"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their Country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, the veteran Al Jazeera reporter who was shot and killed in May during a firefight between Israeli troops and Palestinian terrorists, prompting outrage from Israel which has said it will not cooperate.
Actor Kevin Costner responded to the criticism he received for backing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), saying that he has no regrets, adding that he doesn’t care if Yellowstone fans no longer like him over his support for Cheney.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has joined a growing list of Republicans demanding a delay in the soon-to-be-held vote on who will lead the party in the upper chamber as current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) faces pressure over the GOP’s under-performance in the midterm elections.
Graham said in a post on Twitter on Sunday that the vote, currently scheduled for Nov. 16, should be postponed until after the Georgia Senate race runoff pitting incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) against Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
“In light of [the Georgia Senate] runoff, it would be appropriate to delay Senate leadership elections until we know who is in the Senate Republican Conference,” Graham wrote in the post, adding that he “totally” agrees with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that not postponing the vote would be “disrespectful” to Walker.
“All Republicans should be focused on winning in Georgia and trying to understand the midterm elections before Senate leadership elections or moving on to the 2024 presidential race,” he added.
With his remarks, Graham joins the chorus of Republicans calling for the Senate leadership vote to be delayed until after the Georgia runoff.
After Democratic Party politicians, including President Joe Biden, pushed for billions of dollars in taxpayer money to be sent to Ukraine, the funds were laundered through FTX and funneled back into the 2022 midterm elections campaigns of Democrat candidates and the pockets of powerful elites.
The US midterms revealed that politicians have failed to fix a deeply flawed election process which lags behind many other countries, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Director Daniel McAdams told Sputnik.
The US held its midterm elections on Tuesday, November 8, but the results of the Arizona and Nevada senate races were not known until after several days of ballot counting, largely due to complex mail-in voting rules and technical malfunctions.
US media did not project Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly the winner of the Arizona race until late Friday while Nevada’s Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto was not declared the winner until Saturday. Cortez Masto’s victory allowed the Democratic Party to maintain control of the Senate. Meanwhile, although the Republicans are projected to seize control of the US House, nearly 20 races remain uncalled.
OSCE election observers assessed the US midterm elections as “competitive and professionally managed,” although the group said international monitors were restricted from some areas.
“How is it that in the US, which is supposed to be so technologically sophisticated, that counting the ballots takes days?” McAdams said. “Democrats have perfected harvesting [mass collection of] Democrat ballots while Republicans, under a worthless leadership, have done nothing in two years to correct the deeply flawed voting system in many states.”
With the D.C. Beltway awash in rumors that former President Trump will be indicted after the Nov. 8 midterms, the FBI may have “set a perjury trap” at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, according to his former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
In June, the FBI suspected Trump hid classified papers from his presidential collection that it had subpoenaed on behalf of the National Archives, which sought them after Trump left the White House. Two months later, agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, seizing more than 11,000 documents, of which fewer than 1% were marked classified.
Now a federal grand jury is investigating whether Trump and his aides conspired to conceal the documents from agents and made false statements when certifying they produced all of them.
A private Pennsylvania college has decided to postpone a controversial and discriminatory event for people who are "tired of white cis men" after students spoke out against it, Fox News Digital reported.
Activision, one of the largest third-party video game publishers in the world, out of Santa Monica, CA, is now using propaganda via “Call of Duty” video game to convert all of their ‘gamers’ into gender-fluid-trans-somethings, who focus on gay sexual preferences for identity (with gay flags) and partners instead of just playing a military simulation game. Plus, now the games have scenes where the shooter can threaten unarmed civilians with death by aiming their gun directly at them.
Then they’re burning an American flag, all charred with burn holes in it, while laying on the ground.
So, no pride for the USA, just for being gay, anti-American, and anti-civilian? This would appear to be one step away from gamers engaging in the real thing, in their neighborhood or at their school. Is this what being ‘woke’ is all about? The message seems to be very clear. Should it be called “Call of Grooming” or “Call of Civilian Murder” instead?
The largest national teachers' union in the country took to social media over the weekend to reaffirm its contempt for parents and taxpayers. In a Saturday tweet, the National Education Association (NEA) suggested that the same people who advocated for stultifying school closures, masking, and the use of experimental vaccines in children "know better than anyone." The tweet was not well received.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried posted a series of bizarre messages after it was revealed that more than one million customers of the failed trading platform face losing all of their money following the company’s multibillion-dollar collapse.
Documents were filed with the bankruptcy court in Delaware on Monday night as it emerged flailing Bankman-Fried allegedly spent the weekend desperately trying to secure cash from investors to pay off victims of the crisis.
As bankruptcy proceedings make it increasingly likely investors will lose most, if not all, of their funds, SBF and members of his inner circle pleaded with investors for help plugging the $8 billion shortfall.
That is thought to include around $1 billion of customer funds that are unaccounted for.
His scramble for fresh funding came amid a strange series of tweets which spelled out the question 'what happened' - triggering a mixture of ridicule and criticism.
This winter promises to be one like Europeans have not seen in many decades as war continues to rage in Ukraine and energy supplies dwindle. But as much as the EU and neighboring countries wish to put all blame on Russia’s February invasion, the roots of the crisis go back much further.
And to the other side of the Atlantic.
Dependence on natural gas exports from an unreliable neighbor took time to build, as did turning backs on proven energy sources. In 1972, the continent relied on the old Soviet Union for only 4% of its gas consumption.
A growing number of medical professionals are questioning the safety and reversibility of puberty blockers when taken by young children, according to a recent analysis commissioned by the New York Times and released on Monday.
Tens of millions of young Americans owe trillions of dollars in debt they incurred for the sake of college degrees, not all of which were created equal. A new survey published by the American employment marketplace ZipRecruiter has provided a valuable insight into the perceived uselessness of certain college degrees, the most regretted of which is a journalism major.
The largest school system in Maryland has unveiled a new book list loaded with LGBT-activist propaganda aimed at elementary schools and tailored to children as young as 4. The objective of the sexual content is to "reduce stigmatization and marginalization of transgender and gender nonconforming students."
President Joe Biden has eased off a pre-midterm election pledge now that the votes are nearly all in and it looks as though one chamber of Congress will be led by Republicans come January. In remarks to reporters this week, Biden backed away from a pledge to codify abortion within federal law.
“Mr. President, what should Americans expect from Congress as it relates to abortion rights after the midterms?” NBC’s Peter Alexander hollered at Biden during a question-and-answer period following his remarks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a pre-G20 summit in Indonesia.
As he often does, Biden said he was told to just take four questions, but the one from Alexander appeared to be an unplanned fifth inquiry.
Voters in Massachusetts approved a significant tax hike on millionaires while voters in California rejected a similar measure, even though residents of both states granted overwhelming electoral victories to Democrats and are among the most heavily taxed in the nation.
krainian authorities on Tuesday morning report a barrage of Russian airstrikes on capital city Kiev and across the country, setting residential buildings ablaze.
The strikes follow what had been days of optimism in Ukraine for one of the country's biggest military successes against Russian – the retaking last week of the southern city of Kherson – in its nearly nine-month invasion.
Among regions where officials reported strikes were Lviv, in the west, and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city in the northeast, according to the Associated Press.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the G20 Summit.Achmad Ibrahim / AP / TASS
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Ukraine has put forward “unrealistic and inadequate” terms for future peace talks.
Lavrov said he spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in Bali, where he reiterated accusations that Kyiv “categorically refuses” negotiations with Moscow.
“I reminded him that all the problems are on the Ukrainian side, which categorically refuses any negotiations and puts forward terms that are obviously unrealistic and inadequate,” Lavrov told reporters.