I am taking a few days off to take care of her.
Ukrainian officials reported on Saturday that it has received heavy incoming artillery fire for the first time from neighboring nation Belarus. That country is a Russian ally but has not been directly involved in the invasion that began in February.
The Russians have used Belarus as a staging area and for logistical support during the invasion, although the nation has not previously been directly engaged.
The town of Desna in the country’s northern Chernigiv region was hit by 20 rockets according to the northern Ukrainian military command. No casualties were initially reported. The Saturday attack from Belarus came one day after Ukraine announced a strategic retreat from the city of Severodonetsk.
Ukraine’s military intelligence services issued a statement saying the strike is “directly linked to Kremlin efforts to pull Belarus as a co-belligerent into the war in Ukraine.”
Never Trumpers and disgruntled former White House staffers fell hard for Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday only to be left embarrassed when bombshell reports began to contradict her wild claims.
On Tuesday, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that former President Donald Trump literally tried to commandeer the presidential suburban during the January 6 riot and became borderline violent when Secret Service agent Bobby Engel tried to stop him.
Hutchinson said she learned of the story from Tony Ornato, the then-White House deputy chief of staff.
During a Tuesday appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called on her GOP colleagues that sought pardons from former President Donald Trump over the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol to be “expelled” from Congress.
In testimony provided to the House Select Committee investigating the riot, Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Scott Perry (R-PA) were all named as having asked Trump for pardons.
Ocasio-Cortez argued that those members of Congress “were willing to commit crimes in order to illegally seize power.” She added they needed “to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
“I will say, bare minimum, those who specifically thought pardons for themselves should be expelled from the United States House of Representatives … beyond a shadow of a doubt,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Stephen Colbert.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged the US-led NATO bloc to ramp up support of his country amid the ongoing conflict with Russia, claiming that Kiev’s defeat would result in a “delayed” war between Moscow and the whole West. Zelensky made the remarks as he addressed the NATO summit in Madrid via a video link on Wednesday.
“It’s either urgent aid to Ukraine sufficient for victory, or a delayed war between Russia and you,” Zelensky told NATO leaders.
The country needs both direct military and financial aid, Zelensky stated, adding that some $5 billion a month was needed to cover its budget deficit. Top Ukrainian officials have repeatedly called upon the West to provide financial support.
“Financial aid for Ukraine has no less significance than arms deliveries,” Zelensky said. “We need some $5 billon every month, you know that. And this is a fundamental thing, needed for defense and protection.”
To help Ukraine now end this war with a victory on the battlefield, that is, to give a really strong response to Russia’s actions – this is what we, and the entire alliance, the whole Euro-Atlantic community need.
Once the conflict is over, Ukraine must be provided with a decent place in the Western security architecture, Zelensky insisted, rejecting the prospect of Ukraine remaining in a “gray zone” between Russia and the NATO bloc. “We need security guarantees, and you must find a place for Ukraine in the common security space,” he stressed.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
President Joe Biden’s approach to the conflict in Ukraine, concerns over his mental stability, and liberal intolerance could be among the reasons why over one million Democrats switched allegiances and joined the Republican Party in the past year, some analysts believe.
According to data collected by AP, more than one million Democrats have registered as Republicans during the course of the past twelve months, most notably in highly-populated suburbs, where presidential and national congressional elections are usually decided. AP in its report published on Monday said the switch also encompassed agricultural regions, poor inner cities, and small towns.
The Democratic voter mass defections coincide with Biden’s approval ratings sinking to historical lows as inflation runs at all-time highs with mid-term elections looming in November.
Meanwhile, the White House’s policies toward the conflict in Ukraine are also becoming less popular. A poll released on Tuesday by Morning Consult Global shows American support for sanctions against Russia is steadily declining – largely because of rising energy costs.
During a Saturday interview with NBC News’ Kate Snow at the Aspen Ideas Health conference, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra suggested his agency is considering providing taxpayer-funded transportation to women seeking out-of-state abortions.
The British government announced on Wednesday sanctions on oligarch Vladimir Potanin, known as Russia’s “Nickel King”, who has been snapping up assets from companies exiting his home country over the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Potanin, considered Russia’s second-richest man, is one of several multibillionaires targeted by Britain’s fresh sanctions, which hit President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
Anna Tsivileva, Putin’s first cousin once removed and head of major Russian coal producer JSC Kolmar Group, and the company itself, have also been sanctioned, the UK government said.
“Today’s sanctions show that nothing and no one is off the table, including Putin’s inner circle,” a spokesperson said in the statement.
Potanin, a key supporter of the Kremlin, has continued to amass wealth by acquiring stranded assets including Rosbank and United Card Services, the Russian unit of US-listed Global Payments, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said. He has also bought shares in Tinkoff Bank in the period since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
After Ghislaine Maxwell was jailed for 20 years for her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring on Tuesday, their victims are now demanding an investigation into the deceased pedophile’s powerful friends.
During her sentencing hearing this week, the judge threw the book at Maxwell for procuring underage girls for Epstein and his mysterious “client list” to sexually abuse.
60-year-old Maxwell was jailed for two decades after being convicted on multiple sex trafficking charges last year.
As Slay News first reported, Maxwell named Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charity organization while begging for a lighter sentence.
In a desperate bid for leniency, Maxwell claimed in court filings that she helped “launch and develop” the Clinton Global Initiative.
However, prosecutors warned Maxwell that the information wasn’t enough to cut a deal and she needed to name other accomplices.
The suspected driver of an abandoned Texas tractor-trailer so far linked to 53 migrant deaths was reported to be "very high on meth" when he was arrested nearby and taken to a hospital.
Homero Zamorano — who allegedly has a lengthy rap sheet and addresses in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley — is expected to appear in federal court Wednesday on human smuggling charges, the San Antonio Express-News reported. The 45-year-old is accused of abandoning the large tractor-trailer in sweltering heat in an industrial area near Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and fleeing the scene on Monday.
"He was very high on meth when he was arrested nearby and had to be taken to the hospital," an unnamed law enforcement official told the Express-News.
In one of the more uncomfortable and out-of-touch moments from the first months of the Biden administration, the commander-in-chief bragged about saving Americans a whopping $0.16 on their 2021 Fourth of July cookouts. Prices have since had another year to increase — and like Americans attempting to make ends meet, the White House can no longer afford to be so smug.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the average cost of a summer cookout for a party of 10 is currently $69.68 — a number that has increased 17% since last year. Prices for barbecue staples like chicken breasts, pork chops, potato salad, lemonade, and hamburger buns are more elevated than last year.
The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) reported on Friday that agents and aircrews apprehended multiple illegal migrant groups wearing camouflage military-style gear in the remote West Texas Big Bend Sector.
The migrants were apparently wearing camo in order to avoid detection as they were crossing into the interior U.S. in the barren West Texas desert. Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sean L. McGoffin posted a tweet on Friday showing agents transporting a camo-wearing group to a pickup and processing location.
Aircrews from CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) assisted with the deployment of agents from the Marfa and Van Horn stations after the group was detected during routine surveillance. The aircrew guided ground-based agents to the remote location west of U.S. Highway 90 where the migrants were traveling. The operation led to the arrest of 14 migrants.
At about the same time in another part of the sector, another AMO aircrew worked with ground agents at the Van Horn station to locate and capture another group of 11 migrants. That group was similarly dressed out in camo fatigue-style clothing.
World Health Organization (W.H.O.) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday turned on the U.S. Supreme Court over the decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, calling the move “a setback” that would cost lives.
He spoke out during a media briefing at the W.H.O. headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and alleged decades of scientific data prove access to safe and legal abortion saves lives, AP reports.
“The evidence is irrefutable,” Tedros said. “Restricting (abortion) drives women and girls toward unsafe abortions resulting in complications, even death.” He said safe abortion should be understood as health care and warned that limiting its access would disproportionately hit women from the poorest and most marginalized communities.
“We hadn’t really expected this from the U.S.,” Tedros said, adding that he was concerned the Supreme Court’s decision was a move “backwards.”
“We had really hoped the U.S. would lead on this issue,” Tedros said.
Halsey fans in Arizona left the singer’s show after they told audience members to scram if they supported the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Giving an impassioned speech about the recent US Supreme Court ruling about abortion rights, Halsey — who goes by pronouns she/they — told a Phoenix crowd that their “heart breaks” looking out at people who “deserve the right to healthcare” and the “right to choose.”
“If you’re mad in this audience right now, and you’re sharing statistics on Instagram and infographics and saying … ‘That’s really f–ked up,’ what you should do instead is you should be sharing stories about how you’ve benefited from abortion somehow,” they said in video from Sunday’s show.
The “Closer” singer, 27, then urged attendees to “promise” to “put in the work” amid the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling.
New York officials have announced a pair of lawsuits against companies that sell untraceable firearms assembled from kits, which politicians claim have caused many deaths — despite ghost guns making up a small and declining portion of firearms seized by police.
During a Wednesday press conference, Mayor Eric Adams and state Attorney General Letitia James revealed New York City and state are taking two separate legal actions against vendors of DIY weapons.
The city lawsuit was filed against five online gun retailers that the mayor said are illegally delivering ghost gun parts to Big Apple addresses. The state suit claims that gun sellers from outside New York have hawked tens of thousands of gun parts that were turned into untraceable handguns and assault weapons.
James was employing its nuisance law for the first time to take aim at ghost guns.
Another major food producer is joining the long list of facilities shutting down or experiencing mysterious mishaps just when grocery prices are soaring, and our food chain is under more pressure than ever.
Finland borders Russia and Sweden borders Finland as well as encircles Russian ports. Under the NATO treaty, if one member is attacked, it is viewed as an attack on all members, and therefore an act of war against all of the member nations. Until now, Finland and Sweden have remained neutral, and Russia has been content with that.
Imagine if Russia were to set up a military presence in Cuba! Wait, they already tried that in the Kennedy administration, and Americans were very upset. It was called the Cuban Missile Crisis, and this is a link with an “Establishment” revisionist viewpoint to appease the globalists.
So, based upon that “crisis”, why shouldn’t Russia be just a bit apprehensive if not downright angry? So, what’s behind all of this? Firstly, Vladimir Putin is a long time ally and disciple of Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum (WEF). If that relationship still exists, and the writings of the New World Order conspiratorialists are still in play, then this is a ploy to make the world fearful, and to merge America and Russia into the New World Order which is understood to be an unelected one world government run by stooges for the international banking/finance community and some of their tech giant and industrial giant friends.
In May, Jane Fonda urged viewers of “The View” to “fight like hell” to not allow the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Now, she’s proposing a new strategy.
“If a corporation can be defined as a person, why not redefine vaginas as AK47s,” the 84-year-old actress and activist tweeted Tuesday. “That way they’d be free of governmental restrictions by those who care about ‘the sanctity of life.'”
Fonda’s words reiterate the court’s decision to overturn national abortion protection before gun control. In May, 10 people were shot dead in a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Days later, 21 people — including students and teachers — died at the hand of an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Both shooters used AR-15-style rifles.
after nearly 50 years and 63 million unborn lives lost, the Supreme Court has finally won a victory for life. With its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Court has reversed Roe v. Wade’s muddled constitutional law and Planned Parenthood v. Casey’s arrogant attempt to settle the most contentious debate in American political life by judicial fiat.
The latest negotiations between the U.S. and Iran ended in a deadlock, U.S. officials told Axios this afternoon.
The semi-truck driver who transported up to 100 migrants across the southern border before leaving them to die in the sweltering Texas heat allegedly tried to disguise himself as a victim of the tragedy.
Surveillance cameras captured Homero Zamorano, 45, driving the rig across the border hours before he allegedly abandoned it on a road in the outskirts of San Antonio.
Police say Zamorano, of Houston, was ‘very high on meth’ at the time of his arrest and tried to pose as ‘an irregular immigrant to avoid being detained.’
Mexican nationals Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao and Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez were also taken into custody at a home in San Antonio. They were charged in federal court Tuesday with possessing firearms while residing in the US illegally.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed entitled, “Why Does the Pentagon Give a Helping Hand to Films Like ‘Top Gun’?” by Roger Stahl, a communication studies professor at the University of Georgia and director of the documentary film “Theaters of War: How the Pentagon and CIA Took Hollywood.”
The op-ed pointed out that if a proposed film does not meet with the approval of the Pentagon and the CIA, it will probably not get made. Moreover, according to 30,000 documents from the Department of Defense that Stahl and his team of researchers secured under the Freedom of Information Act, “the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency have exercised direct editorial control over more than 2,500 films and television shows.”
There is one film from the early 1960s that did not meet with the approval of the Pentagon and the CIA that was nevertheless put into production. That film was entitled Seven Days in May and starred Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, and Frederic March. You can watch a trailer for the movie here.
The movie is based on the overwhelming power of the U.S. national-security establishment within America’s federal governmental structure. America’s military generals decide that the president is leading America to doom and decide that they have no choice but to remove him from office in order to save the country. The president gets wind of the scheme and moves to foil it.
Kim Dotcom starts off his Twitter posting saying: “This may be the most important thread I ever make. The big picture stuff about the major global collapse that is coming. – I will try to help you understand why the future is not what we’re hoping for. It’s worse than most can imagine. Our leaders know. But what are they planning?”
“The United States did not have a surplus or a balanced budget since 2001. In the last 50 years the US only had 4 years of profit. In fact all the profit the US had would not be enough to pay for 6 months of the current yearly deficit. So how did the US pay for things?”
“The US spending and debt have spiraled out of control and the Govt can only raise the money it needs by printing it. That causes inflation. It’s like taxing you extra because you pay more for the things you need and all your assets decline in value.”
“The reason why the US got away with it for so long is because USD is the worlds reserve currency. Nations everywhere hold USD as a secure asset. So when the US Govt prints trillions it’s robbing Americans and the entire world. The biggest theft in history.” (Printing the US money, an explanation is given, here.)
“The problem is that this has been going for decades and there’s now no way to fix it. The reality is that the US has been bankrupt for some time and what’s coming is a nightmare: Mass poverty and a new system of control. Let me explain why this isn’t just doom and gloom talk.”
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took Communion at a Mass on Wednesday presided over by Pope Francis in Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica, according to news reports.
The United States urges China to fulfill its commitment to fight illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU), a senior US administration official said on Monday.
“We also call on the PRC [the People's Republic of China] to fulfill its pledge and actively participate in and support the international community in fighting against IUU fishing,” the official told a press briefing.
The official noted that the United States has engaged bilaterally with Beijing to identify concerns about IUU fishing, promote China's full implementation of flag state responsibilities, and encourage China to improve implementation of international measures and cooperation with agreements like the Agreement on Port State Measures.
Michael Stenger, 71, was the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate on the day of the tried insurrection.
He left amid denouncement he had failed to respond effectively to the building being raided.
His sudden death on Monday came the same day an unexpected further hearing of the committee investigating the riot was declared.
The surprise meeting will "present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony."
The committee is supposed to hear from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows, on Tuesday.
Hutchinson will be the first White House employee to testify publicly before the committee.
In a private meeting Hutchinson previously announced Meadows was cautioned in advance that there could be trouble on January 6.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested on Monday that the court should maybe reconsider libel rulings that increase the difficulty in an individual suing a media company for defamation. He disagreed with the Court's decision not to take up the case Coral Ridge v. SPLC, which would have brought New York Times v. Sullivan into question.
In his dissent, he announced "I would grant certiorari in this case to revisit the 'actual malice' standard. This case is one of many showing how New York Times and its progeny have allowed media organizations and interest groups 'to cast false aspersions on public figures with near impunity.'"
"SPLC's 'hate group' designation lumped Coral Ridge's Christian ministry with groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis," he stated. "It placed Coral Ridge on an interactive, online 'Hate Map' and caused Coral Ridge concrete financial injury by excluding it from the AmazonSmile donation program.
Nonetheless, unable to satisfy the 'almost impossible' actual-malice standard this Court has imposed, Coral Ridge could not hold SPLC to account for what it maintains is a blatant falsehood."
Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is a debilitating disease that disconnects the afflicted from reality. Although most are either born with or have developed a natural immunity to this sickness, there are still those who attempt to spread the infection.
It now appears that Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the Trump administration, has come down with an acute case of TDS. The only cure might just be some time in jail.
Rep. Liz Cheney displayed a handwritten note at Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing that Hutchinson testified she wrote after Mark Meadows handed her a note card and pen to take his dictation, according to ABC News. Eric Herschmann, a former Trump White House lawyer, claims the note was written by him.
Hutchinson, testifying about the note, said, “That’s a note that I wrote at the direction of the chief of staff on Jan. 6, likely around 3 o’clock.”
“And it’s written on the chief of staff note card, but that’s your handwriting, Ms. Hutchinson?” Rep. Liz Cheney then asked.
“That’s my handwriting,” Hutchinson answered.
A spokesperson for Herschmann told ABC News on Tuesday evening, “The handwritten note that Cassidy Hutchinson testified was written by her was in fact written by Eric Herschmann on Jan. 6, 2021. All sources with direct knowledge and law enforcement have and will confirm that it was written by Mr. Herschmann,” the representative said.
New York Federal Reserve President John Williams said that he doesn’t see a recession in the near future, even as other economists and investors worry that a downturn will result from the central bank's interest rate hikes.
Williams said Tuesday that he isn’t working under the belief that the economy will fall into a recession, but he admitted America's economic growth will eventually take a hit by the Fed’s historic tightening.
“A recession is not my base case right now,” Williams told CNBC. “I think the economy is strong. Clearly, financial conditions have tightened, and I’m expecting growth to slow this year quite a bit relative to what we had last year.”
A recession is described by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private academic group, as “a significant decline in
economic activity that is spread across the economy and that lasts more than a few months.” Most view two consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product growth as indicative of a recession.
Former Disney Channel star Olivia Rodrigo went viral this past weekend after making an absurd statement on the Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe v. Wade during a concert in England