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New York’s highest court has declined to hear Donald Trump’s appeal on the gag order in his hush money case, according to a decision list posted Tuesday.

The gag order, issued by Judge Juan Merchan in the criminal case against Trump, remains in effect.

Separately, Trump has asked Merchan to terminate the gag order ahead of his sentencing scheduled for July. The former president was convicted of 34 counts of business fraud relating to hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Trump’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In March, just before the trial started, Merchan granted prosecutors’ request for a gag order that precluded Trump from making public statements about any witnesses in the case, jurors, prosecutors, court staff, or members of their family. Trump was not restricted from commenting on the judge or Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A Ukrainian reporter who revealed that a state news agency tried to bar interviews with opposition politicians said he received a draft notification the next day.

Ukraine’s domestic spy agency spied on staff members of an investigative news outlet through peepholes in their hotel rooms.

The public broadcaster has decried what it says is political pressure on its reporting.

Journalists and groups monitoring press freedoms are raising alarms over what they say are increasing restrictions and pressures on the media in Ukraine under the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky that go well beyond the country’s wartime needs.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is demanding answers about why the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana declined to prosecute a man who was threatening him and his family, instead leaving the case up to a local district attorney.

Banks, in a letter written late last year to Attorney General Merrick Garland, asked why the federal attorney, who would normally prosecute threats to members of Congress, did not pursue the case, ABC News, which obtained a copy of the letter, reported Tuesday.

The man, Aaron Thompson of Fort Wayne, eventually was sentenced to two years of probation. Banks said that the FBI visited the suspect's house, where he "admitted he had threatened me and my family with violence because he disagreed with my political beliefs."

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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With yet another former Trump official about to be imprisoned for contempt of Congress — a penalty that seemingly only applies to Republicans under the Biden DOJ — CNN appears to be salivating over the possibility that Steve Bannon could end up in Rikers Island with violent criminals.

Bannon, 70, must turn himself in on July 1 to begin a 4-month sentence for a charge originating with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s one-sided, sham select committee to “investigate” the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol that got out of hand. Trump advisor Peter Navarro, 74, is currently sitting in prison for the same reason.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Vice President Kamala Harris is to host a White House screening of Sheryl Sandberg’s Screams Before Silence on Monday, a film which includes “confession” footage of Palestinians who were almost certainly tortured by Israel, to support Tel Aviv’s 7 October mass rapes lie.

In promoting the event, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz lied in a CNN interview that she had personally watched videos of a rape in progress, footage that Israeli and international investigators have determined does not exist.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Nearly three years after the protests on January 6, 2021, Judicial Watch filed a $30 million wrongful death suit against the federal government for the Capitol Police shooting of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.

The Washington Examiner reported that the suit was filed on behalf of Babbitt’s estate and her husband, Aaron Babbitt, and claims the officer who shot Babbitt was “incompetent” and “dangerous” and should have recognized Babbitt posed no threat to Congress when she entered the House speaker’s lobby.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton shared on X at the time, “We just filed an important lawsuit.  A $30 million dollar wrongful death action against the United States government on behalf of Ashli Babbitt’s husband and her estate. Ashli Babbit was killed for no good reason that day. Shot and killed by Lt. Michael Byrd.”

“Judicial Watch is seeking accountability from the United States government, that is responsible for that awful and unjustified shooting death.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Ackman reposted Morgan’s remarks, writing a lengthy post about Biden’s age and ability to serve a second term.

“A president should not have to be led off stage by hand or with an arm wrapped around him. That is the not the image of strength and leadership we need as a country,” Ackman said. “Look at what is going on in the world. The perception of weak leadership in the United States has led to global chaos. The reality of weak leadership is a long-term serious and continued threat to our country.”

Cuban, the former owner of the Dallas Mavericks and “Shark Tank” personality, accused Morgan and Ackman of “pandering” to their social media followers and losing “all objectivity.”

“I’ll let you both in on a secret. BOTH CANDIDATES ARE OLD. VERY OLD. They both are going to have senior moments, mis-remember, forget things and have physical frailties,” Cuban wrote on X. “I’ll tell you a not so secret secret: One is great at soundbites, but also thinks in soundbites. The other is awful at soundbites, but thinks in complete sentences. Voters will decide which we prefer.”

Webmaster addition: It's not the age, it's the dementia!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Sunday's exchange of accusations between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and unnamed sources in the Israel Defense Forces over who gave the order to allow a "humanitarian pause" in the warfare in the Gaza Strip is just the latest twist in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between the premier and the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

In this case, Netanyahu put out a statement denying knowledge of the humanitarian pause, only to have the IDF respond that it had been upon his express orders.

In recent weeks, there have been a string of issues which have widened the divide. Senior officers have briefed the media that Israel risks losing the "tactical gains" from the past months of fighting on the ground in Gaza, because Netanyahu has refused to allow the formation of an "alternative to Hamas" which can take control of the Strip. Instead, Hamas is returning to areas already cleared by the IDF.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg, although claiming he would not comment on France’s ongoing domestic crisis, said that “I strongly believe it is in the interest of France, and all the allies, to keep NATO strong, because we live in a more dangerous world.”

France is right now facing a political crisis – maybe the wildest one in decades, as Arnaud Bertrand, businessman and commentator, writes.

French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved his country’s parliament and decided to gamble on a snap election, as a reaction against the rise of the so-called “far-right.” The problem is that the populist party National Rally (Rassemblement National), formerly known as the National Front, is projected to win 31.5 percent of the vote, which is over twice the 14.7 percent projected for Macron’s Renaissance party.

Tags: FRANCE, NATO, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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An Ecuadorian migrant is in custody after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a secluded part of a vast Queens park, according to sources.

The migrant, who sources believe entered the country in 2021, was taken into police custody early Tuesday — five days after the girl and a 13-year-old boy were held at knifepoint with a “machete-style” blade in the sickening, broad-daylight attack inside Kissena Park on Thursday afternoon.

The bust comes after the NYPD blasted out images and footage of the young man they were looking for on Monday night. The department was also offering a $10,000 award for information leading to an arrest.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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November 20, 2023, the leftist Organization Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans via the leftist Elias Law Group filed a 22-page Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in US District Court, Western District of Washington, against the Dem WA SoS and two leftist county auditors in King and Thurston Counties.

Among other things, the carefully crafted complaint targets the homeless, illegals, newcomers, etc., who may arrive in Washington within 30 days of an election, and reads:

The Voting Rights Act (“VRA”) prohibits states from preventing otherwise eligible voters from voting for president and vice president based on how long they have resided in the state before election day. And the United States Constitution prohibits such requirements in all elections. Section 202 of the VRA is explicit: “No citizen of the United States who is otherwise qualified to vote in any election for President and Vice President shall be denied the right to vote . . . in such election because of the failure of such citizen to comply with any durational residency requirement of such State or political subdivision.” 52 U.S.C. § 10502(c).”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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A newly surfaced document has revealed that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and intelligence systems had detailed knowledge of Hamas's plan to raid Israel and kidnap 250 people weeks before the October 7 massacre.

The document, which was compiled in the Gaza Division, outlined Hamas's intentions and was known to top intelligence officials, according to a report by Kan News.

The document, titled "Detailed End-to-End Raid Training," was distributed on September 19, 2023, and described in detail the series of exercises conducted by Hamas's elite units.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Liberal, self-described ‘sanctuary city’ Denver, Colorado is paying for illegal immigrants to travel to Utah, according to Republican Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox.

“We recently learned that the Democrat mayor of Denver has been sending illegal immigrants to Utah without proper notification or approval,” Republican Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox wrote Friday on X. “This is completely unacceptable and follows on the failed catch-and-release policy of the Biden administration.”

Without the approval or advance knowledge of local officials, Denver has been paying for migrants to relocate to other places, including Utah, where approximately 2,000 have been sent, 2KUTV News reported Thursday. Cox said Friday the practice is “unacceptable” and a result of the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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A federal judge in Iowa halted the state's effort to enforce its own immigration laws on Monday.

The Iowa law would have allowed the state to file criminal charges against illegal immigrants who have outstanding deportation orders or who previously had been denied entry to the U.S.

U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Locher's block on enforcement is only temporary as the Iowa legislation is further litigated. Locher said he nevertheless believes the law will fail because federal immigration law supersedes that of states.

"As a matter of politics, the new legislation might be defensible. As a matter of constitutional law, it is not," Locher's ruling read. "Under binding Supreme Court precedent, Senate File 2340 is preempted in its entirety by federal law and thus is invalid under the Supremacy Clause."

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), House Committee on the Judiciary Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and House Committee on Ways and Means Jason Smith (R-Mo.) today sent criminal referrals to the Department of Justice recommending Hunter and James Biden be charged with making false statements to Congress about key aspects of the impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden. These false statements implicate Joe Biden’s knowledge of and role in his family’s influence peddling schemes and appear to be a calculated effort to shield Joe Biden from the impeachment inquiry.

“Our investigation has revealed President Biden knew about, participated in, and benefitted from his family cashing in on the Biden name around the world. Despite this record of evidence, President Biden continues to lie to the American people about his involvement in these influence peddling schemes. It appears making false statements runs in the Biden family. We’ve caught President Biden’s son and brother making blatant lies to Congress in what appears to be a concerted effort to hide Joe Biden’s involvement in his family’s schemes. As part of our efforts to hold the Bidens accountable for profiting off public office, we are today referring Hunter and James Biden to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution for making false statements to Congress. This is not the end of our efforts to hold the Bidens accountable; it’s only the beginning,” said Chairman Comer.

“Lying to Congress is a serious crime with serious consequences. Both Hunter and James Biden did just that. They lied to coverup President Biden’s involvement in their family’s international influence peddling schemes that have generated millions of dollars. These criminal referrals are a reflection of criminal wrongdoing by the Biden family, and the Department of Justice must take steps to hold the Bidens accountable,” said Chairman Jordan.

Tags: IMPEACHMENT, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Four individuals were detained following reports of a shooting outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night.

The location was hosting a graduation ceremony for over 100 L.A. County high school graduates, including 29 students who were currently detained youth on probation.

The ceremony ended in chaos when a person attacked one of the teen graduates.

A person reportedly leaped from a second-story balcony, attacking one of the teen graduates. This action triggers a further escalation, resulting in a brawl involving multiple individuals, according to KTLA.

Webmaster addition: What are the schools teaching those kids?!?

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) on Sunday threw a tantrum over ‘outside’ money raised to unseat Democrat Jamaal Bowman.

Bowman’s challenger, George Latimer, has raised more than $14 million of outside money in his fight for New York’s 16th congressional district.

Meanwhile, Jamaal Bowman has only raised $1.9 million outside money in this year’s Democrat primary race.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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“I’m not alone in suggesting that Biden replace Harris, perhaps in exchange for a key role in his administration. Serving as attorney general at least would be in her wheelhouse. Several alternative candidates have been suggested, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth and, needless to say, Taylor Swift. (Kidding, though her outspoken contempt for Trump isn’t nothing.),” Parker wrote.

She noted a recent controversy over former secretary of State and failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, getting involved in a primary challenge against a sitting Democratic lawmaker.

“We are left to speculate about motive, but the effect of Clinton inserting herself into the news cycle is to remind voters that, but for her defeat in 2016, we wouldn’t be stuck in this old-White-men dilemma. She is also reminding people of her relative centrism, her support for Israel and her broadly respected role as secretary of state,” Parker wrote.

Webmaster addition: Making Hillary VP will put a target on Joe Biden's back!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Three people have been hospitalized after being struck by a water cannon police used against an anti-government protest outside of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Jerusalem home.

One of the injured was a volunteer doctor. Dr. Tal Weissbach’s colleagues say she was standing off to the side of the road wearing a bright orange vest so she could be easily spotted by those seeking treatment. Weissbach was struck in the eye and later checked herself into the Tel Hashomer hospital, Channel 12 reports.

Two other protesters were taken by Magen David Adom medics to nearby Jerusalem hospitals. One of them was unconscious after being struck by the water cannon and the other — a 63-year-old woman — was severely injured after being thrown into a wall, the network says.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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