“Whichever way the wind blows,” should be the motto over at CNN.
Dr. Leana Wen, CNN medical analyst, has once again set sail in the opposite direction from which she started.
In a column for the Washington Post earlier this month, Wen wrote, “Two infectious-disease experts I spoke with believe that the number of deaths attributed to COVID is far greater than the actual number of people dying from COVID.”
Wen quoted Robin Dretler, the former president of Georgia’s chapter of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, as saying that 90 percent of patients diagnosed with COVID at Emory Decatur Hospital, where he works, are actually there for some other illness.
As President Joe Biden’s classified document scandal continues to develop, the president’s protectors are reportedly prepared to provide even more fuel for the fire.
The U.S. Secret Service could reveal the names of individuals who have visited Biden’s Delaware home, where two batches of classified documents were held by the former vice president, according to Fox News.
The White House has insisted that no formal record is kept of visitors to the home. However, Fox reported that the Secret Service does “collect information on guests with regular access to the home.”
When even the White House press corps notices, you know there’s a problem.
With the principal exception of Fox News Peter Doocy, the “journalists” who’ve spent two years pretending to cover President Joe Biden administration had seemingly mastered the art of ignoring the obvious incompetence of the chief executive and the incompetents around him.
But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre seems to have broken through even with that blinkered bunch.
According to a report Wednesday by CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter — of all places — Biden’s press secretary has managed to alienate even the cheering section in the White House briefing room.
The same stenographers who acted like love-struck chorus girls for former White House press secretary Jen Psaki have never been as entirely rah-rah-and-pom-poms for Jean-Pierre — despite her being the first black press secretary, as well as the first press secretary to be openly lesbian. (You can probably still find “Jen” circled in hearts in press corps notebooks.)
A Massachusetts seventh-grader is in a pediatric intensive care unit after suffering two cardiac arrest episodes last weekend.
Nevaeh Vieira complained of chest pain before collapsing in her mother’s bedroom, WGGB-TV reported.
Her mother, Krissy, started CPR before the ambulance arrived, an act that likely saved her daughter’s life, Dr. John Kelley told the news station.
“Having an immediate response like that within minutes of the event is absolutely crucial,” Kelley told WGGB. “If you have no circulation to the brain for five minutes or more, it’s very unlikely you’re going to get the person back.”
Nevaeh was in a medically induced coma for four days, but is now awake.
She suffered some minor brain damage from a stroke she sustained from a lack of oxygen, but is expected to make a full recovery, WGGB reported.
The Massachusetts case is just one of many recent examples of children suffering injury or death due to cardiac incidents.
Amid discussion that former President Donald Trump may return to Twitter as part of his 2024 campaign for the presidency, Twitter owner Elon Musk is worried that the ripple effects could seriously rock Twitter’s boat.
Recently, an anonymous Republican source close to Trump told NBC News that Trump’s return to Twitter is likely imminent. The report said Trump is seeking to return to Facebook as well. Both social media platforms banned Trump after the Capitol incursion in 2021.
Musk referenced the speculation in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Will be interesting to see how the Biden administration reacts to this. They may try to weaponize Federal agencies against Twitter,” Musk wrote. He did not provide specifics.
While the European Union’s seaborne imports of Russian crude oil declined by just over 12% last year, Russia still enjoyed status as the top seaborne oil supplier to the bloc, despite sanctions...
According to data from maritime sector brokerage firm Banchero Costa, last year saw the EU import 98.8 million tonnes of Russian crude via sea, down from 112.5 million tonnes in 2021 and 128.5 million tonnes in 2019.
For 2022, Russia still accounted for 21.9% of European seaborne imports of Russian crude, followed by the North Sea, which accounted for 17% and North Africa, at 15.4%.
North Sea shipments of oil to Europe were up by 19.2% year-on year, and well above 2019 numbers, while North African shipments of oil to Europe increased by 6%. Shipments from West Africa to Europe were up by 27.5% for 2022. The United States saw a 43.1% increase of crude oil exports to Europe for a record 51.4 million tonnes.
But the biggest surge came from the Arabian Gulf, registering a 76.4% increase year-on-year in 2022, though this is still down from the levels of 2019, while the U.S. exports to Europe were record-breaking.
Overall, Banchero said, citing Refinitiv data, “2022 has turned out to be a very positive year for crude oil trade, despite the surging oil prices and risks of economic recession”.
With Boris Pistorius set to be sworn in as Germany’s latest defense minister on Thursday, several politicians, including some within Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s own party, expressed their fury that the federal government will once again be a majority-male cabinet.
With Pistorius set to replace the outgoing Christine Lambrecht, whose reign at the German Ministry of Defense was littered with PR disasters and incompetence, the make-up of the federal government will be male-orientated — 9 males to 7 females.
The move temporarily contravenes a pledge made by then-Vice Chancellor Scholz in 2020, who tweeted:
“I am making the promise here today: At least half of the cabinet that I lead as Federal Chancellor is made up of women!”
In this age of ubiquitous surveillance, there are no private lives: everything is public.
Surveillance cameras mounted on utility poles, traffic lights, businesses, and homes. License plate readers. Ring doorbells. GPS devices. Dash cameras. Drones. Store security cameras. Geofencing and geotracking. FitBits. Alexa. Internet-connected devices.
There are roughly one billion surveillance cameras worldwide and that number continues to grow, thanks to their wholehearted adoption by governments (especially law enforcement and military agencies), businesses, and individual consumers.
With every new surveillance device we welcome into our lives, the government gains yet another toehold into our private worlds.
Indeed, empowered by advances in surveillance technology and emboldened by rapidly expanding public-private partnerships between law enforcement, the Intelligence Community, and the private sector, police have become particularly adept at sidestepping the Fourth Amendment.
The conflict over Critical Race Theory in schools boils down to two basic responses from the political left - They claim that there is no such thing as "CRT" in the way that conservatives see it, and that the accusation it is being used to indoctrinate young children is a "right wing conspiracy theory." Or, when they get caught they claim CRT is nothing more than an accurate portrayal of American history inclusive to minorities that has been suppressed because of "bigotry."
For years the former argument, that CRT does not exist and is not taught in school curriculum, has been the primary argument.
Critical Race Theory is the mostly faulty theory that western society today is built on a foundation of systemic racism. Its root assertion is that all American accomplishments over the past few centuries are owed to slavery and the exploitation of minorities. In other words, we have to abandon our past because it is inherently racist and "evil" and start over - Using the political left's ideals as a framework, of course.
CRT is a product of the Marxist concept of deconstruction. The purpose of such products is to dismantle the foundations and historical relationships of a target society, to make people hate their own heritage so that they are easier to manipulate towards a new leftist Utopian standard.
An alarming number of Americans with auto loans are struggling to make monthly payments. Auto loan performance saw further deterioration in December, and loan delinquencies jumped. Of all loans, severely delinquent ones have reached the highest rate since the financial crisis about 15 years ago.
New bone-chilling data via Cox Automotive sheds light on the rapidly deteriorating auto loan market. The report said loans delinquent by more than two months increased by 5.3% and jumped 26.7% from a year ago.
Classified documents were being held at a residence where Hunter Biden would reportedly black out from drinking and drug use during a time when he was working with a Chinese businessman with intelligence connections.
The president's son was staying at one of President Joe Biden's residences where classified documents were recently found. While there, during the worst of his alcoholism and drug addiction, Hunter Biden would be near classified documents while receiving millions of dollars from a top Chinese businessman connected to the Chinese Communist Party, according to author Michael Shellenberger.
“There’s no evidence that Hunter Biden accessed the documents, but — God-forbid — the opportunity existed for him to do so,” investigative journalist Peter Schweizer, who specializes in the Bidens' Chinese connections, told Shellenberger.
The White House is being whipsawed by the discovery of secret documents from President Joe Biden’s vice presidency recklessly stored around his garage, his Delaware house and his rented Washington office. The appointment of a special counsel to investigate Biden’s classified-document violations could imperil the president’s survival. But Biden may be saved by the charades the FBI concocted to rescue Hillary Clinton.
But breaking news Tuesday night revealed the investigation may already be turning into a farce. Amazingly, the Justice Department is permitting Biden’s personal lawyers to control the evidence — without the FBI.
Federal law penalizes the removal or mishandling of classified documents via “gross negligence” by up to 10 years in prison. The number of clearly marked confidential documents discovered on Biden’s turfs is up to 20 — all of which were supposedly “inadvertently misplaced” (for at least six years), per White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
It looks bad — but the FBI got Hillary out of a worse legal tar pit.
President Joe Biden was criticized Thursday after saying he has "no regrets" about his handling of classified documents and it "bugs" him to be asked about it.
Biden was in California to tour storm damage in the state. At the end of his remarks at one stop, a reporter shouted a question about the classified docs.
"You know what, quite frankly, bugs me is that we have a serious problem here we’re talking about. We’re talking about what’s going on," Biden said, referring to the damage. "And the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me questions about that."
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the national debate over free speech has narrowly focused on tech companies’ social media censorship. But offline in a Texas court, a lawsuit could send an intimidating message to political candidates across the country: If you suggest billionaire donors buy political influence, you could face severe punishment.
At issue is a suit brought by Texas oil and gas billionaire Kelcy Warren. It accuses former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke of defamation for slamming Warren’s $1 million donation to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in 2021.
Warren’s lawyers have asserted the natural gas tycoon experienced “mental anguish” from comments, ads, and social media posts in which O’Rourke’s campaign suggested the money was a reward for Abbott going easy on Warren’s pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, before and after a deadly storm that shut down power to more than four million people.
Close to half a million workers are ready to strike on a single day as Britain faces an escalation of industrial action across a number of sectors.
Unions representing civil servants, teachers, university staff and train drivers have said their members will walk out on Feb. 1 as part of demands for higher pay to cope with the worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation.
About 450,000 workers have a mandate to strike, according to Bloomberg calculations. If all the union members took up their right, the day’s industrial action would come close to matching every walkout throughout the whole of November.
The Office for National Statistics said this week that 467,000 working days were lost to strikes in November—itself a 10-year high.
The U.S. government hit the legal limit on how much money it can borrow yesterday, prompting fears that the country soon may not be able to pay its bills.
The fight over the debt limit, which is now more than $31 trillion, can sound technical, but it could affect everyone. If the U.S. defaults on its debts, it could shatter financial markets. Your 401(k) and other investments could follow. As the flow of money dries up, businesses could be forced to close or downsize, taking jobs with them.
“While no one really knows what would happen if you breach the debt limit, not many people would speculate that good stuff happens after that,” Christopher Campbell, a former Treasury official, told my colleagues Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport. “It’s a cascade of how bad it gets.”
It’s a grim scenario — one the country has flirted with repeatedly since the 1990s.
Webmaster addition: Maybe it's time to ask Ukraine to send some of that cash back!
Google parent Alphabet Inc. on Friday became the latest addition to an increasing list of technology companies that have announced plans to reduce headcount because of overhiring during the last several years and fears of recession.
The company plans to fire 12,000 employees or reduce headcount by about 6% -- the largest-ever round of layoffs for the tech firm.
Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai wrote an email to employees about the layoffs on Friday, posted on the company's blog, titled "A difficult decision to set us up for the future."
"I have some difficult news to share," Pichai wrote at the start of the email. He cut right into it, telling employees:
We've decided to reduce our workforce by approximately 12,000 roles. We've already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected. In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices.
The White House is refusing to negotiate with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling, a risky position that Democrats think is a political winner, but that also reflects their scars from previous fights.
Taking the position that you won’t negotiate will allow Republicans to argue that a refusal by the White House to discuss spending cuts amid a rising debt crisis means President Biden is not acting in the public’s interest.
But White House officials and Democrats believe they have much more leverage if they do not negotiate.
Here’s what’s behind the White House strategy.
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The Supreme Court issued a report Thursday on the leak last May of a draft decision in the Dobbs case overturning the Roe and Casey abortion rulings thereby returning the issue of abortion to the states.
The ongoing meltdown from the radical sports media over Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov’s decision to boycott his woke team’s so-called “Pride Night” continued on Wednesday. The worst meltdown happened on the NHL Network from some “reporter” named E.J. Hradek, who said Provorov should return to Russia and fight in the Ukraine War for refusing to cave to the radical left mob.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that separating bathrooms based on sex doesn't violate the Constitution or Title IX, a decision with repercussions for the nationwide debate over transgender issues.
The ruling is likely to have widespread consequences in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
The case, Adams v. Sch. Bd. of St. Johns Cty, revolved around whether or not St. Johns County School Board in Florida violated a transgender student's rights by prohibiting the student, a biological female who identifies as a boy, from using the boys' bathroom at Allen D. Nease High School. The court ruled en banc that the United States has a long tradition of segregating certain spaces, such as bathrooms, on the basis of sex, without falling afoul of either the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment or Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. As such, the student's rights weren't violated.
"Separating school bathrooms based on biological sex passes constitutional muster and comports with Title IX," Judge Barbara Lagoa, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, wrote for the court. Four judges appointed by Democrats dissented from the opinion.
California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff may be planning to leave the House and run for the U.S. Senate, but he likely won’t be the only one vying for the seat.
A new report from Politico notes that California Democrat Rep. Katie Porter, Schiff, and others are weighing a campaign launch for longtime Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat as rumors swirl she may not run for re-election in 2024.
“Fresh off a bruising battleground reelection win, the third-term Porter is now considering a bid for what is likely to be an open Senate seat in deep-blue California as a next step, according to five Democrats familiar with her plans. Feinstein is widely expected to retire after her current term, but she isn’t making any firm moves yet ahead of what’s expected to be an official announcement within the next couple months. That may not be quick enough for what could turn into a vicious succession race among Democrats. California Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Adam Schiff are also among the slate of Democrats eyeing the Senate seat, which Feinstein first won in 1992,” Politico reported.
Business magnate Elon Musk, who purchased Twitter last year, suggested in a tweet on Wednesday that President Joe Biden's administration might attempt to "weaponize" the federal government to target Twitter if former President Donald Trump returns to the platform.
"Will be interesting to see how the Biden administration reacts to this," Musk wrote when responding to a tweet about Trump potentially returning to Twitter and Facebook. "They may try to weaponize Federal agencies against Twitter."