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  • Russian couple at center of FBI raid in court

    12/18/2018 10:40:03 PM PST · by Freedom'sWorthIt · 10 replies
    wraltv ^ | 12/18/18 | Amanda Lamb and Natalie Matthews
    Raleigh, N.C. — The couple at the center of an international money laundering and murder-for-hire case appeared in federal court again on Tuesday morning in Raleigh. Investigators say Tanya and Leonid Teyf profited off a $150 million kickback scheme involving a contract with the Russian military and used the proceeds to purchase their multimillion-dollar mansion. Since December 2010, the couple opened at least 70 financial accounts at four different banks, and wire transfers show money coming into the couple’s bank accounts from countries known to launder money, including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Panama and Seychelles. Investigators said the Teyfs...
  • How Bill Kristol Closed the Conservative Mind

    12/18/2018 10:32:49 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 17 replies
    THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE ^ | 12/18/2018 | Jack Hunter
    “Kristol was trying to remake the Republican Party,” Carlson says. A significant part of Kristol’s GOP makeover project was portraying antiwar conservatives as heretics. Carlson recounts, “Years later, writer Philip Weiss described a conversation he had with Kristol in which this [remaking the GOP] became explicit. There are Republicans, Kristol told Weiss, ‘of whom I disapprove so much that I won’t appear with them. That I’ve encouraged that they be expelled or not welcomed into the Republican Party.’” “’I’d be happy if Ron Paul left and ran as a third party candidate. I was very happy when Pat Buchanan was...
  • Regional report missing, concerns Chinese economy weaker than the government will admit

    12/18/2018 9:57:00 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 4 replies
    According to Reuters, the regional manufacturing PMI, published monthly by the Guangdong Department of Industry and Information Technology, had been treading lower than the official index until the data series stopped updating in October this year. The series had been produced for seven years. Reuters said that in the last release for September, Guangdong's PMI stood at 50.2, below the official gauge of 50.8 for the month. After several months of silence on the matter, the NBS issued an update on its website earlier this week, claiming it had received complaints in late October that Guangdong had been illegally surveying...
  • Irish Sex education overhaul to cover LGBT

    12/18/2018 2:47:43 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 19 replies
    Press Reader ^ | 18th December 2018 | Philip Ryan
    CATHOLIC schools will have to teach children about gay, lesbian and transgender relationships – even though it is against their ethos – under plans for the overhaul of sex education. A draft report from the Oireachtas Education Committee, which has been seen by the Irish Independent ,is calling for radical changes in how sex education is taught to children in both primary and secondary schools. Under the new plans, school children would be educated about gay, lesbian and transgender relationships “without distinction as to their heterosexual counterparts”. It also recommends changing legislation to ensure that schools must teach the new...
  • Danish Minister for Migration: “Somalis go home and rebuild your country”

    12/18/2018 2:44:57 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    Danish authorities have concluded that the situation in some parts of Somalia is safe, and that Somalis no longer have valid grounds for asylum. Following a review of the situation in Somalia, which began in 2017, residence permits will therefore be withdrawn for no less than 1,000 Somalis. “It is time for them to go home now,” Denmark states. “If you no longer need our protection and your life and your health are no longer at risk in your homeland, you must of course return home and build up your country of origin”, says Minister for Migration Inger Støjberg, according...
  • Polish Minister says ‘France is now the sick man of Europe’ while Poland is a ‘bright spot’

    12/18/2018 2:36:30 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 14 replies
    Poland’s foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz bemoans the ‘sad’ France situation. He mentioned the jihadist attack, where a French jihadist killed five during an attack near Strasbourg Christmas market, and the Yellow Vests protests having made France Europe’s ‘sick man’. Mr. Czaputowicz asserts that the ‘Yellow Vests’ protests and last week’s jihadist attack made France a ‘drag on Europe’ while Poland is a bright spot. France and Poland have maintained an icy relationship ever since the populist Law and Justice (PiS) government came to power in Poland in 2015. As well, Macron has criticised Poland’s reforms, which according to the European...
  • BREAKING: “The people’s win” Belgian Prime Minister resigns over UN Migration Pact

    12/18/2018 2:28:23 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 18 replies
    Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has said he will resign after facing a no confidence motion in his government. The decision can be seen as another result of the migrant crisis and especially the UN Migration Pact. The member states of the European Union have taken in the bulk of migrants since the 2015 ‘crisis’. The influx of millions of ‘refugees’, mostly seen as economic migrants, has changed the make up of EU member states’. Migrant criminality rising in countries where the number of migrants has also risen has given way to votes such as Brexit and the rise of...
  • Jonathan Turley: Judge surprises Flynn at sentencing hearing – Here's what to expect next

    12/18/2018 1:52:26 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 18, 2018 | Jonathan Turley
    One could well understand if President Trump’s fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was a tad confused. [snip] Sullivan’s harsh attack on Flynn was a surprise. It left Flynn in the position of someone being hit by a train – when the train was miles off its track. [snip] Sullivan also asked prosecutor Brad Van Grack: "Hypothetically could he have been charged with treason?" [snip] Significantly, none of what Flynn and Kislyak discussed had anything to do with alleged Russian collusion. [snip] Yet the judge cited Flynn’s lobbying on behalf of Turkey as an aggravating factor he was considering in...
  • Parliament begins to eat itself with no Brexit resolution on horizon

    Meaningless Westminster debate has turned into more of a Brexit Anonymous therapy session We’ve reached the point where only four diagnoses are now left. The prime minister is in a delusional, psychotic state and is in urgent need of help. Or the prime minister is focused purely on her own short-term survival: even she can’t be so far gone as to believe she has a long-term future. Or the prime minister is a sleeper agent for a hostile government committed to the destruction of the UK. Or the prime minister is totally incompetent. Examine the evidence of the last few...
  • US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

    12/18/2018 12:20:46 PM PST · by detective · 114 replies
    AP ^ | 12/18/2018 | MARK STEVENSON
    The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico. The U.S aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate. The plan was announced in a joint U.S.-Mexican statement released by the State Department and read aloud by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard in the Mexican capital. “In sum I think this is good news, very good...
  • U.S. pledges billions in aid to develop Central America, curb migration

    12/18/2018 11:58:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 18, 2018 | by Anthony Esposito
    MEXICO CITY - The United States is committing billions of dollars toward development in Central America and Mexico, as part of a plan to strengthen economic growth in the region and curb illegal immigration, the U.S. and Mexican governments said on Tuesday. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been seeking to persuade U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to work with Mexico to develop Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as Mexico’s poorer south to stem the flow of migrants. However, Trump’s threats to slash aid to the region if illegal immigration was not contained have persistently raised doubts about...
  • Tear gassed caravan woman pictured with 2 kids, processed for asylum with her 5 children

    12/18/2018 10:37:26 AM PST · by backpacker_c · 66 replies
    Two members of Congress accompanied a group of asylum seekers at a San Diego port of entry on Monday and stayed with them through the night until they made it to U.S. soil early this morning.
  • Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer .. Terror Attack in France Is a Fresh Reminder of Why We Need the Wall

    12/18/2018 10:00:34 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Minnesota Sun ^ | December 14, 2018 | Lt. Col Tony Shaffer
    The terrorist attack on a French Christmas market should serve as a wakeup call to America. The stakes are too high for Congress to keep playing political games with border security. We need to build the wall. Americans awoke Wednesday to yet another awful reminder that we still live in a world beset with radical Islamic terrorism. In the night, the crack of gunfire and the all-too-familiar cry of “Allahu Akbar” rang out in a French Christmas market. At least four people who came out to enjoy Strasbourg’s famous Advent traditions are dead. As President Trump so astutely noted in...
  • It’s Happening – This is “THE” Fight, There are Trillions at Stake…

    12/18/2018 2:56:39 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 48 replies
    theconservativetreehouse.com ^ | 12/17/18 | sundance
    (snip) - Everything you need to know about the tentacles of multinational corporations and banks can be found in the following reality: The U.S. economy is in a period of unprecedented growth Â….. and also, the U.S. stock market is losing ground. Wall Street versus Main Street Bottom Line: U.S. companies who have actual connection to a growing U.S. economy can succeed; based on the advantages of the new economic environment and MAGA policy, specifically in the areas of manufacturing, trade and the ancillary benefactors. Meanwhile U.S. investment assets (multinational investment portfolios) that are disconnected from the actual results of...
  • France to introduce digital tax in new year

    12/17/2018 11:01:49 PM PST · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 December 2018
    France has said it will introduce its own tax on big technology firms from 1 January after EU-wide efforts stalled. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he expected it to bring in €500m (£450m) in 2019. France, along with Germany, had been pushing for the European Commission to agree measures by the end of this year. But it is opposed by countries including Ireland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland. Earlier this year, the European Commission published proposals for a 3% tax on the revenues of large internet companies with global revenues above €750m (£675m) a year and taxable...
  • Comey says House Republicans are ‘shameful’ after interview

    12/17/2018 10:33:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 17, 2018 | Mary Clare Jalonick and Padmananda Rama
    Former FBI Director James Comey had harsh words for House Republicans on Monday, saying their silence in response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department is “shameful.” Comey said Republicans “have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base.” He was on Capitol Hill for a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election. Republicans argue department officials conspired against Trump as they started an investigation into his ties to...
  • AP sources: Trump plans to create US Space Command

    12/17/2018 10:16:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KSLA-TV ^ | December 17, 2018 | Zeke Miller and Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
    President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon, possibly as early as Tuesday, creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space, U.S. officials say. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said. Trump's order is separate from his oft-stated goal of creating a "Space Force" as an independent armed service branch, but it's considered a step in that direction. The move will launch a long and complicated process, requiring the Defense Department to pull...
  • Over 100 Journalists Killed In 30 Countries Worldwide In 2018 So Far

    12/17/2018 6:59:04 PM PST · by saywhatagain · 30 replies
    PurduPoint ^ | December 17, 2018 | Fahad Shabbir
    Over 100 journalists were killed during performing their professional duties in 2018, the non-governmental organization Press Emblem Campaign (PEC). The largest number of casualties among media employees was recorded in Afghanistan (17 killed), Mexico (17).
  • With Venezuela's inflation hitting a million percent, a Chavista economist gets free-market religion

    12/17/2018 3:35:34 PM PST · by detective · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 17, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    In an article about Venezuela soaring past the million-percent inflation rate (usually, when you get to about 1,000 percent, or 70,000 percent, you pretty well know you have a problem), longtime Chavista apologist and leftwing economist Mark Weisbrot has called on the regime to adopt what's generally known as a currency board. Here's the quote: Nevertheless, Venezuela could still get rid of hyperinflation by trying to establish an exchange-rate-based stabilization program (ERBS), meaning that the bolivar is fixed to the U.S. dollar at a sustainable exchange rate, according to Washington, D.C.-based Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Mark Weisbrot....
  • The 100 Year March: A Philosopher in Poland

    12/17/2018 3:20:09 PM PST · by Lukasz · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 15.12.2018 | Stefan Molyneux
    Stefan Molyneux, Host of Freedomain Radio - the largest philosophy show in the world - takes you on a fascinating journey deep into the real Poland. After decades of brutal oppression, Poland has emerged as a shining beacon for European freedoms and independence. Standing tall against the European Union, staunch in their Christian faith, united in their love of country and freedom, the Polish people just might save Europe once more, as they have many times in the past... Join Stefan Molyneux as he explores Poland - and unravels the complex interplay of history, oppression, faith and hope that has...