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  • EU slaps record cartel fine of $3.24 billion on truck firms

    07/20/2016 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Raf Casert
    The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth $3.24 billion and twice the previous record, on several of Europe’s top truck producers for colluding to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF “colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers.” Germany’s Daimler received the biggest fine of €1 billion ($1.1 billion), followed by €752 million ($832 million) for DAF of the Netherlands, €670 million ($741 million) for Volvo/Renault and €494 million ($546 million) for...
  • Cartels Smuggling Muslim Across Mexican Border

    06/03/2016 8:26:09 AM PDT · by BunkerHill1775 · 14 replies
    A human trafficking network based in Brazil has been caught smuggling Middle Eastern men into the United States across the Mexican border. The men come from terrorists hot spots like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Palestinian territories...
  • Border Patrol Union Chief: Obama’s Policies Are Helping Bankroll Drug Cartels

    05/19/2016 12:24:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/19/2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The president of the National Border Patrol Council testified in the Senate Thursday that the Obama administration’s loose immigration policy is the biggest factor driving illegal immigration into the United States, which in turn helps fund Mexican drug cartels. “Most illegal immigrants believe that they will either not be caught, or even if they are caught, they will not be deported back to their home country. Most believe that they will simply be issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) and will be released,” Brandon Judd said before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. “Candidly, they are not...
  • Cartels Help Terrorists in Mexico Get to U.S. to Explore Targets; ISIS Militant ...Omar Khabir...

    04/26/2016 10:16:16 AM PDT · by Gritty · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | APRIL 26, 2016 | not attributed
    Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to information forwarded to Judicial Watch by a high-ranking Homeland Security official in a border state. Among the jihadists that travel back and forth through the porous southern border is a Kuwaiti named Shaykh Mahmood Omar Khabir, an ISIS operative who lives in the Mexican state of Chihuahua not far from El Paso, Texas. Khabir trained hundreds of Al Qaeda fighters in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen and has lived in Mexico for more than a year, according to information...
  • The Drug Cartel In Mexico Tells Coca-Cola They Must Pay One Million Dollars...

    03/17/2016 8:05:54 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 71 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Ted
    The drug cartel in the Mexican state of Guerrero demanded from Coca-Cola one million dollars to keep their distribution center in the region. Coca-Cola refused to pay the money. The cartel retaliated and began to burn down Coca-Cola trucks. The violence got so severe that Coca-Cola removed its distribution center. This story signifies just how powerful the narco state of Mexico is becoming, even to the point of driving out major American industries. To learn more about this story, and the political significance behind it, I spoke with Jorge Vazquez Valencia, the spokesperson for the Autodefensas, a self-defense group that...
  • Texans For Fiscal Responsibility Endorses Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 10:27:21 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 8,1016 | MICHELLE FIELDS
    Texans for Fiscal Responsibility announced in a video and statement Monday its endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) cr 97%. "Ted Cruz is a principled, commonsense conservative who has done in Washington precisely what he said he was going to do," said Michael Quinn Sullivan, the president of TFR, in a video. "Ted Cruz has taken on the Washington establishment cartel of Democrats and liberal Republicans, unabashedly defending our constitutional liberties by promoting the principles of liberty." ...
  • Cartel expert says Sean Penn, del Castillo could be in serious danger

    01/16/2016 10:27:43 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 97 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 1/15/2015 | Caitlin Dickson
    It’s been just over four months since Sean Penn met with the world’s most wanted drug lord, and things aren’t going as the actor had planned. “My article has failed,” Penn told CBS’s Charlie Rose in an interview that will air on 60 Minutes this Sunday. The Oscar winner was referring to the 10,000-plus word screed detailing his meeting this October with notorious Mexican cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and the events leading up to it. Rolling Stone published Penn’s article this past Saturday, following Guzman's capture six months after his Hollywoodesque escape from a maximum security prison this...
  • Sean Penn says Mexico wants him in crosshairs of Chapo's cartel

    01/15/2016 10:28:51 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/15/16 | Laila Kearney
    Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn on Friday rejected Mexico's claim that his secret meeting with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was crucial to the drug kingpin's recapture, saying officials were trying to put him in the crosshairs of the feared cartel. Penn also told talk show host Charlie Rose that he regrets the fallout from the Rolling Stone article based on his interview with Guzman. Their meeting in a jungle hideout was the first interview anyone scored with the fugitive drug lord, and Penn said he had hoped it would spur a broader discussion on the drug war. In Penn's first major...
  • WARNING GRAPHIC: 9 Reasons to Fear Mexican Cartels More than ISIS

    01/13/2016 11:02:49 AM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 12, 2016 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Mexican drug cartels continue to fascinate the minds of Americans who tend to idolize outlaw gunmen with fast cash, fancy cars, guns and women. However, few realize that Mexican drug cartels are as ruthless and sadistic as Middle Eastern terror groups like ISIS with whom they actually have many tactics in common. For most in America, the closest they have come to a drug cartel is the small-time drug peddler in the street corner, the glamorous TV shows, or the Mexican narco-ballads. However, taking a step back and looking at their entire structure, and how those drugs got from...
  • Republican Dr. Greg Brannon To Primary Burr In NC (US Senate Race)

    12/31/2015 11:01:56 AM PST · by fifedom · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 21 Dec 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Citing, among other things, Burr's Washingtonian impulses to raise the debt ceiling nine times, to call Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)'s stand against Obama Care a dumb idea, to fund President Obama's executive amnesty - Brannon made it clear that his opponent "is a Washington insider who is backed by special interest SuperPACs and Karl Rove."
  • Politico Column: Donald Trump Isn't the Biggest Narcissist in the GOP Field. Ted Cruz Is.

    12/27/2015 8:04:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/23/2015 | By CURT ANDERSON
    I know a televangelist candidate when I see one. To hear the pundits and experts in Washington tell it, the problem with Ted Cruz is that he doesn't play well with others in the Senate, he's too hardheaded and doesn't compromise. In other words, he's exactly what the Republican primary voters want. On this score, I side with the Republican primary voters. If Cruz's problem is that he is a conservative who has no regard for senatorial decorum and fights too hard for the right things, I'm all in. But there is a far bigger problem with Cruz: Donald Trump...
  • American Border Patrol Agent In Texas Works With Absolutely Evil Drug Cartel

    11/07/2015 12:02:16 PM PST · by amorphous · 18 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7 Nov 2015
    A border patrol agent in Texas, named Omar Lucio, alongside several Mexican Gulf Cartel members, beheaded a man. While he was a border patrol agent, who was suppose to protect the border, he was helping the criminals, and participating in, their narcotic and violent crimes.
  • Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman May Have Hid in Mexican Mountains: Sources

    10/14/2015 11:56:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC News ^ | OCT 14 2015 | MARK POTTER and JONATHAN DIENST
    U.S. drug agents intercepted cellphone signals suggesting fugitive drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was hiding at a ranch in the rugged Mexican mountains, three sources told NBC News. However, when Mexican marines raided the ranch in the Sierra Madre range last week, all they found were cellphones and clothing they believed may have belonged to the crime boss, according to sources. Image: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman The most recent image of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman before he escaped from the Altiplano maximum security prison on July 12. Mexico's Attorney General's Office via AP A week on from...
  • El Chapo Is Reportedly Offering $100 Million for the Capture of Donald Trump "Dead or Alive"

    10/07/2015 4:12:10 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/7/15 | Yahoo
    With the temperature outside slowly but surely dipping into winter levels, that annoying little tradition otherwise known as hindsight starts to rear its unabashedly annoying head. 2015, though we still have a little less than three months to completely upend this assessment, has given us the rise (or, in the case of these two gentlemen, the rebirth) of many a legend of pop culture, though two titans of headlines snatching reign bafflingly supreme: Donald Trump, that guy you kind of recognize from that one reality show you could never really bring yourself to watch, is still running for president. El...
  • DOJ: Mexican Cartel Used Middle Eastern Honor System to Launder U.S. Currency

    10/04/2015 12:56:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Oct 2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Court documents filed in federal court claim that a suspected drug traffickers linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel used a Middle Eastern honor system to launder drug proceeds. Known as a Hawala, members of the conspiracy would be hired by cartel members in Canada and Mexico to move drug proceeds through the honor system that does not leave a paper trail as couriers move the money between countries. “Drug traffickers in Canada would generate drug proceeds from multi-kilogram and multi-pound sales and distribution of drugs provided by Mexican cartels, including the Sinaloa Cartel,” court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed. A...
  • A Grandmother's Ordeal in the Hands of Mexican Kidnappers

    09/30/2015 1:20:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Hastings Tribune ^ | 9/30/15 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    The kidnappers promised Yolanda Alvarez Antunez they would free her husband after she paid the ransom. The mother of five, grandmother of 13 saw no other option. Around 10:30 p.m. on that Wednesday, Yolanda and her brother-in-law drove the old family truck to a mountain town in the southern state of Guerrero, where they were stopped by two pickups full of armed men. She handed over a plastic bag full of bills, but instead of buying her husband's freedom, she was taken captive, too. "You're going to stay because your husband escaped and you're not leaving until we find him,...
  • Massive Shoot-Out near Texas Border, Mexican Government Remains Silent

    07/31/2015 9:58:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/31/2015 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Once again the Mexican border city of Reynosa was the stage of violent firefights. Gulf Cartel gunmen exchanged gunfire barrages with Mexican police and military forces. However, the Tamaulipas government remains quiet about the casualties. The shoot-outs were reported by citizen journalists earlier this week in various areas of the city. The reports pointed to various trucks filled with gunmen exchanging gunshots with police and military. Additional gunmen responding to the scenes of the shoot-outs. The City of Reynosa even sent out an alert on social media warning the public about a “situation of risk” along Boulevard Hidalgo. This is...
  • Cartel Land: Coming to theaters in July.... (video)

    06/29/2015 5:32:37 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    American Digest ^ | 6/29/2015 | Gerard Vanderleun
    and to the United States? Oh, Any Day Now Video at the link or at https://youtu.be/6JD7hPM_yxg From IMDB:With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as "El Doctor," leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona's Altar Valley - a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley - Tim...
  • CRUZ: What we see today is another manifestation of the Washington Cartel

    06/25/2015 7:53:41 AM PDT · by Isara · 16 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/23/15
    Sen. Cruz Joins the Mark Levin ShowHOUSTON, Texas — Today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined the Mark Levin Show to discuss his vote against TPA as a result of the latest manifestation of the Washington Cartel.https://www.youtube.com/embed/VRBXj38Q9-IExcerpts appear below: I voted against TPA today and I wrote a long op-ed in Breitbart this morning explaining why. And as you know, I support free trade — I’m a longtime supporter of free trade. I campaigned on free trade in the state of Texas. However, there were really two things that drove me to oppose TPA today.The first was something that came...
  • Ted Cruz: Time to defeat ‘Washington cartel’

    06/24/2015 11:18:45 AM PDT · by MN_Mike · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2015 | Seth Mclaughlin
    Why is it that Republican leadership always cuts deals with Democrats and with Washington and throws overboard the conservatives that come October and November in an election year they are desperately asking them to turn out and elect them to power?” Mr. Cruz said.
  • Grassley, Tillis: Illegal Alien With Drug Charges Got DACA Amnesty Before Allegedly Murdering Three

    03/20/2015 9:39:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 20, 2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    (CNSNews.com) -- An illegal alien and known gang member who has been charged with first-degree murder in North Carolina was granted deferred deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), despite having been placed in removal proceedings for drug charges in 2012, according to a press release from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez. (Police mugshot.) Emmanuel Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, 19, was charged in February with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three people in Charlotte, N.C, including a 19-year-old former America’s Next Top Model...
  • Mexico’s Gulf Cartel Made $38 Million in a Few Months during Last Year’s Immigration Surge

    03/17/2015 11:51:41 AM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | March 15, 2015 | ILDEFONSO ORTZ
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Gulf Cartel made $38 million smuggling illegal aliens during last year’s immigration surge, taking advantage of the situation to smuggle tons of drugs with little intervention by authorities. The quantification of the cartel’s involvement was made in a report by the top law enforcement agency in Texas. As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) had prepared the report to inform lawmakers about the border surge, the potential for terrorists, and the funding needs of the agency. The report had initially been leaked by the Houston Chronicle; however that publication mainly...
  • Bay Area cartel probe nets 22 arrests, 500 lbs. of meth

    10/20/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Nearly two dozen suspects have been arrested in recent months, and 500 pounds of methamphetamine siezed, as a result of a Contra Costa County takedown of members of the Sinoloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.
  • Mexican Cartels Steal Billions From Oil Industry

    09/29/2014 7:37:22 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2014 | Mark Stevenson
    CIUDAD MIER, Mexico (AP) — Mexico adjusted 75 years of crony-corruption to reform its state-owned oil industry. As it prepares to develop rich Gulf Coast shale fields just south of Brownsville, and attract foreign investors. Brutal "drug" cartels rule Tamaulipas and are stealing billions of dollars' worth of oil from pipelines. Figures released by Petroleos Mexicanos last week show the gangs are have drilled 2,481 taps into the pipelines. Pemex estimates it's lost some 7.5 million barrels worth $1.15 billion. Pemex director Emilio Lozoya (a friend of Eric), called the trend "worrisome."
  • Ukraine crisis pushing Russia to form rare earths alliance with China

    09/22/2014 2:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Investor Intel ^ | September 16, 2014 | Alessandro Bruno
    In 1986, Deng Xiaoping launched the “863 program”, aimed to gain control of the rare earths market … saying: “The Arab countries have oil; China has rare earths.” […] The Ukraine crisis—and China’s rare earths industrial consolidation and reform—has given Russia an unprecedented incentive to develop a rare earths mining industry, which, in addition to its hydrocarbons, would give it further huge bargaining power on the world economy. It does not have the know-how, technology or refining plants yet, but China can offer these. …
  • Mexican drug cartel 'kidnapped South Carolina man and held him chained to the floor for a week'

    07/16/2014 3:26:54 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 7/16/14 | Associated Press and Michael Zennie
    Three alleged members of a Mexican drug cartel are in jail after allegedly bringing their brutal tactics north of the border and using them on a South Carolina man who owed them a $200,000 drug debt. The FBI says the men kidnapped a 23-year-old from his hometown in St. Matthews, South Carolina, on July 9 and held him for nearly a week while they tried to extort up to $400,000 from his family. He was rescued mostly unharmed early Tuesday from a home in rural Roseboro, North Carolina, where he was found chained to the floor and blindfolded. Authorities say...
  • Dangerous Times: Obama the Betrayer (Hussein helping Sinaloa cartel with child smuggling?)

    07/05/2014 7:57:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/05/14 | James Lewis
    **SNIP** We can now see these toxic forces converging in the purposeful sabotage of our southern border. The Sinaloa cartel is the biggest drug cartel in Chicago, and it received weapons from our DOJ during the “Fast and Furious” smuggling program. Valerie Jarrett met with “immigration activists” (like La Raza) in the weeks before the assault on our border. Iran’s terrorist arm Hezb'allah has agents colluding with drug mafias and people smuggling all over South America. Breaking down our southern borders serves all three. **SNIP** But it took Obama to betray Egypt’s Mubarak, the single greatest pillar of peace in...
  • What's the Proper Term for the National & International String-Pullers? - Vanity

    06/14/2014 10:10:32 AM PDT · by dagogo redux · 46 replies
    6/14/14 | dagogo redux
    As the intensity and ferocity of national and international events seems to accelerate towards chaos, it seems to me and many others that all this is unfolding by human design. Forces at work on national and international levels seem to have been coordinating just such a climax for many years. It often appears that opposing interests are merely battling it out, but then there is often the sense that the appearance of opposing interests is merely an illusion put forth to keep us off guard as to what is actually happening on a larger scale. Is there a grand conspiracy,...
  • A chilling message from the cartels

    05/23/2014 4:12:26 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 152 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 05/23/2014 | Meghan Keneally
    A chilling message from the cartels: Billboards with hanging mannequins warning cops to choose 'silver over lead' appear in Texas Two billboards along highways in El Paso, Texas were vandalized and had mannequins hanging off of themOne reads 'silver or lead' in Spanish which is taken to mean that police and business owners can either take drug cartels' bribes or dieWorries spreading that cartels that have ruled Mexican border towns with violence may be headed north Two frightening incidents of vandalism in El Paso near the Mexican border in Texas have been interpreted as warnings from drug cartels. In both...
  • Ophthalmologist says glasses worn by Clinton used to treat double vision

    05/16/2014 10:50:38 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Not Attributed
    A New York ophthalmologist told FoxNews.com that special glasses former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was seen wearing last year are used to treat double vision, which is sometimes caused by severe head trauma. Dr. Marc Werner explained the purpose of the Fresnel prism eyeglasses, like the ones Clinton wore, amid questions about the potential presidential candidate's health.
  • Reports: CIA Working with Mexican Drug Cartels

    05/07/2014 7:44:26 AM PDT · by mgist · 14 replies
    Reports: CIA Working with Mexican Drug Cartels By Alex Newman | The New American | Aug. 17, 2011 The Central Intelligence Agency was intimately involved with the federal government’s infamous “Operation Fast and Furious” scheme to send American weapons to Mexican drug cartels while simultaneously working with other agencies allowing narcotics to be shipped over the border, according to a series of explosive reports. Map courtesy of Stratfor.com, see their Drug Cartel analysis here Citing an unnamed CIA source, a Washington Times article theorizes that U.S. officials were actively aiding organizations such as the Sinaloa cartel with guns and immunity...
  • Mexican drug cartel allegedly tortured several people after St. Paul thefts

    05/07/2014 5:00:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-7-14 | Mara Gottfried
    A Mexican drug cartel had a "stash house" in St. Paul, and when drugs and money were stolen from it last month, several people thought to be involved were kidnapped and tortured, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court. A federal grand jury has indicted four men in the case. The kidnapping victims were released, but the little finger belonging to one of the men was nearly severed by his captors, according to the charges filed last month in Ramsey County. In addition, a woman said she was taken to the house in the West Seventh neighborhood, questioned...
  • Mexican drug cartel enforcers torture local men (Minnesota)

    05/06/2014 11:06:30 AM PDT · by mgist · 22 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5/6/14 | Mecenroe
    Three enforcers hired by Mexico’s biggest drug cartel flew from Los Angeles to Minnesota last month, kidnapped two local teenagers, and then tortured them for hours at a house in St. Paul in an effort to recover stolen drugs, according to court documents reviewed by the Star Tribune. Acting under orders from the Sinaloa cartel, the three kidnappers were trying to determine who had stolen 30 pounds of methamphetamine and $200,000 from a stash house on Palace Avenue in St. Paul. Before the episode was over, they had issued death threats against the Minnesota pair and their families, demanding that...
  • It’s Official: The IRS Will Raid Your Tax Data Through Obamacare

    05/05/2014 1:48:51 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 5, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Internal Revenue Service this week will publish a final rule requiring Obamacare health insurance exchanges to hand over key personal data to the IRS, which will use the information to implement the tax aspects of the controversial health care law. The IRS rule covers health exchanges that sell insurance to individuals, and it takes effect this year. That means people enrolled in an Obamacare exchange this year will have their information given to the IRS as soon as it’s needed for tax purposes. Information to be handed over from Obamacare exchanges includes names, addresses, taxpayer identification numbers, insurance premium...
  • Benghazi: State Dept. Criticizes Issa for Subpoenaing Kerry Rather Than ‘Reaching Out’

    05/05/2014 7:01:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/5/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – A State Department spokeswoman criticized a congressional panel for issuing a subpoena Friday for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify on the Benghazi affair on May 21, saying if the committee had “reached out” instead it would have known that Kerry would be out of the country on that day. “It’s highly unusual for a subpoena to be issued before there’s even an official invitation for testimony. I think everyone can make their own judgments about that,” Marie Harf said of the move by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Harf said...
  • EU lawmakers smooth way for class actions against cartels

    04/19/2014 1:17:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:18pm BST | Foo Yun Chee
    European lawmakers on Thursday eased the way for cartel victims to claim compensation from companies under new rules that also shield price-fixing whistleblowers from being the main target of million-euro lawsuits. The green light from the European Parliament came nine years after the European Commission broached the idea, seeing it as an additional tool, on top of fines, to deter companies from breaking antitrust laws. According to the Commission, only one in four cartels and antitrust infringements faced damages claims in the last seven years. Its 2010 estimate put the cost of unrecovered damages of infringements at over €20 billion...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘It’s Not An American Value To Allow People To Stay In The Shadows’

    04/11/2014 5:57:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 143 replies
    AP ^ | April 11, 2014
    With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party. The former Florida governor sparked a conservative furor this week when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families. Backing Bush are some of the GOP’s most powerful insiders and financiers, who are hoping the party can woo Hispanic voters and rebound from Mitt Romney’s damaging “self-deportation” rhetoric in 2012. “The...
  • George W. Bush’s former chief of staff: “We have a responsibility to make sure Jeb runs

    04/07/2014 11:27:10 PM PDT · by Bratch · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 7, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via BuzzFeed, a vignette from the big Bushworld confab over the weekend to honor Bush 41. Imagine if the “tea-party era” in Republican politics, which began after eight years of Dubya and the nomination of John McCain, produced Mitt Romney and then Jeb Bush as presidential nominees. I’m treating the prospect of another Bush nomination as a test of whether the Republican grassroots, realistically, has any influence at all over who their party chooses. Say what you will about O but his win over Hillary six years ago proved that it’s still possible for the establishment favorite to be beaten...
  • JEB BUSH: CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AN 'ACT OF LOVE'

    04/06/2014 11:18:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 305 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 6, 2014
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discussing immigration reform on Fox News this Sunday: "I'm going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their family's dad who loves their children was worried that their children didn't have food on the table, and they wanted to make sure their family was intact. And they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their...
  • The Political Party Elites Have Spoken: It’s Bush vs. Clinton in 2016

    03/31/2014 9:36:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 167 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 31, 2014 | Ron Rodash
    I have no objections to Jeb Bush running for president. He obviously has a wide appeal as a potential candidate. With a Mexican wife, and as a man who speaks fluent Spanish, he would be able to increase the Hispanic vote in the GOP column. On the other hand, many in the Republican base find his position on immigration untenable, and would fight him tooth and nail during primary season. He is also a serious advocate of education reform. His support of Common Core, however, will also find many who are in the conservative ranks objecting, since they fear that...
  • Ted Cruz Blocks Senate From Giving $68 Billion As Gift To IMF…… And Guess What Harry Reid Backs Down

    03/26/2014 5:44:18 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    video at link
  • How Ted Cruz killed IMF expansion: A timeline

    03/26/2014 5:53:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/26/14 | Matt Lewis
    On Tuesday, Senate Democrats dropped International Monetary Fund reforms that were holding up passage of an aide package for Ukraine. Conservatives declared victory, having always viewed the inclusion of the reforms as (at best) a non sequitur, and (at worst) potentially harmful (as the New York Times reported, the reforms would have ironically given more authority “to emerging economic heavyweights like China, Brazil — and Russia.”) In the end, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s prediction that the GOP-led House wouldn’t pass the bill without stripping the provisions, and Secretary of State John Kerry’s signaling to Majority Leader Harry Reid that...
  • George Soros Predicts Ukraine Could Ruin The EU

    03/16/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 3/14/2014 | Nico Hines
    George Soros, one of the world’s leading investors, has warned that the European Union is in danger of falling apart if it fails to confront Vladimir Putin’s naked aggression in Ukraine. ...
  • Sinaloa Cartel chief ‘El Chapo’ captured alive, says U.S. official

    02/22/2014 9:06:55 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 14 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 2/22/2014 | Alicia A. Caldwell And Katherine Corcoran
    MEXICO CITY—The head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was captured overnight by U.S. and Mexican authorities at a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, The Associated Press has learned. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was taken alive overnight in the beach resort town. The official was not authorized to discuss the arrest and spoke on condition of anonymity.
  • Philippines Probing Drug Link to Mexican Cartel

    12/27/2013 4:54:21 PM PST · by Theoria
    AP ^ | 27 Dec 2013 | AP
    The Philippine government is investigating how a Mexican drug cartel may have entered the country after police seized a large cache of high-grade crystal methamphetamine intended for the local market, officials said Friday. "Good information sharing" among Filipino law enforcers led to the Christmas Day raid on an alleged drug warehouse inside a ranch in Lipa City south of Manila, said Abigal Valte, a spokeswoman for President Benigno Aquino III. Police seized 84 kilograms (185 pounds) of crystal meth, known locally as "shabu," worth around 420 million pesos ($9.4 million). National police chief Alan Purisima said a Chinese-Filipino who was...
  • Mark Levin: 'If This Is Not an Impeachable Offense, Then What Is?'

    11/19/2013 5:53:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 106 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Nov. 18, 2013 | James Beattie
    "If this is not an impeachable offense, then what is?," Mark Levin asked his audience after playing clips of President Barack Obama repeatedly telling Americans they could keep their health care plans under Obamacare. On his Friday radio program, Levin proposed the question after playing a clip of Obama saying "You can keep your plan" on 36 separate occasions:
  • Eldest of Mexico's Arellano Felix Clan Killed (Clown-Costumed Assassin)

    10/20/2013 1:52:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | 10/19 | Ignacio Martinez
    Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, the eldest brother of Mexico's once-feared Arellano Felix drug clan, was shot to death in the Baja beach resort of Los Cabos by a gunman wearing a clown costume, authorities said Saturday. SNIP A photo from the scene showed his body sprawled on the tiled floor of the open-sided, beachfront house, covered by a sheet. An official of the Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office said Saturday that the killer wore a clown costume complete with a wig and a round red nose. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name. SNIP
  • IMF Proposing 10% Supertax Bail-in On All Eurozone Household Savings

    10/14/2013 8:49:02 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 22 replies
    IMF ^ | October 2013 | IMF
    The sharp deterioration of the public finances in many countries has revived interest in a "capital levy" -- a one off tax on private wealth -- as an exceptional measure to restore debt sustainability. The appeal is that such a tax, if it is implemented before avoidance is possible and there is a belief that it will never be repeated, does not distort behavior (and may be seen by some as fair). There have been illustrious supporters, including Pigou, Ricardo, Schumpeter, and, until he changed his mind - Keynes. The conditions for success are strong, but also need to be...
  • Obama Demands $1.1 Trillion Ransom--or He Will Crash Global Economy

    10/14/2013 11:13:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    breitbart ^ | 10/14/13 | j pollock
    President Barack Obama is demanding a $1.1 trillion "ransom"--or else he will not allow the debt ceiling to be raised. That's the effective offer on the table from the president and Senate Democrats. They have now refused to pass a "clean" short-term debt ceiling hike unless Republicans agree to reverse the "sequester" spending cuts in the 2011 Budget Control Act that were enacted--at Obama's suggestion--to end the last debt ceiling crisis. The president, who has invited congressional leaders to conduct talks at the White House Monday afternoon, still continues to insist that he "will not pay a ransom for Congress...
  • Chuck Todd: GOP Has Palin, Cruz to ‘Blame’ for Bad ‘Treatment They’re Getting from Democrats,’ Obama

    10/14/2013 11:08:39 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | October 14, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and MSNBC host Chuck Todd reported on Monday that tea party figures like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin helped scuttle a potential deal to raise the debt ceiling over the weekend when they led World War II veterans to march on the White House. Todd reported that the tea party Republicans are “doing everything they can” to keep the shutdown and debt ceiling standoff “alive.” “While the non-tea party Republicans are desperately trying to end this standoff, the tea party Republicans are doing everything they can to keep it...