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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (01/04/19)


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‘Gun-Toting Hippies’ Greet Boulder ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban With Mass Noncompliance – Washington Times
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Boulder’s newly enacted “assault weapons” ban is meeting with stiff resistance from its “gun-toting hippies,” staunch liberals who also happen to be devoted firearms owners.

Only 342 “assault weapons,” or semiautomatic rifles, were certified by Boulder police before the Dec. 31 deadline, meaning there could be thousands of residents in the scenic university town of 107,000 in violation of the sweeping gun-control ordinance.

“I would say the majority of people I’ve talked to just aren’t complying because most people see this as a registry,” said Lesley Hollywood, executive director of the Colorado Second Amendment group Rally for Our Rights. “Boulder actually has a very strong firearms community.”…

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U.S. Payrolls Shatter Expectations, Surge 312,000 In December – Washington Examiner

U.S. employers added 312,000 workers in December as the economy benefited from retail hiring during the busy holiday shopping season and the country’s economic expansion continued.

The increase reported by the U.S. Labor Department on Friday topped the average estimate of 180,000 from economists surveyed by FactSet and remained well above the level needed to keep up with inflation. The unemployment rate, however, inched up to 3.9 percent from a nearly 50-year low of 3.7 percent.

Retailers hired 24,000 new employees during the month as purchases in stores and e-commerce sites surged to the highest in six years. Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, retail spending grew 5.1 percent to $850 billion, according to a Mastercard SpendingPulse report released the day after Christmas.

Other notable hiring gains occurred in the healthcare industry, which added 50,000 workers, and bars and restaurants, which brought in 41,000 new employees…

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Donald Trump Trolls Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren With Mock 2020 Campaign Banner – Daily Mail
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Donald Trump needled Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Thursday for claiming she is of Native American heritage. He shared a parody ‘Warren 2020’ sign that said ‘Warren 1/2020th’ on his Twitter account.

A DNA test the Democratic senator released in October found that she’s between 1/64 and 1/1024 American Indian. Warren giddily released the results but conceded last month that she is ‘not a person of color’ in a tacit acknowledgement that prior claims about her alleged Native American heritage were overblown.

She is working hard to overcome the misstep before other possible challengers make up their minds about entering the 2020 race…

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Chicago: Democrat Alderman Edward Burke Charged With Extortion – Chicago Tribune

Longtime Ald. Edward Burke, one of Chicago’s most powerful figures and a vestige of the city’s old Democratic machine, has often been considered too clever and sophisticated to be caught blatantly using his public office to enrich himself.

But after years of dodging investigations while watching dozens of his colleagues hauled off to prison, Burke has been accused of crossing the line himself – and doing so in a quintessential Chicago way.

A federal criminal complaint unsealed Thursday charged Burke with attempted extortion for allegedly using his position as alderman to try to steer business to his private law firm from a company seeking to renovate a fast-food restaurant in his ward. The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison on conviction.

The complaint also alleged Burke asked one of the company’s executives in December 2017 to attend an upcoming political fundraiser for “another politician.”…

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China Lands Rover On Far Side Of The Moon – The Hill
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A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday landed on the dark side of the moon, marking the first time in history a country has sent a rover to the part of the moon that perpetually faces away from the Earth.

The Associated Press reported that the China National Space Administration called the touchdown of the Chang’e 4 a “new chapter in human lunar exploration.” The spacecraft touched down at 10:26 a.m. China time, and was announced to the public on a state news broadcast at noon.

Only China, the former Soviet Union and the United States have sent spacecraft to the surface of the moon, though previous explorations have landed on the near side that faces Earth…

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Mitt Romney Is An Idiot – John Nolte

As the freshman senator from Utah, Mitt Romney is a long way from the presidency. That has to be especially tough on a two-time presidential loser with You-Know-Who sitting in the Oval Office, a guy who took the brass ring by doing the exact opposite of what you did.

My opinion of Mitt Romney has changed over the years. When he lost the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008, I thought he was a classy guy with a future.

When he lost the general election to Barack Obama in 2012, I thought he was a good man with a glass jaw.

When he repeatedly got on his high horse to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, I thought he was an opportunistic sleaze bag gorging on sour grapes and his own monstrously selfish sense of virtue.

But now, after reading his Washington Post jihad against Trump, I finally figured what Mitt Romney really is… an idiot…

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Apple Loses $450 Billion In Market Capitalization In Three Months – Business Insider
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Apple’s stock has been in freefall since since its 52-week high in October, and the unexpected sales warning from CEO Tim Cook has sped up the decline. The iPhone maker’s share price fell by 9.96% on Thursday following a shock readjustment of its revenue forecast.

Just three short months ago, Apple was on a high as the most valuable company in the world. But since Apple hit a peak of $232.07 a share on October 3, giving it a market cap of $1.16 trillion, it has dropped to $142.19, wiping $450 billion from its value. Its market cap stood at $710.97 billion on Thursday, according to Macrotrends. Bloomberg pegs Apple’s current market cap at $674.74 billion.

To put that into context, that $450 billion loss is significantly more than the value of Facebook, which is currently worth $383.76 billion, according to Macrotrends…

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California And Los Angeles County To Remove 1.5 Million Inactive Voters From Voter Rolls, Settle Judicial Watch Federal Lawsuit – Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch announced today that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. These removals are required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

The NVRA is a federal law requiring the removal of inactive registrations from the voter rolls after two general federal elections (encompassing from 2 to 4 years). Inactive voter registrations belong, for the most part, to voters who have moved to another county or state or have passed away.

Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is America’s largest state, with almost 40 million residents.

Judicial Watch filed a 2017 federal lawsuit to force the cleanup of voter rolls (Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948))…

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Border Agents Give Media An Education About The Border – Daily Wire
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President Donald Trump held a surprise news conference on Thursday with members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) who addressed the media about the realities that Border Patrol agents face every day on the southern border.

Trump started by congratulating Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on becoming Speaker of the House before transitioning into talking about the border and turning the mic over to NBPC President Brandon Judd.

“I’ve been a Border Patrol agent for 21 years,” Judd said. “I can personally tell you, from the work that I have done on the southwest border, that physical barriers, that walls actually work. You hear a lot of talk that there are experts that say that walls don’t work…

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Afghan And Iranian Asylum Seekers Rampage Through German Town, Injuring 12 – PJ Media

The Bavarian town of Amberg is in shock after a group of asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Iran rampaged through the city Saturday night. Four attackers aged 17 to 19 randomly beat exiting passengers at the train station, and then moved to the city center to continue their rampage.

According to reports, the attackers shouted “kafir” (a derogatory term meaning “non-Muslim,” “unbeliever”) and “n*****” at some victims.

In all, 12 victims ranging from ages 16 to 42 needed medical attention. A 17-year-old victim was treated for severe head wounds.

German authorities announced that at least two of the attackers have already had their asylum claims rejected, and that at least one should have already have been deported. This has prompted German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to demand changes to deportation laws, as Deutsche-Welle reports…

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Former Sanders Campaign Staffers Demand Candidate Investigate Incidents Of ‘Sexual Violence,’ ‘Toxic Masculinity’ On 2016 Campaign – Daily Wire
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A group of former Bernie Sanders staffers are demanding a meeting with the Vermont senator and his “top political advisers” to discuss rampant “sexual violence” they say took place on the Sanders 2016 presidential campaign.

Politico reports that in recent weeks, staffers from Sanders’ former campaign have been comparing experiences, and after a group discussion, drafted a letter to Sanders and several of his top 2016 advisers requesting time to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle.”

The request was meant to be private but news of the letter leaked late last week…

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Google Shifted $23 Billion To Tax Haven Bermuda In 2017: Filing – Reuters

Google moved 19.9 billion euros ($22.7 billion) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

The amount channeled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was around 4 billion euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on Dec. 21, showed.

“We pay all of the taxes due and comply with the tax laws in every country we operate in around the world,” Google said in a statement. “Google, like other multinational companies, pays the vast majority of its corporate income tax in its home country, and we have paid a global effective tax rate of 26 percent over the last ten years.”

For more than a decade the arrangement has allowed Google owner Alphabet (GOOGL.O) to enjoy an effective tax rate in the single digits on its non-U.S. profits, around a quarter the average tax rate in its overseas markets…

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Senate Confirms Dozens Of Stalled Trump Nominees Hours Before The 115th Congress Ends – Washington Examiner
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The Senate confirmed dozens of stalled Trump administration nominees Wednesday night, just hours before the close of the 115th Congress. The list excluded federal judges despite an effort by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to secure a deal for those nominees with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

In total, the Senate cleared 77 nominees by voice vote, among them 23 ambassadors to countries including Australia, Armenia, Yemen, Guyana, Kenya, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Senate confirmed eight U.S. attorneys and eight U.S. marshals, a member of the Federal Maritime Commission, and two members of the Federal Communications Commission. The Senate confirmed James Carroll Jr. to be director of National Drug Control Policy…

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Ninth Circuit Finally Hands Trump A Big Win Against Youth’s Global Warming Lawsuit – Daily Caller

The Trump administration’s battle against a global warming lawsuit brought by 21 youths will continue into 2019 after a federal court handed the government a big win over the holiday season.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a Dec. 26 ruling largely missed by major media outlets. The court granted DOJ’s petition for interlocutory appeal that decreases the chances of the climate lawsuit going to trial anytime soon.

The three-judge Ninth Circuit panel is the very same one that in March 2018 ruled against Trump administration petitions for a writ of mandamus, which allows a higher court to overrule a lower court before a case is decided.

Environmentalists handling the case on behalf of youth activists immediately filed a petition asking the District Court of Oregon to restart trial proceedings in light of the appeals court ruling…

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Video Surfaces Of Washington Post Op-Ed Contributor Launching Shoulder-Fired Missile, Then Shouting “Death To America” And “Curse The Jews” – Conservative Tribune
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Less than two months after he was given prominent op-ed space in the Washington Post, a video has surfaced of Houthi rebel leader Mohammad Ali al-Houthi launching a shoulder-fired missile and then reciting the Houthi slogan, which calls for “Death to America.”

The Washington Post contributor chants, “Allah is the greatest. Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse the Jews. Victory to Islam.” He has also taken to his unverified but media – and think tank – cited Twitter account to repeat the infamous Houthi slogan.

Ali Shihabi, the founder of the Arabia Foundation, a Washington D.C.-based Middle East think tank, confirmed to Conservative Review that it is indeed al-Houthi in the video. Shihabi tells CR that it is “documentary evidence of the type of leader” that the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen is up against, whom “many critics have ignored.”…

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Trump’s New Asylum Policy Will Help Block Illegal Immigration – Daily Signal

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen recently announced a significant policy change to stop illegal immigration.

After years of catch and release, loopholes, and poor enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security is moving to plug the holes in the U.S. immigration system, and especially the loopholes that surround the asylum system.

One of the most serious problems the U.S. faces in its immigration system is that when illegal immigrants cross the border, they can claim asylum in order to avoid quick deportation. This is an especially common tactic with illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Less than 10 percent of these individuals, however, will end up qualifying for asylum.

But asylum often isn’t the real objective: Those who manage to pass through the initial screening are often released into the U.S. This is made worse by various loopholes such as the Flores settlement and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which require unaccompanied children and adults with children to be released…

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Netflix Bows To Saudis, Removes Content At Request Of Kingdom – Zero Hedge
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Netflix has removed content by American comedian Hasan Minhaj from being broadcast within Saudi Arabia at the “request” of the Kingdom.

In his Netflix-based news/comedy show, Patriot Act, Minhaj voiced his opinion about the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who is widely believed to have been murdered at the order of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Minhaj called the murder “…the most unbelievable cover story since Blake Shelton won sexiest man alive.”

Minhaj also fleshed out political ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia, along with noting Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen and its push-back on women’s rights advocates…

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Over 1,000 Cars Torched Across France As New Year’s Eve Arrests Rise – The Local

France saw a jump in arrests on New Year’s Eve as well as an increase in the number of cars torched by vandals, a ritual among revellers in the country’s high-rise suburbs. The number of vehicles set alight on the night of December 31st climbed from 935 a year ago to 1,031, while arrests rose from 456 to 510, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Violence also marred celebrations in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, where two police officers were attacked by a large group of people at a party.

French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to denounce the “cowardly and criminal lynching of police officers doing their duty” and warned that the culprits would be “found and arrested”.

“I regret that incidents like yesterday can happen but overall people were able to enjoy New Year’s eve in a peaceful manner,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Monday.

Some 140,000 security and emergency forces were deployed across France on New Year’s Eve…

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Assclown Gets Caught In His Own Steering Wheel After Fleeing Scene Of Car Accident – Fox News
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A California man trying to flee the scene of a car accident Monday ended up waiting around for police anyway – but only after his foot got stuck in his vehicle’s steering wheel, police said.

A picture tweeted by the California Highway Patrol showed the unidentified man, who was later arrested, dangling upside down outside his white and red pickup truck. He had been trying to enter a code to enter a gated community near Cathedral City, according to KABC-TV.

“When your DUI & fleeing from a Hit&Run. Then you lean over to the gate keypad, you fall over & your foot gets stuck in the steering wheel,” police said in a tweet. “Because [you’re] unable to help yourself, Cathedral City PD arrive, assist & take you to jail for DUI & Hit&Run.”…

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Palestinian-American Sentenced To Life In Prison By Palestinian Authority For Selling Property To Jews – Jerusalem Post

A Palestinian court in Ramallah sentenced a Palestinian-American to life in prison with hard labor on Monday, after finding him guilty of selling a house in the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish Israeli organization.

The man was identified as Issam Akel, a resident of east Jerusalem, who was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces in October. The story of the incarceration of the 53-year-old Akel, a U.S. citizen, was first reported by The Jerusalem Post earlier this year.

The Palestinian Grand Criminal Court found Akel guilty of “attempting to cut off a part of the Palestinian land and adding them to a foreign country.” The verdict was issued after a one-week trial.

Akel worked for one of the PA ministries and a hospital in east Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources. It remains unclear how he was arrested by PA security forces. As a resident of east Jerusalem, he holds an Israeli ID card that gives him immunity against being arrested or prosecuted in a PA court…

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Mayor Sadiq Khan Slammed For Spending £2.3 Million As He Turned London’s New Year Fireworks Show Into An EU Tribute – The Sun
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London mayor Sadiq Khan has been blasted for spending £2.3million on his pro-EU New Year extravaganza. The London Eye was turned into the EU flag by blue and yellow fireworks.

The slogan “London is Open” was repeated over loudspeakers in seven languages, with Remainer Mr Khan saying he wanted to highlight our ties with Europe.

Songs such as We Are Your Friends, Stay and Don’t Leave Me Alone accompanied the fireworks.

Critics last night said the money should have been spent tackling violent crime in the capital, which has soared under Mr Khan’s watch. Tory Charlie Elphicke warned: “Sadiq Khan needs to respect the referendum and move on to focus on London’s spiralling crimewave…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (12/28/18)


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Trump Ultimatum: Fund Wall Or Southern Border Shuts Down ‘Entirely’ – Daily Wire
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On the seventh day of the federal government shutdown, President Trump threatened to “close the Southern Border entirely” if Democrats continue to reject his demands for money to “finish” building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Last Friday, Democrats refused to approve $5 billion for the wall, even though the amount is just 0.13% of the budget. Instead, Democrats – led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), expected to become Speaker of the House in January – decided to let the government partially shut down instead.

“We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with,” the president wrote on Twitter…

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Top 10 Progressive Endorsements Of Child Abuse In 2018 – Linda Harvey

There’s a lengthy, sordid history of the damage children suffer because of “progressive” values and policies. In 2018, the harm went beyond passive side effects.

The left is now brazenly cheering over the corruption, pain and heartbreak of children – and sometimes, their deaths.

What can be done? We must work within all lawful means possible to stop this evil. Here are some of the year’s worst examples, although this article could go on and on:

10. Colleges are now recommending 4-year-olds engage in sexual activity. Yes, some UC Santa Barbara academics have advanced the idea that preschoolers should engage in “sexual play.” Hopefully, law enforcement officials are checking these folks’ laptops for child porn links and will issue the proper indictments.

9. Sixth graders in Washington state were asked as a class if any of them questioned their gender identity…

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SWAT Negotiator Ends Standoff By Singing ‘White Christmas’ – WPVI
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A police standoff in Chester County ended on Wednesday after a SWAT negotiator sang a Christmas carol. Authorities say 34-year-old Nathaniel Lewis barricaded himself inside a home on the 300 block of Aftons Circle in East Vincent Township Tuesday night.

Police were called to the scene from a concerned family member who was said Lewis was in the process of separating from his wife and was behaving erratically. Lewis, a member of the National Guard, was in possession of a rifle, and during the course of the barricade he allegedly opened fire at police officers who were both inside and outside of a SWAT vehicle.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, a SWAT negotiator eventually talked the man into surrendering nine hours later by singing “White Christmas.”…

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Leftist Nightmare Update: IRS Unable To Recoup Nearly $1 Billion In Obamacare Subsidies – Washington Times

The IRS overpaid nearly $4 billion to Obamacare customers through tax credits last year, and because of the way the law is written it can’t even try to collect on a quarter of that, the Treasury Department’s inspector general reported this week.

All told, the Treasury Department paid out roughly $27 billion in Obamacare subsidies in the 2018 tax-filing season, with overages accounting for $3.7 billion of that. Only $2.7 billion was recaptured.

The $1 billion left over is small compared to the overall federal budget, but it is 20 percent of the president’s border wall funding request that’s spurred the current government shutdown.

Overpayments were built into Obamacare, with most people who buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges collecting subsidies through the IRS to help them afford their plan premiums…

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U.S. Explorer Colin O’Brady Completes First Unaided Solo Trek Of Antarctica – The Guardian
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An American explorer has made the first solo unsupported trek across Antarctica, an epic feat of endurance that took nearly two months and ended with an extraordinary sprint. Colin O’Brady covered the final 77.54 miles over 32 hours without sleep, a trek he described as an Antarctic ultramarathon, then called his family to tell them tearfully, “I did it!”.

“Something overcame me,” O’Brady said in a telephone interview with the New York Times. “I didn’t listen to any music – just locked in, like I’m going until I’m done. It was profound, it was beautiful and it was an amazing way to finish.”

He had spent 54 days in conditions that pushed his body to its limit, battling hunger, cold and solitude, often trekking almost blind through driving snow…

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John Kerry’s Family Fights To Keep Peasants Away From Ancestral French Villa – PJ Media

Saint-Briac-sur-Mer on the Brittany coast in France is a private playground for the European elite. It’s also the home of Les Essarts, the ancestral home of former Democratic presidential candidate and former Obama Secretary of State John Kerry. It has been in his family since 1923 and was the place he regularly vacationed as a child.

But Saint-Briac is now a legal battleground between the French state and the uber-rich villa owners, including Kerry’s family, who for decades have defied a French law that allows for a small right-of-way on the city’s beach for hikers and visitors.

Now it seems that the illegal efforts by the villa owners to keep the hoi polloi out of Saint-Briac is nearing an end.

Agence France Press reports:

Hikers demanding right of way along a pristine stretch of coastal France are locked in a legal war with villa owners in a posh Brittany resort town…

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Liberal Billionaire Apologizes For Funding Russian Bot ‘False Flag’, But Questions Remain Unanswered – Daily Caller
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Billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized Wednesday for funding an effort to dupe Alabama voters into believing Russian bots were fueling Republican Roy Moore’s failed senatorial bid. But he left crucial questions unanswered.

His statement left several important facts about the so-called experiment unaddressed, including a detailed accounting of everyone involved in the caper, as well who crafted and executed the campaign. The effort was the subject of a closed-door presentation in Washington, D.C., to a group of liberal technology experts, The Washington Post reported, citing anonymous sources.

“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing,” Hoffman said in his statement…

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DOJ Colluding With Clinton Email Scandal Witnesses To Thwart Court-Ordered Discovery Efforts By Judicial Watch – Gateway Pundit

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch revealed on Wednesday that the DOJ is colluding with Hillary Clinton email scandal witnesses to thwart court-ordered discovery to stop the watchdog’s efforts to gather evidence.

Judicial Watch appeared in a DC federal court last month on a motion to compel more testimony from Hillary Clinton as well as to make public video recordings of depositions of top Clinton aides such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

The court ruled that Hillary Clinton must answer more questions about the setting up of her private server.

Hillary Clinton arrogantly answered that she set up the private server out of “convenience.”

Earlier this month, a federal court blasted the DOJ and State Department on Hillary Clinton’s emails and ordered a discovery plan in 10 days as to whether Hillary’s private email system was intentionally set up to evade FOIA requests and lawsuits…

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Former Walmart Santa Claus Charged After Two Of His Children Found Buried In His Backyard – Daily Wire
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A Georgia man who was formerly employed as a Walmart Santa Claus has been charged in connection to the discovery of his two teenaged children found buried in his backyard.

On December 19, authorities responded to a welfare check on 14-year-old Mary Crocker at the home of Elwyn Crocker Sr., her father. Mary had been missing since October, though no official missing person’s report was filed.

Information provided by Elwyn Sr. during an interview with officials eventually led officers to the bodies of Mary and her brother Elwyn Crocker, Jr., who was last seen some two years ago. Like Mary, no official missing person report was filed for the boy, either.

Police also found a third child, who has special needs, on the premises…

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Over 3,000 Patients At New Jersey Surgery Center May Have Been Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis – USA Today

More than 3,000 patients at a surgical center in New Jersey may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed earlier this week.

Patients who stayed at HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook from January to Sept. 7 for a procedure may have been exposed, the department said Monday. The Department of Health closed the center from Sept. 7 to Sept. 28.

No illnesses reported and the risk of infection is low, according to the Health Department. The department called it “an abundance of caution” to suggest that people be tested.

In an email, the surgery center administrator, Betty McCabe, said the center is “focused on helping this select group of 3,778 patients get tested quickly and expediently.”

McCabe said “deficiencies in infection control in both our sterilization/cleaning of instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to blood borne pathogens.”…

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President And First Lady Fly To Iraq For Surprise Visit With Troops – Fox News
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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump appeared in Iraq on Wednesday for a surprise visit with troops and senior military leadership at Al Asad Air Base. There, he said it’s because of U.S. military gains against the Islamic State terror group that he can withdraw 2,000 forces from Syria.

“We’re no longer the suckers, folks,” Trump told service members at the base, which is situated in western Iraq. “We’re respected again as a nation.”

During his first visit to the troubled region, Trump also said he has “no plans at all” to remove any of the 5,000 U.S. troops from that country. Trump’s visit – which is also his first to a combat zone as commander in chief – comes on the heels of his announcement about pulling troops out of Syria…

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City Slapped Down For Forcing Churches To Bow To LGBT Agenda – WorldNetDaily

A city’s attempt to force churches and other religious groups to align with its gender-identity and sexual-orientation agenda has been slapped down by a judge. The city of De Pere, Wisconsin, adopted a “non-discrimination” ordinance then designated churches “places of public accommodation.”

The city claimed that any time a church is open to the public, outside the role of a house of worship, it is subject to the ordinance. On Friday, however, Brown County Judge William Atkinson granted a summary judgment to the churches and denied the city’s request to dismiss the suit.

Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which represented several churches in the lawsuit, said the “unconstitutional ordinance could not go unchallenged.”

The ordinance demanded “non-discrimination” on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation in housing, employment, advertising and public accommodations…

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Woman Films Herself Chasing Down Scumbag Who Stole Package From Her Front Porch – Law & Crime
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A Denver area woman took matters into her own hands when she caught someone taking a package from outside her home, days before Christmas.

Renee Abeyta got a notification on her phone from the Ring app on Wednesday, letting her know there was someone at her front door. Using the app, which was connected to a camera monitoring her porch area, Abeyta saw video of another woman approaching her home and taking a package, according to local KDVR. That’s when she sprung into action.

“I thought, ‘No way this is happening to me,’” Abeyta told the station.

Determined to get back what belonged to her, Abeyta got in her car, drove after the woman, parked, and confronted her…

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Donald Trump Can Fund The Border Wall Without Congressional Approval – Brett M. Decker & James Renne

The federal government has shut down because Republicans can’t agree on funding for President Donald Trump’s main campaign promise to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and Democrats are insisting they will not vote for wall funding. This typical Washington gridlock is surmountable because Trump can build the wall on his own.

A week ago, the White House put out a call to federal agencies to look for “pots of money” in their existing budgets that could be cobbled together to pay for border wall construction.

Immediately, Sen. John Thune, the Republican whip in the upper chamber, shot down the idea of shifting funds from executive departments to the border, saying, “I’m not a big fan of moving money.” Like it or not, there are sources of revenue in the executive branch that the president has authority to use without congressional approval.

The Department of Agriculture has about $200 billion in outstanding loans for rural development projects such as community buildings, bridges, roads, fire stations, police stations, water projects and barriers such as fencing and walls…

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Arrested Aventura Anti-Semite Photographed With Obama, Donated To Hillary – Frontpage
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Nadim Siddiqui’s life has gone through a dramatic shift, from ambitious entrepreneur with political connections and an attractive girlfriend to a poverty-stricken and raving anti-Semite with repeated arrests and no one to turn to. What happened to Siddiqui that he would experience such a major downfall? This article examines the possible causes.

The scene was a Miami-Dade courtroom. Nadim Benjamin Siddiqui stood dressed in a red prison shirt, as he listened to Judge Renatha Francis sentence him to house arrest in addition to a $25,000 bond.

His crime: threatening Jewish establishments. When the judge stated that Siddiqui was alleged to have “targeted Jews,” a quick and menacing smile came over Siddiqui’s face…

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China Cuts Tariffs On 700 More Items – American Thinker

In its third round of tariff cuts this year, China announced that 700 more goods will have tariffs cut. Bloomberg reports:

China announced another round of tariff cuts, lowering import taxes on more than 700 goods from Jan. 1 as part of its efforts to open up the economy and lower costs for domestic consumers.

No doubt, that’s what they say. And it is true that domestic consumers will benefit from lower cost access to foreign goods. But, is President Trump’s pressure on China not a factor? I am sorry, but I can’t accept the notion that Trump is irrelevant to the decision.

Note that the rate cuts are temporary and can be changed at any time. To me, this is further evidence that they are a bargaining chip in the confrontation over trade that President Trump started.

The underlying reality – that President Trump recognized unlike his predecessors – is that because of its trade surplus, China has far more to lose than the U.S. from a trade war…

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Former Disney Actor Charged For Allegedly Trying To Have Sex With Underage Boy – Daily Caller
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Former Disney Channel star Stoney Westmoreland was charged for allegedly trying to have sex with a 13-year-old boy, according to recent reports published Monday.

Westmoreland was officially charged Friday with one count of enticing a minor, four counts of dealing harmful material to a minor and one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, according to an indictment from the Salt Lake County, Utah district attorney, CNN reported.

He allegedly used a dating app to chat with someone he believed to be a 13-year-old boy. The indictment states that Westmoreland admitted to sending nude photos to someone he thought was a teenager, according to CNN…

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Iraq Makes Christmas Day An Official Nationwide Holiday To Mark ‘The Occasion Of The Birth Of Jesus Christ’ – Daily Mail

Iraq has made Christmas Day a national holiday, its government confirmed this morning. The Iraqi Cabinet approved an amendment to its national holidays law which creates a new official one ‘on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ’.

Previously, Christmas Day had been designated as a religious break only for the Iraqi Christian community, but the amendment extends the holiday to everyone.

‘Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to all who are celebrating around the world,’ the Iraqi government wrote on Twitter.

‘We extend our warmest wishes to Christians in Iraq and around the world for a very happy and peaceful Christmas,’ it added.

Iraq is a 95 per cent Muslim country – 66 per cent are Shia and 29 per cent Sunni. There are thought to be only around 300,000 Christians remaining in the country, the vast majority of whom are Aramaic-speaking ethnic Assyrians…

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New York Times Salutes The Christmas Spirit Of Hezbollah – Breitbart
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In a bizarre article published on Christmas Eve, the New York Times saluted the murderous Iran-backed Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah for its wonderful Christmas spirit, applauding the group for helping to “ring in the season” and implying the United States has unfairly designated it as a foreign terrorist organization.

The opening passage of the Times article paints a remarkable picture:

The Iranian cultural attaché stepped up to the microphone on a stage flanked by banners bearing the faces of Iran’s two foremost religious authorities: Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, and Ayatollah Khamenei, the current supreme leader.

To the left of Ayatollah Khomeini stood a twinkling Christmas tree, a gold star gilding its tip…

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Holiday Retail Sales Strongest In Years – Fox Business

Holiday sales increased for U.S. retailers at the best pace in six years, according to early data.

Total U.S. retail sales, excluding automobiles, rose 5.1% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 from a year earlier, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks both online and in-store spending with all forms of payment.

Overall, U.S. consumers spent over $850 billion this holiday season, according to Mastercard.

The figures suggest a stock-market swoon and partial government shutdown haven’t curbed consumer confidence and spending, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Sales have been generally strong throughout the holiday season, led by an increase in online shopping.

Retailers entered the holidays with momentum as online sales jumped 26.4 percent from a year earlier between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through Black Friday, one sign of an early buying surge, according to Adobe Analytics…

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While Democrats Were Sleeping, President Trump Ended Catch-And-Release Policies – Gateway Pundit
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While Democrats were sleeping and ruining Christmas for everyone else President Trump announced new changes to United States immigration procedures. This is a much larger shift in policy than was originally reported by The Gateway Pundit back in November

Without much media fanfare President Trump ended George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s insane catch-and-release policies.

From now on illegal aliens caught entering the United States will be sent to wait in Mexico while their applications are processed. Once their “notice to appear” is available they will allowed in to attend their court hearing. Aliens without valid claims will be deported to their home countries…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (12/21/18)


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House Approves Spending Bill With $5.7 Billion For Trump’s Border Wall – Fox News
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The House of Representatives Thursday approved a bill that would fund most of the federal government through early February – and provides $5.7 billion for President Trump’s long-promised border wall, increasing the chances of a partial government shutdown later this week.

Eight Republicans joined all 177 voting Democrats to oppose the measure, which passed 217-185. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is certain to fall short of the 60 votes needed for passage since the chamber’s 49 Democrats are against funding the wall.

That, in turn, makes it more likely that parts of the federal government, including nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, will cease operations at midnight Friday…

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Louie Gohmert Spills The Beans, Says Paul Ryan Urged GOP Lawmakers To Campaign Against Trump – BizPac Review

On the very same day that resigning House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered his farewell address on the floor of Congress, fellow House Rep. Louie Gohmert revealed what may perhaps be the real reason why his relatively young colleague’s career has come to an unexpected end.

“Just a few weeks before the [2016] election, we were told by Paul, by our elected leaders that, gee, the only way we can keep the House majority is just all of us start running against the president,” Gohmert claimed during an interview on radio station WMAL “The Larry O’Connor Show.”

“Fortunately, we had enough people one after another on the call that pushed back so hard they backed off of that,” he added during his discussion Wednesday with guest host Derek Hunter.

Gohmert disseminated the shocking revelation during a broader discussion on how congressional Republicans seem to always be hijacking President Donald Trump’s agenda…

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DemoNazi Storms Out Of Hearing After Claiming Trump Would’ve Helped Kill Baby Jesus – Daily Wire
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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) shamed people for endorsing Christianity or celebrating Christmas while promoting border security on Thursday as he proceeded to claim that President Donald Trump would’ve shared responsibility in killing baby Jesus.

Gutierrez then stormed out of the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration and border security after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen attempted to respond to his baseless claim that she was a “liar.”

“It is repugnant to me, and astonishing to me, that during Christmas – I like to call them the holiday seasons to be inclusive, but during Christmas because the majority always wants to just call it Christmas – that during Christmas, a time in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, a Jesus Christ who had to flee for his life with Mary and Joseph, thank God there wasn’t a wall that stopped him from seeking refuge in Egypt,” Gutierrez said…

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General Mattis Stepping Down As Secretary Of Defense In February – Breitbart

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that Secretary of Defense General Jim Mattis would be retiring in February.

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years,” Trump announced on Twitter.

News of Mattis’ departure broke hours after the president ordered all United States troops be withdrawn from Syria, despite protests from his top military advisers. Mattis released his resignation letter shortly after Trump’s announcement on Twitter, arguing his views on foreign policy were different than the president.

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis wrote…

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Armed Robber Screws With The Wrong Marine In Pennsylvania Bar – WJAC
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Altoona police said a retired Marine Corps combat veteran disarmed a man trying to rob a bar early Tuesday morning.

According to police, a black man walked into Ajay’s Bar on Maple Avenue sometime around 1 a.m and attempted to rob the bar. Police said the retired Marine, who was bartending, was able to disarm the robber while he was handing over money from the cash register.

Police said the two got into a struggle, and one round was fired from the gun. Neither of them were hit by the bullet, but police said they believe the suspect has obvious facial injuries from being hit with the gun.

Police released surveillance video of the incident to their Facebook page…

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Florida: “Officer Of The Year” Murders Family, Kills Self – Washington Standard

I’ll be writing a follow up to this piece to point out the hypocrisy of the Communists in government who want us to jump through all sorts of hoops for permission to exercise our right to keep and bear arms while those entrusted with enforcing the law, who go through such measures are given weapons and yet, many of them commit the kinds of crimes outlined in this article.

A Flordia sheriff’s deputy murdered his wife, daughter and granddaughter before taking his own life on Wednesday.

Hillsborough County, Florida sheriff’s deputy and 2009 “Officer of the Year” Terry Strawn, 58, killed himself after murdering his wife Theresa, 54, and granddaughter Londyn, 6, in their home and then traveling to another house to murder his daughter, Courtney Strawn.

In his last radio transmission at 6:30am before committing the crimes, Strawn told his colleagues that his “depression was real.”…

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Driver Plows Car Into Pedestrians At German Bus Stop, Killing One And Injuring Several More – Deutsche Welle
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On Thursday afternoon a 32-year-old man drove his car into a group of pedestrians waiting at a bus stop in the German city of Recklinghausen, near Dortmund. The crash injured seven people, including the driver, and killed an 88-year-old woman.

The cause of the accident, which took place shortly before 3 p.m. local time (1400 GMT/UTC), is not yet known. The driver reportedly swerved out of his lane, crossing onto the wrong side of the street before plowing into the crowded bus stop.

“Police experts are working intensively on determining the cause. The area around the accident has been closed off,” local police said on Twitter. Recklinghausen police repeatedly urged citizens responding to their original tweet not to jump to conclusions…

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Trump Signs $867 Billion Farm Bill Into Law – News Star

President Donald Trump signed the new Farm Bill into law Thursday afternoon, setting agriculture policy for the next five years.

America’s Farm Bill provides a safety net for farmers and food security for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program better known as food stamps. It will cost almost $900 billion.

“We have to take care of our farmers and ranchers,” Trump said in a press conference. “They are the heart and soul of our nation. It’s a great bill.”

The Farm Bill doesn’t expand or strengthen work requirements for those who receive food stamps as Trump had wanted, but the president signed the bill after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue promised to reform SNAP through his regulatory power.

“The president has directed me to propose regulatory reforms to ensure those who are able to work do so in exchange for their benefits,” Perdue said during a media call Wednesday…

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‘This Is Outright Christian Persecution’: Baker Jack Phillips Strikes Back At Colorado’s Anti-Christian Attacks – CBN
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Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips is back in court today, going on the offense after Colorado officials came after him a second time. This time it’s because he declined to celebrate an LGBT activist’s transgender transition from male to female.

With the state’s relentless attacks against his faith, Phillips has decided to sue the state. The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Phillips, stating, “The very same state agencies decided to go after him a second time. If that isn’t government hostility towards people of faith, what is?”

“Jack had no choice but to file a federal lawsuit to defend himself from this targeting. He should not have to fear government punishment for his faith when he opens his cake shop for business every day…

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Trump Tells Congress To Go Pound Sand; Won’t Sign Spending Bill Without Border Wall Funding – WTOP

President Donald Trump told congressional Republicans Thursday he would not sign a bill to fund the government because it doesn’t include money for his border wall with Mexico, throwing the budget process into deep disarray and risking a federal shutdown this weekend.

“The president said he will not sign this bill,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said exiting a hastily called meeting with Trump and other GOP lawmakers at the White House. The House had been set to vote on the bill Thursday, before a deadline at midnight Friday to fund parts of the government or risk a partial shutdown just before Christmas.

The White House suggested earlier Thursday that Trump was not onboard with the critical spending agreement because it lacked billions of dollars for “steel slats or a wall” at the Mexican border.

And Trump himself lashed out at Republican leaders on Twitter after speaking by telephone with Ryan. Then Trump’s press secretary issued a statement saying the president “does not want to go further without border security,” including money for the wall…

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Triple-Amputee Veteran Raises Over $5 Million In 3 Days To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall – Navy Times
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An airman who survived the most catastrophic war wounds in the service’s history has started a fundraiser – with a goal of $1 billion – in an effort to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient, started the GoFundMe account, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” amidst ongoing deliberations on how the border wall, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump, will actually be funded.

Trump most recently stated it will be U.S. troops who are tasked with building the wall if Democrats refuse to fund the project, a notion the president emphasized over a series of Dec. 19 tweets discussing border security. Kolfage, meanwhile, had enough of the delays resulting from back-and-forth funding discussions…

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Least-Educated State: California No. 1 In Percentage Of Residents 25 And Older Who Never Finished 9th Grade; No. 50 In High School Graduates – CNS

California ranks No. 1 among the 50 states for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 50th for the percentage who have graduated from high school, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

Texas ranks No. 2 for the percentage of its residents 25 and older who have never completed ninth grade and 49th for the percentage who have graduated from high school. 9.7 percent of California residents 25 and older, the Census Bureau says, never completed ninth grade. Only 82.5 percent graduated from high school.

8.7 percent of Texas residents 25 and older never completed ninth grade, and only 82.8 percent graduated from high school.

California and Texas – while having the highest percentages of residents 25 and older who never finished ninth grade and the lowest percentages who graduated from high school – are the nation’s two most populous states…

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President Trump Declares Victory In Syria As U.S. Moves To Withdraw All Troops ‘As Quickly As Possible’ – Daily Wire
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President Trump will move to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria immediately, declaring that “we have defeated ISIS in Syria.”

“U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “The Pentagon has an order to get to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible, “ a U.S. official said.

Trump has pledged to wrap up the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, often writing on Twitter that the U.S. was moving rapidly to defeat the group. On Wednesday, Trump said the work is done in Syria…

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Scumbag Judge Who Accused General Flynn Of Selling Out The Country Orders Deported Asylum Seekers To Be Returned To The U.S. – Fox News

A federal judge on Wednesday took the extraordinary step of ordering that asylum seekers who sued after their deportation be returned to the U.S. to have their claims heard anew, ruling against the Trump administration’s revised asylum policies.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington came a day after the same judge presided over a contentious sentencing hearing for former national security adviser Michael Flynn – in which he questioned whether the ex-White House official committed “treason” and accused him of selling out the United States to foreign interests.

He later delayed Flynn’s sentencing until 2019, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In his sweeping ruling Wednesday against the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Sullivan said recent changes violated federal law. “The Court holds that it has jurisdiction to hear plaintiffs’ challenges to the credible fear policies…

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Vice President Pence Announces Creation Of U.S. Space Command In Cape Canaveral – Air Force
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Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday officially announced the recreation of US Space Command as the 11th combatant command in the US military, moving one step closer to the creation of a new separate service for space operations.

​​​During a visit to Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., for the launch of the first GPS III satellite, Pence said the new directive from President Trump creates the command, which will “integrate space capabilities across all branches of the military.”

SPACECOM will be tasked with developing doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures to operate in space and its establishment marks a “new era of American national security” in space, Pence added…

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Big Win For Churches As Judge Rules Wisconsin Ordinance Violates Religious Freedom – CBN

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that a De Pere city non-discrimination ordinance cannot be applied to churches and other faith-based groups.

The ordinance, which was approved last year by the city council, labeled religious organizations as places of public accommodation. That means churches would have been in danger of discriminating against transgender and gay individuals if they preached that God determines gender and prohibits homosexuality.

Alarmed by the decree, five churches and a faith-based radio station filed a lawsuit seeking an exemption, noting that the ordinance is so broad that it undermines their constitutionally protected right to freely exercise their faith.

“Unlike many of its counterparts in other state, local and federal law, the De Pere ordinance does not clearly exempt religious organizations. Nor has the city been willing to assure religious institutions that they will not be subjected to the ordinance when it takes effect March 1, 2018,” the 21-page suit reads…

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Attorney: Michael Savage Being Silenced By ‘Corporate Censorship’ – Washington Times
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The voice of New York, come Jan. 7, may be no more. That’s because WABC, one of the city’s premiere, preeminent stations, is poised to boot Michael Savage – to deplatform him, in broadcast-speak, said his attorney, Daniel Horowitz, in a telephone interview.

WABC isn’t saying such; in fact, a recent news release from the station indicates Savage will be moving into a new, fresher format designed to take advantage of emerging media, one that will see him do one hour of radio alongside one hour of podcast.

But the behind-the-scenes story is a bit different. According to Horowitz, who said he’s seen “the emails back and forth” between his client, Savage, and the radio powers-who-be, “The Savage Nation” is actually poised to go dark on WABC on Jan. 7…

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Texas Girl’s Inoperable Brain Tumor Miraculously Disappears – KVUE

A little girl’s inoperable brain tumor is gone and doctors have no explanation. Today, Roxli Doss is doing what she loves, and that’s horseback riding.

“She is just as active as she ever was,” said Scott Doss, Roxli’s father.

It’s hard to imagine not too long ago doctors diagnosed the little girl with an inoperable brain tumor in June called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG.

“It is very rare, but when we see it, it is a devastating disease,” Dr. Virginia Harrod with Dell Children’s Medical Center. “You have decreased ability to swallow, sometimes vision loss, decreased ability to talk, eventually difficulty with breathing.”

Dr. Harrod said the now 11-year-old went through weeks of radiation, even though there is no cure. The family held a benefit for her in August, and the Buda community responded in a big way. At that point, all Gena and Scott Doss could do was pray for a miracle…

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President Of National Border Patrol Council: Under Obama, Border Agents Spent Their Own Money To Buy Necessities For Migrant Children – Breitbart
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Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Breitbart News that border agents spent “their own money” to provide diapers, formula, toys, and other basic necessities to children in their custody during the Obama administration.

He offered his remarks in a Monday interview with Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.

Judd said, “Back in 2014, at the height of the children that were crossing the border without parents – the unaccompanied minors – when we took them into custody, we did not even have the basic necessities for those children, such as formula, such as diapers, and frankly, toys for these children to play with while we were waiting to put them into the hands of ICE.”…

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DemoNazi State Senator Urges Republican Aide To Kill Herself On Twitter, Then Attempts To Cover Up Actions By Deleting Tweet – Daily Wire

A New York State Democrat senator came under intense fire on Tuesday after he urged a Republican aide to kill herself in a now-deleted tweet and then immediately continued attacking her.

Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) instructed New York State Republican Deputy Communications Director Candice Giove to “Kill yourself!” after she allegedly exposed Parker appearing to misuse a parking placard.

“[I] got to the bottom of this. The placard is assigned to @SenatorParker,” Giove tweeted. “However, the license plate # on the placard does not match the vehicle. So he either used it in another car or gave it to someone to use, both of which are not permitted.”

Parker’s horrifying remark comes after he “attracted attention late last month when he proposed a bill that would require those seeking a firearm permit to consent to having their social-media accounts searched for objectionable content,” the Democrat & Chronicle reported…

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Witch Hunt Update: Scumbag Judge Accuses War Hero General Flynn Of Selling Out Country During Sentencing Hearing – The Hill
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The judge at former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing has given the former Trump Cabinet member a scolding, saying that lying to the FBI is a “very serious offense.”

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan also said Flynn arguably sold his country out.

“This is a very serious offense,” he said at the hearing. “A high-ranking senior official of the government making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House.”

Sullivan also noted that Flynn could have been charged with other crimes that were not included in his plea agreement…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Friday (12/14/18)


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DOJ Inspector General Discovers 19,000 Missing Strzok-Page Text Messages – Sean Hannity
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A stunning new report released by the Office of the Inspector General confirmed Thursday that their investigation recovered over 19,000 “lost” text messages exchanged between former DOJ officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

“The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General initiated this investigation upon being notified of a gap in text message data collection during the period December 15, 2016 through May 17, 2017, from Federal Bureau of Investigation mobile devices assigned to FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page relevant to a matter being investigated by the OIG’s Oversight and Review Division,” writes the report.

“The OIG forensically recovered thousands of text messages from FBI mobile devices issued to Strzok and Page through its multiple extraction efforts…

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Federal Judge Demands Exculpatory Documents In Flynn Case – PJ Media

The federal judge overseeing former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s criminal case is demanding that Special Counsel Robert Mueller turn over all of the government’s documents related to Flynn’s questioning by 3:00 p.m. EST Friday.

The documents requested by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan include potentially exculpatory “memoranda” pertaining to Flynn’s case.

This comes after a sentencing memo filed by Flynn’s defense team on Tuesday showed that Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe suggested that then-national security adviser Flynn not have a lawyer present for his interview with two bureau agents at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017.

That interview with FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea on one count of making false statements regarding wiretapped communications with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn “clearly saw the FBI agents as allies” and was “relaxed and jocular,” according to the 302 prepared by the agents…

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Florida School-Massacre Panel: Arm Teachers! – WorldNetDaily
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Teachers should be allowed to carry concealed guns on campus to stop future shootings, a panel investigating the Florida high school massacre recommended Wednesday.

In a 13-1 vote, the Associated Press reported, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission urged the Legislature to allow the arming of teachers who volunteer and undergo extensive background checks and training.

The panel concluded that having one or two police officers or armed guards on campus is not sufficient to stop the kind of shooting that took 17 lives in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

A Florida law already allows districts to arm non-teaching staff members such as principals, librarians and custodians…

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Feds Collect Record Taxes Through November; Still Run $305.4 Billion Deficit – CNS

The federal government collected record total tax revenues of $458,653,000,000 in October and November, the first two months of fiscal 2019, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.

Even with these record tax collections, however, the government still ran a deficit of $305,394,000,000 for the first two months of the fiscal year. That is because while collecting that record $458,653,000,000 in taxes, the government spent $764,046,000,000.

The record $458,853,000,000 in federal taxes in October and November was up $5,280,090,000 from the $453,372,910,000 in total taxes in constant November 2018 dollars that the federal government collected in October and November of fiscal 2018.

Although the total federal taxes collected in October and November set a record, individual income tax collections did not set a record. In October and November of last year, the federal government collected $231,465,760,000 in individual income taxes…

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Apple To Build $1 Billion Campus In Texas – Circa
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Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado.

The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a mile from existing Apple facilities, will open with 5,000 positions in engineering, research and development, operations, finance, sales and customer support.

The site, according to Apple, will have the capacity to eventually accommodate 15,000 employees. The three other new locations will have more than 1,000 employees each. Early this year, Apple said that it would make more than $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years…

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Factory Robot Malfunctions And Skewers Chinese Worker With Ten, Foot-Long, Steel Spikes – Daily Mail

A factory worker was skewered with ten huge steel spikes after a rogue robot malfunctioned and impaled the man. The incident occurred in China and the man managed to survive after the robot’s arm fell onto him and plunged the spikes into his chest and arm.

Surgeons managed to removed the spikes from the 49-year-old known as Zhou, through emergency surgery. One of the robot’s pins was just 0.1 centimetres (0.04 inches) from a major artery.

Each of the sharp steel bars measured 30 centimetres (one foot) in length and 1.5 centimetres (0.59 inches) in diameter, according to a Chinese hospital which treated the factory worker.

The man is in stable condition, according to the Xiangya Hospital in Changsha. The victim works for a porcelain factory in Zhuzhou in southern China’s Hunan Province. It is said that the accident took place last Tuesday when Mr Zhou was working a night shift…

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Pentagon: U.S. Army Could Fund, Build Sections Of President Trump’s Border Wall – America One News
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The Pentagon has responded to President Trump’s suggestion the U.S. military could build the border wall.

In a statement Wednesday, the Defense Department said it currently has no plans to build the wall, but could take part in the construction of border projects in the near future.

The Defense Department said U.S. law allows the Pentagon to use its budget for border security purposes. This comes as Democrats refuse to meet the president’s funding requests for the project, prompting him to threaten a government shutdown.

“When you look at what happened with the caravans, with the people, with a lot – we shut it down, we had no choice, we shut it down,” stated President Trump…

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DHS: New Border Wall Stops “Violent Mob Of 1,000 People”; No Breaches – CNS

“Walls Work,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared Wednesday, highlighting how new wall in California successfully thwarted “a violent mob of 1,000 people” on Sunday – without a single breach:

“On Sunday when a violent mob of 1,000 people stormed our Southern border, we found the newly constructed portions of the wall to be very effective… All of the individuals were either apprehended or retreated into Mexico. That evening, the fence was repaired. There were no breaches along the newly constructed border wall areas.”

But, in places where wall had not yet been constructed, the outdated fencing was breached by the violent mob, which assaulted border agents, DHS reports:

“In the area of the breach, a group of people tore a hole in the old landing mat fence constructed decades ago and pushed across the border. U.S. Border Patrol agents who responded to the area ultimately dispersed the crowd, which had become assaultive, and apprehended several individuals.”…

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First Lady Melania Trump Visits With Service Members, Children In Hampton Roads – WAVY
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First Lady Melania Trump was in Hampton Roads on Wednesday morning visiting with troops and their families. Mrs. Trump made a quick stop at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. There were hundreds of service men and women in the crowd along with children from Bethel Manor and Burbank Elementary Schools.

The First Lady was met with cheers and lots of excitement as she took the stage.

“I’ve been teaching for a long time and when we told them, I’ve never heard kids scream louder than when we told them we were coming here,” said Michelle Rumschlag, a 5th grade teacher at Bethel Manor Elementary.

FLOTUS addressed hundreds in the crowd, many who just returned from deployment…

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Chinese Auto Sales Accelerate Historic Collapse, Set For First Annual Decline In 30 Years – Zero Hedge

Progress in the United States/China trade war seems to be happening at just the right time.

The automobile industry in China has been crippled, partly as a result of this trade war, partly due to the ongoing domestic economic slowdown in the mainland, and absent major subsidies – which don’t appear to be coming – the outlook for the rest of 2018 and 2019 is not promising. The collapse has been historic and according to new data, continued through November.

November data confirmed a continuation of the ugly trends that we discussed last month. For instance, passenger vehicle wholesales were down 16.1% on the year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. This data includes sedans, SUVs and crossover utility vehicles.

November vehicle wholesales were also down well into the double digits, dropping 13.9% to 2.55 million units year-over-year. Total retail passenger vehicles fell 18% on the year and SUV sales fell 20.6% year-over-year to 854,289 units, according to the Passenger Car Association…

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Trump Signs Order Aimed At Revitalizing Economically Distressed Communities – The Hill
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President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed at helping economically distressed communities, building off a provision in his tax-cut law.

The order creates a White House panel dubbed the Opportunity and Revitalization Council, which will be led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and consist of representatives from 13 federal agencies.

At a signing ceremony at the White House, Trump called the council a “very big thing” and said that the council will help utilize government resources to rebuild “impoverished neighborhoods that have been ignored by Washington in years past.”…

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British PM Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote Despite Brexit Chaos – Fox News

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of confidence in her leadership of her party Wednesday, but not until after a bruising challenge in which she reportedly promised she would step down before the next general election.

A leadership vote had been triggered after 48 Conservative Party MPs had written letters expressing no confidence in her leadership – 15 percent of the party’s members in the Commons.

But the vote of confidence of the broader bloc of Tory MPs went in her favor – with 200 MPs backing her leadership and 117 voting against her.

The victory means not only that May holds onto power, but also that now she cannot be formally challenged by her own party for a year. However, it also means that a third of her party voted against her, a factor that may only increase calls for her to step down in the coming months…

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Mueller’s Collusion Hoax Collapses – Conrad Black
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The sudden death of the unutterable nonsense of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government, announced as it was in the hand-off to the Southern New York U.S. Attorney of the shabby fruit of Michael Cohen’s plea bargaining, has divided onlookers into three communities of opinion.

The true believers in the collusion canard are left slack-jawed, like the international Left after the announcement of the Nazi-Soviet Pact: an immense fervor of faith is instantly destroyed; it is the stillness of a sudden and immense evaporation.

The professional Trump-haters, the Democratic Party assassination squads in the Congress and media, like disciplined soldiers, have swiveled with parade ground precision and resumed firing after a mere second to reload, at the equally fatuous nonsense about illegal campaign contributions…

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No, The Deficit Isn’t ‘Soaring’, And Yes, Tax Revenues Are At Record Highs – Investor’s Business Daily

Budget: In the first two months of the new fiscal year, tax revenues are up. But so is the deficit. Why? Because spending continues to outpace revenues. So why do tax cuts keep getting blamed?

The latest monthly budget report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the deficit jumping $102 billion in just the first two months of the new fiscal year.

That sure looks like the deficit is “soaring,” as one news outlet claimed. But as the CBO makes clear, almost all that deficit increase was the result of quirks of the calendar. Depending on where weekends fall, significant sums of spending can get shifted into different months.

A true apples-to-apples comparison, the CBO says, shows that the deficit climbed by just $13 billion.

So, no, the deficit is not soaring. Nor are tax cuts to blame for the relatively small increase so far this year. In fact, the CBO report shows that overall tax revenues climbed by $14 billion in the first two months of the year…

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Google Hosts Sharia Law App Enabling Muslims To Report Blasphemy And Heresy To The Police – PJ Media
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On December 7, 2018, the Google Play Store approved the latest version of “Smart Pakem,” an app that allows Muslims in Jakarta, the capital of the largest Muslim country on earth, to report violations of Sharia law such as blasphemy and even heresy.

The app allows users to report people who practice unrecognized religions or unorthodox interpretations of Indonesia’s six officially recognized faiths: Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Protestant Christianity, and Roman Catholic Christianity.

According to Google’s translation on the Google Play Store, “Smart Pakem” intends “to make it easier to find information and manage religion, belief flow and community organizations in the jurisdiction of DKI Jakarta,” the capital of Indonesia…

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Three Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers To Testify About Tax Crimes, Pay-For-Play – Zero Hedge

Following allegations of sloppy accounting, potential tax fraud and pay-to-play, the Clinton Foundation will be under a Congressional microscope this week after three whistleblowers have come forward and agreed to testify – one of whom secretly submitted 6,000 pages of documents to the IRS and FBI in August of 2017, and all three of whom have submitted various documents to Congressional investigators.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum on Monday night that there are three whistleblowers who have spent the past two years investigating the Clinton Foundation, and have “explosive” allegations which they will share during Thursday testimony on Capitol Hill.

MACCALLUM: OK. With regard to the investigation, which doesn’t get a lot of attention, into the Clinton foundation, the DOJ designated John Huber to look into this. They have 6,000 pages of evidence that they’ve gone through. The foundation raised $2.5 billion, and they’re looking into potential improprieties…

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Memo: FBI Recommended Michael Flynn Not Have Lawyer Present During Interview, Did Not Warn Of False Statement Consequences – Washington Examiner
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who arranged the bureau’s interview with then-national security adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 – the interview that ultimately led to Flynn’s guilty plea on one count of making false statements – suggested Flynn not have a lawyer present at the session, according to newly-filed court documents.

In addition, FBI officials, along with the two agents who interviewed Flynn, decided specifically not to warn him that there would be penalties for making false statements because the agents wanted to ensure that Flynn was “relaxed” during the session.

The new information, drawn from McCabe’s account of events plus the FBI agents’ writeup of the interview – the so-called 302 report – is contained in a sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Flynn’s defense team…

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Parasitic Leftists Update: California Drafting Plan To Tax Text Messages – Daily Wire

In California’s never-ending quest to tax everything, there are new reports that the liberal state may soon levy a tax on text messages.

California state regulators are working on a plan to charge cell phone users a fee for text messaging, all in the name of collecting taxpayer money to pay for programs to make phone service cheaper to low-income residents, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

No one yet knows how much cell phone users would be charged, but the News says the fee would “likely would be billed as a flat surcharge per customer – one of those irksome fees at the bottom of your wireless bill – not a fee per text.”

And cell phone users might have to retroactively pay the fee for the last five years.

Business groups, including the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Leadership Group and others opposing the idea, calculated the new charges for wireless consumers could total about $44.5 million a year…

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President Trump Stands Firm On Wall Funding After Meeting With DemoNazis Schumer And Pelosi At White House – Daily Caller
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After a fiery Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Tuesday, the White House is standing firm in its demand for more border wall funding in a spending bill set to expire Dec. 21.

“President Trump had a constructive dialogue with Democrat Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding, “President Trump made clear that any government funding measure must include responsible border security, including a wall, to protect the American people from drugs, crime, terrorism, public health threats, and the severe straining of the social safety net.”

“So far, the Democrat Party has made clear they would rather keep the border open than the government open,” Sanders continued…

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“Your Time Is Up, White People”: South African Government Sets Date For White Farmers To Give Up Land Without Compensation – Gateway Pundit

South African lawmakers passed a proposal to change the country’s constitution to make land grabs legal. The government voted in agreement to take land from white farmers without compensation. This same plan turned South Africa’s neighbor Zimbabwe from a state of plenty to a starving state.

The parliament sang before voting to take white-owned land without compensation.

The Star reported:

The country’s National Assembly approved a proposal to change the constitution to make the so-called reforms legal in a vote of 183 to 77. This paves the way for land to be taken from farmers without giving any kind of compensation.

And now lawmakers have agreed to set up a committee that will write and introduce a new bill for land expropriations. A deadline of the end of March next year for the committee to present its first report to parliament has also been agreed…

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Everything You Need To Know About This Dog’s Breakfast Of A Brexit Fiasco – James Delingpole
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This Brexit is a dog’s breakfast of a cock-up of a disaster of a fiasco.

I’ve been looking for guidance from some wise columnist who can explain what is happening and then reassure me that it’s all going to be OK in the end.

But such a person does not exist for the simple reason that no one knows anything: everything is up in the air, everybody is lying, cheating or on manoeuvres, everyone is partisan and betraying their own biases and wishful thinking.

That’s why I feel free to offer my own hot takes on the issue, confident that no one can gainsay me because my guesses are as good as anyone else’s.

Here is where I think we are…

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DC Bans Churches From Handing Out Straws With Free Coffee – Washington Free Beacon
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Washington, D.C., will begin enforcing its ban on plastic straws on Jan. 1, which would penalize churches for offering free coffee if it comes with a stirrer.

The Department of Energy and Environment tweeted Thursday that Mayor Muriel Bowser has a “list of recyclables and compostables” banning plastic straws and stirrers. However, businesses, churches, and nonprofits can hand out straws and coffee stirrers if they are made from hay.

“On January 1, 2019, new restrictions on the use of single-use plastic straws and stirrers will take effect,” according to the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment. “DOEE will begin inspecting businesses for compliance with the District’s single-use straw and stirrer requirements on January 1st, 2019,” the department said…

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School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl In The Boys’ Locker Room – The Federalist

A Florida school district allowed a self-described transgender female student regular access to the boys’ locker room, with no advance warning to the boys or their parents.

The first time she walked in, she caught “boys (literally) with their pants down, causing them embarrassment and concern by the fact that they had been observed changing by an obvious girl,” says a complaint letter to Pasco County School District from Liberty Counsel, a pro-bono constitutional law firm.

With a “gag order,” school administrators forbade teachers from talking about the change, and ordered a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed girl in the Chasco Middle School locker room, the letter says.

When he refused to “knowingly place himself in a position to observe a minor female in the nude or otherwise in a state of undress,” administrators told him “he will be transferred to another school as discipline for ‘not doing your job in the locker room.’”…

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DemoNazi Senator Compares ICE To The KKK – Townhall
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On Wednesday, Senator Kamala Harris compared the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service to the Ku Klux Klan, insisting that certain “communities” view the agency as a “domestic terrorist group” that deliberately uses “fear and intimidation” to specifically target “immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America” based on their racial or ethnic background.

The California Democrat made these remarks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing meant to determine whether acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello will become the agency’s newest official head. In spite of Harris repeatedly formulating her comparison of ICE to the KKK as the “perception” of some distant third party, Vitiello saw through the senator’s transparent attempt to smear him and his agents and denied that any parallels existed between the two groups [emphasis mine]:

VITIELLO: Well, the Klan was what we would call today a domestic terrorist group.

HARRIS: Why? Why would we call them “domestic terrorist group” [sic]?

VITIELLO: ‘Cause they tried to use fear and force to change political environment[sic]…

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Family Outraged After Scumbag Sentenced To Less Than 3 Years For Raping Their Dying Daughter – Circa

A Snohomish County, Washington, man was sentenced to 34 months in prison after admitting he raped a young woman while she overdosed on drugs, then let her die.

Brian Varela, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, third-degree rape and unlawful disposal of remains Thursday.

He admitted he raped 18-year-old Alyssa Noceda last February while she overdosed in his bedroom. He did nothing to help. He even sent photos of her mostly nude body to his friends, mocking her as she lay there dying.

Then he tried to cover up Noceda’s death by disposing of her body, but police caught him first. In court, Varela said, “I’m sorry for my foolish actions. Whatever I get is what I deserve.”

A judge sentenced Varela to 34 months in prison Thursday, acknowledging she felt it was inadequate, but state law required her to follow sentencing guidelines. Varela had no criminal history…

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Rick Scott Declares Victory Again As Florida Orders Manual Recount In Senate Race – Washington Times
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Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott declared victory in his Senate bid for a second time Thursday after a state-mandated machine recount widened his lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

But Mr. Nelson’s legal team, insisting there is not “one universe of votes,” vowed Thursday evening to press on and predicted their candidate eventually will emerge as the winner.

While the election results are not official until certified by the secretary of state, a move that should come after the Elections Canvassing Commission’s Nov. 20 meeting, the unofficial recount expanded Mr. Scott’s edge by 865 votes, leaving him with a margin of 13,427.

That’s a bigger edge than any recount in U.S. history has overcome…

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The Top Ten University Leaders Who Are Supporters Of Terror – Frontpage

For nearly two decades, the campus organization Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has established a beachhead of support for anti-Israel terrorists on American campuses, resulting in a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents and the harassment of Jewish students.

After many years of denial, the American and Jewish press have finally begun to take notice of this epidemic of hostility towards Jews and supporters of Israel, but the true depravity of SJP still escapes their notice.

While most of the press coverage debates whether SJP’s anti-Zionism has crossed the line into anti-Semitism, this discussion misses the larger and far more sinister truth that SJP is not just the leading promoter of Jew hatred on American college campuses, nor does it content itself to spread anti-Semitic lies and propaganda defaming Israel, the only liberal democracy in the Middle East as an “apartheid state”- though assuredly it does these things.

The media posturing misses the truth that SJP is a full-fledged arm of the anti-Israel terror group Hamas…

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Theresa May Vows To Fight On In The Face Of Cabinet Resignations And An All-Out Tory Brexiteer Bid To Oust Her – Daily Mail
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Theresa May vowed defiance tonight after Brexiteers effectively declared war – with Cabinet ministers quitting and an all-out bid to oust her. The Prime Minister used a press conference in Downing Street to double down on her determination to press ahead with her controversial pact with the EU.

Despite a slew of high-profile resignations and the near-certain prospect of a Tory no-confidence vote in her leadership, Mrs May insisted she would keep ‘putting the national interest first’.

‘I believe with every fibre in my body that the course I have set out is the right one,’ she said. She admitted that the burden of leadership was ‘heavy’ at the best of times and even tougher when Brexit pervaded every part of the UK economically and socially…

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Wins FCC Approval To Deploy 7,518 Satellites – Bloomberg

Elon Musk’s SpaceX won permission to deploy more than 7,000 satellites, far more than all operating spacecraft currently aloft, from U.S. regulators who also moved to reduce a growing risk from space debris as skies grow more crowded.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has two test satellites aloft, and it earlier won permission for a separate set of 4,425 satellites – which like the 7,518 satellites authorized Thursday are designed to provide broadband communications. It has said it plans to begin launches next year.

Space companies riding innovations that include smaller and cheaper satellites – with some just 4 inches long and weighing only 3 pounds – are planning fleets that will fly fast and low, offering communications now commonly handled by larger, more expensive satellites.

Right now there are fewer than 2,000 operating satellites, and the planned additional space traffic demands vigilance, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said…

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Roy Clark, Country Music Legend And ‘Hee Haw’ Star, Dead At 85 – Fox News
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Country star Roy Clark, the legendary singer and multi-instrumentalist with an ear-to-ear smile who headlined the hit TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 85. A rep for the singer told Fox News Clark died on Thursday at his Tulsa, Okla., home due to complications from pneumonia.

Clark was the “Hee Haw” host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best-known co-host. The country music and comedy show’s last episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter.

“‘Hee Haw’ won’t go away. It brings a smile to too many faces,” Clark said in 2004, when the show was distributed on VHS and DVD for the first time…

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Wisconsin Company Gives All Its Employees Handguns For Christmas – Daily Caller

A Hortonville, Wisconsin business chose to give each and every one of its 16 employees a unique gift for Christmas this year – a handgun.

To Ben Wolfgram, co-owner of BenShot – a manufacturer of bullet embedded glassware – the decision was made to promote team building and safety, according to the Hortonville Post Crescent.

The business, which employs a mix of military veterans as well as several who have never fired a weapon, was started in 2015 in a garage workshop. Wolfgram told the Post Crescent that this is the first time his company has ever given such a gift, and that most employees were excited.

Employee Chelsea Priest said she felt empowered by the gift, which she believes will help keep her safe.

“I’ve never been a part of anything like this,” said employee Chelsea Priest, who, according to the Post Crescent, “felt empowered by the gift.”…

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Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charges – Washington Times
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Anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested Wednesday on charges of felony domestic violence that reportedly left the woman with a “swollen and bruised” face.

The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and one of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s less-credible accusers was taken into custody Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.

“We can confirm that today LAPD Detectives arrested Michael Avenatti on suspicion of domestic violence. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide more details as they become available,” the L.A.P.D. wrote on its official Twitter account.

According to celebrity-news site TMZ, the arrest occurred after a confrontation “at an exclusive apartment building in the Century City area of L.A.”…

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‘Alarming’ Study Claiming Global Warming Heating Up Oceans Based On Math Error – Washington Free Beacon

A highly circulated study claiming oceans are warming at a much higher rate due to global warming contains “key errors,” forcing researchers to issue a correction.

The study published by the journal Nature on Oct. 31 by researchers at Princeton University and UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography claimed the oceans were warming at a rate 60 percent higher than previously thought.

However, a mathematical error discovered by independent climate scientist Nic Lewis after he perused the study’s first page has led the journal to retract its key finding. The study has a much larger margin of error, making their findings of a 60 percent increase in ocean warming less precise, and actually between 10 percent and 70 percent.

The lead researcher now says its findings are practically meaningless, with a margin of error “too big now to really weigh in” on ocean temperatures.

When first published, the study led to “alarming” warnings in mainstream media outlets…

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Feds Investigating Altered Election Documents Tied To Florida Democrat Party – Zero Hedge
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The Florida Department of State (DoS) last week has asked federal prosecutors to investigate official election documents with the dates changed, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, according to Politico.

The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information.

Known as “cure affidavits,” those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 – the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate. – Politico

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Fake News Update: Fox News Backing CNN’s Lawsuit Against White House – Breitbart

Fox News Channel announced Wednesday it will support CNN’s lawsuit against the White House over the temporary suspension of White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” press credential, revealing the company will file an amicus brief in defense of the partisan network.

Fox News issued a statement accusing the White House of “weaponizing” Secret Service passes for reporters:

Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court. Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.

In a brief statement shared to Twitter, CNN thanked Fox News for backing its lawsuit against the White House…

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First Wave Of Central American Invaders Arrives At U.S.-Mexican Border – Desert Sun
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The first large wave of the migrant caravan arrived in Tijuana early Tuesday morning. About 400 migrants, mostly from Central America, rolled into the border city on nine buses. Some hung out of bus windows and cheered; at least one Honduran flag fluttered outside a window.

The migrants are reaching their final destination in Mexico amid inflamed tensions on both sides of the California-Mexico border.

At the El Chaparral port of entry earlier Tuesday morning, people who have been waiting weeks to claim asylum said many migrant shelters along the border are nearing capacity. They expressed concern that the caravan would jeopardize their chances of entering the United States…

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New Report Shows How Incredibly Wrong Obama Was About Energy Independence – Investor’s Business Daily

Energy: Has any politician ever been more wrong than Barack Obama was about U.S. oil production and energy independence? Based on the latest report from the International Energy Agency, the answer is unequivocally no.

On Tuesday, oil prices fell for the 12th consecutive decline. And amid that decline, the International Energy Agency forecasts that the U.S. will account for 75% of the growth in global oil production through 2025.

That’s a stunning finding that shows how dynamic the domestic oil and gas industry has become.

Crude oil production in the U.S. has climbed more than 67% in just the past six years. And the Department of Energy expects it will climb an additional 11% next year.

Earlier this year, U.S. production hit 11 million barrels a day, surpassing Russia as the world’s largest oil producer, after having blown past Saudi Arabia in February…

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Florida Man Breaks Into Restaurant, Strips Naked, Eats Noodles, Plays Bongos – Circa
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According to the Tampa Bay Times, a St. Petersburg police officer was investigating a break-in at The Chattaway restaurant, reviewing surveillance video that shows a burglar eating a plate of chicken wings and drinking a beer inside the kitchen on November 6. The officer also discovered footage from another incident that happened the night before.

Video shows a different man riding his bike up to the restaurant. He strolled around the parking lot for 10 minutes before entering through the back gate. He would later open the door to a shed after wandering and remove a set of bongos.

The man then went into a restaurant bathroom with clothes on but left the bathroom naked. He sat at one of the restaurant’s picnic tables and ate a bowl of instant Ramen noodles, which he brought with him…

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Acting AG Whitaker In 2016: ‘Special Counsel Is Required’ To Investigate Clinton Foundation – CNS

Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general of the United States and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, said in a 2016 interview that there is enough evidence “in the public domain” to warrant the appointment of a “special prosecutor” to investigate the Clinton Foundation.

He added that the Foundation was “clearly a pay-to-play situation” where if you gave money to the Foundation, you got “preferential treatment” at the State Department, which was headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013.

Hillary Clinton’s emailing of classified documents through her private computer server was a “serious” problem, but the “real ballgame” is “where Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment,” said Whitaker in an Aug. 25, 2016 interview with Breitbart News Daily.

“It’s very interesting to watch the Clinton camp try to explain away these meetings,” said Whitaker…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Proves Once Again That She’s Dumber Than A Box Of Hair – BizPac Review
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez railed against Amazon in a tweetstorm targeting the company that may be locating a new headquarters in New York City. The democratic socialist representing New York’s 14th Congressional District tweeted Monday that her constituents in Queens had voiced “outrage” about Amazon planning a Long Island City headquarters.

“We’ve been getting calls and outreach from Queens residents all day about this,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The community’s response? Outrage.”

Despite the reported 25,000 employees the e-commerce giant will hire in the proposed new headquarters locations in New York City and Virginia’s Arlington County, according to the Wall Street Journal, nearby Queens residents found the move “extremely concerning.”…

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Disney World Bans Veteran After Holding ‘Trump 2020’ Sign On Ride – Washington Standard

An ex-Marine veteran was banned from Walt Disney World and all its parks after waving a “Trump 2020” banner while riding Splash Mountain. Interestingly enough, Disney apparently thought he was such a threat that they used 40 employees to escort out the 49-year-old veteran.

“I held up the sign for two seconds so I can take a picture,” Dion Cini told the New York Post. “You’re allowed to hold up signs on Disney rides – cameras, cellphones, and other stuff like that. People have been doing it for years. They just kicked me out ’cause of the context of the sign.”

Cini took to Facebook to share his story writing, “Trespassed from WDW for holding a Trump 2020 banner on Splash Mountain. – feeling super at Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom.”

Disney didn’t think this through. Now, this story is going to go viral, Trump will get some major advertising from this and they are probably going to lose some business over this. The guy was a loyal patron, Disney. You just don’t do that.

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Crazed Dipshit Storms Into McDonald’s, Attacks Manager For Failing To Provide Her With Ketchup – Daily Mail
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Police in California have released the surveillance footage of a McDonald’s manager being attacked by a woman who was upset over missing packs of ketchup.

According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the suspect entered the restaurant from the employee back door and asked for ketchup. But when the store’s manager told the woman she couldn’t be in the building, the suspect became combative.

The woman had apparently asked for ketchup when she placed her order but didn’t receive it in her bag.

In the shocking footage, the woman is seen pushing, punching and choking the manager near the restaurant’s drive-thru window…

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Parasitic Leftist Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline – Daily Wire

On Thursday, a federal judge in Montana blocked the Keystone XL oil pipeline and President Trump’s permit for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline, which Trump signed within days of taking office in January 2017.

The Keystone XL is designed to transport heavy crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska, then connect with another pipeline to travel to Illinois.

Judge Brian Morris of the District Court for the District of Montana, who was nominated to his position by former President Barack Obama, ruled that the Trump administration’s reversal of Obama’s denial to give the pipeline a permit lacked proper justification. Morris claimed that the State Department, which analyzed the pipeline, “simply discarded” climate change concerns related to the project.

Morris stated that the State Department did not factor in low oil prices, the cumulative impacts of greenhouse gases and the risk of oil spills when it executed its analysis…

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Paradise Lost: Devastating Wildfire Blazes Through California Town – Circa
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A fast-moving wildfire that ravaged a Northern California town Thursday sent residents racing to escape on roads that turned into tunnels of fire as thick smoke darkened the daytime sky, wiping out what a Cal Fire official said was a couple of thousand structures.

“We were surrounded by fire, we were driving through fire on each side of the road,” said police officer Mark Bass, who lives in the hard-hit town of Paradise and works in neighboring Chico.

He evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety. “It was just a wall of fire on each side of us, and we could hardly see the road in front of us.”…

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Rick Scott Files Lawsuits Against Lying, Cheating, Leftist Supervisors Of Elections In Broward, Palm Beach – WPLG

For some, this year’s midterm elections in Florida felt like Déjà vu from 2000, when Broward and Palm Beach counties were the focus of national attention. There were vote-counting problems in those counties during the presidential recount.

Gov. Rick Scott ran against Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson for Senate, and two days after his victory speech, he was facing the possibility of a recount. The deadline to certify this year’s midterm election results is Nov. 20.

During a Thursday night speech delivered in front of the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, Scott announced he and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed lawsuits against Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda C. Snipes and Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher.

As both counties were still counting votes, Scott read a statement saying “unethical liberals” and “left-wing activists” were trying to “steal the election” by “coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere.”…

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Teacher Says She Discovered Ballot Box Left Behind At Florida Polling Site – The Hill
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A Florida teacher says she discovered a locked ballot box that was left behind at a polling site in Miramar. Teacher Lakeisha Sorey told The Sun-Sentinel she came across the box on Thursday afternoon and said it was located in the same area at Sunshine Elementary School where voting had been held earlier this week.

Sorey said she was concerned the box, which was labelled “provisional ballots,” might have contained uncounted ballots and decided not to meddle with it. “I didn’t want to touch it,” Sorey told the local paper.

Sorey said she also reportedly contacted her friend, Democratic State Rep. Shevrin Jones, who the newspaper noted was a close confidante of Tallahassee mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D), seeking help about the discovery…

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More Broward County Shenanigans: U.S. Senate Gets 24,000 Fewer Votes Than Governor – Gateway Pundit

Florida is once again bracing for recounts – this time there are no ‘hanging chads,’ but Democrat lawyers are descending on the State to steal the election. Broward County and Palm Beach County in Florida, both Democrat strongholds are still counting ballots 43 hours after the polls closed and Senator Marco Rubio is blaming elections supervisor Brenda Snipes.

Earlier Thursday, Senator Rubio said Broward County and Palm Beach County refused to disclose how many ballots they have left to count.

Something strange is happening in Broward County, says Politico reporter Marc Caputo. The U.S. Senate candidates in Florida received 24,000 fewer votes than the Gubernatorial candidates. How is this possible? (We know the answer already)

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Meanwhile, questions continued about why more than 24,000 people voted for governor but not for Senate in Broward…

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Florida Official Overseeing Vote Count Destroyed Ballots, Accused Of Not Removing Dead Voters From Rolls – Breitbart
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The Florida official put in charge of counting votes in Broward County – the most liberal county in the state – for the gubernatorial and Senate race previously destroyed voter ballots, a judge ruled, and was most recently accused of not removing dead voters from the voter rolls.

Broward County Board of Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is in charge of vote counting in the area and has yet to disclose how many ballots are still not counted despite the election for governor and Senate occurring two days ago.

Currently, in the Senate race, Republican Rick Scott is leading Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson by more than 20,000 votes. Nelson is hoping for a blowout in Broward County to push him over the edge for re-election…

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Texas State Lawmaker Wins Reelection From Jail – The Hill

A state lawmaker in Texas this week was reelected to his fifth term from jail, where he is serving a yearlong sentence. State Rep. Ron Reynolds (D) received nearly 50,000 votes in his unopposed bid for reelection, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Reynolds was convicted in 2015 of five misdemeanors for using a middleman to drive business for his law firm. The lawmaker did not have to resign his seat because the charges were misdemeanors.

Reynolds’s conviction reportedly stemmed from an undercover investigation in 2012 that found a chiropractic firm influenced patients to hire Reynolds after they were hurt in accidents.

Those charges were later dropped because investigators were accused of stealing evidence in an unrelated case. But a year later, Reynolds was arrested and found guilty of being involved in a $25 million kickback scheme involving the owner of a pair of chiropractic clinics…

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Left-Wing Terrorists Surround Tucker Carlson’s Home: ‘You Are Not Safe’ – Daily Wire
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On Wednesday night, a leftist mob showed up at Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s Washington, D.C. home while he was on-air taping his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” In the video posted to social media by leftist group “Smash Racism DC,” the angry mob outside Carlson’s home chanted that they will “fight” him and demanded he leave town. Carlson has a wife and four children.

“Activists ring doorbell, hold protest at the Washington DC area home of [Tucker Carlson], racist, sexist, bigoted FOX News personality. So far no one has opened the door,” says a caption to one of the videos. “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”

“We are outside your home to protest against your fascism and racism,” the mob can be heard saying in the video…

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Hollywood Producer Booed Off Stage For Slamming Trump During Israel Film Festival – American Mirror

Hollywood producer Jason Blum decided to vent his frustrations about President Trump at the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and the audience returned the favor by booing him off stage.

Blum was accepting an award when his speech devolved into a lecture about the direction of the country that took direct aim at the president. The crowd didn’t take kindly to the remarks, and weren’t shy about expressing its disapproval.

“The great thing about this country is you can like Trump, but I don’t have to… I don’t like him,” Bloom said. “You can boo all you want, that’s the great thing about America.

“As you can see from this auditorium we have seen the end of civil discourse,” he said. “We have a president who calls the press the enemy of the people. Thanks to our president, anti-Semitism is on the rise in the United States.”…

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures 3 Ribs In Fall – Fox News
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Thursday after fracturing three ribs on her left side in a fall at her office a day earlier, the court said in a news release.

Ginsburg, 85, initially went home after the accident, which occurred in her Supreme Court office. But she later reported experiencing some discomfort, and was admitted to George Washington University Hospital “for observation and treatment.”

Ginsburg has survived a series of health scares. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012, has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014. Despite the issues, Ginsburg has yet to miss a single day of oral arguments during her tenure, The Washington Post reported…

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Socialist Hellhole Update: Venezuela’s Annual Inflation Hit 833,997 Percent In October – Reuters

Venezuela’s consumer prices rose 833,997 percent in the twelve months through October, according to a report by the opposition-controlled Congress published on Wednesday, the latest sign that policy changes in August failed to halt rampant hyperinflation.

Monthly inflation decelerated to 148 percent from 233 percent in September, the data showed, but left the OPEC nation on track to reach the 1 million percent inflation in 2018 expected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after five straight years of recession.

“The figure is still scandalously high,” said opposition lawmaker Angel Alvarado. The legislature has become the only source for economic indicators after the central bank stopped publishing such information nearly three years ago as the economy unraveled amid a collapse in crude oil prices.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro in August slashed five zeroes off the ailing bolivar currency and boosted the minimum wage thirty-fold in an effort to stabilize inflation…

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Dubai Police Begin Training On Flying Motorcycles – Daily Mail
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Dubai police officers have begun training on flying motorbikes with four propellers to help them fight crime from the skies. Police believe the S3 2019 hoverbike, designed by a California tech firm, will help them reach hard-to-access areas when they respond to emergencies.

Footage shows one officer wearing a motorcycle helmet taking off from a football pitch in a flying lesson in front of Dubai’s skyline. The hoverbikes will be in action by 2020 with two crews already learning how to pilot them, CNN reported.

‘Currently we have two crews already training and we’re increasing the number,’ said Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi of Dubai Police…

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White House Suspends Jim Acosta’s Press Pass After Combative Briefing – Breitbart

The White House on Wednesday evening suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press room pass after a combative exchange with President Trump in which he refused to give up the microphone and wrangled with a female intern trying to take it back.

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

“This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question.”

She continued:

President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today…

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Abbott To Probe Bragging Poll Workers’ Election Day Admissions: ‘Tons Of Non-Citizens’ Illegally Voting In Texas – BizPac Review
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott promised an investigation after an undercover Project Veritas video showed election officials admitting “tons” of non-citizens were voting in Texas. The Project Veritas video caught the attention of the Republican governor who vowed to get to the bottom of what appeared to be election officials encouraging non-citizens to vote.

In the video released Tuesday, a Project Veritas undercover journalist asked a Texas poll worker identified as Deborah Brooks if her “DREAMer” boyfriend could vote since he is registered to vote and has a driver’s license.

“If he has his ID that’s all he needs. If he’s registered,” Brooks responded.

“Right. It doesn’t matter that he’s not a citizen?” the undercover journalist asked…

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Pro-Life Win In West Virginia – Washington Free Beacon

Abortion supporters suffered a major setback in West Virginia after voters amended the state constitution. On Tuesday 52 percent of the state’s voters approved Amendment 1, which overturned a 1993 court ruling that allowed taxpayer-funded abortions.

The ballot measure specifically said that the West Virginia constitution does not include the right to kill a baby in the womb, opening the door for restrictions on the practice, as well as prohibition if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Pro-lifers celebrated the result.

“West Virginians value life and reject abortion on demand,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “Over the years, West Virginia taxpayers have been forced to fund the destruction of more than 35,000 innocent unborn children – including late-term abortions – at a cost of nearly $10 million. This outrageous abuse ends now.”

SBA List was one of the biggest backers of the amendment. Its volunteers visited more than 110,000 voters to support the measure…

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Waste Of Space Jeff Sessions Resigns As Attorney General At The “Request” Of President Trump – Fox News
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Jeff Sessions, once one of President Trump’s most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation, has resigned as attorney general at the request of the president. “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a Wednesday letter to Trump.

The president tweeted that Matthew Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, will become the acting attorney general. Whitaker, according to sources, is now overseeing everything at the Justice Department, including the Russia investigation – despite calls from Democrats to recuse himself.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General…

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Our New Muslim Representatives – Robert Spencer

As expected, two Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, have been overwhelmingly elected to Congress. The establishment media will celebrate these victories as triumphs of America’s “diversity”; unfortunately, in reality neither one is worth celebrating.

Tlaib is a vociferous foe of Israel. With the Democrats now regaining control of the House, Tlaib is likely to be an energetic proponent of the new majority’s vendetta against the Middle East’s only democracy.

The House is likely to do all it can to roll back President Trump’s pro-Israel polices, with Tlaib as well as Omar as becoming the public faces of the effort.

According to the JTA, when Tlaib was asked if she would vote against military aid to Israel, Tlaib responded: “Absolutely, if it has something to do with inequality and not access to people having justice. For me, U.S. aid should be leverage. I will be using my position in Congress so that no country, not one, should be able to get aid from the U.S. when they still promote that kind of injustice.”…

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President Trump To CNN’s Jim Acosta: “You Are A Rude, Terrible Person” – The Hill
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President Trump on Wednesday sparred with reporter Jim Acosta in a press conference, at one point calling him a “rude, terrible person” and telling him CNN should be “ashamed” of employing him.

The heated exchange began after Acosta questioned Trump over his characterization of the migrant caravan heading toward the southern U.S. border. As Acosta pressed Trump on his past comments regarding the caravan, the president appeared to grow increasingly angry.

“CNN should be ashamed of themselves, having you working for them,” Trump said after Acosta gave up the mic. “You are a rude, terrible person.” He then said Acosta shouldn’t be working for the network…

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Psychopathic Fucktards Win Slight Majority In U.S. House Of Representatives; Normal People Retain Control Of Senate – Zero Hedge

Despite record voter turnout and a staggering $5 billion political spend between both parties, Democrats’ hoped-for ‘blue wave’ failed to materialize on Tuesday. Instead, the reality was closer to a purple wash.

Democrats won a slight majority in the House – they were up 26 seats at last count, three more than the 23 needed to flip control, with more races expected to be called in their favor on Wednesday – but Republicans picked up seats in the Senate, solidifying what had been a razor-thin majority.

Almost all of those seats were won by staunch conservatives who are expected to back the Trump agenda. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely that the Democrats will come anywhere close to the 40 seats they would have needed to signify a “tsunami-like” victory.

However, at least one Democratic narrative was validated as 18 of the 29 Republican districts that flipped to the Democrats were won by women, cementing the ‘year of the woman’ narrative…

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Michigan Becomes 10th State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana – Reason
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Michigan just became the 10th state, and the first in the Midwest, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. On Tuesday, the state’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, a.k.a. Proposal 1, was favored by 57 percent of voters with two-thirds of precincts reporting.

Proposal 1 allows adults 21 or older to possess 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana in public, transfer that amount to other adults “without remuneration,” possess up to 10 ounces at home, and grow up to 12 plants for personal consumption.

The initiative charges the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with creating a licensing system for commercial production and distribution, subject to a 10 percent tax on retail sales…

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Socialist Douchebag Andrew Gillum Concedes Florida Governor’s Race To Republican Ron DeSantis – The Hill

Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded the race for Florida governor to Republican Ron DeSantis, marking a major win for the GOP in their bid to hold on to the top job in the nation’s largest swing state.

“Earlier this evening, I called Mr. Ron DeSantis and congratulated him on what we expect will be him as the next governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum told supporters Tuesday night. “I want you to know that in spite of our congratulating him on his victory this evening, nothing we believe in has been compromised.”

DeSantis’s apparent victory is a key accomplishment for Republicans, who feared that an energetic Democratic base and dissatisfaction with President Trump among moderate voters could cost them the governorship in the country’s third-most-populous state.

The win is also likely to be seen as a bellwether for Trump’s support in the nation’s largest swing state ahead of his 2020 reelection bid…

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2019 Tax Refunds Will Be 26% Higher, Morgan Stanley Says – Fortune

Odds are you’re paying too high a tax bill today. The good news, though, is that means you could see a notably higher refund next year. A research note from Morgan Stanley estimates 2019 refunds will top this year’s by 26%, working out to an extra $62 billion given back by the Internal Revenue Service.

Payroll taxes are where people have been overpaying, says the investment firm, as most haven’t changed their withholding. Combine that with the GOP’s tax bill, which was passed last December and it increases the odds of a nice refund.

The bulk of the refunds, says Morgan Stanley, will be sent in February. And that could have some positive effects for the economy.

“We expect this boost in tax refunds to result in a sharply higher savings rate and elevated sales of big-ticket items in February and March 2019,” the firm wrote. The bulk of people getting refunds – some 65% – tucked them into savings this year…

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Washington Teacher Accused Of Groping Taxi Driver Shot And Killed Special-Ed Teacher Before Turning Gun On Himself, Police Say – Fox News
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A Washington teacher, who was charged with groping a female taxi driver, shot and killed a special education teacher before turning the gun on himself Wednesday, police said.

Dustin Altshuler, 37 and Laura Cole, 35, both taught in the Pasco School District. Altshuler taught high school computer-assisted drafting and robotics. Cole taught special education at Whittier Elementary.

Kennewick police were called to Altshuler home in Kennewick after a relative called authorities for a welfare check, KEPR-TV reported.

“Officers went to the house. All the doors were locked. They looked in the windows and couldn’t see anything…

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John Bolton: Trump Slaps ‘Tough’ Sanctions On Venezuela, Targets Gold Sector – Yahoo News

The White House imposed “tough” new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a “troika of tyranny” that includes Cuba and Nicaragua.

National Security Advisor John Bolton told an audience at Miami Dade College that the sanctions would particularly target Venezuela’s gold sector, which “has been used as a bastion to finance illicit activities, to fill its coffers and to support criminal groups.”

Bolton, a longtime foreign policy hawk, said the elections of far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and conservative Ivan Duque in Colombia were “positive signs for the future of the region” that demonstrate a regional commitment to free markets and “accountable governance.”

“The troika of tyranny in this hemisphere will not endure forever,” Bolton said, referring to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. “Like all oppressive regimes and ideologies, it too will meet its demise.”

The new sanctions against Venezuela came in the form of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump…

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‘Nobody Needs To Know’: O’Rourke Campaign Appears To Illegally Support Caravan Migrants, Report Suggests – Daily Wire
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James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released an undercover sting video on Thursday night that appears to show campaign staffers for Texas Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke “illegally using campaign resources to buy supplies and help transport Honduran aliens,” according to Project Veritas.

The video, which comes just a few days before the midterm elections, poses potential legal problems for the O’Rourke campaign. A Project Veritas Action attorney who reviewed the footage released the following statement:

The material Project Veritas Action Fund captured shows campaign workers covering up the true nature of spending of campaign funds and intentionally misreporting them…

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156,562,000: Record Employment For 12th Time Under Trump – CNS

The economy is the second most important issue for registered voters as the midterm election nears, a new Gallup Poll says. And there was very good economic news on Friday, as the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics rolled out the October employment report – the final one before next week’s midterm election.

The number of employed Americans has never been higher. The 156,562,000 Americans employed in October is the twefth record set under President Donald Trump.

In October, the number of employed men age 20 and up – 80,405,000 – set the 12th record since Trump took office; and likewise, for the 12th time, the number of employed women age 20 and up set a record, reaching 70,909,000 in October.

The unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent, the same as September, which is the lowest it’s been in decades – since the end of 1969. And the Hispanic unemployment rate, 4.4 percent, has never been lower…

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College ‘Commie’ Convinced Nazis Are Taking Over Throws Milk At Campus Republicans In Epic Meltdown – BizPac Review
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A triggered college student wearing a communist button threw milk at members of Florida State University’s Republican club, who were campaigning on campus for gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.

In a profanity-laced tirade, the clueless communist accused the Republican students of “supporting Nazis.” She shrieked: “Do you understand that fascism is here? Do you understand that Nazis are f*cken here?”

Many on Twitter mocked the commie’s meltdown, saying she sounded deranged and irrational and couldn’t even make a cogent argument to support communism. Hunter Pollack, an FSU student whose sister Meadow was killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting, slammed the “vile attack.”…

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L.A. Times Endorses 3 White Candidates In English And Their Latino Rivals In Spanish – Breitbart

The Los Angeles Times is facing criticism after it endorsed three white candidates in its English edition, but endorsed their Latino opponents in its Spanish edition. The discrepancy was caught by a Latino-themed website, latinorebels.com.

The races include:

* U.S. Senate, where the English version endorsed incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but the Spanish version endorsed challenger State Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles);

* California Insurance Commissioner, where the English version endorsed independent (and former incumbent) Steve Poizner, but the Spanish Version endorsed State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens); and

* L.A. County Sheriff, where the English version endorsed incumbent Jim McDermott, but the Spanish version endorsed challenger Alex Villanueava.

In addition, the center-right “OC Political” blog notes, the English and Spanish versions differed on two ballot propositions…

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President Trump Has “Very Good Conversation” With Xi Jinping On Trade, Schedules Meeting With Chinese Leader For Next Month – Washington Examiner
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President Trump on Thursday talked up prospects for a meeting on trade issues he has tentatively scheduled with Chinese President Xi Jinping next month at the G-20 summit in Argentina.

Trump tweeted that he had a productive conversation with Xi regarding the meeting, trade and other issues, calming earlier fears that the U.S. might impose new tariffs on Chinese products if the meeting went poorly.

“Just had a long and very good conversation with President Xi Jinping of China. We talked about many subjects, with a heavy emphasis on Trade. Those discussions are moving along nicely with meetings being scheduled at the G-20 in Argentina. Also had good discussion on North Korea!” the president said…

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Ex-Goldman Banker To Plead Guilty To 1MDB Criminal Charges, Forfeit $44 Million – Zero Hedge

Last we checked in with former Goldman Sachs SE Asia chairman Tim Leissner, the banker was nearing the nadir of a dramatic fall from grace that resulted in him being terminated from the bank, as it sought to distance itself from a series of shady bond underwritings organized by Leissner.

Goldman, as first reported in 2016, was deeply involved with the Malaysian government’s efforts to seed the 1MDB development fund, which, as we now know thanks to the DOJ, was used by former Malaysian President Najib Razak as his own personal slush fund, with most of the money going to purchase luxury yachts, paints – and some of the money was even used to help finance the Hollywood blockbuster “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

In total, Razak and his cronies are believed to have stolen nearly $700 million.

Back in July, it was believed that Leissner was planning to cooperate with federal authorities, raising the possibility that he could help expose some of the endemically corrupt practices happening behind the scenes at the Vampire Squid…

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Drunk Baggage Handler Falls Asleep In Cargo Hold, Flies To Chicago – Tampa Bay Times
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Police say a baggage handler told them he was drunk when he fell asleep in a cargo hold and flew from Kansas City to Chicago.

American Airlines says the Piedmont Airlines employee was working American Flight 363 on Saturday when the Boeing 737 left Kansas City International Airport with the handler in a heated and pressurized cargo hold.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says he was found when the flight landed about an hour later at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. The spokesman says the handler told police he was intoxicated and had fallen asleep.

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Winning: U.S. Productivity Pops 2.2% In Third Quarter, Caps Best Back-To-Back Gain In Four Years – MarketWatch

U.S. productivity rose at 2.2% annual pace in the third quarter after a strong gain in the spring, marking the best back-to-back performance in four years in a good sign for the economy. Companies increased the amount of goods and services they produced, known as output, by 4.1% in the three months stretching from July to September.

The hours workers spent on the job rose by a smaller 1.8%, the government said Thursday. Productivity also rose at a revised 3% annual rate in the second quarter. Rising productivity in the long run is the key to a higher standard of living.

Even with two straight strong gains, however, productivity only rose at a mild 1.3% rate over the past 12 months. That matches the annual average from 2007 to 2017, but it’s well below the 2.1% average since the end of World War II.

What happened: Businesses pumped out more goods and services to keep up with rising sales and strong demand by customers…

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Is This The Best Halloween Costume Of 2018? You Decide – New York Post
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This is downright frightening. A little girl in the Philippines is going viral for her spectacularly spooky Halloween costume.

The 2-year-old, named Maya, from Southbay Village, went trick-or-treating dressed up in a flowered dress carrying her own bloodied severed head on a plate.

Maya’s mom, Krystal Hwang, shared images and a video of her daughter in the custom-made costume she designed. She even shared a peek at the process of making the elaborate look.

“For those who are asking… Yes, I did make her headless costume. Maya has been excited and super game with everything even when I had to wrap her with strips and strips of duct tape to form the fake body. What a trooper!” Hwang wrote…

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British Woman Claims To Have Had Sex With 20 Ghosts, Now Engaged To One – People

A 30-year-old woman from England isn’t worried about being ghosted by men in real life. Why? Because the woman claims to have fallen in love with a specter she met while sky-high.

Amethyst Realm told The Sun and ITV This Morning that she has had 20 paranormal lovers throughout her life, but it wasn’t until she flew to Australia on a business trip earlier this year that she came across an unboo-lievable surprise.

“I’d not had a phantom fling for a while and as I was away on business, starting a new relationship was the last thing on my mind,” Realm, a spiritual counselor, told The Sun. “Then one day, while I was walking through the bush, enjoying nature, I suddenly felt this incredible energy. A new lover had arrived.”

When it came time to fly back to England, Realm was worried she would have to leave her new lover behind since ghosts tend to stick to one place, she explained. Yet, once she boarded the plane, Realm said she felt the spirit’s presence and realized he was coming along for the ride…

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Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Is Damaged When Dock Sinks, Crane Punches Huge Hole In Ship – Military Times
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Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged in a dock accident Tuesday that left one person missing and four injured, officials said.

A floating dock sank early morning in Murmansk, dropping a crane on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, the United Shipbuilding Corporation said. The corporation’s chief, Alexei Rakhmanov, said the 70-ton crane left a hole of 215 square feet, but added that it didn’t damage any of the ship’s vital systems.

The accident happened as the ship was leaving the dock following repairs. Rakhmanov said it may have been caused by a sharp power surge that led to pumps’ failure. Four workers were injured and one is still missing, Murmansk governor Marina Kovtun said…

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Meet The Mob Hitman Suspected Of Killing Whitey Bulger – New York Post

An ex-Mafia hitman who’s being eyed as the prime suspect in the fatal beatdown of James “Whitey” Bulger can guarantee his status as a boss behind bars – if he really was behind the infamous Boston gangster’s death.

Fotios “Freddy” Geas is suspected of rubbing out Bulger, 89, on Tuesday morning – hours after the aging mobster was transferred to Hazelton federal penitentiary in West Virginia.

“He’s a rich man now. He’ll run any prison he’s in,” a law enforcement source told MassLive.com.

Geas, 51, is serving a life sentence at Hazelton for the 2003 murders of one-time mob boss Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno and associate Gary Westerman. The former West Springfield, Massachusetts, resident has not disputed his role in the death of Bulger, according to the Boston Globe.

A law enforcement source said the wheelchair-bound Bulger was “badly beaten” by a group of inmates, including one who used a padlock wrapped in a sock…

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Florida’s Gillum Exposed: Staffers For Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Admit Their Man Is Hiding His Extreme Leftist Views From Public In Undercover Video – Dan Bongino
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Explosive new footage released Wednesday by Project Veritas and James O’Keefe shines a blaring spotlight on Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum; showing the stunning depths the Democratic hopeful is willing to go to deceive voters throughout the state.

The video shows Gillum’s staffers and aides openly discussing his willingness to shift positions and outright lie in order to get elected; going so far as to say “Fairy tales in the modern-day begin with ‘once I am elected.’”

“None of the programs that people are hoping for would happen” but “That’s not for [voters] to know,” said one insider. “You whip ’em up. The poor, the middle income. You have to whip them up into a frenzy in order for them to vote,” they added…

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MAGA Update: U.S. Wages Jumped 3.1% In 12 Months, Highest Level In 10 Years – Observer

Average wages and salaries of U.S. workers posted a long-awaited jump in the third quarter, shown in the Labor Department’s latest employment cost index released on Wednesday, finally showing the benefits of strong economic growth and an ultra-low unemployment rate through real income.

The employment cost index, which tracks the hiring cost for U.S. employers quarterly, rose 0.8 percent during the third quarter, beating the estimated 0.7 percent that economists surveyed by Refinitiv ahead of Wednesday’s release predicted.

In the breakdown of the index, private-sector wages and and salaries jumped 3.1 percent over the 12-month period ending in September, the biggest annual increase since 2009. Employers’ benefits costs rose 2.5 percent on an annual basis.

For state and local government workers, average pay grew at a slower rate of 2.5 percent for the same period, but benefits costs for these employers rose faster than in the private sector at 3.1 percent…

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Newest Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Email Is Chock-Full Of Hate And Insanity – Daily Wire
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If her latest email to supporters provides any indication, the future socialist congresswoman from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is ginning up voter enthusiasm by scaring them out of their wits, warning them of the coming white supremacist apocalypse that will surely come if the GOP wins the mid-terms in November.

Throughout the email, Ocasio-Cortez makes not a single campaign promise other than the promise to protect voters from the “white supremacist forces” that are apparently terrorizing the United States under President Trump.

“Six days from now, we can defeat the brutal white supremacist forces of anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant nativism, and racism,” says the famed socialist…

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Nearly $6 Billion Belonging To Dead Libyan Dictator Gaddafi Has Gone Missing – Zero Hedge

Nearly nine months after Politico first reported that interest payments stemming from nearly $70 billion in frozen assets formerly belonging to the regime of deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had been paid to opaque accounts belonging to the Libyan Investment Authority, UN investigators are finally looking into where the money went.

At last count, RT reported that interest payments generated by the assets had reached $5.7 billion.

According to public broadcaster RTBF, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the money flows, the money may have gone to accounts controlled by Libyan militia groups that have been accused of human rights abuses.

Back in 2011, as NATO bombs were falling over Tripoli, the United Nations voted to sanction Libya and freeze all assets belonging to the Gaddafi regime that were being held abroad. As Politico explained, the regime had spread its capital across Europe and North America, investing in companies as diverse as the Italian bank UniCredit to the British publisher Pearson…

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Porn Star Receives Bill From President For $341,559.50 – Washington Examiner
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President Trump wants more than $300,000 in legal fees from porn star Stormy Daniels, after a federal judge dismissed her defamation lawsuit against the president and determined he was entitled to attorney fees.

In a court filing on Monday, Trump’s attorneys said they are seeking $341,559.50 in attorney’s fees from Daniels, who has been involved in a legal battle with Trump since the beginning of this year due to an alleged extramarital affair. She filed a separate defamation lawsuit against Trump in the spring for suggesting she lied.

The filing claims that Daniels “filed this action, not because it had any merit, but instead for the ulterior purposes of raising her media profile…

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The Anti-Semitic Media Fights Anti-Semitism – Daniel Greenfield

The fake news media has made it official.

Criticizing George Soros, an anti-Semite and alleged Nazi collaborator, is anti-Semitic. The Washington Post alone ran two dishonest screeds, “Conspiracy Theories about Soros Aren’t Just False, They’re Anti-Semitic” and “A Conspiracy Theory about George Soros and a Migrant Caravan Inspired Horror.”

The former comes from Talia Lavin, a former New Yorker fact checker who had to resign after falsely claiming that a wheelchair bound ICE agent’s Afghanistan platoon tattoo was Nazi insignia. Seeing her potential for smearing people, Media Matters hired her as a “researcher” on “far-right extremism”.

What wasn’t good enough for the New Yorker was good enough for the Washington Post, which brought in a disgraced employee of Media Matters, an organization funded by George Soros, to accuse Soros critics of anti-Semitism…

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