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October 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Heard that Mrs. Clinton is dressing up as President today

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October 31, 2017 at 7:50 am

Chinese active in Cuba

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Guess who is hanging around with Raul Castro these days? The answer is China, as we see in this report from Pan Am Post:    

Chen Xi, China’s Ambassador to Havana, signed agreements with Cuban Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmiera to expand economic relations between the two countries.

China pledged to make a US $1 million donation to help with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. 

Additionally, China will provide more than US $12 million in supplies, including generators, water pumps, purifiers, folding beds and other resources.

The agreement granted China a credit line for a project to remodel and modernize the island’s electric grid and solar power infrastructure, according to the state-run publication Cuban News Agency.

Though China surpassed Venezuela in terms of trade with Cuba last year — with total of US $361 million — the agreement means that China has officially become the island’s largest trading partner. 

Chinese-made buses, trucks and cars already frequent Cuban roads.

So what is China looking for?   

Selling trucks and cars to Cuba? Where are the consumers?    

Buses? It may be that Cuba could use some new buses but that’s not a very big sale either.

As Mexico, Canada, European countries, Brazil, and so many others have learned, doing business with Cuba is rather difficult because there is no market to speak of. This is why so much of the foreign investment is about building hotels.

China has to know that doing business with Castro’s Cuba is an automatic trip to “a loan rescheduling” meeting.    

Who hasn’t been forced to restructure their loans to Cuba? A few months ago, the Paris Club agreed to waive $8.5 billion of Cuba’s outstanding $11.1 billion debt!

It works like this:  Cuba buys on credit and then can’t pay off the loan.  

So China must have a different motive. How about national security or military? How about Chinese warships or submarines visiting Cuba in the future? Military outpost for intelligence or Chinese jets?

Maybe President Trump should talk about Cuba when he meets with China soon.

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October 31, 2017 at 6:24 am

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Monday’s video: China down in Cuba?

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October 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda………the Mueller investigation is supposed to issue some indictments…………..new allegations about the Democrats and Russia……The Wall Street Journal called for Mr. Mueller’s resignation……….the US economy doing well………..President Trump will travel to Asia and stop by the DMZ……and other stories…………

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Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 10/30 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts

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October 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

The trouble with Mueller

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We’ve been hearing a ton of predictions about Monday, the day that Mr. Mueller is supposed to announce some indictments. 

No matter what, Mr. Mueller’s work is under intense pressure, as we saw when the Wall Street Journal called for his resignation, along withGuy Benson’s interesting analysis

The Washington Post revealed Tuesday that the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee jointly paid for that infamous “dossier” full of Russian disinformation against Donald Trump. 

They filtered the payments through a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie), which hired the opposition-research hit men at Fusion GPS. 

Fusion in turn tapped a former British spook, Christopher Steele, to compile the allegations, which are based largely on anonymous, Kremlin-connected sources.  

Strip out the middlemen, and it appears that Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations about a U.S. presidential candidate. Did someone say “collusion”? 

This news is all the more explosive because the DNC and Clinton campaign hid their role, even amid the media furor after BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier in January. 

Reporters are now saying that Clinton campaign officials lied to them about their role in the dossier. 

Current DNC Chair Tom Perez and former Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz deny knowing about the dossier arrangement, but someone must have known. 

Perhaps this explains why Congressional Democrats have been keen to protect Fusion from answering dossier questions — disrupting hearings, protesting subpoenas and deriding Republican investigators.

And it’s only going to get more confusing as more information comes out next week and after.

So it’s time for Mueller to do the honorable thing and resign. How can Mr. Mueller, or anyone else who has worked in the deep state, honestly look at all of this without bumping into a conflict of interest along the way?

As the expression goes:  when all else fails, read the instructions! In this case, “the instructions” are in the U.S. Constitution that gives the Congress oversight responsibilities. 

It is the Congress, not Mr. Mueller, that should be conducting this investigation. The U.S. Congress has its flaws, from grandstanding to partisanship, but it is the best place to conduct these hearings and to ask the questions that need answers.   

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October 30, 2017 at 6:47 am

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Catalonia, Virginia, Mueller & attacks in Cuba plus other stories of the day

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We will look at the allegations from the Cuban government that ‘cicadas’ were responsible for the attacks on US diplomats….the problems facing Mr. Mueller and his investigation……..the Virginia governors race is a dead heat….Catalonia wants out but do they really have the votes…..The ‘War of the Worlds’ radio show on the eve of Halloween 1938………the stock market crash 1929……and other stories……..

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Source: Catalonia, Virginia, Mueller & attacks in Cuba plus other stories of the day 10/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts