The head of the private Russian military firm Wagner Group has announced pro-Moscow forces have taken control of the town of Soledar in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted in a series of Tuesday and Wednesday comments that fighting in the area is still ongoing, but said "Units of the Wagner private military company have taken the entire territory of Soledar under their control," and that the Ukrainians are surrounded.
"The city center has been surrounded, and urban warfare is underway. The number of captives will be announced tomorrow," Prigozhin added. "No units other than Wagner PMC fighters were involved in the storming of Soledar." The Amsterdam-based Moscow Times and the AFP underscore that "If confirmed, the capture of Soledar would mark Russia’s biggest success in its war on Ukraine following months of retreats elsewhere." Prigozhin's emphasis that it was 'only Wagner' an no regular forces that stormed Soledar has reportedly unleashed anger and controversy inside the Russian chain of command.
The US Virgin Islands case against JP Morgan just got even weirder.
Recall that in late December, Attorney General Denise George sued the bank, claiming they reaped financial benefits from Epstein's sex-trafficking operation.
Three days later, George was fired.
The original complaint against the bank filed by George included a lengthy-but-redacted section on "High Net Worth Clients" Epstein brought to JPMorgan. It had 11 separate entries spanning three pages of the complaint - which James O'Keefe of Project Veritas wants to get his hands on.
The original complaint notes that Epstein had an extensive relationship with former JPM Exec Jes Staley, who was CEO of Barclays until he resigned in 2001 over his ties to the pedophile.
One week after George's firing, the US Virgin Islands has filed an amended complaint which significantly shortens the "High Net Worth Clients" list to just three entries, and unredacts a name we already knew about; Glenn Dubin, the owner of Highbridge Capital Management whose wife once told Epstein's probation officer that she was "100% comfortable" with Jeffrey Epstein being around her minor children.
After the FBI raid on Trump's Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago, the political left leaped into a rabid narrative that treason had taken place due to the presence of classified documents. So far, no legal action has taken place in relation to these documents, likely because the possession of classified information by former presidents is a legal gray area. Former presidents are in fact allowed access to classified information for the rest of their lives, and they have broad authority to declassify documents as they see fit.
Prosecution over the possession of classified materials by government officials generally depends on the mishandling of the documents and information. Regardless of what a person might think of Trump, they cannot honestly accuse him of mishandling the information that the FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago, which is why no indictments have been pursued.
Leftists were quick to condemn Trump without a clear understanding of the law, but not surprisingly they are also quick to give Joe Biden the "benefit of the doubt" as he has recently been found to also be in possession of classified materials from his time as Vice President. The hypocritical nature of the political left is once again on full display as members of The View argue that Trump is a "liar and a thief", therefore, he deserved persecution while Biden does not.
In light of the softer data on wages and on services activity from last Friday, there was a lot riding on Fed Chair Powell’s speech at the Riksbank event on central bank independence. However, Powell said nothing specific about the upcoming Fed meeting. The Chair was, however, able to squeeze in a reference to the Fed prioritizing inflation over employment in the near term, when he said that the case for monetary policy independence lies in the benefits of insulating monetary policy decisions from short-term political considerations. According to him, “the absence of direct political control over our decisions allows us to take these necessary measures without considering short-term political factors.” It’s hard to take such general remarks as a cue for one vote or the other. Logically, markets shrugged and remained focused on the US CPI data coming up tomorrow. A soft reading that vindicates the recent improvement in sentiment is now widely expected.
Perhaps Powell’s most interesting comments pertained to climate change. He said that the “Fed is not and will not be a climate policymaker”. Well, tell that to ECB President Christine Lagarde or board member Schnabel, who have been more than vocal on taking climate policies into account. The main difference between the two central banks lies in their mandates:
The Federal Reserve Act demands the Federal Reserve to conduct monetary policy "so as to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates”. It will require new and explicit legislation from Congress to allow the Fed to use monetary policy or supervisory actions to actively promote the energy transition. Such legislation won’t be forthcoming in this Congress, that’s for sure, and it is hard to see any political consensus forming further out too.
Officials in Las Vegas say a student died after he unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest while at school.
According to a post from Amplus Academy, the student was identified as senior Jordan Brister.
A GoFundMe shared by the school said Brister “suddenly and unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest while at school with no explanation as to why.”
In a statement, Amplus Academy said Brister experienced cardiac arrest while at school on Jan. 3.
A reporter indicated that he may sue Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., after internal documents at Twitter revealed the Democrat tried to get him banned from the platform.
Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibbi’s "Twitter Files" entry last week revealed that Schiff lobbied Twitter to suspend journalist Paul Sperry from the social media site in November 2020.
Sperry, a senior reporter for RealClearInvestigations.com and a New York Post columnist, told Fox's Brian Kilmeade that he was targeted by Schiff because of his reporting on Democrat sources in President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial.
Former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro used his Facebook account to share a video of voter fraud conspiracies that echoed the complaints of rioters who ransacked government buildings in Brasilia on Sunday. The video was deleted hours later.
Bolsonaro’s post, made Tuesday shortly after he was discharged from a US hospital, didn’t comment on the video’s claims. But the person speaking in the clip raised questions about the integrity of Brazil’s voting machines and alleged that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wasn’t legitimately elected.
Brazil Capital Reels After Anti-Lula Rioters Storm Congress© Photographer: Arthur Menescal/Bloomberg
Facebook added a tag to the post saying that electronic voting “is secure and auditable,” including a link to more information from Brazilian election authorities. The post was deleted late Tuesday night, hours after it was posted. Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc., said Facebook didn’t remove the video.
Webmaster addition: Facebook destroyed what little was left of their credibility with that comment about electronic voting. Cleary they have never see the documentary "Hacking Democracy!"
All flights across America were grounded today for the first time since 9/11 after an as-yet unexplained, FAA computer system failure.
The first complaints by passengers that their flights had been grounded started at around 4am EST, but it wasn't until 6.30am that the FAA announced it had grounded all flights as a result of an overnight crash of its NOTAM system - which pilots use to receive hazard warnings and safety updates.
By 9am, the issue had been resolved and flights were beginning to take off again.
A mother in Draper, Utah broke her silence and revealed that her healthy son developed blood clots in his brain nine days after receiving the experimental mRNA Covid vaccine. Nearly a year later, another blood clot formed in his right leg and moved to his lungs.
Cherie Romney revealed that her son, Everest, was taken to the ICU with blood clots in his brain back in April 2021, 9 days after receiving the COVID vaccine. Medical records state that the blood clots were an “adverse reaction to the vaccine.”
Everest stands 6’9″ and was a basketball player prior to the incident.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is one of the most destructive and dishonest government officials in US history.
Under his watch, the US logged in over 5 million illegal aliens crossing into the country through the open southern US Border.
Alejandro’s response to the crisis of record human and drug trafficking has been to consistently lie to the American public about the seriousness of the situation.
Mayorkas continues to lie about the open border with Mexico insisting the border is secure – a complete lie.
Following the 2022 election cycle, Colorado voters delivered anti-gun majorities to represent them in Denver and they’re wasting little time to push through gun control.
A ban on so-called “assault weapons” has already been filed in the Colorado House and could be fast-tracked to Governor Polis’ desk, where he would be expected to sign it.
Taylor Rhodes, Executive Director of NAGR-state affiliate, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners sees these this and other proposals as infringements of constitutional rights.
A grand jury has decided not to indict a Houston man for pelting Sen. Ted Cruz with beer cans during the Astros’ World Series parade late last year.
Joseph Halm Arcidiacono, 33, faced charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for hurling the projectiles but a grand jury dismissed the charges on Friday.
The Air Force Academy has announced the tragic death of offensive lineman Hunter Brown. He was just 21 years old.
The Academy released a news release in which it states that Brown suffered a medical emergency while walking to class on Monday morning. First responders were called to the scene and attempted to save Brown’s life, however, those attempts were unsuccessful.
A shockingly bloody day of violence threatened to upend the new coup-borne regime’s grip on power as Peruvians reacted with horror to the deadliest day so far in the political struggle that has rocked the country for over a month.
Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets throughout the country on Tuesday as memorial services were held in the city of Juliaca for the 17 people killed Monday in what victims families’ are calling a “massacre” by the Andean country’s security forces.
At least two of the deceased – a boy and a girl – were reportedly children. According to a health ministry official in the Puno region of Peru, another 68 victims suffered injuries in Monday’s violence.
Videos showing several of the killings circulated widely on social media Monday night, as condemnations rolled in from across the globe.
“In the name of the sacred right to life, of the rights of indigenous peoples recognized by UN and international organizations, in the name of peace and social justice, we demand that the massacre of our brothers in Perú stop,” wrote former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was labeled ‘persona non grata’ and barred from entering the country just hours beforehand.
It was by far the deadliest day of the chaos that has wracked Peru since its first working-class indigenous president, Pedro Castillo, was overthrown last month. Castillo has been jailed ever since, following what leaders of countries throughout the region have condemned as a coup d’etat.
The head of the intensive care unit of the Carlos Monge Medrano Hospital in Juliaca, Jorge Sotomayor Perales, reportedly suggested that authorities used lethal expanding bullets in the bloody crackdown. In comments given to journalists Monday evening, Sotomayor noted the gunshot victims had “no exit wounds” but had “their internal organs destroyed.”
A bomb explosion near the foreign ministry in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed “several” people, the Taliban-run government said. This marks the first major attack in the country this year.
The militant group is investigating the incident, which occurred around 4 p.m. local time during rush hour, Hafiz Zia Ahmad Takal, deputy spokesman at the ministry, said in a phone interview. Images from local media showed dead and injured people on the street.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
The Islamic State, one of the Taliban’s main security concerns, targeted Chinese nationals at a hotel in Kabul last month, killing or wounding a number of people. It typically claims credit for attacks.
If New York City’s BOE removed 441,083 records, as they claim, then how did the number of records in New York City go up by 82,578 while losing population? At the least, this implies a gain, not of 82,578 voters but of that many voters plus the 441,083 voters the county supposedly removed. Together, that is an increase of 523,661 new records or about 9.52% of the total population of the city.
The counties in question could claim that NYCA is looking at the state voter rolls, but Judicial Watch sued over the county rolls. That is true, but it is also an unsatisfactory answer. Under state law, the state voter roll database, known as “NYSVoter,” is the sole official voter roll for the state. In other words, the county databases are not “official.” Under the law, county databases must be synced with the state database in real-time as changes are made to county databases. In addition, county BOEs have “sole responsibility for adding, changing, canceling, or removing voter registration records.”