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"Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective." -- Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction
Only one Asian city, Osaka, makes the top 10 list, tying with Melbourne for 10th place. Notably, not a single U.S. city is found in the top ranks.
While the annual pace of inflation in the United States eased slightly in July, a deeper dive into the numbers reveals that some of the categories that hit everyday Americans especially hard in the pocketbook have soared, with the price of groceries jumping to the highest level since 1979.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Aug. 10 that the headline pace of inflation, as reflected in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) ticked down from a recent peak of 9.1 percent in June to 8.5 percent in July.
The month-over-month CPI inflation figure came in at 0 percent, meaning the overall pace of price growth stayed flat between June and July, prompting President Joe Biden to take a victory lap saying that the “economy had zero percent inflation in the month of July.”
Republicans and some economists objected to the White House messaging on “zero” inflation by arguing that Biden was cherry picking the data by focusing on the 0 percent month-over-month pace of growth, while overlooking that the year-over-year rate of inflation—which tends to be the more commonly reported figure—remained at an eye-watering 8.5 percent.
“It’s a bogus math trick. This is the overall one-month index change. Overall that means that the big drop in fuel oil and gas (following previous massive monthly increases) swamped the huge increases everywhere else,” wrote Jeffrey Tucker, president of the Brownstone Institute think tank and columnist for The Epoch Times.
Former President Donald Trump has waived any objections to the release of the warrant and property receipt after the filing of a motion by the Justice Department. The motion, however, did not seek the release of the most important document in this controversy: the supporting FBI affidavit. That is the document that would reveal what the FBI told the magistrate about the prior communications with the Trump team and the specific allegations of the status of the documents in question.
There are reports that the documents involved material of the highest possible classification dealing with nuclear weapons. There is no question that the former President has no authority to retain classified material and that the government has a legitimate right to retrieve such material.
We should see the warrant and property list relatively soon in light of the DOJ motion and the Trump waiver. My greatest interest is the specificity of the information. Here are a few questions as we wait for the warrant and list:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is admitting it gave false information about COVID-19 vaccine surveillance, including inaccurately saying it conducted a certain type of analysis over one year before it actually did.
The false information was conveyed in responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for the results of surveillance, and after the CDC claimed COVID-19 vaccines are being monitored “by the most intense safety monitoring efforts in U.S. history.”
“CDC has revisited several FOIA requests and as a result of its review CDC is issuing corrections for the following information,” a CDC spokeswoman told The Epoch Times in an email.
No CDC employees intentionally provided false information and none of the false responses were given to avoid FOIA reporting requirements, the spokeswoman said.
Texas joined a group of Republican-led states accusing BlackRock Inc. of putting woke investment criteria above shareholder profits in state pension funds.
In a letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, 19 attorneys general, mainly from conservative states, challenged his company’s reliance on environmental, social, and governance criteria at the expense of investor returns.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an Aug. 8 news release that ESG climate goals harm Texas’s oil and gas economy and state pension fund performance. The release said that BlackRock’s actions might also violate state and federal law.
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, recently sent a letter to several states, claiming it has joined climate organizations merely for “dialogue” and is focused solely on its fiduciary duty.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich led the charge in responding to the investment firm by pointing out inconsistencies and conflicts between BlackRock’s letter (pdf) and its public statements and commitments.
It looks as though the drama between Peter Schiff and Puerto Rican banking regulators has finally come to a close.
More importantly, Schiff noted that the Commissioner admitted during an exchange with reporters that there had been no conclusion drawn that Euro Pacific Bank had helped its clients commit money laundering and tax evasion, a baseless allegation that has followed Schiff for years, since the story that his bank was being investigated was first reported.
Update(1530ET): The Chautauqua Institution, where the attack on Salman Rushdie happened earlier in the morning, reportedly had no security checks upon entrance as the famous author who had previously spent years in hiding given he was under official Iranian death threats (a fatwa from the Ayatollah) was due to speak. According to The New York Times:
An usher at the amphitheater, Kyle Doershuk, 20, said security at the Institution is lax and that there did not appear to be any additional measures in place for Mr. Rushdie’s visit. “It’s very open, it’s very accessible, it’s a very relaxed environment,” he said. “In my opinion something like this was just waiting to happen.”
Eyewitnesses in the crowd said Rushdie was stabbed in the neck before the attacker, who remains unidentified, was subdued. The moderator of the event suffered injury as well, though it was said to be mild. A photograph of a suspect in NYPD custody has since emerged...
Update (1203ET): From the last update, the water level on the Rhine River at Kaub, Germany, has fallen one centimeter (.40 inches), below the critical level of 40 centimeters (15.7 inches) to 39 centimeters (15.3 inches). Now the shipping industry is in disarray as low water levels mean barges can no longer transit parts of the river.
Bloomberg reported container company Contargo GmbH & Co. KG said it would discontinue transport service on the middle and upper Rhine due to low water levels.
A federal court in Florida has removed the webpage for the judge who signed off on the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s home.
The page for U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart was taken down on Aug. 10, archived versions of it confirm.
“No information at this time,” the computer operations manager for the court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, told The Epoch Times.
A deputy clerk for the clerk did not pick up the phone or return a voicemail.
The page contained Reinhart’s biography, his email address, directions to the courthouse at which he works, the phone number for his chambers, the number for his deputy, and the names of the deputy and the judge’s law clerks.
The pages for all of the other magistrate judges for the court remain online.
Research from an ex-Google engineer claims that the social networks 'inject' other websites with a tracking code whenever a link is opened through their in-app browser.
This means Facebook and Instagram can monitor everything from your Internet history to your 'passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers'.
Meta has hit back at the claims saying that the tracking code follows users' privacy preferences, and that the data gathered is only 'aggregated' for use in targeted advertising.
For the past several years, the UMC has been dealing with increasingly divisive debate over whether to change its official stance on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
According to the UMC Book of Discipline, homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching,” with the denomination's rule book banning clergy from blessing same-sex unions, as well as barring the ordination of people in same-sex romantic relationships.
The UMC had originally intended to consider a measure to allow theologically conservative churches to amicably leave the denomination to end the debate at its 2020 General Conference;. However, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the gathering to the fall of 2022.
In March, the UMC declared that it would again delay the General Conference to 2024, citing ongoing travel matters related to pandemic lockdown.
Organizers of the Global Methodist Church denounced the decision, with the latest postponement leading them to decide to launch their conservative denomination in May instead of their previous plan to launch after the General Conference.
Rep. Liz Cheney on Thursday slammed her fellow GOP lawmakers for the ''sickening'' attacks they have pointed at the FBI agents who implemented a search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, saying the comments are putting lives at risk.
''I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search,'' the Wyoming congresswoman tweeted. ''These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.''
Cheney's statement comes several days after the FBI searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, reportedly looking for classified documents regarding nuclear weapons that the former president supposedly brought to his Florida property when he left office.
Outgoing Whole Foods CEO John Mackey raised concerns that "socialists are taking over" major establishments across the country.
Depicting himself as a "capitalist at heart," Mackey complained that rights such as the right to bear arms and freedom of speech are coming "under threat" as socialist influences start to dominate education, corporations, and other institutions.
"My concern is that I feel like socialists are taking over," Mackey explained during an interview with Reason. "They're marching through the institutions. They're …taking over education. It looks like they've taken over a lot of the corporations. It looks like they've taken over the military. And it's just continuing."
Mackey co-wrote a book called Conscious Capitalism, in which he addressed four key principles to help support capitalism: stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, conscious culture, and conscious management.
Back in early June, federal investigators served a subpoena from a federal grand jury and gathered documents assumed to have contained secret national security information stockpiled in the basement of the resort, CNN reported.
"Pretty clear what happened here: DOJ tried to gain possession of classified documents by subpoena and then got intel that Trump did not produce everything required. So SW was needed," Andrew Weissmann, a former Mueller prosecutor, tweeted in response to the report.
Trump reportedly attended the opening of the June meeting between
his lawyers and federal investigators regarding the documents. He then allowed his attorneys to engage with investigators and show them the material in question.
'They needed a little drama, so they throw this out there. They go to the judge that had recused himself in my Hillary case a month ago,' Habba told Fox News host Jesse Watters during an appearance Friday.
'I would like to know why he recused himself in that case, but then he was able to sign this warrant. I want to know that.'
The outrage amongst Americans over the unprecedented FBI raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is anti-Semitic in nature because Attorney General Merrick Garland is Jewish, warns ABC News chief investigative reporter Josh Margolin.
Another day, another leak by the FBI Deep State to damage President Donald Trump.
The Deep State FBI leaked the contents of the boxes of documents they took in the raid on President Trump’s home on Monday night.
The House of Representatives on Friday passed the $740 billion Bidenflation scam bill which will raise taxes on the middle class and make inflation worse.
IRS Criminal Investigation special agents can be seen in the 2021 annual report of the Internal Revenue Service conducting a variety of deadly force exercises. The agents are trained to shoot and kill you over your government taxes. The training exercises include building entry, the use of weapons, defensive tactics, and others.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is not likely to win her upcoming primary next week, according to most polling, so she has begun to focus on her next political chapter.
The Republican lawmaker, who is trailing Trump-backed Harriet Hageman by double digits, now says her most important political priority moving forward will be to keep the former president out of the White House.
“America cannot remain free if we abandon the truth. The lie that 2020 presidential election was stolen is insidious. It preys on those who love their country,” she said in a final campaign video to Wyoming voters, according to Fox News. “It is a door Donald Trump opened to manipulate Americans to abandon their principles, to sacrifice their freedom, to justify violence, to ignore the rulings of our courts and the rule of law.”
The outlet added:
Cheney was the most senior of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol. The attack was waged by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt congressional certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.
Public opinion polls indicate Cheney will likely get trounced on Tuesday in the Republican primary for Wyoming’s statewide congressional district. She badly trails Harriet Hageman, a lawyer and politician who has been endorsed and heavily supported by Trump as the former president aims to oust Cheney from her House seat in a state where he won a whopping 70% of the vote in 2020.
Joe Biden’s Justice Department and FBI had already taken a lot of heat for conducting a raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday.
But as more details continue to emerge, the DOJ and FBI are facing new criticism as well.
Reports noted that as many as 30 FBI agents showed up early at Trump’s home and stayed for around 10 hours, searching every part of the estate — including former first lady Melania Trump’s personal wardrobe closet, which they left in a mess.
The New York Post’s Miranda Devine reported exclusively:
FBI agents scoured Melania Trump’s wardrobe and spent several hours combing through Donald Trump’s private office, breaking open his safe and rifling through drawers when they raided the former First Family’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida Monday morning.
The Post has learned that the search warrant used by the FBI to enter the palatial Palm Beach property focused solely on presidential records and evidence of classified information being stored there.
Biden Administration officials asked Twitter to ban me because of my tweets questioning the Covid vaccines, even as company employees believed I had followed Twitter’s rules, internal Twitter communications reveal.
In a White House meeting in April 2021, four months before Twitter suspended my account, the company faced “one really tough question about why Alex Berenson hasn’t been kicked off from the platform,” a Twitter employee wrote.
The employee recounted the meeting discussion afterwards on Twitter’s internal Slack messaging system. The message, and others, make clear that top federal officials targeted me specifically, potentially violating my basic First Amendment right to free speech.
Human Events has obtained a copy of the search warrant filed to search former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. That warrant was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and details information about the property and the search.
The warrant details the address and locations to be searched, including that “The locations to be searched include the ‘45 Office,’ all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate.”
The warrant did not include a call to search parts of the property that are in use by members of the Mar-a-Lago club, or rentals.
It further reads that the “Property to be seized” includes “All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime or other items illegally possessed in violation” of legal codes, including:
“Any physical documents with classification markings, along with any containers/boxes (including any other contents) in which such documents are locations, as well as any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes:
“Information, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material;
The Wisconsin Assembly Republican leader who hired a former state Supreme Court justice to investigate the 2020 election fired him Friday, three days after the lawmaker beat a primary opponent whom the investigator and former President Donald Trump had endorsed.
The firing of Michael Gableman capped a 14-month ride that began when Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hired him to look into the election under pressure from Trump. But as the probe progressed under bipartisan criticism, Vos’ relationship soured with both Trump and Gableman.
Vos initially said he was “supremely confident” in Gableman’s abilities. After his election win Tuesday, Vos called Gableman an “embarrassment to himself” and to the state. Gableman, who has repeated Trump’s lie that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen,” has said that Vos “never wanted a real investigation.”
“After having many members of our caucus reach out to me over the past several days, it is beyond clear to me that we only have one choice in this matter, and that’s to close the Office of Special Counsel,” Vos said in a statement issued first to The Associated Press on Friday.
The five House Democrats running for re-election in districts won by former President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election face a giant hurdle this week that raises doubts about whether they could survive facing off against their Republican challengers in the November midterm elections.
The House is set for a high-stakes vote Friday on a massive social spending and taxation bill, officially known as the Inflation Reduction Act, that many economists have said would have no actual impact on inflation, and instead add to the already sky-high national debt.
No Republicans are expected to vote for the bill, while Democrats need near complete unity, including members of the "Squad," to pass the legislation.
Beijing cannot ignore the deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in South Korea as it undermines China’s strategic security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
“China has always respected South Korea’s sovereignty and understood its security concerns, but the US deployment of THAAD missile systems in South Korea undermines China’s strategic security, and Beijing cannot ignore this,” Wang told a briefing.
Heads of foreign ministries of South Korea and China during a meeting in the Chinese city of Qingdao earlier this week, exchanged views and expressed their positions on the THAAD matter. The parties agreed that this issue should not be a stumbling block between Beijing and Seoul.
Russian ex-President Dmitry Medvedev has issued a veiled threat to Ukraine’s Western allies who have accused Russia of creating the risk of a nuclear catastrophe by stationing forces around the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
Ukraine has accused Russia of firing at Ukrainian towns from the site in the knowledge that Ukrainian forces could not risk returning fire. It says Russia has shelled the area itself while blaming Ukraine. Russia says it is Ukraine that has attacked the plant.
An international LGBTQ gathering in Taiwan has been cancelled after global organisers demanded the self-ruling island’s name be removed from the 2025 event.
Taiwan on Friday blamed “political considerations” for the cancellation of the WorldPride 2025 Taiwan after it said the organisers had insisted that the name “Taiwan” be removed from the title.
Investigators with the Ottawa Police Service’s professional standards unit allege Const. Helen Grus committed discreditable conduct when she took on a private investigative project to find the vaccination status of parents whose infants or children had died.
Between June 2020 and January 2022, Grus allegedly accessed nine child or infant death cases in which she had no investigative role. On Jan. 30, 2022, Grus also allegedly interfered directly with an investigation into an infant’s death by contacting the father of a deceased baby to inquire about the mother’s COVID-19 vaccination status without the lead investigator’s knowledge.
The charges against Grus were filed as exhibits at a disciplinary hearing on Monday morning, but she has not yet submitted a plea. Grus has also been served with a notice of increased penalty, meaning that if she is found guilty of discreditable conduct, the service may seek dismissal or demotion as a penalty.