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The temporary piers established at President Biden’s order have run way over budget and caused several issues since USAID commenced deliveries, leading some lawmakers to question the value of the operation. 

"At the end of the day, it's unnecessarily putting our people in harm's way. It's costing a lot. It's pulling assets that should be used elsewhere, and I just don't think it's going to accomplish anything near what he's promised," Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., told Fox News Digital in an interview.

President Biden, during his State of the Union speech in March, pledged to establish a temporary pier in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the Gaza Strip to increase the delivery of humanitarian aid to the territory as millions remain displaced while Israel continues to hunt Hamas. 

The Pentagon announced the completion of the piers – one that would remain several miles offshore while the other acted as a causeway onto the Gazan shore – were completed around May 9 but faced difficulty during deployment over the following week. 

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"Star Wars" creator George Lucas defended the franchise from criticism that it was mostly composed of white males on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 80-year-old was at the festival to receive Palme d'Or honors on Saturday at the closing ceremony when he made the comments about the first six movies of "Star Wars."

'People are always discriminating against something.'

“They would say, ‘It’s all white men.' I'd say, it's not. Most of the people are aliens," he said, according to People magazine.

"And the idea is you’re supposed to accept people for what they are, whether they’re big and furry or whether they’re green and whatever — the idea is all people are equal," he added.

He went on to point out that his original movies only showed discrimination against robots and droids.

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Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina recently lectured Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for allowing his home to fly an upside-down American flag and another flag with historical significance dating back to the early stages of the American War of Independence. Two Republican lawmakers have come to the defense of Justice Alito following a hailstorm of attacks by liberal media outlets and Democrats.

Last week, Obama hagiographer Jodi Kantor wrote an article in the New York Times centering on an American flag that was displayed upside down outside Alito's New Jersey vacation home in mid-January 2021.

Alito said that his wife – Martha-Ann Alito – flew the flag in their yard "in response to a neighbor's use of objectionable and personally insulting language on yard signs."

Alito explained that his neighbor had a "F*** Trump" sign that was within 50 feet of where children await the school bus. The neighbor allegedly blamed the January 6th riots on Mrs. Alito and "engaged in vulgar language, 'including the c-word.'"

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The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project is calling on states to take action against what it perceives as partisan bias in President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14019, which directs federal agencies to increase voter registration and turnout. The watchdog group has identified three key steps states can take to counter the alleged bias.

First, states can challenge the application of the order to presidential elections, arguing that the Constitution gives states the authority to govern these elections. Second, states can raise concerns about the partisan political activity of federal employees involved in implementing the order. Finally, states can scrutinize the designations of federal agencies as voter registration agencies under the National Voter Registration Act.

The Oversight Project has released two memorandums detailing the partisan-based evidence surrounding the executive order along with documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. These documents reveal the involvement of left-leaning organizations in the planning and implementation of the order, as well as the use of taxpayer funds for potentially partisan get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Recent videos captured by the Texas Department of Public Safety shed light on the escalating challenges at the southern border, as illegal immigrants resort to aggressive tactics to breach federal walls. Incidents in El Paso and McAllen underscore the increasing violence and lawlessness fueled by President Joe Biden’s failed border policies.

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Illinois could soon join a handful of states with digital IDs and driver’s licenses.

House Bill 4592, introduced by Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago), passed by a unanimous vote in the state senate Friday. The bill cleared the state House of Representatives earlier this week and now heads to Gov. JB Pritzker for his signature.

Several states, including Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, and Utah already have digital IDs.

Some Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints are equipped to accept digital IDs, with support expanding.

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Waves have swept away vessels supporting the United States-built pier installed to transfer aid to Gaza, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) has said.

In a statement on Saturday, CENTCOM noted that during the transportation of humanitarian aid, the US floating dock was disconnected from the small boat tugging it and the vessels broke free from their moorings with two of them now anchored on the beach near the pier.

Part of the dock later drifted towards Israel’s Ashdod shore, while the third and fourth vessels have beached on the coast of Israel near Ashkelon, CENTCOM added.

No injuries have been reported so far and efforts to recover the vessels are under way with assistance from the Israeli and US navies.

Reporting from Washington DC, Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro said that the Pentagon has stressed that the pier still remained fully functional.

Webmaster addition: It isn't. The pier broke free and is currently beached.

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Heavy snow falling on parts of the Prairies may approach a long-standing record for the latest hefty snow this late in the year

Ahh, late May on the Prairies. Flowers are blooming, mosquitoes are buzzing, and there’s a snowfall warning for communities that endured severe thunderstorms just a few days ago.

The current setup is par for the course for an active pattern that’s brought a smattering of unusual weather to folks across North America so far this season.

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The fix is in.

Joe Biden is expected to address Trump’s ‘hush money’ verdict from the White House.

This is Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign since his administration is a dumpster fire. Biden’s only hope is to jail Trump because Americans don’t want four more years of Bidenomics.

Alvin Bragg’s top prosecutor Matthew Colangelo was a top DOJ official that Joe Biden sent to New York in 2022 to take down his main political rival Donald Trump.

Matthew Colangelo and corrupt Judge Juan Merchan have done everything they can to convict Trump.

Alvin Bragg indicted Trump in April 2023 on 34 felony counts related to ‘hush payments’ he made to Stormy Daniels.

Trump was accused of paying porn star Stormy Daniels, AKA, Stephanie Clifford, ‘hush payments’ through his then-attorney Michael Cohen in a scheme to silence her and stop the story about their alleged affair from being published in the National Enquirer.

Judge Juan Merchan has so far refused to release the jury instructions to the public after Bragg’s prosecutors and Trump’s attorneys sparred over the order during a conference earlier this week.

Jury instructions can make or break a case for either side.

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As crime and homelessness worsen in the city of Oakland in California, its authorities have resorted to removing traffic lights from a four-way intersection as thieves keep on stealing the traffic signals' copper wires.

According to CBS News, Oakland officials took out the traffic signal lights at the intersection of East 12th Street and 16th Avenue and replaced them with four-way stop signs, perplexing drivers. This move stemmed from people stealing copper wires and tampering with the traffic signals' electric box, causing the lights to malfunction for months on end. Some residents said the lights were either blinking red or were often totally out.

The report also mentioned that the traffic signals were close to a large homeless encampment that spans about three blocks on East 12th Street, between 17th and 14th Avenues. While the city has made efforts to clear it, the encampment is continuing to grow bigger. Residents have started to leave the area because of these homeless camps and their interruptions to civic life.

According to a city spokesman, heavy cement blocks were placed on top of the electric boxes to deter thieves. However, this deterrent failed to work as people just dragged the blocks out of the way.

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It is supposed to be a public broadcaster that represents everyone, but it turns out that NPR is a left-leaning, deep state-run media entity that lies and distorts the truth on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other behind-the-scenes puppet masters.

A new report found that all 87 reporters at NPR are Democrats. We also know that NPR's new CEO Katherine Maher has quite the disturbing resume.

Besides working for the CIA, Maher was also involved with the National Democratic Institute, the World Bank, UNICEF, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Center for Technology and Democracy, the Digital Public Library of America and Wikipedia.

The country of Tunisia has also accused Maher of working for the CIA during the so-called Arab Spring. And just like Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, Maher is a World Economic Forum (WEF) young global leader.

"She was marched out for a talk at the Carnegie Endowment where she was prayerfully interviewed and spouted mediatized language so anodyne, so meaningless, yet so filled with nods to her base the AWFULS (affluent white female urban liberals) one was amazed that she was able to get away with it," writes Elizabeth Nickson from the Welcome to Absurdistan Substack.

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A city scheme in Jackson, Miss., that demands small business owners install cameras on their property as the police department specifies, then pay a charge of $950 to have those connected to the police headquarters so officers can spy through them, has triggered a fight.

It is the Institute for Justice that has written to city officials insisting they repeal an "Orwellian" plan that forces all gas station and convenience store owners to "install security cameras and connect them" to the police department.

The attempted engineering of those small businesses' actions is "a gross violation of Americans' constitutional rights," the IJ charges.

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Facebook is deploying so-called “fact-checkers” to run interference for the FBI after it was revealed the agency authorized the use of “deadly force” against former President Trump during its 2022 raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate.

On Thursday, the Big Tech platform slapped an “independent fact-check” on The Federalist’s May 21 report detailing the contents of unsealed court documents that revealed the FBI gave agents raiding Trump’s Florida residence the green-light to use “deadly force” against the former president “when necessary.” The raid — which took place on Aug. 8, 2022 — was approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland and reportedly aimed at retrieving “any document Trump ever saw, read, or created for the entirety of his four years as commander-in-chief.”

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If you use Google regularly, you may have noticed the company's new AI Overviews providing summarized answers to some of your questions in recent days. If you use social media regularly, you may have come across many examples of those AI Overviews being hilariously or even dangerously wrong.

Factual errors can pop up in existing LLM chatbots as well, of course. But the potential damage that can be caused by AI inaccuracy gets multiplied when those errors appear atop the ultra-valuable web real estate of the Google search results page.

"The examples we've seen are generally very uncommon queries and aren’t representative of most people’s experiences," a Google spokesperson told Ars. "The vast majority of AI Overviews provide high quality information, with links to dig deeper on the web."

After looking through dozens of examples of Google AI Overview mistakes (and replicating many ourselves for the galleries below), we've noticed a few broad categories of errors that seemed to show up again and again. Consider this a crash course in some of the current weak points of Google's AI Overviews and a look at areas of concern for the company to improve as the system continues to roll out.

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The Biden administration is going after western coal producers with new rules published last week that eliminate new coal leases in the nation’s largest coal-producing region.

Last Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the agency would halt additional leases to mine coal across the Powder River Basin, which runs through southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming and is the most productive stretch of coal reserves in the United States. The Washington Post described the administration’s move as the “biggest step yet to end coal mining.”

Larry Behrens, the spokesman for the energy nonprofit Power the Future, told The Federalist the agency’s decision illustrates a president who holds “nothing but contempt for affordable and reliable energy.”

“It’s also no surprise to see his environmental friends celebrate this terrible decision as their singular goal is to destroy private sector jobs in favor of more heavily subsidized energy failures,” Behrens said. “Every American should remember this decision next time the White House says they’re not responsible for high prices.”

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Any US attack on Russian targets in Ukraine would automatically trigger a world war, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

The official, who currently serves as Deputy Chair of Russia’s Security Council, made the remarks after Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski claimed Washington had threatened to conduct such a strike should Russia use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to re-introduce mandatory national service if the Conservative Party remains in power after the general election, set for July, British media reported on Sunday.

Under the scheme, which is expected to cost around £2.5 billion ($3.19 billion) per year, all 18-year-olds would be required to either join the military full-time or volunteer one weekend per month, with community organizations such as the police or National Health Service (NHS).

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On Monday we got word that Sen. Chuck Schumer planned to reintroduce his Border Bill. The bill was designed to codify the Biden Administration's currently illegal and unconstitutional Executive Branch amnesty and force U.S. taxpayers to fund the ongoing invasion of undocumented migrants.

The bill was soundly defeated earlier in 2024, but in today’s political climate…who knew what might happen. But here’s what did happen - on Wednesday the bill was bought for a vote and it was defeated, with even more Republicans and Democrats standing together in opposition this time around! Win!

Then on Thursday, the U.S. House repealed a law allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections in the District of Columbia - with 52 Democrats standing with Republicans to support the repeal! Win!

Several months ago, True the Vote launched The 611 Project to raise awareness about how noncitizens are being registered to vote and what immediate actions can be taken to prevent their registrations from being activated. With a 44 page handbook, talking points, and direct phone and email access to state and federal representatives, we have helped thousands of frustrated Americans ensure their voices are heard - and we will not stop!

Also on Thursday … another win … in the Bronx! The True the Vote Team was on the ground helping people with voter registration and record checks while they waited in line to attend the Trump Rally.

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Khaled Dawas is a British-Palestinian surgeon who has a leadership role within one of Britain's most prestigious hospitals. He provides his testimony and ask you to make your own mind up - are these war crimes?

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Israel has only one way out; it won't choose it. The only way to avoid tumbling into the abyss whose edges we now skirt is to say yes to Friday's ruling by the International Court of Justice.

This is how a state governed by laws must behave. This is how a state that aspires to be a legitimate member of the family of nations should behave. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have already promised compliance on Friday evening. The gates of hell that threaten to open on Israel would remain closed, at least briefly. An Israel that obeys the Court will be a state that is ruled by laws and that must be respected.

By saying yes, he would not only have saved it from further pointless bloodshed in Rafah, he also would have stopped the international snowball that is barreling toward the state. Ending the fighting in Rafah and the entire war is Israel's last possible chance to regain its prewar international standing. It's not much, but it's much more than it has today.

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The international court of justice (ICJ) on Friday ordered Israel to halt its military assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where about half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have taken refuge in recent months. The ruling is the closest that the UN’s top court has come to ordering a ceasefire, and it further exposes Israel and its closest supporters, especially the US and the UK, for their disregard of international law and institutions.

For much of the world, Israel is now a pariah state that has repeatedly ignored pressure from international bodies to end its brutal war in Gaza, stop using starvation as a weapon of war, and allow more aid into the besieged territory. On Monday, the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC), a separate tribunalalso based in The Hague, announced he was seeking arrest warrants for senior Hamas and Israeli leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 7 October attack by Hamas and the ensuing war in Gaza. The prosecutor is seeking warrants against the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his defence minister, Yoav Gallant, as well as three top Hamas leaders.

On Wednesday, the leaders of Ireland, Spain and Norway said they would recognize an independent Palestinian state, underlining frustration in Europe with Netanyahu’s rightwing government, which continues to oppose Palestinian statehood and expand settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Webmaster addition: I think we are already there!

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Something very important happened earlier this week in Astana during the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi went straight to the point: he called for SCO members to “maintain their strategic autonomy”, and “never allow external forces” to turn Eurasia into a “geopolitical arena.”

Wang Yi detailed how “a few countries are pursuing hegemony and power, forming small cliques, establishing hidden rules, engaging in interference and suppression, ‘decoupling and cutting off ties,’ and even assisting the ‘three forces’ in the region”, thus attempting to suppress the strategic autonomy of the Global South.

The “three forces” is Chinese code for terrorism, separatism and religious extremism – actually the three main reasons for the foundation of the SCO way back in 2001, a short while before 9/11.

The straightforward translation of Wang’s message points to Beijing being very much aware of the Hegemon’s myriad Hybrid War tactics now deployed all across the Heartland. Still, Beijing excels in politeness, calling for “common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable” security cooperation and to work with the “international community”.

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