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Trump: Spending Cuts, Welfare Reform Come Next

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

(CNSNews.com) – President Trump is going to Florida for the Thanksgiving, but he says he’ll be “working very hard” while he’s there.

At the start of a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Trump plugged the Republican tax plan, then said spending cuts and welfare reform are next on the list:

“We’re working to reduce wasteful government spending,” Trump said. “We’ll be working on healthcare, infrastructure, and welfare reform. We’re looking very strongly at welfare reform, and that will all take place right after taxes — very soon, very shortly after taxes.

“So we’ll be submitting plans on healthcare, plans on infrastructure, and plans on welfare reform — which is desperately needed in our country — soon after taxes.”

Trump said his Cabinet on Monday would also discuss the opioid epidemic and the need for a wall on the southern border.

“We need it,” Trump said about the wall. “It’s rough territory. That’s where the drugs are coming in. A lot of things are happening along the border — the southern border — and we’re going to straighten it out.”

 

At the White House press briefing on Monday, a reporter asked spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders what Trump meant when he mentioned welfare reform:

“I think there’s no secret,” Sanders said, noting that Trump had spoken about it during the campaign. “And when we have specifics on what that will look like, we’ll certainly announce them and roll them out. I don’t anticipate that happening over the next couple of weeks. We’re very focused on tax reform and making sure we get that done by the end of the year.

“But this is something that the president has a great deal of interest in, and I think you can count on probably the first part of next year seeing more specifics and details coming out on that.”

Argentine Navy detects noises from missing sub with 44 members on board

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Argentina Submarine

Joy Henry

Argentina’s Navy detected seven brief satellite calls on Staurday, Nov. 18 that officials believe may have come from a missing submarine, with 44 crew members, that hadn’t been heard from in three days.

The communication attempts “indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of the emissions,” the Navy said on its Twitter account, adding that the calls lasted between four and 36 seconds.

Argentine authorities clarified that it has not been confirmed the calls came from the submarine, the ARA San Juan, though that is the working hypothesis.

Earlier Saturday, Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said the area being searched off the country’s southern Atlantic coast has been doubled as concerns about the fate of the submarine and its crew grew.

“We are not discounting any hypothesis,” Balbi said, adding that possibilities to explain the submarine’s disappearance include “a problem with communications” or with its power system.

Authorities last had contact with the German-built, diesel-electric sub on Nov 15, as it was on a voyage from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to Mar del Plata.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said in a tweet that the country will use “all resources national and international that are necessary to find the submarine.”

Pledges of help came from Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil, as well as the United States, which sent a NASA scientific aircraft and a Navy plane. Britain was sending a polar exploration vessel, the HMS Protector, which British officials said should arrive Sunday.

The U.S. Navy ordered its Undersea Rescue Command based in San Diego, California to deploy to Argentina to support the search for the submarine. The command includes a remotely operated vehicle and vessels capable of rescuing people from bottomed submarines.

Admiral Gabriel Gonzalez, chief of the Mar del Plata Naval Base, said they are coordinating “with units from the United Kingdom and the United States.” Britain and Argentina fought a war in 1982 over the Falklands Islands, which are called the Malvinas in Argentina.

Relatives of the crew members gathered at the Mar del Plata Naval Base in the hopes of hearing news about their loved ones.

“We feel anguish. We are reserved but will not lose our hope that they will return,” Marcela Moyano, wife of machinist Hernan Rodriguez, told television network TN.

She said she spoke with her husband when the submarine departed and is still sending him WhatsApp messages, though he has not responded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Saudi prince detention holds up loan to investment firm – sources

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

 

DUBAI (Reuters) – Kingdom Holding’s plan to borrow money to fund new investments has stalled because owner Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been detained in Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown, according to four banking sources familiar with the matter.

Kingdom 4280.SE had approached banks to obtain the loan, but the financing plan has been held up because the lenders are worried about potential repercussions if they lend to the prince’s company, the sources said.

One of the sources, who was approached for the loan, said it would have been worth roughly 5 billion riyals ($1.3 billion).

A financing hold-up for Kingdom – a leading Saudi investment firm with stakes in prime real estate including New York’s Plaza Hotel and London’s Savoy Hotel – would suggest the crackdown this month is slowing new Saudi business activity.

Asked for comment, Kingdom’s Chief Financial Officer Mohammed Fahmy said his company had not asked any bank for a formal loan commitment. He said that terms of any financing deal were never finalised.

More than 200 people were questioned and dozens of princes, officials and top businessmen detained in the anti-corruption purge. Over 2,000 bank accounts have been frozen by investigators, commercial bankers told Reuters.

The Riyadh government has said the economy will not suffer because investigators are targeting only individuals, not their companies, which can continue to operate as normal.

In a statement issued soon after Prince Alwaleed was detained two weeks ago, Kingdom also said it was continuing to operate normally, and that it had the support of the government.

But a loan hold-up would suggest some damage to the economy may be inevitable as banks, uncertain of the fate of majority owners of companies and unsure how far the crackdown will extend, become reluctant to extend new financing.

PRINCE ALLEGATIONS

Kingdom completed the acquisition of a 16.2 percent stake in local lender Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) 1050.SE in September, buying about half of France’s Credit Agricole stake in BSF for 5.76 billion riyals.

The company approached banks to obtain a loan that would have been secured by its BSF stake, as the company wanted to leverage the newly acquired shares in order to make new investments, according to the sources.

Kingdom’s share price has plunged 19 percent in the past two weeks, erasing about $1.9 billion of market value. The allegations against Prince Alwaleed, who owns 95 percent of Kingdom, include money laundering, bribery and extorting officials, a Saudi official has previously told Reuters.

The allegations could not be independently verified.

One of the four sources, a senior banker at a Saudi financial institution, said the loan deal would not go ahead until the situation facing the prince was resolved.

Eight Saudi and international bankers, including the four sources, said in addition to the Kingdom loan, a range of other transactions involving clients who are directly or indirectly involved in the detentions had also been put on hold.

Banks have not reached the point of recalling existing loans, but they have increased the level of scrutiny for some new financing, the bankers said.

In a report last week, debt rating agency Moody’s said a prolonged freeze of bank accounts in Saudi Arabia could damage corporate credit quality in the kingdom because large depositors were often large borrowers and business owners.

“Saudi Arabia’s corporate sector remains dominated by unlisted family-owned businesses with uneven governance and disclosures and frequent intermingling of individual and corporate activities, which ultimately could expose corporates to these individuals’ frozen accounts,” Moody’s said.

Immigrant Aunt of Killed Border Agent Wants Trump’s Wall, Father Says Agent was Attacked

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

Brandon Darby & Ildefonso Ortiz

The immigrant aunt of recently killed Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez told The New York Times that she supports Trump’s border wall and asked how many more agents have to die before we secure our border. The agent’s father told the paper that he saw his son’s wounds on his head and believed that his son had been attacked.

The aunt was identified as a former illegal immigrant who now holds a green card and the father was identified as having been born in Mexico and now being a U.S. citizen. He reportedly came to the U.S. as a temporary migrant construction worker.

Agent Martinez’s death and the severe injuries to another agent have sparked intense concerns across the political spectrum. Fellow Border Patrol agents believe the agents were attacked by illegal aliens and federal agencies are staying tight-lipped and refusing to rule out anything or to share any meaningful information on the matter. Breitbart Texas broke the news that one agent had died and another hospitalized in severe condition. This outlet also first reported on the allegations from agents on the ground that the agents had been attacked.

Caitlin Dickerson of the The New York Times thoughtfully interviewed the slain agent’s family members and identified the incident as an “apparent attack.” She wrote:

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Jose Martinez was awakened at home in El Paso with the phone call he had long dreaded.

Summoned to the University Medical Center of El Paso, where doctors were trying in vain to resuscitate his son, Mr. Martinez got a sense of what had happened in the desert about 100 miles away when he saw Rogelio’s bloodied head.

“It was difficult to look at,” he said.

She also quoted the agent’s father and wrote, “What I don’t like is at night, there is only one person,” he said, speaking in Spanish. Referring to his son’s attackers, he said: “I think they put a trap.”

The piece quoted Agent Martinez’s aunt:

Agent Martinez’s aunt, Olivia Barnes, had once lived in the United States illegally after overstaying a tourist visa. She has since obtained a green card, but said on Monday that she supported Mr. Trump’s plan to build a wall across the entire border because it could help to keep people like her nephew safe.

“I’m angry,” she said, “How many agents have to die to give security to the country?”

The report asserted that the family of Agent Martinez contained members with a wide variety of views on immigration matters. The father told The Times that Agent Martinez was very proud to protect his country, but at times felt conflicted about arresting so many Latinos.

Brandon Darby is managing director and editor-in-chief of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and Stephen K. Bannon. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at bdarby@breitbart.com.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

Ex-Boyfriend of Roy Moore Accuser: I Don’t Believe Her

November 22, 2017 1 comment

Birmingham, ALABAMA — A minister who says that he dated Beverly Young Nelson at around the same time that Young claims to have been assaulted by senatorial candidate Roy Moore says that he does not believe his ex-girlfriend about the allegations.

The former boyfriend, Jeff DeVine, attended high school with Young and is currently in Thailand, where he runs DeVine Ministries with his wife and twin daughters. He says that as part of his ministry, which focuses on rescuing children, he has worked with victims of rape and other trauma.

A high school classmate of Nelson’s who spoke to Breitbart News remembers DeVine and Nelson briefly dating around 1977. DeVine also provided a copy of his high school yearbook inscribed with a lengthy message by Nelson.  The inscription was signed by “Beverly Young,” using Nelson’s maiden name.

DeVine’s comments mark the second time a person who has known Nelson has gone public to call her allegations against Moore into question.  Last week, Nelson’s stepson, Darrel Nelson, claimed in a Breitbart News interview that his stepmother’s accusations are “one hundred percent a lie.”

Beverly Young Nelson, 55, gave a press conference last week at which she claimed that Moore sexually assaulted her in a car in December 1977 or early January 1978 when she was a 16-year-old high school student. Nelson said the alleged assault took place outside a restaurant in Gadsden, Ala., where she says that she worked as a waitress. Nelson is being represented by controversial attorney and women’s rights advocate Gloria Allred.

Asked about the allegations, DeVine stated, “No, I don’t believe it.”

DeVine, speaking to Breitbart News from Thailand via Skype, said that his estimation was “based off just my experience with people,” and not any specific evidence that Nelson was being dishonest.

“I certainly wouldn’t qualify as an expert, but I have been in ministry for many years,” he related. “I have dealt with a lot of people. People that have been through trauma. People that have been molested or hurt and all kinds of situations.”

“I have learned to just study body language and the way a person tells a story. And as I said, I wouldn’t qualify, I am sure, in a court of law as being an expert – but just from my experience, I didn’t find her story believable. And the way she told it.”

“I could only guess to her motive.,” he stated. “Whether somebody has offered her something to do this. I really couldn’t say. I would only be guessing.”

DeVine said the last time he communicated with Nelson was when “she befriended me on Facebook a little while back and we exchanged a few, just ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ and that kind of a thing.”

DeVine described befriending and dating Nelson in 1977 when the two attended Southside High School in Alabama.

“We started dating off and on,” he recalled. “Nothing real serious at first. I didn’t have a car, at first. I just had a motorcycle, so we would ride my motorcycle. Later when I got a car we went out in my car a few times. And we dated off and on maybe a year.”

Nelson’s inscription in DeVine’s yearbook mentions his motorcycle.

“I knew her family … because I would work with her dad on his TV repair business when he needed me. So, I worked with him quite a bit.”

“She was a little bit different,” DeVine said of Nelson. “She was from California and they tend to be a little bit different than the average Southerner. In those days especially. So, she didn’t really make a lot of friends real quickly. And she kind of got off to a rocky start.

“But we became friends. She invited me to her first birthday party that they had in those apartments shortly after they moved there. I went to that. We danced. We started talking. I found her easy at to talk to and enjoyable. So, we started going out.”

At her press conference, Nelson stated that she had a boyfriend who used to pick her up from a waitressing job at a restaurant in Gadsden called Olde Hickory House where she says that the assault took place. Nelson claimed that she originally met Moore when he was a 30-year-old deputy district attorney in Etowah County and would regularly eat at the restaurant. Moore has denied knowing Nelson.

Nelson described being picked up by her boyfriend immediately after the alleged assault: “I got up and tried to pull myself together. I was making my way to the front of the restaurant when my boyfriend arrived. It was late and it was dark. I did not say anything to him as to what had occurred as he had a violent temper and I was afraid that he would do something that would get him into trouble.”

While DeVine says that he dated Nelson at around the time of the alleged incident, he says that he was not the boyfriend who may have picked her up in the restaurant and that she was dating someone else at the same time.

DeVine could not recall Nelson working as a waitress in a restaurant at all. “I don’t remember her working in that restaurant,” he stated. “I’m not saying that she didn’t. I just don’t remember it.”

DeVine says that Nelson ultimately ended the relationship to be with the other boyfriend.

“We weren’t dating each other exclusively because she ended up dating another guy at around the same time that she got more interested in than me.” he said. “And I think that was the guy that she eventually married.”

Asked whether there was any animosity between himself and Nelson after the breakup or currently, DeVine replied, “No not at all.”

DeVine continued: “It wasn’t a dramatic breakup. Like I said, we weren’t in love. We were going out. We were friends. We never had a physical relationship. I won’t say we didn’t kiss, but I mean we never had sex or anything like that. She just made it clear to me that she was concerned about me. About whether I would be the best guy for her and she had this other guy that liked her, and she thought he would be a better choice.”

“And I was just the kind of guy, well, okay, I am not going to compete with somebody. If you like this other guy, then I think it is best you to go for him. And so, we just agreed that we wouldn’t see each other and she was going to push through the relationship with that guy. It was okay. It was a very peaceful friendship type of a break-up. It wasn’t a dramatic breakup. Broken heart or anything like that at all.”

Yearbook controversy

Nelson, meanwhile, has been at the center of controversy regarding her own yearbook, which contains the only piece of physical evidence to be presented in the cases of numerous women who have gone public with stories alleging inappropriate conduct between Moore and teenage girls. Moore has strenuously denied all the accusations.

In a radio interview with this reporter broadcast over the weekend, Moore stated that Gloria Allred’s repeated refusal to immediately release to the custody of an independent examiner the original copy of Nelson’s yearbook proves that “what they have alleged is completely untrue.”

At a press conference in New York, Allred presented a photocopy of the yearbook with an inscription that reads: “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas.’ Love, Roy Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House.”

In our interview, Moore specifically pointed to the initials “D.A.” that appear after the signature on the yearbook to further demonstrate that the yearbook inscription and signature represent what he described as a forgery and “complete fabrication.”

Moore spotlighted the initials “D.A.,” linking it to a signature on Nelson’s 1999 divorce document over two decades later. That signature was followed by the initials of his former assistant, Delbra Adams, who only started working for him in 1987.

At the press conference with Allred, Nelson failed to mention the divorce case entirely and that Moore was the judge whose stamped signature appears on her 1999 divorce document. And alongside Moore’s signature are the initials “D.A.” for Delbra Adams, Roy Moore’s former longtime secretary and judicial assistant.

Breitbart News caught up with Adams last week, and she confirmed in an interview that the initials on Nelson’s divorce document were indeed hers. Adams explained it is normal procedure for a clerk or assistant to initial a stamped signature on a legal document to verify that the stamp is authentic.

“In their press statement they said that this Nelson woman had no contact with me” since 1977, Moore said in our radio interview. “But in actuality, we found that she had a divorce case. I signed the document. My secretary stamped the document and then put her initials out on the end of the line.”

Moore continued: “When they forged the name onto this manual, they also included the initials of my receptionist, my secretary. Which were D.A. Delbra Adams. And certainly they forged it and this is a complete fabrication. I did not know Nelson and had never met her and still do not know her.”

Allred and Nelson have claimed that the “D.A.” at the end of the yearbook signature stand for “district attorney” even though at the time Moore was a deputy district attorney.

Last Wednesday, an attorney for Moore sent an official letter giving Allred forty-eight hours to release the yearbook to an independent examiner and to take steps to ensure the “immediate and professional preservation of the yearbook.”

Allred has done a series of news media interviews in which she has made clear her refusal to release the yearbook to any entity other than a Senate committee. This even though Moore is not yet a senator, so such an ethics committee cannot be formed – and despite the yearbook inscription playing a central role in the campaign for a U.S. senate seat.

Allred has further admitted that she had not asked Nelson whether she actually saw Moore sign her yearbook.

Following Allred’s press conference, Breitbart News contacted four signature and handwriting authentication experts certified by the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners. Each of the four independently arrived at the same conclusion, saying they would need the original yearbook inscription to definitively draw conclusions.

Handwriting expert Linda L Mitchell told Breitbart News that “an absolute identification is very difficult without the original document because photographs and photocopies do not provide a three-dimensional view of handwriting, which would include pressure and line quality.”

“Those things are important if a definitive opinion is to be reached. Anything less than that would not provide enough support for a definitive opinion unless the handwriting contains highly identifiable peculiarities.”

The three other experts echoed Mitchell’s sentiments.

Tim Tebow Says God Called Him to Share Love of Christ to People at Airport

November 22, 2017 1 comment

Veronica Neffinger | Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com

Christian athlete Tim Tebow recently shared how he felt God calling him to minister to those in need while he was traveling.

Speaking at Liquid Church in Parsippany, New Jersey, the St. Lucie Mets outfielder and SEC college football analyst shared how he felt God calling him to minister to some of his fellow travelers during a recent stop at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

Tebow told the crowd of about 1,000 that while he was in the airport, he felt God calling him to reach out to a man who was walking with a limp. Tebow, however, had strep throat and wasn’t feeling very well at the time, so he pushed the ministry opportunity aside.

Later, however, he began to feel convicted that he had used his physical health as an excuse not to listen to God’s call, so he prayed that God would give him another opportunity to share Christ’s love with someone.

Tebow continued his story, noting that God gave him that opportunity when he saw a man with prosthetic legs who was a military veteran. Tebow approached the man, thanked him for his service, and the two of them had a conversation. Since they were on the same flight, Tebow offered the man his first class seat.

Although he admitted that he would have enjoyed the solitude and rest he would have been able to have in first class, Tebow shared that God had other passengers for him to minister to that day, such as a woman who unburdened her heart to him about relationship issues she was having.

After Tebow shared this message of encouragement to listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to minister to others, Liquid Church tweeted, “Thanks @TimTebow for your inspiring message at our brand-new Broadcast campus.”

Liquid Church also partners with the Tim Tebow Foundation to host Night to Shine, a day for special needs teens to enjoy a fun-filled prom night, which takes place every February.

Bezos & Deep State Unite: Amazon Launches Cloud Service For CIA

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

CIA’s $600 million contract with Amazon in 2013 finally paying off

| Infowars.com

 

Amazon Web Services has introduced cloud service for the CIA and other intelligence agencies five years after signing a $600 million contract with the CIA.

The service, called Secret Region, comes six years after AWS introduced GovCloud, its first data center region for public sector customers.

“With the launch of this new Secret Region, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret,” Amazon said in a blog post.

AWS VP Teresa Carlson added to the announcement, saying “the U.S. Intelligence Community can now execute their missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission.”

AWS concludes the post with a quote by CIA’s top information officer John Edwards.

“The AWS Secret Region is a key component of the Intel Community’s multi-fabric cloud strategy,” he said.

“It will have the same material impact on the IC at the Secret level that C2S [Commercial Cloud Services] has had on Top Secret.”

In 2013, the CIA awarded AWS a $600 million contract in a business deal meant to bolster both the CIA’s cloud service capabilities but also to curry influence with the left-leaning Bezos-owned news outlet The Washington Post.

The CIA’s influence on WaPo is well-documented, as WaPo has essentially been CIA’s mouthpiece during and after the 2016 election, including being first to report on the CIA’s conclusion in a “secret assessment” that Russia interfered in the election on Trump’s behalf.

Trump took jabs at WaPo over the summer for reporting on the CIA-linked fake news.

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