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  • Exclusive: U.S. pushing for regular review of China trade, reform progress

    01/18/2019 1:51:34 PM PST · by Zhang Fei
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2019 / 12:30 PM / Updated 2 hours ago | Michael Martina, Chris Prentice
    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pushing for regular reviews of China’s progress on pledged trade reforms as a condition for a trade deal - and could again resort to tariffs if it deems Beijing has violated the agreement, according to sources briefed on negotiations to end the trade war between the two nations. A continuing threat of tariffs hanging over commerce between the world’s two largest economies would mean a deal would not end the risk of investing in businesses or assets that have been impacted by the trade war. “The threat of tariffs is not going away,...
  • Europe's patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes toward Trump

    01/18/2019 1:06:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 18, 2019 | by Robin Emmott, John Irish
    BRUSSELS/PARIS - In Tehran on Jan. 8 during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol. The next day, the European Union imposed its first sanctions on Iran since world powers agreed the 2015 Vienna nuclear arms control deal with Tehran. The sanctions were largely symbolic but the stormy meeting encapsulated the unexpected shift in European diplomacy since the end of last year. Smaller, more dovish EU countries have joined France and Britain in a harder stance on Tehran, including considering new economic sanctions, diplomats say....
  • Pelosi: We Were Going To Fly Commercial To Afghanistan — But Trump’s Letter Created A Security Risk

    01/18/2019 12:18:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2019 | Allahpundit
    I can’t believe we had to wait almost 24 hours for her to reply to yesterday’s White House letter. We live in the Netflix era. We should be able to binge-watch every episode of this pitiful melodrama in a day. “After President Trump revoked the use of military aircraft to travel to Afghanistan, the delegation was prepared to fly commercially to proceed with this vital trip to meet with our commanders and troops on the front lines,” [Pelosi spokesman Drew] Hammill said.Overnight, he added, a new State Department threat assessment indicated “that the President announcing this sensitive travel had...
  • IT’S NOT JUST SPEAKER PELOSI: OMB ISSUES NEW TRAVEL GUIDELINES FOR SHUTDOWN

    01/18/2019 12:17:09 PM PST · by bitt · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/2019 | Virginia Krutz
    The Trump administration doubled down on grounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and effectively grounded all congressional delegations for the duration of the shutdown. On Friday morning, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russ Vought tweeted a memo indicating that all congressional travel — at government expense — was being suspended until the shutdown ends.
  • White House Announcement: Second nuclear summit between Trump, North Korea to be held in February

    01/18/2019 12:16:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/18/2019 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    A second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place next month, the White House announced Friday. President Trump met with a top North Korean official Friday afternoon in the Oval Office. “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date," the White House said in a statement. The face-to-face came after Secretary...
  • Nancy Pelosi faces backlash for placing Ilhan Omar on House Foreign Affairs Committee

    01/18/2019 11:57:45 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Valerie Richardson
    Minnesota Democrat criticized for anti-Israel statements, BDS supportHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been hit with a backlash over her decision to assign freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, despite the Minnesota Democrat’s record of anti-Israel advocacy. The House Republican leadership blasted the decision, citing Ms. Omar’s 2012 tweet saying that Israel had “hypnotized the world” and was guilty of “evil doings,” as well as her support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. “It is disgraceful that Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat majority gave a coveted seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee to a...
  • What happened to Michael Cohen? Mystery ex-Trump fixer arrives at home with apparent black eye...

    01/18/2019 11:24:17 AM PST · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 13:53 EST, 18 January 2019 | Updated: 14:18 EST, 18 January 2019 | By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: What happened to Michael Cohen? Mystery ex-Trump fixer arrives at home with apparent black eye and arm in sling hours after bombshell report that president ordered him to LIE to Congress =================================================================== Longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen returned to his Manhattan apartment Friday after suffering some kind of physical injury – with his arm appearing to be in a sling on a day President Trump and his team once again branded him a liar. Cohen could be seen Friday with his left arm covered, hanging in a sling, while sporting a possible black eye. His right hand...
  • Why is China blurring men's ears?

    01/18/2019 11:17:36 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:52 AM ET, Fri January 18, 2019 | Joshua Berlinger and Nanlin Fang
    (CNN) Chinese TV personality Jing Boran has something on his ear that authorities don't want you to see. In the latest episode of the popular Chinese reality TV show "I, Actor," the young star's face is digitally altered to blur out his earrings. Jing, who held lead roles in Chinese box office hits "Monster Hunt" and "Time Raiders," is not the only victim of the alleged "earring ban." Images circulating on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, show several other young male stars with blurred circles on their ears. It's unclear if Chinese regulators have issued a specific directive barring men...
  • Undocumented Population Up In Texas, Despite Nationwide Decline

    01/18/2019 10:40:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | January 18, 2019 | by Elizabeth Trovall
    Texas’ undocumented immigrant population grew 5% over the last seven years, according to information provided by the Center for Migration Studies. Nationwide, however, the undocumented population decreased by 9%, according to a new report by the center. Though the state’s undocumented population now includes 75,000 fewer Mexicans, more people are coming from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and India. “The entire undocumented population living in Texas, including Mexico and every other country, actually increased by 95,000,” said Center for Migration Studies researcher Bob Warren. The report also showed that nationwide 62% of undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. by overstaying...
  • Vox's Santiago Abascal: the left uses labels to silence and shame opponents

    01/18/2019 10:28:20 AM PST · by TheTimeOfMan · 3 replies
    voxespana ^ | oct 7 2018 | unknown
    Vox party conference, Vistalegre, Madrid, 07.10.18 youtube.video - very short
  • Anti-Israel fanatic Ilhan Omar appointed by Pelosi to the House Foreign Affairs Committee

    01/18/2019 10:15:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2019 | Thomas Lifson
    It appears that the leadership of the Democratic Party has gone completely anti-Israel and is warming up to Jew-hatred. The appointment of Rep. Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee – and the welcome extended to her by the chairman, (former) Israel-supporter Rep. Eliot Engel – confirms that the Democrats' big tent now extends to those who believe that Jews in Israel wield magical power to "hypnotize" non-Jews into acquiescence to their "evil." Omar was triumphant yesterday on her appointment to the plum committee: Ilhan Omar ✔@IlhanMN I finally have committee assignments and I am excited 1st choice- House...
  • US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat (trunc)

    01/18/2019 10:09:16 AM PST · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Independent via Yahoo ^ | January 18th, 2019 | Unattributed
    The US Navy could still send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in spite of Chinese military technology advances which pose a greater threat to American warships than ever before, the US chief of naval operations has said. Such an operation would inevitably increase the risk of military conflict between the world's largest superpowers, which are currently locked in an escalating trade war and ongoing disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, three times last year, but has not dispatched a carrier in...
  • Largest single group of migrants ever tunnels under border wall in Arizona, says Border Protection

    01/18/2019 10:08:32 AM PST · by BeauBo · 37 replies
    ABC ^ | Jan 18, 2019 | MATT GUTMAN
    The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Protection... The agency says 179 of the record 376 people who crossed were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors -- children under 18 traveling on their own.
  • Trump reportedly told Michael Cohen to lie. His own attorney general pick testified that’s a crime.

    01/18/2019 10:07:04 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 80 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 18, 2019 | Isaac Stanley-Becker
    When Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) asked President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, earlier this week whether it would be a crime if “the president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely,” Barr was unequivocal: “Yes,” the nominee told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Under an obstruction statute, yes.” Now that an explosive story published Thursday by BuzzFeed News alleges that Trump did just that, by ordering Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress, Barr’s answer presents the White House with a new quandary — the president’s own choice for the nation’s top...
  • Even if there wasn't a trade war, China would still be in crisis

    01/18/2019 7:29:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Rick Moran
    The Chinese economic crisis has been a below-the-radar story for more than a year as the once mighty Chinese economy is in free fall. The trade war with the United States certainly hasn't helped matters, but the crisis in the Chinese economy predates the tit-for-tat tariffs the two sides have imposed on each other. Bloomberg: Once again, the world's investors are turning their worried gaze toward China.  And for good reason.  Economic growth in the third quarter sank to 6.5 percent, the slowest pace since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009.  Car purchases fell last year for the first time...
  • Nearly 1,000 caravan migrants start process of entering Mexico from Guatemala

    01/18/2019 5:46:31 AM PST · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 17 Jan 2019 | Dan Gallo, Samuel Chamberlain
    GUATEMALA-MEXICO BORDER – Approximately 1,000 Central American migrants in the newest caravan have begun the process of crossing into Mexico from Guatemala, a Mexican immigration official stationed at the border between the two countries told Fox News on Thursday night. A new process instituted by Mexico means that migrants will have to wait five days for their paperwork to be processed before entering the country. The new system is meant to keep things orderly after the last caravan rushed the border … Julia Escalon, 43, of the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, rested under the shade of a tree...
  • Asia tech bosses fear a US-China cold war splitting global market

    01/18/2019 3:04:15 AM PST · by cba123 · 4 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | January 17, 2019 | CK TAN and KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writers
    SINGAPORE -- The global economy faces "very serious disruption" from the escalating US-China trade war, business leaders have warned, as the U.S. renews allegations of trade theft against Huawei Technologies and lawmakers move to ban chip sales to key Chinese companies. (Please see link for full article)
  • ‘Authorities,’ media don’t understand petroleum economics

    01/17/2019 11:32:28 PM PST · by brownwill6767 · 11 replies
    Midland Reporter Telegram ^ | 1/15/19 | Daniel Fine
    The United States and its southwest tight and shale oil has changed from dependence on world oil to domination. News of the size of oil reserves in the Delaware Basin (New Mexico’s share of the Permian) while OPEC was deciding how many barrels it will cut from the world market to lift prices caused epic confusion — and revelations of how little “authorities” and the media understand petroleum economics. The New Mexico media, which relies mainly on interviews with petroleum industry spokespersons, got it wrong. Recommended Video Government numbers came out as 46 billion barrels (Permian total) with 26 in...
  • Asia stocks advance on U.S.-China trade relief

    01/17/2019 9:27:14 PM PST · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 Jan 2019 | Shinichi Saoshiro
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Friday as a report of progress in U.S.-China trade talks stirred hopes of a deal in their tariff dispute and supported risk sentiment. {snip} “China seems to be running low on options, while the United States would also want to avoid a prolonged conflict given the negative consequences on its markets and the economy,” Monji said. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will visit the United States on Jan. 30 and 31 for the latest round of trade talks aimed at resolving the dispute between the world’s two largest economies. In December, Washington and...
  • How Gun Control Became an Instrument of Tyranny in Venezuela

    01/17/2019 8:56:31 PM PST · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | January 16, 2019 | Jose Nino
    Is Venezuela paying the price for adopting gun control? The shocking nature of Venezuela’s economic collapse has been covered ad nauseam. However, one aspect of the Venezuelan crisis that does not receive much coverage is the country’s gun control regime. Fox News recently published an excellent article highlighting Venezuelan citizens’ regret over the gun control policies the Venezuelan government has implemented since 2012. Naturally, this regret is warranted. The Venezuelan government is among the most tyrannical in the world, with a proven track record of violating basic civil liberties such as free speech, debasing its national currency, confiscating private property,...