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A serial rapist who raped nine women in North Hamgyong Province’s Onsong County has been publicly executed by firing squad, local sources have reported.

“A public trial was held in an empty lot near the Kangan High School in Onsong County at 11am on November 19,” said the North Hamgyong Province-based source. “A human trafficker was sentenced to life in prison, while a serial rapist was tried and executed on the spot.”

The serial rapist was a 39-year-old man living in Onsong County who attacked young women near a “red rock” at the center of a road leading from Onsong Station to Jongsong County, said the source.

The area is near a hillside with many trees, and there are few houses nearby. Many women were said to have avoided traveling there even in the daytime. Wearing a mask and wielding a knife, the rapist would hide in the area before attacking and sexually assaulting his victims.

“Rumors that women were being raped in the area were common,” said the source. “Most women conducting business activities didn’t head down that road at night.”

The rapist was finally arrested after a courageous 21-year-old victim reported the man to police. She reported the crime immediately after being sexually assaulted while heading toward Onsong Station in September. The police placed surveillance on the man for approximately a month before arresting him as he was about to sexually assault another victim, according to a separate source in North Hamgyong Province.

“During his interrogation, he admitted to raping eight other women,” he said.

“The other victims hadn’t reported their assaults to the police, but admitted that they had been victims after being contacted by police officials.”

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He had been a smuggler and human trafficker for close to 10 years, traveling back and forth between North Korea and China without restrictions, a third source in North Hamgyong Province reported.

“He was under surveillance by the Ministry of State Security (MSS) and, after realizing the fact, tried to escape to China. He was arrested by the Chinese authorities who were alerted to his whereabouts by the MSS. After being repatriated, he was interrogated for several months by the MSS and finally put on trial,” he said.

He added that the man had escaped arrest by the MSS in the past by paying off MSS agents, but recently the authorities have made fewer exceptions for human traffickers and his bribes ultimately could not save him from his fate.

Many Onsong County residents attended the public trial and execution, which was carried out in the “traditional fashion” of “shooting the head first so that the body falls face-first to the ground,” he reported.

Despite orders form the North Korean authorities to curtail public trials and executions, multiple sources inside North Korea have reported a spate of such cases starting last month, including the recent arrest and public trial of 36 workers in South Hamgyong Province.
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That’s strangly civilized.
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Where do I buy NK waifu?
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>>327382
Have you seen NK women? They are not waifu material

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>GOP leader who gloated about Benghazi probe wants Dems to refrain from investigating Trump

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/12/10/18134674/kevin-mccarthy-house-trump-investigations

Soon-to-be House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) staked out a new position on congressional investigations in an interview with Fox News on Monday. Unlike his years leading the charge on Benghazi, McCarthy now thinks that Democrats should drop their subpoena power when it comes to President Donald Trump.

“It looks like what [Democrats will] focus on is just more investigations. I think American is too great of a nation to have such a small agenda,” McCarthy said. “I think there are other problems out there that we really should be focused upon. And my belief is, let’s see where we can work together — let’s move America forward.”

“We have investigated this for a long period of time,” he added. “Both sides have come up with nothing in the process. I think we should put the American people first.”

While it’s true that House Republicans’ investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election didn’t turn up any evidence of collusion, there are indications that was primarily due to the partisan motivations of the lawmakers who ran the investigation.

Devin Nunes, the outgoing House Intelligence Committee chair, worked hand-in-hand with the White House to politicize intelligence reports, and was even caught on tape admitting that his overriding motivation is to protect Trump.

During a Fox News interview in March, Nunes attempted to justify abruptly ending his committee’s investigation using a talking point that had been debunked eight months earlier — that the Trump Tower meeting was primarily about Russian adoptions.
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>>325498
Rustling the fuck out of shills like you?

Sounds good to me! Shine on, newsaboo!
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>>325747
It definitely takes a lot of underhanded tactics for a Republican to hold on to office in California.
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>>326828
Given how the Republicans were decimated on a level playing field, if the Democrats rigged it like Republicans rig red states, you'd probably see one Republican rep, at best.

I'm sure having the guy who over saw his state party getting massacred to the point it's officially a third party is a brilliant move.
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>>325498
>Posting news articles is bait
I'm being gas light here.
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>>327377
What's bait is Individual-1 making somewhere between ten and fifteen threads per day to be maximally annoying.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/15/us/politics/trump-tenants-taxes.html

They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Those buildings have been home to generations of strivers, municipal workers and newly arrived immigrants. When their regulated rents started rising more quickly in the 1990s, many tenants had no idea why. Some heard that the Trump family had spent millions on building improvements, but they remained suspicious.

“I’ve always thought there was something strange going on,” said Jack Leitner, who has lived in the Beach Haven Apartments in Coney Island, Brooklyn, for more than two decades. “But you have to have proof, and it’s an uphill battle.”

As it turned out, a hidden scam lurked behind the mysterious increases. In October, a New York Times investigation into the origins of Mr. Trump’s wealth revealed, among its findings, that the future president and his siblings set up a phony business to pad the cost of nearly everything their father, the legendary builder Fred C. Trump, purchased for his buildings. The Trump children split that extra money.

[Read The Times’s investigation here.]
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/02/us/politics/donald-trump-tax-schemes-fred-trump.html?module=inline

Padding the invoices had a secondary benefit for the Trumps, allowing them to inflate rent increases on their father’s rent-regulated apartments.


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That project increased Ms. Shavitz’s rent by $32 a month. While it is not known how much of that is attributable to All County, the cost of improvements bumped up her rent in five of the last eight years that the Trumps owned the buildings, adding 11 percent in all.

Ms. Shavitz said that she was financially comfortable and could afford her rent but would still participate in a lawsuit to win back overcharges.

Like Ms. Shavitz and her mother, thousands of tenants once saw moving into a Fred Trump building as a step up the economic ladder, an arrival of sorts. In the postwar era, the president’s father came to own more than 10,000 apartments in New York City, and thousands more elsewhere, often financing the construction through low-interest government loans aimed at creating affordable housing for returning veterans and the booming middle class.

The rules attached to those loans kept rents low, but Fred Trump excelled at keeping costs low, and the empire became enormously profitable. In just one six-year span, 1988 through 1993, Fred Trump reported $109.7 million in total income, the equivalent today of $210.7 million, according to confidential tax records obtained by The Times.

His buildings share a uniform austerity. Most are six-story brick rectangles with incongruously aristocratic sounding names — Saxony Hall, Westminster Apartments, Green Park Essex. His largest projects were sprawling complexes with acres of lawn in and around Coney Island — Beach Haven, Shore Haven and Trump Village.

The folk singer Woody Guthrie took an apartment at Beach Haven in 1950. He wrote a song called “Old Man Trump,” contemplating the morality of paying rent to someone who would not allow blacks to live in the building. The chorus began:

>Beach Haven ain’t my home!
>I just can’t pay this rent!
>My money’s down the drain!

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Mr. Leitner, 69, remembers that when he signed his first lease at Beach Haven in 1996, the rent was significantly higher than the one quoted during his apartment hunt.

He recently obtained the official rental history of his apartment from the state at the request of The Times. It shows that his initial rent was $728, an increase of $154 from the prior tenant’s rate. Most of that jump, in fact, was because of the improvement costs.

The effect of those costs was compounded through the years, as every approved rent increase built upon the starting point. And while some portion was certainly legitimate, even a $10-a-month increase because of a padded All County invoice would mean that Mr. Leitner had given his landlords at least $3,800 more than they were legally entitled to over the past 22 years.

Housing advocates have long argued that there is widespread abuse of the two programs that owners of rent-regulated apartments use to raise rents based on improvements or repairs. Two Albany lawmakers introduced legislation last August that would end one, known as Major Capital Improvements.

“The M.C.I. program has been subject to abuse by landlords for years — the fact the Trump family did it just highlights that,” said one of the lawmakers, state Senator Michael N. Gianaris, a Queens Democrat. “It’s time to scrap the program.”

Because the increases carry forward, even tenants who moved in years after the Trumps sold the last of their father’s empire in 2004 were affected by the family’s invoice-padding scheme.

“I want it looked at because a lot of tenants may be owed money,” said Angel Castillo, 49, who moved into Beach Haven a few years after the Trump siblings sold it.

He moved out just a few weeks ago. The reason: The current landlord increased his rent by $150 a month.

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>People were actually stupid enough to elect this fraudster as president
Oof
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>>327211
archive those links nigga
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>>327352
>Thinking subscription based newspapers work off clicks
Hello /pol/ppet, we hope you enjoy your stay, but please note, you don't need to archive links on /news/ because these are news articles, not clickbait.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Sen. Lindsey Graham on Twitter on Friday for reversing his stance on the standards necessary to impeach a president.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a Daily Beast story quoting Graham saying that he is fine with President Trump “lying about sex," writing, "Didn’t he impeach Bill Clinton over the same thing?"

During 1999 impeachment proceedings for former President Bill Clinton, Graham said, "You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic. If this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role."

“You don’t need to have been convicted of a crime. Impeachment isn’t about punishment. It’s about cleansing the office,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet tagging the Republican senator.

“Sen. Graham himself established a standard that demands Trump’s impeachment,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez also included a video that showed several prominent Republicans, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Graham, calling for Clinton's impeachment.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/421503-ocasio-cortez-by-lindsey-grahams-1999-standard-for-clinton-trump-should-be
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>>327082
>illegal things he specifically did for Trump, at Trump's request
So the former lawyer claims.

>If you're paying someone to do something for you that you know is illegal
Given that there's precedent for several other /legal/ payments in exchange for silence from certain women, the fact that Trump would suddenly and deliberately tell Cohen to make a payment illegally seems highly unbelievable, especially since:
-He could easily afford the payment, and to make it legally like the others that were made
-The only evidence for this is the word of someone already going to jail for lying to the government
Unless there's actual documented communication between Cohen and Trump where Trump explicitly tells him to make the payment /illegally/, and not legally as was already done several times, it's going to be extremely difficult to prove anything in court solely on the word of someone who is, again, already going to jail for lying to the government.
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>>327018
>Comey

Commey committed series violations with his two Hilary shows. The guy was gone no matter who got put in. Believe it or not but these spook agencies actually have steps and procedures that have to be followed. Running in front of the cameras to give status decisions on ongoing cases isn't one of them. Furthermore Trump wanted mafia style loyalty which he refused to give and is the reason why Trump fired him.

>And all his tweets and spreading of false information
Becoming President doesn't mean you lose your free speech rights. Hes legally allowed to ramble and spread bullshit off tweeter. However it doesn't mean its morally right or becoming of the office.

>And whatever he's done that isn't public knowledge yet, like how we just found out Manafort was feeding information to Trump in how to attempt to cripple Mueller.
Closest thing you posted yet about something that could get him behind a jail cell. However unlike other shitholes in this world, we still operate under the idea that you evidence to convict someone. And you're going to need a STRONG and SUBSTANTIAL amount for Trump.
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>>327073
IMO Trump is a showsman reality tv guy losing his mind. He knows how to run the media and make it work for him. This can be shown with his base, low cost election win, and media coverage.

However he tries to apply that mindset to other areas in his life and it doesn't quite work out. So less of a 5D chess master and more of a Stan Lee that everyone loves to hate.
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Yep, the one Trump supporter I'm around on a regular basis seems like he's been deflated in the last month.

Wish I could talk about it with him honestly, but I know he's still in deep fucking denial and will lash out if his back gets against the wall.

But these people have a fucking train coming for them, and the smart ones know it already. Sucks to be you... get in the bed you made for yourselves over the last three years now like an adult.
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>>327081
>Which was not obstruction, as even Comey himself said
[citation needed]
>[citation needed]
https://www.npr.org/2017/05/19/529171249/report-trump-told-russians-he-fired-nut-job-comey-because-of-investigation

>>327097
>Hes legally allowed to ramble and spread bullshit off tweeter.
He's not allowed to obstruct just or witness tamper
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/12/03/trumps-latest-tweets-cross-clear-lines-experts-say-obstruction-justice-witness-tampering/
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-12-03/trump-tweets-look-a-lot-like-witness-tampering

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The "QAnon" community is falling apart.

Perhaps no conspiracy theory has thrived more readily in the dark corners of the internet since it was first born last October on the infamous troll message board 4chan following President Donald Trump's vague remarks last year at a military dinner that it was the "calm before the storm." An anonymous user claiming to be a high-level government informant and calling himself "Q" after the highest level of security clearance at the Energy Department, began leaving cryptic messages he called "crumbs" which were supposed to be hints as to a wide-scale government operation known as "The Storm" to take down government corruption and the new world order, with Trump at the center. While the messages often had very specific dates, many aspects of them were purposefully vague, allowing believers in "QAnon" to use their imagination and fill in gaps.

In time, a gigantic overarching narrative emerged in which Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller were all working together and planning mass arrests of everyone from Hillary Clinton to liberal financier George Soros to members of Congress, for their role in a massive, world-spanning criminal child sex ring enterprise that has included every former U.S. president — and that people should prepare martial law and orchestrated mass riots to protect those marked for arrest. Q's believers have claimed that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is a CIA plant, that former Democratic staffer Seth Rich was assassinated by MS-13 on the orders of party leadership, and that Republicans intentionally lost the special election for Jeff Sessions' Senate seat in Alabama to build evidence of voter fraud. At its height, QAnon broke into popular culture, with disgraced TV star Roseanne Barr promoting it on Twitter.

https://www.salon.com/2018/11/15/qanons-true-believers-are-devastated-as-the-conspiracy-theory-goes-down-in-flames/
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https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/john-huber-qanon-house-oversight-hearing
Meanwhile the deluded few who still are blindly drinking the kool-aid are still at it with Republicans in Congress.
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>>324439
HE used to make jokes about it and posted pictures of kids tapped to tables and walls and he would make creepy pizza man jokes.
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>>326104
Prove it.
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K...KEEP ME POSTED
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Wow, they are deumb.

When you think about Shaolin monks you probably have a picture of a wise looking man, leaping through the air and smashing through 15 bricks at once with his bare hands, what you probably don't imagine is three-year-old boy doing all this.

But a sweet little boy is taking the world by storm after photos and videos of him being put through his paces in a grueling training regime, began circulating online.

For over a year the little boy, going by the nickname of Little Stone, has been studying martial arts at the illustrious Shaolin Temple, in central China's Henan Province.

And during that time he has garnered quite the following, with some 180,000 followers on his social media channel.

His harsh schedule isn't for the faint-hearted though, waking up at 5am every day, he trains for at least fiver hours in order to achieve his dream - hard to believe a three-year-old has dreams just yet, but ok - of becoming master of martial arts.

Abbot Yanbo is the miniature monk's trainer and has been sharing the videos.

He said that when Little Stone - real name Qi - first came to the school he would cry constantly.

Speaking to MailOnline, he said: "But after a month or so, he got used to the training and turned out to be a very smart and hardworking student.

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According to Yanbo, Qi only sees his family every two months and he is the youngest in his class, but already he is showing great promise, as can be seen in the clips that have since gone viral on social media, which show the little man throwing punches, blocking attacks, and kicking with perfect timing.

Unsurprisingly the footage has melted the hearts of almost everyone who has seen it, with some saying he is just 'too cute'.

One user wrote: "Such touch training on such a young kid. But he will grow into a well-disciplined adult."

Another said: "So adorable! This is a very good environment for a child to grow up in."

While another admitted they wouldn't 'last two days at the Temple'.

Donald Trump insists the GOP’s midterm election shellacking had nothing to do with him. Things will be different, he says, when his name is actually on the ballot in 2020.

While it’s true that most presidents who see their party suffer major losses in their first midterm election get reelected anyway, Trump isn’t most presidents — and there are lots of blaring-red warning lights in this month’s election results for his bid for a second term.

Unlike most of his predecessors, he’s been persistently unpopular, with approval ratings mired in the 40-percent range — so far, he’s the only president in the modern era whose job approval ratings have never been over 50 percent, according to Gallup.

Some of Democrats’ biggest gains came in the states that powered Trump’s Electoral College victory in 2016: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And while a president’s base has stayed home in previous midterm elections, leading to losses, the record turnout in this year’s races suggests 2018 was more like a 2016 re-run than Trump voters standing on the sidelines.

Thus far, even Trump loyalists in the party haven’t seen the president expand his electoral base beyond core Republicans.

“This is now the party of Donald Trump. I read articles saying the Republican Party has merged with the Trump coalition — they have no choice. Trump voters own the Republican Party. That’s consolidated,” said John McLaughlin, who was part of the team of pollsters working on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “The bad part is they haven’t broadened [his coalition]. They haven’t gotten his job approval over 50 percent, like Reagan. We haven’t done that.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/23/warning-signs-trump-reelection-bid-1012184
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>>317570
Republicans lost over 2/3rds of the Senate elections. The only reason they gained seats was that the map was mostly incumbent Democrats defending seats in Republican leaning or toss-up states.
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>>324371
And they only gained a single seat. It's important to remind them of this every time.

It was so much in their favor, and all they got was one seat.
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It's pretty funny.
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>>324409
That's why I said Conservatives so the right wing can't use the party realignment technicality.
Eisenhower wasn't that good either because he fed the military industrial complex and only after he left office did he decide to say 'you should do something about it' similar to what Trump is doing with the debt and economy when the Trump Recession inevitably happens.
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Haha.

Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday his country would "not give up" on finding out the truth about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul."We haven't received any new information or outcome of the investigation from the Saudi side," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on the sidelines of a conference in Turkish ally Qatar."Turkey will not give up on this, we will go to the end."Earlier this month, the minister said Turkey was in talks over a possible United Nations investigation into the October 2 murder, which has provoked global outrage.The 59-year-old Khashoggi, a palace insider turned critic of the Saudi regime, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-strong Saudi hit squad, according to Turkish officials.The US Senate gave its unopposed backing on Thursday to a resolution holding the kingdom's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, responsible for the murder after the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded he gave the orders.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the killing was ordered at the highest levels of the Saudi government, although he has repeatedly absolved the ageing King Salman. In an exclusive interview this week with US President Donald Trump, Reuters reported that he reflected staunch support for the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the face of heavy criticism following a CIA assessment that he was responsible for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/191023-181215-turkey-won-t-give-up-on-khashoggi-murder-probe-minister
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Last month, the US Treasury slapped sanctions on 17 Saudis, including close aides of Prince Mohammed, but have still refrained from acting against the powerful crown prince.Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to US President Donald Trump, has been advising Bin Salman in the wake of the murder.The report detailed Kushner’s relationship with Salman stating that the two are “on a first-name basis, calling each other Jared and Mohammed in text messages and phone calls.”Asked on which side he would fall in a debate preoccupying the Saudi royal family over whether Mohammed Bin Salman should remain next in line to the throne, Trump said he believed the crown prince remained firmly in his position.“I just haven’t heard that,” Trump said. “Honestly, I can’t comment on it because I had not heard that at all. In fact, if anything, I’ve heard that he’s very strongly in power.”Despite the incriminating CIA summary from last month, Trump continues to refer to Bin Salman’s “vehement denial” of involvement in the killing, instead opting to view the intelligence report as “very premature.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election.

Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his will, mocks the investigations into his conduct as candidate and president as a “witch hunt” and insists he will survive the threats.

But a shift began to unfold over the weekend after prosecutors in New York for the first time linked Trump to a federal crime of illegal hush payments. That left some of his associates fearful that his customary bravado is unwarranted. For some Republicans, the implication that the president may have directed a campaign finance violation, which would be a felony, could foreshadow a true turning point in the Republican relationship with him when special counsel Robert Mueller releases his report on the Russia investigation.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more that’s going to come out from the Southern District (of New York) and from, at some point, from the Mueller investigation as well,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the chamber’s incoming No. 2 Republican, said Monday. “What they’re implying there, obviously, is something I assume at some point the president will have an opportunity to respond to.”

Thune continued: “Campaign finance violations are something that ... they are serious matters, but obviously it depends a little bit on how it gets treated.”

As the legal drama plays out, political challenges that could threaten Trump’s re-election are piling up.

Republicans are still coming to terms with their drubbing in last month’s House elections and looking for someone to blame.
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Does anyone think it's maybe just slightly disingenuous to bump all your old shit threads with shitty one-liners and then claim the problem is with the rules of the board rather than with you?
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>>325603
So much for the tolerant right
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>>327286
There's another guy bumping threads with "bump" and then deleting the posts. At least these posts are contributing.
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>>327297
I don't buy the argument that "Huh" is a post that contributes anything to anything but you do you.
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>>327299
You don't, eh? Huh.

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At the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked some difficult questions. None was more difficult than Iowa Congressman Steve King's, however, whose question was literally impossible to answer.

King said that his seven-year-old granddaughter was playing a game on her phone before an election — most likely King's November 2018 re-election bid — and was shown a picture of the congressman that included some not-so-flattering language.

"I'm going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather," he said.

Then, holding up his Apple device, King asked Pichai, "How does that show up on a seven year-olds-iPhone who's playing a kids game."

To which the Google CEO answered, "Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company."

The Democratic staff table erupted in laughter at Pichai's reply, according to Business Insider's Joe Perticone who attended Tuesday's hearing.

Later in the hearing, Rep. Ted Lieu (CA) told the Iowa congressman that if he wanted "positive search results, do positive things." King has repeatedly found himself in hot water over his insensitive racial comments.

https://www.businessinsider.com/steve-king-asks-google-ceo-iphone-democrats-laugh-2018-12?utm_source=reddit.com
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>>325457
And people thought I'm crazy to think old white rich men in power is the most stagnant force on the planet
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That's hilarious.
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>>327301
Here comes Individual-1 bumping all the shit threads he's made over the last three days.
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>>327304
Trump is bumping anti-Trump threads? Huh.
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>>327341
It's how the person leading the campaign to post as many mass-manufactured anime threads as possible asked to be referred.

An inspirational McDonald's staff member with Down's syndrome has cleared his last table under the golden arches after 32 years working for the company.

Fifty-year-old Russel O'Grady first took on the job in 1986 at the Sydney West branch, at the age of 18, and was a popular employee among his colleague and customers.

His supervisor, Courtney Purcell, has called him an 'icon' and the 'best-known person in Northmead'.

She said: "We've got regular customers who come in to see Russell on Thursday and Friday, and the staff look after him, so we're going to miss him."

In his 32 years' service to the company, his family members have said the career has really changed Russell's outlook on his life.

His dad, Geoff, told Daily Mail Australia: "Somebody said to him, 'Are you handicapped?' and his answer was 'I used to be when I went to school, but now I work at McDonald's.'"

Geoff explained people have stopped in the street to shake his son's hand, adding: "He's very affectionate, dearly loved and appreciated, to such an extent that we just don't believe it."

Russell started working for the fast food restaurant at a time when it was less common for people with learning disabilities such as Down's syndrome to embark on career paths, but such is his popularity, his brother Lindsay said, he'll be missed at the branch.

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In the UK, there are approximately 40,000 people with Down's Syndrome, but only 8,000 are in full time employment. Fewer than two in 10 people with learning disabilities have jobs, but charities like the Down's Syndrome Association are working to improve the situation.

And two years ago, when Russell celebrated his 30th anniversary with McDonald's, the company had a special cake made for him.

But while he's loved his time working there, he decided that retirement was the best option due to his health.

He may be hanging up his apron for good, but he's an employee whose name will live long in the memory for his co-workers and customers.

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Rhode Island's Cranston School District hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances.

In a letter to parents, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills "without much success."

"In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019," the letter said.

Votto said between September 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018, the school district wrote off $95,508. He said the unpaid balance for the current academic year is $45,859.

"The District lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue," Votto said.

Lunch at a public elementary school in Cranston costs $2.50 per day. For middle school and high school students, it's $3.25 a day. Votto said parents who owe $20 or more and who haven't paid off the balance within 60 days will receive a letter from the collection agency starting next year.

https://www.wthr.com/article/school-turns-lunch-debts-over-collection-agency
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bump.
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>>325882
>muh tax dollar
price you pay society for being such a cunt basically
personally i'd gladly forgo the cash if cockbags like you would just kys en masse but so it goes
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>>324594
Fuck, their's is a buck cheaper than lunch for my kids. Cheap fucks deserve collections at their door.
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Grade schools still don't let kids store lunches in a fridge or cooler. School lunches are shit and usually overvalued.
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>>327337
Are lunchbags banned in the US? My lunch bag was always insulated

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A foul-mouthed parrot has been using his owner’s Amazon Alexa to shop online.

African Grey parrot Rocco has develop a fondness for the gadget, using it to order treats like strawberries, ice-cream, watermelon, raisins and broccoli.

Rocco, who had to be removed from his previous sanctuary for swearing too much, has been requesting food items from the AI device and owner Marion Wischnewski has often arrived home to find pending orders in her Amazon account for things such as a kite, light bulbs and even a kettle.

African Grey parrots are widely referred to as the Einsteins of the bird world due to their intelligence and talent for mimicry - and Rocco is trying to use his skills to his advantage.

But that’s not all he’s good at.

According to Marion, he’s also quite the dancer, telling Alexa to play his favourite tunes which is generally rock music.

Marion Wischnewski, of the Berkshire-based National Animal Welfare Trust, said: “Often I come home from being out all day and find romantic music playing.

“And he loves a boogie with Alexa. But it has to be something fast, like his favourite Kings of Leon.

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>>326668
There will likely be an upper limit based on what allele combinations are possible, so I doubt you could get that high without some form of genetic engineering to introduce novel mutations
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I just pictured a parrot in an empty room screaming in Gilbert Gottfried's voice "ALEXA! BUY ME A FUCKING KETTLE!"
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>>326640
185 IQ
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8inSl5xDY8I
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>>326680
>Outdated genetic theory
Wew lad

Paul Manafort, who served as the manager for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, provided advice to the president and senior White House officials on the FBI’s Russia investigation during the earliest days of the Trump administration. He gave guidance on how to undermine and discredit the FBI’s inquiry into whether the president, his campaign aides, and family members conspired with the Russian Federation and its intelligence services to covertly defeat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, according to government records and interviews with individuals familiar with the matter. Manafort himself was under criminal investigation by the FBI during this same time, a fact then known to the White House.

Last Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller alleged in court filings that Manafort told “multiple discernible lies” to FBI agents and prosecutors, in violation of the cooperation agreement between Manafort and the special counsel’s office. Among those, Mueller charged, were lies by Manafort to investigators that he had not been in contact with anyone in the White House.

“After signing the plea agreement, Manafort stated he had no direct or indirect communications with anyone in the administration while they were in the administration,” the special counsel said in a court pleading, “and that he never asked anyone to try and communicate a message to anyone in the administration on any subject.” Citing text messages, Manafort’s electronic records, and witness interviews, the special counsel wrote: “The evidence demonstrates that Manafort lied about his contacts.”

Those contacts continued after Trump and his associates knew that Manafort was under investigation by the FBI; after he was indicted by two federal grand juries on more than two dozen felony counts of money laundering, bank fraud, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice.

https://www.vox.com/2018/12/14/18140744/paul-manafort-trump-russia-mueller-investigation
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>>326898
Touche.
That future waifu can indict me for driving my hot rod thru her tunnel if you know what I mean
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Oh look, the obstruction of justice case just got bigger.
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>>327078
This is genuinely one of the biggest bombshells yet but there's been so many little bombs this week that people haven't fully noticed.
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>>327078
>bigger
SUBSTANTIATED is the better word. Up until now it's been things that MIGHT be OoJ, this most definitely IS OoJ.
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bump for truth

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A Halifax vehicle mix-up had a happy ending after a car taken by the wrong owner was returned with a full tank of gas.

Just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Halifax RCMP responded to a 911 call about a vehicle being stolen from the parking lot at a business on Hammonds Plains Rd. in Hammonds Plains.
RCMP say the case of a stolen car was quickly solved after the person who mistakenly drove off with it returned the SUV with a full tank of gas.

The woman caller told police that she had parked beside a car that looked identical to hers and entered the business, but when she came out her car was gone.

As it turned out, police said another man had left the business, climbed in the wrong vehicle, and drove off.

Halifax RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said while such a situation is “very rare,” the confusion was understandable given that the cars were both white Hyundai Santa Fes (a 2016 and 2017) parked side by side.

A short time later, the man did discover he had taken the wrong car. However, he filled the tank before coming to the realization.

The vehicle was returned to its owner and police said the man was even reimbursed for the fuel he had put into the woman’s car.


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Although police said it doesn’t appear either vehicle was left running, and Hutchinson didn’t have more information on whether keys were left in the woman’s car, the RCMP are reminding drivers to make sure their vehicles are locked and not left running if unattended.

“We might run into a business while our car is running, and that’s an opportunity for people to pounce on, and unfortunately there are those that would take advantage, ” Hutchinson said.

“But in this case, it was one of those situations where it was an honest mistake.”
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>>327300
>I jumped in, turned quickly and looked—and the woman sitting in the passenger side wasn’t my wife. My wife was in the next vehicle watching this, laughing,” Hutchinson said.
What the actual fuck? No really, how in God's name did this mix-up happen if both vehicles had passengers in them? Fuck off.
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>>327311
I'm pretty sure the moment he started backing out of the parking spot he immediately realized his fuck up, then as an apology, he went to fill up the car, which is why he drove off still.
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>>327311
This is an example not the op article.
>To be fair, Hutchinson said it’s not that unusual to let yourself into a car that you think at first might be yours—he’s done it himself.
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>>327313
Haha what???
>>327314
I see now


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