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    Today, 08:57 PM
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday proposed holding a summit between the leaders of Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain in 2020 to discuss the conflict in Libya and other global problems.Putin, who was speaking during a trip to Israel, said Moscow was ready for a "serious conversation" with the permanent members of the UN Security Council, that there was much to discuss and that the summit could happen anywhere in the world. "In any country, at any point of the world that is convenient for our colleagues. Russia is ready for this kind of serious conversation," he said. "There are many tasks before us. We discussed one of them very recently in Berlin...That is Libya. And we need to return to this problem at the Security Council and adopt the corresponding resolution," he said. Putin, who was in Israel on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, said holding such a summit would be an important symbolic step ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. "We discussed (this) with several colleagues and as far as I understand in general we saw a positive reaction to holding a meeting of the heads of the permanent members of the UN Security Council..." he said. https://news.yahoo.com/putin-proposes-2020-summit-leaders-133912975.html
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    Today, 08:53 PM
    It's good to see you are still with us. :)
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    Today, 08:28 PM
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the United States on Thursday he would repeal an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises if Washington did not reinstate the visa of a political ally.Visibly upset, Duterte vented his anger over the U.S. decision to deny entry to Ronaldo dela Rosa, a former police chief who is now a senator. Dela Rosa said the U.S. embassy in the Philippines did not explain why his visa had been cancelled but that he believed it was most likely because of allegations of extrajudicial killings during his more than two-year term as police chief. Dela Rosa was the chief enforcer of Duterte's anti-narcotics crackdown, which has resulted in deaths of more than 5,000 people, mostly small-time drug dealers. Police say victims were shot by officers in self-defense. "If you do not do the correction, one, I will terminate the bases, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). I will finish that son of a bitch," Duterte said in a wide-ranging speech before former Communist rebels. "I am giving the government and the American government one month from now." The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), signed in 1998, accorded legal status to thousands of U.S. troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations. Delfin Lorezana, Duterte's defense minister, declined to comment when asked if he agreed with the president's plan. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippines-duterte-threatens-end-military-173421461.html
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    Today, 08:25 PM
    Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar asked Greece to demilitarize 16 Aegean islands near Turkey he claims were illegally armed, in a move that may exacerbate strains in the countries’ relations.“We expect Greece to act in line with international law and the agreements it has signed,” state-run Anadolu Agency cited Akar as saying in Ankara on Wednesday. More at: https://www.yahoo.com/news/turkey-slams-greece-illegally-arming-080957985.html
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    Today, 08:02 PM
    7. Freedom Throne It could be yours for only $17,800. 13. Heavy Duty Artillery �� pic.twitter.com/lIqAMrrPwm — Madeline Osburn (@madelineorr) January 23, 2020 The rounds on top of this mini tank were longer than an average human hand. 15. The Freedom Cabinet The “Freedom Cabinet” was designed by metal artist Shane Henderson in his garage, but quickly went viral, drawing attention from politicians, celebrities, and freedom lovers. What looks like a piece of metal art on your wall, is actually a safe storage space for your firearms, flask, Bible, and anything else you might want to protect from grubby hands.
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    Today, 07:53 PM
    https://twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/1219772753185669120 1219772753185669120
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    Today, 07:52 PM
    This isn't paralyzing government and if it were to succeed it would strengthen it.
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    Today, 07:36 PM
    The Demoncrats are going after someone who is a threat to their entire system and they are trying to make it so they can never be investigated for anything. You should care about that.
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    Today, 07:22 PM
    One detail does not appear in the original article.......................................... unfortunately.
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    Today, 07:18 PM
    With the world's attention focused on the Coronavirus outbreak and to a lesser extent on Trump's impeachment trial, the war in Libya just got a lot more scary in terms of the potential for mass civilian death. Incredibly, Gen. Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) just threatened to shoot down civilian planes after days ago declaring a 'no fly zone' over Tripoli following increased Turkish intervention. The BBC reports the unambiguous and shocking declaration as follows: Gen Haftar's spokesman, Ahmad al-Mesmari, said in a statement on Wednesday that "any military or civilian aircraft, regardless of its affiliation, flying over the capital will be destroyed". In the past days Haftar has accused Turkey, which has lately openly transferred both Turkish national army troops as well as Syrian FSA mercenaries into Tripoli to fight on behalf of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, of using the Libyan capital's only functioning international airport as a military base. It appears the LNA is saying it will consider even commercial flights as 'fair game' because it's alleging Turkey and the GNA are using civilian aviation in a 'human shield' capacity. BBC reporting that Haftar's spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that "any military or civilian aircraft, regardless of its affiliation, flying over the capital will be destroyed" Said spokesman’s utterances often dismissed as bluster by apologists. https://t.co/AdoHqQ7WVx
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    Today, 07:12 PM
    A CHINESE woman who knew she was infected with the deadly coronavirus has disguised her symptoms by deliberately taking antipyretics and successfully boarded a plane to France. She then bragged about her actions online in photographs with friends she met on arrival, according to Chinese media sources. More at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1231898/coronavirus-latest-chinese-woman-france-sneaked-in-infected-corona-virus-wuhan-weibo
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    Today, 05:51 PM
    Imports are down and so is our trade deficit, not all Amazon stuff comes from China, it sounds like you are the one making things up. They are fighting him but they are losing.
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    Transgender activist Jessica Yaniv has been arrested after committing an assault against a journalist on video while leaving a court building last week. Rebel Media journalist Keean Bexte has reported that Yaniv was thrown in jail and charged with assault for committing the attack against the reporter. Yaniv now faces up to five years in prison for perpetrating the brazen assault. More at: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/trans-activist-jessica-wax-my-balls-yaniv-arrested-for-assaulting-journalist-outside-of-court-house/
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    Today, 05:28 PM
    The other half was undoubtedly mostly shipping less Chinesium junk around the country. There are always ups and downs but Trump has changed the general direction upward.
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    Today, 05:23 PM
    DOJ: Surveillance Of Carter Page Based On Insufficient Evidence, No Probable Cause "This could have huge implications for every case brought by Mueller."
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    Today, 05:20 PM
    Brazil produced more than 1 billion barrels last year, the first time it has breached the 1-billion-barrel mark, Reuters reports, citing the country’s oil regulator, ANP. The daily average stood at 3.106 million bpd, up 7.78 percent on 2018, ANP also said. More than half of the total oil production Brazil recorded in 2019 came from the prolific presalt zone off its coast. The contribution of the presalt zone stood at 633.98 million barrels, which was an annual improvement of 21.56 percent. Brazil’s crude oil production topped 3 million barrels per day for the first time ever in November 2019, the ANP reported lat month, adding that total oil and gas production rose to 3.95 million barrels of oil equivalent daily - also a record-breaking figure. More at: https://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/Brazil-Breaks-Oil-Production-Record.html
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    Today, 05:14 PM
    +Rep It is nice to see the people who hate Trump more than they love liberty expose themselves. (or maybe they never really loved liberty)
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    Today, 04:59 PM
    Administration to add Brazilians to asylum-seekers required to wait in Mexico
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    Today, 04:58 PM
    Trump grants Texas its request to defund Planned Parenthood
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    M 6.2 - 22km E of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska 2020-01-23 05:53:03 (UTC) 51.920°N 177.827°W 10.0 km depth
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    Today, 04:46 PM
    Putin is purging the Medvedev factions. Former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine and Tokyo correspondent for the South China Morning Post says his sources are saying the Rothschilds were just purged from Russia and Japan, and one of his weirder sources is saying the Medvedev which Putin had removed in his current takeover was an alien
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    Today, 04:38 PM
    You mean the world is complex?:confused:
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    Today, 04:34 PM
    There are positions on the spectrum between perfection and 100% evil, Trump is better than halfway towards 100% good.
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    Today, 03:53 PM
    Three years into the Trump administration, we see a clear pattern forming. The Obama administration implemented labor rules that make the labor market less flexible, often at the expense of smaller businesses, but in ways that made unions happy. The Trump administration then takes these rules away. The latest example is the dismantling of the Obama Labor Department's joint employer rule. As the new Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia and the Office of Management Director Mick Mulvaney explained recently in The Wall Street Journal, "When joint employment exists, two separate companies are responsible for ensuring that workers receive the federally mandated minimum wage and overtime pay. Two companies are responsible for ensuring the proper records are kept. And two companies can be taken to court if it's alleged that those responsibilities have not been met." The question is: When is there actually joint employment? From 1958 to 2015, joint employment was said to exist when two employers are "not completely disassociated" from each other. This needlessly vague phrasing was only worsened by the Obama administration's attempted clarification. A 2015 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, followed by a 2016 legal interpretation adopted by the Labor Department, expanded joint employment to any business with "indirect influence" over another company's employment terms and conditions. That was a big deal for a wide range of franchise, subcontract and supplier business models. These diverse business forms were forced into a one-size-fits-all model of "joint employment," thus opening them up to legal troubles caused by their contractors and franchisees. For instance, under this rule, Subway -- the biggest franchise by far in the United States in terms of number of stores at 23,647 -- can be sued for the lack of labor compliance at any of its independently owned stores across the country. Even if you have little sympathy for big business, think about all the self-employed contractors and subcontractors affected by the rules. As Walter Olson of the Cato Institute wrote at the time, "What do advocates of these changes intend to accomplish by destroying the economics of business relationships under which millions of Americans are presently employed? For many, the aim is to force much more of the economy into the mold of large -- payroll, unionized employers, a system for which the 1950s are often (wrongly) idealized." This classification is also very costly. A study by economist Ronald Bird for the Chamber of Commerce concluded that the expanded rule costs businesses between $17.2 billion and $33.3 billion a year -- mostly to protect themselves against legal actions rather than on tighter labor compliance. Bird also documented how the Obama rule forced many national brands to distance themselves from their franchisees out of fear of being sued and shifted many training and software responsibilities to the franchisees. Unfortunately, franchisees, which are smaller businesses, are often not as well equipped to handle such responsibilities or do so at costs as low as those achieved by larger companies. Thus, their total cost of doing business rises. Despite franchisee efforts to shield themselves from abusive legal actions, there has been a 93% increase in lawsuits against franchise businesses since the rules made such lawsuits more lucrative.
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    Today, 03:51 PM
    The Trump administration is at the point of finalizing reform of antiquated Cold War rules which were used to target gunsmiths and small gun manufacturers. Included in the reforms is the transfer of responsibility for the export of most firearms and ammunition from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce. In 2016, the State Department, under the Obama administration, “clarified” the definition of “manufacturers” who were required to register under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The registration fee was $2,250 per year. PNJ.com reports the actions of the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC): The DDTC defined manufacturing as, among other things: The production of firearm parts, the systemized production of ammunition, modifications that change round capacity, the machining or cutting of firearms resulting in enhanced capability, and use of any special tooling or equipment upgrading in order to improve the capability of assembled or repaired firearms. The change in definition appeared to cover everything from drilling and tapping for scope mounts to threading a barrel. It impacted the small gunsmith, for whom $2,250 a year would be a large expenditure, more than large manufacturers. Those small gunsmiths are the least likely to be a threat to the United States military. Attempts to reform the bureaucratic attack on gunsmiths began immediately. Return to the status quo was opposed by those who wish a disarmed population. The Trump administration worked to return to the original situation for gunsmiths while reforming antiquated, restrictive rules of firearms exports which had accumulated under ITAR. The final form of the new rules is expected to be published on 23 January 2020. There will be a 45 day period after that before the rules go into effect. From NSSF: WASHINGTON — NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, applauds the Trump administration’s posting for public inspection of the final rules that modernize the export regulations for sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products. The formal publication of the final rule is scheduled for Jan. 23. The rules will be implemented 45 days after formal publication. President Donald Trump’s administration successfully completed the long-promised modernization of the export control regulations that began more than eight years ago under the prior administration, but which was never completed due to domestic gun control reasons. “This is a tremendous achievement for the firearms and ammunition industry. We salute the Trump administration for modernizing our nation’s outdated Cold War era export controls and putting American manufacturers on an even playing field with their foreign competitors,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs and General Counsel. “This initiative will enable U.S. manufacturers to create more good-paying jobs in America while also helping to strengthen our national security.” The rules issued today transfer export licensing of sporting and commercial firearms and ammunition products to the Commerce Department from the State Department. This change removes unnecessary and outdated regulations and allows the State to focus its export control resources on those items that give our warfighters a tactical advantage. It makes no sense to treat the commercial sale of hunting or target shooting rifles with the same level of scrutiny as nuclear weapons, tanks and fighter aircraft.
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    Today, 03:48 PM
    Switzerland unveils world's smallest coin measuring 0.12 inches, weighing one 500th of an ounce and showing Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue (if you've got a magnifying glass!) State-owned Swissmint said the coin would be go on sale for 199 francs (£155) Coin comes with a magnifying glass so owners can see Albert Einstein's face Its size, 0.12 inches, is similar to the combined thickness of two pieces of paper And its weight, 0.063 grams, is similar to combined mass of two grains of rice
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    Ghislaine Maxwell’s Lawyers Admit They Don’t Know Where She Is Either
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    Today, 03:35 PM
    “I think it’s crazy, and I think Virginia is crazy,” the president said. “They want to take away the guns in Virginia. You have a governor that’s — I just can’t believe it — but Virginia’s very much in play. I think we’re going to win the state of Virginia.” “They want to take everyone’s gun away in Virginia. You can’t do it. You can’t do it,” he said. “People need that for safety. They need it for hunting and other — but many people need it for safety. They need it for security.” “They’re playing with our Second Amendment,” Trump continued. “Frankly, they’d get rid of it. I watched on an interview. He would get rid of the Second Amendment if it was up to him, and you have many Democrats saying the same thing.” “They’re saying it quietly, but if they win these elections, they’re going to try and get rid of the Second Amendment. It will never happen as long as I’m here,” he added.
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