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  • Russia Allocates $10M to Restore Cuban Capitol’s Golden Dome

    08/17/2018 12:07:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    Moscow Times ^ | Aug 16, 2018
    Russia will spend hundreds of millions of rubles on restoring the golden dome of the National Capitol Building in Havana, Cuba, in what Russian critics have said is an example of misplaced spending. Russian users reacted sarcastically to the plan, with opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s aide Leonid Volkov calling it “brilliant news, simply the best.” Popular blogger Ilya Varlamov wrote a post on Telegram ridiculing Russia’s decision to spend the money abroad. “Russia will spend 642 million rubles to restore roads and repair hospitals across the country!” he wrote. “Whoops, I made a typo, sorry!" Though opened after eight years...
  • Opinion: Capitalism can crack climate change. But only if it takes risks

    08/17/2018 11:49:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Larry Elliott
    This summer’s heatwave has provided a glimpse of the future, and it is not a pretty one. On current trends, the years to come will see rising temperatures, droughts, a fight to feed a growing population, and a race against time to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. The struggle to combat climate change brings out the best and worst of capitalism. Decarbonisation of the economy requires alternatives for coal and cars that run on diesel, and that plays to capitalism’s strengths. The good news is that in Beijing and New Delhi, policymakers have woken up to the idea that green...
  • U.S., China Draw Up Plan to Settle Trade Dispute by November

    08/17/2018 11:44:07 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 3 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/17/2018 | Lingling Wei in Bejing and Bob Davis in Washington
    Chinese and U.S. negotiators are drawing up a road map for talks to end their trade impasse culminating with meetings between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at multilateral summits in November, said officials in both nations. The planning represents an effort on both sides to keep a spiraling trade dispute—which already has involved billions of dollars in tariffs and comes with the threat of hundreds of billions more—from torpedoing the U.S.-China relationship and shaking global markets.
  • BREAKING: Judge in Manafort trial says he's received threats, won't reveal jurors' names over...

    08/17/2018 11:39:29 AM PDT · by blueyon · 68 replies
    Twitter AP Politics ^ | 8/17/18 | APPolitics on Twitter
    BREAKING: Judge in Manafort trial says he's received threats, won't reveal jurors' names over fears for their safety
  • How climate change will affect the trees on your Chicago block: 'It’s about to get a lot tougher.'

    08/17/2018 11:30:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Cindy Dampier
    When you think of climate change, you might be thinking melting glaciers, massive hurricanes or polar bears on dwindling ice floes. Add this to that grim list: The trees in your own backyard. The birches in the corner of your kid’s favorite park, the towering spruce in your suburban backyard, that graceful linden on your block — all are likely to disappear from Chicago’s landscape over the next few decades, casualties of a climate that is suddenly ill-suited to their needs. Yet, at least one corner of Chicago should have a pretty good chance of retaining most of its trees...
  • Most economic forecasts have a big blind spot: Climate change

    08/17/2018 11:25:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | August 17, 2018 | by Lydia DePillis
    Climate change is having a real impact, not just on the environment but on the economy too. And a growing body of research by economists and climate scientists shows that extreme weather will weigh on economic growth even more so in the future. But almost no mainstream economic forecasting model takes that into account, in an omission that some economists say could affect the accuracy of economic predictions going forward. The most recent study to quantify the economic impact of the carbon emissions that spur climate change was featured last week in a brief by the Federal Reserve Bank of...
  • Dem Rep Lieu: Trump Pardoning Manafort Would Be ‘Grounds For Impeachment’

    08/17/2018 11:23:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/16/18 | Pam Key
    Thursday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said it would be “grounds for impeachment” if President Donald Trump pardoned his former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort if he was found guilty in the case currently being deliberated by a jury in Virginia. Lieu said, “I believe pardoning Paul Manafort would be grounds for impeachment. Whether Republicans would act on that, I don’t think they would, which is why this November the voters across America have a chance to change the makeup of Congress and put in a real check and balance by putting in Democrats to control.”
  • Climate change is helping crank up the temperatures of California's heat waves

    08/17/2018 11:20:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | By BETTINA BOXALL
    California suffered through its hottest July on record, while August has pushed sea-surface temperatures off the San Diego coast to all-time highs. Are these punishing summer heat waves the consequences of global warming or the result of familiar weather patterns? The answer, scientists say, is both. Climate change is amplifying natural variations in the weather. So when California roasts under a stubborn high-pressure system, the thermometer climbs higher than it would in the past. “What we’re seeing now is the atmosphere doing what it has always done. But it’s doing it in a warmer world, so the heat waves occurring...
  • Global warming policy: Is population left out in the cold?

    08/17/2018 11:14:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Science Magazine.org ^ | August 17, 2018 | by John Bongaarts, Brian C. O'Neill
    Summary Would slowing human population growth lessen future impacts of anthropogenic climate change? With an additional 4 billion people expected on the planet by 2100, the answer seems an obvious “yes.” Indeed, substantial scientific literature backs up this intuition. Many nongovernmental organizations undertake climate- and population-related activities, and national adaptation plans for most of the least-developed countries recognize population growth as an important component of vulnerability to climate impacts. But despite this evidence, much of the climate community, notably the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the primary source of scientific information for the international climate change policy process, is...
  • Special ops shoot down Brennan and his defenders: 'You put your politics before us'

    08/17/2018 11:07:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2018 | Brooke Singman
    John Brennan rallied numerous high-powered defenders to his corner over his security clearance clash with President Trump, but some well-known special ops heroes are firing back suggesting the former CIA director got what he deserves. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who was part of the CIA team that fought back during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, accused Brennan of putting his “politics” before those in the field. “He is lucky the security clearance is all he is getting away with,” Paronto told Fox News in an interview on Friday. Responding a day earlier to...
  • The US has held military parades before. This is what they looked like

    08/17/2018 10:51:11 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 17, 2018 | Nicole Chavez
    President Donald Trump's latest marching orders to the Pentagon could end a nearly 30-year hiatus of major military parades in the US. It's not unusual to see cheering crowds greeting troops and veterans in Fourth of July parades and celebrations for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Flyovers featuring the latest bombers are common at high-profile sporting events, and Fleet Week programs put military hardware front and center. But unlike the post-World War I and World War II era, when the spectacle of tanks and heavy equipment was more common, there have not been many recent showcases of US military strength....
  • Khan’s London: Six Arrests After Teen ‘Disembowelled’ in Quadruple Stabbing

    08/17/2018 10:48:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Aug 2018 | Jack Montgomery
    A teenager is fighting for his life after allegedly being disembowelled during a quadruple stabbing in London’s so-called ‘murder mile’. Describing the incident on the Elmington Estate in Camberwell, a witness said they saw “four or five black boys running, [then] all of a sudden I could hear, ‘Help, help’.” Another resident said they saw one of the four stab victims grievously wounded with his “intestines falling on the ground”, according to MailOnline. Six male suspects, said to be aged between 15 and 16, were arrested following the incident, which took place a stone’s throw from the street where ‘drill’...
  • 'I grabbed the man's weak spot': 74-year-old woman fights back in parking lot robbery

    08/17/2018 10:06:56 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    AL.COM ^ | 08/16/2018 | By Carol Robinson,
    The 74-year-old woman rescued by Good Samaritans from a robbery and beating in a Midfield store parking lot said she thought her life was about to end. "I just knew that was it for me,'' said Brenda Stinson. "I just thought I wasn't going to be here no more." But the feisty Birmingham woman said she wasn't going without a fight. "I grabbed him between his legs. I grabbed him good between his legs,'' she said. "That's always been my plan because that's a man's weak spot, but I didn't know it was going to come true. I know he's...
  • DOJ's Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was 'very concerned about Comey's firing -- afraid they...

    08/17/2018 10:01:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/17/2018 | Catherine Herridge, Gregg Re
    FULL TITLE: DOJ's Bruce Ohr wrote Christopher Steele was 'very concerned about Comey's firing -- afraid they will be exposed' A collection of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr's emails, texts and handwritten notes, reviewed by Fox News, reveals that he was deeply connected to the unverified Steele dossier as well as its author and, during the presidential election campaign, the alleged government surveillance abuses involving a Trump campaign official. The dossier, which was used by federal officials to justify the surveillance of a top Trump aide, Carter Page, was created by Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign...
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  • An embarrassment to the CIA

    08/17/2018 9:28:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2018 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    From Rear Adm. Sidney W. Souers, who had the job for a few months in 1946, to the current CIA director, Gina Haspel, selected by President Trump, it's a long list of names that most Americans would not recognize. In other words, we don't see the CIA director in the headlines that much, unless there is something going on like September 11. We definitively have not seen former CIA directors doing politics on partisan cable news shows. Enter John Brennan, who just had his security clearance revoked. In the past, these clearances have been a courtesy to former officials, who...
  • Elon Musk Confronts a Fateful Tweet and an 'Excruciating' Year

    08/17/2018 9:27:52 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    WRAL ^ | Posted 1:40 a.m. 08/17/2018 Updated 10:30 a.m. 08/17/2018 | David Gelles, James B. Stewart, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Kate Kelly, New York Times
    Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” he said. “It was excruciating.” The year has only gotten more intense for Musk, chairman and chief executive of the electric-car maker Tesla, since he abruptly declared on Twitter last week that he hoped to convert the publicly traded company into a private one. The episode kicked off a furor in the markets and within Tesla itself, and he acknowledged Thursday that he was fraying. At multiple points in an hourlong interview with...
  • Trump 'suspects' he will revoke Bruce Ohr's security clearance

    08/17/2018 9:09:12 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug. 17, 2018
    President Trump said Friday that he may take away the security clearance of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose wife worked for the firm that commissioned an opposition research dossier on then-candidate Trump. "I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace. I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. Trump's remarks follow his decision Wednesday to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a harsh critic of his presidency, claiming Brennan improperly politicized his former position.
  • This is China’s most dangerous trade-war weapon

    08/17/2018 9:07:39 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | August 16, 2018 | Rick Newman
    The math works against China in its trade war with President Trump. Since China’s imports to the United States are about three times the amount of US exports to China, Trump has a much bigger basket of stuff he can tax with tariffs, his own favorite weapon. He knows this and has threatened tariffs on almost all of the $524 billion in annual Chinese imports to America. The United States only sends about $188 billion worth of stuff to China each year. So in terms of tariffs, China is more vulnerable simply because it’s such a huge exporter. But China...
  • LOOK: NY GOP Buys Cuomo One-Way Ticket to Canada After America 'Never Great' Remark

    08/17/2018 9:01:26 AM PDT · by DFG · 35 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 08/17/2018
    The New York Republican State Committee had a humorous response after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that America “was never that great.” Cuomo -- a prominent Democrat and rumored 2020 presidential candidate -- made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan during a bill-signing event in New York. “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” Cuomo said. Cuomo, through a spokesperson, tried to backtrack somewhat, but the backlash to the statement has been intense. The New York GOP on Thursday tweeted a screenshot...