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Apr 18 18:25

Starbucks customer complains that police mixed her up with 'erratically' behaving woman: 'Is she Latina like me?'

On Wednesday, the San Pablo Police Department in California released body-camera footage on Facebook in response to a claim filed by the falsely accused woman. In the footage, from the afternoon of March 18, a man, and a woman named Guadalupe Tamayo, were sitting at Starbucks in the neighborhood of Princeton Plaza when officers appeared and told Tamayo to leave the store.

Apr 18 18:24

'I been killing his kind': Man arrested for racist rant caught on video towards 'Arab' AT&T employee

A customer inside an AT&T store in Texas went on a racist rant on Tuesday against an employee, calling him “a f***ing Arab” and bragging about “killing his kind” — all while a fellow customer filmed the scene, called the police and had the man arrested.

Apr 18 14:06

DEATH OF FREE SPEECH: CRITICIZING ISRAEL WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON

Soon, this blog will be illegal.

No, I’m not selling drugs or peddling child pornography. I write about America’s wars and the primary objective of those illegal and immoral wars—to make Israel the hegemon of the Middle East along with Saudi Arabia. All US foreign policy in that region centers on those two nations.

The following may soon be classified as hate speech and antisemitism (as increasingly criticism of the Jewish state and its Zionist political ideology are considered crimes).

Trump took the baton from Obama after he told us he wasn’t into “nation-building” and was a populist “America First” noninterventionist. The American people were lied to again, but then this is now normal behavior.

Such criticism of Israel will soon be illegal. Democrats and Republicans are working together to make criticism of Israel a criminal offense. .

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Criminalization of free speech, is the beginning of the end of any Republic, and folks, we are right here, and right now.

In order to do this, Congress would have to neutralize the First Amendment to the Constitution, by having this ratified by a two-thirds of the House and Senate, then send it to the states for ratification, which will mean that 3/4 of the states must approve.

How are Constitutional Amendments created?The article goes on to state:

The Constitution

What is an amendment?

An amendment to the Constitution is an improvement, a correction or a revision to the original content approved in 1788. To date, 27 Amendments have been approved, six have been disapproved and thousands have been discussed.

How is the Constitution amended?

Article V of the Constitution prescribes how an amendment can become a part of the Constitution. While there are two ways, only one has ever been used. All 27 Amendments have been ratified after two-thirds of the House and Senate approve of the proposal and send it to the states for a vote. Then, three-fourths of the states must affirm the proposed Amendment."

Should such legislation against the First Amendment be passed, followed along swiftly by anti-Israel hate speech legislation, we will know, unequivocally, that the US has absolutely surrendered its geopolitical sovereignty to Israel, and that Israel will now have complete control over US foreign policy in the Middle East(as though it doesn't exert that control, to the absolute detriment of We the People, already.)

IF such legislation is passed, I hope that the counter-argument be heard all the way up to the Supreme Court, and that it will be struck down.

Apr 18 13:39

After waves of criminal justice reforms, prosecutors now want to lock in pleas, ask defendants to give up future rights

The San Diego County District Attorney has a new tactic aimed at locking in prison terms in plea-bargained cases, by requiring defendants to give up any rights they may have in the future to seek a lower sentence if the Legislature or the courts change the law under which they were sent to prison.

The move comes after years of criminal justice reform measures, passed both by voters through statewide propositions and by lawmakers in Sacramento, that have lessened potential sentences for some crimes, downgraded other crimes from felonies to misdemeanors and opened a way for people in prison to go to court and get lower sentences based on newly-adopted changes to the law.

Now, in some cases, prosecutors in San Diego will require defendants to agree that a sentence imposed as part of a plea bargain will remain forever. Under the terms of the waiver, defendants will be barred from pursuing any new benefits that may be available to them in the future.

Apr 18 13:29

FACEBOOK SAYS IT 'UNINTENTIONALLY UPLOADED' 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE'S EMAIL CONTACTS WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT

SOURCE: BUSINESSINSIDER.COM
Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network, Business Insider can reveal. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them.

The revelation comes after pseudononymous security researcher e-sushi noticed that Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities, a move widely condemned by security experts. Business Insider then discovered that if you entered your email password, a message popped up saying it was "importing" your contacts without asking for permission first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; upon what criteria was this data collected?!?

Apr 18 13:27

THE ECUADOREAN AUTHORITIES HAVE NO REASON TO DETAIN FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPER OLA BINI

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his Twitter account before Assange was arrested.

Ola’s detention was full of irregularities, as documented by his lawyers. His warrant was for a “Russian hacker” (Bini is neither); he was not read his rights, allowed to contact his lawyer nor offered a translator.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When innocent people are rounded up like cattle, to serve the political needs of the government who had this man arrested, any "democracy" which is doing this, is in a desperate state of deep, and sudden, decline.

Apr 18 13:11

NORTH KOREA SAYS IT TESTED A NEW WEAPON BUT WON’T SAY WHAT IT WAS

North Korea is flexing its muscles. On Thursday, the nation announced that it had test-launched a new “tactical guided weapon” — but kept the details vague.

The weapon is unlikely to be a long-range ballistic missile that could jeopardize peace talks, according to the Associated Press. Rather, given the fact that the announcement came with new demands for ongoing negotiations with the U.S., the tests were likely intended as a display of military strength.

Guessing Game
South Korean experts suspect that the new weapon was some sort of cruise missile, per the AP‘s attempt to learn more. Had the weapon been a longer-range missile that could pose a threat to the U.S. or other nations, then North Korea may have put at risk its ongoing effort to lift sanctions that other countries have imposed on it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What will be key and critical here, is how President Trump understands what has been done, and where this may be going, in terms of denuclearization dialogue with Kim Jun Ung.

But there is one thing on which he and I most likely agree, and appreciate, and that is how "Wreck-it Mike Pompeo" is behaving right now.'

This is the result you get when you appoint a Dominonist as your Secretary of State.

These folks have a core belief that the more wars countries create, the sooner Jesus will make his Second Coming.

Rapture Christians Plan to Trigger an Apocalypse

The article goes on to state:

"A new ideology in the White House".

In the Trump White House, a weekly bible study group calls its brand of faith “historical evangelicalism.” Biblical scholars say the group shares the “end of times” message of “Rapture” theologians in its statement of faith and founder Ralph Drollinger’s own published lessons.

The bible study group is run by Capitol Ministries, an organization with the stated mission “to teach God’s Word and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with state legislators, judges, and constitutional officers.” Capitol Ministries supporters include ten members of Trump’s cabinet, including in addition to Pompeo, labor secretary Alex Acosta and housing secretary Ben Carson according to the Capitol Ministries website. Drollinger, a UCLA basketball player-turned politician-turned-preacher, has also been holding weekly bible study groups with dozens of Congress members since 2010."

Folks, I do not know how you feel about having a Secretary of State, whose religious eshatology commends him to "grease the skids" for the worst global catastrophe ever, because it will be the event which will foreshadow the 2nd coming of Christ, but color me very nervous about this.

In looking at Pompeo's foreign policy, one can see how, in his mind, creating wars against Biblical enemies, and others, like Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Yemen, makes perfect sense to him; after all, it's hastening the second coming of Jesus, right?!?

And I have to wonder; what will happen to these Dominionists, if the wars destroy all life on earth, but there is no second coming of Jesus?!?

Apr 18 12:41

NXIVM SEX CULT’S ALLEGED ILLEGAL POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS REPORTEDLY WENT TO HILLARY CLINTON

The NXIVM sex cult is facing allegations that it illegally bundled campaign donations to gain political favor with an unnamed US presidential election candidate and reports suggest that the politician is Hillary Clinton.
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue asked a federal judge to introduce evidence showing that the defendants in the sex cult case had an “illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign.”

The court documents claim that witness testimony and documentary evidence will show that at least 14 NXIVM members, including five defendants, made the maximum campaign donation to a candidate, with the “understanding that they would be reimbursed by [Claire] Bronfman or Nancy Salzman,” who were involved in the cult. Salzman is the co-founder along with Keith Raniere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Grab the popcorn, folks; if this case ever gets to trial, this is going to, potentially, have a "domino effect" on both the Clintons, and the Democratic party as well.

Apr 18 12:38

SEARS SUES LAMPERT, CLAIMING HE LOOTED COMPANY AND DROVE IT INTO BANKRUPTCY

Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime Chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments, and former directors including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, accusing them of allowing the retailer to be looted of billions of dollars before its October 2018 bankruptcy.

The lawsuit, made public on Thursday, was filed by the restructuring team winding down what remains of the pre-bankruptcy Sears following Lampert’s $5.2 billion purchase in February of most of its assets.

Sears accused Lampert of ordering the creation of bogus financial plans showing the retailer would turn itself around even as it racked up huge losses, enabling the transfer of five major assets including Land’s End and Sears Hometown Outlet for his benefit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to go away"; so I would suggest that he "lawyer up", and fast, because what may be brought up during the Discovery portion of the trial, may be significantly damning to both Lampert personally, and to his professional reputation.

Apr 18 11:59

Listeria Claims a Life: What You Need to Know About This Deadly Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several states are investigating an outbreak of Listeria that has killed one person and hospitalized several others.

The outbreak has been linked to deli meats and cheeses.

Apr 18 11:39

Julian Assange and the Sins of the World

There’s only been one person – so far – who suffered for the sins of the world and either saved us a lot of trouble or else caused us a lot of unnecessary grief. All I know is that a lot of people are hoping for His return – and for a better outcome.

As for myself, I fully expect a repeat of the previous scenario: the message, the betrayal, the persecution, and a torturous death.

They isolated Julian in the days before they hauled him out for the public display of his martyrdom. No crucifix this time. No crown of thorns. Just a penumbra of the deepest silence, which grips the very air: yet still he remains unbowed, his head held high.

Apr 18 11:39

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters: WHOLE WORLD Must Focus on Julian Assange Arrest!

Apr 18 11:37

Electrical short-circuit is believed to have started Notre Dame blaze, investigators believe

Investigators believe an 'electrical short circuit' was responsible for starting the blaze which devastated Notre Dame cathedral this week.

A French judicial police official said investigators brought in to work out the cause of the inferno made the claims - despite them not having been given access to the church yet for safety reasons.

The official, who spoke anonymously about the ongoing investigation, said the monument is still being consolidated with wooden planks to support some fragile parts of the walls.

Only after it is fully made safe will investigators will be allowed a closer look in order to accurately determine the cause of the fire.

Apr 18 11:23

A nail in the coffin of the Russian hacking narrative will be coming from none other than the ones who leaked the DNC info, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

This week, in a stunning turn of events, U.S. congressman Dana Rohrabacher became the first congressman to meet with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

During the private three-hour meeting Assange told Rohrabacher that he will prove that leaked DNC documents, published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, did not come from Russia. Then on Thursday, Rohrabacher made a promise to pardon him.

On Thursday, Rohrabacher gave an interview with the Daily Caller in which he noted that Assange couldn’t come to Washington given his current status as a wanted criminal. So, he brought up the notion of pardoning the political prisoner.

Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview Thursday that Assange is hoping to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is currently in asylum, and that during the meeting they explored "what might be necessary to get him out."

Apr 18 11:07

Democratic Candidate in Crucial Swing District Returns Donation From Ilhan Omar

Dan McCready (D., N.C.), the sole remaining Democratic candidate from the 2018 midterm cycle, has returned a $2,000 campaign donation from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), the controversial congresswoman whose anti-Semitic remarks have elicited condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Apr 18 10:23

Hidden Cam Shows It’s Nearly Impossible To File A Complaint Against A Police Officer In Florida And It’s Terrifying

Receiving a complaint about your service is always awkward, people rarely like to admit when they’ve done wrong. However, it seems that for some South Florida police departments filing a complaint is next to impossible. As this undercover video shows, you better have a damn good reason for your complaint because entering a police station without one can be scary, risky and even downright dangerous.

Apr 18 10:22

More Than 100 High-End Cars Were Stolen Using An App In A Possible Chicago Crime Spree

Police are questioning more than a dozen people over the theft of 100 high-end vehicles in Chicago after a car sharing company reported that some of its fleet was stolen using its mobile app, forcing it to temporarily shut down the service in the city.

Apr 18 10:09

An Iranian Boxer Won Her First Official Match. Now She Says She Can't Go Back Home.

Sadaf Khadem, the first Iranian woman to compete in an official boxing match, won't return home to Iran after learning about an arrest warrant issued against her coach, she announced Wednesday.

Apr 18 10:09

Popular Apps In Google's Play Store Are Abusing Permissions And Committing Ad Fraud

A host of popular Android apps from a major Chinese developer, including a selfie app with more than 50 million downloads, have been committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions, a BuzzFeed News investigation of popular Android apps has found. In several cases, the apps took steps that concealed their connections to the developer, DU Group, to users and failed to clearly disclose they were collecting and sending data to China. The investigation also raises questions about Google's policing of apps in the Play store for fraud and data collection practices.

Apr 18 10:07

ISIS-Related Group Threatens to Destroy What’s Left of Notre Dame

Fans of fanatical terrorist group ISIS were happy that a fire partially damaged Notre Dame Cathedral and have made threats on the internet to take down the surviving bell towers.

Al-Muntasir, an ISIS-linked group, posted a photoshopped image of the towers burning with the words “Wait for the next.” When the nearly nine century old church went up in flames, the group posted a picture of the blaze with the caption: “Have a good day.”

Despite this, officials determined the fire was accidental and was not arson or part of a terrorist attack.

Apr 18 10:04

Man caught with 2 gas cans entering St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC, police say

A man was taken into custody in New York Wednesday night after entering St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two canisters of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and two butane lighters, authorities said.

The 37-year-old man, whose identity will be released once he is formally charged, was stopped by a cathedral security officer, New York City Police said. As the man was turned around, he spilled some gasoline on the floor and walked south onto Fifth Avenue and over to 50th street.

Cathedral security notified two Critical Response Command (CRC) officers-- part of a "striker team"-- outside the cathedral.

Investigators said the man was cooperative but acted evasively and offered police inconsistent answers. He told officers that he was “cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue” and that "his car ran out of gas," police said. But when police checked the man's minivan, it's gas tank wasn't empty.

Apr 18 09:45

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

Jonathan Cook says Netanyahu may be about to give the Israeli far-right and the settlers what they want – annexation of parts or all of the West Bank – and in return, they back immunity legislation, thereby saving him from prosecution on corruption charges. >>

Apr 18 07:57

Julian Assange could be pardoned for revealing proof that Russia did not hack DNC

A nail in the coffin of the Russian hacking narrative will be coming from none other than the ones who leaked the DNC info, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange

Apr 18 06:49

Organ donor? Organs are cut out of patients’ bodies even while they are conscious and aware, horrifying new science study reveals

If you’re an organ donor, you might have chosen that status out of a sense of goodwill, thinking that medical personnel don’t harvest your organs until after you’re dead and unconscious. But a new scientific study reveals that organ harvesting is very likely taking place even while patients are still conscious, even though their hearts have stopped beating.

This means that patients are fully aware — and experience all the pain — of doctors rapidly cutting into their bodies and slicing away their organs in order to generate “transplant profits” for the corrupt medical system.

Apr 18 06:14

NXIVM sex-cult prosecutors have evidence of illegal Clinton campaign contributions for “political influence”

US Attorney Richard Donoghue asked a federal judge last month for permission to present a mountain of new evidence in the NXIVM sex-cult trial – including evidence of an “illegal scheme to exceed contribution limits to a presidential primary campaign,” in the “hopes of obtaining political influence to advance their own agenda,” according to a March court filing.

Apr 18 05:58

Perry Prepares To Exit

Rick Perry is preparing to exit Trump’s cabinet — here’s why that will further damage US national security
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Perry “is finalizing the terms and timing of his departure,” Bloomberg News reports Wednesday night, literally hours before Attorney General William Barr is to address the press on the impending release of his version of the Mueller report.

Bloomberg adds that “Perry’s exit isn’t imminent,” and is not one-hundred percent definite but that Perry, a former governor of Texas, has been planning his exit for weeks.

President Donald Trump reportedly asked Secretary Perry if he would become Secretary of Homeland Security before Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was fired. Perry refused.

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(*CNBC UPDATE:)

Apr 18 05:15

North Korea Tests Mysterious ‘Tactical Guided Weapon’ After Failed Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test of a new “tactical guided weapon” just months after the summit in Vietnam failed to achieve any results as the US continues to demand unconditional denuclearization before any sanctions relief.

The North Korean leader personally observed the new weapon test on Wednesday, KCNA reported, without providing details, other than saying it has a “peculiar mode of guiding flight” with a “powerful warhead”.

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(*It's wombley , it may or may not clear Japan , Pompeo Out , or we try it on that test launch route next!)

Apr 18 05:04

Parents Accuse D.C. Synagogue of Enabling ‘Systemic, Regular’ Sexual Abuse of Preschoolers

The 239-page civil lawsuit, filed anonymously by eight parents in Superior Court for the District of Columbia on Monday evening, alleged that the toddlers between the ages of two and four, “were subject to systemic and regular sexual abuse on school property” by an assistant teacher at the Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Apr 18 05:01

8 in 10 Americans Believe Muslims Face More Intolerance Than Any Other Group

Eight in ten Americans believe Muslims face more discrimination than any other group in the United States, according to a poll by the Pew Research Center.
82 percent of respondents said Muslims face discrimination, while 80 percent of those surveyed said blacks faced some discrimination, Daily Sabah reported.

Pew released the figures Monday after US President Donald Trump tweeted a video that attacked Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota.

The video was of a speech delivered by Omar in which she discussed how Muslim Americans came to be seen as second-class citizens after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.>>>

Apr 18 04:44

Dispute Among US Officials Over Trump Administration Iran Arms Control Report

A new Trump administration report on international compliance with arms control accords provoked a dispute with US intelligence agencies and some State Department officials concerned that the document politicizes and slants assessments about Iran, five sources with knowledge of the matter said, Reuters reports.

US President Donald Trump is intensifying a drive to contain Iran’s power in the Middle East, which has raised fears that his administration wants to topple the Tehran government or lay the groundwork to justify military action.

The administration says it is trying to halt Iranian “malign behavior” in its support for Islamist militants in the region and denies seeking the overthrow of the Islamic republic’s government.

The clash among US officials emerged on Tuesday>>>
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The State Department spokeswoman said that the US position that Russia is in violation of the INF Treaty “is clear.”

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Apr 18 04:28

North Korea wants Pompeo removed from nuclear talks

Foreign ministry describes the US secretary of state as 'reckless' and says it wants him replaced by another official.

North Korea wants United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo replaced with someone "more careful and mature" in talks over its banned nuclear programme, a senior official told state media, hours after the country announced a missile test.

Describing Pompeo as "reckless" the foreign ministry said a summit in Vietnam earlier this year showed that talks could go wrong "whenever Pompeo pokes his nose in".

The April meeting in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump collapsed after the US president reportedlygave Kim a document demanding that North Korea transfer its nuclear arsenal and weapons fuel to the US.

The model proposed was one that Pompeo and US National Security Adviser John Bolton had supported.

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Apr 17 15:33

Rose windows of Notre Dame are safe but fate of other treasures is unclear

The cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris is home to scores of priceless artifacts, artwork and relics collected over the centuries, each with their own story.

As a devastating fire tore through the revered Gothic cathedral on Monday, toppling its spire, many feared these treasures might be lost forever.
A "forest" of wooden latticework fueled the blaze which consumed the building's roof, whose framework dates back to the 13th century, according to Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, the cathedral's rector.
The Paris Fire Brigade tweeted that the cathedral's stone construction has been "saved," as have the "main works of art." As more information emerges, what has been rescued from Notre Dame is becoming apparent.
Yet many details, such as possible water damage from the operation to save the building, are still unclear.

Apr 17 15:32

Oy Vey! Rabbi Reportedly Claims Notre Dame Fire May Be DIVINE PUNISHMENT

While French authorities investigate what caused the 15 April fire that ravaged the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, one rabbi has speculated that this tragedy might’ve been the work of the divine, the Haaretz newspaper reports.

According to the newspaper, Shlomo Aviner, a rabbi of a West Bank settlement who was born in France, initially refrained from directly calling the blaze a punishment from god, but admitted that it might be possible after he was asked the following question: "So it can't be said that it was punishment?"
"It is possible, after all. The first big Talmud burning was in Paris, there in the plaza of the Notre Dame Cathedral", the rabbi said.

Apr 17 13:52

Columbine-obsessed teen Sol Pais dead after sparking massive manhunt

The Florida teen who flew to Colorado and bought a weapon and ammunition there just days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy and soon became the subject of a massive manhunt is dead, officials said.

Sol Pais, 18, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday morning near the Echo Lake Lodge at the base of Mount Evans in Clear Creek County, according to authorities.

The discovery ended a nearly 24-hour manhunt for the high school student after she boarded a Denver-bound flight Monday then made threats, officials said.

“Because of her comments and her actions, because of her travel here to the state, because of her procurement of a weapon immediately upon arriving here, we considered her to be a credible threat — certainly to the community and potentially to schools,” Dean Phillips, FBI special agent in charge of the Denver field office, said at a press conference. “She has had an infatuation with Columbine and the perpetrators of Columbine.”

Apr 17 13:45

Julian Assange Wins 2019 EU Journalism Award

Julian Assange has been awarded the 2019 European United Left-Nordic Green Left Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information, WikiLeaks informed Tuesday.

The award is given to individuals “uncovering the truth and exposing it to the public” and to honor “individuals or groups who have been intimidated and/or persecuted” for such actions. Thus recognizing Assange’s work through WikiLeaks.

The prize is sponsored by European left-wing parliamentarians, who devised it in 2018 in honor of assassinated Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia. Nobel Peace prize winner (1976), Mairead Maguire, received it on Assange’s behalf at an event in the European Parliament in France.

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