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  • Senate Expands Investigation Into The Uranium One Deal

    12/12/2017 10:46:16 PM PST · by bitt · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/11/2017 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    A top Republican senator is expanding an investigation into the Uranium One deal, demanding documents from the Energy Department and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the Uranium One deal. Wyoming GOP Sen. John Barrasso wants to know whether or not former President Barack Obama’s administration intentionally misled him about Uranium One being able to export its product out of the U.S. after it was acquired by Russia.
  • Undocumented Irish people living in Boston subjected to crackdown from ICE

    12/12/2017 5:59:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 10, 2017 09:08 PM | Paul Farrell
    U.S. immigration and customs agents have increased arrests of undocumented Irish people by 30 percent in 2017. That’s according to statistics released by ICE in December. This comes after Donald Trump signed an executive order just days after his inauguration ordering an ICE crackdown on illegal immigration. Those figures indicate that 34 Irish citizens have been deported from America this year as compared with 26 in 2016. The Irish Times reports that the majority of Irish who have overstayed their visas were on vacation waivers. The executive director of the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston, Ronnie Millar, told the...
  • Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

    12/12/2017 4:46:03 PM PST · by be-baw · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | December12, 2017 | David Brunnstrom, Matt Spetalnick
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. *snip* While reiterating Washington’s long-standing position that it cannot tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea, Tillerson said the United States was “ready to talk any time they’re ready to talk”, but that there would first have to be a “period of quiet” without nuclear and missile tests...
  • Iraq PM warns Islamic State might erupt again somewhere else

    12/12/2017 3:48:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2017 4:15 PM EST
    Three days after declaring victory over the Islamic State group, Iraq’s prime minister warns that the group’s extremists might “erupt again somewhere else” without international cooperation in combatting the militants. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters Tuesday that “we have managed to break them” in Iraq, but added that it’s a worry for everyone that IS has “this unfortunate ability to recruit young people very quickly.” He said there must be an effort to “remove their grassroots in the region.” …

    12/12/2017 3:19:56 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Israeli army has denied carrying out a strike in Gaza on Tuesday that killed two members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Beit Lahia in the northern part of the Hamas-run enclave. According to Palestinian Maan News agency, sources close to Islamic Jihad said that the two men — 25 year old Hussein Ghazi Hussein Nasrallah and 29 year old Mustafa Sultan — were part of the group’s armed wing Saraya al-Quds and had been working for its northern brigade’s engineering unit. The group later posted a statement on its website saying that the two men were on a “jihadist...
  • Dennis Rodman says Trump and Kim Jong Un are 'pretty much the same': 'They love control'

    12/12/2017 2:32:47 PM PST · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 12, 2017 | Katie Leach
    Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said that President Trump is "pretty much the same" as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Rodman, who has met with Kim on multiple occasions and appeared on Trump"s "Celebrity Apprentice" show, Rodman told Agence France-Presse while in China that the two leaders exhibit similarities in how "they love control." The former athlete also said that the two are engaging in harmless "entertainment" when threatening nuclear warfare and "ain't nobody got no finger on the button."
  • NYC immigrants fear raids as city fails to destroy ID card records

    12/12/2017 2:18:41 PM PST · by Hadean · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Matthew Ponsford
    New York’s undocumented came out of the shadows under Obama. Now, with Trump, they fear giving away personal details could have been a big mistake. As President Donald Trump fights to deliver on his pledge to rapidly deport 2 to 3 million people living in the country without visas, there’s a pile of almost a million documents with details of many of New York City’s undocumented people — information they themselves willingly handed over that today risk leading federal immigration forces right to their front doors. More than a million of the country's estimated 11.1 million undocumented immigrants live in...
  • North Korea readying for another nuclear test? Satellite images show hectic activity at Punggye-ri

    12/12/2017 9:57:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | Updated December 12, 2017 14:54 GMT | By India Ashok
    North Korea appears to be pressing ahead with its nuclear programme. Satellite images recently detected hectic activity at the North Korean nuclear test site, Punggye-ri. Experts say that after North Korea's last nuclear test, minor tremors were detected near Mt Mantap, located close to the nuclear site. However, Pyongyang is now engaged in additional tunnel work at the site. According to experts at 38North, a US-based think tank, the fresh activities were detected at the West Portal of the site – indicating that the site may be undergoing an expansion. Meanwhile, the North Portal, where the previous five tests were...
  • AAUP Assaults Science, National Security & Academic Freedom

    12/12/2017 9:56:22 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 12, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued a report on "National Security, the Assault on Science, and Academic Freedom" that might leave readers who have studied such matters scratching their heads. "The Trump administration's alarming hostility to science has exacerbated already troubling threats to academic freedom in the physical and natural sciences in two different areas," the AAUP states. "In the area of international scientific exchange, Chinese or Chinese American scientists have been targeted and charged with espionage." "The second area, the field of climate science, has been subjected to vicious attempts to discredit its validity, which have...
  • Houston 18-year-old arrested on charges of trying to aid IS

    12/12/2017 9:42:15 AM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | AP
    A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organization. The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Dec. 8 following an undercover FBI operation. A statement says Damlarkaya said he intended to travel overseas and fight for IS and said he tried to get to Syria twice. He told agents that he would commit a U.S. attack if efforts to travel overseas failed. It also says Damlarkaya provided to alleged IS supporters a formula for explosive Triacetone Triperoxide and instructions...
  • Soros and Schumer-Backed Organizations Are the ‘Dark Money’ Behind AL Shell Group Attacking Moore

    12/12/2017 9:01:35 AM PST · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Dec 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    FULL TITLE: Report: Soros and Schumer-Backed Organizations Are the ‘Dark Money’ Behind Alabama Shell Group Attacking Roy Moore Politico reported on Monday that the George Soros-funded Priorities USA Action and Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) Senate Majority PAC are the dark money behind the Alabama shell group that has spent more than $4.1 million to defeat conservative Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s Alabama U.S. Senate special election in which he faces liberal Democrat Doug Jones: Highway 31, which has dropped more than $4.1 million in support of Jones and against Roy Moore ahead of Tuesday’s Senate special election, is a joint...
  • Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

    12/12/2017 8:49:26 AM PST · by bgill · 14 replies
    AP ^ | December 12, 2017 | Nomaan Merchan
    The U.S. government historically rejects most asylum claims. Over a five-year period ending in September 2016, the U.S. received about 267,000 asylum claims and granted 46,000. It has granted asylum in recent years to a number of Mexican journalists. But Eduardo Beckett, Gutierrez's lawyer, accused the U.S. of turning a blind eye to corruption and violence in Mexico, and blamed the Trump administration for changing how it deals with asylum seekers. "There is no more humanity," Beckett said. "The new tactic is, we'll pressure you, we'll keep you detained, in hopes you'll give up."... After receiving what his advocates called...
  • China building network of refugee camps along border with North Korea [one report]

    12/12/2017 7:47:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | Tuesday 12 December 2017 01.05 EST | Tom Philips
    The existence of plans for the camps, first reported in English by the Financial Times last week, emerged in an apparently leaked internal document from a state-run telecoms giant that appears to have been tasked with providing them with internet services. The China Mobile document, which has circulated on social media and overseas Chinese websites since last week, reveals plans for at least five refugee camps in Jilin province. The document, which the Guardian could not independently verify, says: “Due to cross-border tensions … the [Communist] party committee and government of Changbai county has proposed setting up five refugee camps...
  • China-North Korea border bridge closes for repairs

    12/12/2017 7:43:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | December 12, 2017 8:00 am JST
    The bridge connects Dandong, a port city in Liaoning Province in northeast China, with North Korea's Sinuiju region. Dandong accounts for 70% of China's trade with the North, and the iron bridge serves as the only direct road connection to the city from the North Korean side. Numerous trucks travel back and forth across the bridge, but the structure is showing its age after more than 70 years in service. The bridge has been closed before for repair and maintenance when needed. The 10-day repair work is "a common timeframe," said a source familiar with the project. "The time may be shortened...
  • Europe's five biggest economies warn Trump that his tax plan may violate (tr)

    12/12/2017 5:32:22 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 12, 2017 | JULIAN ROBINSON
    Europe's five biggest economies have warned Donald Trump that plans for massive US tax reforms may end up violating international trade rules. Finance ministers from Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain say they have 'significant concerns' about some of the US President's tax initiatives and fear they could harm the global economy. In a letter to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the ministers said the tax overhaul could risk 'seriously hampering genuine trade and investment flows' between Europe and America. Their warning mirrors fears among some European businesses that aspects of Mr Trump's tax-reform bills may have been designed to...
  • Ft. Huachuca gets good use of new live fire range

    12/12/2017 4:50:53 AM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Alexis Ramanjulu
    FORT HUACHUCA — Sounds of gunfire, explosives and soldiers yelling filled the brisk morning air Saturday as Company C of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion held defensive live firing training. The training was held on range 1B — a fairly new addition to Fort Huachuca. This exercise was only the second live firing done on the range. Before it opened, the option the teams had for a similar experience involved traveling to Fort Bliss in Texas. “We don’t do live fire on other ranges (on the fort),” Tanja Linton, a spokeswoman for Fort Huachuca, said. First Lieutenant and 40th Expeditionary...
  • Failed New York subway attack reflects tireless counterterrorism by US

    12/12/2017 3:59:49 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 35 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 12, 2017 | Washington Examiner Editorial
    A terrorist set off a bomb in New York’s subway Monday morning, and the worst thing he did was blow up his own crotch. That may be why you don’t see the cries and arguments that you usually see in the wake of terrorist attacks. There have been no loud calls for new security measures, no angry attacks on the intelligence community, no bills proposing more surveillance, no new legislation to curb immigration, and no new country we're supposed to invade. This relative silence doesn’t reflect a lack of vigilance, in our mind. It reflects a proper proportion of vigilance....
  • Stop Paying Diplomatic Danegeld to Palestinian Arabs

    12/12/2017 2:39:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | December 12, 2017 | Bruce Thornton
    The ransom never works. Bruce Thornton is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. President Trump last Wednesday announced that the United States formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that work will start on physically moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. The uproar over this announcement epitomizes the futility and duplicity that for seven decades has fed the lies lying at the heart of the conflict between Israel and Arabs. But Trump’s announcement should be just the beginning of a radical paradigm shift in how this country deals with the region. One change is...
  • Twenty-five EU states sign PESCO defense pact [EU military]

    12/12/2017 1:36:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.11.2017 | dm/ng (AFP, dpa)
    European Union member states on Monday moved ever closer toward establishing a defense union, after the European Council adopted the creation of a new European defense and security cooperation network known as PESCO. The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was first set out in the Lisbon Treaty, will allow member states to jointly develop military capabilities, invest in shared projects and enhance their respective armed forces. […] On December 7, Portugal and Ireland announced their decision to join, taking the total number of contributing members up to 25. The countries that have chosen not to take part are Malta, Denmark...
  • Wife of DOJ Deputy Was Fusion GPS Employee, CIA Research Aid, and Applied for HAM Radio License

    12/12/2017 1:27:20 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 175 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 12/12/17 | sundance
    Sometimes a ‘Conspiracy Theory’ is not just a theory… Department of Justice Assoc. Deputy Attorney General Bruce G Ohr was demoted because he had working relationships with dossier author Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS; and -more importantly or perhaps ‘conveniently’- according to James Rosen, Bruce Ohr did not reveal his October 2016 contacts with MI6 agent Steele or Glenn Simpson (Fusion-GPS) to DOJ leadership. However, the ongoing Dossier story gets far more intriguing as it is now discovered that Bruce G Ohr’s wife, Nellie H. Ohr, actually worked for Fusion GPS and likely helped guide/script the Russian Dossier. (Link) Contacted...