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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/us/politics/yemen-saudi-war-pompeo-mattis.html

> The Senate voted on Thursday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against President Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist.

>The 56-to-41 vote was a rare move by the Senate to limit presidential war powers and sent a potent message of disapproval for a nearly four-year conflict that has killed thousands of civilians and brought famine to Yemen. Moments later, senators unanimously approved a separate resolution to hold Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia personally responsible for the death of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

>Together, the votes were an extraordinary break with Mr. Trump, who has refused to condemn the prince and dismissed United States intelligence agencies’ conclusions that the heir to the Saudi throne directed the grisly killing.

>While the House will not take up the measure by the end of the year, the day’s votes signal that Congress will take on Mr. Trump’s support of Saudi Arabia when Democrats take control of the House next month.
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>But Mr. Graham and other senators sought to separate the importance of maintaining a close alliance and partnership with Saudi Arabia from punishing Prince Mohammed.

>Before the killing and dismemberment of Mr. Khashoggi, most Republicans had supported the military alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

>But in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, to which the Pentagon has supplied bombs and intelligence, Saudi airstrikes targeting Houthi rebels have also killed thousands of people at weddings, at funerals and on school buses.

>In late October, Mr. Mattis and Mr. Pompeo had called for a cease-fire in Yemen, and on Thursday, talks that were brokered by the United Nations in Sweden appeared to reach an agreement to ease the hostilities.

>The agreement calls for an exchange of up to 15,000 prisoners, the creation of a humanitarian corridor into the city of Taiz and, importantly, the withdrawal of troops from Hudaydah. That city, on the Red Sea, is a key entry point to Yemen for essential products like food and medicine.

>Peace talks are expected to continue in January in an effort to resolve what has become a humanitarian crisis in one of the poorest nations on Earth.
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>“The agreements today mean a lot, not only for the Yemeni people but for humanity if this can be a starting point for peace and for ending the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, said at the close of the talks on Thursday.

>Mr. Menendez and Mr. Graham said on Wednesday that they and other senators would introduce legislation early next year to impose even broader penalties against Saudi Arabia, including suspending weapons sales and cementing a ban on American refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft in Yemen.

>While Thursday’s moves were largely a symbolic, if stinging, slap at the Trump administration, they previewed what could be a far more consequential debate after Democrats take over the House in 2019.

>“If Paul Ryan thinks on his way out the door his last public service gift to humanity is covering up for Saudi Arabia, great, he can make that his legacy,” said Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, referring to the procedural gambit by Mr. Ryan, the House speaker, this week to prevent the war powers measure from coming up for a swift a vote.

>“But we’re going to be around next year,” Mr. Kaine said, “and we’ll figure out ways that there can be consequences for this.”

>Correction: December 13, 2018
An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of the United Nations secretary-general. He is António Guterres, not Guterrez.
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>>326555
Looks like gas prices are going back up.
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>>326569
Hopefully Alberta could use it.
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>>326569
Naah the other OPEC members will keep the price low because they want to undercut both Putin and American oil companies

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On Tuesday, over the course of nearly eight hours, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev performed an unprecedented spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

The two Russians spent about three hours moving across the station, setting up a workstation from which they could stabilize themselves and cut into a Soyuz spacecraft attached to the station. Then, with an assortment of tools including a knife and pair of scissors, they tore through a wide swath of insulation protecting the orbital module of the spacecraft.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/russian-cosmonauts-spend-nearly-eight-hours-cutting-into-their-spacecraft/?amp=1

https://youtu.be/Lm_fAsUTvgQ
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>>325938
fuck off
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>>325938
why do you touch yourself at night you insufferable cunt?
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>>325933
That's pretty cool.
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>>325966
no niggers but a bunch of alcoholic slavshitters and muslims instead, sounds great anon.
t.russian
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>>325938
They hate science that comes from government instead of the free market

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https://www.nashvillepost.com/politics/federal-government/article/21034396/green-elected-president-of-republican-freshman-class

Congressman-elect Mark Green (R-Clarksville) was unanimously voted president of the Republican freshman class Tuesday.

He will lead 30 Republican freshmen in the U.S. House of Representatives starting early next year.

“I’m honored to be elected by this distinguished group of colleagues as president of the Freshman Class,” Green said in a statement. “I ran for Congress to take our successful leadership in Tennessee to Congress, and am excited to be able to lead the freshman class.”

While Republicans retained a majority in the Senate, gaining two seats for a total of 53, Democrats took control of the House, gaining 40 seats for a House split of 235-200.

Entering a Democrat-controlled House, Green has previously said he will “look for areas of commonality” with the majority party.

“Mark is a veteran and served our state as a leader in the legislature,” Tim Burchett, congressman-elect for Tennessee’s 2nd District, said in the release. “As new members of Congress, we need someone advocating for us who understands the process. That’s why I was honored to nominate Mark to be our freshman class president.”

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There is no evidence at all that vaccines or the preservatives in them cause autism, despite many studies, both national and international, that have been done to try and find any possible link. Vaccine makers have also removed many preservatives from vaccines not because they are dangerous, but to reassure people who are afraid they might hurt some children.

Yet Green repeated some of these unfounded assertions.

"I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines, because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines,” Green can he heard saying in a video posted on the Tennessean newspaper’s website.

Green said he “would encourage families to get vaccinated at this time," and also said his own children had been vaccinated.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which strongly supports vaccination, declined to make any immediate statement but indicated members of its Tennessee chapter would contact Green.

Dr. Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and dean of the school of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said he was disappointed that a physician would repeat something that has been so thoroughly shown to be untrue.

“I’m concerned. I think we’re at the point where so many children are now exempted from vaccinations, that any physician who espouses overt anti-vaccine views is contributing to our national decline in child public health, and could be considered in violation of their Hippocrates oath,” Hotez told NBC News.

Hotez, whose own daughter has autism, has written a book about the fight against misguided vaccine skeptics, entitled “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism.”
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The CDC, other federal agencies, independent academic researchers, infectious disease specialists and pediatricians have been working to educate people about the many studies showing that vaccines are safe and effective and that they have saved millions of lives. But small but increasingly vocal group has used social media and public meetings to try to shed doubt on the safety of vaccines.

The result has been the emergence of pockets of unvaccinated children and outbreaks of disease. For instance, global cases of measles are up 30 percent, according to the World Health Organization. WHO says 110,000 children have died from measles this year alone.

There are also increasing numbers of cases of chickenpox.

A spokesman for Green said his remarks had been misunderstood and noted that Green's children have been vaccinated, but did not respond to questions about Green's statements alleging a link with autism.
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In addition to his anti-science remarks, the new leader of freshman Republicans has also trafficked in bigotry.

In 2017, Green was nominated to be Trump’s Secretary of the Army. Soon thereafter, his hateful rhetoric on a variety of topics came out, causing even Republican senators to question his fitness for the job.

“There’s a lot of controversy concerning his nomination,” the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said at the time, according to the Washington Post.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/05/05/mark-green-withdraws-as-trumps-army-secretary-nominee-citing-false-and-misleading-attacks

Green said it was a “great question” when someone at a 2016 tea party rally asked him about people who “don’t belong here, like Muslims in the United States.”

At the same rally, Green adamantly told attendees he would not stand for children to learn anything about Islam in school. “When you start teaching the pillars of Islam … we will not tolerate that in this state,” Green said.

Green also attacked members of the LGBTQ community, claiming that psychiatrists say “transgender is a disease.” Green’s anti-trans statement are not backed up by facts, as neither the American Medical Association nor the American Psychiatric Association say that being transgender is a mental disorder.


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>Cohen had pleaded guilty to nine federal charges of tax evasion, violating campaign finance laws, lying to banks and to Congress.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/michael-cohen-gets-3-years-cases-involving-stormy-daniels-lying-n946956

An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to 3 years behind bars for what a Manhattan federal court judge called a “veritable smorgasbord of criminal conduct,” including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, lying to Congress about the president’s business dealings with Russia, and failing to report millions of dollars in income.

Judge William Pauley found Cohen, 52, deserved “a significant term of imprisonment” for crimes that were driven by “personal greed and ambition.”

Cohen appeared to get choked up as he pleaded with the judge for mercy. He told Pauley he was taking “full responsibility” for his actions — but laid much of the blame at the feet of the former boss he once said he'd take a bullet for.

“I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired," Cohen told the judge, saying his blind loyalty to Trump led him to choose “darkness over light.”

He noted that Trump had blasted him as being weak on Twitter. “It was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen said.

He appeared to tear up as he apologized to his family and to the people of the United States.

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>>326438
>Intent really matters when it comes to legal affairs.
Keeping that around for the Obstruction of Justice trial.
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>>326455
>>>/qa/2491920
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>>326466
That probably refers to threads like the 90% opinion article that was posted earlier today, and not, say, Reuters articles describing Trump's latest atrocity.

If I'm wrong, and he thinks that's also "tabloid shit," then he's so clearly wrong that the even the dumbest mod wouldn't listen to him, assuming any of them still visit /qa/ for any reason other than to laugh at it, so you're probably safe from it.
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>>326470
The problem is they take an isolated incident and claim it's a wide spread pandemic (Like voter fraud)
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>But Obama did the same thing as Trump!
Said no law expect ever.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-cites-massive-obama-campaign-finance-violation-experts-say-cohen-n902921

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Nearly two years ago, in the first month of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, I touched off a firestorm by telling the public what our Intelligence Community—publicly attacked as Nazis by our 45th president on the eve of his inauguration—felt about their new commander-in-chief. As I tweeted, passing on the viewpoint of a senior IC official: “He will die in jail.”

This utterance outraged the president’s defenders and was considered outré, even though everybody in the IC I’ve encountered who’s familiar with the Trump case—not a short list—feels similarly. America’s spies before Trump took his oath of office concluded that the Kremlin helped elect the president, and the IC, which deals in facts rather than spin, has never wavered on this point.

Simply put, our president has most likely committed crimes, above all conspiring with a hostile power to boost his 2016 campaign (including seeking financial gain from that unfriendly foreign country), which none of his predecessors did, so it’s increasingly likely that Trump will accrue punishments never visited on any American president.

Just how much hot water the president and his retinue are in came into focus last week with multiple bombshells dropped by the Department of Justice. First, the Special Counsel on Tuesday informed a Federal court that Michael Flynn, the president’s short-lived first national security adviser, had decisively flipped on Team Trump.

https://observer.com/2018/12/president-trump-really-may-go-to-jail-for-the-rest-of-his-life/
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>>326547
>>326544
you still have yet to actually say what he's done, though.
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>>326550
Because the investigation is still underway. How long do you think these usually take?
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>>326550
if you tell someone to commit a crime on your behalf, it's called a criminal conspiracy. He engaged in a criminal conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws, among other things.
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It's not just Michael Cohen anymore.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-12/american-media-in-non-prosecution-agreement-with-prosecutors

The owner of the National Enquirer is now cooperating with Mueller's team as well. National Enquirer was buying stories on Trump's behalf and then sitting on them so they wouldn't get released to the public.
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>>324989
Yea undermining democracy in the US is a non issue.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourism Zone to finish construction by April 15 next year. The order has led to the ongoing mobilization of local residents and resources to finish the coastal road connecting Kalma Airport and the Wonsan Harbor surroundings, North Korean sources report.

“There was a rally held recently for construction workers to promote the completion of the coastal road, which is part of the broader Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourist Zone’s development plans, by next April,” said a Daily NK source last Thursday who had recently visited Kangwon Province. “The construction shock troops and laborers are working until late at night to complete the construction of the road.”

“Teams made up of women are supplying gravel for the road’s foundations, and local residents are being mobilized for the construction projects,” he continued, adding that despite the cold weather, “they are keeping warm by working on the road’s construction.”

Kim Jong Un said during a visit to the site in May that the construction material production sector and all other related sectors must boost production to ensure sufficient resources to prevent construction delays.

“Wonsan residents are busy working on the road construction and have to give a lot to the state, but they are hopeful that when the city is completed they won’t have financial worries anymore,” the source said.

The completion of the Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourism Zone is being welcomed by local residents because it means they might find more opportunities for business with the influx of tourists, and receive other important benefits.

There are rumors, for example, that “Wonsan resident cards” will be issued to local residents when the zone is completed. No official announcement has yet been made by the North Korean authorities.

https://www.dailynk.com/english/mass-mobilization-for-wonsan-kalma-coastal-tourist-zone-project/
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While the issuance of such cards would limit the movement of local residents, it would also allow them to potentially receive support from the authorities for housing or employment by foreign-currency earning enterprises.

“The construction of the coastal zone includes participation by the Cabinet and central government organizations, along with construction shock troops and other workers recruited nationwide,” a source in Kangwon Province reported.

“All of the construction equipment used in the construction projects is new, so the progress is fast. Locals say that it will be possible to finish the road construction by April next year.”
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Nothing says relaxing like a "Tourism Zone"
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I guess Kim started playing Tropico 3.

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In one week, President Trump has transformed from a nonstop campaign-rally machine to a nearly invisible figure communicating mostly by tweet. Trump returned late Sunday from a 43-hour trip to Paris, where he sat out some big events and clashed with allies, and on Monday he ended his public day at 10:03 a.m., skipping the Veterans Day trip to Arlington National Cemetery every president since at least John F. Kennedy has made to lay a ceremonial wreath. On Tuesday, Trump's only public appearance was a brief showing at a Diwali ceremony, and he had Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meet with visiting King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Trump sent Vice President Mike Pence to the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) summit typically attended by presidents, potentially offending Asian leaders; canceled a trip to Colombia; and opted not to visit the U.S. troops he sent to the U.S.-Mexico border to protect a "caravan" he seems to have forgotten about. Maybe Trump is just tired, but White House officials and Trump allies say he's in a particularly sour mood amid a string of late Democratic victories in areas where he campaigned, looming investigations by House Democrats, expected indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and bad press from his France trip.

"Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment," the Los Angeles Times reports, citing multiple administration sources. "Behind the scenes, they say, the president has lashed out at several aides," sketching "a picture of a brooding president 'trying to decide who to blame' for Republicans' election losses, even as he publicly and implausibly continues to claim victory."

"It's like an episode of Maury," one former Trump aide told Politico. "The only thing that's missing is a paternity test." You can read more about Trump's "five days of fury" at The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and Politico has more on the mood in the White House.

https://theweek.com/speedreads/807616/
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>It's like an episode of Maury, The only thing that's missing is a paternity test.

lmfao
XD
I can't even...
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I'd like to remind both sides here of what they're fighting for with a very relatable sketch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3gIYgSa4qw
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>>322715
Mad /pol/ppet.
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BOOM
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>>313404
The president is doing a lot of work, he has beem working very hard since day one. He followed through or at least trued to, with every thing he said he would do. If he went to france im sure he is tired. And maybe he is in a sour mood. He is working hard and not being taken advantage of, also offending are allies is a way that he shows strength. There is no denying america as the #1 world powernin almost every facet. He has been doing a great job and is likely to get reelected.

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Donald Trump’s first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator repeatedly violated agency policy to use personal email for government business, according to newly released public records.

Scott Pruitt – who left the administration this summer after months of controversy over his spending, travel and ties with industry – used his private email account for work over a period of months, according to records recently made available to the Sierra Club.

Someone forwarded the emails to Pruitt’s government account on the day he resigned. EPA policy requires employees to do so within 20 days of any correspondence via personal accounts.

Using personal rather than government email shields messages from public records requests and can put sensitive information at risk. Trump repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign for using a private email account and server while she was secretary of state.

Others in the administration, including the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, have used personal email accounts for work.

Elena Saxonhouse, a senior attorney for the Sierra Club, said Pruitt’s email use “treads into unlawfulness if he was using personal email to evade the Federal Records Act or [Freedom of Information Act]”.

She added: “The fact that his personal emails weren’t provided to us until after he left could mean that he was actively trying to hide something or that he was just as cavalier about records policy as he was about all the other rules on government accountability and ethics. Both are bad.”

In response to a previous request, the EPA had officially released just one message Pruitt wrote to anyone outside the agency during his first 10 months in office. His emails offer a new look at his close relationships with influential conservatives.

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>>324202
>says he violated policy by not forwarding said emails within the required timeframe. Care to explain what he did that is illegal? policy vs legislation
It's a violation of the Federal Records Act.

>https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1233
>(Sec. 10) Prohibits an officer or employee of an executive agency from creating or sending a record using a non-official electronic messaging account unless such officer or employee: (1) copies an official electronic messaging account of the officer or employee in the original creation or transmission of the record, or (2) forwards a complete copy of the record to an official electronic messaging account of the officer or employee not later than 20 days after the original creation or transmission of the record. Provides for disciplinary action against an agency officer or employee for an intentional violation of such prohibition.
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>>324305
Further reading.

>https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-09/documents/interim-records-mgmt-policy-20180822.pdf

>The FRA, as amended, requires all federal agencies to make and preserve records
containing adequate and proper documentation of their organization, function, policies,
decisions, procedures and essential transactions. These records are public property and
must be managed according to applicable laws and regulations.

>Official Agency business should first and foremost be done on official EPA information
systems. The FRA now prohibits the creation or sending of a federal record using a nonEPA
electronic messaging account unless the individual creating or sending the record
either: (1) copies their EPA email account at the time of initial creation or transmission of
the record, or (2) forwards a complete copy of the record to their EPA email account within

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>>324078
The real discussion here should be how an AGW denying corporate shill, a greedy drone that, while serving as attorney general of Oklahoma, sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of energy companies and polluters in exchange for campaign donations, was ever appointed head of the EPA in the first place - that's something that's worth investigating a little i think, not his fucking emails.

http://www.edfaction.org/scott-pruitts-web-fundraising-and-lawsuits
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>>324472
I mean that's petty, but he did some other shitty stuff too like refuse to enforce a court judgement against the state of Arkansas because all the chicken farms up river were polluting their waterways. The previous AG had set up a whole environmental office to help him in these matters and once Pruitt became AG, he dismantled the environmental office, and refused to go back to court against the state because the chicken farms kept polluting. Guess who also got a sizable donation in his election bid from Sanderson Farms? It was Pruitt.
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>>324107
BASED

https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/wAU4hlTgDG2PP0k1jaix-Evz4Qk=/1484x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/UV72JXEEL4I6PHT2ED5I26QNWY.jpg

>When Christopher Cantwell learned that self-professed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. had been convicted of murder, he promised violent retribution — “complete and total destruction” by “an army of fanatics” ready to die for their cause.

>But, as with everything Cantwell has done since August 2017, his vow was at least somewhat blunted by his dramatic fall and humiliating nickname: the “Crying Nazi.”

>Cantwell, who earned the nickname for his reaction to news of a warrant for his arrest, made the threats on Friday, the same day Fields was found guilty of first-degree murder for ramming his car through a crowd of counterprotesters at the “Unite the Right” rally last year in Charlottesville. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed, and 35 others were injured, many grievously.

>As The Washington Post’s Joe Heim and Kristine Phillips reported, the killing “culminated a dark 24 hours in this quiet college town” — and Cantwell was mostly in the middle of it. A photographer for The Post captured him sitting on a curb, being tended to by police after being hit with tear gas.

>A year later, with Fields’s trial now over, Cantwell went on the social media platform Gab, known for its far-right user base, and aimed his words at “Charlottesville and the broad Left.” Fields’s conviction “will drive us toward your complete and total destruction,” he said, claiming that there are more than enough people “to put in the massive amounts of unpleasant work.”

>The next “Dylann Roof, the next Robert Bowers, he’s not going to go out blasting and be out of the fight,” Cantwell wrote.
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>>324380
Fascism is inherently attractive to assholes, sadists, and generally extremely vindictive folks.
Desire for power overrides any desire to further any policy platform and they've difficulty controlling that. so every once in a while they end up being arrested for assault / abuse / murder.
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>>324485
I guess I'm triggered in that I find the news depressing. But more than that it's just kind of bizarre watching from the safety of a blue state as red states deprive themselves of health insurance and contraceptives and poison themselves. I agree it's definitely sad and there are a lot of innocent people that will suffer from higher incidence of birth defect due to more coal fired plants where you live. I just don't get the pride, you guys are hurting yourselves just because I feel for you and it's just strange.
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>>324485
Sounds like he's the one whose triggered about the whole rule of law and justice being served in this case and it sounds like you're butthurt about it as well.
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>>324488
>>324505
>falling for such a shit bait
fuck off and lurk a few more months before posting again
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>>324514
MAD

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/13/us/politics/trump-inauguration-investigation.html

Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over American policy, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

The inquiry focuses on whether people from Middle Eastern nations — including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — used straw donors to disguise their donations to the two funds. Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.

The line of questioning underscores the growing scope of criminal inquiries that pose a threat to Mr. Trump’s presidency. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is focusing on whether anyone in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to tip the 2016 presidential election in Mr. Trump’s favor, while prosecutors in New York are pursuing evidence he secretly authorized illegal payments of hush money to silence accusations of extramarital affairs that threatened his campaign.

The inquiry into potential foreign donations to the inaugural fund and the super PAC is yet another front being pursued by multiple teams of prosecutors. Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire financier and one of Mr. Trump’s closest friends, raised money for both funds.
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Prosecutors from New York and from Mr. Mueller’s team have asked witnesses whether anyone from Qatar or other Middle Eastern countries also contributed money, perhaps using American intermediaries. Among other issues, they asked about a Mediterranean cruise that Mr. Barrack and Mr. Manafort took after Mr. Manafort was fired in August 2016 from the Trump campaign because of a scandal over his previous work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Mr. Manafort was in serious financial trouble at the time, and Mr. Barrack, who has an extensive business network in the Persian Gulf, may have been attempting to help him find clients.

On the cruise, the pair met one of the world’s richest men, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar. Until 2013, Mr. Al Thani presided over the country’s $230 billion sovereign wealth fund. He remains a highly influential member of the nation’s governing royal family.

Investigators also sought information from a businessman, Rashid Al Malik, an associate of Mr. Barrack’s who heads a private investment firm in the United Arab Emirates, according to a person familiar with the inquiry. Mr. Malik, whose lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has been described as close to a key figure in the U.A.E.’s government.
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After Mr. Trump was elected, any troubles he had finding donors appeared to have vanished. His inaugural fund raised $107 million — four times as much as the pro-Trump political action committee and twice as much as the amount raised for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration. Mr. Barrack was its chairman, and Rick Gates, a longtime business associate of Mr. Manafort’s who served as deputy campaign chairman, ran it.

The inquiry into the inaugural fund appears to involve prosecutors from United States attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn, people familiar with the investigation said. The fund has long been a source of infighting among White House advisers and personal friends of Mr. Trump’s, who blamed each other for news reports about questionable expenditures.

The prosecutors in Manhattan were apparently following up on leads from their case against Michael D. Cohen, the president’s former longtime fixer. Mr. Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison, in part for organizing payments to cover up sex scandals that could have threatened Mr. Trump’s chances of winning the White House.
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Among other documents seized during raids on Mr. Cohen’s home and office in the spring, investigators found a tape recording of a conversation with Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a friend of Melania Trump’s, who ran entities that collected $26 million from the fund. Ms. Winston Wolkoff blamed Mr. Barrack for news reports questioning the payments to her and criticized him for failing to properly manage the account, according to people who spoke with her. She complained about how he had handled the money to several friends, including Mr. Cohen, those people said.

The inaugural committee complied with all laws and “has not been contacted by any prosecutors,” said Mr. Blicksilver, who is also a spokesman for the fund. Its finances “were fully audited internally and independently,” and donors were fully vetted and disclosed to the Federal Election Commission, as required, he said.

In fact, though, the fund has already run into trouble related for both donations and expenditures. Mr. Gates, who is awaiting sentencing for crimes related to a financial fraud scheme he executed with Mr. Manafort, has testified that he may have submitted personal expenses for reimbursement from the fund. A later review of the inaugural expenses found no issue with his reimbursements, a person close to Mr. Gates said.
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And this year, a well-known Republican lobbyist, Sam Patten, pleaded guilty to arranging for a Ukrainian oligarch and another foreigner to buy $50,000 worth of tickets to an inaugural event, using an American as a straw purchaser.

Investigators have asked witnesses whether other foreigners also contributed illegally to the inaugural committee. Once Mr. Trump was elected, foreign governments were frantically trying to build connections to the incoming administration, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Although it hosts and heavily subsidizes an American military base, Qatar is constantly striving to counter the influence of its powerful neighbors, also allies of the United States.
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I'm pretty sure we already knew Trump's Inaugural Fund was a pay to play slush fund to get your wish list done by Trump.
So it wouldn't be too shocking to find out foreigners got in on the action.

Follow the money.

Federal prosecutors have charged a Brooklyn man with threatening to “put a bullet” in a U.S. senator because she criticized President Trump on reproductive rights issues — though the suspect declared Wednesday night he doesn’t “think it’s that big.”

Michael Brogan, 51, was so riled up by an internet video he saw of the senator blasting Trump that he called her D.C. office on Dec. 4 and left a rambling, menacing voice message, prosecutors said.

“Not to trivialize it, I wish in retrospect I didn’t do it, but I don’t think it’s that big,” Brogan told The Daily News at his Marine Park home Wednesday night.

“I didn’t think it was going to come to this,” he added. “I wouldn’t have done it.”

Brogan said he made the call in “the heat of the moment” after watching a clip of the senator online.

“I’m going to put a bullet in ya. When I’m in D.C. and you’re there, I got your f---ing mark you stupid b---h,” he said, according to a criminal complaint. “You and your constant lambasting of President Trump. Oh, reproductive rights, reproductive rights. You know what? I’m cursing and I’m in sin because of people like you, OK?”

He continued, “If I saw you, I’d snuff your stupid f---ing a--. I’d put a f---ing bullet in you. You watch your a--. If I see you on the streets, I’m gonna f---ing light you up with f---ing bullets.”

U.S. Capitol Police agents tracked the call to Brogan’s cell number, and reviewed his Facebook page, which referred to his participation in the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C.

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>>326467
I can smell your desperation.
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>>326483
>refer to /news/
>b-but usenet z-z-zoomer
0/10 and another example of you grasping at straws and trying to lead the topic elsewhere
You're very bad at this
Now back onto the topic of pro lifers being raging hypocrites, something that is sadly all to common with the right wing
Inb4 whataboutism
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>>326484
I can tell you need Jesus.
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>>326486
>0/10 and another example of you grasping at straws and trying to lead the topic elsewhere
There's nothing to respond to except your paranoid delusions. You and OP are the dumbest internet detectives this century because you're both new to 4chan and retarded at the same time.

If you don't want to discuss it don't bring it up in the first place.
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>>326487
I can smell you need Jesus.

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Two people were killed, one person is brain dead and a dozen others were injured in the shooting Tuesday night, prosecutor Remy Heitz said at a news conference.

Police have deployed about 350 officers in the manhunt Wednesday for the suspect whom the prosecutor identified as Cherif C., following a common practice in France for authorities to provide only an initial for a suspect's family name. The Associated Press and Reuters have reported his last name is Chekatt.
Cherif Chekatt, the suspect in the shooting in Strasbourg, France, on Dec. 11, 2018.Police National

The 29-year-old Chekatt has a lengthy criminal record with 27 offenses and has previously served jail time in France, Germany, and Switzerland.

Chekatt was radicalized in prison and was monitored by French intelligence services since his release in late 2015 on suspicion he was a religious extremist, the AP reported, citing a French interior ministry official.

Four people close to the suspect have been detained but Chekatt has yet to be caught.

Witnesses told police the suspect yelled "Allahu Akbar" (Arabic for "God is great") as he fired into the crowd near the Christmas market shortly before 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET).


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>>325974
DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH!
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>>326128
>Laughs in Polish
I will gladly see France and Germany shit IT self upon thier Diversity when in Poland i can go to public events in peace
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>>325992
And introduce more police state reforms
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>>326114
>Does crime
>Put in prison
>Get radicalized
>Released
>Rinse and repeat
>...
>Profit???
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No matter

We was an illegal at some point anyway.

France is long overdue to drop these soft immigration laws, and follow Denmark suit along with the rest of the EU.

That up there, is how you lead an immigration policy.

believable. those morons full of shit has chosen a guy who want a mass genocide and literally had screamed with joy and happiness when he saw pictures of dead people. called to kill all terminal children and literally came out as an free agent of ukrainian intern secret service after he failed the operation to blame his own fake death on russian government. has declared he is polishing american tanks and is waiting for a day he can roll into Moscow on them.

http://time.com/person-of-the-year-2018-the-guardians/
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>>325742
You've met one russian national and she was brilliant. But have you ever met a single russian government? Yeah, didn't think so.
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>>325949

lol. i got told once that if you fucked the jewish whore then you know all Israel. and whats your point?
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>>325949
What point are you trying to make? You don't have to meet someone to know they're shit. You think someone like Richard Ramirez was a morally upstanding guy just because you never met him personally?
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>>326068
>You don't have to meet someone to know they're shit.

i disagree. i never met you and you behave like a massive piece of shit, but who knows.. maybe you are russian jewfart yourself.
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The court gave six years in prison to the priest of the UOC Maretsky for obstructing the movement of the Ukrainian military protesting the maidaneks occupation of East Ukraine.

https://112.ua/obshchestvo/sud-dal-shest-let-za-reshetkoy-svyashhenniku-ukc-mp-mareckomu-za-prepyatstvovanie-ukrainskim-voennym-473470.html

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The government snared more than 3,000 illegal immigrants in just one day last week, the administration’s top border official told Congress on Tuesday, saying the situation qualifies as a full-blown “crisis.”

Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said more than 1,100 of those caught either jumping the border or trying to come through a border crossing without permission were children, either traveling alone or with parents, and forced on the treacherous journey.

He said the 3,029 people caught on Dec. 3 was the highest total in years, and said at the rate illegal immigration across the border is running right now, the numbers of families and children could be double the record rate recorded last year.

“It is indeed both a border security and a humanitarian crisis,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

His testimony came as Congress is debating President Trump’s request for billions of dollars in new money for border security — chiefly for a major chunk of his planned border wall.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/dec/11/more-3000-illegals-caught-one-day-dhs/
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>>326126
every thread*
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>>326127
That's fine.
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>>326129
Well, you'd think that, wouldn't you?
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>>325566
Never thought of this. It's quite possible. I don't mind the anime because it's not like it changes the article.
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>>326094
>Technically by letting Mexican citizens and other Illegals across the southern boarder Mexico is also engaging in an act of war.
>[citation needed]

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Get ready for the 41st House seat to flip /news/ because the midterms and Blue Wave don't look to be over just yet.

Washington (CNN) - North Carolina's State Board of Elections on Friday named Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., a political operative who worked for Republican candidate Mark Harris, as "a person of interest in connection with an alleged absentee ballot operation in the congressional district."
The news comes as the Wake County District Attorney's office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation investigate criminal allegations that Dowless used absentee ballots to alter the vote in Bladen County in the race for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by only 905 votes.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman confirmed Friday that the FBI is assisting in the investigation.
"I will confirm we have had the assistance of the FBI," Freeman said. The FBI would not confirm or deny if it was investigating.

Now, investigators are probing whether some absentee ballots were altered by Dowless and a loosely connected group working with him, or if ballots collected from voters were never turned in.
Dowless worked for Red Dome Group, a GOP political consulting firm that Harris paid more than $400,000.
CNN has made multiple daily attempts to reach Dowless for comment. He has not returned CNN's calls. He has denied wrongdoing to The Charlotte Observer.
According to a statement from the board, it has issued subpoenas for documents to Red Dome Group, the Mark Harris for Congress Committee and the James Atlas McVicker Committee.
The statement also said that the board plans to schedule an evidentiary hearing as it weighs whether to certify the election results in the race.
On Friday, Harris tweeted a video statement where he said he would support a new election if there is evidence of election fraud.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/07/politics/north-carolina-election/index.html
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McCready withdrew his concession in the race last week following the board’s decision, which cited absentee ballot irregularities in a key county in the district.

The focus of the board’s investigation is a subcontractor named Leslie McCrae Dowless, a Harris campaign employee contracted out by a firm advising the Harris campaign, who is accused of illegally collecting absentee ballots from voters and altering or potentially destroying those ballots.

Harris and his campaign have maintained that they knew of no illegal activity, though Dowless has reportedly had a reputation for shady absentee ballot work in the district. On Friday, Harris put out a video on social media that said he would “wholeheartedly” welcome a new election in the district if the board’s investigation uncovers proof of fraud.

McCready has ripped into Harris over the past week and implored him to come forward with what his campaign knew about Dowless, referring to reports that Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), the incumbent Harris beat in the GOP primary, knew enough about Dowless not to hire him and alleging that "this goes to the top of Mark Harris' campaign."
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but Hillary's emails
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But I thought Democrats were the ones who cheat elections!
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Conservatives claim the North Carolina ballot tampering scandal proves voter fraud is real. Not quite.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/12/11/18134636/north-carolina-9-election-fraud-voter-fraud
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And in case you don't think Republicans could be scummy enough, they're about to force through a law that will allow them to hold a new primary so they don't have to run their guy who was caught rigging the election.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/13/gop-mark-harris-north-carolina-1063435


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