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    Today, 02:58 AM
    U.S. labor market remains strong; manufacturing likely stabilizing
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    Today, 02:49 AM
    China's chicken farmers had been looking forward to a bumper year.But an unprecedented lockdown on people and goods to curb the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the short but intense poultry lifecycle, threatening output of meat just as the world's most populous country faces a massive pork shortfall. China's poultry production expanded by 12% last year to 22.39 million tonnes, after farmers sought to plug the gap from the pork shortage caused by African swine fever that ravaged the domestic hog herd. About half of China's chickens are raised by individual farmers involved in only one or two steps of the chicken chain, rather than integrated operations. But that has made them vulnerable to the restrictions on movement and labour shortage resulting from Beijing's efforts to curb the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 2,200 people and infected around 75,000. Many roads to villages across the country are still blocked, despite government efforts to ease problems for vital industries like food, hampering feed deliveries and movement of birds. Some feed mills and slaughterhouses are still shut, while others are only starting to reopen after extended holidays and operating below capacity. That has upset the flow of a supply chain that starts with the sale of day-old chicks by hatcheries to breeding farms, continues with distribution of broiler chickens to growers, and ends in the slaughter of fattened birds, all in less than a year. "Every step needs to work at the same pace, otherwise there will be an imbalance," said Pan Chenjun, senior analyst at Rabobank.
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    Today, 02:43 AM
    Armed conflict between Turkey and the Damascus regime and their allies escalated dramatically on Thursday, with airstrikes and artillery leaving dead and injured on both sides of the ongoing battle over Syria’s northwest Idlib province. Turkey’s defence ministry claimed it had “neutralised” some 50 troops loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad after his air force struck Turkish troops, killing at least two. A statement from the Russian defence ministry said that only four Assad regime troops were wounded in Turkish artillery strikes, and claimed its Su-24 warplanes struck rebel groups allied with Ankara on the outskirts of Idlib, capital of the hotly contested province. The exchanges of fire on Thursday potentially portend even more heavy warfare following a 29 February deadline set by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erodgan for Assad regime troops to withdraw from positions near a dozen observation posts established in Syria’s northwest Idlib province as part of a de-escalation agreement it hammered out with Moscow and Tehran. But the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, has intensified military operations in Idlib, hoping to stamp out the last significant rebel stronghold in the country after a civil conflict that has lasted nearly nine years. “Turkey has shown that Idlib is a red-line and it is ready to defend the last rebel stronghold with its military,” said Yusuf Erim, an analyst at Turkey’s state broadcaster. “While the presence of the Russian military especially its air force may complicate the situation on the ground, it is not a deterrence for Ankara. What we are seeing right now are the footsteps of a major operation.” More at: https://news.yahoo.com/turkish-airstrikes-kill-50-syrian-172200570.html
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    Today, 01:34 AM
    We should get Congress and the courts out of the powers of the executive just as we should get the executive out of theirs. And we should quit blaming Trump for not making everything perfect overnight. Congress just tried to impeach him for delaying funds they budgeted for Ukraine. How do you think the globalists in Congress would react if he directly destroyed the UN? But he is doing what he can to hamper the UN and work towards getting rid of it.
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    Choked off from suppliers, workers, and logistics networks, China’s manufacturing base is facing a multitude of unprecedented challenges, as coronavirus containment efforts hamper factories’ efforts to reopen. Many of those that have been granted permission to resume operations face critical shortages of staff, with huge swathes of China still under lockdown and some local workers afraid to leave their homes. Others cannot access the materials needed to make their products, and even if they could, the shutdown of shops and marketplaces around China means demand has been sapped. Those who manage to assail the challenges, meanwhile, have found that trucking, shipping and freight services are thin on the ground, as China’s famed logistical machine also struggles to find workers and navigate provincial border checkpoints that have popped up across the country “It really is death by a thousand cuts,” said John Evans, managing director of Tractus Asia, a company that has 20 years’ experience helping firms move to China, but which over the past two has had more enquiries from businesses looking to leave. “This is a black swan event and I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it in recent history, in terms of the economic and supply chain impact in China and across the globe.”
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    Today, 01:08 AM
    Which is good, the left has been stealing the electoral votes of rural communities in deep blue states for too long.
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    It not just the separation of powers (although nobody around here gives him credit for that limit), there are many laws and court rulings that violate the separation of powers and usurp what should be executive powers that are in his way. The United States still owes 491 million dollars for its dues for the 2019 regular budget And he permanently cut or ended our contributions to multiple UN programs.
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    Today, 01:00 AM
    There is nothing bad about that.
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    Today, 12:53 AM
    Trump was never one of us but he is moving things our way, defeating our enemies and becoming more like us. Amash was supposed to be one of us but is moving away from us and giving aid and comfort to our worst enemies.
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    Today, 12:49 AM
    The Bosnian Serb leader on Thursday renewed calls for Bosnia’s dissolution and pledged to block decision-making in the country’s institutions, a move slammed by Western envoys as a challenge to the U.S.-sponsored peace agreement that ended Bosnia’s civil war.Milorad Dodik said after a meeting of the Bosnian Serb leaders in a Sarajevo suburb that the crisis in Bosnia “will disappear only when Bosnia disappears.” The U.S.-brokered Dayton peace agreement has divided Bosnia into two entities, the Serb republic and the Muslim-Croat federation. All the decisions on the state level have to be reached by consensus of the three ethnic groups, and if one votes against, the decisions are blocked. Tensions increased in Bosnia earlier this month when the country's Constitutional Court ruled that unclaimed agricultural land is the property of the central Bosnian state rather than the Serb mini state, contradicting a Bosnian Serb law. Lawmakers in the Bosnian Serb mini-statehave given a 60-day deadline for the court to revoke its decision and reform itself by kicking out three foreign judges that the Serbs claim are biased against them. The pro-Russian Bosnian Serb leader has reiterated his calls for secession of the Bosnian Serb lands so they could join neighboring Serbia — the plan by Serb nationalists that triggered the 1992-95 war that left at least 100,000 dead and millions homeless. "Goodbye Bosnia, welcome (Bosnian Serb) exit," Dodik, who is also the Serb member of Bosnia's joint presidency, said earlier this week. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/bosnian-serb-leader-calls-dissolution-125051730.html
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    Today, 12:19 AM
    ICE agents arrested two illegal aliens in a courthouse in Northern California, defying a state law that says they needed a warrant from a judge to do so. ICE flouted a new state law that requires the warrant before arresting an illegal on courthouse grounds. After the predictable outcry from courthouse officials and others, ICE calmly gave their rationale. Los Angeles Times: ICE said in a statement that California’s law doesn’t supersede federal law and “will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States.” “Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities,” David Jennings, ICE’s field office director in San Francisco, said in the statement. In other words, ICE is telling critics to go climb a tree. ICE's actions follow the deployment of Customs and Border Patrol agents to sanctuary cities and states. The state government of California bitterly criticized that move, but find themselves unable to do anything to prevent it. The Department of Homeland Security, the agency under which ICE and CBP operate, can send its personnel anywhere they see fit to send them. More at: https://pjmedia.com/trending/ice-throws-down-the-gauntlet-to-challenge-california-state-law-on-arresting-illegals/
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    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    The Taliban's deputy leader said the group would soon sign a agreement with the United States to reduce violence for seven days, adding that militant commanders were "fully committed" to observing the "historic" accord."That we today stand at the threshold of a peace agreement with the United States is no small milestone," Sirajuddin Haqqani wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times, in the first significant public statement by a Taliban leader on the accord for a week-long reduction in violence (RIV). The agreement in principle, which was struck during negotiations between U.S. and Taliban representatives in Qatar, could lead to a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. "Achieving the potential of the agreement, ensuring its success and earning lasting peace will depend on an equally scrupulous observance by the United States of each of its commitments," wrote Haqqani, who is also head of the Pakistan-linked Haqqani Network. Clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters have continued, but Afghanistan's acting interior minister said on Tuesday an agreement to cut violence would be enforced within five days. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/historic-u-taliban-pact-signed-134546929.html
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    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    That's what people always say about every historical event.
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    The potential for supply chain disruption as a result of China dealing with the Coronavirus, and almost a complete shutdown of their manufacturing economy, is looming heavy upon Wall Street multinationals invested in China. However, tangentially related, as a result of USMCA we are now seeing signs of shifted investment into North America and increases in forecasts for U.S. manufacturing. (Via CNBC) Early in the week, New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for general business conditions posted a reading of 12.9, up 8 points from January and its best level since May. New orders surged to 22.1, the highest since September 2017, and shipments rose to 18.9, the best since November 2018. On Thursday, the Philadelphia survey exploded 20 points higher to 36.7, the highest since February 2017. New orders hit their highest since May 2018. (more) The Philadelphia FED tracks factory orders in eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. New orders in that region soared far higher than all expectations, reflecting a strong consumer-driven economy with ongoing purchases of durable goods. President Trump’s focus on ‘America First’ incentives has lowered overall energy costs, decreased the cost of doing business, cut regulatory hurdles and completely reset the total cost of production. The U.S. is now competitive, and without transportation costs the total cost of durable good manufacturing in the U.S. is now the best bet. Secure jobs, higher wages, low taxes and consumer confidence creates a domestic cycle of economic growth inside the U.S. A big jump in building permits and housing starts is an example of that strength.
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    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    There was a palpable sense of disappointment last night when instead of cutting its benchmark overnight interest rates as some - notably Goldman Sachs - had speculated might happen, the PBOC announced that it would only lower its benchmark 1- and 5-year lending rates, i.e., Loan Prime Rate, by 10bps to 4.05% and 5bps to 4.75% respectively, a move that was widely anticipated. The underwhelming rate cuts left analysts asking for more as consensus emerged that piecemeal lending rate cuts can only help the Chinese economy so much, especially if China is indeed set to unleash fiscal austerity as local Chinese media reported over the weekend: “The ten basis point reduction will help companies weather the damage from the coronavirus at the margins,” Julian Evans-Pritchard, senior China economist at consultancy Capital Economics, wrote in a note after PBOC published its latest loan prime rates. “But even if the ... cut is passed on to all borrowers, that would only decrease average one-year bank lending rates from 5.44% to 5.34%. The ability of firms to postpone loan repayments and access loans on preferential terms will matter more in the near-term." However the market's bitter taste from the underwhelming rate cut was quickly reversed after the PBOC reported its latest monthly credit data, which was a whopper, blowing out market expectations: total social financing, the broadest credit aggregate, soared by over 5 trillion yuan, the biggest one month injection on record, surprising the market to the upside mainly on higher government bond issuance. According to Goldman, "this mainly reflected the economic conditions and policy stance as the economic impacts from the virus were still rising." Here is the summary from the January credit stats: Total social financing: RMB 5070BN in January, vs. consensus: RMB 4200bn.
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    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    In a breaking major development in the battle for Idlib, Turkey has reportedly asked the United States for its Patriot missile defense system "to deter" the Russian and Syrian Army offensive in Idlib, reports Bloomberg citing an official in Ankara. This would constitute a significant flip-flop and irony, and could prove deeply embarrassing for Erdogan, given it was long the firm stance of Washington that it would not provide Patriots if Turkey went forward with procuring Russia's S-400s, which began transfer to Turkey last year. A senior Turkish official in Ankara was reported as saying Turkey asked the US. to deploy two Patriot missile-defense batteries on its southern border to defend against Russian air power. Reports Bloomberg: Turkey is yet to receive a U.S. response to the request, which was relayed last week to James Jeffrey, the U.S. envoy for Syria engagement, the official said, asking not to be identified discussing sensitive information. The U.S. Embassy in Turkey declined to comment. This means Erdogan may have flipped on Putin as well — certainly such a request could mark a major turn back to the US, Turkey's powerful NATO ally.
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    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    LOL The Constitution specifically allows new states to be formed with the consent of the legislature of the original state. It doesn't say a word about moving territory from one state to another and its already been done before. All it takes is the will to use civil disobedience against the state government or successfully getting large enough majorities in Congress.
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    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    We have had this conversation before. I'm done for now, I see no reason to keep debating someone who ignores the plain words of the Constitution and seeks to empower state and local governments to violate the basic human rights of the individual. Justice Thomas proved that the 14thA incorporates the BoR including the 1stA which was excepted originally anyway.
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    Yesterday, 06:26 PM
    Trump is not a dictator, he can't do everything all by himself overnight. Trump has done more against abortion than any POTUS since Roe v. Wade and he has cut funding to PP. He is doing far more good than bad but people like you refuse to see it because you demand instant perfection.
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    Yesterday, 06:13 PM
    He is getting us out. And when it is completed you will remain just as willfully blind and come up with new reasons to hate him for the sake of hating him.
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    Yesterday, 06:11 PM
    The rural areas of any state that is totally overrun should look to join an adjoining conservative state. This can work, civil disobedience can force the state legislature to agree and the Constitution doesn't actually require the consent of the state legislature unless a NEW state is formed. Some parts of West Virginia were returned to Virginia after the civil war without the consent of the West Virginia legislature by an act of Congress, if we take back the House we can go that route.
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    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    Trump IS a sinner, not all sinners are evil, Trump is not evil, there is more good to him than bad. Trump is moving us towards limited government, protection of private property and the preservation of life. Scribes and pharisees are willfully blind.
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    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    He is getting us out of Afghanistan and he was and will get us out of other places. You demand perfection and you demand it all overnight, the world doesn't work that way, Trump's supposed official powers do not overcome the power of the swamp that has been building for generations, they can get rid of him several ways unless he plays them against eachother and to do that he must make deals with some of them
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    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    You are confusing policies with people, we do not agree with all of Trump's policies anymore than Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego agreed with Nebuchadnezzar's decree that everyone should worship his golden statue or than Abraham agreed with the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah on qweers. Trump IS NOT the lesser evil, he is a minimal good and we can and must work with him against the evil just as Daniel worked with Nebuchadnezzar. You keep talking about lesser evils because that is your only argument even though I repeatedly have said Trump is not a lesser evil and I don't support lesser evils. I'll keep working with Republicans and sinners and let the libertarian scribes and pharisees sit around feeling holier than me while getting nothing done.
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    Yesterday, 05:37 PM
    Because he cared more about those. What's illogical is to think that the 1stA bothers to say that it only applies to Congress while the others don't but that none of them apply to the states. You guys don't debate that point because you can't. That's nonsense, Article 6 states that the entire Constitution applies to the states whether the Constitution specifies that it does or not, the BoR is part of the Constitution and only the 1stA bothers to specify that it only applies to Congress. And precedent is secondary to the law and the Constitution, it can't make them null and void.
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    Yesterday, 04:38 PM
    More than 5,400 people had been asked to self-quarantine in California alone as of Feb. 14 due to Corona virus concerns, according to the California Department of Public Health
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    Yesterday, 04:36 PM
    Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said it was possible the crowded Democratic primary race was headed toward a contentious convention fight and downplayed the political dangers of a scenario many party leaders are dreading.“I don’t think we’ll have one, but we could have one,” Reid told The Associated Press in an interview days before the Democratic caucuses in his home state of Nevada. “We’ve had brokered conventions before, and we’ve always come up with good candidates. It’s not the end of the world. It just slows the process down.” More at: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2020-02-19/harry-reid-brokered-convention-not-the-end-of-the-world
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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    746 people in Washington being supervised due to coronavirus outbreak
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    He is doing BOTH. There are stupid laws that impede his ability to just shred all the regulations. UN Chief Fears "Brush With Bankruptcy", Urges Members To Send Cash World Trade Organization Becomes Irrelevant on Wednesday, Thanks to Trump
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