Since launching her bid for president, Hillary Clinton has been a vocal critic of for-profit schools, pledging in speeches across the country to “crack down on predatory schools” and help students drowning in student loan debt.
“If they load students up with debt for programs that don’t lead to good paying jobs, students and taxpayers should not be the only ones left holding the bag,” said Clinton in a campaign speech in New Hampshire.
She has also slammed her opponent for the problems at his namesake school. Said Clinton, “[Donald Trump] is trying to scam America the way he scammed all those people at Trump University!”
But Trump isn’t the only one who has profited. Over five years, former president Bill Clinton earned $17.6 million from the world’s largest for-profit education company, Laureate Education, Inc. In his role as “honorary chancellor,” Clinton has traveled the world on Laureate’s behalf, extolling the virtues of the school.
In 2017 there will be only one insurer selling health care plans in the Obamacare exchanges in one-third of the country, according to an analysis from Avalere experts.
Avalere, a health care consulting firm, compared the health insurance carriers that offered Obamacare coverage in 2016 to the carriers who have announced their intention to exit the exchanges in 2017, such as Aetna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare, and some co-ops.
The experts projected that 36 percent of exchange market rating regions in the United States in 2017 will have just one health insurance carrier, and 55 percent of regions will have two or fewer carriers. This is a significant increase from 2016, when only 4 percent of regions had one or fewer health insurance carriers and 33 percent of regions had two or fewer insurers.
A top priority of liberal billionaire George Soros is to enlarge the U.S. electorate by 10 million voters by 2018, according to leaked documents.
The plan to grow the electorate by millions of voters was discussed during a May 2014 board meeting of the Open Society Foundations, a liberal grant-making group founded by Soros. A 220-page guide detailing the plan was among more than 2,500 hacked Soros documents released by DC Leaks, which publishes documents from influential officials around the world.
The guide covers strategies and tactics the group will employ in the United States from 2015 to 2018. The top goals listed by the guide are to “advance electoral reform” and “combat suppression.”
“The following four goals form the scaffolding of U.S. Programs’ work,” the guide states. “1. An American democracy strengthened through increased meaningful participation, inclusive practice, and accountability.” The third strategic goal expands upon this, calling for “Full political, economic, and civic participation of immigrants and communities of color by dismantling the barriers and strengthening the conduits to opportunity.”
Oregon has collected more than $25 million in taxes on marijuana in 2016, according to the state Department of Revenue.
The total revenue collected between January 1 and July 31 of this year alone is more than the initial two-year projection of $18.4 million estimated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
Oregon Department of Revenue spokeswoman Joy Krawczyk said the high number is due in large part to the fact that medical dispensaries started collecting a 25 percent tax on their recreational pot sales on January 4.
In that first month, the state collected $3.48 million in taxes.
A senior executive at the Clinton Foundation left almost 150 telephone messages for Hillary Clinton’s top aide at the State Department within a two-year time frame, according to previously unpublished documents obtained by Fox News.
A review of State Department call logs for Cheryl Mills, the longtime Clinton confidant who served as chief of staff for the entirety of Clinton’s four-year tenure as America’s top diplomat, reflects at least 148 messages from Laura Graham – then the Clinton Foundation’s chief operating officer – between 2010 and 2012. No other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency or volume, the review found.
One of the messages Graham left for Mills, in August 2011, referenced “our boss” – without further identifying that individual. Another, from January 2012, appeared to reference former President Clinton, using his initials: “Please call. WJC is looking for her [Graham] and she wants to talk to you before she talks to him.”
The telephone records were released by the State Department to the conservative advocacy group Citizens United as part of a long-running lawsuit over the Freedom of information Act.
The FBI found nearly 15,000 emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned over to the government after she left office — despite her insistence she’d handed in all her work-related messages.
The Obama administration revealed the messages in a court hearing Monday.
The 14,900 emails are just part of thousands the FBI has turned over, after it took control of Mrs. Clinton’s secret email server.
The State Department said it will begin to process them and release them, though it could take months to put them all out, leaving the public in the dark about some of them until after the election.
Told that President Obama had announced a 10 per cent tax cut for African-Americans and Latinos only, the vast majority of leftists in San Diego agreed with the policy.
“President Obama has announced he’s going to be giving African-Americans a 10% tax break….to try to help heal the racial wounds that you guys have experienced over the years,” Mark Dice informs one black man who agrees, commenting, “We’ve had a lot of heartache in the past.”
Another woman said the policy was a “great thing” because of “the judicial system and the whole cop situation and all the riots you’ve been having,” suggesting that it was a good idea to reward rioters in places like Milwaukee and Baltimore.
Another hipster-looking man said a 10% tax cut for blacks was “the least we can do” as well as “a step in the right direction,” and that a tax break in excess of 10% would not be unjustified.
“Three words – black lives matter,” responded another individual.
“Since I’m basically Mexican, I think it’s pretty much a good break, I mean for people that doesn’t make that much money – it’s really good,” adds another.
An older white man agrees that the tax break policy is a “great gesture for black people,” but that it should probably be 15%, concurring with Dice that taxing white people more would make everyone ‘more equal’.
“The government’s heart’s in the right place,” he concludes.
Only one African-American man at the end of the video understands that the whole idea is ridiculous, remarking, “I don’t think giving one ethnicity a break like that would be a step in any right direction.”
An image of a wounded boy is being promoted in the discredited mainstream media together with a tragic story from “activists” in a neighborhood in al-Qaeda occupied east-Aleppo.
According to the state sponsored media, “Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes” are to blame for this act of brutality against an innocent child.
A shell-shocked boy, seemingly wounded, sits quietly in a pristine ambulance.
At one point he touches a wound on his head.
He does not react to that touch.
The two-minute video from which the still picture is taken, shows the boy being handed from the dark to an “official” person and carried into the ambulance.
There he mutely sits as the camera rolls in this photo-psy-op.
The mainstream narrative is as follows:
Mahmoud Raslan, a photojournalist who captured the image, told the Associated Press that emergency workers and journalists tried to help the child, identified as 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, along with his parents and his three siblings, who are 1, 6 and 11 years old.
“We were passing them from one balcony to the other,” Raslan said, adding: “We sent the younger children immediately to the ambulance, but the 11-year-old girl waited for her mother to be rescued. Her ankle was pinned beneath the rubble.”
An internet search for “Mahmoud Raslan”, the claimed “photojournalist”, finds no other pictures or videos attributed to that person.
There are currently fifty wars waging across the bloody planet Earth.
Children become casualties of war every hour of every day.
Ask yourself why you never see the child victims of U. S. airstrikes, or the bombings of our allies.
When they feature a dead or wounded kid in heavy rotation, there is an agenda.
Usually, the aim is to stir up the emotions required to manufacture your consent to a new war.
The parts of yourself that you despise are projected onto a target as your private demons become public enemies, and the state can kill with impunity, transforming murder into patriotism.
There probably is no image more effective at tapping into our tribal psyche than a hurt or dying child.
How can we help this poor kid?
The state has a ready-made answer.
Hundreds of thousands of kids have been killed or wounded by US bombings in this century alone.
How many have you seen on the “news”?
Have you seen one photo of the kids killed by US aggression in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, or Somalia appearing in a war-justifying, mainstream newspaper?
In 1972, a shocking photo of a girl who was a victim of a napalm bombing raid on Trang Bang, Vietnam, appeared on the front page of The New York Times.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Kim Phuc by AP photographer Nick Ut proved to be very effective in exposing the true horror and immorality of the Vietnam War and helped turn public sentiment against US aggression in the country.
Would such a picture make its way to this powerful platform in today’s landscape of state and corporate sponsored media?
(Remember, The New York Times helped promote the lies that took us to war in Iraq.)
Publishing such emotionally charged, shocking images can be used to help end a war, but much more frequently, they are used to demonize an enemy and provide pretexts for a new war on “humanitarian” grounds.
We never see the results of US-inflicted carnage, because a major function of the war-promoting media is to remove all guilt and moral responsibility for our country’s actions and affix blame and evil elsewhere.
The excuse for putting these visual documents of war into memory holes is often that the images are “too provocative,” yet the same media outlets enthusiastically promote clips of evil-doers doing evil things when it suits their agenda.
When you see dead or wounded kid on the enemy media, watch out!
Have you seen the video of the “mock human sacrifice” that was conducted right outside the entrance of CERN?
A spokeswoman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (more commonly known as CERN) has told the public that this ritual happened without their permission and that they are looking into the matter. If this “occult ritual” was indeed some kind of “sick joke”, what was the motivation? This new video continues a long string of bizarre events related to CERN and the Large Hadron Collider that is housed there. Last month, I wrote about strange “portal-shaped clouds” that formed over CERN during recent experiments. And the the director of research at CERN, physicist Sergio Bertolucci, has publicly admitted in the past that the Large Hadron Collider could potentially open up a “door” to “an extra dimension”. There has been so much speculation about what is really going on there, and that makes this latest video that much more creepy. If you have not seen it yet, you can view it on YouTube right here…
There are so many unanswered questions about this video, but here are ten things that we do know at this point…
#1 There were eight people in black robes and one woman involved in this mock human sacrifice. The fact that the eight shrouded individuals were wearing black robes means that someone definitely wanted this to look like an occult ritual.
#2 This ritual was conducted directly next to the statue of the Hindu god Shiva that stands at the entrance to CERN. In Hindu lore, Shiva is the “god of destruction”, and this spot was obviously purposely chosen.
#3 During the ritual, a woman walks into the middle of the group, disrobes, and willingly lies on the ground.
#4 Subsequently, one of the individuals in black robes pulls out what looks like a knife and brings in down in a stabbing motion toward the woman. After that, the video quickly ends.
#5 CERN is officially calling this ritual “a work of fiction” and says that this was done without their permission or knowledge…
The video, shot from a window of a nearby building, is a “work of fiction showing a contrived scene,” officials said on Thursday.
“These scenes were filmed on our premises, but without official permission or knowledge,” a spokeswoman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) told the AFP news agency.
#6 It appears that CERN may know exactly who was involved, because their spokeswoman told the press that CERN “welcomes every year thousands of scientific users from all over the world and sometimes some of them let their humor go too far” and that “those responsible for the prank had access badges”. If this is indeed the case, why keep their identities secret?
#7 Previously, a bizarre “dance of destruction” was filmed at CERN with their full knowledge and permission that you can view right here. Many have pointed out that the “dance of destruction” appears to contain at least some occult elements.
#8 The police in Geneva are aware of this incident but they are not involved in the investigation at this point.
#9 An argument in favor of this being a mock ritual is the fact that the video was almost too perfect. The figures in black robes walked into the courtyard just as the video started, and even though it was night they chose a spot that was well lit so the person filming the ritual could get some really good shots. And the video ends very abruptly, and so we never get to see if the woman that was “stabbed” ends up bleeding. So there are definitely some reasons to question the motives and authenticity of what took place.
#10 This incident has drawn even more attention to CERN, and the hype surrounding the Large Hadron Collider continues to grow. In fact, large particle colliders that open up “doors” or “stargates” to other dimensions are even showing up in toys for our children. The following comes from Mac Slavo…
By the way, has anyone else noticed that one of the most popular children’s toy at the moment is a Lego Dimensions set where you construct a CERN-style particle collider that opens up portals to other dimensions. Is your kid simulating contact with demons from other dimensions?
Probably you would assume that your kid is not, and that it is all just in good fun. Just like with the mock ritual above.
But on the other side of the argument, there is power in ritual, and danger in laughing off the presence of darkness as well as brazen attempts to invite in negative energies which science only has the most basic ideas about, and which religion and culture have warned to leave well alone.
In my new book, I discuss the darkness that is growing all over the planet, and these scientists may be dealing with forces that they simply do not understand and cannot control. They have admitted that they could potentially open up a “door” to another dimension and that they could send “something” through such a door or that “something” might come out of such a door.
Now on top of all the speculation as to what CERN scientists are really attempting to do with their Large Hadron Collider, many observers could not help but notice that the town in France where CERN is partially situated is called “Saint-Genus-Poilly.” The name Pouilly comes from the Latin “Appolliacum” and it is believed that in Roman times a temple existed in honor of Apollo, and the people who lived there believed that it is a gateway to the underworld. It is interesting to note that CERN is built on the same spot.
Religious leaders – always suspicious of the aims of the scientific world – drew a connection to a verse straight out of Revelations (9:1-2, 11), which makes reference to the name ‘Apollyon.’ The verse states: “To him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit… And they had a kind over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
In the end, I think that the occult ritual that was just filmed at CERN was probably fake.
But that doesn’t change the fact that some really creepy stuff is going on there, and someday a “door” may be opened up that will have very serious consequences for all of us.
Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it plans to deploy a fully autonomous and driverless ride-hailing car by 2021.
CEO Mark Fields set the target at Ford’s Research and Innovation facility here, which will double its staff to 300 and grow its footprint by 150,000 square feet by year’s end to respond to the challenge.
“This is one example of how we’re thinking about expanding our business into mobility more broadly,” Fields told USA TODAY. “Taking the driver out of the equation improves the economics for us as well as consumers.”
Currently, Ford is testing around a dozen self-driving Ford Fusion Hybrids on California, Michigan and Arizona roads. Its goal is to introduce cars with no steering wheels or pedals. The car’s powertrain has yet to be decided, but Ford executives stressed that for commercial applications such as ride hailing a more flexible gas-electric hybrid engine may be preferable to pure electric.
On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon officially closed the gold window.
While US citizens had been forbidden from owning gold or from redeeming their gold certificates for gold coins since the early 1930s, foreign governments still had the privilege of redeeming their dollars for gold.
Due to the Federal Reserve’s inflationary monetary policy during the 1960s, foreign governments began to redeem more and more dollars for gold.
Attempts to encourage other governments (especially France) not to redeem their dollar holdings were unsuccessful, and there was a very real threat that US gold holdings might eventually be exhausted. So President Nixon decided to close the gold window, thus severing the final link between the US dollar and gold.
The removal of the restraint of gold redemption freed the Federal Reserve to engage in more inflationary monetary policy than ever. The effects of that on money supply and official price inflation figures are readily apparent.
The demonetization of silver in the Coinage Act of 1873 was widely assailed by its critics as the “Crime of ’73.” Isn’t it about time that Nixon’s closing of the gold window be known as the Crime of ’71?
Fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center were sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration, the Pentagon announced Monday.
The transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans to the UAE comes amid a renewed push to whittle down the number of detainees held at the U.S. prison in Cuba that President Barack Obama aims to close.
The Pentagon says 61 detainees now remain at Guantanamo, which was opened in January 2002 to hold foreign fighters suspected of links to the Taliban or the al-Qaida terrorist organization. During the Bush administration, 532 prisoners were released from Guantanamo, often in large groups to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
The latest batch of released prisoners had been held without charge at Guantanamo, some for over 14 years. They were cleared for release by the Periodic Review Board, comprised of representatives from six U.S. government agencies.
What was done to Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin is stunning.
Why would the Clintons not cheat again?
The issue here is both voter fraud, which is limited but does happen, and election theft through the manipulation of the computerized voting machines, particularly the DIEBOLD/PES voting machines in wide usage in most states.
POLITICO profiled a Princeton professor — who has demonstrated how the electronic voting machines that are most widely used can be hacked in five minutes or less! Robert Fitrakis Professor of Political Science in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College has written a must-read book on the strip and flip technique sued to rig these machines. Professor Fitrakis is a Green Party activist.
To be very clear both parties have engaged in this skullduggery and it is the party in power in each state that has custody of the machines and control of their programing. This year, the results of machines in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio, where Governor John Kasich controls the machines, must be matched with exit polls, for example.
Illinois is another obvious state where Trump has been running surprisingly strong, in what has become a Blue state. Does anyone trust Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a longtime Clinton hatchet man. not to monkey with the machines? I don’t. He was using City funded Community groups to recruit anti-Trump “protestors” who posed such a threat to public safety the Trump Chicago event was canceled when the Secret Service couldn’t guarantee his safety.
How do the pols of both parties do it? As easy as determining, on the basis of honest polling, who is going to win. Then, if it isn’t your candidate, simply have the votes for the other guy be given to your guy and vice versa. You keep the total vote the same. This is where the “strip and flip” technique described by Professor Fitrakis comes in.
Maybe you don’t need all the votes the other guy was going to get. If you have a plan in mind involving votes and their redistribution, you can find a programmer who can design the machine instructions to produce that outcome. Or you can hack the machine you are voting in with that $15 device that you can get at BEST BUY.
Europe has rejected electronic voting machines because they are untrustworthy. This is not a secret. The media continues a drum beat insisting voter fraud is non existent without ever addressing the more ominous question of manipulation of the voting machines. It keeps those in control in control.
Additionally some states still use machines that include no paper trail. The “evidence” is destroyed. Florida’s machines have no paper trail in Bush v. Gore.
In Europe, they use exit polling to determine who won and lost. The tabulated vote only serves as a formal verification. But that is done with paper ballots and hand counts under supervision, the way we used to do it.
Here’s the recipe now:
(1) Publish a poll contrived to suggest the result you are going to bring about.
(2) Manipulate the machines to bring about precisely your desired outcome.
As someone with great sentimental attachment to the Republican Party, as I joined as the party of Goldwater, both parties have engaged in voting machine manipulation. Nowhere in the country has this been more true than Wisconsin, where there is irrefutable evidence that Scott Walker and the Reince Priebus machine rigged as many as five elections including the defeat of a Walker recall election.
Mathematician and voting statistic expert Richard Charnin has produced a compelling study by comparing polling to actual results and exit polls to make a compelling case for voting machine manipulation in the Badger state.
When the Trump vs. Cruz primary took place, the same pattern emerged again of a Marquette University poll showing a 20 point shift from Trump ahead by 10% to Trump behind by 10%, which was simply absurd. Shifts like that don’t happen over brief intervals of time, absent a nuclear explosion. It didn’t make any sense — unless you knew what was going on was an “instant replay” of Walker’s victories. The machine Priebus built was delivering for Cruz big time.
Today, the polling industry has been reported to be “in a state of crisis” because they are altering their samples to favor Hillary. The Reuters poll actually got busted for oversampling Democrats in order to inflate Hillary’s lead. We even had the absurdity of a Gallup poll proclaiming that 51% of those who had heard Trump’s speech were less likely to vote for him, which was endlessly repeated by the shills at MSNBC.
I predicted that Trump would lead in the polls after his highly successful convention (despite the media frenzy over the non-issue of a Melania Trump staffer plagiarizing a handful of words). In fact, post convention polling for the Trump effort by pollster Tony Fabrizio in key swing states was encouraging. Perhaps this is why the establishment elites have gone into over-drive to attack Trump.
Hillary hasn’t exactly had smooth sailing. Julian Assange of Wikileaks said he had inconvertible proof that as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton armed Isis LINK. The IRS has opened an investigation to the Clinton Foundation and it’s many offshoots, and Hillary got caught lying about what FBI Director Comey did say about her.
But you will see less of Hillary’s problems in the mainstream media, which has gone completely overboard in its relentless, even hysterical, efforts to lambaste Trump and promote her. Every remotely objective commentator has been stunned. Trump will, however, have an opportunity to drive these points home in the debates.
We are now living in a fake reality of constructed data and phony polls. The computerized voting machines can be hacked and rigged and after the experience of Bernie Sanders there is no reason to believe they won’t be. Don’t be taken in.
Stone is a former consultant to Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, a New York Times Bestselling Author and a veteran of nine Republican presidential campaigns from Nixon to Trump.
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A political website is offering a $1 million dollar bounty for a whistleblower to leak Hillary Clinton’s medical records.
After promising a $50,000 dollar reward for Clinton’s health history, TruePundit.com has now upped its offer to a cool million.
“As calls for Clinton to release her own records have been ignored and even laughed off by her pompous campaign, True Pundit is now offering an unprecedented reward of $1 Million (One Million Dollars US) for Clinton’s true medical records,” states the website.
The website claims it has assembled a group of individual donors who are willing to put up the money to encourage the release of the records.
“A million dollars can buy you safety. It gives a would-be whistleblower some ease,” asserts the Philadelphia-based outfit.
Questions over the presidential candidate’s health came under focus again yesterday after Clinton almost fell over after giving a speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania, forcing Joe Biden to hold her arm.
It was also revealed that an exhausted Hillary is taking off most weekends despite being in the midst of a political dogfight with Donald Trump.
Suspicions over Hillary’s health have been swirling all year but they picked up again at the start of the month after our viral video spotlighted Clinton’s bizarre behavior while taking questions from reporters and at the DNC.
Whether the $1 million bounty is serious or merely a ploy for web traffic remains to be seen – it’s probably the latter – but the offer at least serves to illustrate the intense interest in Hillary’s health despite the best efforts of the establishment media to dismiss the entire issue as a conspiracy theory.
As we documented, the media obsessed over John McCain’s health back in 2008, forcing the Arizona Senator to release his medical history, but the pro-Clinton press claims that questions over Hillary’s health in 2016 are merely part of the right-wing noise machine.
When Theresa May launched her campaign in Birmingham last month (11 July) to become the next leader of the UK’s Conservative party, she made the now famous promise that “Brexit means Brexit”, adding that she would “make a success of it”.
However, she never said when it would actually happen.
UK ministers have now privately warned senior figures in the City of London that Britain could remain in the EU until late 2019, UK weekly The Sunday Times and other British media reported over the weekend.
The government was set to trigger article 50 – which starts the formal process for quitting the Brussels club – at the beginning of 2017, the media reports said. This would mean leaving the EU could follow early 2019 after two years of negotiations.
Illegal immigration in 2016 has already surpassed 2015 with two months still to go in the fiscal year, driven by a renewed surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America attempting to sneak into the U.S.
Nearly 34,000 people were caught at the southwest border in July, up 5,000 compared to a year ago. And that brings the total for the first 10 months of the fiscal year to more than 332,000, which puts it ahead of all 12 months of 2015, according to Border Patrol statistics released late last week.
The surge has been powered chiefly by a new increase in the number of children and families from Central America attempting to sneak into the U.S., pushed by violence at home and lured by the hope of amnesty from the Obama administration here. More than 7,500 people traveling as families were nabbed along the border, and another 5,068 children traveling alone were also caught.
For all the hand-wringing about the threat to liberty and constitutional government posed by the major party presidential candidates, there is little discussion of how this threat is due to the political class’s long history of supporting expanded presidential power. There is also little talk of how the imperial presidency is just as much a creation of Congress as it is of power-hungry presidents.
Since war is the health of the state, it is not surprising that presidential power expanded in tandem with the expansion of the warfare state. Perhaps the best, and most terrifying, example of how “national security” has been used to justify giving the president dictatorial powers is the Defense Production Act.
This law, which is regularly renewed with large bipartisan congressional majorities, grants the president broad powers over the economy. For example, it explicitly authorizes the president to tell manufacturers what products to make, impose wage and price controls, “manage” labor relations, control the use of natural resources, and even allocate credit. All the president need do to exercise these powers is declare a national emergency.
The Defense Production Act is hardly the only example of congress’s complicity in the growth of presidential power. For example, Congress rarely, if ever, insists that the president seek a formal declaration of war before commencing military action. When I attempted to force Congress to vote on a declaration of war against Iraq, a prominent member of Congress, who was considered a constitutional scholar, told me that the constitutional requirement that Congress declare war was an “anachronism.”
Many neoconservatives claim that the president’s status as commander in chief gives him the inherent authority to take whatever actions he deems necessary for national security. This turns a limited grant of power intended to preserve civilian control of the military into an unlimited authorization for military control of civilians.
Presidents have hardly limited their abuse to foreign policy. Ironically, many conservatives who (correctly) oppose abuses of presidential authority in the domestic sphere support giving the president unlimited authority over “national security.” These conservatives fail to realize unfettered presidential discretion in foreign policy will inevitably lead to presidential usurpation of Congress’s authority in domestic matters.
Modern presidents routinely use executive orders to create new laws or rewrite existing statutes. President George W. Bush regularly usurped congressional authority via signing statements listing the parts of congressionally-passed legislation he would refuse to enforce.
In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama actually bragged about his intention to use his “pen and phone” to go around Congress via executive orders and regulations. Some members of Congress do criticize presidential usurpation of congressional authority. However, few members of Congress raise concerns about presidential overreach when the White House is occupied by a member of their political party. This suggests that most legislators are more concerned with partisanship than with protecting their constitutional authority.
As long as people expect the president to provide economic and personal security, the presidency will be a threat to liberty regardless of who holds the office. Therefore, instead of obsessing over whether demagogue A is less dangerous than demagogue B, we must focus on spreading the ideas of liberty. Only when a critical mass of the people demand it will we return to limited constitutional government. The growth of the liberty movement gives me hope that we will soon see a day when our peace, prosperity, and liberty is not threatened by the results of the presidential, or any other, election.
Pet dogs are getting smaller because owners are living in more compact homes than ever before, new research suggests.
Figures provided by The Kennel Club and analysed by The Economist magazine show that the average puppy weighs 12 per cent less than it did 10 years ago.
Experts believe that a combination of stagnating wages and small houses, often without gardens, have led owners to increasingly select miniature breeds, which has also led breeders to focus on smaller animals.
At least ten children have been killed and almost thirty injured in north-western Yemen, Doctors Without Borders said after a reported airstrike on a religious school.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Twitter that at least ten school children have been left dead and 28 injured in Yemen’s Saada province.
Al-Alam News Network and Iran’s Tasnim news agency said some 50 school children were killed.
A video obtained by Ruptly shows numerous children with head, arm and leg wounds being carried away on stretchers with blood covered faces and bodies.
The video also provides still pictures of the bodies of children presumably killed, some with dismembered limbs and covered with dust.
RT Arabic reports citing local sources that the strike happened at 8 am local time as children were taking their exams.
There has been no official confirmation that the video portrays the exact aftermath of the alleged air strike on Saturday so far, however.
Since last March, Yemen has been the target of an air campaign launched by a Saudi Arabian-led coalition being carried out at request of President Mansur Hadi’s government, who is waging a civil war against a rebel Houthi movement, which recognizes Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted earlier, as Yemen’s legitimate president.
The alleged air strike would add to a growing list of civilian casualties in Yemen blamed on the Saudi-led coalition. At least nine people were killed in a bombardment on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, earlier this month when a potato chip factory was hit.
One of the deadliest attacks on civilians occurred in September of last year, when 131 people died in an airstrike on a wedding in the village of Al-Wahijah. Locals blamed the assault on Saudi Arabia, though Riyadh strongly denied responsibility.
In April of 2015, Saudi aircraft attacked a crowded marketplace in Mastaba, a village in Yemen’s northern Hajja governorate. UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, estimated the death toll from those airstrikes at 119, including 22 children.
Human Rights Watch later examined the bomb fragments found at the site and determined they came from a “US-made satellite-guided bomb”. The US alongside the UK is one of the major arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia.
Just recently, Washington gave a green light to the sale of 133 tanks and 20 recovery vehicles to Saudi Arabia, while praising the Saudi Kingdom as a “leading contributor of political stability and economic progress” in the Middle East. The deal was estimated at $1.15 billion by the US Defense Security Cooperation agency in its notice to Congress.
According to the latest figures issued by the UK’s Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), Great Britain is also heavily involved in arms deals with the Gulf State. CAAT estimated that the UK has licensed £3.2 billion in arms sales to Riyadh since the beginning of the Saudi campaign in Yemen.
On August 2, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced “very serious concerns” over the killing of children in Yemen.
“I still have very strong concerns about the protection of Yemeni children,” the official was quoted as saying by AFP. According to a recent UN report, the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for over 60 percent of 785 child casualties in Yemen in 2015.
Due to the Obama Administration’s effort encouraging immigrants to become U.S. citizens to “fully participate in civic life” and a desire to vote in the 2016 presidential election, the number of naturalization applications have increased substantially in recent months, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
According to a recent MPI report, during the first two quarters of fiscal year 2016 (October 2015 to March 2016) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received 440,000 applications for naturalization. The application level represented a 21 percent increase over the 365,000 applications submitted during the same timeframe in FY 2015.
“This increase can partly be attributed to the citizenship awareness campaign launched by the White House Task Force on New Americans, as well as a desire to vote in the 2016 national elections,” MPI’s report reads.
In recent years, Mexico has been the top country of origin for immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship. As MPI details, in FY 2014, 15 percent of the 653,416 immigrants who naturalized were Mexican (95,889). India ((37,854), at six percent, was the second-most country of origin, followed by the Philippines (34,591) with five percent, China (30,284) also five percent, as well as Cuba (24,092) and the Dominican Republic (23,775), both with four percent.
A Florida woman is facing federal charges after authorities said she married 10 men over eight years for money to help them get permanent resident status.
WPLG reports Yosandra Piedra Vasquez, who is from Cuba, married her first non-Cuban undocumented immigrant on Jan. 23, 2002 in Miami-Dade County. She is accused of marrying nine others in Miami-Dade and Broward counties as well as Georgia through July 28, 2010.
Authorities said her cousin, Yoel De Moya Lozada, helped to recruit the men and would take photographs of them together to try to legitimize the marriage.
The men were told by Piedra Vasquez and Moya Lozada to “file fraudlent applications seeking lawful permanent resident status as the spouse of a Cuban citizen under the Cuban Adjustment Act,” according to WPLG. Authorities said it is unclear how much money was exchanged between the men and Piedra Vasquez.
Twitter employees secretly censored negative comments made towards President Obama during a Q&A session on the platform in 2015.
Sources speaking to BuzzFeed News say then-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo “secretly ordered employees to filter out abusive and hateful replies” during the May 2015 #AskPOTUS event.
One team of employees was asked to create and deploy an algorithm that would “filter out abusive language,” while a second was tasked with manually censoring tweets.
According to BuzzFeed writer Charlie Warzel, two sources also revealed that certain senior employees were kept in the dark over fear “they would object to the decision.” Several employees, who adhered to Twitter’s alleged policy of unfettered speech, are said to have become upset upon learning of the decision.
Another source indicated similar moves were taken for a Q&A with Caitlyn Jenner.
Costolo responded on Twitter Thursday by labeling the claim “nonsense,” “false” and “absurd.”
2/ shows a lack of understanding of the very basics of how trust and safety works at Twitter. Sensationalist nonsense.
In an official blog post on the issue Twitter failed to deny the accusation, instead opting to accuse the article of containing “inaccuracies” and “unfair portrayals.”
In response to today’s BuzzFeed story on safety, we were contacted just last night for comment and obviously had not seen any part of the story until we read it today. We feel there are inaccuracies in the details and unfair portrayals but rather than go back and forth with BuzzFeed, we are going to continue our work on making Twitter a safer place. There is a lot of work to do but please know we are committed, focused, and will have updates to share soon.
This latest story comes on the heels of several other controversies concerning the platform’s handling of speech related issues.
Gay libertarian journalist Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from the site last month after Twitter accused him of “inciting” users to make abusive comments towards Hollywood actress Leslie Jones. Twitter has thus far failed to show evidence backing their claim and has been themselves accused of selective enforcement given provable incitement by Jones herself.
A growinglistofexamples and statements by former employees suggests that both Twitter and Facebook are favoring left-leaning users over conservatives.
Venezuelans are becoming increasingly desperate to obtain enough for to feed their families.
The long lines, state rations and black market are no longer enough.
In recent months, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan people flooded the neighboring border of Colombia in search of affordable food staples (something like 11 hours one-way), but diplomatic friction and worry over the surge of sudden border crossings prompted Colombia to keep the border closed to their neighbors.
Now, hungry Venezuelans are going to extraordinary lengths, with many taking 18 hour one-way trips from Caracas or other nearby population centers to travel by bus across the Brazilian border – just to buy groceries. Overnight bus lines give people working regular jobs just enough time to make the lengthy journey and get back to their day-to-day obligations in the collapsing Venezuela.
In any other circumstance, such a journey just to stock the food pantry would be unthinkable. But for many, it has now become necessary.
Venezuelans seeking to escape their socialist economy’s dysfunction are flooding into the remote Brazilian town of Pacaraima in search of basic goods that are prohibitively expensive or only available after hours in line.
Under pressure from local residents after Maduro shut the western border with Colombian border in 2015, Venezuelan authorities allowed several temporary openings for similar shopping excursions in July. Colombia last month halted those trips after more than 100,000 people crossed in a single weekend.
In the Pacaraima, known to Venezuelans as “La Linea” or “The Line” because it is immediately across the border, cramped shops are now piled high with sacks of rice, sugar, and flour.
Shoppers usually take a 12-hour overnight bus ride from Puerto Ordaz to the town of Santa Elena de Uairen. They then travel roughly 15 minutes by van or pick-up truck to La Linea. They spend the morning and much of the afternoon shopping, then head back across the border to catch another overnight bus.
“We’re in an economic crisis and I have to come to another country to buy food,” said Juan Sansonetti, 31, standing under the sun with a large sack of flour on his shoulder. “There isn’t much more to say, is there?”
Things have already reached the point of a humanitarian crisis, and the people have now been subjected to a protracted fight for survival against bureaucracy, looters and the forces of nature in order to simply eat.
Nutrition has suffered, normal activity has all but ceased, and the stakes are getting higher every day.
How much more can the Venezuelan population endure as its socialist leader clings to power and vows to fight against what he claims is an economic war waged by the U.S.?
During the 90 full months President Barack Obama has completed serving in the White House—February 2009 through July 2016–the U.S. Treasury collected approximately $19,966,110,000,000 in tax revenues (in non-inflation-adjusted dollars), according to the Monthly Treasury Statements.
During those same 90 months, the federal debt rose from $10,632,005,246,736.97 to $19,427,694,579,786.64—an increase of $8,795,689,333,049.67.
The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
The approval for land force equipment comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. The coalition’s air strikes have come under criticism from rights groups for the deaths of civilians.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale, adding it would contribute to U.S. national security by improving the security of a regional partner.
“This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization,” the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.
The annual federal budget deficit is larger than expected and is now projected to reach $590 billion, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.
In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016, budget deficit projections totaled $514 billion, which is $49 billion more than what was recorded last year at this time.
Based on federal government spending and tax collections so far, the budget office now projects that the annual budget deficit will total $590 billion.
The government collected $2,679 billion in taxes in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2016, which exceeded the amount the collected last year by $7 billion dollars. This included $1,272 billion in individual income taxes, $933 billion in payroll taxes, $230 billion in corporate income taxes, and $244 billion from other receipts.
A fascinating and unprecedented interview took place on HBO’s “Real Time” between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and longtime host Bill Maher.
Why “fascinating” and “unprecedented”?
Because for the first time since I’ve been covering media, an interviewee called out an interviewer with hacked content about him, presenting it publicly for the first time for more than 1 million viewers to see at home and countless more in viral replays.
To review, Maher was hammering Assange, saying he was “working with a bad actor [Russia] to put [his] thumb on the scale [against Hillary Clinton] and basically f— with the one person who stands in the way of us being ruled by Donald Trump.”
Casualties from a terrorist attack in Baluchistan, Pakistan, have risen to at least 70, with some media reporting as many as 93 casualties and over 120 wounded, citing health officials.
It comes after an explosion rang out at the entrance of a hospital’s emergency ward, apparently targeting lawyers.
As confirmed earlier, most of the victims were lawyers and journalists who had gathered at the hospital following the killing of the former president of the Baluchistan Bar Association, Bilal Anwar Kasi. Authorities believe the blast was intended for those who had gathered to accompany Kasi’s body.
The Khorasan province branch of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group and other militants have been known to routinely target government and security forces in the province.
Newly released footage shows a chaotic scene of security and medical personnel working to secure the area and transport the injured to hospitals, while dozens of bodies lay in pools of blood. Journalists with Dunya news agency, which covered the death of Kasi, were among those injured.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has issued a statement expressing “deep grief and anguish over the loss of previous human lives.”
Earlier, Baluchistan Home Secretary Akbar Harifa said “the blast took place after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital” following Kasi’s shooting death on Monday morning.
Before IS claimed responsibility, Pakistani authorities accused India’s Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) intelligence agency of staging the attack in an effort to sabotage peace in volatile Baluchistan.
The teenager from Irving who was arrested last September after bringing a homemade clock to school filed a lawsuit on Monday. Police officers put then 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed into handcuffs and walked him out of MacArthur High School when his clock was mistaken for a bomb.
Mohamed is a Muslim, and his lawyers have said that his civil rights were violated. “These acts by the authorities show blatant disregard for the civil rights of this American,” said attorney Susan Hutchison in a statement.
At a press conference on Monday morning, Hutchison outlined how, she believes, that the city and the school district violated Mohamed’s civil rights. “They knew it wasn’t a bomb,” she said, showing off the device — no bigger than a pencil box. And yet, the attorney continued, officers still took the teen into custody hours later.
Police refused to notify the boy’s parents, and principal Daniel Cummings allegedly told Mohamed to sign a written statement or be expelled from classes. Then, even after police acknowledged that the homemade clock was not a bomb, the teen was still suspended from school for three days.