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  • Bye Bye Trade War? China Plans $1 Trillion Buying Spree to Reduce US Trade Deficit

    01/18/2019 1:56:00 PM PST · by dynoman · 27 replies
    ccn.com ^ | 1-18-19 | Sam Bourgi
    China Proposes Six-Year Buying Spree Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported Friday that China has offered to significantly boost its purchase of U.S. goods over a six-year period in an effort to re-balance trade between the two superpowers. By increasing its annual imports from the United States, Beijing would reduce its trade surplus to zero by 2024. That would require a spending boost of more than $1 trillion.
  • 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,...
  • What Bruce Ohr Told the FBI

    01/18/2019 1:41:52 PM PST · by billorites · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2019 | Kimberley A. Strassel
    <p>Everybody knew. Everybody of consequence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department understood fully in the middle of 2016—as the FBI embarked on its counterintelligence probe of Donald Trump—that it was doing so based on disinformation provided by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. That’s the big revelation from the transcript of the testimony Justice Department official Bruce Ohr gave Congress in August. The transcripts haven’t been released, but parts were confirmed for me by congressional sources.</p>
  • Mike Pence Surprises March for Life Crowd, Introduces Trump’s Message

    01/18/2019 1:31:11 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/18/19
    Vice President Mike Pence surprised the massive March for Life crowd in Washington, DC, Friday, supporting life and introducing a message from President Donald Trump. “Hello, America,” Pence began with his wife at his side. “It’s a joy for us to be with you today”: We gather here today because we know we still have much work to do,” said Pence. “We urge you to stand strong. Stand with that love and compassion as you stand for life, and know that we will stand with you until that great day comes where we restore the sanctity of life to the...
  • Obama's school discipline guidelines put students in grave danger

    01/18/2019 1:23:44 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 18, 2019 | by Max Eden
    President Donald Trump, following the recommendation of a national commission on school safety chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will repeal the Obama administration's "Dear Colleague Letter" on school discipline. The letter, issued in 2014, advised school superintendents nationwide that racial disparities in suspension rates would be grounds for finding school districts in violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and therefore at risk of losing federal funding. The directive, cast as a "guidance," in fact formalized a fundamental shift in the Department of Education's approach to civil rights enforcement. Prior to the Dear Colleague Letter, the standard held that civil...
  • School superintendent reviewing display of Trump banner at basketball game

    01/18/2019 1:16:32 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 35 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | January 18, 2019 | Paul Walsh
    The boys basketball coach for Minneapolis Roosevelt High School questioned on Wednesday why young fans at his team’s road game in Jordan prominently displayed a flag promoting the re-election of President Donald Trump during Tuesday night’s contest.
  • Yellow Vest protestor shot in back of the head by French police, leaving him with brain injuries

    01/18/2019 1:12:58 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-17-19 | Leslie Eastman
    A fireman who joined France's Yellow Vest protest movement is in a coma after being shot in the head 'like a rabbit' by a police officer using a controversial flash ball gun. Horrific images show Olivier Beziade, a father-of-three in his 30s, lying on the floor in Bordeaux on Saturday after being hit from behind. He is wearing one of the high-visibility motoring jackets from which the Yellow Vests get their name.
  • Europe's patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes toward Trump

    01/18/2019 1:06:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 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....
  • Trump vows to veto bills expanding abortion rights in video address to March for Life

    01/18/2019 1:05:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/18/2019 | Peter Sullivan
    President Trump vowed in a video message to the March for Life on Friday to veto any legislation that “weakens the protection of human life.” “If they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto and we have the support to uphold those vetoes,” Trump said in the message displayed to a crowd gathered for the annual anti-abortion march in Washington. “Every child is a sacred gift from God,” Trump said in the message. Vice President Pence spoke in person at the march, calling Trump a “champion” for abortion opponents....
  • Imagine if the Media Had as Much Sympathy for Small Business Owners as it Does for Federal Employees

    01/18/2019 1:01:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 01/18/2019 | Ryan McMaken
    During this partial government shutdown, it's become nearly impossible to avoid news articles, and segments on television and radio outlining the many ways that federal employees are apparently suffering financially as a result of the partial government shutdown.The stories are very diverse in topic. Some take a "human interest story" angle, simply looking at how the daily lives of some of these employees have been affected. Others look at the apparent injustice of the fact that some workers are "being told to work without pay." Still other suggest that the lack of federal paychecks will drive down economic growth figures....
  • WOOLERY: Democrats Need To Learn Facts Matter More Than Feelings

    01/18/2019 12:59:52 PM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/17/2019 | Chuck Wollery
    Democrats are finally acknowledging what we’ve always known about them: emotion is the basis of their whole ideology, and facts are just inconvenient obstacles to their extremist ambitions. Within just a few days of each other, leading Democrats representing both the establishment and progressive wings of the party separately revealed that they and their liberal colleagues have no interest in letting facts or figures get in the way of their moral certitude. First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly interrupted a briefing on border security by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, declaring, “I reject your facts” as Nielsen related...
  • US Oil Boom Is Defying Expectations, Experts Say

    01/18/2019 12:51:59 PM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/18/2019 | Jason Hopkins
    The United States is expected to churn out far more oil in 2019 than what international analysts originally forecasted. The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based organization that helps coordinate energy policies for industrial countries, released its latest oil market report Friday, noting exceptional numbers for the U.S. fossil fuel industry. The agency reported U.S. oil production is expected to rise by 1.3 million barrels a day in 2019. While this number is lower than the record-smashing 2.1 million increase producers enjoyed in 2018, it’s more than double what the IEA initially expected to see in 2019. The forecast illustrates the...
  • A Second Summit Between President Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un is Being Planned

    01/18/2019 12:51:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2019 | Katie Pavlich
    The White House announced Friday afternoon President Trump plans to hold a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and 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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released in a statement. Trump's first summit with Chairman Kim was held in June 2018 from Singapore. This is a developing story, stay tuned...
  • Wallace on Report Trump Told Cohen to Lie to Congress: I Take It With a 'Giant Block of Salt'

    01/18/2019 12:48:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 18, 2019 | Fox News
    "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace said a new report that President Trump directed his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress could be huge, but it should be taken with "a giant block of salt" until definitive proof emerges. The allegations were detailed in a BuzzFeed report published Thursday night. It cited two unnamed federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation on the matter who said Cohen acknowledged to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office that he was instructed by Trump to lie to Congress in 2017 about discussions of a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. The...
  • Third Trimester Late Term Abortion Bill Backed by Northam, Fairfax, Herring, Democratic Legislators

    01/18/2019 12:43:01 PM PST · by blueyon · 19 replies
    The Republican Standard ^ | 01/18/19 | TRS staff
    ""Third Trimester Late Term Abortion Bill Backed by Northam, Fairfax, Herring, Democratic Legislators"" Democratic leaders backed legislation repealing restrictions on third trimester late term abortions, repealing clinic health and safety standards, and eliminating informed consent requirements, among other provisions. They noted the measures were unlikely to pass in 2019, but vowed to enact them if Democrats take the Virginia House and Senate in November's elections. On Thursday in Richmond, Democratic leaders announced their support for a sweeping repeal of abortion restrictions in Virginia, including deregulation of third trimester late term abortions up until the moment of birth. The press conference,...
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings gaffes his way to exposing his anti-Trump agenda.....

    01/18/2019 12:42:55 PM PST · by caww · 22 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 1/18/2019 | Mike Howell
    Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the newly minted 'chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee'.... The first unchallenged inaccuracy was the chairman’s announcement that he has the power to investigate anything.... This is factually incorrect. Congress can only pursue information necessary to inform its legislative duties. Not once did Cummings mention any contemplated legislation. Voters elect legislators, not opposition researchers or public relations operatives. Another untruth: Cummings gloated that he didn’t need to consult with Republicans before issuing subpoenas. however, consultation remains a requirement. In fact, Cummings previously advocated for more than consultation and demanded that consent from the minority party...
  • BuzzFeed Reporter On Trump/Cohen: “We’ve Seen Documents, We’ve Been Briefed On Documents”

    01/18/2019 12:20:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2019 | Allahpundit
    BuzzFeed is (in)famous for publishing the Steele dossier but their reporting is sufficiently well regarded to have made them a Pulitzer finalist last year. They publish interesting investigative pieces about all sorts of things regularly. (Some end up in our Headlines section.) They have some credibility. Which means last night’s Trump scoop amounts to an unusual wager given the gravity of the allegation involved: Simply put, either the president is finished or BuzzFeed’s credibility is.Before you watch BuzzFeed co-author Jason Leopold comment on what he has and hasn’t seen by way of hard evidence, watch White House spox Hogan...
  • 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 · 106 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 · 21 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...