Saturday, January 26, 2019



President Trump came out Friday afternoon announcing a deal in relation to the dispute over border security funding.      The legislation was passed by Congress and signed by the President Friday evening.

The deal will fund five federal agencies through the middle of next month.   It would allow the President and the Democrats in Congress time to work to resolve differences.

He says he remains committed to getting the barrier up and could use emergency powers to do it if legislation doesn't come from Congress:

"I have a very powerful alternative but I didn't want to use it at this time"

A lot of federal employees will now be paid including FBI agents.

"At the crack of dawn 29 FBI agents arrived at my home with 17 vehicles with lights flashing.   They terrorized my wife and my dogs"

That's Roger Stone's public response to the pre-dawn raid on his home in Florida in connection with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation.

Stone faces arraignment Tuesday in federal court in Washington DC on seven charges.   Stone has repeatedly said he will never testify against President Trump under pressure from Mueller.

Legal scholar Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz says the "obvious purpose" of the charges against  Roger Stone is to get him to testify against President Trump.

On Twitter Friday President Trump:

"Greatest Witch Hunt in the History of our Country"

Today is the third anniversary of a deadly FBI led arrest operation that killed Arizona rancher LaVoy Finicum, spokesman for the Oregon Standoff protest.

A civil lawsuit by Finicum's family is pending against the federal state and local governments and law enforcement in the operation.

The Oregon State Police trooper who fired the fatal shot was promoted from Lieutenant to Captiain after the operation.     It was revealed last summer at the trial of an FBI agent accused of lying about shots he fired during the operation that the Captain and other OSP troopers involved did not wear their body cameras in accordance with OSP policy.

Also injured by a flash bang round in the operation was Ryan Bundy.

And the flash bangs may fired again with injurious results by police today in France as the next round of Yellow Vests protests gets underway.

In Paris four separate demonstrations scheduled from 10 am until 10 pm local time.

Updates on our Breaking post for today's Yellow Vests....BREAKING YELLOW VESTS ACT XI

The UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela is set to get underway at 9 am New York time this morning.

The United States has appointed Elliot Abrams as its special representative for Venezuela, his mission to restore democracy.  Abrams is despised by left-wing activists for his role in activities against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980's and in other Central American countries.

Inside the country, the Maduro forces trying to de-legitimize the new interim President recognized by the US and more than a dozen other nations.      They claim to have a recording of a meeting with National Assembly President Juan Guaido.

The Maduro Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez appeared on state television Friday night analyzing the movements of Juan Guaido's eyebrows to show when he is lying.

The Maduro side says it wants to talk to Guaido but Guaido says this is not the time to talk.

A least nine dead in Brazil and some 300 missing after a dam collapsed at an iron-ore mine releasing a muddy torrent of waste.

There is said to be little chance of finding the missing alive.    The cause of the dam collapse is not clear yet.

Early this morning rescue workers in Spain found the body of a two year boy who disappeared into a narrow well more than 300 deep during a family outing 13 days ago.

In Gaza the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar plans to spend 20 million dollars on development projects after the Hamas organization that runs the territory refused a new Israeli stipulation that no money go to terrorists.

Israel put no such condition on two previous 15 million dollar payments to Hamas.

The money being sent in to attempt to pacify violence coming from Gaza.

Police in Canada have arrested a youth in Kingston, Ontario.    He is accused of facilitating terrorist activity and of counselling a person to plant an explosive with an intent to cause death or injury.

An adult male detained and released without being charged in the case is described as 20-year old from a Syrian family.  

And a winner of three Oscars and five Grammys, French composer Michel Legrand, is dead at the age of 86.

"Windmills of Your Mind" one of his famous compositions from the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair".     He won his first Oscar for it.

And that's the way it really is,  Saturday morning January 26th, 2019.

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