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CLINTON FOUNDATION CORRUPTION EXPOSED

The world is finally getting a glimpse at the way in which the Clinton’s have enriched themselves through use of the Clinton Foundation they set up after leaving the presidency. This fund provided a way for big corporations and even nations to “donate” millions of dollars to support the Clinton’s projects in a way that would appear to be charitable but was actually a “pay to play” transaction in exchange for the Clinton’s insider influence with the Powers That Be. Surprisingly the exposé, appearing in both books and articles, is coming from establishment sources. A story running in the powerful NY Times shows they certainly have enough dirt to sink Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House. It may well be the first hint that the PTB don’t intend to let Clinton win. Instead, they may be planning to fool conservatives with a controlled republican president who will sell them out while claiming to save them from the Obama years. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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Nepal Earthquake Kills Hundreds and Levels Buildings in Capital

posted by askousen - Saturday, April 25 2015
A powerful earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday near its capital, Katmandu, flattening sections of the city's historic center and trapping dozens of sightseers in a 200-foot watchtower that came crashing down into a pile of bricks. Officials in Nepal put the preliminary death toll at 1,157, nearly all of them in the valley around Katmandu. But it was an event that touched a vast swath of the subcontinent. The quake set off avalanches around Mount Everest, where several hikers were reported to have died. At least 34 deaths occurred in northern India. Buildings swayed in Tibet and Bangladesh. — NY Times

Baltimore readies for Saturday protest of Freddie Gray's death

posted by askousen - Saturday, April 25 2015
....Gray died Sunday, a week after he was arrested after being chased down by police in the Gilmor Homes project in West Baltimore. Police said he suffered a severe spinal injury while in their custody, either during the arrest or during his 30-minute ride in a police transport wagon. — Washington Post

Turkey's Erdogan slams nations recognizing Armenian genocide

posted by askousen - Saturday, April 25 2015
Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France, Germany, Russia and Austria - whose leaders or parliaments recently described the killings as genocide - of supporting "claims constructed on Armenian lies." He accused the United States of siding with Armenia although President Barack Obama stopped short of using the term in his annual message. — AP

Chinese Scientists Cause Alarm after Announcing Editing of Human Genes

posted by askousen - Saturday, April 25 2015
Researchers in China generated significant debate in scientific and ethical circles when they announced that they had edited human genes contained in embryos. But the experiment proved far from successful, the scientists admitted. — All Gov.com

Yellowstone Volcanic System Four Times Bigger Than Thought

posted by askousen - Saturday, April 25 2015
Seismologists have discovered a massive magma reservoir beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming, US, that suggests its volcanic system could be more than 5.6 times larger than was previously thought. Although it was already known that Yellowstone had one magma reservoir, located about 5-16km (3-10 miles) below the surface, the new study, published in Science, has revealed another, much larger reservoir sitting directly below the first, located around 20-50 km (12-30 miles) below the surface. This reservoir is thought to have a volume of around 46,000 cubic km – compared to a volume of around 10,000 cubic km for the shallow reservoir. — Science

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama Program 'Establishes A New System Of Immigration'

posted by askousen - Friday, April 24 2015
...USCIS Associate Director For Refugee, Asylum And International Operations Joseph Langlois confirmed that illegal immigrants granted executive amnesty would be eligible to apply to have their relatives flown to the U.S. from El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala under the administration's Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program. "They would qualify to apply for their child and spouse. However the child and spouse would still need to meet the eligibility criteria for refugees," Langlois testified before the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. Sessions, the subcommittee's chairman, pointed out that the Obama administration is moving forward with the program without Congresses approval. — Breitbart

Homeland Security Working Overtime to Add 'New Americans' by 2016 Election

posted by askousen - Friday, April 24 2015
Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election. — PJ Media

Wall Street analyst uncovers Clinton Foundation fraud

posted by askousen - Friday, April 24 2015
The Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation – already under scrutiny for foreign donations – is now being accused of fraudulent and possibly criminal mismanagement. Over the past six weeks, Wall Street financial analyst and investor Charles Ortel has shared with WND, prior to publication, the results of his six-month, in-depth investigation into what he characterizes as an elaborate scheme devised by the Clintons to enrich themselves. — World Net Daily

NSA and FBI fight to retain spy powers as surveillance law nears expiration

posted by askousen - Friday, April 24 2015
With about 45 days remaining before a major post-9/11 surveillance authorization expires, representatives of the National Security Agency and the FBI are taking to Capitol Hill to convince legislators to preserve their sweeping spy powers. That effort effectively re-inaugurates a surveillance debate in Congress that has spent much of 2015 behind closed doors. Within days, congressional sources tell the Guardian, the premiere NSA reform bill of the last Congress, known as the USA Freedom Act, is set for reintroduction – and this time, some former supporters fear the latest version of the bill will squander an opportunity for even broader surveillance reform. — The Guardian

Congress is Attempting to Reauthorize Key Patriot Act Provisions by Sneaking it Into "USA Freedom Ac

posted by askousen - Friday, April 24 2015
June 1, 2015 is a very important day for American civil liberties and the Constitution. On that day, Section 215 of the Patriot Act, one of the most egregious pieces of legislation passed in U.S. history, will expire automatically without reauthorization from Congress. Naturally, this is causing a panic attack within the heart of the NSA, FBI and all the authoritarian lackey legislators in Washington D.C. With the chances of a clean reauthorization next to none, these crafty "representatives" and their puppeteers need to figure out a way to sneak it into another piece of legislation. What better way to do this than making it a part of something that ostensibly appears to be reining in surveillance powers. Enter the USA Freedom Act. — Liberty Blitzkrieg

White House: Hostages Held By Al Qaeda Killed In US Counterterrorism Operations

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
President Barack Obama has expressed condolences to the families of an American and Italian killed in U.S. counterterrorism operations earlier this year. The White House said Warren Weinstein, an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national held by al Qaeda since 2012, were killed in a January operation in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House said. The operation targeted an al Qaeda-associated compound and there was no reason to believe either hostage was present at the location, the White House said. — CBS Local

Facebook DOES collect the text you decided against posting

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
Ever written out a status update or comment but decided against posting it? One techie has discovered Facebook collects this content, despite the company's claims to the contrary — Information Age.com

Census: Record 51 million immigrants in 8 years, will account for 82% of U.S. growth

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
Legal and illegal immigrants will hit a record high of 51 million in just eight years and eventually account for an astounding 82 percent of all population growth in America, according to new U.S. Census figures. A report from the Center for Immigration Studies that analyzed the statistics said that by 2023, one in seven U.S. residents will be an immigrant, rising to one in five by 2060 when the immigrant population totals 78 million. — Washington Examiner

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
...The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one. — NYT

Exclusive: Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims "absurd conspiracy theories." — Reuters

High costs hinder outfitting of U.S. cops with body cameras

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
More than a half-dozen companies are competing to supply the nation's nearly 700,000 sworn officers with body cameras, which can cost between $350 and $700 apiece. [Seem like outrageous prices] — Reuters

Deutsche Bank fined record $2.5 billion in rate rigging inquiry

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
U.S. and British regulators fined Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) $2.5 billion and its British subsidiary pleaded guilty to criminal wire fraud on Thursday as it became the eighth financial group to settle allegations of rigging interest rate benchmarks. The record penalty in a seven-year investigation that has shredded the banking industry's reputation takes the total fines imposed on some of the world's top financial institutions to more than $8.5 billion. Twenty-one traders and brokers face criminal charges. — Reuters

Sen. Rubio leads GOP presidential field, polls best in match-up against Clinton, survey finds

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
Sen. Marco Rubio leads the Republican pack against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the early going of the 2016 presidential race, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday. The Republican primary field shows the junior senator from Florida currently grabbing 15 percent of the vote, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pulling in 13 percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 11 percent. No other candidate tops 9 percent, and 14 percent remain undecided. — Fox News

Benghazi probe held up, GOP says

posted by askousen - Thursday, April 23 2015
A Republican-led committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's role said its final report likely will be delayed until just months before the presidential election if the administration delays producing documents and witnesses. — AP

Chris Christie's entitlement cuts make sense: Analyst [Let us be the judge of that]

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
The Republican governor of New Jersey laid out his plan during a speech in New Hampshire, the site of the first 2016 presidential primary. In it, he proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare as part of his plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade. — CNBC

Iran Seeks China's Help to Build New Nuclear Plants

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
The framework nuclear deal between Iran and global powers has opened up new investment possibilities in an economy that has been stunted by international sanctions. Last week, a top Iranian atomic energy official said in addition to Russia, China will also help it build additional nuclear power plants. China has not commented on the proposal, but Iran says Beijing could help it build at least three nuclear plants in the coastal city Bushehr. — Voice of America

Obama administration sends mixed message on Iranian ships

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
President Barack Obama said Tuesday evening that the U.S. is sending "very direct messages" warning Iran against attempts to supply weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen. But the message to the American people has been a little more muddled. Throughout the day Tuesday, several administration spokesmen denied or downplayed any connection between U.S. warships deploying to Yemeni waters and an approaching convoy of Iranian cargo and naval ships. — CNN

U.S. top court makes it easier for people to sue the government

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
On a 5-4 vote deciding both cases, the justices ruled that court deadlines for filing certain lawsuits can be extended if plaintiffs have good reasons for the delay. President Barack Obama's administration had asked the court to impose a strict deadline for such lawsuits under a law called the Federal Tort Claims Act. — Reuters

Calif. Panel OKs Bill That Would Require Unvaccinated Kids To Be Homeschooled

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
... Senate Bill 277 (PDF) was approved 7-2 by the Education Committee after the vote was delayed last week due to heavy criticism and vocal opposition to the legislation, which generated intense debates by pitting parental rights against public health officials. Hundreds of opponents again filled the committee room for Wednesday's vote, the Associated Press reported. The amendments allow families that opt out of vaccines to homeschool their children together and let students seek independent study. — CBS Local

After Chaffetz complaint, TSA to add officers to speed security at SLC airport

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says he's personally seen security lines so long at Salt Lake City International Airport recently that people offered "upwards of $50 to other passengers" to move ahead in line and not miss their flights. After complaining to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about those lines, Chaffetz says he was told Tuesday that TSA plans to add as many as 20 full-time equivalent employees there to handle traffic that has increased by 11 percent this year. — Salt Lake Tribune

France arrests heavily armed man over church attack plans

posted by askousen - Wednesday, April 22 2015
French police have detained a man they suspect of planning an imminent armed attack on one or two churches, the interior minister said on Wednesday. The man, a 24-year-old information technology student, was arrested on Sunday in southeast Paris. A car was also seized along with handguns, other weapons and bulletproof vests, minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. — Reuters

Pew first: Gun rights top gun control in major public opinion shift

posted by askousen - Monday, April 20 2015
Exactly two years after President Obama's bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership. The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent. — Washington Examiner

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accuses US of creating nuclear weapons 'myth' as military commander says Iran

posted by askousen - Monday, April 20 2015
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the US of creating "myths" about his country's capability for nuclear weapons. The Ayatollah's statement came as a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard said international inspectors would be barred from military sites under any nuclear agreement with world powers. — UK Independent

Tina Brown Won’t Comment on Clinton Foundation Taking Money from Nations That Oppress Women

posted by askousen - Monday, April 20 2015
Women in the World's Tina Brown punted when asked for her opinion on allegations Bill and Hillary Clinton personally benefited by exploiting Clinton's position in the State Department to solicit donations to the Clinton Foundation. Brown, an outspoken Clinton supporter, offered no substantial defense of Clinton's actions other than attempting to split Hillary Clinton from the Foundation's actions. The former editor of Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, and the Daily Beast struggled to formulate a coherent retort to accusations of Clinton's corruption. — Washington Free Beacon

Abortion restrictions relying on 'junk science,' rights advocates say

posted by askousen - Monday, April 20 2015
n Montana, the Legislature has approved and sent to the governor a bill that would require a fetus to be anesthetized before an abortion is performed so it would not feel pain. In Arizona and Arkansas, doctors are now required to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be "reversed" mid-procedure, even though the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says the reversal claims are "not supported by the body of scientific evidence." And in Idaho, the Legislature passed a bill endorsing telemedicine as a safe way to expand rural healthcare. Days later, however, it barred doctors from remotely administering abortion-inducing drugs, saying telemedicine for this procedure is unproven and risky. Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed both bills into law. — LA Times