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NEWS     WEDNESDAY,  DECEMBER   12, 2018    NEWS

Stormy Daniels ordered to pay President Trump $293G in legal fees
Adult film star Stormy Daniels must pay President Trump $293,000 in legal fees, a judge ruled on Tuesday. "The U.S. District Court today ordered Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) to pay President Trump $293,052.33 to reimburse his attorneys’ fees (75% of his total legal bill), plus an additional $1,000 in sanctions to punish Daniels for having filed a meritless lawsuit against the President designed to chill his free speech rights," Charles J. Harder, the president's legal counsel, said in a statement. "The court’s order," Harder said, "along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case." Fox
VOA VIEW: A good victory for Trump and rationalism.

Secret military bases inadvertently exposed by Russian satellite map company
A Russian map company has inadvertently revealed secret foreign military bases — by blurring them out. Yandex Maps, Russia's answer to Google Maps, obscured the locations of 300 sites – some of them top secret nuclear facilities – in Israel and Turkey. But by doing so the company confirmed their locations, as well as their exact size and layout. Among the bases inadvertently unveiled were surface-to-air missile sites and nuclear storage sites, according to a report by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). The buildings include airfields, ports, bunkers, storage sites, bases, barracks, nuclear facilities and random buildings. Fox
VOA VIEW: Oops!

The reality TV president just got beat at his own game
The best way to understand Donald Trump's approach to the presidency is to think of him as what he was before politics: The star and producer of a reality TV show. Trump is forever programming the show -- aka his White House and the country -- in ways he thinks will entertain, provoke and amaze the audience. And man, did he ever dial up a classic episode on Tuesday -- conducting an often-contentious public debate with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and likely House Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi over border funding, the wall and who would be to blame for a government shutdown. It was, without question, good TV. It was the sort of sausage-getting-made (or, perhaps more appropriately given how things transpired, not getting made) moment that the public rarely gets to see.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is making fake news, again.

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Kellyanne Conway says Ocasio-Cortez 'doesn't seem to know much about anything'
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took a shot Tuesday at Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying the incoming lawmaker "doesn't seem to know much about anything." The remark from Conway, made while defending chief of staff John Kelly from an accusation of "cowardice" by Ocasio-Cortez, is the latest swipe by a top conservative against the New York Democrat, who has emerged as a central figure in the progressive movement and is a top critic of President Donald Trump.
"This country owes him a debt of gratitude."  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN and Cortez are idiots.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I Lead This Company Without Political Bias'
Sundar Pichai, the chief executive officer of Google, told Congress on Tuesday he's a "technology optimist" who believes "in people and their ability to use technology to improve their lives."  He said he's "incredibly proud" of what Google has done "to empower people around the world."  But a number of lawmakers in both parties have expressed concern about Google's ability to track users as well as its size and power to influence public opinion by squelching political viewpoints with which its employees disagree. In his written, opening statement to the committee, Pichai said Google users look to the company to provide "trusted, accurate information."  CNS
VOA VIEW: Pichai is a joke and so is Google - they do have political bias.

House Republicans Expect to Learn More About Clinton Foundation Probe Next Week
Next Thursday, a House Oversight subcommittee chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) expects to hear testimony, in public, from two of the people who submitted a formal complaint to the IRS and the FBI alleging problems at the Clinton Foundation. The formal title of the Dec. 13 hearing is "Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation." Jon Solomon, an investigative reporter and frequent contributor to Fox News's "Hannity," said on Thursday night that the Oversight subcommittee also has asked Justice Department officials to come in and give a status report on various matters they've been assigned to investigate. CNS

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Trump administration's changes to Clean Water Rule could have wide-ranging impact
The Trump administration is planning a major change to a clean water rule in the United States, exempting certain types of creeks and bodies of water from federal protection in a move that may have wide-ranging impacts. The proposal -- a campaign promise to farmers who say the regulation created too many regulatory burdens -- would remove federal protection on bodies of water like creeks and streams that are only wet after it rains, but federal officials do not have data on the number of bodies of water it would impact. The change would also reduce protections on wetlands that aren't connected to larger bodies of water. ABC

DC Judge Amy Berman in Paul Manafort case asks attorneys for more evidence about his alleged lies
A judge in the federal case against Paul Manafort told prosecutors that she needs to see more in the way of evidence supporting their claims that the former Trump campaign chairman lied to them in his cooperation agreement relating to the probe of Russian election meddling during the 2016 campaign. Defense attorneys for Manafort and prosecutors with the special counsel’s office met Tuesday in a federal courthouse for the first time since Robert Mueller and his team described the subject of lies Manafort of perpetrating. ABC
VOA VIEW: Mueller may end up looking like the fool he is.

ICE arrested 170 immigrants seeking to sponsor migrant children
Federal authorities have arrested 170 immigrants who came forward seeking to sponsor migrant children in government custody, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. ICE said Tuesday that the arrests were of immigrants suspected of being in the United States illegally and took place from early July to November. They were the result of background checks conducted on potential sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children  placed under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services. More than two thirds of those arrested — 109 in total — had no criminal record, the agency said. Another 61 of those arrested did have criminal records, but ICE did not specify the crimes and said it could not breakdown convictions by violent and nonviolent offenses. NBC

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McConnell commits to holding Senate vote on criminal justice reform this month
In a surprising move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday announced plans to bring a criminal justice reform bill to the Senate floor this month for a vote. “At the request of the president and following improvements to the legislation that have been secured by several members, the Senate will take up the recently revised criminal justice bill this month," McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said in remarks on the Senate floor. "I intend to turn to the new text as early as the end of this week." This comes a day after the junior GOP senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, called on McConnell to hold a vote on the legislation and urged people to put public pressure on the majority leader. "I will tell you that we need the help of one person," Paul said. NBC

Paris riots set to continue as French leader fails to appease protesters
President Emmanuel Macron's attempt to quell violent rioting across France by offering economic concessions to his countrymen -- expected to cost the country $11 billion -- appears to have been insufficient. Leaders of the "Yellow Vest" protest movement indicated Tuesday that Macron's offers were not enough, as hundreds of students staged a "Black Tuesday" of protests over Macron's education policies and voiced solidarity with the Yellow Vests. Macron took to the national airwaves to address the spiraling crisis for the first time on Monday. CBS

Breast cancer risk may increase after childbirth
New research led by doctors from the University of North Carolina and the Institute of Cancer Research in London shows women who have babies may have a greater risk for breast cancer than women without children. The study found that risk for breast cancer goes up for 24 years after a woman's last child, peaking at five years after childbirth. The risk starts to fall after 24 years and is at its lowest 35 years out. Researchers looked at data from nearly 890,000 women of different ages and found the risk continues for more than two decades after childbirth. Dr. David Agus, the director of USC Norris Westside Cancer Center, told "CBS This Morning" the study should change how doctors screen for breast cancer.  CBS

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China detains former Canadian diplomat as Huawei CFO returns to court
Canada confirmed on Tuesday that one of its citizens was detained in China but said it saw no explicit connection to the arrest in Vancouver of a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. Confirmation of the detention came soon after the executive, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, returned to a packed Vancouver courtroom for a bail hearing in a case that has angered Beijing. Canadian analysts had predicted China would retaliate after Meng’s arrest last week at the request of U.S. authorities. Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, who now works in China for a conflict resolution think tank. Reuters

Here’s What Would Happen If There’s a Government Shutdown in December
A government shutdown sparked by a fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his demand for a border wall would have a smaller impact than others in recent years. Congress and Trump previously approved funding bills for three quarters of the $1.2 trillion in operating expenses for federal agencies. As a result, only some agencies would be closed when funding runs out after Dec. 21, and even in those essential employees would still report to work. Among those facing a partial shutdown are the Homeland Security Department, though many of the agency’s law enforcement agents will remain on the job because they’re considered essential. National parks would remain open but most employees who maintain them would be sent home. The Securities and Exchange Commission would halt new investigations except where needed “for the protection of property.” The Defense Department is funded and would operate normally. An estimated 400,000 federal employees would work without pay and 350,000 would be furloughed, according to a congressional Democratic aide. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: A government shutdown would reduce the national debt.

IMF warns storm clouds are gathering for next financial crisis
The storm clouds of the next global financial crisis are gathering despite the world financial system being unprepared for another downturn, the deputy head of the International Monetary Fund has warned. David Lipton, the first deputy managing director of the IMF, said that “crisis prevention is incomplete” more than a decade on from the last meltdown in the global banking system. “As we have put it, ‘fix the roof while the sun shines’. But, like many of you, I see storm clouds building and fear the work on crisis prevention is incomplete.” Lipton said individual nation states alone would lack the firepower to combat the next recession, while calling on governments to work together to tackle the issues that could spark another crash. Guardian
VOA VIEW: The US may grow financially stronger.

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'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'
More than 10,000 people in Yemen have been killed and 3 million forced to flee their homes as a result of almost four years of fighting. An estimated 22 million people are now in need of aid and up to 13 million face starvation. As talks to end the conflict continue in Sweden, three Yemeni aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council talk of the physical and emotional destruction the fighting has brought to their country. War brings out the worst in a society. People are subjected to extortion, threats and detention at checkpoints. The violence has destroyed our social fabric and created smaller conflicts. Guardian

Lighthizer privately doubts Trump’s NAFTA withdrawal threat helps new trade deal
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has signaled to lawmakers doubts about the effectiveness of President Donald Trump’s threat to withdraw from NAFTA as a way to force a divided Congress to vote on a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. In recent discussions with Democratic lawmakers, Lighthizer indicated he is not necessarily supportive of that tactic and is instead committed to a constructive dialogue for getting the deal passed in Congress next year, according to sources on Capitol Hill with knowledge of recent meetings. Lighthizer made clear in one recent conversation with a Democratic lawmaker that the White House would be making the decision to potentially withdraw from NAFTA on its own, said one source familiar with the exchange.  Politico
VOA VIEW: Dems do not want any positive Trump move.

Kushner: White House has shifted from Khashoggi killing to Israeli-Palestinian peace
Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, his father-in-law, said on Monday that the American intelligence community was still “making their assessments” regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but that the administration was “focused now on the broader region” in the Middle East. “I think our intelligence agencies are making their assessments, and we’re hoping to make sure that there’s justice brought where that should be,” Kushner said during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. “We’re focused now on the broader region, which is hopefully figuring out how to bring a deal together between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”  Politico

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Lawmakers reach compromise on $867 billion farm bill
After months of negotiations, federal lawmakers have compromised on a new farm bill, putting the legislation on track to be passed by both the House and Senate this week. The compromise bill, unveiled Monday night, leaves out controversial work requirements for food stamp recipients that were part of the House version of the bill -- a key sticking point during negotiations. It also maintains conservation programs the House bill proposed eliminating. "It seems to generally, with a few exceptions, maintain programs as they have been in the past," said Erika Dunyak, a clinical fellow at the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic. UPI

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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.