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Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) used highly inflammatory rhetoric attacking former President Donald Trump late this week, just days after he was shot during an assassination attempt at a political rally.
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Biden White House senior adviser Keisha Lance Bottoms claimed during an interview this week that she experienced “PTSD” from former President Donald Trump’s lengthy speech at the Republican National Convention this week.
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Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) called on Congress to yank funding away from the U.S. Secret Service after it failed to prevent former President Donald Trump from being shot during an assassination attempt last week at a political rally in Pennsylvania.
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These truths must be spoken louder than the lies about America and her founding.

This was the theme at the Republican National Convention this past week. Speaker after speaker spoke about America’s greatness, highlighting individuals who believe in the values and virtues of the American founding.

One such highlight was the Goldstar families whose loved ones fell during the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle. After hearing about those soldiers who paid the ultimate price defending America, how could we not feel proud to call ourselves Americans?

We are not proud of the government leaders in the Biden administration who orchestrated this failure, but pride still fills our American hearts after hearing their stories — stories that MSNBC refused to air.

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As Hurricane Beryl was bearing down on Houston, President Joe Biden told a crowd at the Washington, D.C., Emergency Operations Center that “extreme heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States.” He went on to blame “extreme weather events” such as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes on climate change before concluding that ignoring it is “deadly and dangerous and irresponsible.”

Hyping the harms of climate change has been a scare tactic of the Democratic Party for decades, helping to make Generation Z the most depressed and least optimistic generation ever. But almost everything Democrats say about climate change is a lie, which is why it is the perfect topic for Part 3 in our series, inspired by the lies Democrats told about Biden’s mental condition, “What else are the Democrats lying about?”

Climate change is real. The world’s average temperature is rising. It is just not rising as fast as Democrats claim and is not causing the damage Democrats say it is.

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While researching why this is occurring, I happened upon this article from the American Institute for Economic Research. It explains that Medicare has cut reimbursement to physicians yet again, leaving them 30% behind the rate of inflation.

Looking at my quarterly Medicare statements, I always note that the doctors don’t get a heck of a lot from the government program. Don’t quote me on this because I haven’t kept all the flotillas of paper they send me, but I’d venture to say, at most, 10% of the billed amount is reimbursed.

I know that when I had major Achilles surgery seven years ago, I wondered how the hospital could afford to do the work, given the low reimbursement rate. And that was long before the government cut it even further.

It’s not just Medicare, either. Over my work lifetime, I paid a ton of insurance premiums and got very little back in terms of care. I always felt that the system was broken.

Lab tests that were billed at $600 or so were paid at $60. Honestly, that’s not enough to keep the door open, pay the worker collecting blood, pay for processing the tests, and do the paperwork involved.

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Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Chicago’s far-left leader, Mayor Brandon Johnson, recently suggested that President Richard Nixon was to blame for the Windy City’s massive and pervasive gun violence problem.

Well, Democrats specialize in blaming others for the very problems their policies create. In fact, (titular) President Joe Biden blames former President Trump for virtually everything.

But Nixon? He passed away more than 30 years ago!

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As recent events have dramatically improved GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s chances for victory in November, European leaders who criticized him in the past have gone from fretting about a possible new Trump presidency to preparing for the former president’s return to the White House. 

With a few key exceptions – Viktor Orban in Hungary and Italy’s Giorgia Meloni come to mind – leaders in the European Union have stood solidly in support of Democratic President Joe Biden's administration. 

But now, with Trump's prospects on the rise, there’s a shift among the continent’s leadership that is likely to have profound effects on what happens in Ukraine and other security issues, global climate change strategies, and the nature of trans-Atlantic ties. 

“There has been a resistance to Trump in Europe and most governments have had a negative view of the former president,” Raffaele Marchetti, director of the Center for International Strategic Studies CISS at LUISS University in Rome, told Just the News. “But they also know they will have to work with a new Trump government, and they are preparing to do that.”

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Well well well, what do ya' know? Seems Trump requested more security for July 13 (you know, the day he was literally SHOT) and was actually DENIED by the Secret Service 'Brass'. And then when they were called out for denying his request for more security, they lied about it.

Then they admitted they actually did deny his request.

Why deny the request? Why lie about it? 

This just gets worse and worse you guys.

When even WaPo is reporting it?

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In a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, former President Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, emphasized that Taiwan should compensate the United States for its defense services. Trump’s comments suggest a transactional approach to U.S.-Taiwan relations, reminiscent of his stance on NATO, raising questions about how he would handle the Taiwan Strait dispute if re-elected.

Trump’s Blunt Message to Taiwan

Taiwan relies heavily on U.S. political and military support to withstand pressures from China, which claims the island as its territory. Trump stressed that Taiwan is vulnerable to Chinese attacks due to its geographic distance from the U.S. He equated the U.S. defense role to an insurance company, stating, “I think Taiwan should pay us for defense. You know, we’re no different than an insurance company.”

This stance mirrors Trump’s previous criticisms of NATO, where he questioned the financial contributions of allied nations. Trump’s remarks have sparked concerns about the future of U.S. commitment to Taiwan’s defense. The United States is legally obligated to help Taiwan defend itself and has not ruled out the possibility of military intervention if China attacks.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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There is not much that is certain about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress on July 24. The shameful display of a leader credibly accused of corruption and fraud in his own country; and a war criminal, who, despite the delaying tactics employed by the British and German governments, is likely to face an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court in the very near future, won’t soon be forgotten.

But it is difficult to say what Netanyahu plans to do with this opportunity. Reports in late June suggested that Netanyahu intended to use the speech to hold open the narrowing pathway to a normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia. This now seems unlikely in the wake of the statement from the Knesset this week clarifying, in undeniable terms and with the support of the opposition leader, Benny Gantz, the parliamentary body’s opposition to a Palestinian state. Saudi Arabia, with the support of Joe Biden’s administration, has made it clear that a path and commitment to a two-state solution is a basic requirement of any normalization deal with Israel.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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In this article, we dive into the top 10 signs of Parkinsonian dementia that seem to be showing up in President Biden’s actions. We’ll back these up with specific moments from his recent outings. These signs raise serious questions about his health and, more importantly, who’s really in charge. Is Joe Biden calling the shots, or is someone else running the show?

Webmaster addition: I want to be very clear here. On a personal level I have a great deal of sympathy for Joe Biden. I have known many dementia patients and understand what they are going through as their minds and memories start to fade away. It's probably one of the worst things that can happen to anybody. That being said, a President needs to have a sharp mind to do the job properly and Biden clearly is not up to it!

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In a national poll last month Americans were asked if they believed a new civil war was likely to happen within their lifetime. The establishment media was shocked to report that 47% of the population said yes. Those of us in the liberty media were not so surprised; I believe according to the evidence that we were already a short step away from civil war in 2021-2022.

There were A LOT of guys (millions) getting ready for the possibility of vaccine passport enforcement. Gun ownership in the US hit record highs during that time period and conservative/patriot groups saw a spike in public interest. As it turned out, the “conspiracy theorists” were right all along, there really was an organized agenda to eliminate constitutional protections…

If we had allowed the vax passport policy to take hold, our liberties would have been officially erased forever. Economic freedoms would be abolished. Access to the jobs market and trade would be impossible for anyone refusing the vaccine. Real-time tracking of the population along with a social credit system would have become the norm using mandatory cell phone apps. After that, America would essentially turn into a Chinese-style concentration camp.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, DICTATORSHIP, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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It quickly became apparent that the crash in March 2019, which killed 157 passengers and crew, was almost a total repeat of an incident five months earlier that claimed 189 lives as a Lion Air jet plunged into the sea off Indonesia.

Both involved the Boeing 737 Max, an upgraded version of an ageing narrow-body design that had been devised to compete with the A320neo model from European rival Airbus. 

Investigators traced the cause of the crashes to software that had mistakenly intervened in the flying of the aircraft.

This had not been properly flagged to pilots or mentioned in flight manuals. Boeing was charged with fraud and conspiracy over its deception of regulators in relation to the Max model, while the plane was grounded for almost two years.

For Milleron, the revelations proved life-changing, with the death of her daughter triggering a personal campaign against Boeing, which she believed had a dangerously ingrained culture of putting profit ahead of safety.

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Judicial Watch announced today that it received records showing that as of June 583 foreign nationals are registered to vote in Washington, DC. The records from the Board of Elections also confirm that noncitizens can be election workers.

Judicial Watch received the documents in response to a May 14, 2024, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records regarding the number of noncitizens registered to vote in Washington, DC, under the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act.

In 2022 the DC Council amended the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955 “to expand the definition of the term qualified elector for the purpose of local elections to include otherwise eligible non-citizen residents.” The act went into effect in 2023 and allows noncitizens to vote in local elections for positions including mayor, attorney general, city council member, State Board of Education member or Advisory Neighborhood Commission member. Noncitizens can also vote on local referendums, ballot initiatives and recalls.

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Despite a hefty taxpayer price tag, several states are requiring cities to transition their public transportation to emitting zero greenhouse gasses.

Since 2022, seven states have passed laws to transition to zero-emission school buses.

In Illinois, a law passed last year requiring all transit agencies to purchase zero-emission buses by 2026. Similar legislation was passed in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland and New York.

The Chicago Transit Authority reports that the transition will require an extra $1.8 to $3.1 billion taxpayer dollars in order to fund the transition, as opposed to diesel trucks.

In order to make that transition, cities will have to invest heavily in green infrastructure, like charging stations and batteries, or staffing electrical engineers.

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Hillary Clinton tried and failed. Now it’s up to another presidential spouse to try and crack the glass ceiling. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests that only one Democratic candidate would decisively trounce former president Donald J. Trump in November—Michelle Obama.

Webmaster addition: Michelle Obama is NOT qualified to be President. She has never held elected office. I don't want the wife of a President as President no more than I want the pilot's wife to fly me to New York, or the doctor's wife to operate on me!

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Here is a chart of Non-commerciak net positions for US Treasuries, currently showing more bailing out of Treasury positions. Has the world sours on DC’s fiscal train wreck and The Fed? Of course, budget deficits are a disaster with Biden/Congress spending like drunken sailors in port and showing no signs of letting up. The good news? At least a court struck down Biden’s illegal cancelation of student debt (a desperate attempt to win votes). That would have spiked the budget deficit.
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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed a new gig with Japan’s biggest steelmaker, Nippon Steel Corp.

In a statement, Nippon Steel shared, “We look forward to working alongside Pompeo to further emphasize the ways in which Nippon Steel’s acquisition of U.S. Steel bolsters the country’s economic and national security.”

Reuters reported Pompeo will be hired as an adviser for Nippon Steel.

Currently, Nippon Steal has received all regulatory approvals outside of the United States for their proposed $14.9 billion merger with U.S. Steel, but currently, they are facing regulatory trouble from within the United States, which is essentially the reason why Pompeo was hired.

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An explosive new study has provided evidence of a direct link between Covid mRNA injections and the global surge in sudden deaths.

The findings of the bombshell study were just published by a group of renowned researchers, sending shockwaves through the scientific community.

The study was conducted by Christof Kuhbandner, PhD, Professor of Psychology at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria Germany, and mathematician Prof. Matthias Reitzner at Osnabrück University, a public research university located in the city of Osnabrück in Lower Saxony.

The study directly contradicts the “safe and effective” narrative that has been peddled about the mRNA injections since they were first pushed onto the public in early 2021.

In their study, the top scientists identified a direct correlation between surging excess mortality in Germany and Covid mRNA injections.

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Two Philippine officials said Sunday that Manila and Beijing have reached a deal to avoid confrontations at a fiercely disputed shoal in the South China Sea, where recent clashes have sparked fears of larger conflicts that could involve the United States.

The deal was forged after a series of closed-door meetings between Philippine and Chinese diplomats in Manila and exchanges of diplomatic notes that aimed to establish a mutually acceptable arrangement at the Philippine-occupied Second Thomas Shoal, which China also claims.

The Philippine officials who confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Sunday spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement of the pact.

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Bangladesh Issues 'Shoot-On-Sight-Order' As Deadly Student-Led Protests Spiral

by Tyler Durden

Weeks-long protests in Bangladesh led by students have descended into increasing violence amid severe economic woes and a new controversial law widely seen as unfairly rewarding supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party with lucrative government jobs.

Since early June, campus-based protests have called for a complete shutdown of the country until the new policy is repealed. A High Court ruling at the start of the summer came down in favor of a quota system which secures 30% of government jobs for family members of veterans who fought in Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

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The student protesters have demanded a system based on merit. A series of initially peaceful university protests resulted in increasingly chaotic scenes and clashes with police, resulting in casualties. From there protests have grown nation-wide.

Deaths among protesters have grown into the dozens, with the police reporting casualties as well. Some reports say over 100 demonstrators have died and that this figure is climbing by the day.

Communications have been intermittently disrupted for the nation of 170 million people as authorities desperately try to gain control of the situation.

Authorities have also escalated, as of Saturday allowing security forces to use live-fire to put down protests:

Police imposed a strict curfew with a “shoot-on-sight” order across Bangladesh as military forces patrolled parts of the capital Saturday after scores were killed and hundreds injured in clashes over the allocation of civil service jobs.

The curfew began at midnight and was relaxed from noon to 2 p.m. for people to run essential errands, and is expected to last until 10 a.m. Sunday, allowing officers to fire on mobs in extreme cases, said lawmaker Obaidul Quader, the general secretary of the ruling Awami League party.

Police and military checkpoints have been set up in the streets of the capital Dhaka in order to enforce the curfew

Claire's Observations:  If killing student protestors is the best the Bangladeshi government can do, over this law, it is on the cusp of becoming a failed nation-state

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There was a surreal scene at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday as irate senior senators chased the embattled director of the U.S. Secret Service into a women's bathroom.

'You answer to us!'

'You can't hide from us!'

Senators Marsha Blackburn and John Barrasso shouted and pointed angrily - pursuing Secret Service director Kimberly A. Cheatle through the lobby of Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum and up a flight of stairs.

Cheatle, 53, flanked by her agents, scurried into the lavatory. Her staff held the door, blocking the livid lawmakers out.

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Washington Post reports: The International Court of Justice, the top judicial arm of the United Nations, said Friday that Israel should end its occupation of Palestinian territory, evacuate existing settlements, stop building new ones and pay reparations to Palestinians who have lost land and property.

In a sweeping 83-page legal opinion, the court, based in The Hague, said Israel is responsible for “systematic discrimination” against Palestinians based on race or ethnicity, has breached the right of Palestinians to self-determination and has effectively annexed large swaths of land.

“Israel has an obligation to bring an end to its presence in the occupied Palestinian territory as rapidly as possible,” Nawaf Salam, the court’s president, said from the bench Friday. He added that the court considers Israel’s continued presence illegal and a “wrongful act.”

The searing advisory opinion is nonbinding but still holds legal weight and could have broader consequences in the international arena, including in trade and diplomacy. The court said member states should not recognize as legal the situation arising from Israel’s presence in occupied territory, nor should they render aid or assistance in maintaining it.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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