Ron Paul Predicts Inflation And Depression At The Same Time

The Federal Reserve raised the interest rate one-quarter of a  percent.  In response, the US dollar dropped by 1%, gold rose a bit, and stocks skyrocketed. Debt is soaring while the GDP is falling, which is the forerunner of inflation and depression at the same time.  Ron Paul predicts that the Fed will not allow liquidation of bad debt to restore value to the monetary system and it will not re-institute the gold standard. Instead, it will follow the Japanese model with the same result. He also predicts that Trump’s budget will dramatically increase military spending, but his proposed cuts will not come to pass. –GEG




Israeli Attacks In Syria Against Hezbollah Benefit ISIS

Syria, in response to an attack by Israeli forces, fired anti-aircraft missiles and says that one of the attacking planes was shot down. Israel says that the attacks were aimed, not against Syria, but against Hezbollah. Hezbollah is a military force from Lebanon fighting against ISIS, so these attacks are viewed as an Israeli  defense of ISIS. In an unusual move, Russia summoned the Israeli Ambassador for “clarification” of Israel’s intent. –GEG

Throughout Syria’s Civil War, Israeli warplanes have launched pretty regular attacks on military targets. Today’s incidents were different in a few ways: Israel publicly acknowledged that they carried out the strikes, though they didn’t say what was struck, and Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at the raiding warplanes.

That Syria resisted the raids this time was a huge difference, and may suggest today’s raids were bigger. Also pointing to this being no ordinary Israeli attack, Russia summoned the Israeli Ambassador after the incident to seek “clarification” on what happened, which is also unprecedented, with reports in the past of Israel having communications with Russia about operations in Syria and Lebanon to prevent incidents.

Exactly what ended up happening is a matter of some dispute. Syria claimed in state media to have shot down an Israeli warplane, hit a second one, and then the Israeli planes fled. Israeli officials said no damage was done to any planes, and that they’d intercepted one of the anti-aircraft missiles with an Arrow anti-missile system.

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Justice Department To Assign Immigration Judges To 12 Cities To Speed Up Deportations of Criminals

US: The Justice Department is planning to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to twelve cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes. The targeted cities that have high populations of criminal illegals are New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska, and Phoenix, Arizona. –GEG

The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials.

How many judges will be reassigned and when they will be sent is still under review, according to the officials, but the Justice Department has begun soliciting volunteers for deployment.

The targeted cities are New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona. They were chosen because they are cities which have high populations of illegal immigrants with criminal charges, the officials said.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, which administers immigration courts, confirmed that the cities have been identified as likely recipients of reassigned immigration judges, but did not elaborate on the planning.

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General Michael Flynn, Former Trump Advisor, Received $$ From RT Before Working For Trump

US: Congressman, Elijah Cummings released documents showing that General Michael Flynn, who resigned as Trump’s national security advisor, received more than $67,000 by Russian companies before the presidential election.  For appearing at a Moscow event in December 2015, Flynn accepted $33,750 from Russia Today (RT) news network, which consistently views news from the Russian perspective.. Thousands in expenses also were covered by the network, and speech fees were received from other Russian firms.  Cummings says that these payments violated the emoluments provision of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits government officials from accepting gifts or payments from foreign powers. –GEG

WASHINGTON — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid more than $67,000 by Russian companies before the presidential election, according to documents released Thursday by a Democratic congressman.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked the Trump administration to provide a comprehensive record of Flynn’s contacts with foreign governments and interests.

Flynn accepted $33,750 from Russia’s government-run television system for appearing at a Moscow event in December 2015 — a few months before Flynn began formally advising President Donald Trump’s campaign — and thousands more in expenses covered by the network and in speech fees from other Russian firms, according to the documents.

Flynn’s financial relationship with the RT network may violate a constitutional provision against gifts from foreign governments, said Cummings, who released documents obtained during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s inquiry into Flynn’s activities before Trump appointed him to become national security adviser.

In addition to the record of Flynn’s foreign contacts, Cummings, the senior Democrat on the committee, also asked the Defense Department to compel Flynn to pay the money he received to the U.S. government.

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