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Ladder Slide And Woman Die In Ceilandia Brazil
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Ladder Slide And Woman Die In Ceilandia Brazil

Sandra de Sousa Marinho, 41 y.o., fell from a ladder during cleaning at a Grade 10 School, in Ceilandia, DF, Brazil, on February 16, did not resist injuries and died February 24, in the saturday morning. She had been admitted to Hospital since the day of the accident.

She was a third-party employee of Royal JG Facilities S/A, which provides cleaning services to the Federal District Education Secretary.

According to the company, the contract does not provide for the performance of services at the height, such as what was done by the victim at the time of the accident.

The company said the stair-cleaning action would have been a request from the school board.

The case was registered at the 15th Police Station as a work accident. Police will investigate the circumstances and the responsibility for what happened.

SEDF mourned her death and said it is providing support to the family and the school.

https://g1.globo.com/df/distrito-federal/noticia/2024/02/24/morre-funcionaria-terceirizada-de-escola-publica-que-caiu-de-escada-de-4-metros-no-df.ghtml
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Illegal aliens overwhelmed by fat Americans
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An illegal alien in the US from Venezuela didn't seem to be expecting that Americans would be so fat according to a top criminal profiler, who believes that the illegal immigrant, while trying to murder a 22 year old nursing student, panicked due to her sheer size.
The illegal alien entered in 2022 and quickly achieved a US criminal record, but was allowed to stay in the country because Venezuela isn't accepting refunds on the illegals they are sending over.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13133901/UGA-campus-murder-victim-Laken-Riley-killer-panicked-attack-profiler.html
UGA campus murder victim Laken Riley's alleged killer 'panicked during attack' after illegal Venezuelan migrant was 'overwhelmed by her size,' says criminal profiler

A criminal profiler says the murdered UGA nursing student's killer probably 'panicked' after being 'overwhelmed by her size' during his attack.

Jose Ibarra, 26, is accused of killing Laken Riley, 22, after kidnapping her between 9 am and 1 pm on Thursday.

Ibarra, an undocumented Venezuelan migrant, is accused of 'seriously disfiguring Riley's body by disfiguring her skull,' and is also charged with preventing Riley from making a 911 call when he allegedly grabbed her.

After her cause of death was confirmed as blunt force trauma, a profiler from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said that the killer likely became violent after Riley fought back.

'In this case, the offender was met with resistance which he wasn't expecting, and it got overpowering and he couldn't control it and he restored to violence,' said John Lang Jr., a former GBI investigator and criminal profiler.

But he didn't know what he was in for and I suspect she probably fought back,' Lang said.

'He's not a very big fellow and he may have been overwhelmed by her size and her strengths and tenacity to fight back.'

According to court documents, Ibarra is a manlet.

Riley's body was found the same day on campus in a forested area near Lake Herrick
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Hungary tells Putin to fuck off, approves Sweden for NATO
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Putin continues to be NATO's most valuable asset, Tucker Carlson advised to avoid high windows and unattended tea

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/hungary-set-ratify-swedens-nato-accession-clearing-last-hurdle-2024-02-26/

BUDAPEST/STOCKHOLM, Reuters, Feb 26 - Hungary's parliament approved Sweden's NATO accession on Monday, clearing the last hurdle before the historic step by the Nordic country whose neutrality lasted through two world wars and the simmering conflict of the Cold War.
Hungary's vote ended months of delays to complete Sweden's security policy shift and followed a visit by Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson on Friday during which the two countries signed an arms deal.
"Sweden is leaving 200 years of neutrality and military non-alignment behind," Kristersson told a news conference.
"We are joining NATO in order to defend what we are and everything we believe in even better. We are defending our freedom, our democracy and our values, together with others."
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has faced pressure from NATO allies to fall in line and seal Sweden's accession to the alliance.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg immediately welcomed Hungary's move. "Sweden's membership will make us all stronger and safer," he said on X.
Stockholm abandoned its non-alignment policy for greater safety within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
With Sweden following Finland into NATO, President Vladimir Putin has effectively achieved the very thing he sought to avert when he launched his war in Ukraine - an expansion of the alliance, Western leaders have said.
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In Trump Criminal Case, Manhattan D.A. Asks for Gag Order Before Trial
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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/26/nyregion/trump-gag-order-hush-money-trial.html

Manhattan prosecutors on Monday asked the judge overseeing their criminal case against Donald J. Trump to prohibit the former president from attacking witnesses or exposing jurors’ identities.

The requests, made in filings by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, noted Mr. Trump’s “longstanding history of attacking witnesses, investigators, prosecutors, judges, and others involved in legal proceedings against him.”

In outlining a narrowly crafted gag order, the office hewed closely to the terms of a similar order upheld by a federal appeals court in Washington in another of Mr. Trump’s criminal cases.

The gag order in the Manhattan case, if the judge approves it, would bar Mr. Trump from “making or directing others to make” statements about witnesses concerning their role in the case. The district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, also asked that Mr. Trump be barred from commenting on prosecutors on the case — other than Mr. Bragg himself — as well as court staff members.

Although Mr. Bragg carved himself out of the gag order request, the district attorney has received the brunt of the attacks from Mr. Trump and his supporters. In an affidavit released Monday, the head of his security detail listed some of the worst of the dozens of attacks directed at Mr. Bragg last year, including racial slurs and death threats.

In a separate filing, Mr. Bragg placed a special emphasis on the protection of jurors. His prosecutors asked that Mr. Trump be barred from publicly revealing their identities. And although Mr. Trump and his legal team are allowed to know the jurors’ names, Mr. Bragg asked that their addresses be kept secret from the former president.
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Ucrane Defence chief claims Navalny died of natural causes(blood clot)
Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ucrane's Defence Intelligence, has stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny died of natural causes, specifically a blood clot.

Quote: "I may disappoint you, but we know he died from a blood clot. It's more or less confirmed. This is not taken from the Internet, but, unfortunately, a natural [death – ed.]."

Details: Budanov also urged people not to believe that Russia's regime "will be toppled naturally, by itself," stating that "without our help, it is unrealistic."

He also stated that a stable regime in Russia is a threat to Ucrane and the world, and that Ucrane will continue to conduct operations on Russian territory.


https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/news/2024/02/25/7443621/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRUO5HBvTM8

Navalny prisoner-swap talks were underway when he died, his allies say
https://www.cbc.ca/lite/story/1.7125578?feature=related-link

Sounds like someone in Ucrane murdered Navalny to hurt Putin.(They forced the clot shot on him and gave him 10x the normal dose)
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droves of people fleeing blue states
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/one-of-the-biggest-mass-migrations-in-american-history-economist-says-5m-people-have-fled-blue-states-in-the-last-decade-wishes-these-places-would-stop-avoiding-reality-here-s-why/ar-BB1iXSBC?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=DCTS&cvid=507e5e1527a84fd093504a75f5a7ac9c&ei=24
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Did Nazi this coming: The Republican’s Favorite Gathering is Full of Nazis
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>Despite denials from the conference's leaders, white supremacists, conspiracy theorists, and racists did attend CPAC over the weekend.

https://newrepublic.com/post/179282/surprise-gops-favorite-gathering-full-nazis

Self-identified Nazis were at CPAC—and for all of the event leadership’s political waffling, NBC News had the receipts to prove it.

On Saturday, NBC News reported that the fascists “didn’t meet any perceptible resistance” at the conservative conference, and mingled openly with Republican personalities and members of Turning Point USA, describing themselves as “national socialists” while discussing “race science,” skull measurements, and anti-Semititc conspiracy theories.

CPAC’s Chairman Matt Schlapp refused to comment on the article, but he did take to Twitter to instill his own spin, claiming that NBC had made the whole story up and that liberals were ideological Nazis—rather than his event’s attendees.

“Yawn. This is a tired old cliche,” Schlapp posted on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “The Neo-Nazis in our midst are the ones controlling our college campuses and major institutions and grossly populate the newsrooms of corporate media, calling for an Israeli surrender.”

In another post on Sunday, CPAC’s account described NBC’s reporting as “false, misleading, and grossly manipulative,” while condemning the report’s author, Ben Goggin, for his coverage of Gaza.

But Goggin had his evidence ready to go, dropping photos and clips of the Nazi cohort peacefully navigating the event and its conference hotel—including an image catching one of the Nazis shaking hands with Jared Taylor, the founder of the blatantly white supremacist publication American Renaissance.

“Either CPAC is lying about having no idea about this, or they simply don’t have a grasp on who they approved to come to their conference,” he continued.
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Trump dynasty members to be installed in RNC
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RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel will leave her post on March 8 as Trump moves to install new loyalists

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel will leave her post on March 8, having been forced out of the GOP’s national leadership as Donald Trump moves toward another presidential nomination and asserts control over the party.

https://apnews.com/article/ronna-mcdaniel-trump-rnc-stepping-down-presidential-2024-dde6c031db877008a348d0a31f04f278
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Abbott's Closed Border Policy works
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In an embarrassing defeat for Democrats, Greg Abbott has shown that closing the border actually does work in preventing illegal border crossings.
Illegal aliens and Chinese spies have stopped illegally crossing in Texas and instead have turned to illegally crossing parts of the border which remain open, such as California
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2024-02-26/migrant-arrivals-california-increase
Migrant arrests are up along the border in California and dropping in Texas. Why?

A new pattern emerged along the nation’s southern border last month: Migrant arrests plummeted at the Texas border in January compared to the same month a year ago. At the same time, similar arrests soared year-over-year at entry points in California and Arizona.
Experts say a combination of factors is likely causing the shift, which has led to several thousand migrants entering California each week while they await court dates for immigration proceedings.

Stepped-up enforcement efforts by the governments of Mexico, Panama and Colombia, and heightened violence by cartels on the Mexican side of the Texas border have likely slowed expected migration into that state.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s restrictive new immigration policies, including installing razor wire along some parts of the border and a new state law that could take effect next month, could also be playing a role.

“For something to change that much that quickly, it’s either word of mouth among migrants or some change among smuggling patterns, or both,” said Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, a research and advocacy organization.
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Koch Billionaire-funded thinktanks finally ditching Nikki Haley's campaign
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68401537

A libertarian conservative organisation founded by the billionaire Koch brothers will no longer spend on Nikki Haley's presidential campaign.

The decision by Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP) to pull the plug is another setback for Ms Haley as she seeks the Republican nomination.

She lost her home state of South Carolina on Saturday to former President Donald Trump, his fourth successive victory in the primaries.

But she has vowed to fight on.

In an email to staff on Sunday, the AFP president and CEO said their backing would focus on key Senate and House races in November's election rather than on Ms Haley.

"She has made it clear that she will continue to fight, and we wholeheartedly support her in this effort," wrote Emily Seidel.

"But given the challenges in the primary states ahead we don't believe any outside group can make a material difference to widen her path to victory."

Ms Haley's campaign insists it can still rely on enough incoming cash to keep going.

Olivia Perez Cubas, a spokesperson for Haley, thanked AFP for their support and said $1m had come in since her defeat in South Carolina. "We have plenty fuel to keep going. We have a country to save."

AFP had announced their endorsement and financial support in November, when Ms Haley was trying to establish herself as the clear challenger to Mr Trump.

Since then she has proven to be the most durable of all Mr Trump's opponents in the Republican race but it remains unclear how she can now find a path to victory.

It is looking increasingly likely the country is heading towards a rematch in November of Mr Trump against Democratic President Joe Biden.
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SOUTH CAROLINA SHOWS CRACKS IN MAGA REPUBLICAN COALITION
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>Many Republicans who support Nikki Haley say they could never vote for Trump — and it could be a huge problem for his campaign against Joe Biden.

CHARLESTON, S.C. ― Donald Trump may have won the South Carolina Republican primary, but Nikki Haley’s better-than-expected performance here exposed glaring weaknesses in the 2024 GOP front-runner’s campaign that could hobble his chances against Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump beat Haley by 20 points ― an embarrassing loss for the former South Carolina governor, to be sure. However, she won about 40% of the vote cast on Saturday, a significant margin that, when averaged with her similar performance in New Hampshire, underscored that a high number of Republican primary voters simply don’t like Trump.

Those voters might prove to be decisive to Haley on Super Tuesday, when states like Vermont and Utah ― believed to have more moderate GOP bases ― head to the polls, possibly awarding her a much-needed victory and delegates. Haley so far has yet to outright win any of the GOP nominating contests.

Haley signaled on election night, though, that her campaign may have an expiration date, only committing, for now, to stay in the race through Super Tuesday, when 15 states and one territory cast ballots. Many of the states voting March 5 dole out delegates on a winner-takes-all basis — meaning there’s no prize for Haley earning even a significant portion of votes below 50%.

Haley and her allies argue her vote share says something about how Republicans view Trump and how the party will fare in November.

“Forty percent is not some tiny group. There are a huge number of voters in our Republican primary who want an alternative,” Haley told supporters at her election night party at a hotel in Charleston Saturday, confirming that she wouldn’t be dropping out after her fourth major loss.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-south-carolina-nikki-haley_n_65db61f5e4b0e4346d52bed8
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Wendy's Is Introducing Uber-Style 'Surge Pricing'
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https://www.foodandwine.com/wendys-introducing-dynamic-pricing-8600506

You soon might want to get strategic about the exact time you visit Wendy’s.

In early February, Kirk Tanner, the new CEO and president of Wendy’s, shared with analysts his various plans to increase company profits, including investing in digital menu boards that will have the capacity to display dynamic pricing that fluctuates throughout the day by 2025.

“We are planning to invest approximately $20 million to roll out digital menu boards to all U.S. company-operated restaurants by the end of 2025,” Tanner said, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Tanner added that Wendy’s will also invest an additional $10 million over two years to enhance its global system, help upsell other menu items, and improve order accuracy. But that’s not all.

Tanner stated, “Beginning as early as 2025, we will begin testing more enhanced features like dynamic pricing and daypart offerings along with AI-enabled menu changes and suggestive selling.”

A spokesperson for Wendy's confirmed the news with Food & Wine, stating the company is focused on providing "great-tasting" food and is "making a significant investment" to grow its digital business, including rolling out digital menu boards in some U.S. restaurants. "Beginning as early as 2025, we will begin testing a variety of enhanced features on these digital menuboards like dynamic pricing, different offerings in certain parts of the day, AI-enabled menu changes and suggestive selling based on factors such as weather. Dynamic pricing can allow Wendy's to be competitive and flexible with pricing, motivate customers to visit and provide them with the food they love at a great value. We will test a number of features that we think will provide an enhanced customer and crew experience."
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USAF service member fired
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https://apnews.com/article/israel-us-embassy-fire-c49922e38d51727af736e60e3bb21dd5

A US Air Force member is critically injured after he set himself on fire outside an Israeli embassy in protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — An active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force was critically injured Sunday after setting himself ablaze outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., while declaring that he “will no longer be complicit in genocide,” a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.
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Incel Ideology Leads to Conviction in Planned Attack on Ohio State University
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https://www.cleveland.com/news/2024/02/the-first-incel-convicted-of-a-federal-hate-crime-could-go-to-prison-for-what-he-thought-and-wrote-today-in-ohio.html
https://bnnbreaking.com/world/us/historic-verdict-incel-ideology-leads-to-conviction-in-planned-attack-on-ohio-state-university

In a courtroom filled with tension and anticipation, a narrative unfolded that would soon become a landmark in the fight against hate crimes fueled by the incel movement. Tres Genco, a young man identified with the involuntary celibate (incel) community, faced the weight of the law for his planned massacre targeting women at Ohio State University. This case, marking a significant moment in addressing the incel ideology through the legal system, brings to light the stark realities of gender-based hate crimes and the importance of vigilance in a digital age where such ideologies can fester and escalate into planned violence.
A Disturbing Plot Unveiled

Genco's conviction on federal hate crime charges stemmed from his alarming plan to kill 3,000 women at Ohio State University, a plot that revealed the dark underbelly of the incel movement's most extreme fringes. The prosecution's request for a 12.5-year prison sentence reflects the severity of Genco's intentions, while the defense argues for leniency, citing his lack of direct action towards the plot and underlying mental health issues. The details of Genco's case, including his disturbing writings and the cache of weapons found in his possession, paint a chilling picture of what could have been one of the deadliest hate crimes in recent U.S. history.
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Air Force Member sets himself on fire to protest US involvement in Israel's genocide of thousands
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https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2024/2/26/suicide-vs-genocide-rest-in-power-aaron-bushnell

On Sunday, February 25 around 1pm, 25-year-old active duty member of the United States Air Force Aaron Bushnell set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in the US capital of Washington, DC, in a one-airman revolt against the US-backed slaughter currently being perpetrated by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip.

He screamed "Free Palestine" until his vocal cords burned to a crisp, yet CNN hosts initially said they "don't know why he did it" lmao.

Moments before covering himself in flammable liquid, Aaron is seen walking toward the Israeli embassy. His last words before the flames were "I'm an active duty member of the US Air Force and I will no longer be complicit in genocide. I'm about to engage in an extreme act of protest. But compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it's not extreme at all. This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal. Free Palestine."

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/25/politics/man-sets-himself-on-fire-israeli-embassy-washington-dc/index.html
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Heartless Commiefornia Liberal Family Returns Black Dog Hours After Adoptions
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Tears as Dog Adopted After 900 Days in Shelter Is Returned Within Hours

https://www.newsweek.com/dog-adopted-after-900-days-shelter-returned-within-hours-1872649


Adog who was adopted after spending over 900 days in an animal shelter has suffered the heartbreak of being returned just 24 hours later.

Sora first arrived at the Valley Animal Center in Fresno, California, just over two and a half years ago, having been surrendered by her owner. The Valley Animal Center is the largest no-kill animal center in the Central Valley.

For over 900 days, Sora struggled to attract much in the way of attention. That's not entirely surprising given the circumstances, with a 2014 study published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science highlighting how the average shelter visitor interacts with just one dog per visit and that these interactions last just eight minutes.

But staff at the shelter knew Sora had all the attributes necessary to make a great pet.

"Sora is a high-energy dog who loves to play and gets super excited anytime she gets to go on walks," Sim Kaur from the Valley Animal Center told Newsweek.

But staff at the shelter knew Sora had all the attributes necessary to make a great pet.

"Sora is a high-energy dog who loves to play and gets super excited anytime she gets to go on walks," Sim Kaur from the Valley Animal Center told Newsweek.
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31,000 Ukrainian troops killed since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, Zelenskyy says
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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in action in the two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

Zelenskyy said that the number was far lower than estimates given by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.

“31,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed in this war. Not 300,000, not 150,000, not whatever Putin and his deceitful circle have been lying about. But nevertheless, each of these losses is a great sacrifice for us”, Zelenskyy said at the “Ukraine. Year 2024” forum in Kyiv.
https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-troops-killed-zelenskyy-675f53437aaf56a4d990736e85af57c4
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Trump forgets his wife's name
https://metro.co.uk/2024/02/26/donald-trump-appears-get-wife-melanias-name-wrong-speech-20347222/?ico=top-stories_home_top

While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump, 77, gave a standing ovation to his wife of 18 years – then referred to Melania as ‘Mercedes’.

He said: ‘Oh look at that Mercedes, that’s pretty good.’

The blunder is gaining widespread media attention as discussions over both Trump and President Joe Biden’s memory are increasing ahead of the November elections.

Dr John Gartner, a former professor at John Hopkins Medical School, formerly wrote of how Trump, rather than current President Biden, 81, is showing signs of memory loss.
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NYT: CIA network of bases in Ukraine at risk if US does not pass aid
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https://news.yahoo.com/nyt-cia-network-bases-ukraine-123116608.html

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has supported a network of a dozen bases in Ukraine that are "increasingly at risk" if Republicans continue to block $61 billion in funding for Kyiv, the New York Times (NYT) reported on Feb. 25.

The network of bases is the result of a decade of relationship-building between the CIA and Ukraine, according to the NYT, which conducted 200 interviews with current and former intelligence officials in Ukraine, Europe, and the U.S. for the article.

The bases allow the Ukrainian military "to track Russian spy satellites and eavesdrop on conversations between Russian commanders," the NYT said.

"These intelligence networks are more important than ever," now that Russia is intensifying its offensive and Ukraine "more dependent on sabotage and long-range missile strikes that require spies far behind enemy lines."

CIA Director William Burns secretly visited Ukraine on Feb. 22 "to try to reassure Ukrainian leaders," the NYT said, in what was his 10th visit to the country since Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

The relationship between Ukrainian and U.S. intelligence began to deepen in 2015, when then-President Petro Poroshenko appointed Valeriy Kondratiuk to head Ukraine's military intelligence agency.

After the EuroMaidan Revolution in 2014, the U.S. initially distrusted Ukrainian officials and worried about "provoking the Kremlin," the NYT said.

Kondratiuk built relations with the CIA, which in 2016 agreed to help modernize Ukraine's military intelligence agency in exchange for intelligence from Ukraine, the NYT said. A red line was that the CIA would not help Ukrainian intelligence conduct lethal operations.

According to the NYT, Ukraine gradually became "an intelligence-gathering hub that intercepted more Russian communications than the CIA station in Kyiv could initially handle."
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stores discontinuing self checkout
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Democrats ruin fucking everything. now because we live in a low trust society I gotta talk to some fag instead of just scanning my own shit and leaving. It is both the fault of the dems who are doing the thefts and the dems in public office who made it so shoplifting is legal in most dem cities
https://www.kget.com/national-news/self-checkouts-are-disappearing-from-retailers-heres-why/
Self-checkouts are disappearing from retailers. Here’s why
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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — For a while, they looked to be the future of shopping.

Grocery stores, home improvement stores and retail chains were all making room for those blinking green lanes of sweeping, modern shopping convenience (or so they said) — the self-checkouts where you become cashier and bagger.

If you’ve ever visited Target on a Sunday evening and have seen the snaking lane of self-checkout customers weaving into the store, you know.

But you may be seeing fewer of them in major retailers nowadays, and you can blame retail crime across the country.

On social media, one user recently posted a picture of the Walmart in West Hills, California with the self-checkout lanes roped off. The post said all Walmarts have removed self-checkouts due to theft.

Nexstar’s KTLA reached out to Walmart to find out if the self-checkout lanes were indeed a thing of the past. Are they removing all of them in California? Which stores have had them removed (or simply closed, temporarily or otherwise)

A Walmart spokesperson said they needed to research the issue.

They later replied, saying, “We’re always looking at ways to innovate and improve our stores. We have nothing to announce related to self-checkout removals at this time.”

When pressed for specifics, the retailer offered none.

“I’ll refer you to the previous statement. That’s the only comment we have.”

It’s the not-so-secret secret: retail chains are doing away with these lanes, and many do not want to talk about it.
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COSTAS DRAW FIYA BRAND t-Rump CULT A PERSONALITY LIKE MUSCLEINI SLEEPI JOE STALIN GANDHI -LION TED 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxgRUyzgs0

Look in my eyes
What do you see?
The cult of personality
I know your anger, I know your dreams
I've been everything you want to be
Oh, I'm the cult of personality
Like Mussolini and Kennedy
I'm the cult of personality

Neon lights, a Nobel prize
When a mirror speaks, the reflection lies

Only you can set me free
I sell the things you need to be
I'm the smiling face on your TV
Oh, I'm the cult of personality
I exploit you, still you love me

I tell you, one and one makes three
Oh, I'm the cult of personality
Like Joseph Stalin and Gandhi

You gave me fortune, you gave me fame
You gave me power in your god's name
I'm every person you need to be
Oh, I'm the cult of personality

Ask not what your country can do for you
The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself

https://www.foxnews.com/media/bob-costas-draws-fire-trump-supporters-toxic-cult-great-look-him

Bob Costas draws fire for branding Trump supporters as 'toxic cult': 'Not a great look' for him

Costas called Trump himself the 'most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history'
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Sanctions need to target Putin personally
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https://thehill.com/policy/defense/4487178-former-nato-commander-biden-sanctions-putin-personally/

>“These sanctions need to target Putin personally, they need to go after his personal wealth, his ability… and his friends and his family to travel in the world,” Stavridis said Sunday, in an interview on “The Cats Roundtable” with host John Catsimatidis.

>“He needs to be indicted in an international criminal court,” he added. “We need to personalize these sanctions.”

>His comments come after Biden announced that the U.S. would impose over 500 new sanctions aimed at Russia Friday as Ukraine marks two years since Russia invaded. The announcement also follows the recent death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

>“If Putin does not pay the price for his death and destruction, he will keep going,” Biden said in a statement. “And the costs to the United States—along with our NATO Allies and partners in Europe and around the world—will rise.”
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"smart" gun safes recalled for being useless as shit
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This is the same "tech" that is supposed to go in "smart" guns. if this shit doesn't work at all in a static safe, how the fuck is it supposed to work i n a gun subject to recoil force?
Also this shows that "safe storage" laws are bullshit. (how is this even an argument by the way? storage laws when no kids are present were struck down in heller in 2008. any such law would be unconstitutional and would lose in court. why are dems pushing for laws that are on their face unconstitutional?)
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/biometric-gun-safes-recalled-children-able-open-rcna139974
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2024/02/23/biometric-gun-safes-recalled/72711452007/
120,000 gun safes recalled as U.S. warns children were able to open them
The recall involving several brands of biometric gun safes comes after more than 90 reports of people opening them without authorization.
Biometric safes produced by Bulldog, BBRIKN and Machir.
There were no reports of injuries or deaths associated with the recalls, the CPSC said.Bulldog; BBRIKN; Machir


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Feb. 23, 2024, 7:20 PM EST
By Suzy Khimm
The federal government is recalling more than 120,000 biometric gun safes after reports that they could be opened without authorization — including by a child as young as 6 — putting people at risk of serious injury or death.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday cited 91 reports of unauthorized users accessing the safes, which include Bulldog Cases, Awesafe, Machir and MouTec brands, some of which have been sold since 2019.

There were no reports of injuries or deaths associated with the recalls, which were voluntarily conducted with the companies, the agency said.
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Joe Biden committing treason
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Joe biden on the threshold of treason
https://www.newsweek.com/dan-patrick-warns-joe-biden-approaching-treason-over-border-1873055
Joe Biden Approaching Treason Over Border Crisis, Texas Lt. Governor Warns

Dan Patrick warned on Friday that President Joe Biden is approaching treason over the U.S.-Mexico border as an influx of migrants continue to cross into the country.

Tension between federal and state units in Texas remains after the Biden administration secured a significant win over Texas Governor Greg Abbott in late January after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow the temporary removal of razor wire along the southern border while litigation over the issue proceeds. The Court's decision has sparked anger among Republicans who support the measures taken by Abbott and his administration to fight illegal immigration in the state. Additionally, tensions over the measures escalated as the federal government raised environmental and humanitarian concerns about the deterrent.

Abbott, an outspoken critic of Biden over immigration issues, has vowed that the fight "is not over" and also issued a statement declaring Texas' "right to self-defense." Texas has continued to use razor wire as a barrier between the Rio Grande River and Shelby Park, a 47-acre area in Eagle Pass, which has become one of the busiest locations for people attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico.

This comes as there were more than 2.4 million migrant encounters at the southern border during the 2023 fiscal year, up from roughly 1.7 million in 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data
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US Spies Laugh At Traitors Over Russian Footprints:We Told You So.
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Former U.S. spies warned in 2020 that the Hunter Biden scandal had Russian fingerprints. They feel vindicated now.
The Justice Department said this week that informant Alexander Smirnov invented a story about $5 million bribes paid to Joe and Hunter Biden and is also "peddling new lies."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna140240

Sorry Kremlinshills. The Good Guys were right again.

Feb. 24, 2024, 7:00 AM EST
By Ken Dilanian
The Justice Department’s assertions this week that a longtime FBI informant was seeking to “spread misinformation” designed to hurt President Joe Biden after speaking to Russian intelligence operatives has put a new spotlight on an old debate:

To what extent, if any, has the Russian government manufactured or amplified unproven allegations of corrupt Ukraine dealings by Joe and Hunter Biden?

In a request to revoke his bail, prosecutors said that former informant Alexander Smirnov, charged last week with lying to the FBI in 2020 when he said Joe Biden had received a $5 million bribe, “is actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections after meeting with Russian intelligence officials” as recently as last fall.

The allegation that Smirnov was spreading new falsehoods about Joe Biden with an election looming hearkened back to an episode from the 2020 election, when the question of whether Russian spies were trying to smear Joe Biden was first raised.

Derogatory information, purportedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop, had surfaced in a New York Post article. Soon afterward, 51 former intelligence officials signed and blasted to the media a letter warning that the laptop story “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

The letter continued: “We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails … are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement — just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case.”
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Bipartisan Wisconsin Ethics Commission Reports That Trump's PAC Committed Multiple Felonies
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>The bipartisan panel referred Save America and an assortment of state Republicans for prosecution.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/wisconsin-trump-save-america-pac-campaign-finance-law/

Wisconsin’s bipartisan ethics committee has reportedly accused President Donald Trump’s Save America PAC of scheming with Wisconsin Republicans to circumvent campaign finance laws in a 2022 race to unseat a powerful Trump critic in the state — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R).

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission recommended Save America be charged with felonies alongside state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R) and a string of others, as the blog WisPolitics first reported Friday.

The commission sent its recommendation to multiple county prosecutors on Tuesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. If those prosecutors do not charge the parties within 60 days, the commission can go over their heads, the paper noted.

The allegations stem from the 2022 primary race involving Vos and a Republican challenger, Adam Steen.

Vos earned Trump’s ire in 2020 when he pushed back on Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election — after spending years trying to cement Republican power in his home state.

Wisconsin law stipulates that $1,000 is the most an individual can donate to a candidate for the state assembly. The commission alleged that larger individual donations were funneled to Steen’s campaign illegally by taking advantage of state laws that put no limits on the amount political parties can donate to candidates, per the Washington Post.

WisPolitics laid out how the scheme worked: Donors who wanted to support Steen were told to make out checks to the Langlade County GOP with “63” in the memo line, and that money would be directed toward Steen even if it was above the $1,000 limit. (The number refers to Vos’ district.)

Steen’s effort to unseat Vos was a big failure.
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Bezos, NVidia, Microsoft and OpenAI partnering in nightmarish humanoid robot startup
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https://fortune.com/2024/02/23/jeff-bezos-nvidia-openai-microsoft-robot-unicorn-figureai-funding-round/

Robots have emerged as a critical new frontier for the AI industry, letting it apply cutting-edge technology to real-world tasks. At Figure, engineers are working on a robot that looks and moves like a human. The company has said it hopes its machine, called Figure 01, will be able to perform dangerous jobs that are unsuitable for people and that its technology will help alleviate labor shortages.

Other technology companies are involved as well. Intel Corp.’s venture capital arm is pouring in $25 million, and LG Innotek is providing $8.5 million. Samsung’s investment group, meanwhile, committed $5 million. Backers also include venture firms Parkway Venture Capital, which is investing $100 million, and Align Ventures, which is providing $90 million.

The ARK Venture Fund is participating as well, putting in $2.5 million, while Aliya Capital Partners is investing $20 million. Other investors include Tamarack, at $27 million; Boscolo Intervest Ltd., investing $15 million; and BOLD Capital Partners, at $2.5 million.
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california court strikes down california billy club ban
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https://reason.com/volokh/2024/02/23/court-strikes-down-california-ban-on-possessing-billy-clubs/
Court Strikes Down California Ban on Possessing Billy Clubs
EUGENE VOLOKH | 2.23.2024 6:40 PM

From Judge Roger Benitez's decision in Fouts v. Bonta(S.D. Cal.):

This case is about a California law that makes it a crime to simply possess or carry a billy. This case is not about whether California can prohibit or restrict the use or possession of a billy for unlawful purposes…. Historically, the short wooden stick that police officers once carried on their beat was known as a billy or billy club. The term remains vague today and may encompass a metal baton, a little league bat, a wooden table leg, or a broken golf club shaft, all of which are weapons that could be used for self-defense but are less lethal than a firearm….

The court struck down the law on Second Amendment grounds (citing, among other cases, Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016), which suggested that stun guns were constitutionally protected arms). The historical analysis is long and detailed (read it here), but here's the conclusion:


The Second Amendment protects a citizen's right to defend one's self with dangerous and lethal firearms. But not everybody wants to carry a firearm for self- defense. Some prefer less-lethal weapons. A billy is a less-lethal weapon that may be used for self-defense. It is a simple weapon that most anybody between the ages of eight and eighty can fashion from a wooden stick, or a clothes pole, or a dowel rod. One can easily imagine countless citizens carrying these weapons on daily walks and hikes to defend themselves against attacks by humans or animals. To give full life to the core right of self-defense, every law-abiding responsible individual citizen has a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms like the billy for lawful purposes.
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Letitia James shits bed big time. NRA not banned, in fact NRA will be paid $7.4 million
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Pretty big own goal there
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nra-trial-verdict-rcna138827
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/24/nyregion/wayne-lapierre-nra.html
https://www.reuters.com/legal/jury-says-ex-nra-chief-lapierre-mismanaged-gun-rights-group-2024-02-23/
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nra-found-liable-money-mismanagement-by-manhattan-jury-says-former-ceo-wayne-lapierre-violated-duties
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jury-returns-verdict-in-wayne-lapierre-nra-corruption-civil-case/
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Everyday New Abuse in Turkey
Dear Community Members,

It is estimated that there are 10 million stray animals in Turkey.

This text is my message to all anonymous people on the internet in order to draw attention to animal rights in the world and raise awareness. Unfortunately, we often come across news about animal mistreatment, abuse and murder in Turkey. A society that lacks the awareness that animals are creatures with emotions and pain perception is dragging moral values and brutality.

There are still serious deficiencies in animal rights and stray animals are defined as property in our constitution. The lack of animal rights in our country, the difficult situations that many animals are exposed to, and the lack of state policies push us to hope that we can start a new reaction movement. At this point, more effective legal regulations on animal rights should be made and efforts should be made to increase social awareness.

It is our duty as aware people to oppose violence and abuse against animals and to fight for their rights. We must come together as a society and make an effort to defend animal rights and raise awareness on this issue.

Let's not forget that animals are also living beings and should receive the respect they deserve.
Let me give an example of some inhumane animal killers in Turkey in 2024:

https://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/turkiye/kedilere-kezzap-atan-sanigin-7-yila-kadar-hapsi-istendi-2177862
Murat Özdemir
A cleaning officer at Eyüp Sultan Mosque in Eyüpsultan, Istanbul. He tortured and murdered more than 40 cats (including kittens) by pouring vitriol on them in Eyüp cemetery (a cemetery next to the Mosque where he worked) in front of the cameras. It is estimated that the number of cats he killed was over 100 and the deaths spread to different neighborhoods. The methods he used included knife attacks.
Court date: 8 March 11:00 am Çağlayan Courthouse
Justice Hearing: 60th Criminal Court of First Instance
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CPAC '24 “Welcome to the end of democracy!” “We’re here to overthrow it completely.
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Alt-right conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec vowed to finish what rioters began on Jan. 6 by working to “overthrow” democracy “completely.”

Posobiec made the comments during the opening day of CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

“Welcome to the end of democracy!” Posobiec declared. “We’re here to overthrow it completely. We didn’t get all the way there on January 6th, but we will endeavor to get rid of it and replace it with this right here,” he said, holding his fist in the air. “That’s right, because all glory is not to government, all glory to God.”

Steve Bannon, former White House adviser, is heard in the background exclaiming, “All right! Amen!”


https://www.mediaite.com/trump/welcome-to-the-end-of-democracy-trump-booster-jack-posobiec-vows-to-finish-what-began-on-jan-6-as-steve-bannon-cheers-on/
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tRump tells BLACK conservatives His criminal charges ‘Are Why You People Like Me’
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Former President Donald tRump told a group of Black conservatives that “a lot of people” have said the 91 criminal counts against him have made him more appealing to Black people.

Speaking at the Black Conservative Federation Honors Gala in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night, tRump all but boasted about being indicted in four jurisdictions.

“And then I got indicted a second time and then a third time and a fourth time!” he told the crowd. “And a lot of people said that that’s why the Black people like me,

He also likened the judgment to the plight of Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny, who died last week in a prison in the Arctic Circle.

“It is a form of Navalny,” he told Fox News on Tuesday. “It's communist fascist oppression and martrydom.”


https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-tells-black-conservatives-his-criminal-charges-are-why-the-black-people-like-me/
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Nikki say's She’ll Never Be tRump’s Running Mate:SC results:tRump 57% HALEY 42%
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/trump-haley-gop-primary-win-south-carolina-home-state-rcna139419

Nikki say's She’ll Never Be tRump’s Running Mate:‘Look at what they did to the last one!’
If true, She's going to be the "I told you so" candidate in 2028.

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley definitively ruled out being Donald Trump’s running mate if the former president wins the GOP nomination, which looks increasingly likely.
Appearing on Friday’s Special Report on Fox News, Haley was asked by Bret Baier if she sees herself winning any primaries,

BAIER: By the way, have we settled the VP thing?

HALEY: Of course we’ve settled it! I mean there is in no way–

BAIER: So, it’s done.

HALEY: I’ve said it for months, it’s done. I mean, look at what tRump and his followers did to the last VP, no thanks.
“I’m a Republican,” she replied. “I’m running as a Republican. I’m running trying to wake people up that, if they nominate Donald Trump in this primary, we will lose a general election. Mark my words.”

https://www.mediaite.com/politics/nikki-haley-tells-persistent-bret-baier-shell-never-be-trumps-running-mate-its-done/
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Vice Bros, not like this...
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Vice Will Cease Publishing on Vice.com and Lay Off ‘Several Hundred’ Staffers, CEO Says

https://variety.com/2024/digital/news/vice-cease-publishing-layoff-hundreds-ceo-1235919843/
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California has the lowest number of high school diploma holders in the country
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Why is the average Californian so fucking retarded?
https://www.newsweek.com/californians-struggling-graduate-high-school-1872496
by the way, the top states
Percentage of high school graduates or higher by state
Vermont, 95 percent
Maine, 94.6 percent
New Hampshire, 94.5 percent
Montana, 94 percent
Minnesota, 94 percent
North Dakota, 93.9 percent
Wyoming, 93.7 percent
I wonder what those states all have in common? Does being farther north make you better at reading?
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‘There’s No Question This Is Dead’: Biden Impeachment Inquiry Falls Apart
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‘There’s No Question This Is Dead’: Biden Impeachment Inquiry Falls Apart

BY ERIC CORTELLESSA
FEBRUARY 22, 2024 2:05 PM EST

https://time.com/6767653/biden-impeachment-fbi-informant-russia/

Everyone's laughing....

House Republicans reached a critical point this week in their bid to impeach Joe Biden: a closed-door interview with the President’s younger brother James. But the coveted testimony was dramatically overshadowed by another development: The Justice Department indicting one of the impeachment inquiry’s lead informants for lying to the FBI about the Biden family with dirt from Russian intelligence.

The revelation was the latest in a series of embarrassing setbacks for the House GOP’s impeachment effort. In July, one of its whistleblowers was arrested for acting as a Chinese agent. In August, Hunter Biden’s longtime associate Devon Archer—who House Oversight Chair James Comer said could become a “hero” of the probe—testified that President Biden had no involvement in his son’s business dealings. At the inquiry’s first public hearing in September, Comer’s star witness, conservative lawyer Jonathan Turley, said there wasn’t enough evidence to impeach Biden. And on Tuesday, federal prosecutors claimed that FBI informant Alexander Smirnov, who made false bribery allegations against President Biden and his son Hunter, had “extensive and extremely recent contacts” with the Kremlin.
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Republican judge declares Texas Schools Can Discriminate Against Black Students for Their Hairstyles
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Republican judge rules that a law specifically made to stop this type of discrimination does not apply to black students.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/darryl-texas-schools-hair-length-policies-violate-crown-george-rcna140014

A Texas judge struck a blow to the state’s newly adopted CROWN Act on Thursday, ruling that a public school district can continue to punish a Black teen who wears his hair in locs.

In a trial that lasted just a few hours, Judge Chap Cain III ruled that Barbers Hill Independent School District did not violate the CROWN Act when it subjected Darryl George, 18, to in-school suspensions and off-site instruction for nearly six months.

George has been isolated from his peers for most of the school year since he was first disciplined by Barbers Hill High School in August for violating the school’s dress code.

George wears his hair in long, thick locs, which the school says is against its policy governing boys’ hair. Its dress code says boys may not wear their hair longer than their eyebrows, below their ears or past a T-shirt collar—a policy critics say stems from anti-Black stereotypes.

Barbers Hill Independent School District had filed for clarification of the CROWN Act, which prohibits workplace discrimination based on hairstyles associated with race and was signed into state law in September. It maintained that its policy did not violate the CROWN Act because the act doesn’t say anything about hair length. George’s lawyers argued that the CROWN Act protects his locs regardless of length because they are associated with race.

Before the trial, George stated that he refuses to cut his hair because the style helps him feel close to his ancestors. “I started my dreads for a reason, and that’s just to feel close to my people,” he said.
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Biden's America: We're Back on the Moon
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Privately built lunar lander makes history with successful moon touchdown
The lander, built by Intuitive Machines, touched down on the lunar surface at around 6:24 p.m. ET, overcoming a late-stage glitch with its onboard laser instruments.

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/moon-landing-odysseus-touches-down-lunar-surface-n1308924

A robotic spacecraft made history Thursday becoming the first privately built craft to touch down on the lunar surface, as well as the first American vehicle to accomplish the feat in more than 50 years.

The lander, built by Intuitive Machines, touched down on the lunar surface at around 6:23 p.m. ET, overcoming a late-stage glitch with its onboard laser instruments. The Nova-C lander, nicknamed Odysseus, is now the first American spacecraft on the moon since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

"Houston, Odysseus has found its new home," the company's Chief Technology Officer Tim Crain radioed back from mission control, as employees cheered and celebrated.

It took several minutes to confirm the landing. As the spacecraft made its final descent, mission controllers lost contact with the spacecraft, as was expected to occur.
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Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine shot dead in Spain
Maxim Kuzminov, a Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine last summer, was shot dead in Spain, according to Spanish news agency EFE.

Spanish police originally investigated his death as gang-related, according to EFE.

He was shot several times in an underground parking lot in the resort town of Villajoyosa, Alicante, the report said. At the time of the incident, he was also carrying an ID with a different name and age.

Those, suspected to have murdered Kuzminov, then lit the car they were driving on fire to conceal the evidence.

His murder came a little over a year after he collaborated with the Ukraine military to fly a Russian armored combat Mi-8 helicopter to a Ukrainian airbase.

Moscow has been publici
zing his murder because it serves as an example, according to the sources consulted. It is not only a warning to those who might be tempted to follow his example (Kyiv rewarded the defector with $500,000), but also to avenge the pilot’s two companions: two lieutenants who were unaware of his escape plan were shot down by the Ukrainians when they tried to flee, after Kuzminov landed at a military base near Kharkiv. The deceased, the navigator and the mechanic, were decorated as heroes by the Russian Army, while the pilot was prosecuted for treason. Last October, Russian public television claimed, showing three alleged GRU members, that they had been ordered to kill the defector. “He will not live long enough to stand trial,” said one of them.

Spain should invoke article 5 in my opinion.
https://english.elpais.com/international/2024-02-22/gunmen-sent-by-moscow-killed-defector-sheltering-in-alicante-spanish-intelligence-services-say.html#
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/russian-helicopter-pilot-who-defected-to-ukraine-shot-dead-in-spain-reports/3142688
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Biden calls congressional Republicans worse than Racist Republican Strom Thurmond
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https://www.axios.com/2024/02/22/biden-republicans-worse-strom-thurmond-segregationists

President Biden said Wednesday that Republicans in Congress are "worse" than prominent Senate Republican segregationists including Strom Thurmond.

Why it matters: The comments mark an escalation in Biden's war of words against Republicans as the GOP-controlled House refuses to hold a vote on a Senate foreign aid bill.

What he's saying: "I've been a senator since '72. I've served with real racists. I've served with Strom Thurmond," Biden said at a fundraiser in San Francisco, according to a White House pool report.

>"But guess what? These guys are worse. These guys do not believe in basic democratic principles," the president continued.
>Biden said Thurmond did "terrible things," but "at least you could work with some of these guys," adding: "Time and again Republicans show they are the party of chaos and division."

State of play: Biden's comments come as Johnson is blocking a vote on a Senate bill to provide military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

>Biden and Johnson's office, in a chilly public exchange this week, both said they are open to meeting on the issue, with a spokesperson for the speaker saying the president "spent the past month denying a 1-on-1 meeting."
>Republicans may also be hurtling towards a government shutdown as House GOP hardliners pressure Johnson not to give in to Democratic demands on spending.
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Republicans were warned that their Biden informant was a Russian Spy, they cited him anyway
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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4482705-republican-colleagues-warned-informants-biden-claims-not-be-corroborated/

for House Republicans when it

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) on Wednesday criticized his Republican colleagues for using a former FBI informant’s claims in their impeachment inquiry even though the statements hadn’t been verified.

“We were warned at the time that we received the document outlining this witness’s testimony. … We were warned that the credibility of this statement was not known,” Buck said on CNN’s “The Source.”

“And yet, people, my colleagues went out and talk to the public about how this was credible and how it was damning and how it proved President Biden’s — at the time Vice President Biden’s — complicity in receiving bribes,” he added.

The informant, Alexander Smirnov, was arrested and charged last week with making false statements to the FBI. He had previously told the FBI that President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, received $5 million bribes from the head of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.

House Republicans have previously put that claim at the front and center of their investigations into the Bidens. Buck said it is evident now that the information Smirnov relayed was false.

“It appears to absolutely be false, and to really undercut the nature of the charges. We’ve always been looking for a link between what Hunter Biden received in terms of money and Joe Biden’s activities or Joe Biden receiving money,” Buck explained. “This clearly is not a credible link at this point.”

On Wednesday, CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins then asked the Colorado Republican if House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) used the information “to fuel these investigations, regardless” of them knowing the information was not corroborated.
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RFK JR 3RD PARTY CANDIDATE KENNEDY CAN 2024
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Biden jibes and the ‘scamdemic’: culture-war comedy on the menu at RFK Jr fundraiser

Robert Kennedy Jr in January. Polls suggest Kennedy, running as an independent, could receive up to 15% of the vote in a general election.

Inside the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, comedians cracked jokes about wokeness, the “scamdemic”, Joe Biden’s age and stumbles – and Robert F Kennedy Jr made his pitch, of sorts, to voters.

The 70-year-old, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, with a long history of promoting conspiracy theories and vaccine skepticism, is running for president as an independent. Recent polling from Quinnipiac projected that in a race involving Biden and Trump, Kennedy, who has pledged to “end the forever wars, clean up government [and] increase wealth for all”, could receive as much as 15% of the vote.

Kennedy has been campaigning across the country for months, and on Wednesday he was on his home turf of Los Angeles, where his wife, Cheryl Hines, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star, hosted a fundraiser in the form of a comedy show. The event was open to anyone with $150 to spare and promised a “Night of Laughter” with standup from names such as Adam Carolla, Jeremy Piven and Rob Schneider – the one-time SNL star and now conservative influencer.

Hundreds of people lined up around the theater, eager to hear from Kennedy and excited about the possibility of a third-party candidate.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/22/robert-kennedy-jr-los-angeles-fundraiser-2024
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Joe Biden's Terrifying Dog Gnawed on his Bodyguards 20+ times!
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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68366306
'Joe Biden dog Commander bit Secret Service agents at least 24 times'

President Joe Biden's dog Commander bit US Secret Service agents on at least 24 occasions, new documents show.

US Secret Service records show the extent to which the German Shepherd caused chaos for the presidential bodyguards.

One senior agent noted the bites meant the Secret Service changed tactics, advising agents to "give lots of room".

The warning came months before Commander was removed from the White House.

The documents were revealed through Freedom of Information requests and posted online. They are heavily redacted to protect the identity of Secret Service agents and secrecy of their security tactics.

They show at least 24 biting incidents took place between October 2022 and July 2023, including members of the Secret Service being bitten on the wrist, forearm, elbow, waist, chest, thigh and shoulder.

The documents do not necessarily record all biting incidents related to Commander, as they only cover the Secret Service and not others that work in the White House or staff at Camp David in Maryland.
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Child Molesting Right-Wing Aryan Brotherhood Member Murders Friend's Daughter
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https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/texas-news/family-friend-charged-with-capital-murder-in-the-death-of-11-year-old-audrii-cunningham/3469210/

A family friend accused of killing 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham was supposed to take the Texas girl to her school bus stop when they left her home in his vehicle nearly a week before authorities found her body in a river, according to court documents released Wednesday.

A large rock was tied to her body when search teams found it Tuesday in the Trinity River in a rural area north of Houston about 10 miles from her home, according to the capital murder criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Don Steven McDougal.

Audrii's family reported her missing on Feb. 15 when she failed to return to her Livingston home after school. Investigators discovered that she never got on the bus to go to school that morning.

McDougal, 42, lived in a camper on the family’s property near the shore of Lake Livingston and had previously taken Audrii to the bus stop or school when she missed the bus, according to Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons.

McDougal was arrested Friday on an unrelated assault charge and it was not clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the capital murder case. The justice of the peace who released the complaint did not know if McDougal had hired an attorney yet but said he had indicated he did not want a court-appointed lawyer.

A backpack that authorities believe belonged to the child was found Friday near the Lake Livingston dam. That lake is one of the state’s largest reservoirs and was created with a dam on the Trinity River.

Lyons has said there is “substantial evidence” in the case. He said cellphone data was used to help identify places to look and that the local river authority slowed down the outflow of the reservoir to help search teams that were in the water.

"My heart aches with this news,” Lyons said Tuesday.
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Google disabled racist Gemini images
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Google disabled racist Gemini images because it was racist af. It wouldn't make pictures of anything except black people or occasionally indians.
Also, the executive in charge of it is a woke retard.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-13108515/Google-Gemini-racist-white-people.html
https://nypost.com/2024/02/22/business/white-privilege-is-f-king-real-google-gemini-product-leads-old-tweets-allegedly-resurface-amid-woke-ai-image-fiasco/
Google announced Thursday that it will “pause” its Gemini image generator’s ability to create images of people, after the program showed users inaccurate or misleading images of people of color in historical contexts
Google said Wednesday it was “working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately,” but the company disabled images of people less than 24 hours later, promising an “improved version” of the service soon.

Google has not provided a timeframe for when image generation of people would return, and has not returned a request for comment from Forbes.
Jack Krawczyk, Google’s product director for Gemini Experiences, confirmed in a post on X the chatbot was “offering inaccuracies in some historical image generation depictions,” and said the company was working to “further tune” the service to accurately reflect historical contexts.

Forbes could still use Gemini to create images of inanimate objects such as houses, but could not generate images of people—with the chatbot stating “we expect this feature to return soon and will notify you in release updates when it does.”
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Maga paradise arrests woman for high treason. The crime? Donating 51 bucks to a Ukrainian charity.
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Putin is shitting his pants! That 50 bucks could have gone to the troll farm, y'know.

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/20/europe/russia-arrest-us-dual-citizen-intl

>Russia arrests US-Russian citizen for treason after she gave $51 to Ukraine, employer says

A US-Russian dual citizen was arrested in Russia on charges of treason for allegedly donating just $51 to a Ukrainian charity, according to the Californian spa where she worked.

Ksenia Karelina, a 33-year-old woman who lives in Los Angeles, was arrested in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg for allegedly “providing financial assistance to a foreign state in activities directed against Russia security,” according to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

Video shared by Russian state media RIA Novosti showed what appeared to be Karelina with a hat pulled over her eyes being escorted by a security official before being handcuffed and appearing in a courtroom holding cell.

Karelina, who became a US citizen in 2021, entered Russia on January 2 but the US did not learn of her arrest until February 8, a US official said.
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Busted Anti-Biden FBI Informant IS part of An Assassination Squad
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Among the shocking details of the DOJ filing on ex-FBI informant busted for telling lies about President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden is that his contacts included someone who controlled an assassination squad.

Special Counsel David Weiss announced Thursday that Alexander Smirnov — a key informant behind the Republican effort to impeach the president over his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings — has been charged with lying to the FBI.

In a new and stunning 28-page filing Tuesday, Weiss and his team laid out shocking details of Smirnov’s alleged crimes and the reasons he should be imprisoned pending trial.

One of those reasons is Smirnov’s extensive foreign contacts, which include someone in charge of a group whose job it is to carry out foreign assassinations!!1

Of particular note, Smirnov has reported numerous contacts with Russian Official 1, who has been described by Smirnov in a number of ways, including as the son of a former high-ranking Russian government official, someone who purportedly controls two groups of individuals tasked with carrying out assassination efforts in a third-party country, a Russian representative to another country, and as someone with ties to a particular Russian intelligence service.

https://www.mediaite.com/news/shocking-filing-says-busted-anti-biden-fbi-informant-had-contact-with-leader-of-an-assassination-squad/
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The Narrative is Collapsing:The Entire Hunter Biden Witch Hunt Turned Out to be Russian Disinfo
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Uh oh, GOPbros...


Man accused of lying to FBI about Hunter Biden claimed he got fake information from Russian intelligence
By Robert Legare

Updated on: February 20, 2024 / 9:28 PM EST / CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hunter-biden-alexander-smirnov-joe-biden-russia/

Washington — The man accused last week of delivering false allegations to federal investigators about Hunter Biden and President Biden's business dealings told officials after his arrest that individuals "associated with Russian intelligence" were tied to apparent efforts to peddle a story about the first son, federal prosecutors revealed in a court filing Tuesday.

Alexander Smirnov was arrested last week after being charged with two counts that alleged he lied to the FBI. Special counsel David Weiss — the Trump-appointed prosecutor tasked with investigating the president's son — accused Smirnov of providing his FBI handlers with fake allegations about Hunter and Mr. Biden in 2020. He claimed the two Bidens each accepted $5 million from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. The claims "were false, as the Defendant knew," according to the charging documents filed against him.
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His name was Patrick Crusius
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https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2024/02/21/hearing-set-in-death-penalty-case-stemming-from-el-paso-walmart-shooting/72660888007/

The state's death penalty case against the El Paso Walmart mass shooter remains in limbo as a district court judge, for the third time, will hear if prosecutors and defense attorneys are finally ready to move forward toward a trial date.

El Paso District Attorney Bill Hicks, his team of prosecutors and the gunman's attorneys will appear at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, before Judge Sam Medrano of the 409th District Court to discuss when both sides believe they can begin handling pretrial motions and possibly be ready for trial.
Accused El Paso Walmart mass shooter Patrick Crusius is arraigned Thursday, October, 10, 2019 in the 409th state District Court with Judge Sam Medrano presiding. Crusius, a 21-year-old male from Allen, Texas, stands accused of killing 22 and injuring 25 in the Aug. 3 mass shooting at an East El Paso Walmart in the seventh deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and third deadliest in Texas. Crusius entered a not guilty plea along side his attorneys Mark Stevens and Joe Spencer.
Thursday's hearing comes four years, six months and 19 days since Patrick Crusius came to El Paso and gunned down shoppers at an El Paso Walmart in a racially-motived mass shooting targeting Hispanics. The Aug. 3, 2019, mass shooting left 23 people dead and dozens more injured.

The hearing will be the third in the past six months where Medrano asked state prosecutors and defense attorneys to give him an update on their progress on the case and when he could possibly schedule a trial date.

Hearings in September and January both resulted in no trial date being set as both sides continue blaming the other for the delays.
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Biden Cancels $1.2 Billion in Student Loan Debt for 150,000 Borrowers
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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/21/us/politics/biden-student-loan-forgiveness-debt.html

With the latest round of relief, the Biden administration has canceled $138 billion of student debt for nearly 3.9 million borrowers.

President Biden standing on the stairs to Air Force One smiling.

Since the Supreme Court blocked President Biden’s plan to cancel $400 billion in student debt for about 43 million borrowers, the White House has used various smaller programs to forgive debt for specific groups.
Credit...Al Drago for The New York Times

Zolan Kanno-Youngs
By Zolan Kanno-Youngs
Reporting from Los Angeles
Feb. 21, 2024, 11:17 a.m. ET

President Biden announced the cancellation of an additional $1.2 billion in student loan debt for about 153,000 borrowers on Wednesday, his latest effort at student debt relief after the Supreme Court blocked a more sprawling plan last year.

Mr. Biden has now canceled $138 billion of student debt for almost 3.9 million borrowers through about two dozen executive actions, according to the White House. Wednesday’s action comes as some Democrats have pleaded for Mr. Biden to highlight his success in relieving debt to galvanize crucial constituencies, including young voters and Black borrowers who disproportionately shoulder student loan debt.
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AT&T down, iPhones in SOS mode, people say 'world is ending' Putin?Solar Flares?Aliens?
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T&T down with iPhones stuck in SOS mode as people say 'world is ending'

AT&T, Cricket Wireless, FirstNet, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular and Straight Talk are all down across the US, leaving customers unable to make calls

Multiple mobile networks have gone down with phones stuck on SOS mode, leaving panicked customers fearing the 'end of the world'.

Concerned folk across the US are facing major disruptions to their service as several providers have gone down. The outage has sparked several warnings from police departments, claiming that people have been unable to call or text 911.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/us-news/att-down-phones-stuck-sos-32187122#comments-wrapper
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First Parent Charged Under Michigan's Safe Storage Law
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/after-2-year-old-girl-shoots-self-man-becomes-first-person-charged-under-michigans-gun-storage-law/ar-BB1iFnVf
Feb.21 2024

After 2-year-old girl shoots self, man becomes first person charged under Michigan's gun storage law

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose 2-year-old daughter shot herself in the head with his revolver last week pleaded not guilty after becoming the first person charged under the state’s new law requiring safe storage of guns.

Michael Tolbert, 44, of Flint, was arraigned Monday on nine felony charges including single counts of first-degree child abuse and violation of Michigan's gun storage law, said John Potbury, Genesee County's deputy chief assistant prosecuting attorney.

Tolbert's daughter remained hospitalized Wednesday in critical condition from the Feb. 14 shooting, Potbury said. The youngster shot herself the day after Michigan's new safe storage gun law took effect.

A not guilty plea was entered Monday on behalf of Tolbert, who also faces one count each of felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, lying to a peace officer in a violent crime investigation and four counts of felony firearm, Potbury said.

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Another Narrative Collapsed:Hunter Biden Never Had Cocaine, Sources Confirm.
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Hunter Biden’s Lawyers Say Feds Mistook ‘Lines of Sawdust’ for Cocaine
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Breaking News Reporter
Published Feb. 20, 2024 8:37PM EST

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hunter-bidens-lawyers-say-feds-mistook-lines-of-sawdust-for-cocaine

Attorneys for Hunter Biden accused Special Counsel Davis Weiss’ office of mistaking lines of sawdust for cocaine in court documents alleging drug use by the first son—a blunder they argued was unbecoming of the office.

“Mistaking sawdust for cocaine sounds more like a storyline from one of the 1980’s Police Academy comedies than what should be expected in a high-profile prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice,” Biden’s lawyers snarked in a new filing.

While digging through his electronics, investigators executing a search warrant found photos and videos that Biden had taken of “apparent cocaine, crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia,” as they described it in an exhibit filed last week as evidence that he had been lying about his drug usage when he bought a gun in Delaware in 2018.

One of the images included in the filing showed three lines of a yellow-tinged, powdery substance on a plank.
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Newsom (D) just got viciously and publicly raped and cummed in by the right wing pro gun 9th circuit
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it must really suck for Newsom he mad it so gay raping someone isn't a crime anymore. hell, it isn't even a crime to gay rape someone and give them aids in california
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/privacy-and-data-security/en-banc-review-of-california-kids-gun-case-denied-by-9th-circuit
https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/20/gavin-newsom-anti-gun-censorship-effort-just-took-loss-court/

The order came down today; it noted that no judge called for a vote on the en banc rehearing petition.

California Restriction on Gun Ads That "Reasonably Appear[] to Be Attractive to Minors" Likely Unconstitutional

From Junior Sports Magazines, Inc. v. Bonta, decided today [Sept, 13, 2023] by Ninth Circuit Judge Kenneth Lee, joined by Judges Randy Smith and Lawrence VanDyke:

This case is not about whether children can buy firearms. (They cannot under California law.) Nor is this case about whether minors can legally use firearms. (California allows minors under adult supervision to possess and use firearms for hunting, target practice, and other activities.) And this case is not about whether California has tools to combat the scourge of youth gun violence. (It does.)

Rather, this case is about whether California can ban a truthful ad about firearms used legally by adults and minors—just because the ad "reasonably appears to be attractive to minors." So, for example, an ad showcasing a safer hunting rifle with less recoil for minors would likely be unlawful in California. Under our First Amendment jurisprudence, states can ban truthful and lawful advertising only if it "materially" and "directly" advances a substantial government interest and is no more extensive than necessary. California likely cannot meet this high bar.
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KC shooter was black, gun was stolen
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https://www.kmbc.com/article/at-least-one-gun-used-in-chiefs-parade-shooting-was-stolen-kansas-city-missouri/46875012
wow, I am shocked. I always hear that all mass shooters are white men who use guns they bought over state lines in private purchases over the internet. So basically, NONE of the proposed gun laws would have done shit to stop this since it was a stolen gun
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News about Russian online trolls
Putin antichrist
Russia operating massive global disinformation campaign:
https://apnews.com/article/france-russia-disinformation-campaign-websites-96de49e381cfa357fcd6d0e7d8ff1e48

>France condemned “hostile” disinformation maneuvers after the country’s authorities on Monday accused Russia of operating a long-running online manipulation campaign against Ukraine’s Western backers, in the lead up to the second anniversary of Moscow’s military invasion of its neighbor.

Informant had high-level Russian links:
https://abcnews.go.com/US/hunter-biden-informant-charged-lying-high-level-russian/story?id=107389985

>The informant accused of fabricating a story about President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden taking $5 million each in bribes allegedly had high-level Russian intelligence contacts, according to newly filed court documents.
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X briefly suspend account of Alexei Navalny widow
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https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/articles/crg5v02rxkgo

Dem briefly suspend Yulia Navalnaya account on X - formerly Twitter - one day afta she use di platform vow to continue her husband campaign.

On Monday, she bin post one video wia she promise to fight for a "free Russia", days afta Alexei Navalny death for one Russian prison dey confirmed.

On Tuesday afternoon, her account bin no dey accessible to users for a while.

For inside one statement, X tok say dem "mistakenly" block di account sake of one system "error".

One post on di site official safety account read: "Our platform defense mechanism against manipulation and spam mistakenly flag @yulia_navalnaya say she violate our rules.

"We unsuspend di account as soon as we notice di error, and we go dey update di defense."

Ms Navalnaya, wey bin generally keep low profile throughout her late husband campaigning, bin create di account on top X on Monday.

For one video message she post di same day, Ms Navalnaya accuse Russian authorities say dem wait make di traces of di deadly nerve agent Novichok disappear from her husband body before dem release am to im family.

Di Kremlin say di accusation na false and investigation into im death dey ongoing.

Many users bin share di emotional video statement, wey show as her voice dey shake wit grief and anger.

Her account bin gada more dan 100,000 followers since she create am.

According to X guidelines, dem fit suspend accounts for posting spam or abuse, or if di security of account dey at risk.

>Meet Yulia Navalnaya di 'principled and fearless' widow of Putin opponent Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny wife, Yulia don always keep low profile as she insist say her main role na to be wife and mother, no be politician.

But wit her husband death on Friday and her passionate appeal for justice for di Munich Security Conference, she don emerge as one major figure for Russia opposition perhaps by default.
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Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers ‘captured’ in chaotic withdrawal from eastern city
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/hundreds-ukrainian-soldiers-captured-chaotic-204624613.html

Hundreds of Ukrainian troops may have been captured by Russia during their chaotic withdrawal from the eastern city of Avdiivka.

Western and Ukrainian sources said between 850 and 1,000 troops appear to have been taken prisoner or are unaccounted for following the retreat, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Oleksandr Syrsky, Ukraine’s newly-appointed commander-in-chief, had decided to pull back from the symbolic city in the Donetsk region to prevent his men being encircled by advancing Russian forces.

Kyiv’s troops had found themselves outgunned and outnumbered in an increasingly desperate battle to hold the industrial town after Moscow significantly ramped up its effort to secure its first battlefield victory in months.

The retreat was believed to have gone according to plan with minimal losses after one of Ukraine’s best, battle-hardened units was deployed to stabilise the situation and cover the withdrawal.

However, General Oleksandr Tarnavsky, the commander of Ukraine’s forces in the area, acknowledged some troops had been taken prisoner.

He said: “Nevertheless, at the final stage of the operation, under the pressure of the prevailing enemy forces, a number of Ukrainian servicemen were captured.”

Kyiv has since attempted to downplay losses suffered during the withdrawal after the pullback was ordered last Friday.

“There are prisoners, but their number is by no means in the hundreds,” Dmytro Lykhovii, a Ukrainian military spokesman told The Telegraph.

He added a “certain number” of soldiers were missing, with some men having since been found in hospital or with their units.

However, the report by The New York Times, citing Western and Ukrainian sources, said the retreat had descended into chaos, resulting in the capture of a large number of Kyiv’s forces.
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Feds charge Japanese Yakuza with nuclear materials trafficking to Iran
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Federal prosecutors in New York on Wednesday said they charged a Japanese Yakuza leader with conspiring to traffic nuclear materials from Burma to other countries in the belief that they would be used by Iran to make a nuclear weapon.

The accused gangster, Takeshi Ebisawa, “and his confederates showed samples of nuclear materials in Thailand” to an undercover agent from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who was posing as a narcotics and weapons trafficker with access to an Iranian general, prosecutors said.

“A U.S. nuclear forensic laboratory later analyzed the samples and confirmed that the samples contain uranium and weapons-grade plutonium,” the statement said.

The indictment says that in September 2020, Ebisawa emailed the undercover DEA agent a letter in the name of a mining company offering to sell 50 metric tons of uranium and thorium for $6.85 million.


https://www.cnbc.com/2024/02/21/feds-charge-japanese-yakuza-leader-with-nuclear-materials-trafficking.html

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/us-attorney-announces-nuclear-materials-trafficking-charges-against-japanese-yakuza
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NY governor confirms they singled out trump
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Business owner asked NY governor "I own a 60 bedroom hotel, will you sue me for fraud and claim my hotel is worth just 1/3 the cost of the single family home next door to my hotel?" NY governor replies "unless you are trump, we will treat you fairly"
Governor further assures them that they only conflated fair market value with property tax assessments for trump, and they promise they won't do it to anyone else.
Assures them that they are safe to still do business in the state.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/18/trump-verdict-new-york-business-governor-kathy-hochul
New York governor seeks to quell business owners’ fears after Trump ruling

The New York governor has told business owners in her state that there is “nothing to worry about” after Donald Trump was fined $355m and temporarily banned from engaging in commerce in the state when he lost his civil fraud trial Friday.

In an interview on the New York radio show the Cats Roundtable with the supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, Kathy Hochul sought to quell fears in some quarters that the penalties handed to Trump could chill the state’s commercial climate.
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Texas has wasted millions making Immigrants lives better
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https://www.npr.org/2024/02/20/1232651088/texas-has-spent-over-148-million-busing-migrants-to-other-parts-of-the-country

In April 2022, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced his state was going to start transporting to other states migrants who had been released from federal custody. He said he was doing it to prevent the state from shouldering "the burdens imposed by open-border advocates in other parts of the country."

Nearly two years later, Texas has transported over 102,000 migrants to New York, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

But the initiative has also come with a hefty price tag. Records obtained by The Texas Newsroom under the Texas Public Information Act show that as of Jan. 24, the state has spent over $148 million to bus migrants to predominantly Democratic cities. The price tag grows every day.

Life-changing program for migrants

It depends who you ask.

J. is a 34-year-old migrant from Venezuela who left his country in January 2022. NPR is not using his full name because J. says he's worried about being targeted by immigration enforcement for speaking out.

"I spent New Year's Eve with my family, and on New Year's Day I was ready to leave," he said in Spanish.

J. left Venezuela on Jan. 2, 2022. He had no money with him, and carried a backpack with a few clothing items.

The whole journey to the U.S. took him about two months. It included crossing the Darién Gap — the dangerous jungle between Colombia and Panama. J. eventually crossed the Rio Grande River into Del Río, Texas. That's when he was processed by Border Patrol and he says men wearing military-style uniforms offered him a free bus to Washington, D.C.

"I was scared because I kept asking, 'Are they actually going to take us to Washington?" he said.

He arrived in D.C. three days later.

The bus J. took was paid by Texas as part of Gov. Abbott's Operation Lone Star border security initiative.
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Two BLACK democrat men charged with murder for KC superbowl parade shooting
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https://apnews.com/article/chiefs-super-bowl-celebration-shooting-charges-7cb29dc9956d325103df9bf766a0c407
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two black men charged with murder in last week’s shooting after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade were strangers who pulled out guns and began firing within seconds of starting an argument, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Missouri prosecutors said at a news conference that Black Lyndell Mays, of Raytown, Missouri, and Black Dominic Miller, of Kansas City, Missouri, have been charged with second-degree murder and several weapons counts in the shooting that left one person dead and roughly two dozen others injured.
Both Black men were shot during the melee, according to probable cause affidavits. Both have been hospitalized since, Jackson County Woman prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said during a news conference.
The argument began when two Black groups of Black people grew agitated over the belief that Black people in the other group were staring at them, according to affidavits from police. Surveillance video shows Black Mays and someone Black with him aggressively approached the other group, police say.
The video showed Black Mays was the first to begin shooting despite being surrounded by crowds of people, including children, according to one of the affidavits.
Black Mays told detectives “he hesitated shooting because he knew there were kids there,” according to the affidavit. He told investigators he began firing after someone Black in the other Black group said, “I’m going to get you,” which he took to mean they would try to kill him. He said he chose a random Black from the other group to shoot at as that Black person was running away, the affidavit says.
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Adult Film Star Kagney Linn Karter Committed Suicide at 36
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Adult Film Star Kagney Linn Karter, 36, Dies By Suicide
Kagney entered the adult film industry in the mid-2000s but returned to Ohio in recent times, establishing a pole fitness studio.


https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/adult-film-star-kagney-linn-karter-36-dies-by-suicide-5092990

Adult film star Kagney Linn Karter died last week in Ohio, according to a report by TMZ. She was 36. Her death has been ruled to be a suicide. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office received her body on Thursday from an address in the city of Parma.
A police department representative for the city told TMZthat it appears Kagney died by suicide.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Kagney's funeral expenses. The page describes her as a "beautiful soul" who was "loved by many.
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walls are closing in, bumpstock ban to be heard by scotus on 2/28
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https://www.vox.com/scotus/2024/2/19/24062437/supreme-court-garland-cargill-bump-stocks-machine-guns-automatic
I guess Garland was a retard and thought Febuary 28 didn't happen this year. Even Vox admits Garland v. Cargill will likely go in the pro gun side's favor because Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless v. Department of Commerce are going to blow the fuck out of chevron and because the NFA defines a machine guns as firing multiple bullets "by a single function of the trigger" and bumpstocks require one trigger pull per bullet fired.
The real question will be, what (false) talking point will the commie shills use when the bumpstock ban gets overturned? because they won't be able to lie and say trump did more gun control than obongo or brandon, when even with the bumpstock ban he didn't considering obongo did shit like banning people on social security from buying guns, import bans and banning gun and ammo makers from using banks. And brandon passed the biggest anti gun law in 30 years, did import bans and banned some home made gun kits and is trying to ban braces and redefine what is a gun so that a block of aluminum or a pipe is a gun and is doing everything he can to close down as many gun stores over minor clerical errors as possible.
Also, I just want to say, I hope and pray that the piece of shit who invented the webp format gets both ass and ball cancer and has to watch as a pack of feral home invaders rapes his wife.
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Pornhub Considers Blocking Canada’s Access
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The owners of Pornhub say blocking access to Canadians is among options they're considering as they try to persuade parliamentarians to reject an approach for age verification outlined in a controversial Senate bill.

https://www.cp24.com/mobile/news/could-canadians-lose-access-to-pornhub-depends-on-what-happens-with-a-senate-bill-1.6774320
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Wiconsin Governor Ends Illegal Right Wing Grip on State
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Wisconsin Republicans can no longer hide behind illegal congressional maps to cling to illegitimate power and thwart the will of We the People

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/02/19/gov-tony-evers-signs-new-election-maps-ending-wiscoonsin-gerrymander/72602408007/

MADISON – Wisconsin Republicans lost their more than decade-long grip on control of the state Legislature Monday after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signed into law new electoral maps that reshape down-ballot races in this battleground state.

Evers signed a bill put forward by GOP lawmakers last week implementing new legislative maps the Democratic governor drew himself that dramatically weaken the advantages Republicans have enjoyed each election cycle since 2011.

"It is a new day in Wisconsin, and today is a beautiful day for democracy," Evers said at a press conference in the state Capitol. "Of the 1,869 days I’ve been proud to serve as your governor, few have been as consequential as this one."

The new map gives Democrats a chance to compete with Republicans for control of the Legislature for the first time in more than a decade. Even so, the vast majority of Democratic lawmakers voted against the plan, arguing the state Supeme Court should pick new boundaries instead.

State Sen. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, voted against the maps but stood behind Evers on Monday to celebrate signing them into law. He was one of just four Democratic lawmakers to join Evers at the bill signing ceremony.

"My vote was never about the map itself. It was about the process. It was about making sure we looked at all the legal angles to make sure there wasn't a Republican trick here to avoid fair maps. And I trust the Gov. Evers has done that," Spreitzer said Monday.
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Presidential Ratings are out: Biden Rules, Trump drools
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https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-presidential-rankings-place-obama-top-10-reagan-trump-below-biden

A new ranking of presidents by a group of self-styled experts determined that Abraham Lincoln is America's greatest president, while Donald Trump ranks last.

Lincoln topped the list of presidents in the 2024 Presidential Greatness Project expert survey for the third time, following his top spot in the rankings in the 2015 and 2018 versions of the survey.

According to a release from the Presidential Greatness Project, which touts itself as the "foremost organization of social science experts in presidential politics," the 154 respondents to the survey included "current and recent members of the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association…as well as scholars who have recently published peer-reviewed academic research in key related scholarly journals or academic presses."

The respondents were asked to rank presidents on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being a failure, 50 being average and 100 being great. Rounding out the top five in the rankings were Franklin Delano Roosevelt at number two, George Washington at three, Theodore Roosevelt at four, and Thomas Jefferson at five.

Trump was ranked in last place in the survey, being ranked worse than James Buchanan at 44, Andrew Johnson at 43, Franklin Peirce at 42, and William Henry Harrison at 41.

Respondents were also tracked by their political affiliation and ideology, which the release argues did not "tend to make a major difference overall" in the rankings.

The divide resulted in an overall ranking of 7th for Obama, 12th for Clinton, 14th for Biden, 16th for Reagan and 32nd for Bush.
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Houthis unmanned submarine drone attacks currently underway against shipping/US Navy in Red Sea
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https://abcnews.go.com/International/unmanned-houthi-submarines-pose-new-threat-us-warships/story?id=107343473
>Unmanned Houthi submarines pose new threat to US warships in Red Sea
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/navy-counters-houthi-red-sea-attacks-in-its-first-major-battle-at-sea-of-21st-century-60-minutes-transcript/
>Navy counters Houthi Red Sea attacks in its first major battle at sea of the 21st century
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-68337027
>Crew abandon British-registered cargo ship off Yemen after Houthi attack

>The crew of a Belize-flagged, British-registered cargo vessel have abandoned ship off Yemen after it was hit by missiles fired by the Houthi movement.

>The Rubymar was in the Gulf of Aden and nearing the Bab al-Mandab Strait when it was struck, security firms said.

>The vessel, which is carrying "very dangerous" fertiliser, has been taking on water.

>Condemning the "reckless attack" on the ship, the UK said that allied naval vessels were "already on the scene".

>It is one of the most damaging attacks yet carried out by the Iran-backed Houthis, and is the latest evidence that Western efforts to deter them are yet to succeed.
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Wife of assassinated Haitian president is indicted in his killing
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https://www.npr.org/2024/02/20/1232597351/wife-of-assassinated-haitian-president-is-indicted-in-his-killing
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A judge in Haiti responsible for investigating the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse indicted his widow, Martine Moïse, ex-prime minister Claude Joseph and the former chief of Haiti's National Police, Léon Charles, among others, in a report released Monday.

The indictments are expected to further destabilize Haiti as it struggles with a surge in gang violence and recovers from a spate of violent protests demanding the resignation of current Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

Dozens of suspects were indicted in the 122-page report issued by Walther Wesser Voltaire, who is the fifth judge to lead the investigation after previous ones stepped down for various reasons, including fear of being killed.

Charles, who was police chief when Moïse was killed and now serves as Haiti's permanent representative to the Organization of the American States, faces the most serious charges: murder; attempted murder; possession and illegal carrying of weapons; conspiracy against the internal security of the state; and criminal association.
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Another failed progressive policy
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Oregon proves ones again that progressive drug policies cause more harm than good.
In 2020 they passed the most liberal drug laws in the country. Fast forward 4 years, and with open drug use on every corner and rampant homelessness and drug death, the state wants off this wild ride.
Democrats continue to struggle with the effects of their disastrous policies.
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/hard-hit-by-us-opioid-crisis-oregon-reconsiders-decriminalization-2024-02-18/
Hard hit by the US opioid crisis, Oregon reconsiders decriminalization
PORTLAND, Oregon, Feb 18 (Reuters) - It's a common sight on the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon: people in front of stores, trendy restaurants and hotels, on sidewalks, corners, and benches, crouched over torch lighters held up to sheets of tinfoil or meth pipes.
Some drape blankets over their heads, or duck behind concrete barriers. Others don’t try to hide.
"All summer long, we were right out in the open. You didn't have to be paranoid anymore, you didn't have to be worried about the cops," said John Hood, a 61-year-old drug addict living on the streets of Oregon’s most populous city.
Hood spoke to Reuters on a downtown Portland corner, across from where he had just smoked fentanyl and methamphetamine outside an old bus station-turned homeless shelter.
"It was like smoking cigarettes. You just did it, and you didn’t have to worry about it. Now they’re cracking back down. They’re wanting to make it illegal."
Oregonians in 2020 passed a ballot measure, opens new tab that created the most liberal drug law in the country, decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs and funneling hundreds of millions of dollars in cannabis taxes to addiction recovery services.
What's known as Measure 110 was touted as a revolutionary approach, treating addiction as a public health matter, not a crime. The skepticism around it comes as cities across America are seeking solutions for a drug crisis.
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ONLY WAY OUT FROM FINES INCARCERATION IS t-Rump POSE NUDE IN YOU TUBE GOLDAN SHOWA TIKTOK ALA STORMY
If I gave you diamonds and pearls
Would you be a happy boy or a girl?
If I could, I would give you the world
But all I can do is just offer you my love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwUKR_9Xdns

Cohen after Trump fraud verdict: His only out from fines, incarceration is winning the election

Michael Cohen, who once served as former President Trump’s fixer, said the only way for his ex-boss to evade fines and incarceration is to win the 2024 presidential election in November.

“Donald’s theory right now, the only out for him, both financially, as well as criminally, regarding incarceration, is if he wins the election,” Cohen said Friday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.”

“He’s not running for the presidency of the United States to do good for the United States, he wants to do – and the only way he can do good – for himself, is to win the presidency,” Cohen continued. “This is all about running for the purpose of saving himself.

His comments come after Trump was ordered by Judge Arthur Engoron to pay nearly $355 million in penalties, after being found liable for fraud last September. The verdict capped a months-long civil fraud trial, after New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) sued Trump and his business for deflating and inflating assets in order to obtain tax and insurance benefits.

The ruling also bars him from doing business in the Empire State for three years.

When asked if Trump would be able to afford to pay the fines, Cohen didn’t seem optimistic.

“This is a staggering amount of money for virtually anybody,” he said in Friday. “There’s maybe a handful of people in the country who can write a check for half a billion dollars. Donald is not one of them.”

He added that the ban would be a “big problem” for the former president, agreeing with the host that “he’s stuck.”

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4473971-cohen-trump-fraud-verdict-win-election-2024/
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Orange Retard immediately starts gagging for round three
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Its like he wants the lawsuits.

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-mocks-e-jean-carroll-michigan-rally-1870959

While speaking to supporters at a rally in Michigan Saturday evening, Donald Trump mocked E. Jean Carroll just weeks after a jury ordered the former president to pay $83.3 million in damages.

The Republican presidential front-runner addressed his recent legal woes to the crowd at the campaign stop in Waterford Township, Michigan. Shortly after he took the stage on Saturday for a Get Out the Vote Rally ahead of the state's GOP primary at the end of the month, Trump ranted about a civil fraud trial that resulted in him being fined roughly $355 million and banned from conducting business in New York for three years.

After talking about the fraud case outcome, Trump referenced the verdict of the Carroll case during his speech.

Trump was ordered by a New York City jury on January 26 to pay Carroll $83.3 million for statements he made in 2019 when denying allegations that he sexually assaulted the former Elle columnist in the mid-1990s. The legal blow arrived after a separate jury in May 2023 concluded that Trump had sexually abused Carroll and then defamed her character when he called her accusation a "con job" in an October 2022 Truth Social post. Carroll was awarded $5 million in damages in the case, but the former president said the verdict was part of "the greatest witch hunt of all time." He continued to criticize Carroll publicly, after which she launched the second defamation case.
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Catholics enraged after trans activist funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC
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https://abc7ny.com/nyc-st-patricks-cathedral-cecilia-gentili-funeral-cecila-cathedral/14441693/

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- On the first Sunday of Lent, there is controversy surrounding a funeral service Thursday at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

This weekend, the cathedral's pastor offered a mass of reparation following the service for Cecilia Gentili, a well-known transgender advocate - a service that church leaders now describe as 'sacrilegious and deceptive.'

Thursday's funeral packed the cathedral with friends and members of a community expressing gratitude for her advocacy.

Some are questioning why a funeral for a trans activist and self-proclaimed atheist be held at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The New York Archdiocese issued a statement saying, in part, 'The Cathedral only knew that family and friends were requesting a funeral mass for a Catholic, and had no idea our welcome and prayer would be degraded in such a sacrilegious and deceptive way.'

Gentili's family responded with a statement saying that all are supposed to be welcome,
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Black man threatened by leftist thugs for publishing scientific observations
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Black Harvard professor harassed and threatened by leftwing jackboot thugs for publishing a study which found that black people in Houston were 24% less likely to be shot at by police than white people.
The science didn't fit their narrative, and that makes leftists angry.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/harvard-professor-says-all-hell-broke-loose-when-his-study-found-no-racial-bias-in-police-shootings/ar-BB1ioWoA
Harvard professor says ‘all hell broke loose’ when his study found no racial bias in police shootings
Harvard professor said that "all hell broke loose" and he was forced to go out in public with armed security after he published a study that found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings.

During a sit-down conversation with Bari Weiss of The Free Press, Harvard Economics Professor Roland Fryer discussed the fallout from a 2016 study he published on racial bias in Houston policing.

The study found that police were more than twice as likely to manhandle, beat or use some other kind of nonfatal force against blacks. However, the data also determined that officers were 23.8 percent less likely to shoot at blacks than they were to shoot at whites.
When Fryer claimed the data showed "no racial differences in officer-involved shootings," he said, "all hell broke loose," and his life was upended.
Fryer received the threats four minutes after publication.

Fryer said people quickly "lost their minds" and some of his colleagues refused to believe the results after months of asking him not to print the data.

The world-renowned economist knew from comments by faculty that he was likely to garner backlash. Fryer admitted that he anticipated the results of the study would be different and would confirm suspicions of racial bias against minorities. When the results found no racial bias, Fryer hired eight new assistants and redid the study. The data came back the same.

After the report was published, Fryer lived under police protection for over a month.
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Donald Trump Is Plotting National Abortion Ban if Re-elected
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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/us/politics/trump-abortion-ban.html

Former President Donald Trump has discussed supporting a national 16-week abortion ban, according to a Friday report from The New York Times.

Trump reportedly said that if he were to win the 2024 presidential election, he would support a 16-week abortion ban nationwide with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the pregnant person, according to two people close to Trump who spoke with the Times. The idea of a 16-week ban falls out of line with abortion restrictions that other conservatives have pushed at the state level, including six-week and 15-week abortion bans.

The former president reportedly said in a private conversation shared with the Times that he likes the idea of a 16-week federal ban because it’s an “even” four months. He also reportedly said that he will not consider any vice presidential candidate who does not support exceptions for rape, incest or life of the mother.

The Trump campaign denied the Times’ report, calling it “fake news” in a press release.

“As President Trump has stated, he would sit down with both sides and negotiate a deal that everyone will be happy with,” said Karoline Leavitt, a press secretary for the Trump campaign.

“President Trump appointed strong Constitutionalist federal judges and Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and sent the decision back to the states, which others have tried to do for over 50 years,” Leavitt said. “Joe Biden and virtually every Democrat in Congress is on the record supporting radical on-demand abortion up until the moment of birth, and after birth, as well as using American tax dollars to fund the killing of the most vulnerable.”

One of the largest and most extreme anti-abortion groups in the country praised Trump in a Friday statement.
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Trump 'booed off the stage' while promoting his $400 golden sneakers
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https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-politics/ap-trump-hawks-399-branded-shoes-at-sneaker-con-a-day-after-355-million-ruling/

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As he closes in on the Republican presidential nomination, former President Donald Trump made a highly unusual stop Saturday, hawking new Trump-branded sneakers at “Sneaker Con,” a gathering that bills itself as the “The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth.”

Trump was met with loud boos at the Philadelphia Convention Center as he introduced what he called the first official Trump footwear.

The shoes, gold lame high tops with an American flag detail on the back, are being sold as “Never Surrender High-Tops” for $399 on a new website that also sells Trump-branded “Victory47” cologne and perfume for $99 a bottle. He’d be the 47th president if elected again.

The website says it has no connection to Trump’s campaign, though Trump campaign officials promoted the appearance in online posts.

On Friday, a judge in New York ordered Trump to pay a whopping $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years, scheming to dupe banks, insurers and others by inflating his wealth on financial statements.

That penalty came after Trump was ordered to pay $83.3 million to the writer E. Jean Carroll for damaging her reputation after she accused him of sexual assault. With interest payments, Trump’s legal debts might now exceed a half-billion dollars — an amount it is unclear he can afford to pay.

As he spoke, the smell of weed occasionally wafted through the room.
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California proposes registry for gun confiscation
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Haynes v. United States, 390 U.S. 85 (1968), criminals are exempt from all gun registration laws under 5th amendment grounds. The single goal of gun registry is mass confiscation like it was in UK, NZ and Aus.
https://www.thecentersquare.com/california/article_1bdb8246-cc4c-11ee-b9e4-e3a75e3cff54.html
>California proposes annual tax and registration on each gun in the state
By Kenneth Schrupp | The Center Square Feb 15, 2024
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(The Center Square) - The California legislature introduced a proposal to require gun owners in the state to pay an annual tax and register each gun they own. Failure to register and pay the tax would carry up to a $250 fine.

Given that the state can provide personal identifying information of California gun owners to “researchers” of “gun violence, " this measure would effectively create an accessible registry of all California gun owners and their weapons.

State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, D-Burbank, introduced SB 1160 as a public safety measure.

“SB 1160 will give the state better data and help us understand how many firearms are in private hands and who owns them,” said Portantino in a statement. “This important step toward registration will also increase accountability and responsible gun ownership as we collectively endeavor to increase public safety.”

Second Amendment advocates are already lining up to oppose the bill, with Gun Owners of California, a plaintiff in many of the cases against the state’s gun laws, proclaiming, “In yet another half-brained scheme to tax our constitutionally protected right, [Portantino] introduced SB1160 which requires CA gun owners to annually re-register their firearms with the DOJ. We can't wait to defeat this one!”
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youtube ceo's son dead at 19
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press S to spit on his grave
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-youtube-ceos-son-found-dead-uc-berkeley-rcna139355
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And the sun became as black as sackcloth, and the full moon became like blood
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2024/02/17/nasa-urges-us-public-to-see-april-8s-total-solar-eclipse-and-drops-a-home-truth/?sh=445c9d4b1b26

“If you haven’t seen a total solar eclipse, you haven’t seen anything.” So ends NASA’s new trailer for what is arguably the celestial highlight not only of 2024 but of the entire decade—and possibly many Americans’ lifetimes.

NASA is correct—it’s the sight of your life, and it’s not going to return to North America until 2033 (in Alaska) and 2044 (in Montana and the Dakotas).

Publicizing its plans to broadcast April’s total solar eclipse from locations across the U.S., the space agency’s short trailer on YouTube is high on drama.
Shadow Of The Moon

On Monday, April 8, a path of totality—the moon’s shadow—will travel from Mexico’s Pacific coast to Newfoundland in Canada via parts of 15 U.S. states.

While only those inside a 115-mile wide path will see the eclipse and experience totality—darkness in the day and falling temperatures, everyone else in North America will see a partial solar eclipse of varying degrees.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MJY_ptQW1o
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Peer reviewed journal publishes AI generated rat nuts
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Oh nuts.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/academic-journal-retracts-study-after-ai-generated-rat-penis-pics-go-viral
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcell.2023.1339390/full
Academic Journal Retracts Study After AI-Generated Rat Penis Pics Go Viral
In what has been a good week for rats, but a terrible one for science, the academic journal Frontiers retracted a viral paper published with nonsensical, AI-generated images.

The paper, titled "Cellular functions of spermatogonial stem cells in relation to JAK/STAT signaling pathway," was published on Feb. 13, 2024, and promptly made the rounds on social media for its outlandish images of a rat's penis.

The authors of the study—Xinyu Guo, Liang Dong, and Dingjun Hao—reportedly used Midjourney to create the images. It's unclear what prompt the authors put into Midjourney. Perhaps "cross section of rat penis"? At any rate, it resulted in an oversized phallus they apparently did not find objectionable.

AI image generators are notorious for misspellings, including Midjourney, resulting in diagram labels such as "dck" (dick) and "testtomcels" (testicles), though it did correctly identify "rat." The authors, who are Chinese, submitted the paper for review, which was then edited by someone in India, and reviewed by two more people, one in the US and one in India.

As images circulated online, scientists pointed out vast inaccuracies across all of them and questioned the peer review process.

The US-based reviewer, Jingbo Dai of Northwestern University, apparently noticed the inaccurate images in the study but failed to ensure it was not published. He told Vice it was his responsibility to review the paper for its "scientific aspects" and recommended asking Frontiers about its "policy of AI-generated figures."

Two days after publication, Frontiers pulled the study from the site and conducted an investigation. It then officially retracted it on Feb. 16, 2024, and issued an apology.
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Grocery store manager charged with stealing $750k from self-checkout kiosks in Troy, Michigan
An audit system for the self-checkout machines was implemented in October of 2023. It was then that accountants supporting Fresh Thyme noticed a large amount of money missing from the Troy location.

It is alleged that Beaver often scheduled himself as the only manager responsible for depositing the daily cash, including on his days off, according to the Attorney General's office.

An audit revealed discrepancies between the cash sales and deposits, with an approximate loss amount of $900,000. An investigation revealed that approximately $750,000 of the loss was due to theft by Beaver.

Cont'd:

https://midmichigannow.com/news/local/troy-grocery-store-manager-charged-with-embezzling-750000-from-self-checkout-kiosks-02-16-2024
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Based Retard Matt Gaetz
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House panel obtains texts allegedly showing Gaetz setting up 2017 Florida Keys trip with woman his associate paid for sex: Sources
The House Ethics Committee is reviewing the messages, sources tell ABC News.

By Will Steakin
February 14, 2024, 2:17 PM

https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/house-panel-obtains-texts-allegedly-showing-gaetz-setting/story?id=107126493

Congressional House Ethics investigators have obtained text messages allegedly showing that a few months after first joining Congress, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz asked a young woman, who at the time had received payments for sex from Gaetz's then-close friend Joel Greenberg, to join him and others on a three-day trip to the Florida Keys in May 2017, multiple sources tell ABC News.

In the alleged text messages described exclusively to ABC News, the then-freshman congressman appeared to message a woman, who ABC News is not identifying, asking if she would fly on a private plane to the Florida Keys for a trip with Gaetz, three other women, and one other man.
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xmen 97 looks like shit
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Seriously disney is a multibillion dollar company, why does this shit look like a flash cartoon on the internet?
https://www.gq.com/story/disneys-new-x-men-animated-series-will-pick-up-right-where-a-90s-classic-left-off
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Trump Lost: Ordered to Pay Over $350 Million and Barred From New York Business
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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/16/nyregion/trump-civil-fraud-trial-ruling.html

A New York judge on Friday handed Donald J. Trump a crushing defeat in his civil fraud case, finding the former president liable for conspiring to manipulate his net worth and ordering him to pay a penalty of more than $350 million that could wipe out his entire stockpile of cash.

The decision by Justice Arthur F. Engoron caps a chaotic, yearslong case in which New York’s attorney general put Mr. Trump’s fantastical claims of wealth on trial. With no jury, the power was in Justice Engoron’s hands alone, and he came down hard: The judge delivered a sweeping array of punishments that threatens the former president’s business empire as he simultaneously contends with four criminal prosecutions and seeks to regain the White House.

Not only did Justice Engoron impose a three-year ban preventing Mr. Trump from serving in top roles at any New York company, including his own, but the judge also applied that punishment to the former president’s adult sons for two years. One of the sons, Eric Trump, is the Trump Organization’s de facto chief executive, and the ruling throws into doubt whether any member of the family can run the business in the near term.

Mr. Trump will appeal the financial penalty — which could climb to $400 million or more once interest is added — but will have to either come up with the money or secure a bond within 30 days. The ruling will not render him bankrupt, because most of his wealth is tied up in real estate.

Mr. Trump will also most likely ask an appeals court to halt the restrictions on him and his sons from running the company while it considers the case.
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Joe Biden Says Republicans Should Drop Impeachment Following FBI Bombshell
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A bribery allegation against Biden collapsed this week after the Justice Department said one of its informants had lied.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-republicans-drop-impeachment-inquiry_n_65cfa7a3e4b04daca696e030

WASHINGTON ― President Joe Biden said Friday that Republicans should drop their impeachment inquiry against him after the Justice Department said an FBI informant made up a bribery allegation.

“He is lying and it should be dropped,” Biden said at brief White House press conference, in response to a question from a reporter.

“It’s been an outrageous effort from the beginning,” he added of the impeachment effort.

Since last year, Republicans have trumpeted unverified bribery accusations from an FBI informant who claimed to have heard them from a Ukrainian oligarch. But after the Justice Department announced it would be prosecuting the informant for allegedly fabricating the bribe rumors, Democrats called on Republicans to drop impeachment.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, said the indictment “has demonstrated how key evidence at the heart of House Republicans’ impeachment inquiry is based on a lie.”

The informant, 43-year-old Alexander Smirnov, told his FBI handler in 2020 that the owner of Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, said he’d paid $5 million bribes to both Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The younger Biden served on Burisma’s board from 2014 to 2019, and Republicans have long claimed that when he was vice president, Biden forced out a Ukrainian prosecutor in order to benefit Burisma and his son. State Department officials have repeatedly debunked that allegation, but the bribe claim gave it new life last year.

House oversight committee chair James Comer (R-Ky.) said Thursday the impeachment inquiry would continue, and he said the FBI’s actions were “very concerning since they’d previously vouched for the informant.
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Doctor sued for using own sperm for insemination
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https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/new-haven/new-haven-doctor-sued-for-allegedly-using-own-sperm-for-insemination-22-half-siblings-found/

>As Pierson grew curious about her father’s heritage, she decided to take a 23andme DNA test in 2022 — not knowing it would impact the rest of her life.
>“I clicked on the relatives tab and 19 half-siblings popped up,” Janine said

>This case is one of dozens nationwide and is now putting fertility fraud in the spotlight. Mattie said there are no laws against it federally or in Connecticut proving the law needs to catch up with science.
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FBI Sued for Covering Up Epsteins Crimes
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The FBI is getting sued for covering up Epstein's crimes.
https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/14/us/epstein-women-lawsuit-fbi/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/15/fbi-jeffrey-epstein-lawsuit
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/12-epstein-victims-sue-the-fbi/
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/2857093/jeffrey-epsteins-victims-accuse-the-fbi-of-cover-up-in-new-lawsuit/
https://www.foxnews.com/us/jeffrey-epstein-victims-sue-fbi-alleged-failure-investigate-sex-trafficking-ring-elite
https://www.reuters.com/legal/jeffrey-epstein-victims-sue-fbi-allege-coverup-2024-02-14/
https://www.rawstory.com/victims-sue-fbi-for-epstein-probe-failings/

The twelve complainants, all anonymized in court documents as "Jane Does", claim that the United States' leading national law enforcement agency "failed to adequately investigate the abuse" and ignored Epstein's sexual interest in underage girls.

"For over two decades, the Federal Bureau of Investigation permitted Jeffrey Epstein to sex traffic and sexually abuse scores of children and young women by failing to do the job the American people expected of it," according to the lawsuit filed in a New York federal court.

"As a result of the continued failures of the FBI, Jane Does 1-12 bring this lawsuit to get to the bottom -- once and for all -- of the FBI's role in Epstein's criminal sex trafficking ring."

They are seeking an unspecified amount of compensation and damages.

The lawsuit follows the unsealing last month of court documents containing the identities of people linked to Epstein and his lover Ghislaine Maxwell.

Notably included in the unsealed documents, which contained almost 1,000 pages of depositions and statements, were former US presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

The disclosure was part of a defamation proceeding between Maxwell, sentenced in 2022 to 20 years in prison, and a plaintiff against the duo, Virginia Giuffre.
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Republican Election Conspiracy Theory Group Tells Court It Has No Evidence Of its Conspiracy Theory
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https://apnews.com/article/georgia-elections-true-vote-ballot-stuffing-199113b47bc2df79c63fdf007cd23115

The conspiracy theory-promoting group True the Vote says it has no evidence to back up its claims about widespread, systemic voter fraud during the 2020 elections.

The group, which was heavily featured in Dinesh D’Souza’s viral documentary “2000 Mules,” claimed that ballot “mules” worked with a network of left-wing organizations to steal the election for Joe Biden. The film and its claims made a huge splash, and Donald Trump praised True the Vote for supposedly exposing “great election fraud.”

But in responding to a subpoena for any evidence supporting those claims, the group came up empty-handed.

In a court filing in Georgia, True the Vote said it did not have any records of the supposed network of non-governmental organizations it alleged facilitated the massive ballot trafficking scheme. True the Vote also said it had no contact information for sources who had ostensibly provided the group with a detailed account of the alleged ballot scheme, nor for any of the unnamed researchers or investigators it relied on for its allegations.

The subpoena also specifically asked for the identity, contact information, and any records evidencing the claims of “John Doe,” an unidentified person who True the Vote claimed had admitted to personally participating in the ballot trafficking.

“TTV does not have in its possession, custody, or control, identity and contact information for John Doe or any such items concerning him,” the group said in the filing.

The new revelations were in a Fulton County Superior Court filing dated Dec. 11, reported on by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and subsequently the Associated Press, on Wednesday.
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Trump dey face $370m fine. How im go pay for am?
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https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/articles/c51rl7geq9wo

On Friday, one New York Judge go decide di future of Donald Trump family business wen im deliver im verdict for di former president civil fraud trial.

Already dem don find di former president, im adult sons and im namesake company guilty for mago-mago wey dem do to inflate di value of assets for statements to lenders.

Prosecutors bin ask di judge to fine Oga Trump $370m (£291m) and im put restrictions on im ability to conduct business for di state.

Dat na plenty money, even for a billionaire. Legal experts tell BBC say penalty like dat wey dey dis large, couple wit a potential final verdict wey fit greatly impact im real estate empire, fit deliver a serious blow to Oga Trump finances.

"Im no go suddenly become working class," na wetin former federal prosecutor Diana Florence tok. "But e go just be plenty of cash. Im wealth go reduce well-well."

>Why Trump fit chop $370 million fine?

Di New York Attorney General Letitia James tell di court say na $370m be di right amount for di Trumps to pay in disgorgement, a financial penalty wey go involve paying back di money wey dem gain through fraudulent means.

She calculate am based on three factors: money Oga Trump allegedly make as interest rate savings on loans due to im misstating im assets; "bonuses" dem pay to Trump Organization employees wey participate for di scheme; and profit dem realise from two property deals wey Madam James allege say dem get fraudulently.

E dey up to Judge Arthur Engoron to determine di financial penalties wen im deliver im ruling.

Whatever di amount, Oga Trump go also get to pay annual interest on top dat fine, wey go back several years to wen di allege offences bin take place. New York 9% interest rate mean say Oga Trump fit get to pay an additional nine-figure sum on top of di penalty.
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Be American kid, get shot
Tell parents, they don't believe you. Why you trying to ruin our parade, brat?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/kansas-city-chiefs-parade-shooting-child-shot-b2496908.html

Ten-year-old Samuel Arellano kept telling his family he’d been hit after shots rang out Wednesday near Kansas City’s Union Station. He’d come to the parade with his grandfather, aunt and uncle, all of them massive Kansas City Chiefs fans, and they’d been reveling in the day and their Chiefs jerseys.

Samuel was particularly thrilled to see the players in person, addressing the crowd from microphones at the Union Station rally; Patrick Mahomes is his favourite.

Soon, though, the elation of the day was marred by gunshots – and Samuel felt a biting pain under his arm as training from the active shooter drills at school kicked in.

“When I heard the gunshots, I hid,” he told The Independent Thursday morning. “I fell to the ground and then hid behind a trashcan.”

His grandfather and uncle were close to him, and they soon made their way to hide under a trailer with several other people.

“Everybody was running, losing their shoes, losing their clothes,” Samuel said.

Then, once it seemed clear, Samuel and his family fled with everyone else in panic and shock, racing the 15 minutes back to their homes in the Turner neighborhood, where Samuel, his parents and extended family live next door to each other. No one could find any blood on the ten-year-old, and they didn’t see anything when he first lifted up his shirt, attributing the pain to bruises from the chaos.

When he continued complaining and they lifted the Chiefs jersey higher, however, they saw a gaping wound on his right side, under his armpit.
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Cop attacked by acorn, returns fire
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Florida cop hears the sound of an acorn hit the top of his patrol vehicle, performs an oscar-worthy diving barrel roll, shouts that he'd been hit, mag dumps the vehicle with the black person still sitting inside handcuffed, falls to his side unable to walk, mag dumps again, and then crawls to cover behind another vehicle requesting backup for an officer down.

Officer had no injuries. Somehow, the black man being mag dumped on didn't have any injuries either.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bizarre-footage-shows-florida-cop-jesse-hernandez-unload-clip-after-mistaking-acorn-for-gunshot
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This is how brainwashed Swift haters are.
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Nearly 1 in 5 Americans believe Taylor Swift is part of a 2024 plot to help Joe Biden
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USA TODAY

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2024/02/14/taylor-swift-joe-biden-plot/72598599007/

Nearly one in five Americans say they believe a false conspiracy theory that Taylor Swift is part of a plot to boost President Joe Biden as he seeks another term in office, according to a new poll.

The survey, released Wednesday by Monmouth University, found that 18% of Americans “think that a covert government effort for Taylor Swift to help Joe Biden win the presidential election actually exists,” according to the university.
In recent weeks, conspiracy theories have swirled around the Grammy Award winner, with some conservative commentators and other prominent Republicans speculating that Swift is some sort of Pentagon plant, ginned up by liberal forces while also boosting the fortunes of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The team won the Super Bowl over the weekend, and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Swift are currently in a relationship.

Among the survey respondents who said they believe the theory, 71% identify with or generally lean toward the Republican Party. Eighty-three percent said they plan to support former President Donald Trump in 2024’s general election.
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Hero Navalny Dies in Prison After Criticizing The Maga Utopia
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Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny is dead -prison service
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February 16, 20246:43 AM ESTUpdated a few seconds ago

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/jailed-russian-opposition-leader-navalny-dead-prison-service-2024-02-16/

MOSCOW, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is dead, the prison service of the Yamalo-Nenets region where he had been serving his sentence said on Friday.
In a statement published on its website, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District said that Navalny "felt unwell" after a walk on Friday, and "almost immediately lost consciousness".
It said that medical staff had been called, but that they were unable to resuscitate Navalny. It said the reason of death was being established.
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Trump: I was only pretending to have dementia
https://newrepublic.com/post/179029/donald-trump-unbelievable-excuse-constant-mix-ups

But during a campaign rally on Wednesday, Trump had a new excuse for all that, claiming all of his short circuits are actually just sarcastic jokes.

“But when I say that Obama is the president of our country bah bah bah, they go, ‘He doesn’t know that Spiden [sic], he doesn’t know.’ So it’s very hard to be sarcastic,” Trump said.
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Biden to host Polish president and prime minister on March 12, 25 years after Poland joined NATO
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https://apnews.com/article/poland-us-biden-president-prime-minister-white-house-d02cd7dace7b88b5d89ac346d9d6f70b

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden will host Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and Prime Minister Donald Tusk for a meeting in Washington on March 12, the 25th anniversary of Poland’s joining the NATO Alliance, the White House said Thursday.

A statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the leaders will “reaffirm their unwavering support for Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s brutal war of conquest.”

The struggle is taking place across Poland’s eastern border, on NATO’s eastern flank.

The declaration of support is especially significant now, when political infighting in U.S. Congress is stalling approval of a $60 billion aid package for Kyiv.

The meeting will underscore that Washington and Warsaw share an “ironclad commitment to the NATO Alliance, which makes us all safer,” the statement said, adding that the three leaders will “coordinate” ahead of the NATO Summit in Washington in July.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said Thursday that the meeting is “also a terrific opportunity to show our gratitude for everything that Poland has done, not just as a great NATO ally (...) but everything they’ve done to help support Ukraine.”

Poland last year spent some 4% of its GDP on defense and has earmarked some 3.1% of its 2024 GDP for that purpose, among the highest rates of defense spending for NATO’s 31 member countries.

Duda said that rate of spending shows that Poland is a “reliable ally and a model” for fellow NATO members. Many of them have been criticized by former U.S. President Donald Trump and others for spending less than the 2% of GDP they committed to a decade ago.

Duda said on X, formerly Twitter, that the joint trip on the anniversary of Poland’s accession to NATO “shows that the Polish-U.S. alliance is strong and will remain strong regardless of who rules in both countries.”
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BUSTED! FBI informant charged with lying about Joe and Hunter Biden’s ties to Ukrainian company
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A central piece of the Republican's latest hit job on Bidens to distract from the Trump Crime Syndicate's crimes collapses as one of their chief informants has just been charged with falsifying evidence.

https://apnews.com/article/hunter-biden-burisma-fbi-informant-lying-6969656f6012780a23a4b8841ce2689b
An FBI informant has been charged with lying to his handler about ties between President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company.

Alexander Smirnov falsely told FBI agents in June 2020 that executives associated with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma paid Hunter and Joe Biden $5 million each in 2015 and 2016, prosecutors said Thursday.

Smirnov told the FBI that a Burisma executive had claimed to have hired Hunter Biden to “protect us, through his dad, from all kinds of problems,” prosecutors said in a statement.

The allegations became a flashpoint in Congress over the summer as Republicans demanded the FBI release the unredacted form documenting the allegations as they pursued investigations of Biden and his family. They acknowledged at the time that it was unclear if the allegations were true.

Smirnov, 43, was charged with making a false statement and creating a false and fictitious record. No attorney was immediately listed for him in court records. He was expected to make a first court appearance in Las Vegas, where he was arrested Wednesday after arriving from overseas, prosecutors said.

The charges were filed by Justice Department special counsel David Wiess, who has separately charged Hunter Biden with firearm and tax violations.
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GRAND IMPERIAL CYCLOPS t-Rump MAKE FUNNY FANI DISCLOSE BERMUDA BAHAMA PRETTY MAMA ARUBA CASH MONTEGO
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, I wanna take you to
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego
Baby, why don't we go? (Ooh, I wanna take you down to Kokomo)
We'll get there fast
And then we'll take it slow
That's where we wanna go
Way down in Kokomo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXB4LspLQE0

In fiery testimony, Willis defends herself against accusations of misconduct
Ex-employee claims relationship began earlier than acknowledged

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis takes the stand as a witness during a hearing on the Georgia election interference case, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, in Atlanta. The hearing is to determine whether Willis should be removed from the case because of a relationship with Nathan Wade, special prosecutor she hired in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump.

District Attorney Fani Willis Thursday accused defense lawyers of lying about her romantic relationship with a subordinate in an attempt to use her personal life to derail Fulton County’s election subversion case.

In combative and impromptu testimony in Fulton County Superior Court that seemed to surprise even members of her own team, Willis said she and special prosecutor Nathan Wade became romantically involved months after she hired him to oversee the prosecution. She said she paid her own way — often in cash — when they traveled together and did nothing improper as the relationship continued and she prepared for one of the most important criminal prosecutions in the country.

https://www.ajc.com/politics/in-fiery-testimony-willis-defends-herself-against-accusations-of-misconduct/DJQ2MTD7BZAJVDND2WBS65XXV4/
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Bianca put on some clothes
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https://pagesix.com/2024/02/16/entertainment/kanye-west-stuffs-his-face-before-valentines-dinner-with-bianca-censori/
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Greece legalises same sex marriage in landmark change
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Greece has chosen the right side of history. Once again, homosexuality is a human right.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/yes-equality-says-greek-pm-ahead-same-sex-marriage-vote-2024-02-15/

ATHENS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex civil marriage on Thursday, a landmark victory for supporters of LGBT rights that was greeted with cheers by onlookers in parliament and dozens gathered on the streets of Athens.

The law gives same-sex couples the right to wed and adopt children and comes after decades of campaigning by the LGBT community for marriage equality in the socially conservative country.
Greece is one of the first Orthodox Christian countries to allow such unions.

"This is a historic moment," Stella Belia, the head of same-sex parents group Rainbow Families, told Reuters. "This is a day of joy."

The bill was approved by 176 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament and will become law when its published in the official government gazette.

Although members of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' centre-right New Democracy party abstained or voted against the bill, it gained enough support from the leftist opposition in a rare show of cross-party unity despite a tense debate.

"Its a very important step for human rights, a very important step for equality, and a very important step for Greek society," said 40-year-old Nikos Nikolaidis, a historian who joined a rally in favour of the bill ahead of the vote.

Recent opinion polls show Greeks are split on the issue. The powerful Orthodox Church, which believes homosexuality is a sin, has strongly opposed same-sex marriage, while many in the LGBT community believe the bill does not go far enough.

It does not overturn obstacles for LGBT couples in using assisted reproduction methods. Surrogate pregnancies will also not be extended to LGBT individuals, though the bill recognises children already born through that method abroad.
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Gee, maybe we should have voted to fund the border patrol after all instead of kowtowing to Trump?
After border bill failure, ICE considers mass releases to close budget gap

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/2024/02/14/immigration-customs-enforcement-budget-deficit-republicans/

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has drafted plans to release thousands of immigrants and slash its capacity to hold detainees after the failure of a Senate border bill that would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall, according to four officials at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security.

The bipartisan border bill that Republican lawmakers opposed last week would have provided $6 billion in supplemental funding for ICE enforcement operations. The bill’s demise has led ICE officials to begin circulating an internal proposal to save money by releasing thousands of detainees and cutting detention levels from 38,000 beds to 22,000 — the opposite of the enforcement increases Republicans say they want.

The budget crunch and the proposal also present a difficult scenario for the Biden administration heading into the spring, when illegal crossings at the southern border are expected to spike again. On Tuesday, House Republicans voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his border record, and immigration remains President Biden’s worst-rated issue in polls.
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Shooting at Super Bowl Parade in Kansas City
8 injured in shooting near Chiefs Super Bowl rally at Union Station: sources
https://fox4kc.com/news/shots-fired-after-chiefs-super-bowl-rally-near-union-station/

Kansas City police are responding to shooting near the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl rally at Union Station, officials say.

At the conclusion of the rally, there were shots fired west of Union Station near the garage and several people were struck, a KCPD spokesperson said.

The shooting happened near West Pershing and Kessler roads.

Law enforcement sources have confirmed to FOX4 that at least eight people were injured, including one who was critically hurt.

Two armed people have been detained, pending further investigation, police said.

Police said officers are working to clear Union Station itself, and they will release everyone inside the building once that is complete. https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article285484737.html
https://abcnews.go.com/US/shooting-reported-kansas-city-after-chiefs-super-bowl/story?id=107238682
https://www.kmbc.com/article/shooting-reported-at-kansas-city-chiefs-super-bowl-victory-rally/46790065
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Donald Trump sucks
https://www.rawstory.com/donalds-day-sucked-mary-trump/
'Donald's day sucked': Mary Trump says her uncle is getting 'bad news' legally
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Putin didn’t even like his interview with Cucker Carlson
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“Not even worth unzipping my trousers for the blowjob.” Putin is quoted as saying.
https://www.reuters.com/world/putin-complains-about-lack-piercing-questions-tucker-carlson-2024-02-14/

Feb 14 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he was surprised by a lack of sharp questions from U.S. television host Tucker Carlson in an interview that made headlines around the world last week.
Putin told a Russian TV interviewer, Pavel Zarubin, that he had wanted Carlson to behave more aggressively, which would have given him the right to reply just as pointedly.
"To be honest, I thought that he would behave aggressively and ask so-called sharp questions. I was not just prepared for this, I wanted it, because it would give me the opportunity to respond in the same way," Putin said in comments broadcast on Wednesday.

In his first interview with an American journalist since before Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly two years ago, Putin subjected Carlson to a half-hour lecture on history.
He told Zarubin he was surprised that Carlson had not interrupted him more.
"Frankly, I did not get full satisfaction from this interview," Putin said.
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Republicans Break from Blocking Border Funding to Impeach Mayorkas Over Border
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Republicans in the House, knowing full well impeachment will go nowhere in the Senate, now return to blocking any attempts to secure the border, having produced what every Republican voter wants: virtue signaling and meaningless pageantry

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4466356-republicans-impeach-mayorkas-in-historic-vote/

House Republicans on Tuesday narrowly secured a historic vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, rallying GOP members after a first failed effort.

Mayorkas is the first Cabinet official to be impeached since the 1870s, a vote made all the more remarkable by Republicans’ inability to pass the same articles of impeachment last week, when three GOP members joined Democrats to tank the resolution, citing concerns their colleagues were abusing their impeachment power.

The articles are not expected to move in the Democrat-led Senate.
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BLUE WAVE Continues! Democrats Flip Disgraced Republican George Santos's Congressal Seat
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https://apnews.com/article/george-santos-suozzi-pilip-special-election-be0140979ca3050921579e90507bfe1f

Democrat Tom Suozzi won a special election for a U.S. House seat in New York on Tuesday, coming out on top in a politically mixed suburban district in a victory that could lift his party’s hopes heading into a fiercely contested presidential election later this year.

Suozzi defeated Republican Mazi Pilip to take the seat that was left vacant when George Santos, also a Republican, was expelled from Congress. The victory marks a return to Washington for Suozzi, who represented the district for three terms before giving it up to run, unsuccessfully, for governor.

It’s unclear how long his next stint on Capitol Hill will last, as a redistricting process unfolds that could reshape the district. But for now the result narrows the already slim Republican majority in the House. And it provides Democrats a much-needed win in New York City’s Long Island suburbs, where the GOP showed surprising strength in recent elections.
Pilip conceded the race and said she congratulated Suozzi in a phone call Tuesday night.

“Yes we lost, but it doesn’t mean we are going to end here,” Pilip told supporters at her election watch party.

Suozzi’s win will likely reassure Democrats that they can perform well in suburban communities across the nation, which will be critical to the party’s efforts to retake control of the U.S. House and reelect President Joe Biden.

Still, forecasting for November could be complicated given that turnout, already expected to be low given the abbreviated race, was potentially hampered by a storm that dumped several inches of snow on the district on election day. Both campaigns offered voters free rides to the polls as plows cleared wet slush from the roads.
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They will Defend This:Lara Trump says "EVERY PENNY" of the RNC funds will go to her father-in-law.
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Lara Trump says 'every single penny' of RNC funds will go to electing Donald Trump if she is made co-chair
Donald Trump is pushing for Lara Trump to be made the RNC's co-chair
By Timothy H.J. Nerozzi Fox News
Published February 14, 2024 10:56am EST

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/lara-trump-every-single-penny-rnc-funds-electing-donald-trump-made-co-chair.amp

Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law is promising that all the Republican National Committee's (RNC) finances will be poured into getting him re-elected if she is made co-chair of the committee.

Lara Trump, who the former president has pushed as a potential co-chair of the RNC, told reporters on Tuesday that "every single penny" would go to the campaign effort if she were appointed.

"The RNC needs to be the leanest, most lethal political fighting machine we’ve ever seen in American history," Lara Trump told Newsmax. "That is the goal over the next nine-and-a-half months. If I am elected to this position, I can assure you, there will not be any more $70,000 – or whatever exorbitant amount of money it was – spent on flowers."
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Trump Was Right Again: Obama CIA Asked Foreign Agencies to Illegally Spy on Trump Associates
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https://nypost.com/2024/02/13/news/cia-and-foreign-intelligence-agencies-illegally-targeted-26-trump-associates-before-2016-russia-collusion-claims-report/

>The US Intelligence Community asked foreign spy agencies to surveil 26 associates of Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, which triggered the allegations that the former president’s campaign had been colluding with Russia, according to a report.

>Former CIA Director John Brennan identified and presented the targets to the US’s intelligence-sharing partners in the so-called “Five Eyes” agencies – the intelligence-gathering organizations in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – according to a report published Monday on Michael Shellenberger’s Public Substack.

>The report by independent journalists Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi and Alex Gutentag has not been confirmed by The Post.

>They cite multiple unnamed sources, including ones close to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, led by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio).

>Turner’s office did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.
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Russia launched a nuke into space over us, "Serious National Security Threat"
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Fox News, citing a Pentagon official, has reported that the “serious national security threat” is related to space.

This, combined with CNN’s previous reporting that the threat was also a “destabilizing foreign military capability” in relation to Russia, suggests that it may be related to last week’s Soyuz-2 rocket launch, which was carrying an unknown payload for the Russian military.

The exact nature of the threat still remains unconfirmed.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/house-intel-chair-warns-serious-national-security-threat-ahead-planned-rcna138848

White House to brief lawmakers on 'serious national security threat' related to Russia

https://theatlasnews.co/brief/2024/02/14/serious-national-security-threat-related-to-space-per-fox/

Two sources familiar with the issue said Turner's statement was related to Russia and operations in space, without providing further details on what was described as a highly-classified matter.
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-congressional-intelligence-chair-warns-serious-national-security-threat-2024-02-14/
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The 22 Republicans who broke with their party on Ukraine, Israel aid package
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interactive/2024/republicans-senate-vote-ukraine-israel-aid/

The Senate’s $95 billion national security package to aid Israel, Ukraine and other U.S. allies underscores a growing foreign policy divide in the Senate GOP: those who think the United States should continue to financially support our allies abroad and those who increasingly think the country shouldn’t.

Despite crafting a bipartisan package that secured both foreign aid and sweeping border security measures, Senate Republicans quickly abandoned that effort amid opposition from former president Donald Trump, who has criticized both the border reforms and the foreign aid, and instead focused their efforts on a much narrower military aid package.

But in Tuesday’s vote, few Republican senators voted in favor of the package — just 22 members, less than half of the Republican conference, joined Democrats in passing it. Its fate is now uncertain in the House, as Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has said the package is a nonstarter.

Here’s what we know about the 22 Republicans who bucked Trump and the rest of their party by voting for this military aid package, and why they might be increasingly out of step in the GOP.
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HE'S BACK! Jon Stewart Goes Absolutely Off On Trump AND Biden In Scathing ‘Daily Show’ Return
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>The longtime host is back after a nine-year absence from the hit late-night talk series with an urgent message for the nation.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jon-stewart-daily-show-return-monologue_n_65cae16fe4b01f4a8b020b79

Jon Stewart made an extremely candid return to “The Daily Show” on Monday, delivering a brutal assessment of President Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Or, as he referred to the two: “These fucking guys.”

Stewart rolled footage of Biden last week at a press conference intended to reassure the public about his cognition after the special counsel called him an “elderly man with a poor memory.”

Instead, as Stewart noted, the event was marked by a few misspeaks from the president.

“So Joe Biden had a big press conference to dispel the notion that he may have lost a step ― and, politically speaking, lost three to four steps,” Stewart said.

He said Biden had another chance to prove himself by doing the traditional interview after the Super Bowl, where “millions and millions of people could see him competently and clearly lay out his 2024 agenda.”

But Biden declined and released a TikTok video instead, answering short questions about the game and praising chocolate chip cookies.

“Fire everyone. Everyone!” Stewart declared. “How do you go on TikTok and end up looking older?”

But Stewart was every bit as hard on Trump, who over the weekend found a strange new way to pronounce “Pennsylvania” and then warned that “they” will change the state’s name.

“What the fuck are we doing here, people?” Stewart asked. “Biden’s lost a step, but Trump regularly says things at rallies that would warrant a wellness check.”

Then, he got serious with his audience.

“I’ve learned one thing over these last nine years, and I was glib at best and probably dismissive at worst about this,” he said as he delivered his message:
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Maroykas Impeached
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House impeaches Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for ‘willful, systemic refusal’ to follow fed law, ‘secure’ US-Mexico border

https://nypost.com/2024/02/13/news/house-impeaches-homeland-security-secretary-alejandro-mayorkas/

House Republicans impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, reversing their failed vote on the extraordinary move a week ago — and setting up a showdown in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The House voted 214-213 to pass two articles of impeachment against President Biden’s chief border enforcement officer on charges of “willful and systemic refusal to comply” with federal immigration law and lying to Congress about the border being “secure.”

Mayorkas, 64, is only the second Cabinet official to be impeached after Secretary of War William Belknap, who resigned in 1876 from President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration hours before the House formally charged him with corruption.

Belknap was later acquitted by the Senate — an outcome also likely for Mayorkas given that politically vulnerable Senate Democrats such as Jon Tester of Montana have dismissed the House’s impeachment push as “political games.”

But some Republicans in the Senate — which puts individuals on trial if they are impeached, or charged, by the House — are vowing to make the case for removal nonetheless.

“There will absolutely be many who believe his case merits removal from office and will vote accordingly,” a Senate GOP aide told The Post. “Since Democrats control the chamber, however, it’s basically certain that the vote will fail — if [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer [D-NY] allows it to happen in the first place.”

“There has never in American history been an impeachment where the Senate has refused to vote on the matter,” the aide added. “If Schumer kills it procedurally, without a vote, it would be unprecedented.”
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The Latest Threat to the Democrat's Banana Republic Government: Bible Purchases
"Federal government efforts to target individuals and entities based on their political views is a blatant and egregious violation of our Constitution," Scott wrote. "Additionally, reported actions like these disrupt confidence in federal law enforcement and raise significant questions regarding the independence of federal financial regulators."

The documents uncovered by the House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government also urge financial institutions to flag transactions at stores like "Cabela's," "Dick's Sporting Goods" and "Bass Pro Shops."

The documents also revealed FinCEN's warning to financial institutions about an "extremism indicator" being the purchase of books, including religious texts, and subscriptions to media with extremist views.

"We now know the federal government flagged terms like 'MAGA' and 'TRUMP' to financial institutions if Americans completed transactions using those terms," Jordan wrote in a tweet. "What was also flagged? If you bought a religious text, like a BIBLE, or shopped at Bass Pro Shop."

https://www.christianpost.com/news/senator-probes-feds-on-maga-bible-purchase-monitoring.html
https://nypost.com/2024/01/19/opinion/bidens-big-brother-teams-are-now-watching-what-you-buy/
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Biden Secures the Border Despite Republican Interference, Crossing Halved in a Single Month
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Despite Republican attempts to keep the border wide open, Biden is protecting the American people and securing the border

https://apnews.com/article/immigration-border-security-migrants-homeland-security-1c6e9f612dff721191c0254f980947a5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arrests for illegal crossings on the U.S. border with Mexico fell by half in January from record highs in December to the third lowest month of Joe Biden’s presidency, authorities said Tuesday.

The sharp drop is welcome news for the White House, even if it proves temporary, as immigration becomes one of the biggest issues in this year’s presidential election, with exit polls showing it is the top concern among many Republican voters in early primaries. House Republicans voted Tuesday to impeach U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his oversight of the border.

Seasonal declines and heightened enforcement by the U.S. and its allies led to the sharp decline, said Troy Miller, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. U.S. authorities have repeatedly praised Mexico for a crackdown launched in late December.

Border Patrol arrests totaled 124,220 in January, down 50% from 249,735 in December, the highest monthly tally on record. Arrests of Venezuelans plunged 91% to 4,422 from 46,920 in December.
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Why ID is racist: a case study
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Student forced to turn to a life of crime and carjacking because his highschool asked for his photo ID when he tried to return to school from covid
https://www.kuow.org/stories/viral-teen-car-theft-trend-has-some-seattle-kia-boys-facing-adult-consequences
One teenager's charges for allegedly stealing cars using a simple trick popularized on TikTok raises questions about how to handle the flood of recent youth car theft cases, especially when they land in adult court.

When Seattle schools reopened for in-person learning in 2021, Saylen Kelly was excited, recalled his twin sister, Saleen. But when he tried to return with her for their junior year at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle, Saleen said, her brother was asked to provide his birth certificate or another official form of identification. He had neither.

At home, Saylen Kelly broke down in tears, his sister said.

“I want to go to school, I want to get an education, I want to do better for myself,” Saleen remembers her brother saying. “He was very adamant about it.”

No one in Kelly’s family knew how to help him get his birth certificate, including their grandmother, who raised them. Seattle Schools told KUOW that ID is not required for high school, so it’s unclear why he was told it was.

Without access to his birth certificate, he gave up and dropped out completely.

Saylen Kelly is an alleged self-proclaimed “Kia Boy,” one of many teenagers charged with stealing Kia and Hyundai vehicles using a simple trick popularized on TikTok as the “Kia Challenge.”
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A woman walked into a Houston megachurch with a child and began shooting. Here’s what we know
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https://apnews.com/article/church-shooting-texas-joel-osteen-lakewood-3415e1bac4582fb4e4d4ff5ea1c216bc
https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/12/us/joel-osteen-lakewood-church-shooting-monday/index.html
https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2024/02/12/investigators-search-home-connected-to-lakewood-church-shooter-in-conroe/

HOUSTON (AP) — A woman in a trenchcoat opened fire with a long gun Sunday inside celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch in Texas, sending worshippers rushing to find safety while two off-duty officers confronted and killed the shooter. Two other people were shot and injured, including a 5-year-old boy who was in critical condition.

The violence erupted shortly before the Houston church’s 2 p.m. Spanish service was set to begin, just as the rest of the country was preparing for the Super Bowl. The woman entered the enormous Lakewood Church – a building with a 16,000-person capacity that was previously an arena for the NBA’s Houston Rockets -- with the boy who was later hurt in the shootout with police. A man in his 50s was also wounded.

Details of the confrontation remain unclear in the hours after the tragedy, and police have not released the woman’s identity or a possible motive. It’s also unknown what relationship, if any, the woman had to the boy, and who actually shot him and the man.

“I will say this,” Houston Police Chief Troy Finner told reporters during a news conference outside the church. “That female, that suspect, put that baby in danger. I’m going to put that blame on her.”

The boy was in critical condition at a children’s hospital, while the man was stable at a different hospital with a hip wound.

The shooting happened between services at the megachurch that is regularly attended by 45,000 people every week, making it the third-largest megachurch in the U.S., according to the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Osteen said the violence could have been much worse if it had happened during the earlier, larger 11 a.m. service.
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Biden mocks maga Swift conspiracy Kansas Superbowl win:"Just like we drew it up"
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Joe Biden trolls conspiracy theorists who claimed he would be rigging Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl win

Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chief's captain, has brought home the Super Bowl hardware he promised to girlfriend Taylor Swift, after she flew over six thousand miles from Japan to Las Vegas. It was a picture perfect finish to the night after Taylor sealed the win with a kiss.

Some Maga enthusiasts, including Vivek Ramaswamy, predicted the win might be rigged in favour of Joe Biden, not the Chiefs.

A conspiracy theorist, Martin Walsh, suggested, “To give his re-election bid a “fresh feel,” Biden’s team is exploring potential endorsements from prominent figures, including celebrities. One name that has come up is Taylor Swift." To which Vivek Ramaswamy had gone on to add, “President Joe Biden is facing historic lows in his disapproval ratings and is actively seeking ways to reinvigorate his campaign with new, young energy.
Sadly, they were left heartbroken. Contrary to Maga's expectations, Taylor Swift did not endorse Joe Biden.


Following the victory, Biden shared his response to this theory in a cryptic message, along with a photo of “Dark Brandon, “Just like we drew it up,”.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/us-news/super-bowl-2024-joe-bidens-epic-reaction-to-taylor-swift-conspiracy-theory-just-like-we-drew-it-up-101707716373506.html


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yet another black NYC subway shooting done by blacks
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But ban legal gun owners from carrying on the subway and ban cars in the city, right?
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/six-teens-shot-on-bronx-subway-platform-after-fight-breaks-out-on-train-police-sources/5130110/
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1 dead, 5 hurt in shooting at Bronx subway station after fight breaks out on train: NYPD
By Jonathan Dienst, Ida Siegal and Tom Shea • Published 6 hours ago • Updated 1 hour ago


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Gunfire erupted soon after, leaving one person dead and five injured on the elevated train platform, an NYPD spokesperson said, adding that the victims appeared to be teens. News 4’s Ida Siegal reports.

One person was killed and five others were hurt in a shooting at a Bronx subway station after a fight broke out on board a train and spilled out onto the platform, according to police.

The gunfire broke out around 4:30 p.m. at the Mt. Eden Avenue station along Jerome Avenue in the Mt. Eden neighborhood, law enforcement said. A fight broke out between two groups of teenagers on the northbound 4 train before arriving at the station, according to police.

At least one person took out a gun and fired while still on the train, police said. When the doors opened, more shots were fired on the platform, which is where each of the victims was struck — with innocent victims caught in the mix.

A 34-year-old man was left dead and five others were injured on the elevated train platform, police said. Witnesses saw a woman with a gunshot wound to her face.

Among the injured were two teenagers — a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, according to police. A man and a woman in their 20s and a 71-year-old man were shot as well. Each of the injured victims was taken to the hospital, where they are expected to recover, according to police.

Cellphone video showed a first responder running while carrying one of the victims, who appeared to be teenage girl clearly injured, away from the station and to an ambulance.
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War Crimes in Palestine under Investigation
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White House spokesman John Kirby said last month such probes are not occurring, but sources tell HuffPost U.S. officials have been assessing Israel's possible international law violations for months.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/us-israel-gaza-international-law-war-crimes_n_65cb7662e4b065628a609e5c#

A month ago, White House spokesperson John Kirby declared Washington was so confident in Israel’s U.S.-backed offensive in Gaza that the U.S. did not need to investigate its actions.

“I’m not aware of any kind of formal assessment being done by the United States government to analyze the compliance with international law by our partner Israel,” Kirby told reporters on Jan. 4, as the Biden administration rallied to defend Israel against an International Court of Justice case arguing that Israel was violating international protections against genocide. “We have not seen anything that would convince us that we need to take a different approach in terms of trying to help Israel defend itself.”

Kirby’s comment echoed a string of similar claims from Biden administration officials. Their public narrative helps bolster U.S. claims that Israel is respecting global standards for fighting in pursuing Hamas in Gaza, and helps undercut the ICJ genocide case and other efforts to examine Israel’s conduct.

But internally, U.S. officials have been assessing possible international law violations by Israel for months, and they are continuing to do so, HuffPost has learned from three sources familiar with private discussions about the assessments.

At the State Department, officials are probing Israeli actions in Gaza which they believe may have broken international law, a State official familiar with discussions in recent weeks told HuffPost. State’s attorneys have tracked such examples for months, the official said.

The investigations are occurring through several avenues.
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785,422 border encounters since new year
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Previous records shattered.
https://highlandcountypress.com/news/1st-quarter-fiscal-2024-apprehensions-southwest-border-highest-us-history-greater-population
1st quarter fiscal 2024 apprehensions at southwest border highest in U.S. history; greater than population of three U.S. states

The number of apprehensions of illegal border crossers along the southwest border in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 (Q1 FY24) is the highest in U.S. history.

They totaled 785,422, greater than the individual populations of three U.S. states: Wyoming (586,485), Vermont (647,818), and Alaska (733,536) and nearly the population of North Dakota (788,940).

After U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas unilaterally changed law established by Congress to facilitate the greatest number of illegal crossings in U.S. history, House Republicans and retired FBI counterintelligence officials have argued the changes directly created a national security threat. Officials say they have no way of knowing who the people being let into the country are, prompting House Republicans to move to impeach Mayorkas. After the first attempt failed this week, a second is likely, they say.

In fiscal 2024, which began Oct. 1, 2023, total apprehensions of illegal border crossers at the southwest border alone have been the highest in U.S. history for each month and for the quarter overall, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, last updated Jan. 4.

In Q1 FY24, apprehensions at the southwest border alone totaled 240,981 in October, 242,407 in November and 302,034 in December.

By comparison, in Q1 FY23, apprehensions at the southwest border totaled 231,529 in October, 235,173 in November, and 252,315 in December.

In Q1 FY22, apprehensions at the southwest border totaled 164,837 in October, 174,845 in November, and 179,253 in December.

In Q1 FY21, apprehensions at the southwest border totaled 71,929 in October, 72,113 in November, and 73,994 in December.
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TRAITOR TRUMP FLOATS NATO BACKSTAB... WOULD 'ENCOURAGE' RUSSIA ATTACK ON ALLIES!
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>"You gotta pay your bills," said the former president notorious for not paying his own bills.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68266447

Former President Donald Trump delivered an alarming message to U.S. allies during a Saturday rally where he outlined a scenario in which he would “encourage” Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” to other NATO members.

Speaking to a crowd in Conway, South Carolina, Trump told a story that cast himself as a tough-talking negotiator.

“NATO was busted until I came along,” he began. “I said, ‘Everybody’s going to pay.’ They said, ‘Well, if we don’t pay are you still going to protect us?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ They couldn’t believe the answer.”

He rehashed the story a few moments later.

“One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, ‘Well sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?’ I said, ‘You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?’ He said, ‘Yes, let’s say that happened.’ No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want,” Trump said.

“You gotta pay. You gotta pay your bills,” he added.

The audience cheered loudly for the former president, who is notorious for failing to pay bills on the campaign trail and in his past business endeavors.

It is not clear whether the scenario Trump described actually happened. Trump frequently takes credit for supposedly pressuring other NATO members into contributing more funding during the course of his first term.

But it’s a flawed claim.

As The Washington Post and other fact-checkers have noted, NATO member nations pledged to boost their funding over a period of 10 years at a 2014 summit held to address Russian aggression. Direct NATO funding has been increasing since then — although not at the pace needed to reach the goal set in 2014.
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Former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy goes on scorched earth revenge tour against MAGAs who ousted him
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https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/11/politics/kevin-mccarthy-foes-blowback/index.html

Donors no longer want to contribute to their campaigns. Primary opponents are lining up to take them out. And some of them have been ex-communicated from caucuses on Capitol Hill.

The eight House Republicans who took the unprecedented step of removing Kevin McCarthy from the speakership are facing blowback, both in Washington and back home. It’s a sign that even four months after the historic move, emotions are still raw inside a GOP conference that is continuing to reel from McCarthy’s ouster.

Reps. Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Bob Good of Virginia have arguably received the most incoming fire, with both now facing serious primary threats as they gear up for reelection. And Rep. Matt Rosendale, who recently jumped into the US Senate race in Montana, is facing headwinds in GOP circles — in part because of his vote to boot McCarthy — as top Republicans fear he will cost them a pivotal seat.

A well-connected GOP outside spending group is planning to play in the races against Good and Mace, while McCarthy himself is widely expected to get involved as well, according to multiple Republican sources familiar with the matter.

Meanwhile, the Main Street Caucus and Republican Governance Group, two center-right-leaning groups on Capitol Hill, have both quietly dropped Mace from their ranks, multiple sources told CNN. Neither move was publicized, but sources say frustration with the congresswoman had been brewing for months leading up to her McCarthy vote.

“She really wants to be a caucus of one. So we obliged her,” one House Republican told CNN.

For their part, Mace and Good are both downplaying the threats and expressing no regret about their votes. They are also leaning into the image of being Washington outsiders, which they believe will play well with the GOP base in their respective districts.
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Registration of Russian presidential candidates
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For the first time since 2008, there will only be four options in the ballot - Leonid Slutsky of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Vladislav Davankov of New People, Nikolay Kharitonov of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) and incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin

Davankov, 39, became the first presidential candidate from the New People party. He has been its member since 2020 and currently holds the position of State Duma (lower parliament chamber) deputy speaker and first deputy chairman of the New Party faction. He participated in the 2023 election for the mayor of Moscow and finished fourth, gathering 5.34% of the vote.

Putin, 71, is the incumbent president of Russia. It will be his fifth presidential election, following the polls in 2000, 2004, 2012 and 2018. He showed his best result in 2018, receiving 76.69% of the vote.

Slutsky, 56, has led the LDPR party since May 2022. He is the chairman of the State Duma’s international affairs committee and became the third presidential candidate in his party’s history. Earlier, the party nominated its founder Vladimir Zhirinovsky (in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018) and Oleg Malyshkin (2004).

Kharitonov, 75, has been a member of all eight convocations of the Russian State Duma. It will be his second presidential election. 20 years ago, he came second in the presidential race, securing 13.69% of the vote. Earlier, CPRF designated as presidential candidate its leader Gennady Zyuganov (1996, 2000, 2008 and 2012) and Pavel Grudinin (2018).

https://tass.com/politics/1744753
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Hannity streams fascist attack on innocent minority in NYC, and approves
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As Sean Hannity was interviewing the founder of the Guardian Angels, a New York City-based vigilante group known for targeting immigrants, an off-screen disturbance took place and the camera panned to show group members confronting an unidentified man, pushing him to the sidewalk and placing him in a headlock.

Curtis Sliwa, the Guardian Angels founder, proclaimed: “In fact, our guys have just taken down one of the migrant guys on the corner of 42nd and Seventh where all of this has taken place.” Throwing his hands in the air, he added: “They’ve taken over!”

The man is not a “migrant” but rather a New Yorker from the Bronx, police said on Wednesday afternoon. Though Sliwa claimed the man had been caught shoplifting, police provided no evidence to support the allegation.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sliwa said he had believed the man was a migrant because he had been “speaking Spanish”.

“He was put down so he wouldn’t hurt himself or anyone else,” said Sliwa.

cont. below

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/07/guardian-angels-curtis-sliwa-sean-hannity-fox-news-live-tv

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/07/media/new-york-city-vigilante-group-fox-news/index.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCwVckAVhuM
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DNC struggles to formulate approved talking points
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Democrats run damage control. Biden makes fiery speech "I know what I'm doing" -- concludes it by referring to Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as the president of Mexico. Earlier this week he publicly claimed he recently spoke to deceased foreign politicians Helmut Kohl and François Mitterrand
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/09/biden-memory-democrats-respond
Democrats work on damage control after Biden’s fiery surprise speech

Democrats and their allies were shaping a damage control response on Friday to a hastily organized White House press call the night before that appeared to fall short in its mission to reassure voters about Joe Biden’s mental acuity after it was harshly questioned in a prosecutor’s report about his having kept classified documents at the end of his vice-presidency

Biden already said that his interview with the special counsel Robert Hur last October – in which he was reported to have forgotten the year his son Beau died and precisely when he had been vice-president – came in the days straight after Hamas attacked southern Israel, when Biden was preoccupied with the US response.

Hur’s report concluded on Thursday that Biden would not face criminal charges in the case, despite “willfully” retaining and disclosing classified material, which he would not be open to as a sitting president anyway but also would not be warranted even if he was no longer president.

But Hur then went on to describe at length how he found the US president’s memory to be failing, prompting anger from Biden and, in the following hours and into Friday, Democrats and aides to come to his defense.

Robert Hur stated that the 81-year-old president’s recall was “significantly limited”, and that Hur would not bring charges over classified documents in part because jurors would see the US president not as a willful criminal but as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory”.
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Russian media watchdog investigating Duolingo over ‘LGBT propaganda’
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A media watchdog in Russia has launched an investigation into the language learning app Duolingo over allegedly spreading “LGBT propaganda”.

https://www.thepinknews.com/2024/02/10/russia-watchdog-duolingo-lgbt-propaganda/

Roskomnadzor (RKN), a federal agency that monitors and censors mass media within Russia, is investigating Duolingo for a possible “distribution of information that promotes LGBT”.

The investigation comes just months after Russia’s supreme court ruled that the “international public LGBT movement”, which does not exist, is an extremist group.

For years, Russia has attacked LGBTQ+ rights with a range of homophobic laws, from banning gender-affirming procedures in 2023 to censoring so-called “gay propaganda” in 2013.

Now, the latest target of Russia’s strict anti-LGBTQ+ laws is the popular learning app that teaches over 40 languages to more than 60 million users worldwide.

An investigation was launched into Duolingo after a “human rights” group Radetel, based in Novosibirsk in central Russia, filed a complaint with the RKN, news outlet Novaya Gazeta reports.

Radetel, which claims on its Telegram page that it is on a mission to protect “public morality, culture, and traditional values”, argued that children should not be allowed to use Duolingo after uncovering exercises on the app that refer to the LGBTQ+ community.

In a post to their Telegram page, shared by Novaya Gazeta, Radetel shared two screenshots of Duolingo English exercises, one that mentions the word “lesbian”, and another that mentions the word “gay.”

In a comment to TASS, the RKN’s press service confirmed: “Roskomnadzor is checking the application for the dissemination of information promoting LGBT people.”

On their official website, Duolingo acknowledges its inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters and stories in their lessons.
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Republican voter murders baby
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Republican voter in Missouri claims they meant to place their baby in a crib for nap time but accidentally placed it in an oven instead.

https://abc7.com/infant-dies-after-mother-allegedly-accidentally-placed-baby-in-oven/14412195/
Infant dies after mother allegedly accidentally placed baby in oven, officials say

A mother in Kansas City, Missouri, has been arrested and charged in the death of her 1-month-old infant after allegedly mistakenly placing the baby in an oven instead of a crib, the prosecutor's office said.

Mariah Thomas, 26, has been charged with a Class A felony, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, in the death of her baby, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Saturday.

"We appreciate all first responders who worked this scene and the prosecutors who went to the scene in order to issue these charges," Baker said in a press release. "We acknowledge the gruesome nature of this tragedy and our hearts are weighted by the loss of this precious life. We trust the criminal justice system to respond appropriately to these awful circumstances."

Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the Manheim Park neighborhood of Kansas City at around 1:30 p.m. local time Friday, responding to a call about a nonbreathing infant, according to court documents filed Saturday and obtained by ABC News.

Upon arrival, officers observed the infant victim had apparent burn wounds, according to the court documents. The Kansas City Fire Department responded and declared the 1-month-old dead at the scene, according to the court documents.

Thomas alleged she was putting the child down for a nap and accidentally mistakenly placed the child in the oven instead of the crib, according to the court documents.

"I thought I put [infant's name redacted] in her crib, and I accidentally put her in the oven," Thomas allegedly told the infant's grandfather, who gave a statement to police, according to the court documents.
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Madagascar Parliament passes law to castrate child rapists, prompting criticism but also support
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https://apnews.com/article/madagascar-castration-law-andry-rajoelina-rape-criticism-d5efb32b72e48929f95fae1e6d7baefd
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar’s Parliament has passed a law allowing for the chemical and, in some cases, surgical castration of those found guilty of the rape of a minor, prompting criticism from international rights groups, but also finding support from activists in the country who say it’s an appropriate deterrent to curb a “rape culture.”

Parliament in the Indian Ocean island nation of 28 million passed the law on Feb. 2 and the Senate, the upper house, approved it last week. It must now be ratified by the High Constitutional Court and signed into law by President Andry Rajoelina, who first raised the issue in December. His government proposed the law change.

Justice Minister Landy Mbolatiana Randriamanantenasoa said it’s a necessary move because of an increase in cases of rape against children. In 2023, 600 cases of the rape of a minor were recorded, she said, and 133 already in January this year.

“Madagascar is a sovereign country which has the right to modify its laws in relation to circumstances and in the general interest of the people,” Randriamanantenasoa said. “The current penal code has not been enough to curb the perpetrators of these offenses.”
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Kamala Harris gives Biden sloppy toppy
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After the DoJ stated they wouldn't charge Biden because he would appear to the jury as a senile man with no memory, Kamala Harris proceeded to give Biden a sloppy toppy in front of cameras.
https://www.newsweek.com/kamala-harris-reacts-doj-special-counsels-scathing-joe-biden-report-1868676
Kamala Harris Reacts to DOJ Special Counsel's Scathing Joe Biden Report

Kamala Harris responded to the Department of Justice Special Counsel's report on President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents on Friday

"As a former prosecutor, the comments that were made by that prosecutor: gratuitous, inaccurate and inappropriate," Harris said while speaking to reporters on Friday. "The way that the president's demeanor in that report was characterized could not be more wrong on the facts, and clearly politically motivated, gratuitous."

The Context:
On Thursday, (DOJ) Special Counsel Robert Hur released a report following an investigation into Biden's handling of classified documents that were found at his home in Delaware and the Penn Biden Center office in Washington, D.C.

The report did not call for any charges against Biden, with Hur saying that there was no evidence "to establish Mr. Biden's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," but it did note that the president "willfully retained and disclosed," classified documents after serving as former President Barack Obama's vice president.

What We Know:
The criticism of the report from Harris mainly focused on its mention of Biden's memory.

"Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," the report said.
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ITS OFFICIAL: BIDEN TOO OLD BIDEN MEMORY GONE
The Elderly-Man-with-a-Poor-Memory Presidency

https://www.nationalreview.com/2024/02/the-elderly-man-with-a-poor-memory-presidency/

What’s blameworthy is that he and his wife, Jill, haven’t acknowledged what is happening to him.

Joe Biden is the first official ever to be cleared by a special counsel for reasons of mental incompetence.

The president might have been better off if special counsel Robert Hur, investigating his mishandling of classified documents, had simply recommended indicting him instead of spelling out why a jury would not convict someone so clearly out of it.

Hur wrote that “at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

Who doesn’t like sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly men with poor memories?
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Glorious Golden God Gregariously Guarantees Guns for All; Gun Grabbers Gaped
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Trump vows to undo Biden gun restrictions if re-elected
https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-vows-undo-biden-gun-restrictions-if-re-elected-2024-02-10/
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner in the 2024 presidential race, said on Friday he had firmly protected gun rights while in the White House and vowed if re-elected to undo all restrictions enacted by President Joe Biden.
Speaking to thousands of supporters at an event organized by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Trump promised to rescind a rule curbing sales of gun accessories known as pistol braces and other regulations put in place by the Biden administration.

"Every single Biden attack on gun owners and manufacturers will be terminated my very first week back in office, perhaps my first day," Trump said in a speech at the Great American Outdoor show in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania.
The NRA enthusiastically backed Trump during the 2016 race and throughout his administration, cheering him on as he appointed three conservative justices to the Supreme Court and adopted a series of steps sought by the influential gun lobby. These included designating firearm shops as essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to stay open.

Seeing conservative gun owners as critical to his re-election chances, Trump has continued to court them aggressively. He told the crowd on Friday that if he is re-elected "no one will lay a finger on your firearms" and bragged about resisting pressure to implement gun restrictions during his term in the White House from 2017 to 2021.
"During my four years nothing happened, and there was great pressure on me having to do with guns. We did nothing, we didn't yield," Trump said.
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Transphobes want to kill tomboys too
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https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2024/02/cis-teen-requires-police-protection-after-gop-official-implies-shes-transgender/

Cis “tomboy” athlete requires police protection after GOP official implies she’s transgender
Even transphobic Republicans are disgusted by the official's actions.

A Republican elected official in Utah has endangered the safety of a cisgender girl basketball player after falsely implying on her social media that the player was transgender. The official’s claim has surprisingly angered transphobic Republicans — including the state’s governor — and resulted in police having to protect the girl from people angered by the social media post.

On Tuesday, Utah Department of Education board member Natalie Cline (R) posted an image on her Facebook page of a Granite School District high school Instagram post showing two girls’ basketball team players. Cline, who has a history of publishing anti-LGBTQ+ posts, implied that one of the larger-bodied players was trans, writing, “Girls’ basketball…” The Daily Beast reported.

The larger-bodied athlete is not transgender. Her parents have said she’s a “tomboy.”

“She cut her hair short because that’s how she feels comfortable. She wears clothes that are baggy. She goes to the gym all the time, so she’s got muscles,” her father Al van der Beek told NBC News.

Nonetheless, the post caused a “firestorm,” Cline said, as multiple people shared it online and left “disgusting” comments, the girl’s father told KSL-TV.

Cline later deleted the post and apologized, but blamed transgender people and their allies for her post.
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Dems want to change the name of Pennsylvania!
This outrage cannot be allowed!

https://news.yahoo.com/scare-tactic-much-critics-pounce-055702285.html

Donald Trump warned National Rifle Association members Friday that Democrats would change the name of Pennsylvania if their party wins at the polls in November.

The former president, during an hour-plus speech in Harrisburg, reflected on his election victory in the state back in 2016 before declaring that his 2024 campaign to retake the White House must be victorious.

“Or we’re not going to have Pennsylvania. They’ll change the name,” Trump said. “They’re going to change the name of Pennsylvania.”

Trump also mentioned efforts in the U.S. to reexamine naming things after historical figures, such as schools named for George Washington.

“That’s one even I thought was safe. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, their names are now in danger,” he said.
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Latest Republican Hit Job on Biden gives flashbacks to the FBI aiding Trump in 2016
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https://apnews.com/article/biden-justice-department-classified-documents-9da502123c31a66915421fb91ff253f0

WASHINGTON (AP) — The release of a harshly critical Justice Department special counsel report on President Joe Biden has triggered instant flashbacks to history-shaping events of 2016. That’s when FBI Director James Comey castigated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her email practices despite recommending against charges.

In this year’s already heated election season, the Justice Department cleared Democrat Biden, too, of criminal wrongdoing but painted a politically damaging picture of his handling of classified information.

Both announcements were derided by Democrats for their potential to unduly shape public perception in an election year — and for the inclusion of what they saw as gratuitous swipes at their candidates. In particular, Hur’s detailed discussion of apparent memory lapses by Biden revived a long-running debate within legal circles about how much derogatory information is appropriate to place in the public realm about individuals like Biden and Clinton who are investigated but not charged.

“I think what we saw was a special counsel who was trying to be as complete as possible and trying to be as transparent as possible with the public about every aspect of the investigation,” Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor, said of the Hur report.

“But ultimately,” he added, “some of these observations were more subjective than objective, and I think it’s fair for individuals to question whether or not some of the phrasing that was put in the report was entirely necessary.”

To be sure, there are significant differences between the Clinton and Biden investigations, including that the Biden probe concluded a full nine months before this year’s election while a final statement from Comey on Clinton came just nine days before voters went to the polls in 2016.
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Police Confirm: Man Assaulted by MAGA Brown Shirts on live TV Wasn't a Migrant and Innocent Victim
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The fascist jack boot thugs for Trump will be coming to physically assault voters at a polling station near you in November.

https://apnews.com/article/guardian-angels-times-square-migrants-curtis-sliwa-dacb23b7cfe0679d12642bca116543d4

The man seen tackled by members of the vigilante group Guardian Angels in a viral Fox News clip is not a “migrant” and is from New York City, a New York Police Department spokesperson told the Associated Press.

The information arrives after former GOP New York City mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, the group’s founder, pointed out the man as “one of the migrant guys” before members brought him to the ground during a live TV interview in Times Square with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

Sliwa claimed that the man had been shoplifting before the Guardian Angels gave him “a little pain compliance,” adding that the man’s mother “back in Venezuela felt the vibrations.”

But the man, according to an NYPD spokesperson, is from the Bronx and police didn’t have evidence to support the claim that he had been shoplifting.

“Officers were informed that the male had repeatedly attempted to interfere with and disrupt a live television interview,” the spokesperson told NBC News, noting that the man was detained by bystanders and issued a summons as officers saw him “acting in a loud, disorderly threatening manner” on the sidewalk.

Sliwa, who founded the group in the ’70s and lost to New York Mayor Eric Adams (D) in the city’s 2021 mayoral election, criticized Adams in the interview for the city’s prepaid card program for migrants.

He has previously admitted that several of the group’s “early crime-fighting exploits were actually faked” and once staged his own kidnapping, The New York Times reported in the early ’90s.

Sliwa was arrested in August during a protest over migrant housing in the city.
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Zelensky fires Ukraine’s military chief in major shakeup nearly two years into war
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Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the dismissal of Ukraine’s top commander, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, in the biggest military shakeup since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion almost two years ago.

https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/08/europe/zaluzhnyi-ukraine-military-chief-dismissed-intl/index.html
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Biden's own DOJ says he is senile and not responsible for misplacing Classified docs
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Classified docs probe reveals he left Afghan files next to dog bed in garage, forgot when his son Beau died AND couldn't remember when he was vice president.
Although the report did not recommend bringing charges against the 81-year-old, it provides a cascade of damaging findings about files found in Biden's garage as well as the president's fitness for office.

In interviews with investigators, Biden became muddled about the dates he was vice president and could not even remember the year in which his son Beau died.
His habit of reading sensitive files to a ghostwriter, posed a significant national security risk.
Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory'.
His 'diminished faculties in advancing age' would likely make him a sympathetic figure to jurors, the report says.
Special Counsel Robert Hur spent a year investigating.

'He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended ("if it was 2013 - when did I stop being Vice President?"), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began ("in 2009, am I still Vice President?"),' he reportedly said.

'He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died.'

He was also apparently hazy on the debate around withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, which was such a key part of the first months of his presidency.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13062835/joe-biden-classified-documents-garage-private-office-investigation-not-charged.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-national-address-special-counsel-report-rcna138031

https://apnews.com/article/biden-hur-garland-classified-documents-836b99fe9cbef9ba7d32602f4928efec

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/special-counsels-devastating-charge-against-biden/677396/
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Tucker Carlson on Ukrainian "kill list"
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Tucker Carlson, now plagued by EU sanctions for the Putin interview has recently been placed on a Ukrainian "kill list" known as Myrotvorets
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ariannajohnson/2024/02/08/was-tucker-carlson-put-on-a-ukrainian-kill-list-after-putin-interview-not-exactly--heres-what-we-know/?sh=5137dcad471c
Was Tucker Carlson Put On A Ukrainian 'Kill List' After Putin Interview? Here's What We Know.

Myrotvorets is a running list made in 2014 by an independent organization called the Myrotvorets (or Peacemaker) Center, which keeps track of people it believes have committed crimes against the “national security of Ukraine, human life and health, peace, human security and the international legal order,” including musician and Russia defender Roger Waters and NBC journalist Keir Simmons.

People on the list who have died from various causes are marked as liquidated, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died in 2022 from disease, daughter of Russian nationalist Daria Dugina, who died in a car bomb attack the U.S. believes elements of the Ukrainian government was behind, and Italian journalist Andrea Rocchelli, who died after being hit by mortar fire in Ukraine while covering the conflict.

The site claims that Carlson was added to the list on June 08, 2023, after posting a 10-minute long video to X where he called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “rat-like,” and suggested the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in Ukraine was a Ukrainian terrorist act; Forbes could not independently verify when his name was added.

The site does list Carlson’s interview with Putin as another offense against Ukraine, along with a 2022 statement he made on Fox News, saying Ukraine’s army was too small to win a victory against Russia.
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Republican Supreme Court in pocket for Trump, will rule you can stage a coup and run for president
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The Republican Supreme Court to rule that the 14th amendment and state's right to run their own elections is invalid.

https://apnews.com/article/supreme-court-insurrection-trump-2024-election-397a481d2886b64bba06b24ff3d03f37
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems poised to reject attempts to kick former President Donald Trump off the 2024 ballot.

A definitive ruling for Trump, the leading Republican candidate for president, would largely end efforts in Colorado, Maine and elsewhere to prevent his name from appearing on the ballot.

Conservative and liberal justices alike questioned during arguments Thursday whether Trump can be disqualified from being president again because of his efforts to undo his loss in the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden, ending with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Their main concern was whether Congress must act before states can invoke a constitutional provision that was adopted after the Civil War to prevent former officeholders who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office again. There also were questions about whether the president is covered by the provision.

Without such congressional legislation, Justice Elena Kagan was among several justices who wanted to know “why a single state should decide who gets to be president of the United States.”

The outcome could reflect a broad consensus of the court, and it could come quickly.

Eight of the nine justices suggested that they were open to at least some of the arguments made by Jonathan Mitchell, Trump’s lawyer at the Supreme Court. Trump could win his case if the court finds just one of those arguments persuasive.

Only Justice Sonia Sotomayor sounded like she might vote to uphold the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that found that Trump “engaged in insurrection” and is ineligible to be president. The state court ruled Trump should not be on the ballot for the state’s Republican primary on March 5.
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Tucker is getting sanctioned
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Tucker Carlson is going to be sanctioned by the EU for interviewing Putin. Maybe Tucker shouldn't be a Russian apologist.
https://www.newsweek.com/tucker-carlson-sanctions-eu-putin-interview-1867655
Exclusive: Tucker Carlson Could Face Sanctions Over Putin Interview

Tucker Carlson's interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin could see the conservative pundit targeted by European Union lawmakers, current and former members of the European Parliament have told Newsweek.

Carlson visited Russia this week, and on Tuesday revealed he would "soon" be releasing an interview with the Russian leader.

Carlson's work in Russia could see the former Fox News host in hot water with the EU, Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister and current member of the European Parliament, told Newsweek.

The lawmaker—who has called for the EU to explore imposing a "travel ban" on Carlson—described Carlson as "a mouthpiece" of former President Donald Trump and Putin, adding: "As Putin is a war criminal and the EU sanctions all who assist him in that effort, it seems logical that the External Action Service examine his case as well."

Newsweek reached out to the Tucker Carlson Network by email to request comment on Wednesday morning. This article will be updated if a response is received

Explaining his motive for the interview, Carlson said in a video statement on Tuesday: "Most Americans have no idea why Putin invaded Ukraine or what his goals are now."

"We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin....We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview, but we are urging you to watch it. You should know as much as you can."
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BOTH t-Rump SLEEPY JOE AGREE MEXICO WILL PAY TO OPEN DA GATE TO ALLOW HUMANITARIAN MATERIAL TO GAZA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WYYlRArn3g LET'S GO

‘A nightmare’: Special counsel’s assessment of Biden’s mental fitness triggers Democratic panic
Polls have long found that questions about his age and mental abilities have plagued Biden’s standing with the public.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/-nightmare-special-counsels-assessment-bidens-mental-fitness-triggers-rcna137975

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sidestepped any criminal charges as the investigation into his handling of classified documents concluded, but the political blowback from the special counsel’s report Thursday could prove even more devastating, reinforcing impressions that he is too old and impaired to hold the highest office.

Special counsel Robert Hur’s portrait of a man who couldn’t remember when he served as Barack Obama’s vice president, or the year when his beloved son Beau died, dealt a blow to Biden’s argument that he is still sharp and fit enough to serve another four-year term.

In deciding not to charge Biden with any crimes, the special counsel wrote that in a potential trial, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview with him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
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