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Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll

Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll | 15 Dec 2018 | Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lead the field of potential Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, according to a poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers released Saturday. Biden was the first choice of 32 percent of respondents, and Sanders, who finished second in the Democratic primary in 2016, followed with 19 percent. Despite the top two candidates being veteran politicians, 36 percent of respondents said that a political "newcomer" is best suited to defeat the President Trump, according to the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll.

Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act

Federal judge in Texas strikes down Affordable Care Act | 14 Dec 2018 | A federal judge in Texas said on Friday that the Affordable Care Act's individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law must also fall. "The Court ... declares the Individual Mandate ... unconstitutional," District Judge Reed O'Connor wrote in his decision. "Further, the Court declares the remaining provisions of the ACA ... are inseverable and therefore invalid." The case against the ACA, also known as Obamacare, brought by 20 Republican state attorneys general and governors, as well as two individuals.

Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional | 14 Dec 2018 | A judge ruled Friday evening that Obamacare is unconstitutional, putting the future of the federal healthcare law in jeopardy. The decision, issued by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in the Northern District of Texas -- a George W. Bush appointee, is likely to face an appeal. The suit in the case, Texas v. Azar, was brought by 20 Republican state officials, who have asked that all of Obamacare be thrown out as a consequence of the new tax law, which zeroed out a penalty on the uninsured, known as the "individual mandate." The officials argued that the penalty was central to making the rest of the law work, and that without it, the rest should crumble.

Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as 'acting' chief of staff, Trump says

Mick Mulvaney to replace John Kelly as 'acting' chief of staff, Trump says | 14 Dec 2018 | President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new acting chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide. "I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction," Trump tweeted...The president said Kelly, who recently announced plans to leave the White House, will stay through 2018.

CA regulators say PG&E falsified safety records for natural gas pipelines years after deadly blast

CA regulators say PG&E falsified safety records for natural gas pipelines years after deadly blast --PG&E was convicted of six felony charges | 14 Dec 2018 | Regulators are accusing one of California's largest utilities of falsifying safety documents on natural gas pipelines over a five-year period. The California Public Utilities Commission said Friday that an investigation by its staff found Pacific Gas & Electric Co. lacked was too cheap to hire enough employees to fulfill requests to find and mark natural gas pipelines...A U.S. judge fined the utility $3 million after it was convicted of six felony charges for failing to properly maintain a natural gas pipeline that exploded south of San Francisco in 2010, killing eight people.

Johnson & Johnson knew of carcinogenic asbestos in baby powder since 1970s, a claim company had denied - report

Johnson & Johnson knew of carcinogenic asbestos in baby powder since 1970s, a claim company had denied - report | 14 Dec 2018 | Johnson & Johnson's stock plunged Friday after Reuters reported that the health care products giant has known since the 1970s that its talc baby powder sometimes contained carcinogenic asbestos, a claim the company denied. Johnson & Johnson dropped 8 percent to $136.10, which put the Dow stalwart on pace for its biggest loss in 16 years. Reuters reported that court documents and test results show Johnson & Johnson has known for decades that its raw talc and finished baby powder sometimes contained asbestos, but that the company didn't inform regulators or the public.

Bomb threats made in San Francisco, nationwide remain under investigation

Bomb threats made in San Francisco, nationwide remain under investigation | 13 Dec 2018 | San Francisco police are investigating threats made to multiple locations in the city. Other cities across the country are also investigating similar threats. A law enforcement source tells ABC News there may be hundreds of the bomb threats around the country. In Washington DC alone there have been up to a dozen sent to businesses and schools.

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes Tennessee near Watts Bar nuclear power plant; tremor is felt 130 miles away in Atlanta

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes Tennessee near Watts Bar nuclear power plant; tremor is felt 130 miles away in Atlanta | 12 Dec 2018 | A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck in Tennessee around 4am on Wednesday. The quake hit close to the town of Akeman Crossroad, some 60 miles north of Chattanooga, and just three miles from the Watts Bar nuclear power plant. Police said there were no reports of damage at the plant, which is built to withstand up to a 5.8 magnitude quake. Residents reported being shaken awake by the quake, which was followed 13 minutes later by a 3.3 magnitude aftershock.

Judge Sentencing General Flynn Demands to See FBI 302 Documents on Flynn Ambush Interview

Judge Sentencing General Flynn Demands to See FBI 302 Documents on Flynn Ambush Interview | 12 Dec 2018 | Judge Sullivan, who is assigned to General Flynn's case, is demanding to see the FBI summary 302 report about the Flynn interview according to a new court filing. Counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok showed up to the White House on January 24th, 2017, along with Special Agent Joe Pientka to interview General Flynn; the meeting was arranged by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Flynn was told not have his lawyer with him and soon after the FBI agents began to question him, he realized he was being ambushed over his phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak. The FBI agents who questioned General Flynn on January 24th, 2017, didn't write their 302 reports on their interview until August 22nd.

Pentagon denounces any unilateral military action in 'their' part of Syria as unacceptable

Pentagon denounces any unilateral military action in 'their' part of Syria as unacceptable | 13 Dec 2018 | The US is worried that "unilateral" military action against its proxy forces might jeopardize its foothold in Syria, claiming that the Kurds are vital in the battle against IS, as Turkey vows to get rid of "separatist terrorists." Despite major breakthroughs in the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) terrorists and in the ongoing reconciliation process in Syria, the US has repeatedly made clear its intention to remain in the country indefinitely, pledging to continue to back the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to counter Bashar Assad and Iranian influence in the Kurdish-dominated part of Syria. The presence of some 2,000 US military 'advisers' in the country has not only angered Damascus, but has also placed Ankara in direct confrontation with its NATO ally, especially after US-backed fighters attempted to set up parallel government structures.

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting'

Stoneman Douglas report calls on the sheriff's office to investigate SEVEN deputies who 'failed to confront Nikolas Cruz during the horrific mass school shooting' | 12 Dec 2018 | A new report on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre has called on police to investigate seven deputies it claimed did not respond fast enough. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission found that the Broward Sheriff's Office displayed deficiencies in everything from training and command to individual performance in its response to the Parkland shooting. It has recommended that the sheriff's office investigate the performance of seven deputies who failed to engage the gunman despite hearing gunshots at the school...The report comes a week after BSO Capt Jan Jordan resigned and Sgt Brian Miller was placed on paid suspension following their response to the shooting. Jordan oversaw the city of Parkland on February 14 and Miller was the first sergeant to arrive at the scene. Law enforcement officers told investigators Jordan appeared to be in a trancelike state and overwhelmed as she tried to direct the initial response to the attack.

Migrant groups march to U.S. consulate in Tijuana, demanding reparations of $50,000 each

Migrant groups march to U.S. consulate in Tijuana, demanding reparations of $50,000 each | 12 Dec 2018 | Two groups of Central American migrants made separate marches on the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana Tuesday, demanding that they be processed through the asylum system more quickly and in greater numbers, that deportations be halted and that President Trump either let them into the country or pay them $50,000 each to go home...The first group demanding action, numbering about 100, arrived at the U.S. Consulate at about 11 am Tuesday. The migrants said they were asking that the Trump Administration pay them $50,000 each or allow them into the U.S.

'I will contest it': UK PM May to face vote of confidence in leadership over Brexit deal

'I will contest it': UK PM May to face vote of confidence in leadership over Brexit deal | 12 Dec 2018 | Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party on Wednesday after the necessary threshold to potentially oust her was reached by party's 1922 Committee. The move follows a week of chaos and speculation after May's proposed Brexit deal was openly derided in the House of Commons. "In accordance with the rules, a ballot will be held between 18:00 and 20:00 on Wednesday 12th December in committee room 14 of the House of Commons," Graham Brady, the Chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee said.

Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison | 12 Dec 2018 | (Updates) Michael Cohen must pay more than $1 million in restitution. In addition to the three-year prison sentence, Judge William Pauley imposed more than $1 million in restitution for Michael Cohen... Cohen's sentencing is over, and he's been ordered to surrender on March 6. The judge agreed to recommend Otisville Federal Correctional Facility, in Upstate New York, as the prison where Cohen will spend his time. It's less than a two hour drive from Manhattan.

Strasbourg gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar' during attack, has 27 convictions - prosecutor

Strasbourg gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar' during attack, has 27 convictions - prosecutor | 12 Dec 2018 | Strasbourg gunman, identified as a 29-year-old who has a criminal history, shouted "Allahu Akbar," according to public prosecutor. Four people have been detained on suspicion of having links to the suspect, who is on the run. Witnesses said that the suspect, previously identified as Cherif Chekat, was yelling "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) during the shooting rampage, Remy Heitz, the Paris prosecutor, told a press conference on Wednesday. "Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell 'Allahu Akbar', the anti-terrorist police have been called into action," Heitz explained.

Federal Judge Sentences Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen to 36 Months in Prison

Breaking: Federal Judge Sentences Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen to 36 Months in Prison --Cohen is sentenced after pleading guilty to several charges | 12 Dec 2018 | Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia. Before sentencing, Cohen also ripped into his former boss in federal court on Wednesday, telling a judge he felt it was his duty to cover up president's "dirty deeds." Cohen appeared before U.S. District Judge William Pauley III for sentencing after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress... He was seen entering the Manhattan courthouse Wednesday accompanied by members of his family.

Court in Ecuador to Consider Appeal of Wikileaks Founder Assange on Wednesday

Court in Ecuador to Consider Appeal of Wikileaks Founder Assange on Wednesday | 12 Dec 2018 | An Ecuadorian court will consider on Wednesday the appeal submitted by the defence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange against the demand of the country's government to comply with a protocol containing rules specially developed for him, Assange's lawyer in Ecuador, Carlos Poveda, told Sputnik. The whistleblower has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy since 2012. Assange has repeatedly suggested he might be apprehended outside the embassy and extradited to the United States.

Michael Flynn's lawyers ask judge for no jail time

Michael Flynn's lawyers ask judge for no jail time --Special counsel Robert Mueller's office similarly recommended little to no jail time last week, citing Flynn's cooperation with the Russia investigation. | 11 Dec 2018 | Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's attorneys asked a federal judge on Tuesday night to spare Flynn a jail sentence, asking for probation and community service. Flynn pleaded guilty this month to making false statements to the FBI about his communications with Russia. He was the first senior White House official to be charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's [alleged] interference in the 2016 presidential election, and he was the first to officially agree to cooperate with investigators.

Trump, Pelosi and Schumer argue over border wall as cameras roll inside Oval Office

Trump, Pelosi and Schumer argue over border wall as cameras roll inside Oval Office | 11 Dec 2018 | President Trump on Tuesday angrily threatened a government shutdown if Congress doesn't fund his long-promised border wall during a heated White House sit-down with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. The people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems pouring into our country," the president told the Senate minority leader during a remarkable, tense exchange as the cameras rolled. "I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you. I'm going to shut it down for border security," Trump said.

Trump administration files Supreme Court appeal after Ninth Circuit ruling halting new asylum policy

Trump administration files Supreme Court appeal after Ninth Circuit ruling halting new asylum policy | 11 Dec 2018 | The Trump administration on Tuesday formally asked the Supreme Court in an emergency appeal to block a nationwide ban on the administration's new asylum policy that was unilaterally instituted by a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge last month. In a November news conference days before the midterm elections, Trump had vowed to turn away all asylum seekers who attempt to cross the border illegally instead of properly presenting themselves at ports of entry. The president, who has long said the asylum process is rife with fraud, said the emergency policy was necessary as the leading Central American migrant caravan approached the U.S. border with Mexico...

Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $292G in legal fees

Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $292G in legal fees | 11 Dec 2018 | Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday. "The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $292,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys' fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement...Daniels's lawsuit against Trump was tossed out of court in October, with U.S. District Judge S. James Otero citing free-speech grounds.

Attacks Across Afghanistan Leave at Least 30 Dead

Attacks Across Afghanistan Leave at Least 30 Dead | 11 Dec 2018 | At least 12 people were killed on the outskirts of Kabul on Tuesday when explosives in a vehicle detonated near a convoy of security forces, Afghan officials said, and at least 12 others were wounded. It was the deadliest of several violent attacks across Afghanistan on Tuesday that left a total of more than 30 dead, most of them members of security forces. Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul police, said four of those killed in the attack on the convoy were security officers and eight were civilians.

France opens terror probe in Strasbourg shooting

France opens terror probe in Strasbourg shooting | 11 Dec 2018 | French prosecutors say a terror investigation has been opened into the shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg that has left two dead and up to eight wounded, including several in critical condition. The Paris prosecutor, who is in charge of anti-terror probes in France, is heading to Strasbourg, according to a statement from his office. The prosecutor's office says the investigation is for murder and attempted murder in relation with a terrorist enterprise.

France 'terror' shooting leaves 3 dead, multiple injured with gunman on the run - officials

France 'terror' shooting leaves 3 dead, multiple injured with gunman on the run - officials | 11 Dec 2018 | A shooting in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday killed three people, wounded several others and is being treated as an act of "terror," police and government officials said, adding that the gunman is on the run. The suspect opened fire in downtown Strasbourg on Orfevre Street around 8 p.m. local time, government authorities Préfet de la région Grand-Est et du Bas-Rhin revealed on Twitter. The gunman is known to police and has a criminal record, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters.

Three dead and 12 injured in shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market - as anti-terror police hunt gunman

Three dead and 12 injured in shooting at Strasbourg Christmas market - as anti-terror police hunt gunman who fled in a hijacked taxi after being injured in shootout --Police have said the gunman was known to the authorities [as usual], has a criminal record, and was on a security watchlist which identified him as a threat to the state --The Strasbourg-based European Parliament was put on lockdown following the shooting | 11 Dec 2018 | Three people have died and 12 have been injured after a gunman opened fire with an automatic handgun close to a Christmas market in Strasbourg, French authorities have said. Six of the 12 people were seriously wounded in the attack, 'three of four' of whom may have life-threatening injuries, according to town mayor Roland Ries. The shooting took place close to the historic Christmas market in Strasbourg's central square Place Kleber. Police have announced they know the identity of the gunman, who has a criminal record and was a designated 'threat to the state' on a security services watchlist. French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has now said that security would be stepped up at Christmas markets across France and that more than 600 police were involved in the manhunt along with soldiers from the Sentinel anti-terrorist initiative.

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Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness

Record count reported for mysterious paralyzing illness | 10 Dec 2018 | This year has seen a record number of cases of a mysterious paralyzing illness in children, U.S. health officials said Monday. It’s still not clear what’s causing the kids to lose the ability to move their face, neck, back, arms or legs. [Vaccines?] The symptoms tend to occur about a week after the children had a fever and respiratory illness.

Julian Assange rejects UK-Ecuador deal for him to leave the embassy

Julian Assange rejects UK-Ecuador deal for him to leave the embassy | 06 Dec 2018 | Julian Assange's lawyer has rejected an agreement announced by Ecuador's president to see him leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, after six years inside. Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, has made no secret of his wish to be rid of the WikiLeaks founder, who sought asylum inside the embassy in June 2012 and has not left since. On Thursday Mr Moreno announced that a deal had been reached between London and Quito to allow Mr Assange, 47, to be released...Mr Assange's lawyer, Barry Pollack, told The Telegraph that the deal was not acceptable. The legal team have long argued that they will not accept any agreement which risks his being extradited to the United States.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says tech giant is no haven for political bias

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says tech giant is no haven for political bias [LOL!] | 10 Dec 2018 | Embattled [perjuring sack of Deep State sh*t] Google CEO Sundar Pichai, amid allegations of anti-conservative bias and privacy violations on the platform, plans to tell in [prepared remarks] the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that his company is no haven for political bias. [Yeah, right! How many hundreds of times over the years has the CLG Newsletter hit the Gmail junk bin, despite the recipient CONSTANTLY asserting that the CLG News is a trusted email contact? And yet, actual spam always arrives in the Google inbox, unmolested.] Google has been under close scrutiny amid allegations of anti-conservative bias, which it [insanely] denies.

Twitter warns critics of Islamic extremism that their tweets could break Pakistani law

OMG: Twitter warns critics of Islamic extremism that their tweets could break Pakistani law | 10 Dec 2018 | Twitter has warned prominent critics of Islamic extremism that their tweets may break Pakistani law. The social network [of sociopaths] has emailed two well-known commentators on Islam, terrorism and women's rights to tell them that their tweeting has been complained about and could be illegal in the country. Pakistan has previously threatened to block Twitter if the company did not remove content which the government had deemed "offensive". The recipients of the emails are not of Pakistani nationality or resident in Pakistan.

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