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Jan 30 22:19

Was Otto Warmbier an American Student or an Israeli Spy? — by Gilad Atzmon

(In response to Trump's mention of Otto Warmbier in his State of the Union Address. --ts)

Jan 30 18:57

Douglas Haig worked as the senior project engineer of an unmanned Boeing helicopter program, records reveal

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department was ordered by a judge Tuesday to release hundreds of pages of previously secret documents and search warrants which revealed another ‘person of interest’ in regards to the 1 October massacre.

Jan 30 16:22

FLASHBACK - The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

An ambitious U.S. task force targeting Hezbollah's billion-dollar criminal enterprise ran headlong into the White House's desire for a nuclear deal with Iran.

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Again, the drug connection.

Jan 30 16:20

Audit Finds U.S. Defense Department Wasted Hundreds Of Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars

I can’t name a single person who likes having their money wasted. It’s even worse if the careless spending of your money is done by someone else – particularly the federal government.

Every year, Americans dutifully pay their federal taxes. The United States government collects trillions of dollars for the purpose of funding essential functions, such as national security efforts and vital public services and programs.

Jan 30 16:19

Miscalculations In Israel Could Pave Way To Wider War

Last week, Israeli political leaders were rolling with guffaws and ribbing each other in delight as Vice-President Mike Pence proved that, as a Christian Zionist, he was more Zionist than the Zionists in the Knesset (minus, of course, its evicted Arab members – see here). But one might wonder what the more sober Israeli security echelon figures were thinking as they listened to Pence’s Knesset speech, which was rife with Biblical references and declarations of his “admiration for the People of the Book.”

Jan 30 16:19

Ari Berman Says GOP Uses Gerrymandering To Stay In Power

We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones and a reporting fellow at The Nation Institute, about his new for piece for Rolling Stone titled “How the GOP Rigs Elections.” “We like to think in this country, if you get the most votes, you’re the winner. But that’s not how it works, because of gerrymandering right now,” Berman notes.

Jan 30 15:36

HILARIOUS | Paul Ryan Breaks Silence, Announces His Support To Release FISA, Slaps Down CNN Reporter Manu Raju

CNN’s Manu Raju adopts the Democratic Party line, and Ryan disposes of him. Awesome.

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Jan 30 15:34

Quantum Encryption even NSA Cannot Break!

Webmaster addition: Heck, NSA couldn't break my codes!

Jan 30 15:14

JOSEPH DIGENOVA | Obama Is Behind Everything…

Here's the best 2 minutes from the very lengthy DiGenova interview. This is really, really good.

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Jan 30 14:43

USTreasury Bonds: Fuse to Light the Bonfire

Jan 30 14:06

Syria – Neo-Conservatives Demand “Action” – Hope For A Larger War

The neoconservative writers and their op-eds should be ignored.

The U.S. polity and media now acknowledge what we reported on December 21. The U.S. announcement to build up a 30,000 strong PKK army in north-east Syria was a disaster.

It prompted Turkey to initiate its attack on YPG/PKK Kurds in Afrin. It threatens to drive it out of NATO and into Russia’s open arms. It gives the Syrian government new leverage against the Syrian Kurds.

Jan 30 14:02

Facebook To Prioritize Local News Over ‘Divisive’ National Issues

Facebook will prioritize local news sources in people’s news feeds in an effort to avoid “divisive” media and promote civic engagement, according to Mark Zuckerberg.

“Starting today, we’re going to show more stories from news sources in your local town or city,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. “If you follow a local publisher or if someone shares a local story, it may show up higher in [your] news feed.”

Jan 30 13:56

Who is Douglas Haig? Unsealed Las Vegas shooting documents reveal additional persons of interest

On Tuesday, a Nevada judge ordered over 300 pages of warrants connected to the Las Vegas shooting investigation to be unsealed — and the records revealed the name of someone besides Stephen Paddock police consider a person of interest.

Jan 30 13:52

Bill Nye Does Not Speak for Us and He Does Not Speak for Science

Tonight, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will accompany Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator, to the State of the Union address. Nye has said that he’s accompanying the Congressman to help promote space exploration, since, he asserts, “NASA is the best brand the United States has” and that his attendance “should not be … seen as an acceptance of the recent attacks on science and the scientific community.”

Jan 30 13:15

DACA a Dreamer’s Paradise

I agree some provision should be made for “Dreamers” to achieve legal status (not citizenship), but border security must be part of the deal so this doesn’t keep happening.

And someone needs to explain why Democrats are willing to shut down government services to American citizens (who voted them into office) to provide benefits to illegal immigrants.

Good heavens, civil and charitable Americans do not want to corral Dreamers into concentration camps or starve anyone because they circumvented the existing process for entry into our country and/or eventually applying for citizenship. After all, the American Dream has been available to those who accept the principles of our English language culture and heritage.

Jan 30 13:13

Las Vegas judge orders unsealing search warrants regarding the 1 Oct. massacre, LVMPD not happy

A Clark County District Judge issued an order Tuesday to unseal search warrant pertaining to the 1 October massacre which left 58 people dead.

Jan 30 13:12

The State of Our Union: A House Divided, Enslaved & Mired in the Mistakes of the Past

History has a funny way of circling back on itself.

The facts, figures, faces and technology may change from era to era, but the dangers remain the same.

This year is no different, whatever the politicians and talking heads may say to the contrary.

Jan 30 13:12

Dow drops 400 points

The calm on Wall Street has finally been punctured by a rare bout of selling.
The Dow dropped about 400 points, or 1.4%, on Tuesday. It's on track for its worst percentage loss since May. The Dow has not lost more than 373 points since the November 2016 election.

Although stocks are less than 2% from all-time highs, back-to-back declines have been uncommon of late. The index has lost nearly 600 points so far this week.

The S&P 500 could end its record streak without consecutive declines of 0.5%, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

Jan 30 13:08

Turkey plays its latest card in the New Great Game – Pepe Escobar

Sochi, not Geneva, is the forum where the endgame for the Syrian proxy war will be decided.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation appears to have support at home and in Moscow, but failure would spell problems.

Olive Branch” is the Orwellian-named Turkish invasion of a chunk of Syria. The operation comes as no surprise. President Tayyip Erdogan had hinted for nearly a year that a move was likely in the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin.

Jan 30 13:08

Flu vaccine BOMBSHELL: 630% more “aerosolized flu virus particles” emitted by people who received flu shots… flu vaccines actually SPREAD the flu

A bombshell new scientific study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that people who receive flu shots emit 630% more flu virus particles into the air, compared to non-vaccinated individuals. In effect, this finding documents evidence that flu vaccines spread the flu, and that so-called “herd immunity” is a medical hoax because “the herd” is actually transformed into carriers and spreaders of influenza.

The bombshell finding is documented in a study entitled Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community. The study authors are Jing Yan, Michael Grantham, Jovan Pantelic, P. Jacob Bueno de Mesquita, Barbara Albert, Fengjie Liu, Sheryl Ehrman, Donald K. Milton and EMIT Consortium.

Jan 30 13:01

Stephen Hawking Challenges Jeremy Hunt At High Court Over NHS ‘Privatization’

Stephen Hawking is backing a group of campaigners in bringing Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to the High Court over a new policy which they claim will lead to the privatization of the NHS.

The acclaimed physicist is joining campaigners in challenging the health secretary over his introduction of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), partnership organizations between hospitals, care organizations and councils.

Jan 30 13:00

UC Berkeley Student Paper Refuses To Publish Conservative Op-Ed On DACA

The Daily Cal, the official student newspaper of the University of California, Berkeley, is refusing to publish a conservative opinion piece regarding students benefitting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Jan 30 12:46

Putin 'Sad' About Not Being Included in US 'Kremlin Report'

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Commenting on the release of the report, President Putin joked he was "sad" that he hadn't been on the list, adding that he only heard of the document from his colleagues but hadn't seen it.

"We [Russia] need most of all to think about ourselves, we need to deal with our economy, agriculture, we need to support exports, health, education, defense," Putin noted, saying Russia needs to focus on its internal development rather than on a list prepared by foreign states. If Russia is fully developed, he added, there will be a common understanding there is no point "in compelling any lists, threatening [Russia] or trying to deter our development."

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(*PROOF: Trump is focusing on our internal development . We're so much improved , that we can splurge a little , and screw with Russia )

Jan 30 12:37

IN FIRST, JUDGE BLOCKS KANSAS LAW AIMED AT BOYCOTTS OF ISRAEL

The American Civil Liberties Union won an early victory today in its federal lawsuit arguing that a Kansas law requiring a public school educator to certify that she won’t boycott Israel violates her First Amendment rights.

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the law while the case filed in October proceeds. It is the first ruling addressing a recent wave of laws nationwide aiming to punish people who boycott Israel.

The law, which took effect on July 1, requires that any person or company that contracts with the state submit a written certification that they are “not currently engaged in a boycott of Israel.” The ACLU is also currently fighting a case filed in December against a similar law in Arizona.

Jan 30 12:37

BREAKING NEWS: Glee star Mark Salling, 35, 'commits suicide' as he awaits sentencing on child pornography charges

Salling, 35, was found on Tuesday in the Los Angeles River near his home
The Glee star had pleaded guilty to child porn possession in December
He told a judge at the time that he was on medication for depression
The actor was due to be sentenced by a judge on March 7
Salling was arrested in December 2015 after authorities were tipped off
Prosecutors found 50,000 images on Salling's computer and a thumb drive

Jan 30 12:34

FBI Director Wray Blown Away By Contents Of FISA Memo, Source Says

FBI Director Christopher Wray was “shocked to his core” after viewing a four-page FISA memo, a source told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. The next day, he reportedly asked Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to resign.

“A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it ‘shocked him to his core,’” Hannity said during an on-air discussion with journalist Sara Carter on Monday. Wray reportedly reviewed the memo on Sunday, just one day before McCabe was asked to step down.

Jan 30 12:33

Pornhub Will Know Everything About You Under New Rules For Sex-Streaming Sites

MindGeek – the biggest internet pornography company in the world – will collect information, including users’ addresses and ages, under new age-verification laws.

The new Digital Economy Act means that anyone accessing porn must prove they are old enough – over 18 in the UK. Firms are currently scrambling to figure out how they will verify ages and could demand the collection of card data or ID documents.

Jan 30 12:32

UK NHS Faces Further Attacks With Introduction Of “Accountable Care Organisations”

As the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) approaches, Theresa May’s Conservative government is starving the NHS of cash, while its plans for the dismantling and wholesale looting of the NHS are gathering speed.

The government has accepted the recommendations of the Naylor Review, published in March last year, calling for the sale of NHS land and property to property developers to fund “reforms.” The Review claims that this would release billions of pounds to fund investment in the NHS.

Jan 30 12:32

Too Many Wars. Too Many Enemies

If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history.

Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded.

Jan 30 12:32

BOOM! | TREY GOWDY CALLS OUT ADAM SCHIFF

Gowdy murdered Schiff this morning over his efforts to prevent the American people from learning the truth and it was a thing of beauty.

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Jan 30 12:27

At This Point, US Has No Concrete Strategy in Afghanistan'

Amid growing Taliban influence and brazen Daesh attacks on the Afghan capital, US forces in Afghanistan have faced a 35% jump in casualties over the past year. Speaking to Sputnik, national security analyst Joseph Fitsanakis outlined the problems faced by the US-led coalition, and explained what it would take for peace to return to the country.
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President Trump has increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan from about 8,000 or so to 14,000 there currently, and he's said that he wants to send another 1,000. Having said that, let's remember that in 2010, the US had in Afghanistan about 100,000 troops, and this was not enough >>>

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Jan 30 12:19

Panera Went 100% Clean, Now Consulting Other Restaurants To Do The Same

Panera kept its promise to make a clean menu – in 2017, the eatery stripped 96 “no-no” ingredients from its menu, removing aspartame, artificial colors and flavors, MSG, preservatives and more. Not it's...

Jan 30 12:13

They Are Getting Ready To Pull The Plug On The Economy

Toys R Us won't release its holiday sales data. US savings has hit a crisis low. 6 traders were just arrested for gold manipulation. NAFTA talks are breaking down, most likely NAFTA will be cancelled.

Jan 30 12:10

FANTASTIC Point About Andrew McCabe…

Great point here about how devastating the FISA report must have been for McCabe...

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Jan 30 12:08

Gowdy: State Dept. ‘Aided and Abetted’ Clinton Email Cover-Up. Everybody who worked at State knew Hillary was shaking donors down for cash. They were hauling cash bribes into the building in bales.

There was a cover-up when it came to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and the State Department “aided and abetted that cover-up,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chairs the House’s Select Committee on Benghazi, said Sunday.

Gowdy said that arrangement went on to allow Clinton to keep her emails for two more years after she left office.

“She had this arrangement for the entire time she was secretary of state, then she kept them for two years,” the South Carolina Republican lawmaker told Fox News’ Bret Baier. “It was only because the State Department would not go away, and that’s when it gets interesting.”

Jan 30 12:05

Republicans Beg Supreme Court To Let Them Keep Using An Unconstitutional Map

Republicans from Pennsylvania and six other states on Monday offered a slew of reasons why the U.S. Supreme Court should give the Keystone State permission not to comply with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order to draw new congressional districts ahead of the 2018 election.

Jan 30 12:04

Stunning Report: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Caught Leaking After Admitting “Trump-Russia” Collusion Story Was “Bullsh*t”

According to Kurtz, Priebus asked if the FBI could release a statement denying the report’s veracity. The former FBI Deputy Director said he would have to think about it, later telling Priebus that there was nothing he could do. Later, Comey called to relay the same message, instead offering to provide Senate Intelligence Committee investigators with evidence that would discredit the report.

“You’ll never guess what happened next,” writes The Federalist‘s Mollie Hemingway.

Now, a week later, CNN was airing a breaking news story naming Priebus. According to ‘multiple U.S. officials,’ the network said, ‘the FBI rejected a White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump’s associates and Russians known to U.S. intelligence.’

Priebus was stunned by the implication that he was pressuring law enforcement. Had he been set up? Why was the FBI leaking this information when one of its top officials had initiated the conversation?

Jan 30 12:04

Top DNC official out after less than a year on the job

WASHINGTON — The CEO of the Democratic National Committee is leaving after less than a year on the job, NBC News has learned.
Veteran Democrat operative Jess O’Connell took the helm of the DNC last May with a mandate to help newly installed Chairman Tom Perez turn around a troubled party organization that was struggling after years of neglect and a brutal 2016 that included accusations of favoritism in the primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the hacking of internal emails, and the loss to President Donald Trump.

Jan 30 11:53

PolitiFact's guide to fake news websites and what they peddle

t first look, BostonTribune.com certainly seems a trustworthy source. So does KMT11.com. And ABCNews.com.co. Even 24wpn.com has an official ring to it.

But all of these websites peddle bogus stories, either by making up fake news or sharing it from other sources. And it’s not always apparent to readers that’s the case.

Since December, we at PolitiFact have been partnering with Facebook to root out fabricated reports shared by social media users. As of April 19, we’ve written more than 80 fact-checks about fake news stories. We’ve noted some trends along the way, chief among them that it can be really difficult for readers — from casual skimmers to seasoned newshounds — to spot fake news outlets when they pop up.

It’s also difficult to determine where these fictional stories come from, and just how they spread across the Internet.

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One of the best guides out there.

Jan 30 11:50

More than 2,300 flu-related deaths reported in Texas, more to be counted, official says

The number of reported flu-related deaths in Texas this season has risen to more than 2,300, state data shows, and an official said there's still more to be counted.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 1,155 flu/pneumonia-related deaths counted from Oct. 1 to Jan. 10.

Just one week later, the number of deaths reported caused the figure to soar to 2,355 deaths, with individuals over 65 accounting for half of the flu-related deaths this season.

Jan 30 11:45

May Flies To China Seeking Stronger Post-Brexit Ties

British Prime Minister Theresa May is flying to China looking to strengthen relations with the key economic partner for post-Brexit Britain.

May left Tuesday for a three-day trip, with stops in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan and meetings with Chinese premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping.

Jan 30 11:44

Resisting Tyranny: Struggling For Seed Sovereignty In Latin America

This is how it was until the 20th century when corporations took these seeds, hybridised them, genetically modified them, patented them and fashioned them to serve the needs of industrial agriculture with its monocultures and chemical inputs.

To serve the interests of these corporations by marginalising indigenous agriculture, a number of treaties and agreement over breeders’ rights and intellectual property have been enacted to prevent peasant farmers from freely improving, sharing or replanting their traditional seeds. Since this began, thousands of seed varieties have been lost and corporate seeds have increasingly dominated agriculture.

Jan 30 11:34

7-year-old boy arrested for punching teacher at Florida school

MIAMI — School district officials in South Florida say they followed standard protocol last week when a 7-year-old boy was placed in handcuffs and removed from his school after he punched his teacher repeatedly in the back, kicked her and grabbed her hair. The incident began Thursday when a teacher at the Coral Way K-8 Center in Miami told the first-grader to stop playing with his food in the cafeteria.

Jan 30 11:33

The rise of David Bowdich, the former sniper in line to become the FBI’s new deputy director

David Bowdich talks with reporters during a December 2015 news conference in San Bernardino, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from his job and is expected to be replaced by David Bowdich, a senior official who headed the FBI’s response to the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., according to people familiar with the plans.

Jan 30 11:29

FALSE FLAG ALERT? Only Matter of Time Before Daesh Launches Chemical Attacks in West - DHS Chief

The Desh terrorist group (banned in Russia) has already used chemical weapons in both Syria and Iraq and are planning to use them in future attacks in the West, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center on Monday.

"ISIS [Daesh] has used chemical weapons on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq… are seeking to develop chemical weapons as well," Nielsen said. "It is only a matter of time before they try to organize these methods into Western attacks."

Jan 30 11:28

Ex-Campaign Manager Says Hillary Clinton Protected Adviser Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Hillary Clinton turned out not to be the feminist savior liberals all wanted her to be in the 2016 election, and now more details have emerged about her protecting a senior adviser accused of sexual harassment on her 2008 campaign.

Burns Strider, who was ironically Clinton’s faith adviser on her 2008 campaign, was accused of sexual harassment by a young female staffer. According to two sources, Strider’s behavior included inappropriate touching, kissing the staffer’s forehead, and sending her suggestive emails. However, rather then terminate Strider the staffer reassigned. Strider was allowed to remain in his role, where he continued to harass young women.

Jan 30 11:09

Adam Schiff Exposed As Liar On House Floor

This is a fantastic takedown of Adam Schiff's lies, all in 2 minutes.

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Jan 30 10:58

Seb Gorka: Nunes Memo Is ‘100 Times Bigger’ Than What Caused the American Revolution

Gorka gonna Gorka.
During a panel discussion on Monday night’s Hannity, Fox News analyst Sebastian Gorka may have used just a teensy bit of hyperbole while describing the contents of the Nunes memo. Hours after the House Intelligence Committee voted to publicly release the documentwritten by committee chairman Devin Nunes and his staff, the ex-White House staffer went all out to hype up its importance.

Jan 30 10:57

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS SUPPORT TRUMP OVER ALLEGED STORMY DANIELS AFFAIR, DESPITE SLAMMING BILL CLINTON OVER MONICA LEWINSKY

Even an alleged affair with a porn star hasn't proved enough for President Donald Trump to lose support from white evangelical Protestants.
The powerful and influential voting bloc has instead defended Trump or given him a pass, unlike how it fiercely criticized former President Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky in the late 1990s.

Jan 30 10:52

HILARIOUS | Nancy Pelosi Visibly Shaken By FISA Memo, Rants About ‘Dennis Nunes,’ Turns On Chris Cuomo

This interview from last night is a national treasure. Nancy is coming unglued.

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Jan 30 10:43

Jamaica Bans Anti-Gay Arizona Pastor From Visiting Country

Jamaica has banned a Holocaust-denying pastor from Arizona who has called for gay people to be stoned to death, after outcry from activists on the island.
Steven Anderson, from the Faithful World Baptist Church in Tempe, said he was about to board a flight to Kingston when he was informed he would not be allowed into Jamaica.

Jan 30 10:42

Magic Johnson Calls For Firing Of Anyone At Michigan State Who Mishandled Sexual Assaults

"If anyone was aware of the sexual assault happening to women on the MSU campus from the office of the President, Board of Trustees, athletic department, faculty & campus police, and didn't say or do anything about it, they should be fired," Johnson said in the first of a series of tweets Monday morning.

Jan 30 10:07

These 15 States Are Home to the Hardest-Working Americans

Americans take pride in their work ethic. There’s a reason, after all, that we talk about “hard-working” or “red-blooded” Americans in our political discourse. And it’s hard to deny there are millions of people out there who give it 110% all day, every day. There are, however, many people who are fine with skating by — with sitting on the sidelines, playing video games or collecting checks.

Jan 30 09:54

Gay Man And Straight Woman Who Married To Prove Their Commitment To Mormon Church Announce Divorce

A gay man and a straight woman who married to prove their commitment to the Mormon church and their "dedication to God" have announced they are divorcing.
Josh and Lolly Weed, from Utah, gained notoriety in 2012 when they revealed in a joint blog post that Mr Weed identified as gay, which his wife knew long before their marriage.

Jan 30 09:53

Michigan Prison Closing After State's Inmate Population Drop

The Michigan Department of Corrections will close a Muskegon prison in March because the state prison population has hit a 20-year low, the agency announced Monday.

Jan 30 09:44

76 immigrants found stuffed inside tractor-trailer in Texas: officials

Border control agents pulled over a tractor-trailer in Texas and found more than 75 undocumented immigrants stuffed inside the box-like enclosure, officials said.
The truck was traveling on Highway 83 near Laredo last Friday when the driver was pulled over and questioned about his immigration status, according to US Customs and Border Control.

Jan 30 09:43

Will U.S. Fight Turkey? American Soldiers Will Not Leave City About to Be Attacked, Says Top General

The U.S. military intends to remain in the northern Syrian city of Manbij despite an incoming offensive backed by Turkey, which, along with Ankara's rebel allies, has launched an assault on nearby Kurdish forces sponsored by the Pentagon.

Jan 30 09:40

Impeachment adverts funded by billionaire Tom Steyer will run during Trump's State of the Union address

Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer has funded a new advert promoting Donald Trump’s impeachment, which is set to run during his first State of the Union address.
The hedge fund manager has ploughed $40m (£29m) into a campaign against the US President that includes national adverts, a petition, and billboards in Times Square.

Jan 30 09:40

Science Vs CDC On Scary Flu Shot Promotions

very year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and pharmaceutical companies mount an aggressive campaign in the mainstream media to persuade Americans to "get their flu shots."

Jan 30 09:39

A study found that from 2014 to 2016, there was a reduction in infant deaths in states under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while average infant mortality rates rose in states that had not expanded Medicaid coverage

Most people are familiar with the way that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has allowed more Americans to become insured than ever before. Advocates of the legislation tend to focus on the number of people who enroll as a way to justify their support, but it’s worth taking an even closer look to see what exactly this access to health insurance means for Americans — the numbers are heartening.

Jan 30 09:38

BEN SWANN HAS BEEN FIRED FROM CBS46 ATLANTA DUE TO HIS ATTEMPT TO REVIVE HIS REALITY CHECK SEGMENTS INDEPENDENT OF AND FROM HIS WORK FOR THE STATION.

CBS46 has fired Ben Swann, the evening anchor three days after the station discovered he had tried to revive his Reality Check news reports without their knowledge. The station’s general manager Lyle Banks released a brief press release today: “Ben Swann is no longer an employee of WGCL-TV, effective immediately. We thank Ben for his contributions and wish him well.”

Jan 30 09:13

FEMA to ‘officially shut off’ food and water aid to Puerto Rico

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Tuesday that it will end free supplies of food and water in Puerto Rico this week as the island's supermarkets and other businesses reopen following Hurricane Maria.

Jan 30 09:08

Drug firms shipped 20.8M pain pills to WV town with 2,900 people

Over the past decade, out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers to two pharmacies four blocks apart in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people, according to a congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis.

Jan 30 09:07

Big game hunter shot dead while hunting lions in South Africa

A Croatian trophy hunter who, according to friends, had “hunted everything that could be hunted in Europe” has been shot dead while taking part in a South African hunting expedition.

Jan 30 09:05

US-Vietnam Military Ties Warn China over Maritime Expansion

A high-level U.S. visit to Vietnam followed by plans to send American naval vessels may herald a tougher American policy toward China in Asia's stickiest maritime sovereignty dispute.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met in Vietnam last week with the host country’s president, Tran Dai Quang, as well as the general secretary of its ruling Communist Party and a Vietnamese military counterpart.

The U.S. Department of Defense website said they shared concerns about freedom of navigation and “respect for international law,” likely references to a six-way dispute over sovereignty of the South China Sea dominated by Beijing. A U.S. aircraft carrier will call in Vietnam in March. Vietnam is the most outspoken rival claimant to China.

Jan 30 09:05

Massive blizzard leaves Tehran a winter wonderland

After drought, northern Iran blanketed with over a meter of white stuff, shutting roads, airports and schools, and delighting capital's denizens

Jan 30 09:04

‘Watchdog’ PropOrNot Exposed as US State Department Propaganda - Journalist

An investigative journalist has linked PropOrNot, the self-proclaimed Russian propaganda watchdogs cited as “experts” in the past by outlets like the Washington Post, to the Atlantic Council and, therefore, the US State Department.

PropOrNot created a database of more 200 websites that they claim to be Russian propaganda — a database that includes the outrageously popular conservative aggregator Drudge Report as well as lesser known left-wing sites like Truthdig and The Black Agenda Report. PropOrNot called for these outlets to be investigated, unlisted from Google and Facebook news feeds and prevented from pushing "propaganda."

But Radio Sputnik's Lee Stranahan observed that PropOrNot's apparent definition of a Russian propaganda outlet was "unique": it included credible outlets that criticized the Ukrainian government, as well as outlets that simply do not take a dim view of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Jan 30 09:04

Judicial Watch Statement on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding reports FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down from his position today.

Judicial Watch uncovered documents months ago that should have triggered Mr. McCabe’s removal … and last week we were given the full stonewall by the FBI on McCabe’s text messages. Nevertheless, the disturbing disclosures about McCabe’s conduct from Judicial Watch litigation obviously spurred irresistible public pressure for McCabe’s removal.

It is concerning that Mr. McCabe was allowed to remain in the FBI as long as he did. Did Director Wray only force out McCabe because of the pending disclosures in the House dossier memo? The FBI is not above the law and the American people expect full accountability. We still want the text messages and we want a full investigation of the numerous anti-Trump and other outrageous FBI abuses under Obama and McCabe’s mentor, James Comey.

Jan 30 09:03

'Golden Boy' Robert Mueller's Forgotten Surveillance Crime Spree

When Robert Mueller was appointed last May as Special Counsel to investigate Trump, Politico Magazine gushed that “Mueller might just be America’s straightest arrow — a respected, nonpartisan and fiercely apolitical public servant whose only lifetime motivation has been the search for justice.” Most of the subsequent press coverage has shown nary a doubt about Mueller’s purity.

But, during his 11 years as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mueller’s agency routinely violated federal law and the Bill of Rights.

Jan 30 09:03

Information Blackout Follows Putin-Netanyahu Meeting

What was today's most important diplomatic meeting, was also the least publicly discussed. And judging by the information blackout in its aftermath, that's just what the organizers intended.

Very few details have emerged from the lengthy Moscow talks between Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu, the duo's seventh face to face meeting in two years, in which the two leaders who are currently reshaping the middle east in the power vacuum left by the US, were expected to discuss military cooperation on Syria and Iran’s influence in the region.

Jan 30 09:02

#ReleaseTheMemo UPDATE: Now Declassified, Expect a Public Reading Next Week

When the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo appeared two weeks ago, unhinged Democratic Party conspiracy theorists like Adam Schiff demanded an investigation, claiming that “The Russians!” were somehow meddling on Twitter and driving the trending hashtag. His claim was bolstered by US government-linked propaganda construct know as ‘Hamilton 68’, run by an equally unhinged ideologue named Clint Watts (image, left) from the antediluvian cold warrior think-tank Foreign Policy Research Institute, and who appears to have been appointed by the deep state to run point on much of the anti-Russian conspiracy theorizing in the US mainstream media.

Jan 30 08:56

Democrat ex-Congresswoman Corrine Brown, 71, arrives at federal prison in a luxury Mercedes minibus to begin five-year sentence for stealing charity funds intended for poor children

A former Congresswoman has reported to federal prison to begin serving her five-year sentence for stealing money from a children's charity, arriving at the prison gates in a luxury Mercedes minibus.

Corrine Brown, 71, reported to FCI Coleman in Sumterville, Florida on Monday, 20 minutes before her noon deadline to surrender after her conviction on 18 counts of fraud and corruption.

Brown conferred with her spiritual advisor, Kelvin Cobaris, in the rented black Mercedes Sprinter before walking slowly toward the prison intake in a lavender blouse and black slacks, supported by Cobaris with one arm around her.

'I saw emotion, but I didn't see nervousness or fear. She was just ready to go face what she needed to face,' Cobaris told News4 Jax afterward. 'She's still the strong leader that we all know she is, and she sends her love to all of her constituents and those who have supported her throughout this process.'

Jan 30 08:54

ON BANKS REFUSING CASH WITHDRAWALS

I have received enough calls and emails on this within the last few weeks to A.) cause concern and B.) merit a post.

People are having difficulty withdrawing cash from banks. I just received the SECOND call on this from California this week. The question is, do banks have the right to deny you cash withdrawals?

The answer is NO. They do not. And both of the men I have heard from in California were obviously being bee-essed by their bank. The bank couldn’t cite statute, and then started haggling over the amount of cash withdrawals they would allow. That’s your dead give-away. If there were ANY statute or actual rule, the bank wouldn’t set up a conference call and then start haggling. You don’t haggle over laws and rules.

Jan 30 08:54

Major Russian Bank CEO Dire Warning: Anti-Russian Sanctions Mean War, US Should Remove Ambassador from Moscow

The US has threatened a new round of anti-Russian sanctions, scheduled to be announced today, Jan. 29. This new round is directed against Russian big business, banks, the rich and ex-oligarchs. Some of these reside in Russia and others in London, EU and US.

Russians at large don’t trust the class of the rich and oligarchs, believing their loyalties lie with the West, where their money is stashed away. To a degree this is correct. However, more and more proof is arriving daily that the opposite may be true in many cases. Some examples are striking and jaw-dropping.

Jan 30 08:53

Commonwealth Bank involved in rigging key market interest rate, ASIC alleges

Commonwealth Bank has become the latest bank embroiled in a rate rigging scandal, just a day after appointing a new chief executive.

Jan 30 08:52

Russia Puts the World's Largest Supersonic Bomber Back Into Serial Production

Russia has started test flying the first “new” Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber. However, this first airframe will primarily be used as a flight sciences test aircraft — it is not a fully equipped mission capable strategic bomber. Moreover, this particular airframe was likely assembled from parts that were originally built during the Soviet-era.

Jan 30 08:51

Father buys $64,259 ad calling for police to reopen investigation into son's death

A Wisconsin father spent nearly $65,000 to run a full-page ad in Tuesday's Washington Post to push police to reopen their investigation into his son's death. Michael Bell Jr. was shot and killed by officers in 2004. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty speaks to Michael's father about why he doesn't think his son's death was justified.

Jan 30 08:45

Russia's Top Anchor Explains Why a Big War in Ukraine is Imminent

With the arming of Kiev by the Trump administration, Ukraine is getting ready for a new offensive. The plan is to reintegrate Donbass

Jan 30 08:44

Go away: Russian fighter jet spooks American spy plane near Crimea

A Russian fighter plane has 'greeted' a US Navy P-3 Orion reconnaissance aircraft, flying by within five feet (1.5m).

The US Department of Defense said that a Russian fighter pilot forced the crew of the P-3 to abort its mission. The crew failed to finish their tasks over the Black Sea, just off the Russian borders. At times, it approached Sevastopol at a distance of 40 kilometers.

The American reconnaissance aircraft departed from Souda Bay airbase on the Greek island of Crete. It spent hours along the southern and south-western coast of the Crimea over the international waters of the Black Sea.

The flight path of the Russian Su-27 took place strictly in accordance with the international rules for the use of airspace, said the Ministry of Defense. The Russian fighter jet accompanied the American scout, observing all the necessary security measures.

Jan 30 08:44

‘Night Watcher’: Manhunt launched for violent suspected soldier who raids homes of the rich

A thief, dubbed the 'Night Watcher' by police, is terrorizing the homes of millionaires in the stockbroker belt. The burglar - believed to have served in the army - has stolen over £7 million ($9.8 million) worth of valuables.
The “highly trained professional” stalks his victims and keeps tabs on their homes for weeks before striking, using what police describe as “unnecessary levels of violence.”

His modus operandi is to wait until the cover of darkness, ambushing owners with a sawn-off shotgun and his face hidden under a balaclava. Victims are bound with cable ties and invariably beaten before he ransacks their safes.

‘The Night Watcher’ is believed to be responsible for at least seven raids, including a hold-up at Goodwood House, the ancestral seat of the Earl of March. The robber made off with £700,000 ($982,000) worth of goods.

Jan 30 08:43

Celebrities Host Anti-Trump ‘People’s State of the Union’: ‘This Is the Heart of Patriotism’

Celebrities and activists gathered in New York City Monday night for the star-studded “People’s State of the Union,” a public rally meant to serve as counter-programming to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Actors Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano, John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Schumer, Kathy Najimy, Patricia Arquette, Rosie Perez, and Gina Gershon were joined by Whoopi Goldberg, billionaire left-wing mega-donor Tom Steyer, musicians Common and Andra Day, and documentary filmmakers Michael Moore and Fisher Stevens for the event, which was held at Manhattan’s Town Hall Theater and live-streamed online.

Other speakers included immigration activists and other members of the anti-Trump “Resistance” movement, many of whom wore T-shirts with the phrase, “We are all Dreamers.”

Ruffalo, a frequent and outspoken critic of the Trump administration, served as the night’s de facto emcee.

Jan 30 08:38

It Begins: ‘Secret Empires’ Book Set to Rock Official Washington

On Monday, publishing giant HarperCollins released the book cover of Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer’s forthcoming book, Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends. While little is known about the book’s contents, five images on the book’s cover suggest that Schweizer’s next targets may include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), former Vice President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State John Kerry, and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

According to the publisher, Secret Empires will expose vast corruption by top Washington figures who leverage their political power to enrich their family members and friends, often by helping grease deals with foreign entities.

Jan 30 08:37

Volcanic Unrest at Mauna Loa, Earth’s Largest Active Volcano

Mauna Loa is showing persistent signs of volcanic unrest. Since 2014, increased seismicity and deformation indicate that Mauna Loa, the volcano that dominates more than half of the island of Hawai?i, may be building toward its first eruption since 1984.

Thousands of residents and key infrastructure are potentially at risk from lava flows, so a critical question is whether the volcano will follow patterns of previous eruptions or return to its now historically unprecedented 33-year slumber.

Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times since 1843, an average of one eruption every 5 years [Trusdell, 2012]. Typical of shield-building Hawaiian volcanoes, Mauna Loa hosts a summit caldera and two rift zones, the Northeast Rift Zone (NERZ) and the Southwest Rift Zone (SWRZ; Figure 1, inset).

Jan 30 08:37

WATCH: Egyptian Historian Unhinged – Jews Killed and Tortured Thousands of Germans in ‘Counter Holocaust’

Egyptologist Bassam El Shammaa, in an interview aired on Egyptian television last month, outlandishly claimed that the death of six million Jews was “disputable” since “at the time, there weren’t six million Jews in the world.”

“Because of those six million who were burned in the Holocaust, (the Jews say:) ‘Help us! Hitler burned us,'” El Shammaa said, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

El Shammaa continued, “The Jews claim that Hitler and the Nazis burned six million of them and put them in camps.”

“They send you to visit there, in Germany, and you see the burnt bones and all that. First of all, the figure of six million is under dispute. This is a very large figure. At the time, there weren’t six million Jews in the world. So this figure is disputed among historians,” he said.

Jan 30 08:36

Antarctic Volcano Warning: Ash Could ‘Encircle The Globe’ Causing Worldwide Health Problems

Scientists are sounding the alarm about a volcano eruption in Antartica that could cause global health problems. The ash from this eruption could encircle the globe, affecting millions of people.

Deception Island, off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, is a hotbed of volcanic activity with at least 50 craters spread across the region. A recent study done in the area by scientists has found evidence that an eruption on the island could disrupt air traffic on continents in the Southern Hemisphere, including South America and Africa. It could also cause some major health concerns for the whole globe.

The findings of the research show that Antarctica’s volcanoes can have an effect across the world, says Charles Connor, a geoscientist at the University of South Florida in Tampa not involved in the research. “We have to reassess the potential hazards for global transportation networks posed by even these remote volcanoes.”

Jan 30 08:36

Stunning view of Antarctica’s tallest volcano

A chain of volcanoes along a 900-kilometer (560-mile) stretch of Antarctica’s Pacific coast, similar in size to the Cascade volcanic chain in North America, is home to Antarctica’s tallest volcano — Mount Sidley. The Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of this volcano on November 20, 2014.

Jan 30 08:35

'Homeless hero' who stole phones from Manchester bombing victims, cancelled calls and replied 'sorry can't talk now' to loved ones desperately trying to get hold of their injured families is jailed for four years

A homeless man who stole phones from victims of the Manchester Arena attack and replied 'sorry I can't talk now' as loved ones tried to desperately get hold of them was today jailed for more than four years.
Chris Parker, 33, shamelessly ransacked victim's bags following the devastating bombing in May last year which killed 22 people and injured 400 others following an Ariana Grande concert.

Jan 30 08:35

Mattis has a crucial task -- stopping Trump from going to war with North Korea

Defense Secretary James Mattis begins his second year in the Trump Administration with perhaps just one absolutely crucial task -- stopping President Donald Trump from going to war against North Korea.

Along with Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mattis will spend the next few weeks walking a fine line. The two must assure the President that there are credible US military options to stop North Korea if it comes to war and they launch a missile at the US or an ally, while at the same time continuing to make clear what a disaster a war would be.

How both men navigate this political minefield in the second year of the Trump White House may move them far outside the cocoon-like zone they operated in during the first year of the administration when they kept largely out of the public eye.

Jan 30 08:35

Rare Sub-Antarctic volcano eruption captured on film

A rarely seen volcanic eruption on a sub-Antarctic island has been captured by a team of scientists sailing near the remote area. Heard Island, about 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) southwest of Australia and just 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the coast of Antarctica, is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) long and is dominated by an active volcano known as Big Ben. Volcanic activity at the spot has been known since 1881, and satellites recorded eruptions there in the 1990s and 2000s. However, because the island is remote and rarely visited, eye-witness accounts of such eruptions are few and far between.

Jan 30 08:34

Georgia police chief's son, 21, weeps in court as he's charged with murder for 'beating his three-year-old stepson to death with a BELT'

The son of a police chief in Georgia broke down in tears as he made his first appearance on Monday after being charged with whipping to death his three-year-old stepson with a belt.
Joshua Richards was led into a courtroom in a lime-green jail garb, with handcuffs on his wrists and shackles around his ankles, to face a judge for the first time since the death of his stepson Brentley Gore on Sunday.

Jan 30 08:34

Israel embarrassed by its Holocaust-denying allies in Poland

A crisis is brewing between Warsaw and Tel Aviv over a new Polish law criminalizing mention of the role some Poles played in the German genocide of Jews during World War II.

The law passed in the lower house and is expected to pass in the senate and be signed by the president before it takes effect.

From Israel’s perspective, the problem is how to appear sufficiently upset in order to maintain the self-declared Jewish state’s self-appointed role as the guardian of the memory of the millions murdered.

It’s an awkward balancing act since in the 21st century, anti-Semites and even some Holocaust deniers are among Israel’s closest and most fervent allies.

Jan 30 08:33

If The Deep State Propaganda Fails, Get Ready For The Event From Hell: Q

House Committee expected to vote on #releasethememo and Trump in going to approve it. The cabal (deep state) is scrambling and pushing out as much propaganda as possible. McCabe stepped down from the FBI, some are saying he was forced out, its all coming down and there is no place to hide.

Jan 30 08:32

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JANUARY 30, 2018: SDF SENDS REINFORCEMENTS TO AFRIN

On January 29, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces fully secured the town of Abu al-Duhur in eastern Idlib after a series of clashes with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).

Meanwhile, pro-militant sources reported that the Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces started conducting airstrikes in the area of Saraqib in a move described as a preparation for the upcoming SAA offensive there.

Overnight on January 30, a Turkish military convoy reportedly reached the area of Al-Eis in southern Aleppo in order to establish an observation point there. According to the media wing of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), several vehicles of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are now stationed there.

Jan 30 08:31

Lee Zeldin Destroys Adam Schiff and House Intel Committee Democrats

Congressman Lee Zeldin shreds Adam Schiff for lying to the American people. Zeldin says Schiff never allowed any Republicans on the committee to see the supposed Schiff memo, if it even exists.

Jan 30 08:29

Moniker mystery! Meryl Streep, 68, has applied to trademark her name after more than 40 years in Hollywood

She's been in business for 43 years and is one of the most respected and honored actresses in Hollywood history.

And on January 22, Meryl Streep, 68, applied to trademark her name.

The star of The Post, Julia & Julia, and Sophie's Choice filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office requesting that the name Meryl Streep be trademarked for 'entertainment services,' movie appearances, speaking engagements and autographs.

Jan 30 08:28

The Banality of Good Pt. 4: Anti-Semitism, Racism and cultural identity

Clara: Let’s talk a bit more about anti-Semitism. The same people who warned me off have accused you of being an anti-Semite. They quote you as writing: ‘Actually I carefully carve out the contempt for the Jew in me’. Now I understand that an anti-Semite is a person who discriminates against Jews as a race. So are you a racist who hates his own race instead of a different one?

Jan 30 08:28

EXCLUSIVE: Obama/Clinton secret operation handed Port Canaveral cargo container terminal to brother/business partner of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear bomb mastermind; sub and space bases in danger

America is facing a grave national security nightmare at Florida’s Port Canaveral.

After an apparent Clinton pay-to-play operation, Barack Hussein Obama administration officials handed over control of Port Canaveral’s cargo container operations to the brother of Saddam Hussein’s chief WMD nuclear physicist, Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar.

Port Canaveral is home to a U.S. Navy submarine base and sits within the nexus of U.S. Air Force and NASA space operations. Canaveral is also the second largest cruise ship port in the world.

Jan 30 08:27

Multiple Motives Exist As Reason For Turkish Invasion Of Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Turkey has invaded Syria to fight against the Kurds. Turkey is fighting alongside FSA terrorists while the United States, a Turkish ally is fighting alongside Kurdish terrorists. The Syrian military is pushing northwest toward Idlib city and the Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah forces remain in the country to stabilize the situation and defeat jihadist groups continuing to operate there. The Kurds work with the FSA but the FSA is now working with the Turks. The FSA also works with the United States who in turn works with the Kurds.

This is a brief example of the complexities of the Syrian crisis, exacerbated by recent events. For most casual observers, it is becoming harder to determine who is fighting who and likewise who is working together. With so many competing agendas and interests, the waters have become so muddied even researchers and journalists familiar with the crisis are less clear as to what is happening in Syria right now.

Jan 30 08:23

Rep. Nancy Pelosi falls apart on air after CNN’s Chris Cuomo confronts her about the memo

Well, I have to admit, although I am not much of a Chris Cuomo fan I have to say he absolutely killed it during Monday night’s broadcast when he confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the memo. In fact, much props to Cuomo for his effort. His persistence may have even bumped CNN’s tarnished reputation back up one notch — or not. LOL.

Jan 30 08:12

Canada: Asians March Against Trudeau, Demand Apology For Hijab Hoax

Around 100 members of Canada's Asian community held a march in Regina on Sunday to demand Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologize for pushing a hate crime hoax where a Muslim girl claimed an "Asian" man attacked her over her hijab.

Jan 30 08:11

'Did I Read This Right?' James Damore Stunned As YouTube, Google CEOs Echo His Memo Exactly

Diversity memo author James Damore expressed shock Monday after YouTube CEO Susan Wojicicki and Google CEO Sundar Pichai defended of their industry's lack of so-called "diversity" by echoing nearly the exact same statements he was fired for.

"Did I read this right? Susan Wojicicki said that women find 'geeky male industries' (as opposed to 'social industries') 'not very interesting' and Sundar cites research on gender differences," Damore tweeted.

Jan 30 08:10

MSNBC Host: 'Is It Possible Devin Nunes Is A Russian Agent?'

Is this the most insane conspiracy theory any MSNBC host has ever spread?

Tuesday morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe, co-host John Heilemann questioned whether House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was a "Russian agent."

Jan 30 08:10

Two DACA DREAMers Arrested For 'Human Smuggling' In Two Separate Incidents In One Week

They'll do the jobs Americans won't.

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