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    Emperor Xi out to remake the world in his own image

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/chinas-power-editors-note-1.5373823

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    Demi God Emperor Xi is threatening the US with dire consequences if they continue to support the freedom fighters in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

    Twitter suspends journo Andy Ngo for slamming Chelsea Clinton for misrepresenting the truth about transgender murders. A pattern for Ms Chelsea

    Hunter Biden has been further implicated with the Clintons in a crack using strip club.

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    © Provided by The Canadian Press

    BEIJINGChina reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest and warning the move would undermine co-operation with Washington.

    Thousands of pro-democracy activists crowded a public square in downtown Hong Kong on Thursday night for a “Thanksgiving Day” rally to thank the United States for passing the laws and vowed to “march on” in their fight.

    The U.S. laws, which passed both chambers of Congress almost unanimously, mandate sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials who carry out human rights abuses in Hong Kong, require an annual review of Hong Kong’s favourable trade status and prohibit the export to Hong Kong police of certain nonlethal munitions.

    Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, who was among those who lobbied for the U.S. laws, said it was remarkable that human rights had triumphed over the U.S.-China trade talks. Wong told Thursday’s rally that the next aim is to expand global support by getting Britain and other Western nations to follow suit.

    Who else but the USA (President Trump) has the courage to stand up to China’s bullying, and has the resources to back it up?  Not only is Xi having a hissyfit, so is Joe and Hunter and LeBron and Disney and whoever else has been ‘bought and paid for’ by the worlds leader in human rights violations.

     

     

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    Top Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) invited President Trump to the House show trials next week in the House Judiciary Committee.

    President Trump will have no opportunity to defend himself from the latest coup attempt but he is welcome to sit and watch.

    Trump will be at NATO meetings in London at the time.

    Nadler also told the president the show trials will also include discussion around the Russia-Collusion hoax.
    It never ends

    !Nadler also told President Donald Trump to “stop complaining” about this unprecedented and outlandish assault on the executive branch.

    Coming right up,  The Schiff Show 2.0

     

     

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    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said “the modern-day liberal” has proven to be a bigger “impediment” than those he was initially wary of — people like the “bigot in the pickup truck” or “Klansmen” — as part of remarks made in the upcoming documentary Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.

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    It’s the 64th Anniversary of the courageous Rosa Parks. Statues will be unveiled in her honour.

    https://www.facebook.com/refinery29/videos/10156444539507922/

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    Rosa Parks

    https://images.app.goo.gl/A9XsRLNJ5hwHnBgN8

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    During a campaign stop in Wilmington, Delaware Joe Biden went off script. He went WAY OFF script.

    While speaking to a black audience Joe Biden suddenly started babbling about children stroking his hairy legs in the pool and how much he loves to have children on his lap. Also something about roaches?

    Joe Biden: And by the way I sit on a stand, I got hot, I got hairy legs that turn, that, that, that, turn blond in the sun. And the kids used to come up and reach in and pull and rub my legs, and watch the hairs rise up again. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping up on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap.

    That is one of the craziest lines in political history.

    At what point does Joe’s family step in and put an end to this ongoing embarrassment?

    Yet there are a multitude of Democrats who would vote for Crazy Joe…Obama was right not to endorse this freak.

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    During a campaign stop in Wilmington, Delaware Joe Biden went off script. He went WAY OFF script.

    While speaking to a black audience Joe Biden suddenly started babbling about children stroking his hairy legs in the pool and how much he loves to have children on his lap. Also something about roaches?

    Joe Biden: And by the way I sit on a stand, I got hot, I got hairy legs that turn, that, that, that, turn blond in the sun. And the kids used to come up and reach in and pull and rub my legs, and watch the hairs rise up again. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping up on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap.

    That is one of the craziest lines in political history.

    At what point does Joe’s family step in and put an end to this ongoing embarrassment?

    Yet there are a multitude of Democrats who would vote for Crazy Joe…Obama was right not to endorse this freak.

    Why would Hunter denigrate his dad when he’s the one enabling his lifestyle?
    For me the craziest one is Quigley’s claim that hearsay is better than facts. Lots of people would jump on that as the truth.

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    Top Arab figures from 15 countries meet to say NO to BDS

    https://www.wnd.com/2019/11/top-arab-figures-15-countries-meet-say-no-bds/

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    BREAKING NEWS:

    Kamala Harris poised to withdraw from 2020 presidential race
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics/kamala-harris-ends-presidential-bid/index.html

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    BREAKING NEWS:
    Trump abused power of presidency, Dems conclude in impeachment report
    Published: 12/03/19 02:09 PM EST

    President Donald Trump abused the power of his office by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his political rivals, House Democrats concluded in a highly anticipated report released Tuesday.

    The 300-page House Intelligence Committee report, which is expected to form the basis of articles of impeachment, also accuses Trump of engaging in an extensive effort to obstruct the House’s impeachment inquiry and deprive investigators of key witnesses and documents.

    The report describes a president eager to use his leverage over Ukraine — a country at war with Russia — to extract political benefits ahead of the 2020 election. Trump allegedly conditioned military aid and a coveted White House meeting for Zelensky on his willingness to launch Trump’s desired investigations, including one targeting former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “[T]he president placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” the report concludes.

    The Intelligence Committee is expected to approve the report along party lines Tuesday evening, ahead of the first impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

    The report does not specifically recommend articles of impeachment against the president. But it provides the Judiciary Committee with a roadmap as it prepares to consider the evidence and draft articles in the coming weeks — and it outlines a historical precedent for the impeachment process.

    Democrats are expected to draft at least two articles of impeachment: one on abuse of power and another on obstruction of Congress.

    The report describes a tangled web of contacts among an array of Trump associates and allies as the Ukraine effort took shape earlier this year — including previously undisclosed communications between these individuals and John Solomon, a former columnist for The Hill newspaper whose writings have animated GOP defenses of the president.

    The report also includes new details, including phone logs and records describing a more extensive set of contacts than previously known between Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani — whom Trump deputized to lean on top Ukrainian officials — and the top Intelligence Committee Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes of California.

    The call logs, which the committee obtained from telecommunications company AT&T, also show contacts between Giuliani and Kash Patel, a former Nunes aide who joined the National Security Council in February, in addition to other communications between an indicted Giuliani associate — Lev Parnas — and an Intelligence Committee GOP aide.

    Democrats argued Trump abused his power in his dealings with Ukraine and then obstructed Congress’ efforts to uncover the alleged abuse. Notably, their report also alleges “witness intimidation” against a handful of the top witnesses that were called to testify, adding a new potential charge as they consider which “high crimes and misdemeanors” to formally allege against the president.

    “President Trump issued threats, openly discussed possible retaliation, made insinuations about witnesses’ character and patriotism, and subjected them to mockery and derision,” Democrats found, suggesting it could discourage witnesses from coming forward in the future.

    The report details the extent to which Trump sought to limit his administration’s cooperation with the impeachment inquiry — including his efforts to prevent senior officials from testifying before investigators and the executive branch’s refusal to turn over documents that were subpoenaed or otherwise requested.

    “President Trump engaged in an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry,” the report states. “Nevertheless, due in large measure to patriotic and courageous public servants who provided the committees with direct evidence of the president’s actions, the committees uncovered significant misconduct on the part of the president of the United States.”

    The report also raised doubts about testimony the Intelligence Committee received from two diplomats, including Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Kurt Volker, a former top U.S. envoy in Ukraine.

    Sondland described a September 9 call with the president during which Trump told him that he wanted “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine involving a White House meeting or military aid — a conversation Republicans have cited in their defenses of the president. But Democrats said they found Sondland’s description of the call to be “at odds with the weight of the evidence and not backed up by any records the White House was willing to provide.”

    Volker, meanwhile, told lawmakers he set up merely an “introductory” call between Giuliani and a top adviser to Zelensky on July 22. But, Democrats note, “phone records indicate that the call lasted for approximately 38 minutes.”

    In response to the report, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said House Democrats “utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump.”

    House Republicans released their own report on Monday, concluding that Democrats failed to unearth evidence that warrants Trump’s impeachment. They also accused Democrats of pursuing impeachment as a way to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election and contended that Trump had “genuine” concerns about corruption in Ukraine that informed his posture toward the country.

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    https://youtu.be/3-bwXhts8Zg

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    https://youtu.be/3-bwXhts8Zg

    Hilarious, Pook, especially the first line, slightly modified

    “Democrato, why don’t you come to your senses?”

    And judging by their Derbyite spokesman above, truly desperate.  What lot of words signifying nothing.  Well, ‘never interrupt the enemy when they are making a mistake’,  and they are consistent, relentless and incorrigible. Keep it up

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    2020 ELECTIONS
    “One of the hardest decisions of my life”: Kamala Harris ends once-promising campaign

    The California senator took a deep look at the campaign’s resources over the holiday and decided she did not have a path to the nomination.

    by CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO and CAITLIN OPRYSKO | 12/03/2019 01:03 PM EST | Updated: 12/03/2019 04:52 PM EST

    Kamala Harris is ending her presidential campaign after months of failing to lift her candidacy from the bottom of the field — a premature departure for a California senator once heralded as a top-tier contender for the nomination.

    Harris told aides of her intentions in an all-staff call on Tuesday, and a person familiar with the conversation said she sounded distraught. While Harris had qualified for the December debate in her home state later this month, she was running dangerously low on cash — lacking the resources to air TV ads in Iowa — and her staff was gripped by long-running internal turmoil.

    Still, the news came as a shock to some of her biggest supporters. Just as Harris was announcing the news internally, a super PAC had cleared more than $1 million in TV ads in Iowa to boost her struggling campaign. The ad, which argued she was the best-equipped candidate to take on President Donald Trump, was canceled.

    “Eleven months ago at the launch of our campaign in Oakland I told you all: ‘I am not perfect.’ But I will always speak with decency and moral clarity and treat all people with dignity and respect. I will lead with integrity. I will speak the truth. And that’s what I have tried to do every day of this campaign. So here’s the truth today,” Harris wrote in a note to supporters.

    “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life. My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue.”

    Harris, who spent Thanksgiving in Iowa with family, took a deep look at the campaign’s resources over the holiday and decided she did not have a path to the nomination. A Harris campaign aide said the expected impeachment trial in January further complicated the situation.

    She made the decision Monday after discussions with her family and senior aides. Harris will travel to the early states this week to thank staff and supporters for their dedication to the campaign.

    The senator did not bow out without taking a parting shot at her billionaire and self-funding rivals who made late entrances into the race this summer and fall.

    “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign,” Harris said in a video explaining her decision to drop out. “And as the campaign has gone on, it has become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete. In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do.”

    Once dubbed the “female Obama” by former Today Show anchor Matt Lauer, Harris’ campaign began on a promising note: Her kickoff rally in her hometown of Oakland drew more than 20,000 supporters who cheered wildly as she cast herself as the kind of fighter fit to take on a president like Trump.

    Her candidacy got one of its first major breaks in the first Democratic debate in June, when Harris pulled off a blistering ambush of former Vice President Joe Biden over his previous stance on busing, which prompted another review of his record on race issues. Harris’ performance sent her soaring in the polls, and the campaign raised $2 million in the 24 hours following the debate.

    But the attack ultimately blew back on Harris when her own stance on busing came under scrutiny in the days after. Her sharp rise in the polls did not last long, with Harris skidding into fifth place and registering in the single digits by September. When she dropped out Tuesday, her RealClearPolitics national polling average was hovering just above 3 percent.

    Throughout the campaign, Harris had never been steady on health care, many voters’ stated key issue. Harris spent months backtracking following an ill-fated moment in a CNN town hall in which she said, “let’s eliminate all that,” when asked whether she supported a health care plan that got rid of private insurance.

    Her stumbles on the issue continued into the fall, as Harris waffled on whether she backed the kind of single-payer, “Medicare for All” plan championed by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, or more incremental change, an opening her opponents seized on.

    In addition to health care, voters complained that they were unable to pin Harris down on a host of other issues. And Harris shied away some from what could have been one of her greatest strengths — her time spent as a prosecutor and attorney general in California — as her prosecutorial record became a liability with a Democratic base that has turned sharply left on issues of criminal justice.

    Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a low-polling Democratic wildcard, weaponized Harris’ prosecutorial record against her in a later debate, lambasting Harris with a set of somewhat misleading and out-of-context accusations. But Harris did not mount a full-throated defense in the moment, only reiterating that she was proud of her time as a prosecutor.

    The campaign also struggled to bring in small-dollar donations, creating a greater reliance on the kind of big-money fundraisers some of Harris’ rivals have sworn off, and resulting in less-than-savory headlines about small controversies like her initial plan to skip a climate change town hall in favor of a fundraiser. (Harris later said she was unaware of the scheduling conflict, and attended the town hall.)

    Harris further struggled with the question of electability — concerns that have also gripped other competitors in the historically diverse field — as she addressed voters afraid the country might not be ready for a female president of color. From the earliest days of the campaign, Harris was subject to conspiracy theories that ricocheted around social media, even giving way to a reprisal of the same birtherism smears that plagued former President Barack Obama.

    Aides and supporters, meanwhile, have argued Harris has been treated more unfairly, especially in the media, than her fellow competitors, some of whom echoed that message themselves upon hearing the news she’d dropped out.

    In the spring, prior to Harris’ debate stage spat with Biden, she was forced to deftly maneuver suggestions from fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus that her becoming Biden’s running mate would make for a “dream ticket.” After the debate, Harris allies ripped the Biden campaign for suggesting that she let her ambition get the best of her in leveling the busing broadside.

    Still, she was unable to make significant inroads with black voters, a key Democratic voting bloc, in the same way that Biden has, despite running neck and neck with the former vice president in endorsements from members of the CBC.

    Recent weeks have carried numerous warning signs of a derailed campaign, with Harris abruptly shuttering much of the campaign’s New Hampshire operation as the senator focused squarely on Iowa. She laid off staff rather than recalibrating her resources and hoped a top-three finish in Iowa could propel her to a win in South Carolina.

    Pre-drop-out campaign obituaries also started cropping up in a number of media outlets, as long-simmering dysfunction within the campaign spilled out into open in the form of aides both in California and the campaign’s Baltimore headquarters pointing fingers at one another.

    Harris’ financial struggles likely would have been compounded by the possibility of an impeachment trial in the beginning of the year, which will keep her and her fellow rivals in the Senate in Washington and off the campaign trail in the crucial weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses and potentially even the New Hampshire primary.

    But in her video message Tuesday, Harris pledged to stay in the fight against Trump.

    “I want to be clear,” she said. “Although I am no longer running for president, I will do everything in my power to defeat Donald Trump and fight for the future of our country and the best of who we are. I know you will too. So let’s do that together.”

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