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Florida: 145 graves of an African-American cemetery found under school

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50501741

They are part of Ridgewood Cemetery, a mid-20th Century cemetery for the poor.

The coffins - buried 3-5ft (1-1.5m) deep - were discovered using ground-penetrating radar after the school was alerted about the possible location of the cemetery.

Records indicate more than 250 people were buried there, most of them African Americans, the school district said.

Up to 77 of them were infants or small children.

The city opened Ridgewood in 1942 and sold it off to a private company in 1957. The school district acquired the land in 1959, opening King High School in 1960.

Today, the site consists of open land and the school's agricultural building.

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Republican Group's New Fox News Ad Debunks GOP, Donald Trump Spin On Ukraine .  :clap:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/republicans-for-the-rule-of-law-ukraine-ad-100537265.html


Republican Group's New Fox News Ad Debunks GOP, Donald Trump Spin On Ukraine

A conservative group hopes its new ad campaign will educate Republican voters on the actual facts of the Ukraine scandal that prompted the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Republicans for the Rule of Law released its first ad, featuring footage of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland implicating Trump during his congressional testimony, online Wednesday. The spot will air on Fox News’ flagship morning show “Fox & Friends,” which Trump often tunes into, on Friday.


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Former Trump adviser blasts 'false narrative' of Ukraine election interference .  :clap: :popcorn: :nod:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fiona-hill-trump-impeachment-statement-135416423.html

WASHINGTON — A former top national security adviser to President Trump told Republicans in the House impeachment inquiry Thursday morning to stop advancing a “fictional narrative” that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections rather than Russia.

“Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country — and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves,” said Fiona Hill, who until July was the deputy assistant to the president and senior director for Europe and Russia on the National Security Council.

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Pentagon official says Ukrainians asked about aid the same day Trump spoke to Zelensky

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-official-says-ukrainians-asked-about-aid-the-same-day-trump-spoke-to-zelensky-005127454.html

WASHINGTON — A senior Pentagon official told the congressional impeachment inquiry that Ukrainian officials inquired about the delay in U.S. military assistance to their country on the same day President Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden.

A Ukrainian official serving in the U.S. asked the Pentagon on July 25 “what is going on” with nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine, according to Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia.

“And did that connote to you that they were concerned that something was in fact going on with it?” asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is leading the inquiry.

“Yes sir,” Cooper responded.

Cooper was testifying in the fourth day of public hearings Wednesday, alongside David Hale, undersecretary of state for political affairs, the third-ranking official at the State Department.

The timing is significant because Trump pressured the Ukrainians to conduct an investigation of Biden, holding out a potential White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as leverage, Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told the House Intelligence Committee earlier Wednesday.

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Politics / How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill to $0
« on: Yesterday at 06:16:28 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/business/how-fedex-cut-its-tax-bill-to-0.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share#after-top

 :crazy: :nono2: :no:

The company, like much of corporate America, has not made good on its promised investment surge from President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts.

The public face of its lobbying effort, which included a tax proposal of its own, was FedEx’s founder and chief executive, Frederick Smith, who repeatedly took to the airwaves to champion the power of tax cuts. “If you make the United States a better place to invest, there is no question in my mind that we would see a renaissance of capital investment,” he said on an August 2017 radio show hosted by Larry Kudlow, who is now chairman of the National Economic Council.

Four months later, President Trump signed into law the $1.5 trillion tax cut that became his signature legislative achievement. FedEx reaped big savings, bringing its effective tax rate from 34 percent in fiscal year 2017 to less than zero in fiscal year 2018, meaning that, overall, the government technically owed it money. But it did not increase investment in new equipment and other assets in the fiscal year that followed, as Mr. Smith said businesses like his would.

Nearly two years after the tax law passed, the windfall to corporations like FedEx is becoming clear. A New York Times analysis of data compiled by Capital IQ shows no statistically meaningful relationship between the size of the tax cut that companies and industries received and the investments they made. If anything, the companies that received the biggest tax cuts increased their capital investment by less, on average, than companies that got smaller cuts.

FedEx’s financial filings show that the law has so far saved it at least $1.6 billion. Its financial filings show it owed no taxes in the 2018 fiscal year overall. Company officials said FedEx paid $2 billion in total federal income taxes over the past 10 years.

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Politics / A White House Now 'Cannibalizing Itself'
« on: Yesterday at 01:43:44 PM »
https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-now-cannibalizing-itself-131432971.html

WASHINGTON — As Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman sat in a stately chamber testifying Tuesday, the White House posted on its official Twitter account a message denouncing his judgment. His fellow witness, Jennifer Williams, had barely left the room when the White House issued a statement challenging her credibility.

In President Donald Trump’s Washington, where attacks on his enemies real or perceived have become so routine that they now often pass unnoticed, that might not seem all that remarkable — but for the fact that Vindman and Williams both still work for the very same White House that was publicly assailing them.

With the president’s allies joining in, the two aides found themselves condemned as nobodies, as plotting bureaucrats, as traitors within and, in Vindman’s case, as an immigrant with dual loyalties. Even for a president who rarely spares the rhetorical howitzer, that represents a new level of bombardment.

Trump has publicly disparaged Cabinet secretaries, former aides and career officials working elsewhere in the government, but now he is taking aim at people still working for him inside the White House complex by name.

“This White House appears to be cannibalizing itself,” said William C. Inboden, a former national security aide to President George W. Bush. “While many previous White House staffs have feuded with each other and leaked against each other, this is the first time in history I am aware of a White House openly attacking its own staff — especially for merely upholding their constitutional duties.”

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'Disgusting': Nikki Haley And George Conway Go At It On Twitter

https://www.yahoo.com/news/george-conway-nikki-haley-donald-trump-twitter-022113749.html

Donald Trump champion and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley crossed swords Monday on Twitter with attorney George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

Haley lashed out at Conway for calling Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) “lying trash” in a tweet Saturday after Stefanik complained that Republicans were shut down at House impeachment hearings. Conway attacked the congresswoman, retweeted a list of speaking times for Republicans at the hearing — and urged his 775,000 followers on Twitter to contribute to her opponent’s campaign.

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Politics / A big correction from Volker
« on: November 19, 2019, 07:49:40 PM »
LOCK HIM UP!   :clap:

LOCK HIM UP!   :clap:

LOCK HIM UP!   :clap:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/7-takeaways-from-tuesdays-impeachment-hearings/ar-BBX0orb?li=BBnb7Kz

1. A big correction from Volker

Volker, like European Union Gordon Sondland before him, was forced to correct his testimony after other witnesses called it into question.

The most important clarification came with regard to a July 10 meeting in which Sondland has now admitted he brought up investigations with Ukrainian leaders — after previously not disclosing that. Volker had previously testified that there was no mention of the investigations Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani were seeking during that meeting. But other witnesses indicated then-National Security Adviser John Bolton shut down the meeting because Sondland broached them.

So on Tuesday, Volker confirmed it, saying Sondland made “a general comment about investigations” toward the end of the meeting -- but that he might not have been around for some of the fallout.

He added: “I think all of us thought it was inappropriate.”

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Politics / Supremes prove that they worship agent orange
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:10:23 PM »
No surprise

The corruption has reached the highest court in the land  :nono2: :nono2: :nono2:

Sad but true

Supreme Court temporarily halts court order requiring accountants to turn over Trump’s tax returns to Congress

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/18/supreme-court-temporarily-halts-court-order-requiring-accountants-to-turn-over-trumps-tax-returns-to-congress.html

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 :lmao:

This lie is so funny

 :lmao:


Trump says he will ‘strongly consider’ testifying in impeachment probe

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/18/trump-says-he-will-strongly-consider-testifying-in-impeachment-probe.html

President Donald Trump on Monday suggested he would be open to testifying publicly or in writing as part of the House impeachment inquiry.

Trump’s openness to participating in the probe of his efforts to push Ukraine to announce investigations of his opponents came in response to an invitation for him to testify extended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview on CBS’ “Face The Nation.”

Pelosi, Trump tweeted Monday, “suggested on Sunday’s DEFACE THE NATION that I testify about the phony Impeachment Witch Hunt. She also said I could do it in writing.”

 :snicker :snicker :snicker

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Politics / Possible pay-to-play scheme for Trump ambassador post uncovered
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:58:33 AM »
THUG AND GANGSTER - THE NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY!   :nod: :nod: :nod:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/possible-pay-play-scheme-trump-053951762.html

A CBS News investigation has uncovered a possible pay-for-play scheme involving the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to the Bahamas. Emails obtained by CBS News show the nominee, San Diego billionaire Doug Manchester, was asked by the RNC to donate half a million dollars as his confirmation in the Senate hung in the balance, chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod reports.

When Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas in September, Manchester wanted to help. So the San Diego real estate developer, who prefers the nickname "Papa Doug," loaded up his private jet with supplies and headed for the hard-hit Caribbean country where he owned a home – and hoped to soon be serving as U.S. ambassador.

A Trump supporter, Manchester donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration fund. He was offered the Bahamas post the day after Mr. Trump was sworn in. Manchester said Trump told him, "I should probably be the ambassador to the Bahamas and you should be president."

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Trump's Pardons of Servicemen Raise Fears That Laws of War Won't Apply

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-pardons-servicemen-raise-fears-172350934.html

Trump's Pardons of Servicemen Raise Fears That Laws of War Won't Apply

Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance changed out of the drab inmate’s uniform he had worn for six years Friday and left the military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas a free man. He arrived minutes later at a nearby hotel, where his family swallowed him in a group embrace, crying tears of joy.

“I want to say thank you to President Trump,” he said amid a throng of well-wishers. “And I want the rest of the country to do that, too.”

The president Friday cleared Lorance and two other servicemen accused or convicted of war crimes, drawing cheers from thousands of supporters who said the men had been unfairly punished for decisions made in the confusion of war.

But many in the military, especially in military legal circles, are not celebrating. Trump’s reprieves, issued against the advice of top defense officials, were seen as a sign of disregard not only for the decisions of military juries but also for the judicial process itself.

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Politics / How FedEx Cut Its Tax Bill to $0
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:23:13 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/17/business/how-fedex-cut-its-tax-bill-to-0.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

The company, like much of corporate America, has not made good on its promised investment surge from President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts.

WASHINGTON — In the 2017 fiscal year, FedEx owed more than $1.5 billion in taxes. The next year, it owed nothing. What changed was the Trump administration’s tax cut — for which the company had lobbied hard.

The public face of its lobbying effort, which included a tax proposal of its own, was FedEx’s founder and chief executive, Frederick Smith, who repeatedly took to the airwaves to champion the power of tax cuts. “If you make the United States a better place to invest, there is no question in my mind that we would see a renaissance of capital investment,” he said on an August 2017 radio show hosted by Larry Kudlow, who is now chairman of the National Economic Council.

Four months later, President Trump signed into law the $1.5 trillion tax cut that became his signature legislative achievement. FedEx reaped big savings, bringing its effective tax rate from 34 percent in fiscal year 2017 to less than zero in fiscal year 2018, meaning that, overall, the government technically owed it money. But it did not increase investment in new equipment and other assets in the fiscal year that followed, as Mr. Smith said businesses like his would.

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I have called for this!

William Barr's 'Authoritarian' Trump Defense Triggers Calls For His Impeachment

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/william-barr-impeachment-federalist-society-speech-011503494.html

Politics
William Barr's 'Authoritarian' Trump Defense Triggers Calls For His Impeachment
HuffPost Mary Papenfuss,HuffPost 22 hours ago
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Attorney General William Barr’s latest extreme defense of Donald Trump has triggered a wave of calls for his impeachment — and disbarment.

Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics attorney in the George W. Bush administration, tweeted that Barr’s remarks Friday before the conservative Federalist Society were “another lunatic authoritarian speech” amid an impeachment investigation into the president. He claimed that Barr — a member of the conservative Catholic society Opus Dei — is “the type of bare knuckles lawyer the Church would have hired thirty years ago to cover up sex abuse cases.”

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He got Shep fired, is Chris next?    :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:

Trump tears into 'nasty & obnoxious' Fox News host Chris Wallace for 'dumb' interview on impeachment

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-tears-nasty-obnoxious-fox-212229001.html

President Donald Trump fired off some furious tweets about "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, calling the veteran journalist "nasty & obnoxious" for his "dumb and unfair" interview with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

"@SteveScalise blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris’s lowest rated (unless I’m on) morning show," Trump tweeted with a reference to former "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace. "This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past. Great job Steve!"

During Wallace's interview of Scalise, he confronted the Louisiana Republican on several points in their discussion of the impeachment inquiry. The inquiry is being conducted into allegations that Trump withheld military aid to pressure Ukraine to open investigations that stood to benefit him politically, including one into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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