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  • Section 232 Investigation of Uranium Imports (Russia Involvement)

    01/19/2018 1:54:43 PM PST · by Hadean · 5 replies
    National Law Review ^ | January 18, 2018
    Energy Fuels Resources (USA) Inc. and Ur-Energy USA Inc., on January 16, 2018, filed a petition requesting an investigation of uranium imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Section 232 authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to investigate whether an “article” is being imported into the United States “in such quantities, or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.” Section 232 investigations are rare. While the Department of Commerce (DOC) is in the process of completing Section 232 investigations into aluminum and steel imports that it self-initiated in 2017, the most recent investigation prior to...
  • Reminder: During a Government Shutdown, Military Members Don't Get Paid But Politicians Do

    01/19/2018 1:52:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | January 19, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Democrats on Capitol Hill continue to put the needs of illegal immigrants over Americans Friday afternoon as the likelihood of a government shutdown increases by the hour. During an emergency White House briefing Friday morning, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney explained what will happen if Democrats don't agree to a deal by midnight. "The military will still go to work.  They will not get paid.  The border will still be patrolled.  They will not get paid.  Folks will still be fighting the fires out West.  They will not get paid.  The parks will be open.  People won't get paid," Mulvaney said. "Parks will...
  • Anderson Cooper Tells Conan Haiti Is ‘Among The Richest Countries I’ve Ever Been To’

    01/19/2018 1:40:49 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | January 19, 2018 | By Ron Dicker
    CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Thursday gave Conan O’Brien a glowing review of Haiti before the talk show host’s trip there. In a chat on “Conan,” Cooper declared the Caribbean nation “among the richest countries I’ve ever been to.” O’Brien announced he was visiting Haiti for a “Conan Without Borders” episode to get in President Donald Trump’s face for reportedly calling Haiti a “s-hole” during a White House meeting on immigration policy. “It’s the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, but a country can be poor economically and rich in culture and rich in the strength of the people and rich...
  • DHS announces re-registration start for the TPS grace period for El Salvador

    01/19/2018 1:26:29 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    United States Embassy - El Salvador ^ | January 18, 2018 | US Embassy - El Salvador
    oday, January 18, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register to begin the process of re-registration for Salvadorans who are covered by Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The re-enrollment period lasts 60 days and ends on March 19, 2018. Re-registration is necessary for beneficiaries of TPS to maintain their status and work permits during the 18 months of the grace period granted to El Salvador before the ultimate termination of TPS on September 9, 2019. Those who do not re-enroll, are at risk of losing TPS protection before the end of the grace period....
  • Haitian Immigration Activist Jean Montrevil Deported

    01/19/2018 1:04:52 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    teleSUR English ^ | January 19, 2018
    After living in the U.S. for more than 30 years, Jean Montrevil, Haitian immigrant rights activist and co-founder of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, was deported back to his country less than two weeks after he was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, agents. Montrevil confirmed he has a pending legal appeal in U.S. courts. For this reason he did not expect his rapid deportation to Haiti. Speaking of his arrest he said it was "two days of hell [...] two days straight with no food and no explanation." Montrevil was convicted in the nineties...
  • U.S. Could Become World's Biggest Oil Producer in 2018

    01/19/2018 12:17:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | January 19, 2018 | Ivana Kottasová
    The United States could soon be pumping more oil than any country on earth.The International Energy Agency said Friday that "explosive" increases in U.S. oil output would push the country ahead of Saudi Arabia this year and put it in a position to challenge top producer Russia. "This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.," the IEA said. "Relentless growth should see the U.S. hit historic highs." That could be enough, it said, for U.S. production to "rival" that of Russia, which has partnered with Saudi Arabia on efforts to keep oil prices high by throttling output...
  • Wife of Michigan father deported after 30 years is coming to State of the Union

    01/19/2018 12:11:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 127 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Derek Hawkins
    Cindy Garcia has had a long, exhausting and life-changing week. And by all appearances, the whirlwind is going to continue. On Monday morning, she watched immigration agents escort Jorge Garcia, her husband of 15 years, through the security gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, deporting him to Mexico after nearly three decades living and raising a family in Michigan. Video of Cindy Garcia and the couple's two adolescent children sobbing as they said goodbye grabbed national headlines. Supporters held up the family's experience as an example of the far-reaching effects of President Donald Trump's sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigration. Observers across...
  • REPORT: Senior FBI Official Shared ‘Russian Probe’ Intel With Dossier Author Christopher Steele

    01/19/2018 12:02:55 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 01/19/2018 | by Cristina Laila
    A new report by the Washington Post reveals a very senior FBI official shared intelligence with dossier author and former British spy, Christopher Steele. Christopher Steele has many old contacts at the FBI from when he was a British spy. He tapped into those old contacts in mid-2016 to warn about Trump’s ‘connections to Russians’. It turns out an FBI agent revealed the name of Trump campaign volunteer, George Papadopoulos to Christopher Steele on October 1st, 2016 during a meeting in Rome, according to this report. Steele had never heard of Papadopoulos. Why is the FBI sharing intel with a...
  • APNewsBreak: Border wall models thwart US commandos in tests

    01/19/2018 12:02:24 PM PST · by bgill · 33 replies
    mysa ^ | Jan. 19, 2018 | Elliot Spagat
    Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized for public release. The report recommends combining elements of each, depending on the terrain. The official likened it to a Lego design, pulling pieces from different prototypes.
  • Supreme Court takes up fight over Trump travel ban

    01/19/2018 11:36:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2018 | by Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries. The conservative-majority court is due to hear arguments in April and issue a ruling by the end of June on whether the policy violates federal immigration law or the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on religious discrimination. Trump’s policy, announced in September, blocks entry into the United States of most people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The Supreme Court on Dec. 4 signaled it was likely to...
  • Climate change linked to more flowery forests

    01/19/2018 11:11:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Science Daily ^ | January 19, 2018 | Florida State University
    New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest. FSU researchers studying the rich tropical forests of Panama's Barro Colorado Island found that climbing rates of carbon dioxide have set the stage for a multidecade increase in overall flower production. The findings were outlined in a paper published in the journal Global Change Biology. "It's really remarkable," said Assistant Professor of Geography Stephanie Pau, who led the study. "Over the past several decades, we've seen temperatures warming and carbon dioxide increasing, and our...
  • Russia's Sergei Lavrov slams US for ignoring 'multipolar' world

    01/19/2018 10:54:22 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | Jan 15, 2018
    Moscow will work to preserve the Iran nuclear deal despite Donald Trump's recent pledge to change it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at his annual news conference. "Unfortunately, our American colleagues still want to operate only on the basis of dictating policy, issuing ultimatums, they do not want to hear the perspectives of other centers of world politics," Lavrov said on Monday. The US is refusing to "acknowledge the reality of the emerging multi-polar world," he added. The Russian foreign minister said that statements coming from the US also "seriously aggravated" tensions in other parts of the world, including...
  • House committee document could mean trouble for anti-Trump “deep statists”

    01/19/2018 10:39:56 AM PST · by yoe · 40 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 18, 2018 | Paul Mirengoff
    Sara Carter reports on a classified document that was released to all members of the House today. The document seems to be a compilation of information, prepared by House intelligence committee staff, relating to the anti-Trump dossier, the FBI, the warrant to conduct surveillance on members of the Trump campaign, and the use of that warrant. Carter calls the document a bombshell. Her sources say its revelations might lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice, and perhaps even to the criminal prosecution of some. They also say, less plausibly, that the revelations could...
  • South Korea athletes blast Moon government for ‘ABUSING POWER to please Kim Jong-un'

    01/19/2018 10:20:31 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Express UK ^ | 1/16/2018 | Joseph Carey
    The country’s women ice hockey team launched an attack on the government following its decision to raise the team’s roster from 23 to more than 30 to include athletes from the hermit kingdom. "Taking roster spots from South Korean athletes who have put so much effort for the Olympics - a dream stage for all South Korean athletes - for the North Koreans is not fair at all." "We are utterly speechless that the government just picked us out of blue and asked us to play with total strangers at the Olympics.” A survey released by the office of the...
  • Fusion GPS Founder: FBI May Have Paid Expenses for Anti-Trump Dossier Author

    01/19/2018 9:36:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 01/19/2018 | by Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV — Glenn R. Simpson, the co-founder of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS, stated in testimony it “makes sense” to him that the FBI paid for a trip to Rome by the former British spy who was contracted by Simpson’s company to produce the largely discredited 35-page anti-Trump dossier. Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, to do the work cited in the anti-Trump dossier. Last July, Steele reportedly traveled to Rome, where he met with an FBI contact to supply the agency with the anti-Trump dossier and other information he found during the...
  • Inside Judicial Watch: The Truth Behind Fusion GPS & The Trump Dossier (New)

    01/19/2018 9:05:00 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Streamed live 16 hours ago | Judicial Watch
    In this compelling episode of “Inside Judicial Watch,” host Jerry Dunleavy joins JW Senior Investigator Bill Marshall to discuss Fusion GPS, how the infamous Trump dossier was produced, who paid for it, and how it may have led to the surveillance of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his inner-circle. Prior to joining Judicial Watch, Bill Marshall worked in the private sector conducting corporate investigations and opposition research for various entities, similar to the kind of work carried out by Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS. You WON’T want to miss out on Bill’s compelling insight into the world of...
  • Diamond and Silk tell Democrats: 'This is not Burger King, you can't have everything your way'

    01/19/2018 8:33:12 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 19, 2018 | Anna Giaritelli
    Conservative Internet pundits Diamond and Silk slammed congressional Democrats for negotiating on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a mentality comparable to Burger King's old slogan "have it your way." "I understand that they are so keen on DACA. But listen, this is not Burger King, you can't have everything your way. You gonna have to come to the table. You have to negotiate," Lynnette Hardaway, also known as Diamond, told Fox News Friday.
  • Russian Athletes Disappear From Competition After Doping Agency Arrives

    01/19/2018 7:59:12 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 1/17/2018
    More than 30 Russian athletes withdrew from a tournament in Siberia over the weekend after the unannounced arrival of anti-doping officials. Russia has a checkered history with the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by its athletes, a legacy of the Soviet Union backed by historical evidence and testing records. The country’s team was banned last month from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics over allegations of a state-run doping scheme at the 2014 Games in Sochi. A total of 36 Russian athletes suddenly dropped out from a regional athletics competition in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after Russian Anti-Doping Agency...
  • Kellyanne Conway: We should see the FISA memo

    01/19/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Jan 19, 2018 | Fox Business -- Early Show
    Revealing document from the OIG Inspecting the FBI and DOJ regarding the abuse of the FISA Court and spying on the Trump Campaign.
  • Swallowed by the Sea

    01/19/2018 7:07:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 19, 2018 | By NICHOLAS KRISTOF
    KUTUBDIA, Bangladesh — Anyone who doubts climate change should come to this lovely low-lying island, lapped by gentle waves and home to about 100,000 people. But come quickly, while it’s still here. “My house was over there,” said Zainal Abedin, a farmer, pointing to the waves about 100 feet from the shore. “At low tide, we can still see signs of our house.” Already much of Kutubdia has been swallowed by rising seas, leaving countless families with nothing. Nurul Haque, a farmer who lost all his land to the ocean, told me that he may have to pull his daughter,...