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Joe Biden on Tuesday traveled to his *hometown* of Scranton, Pennsylvania for a campaign event.

And literally no one cares.

Biden delivered remarks on the US tax code at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

 

Joe Biden struggled throughout his speech.

He’s completely shot.

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ran launched a large-scale missile and drone attack into Israel overnight Saturday targeting military and intelligence sites in response to an Israeli attack on its Damascus Embassy compound April 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu has threatened to “hurt” Iran, while President Biden has reportedly said the US won’t assist in an Israeli counterattack.

Israel’s war cabinet has reportedly failed to reach a consensus on when and how to respond to Iran’s weekend missile and drone barrage, with Israeli media reporting that US pressure has complicated planning.

“There will be a response,” an anonymous Israeli official was quoted as saying by Israel Hayom. However, a final decision has not been made, and the cabinet is divided over what the form the response could take and its timing, according to a Times of Israel report.

War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz reportedly proposed launching an attack against Iran immediately, with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the Herzi Halevi, the head of the IDF, said to have been opposed to the idea. The Prime Minister’s office denied this information, saying “the opposite was true” regarding Netanyahu.

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It’s Tax Day, which, for most Americans, means it’s time to fork over lots of cash to the feds.

Unless you’re running Pfizer, which is paying a grand total of zero dollars and zero cents in taxes this year. In fact, Pfizer is expecting a hefty refund!

Despite bringing in $58 billion in revenue and billions in net income for 2023, Pfizer is not paying a dime in taxes. Thanks to their scale, size, and taxpayer-funded support system, Pfizer and its peers reap tax benefits that allow for the zeroing out of their tax burden. Such privileges are not afforded to Main Street businesses, highlighting an incredibly unequal tax code that benefits mega corporations at the expense of the average citizen and small businesses.

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  • The paper battery achieves an open circuit voltage of 1.8 volts, a 1.0-volt current density of 100 mA/cm², and a maximum output of 103 milliwatts/cm².
  • The battery is eco-friendly, using carbon cathodes and a pigment electrocatalyst that has passed stringent safety assessments.
  • The researchers successfully tested the battery in a pulse oximeter sensor and a GPS sensor, demonstrating its versatility for wearable devices.
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One of the most famous questions in presidential campaigning that is so pertinent today was posed by Ronald Reagan in 1980 when he asked the country “are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

That single question helped Reagan soar to win the popular vote and dominate the Electoral College, but it came after four years of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” and one of America’s worst economies since the Great Depression.

Today that question is more germane than ever as Joe Biden has driven America to the brink of depression, utterly wasted the strong economy left to him by Donald Trump, and squandered the growth that this country was experiencing before he took office.

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  • Two mass graves were discovered by Gaza’s Ministry of Health and the Civil Defence Forces in the north of the Gaza Strip on Monday. The first mass grave was discovered at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and the second was found in Beit Lahiya.
  • Separately, four people, including a child, were killed and several wounded in an Israeli attack on a house west of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, the Wafa news agency reported on Monday.
  • Israeli army vehicles reportedly surrounded a school where hundreds of people were sheltering amid gunfire and explosions in Beit Hanoon in the northern Gaza Strip, according to a video verified by Al Jazeera on Monday.
  • About 90 percent of approximately 4,000 buildings located along Gaza’s eastern border with Israel have been destroyed or damaged, according to a preliminary analysis of satellite imagery from the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) released on Monday.
  • The UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said the first bakery to reopen in the north of the Gaza Strip received fuel just enough to operate for four days. Long lines have been seen outside the bakery in Gaza City after it received the fuel delivery from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on Sunday.
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The billionaire George Soros has donated $60 million to Democracy PAC, a super political action committee he uses to support Democrats, the second-biggest campaign donation in the 2024 election cycle.

A nonprofit founded and funded by Soros gave cash to boost the campaigns of congressional Democrats, pro-choice campaigners and black candidates in down-ballot races, a filing with the Federal Election Commission shows.

Democracy PAC spread $21 million to a dozen super PACs in the first quarter, including $4 million donations to both the House Majority PAC and the Senate Majority PAC.

It gave $2.5 million to Planned Parenthood Votes, and the same sum to Black PAC, which boosts candidates in state-level races for governors, attorneys general and lawmakers.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas for his ties to a non-profit that has urged migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally to vote for Joe Biden.

The testy exchange occurred during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing examining the Department of Homeland Security's $108 billion 2025 budget request. 

'You worked as a board member of an NGO that is working in conjunction with other NGOs, which are not only financing the invasion of the country, but also telling illegal aliens to vote in the United States elections,' Greene said.

'They are telling illegal aliens, noncitizens, to come vote for Joe Biden. That's your boss.'

'This is corruption at the deepest level,' Greene added. 'As a matter of fact, I would call it treason.'

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Seven-in-ten Americans are worried about the 2024 election spiraling into violence, a DailyMail.com/TIPP poll shows.

Fully 70 percent of respondents were worried about rising tensions in the White House race between President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump.

Another 26 percent said they were not concerned, and 4 percent said they were not sure.

Our survey of nearly 1,300 US adults comes at the start of Trump's trial in New York for hush money payments to a porn star — part of what the Republican frames as a political hit-job against him.

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Lightning and heavy rains have killed hundreds of people across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

At least 50 people have died in Pakistan in storms that have been lashing the country, officials said on Tuesday, as they urged emergency services to remain on high alert. Authorities in Afghanistan also reported a death toll of 50 the same day.

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Israeli tanks have pushed back into some areas of the northern Gaza Strip which they had left weeks ago, while warplanes have conducted air raids on Rafah, where more than one million displaced Palestinians have sought refuge in the south of the territory, killing and wounding several people.

Residents reported an internet outage in the areas of Beit Hanoon and Jabalia in northern Gaza on Tuesday.

Tanks advanced into Beit Hanoon and surrounded some schools where displaced families have taken refuge, said the residents.

“Occupation soldiers ordered all families inside the schools and the nearby houses where the tanks had advanced to evacuate. The soldiers detained many men,” a resident of northern Gaza told Reuters via a chat app.

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Judge Juan Merchan on Tuesday accused Trump of intimidating a juror who admitted she posted a pro-Biden video to her Facebook page.

Jury selection was still underway on Tuesday in the Stormy Daniels ‘hush money’ trial after more than 50 prospective jurors were dismissed from the jury pool on Monday.

One potential juror was brought in for questioning after Trump’s lawyers discovered she posted a pro-Biden celebratory video in 2020.

“You had to get in the car to spread the honking cheer. it’s a full on dance party at 96th street,” the potential juror’s caption read according to Trump attorney Todd Blanche.

President Trump was allegedly gesturing and ‘audibly speaking in the direction of the potential juror’ while she was being questioned about her pro-Biden social media post.

Judge Merchan accused Trump of intimidating the juror.

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The International Monetary Fund sounded the alarm on the Biden administration’s rampant spending as “out of line with what is needed for long-term fiscal stability.”

The latest forecast from the IMF — a Washington-based group tasked with fighting financial crises worldwide — warned that the ballooning national debt and the fiscal deficit threatened to exacerbate sky-high levels of inflation while posing a long-term risk to the global economy.

The IMF noted in its forecast that the US federal budget deficit grew from $1.4 trillion in fiscal 2022 to $1.7 trillion last year.

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On Saturday, April 13, Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel in retaliation for a deadly Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, that took place on April 1.

The vast majority of the projectiles were intercepted by Israel’s air defense system, with assistance from the ever-helpful United States military, and damage was minimal. Having completed its retaliation, Iran has now declared that the matter can “be deemed concluded” – although Israel is not usually one to let anyone else have the last word.

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A female who's accused of stabbing a 1-year-old boy in a stroller in front of his parents on a Philadelphia street Saturday — as well as a 24-year-old woman on a different street hours earlier — was out on bail in connection with a 2022 stabbing in New York City.

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The U.S. attorney’s office stated on Tuesday that a former financial counselor for the United States Army had entered a guilty plea to cheating the families of slain service members out of life insurance premiums.

 

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According to the organization, Gold Star family members are eligible to a $100,000 payment plus the service member’s life insurance, which can be up to $400,000, if they are the immediate beneficiary of a service member who has died while serving in the military on active duty.

Prosecutors said that Colts Neck, New Jersey, resident “Caz Craffy,” 41, entered a guilty plea to taking more than $9.9 million from multiple Gold Star families to invest in accounts that Craffy handled in his personal capacity without the families’ consent.

In addition to serving as a financial counselor with the Casualty Assistance Office as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army, Craffy was a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, having enrolled there since 2003, according to the prosecution.

Prosecutors claim that between May 2018 and November 2022, Craffy earned over $1.4 million in commissions while the Gold Star family accounts lost over $3.7 million.

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MSNBC's Joy Reid celebrated former President Donald Trump's prosecution as a "wonderfully poetic" form of racial revenge against whitey. 

"For me, there is something wonderfully poetic about the fact that the first person to criminally prosecute Donald Trump is a black Harvard grad," Reid said Tuesday on MSNBC. "And a black woman is doing the same exact thing in Georgia. And a black woman forced you to pay a $175 million dollar fine."

"Donald Trump is being held to account by the very multicultural, multiracial democracy that he's trying to dismantle," Reid boasted. "Go DEI. My DEIs are bringing it home."

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Iran’s reprisal attack on Israel has delayed Israeli plans to invade the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, CNN reported on Monday, citing Israeli sources.

The sources said that the Israeli Air Force was set to drop leaflets on Rafah on Monday to tell the more than 1 million civilians who are in the city that an offensive was coming. But the plan was put on hold as the Israeli War Cabinet is debating how to respond to Iran firing over 300 missiles and drones at Israeli territory, which came in response to Israel bombing Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

The US has claimed it’s opposed to an Israeli invasion of Rafah since it would incur huge civilian casualties and further disrupt aid coming in from Egypt. But the fact that Israel was planning to drop leaflets on the city demonstrates that President Biden is not putting any real pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is worried that Israel might strike Iran’s nuclear program in response to the Iranian drone and missile attack on Israeli territory, which was a reprisal for Israel bombing Iran’s consulate in Damascus.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told reporters on Monday that Iran temporarily closed its nuclear facilities on Sunday over security concerns and that the agency’s inspectors did not return to the facilities when they reopened on Monday.

“We are always concerned about this possibility,” Grossi said of a potential Israeli attack. He said IAEA inspectors would return on Tuesday. “I decided to not let the inspectors return until we see that the situation is completely calm,” he said.

Israel has a history of targeting Iranian nuclear facilities in covert attacks, including a 2021 drone attack that damaged IAEA cameras at a centrifuge facility, which impeded the IAEA’s inspection regime.

Webmaster addition: And let's not forget Stuxnet!

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The New Arab Staff & Agencies

16 April, 2024

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As of April 7, more than 11,000 suspected cases have been reported in Houthi-controlled areas since October [Getty]

The United Nations on Monday expressed concern about the uptick in cholera cases in Yemen, especially in areas of the war-ravaged country controlled by Houthi rebels, where 75 people have died since October.

"Since October last year, we have seen an alarming resurgence of cholera across the country," UN official Edem Wosornu told the Security Council, speaking on behalf of humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths.

Noting that the last cholera epidemic in Yemen dated back to 2019, Wosornu said while the response in government-controlled areas had slowed the spread of the illness and provided treatment for those affected, Houthi-run areas were in need.

"Since March, we have seen the outbreak spread rapidly in areas controlled by the Houthi de facto authorities," the official said.

As of April 7, more than 11,000 suspected cases have been reported in those areas since October, along with the 75 deaths. In comparison, 3,200 suspected cases have been reported in government-controlled aCholera spreading in Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen: UN

The UN has sounded the alarm over the surge in cholera outbreaks in parts of Yemen controlled by the Houthis, reporting thousands of cases since October.

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The New Arab Staff & Agencies

16 April, 2024

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As of April 7, more than 11,000 suspected cases have been reported in Houthi-controlled areas since October [Getty]

The United Nations on Monday expressed concern about the uptick in cholera cases in Yemen, especially in areas of the war-ravaged country controlled by Houthi rebels, where 75 people have died since October.

"Since October last year, we have seen an alarming resurgence of cholera across the country," UN official Edem Wosornu told the Security Council, speaking on behalf of humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths.

Noting that the last cholera epidemic in Yemen dated back to 2019, Wosornu said while the response in government-controlled areas had slowed the spread of the illness and provided treatment for those affected, Houthi-run areas were in need.

"Since March, we have seen the outbreak spread rapidly in areas controlled by the Houthi de facto authorities," the official said.

As of April 7, more than 11,000 suspected cases have been reported in those areas since October, along with the 75 deaths. In comparison, 3,200 suspected cases have been reported in government-controlled areas

Claire's Observations;  As hard and fast as this has hit, one has to wonder.... was it weaponised, courtesy of the IDF and the US???!?

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Prior to the Israeli military’s slaughter of seven World Central Kitchen (WCK) aid workers in Gaza this month, Middle East Eye (MEE) reports that at least 357 humanitarian-run sites and convoys had been attacked.

As with the incident involving the slain WCK workers which included an American citizen, the humanitarian orgs shared their coordinates in advance of operations with the warring parties. Israel hit them anyway and UN officials have warned of great difficulty in repairing the broken humanitarian notification system.

Current data shows that at least 216 aid workers have been killed during Israel’s indiscriminate bombing and relentless war on the Palestinian people trapped in the besieged, highly dense, coastal enclave. Aid workers told MEE the “scale of the incidents was unprecedented, even compared to the most dangerous war zones and emergencies they have experienced.” The vast majority of aid workers slaughtered have been employed by UNRWA, the UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees.

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At the time I resigned in early March, I was the only staff member of Palestinian descent at World Central Kitchen (WCK).1 I resigned in protest of extensive, unexplained censorship regarding Gaza at the organization. WCK leadership is taking a stand six months too late, only after 7 of its personnel were killed.

World Central Kitchen is a food relief NGO, founded by celebrity chef José Andrés in response to 2010’s disastrous earthquake in Haiti. While the vast majority of the organization’s work is in response to natural disasters, WCK had made exceptions, including feeding the National Guard and law enforcement during the January 6 insurrection, and in 2022 activated wholesale in Ukraine.

On December 7 of last year, I sent this letter to World Central Kitchen’s executive team, along with a request to discuss its points in an open conversation mediated by an ombudsman, a resource hired by the organization in the wake of last year’s sexual harassment scandal. The letter called for WCK to join other regionally active NGOs in calling for a ceasefire and condemning Israel’s blockade, conform its language in coverage of Gaza to the standard set by its coverage of Ukraine, and an immediate cessation in meal service in Israel. It garnered 43 signatures from WCK staff, contractors, and Chef Corps volunteers at a time when the organization’s largest Slack channel had 101 employees. The entire WCK executive team declined the meeting, and failed to respond when the ombudsman reached out to them. WCK continued to actively serve meals in Israel until the second day of the ICJ genocide hearing in January.

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