Caracas - Venezuela´s opposition called a nationwide strike for Thursday to press President Nicolas Maduro to back off a rewriting of the constitution, ratcheting up tensions after an unofficial vote rejecting Maduro´s plan and amid months of deadly protests. The strike call, issued on Monday, was part of what the opposition called a "final offensive" aimed at forcing Maduro out through early elections before his term ends in 2019. On Sunday, in an event organized by the opposition, more than a third of Venezuela´s 19 million voters rejected Maduro´s bid to have a citizens´ body called a "Constituent Assembly"
Comments: Incredibly, Twitter is quiet about this. This is huge.
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Get the damned Castro Cubans out, and Venezuela can be free again. If you take the WSJ, read Mary Anastasia O´Grady´s column from this morning, which is very enlightening, if alarming. Fidel Castro wanted to turn all of South America red. Cuba, ruled by little brother Raul Castro, is still trying. Fidel went the way of all flesh; maybe Raul and his hand-picked successor will do the same soon.
OP-liberals are always quiet when reality intrudes on their cultist thinking. ISIS murdering gays. Terrorism, abuse of women from Islamic teachings and men. Cuban people poor as church mice and with access to almost nothing. Bernie and his wife living in million dollar homes and her gaming the system and forcing a small college to close. Just to name a few off the top of my head, we know the drill.
Maduro cares nothing if strikes happen - he´ll ´Tienanmen´ them down in the streets with his loyal thugs in and out of uniform. We abrogated our authority long ago and only a Reagan would have the cajones to do something about it. Sad that we spent trillions of dollars and thousands of lives to ´bring democracy´ to mid-easterners who didn´t want or even understand the concept while next door we ignore millions of Venezuelans who are starving.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is on track to expand at a 4.0 percent annualized pace in the third quarter with inventory investment contributing 1.12 percentage points to growth, the Atlanta Federal Reserve´s GDP Now forecast model showed on Thursday. Last Friday, the government said its first reading on the gross domestic product in the second quarter was a 2.6 percent growth pace, which was 0.2 point below Atlanta Fed´s final estimate.
The transparency is obvious for anyone who has followed the history of motives behind U.S. business entities, and affiliates, who each have vested financial interests in global manufacturing exploitation to the detriment of America’s economic interests and U.S middle-class workers. (snip] For many years CTH has been warning about the “trillion dollar stakeholders” in the multinational corporatism that infects the U.S. body politic. Toward that end manufacturing CEO’s, who have vested interests in retaining international manufacture of their products for U.S. market, took up positions aboard President Trump’s manufacturing council in an effort to steer the “America First” shift in economic policy. Those CEO council voices initially convinced President Trump not to “scrap” the NAFTA trade deal Source and text corrected*
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort parted ways with WilmerHale, the law firm defending him, earlier this week. That was largely because Bob Mueller’s 16-lawyer Russia probe—which is targeting him—has shifted its focus and is drilling down on tax issues, which aren’t WilmerHale’s specialty. But the parting of ways with WilmerHale was also in part because Manafort’s finances are increasingly strained, according to sources familiar with the situation. “Paul Manafort’s resolve is limitless, but his resources are not,” said a person close to Manafort. Manafort isn’t the only person facing financial challenges because of the legal costs of responding to Mueller’s probe.
Pope Francis has given a Belgian religious order until the end of August to stop offering euthanasia to psychiatric patients. Brother Rene Stockman, superior general of the order, told Catholic News Service the Pope gave his personal approval to a Vatican demand that the Brothers of Charity, which runs 15 centres for psychiatric patients across Belgium, must reverse its policy by the end of August. Brothers who serve on the board of the Brothers of Charity Group, the organization that runs the centers, also must each sign a joint letter to their superior general declaring that they “fully support the vision of
State lawmakers around the country are pushing bold and ambitious education reform plans and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appears content to let them lead the way. “It’s encouraging to see so many states pass pro-student and pro-parent legislation that expands the educational opportunities available to children and their families,” DeVos told RealClearEducation in a statement. “I’ve always said that parents and educators at the grassroots level know best what their students need.” While the secretary is a vocal proponent of school choice, she prefers that states and local officials take the initiative. Even with Republican control of the White House and Capitol
Many Westerners cheered when the Chinese Communist Party announced it was going to allow all Chinese couples a second child. They quite naturally assumed that this meant an across-the-board relaxation of a policy that had caused tremendous suffering among the Chinese people. I was not convinced. There is often a striking distance between Beijing’s policy pronouncements and the harsh reality on the ground. In fact, not long ago I testified before Congress that “Despite the new Two-Child Policy, the Chinese Communist Party remains as firmly in control of fertility as ever…the Chinese state, rather than the Chinese people, decide how many children
No one likes to hear that their ex is doing great, Greg Gutfeld began on his show Saturday night. Yet President Trump is the media´s ex, and he is doing just fine, the host chuckled. The president tapped Gen. John Kelly to replace Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff last week, a move Gutfeld said is a slap to the media. "Trump´s choice of Kelly rejects the mili-phobia of libs in the media who spent decades declaring that the only working part of the government, the military, consists of evil fascists," he stated. Kelly is expected to bring order to a White House staff that suffers from leaks of sensitive information and infighting.
Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country´s Supreme Court to disqualify him from office. The ruling came after a probe into his family´s wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Mr Sharif´s children to offshore companies. Mr Sharif has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the case. The five judges reached a unanimous verdict in the Islamabad court, which was filled to capacity. "Following the verdict, Nawaz Sharif has divested himself of his responsibility as prime minister," a spokesman for Mr Sharif´s office said in a statement. However, it said he had "serious reservations" about the
he Brexit referendum result could be "trumped" if Labour used its next general election manifesto to commit to not leaving the EU, or holding a second referendum on withdrawal, London mayor Sadiq Khan has said. In a pointed intervention after days of conflicting signals on Brexit from senior Labour figures, Mr Khan insisted he was an "optimist" about the chances of the UK staying in the EU. Mr Khan said Labour needed to be clear on its stance, telling The Guardian: "For it to have credibility with the British public, there would have to be a Labour manifesto offer, because the public
Planned Parenthood says it´s sending superhero capes to the 51 senators who voted against the Senate´s ObamaCare repeal bill. [snip]The Senate GOP´s healthcare bill failed in a 49-51 vote late Thursday night, stifling Republicans´ hope of fulfilling their seven-year promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the deciding vote on the bill, joining GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) in breaking with their party to oppose the bill. The bill would have defunded Planned Parenthood and repealed key parts of ObamaCare, getting rid of the individual and employer mandates in the healthcare plan.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:35 P.M.) – The Al-Umari Brigade in southern Syria is no longer receiving weapons and ammunition from the U.S. military, the rebel group’s spokesman announced on Saturday, as cited by Smart News Agency. While the Al-Umari Brigade no longer receives weapons and ammunition, the group’s spokesman did claim that the program to train rebels is still ongoing in Jordan. However, the program is specifically geared to train rebel fighters to combat the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in Syria, not to fight the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies.
Multiple news outlets across the West have praised an Egyptian military tank crew for thinking quickly and acting fast to contain a car bomb and save over 50 nearby civilians after suicide attackers approached them in Arish on Monday. The military stated that the tank stopped the vehicle, which had been carrying four gunmen, at a security checkpoint in the North Sinai capital, and attempted to contain as much of the blast as possible by crushing the car with the tank itself. Despite their best efforts, seven civilians were killed after the bomb went off. However, local and international media outlets commended
(Video) - Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she was devastated and drained after her loss to Donald Trump in 2016, but regained her strength by relying on a mix of prayer, yoga and “my fair share of Chardonnay.” Clinton, speaking at an event focused on her faith at New York’s Riverside Church, said she did not think she was going to lose heading into Election Day and was entirely thrown by the defeat. To get through it, Clinton said, she turned inward, relying on her “internal resources” and the support of her family and friends. (Snip) And, in a light moment, Clinton added, “Yes, I had my fair share of Chardonnay.”
The Trump Justice Department has once again cleared former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner of criminal liability stemming from the tea party targeting. In a letter to top Republicans, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said they re-reviewed the case and concluded there isn’t enough evidence to charge Ms. Lerner, who was at the center of the targeting. Mr. Boyd said the new review included lawyers who only recently joined the department and weren’t part of the Obama administration’s earlier decision. “After this process, the Department determined that reopening the investigation would not be
In an interview with Channel 4, a British public service television network, American actress Jennifer Lawrence blamed the recent hurricanes on Donald Trump’s voters, because they don´t believe in man-made climate change. During the lengthy interview on her new movie Mother!, the conversation turned political about halfway through. After discussing the alleged pay gap between men and women, the interviewer asked Lawrence about climate change and the political climate in America. “I mean when the director was asked about the film, why it was so dark, he said, ‘It’s a mad time to be alive.’ And there is certainly an
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has taken a ton of heat over the past few days for essentially claiming that the warnings over Hurricane Irma — a massive Category 5 storm heading right for Florida — were related to a broader “deep state” conspiracy to promote climate change, force people to buy bottled water and increase the news media’s ratings. During his radio program yesterday, Limbaugh remained defiant, claiming that media accusations that he was placing people in danger by spreading conspiracy theories were completely untrue. And yet, at the same time, he doubled down on what he previously had said,
In the beginning of the 2016 presidential race, most conservatives like myself, had their own favorites and very few considered Donald Trump as one. Mine was Rick Perry followed by Marco Rubio once Gov. Perry dropped out. As the race proceeded and Trump continued to mow them all down, I was dismayed at how the debates seemed to be fixed by the GOP establishment and the media. Then a strange thing happened. I started listening to what Donald Trump was saying during his campaign. My brother Joe who was battling late stage cancer called me up one night speaking enthusiastically about how
The news that President Trump abandoned Republicans to strike a deal with congressional Democrats on a three-month extension of the debt limit yielded a predictable response from his predictable cheerleaders: It was brilliant and typically shrewd for the author of “The Art of the Deal” to take the very first offer the Democrats made and ask for nothing in return. Less obsequious observers on the right claimed this was the long-prophesied moment. The seventh seal had been broken. Donald Trump was “pivoting” at last. “The pivot is real and it’s spectacular!” proclaimed Ben Domenech, the publisher of The Federalist. In the lexicon
Sexual harassment investigations at Fox News had on-air hosts coming and going on Friday. The network has cut loose Eric Bolling, who was suspended on Aug. 5, and has also canceled his daily program “Fox News Specialists.” The law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, investigated allegations that Bolling used his cellphone to send unsolicited photos of male genitalia to current and former female colleagues at the network. The firm has been handling harassment claims at the 21st Century Fox unit. “Fox News Channel is canceling the ‘Specialists,’ and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” a Fox News
WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine says he does not know much about so-called members of “antifascist” (Antifa) groups but says it is unfair to paint them with a broad brush. When asked by The Daily Caller Thursday if Antifa should be considered a terrorist organization, Kaine replied: “I don’t like broad brushes and I don’t know enough about them to say that they’re terrorists but people who do violent things. The law should take care of them.” The Department of Homeland Security has called the activities of Antifa “domestic terrorist violence,” according to Politico. Kaine’s son, Linwood, was
Protesters rallied Tuesday against the Trump administration´s plan to end a program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation. "We are here because I am angry. I am tired of how the immigrant community is treated," Jose Luis Santiago, a DACA recipient, told CNN en Español at a protest outside Trump Tower in New York. "It is time to take action." In Washington, Gustavo Torres, executive director for the immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland, told a demonstration Trump lied to immigrants. "For many months, he has been telling us, ´I love the Dreamers.´ You remember that?" Torres said, referring to the group
The National Science Foundation is spending over $130,000 on a study that asks four-year-olds about their "internal sense of gender identity." A grant for a two-year study was awarded to the University of Washington this summer. The project will interview 250 children aged four to six, and their parents, asking a series of questions about "gendered behavior." "Prominent theories of gender development have discussed the degree to which gender identity results from an internal sense of gender and socialization processes," according to the grant. "However, tests of these theories have been limited because, for most children, internal gender identity and
Suddenly, it seems like Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) are driving the agenda in Congress. The deal President Trump struck with the two Democrats over the objection of the majority leaders in his own party has at least temporarily upended the balance of power in Washington, emboldening Democrats who now see space to work with Trump on immigration and spending. It’s a dramatic shift from Trump’s first seven months in office, when the president worked almost exclusively with Republicans and Democrats were largely an afterthought. But
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