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Mark Plotkin: Steve Bannon Is the Democrats’ ‘Unlikely New Friend’


Mark Plotkin argues that Democrats will regain control of the Senate if Steve Bannon follows through on his efforts to primary and defeat incumbent Republican establishment Senators with a slate of insurgent conservative candidates who adhere to the populist and economic nationalist issues that got Trump elected in 2016.

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Steve King: Trump Decertifying Iran Deal a ‘First Step’ – ‘Puts Us In a Place’ Where We Can Scrap the Deal

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On Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Tom Shillue Show,” Representative Steve King (R-IA) argued President Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal is a “strong” action that puts Congress in position to shelve the deal altogether. King said Trump’s decision is a “strong move” that “isn’t the full move to tear up the deal, which I’m willing to do.” He added that the move puts Congress in a position where the Iranian deal can be scrapped altogether and is a “first step.” King also commented on DACA, stating that he wished DACA had been rescinded on Inauguration Day and expressed displeasure with reports that the president “maybe doesn’t really mean it” on rescinding DACA. He further stated he didn’t understand how the president’s heart ended up overruling his head. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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Watch: Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on ‘Courageous’ Iran Deal Decision

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded US President Donald Trump on Friday evening for deciding not to recertify the nuclear deal with Iran, which he has been openly opposing since its inception in 2015.

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America Fights Back: Record Number of Patriotic Cord-Cutters Tumble TV Stocks

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There is only one way — one! — to finally and forever destroy Hollywood and much of the mainstream media. You have to cut your cable or satellite cord. You have to cancel your pay TV package. The one-legged stool propping up ESPN, CNN, MSNBC, Disney, MTV, and the entire Tinseltown crime syndicate is you paying for cable TV.

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Cruz: If We Don’t Cut Taxes, Repeal ObamaCare 2018 Midterms ‘Could Be a Bloodbath’


Friday on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if the Republican Party did not keep its promises to voters on repealing Obamacare and cut taxes the 2018 midterm elections could be a “bloodbath” for them. Cruz said, “The reason people are so unhappy, they are ticked off. We have Republican control of every branch of government, and we’re not delivering. If senators don’t want to see those kind of challenges, there is an easy solution to that. Let’s do what we said we would do. Let’s deliver on tax cuts and repealing Obamacare. If we get that done, I’m a big believer good policy is good politics. We’ll have a terrific 2018 election year if we cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and the economy booms. If we don’t get any of that done, 2018 could be a bloodbath. We control our own fate. Deliver results.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Britain sends 9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis – The Guardian

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, shakes hands with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Taha Siala, in Tripoli. Photograph: PA

Boris Johnson has announced a 9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country.

The foreign secretary announced the extra funding as he made his second trip to Tripoli in just four months, where he visited UK naval officers training the Libyan coastguard in search and rescue.

The country has been in crisis since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 by rebels and a Nato-led bombing mission backed by David Cameron, which a committee of MPs have since described as an ill-conceived mission that helped fuel the rise of Islamic State in north Africa.

Johnson visited Tripoli in May to meet Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libyas UN-backed unity government, but undertook a second trip on Wednesday to announce extra UK funding to help stabilise the country.

During the trip, he described Libya as the front line for many challenges which, left unchecked, can pose problems for us in the UK particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism.

He added: Thats why it is so important that we work with the Libyan government and our partners to help bring stability to Libya, stopping it from becoming a fertile ground for terrorists, gun runners and people traffickers in close proximity to Europe.

The latest money includes 4m to remove improvised explosive devices from areas where Isis have been pushed back, another 1m towards a fund for critical infrastructure, 2.75m for supporting womens participation in peacemaking and 1.3m in support for food and healthcare for refugees.

Before the foreign secretarys visit, Sarraj warned that would-be terrorists could be entering Europe among the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean each year.

But Fionna Smyth, Oxfam head of humanitarian campaigns, said it was wrong for the UK to back a solution of turning people back to Libya when they were trying to flee.

She said it was disturbing that Boris Johnson is talking about preventing people who are fleeing violence and destitution at home from leaving Libya. Research we conducted with people who fled through Libya found that all but one of the women questioned had suffered sexual exploitation and three quarters of people had witnessed murder or torture, she said. Aid for people travelling through Libya is welcome but Britain should be helping them to find safety, not trapping them in a country where they face violence and abuse.

The collapse of the economy and oil production has led to political vacuum in which extremist militia groups have proliferated and tens thousands of refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

The countrys political landscape is also divided into two factions, with Sarraj controlling part of the country and his rival, Khalifa Haftar, dominating other areas. But the two men have agreed to work towards fresh presidential elections by March.

Johnson also visited Tunisia on Tuesday evening for talks with Ghassan Salam, the new UN special representative on Libya, who has been brought in to help break the political deadlock.

While in Tunis, he met senior members of the Tunisian government after the UKs decision to lift its advice against travelling to most of the country. The guidance was put in place after the terrorist attack of 2015 in Sousse, where 30 British holidaymakers were among the 38 victims.

After visiting the Bardo Museum, which was also subject to a terrorist attack in 2015, Johnson said improvements to security in Tunisia had allowed the UK to change its travel advice.

The UK is a steadfast partner for Tunisia in building its prosperity and security, and combating terrorism, and I look forward to even stronger ties between us, he said.

The country, which used to be a popular tourism destination, remains in a state of emergency after a suicide attack on a police bus in November 2015.

The Foreign Office continues to warn that terrorists were still likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia and that people should remain vigilant, especially around religious festivals and sites.

It also continues to advise against all but essential travel to the south of the country and warns against any travel at all to areas close to the border with Libya and some it shares with Algeria.

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Libya’s Largest Oilfield Offline, Amid Uncertainty, ISIS Beheadings – OilPrice.com

Libyas largest oilfield, the Sharara, remains offline despite contradictory news reports this morning suggesting that exports would resume.

Weighing in on oil price uncertainty, market watchers have been in a state of confusion over varying reports over the past three days as to the status of exports from Libyas biggest producing oilfield.

Earlier this morning, news reports citing National Oil Company (NOC) sources said production had resumed at Sharara, following a three-day blockade of the pipeline that feeds crude to Zawiya export terminal.

Reports said that the Tripoli-based NOCrecognized by the UN as the legitimate NOC–announced it was lifting the force majeure on shipments of oil pumped from the countrys largest oilfieldthe Shararato the Zawiya port.

However, a Reuters report citing unnamed Libyan officials, the field remains offline for unclear reasons. The same report noted that operations had restarted yesterday at least once, for a short period.

They open one valve, they close the other, one unnamed sources told Reuters. It was suggested that negotiations were underway for a resolution, though the nature of the problem remains undefined.

As rivalry between two governments, two national oil companies, a multitude of armed factions and ISIS continues, the future of Libyan exports remains highly uncertain. Related:Is This The First In A Slew Of Megadeals In Oil?

The blockade was the latest in a string of disruptions that have suspended production at Sharara several times this year already.

Just two weeks ago, an attack on a control room at Zawiya caused the shutdown of production at Sharara. It later surfaced that the attackers were protesting the arrest of four Libyans in Saudi Arabia in connection to a kidnapping of Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli.

Shararas production has also been interrupted by militants blocking the pipeline to Zawiya and theft of vehicles, which prompted NOC to tighten security.

Sharara pumps about 270,000/280,000 bpd and its restart last December has been key to Libyas oil output growth, which exceeds 1 million bpd. The field supplies around one-quarter of Libyas total output and has experienced several production stops since its restart.

Libya boasts the biggest crude oil reserves in Africa, but the civil war that ravaged the country after the removal of Muammar Gaddafi crippled its oil industry. Before the war, Libya produced 1.6 million barrels of crude daily. By the end of this year, the Tripoli-based NOC aims to hit a target of 1.2 million bpd short of the pre-war rate but double the March 2017 daily average.

Rival factions in Libyas east have attempted to sell oil on their own through the Benghazi-based NOC, which is not recognized by United Nations Security Council, which views the Tripoli-based NOC as the only legitimate exporter of Libyan oil.

It is only a fragile alliance and an even more fragile game of balancing power that is keeping Libyan oil flowing. The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by powerful General Khalifa Haftar, is aligned with the eastern government and parliament. Haftar is responsible for freeing up ports that had been blockaded for years and allowing the Tripoli-based NOC to export.

The reported beheading of 11 people at a central Libyan checkpoint controlled by Haftars LNA on Wednesday also indicates that the conflict to control the countrys oil wealth is further intensifying.

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Islamists behead 11 in attack on checkpoint in central Libya – Chicago Tribune

At least 11 people were beheaded on Wednesday in an attack by Islamist fighters on a checkpoint controlled by forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar in central Libya, according to a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army.

Nine soldiers and two civilians were among those “slaughtered” at the checkpoint, Colonel Ahmad al-Masmari said in a tweet, blaming Islamic State.

Both Islamic State and Benghazi Defense Brigades, another Islamist militia opposed to Haftar, have fighters in the Jufra region where the attack took place, some 310 miles south of the coastal city of Sirte.

Haftar is aligned with a government based in the east of Libya, which is vying for power with the United Nations-backed unity administration of Fayez al-Sarraj in the capital, Tripoli. Haftar’s forces now control most of eastern Libya, including key oil facilities.

The North African oil exporter slipped into chaos after long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in a 2011 revolt. Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups exploited the ensuing lawlessness to gain a foothold in Sirte but were driven out by fighters loyal to the Tripoli government following lengthy battles last year.

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Mark Plotkin: Steve Bannon Is the Democrats’ ‘Unlikely New Friend’

Mark Plotkin argues that Democrats will regain control of the Senate if Steve Bannon follows through on his efforts to primary and defeat incumbent Republican establishment Senators with a slate of insurgent conservative candidates who adhere to the populist and economic nationalist issues that got Trump elected in 2016.

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Steve King: Trump Decertifying Iran Deal a ‘First Step’ – ‘Puts Us In a Place’ Where We Can Scrap the Deal

On Friday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Tom Shillue Show,” Representative Steve King (R-IA) argued President Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal is a “strong” action that puts Congress in position to shelve the deal altogether. King said Trump’s decision is a “strong move” that “isn’t the full move to tear up the deal, which I’m willing to do.” He added that the move puts Congress in a position where the Iranian deal can be scrapped altogether and is a “first step.” King also commented on DACA, stating that he wished DACA had been rescinded on Inauguration Day and expressed displeasure with reports that the president “maybe doesn’t really mean it” on rescinding DACA. He further stated he didn’t understand how the president’s heart ended up overruling his head. Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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Watch: Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on ‘Courageous’ Iran Deal Decision

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded US President Donald Trump on Friday evening for deciding not to recertify the nuclear deal with Iran, which he has been openly opposing since its inception in 2015.

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America Fights Back: Record Number of Patriotic Cord-Cutters Tumble TV Stocks

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Cruz: If We Don’t Cut Taxes, Repeal ObamaCare 2018 Midterms ‘Could Be a Bloodbath’

Friday on Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said if the Republican Party did not keep its promises to voters on repealing Obamacare and cut taxes the 2018 midterm elections could be a “bloodbath” for them. Cruz said, “The reason people are so unhappy, they are ticked off. We have Republican control of every branch of government, and we’re not delivering. If senators don’t want to see those kind of challenges, there is an easy solution to that. Let’s do what we said we would do. Let’s deliver on tax cuts and repealing Obamacare. If we get that done, I’m a big believer good policy is good politics. We’ll have a terrific 2018 election year if we cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and the economy booms. If we don’t get any of that done, 2018 could be a bloodbath. We control our own fate. Deliver results.” (h/t Grabien) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

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Britain sends 9m to Libya to fight terror threat and migrant crisis – The Guardian

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, shakes hands with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Taha Siala, in Tripoli. Photograph: PA Boris Johnson has announced a 9m aid package for Libya to help deal with the problems of migrants risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean and a growing threat of terrorist groups from the war-stricken country. The foreign secretary announced the extra funding as he made his second trip to Tripoli in just four months, where he visited UK naval officers training the Libyan coastguard in search and rescue. The country has been in crisis since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 by rebels and a Nato-led bombing mission backed by David Cameron, which a committee of MPs have since described as an ill-conceived mission that helped fuel the rise of Islamic State in north Africa. Johnson visited Tripoli in May to meet Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of Libyas UN-backed unity government, but undertook a second trip on Wednesday to announce extra UK funding to help stabilise the country. During the trip, he described Libya as the front line for many challenges which, left unchecked, can pose problems for us in the UK particularly illegal migration and the threat from terrorism. He added: Thats why it is so important that we work with the Libyan government and our partners to help bring stability to Libya, stopping it from becoming a fertile ground for terrorists, gun runners and people traffickers in close proximity to Europe. The latest money includes 4m to remove improvised explosive devices from areas where Isis have been pushed back, another 1m towards a fund for critical infrastructure, 2.75m for supporting womens participation in peacemaking and 1.3m in support for food and healthcare for refugees. Before the foreign secretarys visit, Sarraj warned that would-be terrorists could be entering Europe among the tens of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean each year. But Fionna Smyth, Oxfam head of humanitarian campaigns, said it was wrong for the UK to back a solution of turning people back to Libya when they were trying to flee. She said it was disturbing that Boris Johnson is talking about preventing people who are fleeing violence and destitution at home from leaving Libya. Research we conducted with people who fled through Libya found that all but one of the women questioned had suffered sexual exploitation and three quarters of people had witnessed murder or torture, she said. Aid for people travelling through Libya is welcome but Britain should be helping them to find safety, not trapping them in a country where they face violence and abuse. The collapse of the economy and oil production has led to political vacuum in which extremist militia groups have proliferated and tens thousands of refugees have tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The countrys political landscape is also divided into two factions, with Sarraj controlling part of the country and his rival, Khalifa Haftar, dominating other areas. But the two men have agreed to work towards fresh presidential elections by March. Johnson also visited Tunisia on Tuesday evening for talks with Ghassan Salam, the new UN special representative on Libya, who has been brought in to help break the political deadlock. While in Tunis, he met senior members of the Tunisian government after the UKs decision to lift its advice against travelling to most of the country. The guidance was put in place after the terrorist attack of 2015 in Sousse, where 30 British holidaymakers were among the 38 victims. After visiting the Bardo Museum, which was also subject to a terrorist attack in 2015, Johnson said improvements to security in Tunisia had allowed the UK to change its travel advice. The UK is a steadfast partner for Tunisia in building its prosperity and security, and combating terrorism, and I look forward to even stronger ties between us, he said. The country, which used to be a popular tourism destination, remains in a state of emergency after a suicide attack on a police bus in November 2015. The Foreign Office continues to warn that terrorists were still likely to try to carry out attacks in Tunisia and that people should remain vigilant, especially around religious festivals and sites. It also continues to advise against all but essential travel to the south of the country and warns against any travel at all to areas close to the border with Libya and some it shares with Algeria.

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Libya’s Largest Oilfield Offline, Amid Uncertainty, ISIS Beheadings – OilPrice.com

Libyas largest oilfield, the Sharara, remains offline despite contradictory news reports this morning suggesting that exports would resume. Weighing in on oil price uncertainty, market watchers have been in a state of confusion over varying reports over the past three days as to the status of exports from Libyas biggest producing oilfield. Earlier this morning, news reports citing National Oil Company (NOC) sources said production had resumed at Sharara, following a three-day blockade of the pipeline that feeds crude to Zawiya export terminal. Reports said that the Tripoli-based NOCrecognized by the UN as the legitimate NOC–announced it was lifting the force majeure on shipments of oil pumped from the countrys largest oilfieldthe Shararato the Zawiya port. However, a Reuters report citing unnamed Libyan officials, the field remains offline for unclear reasons. The same report noted that operations had restarted yesterday at least once, for a short period. They open one valve, they close the other, one unnamed sources told Reuters. It was suggested that negotiations were underway for a resolution, though the nature of the problem remains undefined. As rivalry between two governments, two national oil companies, a multitude of armed factions and ISIS continues, the future of Libyan exports remains highly uncertain. Related:Is This The First In A Slew Of Megadeals In Oil? The blockade was the latest in a string of disruptions that have suspended production at Sharara several times this year already. Just two weeks ago, an attack on a control room at Zawiya caused the shutdown of production at Sharara. It later surfaced that the attackers were protesting the arrest of four Libyans in Saudi Arabia in connection to a kidnapping of Egyptian diplomats in Tripoli. Shararas production has also been interrupted by militants blocking the pipeline to Zawiya and theft of vehicles, which prompted NOC to tighten security. Sharara pumps about 270,000/280,000 bpd and its restart last December has been key to Libyas oil output growth, which exceeds 1 million bpd. The field supplies around one-quarter of Libyas total output and has experienced several production stops since its restart. Libya boasts the biggest crude oil reserves in Africa, but the civil war that ravaged the country after the removal of Muammar Gaddafi crippled its oil industry. Before the war, Libya produced 1.6 million barrels of crude daily. By the end of this year, the Tripoli-based NOC aims to hit a target of 1.2 million bpd short of the pre-war rate but double the March 2017 daily average. Rival factions in Libyas east have attempted to sell oil on their own through the Benghazi-based NOC, which is not recognized by United Nations Security Council, which views the Tripoli-based NOC as the only legitimate exporter of Libyan oil. It is only a fragile alliance and an even more fragile game of balancing power that is keeping Libyan oil flowing. The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by powerful General Khalifa Haftar, is aligned with the eastern government and parliament. Haftar is responsible for freeing up ports that had been blockaded for years and allowing the Tripoli-based NOC to export. The reported beheading of 11 people at a central Libyan checkpoint controlled by Haftars LNA on Wednesday also indicates that the conflict to control the countrys oil wealth is further intensifying. By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:

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Islamists behead 11 in attack on checkpoint in central Libya – Chicago Tribune

At least 11 people were beheaded on Wednesday in an attack by Islamist fighters on a checkpoint controlled by forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar in central Libya, according to a spokesman for Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army. Nine soldiers and two civilians were among those “slaughtered” at the checkpoint, Colonel Ahmad al-Masmari said in a tweet, blaming Islamic State. Both Islamic State and Benghazi Defense Brigades, another Islamist militia opposed to Haftar, have fighters in the Jufra region where the attack took place, some 310 miles south of the coastal city of Sirte. Haftar is aligned with a government based in the east of Libya, which is vying for power with the United Nations-backed unity administration of Fayez al-Sarraj in the capital, Tripoli. Haftar’s forces now control most of eastern Libya, including key oil facilities. The North African oil exporter slipped into chaos after long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in a 2011 revolt. Islamic State and other radical Islamist groups exploited the ensuing lawlessness to gain a foothold in Sirte but were driven out by fighters loyal to the Tripoli government following lengthy battles last year.

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