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This was a really weird and obviously fake thing to post. Why did they do it?

Webmaster addition: Desperation?

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rump secured a strong, conservative majority for the Supreme Court. Since then, Democrats have been on the warpath. They have tried to make a case for dismantling the highest court as we know it. They want to impose term limits or pack the court with more liberal justices.

To that end, they have tried to smear the reputations of many respected, conservative justices.

Because he is the longest-serving conservative, they have been merciless to Justice Clarence Thomas. While speaking about his life and work, Thomas singled out what is going on in DC. And he is dropping a hammer on the swamp that is trying to destroy himself and his family.

From CNN:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas repeatedly pushed back on his critics during remarks Friday at a judicial conference in Alabama, lamenting what he described as the “nastiness” and “lies” directed at him and calling Washington a “hideous place.”…

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Michael Cohen is the “star witness” in Democrats’ criminal trial against Donald Trump. The former Trump lawyer claimed the former president committed crimes by paying “hush money” and falsifying documents.

Cohen has already served time in jail for lying about his work for Trump. This week, however, he took the stand and provided audio proving his claims. But, as it is turning out, this “ace” evidence might have sunk the prosecution’s case.

From Just the News:
When their star witness Michael Cohen played a tape he secretly made of his ex-boss and client, the recording appeared to show that Trump was unaware of key details, seemingly aloof to a plan that Cohen himself admitted he had concocted to make the so-called “hush money” payments.

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Professional sports again embraced leftist ideology in an attempt to attract a broader audience and bring in more revenue. The end result has created the opposite reaction as many long-time fans turned away from their favorite sports.

The NFL prominently embraced woke ideology years ago and many fans walked away to never return. Now the once-heralded football league has condemned one of its own for speaking about his faith.

What the NFL said was stomach-churning after a Super Bowl winning player promoted his Christian believes during a college commencement speech. Now the NFL must live with the reaction to league officials attacking a man of faith.

From Fox News:
The NFL is distancing itself from the speech Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker gave during a commencement address at a private college in Kansas over the weekend, when he encouraged women graduates to embrace their “vocation” as a “homemaker,” and criticized the LGBTQ community and President Biden for his stance on abortion.

“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity,” Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, told People Magazine. “His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

Many doubt the NFL’s back-stabbing response will strengthen the league in the eyes of fans, many who are Christians. Butker was widely attacked for his comments online, and the NFL didn’t defend its star player. The league’s statement was akin to a late hit on the kicker.

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The Vietnamization of Ukraine

by Ron Paul Posted on May 21, 2024

As Ukraine’s defeat in the war moves closer, the neocons are desperate to draw the US further into the fight. Over the weekend, former US State Department official Victoria Nuland told ABC News that the US must help facilitate Ukrainian missile attacks deep inside Russian territory. The Biden Administration has to this point avoided involvement in such attacks, likely because Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will strike any facility that supplies or facilitates strikes inside of Russia, wherever they may be.

It’s a clear warning from a nuclear power, but as Nuland and her fellow neocons see their Ukraine project failing, they demand escalation. This is just what they did in their previous disastrous projects like the Iraq War, the attacks on Syria and Libya, and the 20-year occupation of Afghanistan. For them the failure is never because it was a bad idea in the first place, but that not enough lives and resources were poured into that bad idea to create a good outcome.

But Russia is no Iraq nor is it Libya. This time they are playing with World War III and nuclear destruction and no one in DC seems concerned.

Last Thursday the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Charles Q. Brown, said that NATO trainers deployed within Ukraine was inevitable. “We’ll get there eventually, over time,” he said. This, of course, is exactly how we got the Vietnam War, but Russia in 2024 is hardly late -1950s Vietnam. Russia of today is a country that can fight back and can project military power all the way to the source, which means the United States.

Is Nuland’s Ukraine project worth dying in a nuclear war over?

The whole US involvement in this proxy war has been based on lie after lie. They said we had to help Ukraine defeat Russia because democracy itself was at stake. Then Ukrainian president Zelensky cancelled elections, so they told us we have to help Ukraine defeat Russia because Putin won’t stop there – he’ll soon be marching through Berlin, London, and maybe even New York!

Doesn’t it remind you of how the neocons were warning us that Saddam was going to attack the US mainland with drones and that he was operating mobile weapons labs? Anything to get the public on board for their war.

The fact is the neocons and warmongers lie constantly. They will do whatever it takes to get their wars and sadly we do not have an independent media in the US to challenge them on their lies. Our media is so closely tied to the military-industrial complex that it is also a stakeholder in war profits, so they aren’t about to rock the boat.

Anyone who thinks we cannot get sucked into another war like we were with George W. Bush’s lie that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction is not paying attention. It is happening again, in real time.

The fact is we live in a deeply corrupt society dominated by individuals who do not believe in truth. When you don’t believe in truth you will have no qualms about manipulating others to do your will. So unless they are stopped, neocons like Nuland will demand more attacks on Russia, more US troops in Ukraine, more escalation. Until Russia fights back. Then it will all be over. Is this what we want?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Republicans dug in deeper to expose the Biden family for sketchy actions taken over many years. It has been a fight to get the information as the Biden clan has stonewalled Congress on getting to the bottom of the family operations.

The family has allegedly been operating with less than pure intent for much of Joe Biden’s political career. Proving allegations has been difficult with the president wielding the power of the White House to run interference in any congressional inquiry.

Republicans turned up the investigative heat with a new action that is determined to uncover details of how the Biden family operates. GOP leaders are going after the money trail that leads to the Biden family.

From Fox Business:
House Committee on Oversight Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., announced a new legislative motion that aims to unveil financial information related to the Biden family.

“This morning, I issued a subpoena for targeted financial information from a certain financial institution related to Jim Biden, Sarah Biden and Hunter Biden. This is a result of many of the documents that Devin Archer turned over,” Comer said Thursday on “Mornings with Maria.”

The new subpoena, which Comer claims will hopefully “answer every question [Congress has] had,” comes just after another House Republican filed articles of impeachment last week.

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu “seems to be trying to control what American politicians and diplomats hear from Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prevented his intelligence and security chiefs from meeting with American officials on multiple occasions since October 7, according to media reports.

The most recent was about three weeks ago when Netanyahu prevented Mossad Chief David Barnea and the head of Shit Bet, Ronen Bar, from meeting with the vice chairperson of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, during his visit to Israel, according to a report by the Israeli Walla website published by The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. The report cites two senior American officials.

The report states that Netanyahu’s decision “not to approve the holding of the meetings joins a series of other cases since October 7 in which he prevented or tried to prevent American members of Congress and senior members of the Biden administration from meeting with the heads of the defense establishment and the intelligence community.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, WHITE HOUSE
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American-Israeli mercenary Benjamin Reuben has been captured after a failed coup in the Congo.

Reuben is allegedly a paid mercenary who, published reports claim, acts for former head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, Yossi Cohen, and also, allegedly, Jewish billionaire Dan Gertler.

The video below, taken in the Congo, is said to show Reuben on his knees, begging for his life after the Coup he allegedly engaged in, failed:

Tags: AFRICA, ISRAEL, WHITE HOUSE
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Israeli Strikes in Syria Kill at Least Six Pro-Iranian Fighters

Two strikes reported in Homs Province by Jason Ditz May 20, 2024 at 12:31 pm ET Categories News

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pair of Israeli airstrikes against Qusayr, in the area of Homs, were carried out on Monday, killing at least six pro-Iranian fighters and wounding a number of others. A headquarters building and a vehicle were targeted in the two missile strikes.

The casualties were identified as non-Syrians, but Hezbollah reported only one of their fighters killed. This, despite Qusayr being seen as a Hezbollah stronghold and both targets being termed Hezbollah sites. Israel has not confirmed this information, however; it does not comment on foreign media reports.

Hezbollah uses western Syria as a route for smuggling weapons into neighboring Lebanon and Israel. Israel regularly goes after sites in Syria, hitting Hezbollah targets in an attempt to limit the flow of weapons across the border.

Initial reports were that four were killed and four were wounded in the strikes on the Hezbollah base of operations. A vehicle speculated to be carrying weapons and possibly a Hezbollah commander was also attacked. It’s not known if this person was among the casualties.

The strikes were reported at two areas in Homs, and the number of casualties still not known.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ISRAEL, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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A concerning trend has emerged at the U.S.-Mexico border, as newly disclosed data reveals a significant increase in the number of illegal aliens successfully evading capture by Border Patrol under President Joe Biden’s administration.

Border Patrol statistics obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request indicate a stark rise in “gotaways” since Fiscal Year 2020. While there were 136,808 gotaways in FY 2020, this figure surged to a staggering 670,674 by FY 2023, marking a troubling escalation.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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The future of President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is facing scrutiny as doubts emerge about his ability to maintain support, prompting concerns among his backers and sparking speculation about potential alternatives within the Democratic Party.

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“Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military.”—Simone Weil, French philosopher

We are caught in a vicious cycle of too many laws, too many cops, and too little freedom.

It’s hard to say whether we’re dealing with a kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves), a kakistocracy (a government run by unprincipled career politicians, corporations and thieves that panders to the worst vices in our nature and has little regard for the rights of American citizens), or a Nanny State Idiocracy

Whatever the label, this overbearing despotism is what happens when government representatives (those elected and appointed to work for us) adopt the authoritarian notion that the government knows best and therefore must control, regulate and dictate almost everything about the citizenry’s public, private and professional lives.

The government’s bureaucratic attempts at muscle-flexing by way of overregulation and overcriminalization have reached such outrageous limits that federal and state governments now require on penalty of a fine that individuals apply for permission before they can grow exotic orchids, host elaborate dinner parties, gather friends in one’s home for Bible studies, give coffee to the homeless, let their kids manage a lemonade stand, keep chickens as pets, or braid someone’s hair, as ludicrous as that may seem.

As the Regulatory Transparency Project explains, “There are over 70 federal regulatory agencies, employing hundreds of thousands of people to write and implement regulations. Every year, they issue about 3,500 new rules, and the regulatory code now is over 168,000 pages long.”

In his CrimeADay Twitter feed, Mike Chase highlights some of the more arcane and inane laws that render us all guilty of violating some law or other.

As Chase notes, it’s against the law to try to make an unreasonable noise while a horse is passing by in a national park; to leave Michigan with a turkey that was hunted with a drone; to refill a liquor bottle with different liquor than it had in it when it was originally filled; to offer to buy swan feathers so you can make a woman’s hat with them; to enter a design in the Federal Duck Stamp contest if waterfowl are not the dominant feature of the design; to transport a cougar without a cougar license; to sell spray deodorant without telling people to avoid spraying it in their eyes; and to transport “meat loaf” unless it’s in loaf form.

In such a society, we are all petty criminals.

In fact, Boston lawyer Harvey Silvergate estimates that the average American now unknowingly commits three felonies a day, thanks to an overabundance of vague laws that render otherwise innocent activity illegal and an inclination on the part of prosecutors to reject the idea that there can’t be a crime without criminal intent. 

The bigger the government grows, the worse the red tape becomes.

Almost every aspect of American life today, including the job sector, is now subject to this kind of heightened scrutiny and ham-fisted control.

Whereas 70 years ago, one out of every 20 U.S. jobs required a state license, today, almost 1 in 4 American occupations requires a license.

According to business analyst Kaylyn McKenna, more than 41 states require that makeup artists be licensed. Twenty-eight states require a license before you can work as a residential painter. Funeral attendants, whose duties include placing caskets in visitation rooms, arranging flowers and directing mourners, have to be licensed to do so in Kansas, Maine and Massachusetts.

The problem of overregulation has become so bad that, as one analyst notes, “getting a license to style hair in Washington takes more instructional time than becoming an emergency medical technician or a firefighter.”

This is what happens when bureaucrats run the show, and the rule of law becomes little more than a cattle prod for forcing the citizenry to march in lockstep with the government.

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Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times 

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has filed an emergency motion in a Washington court seeking to accelerate the release of audio tapes of President Joe Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur, over which the White House recently asserted executive privilege.

Former special counsel Robert K. Hur testifies alongside a video of President Joe Biden before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington on March 12, 2024. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The emergency motion, filed on May 17 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks to modify the court’s briefing schedule for three pending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits that seek the audio recordings of roughly five hours of interviews that President Biden had with the special counsel in relation to a classified documents mishandling probe.

The motion seeks to speed up the court battle over the release of the tapes, with The Heritage Foundation arguing in the filing that President Biden’s assertion of executive privilege over the tapes on May 16 adds urgency to the FOIA lawsuits and that the Department of Justice (DOJ) didn’t need as much time to prepare its response to the FOIA requests as it previously claimed.

The Department’s asserted time constraints were misleading,” The Heritage Foundation attorneys wrote in the motion. “The Department did not need the time to prepare a position and declarations it twice told the Court it did. A formal assertion of Executive Privilege is an extraordinary undertaking.”

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly has set a schedule for the FOIA lawsuits that gives the DOJ until May 31 to submit filings in support of withholding the tapes. It also allows various other filings to be made through July 29. In their emergency motion, Heritage Foundation attorneys asked that the schedule be modified to give the DOJ until May 27 to make their arguments and that the deadline for all other filings be set at July 1.

The tapes are at the center of a dispute between House Republicans and Attorney General Merrick Garland, who has defied a subpoena for them and faces contempt proceedings.

Claire's Observations:  We the People need to know, before the elections in November (if they actually happen), just how flummoxed our current Resident in Chief  just might be.

But continuing this farce concerning By-di-Bye's mental state, has got to stop and right the hell now.  

This nation - and the world - desperately deserves honest, responsible,  and moral choices from this Administration, and we are NOT getting them.

We have no southern border, and no money or will to fix it; public education is broken in our major cities, and kids "graduate" from high school illiterate, innumerate, and illogical;  the war in Ukraine is escalating, and the Russians are winning, with our weapons used for target practice; the international drug cartels are operating in this country with absolute impunity, and Americans are dying from fentanyl overdoses; and the By-di-Bidensistas haven't decided if China is friend or foe yet, and are treating it like a "frenemy", something Chinese leadership doesn't understand, and frankly, neither do I!!

 

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Citing Iranian state media, Business Insider reported on Monday morning that the country’s former foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, blamed U.S. sanctions that prevent the country from buying newer aircraft for forcing Raisi and the others to fly in a decades-old Bell 212 chopper.

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My federal criminal case already had First Amendment implications when the Justice Department decided to charge me in March with four misdemeanors stemming from my reporting at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Now the case may endanger two more basic rights: the right to self-defense and the right to travel.

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by my attorneys to have those restrictions removed.

My next hearing before Judge Cooper is scheduled for June 3. This one should be interesting.

The government absurdly contends that “travel to the District of Columbia is not a ‘right,’ particularly for someone who does not reside in or nearby the District, while on pretrial release.” To be clear, I’m not restricted from traveling to the nation’s capital, but I am required to notify my court-assigned pretrial services officer when I am on my way to the District.

Webmaster addition: In the United States, the right to travel is considered a basic right implicit in the concept of freedom of movement, and it's protected by the Constitution.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has slammed the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s final rule implementing the Inflation Reduction Act’s 30D Clean Vehicle Credit, arguing that it effectively endorses a “Made in China” approach.

In a statement released Wednesday, Manchin accused the Administration of breaking the law in pursuit of its goal to flood the market with electric vehicles as quickly as possible. He pointed out that the Treasury has cut critical mineral and component sourcing thresholds in half until 2027 and provided a long-term pathway for foreign adversaries like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea to remain in U.S. supply chains.

“The entire point of the Inflation Reduction Act was to provide American businesses the incentives they need to bring our energy and manufacturing supply chains back to the U.S., reduce our dependence on foreign adversaries and create good-paying American jobs,” Manchin said. “Instead of embracing those opportunities to benefit our country, the Administration is so desperate for Chinese EV components that they are blatantly breaking the law.”

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, ECONOMY
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Compared with the clade II mpox virus (MPXV) outbreak in adults that started in May 2022, the ongoing clade I MPXV outbreak in Africa is causing severe illness and higher mortality.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on May 16, 2024, that the increasing number of reported suspected clade I mpox cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) poses a global threat for potential spread. 

From January 2023 to April 14, 2024, the DRC reported multiple provincial-level outbreaks, comprising 19,919 suspected clade I mpox cases and 975 (4.9%) deaths. A significant percentage of these confirmations were in young people.

Webmaster addition: Someone drop another test tube in a US-funded bio-weapon lab?

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The High Court in London on Monday granted Julian Assange the right to appeal the order to extradite him to the United States on the grounds that the U.S. did not satisfy the court that it would allow Assange a First Amendment defense in a U.S. court. 

“We spent a lot of time listening to the United States putting lipstick on a pig, but the judges didn’t buy it,” Stella Assange told reporters outside the court building. “As a family we are relieved but how long can this go on? The United States should read the situation and drop the case now.”   

Assange has been imprisoned in London’s notorious Belmarsh Prison for more than five years on remand pending the outcome of his extradition.  He must now spend an untold number of more months in the maximum security prison awaiting the start of his appeal.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WHITE HOUSE
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Two GOP reps have introduced a new bill to extend benefits reserved for US government servicemembers to US citizens serving in the Israel Defense Forces. 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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In the first - but certainly not last - major shake up at a key US financial regulator under the Biden admin, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg bowed to pressure to resign from the bank regulator after an external investigation found widespread sexual harassment at the agency and lawmakers of both parties berated his leadership, capping a nearly two-decade career at the agency.

In a press release, Gruenberg said he would resign once a successor had been confirmed, avoiding an outcome that would leave FDIC Vice Chairman Travis Hill, a Republican, as the agency’s acting chairman. Hill is a former staffer at the agency who has served on the five-member board for about a year.

"It has been my honor to serve at the FDIC as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Director since August of 2005", Gruenberg wrote. "Throughout that time I have faithfully carried out the critically important mission of the FDIC to maintain public confidence and stability in the banking system. In light of recent events, I am prepared to step down from my responsibilities once a successor is confirmed. Until that time, I will continue to fulfill my responsibilities as Chairman of the FDIC, including the transformation of the FDIC’s workplace culture."

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What is going on with our justice system?

David DePape, the man who attacked Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul has already faced a trial, was convicted, and sentenced to 30 years in jail. His crime took place in October of 2022.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Roske, who showed up at the home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh with a gun and other dangerous items with the intention of killing him, has not even gone on trial yet. And his crime happened months before the attack on Paul Pelosi!

 

 

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The assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has sent geopolitical ripples across Europe and the world, as the populist leader represented a new force that challenged mainstream EU and NATO views on Ukraine and a whole host of other issues.

Now, it is reported that the suspect in his shooting an may not have been just a ‘lone wolf’ as previously believed.

The Slovakian interior minister stated as much, as their security services try to clarify the circumstances of the attack.

Fico is reportedly no longer in immediate danger but his condition is still very serious.

The five shots that hit him marked the first major assassination attempt on a European political leader in more than 20 years.

Reuters reported:

“Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok said an investigation team had been set up, which would also look into whether the suspect acted as part of a group of people that had been encouraging each other to carry out an assassination.

One factor suggesting the involvement of other persons was that the suspect’s internet communications were deleted two hours after the assassination attempt, but not by the suspect and most likely not by his wife, Estok said. This indicated ‘the crime may have been committed by a certain group of people’, Estok told a news conference.”

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DEI has been commonly referred to as a “scam” by some, but this takes it to a new level. Recently, Barbara Furlow-Smiles of Georgia, was fired by Facebook and then went to go on to work at Nike — all while enriching herself to the tune of $5 million by facilitating bogus DEI initiatives with her friends, who she would then receive kickbacks from. This debacle raises the question — how much more is this happening?

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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant made clear to US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in a meeting in Israel on Monday that Israel will escalate in Rafah despite the White House’s supposed objection to a major military operation in the city.

“We are committed to broadening the ground operation in Rafah to the end of dismantling Hamas and recovering the hostages,” Gallant told Sullivan, according to a statement from the Israeli minister’s office.

President Biden has threatened consequences for Israel if it launched a major attack on “population centers” in Rafah, but he has not taken action as Israel continues to escalate its operations in the city.

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Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenky’s term expired on Monday, but he will remain in power since presidential elections scheduled in March were canceled due to martial law imposed since Russia invaded in February 2022.

While framing the proxy war in Ukraine as a battle for democracy, the US has backed Zelensky’s decision not to hold elections. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Ukraine last week and claimed the US helped build “democratic pillars,” including “free and fair elections,” but said a vote could only happen once “conditions” are right.

Zelensky also canceled parliamentary elections that were supposed to be held last October. To justify the decision, Ukrainian officials have pointed to Ukraine’s constitution, which says elections can’t be held under martial law. But Zelensky previously made it clear that he could have held elections if he wanted.

Webmaster addition: Zelensky is now a dictator.

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