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John Ford, convicted of bribery,
ineligible to run for elected office,
state says. He’s filed anyway.
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 7:59:29 PM Post Reply
The Tennessee Coordinator of Elections says John Ford is ineligible to seek or hold elected public office in Tennessee, but that hasn’t stopped him from filing to run for general sessions court clerk. Ford, 77, is the former state senator who left public office after being convicted of bribery in 2007 in the Tennessee Waltz scandal. Ford was convicted of accepting $55,000 in cash payoffs from an undercover agent posing as a corrupt businessman. He was sentenced to five years in prison after his 30-plus years in the state legislature.(Snip) “I have lawyers and everything like that. State law—I’m not
Admiral retaliating against Navy
SEAL for Trump pardon, attorney says
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 7:36:03 PM Post Reply
San Diego—An attorney for a Navy SEAL convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State militant contended Wednesday that Navy leaders are trying to remove him from the elite force in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision last week to restore his rank. Rear Adm. Collin Green made his intentions clear at a staff meeting Monday that he wants to remove Special Warfare Operations Chief Edward Gallagher’s Trident pin, which designates him as a SEAL, attorney Timothy Parlatore said. Green is the Naval Special Warfare commander. “What I’m hearing is that the rear admiral said very disparaging comments about the president
Feminism as Gender Terrorism: The
Mortal Vendetta Against the Male Sex
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Posted by Hazymac 11/20/2019 7:01:53 PM Post Reply
Egyptian-American feminist Mona Eltahawy is in the news again, having gone on record suggesting the weekly “culling” of men. She calls this an imaginary scenario, but it is nonetheless hateful and an obvious incentive to homicidal violence. As she put it in a fawning CBC interview, anticipating her recent appearance on Australian public television (now scrubbed by ABC but still accessible on Sydney Watson’s channel): "Knowing that this is very disturbing, I ask people to imagine… a scenario in which we kill a certain number of men every week. How many men must we kill until patriarchy sits across the table from us and says,
Ben Carson on Maxine Waters Letter:
‘Basic Manners Elude You’
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Posted by Imright 11/20/2019 6:32:41 PM Post Reply
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) lacked “basic manners” in penning a letter to President Donald Trump last month saying his “shamelessness knows no bounds.” Waters’ October 28 letter demanded answers from the Trump administration about its plan to push homeless Californians out of homeless encampments, Politico reported. The Washington Post reported in September that the administration has pushed for a crackdown on homeless encampments in California, with aides discussing the possibility of moving them to government-run facilities. “Shamelessness,” Carson wrote in a reply letter obtained by Politico,
FBI Seeks Interview With CIA
WhistleLeaker Eric Ciaramella
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Posted by Imright 11/20/2019 6:23:59 PM Post Reply
The FBI is seeking an interview with CIA snitch Eric Ciaramella over some of the issues raised in his August whistleblower complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Yahoo reported: The FBI recently sought to question the CIA whistleblower who filed a complaint over President Trump’s July 25 Ukraine call — a move that came after a vigorous internal debate within the bureau over how to respond to some of the issues raised by the complaint’s allegations and whether they needed to be more thoroughly investigated, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Ukraine widens probe against Burisma
founder to embezzlement of state funds
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Posted by earlybird 11/20/2019 6:14:24 PM Post Reply
KIEV - Ukraine has widened its investigation into the founder of energy company Burisma to include suspicion of embezzling state funds, Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka said on Wednesday. (Snip)Ryaboshapka said Zlochevsky was now suspected of the “theft of government funds(Snip) Ryaboshapka was speaking after being asked about a document from the general prosecutor’s office that was leaked at a separate press conference by three lawmakers earlier on Wednesday. The document, only part of which was visible, showed Kulyk suspected Zlochevsky of offences including using his official position to embezzle 800 million hryvnias ($33 million) of money belonging to the central bank.
Joe Biden Becomes Unwitting Grandparent
Again – DNA Paternity Test Confirms Hunter
Biden Father to Arkansas Baby “Roberts”….
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Posted by Imright 11/20/2019 6:03:37 PM Post Reply
After trying to deny he had a relationship with a woman in Arkansas, and after a DNA test proves paternity, lawyers for Hunter Biden will no longer fight Arkansas lawsuit. Hunter Biden is the father, and presidential candidate Joe Biden is a grandfather again ARKANSAS – DNA testing has established, “with scientific certainty,” that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Independence County on behalf of the child’s mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts.Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, “
Schiff’s claim that the whistleblower
has a ‘statutory right’ to anonymity
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Posted by Imright 11/20/2019 5:18:32 PM Post Reply
“I am concerned about a bad-faith effort to out a whistleblower who has a statutory right to remain anonymous.”— Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), in a closed-door deposition of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Oct. 29, 2019 “The whistleblower has a right to anonymity. There are public reports that the life of the whistleblower has been threatened. We do not want this committee used, or this testimony used, to try to exact political retribution against the whistleblower.”(Snip) Does the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Trump have a “statutory right” to remain anonymous, as Schiff claims?
Setting the Record Straight on the
Value of US Military Aid to Ukraine
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Posted by Judy W. 11/20/2019 5:06:47 PM Post Reply
KYIV, Ukraine—U.S. military aid is a luxury, not a necessity, for Ukrainian combat operations to counter Russian aggression. From what I’ve seen, the country is perfectly capable of fighting its own war—with or without the American military aid. However, recent news reports and social media commentaries highlight the fact that Ukraine’s armed forces suffered at least 13 combat deaths during the 55 days in which the Trump administration withheld nearly $400 million in military aid from mid-July to mid-September. David Frum [tweet] These Ukrainian soldiers were killed in August 2019, while President Trump was withholding congressionally voted military aid to pressure Ukraine
Democratic debate: All eyes are on Pete
Buttigieg, especially from skeptical black voters
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Posted by NorthernDog 11/20/2019 4:51:07 PM Post Reply
Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's success in recent polls suggests he has a big target on his back — one that, if not skillfully negotiated, could cost him the Democratic nomination. Buttigieg’s campaign is surging, just in time for Wednesday’s Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. Once an obscure long shot, Buttigieg has wedged his way to the top of a field featuring Democratic candidates Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Buttigieg is leading in the Iowa polls, with 25% of voters in one survey saying he’s their first choice for president. Since September
MPs demand Zelensky, Trump investigate suspicion of U.S.-Ukraine corruption involving $7.4 bln replies
Posted by Labrador Heaven 11/20/2019 4:19:55 PM Post Reply
KYIV. Nov 20 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian members of parliament have demanded the presidents of Ukraine and the United States, Volodymyr Zelensky and Donald Trump, investigate suspicions of the legalization of $7.4 billion by the "family" of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych through the American investment fund Franklin Templeton Investments, which they said has ties to the U.S. Democratic Party./snip/Last week, November 14, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO), unnoticed by the media, announced a new suspicion to the notorious owner of Burisma, ex-Ecology Minister Zlochevsky.
Exclusive: Inside Jeffrey Epstein's New
Mexico ranch: Jaw-dropping pictures show
pedophile's eight person party shower,
life-sized installation of a crucified
Jesus and 'underground strip club where
teens would entertain VIP guests'
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 4:13:06 PM Post Reply
Dozens of new photos and video give the most revealing look yet into Jeffrey Epstein's notorious 'baby making ranch' in the New Mexico desert, including his eight person party shower that is outfitted with dozens of bottles of oils, DailyMail(dot)com can exclusively reveal. The dead financier used the 10,000-acre Zorro Ranch as a playground for his VIP guests, who he brought to the secluded estate a few times a year, entertaining his entourage of 30 with four-wheelers and rumored illicit activities.(Snip) Another source says security cameras were secretly fitted in every room and recorded the behavior of the rich and famous,
The myth of Mayor Pete replies
Posted by MissMolly 11/20/2019 4:12:48 PM Post Reply
What is it about Mayor Pete Buttigieg that’s going to most appeal to the people of Atlanta? Is it the years he spent in consultancy on the McKinsey payroll? Perhaps it’s the large donations he’s secured from a few Silicon Valley donors — because we know how much the new left loves billionaires. And in a heavily African American city, his unspeakable whiteness, Harvard degree and subtle homosexuality should go over a treat. There are several reasons why Buttigieg shouldn’t be the candidate to beat tonight — he shouldn’t even be a threat. Yet he heads to the Oprah Winfrey stage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta tonight as the talking-point-in-chief.
PG&E begins new mass power shutoff
likely to affect up to 450,000 people
in 18 northern and central California
counties because of fire danger that
has lasted since October
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 3:54:48 PM Post Reply
California's largest power utility began shutting off power Wednesday to hundreds of thousands of people in 18 northern and central counties in the state as the region faces extreme fire weather that has lasted since October. Up to 450,000 people could be affected by the outage, according to the LA Times. A virtually rainless fall has left brush bone-dry and forecasts called for low humidity and winds gusting at times to 55 mph. The conditions have raised fears that tree branches or other debris could fall on to power lines, causing sparks that may set off catastrophic fires in the region,
2019 poised to be Earth’s
second-hottest year, NOAA says
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 3:29:37 PM Post Reply
2019 is poised to be either the second or third-warmest year on record, according to newly released data from the US government. According to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the “global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for October 2019 was the second-highest for the month of October,” dating back to 1880. “The year-to-date temperature for 2019 was also the second warmest on record for the January–October period,” NOAA added. “Based on current anomalies and historical global annual temperature readings, it appears that it is virtually certain that 2019
Gallup: 57% Approve of Trump's
Handling of Economy
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Posted by M2 11/20/2019 3:08:11 PM Post Reply
A new poll shows that 57% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the economy and that, despite the impeachment inquiry, Trump's job approval is holding steady at 43%. Among Republicans, Trump's job approval is at 90%. Gallup conducted the survey Nov. 1-14. The impeachment inquiry officially started on Sept. 24 and the first televised public hearings of the inquiry occurred on Nov. 13. In the survey, Gallup asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president?" Forty-three percent said they approved and 54% said they disapproved.
Confederate statue removed from
historic North Carolina courthouse
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 3:06:24 PM Post Reply
A North Carolina county removed a Confederate statue from a historic courthouse early on Wednesday, joining the handful of places around the state where such monuments have come down in recent years despite a law protecting them. News outlets reported that a subdued crowd of several dozen people watched as the statue of a soldier was taken down overnight outside the historic Chatham county courthouse, where it had stood since 1907. By dawn, even the base was gone. The removal comes months after Winston-Salem officials removed a Confederate statue from land there that had passed into private hands. Protesters have also torn down
Pence's Chief of Staff:
'This Alleged Discussion Recalled
by Ambassador Sondland Never Happened'
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Posted by M2 11/20/2019 3:05:25 PM Post Reply
Vice President Mike Pence's office released a statement Wednesday morning refuting Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony that he told Pence about the alleged quid pro quo being pushed by President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani. “The Vice President never had a conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens, Burisma, or the conditional release of financial aid to Ukraine based upon potential investigations," said the statement by Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short.
GOP Holds Firm in Wake of Sondland
Testimony: ‘Democrats’ Smear
Campaign Is Falling Apart’
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Posted by M2 11/20/2019 3:01:12 PM Post Reply
The GOP is standing firm in the wake of Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s Wednesday testimony, particularly highlighting his admission that he never heard President Trump tell him that aid to Ukraine was contingent on an investigation into the Bidens. Sondland testified on Wednesday that Trump “never told me directly that the aid was conditioned” on the investigations and did not recall Trump “ever talking to me about any security assistance, ever.” He told Democrat counsel Daniel Goldman that no one told him aid was tied to anything, adding, “I was presuming it was.” “No quid pro quo … that’s all I got from President Trump,” Sondland repeated during the testimony.
Fossil fuel production on track
for double the safe climate limit
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Posted by Ribicon 11/20/2019 2:58:50 PM Post Reply
The world’s nations are on track to produce more than twice as much coal, oil and gas as can be burned in 2030 while restricting rise in the global temperature to 1.5C, analysis shows. The report is the first to compare countries’ stated plans for fossil fuel extraction with the goals of the Paris climate agreement, which is to keep global heating well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, and to aim for 1.5C. It exposes a huge gap, with fossil fuel production in 2030 heading for 50% more than is consistent with 2C, and 120% more than that for 1.5C. Scientists have warned
Republicans to Subpoena Whistleblower,
Hunter Biden, Alexandra Chalupa
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Posted by M2 11/20/2019 2:58:07 PM Post Reply
Republicans intend to subpoena testimony and documents related to the anonymous whistleblower, Hunter Biden, and Democratic National Committee contractor Alexandra Chalupa, according to a letter they sent to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). “Although Speaker Pelosi promised that Democrats would ‘treat the President with fairness,’ you have repeatedly prevented Republicans from fully and fairly examining issues central to the Democrats’ ‘impeachment inquiry,’” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Oversight and Reform Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote in a November 20, 2019, letter.
‘It’s all over!’ Trump reads smoking
gun moment of impeachment testimony
that exonerates him
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Posted by Imright 11/20/2019 2:33:05 PM Post Reply
President Donald Trump declared that the Democratic Party’s partisan impeachment inquisition is “all over,” following the testimony Wednesday from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Speaking to reporters outside the White House as he was departing to Austin, Texas, Trump read from hand-written notes on Sondland’s testimony.“I just noticed one thing, and I would say that means it’s all over,” the president said. Trump said Sondland asked him, “What do you want from Ukraine? I keep hearing all these different ideas and theories. What do you want? What do you want?”“It was a very short and abrupt conversation that he had with me,”
Photo: Alleged whistleblower Eric
Ciaramella shakes hands with
Barack Obama in Oval Office
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Posted by Imright 11/20/2019 2:21:12 PM Post Reply
A year after Ukraine official and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella left President Trump’s White House, a picture of him shaking Barack Obama’s hand was published on a close friend's wedding website. The Oval Office photograph, obtained by the Washington Examiner, is circulating among Trump allies who consider it evidence that the alleged whistleblower is biased against Trump and had partisan motivations when he filed an Aug. 12 complaint that sparked impeachment proceedings. In the photograph, a smiling Ciaramella, then Ukraine director on the National Security Council at the White House, is shown shaking Obama's hand.
Prince Andrew to step back from
public duties in wake of Epstein interview
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Posted by Pluperfect 11/20/2019 2:15:43 PM Post Reply
Prince Andrew announced Wednesday that he’s stepping back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” amid furor over his now-infamous interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. “It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” said Andrew’s statement, released by the palace and obtained by the Guardian.
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