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Minnesota Hiking Obamacare Premiums At Least 50% To Avoid ‘Collapse’

Minnesota will let health insurers increase their rates by at least 50 percent next year to protect the state’s Obamacare health insurance individual market from “collapse,” the state announced Friday. The announcement came from Minnesota commerce commissioner Mike Rothman, who explained bluntly that the state’s individual market was barely staying afloat.

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Sept 11 Widow Is First American To Sue Saudi Arabia For Terrorism: Her Full Lawsuit

Two days ago, after the stunning Congressional override of Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA), aka the “Sept.11” bill, we wondered how long until the first lawsuit by a Sept 11 victim naming Saudi Arabia as a defendant would emerge. We didn’t have long to wait. On Friday, September 30, a woman widowed when her husband was killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 became the first American to sue the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington DC District Court, just two days after Congress slammed Obama for siding with Saudi Arabia, overriding his presidential veto only for the first time in his administration, and enacting legislation allowing Americans to sue foreign governments for allegedly playing a role in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

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Clinton Campaign Admits Hillary Used Same Tax Avoidance "Scheme" As Trump

Well this is a little awkward. With the leaked 1995 Trump tax returns 'scandal' focused on the billionaire's yuuge "net operating loss" and how it might have 'legally' enabled him to pay no taxes for years, we now discover none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton utilized a $700,000 "loss" to avoid paying some taxes in 2015. The Clinton Campaign was quick to jump on the leaked Trump tax filing with Robby Mook tweeting...

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Arkansas Congressman Who Helped Protect Citizens' Right To Record Police Arrested For Recording Police

While the recording of police activities has been covered here for years, I think we're starting to see what is at least a slight ratcheting down of the drama over the issue. Once almost universally rejected by law enforcement groups, the freedom to record police as they go about their public duty has become more recognized rather than less. That doesn't mean the issue is settled, though, as shown in a recent example in which Arkansas police arrested a state Congressman who had helped push through a state law protecting the rights of citizens to film police.

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German Politicians Accuse US Of "Economic War" Against Deutsche Bank

When we first heard the news that the US DOJ had slapped Deutsche Bank with a $14 billion settlement on September 15, a number that looked oddly similar to the $14 billion fine the EU slapped on Apple, we determined that this was likely nothing more than "blowback" on behalf of the US, saying "just a few weeks after the EU slapped Apple with a $14 billion bill for "back taxes," the U.S. has apparently responded with a $14 billion fine of their own to Deutsche Bank to settle an outstanding probe into the company's trading of mortgage-backed securities during the financial crisis." Today, after three weeks of unprecedented volatility in the stock price of the German lender which sent its shares to all time lows as recently as Friday, Germany has latched on to this line of attack as German politicians accused the US of waging economic war against ­Germany as, in the words of the FT, "concern continues to rise among its political and corporate elite over the future of Deutsche Bank."

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Taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidize a farm where a billionaire Saudi prince breeds racehorses

Farm subsidies swallow a huge chunk of the EU’s budget. They were started after World War Two to stimulate production, but led to food mountains that had to be dumped… …The UK’s top beneficiaries include estates owned partly or wholly by the Queen (£557,706.52); Lord Iveagh (£915,709.97); the Duke of Westminster (£427,433.96), the Duke of Northumberland (£475,030.70 ) the Mormons (£785,058.94) – and many wealthy business people.

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JPMorgan Joins Yellen and Summers In Hinting The Fed May Buy Stocks Next

During her latest testimony in Congress, when asked by rep Mick Mulvaney if the Fed has considered buying equities, Janet Yellen had a cryptic, yet open to interpretation answer: "the Federal Reserve is not permitted to purchase equities. We can only purchase U.S. treasuries and agency securities. I did mention in a speech in Jackson Hole, though, where I discussed longer term issues and difficulties we could have in providing adequate monetary policy. Accommodation may be somewhere in the future, down the line that this is the kind of thing that Congress might consider." Then, the very next day, during a video conference Q&A, Yellen once again unexpectedly latched on to the topic of the Fed buying stocks, saying that "the idea of expanding into areas like equities might be “good thing to think about,” noting that (for now) The Fed is more restricted in which assets it can purchase than other central banks. If we found, I think as other countries did, that they could reach the limits in terms of purchasing safe assets like longer-term government bonds, it could be useful to be able to intervene directly in assets where the prices have a more direct link to spending decisions."

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Company suspected of blame in Office of Personnel Management breach will help run new clearance agency

In 2014, the US Office of Personnel Management was hacked (presumably by Chinese spies), and leaked 22,000,000+ records of Americans who'd applied for security clearance, handing over the most intimate, compromising details of their lives (the clearance process involves disclosing anything that could be used to blackmail you in the future). This didn't come to light until 2015.

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There is a Secret US government Airline that Flies Out of Commercial Airports

Turns out the U.S. government has a secret passenger airline — and even the flight attendants have top-secret clearance.

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The New York Times Paid No Taxes in 2014

The New York Times has excited the Clinton campaign and the rest of the media with a revelation that Republican nominee Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss in 1995 that might have resulted in him not paying taxes in some subsequent years. The implication, reinforced by CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union on Sunday morning, is that Trump “avoided” paying taxes, when in fact his tax liability was zero. But the Times itself has “avoided” paying taxes — in 2014, for example.

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A Texas sheriff who once busted Willie Nelson linked to a rogue US intelligence unit under criminal investigation

Even among the colourful pantheon of Texas lawmen, Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West has seized his share of the limelight. In his 16-year career patrolling the West Texas outback, he has busted crooner Willie Nelson for pot, accused the Mexican army of invading US territory and repeatedly ripped the federal government on television over border security. Less well known are the country sheriff’s strange connections to a rogue Navy intelligence office at the Pentagon that has been under criminal investigation for the past three years.

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Some deodorants could cause breast cancer: Swiss study

Women who regularly use deodorants containing aluminium salts could risk developing breast cancer, a new Swiss study warns. Initial tests on isolated mammary cells derived from a normal human gland were later replicated in studies on mice, and the results were the same: long-term exposure to concentrations of aluminium caused cells to form tumours and metastasise.

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Bush Daughter Attends Clinton Fundraiser in Paris

Few basement dwellers, many discouraged Bernie Sanders supporters, are with Hillary Clinton, but the elite flock to line up behind her, as demonstrated again this weekend in Paris. Barbara Bush, the 34-year old daughter of George W. Bush, partied with Huma Abedin and the elite at a Clinton fundraiser on Saturday. She is the granddaughter of former Republican president George H. W. Bush, the Bush clan patriarch who will vote for Clinton according to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy.

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Leaked Tapes Reveal Secretary of State John Kerry Still Wants War Against Syria

The top US diplomat opposed the Obama administration’s policy of restraint after allegations that Syria had crossed the President’s ‘Red Line’ on chemical weapons in 2013 which were disputed by US intelligence who determined it was not a "slam dunk." In August 2013, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus came under a Sarin gas attack – a nerve agent that causes lung muscle paralysis resulting in death from suffocation, that led to the death of 1,400 civilians which the White House initially attested that there was “high confidence” that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad was behind. The drumbeats of war quickly followed with US Secretary of State John Kerry leading the chorus calling for immediate military intervention to oust Assad.

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German Mayor Beaten Unconscious After Announcing Plan To Accept Refugees

Over the past several months, the German people have become increasingly frustrated with Merkel's "open-border" policy that has allowed over 1mm migrants to flow into the country from the Middle East and North Africa. The flood of migrants has brought with it a wave of violent crime including sexual assaults resulting in a rising nationalist tension as people have turned their backs on Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party in recent elections. The most recent example of backlash over the migrant crisis comes from the small German town of Oersdorf in Northern Germany. The Mayor of Oersdorf, Joachim Kebschull (61), was recently beaten unconscious outside of the city's Town Hall where the construction committee was meeting to discuss a new housing development for migrants. The mayor was apparently struck with a club from behind as he stepped out the Town Hall building to get a laptop from his car.

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How European elites set up Greece for a fascist takeover

Remember PASOK? Right after the financial crisis, Greece's center-left party was in firm control of the country, having won the 2009 elections with 38 percent of the vote. But a few years later, PASOK was all but destroyed, falling to a mere 5 percent of the vote in 2015. The reason was eurozone elites' favorite policy, austerity, which pushed Greek unemployment up past 20 percent for over four years and counting. As Herbert Hoover could tell you, it's not so great for one's political fortunes to be in command of government during a full-blown depression.

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Fake news and false flags: How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500M for top secret Iraq propaganda

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

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Leaders of Congress Demand a Federalized Voting System

Image result for dhs voting On Wednesday Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid sent a letter to Todd Valentine of the National Association of State Election directors. The leaders of Congress said “the states face the challenge of malefactors that are seeking to use cyberattacks to disrupt the administration of our elections” and urged the association to work with the Department of Homeland Security and “public and private sector resources” to secure the election system. They also called for designating the election system as critical infrastructure.

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Why Governments and Banks Want to Eliminate Your Cash

In a new book called “The Curse of Cash”, Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff advocates removing from circulation all cash with a denomination of greater than $10. In countries such as Sweden, Canada and Italy, the government is already beginning to discourage the use of cash. Almost everywhere in the world, a decreasing share of transactions are being done with cash. Are we moving towards a cashless society? Surprisingly, despite the increasing use of credit cards, cash holdings are about 8% of GDP, which is actually a larger share of the US economy than a decade ago, indeed even larger than 90 years ago.

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Chinese yuan becomes IMF reserve currency, first new addition since ‘99

The Chinese yuan has been added to the IMF reserve basket, becoming the first currency to be added to the list since the emergence of the euro in 1999. The official entry was made Saturday, bringing to a close, at least partially, Beijing’s years-long struggle for international acceptance on the sort of level enjoyed by the US dollar. The currency now joins the big four: the US dollar, the euro, the yen, and the British pound. The decision means the Chinese yuan will now be used as one of the International Monetary Fund’s lending currencies in times of emergency economic bailouts. This sort of internationalization is in line with China’s wish for increased legitimacy of its currency.

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