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PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron delayed a planned tax increase on fuel, handing a victory to a grass-roots protest movement that has massed across France to challenge his agenda.

Faced with another weekend of destructive protests by the “gilets jaunes”—or yellow vests—Prime Minister Édouard Philippe told a news conference Tuesday the tax hike would be pushed back six months. The worst riots to hit Paris in decades erupted during antigovernment protests Saturday, leaving the city’s shopping and tourist center dotted with burning cars and broken storefronts. Protesters vandalized the Arc de Triomphe, rattling Mr. Macron’s administration and the nation.

“No tax is worth threatening the unity of the nation,” Mr. Philippe said.

The protests have become a test of Mr. Macron’s resolve to forge ahead with his broader agenda, particularly his pro-business overhaul of the French economy. Tuesday’s concession marked the first time the Macron government has blinked since the former investment banker took office in the spring of 2017.

The French leader has eschewed the consensus-building approach of his predecessors. Instead he wielded his executive powers and his large majority in Parliament to defy the political opposition, unions and other groups as he stripped away job protections and wealth taxes that help underpin France’s social model.

In recent months, however, Mr. Macron’s approval ratings have plummeted and lawmakers in his own party have begun calling on him to display flexibility as the gilets jaunes protests have piled up. Polls show that more than 70% of the public supports the gilets jaunes.

It remained unclear whether the delay was enough to thaw tensions. On social media, gilets jaunes were preparing to protest for a fourth consecutive weekend.

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he has bad english, they DONT like the increase of taxation for foreign illegals. he means they DONT like "increase in tax for foreigners" i understand where u are coming from tho. They want to pay less taxes for foreign people, and they would rather tax money go to helping FRENCH people. Is this right french guy?
Im glad to hear that their is an anti globalist movement in italy. Remember who the Italian government is supposed to serve... the Italian TAX PAYERS.
Dude, the protests in france are to fight against all the taxes going to help illegal migrants. thats a part of the bigger picture tho. The french are tired of the average person being taken advantage of by the government, they want to route taxes to helping french people and cut taxes helping illegal non tax payers. They also want lower taxes in general to help working class.
good, france is a becoming a shithole
retard alert

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It started as a noise complaint but ended with St. Paul police officers playing video games with a group of friends gathered at an apartment.

Jovante M. Williams put a short 11 second video of the moment on Twitter on Sunday and it’s taken off, with more than 75,000 views as of Tuesday night. Williams wrote: “SO NEIGHBORS CALLED THE COPS ON US AND NOW WE FIGHTING THEM… … IN SMASH BROS.”

The officers were called to the apartment on University Avenue, near Hamline Avenue, on Friday about 10:30 p.m., according to a police record. They were responding after neighbor complaints of a noise disturbance.

Officers Isaac Palmer and Kou Yang played the Nintendo game Super Smash Brothers with the group of about four to five people, Palmer said Tuesday.

“I never played the game, so I said ‘why not?’” Palmer said.

The man who answered the door was a “decent dude,” according to Palmer. The group was inside, having pizza and some beers while playing the video game when they asked the officers if they wanted to join.

It was just a noise issue that was handled, Palmer said, resulting in no charges.

“Not every call is chaos,” said Palmer. “Some days we can just sit and chit chat with people. When it’s not crazy, you can take the time to talk.”

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Are you saying that they...
settled it in Smash?
My first reaction was "the cops are being paid for this?" But then I thought about it more, and this is fucking good. Cops need to do more shit like this. Build relationships with the community so they're more than the assholes that give you tickets and shoot black guys. I hope the cops aren't disciplined for this.
Why would they be? Based on Palmer's words it sounds like standard procedure. Also one of the cops is Asian so that one is basically invincible.

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Press S to spit on grave.


The Weekly Standard, a conservative news outlet that has consistently been critical of President Trump, will shut down after 23 years, its publisher announced Friday.

Editor-in-chief Stephen Hayes sent a note to employees referencing difficulties maneuvering the Trump presidency in announcing the magazine and news site would close.

"This is a volatile time in American journalism and politics," he wrote in the note obtained by CNN. "Many media outlets have responded to the challenges of the moment by prioritizing affirmation over information, giving into the pull of polarization and the lure of clickbait."

"I'm proud that we've remained both conservative and independent, providing substantive reporting and analysis based on facts, logic and reason."

The chairman of the Standard's publisher, MediaDC, met with Hayes earlier this week amid reports that shuttering operations was possible.

The Weekly Standard was co-founded by Bill Kristol, one of Trump's most outspoken critics from the right, and Fred Barnes, a contributor on the Sunday political affairs program The McLaughlin Group.

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No, no no no no. I refuse to believe that you're actually so stupid that you equate Gingrich and George W Bush to far right wing.
I wanted to think that you're baiting but you wrote an entire paragraph of stupidity.

>Then the fringe right wing came along in the form of the tea party,
Like this, the fuck are you on?
>Trump refused at first condemn the nazis, then gave a half assed condemnation, but made sure to waffle on it, which the nazis took as a speech of support, which then resulted in his meltdown press conference where he defended nazis by attacking the counter protestors.
What is this? You literally just made the retarded circular logic that >>327221 was mocking for being fucking stupid.
You literally just did it without the equal signs.

You can't be this dumb on purpose. This has to be pretend.
>Democrats are center-right conservatives
I rest my case in how the political spectrum shifted to the right in America. Remember, you're the one that said that.

>Cognitive dissonance
Look at their policies, they're far right wing.They only got outflanked by the fringe right wing that was the tea party.
The fact you need to resort to insults shows desperation on your part.
>Someone's a hypocrite because you're intentionally confusing ideology with bias.
MBFC purports to measure the ideology that a media outlet displays. We live in a world of shared definitions. If you want to call GW Bush "far right" and Trump "fringe right" you can. But until you demonstrate that reputable institutions of any kind share your definition, that's simply sharing your personal opinion to the very end, an opinion that's not useful for anyone who has developed political beliefs of any kind whatsoever.

>First, that's what you attempted to do with Media bias, so full circle there.
I used the media bias sites because they're generally respected nonpartisan sources for definitions. If you don't like those sources, that's fine. We can throw the entire website Media Bias Fact Check into the garbage can and never refer to it again. In that case you should propose an alternative.

Your claim that everyone last right-wing protester at Charlottesville was "a Nazi" relies on your definition which you haven't pointed to any source to at all.
Sometimes the political spectrum moves around. In the year 1850, "blacks are inferior to whites but shouldn't be enslaved" was a left-wing position and "blacks are inferior to whites and should be enslaved" was a right-wing position.

Even if it's true that America has moved considerably to the right since 1990 (and it hasn't, on a lot of issues) that doesn't mean that 1990 was the real center and that all modern political positions should be measured relative to where they were in 1990. Society as a whole is far more far left than it was 200 years ago. But the fact that Steve King is more racially progressive today than Lincoln was in 1858 doesn't mean that it's even remotely valid to claim that Steve King is TECHNICALLY left-wing and only seems right-wing due to the massive leftward shift in society since then.
>Weekly Standard
>far right

I guess everything to the right of communism is far right.

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>The Department of Justice wiped text messages between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strozk from their cell phones before the Office of the Inspector General could review them, a new report from the DOJ watchdog reveals.
>Page and Strozk’s involvement with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been heavily scrutinized after it was revealed they had sent numerous anti-Trump text messages back and forth to one another. Mueller has been tasked with looking into whether or not Donald Trump and his campaign associates coordinated with Russian officials to steal the 2016 election away from Hillary Clinton.
>The 11-page report reveals that almost a month after Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team, his government-issued iPhone was wiped clean and restored to factory settings by another individual working in Mueller’s office. The special counsel’s Record’s Officer told investigators that “she determined it did not contain records that needed to be retained.”
>“She noted in her records log about Strzok’s phone: ‘No substantive texts, notes or reminders,'” the report states.
>When the OIG obtained his old cell phone in January, it had been issued to another individual within the agency and investigators were unable to recover any text messages sent or received by Strozk on that device.
>Two weeks after Page departed Mueller’s team on July 15, 2017, her government-issued iPhone was also wiped and restored to factory settings and had not been reissued to another person within the agency. No one within the special counsel’s office or the Justice Management Divisions of the agency had any records as to who cleared all the data from the iPhone.

Smells like a cover up

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Another day, another potential criminal act by a Trump

>Trump’s Inauguration Paid Trump’s Company — With Ivanka in the Middle


As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns were raised about whether Trump’s Washington hotel was overcharging for event space. The spending could be a violation of the law.

When it came out this year that President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised and spent unprecedented amounts, people wondered where all that money went.

It turns out one beneficiary was Trump himself.

The inauguration paid the Trump Organization for rooms, meals and event space at the company’s Washington hotel, according to interviews as well as internal emails and receipts reviewed by WNYC and ProPublica.

During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals. A top inaugural planner emailed Ivanka and others at the company to “express my concern” that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen “when this is audited.”

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Lock her up.
If the source says anything bad about Trump, it is obviously discreditable, no matter how many pulitzers they have. (this is what Trumptards actually believe)
>number of Pulitzers an outlet has determines whether what their publishing is truthful or not
Mmmmm no
I'm not a fan of anvils but I do like thighs

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Former FBI Director James Comey has asked a U.S. court to quash House Republicans’ subpoena for his testimony, saying he wants to testify in public rather than behind closed doors.

In court papers filed late Thursday afternoon in Washington, Comey’s attorneys also asked for an order staying the closed-door congressional interview with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees that’s scheduled for Dec. 3 until the court rules.

“Today my legal team filed court papers to try to get transparency from House Republicans,” Comey said on Twitter. “Let the American people watch.”


Based Comey laying down the fucking LAW. Glad there are still some decent Republicans out there.
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>why not the direct connect between Russia and the Trump camp?
Muellers working on it because Trump and his people are doing everything possible to obstruct justice and the truth.

As Trump said once, only guilty people plead the 5th. And Roger Stone just invoked the 5th hard.
So why then does Trump hate Comey and vice versa?
Of course they found nothing, look who was involved in the investigation. WOW you people are way out to lunch.
>this level of conspiritardation
Fuck you people are stupid.

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The White House is dropping its effort to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his press credentials, a defeat for President Trump in his campaign against the news media.

The reversal comes after the White House notified Acosta last Friday it may renew its attempts to revoke his press pass after a judge's order restoring it expired. The White House set a Sunday deadline for Acosta to object and said it would make a final decision by 3 p.m. on Monday.

"Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored," the White House said in a new letter to Acosta.

The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) said the administration "did the right thing" in restoring Acosta's pass, but criticized its new press-conference rules.

"For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House reporters have asked follow-up questions. We fully expect this tradition will continue," said WHCA President Olivier Knox, adding the group had "no role in crafting" the rules.

"We will continue to make the case that a free and independent news media plays a vital role in the health of our republic."

The development marked the end of a nearly two-week long saga that began when the White House suspended Acosta's credentials on Nov. 7 following a contentious exchange with Trump at a post-election news conference.

Several media organizations have scoffed at the White House's arguments, saying that past presidents have all dealt with aggressive coverage without pulling reporters' credentials.

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Obama never banned a single person from the White House, even retards like Fox News. Calling journalism "confrontational" is just a Republican excuse not to answer tough questions. "You're so disrespectful, I'm not going to answer you." Any time they ask something tough.
Simply being confrontational doesn't make them good journalists, and yes the "You're so disrespectful, I'm not going to answer you." response is a cop out but it doesn't change the fact that Acosta acts like a self righteous piece of shit and as a whole brings journalistic integrity down a peg.
Nothing wrong with anything Acosta did.
You can expect that kind of behaviour from an Acosta. It's in the name.

ACCOST: approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively.

He did nothing wrong.

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EXCLUSIVE – President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.

The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion. At its peak, the invitation-only soirees grew so large that there were two back-to-back events, one for broadcast outlets and one for print organizations.

Journalists who attended the events, which featured a catered buffet of lamb chops, crab claws and elaborate desserts, got to roam the decorated mansion with a spouse or other family member, a friend or a colleague, adding to the invitation's allure.

But the biggest fringe-benefit was the picture-taking sessions, in which the president and first lady would patiently pose with guests and briefly chat with them in front of a Christmas tree, with the White House sending out the photos — copies of which were invariably sent home to mom. This would take a couple of hours, with long lines snaking across the building's first floor. Bill Clinton even posed for pictures with journalists days after he was impeached.

The White House made no announcement that it was dropping the press party. The president and first lady threw such a gathering last December but did not pose for pictures. Trump made a brief appearance with his wife and offered a few welcoming remarks.

Top White House officials, especially the communications staff, routinely circulated at these media parties and often talked shop. Last year, chief of staff John Kelly held forth with reporters for at least 15 minutes, making informal remarks that turned into a mini-press conference.
The decision is hardly shocking, given Trump’s constant attacks on "fake news" and the overwhelmingly negative coverage of him and his administration. In recent weeks, the White House pulled the credentials of CNN's Jim Acosta after he refused to give up the microphone at a news conference and restored his pass only after the network filed a lawsuit.

Trump has also twice refused to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, a tony media awards dinner attended by every president since Richard Nixon.

While dropping the media party, the White House is in the midst of a full panoply of other parties this holiday season. Selected media people generally favorable to Trump, including a few Fox News hosts, have made those guest lists.

When Democrats have been in the White House, more liberal commentators have gotten invitations, while more conservative pundits have shown up during Republican administrations.

Some critics questioned whether those who cover or comment on the White House should engage in such socializing, but few turned down the invitations. Many Trump supporters who view his coverage as unfairly harsh will undoubtedly welcome the president’s decision to exclude the media establishment, at least for this year.

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In Vinnitsa captured orthodox cathedral. On the direct order of President Poroshenko, 20 people took the keys from the guards after their morning service.

Today, December 15, while the Unification Cathedral is being held in the capital, the Vinnitsa Holy Transfiguration Cathedral was seized immediately after the morning worship service. This is reported by the Union of Orthodox Journalists.

It is reported that about 20 young athletic people arrived at the cathedral in the morning and took away the keys from all the premises of the complex from the guards. “Take your things and leave,” they said to representatives of the church.

It should be noted that the Metropolitan of Vinnytsia and Barsky Simeon, manager of the Vinnitsa Diocese, was the only bishop who did not sign the decision of the Council of Bishops created by the Ukrainian President.

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Fuck you protestant Amerikan.
Those are Chasidim dude.
Orthodox a-shit
I'm not protestant you stupid faggot.
>untrustworthy source

nani? you trust CNN? please leave this place jewfart.

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Trump Admin's criminal negligence is affecting both refugees and the boarder patrol.

>Seven-year-old girl who died in U.S. custody stayed at one of several facilities where agents refused to touch repulsive water, according to government watchdogs.


DALLAS—The U.S. facility on the Mexico border where a migrant girl was held last week before she died is one of several Border Patrol bases the government previously found had contaminated drinking water. Some agents at the bases told investigators they refused to drink, wash their clothes or bathe in the water.

Jakelin Caal of Guatemala arrived with her father and 161 other migrants last week at Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The seven-year-old girl and others were held next to Bounds Forward Operating Base where she fell ill. Citing her father, officials said Caal “had not been able to consume food or water for days,” but a spokesperson for the father called that account inaccurate at a Saturday press conference.

“He is saying that, ‘My daughter is fine, she was eating, she was receiving liquids,’” said Ruben Garcia, the director of El Paso’s Annunciation House, where Caal’s father, Nery is staying. Garcia said Caal’s father told him that “she was fine as she was travelling through Mexico.”

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to questions from The Daily Beast regarding conditions at Bounds or what kind of water Caal was offered.

While it’s unclear so far the exact role Bounds may have played in Caal’s death, the facility is among those that occasionally holds migrants and had persistent water problems, according to a 2016 DHS Office of the Inspector General report.

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They found “excessive amounts” of chlorine, iron and dirt in water at the bases, according to the report. Investigators also said the bases were not “consistently” inspected for health and safety concerns.

While the names of the bases are redacted, the report said all six FOBs experienced “an ongoing challenge to provide safe drinking water.” FOBs in the El Paso Sector, which includes Bounds, had “serious” health and safety concerns for personnel there.

“In addition to potential health and safety issues, the discolored and odorous water might affect the morale of personnel assigned to FOBs,” the report said of one base.

CBP occasionally added new filtration systems and told agents stationed at the bases that the water was safe to drink, according to the report. However, “some agents said they do not drink the water, cook with it, do laundry, or even bathe in it because of its taste and discoloration,” according to the report.

In 2012, the National Border Patrol Council, which represents law enforcement employees in the border region, criticized FOBs as unacceptable for their members saying they don’t meet standards for “temporary migrant camps.”

“There’s issues and problems with those things all the time,” a spokesperson for the council told The Daily Beast.

FOBs like Bounds aren’t equipped to handle medical emergencies like Caal’s. The bases are primarily used by agents patrolling the border and only sometimes used to temporarily hold migrants. Bounds is described in a 2011 labor complaint as being “comprised of camper trailers surrounded by metal shipping containers.” FOBs are required only to be staffed by “a person trained to administer first aid,” according to the National Border Patrol Council. Emergency medical services are often far from FOBs.
Eight hours after first arriving at Bounds, Caal and her father boarded a bus for the larger Lordsburg Border Patrol Station, a 90-minute drive away. Just before boarding, Caal’s father, told agents his daughter had been vomiting. Agents called ahead to have Border Patrol emergency medical technicians waiting at the station in Lordbsburg. Caal began having seizures and trouble breathing on the bus, according to DHS. Caal was taken by helicopter to a hospital in El Paso, where she died the next day.

“Their lives are beyond impossible,” Garcia said of migrants like Caal, her father, and others who travel to the United States. “Our policies are forcing people to do things that are really dangerous. We are structuring arms aimed at vulnerable human beings.”

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A father of a Parkland school shooting victim appeared on “Fox & Friends” over the weekend and suggested, without evidence, that Democrats registered the accused shooter to vote from jail as part of an effort to steal Florida’s election.

“It just shows you how despicable these Democrats are that they’ll stoop that low to go into the prison, the jail, and register these criminals,” said Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of 17 people Nikolas Cruz allegedly shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February. “It’s never been done in 20 years.”

Citing a “tip from deputies at the jail,” Pollack said the plan failed because Broward County — which is now involved in a recount battle that could swing Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial elections — failed to send the inmates their ballots in time to vote.

“They probably shouldn’t be voting anyway,” Fox’s Katie Pavlich remarked after listening to Pollack’s accusations, which neither she nor her two co-hosts challenged at any point, although they contradicted all public evidence.

There was a kernel of truth at the heart of the segment and the spiraling social media outrage that accompanied it: Nikolas Jacob Cruz really did register to vote in July, listing his home address as the county jail where he awaits trial after police say he confessed to the mass shooting.

He registered as a Republican, which “Fox & Friends” didn’t mention.

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Pretty much.

...a bit much.

In what way do republicans value tradition? They are nutters who change what they believe every 5 years or so.
As time marches on, the present becomes the past and current actions/beliefs become the traditions of tomorrow


A survey conducted for Washington Post's FactChecker by the University of Chicago found that while few Americans believe in President Donald Trump's false statements, Fox News viewers are 50% more likely to than the rest of the country.

“Among adults who say Fox News is one of their top two sources for political news,” the Post wrote, “33 percent believe in Trump’s false claims tested in the poll, on average, compared with 21 percent of those who say Fox is not a main news source.”

The percentage varies by viewing habits. For example, 85% of “Hannity” viewers found the following statement true.

“When asked whether he knew of the meeting between his son, Donald, Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and agents of the Russian government that took place in Trump Tower in June of 2016, Mr. Trump replied, 'How could I? I was in Florida.”
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these are the viewing habits they should statisticizing. i expect correlated high IQ
The pot calling the kettle black. King of fake news - wapo
So you're saying there are good niggers and jews and that the left isn't trying to destroy western culture?
>All this projecting and damage control from the right wing.
When all you do is get told and regurgitate lies, of course you all are going to be branded as morons by any metric that measures factual knowledge
>are there good niggers and jews
Yes, though "good" means different things to different people. Certainly there are people who stick firmly to the original sin mentality that if a person hails from a certain group/ethnicity they are inherently "bad." Personally, I tend to withhold judgement until someone takes actions which I do or don't agree with. The better question is, do you believe that there aren't any good Jews or black people and what does that say about you as a person?

>is the left trying to destroy western culture
Until you define what "Western culture" and "the left" is there is nothing I can really say. Are there people actively trying to destabilize the position of the US on the global stage? Certainly. But I would argue they tend to be extremists which can crop out of the left/right/wherever and aren't exclusively tied to what the average person would consider a part of any mainstream political movement. So once again, do you believe that the "left" is actively working to undermine western culture?

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Tumblr was removed from the app store in November after child abuse images were found to have slipped through its content filters.

The social network then said it would ban adult content completely from 17 December.

However, the move has angered many people who said they used the platform as a way to express their sexuality.

"There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content," said Jeff D'Onofrio, Tumblr's chief executive, when the decision was announced.

Its new guidelines prohibit any depiction of human genitalia, female nipples or sex acts, including illustrations. There will be exceptions for classical artistic works and political protests that involve nudity, but the company has warned that enforcement may be inconsistent.

It will provide new reporting tools and people will also be able to appeal if their content is blocked.

However, many Tumblr users have warned they will leave the site completely and have exported a copy of their blog before it is "purged" of adult content.

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Nice distortion of facts, bud. Let's see some of the "news"
>Cohen says...
>GOP Senator Orrin Hatch Flatly Says...
>'Crying Nazi' vows...
>Starbucks says...
>Trump Says...
Epic, upvoted, added to journalism highlights
That's kind of how information works bud...
But not news articles, specially dealing with rumours.
That's exactly how it works.
Just admit you're a /pol/ppet who's triggered by anime.
Why are you even on /news/ if all you're going to do is go into threads that will offend you and complain?

Also attemptting to force this meme of saying stuff you don't like is tabloids won't work.

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Pornographers are bracing for the first major obscenity clampdown in three decades under President Trump’s new pick for attorney general, William Barr, a strident social conservative whose views threaten the lucrative industry.

Anti-porn campaigners were thrilled with Trump's selection of Barr, previously attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, noting his enthusiastic obscenity prosecutions in the early ‘90s.

Pornographers are taking the threat seriously, but argue a crackdown would be hypocritical under the thrice-married Trump. His links to the industry include softcore Playboy cameos, an alleged affair with Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, an alleged tryst with hardcore star Stormy Daniels and an accusation of assault by adult actress Jessica Drake.

Barr, described by one Washington attorney as a "staunch Catholic conservative," isn't shy about his views, warning in a 1995 article that "secularists" were targeting "laws that reflect traditional moral norms" and that "we are seeing the constant chipping away at laws designed to restrain sexual immorality [and] obscenity."

Federal obscenity law hasn’t changed in decades, leaving a juicy target for Barr, who left office 25 years ago, before the explosion of Internet porn that flourished under three presidents.

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt said Barr “very well could be” a threat. "They can’t keep our streets clean, so they want to keep our minds pure by dictating our reading habits," he said.

Mike Stabile, spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, said, "We've long worried that Trump's anxiety about his porn connections would cause him to over-correct. After all, what better way to distract evangelicals and anti-porners from your relationship to porn and porn stars than to attack it?”
“But if Trump launches an anti-obscenity campaign, he'll be the Larry Craig of porn,” Stabile said, referring to the former Idaho Republican senator who campaigned for public morality before being arrested for soliciting sex in an airport bathroom.

Porn star Cherie DeVille, who is considering a 2020 presidential campaign, said Trump "also cracked down on immigration and has a wife who is an immigrant, so it would be right on brand for the Trump administration to continue with its hypocrisy." She added: “The irony is that these men themselves are the biggest fanboys."

The porn landscape is dramatically different from the early ‘90s, when it was mostly sold at stores and by mail. Now, it's available for free on three of the top 10 U.S. websites.

“They are a luscious target for prosecution," said Patrick Trueman, who heads the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. "If you take one down, it’s a profitable firm and you are going to get a lot of forfeiture of assets."

"If you began with even just a couple of U.S. attorney offices with the backing of main justice and the attorney general, you would see some major progress," Trueman said.

Campaigners fondly recall Barr’s record, detailed in a 1991 speech by President George H.W. Bush, who praised the "superb job" Barr was doing on pornography.

"We have virtually eliminated that horrible mail order obscenity business. Imagine the indiscriminate mailing of hard core pornography into American homes?" Bush said, during what now seems like a much more innocent age.

For years, Trueman, who was chief of the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section from 1988 to 1993, has sought to get prosecutions resumed. He met with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in August 2017, but Sessions — under attack from Trump — “didn’t make any promises and we didn’t hear from him afterward.”

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“He didn’t take the easy route, which is just to prosecute child pornography,” said Trueman. “I have been in his office one on one [in the '90s] talking about the issue of obscenity, and I can say he was very sincere about it."

Donna Rice Hughes, founder of the group Enough is Enough that campaigns for "making the Internet safer for children and families," expressed "high hopes" for Barr. Hughes, who also met with Sessions, argues that convictions would be easy.

“Jurors look over and think, that’s the guy responsible for my husband walking out on me. Or that’s the one responsible for my 10 year old [viewing porn],” said Hughes, who turned to religion after a dalliance with Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., memorialized in a photo of Hughes in Hart’s lap, dooming his 1988 presidential campaign.

Leaders in Washington matter, Trueman said, recalling Robert Mueller, then head of the Justice Department criminal division, ordering an unwilling U.S. attorney in Houston to prosecute an obscenity case.

Barr could "survey the industry, find the largest companies, and put them on a target list,” Trueman said.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said judges may ultimately side with companies. The Supreme Court since 1969 has protected private possession of obscene pornography, and rulings "largely curtail prosecution for viewing or creating consensual adult pornography," he said.

“Porn sites have more traffic than Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon combined,” Turley added. “Some 35 percent of all downloads are porn related. Porn is now an almost $100 billion industry with some $12 billion coming from the U.S. alone. A crackdown may not be what the Trump administration wants to add to its political agenda."

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh said that while porn distribution is very different, "the legal landscape hasn’t materially changed since 1992," Barr’s last full year in office.
“The George W. Bush administration did prosecute some creators of what was seen as unusually offensive porn, so maybe that will return, whether or not it seems to be effective,” Volokh said.

Gay porn producer Michael Lucas expressed concern that "obscenity laws are so vague," with prosecutors having to show material violates subjective “community standards," but held out hope that the Trump administration would not be competent enough to take on filth.

“Obviously it would be a waste of government money, but with this administration, you never know," he said. "On the other hand, if follow through is as inept as it is on other initiatives, we don’t have to be particularly worried."
>Conservatives and Trump are hypocrites
Not really breaking news.
This guy will be as effective against porn as Jeff Sessions was effective against drugs. That is, not very much.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer openly mocked the president during a heated Oval Office exchange over border security and the spending bill. “When the president brags he won North Dakota and Indiana, he’s in real trouble,” Schumer told Donald Trump in response to the president saying Republicans made gains in the Senate this election cycle.

Both states are deep red and voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, so Republican wins there were hardly news.

The retort was part of a long, tense discussion captured by cameras between House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Schumer and Vice President Mike Pence. During the meeting, Trump repeatedly threatened to shut down the government if he did not receive full funding for a wall along 1,000-mile long U.S.-Mexico border.

"I am proud to shut down the government for border security... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it," the president said to the Democratic minority leaders on Tuesday.

Trump told Pelosi that if he “needed the votes for the wall in the House,” that he would have them in “one session and we’d be done,” but that he needed Senate Democrats to vote for the wall too. Pelosi countered: “Mr. President, you have the White House, you have the Senate and you have the House of Representatives,” she said. “The fact is, you do not have the votes in the House."

Pelosi asked that the meeting, which she said was headed in a “downward spiral,” to be taken off-camera multiple times, but the president refused. In a post-meeting news conference, Pelosi told reporters that she did not want the discussion to be on-camera out of respect for the president.

"I didn’t want to in front of those people say, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about,’” she explained.

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All weebs are subhuman
Someone should throw something on Trump's face during one of his tacky rallies, and insult in the nastiest way possible on camera. That would be damaging because for once he wouldn't be able to ignore or deflect from it.
That's some epic ownage from Chuck Schumer the Cuck Ruiner.
>Schumer even offered Trump 25 billion in funding if he'd protect dreamers
Would that have passed a republican house though? Congressional Republicans never even really liked the wall idea, doubt they'd been enthused by built-in dreamer amnesty.
Secret Service exists to stop that.
Remember that one time someone tried jump a rail at a Trump rally? Secret Service was on top of him before he finished getting over the railing they were that quick.

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