Trump demands Calif. Gov. Newsom gives back $3.5 billion to American taxpayers…

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News Story Source:, by: JD Heyes
For a billionaire businessman, Donald Trump is turning out to be an excellent president, for no other chief executive in modern history has put a governor on the spot like he just did.

As the national debt surpasses $22 trillion thanks to entitlement programs we can’t afford and which Congress refuses to reform, the president, in trying to squeeze all he can out of every tax dollar the federal government spends, is demanding that California Gov. Gavin Newsom return billions of dollars his state received to fund a high-speed rail project he just canceled.

As wonders never cease, Newsom, the consummate big government liberal Democrat, actually admitted during his recent State of the State address that a public works project was too expensive to maintain.

Specifically, as Fox News reported, Newsom canceled the Golden State’s “massive high-speed rail project from Los Angeles to San Francisco that was more than a decade behind schedule and billions
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Bitcoin’s Social Contract Must Be Resilient to the Whims of Future Generations

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News Story Source:, by Jamie Redman
With all the arguments about scaling, privacy, consensus changes and the various forks, it is amazing that these public networks are still thriving. Nevertheless, the people who maintain the various software protocols that communicate with Bitcoin and the network’s many participants have lives that are finite — which means we don’t know if future generations will change the social contract Satoshi Nakamoto created years ago.

The technology we all know and love called Bitcoin has changed the lives of many individuals over the last 10 years. However, during the latter half of that decade, the humans who have maintained the protocol have relentlessly argued over how it should operate. This has led to a large community divide, endless fighting, and many different forks. The protocol itself, however, has been able to continuously perpetuate the social contract we call “Bitcoin” during this period. However, the arguments have led to wavering opinions and whims
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Christian Ministry to Blast Live Ultrasounds in Times Square

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News Story Source:, Dr. Susan Berry
“We’ll have great speakers,” Focus on the Family President Jim Daly told Christian Broadcast News’s (CBN) Faith Nation about the event planned for May 4. “We’re going to have music, but we’re also going to do a live ultrasound of a third-trimester baby.”

“And with the 4-D technology that we have, it looks like a one-year-old’s picture,” Daly added, reported CBN News. “There is no way a person is going to be able to say, ‘That is not a child.’ It is a child and we want everybody to see it.”

Daly and his organization are making a specific point of calling out New York– where Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law that makes abortion until moments before birth a fundamental right. Similarly, other states, such as Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Mexico, and Illinois, are weighing similar legislation as they equate ending the life of
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How US hardliners ensured Soviet withdrawal did not lead to peace in Afghanistan

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February 15, 1989. The date when the Soviet Army left Afghanistan for the last time. Trying to defend the left-wing government in Kabul from US-backed mujahideen had cost the Soviet Union countless millions of rubles and the lives of over 15,000 soldiers. So you can understand why Mikhail Gorbachev wanted out. He actually wanted to withdraw earlier. But the Kremlin’s proposals for a negotiated settlement were blocked by neocons in the Reagan administration, who met attempts at compromise from Kabul and Moscow with intransigence and increased support for the most militant factions.

Gorbachev warned of the global consequences of an extremist takeover in Afghanistan, but his words went unheeded. The US, in their determination to give the Soviet Union its own Vietnam, helped create a Frankenstein monster which they are still fighting, or pretending to fight, today.

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Don't Call JP Morgan Chase's New 'JPM Coin' a Cryptocurrency

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News Story Source:, By Jordan Pearson
Bitcoin emerged from the tumult of the 2008 financial crisis as a way to wrest control of money away from big banks and the government. Now, the largest bank in the US is launching a digital token using blockchain technology inspired by that which underpins Bitcoin.

JP Morgan Chase’s JPM Coin is a digital token that represents US dollars held in JP Morgan Chase accounts, according to the bank. The token is aimed at large, institutional clients that need to move large sums of money quickly. Using a digital token that is sent and logged near-instantly in a database would allow for clients to send payments without waiting for wire transfers which, as CNBC noted, might take more than a day to settle.

The news that the largest bank in the US is adopting some technical aspects of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum—a blockchain that came after Bitcoin and iterated on it—was not met with the jubilation one might expect of cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Inst
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Proposed 'sanctions from hell' against Russia may curb Trump, but won't…

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Even as the ‘Russiagate’ probe crumbled in the US Senate, five senators resurrected a ‘sanctions bill from hell’ against Russia. What are the prospects of it passing, and does it even need to in order to achieve its objective?

The “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression (DASKA)” Act, also known as Senate Resolution 482, was announced on Wednesday by the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). It is a rehash of the August 2018 bill (S. 3336) proposed by Menendez and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), called the “sanctions bill from hell” at the time.

Because DASKA has not been properly filed with the Library of Congress, the full text of the bill is not available just yet. Based on the announcement put out by Menendez, it goes beyond the previous proposal to sanction Russian sovereign debt and banks that “support Russian effo
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There are no independent countries in the world, Putin says

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The Russian president thinks “the modern world is the world of interdependency” and there are no truly independent countries these days.

“Do you think European countries want missiles in Europe? Nobody wants it. But they keep silent. Where is their sovereignty?” Putin asked during his visit in Sochi.

The EU Parliament, he said, makes more decisions on behalf of the member countries than “the Supreme Soviet of USSR on behalf of constituent republics” back in the days.

There are no fully independent states in the world.

On Thursday leaders from Russia, Turkey and Iran gathered in the Black Sea city of Sochi to discuss ways of ending Syria’s crisis. The talks were held amid hostile talk emerging from a meeting of the US and its allies in Warsaw, where they talked about their take on the Middle East.

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No way, NRA: Los Angeles will require contractors to disclose ties to…

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Los Angeles has passed a law requiring contractors to disclose any ties to the National Rifle Association. The law is one of several liberal ordinances passed by the city, and the NRA has already threatened a lawsuit.

Los Angeles has passed a law requiring contractors to disclose any ties to the National Rifle Association. The law is one of several liberal ordinances passed by the city, and the NRA has already threatened a lawsuit.

Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on Tuesday afternoon, the LA Times reported. Companies with city contracts must now disclose in a sworn affidavit whether they have any sponsorships or contracts with the NRA.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said that the NRA has “been a road block to gun safety reform at every level of government now for several decades.”

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ABT VW e-Transporter Tuned Electric Van Revealed

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News Story Source:, BY MARK KANE
ABT Sportsline, as the world’s largest tuner for vehicles of the Volkswagen Group (especially Audi), through its ABT e-Line subsidiary, is introducing a very special version of the Volkswagen Transporter – the ABT e-Transporter, which will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

The ABT e-Transporter (already hinted last fall together with ABT e-Caddy) is based on the Volkswagen T6 and will be officially available also from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. First deliveries to customers are expected to begin in the 3rd quarter of 2019.

ABT offers the e-Transporter with a single (37.3 kWh) or double battery (74.6 kWh) in commercial or passenger version. The bigger battery version seems reasonable, but the 400 km (250 miles) of NEDC range will be difficult to achieve in normal conditions.

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“Biggest Drop In More Than Nine Years”…

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Of course this has been happening for years, but as you will see below the numbers have dramatically escalated during the early portion of 2019.  Our landscape is already littered with countless numbers of hollowed out stores and abandoned malls, and it is about to get a whole lot worse.  Retailers were hoping that a strong holiday season would turn things around, but that didn’t happen.  In fact, we just learned that retail sales in the United States suffered “their biggest drop in more than nine years” during the month of December…

U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales tumbled 1.2 percent, the largest decline since September 2009 when the economy was emerging from recession.

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