BREAKING: Edward Snowden’s Autobiography Censored in China

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Andrew Zirkle|@theandrewzirkle

Edward Snowden is blowing the whistle once again. This time, however, it’s on his own book, Permanent Record.  

On late Monday night, Snowden blew the lid on an attempt to censor the simplified Chinese version of his new autobiography. The book shines a light onto the life of Snowden, who was responsible for exposing NSA and CIA mass surveillance programs back in 2013. 

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BREAKING: Israel Assassinates Palestinian Jihad Leader, Kills Syrian Civilians

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Ryan Lau | @ryanlau71r

Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday night, an Israeli airstrike reportedly struck a residential building in Syria. This is not the first time that Israel, officially neutral in the Syrian Civil War (though they oppose Iran’s presence in the country), has struck Syria.

At approximately the same time, another Israeli bomb struck the house of Bahaa Abu al-Atta, leader of Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of terrorist cell Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The blast killed him and his wife, injuring three others.

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Iran Crumbles as Iraq and Lebanon Rise Up

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Romy Haber | @romyjournalist

Iran gained a powerful position in the Middle East by fueling the rise of militant Shi’ism, funding proxies, and claiming a pseudo anti-imperialism position.

In other words, the Islamic Republic of Iran established itself firmly in Lebanon through Hezbollah, in Iraq by financing multiple militias, in Syria by supporting the Assad regime, and in Yemen through the Houthis.

However, effective asymmetric warfare is not enough for Iran to preserve its hegemony. Today, Iran is losing where it won the most: Lebanon and Iraq.

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Eric Ciaramella Named in Impeachment Testimony

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James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

Eric Ciaramella, the alleged whistleblower of Donald Trump’s Ukraine phone call, was mentioned in Ambassador William Taylor’s testimony. The testimony occurred on October 22, while the RealClearInvestigations article on Eric Ciaramella that was widely circulated by Republican figures was published on October 30. The transcript of the testimony, which occurred behind closed doors, was released Wednesday as part of the Democratic Party’s effort to make the impeachment inquiry more transparent.

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Colorado Proposition CC Claims Taxation Is Theft

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Warren Albrecht | @drw_albrecht

On November 5, Colorado shot down Proposition CC which would tip-toe the line between majority permission for fiscal spending and taxation is theft.  Earlier this year, the Colorado legislature sent to the citizen voter a proposal to allow the legislature to keep any surplus tax revenue to be spent on transportation or education. In 1992, a Taxpayer Bill Of Rights was passed. This is a Colorado constitutional amendment which,

requires that voters approve all tax increases and doesn’t allow government spending to grow faster than population and inflation. 

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