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Special Counsel Jack Smith will appeal a federal judge’s ruling earlier on Monday dismissing former President Trump’s classified documents indictment, according to Smith’s spokesman. 

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon ruled that Smith was not lawfully appointed, ordering that Trump’s charges be dismissed. 

“The dismissal of the case deviates from the uniform conclusion of all previous courts to have considered the issue that the Attorney General is statutorily authorized to appoint a Special Counsel,” Peter Carr, spokesman for Smith’s office, said in a statement. 

“The Justice Department has authorized the Special Counsel to appeal the court’s order,” he continued. 

Webmaster addition: The whole point of the dismissal is that Jack Smith is not legally a Special Council!

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More embarrassment for the U.S. Secret Service as probe deepens into Donald Trump kill bid. A new video of Secret Service agents at the Trump rally venue has emerged. The video shows secret service agents clearing the rows behind Trump's stage.
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A team of police snipers team saw Thomas Crooks scouting their command post three times in the minutes before he climbed on top of it and shot Donald Trump from just inches above their heads, it has emerged.

Three police marksmen from Beaver County were using the single-story AGR International building as their watch-post when the would-be assassin chose it as his place to shoot from, CBS reported.

And he may have been in place on the roof for up to 30 minutes before he unleashed his volley of shots that killed one man and nearly took the life of the 45th president on Saturday evening.

A law enforcement official told the channel said that no action was taken after one of the snipers first spotted Crooks looking up at the roof of the building in Butler, Pennsylvania, just 130 yards from where the president would speak.

The 20-year-old disappeared around a corner before he was seen a second time, sitting down and looking at his phone, prompting one of the snipers to take his picture.

Webmaster addition: Who planned this operation? The Keystone Cops?

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According to a recent investigation by The Wall Street Journal, insurers involved in the Medicare Advantage program collected approximately $50 billion extra from Medicare by making questionable diagnoses. These diagnoses were often added without the knowledge of patients or their doctors, leading to higher payments from the government.
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NBC reporter Kristen Welker appeared stunned when asked at the Republican National Convention why the network downplayed the gunshots at a Trump rally as simply 'popping noises.'

The network has been facing backlash since its breaking news story and posts about the shooting in Pennsylvania said the former president was rushed off the stage 'after popping noises' were heard.

Its New York-affiliated station even seemed to describe the gunfire as 'loud crackling noises.' 

But Welker stood doe-eyed when Turning Point USA reporter Savanah Hernandez confronted her about the editorial decision on Monday night.

She then proceeded to walk away with her crew in tow as she dodged Hernandez's questions.

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The Western public has little, if any, knowledge of the scale of losses in troops and equipment sustained by Ukraine since the beginning of the special military operation, international observers say.

The Western press is concealing information about the real state of affairs on the ground in Ukraine, including the mass destruction of NATO weapons provided to the Ukrainian military, and the loss of Ukrainian soldiers, Irish journalist and entrepreneur Chey Bowes wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on July 15.

"Here, yesterday, another €150 million [$163.4 million] of German taxpayers' money was vaporized in Dictator Zelensky's Ukraine," Bowes continued, attaching a video showing the elimination of the German-made IRIS-T anti-aircraft missile system (SAM).

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Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that he expected Russia to attend the second conference on Ukraine, which is scheduled to be held in November.

Earlier in July, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin told Sputnik, commenting on the new conference on Ukraine, that Moscow does not accept ultimatums and is not going to participate in such events.

Three preliminary meetings will be held ahead of the conference, Zelensky told reporters in Kiev. According to him, the first meeting, to be convened sometime in late summer in Qatar, will be focused on energy security, while the second one, to be held in August in Turkiye, will be dedicated to the free navigation in the Black Sea. The third one, to be held in September in Canada, will be a platform to discuss prisoner exchange with Russia, the Ukrainian president said.

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US presidential candidate Donald Trump will be ready to enter into dialogue with Russian leader Vladimir Putin to resolve the conflict in Ukraine without any mediators. This was reported to a TASS correspondent by a high-ranking Republican Party functionary taking part in the party’s national convention in Milwaukee, where Trump’s official nomination as a presidential candidate was recently announced. “Undoubtedly, he will begin a dialogue with Putin. And he will do this without intermediaries,” the agency’s interlocutor emphasized, answering a question about Trump’s readiness to enter into a dialogue with Putin on Ukraine.

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Russia will try to return to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and has applied for membership in 2025-2027, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the organization and Ambassador to the Netherlands Vladimir Tarabrin said.

"We have already applied for membership in the Executive Council for the next two-year term in 2025-2027," he said. "Frankly speaking, I would refrain from guessing about our chances. I would only say that we would not have even tried if we did not believe in success."

"Naturally, we understand that our opponents will do their best and spare no effort not to let us be reelected," he stressed. "This is a matter of principle for them. In practice, it will mean that the West may resort to any provocations, fraud, pressure, blackmail, threats, in other words, to use all the tools they have to choke off access to the OPCW steering bodies for us. But, I would like to repeat, we are don’t lose heart. We understand that a lot of laborious work is ahead in the coming months and we are ready for it."

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US President Joe Biden said that his remark about putting his opponent Donald Trump "in the bullseye" was a mistake. He claimed that he wanted to draw attention to the ex-President’s policies, not to make him a physical target.

Previously, Biden said that it was "time to put Trump in the bullseye."

"It was a mistake to use [those words]," he said in an interview with NBC. "I didn’t say 'crosshairs,' I meant 'bullseye,' I meant focus on him, focus on what he’s doing, focus on his policies, focus on the number of lies he told on debate."

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The UK's new Labour Prime Minister Keir Starmer makes no secret of the nightmare legacy he inherited from Rishi Sunak’s Conservative government - or his determination to sort it out.

One of the worst examples of Tory malpractice concerned Gaza.

Sunak made a terrible mistake when he promised Israel’s bloodstained Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "unequivocal" support, thus giving the green light to Israeli mass murder of Gaza’s civilian population.

He allowed Britain to supply arms to Israel despite mounting evidence of Israeli atrocities. 

Then the Conservative government ordered the suspension of British donor aid to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees based on an unevidenced dossier circulated by Israel suggesting that Unrwa employees played a role in the atrocities of 7 October.

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Last week, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa announced that the Israeli Finance Ministry had released a part of the customs money that it had withheld from Palestinians for months under the order of its hardline Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich.

The amount transferred was reported to amount to $260 million, equivalent to the Palestinian customs money Israel collected on the PA’s behalf for the months of April, May, and June. But even that amount included an important deduction: the share of the Gaza Strip in the customs revenue, the social welfare reserved for the families of martyrs and political prisoners, and the PA’s debts to Israel. Meanwhile, the World Bank decided to dramatically increase its annual aid to the PA from $70 million to $300 million, according to an announcement by PM Mustafa last week.

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George Szamuely and Peter Lavelle discuss NATO's final communique: a depressing medley of plans to intrude into every corner of the world.

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The situation on the Belarus-Ukraine border has been defused after Kiev pulled back additional troops from the area, the chairman of the KGB in Minsk, Ivan Tertel, has revealed. President Alexander Lukashenko has confirmed that Belarus has “no complications with the Ukrainians now,” and ordered Belarusian forces to mirror Kiev’s move.

At the start of Russia’s military campaign in February 2022, Moscow used the territory of its key ally to launch an offensive on Kiev. Since then, relations between Ukraine and Belarus have been tense, although the Belarusian military has not directly taken part in the hostilities.

On Saturday, Tertel stated that “around July 3 – July 4 our foreign intelligence detected the pullout of these units from areas adjacent to the Belarusian border,” as quoted by BELTA news agency. The official added that Ukrainian troops had moved back to their permanent bases.

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The German government secretly delivered a new aid package to Ukraine between late June and early July, the Bavarian daily Munchner Merkur reported on Monday. The paper called the shipment “huge,” adding that it was done in a clandestine manner and went “largely unnoticed.”

The package included 39 pieces of various heavy armor from the stocks of Germany’s military and of its defense enterprises, Merkur reported, after analyzing government data. Kiev received ten more Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks and 20 more Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), among other extra donations, the outlet said.

According to open data published by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s cabinet, the total number of Leopard 1A5 tanks and Marder IFVs delivered to Ukraine has grown to 50 and 120 respectively.

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Senator JD Vance, the Ohio Republican nominated to be Donald Trump’s running mate in the November US presidential election, has made his mark on Capitol Hill by lambasting Washington’s open-ended commitment to funding Kiev. 

Trump announced his nomination for vice-president on Monday evening, on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.  

Vance, the best-selling author of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, elected to the Senate in 2022, is known for seeing US support for Israel, where he remains a hawk, and Ukraine, in very different lights.

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The recent assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump has shocked the world. The US, a country which describes itself as a defender of democracy, freedom and human rights, is becoming an unstable, dangerous and chaotic nation. Assassination attempts against presidential candidates are an extremely serious matter and indicate a status of institutional failure.

On July 14, Trump was grazed in the right ear during an election rally in Pennsylvania. The shooter was quickly killed by security forces after the shooting, which makes it difficult to investigate who or what was behind the attack. According to the FBI, the shooter acted alone and had no connection to intelligence or terrorist networks. The Western media is spreading the FBI narrative, making the speech “official”. However, it must be emphasized that witnesses claimed to have warned the police about the presence of a man with a rifle targeting at Trump on the roof of a building. According to witnesses, the police ignored the warnings, which seems suspicious. No explanation has been given so far for the case.

In fact, there are many possibilities to be analyzed. Trump could have been targeted by political enemies or intelligence agents (both foreign or American ones). The former American president has many opponents inside and outside the country, mainly due to his “dissident” positions in foreign policy. He openly promises to end military support for Ukraine, which irritates the pro-Kiev lobby in the US. Furthermore, despite being a radical Zionist, Trump has several personal disagreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has repeatedly criticized the way Tel Aviv is conducting the current war in Gaza – which is why it is possible that the pro-Israel lobby in the US wants to “punish Trump”.

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On July 13, at a rally near Butler in Pennsylvania, former American president Donald Trump narrowly escaped death after he was grazed by a bullet fired by 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks. He fired at least eight rounds from an AR-15-style rifle from the roof of a nearby building outside the rally venue. Several people were wounded, at least one of which subsequently died. The surreal scenes left the audience dumbfounded, with panic ensuing only after the shooter was neutralized. In the last two days, there’s been a lot of speculation about what really happened, ranging from assumptions that it was staged to the Secret Service’s incompetence and even possible complicity. Albeit the latter might seem far too extreme, there’s actual footage of civilians seeing Crooks on the roof from which he took the shot and warning police and security that he’s there.

Shockingly enough, the crowd’s warnings were heeded only after Crooks started shooting. For some reason, the two Counter Sniper teams that were supposed to prevent situations like this failed to do their job, killing Crooks after he took eight shots from a regular rifle. According to an analysis, as well as Trump’s own statement, the only reason he’s alive is because he turned his head slightly to the right to read a chart on illegal immigrants. However, despite the sheer luck Trump had, this opens up numerous questions about the warmongering elites in Washington DC and their highly likely (if not guaranteed) involvement in the assassination attempt. It should be noted that Trump himself is not exactly the “Second Coming of Christ”, as many believe, simply because it’s extremely difficult (if not impossible) for a single person to change the foreign policy of the United States.

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Former UN Weapons Inspector and US Marine Corps Intelligence Officer Scott Ritter joined to discuss Israel's threats to expand its military operations into Lebanon and what the likelihood of victory would be for the IDF. This video breaks down the truth about Israel, and what a broader war would mean for its ailing military regime.

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by Tyler Durden

For the first time in years, the Taliban says it has arrested and imprisoned American citizens, and is hoping to use them in a prisoner swap. The Taliban says that at least two US citizens are being held after violating Afghan laws, while the Washington Examiner has said three are in custody.

The detained individuals have been identified as George Glezmann, Mahmood Habibi, and Ryan Corbett - as confirmed also by a State Department statement. A Taliban government spokesperson announced that the "American nationals violated the country’s law, and discussion has been held with the US officials in this regard."

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And Taliban chief spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid recently told reporters in Kabul that "the topic of a prisoner release was discussed during his recent meeting with US officials in Doha, continuing a recurring theme in their negotiations.""Afghanistan's conditions must be met. We have our citizens who are imprisoned in the US and Guantanamo," Mujahid stated. "We should free our prisoners in exchange for them. Just as their prisoners are important to America, Afghans are equally important to us," he added.

It as yet unclear what precise charges the men are being held on, but Afghan national media has alluded to the possibility of "espionage" - which would be a very serious accusation, possibly resulting in a capital case.

Both Glezmann and Corbett were initially detained in 2022, with the former having previously described he was on a tour of the country's unique cultural landscape and history. US officials have complained that the American nationals are being held without charge or due process. Less is known about the third person who might be in custody, Muhammed Habibi, who is a US-Afghan dual citizen

Claire's Observations:  The larger question has to be, what Americans in their right mind would be traveling to Afghanistan in 2022, when the US had evacuated its troops on Aug 31, 2021?!?  Forgive me, but this appears to be a thoroughly reckless choice on the part of these 3 people, or there was something else going on about which nobody wishes to speak?!?

My gut is telling me it is that this may well be what is going on; something a lot larger than is being discussed.

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Over the past few months, economic analysts and experts have been sounding the alarm about a recession. There have been increasing concerns about economic instability, with these worries echoing in financial markets and boardrooms nationwide. Now, a surge of data has confirmed what many have feared: the United States is on the verge of a recession.
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Retirement often brings to mind peaceful images of relaxation, leisure, and financial security. Many people see their retirement years as an opportunity to pursue long-held passions, spend time with family, and enjoy the rewards of their hard work. However, for millions of Americans, this optimistic view is rapidly turning into a worrying reality. We are facing the most significant retirement crisis in our lifetime, a financial catastrophe threatening the savings and stability of a large portion of the population.
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Below is a split-screen video showing real-time footage of the assassination attempt on Trump from various angles. The video includes a countdown, starting from footage of people warning authorities about the shooter and ending with Trump being swiftly escorted away from the scene.
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