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CNN host Michael Smerconish educated his own audience on Saturday after they overwhelmingly approved the Justice Department taking Donald Trump to trial before the 2024 election.

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump's appeal that presidential immunity protects him from criminal prosecution in special counsel Jack Smith's election interference case.

The decision triggered weeping and gnashing of teeth among liberals because the court set oral arguments for the week of April 22. That means the justices will likely not issue a decision until the end of June. And with court proceedings halted until their decision, Trump's trial will not begin until late summer — at the earliest.

That timeline presents a major problem: DOJ policy specifically prohibits interfering in elections and being swayed by political winds, and rushing Trump's trial could run afoul of that long-standing policy.

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As Gaza's Hunger Crisis Worsens, Emaciated Children Seen at Hospitals



Palestinian mother Anwar Abdulnabi cries over the body of her daughter Mila, who had been suffering from deficiencies of calcium and potassium, at Kamal Adwan hospital on the edges of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip March 2, 2024. REUTERS/Osama Abu Rbaya

By Bassam Masoud and Mohammed Salem

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) -Two Palestinian toddlers with sunken eyes and emaciated faces, one in a yellow cardigan and the other in a stripy top, were lying side by side on a bed in a Gaza clinic, their thin, bony legs protruding from diapers that looked too big for them.

"We will face a large number of patients who suffer from this, which is malnutrition," she said.

The toddler in the yellow cardigan, Ahmed Qannan, weighed 6 kg (13.2 lb), half of his pre-war body weight, according to his aunt, Israa Kalakh, who was by his side.

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"His situation worsens each day. God protect us from what is coming," she told Reuters.

Nearly five months into Israel's air and ground assault on the Gaza Strip and resulting mass displacement, acute shortages of food have led to what the United Nations is describing as a nutrition crisis, part of a wider humanitarian catastrophe.

Gaza's Health Ministry said on Sunday that 15 children had died of malnutrition or dehydration at Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, the part of the enclave where the lack of food is most extreme.

"The unofficial numbers can unfortunately be expected to be higher," said World Health Organization spokesperson Christian Lindmeier.

The worsening hunger crisis has intensified criticism of Israel on the world stage, including from U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, whose country is Israel's staunchest ally. She said on Sunday that people in Gaza were starving, calling on Israel to do more to significantly increase the flow of aid.

"My daughter, my beautiful daughter, my gentle daughter has passed away," cried Abdulnabi. She later said through her tears that Mila had been suffering from calcium and potassium deficiencies, but did not specify what caused the child's death.

Dr Ahmad Salem, who works in the hospital's intensive care unit, said one of the factors in the high number of child deaths there was that new mothers were themselves malnourished.

"The mothers cannot breastfeed their children. We do not have formula milk. This has led to the deaths of children here in the intensive care unit. Also in the nursery, there are numerous deaths," he said

Claire's Observations:  Take a good, hard look at that mom, cradling her dead child; now, imagine, for one moment, that was YOUR child.

How would you feel, at the government which caused this, and the other government which enabled it, with their bombs and bullets, not letting desperately needed humanitarian aid through to children like this?!?

Right now, to much of the rest of the world, Israel and the US look like the collective backsides of braying donkeys, for conflating Israel's "self-defense" with "genocide". 

IF EVER there was a reason to peacefully protest, now is that time.   There desperately needs to be a viable cease-fire, so that we do NOT have hundreds more Palestinian children, dying in this way.  Of course, Netanyahu and his minions LOVE when Palestinian kids die this way;after all,  it saves on US-supplied bullets and bombs!!

Who remembers what got President Johnson to NOT run for a second term, when he was one of the principal cheer-leaders for the Vietnam War?!?  It was the thousands of peaceful protestors outside his window, and he knew that should he run again, these people, and this country, would turn against him in the coming elections.

This country needs a peace movement, and a peace caucus, made up of EVERYONE; men, women;  and people of faith, who believe very strongly, that genocide - ALL GENOCIDE - is morally wrong,   As long as the First Amendment exists, we need to not be afraid to lift our collective voice and get heard.

I have come back to posting on this site, because I can no longer remain silent on this, and other issues which I find challenging to me, as an American; and right now, with Israel's actions, silence.... is complicity.  I will not be complicit here.

And let me end, with a scenario which keeps me up at night.  What if Iran is savagely attacked by the US/UK/ and Israel, and Russia and China decide to come to its aid, militarily?  

Russia has weaponry to which the US isn't even coming close, as outlined by President Putin in his weekend speech to the Russian Federation.  The US doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to begin to defend Israel against that powerful a combo.  And Lord, please:  that some Adult in the room in the US is able to shake Netanyahu up enough to realize that his dreams of Eretz Israel (The "Greater" Israel) is very likely to cause the entire world to explode.  

Of course, he and Sarah have been moved to gated housing in Jerusalem with survival bunkers, where they can wait out Armageddon in comfort.  So does he really care about the rest of humanity?!?  Most probably,  not so much.

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Maggie Eshbaugh opened the front door to find a wall of snow. The weekend blizzard dropped over 10 feet of snow on the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. She tells FOX Weather how staff had to tunnel through another exit and how clean up efforts are going.

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However, critics argue that the Biden administration has used executive actions to weaken border security, thereby exacerbating the immigration issue. The administration is accused of intentionally allowing an influx of illegal immigrants, with estimates suggesting that the number could surpass 8 million by October.

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In a potentially groundbreaking discovery, a significant helium deposit has been unearthed in Minnesota, which could be one of the largest in the world, as reported by WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

The drilling site, located just outside Babbitt in the northeastern region of the state, reached a depth of 2,200 feet within a month of breaking ground.

Pulsar Helium CEO, Thomas Abraham-James, described the discovery as "a dream." He told WCCO, "There was a lot of screaming, a lot of hugging and high fives. It’s nice to know the efforts all worked out and we pulled it off." The helium concentration found at the site was 12.4 percent, nearly 30 times the industry standard, and even surpassed the company's projections. "12.4% is just a dream. It’s perfect," Abraham-James stated.

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New York City's subway system has witnessed a disturbing surge in violent crime since 2020, with more fatalities recorded than in the preceding 15 years, according to data from the New York Police Department (NYPD).

This alarming trend has persisted into 2024, despite increased police presence and surveillance measures aimed at curbing criminal activity.

The NYPD has documented 32 murders on subway trains and platforms since 2020, surpassing the total of 31 murders recorded between 2005 and 2019. The current year has already seen three subway murders, suggesting that the city is on course to exceed last year's total of five subway killings.

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Dr. Wilde’s plaidoyer – ALL based on legal facts and international law – completely destroys the legality of Israel, of Israel’s existence. Going back by over 100 years to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, all the way to the illegal UK “handing over” of Palestine in 1947 to the United Nations.

Arthur James Balfour was a Conservative British politician, then Foreign Secretary, and formerly UK’s Prime Minister (1902-1905).

The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British Government in 1917 during WWI, announcing its support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then an Ottoman region with a small minority Jewish population about 11%.

The Brits claimed unrightfully – as well-illustrated by Dr. Wilde – having the “Mandate” for Palestine (1918-1948), because of the British occupation of territories previously ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

However, the Peace Treaties that brought the First World War to an end, also established the principle of self-determination that emerged after the war.  Meaning that Palestine already in 1918 had the right of self-determination without any mandate of the UK or anybody else over its newly gained sovereignty.

See also this for history on Balfour Declaration.

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People died from euthanasia, the banning of HCQ and Ivermectin, and from the vaccine. The murder of medical ethics by medical authorities has institutionalized murder in the “health care” system, just has the world’s acceptance of genocide paved the way for the elimination of ethnicities.  Ethnic-targeted biowarfare research carried on by Washington is further evidence that respect for human life has departed.  The Western world has plenty of money to support Israel’s genocide of the Palestinians, the conflict in Ukraine, and the immigrant-invaders over-running their countries, but not for the health care of their citizens.

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Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Monday reacted to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to put Trump back on the Colorado ballot.

The US Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled Trump can stay on the Colorado primary 2024 ballot.

The Supreme Court said the states lack the power to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution against Presidential candidates.

“For the reasons given, responsibility for enforcing Section against federal officeholders and candidates rests with Congress and not the States. The judgment of the Colorado Supreme Court therefore cannot stand,” the high court’s ruling said.

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In a recent development that has raised eyebrows, the sudden death of Angela Chao, CEO of Foremost Group and sister-in-law of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is reportedly being investigated as a potential criminal case.

Chao, aged 50, was discovered deceased in the early hours of February 11, after being extricated from a vehicle that had plunged into a pond on a private ranch in Johnson City, Texas, approximately 40 miles from Austin. The Blanco County Sheriff's Office, which is spearheading the investigation, has stated that the incident was not a typical accident.

Initially, the authorities appeared to consider the incident as a straightforward accident. However, in a recent letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the Sheriff's Office expressed a shift in their perspective. "Although the preliminary investigation indicated this was an unfortunate accident, the Sheriff's Office is still investigating this accident as a criminal matter until they have sufficient evidence to rule out criminal activity," the letter read.

Webmaster addition:  Of course Mitch McConnell's stepping down at about the same time is just a coincidence!!!!!!!!

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British soldiers are “on the ground” in Ukraine helping Ukrainian forces fire Storm Shadow missiles, according to a leaked recording of a conversation between German military officers that was published by Russian media.

Germany confirmed the authenticity of the recording, and the British did not dispute the claim. The UK confirmed last week that it had a “small number” of troops inside Ukraine who are “supporting the armed forces of Ukraine.”

The UK first started shipping Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine last year, which marked a significant escalation of NATO support since they have a range of 155 miles, further than any other NATO-provided missile. France has also provided Ukraine with a French variant of the Storm Shadow, known as the Scalp missile, but doesn’t have troops helping with targeting on the ground, according to the leaked recording.

In the recording, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, the head of the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), described how the British assist Ukraine. “When it comes to mission planning, I know how the English do it, they do it completely in reachback. They also have a few people on the ground, they do that, the French don’t.”

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At least 16 Palestinian children have starved to death in the Gaza Strip over the past few days due to the US-backed Israeli siege, and the UN’s child relief agency is warning that the number of child deaths will “rapidly increase” if conditions don’t immediately change.

“Last week, we warned that an explosion in child deaths was imminent if the burgeoning nutrition crisis wasn’t resolved,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF’s director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Now, the child deaths we feared are here and are likely to rapidly increase unless the war ends and obstacles to humanitarian relief are immediately resolved.”

The latest Palestinian child reported to die of hunger was Yazan al-Kafarna, a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy who was in the al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Fifteen children have also died of malnutrition and dehydration at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza.

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A document compiled by the UN Palestinian agency (UNRWA) found rampant abuse of Palestinians in Israeli detention facilities. The detainees report frequent beatings, sexual abuse, and even the deaths of prisoners. Thousands of Palestinians have been rounded by the Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza over the past four months. 

The New York Times viewed a UNRWA report that documents pervasive abuse in Israeli detention camps. “Detainees said they were beaten, stripped, robbed, blindfolded, sexually abused, and denied access to lawyers and doctors, often for more than a month,” the outlet wrote. “Some detainees, according to the report, told UNRWA investigators that they had often been beaten on open wounds, had been held for hours in painful stress positions, and had been attacked by military dogs.”

One prisoner reported he was “beaten so badly that his genitals turned blue and that there was still blood present in his urine,” adding that “guards made him sleep naked in the open air, next to a fan blowing cold air, and played music so loudly that his ear bled.” 

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Nearly a thousand Palestinians were killed or wounded in Gaza Thursday after Israeli forces opened fire on people surrounding an aid convoy. The UN Security Council tried to pass a resolution condemning the massacre, but President Biden came to Israel’s defense with his fifth veto of Security Council votes to end Israeli genocide in Gaza.

Israel admitted they shot into the crowd all right, but it was the Palestinians fault for threatening Israeli soldiers and stampeding. First Israel starves the Palestinians fleeing US and Israeli bombs, then opens fire on them when they rush the food aid trucks.

Biden’s veto was based on a simple, self-serving fact… he didn’t have all the facts warranting a condemnation of Israel’s grotesque ongoing genocide in Gaza.

In WWI, a fighter pilot who shot down 5 enemy planes was termed an Ace, a mark of distinction sought after by every combat fighter pilot. Biden’s fifth veto of Israel’s endless civilian massacres in Gaza makes him an Ace of Genocide, something no other world leader dare emulate.

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“The 20th century had no shortage of terrible events that cast a shadow over people today. The deaths of over a million Armenians is one such tragedy. Few tragedies have faced such bitter political discussion after the fact as the Armenian Incident, others deny it ever happened, insist it was an accident, or that it was a justified response to a political threat. In this video, we look at the unspeakable things that happened in the Armenian Incident and how its complicated legacy is still hotly debated today. Setting the Stage Nestled in the Caucasus Mountains on the border between Europe and Asia, Armenia’s long history has seen it caught between countless empires. By the late 19th century, Western Armenia was firmly under the control of the Ottoman Empire while a smaller Eastern portion was controlled by the Russians. The Armenians of the Ottoman Empire faced many obstacles.

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I’ve always found it fascinating that supporters of Israeli-sponsored terrorism criticize Palestinian militants for targeting civilians—in spite of the fact that Israeli soldiers kill far more Palestinian non-combatants and destroy much greater amounts of civilian property. One can verify this claim by familiarizing themselves with the casualty statistics of Israel’s last rampage in Gaza last summer, also referred to as “Operation Protective Edge”.

During Operation Protective Edge, more than 2,000 Palestinian civilians were killed, among them 550 children. On the Israeli side, 5 civilians were killed, including 1 child. This is a ratio of 550-1 for the number of Palestinian children deaths versus their Israeli counterparts. More than 3,300 Palestinian children were injured, of whom over 1,000 were permanently disabled. On the Israeli side, 261 Israeli civilians were injured (included in the casualty reports were those who sustained injuries while running to bomb shelters and were not wounded by Palestinian weapons). Nearly 20,000 Palestinian homes were razed or severely damaged, compared to just one Israeli home being destroyed. While Israel’s property damage amounted to $11 million in reconstruction costs, Gaza’s property damage surpassed $6 billion in reconstruction costs over the next 20 years.

And we’re expected to believe that Palestinians are deliberately targeting civilians while Israelis do everything they can to avoid harming civilian lives and property? Does such data vindicate Israel’s position that it isn’t targeting civilians? Does such data undermine the claim that Palestinians are the only ones targeting civilians? While I will never argue that numbers tell an entire story, I can say at the very least that these casualty statistics suggest Israeli military operations are killing civilians and destroying civilian property at a much higher rate than operations conducted by the Palestinians. Such data is worth considering when we analyze Israeli arguments demonizing Palestinians for their choice of tactics in war.

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In late February, the Ukrainian military command transferred special forces of the neo-nazi Kraken unit to the Kherson region; but amid the Ukrainian defeats, they did not take active part in hostilities and reportedly already left their positions.

The Kraken Special Forces is a Ukrainian separate reconnaissance and sabotage unit of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
The special unit was created in March 2022 in Kharkiv and included highly-motivated veterans of the AZOV neo-Nazi regiment, officers of the Main Intelligence Directorate, ultras and other neo-Nazi militants.

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Poland’s political class has been divided between the liberal conservative Civic Platform and the soft Eurosceptic national conservative Law and Justice Party for about the past 20 years, with each side regularly accusing the other of undermining the constitutional order, playing dirty tricks and betraying the country’s national interests.

The Polish National Public Prosecutor’s Office has reportedly been caught wiretapping officials using a spyware system more advanced than the infamous Israeli spyware package Pegasus.

According to information obtained by the liberal Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, the prosecutor’s office purchased the spyware system for 15 million Polish zloty (about $3.5 million), not counting renewable subscription fees, in the spring of 2021, and subsequently used it to wiretap officials, opposition politicians, judges and prosecutors “suspected of disloyalty” to the Law and Justice government in power at the time.

The spyware, known as Hermes, is reportedly more advanced than Pegasus, which Polish authorities were previously also caught using, to the point where it cannot be detected using normal scanning tools because it burrows deep into low-level systems, and can compromise the encrypted systems of popular messengers such as WhatsApp and Signal.

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Open Access Government interviews Justin Albrecht, the Threat Intelligence officer who was behind the discovery of Hermit Spyware in Italy and Kazakhstan

Justin Albrecht, a Threat Intelligence officer from Lookout, was behind the recent discovery of the Hermit Spyware which was detected in Italy and Kazakhstan. Here, Albrecht explains the dangers of Hermit Spyware.

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On Monday, German media reported that German military officials were speaking about plans to attack Russia on unencrypted video conversations and it is possible that unidentified numbers simply joined the conference call when it was intercepted.

There is “sincere panic” among Western leaders who are forced to “face the inevitable fact” that they are losing to Russia, Mark Sleboda, a foreign relations and security analyst told Sputnik’s Fault Lines on Monday. “It is shattering both their preconceptions of this conflict and also shattering their belief in their own exceptionalism and seniority,” he told co-hosts Melik Abdul and Jamarl Thomas.

The comments came after discussing the leaked German plans to coordinate a strike on the Crimean bridge or an ammo depot in Krasnodar, which Sleboda said was “planning an act of war on the Russian Federation” noting that Russia would have “every right” to respond.

“They were plotting an act of war and [the] Ukrainians in all of this, they weren’t doing the planning, they wouldn’t be doing the implementation, the programing of the missiles on the ground. They were talking about having it be done by German officials and the number [of] people with American accents and civilian clothes,” he said, adding “Their biggest concern, other than which was the more feasible target… was their plausible deniability.”

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