WASHINGTON, DC- What swamp? We all heard former President Donald Trump speaking for years about “draining the swamp,” which led many to ask—what is this “swamp” to which Trump was referring? Well, the “swamp” is back in a big way inside the Biden administration.
An article in Breitbart lays out exactly who Joe Biden has populated his administration with, and it is a who’s who of corrupticrats.
There is a company in Washington, DC located just blocks from the White House called WestExec.
This company is populated with a who’s who of former ambassadors, lawyers and Obama appointees who have worked over the past few years working with some of the world’s biggest corporations as lobbyists and other advocates.
According to The Intercept, the Biden administration has been loaded with over 15 consultants who formerly worked at WestExec, installing them in the White House, foreign policy agencies and law enforcement institutions.
Five have been placed in high-ranking posts, while four others served on the Biden-Harris transition team. According to sources, the speed at which WestExec has been able to insert itself in the power structure of Washington, DC is mind-boggling, especially considering the firm was only launched in 2017.
“It’s a remarkable march through the revolving door,” the Intercept said, “especially for a firm that only launched in 2017.”
Does that year sound familiar? It was of course the year when the Trump administration came into power and Obama and his minions were to have sailed into history. That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case.
WestExec has managed to get its alumnus placed in senior roles within the administration such as director of national intelligence and secretary of state. More disturbing, clients of WestExec, according to The Intercept, “have controversial interests in tech and defense that intersect with the policies their former consultants are now in a position to set and execute.”
Conflict of interest? You decide, but it sure appears that way.
“WestExec’s consultants are so connected and pedigreed that they often hold down multiple jobs, appointments, and titles,” the Intercept wrote.
WestExec’s ties to the national security apparatus of the United States were addressed in the book “Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption,” written by Breitbart News’ Editor in Chief Alex Marlow.
“After Biden’s election win, the convergence of the national security establishment and the Masters of the Universe began to reveal itself.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines both worked for the consulting firm WestExec, which Blinken cofounded with Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense under President Obama. Google hired WestExec to help them land valuable Department of Defense contracts.
WestExec also had a partnership with Jigsaw, Google’s in-house think tank.”
Creepy? Swampy? It sure seems like it. It gets worse than that. More Biden administration officials who previously worked at WestExec include:
- Jen Psaki, White House press secretary
- Tony Blinken, Secretary of State
- Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence
- David S. Cohen, Deputy Director of the CIA
- Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General
- Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director
According to The Intercept, WestExec doesn’t “affirmatively share its clients, and public financial disclosure forms only offer broad outlines.”
Some are raising the alarm bells about WestExec’s tangled web with the Biden White House.
Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis notes that government ethics laws, written long ago do not seem to address a situation such as currently exists with WestExec, where a single company gives rise to 15 senior administration officials.
“Yes, they’re employed by the government, I’ll grant you that. But are they actually working for the American people or not? Where does their loyalty lie?” asked Clark. “The private sector can, in essence, co-opt the public sector.”
“That exempts them from public accountability, and that’s a problem because we can’t necessarily rely on internal controls and external, public disclosure.”
The White House brushed aside concerns about the apparent “swampiness” of the administration’s makeup through a spokesperson in a statement:
“These White House officials are experienced government leaders whose prior private sector experience is part of a broad and diverse skill set they bring to government service.”
The Intercept said WestExec didn’t reply to a list of questions that were submitted.
The outlet noted that WestExec has managed to secure defense contracts for tech startups, and also helped modernize defense companies’ tech capabilities. Oh, and it has also helped multinational companies gain access to China.
One such collaborator is an investment group called Pine Island Capital Partners, a defense-centered investment group. Pine Island’s team, according to CNBC at the time, included Blinken and now-Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
In a SEC filing at the time, the company said:
“We believe that with our access, network and expertise, we are well-suited to take advantage of the current and future opportunities present in the aerospace, defense and government services industries.” [emphasis added]
Access. Apparently so.
WestExec markets itself as a “unique geopolitical and policy expertise to help business leaders…defense, foreign policy, intelligence, economics, cybersecurity, data privacy, and strategic communications.”
Further, the company says they are “committed to excellence, integrity, [and] bipartisanship. [emphasis added]
The Intercept said the presence of so many former WestExec working in the Biden administration:
“…poses concerns about the potential for groupthink, conflicts of interest, and what can only be called, however oxymoronically, legalized corruption.
The outlet further noted:
‘The arrival of each new WestExec adviser at the administration has been met with varying degrees of press coverage—headlines for the secretary of state, blurbs in trade publications for the head of cybersecurity—but the creeping monopolization of foreign policymaking by a single boutique consulting firm has gone largely unnoticed.
The insularity of this network of policymakers poses concerns about he potential for groupthink, conflicts of interest, and what can only be called, however oxymoronically, legalized corruption.”
Lest anyone think this administration has any intent on reeling in big tech, you might want to think again. Blinken helped companies such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Microsoft when working for WestExec and also advised other companies such as AT&T, defense contractor Boeing, FedEx and Discovery, a media giant.
Moreover, Blinken also advised Blackstone, Royal Bank of Canada, and a multinational conglomerate called SoftBank, which has extensive business relationships with Saudi Arabia.
Blinken also advised McKinsey & Company, which serves over 90 of the world’s largest 100 corporations. McKinsey also has as its clients authoritarian regimes such as Saudi Arabia.
Blinken also brought several people who are now key staff members at the State Department from WestExec—Senior adviser Julianne Smith, who has been nominated as a permanent representative to NATO; Sarah McCool as his director of scheduling; Barbara Leaf former ambassador to the UAE who is touted to be the State Department’s assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs; while Daniel Shapiro, who was Obama’s ambassador to Israel and who was described as a “very busy” member of WestExec is being floated as a Middle East envoy.
What of Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence? She worked with WestExec between October 2017 through July 2020 when she joined Biden’s transition team as foreign policy lead. She advised companies such as Facebook, JP Morgan Chase, and Microsoft.
Deputy Director of the CIA, David Cohen was also an early member of what is described as WestExec’s “core team” along with Blinken and Haines. However due to an exemption for spy agencies’ officials, his disclosure as to which clients he represented with WestExec are not publicly available.
Clark called this problematic.
“That exempts them from public accountability,” she said, “and that’s a problem because we can’t necessarily rely on internal controls and external, public discourse.”
In a pamphlet advertising WestExec, Blinken wrote:
“WestExec’s advisors have worked together at the highest levels of government, navigating and anticipating the impact of international crises on decision making—we can provide the same insights and strategies to business leaders around the world.”
This is the swamp President Trump warned you about. Under the Biden administration, the swamp has become much deeper. And with it our national security has been apparently put at risk.
Texas Dems recently pulled one of the most pathetic political stunts in recent years when they attempted to “filibuster” voting laws by fleeing the state. Unsurprisingly the low IQ dems didn’t count the quorum correctly and the bill passed anyways without them.
The Texas state Senate approved a sweeping election reform bill Tuesday night, one day after dozens of House Democrats fled the state to prevent the chamber from taking up the legislation.
The state Senate approved the bill on an 18-4 party-line vote. Nine Senate Democrats had joined 51 of their House colleagues in hightailing it to Washington, DC, though this was not enough to deny the upper chamber a quorum.
However, the legislation is now stalled due to the absence of a quorum in the House.
Republicans say the measures in the bill — which include ending drive-thru and 24-hour polling places, banning ballot drop boxes, and empowering partisan poll watchers — are designed to ensure the integrity of the vote by preventing voter fraud. Democrats say they make it harder for poor people and minorities to cast ballots.
Most of the Democratic legislators flew to Washington on two chartered planes Monday, defying threats by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to have them arrested and forced into the legislative chamber for this month’s special session. Abbott has vowed to continue to call special sessions until next year’s elections, if necessary, until the election reform bill is passed.
Earlier Tuesday, the Texas House voted 76-4 to direct its Sergeant-at-Arms to send for all absentee members by “warrant of arrest if necessary.” After the vote, the chamber doors were locked. Four House Democrats who did not go to Washington were among the lawmakers still inside, while the voting mechanisms on the desks of those absent were locked.
State Rep. Eddie Morales, one of the four Democrats who remained, told reporters it was unlikely authorities dispatched to track down any absent lawmakers would travel outside the state to do so.
“I was told they will go to your home back in your district, they will go to your place of work, they will go to your apartment in Austin or wherever you live close by when you’re in session,” he said. “And also family and friends that they may know of.”
While in Washington, the Texas Democrats have pushed for Congress to pass two pieces of federal election reform legislation: the For The People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. They met Tuesday with Vice President Kamala Harris and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“These folks are going to be remembered on the right side of history,” Schumer told reporters. “The governor and the Republican legislators will be remembered on the dark and wrong side of history.”
The best part of it all is that Abbott alluded that the fleeing Dems “will have a nice escort” when they return and still be arrested, watch below:
Four Iranian intelligence operatives schemed to kidnap a Brooklyn-based journalist and smuggle her to Iran in a bid to silence her criticism of human-rights abuses in the Islamic republic, federal authorities said Tuesday.
In a series of tweets, writer and activist Masih Alinejad acknowledged she was the target, and she did the same in an email to The Post, without commenting further.
A source familiar with the matter also confirmed Alinejad was the target.
Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss, who didn’t identify Alinejad by name, said she would have faced a fate that’s “uncertain at best” if the plan hadn’t been foiled by the FBI.
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. also said, “This is not some far-fetched movie plot.”
“We allege a group, backed by the Iranian government, conspired to kidnap a US-based journalist here on our soil and forcibly return her to Iran. Not on our watch,” he said.
The ring, led by Iranian intelligence official Alireza Shavaroghi Farahani, allegedly began conspiring to kidnap Alinejad inside the US since as least as early as June 2020.
Earlier, Iranian government officials in 2018 tried in vain to induce her relatives in Iran to invite her to a third country where she would have been arrested or detained and then imprisoned in Iran, authorities said.
Evidence in the case allegedly includes a photo of Alinejad stored on an electronic device used by Farahani.
That photo showed her alongside two other people who were captured by Iranian intelligence, one of whom was later executed while the other was imprisoned in Iran, authorities said.
“Gradually the gathering gets bigger…Are you coming, or should we come for you?” a photo caption in Farsi allegedly said.
The plan to kidnap Alinejad in the US allegedly included hiring private investigators to conduct multiple days of surveillance during which she and members of her household were photographed and recorded on video at and around her Brooklyn home.
The plotters even arranged for a high-definition video livestream of the home to be set up and to be given descriptions of Alinejad’s body language, according to authorities.
Members of the kidnap ring allegedly researched travel routes from Alinejad’s home to a waterfront neighborhood in Brooklyn and looked into the possibility of hiring a company that uses military-style speedboats to evacuate people from New York City.
They also allegedly weighed the possibility of taking her to Venezuela, where the socialist regime has friendly relations with Iran.
Farahani, 50, and the other intelligence operatives — Mahmoud Khazein, 42; Kiya Sadeghi, 34; and Omid Noori, 45 — were charged in a Manhattan federal court indictment with crimes including kidnapping conspiracy, sanctions violations conspiracy, and bank and wire fraud conspiracy.
All four defendants are based in Iran and remain at large, officials said.
Also named in Tuesday’s indictment was Niloufar “Nellie” Bahadorifar, 46, of California, who is alleged to have provided financial services that supported the plot, including arranging a payment to a private investigator for surveillance of Alinejad.
Bahadorifar, who’s originally from Iran, is not accused of being part of the kidnapping plot but was charged Tuesday with conspiring to violate sanctions against Iran, to commit bank and wire fraud, and to commit money laundering, as well as structuring more than $445,000 in cash deposits to evade reporting requirements.
A Mural Of George Floyd has collared in Toledo after painting it on a wall that was “bowing recently”
Toledo’s George Floyd mural at Summit and Lagrange collapsed today. A city building inspector says it was “just age. It just came away.” They had noticed it bowing recently. Seems like a lot of thought really went into this mural that the city clearly cares very much about and is totally not virtue signaling.
Watch the Aftermath below:
A message shared by the managing director of Thiel Capital, Eric Weinstein, shows Twitter is blocking users from interacting with tweets deemed “misleading.”
In a screenshot shared by Weinstein, a message from Twitter says they’re limiting interaction with the post he tried to like.
“We try to prevent a Tweet like this that otherwise breaks the Twitter Rules from reaching more people, so we’ve disabled most of the ways to engage with it. If you want to talk about it, you can still Retweet with comment,” the message states.
“Just verified that this is real,” Weinstein captions the tweet, going to say he attempted to like the forbidden tweet to test if he’d get the message.
“I guess I don’t usually go out of my way to Like tweets that Twitter dislikes. But I did just that here on purpose as some people had been complaining, and saw this type of message for the first time,” Weinstein added.
“Not sure what to make of this. How typical is this?”
Evidently the original offending tweet was merely someone relating their opinion on vaccine passports, vaccines and lockdowns.
Rather than employ this bizarre form of censorship, why would Twitter not have the user delete the tweet entirely?
The insanity was pointed out by users, who highlighted how the platform is shaping users’ opinions for them.
Prices paid by U.S. consumers surged in June by the most since 2008, topping all forecasts and testing the Federal Reserve’s commitment to sticking with ultra-easy monetary support for the economy.
The consumer price index jumped 0.9% in June and 5.4% from the same month last year, according to Labor Department data released Tuesday. Excluding the volatile food and energy components, the so-called core CPI rose 4.5% from June 2020, the largest advance since November 1991.
Used vehicles accounted for more than a third of the gain in the CPI, the agency said. The outsize increase was also driven in large part by the pricing rebound in categories associated with a broader reopening of the economy including hotel stays, car rentals, apparel and airfares.
Expectations that those increases will normalize help explain the Fed’s view that inflation is transitory.
“Inflation surprised substantially to the upside in June but, once again, owing to outsized increases in prices in a few categories,” said Michelle Meyer, head of U.S. economics at Bank of America. “This reinforces the idea of transitory inflation.”
In the bond market, however, some investors saw the data as putting more pressure on the Fed. The Treasury yield curve flattened as the above-forecast reading emboldened traders to bet that the central bank will tighten policy in early 2023.
With inflation, from the Fed “we are told the story is transitory but the increases are going faster and for longer,” John Ryding, chief economic adviser at Brean Capital said on Bloomberg Television. “We just had a monthly increase that was about double what was expected.”
The median forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.5% gain in the overall CPI from the prior month and a 4.9% year-over-year increase. The S&P 500 declined after the report.
The report also may add to challenges for the Biden administration in getting Congress to approve trillions of dollars of additional fiscal spending in coming years. Republicans have been highlighting the jump in inflation as a reason to reject such new plans.
A White House official said the report was consistent with the administration’s view that the spike in inflation is related to post-reopening bottlenecks in economy.
The year-over-year figures have shown outsize gains in recent months partly because of so-called base effects — the CPI retreated from March through May of last year during the pandemic lockdowns. While the annual figures are expected to peak, it’s not yet clear how much moderation will occur over the coming months.
In the three months through June, the core CPI increased at a more than 8% annualized rate, the fastest since the early 1980s.
Household spending on merchandise, fueled in part by government stimulus, has left businesses scrambling to fill orders while facing shortages of materials and labor. That dynamic is contributing to higher costs, which often feed through to consumer prices.
Meanwhile, the lifting of pandemic restrictions is propelling purchases of services like travel and transportation, another contributor to inflationary pressures.
Prices paid for new and used vehicles rose from a month earlier by the most on record., That said, those categories each make up less than 4% of the overall CPI.
The cost of food away from home jumped 0.7% on a month-over-month basis, the largest gain since 1981.
In earnings reports Tuesday, companies including PepsiCo Inc. and Conagra Brands Inc. noted cost pressures in their supply chains. Conagra has already raised prices and said it will continue to do so — and that those hikes will eventually help the firm’s profit margin.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell has said that recent price increases are the result of transitory reopening effects, though more recently acknowledged the possibility of longer-term inflationary pressures. Sustained constraints in the production pipeline, along with a pickup in wages, raise the risk of an acceleration in consumer inflation.
Economists have been watching to see whether price pressures broaden out to categories other than those that are just now rebounding after pandemic-related lockdowns.
Shelter costs, which are seen as a more structural component of the CPI and make up a third of the overall index, rose 0.5% last month, the most since October 2005. The gain was driven by a 7.9% jump in hotel stays.
Wage growth rose steadily through the second quarter, but higher consumer prices are taking a toll. Inflation-adjusted average hourly earnings fell 1.7% in June after slumping 2.9% a month earlier, separate data showed Thursday.
Figures out Tuesday from the National Federation of Independent Business showed 47% of small-business owners, the largest share since 1981, reported higher selling prices in June.
Consumers are anticipating higher prices in the near-term. Median inflation expectations for the coming year increased to series high 4.8% in June, according to the New York Fed’s Survey of Consumer Expectations.
The Biden Administration just keeps getting more pathetic. Ayanna Presley has introduced HR 666: The “Anti-Racism in Public Health Act”. It will establish a CDC “National Center on Antiracism and Health and a law enforcement violence prevention program” They’re not letting up.
Racism will be declared a national public health crisis. The CDC would “develop new knowledge in the science and practice of antiracism” This pseudoscience would be “transferred into practice” by “developing interventions” so that “a healthy society can be realized”
Non competitive grants for public and non profits devoted to “antiracism”, the extortion branch of Critical Race Theory. The establishment of 3 regional “antiracism centers of excellence”
Antiracism brainwashing sessions for public health professionals and researchers