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Just months after Republicans expressed concern over Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' apparent willingness to "circumvent the laws of this state, the Democratic governor realized their fears, violating the law and unilaterally appointing 13 of her henchmen to lead state agencies.

A judge said as much in his Wednesday ruling, indicating that when Hobbs failed to legally get her way, she elected instead to run roughshod over Arizona law.

Frustrated by checks and balances

By law, the governor's Cabinet nominees can only be appointed with the consent of the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate.

The Senate's Committee on Director Nominations, led by state Sen. Jake Hoffman (R) and established last year to "evaluate executive nominations," grilled 11 of Hobbs' 22 nominees, approved seven, and rejected a handful, including pandemic shutdown champion Theresa Cullen.

Hoffman indicated in February 2023, "Now, make no mistake, this is a check on executive authority, but that is exactly what the legislature is supposed to do," reported the Arizona Mirror.

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“Conscience doth make cowards of us all.” Those words from Hamlet captured the moral dilemma for many of us as we face the costs of conscience.

For each of us, there often comes a moment when our principles are put to an undeniable and unavoidable test. It may be as simple as cheating on a test, shoplifting a product, or admitting to a wrong. It is natural to want to avoid such moments, particularly when we cannot even admit to ourselves that we may not be the person we have long claimed.

For Attorney General Merrick Garland, that moment of truth has finally arrived. Garland has long maintained that he is an apolitical attorney general who does not even consider the political consequences of his actions. Over the last three years, some of us have questioned that commitment in a series of actions or, more importantly, non-actions. Yet, Garland has always been able to evade responsibility by shifting decision-making to others or claiming a lack of knowledge.

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Donald Trump's lawyer Alina Habba took a victory lap after a Georgia appeals court halted DA Fani Willis' election interference case against the former president.

"She's fallen on her fanny since the very beginning," Habba told Newsmax's Carl Higbie. "This has completely been a disaster. It was a fake case to start with, her arrogance, her demeanor has been incredibly telling."

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The United States is preparing to announce a new $225 million weapons package for Ukraine this week, coming two weeks after the last package, which was at $275 million and featured badly needed artillery rounds. And a few weeks prior to that, in early May, the US administration rolled out with $400 million in defense aid —  thus it appears the White House is planning to apportion new packages about every two or three weeks, drawing from Biden's $60 billion in recently approved total funding for Ukraine.

Currently, Ukrainian soldiers are resorting to literally trying to find leftover, unexploded artillery shells scattered in the ground at prior battle sites. The Wall Street Journal recently underscored this severe lack of ammo along Ukraine's front lines in writing that "Kyiv’s ammunition shortage is so acute that a soldier who hunts for Russian shells—and makes his own bombs—has become an important supplier for some units." 

The dangerous trend can be summarized as follows: the more desperation there is on the ground as Ukraine loses more and more ground along frontline positions, the greater the bellicose posturing on the part of NATO and the West. Western publications are even openly airing contingency plans for US troop movements in Europe in a WW3 scenario involving war with Russia in the heart of Europe. As another alarming and somewhat absurd example of this trend, look what European Commission chief is positively boasting about...

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Two scientists published a peer-reviewed study in 2021 showing that Covid mRNA shots cause cancer but their findings were covered up over fears it would fuel so-called “ant-vaccine propaganda.”

One of the Sweden-based scientists has blown the whistle to reveal that their bombshell findings were shut down by officials at the universities they worked for.

Newly unsealed emails have also backed up the allegations, revealing the peer-reviewed study was shut down and hidden from the public.

The study was conducted in October 2021 by Dr. Hui Jiang of Stockholm University and Dr. Ya-Fang Mei of Umeå University.

The paper for the study, titled “SARS-CoV-2 Spike Impairs DNA Damage Repair and Inhibits V(D)J Recombination In Vitro,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal MDPI Viruses.

The scientists found that the spike protein from the Covid mRNA injections impairs DNA repair mechanisms, causing cancers to develop and rapidly spread.

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Instagram wants to force you to stop doomscrolling — in a way users are not happy with.

The social media platform is testing “ad breaks” that will make the user stop and look at an ad for a certain period of time before they can continue scrolling.

Some users have taken to X, formerly Twitter, and Reddit to report that they have seen the feature on their accounts, and Instagram spokesperson Matthew Tye confirmed to The Verge that the test is indeed happening.

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Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”Josey Wales

“To hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.” – Josey Wales

As our political, economic, civic, and social structures continue to degrade, dissolve, and disintegrate before our very eyes, it is easy to become apathetic and surrender to hopelessness. There are relentless powerful forces actively trying to destroy the fabric of our society and force the masses into economic servitude while caged in an electronic gulag, controlled by an oligarchy of evil totalitarian minded billionaires and their lackeys in key governmental, political, banking, military, media, and corporate positions of power. We are in the same situation as Josey Wales in Clint Eastwood’s epic 1976 film – The Outlaw Josey Wales.

The film tells the story of Josey Wales, a Missouri farmer, just trying to live his life in peace without interference from the government, uninterested in the violent Civil War between two monolithic forces fighting for their created causes.  His wife and son are brutally murdered by Union Redleg militants, led by the despicable  Captain Terrill, while he was away from his homestead. After burying his family, his mind naturally turns towards seeking revenge against the perpetrators, and he begins to practice shooting. He joins a group of pro-Confederate bushwackers who become the scourge of Union forces until the war’s conclusion.

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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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