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Jan 18 07:27

Trump Calls Out Dems’ Plan to Rig Election Against Bernie Sanders….and Pelosi is Involved

The Democrats are once again rigging the election against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and this time Nancy Pelosi is involved in the scheme.

Jan 18 07:27

Trump Impeachment Attorney: Democrats Are Going to Have a Hard Time Getting 67 Votes on Articles of Impeachment So Weak They Don’t Even Include a Crime (VIDEO)

Jordan Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, joined FOX and Friends on Friday morning to discuss the next steps by the Trump team in the impeachment process.

Jan 18 06:31

uqtada Al-Sadr Joins Meeting of Iraqi Popular Forces' Leaders on Expulsion of US Forces

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in a meeting with leaders of the country's popular forces conferred on ways to end the US occupation of the country.

The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news website reported on Monday that the meeting was hosted by Secretary General of al-Nujaba Movement Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi and attended by Head of the Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) Abu Alaa al-Wala'i and a representative of Asa'eb al-Haq resistance group.

The information center of al-Nujaba Movement released images of the meeting which was aimed at coordination to expel the American forces from Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, this is "old news", with a datemark of Monday; but that being said, Muktada al Sadr is one of the most central figures in post-Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and although he has no title or position, his influence was made manifest in the last Iraqi election, where his party gained a plurality by collaborating with other political groups.

And in case you don't remember this (and most people in the US government would like you to forget it), Al Sadr was the guy who insured that the US got out of Iraq (the first time) by the exact time stipulated by the SOFA agreement with Iraq; otherwise, he threatened that any American military personnel would be "fair game" for the Mahdi Army. Aljazeera Profile: the Madhi Army

And while the Mahdi Army ultimately disbanded, how quickly do you think this man could potentially, "get the band back together", as it were?!?

The short answer may well be, "Pretty damned quickly!!"

And a companion piece, also in whatdoesitmean.com, reports the following;
raqi SWAT team stands guard as security forces and others gather next to a U.S.- made F-16 fighter jet during the delivery ceremony at Balad air base US Resumes Military Operations With Iraq After 2-Week Pause - Reports

It has become painfully apparent, that the Iraqi government, after that vote to oust US the US military, over the assassination of Soulemani, no longer represents the will of the Iraqi people.

This could get very ugly very quickly.

Jan 18 06:02

Macron Announces Charles De Gaulle Carrier Will be Sent to Help French Military Ops in Middle East

The statement comes as President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that the US’ NATO allies do more in terms of their involvement into Middle Eastern affairs. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg agreed with Trump's view after tensions between the US and Iran put the region on the verge of war in January 2020.

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the country's Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier strike group will be deployed to the Levant between January and April 2020 in order to aid French military Operation Chammal in the Middle East. The operation was originally launched in 2014 to halt the expansion of Daesh* and to support the Iraqi military in its fight against the group.

Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, and Greece will also participate in the deployment, escorting the aircraft carrier to its destination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, that is guaranteed to ratchet down tensions with Iran, don't you think?!?!?

Jan 18 05:59

Enemy of my enemy is my friend? Greek ‘forces’ ready to deploy to Libya after Turkish troops set out to reinforce Haftar rivals

Just days after Turkey vowed “to teach a lesson” to Libya’s strongman General Haftar, Greece – still at odds with Ankara – told him that it could send in some “forces,” tasked with observing a truce and “removal of mercenaries.”
Nikos Dendias, Greece’s Foreign Minister, had “a long conversation” with General Khalifa Haftar, who paid a low-key visit to Athens ahead of a Libya peace conference in Berlin. “We want a ceasefire, the removal of mercenaries and the cancellation of illegal agreements,” Dendias said without elaborating.

The chief diplomat told Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army (LNA), that Greece was ready to help “with [deploying] forces” that would monitor the ceasefire with the rival Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

“All of this is a contribution to the future of the Libyan people. We want it to be a modern democratic country,” Dendias proclaimed.

Jan 18 05:57

Assange May Walk Free Thanks To CIA Bumbling: Former NYT General Counsel

Authored by James Goodale, op-ed via TheHill.com

A few days before Christmas, Julian Assange testified to a Spanish court that a Spanish security company, UC Global S.L., acting in coordination with the CIA, illegally recorded all his actions and conversations, including with his lawyers, and streamed them back in real time to the CIA.

He will, at the end of February, make a similar complaint to a British extradition court about the CIA’s alleged misbehavior.

Will such misbehavior, if proven, set Assange free?

The Daniel Ellsberg case may be instructive. You may recall that after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the “Pentagon Papers” case, Ellsberg was indicted under the Espionage Act for leaking Pentagon documents to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed for Assange on this one; and please remember that none of the information provided by wikileaks, was ever proven wrong.

Jan 18 05:54

Top Official Confirms Saudis Paid US $500 Million To Cover Troop Costs

CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reports that Saudi Arabia has paid the United States an estimated $500 million to assist the cost of US troop deployments in the kingdom, according to one unnamed US defense official:

The payment was made in December last year. President Donald Trump asserted last week in an interview with Fox News that Saudi Arabia had "already deposited $1 billion in the bank."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Saudis are committing that kind of money to American troop protection, one has to wonder; to what degree is Prince Bin Salman, one of Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, controlling US foreign policy in the region, and beyond?!?

Jan 18 05:50

US Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute

As the 2020 race heats up, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a dispute involving the complex United States presidential election system focusing on whether Electoral College electors are free to break their pledges to back the candidate who wins their state's popular vote, an act that could upend an election.

The Supreme Court will take up appeals in two cases - from Washington state and Colorado - involving electors who decided to vote in the Electoral College process for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 even though she won the popular vote in their states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These cases are why you have not heard any more about completely eliminating the Electoral College completely, and could, potentially, turn the 2020 election on its ear, depending upon whom the Democrats decide that their candidate will be for this election.

Jan 18 05:46

Trump’s Impeachment Team Will Include Ken Starr And Alan Dershowitz

President Donald Trump’s legal team on impeachment will feature several new, high-profile legal minds as the White House prepares for a trial in the Senate next week.

Trump’s team will add Ken Starr, Robert Ray, Alan Dershowitz, to litigate the case with Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Jane Raskin and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, according to sources who spoke with Axios.

Dershowitz, a constitutional scholar, now an emeritus at Harvard Law School, has become a star figure on primetime television, while Starr is best known for his pivotal role investigating former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Ray was Starr’s successor at the Office of Independence Counsel under president Clinton.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, President Trump is blissfully unaware of the concept of "irony", or, in the words of Monica Lewinsky, upon hearing the news, is reported to have said: 'Are You F*cking Kidding Me:?' Monica Lewinsky Reacts to Ken Starr Joining Trump's Impeachment Defense Team.

"That's the message Trump wants to send for his impeachment?" asked another critic after president announced legal team for Senate trial.

It has become painfully apparent, that the inmates continue to run the asylum; and there is utterly no place for sanity or reason in the bowels of power in DC.

Jan 18 05:32

MANDATORY VACCINE BILL FAILS AFTER THOUSANDS SHOW UP TO PROTEST IN NEW JERSEY

SOURCE: MATT AGORIST
(Support Free Thought) -

A bill in New Jersey that would’ve stripped parents and children of their right to informed consent by allowing them to object to mandatory vaccinations failed on Monday. Much to the chagrin of the tyrants who claim ownership over the bodies of others, the bill that would have eliminated religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations failed to pass the New Jersey state legislature.

According to reports, the bill was canceled in the Senate before the vote because lawmakers knew they lacked the passing votes. The proponents of the bill vowed to reintroduce it on Tuesday but this gives opponents a new time frame on the public hearing and voting process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you have ever wondered who owns both state, and national politicians, just look at the things you are mandated to do, or not do; and big pharma has state and national politicians by a very sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

Jan 18 05:29

NIMMO: DAVID WURMSER AND TRUMP’S ZIONIST OCCUPIED BRAIN

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO

Trump’s brain is not his own.

It’s antisemitism time. If you criticize Israel and the cadre of chickenhawk neocons steering Donald Trump’s foreign policy, you will be pilloried and exiled to the political wilderness, forever condemned as a white supremacist.

Scratch a little bit beneath the surface and you will discover at the core of this anti-free speech campaign a rabid Zionist, the same Zionist agitators responsible for advocating and organizing the murder of over a million Iraqis.

It’s no longer permissible to criticize Jewish neocons. The very word “neocon” is considered an antisemitic slur because most of these chickenhawk war criminals are Jewish. It is never mentioned in the NYT or WaPo that the second Iraq mass murder campaign was strictly a Zionist (another word that will get you labeled an anti semite) affair designed to benefit Israel at the expense of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; I would politely suggest, that what may be good for Israel, may well not be at all good for the United States, in terms of international statescraft.

These resource wars, both in the Middle East and Africa, have bankrupted this country to the tune of $23 trillion dollars, that we know about, and have left US standing around the world in absolute tatters.

And let me just reference one thing which, if you only read the presstitute media, you would not know. Who is the real winner of the US war in Iraq?!?

China.

And while some may be losing their lunch on this, let me explain what has happened here.

China-Iraq Relations: Poised for a “Quantum Leap”? The article goes on to state: "The territorial defeat of Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL, or Da’esh) in late 2017 has provided a breathing spell for Iraqi authorities to try to meet the country’s reconstruction needs and tackle longstanding socioeconomic problems. Toward that end, the Government of Iraq (GOI) is planning to expand the oil industry as well as to diversify away from oil in the longer term — and is keen to obtain China’s support for these efforts.

Bill Engdahl, one of my favorite geopolitical contributors to globalresearch.ca, sums this up very elegantly, in article featured on the 15th of this month; Unintended Consequences: Did Trump Just Give the Middle East to China and Russia?

The article goes on to state: "Chinese involvement with Iraqi oil development and other infrastructure projects, though large, was significantly disrupted by the ISIS occupation of some one third of Iraqi territory. In September, 2019 Washington demanded that Iraq pay for completion of key infrastructure projects destroyed by the ISIS war– a war where Washington as well as Ankara, Israel and Saudi Arabia played the key hidden role—by giving the US government 50% of Iraqi oil revenues, an outrageous demand to put it politely.

Iraq China Pivot

Iraq refused. Instead Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi went to Beijing as head of a 55-member delegation to discuss Chinese involvement in the rebuilding of Iraq. This visit did not go unnoticed in Washington. Even before that, Iraqi-China ties were significant. China was Iraq’s number one trading partner and Iraq was China’s third-leading source of oil after Saudi Arabia and Russia. In April 2019 in Baghdad, China’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations Lee Joon said China was ready to contribute to Iraq’s reconstruction.

For Abdul-Mahdi the Beijing trip was a major success; he called it a “quantum jump” in relations. The visit saw the signing of eight wide-ranging memoranda of understanding (MoUs), a framework credit agreement, and the announcement of plans for Iraq to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It included Chinese involvement in rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure as well as developing Iraqi oilfields. For both countries an apparent “win-win” as the Chinese like to say.

It was only a matter of days after the Beijing talks of Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi that nationwide protests against Iraqi government corruption and economic policies broke out, led by opposition cries that Abdul-Mahdi resign. Reuters witnessed snipers carefully fanning the violent protest firing on the protesters giving the impression of government repression much as the CIA did in Maidan in Kiev in February 2014 or in Cairo in 2011.

There is now strong evidence that the China talks and the timing of the spontaneous October 2019 protests against the Abdul-Mahdi government were connected. The Trump Administration is the link."

There you have it, in a neatly tied up ribbon. And even though President Trump has sent 3,000 troops to the Middle East, allegedly, to deal with tensions regarding Iran, US sending 3,000 troops to the Middle East,Iraq's oil (which was the point of the whole exercise in Bush's ginned up war in Iraq), is now lost to the US, potentially forever.

Jan 18 04:50

LAPD OFFICERS FAKED REPORTS, ADDED INNOCENT PEOPLE TO ITS GANG DATABASE

SOURCE: TECH DIRT

The databases are so ridiculously inclusive cops have found themselves listed as gang members. One cop became a "gang member" simply because his family car was spotted on the same street as two motorcyclists wearing supposed gang t-shirts.

Given this history of lousy gang databases run by people who display an almost-sociopathic desire to punish innocent people, it comes as no surprise the database the LAPD uses sucks just as hard.

More than a dozen Los Angeles police officers with the elite Metro Division are being investigated on suspicion of falsifying information they gathered during stops and wrongly portraying people as gang members or associates, according to multiple sources.

The officers, assigned to special patrols in South Los Angeles, are suspected of falsifying field interview cards during stops and inputting incorrect information about those questioned in an effort to boost stop statistics.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gangs, just like the bootleggers during prohibition, are taking advantage of some seriously flawed laws; when you make something illegal, either booze or drugs, you are going to find that having done so, increases the demand for the product; what the US government should (but will never) consider is legalizing small amounts of drugs for personal use, then get people using them into counseling, as Portugal has done, with a really measurable success.

Of course, there is too much profitability for banks, which launder drug money; crooked politicians; and others, like the owners of private prisons, for this to ever happen in this country.

Jan 18 04:42

HOW TRUMP REBELLED AGAINST THE GENERALS

In early 2017, just as Trump was inaugurated, we wrote how of an old power center theory that seemed to explain how Trump won the elections:

Seen from the perspective of power centers Clinton once had all the support she needed. But she then lost a decisive group due to her uncompromising neo-conned foreign policy. Here is an interesting take based on a theory from the 1950s:

[T]he power elite can be best described as a “triangle of power,” linking the corporate, executive government, and military factions: “There is a political economy numerously linked with military order and decision. This triangle of power is now a structural fact, and it is the key to any understanding of the higher circles in America today.”

Jan 18 04:35

HOW AN ISRAELI SPY-LINKED TECH FIRM GAINED ACCESS TO THE US GOV'T'S MOST CLASSIFIED NETWORKS

SOURCE: WHITNEY WEBB VIA MINT PRESS NEWS
If the networks of the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence community and a slew of other U.S. federal agencies were running the software of a company with deep ties, not only to foreign companies with a history of espionage against the U.S. but also foreign military intelligence, it would — at the very least — garner substantial media attention. Yet, no media reports to date have noted that such a scenario exists on a massive scale and that the company making such software recently simulated the cancellation of the 2020 election and the declaration of martial law in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump has bent over backwards to please the Fundies in this country, as well as the current Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who he describes as one of his BFFs in the Middle East; one has to wonder, with his sign-off, declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and the developing of a US/Israeli pact which commits the US to defend Israel, no matter if it started the fracas or not Netanyahu/Pompeo Push Forward with Defense Pactjust how much dirt does Mossad have on President Trump?!?

Jan 18 04:25

RUSSIAN MPS CONFIRM MIKHAIL MISHUSTIN AS NEW PRIME MINISTER AFTER CABINET RESIGNATION

Mikhail Mishustin has been ratified as next Prime Minister of Russia by MPs, after the cabinet resigned on Wednesday. Vladimir Putin had earlier proposed Mishustin, formerly head of the Federal Tax Service, as a candidate.

Mishustin has already promised a major cabinet reshuffle, meaning that some fresh faces could emerge as new ministers. The incoming government must hold personal responsibility for the decisions they take to help economy grow, Mishustin told MPs ahead of the confirmation vote.

The first thing to do is to seriously engage in institutional and management reform, and, of course, bring in the most advanced information technologies.

To Mishustin, there are enough resources out there to achieve goals set by the President: "We have a fairly stable [economic] situation ... we do have inflation but I think it will not exceed 4 percent, this is obvious."

Jan 18 04:22

FBI: Saudi government ‘almost certainly’ helps its citizens escape prosecution in US for serious crimes

Updated 4:25 p.m.

The FBI believes the Saudi Arabian government “almost certainly” helps its citizens flee the country after they are accused of serious crimes, “undermining the US judicial process,” according to a newly declassified document obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The surreptitious action is done, in part, to spare the wealthy Persian Gulf kingdom embarrassment, the FBI said. Intelligence officials believe the flights from justice will continue without intervention by the American authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this; laws are skirted, broken, and ignored, when a country produces nearly 15% of the world's oil, and its leadership counts President Clinton as its BFF.

Google reminds us: "Saudi Arabia produces approximately 12 million barrels of oil per day and nearly 15% of world output. The country ranked as the largest oil producer in the decade from 2003 to 2012, after which it fell to second place due to surging oil production in the United States."

Jan 17 18:15

Antifa Group to March in Support of Gun Rights at Virginia Event

Written by James Murphy

Antifa Group to March in Support of Gun Rights at Virginia Event

Apparently, the defense of the Second Amendment in America can create some unusual alliances. The coming large-scale pro-gun rally scheduled for Monday in Richmond, Virginia, will include the usual pro-gun groups such as the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and the Second Amendment Foundation. But reportedly alongside those groups will be a local Virginia chapter of the domestic terrorist group Antifa.........

Jan 17 18:13

WATCH: Cops Violently Assault Grandma In Her Home After Granddaughter Cursed at Police

Baltimore, MD — Nothing highlights the lack of training, the irrational fear, and brutal nature of police officers quite like videos of them beating elderly women. While this may sound shocking, it happens and is caught on video far too often to be an “isolated incident.” In fact, TFTP just reported on an elderly grandmother being attacked and tasered in her own home by cops after she demanded a warrant before they entered her home, and now, it’s happened again.

Jan 17 15:39

EXCLUSIVE: Sanders Staffer in Project Veritas Videos has been Arrested Twice in 4 Months

This is the moron who said the Gulags weren't so bad.

His most recent arrest for drug possession is the subject of another Project Veritas video clip.

Jan 17 15:33

Trump Steps Back From the Edge. Neocons Rage Accordingly

In Trump’s remarks the following day, the President stated: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world… ISIS is a natural enemy of Iran. The destruction of ISIS is good for Iran, and we should work together on this and other shared priorities.”

Although Trump’s speech characterized Iran as a “major supporter of terrorism” and Gen. Soleimani as a “top terrorist”, his assertion that a common interest exists between the USA and Iran in the combat of ISIS is a spectacular break from the neocon agenda.

Jan 17 15:29

Is Governor Northam trying to start a second civil war?

By T.L. Davis

By all appearances, Governor Northam of Virginia is trying to start Civil War Two. Northam has already inflamed his own citizens by calls for gun confiscation, and some other members of the State Assembly have suggested activating and sending out the National Guard to enforce unpopular gun legislation.

Jan 17 12:17

Florida Republicans Back Proposal to Restrict Private Gun Sales, Impose Three-Day Waiting Periods

While Virginians work to block sweeping gun-control measures authored by Democratic lawmakers, Republicans down the coast in Florida are proposing some of those same anti-gun policies.

A Republican-controlled Senate committee voted unanimously on Monday to pass an omnibus bill that would restrict gun sales, ban private sellers at gun shows, impose safe storage requirements, and mandate a three-day waiting period to obtain firearms.

Jan 17 11:55

BREAKING: Refugee Journalist Challenges Ilhan Omar’s Congressional Seat

Ilhan Omar has been a controversial figure in her first term in office.

Another Muslim woman who is also a refugee is looking to unseat Omar, saying that Omar “spends her time in congress sowing seeds of division, actively supporting our enemies.”

Dalia al-Aqidi is running as a Republican from Minnesota to bring people together.

Jan 17 11:38

California WWII veteran, 104, asks for Valentine's Day cards: 'I'll save every one'

Will you be his Valentine?

Maj. Bill White served in the Marine Corps during World War II and survived the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, Fox 40 reports. One of White’s most cherished medals is his Purple Heart, which is awarded to those who were wounded or killed in action.

Jan 17 11:21

Australian Farmer Jumps For Joy As Heavy Rainfall Soaks The Drought Stricken Land

One Australian farmer could not contain himself as torrential rain fell on his drought-stricken property. The rains didn’t just help him though, they were responsible for putting out over 30 large bushfires!

Jan 17 11:19

Florida GOP Senate Leader Votes For Gun Control – Then His 2020 Democrat Skeleton Tumbles Out

We wish we could say the corrupt swamp only exists in D.C. Or that we only find in on the far-left of our government.

But that’s not the case.

What we discover from time to time is that the left can bribe or force Republicans to help them out.

So-called conservative leaders sell out their principles (literally) to push anti-Constitutional bills.

They hope these kinds of actions will slip by unnoticed. That Americans won’t call them out for their schemes.

But they are wrong.

This time, a Florida Republican was pushing a radical gun-control bill. One that few conservatives could support.

Jan 17 11:14

China’s booming new Silk Road trade hits $1.34 TRILLION

China’s trade with countries participating in its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been expanding and totaled 9.27 trillion yuan ($1.34 trillion) in 2019, customs data shows.

It has outpaced the country’s aggregate trade growth by 7.4 percentage points, according to the data.

More than $60 billion in investments have been promised under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Zou Zhiwu, vice minister of the General Administration of Customs.

Jan 17 10:51

James Bond Producers Confirm Once And For All: He Can ‘Be Any Color,’ But He Will Always Be Male

James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson confirmed once and for all that the titular franchise character can be “any color” — black, white, brown — but he will always be a he.

Jan 17 10:51

A Candidate Was Falsely Accused Of Sexual Harassment. The People Behind The Lie Were Just Fined $10 Million By The FCC.

It was 2018, just before the California primary election. The #MeToo movement was in full swing, and Democrats decided that leveling dubious sexual assault and sexual harassment claims could be an easy path to victory.

Jan 17 10:23

SERIOUSLY? Anti-Trump Treasury Staffer’s Criminal Case Is Being Prosecuted by Jim Comey’s Daughter and Other Deep State DOJ Attorneys

Crooked attorneys are running the FinCEN case out of New York where former Treasury employee, Natalie Edwards, pleaded guilty to leaking sensitive information to the press. Just another case of Deep State crooks saving their own.

Jan 17 10:21

Woman Brags About Aborting Twins, Calls Them ‘Goblins.’ This Is The Dark Heart Of The Pro-Abortion Movement.

This is what the “Child Free” folks do. They sit around all day heaping scorn on parents and children, hoping that their contempt will mask the overwhelming loneliness and despair they feel. Everything you read on a “Child Free” forum will be some degree of repugnant. But even by those standards, this one is pretty bad.

Jan 17 10:21

Arrest Warrant Issued On Odell Beckham For Slapping Officer’s Butt During LSU Post-Game Celebration

An arrest warrant was issued for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Thursday for apparently slapping the back side of a security officer during a post-game celebration in the Louisiana State University (LSU) locker room earlier in the week.

Jan 17 10:20

“You’re a Liberal Hack! I’m Not Talking to You!” – GOP Senator Blasts Fake News CNN Reporter (VIDEO)

Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) blasted fake news CNN reporter Manu Raju on Thursday morning.
“You’re a liberal hack, Manu. I’m not talking to you!” the Republican Senator said after Manu Raju asked her if ‘new impeachment evidence’ would get her to reconsider her position on President Trump.

Jan 17 10:20

BREAKING: US District Court Judge Sullivan Reschedules Gen. Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Hearing by One Month to Feb. 27

Attorney Sidney Powell, who represents retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, filed a motion Tuesday in federal court seeking to withdraw his guilty plea in the Mueller probe.

Jan 17 10:19

Serial Liar Liz Warren Accuses Bernie of Calling Her a Liar following Democrat-Socialist Debate (VIDEO)

The most memorable line from Tuesday’s DNC debate happened after the debate on hot mic.
Before the debate a desperate Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of telling her a woman could never be president.

Jan 17 10:19

MUST SEE: Here’s All The Ignorant Liberals Who Were COMPLETELY WRONG About Trump’s Trade War with China — It’s a Long, Long List…

Yesterday, President Trump signed his historic phase one trade deal with China.
For years, the deranged Democrats said Trump’s China trade policy was going to destroy the US economy and would never work to get a deal with China.

Jan 17 09:32

Jan 16 2020 Call Out for CRISIS ACTOR in Virginia..As GOV Declares State of Emergency

Looks like someone is planning a false flag atrocity.

Virginia has an open casting call right now for "crisis actors"...at the same time a massive pro gun rally is to take place.

AMISSVILLE. VA – SEEKING ACTORS FOR ONGOING "LIVE" ROLE PLAYING PROJECT – CURRENT – PAID

LINK:
https://www.film.virginia.org/hotline...

ONE DAY AGO- VIRGINIA GOV DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY AHEAD OF GUNS RIGHTS RALLY, citing "credible" threats of violence

https://www.google.com/search?q=virgi...

Jan 17 09:31

Matt Gaetz on Bogus Allegations by Bitter Florida Republican: “I Have Not Engaged in Any Improper Conduct Alleged Against Me” (VIDEO)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went on with Lou Dobbs on Thursday night to discuss the enormous success of the Trump economy and the USMCA and US-China trade deals.

Jan 17 09:31

Man At Center Of New Ukraine Allegations: Democrats Have ‘Their Panties In A Bunch’ Over ‘Colorful’ Jokes On WhatsApp

On the eve of the House Democrats’ vote to transfer their articles of impeachment against President Trump, Democrats heading up the impeachment effort released new documents of evidence they say requires further investigations. Among the materials are a series of WhatsApp messages between Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde — whose name has not previously come up in the impeachment inquiry — in which he discusses supposedly surveilling U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Jan 17 09:30

FBI, ICE and Dept of Education IG Investigating Ilhan Omar For Possible Student Loan Fraud, Immigration Fraud

The FBI, ICE and the Department of Education’s Inspector General are all looking into Democrat Muslima Rep. Ilhan Omar, according to investigative reporter David Steinberg.

Jan 17 09:30

Coup Update: Chief Justice John Roberts Is Sworn In — US Senators Sworn in for Trump Impeachment Trial

On Thursday morning President Trump’s historic USMCA Trade Deal was finally passed by the US Senate.
On Wednesday President Trump signed his historic US-China trade deal at the White House.

Jan 17 09:30

JUST IN: Reps Jordan, Meadows Send Letter to Judge Boasberg Demanding Answers About David Kris’s Appointment to Oversee FISA Reforms

Republican Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and Mark Meadows (NC) on Thursday wrote a 5-page letter to presiding FISA judge James Boasberg demanding answers about David Kris’s appointment to oversee FISA reforms.

Jan 17 09:30

Sen. Blackburn Calls for Dem Senators Running for President to Recuse Themselves from Impeachment Trial

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called for the four Senate Democrats running for president to recuse themselves from the upcoming impeachment trial in the US Senate.

Jan 17 09:28

Flashback: Ukrainian Officials Speak Out — Say Schiff’s Surprise Witness Lev Parnas Is COMPLETE LIAR About Meeting with Zelensky and They Didn’t Believe His Words on Trump

On Monday Democrats released ‘notes’ by Lev Parnas that he claims show Rudy Giuliani ordered him to to call the President Zelensky of Ukraine and tell him aid would not be forthcoming if he didn’t agree to investigate the Bidens.

Jan 17 09:28

Epstein Had Burst Capillaries In Eyeballs, Indicating He Was Strangled, Forensic Pathologist Says

A forensic pathologist says that burst capillaries in Jeffrey Epstein’s eyes are consistent with strangulation, not hanging.
Pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, the pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother to investigate his death, examined photographs of Epstein’s eyes during his autopsy, according to The Daily Mail, which reviewed an exclusive clip from a Dr. Oz special set to air on Thursday. Dr. Baden was among physicians in the room when Epstein’s autopsy took place.

Jan 17 09:21

Colorado Finally Files Bill to Protect Weed-Smoking Employees

A new statewide bill introduced in Colorado will prevent employers from terminating workers who consume cannabis while off-the-clock.

Jan 17 09:16

FLASHBACK: Body Organs of Over 15,000 Syrians Sold in Six Years: Coroner’s Office

Director-General of the Syria Coroner’s Office Hossein Noufel disclosed that the body organs of thousands of Syrian civilians have been sold in the international black markets over the past six years.

“We have accurate information that over 25,000 surgical operations have been conducted in the refugee camps of the neighboring countries and in the terrorist-controlled areas in Syria since 2011 to take out the body organs of 15,000 Syrians and sell them in the international black markets,” Dr. Noufel said.

He pointed to the high prices of human body organs in the black markets, and said, “A kidney is sold $10,000 in Turkey while the same kidney is sold for $1,000 in Iraq, but in Lebanon and Syria the price of each kidney is $3,000.”

Jan 17 09:13

With Suleimani Assassination, Trump Is Doing the Bidding of Washington’s Most Vile Cabal

While the media focus for three years of the Trump presidency has centered around “Russia collusion” and impeachment, the most dangerous collusion of all was happening right out in the open — the Trump/Saudi/Israel/UAE drive to war with Iran.

On August 3, 2016 — just three months before Donald Trump would win the Electoral College vote and ascend to power — Blackwater founder Erik Prince arranged a meeting at Trump Tower. For decades, Prince had been agitating for a war with Iran and, as early as 2010, had developed a fantastical proposal for using mercenaries to wage it.

Jan 17 09:12

HAH! Not a Single Jeopardy Contestant Knows Who Adam Schiff Is… Even with a Picture! (VIDEO)

Adam Schiff was recently an answer on Jeopardy and not one contestant knew who he was.
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek showed a picture of Adam Schiff and said, “1/53rd of California’s House delegation is this Intelligence Committee Chairman.”

Jan 17 09:11

WALLS WORK: Illegal Aliens Get STUCK On Top Of Trump’s Border Wall! (VIDEO)

Illegal aliens got stuck at the top of Trump’s border wall while attempting to sneak into the United States from Mexico.
During a campaign rally in Milwaukee, President Trump praised the effectiveness of climb resistor technology and told the crowd that the wall has been fully financed.

Jan 17 09:10

REPORT: Homelessness Has Become The Number One Issue For Voters In California

The homeless situation in California is out of control.
Many cities now have massive tent communities and are dealing with the associated health hazards like human waste and disease.
It should come as no surprise that this is now the top issue for voters in the state.

Jan 17 09:10

Another Nothing-Burger: OMB Director Blasts GAO Following Outrageous Opinion on President Trump’s Aid to Ukraine

Earlier today Speaker Pelosi announced that NEW EVIDENCE by the GAO found that President Trump broke the law by not handing over tax-payer dollars to the corrupt Ukrainian government fast enough.

Jan 17 09:10

FLASHBACK: GAO Found Barack Obama Broke the Law in 2014 and Put US Lives in Danger – But No Calls for His Impeachment

Speaker Pelosi switched tactics once again this morning.
Democrats now want to impeach President Trump for not giving tax-payer dollars to the corrupt Ukrainian government fast enough.
Pelosi made the announcement on Thursday morning during her weekly briefing.

Jan 17 09:09

O’Keefe: Bernie Sanders’ Iowa Field Director Bailed Kyle Jurek Out of Jail After Recent Arrest – Were Campaign Funds Used to Bail Him Out?

Project Veritas this week released part 1 and 2 of their “Expose 2020” series showing a Bernie Sanders field organizer praising Joseph Stalin and saying he had a legitimate reason to use gulags.

Jan 17 09:09

Fake News Takes on Fake News: HBO Hires CNN’s Brian Stelter on Documentary on Fake News — A Week After CNN Settles in Covington Catholic Smears

Sandmann’s lawyers filed an $800 million lawsuit against CNN, WaPo and NBC Universal after the outlets used a selectively edited video to make Nick Sandmann and his fellow Covington friends look like they harassed Nathan Phillips, a Native American who attended the Indigenous Peoples March in DC… But it was all a lie so CNN settled with the teen for their horrible smears.

Jan 17 09:08

White House Fires Back Over Absurd Charges From Lev Parnas

The White House on Thursday fired back at allegations from Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman and former associate of the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Jan 17 09:06

Abducted Syrian bishops killed in 2016 by former US-backed rebel group: report

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – A new investigative report released on January 15th by Agenzia Fides revealed that the two Syrian bishops kidnapped by the militants in Aleppo were killed, ending nearly seven years of speculation.

Jan 17 09:03

Killing Soleimani broke international law: former Nuremburg war crimes prosecutor

US President Donald Trump’s order to “take out” head of the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani on the territory of Iraq was immoral and constituted a violation of international law, American lawyer and former Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz wrote in a letter to The New York Times.

Ferencz, aged 99, was an investigator of Nazi war crimes after World War II and the Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army at the Einsatzgruppen Trial. one of the 12 military trials held by the US authorities in Nuremberg, Germany.
http://www.benferencz.org/

Jan 17 08:57

Key Architect of 2003 Iraq War Is Now a Key Architect of Trump Iran Policy

David Wurmser was a longtime advocate of war with Iraq in the Bush administration. Eventually, he got what he wanted, and it was a total disaster. Now, Wurmser again has the ear of a president — this time, Donald Trump — and his sights are set firmly on Iran.

An influential neoconservative in President George W. Bush’s White House who became a significant force behind the push for war with Iraq in 2003, Wurmser has recently been serving as an informal adviser to the Trump administration, according to new reporting from Bloomberg News. In that capacity, Wurmser helped make the case for the recent drone strike that assassinated Iranian Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

Jan 17 08:49

Red Flag Nation: Anti-Gun Laws, Sanctuary Cities and the Second Amendment

Mark my words: gun control legislation, especially in the form of red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, will only add to the government’s power.

These laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.

Seventeen states now have red flag laws on their books.

That number is growing.

Jan 17 08:48

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Jan 17 08:46

FACT CHECK: It turns out there are almost certainly half a BILLION firearms in the hands of Americans right now… and Dems want to somehow confiscate them all

Not only will Democratic Leftists face a heap of opposition to any such edict, but they’ll also have to stare down lots of firepower as well. As reported by The Truth About Guns, the number of privately-owned firearms in America is staggering — many more than most people even know.

The website noted that one of the more popular gun estimate figures in the U.S. is 300 million, coupled with 12 trillion rounds of ammunition. But another estimate, first publicized in 2017, puts the figure much higher.

Jenn Jacques, writing at Bearing Arms in June of that year, noted:

I’ve also seen one that claims we have over 400 million guns and 24 trillion rounds of ammunition. The fact is, while there is no definitive way to tally all the firearms in the United States, it is commonly accepted and reported that there are roughly 300 million firearms in the hands of law-abiding Americans.

Jan 17 08:43

Buy guns while you can: Hawaii Senate calls for repeal of the Second Amendment and the criminalization of private gun ownership

Democrat legislators in Hawaii, one of the most gun-restrictive states in the nation, are calling on the United States Congress to modify or repeal the Second Amendment as part of their latest insidious attempt at overriding the God-given, constitutional right of all Americans to bear arms.

Known as Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) No. 42, the measure urges Congress “to clarify the constitutional right to bear arms,” calling into question what Hawaii Democrats have dubbed the “individual right theory.”

Jan 17 08:38

Lexington And Concord Redux In Virginia

Tragically, most Americans do not have any idea what it was that actually triggered America’s War for Independence. The primary reason was not “taxation without representation,” or taxes of any kind, for that matter.

“The shot heard ’round the world” in the pre-dawn hours of April 19, 1775, on Lexington Green, Massachusetts, was probably inevitable, but the causes of its occurrence cannot be denied. The primary mission of the British Crown that morning was to confiscate the firearms of the colonists in Lexington and Concord. It sent 800 military troops to fulfill that mission.

Warned of the approaching British troops by Paul Revere and William Dawes, a little over 70 men (mostly from the congregation of the Church at Lexington, pastored by Jonas Clark) stood on Lexington Green, muskets in arm, to face the troops. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jan 17 07:48

Sen. Rand Paul Joins Hannity to Sound the Alarm! GOP Snakes in Senate May Block Trump’s Witnesses in Impeachment Trial (VIDEO)

Senator Rand Paul is continuing to sound the alarm
about
the possibility of some of his Republican colleagues voting to allow only the witnesses called by Democrats during the impeachment trial.

Jan 17 07:46

“I Never Spoke with This Individual – And Frankly I Don’t Trust Any Word He’s Now Saying” – HUGE! – Ukrainian FM Prystaiko Responds to Democrats’ Lev Parnas Stunt (VIDEO)

On Monday Democrats released ‘notes’ by Lev Parnas that he claims show Rudy Giuliani ordered him to to call the President Zelensky of Ukraine and tell him aid would not be forthcoming if he didn’t agree to investigate the Bidens.

Jan 17 07:44

BREAKING: Feds Probing James Comey for Previously Unreported Leaks Involving Wasserman-Schultz and Soros’s Open Societies Foundations

Fired FBI Chief James Comey admitted in June 2017 during Congressional testimony that he leaked memos to his close friend Daniel Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, in order to push a special counsel against President Trump.

Jan 17 07:44

Democrat Impeachment Manager Lost Gun As Police Chief – Is Russian Conspiracist

Orlando Congresswoman Val Demings has become on of the central figures in Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump. If you have followed her tweets or watched her performances on the House Judiciary or Select Committee on Intelligence, you understand that she is your run-of-the-mill deranged Democrat obsessed with removing Trump from office, despite the fact that he has committed no crimes or impeachable offenses.

Jan 17 07:43

Pelosi on Impeachment Process: It’s Not a Question of “Proof” It’s About “Allegations” (VIDEO)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday responded to reporters asking questions about the impeachment witnesses after she signed the articles of impeachment.
For Pelosi and the Democrat-media complex it’s not about proof of any crimes committed by Trump, it’s about smearing him with bogus allegations.

Jan 17 07:42

Here We Go… Pelosi Insists House Dems Have New Evidence in Impeachment Scam — After GAO Rules It’s ILLEGAL to Withhold US Taxpayer Dollars to Ukraine!

Here we go…
Speaker Pelosi switches tactics.
Democrats now want to impeach President Trump for not giving tax-payer dollars to the corrupt Ukrainian government fast enough.

Jan 17 07:41

Brennan Falsely Claims Trump Wrote Note Released by Schiff Saying “Get Zelensky to Announce Biden Investigation”

Former CIA Director John Brennan falsely claimed during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Wednesday evening that President Trump wrote the note released by Schiff earlier this week saying “get Zelensky to announce Biden investigation.”

Jan 17 06:08

Trump Was Right! Israeli UN Ambassador Says Soleimani Was Planning Attacks on US Embassies and US Assets (VIDEO)

President Trump on Friday revealed to Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Iran planned to attack four embassies.
“We will tell you that probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Jan 17 06:08

Markets Surge to New Record on Trump Trade News! Up Nearly 267 Points – Investors Ignore Crazy Pelosi’s Sham Impeachment Scam

The greatest stock market rally ever in US History continues. DOW gained 267 points after gaining 91 points on Wednesday – And set another new all-time closing high!

Jan 17 05:41

Kamala Harris Laughs It Up Before Saying Impeachment Trial Is ‘Solemn And Serious Moment’

Democrats are positively giddy that President Trump faces removal from office.
And none is more giddy than the Democratic senators themselves.
Shortly after the two articles of impeachment were read in the Senate in a somber ceremony, Sen. Kamala Harris of California appeared on MSNBC. She simply could not contain her glee.

Jan 17 05:40

US Senate Passes Trump’s USMCA Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico — On Same Morning Democrats Walk Impeachment Papers to Senate

The US Senate is voting this morning on the USMCA trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
President Trump signed the deal back in 2018 but Speaker Pelosi sat on it for over a year because she did not want to giver President Trump and the country a win.

Jan 17 05:11

If The Democrats Lose in 2020, They'll Try to Destroy the Country

If the Democrats lose the elections in 2020, I believe they will try and destroy our country.
That may seem like hyperbole, and blowing things way out of proportion, but based on what we’ve seen the past few years, it is almost undeniable.

Jan 17 05:11

Disgusting Impeachment Charade Brutally Summed Up by a Single Cartoon

Yesterday’s impeachment charade was quite the spectacle and circus.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her motley crew of bottom dwelling scum-sucking Democrats made impeachment seem like a cross between a party and a religious ceremony.

Jan 16 22:55

Reading Sun Tzu in Tehran

To completely avoid targeting soldiers at a large military base is no mean feat – it suggests an accuracy within a meter or two – not ten meters – for Iranian missiles.

Isn’t this the point? It suggests that advances in Iran’s guidance systems can land missiles with extreme precision.

The US bases around the region – in short – now represent vulnerable US infrastructure – and not strength. Ditto for those expensive carrier battle fleets. The Iranian message was clear and very pertinent to those who understand (or want to understand). To others, less strategically aware, it might seem that Iran pulled its military punch, and showed weakness. Actually, when you have just demonstrated the ability to upend the military status quo, there is no need for a hail of trumpets.

Jan 16 22:51

The Russian Prime Minister Resigns And No One Knows Why

A curious 'regime change' happened in Russia today as the Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and his whole cabinet resigned.

This morning President Vladimir Putin held his yearly speech to the Federal Assembly of Russia (English transcript). Putin spoke about Russia's demographic situation, its weaponry and the celebration of the upcoming 75th anniversary of its second world war victory.

But the most important part was about constitutional changes. A summary via TASS:

Jan 16 22:48

Northam Declares State of Emergency in Virginia Because “armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol”

The drama in Virginia has escalated again as Governor Ralph Northam declares an official State of Emergency before January 20th’s “Lobby Day” protests.

Jan 16 21:12

EXCLUSIVE: BA captain sends Mayday alert and wears oxygen mask to land plane at Heathrow as co-pilot is 'overcome by fumes' at controls

The incident is the latest in so-called 'fume events' involving flight crew on a BA passenger jet and the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) is investigating.

Almost 300 'fume events' were reported on BA flights last year and almost 100 cases of alleged 'aerotoxicity' are being brought against the airline.

Jan 16 21:08

'You watched me be abused': Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Roberts takes aim at Naomi Campbell and Ghislaine Maxwell as she tweets 'you saw me at your parties, you saw me in Epstein's homes'

Jeffrey Epstein's former 'sex slave' has shared photos of what seem to be her standing next to Naomi Campbell and Ghislaine Maxwell in a tweet that claims: 'You watched me be abused'.

Virginia Roberts alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times at the homes of his late friend Epstein, who she says trafficked her while she was underage over the course of years of abuse.

The 36-year-old tweeted a message today alleging guests saw her at parties and did not intervene to help. Roberts appeared to be pictured beside supermodel Naomi Campbell at her 31st birthday party in St Tropez, France, in 2001.

Roberts, who now goes by her married name of Giuffre, named Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Naomi Campbell and Prince Andrew in the tweet - though it is not clear who precisely she is accusing of what.

Jan 16 19:16

Poll: Many Americans Oppose Killing Iranian General Soleimani

Most glad Trump didn't escalate attacks to a full war
Jason Ditz Posted on January 15, 2020Categories NewsTags Iran, Trump

A new poll from Politico-Morning Consult shows the American public substantially less on board with escalatory violence against Iran than media coverage of the situation would generally lead one to believe.

The poll showed the decision to assassinate top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was highly controversial. Despite weeks of vilifying Soleimani, only 44% support his killing, and 38% continue to disapprove.

Jan 16 16:54

45-year-old man claims he identifies as 8-year-old girl in child porn defense

A Michigan man facing charges for possessing child pornography defended himself by claiming he identifies as an eight-year-old girl and therefore should have his rights protected under the First Amendment.

Jan 16 13:44

Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration

The Raging Twenties started with a bang with the targeted assassination of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani.

Yet a bigger bang awaits us throughout the decade: the myriad declinations of the New Great Game in Eurasia, which pits the US against Russia, China and Iran, the three major nodes of Eurasia integration.

Jan 16 13:29

JRR Tolkien's son Christopher dies aged 95

Christopher Tolkien, the son of Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien, has died aged 95, the Tolkien Society has announced.

The society, which promotes the life and works of the celebrated writer, released a short statement on Twitter to confirm the news.

The statement said: “Christopher Tolkien has died at the age of 95. The Tolkien Society sends its deepest condolences to Baillie, Simon, Adam, Rachel and the whole Tolkien family.”

Tolkien, who was born in Leeds in 1924, was the third and youngest son of the revered fantasy author and his wife Edith. He grew up listening to his fathers tales of Bilbo Baggins, which later became the children’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit.

Jan 16 13:26

Emigration Center Disappears under Snow

“We’ve never before had snow on this scale,” states Valgeir Þorvaldsson, director of the Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsós, North Iceland, located in two-story houses that almost disappeared under a thick blanket of snow during the big storm last week.

“When building these houses, it never occurred to us we’d have to shovel [snow] off these roofs. There are, I believe, 9 meters (30 ft) up to the gable of the biggest house, and the roofs are very steep, too,” he continues.

Jan 16 12:48

California: Buying Health Insurance Without Being Slimed

By law, the only period of in the year (barring extreme or life changing circumstances) in which you can start, or change, your health insurance plan ended on December 15, nationwide.

Open enrollment in California, however, continues all the way until the end of January --11:59 p.m., January 31, 2020, to be exact.

Needless to say, Health Insurance companies want as many Californians to think this deadline has passed as possible.

That way, when they find out their plan was "upgraded" and is now prohibitively expensive, they will assume – wrongly – that there is nothing they can do.

A guest post by Corporanon.

Jan 16 12:47

US Clearing Anti-War Voices Off Social Media in Vast Censorship Operation

Darius Shahtahmasebi, The Mind Unleashed
Waking Times

Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN.

“We operate under U.S. sanctions laws, including those related to the U.S. government’s designation of the IRGC and its leadership,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

The Iranian government has responded by calling for legal action against Instagram, going so far as to create a portal for the users to submit posts that have been removed by the social media giant. Iran’s government spokesperson, Ali Rabiei called the move “undemocratic.”

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