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The asset manager joins BlackRock, Fidelity, Ark and 21Shares, Grayscale, VanEck, Invesco and Galaxy, and Hashdex, who have all submitted applications in recent months.

The filing comes roughly four weeks after Franklin, among nine other issuers, launched a spot bitcoin ETF. Asset management giant BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust (IBIT) and Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC) have seen the most demand for their funds. Meanwhile, Franklin has had a less successful start, with only roughly $70 million in inflows since launching.

IBIT has attracted over $3.5 billion worth of bitcoin in the past month, while Fidelity has seen roughly $3 billion.

The SEC has so far delayed all decisions to approve an Ethereum ETF, as expected by experts. JP Morgan currently sees a less than 50% chance that such a fund would be approved before May. Although traders from Polymarket, a decentralized prediction platform, seem to be betting, there is a 50% chance that the ETFs will be approved by May 31.

Franklin Templeton, often deemed “old-fashioned,” has made several pushes into crypto in recent years since CEO Jenny Johnson took over the company in 2020. Most recently, on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), the asset manager put laser eyes on its logo that features Ben Franklin as a nod to the crypto culture.

The price of ether climbed 5.5% in the last 24 hours, trading near $2,647, while bitcoin (BTC) hit $50,000 on Monday for the first time since late 2021.  

Claire's Observations:  Love this or not, it looks as though people are seeing these as a legitimate part of US currencies, which, for the moment, still includes the physical US dollar.

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As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the Democratic Party is witnessing a significant decline in support from Black and Latino voters, a demographic that has traditionally leaned towards the party.

This shift is attributed to dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden's domestic and foreign policies, as well as the perception that the administration is favoring illegal immigrants over American citizens.

The Democratic Party's hold on minority voters appears to be waning, with a nearly 20-point drop in support from Black and Hispanic communities over the past three years. This decline is a significant setback for the Democrats, who will need to redouble their efforts to regain the trust of these crucial voting blocs.

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The recently launched Super Bowl advertisement by He Gets Us has sparked a wave of controversy.

The ad features Christians washing the feet of a diverse group of individuals, including a woman at an abortion clinic, an alcoholic, an environmental activist, an undocumented immigrant, a Black Lives Matter protester look-alike, and a gay man, among others.

Jack Posobiec, Senior Editor at Human Events, took to Twitter to express his disapproval, stating, "A white person washing feet at an abortion clinic, funded by Christians. This is what infiltration of Western Christianity looks like."

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While the nation was engrossed in the Super Bowl festivities, the FBI and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) discreetly released a joint guidance, sounding the alarm on potential cyber threats. The advisory comes as a response to recent warnings about potential attacks on critical infrastructure, allegedly linked to groups associated with the Chinese People’s Republic of China (PRC) government.

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In the wake of a series of violent incidents involving migrants and law enforcement in Times Square, New York City is extending a curfew on migrant shelters.

Initially implemented at four shelters, the curfew will now be enforced at 20 additional locations, affecting approximately 3,600 migrants, as stated by Kayla Mamelak, a spokesperson for Mayor Eric Adams' administration.

The curfew, which runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., was first introduced last month in response to complaints from local residents. One of the shelters in Long Island City, Queens, which houses nearly 1,000 migrants, is among those affected.

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An hour and a half away from Beaumont, you’ll find a fast-growing development called Colony Ridge.

Critics say it’s become a metropolis of migrants and a symbol of the border crisis. Others even claim it’s a haven for the Mexican drug cartels.

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Mail-in ballot fraud “significantly” impacted the 2020 US presidential election, handing President Joe Biden his victory, according to a study published by conservative think tank the Heartland Institute on Friday.

“Had the 2020 election been conducted like every national election has been over the past two centuries, wherein the vast majority of voters cast ballots in-person rather than by mail, Donald Trump would have almost certainly been re-elected,” the report stated, citing survey data collected in December.

As many as 28.2% of mail-in voters potentially committed some form of fraud, acting in ways that were “under most circumstances, illegal,” the institute’s data suggested.

Webmaster addition: So ... none of the Federal laws signed by Joe Biden are legally binding?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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Journalist Bill Melugin has summarized the best parts:

- Susan Rice called HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra a “bitch ass”& “idiot”.
- VP Harris’ team made it clear her responsibilities “began and ended” w/ root causes in just the 3 Northern Triangle counties & Mexico, w/ a former Biden admin official saying Harris has been “at best, ineffective”.
- Mayorkas disagreed with Biden’s 100 day halt on deportations.
- Homeland Security adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall displayed inexperience, asked for a memo explaining the difference between refugees & asylum seekers.
- Biden admin has listened to “vocal immigration advocates outside the administration”.
- “The White House generally didn't want to talk publicly about immigration or the border for much of Biden's first three years, feeling it would draw attention to a political vulnerability.”
- “Publicly, the White House also initially downplayed jumps in illegal border crossings as normal "ebbs and flows" — even as some internally pushed to acknowledge that the problem was significant.”

The article highlights a combination of infighting, incompetence, and indifference regarding the administration’s handling of the border over the last 3 years.

Claire's observations; if this is the best "Team By-di-Bye" can do with illegal immigration, God help us on US fiscal policies and international relations!!!!

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P9_TA(2024)0079: this is a code to remember. It is the acronym of the resolution of the European Parliament, voted on 8 February. With this decision, Brussels has decided to “ban any entity that has direct or indirect relations with the Russian government”, a procedure that the EU intends to continue with the recommendation of “closer cooperation with NATO”.

Brussels reaches this decision after years of analysis on the topic of Russiagate, a dossier that supports accusations of Russian interference in the democratic processes of the European Union. For the European Parliament, “foreign interference is a systemic threat that must be countered with determination, hybrid warfare and the manipulation of information and foreign interference are not only issues of foreign policy and security, but actually threaten the real basis of our democracies”.

On a theoretical level it is even understandable. On the other hand, in Brussels they certainly have full awareness of how the democratic nature of a country can be manipulated. It is history that reminds us of this. Evoking closer collaboration with NATO can only take us back to the Cold War era, when to control Western democracies, NATO set up a powerful clandestine network: Stay Behind. That network enveloped Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, France, Belgium, Switzerland and even Australia, who knows why.

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The Russian Duma will address the French Parliament regarding the presence of French “mercenaries” in Ukraine.

Officially, France is not engaged in military operations in Ukraine, but supports the latter by providing it with weapons. If French soldiers were involved in the fighting, the French Republic would be at war with the Russian Federation.

It would seem that the Duma is intent on disclosing the presence of French Special Forces, which are in Ukraine without authorization from the French Parliament.

Article 35 of the French Constitution stipulates stipulates as follows:
“The Government informs Parliament of its decision to have the armed forces intervene abroad, at the latest three days after the beginning of said intervention. It specifies the objectives pursued. This information may give rise to a debate which is not followed by any vote.

When the duration of the intervention exceeds four months, the Government submits its extension to Parliament for authorization. It may request the National Assembly to make the final decision."

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  • Russian strikes hit Ukrainian military facilities in the Pavlograd area;
  • Russian strikes hit Ukrainian military reserves near Pokrovsk town;
  • Russian strikes were reported in the city of Voznesensk;
  • Russian forces repelled 3 attacks of the 43rd Mechanised and 25th Air Assault brigades near Sinkovka;
  • Russian forces repelled 2 attacks of the 60th and 63rd mechanised brigades near Yampolovka and Dibrova;
  • Russian forces repelled 13 attacks of the 42nd mechanised, 79th air assault, 81st airmobile brigades near Bogdanovka, Georgiyevka;
  • Clashes continue in Belogorvka;
  • Clashes continue near Novomikhailovka;
  • Russian artillery pounded AFU positions near Priyutnoye;
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The damaged HIMARS MLRS travelled back home to the United States. Footage from Pennsylvania revealed that on February 10, AN-124-100 (UR-82008) cargo aircraft of the Antonov Airlines landed at Harrisburg International Airport.

The aircraft had at least two M142 HIMARS MLRS from Ukraine onboard. The vehicles had the Ukrainian crosses drawn on them.

Footage from the airport showed that the systems were damaged. On eof them is seen missing the right front wheel. The second was slightly damaged by shrapnel. The systems were apparently transferred to the Letterkenny repair plant of the US Army.

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Another fake, stupid story is making headlines in the mass media today about how bad and wrong President Biden secretly believes Israel’s actions in Gaza are. NBC News is now reporting that Biden has been referring to Benjamin Netanyahu as an “asshole” in private conversations and saying the assault in Gaza “has to stop”.

“Biden has grown steadily more frustrated with the rising Palestinian civilian death toll in Gaza — now a reported 28,000 — and Netanyahu’s reluctance to pursue a long-term peace agreement,” NBC News reports.

Buried all the way down in paragraph 15 of the article, we get to the real story:

“Yet, even as Biden has escalated his rhetoric, he is not yet prepared to make significant policy changes, officials said. He and his aides continue to believe his approach of unequivocally supporting Israel is the right one.”

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Commercial vessels sailing through the Red Sea have been broadcasting that they're not connected with Israel and or the US, aiming to avoid Iran-backed Houthi attacks. The creativity behind the broadcasts to thwart attacks has been stepped up a notch, according to research firm TankerTracker

On Sunday afternoon, TankerTracker spotted livestock carrier Cattle Force that broadcasted the message: "All Crew Muslims" as it approached the Bab el-Mandeb Strait off Yemen's coast. 

"This is a first," TankerTracker wrote on social media platform X. 

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Hicks is a policy wonk focusing on climate change, health security, and DEI issues. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She previously served as senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). CSIS is a hawkish non-profit think tank providing policy solutions to influence political and bureaucrat decision-makers.    

She also served on the Boards of Council on Foreign Relations and the Truman Center for National Policy. She served on the Center’s board with Vice Chairman Hunter Biden, Kamala Harris, Jake Sullivan, and Pete Buttigieg, ring leaders in the Biden Administration. The Center promotes critical race and gender theology in the State Department and the military and advocates decarbonizing the military. This is a page out of the script of the Idiocracy movie.

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US Vice President Kamala Harris is ready to replace President Joe Biden if necessary, she told the Wall Street Journal, amid growing concerns about his advanced age and apparent memory problems.

The remarks by Harris were first reported by the WSJ on Monday, a week after the VP had made them to the daily during a flight on Air Force Two. Harris was asked whether concerns over Biden’s memory meant she must convince the public she was ready to serve.

“I am ready to serve. There’s no question about that,” Harris stated boldly, brushing off the suggestion she actually needs to convince voters of anything. Anyone who sees her doing her job, “walks away fully aware of my capacity to lead,” she claimed.

Despite showing confidence about her leadership skills, Harris might still need to convince some voters, given her plummeting approval ratings.

Webmaster addition: If Biden is removed from office through impeachment or the 25th Amendment, Harris becomes President for the rest of Biden's term, a bit less than a year. This gives her the bully pulpit going into November against which the unpopular Gavin Newsom or the unqualified Michelle Obama may not be able to overcome. Since Harris would become President after the midpoint of Biden's term, Harris would legally allowed to run for a second term in 2028.

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US entrepreneur Elon Musk believes Facebook (prohibited in Russia due to its ownership by Meta, which has been designed as extremist) is supporting censorship if it restricts the video of Russian President Vladimir Putin's interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson from being shown on its platform.

"This is an insane level of censorship!" he said in reaction to a recording by Malaysian journalist Ian Miles Cheong, according to which the White House allegedly demanded that Meta "significantly restrict the distribution of the interview" on the Facebook platform.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson may be dangerous for Ukraine due to its potential impact on public opinion in the United States and US politicians, Sergey Leshchenko, adviser to the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, said.

"First of all, this interview should not be underestimated," he told Ukraine’s national television. "It will influence American voters into thinking that this war must be stopped by means of ending assistance to Ukraine. And the new administration will do this, saving the money of US taxpayers and saving the lives of Ukrainians. <…> So, if such moods are fomented in American voters, American politicians will have to heed to them. That is why this interview can be seen as very dangerous in the hands of skillful propagandists."

Apart from that, in his words, this interview can be seen as a kind of "audition" for Carlson, who may seek the office of the US vice president if Donald Trump wins the presidential election. "He is named as the most probable candidate [for vice president]. So, if he is helping Trump influence public opinion in America, he has passed the first part of the audition," Leshchenko said.

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At least 164 Palestinians were killed in Gaza in the past 24 hours from Israeli bombing of Rafah according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The Death toll of Palestinians from Israeli strikes in Gaza Strip has now reached 28,340 since October 7, 2023.

Last night, a teenager who was in one of the structures that was hit by Israeli bombs, suffered both legs being blown off below the knees, as the body was hurled through rubble.  As seen in the image above, the body was found hanging from a piece of steel rebar protruding from a collapsed wall.

Among the targets hit last night by Israel, was a Mosque; shown below blown up.

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The women of a village took to the streets to block any potential Ukrainian military officials from entering their town and taking more men off to war. The protest broke out as the Ukrainian government searches for solutions to its dire troop shortage. 

Tuesday’s rally took place in a region of Ukraine that has generally been supportive regarding the war effort. After rumors emerged that recruitment officials were coming to the village of Kosmach, several women set up a roadblock. About 100 women attended the protest.

The rally occurred as Kiev is struggling to find enough men to hold off the advancing Russian forces. President Zelensky has resisted a plan that would lower the draft age to add 500,000 troops to the Ukrainian military. 

Tags: PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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At least 67 people were killed in air raids on the overcrowded city of Rafah, according to a statement from the Hamas-run territory’s Ministry of Health.

The predawn strikes on Monday hit 14 houses and three mosques in different parts of the city in the south of the enclave, the Hamas government reported.

The Israeli military said it “conducted a series of strikes on terror targets in the area of Shaboura in the southern Gaza Strip”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US broadcaster ABC News that the Rafah operation would continue until Hamas was eliminated, adding he would provide “safe passage” to civilians wishing to leave.

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Russia has imposed sanctions on 18 British citizens including officials, academics and Russia experts for what Moscow says is an attempt to demonise Russia and fan the war in Ukraine.

“We are forced to state that Russophobically charged British representatives do not shy away trying to discredit the constitutional system and socio-political processes in our country,” Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

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... that Trump's statements about quitting NATO, while creating a horrendous butt-hurt all around globalists stooges such as General (ret.) Clark who, I hope, attends some anger-management courses, are empty. And they shouldn't worry--this is Trump's shtick which he sells to MAGA crowd but which he will never implement due to him, in case of getting once more to the Oval Office, having no tool kit to change anything in the US. But that's what Trump does, being a true master of his word--he gives the word and then easily takes it back. Remember his "drain the swamp" thingy? There you go. The issue is much deeper than one or another political personality, because for the US to survive one needs totally different prescriptions. 

So, if that hasn't been enough, today's WSJ headline should scare the shit out of all of us:

Kamala Harris Says She Is Ready to Serve as Biden Faces Age Scrutiny. In a recent interview, the vice president cites her ‘capacity to lead’ after stops on her abortion-rights tour.

I am sure Joe will be really glad to hear these revelations from his VP and God helps us all if she becomes POTUS, which, as surreal as it seems, may come true considering conclusions by special counsel Robert Hur about POTUS.

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The Egyptian government informed its Israeli counterpart that if the IDF carry out an operation in Rafah as announced, entailing the disruption of humanitarian aid delivery into the Gaza Strip, it would suspend the Camp David Accords.

Signed in 1978 and 1979 by former Muslim Brotherhood member Anwar el-Sadat and revisionist Zionist Menahem Beguin, the Camp David Accords, which comprise two separate agreements, were never fully implemented. However, the second agreement ended the war between the two states. Their suspension could mean a new war.

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The "Israel Victory Conference - settlements bring security: Returning to the Gaza Strip and Northern Samaria » was no mere meeting of Jewish supremacists. A rabbi, sentenced in to life imprisonment for his crimes, spoke on behalf of the successors of the Stern group that assassinated British leaders in Mandate Palestine. It was a declaration of war against the Anglo-Saxons. By participating in this event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was threatening Washington and London.

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