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Le Pen vows to "put an end to Brussels superpower" if she's elected French president

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Marine Le Pen, French far-right National Front (FN) party president
Should Marine Le Pen win a chance to enter the Elysée Palace, her first official trip would be not to Washington, but to the EU headquarters, to signal that Brussels' superpower has finally come to an end, France's far-right presidential candidate said.

"My first trip will be to Brussels to explain to them that I am going to whistle the end of fun and games, the end of this superpower that Brussels has arrogated to itself against the will of people, and that I wish to return the sovereignty of the French people in all domains, without which we can neither move on nor protect ourselves," leader of the right-wing National Front party said in an interview with Radio Classique on Friday.

Le Pen has long been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated as president of the United States on Friday, calling him a "sign of hope," and stating that his electoral victory had "made possible what had previously been presented as impossible."

"I believe that Donald Trump counts on France, but not on the ghost of France," Le Pen said. "A France, which as in the past had a particular voice, which was a power of balance," she added.


Trump will visit CIA headquarters he criticized over leaks day after inauguration

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President-elect Donald Trump will visit CIA headquarters in Virginia on Saturday on his first full day in office, traveling to the nerve center of a U.S. spy apparatus he criticized over intelligence reports Russia worked to assist his election, said a person familiar with the plans.

Trump's visit is timed for the expected swearing-in of his nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas. Trump's advisers anticipate Pompeo will be confirmed by the Senate on Friday, the person said.

After months of disputing the conclusion, Trump accepted U.S. spy agencies' analysis that Russia was behind the hacking of Democratic party officials as part of an effort to influence the U.S. election campaign.

Trump this month accused U.S. intelligence agencies of being behind the leak of unverified and salacious memos alleging the Russian government had gathered potentially damaging information on him.


Mass brawl erupts in Turkish parliament after MP protest

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Mayhem erupted in the Turkish parliament after an MP handcuffed herself to the rostrum in protest at constitutional reforms that would put more power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Independent lawmaker Aylin Nazliaka's actions sparked clashes between opposing sides of the house at odds over Erdogan's measures to extend presidential control. Turkey has been in a state of mounting crisis since a failed coup attempt in July.

Turkey's parliament has already approved a number of articles for reform, but if fully passed, the new legislation would mean that the president can appoint ministers and chief state officials, issue decrees, dissolve the parliament, and rule Turkey until 2029.


Syria UN envoy reports mass grave of Syrian soldiers found at school in E. Aleppo, militants' former HQ

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A mass grave with the bodies of 23 Syrian soldiers has been discovered at a school in eastern Aleppo while the army combs neighborhoods previously held by opposition forces, according to Syria envoy to the UN.

"I would like to inform you that after the liberation of the eastern areas of Aleppo, Syrian authorities have found 23 bodies in Muhaddassa school, located in the of Es-Sukkar area of Aleppo. They were servicemen of the Syrian Army," permanent representative of Syria to the UN Munzer Munzer stated in a letter addressed to the UN secretary-general and the Security Council, as cited by RIA Novosti.


'Molested when we confessed': Duterte fires at Catholic priests over pedophilia, corruption

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Unshaken by a blessing from Pope Francis, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has hit back at priests and bishops critical of his war on drugs, accusing clergymen of homosexuality, child molesting, hypocrisy and corruption. "You asked for it," he said.

"You expose me, fine. I expose you. Why? When you commit mistakes it's OK, but when we do, no? Bullshit. That's stupid," the president said during a speech to newly-promoted police officers at Malacañan on Thursday.

Snakes in Suits

Theresa May won't last & Donald Trump's an "impostor and con-man" says George Soros

British Prime Minister Theresa May won't last long in office and US President-elect Donald Trump is little more than a "would-be dictator," according to billionaire George Soros.

Speaking on Thursday at the Davos Economic Forum ahead of Trump's inauguration, the investor and philanthropist told the audience of businesspeople and journalists that May would likely not survive the Brexit process, which he predicted, once fulfilled, could see the UK simply rejoin again anyway.

"In my opinion it is unlikely that Prime Minister May is actually going to remain in power. Already she has a very divided cabinet, a very small majority in Parliament. And I think she will not last," Soros said.

"At the moment the people in the UK are in denial. The current economic situation is not as bad as was predicted and they live in hope. But as the currency depreciates, and inflation will be the driving force, this will lead to declining living standards."

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Book 2

Assange stands by his offer to be extradited to U.S. provided his rights are protected

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Julian Assange
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, said on Thursday he stood by his offer to be extradited to the United States providing his rights were protected.

Assange said last week he would accept extradition if former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning were freed and on Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Manning's 35-year sentence, meaning she will be released in May.

"I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted," Assange said in a live online audio news conference. "It's not going to be commuted (until) May. We can have many discussions to that point."

Bad Guys

Judge Napolitano: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a parting shot at personal freedom

Loretta Lynch
On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency -- America's 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus -- to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did.

Here is the back story.

In the aftermath of former President Richard Nixon's abusive utilization of the FBI and CIA to spy on his domestic political opponents in the 1960s and '70s -- and after Nixon had resigned from office in the wake of all that -- Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which created a secret court that was charged with being the sole authority in America that can authorize domestic spying for non-law enforcement purposes.

The standard for a FISA court authorization was that the subject of the spying needed to be a foreign person in the United States who was an agent of a foreign power. It could be a foreign janitor in a foreign embassy, a foreign spy masquerading as a diplomat, even a foreign journalist working for a media outlet owned by a foreign government.

The American spies needed a search warrant from the FISA court. Contrary to the Constitution, the search warrant was given based not on probable cause of crime but rather on probable cause of the status of the person as an agent of a foreign power. This slight change from "probable cause of crime" to "probable cause of foreign agency" began the slippery slope that brought us to Lynch's terrible order of Jan. 3.

Bad Guys

Edward Snowden talks COINTELPRO, MK-ULTRA & "Black Lives Matter" (VIDEO)

Edward Snowden
Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about the history of intelligence agencies and some notable whistleblowers.

Snakes in Suits

Has the entire US 'Left-Wing' gone nuts?

I was about to write a detailed and favorable review of Greg Palast's book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits when a friend sent me a request to "share" Palast's Facebook LIVE broadcast of Palast's documentary exposing "exactly how Trump and his cronies attacked the voting rights of a million minority voters to steal the White House."

Let's see, Trump won the presidency by winning 84% of geographical America, losing only the black, Hispanic, and white liberal vote; yet he stole the election by disenfranchising one million blacks. These blacks don't live in flyover America. They live in the 500 counties that went for Hillary. 2,600 counties went for Trump.

Here is the map. It tells the story: http://brilliantmaps.com/2016-county-election-map/