Joe Biden offered himself to Americans as a president they wouldn’t have to think about after the tumult of his predecessor. But an excruciating week of awkward disclosures and the appointment of a special counsel to investigate classified records found at his Delaware home and a former office dating to his time as vice president is beginning to strain his claim to competence.
The surprise revelations that on at least four different occasions Biden’s lawyers found improperly stored classified documents and official records evoked the turmoil surrounding Donald Trump’s presidency, a four-year ruckus from which Biden has tried to move the country past. In the latest development, the White House acknowledged on Saturday that Biden’s lawyers had turned up even more such documents at the home than previously known.
It’s an embarrassment to Biden, and the selection of a special counsel to investigate potential criminal wrongdoing in the matter exposes the president to a new, self-inflicted risk.
Further, it complicates the Justice Department’s calculus about whether to bring charges against Trump over his handling of classified material, hands fresh ammunition to newly empowered House Republicans eager to launch investigations and undercuts a central plank of Biden’s pitch to voters just as he looks to launch a reelection bid in the coming months.
Former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Friday praised an Arkansas county court for its decision to reject electronic voting machines in all future elections, choosing instead to return to paper ballots in a move designed to boost election integrity and confidence in outcomes.
In a tweet lauding the decision by a Cleburne County court, Lake also included a link to a KARK report detailing the ruling:
Officials with the Arkansas Voter Integrity Initiative Inc. (AVII) said the vote was in response to AVII CEO Colonel Conrad Reynolds’ push for election computers to be removed from Arkansas elections. The decision will now require votes to be hand counted.
“The machines do not read the names on the ballots, instead, they scan barcodes, which humans cannot read,” Reynolds said. “They also utilize proprietary software that we are not allowed to examine. This all means voters cannot verify that their vote is being counted properly as mandated by state law.”
Joe Biden’s personal lawyers found more classified documents in the president’s private library than previously known.
On Saturday it was revealed at least 5 more classified documents were discovered in at Biden’s Wilmington home.
CBS News Friday night reported at least 20 classified documents were discovered so far.
According to Joe Biden’s lawyer, Bob Bauer, Biden’s personal lawyers do not have security clearances so as soon as they saw the documents marked classified, they stopped the search.
For this reason, this is why the actual number of classified documents stored at Biden’s private residence is not known, the lawyer said.
Throughout the disastrous COVID-19 injection campaign, desperate patients have often asked me which is the safest vaccine? It is odd that two years into mass vaccination there is no declared “best in class” vaccine. Entities that mandate the vaccine don’t care which vaccine is administered, only that a student, athlete, employee, or soldier has been marked by one of them any time in the past—often without any regard to its six month efficacy window. Many thought initially that the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) product would be safer since it was just one shot of an adenoviral vector vaccine (not mRNA). Unfortunately before COVID-19 it was known that the vector itself was thrombogenic. So combined with the genetic code for the Spike protein which is known to damage blood vessels and cause blood clots, the Janssen vaccine was expected to cause thromboembolism in patients from the very date of its release. Woo et al from the FDA in a report has described thousands (N=3790, 11% fatal) of patients with blood clots and their description of what happens in the human body is nothing short of “blood curdling.” Clots going from the ankle to the groin, shooting to both lungs, and killing the victim is a description out of a science fiction horror movie yet in this report produced by our own government gives no apologies nor raises a sense of alarm for the public.
President Joe Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address next month following an invitation by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
The University of Southern California’s School of Social Work is changing its curriculum.
While they aren’t changing classes, they are eliminating one single word. They say that they need to be less offensive and more inclusive.
According to the university, it’s necessary to eliminate the word field from the curriculum. Instead of saying fieldwork, they will use the word practicum. That’s because the word field can have a negative impact on those from specific racial backgrounds or immigrants whose ancestors may have worked in a field.
Webmaster addition: I was a farm kid. I worked in the fields of the family farm. I do not find the word offensive at all!
Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman skewered Sweden for staying silent about the identity of the perpetrators of the notorious terrorist attack that crippled Russian revenues and European energy supplies.
Sweden’s refusal to disclose the results of its investigation into the terrorist attack that crippled the Nord Stream pipeline in September suggests Stockholm is “hiding something,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.
As one of the attack’s primary victims, Russia deserves answers, Zakharova told reporters at a Thursday briefing.
“The refusal of the Swedish side to respond on the merits to another request from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office for legal aid in the criminal case on Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 pipeline damage in September 2022 is genuinely perplexing,” Zakharova said.
A message sent three months ago by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin to the head of the Swedish government regarding “the need to conduct a comprehensive and open investigation” of the attacks with Moscow officials still “remains unanswered,” Zakharova explained, noting Sweden’s silence stood “in defiance of all the decorum of international diplomatic communication.”
“Stockholm explains its refusal by saying… that meeting the Russian request will allegedly ‘pose a security threat to Sweden,’” she noted.
“What are the threats to national security that Stockholm is talking about?” Zakharova asked.
A top US Marine General, James Bierman, in a recent interview with the Financial Times, explained in a moment of candour how the US is “setting the theatre” for possible war with China, whilst casually admitting as an aside, how US defence planners had been busy inside Ukraine years ago, “earnestly preparing” for war with Russia — even down to the “pre-positioning of supplies”, identifying sites from which the US might operate support, and sustain operations. Simply put, they were there,readying the battle space for years.
No surprise really, as such military responses flow directly from the core US strategic decision to actuate the 1992 ‘WolfowitzDoctrine’ that the US must plan and preemptively act, to disable any potential Great Power — well before it reaches the point at which it can rival or impair US hegemony.
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” —George Orwell.
“I don’t know, I don’t want to know, and I don’t care.” —The average American.
Nobody tells the Truth anymore. Not medicine. Not government. Not education. Not even religion.
To steal from old Mr. Orwell, telling the Truth HAS become a revolutionary act.
But no one expects the Truth. It is old-fashioned…part of the “old normal.” I am old enough to remember when a man’s word was his bond. Liars were scorned…ridiculed…punished…back in the day when everyone knew what the meaning of “is” was.
Today, lying is an art…and an accepted one at that. Bill Clinton was once referred to as “a particularly good liar.” Today he is a piker…not holding a candle to the cadre of cons walking the halls of power in what was once a government of, by, and for the people.
China has suspended issuing visas to Japanese and South Korean travelers, its embassies in Tokyo and Seoul said Tuesday, after it threatened to take countermeasures against countries that introduced tighter COVID-19 entry restrictions on visitors from China.
The Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, on its website, said the issuance of ordinary visas for Japanese citizens was being suspended from Tuesday and the timing of its resumption will be notified later.
Japan's Foreign Ministry filed a protest with the Chinese Embassy over the measure and demanded it be revoked, with a Japanese official criticizing China for being "extremely selfish."
North Korea has criticized Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ongoing trip to NATO member countries for bringing "security instability" to the Asia-Pacific region, and warned the bloc against expanding its influence in the area, state-run media said Friday.
Japan serves as a guide "introducing NATO, a legacy of the Cold War, into the Asia-Pacific region" and such a behavior is "sowing the seeds of discord" in the region, the Korean Central News Agency said, quoting an article by Kim Tong Myong, an international politics researcher, released Thursday.
Kishida is currently on a weeklong tour of five Group of Seven countries -- Britain, Canada, France, Italy and the United States, which are all NATO members -- ahead of a G-7 summit to be hosted in Hiroshima, western Japan, in May.
The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the request of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin, sent to the Prime Minister of Sweden three months ago, about involving representatives of Russian authorities and Gazprom in the investigation of sabotage on the "Nord Streams" has so far remained unanswered.
"The question is obvious: and for what reason, in fact, is Sweden so persistent? By the way, representatives of other Western countries who are involved in the investigation of the incident also support Stockholm in this persistence... Why are they not allowed to properly connect to the investigation? Are they hiding something?"— Mrs. Zakharova said at a Foreign Ministry briefing.
At the same time, according to the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, no one doubts that the explosions on the "Northern Streams" are not an accident or accident.
The explosions on the Nord Stream-1 and the non-commissioned Nord Stream-2 occurred on September 26. Three of the four strands of pipelines were damaged. Russia and the EU countries called the incident a diversion. Denmark and Sweden took up the investigation, since the incident occurred in their economic zones. Germany joined them.