Biden’s Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday was asked why the White House deleted a tweet boasting of a massive Social Security increase after Joe Biden’s policies caused the inflation crisis.
Israeli Jewish Power party leader Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks in Jerusalem on Oct. 30. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images
The Biden administration is unlikely to engage with Jewish supremacist politician Itamar Ben-Gvir, who is expected to be a senior minister in a future Israeli government formed by Benjamin Netanyahu, two U.S. officials told Axios.
Why it matters: No official decision has been made yet, but if the Biden administration does boycott Ben-Gvir, it will mark an unprecedented development that would likely have negative consequences for the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
Israel's extreme right parties saw unprecedented success in Tuesday's election, with the Jewish supremacist Religious Zionism list set to win 14 seats — the highest number of seats for the radical right in the history of Israel.
Driving the news: Ben-Gvir, who was convicted in 2007 of supporting a terror organization and inciting racism, said he wants to be the minister of internal security, a post that would put him in charge of the Israeli police and policies around Jerusalem's holy sites, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Elon Musk’s choice to recruit the far-left Twitter moderation council, which includes individuals who labeled President Trump a Nazi and called to be silenced when he was sitting President of the United States, has left many conservatives disappointed and hopeless.
Nord Stream, the Gazprom-led operator of the Nord Stream 1 gas export pipeline from Russia to Germany, has discovered what it describes as two "technogenic craters" on the seabed next to the pipeline.
Nord Stream's announcement follows a mission into the Swedish maritime zone that the operator commissioned after reportedly receiving refusals from Sweden to share results of that country's its own initial investigation.
The two strings of Nord Stream 1 together with the first string of Nord Stream 2 were damaged by explosions near the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea at the end of September, leading to the violent escape of highly pressurised gas to the sea surface.
"According to preliminary results of the damage site inspection, technogenic craters with a depth of three to five metres were found on the seabed at a distance of about 248 metres from each other," Nord Steam said.
Lebanon has secured "American guarantees" that its maritime border deal with Israel cannot be easily scrapped should Benjamin Netanyahu return to the Israeli prime minister's office, Beirut's chief negotiator said on Wednesday.
Israel and Lebanon struck a US-brokered sea border agreement last month that opens up potentially lucrative offshore gas fields.
The agreement was seen as a rare diplomatic breakthrough between two neighbours who are still technically in a state of war. It was reached at a time of renewed interest in Eastern Mediterranean energy, with European states scrambling for alternative gas suppliers following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
But the deal’s fate has been thrown into doubt with Netanyahu appearing to be on the cusp of returning to power. The former Israeli prime minister has dismissed the agreement as an "illegal ploy", and vowed, in an interview with Israel's Army Radio on Monday, to "neutralise" it.
The people of Israel, worn out by five rounds of elections in just over three years, wanted a clear-cut result from the 1 November election, whatever the outcome.
And they got it: a resounding win for the ultra-nationalist, Jewish supremacist right, driven by the rising political heavyweight Itamar Ben-Gvir.
A new Israel has been born out of this election, one where the murky definition of the state as "Jewish-democratic", often questioned if possible, has been categorically decided: Jewish – yes; democratic – hardly.
The outcome of the results, although paving the way for a dramatic return to power for former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will have ramifications that go far beyond his personal victory.
The religious right-wing parties are the true winners, who together are set to eclipse Likud's once-unrivalled dominance of the right in Israel.
Gerald Celente: “What I am warning the people is they better wake up and do something to stop this madness. That the markets are at this level now is a total joke. Anybody that has a brain sees the real data and understands it. Look at the commercial real estate sector and the business sector. You have office occupancy rates in Europe at 46%, in America maybe at 50%, in New York City 45%. You are going to see a crash in the business and commercial real estate market unparalleled in history. This is real. People are not going back to work like they used to. Work at home is the new way. But they are not talking about this. All they say is, ‘Oh, airline travel is back up.’ Yeah but business travel isn’t. It’s not coming back. Not when you have office occupancy rates at this level. And only 30% of the dry cleaners went out of business. ‘Oh, they don’t count.’ All the businesses that depended on commuters coming into the city, ‘Oh no, don’t talk about that.’
Ahead of COP27, the ecologist Dr. Susan Crockford has launched a hard-hitting attack on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the World Economic Forum (WEF), King Charles and Sir David Attenborough. The two men are said to “parrot WWF activist nonsense” that they naïvely accept as science. Dr. Crockford is an acknowledged zoology expert on polar bears, whose work on their recently growing Arctic populations has effectively removed them as a green poster story. She says it is clear that many of the goals of the WWF are shared by the WEF, and these complement the vision the King and Attenborough share for the future. “They all want a return to a world with fewer people that live meagre, circumscribed lives, while the rich carry on their jet-setting ways.”
Dr. Crockford writes that when the WWF began promoting itself as a scientific authority a dozen or so years ago, these “naïve elite boosters” accepted it without question, parroting unsubstantiated WWF climate doomsday talking points at every opportunity. In her view, these men don’t speak with an authority of their own on this topic, “they use their exalted positions to assist the WWF and others achieve their utopian dream: destroy for others the capitalism that created their own wealth and power”.
The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of guided multiple launch rocket systems and related equipment to Finland in a deal valued at an estimated cost of $535 million, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday.
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said.
"Finland intends to use these defense articles and services to increase its national stock, bolstering the land and air defense capabilities in Europe's northern flank," it said.
"The increased national stock is critical to Finland’s defense and deterrence due to the deteriorated security situation in Europe," the statement said.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced plans to bring up Ukraine’s alleged efforts to stage a dirty bomb provocation up at the United Nations. On Sunday, Russia’s defense minister informed his NATO counterparts on the threat of a Ukrainian dirty bomb false flag attack. Kiev and its sponsors have dismissed the allegations.
The Russian military has information on contacts between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office and British representatives on the matter of nuclear weapons technology, Igor Kirillov, the head of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops, has revealed.
“We have information on contacts between the Ukrainian president’s office and representatives of Britain on the possible acquisition of nuclear weapon technology,” Kirillov said in a briefing Monday.
The senior officer echoed concerns voiced by Defense Minister Shoigu on Sunday – namely that Kiev was “planning a provocation involving the detonation of a so-called ‘dirty bomb’, or a low-yield nuclear weapon,” and then claiming that the explosion was caused by a Russian tactical nuclear weapon.
Earlier this year, Allies agreed to enhance NATO’s presence in the east of the Alliance by establishing four new multinational battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia (in addition to the existing battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which have been in place since 2017). Now, Allied troops are training together in these new battlegroups, demonstrating their ability and commitment to working together – come rain or come shine.
In a new piece, Teen Vogue gets the midterms factually wrong – which provides more disinformation than information in its attempt to “educate the influencers of tomorrow.”
Misinformation is being fed to readers here: “House terms are two years, and candidates can serve up to six terms.” No, the House is not term-limited. “A senator can serve two terms.” Nor is the Senate. The Presidency is term-limited, some governors are, some state legislatures, but not Congress.
We might also argue with this, concerning House and Senate: “Each state has representatives in these two groups.” Not really, no. It is indeed the state that is represented in the Senate but it’s actually the district that is represented in the House.
This is more confusing than actually entirely wrong:
“On the state level, there will be 36 governorships and 30 state attorney general offices on ballots. Of the 36 governorships, 20 of them are currently occupied by Republicans. Although these state positions might seem less important than congressional seats, winning a majority in these areas would allow Democrats to pursue liberal legislation outside of Washington, D.C.”
You’d want a majority of each state legislature, yes, but a majority of governors or attorneys general is irrelevant. Each one is the only one in each state, their sway holds over each single state only. What everyone else is doing is irrelevant to them.
With Joe Biden dragging his party down, Democrats have few stars to help their fading 2022 chances. Democrats in close races are staying far away from Joe Biden. But some candidates are particularly worried since they supported Joe Biden every step of the way.
That’s probably why they managed to dig up Barack Obama to help. The former president showed up at a rally to help an embattled Democrat who is fighting for re-election. Democrats have been leaning on Barry to salvage their midterm chances. But as soon as he mount the stage, they realized their scheme backfired.
From The Post Millennial:
As Obama was talking about stopping “dangerous” rhetoric ahead of the election, one man shouted “Mr. President! There’s more people that are going to get hurt if we go into nuclear war!”
“Right now, we’re on the verge of nuclear war thanks to what you did in Ukraine in 2014. Why won’t you tell the truth about what you did… in Ukraine in 2014?”
These people don’t just tell lies; they tell whoppers.
The latest is Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who tweeted “Free speech does not include spreading misinformation to downplay political violence.”
Let’s start with saying the First Amendment does not, in general, outlaw spreading of misinformation. We’ll come back to that in a moment.
Secondly, Durbin talks of downplaying political violence. That’s a reference to a comment made by new Twitter owner Elon Musk about the recent brutal attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“In the days since Musk took Twitter private, the platform has seen an uptick in hate speech, and Musk himself used the platform and his influence to spread a baseless conspiracy theory about a violent attack on an elected official’s business,” Durbin tweeted.
In a tweet, Musk shared a link pushing unsubstantiated theories about the attack on Pelosi. Following heavy criticism, he removed the tweet.
The only hate speech surrounding the attack of which I am aware are claims by Democrats that former President Donald Trump broke into the Pelosi residence and personally attacked Paul Pelosi.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration – misinformation, if you will – but it makes a point about the tone Democrats have adopted in that they are repeating the claim that hate speech by Republicans prompted the attack on Pelosi.
New Twitter CEO Elon Musk had a little joust on the platform with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Wednesday over his plans to institute an $8 per month charge for Twitter Blue and the blue check denoting certified status.
“Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually a $8/mo subscription plan,” the congresswoman tweeted.
Musk replied, “Your feedback is appreciated, now pay $8.”
Webmaster addition: Gotta love his sense of humor!
“We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” the National Security Council said in a statement on Tuesday. “We will not hesitate to act in the defence of our interests and partners in the region.”
Former CIA director and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was just served with a lawsuit that claims Pompeo spied on WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange while he took refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Three women were arrested Wednesday after disrupting Supreme Court arguments by heckling the justices in protest of the Dobbs decision on abortion while lawyers were arguing a banking case. A few seconds of the heckling was captured on the court’s audio feed of the proceedings.
Ohio Democrat Senate candidate Tim Ryan’s 2019 pledges to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to release "all the nonviolent criminals" and cut the prison population in half came back to haunt him as the contentious race enters its final stretch.
In June 2019, during his ultimately unsuccessful run for president, Ryan was approached by an ACLU "rights for all voter" who asked him if he would commit to reducing the U.S. prison population by 50 percent, should he take the White House.
"I don’t know if it’s by 50 percent or not, but we want to get all the nonviolent criminals out, for sure," Ryan responded.
Tim Ryan, Ohio’s Democratic nominee for Senate, has called for border security on the campaign trail, but just three years ago he pledged to strip funding from border authorities and support citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
In 2019, when Ryan was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked presidential candidates to pledge their support for several specific policies regarding illegal immigration.
Ryan agreed to support a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. He also pledged to slash the detention budget of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and end the use of ICE detainers, his answers to the ACLU questionnaire show.
Webmaster addition: Tim Ryan just blatantly lied to @BretBaier and @marthamaccallum when he claimed he never supported defunding ICE.
In a recent op-ed for The Washington Post, conservative columnist George Will calls on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to drop out of the 2024 election “for the good of the country.”
Will is specifically concerned about a recent Biden blunder that saw Joe claiming student loan debt forgiveness was passed by a vote of two; there was never a vote.