How bad are things for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? So bad that some of them don’t include your party’s ID in their ads.
This is happening specifically in rural areas. You know, places where a lot of Trump voters live.
Do Democrats think people won’t realize who they are?
Democrats running for elected office in the House and Senate from rural America are starting to depart from using party identification in their ads in hopes of attracting more voters.
This means many candidates for office are running against the platform of their own party, according to Axios. Since the 2020 election, the Democrats in both chambers of Congress have had a wafer-thin majority, and the Republicans are looking to overtake them in the fast-approaching midterms next year.
Since former President Donald Trump talked about rural Americans throughout his entire presidency and on the campaign trail, Democrats in those places now feel “reflexively distrustful of progressive solutions to everything from the pandemic to infrastructure.”
Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), running for one of Ohio’s Senate seats, released a campaign ad roughly three minutes long. The Democrat did not mention his party affiliation once.
According to the report, Democrat strategists from rural states have advised the candidates to avoid using “fancy” language and to focus on populist economic policies.
“Several consultants insisted that Democratic policies — on labor rights, broadband, climate and infrastructure — are popular in rural areas. It’s the messaging that’s causing heartburn,” the report added.
Democrat candidate Monica Tranel is looking to pick up the new congressional seat in Montana next year. However, Tranel, in her ad, declared: “So many people I grew up with don’t vote for Democrats anymore.”
She also said, “They feel like Democrats look down on rural America.” Montana’s only congressional seat has gone to a Republican since 1997.
Zac McCrary, a Democrat pollster and partner at ALG Research, told Axios, the recent moves made by President Joe Biden on “infrastructure” and the “child tax credit” are “consistent with traditional, economic, Democratic populism that has real currency in rural areas.”
However, he also mentioned that candidates in vulnerable districts “need to have an answer to the question: What makes you different from a lot of the other Democrats?”
The report added that some Democrats in leadership have always warned that using certain language only hurts candidates. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) has discouraged from using “defund the police.”
Below is Tim Ryan’s Ad with no mention of party
Only when you get to Tim Ryan’s donation page and do some reading will you learn he is a democrat pawn.
Great liberal hivemind video on this subject check it out:
In a sensational disclosure, it has been revealed that Dr Anthony Fauci, the top medical advisor to the United States, had strongly supported experimenting on contagious viruses and believed that manipulating and heightening their infectious potency weighed more than the risk of a laboratory accident sparking a pandemic, reports The Australian.
According to the reports, Dr Fauci had previously supported the contentious experiments calling them “important work,” despite apprehensions that such experiments may cause risks of lab leaks and lead to a major public health crisis, just as it is alleged to have happened in the case of Covid-19.
An investigation carried out by The Weekend Australian has also confirmed Dr Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, failed to alert senior White House officials before lifting the ban on such “gain-of-function” research in 2017.
Wuhan lab was conducting research to enhance the ability of coronavirus with US funds: Reports
A multinational group of 15 scientists working at the Wuhan Institute had received $600,000 of US public funds between 2015 and 2020 to investigate whether coronaviruses posed a risk to humans. The National Institutes of Health, under which the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases functions, had reportedly funded coronavirus experiments in Wuhan, China, in the years leading up to the pandemic.
In his research paper written in the American Society for Microbiology in October 2012, Dr Fauci had acknowledged the controversial scientific research could spark a pandemic.
“In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” he wrote.
Continuing, Fauci had stated, “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision? Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.”
Further, defending such experiments, Fauci had written saying that it was more likely that a pandemic would occur in nature, and the need to stay ahead of such a threat is a primary reason for performing an experiment that might appear to be risky.
In the paper, Dr. Fauci also wrote, “Within the research community, many have expressed concern that important research progress could come to a halt just because of the fear that someone, somewhere, might attempt to replicate these experiments sloppily. This is a valid concern.”
The “gain-of-function” experiments, often carried out on bat-derived coronaviruses, revolves around manipulating, splicing, and recombining viruses to potentially obtain strains of highly infectious pathogens resistant to current treatment methods.
However, this type of research carries the risk of causing a pandemic. In 2014, realizing the danger, the Obama administration had seized all the funding for such ‘gain-of-function experiments’ in 22 fields, including those involving SARS, influenza, and MERS.
In his paper, Dr. Fauci also wrote that virologists needed to respect that there are genuine and legitimate concerns about this type of research, both domestically and globally.
“We cannot expect those who have these concerns to simply take us, the scientific community, at our word that the benefits of this work outweigh the risks, nor can we ignore their calls for greater transparency, their concerns about conflicts of interest, and their efforts to engage in a dialogue about whether these experiments should have been performed in the first place,” Dr Fauci wrote.
Dr Fauci had added, “Those of us in the scientific community who believe in the merits of this work have the responsibility to address these concerns thoughtfully and respectfully.”
“If we want to continue this important work, we collectively need to do a better job of articulating the scientific rationale for such experiments well before they are performed and provide discussion about the potential risk to public health, however remote,” he wrote in 2012.
Experts had opposed such experiments
In 2014, two years after Dr Fauci’s paper, prominent scientists, including the Cambridge Working Group of 200 researchers, had issued a public warning against funding such ‘gain of function’ research.
“Accident risks with newly created ‘potential pandemic pathogens’ raise grave new concerns,” the group’s letter read, adding that laboratory creation of highly transmissible, novel strains of dangerous viruses, especially but not limited to influenza, poses substantially increased risks.
The letter read, “An accidental infection in such a setting could trigger outbreaks that would be difficult or impossible to control. Historically, new strains of influenza, once they establish transmission in the human population, have infected a quarter or more of the world’s population within two years.”
In 2015, Steven Salzberg of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said the benefits of gain-of-function research were “minimal at best” and can be achieved far more safely through other avenues of research.
“I am very concerned that the continuing gain-of-function research on influenza viruses, and more recently on other viruses, present extremely serious risks to the public health,” he wrote.
Dr Fauci had resumed his coronavirus research, kept Trump administration in dark
In December 2017, the National Institute of Health, of which the NIAID is a part, announced that it would resume funding the “gain-of-function” research in Wuhan Institute of Virology.
However, the NIH did not communicate the same to the Trump administration and instead kept the administration in the dark. Officials who worked in the Trump administration have disclosed that Dr Fauci had not raised the issue of restarting the research funding with senior figures in the White House.
“I think there’s truth in the narrative that the (National Security Council) staff, the president, the White House chief-of-staff, those people were in the dark that he was switching back on the research,” said an official.
Neither Mike Pompeo, the then director of the Central Intelligence Agency nor National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger were briefed by Dr. Fauci and his team concerning the resumption of “gain-of-function” experiments in Wuhan, as per the report in The Australian.
Fauci Also made many claims that the Trump administration would deal with an epidemic. Pretty good guess when you’re secretly funding gain-of-function research in China.
Fauci’s role in funding dangerous experiments in China under scrutiny
Dr Fauci, who has led the US response to the outbreak, is currently facing serious questions about his role in funding the radical experiments that were being conducted inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Until recently, Fauci said it is “highly likely” that the coronavirus has a natural origin. Fauci has since publicly shifted his tone, acknowledging in recent days that the virus may indeed have come from a lab.
On May 11, Fauci reversed his position on whether Covid-19 had leaked from the WIV and said he was now “not convinced” the virus had developed naturally and authorities needed to find out “exactly what happened.”
Meanwhile, the NIH has also come under significant criticism in recent weeks over funding WIV research relating to such “gain-on-function” experiments. Dr Fauci had denied carrying out such research inside WIV. Earlier this month, he told a US Senate hearing that the NIH “has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the WIV.”
However, research papers that were published last year in American peer-reviewed academic journals, written by the likes of prominent virologist Shi Zhengli, had disclosed that work on coronaviruses had been funded by at least three NIH grants.
At the time of Dr. Fauci’s research paper, there was a voluntary ban on “gain-of-function” research related to highly infectious influenza viruses. He had also asked what would happen if the experiments were conducted by the lab not subject to adequate safety regulations.
Earlier, it was revealed that Peter Daszak, a leading scientist whose organization EcoHealth Alliance had funded the coronavirus research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, had thanked Dr Anthony Fauci for downplaying the theory the coronavirus may have leaked from a lab.
Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a research group that secured a grant to perform coronavirus research in Wuhan before the pandemic, had written a mail to Dr Fauci to say a “personal thank you” on behalf of his staff and collaborators after the latter had dismissed the idea that the pandemic started due to a lab accident in Wuhan.
The exchange between Daszak and Fauci was part of more than 3,200 pages of Fauci’s emails that media outlets obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and posted online on Tuesday.
Fauci Is Even On Video Defending Gain-Of-Function From Critics in 2013
Dr. Anthony Fauci argues for gain-of-function research in 2013. He presents a slide from a New York Times editorial “An Engineered Doomsday” which pointed out if a virus escaped a lab it could kill millions. He claims safeguards have been put in place to prevent that.
LOS ANGELES — Convicted rapist and Clinton Operative Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on charges that he sexually assaulted five women in separate incidents that span nearly a decade, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced Wednesday. Why is everyone around the Clintons so involved in illegal sex networks?
“Anyone who abuses their power and influence to prey upon others will be brought to justice,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.
Weinstein made his initial court appearance on Wednesday morning after being extradited from New York. He pleaded not guilty to four counts each of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force, the DA’s office said.
Weinstein is charged with raping a woman at a hotel between September 2004 and September 2005, according to a news release. He also is accused of raping another woman on two separate occasions in November 2009 and November 2010 at a hotel in Beverly Hills.
A grand jury returned the indictment on March 15. The former Hollywood producer is scheduled to return to court on July 29.
New York prison officials handed over Weinstein for transport to California on Tuesday to face additional sexual assault charges, ending his protracted fight to delay his extradition.
Weinstein, 69, was released by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision at about 9:25 a.m., a department statement said.
His spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer, said Weinstein’s lawyers had still been trying to negotiate an extradition waiver.
“We will be fighting so that Harvey can receive his needed medical care and of course, so that he can be treated fairly,” Engelmayer said in defense of the rapist. “Due process, presumption of innocence and a fair trial are all still his right.”
Prominent Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California appears to have spent tens of thousands of campaign dollars on booze and limousine services, as well as over $20,000 at the luxury hotel where his wife used to work.
The tens of thousands of campaign dollars include limo services, luxury hotels, high-end restaurants and alcohol delivery services over the course of the second quarter, according to FEC records reviewed by Fox News.
The California congressman appears to have been driven in style with his FEC records showing the campaign spending over $10,000 on 26 rides from various limousine and luxury car services. Swalwell’s campaign also spent over $26,000 on luxury hotels.
More than $20,000 of the campaign funds that were spent at luxury hotels went to the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, where Swalwell’s wife was the director of sales of the hotel according to her LinkedIn profile until 2019.
The California congressman dropped $566 on “Food & Beverage” through the alcohol delivery service Drizly in nine separate orders ranging from $5.79 to $124.86. Additionally, Swalwell spent $1,151 on “Refreshments” from seven trips to Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, a liquor store local to the House side of the U.S. Capitol, and almost $4,400 at two California wineries on the same day for “Catering” and “Refreshments.”
While the payments to the wineries could have come from a campaign event, it is not clear that the seven charges at the Capitol Hill liquor store and nine Drizly charges were campaign-related.
The FEC records reveal the California Democrat’s campaign spent over $7,000 at luxury restaurants and steakhouses in D.C. In addition, Swalwell appears to have sat down for 13 in-person meals at Charlie Palmer Steak, O-Ku Sushi, STK Steakhouse at the Downtown New York City location and other high-end eateries.
Six expenditures listed as “Catering” on the FEC website showed Swalwell spent thousands of dollars on food at luxury restaurants, but those expenditures could also come from campaign events held in the capital.
Additionally, in a filing listed under “Supporter Appreciations,” Swalwell spent $205 on the website The Knot, where people list their wedding registries.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Swalwell, along with his wife, and other members of Congress traveled to Qatar on an all expenses-paid trip bankrolled by U.S.-Qatar Business Council, which is “dedicated exclusively to enhancing the bilateral business relationship between the U.S. and Qatar.”
Swalwell’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the expenditures.
- FBI Payed informant over $50,000 to begin devising the plot
- FBI wanted to incriminate “As Many Guys As Possible”
- FBI Bought and payed for meals and hotel rooms to incentivize defendants to go along
- 1st and 2nd in command of kidnapping group were FBI Informants
FBI informants were involved in nearly every aspect of the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor Whitmer, starting with its inception. At least 12 FBI informants and undercover FBI agents were involved with gathering information against the anti-government militia members who allegedly planned to kidnap Whitmer.
The months-long investigation eventually led to the arrest of 14 individuals in connection to the plot to kidnap Whitmer, and 13 of them have pleaded not guilty.
The defendants claimed that the FBI-connected individuals often encouraged militia members to engage in the planning process and other criminal activities, and facilitated some of these interactions, according to Buzzfeed. From the defendants’ perspective, the informants and undercover agents were crucial pieces to the alleged plot. The defense further argued claimed that without the FBI’s influence, there may have never been a conspiracy to allegedly kidnap the governor, according to BuzzFeed.
One of these informants, a man from Wisconsin, reportedly planned meet-ups for the anti-government militia members, even paying for hotel rooms and food to incentivize some of these militia members. The earliest versions of the plan to take Whitmer hostage began at those meetings.
Another informant, a veteran of the Iraq War named “Dan,” infiltrated a militia group based out of Michigan so successfully that he became second-in-command.
Dan, who then worked at a post office outside Flint, became an informant for the FBI after he joined a Facebook group called the Wolverine Watchmen. At the time, Dan, 33, was searching for a community of individuals who loved the Second Amendment and guns as much as he does. The Watchmen described themselves as “a group of Patriots,” looking to “recruit like-minded individuals,” according to court documents. Before Dan was able to enter the group, he had to answer a series of screening questions, BuzzFeed reported.
A message on the group’s Facebook page encouraged Dan to download an encrypted messaging app called Wire, court documents show. After he joined the app, there were another series of questions regarding his political views. He told the group he was a libertarian, believed in small government and had sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution, according to court documents, and was given access to the Wolverine Watchmen’s main chat on Wire. below are some of the messages and photos sent by both the FBI and the defendants in the chats.
Dan was shocked at the extremism of some members; he told a friend, who was a local police officer, about the group. A few days after alerting his police officer friend, Dan received a text from FBI Special Agent Jayson Chambers, who invited him to come to the FBI’s office in Flint, court documents read.
Chambers and his partner Henrik Impola were both members of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit. They asked Dan to go undercover as an informant, according to BuzzFeed. Dan warily agreed to become an FBI informant because he felt law enforcement was in serious danger. While their initial discussion did not discuss payment, Dan was eventually given $24,000 and a new car from the FBI, court documents said.
Dan eventually rose in the militia’s chain of command, and allegedly directed his militia members to coordinate with other persons of interest, and paid for some of the transportation costs to and from meetings, according to BuzzFeed. Dan allegedly encouraged the mastermind behind Whitmer’s kidnapping to keep the plan moving forward, only to help authorities spring the trap that would lead to several of the alleged conspirators’ arrests, BuzzFeed reported.
For six months, Dan wore a wire and gathered hundreds of hours of recordings for the FBI, according to BuzzFeed.
“Everybody down with what’s going on?” Dan said as a group of the militia members took part in a recon mission around Birch Lake near Whitmers’ vacation cottage, according to court documents.
As one of the militia’s leaders, Dan was reportedly able to bring in another Wolverine Watchmen member, an undercover FBI Agent by the name “Red,” court documents claimed. Red was a supposed explosives expert that could help the group get the explosives they needed to blow up a bridge near Birch Lake that would inhibit law enforcement’s ability to respond to the kidnapping, and give them enough time to escape with the governor, court documents showed. Red claimed that $4,000 worth of C-4 would be enough to destroy the Elk River bridge. The men agreed to raise enough funds to purchase the explosives.
Another FBI informant, who went by the name Mark, was also able to infiltrate the group. Mark joined through 37-year-old Adam Fox, one of the men indicted in the alleged conspiracy, after a woman posing as Mark’s girlfriend told Fox’s then-fiancé they were looking to join the militia group, court documents show. Mark was among those present during the recon mission at Birch Lake.
The alleged plan, months in the making, would be foiled by the FBI just three weeks later, BuzzFeed reported. On Oct. 7, 2020, Dan picked up four other militiamen on the way to meet with Red to purchase the explosives. The men were far short of the $4,000 Red said was needed to purchase th.e C-4, but upon arriving to the rendezvous, the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team was waiting to arrest the men
A number of other alleged co-conspirators were arrested in Michigan, South Carolina and New Jersey, BuzzFeed’s report said.
Eight members of the Wolverine Watchmen have been charged by the state of Michigan in the alleged kidnapping attempt. Paul Bellar, 21, Shawn Fix, 38, Eric Molitor, 36, Michael Null, 38, William Null, 38, Pete Musico, 42, Joseph Morrison, 26, and Brian Higgins, 51, face a variety of charges, ranging from firearm to terrorism-related charges, according to CNN.
Six individuals, Fox, Ty Garbin, 24, Kaleb Franks, 26, Daniel Harris, 23, Brandon Caserta, 32, and Barry Croft, 44, have been charged by the federal government for conspiring to kidnap Whitmer, CNN reported.
Prosecutors say the thousands of social media posts, 400,000 text messages, and over 1,300 hours of recordings prove that those arrested and charged in the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer were not just expressing anti-government sentiments. They say that the defendants took concrete steps to accomplish their alleged mission, according to BuzzFeed.
Defendants counterclaim they were targeted for their political views. The communications that prosecutors believe prove there was a criminal conspiracy to kidnap the governor, they argue, are actually constitutionally protected forms of speech, BuzzFeed reported.
Some of the defendantsallege the investigation was a premeditated campaign from the government to undermine their movement. One defendant has even gone so far as to formally accuse the government of entrapment based on the actions of the FBI’s undercover agents and informants. Other defendants said they will pursue similar actions in court as the defendants’ various cases in federal and state courts are set to begin as early as October, according to BuzzFeed.
Below is texts between the FBI showing they were trying to expand and get as many involved as possible.
Below is a response from the defendants showing the FBI trying to set up as many people as possible.
Now one of the FBI agents involved in the case has recently been charged with assaulting his wife
An FBI agent who testified about an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is facing an assault charge, according to court records.
Richard Trask appeared in a Kalamazoo court Monday and was released. Online records show the alleged offense occurred Sunday.
The court file doesn’t list a defense attorney yet, according to the clerk’s office.
“In accordance with FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” Detroit FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said.
“It’s the last thing you want for a major case like this,” said Andy Arena, former head of the FBI office in Detroit. “Any time you give the defense any ammunition it’s not good.”
Trask can’t carry a gun while he’s out on bond, The Detroit News reported.
“If you can’t carry a weapon, then you’re not going to work as a street agent,” Arena told the newspaper. “He’s going to be suspended or put on restricted duty.”
In a communications backdoor reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s infamous private server, President Biden used a personal email account during the Obama years to send information he was getting from the State Department as vice president to his globetrotting, foreign-deal-making son Hunter Biden.
Messages, sometimes signed “Dad,” from the email account email@example.com were found on a Hunter Biden laptop seized by the FBI in December 2019 from a Delaware computer shop owner.
Some of the messages from the vice president to his son obtained by Just the News were deeply personal, others were political in nature, and still others clearly addressed business matters, often forwarding information coming from senior officials in the White House, the State Department and other government agencies.
For instance, in late November 2014 the U.S. embassy in Istanbul sent an email to the State Department that was then forwarded to senior advisers to Joe Biden, including national security expert Michael Carpenter, providing an early alert that an American named Martin O’Connor was about to be released from detention in Turkey.
“The lead attorney for Mr. O’Connor reports that the court granted the detention appeal and he expected Mr. O’Connor to be released from jail today, barring any unforeseen problems,” the U.S. embassy in Instanbul wrote in an email that got forwarded to top Obama administration security and diplomacy officials, including current Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland. “Mr. O’Connor will not be allowed to leave the country until his next hearing which is set for December 11, 2014. The lawyer expressed confidence that he will be able to leave after that hearing. The attorney is handling his release arrangements, pick up and temporary housing near his law firm’s office. Istanbul consular plans to speak with Mr. O’Connor after his release.”
State Department officials forwarded the information to the vice president’s office, where Biden aide Colin Kahl (now President Biden’s Undersecretrary of Defense for Policy) sent it to Joe Biden’s private email. The vice president then sent it to his son Hunter Biden with the subject line “Fwd: Mr. O’Connor Being Released from Detention today.”
A former senior Obama administration official confirmed to Just the News that some administration officials knew of the firstname.lastname@example.org email address for Joe Biden and used it from time to time. “I saw it used to communicate with his family and friends or to pass information to them,” the official told Just the News, speaking only on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisal.
The emails obtained by Just the News show numerous Obama administration officials communicated or were aware of the private email address or had their information sent to it, including current Secretary of State Tony Blinken.
In January 2013, Blinken emailed Joe Biden at his private email recounting a colleague’s conversation about the Pulitzer-winning journalist, author and screenwriter Richard Ben Cramer’s last minutes before dying. At the time, Blinken was Joe Biden’s national security adviser.
“Called to say that he was with Richard Ben Cramer in the hospital before the latter passed and they were talking about you till the end,” Blinken wrote the vice president and his family, including Hunter Biden. “Richard apparently said he was gratified the country is finally finding out what he knew about your leadership and talents many years ago.”
Beyond establishing that Joe Biden sent government information to his son, the existence of the private email address also raises questions of federal law, as Hillary Clinton’s email server showed. Biden had an obligation to preserve any emails involving his government work under federal records law, even if he used a private email address.
“The Presidential Records Act required Joe Biden to make sure that any of his gmail account emails, including these emails to Hunter Biden, were forwarded to a government account so they could properly be handled by the National Archives,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “No wonder the Obama White House wanted to protect Hillary Clinton from the consequences of [her] email shell game!”
“We might know more beginning next year,” added the veteran public records watchdog, “when Judicial Watch and the public can begin filing FOIAs for Obama White House emails.”
The White House press office did not respond to a call and email from Just the News seeking comment Tuesday. George Mesires, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, also did not respond to an email seeking comment.
Hunter Biden on a few occasions reached out directly to his father on the private email address to ask for help, the memos from the laptop show. In January 2012, for instance, Hunter Biden forwarded a request to have the vice president prepare a video message for an event honoring Texas Democratic activist Ben Barnes.
“We are working on it,” the vice president wrote his son in reply.
On another occasion in June 2014, Hunter Biden suggested someone he wanted to see appointed as a detailee to the Treasury Department. “Before you fill the positions, pls talk to me,” Hunter Biden wrote his father.
The vice president responded, “Call me right away, Dad.”
Politics, including the potential for Biden to run for president in 2016, were sometimes the subject of emails coming to and from the RobinWare456@gmail.com account.
Former U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman, who succeeded Biden as a Delaware senator after serving decades as his chief of staff, sent an email Nov. 3, 2014 that included a Wall Street Journal article negative to Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 challenger to Biden before the vice president declined to run that year. The article was entitled “Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street problem.”
“In case you missed it,” Kaufman wrote Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and Joe Biden’s late son Beau. The subject line read, “Excellent.”
When a poll came out showing Beau Biden was still popular as attorney general in Delaware, the vice president used his private email to applaud.
“Strong,” he wrote, signing it with his name “Joe.”
Sometimes, Vice President Biden’s messages to his son took a more personal note, like the day the Wall Street Journal broke the story in October 2014 that Hunter Biden had been discharged from the Navy over a positive cocaine test.
“Good as it could be,” Joe Biden wrote in an email chain that included the article forwarded to the vice president’s email address by White House staff. “Time to move on, Love Dad.”
The vice president also flashed some of his trademark self-deprecating humor, once forwarding an astronomy story suggesting a planet be named for him. From his private email, Joe Biden wrote his family, “Only time in history.” The subject line was: “Why I deserve more respect.”
Cappie Marie Pondexter is an American former professional basketball player. She was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Pondexter is known for her scrappy play, quick crossovers and midrange jumpshot. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) history.
Speaking to her Instagram followers earlier this week, former WNBA star Cappie Pondexter accused top NBA player Lebron James of engaging in human trafficking.
“I ain’t confused. I ain’t on that shit, that nigga tried to kill me for real,” she said. “I just fucking got outta that shit, I’ve been missing for almost like two years. I ain’t even know where the fuck I was at.” watch the video below
“I do not fuck with Lebron James, that nigga is a trafficker my nigga,” Pondexter claimed. “That nigga is a trafficker. He is a fucking trafficker. He traffick women in real-time. That nigga stole all my money out my bank account.”
About two years ago, Pondexter went missing, even prompting a tweet by the WNBA who asked for anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact the authorities.
After vanishing for about a week, Pondexter was found after it turned out she was in police custody for “suspicion of battery” and refused to identify herself.
Clearly, until there are legal proceedings providing evidence of her accusations, they are nothing more than wild claims.
The allegations also came right when Lebron’s new blockbuster film Space Jam: A New Legacy was released, raking in over $30 million at the box office in its opening weekend.
However, in a leftist-run #MeToo world where we are to “believe all women” no matter what, it will be interesting to see if liberals call to investigate the establishment darling basketball star Lebron James.
Heavy rains and massive flooding have hit China’s Henan province, bursting the banks of rivers, overwhelming the public transport system and upending lives of tens of millions.
At least three people have been killed in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, where more than 20cm (7.8in) of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday. The rainfall shut the city’s subway system, leaving passengers trapped in waist-high water.
More than 10,000 residents of the central province have been moved to shelters, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.
The heavy rain across Henan began on 17 July. On Tuesday, weather authorities issued the highest warning level for the province and Chinese weather forecasts expected further severe downpours.
From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan, one of China’s most populous provinces with 94 million people, reported rainfall exceeding 5cm. Among the stations 1,614 registered levels above 10cm and 151 above 25cm, the authorities said.
Footage on China’s social media show the world-renowned Shaolin Temple, known for martial arts, as well as other cultural sites, badly affected. Hundreds of trapped residents in Henan called for help online as flooding cut electricity to their homes.
Floods are common in China’s rainy season, China’s rapid growth has only made flooding worse.
It has been a long recorded fact that some rain season are worse than others. (ground breaking I know). This chart from the National Climate Center shows China has had almost 5 different outliers where it rained MANY more days then other years.
Liu Junyan, of Greenpeace International, told Chinese media: “Because of the highly concentrated population, infrastructure and economic activity, the exposure and vulnerability of climate hazards are higher in urban areas. Cities are an important sector of global greenhouse gas emissions, which account for about 70% of the total emissions.”
Even the “Climate activist” can’t blame this just on China’s gross environmental misconduct. This will not stop the liberal media and elite in America using it as an excuse to grift massive amount of money to fix a climate problem that America doesn’t have.
It is also worth noting Bill Gates has owned 5 patents for controlling the weather as this now deleted USA Today article says “A good thing”. It’s almost like once billionaires started messing with our weather big storms have gotten worse instead of better. Who would have thought?
Due to the flooding a aluminum plant exploded in China as well.
Now People’s Liberation Army warns Yihetan dam in the center of China “could collapse at any time” after being severely damaged in torrential storms. The flooding may just be getting started in China.
It was all a Big Lie.
We’ve all been fed lies for months now.
And Democrats and the media continue to push the lies.
It was never an insurrection. It was never an armed mob. It was a pipe bomb found outside the RNC on the day of the protests.
And they’ve never found the culprit. Funny how that works!
Hello, deep state!
The Examiner reported on this back in February.
The discovery of a pipe bomb outside the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Jan. 6 prompted police to evacuate two congressional buildings, not, as was believed, the attack on the U.S. Capitol, senators heard Tuesday.
U.S. Capitol Police learned of the discovery of two pipe bombs on Capitol Hill around the same time, just before 1 p.m. ET that Wednesday. Capitol Police responded to one bomb discovered by an RNC staff member at the organization’s office, just a few blocks from the Capitol. Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a second pipe bomb that was spotted outside the nearby Democratic National Committee headquarters. Each department sent officers to respond, hurting the Capitol Police’s ability to secure the Capitol since MPD was called to the Capitol minutes after the bombs were discovered.
“That resulted in the evacuation of two congressional buildings, the Cannon House Office Building, as well as one of the Library of Congress buildings. So it took extensive resources,” then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said in a joint hearing before the Senate Rules Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon.
“So the assault on the Capitol is not what caused the evacuations of those buildings? The discovery of those pipe bombs is what caused the evacuations of those?” asked Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford.
“That is correct,” said Sund.
And yet the lies continue.
This took place during Senator Lankford’s questioning.
Officials with the Indianapolis FBI office violated agency procedures, made false statements and exhibited “extremely poor judgment” in the handling of 2015 sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, according to a new report.
The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice also found that the Los Angeles FBI office failed to take steps to prevent Nassar from harming others.
In a written response issued after the report was released, the FBI said: “As the Inspector General made clear in today’s report, this should not have happened. The FBI will never lose sight of the harm that Nassar’s abuse caused.”
The inspector general’s investigation began in 2018, following an internal FBI review of the delay before agents opened a formal investigation into the complaints raised in June 2015 by elite-level gymnasts, including Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols.
Nassar was ultimately charged and convicted of child sexual abuse in Michigan state court. He also pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges that spun out of the investigation by police at Michigan State University.
Nassar’s sexual abuse was first publicly exposed in September 2016 by an IndyStar investigation
In 2015, the FBI was too busy spying on a Presidential candidate and trying to influence a US election, all under the direction of James Comey. They didn’t have time to deal with Nassar apparently.
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), who were briefed by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the report Wednesday, are now pushing for Congressional hearings on the details shared in the report. They questioned why criminal charges were not pursued against FBI agents, including those in Indianapolis, who made false statements during the Inspector General investigation.
“The Department of Justice now needs to decide whether it’s going to be yet another institution that fails survivors, or if it’s going to enforce some measure of accountability,” Blumenthal said during a press conference. “On its own, Congress has to make sure that there is accountability, and that’s why I believe that next steps have to include a Congressional hearing.”
He called the report “absolutely chilling.”
“(It’s) truly a gut punch to anyone who cares about effective law enforcement,” Blumenthal said. “There has to be some measure of accountability enforced for the failure to properly pursue the investigation by the FBI and indeed the possible cover up that may have occurred.”
Meanwhile the FBI is being trusted to spy on and investigate American’s for being suspected Trump supporters.
The Liberal Elite Ruling Politicians have began turning the Capitol Police into their own version of the Nazi’s Gestapo. U.S. Capitol Police will start using Army surveillance equipment to monitor Americans as part of a larger effort to improve security and turn the force into “an intelligence-based protective agency” in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. So Let’s explore the obvious similarities between this and what Hitler did during the Nazi rise the power.
The Holocaust Encyclopedia Provides a good rundown of how Hitler transformed the police to partake in evil acts.
𝟙. Un-American Critical Race and other divisive theories are being force taught to agencies across the nation. The Capitol Police have been turned into the Democrat’s personal gestapo. This was demonstrated when a Capitol Police Officer Fired on an unarmed protestor and killed Ashli Babbitt at the capitol on January 6th
𝟚. the United States Capitol Police announced it will open regional field offices in California and Florida to better protect members of Congress. The purpose being the find anyone else who does not follow their status quo.
𝟛. The Liberal Defund The Police movement has caused many officers to be laid off, many to quit, and many more to receive less training. Liberals encourage violence against police and have helped do exactly what the Nazi’s did without being smart enough to realize it.
Last week, the USCP took possession of eight Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground – Medium (PSSG-M) units, fulfilling a request that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved on June 2. The units capture high-definition video and include night vision, but do not feature facial recognition capabilities.
“This technology will be integrated with existing USCP camera infrastructure, providing greater high definition surveillance capacity to meet steady-state mission requirements and help identify emerging threats,” the Pentagon said.
The same technology was used by troops during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to observe large areas day and night.
The Biden administration has decided to use the same weapons we use in war against American citizens.
The Army will install the units and train Capitol Police on how to operate the systems, the Pentagon said.
In a statement last week, the USCP called the technology “state-of-the-art campus surveillance technology, which will enhance the ability to detect and monitor threat activity.”
The Capitol Police did not provide further details regarding how or where the surveillance equipment would be used, and didn’t provide information on whether data collected would be stored or distributed.
These latest efforts by the Capitol Police have raised some concerns relating to Americans’ privacy rights. Last month, a federal appeals court found similar surveillance technology used by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) violated the constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
A New York University School of Law independent audit of the systems used by the BPD found the technology allowed the department to track individuals for multiple days.
William Owen, a member of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, said the Capitol Police’s new technology is cause for concern.
“These so-called improvements that the Capitol Police have implemented after the insurrection represent an expansion of police power and surveillance that STOP cautioned against in January,” he said, according to The Washington Times.
“As awful as the events on Jan. 6 were, increased use of biased surveillance technology is never the answer,” he said. “Such technology will inevitably be used to target Black, brown, and Muslim communities and protesters, not White, racist, far-right mobs like those who were given free rein to enter the Capitol. So we need greater civilian oversight of police, not greater police power.”
The report comes after the USCP announced it will open regional offices nationwide, beginning in California and Florida, in order to “investigate threats” made against members of Congress.
A report from Roll Call last summer noted that the USCP is currently exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) because it is part of the legislative branch, giving it a level of secrecy and a lack of established accountability methods that aren’t the case for other law enforcement agencies.
“Congress is not subject to the law, and the Capitol Police, as a component of the legislative branch, is also exempt from any FOIA request,” the report stated.
Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday.
That estimate far eclipses the high of about 72,000 drug overdose deaths reached the previous year and amounts to a 29% increase.
“This is a staggering loss of human life,” said Brandon Marshall, a Brown University public health researcher who tracks overdose trends.
The nation was already struggling with its worst overdose epidemic but clearly “COVID has greatly exacerbated the crisis,” he added.
Lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions isolated those with drug addictions and made treatment harder to get, experts said.
Fentanyl was involved in more than 60% of the overdose deaths last year, CDC data suggests.
There’s no current evidence that more Americans started using drugs last year, Monnat said. Rather, the increased deaths most likely were people who had already been struggling with addiction. Some have told her research team that suspensions of evictions and extended unemployment benefits left them with more money than usual. And they said “when I have money, I stock up on my (drug) supply,” she said.
Overdose deaths are just one facet of what was overall the deadliest year in U.S. history. With about 378,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, the nation saw more than 3.3 million deaths.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed death certificates to come up with the estimate for 2020 drug overdose deaths. The estimate of over 93,000 translates to an average of more than 250 deaths each day, or roughly 11 every hour.
The 21,000 increase is the biggest year-to-year jump since the count rose by 11,000 in 2016.
More historical context: According to the CDC, there were fewer than 7,200 total U.S. overdose deaths reported in 1970, when a heroin epidemic was raging in U.S. cities. There were about 9,000 in 1988, around the height of the crack epidemic.
The CDC reported that in 2020 drug overdoses increased in all but two states, New Hampshire and South Dakota.
Kentucky’s overdose count rose 54% last year to more than 2,100, up from under 1,400 the year before. There were also large increases in South Carolina, West Virginia and California. Vermont had the largest jump, of about 58%, but smaller numbers — 118 to 186.
The proliferation of fentanyl is one reason some experts do not expect any substantial decline in drug overdose deaths this year. Though national figures are not yet available, there is data emerging from some states that seems to support their pessimism. Rhode Island, for example, reported 34 overdose deaths in January and 37 in February — the most for those months in at least five years.
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:
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: