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For more than two weeks, Israeli forces have laid siege to Al-Amal Hospital in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, blocking all roads to the facility and deepening an already dire humanitarian crisis. 

The hospital is run by the Palestine Red Crescent Society, which has been raising alarmOpens in a new tab about the 18-day siege, during which at least one Red Crescent volunteer was killed. On Tuesday, Israeli forces ordered thousands of people to evacuate the hospital, most of whom were displaced from other parts of Gaza throughout the monthslong war. Hundreds of medical workers and wounded or disabled patients remain stranded inside.

Last month, the World Health Organization reported that more than 600 people had been killed inside health care facilities since Israel launched a retaliatory war on Gaza on October 7. The “ongoing reduction of humanitarian space plus the continuing attacks on healthcare are pushing the people of Gaza to breaking point,” a WHO spokesperson saidOpens in a new tab.

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Federal prosecutors have disclosed the existence of secret recordings in the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ). The allegedly incriminating recordings were made by a confidential informant and reportedly go to the core of the allegations against Menendez and his wife, Nadine. The pair is accused of operating a years-long bribery scheme to enrich themselves while violating the public trust.

This latest twist, detailed in a 196-page legal brief filed on Monday, sheds new light on the charges against the New Jersey Democrat. According to the court document, Menendez and his wife are alleged to have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, including gold bullion and cash, in exchange for political favors. The recordings include conversations between Menendez and three New Jersey businessmen with ties to Egypt.

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Super Bowl LVIII featured performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful," as well as "Lift Every Voice and Sing" – better known as the black national anthem. However, many online commentators slammed the NFL for featuring a performance of the black national anthem, and said it was "pushing the politics of racial division again."

R&B singer Andra Day performed the black national anthem at Super Bowl 58.

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Former President Donald Trump assured thousands of attendees at a National Rifle Association event in Pennsylvania on Friday that their firearms would remain untouched if he were elected in November.

In his opening remarks at the NRA's presidential forum in Harrisburg, Trump confidently declared, "Not gonna happen."

This appearance comes as the Republican presidential nominating campaign shifts its focus to South Carolina, where the upcoming GOP primary on February 27 may be Nikki Haley's last opportunity to impede Trump's path to the nomination.

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Former US Marine Corps Officer and UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter and former CIA Analyst Larry Johnson discuss the broader implications of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Will NATO be fully demilitarized? What does this mean for Ukraine's future and the larger world order? All these answers and more in wide-ranging segment from a late December 2023 livestream which is more relevant than ever.

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Following the press conference, President Biden and his top aides gathered in the Treaty Room, the President's study in the executive residence. It was at this point that the First Lady entered the room. According to Rogers, the look on Jill Biden's face indicated that she was not pleased with how the press conference had unfolded. She reportedly asked the aides, "Where were you guys? Where was the person who was going to end the press conference?"

Rogers suggests that this incident demonstrates Jill Biden's role as her husband's "fiercest protector." However, this interpretation has been met with criticism. Some argue that it raises questions about the President's ability to handle situations independently and the extent to which the First Lady is controlling him.

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Gallagher, who has been serving Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District, stated, "Eight years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised to treat my time in office as a high-intensity deployment. Through my bipartisan work on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, we’ve accomplished more on this deployment than I could have ever imagined."

However, he believes that the Founding Fathers intended for citizens to serve in Congress for a limited period before returning to their private lives. Gallagher continued, "Electoral politics was never supposed to be a career and, trust me, Congress is no place to grow old. And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to run for re-election."

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There’s a certain particularly toxic personality type which thrives on being hated. They behave in wildly odious and destructive ways, and then when people react to this with hostility they plunge into poor-me victimhood, which they then use to justify more odious and destructive behavior. 

You may have been unfortunate enough to have encountered such personalities in your own life. They behave atrociously, and then when people react to it they say “See?? I really AM being persecuted!”

Hillary Clinton is a perfect example of this personality type taken to the extreme. People hate her because she’s a phony, egomaniacal sadist who has spent her entire political career pushing for mass military bloodshed at every opportunity, but she then frames this hatred as evidence of widespread misogyny and far-right extremism, which is why the world desperately needs Hillary Clinton to help fight those things.

Any remotely normal person who was both as wealthy and as despised as Hillary Clinton would have simply retired from public life to enjoy their hundreds of millions of dollars, blissfully sheltered from the vitriol and condemnation of the common riff raff. But Clinton keeps showing up, adamantly refusing to go away, because the hatred she receives is actually what fuels her entire personal dynamic. 

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Joe Biden yesterday called on Israel to 'not proceed' with military action in southern Gaza without planning for the evacuation of Palestinian civilians.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing international warnings over his army's planned offensive in Rafah amid its war with Hamas.

According to the White House, Mr Biden told Mr Netanyahu last night that the Israel Defence Forces 'should not proceed without a credible and executable plan for ensuring the safety of and support for the more than one million people sheltering there'.

But Mr Netanyahu has rejected concerns about civilian casualties in Rafah, declaring: 'Victory is in reach.'

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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a mini-meltdown after being exposed during the Tucker Carlson-Vladimir Putin interview for sabotaging the Ukrainian peace deal.

During the interview, Putin confirmed reporting that first emerged last year about Johnson’s role in prolonging the war.

David Arahamiya, the leader of Ukraine’s ruling party, revealed that Johnson had scuppered a peace deal that would have put an end to hostilities just a few months after the Russian invasion.

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Twelve Republican state agriculture commissioners have sent a letter to six of America’s largest mega-banks letting them know that the relatively new trend of ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) investing threatens to disrupt the nation’s food supply while increasing the price of food.

 

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Lloyd Austin has been admitted to a critical care unit at Walter Reed Medical Center 'for supportive care and close monitoring' after he was hospitalized for 'symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue.'

The Defense Secretary, 70, was transported to military hospital after the symptoms emerged Sunday afternoon.

According to a hospital official, Austin was admitted to the critical care unit 'after a series of tests and evaluations.'

'At this time, it is not clear how long Secretary Austin will remain hospitalized. The current bladder issue is not expected to change his anticipated full recovery. His cancer prognosis remains excellent,' Dr. John Maddox said in a statement.

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Paul Embery argues there is evidence that Putin's accusation that Boris Johnson torpedoed a peace deal in Ukraine could be true.

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NATO supporters in the media are making increasingly intemperate statements, which go as far as calls for war, after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson that was a a real blow to the alliance, Florian Philippot, leader of France’s Patriots party, said.

"Tucker Carlson’s historic interview with Putin is making the entire NATO system infuriated, since it makes people listen to a story that differs from NATO propaganda and which they can’t tolerate!" he wrote on his X page X. "It has made them even more insane and hysterical!"

Philippot attached an excerpt from an interview with Nicolas Tenzer, a professor at Sciences Po University in France, who called for Western interference and strikes on Russian military targets with Western weapons.

"Here’s an academic, an ardent NATO lover, begging last night to ‘strike Russian troops and bases’! Their world is crumbling, they are ready for an all-out war! Due to Carlson’s interview, they got a big punch in the head!" he concluded.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the besieged Gaza Strip has turned into a graveyard for Israeli regime soldiers more than four months into the war.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a joint press conference on Sunday in Damascus with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad.

“Today, Netanyahu has been stuck in the quagmire of Gaza and Gaza has turned into a graveyard for the Zionists,” he said.

The Iranian diplomat also blamed the US and its supply of weapons to Israel for the continuation of hostilities in Gaza.

“The US cannot speak of the need for ending the war ... and simultaneously refuse to halt supply of weapons to Tel Aviv,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

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US journalist Tucker Carlson broadcast a more than two-hour-long interview with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday night. As of Saturday, the video had been viewed 177 million times on X, while over 290,000 users had reposted it and 940,000 had liked it. On YouTube, the video has been viewed nearly 11 million times.

The leader of France's The Patriots (Les Patriotes) party, Florian Philippot, has said on X that the media in NATO countries received a serious "slap in the face" after Russian President Vladimir Putin's interview with American journalist Tucker Carlson.

"Putin's interview with Tucker Carlson is a global phenomenon. It continues to defy any media essay in the countries of the NATO zone! They all got a serious slap in the face," the politician wrote.

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Texas GOP Rep. Ronny Jackson, a former White House physician, said special counsel Robert Hur's report "validates" what he and many have known for years: President Biden has "serious issues."

Hur, who had been tasked with investigating Biden's mishandling of classified documents, described the president in a report this week as appearing like a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

"It validates what most of us have known," Jackson told Fox News Digital. "I've been saying since he was candidate Joe Biden that this man is not cognitively fit to be our president, our commander in chief and our head of state. I've been saying that over and over. 

"I watched the man every day, you know, in and around the West Wing for eight years when he was vice president. There's a drastic, drastic difference between then and now."

Webmaster addition: My wife, Claire, volunteers for a dementia support group at a local church. The group are spouses of Dementia patients, and the function of the group is to learn and share ways of dealing with dementia. One example is I am currently researching a list of prescription medications that can make dementia worse. So Claire and I have more than a passing familiarity with the condition. And there is no question in my mind that Joe Biden is suffering a major decline in brain function. 

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