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    Today, 08:57 PM
    Bezos decreed it but that is irrelevant, the other contractors who wanted the job aren't any better.
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    Today, 08:56 PM
    Because they redacted it. That makes it suspicious.
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    Today, 08:53 PM
    You will see voter coercion both overt and covert if you end secret ballots. Vote for Ron Paul and you will see all your opportunities dry up and be endlessly harassed.
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    Today, 08:44 PM
    I guess they will stay the same but they might do a very small hike just to try and hurt Trump in 2020.
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    Today, 08:29 PM
    Do you need a bigger boat?
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    Today, 08:13 PM
    Congress is empowered to "Coin Money" NOT to print currency. They can turn all the gold they get their hands on into coins and I won't complain.
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    Today, 08:07 PM
    The new actions against Manning are because he won't testify against Assange.
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    Today, 08:04 PM
    I don't "give Trump a pass" on Assange yet but you are right, the UK would send Assange to Sweden for the revived rape charges if Trump pardoned him now.
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    Today, 08:00 PM
    With their ladies in waiting.
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    Today, 07:52 PM
    I don't go around pointing out all the things I don't like about Amash and I do criticize Trump for things he does that I don't like, I just don't have time to criticize all the things he does that I don't like. The treasonous coup is one of the most important issues of our time and Amash is embarrassingly wrong about it.
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    Today, 07:45 PM
    Who said I forgive him for those things? I have never defended him for them and I have said over and over that he is the LEAST of all possible goods and that I would support a better option if one came along.
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    Today, 07:39 PM
    I'd say it was a legitimate 9th Amendment right to give the accused a (sort of) level playing field. The founders included the 9thA for a reason, if the courts give us a real basic human right that they forgot then you shouldn't complain. (Abortion and other such judicially declared "rights" are obviously NOT basic human rights)
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    Today, 07:36 PM
    The Constitution: Article II (Article 2 - Executive)Section 11: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. You won't find a single word about the FBI or the AG or the DoJ or any other executive agency anywhere in the Constitution. Their powers are entirely derived from the President and he is their absolute master. Any investigation by the executive branch would have been entirely subject to his whim.
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    Today, 07:16 PM
    Exactly. And of course that means that Trump isn't on board with the attacks.
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    Today, 07:08 PM
    Gone are the days that never were.
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    Today, 01:25 AM
    Meanwhile, the Crowdstrike analyst who led forensics on the DNC servers is a former FBI employee who Robert Mueller promoted while head of the agency. It should also be noted that the government of Ukraine admonished Crowdstrike for a report they later retracted and amended, claiming that Russia hacked Ukrainian military. In connection with the emergence in some media reports which stated that the alleged “80% howitzer D-30 Armed Forces of Ukraine removed through scrapping Russian Ukrainian hackers software gunners,” Land Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine informs that the said information is incorrect. Ministry of Defence of Ukraine asks journalists to publish only verified information received from the competent official sources. Spreading false information leads to increased social tension in society and undermines public confidence in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. –mil.gov.ua (translated) (1.6.2017) Amazing... More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-16/us-governments-entire-russia-dnc-hacking-narrative-based-redacted-draft-crowdstrike
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    Today, 12:46 AM
    The current state of society is proof enough of that.
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    This is an appropriate thread for this. It is unclear whether such reports are correct or not.
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Power returned to much of Argentina and two neighboring countries following a massive blackout that left tens of millions in the dark on Sunday, but Argentine President Mauricio Macri said the cause of the "unprecedented" outage was still unclear.Argentina's grid "collapsed" around 7 a.m. (1100 GMT), leaving the entire country without power, Argentina's Energy Secretariat said. The outage also cut electricity to much of neighboring Uruguay and swaths of Paraguay, and shut down YPF SA's La Plata refinery, Argentina's largest. Power had returned to nearly 90 percent of Argentina by early on Sunday evening and to virtually all of Uruguay and Paraguay, officials in each country said. Macri´s energy secretary, Gustavo Lopetegui, told reporters earlier in the day that the blackout started with a failure in the country´s "interconnection system," known as SADI, but said the root cause of the outage remained unknown and that results of a full investigation would not be available for 10 to 15 days. "There was a failure in the system, the kind that happens regularly in Argentina and other countries," said Lopetegui, adding that "a chain of events that took place later ... caused a total disruption." "This case is unprecedented and will be deeply investigated," Macri said on social media. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/massive-blackout-hobbles-south-america-130749619.html
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    A United Airlines plane skidded off the runway after its tyres burst as it landed at an airport near New York. Some passengers suffered minor injuries when Flight 627 slid off the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Boeing 757-200’s left main landing gear was “stuck in a grassy area” following the incident at 1pm. “The aircraft will be towed off the airfield after passengers leave the aircraft via stairs,” it added in a statement. No injuries were reported to the FAA but United said some passengers had refused treatment for minor injuries. The airline did not say how many people were hurt. The pilot told those on board the plane had blown two tyres as it landed, according to passenger Caroline Craddock. She said at least one person hit their head and another suffered an elbow injury. Arrivals and departures were suspended at Newark following the incident. Flights resumed after passengers were “safely deplaned”, the airport tweeted. The FAA said it was sending officials to the airport to begin an investigation. https://news.yahoo.com/united-airlines-plane-skids-off-204857845.html
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    Today, 12:11 AM
    A Turkish observation post in Syria's Idlib region was attacked with mortar fire and shelling from an area controlled by Syrian government forces, causing damage but no casualties, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Sunday.The ministry said its forces immediately retaliated with heavy weapons and it made representations to Moscow over the incident, the second attack of its kind within a week. "It is impossible for us to tolerate the regime's harassment targeting our soldiers. We will put them in their place," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised speech in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, bordering Syria. The ministry did not specify when the shelling occurred, but said the attack was launched from what it named the Tall Bazan area and it was assessed to be deliberate. Cavusoglu said the latest "aggression" was contrary to the Idlib agreement which Turkey signed with Russia. "It is the responsibility of Iran and Russia, with which we have worked in close cooperation on Syria, to halt the regime," he added. On Thursday Russia and Syria gave sharply conflicting accounts of a previous attack on a different Turkish outpost. Turkey blamed Syrian government forces for that earlier attack but Moscow said it was carried out by Assad's rebel enemies. Russia said on Wednesday that a full ceasefire had been put in place in the area, but Turkey denied this.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    Smack in the middle of a trade war with the U.S., China is facing a food shortage that’s raising prices for consumers. If officials can’t keep inflation in check, President Donald Trump’s Twitter tantrums will be the least of their worries.African swine fever is decimating China’s pig population. The country’s stock fell 21%, or by nearly 73 million pigs, from March 2018 through April 2019, according to official statistics. Unofficially, however, industry experts whisper about slides of more than 40% to 50%. That would be comparable to wiping out all the pigs in the U.S. and Europe combined. For a country that derives most of its protein consumption from pork, this is a problem. Compounding the challenge is the invasion of fall armyworm in the lead-up to the autumn harvest. Traveling up to 60 miles a day, the crop-eating pest is expected to be present in all Chinese provinces by the end of the year. This is already having a significant impact on expected yields of corn, wheat and rice. Beijing has moved to raise food imports, and had even considered increasing U.S. pork purchases before trade tensions ramped up last month. But there simply isn’t enough pork out there to replace the world’s biggest producer. This adds serious pressure to China’s economy. Food, alcohol and tobacco comprise 30% of the CPI basket, the highest share of any category. The isolated food component stands at about 20%, even after shrinking in recent years. May’s inflation data have already shown evidence of supply shortages: Pork prices gained 18.2%, pushing the consumer-price index up 2.7% from a year earlier, the highest since February 2018. While that’s still within Beijing’s comfort zone, we haven’t even hit the summer growing months, when the damage from armyworm will really kick in. This puts Beijing in a bit of a pickle. China has been banking on the idea that consumers will pick up the slack in a weakening economy. Just last week, officials announced new stimulus measures to boost purchases of cars, home appliances and electronics. But with rising prices offsetting gains from tax cuts earlier this year, that’s starting to seem like wishful thinking. China’s growth is slowing much faster than the headline official data admit. Higher inflation will only constrain Beijing’s options for further easing. The first step in addressing this challenge would be to recognize the seriousness of African swine fever and armyworm. There’s little evidence Beijing has done that. Instead, Chinese officials have been snuffing out critical media coverage, underreporting data and putting an all-too-rosy sheen on their response to the crisis, not unlike what we saw with SARS in the early 2000s, as Bloomberg Opinion columnist Adam Minter has written. Second, Beijing needs to rapidly increase imports to slow expected price increases – even if China starts to skew its protein balance more toward chicken and beef. Theoretically, that would be a boon for other key pork suppliers, such as the U.S. and Germany. In reality, though, the shifting contours of the trade war make relying on U.S. imports unlikely, and China’s relationship with Europe is lukewarm at best. The existential problem facing Beijing is how to address rising food prices and a slowing economy, which have a history of triggering episodes of social unrest. If pork prices do climb 70% this year, as officials forecast, Beijing will face a very unhappy population eager to assign blame for the mismanagement of a crisis. That will be a lot scarier than missing a GDP target.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Smack in the middle of a trade war with the U.S., China is facing a food shortage that’s raising prices for consumers. If officials can’t keep inflation in check, President Donald Trump’s Twitter tantrums will be the least of their worries.African swine fever is decimating China’s pig population. The country’s stock fell 21%, or by nearly 73 million pigs, from March 2018 through April 2019, according to official statistics. Unofficially, however, industry experts whisper about slides of more than 40% to 50%. That would be comparable to wiping out all the pigs in the U.S. and Europe combined. For a country that derives most of its protein consumption from pork, this is a problem. Compounding the challenge is the invasion of fall armyworm in the lead-up to the autumn harvest. Traveling up to 60 miles a day, the crop-eating pest is expected to be present in all Chinese provinces by the end of the year. This is already having a significant impact on expected yields of corn, wheat and rice. Beijing has moved to raise food imports, and had even considered increasing U.S. pork purchases before trade tensions ramped up last month. But there simply isn’t enough pork out there to replace the world’s biggest producer. This adds serious pressure to China’s economy. Food, alcohol and tobacco comprise 30% of the CPI basket, the highest share of any category. The isolated food component stands at about 20%, even after shrinking in recent years. May’s inflation data have already shown evidence of supply shortages: Pork prices gained 18.2%, pushing the consumer-price index up 2.7% from a year earlier, the highest since February 2018. While that’s still within Beijing’s comfort zone, we haven’t even hit the summer growing months, when the damage from armyworm will really kick in. This puts Beijing in a bit of a pickle. China has been banking on the idea that consumers will pick up the slack in a weakening economy. Just last week, officials announced new stimulus measures to boost purchases of cars, home appliances and electronics. But with rising prices offsetting gains from tax cuts earlier this year, that’s starting to seem like wishful thinking. China’s growth is slowing much faster than the headline official data admit. Higher inflation will only constrain Beijing’s options for further easing. The first step in addressing this challenge would be to recognize the seriousness of African swine fever and armyworm. There’s little evidence Beijing has done that. Instead, Chinese officials have been snuffing out critical media coverage, underreporting data and putting an all-too-rosy sheen on their response to the crisis, not unlike what we saw with SARS in the early 2000s, as Bloomberg Opinion columnist Adam Minter has written. Second, Beijing needs to rapidly increase imports to slow expected price increases – even if China starts to skew its protein balance more toward chicken and beef. Theoretically, that would be a boon for other key pork suppliers, such as the U.S. and Germany. In reality, though, the shifting contours of the trade war make relying on U.S. imports unlikely, and China’s relationship with Europe is lukewarm at best. The existential problem facing Beijing is how to address rising food prices and a slowing economy, which have a history of triggering episodes of social unrest. If pork prices do climb 70% this year, as officials forecast, Beijing will face a very unhappy population eager to assign blame for the mismanagement of a crisis. That will be a lot scarier than missing a GDP target.
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    A decade after leaving her family behind to flee North Korea, the defector was overwhelmed with excitement when she spoke to her 22-year-old son on the phone for the first time in May after he too escaped into China.While speaking to him again on the phone days later, however, she listened in horror as the safe house where her son and four other North Korean escapees were hiding was raided by Chinese authorities. "I heard voices, someone saying 'shut up' in Chinese," said the woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect her son's safety. "Then the line was cut off, and I heard later he was caught." The woman, now living in South Korea, said she heard rumors her son is being held in a Chinese prison near the North Korean border, but has had no official news of his whereabouts. At least 30 North Korean escapees have been rounded up in a string of raids across China since mid-April, according to family members and activist groups. It is not clear whether this is part of a larger crackdown by China, but activists say the raids have disrupted parts of the informal network of brokers, charities, and middlemen who have been dubbed the North Korean "Underground Railroad". "The crackdown is severe," said Y. H. Kim, chairman of the North Korea Refugees Human Rights Association of Korea. Most worrisome for activists is that the arrests largely occurred away from the North Korean border – an area dubbed the "red zone" where most escapees get caught - and included rare raids on at least two safe houses. "Raiding a house? I've only seen two or three times," said Kim, who left North Korea in 1988 and has acted as a middleman for the past 15 years, connecting donors with brokers who help defectors. "You get caught on the way, you get caught moving. But getting caught at a home, you can count on one hand." The increase in arrests is likely driven by multiple factors, including deteriorating economic conditions in North Korea and China's concern about the potential for a big influx of refugees, said Kim Seung-eun, a pastor at Seoul's Caleb Mission Church, which helps defectors escape.
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop."We continue and will continue to search in those areas that are ours," Erdogan said during a televised speech in Istanbul. "Someone has given an order. They will apparently arrest our boats' personnel. You will come off badly if you do so," Erdogan warned, after Cyprus reportedly issued arrests warrants for crew members of Turkey's drilling ship, Fatih, last week. After a summit of the southern European Union countries in Valletta, the seven nations issued a joint declaration on Friday, expressing "serious concern over actual or potential drilling activities within Cyprus' exclusive economic zone". They urged the EU to keep an eye on the issue "and, in case Turkey does not cease its illegal activities, to consider appropriate measures in full solidarity with Cyprus". The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday said the declaration was "biased" and contrary to international law, accusing the European Union of siding with EU members Cyprus and Greece. Erdogan on Sunday also hit out at French President Emmanuel Macron over his support for Cyprus. Macron said on Friday the EU would "not show weakness on this matter". "What business does France have here?" Erdogan said. "Turkey is a guarantor power in Cyprus. Greece and the UK are guarantor powers as well. What are you?
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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, has signed a bill into law that declares abortion a “fundamental right” and denies parents a right to be notified if their daughter is seeking an abortion. The denial of parental consent for a child seeking an abortion contrasts sharply with the state’s health code, which says non-prescription medication — such as ibuprofen — cannot be administered to a child in school without permission from a parent. “Like many Vermonters, I have consistently supported a woman’s right to choose, which is why today I signed H.57 into law,” Scott said in a press statement. “This legislation affirms what is already allowable in Vermont – protecting reproductive rights and ensuring those decisions remain between a woman and her health care provider.” An amendment known as Proposal 5 would also make Vermont the first state to enshrine abortion in its constitution. Proposal 5 would need approval again by the General Assembly in 2021–2022, and then by the state’s voters in 2022, in order to amend Vermont’s Constitution. In addition to declaring abortion a “fundamental right,” the new law blocks state oversight of abortion clinics and removes protections for women seeking abortions, obstructing their ability to claim malpractice in the case of a failed or botched abortion. More at: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/14/vermont-gop-gov-signs-bill-denying-parental-right-to-notification-of-childs-abortion/
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