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Mike Pompeo, secretary of state and CIA director in the Trump administration, said President Joe Biden has reached a state of cognitive decline.

He cited a report Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal regarding the president.

The Journal reported that Biden’s cognitive decline has become obvious and concerning to high-ranking congressional lawmakers, and that he increasingly relies on cheat sheets in meetings and at times has closed his eyes for so long that people wondered if he drifted off.

Pompeo said Tuesday night that Biden, at 81 and the oldest sitting U.S. president, has clearly shown "his faculties are not all with him."

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Former President Trump told Fox News on Wednesday that critics claiming he'd seek retribution against political opponents are "wrong," but he would have "every right" to go after his adversaries if he is re-elected in November.

Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity to discuss the state of the country and his political campaign after he was found guilty last week on 34 counts of falsifying business records in NY v. Trump.

Hannity asked the former president what he would say to people who believe he wants retribution and will use the justice system to go after his political adversaries if he returns to the White House in 2025. 

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Democrats do not like to be told no, but that is the answer they just received from Chief Justice Roberts.

Democrats have Justice Alito in their sites right now, but Roberts cut them off at the pass.

After several high-ranking Democrats demanded a sit down with Roberts over the flags that were flying at Alito’s homes, Roberts told them to go pound sand.

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Another week, another government-sponsored jobless claims print to mock.

According to the propaganda spreadsheet at Biden's Department of Labor, 229,000 Americans filed for jobless benefits for the first time last week, up from an upward revised 221,000 the prior week, and above the 220,000 median estimate.

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Silence is speaking volumes regarding President Joe Biden’s fundraising numbers after former President Donald Trump‘s conviction in his New York hush money trial.

Biden had outraised Trump before his predecessor started making up ground in April, post-primary. But despite Trump’s legal costs, Biden’s cash-on-hand advantage could be gone.

Trump’s conviction has “greatly motivated” the former president’s base, and “donors are definitionally a key part of that base,” said Dan Schnur, communications director of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain‘s 2000 presidential campaign.

“So there’s no surprise that his fundraising numbers have skyrocketed,” Schnur, now a University of Southern California professor, told the Washington Examiner. “There’s no way to guess yet whether the Trump campaign can also use the trial to reach undecided voters, but all that extra money certainly does not hurt.”

The Trump campaign claims the former president and Republican National Committee raised $141 million last month, including $53 million during the first 24 hours after last week’s conviction.

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President Biden’s former press secretary Jen Psaki made the stunning admission Wednesday that her ex-boss’s executive order on the besieged southern border was to address a “political vulnerability” ahead of the 2024 election — after the president refused to answer questions about the timing of the action.

The order, announced Tuesday, will shut down the US-Mexico border if the number of immigrants crossing tops 2,500 a day for seven consecutive days. It will stay in effect until two weeks after daily crossings average 1,500 per day for seven days, officials said.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Psaki spoke candidly about how Biden’s political calculations led to the most recent executive order.

“There needs to be something that’s done, but also, politically, this is one of the biggest vulnerabilities,” the former White House press secretary said.

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Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) held Attorney General Merrick Garland’s feet to the fire Tuesday over whether Jack Smith’s appointment as a special counsel was constitutional.

Smith was appointed to oversee federal investigations into Donald Trump over classified documents and Jan 6.

During sometimes heated questioning before the House Judiciary Committee, Massie grilled the AG about how Jack Smith was nominated for the position of special counsel.

AG Garland was forced to admit that Smith was neither appointed by president Biden or confirmed by the Senate nor was a special counsel statute passed to authorize Smith’s appointment.

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The five criminal and civil prosecutions of Donald Trump all prompt heated denials from Democrats that President Biden and Democrat operatives had a role in any of them.

But Joe Biden has long let it be known that he was frustrated with his own Department of Justice’s federal prosecutors for their tardiness in indicting Donald Trump.

Biden was upset because any delay might mean that his rival Trump would not be in federal court during the 2024 election cycle. And that would mean he could not be tagged as a “convicted felon” by the November election while being kept off the campaign trail.

Politico has long prided itself on its supposed insider knowledge of the workings of the Biden administration. Note that it was reported earlier this February that a frustrated Joe Biden “has grumbled to aides and advisers that had Garland moved sooner in his investigation into former President Donald Trump’s election interference, a trial may already be underway or even have concluded…”

If there was any doubt about the Biden administration’s effort to force Trump into court before November, Politico further dispelled it—even as it blamed Trump for Biden’s anger at Garland: “That trial still could take place before the election and much of the delay is owed not to Garland but to deliberate resistance put up by the former president and his team.”

Note in passing how a presidential candidate’s legal right to oppose a politicized indictment months before an election by his opponent’s federal attorneys is smeared by Politico as “deliberate resistance.”

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has introduced an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that would defund the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Greene’s amendment reflects a growing perception among grassroots Americans that the U.S. does everything for NATO and NATO does nothing for the U.S.

The Georgia Congresswoman explained that the U.S. spends billions defending other countries while our own Southern border remains wide open.

Greene also echoed a complaint voiced by Donald Trump that most NATO member nations don’t spend a minimum obligation of 2% of GDP on defense, while America continues to contribute more than its fair share.

She said the American people are tired of their money being sent overseas to defend the world while they receive nothing in return.

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Four years after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, mystery still surrounds the source of a $64 million donation from an anonymous source that helped him defeat then-President Donald Trump.

The money was given to Biden's campaign through the Impetus Fund, which got the donation from a lone anonymous source after the funds were routed through several accounts, reports CBS News.

The mystery money shows a system that could be used to throw more such funding to a scale that will reach higher proportions than ever, and that's a problem, said Anna Massoglia, an editorial and investigations manager for OpenSecrets, the nonpartisan watchdog organization that tracks how money influences politics.

"Without information about who is funding groups spending to influence elections, voters won't know who is trying to color their views, won't be aware of any potential conflicts of interest that a funder has or what stake they may have in the outcome of the election," she commented.

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Former President Donald Trump is five points ahead of President Joe Biden in the key swing state of Georgia according to the first survey of the state's voters after the ex-president's guilty verdict in the hush money case. 

Quinnipiac released new numbers Wednesday finding that 49 percent of Georgia registered voters supported Trump while 44 percent backed Biden in a two-person race. 

When third-party candidates were factored in, the presumptive Republican nominee was still heading for a win. 

In that scenario, 43 percent selected Trump, 37 percent said Biden and independent Robert F. Kennedy took 8 percent of the vote share. 

Additionally, Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver - who was picked at the party convention last month - received 3 percent, independent Cornel West also received 3 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein got the backing of 2 percent of the Georgia vote.

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The NYPD will be revoking former President Donald Trump's gun permit on the heels of his 34-count conviction last week. 

A jury convicted the ex-president last Thursday for falsifying business records over payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. 

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will now lose his gun permit, according to ABC News.

It was suspended after Trump was indicted by the Manhattan district attorney last year. It remains unclear when the NYPD will make the move. 

Under New York state and federal law, convicted felons aren't permitted to possess any kind of firearm. 

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If successful, this test flight will give NASA a second commercial shuttle alongside the SpaceX Dragon and end Boeing's run of failed launches. 

But while the capsule has completed its initial tests, NASA now says the craft has sprung two unexpected helium leaks since entering orbit. 

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A TV critic who has seen the first few episodes of the new "Star Wars" series "The Acolyte" said the changes to the lore will "kill" the franchise to anyone who enjoyed it before Disney took the helm.

"The Acolyte" is the first show from the franchise to be created by a woman, with showrunner Leslye Headland introducing new, major female characters into the story. The fresh, prominent female Jedi roles include actress Carrie-Anne Moss as the "most powerful Jedi in the room" who practices a form of kung fu. The character is quite obviously inspired by Moss' character in "The Matrix" franchise, with scenes in the show closely mimicking scenes that starred Keanu Reeves in 1999.

Entertainment reporter Alan Ng, who said that he had seen the first four episodes of "The Acolyte," revealed that recent changes will finally destroy the lore.
 

"The third episode of The Acolyte will finally kill Star Wars for the vast majority of Pre-Disney Star Wars Fans. Based on LucasFilm comments of late, they are OK with that," Ng wrote on X.

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The more we learn about what went on with the now former January 6 Select Committee, the worse it seems to get. The June 2022 testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, considered a star witness by the Committee's members, all of whom were selected by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has once more garnered attention. It turns out that former and potentially future President Donald Trump's Secret Service driver wanted to quickly testify to refute her testimony, though he was "rebuffed."

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Just the News is reporting that the driver was "rebuffed" for months, which has been confirmed by a transcript of the interview, as well as by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who is investigating the Select Committee for the Committee on House Administration's Subcommittee on Oversight. The timing conveniently lined up with the November 2022 midterms elections, with Democrats performing far better than expected.

As the report mentioned:

The transcript of the driver’s testimony reviewed by Just the News shows his lawyer complained that his client had offered to testify in July, August and September of 2022, but was “rebuffed” by the January 6 committee led by Chairman Rep. Benny [sic] Thompson, a Democrat, and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican, both fierce opponents of Trump.

“We're talking about the driver of the limousine, and the head of the entire protective detail,” Loudermilk said during a wide-ranging interview with the "Just the News, No Noise" television show. “They were brought in by the select committee to testify, but they weren't brought in until November.

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There are seven conditions that must be met for a color revolution to successfully topple a government, and it all must revolve around a national election.

The timing couldn’t be more ripe as America heads into one of the most tumultuous and important elections we’ve seen in our lifetime. Not only that, but according to Glenn Beck, we currently meet all seven conditions.

The first condition is a “semi-autocratic regime.”

“We’re not a fully autocratic regime, and that’s not what you need. You need a semi-autocratic regime,” Glenn explains.

The second condition is an “unpopular incumbent.”

As Joe Biden’s disastrous polls reflect, we can definitely check that one off on the list.

The checklist goes on, with number three being a “united and organized opposition” and number four “an ability to quickly drive home the point that voting results were falsified," which then begets number five: “media to inform people about the falsified vote.”

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he will support giving black farmers $5 billion in reparations once in office — throwing his weight behind a provision in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that was struck down by a court as unconstitutional.

“When I’m in the White House… I’m going to get rid of those people in USDA and get that money,” Kennedy told John Boyd Jr., the founder of the National Black Farmers Association, in a recent episode of his podcast.

“That $5 billion is not money, that is an entitlement,” the 70-year-old added. “It’s money that was a loan that black farmers were entitled to way back when and was stolen from them through discrimination.”

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Israel is poised to significantly escalate its attacks on Hezbollah in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, the army's chief of staff said the country is "ready" for war, the same day fires continued to rage across northern Israel sparked by Hezbollah rockets and drones as cross-border fighting continues to intensify.

Many would argue that a third Lebanon war is inevitable. The first and second Lebanon wars, the first launched in 1982 and the second in 2006, were vastly different from each other – one became an 18-year quagmire, the other ended relatively quickly but with limited gains.

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The Department of Justice has admitted that audio recordings of President Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur were altered, but claim they contain 'minor differences.'

"The interview transcripts are accurate transcriptions of the words of the interview contained in the audio recording, except for minor instances such as the use of filler words (such as ‘um’ or ‘uh’) when speaking that are not always reflected on the transcripts, or when words may have been repeated when spoken (such as ‘I, I’ or ‘and, and’) but sometimes was only listed a single time in the transcripts," DOJ official Bradley Weinsheimer said in a Friday filing.

"Besides these exceedingly minor differences, based on my simultaneous review of the transcripts while listening to the audio recording, the transcripts accurately capture the words spoken during the interview on the audio recording with no material differences between the audio recording and transcripts," Weinsheimer claims.

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The Israeli occupation has signed a $3 billion agreement with the United States to acquire a third squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, the Israeli security ministry announced Tuesday.

The $3 billion deal is financed by US military aid to "Israel", the ministry said, specifically by the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF).

The agreement includes the procurement of 25 additional F-35 jets, bringing the total number of these advanced aircraft in the Israeli occupation's air force to 75. The acquisition is formalized through a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed by the Israeli mission to the United States.

Deliveries of the new jets are scheduled to commence in 2028, with an expected delivery rate of three to five aircraft per year. 

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The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

by David Vine & Theresa Arriola 

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Or so the song lyrics go anyway.

But in the case of this country, war, it turns out, has been good for plenty of high-class Americans, especially our weapons makers. As TomDispatch regular David Vine and Theresa Arriola report today, the military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) has proven to be a cash cow of the first order (though I hate to insult cows that way). In this century, the money has simply poured into it and yet, somehow, it never seems to be enough. Only recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell typically “ripped” President Biden’s request for $850 billion for the 2025 Pentagon budget as “inadequate” and demanded even more money for it. So, it goes — so, in fact, it has long gone.

And in a country in which the Pentagon budget and the far vaster national security budget only continue to rise, the oddest thing of all, it seems to me, is this: since the U.S. emerged victorious from World War II, no matter how much money it’s poured into the MIC or how many bases its military has established globally, in no significant war — from Korea in the early 1950s to Vietnam in the 1960s to the Afghan and Iraq wars of this century and the Global War on Terror that went with them — has this country ever (that’s right ever) emerged genuinely victorious.

Yes, the nation whose “defense” budget equals that of the next nine countries combined can’t win a war or stop pouring money into its military and the vast industrial combine that goes with it. Today, backed by an extraordinary set of original images related to the MIC that have never been published before (and can be seen in their original form here), Vine and Arriola offer a look at just what a disaster it’s proven to be for this country. ~ Tom Engelhardt

The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

by David Vine and Theresa (Isa) Arriola

We need to talk about what bombs do in war. Bombs shred flesh. Bombs shatter bones. Bombs dismember. Bombs cause brains, lungs, and other organs to shake so violently they bleed, rupture, and cease functioning. Bombs injure. Bombs kill. Bombs destroy.

Bombs also make people rich.

When a bomb explodes, someone profits. And when someone profits, bombs claim more unseen victims. Every dollar spent on a bomb is a dollar not spent saving a life from a preventable death, a dollar not spent curing cancer, a dollar not spent educating children. That’s why, so long ago, retired five-star general and President Dwight D. Eisenhower rightly called spending on bombs and all things military a “theft.”

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday warned that children in Gaza are living next to waste dumps and suffering from diseases and foul smell.

“Tons of solid waste are piling up across the Gaza Strip. Children and their families are living alongside waste dumps, suffering from diseases and foul smell,” the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa office stated in a post on X.

“No child should go through this, Children need an immediate ceasefire,” UNICEF MENA added in its X post.

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