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NEWS     TUESDAY,  DECEMBER  11, 2018    NEWS

False statement charges abound in Mueller probe, in contrast to Hillary Clinton case
Nearly every Trump campaign associate indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia probe has been charged with making false statements. But in a striking contrast, raising questions about a possible double standard, not a single person interviewed during the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation was hit with false statement charges – even though investigators believed some witnesses were untruthful. “Somebody needs to be resolving how they exercise discretion, because a whole bunch of people are facing jail time, or flipping in one probe, and the agents openly discussed how other people in the Clinton probe could have been charged with the same offense,” former Justice Department senior official James Trusty told Fox News. Fox
VOA VIEW: It shows that Mueller and his team were bias.

Kavanaugh casts deciding vote as Supreme Court rejects review of Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood
The Supreme Court is staying out of legal fight over efforts to block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, with the newest justice casting the deciding vote. The high court Monday rejected review of appeals from two states, which claim the nation’s largest abortion provider should not receive any public funding after a series of disputed videos surfaced reportedly showing the group engaged in illegal sales of fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood does not receive any federal funding for abortion, but does provide a range of other medical and health services for poor families, including cancer screening and contraception. It was never charged in the fetal tissue issue. Three conservative justices said in dissent the Supreme Court should get involved in the legal fight. “These cases are not about abortion rights. They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act,” said Justice Clarence Thomas. “Some tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty.” He was supported by Justice Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. Fox

At least 16 Trump associates had contacts with Russians during campaign or transition
At least 16 associates of Donald Trump had contacts with Russians during the 2016 campaign or transition, according to public statements, court filings, CNN reporting, and reporting from other news outlets. These communications came in the form of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, text messages, emails and video chats.
In the months after the election, Trump and his senior officials repeatedly denied that there had been any contact whatsoever with Russians during the campaign or that there were any ties between the campaign and Russians. Everyone on this list denies participating in any "collusion" with the Russians. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is spreading foolish propaganda.

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Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020
Former FBI Director James Comey asked American voters Sunday night to end Donald Trump's presidency with a "landslide" victory for his opponent in 2020. "All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey told an audience at the 92nd Street Y on New York City's Upper East Side. He all but begged Democrats to set aside their ideological differences and nominate the person best suited to defeating Trump in an election. "I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be," Comey told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, "but they have to win. They have to win."
Over the course of more than an hour, Comey repeatedly derided Trump's character, again likening the atmosphere around the President to what he saw in prosecuting mafia figures and suggested that Trump's tweets could eventually amount to witness tampering. CNN
VOA VIEW: Comey is fighting to take shame off of him.

Nadler: Trump Committed 'Massive Frauds Against the American People'
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday it appears that President Donald Trump "was at the center of a massive fraud -- several massive frauds against the American people." "And it's now our job, the job of the Justice Department...the special counsel, and the Congress to get to the bottom of this, to find out exactly what was going on, to find out the extent of the president's involvement, to find out basically what the president knew and when did he know it, so that we can then hold him accountable," Nadler said. This follows a court filing on Friday by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York in the case of Michael Cohen, president Trump's former personal attorney.  CNS
VOA VIEW: Nadler is a bias fool.

Trump: 'Democrats Can't Find a Smocking Gun' So They Turn to 'A Simple Private Transaction'
President Trump's first tweets of this Monday addressed Friday's court filing by the Southern District of New York, which said Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen "played a central role" in suppressing the stories of Stormy Daniel and Karen McDougal, who claimed to have had extra-marital affairs with Trump.
Cohen told prosecutors he did so, "in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump, "with the intent to influence the 2016 presidential election." "As a result of Cohen’s actions, neither woman spoke to the press prior to the election," the court filing said. CNS
VOA VIEW: Dems are acting like Dems - fools.

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Major players in Trump-Russia drama seek to dismiss DNC suit alleging international conspiracy
Several major figures in the ongoing Trump-Russia drama have lined up in opposition to a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee, arguing a federal judge should dismiss accusations of an international conspiracy ahead of the 2016 presidential election. A group of defendants -- including the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and a member of President Donald Trump’s family -- unleashed a wave of court filings late last week, a deluge of documents totaling more than 150 pages. It amounts to the most comprehensive legal defense yet presented in the Russia probe, seeking to have the Democrats’ case thrown out. The DNC filed the civil suit in April accusing a long list of defendants of being part of a conspiracy involving Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.  ABC

Activists again demand Green New Deal
Hundreds of pro-environment activists lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday, in an attempt to pressure Democratic leaders to endorse a Green New Deal for the new majority’s agenda in the next Congress. Protesters staged sit-ins at the congressional offices of Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim McGovern, calling for a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and urging Democrats to leverage their power in the 116th Congress to enact green legislative proposals championed by progressives. “The U.N. says we have 12 years to transform our economy and avert catastrophe,” said Varshini Prakash, Sunrise co-founder, as the sit-in began at Pelosi’s office.  ABC

Troops begin to draw down from Trump border assignment
The U.S. this week will begin withdrawing many of the active duty troops sent to the border with Mexico by President Trump just before the midterm election in response to a caravan of Central American migrants, U.S. officials said Monday. About 2,200 of the active duty troops will be pulled out before the holidays, the officials said, shrinking an unusual domestic deployment that was viewed by critics as a political stunt and a waste of military resources. That will leave about 3,000 active duty troops in Texas, Arizona and California, mainly comprised of military police and helicopter transport crews who are assisting border patrol agents. There also will still be about 2,300 members of the National Guard who were sent to the border region as part of a separate deployment that started in April.  CBS

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Macron announces wage rise, tax relief after weeks of French protests
Facing a political career in jeopardy, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a raise in the country's minimum wage and tax relief measures during an address to the nation Monday following a fourth weekend of increasing violence by "yellow jacket" protesters. Macron said he would be raising the minimum wage in France by 100 euros a month, or about $114, beginning in 2019. While he said that he would not reinstate a tax on the wealthy that earned him the nickname "president of the rich," Macron made several key concessions, among them eliminating an unpopular increase in pensions for retirees earning less than 2,000 euros a month. Other tax concessions included no taxes on overtime pay, and encouraging employers to pay tax-free year-end bonuses.  NBC
VOA VIEW: Macron, a socialist seem worried that he has lost the voters confidence.

Trump plan to reclassify nuclear waste alarms environmental groups
The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier. The proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state — the most contaminated nuclear site in the country. Reclassifying the material to low-level could save the agency billions of dollars and decades of work by essentially leaving the material in the ground, critics say. NBC

Theresa May calls off MPs' vote on her Brexit deal
Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal so she can go back to Brussels and ask for changes to it. As it stands the deal "would be rejected by a significant margin" if MPs voted on it, she admitted. But she said she was confident of getting "reassurances" from the EU on the Northern Ireland border plan. But European Council President Donald Tusk said the remaining 27 EU countries would not "renegotiate" the deal. While EU leaders would be willing to "discuss how to facilitate UK ratification" of the withdrawal agreement at Thursday's summit in Brussels, he suggested the controversial Northern Irish backstop, which the DUP and many Tories want removed, would remain in place. BBC
VOA VIEW: May felt that the vote would fail.

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Huawei CFO’s Husband Offers $11 Million for Bail
Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s husband would post bail equal to C$15 million ($11 million) in cash and equity in the couple’s homes in Vancouver to gain her release from jail in Canada while she contests possible extradition to the U.S. Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, would post the bail and ensure she complies with the terms of her confinement imposed by the court, David Martin, Meng’s defense lawyer, told Justice William Ehrcke of the British Columbia Supreme Court. The couple own two homes valued at more than C$20 million, according to property records and an affidavit from Meng. Bloomberg

US imposes sanctions on three top North Korean officials
The United States has imposed sanctions on three North Korean officials, including a top aide to Kim Jong-un, in an abrupt shift from Donald Trump’s efforts to woo the regime. The Trump administration said it would seize any US assets of Choe Ryong-hae, described as the right-hand man of the North Korean leader, and two others over their roles in suppression of freedom of speech. "Standing up for such rights and freedoms is a foreign policy priority that represents the best traditions of the United States,” the state department spokesman, Robert Palladino, said. “Human rights abuses in North Korea remain among the worst in the world and include extrajudicial killings, forced labor, torture, prolonged arbitrary detention, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence,” he said. The state department is required by a 2016 law to produce a report on North Korean human rights for Congress twice a year. Guardian

Venezuela welcomes Russian bombers in show of support for Maduro
Russia has landed two nuclear-capable “Blackjack” bombers in Venezuela as part of a joint training exercise experts say is designed to showcase Moscow’s growing military prowess and shore up the position of Venezuela’s embattled president, Nicolás Maduro. The Tu-160 planes touched down at the Simón Bolívar international airport near Caracas on Monday morning, according to Venezuelan state media. Russia’s defence ministry said the strategic bombers – used during the country’s campaign in Syria – were part of a larger fleet also including an An-124 military transport plane and an Il-62 passenger jet that had flown more than 10,000km to Venezuela. Venezuela’s defence minister, Vladimir Padrino López, said the arrival of the aircraft for joint manoeuvres was not intended as a provocation. Guardian

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Coffee could fight Parkinson's disease
Two compounds found in coffee could fight Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, a study says. The findings, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that fatty acid derivatives of the neurotransmitter serotonin that coats coffee beans, known as Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamide, or EHT, helped protect the brains of mice against abnormal protein accumulation linked to Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia. Researchers from Rutgers University gave mice small amounts of both caffeine and EHT. Individually, each compound had no effect, but combined, they activated the portion of the rodents' brains that fights the build-up of proteins that cause Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia. Current Parkinson's drugs only treat the disease's symptoms and not its underlying cause. UPI

U.S. Chamber backs Mexico-Canada deal, warns against NAFTA withdrawal
The influential U.S. Chamber of Commerce has formally endorsed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and will help the Trump administration win support for the deal in Congress — but warned against a withdrawal from NAFTA. "After carefully assessing the new deal and its impact on our members, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind the USMCA, which is critical to maintaining strong economic growth in the U.S.," Tom Donohue, the chamber's president and CEO, wrote in an online post today. "We will work with the administration and other stakeholders to address a handful of outstanding issues and secure approval of the USMCA in Congress," he wrote.  Politico

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DECEMBER 11, 2018

      Fools and their dumb bias games. As Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election drew closer to President Donald Trump, "Saturday Night Live" stayed close to the headlines Saturday with a cold open that featured Robert De Niro as the special counsel. Eric Trump, played by Alex Moffat, was in a children's bed and Donald Trump, Jr., played by Mikey Day, was at his side preparing to read a bedtime story when his younger brother alerted to a sound coming from his closet.

     "That’s just the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers," Trump Jr. said. But it turned out De Niro's Mueller was hiding in the closet. "It’s just me, Robert Mueller — your dad’s friend from work," he said after Trump Jr. left. "I'm not allowed to talk to you," Eric said, later adding, "People say you’re the worst thing that ever happened to my dad." "No Eric," Mueller said, "getting elected president was the worst thing that ever happened to your dad." Later, "SNL" imagined what it would be like if the producers of Fox's "Empire" made a show about a black President Trump and his African-American family — "Them Trumps."

     This shows how stupid and idiotic liberals and leftists can be.