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  • Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Shut Up?

    10/23/2019 9:19:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    realclearpolitics ^ | 10/23/2019 | Jared Whitley
    Four years ago, Donald Trump’s candidacy was the craziest thing any of us had ever seen. But since then, his opponents have gone so far off the deep end that they have made him seem the sensible alternative. For whatever reason – jealousy? bad advisers? – Mitt Romney hasn’t come to the realization the rest of us have: that President Trump is now the thin orange line between order and chaos. Happy enough to accept the president’s endorsement last year, Romney quickly turned on him to become a virtue-signaling headline-chaser. He began his Senate tenure with an attack piece in...
  • No Canada Redux: An Election Autopsy On Our Northern Neighbor

    10/23/2019 8:04:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/23/2019 | David Solway
    The results of the October 21, 2019 election have served to confirm that Canada is a lost cause. Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau, a very silly person who likes bobbing around in Indian costumes, praying in mosques robed in a white thawb, and uttering idiocies like “We don’t say mankind, we say peoplekind,” who pranced about in blackface and flaunting a genital banana, and who is guilty of two ethics violations which he wears like a badge of honor, has been re-elected, albeit with a minority government. With 157 seats the Liberals fell 13 short of majority status. The New...
  • Turkey And Russia Are Declaring Peace In Syria

    10/23/2019 7:55:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s all over but the shouting, and there really doesn’t even seem to be much of that. Yesterday was supposed to be the end of the ceasefire in northeastern Syria, at which point we expected the Turks to begin “cleansing” the twenty-mile wide border region of any remaining Kurdish fighters. But dawn broke and the fighting still seems to be on hold. The reason was announced earlier this morning and it seems that the Russians have stepped in and put all the combatants back in their respective corners. (Associated Press) Turkey’s Defense Ministry is signaling it won’t resume its...
  • Nunes Concerned Democrats May Destroy Audio Tapes.....

    10/23/2019 7:20:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 10/22/2019 | Jim Hoft
    Last night Republicans Lee Zeldin, Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs joined Laura Ingraham on The Ingraham Angle to discuss the ongoing Democratic coup of President Donald Trump. During the discussion Repl Andy Biggs told Laura that Democrats are refusing to allow Republican lawmakers to view the transcripts from the impeachment proceedings. On Tuesday Rep. Jim Jordan added that Republicans can only view the documents with a Democratic staffer present. On Tuesday Devin Nunes added his concerns on the Star Chamber proceedings. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) described the current proceedings this way to Sean Hannity, “It’s like watching a slow motion...
  • Swedish Envoy: US, N. Korea Talks Went Longer Than Planned

    10/23/2019 7:16:26 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 6 replies
    VOANews ^ | October 23, 2019 | William Gallo
    SEOUL - The recent nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea were substantive and lasted longer than anticipated, according to a Swedish diplomat who helped arrange the talks. The upbeat analysis by Swedish Special Envoy Kent Harstedt stands in contrast to that of North Korean diplomats, who blamed Washington for failing to bring new ideas to the early October talks in Sweden’s capital. At an event Wednesday in Seoul, Harstedt said the U.S.-North Korea negotiations lasted “many hours” and were “not interrupted.” He said he was “cautiously optimistic” the talks would continue, despite North Korea not accepting Sweden’s...
  • Iran beauty queen seeks asylum in Philippines, calling government ‘terrorist’

    10/23/2019 7:02:07 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | October 23, 2019 | TOI staff
    Detained at Manila airport for a week, Bahareh Zare Bahari says Tehran-issued Interpol alert for assault is ‘fake,’ came due to her political activism An Iranian beauty queen has requested asylum in the Philippines after an Interpol alert about her filed by Tehran got her detained at the Manila airport. Bahareh Zare Bahari has been held at Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 since October 17, as authorities examine Iran’s allegation that she assaulted a fellow Iranian in the Philippines and Bahari’s counter-claim that the Islamic Republic is targeting her for her political activism and that the charges against her...
  • A Million People Are Jailed at China's Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here's What Really Goes on

    10/23/2019 6:39:16 AM PDT · by MassMinuteman · 46 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Oct 17, 2019 | David Stavrou
    STOCKHOLM – Twenty prisoners live in one small room. They are handcuffed, their heads shaved, every move is monitored by ceiling cameras. A bucket in the corner of the room is their toilet. The daily routine begins at 6 A.M. They are learning Chinese, memorizing propaganda songs and confessing to invented sins. They range in age from teenagers to elderly. Their meals are meager: cloudy soup and a slice of bread. Torture – metal nails, fingernails pulled out, electric shocks – takes place in the “black room.” Punishment is a constant. The prisoners are forced to take pills and get...
  • 14 people associated with Charlie Hebdo to be put on trial

    10/23/2019 6:31:17 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/10/19
    AFP reported that 14 people will go on trial in France next May over the 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo and other targets that , judicial sources said Today (Wednesday). The trial will take place between May 4 & July 10, lawyers and a judicial sources said. .....
  • Driver arrested after 39 bodies found in lorry container in Essex

    10/23/2019 6:21:28 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 20 replies
    Guardian ^ | October 23, 2019 | Staff
    A murder investigation has been launched after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry from Bulgaria on an industrial estate in Essex. A 25-year-old driver, from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The victims, found at the Waterglade industrial park in Grays, were all adults apart from one teenager, Essex police said. The force said the lorry was believed to be from Bulgaria but entered the country in Holyhead, the Welsh port town that serves Ireland. The home secretary, Priti Patel, said Home Office immigration officials were working closely with the police to establish what happened, while...
  • Brexit and democracy

    10/23/2019 5:54:08 AM PDT · by Cronos · 9 replies
    Rzeczpospolita ^ | 22 October 2019 | Jan Zielonki
    Brexit has evolved from tragicomedy into a distasteful horror that will be with us for the next decade. The agreement on the withdrawal of Great Britain from the Union is just the beginning. Then there will be the fight for trade, services, agriculture and many other matters that regulate 20,000 European legislation, plus 750 international agreements. Only lawyers and satirists will earn from this divorce. Everyone else will lose. Brexit reveals the pathologies of modern democracy that need to be considered seriously. First, national agreement is a pipe dream. Fighting camps do not accept a result other than what they...
  • British emigration to continental Europe hits ten-year high as Brexit looms

    10/23/2019 5:49:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    MSN ^ | 22 October 2019 | Jon Stone
    An increasing number of British people are leaving the UK to go and live in continental Europe ahead of Brexit, the latest figures show. A study by academics at Oxford University and the Berlin Social Science Centre found that emigration from Britain to the EU is now at a ten-year high. An estimated 84,000 UK citizens migrated to the EU in 2019, up from 58,000 the year before the Brexit vote in 2015, and 46,000 back in 2012. The number of emigrants from the UK to the EU has risen continuously since 2010, and the spike has been exaggerated since...
  • Boris Johnson's Brexit bill passes Parliament but lawmakers reject timetable

    10/22/2019 10:11:02 PM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 23 Oct 2019 | Bianca Britton
    Boris Johnson failed to fast-track his Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) through Parliament, in a major set back for the UK Prime Minister -- meaning his dream of an October 31st Brexit now seems seriously unlikely. The Prime Minister did, however, claim a victory in principle -- after the bill passed its "second reading" in the House of Commons. After three years of agonizing Brexit debates, it's the first time lawmakers agreed on a way forward. Despite warnings from the government that no-deal preparations now must "accelerate," the EU looks set to grant Britain another extension, after European Council President Donald...
  • China’s pork shortage puts dog and rabbit meat back on the menu in rural communities

    10/22/2019 8:06:55 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 46 replies
    SCMP ^ | October 22, 2019 | He Huifeng
    The price of pork continues to surge across China because of supply shortages driven by the poor handling of African swine fever Chinese people are looking for alternatives, including dog and rabbit, as the country’s most popular meat becomes unaffordable African swine fever has swept through China’s pig population, leading to mass culls that are expected to take years to recover from. Photo: AFPAfrican swine fever has swept through China’s pig population, leading to mass culls that are expected to take years to recover from. Photo: AFP African swine fever has swept through China’s pig population, leading to mass culls...
  • Turkey Says No Need To Launch Another Operation Against Kurds For Now

    10/22/2019 7:18:20 PM PDT · by rintintin · 22 replies
    RFE ^ | Oct 22 2019 | Radio Free Europe
    Turkey has announced that there was “no need” to restart its offensive against Kurdish fighters outside the current area of operation in Syria because it had been informed by the United States their withdrawal from the border area in the north had been “completed.” "At this stage, there is no further need to carry out a new operation," the defense ministry said late on October 22 in a statement, as cited by AFP.
  • Pence on Syria: 'Our troops are coming home'

    10/22/2019 7:02:40 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/22/2019 | Morgan Chalfant
    Vice President Pence said Tuesday that President Trump is following through on his promise to bring U.S. troops home from Syria and talked up the prospect of a permanent ceasefire in the region. Pence insisted that a ceasefire the administration helped broker between Turkey and Syria last week “has held” and claimed Trump’s own moves had paved the way for the possibility of a permanent ceasefire. “Earlier today, we received word from the Syrian defense forces commander that all of their military forces have withdrawn from the safe zone under Turkish military control and before I came here, our team...
  • Senators to temporarily halt push for sanctions on Turkey: Graham

    10/22/2019 6:37:32 PM PDT · by ETCM · 19 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 22 June 2019 | William Roberts
    Leading US senators who had introduced a bill aimed at imposing sanctions on Turkey over its operation in northeast Syria will temporarily withhold legislative action in order to give diplomatic efforts a chance, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Al Jazeera on Tuesday. After talking to President Donald Trump by telephone at midday Tuesday, Graham said senators would slow the drive in the US Senate to pass economic sanctions against Turkey to "give the administration the space".
  • Trump Ready to Go to War with Turkey says Secretary of State

    10/22/2019 6:20:44 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 42 replies
    BIN ^ | 10/22/19 | jns
    Although the administration prefers “peace to war,” U.S. President Donald Trump is “fully prepared” to authorize military action against Turkey, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. In an interview with CNBC’s Wilfred Frost, Pompeo said the “world should know” that “where we see American interests at stake or fundamental norms around the world that need to be enforced, we’ll use all the powers that we have.” While the administration’s preferred measures were economic and diplomatic, he said, “In the event that kinetic action or military action is needed, you should know that President Trump is fully prepared...
  • Deep State hate for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

    10/22/2019 3:10:30 PM PDT · by rintintin · 35 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct 21 2019 | Cliff Kincaid
    Trying to fulfill his campaign promise of getting American soldiers out of illegal and undeclared wars, President Trump encounters opposition from Democrats and Republicans in Congress. This is a body which passed the NATO Support Act (H.R. 676) by a vote of 357 to 22 in January, but has now condemned President Trump for standing by NATO member Turkey. If Congress had done its job during the Obama Administration, all of this might have been avoided. Remember that in December 2016, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced legislation in response to the Obama administration's longstanding pro-terrorist policy, in the form of...
  • Judicial Watch: AP Reporters Gave DOJ/FBI Ukraine Info and Code to Private Locker of Paul Mana...

    10/22/2019 2:07:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 22, 2019 | Staff
    Full title: Judicial Watch: AP Reporters Gave DOJ/FBI Ukraine Info and Code to Private Locker of Paul Manafort in Apparent Effort to Push Criminal Prosecution Andrew Weissmann organized off-the-record DOJ/FBI meeting with AP to exchange ‘clarification’ and ‘assistance’ in their investigation for details on former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released two productions of heavily redacted FBI documents – 28 pages and 38 pages – about an April 11, 2017, “off-the-record” meeting set up by then-Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section Andrew Weissmann, between the DOJ, the FBI and the Associated Press...
  • McConnell introduces resolution opposing US withdrawal from Syria

    10/22/2019 1:48:08 PM PDT · by rintintin · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 22 2019 | Alex Rogers and Ted Barrett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republican senators introduced a resolution Tuesday in opposition to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria, warning that his decision has benefited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, ISIS, Russia and Iran. "If not arrested, withdrawing from Syria will invite more of the chaos that breeds terrorism and creates a vacuum our adversaries will certainly fill," McConnell said on the Senate floor. McConnell said if the President doesn't halt the withdrawal, Russia "will gain more leverage" in the Middle East, Iran-backed forces could gain greater access to a "strategic corridor that runs all the way...