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"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say 'what should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!" -- Samuel Adams

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Feb 15 19:10

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

Apple's iPhone sales volumes in the strategic Chinese market slumped by double digits in Q4 – the firm's seasonally biggest quarter – as buyers opted for homegrown hardware makers' handsets.

CEO Tim Cook warned at the start of January that Cupertino's mobile phone revenue for Q1 of fiscal '19 ended 29 December were likely to be down 15 per cent, and so it proved when those numbers were filed.

Now Canalys has painted more colour on Apple's actual shipments: Apple sold 2.6 million fewer mobiles in China in the quarter, down almost 18 per cent to 11.5 million units. This was in a market that had declined 10.8 per cent to 100.7 million.

Feb 15 19:05

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

If the web seems slow, blame third-party advertising and analytics scripts.

Many internet users have already come to that conclusion but Patrick Hulce, founder of Dallas, Texas-based Eris Ventures and a former Google engineer, has assembled data that clarifies the impact of third-party scripts in the hope it prompts more efficient coding.

Hulce has compiled a list of the third-party scripts residing in the top million websites and found that the 100 most common bits of JavaScript eat up about 59 per cent of script execution time.

"Third party script execution is the majority chunk of the web today, and it's important to make informed choices," he says in the GitHub post where he presents the data.

Feb 15 19:01

NASA's Dawn Mission receives nod in memory of Apollo 13 'naut for asteroid belt derring-do

The mission holds a notable list of firsts and records. It is the first spacecraft to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt. It used solar-electric propulsion, notching up a record-breaking 25,700mph thanks to its ion drive. The figure is 2.7 times that of the previous record and not too far off the velocity produced by the Delta launch vehicle.

Of course, it took the ion drive considerably longer than the chemical rocket. The drive ended up running for 5.9 years in total.

Even though the mission ended when the hydrazine ran dry at the end of October, the spacecraft remains in orbit around Ceres. NASA boffins reckon it could continue circling the dwarf planet for another 20 years or more.

Feb 15 18:18

FOIA Docs Reveal Obama FBI Covered Up “Chart” Of Potential Hillary Clinton Crimes



Feb 15 17:57

U.S. to slash payouts from 9/11 victims fund

Feb 15 17:24

EVEN MORE PC BS! Pennsylvania college demands that white male students not be allowed to speak in class

Yet another entitled, black female recently decided to exercise her black privilege in being a vocal and unabashed racist against white people on her college campus. -- Leda Fisher, a student at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was somehow granted permission by the school’s newspaper, The Dickinson, to publish an extremely racist op-ed piece entitled, “Should White Boys Still Be Allowed to Talk?”

Feb 15 17:06

In gun-controlled Mexico, the murder rate is nearly 500% HIGHER than in the USA

The U.S. should not only build a wall to defend its own country from criminal enterprises emanating from Mexico, but the U.S. should also pressure the Mexican government to stop crime at the source. Mexico should help pay for the damage that drug addiction and drug-related violence does to families. Mexico should own up to their crime-sponsoring gun laws, which create victims out of law-abiding citizens, while spreading organized crime and its violence into the great United States of America, where armed citizens must be more vigilant and on watch.

Feb 15 16:19

The TSA’s Secret Watchlist for Travelers Who Don’t Kowtow

If I didn’t make the new TSA watchlist, it was not for lack of trying. The TSA’s latest anti-privacy charade is one more proof that the agency must be abolished. After pointlessly groping millions of Americans, the TSA has no excuse for groping millions more.

Feb 15 15:58

Leftist Politics of Racism and Sexism are Racist and Sexist

The words racism and sexism as used today by the left and the mainstream media are a psychological scam. The real meaning has been destroyed in favor of politically correct lies meant to frighten and deceive the simple-minded masses. Those seeking to divide us are pathological by nature, and they use these terms as weapons. Those individuals and groups who rely on this tactic are spreaders of a societal disease for the single purpose of fulfilling a political agenda. There is no caring or honesty evident, and no real compassion exists. Only anger, hostility, and hatred are pursued. These are the tools of division used by pretenders, those postmodernists who purposely propagate separation instead of unity in order to promote opposite identities.



Feb 15 15:37

AWESOME MOMENT | President Crushes Jim Acosta At Rose Garden Presser – With Help From Angel Moms…

The best clip from today's presser...

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Feb 15 15:22

Trump boasts he saved 3 million people in Syria as he makes bid for Nobel Peace Prize

U.S. President Donald Trump made a bid for the Nobel Peace Prize during a speech at the White House on Friday.

“They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds and he got the Nobel Prize. He said, ‘Oh, what did I get it for?’…With me, I probably will never get it. But if you look at Idlib Province in Syria, I stopped the slaughter of perhaps 3 million people. Nobody talks about that,” Trump said, as quoted by Newsweek.

Feb 15 15:13

Fake news front group “NewsGuard” exposed as a massive protection racket to promote fake narratives from official sources while censoring indy media

In a new partnership with Microsoft, NewsGuard will be installed automatically with Microsoft’s web browser, Edge. And according to reports, NewsGuard wants to see its “technology” applied to every device sold in the United States. Mass censorship is on our doorsteps, and virtually every major news outlet in the U.S. is promoting it.

Feb 15 15:10

Retail Apocalypse and Carmageddon Continue to Pick up Speed as Predicted Here

We now know that the Retail Apocalypse took another trip downhill during the all-important holiday season. December reports show retail sales declined more in one month than they have since … the Great Recession. Notice what a common refrain that comparison has become.



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Feb 15 15:06

Alabama Moves toward Constitutional Carry in 2019

In 2014, Alabama clarified and strengthened the state constitution's provision protecting the right to keep and bear arms. The amendment passed with 72% of the vote. -- Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) is working to translate the promise of the state Constitutional amendment into law. He says he will keep on filing Constitutional Carry bills until one is passed.

Feb 15 14:59

Jerome Corsi Asks Judge to Impose Gag Order on Roger Stone

Roger Stone’s onetime wingman is asking a federal judge to impose a gag order on the colorful political operative.

Jerome Corsi, a prolific author of conspiracy books who worked with Stone in support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, filed a motion on Wednesday asking that Stone be forbidden from discussing his case in the news media.

Corsi, who’s alleged to have been one of two intermediaries between Stone and WikiLeaks in 2016 before the activist site published stolen emails damaging to Hillary Clinton, argued that Stone was attempting to “smear, defame and discredit” him as part of his public defense in the run-up to his trial. Corsi, who’s identified in the Stone indictment as Person 1, hasn’t been charged. Last week, Corsi sued Stone for defamation.

Feb 15 14:33

The End Of Travel As We Know It Has ARRIVED! United Nations To Control It All! PROOF Included!



Feb 15 14:30

Alleged Gunman Apprehended, At Least 4 Injured After Active Shooter Situation in Aurora: City

An alleged gunman has been apprehended following an active shooter situation at an industrial complex in Aurora, city officials said.

The city's Twitter account posted at 3 p.m. "the shooter has been apprehended" but noted the area remained on lockdown.

Police said command staff were responding to 641 Archer Ave. for "an active shooter incident." Residents were urged to avoid the area.

At least two patients from the area were taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center, but their conditions remained unknown, the hospital said. According to Olga Solares with Amita Health and Presence Mercy Medical Center, the hospital was placed on its highest alert to respond to the shooting.

Rush Copley Medical Center also said it has received two patients who are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Feb 15 14:14

Is it Too Late for Non-Violent Means to Restore American Liberty?

We’ve had our freedoms turned inside out, our democratic structure flipped upside down, and our house of cards left in a shambles.

Feb 15 13:51

Armed raiders flee in terror as homeowner SHOOTS at them as they try to break into his house

A homeowner aimed fire at armed robbers after they tried to force their entry into his home.

Surveillance footage taken from outside the owner's home near S 145 E Avenue and Kenosha in Broken arrow, Oklahoma, on February 12, shows the armed suspects run towards the homeowner's property and kick his door open at around 6pm.

However the robbers soon flee the scene after a shot is fired in their direction by the homeowner stood waiting by his door.

Feb 15 13:42

BREAKING NEWS: 'Four cops and multiple civilians injured' after shooter opens fire at Illinois warehouse

Four police officers and multiple civilians have reportedly been injured in an active shooting at an Illinois warehouse.

The shooting is at Henry Pratt Company at 2pm. It is not yet clear how many people have been injured, if any, or if the warehouse employees have been evacuated.

There are a number of fire trucks at the scene in addition to a SWAT team.

The warehouse is near several schools and a university. The schools have been placed in lock-down. It remains unknown if the shooter has been located.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST in time to give the corporate media an excuse not to talk about Trump's National Emergency and border wall! :)

Not to mention supporting the gun-grabbers' agenda.

Feb 15 13:39

A (Not Quite) Complete List Of Things SupposedlyCaused By Global Warming

"Global warming is indeed a scam, perpetrated by scientists with vested interests, but in need of crash courses in geology, logic and the philosophy of science. It provides the media with a new scare story, which has been picked up by the focus groups and turned into the new religion, offering us hell if we don't all change our ways." [BBC]

Feb 15 13:33

Ocasio-Cortez celebrates Amazon’s NYC pullout

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered the decision by Amazon.com Inc to scrap its plans to build an outpost in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs

Feb 15 13:07

Gavin Newsom to Trump on National Emergency at Border: ‘See You in Court’

California Governor Gavin Newsom responded Friday to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to build a physical barrier there: “California will see you in court.”
In a statement, Newsom said:

President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution. This ’emergency’ is a national disgrace, and the blame lays solely at the feet of the President. Meanwhile, he plans to shutdown and divert funds used by California law enforcement that run counter-narcotics operations and fight drug cartels to build his wall. Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.

Feb 15 13:06

BREAKING | Arrests Made In Jussie Smollett Hoax…

Two black Nigerian men, both extras on Empire, have now been arrested - Full details...

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Feb 15 13:01

Contractors in LA must disclose if they have ties to NRA to get city contracts



Feb 15 12:52

Graham: The US is looking for allies to replace it in Syria

With the U.S. due to announce the Islamic State group is destroyed and its troops withdrawing from Syria, it is looking for allies to step in and help stabilize the region, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday.

Speaking at the 2019 Munich Security Conference, Graham told the assembly of world leaders that the U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, “would be coming to some of you in this room, and he will be asking for a contribution of forces to stabilize the region, post destruction of the caliphate.”

Graham called for a lean, joint military presence to enforce a safe zone that would protect American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria from Turkey, watch for the reemergence of ISIS and buy time for a Syria peace process in Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the Syrian government might have something to say about this.

Feb 15 12:51

Police Testing “Non-Lethal” PepperBall Weapon Despite Calls For More Transparency and Accountability

By Joe Wright

Several police departments around the U.S. have a new weapon in their arsenal: a PepperBall gun that fires marble-sized munitions filled with high-test pepper spray.

Police are insisting that this is a new less-than-lethal way of dealing with those who are armed with anything less than a gun and refuse to comply with police directives. St. Paul, Minnesota is the latest police department considering implementation of the weapon, and they have embarked on a pilot program that officials believe will reduce incidents of excessive force...

Feb 15 12:25

McConnell to Force Democrats to Vote for the Ridiculous Green New Deal

Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embarrassed herself and the entire Democratic Party when she finally pulled the cover back on her much-anticipated Green New Deal legislation…and it turned out to be a ridiculous dud. One of the most absurd bills to ever be announced in Washington, the GND’s details immediately sparked a firestorm of mockery which led to Ocasio-Cortez and her people yanking an elaborate FAQ section off the internet and declaring it a distortion of the bill’s reality.

We’re not sure anyone bought that, though, and now there are several Democratic candidates for president who will be forced to explain whether or not they actually support a bill that aims to – among other things – eliminate every car, boat, and plane in America within ten years.

Feb 15 12:24

2 Reasons Why Big Oil Isn’t Rushing Into Renewables



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Feb 15 12:02

HIGHLIGHT | Trump Buries Ann Coulter...

Nice little highlight from today's Rose Garden presser...

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Feb 15 11:59

E.U. 2019 - ITALY IGNITING the European Spring

Feb 15 11:57

Analysis: The blue dots in Texas’ red political sea

Texas remained true to the GOP in this week's general election, but the blue spots on the map that represent Democratic votes and mark many of the state's biggest cities are getting bluer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And note that almost all the blue dots are right along that leaky border!



Feb 15 11:56

Payless To Close All 2,300 Stores Amid Bankruptcy Plans: Report

With plans in place to file bankruptcy later this month, Payless ShoeSource Inc. will close all of its store locations as it plans to liquidate, Reuters reported.

The discount shoe retailer will close all of its approximately 2,300 store locations, sources told the outlet. The company is said to be in the process of initiating a going-out-of-business sales in the next week.

Payless had been trying to locate a buyer for the sale of its company, but a deal has not been struck with any promising investor. The company has made the decision to move toward liquidation, hoping for a buyer to come forth after it files for bankruptcy, reports Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet the government and corporate media keep insisting the economy is doing just fine.

Feb 15 11:47

Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island school districts closed while other regions reopen after snow day

Snowfall warnings have ended, but nearly a dozen school districts in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast are closed again Wednesday due to snowy weather across the B.C. South Coast.

Feb 15 11:47

Group asks residents and local businesses to shovel when there is snow

It seems like the snow just doesn't want to stop lately.

and for many of us, it creates hazards on the streets, driveways, parking lots and much more.

Independence Inc. in Minot started an initiative earlier this season to raise awareness for residents and businesses to clear snow as soon as it hits the ground.

Not shoveling snow makes it inaccessible to those who have to walk.

The organization has been able to reach out to many but they still notice businesses and residential areas are not being shoveled.

Feb 15 11:46

As snow piles up, where will it all go?

Piles of snow continue to grow around the Twin Cities.

And with more snow in the forecast, finding places to put it is becoming more challenging.

February is supposed to be the least snowy month of the winter, but that's clearly not the case this year.



Feb 15 11:46

VIDEO: Snowing hard on Vail Mountain

VIDEO: The storm is starting to roll in just as forecasted on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Vail Daily reporter John LaConte is out enjoying it. LaConte is riding a Hovland Buckshot Snowskate.

Feb 15 11:45

Call it what it is: Andrew McCabe plotted a coup to overturn results of the election

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s book tour began with a “60 minutes” interview this week in which he confirmed that he commenced an effort to remove President Trump from office, citing his concerns with the president’s supposed ties to Russia, for which no evidence has ever surfaced.

Citing several thoroughly debunked Russian collusion narratives, McCabe, under the impression that President Trump was somehow compromised as commander in chief, attempted to gather votes inside the administration to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Feb 15 11:44

AMAZON’S HOME SURVEILLANCE CHIEF DECLARED WAR ON “DIRTBAG CRIMINALS” AS COMPANY GOT CLOSER TO POLICE

Ring CEO Jamie Siminoff emailed out a company-wide declaration of war. The message, under the subject line “Going to war,” made two things clear to the home surveillance company’s hundreds of employees: Everyone was getting free camouflage-print T-shirts (“They look awesome,” assured Siminoff), and the company’s new mission was to use consumer electronics to fight crime. “We are going to war with anyone that wants to harm a neighborhood,” Siminoff wrote — and indeed Ring made it easier for police and worried neighbors to get their hands on footage from Ring home cameras. Internal documents and video reviewed by The Intercept show why this merging of private tech business and public law enforcement has troubling privacy implications.

Feb 15 11:44

Martin Armstrong Slams Al Gore's Deliberate Global Warming Fraud To Increase Governmental Power

There was this core group of people who seemed to enjoy all the attention they were gathering by predicting the end of civilization caused by humans. As the temperatures began to warm, suddenly they had to switch the dire forecasts from global cooling caused by humans to global warming caused by humans.

Al Gore came to the rescue. Global cooling meant that government should stockpile food for everyone, but that would cost money. Switching to global warming would create a different agenda that they were familiar with. Like smoking, they could tax it to HELP people. Of course, when they did stop and tax revenues began to decline, they introduced taxes on e-cigarettes and didn’t try to deter people from smoking.



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Feb 15 11:43

'Unfolding Geopolitical Competition': Munich Security Conf Kicks Off Friday

This year the key topics of the Munich Security Conference will be transatlantic cooperation and consequences of a possible restart of superpower competition.

The issues of arms control and cooperation in security policy along with effects of climate change and technological innovations on the international security will be discussed by experts coming from across the globe.

The Munich Security Report 2019 stated that the European Union is not prepared well for a new era marked by competition among big powers.

The report, issued ahead of the conference, suggested that the so-called "in-between" states — former USSR republics that are located between Russia and Western countries — were strongly impacted by the "unfolding geopolitical competition".

Feb 15 11:42

Putin Sends Condolences to Indian President After Deadly Kashmir Blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday sent his condolences to the Indian counterpart, Ram Nath Kovind, after a deadly bomb blast in the Indian-run part of the disputed Kashmir region.

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of Indian law enforcement personnel in a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir", Putin said in a message published on his website.

The president also expressed sympathies to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying those behind this crime must be brought to justice, and called for closer anti-terror cooperation.

Feb 15 11:42

US Anti-Iran Conference Goes Off the Rails

Sixty countries are participating in a two-day US-organized Middle East so-called "peace conference" in Warsaw starting today that was originally billed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a gathering to put pressure on Iran. The conference comes as some countries, including several in the European Union, are hoping to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, increasing tensions with Washington.

Feb 15 11:41

Is It all About Oil? Politician Expects US to Interfere in Libyan Elections

While the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) are trying to maintain control over the country's largest oil field, there are signs emerging that the US, which is eying developments on the ground, may try to meddle in the 2019 Libyan elections, High Council of State member Adel Karamaus told Sputnik.

Commenting on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's words about the potential flow of jihadists fleeing Syria for Libya, High Council of State member Adel Karamaus opined that this remark should be taken as an important warning.

"We expect a new wave of interference in the election process; perhaps this will be done only at the political level, but military action can't be ruled out," Karamaus told Sputnik Arabic.



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Feb 15 11:40

Iranian Cryptocurrency Ready to Challenge Bitcoin and Save Tehran From Sanctions

Iranian authorities, together with four local banks and Ghoghnoos, have launched the PayMon cryptocurrency backed by gold reserves, aiming to bypass international sanctions. No other country has ever used gold reserves to back a cryptocurrency. PayMon is expected to be presented on the Iranian Fara Bourse OTC securities market.

Feb 15 11:40

US warns the world against buying Venezuelan oil

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned countries and companies against buying crude oil from Venezuela, after the Latin American country said it wants to sell more oil to the fast-growing Indian market.

In a tweet with a Bloomberg article on Venezuelan-Indian oil relations attached, Bolton wrote: “Nations and firms that support Maduro’s theft of Venezuelan resources will not be forgotten. The United States will continue to use all of its powers to preserve the Venezuelan people’s azsets and we encourage all nations to work together to do the same.”

Feb 15 11:39

US-led anti-Iran circus in Warsaw unravels as farce

A conference in Warsaw this week was billed as reinstating the US’ lead role in diplomacy for the Mideast. The absence of Russia and other European leaders only served to expose the ill-conceived summit and Washington’s isolation.
When the forum was initially planned last year by the Trump administration, the purpose was to bring Washington back in from the diplomatic cold which it had opted for by abandoning the international nuclear accord with Iran.

Trump’s tearing up of the Iran deal in May 2018 had isolated the US from other signatories: Russia, China and the Europeans. By holding a high-level conference on Iran, the idea was to burnish Washington’s diplomatic standing in the Middle East.

The trouble was that from the outset most would-be participants saw the real agenda of the meeting as an attempt by Washington to drum up international support for further antagonizing Iran with economic sanctions.

Feb 15 11:38

Monsanto’s Roundup raises cancer risk 41%, EPA-linked scientists find

Monsanto’s Roundup raises the risk of certain cancers in heavily-exposed individuals by an eye-popping 41 percent, according to a study by former EPA advisors that may influence a coming wave of legal actions against the company.

Exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup dramatically increases a person’s risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a new review of studies found, adding to the mounting pile of evidence against Monsanto’s popular weed killer, now owned by Bayer. The meta-analysis, published in Mutation Research, analyzed the results of six earlier studies to find individuals with heavy exposure to the herbicide had a 41 percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma than those not exposed.

Feb 15 11:37

CIA says MBS ordered Khashoggi hit, but don’t expect Saudi-US relations to change – John Kiriakou

The CIA concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed, but the young ruler is there to stay, and so is the cosy US-Saudi relationship, a prominent CIA whistleblower told RT.

With enough information leaked from the CIA, the NSA, the FBI and the Turkish national intelligence organization, Kiriakou says there is little doubt among the analysts that it was Mohammed bin Salman (MBS for short) who had ordered the killing.

The CIA, for its part, concluded with “medium to high confidence” that Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, and was never seen again, was tortured and murdered on orders coming from MBS.

Feb 15 11:30

Mom sues NY school district for ejecting unvaccinated teens: School is ‘Asking me to go against everything I believe in’

New York mother Marina Williams has taken the Orchard Park School District to court after her two children were removed from class because their vaccines were not up to date. According to Williams, her 13 and 15-year-olds are exempt from vaccinations for religious reasons. They have now been out of school for two months since moving from West Seneca to Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb, in October. Although her children were granted a religious exemption when they attended West Seneca School District for some reason Orchard Park has denied it.

Williams said her religion prohibits putting foreign substances into the body (including drugs, alcohol, and vaccines) and that The Orchard Park school system is essentially asking her to go against her faith and everything she believes in.

Feb 15 11:29

US Senate & House approve spending & border security bill to avert gov’t shutdown

Both houses of the US Congress have passed a spending and border security bill, dodging a new government shutdown. Lacking the funds for President Trump’s border wall, the bill opens the door to him declaring a national emergency.

Passed by both the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled House, the bill now moves to the White House. While Trump is expected to sign it, the president has made it clear he will declare a national emergency to get the funding for his wall. The bill provides just $1.375 for fencing at the US-Mexico border, a far cry from the $5.7 billion Trump requested.

Feb 15 11:24

PRO-ISRAEL LOBBY CAUGHT ON TAPE BOASTING THAT ITS MONEY INFLUENCES WASHINGTON

A DEBATE ABOUT the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded sharply to reports that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was targeting both Omar and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan.

Omar quoted rap lyrics — “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” — to suggest McCarthy’s move was driven by the lobby’s prolific spending. Asked specifically who she was referring to, Omar responded, “AIPAC!”

The debate over the influence of pro-Israel groups could be informed by an investigation by Al Jazeera, in which an undercover reporter infiltrated the Israel Project, a Washington-based group, and secretly recorded conversations about political strategy and influence over a six-month period in 2016. That investigation, however, was never aired by the network — suppressed by pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.

Feb 15 11:16

AGENDA 21 FAILURE: $200 MILLION STATION WILL CLOSE AFTER SHUT DOWN OF BULLET TRAIN BOONDOGGLE

Feb 15 11:15

RUSSIA’S STEALTHY STRIKE UAV. DEADLIER THAN EXPECTED

While overall the Russian Armed Forces display remarkable effectiveness and demonstrated a wide range of modern weapons, a number of gaps in Russia’s arsenal are also evident. Arguably the largest one is the absence of attack UAVs of any kind, comparable to either the propeller-driven Predators and Reapers intended for operations in a benign air defense environment, or heavier platforms intended for high-threat environments comparable to the US X-47B UCAS or France’s Neuron. It is therefore no surprise that there was an upsurge in reports of UAVs of various classes under development in Russia, up to and including the S-70 Okhotnik-B, under development by OKB Sukhoi, whose first flight is planned for 2019.

Feb 15 11:15

Moon Rush: NASA Wants Commercial Lunar Delivery Services to Start This Year

NASA is eager to get back to the surface of the moon.

In November, the agency tagged nine American companies as eligible to bid on delivering robotic NASA payloads to the moon, via Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts. Thursday (Feb. 14), NASA officials announced that the first "task order" for such a delivery will likely come out in a month or so — and that flight is expected to follow in relatively short order.

"For us, if we had any wish, I would like to fly this calendar year," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said during a webcast "media roundtable" at agency headquarters in Washington. [21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time]

"We care about speed. We want to start taking shots on goal," Zurbuchen said, noting that NASA will provide the eligible companies with financial incentives to get off the ground faster.

Feb 15 11:12

Trump declares national emergency over border crisis

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, allowing him to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval. Trump is also expected to sign a bill granting limited funding towards the wall.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House before the signing on Friday, Trump said he will declare a national emergency, a move that will allow him to corral funding from other parts of the government to fund the US-Mexico border wall.

“We’re declaring it for virtual invasion purposes,” Trump told reporters. “Drugs, traffickers and gangs.”

Feb 15 11:06

US retail sales, Fed comments

Feb 15 10:41

Over 30,000 Scientists Declare Climate Change A Hoax

A staggering 30,000+ scientists have come forward confirming that man-made climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the elite in order to make money.

One of the experts is Weather Channel founder, John Coleman, who warns that huge fortunes are being made by man-made climate change proponents such as Al Gore.

Feb 15 10:41

Day 6 - Ahmed gets told to stop filming in supermarket full of food

Press TV Correspondent Ahmed Kaballo on his sixth day in Venezuela, Caracas. He gets told to stop filming in supermarket full of food.

Feb 15 10:35

Here’s How Trump Plans to Get His $8 Billion For the Wall

President Trump is preparing to make a national emergency declaration that could allow him to spend up to $8 billion to construct a barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that the President would both sign the recently approved budget compromise and declare the national emergency.

“I just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump and he’s prepared to sign the bill,” McConnell said. “He will also be signing a national emergency declaration at the same time.”

That move will reportedly free up the $8 billion Trump could then use to construct his wall. Where will he get that money?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that the spending bill has provisions in it to allow state and county governments along the border to refuse construction of the wall. Trump should read that bill thoroughly before he signs it.

Feb 15 10:34

PICTURED - Two Nigerian actor brothers detained over Jussie Smollett attack, as it’s revealed they are FRIENDS with the Empire star amid claims the assault was staged to save his career

The two Nigerian brothers being questioned over the Jussie Smollett attack are actors Abimbola 'Abel' and Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

The pair were picked up by police at Chicago O'Hare Airport on Wednesday as they arrived back in America after visiting family in Nigeria to be questioned over the January 29 attack involving the star.

Family say they went to Africa on January 29, hours after the Smollett attack. Ola appeared on Empire in 2015 and both brothers have had minor roles on Chicago PD.

Smollett follows their joint Instagram account and, according to their lawyer, sometimes goes to the gym with them.

DailyMail.com has identified photographs of one of the brothers inside the gym in Smollett's apartment building in June. The gym is private to residents of the luxury condominium building.

On Thursday night, the star was accused by anonymous police sources cited by local networks of staging the attack.

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US National Debt: ‘You Can’t Bridge Deficit Gap Overnight’ – Chief US Economist

The US national debt has surpassed the 22 trillion dollar mark for the first time; a milestone that experts have warned is further evidence of the deterioration of the nation’s finances and could jeopardise the economic security of every American.

The Treasury Department's daily statement showed Tuesday that the total outstanding public debt now stands at $22.012 trillion. It stood at $19.95 trillion when President Donald Trump took office on 20 Jan 2017

Feb 15 10:33

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at the Supreme Court for first time since lung cancer surgery in December

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December.

The court's press office says the 85-year-old Ginsburg is attending the justices' Friday closed-door conference at which they're weighing whether to add new cases and finalizing opinions in cases argued in the fall.

Ginsburg missed six days of arguments and three private conferences as she recuperated from the December surgery. The court has said she participated in the court's work despite her absence.

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