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St. Jude doctors claim cure for ‘bubble boy’ disease

The technique replaces a defective version of a gene the body needs to build cells that seek out and destroy invading germs. (iStock)

The technique replaces a defective version of a gene the body needs to build cells that seek out and destroy invading germs.

Earlier versions of the treatment have been less efficient and also posed a risk of triggering leukemia.

The doctors said they have skirted the leukemia problem by implanting “insulators” around the replaced gene, preventing the treatment from accidentally activating adjacent genes and causing cancer.

Doctors and families are handling dementia all wrong, says this expert

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DenBoer created Smart Brain Aging, a cognitive intervention company with an in-person clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and an online program.

He is now also a director and producer behind a new film called “This is Dementia,” to be released on May 1 and available on Netflix.

Cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia are expected to double by 2060, potentially affecting nearly 14 million older Americans, according to a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

DenBoer spoke with MarketWatch about his film, dementia and what people can do to help their loved ones — and themselves.

California gas prices surge to five-year high; what’s causing the spike?

As of Thursday, the average gasoline price in the state was about $4.02, according to AAA, compared with the national average of $2.83.

Those are the highest prices California has seen since 2014. Prices have risen around 68 cents per gallon over the course of a month.

“California’s unique gasoline standard means replacements for the shortfall in production aren’t easily found and … explains why drivers there have seen gasoline prices spike nearly 68 cents a gallon in just a month,” McTeague told FOX Business.

Drivers in Los Angeles have seen prices rise 71 cents per gallon in a month, while the increase was 72 cents in San Francisco.

Fox News denied access to AOC town hall on veterans’ health care

Organizers of the Protect Veterans Health Care at the VA town hall in New York featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tell Fox News that the event was at capacity, but video from inside the building tells a different story. ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ co-host and veteran Pete Hegseth sounds off on the rejection.

NYC cathedral suspect had booked flight to Italy

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is seen in New York (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Deputy New York Police Commissioner John Miller says 37-year-old Marc Lamparello is facing charges including attempted arson and reckless endangerment for after his arrest Wednesday night at the New York City landmark. It happened just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Police say Lamparello, of Hasbrouck Heights, was confronted by a cathedral security officer when he entered the church and was told he couldn’t bring the items inside.

The security officer notified officers from the counterterrorism bureau who were standing outside.


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19: Empty pews stand in a Catholic church (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Up until 1999, the poll found that church membership was at a consistent 70% across the country. Since then, the figure has fallen steadily in the 21st century, hitting a low point of 50% last year.

“Although the United States is one of the more religious countries, particularly among Western nations, it is far less religious than it used to be,” wrote Gallup poll analyst Jeffrey Jones.

“Barely three-quarters of Americans now identify with a religion and only about half claim membership in a church, synagogue or mosque.”

Michigan County Votes to Evict Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

In front of a packed meeting room, the Muskegon County commissioners voted 6-2 in favor of the plan, Fox 17 reports.

Planned Parenthood, which does not abort unborn babies at that location but does promote and refer for abortions there, must leave within 90 days, according to the report.

Right to Life of Michigan praised the vote Tuesday on Twitter.

Transgender Students Barred From Attending Naval Academy Starting Fall 2020

The policy, which bars most transgender individuals from serving unless they serve as their biological sex, took effect on April 12.

The Defense Department confirmed with the Capital Gazette on April 15 that the academy will implement the policy, effectively banning transgender students from enrolling in the fall 2020 school year and beyond.

A Naval Academy spokesperson confirmed the same with The Hill.

The spokesperson said, “Our understanding is that the policy will go into effect for those students applying to enter the Naval Academy in 2020, beginning with the Class of 2024.”

Kentucky burglary suspect shot after breaking into home, allegedly undressing in child’s bedroom

Donald Oliver, 38,
Donald Oliver, 38,

Donald Oliver, 38, is charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault and heroin possession after breaking into the Louisville home around 7 a.m., according to court documents obtained by WDRB.

The girl’s mother, Tina Burton, told the television station her daughter was in bed when she heard a noise as Oliver broke into their home and began undressing.

“She was really smart,” she told WDRB. “She hid under the cover, turned her light down, turned her volume down on her phone to text me.

When she peeked under the cover to see where he was at, she got up and ran away. She went to the back room. And I think that was really brave and smart of her.”

Father gets 2 years in prison after abandoning infant son in woods

Brandon Blouin, 26, plead guilty to multiple charges after leaving his son alone in the woods in Oregon. (Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office)

Bradley Thomas, the infant, was found by officers in Deschutes County in May 2018 following a massive police search that involved helicopters, officers on horseback and drones.

Police at the time said the boy’s father, 26-year-old Brandon Blouin of Belpre, was living with the child’s mother in an SUV in the area and after she walked off, he put Bradley down alone — and naked — as he searched for her.

Medical responders later concluded the boy was suffering from a broken leg and fractured skull, and tests showed meth was present in his bloodstream, according to The Bulletin newspaper.

The boy is now said to be living with his grandmother.

Man charged with murder for allegedly killing daughter, niece he may have fathered child with: report

Abdool Zaman, Vanessa Zaman and Leona Samlall.
From left to right: Abdool Zaman, Vanessa Zaman and Leona Samlall. (Handout)

Abdool Zaman, 39, was indicted by a grand jury in Henrico, Va., on “two counts of capital murder,” WTVR reported.

The media outlet reported that Zaman also faces charges over the “use of a firearm in the commission of a felony first and second offense.”

He was previously charged with second-degree murder.

Vanessa Zaman had left her mother’s home on Long Island, N.Y., to live with her estranged father in Florida.

Her mother, Saveeta Barnes, told the media outlet in December that Abdool Zaman and Samlall, his niece, had a child together.

He and Samlall were living in Orlando when Vanessa Zaman moved in, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Vanessa Zaman reportedly was worried about Samlall’s safety and left Florida to live with Samlall’s mother and stepfather in Virginia.

Abdool Zaman allegedly followed the two teens to the apartment complex.

Rapper Kodak Black arrested at border in upstate New York

Kodak Black
In this Aug. 27, 2017 file photo, Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.(AP)

Police say Bill Kapri, whose stage name is Kodak Black, was among three people spotted Wednesday in the Cadillac Escalade.

Black, who was driving, was found with marijuana, and officers discovered a Glock 9mm pistol in the vehicle.

The 21-year-old rapper was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of marijuana.


1800 Migrants Illegally Enter El Paso Sector in One Day

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector
Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Paso Sector

Lordsburg Station agents patrolling near the remote Antelope Wells Port of Entry in the New Mexico boot heel region encountered a group of 230 shortly before 1 a.m. on April 16, according to El Paso Sector Border Patrol officials.

The agents began the long task of medically screening, processing, and transporting the migrants to the station.

About five minutes after the apprehension of the first group, another set of agents encountered a group of 360 migrants just west of Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico, officials reported.

The agents working in the Antelope Wells Port of Entry area encountered yet another large group of 130 migrants at about 11:45 p.m. to close out their day.

In total, the El Paso Sector agents apprehended a total of more than 1,800 migrants on Tuesday — at least half entering in the El Paso Metropolitan area, officials stated.

During the first six months of Fiscal Year 2018, El Paso Sector agents apprehended less than 11,000 migrants who illegally crossed the border from Mexico.

So far this fiscal year, that number has skyrocketed to more than 71,000.


Central American migrants heading to the US walk in caravan
Central American migrants heading to the US walk in caravan along the route between Metapa and Tapachula in Mexico on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Pep COMPANYS / AFP/Getty Images)

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced that 418,000 nationwide apprehensions have occurred this fiscal year to date.

A total of 404,142 nationwide apprehensions took place in the entirety of fiscal year 2018, a CBP spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The numbers indicate that 2019 is on pace for a stellar year in border apprehensions.

The vast majority of the captures are taking place on the U.S. southwest border, where 414,000 foreign nationals were nabbed between ports of entry since October — the beginning of the 2019 fiscal year.

Compared to the 2018 fiscal year, only 396,579 apprehensions were made on the southwest border.

The escalating situation is prompting more calls from immigration enforcement leaders to do something.

‘This Cannot Happen’ The Remembrance Project Bands Together With Angel Families

Senior Chaplain Ruth Johnston-Martin lost her husband to the “manufactured crisis” at the border.

She and Maria Espinoza, co-founder of the Remembrance Project, came together to spread word of the consequences of unrestrained illegal immigration.

Politics/Deep State:

Barr affirms Mueller probe found no evidence of Russia-Trump collusion, prepares to release report

The attorney general used the DOJ appearance to defend his handling of the report, amid criticism from congressional Democrats.

He rejected the suggestion he’s trying to protect President Trump, and then swatted down another question about whether it was strange that Mueller himself was not there.

“No, it’s not. It’s a report he did for me—as the attorney general,” Barr said, adding that he was outlining the decisions he made “since these reports are not supposed to be made public.”

Barr was joined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as he outlined the findings from Mueller’s investigation and explained their process for review and their decisions to redact certain material in the report.

Read the Robert Mueller report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report has been released by the Department of Justice. Read it here

A.G. William Barr: Trump Never Asserted Executive Privilege, Mueller Report Redacts Only Parts Required by Law

Barr briefed reporters and the public on the full scope of Mueller’s investigation and report.

Under federal regulations found at 28 C.F.R. § 600.8, a special counsel makes a confidential report to the attorney general on all of the prosecutor’s work and conclusion. It is not a public document and Mueller submits nothing to Congress.

Then under 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(c), the attorney general has discretion – but is not required – to determine if disclosure of any of that material is in the public interest, and if so the attorney general is permitted to release parts to the public.

Understanding the extraordinary public interest in this matter, Barr decided to release the entire Mueller Report, with Barr redacting on the portions required by law.

He is also delivering the report to Congress, in addition to his own summary.

The attorney general made explicitly clear that President Trump never asserted executive privilege, which would have blocked parts of the report from public disclosure.

Ex-FBI assistant director on Mueller report: ‘We need to take a look at how this started’

Mark Morgan, who worked in the bureau for more than 20 years including a 3-year stint as the assistant director to the FBI’s training division, told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that part of the FBI re-building its reputation after the last two years is to go back and see if past leaders had an agenda against President Donald Trump.

“We need to look at how this started. We need to look at the actions of these top leaders,” he said.

“We need to look at the adequacy of the predication – the motives behind the actors. I mean, we are talking about high powers of position.”

President Trump’s cooperation with Mueller probe was ‘unprecedented’: Ken Starr

independent counsel Ken Starr.
independent counsel Ken Starr.

Starr, who was the independent counsel who investigated the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals during the Clinton administration, made the comment on “America’s Newsroom” Thursday:

“The president famously does not hold things back. He hated this whole thing, called it a witch hunt. But…actions speak louder than words.

“For the White House counsel to spend 30 hours answering questions of Bob Mueller and his staff is extraordinary, talk about unprecedented,” Starr said. “That’s an unprecedented level of cooperation with a special counsel investigation.”


She was reacting to Barr’s decision to conduct a press conference detailing elements of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year probe.

“After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes,” Barr said at a press conference.


House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler

After Barr announced there was no collusion or obstruction committed by President Donald Trump and the Trump campaign, Nadler said that the findings were still unclear and that Congress must hear from Mueller to help better understand the results.

This comes as The New York Democrat Nadler called on Mueller to testify in front of the group, after earlier calls from Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the committee.

Collins asked Nadler to “immediately” invite Mueller to testify before Congress.


The ranking member on the Oversight Committee, Jordan indicated that Cummings had coordinated the MOU with House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, while keeping Republican members in the dark on investigations into Trump and his campaign.

“This subpoena is a grave abuse of the Committee’s authority and a violation of the Chairman’s pledge to the Committee. Although the Rules of the House of Representatives grant Chairman Cummings broad oversight authority, we rely on the Chairman to use it responsibly,” Jordan wrote.

“Twelve days ago, on April 3, 2019, Chairman Cummings, in a free-wheeling press availability, announced to the media that he was preparing a subpoena to Mazars for this sensitive, personal information about President Trump’s finances.”

Trump shared photos on Facebook of an election event organized by Russian trolls

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The IRA paid to advertise the Florida-based events on Facebook and Instagram, organized local activists to volunteer, and even paid individuals to build a cage on the back of a flatbed truck and have a person dressed like Hillary Clinton in a prison uniform perform inside.

The report makes clear that it “has not identified evidence that any Trump Campaign official understood the requests were coming from foreign nationals.”

The investigation found that in every case regarding these events, the IRA posed as U.S. activists and conservative organizations when contacting the Trump campaign.

Previous reports have established that Russian trolls, using accounts purporting to be of U.S. activists or grassroots organizations, had organized political rallies.

Facebook events created by the IRA targeted everyone from Trump supporters to Black Lives Matter activists.

Russia worked hard to recruit social media users to campaign for Trump

According to the report, the IRA had dozens of employees who were responsible for “operating accounts and personas” on all these social media sites.

The IRA referred to these employees as “specialists,” and they were in charge of creating pages that pretended to be personal accounts of people in the US and, later, fake US organizations.

In one particular instance, the investigation found that the IRA controlled a Twitter account with the username @TEN_GOP, which purported to be connected with the Tennessee Republican Party but wasn’t.

Additionally, the IRA made accounts to pose as anti-immigration groups, Tea Party activists and Black Lives Matter protestors, all with the intention of pitting Americans against each other.

The IRA also found ways to bring its digital footprint into the real world, using tools like Facebook Groups to recruit moderators of conservative pages to promote the toxic social media content it was generating.

At one point, per the report, the IRA recruited someone to walk around New York City dressed up as Santa Claus with a mask of President Trump’s face.

Mueller probed Sessions for perjury over Russia contacts

Jeff Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee in early January 2017 that he “did not have communications with the Russians.” | Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Ultimately, the office found that the “evidence is not sufficient to prove that Sessions knowingly gave false answers to Russia-related questions in light of the wording and context of those questions.”

The special counsel found it “plausible” that Sessions did not remember the references to the presidential campaign by Kislyak and that his statement to questions before the Judiciary Committee came in response to questions about “an alleged ‘continuing exchange of information,'” the report says.

“Sessions later explained to the Senate and to the [special counsel] that he understood the question as narrowly calling for disclosure of interactions with Russians that involved the exchange of campaign information, as distinguished from more routine contacts with Russian nationals.

Given the context in which the question was asked, that understanding is plausible,” the report found.

Sessions’ counsel told the media in March 2018 that the special counsel’s office had concluded its perjury investigation, though Mueller’s report makes clear the angle was seriously investigated.

Kellyanne Conway reiterates call for Adam Schiff’s resignation after Mueller report’s release

“Not only should he resign, he should produce the evidence that he said he has,” she said. Conway seemed to refer to Schiff’s recent claim that “significant evidence of collusion” existed.

“If he has evidence of collusion that somehow the special counsel couldn’t find over 22 months and $35 million of our money, I want Adam Schiff to produce that,” Conway said. “He ought to put up or shut up.”

She also defended Barr who has received a torrent of criticism for his conduct in the weeks leading up to the report’s release.

“The way they talk about Attorney General Barr, calling for his resignation.

He is the chief law enforcement officer of this land and he did a fantastic job today laying out [the Mueller report].”

NXIVM Leaders Illegally ‘Bundled’ Money for Hillary Clinton’s Campaign: Court Docs

Clare Bronfman leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York on July 25, 2018. (Bowen Xiao/The Epoch Times)

The scheme was brought to light amid the ongoing high-profile case involving NXIVM, the purported self-help organization based in Albany, New York which gained infamy in 2018 due to egregious sex-trafficking charges involving sex slaves.

Although the court filing did not mention the individual, NXIVM’s ex-publicist and whistleblower, Frank Parlato, confirmed to The Epoch Times that the scheme was aiding Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

According to the filing, the government intends to introduce witness testimony and documents at trial that demonstrate that in 2007, the defendants and their co-conspirators “were involved in an illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign.”

Report: White House Wants Investigation Into Hillary Clinton’s Emails

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens as former President Bill Clinton speaks
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens as former President Bill Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference at the University of Chicago on Oct. 16, 2018. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

“While the establishment media has breathlessly covered this partisan witch hunt for nearly two years, they refuse to cover the real scandals that plagued the previous Democrat administration,” a White House official told the Washington Examiner on April 18.

The official made a reference to the email scandal that has plagued former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the administration noted in the Examiner’s report that former President Barack Obama described the scandal as a “mistake” but wasn’t “a national security problem.” He made the remarks on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in 2015.

Following Attorney General William Barr’s comments to reporters about the release of the report, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said it was a “complete and total vindication” of Trump before she turned her sights to the Obama administration.

“It is increasingly clear that the only scandal here is the Obama administration’s repeated failure to act against Russian cyber meddling,” she said in a statement.

World News:

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to visit Russia “in the second half of April” on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation. | Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Russian media have been abuzz in recent days with rumors about the rare meeting between the leaders.

Putin is set to visit China later this month, and some media speculated that he could meet with Kim in Vladivostok, the far eastern port city near the border with North Korea.

Kim said last week that he is open to a third summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but set the year’s end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal.

North Korea calls for Pompeo to be dropped from talks; tests tactical weapon

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives guidance while attending a flight training of Korean People’s Army Air Force at undisclosed location in this April 16, 2019 photo released on April 17, 2019 by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

The statement came shortly after North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un had overseen the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, which KCNA said had a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” and “a powerful warhead.”

It was the North’s first weapon test since talks in Vietnam between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in late February broke down over conflicting demands by North Korea for sanctions relief and by the United States for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Despite the failure of the Vietnam summit, Trump has stressed his good relationship with Kim.

Kwon also said the two leaders were on good terms, even as he castigated Pompeo for “fabricated” stories as part of a “publicity stunt.”

Earlier, Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, said the newly tested weapon was likely a short-range cruise missile that could be launched from the ground, sea and air.

Notre Dame worshipers could pray in ‘ephemeral cathedral’ made of wood; satellite images show scope of damage

Recently released satellite pictures also shows the extensive fire damage to Notre Dame; pictured left is the cathedral in September 2018; pictured right is April 17, 2019. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies)

“We mustn’t say ‘the cathedral is closed for five years’ and that’s it,” Monsignor Patrick Chauvet told France’s CNews television channel.

“Can I not build an ephemeral cathedral on an esplanade (in front of Notre Dame)?”

Chauvet said the temporary wooden cathedral would host priests who could address the millions of tourists who flock to the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral each year.

London climate-change protesters vow to continue blockades

Hundreds of demonstrators have blocked sites including Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames and the Oxford Circus and Marble Arch intersections since Monday.

The protest sites have sprouted tents, sound systems and even an ice cream van. Traffic is snarled and bus routes have been disrupted, to the frustration of commuters.

Police have made more than 420 arrests.

Gail Bradbrook of protest group Extinction Rebellion said Thursday that “more people are joining us all the time.”

Attempted Murder Doubles in Just a Decade in Crime Wave UK

The homicide rate over the past ten years, which includes murder and manslaughter, has increased by some 16 percent, but last month the Chief Constable for the police force for the West Midlands, Dave Thompson, warned MPs that the increase would likely be even higher if emergency trauma care had not “significantly improved” in the intervening years.

Now an analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures by the opposition Labour Party has revealed that the number of attempted murders has indeed increased by an astonishing 99 percent between 2010-11 and last year, with over a thousand people now facing attempts on their lives, The Sun reports.

Even this may understate the reality of the situation, however, as many criminals who inflict potentially lethal injuries on their victims find themselves being charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) and wounding with intent offences, rather than attempted murder.

Peace Conference Canceled as Taliban Object to Afghan Delegation

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan met on Wednesday in Kabul, the capital, with delegates to a weekend peace conference in Qatar. The conference now appears to have been scrapped.CreditCreditAfghan Presidential Palace, via Reuters

It was a setback to American efforts to end the long war in Afghanistan, with no progress achieved on a formula for how power would be shared following an American withdrawal even though United States diplomats and Taliban negotiators have neared a deal in talks that have so far excluded the Afghan government.

The two-day conference, scheduled to begin Saturday, was seen as an effort to bring the Taliban closer to meeting with the Afghan government and to pave the way for direct negotiations. The Afghan officials were expected to arrive as part of a delegation of nearly 200 people representing a cross-section of society.

Ex-SS guard charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder

Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg said Thursday that the 92-year-old suspect, whose name they didn’t release, is accused of assisting in the “malicious and cruel” killing of mainly Jewish inmates through his work as an SS guard at the camp between August 1944 and April 1945.

Prosecutors said the man, who was aged 17-18 at the time and would therefore be tried as a juvenile, was “a little wheel in the machinery of murder” which saw thousands of people shot dead, poisoned or starved toward the end of the war.

German daily Die Welt reported that the suspect, who it identified as Bruno Dey, acknowledged to investigators he was aware of the camp’s gas chambers and saw bodies taken to the crematoriums, but denied being a supporter of Nazi ideology and expressed regret for the fate of Jews.

Brothers of ousted Sudanese ruler arrested, but protesters refuse to leave military headquarters

FILE – In this May 18, 2018, file photo, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir speaks during the extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul, Turkey. (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP, File)

Despite the dramatic ouster of Bashir, thousands of Sudanese protesters continue to descend on the African nation’s capital – pledging not to stop until the military relinquishes power.

Adorned with signs and chants, the Sudanese activists – ranging from youth and women’s rights groups to students and trade unionists – have assembled around the military headquarters in Khartoum, urging one another not to leave until the military hands over power to a civilian administration.

However, the military has declared it will remain in charge for a two-year transitional period, followed by elections.

Yet across social media, many have affirmed to uphold the sit-in until their insistence for a quick handover to a civilian ruling council is met.

Exclusive: Venezuela skirts U.S. sanctions by funneling oil sales via Russia

The sales are the latest sign of the growing dependence of Venezuela’s cash-strapped government on Russia as the United States tightens a financial noose around Maduro, who it describes as a dictator.

With its economy reeling from years of recession and a sharp decline in oil production, Venezuela was already struggling to finance imports and government spending before Washington imposed tough restrictions on state oil company PDVSA in January.

Oil accounts for more than 90 percent of exports from the OPEC nation and the lion’s share of government revenues. Maduro has accused U.S. President Donald Trump of waging economic war against Venezuela.


Mueller Time! Media Cries And Collusion Dream Dies

The Mueller report is finally public but that doesn’t change what we already know … there was NO COLLUSION. Despite whatever gossiping the MSM will continue to spin, the path forward is clear.

The 2020 Dem candidates will now have to campaign on IDEAS rather than a hoax.

LOL. Good luck with that. Chad Prather joins Jon Miller to excoriate the top 2020 Dems.

Mueller’s Report Ends ‘WitchHunt’ But What’s About To Unfold Is The Real Story

Barr said based on the evidence that Trump’s action had “non-corrupt motives.” The redacted version of Mueller’s report was released late Thursday.

The very few redactions in the behemoth report show the reasons for the decisions, which were based on recommendations made by the intelligence community, DOJ and Mueller prosecutors to protect classified information, sources and methods and information pertaining to ongoing litigation.

Thank goodness. We should be celebrating.

Instead, many media outlets who carried the Trump conspiracy water to thirsty ‘anti-Trumpers’ and angry Democrats are scouring the pages looking for anything to salvage their failed attempts at removing a duly elected president.

What is left, however, are multiple chapters still left to be written.

What will unfold is investigation into what historians will consider one of the greatest political ‘witch-hunts’ in U.S. history.

If justice is served, those responsible will be outed and prosecuted.

Those officials who weaponized the intelligence community, approved unauthorized surveillance on American citizens based on unvalidated information and targeted a sitting president should fear the wrath of ‘lady justice.’

Call it what you will but numerous sources within the intelligence community are describing the actions of the officials who launched and perpetuated the investigation into Trump a failed ‘soft coup.’

That is what we witnessed over the past three years, since the beginning of the investigation into Trump’s campaign.

We also witnessed two major disinformation campaigns: one by the Russians and the other by supporters loyal to Clinton.