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‘Low-Flying’-Missiles Used In Aramco Attack Were Launched Inside Iran: Report

‘Low-Flying’-Missiles Used In Aramco Attack Were Launched Inside Iran: Report The US has reportedly traced the cruise missiles used during a weekend attack that crippled half of Saudi Aramco’s oil production back to their point of origin: Iran. Or at least that’s what one US official is telling CBS News. Many have argued that there’s zero upside for Iran in carrying out attacks like this (the region has also endured several attacks on oil tankers that have been blamed on Iran), but the US has insisted that Tehran was responsible for the attack, and that the missiles used were beyond the sophistication of Yemen’s Houthis, who had initially taken credit for the attacks. Senior US officials have told CBS they’ve identified the locations in Iran from which a combination of more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against the Saudi oil facilities. They say the locations are in southern Iran at the northern end of the Persian Gulf. — Paul Danahar (@pdanahar) September 17, 2019 According to US sources, 17 missiles or drones were fired, not the 10 the Houthis claim. Cruise missiles may have been used, and some targets were hit on the west-northwest facing sides, which suggests the projectiles were fired from the north, from Iran or Iraq. Investigators have reportedly identified the exact location, purportedly in southern Iran, where a combination of more than...

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“Locked-And-Loaded” For War With Iran: Is Bolton’s Soul Living On?

“Locked-And-Loaded” For War With Iran: Is Bolton’s Soul Living On? Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, “Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Putting America’s credibility on the line, Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out the devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities that halted half of the kingdom’s oil production, 5.7 million barrels a day. On Sunday, President Donald Trump did not identify Iran as the attacking nation, but did appear, in a tweet, to back up the secretary of state: “There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia) as to who they believe was the cause of this attack and under what terms we would proceed!” Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who have been fighting Saudi Arabia for four years and have used drones to strike Saudi airport and oil facilities, claim they fired 10 drones from 500 kilometers away to carry out the strikes in retaliation for Saudi air and missile attacks. Pompeo dismissed their claim, “There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.” But while the Houthis claim credit, Iran denies all responsibility. Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif says of Pompeo’s charge, that the U.S. has simply replaced a policy of “maximum pressure” with a policy of “maximum...

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NYT Editors Removed Detail That Woman Didn’t Recall Alleged Kavanaugh Incident

The New York Times reporters who wrote about a previously unreported sexual misconduct accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said an editor removed the key detail that the woman in question had no memory of the event. The Times is under fire for a widely criticized piece excerpted from a new book by its reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation. The book included the revelation that a Yale classmate told lawmakers last year that he saw Kavanaugh expose himself at a dorm party and his penis was shoved into a woman’s hands. Recent Stories in Politics NYT Editors Removed Detail That Woman Didn’t Recall Alleged Kavanaugh Incident Warren-Endorsed Senate Candidate Violates Her Anti-Corruption Plan Times Reporter: Alleged Kavanaugh Victim Doesn’t Remember Incident Because ‘She Was Drunk’ But the Times omitted a fact from the book in the article: The woman did not remember it happening. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell asked the pair of reporters Monday night what happened with the “omission that the Times later felt belonged in the piece.” In reality, it took sharp online criticism led by author Mollie Hemingway—whose book Justice On Trial covered the furor around the Kavanaugh hearings—to force the Times to issue the embarrassing correction. Kelly said there was “zero intent to mislead anybody” about the details of the alleged “incident.” She maintained the book and article were more about the experiences...

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Canadian RCMP Official’s Arrest Could Compromise ‘Five Eyes’ Intelligence Alliance

Canadian RCMP Official’s Arrest Could Compromise ‘Five Eyes’ Intelligence Alliance There’s something rotten in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, an intelligence sharing community that includes the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Canada on Friday revealed that it had arrested the former director general of the RCMP’s National Intelligence Coordination Center, one of the country’s top intelligence officials, but Canada wouldn’t say exactly what he had done. That has allowed unsavory suspicions that he was some how in league with Russian criminals who laundered money through Canada to fester. All we know is that Cameron Ortis, a director general with the RCMP’s intelligence unit, has been charged under a 2012 security of information law used to prosecute spies. According to Reuters, his arrest on what amounts to charges of leaking secret information could hurt intelligence operations by “allied nations,” the RCMP said on Monday. And that could hurt Canada’s standing inside five-eyes. Here’s the RCMP’s only comment on the arrest so far: “We are assessing the impacts of the alleged activities as information becomes available,” RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said in a statement. “We are aware of the potential risk to agency operations of our partners in Canada and abroad and we thank them for their continued collaboration.” […] “Mr. Ortis had access to information the Canadian intelligence community possessed,” said Lucki. “He also had access to...

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The Risk Of A Liquidity-Driven Event Is Rising

The Risk Of A Liquidity-Driven Event Is Rising Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Over the last few days, the internet has been abuzz with commentary about the spike in interest rates. Of course, the belief is that the spike in rates is “okay” because the market are still rising.  “The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was poised for its largest weekly rally since November 2016 as investors checked prior concerns that the U.S. was careening toward an economic downturn.” – CNBC See, one good economic data point and apparently everything is “A-okay.”  Be careful with that assumption as the backdrop, both economically and fundamentally, does not support that conclusion.  While the 10-year Treasury rate did pop up last week, it did little to reverse the majority of “inversions” which currently exist on the yield curve. While we did hit the 90% mark on August 28th, the spike in rates only reversed 2 of the 10 indicators we track.  Nor did it reverse the most important inversion which is the 10-year yield relative to the Federal Reserve rate.  However, it isn’t the “inversion” you worry about.  Take a look at both charts carefully above. It is when these curves “un-invert” which becomes the important recessionary indicator. When the curves reverse, the Fed is aggressively cutting rates, the short-end of the yield curve is falling faster than the long-end as money seeks the safety of “cash,” and a recession is emerging. As I noted in...

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Warren-Endorsed Senate Candidate Violates Her Anti-Corruption Plan

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has made it part of her presidential platform to ban lobbyists from donating to campaigns, despite endorsing a South Carolina Senate candidate who has received more than $15,000 from lobbyists this year. Warren went into detail about her anti-corruption plan during a speech Monday at Washington Square Park in New York City. Recent Stories in Politics NYT Editors Removed Detail That Woman Didn’t Recall Alleged Kavanaugh Incident Warren-Endorsed Senate Candidate Violates Her Anti-Corruption Plan Times Reporter: Alleged Kavanaugh Victim Doesn’t Remember Incident Because ‘She Was Drunk’ “Lobbyists and a public official should be a matter of public record. No more lobbying on behalf of foreign governments,” Warren said. “And no more campaign contributions or bundling by lobbyists. Contributing to a campaign at the same time that you are paid to influence those same elected officials is the very definition of bribery, and we’re going to put a stop to it.” But in May, Warren endorsed Jaime Harrison, a former corporate lobbyist who is running for Senate to replace Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). Warren said Harrison “will fight hard for the people of South Carolina and take our country forward.” Jaime Harrison will fight hard for the people of South Carolina and take our country forward. Go Jaime! https://t.co/pY5keteN1i — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 30, 2019 Harrison, who is worth over $3 million due to his lobbying...

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Times Reporter: Alleged Kavanaugh Victim Doesn’t Remember Incident Because ‘She Was Drunk’

New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin, the co-author of a new book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said the alleged victim of a claim of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh doesn’t remember the incident because “she was drunk.” Pogrebin described the incident as “a drunken party and it’s conceivable that people don’t always remember what happens in a situation like that,” during an appearance on CNN’s New Day Tuesday morning. Recent Stories in Politics NYT Editors Removed Detail That Woman Didn’t Recall Alleged Kavanaugh Incident Warren-Endorsed Senate Candidate Violates Her Anti-Corruption Plan Times Reporter: Alleged Kavanaugh Victim Doesn’t Remember Incident Because ‘She Was Drunk’ “We’ve been talking about this other revelation. Not Debbie Ramirez, not Christine Blasey Ford, but a third woman who eyewitnesses or an eyewitness says the same thing that happened to Debbie Ramirez, which is Brett Kavanaugh exposing himself and forcing his body onto a woman, happened at yet another party,” host Alisyn Camerota said. “One more time: Did you speak to that woman?” “I tried to reach her, and she had no interest in addressing these allegations,” Pogrebin said. “She was a close friend of Deborah Ramirez, one of her best friends. And so she ultimately drafted a statement about her support of Deborah Ramirez and Deborah Ramirez’s integrity and basically guilelessness and why she would have no motivation to make up a story like this,” she...

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“There Was No Crash”: Tesla In Sweden Goes Up In Flames After Passenger Seat Catches Fire

“There Was No Crash”: Tesla In Sweden Goes Up In Flames After Passenger Seat Catches Fire Stunning pictures have emerged from Swedish website Aftonbladet showing a Tesla Model S fully engulfed in flames after the car’s passenger seat reportedly caught fire while the car was being driven. And the fire looks like it may just be another case of a Tesla spontaneously combusting. The car was reportedly not involved in a crash, according to the report. “The car started to burn by itself,” the report says.  The car began burning on the “E18 at Annelund’s traffic area, in the direction of Västerås from Stockholm,” a translated version of the article says. The driver was able to calmly stop the car and get himself out unharmed. Peter Pettersson, management operator at the Stockholm rescue service said that after the fire, there is only a “shell” of the car left.  We will follow up on this story as more details become available.  Tyler Durden Tue, 09/17/2019 – 10:20 Tags Disaster...

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Arizona Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Free Speech and Religious Rights

Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the city of Phoenix cannot coerce Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of custom invitation designing business Brush & Nib, to provide a service that violates their religious beliefs.  “Duka and Koski’s beliefs about same-sex marriage may seem old-fashioned, or even offensive to some,” the court said. “But the guarantees of free speech and freedom of religion are not only for those who are deemed sufficiently enlightened, advanced, or progressive. They are for everyone. After all, while our own ideas may be popular today, they may not be tomorrow.” Recent Stories in Politics NYT Editors Removed Detail That Woman Didn’t Recall Alleged Kavanaugh Incident Warren-Endorsed Senate Candidate Violates Her Anti-Corruption Plan Times Reporter: Alleged Kavanaugh Victim Doesn’t Remember Incident Because ‘She Was Drunk’ Duka and Koski started their business in 2015. The women hold that while they are willing to sell to and assist gay customers, they would not be willing to produce artwork that contradicts their beliefs. The city of Phoenix, however, has an ordinance that would penalize each of them for up to $2,500 per day and six months of jail time if they violated the nondiscrimination law. The city of Phoenix expanded the 1964 ordinance in 2013 to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections.  In 2016, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against the city of Phoenix, representing Brush &...

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Questions, Not Answers, Surround U.S. Push To War With Iran

Questions, Not Answers, Surround U.S. Push To War With Iran Authored by Tom Luongo, When President Trump fired National Security Adviser John Bolton last week rational people the world over cheered. When there was news that Trump would meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in a few weeks there were sighs of relief. When Benjamin Netanyahu goes to Moscow to get Vladimir Putin’s blessing to continue airstrikes in Syria was told no, the world said, “Finally! Enough is enough.” The problem is that there were also very powerful people who were not happy about these things. Moreover, there are a lot of nervous people out there worried that Tuesday’s election in Israel will not go the way they want it. A lot of people have invested a lot of time and money in ensuring Netanyahu stays in power. And I don’t just mean Bibi himself, who will likely go to jail on corruption charges if he doesn’t win. I mean a lot of people in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and in Europe, all of the places where anti-Russian, anti-Iranian and pro-Israeli sentiments abound. And this brings up the main question I always have in the wake of one of these major escalations of tensions with the country currently catching the Twin Eyes of Sauron in D.C. and Tel Aviv. Why do they always seem to...

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