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Silence is speaking volumes regarding President Joe Biden’s fundraising numbers after former President Donald Trump‘s conviction in his New York hush money trial.

Biden had outraised Trump before his predecessor started making up ground in April, post-primary. But despite Trump’s legal costs, Biden’s cash-on-hand advantage could be gone.

Trump’s conviction has “greatly motivated” the former president’s base, and “donors are definitionally a key part of that base,” said Dan Schnur, communications director of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain‘s 2000 presidential campaign.

“So there’s no surprise that his fundraising numbers have skyrocketed,” Schnur, now a University of Southern California professor, told the Washington Examiner. “There’s no way to guess yet whether the Trump campaign can also use the trial to reach undecided voters, but all that extra money certainly does not hurt.”

The Trump campaign claims the former president and Republican National Committee raised $141 million last month, including $53 million during the first 24 hours after last week’s conviction.

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President Biden’s former press secretary Jen Psaki made the stunning admission Wednesday that her ex-boss’s executive order on the besieged southern border was to address a “political vulnerability” ahead of the 2024 election — after the president refused to answer questions about the timing of the action.

The order, announced Tuesday, will shut down the US-Mexico border if the number of immigrants crossing tops 2,500 a day for seven consecutive days. It will stay in effect until two weeks after daily crossings average 1,500 per day for seven days, officials said.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Psaki spoke candidly about how Biden’s political calculations led to the most recent executive order.

“There needs to be something that’s done, but also, politically, this is one of the biggest vulnerabilities,” the former White House press secretary said.

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Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) held Attorney General Merrick Garland’s feet to the fire Tuesday over whether Jack Smith’s appointment as a special counsel was constitutional.

Smith was appointed to oversee federal investigations into Donald Trump over classified documents and Jan 6.

During sometimes heated questioning before the House Judiciary Committee, Massie grilled the AG about how Jack Smith was nominated for the position of special counsel.

AG Garland was forced to admit that Smith was neither appointed by president Biden or confirmed by the Senate nor was a special counsel statute passed to authorize Smith’s appointment.

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The five criminal and civil prosecutions of Donald Trump all prompt heated denials from Democrats that President Biden and Democrat operatives had a role in any of them.

But Joe Biden has long let it be known that he was frustrated with his own Department of Justice’s federal prosecutors for their tardiness in indicting Donald Trump.

Biden was upset because any delay might mean that his rival Trump would not be in federal court during the 2024 election cycle. And that would mean he could not be tagged as a “convicted felon” by the November election while being kept off the campaign trail.

Politico has long prided itself on its supposed insider knowledge of the workings of the Biden administration. Note that it was reported earlier this February that a frustrated Joe Biden “has grumbled to aides and advisers that had Garland moved sooner in his investigation into former President Donald Trump’s election interference, a trial may already be underway or even have concluded…”

If there was any doubt about the Biden administration’s effort to force Trump into court before November, Politico further dispelled it—even as it blamed Trump for Biden’s anger at Garland: “That trial still could take place before the election and much of the delay is owed not to Garland but to deliberate resistance put up by the former president and his team.”

Note in passing how a presidential candidate’s legal right to oppose a politicized indictment months before an election by his opponent’s federal attorneys is smeared by Politico as “deliberate resistance.”

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has introduced an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that would defund the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Greene’s amendment reflects a growing perception among grassroots Americans that the U.S. does everything for NATO and NATO does nothing for the U.S.

The Georgia Congresswoman explained that the U.S. spends billions defending other countries while our own Southern border remains wide open.

Greene also echoed a complaint voiced by Donald Trump that most NATO member nations don’t spend a minimum obligation of 2% of GDP on defense, while America continues to contribute more than its fair share.

She said the American people are tired of their money being sent overseas to defend the world while they receive nothing in return.

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Four years after President Joe Biden won the 2020 election, mystery still surrounds the source of a $64 million donation from an anonymous source that helped him defeat then-President Donald Trump.

The money was given to Biden's campaign through the Impetus Fund, which got the donation from a lone anonymous source after the funds were routed through several accounts, reports CBS News.

The mystery money shows a system that could be used to throw more such funding to a scale that will reach higher proportions than ever, and that's a problem, said Anna Massoglia, an editorial and investigations manager for OpenSecrets, the nonpartisan watchdog organization that tracks how money influences politics.

"Without information about who is funding groups spending to influence elections, voters won't know who is trying to color their views, won't be aware of any potential conflicts of interest that a funder has or what stake they may have in the outcome of the election," she commented.

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Former President Donald Trump is five points ahead of President Joe Biden in the key swing state of Georgia according to the first survey of the state's voters after the ex-president's guilty verdict in the hush money case. 

Quinnipiac released new numbers Wednesday finding that 49 percent of Georgia registered voters supported Trump while 44 percent backed Biden in a two-person race. 

When third-party candidates were factored in, the presumptive Republican nominee was still heading for a win. 

In that scenario, 43 percent selected Trump, 37 percent said Biden and independent Robert F. Kennedy took 8 percent of the vote share. 

Additionally, Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver - who was picked at the party convention last month - received 3 percent, independent Cornel West also received 3 percent and the Green Party's Jill Stein got the backing of 2 percent of the Georgia vote.

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The NYPD will be revoking former President Donald Trump's gun permit on the heels of his 34-count conviction last week. 

A jury convicted the ex-president last Thursday for falsifying business records over payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. 

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will now lose his gun permit, according to ABC News.

It was suspended after Trump was indicted by the Manhattan district attorney last year. It remains unclear when the NYPD will make the move. 

Under New York state and federal law, convicted felons aren't permitted to possess any kind of firearm. 

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If successful, this test flight will give NASA a second commercial shuttle alongside the SpaceX Dragon and end Boeing's run of failed launches. 

But while the capsule has completed its initial tests, NASA now says the craft has sprung two unexpected helium leaks since entering orbit. 

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A TV critic who has seen the first few episodes of the new "Star Wars" series "The Acolyte" said the changes to the lore will "kill" the franchise to anyone who enjoyed it before Disney took the helm.

"The Acolyte" is the first show from the franchise to be created by a woman, with showrunner Leslye Headland introducing new, major female characters into the story. The fresh, prominent female Jedi roles include actress Carrie-Anne Moss as the "most powerful Jedi in the room" who practices a form of kung fu. The character is quite obviously inspired by Moss' character in "The Matrix" franchise, with scenes in the show closely mimicking scenes that starred Keanu Reeves in 1999.

Entertainment reporter Alan Ng, who said that he had seen the first four episodes of "The Acolyte," revealed that recent changes will finally destroy the lore.

"The third episode of The Acolyte will finally kill Star Wars for the vast majority of Pre-Disney Star Wars Fans. Based on LucasFilm comments of late, they are OK with that," Ng wrote on X.

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The more we learn about what went on with the now former January 6 Select Committee, the worse it seems to get. The June 2022 testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, considered a star witness by the Committee's members, all of whom were selected by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has once more garnered attention. It turns out that former and potentially future President Donald Trump's Secret Service driver wanted to quickly testify to refute her testimony, though he was "rebuffed."


Just the News is reporting that the driver was "rebuffed" for months, which has been confirmed by a transcript of the interview, as well as by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who is investigating the Select Committee for the Committee on House Administration's Subcommittee on Oversight. The timing conveniently lined up with the November 2022 midterms elections, with Democrats performing far better than expected.

As the report mentioned:

The transcript of the driver’s testimony reviewed by Just the News shows his lawyer complained that his client had offered to testify in July, August and September of 2022, but was “rebuffed” by the January 6 committee led by Chairman Rep. Benny [sic] Thompson, a Democrat, and Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican, both fierce opponents of Trump.

“We're talking about the driver of the limousine, and the head of the entire protective detail,” Loudermilk said during a wide-ranging interview with the "Just the News, No Noise" television show. “They were brought in by the select committee to testify, but they weren't brought in until November.

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There are seven conditions that must be met for a color revolution to successfully topple a government, and it all must revolve around a national election.

The timing couldn’t be more ripe as America heads into one of the most tumultuous and important elections we’ve seen in our lifetime. Not only that, but according to Glenn Beck, we currently meet all seven conditions.

The first condition is a “semi-autocratic regime.”

“We’re not a fully autocratic regime, and that’s not what you need. You need a semi-autocratic regime,” Glenn explains.

The second condition is an “unpopular incumbent.”

As Joe Biden’s disastrous polls reflect, we can definitely check that one off on the list.

The checklist goes on, with number three being a “united and organized opposition” and number four “an ability to quickly drive home the point that voting results were falsified," which then begets number five: “media to inform people about the falsified vote.”

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he will support giving black farmers $5 billion in reparations once in office — throwing his weight behind a provision in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan that was struck down by a court as unconstitutional.

“When I’m in the White House… I’m going to get rid of those people in USDA and get that money,” Kennedy told John Boyd Jr., the founder of the National Black Farmers Association, in a recent episode of his podcast.

“That $5 billion is not money, that is an entitlement,” the 70-year-old added. “It’s money that was a loan that black farmers were entitled to way back when and was stolen from them through discrimination.”

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Israel is poised to significantly escalate its attacks on Hezbollah in the coming weeks. On Tuesday, the army's chief of staff said the country is "ready" for war, the same day fires continued to rage across northern Israel sparked by Hezbollah rockets and drones as cross-border fighting continues to intensify.

Many would argue that a third Lebanon war is inevitable. The first and second Lebanon wars, the first launched in 1982 and the second in 2006, were vastly different from each other – one became an 18-year quagmire, the other ended relatively quickly but with limited gains.

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The Department of Justice has admitted that audio recordings of President Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur were altered, but claim they contain 'minor differences.'

"The interview transcripts are accurate transcriptions of the words of the interview contained in the audio recording, except for minor instances such as the use of filler words (such as ‘um’ or ‘uh’) when speaking that are not always reflected on the transcripts, or when words may have been repeated when spoken (such as ‘I, I’ or ‘and, and’) but sometimes was only listed a single time in the transcripts," DOJ official Bradley Weinsheimer said in a Friday filing.

"Besides these exceedingly minor differences, based on my simultaneous review of the transcripts while listening to the audio recording, the transcripts accurately capture the words spoken during the interview on the audio recording with no material differences between the audio recording and transcripts," Weinsheimer claims.

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The Israeli occupation has signed a $3 billion agreement with the United States to acquire a third squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, the Israeli security ministry announced Tuesday.

The $3 billion deal is financed by US military aid to "Israel", the ministry said, specifically by the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF).

The agreement includes the procurement of 25 additional F-35 jets, bringing the total number of these advanced aircraft in the Israeli occupation's air force to 75. The acquisition is formalized through a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed by the Israeli mission to the United States.

Deliveries of the new jets are scheduled to commence in 2028, with an expected delivery rate of three to five aircraft per year. 

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The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

by David Vine & Theresa Arriola 

War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Or so the song lyrics go anyway.

But in the case of this country, war, it turns out, has been good for plenty of high-class Americans, especially our weapons makers. As TomDispatch regular David Vine and Theresa Arriola report today, the military-industrial-congressional complex (MIC) has proven to be a cash cow of the first order (though I hate to insult cows that way). In this century, the money has simply poured into it and yet, somehow, it never seems to be enough. Only recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell typically “ripped” President Biden’s request for $850 billion for the 2025 Pentagon budget as “inadequate” and demanded even more money for it. So, it goes — so, in fact, it has long gone.

And in a country in which the Pentagon budget and the far vaster national security budget only continue to rise, the oddest thing of all, it seems to me, is this: since the U.S. emerged victorious from World War II, no matter how much money it’s poured into the MIC or how many bases its military has established globally, in no significant war — from Korea in the early 1950s to Vietnam in the 1960s to the Afghan and Iraq wars of this century and the Global War on Terror that went with them — has this country ever (that’s right ever) emerged genuinely victorious.

Yes, the nation whose “defense” budget equals that of the next nine countries combined can’t win a war or stop pouring money into its military and the vast industrial combine that goes with it. Today, backed by an extraordinary set of original images related to the MIC that have never been published before (and can be seen in their original form here), Vine and Arriola offer a look at just what a disaster it’s proven to be for this country. ~ Tom Engelhardt

The Military-Industrial Complex Is Killing Us All

by David Vine and Theresa (Isa) Arriola

We need to talk about what bombs do in war. Bombs shred flesh. Bombs shatter bones. Bombs dismember. Bombs cause brains, lungs, and other organs to shake so violently they bleed, rupture, and cease functioning. Bombs injure. Bombs kill. Bombs destroy.

Bombs also make people rich.

When a bomb explodes, someone profits. And when someone profits, bombs claim more unseen victims. Every dollar spent on a bomb is a dollar not spent saving a life from a preventable death, a dollar not spent curing cancer, a dollar not spent educating children. That’s why, so long ago, retired five-star general and President Dwight D. Eisenhower rightly called spending on bombs and all things military a “theft.”

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday warned that children in Gaza are living next to waste dumps and suffering from diseases and foul smell.

“Tons of solid waste are piling up across the Gaza Strip. Children and their families are living alongside waste dumps, suffering from diseases and foul smell,” the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa office stated in a post on X.

“No child should go through this, Children need an immediate ceasefire,” UNICEF MENA added in its X post.

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Israel's military operation in Gaza is a "strategic disaster," as support for the radical Palestinian movement Hamas among Gazans is actually increasing, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology, said in an op-ed for Foreign Affairs magazine.

Cronin argues that while the primary objective of Israel's operation in Gaza was to dismantle Hamas, the Israeli armed forces have merely reduced the number of Hamas fighters. According to the expert, a March 2024 opinion poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed support for Hamas among Gazans topping 50%, a 14-point rise since December 2023.

"Simply put, despite some tactical victories, the Israeli war in Gaza has been a strategic disaster," Cronin concludes. The expert attributes this situation to the conflict causing the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, including women and children. Additionally, the increased support for Hamas is linked to Israel's restrictions on humanitarian aid to Gaza and the Israeli army's operations in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza.

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Russian engineers are working tirelessly to bolster defenses against Ukrainian naval drones, also known as unmanned surface vehicles [USVs]. To achieve this, they’ve modernized the Soviet-era GShG-7.62 aviation machine gun, as reported by ANNA News. The updated machine gun is slated for installation on several warships. 

The GShG-7.62 machine gun, inspired by the Gatling gun design, features a block of four rotating barrels. It boasts an astonishing maximum firing rate of 6,000 rounds per minute. There’s also an alternate rate, allowing it to fire 3,500 rounds per minute. This impressive rate of fire is powered by an electric gas drive. 

However, such a rapid rate of fire presents challenges. After just eight seconds of continuous shooting [800 shots], the machine gun’s muzzle overheats and needs cooling. To address this, the electric gas drive was replaced with an electric one, reducing the firing rate to 300 rounds per minute. The Mash Agency detailed this modernization of the GShG-7.62.

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 by Dave DeCamp 

On Wednesday, the Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) published a report that said Saudi Arabia is still slaughtering African migrants and Yemenis at its border with Yemen nearly a year after the indiscriminate killings were revealed.

In July 2023, MMC issued a report that said Saudi border guards killed nearly 800 Ethiopian migrants and wounded about 1,700 in 2022. Human Rights Watch followed up with a similar report that said the killings could be a “crime against humanity.”

After the reports were released, The New York Times reported that the US was aware of the mass killings on the border since 2022 but kept quiet. Around the time the US learned of the massacres, the Biden administration was publicly criticizing Riyadh for OPEC oil cuts.

The MMC’s new report says that new evidence “appears to indicate that the Saudi border authorities at their southern border with Yemen are continuing to use live weapons to fire indiscriminately at Ethiopians and Yemenis crossing the border irregularly.”

A ceasefire between Saudi Arabia and Yemen’s Houthis has held well since April 2022, but Yemeni media frequently reports Saudi shelling at the border in Yemen’s northern Saada province. Yemeni citizens and African migrants are often reported killed.

The news of Saudi Arabia’s continued killings at the border comes after reports said the US is planning to resume offensive weapons sales to Riyadh. The US is also pushing a Saudi-Israeli normalization deal that would involve Washington giving Riyadh a mutual defense guarantee.

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A weapons stockpile reserve that the U.S. Defense Department uses to transfer military equipment to Israel lacks the necessary checks and balances, rigorous oversight, and transparency mechanisms needed to ensure responsible use.

Initially established after the 1973 Arab-Israeli War for emergency use, the reserve — officially referred to as the War Reserve Stockpile Allies-Israel (WRSA-I) — has evolved to include dual-use materials accessible by both U.S. and Israeli forces.

Despite this evolution, the stockpile, dispersed across multiple warehouses, lacks a public inventory and a legal framework to ensure transparent and accountable transfers of materiel. Bilateral agreements require Israel to cover storage and maintenance costs, but there’s no public policy guidance on transfers.

Significant withdrawals have been made for Israeli conflicts and U.S. military aid to Ukraine, often without public documentation. The legal basis for these transfers — Section 514 of the Foreign Assistance Act, the Arms Export Control Act, and various congressional transfer authorities — does not mandate comprehensive reporting to Congress, limiting oversight and accountability.

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In 1946 reporter John Hersey published a harrowing report from Hiroshima that followed the travails of a number of survivors of the Bomb, including those of Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge, a Jesuit missionary from Germany.

On a search for water for some of the wounded, Kleinsorge came across a group of survivors

“…about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eye-sockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks. (They must have had their faces upturned when the bomb went off; perhaps they were anti-aircraft personnel) Their mouths were mere swollen, pus-covered wounds, which they could not bear to stretch enough to admit the spout of the teapot.”

Passages such as these revealed the horrors Japanese survivors endured in the aftermath of the American nuclear attack. Hersey’s Hiroshima became, in the view of essayist Roger Angell, “part of our ceaseless thinking about world wars and nuclear holocaust.”And throughout the Cold War, the idea of fighting a nuclear war was anathema to the respective leaders of the American and Soviet superpowers — a revulsion that found its ultimate expression in the pledge made by Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan that “a nuclear cannot be won and should never be fought.”

Yet little by little, as the Cold War has receded into memory, American and Russian leaders have torn up a series of arms control measures beginning with the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty (2002), the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty (2019), and the Open Skies treaty (2020). For its part, in 2023 Russia unilaterally withdrew from both the Convention Armed Forces in Europe treaty and suspended participation in the landmark New START treaty.

And one of the more worrisome developments in a time which does not lack for them has been a worrying epidemic of loose talk about the use of nuclear weapons.

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For much of the past year we had been pounding the table on two very simple facts:  not only has the US labor market been appallingly weak, with most of the jobs "gained" in 2023 and meant to signal how strong the Biden "recovery" has been, about to be revised away (as first the Philly Fed and now Bloomberg both admit), but more shockingly, all the job growth in the past few years has gone to illegal aliens.

We first pointed this out more than a year ago, and since then we have routinely repeated - again, again, and again - yet even though we made it abundantly clear what was happening...

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