The US Supreme Court reshaped the legal landscape in dramatic ways in the past few months, and it may just be getting started.

When its next nine-month term begins in October, the nation’s highest court is scheduled to hear arguments on the use of race in college admissions, on the intersection of free speech and gay rights and on a challenge to an environmental permitting law. 

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Posted on: Jul 01 09:03

Imagine that you sit down to watch a new film. It is one of your favourite genres: post-apocalyptic survivalism. Shortly after the opening scene wherein the world is demolished by nuclear war, our hero emerges from his bomb shelter. He looks at the devastated world around him and realises that his old life is behind him; he will have to live by his wits from now on. He walks over to his gun cabinet and picks up a shotgun. You think that the action is about to start. 

But then the hero does something strange. He starts acting hysterically, screaming and cursing about his new lot in life. He turns the shotgun toward his own feet and pulls the trigger. After howling in agony, he slings the shotgun over his back and begins to walk painfully toward the outside world, now apparently ready to face the challenges ahead. You turn off the film. The plot is simply too ridiculous to take seriously.

Yet this is what our leaders in the West are doing today. It has become clear in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine that this is about far more than Ukraine. The Chinese response to the invasion has been to increase its economic ties with Russia. The same has been true of countries like Brazil and India. It looks like the BRICs countries are using the invasion as a pretext for re-polarising the world order. From now on, the old American-led unipolar world is no more. Instead, we will be in a world of competing great powers.

Like the hero in the survival film, we are facing enormous new challenges and will need all the wits and resources we can muster. Yet, again like the hero, we seem intent on taking a shotgun to our feet before we embark on this difficult task. We are doing this in the form of the economic sanctions we have imposed on Russia in response to her invasion of Ukraine. The evidence is now overwhelming that these sanctions are far more deleterious for our economies than they are for the Russian economy. They also seem to be catalysing the repolarisation we are facing. In short, they are enormously counterproductive and, in a word, insane. 

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE
Posted on: Jul 01 09:02

In NATO the smallest members tend to be the most aggressive. It’s probably because they know they wouldn’t be called on to fight any wars they caused. They simply are too small to make a difference.

So Lithuania, with an army of just 8,850 active-duty personnel and 5,650 reservists, is now enforcing a blockade of sorts against Russia through Kaliningrad. The latter was seized from Germany at the end of World War II and ended up separated from the rest of Russia after the Baltic States seceded from the Soviet Union. Vilnius is forbidding transport of coal, metals, electronics, and other E.U.-sanctioned products to Kaliningrad, whose governor said that roughly half of the territory’s typical imports were on the ban list. Lithuanian officials claimed to be only “following orders,” as it were, from a higher authority: “We just implement the sanctions, which were imposed on European Union level, and this has nothing to do with the bilateral relations between Russia and Lithuania,” announced Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.

With Russian flights over E.U. territory also prohibited, resupply of the isolated oblast is possible only by sea. For Moscow, blocking internal transit, even transit conducted through a third country, could be a casus belli. Russian officials muttered darkly about retaliation and “serious consequences.” The Russian Foreign Ministry warned: “If in the near future cargo transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of the territory of the Russian Federation through Lithuania is not restored in full, then Russia reserves the right to take actions to protect its national interests.”

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:58

Four of five former Navy officers were convicted Wednesday of conspiracy, bribery and fraud as part of the “Fat Leonard” corruption scandal.

The five were the last of 34 defendants to stand trial on charges they were bought off by the Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, who prosecutors said plied them with prostitutes, Cuban cigars and free hotel stays, among other things.

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:57

Migrant crossings, rescues and deaths along the southern border have hit record levels under the leadership of President Joe Biden.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is on pace to record more than 2 million arrests this year as hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. travel from South and Central America up through Mexico.

Migrant crossing levels have been on the rise since Biden took office with Border Patrol having tallied a record 1.73 million arrests at the border in 2021.

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:55

Two alleged drug traffickers arrested for possessing 150,000 illegal fentanyl pills during a California traffic stop were released from custody just one day later, officials said. 

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, both from Washington, were booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility after being busted with $750,000 worth of fentanyl pills. 

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office issued an update on Monday announcing the two had been released from custody a day after their arrest on Saturday - following a court order.

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:53

The CDC has launched an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to combat the nation's budding monkeypox outbreak, the agency announced Tuesday.

It comes as the nation's case tally reached 244, including 43 that were added to the ledger after the weekend. No U.S. deaths have been tied to the virus.

Some experts fear that true case figures are even higher than reported, as the virus is spreading uncirculated as those infected may miss signs that they have it and the nation's testing infrastructure is relatively limited.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 01 08:53

An overwhelming majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats.

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:52

Despite having the technology for years, this is the first time the Royal Canadian Mounted Police admitted that they are spying on their citizens by logging into their phone cameras and phones. 

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:52

Joe Biden took the podium at Thursday’s post-NATO summit press conference and was subsequently hammered by the press about his administration’s devastating track record that has triggered crisis after crisis.

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:50

After only a week, the Army has swiftly reversed a new policy that would have allowed potential recruits to enlist into the force without a high school diploma or GED, according to an internal memo reviewed by Military.com and confirmed by a spokesperson. 

The Army, along with the other services, faces an ongoing crisis to fill in the ranks amid a convergence of issues, including an increasingly competitive civilian job market and the military losing some public awareness in the absence of a major conflict. So far, the Army has only hit about 40% of its recruiting goals this year.

On June 23, the service said that it would drop the requirement for completing high school under the condition that enlistees quickly ship out to boot camp, setting a deadline of Oct. 1 to begin training.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 01 08:50

The U.S. Supreme Court case, West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, has been decided, cutting back the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to limit controls on climate change! 

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Posted on: Jul 01 08:49
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Posted on: Jul 01 08:25

Cassidy Hutchinson, former aid to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, released a new statement Wednesday night defending her false testimony delivered during an emergency hearing of the sham January 6 committee on Tuesday. 

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Posted on: Jul 01 07:45

Tucker Carlson last night went through a long list of political arrests by the Biden Administration. 

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Posted on: Jul 01 07:45

Liz Cheney took time off on Thursday night from attacking her voters, Donald Trump, and anyone who disagrees with the DC elites to make a rare trip to Wyoming for a political debate.

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Posted on: Jul 01 07:45

Rep. Adam Kinzinger called on people to oppose Rep. Lauren Boebert by referring to her as the “Christian Taliban.”
 

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Posted on: Jul 01 07:43
There will be nuclear war if we stay on this path. Almost every day, we get more news about how both sides are escalating the conflict in Ukraine. If the American people truly understood what was at stake, there would be giant protests in the streets of every major U.S. city right now.
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Posted on: Jul 01 01:05
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A pair of Green activists glued themselves on the frame of a Vincent Van Gogh painting in a London gallery earlier today.

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Posted on: Jun 30 21:01

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday called for the Supreme Court to be abolished after the High Court reined in the EPA’s power to regulated greenhouse gases.

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Posted on: Jun 30 21:00

A bust of Abraham Lincoln as well as a Gettysburg Address plaque was removed from Cornell University’s library because someone complained.

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Posted on: Jun 30 20:59

Dr. Fauci missed his own daughter’s wedding after he tested positive for Covid-19.

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Posted on: Jun 30 20:58

 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to cite the United States’ largest oil field for violating ozone pollution standards, a move that will threaten the end of oil and gas production in the region.

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Posted on: Jun 30 20:57

This week, the Biden regime announced that it had signed a new multi-billion dollar agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech to supply an additional 105 million doses of its experimental mRNA vaccine for the administration’s upcoming “fall vaccination campaign.”

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Posted on: Jun 30 20:57