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    The BBC was ordered to pay damages after publishing fake news claiming Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko “authorized” an illegal payment of $400,000 to Michael Cohen for additional face time during a June 2017 meeting with President Trump.

    from the BBC:
    “In our News at Ten bulletin and in an online article published on May 23, 2018, we incorrectly reported that Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, had procured or authorised a corrupt payment of $400,000 to be made to Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of Donald Trump, to extend a brief meeting between Mr. Poroshenko and President Trump, that had already been agreed, into more substantial talks.”

    There is not a single legitimate political scientist who would ever use the BBC as a source.  The BBC is nothing more than another member of the far left MSM.

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    The World Bank reported for 2017 that the US was about 25% of the total world GDP of around $80 trillion. The World Bank reported the US at $19 trillion to China’s $12, Japan’s $5, Germany’s $4 and the UK’s $3.

    In 2017 the US GDP increased by a record $853 billion. But this record was shattered in 2018 with an increase of greater than $1 trillion, the largest annual increase in GDP by any country in world history!

    Along with this, President Trump has managed to keep the debt to GDP ratio from increasing since he became President. For 2018, the ratio is at the same amount as when he took over. (By comparison former President Obama increased the debt to GDP ratio by more than 25% in his first two years!)

     

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    UNPLANNED

    Christian Toto praised the movie in a fair and balanced review.

    “The tale is targeted to undecided souls, and on that level the film’s power is considerable,” he wrote. ““Unplanned” offers a full-throated defense of a side that often gets ignored by today’s storytellers. The drama deserves respect from both sides of the abortion debate, if only because this part of the fight is so rarely articulated on screen.

    “Unplanned” earned an R rating for its abortion sequences.

    R (restricted): No one under 17 admitted without an accompanying parent or guardian. This rating is given for frequent strong language and violence, nudity for sexual purposes, and drug abuse.

    Of course it has an R rating…gut wrenching stuff here, and as violent as it gets.

     

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    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a trip to the kingdom Saturday, warning that walls and fear-mongering won’t stop people from exercising their legitimate right to seek a better life elsewhere.
    King Mohamed VI welcomed Francis as he arrived during an unusual rainstorm and began a 27-hour visit aimed at boosting Christian-Muslim ties and showing solidarity with Morocco’s ever-growing migrant community.

    Francis told the king that he hoped Morocco would continue to be a model of humanity, welcome and protection for migrants.
    “The issue of migration will never be resolved by raising barriers, fomenting fear of others or denying assistance to those who legitimately aspire to a better life for themselves and their families,” Francis said.
    Rather, he called for a change of attitude toward migrants that respects them as people, worthy of dignity and rights, and not just statistics. He said world leaders must address the economic imbalances and unrest on Earth that fuel conflicts and migration flows.
    “Today’s grave migration crisis represents an urgent summons for concrete actions aimed at eliminating the causes that force many people to leave country and family behind, often only to find themselves marginalized and rejected,” he said.

    Here is a case of infallibility in action.

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    The Dalai Lama in Malmo, Sweden:

    Dalai Lama says ‘Europe belongs to the Europeans’ and suggests refugees return to native countries  The Independent

    The Dalai Lama has sparked anger after declaring that “Europe belongs to the Europeans”.
    The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader also said that refugees should return to their native countries and assist with developing them.

     

     

     

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    Samantha Bee Is Very Upset Pro-Life Film ‘Unplanned’ Did So Well at the Box Office

    Liberal comedienne Samatha Bee bashed the hit pro-life movie “Unplanned” on her “Full Frontal” show on TBS, calling the box office success “anti-choice propaganda” that “no one should see.”

    Bee is upset the movie is doing so well, pulling in $7 million opening weekend.  Thank you for the advertising, S Bee.

    Unplanned’s box office success last weekend was basically double what most observers and industry insiders expected.

    With virtually no coverage from the mainstream media and being given an R rating – on TOP of its Twitter account being temporarily suspended just as it was released – the film still came in at number five at the box office. Certain cable outlets like the Hallmark Channel and USA Network refused to run advertising for the film.

    Impressive, the movie ranking website CinemaScore gave the film an A+ and as of now, it has garnered a whopping 93% approval rating on the popular Rotten Tomatoes site.

     

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    Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, a new online poll showed.

    In the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll of registered voters released to The Hill on Thursday, 35 percent of Democratic voters are most likely to vote for Biden in the Democratic primaries should he announce his candidacy — more than twice the number of voters who said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was their top pick.

    Beto O’Rourke had 7 percent support, followed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with 6 percent, and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., with 5 percent.

    With Hillary Clinton factored into the field, Biden and Sanders still take the top two spots with 26 percent and 18 percent respectively. Clinton took 11 percent.

     

     

     

     

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    Elaine Parker of Job Creators Network writes in The Hill that the American economy – as measured by job creation, unemployment, and wage growth – is one of the strongest in decades:

    Last Friday marked the monthly ritual of Jobs Day — or the release of new economic data that is gathered and packaged by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unsurprisingly, the figures provide yet further proof the economy remains on solid footing.
    More specifically, the Labor Department numbers reveal that job creation continues to be robust — reporting that 196,000 jobs were added in March — unemployment remains near rock bottom levels at 3.8 percent and wage growth expanded millions of American wallets yet again.
    These developments only add to the symphony of other positive economic indicators. In fact, it’s evident Americans are objectively experiencing one of the strongest economies in decades.

    If Hillary had won none of this would have happened. Would there have been 5 million new jobs, lower corporate  and personal taxes or regulations?   Hillary had to be stopped and thankfully  Assange and Comey (?) stepped in to discredit her.

     

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    Pop singer Cher seemed to do an about-face on the immigration issue, questioning why a city and state that “isn’t taking care of its own” should bring in and “take care of more.”

    “I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants, but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN,” Cher said in a Sunday tweet. “WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+????????Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS. PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS) How Can it Take Care Of More?”

    Cher must have taken the red pill.  There is a cure for TDS!

     

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    Shocking news in Paris today.

    Parisians watched in tears and stunned silence as their beloved landmark burned
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/world/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-reactions-trnd/index.html

    Why Notre Dame Cathedral is so important to Catholics worldwide
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/world/notre-dame-catholics/index.html

    The entire wooden interior of Notre Dame Cathedral has been destroyed
    https://www.cnn.com/style/article/nortre-dame-fire-oak-wood-trnd/index.html

    Lori Loughlin pleads not guilty in her first response to the college admissions scam
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/us/lori-loughlin-not-guilty/index.html

    Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/politics/bill-weld-2020-trump/index.html

    Justice Dept. expected to release redacted Mueller report Thursday
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/15/politics/mueller-report-justice-department-plan/index.html

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    Fox News anchor Shep Smith ended a phone call from a French media analyst (Philippe Karsenty) when he began to speculate terrorists might be responsible for the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral that broke out on Monday.

    “Everybody’s really under shock now in France. I would tell you something. Even if nobody died, it’s like a 9/11, it’s a French 9/11. It’s a big shock. This church was there for more than 850 years. Even the Nazis didn’t dare to destroy it,” Karsenty stated.
    “You need to know that for the past years, we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week in France, all over France. So, of course, you will hear the story of the politically correct — the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident.”

    How can arson be eliminated so quickly?  As there was no construction in effect on Monday, and the building was closed, suspicions are natural.  An investigation will find someone responsible, I am sure.  Who in the world would destroy something so beautiful and historic and iconic, this symbol of Christianity?
    The French media confirmed there were NO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS at Notre Dame Cathedral at the time of the devastating fire.
    And this…
    ISIS supporters are celebrating the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. They call it a “blow to the hearts of the crusader leaders.”

    Of course this does not imply guilt but merely displays a particular political stance, they have celebrated tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, mass shootings etc, as well.

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    Twitter on Barr:

    Guy Bens

    Journalists who openly & giddily speculated about “collusion” for 2 yrs are now *horrified* the AG said “no collusion” half-a-dozen times in relaying findings of a probe they’ve covered breathlessly.

    Almost as if they’re processing personal disappointment over those findings.

    Glenn Greenwald
    @ggreenwald

    CNN has 8 people talking about this & they all vehemently agree with one another on every last thing. This has been a major part of the problem from the start. All humans are more likely to err or worse if they are insulated from challenge or dissent. It’s inherently corrupting.

    The false narrative has self-destructed, and good riddance.

    The radical Left melts down and it is amusing.  Was it 30 million, or more, spent on NOTHING? The incestigations will be endless while issues need to be addressed, like border control, infrastructur, health care, education, climate and more.  Com’n Libs, do something constructive.  LOL

     

     

     

     

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    Christopher J Hale (Time Columnist)

    Tweeted:

    A Jesuit friend in Paris who works for #NotreDame told me the cathedral staff (said) the fire was intentionally set.

    The screen shot is available and according to Matthew Thomas McDonald @RealMatty.  Minutes later Hale deleted the tweet…of course.  Thank the Gods for screenshots.

    Now we have shocking footage of what appears to be a man lighting something that flashes brightly! Clearly this person is up to no good and most likely lighting something.
    Fox News and the rest of the fake news scumbags are desperate to make sure nobody sees this information!

    The Chief Architect Destroys Fake News Fairy Tale! The chief architect says It was ARSON!!! Take that Neil Cavuto and Sheppard Smith!

    NoBS NoSpam
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    Some people… started something.

    Nailed it again!   Just like the Jussie Hoax…so gratifying.

     

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