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Two things have become painfully clear on Capitol Hill this week: Lawmakers and staffers say sexual harassment is “rampant” – but even members of Congress have no idea just how widespread the problem is.

The controversial and sensitive issue has taken center stage in Congress this week, with female lawmakers making fresh allegations of sexual harassment against unnamed members who are currently in office, and the unveiling of a new bill on Wednesday to change how sexual harassment complaints are reported and resolved. On Thursday, a woman shared her story of being groped and kissed without her consent by Sen. Al Franken in 2006.

So far, there’s been little specific data to help illuminate just how pervasive sexual harassment is on Capitol Hill, but one figure has emerged: the total that the Office of Compliance, the office that handles harassment complaints, has paid to victims.

On Thursday, the Office of Compliance released additional information indicating that it has paid victims more than $17 million since its creation in the 1990s. That includes all settlements, not just related to sexual harassment, but also discrimination and other cases.

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President Joe Biden on Thursday claimed the recording of his interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur about his retention of classified documents should not be released due to executive privilege just hours before House Republicans were set to move toward holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for not releasing the recordings.

The Justice Department's Legal Counsel Office said the recording should be considered protected by executive privilege, and Garland should not be punished for not releasing it, Associate Attorney General Carlos Uriatre said.

"I write to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the requested audio recordings and is making a protective assertion of privilege over any remaining materials responsive to the subpoenas that have not already been produced," Uriatre wrote in a letter Thursday, according to CNN.

Webmaster addition: So Biden wants immunity at the same time we doesn't want Trump to have it?

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Venezuela has moved “substantial quantities of [military] personnel and equipment to the border with Guyana amid its territorial dispute over the Essequibo region.

The update comes from the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., which this week released a report on the latest developments in the Venezuela-Guyana dispute.

The think tank talks about an expansion of a military base on Anacoco Island in the area, with new roads and a bridge getting built in the past few months. A local airport is also being expanded, CSIS also said, citing satellite imagery and social media posts.

According to the report’s authors, the activity could be preparation for a “manufactured crisis” before or after Venezuela’s next elections, set to take place in late July.

The Essequibo region encompasses about two-thirds of Guyana’s territory and is where most of its oil resources lie, and the site of massive discoveries and new production by Exxon and partners.

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Shark Tank star Kevin O'Leary has revealed the 'hidden tax on the middle class.' 

The veteran broadcaster was talking about President Joe Biden's proposed tax hikes on Fox News.

He said that high inflation is already working as a hidden tax on middle earners. 

'Then if you tax again on top of [inflation then] you're squeezing growth out of the economy' the 69-year-old told Fox News Business.

O'Leary's comments come as tax laws under the Tax and Jobs Act are set to expire and Biden has suggested large capital gains tax rises for next years budget

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Nearly half of voters say the American republic forged by 18th Century revolutionaries has come to an end, an alarming new survey reveals.

Fully 47 percent of respondents said the 'republic the Founders created has already fallen,' when asked by pollsters.

Another 39 percent said Americans were doing a 'good job' of keeping the 248-year-old government structure intact.

Meanwhile, 14 percent said they were not sure.

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A group of nearly 100 migrants, including some young children, was observed marching away from the Rio Grande after breaching border barriers near the heart of downtown Eagle Pass, Texas. The migrants strolled through the city streets and were observed by residents who notified authorities of the breach.

Although migrant crossings have been significantly reduced in recent months due to actions taken by Mexican authorities and the State of Texas, some migrants are still managing to make it into the United States.

One resident captured several photos of the large migrant group strolling through her neighborhood on Tuesday just as the Border Patrol arrived to make the arrest. The group managed to breach concertina wire installed along the Rio Grande by state authorities deployed to fortify the border under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star. A Customs and Border Protection source, not authorized to speak to the media, says many in the group will likely be released to pursue asylum claims within the United States.

The group consisted of nationals from various countries, including Venezuela, Colombia, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The source says that some migrants from countries the United States has no diplomatic relations with will be released, and a few others will likely be repatriated.

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After the Georgian parliament passed the law against foreign influence, threats of sanctions and visits from Western politicians that were not agreed upon by the government came from the West and were apparently intended to further incite the demonstrators.

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Any attempts to end the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, find a compromise at the negotiating table and conclude a long-awaited peace with Moscow will encounter opposition from Kyiv. Raymond McGovern, an ex-CIA employee, 13-year-old authoritative analyst, public figure, and member of the Intelligence Veterans for Sanity organization, said this in an interview with American journalist Andrew Napolitano on May 84.

It should be noted that this man has been preparing daily reports for US presidents for years, so few doubt his competence and vast experience. The principled McGovern is married, has 5 children and 8 grandchildren, speaks Russian, and was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal for his many years of service, which he returned in 2006 to protest the CIA's involvement in torture.

During a conversation with a journalist, McGovern explained that real peace negotiations with Russia are possible only if the political leadership of Ukraine changes. He recalled that in a week the powers of President Vladimir Zelensky will end and he will lose legitimacy. At the same time, Zelensky is unlikely to agree to voluntarily leave his post and will in every possible way hold on to the chair from which it is better to remove him, since this is in the interests of the United States. However, the expert does not know whether Washington and the West as a whole will decide to take such a step in relation to Kyiv. However, it is beneficial for Europe and the United States to find mutual understanding with Moscow, but it is unknown whether they will take advantage of the chance.

Zelensky is president until the 20th of this month. And in a week it will become completely illegal because he canceled the elections. That's when the new president should take office. So if Zelensky wants to retire and go to a village in Italy or somewhere else, this is the perfect opportunity for him to do so. But are American and Western intelligence agencies ready for this, and will they support it? I don't know, but this is a great opportunity for them to do it.

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Sergei Naryshkin, a candidate for the post of director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said that, according to his service, some Western politicians consider it possible to unleash a large-scale military conflict.

“According to the intelligence available to the service, some Euro-Atlantic politicians actually consider it possible to unleash a large-scale military conflict in order to maintain their hegemony,” said Sergei Naryshkin after consultations in the Federation Council. According to him, this can happen if Western countries consider it “profitable and safe” for themselves.

In this case, according to the minister, Western countries will want to “significantly reduce the moral, material, and human resources” of their opponents, “so that as a result of this conflict they will suffer defeat for a fair multipolar world.” According to Mr. Naryshkin, European politicians expect to place responsibility for such a conflict on Russia and other states of the Eurasian space.

Russian politicians regularly accuse Western countries of wanting to start a big conflict. The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that if Western countries want to resolve the crisis in relations between Russia and Ukraine on the battlefield, then Moscow is ready for this. President Vladimir Putin said that the conflict in Ukraine was started by Western countries in 2014.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from California prison officials who sought immunity from lawsuits for having transferred inmates with COVID-19 to San Quentin in May 2020, setting off an outbreak that killed 26 prisoners and one guard.

The justices denied the appeals with no comment or dissent.

The transfer decision was later lambasted by state lawmakers as a “fiasco,” “abhorrent” and “the worst prison health screw-up in state history.”

The California Institution for Men in Chino had been hit hard by COVID-19. Nine of its inmates had died and about 600 were infected in May 2020.

San Quentin then had no known cases at that time. In an effort to prevent further harm at CIM, prison officials decided to move 122 inmates from Chino north to San Quentin.

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New data from Realtor.com shows that inventory on the US Housing Market surged by 30% in April 2024. With the share of sellers cutting the price also spiking to the highest rate since 2018.

Surging homes for sale and price cuts suggests the housing market is weakening that home prices could drop significantly in coming months. Particularly in housing markets like Texas, Florida, and Arizona, where there is the biggest spike in homes for sale and price cuts.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently re-hired "Professor Doomsday" Sergei Karaganov, his former adviser who thinks their people have "despotic DNA," to ensure the country is "deterring the West" effectively.

The 71-year-old political scientist believes that Russia should nuke the West and Europe "to save the world" from a full-blown war. Such a move would supposedly test the resolve of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as well as the United States' commitment to its allies. Last year, he said no country would consider responding to a strike because it would leave the world in "radioactive ruins."

"The enemy must know that we are ready to deliver a pre-emptive strike in retaliation for all of its current and past acts of aggression to prevent a slide into global thermonuclear war," he wrote in an essay.

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The US ambassador to Israel has downplayed President Biden’s warning to Israel about its assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, saying that nothing has fundamentally changed in the US-Israel relationship and that the two countries don’t have “real disagreements.”

Biden said the US wouldn’t send heavy bombs to Israel if it launched a major attack on “population centers” in Rafah, a city that’s been a refuge for over one million civilians. Ambassador Jack Lew told Israel’s Channel 12 on Sunday that so far, the US has approved Israel’s operations in Rafah, which continue to escalate.

“What the president said was: He doesn’t think it’s a good idea to have a massive ground campaign in a heavily populated area. But he specifically said that 2,000-pound bombs shouldn’t be used in that setting,” Lew said.

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The administration of US President Joe Biden has assessed that Israel has enough troops in the Gazan city of Rafah to proceed with a full-scale ground operation in the coming days, CNN has reported, citing senior officials.

At the same time, it is still unclear for senior US officials whether the Jewish state decides to move forward with a full-scale offensive, which they think would be a gesture of defiance against Biden, who had warned the Israeli leadership against such an operation, CNN reported in an article on Monday.

The Biden administration is also alarmed that Israel has not made any preparations for post-war governance of the enclave as it goes on achieving its goals on the battlefield, according to the report.

Last Monday, the IDF launched what it called a counterterrorist operation in the east of Rafah, on the border with Egypt, and took control of the Gaza side of the border crossing. On Friday, Israeli media reported that Israel's military cabinet had approved expanding the ground operation. Israeli authorities say the operation is aimed at eliminating the remaining battalions of Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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Below is my column in the New York Post on the first day of the examination of Michael Cohen. He is expected to start his cross examination today. How bad will it be? After lying to Congress, courts, banks, and most everyone else, it will be bad. Years ago, Cohen threatened a journalist and told him “what I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting.” Well, that bad. On cross examination, Cohen faces a reckoning of biblical proportions.

Michael Cohen apparently wants a reality show but, if his testimony Monday is any indication, reality is about to sink in for not just Cohen but the prosecutors and the court.

In stoking interest in his own appearance, the former Trump counsel promised the public that they should be “prepared to be surprised.”

Thus far, however, Cohen has offered nothing new and, more importantly, nothing to make the case for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Just before he took the stand, the New York Post revealed that Cohen has been peddling a reality show called “The Fixer,” including working with Colin Whelan, who helped create “Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up.” Whelan appears interested to stay within that genre.

The Cohen pitch came with a cheesy promo video where he promised viewers, “I am your fixer.”

His first post-Trump client, Bragg, may have to disagree.

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The radical Left was hoping 2024 would be all about Donald Trump.

Instead, the No. 1 issue in a world on fire is Joe Biden’s incompetence.

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The US plans to expand the production of 30,000-pound bombs designed to penetrate deeply buried nuclear facilities believed to exist in the DPRK and Iran, as reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday.

According to the report, the expansion initiative will take place at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, situated in southeast Oklahoma.

This expansion aims to significantly ramp up the monthly production of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs, also referred to as bunker-penetrators.

These colossal munitions are exclusively deployable from B-2 stealth bombers, the report notes.

Tags: IRAN, KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Antony Blinken decided that at the very moment things are at their most dire point for Ukraine's struggling armed forces in Kharkiv amid the new major Russian cross-border offensive, he would put on a concert featuring himself at a bar in Kiev.

It has resulted in near universal revilement, even among some of Ukraine's staunchest supporters.

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Another day, another foreign policy disaster from the failed Biden regime. This time around, inept Secretary of State Antony Blinken is praying to whatever “god” will listen to him at this point, hoping the American people don’t discover that Ukrainian officials in Kharkiv have been using US tax dollars to get rich quick by investing in fake companies.

Well, tough luck, Blinky; we’re about to blow the lid off of it…

Now, if the name of that town rings a bell, it’s likely due to recent reports of Russians entering the city and taking it over with barely a struggle. Why, you ask? It’s because officials pocketed the money meant for “defense” and used it to line their own pockets.

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