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Feds planning massive Northern California immigration sweep to strike against sanctuary laws

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.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation.
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(Canada) Police: Racist Attack on Girl Didn't Happen.

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Reported hijab attack on 11-year-old girl 'did not happen,' Toronto police say.
Police previously said they were treating case as a possible hate crime.


An 11-year-old girl's report last week that a man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school didn't occur, Toronto police said Monday.

"After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen," police said.

"The investigation is concluded."

The girl reported Friday that a man attempted twice to cut off her hijab as she walked to school with her younger brother. Police said last week that the alleged attack was being investigated as a possible hate crime.

CBC News is not naming the 11-year-old out of a concern for her interests.

The girl, along with her mother and representatives from the Toronto District School Board, spoke to reporters inside her school Friday after she had talked to police.

Her story captured national attention, and drew public condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

No legal consequences
"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and international attention," police spokesperson Mark Pugash said in an interview.

"Investigators worked extremely hard since the allegations on Friday. They gathered evidence from a variety of sources," before concluding the story was untrue, Pugash said, adding that the girl who reported the incident will not face any legal consequences.

"These allegations were extremely serious and not surprisingly, they received national and international attention," police spokesperson Mark Pugash said in an interview.

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French highwayman

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So, did Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the UK, just sign a deal which granted over £40 million to the french so they can improve security fencing in their own country, and speed up the rate at which immigrants can enter the UK?

What the fuck is she doing? This country just voted to leave the E.U. partially because of an identity crisis being caused by immigration! Why are we giving the French a penny? Because they cant eject immigrants back through their port of entry? Because they cant prevent them from reaching the coast in the first place? These people are not refugees, they are straight up economic migrants, with no skills and nothing to offer. Are the french just straight up blackmailing us? Macron is basically saying "Give us money or we will use these immigrants as a weapon to fuck up and poison your country."

I hope May sorts out Brexit then immediately resigns. I don't want Labour - but she can just fuck off at this point.

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Anthony Beevor speaks out over Ukraine book ban

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Serhiy Oliyinyk, head of the Ukrainian Committee for State TV and Radio Broadcasting’s licensing and distribution control department, told Radio Free Europe (RFE) that the ban was imposed because of a passage that details how 90 Jewish children were shot by Ukrainian militia “to save the feelings of the Sonderkommando”, the work units made up of the Nazis’ death camp prisoners.

“It’s a provocation,” he told RFE. “When we checked the sources he used, we found out he used reports of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs. It was enough to discuss the issue at expert council and we are happy they supported us.”

But Beevor said the source was not an internal Soviet document, but a book by the anti-Nazi German officer Helmuth Groscurth. The book is noted as a source in Stalingrad, and the quotes attributed to Groscurth are sourced to it. Beevor also pointed to a harrowing but corroborating description of the incident in the the 1988 collection of firsthand recollections The Good Old Days: The Holocaust As Seen By Its Perpetrators and Bystanders.

“It’s utterly outrageous. They have no reason for doing it. It’s quite clear both in the Russian edition and English edition what the source was and where it came from – this rather brave and religious officer [Groscurth] who protested strongly, despite threats he would be reported to Himmler … about this massacre of the children. There’s no way the Soviets would even have known about it,” said Beevor.

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'There's nowhere to hide': companies warned on climate risks

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>The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has begun pressing financial companies on their awareness of climate change risks, and is encouraging them to run "stress tests" on climate risk scenarios. It is also working with other regulators, APRA executive board member Geoff Summerhayes said in a speech late last year.

>In his speech, Summerhayes warned of the potential impact on account holders, policyholders and members if financial institutions jeopardised their own futures by failing to adequately plan for the future. His final message? Don't "[fight] against the rising tide".

>It's a message echoed by some of the world's biggest investors, including Australian super funds and fund managers, an increasing number of which are promising to flex their muscles on the issue following the 2015 Paris agreement, pressure from regulators and - increasingly - their own members.

>"We are going to see a significant increase in the attention investors are giving [to climate change risk]," says Pauline Vamos, chief executive of governance firm Regnan.

>"There are now much better tools by which to measure climate change risk, there's increased attention by APRA, and trustees of super funds are being asked how they are taking that risk into account."


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The Dow's 31% gain during Trump's first year is the best since FDR

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The 30-stock index has surged more than 31 percent since Trump's inauguration.
That marks the index's best performance during the first year of a president since Franklin Roosevelt.
"You've got lower taxes, less regulation and confidence in the economy is high," said one investor.
The S&P 500 has surged 23 percent during Trump's first year in office.
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Trump Admiin Budget Director guts 2nd quarter funding for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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-Budget Director has referred to the agency as a "sick joke"
-Indicated the $145 million would be better spent paying down the US budget deficit

This week, when Mick Mulvaney, the Trump administration budget director tapped as interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said he needed $0 to cover the watchdog's second-quarter expenses.

Mulvaney, a consistent critic of the consumer agency he now heads, wrote in a Jan. 17 letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that the watchdog had $177.1 million left over at the start of the federal government's 2018 fiscal year in September.

He said the money had been kept as a reserve fund during the tenure of Richard Cordray, the Obama administration appointee who headed the consumer bureau before Mulvaney was appointed by President Trump late last year.

The consumer bureau's projected second-quarter expenses total roughly $145 million. Therefore, wrote Mulvaney, "I have been assured that the funds currently in the Bureau Fund are sufficient for the Bureau to carry out its statutory mandates for the next fiscal quarter while striving to be efficient, effective, and accountable."

He asked the Fed to redirect the $145 million it would have sent to the consumer bureau instead to the U.S. Treasury, where it might make a small dent in the federal deficit.

The consumer bureau was created through Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms after the U.S. financial crisis a decade ago. Unlike most other federal agencies, its funding comes directly from the Fed, with no oversight by Congress — a sore point for Mulvaney and many other Capitol Hill Republicans.

The Federal Reserve is largely self-financed and doesn't rely on taxpayer funds.

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House Report Concluded Pakistanis Made ‘Unauthorized Access’ To Congressional Servers

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>House investigators concluded that Democratic IT aides made unauthorized access to congressional servers in 2016, allegedly accessing the data of members for whom they did not work, logging in as members of Congress themselves, and covering their tracks, according to a presentation summarizing the findings of a four-month internal probe.

>Their behavior mirrored a “classic method for insiders to exfiltrate data from an organization,” and they continued even after orders to stop, the briefing materials allege. There are indications that numerous members’ data may have been secretly residing not on their designated servers, but instead aggregated onto one server, according to the briefing and other sources. Authorities said that the entire server was then physically stolen.

>When acting on the findings, Democratic leadership appear to have misrepresented the issue to their own members as solely a matter of theft, a comparison of the investigators’ findings with Democrats’ recollections and a committee’s public statement shows, leading 44 Democrats to not conduct protective measures typically taken after a breach — including informing constituents whose personal information may have been exposed. (A list of the involved members is below.)

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Fusion GPS Founder Admits: Couldn’t Confirm Dossier Allegations, Spread Them To Media Anyway

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Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson made a surprising if not damning admission in his interview with the House Intelligence Committee in November.

According to a transcript of his interview, released late Thursday, Simpson acknowledged that he “will never” be able to confirm a key allegation made in the infamous Steele dossier about Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser.

The admission is significant because of the likelihood that the FBI and Justice Department relied on allegations made about Page in the dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant against him prior to the 2016 election.

And though Simpson apparently did not know whether some of the allegations about Page in the dossier were accurate, he admitted spreading the information to journalists as part of a broad media outreach campaign.