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"If you want a true measure of the stupidity of a people, look to the leaders they follow." -- Voltaire
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Texas cattle ranchers David and Deborah Hajda issued a dire warning to America's middle class after Democrats' spending bill passed both houses of Congress allowing provisions for approximately $80 billion in IRS funding, a majority of which is dedicated to enforcement.
The Raising Five Cattle Company ranchers spoke with Dana Perino on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, where they recounted the grueling tax audit they experienced 13 years ago.
"We got audited over basically a $7,800 engine rebuild on a very old tractor," Deborah said.
The White House announced Tuesday an additional $3.9 billion in student loan forgiveness, this time for borrowers who attended defunct ITT Technical Institute.
The latest round brings Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness total to $32 billion since taking office – but progressive are still pushing for the president to cancel all existing federal student loans.
Borrowers are also still waiting to hear if federal loan pause will be extended for a fifth time as the latest deadline approaches.
The radical left’s obsession with Jan. 6 shows no signs of abating — rather, it is expanding and taking on new targets. Now, as the House select committee moves forward with more hearings in September, their sights are set on Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano (PA).
The Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor pulled away from a scheduled deposition with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-selected committee last week. His reason? A legal challenge to the committee’s deposition authority.
Dominant Biden regime hardliners are recklessly playing with fire by pushing things for possible war with Russia and China.
The risk of what’s unthinkable is more possible than at any previous time post-WW II — because lunatics run the Washington asylum.
With Russia overwhelmingly triumphing over US-created and supported Ukrainian Nazis, the empire of lies risks an unthinkable nuclear disaster by orchestrating and directing their attacks on the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant — with intent to release and spread deadly radiation over much of central Europe.
Flagrantly breaching the One China principle by unauthorized high-level US visits to Taiwan, the Biden regime risks war in the Asia/Pacific.
Many wonder why Americans have little to no faith in Joe Biden's Administration, but Merrick Garland just answered. Less than a week since he chimed in on President Trump's home raid where he promised transparency, the DOJ backtracked and is now refusing to share information with the American public.
The Department of Justice is against the publication of the underlying affidavit verifying its unusual and severely flawed raid of Mar-a-Lago, just days after it decided to grant the warrant permitting the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Florida resort.
Even the warrant execution was bungled, with the FBI taking a lot more than they were authorized to, and admitting that to Trump's lawyers. So now, when the call for an account of what they were supposed to be looking for grows louder, the FBI is doing their best Joe Biden and hiding out in the basement - unwilling to share what should be public information.
Businessman Tim Michels defeated Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s upcoming gubernatorial election.
With more than 95% of votes counted, according to The New York Times, Michels received 47% of the vote, while Kleefisch garnered 42%. State Rep. Timothy Ramthun finished third with 6%.
Team Biden’s proposed new Title IX regulations make it clear: They’re coming for your children.
The administration ostensibly drafted the rules to protect gay and transgender students from bullying and harassment, but they do nothing of the sort. In reality, President Biden is handing teachers a weapon to subvert parental prerogatives.
Title IX is a simple statute that outlaws “sex discrimination” in education. It says nothing about “gender” or “gender identity.” But the Biden administration wants to put its own spin on the law and redefine “sex” to include these categories.
This change has far-reaching implications. One is that it will be used to keep parents in the dark on everything from curricular material to the fact that a child is socially transitioning at school.
The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general has refused congressional requests for documents and staff testimony about the erasure of Secret Service communication related to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, angering top Democrats who accuse him of unlawfully obstructing their investigation.
In an Aug. 8 letter disclosed Tuesday, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari told the leaders of the House Oversight and Homeland Security committees that his office will not comply with their requests for internal documents and sit-down interviews due to the ongoing criminal investigation into deleted Secret Service text messages.
In response, House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney and Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson sent a letter Tuesday demanding Cuffari turn over documents and make his staff available to lawmakers or risk facing a potential congressional subpoena
“Your obstruction of the Committees’ investigations is unacceptable, and your justifications for this noncompliance appear to reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of Congress’s authority and your duties as an Inspector General,” Maloney and Thompson wrote in the letter.
Ukrainian artillery has fired multiple rockets directly at the coolant systems and nuclear waste storage site inside the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in Energodar, local government administration member Vladimir Rogov told Russian media on Tuesday, warning that a successful strike may result in a radiation release equivalent to a “dirty bomb.”
“One of the guided missiles hit just 10 meters” from the barrels with spent nuclear fuel,” Rogov told Soloviev Live. “Others hit a bit farther away, 50 to 200 meters.”
Since the storage site is out in the open, any hit will result in the release of nuclear waste ranging from dozens to hundreds of kilograms and contamination of the area, the official explained. “In plain language, that would be like a dirty bomb,” said Rogov.
Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Tuesday that a series of explosions earlier this month at high-voltage power lines used by the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant were carried out by Ukrainian saboteurs.
The plant is located in Kursk Region, which borders eastern Ukraine. The blasts, which occurred on August 4, 9, and 12, “led to a disruption of the technological process of the nuclear power plant’s functioning,” the FSB said. Six transmission towers were targeted overall. These towers transmit power from the plant to crucial infrastructure, such as industrial sites and transportation systems.
The FSB added that a terrorism investigation has been launched and that a search for the culprits is underway. Security at nuclear sites in Russia has been boosted.
While the reactor itself can only be destroyed with a tactical nuclear weapon, the coolant systems and waste storage are far more vulnerable and damage to them could easily cause a disaster, the official said. Ukrainian troops have already fired “several dozen” heavy projectiles at the cooling systems, Rogov added. If they succeed in disabling such a system, it could produce a meltdown bigger than the 1986 catastrophe at Chernobyl.
A young man from Haiti put his college education on hold in the U.S. in 2017 after he found a four-month-old baby in a pile of trash while visiting his family during winter break.
Sororities at the University of Alabama, rejecting current political correctness, stuck together as they opposed a biological male attempting to join their groups.
An Order on the Motion to Unseal the affidavit backing the search warrant used in the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago has been filed, and a hearing will take place on August 18.
The order, dated August 16, reads: "taking under advisement 4 the Motion to Unseal the search warrant materials, including attachments. The intervenors having requested a hearing, it is ORDERED that an IN PERSON Hearing will be held on 8/18/2022 at 1 PM in the West Palm Beach Division before Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart."
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, like many Republicans, was outraged by the FBI’s unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
So much so, in fact, that he’s moving to ensure that nothing the Justice Department obtained from the raid can be used to jam up the former president and indict him.
According to Monday reports, the Kentucky Republican will publicly call for repealing the century-old Espionage Act which the DOJ reportedly may use to charge Trump with illegally possessing classified materials.
Paul’s move to ditch the Espionage Act comes amid questions over whether documents in Trump’s possession were actually classified; he has said he declassified everything shortly before leaving office, which is a long-standing presidential prerogative.
“The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment,” Paul tweeted without mentioning the former president specifically.
Adam Neumann, the founder of coworking space provider WeWork, received a $350 million check for another real estate venture.
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called for increased oil and gas production last week as part of a program to ensure American energy independence.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reportedly offered access to the department’s vast biometric databanks to any foreign state that would agree to reciprocate.
According to a July 22 Statewatch report, DHS is “sales pitching” the enhanced border security agreements to potential foreign partners. As per the document titled, “DHS International Biometric Information Sharing (IBIS) Program,” the program provides “a scalable, reliable and rapid bilateral biometric and biographic information sharing capability to support border security and immigration vetting.”
Biometric technologies generally refer to the use of technology to identify a person based on some aspect of their biology. Fingerprint recognition is one of the first and original biometric technologies that have been grouped loosely under digital forensics.
The DHS stated that these physical (such as a fingerprint or iris pattern) or behavioral traits (such as voice patterns) are used for the automated recognition of individuals.
Human rights and civil liberties advocates raised concerns about the collection of people’s biometric information by the DHS and possibly sharing these with foreign governments and corporations. This is a clear violation of privacy, critics say.
Power prices across the EU jumped to a fresh record high on Tuesday, as natural gas costs climbed further on falling supply from Russia, data from the European Energy Exchange AG shows.
Benchmark day-ahead prices in Germany advanced to €490.79 ($497) per megawatt-hour, from June’s average of €218.03, according to market data provider Nord Pool.
The current prices are almost six times higher than in August 2021.
The EU’s energy market is rattled by fears over whether power plants will be able to provide enough electricity this winter amid the tightening gas supply.
Gas prices in the region have quadrupled this year, driven by the drop in deliveries from Russia due to Ukraine-related sanctions and technical setbacks. EU countries have been trying to diversify imports by buying more liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as increasing supplies of pipeline gas from Norway, Algeria and Azerbaijan. However, according to the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, the bloc is “approaching the limits of what extra gas” it can buy from “non-Russian sources.” Meanwhile, France has increasingly turned to nuclear power to generate additional electricity, while other EU states have been reviving coal-fired plants.
Just under a week after his private residence in Florida was raided by FBI agents, former President Donald Trump released his latest statement condemning the Justice Department investigation that paved the way for the unannounced search.
In a post to his social media platform Truth Social on Sunday, he wrote that the “sneak attack on democracy” was unlike anything else in American history.
Trump noted that the nation “has never suffered this kind of ABUSE in Law Enforcement,” suggesting that an FBI raid on the home of a former president “is totally unheard of and unthinkable.”
Reiterating the fact that he was unaware that any such search had been ordered and that he was not at home when agents showed up to his Mar-a-Lago estate, the former president concluded that the entire ordeal was a thinly veiled partisan attack.
According to a report from The Daily Wire, Disney will re-release old films in hopes of making up cash lost on recent box office flops like Lightyear —a film that only made $51 million dollars over its three-day opening weekend. For comparison, 2019’s Toy Story 4 made $121 million on its opening weekend.
From The Daily Wire:
Disney is therefore re-releasing the Star Wars solo film “Rogue One,” which debuted in 2016, as well as “Avatar,” which debuted in 2009. “Andor,” a spinoff series for the former flick, debuts on streaming platform Disney+ in the fall, while “Avatar: The Way of Water” debuts at the end of the year.
Disney’s most recent earnings report indicates that Americans may be rejecting the company’s foray into wokeness. Although Disney reported last Wednesday that total subscriptions for Disney+ increased from 87.6 million to 93.6 million during the third quarter of its current fiscal year, the vast majority of growth arose from international users, with only 100,000 new subscriptions coming from the domestic market. The latest figures represent a significant slowdown from the 1.5 million new domestic subscribers added by Disney during its fiscal second quarter.
Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick has topped the box office this year, with $1.4 billion in worldwide revenue and $674 million domestic.