he has no family there who can take care of him, reports Expressen. Denis applied for a residence permit with his mother on 9 November 2017. She, in turn, applied as a spouse to her then partner. On 10 March this year Denis’ mother was found dead. The police initially arrested a man, but the suspicions were written off later. According to district prosecutor Emma Olsson, there is no longer any suspicion that a crime has been committed, writes Länstidningen in Södertälje. Today, Denis lives with his maternal grandparents who came to Sweden six years ago. They have, in turn, applied to adopt him, but the Migration Agency remains committed to its decision to expel Denis. It makes one question how at the same time Sweden is allowing some 9000 Afghans, many of whom have been found to have lied about their origin and age, where there is not enough housing nor employment for all of them. As well, some have wondered why the Swedish government is allowing Muslims, some of which are extremists who firebomb synagogues or kill their relative with a rock, to stay for “humanitarian” reasons.
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    Today, 12:12 AM
    Matteo Salvini from the immigration-critical Lega Party has now been Italy’s deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister for four months. “I have been here for four months and I must say that I’ve already done a lot. The latest is our decree on immigration and security. It has become more difficult for immigrants to reach Italy, and easier for the government to expel criminals”, he says. “We will now deprive people of their citizenship if we think they are terrorists, and as a result we get more security and control.” And according to the Interior Minister, immigration has been greatly reduced. “It’s already 85 per cent fewer disembarkations. We’ve gone from 100,000 to 20,000. Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, he points out. More at: https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/10/we-have-reduced-immigration-to-italy-by-85-per-cent-interior-minister-matteo-salvini/
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    The left-wing propaganda mill Reverb Press cheered when Alex Jones got deplatformed and banned from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Apple and Spotify in a concerted, Orwellian purge. They wrote at least three articles cheering the act of censorship and called for even more: Last week, they got banned themselves in Facebook and Twitter’s latest alt-media purge. Their world affairs editor from 2014-2017, Marc Belisle, wrote an article in Buzzfeed on Wednesday titled, “Everything I Wrote Was True And Accurate. So Why Did Facebook Purge My Work?”
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    Today, 12:05 AM
    Malaysia has been named as among the customers of the Israel cyber-spy companies, buying systems that would enable authorities to collect information from the social networks. Tel Aviv-based daily Haaretz reported that Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians, based on interviewing 100 sources in 15 countries — even those with no diplomatic ties with the state, such as Malaysia. Haaretz reported that Malaysia is a customer of a type of systems widespread in the country’s cyber-spy industry, which are “non-invasive” and not under the supervision of Israel Defence Ministry. “The systems concentrate open-source information and analyse it in a way that enables conclusions to be drawn from big data and to assist the authorities. “Our investigation found that Israeli firms sold systems of this kind to Angola and Malaysia,” said the report published today. Malay Mail is seeking clarification from the Home Ministry over the purchase. Among systems bought by other countries, but not Malaysia, were those that that could intercept information that passes between devices as they are being transmitted, either installed on drones, surveillance vehicles, or carried by an agent in the field. It said the most sought-after espionage tools from Israel could even “hack”, or breach a device.
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    Macedonia’s parliament yesterday voted to start the process of renaming the country North Macedonia, a major step towards ending a decades-long diplomatic stalemate with Greece. The vote came after a tense week of debate and back-room negotiations in Skopje, where it was unclear until the last moment whether the government could secure the necessary two-thirds majority. Amendments will now be drafted to incorporate the new name into the constitution, after which another parliamentary vote will be required to enshrine the changes. “I can confirm that with 80 ‘yes’ votes the parliament adopted the proposal by the government to start the procedure to change the constitution,” said Talat Xhaferi, speaker of the 120-member assembly. It is a crucial victory for Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who had to win over several MPS from the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party, whose leadership is firmly against the deal. The Macedonia opposition and its supporters have slammed the deal as an embarrassing concession to Athens. But enough of VMRO-DPMNE’s MPs were eventually persuaded to break ranks with the party leadership. “I want to say thank you to every MP and especially to the MPs from VMRO-DPMNE who put the state’s interests above party and personal interests despite the unnecessary pressure over them,” Zaev said after the vote, adding that he would “guarantee” their safety.
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Speaking in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday, Trump said he “appreciated very much” Mexico’s efforts to stop the caravan. “If that doesn’t work out, we’re calling up the military — not the (National) Guard — we’re calling up the military,” he told reporters. “They’re not coming into this country.” More at: https://www.malaymail.com/s/1684902/migrant-caravan-halted-on-mexico-guatemala-border-pressure-to-turn-back-mou
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Yesterday evening, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said he had spoken to his Guatemalan counterpart Jimmy Morales for clearance to send civil protection personnel to help the Hondurans and to find transport for those wanting to return. “We’ll continue this operation for as long as is necessary,” Hernandez said in a post on Twitter. Shortly afterwards, Guatemala’s government tweeted that Hernandez would meet Morales today in Guatemala City to implement a strategy for returning the Honduran migrants. Meanwhile, in a late televised address, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called the mass rush to penetrate the border “unprecedented”, accusing some migrants of attacking police. “Mexico does not and will not allow (people) to enter its territory illegally, let alone violently,” he said. Speaking in Scottsdale, Arizona yesterday, Trump said he “appreciated very much” Mexico’s efforts to stop the caravan. “If that doesn’t work out, we’re calling up the military — not the (National) Guard — we’re calling up the military,” he told reporters. “They’re not coming into this country.”
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    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo have cancelled the “Vigilant Ace” military exercise that was slated for December, a Pentagon spokeswoman said today. The two officials agreed to suspend the drill to “give the diplomatic process” with Pyongyang “every opportunity to continue,” spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement. “Both ministers are committed to modifying training exercises to ensure the readiness of our forces,” the statement read, saying the need for future exercises would continue to be evaluated. Japan’s Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya was consulted on the matter, the statement said. Following US President Trump’s June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the United States said it would suspend “select” exercises with South Korea, including the large-scale Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises scheduled for August. Vigilant Ace is an air exercise aimed at improving coordination between the two armies that takes place every year in early December in South Korea. Last year, 230 aircraft and some 12,000 US and South Korean troops participated.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he was suspending his campaign for re-election, just weeks before the November midterm elections. The Republican-turned-independent dropped his re-election bid three days after Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigned for “inappropriate comments” he made to a woman. Walker was elected in 2014 after Mallott, a Democrat, dropped his gubernatorial bid to become Walker’s running mate. He was running against Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy, who has been leading in the polls. “In the time remaining, I believe we cannot win a three-way race,” Walker wrote on social media. “This week I have talked to many Alaskans to determine whether I or Mark Begich had a better chance of running a competitive race against Mike Dunleavy. The determination was made that, at this point, Begich has the better odds. Alaskans deserve a competitive race. Alaskans deserve a choice other than Mike Dunleavy.” More at: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/alaska-gov-bill-walker-suspends-re-election-campaign-just-weeks-before-midterms
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    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    The Supreme Court on Friday night temporarily halted an upcoming trial on a climate change lawsuit brought by children against the U.S. government, after the Trump administration had sought to dismiss the case. Chief Justice John Robert’s one-page order halted discovery and the upcoming district court trial in the case, scheduled for Oct. 29. He asked for a response from the plaintiffs in the case by Wednesday. More at: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/supreme-court-pauses-kids-climate-change-suit-before-trial
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    There may be no race more contentious in the upcoming midterm elections than the race for the Senate in Missouri. It is Attorney General Josh Hawley on the Republican ticket vs. Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill. Hawley touts the endorsement of President Trump, and paints himself as a conservative fighter, while McCaskill is painting herself as a moderate Democrat willing to cross party lines. But in the first debate between the two, Hawley made it clear that he may be willing to cross conservatives, and the President on important issues like the Second Amendment and Right to Work. On gun rights, Hawley touts his commitment to defending the Second Amendment, and support from the National Rifle Association. But at the same time he made it clear there are some gun control regulations he supports. He starts off saying that “we need to do everything we can to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, out of the hands of folks who are dangerous, the mentally ill and unstable.” While that statement isn’t very controversial, his solutions raise red flags from many gun rights supporters. He proposes adding mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), saying that the current system “doesn’t allow folks to see, has there actually been a mental health incident in this person’s past.”
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    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    A longtime aide and close confidante of twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary R. Clinton confirmed that there is a chance that she will run for the nation’s highest office a third time in 2020. “It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix—either conversationally or in formal polling—as a 2020 candidate,” said Philippe Reines. “She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She’s younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders’ second time, and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her.” More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/clinton-aide-confirms-she-could-make-third-presidential-run-in-2020/
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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    LifeSiteNews was locked out of their Twitter account on Thursday over an article that was posted four years ago that showed expert analysis on the rise in sexually-transmitted diseases on the rise among the homosexual community. The piece written in 2014 by Dr. Gerard M. Nadal, molecular biologist and microbiologist who is also president and CEO of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer responds to media coverage which was at that time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new annual report on STDs. Although at the time the consensus was that the “reason for the documented continued rise in syphilis (primarily affecting homosexuals) has more to do with homophobia than anything else,” Dr. Nadal contradicted that statement in saying the rise to be a result of the “upward trend in unprotected sex,” and that 60% of homosexual men were failing to disclose their symptoms or status to sexual partners. He cited data from mainstream sources such as the CDC, which was at the time a recent New York Times report, as well as a study from 2006 in the journal AIDS Behavior. On Thursday, October 18th, 2018, LifeSiteNews received the following message, notifying staff that Twitter had made the decision to lock the account due to the 2014 tweet in which the story’s neutral, factual headline violated “our rules against hateful conduct,” and somehow “promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of sexual orientation , or serious disease,” had been shared on the social media platform. LifeSiteNews did not receive any further explination for being locked out of the Twitter account LIFeSite and the length of time for the lockout was also not specified.
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    :upsidedown:The world turned upside down:upsidedown: But we know to expect that from The Vampire.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    PolitiFact, which is absolutely a non-partisan “fact-checking” organization (and don’t you dare suggest otherwise, you looney conspiracy theorist) was forced to retract a bogus ruling that sought protect Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) from a Republican attack ad. “You know, that’s one thing the United States has that nobody else has, is the freedom to fly around and be affordable where a normal person can afford it,” a constituent told McCaskill at a 2017 town hall. The constituent was referring to his own own private plane, which McCaskill confirmed to Free Beacon at the time. “Will you remind them when they come after me about my husband’s plane that normal people can afford it?” McCaskill responded to her constituent. But when the Senate Leadership Fund ran an ad attacking McCaskill for being out of touch with her constituents for thinking that “normal people” can afford private planes, it struck a chord with the arbiters of truth over at PolitiFact. “Did Claire McCaskill say normal people can afford a private plane? No,” the organization said definitively, attaching a link to its story.
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    Yesterday, 11:09 PM
    On Thursday, the U.S. Justice Department began an investigation into alleged child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania, and have subpoenaed at least seven of the eight Catholic dioceses in the state, according to several Roman Catholic Church dioceses. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, along with the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton acknowledged they had received federal subpoenas on Thursday. “The Diocese of Pittsburgh has received the subpoena from the US Department of Justice and will cooperate fully with any and all investigations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy in Pennsylvania,” said spokesman Rev. Nicholas S. Vaskov. The investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities on the allegations of sex abuse being covered up by the Catholic Church, according to groups that represent abuse victims. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/justice-department-opens-probe-on-catholic-church-sex-abuse-in-pennsylvania/
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    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Ohio Democratic senator Sherrod Brown reportedly stands accused of making an “unwanted advance” against a woman, according to a statement from a lawyer representing the woman. The advance allegedly occurred in the 1980’s. This scandal, paired with the domestic abuse allegation that Brown’s ex-wife made, puts the Ohio incumbent in a tough position with voters ahead of November’s election. The claims are highlighted by one important detail: both the new accuser and Brown’s ex-wife accuse the senator of pushing them against a wall. Cincinnati.com reports: Late Thursday night, an attorney released a statement on behalf of one of the women. In the statement, Canton, Ohio area attorney Laura Mills described a sexual encounter her client had with Brown in the late 1980s. Brown was Ohio’s Secretary of State at the time and the unnamed woman had met Brown in the course of her work. According to Mills, Brown pushed her client up against a wall. “She described an unexpected, uninvited, unwanted, and sudden advance, roughly pushing her up against a wall,” Mills said in the statement. “It did stop after she expressed dismay and very firmly pulled away, explaining that was not her style nor why she was there. He then said he remembered what she had on the day they had met some time earlier and that he had been attracted to her.” .. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/two-women-have-now-accused-sherrod-brown-of-pushing-them-against-a-wall/
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    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller is accused of framing a man on gun charges — a case that is officially under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirms on official letterhead that a criminal complaint regarding Mueller’s conduct as FBI director is stored in an investigative case file at the Bureau. The Department’s policy is not to release this information in the course of an investigation. Big League Politics has reviewed police audio of a conversation between Walter Fitzpatrick, witness in the case against Mueller, and TBI special agents Jerry Spoon and Mark Irwin, plus another TBI officer. Fitzpatrick describes his claim that Darren Huff was fraudulently prosecuted by Mueller’s FBI for the crime of “carrying a firearm in interstate commerce with the intent to use it in a civil disorder” in a supposed right-wing plot in 2010 to take over a courthouse in Monroe County. Huff served time in solitary confinement, and did not wish to be quoted in this report. Fitzpatrick and others have presented evidence that Darren Huff never possessed a firearm at the location or in the matter alleged by authorities, and that there was no plot to take over a courthouse. Huff’s lack of firearm, if confirmed by investigators, shapes the case against Mueller for willful misconduct by law enforcement.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Because we can walk and chew gum at the same time and Warren had been planning to run against Trump in 2020 to try to destroy liberty in many ways.
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    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    Projection.
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    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    More than half of Germans living under Merkel's open-border regime want to leave their homeland, according to Die Welt, citing a YouGov survey commissioned by financial services provider Transferwise. It was conducted between September 19 and 21, and included 2109 adults who were asked the following questions; Would you like to live abroad sometime (outside Germany)? Compared to two years ago - is it more or less likely that you will live abroad, or is there no difference? Which of the following are reasons why you want to move abroad? (Multiple answers possible).
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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    Even if true that wouldn't be as sad as your posting history.
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    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    The thread was about budget cuts, Phill4Paul brought up the regulatory cuts as a side issue while arguing with R3v and I joined in when R3v claimed the regulatory cuts were only worth $600 M.
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    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    But Lincoln jailed the "right" journalists, if Khashoggi had been a Faux News contributor instead of a Washington Compost columnist MBS would be the toast of the town.
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    Julian Assange is taking legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”. While this might appear like 'biting the hand that feeds and shelters you' Assange's lawyer notes his client's poor health and new more restrictive rules for asylum have forced them to take action. The move, as The Guardian reports, follows a deterioration in relations between the Ecuadorian government and the Wikileaks founder, who was granted refuge at Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012 while he was on bail in the UK over sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. He was reportedly given a set of stringent new house rules by the London embassy, including cleaning his bathroom and taking better care of his cat (threatening to confiscate the pet if he did not look after it). Assange must obtain approval for all visitors from diplomatic staff three days in advance. He is expressly banned from activities that could be “considered as political or interfering with the internal affairs of other states”, according to a memo seen by the Guardian. In a statement, Wikileaks said: "Ecuador's measures against Julian Assange have been widely condemned by the human rights community."
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