10 Jan 2019

The ‘El Chapo’ solution would let Mexico pay for border wall
Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz reintroduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, which would reserve any amounts forfeited as a result of the prosecution of “El Chapo” (Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama’s Border Patrol Chief Fights Back Against Media, Defends Trump
Every single day, Tucker, we worked with the DEA and all components of DHS and we worked human trafficking cases, we worked drug cases and we worked gang cases.” He continued, “I would also say one last point is 127 border patrol agents have died. They didn’t die playing monopoly. They died, defending, being the front line defenders of our borders, trying to apprehend the 17,000 people, the bad people, that Secretary Nielsen mentioned. I wonder if you asked their families if this was a manufactured crisis.”

Louisiana police officer dies after being shot multiple times
A police officer in Shreveport, La., died Wednesday night after being shot at least four times, including at least once in the head, according to reports. The victim was Officer Chateri Payne, sources told the Shreveport Times, although police would not confirm the officer’s identity.

The NY Times: Palestinian propaganda or journalism?
The New York Times publishes many articles about the Palestinian Arabs, the Israelis and their shared animosity and conflicts. Over time, a pattern has emerged, the articles are devoid of any meaningful reference to Palestinian Arab terror organizations. Lacking candor, the reader will have to decide if they are legitimate journalism or merely a form of Palestinian propaganda.

Macron’s Yellow Vest Response Makes Putin Look Soft
Macron’s handouts to Yellow Vest protesters have damped the demonstrators’ fervor somewhat but failed to stop the regular eruptions of violence, so now Macron and his government have decided to wield a heavier stick. The new rules being proposed ought to raise some eyebrows: They’re tougher than the norms Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime uses to suppress political opposition.

Indonesia earthquake WARNING: Will earthquake trigger Krakatau volcano eruption
The current earthquake is taking place on the northwestern tip of Indonesia, off the coast of Aceh. Tremors were situated just off the coast, with magnitudes of 5.1 threatening repercussions to nearby land.

‘Give our blood’ Salvini to create POPULIST MOVEMENT of right-wing parties from ACROSS EU
MATTEO SALVINI has pledged to form a new alliance of right-wing populist parties led by Lega Nord in the European Parliament as he first heads to Poland to strengthen ties with the hardline Law and Justice (PiS) party. Mr Salvini hopes to make his new group, comprised of 130 seats, the second strongest party in the European Parliament. Mr Salvini wants to lay the foundation for a new alliance between PiS and Lega Nord on Wednesday in Warsaw – potentially kickstarting momentum for other nation states to join the populist uprising.

Report: Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh cancels trip to Moscow
A trip to Moscow next week by the leader of Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has been canceled… The Hamas leader had been expected to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Jan. 15. The Palestinian Authority notified the Kremlin in December of its opposition to Haniyeh’s visit, which Russian officials said was part of an effort to end the rift between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

Politicians warn Haifa: Don’t award terror apologist with job
Yisrael Beiteinu MK Oded Forer slammed the Haifa municipality on Thursday for a reported decision to appoint local Hadash party member Raja Za’atra to the city’s civic defense committee. “I guess the previous tempest didn’t help Haifa understand who is walking in their halls,” Forer said, “and they decided to give him the biggest prize a terror supporter can hope for: class A intel.”

Kim Jong-un leaves China with ‘backing for second Trump summit’
After his surprise visit to China, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left with backing for a possible second summit with US President Donald Trump, state media said. Mr Trump and Mr Kim first met last June, but progress over denuclearisation has since stalled. Chinese President Xi Jinping said he hoped the two leaders “meet each other halfway”, Xinhua news agency reported.

Guatemala court blocks government’s bid to expel UN team
Guatemala’s constitutional court has suspended a decision by the government to kick out a UN body that was investigating the country’s president. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has been running for more than a decade. On Monday, politicians informed the body it had 24 hours to leave.

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base
A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed at least six soldiers and injured several senior officials. One video showed a drone exploding above a podium where the officials were watching a military parade. It is not clear if any other drones hit the base. Sky News Arabia said army chief of staff Gen Abdullah al-Nakhi was hurt.

Trump walks out of shutdown talks with a ‘bye-bye’
President Donald Trump has walked out of a meeting with Democratic leaders as negotiations broke down on the 19th day of a partial US government shutdown. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer stuck by their refusal to fund his US-Mexico border wall, prompting Mr Trump to call the meeting “a total waste of time”. Democrats again accused the president of throwing a “temper tantrum”.

Mexico fuel shortage worries industry as lines in capital grow
Gasoline shortages in Mexico sparked by a crackdown on fuel theft prompted warnings from business leaders that industries like carmaking will suffer if the shortfalls persist as lines at gas stations in the capital grew on Wednesday. The drive to eradicate a crime that has deprived state coffers of billions of dollars is President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s first major move against chronic corruption since taking office on Dec. 1…

Republican House Increased Debt $7.9 Trillion in 8 Years
The recently deposed Republican majority increased the federal debt by $7.9 trillion in the eight years it controlled the House of Representatives. At the close of business on Jan. 4, 2011, the day before the Republicans took control of the House, the debt was $14,014,049,043,294.41, according to the Treasury. On Jan. 3, 2019, the last day before the Republicans turned control of the House back to the Democrats, the debt closed at $21,929,258,046,653.58.

‘Traditional masculinity’ deemed harmful, could lead to sexual harassment, medical group says
For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) released guidelines concerning men and boys, saying that so-called “traditional masculinity” not only is “harmful” but also could lead to homophobia and sexual harassment. “The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful,” reads the news release…

Move aside, backseat driver! New tech at CES monitors you inside car
As vehicles get smarter, your car will be keeping eyes on you. This week at CES, the international consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, a host of startup companies will demonstrate to global automakers how the sensor technology that watches and analyzes drivers, passengers and objects in cars will mean enhanced safety in the short-term, and revenue opportunities in the future.

Venture capitalist: AI will displace 40 percent of world’s jobs in as soon as 15 years
In as soon as 15 years, 40 percent of the world’s jobs could be done by machines, according to one of the world’s foremost experts on artificial intelligence. Kai Fu Lee, a pioneer in AI and venture capitalist based in China makes this prediction in a Scott Pelley report about AI on the next edition of 60 Minutes, Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.

Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’
Google and other search engines shouldn’t be forced to apply the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” beyond the bloc’s borders, an adviser to the EU’s top court argued Thursday. The recommendation—if followed by the EU’s Luxembourg-based Court of Justice—would be a major victory for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., which has for three years been fighting an order from France’s privacy regulator to apply the EU principle globally.

US: Muslim group sues to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ bill
Maryland’s ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order that the Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, signed in October 2017.

Meet The Mistress Who Will Cost Bezos $70 Billion
She has hosted several TV shows, and also runs her own aviation company…

Mysterious radio signals from deep space detected
Astronomers have revealed details of mysterious signals emanating from a distant galaxy, picked up by a telescope in Canada. The precise nature and origin of the blasts of radio waves is unknown.

China says trade talks with U.S. set foundation to resolve concerns
Trade talks between China and the United States this week were extensive, and helped establish a foundation for the resolution of each others’ concerns, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday, but gave no details on the issues at stake.

China Car Sales Collapse: First Annual Drop In Over 20 Years
Retail sales of passenger vehicles in China fell a dramatic 19% on the year, while SUV retail sales also fell 18.9% – the first annual decline in over 20 years.

Bank Of England Boss: China’s Renminbi Will Rival The Dollar As Global Reserve Currency
“As the world re-orders, this disconnect between the real and financial is likely to reduce, and in the process other reserve currencies may emerge… such as the RMB.”

Vietnam Christians beaten, arrested for refusing to worship Buddha and renounce faith in Jesus
Several Hmong Christians were beaten and arrested by Vietnamese government officials after they refused to renounce their faith and worship a Buddha statue, a pastor has revealed.

China Bans One of the Ten Commandments as Part of ‘National Policy’
Chinese officials entered a church in recent weeks and ordered the removal of one of the Ten Commandments – the first one – In another example of the nation’s crackdown on Christianity.

China Activates “Ship Killer” Dong-Feng Missiles After US Navy Buzzes Disputed Islands
“We will continue to take necessary measures to safeguard national sovereignty and security”

Obama-Appointed Judge Rules Rick Scott Violated Brenda Snipes’ Constitutional Rights With Suspension
Mark Walker, a Federal Judge appointed by Barack Obama, ruled Wednesday night that former Florida Governor and current Senator, Rick Scott violated Brenda Snipes’ Constitutional rights when he suspended her.