House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed again to secure enough votes to win the speaker’s gavel in the first ballot on Thursday.
With this defeat, members-elect are expected to participate in another vote, and they will continue to do so until a nominee reaches a majority. There have been seven ballots in three days as of press time.
Nineteen of the 20 GOP defectors voted for Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL). In a first since ballots started Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) cast his vote for former President Donald Trump. Gaetz was sitting next to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who appeared to be amused by his decision.
Progressive megadonor George Soros has ramped up donations to a group dedicated to packing the Supreme Court, signaling progressives' determination to reshape the judiciary even after a string of defeats.
Demand Justice raked in $4.5 million from Soros's Open Society Foundations to "support policy advocacy on court reform," 2021 fiscal year tax filings show. That's nearly double the $2.5 million Soros gave the group in 2018, when it formed to oppose Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.
Soros's increased donations could buoy Demand Justice as the group fights to regain ground. The past two years saw the group suffer major setbacks, including the confirmation of two conservative justices and centrist Democrats' cooling on efforts to end the Senate filibuster and pack the Court.
Demand Justice does not seem willing to back down, an attitude that was signaled by the group's calls to intensify protests during the Court's last term as its conservative wing delivered historic victories on abortion and Second Amendment rights.
New Docs Reveal Department of Defense Controlled COVID-19 Program from the Start
FDA Vaccine Approval Process was Theater
A combinationofthePREP Act, Emergency Use Authorization, and Other Transactions Authority (OTA) Shielded Big Pharma, Agencies,and Medical Participants that Delivered Unregulated Vaccines from Any Liability
WASHINGTON, DC -According to congressionally passed statutes, research of active laws,and extra details obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of Defense owns, implements, and oversees the COVID-19 vaccine program as a“Countermeasure” to foreign attack.While the public was bombarded with an orchestrated fear campaign,the U.S.Government managed the Covid response as a national security threat.
The Three-Legged Stool
The undercover operation was orchestrated utilizing three critical legal maneuvers:
1. Emergency Use Authorization EUA.
2. Prep Act,
3. Other Transactions Authority
President Trump declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) on March 13, 2020, under the Stafford Act, putting the National Security Council in charge of the Covid policy.Covid-19 vaccines are “medical countermeasures” – a grey area of products that are not regulated as vaccines or medicines.
“They put the National Security Council in charge and treated it as an act of war,” said Latypova.
There was breaking news from the NFL that nobody will tie to the Covid-19 vaccines because that’s just not allowed.
Arizona Cardinals All-World defensive end JJ Watt said his heart went into “A-Fib,” or atrial fibrillation, on Wednesday and had to be shocked back into rhythm. Here’s his Tweet:
I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today. I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today. That’s it.
In a 3-2 decision, the South Carolina Supreme Court struck down the Palmetto State’s six-week abortion ban, saying it didn’t give women sufficient time to obtain an abortion and violated the right to privacy.
The ruling means that the deliberate termination of pregnancy is protected up to 20 weeks gestation under the state’s Constitution.
The January 6th Committee failed to mention 3 of the 4 Trump supporters who were killed by Capitol Police that day.
And they only mention Ashli Babbitt in their report in passing. They do not include any details on how the unarmed Trump supporter was shot dead in cold blood by Officer Mike Byrd without warning.
There are five mentions of Ashli Babbitt only to say she was killed that day.
Here is one from page 665:
“Members of Congress can be seen evacuating through the Speaker’s Lobby when a USCP officer fatally shot Ashli Babbitt at 2:44 p.m.”
The January 6 Committee of serial liars. They do not mention the most important detail – That four Trump supporters were killed by Capitol Police that day.
Two of the doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center treating Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin held a press conference Thursday to give an update on Hamlin’s health after the 24-year-old athlete went into cardiac arrest during an NFL game earlier this week.
Dr. Timothy A. Pritts and Dr. William Knight told reporters that Hamlin has shown “substantial improvement” in his recovery over the last couple of days.
The doctors said that Hamlin was able to move his hands and feet and was able to communicate through writing, but they said it was too early to know if he would make a full recovery.
“When he asked did we win, the answer is, yes, you know, Damar, you won, you’ve won the game of life,” Pritts said.
“We know that he’s home and that appears that all cylinders are firing within his brain,” Pritts said. “Which is greatly gratifying for all of us, for the nurses and respiratory therapists and caregivers as for his family and for everybody else beyond.”
When the doctors were asked about what caused Hamlin to go into cardiac arrest, they said that they do not know, but that answers could emerge in the future.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has allegedly called for a temporary ceasefire in Ukraine on Thursday.
The Russian Orthodox Bishop had urged Vladimir Putin to call a truce over Orthodox Christmas so that “Orthodox people can attend services on Christmas Eve and on the day of the Nativity of Christ.”
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has also backed the Bishop’s request in a call with Putin, urging the Russian president to also find a “vision for a fair solution.”
President Joe Biden said Thursday that he will visit the southern border Sunday.
The announcement came in a speech on illegal immigration, where Biden promised more border security and pushed for increased legal immigration.
Biden said he would visit the border in El Paso, where the mayor declared a state of emergency in December because of the thousands of migrants flowing through the city.
One of the last actions of the outgoing Democratic majority in the House of Representatives was the House Ways and Means Committee’s vote to release six years’ worth of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns. They had finally caught their white whale after more than six years of the real estate mogul turned politician refusing to disclose them.
But like the dog that caught the car, the Democrats and their media sympathizers now are not sure what they have, nor are they sure what to do with it. So far, there has been no revelation of criminal activity, improper financial activity with Russia, or anything remotely reaching the nefarious plots of a Lex Luthor supervillain. Once again, their narrative is falling flat.
The House Republicans, meanwhile, are promising a series of investigations into the Biden Administration, various federal agencies’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the FBI’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop. But, if they wanted to grab it, there was much more low-hanging fruit. Republicans could, for example, consider the unsealing of Joe Biden’s U.S. Senate records currently stored at the University of Delaware and some of his vice presidential records held at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C.
In 2012, Biden “donated” his Senate records to his alma mater. At the time, it seemed like an unremarkable gesture given that he was considered to be near the end of his political career and unlikely to run for president a third time after failed bids in 1988 and 2008 and with Hillary Clinton the odds-on favorite to win the 2016 nomination. But in 2019, he announced he would be challenging Donald Trump for president, and the files became relevant again. Yet UD did not make the files public, even though, according to reports, the body of material includes 1,850 boxes of paper and 415 gigabytes of digital information.
On Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court shut down Republican Kari Lake's attempted end-run around the state's lower court – denying her petition for an immediate hearing, and sending her back to the Arizona Court of Appeals where she's currently awaiting a previously scheduled hearing.
The ruling comes a day after Lake imagined herself Arizona's "duly elected governor" during an appearance with far-right content streamers. Video clips of her remarks circulated in tweets on Wednesday.
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Kohberger, 28, is accused of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Ethan Chapin of Conway, Washington; 21-year-old Madison Mogen of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 20-year-old Xana Kernodle of Avondale, Arizona; and 21-year-old Kaylee Goncalves of Rathdrum, Idaho on November 13.
Joe Biden spoke Thursday at the White House on new “border security” measures before his trip to El Paso on Sunday. During his remarks, Biden once again called Kamala Harris “President Harris.”
Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears is speaking out against one Virginia high school’s policy on “equality.”
This policy has resulted in withholding notifications about merit awards won by students attending that school.
Sears spoke on Fox News about this and said: “This is not the way. This is not America,” and followed that up: “You don’t take the bread out of one child’s mouth for another child. We’ve done that in America. It doesn’t work.”
The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology reportedly should have notified students who had received merit awards based on their performance in the classroom. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation presents these awards, but students should have been given notice of winning these awards right away by the school.
Many parents of students in the school expressed their outrage over the delay in the notification of the awards. One parent, Harry Jackson, spoke with Fox & Friends about his frustration with what the school had done in this case.
Jackson said: “This was not a one-time error.”
An Oklahoma senate bill filed late Wednesday would prevent a person under the age of 26 from accessing gender-affirming health care, the latest sign that conservatives are seeking to block the procedure for not only children, but people well into adulthood.
The bill filed ahead of the legislature’s February start would bar health care providers in Oklahoma from administering or recommending gender-affirming medical care including puberty blockers, hormones and surgeries for patients younger than 26 years old, punishable by an unclassified felony conviction and the possible revocation of their medical license for “unprofessional conduct.”
The measure would also prohibit public funds from being used to either “directly or indirectly” provide gender-affirming health care to an individual younger than 26 and bar the state Medicaid program from covering procedures related to a person’s gender transition.
July 8 was a muggy day in the ancient capital of Japan. Shinzo Abe, the most powerful figure in Japanese politics, was delivering a stump speech for a local Liberal Democratic Party candidate in front of the Nara Kintetsu railway station when suddenly a loud bang rang out, followed by an odd cloud of smoke.
The response was incredible. Among those in the unusually large crowd gathered, not a single person ran for cover, or hit the ground in terror.
Abe’s body guards, who stood unusually far away from him during the speech, looked on impassively, making no effort to shield him, or to pull him to a safe location.
A few seconds later, Abe crumpled and collapsed to the ground, lying there impassive in his standard blue jacket, white shirt, now speckled with blood, and trademark blue badge of solidarity with Japanese abductees in North Korea. Most likely he was killed instantaneously.
Only then did the body guards seize the suspect, Yamagami Toruya, who was standing behind Abe. The tussle with Yamagami took the form of a choreographed dance for the television audience, not a professional takedown.
Yamagami was immediately identified by the media as a 41-year-old former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force who had personal grievances with Abe.
Yamagami told everything to the police without hesitation. He did not even try to run from the scene and was still holding the silly hand-made gun when the bodyguards grabbed him.
Even after Abe was lying on the pavement, not a single person in the crowd ran for shelter, or even looked around to determine where the shots came from. Everyone seemed to know, magically, that the shooting was over.
On Thursday, January 5, Israeli forces shot and killed Amer Abu Zaytoun, 16, from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. Abu Zaytoun is the fourth Palestinian and the third minor to be killed this year, a continuation of last year’s lethal military campaign, Operation Break the Wave.
In 2022, 173 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank at the hands of soldiers and settlers, making it the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2005.
Thames Water has today published an interactive map showing sewage dumping via storm overflows in real-time, after pressure from environmental campaigners. The scale of current failings in the system is pretty remarkable, with Thames Water saying the move shows they are “absolutely committed to protecting and enhancing our rivers.”
Naturally, Guido thought to check locally and see the state of SW1’s waterways. It turns out that the storm overflow on Horseferry Road has been pouring sewage into the Thames for nine hours now, starting at 6.45am.