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Is Ukraine A Missing Link in the Obama/Clinton Chain of Lies?

Will the regime change operation conducted in Ukraine during the Obama administration provide (Q/Q+) with another heap of evidence to expose and prosecute these war criminals?

The Ukrainian revolution of 2014 was a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police, and unknown shooters in the capital, Kiev, and culminated in the ousting of the elected Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, and the overthrow of the Ukrainian Government.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric at the time was apocalyptic: Putin’s actions, she contended, were “what Germany did back in the ‘30s.”

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland became famous during this period when she was overheard saying "Fuck the EU" when she dismissively referred to European efforts to address the crisis in Ukraine.

A recording of a phone call between Nuland and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt on January 28, 2014, was published on YouTube, proving that the U.S. was already planning who should be in the government after Viktor Yanukovych’s forced resignation. The name Nuland gave in the phone call, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, indeed became the Prime Minister of Ukraine on February 27, 2014, a month after that phone conversation.

The Clinton Foundation accepted monetary donations from foreign donors, amassing to billions of dollars. Some of the top donors of the foundation were Ukrainian oligarchs. One of them, Victor Pinchuk, was a former member of the Ukrainian Parliament and a strong advocate of Neoliberalism in Ukraine. Pinchuk became wealthy during chaotic privatization of large state enterprises after the country’s separation from the Soviet Union.

In return, the Clinton Global Initiative made a pledge to Mr. Pinchuk, to train future Ukrainian leaders. Several alumni from this training program later became members of the Ukraine Parliament and other members of the government that came to power after the bloody coup d’etat.

George Soros admits playing an integral part in the Ukraine crisis. GEORGE SOROS: “Well, I set up a foundation in Ukraine before Ukraine became independent of Russia. And the foundation has been functioning ever since and played an important part in events now”

Remember Trump's problems with Paul Manafort? Manafort was an international lobbyist and political strategist and was embroiled in a multimillion-dollar financial dispute with Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, who is close to President Vladimir Putin. He was also owed money by a political party in Ukraine that had failed to pay him for work he did after his client, the ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych, who fled to Moscow in 2014.

http://www.progressivepress.net/hillary-clintons-ukraine-problem-2/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/04/obama-ukraine-can-thrive-petro-poroshenko
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/30/russia-ukraine-war-kiev-conflic
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/06/hillary-clinton-says-vladimir-putins-crimea-occupation-echoes-hitler
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/russia-sure-behaves-strangely-for-a-country-bent-on-conquest/
 

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House unanimously passes motion to combat anti-Semitism around the world
Posted at 8:19 pm on February 13, 2019 by Brett T.
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This is actually a bit of a surprise considering the freshman class in the House, but a motion reaffirming that it’s in America’s national interest to combat anti-Semitism around the world passed unanimously Wednesday afternoon.Rep. David Kustoff introduced the motion.

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Proud to report my Motion combating anti-Semitism passed the House unanimously today! #424-0 #ZeroTolerancehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li_xcdp6vCA&t=1s …

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Motion to recommit@RepDavidKustoff: "It is in the national security interest of the United States to combat anti-Semitism around the world."@RepEliotEngel: "I rise in support of this resolution…We will not tolerate anti-Semitism in any shape or form."

Motion adopted 424-0.

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To do business with L.A., city contractors now must disclose ties with the NRA

The L.A. City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday requiring companies that have contracts with the city to disclose whether they have ties to the National Rifle Assn., already prompting threats of a lawsuit.

The vote was 14 to 0. Councilman Jose Huizar was absent.

Prospective contractors now must disclose under affidavit any contracts or sponsorships they or their subsidiaries have with the NRA. The city has similar policies about companies involved in the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall and over the historic investment in or profits from slavery.

The ordinance on the NRA was sought by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who cited several recent mass shootings in the U.S. At Tuesday’s meeting, he said the NRA has “been a road block to gun safety reform at every level of government now for several decades.”

Several gun safety groups who support the NRA ordinance gathered with O’Farrell outside City Hall before the vote.

“Let’s take a look at who we’re doing businesses with who is doing business with the NRA,” said Margot Bennett, executive director of Women Against Gun Violence.

The NRA disclosure law contains more than a dozen exemptions, including contracts involving the city’s pension funds and other investment agreements.

Still, attorneys for the NRA said they would file a lawsuit if the ordinance passed, according to a Feb. 4 letter sent to the city. In the letter, the NRA said the law violates the 1st Amendment and is “an unconstitutional effort to restrict and chill an individual’s right to associate and express their political beliefs.”

NRA attorney Chuck Michel told The Times he was unaware of any other city that had enacted such a policy.

“Politicians are free to disagree with the NRA’s pro-freedom, firearm safety, and self-reliance message, but they aren’t free to censor it — as this would do when NRA supporters drop their NRA memberships for fear of losing their livelihood from being on this blacklist,” Michel said. “This is modern day McCarthyism, and my clients are confident no judge will let it stand.”

Before Tuesday’s vote, O’Farrell said that City Atty. Mike Feuer’s office advised that the city is “on firm legal ground.”

Groups opposing the new ordinance include the Studio City Neighborhood Council, which sent a statement to the City Council saying that while “stakeholders are concerned about gun violence,” singling out an organization “smacks of politics, makes little sense and could result in unwanted legal costs.”

The City Council has backed several gun control measures, including one requiring Angelenos to lock up or disable their handguns at home if the guns aren't close at hand.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-contractors-nra-city-20190212-story.html
 

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UNSEALED FEDERAL INDICTMENTS IN HAWAII

The former police chiefs wife and brother on trafficking charges. Former Police Chief under indictments on other charges.

http://www.kitv.com/story/39953333/katherine-kealoha-and-brother-indicted-on-drug-distribution-charges

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a former Honolulu prosecutor and her brother on drug distribution charges.

The indictment unsealed Tuesday also alleges Katherine Kealoha, the wife of now-retired Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha, steered law enforcement away from scrutinizing her brother, Dr. Rudolph Puana, after police told her that he was buying cocaine. Puana is an anesthesiologist.

Messages left Tuesday for lawyers for both siblings were not immediately returned.

The indictment charges the siblings and unnamed co-conspirators with distributing oxycodone, fentanyl and Xanax.

It says Puana advised one co-conspirator to use proceeds from the sale of illegal prescription pain medication to buy cocaine for the two of them.
Kealoha and her husband are scheduled to go to trial in March on unrelated charges.
 

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Lisa Page Caught in ‘Quid Pro Quo’ Scandal Over Classified Hillary Clinton Email

Thank you, Judicial Watch.

Thanks to an email uncovered by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, we now know that former FBI lawyer Lisa Page described a ‘quid pro quo’ with the State Department to cover up a classified email found on Hillary Clinton’s private server.

Lisa Page, who was an FBI lawyer at the time, sent her paramour, Peter Strzok and other FBI officials an email a few weeks before election day in 2016 worrying about a pending FOIA disclosure that would reveal a discussion between top State Department officials and DOJ officials about a potential quid pro quo agreement.

The quid pro quo arrangement would have the State Department giving the FBI more “LEGAT positions” for its overseas office in exchange for hiding one of Hillary Clinton’s emails from the public.

Lisa Page asked the State Department if the FBI could “change the basis of the FOIA” withhold [decision] re Hillary’s email from classified to “something else.”

Screenshot of Lisa Page’s quid pro quo email via the Daily Mail:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/lisa-page-caught-in-quid-pro-quo-scandal-over-classified-hillary-clinton-email/
 

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Ted Cruz Demands That Convicted El Chapo Pay For Donald Trump’s Border Wall

The senator urged lawmakers to pass his legislation to use the drug lord’s fortune to build the barrier.

By Ron Dicker

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday urged the passage of his legislation to use the ill-gotten gains of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to build a border wall after the drug kingpin was convicted of narcotics trafficking and other charges.
“It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act,” Cruz tweeted. “I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation.”
The tweet includes a graphic of an imprisoned El Chapo surrounded by money bags with the caption: “Make El Chapo pay for the wall.”

Senator Ted Cruz

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America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder.
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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in New York. http://apne.ws/yyGmwj4


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It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act. I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation. #SecureTheBorder --> http://bit.ly/2BWG7Tz

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Cruz’s Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, which he reintroduced last month, would reallocate the forfeited assets of El Chapo and other convicted cartel bosses toward “border security assets” and President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

El Chapo’s fortune includes assets worth a reported $14 billion that the U.S. government is trying to seize. Trump has demanded $5.7 billion for his promised border wall, though congressional negotiators have proposed a budget deal that includes far less.
“By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people,” Cruz said in a news release last month.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-el-chapo-border-wall_us_5c63eb3be4b03de942973c9c
 

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AIPAC & Anti-BDS EXPOSED by UNDERCOVER Footage

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$20 trillion man: National debt nearly doubles during Obama presidency

When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn’t like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man.

Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Added to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the red ink will likely be crowding the $20 trillion mark right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White House.

When Mr. Obama took over in January 2009, the total national debt stood at $10.6 trillion. That means the debt will have very nearly doubled during his eight years in office, and there is much more debt ahead with the abandonment of “sequestration” spending caps enacted in 2011.

“Congress and the president have just agreed to undo one of the only successful fiscal restraint mechanisms in a generation,” said Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union. “The progress on reducing spending and the deficit has just become much more problematic.”

Some budget analysts scoff at the claim made by the administration and by House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, that the budget agreement’s $112 billion in spending increases is fully funded by cuts elsewhere. Mr. Boehner left Congress last week.

“The Boehner-Obama spending agreement would allow for unlimited borrowing by the Treasury until March 2017,” said Paul Winfree, director of economic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation. “This deal piles on billions of dollars to the national debt by increasing spending over the next three years and then not paying for it for a decade — with half of the offsets not occurring until 2025.”

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/1/obama-presidency-to-end-with-20-trillion-national-/
 

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Pictured: Former 'Alinsky-style community organizer' charged with assaulting Kellyanne Conway

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6696717/Pictured-Former-Alinsky-style-community-organizer-charged-assaulting-Kellyanne-Conway.html



The woman who presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway says physically assaulted her in October is married to the CEO of a $43 million environmental charity and manages volunteers for a nonprofit that boasts 'empathy' as 'a priority skill' for 'living and working together in this radically different world.'

DailyMail.com is picturing Beth Inabinett, 63, for the first time. She faces a March trial for second-degree assault in Montgomery County, Maryland. Inabinett could also be charged with a federal crime, according to a Justice Department official.

The case stems from an incident during a birthday party at a restaurant near Washington, D.C. Conway told DailyMail.com that Inabinett 'grabbed me from behind' and 'shook me repeatedly.'

Inabinett is married to Andy Sharpless, a former executive vice president of Discovery.com who has served as CEO of Oceana since 2003. The celebrated environmental group works to preserve and restore ocean ecosystems worldwide.

She describes herself in her LinkednIn profile as a former 'Alinsky-style community organizer in Maryland, Delaware, Philadelphia and Massachusetts' who now works as a volunteer recruiter at Ashoka, a Virginia-based nonprofit that supports more than 3,500 social entrepreneurs.

Ashoka lists 'empathy' first among the planks in its platform for global success, describing it as 'the ability to understand and respond to the feelings of others.'

'In a changemaker world, empathy is as fundamental as reading and math,' according to the organization's website.

Sharpless is a birthright Quaker. Inabinett has accompanied him to meetings of the Christian sect, which emphasizes pacifism and nonviolence in its teachings.

A 2013 newsletter of the Third Haven Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland, pictures them in a family reunion photo along with their daughters and Sharpless's parents. The same newsletter solicited registrations for a workshop of the Quaker meeting house's 'Alternatives to Violence Project.'
Conway, pictured at right during President Donald Trump's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, says Inabinett grabbed her from behind and shook her; witnesses said she yelled 'Shame on you' at the influential White House adviser
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Conway, pictured at right during President Donald Trump's Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, says Inabinett grabbed her from behind and shook her; witnesses said she yelled 'Shame on you' at the influential White House adviser
This photo shows Inabinett (circled) and her husband Andy Sharpless (the tall man at center-right) during a 2013 family reunion at a Maryland Quaker meeting house that teaches nonviolence
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This photo shows Inabinett (circled) and her husband Andy Sharpless (the tall man at center-right) during a 2013 family reunion at a Maryland Quaker meeting house that teaches nonviolence
Conway first spoke about the altercation Friday on CNN, saying she had kept quiet about it in October because children were present
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Conway first spoke about the altercation Friday on CNN, saying she had kept quiet about it in October because children were present
Conway, who ran President Donald Trump's successful 2016 campaign, said Inabinett 'ought to pay' for getting in her face and assaulting her at a birthday dinner
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Conway, who ran President Donald Trump's successful 2016 campaign, said Inabinett 'ought to pay' for getting in her face and assaulting her at a birthday dinner

A police report says Inabinett yelled 'Shame on you' at Conway, and 'other comments believed to about Conway's political views.' Conway says she physically attacked her.

'This was not a social media spat or a publicity-hungry attempt by owners or activists in a restaurant to go viral,' Conway told DailyMail.com.

'This woman now facing criminal charges grabbed me from behind, shook me repeatedly, inches away from my teenage daughter, with many witnesses, and no denial from her at that time. I told her repeatedly to get her hands off of me.'

Bill McDaniel Jr., a lawyer representing Inabinett, told DailyMail.com in a statement Tuesday that his client 'saw Kellyanne Conway, a public figure, in a public place, and exercised her First Amendment right to express her personal opinions.'

'She did not assault Ms. Conway,' McDaniel said. 'The facts at trial will show this to be true, and show Ms. Conway’s account to be false.'

Inabinett answered her door in a Washington, D.C. suburb on Tuesday morning and said only: 'You know I really can’t comment.'

Sharpless referred DailyMail.com's questions to McDaniel. Ashoka did not respond to a request for comment.
 

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President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation!
By Ron Paul

Last week’s bipartisan Senate vote to rebuke President Trump for his decision to remove troops from Syria and Afghanistan unfortunately tells us a lot about what is wrong with Washington, DC. While the two parties loudly bicker about minor issues, when it comes to matters like endless wars overseas they enthusiastically join together. With few exceptions, Republicans and Democrats lined up to admonish the president for even suggesting that it’s time for US troops to come home from Afghanistan and Syria.

The amendment, proposed by the Senate Majority Leader and passed overwhelmingly by both parties, warns that a “precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from the on-going fight…in Syria and Afghanistan, could allow terrorists to regroup.

As one opponent of the amendment correctly pointed out, a withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is hardly “precipitous” since they’ve been there for nearly 18 years! And with al-Qaeda and ISIS largely defeated in Syria a withdrawal from that country would hardly be “precipitous” after almost five years of unauthorized US military action.

Senators supporting the rebuke claim that US troops cannot leave until every last ISIS fighter is killed or captured. This is obviously a false argument. Al-Qaeda and ISIS did not emerge in Iraq because US troops left the country – they emerged because the US was in the country in the first place. Where was al-Qaeda in Iraq before the 2003 US invasion the neocons lied us into? There weren’t any.

US troops occupying Iraqi territory was, however, a huge incentive for Iraqis to join a resistance movement. Similarly, US intervention in Syria beginning under the Obama Administration contributed to the growth of terrorist groups in that country.

We know that US invasion and occupation provides the best recruiting tools for terrorists, including suicide terrorists. So how does it make sense that keeping troops in these countries in any way contributes to the elimination of terrorism? As to the “vacuum” created in Syria when US troops pull out, how about allowing the government of Syria to take care of the problem? After all, it’s their country and they’ve been fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda since the US helped launch the “regime change” in 2011. Despite what you might hear in the US mainstream media, it’s Syria along with its allies that has done most of the fighting against these groups and it makes no sense that they would allow them to return.

Congress has the Constitutional responsibility and obligation to declare war, but this has been ignored for decades. The president bombs far-off lands and even sends troops to fight in and occupy foreign territory and Congress doesn’t say a word. But if a president dares seek to end a war suddenly the sleeping Congressional giant awakens!

I’ve spent many years opposing Executive branch over-reach in matters where the president has no Constitutional authority, but when it comes to decisions on where to deploy or re-deploy troops once in battle it is clear that the Constitution grants that authority to the commander-in-chief. The real question we need to ask is why is Congress so quick to anger when the president finally seeks to end the longest war in US history?

https://www.globalresearch.ca/president-starts-a-war-congress-yawns-threatens-to-end-one-condemnation/5668372
 

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https://www.theepochtimes.com/citizenship-question-stays-on-census-federal-judge-rules_2797683.html

Citizenship Question Stays on Census, Federal Judge Rules

A federal judge has rejected an activist group’s request to prevent the Trump administration from asking 2020 Census respondents if they are U.S. citizens.

In recent decades, Democrats and Republicans have fought bitterly over how the decennial, constitutionally mandated head count is carried out.

The Obama administration tried to wrest control over the census from the U.S. Department of Commerce but backed down. At the time, then-Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called the move a “naked political power grab.”

The Clinton administration wanted to use statistical modeling or sampling to produce census figures, but that move was ruled unconstitutional in 1999 by the Supreme Court. The Republicans of the day said Democrats were trying to inflate the count in their big-city strongholds to manipulate the congressional apportionment process to benefit their side.

The legal victory for the Trump administration came Feb. 8, when Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia threw out an application for a preliminary injunction filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

The group argued that the government should have conducted a privacy impact assessment (PIA) before adding the citizenship question.

The court disagreed. The U.S. Census Bureau did not violate the law when it decided “to collect citizenship data before conducting, reviewing, or releasing a PIA addressing that decision,” Friedrich wrote in her ruling.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center vowed to move forward with its lawsuit, despite the setback. The lawsuit is one of about a half-dozen challenging the Trump administration’s plans for next year’s census. In New York, a federal judge ordered the citizenship question be taken out of the census. That case is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to testify before Congress in March about how he decided to include the question. Ross said the Department of Justice asked for the question to be added, but Democrats say emails showed he discussed the issue with White House officials before that.

The Commerce Department, which houses the Census Bureau, announced the inclusion of a citizenship question in the upcoming census last year. One of the reasons given for adding the question, which until the 1950s was a staple of the census, was to help identify possible violations of the Voting Rights Act.

More recently, the question has been included in the smaller, more detailed study, the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey, which is sent to about 3.5 million households annually.

Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, has applauded the addition of the citizenship question. “The public has a right to expect that the government will do everything in its power to get as accurate a picture as possible of the American body politic,” he said.

But last year, Democratic politicians vehemently denounced putting the question in the census, accusing the Trump administration of having sinister ulterior motives.

Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez said the move was “a craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities.” The census is not supposed to be “a political tool for Donald Trump to push his agenda and disempower Latinos and other people of color.”

Perez said restoring the citizenship question stokes “fear” that makes immigrant communities “invisible.” In reality, they are “guaranteeing an inaccurate count that lays the groundwork for sustained racial gerrymandering and jeopardizes critical resources for communities across the country.”

Timothy Olson, associate director for field operations at the U.S. Census Bureau, said he hopes the legal dispute is resolved soon because his agency faces a “hard deadline in June” for finalizing the questions that will be printed on the questionnaires.

“We will conduct the census with or without the citizenship question,” Olson said, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

“My job, and all of my peers’ job, is to make sure the census is as accurate as possible. We’re just waiting for a final decision to go to print. If the decision is delayed, that presents new challenges for us. We’re hopeful that firm direction will be provided, so we know which version to print.”

Olson said more than $675 billion in federal funding is at stake. That money is allocated to states, counties, cities, and Indian tribes each year, according to census findings.

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Canadian minister quits as political crisis deepens for Trudeau
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould quit on Tuesday amid news reports that she was pressured to go easy on a major firm last year when she was justice minister, a development that deepened a political crisis for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just months ahead of an election.
FILE PHOTO: Newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould signs a book after Trudeau's cabinet shuffle, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle/File Photo

Wilson-Raybould, who did not give any reasons for her resignation, said in a letter to Trudeau she was quitting “with a heavy heart,” adding that “I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the past week.”

The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau’s office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould last year to help construction company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister.

Wilson-Raybould, who the Globe and Mail said had ignored the pressure, was demoted from the justice ministry last month. Trudeau said on Monday that he had full confidence in her and that her presence in cabinet spoke for itself.

Trudeau’s office said the prime minister would stick to previously announced plans to speak to reporters later on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

The resignation is the second blow for Trudeau in two days over the affair. Mario Dion, Canada’s independent ethics commissioner, said on Monday he was probing allegations of possible wrongdoing by senior officials.

In a hint that the situation could grow more complicated for Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould has retained former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on how much she can say about the SNC-Lavalin case. Cromwell declined an interview request.

“This is bigger trouble for the government than almost anything else that has come along so far,” said Richard Johnston, a professor at the University of British Columbia and an expert in public opinion and election.

Opinion polls show Trudeau’s Liberals have a slender lead over the official opposition Conservatives ahead of an election set for this October.

“Mr. Trudeau’s ethical lapses and his disastrous handling of this latest scandal have thrown his government into chaos,” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement.
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In 2017, Trudeau apologized after the office of the ethics commissioner said he had broken conflict-of-interest laws by accepting a vacation on a Bahamas island owned by the Aga Khan.

Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed justice minister when Trudeau’s Liberals came to power in November 2015, is one of the most prominent aboriginal politicians in federal politics.

Additional reporting by Julie Gordon in Ottawa; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and David Gregorio
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Catalan separatists go on trial, laying bare Spain's divisions


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Ted Cruz Demands That Convicted El Chapo Pay For Donald Trump’s Border Wall

The senator urged lawmakers to pass his legislation to use the drug lord’s fortune to build the barrier.

By Ron Dicker

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday urged the passage of his legislation to use the ill-gotten gains of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to build a border wall after the drug kingpin was convicted of narcotics trafficking and other charges.
“It’s time to pass my EL CHAPO Act,” Cruz tweeted. “I urge my Senate colleagues to take swift action on this crucial legislation.”
The tweet includes a graphic of an imprisoned El Chapo surrounded by money bags with the caption: “Make El Chapo pay for the wall.”
America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts. U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug profits & other assets from El Chapo which should go towards funding our wall to #SecureTheBorder.​
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Cruz’s Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, which he reintroduced last month, would reallocate the forfeited assets of El Chapo and other convicted cartel bosses toward “border security assets” and President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

El Chapo’s fortune includes assets worth a reported $14 billion that the U.S. government is trying to seize. Trump has demanded $5.7 billion for his promised border wall, though congressional negotiators have proposed a budget deal that includes far less.
“By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people,” Cruz said in a news release last month.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-el-chapo-border-wall_us_5c63eb3be4b03de942973c9c
No, let's pay back the middle class workers thatve been shafted for decades, the military folk that are maimed, fill in the blank.....
 

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Jews are getting ansy


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I mean they seem to have total control of the American government....what are they worried about?

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-11/salvini-suggests-seizing-control-italys-gold-reserves-central-bank

Salvini Proposes Seizing Control Of Italy's Gold Reserves From Central Bank

Italy's populist de facto leader Matteo Salvini seems set on shaking Europe's financial establishment to the core.

One day after the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the League party, called for the elimination of Italy's central bank and the country's financial regulator, Consob, saying the two institutions should be "reduced to zero, more than changing one or two people, reduced to zero", or in other words eliminated, and that “fraudsters” who inflicted losses on Italian savers should "end up in prison for a long time", Salvini prompted fresh shocked gasps in Brussels and Frankfurt when he raised the possibility of seizing Italy’s massive gold reserves away from the country’s central bank.

"The gold is the property of the Italian people, not of anyone else," Salvini said in comments to reporters on Monday, according to the FT.
 

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Hill Leaders Try to Rush 1,159-Page Spending Bill Through Congress in 18 Hours

GOP staffers and activists are rushing to find the political landmines buried by Democrat and Republican legislators in the seven-agency, $328 billion, 1,159-page 2019 spending bill before the House and Senate vote on the bill by the end of Thursday.

One draft of the legislation was released late Wednesday night, and a second draft appeared Thursday morning with an extra ten pages. Those ten pages included an expansion of the H-2B visa worker program favored by many Republicans and some Democrats.

House leaders promised a quick vote on the huge and complex legislation Thursday night, leaving the activists with very little time to organize protests against the potential giveaways.

The Senate’s GOP leaders promised a faster vote early Thursday afternoon.

The document has roughly 200 words per page — ensuring that a fast reader would need 40 hours just to reach to the end of the huge document, providing they did not stop to take notes, compare the text to existing laws, eat, or sleep.

Republicans say they are being railroaded by House Democrats — and also by the GOP supporters of the huge package. Rep. Tom Graves is a GOP member of the 17-person committee — but he was given just 30 minutes to check the fine print.

The legislators who support the poison pills describe the pro-migration clauses as “Easter eggs.”

https://www.breitbartom/economy/2019/02/14/hill-leaders-try-to-rush-1159-page-spending-bill-through-congress-in-18-hours/
 

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FTC negotiating over multibillion-dollar fine for Facebook

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/430103-report-ftc-negotiating-over-multibillion-dollar-fine-for-facebook
 

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Hill Leaders Try to Rush 1,159-Page Spending Bill Through Congress in 18 Hours

GOP staffers and activists are rushing to find the political landmines buried by Democrat and Republican legislators in the seven-agency, $328 billion, 1,159-page 2019 spending bill before the House and Senate vote on the bill by the end of Thursday.

One draft of the legislation was released late Wednesday night, and a second draft appeared Thursday morning with an extra ten pages. Those ten pages included an expansion of the H-2B visa worker program favored by many Republicans and some Democrats.

House leaders promised a quick vote on the huge and complex legislation Thursday night, leaving the activists with very little time to organize protests against the potential giveaways.

The Senate’s GOP leaders promised a faster vote early Thursday afternoon.

The document has roughly 200 words per page — ensuring that a fast reader would need 40 hours just to reach to the end of the huge document, providing they did not stop to take notes, compare the text to existing laws, eat, or sleep.

Republicans say they are being railroaded by House Democrats — and also by the GOP supporters of the huge package. Rep. Tom Graves is a GOP member of the 17-person committee — but he was given just 30 minutes to check the fine print.

The legislators who support the poison pills describe the pro-migration clauses as “Easter eggs.”

https://www.breitbartom/economy/2019/02/14/hill-leaders-try-to-rush-1159-page-spending-bill-through-congress-in-18-hours/
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Top NASA Global Warming Scientist WALKS BACK Global Warming Claims! “I’m Not Sure that Climate Change Is An Immediate Threat To Human Existence”

Did one of NASA’s top climate scientists just walk back global warming hysteria? Sure sounds like it!

NASA climatologist, Dr. Kate Marvel, dropped this little bomb while making an appearance on Alec Baldwin’s podcast.

The No Agenda Show has the clip which you can listen to here. (transcribed below)

MARVEL: I mean like the Earth’s a rock right? It’s it’s a really special rock but the earth doesn’t care about climate change. It’s still going to be here. And I actually I’m not sure that climate change is an immediate threat to human existence, but I know that it is an immediate threat to human happiness & human civilization and so a lot of times…

BALDWIN: It’s an immediate threat to the way we live now

MARVEL: For sure. 100%. And a lot of humans gonna be extinct are we doomed? And I kind of feel likeI mean we’re probably not doomedbut like I have higher standards you know what I mean? Like if that’s the best thing you can say after a day you’re like I I didn’t go extinct today then it wasn’t a good day.

“I’m not sure that climate change is an immediate threat to human existence??”

“I mean we’re probably not doomed???”

Is this a joke???

Doesn’t this NASA scientist know that we’re all going to die in 12 years??? Doesn’t she know the science is settled and there’s no more room for debate? How many people’s careers have been ruined by people like her for saying exactly what she just said? Will she be labelled a denier now?

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/its-about-time-top-nasa-global-warming-scientist-walks-back-global-warming-claims-im-not-sure-that-climate-change-is-an-immediate-threat-to-human-existence/
 

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Don't ever forget that we pay these clowns to do this for a living. Nice fucking gig if you can get it! Politicians play the game and risk nothing. We pay them to play and they place all the risk right back into our laps
Slimy farkin mutants the lot of em.
 

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Gen Flynn’s sister just jumped on the McCabe bandwagon

Dispicable LyingLeaking Criminal McCabe CONFIRMS Coup! US Marshalls Need To Arrest McCabe Now! Put Him In Solitary For Treason! We Demand Accountability! Shut This Coup Down! ⁦
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⁩ SpyGate! HurricaneCrossfire!

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KARMA: Peers Demand CA Democrat Who Honored Stormy Daniels Step Down Amid ‘Numerous’ Sexual Harassment Claims

https://www.dailywire.com/news/43433/karma-peers-demand-ca-democrat-who-honored-stormy-jeffrey-cawood

Alleged text: “Don’t you want to be able to tell your friends that you sucked the mayor’s d***?”
Three members of the West Hollywood, CA City Council have publicly asked Mayor John Duran to relinquish his title after multiple men have claimed they were sexually harassed by the Democrat known for impropriety and his resentment of President Donald J. Trump.

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On the day that Pope Francis’ sex abuse summit is due to start, a potentially explosive book will be published claiming to lift the lid on gay priests in the Vatican and the double lives of senior officials.
The book, “In the Closet of the Vatican”, written by French sociologist and journalist Frederic Martel, reports that around 80 per cent of clerics working in the Roman Curia are gay – although not necessarily sexually active – and details how they adhere to an unspoken code of the “closet”.

After four years of gathering material which took him across the world Martel, a non-believer who is openly gay, spent around a week a month in Rome, sometimes staying in residences inside the Vatican or on Holy See property. He claims to have completed 1,500 interviews with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, 45 papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, 11 Swiss guards and more than 200 priests and seminarians. The book is due to be published on 21 February simultaneously in 8 languages across 20 countries and will hit stores as bishops from across the world gather to discuss how to respond to clerical sexual abuse.


Defenders of “In the Closet” say that Martel will reveal the problems of a dysfunctional clerical culture that is in denial about sex, while others argue the timing of the book’s publication will once again unfairly conflate homosexuality with sexual abuse of children and intensify a witch hunt against gay priests.

Sources say that Martel’s research reveals that while some gay priests accept their sexual orientation and a number maintain discreet long term relationships, others live more extreme double lives through casual encounters and the use of male prostitutes, while others are in denial about their sexuality. He is said to argue that the intra-church battles of recent decades should be read through a closeted gay paradigm. Those with knowledge of “In the Closet” say the French writer reserves his harshest criticism for senior figures in the Church who have attacked homosexuality yet are secretly gay. One of the “rules” of the Vatican’s closet, Martel argues, is that the more a cardinal or bishop denounces homosexual behaviour or same-sex couples the more likely they are to be gay.

While, sources say, Martel does not focus on the sexual abuse of children, he alleges that the secretive sexual culture among clerics made it difficult for them to denounce priests accused of abuse. “In the Closet” claims that Pope Francis has sought to break up this pattern of behaviour by repeatedly condemning priests living a “double life”. At the same time, Martel argues that in doing so he has made the Church an unstable structure for closeted gay clergy, which in turn purportedly explains some of the opposition that Francis is facing from inside the Church.

One of the most explosive claims in the book, sources reveal, centres around deceased Colombian Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo. Cardinal López Trujillo, a former President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, and said to have been for many years the chief obstacle to the canonisation of St Oscar Romero, is presented as both an arch-defender of the Church’s teaching on contraception and homosexuality while also using male prostitutes.

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11356/explosive-new-book-lifts-lid-on-gay-priests-in-the-vatican
 

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Rep. Devin Nunes: We Will Be Making Criminal Referrals to New Attorney General on MANY PEOPLE Who Lied to Congress

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Sean Hannity on Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing Congressional investigations of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Nunes told Sean he will represent the evidence they have to the new Attorney General and expect several indictments.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/rep-devin-nunes-we-will-be-making-criminal-referrals-to-new-attorney-general-of-many-people-who-lied-to-congress-video/
 

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One of the oldest U.S. refineries in trouble again in Philadelphia: court filings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc, owner of the largest and oldest refinery on the U.S. East Coast, is facing another financial crisis just months after emerging from a controversial bankruptcy, according to two sources and a Reuters review of court filings. PES, which exited bankruptcy in August, saw its cash balance fall to $87.7 million at the end of 2018, down from $148 million just three months earlier, a $61 million decline, according to a post-bankruptcy financial report filed late last month. The company entered bankruptcy roughly a year ago with $43 million cash on hand, court documents show.

Refineries based on the East Coast suffer from difficult economics due to the cost of shipping crude oil from West Texas or Canada, but PES has had other problems at the plant in South Philadelphia including weak gasoline margins and high debt costs. The company filed for bankruptcy in January 2018, blaming its woes largely on the costs of complying with the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, a 2005 law that requires refiners to either blend biofuels like ethanol into fuel or purchase credits, called RINs, from competitors who do. PES does not have those blending capabilities, so it has to pay for credits. But a Reuters analysis showed other factors played a role in the bankruptcy, including the withdrawal of more than $590 million in dividend-style payments from the company by its investor owners. After filing for bankruptcy, the company was given a waiver for half of its $350 million in liabilities related to biofuels credits by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Poor gasoline margins have hurt the company's bottom line as well. PES's weak cash position forced the refiner to significantly scale back a planned $90 million maintenance project that began in January, according to two sources familiar with the plant's operations. Refiners perform maintenance to keep units operating reliably and safely, protecting themselves from costly unplanned outages.

"I am not surprised that they are economically struggling once again, but I didn't expect it to happen so soon," Christina Simeone, a director at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, said. In the last three months of 2018, while PES saw its cash balance fall by $61 million, the compliance credits were trading at multi-year lows. "They're having financial difficulties when RIN prices dropped 75 percent. It's pretty damming evidence against their bankruptcy claims that the RFS is the primary claim in filing bankruptcy," said Simeone, who authored a report last year that predicted the refinery would close by 2022 due to poor economics. The site has been home to a refinery since 1870. PES spokeswoman Cherice Corley said the company declined to comment.

U.S. East Coast refiners like PES lack access to cheaper crude that refiners in other parts of the country enjoy, which inflicts greater pain on the region's industry when margins are low. Delta Air Lines' refinery in nearby Trainer, Pennsylvania, lost $40 million in the fourth quarter. The company is considering selling the plant, sources recently told Reuters. PES recently secured a $50 million loan from Bardin Hill Investment Partners, formerly Halcyon Capital Management, one of the plant's owners, two sources told Reuters. The company still has more $700 million in long-term debt, most of which comes due in 2022.

Private-equity giant Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) LP rescued the 330,000 barrel-per-day refinery from closure in 2012, betting they could tap cheap shale oil out of North Dakota and turn a hefty profit. The bet proved lucrative in the early years, but once the discount on North Dakota's oil eroded due to better transport options, PES's bottom line started to suffer. Carlyle became a minority owner once the company emerged from bankruptcy. Deutsche Bank AG (DE:DBKGn) and Bardin Hill are the primary owners now. Bardin Hill did not respond to requests for comment; Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

https://m.investing.com/news/commodities-news/one-of-the-oldest-us-refineries-in-trouble-again-in-philadelphia-court-filings-1777558?ampMode=1
 

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Projection much?

Hollywood actor Jim Carrey has lashed out at President Trump, calling him a cancer tumor who likes to rape women.

Speaking at the Vulture Fest panel in Los Angles over the weekend, the anti-Trump star called Trump a “rapist” and likened him to “melanoma.”

Hollywoodreporter.com reports: Carrey called him “incredibly dangerous, a threat to homeland security. And now he has the nerve to come out a couple of days ago and ask for bipartisanship.”

He added, “These are not people you can deal with. You cannot be bipartisan with a criminal. A rapist needs to be removed, not negotiated with. These people are raping our system, they’re destroying it right in front of us…. This corrupt Republican congress that was…. These people have to be removed from our system because they’re bad for us. Trump is a melanoma, and anybody that covers for him, including Sarah Sanders, is putting makeup on it. It shows that there’s a deeper problem in this country, and that problem is greed.

Other musings included the revelation that Carrey broke down after Aretha Franklin’s death: “The day Aretha Franklin died I cried that someone so beautiful and so incredibly conscious and someone who’s done so much to lift the spirit of people has to close her eyes on a world like this. It’s a fucking injustice. It shouldn’t happen. I can’t stand it. I can’t take it.”

Speaking out against the Christian right, Carrey added, “I think they’re going to find out once and for all that the Christian right has never been about morality, it’s been about holding on to power and using morality to do so.”

Of his desire for a Beto O’Rourke/Kamala Harris Presidential ticket, Carrey said: “I think she’s fantastic, I think he’s an incredible guy, and I would love to vote in this decade for someone that’s not the lesser of the evils.” (For the record, he thinks Hillary Clinton would be a good president, however, “I believe she knows what she’s doing but the fact that people are conflicted about her, whether it’s right or wrong, is a problem and will lose votes.”)

In addition to the one he posted, Carrey went through several of his other paintings, including one of Mike Pence (“It’s truly the face of insincerity”), one of Donald Trump crucifying Jesus (“I just thought of every…selfish word he said as another nail in the cross of Jesus”), a Halloween drawing of Donald Trump as a cyclops (“To me the right is a cyclops, it sees in [one dimension] — what can I see, what can I have?”), former EPA chief Scott Pruitt (“He’s a vampire and that’s all”) and Rudy Giuliani (“A guy that doesn’t have presence of mind enough to dye the bottom teeth. His mouth is the whole administration in a nutshell”).

He also discussed his painting of Colin Kaepernick that commended Nike for supporting the former pro football player. “I wanted to encourage an act of goodness,” Carrey explained, saying he didn’t necessarily mean to endorse Nike’s business practices. “We have to encourage goodness, that’s how we get more goodness.”

He continued, “The African-American community has incredible grace in the face of this cancerous hate. They’re unbelievable. I don’t know how they haven’t burned this country down.”

https://www.jewworldorder.org/jim-carrey-trump-is-a-cancer-tumor/
 

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DOJ charges former US Air Force officer with spying for Iran

Prosecutors have brought charges against a former Air Force officer for allegedly spying for Iran, the Justice Department confirmed Wednesday.

Monica Witt, a former Air Force counter-intelligence officer, is accused of defecting to Iran in 2013, after leaving the military in 2008 after more than a decade’s service and later working as a defense contractor.

Prosecutors said the officer, who according to the unsealed indictment had the highest level of top secret clearance, disclosed the details of a highly classified intelligence-gathering program that involved an intelligence operation against “a specific target.” Witt is also accused of disclosing the true identity of a U.S. intelligence officer to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which conducts the country’s cyber-operation, after she stopped working for the U.S. government.

Witt, a former Texas resident, first traveled to Iran in 2012 to attend a conference, which is where prosecutors allege she was recruited.

FBI executive assistant director for national security Jay Tabb said the indictments follow “years of investigative work,” adding that her alleged actions “could cause serious damage to national security.”

An arrest warrant was issued for Witt, who is still believed to be in Iran.

Prosecutors also charged four other Iranian nationals accused of working for the Revolutionary Guard — Mojtaba Masoumpour, Behzad Mesri, Hossein Parvar and Mohamad Paryar — with cyber-offenses relating to targeting U.S. government agents who once worked with Witt.

Prosecutors said the “skilled cyber actors” targeted Witt’s former colleagues with malware, which allowed the hackers to spy on the victims’ webcams and keystrokes.

https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/13/iran-cyber-indictments/



 

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Scientology Squashes Scientology & The Aftermath Episode About Danny Masterson Rape Charges

Scientology doesn't have the power it used to. There was a time when whistleblowers, members who had escaped, cult education advocates and anyone who tried to raise awareness about the evils and excesses of the Church of Scientology was considered "fair game" to use some Hubbardian jargon. "Fair Game" meaning, no holds barred as far as shutting up the "Suppressive Person" in question. With Scientology's star on the wane, they don't have the finances or connections they used to, but seeing as A&E has shelved a prospective episode of Leah Remini's Scientology and the Aftermath, it appears the cult still has a bit of its old sway.

Back in 2017, we covered the case of That 70's Show's Danny Masterson who was accused of several sexual assaults in the wake of the first flushes of the #MeToo movement. Leah Remini had previously speculated that Scientology was working with the LAPD to convince it to drop the investigation. Despite that, after the fifth rape allegation, Netflix dropped Danny from their show The Ranch. Apparently at Netflix when it comes to serious sexual abuse allegations, it's the fifth time that's the charm.

Remini filmed an episode about Danny Masterson and the potential Scientology coverup that was protecting him back in 2017. That episode never aired. Initially, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office had asked for a delay because airing the episode could have a negative effect on their investigation.

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BREAKING: COURT DOCUMENTS REVEAL Special Counsel’s Office Illegally Leaked Stone Indictment To CNN



A court filing from Roger Stone’s attorneys documents how CNN was in possession of a sealed indictment long before the court ordered it to be released


BREAKING: COURT DOCUMENTS REVEAL Special Counsel’s Office Illegally Leaked Stone Indictment To
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A court filing from Roger Stone’s attorneys documents how CNN was in possession of a sealed indictment long before the court ordered it to be released.

For weeks, we have been hearing CNN claim again and again that their presence at Stone’s home ahead of the FBI’s pre-dawn raid was a combination of “luck” and good reporting. They have since built on that fairy-tale, describing their propagandist filming of Stone’s arrest the result of watching “unusual grand jury activity” in the days leading up to January 25th.

However, we at The Gateway Pundit reported exclusively how the metadata on a draft copy of the indictment obtained by a CNN reporter and sent to Roger’s attorney after his arrest showed a save date of two days prior to the January 25th unsealing of the court documents following the Stone’s arrest. This proved that CNN illegally obtained a copy of the grand jury indictment, and now Mr. Stone’s attorneys are demanding the Mueller’s office explain themselves.

According to the filing, Stone is laying out exactly how CNN came into possession of the illegally leaked document, which lead to their “stake out” in front of Stone’s South Florida home an hour before the FBI arrived on scene. Last week, home surveillance video of the raid was released by Infowars, and showed FBI agents coordinating with CNN to position their film crew to televise Mr. Stone’s arrest.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/02/breaking-court-documents-reveal-special-counsels-office-illegally-leaked-stone-indictment-to-cnn/

A copy of the court filing from Roger Stone's attorneys

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New book claims 80 percent of Vatican priests are gay

A French journalist reveals a 'startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican'

An explosive new book claiming that the majority of Vatican clerics are gay is scheduled to be released on the same day that Pope Francis' sex abuse summit is set to begin in Vatican City.

The 570-page manuscript titled, "In the Closet of the Vatican," written by French journalist Frederick Martel, alleges that 80 percent of the priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not all are sexually active.

Martel, who spent four years researching, reveals in his book, an unspoken code with "one rule of thumb being that the more homophobic the cleric was, the more likely he was to be gay," The Guardian reported.

The book is a "startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican," according to its publisher Bloomsbury.

What are some of the book's claims?

"In the Closet," exposes the "celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in Europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis – all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy," Bloomsbury wrote on its website.

Martel claims that some gay priests have accepted their sexuality, while others have lived double lives while hiding their relationships with men or seeking high-risk encounters with male prostitutes. Still, others remain in denial about their homosexuality.

The book describes "a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself."

However, it doesn't conflate the sexual of abuse of children with the homosexuality of the clerics.

Who did Martel interview for the book?

Martel reportedly completed 1,500 interviews with dozens of cardinals, bishops, monsignors, papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, Swiss guards, and more than 200 priests and seminarians.

The author, who's openly gay, also spent about a week each month in Rome while conducting his research. He sometimes stayed in residences inside the Vatican or on Holy See property, according to the Catholic website, The Tablet.

What else?

The book is set to be released Feb. 21, in eight languages and across 20 countries.

The Vatican said its main aim of the summit Feb. 21-24 is to guarantee that bishops around the world "clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors."

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‘I am not a puppet’: EU war of words erupts as Italian PM rejects Verhofstadt’s claims

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has hit back at claims made by a chief EU lawmaker that he is a “puppet” of his country’s coalition party leaders, after declaring the bloc had “lost contact” with its people.

The EU Parliament witnessed ill-tempered exchanges between Conte, who was making his debut speech, and leading MEPs. Guy Verhofstadt addressed the PM, saying that he regrets Italy has gone from being a big defender of Europe “to the back of the line."

Bemoaning what he sees as the “political degeneration of Italy,” Verhofstadt accused Conte of being a “puppet” of the Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio and the Northern League’s Matteo Salvini. He also claimed that Italy, at times, “behaves in an anti-European way, openly spiteful against other member states.”

The senior Belgian MEP later suggested on social media that Italy is being unduly influenced by Russian President Vladimir Putin, causing EU division on the issue of Nicolas Maduro’s legitimacy as president of Venezuela.

https://www.rt.com/news/451365-conte-verhofstadt-puppet-eu/
 

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Ginsburg’s Health Raises Frightening History Of Incapacity And Disability On The Supreme Court

Fervid speculation as to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s well-being was set off in December when the Supreme Court abruptly announced that she was being treated for lung cancer.

Though a positive prognosis has since allayed the worst fears of Ginsburg’s admirers, her continued struggles broach important but little-discussed questions about judicial fitness in an era when unprecedented longevity often entails sudden declines in mental and physical faculties.

Those questions are hardly theoretical: The modern history of the Supreme Court is replete with examples of real or perceived incapacity among the justices, who alone decide when to leave active service.

Ginsburg had two cancerous nodules removed from her lungs at the Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in December 2018, in a procedure called a pulmonary lobectomy. The cancerous growths were discovered when Ginsburg was hospitalized for rib fractures resulting from a fall in her chambers at the high court.

Doctors have since pronounced Ginsburg in excellent health, telling reporters there are no indications of remaining disease following her December surgery. The justice was reportedly seen for the first time since the procedure at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington on Feb. 4 for an event honoring her life and professional accomplishments. She may return to the bench as soon as Feb. 19, when the Court will hear a new round of cases.

Incapacity can take many forms, which are not triggered by physical disease or advanced age, as has occurred with Ginsburg. Such was the case of Justice Charles Whittaker, the 56-year-old Kansan that President Dwight
Eisenhower elevated to the high court in 1957, whose travails were thoroughly documented in Professor David Garrow’s 2000 article in the University of Chicago Law Review “Mental Decrepitude on the U.S. Supreme Court”.

Whittaker suffered from intense bouts of depression and anxiety, and the attendant strain seriously impeded his professional abilities. The high court’s tremendous workload immediately triggered those complexes. His colleague, Justice Harold Burton, observed that Whittaker very nearly suffered a nervous breakdown just 10 weeks after taking the bench.

Whittaker’s deterioration continued in fits and starts in the years that followed, according to Garrow’s research. A worsening crisis climaxed in February 1962 as the Court contemplated a landmark gerrymandering case, Baker v. Carr. Amid the mounting pressure of those deliberations, the justice retreated to the seclusion of a Wisconsin cabin.

Whittaker returned to the capital three weeks later, distraught and considering suicide. He was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on March 6. Chief Justice Earl Warren and a panel of doctors entreated Whittaker to retire, which he did on March 28, having served two months as a justice despite total psychiatric collapse.

He left judicial service a diminished figure, having managed just eight majority opinions in his five years as a justice, a trifling figure for a prodigious court.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/12/supreme-court-ginsburg-incapacity/
 

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https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/government-and-politics/4570445-new-democratic-blocs-push-left-unsettles-party

New Democratic bloc's push left unsettles party

WASHINGTON - A new generation of Democrats is using far-reaching policy ideas and a brash social media presence to upend the party - pushing it to the left on divisive issues such as health care and climate change while it charts a path aimed at taking the White House in 2020.

But the liberal shift, and the lawmakers driving it, are also creating challenges for Democrats in more-conservative areas, and they are giving President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans fresh opportunities for political attacks. The GOP has been particularly focused in recent days on hammering Democrats over draft details of a broad "Green New Deal" proposal, even if most Democrats have not directly endorsed the fine print.

The party's increasingly liberal bent is also creating dilemmas for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is trying to manage a band of outspoken new liberal members while also staying attuned to the needs of moderates hailing from swing districts that could be key to Democrats retaining the House majority in 2020.

"We won the House through the middle," said Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., who co-leads the Problem Solvers Caucus. "Our party has to be open and recognize that. And if we don't and insist that everyone takes a hard line view on everything, (a) I don't think that's going to attract votes in the next election, and (b) it puts our majority at risk."

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., said of his party's shift to the left: "It makes it more difficult in more-rural areas like mine. Absolutely makes it more difficult."

But many lawmakers - including 2020 presidential candidates - argue that a general push leftward is long overdue and reflects the broad popularity of many of their positions, from universal health coverage to taxing billionaires at higher rates.

"You can feel it now. In Congress, it has started to shift. It has started to shift. We're not there yet. We're not all the way there, but it has started to shift," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said at a presidential campaign event Sunday night in Davenport, Iowa, when discussing her support for the Green New Deal. "We've got new energy in this. We've got new blood in this. We've got new ideas in this. No one is saying there's a single silver bullet that's going to fix the whole problem. What's happening is people are coming up with lots of pieces."

Trump and the Republicans see the shift - and the Democratic division - as an opportunity to portray their opponents as "radical" and out of touch with mainstream America. The attacks have been fueled further by actions on the part of some Democrats, including remarks from Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., supporting the elimination of private insurance as part of a single-payer health-care system and a document from the office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., outlining details of the Green New Deal that her office has since disavowed.
 

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US Secretary of State Visits Slovakia for First Time in 20 Years

Europe and the US need each other: 'We are stronger together'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Slovakia on Feb. 12 during his five-nation European tour.

During his visit, Pompeo said he would be raising American concerns about China and Russia’s growing influence in Central Europe.

Pompeo met with the country’s top leaders and praised the mutual military and economic cooperation between Slovakia and the United States.

Pompeo said the United States appreciated Slovakia’s commitment to increase defense spending to two percent of its GDP by 2024.

Slovakia has already purchased U.S. military helicopters as part of a massive effort to modernize its army. Slovakia signed an agreement to purchase the 14 of the most advanced F-16 fighter jets last year.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-secretary-of-state-visits-slovakia-for-first-time-in-20-years_2801720.html
 

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