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Drone strikes on oil facilities were Yemen's 'reciprocal response' for Saudi bombings - Rouhani

Drone strikes on oil facilities were Yemen's 'reciprocal response' for Saudi bombings – Rouhani | 16 Sept 2019 | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said recent drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure were a proportionate Yemeni response to years of daily bombings carried out by a Saudi-led coalition. Speaking to reporters in Ankara following three-way talks between the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran, Rouhani suggested the drone attacks were a legitimate act of self-defense. "On a daily basis Yemen is being bombarded and innocent civilians are dying...so they have to retaliate," Rouhani explained.

NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault

NYT updates Kavanaugh 'bombshell' to note accuser doesn't recall alleged assault | 16 Sept 2019 | The New York Times suddenly made a major revision to a supposed bombshell piece late Sunday concerning a resurfaced allegation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- hours after virtually all 2020 Democratic presidential candidates had cited the original article as a reason to impeach Kavanaugh. The update included the significant detail that several friends of the alleged victim, Harmon Joyce, said she did not recall the purported sexual assault in question at all. The Times also stated for the first time that the alleged victim refused to be interviewed, and has made no other comment about the episode. The only firsthand account concerning the supposed attack in the original piece, which was published on Saturday, came from a Clinton-connected lawyer who claimed to have witnessed it.

Kavanaugh accuser's friend dismisses original allegations, detail also not mentioned in NYT excerpt of book

Kavanaugh accuser's friend dismisses original allegations, detail also not mentioned in NYT excerpt of book | 16 Sept 2019 | Leland Keyser, a friend of Christine Blasey Ford who allegedly was at the party where Ford says Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her decades ago, now says the story "just didn't make any sense." That revelation is contained in a forthcoming book, by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, titled "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation." But the Times omitted any reference to Keyser's comments in a widely panned article this weekend by Pogrebin and Kelly that was adapted from the book.

Big Brother Cometh: Massive License Plate Database Exceeds 150 Million

Big Brother Cometh: Massive License Plate Database Exceeds 150 Million | 16 Sept 2019 | Our worst fears about automatic license plate readers (ALPR) are much worse than we could have imagined. Two months ago, I warned everyone that police in Arizona were using ALPR's to "grid" entire neighborhoods. But this story brings public surveillance to a whole new level. Last month, Rekor Systems announced that they had launched the Rekor Public Safety Network (RPSN) which gives law enforcement real-time access to license plates. "Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real-time data from any part of the network at no cost...With thousands of automatic license plate reading cameras currently in service that capture approximately 150 million plate reads per month, the network is expected to be live by the first quarter of 2020."

Kavanaugh 'must be impeached,' top Dems say, as new uncorroborated allegation surfaces

Kavanaugh 'must be impeached,' top Dems say, as new uncorroborated allegation surfaces | 15 Sept 2019 | Top 2020 Democratic contenders Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders [and non-contenders] Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke, and Julian Castro announced on Sunday that Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh "must be impeached," after a new, uncorroborated and disputed allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh surfaced in a weekend New York Times piece. The revitalized, longshot push to get Kavanaugh removed from the high court comes as Democrats' apparent effort to impeach President Trump has largely stalled. Trump, for his part, suggested Sunday that Kavanaugh should sue for defamation. The Times piece by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, adapted from their forthcoming book, asserted that a Kavanaugh classmate, Clinton-connected nonprofit CEO Max Stier, [allgedly] saw Mr. Kavanaugh [engage in lewd behavior].

Court orders Julian Assange to stay in prison while awaiting US extradition

Court orders Julian Assange to stay in prison while awaiting US extradition | 14 Sept 2019 | A judge has ordered Julian Assange to remain in prison indefinitely while awaiting extradition to the US because of his "history of absconding." The WikiLeaks founder was due to be released on September 22 after serving his sentence for breaching bail conditions when he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange spent almost seven years inside the embassy. On Friday the Westminster Magistrates' Court claimed there were "substantial grounds" for believing he would flee if released from prison.

DOJ watchdog submits draft report on alleged FISA abuses to Barr

DOJ watchdog submits draft report on alleged FISA abuses to Barr | 12 Sept 2019 |The Justice Department's inspector general told lawmakers Friday his team is nearly finished with its long-awaited review of alleged surveillance abuses by the DOJ and FBI during the Russia investigation, saying they have submitted a draft to Attorney General Bill Barr and are "finalizing' the report ahead of its public release. "We have now begun the process of finalizing our report by providing a draft of our factual findings to the department and the FBI for classification determination and marking," Michael Horowitz wrote in a Friday letter to several House and Senate committees...Meanwhile, a key FBI player during the time frame, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, is facing the prospect of federal charges after Horowitz faulted him in a separate inquiry over statements he made during a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

BBC tells schoolchildren there are 'over 100' genders

BBC tells schoolchildren there are 'over 100' genders | 13 Sept 2019 | The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) tells primary schoolchildren that there are over 100 genders as part of its "Teach" video series, which has some concerned parents and observers up in arms. "You know, there are so many gender identities," declares the head teacher in response to child's question. "We know that we have got male and female, but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now." ...Telegraph columnist Celia Walden has written a scathing review of the program, which she calls "noxious nonsense" that poisons children's minds, a product of the modern "Emperor's New Clothes gender diversity narrative."

White House Is Considering Surveillance Plan That Wouldn't Stop Mass Shootings

White House Is Considering Surveillance Plan That Wouldn't Stop Mass Shootings | 11 Sept 2019 | The White House is considering controversial pre-crime measures to study whether mass shootings could be prevented by surveilling mentally ill people for small behavior patterns that might predict violence. The former chairman of NBC Bob Wright, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, has informed top officials...on a new proposal to build a new research arm called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA) to find unconventional ways to address health problems, similar to what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) does for the military, based on accounts from several people who have been briefed. Advisers to Wright put forward a three-page proposal -- called SAFEHOME for Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes -- which suggests the use of technology i.e. phones and smartwatches to detect when mentally ill people are about to commit violent acts.

Three Top John Bolton Allies Resign From Trump Administration

Bye-bye, dirt-bags! Three Top John Bolton Allies Resign From Trump Administration | 12 Sept 2019 | Three top allies of [Deep State neocon dirt-bag] John Bolton resigned from President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday, departing the White House a day after the former national security adviser left amid disputes with the president over a range of policy issues. Garrett Marquis and Sarah Tinsley, who ran the National Security Council's press operation as senior directors for strategic communications, worked their last day at the White House on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with their decision who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters. Christine Samuelian, who served as Bolton's personal assistant, also opted to depart the White House, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Netanyahu's Facebook page suspended over hate speech

Netanyahu's Facebook page suspended over hate speech | 12 Sept 2019 | Facebook has sanctioned Benjamin Netanyahu’s official page, after a post called on voters to oppose a government composed of "Arabs who want to destroy us all -- women, children and men." The social media company said the post violated its hate speech policy. Facebook consequently disabled the page's automatic chat function for 24 hours. The Israeli prime minister has denied writing the post. In an interview with Kan Reshet Bet radio, Mr Netanyahu suggested that a staffer's mistake was responsible.

O'Rourke at Democratic debate: 'Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15s'

O'Rourke at Democratic debate: 'Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15s' | 12 Sept 2019 | Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) defended his proposed mandatory buyback of assault weapons during Thursday's Democratic debate in Houston. "I am, if it's a weaponed that's designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high impact, high velocity round shreds everything inside of your body. ...When we see that being used against children," O'Rourke said, asked if he was proposing taking away AR-15s and AK-47s. "Hell yes we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore," he continued.

Bahamas issues tropical storm warning as disturbance nears area hit by Hurricane Dorian

Bahamas issues tropical storm warning as disturbance nears area hit by Hurricane Dorian | 12 Sept 2019 | The government of the Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for northwestern Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). That's the same region that was decimated earlier this month when Hurricane Dorian swept through the region as a monster Category 5 storm, killing at least 50 people. The Abacos, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence can expect tropical storm conditions sometime within the next 36 hours, NHC said. The "disturbance" -- named "potential tropical cyclone nine" -- could produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches through Sunday over the Bahamas. Isolated maximum amounts could total 7 inches in the northwest and central Bahamas.

US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal

US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal | 12 Sept 2019 | U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official. McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation. The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.

Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions

Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions | 11 Sept 2019 | In a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending all injunctions that had blocked the White House's ban on asylum for anyone trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by transiting through a third country. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals...handed the Trump administration a partial victory in the case on Monday, by ending the nationwide injunction. But the 9th Circuit kept the injunction alive within the territorial boundaries of the circuit -- which encompasses California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington. The Supreme Court's order was not a final ruling on the merits, but it at least temporarily ends the injunctions everywhere, and allow the policy to proceed nationwide while lower courts in the 9th Circuit address the case.

University Professor: Correct English Grammar Is 'Racist'

University Professor: Correct English Grammar Is 'Racist' --'Professor' is also the director of the university's writing center | 11 Sept 2019 | American University (Washington, D.C.) has hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their "labor" rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach [this insanity] is Asao B. Inoue, who is a professor at the University of Washington in Tacoma in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. He is also the director of the university's writing center. Inoue believes that a person's writing ability should not be assessed, in order to promote "anti-racist" objectives. Inoue taught American University's faculty members that their previous practices of grading writing promoted white language supremacy.

ICE: MS-13 Members Behind Brutal Baltimore County Killing in U.S. Illegally

ICE: MS-13 Members Behind Brutal Baltimore County Killing in U.S. Illegally | 10 Sept 2019 | (Towson, MD) Six of the seven people arrested this month for a murder in July in Towson are members of the violent street gang MS-13 and were in the country illegally, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson said. The group members are part of a federal gang database. One of the suspects is just 16 years old. Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar, 21, was murdered in the attack outside his home in the 8400 block of Loch Raven Boulevard.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says Trump could meet with no preconditions with Iran's Rouhani at UN

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo says Trump could meet with no preconditions with Iran's Rouhani at UN | 10 Sept 2019 | U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the upcoming United Nations meeting, with "no preconditions."

Fukushima fishermen angry at environment minister's remarks on plan to dump nuclear plant water into Pacific

Fukushima fishermen angry at environment minister's remarks on plan to dump nuclear plant water into Pacific | 10 Sept 2019 | Fishery industry stakeholders in Fukushima Prefecture expressed anger over Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's remarks Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant directly into the Pacific Ocean. The remarks are "thoughtless, in light of his position," said Tetsu Nozaki, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. [He noted] that a relevant government committee is continuing to discuss how to dispose of the water. Nozaki has consistently voiced opposition to the release into the sea of the water from the nuclear power station.

Japan says TEPCO will dump more than 1 million tonnes of radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean

Breaking: Japan says TEPCO will dump more than 1 million tons of radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear plant into Pacific Ocean | 10 Sept 2019 | Japan's environment minister announced Tuesday that the country will have to dump radioactive water from the Fukushima power plant into the ocean because it is running out of space, Reuters reported. According to Reuters, Tokyo Electric, or Tepco, has collected more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting since the plant was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. "The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it," the minister, Yoshiaki Harada, told a news briefing in Tokyo...The government is awaiting a report from an expert panel before making a final decision on how to dispose of the radioactive water. (The Hill, Reuters)

Trump ousts National Security Adviser John Bolton, says they 'disagreed strongly' on policy

Breaking: Trump ousts National Security Adviser John Bolton, says they 'disagreed strongly' on policy | 10 Sept 2019 | President Trump announced Tuesday that he has fired National Security Adviser John Bolton, saying he "disagreed strongly" with his suggestions on a range of issues. "I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House," Trump tweeted Tuesday. "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning," he continued...The two have had disagreements over a range of issues, perhaps most significantly on the plans for a troop draw-down in Afghanistan. [Right. Nut-job Bolton wanted the US to occupy Afghanistan, etc., *forever,* to enhance the coffers of his Deep State overlords.]

NRA sues San Francisco over city declaring it a domestic terrorist organization

NRA sues San Francisco over city declaring it a domestic terrorist organization | 09 Sept 2019 | The National Rifle Association on Monday sued the city of San Francisco over a declaration deeming the lobbying group a "domestic terrorist organization," according to The Associated Press. The city Board of Supervisors passed the resolution last week, with Supervisor Catherine Stefani saying she was moved to draft it following August’s shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. In the lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, the NRA accused the city of maintaining a blacklist, asking the court to "instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree."

Court vacates sentence for Rand Paul's neighbor, says it was too lenient

Court vacates sentence for Rand Paul's neighbor, says it was too lenient | 09 Sept 2019 | A federal appeals court on Monday vacated a 30-day prison sentence for a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who assaulted him in 2017, ruling it was overly lenient and ordering a resentencing. In a 16-page opinion, Judge Jane B. Stranch of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, writes that the lower court where Rene Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress had "no compelling justification" for sentencing him far below federal guidelines...The opinion offers examples of other 30-day sentences for assaulting members of Congress and notes that the damage paled in comparison to that of Boucher, who broke five of Paul's ribs and caused injuries that later required part of Paul’s lung to be removed.

50 attorneys general launch antitrust investigation into Google

50 attorneys general launch antitrust investigation into Google [Yes!] | 09 Sept 2019 | A coalition of 50 attorneys general will be investigating Google for potential violations of antitrust law, a step that could potentially lead to a broad legal challenge to the company's market dominance [not to mention, *bias*]. The investigation, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine (D), was announced on the steps of the Supreme Court building Monday afternoon after months of rumors about states seeking to turn up the pressure on Silicon Valley.

Photo shows dramatic lightning strike behind Air Force One

Photo shows dramatic lightning strike behind Air Force One | 09 Sept 2019 | A lightning strike just behind Air Force One after President Trump arrived in Havelock, N.C., on Monday evening was captured in a dramatic photo taken by CNN. CNN politics supervising producer Steve Brusk first tweeted the photo with a caption saying the president had to cancel a scheduled tour of Hurricane Dorian damage because of the thunderstorms. "This was a lightning strike behind Air Force One shortly after he arrived," the tweet said.

Probe-happy Dems reconvene with raft of investigations aimed at toppling Trump

Probe-happy Dems reconvene with raft of investigations aimed at toppling Trump | 09 Sept 2019 | House Democrats are accelerating and expanding their Trump-focused investigations as they return from summer recess, as President Trump rejects the latest round of ethics complaints and his allies warn that the ever-multiplying probes could derail the Democrats' legislative agenda. In the latest major development, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., announced a vote for later this week that will essentially formalize the early stages of impeachment proceedings following weeks of confusion. A committee vote is scheduled for Thursday to set the rules for future hearings in its investigation to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the president.

9/11 mystery solved: World Trade Center building didn't collapse due to fire, study finds

9/11 mystery solved: World Trade Center building didn't collapse due to fire, study finds --One of the towers during the 9/11 terror attacks did not collapse due to a fire, a shocking study has claimed. | 08 Sept 2019 | The mystery surrounding the third [World Trade Center] tower known as Tower Seven (WTC7) has been central to many conspiracy theories because the skyscraper fell to the ground without being hit by a plane. The 47-storey third tower, located 110 meters (350 feet) away from the World Trade Centre, collapsed seven hours after the twin towers. Researchers have dismissed the findings of Government officials in 2008 that the building fell due to "uncontrolled building fires". Following an extensive four-year study at the University of Alaska, using four extremely complex computer models, Dr. Leroy Hulsey, Dr. Zhili Quan, and Professor Feng Xiao found the "fire did not cause the collapse"...Meanwhile, a leading conspiracy theorist has also dismissed the official's findings, Robert Korol, a civil engineering professor and joint author of the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, claims the destruction of the tower was caused by "controlled demolition".

Afghan peace talks dead 'for the time being' and US won't enter any agreement - Pompeo

Deep State wins again. Surprise, surprise! Afghan peace talks dead 'for the time being' and US won't enter any agreement - Pompeo | 08 Sept 2019 | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that peace negotiations with Afghanistan's Taliban are dead and that Washington will not enter any future agreement without "commitments" from the militants. Appearing on a round of cable news shows Sunday morning, Pompeo told one of these, Fox News, that negotiations with the Taliban are dead "for the time being," adding that Washington is recalling its special envoy to Afghanistan to work out its next steps. Also appearing on CNN, Pompeo said that the US would not enter into any future agreement with the Taliban without "significant commitments" from the fighters, who now control more Afghan territory than at any point since the US invasion in 2001. [Wow! Looks like lots of wasted billions so the CIA could maintain its Afghan poppy fields and opium routes.]

Putin warned Bush about impending attack TWO DAYS before 9/11 - ex-CIA analyst

Putin warned Bush about impending attack TWO DAYS before 9/11 - ex-CIA analyst | 06 Sept 2019 | Russian President Vladimir Putin had called his US counterpart George W. Bush two days before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, warning about an imminent terrorist plot coming from Afghanistan, a former CIA analyst has revealed. The urgent warning coming from the Russian leader is mentioned in the book, The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe, released earlier this week and written by George Beebee, a senior Bush-era CIA analyst. The revelation by the former CIA operative appears to be yet more proof that Washington has been repeatedly warned about the attacks that ultimately happened on September 11, 2001. While the existence of a warning from Moscow has been public knowledge for years -- senior Russian intelligence officials spoke about them shortly after the attacks -- Beebee's book suggests that it was not limited to exchange between the intelligence agencies, and that Bush was warned by Putin personally.

Gabbard: Impeachment would only tear U.S. apart

Gabbard: Impeachment would only tear U.S. apart | 07 Sept 2019 | Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said in a new interview that she opposes an effort by dozens of House Democrats for an impeachment inquiry into the president, saying it would cause further divisions within the U.S. In an interview on "Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren," the 2020 candidate for president took a firm stance against impeachment, putting her at odds with other Democratic candidates for president including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). "I don’t [support impeachment,]" Gabbard said.

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