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IOWA PRIMARY—IN HOT DISPUTE

The results from the first state primary, Iowa, are in and already there are signs of vote tally manipulation. Ted Cruz came in first with Donald Trump barely making second place ahead of a suspiciously strong Marco Rubio. Trump initially graciously conceded the victory but quickly turned around the next day saying Cruz “stole” the election and demanded a recount. Trump may be right about the election being stolen, but it wasn’t because of the minor mistake by Cruz’s campaign team in one precinct. Trump failed to notice the glaring discrepancy between his lower numbers in the 5 precincts that Rubio won where Rubio’s numbers were almost 10 points higher than polls predicted—a prominent clue of vote count manipulation. All of this was meant to undermine Trump’s frontrunner status and encourage infighting between the two top candidates which was achieved in spades. All indications point to the fact that the results in Iowa, tallied by a biased Microsoft app, were skewed in favor of Rubio—not Cruz. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Critics of the rocket program say it is being used to test technology for a long-range missile. South Korea and the United States said they would explore whether to deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea "at the earliest possible date." The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea's military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. — Reuters

Hong Kong protesters supporting food hawkers clash with police

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...About the same time the food vendors were making their stand, a pro-local-autonomy group known as Hong Kong Indigenous was holding a political rally nearby. About two dozen people from Hong Kong Indigenous wearing royal blue hoodies, some armed with long wooden sticks and carrying homemade shields, rushed to the scene of the food vendor clampdown and appealed to the public to face off with police. A standoff ensued. — LA Times

Bill Clinton's 'Bimbos' Flock to Team Trump

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Jones, who made national headlines for suing former president Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994, has emerged from obscurity to support Trump's presidential bid, posting a selfie on Twitter after meeting the orange-hued mogul in her home state. Jones's suit against Clinton was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence, but the then-president still agreed to pay her $850,000 in an out-of-court settlement in 1998. — The Daily Beast

Trump to Savage: Maybe Obama doesn't want to defeat ISIS

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
In another wide-ranging interview with talk-radio host Michael Savage, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested President Obama might not have a desire to defeat the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, and the real-estate billionaire shied away from declaring he would win the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. — WND

Obama sends Congress record $4.1 trillion 2017 spending plan

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...In all, Obama's budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade, nearly double the $1.4 trillion in new taxes Obama sought and failed to achieve in last year's budget. GOP lawmakers said Obama's proposal to impose a $10 per barrel tax on crude oil to bring in an additional $319 billion over the next decade had no chance of winning approval in Congress. Obama's budget would use that extra money to fund billions of dollars in alternative transportation programs as part of the president's efforts to deal with global warming. "President Obama will leave office having never proposed a budget that balances-ever. This isn't even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans," said House Speaker Paul Ryan [Obama has gotten (almost) everything he asked for in previous budgets just because he can blame any stalemate and "gov. shutdown threat" on "bickering" republicans. Why not ask for everything under the moon? Watch Ryan capitulate on everything but the most egregious aspects of this "budget."] — AP

Intelligence chief: North Korea restarts plutonium reactor

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. He also said Islamic militants and those inspired by the Islamic State group will continue to pose a threat to Americans at home and abroad, al-Qaida remains an enemy and the U.S. will continue to see cyber threats from China, Russia and North Korea. — AP

China’s message to dissenters: Flee if you dare

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Recent months have seen an unprecedented expansion of China’s power to snatch up detractors across borders. Under mysterious circumstances, critics of China's ruling party have been yanked from various foreign countries as well as the quasi-autonomous city-state of Hong Kong. — USA Today

Remaining occupiers release defiant videos mocking FBI

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Fry said he, Jeff Banta of Nevada, and husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson of Idaho have "every right" to defend themselves from the "oncoming onslaught of people with fully automatic rifles (and) armored vehicles." [Not smart to make vieos like this that the press will happily give big coverage and make them look like unruly ruffians.] — Syracuse News

Zika vaccine claim: Hope or hype?

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
..."It is amazing how the said laboratory obtained the live virus, particularly when there is no record of isolation of Zika virus from the Indian subcontinent," Banerjee said. The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes Aegypti species of mosquitoes that are abundant in India. [Until the recent birth defects appeared that are still not proven to be caused by Zika, the virus was considered not dangerous. Why would a company go through the enormous funds to make a vaccine for something that was until recently not dangerous?] — Times of India

Zika prompts urgent debate about abortion in Latin America

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
Across Latin America, calls to loosen some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world in the face of the Zika virus outbreak are gaining momentum but encountering strong and entrenched opposition. In El Salvador, where abortions are banned under any circumstance, the health minister has argued for a revision of the law because of the dangers the virus poses to fetal development. [The Zika debate is creating a strong drive toward no pregnancies and abortion. Dangerous side effects from an uncertain illness. Does a child who is handicapped give the parents or the state the right to end its life? Why does that change just because it isn't born yet?] — Washington Post

Mark Levin exposes Chris Christie's liberal record

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
..Path to citizenship. Gun Control. Medicare Expansion. And there you have it. I hope Christie takes up Levin's challenge to come on his show and go through the issues. It would be a great hour of radio. — The Right Scoop

California grants driver's licenses to 605,000 undocumented

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed the law in October 2013 to give a legal document to the 2.5 million undocumented immigrants in California alone -- most from Latin America and particularly neighboring Mexico. California officials believe the program -- which does not give license holders any US federal benefits -- does make roads in the most populous US state safer, several state sources said. [o explanation is given as to why this would make the roads 'safer.' More likely it is another step toward integrating the illegals instead of sending them back.] — Yahoo News

Senate report: Illegal immigrants benefited from up to $750M in ObamaCare subsidies

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News. — Fox News

Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

posted by askousen - Tuesday, February 9 2016
...Shoigu said the maneuvers will also engage airborne troops and military transport aviation, as well as the navy. He noted that the drills are intended to check the troops' ability to respond to extremist threats and other challenges. According to Shoigu, who spoke at a meeting with the top military brass, the war games would include redeployment of air force units to advance air bases and bombing runs at shooting ranges. The maneuvers will test the troops' mobility, with some being deployed to areas up to 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) away, the military said. — AP

Zika: vicious fraud: abortions at sea: the war on women

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
... As I've detailed in previous articles, the original propaganda which launched the whole Zika-birth defect hysteria, has been contradicted by Brazilian researchers who've gone back and rechecked the findings. They've found far, far fewer cases of the birth defect, microcephaly, and only a handful of cases where the Zika virus was present. But this hasn't stopped the fear mongers. And now we have abortions at sea, based on zero truth and zero science. Put this together with the travel warnings governments have been issuing to women, and the advisories ("don't get pregnant for two years"), and this is turning out to be a war against women. — Jon Rappaport

Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released in 2015

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
...Oxitec first unveiled its large-scale, genetically-modified mosquito farm in Brazil in July 2012, with the goal of reducing "the incidence of dengue fever," as The Disease Daily reported. Dengue fever is spread by the same Aedes mosquitoes which spread the Zika virus - and though they "cannot fly more than 400 meters," WHO stated, "it may inadvertently be transported by humans from one place to another." By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had "successfully controlled the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads dengue fever, chikungunya and zika virus, by reducing the target population by more than 90%." Though that might sound like an astounding success - and, arguably, it was - there is an alarming possibility to consider. — Activist Post

measurement errors inflate the number of suspected cases of microcephaly in PE

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
....On Monday and Tuesday (28 and 29), of the ten children of the cities and rugged backcountry of Pernambuco received at the Oswaldo Cruz in Recife, seven had normal evolution of head circumference with no apparent neurological amendment. However, on the recommendation of Epidemiology Clinical Protocol for cases of microcephaly, all were referred to blood sampling and CT. The significant rate of disposal per day of suspected cases may be linked to the head measurement error at the time the baby is born. The parameters established by the World Health Organization (WHO), are suspected of microcephaly babies born between 36 and 40 weeks with smaller head circumference than or equal to 32 cm. [Original article at http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2015/12/1724404-erros-de-medicao-inflam-numero-de-casos-suspeitos-de-microcefalia-em-pe.shtml] — (Google translation)/Folha de San Paulo

Rand Paul in Retrospect

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
..."What makes a sad situation far worse is that Sen. Paul's turn toward the neocons hasn't helped him one bit: instead, it’s hurt him. In the past few months his support, once in the double digits, has been cut in half. The latest PPP poll has him down to a mere 4 percent. This dramatic drop coincides precisely with his efforts to appease people who are never going to support him. His campaign's effort to 'broaden the base' has in reality marked a turning away from the base of supporters who were brought into politics and the GOP by his father. Not a very smart strategy, but then again the know-it-all 'professionals' running the campaign think they're being 'realistic.' And yet: what good is a self-described pragmatism that turns out to be not very pragmatic?" — Antiwar.com

Congress Wants To Turn The US Postal Service... Into A Bank

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
...It's called the "Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions, and Lending" Act, abbreviated as... wait for it... the POSTAL Act. And it provides explicit authorization for them to provide banking services including checking and savings accounts, money transfers, and "other basic financial services as the Postal Service deems appropriate in the public interest." — ZeroHedge

Did Microsoft Commit Voter Fraud In Iowa To Ensure Donald Trump's Defeat?

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
... The first shot in the presidential nomination has been fired, and the finger-pointing has begun. Last night, Ted Cruz pulled off an upset victory in the Iowa Republican caucuses, defeating front-runner Donald Trump by a slim margin, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a statistical dead heat. Not only that, Marco Rubio exceeded expectations, finishing a close third behind Trump when all the polls showed that he lagged far behind. How did all this happen? — Return of Kings

Nearly one million investors may have been fleeced in China's latest Ponzi scheme

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
Twenty one executives from China's largest peer-to-peer money lending platform have been arrested, on suspicion of fleecing investors of 50 billion yuan ($7.6 billion). Police allege that the senior management of Ezubao stole that much from 900,000 investors nationwide, which would make it China's largest-ever case of investor fraud, by both cash value and the number of victims. By number of victims, it would be the largest Ponzi scheme in the world. [With the depressed stock market many Chinese are looking for alternate ways to invest] — Quartz

Boko Haram Jihadis Burn Children Alive, Slay Over 100 Villagers in Nigeria Massacre

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
....The latest atrocity from the jihadi group allied to the Islamic State took place in the village of Dalori, some three miles from Maiduguri, Nigeria. Vice Chairman of a civilian joint task force in Dalori, Modu Kaka, said that at least 100 dead bodies were taken away but that hundreds are still missing. — Breitbart

300 Scientists Want NOAA To Stop Hiding Its Global Warming Data

posted by askousen - Saturday, February 6 2016
...Smith launched an investigation into NOAA's study last summer over concerns it was pushed out to bolster President Barack Obama's political agenda. Democrats and the media have largely opposed the probe into NOAA scientists and political appointees, but Smith is determined to continue investigating. NOAA officials surrendered emails to congressional investigators in December. — The Daily Caller

US demands end to Russia strikes after Syria talks collapse

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
...On the ground, nearly 40,000 people have fled an offensive this week by President Bashar al-Assad's regime north of the city of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. Assad's forces also entered two Shiite villages that were under siege by rebels, prompting what state news agency SANA called "mass celebrations" in the streets of Nubol and Zahraa. [Ceasefires are often used in these conflicts to give the favored side a strategic advantage -- in this case the "rebels". Looks like Assad's forces and Russia weren't playing that game, and the US and UN are taking them to task for it in the news as much as possible.] — Reuters

Billions pledged for Syria as tens of thousands flee bombardments

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
..."With people reduced to eating grass and leaves and killing stray animals in order to survive on a day-to-day basis, that is something that should tear at the conscience of all civilized people and we all have a responsibility to respond to it," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told the conference. [It really is awful what the US and Saudi-armed war machine is doing to create and exacerbate the war on the people within Syria.] United Nations agencies are appealing for $7.73 billion to cope with the Syrian emergency this year, and countries in the region are asking for an additional $1.2 billion. [How much of this aid will go to helping the anti-Assad fighters?] — Reuters

Trump calls for Iowa election do-over

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
..."Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated," he wrote. The inflammatory accusation marked a reversal for Trump, who on Monday night delivered a concession speech thanking Iowans for his second-place finish and congratulating Cruz. On Tuesday night in New Hampshire, he told reporters he was "very happy with what happened in Iowa." But by Wednesday, Trump was laying out a list of accusations. He pointed to a mailer sent by the Cruz campaign headlined "voting violation" and resembling an official notice. The mailer showed recipients their history of voting or not in past caucuses, along with the turnout record of their neighbors, and drew complaints from Iowa's secretary of state. [Trump is probably right about the results being off, but it is probably much more than just these little actions by individuals within the Cruz campaing (still, Ted should be more careful who he chooses to join his team).] — Houston Chronicle

The Plausibility of Ted Cruz

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
It's rare for a politician to be overshadowed in victory, and even rarer when that victory is actually an upset. But Ted Cruz managed that trick in Iowa: Despite pulling out a victory when almost everyone expected Donald J. Trump to win, he found himself overshadowed twice in the coverage that followed- first by Trump's unexpected flop, and second by Marco Rubio's unexpectedly strong third-place finish. [One of the most establishment papers endorsing Cruz? Not really, just another way of bashing Trump, boosting Rubio and defending the results of the Iowa Caucus which by many indicators was thrown to damage Trump. Watch for Cruz to be dismantled after Trump is out of the way.] — NY Times

Video Shows Planned Parenthood Executive Sought to Hide Profits from Baby-Parts Sales

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
A new video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) appears to show how Planned Parenthood uses accounting gimmicks to hide profits created through the sale of body parts of aborted babies. A financial benefit "is what staff and management need to see," says an executive at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. — Breitbart

Ryan asks conservatives: Don't revolt in 2016

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
...Ryan was warmly received at Heritage, but his call for unity included a mild rebuke for the conservatives who have hounded GOP leadership in recent years. He issued it while warning that conservatives may have to ignore some of President Obama's unilateral executive actions, which Ryan described as "distractions" designed to prevent the Republican party from uniting around a conservative agenda. [Why would Ryan have to lead off with this if his agenda was truly conservative?] — Washington Examiner

TPP protesters shut down central Auckland as ministers sign controversial deal

posted by askousen - Thursday, February 4 2016
Central Auckland has ground to a halt as trade ministers signed the TPP today. All streets around Sky City Convention Centre and motorway on and off ramps leading to the central business district have been blocked by protesters. Former Green MP Sue Bradford was in a protest group that had partially blocked access to the Auckland Harbour Bridge from the city. — New Zealand Herald