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To some, they might seem an unlikely twosome: a former president and former first lady from two different administrations, different political parties, different generations and different upbringings.

But George W. Bush tells PEOPLE that he feels a real fondness for Michelle Obama.

“She kind of likes my sense of humor. Anybody who likes my sense of humor, I immediately like,” says Bush, in an interview to launch his first art book and new exhibit, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a collection of his paintings of post-9/11 war veterans.

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Where’d the animals go? GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

BILLINGS, Mont. — In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government’s most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

Over the past eight years, GOP lawmakers sponsored dozens of measures aimed at curtailing the landmark law or putting species such as gray wolves and sage grouse out of its reach. Almost all were blocked by Democrats and the White House or lawsuits from environmentalists.

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Republicans explore curbing the Endangered Species Act

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing Wednesday with Republicans focused on curbing the Endangered Species Act, the latest front in the conservative push to rein in regulations they see as harmful to business.

The law is a flashpoint: The agriculture industry says it imposes far-reaching regulatory burdens. James Holte of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation told the committee, "farmers and ranchers consider it their personal responsibility to be stewards of the land. However, the ESA creates many challenges for them to balance agriculture production with wildlife habitat."

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OP: These are two on the same subject so I thought I'd put them together. Mods, I can separate them if you wish.

South Korea has confirmed the killing of the brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, saying it could be a sign of the brutality of Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-nam was killed in an apparent poison attack in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday.

No motive has been confirmed and the attackers have not been identified.

South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn said if North Korea was found to be responsible, it would show its "brutality and inhumane nature".

If confirmed, it would be the most high-profile death at the hands of the North Korean leadership since Kim Jong-un's uncle, Chang Song-thaek, was executed in 2013.

Mr Kim appears to have been attacked with a chemical while preparing to board a flight home to Macau from in Kuala Lumpur's airport on Monday.

His death was made public only on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, his body was released from hospital. A post-mortem examination was expected to be conducted.

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This has been all over the news in South Korea since last night when the news broke :/ Our acting president has put the country on high alert, since this is on top of the recent missile launches. Also, kind of dreading how Mr. 45 will handle all of this, considering he's already pissed off South Korea by not mentioning us at all in his initial comments about the recent missile launches, as well as the fact that he is acting so buddy buddy with Abe.



President Donald Trump is reshuffling the US National Security Council (NSC), downgrading the military chiefs of staff and giving a regular seat to his chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Mr Bannon, formerly the head of the populist right-wing, Breitbart News website, will join high-level discussions about national security.


The order was signed on Saturday.


The director of national intelligence and the joint chiefs will attend when discussions pertain to their areas.


Under previous administrations, the director and joint chiefs attended all meetings of the NSC's inner circle, the principals' committee.


The National Security Council (NSC) is the main group advising the president on national security and foreign affairs.


It is led by retired lieutenant-general Mike Flynn, who was one of Mr Trump's closest advisers and most ardent supporters during the campaign.


"The security threats facing the United States in the 21st century transcend international boundaries," Mr Trump's executive order said.

"Accordingly, the United States Government's decision-making structures and processes to address these challenges must remain equally adaptive and transformative."


Last week, Mr Bannon described the US mainstream media as "the opposition party", saying it should "keep its mouth shut".


The site he once managed, Breitbart News, serves up an anti-establishment agenda that critics accuse of xenophobia and misogyny. Under Mr Bannon, it became one of the most-read conservative news and opinion sites in the US.


Mr Trump also ordered a restructuring of the Homeland Security Council. In two separate measures, the president ordered:


  • A ban on administration officials from ever lobbying the US on behalf of a foreign government, and a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.


  • A preliminary plan by the secretary of defence to defeat so-called Islamic State (IS) to be presented within 30 days.


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WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that bans Syrians from taking refuge in the United States, halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program for four months and temporarily blocks people from a handful of unnamed countries from entering the U.S. at all.

“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here,” he said at a swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon for Secretary of Defense James Mattis. “We don’t want to admit into our country the very threats we are fighting overseas.”Read more...Collapse )

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Read The Full Text Of Donald Trump’s Executive Order Limiting Muslim Entry To The U.S.

Holocaust Remembrance Day? REALLY? He picked Holocaust fucking Remembrance Day to do this? Wow, isn't that just ducky. I actually think Trump out-Trumped himself with that one.

There are no words colorful enough and no tags powerful enough to convey how I feel about this.
President Trump spoke to employees in the lobby of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It was his first event on his first full day as president.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP: I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY, VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE. IT IS TRUE, THIS IS MY FIRST STOP OFFICIALLY. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE SPEECHES. ALTHOUGH THEY DID TREAT ME NICELY ON THAT SPEECH YESTERDAY. [LAUGHTER] I ALWAYS CALL THEM THE DISHONEST MEDIA, BUT THEY TREATED ME NICELY. [LAUGHTER] BUT I WANTED TO SAY THERE IS NOBODY THAT FEEL STRONGER ABOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND THE CIA THAN DONALD TRUMP. THERE IS NOBODY. [APPLAUSE] THE WALL BEHIND ME IS VERY SPECIAL. WE HAVE BEEN TOURING FOR QUITE A WHILE. AND 29? 28, WE HAVE TO REDUCE IT. WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN TERMS OF SHOWING US SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL. AND YOUR WHOLE GROUP, THESE ARE SPECIAL AMAZING PEOPLE. VERY FEW PEOPLE COULD DO THE JOB YOU DO. I AM SO BEHIND YOU. I KNOW SOMETIMES YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE BACKEND YOU HAVE WANTED, -- THE BACKING YOU HAVE WANTED. YOU ARE GOING TO GET SO MUCH BACKING, YOU ARE GOING TO SAY, "PLEASE DON'T GIVE US SO MUCH BACKING. MR. PRESIDENT, WE DON'T NEED THAT MUCH BACKING." YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE IT. THE MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT GENERALLY SPEAKING, BUT ALL OF IT.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry misunderstood the administration post that President-elect Donald Trump nominated him for, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

In a report getting attention on social media, the Times said that Perry accepted the nomination to be Energy Secretary "believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state."

"In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal" the Times continued.

But Michael McKenna, who at one point was part of Trump’s transition team for the Energy Department, told the newspaper Perry is educating himself.

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Sen. Cory Booker and others draw sharp rebuke from observers, who pointed out that many who voted "no" receive substantial contributions from the pharmaceutical industry




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Republicans who voted in favor are: John Boozman (R-AR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), John McCain (R-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY), & John Thune (R-SD). So yeah, these Democrats have some fucking thinking to do about their life choices.
Democrats Welcome CIA as Liberators! Unelected Praetorian Guard Government Saviors Slays Orange Emperor, Safeguarding The Empire Republic! Media's Hair on Fire as Orange Emperor Claims Slander. 4Chan Did it for the LOLZ. 2017 is Making 2016 Look Sane...




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The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

In January, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” That warning was issued prior to the decadelong escalation of the Vietnam War, three more decades of Cold War mania, and the post-9/11 era, all of which radically expanded that unelected faction’s power even further.
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How a Former CIA Officer Reads the Trump Dossier
Fact, fiction, or speculation?

Yesterday, BuzzFeed published a 35-page dossier containing allegations that Russian operatives worked to identify and develop compromising personal and financial information about Donald Trump. Allegedly, this is the full document from which a two-page synopsis was drawn and provided to Trump and President Obama as an appendix to a report about Russian interference in the election.
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As of a few days ago, the IP addresses for blogging service LiveJournal have moved to 81.19.74.*, a block that lookup services locate in Moscow, Russia. Now users -- especially those who do not trust the Russian government -- are leaving the platform and advising others to leave.

For years, the online blogging community LiveJournal -- popular in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine -- has served as a key communications platform for Russian dissidents (the Committee to Protect Journalists earlier this month called on Russian authorities to release a LiveJournal user who has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for a critical blog post). Even after Russian company SUP bought it from California-based Six Apart in 2007 (previously), the fact that SUP continued to run the servers in the US meant that users felt relatively safe; a 2009 press release specifically said that LiveJournal, Inc.* would continue to run technical operations and servers in the United States (and claimed that 5.7 million LiveJournal users were Russia-based).

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Several people have brought this concern to us. At this time, there are no plans to relocate the community, however everyone should be aware of this issue.

If you don't read anything else in this post, read these two points:

1) Servers are now in Russia, which means that Livejournal is now under Russia's legal jurisdiction. This means that LJ may be influenced by the Russian government to delete content (such as the pro-Ukrainian posts that are rumored to have been deleted).

2) The connection is no longer secure (https has changed to http) so be aware. I recommend changing your password to something totally different than you use for anything else for this reason.

ETA: the log-in page here and the page where you enter your CC info in for paid accounts, userpics, etc are still secure. For the log-in, bookmark that link ^ and use it instead of clicking on the button at the top right, because that pop-up for logging in may or may not be secure.


More info can be found in another page's mod post here, which also has more links.
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