RICE COOKERS SHUT NYC SUBWAY BOMB PRANK? TEST? NYPD HUNTS FOR SUSPECT

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By Craig McCarthy, Larry Celona, Olivia Bensimon, Julia Marsh and Yaron Steinbuch

A pair of suspicious rice cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning — but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said.

Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. It was determined safe just after 9:40 a.m., according to cops.

Police urged straphangers to avoid the Fulton Street subway station because of the first two packages, which were reported by a 911 caller.

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The station was evacuated out of “an abundance of caution,” a police spokesperson said, before the Bomb Squad cleared the devices.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told New Yorkers that the NYPD has information about “a potential suspect.”

“I want everyone to know nothing of danger has been found and there’s no indication of any further activity,” Hizzoner said on WNYC.

“This is the classic ‘If you see something, say something,’ but based on everything we know right now, we have an all-clear,” he added.

In a tweet, the department said, “Expect a police presence and emergency vehicles in the area. Check @NYCTSubway for possible schedule changes. More info to follow.”

People appeared to be generally unfazed by the scare and took it in stride.

“It’s good that they’re taking all these precautions but it seems like it was deemed safe, so I think we’re a little anxious to get back to our day,” said Joe Vieitez, 28, who works nearby.

Therese Brand, 61, of Queens, said she left her office when she got an alert on an app — but insisted that “no terrorist is going to scare me from doing my job.”

“If a bomb goes off, that building is coming down and we’ll be in the middle of it,” she said, but added: “I’m used to a lot of this stuff. I was working at 30 Main St. when I saw the towers go down on 9/11.”

Delays and changes to service were reported on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J and Z lines due to the investigation, according to the MTA.

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Unable to Promote Anti-Israel Agenda, Rashida Tlaib Rejects Visit to Her Grandma in West Bank

The state of Israel called Rashida Tlaib’s bluff, and her tremendous hypocrisy has been exposed as a result.

By Shane Trejo

After Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were barred from entering the state of Israel yesterday due to their anti-Semitic comments and positions, Tlaib immediately played the victim card as she claimed heartbreak over not being able to see her beloved grandmother.

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Israel showed compassion following her cries, and reversed their decision, allowing Tlaib entry in order to visit her grandmother as long as she did not proselytize her anti-Israel beliefs while making her visit.

However, Tlaib quickly backtracked and refused go to on the trip, angry that she would be unable to promote her pro-Palestine political agenda while in attendance.

Israel interior minister Aryeh Deri skewered her in a Tweet as a result:

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However, it was revealed that Israel simply granted Tlaib’s written request to Deri that she made just a day ago:

Tlaib’s hypocrisy is on full display, as she has proven that she was using her familial ties as a way to garner sympathy. Israel called her bluff, and the socialist legislator has never looked more foolish as a result. This entire situation has been another loss for “the Squad,” and another victory for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

EPSTEIN BODYGUARD CUTS INTERVIEW SHORT WHEN ASKED ABOUT TEENAGE GIRLS, SUICIDE, TELLS REPORTER TO ‘BE CAREFUL’

Epstein Bodyguard Cuts Interview Short When Asked About Teenage Girls, Suicide, Tells Reporter to 'Be Careful'

Previously claimed Epstein received tip-offs ahead of local police visits

 | Infowars.com – AUGUST 16, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime bodyguard, Igor Zinoviev, cut an interview short when he was asked about previous comments he’d given four years ago, describing the billionaire hedge fund manager hanging out with teenage girls and receiving special treatment from police.

In an interview Monday, Zinoviev, a former MMA fighter who also served as Epstein’s driver and personal trainer, told New York Magazine he didn’t recall responses he’d given in a previous interview four years ago, in which he discussed the billionaire pedophile’s attraction to teenage girls, local police corruption and being insulted and humiliated by him.

NY Intelligencer writer M.L. Nestel, who had previously interviewed Zinoviev in 2015 for The Daily Beast, says he noticed this time the bodyguard, whose native language is not English, seemed very nervous.

“To be honest, I didn’t expect that he’d try to back away from the assertions he made in our original interview — but he did,” Nestel wrote. “He also seemed, it is safe to say, quite nervous about saying anything at all.”

In one instance, Zinoviev backpedalled to say he didn’t recall mentioning Epstein hanging out with teenage girls.

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Zinoviev: It’s not the teenage girls. I never see the teenage girls. I tell you I never see teenage girls.

Plenty of times when I work for him I never see anything unproper or teenage girls around him.

That’s what I say.

Nestel: So now you say you only saw him with women? Older than 18? 20?

Zinoviev: All what I say he has always been with girlfriends and there was a couple girls — I don’t remember their names. She was 25 and worked for him as assistant. Maybe 25 or 23 — whatever, I don’t know the age.

Nestel: Okay. But you definitely told me that last time we talked.

Zinoviev: No, no. It’s not that. He working like work-release on other stuff. And I just tell him, you know, he would order his girlfriends around, and I told him, “Calm down.” It’s not just teenage girls.

I never see teenage girls in my life at his house. That’s what it is. That’s a misunderstanding. Completely. That’s because — that’s what I’m saying. Most of the time with reporters they give me that kind of questions. “Who told you I see the teenage girls?” I never see the teenage girls in my life. And they said I was —

In another portion of the interview, Zinoviev says he believes Epstein had “help” committing suicide, but refuses to elaborate further, while adding he felt nothing after learning of his death.

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Zinoviev: I’m not afraid. Beyond that just he is dead. I don’t want anything to be uncorrect. There’s too much shit in here, you know, already. He’s dead and just like, freaking people, just leave him alone.

Nestel: Hold on. When did you find out he died?

Zinoviev: Saturday or Sunday or whenever.

Nestel: What did you think when you found that out?

Zinoviev: What did I think?

Nestel: Yeah.

Zinoviev: Are you sure you want to hear what I am going to think?

Nestel: Yeah.

Zinoviev: Somebody helped him to do that.

Nestel: You think somebody helped him kill himself?

Zinoviev: Yeah.

Nestel: Okay. Why?

Zinoviev: Listen, you know, that’s going a little too deep.

Nestel: I mean, I’m just trying to understand that maybe you’d be happy he was dead or you would be upset. I don’t know. Are you even feeling anything?

Zinoviev: I’m not sad. I mean, I didn’t have anything against him, like a bad thing, you know? I don’t care about his life completely. I don’t give a, let’s say, like, crap about how he die, how he live, or how he’s managed.

Nestel next pressed the bodyguard on a previous statement in which he seemed to imply someone within the local police department would tip off Epstein prior to home visits, at which point Zinoviev grows incredibly uncomfortable, tells the reporter not to “put [himself] in trouble,” and abruptly ends the interview.

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Zinoviev: Listen, what you say is between you and me —

Nestel: You told me he would get phone calls the night before and eight o’clock the police are going to come. He would get a heads up from local police.

Zinoviev: [Silence.]

Nestel: You told me that, Igor. Want me to read the quote?

Zinoviev: Well, you can read whatever you want right now. Don’t just — you can put yourself in big trouble.

Nestel: You said: “He always do something wrong. There was some nights in question. There was at home arrest and police, before they come to the house, they call him and tell him they coming in at eight o’clock in the morning. It’s all corruption you know. It’s all bullshit.”

Zinoviev: Listen, don’t put yourself in trouble. Seriously.

Nestel: We talked about this.

Zinoviev: I understand we got this.

Nestel: I’m telling you to give you a chance to remember because we talked about this stuff. I know it’s hard. I don’t know what you mean about “put myself in trouble.”

Zinoviev: Let that go. Seriously. Let that go.

Nestel: Why is it so important? Are you worried about the local cops?

Zinoviev: Listen, you’re really smart and I’m not going to offer that over the phone right now, okay? You’re really smart. You have no idea. Please!

Nestel: What do you mean by that?

Zinoviev: I can’t explain you. I can’t explain you over the phone any of this.

Nestel: You said that last time. And we didn’t talk for years. You can tell the world who this guy was. You were with him for a long time. You know what I mean?

Zinoviev: [Silence.]

Nestel: I totally understand that you think he could have had help committing suicide.

Zinoviev: First of all, I have to go right now. I have another client.

Nestel: Still training people?

Zinoviev: Yes. But just be careful. I’m not kidding.

Nestel: What’s your email so I can send you —

Zinoviev: Don’t do any kind of that stuff. Just don’t play it. Seriously.

Nestel: Can you tell me why?

Zinoviev: I can’t. I can’t.

Nestel: May I ask you one more question?

Zinoviev: Go ahead.

Nestel: Have you been talking to anyone in the government, the FBI? Have they come to you?

Zinoviev: [Long pause] Um. Great talking to you. Seriously. We talk later.

Nestel: Really?

Zinoviev: Bye.

Nestel: All right.

Zinoviev: Bye.

Philly Cop-Shooter Maurice Hill Attended Radical Mosque

By Jim Hoft – AUGUST 16, 2019

At least six police officers were shot on Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga section.

The officers were taken to Temple University Hospital and later released.  

The shooter was later identified as Maurice Hill, 36.  He has a long police record.

Maurice Hill surrendered late Wednesday night after shooting six police officers in a 7-hour-long standoff.

The shooter livestreamed his shooting on Facebook.

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Maurice Hill attended the radical Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar mosque in Philadelphia, a mosque known for preaching radical Wahhabist doctrine.

Clarion Project reported:

Maurice Hill, the criminal who wounded six police officers in a shootout in Philadelphia and was arrested after a seven-hour standoff, attended a radical mosque.

The mosque, called Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar, is known for preaching the Islamist ideology promoted by Saudi Arabia referred to as “Wahhabism.”

Clarion Intelligence Network has been aware through its sources that the area where the shootings took place is known for trafficking in guns, drugs and counterfeit items. This criminal market has a strong Islamist element that includes extremist gangs.

Hill’s older sister said he “occasionally attended” an unnamed mosque, confirming initial reports from our sources that Hill is a Muslim. The sources do not yet have first-hand evidence of the shooter being personally involved in Islamist extremism.

Clarion Intel’s sources report that Masjid Ahlil Hadith Wal Athar is a Salafi mosque which follows the theocratic teachings of Saudi Arabia’s top Wahhabist scholars.

There is a protest planned for Friday night calling for Hill’s release from jail.

 

IS THERE A HIDDEN POLITICAL AGENDA? THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SUDDENLY FULL OF STORIES ABOUT THE COMING RECESSION

 

Is There A Hidden Political Agenda? The Mainstream Media Is Suddenly Full Of Stories About The Coming Recession

For those on the left that would like to see Trump voted out in 2020, the timing of the next recession will be key

Michael Snyder | Economic Collapse – AUGUST 16, 2019

All of a sudden, it seems like the mainstream media just can’t stop talking about “the coming recession”

If you go to Google News and type in the word “recession”, you will literally get dozens of articles from the last couple of days with “recession” in the headline.  And of course it is true that there are signs of global economic trouble all around us, and I have been documenting them on my website all throughout 2019.  So we don’t want to criticize the mainstream media when they actually decide to tell the truth, because a recession is definitely coming, but could it be possible that there is also a hidden political agenda at work?  The economy is generally regarded to be one of the bright spots for President Trump, and political operatives on the left clearly understand that a major economic downturn now would spell almost certain doom for Trump’s chances of winning the 2020 election.  And when mainstream reporters talk about the possibility of a recession as we approach the next election, many of them almost seem gleeful as they describe how it could hurt Trump politically.  Ultimately, when things start to really get bad it is inevitable that the mainstream media will place the blame directly at the feet of Trump.  It is easy to imagine a narrative along the lines of “Trump’s handling of the economy has plunged the nation into a recession” being relentlessly pounded into the heads of American voters over the next year.  And if the end result is Trump being voted out of office, more than 90 percent of those that work for the big news companies will be just fine with that.

This week, we have seen an absolute explosion in the number of stories about the possibility of an imminent recession.  The following are just a few of the stories I came across while doing research earlier today…

A global recession may be coming a lot sooner than anyone thought

Recession watch: 6 financial moves to make when the economy slows down

Trump 2020 can’t afford a recession

The recession question we should be asking isn’t ‘when’ but ‘how bad?’

Recession fears explained in one simple sentence

Recession ahead? Dow, stocks tank on fears that bond market signals a downturn

Recession indicator with perfect track record flashing red

Recession signs are flashing, but Americans are still shopping at Walmart

Worried about a recession? Don’t panic, but be prepared

Of course many of these stories were sparked by a major event that we just witnessed on Wall Street.  The following comes from Fox Business

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Yes, it is possible that the yield curve could be wrong this time, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

And the economic news that is coming in from all over the world just continues to confirm that conditions are deteriorating.  On Thursday, we learned that U.S. manufacturing has slumped back into contraction territory, and earlier this week we got some really troubling news from Germany and China

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So it isn’t as if the mainstream media is being dishonest with us in this case.  Global economic activity is most definitely slowing down, and many believe that things will get much worse during the second half of this year.

And a global economic slowdown would be terrible news for the Trump campaign, because their entire narrative depends on President Trump making the economy great again.  A substantial percentage of American voters are convinced that since he is a billionaire, Trump must really understand the economy very well.  And according to a CNN poll from earlier this year, the performance of the economy is one of the main reasons for his current level of support…

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But if the U.S. economy plunges into a painful recession, the game completely changes.

For those on the left that would like to see Trump voted out in 2020, the timing of the next recession will be key.  If the next recession doesn’t begin until the second half of 2020, there may not be enough economic pain before November to swing the election in the favor of the Democratic candidate.  So what the left really needs is for a recession to begin during the second half of 2019 or the first half of 2020 so that Americans are really suffering by the time election day rolls around.

I know that is a very sick way to think, but these are the sorts of conversations that these people actually have.  For example, on his own television show Bill Maher publicly stated that a recession would be “worth it” if Trump is voted out in 2020.  As we approach the next election, many on the left will be so desperate to see Trump gone that they will be willing to pay just about any price to see that happen.

And to be honest, the U.S. economy is definitely way overdue for a major downturn, and so it is only prudent to get prepared for rough times ahead.  At this point, even USA Today is providing us with “recession survival tips”…

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That is actually really good advice.

Now is a time to cut costs, get out of debt and build up your emergency fund.

The coming year promises to be quite chaotic, and those that hate President Trump are likely to pull out all the stops in an all-out attempt to get him voted out in 2020.

FORMER FBI OFFICIAL: ‘TRUMP SUPPORTERS ARE LIKE TERRORISTS’

Former FBI Official: 'Trump Supporters Are Like Terrorists'

“If you call Trump followers racist en masse, they simply coalesce around each other.”

By Steve Watson – AUGUST 16, 2019

Former FBI official turned MSNBC analyst Frank Figliuzzi, who sees Hitler in everything Trump does, stated on a live broadcast this week that Trump supporters are a lot like terrorists rallying around a figurehead.

The former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI, was discussing racism (shocker) with MSNBC host Chris Jansing, when the pair suggested that it would be a good idea for Democrats to keep accusing Trump supporters of being racist.

Jansing spewed:

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And Figliuzzi responded:

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That was enough to get the attention of Fox News analyst Dan Bongino, who said “I can’t believe this guy is still allowed on the air.”

“MSNBC is willing to put complete lunatics on the air who will say absolutely anything at any time, as long as it makes Trump look bad,” he added.

Senate Probes Biden-Linked, Chinese Military-Boosting Tech Sale Grassley Compares to Uranium One

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By Haris Alic

The Senate Finance Committee is probing the Obama administration’s 2015 decision to approve the sale of a U.S. company with insight into “military applications” to the Chinese government and an investment firm run by former Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son, Hunter Biden.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee’s chairman, sent a letter to the Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Thursday requesting documents relating to the sale of Henniges, a Michigan-based automotive company, to Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Bohai Harvest RST (BHR). The latter was formed in 2013 by a merger between a subsidiary of the Bank of China and Rosemont Seneca, a firm started by Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz, the stepson of former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Since AVIC was a subsidiary of the Chinese government and Henniges, the producer of “dual-use” anti-vibration technology with military application, the deal required approval from the Obama administration’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The panel — made up of representatives from 16 different federal bodies, including the departments of State, Treasury, and Defense — is required to review any transaction that could lead to a foreign person gaining control of an American business.

In question is whether CIFUS was influenced by Obama administration officials, most notedly Joe Biden and John Kerry, who had an interest in seeing the deal move forward.

“The direct involvement of Mr. Hunter Biden and Mr. Heinz in the acquisition of Henniges by the Chinese government creates a potential conflict of interest,” Grassley wrote.

The senator noted in his letter that AVIC’s bid for Henniges should have immediately set off alarm bells in the Obama White House. In 2007, AVIC “reportedly involved in stealing sensitive data regarding the Joint Strike Fighter program,” which it later “reportedly incorporated … into China’s J-20 and J‑31 aircraft.”

Even more troubling, however, is that bid was facilitated at the same time China was staking out a more adversarial role in global affairs. At the time, Beijing was suspected of undermining U.S. cybersecurity by underwriting hackers stealing governmental data. There was also simmering tension over disputes in the South China Sea.

Despite the threat to national security, the $600 million deal was approved by CIFUS, with AVIC purchasing 51 percent of the company and BHR taking ownership of the other 49 percent. Upon purchase, an industry newsletter stated the deal was the “biggest Chinese investment into US automotive manufacturing assets to date.”

In his letter to Mnuchin, Grassley compared the deal to the Uranium One scandal, which arose when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton approved the sale of a Canadian mining company to Rosatom, the state-owned Russian nuclear energy conglomerate. It later emerged that both investors in the company and Russian energy officials had donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation.

“As with the Uranium One transaction, there is cause for concern that potential conflicts of interest could have influenced CFIUS’ approval of the Henniges transaction,” Grassley wrote. “Accordingly, Congress and the public must fully understand the decision-making process that led to the Henniges approval and the extent to which CFIUS fully considered the transaction’s national security risks.”

This is not the first time that Hunter Biden’s ties to China have caused grief for his father’s political career. As Peter Schweizer, a senior contributor at Breitbart News, revealed in his bestselling book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, Hunter Biden signed the $1.5 billion deal creating BHR in 2013 only ten days after visiting China aboard Air Force Two with his father.

Ted Lieu Deletes One Antisemitic Tweet — But Leaves Others Up

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By Joel B. Pollak

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) deleted a tweet Thursday in which he accused U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman of dual loyalty — the same antisemitic theme used in the past by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

The Israeli government denied Omar and Tlaib entry into the country, based on their support for boycotting Israel. Omar said earlier this year that Americans who support Israel owe “allegiance to a foreign country,” and Tlaib said that U.S. Senators who support Israel “forgot what country they represent.” Both statements were condemned at the time as antisemitic, as they evoke the slur of “dual loyalty” that has often been used as a pretext to persecute Jews.

Lieu had tweeted: “Dear @USAmbIsrael: You are an American. Your allegiance should be to America, not to a foreign power. You should be defending the right of Americans to travel to other countries. If you don’t understand that, then you need to resign.” He madethe same accusation on CNN as he was interviewed by anchor Wolf Blitzer. “He doesn’t seem to understand that his allegiance is to America, not to a foreign power,” Lieu told Blitzer, saying that Friedman should have been fighting for Omar and Tlaib to have the right to enter Israel, despite Israeli law.

On Thursday evening, Lieu deleted his tweet, and tweeted: “It has been brought to my attention that my prior tweet to @USAmbIsrael raises dual loyalty allegations that have historically caused harm to the Jewish community. That is a legitimate concern. I am therefore deleting the tweet.” He did not apologize, however.

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In addition, Lieu left up several tweets making the same accusation against several Republican legislators (and using the “dual loyalty” slur in praising Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) for criticizing Israel’s decision).

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Lieu represents California’s 33rd congressional district, which has a sizable Jewish population.

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