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    Today, 03:35 PM
    President Donald Trump has fulfilled another populist promise by creating new Opportunity Zones in urban and rural areas, where developers will receive tax cuts and incentives to build up some of our most run-down neighborhoods. President Trump credited Senator Tim Scott for his cooperation in Congress, and BET head Bob Johnson also spoke at the White House event with Dr. Ben Carson and pastor Darrell Scott where the president announced the executive order. There are now 9,000 neighborhoods designated as Opportunity Zones. NBC News — apparently mad that Trump is helping poor people — ran a hit piece saying the Trump Organization might enjoy some of the tax breaks. What a sad mainstream media narrative! Populist Republican Jack Kemp, deceased, whom Paul Ryan pretends to idolize, wanted to create so-called “economic freedom zones” for many years, and Rand Paul has also pushed the idea. Trump railed against “geographic disparity” in our country’s economic opportunities in his signing ceremony at the White House. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/president-donald-trump-creates-opportunity-zones-a-longtime-dream-of-jack-kemp/
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    Today, 03:31 PM
    All of which add extra cost and difficulty.
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    Today, 03:27 PM
    OPEC+ will need to stay 700,000 bpd below its agreed targets of 31.8 million bpd through 2019 in order to bring a recovery in Brent prices to the $70 level, Rystad Energy says. The OPEC countries and Russia agreed on December 7 to cut oil production by 1.2 million bpd in 2019 – slightly larger than the 1.0 million bpd cut expected by many observers. “The OPEC+ agreement predictably came up short of what Rystad Energy argued would be required to fully balance the market in 2019. The agreed production cuts will not be enough to ensure sustained and immediate recovery in oil prices. The muted market reaction seen thus far comes as no surprise to us”, Rystad Energy head of oil market research Bjornar Tonhaugen says. More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/OPEC-Came-Up-Short-Heres-What-They-Should-Do.html
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    Today, 03:24 PM
    Canadian miner Crystallex has accused Venezuela of breaching a US$1.4-billion settlement agreement as PDVSA continued to try and overturn a court order that allowed Crystallex to take control of the stock of Citgo’s parent company, Reuters reports. This is the latest blow to Citgo, PDVSA’s precious downstream business in the U.S. that the company—and Caracas through it—has tried to keep at all costs. What’s more, Crystallex had already hired banks to organize a forced sale of Citgo stock in order to get its US$1.4 billion, a lawyer for the Canadian mining company said, but the process has been suspended because Venezuela wasted no time in disputing Crystallex’ accusation. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Crystallex-Threatens-Venezuelas-Crown-Jewel-Citgo-Again.html
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    A variant of the Shamoon malware that hit Saudi Aramco’s servers six years ago is back, Axios reports, citing a release from the cybersecurity unit of Alphabet, Chronicle. According to the Chronicle release, the company had detected a file infected with Shamoon in its database VirusTotal. The malware, Chronicle said, was uploaded from Italy and is different from the previous two variants. Those moved through networks via pre-programmed credentials while this one stays on the computer it is installed on first. There is no command and control infrastructure that would allow the attackers to communicate with the virus, and what the virus does this time is encrypt all files irreversibley rather than replacing them with politically significant images, Axios reports. While the cybersecurity experts at Chronicle figure out what the malware is all about this time, they do note it comes on the heels of a report from Italy’s oilfield services major Saipem that it had become the target of a cyberattack, with the most severe blow suffered by its network in the Middle East. Reuters quoted Saipem’s head of digital and innovation operations, Mauro Piasere, as saying the company’s servers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait had been affected by malware, with the origin of the attack Chennai, India. “The servers involved have been shut down for the time being to assess the scale of the attack,” Piasere said. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Virus-That-Haunted-Aramco-In-2012-Is-Back.html
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Wednesday that lame-duck House Speaker Paul Ryan endangers the Farm bill by including a rule that prohibits a vote on America’s involvement with Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. One of House Republicans leadership’s final acts of this congressional term includes adding a rule on the Conference Report for the 2018 Farm bill which would block a potential War Powers resolution vote on America’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The House plans to vote on the Farm bill on Wednesday, leaving Massie and other America First foreign policy lawmakers limited time to fight against Ryan’s move to block their Yemen resolution. The House Rules Committee released a rule on the conference report for the Farm bill, which includes a rule that the War Powers resolution does not apply to Yemen, which would spark a debate on whether the United States should remain engaged in the foreign war in the Middle East. Massie chastised Speaker Paul Ryan, charging that the House Republican leadership should not jeopardize American farmers just to block a vote on a resolution condemning America’s involvement in Yemen. “This is definitely not America First. We shouldn’t be spending our blood and treasure in the Middle East, and furthermore on another level, we shouldn’t be jeopardizing the passage of domestic policy and domestic spending with a foreign policy/ war issue,” Massie told Breitbart News. “In other words, if you’re putting America First, why would you jeopardize passage of the Farm bill by sneaking in the War in Yemen through the Farm bill?” “It’s not America First; it’s not putting America’s farmers first,” Massie added. “I don’t’ think they would be excited find out that Paul Ryan used their bill to pull these shenanigans.” Does your Congressman know what’s hidden in a procedural vote on the Farm Bill today? Does he or she care? To avoid a debate on whether the US should be involved in a war in Yemen, today our leadership will trick members into suspending the provisions of the War Powers Act. SAD! pic.twitter.com/PVziN9d2lP — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 12, 2018
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    Today, 02:56 PM
    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published a report Tuesday accusing South East Asian nations of systematically failing to protect their populations’ religious rights, noting that “state officials” in Pakistan often shield criminals forcing Christian or Hindu women into a Muslim marriage. The report, titled “Limitations on Minorities’ Religious Freedom in South Asia,” tracks religious freedom variations in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, finding them all lacking in enforcing religious freedom protections, even when these exist under federal law. Pakistan, an officially Islamist country, and India, which has experienced a surge in Hindu extremism, are home to the most egregious violations mentioned in the study. The U.S. State Department designated Pakistan a “Country of Particular Concern” on Tuesday for its religious freedom violations under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, which also created the USCIRF. The designation is expected to trigger sanctions on the nation, which appears on the list for the first time after being added to the “Special Watch List” last year. The USCIRF’s findings appear to support the State Department’s decision. The report notes that private actors commit many violations of religious freedom, but often do so with impunity. Forced marriages are high on the list of those violations. “The Pakistani media has featured many stories with a similar series of events: a Muslim man will kidnap, sexually assault, forcibly convert, and then forcibly marry a young Christian or Hindu woman, often with the collusion of state officials, such as the police and religious leaders, and neighborhood imams,” the report reads. On the issue of forced marriage, intended to eradicate the Christian population through conversion, the report notes that some Pakistani politicians attempted to pass laws to protect Christian and Hindu women, which make up most of the religious minority population of the country. A proposed law in 2016 would have “criminalized the forcible conversion of religious minorities,” but the governor of Sindh province, where the law originated, “refused to assent to the law and therefore it stands unimplemented or enforced.” Governors in Pakistan who have supported measures to prevent the violation of religious rights have suffered extreme consequences. In a notable 2011 case, Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, publicly expressed disapproval of the use of the nation’s blasphemy law to sentence Asia Bibi, a Christian mother, to death. His bodyguard assassinated him and remains a hero among the Islamist political majority in the country. More at: https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2018/12/12/u-s-pakistani-officials-help-muslims-force-christian-women-into-marriage/
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    Today, 02:54 PM
    President Donald Trump signed a law on Tuesday combatting genocide of Christians in the Middle East, legislation supported by the Knights of Columbus and a broad array of faith-based organizations. Christians are being systematically wiped out in Syria and Iraq, along with other religious minorities in parts of the Middle East. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) spearheaded the passage of H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which the president signed in an Oval Office ceremony. Both congressmen stood with the president as he signed the bill. “The future of endangered religious and ethnic minorities targeted by IS for genocide, and pluralism in the Middle East, will depend on help from the United States,” said Smith. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson represented the Knights of Columbus in the ceremony. This Catholic fraternal order has allocated $20 million to provide relief to Christians and other religious minorities, including $2 million to rebuild Karamles, a town in Iraq that ISIS had destroyed. “With the legislation signed today, America speaks with bold moral clarity and political unanimity,” said Anderson, adding for historical perspective that this law “reminds us of America’s earlier efforts to aid victims of genocide – Christian communities targeted by Ottomans a century ago and Jewish survivors of Shoah.” More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/12/donald-trump-signs-genocide-relief-act-christians-iraq-syria/ The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017 directs the State Department to provide assistance to entities that criminally prosecute those suspected of committing genocide, wars against humanity, or war crimes in Iraq over the past six years, or in Syria during its civil war. The bill’s primary focus is to stop the genocide of Christians in those countries.
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    Today, 02:52 PM
    The Pentagon said Tuesday that there is no current plan for the military to build sections of the border wall, but suggested that the law would allow the Defense Department to fund doing so in some cases. “To date, there is no plan to build sections of the wall. However, Congress has provided options under Title 10 U.S. Code that could permit the Department of Defense to fund border barrier projects, such as in support of counter drug operations or national emergencies,” Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said. The Pentagon statement came after President Trump on Tuesday morning said the military could build remaining sections of a border wall. More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/12/12/pentagon-border-barrier-military/
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    Today, 02:38 PM
    Read wikileaks. It is full of things he has reported to the world.
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    Today, 02:21 PM
    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says the state’s declining sources of funds for infrastructure cannot be ignored and has to be addressed by the legislature in 2019 with a bill that tackles an increased consumption fee on fuel, fees on fuel-efficient vehicles, and other items. Bevin told The Bottom Line there are many roads, bridges, and interchanges citizens want to be built and addressed but the state currently has no money to deal with those infrastructure needs. “Where’s the money going to come from? It’s going to come from the people who use this infrastructure. It’s not pleasant, it’s not fun. I don’t like the idea of it, nobody likes the idea of it. Nobody wants to actually pay for things that they use, but people understand you need to pay for the things you use,” Bevin said. “How it comes, whether there is the intestinal fortitude in the legislature to get it done, we’ll see. But I’ll tell you, where else is it going to come from? Honestly?” As for what should be included in a bill—such as items like an increase in the gas tax, increased fees at registration for more fuel-efficient cars that are using the roads but not paying as much of the gas tax—Bevin stated he is looking to the legislature to come up with ideas beyond only a focus on the fuel tax to invest in roads and bridges. “I expect to see some innovation on that front,” he said. Because it is outside of a budget year, the legislature would need 60 votes to make changes to the gas tax in the regular 2019 session. When asked if he would call a special session, where the 60-vote threshold is not required, if they are unable to pass a bill during that time, Bevin said it is a possibility he could call a special session, but he hopes the General Assembly can pass an “inclusive and thoughtful” plan during the 2019 session. (Read more of Bevin’s remarks on this issue in a story on The Bottom Line here.) More at: https://kychamberbottomline.com/2018/12/11/gov-bevin-says-lawmakers-must-increase-gas-tax-and-fees-in-2019-to-find-funding-for-roads-and-bridges/
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    Today, 02:19 PM
    That never seemed to affect O'Bummer.
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    Today, 02:13 PM
    A Melbourne court has reportedly convicted the Vatican’s finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s when he was archbishop of Melbourne. After more than three days of deliberations, the court handed down a guilty verdict Tuesday by a unanimous consent of the jury. If the verdict is confirmed, it will be the highest-ranking condemnation of a Church official for a crime of sexual abuse. More at: https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2018/12/12/australian-court-finds-cardinal-pell-guilty-of-sexual-abuse/
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    Today, 02:11 PM
    Q !!mG7VJxZNCI ID: f45064 No.4272168 Dec 12 2018 11:00:11 (EST) https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6487315/High-profile-figure-convicted-suppression-orders-prevent-publication-persons-identity.html https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/why-the-media-is-unable-to-report-on-a-case-that-has-generated-huge-interest-online-20181212-p50lta.html https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/nsw/an-awful-crime-the-person-is-guilty-but-we-cant-publish-the-story-ng-4be7ee27075d4fb302aae9989c40ad34
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    Today, 01:58 PM
    Cities and states were formed to dispense justice and defend against enemies, the cities came first but as the enemies became larger by conquering more territory and creating states the remaining cities had to band together in states in order to be able to defend against them.
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    Today, 01:47 PM
    There is no guidance in the Constitution so we would be in uncharted territory, whatever happened would undoubtedly end up in court and go all the way to SCOTUS. Unless the GOP takes back the House in 2 years then Congress is out of the question and even if they do it is unlikely that they would pass such a resolution even by a simple majority, that is why I asked about Senate hearings in my Rand thread about this. The citizens/victims of California or some other state could file a court case requesting relief but no lower court would be willing to rule on it because of the total lack of precedent so you would need to get SCOTUS to take the case after being thrown out of every other court on the way, if RBG dies and is replaced then the odds of getting accepted by SCOTUS will go up but right now I would expect to be denied. That leaves executive action. The federal government would need to seize control of the state and hold honest elections to replace the current government and then not relinquish control until the rule of law and honest elections were restored, that would require the removal of politicized law enforcement and judges and an end to legalized ballot harvesting etc.
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    Today, 02:13 AM
    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was supposed to be the keystone of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, but it has disbursed just $1 billion in its first three years of operation. Back in 2016, the AIIB was touted and feared as the new colossus of development banks. Promoters pointed to Asia's need for trillions of dollars of new infrastructure. Critics feared that the AIIB would marginalize existing institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The United States opposed the creation of a new, China-centered development institution for Asia, but the Obama administration’s efforts to sink the bank proved futile. In the end, sixty-six countries joined China as members of the AIIB, including close American allies like Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The AIIB opened its doors in January 2016 with $100 billion in subscribed capital. With that kind of money at its disposal, expectations were that the AIIB would “lend $10 billion-$15 billion a year for the first five or six years” of its operations. The New York Times took this as proof that “China, with its vast wealth and resources, now rivals the United States at the global economic table.” Yet in its first three years of operation, the AIIB has approved loans totaling less than $7 billion. And that includes the final tranche of loans for 2018, just approved at its December 7 board meeting. The amount of loans disbursed to date is almost certainly far less. For example, a $400 million AIIB loan approved last week for a water supply project in India will be drawn between 2019 and 2023. In fact, the AIIB seems to have only $1.15 billion in total outstanding loans on its books, according to its third quarter financial statements. Vastly outweighing its loan book, it holds more than $8.5 in bank deposits and another $3.3 billion in trust funds. All of which raises an interesting question: who is the AIIB’s lucky banker? Focusing on loans approved—which may or may not ever be disbursed—the AIIB’s new approvals this year were just $2.5 billion, down from $3.3 billion in 2017. To put that in perspective, the World Bank committed more money to India this year ($3.4 billion) than the AIIB announced for all of Asia. And the World Bank has a much stronger track record of disbursing its loans. In three years of operations, the AIIB has committed a grand total of just $7 billion to thirty-four projects in thirteen countries. By far the largest beneficiary has been India, with nine projects totaling nearly $2 billion. Indonesia is second, with five projects totaling $940 million. The average size of an AIIB lending commitment is just over $200 million, and the average level of AIIB participation in any particular project is just over 25 percent of the total cost. Generally speaking, the AIIB seems willing to participate as an investor in other people’s projects, but seems shy about funding projects of its own. This is hardly the kind of transformational leadership that will reorient Asia’s trade routes toward an all-conquering Middle Kingdom.
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    Today, 01:20 AM
    The Constitution is the supreme law of the land including the Bill of Rights, if it is not being followed then the government is not governing according to law and is therefore not Republican in nature.
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    Today, 12:50 AM
    India's government named an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the country's new central bank chief Tuesday, a day after his predecessor quit following a dispute about government interference. Shaktikanta Das has been appointed governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years, a government statement said. The 63-year-old is a former senior finance ministry official and a key figure in Modi's controversial "demonetisation" scheme of November 2016. Das has worked with various government bodies and was part of the economic affairs ministry when Modi announced his controversial cash ban that scrapped 86 percent of notes overnight. "The government has hired an insider who will be sympathetic to government concerns and not hold diverging opinions," independent economist Ashutosh Datar told AFP. "This is an extremely disappointing choice and is the final straw in chipping away at the RBI's integrity and freedom to set rates and take policy decisions," he added. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/india-names-modi-ally-central-bank-chief-144911126--finance.html
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    Today, 12:38 AM
    More in this thread: Mayotte Volcano set to erupt AFTER 5,000 YEARS?
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    https://twitter.com/maga_swaga/status/1072721710015688709 1072721710015688709
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    The rule of law is breaking down in liberal states and jurisdiction across the country with totally politicized law enforcement and court rulings and California has legalized voter fraud with its ballot harvesting law. Other states electoral processes are almost as corrupt. The founders put that clause in the Constitution for a reason and we are getting to the point where it may be needed. I would like to know what it would take to see it invoked.
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    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    Yes, if you mean that the guilty are punished, but the rule of law has been decaying before our very eyes to the point that it isn't even given token consideration with leftists allowed to break the law without consequence and conservatives found guilty on trumped up charges, also the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and if it is wantonly violated in ever more egregious manners then you do not have a Republican form of government. If elected offices are held by fraud then you don't have a Republican form of government and that should apply if the electoral system is so corrupted that fraud can't be detected or stopped, legalized ballot harvesting for instance.
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    Letter from Gen Antoine Martinez to Macron (you will have to translate the page) source one: https://www.minurne.org/billets/19275 source two: https://ripostelaique.com/marrakech-m-le-president-vous-ne-pouvez-decider-seul-de-nous-priver-de-notre-patrie.html
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