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Friday, July 31, 2015

Top French Official Contradicts Kerry on Iran Deal - Bloomberg View

Secretary of State John Kerry has been painting an apocalyptic picture of what would happen if Congress killed the Iran nuclear deal. Among other things, he has warned that “our friends in this effort will desert us." But the top national security official from one of those nations involved in the negotiations, France, has a totally different view: He told two senior U.S. lawmakers that he thinks a Congressional no vote might actually be helpful.

via www.bloombergview.com

Heh.

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Clintons Reaped Millions From Foreign Bank After Hillary Intervened In UBS Tax Case To Reduce IRS's Requested Disclosures Of Americans' Offshore Accounts By 91%

A few weeks after Hillary Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in early 2009, she was summoned to Geneva by her Swiss counterpart to discuss an urgent matter. The Internal Revenue Service was suing UBS AG to get the identities of Americans with secret accounts.

If the case proceeded, Switzerland’s largest bank would face an impossible choice: Violate Swiss secrecy laws by handing over the names, or refuse and face criminal charges in U.S. federal court.

Within months, Mrs. Clinton announced a tentative legal settlement—an unusual intervention by the top U.S. diplomat. UBS ultimately turned over information on 4,450 accounts, a fraction of the 52,000 sought by the IRS, an outcome that drew criticism from some lawmakers who wanted a more extensive crackdown.

via taxprof.typepad.com

If I had enough money I would hide it in Switzerland too. This is just Hillary providing first class service. That's what she's paid for, isn't it?

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Navy Pursuing Upgraded Railgun, Higher-Power Laser Gun By 2020 - USNI News

The Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate.

via news.usni.org

Gettin' ready for China.

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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of dentist who killed Cecil the lion | Environment | The Guardian

I don't think I would be heading back there, oh, no.

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Patriotic Cat Stands For Comrades During National Anthem | Internet Action Force

If you thought American cats were the only patriotic ones, you were dead wrong. This is Margo and her owners say every time the Russian National Anthem plays, she instantly stands and gives all of her focus and concentration to paying respect to the Motherland. The Cold War may be over but if Margo is any indication, the Cute War is just heating up.

via iaf.tv

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CMP chief: Stem Express hiding trade in intact human fetuses; Update: Abortion industry group demands TRO against more videos « Hot Air

Why does Stem Express want to keep the undercover video shot by the Center for Medical Progress under wraps? David Daleiden, CMP’s project leader, tells CNN that the conversation included an admission that they “sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics that they work with.” Daleiden notes, “That could be prima facie evidence of born-alive infants” — and a potential series of violations of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA), passed into law in 2002. And that’s why “they’re very scared of it,” Daleiden says … right before the interviewer changes the subject:

via hotair.com

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Cops: Man buys car after taking $150,000 left by ATM workers - Yahoo News

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — One of two men suspected of making off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers bought an SUV with the money hours later, police said.

via news.yahoo.com

Not too smart.

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Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 While Lobbying For More H-1bs | The Daily Caller

“Qualcomm has been engaged within the technology industry in highlighting the ‘skills deficit’ in all areas of today’s workforce, especially engineering,” a spokeswoman for Qualcomm told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “This is an industry-wide problem, and we are committed to working to build the pipeline of students studying STEM fields.”

via dailycaller.com

Hmmm.

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Snail as Big as a Tennis Shoe Running Amok in Florida : Discovery News

Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe.

via news.discovery.com

Slimy.

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What's that bright spot on Ceres?

Can you guess what's creating those unusual bright spots on Ceres? On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even before the spacecraft arrived at the dwarf planet, images revealed mysterious bright spots that captivated scientists and observers alike. Until Dawn gets a closer look over the next few months, it's anyone's guess what those spots could be. So, go ahead! Cast your vote below.

via www.jpl.nasa.gov

Some sort of alien invasion prep site.

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