From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
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"KING OF THE WEST 2019 NOVEMBER"

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KING OF THE WEST 2019 NOVEMBER


2019 NOVEMBER


11/1/2019 Oil down $0.88 to $54.18, DOW down 140 to 27,046.

11/1/2019 Islamic State announces new leader by Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
    The Islamic State group Thursday announced its new leader, less than a week after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up during a raid by U.S. forces on his compound in Syria.
    The announcement was reported by the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors the online content of extremist militant groups such as ISIS.
    Site said that al-Baghdadi had been succeeded by Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, who was described as “caliph.”    Few details about al-Qurayshi were provided in a message that also marked the first time ISIS confirmed al-Baghdadi’s death.
    The death of the group’s spokesman, Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir, was also confirmed.
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that al-Muhajir, a Saudi Arabian national, had been “terminated by American troops” in a separate operation.
    Al-Baghdadi was from Iraq. Al-Qurayshi’s nationality is not known.
    According to Site, ISIS warned Americans not to rejoice in al-Baghdadi’s killing as it would continue the Islamic State mission around the world.

11/1/2019 GOP: Morrison testimony undercuts Democrat arguments by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., speaks with members of the media, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019,
on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    North Carolina congressman Mark Meadows said Thursday’s impeachment witness gave testimony which contradicts the account given by Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.    The National Security Council’s former top Russian expert, Timothy Morrison, reportedly told the investigating committees about the Ukraine phone call with President Trump and the Ukraine leader.
    “Mr. Morrison’s testimony is very damaging to the Democrat narrative, that’s why you haven’t seen any leaks from my democrat colleagues today.” — Sen. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.)
    According to his opening statement, Morrison said “let me be clear, I was not concerned anything illegal was discussed.”    However, a leak from the deposition said Morrison declined to say whether the action was in fact “legal” in his view.    The GOP is now saying Morrison’s testimony undermines past witness statements.
    “I know that surprises you that they’ve all of a sudden gotten quiet today, because this particular witness has been very credible and has given evidence that would suggest that some of the other witnesses have been less than candid,” said Meadows
.
    Democrats are also claiming victory from Morrison’s testimony, saying he corroborated the testimony of acting Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor.    Taylor previously said the president tried to use his office to get Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.    Morrison, like Vindman, was one of the few officials allowed to listen in on the call and he says the transcript provided by the White House is accurate to his recollection.
Former top national security adviser to President Donald Trump, Timothy Morrison, arrives for a
closed door meeting to testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Ohio congressman Jim Jordan now anticipates the release of Morrison’s testimony.
    “The deposition was really positive and I look forward to this transcript whenever the chairman decides to release,” he stated.    “I look forward to this transcript getting public…there’s a lot that we could, a lot of good information that we got from Mr. Morrison.”
    The Republicans will reportedly get their wish. House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff announced Thursday night he expects the hard copy transcripts of most of the witness depositions to be released to the public starting next week.

11/1/2019 President Trump heading to Miss. to gain support for state GOP ahead of elections by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump departs O’Hare International Airport after speaking at the International Association of Chiefs
of Police Annual Conference and Exposition, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is gearing up for a Friday night rally in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he will be showing his support for the state’s Republican nominee for governor — Tate Reeves.    This comes just days before the state’s general elections with state Republicans hoping the president’s visit will help boost their chances of winning.
    The state’s gubernatorial race has been tight with recent polls showing Lt. Governor Reeves beating out his Democrat contender, state attorney general Jim Hood, by just a few percentage points.    However, President Trump was overwhelmingly popular in Mississippi in the 2016 election and Reeves has said he welcome’s the commander-in-chief’s endorsement with open arms.
    The president’s endorsement yesterday made it the biggest day in our campaign, President Trump is extremely popular in Mississippi,” he stated.    “President Trump almost got 60 percent of the vote when he ran for president in 2016 — I’m honored to have President Trump’s endorsement.”
    Recent polling data for the state shows 54 percent of Mississippi voters approve of President Trump’s job performance while in office and 56 percent oppose his impeachment.
    Last week, Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for Reeves in Mississippi and Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to make an appearance in the Magnolia State next week.
FILE – Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves responds to a question during the second televised gubernatorial debate
with Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood in Columbus, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
    Friday’s event is also being billed as a ‘Keep America Great’ rally, which means it likely won’t be all about Mississippi’s gubernatorial race.    In fact, the president is likely to touch on the House Democrat’s decision to formalize the impeachment investigation.    The House passed the resolution Thursday in a 232 to 196 vote.    No Republicans voted in favor, while two Democrats sided with the GOP.
    With most voters in the state of Mississippi being against impeachment, the recent decision is likely to score points for Reeves.

11/1/2019 Unemployment fell to new record low for African Americans in October by OAN Newsroom
(AP Photo/John Amis)
    The Trump administration has marked another record breaking month for African American unemployment numbers.    The jobless rate for black Americans fell to 5.4 percent in the month of October, which is the lowest ever on record.
    When broken down by gender, unemployment for black men hit a record low of 5.1 percent and black women saw their numbers hold steady at 4.8 percent.
    President Trump touted his administration’s economic success last month at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House, saying:
    “But you remember, I’d make speeches and I’d go through the list…I’d be talking about the African American community and I’d go through a list of worst poverty levels ever, worst crime ever, worst schools ever…at one big rally I had 25,000 people and I said ‘go with me what the hell do you have to lose?’ You went with me and now you have the best employment numbers you’ve ever had, the best poverty numbers and so its good.”
    This is the third consecutive month of record low unemployment for the black community with the previous record set in August at 5.5 percent.
    Graphic shows the national unemployment rate, job gains and the labor participation rate from the current jobs report.

11/1/2019 Trump may read summary of Ukraine call in ‘fireside chat’: interview by Doina Chiacu
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges a guest during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the
East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 30, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “READ THE TRANSCRIPT!” U.S. President Donald Trump exhorts regularly on Twitter, referring to a telephone call with Ukraine’s president that led to an impeachment inquiry.    Now he is threatening to do just that – on live television.
    Trump told the Washington Examiner he would not cooperate with congressional impeachment proceedings and might read out loud a transcript of a July 25 call in which Trump asks President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a domestic political rival.
    “This is over a phone call that is a good call,” Trump told the Examiner in an interview.    “At some point, I’m going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it.    When you read it, it’s a straight call.”
    Trump’s reference to the fireside chat recalled the informal evening radio addresses President Franklin D. Roosevelt used to reassure Americans facing hardships during the Great Depression – a far cry from a U.S. president defending himself against impeachment.
    The Trump administration in September released a detailed summary of the 30-minute call – not a precise transcript – based on notes taken by aides, as Democrats in the House of Representatives began looking into Trump’s call following a whistleblower complaint.
    The House, which is controlled by Democrats, approved rules on Thursday for the next, more public, stage in the inquiry into the Republican president’s attempt to have Ukraine investigate a domestic political rival.
    The inquiry centers on whether Trump solicited foreign interference and aid in a U.S. election, which federal law prohibits.    Democrats are also investigating whether Trump withheld $391 million in American aid to vulnerable Ukraine, who faced a military threat from Russian-backed separatists, as leverage to get Zelenskiy to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.    Hunter Biden sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.    There has been no evidence of wrongdoing on their part.
    Current and former Trump administration officials have testified behind closed doors that the White House went outside normal diplomatic channels to pressure Zelenskiy to investigate the Bidens.
    Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.    He said his administration would continue to not honor document requests and subpoenas.
    He told the Examiner he would fight back with a defense of the Ukraine call and use his well-honed art of the slogan, offering T-shirts emblazoned with “Read the transcript.”
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry)

11/1/2019 U.S. disappointed by WTO decision allowing China to slap trade sanctions on U.S. goods
Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near The Bund, before U.S. trade delegation meet their
Chinese counterparts for talks in Shanghai, China July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is disappointed by a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that China may slap compensatory sanctions on U.S. imports worth $3.579 billion annually for the U.S. failure to remove anti-dumping duties, a U.S. official said on Friday.
    The decision by the three-member arbitration panel “overstates the amount of the impact on China,” the official said, adding that Washington believed the WTO’s approach had “no foundation in economic analysis.”
    The Trump administration would actively consult within the U.S. government and with stakeholders on how to move forward, the official said.    The case would not have any impact on ongoing trade discussions between the United States and China, the official added.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

11/1/2019 Report: Vindman told to keep quiet by OAN Newsroom
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, departs a
closed door meeting after testifying as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump,
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    A key witness in Democrats’ impeachment effort is claiming he was told not to talk about the phone call between the U.S. and Ukrainian presidents.    A Friday Politico report said National Security Council official Alexander Vindman was given the advice by White House lawyer John Eisenberg.
    The July 25th phone call is at the center of Democrats’ efforts to impeach the president.    Vindman said it was his job to coordinate interagency procedures.    The Army officer said he raised concerns about President Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.    While testifying before the House this week, he reportedly claimed that the call transcript was missing key information.
    “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” stated Vindman.    “I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play — which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”
    Since his testimony, the officer has been on the receiving end of attacks.    Republican lawmakers came to his defense.
    “We need to make sure we are abiding by the Constitution,” stated Representative Liz Cheney.    “Just because the Democrats refuse to do that doesn’t mean that we ought to let ourselves be drug down to the level at which they’re operating – we won’t do that as Republicans.”
    Vindman allegedly also told lawmakers he didn’t view the command as evidence of a cover-up.    His colleague Tim Morrison said members of the National Security Council feared leaks, which could explain the official’s remarks.

11/1/2019 U.S. officials looking into new ISIS leader by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by the White House, President Donald Trump is joined by from left, national security
adviser Robert O’Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary mark Esper, Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Mark Milley and Brig. Gen. Marcus Evans, Deputy Director for Special Operations on the Joint Staff,
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. (Shealah Craighead/The White House via AP)
    U.S. counterterrorism officials are saying they’re working to get more information on the supposed new leader of ISIS.    During a Friday news conference, U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales said authorities are looking into the leader, as well as his role in the organization and where he came from.
    “ISIS remains a top national security priority,” stated Sales.    “We’re aware of the fact that it has selected a new leader.”
    The coordinator said there’s nothing to announce publicly yet, but emphasized the critical nature of these transitions of power.    He went on to say officials want to make sure they have the latest information to confront the threat effectively.
    “We will continue to subject that organization to unrelenting counterterrorism pressure, using all the tools of national power,” stated Sales.    “We will dismantle the group, regardless of who its leadership cadre is.”
    This comes after ISIS named Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as the new Caliph on Thursday.    Al-Qurayshi has since praised deceased leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as a martyr.

11/1/2019 Trump campaign raises $3 million on day Democrats vote for impeachment inquiry by OAN Newsroom
Brad Parscale, campaign manager to President Donald Trump, speaks to supporters during
a panel discussion, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    President Trump’s campaign is saying it raised millions of dollars on the same day Democrats voted for an impeachment inquiry.    In a Friday tweet, campaign manager Brad Parscale said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment resolution turned into a massive fundraising boom for the president.
    Parscale claimed the campaign raised $3 million online in just one day, totaling to $19 million in funds raised over the course of the month.    Parscale went on to say that the “impeachment scam” is already backfiring.
    This comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats are considering other controversies beyond Ukraine as part of their impeachment inquiry.    In a Friday interview, Pelosi gave an update on where her caucus stands in its investigation.    She said public hearings tied to their inquiry could start as soon as this month.
    The House speaker said the decision to file articles of impeachment will ultimately be decided by the committees leading the impeachment probe.    However, she added they’re not ruling anything out.
    “What we’re talking about now is taking us into a whole other class of objection to what the president has done,” stated Pelosi.    “There were 11 obstruction of justice provisions in the Mueller report — perhaps some of them will be part of this.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters just before the House vote on a resolution to formalize the
impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Efforts to gather evidence against the president have centered on a whistleblower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine.    Democrats have unified around the issue, though many expressed support for impeachment following the release of the Mueller report.    After the probe wrapped up, the DOJ determined the president committed no collusion and no obstruction.
    President Trump continues to refute any wrongdoing and took to Twitter Friday to berate the House speaker’s “corrupt leadership.”

11/1/2019 Kudlow touts October job growth, shuts down rumors about Federal Reserve chair by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside the
White House, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is touting the strong job growth in October.    Kudlow reiterated the president’s claim that the U.S. added 303,000 new jobs last month.
    In addition to the 128,000 jobs reported by the Labor Department, Kudlow said the White House is counting the 95,000 upward revisions for the previous two months, a 60,000 adjustment for the General Motors strike and 20,000 for census workers.
    The official October jobs report was released Friday morning.    Job growth reportedly exceeded expectations while the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.6 percent. President Trump took to Twitter to share his enthusiasm over the report’s findings.

Graphic shows change in federal funds rate since 2002. (AP via Federal Reserve)
    Kudlow also shut down rumors about the possibility of President Trump firing the Federal Reserve chairman.    The adviser told reporters that the president has made his views on Jerome Powell clear, but that there are currently no plans to get rid of him.
    He expressed optimism in the direction the Federal Reserve is taking to reduce interest rates to a more competitive level with the rest of the world.
    “Monetary policy is in a much better direction now,” stated Kudlow.    “The target rate is down to 1.5,…the monetary base is expanding (and) the yield curve is upward sloping — these are positive signs.”
    This comes after the Federal Reserve announced another round of interest rate cuts on Wednesday.    This marks the third cut made this year.     They have since drawn criticism from President Trump, who berated the Fed for putting the U.S. economy at a “competitive disadvantage.”

11/2/2019 Oil up $1.98 to $56.12, DOW up 301 to 27,347 another record.

11/2/2019 Paul says whistleblower is ‘Biden’s point man on Ukraine’ - Wants person under oath about corruption by Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Sen. Rand Paul is calling for the subpoena of the whistleblower at the heart of the presidential impeachment inquiry after his alleged identity was revealed in a report.
    Real Clear Investigations, which is part of the nonprofit RealClearFoundation, published an article Wednesday that allegedly identifies the person whose complaint was revealed last month in connection to a July call President Donald Trump took part in with Ukranian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
    In the call, Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate, and his son, Hunter Biden, who had served on the board of an energy company in Ukraine.
    “It is being reported that the whistleblower was Joe Biden’s point man on Ukraine,” Paul wrote in a tweet Thursday afternoon.    “It is imperative the whistleblower is subpoenaed and asked under oath about Hunter Biden and corruption.”
    The name being reported may or may not be true.    No major media outlet is reporting the name.    Paul is one of several officials in Washington, including Trump, to call for the identity of the whistleblower to be released.
    But in an op-ed penned in The Washington Post on Monday, Andrew Bakaj and Mark Zaid – who represent the whistleblower – said his identity “is no longer relevant.”
    “Because our client has no additional information about the president’s call, there is no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow,” the two wrote.
    This is not the first time Paul, a Kentucky Republican, has called for the whistleblower to come forward.
    “Ultimately, if someone’s going to accuse you of something that’s going to bring down a presidency, I think we deserve to know who that person is,” Paul said at an event in Mayfield, Kentucky, in early October, according to footage published by Paducah-area TV station WPSD.
    “Our criminal justice system is usually predicated upon if I accuse you of something, I’ve got to show up in court and accuse you of it.”
    Contact Ben Tobin at bjtobin@gannett.com and 502-582-4181 or follow on Twitter @TobinBen.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: subscribe.courier-journal.com.
[WHOEVER THE COWARD IDIOT WHO STARTED THIS WHOLE THING SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT BUT NOW THAT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THEIR CLAIM IS NOT CREDIBLE AND SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION FOR DUE PROCESS AND IF NOT THEN THAT IS JUST MORE PROOF THAT THE ATTEMPT TO IMPEACH TRUMP BY THE DEEP STATE IS OBVIOUS AS WELL AS THIS FAKE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.]

11/2/2019 DOJ releases 500 pages of Mueller investigation memos by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, April 18, 2019, file photo, a sign for the Department of Justice hangs in the
press briefing room at the Justice Department, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    The Department of Justice has released 500 pages of documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election.
    The documents came Saturday in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act suits filed by BuzzFeed News and CNN.    The collection included recorded communications between key Trump administration members and summaries of FBI interviews of witnesses.    BuzzFeed said new records will be released every month for the next eight years.
    The DOJ has reportedly pushed back against releasing the full amount of documents created, saying it could total 18 billion pages.
    The release comes almost exactly one month after the DOJ said it would release the memos, which were described as the backbone of the Mueller report.    The department had previously released a shorter, redacted version back in April, which alleged that the special counsel found no “conclusive” evidence of obstruction of justice.

11/2/2019 DOJ denies claims in Flynn case, defends firing of FBI’s McCabe by OAN Newsroom
Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status
conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The Justice Department is shooting down claims that lawmakers “set up” former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.    In a Friday court filing, the DOJ said allegations of institutional abuse against Flynn are “divorced from the facts.”
    The 46 page document came in response to a court filing made last week.    Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, argued the adviser was entrapped by Obama holdovers, such as former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI agent Peter Strzok.    Powell said Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page manipulated interview notes to claim Flynn lied when he hadn’t.
    Earlier in the week, the attorney laid out the evidence against the FBI officials on One America News.
    “I attached a number of exhibits, including a comparison of the FBI interview form between February 10 and 11th that shows dramatic changes to it,” stated Powell.    “We included as exhibits the raw notes of the FBI agents and our own transcription of them.”
    The DOJ has rejected the accusations, saying they gave Flynn multiple opportunities to tell the truth.    Flynn’s lawyers said they plan on responding to the court filing in the near future.
FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee
hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    The Justice Department is also defending the 2018 firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.    After a “lengthy investigation,” the DOJ said Friday that McCabe lacked honesty in interviews with investigators and agents.    It said the standard penalty for these actions is removal from the agency.
    McCabe was fired in 2018 after allegedly being less than honest about his role in an FBI probe of the Clinton Foundation.    The former FBI official has claimed his removal was part of a plan by President Trump to remove DOJ and FBI employees who were not politically loyal to him.

11/2/2019 House Democrats discuss controversial bills amid coverage of impeachment by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, is followed by members of media as she leaves the House Chamber after announcing
that the House votes 232-196 to pass resolution on impeachment procedure to move forward into the next phase of the
impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    The impeachment inquiry is in full swing and Democrats are reportedly taking advantage of the opportunity to pass a whole host of new bills.    The legislation is focused on controversial issues such as religious freedom, gun rights, and tax increases.
    The biggest measure under fire is the Equality Act of 2019, which was passed by the House in May.    The bill seeks to achieve legal equality for the LGBTQ community under federal civil rights legislation.    This means if the act is implemented, sexual orientation would be treated as the same as race in the eyes of the law.
Supporters of the LGBT gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Conservatives have noted the threat it poses to medical practices and religious freedom.
    “This law — for the very first time — specifically says you cannot use the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a claim or defense,” stated Liberty Counsel Chairman Mathew Staver.    “It literally guts religious freedom.”
    The Equality Act would reportedly force hospitals and insurers to provide and pay for therapies against medical objections.
    “The Equality Act would create the opportunity for anyone who identifies as transgender to sue doctors who don’t prescribe the hormonal treatment or perform the surgical interventions,” explained Heritage Foundation attorney Emilie Kao.    “It would create incredible pressure on the medical profession.”
    The bill reportedly could also lead to the dismantling of gender-only spaces, such as public bathrooms and sex-specific sports.    There are concerns it could possibly shut down numerous faith-based charities and adoption agencies as well.
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo, three variations of the AR-15 rifle are displayed at the
California Department of Justice in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    Another hotly contested bill is allegedly aiming to restrict the Second Amendment.    House Democrats are seeking to enact the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 to regulate assault weapons, enhance, background checks and strengthen red flag procedures.
    Lawmakers are also debating the Medicare for All Act of 2019, which was first introduced in February.    The bill aims to improve Medicare coverage and provide comprehensive health care plans nationwide.    Reports claimed the Medicare for All Act is broader and could be implemented more quickly than the Medicare plan put forth by Senator Bernie Sanders.    Funding for the bill and its future has yet to be discussed.
    Other legislation that has been introduced amid the impeachment inquiry includes a bill seeking to dissolve the Electoral College, a measure authorizing pay raises for federal workers and the federal Green New Deal.
[The Democrats besides trying to usurp Trump with a phoney impeachment inquiry because he is screwing their Globalist agenda that they are now trying to pass an Equality Pact to take away our First Amendment rights of religious freedom, then our right to bear arms as the Second Amendment gives to us gun rights, changing the founders voting rules to gain an advantage and also trying to increase our taxes for their spending nightmare that is being promoted by their 2020 presidential runners of a nightmare Green New Deal.].

11/2/2019 Whistleblower’s attorney threatens legal action by OAN Newsroom
The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The whistleblower’s legal team is saying it won’t hesitate to take legal action against media outlets that identify him.    Speaking to the Daily Caller, the whistleblower’s attorneys said any organization that reports his name will be personally liable if that person is physically harmed.
    This comes after RealClear Investigations suggested the whistleblower could be Eric Ciaramella.    Ciaramella is reportedly a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.    His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
    “I’ve heard the name.    CNN has the name.    The White House has the name.    House Intel Committee has a name.    Who is this guy being protected from?    The American people.    …We should talk about this right now.” – Fred Fleitz, former CIA analyst
    The whistleblower’s legal team noted that there’s no law banning media outlets from identifying whistleblowers.    They instead said the decision comes down to “ethics and professionalism.”

11/2/2019 Senate eyes search result transparency bill by OAN Newsroom
In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo a woman types on a keyboard in New York. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
    Senate lawmakers are pushing for more transparency regarding the way Americans obtain their information online. The Filter Bubble Transparency Act would require internet search engines to disclose the fact they’re using algorithms to filter results.    Senator John Thune filed the bipartisan legislation bill on Thursday.
    The bill would also promote more user choice by providing people with an option to receive fewer filtered results.    The move is prompted by criticisms that online and social media results are altered.
    Senator Thune has been a proponent for transparency in this regard. He voiced his stance to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last year.
    “I’m not convinced that Facebook’s users have the information they need to make meaningful choices,” stated Thune.
In the past, many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been willing to defer to tech companies’ efforts to regulate themselves – this may be changing.”
    If passed, the Federal Trade Commission would be put in charge of enforcing the legislation.    However, there’s no set plan for the bill to be taken up by the upper chamber just yet.
In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 photo, a Facebook app is shown on a smartphone in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

11/3/2019 Rep. Speier: Trump-Ukraine transcripts to be released this coming week by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., arrives before former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor testifies in a closed door meeting as part
of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Democrat Congresswoman Jackie Speier is hyping up the so-called “impeachment hoax” against President Trump.
    During a Sunday interview, she said full transcripts of the president’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart could be released within the next couple days.
    “I think you’re going to see all of the transcripts that are going to be released, probably within the next five days,” stated Speier.    “They’re going to be very telling to the American people.”
    The documents reportedly will include deposition transcripts provided by President Trump’s legal team.    Speier insisted these transcripts may show evidence of a quid pro quo.    She said it remains unclear if President Trump had what she’s calling “corrupt intent.”
    “Corrupt intent is defined, in part, by whether or not the president has lied,” said Speier.    “He has lied over and over again that there was no quid pro quo, …but he was withholding money from Ukraine.”
    The congresswoman didn’t say if the transcripts mentioned Joe Biden’s corruption in Ukraine in the context of an alleged quid pro quo.    However, she did admit it was the Ukrainian side that said it would investigate the Bidens and CrowdStrike.
FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, a White House-released memorandum of President Donald Trump’s July 25, 2019,
telephone conversation with Ukraine’s newly elected president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, released Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow, File)
    This announcement comes days after President Trump voiced his potential interest in sharing the transcript with the American people by way of a fireside chat.    During a Thursday interview, the president said he might read the transcript of the July 25th call live on television.    The reading would be held as a fireside chat, recreating the famous broadcasts delivered by President Franklin Roosevelt.
    “At some point, I’m going to sit down — perhaps as a fireside chat on live television — and I will read the transcript of the call,” stated President Trump.    “People have to hear it — when you read it, it’s a straight call.”
    The president said he would read the call aloud to Americans to demonstrate that it was not what House Democrats alleged it to be.    He went on to slam the left-wing party, saying the impeachment inquiry sets a “terrible precedent for other presidents.”

11/3/2019 OAN gives alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella the opportunity to deny media claims by OAN Newsroom
    One America News reporter Neil W. McCabe followed up on information from multiple sources that the alleged whistleblower, Eric Ciaramella, was hiding out at his parents’ home in Connecticut.
    After McCabe knocked on the front door and rang the doorbell, a man who gave the same name as Ciaramella’s father drove up and spoke to McCabe in the driveway.    He acknowledged that he knew Eric and asked McCabe for his business card.
    McCabe also called two numbers associated with the family at that address and left a message with each.    At the end of this news package, McCabe tells the so-called whistleblower he is welcome to respond to OAN.
    Ciaramella is a CIA analyst, who was assigned to the National Security Council staff’s Ukraine desk at the White House.    In addition to being a vocal advocate for more aid to Ukraine, the analyst was reported to have also advised then-Vice President Joe Biden, when Biden held sway over America-Ukraine relations.

11/3/2019 President Trump: Reveal the whistleblower and end the impeachment hoax by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon arrival at the White House
in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    President Trump has accused the “fake news media” of shielding the whistleblower’s identity.    In a Sunday tweet, the president said the whistleblower “got it so wrong” and added that he must come forward.
    He claimed the media outlets know the identity of the whistleblower, but refuse to reveal him because there would be “hell to pay” from the Democrat Party.
    The president went on to criticize the so-called whistleblower for their political bias.    He highlighted recent reports, which suggested the person in question was an Obama appointee with anti-Trump views.
    “I don’t know if that’s true or not, but they said is he’s an Obama person,” stated President Trump.    “But he was like a big, big anti-Trump person — they said terrible things.”
    He has consistently called for the individual to be identified since the complaint first surfaced earlier this year.
    Following these remarks, President Trump praised One America News for our commitment to straightforward facts and quality journalism.    The president cited our very own investigative reporter Pearson Sharp and his special report.    He said it would be great if “legitimate sections of law enforcement” would look into our investigative pieces.
    President Trump went on to say, “I wish more people were seeking the facts and the truth.”
    This follows a recent report from RealClear Politics, which claimed that the whistleblower could be Eric Ciaramella. Ciaramella is reportedly a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.    His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
    Following the release of the report, Ciaramella’s legal team issued a statement.    Attorneys Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj said they can “neither confirm nor deny the identity of the Intelligence Community Whistleblower.” They went on to caution against speculation, claiming that it can cause harm to any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower.
    “Disclosure of the name of any person who may be suspected to be the whistleblower places that individual and their family in great physical danger,” read the statement.    "Behavior is at the pinnacle of irresponsibility and is intentionally reckless.”
    The whistleblower’s legal team noted that there’s no law banning media outlets from identifying whistleblowers.    They instead said the decision comes down to “ethics and professionalism.”

11/4/2019 Oil prices creep higher on tentative U.S.-China hopes by Shadia Nasralla
FILE PHOTO: The sun sets behind an oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, France September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
    LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices crept upwards on Monday, with Brent reaching its highest in more than a month after the previous day’s boost from growing expectations of a U.S.-China trade deal and Iran flagging OPEC discussions of a deeper output cut next month.
    Brent crude futures for January rose 80 cents to $62.49 a barrel by 1203 GMT, erasing earlier losses and reaching peaks last seen on Sept. 27.    December U.S. crude futures also swung back into positive territory, up 64 cents at $56.84 a barrel.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump have been in continuous touch through “various means”, China said on Monday, when asked when and where the two leaders might meet to sign a trade deal.
    On Friday prices jumped by about $2 a barrel after U.S. officials said a deal could be signed this month.
    “For all of Friday’s feel-good factor, there is no guarantee that they will put pen to paper before the end of the year.    This could be problematic, given that U.S. tariffs planned for Dec. 15 remain on the table,” PVM analysts said in a note.
    Capping gains, euro zone factory activity contracted sharply last month as demand was dented by the trade war and continued lack of clarity over Britain’s departure from the European Union, a survey showed.
    “The oil market faces ample supplies with global demand almost stagnant and supplies rising,” said Norbert Rucker, head of economics at Swiss bank Julius Baer.
    “We (…) see oil prices trading around $60 per barrel in the near term and lower longer term.”
    In an effort to prop up oil prices, production cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Russia and other producers since January have reduced oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day.
    Yet Russia again fell short of its obligations under the pact, energy ministry data showed on Saturday.
    OPEC’s output recovered in October from an eight-year low after a rapid rebound in Saudi Arabia’s production from attacks on its oil infrastructure in September, offsetting losses in Ecuador and voluntary cuts under the pact.
    On Monday, however, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying that he expects further production cuts to be agreed at the next meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in December.
    Saudi Aramco finally kick-started its initial public offering on Sunday, but valuations vary by more than $1 trillion, according to fund managers.
    Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s Supreme Petroleum Council on Monday approved the launch of a new pricing mechanism for Abu Dhabi National Oil Co’s flagship Murban crude.
(Additional reporting by Florence Tan in SINGAPORE; Editing by David Goodman and Louise Heavens)

11/4/2019 Austin, Texas launches homeless clean-up after call from government to address issue by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A homeless person naps on a sidewalk. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Texas Department of Transportation officials are working with law enforcement to launch an effort to clean up Austin’s homeless encampments.    The operation started Monday after officials spent last week posting fliers warning the homeless they would have to move in order to facilitate the clean-up.
    The move came after Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the city to address the growing homelessness crisis at the beginning of last month.    He pointed out how businesses couldn’t keep their streets clear and homeowners were feeling threatened as homeless individuals were interfering with sidewalks and rights of way.
    The city has reportedly been struggling on how to address homelessness after a new ordinance went into effect late last month, stopping the city from enforcing camping rules unless each person camping illegally is identified and is given an opportunity to take advantage of housing services.    Since a camping ban was repealed over the summer, officials say homeless people have become more visible and have begun camping in public spaces.
    Austin Mayor Steve Adler responded to the governor’s call, saying the city is ready to address the problem head-on.
    “We will only become like LA and Seattle if we don’t fix this problem…if we do as those cities did and just hide the problem, leaving people in the least safe places, and pretend like the challenge doesn’t exist or doesn’t deserve the resources or the commitment to actually fix it,” he stated.
    The Texas Department of Transportation said the clean-up will be fluid as locations and times will vary.    Personal items like cell phones and backpacks will be held for 30 days after cleanings, but things like mattresses will be thrown away for health reasons.    Officials said they are not asking people to move permanently, but individuals will have to move from beneath underpasses while they are cleaned.
    “It’s a case-by-case basis, right?    If we determine there’s a situation that could result in injury to a person or injury to our infrastructure, of course, we would act on that.” — Diann Hodges, spokeswoman – Texas Department of Transportation
    Officials said they would work with the homeless on a voluntary basis, but those who don’t comply could be cited or arrested.    Some homeless individuals said they plan on returning to spots like under bridges and overpasses.    They pointed out the law doesn’t address locations like that and there’s no law preventing them from going back.    Transportation officials said its limited in what it can do.     Permanently removing people from some locations would require a new law from the city or state.

11/4/2019 President Trump’s legal team to take N.Y. tax returns case to SCOTUS by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during the
Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    New York prosecutors have continued to push President Trump to turn over his tax returns. However, the president and his lawyers have fought back.    They say there is no requirement for him to release his financial records.    The president’s legal team is now taking the battle to the Supreme Court after a federal court in New York rejected their appeal to keep his tax returns private.
    Democrat Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is requesting the president turn over eight years worth of his corporate and personal tax returns.    The request is part of a criminal investigation into alleged hush money payments made to two women, who claim they had an affair with the president before he was elected.
    The president fired back with a lawsuit to block the subpoena the district attorney sent to his accounting firm.    The president’s legal team has argued he has absolute immunity from prosecution while in office and even from his conduct before he was elected.    On Monday, however, the judges on the U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals ruled the president is not immune from criminal investigations while in office.    The ruling requires the president’s accounting firm to hand over the documents requested by the district attorney’s office.
    The president’s lawyer Jay Sekulow issued a statement, saying: “the decision of the Second Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court… the issue raised in this case goes to the heart of our republic…. the constitutional issues are significant.”

11/4/2019 House Democrats release transcripts of Yovanovitch, McKinley testimony by OAN Newsroom
Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, center, arrives on Capitol Hill,
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Democrats have released the first transcripts of closed-door depositions in the impeachment inquiry.
    On Monday, the joint house committees released the transcripts of ousted Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who told lawmakers Rudy Giuliani was pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Biden’s months before the call between the two presidents.
    Transcripts were also released from Mike Pompeo’s former top aide Michael McKinley, who said he quit his position because he believed U.S. ambassadors were being used for politically motivated reasons.
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff spoke to reporters about some other excerpts from McKinley’s testimony.
    Schiff also announced the transcripts of former special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker and EU ambassador would be released on Tuesday.

11/5/2019 Oil up $0.34 to $56.54, DOW up 115 to 27,462 a new record for the Trump economy method.

11/5/2019 Transcripts released in impeachment probe - Former US envoy says she was being targeted by Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Laying out the anatomy of a chilling smear campaign, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House investigators in a transcript released Monday that Ukrainian officials warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other allies of President Donald Trump were planning to “do things, including to me” and were “looking to hurt” her.
    The former envoy, who was pushed out of her job in May on Trump’s orders, testified that a senior Ukrainian official told her that “I really need to watch my back.”    A transcript of her nine hours of testimony last month was released by the three committees leading Democrats’ impeachment probe into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
    In it, the career diplomat laid out for lawmakers what amounted to a sequence of events that led to her ouster.
    Yovanovitch offered new threads of information – including the potential that Trump was directly involved in a phone call with Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, and the Ukrainians dating back to January 2018 – while pushing back on Republican questions suggesting that she harbored opposition to Trump.
    She had been recalled from Kyiv before the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that’s at the center of the impeachment inquiry but was “surprised and dismayed” by what she understood from the transcript.
    Giuliani’s role in Ukraine was central to Yovanovitch’s testimony.    She said she was aware of an interest by Giuliani and his associates in investigating former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and gas company Burisma “with a view to finding things that could be possibly damaging to a presidential run,” as well as investigating the 2016 election and theories of Ukraine interference instead of Russian interference.
    Yovanovitch was recalled from Kyiv as Giuliani pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate corruption allegations against Biden and his son Hunter, who was involved with Burisma there.
    Asked directly if Giuliani was promoting investigations on Burisma and Biden, Yovanovitch said, “It wasn’t entirely clear to me what was going on.”
    More directly, she drew a link between Giuliani and two businessmen – Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have been indicted in the U.S. on charges stemming from campaign donations they made to U.S. politicians with foreign money – as part of the campaign to oust her.    She understood they were looking to expand their business interests in Ukraine “and that they needed a better ambassador to sort of facilitate their business efforts here.”
    Yovanovitch said she was told by Ukrainian officials last November or December that Giuliani was in touch with Ukraine’s former top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, “and that they had plans, and that they were going to, you know, do things, including to me.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified that a senior
Ukrainian official told her to watch her back. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

11/5/2019 Reports: Burisma lobbied Obama-era State Dept. to pressure Ukraine to fire top prosecutor by OAN Newsroom
Then-Vice President Joe Biden, right, and his son Hunter Biden,left, are pictured at a street
dedication ceremony in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Aug. 17, 2016. (Visar Kryeziu/AP Photo)
    New documents have revealed a massive lobbying effort at the Obama-era State Department by Ukrainian energy company Burisma.    The newly released State Department documents show Joe Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire its top prosecutor back in 2016, which is about a month after Burisma reached out to the agency.
    The company employed Biden’s son Hunter and was under an investigation by prosecutor Viktor Shokin at the time.    Ukraine suspected Burisma executives of money laundering and corruption.
Republican lawmakers have said the so-called whistleblower may have ties to Biden’s alleged corruption schemes.
    “The whistleblower, actually, is a material witness completely separate from being the whistleblower because he worked for Joe Biden.    He worked for Joe Biden at the same time Hunter Biden was receiving $50,000 a month.    So, the investigation into the corruption of Hunter Biden involves this whistleblower because he was there at the time.    Did he bring up the conflict of interest?    Was there discussion of this?    What was his involvement with the relationship between Joe Biden and the prosecutors?” — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)protect” the company from scrutiny.

11/5/2019 Don Jr.: Impeachment inquiry will ‘vindicate’ President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Donald Trump, Jr. speaks to supporters of his father, President Donald Trump,
during a panel discussion in San Antonio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    The president’s eldest son is confident President Trump will benefit from Democrat-led impeachment proceedings despite the party’s efforts to take him down.    In an interview Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. called out congressman Adam Schiff for controlling the narrative of the impeachment inquiry.    He said Schiff has been a long-time critic of President Trump, and his goal to provide evidence against him has fallen short.
    “When you look at what’s going on as it relates to the impeachment inquiry, you have Adam Schiff who’s been a known hater…this is a guy that for the past two years has been saying that he had information and he had evidence,” explained Don Jr.    “No one’s seen that evidence, he just keeps saying it — he’s being judge, jury, and executioner.”
    Republicans have condemned the way House Democrats have handled the impeachment inquiry, which prompted a resolution be passed to make the process public.    However, Don Jr., argued transparency isn’t something President Trump has struggled with.    He referenced voters to the transcript of the declassified July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.    He said this challenged the structure of the impeachment process, which he claimed disproportionately restricted Republican voices.
    Don Jr. has been an outspoken advocate for his father throughout his presidency, and even released a book titled “Triggered” to challenge ideas of the so-called left-leaning mainstream media.    As for his own possible run for office in the future, Don Jr. said he wouldn’t rule it out.

11/5/2019 Rep. Jordan: Facts have always been there in impeachment probe by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters about the ongoing House impeachment inquiry into President
Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    According to Republican congressman Jim Jordan, the facts have always been there regarding the Democrats’ closed-door impeachment inquiry.    While speaking to reporters Monday, Jordan reiterated the transcript of President Trump’s phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart displays clear facts that Democrats seem to ignore.
    House Democrats began releasing transcripts from those closed-door impeachment hearings on Monday, but Jordan has accused them of purposely leaking portions of those transcripts to the media in recent weeks.
    “The facts have been clear from the get go, those four fundamental facts that are never going to change, but we actually have said we want all the transcripts out versus what has taken place over the last three weeks,” he stated.    “Which is selective leaking of part of those transcripts by the Democrats, so we wanted them all to come out.”
    Transcripts from hearings with ambassadors Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland will be released Tuesday.

11/5/2019 House GOP seeks to block Iran sanctions waivers by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This photo shows a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak, 150 miles
(250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (Mehdi Marizad/Fars News Agency via AP, File)
    House Republicans are moving to dismantle the last remaining portions of the controversial Iran nuclear deal.    Congresswoman Liz Cheney will reportedly introduce legislation that would revoke sanctions waivers given to Iran by the Trump administration.
    The waivers allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, while negotiations between Washington and Tehran continue.    The legislation would signal a rare rebuke of the White House.    Members of the GOP, including Cheney, believe the waivers legitimize Iran’s program and uphold the Obama-era deal.
House Republican Conference chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference with other
Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    On the other hand, however, the State Department has said the waivers allow the U.S. to momentarily monitor Iran, although it has pulled them from other nations.
    “Today I am announcing we will no longer grant any exemptions, we’re going to zero across the board,” stated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.    “We will continue to enforce sanctions and monitor compliance, any nation or entity interacting with Iran should do its diligence and err on the side of caution — the risks are simply not going to be worth the benefits.”
    As it turns out, Senate Republicans are reportedly working on a bill similar to the one in the House.    It’s been almost a year since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 deal, but lawmakers have called on the White House to do more to undo it entirely.

11/5/2019 German Foreign Minister: Iran must reverse nuclear enrichment, engage in talks by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting state-run TV shows three versions of domestically-built
centrifuges in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant in Iran. Iran announced Tuesday,
Nov. 5, 2019, it would inject uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges it previously kept empty under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. (IRIB via AP, File)
    Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is urging Iran to draw back its nuclear activities.    While speaking in Budapest Monday, Maas said the Ayatollah regime must go back to complying with the 2015 nuclear deal and engage in talks with world powers to resolve disagreements.    The German diplomat went on to say Iran now risks breaking the entire accord and risks tougher sanctions by the European Union.
    Earlier this week, Tehran rejected any possibility of talks with the U.S. and called on the European Union to maintain business ties despite U.S. sanctions.    However, Maas says Iran cannot enrich uranium while having economic ties with the West at the same time.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a news conference, in Tunis, Tunisia, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
    “We are aware of Iran’s announcement to use so called modern centrifuges and it’s not that new,” he stated.     “Apparently, this is an implementation of what was already announced in the beginning of September to no longer comply with the nuclear accord in research and development — we view this as unacceptable.”     Maas also said Turkey must behave like a NATO member and stop supporting militant groups in Syria.    He added, Ankara may face an arms embargo by the European Union if it fails to deliver on its NATO commitments.

11/5/2019 EU spokesperson: The Paris agreement has strong foundations and is here to stay by OAN Newsroom
FILE – European Union flags flutter outside the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. (REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo)
    The European Union has affirmed it will continue to uphold the Paris climate agreement, following the Trump administration’s decision to begin the process of pulling out of the deal.    Paris climate agreement.
    During a press conference in Belgium Tuesday, European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said the world will continue to use the agreement to reduce C02 emissions.    She also said the organization regrets the U.S. notification that it will withdraw from the agreement.    Andreeva noted the U.S. could rejoin the agreement in the future if they chose to do so.
    “The Paris agreement has strong foundations and it is here to stay,” she stated.    “Its door remains open and we hope the U.S. will decide to pass it again one day, so we stand by the Paris agreement even if the U.S. does (not) because it is the most important international agreement on climate change.”
    The European Commission spokeswoman also claimed the agreement “unites the world in addressing the pressing challenges of climate change.”    This comes after the Trump administration filed paper work to exit the deal on Monday.

FILE – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation’s annual President’s Club Meeting in Washington.
The United States has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris
climate agreement. Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

11/6/2019 Oil up $0.69 to $57.23, DOW up 31 to 27,493 more records.

11/6/2019 ELECTION 2019 KENTUCKY RACES - BESHEAR CLAIMS WIN - Gov. Bevin refuses to concede in tightly contested race by Chris Kenning, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    In a nationally watched campaign, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear was neck and neck with Gov. Matt Bevin late Tuesday following a bitter race with potential implications for President Donald Trump.
    Around 9:45 p.m., Beshear tweeted a photo with his running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, saying, “Thank you, Kentucky.”
Minutes later, he declared victory to The Courier Journal and to supporters at a post-election rally.
    At 10 p.m., Bevin refused to concede despite being behind by more than 4,000 votes with all precincts reporting.
    Beshear, who campaigned on state issues such as teacher pay and health care, wrested key districts by casting Bevin as a bully whose acerbic style left him unpopular despite the state’s support for Trump.
    The election was widely seen as a bellwether that could predict how impeachment proceedings will impact the 2020 reelection bids of Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others who have yoked their political fortunes to the president.
    “People are hungry for a governor that listens more than he talks and solves more problems than he creates,” Beshear said Tuesday.
    Bevin’s campaign focus on national Republican issues such as opposition to abortion, clamping down on immigration and supporting gun rights ran up against his own unpopularity. He has battled with teachers and fellow Kentucky Republicans.
    Beshear, 41, opposed Bevin’s efforts to restrict abortion access and add work requirements and other limits to Medicaid expansion enacted by Beshear’s father, Gov. Steve Beshear.    He also supports casino gambling and restoring voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences, which bars 9% of the state’s residents from voting.
    Andy Beshear was able to flip rural counties that previously voted for Bevin and produced sizable leads in Louisville and Lexington.
    Trump had visited Lexington for an election eve rally to support Bevin, urging residents to vote for Bevin despite being “such a pain in the ass.”    On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, “Get out today and VOTE for @MattBevin and the entire Republican ticket!
    But some Democratic voters were plenty fired up too. Michael Jennings, told the Associated Press that he voted Democratic in hopes of sending an anti-Trump message.
    “If Kentucky can send a small flare up that we’re making the necessary turn, that’s a hopeful sign that would have reverberations far beyond our state,” he said.
    On Tuesday before polls closed, Bevin took to social media to criticize media outlets that “seem shocked” at how “competitive” the race was, saying that registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans.    A GOP governor has never been elected to a second term.
    But he still expected to win, saying that “Kentucky voters will send a LOUD & CLEAR message to America tonight that, regardless of our voter registration, we overwhelmingly love our country and our Constitution and our military and our law enforcement and our flag and we stand proudly with our @POTUS who loves America.”
    Other statewide offices went Republican.
    Daniel Cameron, 33, was elected as the first African American attorney general in Kentucky and first Republican to hold the job since World War II. He defeated Democrat Greg Stumbo, who formerly held the post and has served as Kentucky House speaker.
    Stumbo, who campaigned on his history of taking opioid makers to court and prosecution of crimes against children, criticized Cameron’s lack of experience in court.    But Cameron found success touting Trump’s endorsement in a campaign in which he also blamed Stumbo for the legislature’s failure to secure the state’s struggling pension system.
    The contest for secretary of state was won by Republican Michael Adams, an election-law attorney who had worked for McConnell and had called requiring a photo ID to vote his “highest policy priority.”
    He often criticized outgoing Democratic incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes, who was stripped of her voting powers on the Board of Elections this year and faced a series of allegations that she abused her power in office.
    He beat out Democrat Heather French Henry, the wife of former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and the winner of the Miss America pageant in 2000.    She also served as a top official in the state Department of Veterans Affairs under two governors.
    The other down-ballot races decided Tuesday were for treasurer, agriculture commissioner and auditor.
    Republican Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, known for promoting the growing hemp industry in Kentucky, handily dispatched Democrat Robert “Haley” Conway, a farmer from Scott County.    Quarles has expressed support for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes but said it should be decided by the legislature.
    Auditor Mike Harmon, a Republican known for his audits of state pension systems, was reelected a large margin against his Democratic challenger, Sheri Donahue, a cybersecurity expert whose platform included a promise to audit the RiverLink toll system overseeing the bridges in Louisville.
    Treasurer Allison Ball, a Republican, defeated Democrat challenger Michael Bowman, a bank executive.
    By 7 p.m., Kentucky’s Office of the Attorney General had received more than 80 calls on potential election law violations, calls that ranged from legal questions to allegations of fraud.    There were small glitches, such as when a ballot machine was down for an hour at Doss High School in southwestern Louisville.
    The key contest of the night was between Beshear and Bevin, who spent months trading barbs and insults in debates in a long-running political rivalry that often put them opposing each other in court.
    During the campaign, Beshear focused on such state issues such as jobs and education, including calling for allowing casino gambling to bring in badly needed revenue. And he sought to capitalize on Bevin’s fights with constituents, including teachers.
    Bevin has alienated teachers on several occasions during his term, including criticizing them for using sick days to rally at Kentucky’s Capitol and commenting that the resulting school closures likely meant a child somewhere had been left alone and sexually assaulted.
    “Matt Bevin doesn’t share our values.    He bullies our neighbors and attacks health care & public schools,” Beshear tweeted before the election.
    Dave Wasserman, an editor with the Cook Political Report, tweeted that “this was an all-around performance from Beshear (D)...or a well-rounded rejection of Bevin (R), depending on how you look at it.    Beshear (D) did what he needed to do in the coalfields/rurals and also did great for a Dem in northern KY/suburbs
    Democratic state Rep. Rocky Adkins said the governorship back in Democratic hands could boost the party’s efforts to win back the House.
    Grimes predicted that just 31% of Kentucky’s registered voters would go to the polls — at or slightly above turnout in the 2015 governor’s election.    Some polling places reported higher percentages during the day.
Democratic supporters celebrate as Attorney General Andy Beshear takes the lead on incumbent
Gov. Matt Bevin on election night as results roll in. MATT STONE/COURIER JOURNAL
Attorney General and Democratic candidate for Kentucky governor Andy Beshear casts his vote
at Knights of Columbus in Louisville on Tuesday morning. MICHAEL CLEVENGER/COURIER JOURNAL
Gov. Matt Bevin is greeted by a poll worker as he arrived at Anchorage Presbyterian Church to vote. PAT MCDONOGH/COURIER JOURNAL

11/6/2019 Stone’s criminal trial underway - Trump ally accused of role in Wikileaks release by Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative, will stand trial this week on accusations that he lied about his role as a middleman between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race.
    Stone, who has maintained his innocence, is among the most prominent allies of President Donald Trump to be charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.
    The spectacle of Stone’s trial, which began with jury selection Tuesday, could reinvigorate the Trump-Russia controversy as the president faces accusations that he sought to have another country, Ukraine, interfere in the 2020 election.
    Stone will face a jury at a federal courthouse across the street from the Capitol, where an impeachment inquiry has yielded testimony about the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.     The government’s evidence against Stone includes emails and text messages that show his efforts to learn about WikiLeaks’ plan to release damaging emails about Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 election. Prosecutors said they have messages in which Stone pressured a witness to scuttle his congressional testimony.
    Prosecutors contend Stone knew WikiLeaks had damaging information about Clinton’s campaign before the anti-secrecy group released a trove of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
    Stone told senior Trump campaign officials about WikiLeaks in the summer of 2016, according to prosecutors.    After the group published the DNC emails in late July, a campaign official was directed to contact Stone and ask about additional releases, according to court records.    Prosecutors have not said who directed that official.
    The indictment cites several emails and text messages between Stone and two associates: Jerome Corsi, a rightwing political commentator, and Randy Credico, a radio host who interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Contributing: Bart Jansen, Kevin Johnson and David Jackson
Roger Stone, second from right, arrives at a federal courthouse in Washington
on Tuesday. His wife, Nydia Stone, holds his arm. MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP

11/6/2019 IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY - Diplomats disagree on quid pro quo - Sondland testified military aid required promise of investigations, but Volker said no meeting withheld by Bart Jansen, Christal Hayes, Courtney Subramanian and Michael Collins, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – Two top U.S. diplomats who dealt with Ukraine disagreed in the House impeachment inquiry about how to characterize President Donald Trump’s demand for investigations of corruption in that country, according to transcripts released Tuesday.
    Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, testified Oct. 17 that he assumed urging Ukraine to investigate a political rival would be illegal, but that Trump had insisted there was no quid pro quo for Ukraine to receive military aid in exchange for an investigation.
        Sondland revised his statement Nov. 4 to acknowledge that he had communicated Sept. 1 to Andriy Yermak, a top aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, that military aid depended on a public statement committing to investigations sought by Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.
    “I now recall speaking individually with Mr. Yermak, where I said that resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks,” Sondland said.
    But Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, told lawmakers that he had never seen any proof that Trump withheld a meeting with Zelensky until that country launched investigations.     The competing testimony left Republicans dissecting what was said.
    “Seeing many overblown (and outright false) reports about Ambassador Sondland’s testimony,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., wrote on Twitter, noting that Sondland testified he didn’t know why that $400 million in military aid was held up and that he only “’PRESUMED’ it was because of corruption,” Meadows said.
    Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, posted a photo of the testimony on Twitter.    “We asked Amb. Volker, Special Envoy to Ukraine, ‘Did @POTUS ever withhold a meeting with President Zelensky ... until the Ukrainians committed to investigate the allegations ... concerning the 2016 election?’ Volker: ‘The answer to the question is no ... there was no linkage.’”    The House inquiry released the transcripts from among weeks of closeddoor depositions with Trump administration officials.    Sondland and Volker each spent nearly 10 hours behind closed doors fielding questions.
    The impeachment inquiry is focused on whether Trump urged Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who worked for the energy company Burisma, while withholding nearly $400 million in military aid from that country.    Trump has said he was justified urging the investigation of corruption, to prevent throwing good money after bad. But Democrats have argued that interfering with the 2020 election could be an impeachable offense.
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives for a joint interview
with House committees last month. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP

11/6/2019 Democrats claim victory in Ky. as GOP Gov. Matt Bevin refuses to concede by OAN Newsroom
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, right, with his wife Glenna, speaks to supporters gathered at the republican party
celebration event in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    The battle to be Kentucky’s governor might run into overtime.    This comes as the state’s Democrat candidate Andy Beshear currently leads the race against his Republican incumbent Matt Bevin.    According to Tuesday night reports, Bevin might call for a recount as he refuses to concede just yet.
    “Here’s the thing, understand this…we want the process to be followed and there is a process,” stated the Republican.    “We know for a fact that there have been more than a few irregularities.”
    The non-concession by Bevin comes as media outlets suggest his Democrat rival will officially win the race after all votes are counted.     However, reports say Beshear’s lead over Bevin is minimal and could easily slip as ballots continue to file in. Amid Bevin’s decision to wait it out, Beshear decided to jump the gun and declare victory.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with
lieutenant governor candidate Jacqueline Coleman, acknowledge supporters at the Kentucky Democratic Party election
night watch event, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
    “Tonight (Tuesday) voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear,” said Beshear.    “It’s a message that says our elections don’t have to be about right versus left, they are still about right versus wrong.”
    Bevin went on to say if the final results match presumptions about the race, he will respect the results.    Under state law, Bevin has 30 days to contest the election.

11/6/2019 Kellyanne Conway: Testimonies from House’s impeachment inquiry hearsay by OAN Newsroom
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks to reporters outside the West Wing
of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said the impeachment inquiry is “really an adult game of telephone.”    While speaking outside the White House Wednesday, she said the testimonies heard during Democrat’s ongoing inquiry are all hearsay.
    Conway went on to emphasize both President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart have ensured there was no quid pro quo, adding, Ukraine now has more military aid than it ever did under the Obama administration.    Meanwhile, the counselor to the president stated recent depositions arguing there was quid pro quo are based on presumptions and interpretations.     “Ladies and gentlemen you cannot impeach a president and remove him from office in a constitutional democracy censuring on the rule of law based on somebody saying they presumed and somebody else saying they interpreted,” she stated.
    Conway went on to argue that Americans should be more focused on the fact President Trump is getting stuff done.    She noted the president has secured funding for those with autism, has continued efforts to bring down drug prices, and has helped stump for GOP candidates during key elections.

11/6/2019 President Trump to hold rally in La. – OAN will stream event worldwide for free via KlowdTV by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Lexington, Ky., Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump is gearing up for the latest stop in his 2020 reelection bid. He will visit Monroe, Louisiana Wednesday night, where he is expected to deliver remarks to a crowd of supporters at a ‘Keep America Great’ rally.
    During his visit, the president is set to stump for businessman Eddie Rispone who is facing off against Democrat John Bel Edwards in the state’s gubernatorial elections next week.    The president has praised Rispone, saying he will stand with him to create jobs and protect the Second Amendment.

Candidate Eddie Rispone sits on set before the start of the Louisiana Governor’s runoff debate, Wednesday,
Oct. 30, 2019, at Louisiana Public Broadcasting in Baton Rouge, La. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP)
    The visit will mark the first time a sitting U.S. president has made an official visit to Monroe since Ronald Reagan back in 1983.    One America News will have full coverage of President Trump’s campaign rally starting at 8PM EST and 5PM PST.
    While the mainstream media refuses to carry President Trump’s speeches, One America News and KlowdTV will now stream them worldwide to anyone with an internet connection.    The service will be absolutely free!
    Go to KlowdTV.com now and sign up for “OAN World Events” just in time to watch the President’s speech from Monroe, Louisiana!

11/6/2019 Report: Top State Dept. official to testify politics prevented defense of Yovanovitch by OAN Newsroom
David Hale, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, to be interview for the impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The number three official at the State Department is expected to testify that politics prevented a full and clear defense of the ousted Ukrainian ambassador who was targeted by Rudy Giuliani and his associates.
    On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that David Hale will say under oath and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other high ranking diplomats determined that defending former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch would hurt the chances of unfreezing U.S. military aid to the country.    Hale said that determination is what kept the department silent amid Giuliani’s so-called smear campaign.
    Ohio congressman Jim Jordan blasted the inquiry ahead of the deposition.    He had this to say:
    “I trust the call, I trust President Zelensky and President Trump, and I trust the fact that the Ukrainians didn’t know that the aid had been held and the Ukrainians did nothing to get it released when it was released.    Those are the fundamental facts, but we got all this other noise that Mr. (Adam) Schiff wants to stir up that isn’t fundamentally critical to actually what took place.”
    According to sources close to the matter, Hale will also testify that he feared retaliation from Giuliani himself.

11/6/2019 Reeves wins Miss. gubernatorial election by OAN Newsroom
Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves addresses his supporters at a state GOP election night event, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019,
in Jackson, Miss. Reeves defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Republican Tate Reeves is the winner in Mississippi’s gubernatorial election.    Reeves took in 53 percent of the vote on Tuesday night, defeating Democrat state attorney general Jim Hood.
    Reeves previously served as Mississippi’s lieutenant governor, where he pushed for lower taxes and called himself the “fiscal watchdog.”    Following his win, the new governor thanked those who supported him in what was a tight race in the state.
    “It has been a long road, but it has been a good road and I want you to know that I understand that this victory does not belong to me,” said Reeves.    “This victory belongs to you.”
    Also scoring a win in Mississippi was Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who’s succeeding Reeves as lieutenant governor.
Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and current Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann speaks to reporters
about the importance of voting in this statewide election, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Jackson, Miss. Voters are having
their say in Mississippi’s most hotly contested governor’s race since 2003 on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. They are also
selecting six other statewide officials and deciding a host of legislative and local offices. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

11/7/2019 Oil down $0.88 to $56.35, DOW no change still 27,493.

11/7/2019 I voted for all Republicans on the ticket because I do not want the Democrats messing with my Social Security or Medicare plus my Kentucky retirement that I have worked hard all my life to get that.
    The reason I say that I remember between 2009-2015 Governor Steve Beshear did not put any money into the Teachers TLES for that 8 years, and when Bevin's was elected in 2015, Attorney General Andy Beshear had the teachers to sue Bevins because of no money in their retirement plan and it was his father who did not put the money in it.
    As you can see below in the images that there was an increase of Democrat voters in the major cities of Kentucky that affected the Governor’s race increases from 2015 compared to 2019 in Owensboro, Bowling Green and in Eastern Kentucky in the Coal mining areas and as you can see that Andy Beshear just barely beat Bevin.    And before Trump came to campaign for Bevin in Lexington's Rupp Arena Bevin according to the Polls was down 20% against Beshear.    So the Trump rally did improve that issue, and since Bevin was only down by 0.004% in the final count and I can see why Bevin wants a recount.
    1,455,161 voters – or 42.16% of the Bluegrass State’s 3,451,537 registered voters – cast ballots in Tuesday’s election and 30.7% of voters who turned out when Bevin was elected governor in 2015.
    According to the Secretary of State’s Office, Beshear and running mate Jacqueline Coleman took home 709,577 votes, or 49.19%, while the GOP ticket of Bevin and Ralph Alvarado garnered 704,388 votes, or 48.83% and difference of 5,189 votes.
    State data showed 279,411 voters in Louisville and Jefferson County participated in Tuesday’s election, resulting in a 45.72% turnout rate.


11/6/2019 U.S. farmers back President Trump admit trade woes by OAN Newsroom
In this May 22, 2019, photo, farmer Tim Bardole pauses for a photo as he plants
a field near Perry, Iowa. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP)
    Many American farmers are reaffirming their support for President Trump’s policy towards China and are calling for a trade deal that’s free and fair.    A series of recent reports by the USDA found up to 80 percent of farmers were affected by the China-U.S trade dispute this year, but only a third of the respondents saw their revenue drop by over 20 percent.
    The president said he hopes to deliver a trade deal with China in the coming weeks.
    “Were moving along with a deal with China,” stated President Trump.    “China wants to make the deal very much.”
FILE – In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President
Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The USDA said China was buying $20 billion worth of U.S. farming products between 2012 and 2017.    Last year, the figure dropped to just below $10 billion.    The Trump administration gave farmers $12 billion in subsidies last year to make up for the losses.
Graphic shows amounts paid out to farmers claiming losses due to the Trump administration’s trade war with China. (AP via USDA)
    Several months ago, Beijing cut its imports of U.S. soybeans by 75 percent.    They hoped to decimate farmers in red states and erode support for President Trump – but farmers said China’s effort failed.
    “I don’t think we’ll have too bad a year, all in all,” stated Iowa farmer Don Swanson.    “We’ll be off a little bit, but nothing that we can’t deal with.”
    Recent polls reported the majority of farmers still support President Trump going into the 2020 electoral cycle, despite the uncertainty inflicted by tensions with China. Farmers said they are confident the Trump administration will reach a deal with China to resume and increase its purchases of American agricultural products.
    “We’re really good at growing corn and soybeans here in Iowa,” said Swanson.    “We grow way more than we need and we’re hopeful that we have a market for them.”
    Many farmers are also skeptical of the Democrat Party and the Washington establishment in general.    They believe President Trump is the first president in decades who has taken practical steps to address the problems facing the agricultural sector.
    The president has already reached trade deals to boost farming exports to Japan and South Korea.    He has also moved to deregulate the bio-fuel market, which is a massive consumer of crops.
Vote Tallies are displayed as House members vote on a resolution on impeachment procedure to move forward into the next
phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Farmers are calling on Congress to stop playing politics and get on with the president’s reforms.
    “There’s a lot of things that need to be taken care of in Washington that don’t include impeachment — we sent them there to do work,” stated Iowa farmer Dave Walton.    “I wish they would either quickly resolve this (or) drop it and move on.”
    Polls suggested 44 percent of farmers expect the American economy and their businesses to improve in the coming three years.    However, only 14 percent are expecting a positive change a year from now as China related risks and Washington politics remain a concern.

11/6/2019 Trump Jr. tweets article claiming whistleblower worked with Steele by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Tuesday, March 7, 2017 file photo shows Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who set up
Orbis Business Intelligence and compiled a dossier on Donald Trump, in London. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
    Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out an article revealing the alleged whistleblower worked with several people who facilitated the anti-Trump dossier.    A Wednesday Breitbart report said Eric Ciaramella’s name popped up in emails regarding Obama administration officials’ interactions with Ukraine.
    The emails involved the signing of the one billion dollar loan guarantee to Ukraine when Ciaramella worked for the National Security Council.
    Another name on the emails is dossier author Christopher Steele.    The loan guarantee was approved after Ukraine fired prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the Burisma gas company which employed Hunter Biden.
    Ciaramella was first suggested as the potential whistleblower last week.    A report by RealClear Politics claimed there’s strong evidence that the alleged whistleblower could be Eric Ciaramella.    He is a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.    His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
[From felix1999: Below are some quick facts on Ciaramella from the explosive report:
  • Registered Democrat
  • Worked for President Obama
  • Worked with Vice President Joe Biden
  • Worked for CIA Director John Brennan
  • Vocal critic of President Trump
  • Helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation hoax
  • Was fired from the National Security Council in 2017 for leaks, and returned to the CIA
  • He was accused of working against Trump and leaking against Trump,” a former National Security Council official said. (WHY WASN'T HE FIRED THEN?)
    “Also, Ciaramella huddled for ‘guidance’ with the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, including former colleagues also held over from the Obama era whom Schiff’s office had recently recruited from the NSC,” the NSC official said.
    “And Ciaramella worked with a Democratic National Committee operative who dug up dirt on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, inviting her into the White House for meetings, former White House colleagues said,” the NSC official added.
    Almost everything Ciaramella alleged in his complaint has been proven to be totally false.
    He filed a complaint about a call that they never heard, and Democrats want Trump impeached over a call that they also never heard.
    The Office of Intelligence Community Inspector General launched an internal investigation after the complaint and found that Ciaramella had a “political bias” in favor of one of Trump’s rivals in the 2020 presidential election.
    We now know that person is Joe Biden, meaning Ciaramella is literally a major support of Biden’s 2020 campaign to defeat Trump.
Democrats impeachment plan has backfired on her in spectacular fashion, and now this whistleblower is nothing more than a left-wing hack trying to take down the president.]

11/6/2019 Senator Graham calls for release of whistleblower’s identity by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington,Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    GOP Senator Lindsey Graham is joining calls to identify the whistleblower, claiming the statute used to protect them is “being abused.”    While speaking on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Graham said the law protecting whistleblowers is meant to shield a person from being fired and does not necessarily give them anonymity. He called House Democrat’s impeachment process illegitimate and suggested if they impeach the president based on the phone call with Ukraine’s president, it will go nowhere in the Senate.
    “Nobody should be prosecuted based on an anonymous accusation,” stated Graham.    “Impeachment is the political death penalty.”
    The senator pointed out that Democrats would not have their inquiry without the unverified whistleblower’s complaint.
    “Without the whistleblower complaint, none of this would be going on,” said Graham.    “I want to know who the person is, but the people who should do this are the Intel Committee in the Senate — they’re the ones that were assigned this case.”
    He also said he will not be reading the recently released impeachment inquiry transcripts.
    The whistleblower’s legal team has said it won’t hesitate to take legal action against media outlets that identify him.    Speaking to the Daily Caller, the whistleblower’s attorneys said any organization that reports the name will be personally liable if that person is physically harmed.
    However, they noted that there’s no law banning media outlets from identifying whistleblowers.    They instead said the decision comes down to “ethics and professionalism.”

11/7/2019 Sen. Paul blocks Senate resolution backing whistleblower protection by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a Senate Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution to keep the identity of the secret.    The resolution was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).    It would have protected whistleblowers from retaliation.
    Paul accused Democrats of “selective outrage,” adding, they are determined on removing the president from office.    The Kentucky lawmaker is now proposing his own legislation, which would let President Trump face his accuser.
    One America’s John Hines caught up with Sen. Paul and has this from Washington.

11/6/2019 Rep. Schiff announces first public hearings in impeachment inquiry by OAN Newsroom
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., followed by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., walks out to talk to
reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, about the House impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff has announced the first set of public hearings in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against the president.    In a Wednesday tweet, Schiff revealed top U.S. diplomat for Ukraine William Taylor and State Department official George Kent will publicly appear before the committee next Wednesday.
    He also said former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch will appear before the panel on Friday.    In hinting at additional public hearings, Schiff said there would be “more to come.”
    GOP lawmakers have long criticized Democrats for holding their hearings behind closed doors.    While speaking on Capitol Hill, Schiff said the hearings will allow the American people to form their own opinions on the witnesses.
    “Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves…but also to learn firsthand about the facts of the president’s misconduct,” stated Schiff.
Ambassador William Taylor, Jr. arrives for a closed door meeting to testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry
into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    This comes after House Democrats released the transcript of William Taylor’s testimony, which was conducted as part of the ongoing inquiry.
    Roughly 320 pages of the deposition were released on Wednesday after the top Ukraine diplomat raised allegations of a quid pro quo related to President Trump’s Ukraine phone call.    His testimony has come under scrutiny by the president, who has said none of the witnesses can show the Ukrainians were aware military aid was being withheld.

11/7/2019 First Lady Melania tours Boston hospital, praises program to help babies born with drug addictions by OAN Newsroom
First lady Melania Trump participates in a round table discussion during a visit to
Boston Medical Center, in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
    First Lady Melania Trump recently visited a hospital in Boston to raise awareness of babies born to drug-addicted women.    She arrived at the Boston Medical Center Wednesday as part of her ‘Be Best’ initiative.
    The First Lady discussed the program to “lower maternal and infant stress” that helps babies with “neonatal abstinence syndrome.”    She met with the children and families who underwent successful treatment.    Melania also highlighted the importance of medical professionals who help these women and children.
    “It is so important to acknowledge and show gratitude for what you are doing to help mothers who struggle with addiction and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome,” she stated.    “So many of the programs are available because of the dedicated leaders and researchers like you.”
    The First Lady is calling on hospitals across the U.S. to implement similar programs that help babies affected by drug addiction.
First lady Melania Trump, second from left, greets Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurse manager Karan Barry,
second from right, as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, left, President and CEO of Boston
Medical Center Kate Walsh, third from left, Chief of Pediatrics Bob Vinci, third from right, and pediatrician
Eileen Costello, right, look on during a visit to Boston Medical Center, in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. The visit, part
of the first lady’s “Be Best” initiative, included the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

11/7/2019 French police start clearing migrant camps in Paris amid government crackdown by OAN Newsroom
French police officers checks tents as police have carried out a large operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps
in the north of Paris, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Officials say almost 600 police officers were involved in clearing
up the makeshift tents set up in exhaust-fumed clad areas underneath suburban highways. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
    French police have started clearing migrant camps in and around Paris as part of a government effort to crack down on immigration.     According to government officials, around 1,600 people were evacuated from two camps on Thursday.
    The camps were reportedly known for their poor conditions with many of them harboring criminals and drug addicts.    Hundreds of the migrants were taken to temporary housing in local sports arenas and asylum reception centers.
    “We don’t know yet what solutions are proposed besides temporary housing in a sports hall.    We have to think about the long term and not only about today, that is what it is important.    Yes, some people are leaving today, but what will happen in two weeks, in a year?” — Julie Lavayssiere, member – Utopia 56
French Gendarme looks on migrants as French police have carried out a large operation to dismantle makeshift
migrant camps in the north of Paris, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Police Prefect Didier Lallement told reporters
Thursday that “1,606 people were evacuated and the site is now freed of all its occupants.” (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
    This comes just a day after French President Emmanuel Macron announced his government would be tightening its immigration laws.

11/7/2019 Europe at risk if Germany turns its back on U.S., NATO chief says by Robin Emmott
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
during a news conference in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin must not forget Washington’s crucial role in allowing Europe and Germany to reunify after the Cold War, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday, after Germany’s foreign minister called unity “a gift from Europe.”
    Stoltenberg, who has already been credited with keeping a skeptical U.S. President Donald Trump onside at NATO, sought to remind Germans of the United States’ commitment to European security, which includes U.S. troops in Europe.
    “The reunification of Germany and Europe would have been impossible without the United States’ security guarantee,” he said at an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.    “Any attempt to distance Europe from North America will not only weaken the transatlantic Alliance, it also risks dividing Europe itself.”
    Tensions between Berlin and Washington have grown under Trump, who has pulled out of a series of international treaties that have undermined European Union foreign policy.
    At a NATO summit last July, the U.S. president accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia because its reliance on Moscow for energy. His envoy to Berlin in August called Germany’s low defense spending “offensive.”
    In an article published in 26 European countries last weekend, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pointedly omitted giving the United States credit for victory over the Soviet Union and the security that allowed the EU to develop.
    Echoing his earlier comments about what he sees as U.S. unreliability under Trump, Maas called on the European Union to come together as a power to stand up for the continent.
    But Stoltenberg cautioned that while he supported efforts to integrate EU defenses, the bloc, which Britain is seeking to leave, was no replacement for the United States, the world’s biggest military power.
    “The European Union cannot defend Europe,” he said.
    He also called on Europe and the United States to work together to respond to China’s growing military might, noting the sharp growth in China’s navy and in its inventory of missiles that would break Cold War-era arms control treaties.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott, editing by Timothy Heritage)

11/7/2019 U.S. senators press for sanctions on Turkey if it is violating Syria ceasefire
FILE PHOTO: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announces a bipartisan agreement on Turkey sanctions during
a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott
(This November 6 story is refiled to fix typing error in first paragraph)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday to let them know – and to respond with tough sanctions – if reports are true that Turkey is violating a ceasefire agreement in Syria.
    “Given the stakes, time is of the essence,” Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Senators Chris Van Hollen, Richard Blumenthal and Jeanne Shaheen wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
    Those senators have been among the loudest voices in the U.S. Congress lamenting Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from much of Syria, which many see as abandoning Kurdish forces who fought for years alongside U.S. troops as they battled Islamic State militants.
    In the letter, the senators cited reports that Turkish forces are operating outside an agreed-upon “safe zone” in northeastern Syria, and that Turkish or Turkish-backed forces are attacking Syrian Kurds near Tal Tamr.
    “On several occasions, President Trump has threatened to ‘destroy Turkey’s economy’ should Turkey violate its obligations,” they wrote in the letter.
    “In keeping with this position, we ask that the Administration take swift measures to enforce the October 17 agreement with tough economic sanctions,” they said, adding they would continue to seek passage of a sanctions bill in Congress.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

11/7/2019 House Democrats consider 3 articles of impeachment by OAN Newsroom
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gavels as the House votes 232-196 to pass resolution on impeachment procedure
to move forward into the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump in the
House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    House Democrats are considering as many as three articles of impeachment against the president as the inquiry moves along.
    Top Democrat lawmakers could reportedly charge President Trump with an abuse of power for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.    They’re also looking into an obstruction of Congress charge for the administration’s refusal to comply with subpoenas for records and witness testimony.    An obstruction of justice charge in relation to the Mueller probe has also been floated.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to confirm which articles of impeachment are on the table, but any possible charges appear to be focused on the Ukraine controversy.
    “What the president did, vis-a-vis the president of Ukraine, just removed all doubt that we had to act upon that,” stated Pelosi.    “This is about the Constitution — this is about defending our democracy.”
    The House Intelligence Committee is slated to start public hearings next week, while the Judiciary Committee will eventually be tasked with drafting articles of impeachment.    The panel will do so once it receives a report from the other committees leading the inquiry in the coming weeks.
[Congress does not have the power to prevent the president from investigating corruption in another country by political persons such as Joe Biden and his son Hunter if he wants to, and has the right to refuse suponeas for an illegitimate impeachment proceeding and the Mueller report is kaput, give it up Democrats you will lose.]

11/7/2019 Senator Burr: Whistleblower’s identity unlikely to be revealed by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 29, 2017 file photo, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. speaks to reporters
about his panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr is saying he doesn’t want the identity of the Ukraine whistleblower to be made public.    Talking to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, Burr said disclosing the whistleblower’s identity could contradict the Senate’s policy to protect its witnesses.    He also said he has never considered revealing who the whistleblower is.
    However, Senator Lindsey Graham has argued President Trump has the right to know who his latest accuser is.
    “Nobody should be prosecuted based on an anonymous accusation,” stated Graham.    “Impeachment is the political death penalty.”
    The president said he believes the Democrat Party is hiding the whistleblower from scrutiny.
    “The whistleblower came out with his horrible statement about this call — I said, ‘release it immediately,’” stated President Trump.    “Schiff, Pelosi saw it and they said, ‘we got a problem — we don’t want to have anything to do with the whistleblower anymore.’
    Senator Burr also criticized the whistleblower’s attorneys for making a “reversal” on his – or her – possible testimony before the Senate.

11/7/2019 Alleged whistleblower’s name appears on witness transcript by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Ambassador William Taylor is escorted by U.S. Capitol Police
as he arrives to testify before House committees as part of the Democrats’ impeachment investigation
of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry have blasted the president and GOP lawmakers for demanding the release of the alleged whistleblower’s name.    They claimed Republican efforts to out the informant violated federal law and could jeopardize the person’s safety.
    “The president’s allies would like nothing better than to help the president out this whistleblower,” stated House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff.    “Our committee will not be a part of that — we will not stand for that.”
    However, it appears Schiff may have accidentally leaked the alleged whistleblower’s name in the transcript of a witness testimony.
    On page 236 of Bill Taylor’s testimony, the name ‘Eric Ciaramella’ is included in a question the top Ukraine diplomat was asked during his closed-door session.    Taylor was asked if the name rang a bell.    He denied familiarity with the name as well as any communications with Ciaramella.
    RealClear Investigations recently suggested the alleged whistleblower could be Ciaramella.    He is a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.    His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally
at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    President Trump is saying the whistleblower gave inaccurate information about his phone call with the president of Ukraine and has asked for his name to be released.
    “The whistleblower should be revealed because the whistleblower gave false stories,” stated the president.    “Some people would call it a fraud.”
    Republicans on Capitol Hill claimed the president has the right to face his accuser.    They said it is a vital part of the impeachment inquiry.
    “Without the whistleblower complaint, none of this would be going on,” stated GOP Senator Lindsey Graham.    “Nobody should be prosecuted based on an anonymous accusation.”
    President Trump said new evidence shows the whistleblower’s attorney holds an anti-Trump bias.    He called for the House inquiry to be shut down, claiming “there is no case.”
    During his Keep America Great rally in Louisiana, the president discussed how the attorney’s impeachment efforts kick-started in 2017.
    “’Coup has started,’ whistleblower’s attorney said in 2017,” stated President Trump. “Ultimately, it’s all a hoax – it’s a scam.”
    The president has urged the American people to “read the transcript,” referring to his assertion there is no evidence that shows a quid pro quo between the Trump administration and Ukraine.

11/7/2019 Transcript of George Kent’s testimony released by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent
arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    The House has released the transcript of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.
    During his testimony, the top State Department official said the Ukrainian president met with special envoy Kurt Volker prior to the July phone call between President Trump and President Zelensky. Volker reportedly wanted to “underscore the importance of the messaging Zelensky needed to provide to President Trump about his willingness to be cooperative.”
    Volker also told Kent he was going to reach out to the president’s attorney directly because he had the ear of the president on Ukrainian issues.    When Kent pushed back on the idea, he mentioned Rudy Giuliani’s record of attacking former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and tweeting about launching probes into the Bidens.
    “If there’s nothing there, why does it matter?” asked Volker.    “If there is something there, it should be investigated.”
    Kent finally told Volker that asking another country to investigate a prosecution for political purposes undermines their advocacy for the rule of law.
FILE – In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses
a gathering during a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
    The transcript also allegedly showed that Giuliani “waged a campaign of lies” to smear Yovanovitch to Ukrainian journalists during his attempts to oust her.    Noting that Giuliani’s claim of the ambassador’s connection to George Soros was false, Kent said there was absolutely no basis for the allegation and called it “fake news.”
    Kent also told investigators that back in 2015, he believed Hunter Biden’s position with Burisma could create the perception of a conflict of interest regarding his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden.
    The State Department official went on to say acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney froze the Ukrainian military aid at the direction of President Trump on July 18th.    He said he did not receive a coherent explanation for why that happened at the time.    Mulvaney has since said there was no quid pro quo involved and that President Trump’s foreign policy directives were focused on investigating corruption in the 2016 election.
    “The look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing he was worried about in corruption with that nation, and that is absolutely appropriate,” stated Mulvaney.
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that the G7 will be held at
Trump National Doral, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Kent’s testimony also showed that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland had an independent relationship with Mulvaney.    He said Sondland was allowed to attend meetings with Ukrainian delegations without the approval of the National Security Council — which goes against the normal protocol.
    It also revealed Sondland used the shorthand ‘Clinton’ when referring to possible Ukrainian investigations into the 2016 election and the alleged DNC server hack.    Kent confirmed that the shorthand was used in reference to 2016.
    Kent also spoke of the failed public statement the administration was attempting to get out of Zelensky.    He said Sondland spoke with President Trump about his expectations for the Ukraine leader.
    “POTUS wanted nothing less than President Zelensky to go to a microphone and say ‘investigations, Bidens, Clinton,’” stated Sondland.
US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland walks to a secure area of the Capitol to testify as part of the House
impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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11/8/2019 NATO experiencing ‘brain death’, France’s Macron says by Robin Emmott and Michel Rose
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS
    BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – France’s president warned fellow European countries on Thursday that NATO was dying, citing a lack of coordination and U.S. unpredictability under President Donald Trump, comments quickly rejected as “drastic” by the German chancellor.
    In an interview with British weekly The Economist, Emmanuel Macron expressed doubt about U.S.-led NATO’s security maxim that an attack on one ally is an attack on all, which has underpinned transatlantic ties since the alliance’s 1949 foundation.
    “What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO,” Macron said.    Asked whether he still believed in the Article Five collective defense guarantee of NATO’s treaty, Macron answered: “I don’t know,” although he said the United States would remain an ally.
    Macron has said there is a lack of strategic coordination between European allies on the one hand and the United States and Turkey, with NATO’s second largest military, on the other.
    While France has traditionally had an ambivalent role in NATO, taking no part in its strategic military planning from 1966 to 2009 despite being a founding member, Macron’s comments – a month before NATO’s Dec. 4 summit in London – were unexpected.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said he was overreacting.
    “The French president has found rather drastic words to express his views.    This is not how I see the state of cooperation at NATO,” she told a news conference in Berlin alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
    Stoltenberg told Reuters that NATO had overcome differences in the past, citing the 1956 Suez Crisis and the 2003 Iraq War.
    The secretary-general and many allies want to project an image of unity at the summit at a time of rising Chinese military might and what NATO leaders see as Russian attempts to undermine Western democracies through cyber attacks, disinformation campaigns and covert operations.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in Leipzig, Germany, ahead of the 30th anniversary on Saturday of the fall of the Berlin Wall that is seen by many as NATO’s crowning achievement through its four-decade-long role blunting Soviet expansionism, said the alliance was perhaps one of the most important “in all recorded history.”
    In Russia, Macron’s comments were hailed as an accurate depiction of NATO’s state.
    “Golden words … an exact definition of the current state of NATO,” Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrote on her Facebook page.
COLD WAR RELIC?
    NATO was shaken by Trump’s portrayal of it as being in crisis at the last summit in Brussels in July, and its image of unity took a hit when Turkey defied its allies to launch a military incursion into Syria on Oct. 9.
    Macron had earlier decried NATO’s inability to react to what he called Turkey’s “crazy” offensive and said it was time Europe stopped acting like a junior ally when it came to the Middle East.
    In his interview, he also said the United States was showing signs of “turning its back on us,” as demonstrated by Trump’s sudden decision last month to pull troops out of northeastern Syria without consulting the allies.
    Once seen by some as a Cold War relic until Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the 29-member alliance is confronting militant attacks in Europe and seeking to defend against the threat of ballistic missiles from Iran to North Korea.
    Macron lauded nascent European defense integration initiatives independent of the United States.    His so-called European Intervention Initiative has so far brought together nine militaries ready to react to crises near Europe’s borders without NATO or the United States.
    The European Union also recently launched its own multibillion-euro defense plans to develop and deploy military assets together after years of spending cuts that have left European militaries without vital capabilities and reliant on Washington.
    “The European Union cannot defend Europe,” Stoltenberg said in a speech in Berlin.
    With its military bases in Europe and nuclear warheads stored in five NATO countries, the United States remains the ultimate protector of European democracies against an increasingly assertive post-Soviet Russia.
    Since taking office in 2017, Trump has accused European NATO allies of not shouldering their fair share of the cost of defending Europe.    He has demanded they double NATO’s defense spending goal of 2% of economic output, set in 2014.
    They retorted that security was not just about spending targets, but have all since raised their defense outlays, although some remain short of the 2% objective.
    In a change of policy, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Thursday that Berlin would spend 2% of its economic output on defense by 2031.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott in Berlin and Michel Rose in Paris; Additional reporting by Thomas Escritt and Paul Carrel in Berlin, Reuters TV in Leipzig and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Peter Cooney)

11/8/2019 Report: Yovanovitch committed perjury according to newly discovered emails by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    According to a new report, ousted Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch may have lied under oath to Congress during her impeachment deposition.    Uncovered emails by Fox News show Yovanovitch was directly contacted by a Democrat congressional staffer on the Foreign Affairs Committee two days after the whistleblower complaint was filed.
    The staffer asked to speak to the former diplomat about “delicate” and “time sensitive” issue.    Yovanovitch responded to the staffer saying she “would love to reconnect and looked forward to chatting.”
    According to her deposition transcript, however, GOP congressman Lee Zeldin pressed her on this exact issue.
Yovanovitch claimed someone in the State Department’s Legislative Affairs Office responded to the email and not her specifically.    During an interview Thursday, Zeldin said it was concerning Yovanovitch may have testified incorrectly.
    Fox New’s Tucker Carlson received the emails and questioned the timing of Democrats outreach.
    “The whistleblower, however, went to Schiff’s team…before filing the complaint, so the question is: did Schiff’s office tell other Democrats on Captiol Hill what was in the complaint?” he asked.    “In other words, how long did this effort play out in secret before the rest of the country learned of it?
    A spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Committee pushed-back on the accusations, saying the exchange was only related to the diplomat’s ouster as Ukraine ambassador.    The alleged perjury will likely be a main talking point for Republicans during Yovanovitch’s public hearing on Capitol Hill next Friday.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, about the House impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

11/8/2019 Ivanka Trump: Impeachment effort is attempt to overturn 2016 election by OAN Newsroom
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, tours a Moroccan aviation facility, the Specialized Institute
in Aircraft Aeronautics and Aircraft Logistics (ISMALA), Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Casablanca, Morocco. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The First Daughter and senior White House adviser recently shared her personal views on the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.    Ivanka     Trump took a break during her visit to Morocco Friday, where she is promoting a program to help empower women in developing countries, in order to answer questions with with the Associated Press.
    During her interview, Ivanka said ever since her father was elected president Democrats have been persistently and baselessly critical of the Trump administration and their family despite repeated successes and accomplishments.
    “The president talked through the campaign and continues to talk about being a voice for the voiceless,” she told reporters.    “And being a champion of the forgotten American and he is delivering on that promise.”
    Ivanka went on to say Democrats in Congress have taken it upon themselves to call for impeachment rather than wait until the 2020 elections when the American people can decide for themselves at the polls.    The top adviser also said that the identity of the whistleblower caught at the center of the impeachment inquiry is “not particularly relevant” to the case since their complaint is not first hand evidence.
    She went on to emphasize the stark differences between the Trump’s and Biden’s source of wealth contending that the Biden family had earned their money while serving in government positions, while President Trump earned his income from businesses prior to taking office.
    “The Biden’s were lifelong public service and they created wealth as a derivative of that…my father campaigned on his success as a business person, as somebody who is not a politician and could be a great disruptor, and has delivered on that goal,” said Ivanka.    “And his wealth and our wealth, collectively and independently, was created prior to government service and prior to anyone in our lives having run for elected office.”
    Ivanka also noted that people trying to take down the president, even from within his own cabinet, has been a reoccurring theme throughout American history.

11/8/2019 Mulvaney a no-show for Democrats despite subpoena by OAN Newsroom
    Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney did not show up for testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.    A senior Trump administration official said Mulvaney simply “won’t be showing up,” and cited “absolute immunity” just one-minute before his deposition was set to begin on Friday.
    This comes after the House Committee issued a subpoena calling on Mulvaney to appear before lawmakers Friday morning.    President Trump touched on the issue while speaking to reporters, saying he didn’t want to give credibility to a “witch hunt.”    The president had this to say on the topic:
    “I’d love to have Mitch go up, frankly, I think he’d do great.    I’d love to have him go up.    I’d love to have almost every person go up when they know me. What I don’t like is when they put all these people that I never met before…when they put the head of the Never Trumpers on the stand, and even those people were okay, they were fine.”
FILE – Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney is pictured in Washington, d.c. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
    Mulvaney also did not comply with an October request to provide Ukraine-related documents.    Democrats have reportedly scheduled 13 witnesses to testify this week, but only two have actually shown up so far.

11/8/2019 Wisconsin legislature shuts down Democrat governor’s gun control bills by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2019 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers
during the Governor’s State of the State speech at the state Capitol, in Madison, Wis. Behind Evers is
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, left, and Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)
    Wisconsin’s Republican controlled government has shut down Governor Tony Evers’ attempt to introduce two gun control bills.    Thursday reports said the heads of both the state’s Assembly and Senate adjourned a special session without ever bringing the bills to a vote.
    Evers called for the special session last month and asked the legislature to take the bills up after being unwilling to debate them.    One bill sought to impose a universal background check on gun sales.    The other would establish a so-called ‘red flag law,’ which would allow firearms to be confiscated if a judge deemed there to be a danger to the owner or others.
    Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he opposed a law that would allow for confiscation of weapons under suspicion of a threat.
    “We could focus on locking up the people who already fail an existing background check — we don’t prosecute them,” stated Vos.    “There are a lot of things we could focus on that would bring us together instead of just driving us apart.”
    The state Senate opened its special session to an empty chamber and adjourned after 30 seconds.    The Assembly adjourned even faster, closing the session after only 10 seconds.
    Evers previously said he would consider requiring gun owners to sell off some of their weapons.    This follows the efforts of now-former Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who advocated for confiscating legally owned weapons.
    Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said it made no sense to debate bills that wouldn’t pass without Republican support.
    “There are many other things that play into that, including mental illness,” stated Fitzgerald.    “We could come up with (another) a solution to the issues related to gun violence or these mass shootings.”
    Both Wisconsin lawmakers released a joint statement in September, saying the red flag law “poses threats to due process and the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.”    They added the governor’s consideration of confiscating legally owned firearms “shows just how radical Democrats have become.”
    Governor Evers has since lashed back at the Republican lawmakers, claiming their dismissal of the bill was a mistake they will pay for “at their own peril.”

11/8/2019 House Democrats threaten to subpoena EPA over request for information by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency is pictured in Washington. D.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    House Democrats are accusing the EPA of being “non-responsive” to a subpoena threat for internal documents relating to an agency decision to limit its research into the health impacts of certain chemicals.    On Wednesday, an aide for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology told The Hill the panel found the EPA’s response to the request to be inadequate.
    The committee gave the EPA a deadline to submit the requested information back in July, which passed on Tuesday.        This comes after the EPA’s decision in December of last year to remove formaldehyde and nine other chemicals for its health report.        The committee has accused the EPA of dragging its feet on the process of handing over the information, however, the agency argues the request is wholly unnecessary and “exceeds the bounds of any well established accommodation process.”
    The panels is also looking into claims that top EPA official David Dunlap failed to recuse himself from overseeing the agency’s health research office despite having worked as a chemical expert for the Koch brothers.    However,the EPA has repeatedly refuted those claims.    They say Dunlap took all necessary precautions to not interfere with any of the agency’s functions.
FILE – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks
to EPA staff at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
    “He hasn’t briefed me on formaldehyde and to my knowledge he hasn’t been involved in any formaldehyde decisions, he recused himself from that,” stated EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler.
    The EPA also said it has been entirely transparent during this process, citing the hundreds of pages of documentation is has provided on the subject and its decision to agree to having Dunlap and other agency officials testify before the committee.    If the committee follows through on its threat for a subpoena, it’s likely to issue it as early as next week.

11/8/2019 Sen. Graham: Impeachment witnesses changing testimonies is ‘suspicious’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is followed by reporters as they walk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Senator Lindsey Graham is sounding the alarm over witnesses in the impeachment inquiry changing their testimonies during hearings.    While talking to reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday, Graham said EU ambassador Gordon Sondland told the Senate there was a ‘quid pro quo’ after initially saying there was none.
    “I find that witnesses, when they change their mind like that, is a highly suspicious event,” he stated.    “I’d like to know more about that.”
    The South Carolina lawmaker also cast doubt on the upcoming public impeachment hearings in the Democrat-controlled House.
    “I think this is a bunch of crap in the House, I let Mueller do his job because I trusted him,” he explained.    “I don’t trust Adam Schiff to be getting to the truth, I don’t trust the process in the House as being fair.”
    Senator Graham also pointed out special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy both have said there was no ‘quid pro quo’ in President Trump’s actions.

11/8/2019 EU needs to learn the ‘language of power’, incoming chief says by Paul Carrel
EU Commission President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen holds a speech on the present situation
in Europe, in Berlin, Germany November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse?
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union can no longer rely on soft power to promote its interests and must develop more security “muscle” and policy focus on trade, incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.
    In a speech on the state of Europe, von der Leyen stressed the EU’s strengths as a bastion of openness and democracy in a troubled world and said Brexit had forged a tighter group out of the remaining members of the bloc.
    “We must go our own European way with confidence,” she said in Berlin.    But she added: “Soft power alone won’t suffice today if we Europeans want to assert ourselves in the world.    Europe must also learn the language of power.”
    “That means on the one hand developing our own muscles – where for a long time we could lean on others, for example in security policy.     On the other hand, it means engaging our available power with more focus,” she added, pointing to trade ties with China.
    Von der Leyen, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, takes over as Commission president on Dec. 1.
    A former German defense minister who will be the Commission’s first woman chief, she was picked by EU leaders as a unity candidate and part of a package to break a stalemate over who should run the EU’s top institutions.
    Born in Brussels, von der Leyen, 61, has top notch European credentials.    A fluent English and French speaker, she worked closely with Paris to promote European defense projects.    But she has also had a tough time as German defense minister.
    “We must be more strategic with a view to Europe’s external interests,” she said adding that this included EU enlargement policy.
    It was in the EU’s interests for countries in the West Balkans to have the prospect of accession to the bloc, she said.
    French President Emmanuel Macron vetoed further expansion of the EU at a recent Brussels summit, saying that the accession process needed to be reformed.
    But von der Leyen said: “We have demanded a lot from North Macedonia and Albania.    They complied in full.    Now we must honor our word and facilitate accession talks.”
    Turning to climate policy, she said Europe could play a leading role in the world and show that green investments can be profitable and sustainable.
    “We can and must make sure that Europe becomes the first climate neutral continent by 2050,” she said.    “Therefore, I will present the first European climate protection law that implements this political goal into binding law.”
    “We only have this planet … we need to act now.”
(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Peter Graff)

11/8/2019 United Kingdom might not exist in a decade, half of UK citizens think: poll
A man walks past the Houses of Parliament at dusk in London, Britain, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom might not exist in its current form in a decade’s time, half of its citizens believe, an Ipsos MORI poll found.
    The 52-48% vote in 2016 to leave the European Union has strained the bonds that tie England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland into the United Kingdom: Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay while England and Wales voted to leave.
    As the United Kingdom heads towards its latest Brexit deadline of Jan. 31, there are growing demands for an independence referendum in Scotland and for a vote on Northern Ireland unifying with the Republic of Ireland.
    Scots rejected independence by 55 to 45 percent in a 2014.
    The Ipsos Mori poll showed 50% thought the United Kingdom would not exist in 10 years, up from 43% in 2014.    Just 29% said it would exist in its current form in a decade, down from 45% in 2014.
    In the shorter term, the fate of the union – which traces its history back to the 1707 Treaty of Union – was also uncertain: 42% said the United Kingdom would exist in five years’ time and 44% said it would not.
    “The British public are now much more divided in their expectations of the Union’s future than they were in 2014, when the Union’s future was under intense debate with Scotland just three months away from an independence referendum,” said Emily Gray, Managing Director of Ipsos MORI Scotland.
    “With independence a key faultline in Scotland’s election debate, the findings will be concerning for those who want Scotland to remain in the Union, while those campaigning for an independent Scotland will hope that this is a continuing trend.”
    Ipsos MORI interviewed a sample of 1,001 adults aged 18+ across Britain on Oct. 25-28.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden)

11/8/2019 Pompeo says NATO must change, or risk becoming obsolete by Paul Carrel
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivers a speech at an event commemorating the 30th anniversary
of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
    BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday NATO must grow and change or risk becoming obsolete, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said the alliance was dying.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected Macron’s comments, in an interview with British weekly The Economist, as “drastic” and Pompeo said on Thursday the alliance was perhaps one of the most important “in all recorded history.”
    But he acknowledged the need for NATO to evolve in a question-and-answer session after delivering a speech in Berlin on Friday, one day before the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
    “Seventy years on … it (NATO) needs to grow and change,” he replied.    “It needs to confront the realities of today and the challenges of today.”
    “If nations believe that they can get the security benefit without providing NATO the resources that it needs, if they don’t live up to their commitments, there is a risk that NATO could become ineffective or obsolete,” he said.
    NATO was founded in 1949 to provide collective security against the Soviet Union and is preparing for a summit in London on Dec. 4.
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants to project an image of unity when Chinese military might is growing and Russia is accused of trying to undermine Western democracies through cyber attacks, disinformation campaigns and covert operations.
CRITICISM OF CHINA, RUSSIA, IRAN
    In his speech, Pompeo criticized Russia’s treatment of political foes and said China used methods against its people that would be “horrifyingly familiar to former East Germans.”
    Reflecting on the lessons learnt from the Wall coming down, he said “the West – all of us – lost our way in the afterglow of that proud moment.”
    “We thought we could divert our resources away from alliances, and our militaries.    We were wrong,” he said.    “Today, Russia – led by a former KGB officer once stationed in Dresden ? invades its neighbors and slays political opponents.”
    Europe’s energy supplies should not depend on Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said.
    Pompeo said it would be irrational to consider Russia a “worthy partner” in the Middle East though Washington wanted other countries’ help put pressure on Iran to resume negotiations over its nuclear program and to “cut off its ability to fund terrorist proxies.”
    Pompeo said the Chinese Communist Party was “shaping a new vision of authoritarianism” and warned Germany about using Chinese telecom equipment vendor Huawei Technologies to build its fifth-generation data network (5G).
    In Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry criticized Pompeo over earlier comments about the Chinese Communist Party, saying those remarks had been “extremely dangerous” and exposed his “sinister intentions.”
(Editing by Thomas Escritt and Timothy Heritage)

11/8/2019 House releases transcripts of Fiona Hill, Alexander Vindman by OAN Newsroom
Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returns to the Capitol to review transcripts of
his testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Testimonies from two key witnesses in the Democrats’ impeachment probe were released on Friday.    The documents included transcripts from closed-door hearings with former White House official Fiona Hill and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.
    Colonel Vindman reportedly listened in on the July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart.    The White House Ukraine expert told the House panel that the release of a military aid package to Ukraine was “contingent” on the Ukrainian government investigating Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    “If Ukrainians took a partisan position, they would significantly undermine the possibility of future bipartisan support,” stated Vindman.    “Losing bipartisan support, they would then lose access to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance funds.”
    The colonel went on to say that the call went well until a meeting between the two presidents was suggested.    Former EU Ambassador Gordon Sondlond then “proceeded to discuss the deliverable required in order to get the meeting and alluded to investigations.”
    “The Ukrainians saw this meeting as critically important in order to solidify the support for their most important international partner,” said Vindman.    “When Ambassador Sondland started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President, Ambassador Bolton cut the meeting short.”
Former White House advisor on Russia, Fiona Hill arrives for a closed door meeting as part of the House impeachment
inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    During her deposition, Fiona Hill cited what she called potential “counter-intelligence risks” over Sondland’s political inexperience.    She also expressed concern over his alleged attempt to pressure Ukrainian officials.
    “Ambassador Sondland had basically indicated that there was agreement with the Chief of Staff that they would have a White House meeting…if the Ukrainians started up these investigations again,” stated Hill.
    The president’s former Russia adviser also mentioned Rudy Giuliani, suggesting that the attorney had an active role in pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election.
    “Rudy Giuliani has been saying an awful lot of things — he was making it crystal clear what it was that he was pushing,” said Hill.    “We were concerned…that Ukraine was going to be played by Giuliani in some way as part of the campaign.”
    She added that the investigations seemed to be a condition of the White House meeting between the two presidents “in the context of the transcript.”
    President Trump has firmly pushed back against allegations of a quid pro quo.    He reiterated his position on Friday, stating that the impeachment inquiry is a “hoax” and that his call with the Ukrainian president was “perfect.”
    “I’m not concerned about anything,” he said.    “The testimony has all been fine.”

11/8/2019 Steve Bannon testifies in Roger Stone trial by OAN Newsroom
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks to reporters as he departs after testifying in the federal
trial of Roger Stone, at federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Al Drago)
    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is revealing new details about Roger Stone’s work on the 2016 Trump campaign.
    Speaking at Stone’s trial on Friday, Bannon described him as the campaign’s access point to WikiLeaks.    In 2016, WikiLeaks released damaging stolen emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.    Although Stone had a relationship with the nonprofit, Bannon said the Trump team itself never had direct access to the organization or its founder, Julian Assange.
    Bannon noted he only appeared at the trial because he was subpoenaed.
    “I was compelled to testify under subpoena by (Special Counsel Robert) Mueller,” stated Bannon.    “I was forced to go to the grand jury and I’m forced to come here today.”
Roger Stone, his wife Nydia, left, and daughter Adria, leave federal court in Washington,
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. after his trial ended for the day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Stone is facing several charges, including obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress.    He could spend decades in prison if convicted.
    He has been critical of the Special Counsel investigation and the president’s legal team, who he said never fully understood the magnitude of the efforts against him.
    “I’m not sure they understood the political ramifications and political nature of this case,” said Stone.    “The idea of waving executive privilege and…relying on the good instincts of Bob Mueller was a naive strategy.”

11/8/2019 Judicial Watch unearths visitor log from Eric Ciaramella’s time at the White House by OAN Newsroom
The White House is seen Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    More information is coming to light regarding CIA analyst and alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella.    A new report from Judicial Watch revealed Obama-era visitor logs from the White House, which showed Ciaramella’s contacts during his tenure in D.C.
    In their recent analysis of the visitor logs, the nonprofit examined his ties to Alexandra Chalupa, a contractor hired by the DNC during the 2016 election.    She reportedly coordinated with Ukraine to investigate President Trump and his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.    The logs showed Chalupa visited the White House 27 times and that her point of contact was Ciaramella.    Judicial Watch released a detailed list of several other questionable figures who visited the presidential mansion.
    Daria Kaleniuk is the co-founder of the Soros-funded Anti-corruption Action Centre (ANTAC) in Ukraine and visited the White House on December 9, 2015.
    Former adviser Rachel Goldbrenner visited on both January 15 and August 8, 2016.    During the time of her visit, Goldbrenner served as an adviser to former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, who was behind the unmasking of Mike Flynn.
    Former European Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland also met with Ciaramella and reportedly was involved in the Clinton-funded dossier.    She visited on June 17, 2016.    Judicial Watch has released documents revealing that Nuland was involved in the Obama State Department’s “urgent” gathering of classified Russia investigation information, which was disseminated to members of Congress within hours of then-candidate Trump taking office.
    ANTAC Director Artem Sytnyk visited on January 19, 2016.    He is tied to the release of documents during the 2016 campaign that were detrimental to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.    Sytnyk was convicted in Ukraine — along with Serhiy Leshenkco — for releasing official documents about Manafort to interfere with the 2016 election.
    Judicial Watch is calling on Congress to question Ciaramella about these meetings.

11/9/2019 Oil up $0.09 to $57.24, DOW up 6 to 27,681 a small increase to a new record.

11/9/2019 President Trump says he will release April Ukraine call transcript by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump talks to the media before leaving the White House,
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    President Trump has announced he will release the transcript of another call with Ukraine’s president next week.    While speaking to reporters on Saturday, the president blasted the impeachment inquiry and reiterated his claim that the July 25th discussion with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “totally appropriate.”
    He went on to say, due to popular demand, he would be releasing the transcript of his April conversation with Zelensky on Tuesday.
    “Now, they want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call — I’m willing to provide that,” stated President Trump.    “We’ll probably give it to you on Tuesday.”
    The president then touted how he has been the most transparent president in history.    He also celebrated his approval rating among Republican voters, which he said was at 95 percent.
    The White House released a copy of the July phone call transcript back in September.    President Trump has since been calling on the public to read it and see for themselves that the conversation was “perfect.”
    His administration recently released themed t-shirts to further drive the point home.
In this Nov. 4, 2019, photo, people wearing shirts with the words “Read the Transcript” arrive to attend a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The president has also said he might be willing to read the transcript of the July 25th call live on television as a fireside chat.    Last week, he announced he would read the call aloud to Americans to demonstrate that it was not what House Democrats alleged it to be.
    “At some point, I’m going to sit down — perhaps as a fireside chat on live television — and I will read the transcript of the call,” stated President Trump.    “People have to hear it — when you read it, it’s a straight call.”
    He went on to slam the Democrat Party, saying the impeachment inquiry sets a “terrible precedent for other presidents.”

11/9/2019 Bloomberg: State Department gave aid to Ukraine days before President Trump lifted freeze by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    New information is coming to light regarding the timeline of the halted Ukraine aid, which is one of the main controversies in the ongoing impeachment inquiry.
    On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that the State Department lifted the president’s freeze on aid nearly a week before he had announced it on September 11th.    It remains unclear whether President Trump approved the State Department’s decision or not.
    The report claimed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent a classified memo by the agency’s lawyers, which reportedly said there was no legal standing to block the aid.    Federal law requires all government funds to be used by September 30th, the end of the fiscal year, or risk losing it.    The multi-week process was subsequently started on September 7th.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a news conference with German Foreign Minister
Heiko Maas in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
    Witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have claimed the Trump administration withheld the military aid to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election.
    President Trump has pushed back on these allegations, calling the inquiry a “hoax” and stating that his interactions with the foreign government were “perfect.”    The president has asked the American people to read the transcript of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, which was released in September.
    On Saturday, he announced the forthcoming release of another one of his communications with the country, which is slated to be delivered next week.

11/9/2019 Republicans call Hunter Biden, whistleblower and others to publicly testify by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of the his father’s, Vice President
Joe Biden’s, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    House Republicans are calling Hunter Biden to testify in the upcoming public impeachment hearings.
    According to a witness list released on Saturday, Biden and his former Burisma business partner Devon Archer are among those the GOP wants to appear for open testimonies.    Republicans also want the whistleblower to appear and reveal their identity in the public forum.
    House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes released a letter with the list.    It stated that he expects each of the witnesses to be called to “ensure Democrats treat the president with fairness, as promised by Speaker Pelosi.”
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters after witnesses failed
to appear under subpoena before House impeachment investigators following President Donald Trump’s orders
not to cooperate with the probe, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is refusing the GOP’s request to call on Hunter Biden.    On Saturday, the chairman said the impeachment inquiry will not be used to undertake investigations into the Bidens or the 2016 election.
    He also said the committee is evaluating the GOP’s requests and will give consideration to witnesses within the scope of the impeachment inquiry, as voted on by the House.    The other witnesses the GOP has requested to publicly testify include former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr.
    Later the same day, President Trump said some of his suggestions for the Republicans’ list of potential witnesses did not make the cut.     He took to Twitter Saturday to share his recommendations.
    He also mentioned both whistleblowers as possible witnesses he wanted on the list.

11/9/2019 Giuliani: Biden-Ukraine ties should have been investigated a year ago by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses
a gathering during a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File )
    Rudy Giuliani is saying there’s much to uncover in the business dealings between the Biden family and Ukraine.
    During a Friday interview, Giuliani claimed Hunter and Joe Biden’s ties with Ukraine should have been investigated at least a year ago.     He claimed the corruption had been present for some time, but was not brought to light by federal agencies like the FBI because the bureau was also involved in the corruption.
    The president’s attorney went on to say as part of the president’s legal team, they found that three members of the Obama National Security Council had asked Ukrainian prosecutors to get dirt on the Trump campaign.
    “What you’re going to find out is that there was a lot dirty information — some nasty and some of it just plain false — that the Ukrainians were getting at the bidding of the Obama administration,” stated Giuliani.
    The attorney has previously claimed the Democrat impeachment inquiry was made to keep this alleged “pay for play” under wraps.
    This comes after two Republican senators asked the Secretary of State to release all documents related to Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian energy company Burisma.    They sought to determine if it may have influenced the Obama administration to end a corruption investigation.

11/9/2019 ICE blasts Montgomery County following release of alleged child molester by OAN Newsroom
Photo via Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    ICE agents in Maryland are blasting leadership in Montgomery County following the release of an alleged child molester who’s illegally in the country.
Luis Fredy Hernandez Morales – Photo via Fairfax County Police Department
    48-year-old Luis Fredy Hernandez-Morales was freed from custody earlier this week after the agency launched a detainer against him.    He has been accused of molesting a young female relative of his back in July.
    The agency’s request was not granted and he was released on bond the next day.    ICE officials said the sanctuary county’s policies means politics are being put above public safety.
    “We’re not receiving cooperation — there’s no real willingness to do that,” stated ICE Baltimore acting Director Frank Madrigal.    “I’m not looking to come to an agreement on politics, I’m looking to allow a federal law enforcement agency to be able to do their work.”
    Agents later took Hernandez-Morales back into custody.    Police said the man was active in the youth ministry at a local church and fear there may be other victims.

11/9/2019 Trump administration proposes immigration application fee increase by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 29, 2019 file photo, Cuban migrants are escorted by Mexican immigration officials in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,
as they cross the Paso del Norte International bridge to be processed as asylum seekers on the U.S. side of the border. (AP Photo/Christian Torres, File)
    A new Trump administration proposal is aiming to increase immigration application fees. On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a new set of fees for those looking to apply for asylum in the U.S.    They said they hope the new fees will alleviate the pressure that the growing asylum backlog has on the agency.
    Unlike other government agencies, the USCIS primarily depends on applications fees.    Director Jessica Vaughan from the Center for Immigration Studies said it can take up to four years for the agency to receive the benefits of a fee adjustment.
    “During that time, the backlogs only get worse,” said Vaughan.    “The processing backlogs are one of those rare areas that everyone agrees needs to be addressed.”
    Under the proposed rule, affirmative asylum applications will cost 50 dollars while green card holders applying for citizenship will now have to pay $1,100.    DACA recipients — also known as dreamers — would need to pay nearly 300 dollars for a renewal request.
    Officials claimed this is necessary for national safety and to avoid fraud.
    “The advocacy groups are saying that to end the backlogs, we should have less scrutiny of applications,” explained Vaughan.    “We obviously cannot do that — we don’t want to issue benefits to people who are a security risk.”
    The rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register on November 14th and will be open for public comment for a month.    If passed, it would make the U.S. one of four nations to charge for initial asylum applications.
    Officials said the modernized fees are necessary in helping the agency catch up.
    “We need to avoid dumping even more work on this agency that is struggling to catch up with the increasing workload that its experienced recently,” stated Vaughan.

11/10/2019 GOP wants Hunter Biden to testify From Wire Reports
    WASHINGTON – Democrats and Republicans are already tussling over which witnesses to call for the public impeachment hearings in the coming week.Republicans released a list of people they want to hear from.    Among them: Biden’s son, Hunter; one of his former associates at a Ukrainian energy company; and the anonymous whistleblower.
    The top Republican on the House intelligence committee, California Rep. Devin Nunes, said Democrats are conducting a one-sided inquiry and it’s important to hear from certain people familiar with Ukrainian corruption and political machinations.
    But Republicans need the committee’s approval to summon their witnesses and Democrats are in the majority.    The committee chairman, California Rep. Adam Schiff, quickly cast doubt on whether Republicans will get their way.
    Without getting into specifics, Schiff said he won’t let the hearings serve as a vehicle to conduct “sham investigations” into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son or the 2016 election.    Nor will he let the hearings aid President Donald Trump’s “effort to threaten ... and retaliate against the whistleblower.”
    Some of the eight people on the Republicans’ list have already testified privately.    They also want to hear from officials who helped the whistleblower prepare the complaint.
    Republicans want to hear from:
  • The whistleblower: The still-unidentified official who filed a whistleblower complaint following Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
  • Hunter Biden: The son of former Vice President Joe Biden and former board member of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest gas company.
  • David Hale: The undersecretary of state for political affairs who testified behind closed doors Wednesday.
  • Tim Morrison: National Security Council aide who testified behind closed doors on Oct. 31.
  • Kurt Volker: Special envoy to Ukraine who testified behind closed doors on Oct. 3.
  • Nellie Ohr: A contractor for research firm Fusion GPS who worked on the Steele dossier, an unverified 2016 compilation ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele alleging ties between Trump and the Kremlin.
  • Devon Archer: Burisma board member Devon Archer, a business partner of Hunter Biden.
  • Alexandra Chalupa: Democratic National Committee staffer who Republicans allege was part of Ukrainian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
    “We expect you will call each of the witnesses listed above to ensure that the Democrats’ ‘impeachment inquiry’ treats the President with fairness, as promised by Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi,” Nunes wrote in a letter Saturday to Schiff.
    Schiff said three State Department witnesses will appear in two hearings Wednesday and Friday: the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, career department official George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.    Yovanovitch was ousted in May on Trump’s orders and Taylor replaced her; both have testified about their concerns with the administration’s policy on Ukraine.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., center, says he’s
not likely to allow attacks on the whistleblower. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE
[It is very obvious that Shifty Schiff would not allow testimony that would refute the Democratic narrative that he has created behind closed doors and would keep this from the American people from seeing the other side of the narrative.
Where is the IG Report and Durham charges which will shut down this silly impeachment inquiry because the players who caused this mess will be busted finally
.].

11/10/2019 For U.S. diplomats, public impeachment hearings could be catharsis and maybe a circus by Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay and Arshad Mohammed
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks with U.S. soldiers based in Grafenwoehr, Germany November 7, 2019. Jens Meyer/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On the first day of November, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent an internal email to thousands of State Department staff that began: “As champions of American diplomacy, we are in the truth-telling business.”
    While the email seen by Reuters focused on global policy challenges, the message extolling truth struck a nerve in a diplomatic corps immersed in an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump that Pompeo himself has spurned.
    Next week three diplomats will be the first to testify in open hearings led by Democrats in the House of Representatives considering whether Trump should be impeached for abusing power by pressing Ukraine to investigate a rival.    If so, his potential removal from office would be decided in the Senate.
    Ten diplomats past and present have testified behind closed doors, most under subpoena.    At least four voiced alarm at the efforts of Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to politicize a department that prides itself on being apolitical.
    Pompeo’s refusal to cooperate with the House inquiry and his failure to defend career diplomats from attacks fueled discontent.    So did a White House spokeswoman’s calling them “radical un-elected bureaucrats waging war on the Constitution.”
    “It sure would have been nice for him to say something supporting the troops.    The silence is deafening,” a career diplomat said of Pompeo, a former CIA chief under Trump.
    Early in the probe, Pompeo sternly objected to efforts to obtain depositions from current and former State Department officials and accused Democrats of bullying and intimidation.    He has refused to heed subpoenas for documents.
    When the three diplomats testify on Wednesday and Friday, with their reputations on the line as they face potentially harsh questions from Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress, they will have the backing of many colleagues.
    “People are supportive.    I think that’s the majority viewpoint,” said a veteran State Department official, one of the 10 current officials and diplomats who spoke to Reuters and who all requested anonymity to avoid retaliation.    “There is a sense that we’re getting shafted.”
    The officials, who have served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, said the first public hearings are a chance for the diplomatic corps to show Americans they are public servants of integrity and principle who steer clear of partisan politics.    While they spoke of deep frustration in the Trump era State Department, they stress it is their job to carry out the president’s policies.
    Trump’s allies counter that he has changed the course of U.S. foreign policy with an “America First” approach that aims to bring back U.S. troops from “endless wars” and rebalance trade agreements in America’s favor.
    “On the whole, everyone is watching and cheering on Taylor and Yovanovitch,” said another official, referring to William Taylor, the top diplomat in Kiev, and Marie Yovanovitch, whom he replaced in June after she was abruptly recalled by Trump.
    Taylor and George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary who handles day-to-day policy on Ukraine, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday while Yovanovitch is scheduled to appear on Friday.
    The State Department would provide no on-the-record comment for this story after multiple requests.    A spokesperson confirmed a CBS News report that the department plans to provide legal assistance to employees called to testify.     The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
MOOD TURNS SOUR
    The impeachment inquiry centers on a July 25 phone call in which Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate unsubstantiated corruption accusations against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm.
    Pompeo was on the call, but initially failed to acknowledge that he knew of its contents.
    Biden is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination to oppose Trump’s bid for re-election next year.    He and his son deny wrongdoing.
    In closed-door testimony, witnesses have bolstered a whistleblower’s accusations that Trump sought the Biden investigation in return for granting Zelenskiy a White House visit and releasing nearly $400 million in U.S. security assistance to help Ukraine against Russia-backed separatists.
    “It’s not what Pompeo is doing.    It’s not his responses,” said another person who works in the State Department.    “It’s the underlying facts of leveraging U.S. aid for political gain.    That is so appalling.”
    Trump and Pompeo deny any improper conduct, the president calling the probe a Democratic bid to undo his surprise 2016 victory ahead of a November 2020 election.
    Becoming secretary of state in April 2018, Pompeo won early plaudits from career staff for reversing some of the unpopular policies of his predecessor Rex Tillerson by, for instance, increasing promotions and lifting a hiring freeze.
    One career diplomat said that while “morale is low and everyone is complaining,” Pompeo was preferable to Tillerson in part because his access to Trump had allowed him to better advocate for the department.
    While the hearings will give the diplomats a direct channel to Americans, some colleagues worry they will also be subject to brutal questioning in the room and vicious attacks outside by Trump allies looking to undermine their credibility.
    “On the one hand, it’s good. On the other hand, it’s just going to degenerate into a circus,” one official said.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Mary Milliken and Howard Goller)

11/10/2019 Nikki Haley: Former cabinet members told me to resist President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE-In this Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley
speaks during a security council meeting at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is claiming two former cabinet members tried to recruit her to help undermine the president.    In a recent interview, Haley said former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly confronted her in a closed-door meeting to enlist her in opposing President Trump.
    Haley will detail the alleged meeting in her soon to be released memoir, “With All Due Respect.”    She said Kelly and Tillerson “confided in me that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate — they were trying to save the country.”
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves a courthouse in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    According to the memoir, Tillerson told Haley lives were at stake if the president were to go unchecked. The former South Carolina governor said she declined their offers, calling them offensive.
    “Go tell the president what your differences are and quit if you don’t like what he’s doing,” said Haley.    “To undermine a president is really a very dangerous thing — it goes against the Constitution and what the American people want.”
    Although Haley has not always seen eye to eye with the president, she said she will stand by him as he continues to seek another term in office in 2020.
    “What I’ll be doing is campaigning for this one,” she said.    “I look forward to supporting the president in the next election.”
FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, now former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly watches as
President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    The former UN ambassador has also spoken out against House Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Trump.    She said his alleged attempts to seek assistance from foreign nations for political investigations is not impeachable.
    “The Ukrainians never did the investigation and the president released the funds,” stated Haley.    “There’s just nothing impeachable there.”
    stepped down from her position in the UN back in 2018 and received a warm sendoff from President Trump. “With All Due Respect” will showcase Haley’s perspectives on major national and international matters, along with other insights into her time in the Trump administration.
    The book is set to be released on Tuesday.
[More proof that Trump had to clean the SWAMP and is being attacked by the DEEP STATE.]

11/10/2019 Alexander Vindman likely to be removed from White House by OAN Newsroom
Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returns to the Capitol to review transcripts of
his testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    A key witness in the impeachment inquiry — who works at the White House – may reportedly be removed from his post.    On Sunday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and dozens of others working on the National Security Council will be reassigned back to the departments they came from.
    Vindman was detailed from the Defense Department to work at the White House, but O’Brien said the council has more than enough people on its staff and will be rotating people out soon.
    “There’ll be a point for everybody who is detailed there…(to) go back to their agency,” stated O’Brien.    “What we want them to do is take the experience and skills they learned at the White House — take it back to their departments and agencies, and do an even better job there.”
U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the 35th Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
    Vindman was on the infamous Ukraine phone call and testified that he contacted a White House lawyer about what he heard on the president’s call with Ukraine’s leader.
    “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” stated Vindman.
    The colonel told the House panel that the release of a military aid package to Ukraine was “contingent” on the Ukrainian government investigating Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    “If Ukrainians took a partisan position, they would significantly undermine the possibility of future bipartisan support,” he said.     “Losing bipartisan support, they would then lose access to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance funds.”
    The colonel went on to say that the call went well until a meeting between the two presidents was suggested.    Former EU Ambassador Gordon Sondlond then “proceeded to discuss the deliverable required in order to get the meeting and alluded to investigations.”
    “The Ukrainians saw this meeting as critically important in order to solidify the support for their most important international partner,” said Vindman.    “When Ambassador Sondland started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President, Ambassador Bolton cut the meeting short.”

11/10/2019 Senator Johnson refutes claims President Trump withheld Ukraine aid for investigations by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., questions Boeing Company President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg
as he appears before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on ‘Aviation Safety
and the Future of Boeing’s 737 MAX’ on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    GOP Senator Ron Johnson is refuting allegations the president held up aid to Ukraine as part of an effort to get the nation to open investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election.
    On Sunday, Johnson said when he spoke to the president about the aid in August, President Trump raised the issues of corruption in Ukraine and the EU’s lack of financial support for the country.    Johnson also said most of the president’s advisers wanted the aid to be released and pointed out the funding was provided in September.
    The senator added the president made it clear he was not withholding the aid for investigations.
    “When I raised the issue, he vehemently, adamantly and angrily denied that there was any kind of condition to release that,” stated Johnson.    “He was concerned about corruption.”
    Johnson also said the president has been very consistent about why he had serious reservations about providing the aid.
FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the
InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that the State Department lifted the president’s freeze on Ukraine’s military aid nearly a week before he had announced it on September 11th.    The report claimed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent a classified memo by the agency’s lawyers, which reportedly said there was no legal standing to block the aid.
    Witnesses in the impeachment inquiry have claimed the Trump administration withheld the military aid to pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election.    President Trump has pushed back on these allegations, calling the inquiry a “hoax” and stating that his interactions with the foreign government were “perfect.”
    The president has since asked the American people to read the transcript of his July phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, which was released in September. On Saturday, he announced the forthcoming release of another one of his communications with the country, which is slated to be delivered next week.

11/10/2019 Florida county declares itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary County by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at
the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Lake County, Florida has become the first Second Amendment sanctuary in the state.    A resolution passed by county commissioners declared no authority will infringe on the Second Amendment rights of its law abiding citizens.
    The measure states the government can’t compel officials to enforce federal laws, as it would give the government power far beyond what the Constitution intended.
    Commissioner Josh Blake also targeted several Democrats in his comments on the proposal.
    “Cory Booker, Kamala Harris — these people have all called for mandatory buybacks,” stated Blake.    “I hope it sends a message to what can best be described as the authoritarian control freaks who… are not our problem anymore, as of yesterday.”
    Last year, county commissioners approved a plan allowing county employees with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms while on the job.

11/11/2019 Oil drops more than 1% on concern over U.S.-China trade war by Aaron Sheldrick
An oil pumpjack is seen in La Canada de Urdaneta, Venezuela October 1, 2019. Picture taken October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Nunez
    TOKYO (Reuters) – Oil prices fell more than 1% on Monday amid concerns over the prospects of a trade deal between the United States and China, while worries about oversupply also weighed on the market.
    Brent crude was down 69 cents, or 1.1%, at $61.82 by 0730 GMT. The contract rose 1.3% last week.
    U.S. crude was 63 cents, or 1.1%, lower at $56.61 a barrel, having risen 1.9% last week
.
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that trade talks with China were moving along “very nicely,” but the United States would only make a deal with Beijing if it was the right one for America.
    The 16-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies has slowed economic growth around the world and prompted analysts to lower forecasts for oil demand, raising concerns that a supply glut could develop in 2020.
    Trump also said there had been incorrect reporting about U.S. willingness to lift tariffs as part of a “phase one” agreement, news of which had boosted markets.
    Underlining the impact of the trade war, data over the weekend showed that China’s producer prices fell the most in more than three years in October, as the manufacturing sector weakened, hit by the dispute and declining demand.
    “China delivered a massive deflationary shock in its factories, providing a somber tone towards the fragile state of the global economy,” Samuel Siew, analyst at Phillip Futures, said in a note.
    Auto sales in China fell for a 16th consecutive month in October, with the number of new energy vehicles sold contracting for the fourth month in a row, data showed on Monday.
    Investors are also concerned about excess supplies of crude, analysts said.
    The oil market outlook for next year may have upside potential, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said last week, suggesting there is no need to cut output further.
    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies led by Russia meet in December.    The so-called OPEC+ alliance, seeking to boost oil prices, has since January cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day until March 2020.
    Money managers boosted their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to Nov. 5 by 22,512 contracts to 138,389, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said.
    In the United States, energy companies last week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a third week in a row.    Drillers cut seven rigs in the week to Nov. 8, bringing the total count down to 684, the lowest since April 2017, Baker Hughes said.
(For a graphic on ‘U.S. Rig count’ click https://tmsnrt.rs/2X8Myf7)
(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

11/11/2019 Lt. Col. Vindman likely be removed from White House by OAN Newsroom
Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, leaves Capitol Hill
in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, following a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Permanent Select
Committee on Intelligence, and Committee on Oversight and Reform joint interview. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    A key witness in the impeachment inquiry, who works at the White House, will likely be removed from his post.    While speaking on CBS Sunday, National Security adviser Robert O’Brien said Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and dozens of others working on the National Security Council will be reassigned back to the departments they came from.
    Vindman was detailed from the Defense Department to work at the White House, but O’Brien said the council has more than enough people on its staff and will be rotating people out.    When asked if the move was a form of retaliation, the National Security adviser was quick to shut-down that assertion.
    “I never retaliate against anyone…there will be a point for everyone who is detailed there that there detail will come to and end, they’ll go back to their agency,” said O’Brien.    “And what we want them to do is take the experience and skills they learned at the White House, take it back to their departments and agencies, and do an even better job there.”
U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien attends the East Asia summit
in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
    Vindman was on the infamous Ukraine phone call and testified that he contacted a White House lawyer about what he heard on the president’s call with Ukraine’s leader.

11/11/2019 Former U.S. top diplomat Rice concerned by shadow diplomacy on Ukraine by Ron Bousso
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testify's during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S.
Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
    ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Condoleezza Rice, a secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush, said on Monday reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine were “deeply troubling.”
    Rice was critical of President Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential run but has been more restrained since the Republican took office.
    State Department officials have testified in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry about an “irregular channel” of people involved in Ukraine policy, including Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.    Public hearings begin this week.
    “What I see right now troubles me.    I see a state of conflict between the foreign policy professionals and someone who says he’s acting on behalf of the president but frankly I don’t know if that is the case,” Rice, who also served as Bush’s national security adviser, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi.
    “It is troubling.    It is deeply troubling,” she said.
    The House of Representatives’ inquiry centers on Trump’s July 25 request to Ukraine’s president that he investigate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Biden’s son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.
    Witnesses in the inquiry have described how Giuliani and others worked to pressure Ukraine into announcing an investigation of the Bidens.    They said Trump and his administration sought to tie $391 million in security aid to Ukraine to an investigation, as well as a White House meeting.
    The United States has been highly supportive of Ukraine against the threat from Russia, especially after the takeover of the Crimea in 2014.
    Rice, who went to the White House as a Soviet specialist, said any non-official persons carrying messages for the U.S. administration should make sure they are carrying the same message as the secretary of state or national security adviser.
    “This is just not a good thing.    The world shouldn’t get confusing messages from the United States of America,” she said.
    Rice also criticized the July 25 call in which Trump made the request of Ukraine’s newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
    “The call is murky, it is really murky.    I don’t like for the president of the United States to mention an American citizen for investigation to a foreign leader.    I think that is out of bounds,” she said.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
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11/11/2019 SCOTUS to begin hearing arguments over DACA program this week by OAN Newsroom
People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, to be able to attend oral arguments in
the case of President Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments over the legality of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.    The Obama administration enacted DACA via executive order in 2012.    They called it a stop-gap measure to shield migrants brought to the U.S as children from deportation.
    “This is not immunity.    This is not a path to citizenship.    It’s not a permanent fix.    This is a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.” — former President Barack Obama
    The Trump administration moved to outlaw the program in 2017, but was forced to temporarily reinstate it after three lower courts argued it was terminated unlawfully.    Though no new applicants can apply, the program remains in effect for those were already accepted over seven years later.
    In June of 2019, the Supreme Court finally agreed to combine all three appeals cases into one ruling.    Justices will be debating two questions: whether the government’s move to end DACA is something that lower courts can review at all and, if so, was the decision to end DACA legal?    Should the court decide the administration acted lawfully, DACA recipients would likely be able maintain their protected status until their two year contract expires.    After that, they would be subject to deportation.
    “There will be 700,000 young people, who I think would be allowed to finish whatever their term on DACA is, but once their terms are finished, they won’t be allowed to renew.    They’ll be subject to deportation.    They won’t have work authorization.” — Janet Napolitano, former Department of Homeland Security secretary
    If DACA is struck down, President Trump has indicated he will allow Democrats to negotiate to maintain parts of the program likely in exchange for their support on his hardline immigration agenda.

11/12/2019 Oil down $0.38 to $56.86, DOW up 10 to 27,691 for another record.

11/12/2019 Behind Trump-Erdogan ‘bromance,’ a White House meeting to repair U.S.-Turkey ties by Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun
FILE PHOTO: Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during
their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan,
June 29, 2019. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON/ANKARA (Reuters) – At the 2012 opening of Trump Towers in Istanbul, real estate mogul Donald Trump sang the praises of Tayyip Erdogan, telling a mostly Turkish audience that their leader, prime minister at the time, was “highly respected” around the world.
    “He’s a good man.    He’s just representing you very well,” Trump said at the ceremony.
    Since becoming the U.S. president, Trump has openly complimented Erdogan and his combative ruling style, calling him “a friend” and “hell of a leader.”
    Such fondness from Trump for the Turkish president, who is due to meet with him at the White House on Wednesday, is seen by many as the only reason why relations between Turkey and the United States have not completely collapsed, having soured severely over their disagreements on a host of issues.
    “The two leaders have an affinity for each other as strongman presidents,” said Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, while warning of the deep animosity within the bureaucracies of the two NATO allies.
    “The Erdogan-Trump part of the U.S.-Turkey relationship is really the only component of it that is currently working right now,” Cagaptay said.    “Confidence between government agencies of both countries has eroded and there is considerable anger towards the U.S. in Turkey and vice versa.”
    Washington and Ankara hit a new crisis point last month over Syria, after Erdogan began a cross-border incursion against America’s Kurdish allies and upended the U.S. presence there. Months earlier, the United States was livid over Turkey’s purchase of Russian missile defense systems.
    Turkey shrugged off threats of U.S. sanctions and began receiving its first S-400 deliveries in July.    In response, Washington removed Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, in which Ankara was a manufacturer and buyer. But so far, it has not imposed any sanctions.
    The move infuriated the U.S. Congress, whose anger toward Turkey deepened following Ankara’s offensive into Syria to drive out the Kurdish militia, Washington’s main partner in the fight against Islamic State.
    The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed a sanctions package to punish Turkey over its Syria operation while key members of the Senate, including Trump ally Lindsey Graham, have vowed to advance it if Ankara endangers Kurds.
    The House has also voted in favor of a non-binding resolution recognizing as genocide the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians 100 years ago, for the first time, angering Ankara.    Some lawmakers on Monday asked Trump in a letter to rescind the invitation to Erdogan.
    Erdogan has managed to avoid sanctions so far, but on Sunday, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the threat was real.    “If Turkey doesn’t get rid of the S-400, I mean, there will likely be sanctions. … Turkey will feel the impact of those sanctions,” he told CBS News.
WASHINGTON WANTS S-400S ABANDONED
    The issues straining the NATO allies stretch well beyond Syria and Russia. While Washington has largely stayed quiet in the face of an increasingly authoritarian Erdogan, it wants Ankara to drop charges against U.S. consular workers prosecuted in Turkey.
    For Ankara, its long-standing extradition request for U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it blames for orchestrating the 2016 failed coup, and U.S. charges on Turkey’s state-owned Halkbank for Iran sanctions-busting are also contentious.
    “We are of the same opinion with President Trump to solve problems and to improve our relations despite clouds in our bilateral ties,”     Erdogan told reporters before his flight to Washington.    “We have made significant progress on several issues despite bureaucratic and political sabotage attempts by some remnants of the previous administration.”
    For Wednesday, the Trump administration’s main goals are to get Erdogan to drop plans to use the S-400s and to agree to a permanent ceasefire in Syria, a senior administration official said.    “We want to lock that in,” the official said, referring to both issues.
    If Turkey agrees, Washington could eventually allow Ankara back on the F-35 fighter jet program and offer to sign a $100 billion trade agreement, two U.S. officials said. But Ankara has yet to signal a reversal.
    “Something like Turkey taking a step back from its purchase of S-400s is not on the agenda,” a senior Turkish official said.
    Since his announcement last December to pull out all troops from Syria, Trump has softened plans and agreed to keep a residual force in the northeastern part of the country.    As part of that plan, Washington wants to continue working with SDF fighters in the region to press on Islamic State, a move Ankara dislikes.
    “U.S. soldiers remaining at oil fields in Syria are also against the spirit of what is being done in Syria,” the Turkish official said.     “The support the United States provides the YPG is one of the biggest threats to ties between the two countries in the coming period.     This will be underlined very seriously during the visit,” he said.
    Despite the disagreements, Ankara remains hopeful, citing a warm telephone conversation between the two leaders last week.    “With Trump’s personal support, I believe the visit will contribute to overcoming problems. The phone call gave serious indications of this,” the official added.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in Washington and Orhan Coskun in Ankara; Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick, David Brunnstrom and Patricia Zengerle in Washington and Ezgi Erkoyun in Istanbul; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Mary Milliken and Leslie Adler)

11/12/2019 ‘Shameful’ of UK not to publish report on Russian meddling, says Hillary Clinton by Costas Pitas and Guy Faulconbridge
FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during an event promoting
"The Book of Gutsy Women" at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain, November 10, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized as “shameful” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision not to publish a parliamentary report on Russian meddling in UK politics until after an election next month.
    The report by parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has been cleared by the security services but it has not yet been given approval for publication by Johnson’s government, so will not appear before the Dec. 12 vote.
    “I find it inexplicable that your government will not release a government report about Russian influence.    Inexplicable and shameful,” Clinton told the BBC in remarks reported on Tuesday.    “Every person who votes in this country deserves to see that report before your election happens.”
    “There is no doubt – we know it in our country, we have seen it in Europe, we have seen it here – that Russia in particular is determined to try to shape the politics of Western democracies,” Clinton said.
    Britain has accused Russia of meddling in the domestic politics and elections of several Western countries, including the U.S. presidential election.    The British government says it has not seen evidence of “successful” Russian interference in UK elections, including the 2016 vote to leave the EU.
    Moscow has repeatedly denied any meddling and says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria.    U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election through hacking and spreading propaganda, aimed at helping Donald Trump defeat Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
    The British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee’s report contains allegations of Russia’s attempts to interfere in Western politics and includes evidence from Britain’s main intelligence agencies, MI5, GCHQ and MI6.
    The report was completed in March and then went through redaction by the Cabinet Office and security services, a process completed by early October, according to Dominic Grieve, who chaired the committee.
    Grieve, who was expelled from the parliamentary group of Johnson’s Conservatives for defying him over Brexit, said the report was sent to the prime minister on Oct. 17 for final approval, a process he said customarily takes 10 days.
    Johnson’s government says the delay is a result of normal procedures: “There is a proper process that these reports go through.    The ISC are aware of that,” Johnson’s spokesman said on Monday.    “That process hadn’t completed by the time that parliament was dissolved.”
    As the report is supposed to be presented to parliament, which is not sitting during the election campaign, its publication could be delayed by months.
    The opposition Labour Party has said the decision not to release the report is an attempt to withhold the truth from the public and has said both Johnson and his most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, have links to Russia.
    Johnson’s government has denied suggestions by the Labour Party that either the Conservative Party or the government are linked to Russian disinformation campaigns.
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Peter Graff)

11/12/2019 President Trump speaks during a meeting of the Economic Club of New York by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the Economic Club of New York
in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    President Trump is touting his administrations economic achievements. While speaking during a meeting of the Economic Club of New York Tuesday, the president praised the current state of the economy.    He said his administration has delivered on its promises and exceeded expectations by a very wide margin.
    The president then highlighted the country’s historically low unemployment rates and noted the number of people receiving federal assistance, such as food stamps, has dropped by nearly 7 million.    He then went on to tout the growth in job opportunities in industries such as manufacturing, energy, and production.
    Meanwhile, President Trump also sounded optimistic that ‘phase one’ of a trade deal with China may be signed soon.    He suggested China is suffering from Washington’s imposed tariffs, and said it’s supply chains are cracking. He said because of this, they want to make a deal.    The president went on to say a significant ‘phase one’ deal with China will only be accepted if it benefits the United States, its companies, and its workers.

11/12/2019 BRICS nations to study adding countries to development bank by Marcela Ayres
FILE PHOTO: Kundapur Vaman Kamath, president of the New Development Bank (NDB), attends a groundbreaking ceremony at
New Development Bank permanent headquarters building in Shanghai, China September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Leaders of the BRICS group of leading emerging economy nations meeting this week will discuss opening their development bank to other countries to increase its capital to fund infrastructure and other projects, diplomats and the bank’s head said.
    The New Development Bank (NDB) launched in 2014 by China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa has a subscribed capital of $50 billion, of which $10 billion is paid capital.
    Diplomats for Brazil and one other BRICS nation said expansion of the bank is on the agenda at the annual summit Nov. 13-14.
    NDB President K.V. Kamath said the bank’s membership is open to all members of the United Nations and its mandate is to mobilize funds for sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies and developing countries.
    “The membership will be expanded gradually,” he told Reuters in an interview by email but declined to name any countries.
    Kamath rebuffed criticism that the bank has taken a long time to deliver loans to help boost economies amid slowing global growth.
    “The NDB has gone a long way in four years, something that took some of our peer institutions decades to achieve,” he said referring to other multilateral lending institutions.
    As of Monday, the bank’s total project approvals stood at $12.5 billion for 45 projects.    In 2019 alone it approved 14 loans worth $4.4 billion, he said.
    By the end of 2019, the bank projects total approvals to reach $14 billion to $15 billion, almost double the portfolio of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
    Among recent loans, the bank last month approved $500 million for Brazil’s national Climate Fund project, known as Fundo Clima in Portuguese, which is aimed at helping the country meet its Nationally Determined Contribution, a target reducing carbon emissions under the Paris climate accord.
(Reporting by Marcela Ayres; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

11/12/2019 Nikki Haley doubles-down on her defense of President Trump amid impeachment inquiry by OAN Newsroom
File – Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has continued to defend President Trump in regards to the Democrat impeachment.    In an interview on “The Today Show” Tuesday morning, Haley doubled-down on her belief that nothing the president is being accused of amounts to an impeachable offense.    She said we are less than a year away from a presidential election and the people should decide whether they want the president to continue holding office.
    Despite her concern over the political process, Haley said she thinks the president believes the Ukraine call was perfect.    However, she would not have asked a foreign government to investigate an American citizen.
    Haley also pointed out that Ukraine has always had an issue with corruption, and said the American people have a right to know if Joe Biden improperly applied pressure to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating his son Hunter.
    The former UN ambassador went on to say she told President Trump former Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were trying to undermine him. Haley said Tillerson and Kelly “totally knew” she was not going to join them in their efforts against the president’s decisions.    She said both disagreed with the president on multiple policy choices, including and the U.S. Embassy move in Israel and the decision to exit the Iran Nuclear Deal.
    Haley also said in every instance she dealt with the president he was truthful, listened, and was great to work with.    She suggested both Tillerson and Kelly should have confronted the president directly about their disagreements.

11/12/2019 Rising Medicare prices will shrink Social Security inflation adjustment next year by Mark Miller
FILE PHOTO: A doctor checks the blood pressure of a patient at the J.W.C.H. safety-net clinic in the
center of skid row in downtown Los Angeles July 30, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo
    (The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.)
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – The cost of Medicare is going up next year – way up.
    Federal officials announced late last week that the standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B (outpatient services) will jump 6.7% to $144.60.    The annual deductible will rise by a similar amount.
    The increases come on the heels of last month’s news that the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security will be just 1.6% for 2020.    But the actual COLA will be much smaller for most beneficiaries, since Part B premiums are deducted from Social Security benefits.    For example, if your Social Security benefit is $1,500, your COLA will be just under 1% – an increase of $14.90 rather than $24.
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) said the Part B hikes are mainly due to higher spending on “physician-administered drugs.”    That is a reference to situations where physicians buy and administer drugs to patients, and earn a profit on what they bill Medicare’s Part B program.    Physician-administered drug spending rose at a rapid 9.6% annual clip between 2009 and 2017, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission https://bit.ly/36SoNO9, an independent federal body that studies Medicare and reports to Congress.
    CMS has proposed a reform plan https://bit.ly/2O2hH12 that would reduce the cost of these drugs by tying their prices to an international index.
    The Medicare-and-COLA math underscores the broad challenge retirees face in protecting themselves against inflation.    Social Security is the only retirement benefit that provides any type of built-in inflation protection – one of the key reasons that the program is so valuable.
    Still, rising healthcare costs pose a broader threat for retirees.    Medicare’s trustees are forecasting annual Part B premium increases averaging 5.9% through 2028 – well ahead of general inflation.
    Advocates for Social Security expansion hope to address the widening gap between healthcare and general inflation by adopting a COLA formula called the CPI-E (for elderly).    This is an experimental index maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that more accurately reflects the inflationary forces impacting seniors, such as healthcare.    It has risen slightly more quickly than the CPI-W over the past decade – so it would help, but only a bit.
THE 2020 MATH
    The 2020 Part B premium hikes will impact all but the lowest-benefit Social Security enrollees – those receiving $570 per month or less this year, according to the Senior Citizens League (SCL).    This group will be protected by the so-called hold harmless provision of federal law, which protects Social Security enrollees from any decline in benefits.    The rule prohibits the dollar increase in the Part B premium from exceeding the dollar increase in your Social Security benefit.
    All other Social Security beneficiaries will bear the full weight of the Part B premium hike, and the higher deductible applies to everyone.    Other Medicare enrollees who will pay full freight on the changes include anyone enrolled in Medicare who has not yet claimed Social Security, federal or state government workers who do not participate in Social Security but do use Medicare, and anyone enrolling in Medicare for the first time next year.
    Affluent seniors who pay high-income Medicare premium surcharges also will see their premiums rise.
    Since 2007, high-income enrollees have been paying surcharges on their premiums for Part B (outpatient services) and Part D (prescription drugs).    Relatively few people on Medicare pay the so-called Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA).    Roughly 7% of enrollees pay IRMAAs, according to Medicare.
    IRMAA brackets are defined by a modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) formula that includes the total adjusted gross income on your tax return plus tax-exempt interest income.    The determination is made using the most recent tax return made available by the IRS to the Social Security Administration. For example, the IRMAA you pay in 2019 would be based on AGI reported on your 2017 tax return. (You can appeal for a reduction if your income declined due to any one of a number of defined “life-changing” circumstances – and one of those is stopping work.    File your appeal using Form SSA-44 from the Social Security Administration)
    This year, IRMAA kicks in for single filers with MAGI above $85,000, and double that figure ($170,000) for joint filers.    In that first bracket, for example, the Part B premium next year will be $202.40 next year.    From there, the surcharges move up through a series of brackets; in the highest bracket, the Part B premium next year will be $491.60 – but only if you have $500,000 or more of MAGI. (If you are in that rarified air, you probably will not have much trouble shouldering your IRMAAs.)
    Next year, IRMAA brackets will be indexed for inflation for the first time – and those figures also were announced by Medicare last week.    They begin for single filers with MAGI of $87,000 or above – joint filers simply double that number.
    The costs of Medicare Part A also will be higher next year.    Medicare enrollees do not pay premiums for Part A (hospitalization), but the deductible there will rise 3.2%, to $1,408 for the first 60 days of care. (Click here https://go.cms.gov/33KliaN for details on all the new Medicare premiums and deductibles.)
THE BROADER INFLATION QUESTION
    An annual study by the Senior Citizens League has consistently found that the CPI-W fails to do an adequate job of keeping seniors even with inflation.    The league’s report on the buying power of seniors looks at a market basket of goods, including prescription drugs, housing, health insurance, food and various taxes. The most recent report found that benefits have lost 33% of their buying power since 2000.
    “Older Americans are not living on a fixed income,” said Mary Johnson, the Social Security and Medicare policy analyst for SCL.    “They are attempting to live on a shrinking one – their standard of living is declining as their Social Security benefits purchase less.”
(Reporting and writing by Mark Miller in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

11/13/2019 Oil down $0.06 to $56.80, DOW unchanged at 27,691.

11/13/2019 Sen. Rand Paul names suspected whistleblower by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Rand Paul defied mainstream norms and called out the suspected whistleblower by name.    During radio interview Wednesday, the Kentucky lawmaker was asked about his position that news outlets should name the alleged whistleblower, which has been reported by conservative outlets.
    You can listen to the full radio interview here.
    Sen. Paul then named the alleged informant, saying he could be called in to testify during potential hearings in the Senate due to his reported ties to former Vice President Joe Biden.
    “I think Eric Ciaramella needs to be pulled in for testimony and then I think it will be ultimately determined at that point, but I think he is a person of interest in the sense that he was at the Ukraine desk when Joe Biden was there…when Hunter Biden was working for the Ukrainian oligarch,” said the Kentucky lawmaker.    “So simply for that alone, I think he’s a material witness who needs to be brought in.”
    Sen. Paul’s demand comes despite there being no reported confirmation of the anonymous person’s identity.
RELATED: OAN Gives Alleged Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella The Opportunity To Deny Media Claims

11/13/2019 Supreme court divided on DACA by OAN Newsroom
People rally outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the case of President Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era,
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    After years of debate in the White House and Congress, DACA has finally made its way to the Supreme Court.    After one day of oral arguments, however, justices appear divided.    The program was implemented via executive order by former President Barack Obama.    It allows hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay in the country, go to school, and work.The Trump administration moved to end the program back in 2017 because they say it was implemented illegally.
    “I revoked it because everybody said that Obama had no right to do it,” said President Trump.
    With its future now in the hands of the Supreme Court, the Trump administration must justify why it ended the program.    Conservative-leaning justices appear satisfied with the White House’s arguments, but more liberal justices are skeptical.    Those having reservations have argued that ending the program would have major consequences for the 700,000 DACA recipients, their families, and places of work.
    Many of those recipients were seen protesting outside the Supreme Court Tuesday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other participants, outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the
case of President Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA),
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Democrats were urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the Dream Act and are rallying alongside those who would be eligible for it.
    “We are hopeful that the court, the Supreme Court, will shine a light on us, will understand the right thing to do,” stated Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
    If the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration, the president said will make a deal with Democrats to allow so-called Dreamers to stay in the U.S.    With justices divided and a ruling not expected until June, it may come down to a vote from Chief Justice John Roberts.    His decision will have major implications on the thousands of DACA recipients as well as the 2020 election.

11/13/2019 George Kent: Giuliani infecting Ukraine relations, led smear against Yovanovitch by OAN Newsroom
Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, left, and Career Foreign Service officer George Kent are sworn in prior to testifying before
the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP)
    All eyes were on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning as the first public hearings in the Democrat impeachment inquiry kicked off with testimony from William Taylor and George Kent.    In his opening statement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kent took aim at Rudy Giuliani by saying he’s “infecting U.S. relations with Ukraine.”
    Kent also told the House Intelligence Committee that he raised concern over reports of corruption at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, but insisted he saw no evidence Joe Biden sought to block an investigation into the company.    He also accused Giuliani and his two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, of orchestrating a political coup against former Ukraine ambassador.
    Giuliani published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal ahead of the hearings, where he slammed House Democrats for their “unprecedented impeachment investigation” and reemphasized the president’s dealings with Ukraine were completely innocent.
Career Foreign Service officer George Kent testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “They led to the ouster of Ambassador Yovanovitch and hampered U.S. efforts to establish rapport with the new Zelenskyy administration in Ukraine,” claimed Kent.    “In mid-August it became clear to me that Giuliani’s efforts to gin up politically-motivated investigations were now infecting U.S. engagement with Ukraine, leveraging (Ukrainian) President Zelensky’s desire for a White House meeting.”
    Meanwhile, former ambassador Yovanovitch is set for her public testimony before the House panel this coming Friday.

11/13/2019 Attorney General Barr to launch anti-gun violence initiative by OAN Newsroom
A vigil attendee holds a sign during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting in
Dayton, Ohio, U.S. August 4, 2019. (REUTERS/Photo/Bryan Woolston)
    A recent poll found there is a shared outrage by both political parties about gun violence in America.    U.S. Attorney General William Barr is set to launch an anti-gun initiative next week called “Project Guardian” that is likely to win over both Republicans and Democrats.    According to a letter by Barr, he will implement “forward leaning” techniques such as court ordered mental health treatment, supervision and counseling.    The trio of proposals are made-up of what the Justice Department calls terrorism prevention initiatives.
    Barr has been on the books when it comes to preventing mass shootings rather than finding a solution after the tragedy.    During a tech conference this summer, he warned tech giants that both smaller terrorist groups and lone actors, such as the ones in California, Texas and Ohio, take advantage of company’s air-tight rules that prohibit the government from accessing the data of consumer products even with a probable cause.
    “By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society,” explained the U.S. attorney general.
    Washington’s renewed focus on reducing gun violence follows a slew of mass shootings in August alone, which resulted in the deaths of 53 people.    Nonetheless, Barr has not mentioned any change of plans, but has set up a gun-related training conference next month at the FBI headquarters.
FILE – In this July 8, 2019, file photo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during
a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

11/13/2019 President Trump to delay decision to impose auto tariffs on EU, Japan by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This photo captures car transporters in Ruesselsheim, central Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
    The decision whether to delay or proceed with imposing auto tariffs has been a hot topic since the beginning of this year.    The tax that has been stirring debate is a 25 percent tariff against the European Union and Japan.
    Six months ago, the White House announced plans to delay its decision on auto tariffs.    President Trump is expected to announce a decision Wednesday, but reports predict he may delay that decision again.    If the president does decide to delay, many believe it would help the U.S. avoid a sluggish economy.
    “If they’re delayed, that means ‘thank God’ there’s not yet another strain on the economy.    At the same time, the China trade war is intensifying and so forth.    This is a sleep issue much people probably don’t know much about.” — Rick Newman, columnist – Yahoo! Finance
    According to President Trump, the decision to impose tariffs isn’t about the economy rather it’s a question of national security.    Therefore, his decision on tariffs will take into account the factors which will keep the country safe.
    Despite the president’s decision on auto tariffs, eyes will probably soon turn to the country’s trade war with China.    This comes after recent reports say President Trump is flirting with the idea of imposing more tariffs against the country.
    RELATED: Automakers Expect Trump Will Delay Decision On Imposing EU, Japan Auto Tariffs.
In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine
Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. President Donald Trump says he
will make a decision very soon’" about whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

11/13/2019 NYT Report: President Trump floated firing Intel Community Inspector General by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of the Economic Club of New York
in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    As President Trump calls for the Ukraine whistleblower to be identified, the inspector general who shared the whistleblower complaint may be under fire.    On Tuesday, the New York Times reported the president has considered firing Inspector General Michael Atkinson after calling him disloyal.    Atkinson, who was appointed by the president in 2017, notified House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff of the complaint in September.
    The Times report follows a tweet this weekend in which the president included Atkinson with a list of Democrats he says should testify during the impeachment hearings.    Other Republicans have Atkinson in their sights as well.
    He’s either totally incompetent or part of the deep state, and he’s got a lot of questions he needs to answer because he knowingly changed the form and the requirements in order to make sure that this whistleblower complaint got out publicly,” stated Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).    “So he’s either incompetent or in on it, and he’s going to have more to answer for it, I can promise you, because we are not going to let him go.”
    Last month, the president tweeted that Atkinson should have never let the whistleblower scam get started in the first place.    He went on to call it a “Democrat hoax.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, about the House impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

11/13/2019 Massive anti-government demonstration break out in Chile by OAN Newsroom
Anti-government demonstrators clash with the police during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Students in
Chile began protesting nearly a month ago over a subway fare hike. The demonstrations have morphed into a massive protest movement
demanding improvements in basic services and benefits, including pensions, health, and education. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
    A massive strike has emerged in Chile as protesters continue to rally over inequality and social injustice.    Hundreds of union workers took to the streets of Chilean cities Tuesday for a nationwide walk-out.
    Truck drivers and other protesters set up barricades on at least two major highways, sparking clashes with riot police.    Demonstrators are frustrated with the government’s decision to rewrite the country’s heavily criticized constitution.
    “What people expect from us is that we work, but the decision was made and thinking of the well-being of the workers in this building, they would have to be able to arrive from their homes and they’ll have difficulty.    We, the legislators, would have had the possibility of being here at the right time, but that didn’t happen.” — Pablo Vidal, Chilean legislator
    At least 20 people have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as clashes between protesters and security forces escalate.

Chilean police clash with anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Students in
Chile began protesting nearly a month ago over a subway fare hike. The demonstrations have morphed into a massive protest movement
demanding improvements in basic services and benefits, including pensions, health, and education. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

11/13/2019 As U.S.-Turkey meeting begins, Trump praises relation with Erdogan by Alexandra Alper and Humeyra Pamuk
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan listens as he meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in the
Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner?
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded his relationship with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as the leaders started a meeting to overcome mounting differences between the two NATO allies ranging from Syria policy to Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defense system.
    Trump’s warm welcome of the Turkish president comes amid anger in the U.S. Congress about Ankara’s Oct. 9 offensive into Syria to drive out a Kurdish militia, Washington’s main partner in the fight against Islamic State.
    “We’ve been friends for a long time, almost from Day 1.    We understand each others’ country.    We understand where we are coming from,” Trump told Erdogan as they sat next to each other in the Oval Office.    “They’re highly respected in their country and in the region,” Trump said of Erdogan and his wife Emine.
    In front of the White House, protesters denounced Erdogan’s visit and urged Trump to protect Kurds threatened by Turkey’s incursion in Syria.    One sign read, “America Stand With Your Kurdish Allies.”
    Trump also said they will be discussing Ankara’s purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system. Trump also added that the two sides would talk about a potential $100-billion trade deal.
    “We’re also talking about the trade deal … Frankly, we’re going to be expanding our trade relationship very significantly,” Trump said.
    Despite his warm welcome, the two NATO allies have been at loggerheads for months now and their ties hit a new crisis point last month over Syria, after Erdogan began a cross-border incursion against America’s Kurdish allies and upended the U.S. presence there.    The United States has also been livid over Turkey’s purchase of Russian missile defense systems.
    Turkey shrugged off threats of U.S. sanctions and began receiving its first S-400 deliveries in July.    In response, Washington removed Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, in which Ankara was a manufacturer and buyer.    But so far, the United States has not imposed any sanctions.
    Turkey’s S-400 purchase infuriated the U.S. Congress. The House of Representatives last month passed a sanctions package to punish Turkey over its Syria operation while key members of the Senate, such as Trump ally Republican Lindsey Graham, have vowed to advance it if Ankara endangers Kurds.
    The House also voted last month in favor of a non-binding resolution recognizing the killings of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago as a genocide, a symbolic but historic vote denounced by Turkey.
(Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk and Lisa Lambert, Editing by Franklin Paul and Alistair Bell)

11/13/2019 Kent, Taylor testify before House Intel Committee by OAN Newsroom
Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, left, and Career Foreign Service officer George Kent are sworn in prior to testifying
before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP)
    All eyes were on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning as the first public hearings in the Democrat impeachment inquiry kicked off with testimony from William Taylor and George Kent.
    In his opening statement, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kent took aim at Rudy Giuliani by saying he’s “infecting U.S. relations with Ukraine.”    Kent also told the House Intelligence Committee that he raised concern over reports of corruption at Ukrainian gas company Burisma, but insisted he saw no evidence Joe Biden sought to block an investigation into the company.    He also accused Giuliani and his two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, of orchestrating a political coup against former Ukraine ambassador.
    Giuliani published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal ahead of the hearings, where he slammed House Democrats for their “unprecedented impeachment investigation” and reemphasized the president’s dealings with Ukraine were completely innocent.
Career Foreign Service officer George Kent testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President
Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “They led to the ouster of Ambassador Yovanovitch and hampered U.S. efforts to establish rapport with the new Zelenskyy administration in Ukraine,” claimed Kent.    “In mid-August it became clear to me that Giuliani’s efforts to gin up politically-motivated investigations were now infecting U.S. engagement with Ukraine, leveraging (Ukrainian) President Zelensky’s desire for a White House meeting.”
    Meanwhile, former ambassador Yovanovitch is set for her public testimony before the House panel this coming Friday.
    During his opening statement, William Taylor claimed — in his belief — President Trump cared more about the Biden probe than U.S. policies with Ukraine. The acting ambassador to Ukraine told lawmakers that one of his aides told him about a call he overheard between the president and UN ambassador Gordon Sonland in which he asked about investigations.
    “In the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kiev,” he stated.    “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about the investigations…Ambassador Sondland told President Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”
    Taylor went on to say he was not aware of this information during his October 22nd deposition and included it in Wednesday’s testimony for “completeness.”
Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
[I WATCHED THE ENTIRE PROCEEDINGS AND ALL THAT CAME FROM THE TWO WERE HEARSAY FROM OTHER INDIVIDUALS SOME SEVEN DEEP WITH NEITHER HAVING ANY CONNECTION WITH THE PRESIDENT OR ANYONE WHO HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE PRESIDENTS CLOSEST INDIVIDUALS. HEARSAY, HEARSAY, HEARSAY IS NOT DIRECT FACTS AS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE SCREWED THEMSELVES AGAIN IF THAT IS THEIR BEST WITNESSES AND EVEN THE WHISTLEBLOWER WAS TOLD FROM OTHERS WHAT TO SAY.    SO THIS IS NOW CALLED IMPEACHMENT HEARSAY.    BY THE WAY NOT ONE INDIVIDUAL IN THIS PROCEEDING COULD NOT TELL ANYONE WHAT IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE OR CRIME THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMITTED.]

11/13/2019 Rep. Nunes: Impeachment process is doing great damage to U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, center, flanked by
Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Steve Castor, the Republican staff attorney, questions the
witnesses during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for
Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Congressman Devin Nunes is denouncing the impeachment inquiry, saying it is a process in search of a crime.    Speaking at the open impeachment hearing on Wednesday, Nunes said the Democrat Party is leading a “scorched earth war” against President Trump.
    The California Republican stressed it was the Trump administration that provided aid to Ukraine and stood in support of that country all along.    Nunes said calls for impeachment have ruined the credibility of the Democrat Party.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, talks with ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.,
during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts
to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
    “What we will witness today is a televised theatrical performance staged by the Democrats,” stated Nunes.    “We should also forget about them trying to obtain nude pictures of Trump from Russian pranksters, who pretended to be Ukrainian officials.”     He also said many officials at the FBI, State Department and the DOJ have lost confidence of the American people for their obvious political biases.
    “This spectacle is doing great damage to our country,” reiterated Nunes.

11/13/2019 Fed Chair Powell: Rates to remain unchanged as U.S. economy expands by OAN Newsroom
Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies on the economic outlook,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled a likely pause in interest rate cuts, due to improved GDP growth projections.    In his congressional testimony on Wednesday, America’s top central banker said, " U.S. economic growth gained momentum in of monetary policy as likely to remain appropriate,” stated Powell.
    The chairman said this happened partially due to recent decreases in Fed borrowing costs.    He suggested base interest rates will likely remain unchanged going forward, unless the U.S. faces expected economic shocks.
    “Looking ahead, my colleagues and I see a sustained expansion of economic activity, a strong labor market and inflation near our symmetric two percent objective as most likely,” said Powell.    “This favorable baseline partly reflects the policy adjustments we have made to provide support for the economy.”
    Powell’s statement contradicts President Trump’s stance on the matter.    The president recently called for negative interest rates to boost America’s GDP growth and international competitiveness.

11/13/2019 Facebook accused of censorship in lawsuit over posts naming alleged whistleblower by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows logo for social media giant Facebook at the
Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Facebook is facing a new lawsuit over censorship following its decision to allegedly remove posts which name the alleged whistleblower.    Tuesday reports said a law school student accused the social media platform of deleting three of his posts naming the alleged informant without any explanation.
    The student claimed he wanted to test whether Facebook was blocking posts that mention the rumored whistleblower’s name, whether with praise or negativity.
    Facebook stated any mention of the name violates its ‘Coordinating Harm Policy,’ which prohibits content that may out an informant.    A spokesperson reiterated the company’s standpoint on Tuesday.
    “We are removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower’s name and will revisit this decision, should their name be widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate,” stated the spokesperson.
    This comes amid other social media blocks on the whistleblower’s name.    Last week, One America’s Neil W. McCabe was locked out of his Twitter account after tweeting his report from the alleged whistleblower’s home.
    Recent reports said Wikipedia has also been censoring the name.    They have reportedly deleted any mention of the name ‘Eric Ciaramella’ from impeachment-related articles.    Wikipedia editors previously attempted to reference reports of Ciaramella being identified as the alleged whistleblower.    The site’s administrators also marked draft pages about Ciaramella as so-called ‘attack pages,’ despite their previous classification as ‘neutral.’
    Ciaramella is a registered Democrat who previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan.    His name has been tossed around on social media platforms for weeks and is known by many on Capitol Hill.
[The DEEP STATE can release any leaks or information anytime anywhere whether it is true or not and would not be blocked, which is a violation of our First Amendment.].

11/13/2019 Rep. Meadows: Schiff changed rules to twist hearing in Democrats’ favor by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Mark Meadows, R- N.C., speaks to reporters as the hearing with top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer
George Kent, at the House Intelligence Committee ends on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Congressman Mark Meadows is sounding the alarm over a sudden change of rules during the open hearings on impeachment.    The North Carolina Republican took to Twitter on Wednesday, saying House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff changed the rules in the middle of the hearing to encourage questions based on unverified information.
    Meadows said every question asked by the Democrats has been either leading, based on hearsay or otherwise in violation of federal rules.
    He added Schiff doesn’t appear to be bothered and Democrats seem to have their own understanding of the truth.
    “When we start to look at the facts, everybody has their impression of what truth is — just like all of you, as reporters, have your impression of what truth is,” stated Meadows.    “The ultimate judge will be the American people, and I think most of them will see what I’m seeing in that room.”
    Meadows said the impeachment hearing reflects policy disagreements between President Trump and State Department officials, and is twisted in the favor of Democrat talking points.

11/14/2019 Oil up $0.47 to $57.25, DOW up 92 to 27,784 for another record.

11/14/2019 Rep. Jim Jordan tackles claims made in impeachment testimony by OAN Newsroom
From left, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., Daniel Goldman, director of investigations for the House Intelligence
Committee Democrats, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif,
the ranking member, Steve Castor, the Republican’s staff attorney, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, gather for the
opening of the the first public impeachment hearing on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    With day one of the impeachment hearings over and as Democrats try to push for a House vote by the end of the year, House Republicans are looking to fight back against Democrat’s outrageous claims of ‘quid pro quo’ between President Trump and Ukraine.    Following the hearings for State Department official George Kent and acting Ukraine ambassador William Taylor Wednesday, GOP House Intelligence Committee member Jim Jordan had some choice words about how the first round of public testimonies played out.
    While speaking with reporters after the nearly five-hour-long testimonies, Jordan mentioned the fact Ukraine didn’t even know that the aid was being held back at the time of President Trump’s July 25th phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky.    This fact directly contradicts Democrat’s narrative the president was dangling aid over Ukraine’s head in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden at the time.
    “President Zelenskiy didn’t pledge to do any investigations prior to the aid being released and the Ukrainians didn’t know that the aid was even on hold at the time of the call,” he explained.
    Further, Jordan pointed out that the aid was eventually released despite Ukraine never publicly announcing the investigation.    This is something Democrats claimed President Trump was asking for.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in
Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP)
    This comes after Jordan and Schiff had a quick altercation during the hearing in which Jordan asked Schiff if the whistleblower would be testifying in the hearings.    According to reports, Schiff was the only member of Congress to know about the complaint before it was filed in August.    Last month, the New York Times reported Schiff saw the outline of the complaint before it was filed and the whistleblower was also in contact with an Intelligence Committee aid at the time.
    “First, as the gentleman knows, that’s a false statement,” stated the House Intelligence Committee chairman.    “I do not know the identity of the whistleblower and I’m determined to make sure that identity is protected.”
    Neither the whistleblower nor Schiff disclosed they were in contact with each other when the complaint was officially filed.    Nonetheless, with the impeachment hearings now in full swing the GOP remains stoic on the issue — “there is no evidence of quid-pro-quo as mentioned in the whistleblower complaint.”

11/14/2019 White House adviser Kellyanne Conway slams CNN by OAN Newsroom
This combination of photos shows CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the WarnerMedia Upfront at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 15, 2019, left,
and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaking to media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
    Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway recently slammed CNN during an interview with network host Wolf Blitzer.    On Thursday, Conway told Blitzer she respected for him for years, however, she was “embarrassed” for the network and for Blitzer himself.
    The remarks came after Blitzer played a clip of Conway’s husband verbally opposing President Trump, saying “he was using the power of the presidency in the most unchecked area of foreign affairs to advance his own personal interests.”    In response, Conway dismissed the clip and accused Blitzer of purposefully grabbing a statement from her husband to help ratings.
    “What you just quoted is said every day by other voices, but you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings or that you’re really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway,” said the White House adviser.    “And let me be very clear, you didn’t stick it to Kellyanne Conway — I think you embarrassed yourself.”
    Conway went on to ask “where is the shame or introspection,” while referring to the senior adviser’s vocal opposition to discussing her husband on air and in interviews.

11/14/2019 DOD watchdog will not investigate Ukraine aid delay by OAN Newsroom
(AP Photo)
    The Defense Department’s watchdog will not be looking into a delay in military aid to Ukraine by the Trump administration.    A spokesperson for the department reportedly confirmed they sent a letter on Wednesday informing top Democrat senators of its decision.    The department said it’s concerned opening an investigation could duplicate or interfere with the House impeachment inquiry.
    Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois expressed disappointment in the move.    He and other Democrats had asked the inspector general to look into why the Trump administration held up the aid in September.    They cited “security concerns” as the reason to launch an investigation.
    GOP lawmakers, however, continue to point out the money was ultimately released.
    White House officials have blamed the delay in Ukrainian aid on government bureaucracy.    They have noted reviews by national security agencies and another by the Office of Management and Budget to ensure the money was spent appropriately.
File -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin speaks during a interview with the Associated Press in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

11/14/2019 Senators block prescription drug pricing legislation aimed at cutting costs by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A pharmacy employee looks for medication as she works to fill a prescription in New York. (REUTERS/Photo/Lucas Jackson)
    Prescription drug prices are skyrocketing, jumping nine percent per year from 2008 to 2016.    According to reports, these costs have left the average American paying nearly $1,200 out of pocket per year.    U.S. senators recently tried to pass a bipartisan bill that would have lowered the price of prescription drugs by penalizing corporations that mimic anti-competitive practices.    However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blocked the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act because he thinks it doesn’t go far enough.
    The objection runs contrary to opinions by members of Sen. Schumer’s own party such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal.    The Connecticut legislator has begged Congress before to partner with Republicans, so the bill can become law.
    “If we pass this legislation, millions of Americans may no longer have to choose between food on the table, rent payments, and the medicine they need and deserve,” Blumenthal once stated.    “That’s a choice no one should ever have to make.”
    The Democrat senator also pointed out that the proposed legislation would make sure that any company caught “red handed” engaging in harmful practices would be held accountable.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., steps away from a news conference
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    While the Senate battles over the bill’s contents, there are ways Americans can trim down drug costs on their own.    Those needing prescriptions could reportedly save up to 50 percent on drug costs if they have memberships to stores such as Costco, Kroger or Kmart.    Additional discounts can also be found on free phone apps such as GoodRX and Blink Health.    The apps let people pay directly out of pocket at a lower cost and, in some cases, gives drugs free of costs altogether.    It even allows users to use a flexible spending card to mitigate costs.
    Following the failed vote on drug prices, however, GOP Sen. John Cornyn said he hopes his Democrat colleagues will stop holding up the legislation and support it, so the bill can advance to the Senate floor.

11/14/2019 Matt Bevin concedes Ky. governor’s race following recanvass by OAN Newsroom
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks during a news conference at the Governors’ Mansion
in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    Thursday was a big day for Kentucky as election officials from all 120 counties recanvassed the results of the governor’s race.    Democrat State Attorney General Andy Beshear claimed victory over Governor Matt Bevin in the November 5th election by about 5,200 votes.    Officials said a total of 1.4 million residents cast their vote in the election.
    Shortly after the vote, Bevin’s campaign requested a recanvass — which is a reprint of receipts from voting machines to check for reporting or clerical errors.    Kentucky law does not allow for a recount in a gubernatorial general election.
    “I think in certain instances, absentee ballots were not counted — whereas now they are being included,” stated Bevin.    “So the actual number is going to fluctuate somewhat, but not so significantly that it will change the outcome of this election.”
Anderson County Kentucky Board of Elections member Steve Ashburn, right, signs off on the results of the recanvass of the votes
of the election for Kentucky Governor in Lawrenceburg, Ky., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    The recanvass saw few changes to the election results.
    “We were given a zero tape at the beginning, and then of course the set of numbers that were sent in by our board last Friday at noon,” said spokesman Nore Ghibaudy.    “After the recanvass, you actually saw a total of all the votes that were cast here in Jefferson County — the numbers are exactly the same.”
    After the recanvassing was complete, Governor Matt Bevin held a press conference.    He said he would not contest the results of the election and has conceded the race, wishing Beshear well.
    Beshear has since thanked voters and is setting up a new website to keep the community updated on his transition into office.

11/14/2019 Macron faces ghost of ‘Yellow Vest’ past in Christmas run-up by Emilie Delwarde and Elizabeth Pineau
FILE PHOTO: Protesters wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, attend a
demonstration at the entrance of a shopping center in Nantes, France, November 17, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo
    FONTAINEBLEAU, France (Reuters) – Agostinho Barreto has stowed away his neon yellow vest and stopped occupying road junctions in protest against the burden of high French taxes.    But the garage owner still seethes with anger at the mention of President Emmanuel Macron.
    Fed up with of punishing living costs and the squeeze on his finances, Barreto a year ago joined strangers on a roundabout near Fontainebleau in a nationwide campaign against diesel tax hikes.    The protests across France swiftly morphed into a broader revolt against Macron.
    The 41-year-old president needed more than six months and 15 billion euros worth of tax cuts and other fiscal incentives to quell the uprising.    Yet trade union-led calls for mass strikes in December against Macron’s pension reform plan underline the president’s precarious footing as discontent simmers.
    Barreto, who retires next month, said Macron had smothered one fire, but the struggle of France’s middle class and working poor persisted.    He lamented how the “Gilets Jaunes,” or “Yellow Vests,” became riven by competing interests and said he might resume his protest if the movement found renewed focus.
    “The glowing embers need only a small puff of wind to catch alight once more,” Barreto said at his garage in Fontainebleau, a commuter town 70 km (45 miles) south of Paris.
    The “yellow vest” backlash to Macron’s reforms to liberalize the French economy was an amorphous movement that spread via social media, unlike previous French popular revolts that were directed by trade unions or student bodies.
    For months, tear gas clouded the boulevards of Paris most Saturdays as protesters skirmished with riot police, whose heavy-handed response drew condemnation from rights groups.    In some of the worst rioting in Paris in decades, luxury boutiques were smashed up, national monuments defaced and cars set ablaze.
    While the “yellow vest” movement has lost momentum and weekly protests draw just a few thousand in towns and cities across France, Macron says he is aware the anger is deep-rooted.
    Shaken by their challenge to his authority and forced into policy concessions, Macron has promised to show more “compassion” and government officials say he is treading with caution over pension reform.
    “The gilet jaune crisis was in a certain way very good for me.    Because it reminded me who I should be,” Macron told Time magazine in September.
TURBULENT WINTER AHEAD
    A survey by pollster Odoxa published two weeks ago showed nearly one in every two French people believed the “yellow vest” movement might reawaken.
    Now, midway through Macron’s presidency, there are signs his reforms are having an impact: job creation is strong, companies are hiring more workers on long-term contracts and unemployment is trending downwards.
    France’s economy is proving resilient as global trade tensions hurt export-led Germany more, and household purchasing power is edging higher.
    “You can’t expect the state to provide everything,” said one former “yellow vest” who was unemployed when the revolt erupted but is now a salesman and asked not to be named.    “Everyone wants a good salary, a nice house, holidays, but that is dreamland.    At a certain point you have to look after yourself.”
    While the French economy is forecast to grow faster than the eurozone average next year, the poverty rate is creeping higher and the president faces another turbulent winter.
    Public anger is brewing over Macron’s plans to simplify the unwieldy and expensive pension system, which he says will make it fairer.    Trade unions have called on railway workers, Paris public transport staff, truck drivers and civil servants to strike against the pensions overhaul on Dec. 5, and in some cases beyond, threatening chaos ahead of Christmas.
    Students and “yellow vests” have sounded a clarion call to join forces with the unions.
    Myrtil Devillers, a retired airline steward who still identifies as a “yellow vest” even if he no longer protests on a weekly basis, said Macron was mistaken if he thought the discontent had dissipated.
    “People will come out on December 5th. People like us,” said Devillers.    “It’s always the same question: what damn do they give about our money?
(The story corrects spelling of Agostinho Barreto’s name)
(Reporting by Emilie Delwarde in Fontainebleau; additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau in Paris; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Alex Richardson)

11/14/2019 President Trump takes tax case to Supreme Court by OAN Newsroom
A view of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Protections for
660,000 immigrants are on the line at the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Trump’s legal team is taking the case regarding the release of his tax returns to the nation’s highest court.    On Thursday, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to take up the case.
    Manhattan’s District Attorney Cyrus Vance is seeking eight years’ worth of the President’s personal financial records.    President Trump’s lawyers have maintained the effort is politically motivated and recently moved to block a subpoena for the documents.    However, those efforts were shot down in lower courts, which lead to an appeal to the Supreme Court.
    The landmark case will likely set the precedent for similar ones moving forward.
President Donald Trump speaks during the launch of “Black Voices for Trump,” at the
Georgia World Congress Center, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    The president’s attorneys have said they want to be notified if House Democrats try to get the president’s New York state tax returns.    Lawyers submitted the filing late Wednesday and proposed two options to address the problem.
    The first would issue an order notifying the president at least 14 days before House Democrats make a request for the returns.    The second option would order New York officials to notify the president if the request is made and wait at least 14 days before complying.
    The president’s legal team issued a statement, which read “the decision of the Second Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court — the issue raised in this case goes to the heart of our Republic (and) the constitutional issues are significant.”

11/14/2019 Ukraine Foreign Minister: U.S. aid was never connected to Biden probes by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter,
right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
    A top Ukrainian diplomat is saying U.S military aid was never tied to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden’s corruption.    On Thursday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said U.S. envoy to the EU Gordon Sondland never linked aid to probes into the Bidens.     The minister said the Bidens were mentioned during U.S.-Ukrainian talks, but emphasized there was no conditionality attached to the investigation.     On Wednesday, two witnesses in an open impeachment hearing claimed a ‘quid pro quo’ took place. Prior to that, witnesses in closed-door depositions made similar claims.     Colonel Alexander Vindman reportedly listened in on the July phone call between President Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart.    The White House Ukraine expert told the House panel that the release of a military aid package to Ukraine was “contingent” on the Ukrainian government investigating Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    “If Ukrainians took a partisan position, they would significantly undermine the possibility of future bipartisan support,” stated Vindman.    “Losing bipartisan support, they would then lose access to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance funds.”
Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman returns to the Capitol to review transcripts of
his testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The colonel went on to say that the call went well until a meeting between the two presidents was suggested.    Former EU Ambassador Gordon Sondlond then “proceeded to discuss the deliverable required in order to get the meeting and alluded to investigations.”
    “The Ukrainians saw this meeting as critically important in order to solidify the support for their most important international partner,” said Vindman.    “When Ambassador Sondland started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President, Ambassador Bolton cut the meeting short.”
    Ukrainian lawmakers have said impeachment proceedings in the U.S. may hurt bilateral ties.
    “Of course, I see the risk of losing bipartisan support,” stated MP Volodymyr Ariev.    “But I suppose that American politicians are going to be more wise than some Ukrainian leaders or politicians.”
    Ukrainian officials also said anticorruption probes into energy company Burisma never formally stopped and never had a connection to U.S. military aid.

11/14/2019 Reports: President Trump may use Declaration of Taking Act to speed wall construction by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 17, 2019 file photo, three migrants who had managed to evade the Mexican National Guard and cross the Rio Grande onto U.S. territory
walk along a border wall set back from the geographical border, in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
    The Trump administration is preparing to acquire privately owned land along the Mexico border to build new sections of the border wall.    Thursday reports said President Trump’s team is preparing the paperwork to start buying privately held land as soon as this week.
    Administration officials said they may use the Declaration of Taking Act to speed up legal proceedings.    In the past, Washington had to pay landowners and battle legal challenges for access to their land to build border infrastructure.    This time, the president may use emergency powers to expedite wall construction.
    This comes amid efforts to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border.    Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said there is significant progress being made to secure the border, despite Congress and the lower courts fighting their efforts.
Acting Customs and Border Protection director Mark Morgan speaks with reporters in the briefing room
at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    During a Thursday press conference, Morgan noted that the Trump administration’s strategies are successfully sending a message to Mexico’s drug cartels and other criminal organizations contributing to the national security crisis at the border.
    The commissioner reported that the U.S. is continuing to see an overall decline in migrant apprehensions and an increase in drug seizures.
    “The month of October has continued with that trend, reaching a 14 percent decline compared to September — with just over 42,000 apprehensions,” stated Morgan.    “Last month on the southwest border, CBP seized more than 47,000 pounds of drugs — a 50 percent increase from this time last year.”
    He added though there is progress, there still needs to be more wall constructed in order to put the cartels permanently out of business.

11/14/2019 House Speaker Pelosi: USMCA trade deal ‘imminent’ by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters on the morning after the first public hearing
in the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump on his effort to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations
of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is optimistic the U.S. Canada-Mexico trade agreement will be passed by the end of this year.    On Thursday, Pelosi said negotiations with the White House are moving along and a deal is imminent.    She added this deal could be used as a template for future trade agreements.
    Although Pelosi thinks the House will approve the agreement by the end of the year, she’s hoping the Senate doesn’t let it die in their chamber.
    “I’d like to see us get it done this year — I don’t imagine that it would take much more in the Senate to pass,” stated Pelosi.    “I mean, some of our legislation will pass this year, but we know what happens in the Senate.”
    Vice President Mike Pence showed his support for the bipartisan effort by sharing a recent statement from the Problem Solvers Caucus.
    “We applaud the bipartisan efforts of both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on this important agreement,” read the statement.    “Given the impact on our economy, we request a timely vote on the USMCA.”
    President Trump has criticized the left as the “do-nothing Democrats” who care more about impeaching than working for the American people.    He recently stated that even Democrats want it and questioned why the speaker hadn’t put the deal up for a vote yet.

11/14/2019 President Trump to release transcripts of first call with Ukraine’s president by OAN Newsroom
In this Nov. 13, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    The president has confirmed his plan to release the transcript of his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.    During his meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, President Trump said he expected the text of the call to be released sometime Thursday.
    “I’m going to be releasing — I think on Thursday — a second call, which actually was the first of the two,” stated President Trump.
    The president signaled his intent to release the transcript in a Twitter post on Monday, saying it was part of his continuing effort to be “the most transparent president in history.”

A White House-released rough transcript of President Donald Trump’s July 25, 2019 telephone conversation with Ukraine’s
newly elected president Volodymyr Zelensky, released Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
    The White House released a copy of the July phone call transcript back in September.    Recent reports said the president showed Republican senators a new transcript of a call he had with the Ukrainian president back on April 21st.
    North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer told reporters there was nothing of interest.    The call was also referenced in Colonel Alex Vindman’s recent deposition.
    This followed the president’s earlier announcement that he would release the transcript of another call with Ukraine’s president.    While speaking to reporters last week, the president blasted the impeachment inquiry and reiterated his claim that the July 25th discussion with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “totally appropriate.”
    He went on to say, due to popular demand, he would be releasing the transcript of his April conversation with Zelensky this week.
Now, they want to have a transcript of the other call, the second call — I’m willing to provide that,” stated President Trump.    “We’ll probably give it to you on Tuesday.”

11/15/2019 Oil down $0.35 to $56.77 DOW down 2 to 27,782.

11/15/2019 Roger Stone found guilty on all counts by OAN Newsroom
Roger Stone, left, with his wife Nydia Stone, leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Stone, a longtime friend
of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    A federal jury handed down a guilty verdict to former Trump campaign associate Roger Stone.    A jury found Stone guilty of all seven charges listed in his indictment on Friday, which included five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstructing proceedings.
    During proceedings, prosecutors mainly focused on Stone lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his work to discover what WikiLeaks planned to do with a trove of hacked DNC emails.    The case against Stone was the last remaining case brought forth by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
    The White House has launched a petition calling for a full pardon for Stone.    The former Trump official has been released until his sentencing on February 6, 2020.
    President Trump called Stone’s conviction a double standard.    On Twitter Friday, the president noted that several Democrats were never sentenced to prison for allegedly lying to Congress.    He mentioned a number of high profile names, including crooked” Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to name a few.    The president concluded his tweet asking “didn’t they lie?
[Process crimes are the offenses that "interfere with the procedures and administration of justice."    They are prosecuted because they are considered to harm the public interest in the functioning and integrity of the judicial system.    So, this tells me that they did not determine he did anything wrong except not tell them what they wanted him to tell them.    Just as Jerome Corsi refused to do also but they could not connect him to WikiLeaks.    So Stone has not been connected to Assange who founded WikiLeaks in 2006, and came to international attention in 2010, when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning.    The U.S. government or the part we call the "DEEP DTATE" was embarrassed over the information they uncovered.]

11/15/2019 President Trump questions foreign service of ousted ambassador Yovanovitch amid impeachment hearings by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens as Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone speaks during a
campaign rally at the CenturyLink Center, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently called into question the foreign service record of impeachment witness Marie Yovanovitch.    In a tweet Friday, the president said “everywhere Yovanovitch went turned bad.”    He pointed at first to Somalia and then at Ukraine.    He then pointed out he has the right to appoint ambassadors as commander-in-chief.
    Democrat House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff read the tweet in the hearing and claimed the president was trying to intimidate witnesses.    He then gave Yovanovitch a chance to respond to the tweet.
    “I actually think that where I have served over the years, I and others, have demonstrably made things better,” she stated.    “In Ukraine for example where there are huge challenges, including, you know, on the issue that we’re discussing today of of corruption, huge challenges, but they’ve made a lot of progress since 2014, including in the years that I was there.”
    President Trump went on to say the country now has strong and powerful foreign policy unlike past administrations.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in
Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Meanwhile, ambassador Yovanovitch denied she spoke ill of President Trump amid allegations she bad-mouthed the commander-in-chief to U.S. Embassy staff in Ukraine.    During her opening statement Friday, she refuted claims that she said the diplomats don’t have to follow the president’s orders because he was being impeached.
    Yovanovitch also shot down allegations she drafted a so-called “Do Not Prosecute” list for top Ukrainian judicial officials to follow.    The diplomat said she advocated for the rule of law to prevail in Ukraine and for top prosecutors, judges and law enforcement to stop wielding their power selectively to target political opponents.
    “I want to reiterate first that the allegation that I disseminated a “Do Not Prosecute” list was a fabrication — Mr. Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian Prosecutor General who made that allegation, has acknowledged that the list never existed,” she stated.    “Also untrue are unsourced allegations that I told unidentified embassy employees or Ukrainian officials that President Trump’s orders should be ignored because ‘he was going to be impeached’ or for any other reason — I did not and would not say such a thing.”
    Yovanovitch also expressed concerns over the degradation of the State Department.    She said department leadership failed to push-back against foreign and corrupt interests, which apparently hijacked U.S.-Ukraine policy.

11/15/2019 House Intel chairman Schiff defends Yovanovitch, Rep. Nunes blasts ‘hearsay testimony’ by OAN Newsroom
Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., right, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, give opening
remarks at the start of the hearing with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before the House Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in the second public impeachment hearing. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Democrats and Republicans stay on message amid the latest public impeachment hearing.    During opening remarks for the hearing of former Ukraine amabassador Marie Yovanovitch Friday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff touted her career as a seasoned State Department official and said she was unfairly targeted by attorney Rudy Giuliani.
    Meanwhile, ranking member Devin Nunes used his time to call out the second and third-hand accounts of the witnesses and said the hearings should not even be going on until the whistleblower testifies.    The California lawmaker asked three crucial questions:
    “First, what is the full extent of the Democrats prior coordination with the whistleblower?    And who else did the whistleblower coordinate this effort with?    Second, what is the full extent of Ukraine’s election meddling against the Trump campaign?    And third, why did Burisma hire Hunter Biden, what did he do for them, and did his position affect any government actions under the Obama administration?
    Nunes also said the Democrats are attempting to use the president’s Ukraine call to fulfill their “Watergate fantasies.”    This comes as President Trump continues to blast the Democrats’ inquiry as the “impeachment witch hunt.”
[WELL AFTER TWO DAYS OF TESTIMONY IN THE FAKE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THE DEMOCRATS HAVE OFFERED TWO STATE OFFICIALS WITH NEITHER HEARD THE PRESIDENT SAY ANYTHING AND NEITHER COULD CLAIM A CRIME THAT TRUMP COMMITTED, THEN THEY BROUGHT IN A FIRED DISGRUNTLED FORMER AMBASSODOR WHO HAS NEVER MET OR TALKED TO TRUMP WHO COULD NOT STATE A CRIME THAT TRUMP HAS DONE.
    The first signs that forces were agitating to push her out came in 2017 or 2018.    It was then that veteran Foreign Service officer Catherine Croft received “multiple calls” from a prominent Republican lobbyist, former Louisiana congressman Bob Livingston, urging Yovanovitch’s firing, she told lawmakers.    At the time, Croft was detailed to the National Security Council and reported the curious calls to her superiors.    “He characterized Ambassador Yovanovitch as an ‘Obama holdover’ and associated [her] with George Soros,” the wealthy liberal donor, Croft said in a written statement provided to the committee.    “It was not clear to me at the time — or now — at whose direction or at whose expense Mr. Livingston was seeking the removal of Ambassador Yovanovitch.”
    When Trump came into office he did not know there was a DEEP STATE, but soon found out when he fired Comey. which started the Mueller investigation, and even now when he fires Yovanovitch they use her here, and he now knows he should have fired all the Obama holdovers to clean the SWAMP.]

11/15/2019 Memo from Obama-era official hampering efforts to end DACA program by OAN Newsroom
People rally outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the case of President Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era,
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The legal language used by a former Obama-era holdover could be the reason the White House has not been able to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.    The New York Times recently reported former acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke wrote the memo formally ending the program at the direction of Jeff Sessions at 2017.
File -Elaine Duke, former acting Secretary of Homeland Security, is pictured. (AP Photo)
Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    Sessions argued DACA was unconstitutional and conflicted with the administration’s new direction on immigration policy.    When Duke issued her memo, however, she relied only on Sessions’ assertion and failed to mention any legal issues regarding the program.    The holes in the memo are ultimately what allowed three lower courts to temporarily resurrect DACA by arguing the administration lacked a proper rationale to end it.
    The Times described Duke’s memo as “bare bones” leading politicians to infer that Duke intended to leave a back door for courts to combat the Trump administration.    The high court began hearings on Tuesday. Justices will likely decide the fate of the program by June of next year.

11/15/2019 State Dept.: Anti-ISIS coalition to remain united amid new threats by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, third from right, pose for
a group photo with other foreign ministers and officials at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019,
for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    In a series of statements Thursday, the State Department welcomed a recent meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.    Department officials said the U.S. and its allies are reaffirming their commitment to defeating Islamic terror in the Middle East and beyond.
    Diplomats have said the coalition must remain united despite the defeat of ISIS on the ground as international terror cells remain a threat.    The meeting was hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Thursday.
    Officials say the coalition is facing new challenges. Jim Jeffrey, special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, had this to say on the matter:
    “The coalition decided rather than point fingers the important thing was to go on record, we’ll be getting a communique out really soon, that our success is threatened currently.    And that what we’re going to do is close ranks, maintain unity, keep coordinating and work together to deal with these crises.”
    Department officials are also calling on America’s European allies to repatriate and prosecute former ISIS fighters captured in Iraq and Syria.

11/15/2019 Trade hopes propel Wall Street to records; healthcare climbs
FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
in New York, U.S., November 13, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main stock indexes closed at record levels on Friday, fueled by fresh optimism over a potential calming of U.S.-China trade tensions and by big gains in shares of healthcare companies.
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> rose 221.71 points, or 0.8%, to 28,003.67, the S&P 500 <.SPX> gained 23.72 points, or 0.77%, to 3,120.35 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 61.81 points, or 0.73%, to 8,540.83.
(Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf; Editing by Sandra Maler)

11/15/2019 President Trump: Democrats must apologize, fake impeachment inquiry is dead by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump holds up some papers as speaks at a campaign rally
in Bossier City, La., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
    President Trump is weighing in on a recent statement from Ukraine’s foreign minister.    During a ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Louisiana Thursday, the president said Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has stated EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland did not link financial military assistance to an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    “Here it is — Ukrainian Foreign Minister (Vadym Prystaiko) said on Thursday that the United States Ambassador (Gordon Sondland) did not link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former Vice President and current Democratic presidential (candidate Joe Biden),” stated President Trump, reading from the minister’s statement.
    He echoed those remarks in a tweet, saying “Democrats must apologize to the USA” in light of the new report.
    The article in question was published by Ukrainian state media on Thursday.    The story quoted the foreign minister, saying “I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance.”    He added, “yes — investigations were mentioned, but there was no clear connection between these events.”
    The statement has undermined Sondland’s testimony and undercuts the basis of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry, which prompted the president to say “the fake impeachment inquiry is now dead.”
    President Trump said Sondland did not tell him or any other administration official of a connection between the assistance and the investigation.    Despite this, opponents said the matter must continue to be investigated to its fullest and the probe remains in full swing.
President Donald Trump claps as he finishes speaking during a campaign rally at the
CenturyLink Center, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

11/15/2019 WH Economic Adviser Kudlow on China trade deal: We are finalizing Phase One by OAN Newsroom
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow talks with reporters outside
the White House, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is saying the U.S. is in the final stages of achieving ‘Phase One’ of a U.S.-China trade deal.    Speaking at a D.C. event for the Council on Foreign Relations Thursday, he said an agreement has not yet been made, but President Trump “likes what he sees.”
    “We’re getting closer to China,” stated Kudlow.    “To use the president’s words: ‘it could happen soon.’
    Kudlow went on to say top trade advisers from both the U.S. and China are in communication every single day and have made very good progress.    ‘Phase One’ of the deal will reportedly address agriculture and intellectual property theft among other issues.
    The economic adviser touted the president’s trade deal track record as a sign he can get things done.
    “We’ve had a very strong agreement with South Korea — we are in discussions with Europe, with India and of course, UMCAs, as we just talked about,” emphasized Kudlow.    “That’s a pretty fair amount of accomplishment for free trade deals in just about two and a half years — I think the president’s strategy is absolutely working, he’s a tough negotiator.”
    Top officials from both sides have also vowed to roll back significant tariffs in the wake of a ‘Phase One’ agreement.
White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, second from right, reacts as Presisdent Donald Trump addresses
the Economic Club of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

11/15/2019 Ethics Committee expands probe into Rep. Tlaib’s campaign finances by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., questions CDC Principal Deputy Secretary Dr. Anne Schuchat as she speaks before a House Oversight
subcommittee hearing on lung disease and e-cigarettes on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    New information released by the House Committee on Ethics has indicated there is substantial evidence Representative Rashida Tlaib allegedly violated campaign finance regulations.    The committee released several documents on Thursday, which revealed that Tlaib repeatedly asked her campaign committee for money — before and after her November 2018 election.
    The documents said she first started asking her campaign for financial help in April last year.
    “So I was thinking the campaign could loan me money, but Ryan said that the committee could actually pay me — I was thinking a onetime payment of $5,000,” Tlaib wrote in an email.
    Later that month, she sent another email — this time suggesting her campaign give her a cost of living stipend of up to $12,000 every two weeks.    Records showed Tlaib’s campaign started to pay her $2,000 multiple times a month starting in May.    Documents said over $45,000 worth of funds were given to the congresswoman by her campaign over the course of the next seven months, even after her campaign ended.
FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, file photo, Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, is photographed
outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
    Tlaib has long argued that she needed to receive a limited salary from her campaign since she cut down her hours from outside employment to focus on her election.    She has argued this kind of payment is legal under the Federal Election Commission’s rules.
    “It’s so important to know that I am a mother — I was working full time before I decided to leave my position at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice,” stated Tlaib.    “Then (I) left the job permanently so I could work at as hard as my campaign team.”
    Tlaib’s lawyers have stated it was “most irregular” how the probe on the representative’s pre-election activities started.    They argued there was no conscious disregard of any law or regulation regarding her salary payments.
[IT SEEMS THAT THE 4 WOMEN OF THE SQUAD, WHO WANTED TO IMPEACH TRUMP WHERE 3 OF THEM HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED CRIMES AND WILL HAVE TO GO TO THE COURTS FOR THOSE ISSUES AND IN THE MEANTIME AS TRUMP IS STILL RUNNING AND IS NOT GOING TO BE IMPEACHED BY THE STUPID DEMOCRATS FOR ANY CRIME WITH THEIR FAKE SHAM IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.    GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS AS THE ANTICHRISTS CONTINUE THEIR ATTACKS THEY SEEM TO BE THE ONES WHO END UP DOING THE WRONGS.]

11/16/2019 Oil up $0.90 to $57.80, DOW up 223 to 28,004 all-time record.

11/15/2019 President Trump unveils new health care transparency policy by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on healthcare prices in the Roosevelt Room
of the White House, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is delivering on his promise to make health care prices more transparent for Americans.    On Friday, the Trump administration unveiled new rules to require increased disclosure of health care prices, in a move to promote competition and push down costs.
    “We’re putting forward a proposed rule to require health insurance providers to disclose their pricing information to consumers,” stated President Trump.    “We’re giving American families control of their health care decisions and the freedom to choose that care.”
    One regulation would require hospitals to provide an online page where prices are listed for common procedures like lab tests.    The second would require insurers to provide an online tool where people could compare their out-of-pocket costs with different medical providers beforehand.
    Officials said the rules would shine a light on the confusing process and allow patients to find quality services at the lowest costs.
    “We’re stopping American patients from just getting, pure and simple, ripped off,” said the president.
    “They’ve been ripped off for years.”
    Disclosure requirements for hospitals would not take effect until 2021 — for insurers, the timing is unclear.    Officials said health care companies are expected to sue to block the policy.

11/15/2019 ICE, HSI remove more than 3.7K sexual predators from U.S. communities by OAN Newsroom
Photo of an HSI officer uniform, courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    Homeland Security Investigations initiated over 4,200 child exploitation cases over the past year, which lead to the arrests of more than 3,700 offenders and the rescue of more than one thousand victims.    These numbers showed an 18 percent increase in cases like this from the previous fiscal year.
    In order to continue protecting the nation’s most vulnerable, ICE and HSI unveiled a new facility to further the resources and collaborations between agencies.    This month, the Angel Watch Center opened in Fairfax, Virginia as an addition to HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center.
    “This new and improved edifice will allow for even more hardworking and dedicated government professionals to exercise their vast array of talents — to make this world just a little bit safer for our children, who deserve to live out their precious few days of youth knowing that they’re protected.” — Deputy Assistant Director Richard Kelly, U.S. Marshals Service
A ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at the opening of HSI’s new Angel Watch Center (AWC) in
Fairfax, Virginia on November 14, 2019. Photo courtesy of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
    The AWC is used to warn foreign countries of convicted and registered sex offenders who are possibly traveling from the U.S.    The facility is designed to help eliminate child sex tourism, in which predators travel internationally for the purpose of sexually exploiting minors.
    “We’re not monitoring them — we’re looking for people who are traveling who have a duty to register for a sex offense that involves a child,” said Kelly.    “If they’re traveling and they have a sex offense, they have a duty to register for involving a child — then they would be subject to notification.”
    Operation Angel Watch was established by the HSI in 2007 and is now a joint effort with Customs and Border Security and the U.S. Marshals Service.
    The implementation of International Megan’s Law has aided in the ability to share information with the public as sex offenders are required to have the child sex offender endorsement on their U.S. passport.

11/16/2019 New documents allege millions went to Biden’s and Kerry’s firm by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, former U.S Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with the media
after attending the Mideast peace conference in Paris. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)
    Corrupt actions by the former Obama-era vice president and secretary of state are coming to light after new leaked documents surfaced.    In a bombshell tweet, activist and entrepreneur Michael Coodrey released a series of leaked documents from the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office, which allegedly detail a so-called ‘slushfund’ collecting large sums of money from foreign sources.
    The report claimed this fund is owned and operated by former Secretary of State John Kerry and Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
    In 2014, Hunter Biden was appointed to the board of directors of Ukrainian oil company Burisma.    GOP senators are calling on the State Department to release records of business dealings within the company.    This comes after $1.8 billion in U.S. and IMF funds to Ukraine allegedly disappeared.
Career Foreign Service officer George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right,
are sworn in to testify during the first public impeachment hearing of the House Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019, in Washington. (Joshua Roberts/Pool via AP)
    State Department official George Kent claimed he has no idea what qualified Hunter Biden to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.    Kent testified on Capitol Hill this week, saying he doesn’t know anything about Biden’s background or how he could be tied to Burisma.
    “I heard nothing about prior experience,” stated Kent.    “Do you know if he possesses any other element — other than the fact that he is the son of, at the time, the sitting vice president?
    This comes after Ukrainian investigators alleged the only reason Biden was on the company’s board was to protect Burisma from anti-corruption scrutiny — which eventually happened when Joe Biden forced Ukraine’s top prosecutor to resign in 2016.
FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right,
at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
    At the same time, Ukraine’s foreign minister released a statement saying the U.S. envoy was never linked to probes into the Bidens’ alleged corruption.    The minister added the Bidens were mentioned during U.S.-Ukrainian talks, but were not conditionally attached to the investigation.
    The president weighed in on that statement during a ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Louisiana.
    “Here it is — Ukrainian Foreign Minister said on Thursday that the United States ambassador did not link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former Vice President and current Democratic presidential (candidate Joe Biden),” stated President Trump.

11/16/2019 William Taylor aide tells House he overheard Sondland confirm quid pro quo by OAN Newsroom
David Holmes, a career diplomat and the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukaine leaves the
Capitol Hill, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Washington, after a deposition before congressional lawmakers as part
of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    On Friday, an aid to acting Ukraine Ambassador William Taylor told House lawmakers he overheard President Trump’s conversation with Gordon Sondland about investigating the Bidens. Reports said David Holmes testified behind closed doors that he heard Sondland telling the president Ukraine would move forward to investigate the Bidens — since Zelensky would do “anything you ask him to do.”
    House members bragged that Holmes’ testimony has helped strengthen their case for impeachment.
    “We always learn more when witnesses come in and today we learned a lot more,” stated Representative Eric Swalwell.    “The arrows continue to point in the direction of a shakedown scheme — led by the President of the United States — operated by agents like Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland and Mick Mulvaney.”
    Swalwell went on to say that the others who have been called to testify — including Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Rick Perry — still have yet to comply with their subpoenas.
Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    This follows Taylor’s testimony earlier this week, when he revealed one of his staffers overheard the president’s phone call with Sondland during a lunch in Kiev back in July.
    “In the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kiev,” he stated.    “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone asking Ambassador Sondland about the investigations — Ambassador Sondland told President Trump the Ukrainians were ready to move forward.”
    Taylor went on to say he was not aware of this information during his October 22nd deposition and included it in Wednesday’s testimony for “completeness.”

11/16/2019 Obama admin. was concerned about Hunter Biden and Ukraine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2012, file photo, Hunter Biden waits for the start of the his father’s, Vice President
Joe Biden’s, debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    The Obama administration’s concerns about Hunter Biden’s connections in Ukraine came to light during this week’s impeachment hearings.    Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch admitted during questioning Friday that the Obama administration took issue with Hunter Biden’s job at Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
    Representative Elise Stefanik also unveiled coaching by the Obama State Department to Yovanovitch in answering questions related to Hunter Biden during her Senate confirmation hearings.
    “For the millions of Americans watching, the State Department was so concerned about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma that they rated themselves while prepping the wonderful ambassador nominee before her confirmation,” stated Stefanik.    “And yet our Democratic colleagues and the chairman of this committee cry foul when we dare ask that same question that the Obama State Department was so concerned about — but we will continue asking it.”
    President Trump’s interest in investigating the Bidens’ relationship with Ukraine resulted in Democrats opening their impeachment inquiry.    The president has defended his administration’s actions, saying it’s his job to investigate corruption claims.

11/16/2019 Rick Gates to be sentenced on December 17th by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2018 file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Former Trump campaign deputy manager Rick Gates is slated to be sentenced next month.    Court documents released on Friday said Gates would be sentenced December 17th after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators.    He is facing up to six years in prison.
    Gates rose to prominence after providing key testimony during the Mueller investigation and was a witness in the cases against former presidential advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.
    Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 as part of a plea deal with the Mueller investigation.
    This comes just one day after a jury found Roger Stone guilty of all seven charges listed in his indictment on Friday, which included five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstructing proceedings.    During proceedings, prosecutors mainly focused on Stone lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his work to discover what WikiLeaks planned to do with a trove of hacked DNC emails.    The case against Stone was the last remaining case brought forth by former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
    The White House has launched a petition calling for a full pardon for Stone.    The former Trump official has been released until his sentencing on February 6, 2020.
Roger Stone, left, with his wife Nydia Stone, leaves federal court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Stone, a longtime friend
of President Donald Trump, has been found guilty at his trial in federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

11/17/2019 Obama to top Dems: Proceed with caution by Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY
    Former President Barack Obama, speaking before a crowd of Democratic donors in Washington, D.C., urged caution and moderation to the current field of Democratic presidential contenders.
    The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.    And I think it’s important for us not to lose sight of that,” Obama said to the audience, The Associated Press reported.
    Obama did not mention any candidates, but the remarks came as two of the most progressive candidates in the Democratic primary field, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., are among the top-polling contenders, and another candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, entered the race promising a more moderate platform.
    “There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense,” Obama said.    “They just don’t want to see crazy stuff.    They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just.    And how we approach that, I think, will be important.”
    The remarks were hosted by the Democracy Alliance, which touts itself as the “largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States.”    Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was also featured at the event.
    Obama also took a swipe at views on “left-leaning Twitter feeds,” calling on candidates to be “rooted in reality.”
    “Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision, we also have to be rooted in reality and the fact that voters, including the Democratic voters and certainly persuadable independents or even moderate Republicans, are not driven by the same views that are reflected on certain, you know, leftleaning Twitter feeds,” he said.
    Obama also sought also to ease fears of Democrats who have been wringing their hands over the size of the sprawling field, which some worry will lead to a prolonged contest that will damage the eventual nominee.
    “I just have to remind you that I had a very robust primary,” Obama said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
Said former President Barack Obama: “The average American doesn’t think we have
to completely tear down the system and remake it
.” JULIO CORTEZ/AP FILE

11/17/2019 Paris police use tear gas, water cannon on ‘yellow vest’ protests anniversary by Dominique Vidalon
Protesters walk past a roadblock during a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of
the "yellow vests" movement in Paris, France, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
    PARIS (Reuters) – Demonstrators torched cars and pelted police with stones and bottles and police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on Saturday as rallies to mark the first anniversary of the anti-government “yellow vest” demonstrations erupted into violence.
    A total of 28,000 people demonstrated across France on Saturday including 4,700 in Paris, the interior ministry said.
    This was more than in recent weeks but 10 times less the record 282,000 estimated for the whole country on Nov. 17, 2018, the first day of the protests.
    In Paris, police took 124 people in for questioning and 78 people were in custody, the authorities said.
    Demonstrators, many clad in black and hiding their faces, vandalized an HSBC bank branch at the Place d’Italie.    They set trash bins on fire, hurled cobblestones and bottles at riot police, and erected barricades.
    Several cars were set ablaze.    Police responded with tear gas and blasts from water cannon.
    Clashes also broke out between demonstrators and police near the Porte de Champerret, close to the Arc de Triomphe, as protesters prepared to march across town toward Gare d’Austerlitz.
    Police also intervened to prevent a few hundred demonstrators from occupying the Paris ring road.
    Paris police prefect Didier Lallement canceled permission for a scheduled demonstration in view of the violence.
    There were still a few scattered clashes in Les Halles area in central Paris by early evening.
    In other cities, yellow vest demonstrations were largely peaceful, with 1,000 people marching in Marseille in southern France.
    The yellow vest protests, named for the high-visibility jackets worn by demonstrators, erupted in November 2018 over fuel price hikes and the high cost of living.    The demonstrations spiraled into a broader movement against President Emmanuel Macron and his economic reforms.
    The protests have lost strength in recent months but leaders called for people to turn out on Saturday to mark the anniversary.
    Protests have been banned near tourists spots such as the Eiffel Tower and 20 subway stations were closed on Saturday.
MACRON HEADACHE
    The yellow vest movement was one of the toughest challenges to Macron’s presidency before it dwindled in the early summer.
    It evolved from nationwide road blockades into a series of often-violent demonstrations that pitted rowdy protesters with police and ravaged Paris and other cities.
    The crisis forced Macron to make policy concessions and delay the next wave of reforms, including overhauling the pension and unemployment systems.
    Macron’s plans to simplify the unwieldy and expensive pension system, which he says will make it fairer, is particularly unpopular.
    Trade unions have called on railway workers, Paris public transport staff, truck drivers and civil servants to strike against the pensions overhaul on Dec. 5 and in some cases beyond.    Students and yellow vest protesters have called for people to join forces with the unions.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, additional reporting Richard Lough, Editing by Angus MacSwan and Grant McCool)

11/17/2019 French interior minister blames protest violence on ‘thugs’
Masked protesters vandalize the prefecture during a demonstration to mark the first anniversary
of the "yellow vests" movement in Nantes, France, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
    PARIS (Reuters) – French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner blamed “thugs” and “bullies” on Sunday for the violence that hit demonstrations the previous day marking marked the first anniversary of the anti-government “yellow vest” protests.
    “Yesterday, what we saw were few (legitimate) demonstrators but thugs, bullies and morons,” Castaner told Europe 1 radio when asked about the violence in Paris on Saturday.
    Demonstrators torched cars and pelted police with stones and bottles and police fired tear gas and water cannon during the rallies to mark a year since the birth of the anti-government yellow vest movement.
    Across France, police arrested 264 people on Saturday, including 173 in Paris, Castaner said.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Frances Kerry)

11/17/2019 Trump hails ‘cash’ to farmers, U.S. aid in China trade war
FILE PHOTO: A farmer plows a field in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California, United States August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday welcomed a “cash” payout to American farmers before the Thanksgiving Day holiday that he attributed to China tariffs, but that money actually is part of a U.S. government aid package.
    “Our great Farmers will recieve (sic) another major round of ‘cash,’ compliments of China Tariffs, prior to Thanksgiving,” he wrote on Twitter.
    “The smaller farms and farmers will be big beneficiaries.    In the meantime, and as you may have noticed, China is starting to buy big again.    Japan deal DONE.    Enjoy!
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday it will begin making a second round of 2019 trade aid payments to U.S. farmers next week.
    The payments are the second part of a three-tranche $16 billion aid package announced in May to compensate farmers for the U.S.-China trade war.    China imposed tariffs on key U.S. agriculture exports including soybeans and pork last year after Trump’s administration levied duties on Chinese goods.
    The United States and China are trying to negotiate a phase one trade pact to end the tensions, but it is unclear when it might be finalized.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Diane Craft)

11/17/2019 GOP lawmakers say Democrats’ evidence against President Trump is ‘crumbling’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the CenturyLink Center,
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Bossier City, La. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    GOP congressmen are coming to the president’s defense amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry.    Representative Chris Stewart is saying evidence the Democrats are looking to find against President Trump is “crumbling.”    During a Sunday interview, Stewart said there was no evidence building through ongoing impeachment hearings.
    He pointed to Marie Yovanovitch’s testimony last week, where she told lawmakers she had no knowledge of criminal activity related to the Trump administration.
    The representative accused Democrats of reaching for reasons to impeach President Trump.    He added the longer the public hearings go on, the less Americans will support impeachment — because the evidence just doesn’t support it.
    “I think the Democrats know they’re in trouble on this — which is why we keep moving the goal post,” stated Stewart.    “We went from some supposed quid pro quo, and as you said, tying these investigations to withholding military aid — but we know that didn’t happen.”
Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, holds up the transcript summary of the call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President
Volodymyr Zelensky as he questions top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent,
at the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    GOP representative Jim Jordan also came to the president’s defense, saying there was never a quid pro quo.    On Sunday, Jordan pointed out     Ukraine’s president met with U.S. senior officials multiple times before the security aid was released.    He said aid was never talked about being linked to investigations in those meetings.
    Jordan suggested the funding was released after officials became convinced Ukraine’s president was the “real deal” and not corrupt.    He also noted the aid was provided before it actually had to be.
    “The Ukrainians did nothing to…get the aid released,” stated Jordan.    “There was never this quid pro quo — that the Democrats all promised existed — before President Trump released the phone call.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as she testifies before the House Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President
Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has been accused of withholding aid from Ukraine to pressure the foreign country to investigate 2020 hopeful and former     Vice President Joe Biden.    In regards to the alleged quid pro quo, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise slammed claims the commander-in-chief cared more about investigating the Bidens than Ukraine policy.
    Scalise pointed out that in the original phone call transcript that was released, President Zelensky thanked President Trump for all he’s done to help Ukraine.    He stressed this included when the White House sold javelin missiles to Ukraine to help the country stand up to Russia.    He also noted the Obama administration had refused to sell Ukraine those missiles.
    Scalise also pointed out the law required President Trump to ensure Ukraine is rooting out corruption before any taxpayer money went to the nation.
FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2018 file photo, House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., recalls the
prayers he received after getting shot during a congressional baseball practice in Virginia in 2017,
during a press availability in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Despite these comments, it appears Democrats have little interest in listening to their Republican colleagues.
    During a Sunday interview, main spokesperson for the impeachment inquiry House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has no interest in responding to her Republican colleagues about their impeachment concerns. She rejected opening a dialogue with the GOP, calling it “a waste of time.”
    Pelosi went on to say she has a “real level of discomfort” in regards to hearing out issues brought forward by those on the other side of the aisle.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters on the morning after the first public hearing
in the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump on his effort to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations
of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

11/17/2019 Customs and Border Protection announces 70% drop in apprehensions since May by OAN Newsroom
Acting Customs and Border Protection director Mark Morgan speaks with reporters in the
briefing room at the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The White House is praising Customs and Border Protection officers for regaining control of U.S. borders.    In a Saturday tweet, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan highlighted some of the agency’s accomplishments — including a 70 percent drop in apprehensions since May.
    He said with President Trump’s aid to border officials, October marked the fifth month in a row agents saw a drop in detainments.    May was the peak of the border crisis, which resulted in 140,000 apprehensions.
    “We’ve all but ended catch and release,” stated Morgan.    “Migrants are no longer allowed to come to the interior of the United States based on fraudulent claims and the cartels are no longer able to profit on the backs of these migrants.”
    During a Thursday press conference, the CBP commissioner noted that the Trump administration’s strategies are successfully sending a message to Mexico’s drug cartels and other criminal organizations contributing to the national security crisis at the border.    He reported that the U.S. is continuing to see an overall decline in migrant apprehensions and an increase in drug seizures.
    “The month of October has continued with that trend, reaching a 14 percent decline compared to September — with just over 42,000 apprehensions,” stated Morgan.    “Last month on the southwest border, CBP seized more than 47,000 pounds of drugs — a 50 percent increase from this time last year.”
    He added though there is progress, there still needs to be more wall constructed in order to put the cartels permanently out of business.    He is urging Congress to pass legislation to assist the ongoing border crisis.

11/17/2019 15 killed, 400 injured during pro-Morales demonstrations in Bolivia by OAN Newsroom
Security forces clash with supporters of former President Evo Morales in Sacaba, Bolivia, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
A least five people died and dozens were injured during the clashes. (AP Photo/Dico Solis)
    The death toll in Bolivia is rising as violent protests continue to rattle the country.    According to local media, 15 people were killed in demonstrations Saturday and more than 400 were injured. Protesters are showing support for the country’s recently ousted President Evo Morales.
    Security forces opened fire on those supporters, who were attempting to cross a military checkpoint on Friday.    Police said the crowds carried weapons and Molotov cocktails, but were dispersed by riot police.
    “They came to kill us — we had nothing but our little flags to defend ourselves,” said one protester.    “Here are the dead, and there are more than 400 detainees — We don’t know if they are dead or alive, they’ve taken them as trash.”
A supporter of Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales yells at a police officer, telling him to respect
the nation’s indigenous people in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
    Morales remains in Mexico, where he has been offered asylum.
    Meanwhile, the UN is warning violence from these ongoing protests could “spin out of control.”    While covering the protests in Bolivia, Al Jazeera senior correspondent Teresa Bo was pepper sprayed by police.    A video released this weekend has gone viral, showing Bo as she reported live from La Paz, Bolivia. Bo turned to identify herself to an officer who sprayed something in her face.
    “I was just thrown tear gas by the police – on purpose,” stated Bo.    “This is what’s happening in the middle of a plaza where people have been protesting peacefully.”
    She continued to deliver her report on the situation despite the injury.    Bo has released a statement via Twitter, thanking people for their support and expressing her hope that such practices will be denounced.

Supporters of former President Evo Morales clash with police in
La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

11/18/2019 Food shortages cripple Bolivia, new elections still uncertain by Daniel Ramos
A police officer waves a white flag as he participates in a Mass offered in intention of
peace in the country, in La Paz, Bolivia, November 17, 2019. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivians languished in long lines on the streets of La Paz on Sunday to secure chicken, eggs and cooking fuel as supporters of ousted President Evo Morales crippled the country’s highways, isolating population centers from lowland farms.
    Presidency minister Jerjes Justiniano told reporters the government of interim President Jeanine Anez had established an “air bridge” to supply La Paz, using planes to bypass barricades on highways surrounding the highland capital. He said officials hoped to do the same with other cities cut off from supplies.
    Bolivia remained in limbo one week after Morales, a charismatic leftist and former coca farmer, resigned over allegations of vote-tampering.    Lawmakers have yet to agree on a date for new elections.
    Morales fled to Mexico on Tuesday.    But his supporters from largely coca-farming regions of the Andean nation have since taken to the streets, sometimes armed with homemade bazookas, handguns and grenades, barricading roads and skirmishing with security forces.
    Some Morales supporters have demanded Anez, a former conservative lawmaker, resign.    They have given her a deadline of midnight on Monday to step down, and have called for elections in 90 days.
    As roadblocks take their toll, fuel has become scarce and many in the poorer neighborhoods of La Paz have been forced to cook over firewood.
    “I hope things calm down,” said Josue Pillco, a construction worker from a working-class La Paz neighborhood.    “We’re not getting any food or gasoline.”
    Community leaders aligned with Morales in El Alto on Sunday were calling for a general strike Monday, raising the spectre of further supply shortfalls in the nearby capital.
POLICY RESET
    Anez has agreed to new elections but also moved quickly to implement changes in policy at home and abroad.
    On Friday, Bolivia asked Venezuelan officials under the country’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro to leave the country.    Anez’s government also accused Cuba, once a close ally, of stoking unrest following Morales’ resignation.
    The Anez administration on Sunday renamed the state newspaper “Bolivia.”    Morales called it “Change.”
    Violent protests on Friday around Cochabamba, a coca-growing region and stronghold of Morales’ supporters, left at least nine people dead, officials said.
    The local ombudsman in the Cochabamba region said police had used live ammunition against protesters, prompting allegations of human rights abuses by security forces under Anez.
    Anez has blamed Morales for stoking violence from abroad, and has said her government wishes to hold elections and meet with the opposition to halt protests.
    Morales, in exile in Mexico, has struck a more conciliatory tone in recent days, saying he would sit out the next election in an interview with Reuters on Friday.
    U.N. envoy Jean Arnault said a team would hold meetings with politicians and social groups this week to end the violence and push for “free and transparent elections.”
    The European Union ambassador to Bolivia Leon de la Torre also met with Anez Sunday.
    He said the E.U. would provide support during the “transition period” and work to ensure “credible elections…under the most stringent international standards.”
    The United States, Brazil, Colombia, Britain and Germany have also recognized Anez´s interim government.
(Reporting by Daniel Ramos and Gram Slattery in La Paz; Writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Daniel Wallis)

11/18/2019 Trade tensions to hit goods growth in fourth quarter as tariffs bite: WTO
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters next to a
red traffic light in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Monday that growth in global goods trade is expected to remain “below trend” in the fourth quarter amid tensions and rising tariffs in key sectors.
    Its latest quarterly barometer showed growth in global merchandise trade rose by 0.2 pct in the second quarter of this year against 3.5 pct in same period of 2018.
    “Some components of the barometer have stabilized since the last reading in August, while others remain on a downward trajectory reflecting heightened trade tensions and rising tariffs in key sectors,” it said.
    Air freight, raw materials and electronic components indices “all deteriorated further below trend," with electronic components weakest amid tariff hikes, while automotive products and container shipping have firmed up, it said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge; Editing by Catherine Evans)

11/17/2019 Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say by Joseph Menn
FILE PHOTO: A man passes Interpol signages at Interpol World in Singapore July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The international police organization Interpol plans to condemn the spread of strong encryption in a statement Monday saying it protects child sex predators, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters.
    At the group’s conference in Lyon, France on Friday, an Interpol official said a version of the resolution introduced by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation would be released without a formal vote by representatives of the roughly 60 countries in attendance, the sources said.
    Echoing a joint letter last month from the top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, the larger group will cite difficulties in catching child sexual predators as grounds for companies opening up user communications to authorities wielding court warrants.
    “Service providers, application developers and device manufacturers are developing and deploying products and services with encryption which effectively conceals sexual exploitation of children occurring on their platforms,” a draft of the resolution seen by Reuters said.
    “Tech companies should include mechanisms in the design of their encrypted products and services whereby governments, acting with appropriate legal authority, can obtain access to data in a readable and useable format.”
    Interpol did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.    The FBI referred questions to Interpol.
    The cooperative law enforcement association is best known for helping countries assist one another in catching suspects outside their jurisdictions.    The new statement will not have the force of law, but instead aim at increasing pressure on tech providers.
    It could provide greater political cover for more countries to pass laws or regulations barring unbreakable encryption or requiring companies to be capable of hacking their own users, both of which are anathema to major U.S.-based global providers including Apple and Google.
    Both the United Kingdom and Australia have recently passed laws moving in that direction, though it is unclear how widely they are being wielded.    U.S. skirmishes have been fought in sealed court proceedings, without major congressional action.
    Interpol joining the political fray is notable because the group includes Russia and other countries without rules against mass surveillance or spying on political minorities and activists.
    “This proposal will endanger people who rely on strong encryption to keep them safe, including from hackers and repressive regimes,” said a spokesman for Facebook, which was among the tech companies in Lyon for the conference.    “It will also weaken the online security of over a billion people.”
    Facebook, owner of WhatsApp and Instagram, moved to the front of the political fight this year by announcing plans to make its popular Messenger communication service encrypted end-to-end, so that neither Facebook nor law enforcement can view content unless they have access to one of the endpoint devices.
    Because Messenger has been one of the most valuable sources of information about child predators, the step provoked the October joint letter from three of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, which also includes Canada and New Zealand.
    Tech activists, pointing to past abuses of “exceptional access” for governments, have been alarmed at the political and legal trend, and that accelerated over the weekend.    If an international company provides hacking capability under the legal system in one nation, they say, other countries will demand and get the same access, potentially across borders.
    “The idea that the U.S. is so concerned about having lawful exceptional access to end-to-end encryption that they are willing to spread that to nearly every jurisdiction in the world, including authoritarian states with which we would otherwise not share information, is unthinkable to me,” said Andrew Crocker, an attorney at the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    “To give that power to Russia, China and other authoritarian states is complete dereliction of duty of the U.S. government to protect us.”
(Reporting by Joseph Menn; editing by Diane Craft)

11/18/2019 Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel’s Jewish settlements by Steve Holland and Humeyra Pamuk
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial
at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were “inconsistent with international law.”
    The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is struggling to remain in power after two inconclusive Israeli elections this year, and a defeat for the Palestinians.
    Pompeo said U.S. statements about the settlements on the West Bank – which Israel captured during a 1967 war – had been inconsistent, saying Democrat President Jimmy Carter in 1978 found they were not consistent with international law and Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981 said he did not view them as inherently illegal.
    “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department, drawing criticism from a senior Palestinian figure even before his announcement.
    “Another blow to international law, justice & peace,” Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian negotiator and member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, said on Twitter ahead of Pompeo’s statement.     The announcement marked the third major instance in which the Trump administration has sided with Israel and against stances taken by the Palestinians and Arab states even before unveiling its long-delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.     In 2017 Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and, in 2018, the United States formally opened an embassy in the city. U.S. policy had previously been that the status of Jerusalem was to be decided by the parties to the conflict.     And in March, Trump recognized Israel’s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights in a boost for Netanyahu that prompted a sharp response from Syria, which once held the strategic land.
    Trump’s move might have been designed to help Netanyahu as he struggles to stay in power.    Israeli politics is deadlocked after two inconclusive elections this year.    Former military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged neck and neck with Netanyahu following a September vote, and both leaders have struggled to put together a ruling coalition.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick; Writing by Matt Spetalnick and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Lisa Lambert, Giles Elgood and Cynthia Osterman)

11/18/2019 2020 Democrat candidates reject criticisms of falling ‘too far left’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, former President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at the
‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn. File)
    “Is that left or right? Let’s stop tearing each other down, let’s stop drawing artificial lines.” – Cory Booker, Democratic presidential candidate
    Democrat presidential contenders are rejecting recent criticisms of falling too far left.    This comes after former President Barack Obama warned the White House hopefuls not to alienate voters by becoming too radical.    He pointed out they don’t have to completely tear the system down in order to remake it.
    While he did not direct his comments at anyone specific, Obama alluded to controversial proposals by progressive candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.    He cited immigration and health care reform as examples where Democrats may be out of sync with voters.    The former president’s comments became talking points at Democrats’ campaign events over the weekend.
    “When I talk about health care being a human right and ending the embarrassment of America being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for every man, woman and child — that’s not tearing down the system, that’s doing what we should have done 30 years ago,” said Sanders.    “I’m not tearing down the system, we’re talking about justice.”
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a fundraiser for the
Nevada Democratic Party, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    Warren is taking a different route by saying Obama “paved the way” for her proposed health care reform.    Meanwhile, Julian Castro said he’s confident any Democrat candidate can beat President Trump regardless of their political policies.    However, this isn’t the first time these candidates have been criticized for veering too far left.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out against the progressive movement earlier this month.    She warned these policies could backfire in the general election, especially in swing states as these ideas fail to connect with moderate voters.    Despite the continuous push-back that seems to becoming a trend, some 2020 hopefuls remain steadfast on their proposals and claim they will lead to fair reform.
[This is hilarious as the Liberal Socialist Democrats running for president are bashing comments made by former president Democrat Liberal Progressive Socialist Barak Obama who started all this crap would be considered a centrist in the extreme Globalist Democrat Liberal Socialist running now for calling them out for their extreme views and could probably make them lose this election but as usual they are hell-bent to do it anyway and of course old Bernie is the same who was cheated by Hillary Clinton out of the 2019 Democratic nomination.].

11/18/2019 NYC homeless outreach plan faces backlash by OAN Newsroom
A homeless person sleeps on a 34th St. sidewalk in New York City, N.Y. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)
    New York City residents are criticizing a new plan to reduce homelessness.    This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Outreach NYC initiative to help homeless New Yorkers get access to temporary or permanent housing.    It entails city workers finding and reporting on the city’s homeless.    This means more than 18,000 city employees will be trained to contact social services when they see a homeless person.
    “When you are riding around in the neighborhood, walking around in the neighborhood, if you see someone homeless I want you to stop right there — make a call,” said de Blasio.
    However, the plan is being criticized by local leaders and advocacy groups who say it’s “counterproductive.”    New York City council member Stephen Levin compared the program to a similar plan back in 2016, which he claims did not reduce homelessness.    Coalition for the Homeless policy director Giselle Routhier is also noting drawbacks in De Blasio’s program.    She said it does not invest in real solutions like housing or low threshold shelters.
    “Regarding this plan, it’s effectively real time surveillance of people who are homeless and it seems to be targeting people who are unhoused in a way that no one else in the city is,” said Routhier.
    De Blasio’s program comes just weeks after an attack in New York City left four homeless men dead.    The city’s homelessness rate is at an all-time high under Mayor de Blasio.    There are now more than 60,000 homeless people living in New York City’s homeless shelters.    The city is planning to hire 180 new workers solely dedicated to homeless outreach.
File – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is pictured. (AP Photo)

11/18/2019 WikiLeaks founder Assange has unsuitable computer in jail, court told
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court
after being sentenced in London, Britain, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/
    LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is struggling to prepare for his case fighting extradition to the United States because he has been given an unsuitable computer in prison, his lawyer told a British court on Monday.
    Assange, 48, who spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s embassy before he was dragged out in April, is wanted in the United States to face 18 counts including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades in prison if convicted.
    Appearing at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court via video link, Assange spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth in a hearing that lasted just a few minutes.
    His lawyer, Gareth Peirce, told the court that her client was unable to adequately prepare for his “very challenging case” as the computer he had been given was not suitable.
    “After months of battle he was provided with a computer but it is not the sort of computer needed to work on the case,” Peirce said.
    Judge Vanessa Baraitser said she had no jurisdiction over his conditions in prison.
    Assange, who was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail to flee to the Ecuadorean embassy, will remain in custody ahead of a case management hearing on Dec. 19 before full extradition proceedings in February.
(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Giles Elgood)

11/18/2019 Maduro says ‘thank God’ for dollarization in Venezuela
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, attends a protest
march against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, November 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
    CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro embraced the currency of his bitter rival the United States on Sunday, calling it an “escape valve” that can help the country weather its economic crisis amid U.S. sanctions aimed at forcing him from power.
    The official currency, the bolivar, has depreciated more than 90% this year, while hyperinflation in the first nine months of the year clocked in at 4,680%, according to the central bank.
    The inflationary spiral has slashed the purchasing power of the South American country’s minimum wage, which together with food assistance, is equivalent to about $10 per month.
    “I don’t see it as a bad thing … this process that they call ‘dollarization,'” Maduro said in an interview broadcast on the television channel Televen.
    “It can help the recovery of the country, the spread of productive forces in the country, and the economy … Thank God it exists,” the socialist leader said.
    Maduro, who at least until 2018 forbid the use of the dollar, added that while he is still evaluating transactions in U.S. currency, which have been growing in recent months, the bolivar will continue to circulate as the official currency.
    Since 2003 the official exchange rate has been set by Venezuela’s central bank but the rate has become increasingly flexible.
    “Venezuela will always have its currency … we will always have the bolivar and we will recover it and we will defend it,” Maduro said in an interview with José Vicente Rangel, a leftist politician and vice president during the government of Hugo Chávez.
    Under increasingly severe U.S. sanctions, the central bank has started injecting euros into the economy.    The government and state oil company PDVSA have even begun to pay contractors with the European currency.
    Foreign currencies enter the economy of the OPEC member largely from the sale of some shipments of crude oil and gold.
    Opposition leader Juan Guaidó responded to Maduro’s dollarization comments at a news conference later Sunday, saying Maduro had admitted another defeat.
    “The failure in Miraflores, acknowledged today, is that the country is dollarized … he recognizes that our currency cannot even hold value,” Guaidó said.
Guaidó, who heads the National Assembly, invoked articles of the Constitution in January to proclaim himself interim president, claiming that Maduro’s re-election was fraudulent. Maduro calls the opposition leader a U.S.-backed “puppet.”
    Recently, Caracas-based consultancy Ecoanalitica estimated 53.8% of transactions in the first 15 days of October were carried out in dollars, according to a sampling of the country’s seven main cities.    That number reached 86% in the oil-rich city of Maracaibo, which has been badly hit by power cuts.
    Venezuela’s economic crisis has generated a humanitarian crisis and a forced migration of over 4 million Venezuelans, according to United Nations data.
(Reporting by Deisy Buitrago; Writing by Sarah Kinosian; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Tom Brown)

11/18/2019 Second week of public impeachment hearings set to feature 8 witnesses by OAN Newsroom
House Intelligence Committee Chairmen Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, speaks as ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.,
right, looks on, as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol
Hill in Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The House Intelligence Committee will hold more public hearings this week in the ongoing impeachment probe.    Testimonies will start Tuesday and will continue through Thursday. During that time, eight witnesses will take the stand.
    “The American public, for the first time, will be really paying attention to the body language and the exact language, verbal language, of these witnesses.    It’s one thing to read the private remarks on paper weeks after the fact, it’s another thing to see them face questions live on television.” — Eric Tucker, correspondent – Associated Press
    Among them is Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Vice President Mike Pence’s aide Jennifer Williams, former Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker, and outgoing National Security Council Senior Director of European and Russian Affairs Tim Morrison.
    Most notably, Tuesday’s hearings all feature witnesses who were reportedly on the president’s July phone call with Ukraine with first-hand knowledge except for former special envoy Volker.    He and outgoing National Security Council Director Morrison privately testified largely in defense of the administration’s Ukraine foreign policy during closed-door testimonies back in October.
    On Wednesday, EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper, and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale are set to give their testimonies.    In this round of hearings all eyes will be on ambassador Sondland, who is considered a key witness to the investigation and reportedly one of three individuals who was tasked with carrying out President Trump’s policy in Ukraine.
File – U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland walks to a secure area of the Capitol to testify as part of
the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Finally on Thursday, former National Security Counsel Senior Director Fiona Hill will close out the week. Hill was in attendance during a July 10th White House meeting with former National Security Agency Director John Bolton, ambassador Sondland, and top Ukrainian officials who are at the center of debate.
    Conflicting reports from U.S. officials describe the meeting, on one hand, as diplomatic and, on the other, as concerning.    The marathon of hearings will move the House one step closer to its ultimate vote on impeachment.

11/19/2019 Oil down $0.67 to $57.05, DOW up 31 to 28,036 another record.

11/19/2019 Attorney General Barr: Democrats work to undermine executive branch by OAN Newsroom
    According to Attorney General William Barr, far-left lawmakers are waging a partisan war against President Trump.
    While speaking at the Federalist Society in D.C. on Monday, Barr said Democrat Party officials are working to undermine the rule of law and the executive branch.
    Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called the resistance,” explained the U.S. attorney general Barr went on to say Democrats are obstructing the work of the U.S. government, while at the same time accusing President Trump of doing just that.    He called on Democrats to work together with the president to move America forward.
FILE – U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
    “What it means is that instead of viewing themselves as the loyal opposition as opposing parties have done in this country for over 200 years, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government,” he stated.
    Barr pointed out the Democrat push for impeachment and other investigations into President Trump are designed to incapacitate and harass the executive branch.

11/19/2019 Dept. of Justice IG Horowitz set to testify next month about FISA abuse report by OAN Newsroom
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz appears at the launch of the Procurement Collusion
Strike Force at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to testify next month regarding alleged FISA abuses in the 2016 election.    That’s according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    Horowitz upcoming testimony could signal he’s nearly complete with his report, which details alleged surveillance abuse in the 2016 election.    Specifically, the Inspector General report is expected to reveal unlawful conduct by the Obama-era Justice Department and FBI, which targeted members of the Trump campaign. This included Carter Page.     “And nobody much appears to care, but I hope you will find some interest now that the FISA warrant issued against Carter Page based on a dossier prepared by Christopher Steele is, at a minimum, disturbing,” said Sen. Graham.    “Whether or not it is illegal, I don’t yet know.”
    Republicans have long claimed this illicit behavior is what kick-started the Mueller probe.    Horowitz is scheduled to testify on December 11th.
FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a news conference
at the Capitol in Washington. Republicans have no unified argument in the impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump in
large part because they can’t agree on how to defend the president. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

11/19/2019 Schiff condemns partisan attacks against witnesses, Nunes blasts media’s political bias by OAN Newsroom
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., question Jennifer Williams, an aide to
Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, as they testify before the
House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public
impeachment hearing. Ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff condemned “partisan attacks” on impeachment witnesses during opening statements in Tuesday’s public impeachment hearing.    Schiff addressed the president directly, saying any tweet aimed at any of the witnesses could be a possible article of impeachment under witness intimidation.    He added, those testifying under oath are there because they were subpoenaed to appear.
    Shortly after, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman defended his fellow witnesses during his public testimony.    In his opening statement Tuesday, Vindman called political attacks against career government officials “reprehensible.”    He then said he was concerned about U.S. National Security after listening in on the July 25th Ukraine call, and said it was his “sense of duty” to report the call to National Security Council lawyers.    Vindman emphasized he went through the proper channels when issuing his concerns to his superiors in the chain of command.
National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Meanwhile, ranking member Devin Nunes slammed the Democrats as well as the mainstream media for false reporting during the Russia investigation. He said they are running the same ploys over Ukraine.
    “There was no objectivity or fairness in the media’s Russia stories…just a fevered rush to tarnish and remove a president who refuses to pretend that the media are something different than what they really are: puppets of the Democratic Party,” stated the California lawmaker.    “With their biased misreporting on the Russia hoax, the media lost the confidence of millions of Americans and because they refused to acknowledge how badly they botched the story, they’ve learned no lessons and simply expect Americans will believe them as they try to stoke yet another partisan frenzy.”
    Nunes also called out the fact the Democrats started using the term “bribery” instead of “quid pro quo” because it tested better in focus groups.    This comes as President Trump has continued to blast the impeachments inquiry as a charade.    He posted a video on Twitter Tuesday, which points out that the whisteblower’s lawyer previously stated that “coup has started” and “impeachment will follow.”

11/19/2019 Secretary of State Pompeo refuses to defend former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch by OAN Newsroom
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in
Washington, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, during the second public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is refusing to defend former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch over her questionable role in the impeachment process.
    “I’m happy to talk about Ukraine policy,” he stated.    “I’m not going to get into the issues surrounding the Democrat impeachment inquiry.”
    Pompeo went on to say ambassador William Taylor, who replaced Yovanovitch, conducted a more appropriate policy towards Ukraine.    This comes after President Trump and Ukrainian officials criticized Yovanovitch and her work.
    “We reversed the massive failures of the Obama administration’s policy towards Ukraine, which truly did risk the lives of Ukrainian people and allowed Vladimir Putin to take Crimea,” Pompeo explained.    “The State Department’s doing a fantastic job, I think we’ve delivered in a way that the Obama administration has not delivered on Ukraine.”
    The U.S. secretary of state is now highlighting strong support for Ukraine by the Trump administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Pompeo spoke
about Iran, Iraq, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, protests in Hong Kong, and Bolivia, among other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

11/19/2019 Members of Congress unveil list of data security sectors to focus on by OAN Newsroom
    The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are seen in a combination photo from Reuters files.
    As Big Tech continues to boom, the lack of regulations on the industry is becoming a primary concern.    On Monday, a handful of senators unveiled their multi-page outline on how Congress can rein in tech giants.    The legislators listed three major Big Tech issues: privacy, competition and sanctions.
    “Particularly, within the context of privacy and data security legislation it would be helpful if Congress would repeal the common carrier exemption because competition works best when all players who are competing for the same kinds of business and the same eyeballs are engaging in competition on a level playing field,” explained Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Wilson.
    On the issue of privacy, the lawmakers say they want to restrict the ways companies share consumer data.    They say that means limiting the ways tech companies collect a customer’s information and how it doles it out to other major players for profit.
    Meanwhile, lawmakers are also looking to stop companies from undermining competition.    The senators say corporate consolidation is crushing innovation and prevents smaller businesses from doing well.    When it comes to sanctions, the senators say negligent bosses should be slapped with criminal penalties.    The Congress members argue hefty fines aren’t cutting it, and think the best way to get accountability is by throwing CEOs behind bars when they break the law.
    On Sunday, Federal Trade Commission chairman Joe Simons also expressed concerns about his office’s limited ability to hold Big Tech accountable.
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons is pictured. (Susan Walsh/AP Photo)
    “But our tools are limited…we don’t have the authority like the Europeans do to enforce something, at least not yet, like GDPR,” he explained.    “So, it’s very important to keep that in mind when you think about our enforcement efforts.”
    The push to change federal laws arrives as the Department of Justice, Congress, and dozens of states investigate companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and others over their supposed outsized influence on the tech market.    At the same time, Republican regulators at the Federal Trade Commission have signaled that Congress should update and make clear the authorities allotted to the department.
    The main goal Monday’s regulations on the digital market is to reportedly give the Federal Trade Commission more resources and authority to adapt to the industry’s endless innovations.    In the meantime, GOP Senate Commerce Committee chairman Roger Wicker said he’s also working on legislation that would compliment the most recent proposals.    It’s likely Wicker or his colleagues will soon put out their own legislation on Big Tech.

11/19/2019 Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after nearly 10 years by Johan Ahlander and Simon Johnson
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court after
being sentenced in London, Britain, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish prosecutor dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London’s Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition.
    Although the prosecutor’s decision can be appealed, it probably closes the case, which was launched in 2010.    The accuser’s lawyer said she was studying whether to appeal it.
    Assange skipped bail in Britain to avoid possible extradition and took refuge in the embassy in 2012.    He was dragged out by police in April this year, and is now in jail fighting extradition to the United States on computer hacking and espionage charges unveiled after he left the embassy.
    While Assange was in the embassy, the statute of limitations ran out on investigating all but one of several Swedish sex crime complaints originally filed by two women.    Deputy Chief Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson reopened the remaining case after Assange left the embassy, but she said on Tuesday the passage of time meant there was not enough evidence to indict Assange.
    “After conducting a comprehensive assessment of what has emerged during the course of the preliminary investigation I then make the assessment that the evidence is not strong enough to form the basis for filing an indictment,” she told a news conference.    “Nine years have passed.    Time is a player in this decision.”
    Assange, a 48-year-old Australian, has repeatedly denied the sex crime allegations, calling them part of a plot to discredit him and secure his eventual transfer to the United States.
    “Let us now focus on the threat Mr Assange has been warning about for years: the belligerent prosecution of the United States and the threat it poses to the First Amendment,” WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, said in a statement.
    Assange’s Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, said as far as he was aware British lawyers had not yet been able to contact Assange in jail to inform him of the Swedish decision.
    “This is the end of Assange’s association with the Swedish justice system,” Samuelson said.    “But he is not happy with the way he’s been treated.    He lost faith in the Swedish justice system years ago.”
    Elisabet Massi Fritz, lawyer for the accuser, told Reuters in a text message that she and her client would discuss whether to request a review of the decision to drop the case.    The right decision would have been to interrogate Assange in London and then charge him with rape, she said.
    “After today’s decision my client needs time to process everything that has happened over these nine years in order to be able to move on with her life.”
U.S. ANGER
    The Australian-born Assange made global headlines in early 2010 when WikiLeaks published a classified U.S. military video showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two Reuters news staff.     WikiLeaks later angered the United States by publishing caches of leaked military documents and diplomatic cables.     In 2016 it played a role in the U.S. presidential campaign, releasing documents from hacked emails of Democratic Party officials. U.S. investigators determined those emails were originally obtained by Russian hackers as part of an effort by Moscow to help elect President Donald Trump.
    Admirers have hailed Assange as a hero for exposing what they describe as abuse of power by modern states and for championing free speech.    Critics say he is a dangerous figure complicit in Russian efforts to undermine the West.
    Even some critics of Assange say the U.S. charges against him could be troubling, since they treat publication of secrets as a crime, activity that advocates of press freedom say is essential for journalism.
    The case had divided opinion in Sweden, a country with strong traditions of support for both women’s rights and media freedom.     Prosecutors were criticized for letting the case drag on, while many blamed Assange for obstructing the investigation.
    The decision by the Swedish prosecutor heads off a potential dilemma for the British courts which might otherwise have had to decide between competing U.S. and Swedish extradition requests.
    Since leaving the embassy, Assange has served a British sentence for skipping bail. He is now being held pending his next hearing in February on the U.S. extradition request. He faces 18 criminal counts including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law.
(Reporting by Simon Johnson, Johan Ahlander, Niklas Pollard and Anna Ringrstrom; Editing by Peter Graff)

11/19/2019 Bolivian military deploys armored vehicles to end blockade of key gas plant by Daniel Ramos and David Mercado
Military police officers keep watch outside the old presidential palace
in La Paz, Bolivia November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Manuel Claure
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian police and military forces used armored vehicles and helicopters to unblock access to a major gas plant in the city of El Alto on Tuesday, a show of strength after blockades at the facility had cut off fuel supply to nearby La Paz.
    Helicopters flew above roads around the Senkata gas plant, operated by state-run YPFB, which were blocked with piles of burning tires, according to a Reuters witness. Protesters are demanding the return of unseated leftist leader Evo Morales.
    Morales resigned on Nov. 10 amid anti-government demonstrations and rising pressure over vote-rigging allegations after an audit by the Organization of American States (OAS) found serious irregularities in an Oct. 20 election.
    But Morales supporters have since ramped up protests, calling for caretaker President Jeanine Anez to step down and for Morales to return.    Mounting violence in the South American nation has seen over 20 people killed in street clashes.
    In what it said was a bid to restore calm, Bolivia’s congress, controlled by lawmakers from Morales’ Movement for Socialism (MAS), said on Tuesday it would cancel a contentious vote in the legislature that had been expected to reject Morales’ resignation.
    The vote would be suspended “to create and contribute to an environment conducive to dialogue and peace,” the Legislative Assembly said in a statement, citing instructions from new Senate head and MAS lawmaker Monica Eva Copa Murga.
    A meeting ahead of the vote, originally planned for Tuesday evening, had been scheduled to discuss plans for a new election as well as the resignation of Morales, who is currently in Mexico, where he sought asylum.
    The MAS party holds a majority in the congress and could have voted to reject his resignation, potentially creating dueling claims on the country’s leadership and raising pressure on Anez.
    Morales has railed at what he has called a right-wing coup against him and hinted he could return to the country, though he has pledged repeatedly not to run again in a new election the interim government is seeking to hold.
DESPERATE TO BUY
    Bolivians are feeling the pinch of the turmoil, with fuel shortages mounting and grocery stores short of basic goods as supporters of Morales blockade key transport routes.
    In the highland capital La Paz, roads have grown quiet as people preserve gasoline, with long queues for food staples.    People lined up with gas canisters next to the blockaded Senkata fuel plant on Tuesday.
    Images showed some fuel trucks apparently passing the blockade with a strong military and police presence.
    “Unfortunately this has been going on for three to four weeks, so people are desperate to buy everything they find,” said Ema Lopez, 81, a retiree in La Paz.
    Daniel Castro, a 63-year-old worker in the city, blamed Morales for what he called “food terrorism.”
    “This is chaos and you’re seeing this chaos in (La Paz’s) Plaza Villarroel with more than 5,000 people just there to get a chicken,” he said.
    The country’s hydrocarbons minister, Victor Hugo Zamora, said on Tuesday he was looking to unlock fuel deliveries for La Paz and called on the pro-Morales movements to join talks and allow economic activity to resume.
    Juan Carlos Huarachi, the head of the powerful Bolivian Workers’ Center union and once a staunch Morales backer, called on lawmakers to find a resolution.    “Our only priority is to bring peace to the country,” he told reporters.
    Jorge Quiroga, a former president and Morales critic, said the former leader wanted to see Bolivia “burn,” echoing other detractors who say he has continued to stoke unrest from Mexico, which Morales denies.
    “Clearly, the people in the MAS and the congress want to sabotage the elections.    Because if there are elections, Morales’ narrative of a coup falls,” he told Reuters.
(Reporting by Daniel Ramos, David Mercado, Monica Machicao, Miguel Lo Bianco and Gram Slattery; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Alex Richardson and Rosalba O’Brien)

11/19/2019 Without a China trade deal, the U.S. will hike tariffs: Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a Cabinet meeting inside the Cabinet Room of the
White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States would raise tariffs on Chinese imports if no deal is reached with Beijing to end a trade war, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, threatening an escalation of the spat that has damaged economic growth worldwide.
    Speaking at a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said he had a good relationship with China, noting that China was “moving along.”    However, he said China would have to make a deal “I like.”
    “If we don’t make a deal with China, I’ll just raise the tariffs even higher,” he told a room filled with senior U.S. officials.
    The United States and China have been locked in successive waves of tit-for-tat tariffs that have roiled financial markets and threatened to drag growth in the global economy to its lowest rate since the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
    Hopes were high that a partial trade deal could be signed at a summit in Santiago, Chile that was scheduled for mid-November.    The summit was canceled amid unrest in Chile and a path forward for a deal remains unclear.
    Sticking points include how and when to reduce tariffs and how much U.S. agricultural products China would commit to buy.
    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said last week that the two countries were getting close to an agreement to end the 16-month-long trade war, but he gave no further details on the timing of a possible deal.
    Still, Chinese state media outlet Xinhua said “constructive talks” were held by phone on Saturday between China’s Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Susan Heavey; Writing by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Berkrot)

11/19/2019 Rep. Adam Schiff to Ukraine: Don’t investigate Bidens by OAN Newsroom
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., questions Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine,
and Tim Morrison, a former official at the National Security Council, as they testify before the House Intelligence
Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President
Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
    House Intel Chair Adam Schiff appears to be threatening Ukraine over its ongoing corruption probe of the Biden family.    During the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, Schiff claimed Ukraine’s investigations into the Bidens could influence U.S. politics.
    He suggested Ukraine should leave the Bidens alone.
    “The real message to Ukraine — our U.S. policy message is: don’t engage in political investigations,” stated Schiff.
    Republican lawmakers have suggested Democrats, rather than President Trump, have tried to pressure the foreign government.
    “If the Democrats and the media are suddenly so deeply concerned about bribery, you would think they would take some interest in Burisma paying Hunter Biden $83,000 a month,” said Representative Devin Nunes.    “And you think they would be interested in Joe Biden threatening to withhold U.S. loan guarantees unless the Ukrainians fired a prosecutor who is investigating Burisma — that would be a textbook example of bribery.”
    Some officials in Kyiv expressed concerns of possibly losing bipartisan support in the U.S. over the Biden scandal.    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainians are tired of the issue regarding energy company Burisma Holdings.
    “I think everybody in Ukraine is so tired about Burisma,” said President Zelensky.    “We have our country, we have our independence — we have our problems and questions.”

11/19/2019 Lt. Colonel Vindman admits fears of Ukraine call based off hearsay, second-hand accounts by OAN Newsroom
National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, leaves after testifying before the House Intelligence
Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President
Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    A key witness in the Democrat led impeachment inquiry has admitted his testimony is based on hearsay and secondhand information.    Speaking before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman said he did not talk to President Trump or Rudy Giuliani around the time of the July phone call.
    The National Security Council official previously claimed Ukraine’s probe into the Bidens’ corruption could influence U.S. politics.    He admitted his previous concerns of that phone call were based on what he heard about it from someone else.    Vindman also claimed he doesn’t know who the so-called whistleblower is.
    During a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, President Trump blasted the hearing as a “kangaroo court,” calling it a “disgrace.”
    “It doesn’t matter because right now, you have a kangaroo court headed by little shifty Schiff where we don’t have lawyers, we don’t have witnesses — we don’t have anything.    And yet, I just got to watch and the Republicans are absolutely killing it.    They are doing so well, because it is a scam.” – President Donald Trump
    When asked about Vindman’s testimony, the president admitted that he watched briefly, but said he doesn’t know the colonel.
    “I don’t know Vindman, I never heard of him — what I do know is that even he said the transcript was correct,” stated the president.    “And if anybody reads the transcripts, I had two calls with the President of Ukraine – who, by the way, said there was no pressure whatsoever.”
    President Trump went on to criticize last week’s witnesses as only having secondhand information regarding the Ukraine saga.    The White House has since released a statement, saying the American people have learned “nothing new” from Tuesday’s hearings.
    Related: Schiff Condemns Partisan Attacks Against Witnesses, Nunes Blasts Media’s Political Bias
A record of a the phone conversation displays the conversation between President Donald Trump and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
of Ukraine as the House Intelligence Committee holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, on Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

11/19/2019 President Trump promises more tariffs if Beijing doesn’t make a deal by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens to a question during a cabinet meeting at the
White House, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is vowing to put pressure on China if a Phase One trade deal is not reached in the coming weeks.
    “I’m very happy right now,” said the president.    “If we don’t make a deal with China, I’ll just raise the tariffs even higher.”
    Speaking during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the president said the Chinese economy recently posted its worst year in almost six decades.    He said Chinese companies are bleeding cash because of U.S. tariffs, which generated almost $100 billion of additional revenue for the U.S. budget.
    The president also said he’s been using tariff revenues to support economic activity in the U.S.
    “I gave a lot of money to the farmers – I’m helping people that need help because China is paying us tremendous,” stated President Trump.    “They’re paying for it — those tariffs are not paid by us.”
    Officials said the U.S. and China could sign a Phase One trade deal by the end of this year, which would remove some of mutual tariffs and fix imbalances in bilateral trade and investment.
    Related: WH Economic Adviser Kudlow On China Trade Deal: We Are Finalizing Phase One.
FILE – In this June 29, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping
during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

11/19/2019 50 alleged Norteños gang members arrested, 42 guns seized in DOJ takedown by OAN Newsroom
Photo via Stockton Police Department.
    50 alleged members of the Norteños street gang in northern California are behind bars, thanks to a major operation led by the Department of Justice.    The arrests were announced on Tuesday, following a three month investigation in Stockton.
    Members of the gang are suspected of several crimes, including attempted murder and robbery.    Police also seized more than 40 guns and about 25 pounds of illegal drugs.    Detectives said the operation also helped them identify suspects in the shooting of a 10-year-old child.
    “This just shows that this is dangerous work and these are dangerous offenders that we’re dealing with here,” stated Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones.    “These assailants and these vehicles were on their way to commit a homicide…so I am very proud of our staff for what they did that day.”
    The arrests were made during the so-called ‘Operation Red Ruins,’ which focused on taking down the Norteños street gang.
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the joint effort by Stockton Police and several other law enforcement agencies has made the city safer.

11/19/2019 Seller of bullets to Las Vegas gunman pleads guilty to ammo licensing charge
FILE PHOTO: People look at a Remembrance Wall at the Las Vegas Healing Garden during the one-year anniversary
of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
    (Reuters) – A man who acknowledged selling hundreds of rounds of tracer bullets to the gunman responsible for killing 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival two years ago pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal charge of manufacturing ammunition without a license.
    Douglas Haig, 57, of Mesa, Arizona, became the first and only person arrested and charged in connection with the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre, which ended when the perpetrator, Stephen Paddock, killed himself.
    Haig told a news conference following his arrest early last year that none of the surplus military ammunition he sold Paddock in September 2017, weeks before the shooting, was ever fired during the killing spree.
    Haig said he had no inkling of any criminal intent by Paddock.    And authorities never accused Haig of conspiring in the attack, which ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.    Nearly 500 people were injured.
    However, prosecutors said Haig’s fingerprints were found on some of the unfired rounds in Paddock’s hotel suite and that armor-piercing cartridges recovered there bore tool marks matching equipment in Haig’s suburban Phoenix workshop.
(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Culver City, California; editing by Bill Tarrant and Richard Chang)
[Some day the real truth of what caused this event occurred in Nevada a Democrat state and will come out evemtually as I believe it was an attempt to slaughter people at a country musical festival who support the Second Amendment in hope it would change those laws and our constitution at the beginning of Trump's administration.    Somebody in the DEEP STATE knows because one investigator believes there was another individual involved associated with a locked room.].

11/20/2019 Oil down $1.64 to $55.21, DOW down 102 to 27,934.
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell from record levels while the S&P edged lower on Tuesday as dour forecasts from retailers Home Depot Inc and Kohl’s Corp fueled worries about consumer spending as the U.S.-China trade dispute dragged on.    The Dow Jones Industrial Average <.DJI> fell 102.37 points, or 0.37%, to 27,933.85, the S&P 500 <.SPX> lost 1.87 points, or 0.06%, to 3,120.16 and the Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> added 20.72 points, or 0.24%, to 8,570.66.

[WELL IT IS FINALLY THE LAST DAY OF THE DEMOCRATS FAKE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY AND SO FAR NO CRIME HAS BEEN PROVED
I ASSUME THE DEMS WILL BRING IN SOME RINGERS FROM THE DEEP STATE GLOBALIST IN ORDER TO TRY TO FIND A CRIME
AS SO FAR THEY HAVE NOT PROVEN A
QUID PRO QUO: a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE: the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process the defendant's ...
ABUSE OF POWER: or authority can take various forms and examples include: bullying or harassing behaviour, requesting staff to do personal errands or favours.
ESTORTION:the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.
OR BRIBERY: the giving or offering of a bribe.
SO WHAT CRIME WILL THEY SWITCH TO TODAY?
AND WHEN WILL THEY ADMIT WHO THE WHISTLEBLOWER IS WHO HAS BEEN OUTED BY THE WASHING EXAMINER AS YOU CAN SEE BELOW
]

11/20/2019 White House photo shows alleged whistleblower with Obama by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, former President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at the
‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn. File)
    A newly surfaced photo of the alleged whistleblower in the impeachment inquiry is fueling concerns about partisanship.    The Washington Examiner has obtained an image which shows Eric Ciaramella shaking hands in the Oval Office with former President Barack Obama.    It was discovered on a website for a friend’s 2018 wedding.
    The image has reportedly been making the rounds among the president’s GOP allies, who claimed it shows a political bias against the president.
    “This picture raises serious questions about how this sham impeachment process started,” a senior Trump administration official told The Washington Examiner. “It’s no surprise that Schiff has now changed his story about letting the falsely labeled whistleblower testify.”
    At the time the photo was taken, Ciaramella allegedly worked as the National Security Council’s Ukraine director.    Critics of the impeachment inquiry have raised questions about Ciaramella’s ties to other Obama-era officials.
    “Certain of the media released information about a man that they said was the whistleblower—I don’t know if that’s true or not,” stated President Trump.    “What they said is he was an Obama person…he was like a big anti-Trump person.”
    House Intel Chair Adam Schiff has repeatedly rejected calls by Republicans to call the alleged whistleblower to testify before the House, citing efforts to protect the individual’s identity.    During Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman’s testimony on Tuesday, he interrupted the proceedings to make sure the official didn’t mention the name.
[So as you can see above that Schiff does know who the whistleblower is and did not ask if he was referring to the whistleblower, but immediatelly prevented him from answering that question from the Republicans.].

11/20/2019 Rep. Stefanik presses Lt. Col. Vindman on Burisma, Hunter Biden during impeachment hearings by OAN Newsroom
National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman departs after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    GOP House Intelligence Committee member Elise Stefanik highlighted the issue of Hunter Biden’s work for Ukrainian energy firm Burisma during Tuesday’s public impeachment hearings.    She said her constituents have many concerns about the fact Biden “sat on the board of a corrupt company like Burisma.”
    Stefanik also pressed Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on corruption in Ukraine by suggesting money laundering and tax evasion was a possibility for Burisma.    She also called out chairman Adam Schiff for refusing to call Biden to testify.
    “The Obama administration’s State Department was also concerned, and yet Adam Schiff refuses to allow this committee to call Hunter Biden despite our requests,” said the New York lawmaker.    “Every witness who has testified and has been asked this has answered yes: do you agree that Hunter Biden on the board of Burisma has the potential for the appearance of conflict of interest?
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., questions Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison,
a former official at the National Security Council, as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts
to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
    Stefanik also pointed out Vindman previously testified he was aware Burisma had questionable business dealings.
RELATED: Lt. Colonel Vindman Admits Fears Of Ukraine Call Based Off Hearsay, Second-Hand Accounts

11/20/2019 EU ambassador testifies White House, State Dept. supported push for Ukraine probes by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in
Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said everyone was in the loop regarding the Trump administration’s anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine.    During his hearing Wednesday, he testified that at the time he did not think Burisma and the Bidens were connected.    This corroborates U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker’s statement from Tuesday.
    Sondland said President Trump did not really want a Biden investigation, just the announcement of an investigation.    He also said the president never mentioned the Bidens, only Burisma.    The ambassador added that he and the Ukraine diplomats did not think they were doing anything wrong, and there was no so-called “shadow foreign policy.”
    “Precisely because we did not think that we were engaging in improper behavior, we made every effort to ensure that the relevant decision-makers at the National Security Council and State Department knew the important details of our efforts,” he stated.    “The suggestion that we were engaged in some irregular or rogue diplomacy is absolutely false.”
    Sondland also said he never heard from President Trump that U.S. military aid was conditioned on public announcements of investigations.

File – Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is pictured. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)
    Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said ambassador Sondland is “drawing his own conclusions” about relations with Ukraine without any direct evidence.    In a tweet Wednesday, The Arizona lawmaker said Sondland never knew why the Trump administration decided to withhold foreign aid to Ukraine, noting that his presumptions that there was quid pro quo relies on a call and meeting between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelensky.
    Seperately, Biggs wrote that Sondland is not showing that President Trump committed any impeachable offense and stressed that he never heard from President Trump that Ukraine aid was conditioned.
RELATED: William Taylor Aide Tells House He Overheard Sondland Confirm Quid Pro Quo

11/20/2019 President Trump: Sondland admits no quid pro quo with Ukraine by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump arrives at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for a visit to an
Apple manufacturing plant, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Austin. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    According to President Trump, the Democrat push for impeachment has fallen apart in the wake of testimony from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland.    In a series of tweets Wednesday, the president said Sondland admitted there was no intent of a “quid pro quo” in his talks with the president of Ukraine.
    The president pointed out he wanted nothing from Ukraine except “doing the right thing” on corruption.
    Ambassador Sondland confirmed this assertion by the president and added he did not have any knowledge of alleged wrongdoing by President Trump — not even secondhand information.I believe I just asked him an open ended question: ‘what do you want from Ukraine?’” stated Sondland.    “He just said, ‘I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo — tell Zelensky to do the right thing.’
U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland listens to the closing statement of House Intelligence
Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid
for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    President Trump said impeachment is now dead and called for Democrats to end the inquiry immediately. He has since extended an invitation to the president of Ukraine to visit the White House without stipulations.     Trump campaign Director of Communications Tim Murtaugh shared the president’s letter on Wednesday, which invites President Zelensky to Washington as soon as the two leaders can find a mutually convenient time.
    President Trump said he looks forward to meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, and notably made no mention of any investigations.

11/20/2019 GOP blames Democrats’ impeachment effort for Senate stalemate by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listens
as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
    The Senate’s slow pace of passing legislation has been a major issue this year and the ongoing impeachment inquiry has put members of the legislative branch on edge.    Republican lawmakers are claiming the constant focus on impeaching the president has caused a stalemate in the Senate.
    On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Democrats to pass legislation rather than focusing all their effort on the impeachment inquiry.
    “There are things that we have to do that we’re are not making any progress on because of the impeachment obsession over in the House,” stated McConnell.    “We have yet to reach a deal on spending — I thought we had an agreement this summer and they reneged on that.”
    The GOP leader has reportedly taken to the floor almost daily to express his frustration over the issue — and he’s not the only one.    Other GOP senators are speaking out, in hopes of getting important bills passed before their deadlines.    These bills include the U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement and the spending budget for next year.
    President Trump has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of intentionally holding up proceedings on the USMCA as the House continues its impeachment inquiry.
    Lawmakers are divided on a spending bill, which has drawn concerns the government could enter another shutdown if a bill is not passed by December 20th.
    “The chaos in the House is effecting, or infecting, everything that were trying to get done right now — the appropriations process has been brought to a standstill,” stated Senator John Thune.    “Democrats in the Senate continue to block the Defense Appropriations Bill, which provides funding for our men and women in uniform.”
    This comes amid the second week of public impeachment hearings — which have put Capitol Hill under the nation’s microscope.    McConnell said he is fed up with the Democrats micro-monitoring the proceedings and has decided to protest by effectively stalling all proceedings on any Democrat sponsored legislation.
    While it remains unclear when the impeachment buzz will die down, the clock is ticking for the Senate — which has about two weeks left in its 2019 session.

11/20/2019 IG Horowitz: FBI spends $42M per year on informants by OAN Newsroom
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz appears at the launch of the Procurement Collusion
Strike Force at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    The DOJ watchdog is highlighting the elevated level of spending at the FBI in its latest report of the bureau’s finances.    In the report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the FBI is spending $42 million per year on payments to its informants.
    However, only 20 percent of the informants reportedly meet the bureau’s standards. Horowitz found at least one of the FBI’s informants was a registered child sex offender.
    The bureau reportedly has a mounting backlog of new informants awaiting validation, which the IG said may hinder the FBI’s operations.
    “Ineffective management and oversight of confidential sources can result in jeopardizing FBI operations — placing FBI agents, sources, subjects of investigation and the public in harm’s way,” stated Horowitz.    “The FBI agreed with all of our recommendations to improve its management and oversight over this important program.”
    The IG also found the FBI failed to provide agents with clear guidelines on how to work with informants, which made its spending on informants even less efficient.

11/20/2019 NATO’s Stoltenberg: No weapons in space by OAN Newsroom
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks to journalists during a news conference during a NATO Foreign
Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is reaffirming a peaceful mandate of the alliance amid preparations of a summit between the leaders of its member states. Speaking in Brussels on Wednesday, Stoltenberg urged unity and collective leadership within NATO.
    The secretary’s remarks came in response to French President Emmanuel Macron, who said earlier this month that NATO is ‘braindead.’
    Stoltenberg also spoke on NATO’s newest “operation domain” – space.
    He said that while the organization’s security presence in space is vital, they have no plans to militarize it.
    “NATO has no intention to put weapons in space — we are a defensive alliance,” stated Stoltenberg.
    He said NATO members will continue to use space for observation and surveillance purposes.
    “Our approach will remain fully in line with international law,” said the secretary.    “Making space an operation domain will help us ensure that all aspects are taken into account — to ensure the success of our missions.”
    Stoltenberg recently praised President Trump’s criticism of the nations who aren’t contributing to defense spending.    He said those countries have heard the president’s message “loud and clear” and are now stepping up.
    The NATO secretary refused to comment on the ongoing impeachment proceedings, but said NATO and the U.S. share a common goal of providing political and practical support to Ukraine.

11/21/2019 Oil up $1.70 to $56.91, DOW down 113 to 27,821.

11/21/2019 President Trump doubts Ukraine Embassy official could overhear Sondland call by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of an Apple manufacturing plant,
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Austin. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump is raising serious doubts about whether a Ukrainian Embassy official overheard an alleged conversation with European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland. He took to Twitter Thursday to express his concerns.
    The tweet was sent right as U.S. official David Holmes testified he could clearly overhear President Trump’s voice during a July 26th phone call with Sondland at a restaurant in Ukraine.
    During his testimony Wednesday, Sondland said he remembered the president mentioning investigations during the call, but did not recall ever hearing the name Biden in that conversation.
    Meanwhile, President Trump also doubled down on his criticism of House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff by saying “his lies are growing by the day.”    He said Schiff is both “corrupt and is dishonest.”    The president went on to say his calls with Ukraine were “perfect” and reiterated he never pressured his Ukrainian counterpart.
RELATED: White House Reacts To Sondland Hearing
[I think these two witnesses may be good at what they do but it was obvious they were part of the SWAMP and backed by the DEEP STATE for their finale but I could see clearly that Trump did no impeachable offense especially could hear on a cellphone in a busy restaurant with not on a speaker as the Republicans debunked all they tried to prove for the whole week.].

11/21/2019 Cooper: Ukraine asked about aid before phone call by OAN Newsroom
Daniel Levin, attorney for Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper, looks at notes while she testifies
before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019,
during a public impeachment hearing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    According to a senior Pentagon official, Ukraine may have known that aid was being withheld before President Trump spoke to Ukraine’s president in July.    While testifying in a public hearing Wednesday, Laura Cooper said her staff was contacted by a person at the Ukrainian Embassy the day of the president’s phone call.    This person asked, “what’s going on with Ukraine’s security assistance?
    Her staff also received two emails from the State Department that same day, saying Ukraine and members of Congress were asking why the aid was being withheld.    This is significant because the White House claims Ukraine couldn’t have felt pressured because they did not know aid was being held up.
    “My staff showed me two unclassified emails that they received from the State Department.    One was received on July 25th at 2:31 p.m.    That email said that the Ukrainian Embassy and House Foreign Affairs Committee are asking about security assistance.    The second email was received on July 25th at 4:25 p.m.    That email said that the Hill knows about the FMF situation to an extent, and so does the Ukrainian Embassy.” — Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald
Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Cooper admitted she never discussed this topic with President Trump.    Meanwhile, the White House maintains there was no wrongdoing on their part because the aid was eventually freed up and given to Ukraine.
RELATED: President Trump: Sondland Admits No Quid Pro Quo With Ukraine

11/21/2019 Another Texas county designates itself as Second Amendment sanctuary county by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally in
support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    While Democrat lawmakers continue to push for stricter gun laws, certain U.S. counties are taking a stronger stance to protect Second Amendment rights.    One of communities is Wood County, Texas where commissioners have officially declared the county as a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”
    The new status was approved unanimously in a meeting Tuesday.    Under this status, the county’s money and resources will no longer be spent on laws which infringe on a person’s right to own a gun.    According to Wood County Sheriff Tom Castloo, officials do not want to confiscate guns from citizens when they have the right to own them.
    “The issue is not the guns, the issues is the people operating the gun,” said the sheriff.    “It’s the lack of sensibilities and what we want to do is, we want to make sure that there’s no knee-jerk reactions made to remove people from their guns.”
    Several other counties are being declared “safe havens” for gun owners, including 11 in Texas alone.    Counties in Virginia, Florida, and Arizona also declared the sanctuary status this month.

11/21/2019 Nunes: Democrats struggle to make their impeachment case against President Trump by OAN Newsroom
ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes of Calif., questions former White House national security aide Fiona Hill,
and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s
efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    House Intelligence Committee member Devin Nunes is calling out Democrats’ struggles on Thursday after another day of public impeachment hearings.    In his opening statement, Rep. Nunes described the Democrats’ narrative as “always changing, depending on the day.”
    The congressman went on to say that Democrats have been trying to discredit the president for a long time.    Nunes argued the impeachment inquiry is a “show trial” that was designed to “produce a specific story line” against President Trump.
    He also said they failed to make a case for impeachment.
    “Democrats have tried to solve this dilemma with a simple slogan: ‘he got caught,’” stated Rep. Nunes.    “President Trump, we are to believe, was about to do something wrong and getting caught was the only reason he backed down from whatever nefarious thought crime the Democrats are accusing him of almost committing.”
    However, Nunes said it’s Democrats who got caught “orchestrating an entire farce” with the whistleblower, which is now the party’s “pitiful legacy.”

11/21/2019 President Trump signs temporary spending bill by OAN Newsroom
Floodlights illuminate the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, late Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Hours before the midnight deadline, President Trump signed a short term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.    The Senate passed the measure on Thursday, days after it cleared the House.
    The continuing resolution will fund the government through December 20th, giving lawmakers more time to iron out the details of a full budget.    Talks have stalled amid disagreements over several issues, including funding for the border wall.
    Vice President Mike Pence said the president was “forced” to sign the short-term bill because Congress “failed to do its job.”    He slammed Democrat lawmakers on Thursday, saying they are more concerned with impeachment than “the American people.”
    The Senate’s slow pace of passing legislation has been a major issue this year.    Republican lawmakers are claiming the constant focus on impeaching the president has caused a stalemate in the Senate.
    On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Democrats to pass legislation rather than focusing all their effort on the impeachment inquiry.
    “There are things that we have to do that we’re are not making any progress on because of the impeachment obsession over in the House,” stated McConnell.    “We have yet to reach a deal on spending — I thought we had an agreement this summer and they reneged on that.”

11/21/2019 Pelosi: USMCA may not be ratified by end of 2019 by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters as the House Intelligence Committee
holds public impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine
to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. Mexico-Canada Agreement may not pass Congress by the end of this year.    While speaking to reporters on Thursday, she denounced the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico as “NAFTA with sugar on top.”    Pelosi then suggested the Democrat-led House may not have the time to ratify the accord this year.
    Mexico and Canada, as well as President Trump and moderate Democrats, have called on Congress to pass the USMCA, which was negotiated more than a year ago.    The president said Pelosi wants to torpedo the USMCA to advance the impeachment process.
    “We’re having a problem because Mexico and Canada are calling, saying, ‘what’s going on?’’…it’s sitting on her desk,” said President Trump.    “…she’s using USMCA because she doesn’t have the impeachment votes, so she’s using USMCA to get the impeachment vote.”
    Pelosi met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Thursday to discuss ways to make the deal, as she put it, “enforceable” for American workers.    This comes just one week after the House speaker said the deal was “imminent” and believed it would be passed by the end of this year.
    “I’d like to see us get it done this year, I don’t imagine that it would take much more in the Senate to pass,” stated Pelosi.    “I mean, some of our legislation will pass this year, but we know what happens in the Senate.”
    President Trump previously criticized the left as the “do-nothing Democrats” who care more about impeaching than working for the American people.    He recently stated that even Democrats want it, and questioned why Pelosi hadn’t put the deal up for a vote yet.

11/22/2019 Oil up $1.54 to $58.58, DOW down 55 to 27,766.

11/22/2019 Effort to get tax docs is set back - California law targeting Trump struck down by Gabrielle Canon and Sam Metz, USA TODAY
    The California Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a new law that would have required President Donald Trump to release five years of his tax returns in order to appear on the March 2020 primary ballot in California, delivering a setback to Democrats nationwide who’ve spent years fighting for the financial documents.
    Writing that it exceeds the Legislature’s authority and is “unenforceable,” the court ruled the new law violates provisions of the California Constitution guaranteeing voters can choose freely from nationally recognized candidates.
    “This additional requirement, however, is in conflict with the constitution’s specification of an inclusive open presidential primary ballot,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the ruling.    “The Legislature may well be correct that a presidential candidate’s income tax returns could provide California voters with important information,” she added, but according to the state’s constitution, “ultimately, it is the voters who must decide.”
    Democrats nationwide have pursued Trump’s tax returns since the 2016 election, when he became the first major-party nominee to not release the documents since President Gerald Ford didn’t in 1976.
    The ruling blocks Senate Bill 27, a new law signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in July.    Republican lawmakers unanimously opposed the bill in both the state Senate and Assembly.    It requires all presidential and gubernatorial candidates to file copies of at least five years of their tax returns with the secretary of state in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.    It was written to go into immediate effect to impact the upcoming presidential primary in March 2020.
    The court’s decision comes less than a week before the deadline the bill had imposed.    If it hadn’t been struck down, all candidates for president – including Trump and the more than a dozen still running in the Democratic primary – would have been required to send copies of their returns by Nov. 26.
    Rather than release his returns, Trump’s lawyers said he would likely choose not to appear on the ballot if the law was implemented.
    Nearly a dozen states have considered legislation to compel the president to release his tax returns, but California became the first to revise their state election code to require candidates release their tax returns to appear on the ballot.
    The California Republican Party later filed challenges to the law in both state and federal court, arguing the law violated both the state and U.S. Constitutions.
    The Trump campaign’s challenge to the law was among five cases subject to the ruling, including a similar suit filed by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of California arguing the bill would strip voting rights from Californians who support the president.
[Just more unnessasary harrassment of the 45th President by the Demacrats of the failing California policies that he has attacked and I do not blame him if goes after them for more of their corruption]

11/22/2019 President Trump anticipates release of IG FISA report, says he expects a ‘historic moment’ by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is eagerly awaiting the release of the Inspector General’s report on alleged FISA abuse amid reports a former FBI lawyer is being accused of altering the surveillance document.    During an interview Friday, the president said he expects a historic moment when the report is finally made public.    He said it will probably be the biggest political scandal in the history of our country.    The president continued, saying he trusts Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department to reveal the truth.
    “I think you’re going to see things that are going to be incredible if it’s done right and I purposefully stay out, I tell Bill Barr to handle everything,” he stated.    “I wouldn’t have to, I could get very much involved, but I purposefully don’t…we’ll see what happens.”
    This comes after reports Thursday showed a former attorney who worked under fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok is under investigation for tampering with a FISA warrant of former Trump adviser Carter Page.
President Donald Trump talks to the media during the NCAA Collegiate National Champions Day event
at the White House, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham announced that the other side of the Mueller report will soon be unpacked.    Graham said Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report detailing the origins of the Russia probe will be released December 9th, adding, that date is “locked.”    The report has been long-anticipated to reveal abuses and missteps by the FBI against the Trump campaign during the 2016 elections.
    “The FISA warrant issued against Carter Page based on a dossier prepared by Christopher Steele is at a minimum disturbing,” Graham stated.    “Whether or not it’s illegal, I don’t yet know, so I’m going to get answers to this.”
    Earlier this week, Graham announced that Inspector General Horowitz has been scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11th, and two days after his report will be made public.    Horowitz has revealed the report will be lengthy and most of it will be declassified.    The findings are expected to particularly zone in on the FBI’s use of Christopher Steel to obtain FISA warrants.
    Steele, a former British spy with ties to Hillary Clinton and the DNC, reportedly gave the agency unverified information that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia.    Despite these claims, the FBI has defended their use of Steele by saying they believed he was a credible source.
    “Reliable track record and a known experienced and source network in Russia, and so it was something to be taken seriously,’" stated fired FBI Director James Comey.    “It didn’t mean it was all true, but something to be taken seriously.”
    Horwitz’s findings may reportedly help support former National Safety Council advisor Michael Flynn’s argument that his case should be dropped due to “outrageous government misconduct” by the intelligence agency.    Other sources say Horowitz’s report may also shed light as to why U.S. attorney John Durham decided to open a criminal investigation into possible FBI misconduct.
File Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is pictured. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
[On 10/9/2019 Explainer: Barr investigates the investigators of Russian meddling by Andy Sullivan, Mark Hosenball and Sarah N. Lynch the following was mentioned: Among them: former FBI general counsel James A. Baker; former CIA Director John Brennan; former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; former FBI agent Peter Strzok; and David Laufman, a former senior Justice Department official.]

11/22/2019 Sen. Graham launches probe into Bidens, Burisma & Ukraine by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is kick-starting an investigation into the Bidens and the Ukraine gas company Burisma. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chair requested documents related to Joe Biden and his communications with Ukraine officials.
    In a possible GOP response to Democrat-led impeachment efforts, Graham is looking to prove Biden meddled in an investigation into Burisma, which employed his son Hunter.    This comes as President Trump has long accused Biden of helping to push out Ukraine’s top prosecutor to protect his son.
    “He (Joe Biden) wouldn’t give, I think it was billions of dollars, to Ukraine unless they fired the prosecutor who was looking at his son (Hunter Biden) and his son’s company,” stated the president.    “When you look at other people and what they’ve done…I believe there was was tremendous corruption.”
    If the Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee won’t look into the Bidens, Sen. Graham’s office said the GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee will.    Graham did not set a deadline for Secretary Pompeo to handover the documents.
Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden visits with
an assembly of Southern black mayors Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

11/22/2019 White House encourages Senate to hold trial if House mobilizes on impeachment by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General William Barr, left, and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, are seen during a meeting
with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump has ordered the Senate to hold a full trial in the event the House impeaches him.    A team of top level senators reportedly sat down with White House counsel Pat Cipollone this week to discuss a potential “dooms day” plan.
    The White House is reportedly urging senators against immediately dismissing articles of impeachment as some GOP lawmakers have suggested in the past.    The administration said establishing a “factual affirmative defense” for the president before dismissing impeachment is important since it shows due process, which is something conservatives say Democrats have lacked during their inquiry.
    “It’s a hoax, it’s a disgrace, it’s an embarrassment to our country,” said President Trump.    “Shifty Schiff, he stands up and he tells lies all day long and even with that,so we have no due process…
    This comes amid reports the House could be pursuing four different articles of impeachment against the president on charges of obstruction of justice, abuse of power, bribery, and contempt of Congress.    The White House maintains that holding a Senate hearing would give them an opportunity to disprove each of those charges.
President Donald Trump, right, speaks as he sits next to Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, left, as they participate in a meeting in the Cabinet Room
of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    During a recent interview, the president said that those hearings would allow the upper chamber a chance to question Hunter Biden, the whistleblower, and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff.
    “I wanna see Adam Schiff testify about the whistleblower, who’s a fake whistleblower, because the whistleblower report was about my conversation with the president of Ukraine…it bore no relationship,” he stated.    “It said there were seven or eight quid pro quo, there were none…the whistleblower, in my opinion, is a political operative.”
    Senators are currently mulling strategies to not only dismantle Democrats’ impeachment narrative, but disrupt Democrat primaries as payback for holding impeachment proceedings during the president’s re-election campaign.    One of those plans could entail holding Senate impeachment hearings during primary debates.    The move would force senators like Kamala Karris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to cut into their campaign times to attend hearings.


11/22/2019 President Trump: Whistleblower is fake, Sondland call never happened by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump listens during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington,
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    As impeachment proceedings continue, President Trump is saying the whistleblower is fake and the inquiry is a hoax.    He made the comments to reporters on Friday at the NCAA Collegiate National Champions Day ceremony at the White House.
    The president slammed the informant’s complaint of his Ukraine call.
    “I considerate it to be a fake whistleblower (complaint) because what he wrote didn’t correspond to what I said in any way, shape, or form,” said President Trump.
    The FBI has requested to interview the whistleblower and Republican lawmakers are calling for the individual to testify.    Meanwhile, the president continues to denounce the impeachment inquiry and dismiss recent public testimonies.
    During a Friday interview, the president shut down EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony.    He said that the phone call asking about the Biden probe never took place and was “total nonsense.”
    “That’s total nonsense,” said President Trump.    “I guarantee you that never took place.”
    The president then emphasized he withheld Ukraine aid due to concerns the country was still battling corruption — not because of quid pro quo.    He also blasted Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s deposition.    He drew attention to her Obama ties and noted that she is not as innocent as she has portrayed herself to be.
    “This was not an angel, this woman,” stated President Trump.    “There was a lot of things that she did that I didn’t like…I heard bad things.”
    This comes after the president posted a video to Twitter on Thursday night, which suggested the depositions are based on speculation and feelings rather than facts.
    Despite the Democrats’ ongoing push for impeachment, the president said he feels confident of Republican support.
    “I think we had a tremendous week with the (impeachment) hoax,” he said.    “I don’t think I’ve ever seen support in the Republican Party like we do right now, we’ve never had this kind of support.”

11/22/2019 President Trump to release plan for cheaper prescription drugs by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A drugstore employee reaches for medicine from shelf. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
    President Trump announced the upcoming release of a plan allowing states to import prescription drugs for much cheaper.    In a tweet Friday, the president said he and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar are working on the plan that will be released soon.
    The president went on to say hardworking Americans should not have to pay such high costs for medications, while drug prices remain low in several other countries.
    “We will be giving states the right to go to other countries to buy their drugs because they don’t have these crazy arcane rules that we could fix so easily if we had the help of the Democrats,” said President Trump.    “But they want the price of drugs to stay high I suppose, but we brought it down the most in 51 years.”
    The president also blasted House Democrats for failing to pass a more effective drug-pricing bill, while praising House Republicans for their willingness to enact bipartisan solutions.

President Donald Trump, second from right, flanked by Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex
Azar, right, listen as Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids President Matthew Myers speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the
White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, on youth vaping and the electronic cigarette epidemic. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

11/22/2019 Undercover operation leads to largest Minn. fentanyl seizure in 2019 by OAN Newsroom
    Minnesota authorities just carried out the largest fentanyl bust the state has seen this year.    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the drugs were seized following an undercover operation in Duluth on Thursday.
    Agents uncovered 80 grams of suspected fentanyl powder, which is reportedly enough to kill tens of thousands of people.    The drugs were sent to a lab to be tested.
    “Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine and only a few milligrams can kill a person,” stated BCA Superintendent Drew Evans.    “The drugs seized during this operation would have been enough to kill more than 26,000 people.”
35-year-old Raymond Valentino Bowser and 29-year-old Denzel Lavon Hale were arrested in connection with the bust.    They face felony drug charges and are expected in St. Louis County District Court in the coming days.

11/23/2019 Oil down $0.40 to $57.93, DOW up 109 to 27,876.

11/23/2019 Russia probe record possibly altered by Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON - An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
    President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the FBI’s investigation into ties between Russia and his 2016 presidential campaign, immediately touted news reports about the allegations to assert that the FBI had tried to “overthrow the presidency.”
    The allegation is part of a Justice Department inspector general investigation into the early days of the FBI’s Russia probe, which was ultimately taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller and resulted in charges against six Trump associates and more than two dozen Russians accused of interfering in the election.    Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release his report on Dec. 9.     Witnesses in the last two weeks have been invited in to see draft sections of that document.     The release of the inspector general report is likely to revive debate about the investigation that has shadowed Trump’s presidency since the beginning.    It is centered in part on the FBI’s use of a secret surveillance warrant to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
    “This was spying on my campaign something that has never been done in the history of our country,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Friday.    “They tried to overthrow the presidency.”
    The allegation against the lawyer was first reported by CNN.    The Washington Post subsequently reported that the conduct of the FBI employee didn’t alter Horowitz’s finding that the surveillance application of Page had a proper legal and factual basis, an official told the Post, which said the lawyer was forced out.
    A person familiar with the case who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke to The Associated Press only on the condition of anonymity confirmed the allegation. Spokespeople for the FBI and the inspector general declined to comment Friday.
    The FBI obtained a secret surveillance warrant in 2016 to monitor the communications of Page, who was never charged in the Russia investigation or accused of wrongdoing.    The warrant, which was renewed several times and approved by different judges in 2016 and early 2017, has been one of the most contentious elements of the Russia probe and was the subject of dueling memos last year issued by Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.
    Republicans have long attacked the credibility of the warrant application since it cited information derived from a dossier of opposition research compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy whose work was financed by Democrats and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
    “They got my warrant - a fraudulent warrant, I believe - to spy on myself as a way of getting into the Trump campaign,” Page said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox’s “Mornings With Maria.”    “There has been a continued cover-up to this day.    We still don’t have the truth, but hopefully, we’ll get that soon.”

11/24/2019 Giuliani Asks Senator Lindsey Graham to Probe Witnesses by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani claims he has evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Democrats and Ukraine.
    In a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham Friday, Giuliani asked for help uncovering an alleged plot by Democrats against President Trump.
    In it, Giuliani writes, ‘there are at least three witnesses who have direct (non-hearsay) evidence of Democrat criminal conspiracy with Ukrainians to prevent Donald J. Trump from being President, with the alternative to remove him from office based on contrived charges’.
    He also claims these witnesses have recorded evidence of the Biden Family’s involvement in ‘bribery, money laundering, Hobbs Act extortion, and other possible crimes’.
    Giuliani released the letter to the public Saturday, one day after sending it to Senator Graham.
    Ultimately however, witnesses cannot be brought forth until Ambassador Bill Taylor grants travel visas to the individuals in question, Giuliani claimed, saying Taylor is refusing to grant them visas.

11/24/2019 Covington High School Student’s $275M Lawsuit Against NBC Universal to Proceed by OAN Newsroom
Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann is suing The Washington Post for $250 million. (Photo/screen-grab/The Today Show)
    16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann is one step closer to justice after experiencing a vicious attack by mainstream media.        On Saturday, lawyers for the student stated Judge William Bertelsmann allowed Sandmann’s $275 million lawsuit against NBC Universal to proceed to the pretrial phase, where he can begin gathering evidence for his case.
    The same judge previously dismissed similar suits Sandmann had filed against The Washington Post and CNN.    The student’s lawyers noted the new decision is a major win.
    “What The Washington Post did is…admitted that the statements that Nathan Phillips had made, that Nicholas Sandmann had blocked and intimidated him, were false,” said attorney Todd McMurtry.    “They stated those retractions in their newspaper and online.”
    Sandmann made headlines earlier this year for his encounter with Native American activist Nathan Phillips.    Varying portrayals of their interaction were quickly circulated by media outlets.    Mainstream media outlets, including NBC, shared clips of the encounter and reported that Sandmann had mocked Phillips.    One America News aired a full video of the interaction, which revealed Phillips actually approached Sandmann.    It also showed the students being attacked with extremely vulgar language by a third party group.
    The unedited, full length footage supported Sandmann’s claim he was trying to stand his ground in a peaceful manner.    He previously stated he was unsure if Phillips was a part of this third party group that was insulting them.
    “I see it as a smile, saying ‘this is the best you’re going to get out of me,’” Sandmann explained in a recent interview.    “’You won’t get any for the reaction of aggression and I’m willing to stand here as long as you want to hit this drum in my face.’
    Months have gone by since the viral encounter and Sandmann continues to fight for retribution.    He said outlets including NBC are responsible for damaging his reputation and for helping lead the threats against his life, which were made by thousands who only ever heard a part of the whole story.

11/24/2019 State Department documents expose Biden-Ukraine corruption by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local
residents, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
    Newly released documents are revealing additional details of the alleged corruption scheme by Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine.    A recent Freedom of Information request by watchdog group American Oversight has produced 100 pages of State Department documents, including testimonies from former prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko.
    This comes amid elevated concerns that top Obama-era officials could be harboring ill-gotten gains of Ukrainian oligarchs in exchange for help in the 2016 election.
    “When the President’s talking to the president of Ukraine, that’s the issue he’s worried about: why did this corruption take place, and if they’re investigating what went on,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.    “He had every right to ask about Biden.”
    Reports confirmed Vice President Biden used his office to protect energy company Burisma from anti-corruption scrutiny.    Documents showed the State Department was aware that Burisma owner Mykola Zlochevsky was involved in money laundering and the illegal off-shoring of at least $23 million from Ukraine.
    Ukrainian officials said Hunter Biden, who served on Burisma’s board at the time, received a salary of $50,000 per month, plus a commission.    The documents confirmed that in 2015, Zlochevsky paid $900,000 in consulting fees to Rosemont Seneca Partners, a company that represented the Bidens’ interests in Ukraine.
    Zlochevsky has been under U.S. scrutiny for several years.
    “I and other U.S. officials consistently advocated reinstituting a scuttled investigation of Zlochevsky, Burisma’s founder, as well as holding the corrupt prosecutors who closed the case to account,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent.
    Despite all this, the left-leaning watchdog group is focusing on the contacts between Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
    Mainstream media has claimed Giuliani investigated corruption in Ukraine for political purposes.    Other reports said Giuliani’s probe falls in line with the State Department’s longstanding policy of battling corruption in Ukraine to advance U.S. interests in the region.
    “We provided $250 million worth of security assistance, defense assistance and $140 million or so of additional security assistance…to fight corruption continued this year,” said Secretary of State Pompeo.    “That’s what happened in Washington with respect to Ukraine.”
    State Department documents also showed that Zlochevsky assembled an international team, led by Hunter Biden, to protect his embezzlement.    The team included Devon Archer, CIA official Joseph Blade and former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski.    Documents showed Kwasniewski received nearly $1.2 million for his services.    The amount received by Archer and Hunter Biden was reportedly concealed by Latvia.
    Additionally, Ukrainian officials said some $16 million left Ukraine through two secretive units, which were under the protection of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
    “From the Russia hoax to the shoddy Ukrainian sequel, the Democrats got caught,” stated Rep. Devin Nunes.    “Let’s hope they finally learn a lesson, give their conspiracy theories a rest and focus on governing for a chance.”
    Rudy Giuliani said he’s undeterred by the recent attacks against him.    The attorney added he is committed to uncovering the Obama administration’s pay-to-play scheme, which may devastate the Democrat Party.    He said the New York Mafia could not intimidate him in the past, and today, the Democrats won’t silence him either.

11/25/2019 Schiff: More depositions, hearings are possible - Impeachment inquiry ‘isn’t going to end’ by Kevin Freking, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday he won’t foreclose the possibility of his committee undertaking more depositions and hearings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
    Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that his committee continues to conduct investigative work, but he won’t let the Trump administration stall the inquiry.
    Schiff’s staff and others are compiling the panel’s findings to submit to the House Judiciary Committee, which is expected to open its own hearings to consider articles of impeachment and a formal recommendation of charges.    He said his committee may need to file addendums to its report so that the Judiciary Committee can move ahead.
    “The investigation isn’t going to end,” Schiff said.
    Democrats argue that the president leveraged his office for personal political gain.    Trump had $391 million in congressionally approved U.S. assistance withheld from Ukraine from July to September and pushed Ukraine to launch investigations into political rivals.    But Republicans contend that the allegation he sought to bribe Ukraine is unsupported by firsthand testimony.
    The ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, said on Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” that public hearings over the past two weeks have drawn in many Americans who don’t normally follow cable news.    He said the hearings showed House Republicans are serious legislators and were “nothing but a total disaster” for Democrats.
    “It’s probably the first time that they actually realized this whole Russia thing was a hoax and the Ukraine thing is a hoax,” Nunes said.
    Schiff said he wants to talk with constituents and colleagues before making a final judgment on impeachment.    Still, he argued that the evidence produced so far “overwhelmingly shows serious misconduct by the president.”
    Congressional Republican support for Trump is showing no overt signs of buckling.    Schiff said that if no Republicans ended up voting to support impeachment, he believes it would mean a failure of the GOP to put the country over their party.
    He contended that if President Barack Obama had acted like Trump on Ukraine, Republicans “would have voted to impeach him in a heartbeat with a fraction of the evidence.”
    If the Democratic-led House did vote to impeach Trump, the case would then move to the Senate where a trial would likely take place in early 2020.
    Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said on “Fox News Sunday” that he expects the House to vote to impeach.
    “When it comes to the Senate, I do not think the allegations will be summarily dismissed,” Kennedy said.
    He said he is in favor of letting all sides “offer whatever in terms of evidence and bring whatever witnesses they want.”
    “I don’t mind sitting there as long as it takes,” Kennedy said.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., says he won’t let the
Trump administration stall the impeachment inquiry. ALEX

11/25/2019 Fusion GPS co-founders reject Fiona Hill’s assessment of Steele dossier as ‘rabbit hole’ by OAN Newsroom
Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, right,
testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Controversial political consulting firm Fusion GPS has rejected criticism of the Steele dossier by former White House aide Fiona Hill.    In an interview Sunday, Fusion GPS co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch defended the anti-Trump dossier by saying Christopher Steele is more proficient in Russian affairs than Hill.    Simpson and Fritsch rejected Hill’s assessment of the dossier as a “rabbit hole.”
    Last week, Hill claimed that Steele may have been played by the Russians to fabricate the document, but the Fusion GPS co-founders insist the dossier is credible.
    “She is not a disinformation specialist and so she is a Russia specialist in general, she is entitled to her opinion,” said Simpson.     “I know she knows Chris and has worked with him for a long time, so I am not sure that that is very well understood in that one remark.”
    The Steele dossier claimed President Trump may have been compromised by Russian intelligence, but those claims were later debunked.
Glenn R. Simpson, former Wall Street Journal journalist and co-founder of the research firm
Fusion GPS, is pictured on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

11/25/2019 President Trump honors military K9 involved in raid on ISIS leader al-Baghdadi by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Mike Pence pets Conan, the U.S. Army dog that participated in the raid that killed ISIS leader
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently honored the military canine who helped bring down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.    He welcomed Conan to the White House Monday, where he gave him with a certificate and award for his role in last month’s raid which resulted in the death of al-Baghdadi.
    The president called Conan, who was wounded during the raid, a ‘tough cookie’ and said nobody is going to mess with him.    President Trump also said Conan is “probably the world’s most famous dog” right now and hailed him as the “ultimate fighter.”
    In addition to the military canine, the president also met with members of the U.S. Special Forces team involved in the raid against the ISIS leader.

11/25/2019 President Trump claims public support for impeachment is ‘dropping like a rock’ by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Rose Garden
of the White House, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    Democrats have started writing a report regarding their findings during impeachment hearings.    On Sunday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said he’s determined to keep the impeachment process going despite Republican backlash.    The finished report could lead to a House vote on whether to formally charge President Trump.
    The president has maintained his innocence and continues to deny any wrongdoing.    He said most Americans do not support the Democrat-led inquiry. He took to Twitter Monday to criticize House Democrats, while suggesting they “get down to work” to enact measures that have been on the back-burner.
    President Trump’s comments come as he and Republican lawmakers accuse the Democrat Party of putting all their attention on the impeachment proceedings instead of focusing on passing important legislation.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., give final remarks during a hearing where former White
House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified before the House Intelligence Committee
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing. (AP Photo/Andrew)

11/25/2019 Rep. Meuser: President Trump will win Pa. because he’s delivered on promises by OAN Newsroom
FILE – President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in Webster, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.) is predicting a Trump victory in the state of Pennsylvania in the 2020 election.    During an interview with Breitbart News over the weekend, Meuser said the president will win the state next year because voters realize the ongoing impeachment inquiry is ridiculous.
    The Republican lawmaker also pointed out the president has continued to deliver on his campaign promises.    The congressman added,     Democrats have focused their efforts on removing the president from office and have neglected the American people as a result.    Meuser went on to tout the economy under the Trump administration and said Pennsylvania is directly benefiting under the president.
    “And I’ll tell you why the president is gonna win Pennsylvania, because he’s delivered on his promises,” he stated.    “…look at our economy and Pennsylvania is benefiting, of course, from it…unemployment at the lowest numbers in our lifetimes, manufacturing picking up, wages going up…
File -Dan Meuser, (R-Pa.), greets a crowd in Dallas, Pa. (Christopher Dolan/The Citizens’ Voice via AP)
    Meuser went on to say far-left Democrat candidates and socialist policies are a combination of victory for President Trump.

11/25/2019 President Trump to sign bill honoring 100th anniversary of passage of 19th Amendment by OAN Newsroom
FILE – President Donald Trump listens as Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., speaks at a
rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
    President Trump is set to pass legislation honoring women’s suffrage.    The president will attend a ceremony at the Oval Office Monday, where he is expected to sign the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.
    The bill calls for the design and production of a 2020 commemorative silver dollar, which honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.    The measure secured women’s right to vote in America.    The coin will feature some of the prominent women who worked for decades to make female suffrage a reality.
    While speaking before the Senate, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said the measure will effectively serve as a reminder to future generations.
    “It would be our tragedy if the stories of these trailblazers were forgotten by future generations,” said the Tennessee lawmaker.    “It is our hope that by passing this important measure, and it is bipartisan, we will help keep their memory alive.”
    Extra proceeds made from the sale of the coins will help support the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative.

11/26/2019 Oil up $0.24 to $58.01, DOW up 191 to 28,067 for a new record high.

11/26/2019 Trade optimism lifts world stock markets by Dhara Ranasinghe
FILE PHOTO: Investors look at screens showing stock information at a brokerage house
in Shanghai, China May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/Files
    LONDON (Reuters) – World stocks hit their highest in almost two years on Tuesday, keeping record highs in sight, following fresh signs that the United States and China were working to end a bitter trade war that has dealt a blow to the global economy.
    China’s Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held a phone call on issues related to a phase one trade agreement on Tuesday, China’s commerce ministry said.
    This, alongside a strong Hong Kong debut for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba in the world’s largest share sale of this year, boosted stock markets in Asia <.MIAPJ0000PUS> <.N225> <.AXJO>.
    Alibaba shares <9988.HK> opened almost 7% higher in Hong Kong than their issue price and at a small premium to pricing in New York.    The listing has been seen as a vote of confidence in Hong Kong after months of anti-government protests that have rocked the former British colony.
    European shares were marginally lower in early trade <.GDAXI> <.FCHI> although the pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> remained within striking distance of four-year highs.
    MSCI’s 49-country main world share index edged up 0.1% <.MIWD00000PUS>, having touched its highest level in almost two years. It is less than 1% off record highs hit in early 2018.
    Trade in U.S. stock futures were a tad firmer <1YMc1>.
    A flurry of major acquisition activity has also supported world shares, with France’s LVMH offering to buy U.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co and Charles Schwab Corp’s agreeing to purchase U.S. discount brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp .
    Still, optimism over U.S./China trade talks remained the key driver following positive headlines from the world’s two biggest economies on this front in recent days.
    “While it is easy to be skeptical about these sorts of reports, given we’ve heard them so many times before, particularly the ones about a roll back of tariffs, they do tend to create a momentum all of their own,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets.
    “Even when they are denied, and no matter how cynical you are, it has tended to be a fool’s errand in standing in the way of any move higher.”
    The United States has imposed tariffs on Chinese goods in a 16-month long dispute over trade practices that the U.S. government says are unfair. China has responded with its own tariffs on U.S. goods.
    The next important date to watch is Dec. 15, when Washington is scheduled to impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods.
    Japan’s yen fell to a two-week low of 109.205 per dollar , while the Swiss franc traded near a six-week low against the greenback as the optimistic tone sapped demand for safe-haven currencies.
    In the offshore market, the yuan briefly rose to a one-week high of 7.0188 versus the dollar.
    Yields on safe-haven government bonds in the euro zone nudged higher, although the limited rise in borrowing costs suggested caution from bond investors.
    “What we have seen, especially if I look at the equity side, is that the optimism (on U.S./China trade talks) is quite high so we rather have the potential for a risk-off move,” said Sebastian Fellechner, a rates strategist at DZ Bank in Frankfurt.
    Elsewhere, Bitcoin , the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, was 1.6% firmer at $7,236.71, recovering from a six-month low on Monday after the People’s Bank of China launched a fresh crackdown on cryptocurrencies.
    U.S. crude was flat at $58 a barrel.    Brent crude was also little changed on the day at $63.66 per barrel.
(Reporting by Dhara Ranasinghe; Additional reporting by Stanley White in TOKYO and Yoruk Bahceli in LONDON; Editing by Jon Boyle)

11/26/2019 Report: Kushner tasked with overseeing construction of southern border wall by OAN Newsroom
Senior adviser Jared Kushner, left, talks with national security adviser Robert O’Brien in the East Room
of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Jared Kushner is being tasked with another White House responsibility.    This will add to his list of jobs, which already includes securing peace in the Middle East and reforming the criminal justice system. Sources close to the matter told the Washington Post, the president’s son-in-law will now be monitoring the development of the border wall.
    According to Trump administration officials, frustration over the lack of progress on the wall led to the decision.    Kushner has reportedly been holding biweekly meetings over the progress of the wall with top officials with the goal of moving construction forward.    The president’s son-in-law is said to be looking at delivering 450 miles of new wall before the 2020 election, which would cover nearly one quarter of the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
FILE – Government contractors erect a section of Pentagon-funded border wall
along the Colorado River, in Yuma, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York,File)
    However, the barrier’s construction has experienced multiple setbacks so far, which Kushner has attributed to mismanagement from former Chief of Staff John Kelly and former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
    Kusher has reportedly been seeking to pressure U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the purchase of private land to make space for the wall.    In order to reach the intended goal of 450 miles of wall before election, a total of 30 to 35 miles of wall must be put up every month.

11/26/2019 Bloomberg campaign chief claims President Trump winning race so far by OAN Newsroom
Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg answers media questions at the Hilton Hotel
on his first campaign stop in Norfolk, Va. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Tiernan)
    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is reportedly entering the 2020 presidential race because he says President Trump is winning.    That’s according to his campaign manager Kevin Sheekey, who said in a recent interview that Bloomberg views the president as a “existential crisis.”
    Sheekey cited recent polls which show President Trump beating Democrat candidates in some general election states, including Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina.    This comes as Bloomberg made his first speech as a Democrat presidential candidate in Virginia on Monday.
    “We have a president, a commander-in-chief who has no respect for the rule of law and no concern whatsoever for ethics or honor or for the values that truly make America great,” he stated.    “If President Trump wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage that he can do — the stakes could not be higher.”
    Sheekey also defended criticism against Bloomberg for skipping the first four nominating states by saying no one has ever tried it before.    Those four states typically indicate who will be chosen as the nominee.
[Don't worry Democrats because Bloomberg was sent by the DEEP STATE to put out $100 million worth of campaign ads against Trump.].

11/26/2019 Democrats, media look to Chief Justice Roberts to unblock Trump admin. Witnesses by OAN Newsroom
    According to House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, the panel’s report on Ukraine will be handed to the Judiciary Committee after Thanksgiving.    This come as Schiff and the Democrats are exploring other possibilities to try and bring Trump officials to testify.
    One America’s Marty Golingan explains why that may just be wishful thinking.
[It is sad to see that the Democrats continue to try to do an Impeachment with nothing but allegations, hearsay and not one witness with first hand evidence of a crime to be impeached by and I can already imagine that Jerry Nadler will try to find a way to make everyone believe that what Trump has done is crimes as the sham continues.].

11/27/2019 Oil up $0.40 to $58.41, DOW up 55 to 28,122 another record.

11/27/2019 Pompeo suggests debunked Ukraine election meddling theory should be probed by Jonathan Landay
FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the Alliance
headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday suggested that Ukraine should be investigated over allegations that it interfered in the 2016 election; a debunked theory advanced by President Donald Trump that witnesses told the congressional impeachment inquiry was spread by Russian spy agencies.
    Pompeo was asked at a news conference if the United States should probe accusations of Ukrainian election meddling that Trump’s fellow Republicans have raised in the Democrat-led U.S. House of Representatives probe into whether Trump abused his power for domestic political gain.
    “Any time there is information that indicates that any time any country has messed with American elections, we not only have a right but a duty to make sure that we chase that down,” Pompeo replied without naming Ukraine.    He added that even a suggestion of interference should be probed.
    Pompeo said that in his first administration post of CIA director, the agency used “every tool of American power” to deal with efforts by many countries and groups to “undermine American democracy.”    He did not identify any of those entities.
    His comments contrasted with his own endorsement of a 2017 U.S. intelligence community assessment that Russia pursued an influence operation of theft and dissemination of Democratic Party documents, fake news and other means to benefit Trump over his 2016 Democratic foe, Hillary Clinton. Russia denies interfering.
    The impeachment inquiry is focused on whether Trump abused his power by pushing Ukraine to probe the interference allegation and unfounded corruption charges against former Vice President Joe Biden in return for a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and unfreezing U.S. security aid for his country to defend against Moscow-backed separatists.
    Biden is a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination to run against Trump in next year’s presidential election.
    Witnesses at the House Intelligence Committee hearings have testified that the allegation of Ukrainian election interference was spread by Russia.
    “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves,” said Fiona Hill, a former U.S. intelligence analyst who served as the top Russia expert at the White House.
    She said that Trump’s former homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, tried to disabuse Trump early in his term of the notion of Ukrainian interference.    Bossert in September called it “a completely debunked” conspiracy theory.
    Pompeo dodged a question of whether he would testify in the inquiry after Trump tweeted that he would “love” for senior officials to appear.
(Reporting by Jonathan Landay; editing by Matt Spetalnick and Jonathan Oatis)

11/27/2019 French farmers clog highways to protest at ‘agri-bashing’ by Thierry Chiarello and Lucien Libert
A French farmer drives his tractor on the A1 Lille-Paris motorway near Vemars on their way to Paris, protesting against
low farm incomes and growing criticism of agricultural practices, France, November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
    PARIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of French farmers angered by international trade deals and government policy drove tractors along the main highways into Paris on Wednesday, blocking commuter traffic and adding to the social unrest facing President Emmanuel Macron.
    On the A1 autoroute, an artery that links the capital to the north of France and its ports, one group temporarily blocked three lanes of traffic.
    “No rural France without farmers. Let us get on with our jobs,” one farmer wrote on his tractor.
    Another in a convoy flanked by police motorcyclists took aim at the president: “Macron, answer us! Save farmers.”
    Farmers unions said their members would converge on Avenue Foch, a wide boulevard flanked by some of Paris’ most luxurious properties near the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris.
    The two main farm unions are staging the protest and demanding a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron to express grievances over policies they say hurt French agriculture, such as the phasing out of the weedkiller glyphosate.
    “We want to warn everyone that if there are no more farmers in France it has a knock on effect on the French economy,” 29-year-old farmer Alix Heurtaut told Reuters ahead of the protest.
AGRI-BASHING
    Macron, 41, faces growing discontent against his social and economic reform agenda across French society.
    His government last week announced emergency financing in a failed attempt to head off further hospital strikes and has been locked in negotiations with unions this week over pension reform ahead of nationwide transport strikes on Dec. 5th.
    Resentment among farmers has been growing at what they call “agri-bashing,” or criticism of agriculture over issues ranging from pesticide use to animal welfare.
    Attacks on livestock farms and butcher’s shops by vegan activists have caused particular outrage.    Longstanding tensions with environmental associations have meanwhile deepened amid debates about banning glyphosate and restricting pesticide use near residential areas.
    Farmers widely blame Macron for rushing to ban glyphosate by 2021, going beyond current European Union policy, although the government has promised exemptions for farms that have no viable alternative.
    Macron has also been under pressure from farmers over EU trade deals with Canada and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries, which farming groups say will usher in imports of cheaper agricultural goods produced to lower standards.
    A food law passed by Macron’s government, which aimed to give farmers a fairer share of profits, has failed to dispel discontent over modest revenues.
    France is the largest agricultural producer in the EU and the biggest beneficiary of subsidies under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.
    Farm unions are gearing up for negotiations over the next EU budget, which could see agricultural spending trimmed due to Britain’s planned exit from the bloc.
(Reporting by Gus Trompiz, Noemie Olive, Emilie Delwarde and Matthieu Protard; Writing by Matthieu Protard and Richard Lough; Editing by Catherine Evans, William Maclean)
[Macron just can't get away from the people demonstrating against his policies.].

11/27/2019 President Trump to designate Mexican cartels as terror organizations amid escalated violence by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during an event to sign an executive order establishing the Task Force on Missing and Murdered
American Indians and Alaska Natives, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump recently announced a plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.    In an interview Tuesday, the president said he’s been working to designate cartels as terrorists for the past 90 days. He confirmed the designation process is underway and said more announcements are coming soon.
    The president also pointed out that the U.S. is losing 100,000 people per year to drug trade, human smuggling, and criminal violence incited by the cartels.    The drug war in Mexico has escalated in recent years with data showing that since 2007 more than 250,000 people have died from the violence and tens of thousands more have been reported missing.    The death toll reached nearly 30,000 in 2018 alone.
    Many senators endorsed the president’s call for a crackdown on cartels after a massacre of an American family in Mexico.    Nine women and children were murdered after their vehicles were ambushed in the northern party of the country.    Although the question still stands, if this was a coordinated attack or just a case of mistaken identify, the Mexican government suggested that the cartel may have believed the SUV’s were a rival gang.
Family and friends grieve during a burial service for Rhonita Miller and four of her young children who were murdered
by drug cartel gunmen, at the cemetery in Colonia Le Baron, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
    “I agree with the president when he says Mexico has to really knuckle down and go after some of these cartels, and and stop this this escalating level of violence,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).    “And hope that if there’s a way we can help in that effort that we’re called upon to do so.”
    Meanwhile, President Trump refused to say whether he would use U.S. military drones to strike cartel members and compounds.

11/27/2019 Tijuana surpasses 2K homicides in 2019 by OAN Newsroom
Two suspects lie in the bottom of a police truck after a shoot-out in Tijuana, Mexico. (Guillermo Arias/AP Photo)
    Violence in Tijuana, Mexico continues as rival cartels intensify their turf war.    The city has now surpassed 2,000 homicides this year alone.    That’s just 500 shy of last year’s record.
    These new figures come after a 40-year-old man was found severely beaten Sunday.    He later died in the hospital.    Meanwhile, the bodies of three other victims were found Monday in two separate incidents.    They were all found shot to death execution-style.    Most killings in Tijuana are reportedly linked to the ongoing turf war between rival cartels.
    “Those weapons are being used by drug cartels to enforce their business, if you will, to go after law enforcement, Mexican authorities and innocent civilians,” explained Ernesto Diaz of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).
    ATF officials say most weapons used in crimes that have been confiscated by police in Tijuana were smuggled in to the city.    They are working to stop gun-smuggling there, which includes focusing efforts here in the U.S.
    “There are individuals associated with Cartels that resides in the United States,” said Diaz.
    A Mexican non-profit group recently named Tijuana as 2018’s most violent city in the world.    Meanwhile, the Trump administration has often cited trans-border violence as a key reason to build a wall.
FILE – In this photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls
separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
    “They have a tremendous problem with the cartels in their country, a problem like nobody would believe, where the cartels are almost ruling a country,” said President Trump.    “You see it every day, all you have to do is turn on the news.”

11/27/2019 DHS Joint Task Force Director reaffirms importance of having a secure border by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This photo shows a fence separating Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, right,
and Sonyota, Mexico, running through Lukeville, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
    The head of the Department of Homeland Security Joint Task Force – West (JTFW) is reaffirming the importance of having a physical barrier at the southern border. In an interview Tuesday, JTFW Director Manuel Padilla Jr. said having a secure border is not just an option, but rather it’s a matter of national security.    He also said illegal immigration is not only a problem for the U.S., but is a problem for every country where people are leaving from.
    Padilla Jr. went on to praise the Trump administration for how it has engaged with Mexico and Central America in tackling and addressing the problems at the border.
    “I personally am very hopeful and happy that the administration is shining the light on the magnitude of the cartel activity because I think once it reaches a certain level it should be intolerable to every American when we start seeing the atrocities and the violence of the cartels,” he stated.
    His comments come as officials have reported a significant decrease in the number of apprehensions of illegal border crossers in recent months as a result of the administration’s strong stance on the immigration crisis.
    “If we were to portray an objective picture of what’s happening on the border, I think every American will understand tha having a secure border is not an option — it’s a matter of national security,” said Padilla Jr.

11/27/2019 Wis. voters weigh in on impeachment, 2020 elections by OAN Newsroom
Jo-Ann Knutson talks about the impeachment hearings at the Racine Zoo
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Racine, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    While some Americans may be tuning out on news coverage of the Democrat’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump, voters in Wisconsin are paying attention.    For instance, voter Dennis Rebek said his reasoning for watching the public hearings is because he wants to hear for himself the lies of Democrats.
    “They’re always lying about everything,” said Rebek.    “They say Trump lies, but Trump tell us more truth than they do.”
    According to a recent Marquette University Law School poll, only 40 percent of registered voters in the state say President Trump should be impeached and removed from office.    That’s down from 44 percent in a similar poll conducted in October.     Democrat voters like Ron Post are worried his party will drag out the impeachment inquiry, which is a move he thinks could benefit the president at the polls.
    “They should end it soon, otherwise they’re going to drag it out till election time and things will go Trump’s way,” he stated.
File – Voters make their marks during the first day of early voting in
Kenosha, Wisconsin, on October 3, 2016. (AP Photo / Sean Krajacic)
    Some residents of the Badger State have already made up their minds about the whole ordeal. Voter Ardeth Thomas is one of them.
    “My mind is made up…he’s not guilty,” he stated.    “He has a right to say what he wants to say, and he’s done so much good for us all along.”
    Wisconsin is considered one of the battle ground states in the 2020 election, and so far the public impeachment hearings have done little to sway voters.

11/27/2019 President Trump: Democrats push impeachment amid tumbling poll numbers by OAN Newsroom
    President Trump is denouncing the Democrat push for impeachment by saying it poses a danger to America.    While speaking at a ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Sunrise, Florida Tuesday, he said the impeachment inquiry is an extension of the failed Russia hoax.
    The president went on to say the Democrat Party is rapidly losing voter support due to the ongoing coup against his administration.    He claimed Democrat leaders are making up false claims to improve their chance in 2020.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    “And now the same maniacs are pushing the deranged ‘impeach him’…a witch hunt, the same as before,” he told the crowd in Florida.    “Everybody said — that’s really bullshit.”
    President Trump also criticized the mainstream media for its unfair coverage of his administration and the undeserved praised of the Democrat Party.
[The Democrats are getting desperate still trying to find a crime for impeachment which is totally in violation of the process for Impeachment and Article II, Section 4 provides: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.    They have not found any of that using legal avenues.].

11/27/2019 EU’s Tusk: Trump is ‘perhaps the most difficult challenge’ for Europe
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and European Council President Donald Tusk talk as German Chancellor Angela Merkel
looks on during a working session at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/
    BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump poses one of the biggest challenges for the European Union because he is “praying” for the breakup of the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said.
    Trump has welcomed Britain’s decision to leave the EU, labeling Europe a trade “foe” and questioning the value of the transantlantic defense alliance NATO.
    “For the first time in history, there is an American president who is openly against a united Europe.    He supports Brexit and prays for the breakup of the Union,” Tusk told the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit in an interview.
    Tusk portrayed Trump as determined to weaken the EU and said this was “perhaps the most difficult challenge” for the organization.
    Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, is about to complete his five-year mandate as president of the European Council, a role in which he has prepared and chaired regular summits of European leaders.
    Though ties between the EU and the United States have been troubled since Trump became president, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to re-establish friendlier ties when he visited Brussels in September.
    Because of its complex matrix of decision-making, multiple institutions and centers of power, the EU has 28 national leaders and institutional leaders in Brussels.
    Tusk is expected to be succeeded by former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.    The new European Commission, the EU executive, will be headed by German conservative Ursula von der Leyen.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

11/27/2019 President Trump: I did not direct Giuliani to investigate Ukraine corruption by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles as he arrives
to President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
    Rudy Giuliani is brushing off reports that showed he was pursuing business deals with the Ukrainian government as he sought evidence of alleged corruption by the Bidens.
    During a Wednesday interview with The New York Times, Giuliani said a Ukrainian official wanted to hire him for personal business.    He said he rejected the offer because he was considering a different deal with the country’s government.    The president’s lawyer said he thought it would be too complicated and added “I never received a penny.”
    One of the documents showed a signed proposal from Giuliani to have the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice pay his firm $300,000 to recover stolen or lost government money.
    President Trump has disputed claims he ordered Rudy Giuliani to investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.    The president said he did not ask Giuliani to go to Ukraine to investigate potential corruption and Democrat collusion.
    In an interview with Bill O’Reilly this week, he said, “No, I didn’t direct him, but he is a warrior.”    He noted Giuliani has done previous work in Ukraine and represents clients other than the president.
    “I know he was going to go to Ukraine, and I think he cancelled a trip,” stated the president.    “Rudy has clients other than me.”
    A recent New York Times report stated Giuliani lobbied the Justice Department on behalf of a Venezuelan energy tycoon.    The businessman was reportedly fighting bribery and money laundering charges while Giuliani was seeking cooperation with Ukrainians on the Biden probe.
    In response to the report, Giuliani told the outlet, “This is attorney-client privilege, so I will withstand whatever malicious lies or spin you put on it.”
    Giuliani has repeatedly stated he conducted an investigation on President Trump’s behalf, to defend him against false allegations by his political enemies.    Giuliani previously said he is working pro bono as a private defense counsel for the president.
    When asked if he had any regrets about mentioning Joe Biden in the Ukraine call, the president suggested he would have still brought up the Bidens in his July 25th discussion.
    “It was mentioned as very unimportantly and, as you know, Joe Biden’s son became rich as soon as Joe Biden became vice president,” stated President Trump.    “In my way of thinking, that’s totally corrupt.”
    He has repeatedly urged Americans to read the July 25th rough transcript, which he said will shut down any criticism over his “perfect call.”    In the transcript, Giuliani is mentioned as a point person for Ukrainian President Zelensky to contact on the alleged Ukraine DNC server hack.    The president then referred to Giuliani as a liaison for the possible Biden investigation.    He urged Zelensky to contact Attorney General William Barr and Giuliani to follow up on the probe.
    Near the end of the call, the president also affirmed he would take the investigations serious after the Ukraine leader mentioned a visit to Washington D.C. He said, “I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call you.”

11/27/2019 Federal judge delays Michael Flynn’s sentencing until after IG report release by OAN Newsroom
Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status
conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    A federal judge has postponed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing date.    On Wednesday, Judge Emmet Sullivan delayed the former official’s sentencing until after the DOJ Inspector General’s report is released.
    Flynn was previously scheduled for sentencing on December 18th, but his attorneys asked to postpone his sentencing until after the report’s release. Flynn’s defense team said there are details in the report which could impact his case.
    The Inspector General’s report will be released on December 9th. However, the judge did not set a new date for Flynn’s sentencing.
[This definitely makes you think that this is connected to the recent FBI lawyer issue who revised the FISA information.].

11/27/2019 Trump campaign & RNC blast Google, claim new political advertisement policy will suppress votes by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, shows the Google logo at their offices in Granary Square,
London. Google is limiting how specifically politicians can target ads across its service. The changes
will take effect in the U.S. on Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
    A recent decision by Google marks a rare consensus between both sides of the isle.    This month the tech giant announced it will no longer allow advertisers to use voter information to target political ads. Google and Facebook currently use a system to target consumers through their political affiliation.
    “Both Google and Facebook have a product, they’re named differently, but basically it allows a politician to upload a bunch of email addresses or phone numbers and then target those people on the surface,” explained Bloomberg’s Kurt Wagner.
    However, they are now stopping this practice and are limiting the number of factors political advertisers can use to age, gender and zip code.    This comes after the tech giants received backlash over claims the platforms intervene with political discourse.
    Google’s critics and competitors have also blasted the company for allowing politicians to lie in ads.    They say that by allowing political campaigns to avoid accountability, the general public becomes susceptible to misinformation.
    The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are now backing this notion.    On Tuesday, the campaign said Google’s changes are “a blatant attempt to suppress voter information, knowledge and engagement in the 2020 election.”    Officials argue these actions will lead directly to suppressing voter turnout.
    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is taking a similar stance.    Last week, it released a statement calling Google’s new policy a “cop out.”    According to the DNC, the move “fails to combat disinformation” and “harms voters ability to participate in our democracy.”
    Twitter is also following Google’s lead.    It will no longer host advertisements from politicians nor campaigns at all as it doesn’t want to influence political discourse and allow individuals to “pay for reach.”    However, politicians are remaining focused on Google and its widespread impact on voters and voter turnout. Google’s changes will go into effect globally at the beginning of next year.

11/27/2019 Merkel: It’s essential to preserve NATO by OAN Newsroom
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag,
at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning that Europe cannot defend itself without NATO.    Speaking to the German parliament on Wednesday, Merkel claimed preserving NATO is as essential now as it was during the Cold War.
    She also argued to keep Turkey in the alliance and said it was of “geo-strategic significance” that it remained in.
    This statement came in stark contrast to the French president’s recent criticisms of NATO, which alleged that the military alliance was “brain dead.”    However, the German chancellor echoed his calls for improved political cooperation between all members and said military solutions alone will never be enough.
    “It is in our own best interests to preserve NATO…because, as the foreign minister said yesterday, Europe cannot defend itself on its own at present,” stated Merkel.    “We rely on this transatlantic alliance, and that is why it is right for us to work for this alliance and take on more responsibility.”
    These remarks come ahead of NATO’s December summit in London.    Merkel said she hopes leaders will take the opportunity to discuss concerns of a rising Chinese military.

11/28/2019 Oil down $0.23 to $58.09, DOW up 42 to 28,164 for another record.

11/28/2019 Italy approves second phase of F-35 investment program: minister
FILE PHOTO: Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini smiles during the swearing-in ceremony
at Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca
    ROME (Reuters) – Italy will press ahead with an investment program for F-35 fighter jets, Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini said, after uncertainty over further orders from the Rome government had raised questions on production plans.
    “As the government aims to build on the investments made so far and seize the opportunities offered by the program, I’ve decide to give a green light to the phase two,” Guerini said during a parliamentary hearing on Thursday.
    Luigi Di Maio, leader of the co-ruling 5-Star Movement, said last year that F-35 fighter jets were not a priority for the country and that the program had to be reviewed in 2019. (Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri, editing by Valentina Za)

11/28/2019 President Trump makes surprise holiday visit to troops in Afghanistan by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump smiles while sitting with the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to the
troops, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump showed his support for U.S. troops by personally wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday.    The president flew into Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and spent about two and a half hours on the ground.
    During his visit, he served Thanksgiving dinner to the troops.
    It’s not clear how the president managed to leave the Mar-a-Lago Resort, but reports said he flew out of an undisclosed Florida airport on Wednesday night.    White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said President Trump’s visit was kept secret for security reasons.    She added the trip has been in the works for weeks, but only a tight circle of officials knew about it.
    While speaking to the troops, the president said the Taliban is ready to make a deal because the troops are doing such a good job.    He also thanked the Afghan troops and said he was impressed with how hard they were fighting.
    “We thank God for your help and all of the things you have done.    You are very special people.    You don’t even know how much the people of our country love and respect you.    And they do.    That’s why I’m here, I’m just bringing the message.” – President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump shakes hands during a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during a surprise
Thanksgiving Day visit, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    While in Afghanistan, the president also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the progress made in the region.
    “I’d like to pay tribute to American soldiers, officers and civilians, particularly those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.    That sacrifice can now result in a stable Afghanistan. I want to thank you, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, for making a decision that is historic.” – President Ashraf Ghani
    The trip marks the first time President Trump has visited Afghanistan.    He and First Lady Melania Trump made a trip to Iraq during the Christmas holidays last year.    Vice President Mike Pence just visited the country earlier this week.     The president emphasized he wants to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 8,600 out of the 14,000 troops that remain in the country.
President Donald Trump walks on stage as he arrives to speak to members of the military during a surprise
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

11/28/2019 Report: Strong consumer spending, GDP lowering recession risk by OAN Newsroom
In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, photo, the American flag flies above the Wall Street entrance
to the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    The latest macroeconomic data is suggesting the chances of a U.S. recession have reduced in recent weeks due to steady consumer spending.    According to a recent poll by Morning Consult, consumer confidence has rebounded over the past four weeks due to ongoing job creation, gains in wages and a soft price inflation.
    Retail sales have also increased going into the holiday shopping season, beating previous expectations. Consumer spending makes up for roughly 70 percent of America’s GDP growth.    Many experts have tied the ongoing stable expansion to President Trump’s economic policies.
    “I think on the whole, this economy has been remarkable.    It’s taken the headwinds of the trade wars pretty successfully…and we’re still chugging along at roughly two percent. I think that’s an accomplishment.” – Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President of the American Action Forum
    A separate report from S&P Global found the probability of a U.S. recession in the coming year has dropped from 35 to 30 percent since August of this year.

11/28/2019 President Trump wishes Americans a Happy Thanksgiving by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in the pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey,
in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump sent their greetings out for the holiday on Thursday.    On Twitter, the two wished Americans a “happy and blessed Thanksgiving.”
    The president shared a photo from the annual turkey pardon event, which took place earlier this week.

First lady Melania Trump watches as President Donald Trump pardons Butter, the national Thanksgiving turkey,
in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
    The president will also participate in a teleconference with troops stationed abroad and personally thank them for their service to the nation.
    “We’re forever thankful for those who wear our nation’s uniform and the families that support them,” stated President Trump.    “Because of their selfless service, millions of our fellow Americans are celebrating another wonderful Thanksgiving in safety and in peace.”
    This comes after the president reaffirmed his commitment to service members at a rally in Florida.
    “We’re going to take care of our warriors and I will always stick up for our great fighters,” he said.    “They’re out in that field and they’re doing the job for us like nobody else anywhere in the world can do.”
    President Trump also reminded Americans of all they have to be thankful for and said America is stronger than ever.
    “This Thanksgiving, we bow our heads in gratitude for the newfound prosperity and spirit that’s taking place all across America,” said the president.    “The country has never been more successful.”
President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd before he speaks during a rally on
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

11/28/2019 Acting CBP commissioner touts new border wall system by OAN Newsroom
The first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Donna, Texas.
The new section, with 18-foot tall steel bollards atop a concrete wall, will stretch approximately 8 miles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    The acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner is addressing the new border wall system.    In a Wednesday tweet, Mark Morgan revealed a new photo of a portion of the barrier in San Diego, California.
    Morgan said the updated wall has been fitted with 18 foot steel bollards, integrated lighting sensor technology and access roads.    He compared the updated portion of wall to a section of outdated infrastructure, which he said was easy to penetrate.    He said the new barrier will not be easy to cut through.
    The commissioner said these kind of amenities could largely benefit CBP agents in preventing illegal immigration and curtailing the flow of drugs into the country.
    “It’s a national security crisis, we have bad people and bad things coming into this country,” he said.    “Border Patrol apprehended over 1,200 gang members last year from 25 different gangs (and) seized 750,000 pounds of narcotics.”
    Morgan went on to say the new system will slow traffic down enough for Border Patrol agents to intervene every time.
    The commissioner’s remarks came days after President Trump chose senior White House adviser Jared Kushner to oversee construction of the wall.    Officials said Kushner plans to make over 800 filings to acquire enough land for another 450 miles of fencing, all before the 2020 elections.

11/29/2019 Former President Obama won’t get behind former Vice President Biden’s presidential bid by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, former President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting
at the ‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn. File)
    Joe Biden is reaching out for heavy weight endorsements, including from former President Barack Obama who doesn’t seem interested in lending his support.    An endorsement from Obama can go a long ways such was the case with Beto O’Rourke who nearly beat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz during his 2018 midterm bid.
    The apparent jab comes despite Biden’s touting of the pair’s friendship in past months, likely in hopes of gaining the support of his base.    If the former president’s inner circle has made any indications, it’s that he doesn’t plan on speaking in favor of his two-time running mate’s campaign.    According to a New York Times article in August, a source claimed Obama told Biden “you don’t have to do this Joe, you really don’t.”
    Even before announcing his 2020 campaign, reports had already surfaced about Obama’s hesitancy to encourage Biden to place a third bid for the White House.    This includes concerns about how the public would perceive Biden entering the 2016 race shortly after the death of his eldest son Beau, who died from brain cancer.    He also reportedly admitted the Democrat presidential candidate does not have an intimate bond with voters.    However, Obama could shift course as reports say he plans to speak out to stop Sen. Bernie Sanders from winning the Democrat nomination in 2020.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to local residents,
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
    According to Politico, Obama won’t intervene for or against any candidate, but will step-in if Sanders runs away with the nomination.    His advisers have said the former president sees his role as providing safeguards to make sure there’s unity in the Democrat Party.    Sanders lost the 2016 nomination to Hillary Clinton, but has remained near the top of the front-runner’s since announcing his 2020 bid back in February.
    As for Joe Biden, it remains to be seen how he will manage to hang on to his slim lead over his party rivals without a nudge from his self-described best friend Obama.
[Obama is not here to help Biden.    He is here to push the issue for the Globalists which he pushed on the U.S. as president and used their agenda to go for 8 years, and was involved in helping to groom Hillary Clinton using all the services of the CIA, NSA, FBI and DOJ to become the next president, who at that time did the dirty trick on Bernie Sanders to insure that.    So he did not just come out of the woodwork the globalist do not want Socialist taking over the U.S. and the DEEP STATE is gearing up because President Trump is set to win another term since the Impeachment Witchhunt is failing.].

11/29/2019 European Union elects a new commission president by OAN Newsroom
Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks to journalists during a news conference marking his
farewell at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
    The European Union is saying goodbye to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who is stepping down after leading for five years.    He said he fully intends to continue raising his voice about European issues after leaving office.    Ursula von der Leyen is set to be his replacement.
    His presidency was defined by Brexit and the ongoing migrant crisis.    Juncker said one major regret he has from his time as president was not taking more action related to the United Kingdom’s desire to leave the EU.
    "Second mistake I made was to listen too carefully to the British government…because the then-Prime Minister asked me not to interfere, not to intervene in the referendum campaign,” he stated.    “It was a mistake not to intervene and not to interfere.”
    Von der Leyen, who will take office on December 1, has already set goals for her term focusing heavily on a plan to combat climate change.    There is expected to be a hand-off ceremony between Junker and Von der Leyen early next week.
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen will replace Jean-Claude Juncker at the head of the European Commission. (AP Photo)

11/29/2019 Paris and Berlin at odds, but talk of rupture overblown by Luke Baker and Andreas Rinke
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel before a joint
Franco-German cabinet meeting in Toulouse, France, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/
    LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) – France and Germany have been at loggerheads in recent weeks, with differences over NATO and the future of Europe prompting some commentators to conclude that the two nations underpinning European unity are fundamentally split.
    But away from the headlines, steady work continues that suggests they are not as far apart as sometimes appears, at least on foreign and security policy, even if the chances of a bold new Franco-German understanding remain remote.
    While there are vast contrasts in style and at times substance between Emmanuel Macron, 41, a hard-charging first-time president, and Angela Merkel, 65, a consensus-building fourth-time chancellor, both are acutely aware that the need to reach a Paris-Berlin consensus tends to trump all else.
    “The situation is not as tense or ruptured as some have stated,” said Francois Heisbourg, a senior advisor on Europe at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a former senior official in the French foreign and defense ministries.
    “The French do understand that the German government is currently in a state of paralysis, which means the ability of Germany to take substantive new initiatives or to respond to French initiatives is very limited.”
    In June 2018, Merkel and Macron met outside Berlin and agreed the Meseberg declaration, a series of commitments on issues from security and defense policy to migration, economic policy, climate and a eurozone budget.
    On foreign policy and defense, Paris and Berlin are pushing ahead on a European Intervention Initiative, will host talks next month between Kiev and Moscow in an effort to end the conflict in Ukraine, and are exploring ways of making EU foreign-policy decision-making more effective, including a possible U.N.-style European Security Council.    They also agree on joint fighter planes and tank development.
    Macron and Merkel will meet next week at a gathering of NATO’s 29 heads of government outside London.
    While the agenda may be dominated by the French president’s criticism of the alliance as “brain dead,” it equally will be an opportunity for the two leaders to clear the air and talk up how closer coordination among Britain, France and Germany can bolster both European security and NATO
.
    Whether Britain is in the EU or not, there is a clear recognition in Paris and Berlin that Britain has a key role to play in European security, under the umbrella of NATO and otherwise.    There is a lot of focus on making that happen,” said a British official involved in the discussions.
CAUTIOUS MERKEL
    Since coming to power in May 2017, Macron has chaffed at German foot-dragging.    Merkel, who must always weigh the demands of her ruling coalition, has been unable to match the French president’s zeal for sweeping reform on issues ranging from a eurozone budget to changes to EU enlargement policy.
    Merkel’s term is up in 2021, but she shows little inclination to pursue grand legacy policies.    Her putative successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is similarly restrained by Germany’s consensus politics.
    Hence the impatience on the part of Macron, who wants to move fast while also conscious that even if he is reelected in 2022, time is limited to achieve his vision, which will still require German buy-in.
    “German-French cooperation is like two sides of an accordion, sometimes you pull it apart a bit, then both sides are coming back together again,” said a German diplomat.
    “They know that they are fixed to each other.    And they know that they can only produce a nice sound together.”
    Germany holds the rotating presidency of the EU in the second half of 2020 and is already coordinating with Paris on ensuring consistency between that period and France’s presidency in the first half of 2022.
(Writing by Luke Baker; Editing by Frances Kerry)

11/29/2019 Explainer: What’s at stake in Macron’s reform of France’s cherished pensions? by Leigh Thomas
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
after their meeting at the Elysee palace in Paris, France November 28, 2019. Bertrand Guay/Pool via REUTERS
    PARIS (Reuters) – France is bracing for nationwide public sector strikes on Dec. 5 against President Emmanuel Macron’s drive to overhaul the country’s unwieldy and costly pension system.
    Here’s what’s at stake:
WHAT DOES MACRON’S PENSION REFORM AIM TO DO?
    Macron wants to set up a single points-based pension system in which each day worked earns points for a worker’s future pension benefits.
    That would mark a big break from the existing set-up with 42 different sector-specific pension schemes, each with different levels of contributions and benefits.
    Currently pension benefits are based on a worker’s 25 highest earning years in the private sector and the last six months in the public sector.
    The president says that a points-based system would be fairer and simpler.    It would also put pension funding on a sounder footing as the population ages.
    At 14% of economic output, French spending on public pensions is among the highest in the world.    An independent pension committee forecast the system would run a deficit of more than 17 billion euros, 0.7% of GDP, by 2025 if nothing is done.
WHAT ABOUT THE RETIREMENT AGE?
    Polls show the French are deeply attached to keeping the official retirement age at 62, which is among the lowest in OECD countries.     Public workers who do arduous or dangerous jobs, such as mariners, can leave years earlier.     Macron says the French are going to have to work longer, but is shying away from simply raising the retirement age.     One idea is to keep the 62-year limit, but rein in benefits for those who leave the labor force before 64 and give a benefits boost to those who leave afterwards.     However, the president has indicated he would prefer to focus on the duration of a worker’s career rather than the age at which they stop working.
WHAT IS THE UNIONS’ PROBLEM WITH THE REFORM?
    Public sector unions fret their workers will come out worse because under the current system the state makes up for the chronic shortfall between contributions and payouts in the sector.
    Unions also worry they will lose their say on contributions and benefits under a centrally managed points-based system.
    They are eager to show they are still relevant after Macron pushed through an easing of the labor code and reform of the state-run SNCF rail operator despite their opposition earlier in his presidency.
IS THERE ROOM FOR COMPROMISE?
    Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has indicated concessions could be made on when the reform takes effect.
    He said he favors a compromise between “an immediate and brutal transition” that would make the reforms applicable to people born after 1963, and a “grandfathering” clause that would impact only people entering the labor market from 2025.
    But Philippe says the government will not back down on creating a points-based system – one of Macron’s core election promises.
    France’s biggest union, the reform-minded, moderate CFDT, is open to the idea of a points-based system.    The hardline CGT and Force Ouvriere unions, which unlike the CFDT are strongest in the public sector, reject the reform outright and are digging in for a long, hard fight.
(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Richard Lough and Mike Collett-White)

11/29/2019 Oil slumps but sets monthly gain ahead of OPEC meeting by Jessica Resnick-Ault
FILE PHOTO: Oil pump jacks at sunset near Midland, Texas, U.S., August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jessica Lutz/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude dropping more than 4%, on fresh trade tensions and record high U.S. crude production, but they still ended the month higher as OPEC watchers expect an extension next week to a pact to throttle oil output beyond March.
    Brent crude futures settled down $1.44 at $62.43 a barrel, and was down 1.5% on the week.    Still, the contract posted its biggest monthly gain since April with a rise of about 6%.     West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures settled down $2.94 at $55.17, falling of 4.1% on the week, after three consecutive increases.    On a monthly basis, WTI is poised for a jump of about 2.3%, its highest since June.
    Trading volumes were low due after Thursday’s U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday.
    Both benchmarks rose in November partly on expectations of the United States and China reaching an initial deal trade deal by the year-end, that could lift doubts over future demand for crude, along with it the health of the global economy.
    However, that has started to look less likely after China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.
    Prices have also been supported ahead of next week’s meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies including Russia, as the group known as OPEC+ is expected to extend existing oil output cuts until mid-2020.
    Moscow is supporting Saudi Arabia’s push for stable oil prices amid the listing of state oil giant Saudi Aramco, and next week’s gathering coincides with the planned announcement of the final pricing for Aramco’s <2222.SE> initial public offering.
    Investors, however, were also eyeing whether the producer group would agree to deeper cuts.
    “The bottom line is some people are looking for OPEC+ to cut production, and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Andrew Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates in Houston.    If the cuts fall short of expectations or last only a few months, the market will sell off, he said.
    OPEC+ agreed to reduce supply by 1.2 million barrels per day in 2019 through to March as U.S. output continues to climb to record levels.
    OPEC’s share of that cut is 800,000 bpd among the 11 members participating in the deal.    A Reuters survey on OPEC output indicates that total OPEC output fell by 110,000 bpd in November.
    Russian oil companies on Thursday proposed to keep their output quotas unchanged, putting pressure on OPEC+ to avoid any major shift at the meeting over Dec. 5-6.
    Crude prices have also faced pressure from growing U.S. output, which in September rose to a new record of 12.46 million bpd from 12.397 million bpd in August, the government said in a monthly report on Friday.
    Oil supply from the North Sea, where crude differentials have been hitting several year highs [CRU/E], is set to increase in January, sending a bearish signal. [O/LOAD]
    A Reuters poll of 42 economists and analysts forecast Brent to average $62.50 a barrel next year, little changed from last month’s $62.38 outlook, which was the lowest prediction for 2020 in about two years.
    The benchmark has averaged about $64 per barrel so far this year.
(Additional reporting by Aaron Sheldrick in Tokyo and Shadia Nasralla in London; Editing by Marguerita Choy and Louise Heavens)

11/29/2019 US to reduce contribution to NATO common fund by $150M by David Jackson and John Fritze, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration will pay less to NATO under an agreement reached days before the president is set to travel to London to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 29-member trans-Atlantic alliance.
    Even before he was elected in 2016, Trump frequently railed against the military alliance that largely defined the global order after World War II. Specifically, the president has argued for years that European nations should pay more for their own security.     A NATO official speaking on the condition of anonymity told USA TODAY that member states agreed to a new formula this week for the organization’s common funding, which covers the cost of a headquarters and some military operations.    The move is largely symbolic because it is separate from the defense spending Trump focuses on.
    The U.S. has contributed about 22% of NATO’s roughly $2.5 billion in annual common fund costs.    Defense officials told CNN the Trump administration sought to reduce its contribution to roughly 16%, a roughly $150 million difference.
    “Under the new formula, cost shares attributed to most European Allies and Canada will go up while the U.S. share will come down,” the NATO official said.    “This is an important demonstration of Allies’ commitment to the Alliance and to fairer burdensharing.”
    The move comes after French President Emmanuel Macron told The Economist in an interview this month that NATO was experiencing “brain death,” warning that the European members could no longer rely on U.S. leadership.    German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the remarks as “drastic words” that did not reflect her view.
    Trump has long complained about cost-sharing with the alliance.    Most of those complaints have focused on countries that are not meeting the goal of spending 2% of economic output on defense budgets, a goal NATO members agreed to in 2014 during the Obama administration
.
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in 1949 with Europe still reeling from the devastation of World War II.    Concerned about communist expansion in Europe and the increased capability of enemies to reach across the Atlantic, the U.S., Canada and other nations embraced a system of collective defense.
Contributing: Courtney Subramanian, Kim Hjelmgaard

11/29/2019 Tech giants promise $3B to help solve nation’s housing crisis by OAN Newsroom
A couple takes in the view of the San Francisco, California skyline. (Reuters Photo/Robert Galbraith)
    Tamara Mitchell, a volunteer for the Coalition on Homelessness, said it’s becoming impossible to live in San Francisco as the country’s housing crisis is only getting worse.    Major cities in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, have the third largest population of people experiencing homelessness.
    “We’ve been homeless, we’ve been staying in hotels, we’ve been staying with family members – it’s been a lot,” she explained.
    However, help may soon be on the way.    That’s because companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have promised to pay more than $3 billion to help solve the problem.    This comes as many blame the housing crisis, in part, on Big Tech for building companies like the ones in Silicon Valley without considering where their employees would live with factors like strict house zoning laws and the possibility of prices skyrocketing.
    This comes at the heels of a bipartisan initiative in Congress called the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act, which would give incentives to purchase homes by setting a locked-in tax credit rate.    The bill would also create more housing units, which would hopefully drive down prices.
    So far, a large number of house legislators and U.S. senators from both parties have backed the bill.    Lawmakers say the legislation would also make the country’s housing credit more effective for veterans, rural residents and Native American communities.
FILE – A man stands outside his tent on Division Street in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
    Business leaders say it’s about time Big Tech owns up to its role in causing the housing crisis and that Congress also finally takes action to remedy the issue.
    “As long as I’ve lived here, and that’s 30 years, people have said, ‘oh the housing is just out of control, it’s no longer connected to reality, this can’t continue’ and yet here we are,” said Russell Hancock, president and CEO Joint Ventures.    “What’s happening most recently though is now we’re referring to it as a crisis.”
    Hancock suggested that the most marginalized communities will continue to be hit the hardest by the housing crisis if action isn’t taken soon by Congress, Big Tech or both.

11/29/2019 U.S. panel sets deadline for Trump to decide participation in impeachment hearings by David Morgan
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. congressional panel on Friday gave President Donald Trump one week to say whether his legal counsel intends to introduce evidence and call witnesses in upcoming impeachment proceedings that could lead to formal charges of misconduct within a few weeks.
    The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, which is due to begin weighing possible articles of impeachment against Trump next week, sent a two-page letter to the president setting a deadline of 5 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) on Dec. 6 for the president’s counsel to specify intended actions under the committee’s impeachment procedures.
    The procedures set out rules by which the president can call witnesses, introduce evidence and make presentations.
    Panel Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler set the same deadline for Republican lawmakers on the committee to notify him about intended witnesses and evidence and scheduled a Dec. 9 meeting to consider the matter.
    The Judiciary panel is expected to hold a series of impeachment proceedings, including an initial hearing on Wednesday at which legal experts are due to testify about the constitutional grounds for impeachment.    The committee invited Trump to participate in the hearing and gave him until 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Sunday to say whether he or his legal team would attend.
    The impeachment probe is looking into whether Trump abused his power to pressure Ukraine to launch investigations of political rival Joe Biden and a discredited conspiracy theory promoted by Trump that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
    After weeks of closed-door witness depositions and televised hearings, three investigating panels led by the House Intelligence Committee are due to release a formal report soon after lawmakers return to Congress on Tuesday from a Thanksgiving recess.    The report will outline evidence gathered by lawmakers on the panel, along with those on the Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees.
    After Wednesday, the Judiciary panel, which could recommend a full House impeachment vote before Christmas, is expected to hold a hearing to examine the evidence report and further proceedings to consider formal articles of impeachment.
    House Democrats aim to resolve the question of Trump’s impeachment by Christmas.    If the House impeaches him, the Republican-controlled Senate would hold a trial to determine whether he should be convicted and removed from office.
    Political analysts say the ultimate verdict will come in next year’s U.S. elections for president and Congress, and candidates from both parties have used the impeachment issue to ramp up their campaigns.
    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who launched the impeachment inquiry on Sept. 24, on Friday asked supporters in an email from her campaign committee to condemn Trump’s actions.
    “President Trump used taxpayer money to bribe foreign countries to influence the 2020 elections for his own political gain,” she said in the email which asked recipients to register their disapproval on her campaign website.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chris Reese and Cynthia Osterman)

11/30/2019 Oil down $2.72 to $55.42, DOW down 113 to 28,051.

11/30/2019 U.S. to discuss challenges posed by China, 5G with NATO allies
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei logo and a 5G sign are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC)
in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will discuss threats posed by China, including the country’s dominance of 5G telecommunications networks, when U.S. President Donald Trump meets with allies at a NATO summit in London next week, an official told reporters on Friday.
    Even as the United States and China strive to complete an agreement on the first phase of a trade deal, a senior administration official said the United States will insist that allies use trusted network providers.
    “This is a very, very high priority for us and the president is going to reiterate that message,” the official said.
    The United States has warned allies against using equipment made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, saying that its gear could be used by China for spying. Concerns have focused on a Chinese law on domestic companies’ cooperation with the government on security matters, with critics saying that these could compel them to be a vehicle for Chinese spying.
    Huawei denies the allegations made by Washington.
    The U.S. official added that China presents a challenge to NATO and wants to undermine the rules-based international order.
    “China is actively seeking a great presence and more influence across the globe, including in NATO’s area of responsibility,” the official told reporters.
    Tensions between Washington and Beijing have been inflamed by Trump’s signing into law on Wednesday bills that back protesters in Hong Kong and threaten China with possible sanctions on human rights.    The bill signing prompted China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday to warn of “firm counter measures.”
(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

11/30/2019 President Trump to hold ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    President Trump is returning to the state that helped secure the first Republican victory in nearly three decades.    The president is getting ready to hold a ‘Keep America Great’ rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. On Saturday, he provided a link to official tickets for his Pennsylvania rally on December 10th.
    Before President Trump, Democrat presidential candidates had previously won the state in every race since 1992.
    In a recent statement, Trump campaign Chief Operating Officer Michael Glassner said the state is booming thanks to the president.    He noted the president is delivering on his promises and looks forward to celebrating his successes with the great men and women of Pennsylvania.
    “I think we’re going to do great in Pennsylvania,” stated President Trump.    “We won Pennsylvania last time, (for) the first time in many years.”
People listen as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in
Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    During his August political rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, President Trump highlighted some of his accomplishments in Pennsylvania.
    “We have incredible things going on in Pennsylvania,” he said.    “We just opened up a $10 billion plant, we have many of them going up (and) a lot of jobs.”
    In a recent tweet, the president showed gratitude for the energy, construction and craft workers of Pennsylvania.
    “We are relying on American workers to build our own future right here on American soil.    Industry is booming and the hearts of our workers the American spirit is soaring higher, stronger, freer and greater than ever before.    It’s an honor for me to be with you in Pennsylvania.” — President Donald Trump
    Tickets for Pennsylvania rally are available on the president’s campaign website.

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