President Trump, facing the prospect of the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, is considering declaring a national emergency that would escalate a policy dispute with Democrats over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall into a court test of presidential power.
President Donald Trump on Friday said he is planning changes to H-1B visas, which are issued temporarily to highly educated immigrants so they can work in specialty occupations, that would create simplicity, certainty and a possibility that the workers could become U.S. citizens.
Republicans in and around Forth Worth, Texas, rejected a controversial call to oust a vice chairman of the county party because he is a Muslim.
California’s Death Valley National Park, famed for its record-breaking heat, is keeping its visitor center and some restrooms open during the partial U.S. government shutdown with donations from a non-profit group and two hotels, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defense had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.
Greek police on Friday fired teargas to disperse hundreds of teachers protesting against government plans to change hiring procedures in the public sector.
Portugal’s parliament unanimously changed the law on Friday to expand the definition of rape to cover all sex without consent, joining just seven EU countries with such a wide definition.
U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nine months in December amid a plunge in gasoline prices, but inflation pressures remained firm as rental housing and healthcare costs rose steadily.
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Friday is payday for many Americans, but not for hundreds of thousands of federal workers affected by the government shutdown. They’re missing their first paychecks as Congress and President Donald Trump continue feuding over whether to build a border wall. Today is day 21 of the partial government shutdown, which this weekend could become the longest in U.S. history.
After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday that the withdrawal process has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements.
Ford said early Thursday it will cut hourly and salaried jobs in Europe as part of a “comprehensive transformation strategy to strengthen its brand and create a sustainably profitable business in Europe.” Ford employs 50,000 people across Europe. Cuts will be a “significant number of positions.”
Donald Trump has said “100 per cent” he will declare a national emergency to build his Mexico border wall if he fails to reach a deal with the Democrats to end the government shutdown.
The United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. The gathering will take place in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14.
The United Nations expressed “grave concern” about an upsurge of violence in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, which has been ravaged by Islamist group Boko Haram’s insurgency.
Fewer than a third of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as “very high” or “high,” the latest evidence of the hierarchy’s diminished credibility as a result of the clergy sex abuse scandal, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.
Aid groups voiced optimism Thursday that the United States would ease restrictions on operations inside North Korea amid warming relations between Washington and the impoverished country.
France on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons after Tehran said it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks.
A total of 800,000 workers are either furloughed or working without pay as President Trump and Democrats continue a heated conflict over funding for a border wall. In all, these federal workers owe an estimated $438 million in rent and mortgage payments.
Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, including one with an LCD screen, to succeed its struggling XR mode.
A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon’s surface. The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January. Also released are new panoramic images of the landing site, along with video of the vehicles touching down.
Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi collaborator, who served as a labor-camp guard in World War Two has died in Germany aged 95, local media report. He was thought to be the last Nazi collaborator living in the US, was deported to Germany last year after a lengthy legal battle.
Once Steven Andrew saw Facebook block millions of people from getting his posts, he deciding to use his Silicon Valley leadership skills to start a new social network that allows people to speak freely about life, liberty and happiness. This new site is called USA.Life and is pro-American. USA.Life is the answer to Facebook and Twitter censorship of Christians, conservatives and liberty.
On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported that a man who has been a suspect in the murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey in 1996 reportedly admitted he killed her. The crime has been unsolved for 22 years.
The former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid medication and has agreed to become a government witness.
News – 1/11/2019
American withdrawal from Syria begins
American forces deployed in Syria have begun withdrawing from the war-torn country, an American military spokesman said Friday. While no formal time-table for the pullout has been released, President Trump reportedly agreed to spread the pullout over four months.
The scientific experts who hate science
This week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. This isn’t the first time a major mental health organization has favored politics over science – in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association famously reclassified “gender identity disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, calling it “gender dysphoria” and then explaining that living with the delusion that you are a member of the opposite sex is not actually a mental disorder at all. That ruling was based on zero scientific evidence – much like the original DSM-5 classification of pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” before it was renamed “pedophilic disorder” under public pressure.
Plague of Locusts Attacks Islam’s Holiest Mosque in Mecca
Saudi Arabia, in particular the location of Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca, has recently been inundated by swarms of locusts, crickets and cockroaches. Social media users have posted images and uploaded several videos of swarms of locust infesting the Great Mosque of Mecca, the holiest in all of Islam. It is the focus of the hajj, the pilgrimage, which draws millions of Muslims a year to Saudi Arabia.
The Problem With AI: Machines Are Learning Things, But Can’t Understand Them
Computers Can’t “Think” The “artificial intelligence” of sci-fi dreams is a computerized or robotic sort of brain that thinks about things and understands them as humans do. Such artificial intelligence would be an artificial general intelligence (AGI), which means it can think about multiple different things and apply that intelligence to multiple different domains. A related concept is “strong AI,” which would be a machine capable of experiencing human-like consciousness. We don’t have that sort of AI yet. We aren’t anywhere close to it.
Visits to Israel by Iraqi Officials Stir Controversy
Visits by Iraqi officials to Israel announced by the Jewish state stirred controversy Monday in Iraq, where the deputy parliamentary speaker demanded a probe to identify those who crossed a ‘red line’. Israel’s foreign ministry said on Twitter on Sunday that three Iraqi delegations visited Israel in 2018, and details were also later released by media. Baghdad does not recognize Israel, and is technically in a state of war with it.
Prayers For Rain Answered: Sea of Galilee Rises 7 Inches in 48 Hours
Prayers for rain seemed to have been answered this week as the heavens over Israel opened up this week bringing much needed rain to the drought-stricken region. Beginning on Tuesday and continuing steadily for two days, the heavy rains were accompanied by falling temperatures. Most of the rain fell in the north, revitalizing the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) the main source of Israel’s drinking water. The level of the Kinneret on Wednesday was recorded at 214.24 meters, up 22cm (8.66 inches) in the past week.
White House Prepares For Ginsburg Supreme Court Vacancy: Report
The White House has been reaching out to political allies and conservative activist groups to discuss preparations for an ailing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible death or departure from the bench, according to Politico.
Sanhedrin’s Noahide Court: Messiah Revealed When Nations Keep the Sabbath
“We are to teach the nations about Hashem (God, literally ‘the name’) and if we do not, the opposite will happen. We will learn idolatry from them, God forbid,” Rabbi Schwartz told Breaking Israel News. “Every Jew knows that the basis of the Torah is the Sabbath. Someone who does not keep the Sabbath, it is as if they are worshiping idols.”Rabbi Schwartz explained that many of the problems facing the world today are due to not recognizing the Sabbath.
U.S.-led coalition begins withdrawal from Syria
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawing from Syria, its spokesman said on Friday, affirming the start of a pullout that has been clouded by mixed messages from US officials. President Donald Trump announced last month the decision to withdraw 2,000 US troops who have deployed to Syria in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia in the fight against Islamic State.
Palestinians in West Bank on verge of revolt against social security law
For nearly 100 hundred days Palestinians have been staging protests against a widely-detested social security law, raising the pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ government. The law, passed by decree, established the Social Security Corporation, an entity that administers retirement benefits on behalf of Palestinian West Bank residents.
PLO calls for UN to restore ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution
The United Nations must restore the defunct resolution declaring that “Zionism is racism,” the Palestinian Authority said on Thursday, in response to Israel’s opening of an “apartheid road” in the West Bank outside of Jerusalem. “To all those who are defending the state of occupation, it’s time to drop the claim that its the only democracy in the Middle East now that it has opened the apartheid road, which separates Israeli and Palestinian drivers,”…
Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill
Heavy snowfalls brought chaos to parts of Germany and Sweden on Friday, leaving roads blocked, trains halted and schools shut. The Red Cross helped drivers stuck on a motorway in the southern German state of Bavaria as schools and rail services were also hit. A nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree on Thursday. Northern Sweden was hit by a storm that made roads impassable.
Cancer pioneer Martin Gore’s sudden death from routine jab
A pioneering cancer expert described by the Duke of Cambridge as an “inspiration” died suddenly yesterday after a routine inoculation for yellow fever. Martin Gore, 67, suffered total organ failure soon after having the jab, which is recommended for travellers to parts of Africa, the Caribbean and South and Central America. His death highlights the increased risks associated with the vaccine for the growing number of older travellers…
Earth’s magnetic pole is on the move, fast. And we don’t know why
Planet Earth is alive. Deep beneath its skin, its life blood — rivers of molten iron — pulse around its core. And this mobile iron is what generates the magnetic field that causes auroras — and keeps us alive. But, according to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below. It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia.
Exclusive: Leading Brexit donors say Britain will reverse decision to leave EU
Two of the biggest donors to the Brexit campaign say they now believe the project they championed will eventually be abandoned by the government and the United Kingdom will stay in the European Union. Peter Hargreaves, the billionaire who was the second biggest donor to the 2016 leave campaign, and veteran hedge fund manager Crispin Odey told Reuters they expect Britain to stay in the EU despite their campaign victory in the 2016 referendum.
Memo to Trump: Declare an emergency
In the long run, history will validate Donald Trump’s stand on a border wall to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States. Why? Because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West.
DC Comics Set To Release New Superhero Comic Book ‘Second Coming’ Starring A Bungling, Incompetent Jesus Who Gets Kicked Out Of Heaven
On that day 2,000 years ago when Jesus of Nazareth was busy paying for the sins of the people who would write this mocking piece of trash in 2018, He was also being mocked, humiliated and spat on. They taunted Him, as you see written below, if He reallywas the Saviour, to jump off the cross and save Himself.
Communist Paradise? Cuba Allegedly Censoring Text Messages Critical Of New Constitution
Cuba’s government is being accused of censoring text messages in an attempt to suppress opposition to its new proposed constitution.
Popular Megachurch Pastor Says 10 Commandments No Longer Apply To Christians. He’s Wrong.
Popular megachurch pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries (NPM) says Christians need to stop erecting monuments to the Ten Commandments because they apparently no longer apply to Christians, which is completely false.
SOYLENT GREEN: Big Pharma Giant GlaxoSmithKline Spends $300 Million For Access To DNA Database Of Genealogy Tracking Company 23AndMe
In case it hasn’t dawned on you yet, you are a commodity just like hand cream, dish soap and laundry detergent. In the 21st century, we are all in the process of becoming one of the batteries that provides the fuel for The Matrix that we live in.
Brazil’s New President Eliminates LGBT Office on First Day in Office
On Jan. 1, the day he was sworn in as Brazil’s new president, conservative Jair Bolsonaro signed an executive order removing LGBT concerns from the government’s human rights ministry, apparently affirming his traditional Christian, pro-family views and his rejection of “gender-based ideology.”
Revealed: Number Registered to Vote in Los Angeles County Far Exceeds Population of US Citizens
A leftover from earlier in the week that I wanted to make sure didn’t get buried amid fast-moving news cycles: The state of California is being forced to purge up to one-and-a-half million voters from its statewide rolls, following a legal settlement that arose from a Judicial Watch lawsuit.
U.S. fertility rate too low to replace population: Report
The U.S. fertility rate currently is too low to replace the nation’s population over time, according to federal statistics published Thursday.
Jade Helm 16’s Dress Rehearsal for the Coming Civil War II
To many of us in the Independent Media, we clearly understood that both Jade Helm 15 and Jade Helm 16 were anti-American, globalist-inspired, American take-down activities. We knew that the anti-American, Deep-State-inspired destruction of America, under the traitor, Obama, was behind both Jade Helm exercises.
Norovirus outbreak sickens 277 on Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.
To the BBC, history is something to be twisted by the tyranny of Now
For a while, as a 13-year-old, I was obsessed with rabbits — the consequence of having read Watership Down by Richard Adams. I tried to share my enthusiasm for the book with my parents, but my father told me that he thought the scenario depicted by Adams was ‘improbable’.
Oprah Made Brazilian ‘Miracle Healer’ Named ‘John Of God’ A Celebrity, Now He Prepares To Go To Trial Over Rape And Sexual Assault Allegations
His given name is João Teixeira de Faria, and he is a phony faith healer from Brazil who goes by his stage name, John of God. He laboured in local obscurity for many years until being discovered by Oprah back in 2010, and became a celebrity after being featured on her ‘Next Chapter’ show.
Will backing anti-BDS bills be a liability for 2020 Democratic hopefuls?
There are at least seven Senate Democrats eyeing a presidential run. Only two support the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and just one is willing to cosponsor it.
Iran: Hezbollah, Palestinian Terror Groups Armed to ‘Annihilate’ Israel
Senior Iranian officials are warning that terror groups sponsored by the Islamic Republic have been so thoroughly armed that they can “annihilate” Israel in any future conflict.
As Irish abortions begin, gov’t makes plans to censor pro-life dissent
The euphoria of the “Yes” campaign on winning the Irish abortion referendum last May is turning decidedly sour.
RETURN OF THE PLAGUES: Watch a swarm of black crickets invade the grand mosque in Mecca
Viewers spread the images and videos with the hashtag #crickets (in Arabic) on Twitter, expressing disgust at the sight of crickets clinging to pilgrims’ outfits and covering the walls and floors of mosque, and they demand an explanation as to where the invasive insects came from.
The IDF promotes its highest ranking Christian soldier
In February, the IDF will promote a Christian soldier to the rank of lieutenant-colonel, making him the first soldier of his faith to achieve that rank. This comes as the result of a six-year process intended to help the indigenous Christian community integrate into mainstream Israeli society.
France keeps blackening Israel, in sickening display of anti-semitism
Relations between France and Israel have been ambivalent and complex for decades, and there have been ample occasions when the French government has set out expressly to blacken Israel. President Emmanuel Macron is seemingly a new type of Frenchman.
Starbucks Installs Needle-Disposable Boxes After Baristas Poked by Syringes, Find Drug Baggies and Blood All Over the Walls in Bathrooms
You’re gonna love the new Starbucks! Starbucks is being forced to make a minor tweak several months after it implemented its socials justice warrior “Third Place Policy” which means employees should consider anyone who enters the establishment a customer regardless whether they make a purchase.
The Men Who Would Defend Trump From a Coup-The “Travelers”
For nearly four years, well over 120 bankers were assassinated. As this article will demonstrate, they were assassinated by a confederation ex-special operations forces and military contractors as well as paramilitary forces employed by the US military in combat zones.
Christian Zionist lobby makes its case to Washington’s liberal Jews
Christians United for Israel is no stranger in this city: It has become a key player in recent years in Congress’ passing of pro-Israel legislation, often of the kind favored by the more hawkish elements of the pro-Israel community.
After Using Contemporary Christian Music Fans To Become Famous, Lauren Daigle Rebrands Herself As A Secular Recording Artist
Funny thing about most Christian recording artists. At the start of their career, when they desperately need fans, it seems they can’t help but talk about God and Jesus. Some even lead large group prayer at their concerts. Then they get famous, and Hollywood comes calling, and they run away from Christianity faster than Joseph did from Potiphar’s wife.
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