Advanced Mexico-US Drug Tunnel had Solar Panels, Ventilation, & Rail System

By Katherine Lam | Fox News – Re-Blogged From Fox News

Authorities uncovered a tunnel outfitted with solar panels, lighting, ventilation and a rail system that could carry illegal immigrants, arms dealers and drug smugglers from Mexico into the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said this week.

Authorities made the discovery in mid-September and said the tunnel’s entrance, in Baja California, Mexico, was just 221 feet south of the U.S. border. The entry shaft was about 31 feet deep.

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Issues Important to Voters By Party

By Tim Pearce – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Democratic messaging on climate change has been stunted throughout the midterm election cycle, and most candidates are turning to other issues to connect with voters, the New York Times reports.

Health care and the economy consistently top polls of key issues and social security, immigration and guns usually perform well too.

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Should Children of Embezzlers Keep the Money Their Parents Stole?

[Immigration ‘debate’ tends to sink to low levels of insults – on both sides. Even so, the question and possible choices will affect the US Economy. So, here’s one opinion. -Bob]

By Dustin Koelhoffer – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

When a rich man embezzles millions of dollars from his company, or like Enron executives, takes millions from pensions and stocks, and they leave the employee’s families destitute, when they are brought to justice should that money remain in the hands of their children because they are innocent of the crime?

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A New Year Brings Familiar Challenges for the EU

Re-Blogged From Stratfor

Highlights

  • In 2018 the European Union will try to close the free trade agreements it has been negotiating in recent years and to sign new deals with additional countries.
  • The European Union will continue pressuring Russia to cooperate on a solution for the conflict in Ukraine but will be reluctant to increase its sanctions on Moscow.
  • Initiatives to cooperate with the countries migrants hail from and travel through will be easier to approve than will plans to reform the bloc’s rules on migration.

The EU flag flies over the stock exchange building in Brussels.

(sharrocks/iStock)

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When a Pillar of European Stability Crumbles

Re-Blogged From worldview.stratfor.com

Highlights

  • Negotiations to form a German government collapsed Nov. 19, opening a period of political uncertainty as leaders try to form a minority government or even seek new general elections.
  • Prolonged political uncertainty in Germany will complicate France’s plans for eurozone reforms and delay discussions about financial and institutional reforms for months.
  • The situation in Germany could also delay negotiations about the United Kingdom’s future ties with the European Union.

Germany's role as the beacon of political stability and predictability in Europe is now in doubt. Negotiations to form a government collapsed Nov. 19 after the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) left the coalition talks, opening a period of prolonged political uncertainty in the process.

(ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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