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A Palm Beach County prosecutor painted two girls molested by Jeffrey Epstein as prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves and liars in front of a grand jury empaneled in 2006 to review the state’s criminal case against sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, newly released court documents show. 

Palm Beach County Judge Luis Delgado unsealed the controversial grand jury records on Monday after years of legal action by the Palm Beach Post and other media, including the Miami Herald, CNN and the New York Times. Grand jury records are normally kept under seal to protect witnesses as well as the integrity of the case. But in the years since the Epstein case was closed in 2008, the Miami Herald uncovered evidence suggesting that Epstein and his battery of high-priced attorneys may have exerted undue influence over the state attorney. 

The records have remained under seal for 16 years. Earlier this year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, prodded by state lawmakers and Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Joe Abruzzo, signed a bill to release the files by July 1. The new bill provides for the records to be unsealed if the subject of a grand jury inquiry is dead or the investigation involves sexual activity with a minor.


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At a time when leftists across America are increasingly disenchanted with President Biden, Republican operatives are quietly working to give them an alternative -- by gathering signatures necessary to ensure that firebrand independent candidate Cornel West is on the ballot in swing states, according to reporting by NBC News

In an election year in which non-major-party candidates -- led by independent Robert F. Kennedy, Jr -- are poised to take the largest share of the presidential vote in years, the effort is clearly intended to siphon off some leftists who might otherwise reluctantly vote for Biden -- or his replacement. In a close race, even a nominally-modest number could have a major impact. 

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Ukraine has revived its talking point and demand that NATO 'close the skies' over Ukraine, which was first featured heavily in the wake of the February 2022 Russian invasion. When this was initially suggested, the idea was that Western jets would intervene or else US anti-air systems would be set up across Ukraine.

But now Ukrainian officials have shifted their request, to involve the establishment of US Patriot systems along Ukraine's Western border from where they would provide protection. Ukrainian parliament member Oleksiy Goncharenko told AFP, "I don’t understand why NATO doesn’t deploy Patriot systems along the Polish border."

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While some Western countries have ramped up sanctions against Hezbollah amid daily missile fire on northern Israel, the Arab League has issued a surprise reversal of its terror designation.

The influential regional organization, which is akin to an 'Arab UN' will no longer classify the Tehran-backed group as a terrorist organization, Egypt’s Al-Qahera news channel first reported.

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Following this weekend's conclave between President Joe Biden and his family advisors, a 'massive' PR campaign is underway to reject calls for him to drop his re-election campaign and rally Democrats to stop publicly debating about his age and future, Axios reports.

According to the report, Biden has 'zero interest' in stepping aside, while First Lady Jill Biden, family and friends agree despite the fact that the Democratic party doesn't want him to continue following last Thursday's horrendous debate that validated years of reporting on the president's cognitive decline.

Biden, who has avoided tough interviews and taking actual questions during press conferences, is now considering doing so in a town hall format, or a big one-on-one interview, or both.

This weekend's Sunday gathering at Camp David included a 'long-scheduled session with celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, while the Bidens insisted that Joe stay in the race.

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Ukraine may declare a fiscal default as early as August if authorities fail to reach an agreement with creditors on debt restructuring, a deal that seems unlikely, British magazine The Economist reported on Monday.

Ukraine could default on its government debt within weeks — wrecking chances of fixing the damage done by NATO's proxy war with Russia.

"Ukraine has a month to avoid default," British magazine The Economist reported. "The IMF is keen for [Minister of Finance of Ukraine] Mr [Serhiy] Marchenko to negotiate a write-down, but a deal seems unlikely in the time available."

Bloomberg reported that Kiev was unable to strike a deal with creditors during the first round of negotiations regarding the restructuring of its $20 billion debt.

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The Union State country has closely allied with Moscow in its military operation in the Donbass, with President Alexander Lukashenko offering strong political support.

MINSK (Sputnik) - Ten NATO battalion tactical groups remain stationed near Belarus's border with European Union member states, Belarusian Chief of the General Staff Pavel Muraveiko said Sunday.

"Today we have 10 battalion tactical groups of NATO with a total strength of over 20,000 people located near our border," the First Deputy Defense Minister told All-National Television. "Six of these groups are American. Why fly here from overseas and deploy a contingent here? They said it was temporary."

Muraveiko recalled there is an adage that goes, "nothing is more permanent than something temporary," adding that such proximity is "bothering and straining."

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The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on presidential immunity leaves Judge Tanya Chutkan to determine how much of the federal criminal case involving Donald Trump's efforts to overturn his defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 election can survive.

The 6-3 ruling on Monday, with the court's conservatives in the majority, declared that Trump has broad protection from criminal prosecution for actions that fell within his official responsibilities as president under the U.S. Constitution.

The court delegated to Chutkan, a judge on the U.S. district court in Washington, the complex task of determining how to apply that immunity in the four-count criminal indictment obtained last year by Special Counsel Jack Smith. Chutkan will have to conduct a detailed examination of the indictment to determine which of Trump's actions were official and must be stricken from the case and which were private acts that can proceed to trial.

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Over the course of his presidency, Joe Biden’s small clutch of advisers have built an increasingly protective circle around him, limiting his exposure to the media and outside advice — an effort to manage public perceptions of the oldest person to ever hold the office and tightly control his political operation.

But inside the White House, Biden’s growing limitations were becoming apparent long before his meltdown in last week’s debate, with the senior team’s management of the president growing more strictly controlled as his term has gone on. During meetings with aides who are putting together formal briefings they’ll deliver to Biden, some senior officials have at times gone to great lengths to curate the information being presented in an effort to avoid provoking a negative reaction.

“It’s like, ‘You can’t include that, that will set him off,’ or ‘Put that in, he likes that,’” said one senior administration official. “It’s a Rorschach test, not a briefing. Because he is not a pleasant person to be around when he’s being briefed. It’s very difficult, and people are scared shitless of him.”

The official said, “He doesn’t take advice from anyone other than those few top aides, and it becomes a perfect storm because he just gets more and more isolated from their efforts to control it.”

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A county in Missouri has been deemed a 'cancer cluster' due to World War II-era radium used in America's atomic bomb efforts littering the region.

For decades, residents of St Louis County have raised concerns about a spike in cancer diagnosis - and specifically those living just outside the West Lake Landfill.

The landfill has held thousands of tons of radioactive waste and contaminated soil since 1973 when drums containing the chemicals were illegally dumped by a contractor for the Cotter Corporation.

The state launched a cleanup for the site this year, revealing Monday that discovered the toxins have contaminated nearby groundwater in Bridgeton that sits northwest of the St Louise Lambert International Airport.

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Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers have asked the New York judge who presided over his hush money trial to set aside his conviction and delay his sentencing, scheduled for next week.

The letter to Judge Juan M. Merchan cited the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling earlier Monday on presidential immunity and asked the judge to delay Trump’s sentencing while he weighs the high court’s decision and how it could influence the New York case, according to the letter obtained by The Associated Press.

The lawyers argue that the Supreme Court’s decision confirmed a position the defense raised earlier in the case that prosecutors should have been precluded from introducing some evidence they said constituted official presidential acts, according to the letter.

In prior court filings, Trump contended he is immune from prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office. His lawyers did not raise that as a defense in the hush money case, but they argued that some evidence — including Trump’s social media posts about former lawyer Michael Cohen — comes from his time as president and should have been excluded from the trial because of immunity protections.

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After Biden’s horrific debate performance on Thursday, much of the media world reluctantly conceded that our 46th president looks like a lost toddler.

And then there’s Vogue — which literally couldn’t stop the presses. The fashion-bible-turned-Dem-PR-machine was already rolling out its July issue, with cover model Jill Biden in a silk cream Ralph Lauren dress that retails for $4,990.

The magazine landed on the internet Monday morning with a resounding, wincing thud.

It was tone deaf. It was tacky — but this shoot and interview, conducted months ago, would have been messy even if the debate disaster had never happened.

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Zelensky's wife purchased the newest Bugatti Turbillon for 4.5 million euros.

During the official visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Paris in early June, especially for the Zelensky couple, Bugatti Automobiles, together with the Paris dealership, organized a pre-premiere display of the new Bugatti Turbillon hypercar (the public premiere took place two weeks later, on June 20). According to a dealer representative, Zelenskaya was delighted with the new car and placed a pre-order, thus becoming the buyer of the first of 250 cars planned for production.

French journalists were able to obtain a copy of the invoice for Zelenskaya’s new car. To the base price of almost 4 million euros, almost 500,000 euros worth of options were added.

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The government of Vanuatu is about to occupy a set of new buildings funded by China, which includes a sweeping new presidential palace, a new finance ministry, and renovations to the foreign affairs department.
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An address to the “No to Agenda 2030” conference in Rome, Italy
In my opinion, the promoted fear of the current “Avian Influenza” strain is one example of “Disease X,” which the WHO has been warning of. However, “Avian influenza” is not the threat to human health that it is being promoted to be. To the best of my knowledge, there have been no documented human deaths from this version of Bird Flu, and there is no evidence that it is being transmitted from human to human in a regular or sustained fashion. This appears to be another example of “Psychological Bioterrorism”, which is the focus of this lecture.

Psychological Bioterrorism

This discussion is augmented by the 2017 disclosures of Dr. Alexander Kouzminov, an ex-intelligence operative who worked for the Soviet-Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) during the 1980-90s and who specialized in intelligence operations involving bioweapons-related activities in target countries before he resigned from the SVR and emigrated to New Zealand.

What is Psychological Bioterrorism?

“Psychological” or “Information Bioterrorism” involves the use of fear of an infectious disease to control people and their behavior. It is a very effective method for mass manipulation of populations and works by creating a state of heightened anxiety and fear of death in the people who are targeted. This fear is often grounded in misleading, poorly documented historical stories- essentially folk tales or parables- about historic pandemics of very dangerous diseases.

Often, these parables have little relevance to modern society with its sophisticated sanitary practices, hospital networks, and wide spectrum of antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics, and anti-inflammatory drugs



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Source: Chris Menahan

Newly released video reportedly shows Israeli Defense Force soldiers using captive Palestinians as human shields and exploration drones during operations in Gaza. 

The footage was obtained by Al Jazeera and translated by Younis Tirawi on Twitter.

From The Cradle, "Israeli army uses Palestinian prisoners as human shields in Gaza: Video":

Prisoners are seen dressed in Israeli army uniforms, equipped with body cams, and are forced to enter buildings or tunnels to ensure they are not rigged with explosives. 

In the first video, two Palestinians are forced to enter the wreckage of a home to search for a tunnel entrance. The prisoners are shown reporting back to the soldiers that only dirt and concrete were found. 

Another video shows a prisoner being forced to enter a tunnel attached to a wire held by Israeli soldiers above ground. 

"Guys, the army are using me as a lure," the prisoner calls out, hoping resistance fighters hear him and know not to open fire.

Claire's Observations:  "The most moral Army in the world", MY ASTROLABE!!!!

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In Germany, France, and even Belgium, the EU election results have created internal political crises. In some countries, new parliamentary elections have been called to clarify the political values and direction that voters want their respective countries to take.

At the same time, there has been little discussion as to which demographics have turned against the liberal status quo in Brussels the most.

Which social group has been the most opposed to EU bureaucracy and open borders.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, young people indicated their inability to lead a normal life within the European structure and its ideological backdrop.

They simply feel that they have no future because their current lives and the conditions in which they live, which appear to be objective, are in total chaos.

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The rise of mis- and disinformation on social media and an increasing perception of bias in the reporting of legacy media outlets has led to trust in media institutions declining over the past years.

As Florian Zandt shows in the chart below, based on a recent Statista Consumer Insights survey of 38 countries shows, people's trust or distrust of the media differs by geographic region.

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I get complaints from people that I concentrate too much on Donald Trump. Basically, the message is, “But what about Biden?” I do write more about Trump, because he’s the face of the perceived opposition. The only Emmanuel Goldstein in town. I assume everyone reading me understands just who and what Joe Biden is.

But people might not remember quite everything about Joe Biden’s lengthy career as a beloved resident of the Washington, D.C. swamp that Trump promised to drain. Biden was first elected as a U.S. Senator from Delaware in 1973. Even I was very young then. In 1981, the great “liberal” senator strongly supported the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, passed in the wake of CIA whistleblower Philip Agee’s disclosures about the Agency is his best-selling book Inside the Company. Biden declared that “I do not think anybody has any doubt about Mr. Agee. We should lock him away in my opinion.” The good senator really liked locking people up, it seems. As a strong supporter of the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, he took credit for a draconian provision that mandated a five year sentence for possessing small amounts of crack cocaine.

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Authored by Dénes Albert via rmx.news,

Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), Czechia’s ANO, and Hungary’s Fidesz have formed a new right-wing coalition, the parties’ respective leaders announced at a joint press conference in Vienna on Sunday.

Herbert Kickl (FPÖ), Andrej Babis (ANO) and Viktor Orbán (Fidesz) announce new right-wing coalition in Vienna. (Facebook)Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, former Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, and Austrian opposition leader Herbert Kickl said the new alliance would hopefully entice others to join and become the largest nationalist political group in the European Parliament.

“Today we are creating a political formation that will ‘forge ahead’ and very quickly become the strongest grouping and largest faction of the European right,” Orbán said.

Claire's Observations:  it will be interesting to see how this evolves; but I can tell you one thing which will be an absolute certainty; The "New World Order-istas" are not going to be happy about this at all, and will do all they can to destroy this coalition.

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The Israeli propaganda apparatus is priming the public to accept a declaration of victory over Hamas and assorted resistance groups in Rafah as the military begins to shift the bulk of its operational and combat capacity to the northern front against Hezbollah. However, withdrawing from Gaza entirely in light of the IDF’s failure to achieve any of its mission objectives is not politically tenable for myriad reasons – foremost of which is that Hamas would still exist as both a military and political entity with a swelling level of popularity among Palestinians, according to a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

How are Israeli and U.S. Departments of State and their associated advisory think tanks proposing to solve this dilemma? How does one continue the fighting in Gaza indefinitely, work towards a viable ceasefire, and create the framework and conditions for a future Palestinian state when visible, high-profile Israeli ministers are calling not just for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza but also for the annexation and settlement of the West Bank?

Tonight on “State of Play,” we examine a number of these plans—all hopelessly unworkable to varying degrees—from creating humanitarian “pockets” within military cordons to bringing to Gaza an Arab Coalition from as yet unspecified states for the purposes of security and governance. One of the most significant brakes in all of these proposals is the inescapable fact that Hamas will still exist, and armed resistance will not stop and will not accept a foreign administrator.

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The Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF), known as Ansar Allah in the West and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, initiated joint military operations against Israel early last month. This marks a significant strategic shift, highlighting the support for Palestinian armed groups in Gaza from regional forces. Despite the significance of these operations, their nature has remained largely unclear. However, MintPress has obtained exclusive details shedding light on these developments.

These joint operations represent a new phase in the regional dynamics of the conflict, emphasizing the evolving alliances and military strategies against Israel. The exclusive details provided by MintPress reveal the intricacies and coordination involved in these operations, illustrating the complex nature of regional military engagements.

On June 6, a significant development unfolded as the Islamic Resistance in Iraq issued a communique and Brigadier General Yahya Saree, spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces (YAF), announced a joint Yemeni-Iraqi military operation against Israeli targets. This coordinated effort was executed in two stages. The first stage involved a series of drone attacks on two ships reportedly carrying weapons to the Israeli-controlled port of Haifa. The second stage targeted a ship that violated the Ansar Allah-imposed blockade in the Red Sea, which restricts shipments to Haifa.

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The non-white community of Milwaukee was responsible for 98.23 percent of known homicide suspects and 98.14 percent of known nonfatal shootings suspects.

Imagine how much gun crime would happen in an all-white Milwaukee… virtually none. And remember: this is just a thought experiment. The majority of non-fatal shootings in 2023 Milwaukee don’t even have suspects… how high do you think the percentage of non-white suspects would be if the clearance rate was just a little higher?

Do you understand why Milwaukee isn’t a great city?

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It appears as though the conspirators are homegrown dissidents without any ties to Russia, though they might have some connections to disgruntled members of the military.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General revealed on Monday that the SBU foiled an alleged J6-like plot to seize power in Kiev the day prior by orchestrating a protest that would deliberately descend into a riot whose participants, including military personnel and PMCs, would then storm the Rada. Zelensky has been fearmongering since November about a so-called “Maidan 3” that he claimed was being organized by Russia against him so it’s very likely that he’ll spin this latest development as proof of that supposed plot.

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The days when political leaders could take on to liberal Twitter, lie through their teeth about important issues, falsely slander their adversaries, and get away with it are over.

At least, that’s what we are seeing being put into practice by X since Elon Musk took over the platform.

In a new instance of this changed situation, US Vice President Kamala Harris – or her team – took to social media to lie about Presidential election favorite Donald Trump.

But it didn’t go so well, very differently from the ‘bad old days’ of Jack Dorsey-led Twitter.

New York Post reported:

“Elon Musk called out Vice President Kamala Harris Monday for ‘lying’ about former President Donald Trump’s abortion stance while proclaiming that the social media platform’s ‘community notes’ feature keeps politicians accountable when trying to spread falsehoods about their opponents.

Harris said Sunday on her X account that Trump ‘would ban abortion nationwide’ and that she and President Biden will do ‘everything’ in their ‘power to stop him and restore women’s reproductive freedom’.”

In the olden days, Kamala would have gotten away with it, and worse – perhaps people criticizing her would be banned from the platform for some made-up reason.

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