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Democrat President Joe Biden was slammed Saturday afternoon on social media after he tried to blame high gas prices on gas stations and demanded that they immediately lower the prices that they are charging at the pump.
The new law, House Bill 1878, requires voters to show one of the following photo IDs at polling sites: nonexpired Missouri driver’s license, nonexpired state nondriver’s license, other documents issued by the state or federal government with a photo and recent confirmable signature, or photo identification issued by the Missouri National Guard, U.S. Armed Forces, or U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
A voter who comes to the polling sites without the required photo ID can cast a provisional ballot with a signature on the ballot envelope and a sworn affidavit.
However, the election judges will mark the ballot envelope to indicate that the voter’s identity was not verified.
The voter can either come back to the polling site with a photo ID on the same day or allow the election authority to determine if the ballot is effective by comparing the voter’s signature with one on file with the election agency.
The GOP governors of Maryland and Virginia have responded to a letter from the Supreme Court’s highest-ranking security official who called on them to utilize their law enforcement resources to prevent protests at the homes of justices.
“The governor agrees with the Marshal that the threatening activity outside the Justices’ homes has increased,” Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin spokesperson Christian Martinez said in response to a letter from Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley that called on the governor to “enforce state law” prohibiting picketing outside the homes of the justices, Fox News reported.
“He welcomes the Marshal of the Supreme Court’s request for Fairfax County to enforce state law as they are the primary enforcement authority for the state statute,” the statement continued.
But Youngkin himself called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to “do his job” by “enforcing the much more robust federal law.”
“Every resource of federal law enforcement, including the U.S. Marshals, should be involved while the Justices continue to be denied the right to live peacefully in their homes,” the GOP governor added.
A deleted web article recovered by The National Pulse reveals that former President Barack Obama spearheaded an agreement leading to the construction of biolabs handling “especially dangerous pathogens” in Ukraine.
The news comes on the same day that Biden regime apparatchik Victoria Nuland told the U.S. Senate that the American government is concerned about biological research facilities falling into Russian hands as a result of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe.
Originally posted on June 18th, 2010, the article “Biolab Opens in Ukraine” details how Obama, while serving as an Illinois Senator, helped negotiate a deal to build a level-3 bio-safety lab in the Ukrainian city of Odessa.
The article, which also highlighted the work of former Senator Dick Lugar, was additionally included in Issue No. 818 of the United States Air Force (USAF) Counterproliferation Center’s Outreach Journal.
“Well, we’ve all heard of the bird flu and we’ve heard of tuberculosis, and we’ve heard of flesh-eating diseases, and there’s a number of things that have been going around in the media the last few years. Including AIDS, which is still there.
And now we have… even, strange as it sounds, we have a rise to almost an epidemic level now of rabies. Which we typically associate with animals. But when it crosses to the human barrier, to the barrier between animal and human, crosses that barrier into the human, there is no treatment. There is no cure, for rabies.
Now, you may not have heard this. This is – not necessarily new, but it’s coming to the forefront in the mass media now.”
The news comes amid reports of Russian troops entering Lisichansk – the last major city in the Lugansk People's Republic under Ukrainian forces' control.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has briefed President Vladimir Putin on the complete liberation of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), which Moscow recognized earlier this year, from Ukrainian forces.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the LPR's liberation was completed with the fall of the city of Lisichansk, as well as several nearby towns, such as Belogorovka, Novodruzhesk, Maloryazantsevo and Belaya Gora, which are now under the control of the Russian and LPR Armed Forces. The two states' troops liberated 182 square kilometers of LPR lands from Kiev-controlled forces, the ministry added.
There were several reports that Russian forces had taken Lisichansk, the last major stronghold of Ukrainian troops in the LPR, on 2 July, with Kiev denying it despite admitting that the situation was severe. However, official confirmation arrived on 3 July.
Russian authorities are saying that a series of strikes rocked one of its cities near the border with Ukraine. Russia is calling it a "deliberate" Ukrainian attack on its territory in the early hours of Sunday morning, which reportedly killed at least four people in the city of Belgorod.
"The regional governor said the blasts hit dozens of residential buildings and air defenses had been activated," BBC reports. "The Kremlin said that Sunday's attack had been a deliberate attempt by Ukrainian forces to target civilians."
However, as BBC also notes, "Ukraine dismissed the claim, saying the Russians had lied about similar incidents in the past."
Belgorod is near Ukraine's large northern city of Kharkiv. Lying just 25 miles north across the Ukrainian border, the major city in Russia's south has 370,000 residents.
It's not the first time potentially 'errant' missiles have struck Russian territory - or also it's not the first time Russia has accused Ukraine of a deliberate cross-border attack, but the damage and death toll is the most significant and extensive thus far, with a major emergency response at the scenes of impact ongoing.
An Al Jazeera war reporter inside Ukraine said of the alleged incident: "We are trying to piece together exactly what happened through social media reports. Al Jazeera cannot confirm anything that either side is saying at this point."
The US is funding technology to allow Russian citizens to get past Russian government censors in efforts to circumvent an information crackdown related to the war in Ukraine.
The US-backed Open Technology Fund is paying out cash to a number of American companies who provide virtual private networks (VPNs). These are now seeking to allow Russians access free of charge, which aids in both accessing blocked websites and preventing Kremlin authorities from tracking IP addresses, thus better protecting online identity.
"Our tool is primarily used by people trying to access independent media, so that funding by the OTF has been absolutely critical," said a spokesman one of the involved companies, identified as Lantern.
An attorney with an information access rights group called Access Now said of the program, "It's so very important for Russians to be connected to the whole world wide web, to keep resistance going."
One firm cited in AFP receiving US government funds reported that on average 1.5 million Russians are using its tools daily, and further:
Tech firms Psiphon and nthLink have also been providing sophisticated anti-censorship applications to people in Russia, with OTF estimating that some four million users in Russia have received VPNs from the firms.
Psiphon saw a massive surge in Russian users, with the number soaring from about 48,000 a day prior to the February 24 invasion to more than a million a day by mid-March, said a company senior advisor Dirk Rodenburg.
A veteran former D.E. Shaw & Co. fund manager won $52.1 million from his old firm this week after a FINRA arbitration about whether or not he was defamed when he was fired in 2018 for "offensive conduct".
The amount is one of the largest of its kind in recent memory.
The manager, Daniel Michalow, originally had sought $600 million from the firm. In addition to the firm, the case also targeted four top executives - all of whom declined to comment on the award, according to a mid-week Bloomberg wrap up of the story.
A firm spokesperson said of the award: “We were disappointed by the outcome of the arbitration, and we stand by the decision we made in 2018 to terminate Mr. Michalow’s employment with the firm.”
The firm had accused Michalow of “gross violations of our standards and values” back in 2018 and said that complaints about his "abusive and offensive conduct" in turn triggered a company-led investigation. This investigation led to Michalow's firing.
Michalow wrote to company founder David Shaw afterward, calling himself a “scapegoat with a proverbial hanging in the town square”. He admitted that he “hugged colleagues in parting” and made “inappropriate jokes,” but said he didn't discriminate, nor did he "go around touching people inappropriately”.
In a last-ditch effort to avoid extradition to the United States, lawyers for jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday appealed to the United Kingdom's High Court to block the transfer. Assange's brother, Gabriel Shipton, told Reuters that the Australian publisher's legal team appealed his extradition, which was formally approved by U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel last month.
"We also urge the Australian government to intervene immediately in the case to end this nightmare," Shipton said.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., promised on Thursday to fight for life in the Sunshine State after a judge temporarily blocked a 15-week abortion ban, according to a report from The Hill.
Following last week’s U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the anticipated ruling of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the issue of abortion was returned to the states.
During a press conference, DeSantis stated regarding the temporary block on Florida’s 15-week abortion ban: “That was likely going to be what was decided in that case. We knew that we were going to have to move forward and continue the legal battle, and that’s something that was decided under state law.”
According to a statement made by Gov. DeSantis’ spokesperson to The Hill, “While we are disappointed with yesterday’s ruling, we know that the prolife HB 5 will ultimately withstand all legal challenges.”
Republicans in Spokane County, Washington, have asked for an audit of the 2020 presidential election, according to a report from Just the News.
The report added the audit request came in a petition presented to county commissioners by Spokane County GOP State Committeeman Matt Hawkins. The probe would specifically look at the election processes in Spokane County, as well as the tabulation machines.
In June, The Center Square reported that a citizen watchdog group had failed to convince Spokane County to perform an audit of the 2020 presidential election. A member of the Election Integrity Committee under the umbrella of the Spokane Republican Party, Dennis Hawkhurst, pointed out in Center Square’s article that there were a reported 353,926 registered voters in 2020 but 382,560 ballots.
In the decade since larger-than-life character Kim Dotcom founded Mega, the cloud storage service has amassed 250 million registered users and stores a whopping 120 billion files that take up more than 1,000 petabytes of storage. A key selling point that has helped fuel the growth is an extraordinary promise that no top-tier Mega competitors make: Not even Mega can decrypt the data it stores.
On the company's homepage, for instance, Mega displays an image that compares its offerings to Dropbox and Google Drive. In addition to noting Mega's lower prices, the comparison emphasizes that Mega offers end-to-end encryption, whereas the other two do not.
Over the years, the company has repeatedly reminded the world of this supposed distinction, which is perhaps best summarized in this blog post. In it, the company claims, "As long as you ensure that your password is sufficiently strong and unique, no one will ever be able to access your data on MEGA. Even in the exceptionally improbable event MEGA's entire infrastructure is seized!" (emphasis added).
A decade of assurances negated
Thirty-five people were shot, five fatally, during a bloody holiday weekend in Chicago.
A 24-year-old woman was killed on Friday night during a shootout between two men in the city's Chinatown area, with one of the gunman and two others being wounded during the incident, according to reporting from ABC 7. The woman was struck in the torso and was taken to Stroger Hospital but died of her injuries, police say.
Four more people were wounded Friday night in West Garfield Park when a man walking down the road opened fire on the group, with a 25-year-old man being struck in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was listed in serious condition. The three other victims were also taken to the hospital but listed in good condition.
President Joe Biden on Friday made another characteristic verbal blunder, admitting to a reporter that what’s at stake in the issue of abortion is the decision to end the life of a “child.”
While Democrats will typically skate around the reality of abortion, speaking only in terms of “reproductive healthcare,” “fetuses” and the like, Biden broke sharply with this careful framing of the issue on Friday, telling a reporter that abortion was the decision to “abort a child.”
When Biden was asked at Joint Base Andrews about his reaction to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the president stumbled over his words.
“So the idea that we’re going to make a judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to choose to abort a child, based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think goes way overboard,” the 79-year-old Biden said.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul once again signed sweeping gun legislation into law on Friday that created several severe new restrictions on obtaining a gun in the state, including drastically increasing concealed carry regulations and requiring applicants to turn over social media history.
According to the the legislation, part of Hochul's new criteria to obtain a concealed carry permit will be an applicant giving the government a list containing three years of history of their current and inactive social media accounts. Applicants must also have 16 hours of firearm training, provide four character references, and list the contact information for any domestic partners or adults of any kind they live with.