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Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance revealed that former President Donald Trump took time to talk with Vance’s seven-year-old son while offering the senator the role of vice president.
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There has been a significant surge in eviction filings in major cities across the American Sunbelt. Data from Princeton University’s Eviction Lab shows that eviction filings have increased by as much as 46% in some cities compared to pre-pandemic averages. Cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Houston have seen particularly high increases.
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Former President Donald Trump made an entrance at the Republican National Convention on Monday, sporting a white bandage over his right ear, and the crowd immediately erupted in chants of “USA!” and “Fight! Fight! Fight!”
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Special counsel Jack Smith‘s classified documents case against former President Donald Trump was dismissed by the presiding federal judge in Florida on Monday.
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At least two Republicans who were finalists for President Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick have been informed that they were not chosen for the spot.
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President Joe Biden could not think of one thing that former President Donald Trump would do well, even when put on the spot during a recent interview.
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MSNBC host Joy Reid said on Monday that she had very real concerns about the aftermath of Saturday’s attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump — namely that media would “acquiesce” and allow Trump to “rewrite himself” as a sympathetic victim.
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Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy told The Daily Wire on Monday that he would “strongly consider” replacing J.D. Vance as U.S. senator from Ohio now that former President Donald Trump has picked Vance to be his running mate for the 2024 election.
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On Saturday, former President Donald Trump was swiftly escorted off stage with blood visible on his face after being shot in the ear. The incident led to immediate chaos, resulting in the deaths of the gunman and one audience member. Additionally, two other attendees were injured but have since been stabilized, according to statements from law enforcement officials.

The FBI has identified the perpetrator as Thomas Matthew Crooks, a 20-year-old from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Authorities have confirmed that Crooks acted independently. As of Monday, almost 48 hours after the assassination attempt, the FBI has not yet determined a motive for Crooks’ actions.

The investigation is in its early stages, and law enforcement is actively trying to access Crooks’ cellphone to further understand his background and potential motivations. The Secret Service, however, is now under intense scrutiny over its security protocols during the rally. There are growing calls from various quarters for a comprehensive congressional investigation into the significant security failures that allowed the shooting to occur.

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As darkness shadows the American dream, more and more families are grappling with the harsh reality of financial distress. In 2024, an unprecedented number of Americans consider themselves "broke," reflecting a widespread economic struggle. From the relentless surge in inflation to the crippling burden of debt, the signs of instability are everywhere. Now, optimism has vanished, giving way to a pervasive sense of despair that is forcing many households to make heartbreaking sacrifices just to stay afloat.
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As President Joe Biden continues to drop in the polls since his disastrous debate performance in June, Democrats are concerned that the assassination attempt on Donald Trump will seal the former president’s victory in the November election.

A longtime Democratic insider, discussing the iconic photo of Trump pumping his fist in the air with blood dripping down his face and the American flag waving behind him told NBC, “We’re so beyond f*cked.”

A veteran of Democratic congressional campaigns said of the iconic image, “The clear effect of this assassination attempt is that it officially thrust Donald Trump out of politics and into martyrdom. They’re framing this as an attack on MAGA and not on Trump — even more powerful. This is literally biblical stuff we’re talking about.”

The person added that Democrats will “never be able to compete with that level of enthusiasm among base voters. So yeah, we’re even more f*cked with Biden. ... And relying on Trump to be a galvanizing, unifying enemy won’t work as well.”

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According to the California Department of Insurance, the Allstate homeowners filing was received by the Department on April 14, 2023. The initial rate request was 39.6%. Consumer Watchdog petitioned to intervene in July 2023. In January of this year, Allstate amended their rate request to 34.1%. According to a reports, it would be the largest rate increase this year and would impact more than 350,000 policyholders.
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Tony Bendele, a social media creator and trained firefighter in Pennsylvania, claimed he resigned his position as a captain in the Sunbury Fire Department on Monday after he expressed disappointment when an attempted assassin failed to kill former President Donald Trump at the Saturday rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“Too bad it didn’t hit him square,” Bendele reportedly wrote in a now-deleted post to his Facebook page. A photographer, Bendele (pictured above) has more than 20,000 followers on the social media platform.

When his words were deleted, ostensibly for violating the Facebook Community Standards, a screenshot suggests Bendele then complained that “someone reported” his post.

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Obviously, I'm not a fan of gun control. We don't tend to get a lot of anti-gun writers here for some silly reason.

But the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of very loud anti-gun voices out there that reach different audiences than we do. They're consistently screeching about how we need to restrict firearms.

That's especially true in light of the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. The gun control rhetoric has started and it's not likely to end soon.

But Utah's Sen. Mike Lee figures we need something completely different:

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, a Tea Party-turned MAGA Republican, used his personal account to call for less concentrated power in the federal government.

“This would happen a lot less if we didn’t make the federal government and the presidency so ridiculously powerful,” he wrote, sharing a video of the chaos that had unfolded at the rally.

“Let’s push power back to where it belongs”

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The always mysterious question when trying to figure out what is happening in this insane world and why it is happening is who are “they”? In the current chaotic atmosphere, “they” are in the process of throwing their senile child sniffing pedophile Trojan horse president overboard because his dementia ridden brain has been laid bare for all the world to see. It isn’t just the Democratic Party throwing him to the wolves.

When you witness the party, supposedly loyal politicians, the regime media, surveillance state spooks, Hollywood celebrities, and globalist billionaires all simultaneously turn on the person they installed in 2020 through a rigged election, you realize the voting public have no say in how this country is run. Whether you refer to “they” as the Deep State, invisible government, ruling elite, globalist oligarchs, or shadowy men in smoke filled backrooms, we are just bit players in this surreal horror movie.

It is no longer a conspiracy theory that we are ruled by unelected men using their wealth to pull the levers of society to benefit themselves and the apparatchiks who do their dirty work. At some level, this type of control has existed since the inception of our country. Andrew Jackson’s tirade in the 1830s revealed there were deceitful men operating in the shadows, with their greedy agendas prevailing over what was best for the people.

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NATO’s three-day summit in Washington DC achieved the objective for which it was designed, to create a public forum in which all 32 members of the Alliance could express their unanimous support for upcoming attacks on the Russian Federation. That was the real purpose of the confab. The managers of the event, sought a dramatic display of unity to justify future hostilities with Moscow and to reduce the possibility that any one person would be held responsible for starting World War 3.

The summit was followed by the release of a formal Declaration which strongly suggests that the decision to go war has already been made. As many people know, NATO has green-lighted a policy that allows the firing of missiles at targets inside Russian territory. This policy will also apply to the numerous NATO F-16s that will be deployed to Ukraine sometime in the near future. (F-16s can carry nuclear missiles) Despite overwhelming support for these policies among the members, we must not forget that these are blatant acts of aggression that are forbidden under international law. No amount of public relations hoopla can conceal the fact that NATO is on-track to commit the “supreme crime”.

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Just days after the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, theories are flying from all directions. Many who ridiculed the “conspiracy theories” of conservatives are now suggesting the whole event was a set-up to boost Trump in the polls ahead of the election. Others suggest it was the “deep state” or even foreign actors who organized it.

Former US Navy Seal and founder of Blackwater, Erik Prince, claims that “The fact that [the Secret Service] allowed a rifle armed shooter within 150 yds to a preplanned event is either malice or massive incompetence.” He went on to observe that, “unaccountable bloated bureaucracies continue to fail us as Americans,” adding that “unserious and unworthy people in positions of authority got us to this near disaster. Merit and execution must be the only deciding factors in hiring and leadership, not the social engineering priority of the day.”

Video has emerged showing that for at least two minutes law enforcement knew someone with a gun was on a roof aiming at the former President and no one communicated the need to pull Trump from the stage. You can clearly hear the crowd warning law enforcement that someone was on the roof. Yet he was unhindered until the first shots rang out.

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Leading Republican lawmakers are demanding answers from the Army after gate security at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, was given an anti-terrorism briefing that lumped mainstream anti-abortion groups in with extremist groups.

The slide presentation was botched in many ways, including also labeling non-violent, left-wing groups as terrorists. But Republicans are homing in on the anti-abortion slide to charge that the Army is targeting conservative political beliefs.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Ala., personnel subcommittee Chairman Jim Banks, R-Ind., and other committee Republicans sent a letter to Army Secretary Christine Wormuth over the weekend calling for answers by July 25 on how the slideshow came to be.

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Jul 15, 2024 - 07:30 PM

Authored by Amie Dahnke via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

A new study by the American Cancer Society reveals that four in 10 cancer cases and about one-half of all cancer deaths in adults age 30 and older in the United States are attributed to lifestyle choices, or modifiable risk factors.

These risk factors are considered things a person can typically control and include smoking, excess body weight, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and certain carcinogenic infections, according to the study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

Claire's Observations:  Today, I will be presenting research to a church group, consisting of caregivers for people with dementia, and in that presentation (my 94 year old adoptive mom has dementia), I will be talking about how lifestyle changes can alter the "doom loop" to which the medical community has consigned dementia sufferers, and what can possibly be done to reverse it.

The results of this specific approach are breathtakingly positive, and very simple.  When basemark cognitive tests are done before and after this approach to potentially reverse dementia, the numbers are a testament to the reality that the people who have devised this strategy are at least are on  the right track.

This is NOT a "cure" for dementia, but a fully realized interdisciplinary approach which gets people better, without the concerns for "brain bleeds" which can result from the use of the only drugs approved in this country to treat dementia.
 

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As much as $800 billion of that debt is at a high risk of default, economists say. If the financing vehicles can’t meet their obligations, Beijing could either pay for bailouts, which might create a bigger problem by encouraging unsound borrowing. Or it could allow insolvent funding vehicles to go belly up, exposing Chinese banks to serious losses and potentially spurring a credit crunch that would further erode economic growth. Deficit spending provided one solution. Chinese cities discovered decades ago that they could take on debt through state-owned entities known as local government financing vehicles, or LGFVs, to fund sewers, streets and the like.
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More and more people are being forced to sell their homes due to the phantom cost of homeownership rising too high unexpectedly. These are usually things like homeowners insurance increases, property tax increases, special assessments, or unexpected repair cost. For a long time these costs were relatively stable, but over the past few years they have been skyrocketing.
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Saturday’s failed assassination attempt against Donald Trump not only shocked the world, but also added a tragic chapter to a 2024 presidential race that was already marred in turmoil and controversy. First there was Trump’s conviction in the hush money case, which makes him the first convicted felon to run for president as a major party candidate.

Then there was Biden’s debate debacle, which sent shockwaves through the Democratic Party, as large parts of the American public seem to have lost faith in the president’s ability to serve a second term.

And now this, another eruption of political violence, three and a half years after the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The events of the past few years are just the culmination of a trend that started long before: the increasing polarization of the political landscape.Reinforced by social media echo chambers and politicians seemingly more bound to their own agenda than to the truth or the good of the country, the U.S. seems more divided than ever, making compromise – a key component of a working democracy – virtually impossible.

All this hasn’t gone unnoticed outside the United States, where the country, once a role model for democracy, is viewed in an increasingly negative light.

Claire's Observations:  To my Brother and Sister Christians who read this site, a word, please.  

No matter how you come down on this country's geopolitical divides, now is a time to work together as Christians, with love and compassion  and not  get "sucked in" by political "talking points", but rise above them.  

There are a couple of Biblical injunctions which might be instructive here; 

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10-16).

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will". (Romans 12-2)

Right now, it is love, logic, and spiritual and moral responsibility which must define us,  as Christians, during this very difficult time in American history.  

At 75, with 4  very wonderful kids  in our extended family, I want this country to be a place where they can grow, thrive, and express themselves honestly when it comes to politics.  That responsibility falls on all US citizens right now.

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Bellarmine University on Monday suspended an instructor who made an "offensive and unacceptable social media post" related to the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump over the weekend, the school's assistant vice president said in a post.

"Words and actions that condone violence are unacceptable and contrary to our values, which call for respecting the intrinsic value and dignity of every individual," Jason Cissell said in a statement provided to The Courier Journal.

"We strive to create an inclusive community that welcomes all and models a spirit of goodwill. We are aware of an offensive and unacceptable social media post made by an employee over the weekend. That individual has been placed on immediate unpaid leave."

John James, the instructor, wrote on social media: "If you're gonna shoot, man, don't miss," alongside a screenshot of an article about the attempt on Trump on Saturday at a Pennsylvania rally.

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