“One of the creeping hands of totalitarianism running through the democracy is the Federal Bureau of Investigation... Because why does the FBI do all this? To scare the hell out of people… They work for the establishment and the corporations and the politicos to keep things as they are. And they want to frighten and chill the people who are trying to change things.” -- Howard Zinn, historian

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In an extraordinarily rare move, Democrats came to the rescue on Friday to advance a group of four bills to offer $95 billion in aid to U.S. allies around the world. 

Some 165 Democrats voted with 151 Republicans to pass a rule and begin debate on the $95 billion funding package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. There were 55 Republicans who opposed the rule. 

Conservative hardliners have taken to paralyzing House business by opposing the historically mundane procedural rule vote this Congress. They've thwarted Speaker Mike Johnson's agenda seven times with the tactic. 

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A huge explosion has been reported in Baghdad after an 'airstrike' hit a pro-Iranian military base.

One person is reported dead and eight others are said to be injured after the explosion hit the base at Calso, where former pro-Iranian paramilitary group Hashed al-Shaabi - also known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces - is stationed.

In a statement, Hashed al-Shaabi confirmed the attack, near the town of Iskandariya which is around 30 miles south of Baghdad, had inflicted material losses and casualties, without specifying the number of wounded.

Sources would not identify who was responsible for the attack, or say whether it had been a drone strike.

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President Joe Biden’s effort to get on the general election ballot in Ohio remains in limbo as state officials have rejected a Democrat proposal to circumvent a looming certification deadline that falls before President Biden officially becomes the party’s presidential nominee.

According to correspondence between Ohio officials and Democratic Party representatives that was viewed by The Epoch Times, state officials have rejected a Democrat proposal to submit a “provisional certification” of President Biden’s nomination before an Aug. 7 deadline to register for the Ohio ballot and then later supply the formal certification documents once his nomination becomes official at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 19.

It was recently reported that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned Ohio Democrats that state law stipulates the Aug. 7 deadline for certifying the Democrat party’s presidential nominee to the secretary of state’s office but that President Biden’s nomination wouldn’t be official until about a week later, and therefore both he and Vice President Kamala Harris risk not being able to appear on the November ballot.

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My name is Max Azzarello, and I am an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan.

This extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery:

We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our own government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup.

These claims sound like fantastical conspiracy theory, but they are not. They are proof of conspiracy. If you investigate this mountain of research, you will prove them too. If you learn a great deal about Ponzi schemes, you will discover that our life is a lie. If you follow this story and the links below, you will discover the rotten truth of ‘post-truth America’. You will learn the scariest and stupidest story in world history. And you will realize that we are all in a desperate state of emergency that requires your action.

To my friends and family, witnesses and first responders, I deeply apologize for inflicting this pain upon you. But I assure you it is a drop in the bucket compared to what our government intends to inflict.

Because these words are true, this is an act of revolution.

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Earlier this week, a New York Times/Siena poll found that more than half of voters believe Joe Biden’s economy is “poor,” and a mere “4 percent” said that things are “excellent.” (If you are in this 4 percent, please contact us so we can interview you and ask you how you drew that conclusion... and where you procure your hallucinogens.)

Equally important: only 25 percent of respondents said that Joe Biden’s America is on the right track vs. 64 percent who said “wrong direction” when asked by the pollsters.

So, we have a consensus. The country is not moving in the right direction, and the economy is a major a factor. What’s more, as those of you who have kept up with the Breitbart Business Digest this week know, inflation is actually going up.

(Photo: Jane Rosenberg/AP Photo; Saul Loeb/Getty Images; BNN)

...But the Democrats Hate "Bad Orange Man" Even More

Yet, the conversation in the media this week – new, legacy, and online – was not focused around Joe Biden and Bidenomics. Instead, we were treated to wall-to-wall coverage of he who is known as “The Bad Orange Man.”

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In what seems rather true to life, lesbian and former United States Women's National Soccer Team player Megan Rapinoe has announced her company will produce a series about lesbians who fall in love while playing on the same women's national soccer team.

Based on the 2023 book "Cleat Cute," Rapinoe and her partner, Sue Bird — former WNBA player — will produce a series through their production company called A Touch More.

According to Good Reads, the source material is based on a female soccer player on the U.S. team who is injured and faces being replaced by a younger player. They become "friends with benefits," and one girl seems to have more romantic feelings than the other.

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Hillary Clinton described Joe Biden and the Democrat party and she trashed Trump during her podcast interview with Marc Elias, a far-left lawyer who helped Hillary purchase the fake Trump-Russia dossier in 2016.

Typical projection.

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The death of Vince Foster

 John F. Kennedy Jr.: Evidence Of A Cover up

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A transgender Maryland high school student is facing charges over allegedly planning a school shooting in order to become famous, according to police. 

The student is a biological woman who identifies as a transgender man. Her previous name was “Andrea.”

Alex Ye, 18, of Rockville, wanted to carry out two school shootings. Ye outlined those plans in a 129-page document that a tipster flagged to authorities, officials said on Thursday. 

Webmaster addition: Guns don't kill. Crazy people do!

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On Thursday, Argentina formally sought to become a partner of NATO, paving the stage for increased political and security cooperation at a time when President Javier Milei’s administration seeks to strengthen ties with Western nations and draw in investments.

The proposal was made as visiting Argentine Defense Minister Luis Petri and NATO Deputy General Secretary Mircea Geoana discussed regional security issues in Brussels.

Geoana expressed his approval of Argentina’s application to join NATO as an approved partner.

According to the Argentinian president, Argentina could soon have access to cutting-edge technology, security measures, and training that it was not previously able to obtain.

“Argentina plays an important role in Latin America,” Geoana said at the NATO HQ. “Closer political and practical cooperation could benefit us both.”

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Polish territory was suggested by a German researcher as a likely venue for this brazen proposal amid Warsaw's over-the-top anti-Russia rhetoric. Poland has been stocking up on weapons, with the country’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk going so far as to say that Poland was in a “pre-war state” with Russia.

NATO allies should use anti-aircraft systems to shoot down Russian missiles over Ukraine from the territory of Poland, Nico Lange, senior researcher at the Munich Security Conference, stated in an interview with Tagesschau.

As Ukraine flounders on the battlefield amid manpower and hardware losses in the face of Russia's steady advance, Lange insisted:

From now on, partners should use the numerous 'Patriot' systems on our eastern borders to shoot down all Russian missiles and drones that they have within range over Ukraine," referencing primarily the alliance’s air defense systems in eastern Poland.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Powell and the FOMC are pining for rate cuts and to end Quantitative Tightening even though inflation is the most salient issue for businesses, according to the NFIB and ISM surveys. The Fed is still talking about several rate cuts this year and reducing the pace of Quantitative Tightening by half very soon despite missing its inflation target of 2% to the north for the past three years. And inflation is heading further away from that target. CPI rose 3.5% y/y in March vs. 3.2% in February.

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Russell Bonner Bentley, call sign "Texas", has passed away at the age of 64, his wife Lyudmila confirmed to Sputnik.

Bentley went missing in Donetsk on April 8, following a Ukrainian artillery attack on the city’s Petrovsky district. Four days later, the Donetsk People's Republic Ministry of Internal Affairs put him on a missing persons list.

Bentley, an American citizen and Texas native, joined the Donbass militia in 2014 and has defended the region's freedom against Ukrainian neo-Nazi forces since then, first as a soldier, then as a war correspondent.

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According to the report, three French organizations - the Association of Palestinians of France, the organization Justice and Rights Without Borders, and the March 30 Movement - filed the complaint. In the charges, they claim the soldier was involved in torture as part of a "genocidal military attack.”

According to the organizations, their complaint is based on a video allegedly filmed by the same French-Israeli citizen, which was shared on social media in February by a source close to him. The video shows Palestinian detainees, with one of them seen with his hands tied behind his back. "They tortured him to make him talk. Did you see his back?” the soldier is heard saying.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sounded the alarm, cautioning that certain hedge funds may have grown so large that they pose a systemic risk to the Treasury and repo markets, potentially affecting the broader financial system. According to the Global Financial Stability Report, leverage at hedge funds has surged to its highest level on record, as indicated by comprehensive data collected by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) through Form PF.

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Early on April 19, a missile attack attributed to the Russian military hit a key transportation hub of Kiev forces in the region of Dnepropetrovsk.

The strikes targeted a bus station as well as a locomotive depot in Dnipro city. The work of the local railroad was temporarily suspended as a result. According to Ukrainian railways, the infrastructure was damaged not only in the city, but also in other parts of the region. There were reports of casualties.

A local harbor on the Dnipro River was also hit. Several boats were destroyed or damaged there, according to photos posted to social networks.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Recent comments from Fed officials offer little respite from the prevailing uncertainty. While Chair Powell acknowledges the lack of further progress on inflation, others hint at the possibility of rate hikes, albeit with caution. As the specter of inflation looms large, the Fed’s reluctance to ease monetary policy underscores the gravity of the situation.

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“Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects has conducted a training air battle between an AI-operated X-62A robotic fighter jet and a human-piloted F-16.

During the initial simulations, the AI won.

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Authorities in Italy have carried out 22 arrests and seized assets totaling over 600 million euros ($638 million) as part of an inquiry into fraud linked to the European Union (EU) COVID-19 pandemic recovery fund.

Items confiscated during the raids included villas, Rolex watches, Cartier jewelry, gold, cryptocurrencies, and high-end vehicles such as Lamborghinis and Porsches. With police investigations into the Qatargate scandal is still ongoing, this latest embarrassment comes at a time when the European political bloc’s reputation for financial probity is already deeply damaged.

Three of the 22 arrests were made in Slovakia, two in Austria, with the remainder taking place in Italy. Simultaneous searches were also conducted in Romania. In carrying out the arrests, Italian law enforcement officials are said to have worked closely with staff from the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). Notably, therefore, while the EPPO’s 2023 annual report revealed an overall total of 1,927 ongoing investigations involving 19.2 billion euros in suspected fraud, some believe this may simply be the tip of the iceberg.

In an additional new probe, the EPPO and authorities in Greece are also examining allegations of fraud related to the distribution of 2.5 billion euros in EU COVID-19 recovery funds to Greek companies. Here, the investigation focuses on suspicions that firms colluded to limit competition during public tender processes, potentially inflating fees. The allegations reflect growing concerns over a lack of transparency and fair competition in the EU’s distribution of recovery funds across its member states.

Ironically, it appears the alleged fraudsters may have found it easier to access the funds than most of the EU’s member states. According to reports, European governments have received less than a third of the bloc’s original 723 billion euro pandemic recovery pot and are pushing for the payouts to be speeded up. However, the European Court of Auditors, the EU’s auditing watchdog, believes that weak safeguards are increasing the scope for fraud. Even prior to the launching of the Italian and Greek investigations, the Court had openly warned of possible corruption in the spending of the funds.

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As Passover nears, rumors are spreading that Israelis will use the holiday to sacrifice a red heifer.

There have been nine red heifers that have been sacrificed since Moses, which Bill Cloud, the founder of Jacob’s Tent Fellowship, explains is the antidote for the golden calf.

“It is for ceremonial cleansing in order to approach God, so that’s important in relation to the rebuilding of the temple, because they don’t have a temple at this point,” Cloud explains.

This has become a point of contention for Hamas after the October 7 attack on Israel, as the group voiced its concern with the red heifer, claiming the Jews would start purifying Temple Mount.

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Afterward, Biden spoke about his uncle, whose body was never recovered after a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean. He said:

Ambrose Finnegan — we called him “Uncle Bosie” — he was shot down. He was Army Air Corps before there was an Air Force. He flew single-engine planes, reconnaissance flights over New Guinea. He had volunteered because someone couldn’t make it. He got shot down in an area where there were a lot of cannibals in New Guinea at the time.They never recovered his body. But the government went back, when I went down there, and they checked and found some parts of the plane and the like.

Biden's story, however, is mostly untrue.

The plane on which Biden's uncle was flying on May 14, 1944, wasn't shot down, nor was he the victim of cannibals. According to the Pentagon, both engines in the plane failed, which caused a crash landing into the ocean. Of the four people on the plane, only one survived; the other three were never recovered.

On Thursday, reporters asked Jean-Pierre if she had a "cannibal tab" in her press binder.

At first, she acted as if she didn't know what the press was asking about — she said, "There is no 'cannibal' tab. What are you talking about?" — before addressing the incident.

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