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The sun has released more than a dozen powerful streams of energized particles toward Earth in the last 24 hours, sparking warnings of radio blackouts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an alert on Wednesday, showing a 65 percent chance radios, aviation communication and satellite operations could be disrupted this week.

The agency reported blackouts over parts of the Pacific Ocean and other regions on Wednesday morning.

NASA told DailyMail.com that Earth can also expect more solar flares in the weeks to come.

Webmaster addition: Maybe more low latitude auroras?

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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As President Joe Biden flies back to Delaware from Las Vegas on Wednesday night, cutting his trip short after testing positive for Covid-19, he faces one of the most momentous decisions of his long political life: Should he heed the rising calls from his fellow Democrats to extinguish his bid for reelection?

For Biden, is it a new moment?

Even though anger and panic have been steadily rising inside the Democratic Party for nearly three weeks, after the president’s alarming debate performance in Atlanta, the White House and the Biden campaign are in a new place, multiple Democratic officials told CNN.

“The private conversations with the Hill are continuing,” a senior Democratic adviser told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid alienating the campaign and the White House. “He’s being receptive. Not as defiant as he is publicly.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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If you were worried that liberals would tone down the apocalyptic rhetoric about Donald Trump after Saturday’s assassination attemptHe’s an existential threat to democracy! a fascist! an aspiring dictator! an authoritarian! Hitler!—you can rest easy.

Apparently, the Left has concluded that the best way to avoid political violence in the future is to ratchet up their dire warnings about the end of democracy presaged by a second Trump presidency. (That’s almost as good as their plan to lower deficits by spending more.)

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Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Mossad Director David Barnea, the Israeli official leading indirect negotiations with Hamas, said Wednesday that one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest demands may prevent a potential ceasefire and hostage deal.

According to Haaretz, Barnea presented the security cabinet with the differences between Netanyahu and the negotiating team. He said the main problem now is Netanyahu’s insistence on creating a mechanism for Israel to monitor Palestinians returning to north Gaza during a potential ceasefire.

Israel had previously agreed to allow free movement of Palestinians so they could return to the north. But Netanyahu reversed that concession and publicly called for the agreement to prohibit armed men from entering the north.

Israeli security and military officials favor a ceasefire deal, but Netanyahu has been working to sabotage an agreement as members of his coalition government are threatening to quit, which could threaten his hold on power. Israeli officials have told the media that Netanyahu was looking to make sure a deal didn’t happen before he heads to Washington next week to address Congress and meet with President Biden.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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While Israel's troops wage what has been widely decried as genocide on the Gaza Strip, Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a resolution opposing "the establishment of a Palestinian state" west of the Jordan River.

The measure passed Israel's legislature, the Knesset, 68-9. It was spearheaded by Knesset Member Zeev Elkin of New Hope - The United Right, who shared the key messages from the resolution on social media along with a photo of the final tally.

Tags: PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Turkey on Tuesday threatened to take Israel to international courts after images shared online showed Gaza’s only specialised cancer hospital used as a military base.

Ankara also condemned Israel's military for repeatedly attacking the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, a facility to the south of Gaza City built and equipped by Turkey.

"The photo in the Palestinian press showing a group of Israeli soldiers in front of the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital in Gaza is further evidence of Israel's violation of international law and international humanitarian law," Turkey's foreign affairs ministry said in a statement.

The ministry stressed that the hospital was the "only centre" providing medical care for cancer patients in the enclave.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The death count for Palestinian journalists in Gaza has hit 160 as Israeli forces continue to target civilians throughout the Strip. The mass killing of reporters has shrouded the true devastation caused by the Israeli bombing campaign. 

The Gaza media office reported that Palestinian journalist Mohammed Abdullah Mashmash was killed on Tuesday, the 160th reporter killed since October 7. He was the program director for a local radio station. 

Mashmash was killed along with four other people at a UN-run school in the Nuseirat refugee camp. Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud reported, “The Israeli attack on al-Razi middle school in the heart of the camp – such a busy area – happened during a rush hour when the streets around the overcrowded school were full of people.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Beijing had stopped arms control talks with the US over continued US arms sales to Taiwan and other steps that go against China’s “core interests.”

The US and China held consultations on arms control back in November 2023. A reporter asked Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lin Jian about comments from US officials suggesting China declined to hold another round.

“Over the past weeks and months, despite China’s firm opposition and repeated protest, the US has continued to sell arms to Taiwan and done things that severely undermine China’s core interests and the mutual trust between China and the US. This has seriously compromised the political atmosphere for continuing the arms control consultations,” Lin said.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, WHITE HOUSE
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Germany is planning to cut its spending on military aid for Ukraine in half next year and is telling Kyiv to look elsewhere for more funding.

According to Germany’s draft budget for 2025, Berlin will bring its spending on Ukraine to 4 billion euros ($4.35 billion), down from 8 billion euros ($8.7 billion).

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was initially reluctant to arm Ukraine and initially resisted sending heavy weapons such as tanks, citing the risk of World War III. But he eventually agreed, and Germany has become the top supplier of weapons to Ukraine in Europe.

Tags: GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The more hawkish wing of the Republican party is hoping former President Donald Trump will put ultra-hawks in prominent positions in his cabinet if he’s elected for a second term as a counterbalance to Sen. J.D. Vance being picked as vice president, POLITICO reported on Wednesday.

Vance being chosen by Trump has alarmed many Republicans due to his opposition to the proxy war in Ukraine. One influential GOP member of Congress told POLITICO: “I’m scared to death.”

The report said Republican hawks hope to see Mike Pompeo, Trump’s former CIA director and secretary of state, as the secretary of defense in a future administration. Pompeo is a staunch supporter of the Ukraine proxy war, Israel, and the US military buildup around China.

Webmaster addition: Looks like the political establishment is getting used to the idea that Trump will win in November!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Israeli attacks have killed 81 Palestinians over roughly the last 24 hours, including an attack on a United Nations-run school shelter in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, according to data released by the Gaza health ministry on Wednesday.

The Nuseirat strike, which killed 23 Palestinians on Tuesday, was at least the eighth Israeli attack on a school shelter in the last ten days. Six of the schools had been run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

"Why do they target us when we are innocent people?" Umm Mohammed al-Hasanat, a woman who was sheltering at the Nuseirat school, askedAl Jazeera.

"We do not carry weapons but are just sitting and trying to find safety for ourselves and our children," she said.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Deloitte Consulting has won a potential five-year, $2.4 billion contract to work with the Navy and Defense Department on their efforts to modernize and expand the submarine industrial base.

Workforce development is one of several aspects Deloitte will seek to help the Navy and DOD's Innovation Capability and Modernization Office address, as part of their larger effort to address regional and broader challenges in submarine manufacturing.

Awarded on Monday, the contract has an initial one-year base period and up to four option years. The General Services Administration managed the procurement for the Navy and DOD.

Solicitation documents describe the Navy's goal as being able to "rapidly reach and sustain a programmed production rate of 1+2 submarines per year with a predominant emphasis on closing associated industrial workforce gaps."

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Iran has angrily dismissed United States media reports that it has been plotting to assassinate former US President Donald Trump.

A foreign ministry spokesman on Wednesday stated that Iran rejects the “malicious” allegations that it has plotted an attack on the Republican presidential hopeful. However, Nasser Kanaani asserted that Iran aims to prosecute Trump for ordering the assassination of a senior military official in 2020.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Israel killed at least 90 people in Mawasi in several airstrikes on an area the military had designated as a “safe zone.” Here a child reacts as bodies are salvaged from the site on 13 July. 

Omar Ashtawy APA images

Under a scorching sun last Saturday, 14-year-old Tala Mahmoud was waiting in a food distribution line to secure a dish of lentils for her family in the displaced persons’ camp in the al-Mawasi area of Khan Younis.

Then, chaos.

In minutes, Israeli war planes dropped a reported five 2,000 pound bombs on the area – an area the Israeli military had designated a “safe zone,” and which was filled with people who had been forcibly displaced from elsewhere in Gaza.

Tala’s slender body was sent into the air. Her plate of yellow lentils turned scarlet after being mixed with her blood.

Naglaa, Tala’s mother, told The Electronic Intifada what she saw:

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a phone call with Iran’s President-elect Masoud Pezeshkian, congratulating him on his recent election victory, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The Crown Prince and Pezeshkian “praised the development of relations between the two countries at various levels, stressing the importance of continuing to enhance cooperation in various fields,” SPA said.

Tags: IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement confirming that Biden had tested positive for coronavirus. Biden was scheduled to speak at the UnidosUS annual conference.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Quentin Fulks, President Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told a crowd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday that victims of illegal immigration, crime, and fentanyl poisonings are “politicizing” the losses of their loved ones at the Republican National Convention (RNC).
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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During MSNBC’s coverage of the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, MSNBC host Joy Reid argued that the Secret Service gave 2024 Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump “nine seconds to take an iconic photo op during an active shooter situation” during the assassination attempt against the former President at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday and “We’ll figure that out one day.”
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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The Biden administration is reiterating its support for child sex change surgeries after a spokesperson told media earlier this month that “these surgeries should be limited to adults.”
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House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has subpoenaed United States Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to testify before the committee over the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania last week.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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The Trump campaign stated it would not schedule a vice presidential debate before the Democratic National Convention (DNC) takes place, citing uncertainty over who the Democrat Party’s vice presidential nominee will be.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Kevin O'Sullivan is joined by political commentator James Melville, who argues Mr Miliband "has no understanding of the real world".
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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Law enforcement officials told lawmakers today that 20 minutes passed between the time Secret Service snipers first spotted Crooks on the roof and the time shots were fired at the former president.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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There are reports indicating that some Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) in Florida are finding ways to circumvent the newly signed law by Governor Ron DeSantis, which restricts HOAs from banning pickup trucks and certain other vehicles from parking in driveways. For example, a subdivision in Sarasota has stated it will continue to enforce its existing parking regulations, including fines and towing, despite the new law.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Since the 2020 election, the median monthly housing payment in swing states has nearly doubled, rising by 92% to an all-time high of $2,161. This increase is due to a combination of soaring home prices and higher mortgage rates.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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