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The ‘Other’ America (That MSM Won’t Let You See)

Lies, #resistance, nationalism, hate speech, racism, #metoo, white supremacy, socialism, nazis… and Russians!? This is the America spewed in to Americans’ brains 24/7 by the mainstream media as “the middle” has been lost. But every now and again, something happens that allows ‘average joe’ Americans to reflect proudly on their nation, be patriotic, and share empathy with those who honorably do Washington’s bidding without question. In a video taken at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee, Jen Tringale caught the following faith-restoring moment on her phone and posted to Facebook: “I witnessed an international airport come to a complete stop today… At the Nashville airport I walked out into the concourse to this scene @americanairlines was flying a plane full of children who had lost a parent in combat to Disneyworld [sic] on an all-expenses-paid trip and they threw a party for them at the gate. But when they announced them over the loud speaker and they lined up to board the plane, the whole airport literally stopped and sang the national anthem with military present in salute. Most every person standing around, myself included, was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country. To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling. Seeing the general public in an airport stand still to honor these kids was...

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MSNBC Host: Only Thing You Need to Know About Melania Trump Is Who She Married

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell offered a scathing assessment of First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday, tweeting all one needed to know about her was she joined the Trump family willingly. “The only thing you need to know about Melania is … she’s a Trump,” O’Donnell wrote. “A Trump by choice.” Melania Trump made news this week by criticizing journalists as “opportunists” who advance themselves through criticism of her and her family. “I’d say the opportunists who are using my name or my family name to advance themselves, from comedians to journalists to performers, book writers,” she told Fox News. “It doesn’t hurt. The problem is they’re writing the history and it’s not correct.” The only thing you need to know about Melania is … she’s a Trump. A Trump by choice. — Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) December 13, 2018 Born in Slovenia, Melania Trump is a former fashion model who married Donald Trump in 2005, and she’s the first U.S. first lady to be a naturalized U.S. citizen. O’Donnell’s broadside followed criticism of the first lady’s comments by a CNN panel Wednesday on “Tonight with Don Lemon,” where analyst Susan Glasser criticized her sense of “aggrievement.” “First of all, she has this incredible air of aggrievement,” Glasser said. “Here is this extraordinary story of a woman who came to this country as an immigrant, as a model, and is now the...

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With Vote Approaching, Authors Revise FIRST STEP

Authors of a criminal justice reform bill pending in the Senate rolled out a new version late Wednesday, with changes reflecting some but not all bill critics’ concerns. After weeks of stonewalling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) announced Tuesday that he would allow a vote on the FIRST STEP Act. The bill had previously had solid backing with Senate Democrats, but struggled to gain traction with Republicans—indicating that were it to pass, it would do so without the support of a majority of McConnell’s caucus. Now a number of Republicans have come out in favor of the bill, citing changes they expect to see in the final bill text which will ameliorate their concerns about public safety. Prominent names who have flipped to the yes column include law-and-order conservatives such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.). The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by FIRST STEP author Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), late Wednesday released a new version of the bill expected to be brought to the floor. This revision of FIRST STEP will make a number of substantive changes, addressing some but not all of critics’ concerns. First and foremost are alterations to the bill’s central component, the time credit system. The system allows federal offenders to earn “time credits” for participating in recidivism-reduction programming, between 10 and 15 days of credit...

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Lieu Blasts ‘Conservative Media’ Over Reporting About His Free Speech Comments

Rep. Ted Lieu (D., Calif.) released a statement Thursday saying he supports the First Amendment and criticizing “conservative media” for mischaracterizing him. Lieu was sharply critical of Republicans questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a congressional hearing Tuesday. Instead of pressing Pichai on issues related to bias or privacy, Lieu used his time to slam Republicans for being “stupid,” which drew some criticism from those on the left who don’t believe corporations have full free speech rights. But on CNN Wednesday, Lieu made news by saying, “I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it’s better the government does not regulate the content of speech.” Some questioned whether he’s committed to the principle of free speech given the content of that statement, and he hit back Thursday by saying he considers himself an “ardent defender of the First Amendment” and on CNN he was merely making the point that the First Amendment prevents him from regulating speech. “In the interview, I again stated the First Amendment prevents government from regulating the content of speech. I also made the point that it was the First Amendment that prevents me from regulating speech. I have been, and always will be, an ardent defender...

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Tom Cotton Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Preserve U.S. Support for Saudis in Yemen

In a last-ditch effort to preserve U.S. backing for the Saudi-led operation in Yemen, Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) on Thursday introduced two amendments intended to weaken a Senate War Powers Resolution that called for an end to American involvement. Both measures failed. Instead, lawmakers voted 56-41 to deliver a rebuke of the Trump administration’s support for Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign against Iranian-backed Houthis. Even with overwhelming support in the Senate, the resolution remains largely symbolic. House Republicans on Wednesday moved to block consideration of any resolution that draws on the 1973 War Powers Act to limit American involvement in Yemen. The effort will likely be stalled until January when the new congressional term begins. The first amendment proposed by Cotton would have allowed the United States to continue providing advice and intelligence to the Saudis intended to reduce civilian casualties and ensure the adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict. The measure would have sustained current U.S. strategy in the country. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in a letter to Congress earlier this year that limited American support to the Saudi-led coalition has “focused on improving coalition processes and procedures, especially regarding compliance with the law of armed conflict and best practices for reducing the risk of civilian casualties.” The second measure from Cotton would have carved out an exception for American assistance aimed at disrupting Houthi attacks...

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Draghi Dud But Banks Break, Trannies Tumble, & Cryptos Crash

BTFD has transformed into STFR – maybe it’s better not to play… China was well bid overnight (extraordinarily so)…but faded in the afternoon session…   European stocks gapped up at the open but faded “Constructive” was the word of the day in Europe as everyone read from the same script on Italy…   US futures rallied into the European Open and rallied into the US Open, but were dumped after each… Trannies tanked on the day (see Airlines below), but all major indices gave up early gains as Secretary Ross warned that China’s current actions are not enough… By the close The Dow managed to get back green and S&P unchanged… Short interest on SPY, the world’s largest exchange-traded fund with more than $250 billion in assets, has jumped to 5.3 percent or shares outstanding, according to data compiled by Markit. This is the 5th “sell the f**king rip” day in a row… Airline stocks crashed after Delta’s 2019 profit view missed analysts’ estimates, prompting concerns about weakening pricing power   Bank stocks resumed their downtrend after a brief respite yesterday…   GE soared pre-market as JPMorgan’s analyst took his foot off its throat…but faded from the open…   FANG stocks sold off…   Treasuries were mixed today with the long-end underperforming and the belly and short-end bid (but all very modestly)…   10Y Yields bounced off the 2.80%...

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Strasbourg Chrismas Market Gunman Shot Dead By French Police

Update: The man suspected of committing Tuesday’s shooting has been “shot dead” following a police operation which began at approximately 9pm local time, reports Sky News.  Two police sources confirmed to Reuters that the 29-year-old was killed in the Neudorf-Meinau area of the city after a police operation was launched at around 9pm local time. Earlier, witnesses reported “at least three” gunshots were heard in the district and a police helicopter was seen hovering overhead. Earlier in the day, dozens of members of France’s elite RAID force cordoned off part of the Neudorf area as part of the search. –Sky News Dozens of police from France’s elite RAID counterterrorism unit cordoned off an area of southern Strasbourg on Thursday close to where a gunman who attacked the city’s Christmas market was last seen, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.  French officials have not confirmed that the operation is linked to the Tuesday shooting that left three people dead and 13 injured, including one person rendered brain dead.  DIRECT – Opération en cours du RAID dans le quartier #Neudorf à Strasbourg. L’endroit où #CherifChekkat a été vu pour la dernière fois après l’attaque mardi soir. pic.twitter.com/3QTJey6DWt — Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) December 13, 2018 A massive manhunt has been underway for the suspected shooter, 29-year-old French citizen Cherif Chekatt, as some 720 police and gendarmes have been looking for him nearly 36 hours...

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The Bond Rally Was No Surprise

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Nathan Vardi recently penned an article for Forbes entitled “Surprise! The Late-Year Bond Rally.” “In August, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the nation’s most prominent banker, predicted the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note could reach 4% in 2018. He cautioned investors to prepare for 5% or higher. Dimon’s call was not a contrarian one. It had become conventional wisdom on Wall Street that rates were headed higher and that the Federal Reserve would be tightening monetary policy for the foreseeable future.” Jamie Dimon wasn’t alone. There were many venerable Wall Street veterans from Bill Gross, Paul Tudor Jones, Ray Dalio, and Jeff Gundlach were also calling for higher rates. But, these calls for higher rates and the “End Of The Great Bond Bull Market” have been flowing through the media since 2013. Bill Gross Says Bond Bear Market Confirmed Have We Entered The Bond Bear Market Has The Bond Bear Market Finally Started The Bond Bear Is Here The 3-Decade Bond Bull Market Is In Danger And that was just from January. Of course, those headlines are not the first time we have seen such calls made. One of the biggest problems with predictions of rising 10-year bond yields, since “bond bears” came out in earnest in 2013, is they have been consistently wrong. For a bit of history, you can read some of my...

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In Stinging Rebuke To Trump, Senate Votes To End Support For Saudi War

The US Senate approved a resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, dealing a stinging rebuke to President Trump amid heightened tensions over the death of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators voted 56-41 on the resolution, which would require the president to withdraw any troops in or “affecting” Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda; in doing so the Senate defied a veto threat from the White House which has vowed it would block the legislation. However, beyond sending a symbolic message, the vote is largely moot as on Wednesday, as part of the Farm Bill passage, the House voted to block members from forcing a war powers vote this year. Still, the Senate vote Thursday underscored the depth of frustration with Saudi Arabia on Capitol Hill, as well as the escalating gap between the White House and Congress on the relationship between the U.S. and the kingdom. Senators said passage sends a strong message to the Saudi crown prince because it targets his most important foreign policy priority. And just to make sure the Senate was heard loud and clear, the Senate also passed a measure which said that the Saudi Crown Prince was behind Khashoggi’s death. “I hope … we send a loud and powerful message by passing this resolution. That we’re going to bring peace to that country...

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Police Arrest 34 In Budapest As Violent Anti-Orban Protesters Storm Parliament

Violence exploded outside the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest on Wednesday, prompting police to make 34 arrests as five officers were injured, as demonstrators stormed the building to protest a series of laws passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz Party – one of which put the country’s Minister of Justice in charge of picking judges for newly created federal courts, per Bloomberg. Hungarian police arrested 34 people when protesters tried to storm the parliament building late on Tuesday after Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s lawmakers passed a series of bills that strengthen his grip on power. Five law enforcement officials were injured during scuffles as police used tear gas to repel demonstrators, Gergely Gulyas, the minister in charge of the prime minister’s office, told a briefing on Wednesday. According to Local News 8, hundreds of protesters marched through Budapest and gathered at the parliament building Wednesday night after Orban’s party passed a law allowing employers to ask their workers to take on up to 400 hours’ overtime per year – something its critics have dubbed “the slave law.” But the final straw for demonstrators was the passage of another law allowing the Justice Minister to appoint judges to new courts designed to handle cases concerning “government business” like tax and elections. Opposition lawmakers decried the law as an authoritarian power grab. After it was passed, pandemonium broke out in...

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