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Special Counsel John Durham’s final report faults the FBI for opening the Trump-Russia collusion investigation on baseless grounds and relying on Hillary Clinton-funded material to pursue it, all while ignoring a warning that Clinton was plotting to frame Trump as a Russian asset. Yet Durham does not address the Clinton campaign’s equally central tie to Russiagate’s other foundational allegation: that Russia interfered in the 2016 election by hacking Democratic party servers and releasing the material through Wikileaks to help elect Trump.
Durham’s silence on the Clinton team’s role in generating this unproven claim comes despite his unearthing of evidence that newly calls it into question.
Material obtained by Durham’s team shows that the Clinton campaign and its contractor, the cyber-firm CrowdStrike, stonewalled the FBI’s requests for critical data about the alleged Russian hack. Two key Clinton associates who were integral to the Russian hacking claim also appear to have perjured themselves before Congress.
RealClearInvestigations has pieced together these overlooked revelations through court documents connected to Durham’s probe, particularly his unsuccessful prosecution of Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann on a separate perjury charge.
Epps' unusual defenders make less and less sense...
He is one of the most consequential—and complicated—individuals involved in the events of January 6.
Ryan Samsel, then a 37-year-old Pennsylvania barber, drove to Washington on the morning of January 6, 2021 with his girlfriend to watch Donald Trump’s speech. Unable to hear the president, they walked east towards Capitol Hill where a large group, including members of the Proud Boys, had assembled.
Samsel soon found himself on the front lines of a protest the national media and Joe Biden immediately branded an “insurrection.” Video shows Samsel approaching a weak line of Capitol police officers and bike racks positioned on the west side of Capitol grounds shortly before 1 p.m., the time Congress convened a joint session to debate the results of the 2020 Electoral College vote certification.
Wearing a white hoodie underneath a jean jacket and a red “Make America Great Again” cap, Samsel appears to engage one of the officers guarding the large outdoor area that leads to the building.
Interactions between protesters and police got heated. The officer in front of Samsel shoved a bike rack with an “Area Closed” sign into a few protesters, including Samsel, who grabbed the fence. He then proceeded to remove his jacket and turn his hat backwards as if spoiling for a fight.
At that point, someone can be heard behind Samsel yelling, “hey, hey, hey!” A large man, also donning a red cap, grabbed Samsel’s right shoulder and pulled him away from the officer. The man spoke directly to Samsel then cupped his hand to whisper in his ear. Samsel immediately returned to the barricades, where a shoving match ensued. The racks and police were overrun—the individual who spoke to Samsel remained right behind him.
That man was Ray Epps.
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has introduced the first of four vending machines destined for drug-infested areas of the city. These machines provide free items like crack pipes, Narcan, and condoms, among other essentials.
The first public health vending machine operates at 1676 Broadway in Brooklyn. It's a big blue box stocked with naloxone -- a drug that can reverse overdoses, fentanyl test strips, hygiene kits, and safe sex kits. And it's considered by health officials to be the first line of defense to combat the city's out-of-control drug overdose crisis.
Anyone can use the vending machine. All someone has to do is enter their NYC zip code and pick if they want crack pipes, Narcan, and condoms (maybe this vending machine should be kept a secret from Hunter).
The Russian Ministry of Defence held a briefing last week where it provided an update on the analysis of alleged military and biological activities of the United States and its allies including Ukraine.
During the briefing, General Lieutenant Igor Kirillov mentioned the discovery of documentary evidence related to the activities of employees at the Biosphere Reserve in Askania Nova, in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.
The evidence indicated that the employees were studying migratory bird migration routes and transferring biological material abroad.
A task force comprising the Russian Ministry of Defence, the Federal Security Service, and Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed the collection and certification of avian influenza virus strains, specifically the H5N8 strain, which has the potential for epidemic spread and human transmission with a lethality rate of up to 40%.
Fights broke out Tuesday between a group of conservative protesters and left-wing counter-demonstrators outside a school board meeting in Glendale, California, that discussed LGBT issues in the curriculum.
Democratic Party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., made a surprise visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday night and early Tuesday morning and said the situation was “unsustainable.”
“This problem is solvable,” Kennedy told Breitbart News by telephone. “We just need an administration that has the will to do it.”
As an example, Kennedy cited the need for “restoring the surveillance infrastructure that was mysteriously removed three years ago — there were cameras, there were camera towers, there were ground-sensing devices that were literally torn up that are being stored in a military base, that were part of the patrol infrastructure for the Border Patrol.”
Kennedy said that several other programs, including those that required cooperation with the Mexican government, had been removed or downgraded. “Unfortunately, the Biden administration has let its relationship with Mexico and the Central American countries deteriorate, and we need cooperative agreements with all of them to stop the flow of immigration.
“And it can be easily done,” he continued. “Everybody here is confident that it is manageable, but there’s no will at the federal level.”
Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is slated to become a box office flop, despite a strong Memorial Day weekend showing in the American market.
The film has so far earned $186 million dollars domestically in its first 10 days of release, though attendance sharply declined in its second weekend. Internationally, where Disney generally outearns home markets, the film has been a bomb, making only $3.6 million dollars in the vital Chinese market. This is the one of the worst performances a Disney film has suffered in Asian markets in recent history, with even the film Cruella, a 2021 spinoff about a much lesser known 101 Dalmatians villain which opened up in the middle of the COVID pandemic, earning $20 million in China.
The backlash in foreign markets has been attributed to the decision to cast a Halle Bailey, a black female, as Ariel. The choice of having a black woman portray a white character has sparked widespread condemnation in China, where Disney fanatics and movie critics alike consider it an insult to the spirit of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s original mermaid fairy tale.
At least 3 people were arrested when a brawl broke out outside a school in Los Angeles, Calif., as a debate escalated over whether June should officially be recognized as Pride month.
Several rowdy protesters unleashed punches Tuesday just as Glendale Unified School District was due to hold an official vote on the matter.
Hundreds of people gathered in the school headquarters’ parking lot where those for and against began to tussle over the global recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
Some protesters even dressed in T-shirts that read, “Leave our kids alone.”
The Israeli government is advancing legislation to "Judaize" the Galilee, a region in northern Israel with a significant Palestinian population.
The move is part of a deal that was struck to form Israel's new government last year with far-right politicians Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir, who want to expand Jewish settlement in the region.
As part of the plan to "save Jewish settlement in the Galilee," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to significantly strengthen a controversial 2011 law that would give small communities powers to vet prospective newcomers.
When the law was passed the goal was to bypass a Supreme Court ruling forbidding residential communities from leasing land only to Jews.
The laws give "almost complete discretion" to these small communities to choose who lives there, said Suhad Bishara from Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
Israeli forces continued their campaign of repression and colonization in the Palestinian village of Masafer Yatta over the weekend, leading to multiple injuries, including to a six-year old child. According to multiple reports from the ground, settlers from the nearby settlement in Hebron, along with the Israeli army, harassed and physically assaulted activists and residents of Masafer Yatta, intensifying the attempts to expel the Palestinians from their homes.
The escalation comes after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled last week that the village falls under the ‘firing zone’ of the Israeli army and that Palestinian residents can be expelled from the area. Over 3,000 Palestinians live in Masafer Yatta, spread out over 14 smaller villages. Rights groups warn that following the court order the Israeli army can evict and forcibly relocate villagers at any moment.
On Sunday, illegal Israeli settlers, under the protection of Israeli soldiers, invaded the village and attacked Palestinians and their property, including agricultural land. Some of the settlers let their livestock free on Palestinian-owned agricultural land which led to extensive damage, while others set fire to the Palestinians’ crops. They also prevented Palestinian livestock from grazing on nearby pastoral areas.
A congressional Squad star seems to have no idea how or why the Ukraine proxy war started. But he he says he’s voting for military aid to Kiev anyway.
On Monday, the New York Democratic congressman and star member of the progressive Squad Jamal Bowman told The Grayzone that he continues to support the U.S. providing aid for the Ukraine war because Russian President Vladimir Putin is “a madman.” Just moments before, however, Bowman admitted that he did not know what Crimea or the Donbas region were.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to a gathering of the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday. It was as clear a snapshot of Joe Biden’s administration’s failure, futility, and fatally flawed approach to Israel and Palestine.
Anyone who had heard Blinken’s vapid speech last year at the conference of the more dovish pro-Israel group, J Street, could spot the difference in tone immediately, despite the great similarity in substance. At J Street, Blinken spoke at the crowd, striking a tone of professional detachment, with a strong sense of lecturing, and even sometimes challenging his audience. At AIPAC, Blinken exuded a more relaxed manner, as if in the company of friends who, it is understood, are largely on the same wavelength.
Some parts of the speech at AIPAC were lifted word-for-word from the J Street speech, including not only the pro forma language about “iron-clad” support for Israeli security and the like, but also a conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Israel and the idea that the United States supports freedom of expression, except for that of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS).
An Air Force veteran and former intelligence official has claimed the US government has been collecting intact extraterrestrial craft for decades as part of a UFO retrieval program it has allegedly been trying to keep secret.
David Charles Grusch, 36, told NewsNation he recently turned over “proof” of the alleged covert program to Congress and the inspector general of the Intelligence Community as part of a whistleblower complaint.
“These are retrieving non-human origin technical vehicles, call it spacecraft if you will, non-human exotic origin vehicles that have either landed or crashed,” Grusch said Monday of the so-called secret program’s alleged activities.
He also wildly suggested that more than just vehicles were found in some cases.
Webmaster addition: Years ago there was reported to be a plan to stage a huge hoax. Part of the now-denied Project BLUEBEAM was to fake an extraterrestrial invasion to panic the world population into accepting global government. Now we are seeing all these stories about UFO, which in the past were confined to tabloids, but are now being shown on major media such as FOX. I am worried that the hoax is about to be carried out. That even may be where those missing trillion from the Pentagon went to!
Now, I want to be clear. I am confident there is intelligent life throughout the universe. I just can't find a reason that they would be interested in us. Travel between the stars is very expensive. What is here on Earth worth that cost? Seriously.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism has disproportionately impacted people of colour and Jewish advocates for Palestine, leading some to lose their jobs or face censure or legal action for perceived infringements, a European rights group has warned.
Drawing on 53 case studies from Austria, Germany and the UK, the European Legal Support Centre (ELSC) said institutions in all three countries were implementing the controversial definition "as if it was law", despite it being branded as "non-legally binding".
The ELSC also criticised the European Commission for ignoring growing concerns with the definition.
"All of the accused were targeted for advocating for Palestinian rights, denouncing Israel’s practices and policies and/or criticising Zionism as a political ideology," the ELSC said in a statement, following the publication of a report on Tuesday titled Suppressing Palestinian Rights Advocacy through the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism.
Britain's Covid vaccine injury bill has already surpassed £12million, MailOnline can reveal today amid an ongoing legal fight.
Dozens have been killed or left disabled by jabs deployed during the pandemic.
Under current rules, victims of certain vaccines, including ones used to beat Covid, are entitled to a one-off sum of £120,000 from the Government.
At least 105 claims for the state-funded, financial support have now been approved, taking the total bill so far to £12.6million.
Dozens more injured or bereaved Brits could still be accepted to get the hand-out in the coming months, however.
The head of energy firm RWE said he fears that Germany will face a shortage of electricity that will see prices in the already struggling country soar.
Markus Krebber, 50, warned that this will endanger Germany's 'competitiveness' as an industrial hub, meaning companies will be driven out of the country, taking much needed jobs with them.
'Germany's prosperity is based on strong industry,' Krebber told BILD. 'A scarce energy supply leads to high prices - this endangers the competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location. We are seeing the first signs of de-industrialisation.'
What can you expect from a government headed by a comic actor named Zelensky? We see the answer to that question day by day in the way the Ukrainian armed forces are carrying out their much-anticipated spring counteroffensive: it is being stage managed by the Public Relations team with scant regard for their cannon fodder army.
Why do I say this? Because each of the latest military setbacks if not outright fiascoes of military operations is being covered up by sensational sideshows intended to divert public attention at home and especially abroad from what is going on in the battlefield.
In the past couple of weeks, Zelensky was under enormous pressure from Washington to finally launch the much heralded counteroffensive. Notwithstanding his complaints that insufficient new military hardware had arrived to date and his demands on NATO countries to step up deliveries of tanks and F16 fighter jets, the Pentagon was insisting that the Ukrainians were now well equipped and should prove on the battlefield that this investment by the Americans and Europeans was justified, to prove that they can indeed push back the Russians and free all the occupied territory.
All around us things are falling apart. Collectively, Americans are experiencing national and imperial decline. Can America save itself? Is this country, as presently constituted, even worth saving?
For me, that last question is radical indeed. From my early years, I believed deeply in the idea of America. I knew this country wasn’t perfect, of course, not even close. Long before the 1619 Project, I was aware of the “original sin” of slavery and how central it was to our history. I also knew about the genocide of Native Americans. (As a teenager, my favorite movie — and so it remains — was Little Big Man, which pulled no punches when it came to the white man and his insatiably murderous greed.)
Nevertheless, America still promised much, or so I believed in the 1970s and 1980s. Life here was simply better, hands down, than in places like the Soviet Union and Mao Zedong’s China. That’s why we had to “contain” communism — to keep them over there, so they could never invade our country and extinguish our lamp of liberty. And that’s why I joined America’s Cold War military, serving in the Air Force from the presidency of Ronald Reagan to that of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. And believe me, it proved quite a ride. It taught this retired lieutenant colonel that the sky’s anything but the limit.
The State Department has falsely accused rock legend Roger Waters, a co-founder of Pink Floyd, of antisemitism over a recent performance in Germany.
Waters has come under criticism for a May 17 show in Berlin where he donned an outfit that resembled a Nazi uniform, part of a performance of the legendary Pink Floyd album “The Wall.”
In response to the criticism, Waters released a statement that said the elements of the show he was criticized for are “quite clearly a statement in opposition to fascism, injustice, and bigotry in all its forms.”
“Attempts to portray those elements as something else are disingenuous and politically motivated. The depiction of an unhinged fascist demagogue has been a feature of my shows since Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ in 1980,” Waters said.
Due to his history of being supportive of Palestinian rights and his critiques of the Israeli government, footage of Waters’ concert was taken out of context on social media in an effort to smear him as an antisemite. Deborah Lipstadt, the US special envoy to combat antisemitism, joined in on the smears on Twitter, accusing Waters of “despicable Holocaust distortion.”
Two Palestinian youths were transferred to hospital after being shot and injured by Israeli forces in the village. Their health condition was described as moderate.
A Palestinian youth was shot and injured in the foot and another was struck in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Tuesday, in the village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, following the funeral procession of slain toddler Mohammed Tamimi, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Hundreds of people participated in the funeral of two-year-old Mohammad Haitham Tamimi who died on Monday, four days after being shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in his village of Nabi Saleh.
Ukraine’s expected counteroffensive against Russian positions on the eastern front appears to have begun, with combat deployments that point to the moment having arrived. The Russian Defense Ministry has stated its belief that the Ukrainian attack was launched on Sunday. Moscow also claimed its Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov had personally traveled to the front to monitor the situation. Kyiv has been observing a campaign of silence: the order is that no details about the actions and movements of its military should be communicated. However, multiple Russian military sources and international observers have confirmed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have gone on the attack in the east, in the provinces of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia. U.S. government sources have indicated to The New York Times that this is a sign that a major Ukrainian offensive is underway.
Kyiv has been intimating for weeks that a counteroffensive is imminent. Last Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told the Wall Street Journal that Ukraine was “ready” to launch an attack. Kyiv’s allies have also stated they have done their part. Spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, John Kirby, said on June 2 that all the weapons needed for the counteroffensive had already been delivered, including M1A1 Abrams battle tanks and JDAM kits to convert free-falling shells into smart bombs capable of gliding long distances to hit their targets.
Launched in 2016 in response to a Tel Aviv shooting and the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, Gabriel offers a suite of surveillance products for “security and safety” incidents at “so-called soft targets and communal spaces, including schools, community centers, synagogues and churches.” The company makes the lofty promise that its products “stop mass shootings.” According to a 2018 report on Gabriel published in the Jerusalem Post, there were an estimated 475,000 such “soft targets” across the U.S., meaning that “the potential market for Gabriel is huge.”
Gabriel, since its founding, has been backed by “an impressive group of leaders,” mainly “former leaders of Mossad, Shin Bet [Israel’s domestic intelligence agency], FBI and CIA.” In recent years, even more former leaders of Israeli and American intelligence agencies have found their way onto Gabriel’s advisory board and have promoted the company’s products.
While the adoption of its surveillance technology was slower than expected in the United States, that dramatically changed last year, when an “anonymous philanthropist” gave the company $1 million to begin installing its products throughout schools, houses of worship and community centers throughout the country. That same “philanthropist” has promised to recruit others to match his donation, with the ultimate goal of installing Gabriel’s system in “every single synagogue, school and campus community in the country.”
Charlie Brooker, 52, said he typed in 'generate Black Mirror episode' and received a story 'that sorta mushed' all the other ones together.
The first thing Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker did, when everyone was trying ChatGPT for the first time, was to type in 'generate Black Mirror episode.'
Speaking to Empire, Brooker found there was no real thought behind the AI-generated script, only that it read 'plausibly.'
The controversial issue of migrant transport sparked fresh controversy following recent remarks from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
During a press briefing, Jean-Pierre voiced her strong objection to the practice, citing its undue burden on states and cities beyond the southern border. This triggered a tidal wave of criticism on social media platforms, amplifying an already contentious debate.
Over the last year, numerous state governors have made headlines by arranging for migrants from America's southern border to be transported to traditionally liberal regions, including Chicago, New York City, and Martha’s Vineyard. This act of mass transportation, some argue, is nothing more than a political stunt, albeit one that has had an undeniable impact. It has strained local resources, eliciting complaints from liberal mayors about the growing migrant presence in their cities.
Webmaster addition: The Democrats have been sending the illegals into red states to shift the political demographics. That stops working when the governors of those red states start sending the illegals back to blue states. That is why Karine Jean-Pierre is angry!
On Sunday, a Cessna plane that flew over restricted airspace in Washington, D. C., crashed in a remote mountainous area in Virginia, killing all four people on board.
The pilot was found "slumped over" by U.S. fighter pilots who intercepted the plane. National Guard F-16 pilots confirmed that the civilian pilot was unresponsive after trying to get the pilot's attention for 30 minutes before the plane went down around 3 p.m. near the sparsely populated town of Montebello, Virginia, military officials said.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the pilot did not respond to air traffic control instructions around 1:28 p.m. EDT. Subsequently, the NORAD pilots visually inspected the Cessna, which was still airborne, and confirmed that the pilot was unresponsive. NORAD pilots described the Cessna pilot as being slumped over.
Webmaster addition: First guess; the plane lost cabin pressure at altitude, nobody noticed, and everyone passed out.
There are a lot of anonymous bureaucrats that man the offices in the nation’s capital. If one were to mention the name Wendy Sherman at a Washington DC cocktail gathering it is likely that few in the room will have ever heard of her, but she has long been one of the most important players in Democratic Party administrations when it comes to foreign policy in key parts of the world. Sherman, the Deputy Secretary of State, will be retiring this summer after more than thirty years with the Foreign Service. She has been a fixture in often controversial top level policy making since Bill Clinton was in the White House, where she served as a top adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, also taking on the role of lead negotiator in the ultimately unsuccessful talks to stop North Korea’s ballistic missile program in the late 1990s. With a return to power of the Democrats in 2008, she served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under Obama. To her credit, she was a lead negotiator with Iran on the 2015 nuclear agreement (JCPOA), which Donald Trump acting on bad advice subsequently withdrew from.
More recently, Sherman has been a key part of the Biden administration’s efforts to develop strategies to confront China in the Indo-Pacific and elsewhere whenever Beijing has sought to develop trade relationships with key suppliers of essential raw materials. This has included putting pressure on allies like Australia and New Zealand in the Pacific to reject Chinese commercial initiatives, elevating what began as competitive trade policies into a perception that China was becoming a threat to American national security. Sherman also played a significant role in encouraging international diplomatic and military support for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion.
In 2022, Minneapolis was 60% white & 18% black. Official gun crime stats from the city indicate were the city without a black population, there’d be almost no gun crime. [City of Minneapolis: 2022 Gun Violence Overview, Minneapolis Government]
2022 Gun Violence Demographics
• 83% of shooting victims are Black.
• 9% White, 4% Native American, 3% Unk, 1% Asian
• 89% of shooting suspects are described as Black in cases where suspect descriptions were provided.
• In 2021, there was 1 Black shooting victim for every 150 Black residents of Minneapolis.
• The metric for White residents was 1 Shooting victim for every 3,768 residents
• Black community members are disproportionately represented in shooting victim data
• 2/3 of our shooting victims are under the age of 31
18 do 89….
Imagine how little gun crime Minneapolis would have were the city all-white…