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President Joe Biden is attempting to combat escalating calls within his party to drop out of the presidential race as some Democrats fear he's not up for the job and beating Donald Trump

But if the president does make an exit in the coming weeks, there is no clear alternative replacement for the top of the ticket raising the possibility of a brokered convention for the first time in more than seventy years.

Democrats head to Chicago for the Democratic National Convention in August, though due to deadlines to make it on some state ballots, there will be virtual proceedings to certify Biden as the nominee before in-person programming kicks off August 19. 

Webmaster addition: The main problem with a brokered convention is that it sends a message to Democratic voters that their votes in the primary don't count.

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Reformist Wins in Iran – What Are the Implications for the World?

 by Trita Parsi Posted on July 5, 2024

All indications are that the Reformist candidate, Dr. Masoud Pezeshkian, has won the Presidential snap elections in Iran and defeated ultra-hardliner Saeed Jalili.

What does this mean for Iran, its foreign policy, and US-Iran relations?

A few thoughts:

1. Turnout appears to have been around 50%, which is an increase over both the first round (~39%) and the 2021 elections (47%). But this is still very low for Iran, where participation often has been above 70%.

2. It is particularly noteworthy that participation amongst conservatives has been at an all-time low. Usually, with participation this low, the Conservative candidate would have won. But not this time.  We’re seeing clear signs that unhappiness, if not resentment, with the current system is not limited to non-conservative circles.

3. For many, this is perhaps the best outcome. On the one hand, the conservative candidate was defeated, on the other hand, it was with such a low turnout that it sends a clear warning to the system.

4. Given that Pezeshkian likely will bring back many foreign policy hands from the Rouhani team, the group that negotiated the JCPOA, some important changes in Iran’s foreign policy are likely.

Claire's Observations:  I am (quietly) hopeful, that this guy can turn things around for the Iranian people, particularly Iran's youth.  

That being said, the US government's "2 minutes of hate for Nathaniel Goldstein"  (read:  Iran's government, Circa Orwell's 1984) just MIGHT have to disappear, and be replaced by something possibly exhibiting a little bit of cool logic and rapprochement.   And folks, I can guarantee you; THIS... would NOT a bad thing at all, IF Israel will be willing to let it happen.

However, the timing of this swearing in, is NOT on Dr. Pezeshkian's side.

A VOA article tells us, that Dr. Masoud Pezeshkian will be sworn in on either the 4th or 5th of August; https://www.voanews.com/a/iran-president-elect-masoud-pezeshkian-to-be-sworn-in-next-month/7688517.html This gives Israel precisely 28 days to conjure something horrific to do in Lebanon, as a prelude to the hard-liners, still in control of the government, and Hezbollah, kicking off a war that a hapless Dr. Pezeshkian will NOT be able to stop, and perhaps, set the entire Middle East ablaze before he gets into office.

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House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer is demanding that the White House physician appear before Congress to answer questions on President Biden’s "declining mental state," while also revealing that the doctor has been involved in the Biden family’s business dealings. 

Fox News Digital obtained the letter Comer, R-Ky., sent to Dr. Kevin O’Connor on Sunday. Comer is seeking to question O’Connor, given his "connections" with the Biden family, on whether he is "in a position to provide accurate and independent reviews of the President’s fitness to serve."

Comer wants to know whether O'Connor's medical assessments of the president have been improperly influenced by his work with the Biden family with the company Americore. 

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In a major step towards holding the Biden administration accountable for violating the law,  U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryck denied the Biden Administration’s motion to dismiss America First Legal’s (AFL) first amended complaint regarding federal funding for Palestinian terrorism.

This decision allows the case to proceed, challenging the administration’s $1.5 billion subsidy program for Palestinians. The case claims that the administration is violating the Taylor Force Act by sending foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority. 

The lawsuit was brought on  December 20, 2022, by AFL on behalf of the U.S. Rep. Ronny L. Jackson (R-TX), Stuart and Robbi Force, the parents of murdered West Point graduate and Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Taylor Force who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Israel, and Sarri Singer, a survivor of a Hamas suicide attack on a Jerusalem, Israel municipal bus. The government moved to dismiss. On February 22, 2024, Judge Kacsmaryck denied the government’s motion. 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Joe Biden's future continues to hang in the balance after his debate performance spurred a chorus of calls from Democrats demanding he drop out of his reelection race. 

The president arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sunday morning to rally support at a church after bombing his 'make or break' ABC interview,  

The post-debate sit-down aired Friday and was meant to quell concerns, but only led to more worries within the Party with just weeks until the Democratic National Convention.  

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Webmaster addition: Quite a contrast to how Biden handled Afghanistan!

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by Kyle Anzalone | Jul 7, 2024

assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research brett holmgren official portrait

 

 

 

The State Department’s top intelligence official said that the Israeli war in Gaza is creating fertile recruitment for Islamic terrorist groups. The official, Brett Holmgren, is set for a promotion from State to National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). 

In an interview with the Washington Post, Holmgren explained the October 7 Hamas attack and the following Israeli response has been a “recruiting opportunity” for terrorist organizations as well as an “inspiration for lone actors.” 

The groups are exploiting the anger at Washington for its unrelenting support for Tel Aviv as Israeli troops rampage throughout the Gaza Strip, killing over 38,000 Palestinians.

Claire's Observations:  I do hope this guy does get his promotion; he sounds like an "adult in the room" on US foreign policy, and we need these voices urgently, addressing US foreign policy issues, and right the hell now.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The highest court in the land decided in Fischer v. U.S. that the “Department of Justice had taken too broad a view of [18 U.S.C.] 1512(c)(2), a law that prohibits destruction of evidence but was not intended for protests,” meaning those pushing the insurrection narrative no longer have a leg on which to stand.

While there is a federal insurrection statute found in 18 U.S.C. 2383, very few, if any, J6ers were ever charged under it. The most serious charge they faced was obstructing an official proceeding by destroying or hiding documents meant for use in the proceeding, this under Section 1512(c)(2).

“Unless the defendants could be shown to have interfered with the delivery of documents to Congress, they could not be prosecuted under the statute – as hundreds of people, including former President Donald Trump, have been,” one report explains.

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Netanyahu Sabotaging Deal With Hamas By Issuing List of Demands

An Israeli official says the prime minister is working to torpedo the chances of an agreement by Dave DeCamp July 7, 2024 at 4:22 pm ET Categories NewsTags Israel, Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a list of demands for a potential hostage deal ahead of more indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas, a move seen by mediators and Israeli officials as an attempt to sabotage the chances of an agreement.

Netanyahu’s list of demands, which he called “non-negotiable,” included a condition that Israel would be allowed to resume military operations “until all of the objectives of the war have been achieved.” Netanyahu’s objectives include the “eradication” of Hamas, a goal the Israeli military has said is not realistic.

Hamas’s primary condition for a deal is a permanent ceasefire, and Netanyahu’s insistence on having the ability to resume his genocidal war appears to be the main obstacle. The Israeli leader’s repeated public comments about the issue led Hamas to ask for stronger guarantees during previous negotiations.

According to media reports, Hamas has softened its stance a bit by not asking for Israel to commit to a permanent ceasefire right away. However, the Palestinian group is asking mediators to provide written guarantees that negotiations for a permanent truce will continue once the first phase of the deal goes into effect.

Claire's Observations:  OF COURSE, Netanyahu is sabotaging any cease-fire deal with Hamas; remember; the longer the fighting goes on, the more delayed his corruption trial becomes!!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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‘Irreversible Harm’ – Israel Approves Three Settlement Outposts, Thousands of Housing Units in West Bank

New illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: Trocaire, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“Our government continues to change the rules of the game in the occupied West Bank, leading to irreversible harm.”

The Israeli government has approved 5,295 new housing units in dozens of settlements throughout the occupied West Bank, according to a settlement watchdog group.

“The building plans include the expansion of settlements deep within the West Bank and the legalization of three outposts: Mahane Gadi, Givat Hanan (Susya East), and Kedem Arava as ‘neighborhoods’ of existing settlements,” the Israeli Peace Now group said in a report on Thursday.

This is in addition to the five settlement outposts approved by the Israeli cabinet last week, the statement said.

Peace Now said that for the first time since the establishment of the Settlement Administration by Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, the legal advisor to the Higher Planning Council (HPC) “was a civilian and not an officer as in the past.”

Claire's Observations:  If the IDF is not successful in the complete eradication of Palestinians living in the West Bank through assassination,  where are the people now living in soon-to-be "Israeli-Only" designated areas supposed to live, when neighboring countries, fighting their own economic problems, cannot take them in?!?

The short answer is, there is no where for them to go; neighboring countries, fighting their own economic problems, cannot take them in at this point.

But hey, I have a modest proposal here.  Give pistols to those Yeshiva students resisting the Israeli draft, and tell them if they kill 20 Palestinian babies, and 20 Palestinian pregnant women (one shot;  2 kills) that absolves them from further military service; their understanding of their religious history, will make this easy for them; perhaps even easier than for the IDF members who have children themselves!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EGYPT, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, RELIGION/ATHEISM, SAUDI ARABIA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Megyn Kelly is joined by Charlie Spiering, author of "Amateur Hour," to discuss Kamala Harris’s rise to vice president, being raised by "Marxist" academics, her early relationship with Willie Brown, her evolution of political beliefs, and more.

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President Joe Biden appeared to contradict his press secretary on Wednesday when he reportedly told a group of Democratic governors that he had a “brief check” with a medical doctor after last Thursday’s debate against former President Donald Trump. The president’s press secretary had previously confirmed that Biden had not received any kind of medical exam since his annual physical.

Three individuals with knowledge of the president’s private meeting with over 20 Democratic governors on Wednesday told Politico that he received an examination by a medical doctor following last Thursday’s debate and that he had been medically cleared by the doctor. According to The Daily Wire, Biden’s private meeting with Democratic leaders came amid increasing concerns regarding the president’s re-election campaign in the aftermath of his debate against Trump.

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Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson joins the MintCast director Mnar Adley to discuss the decline and possible fall of the U.S. empire. “It is clear to at least half the world, some four billion people, that the United States is not the power that it once was… Our reputation is in tatters in the world,” he said, laying out parallels between the fall of the Western Roman and Persian empires and today’s United States.

The U.S. military is a shadow of its former self and could not beat either Russia or China in a sustained war, Wilkerson says. If a war did break out, then it would likely escalate to nuclear Armageddon quickly.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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An op-ed published by Huffpost calls on the Biden campaign to launch a disinformation effort by disseminating AI-enhanced videos that make Joe Biden look younger and healthier.

In the article titled, “It’s Time For The Biden Campaign To Embrace AI”, Kaivan Shroff argues that a potential Trump victory is so great that the Biden campaign should push fake content to dupe the public into supporting Biden, claiming refusing to do so “is akin to entering the boxing ring with one hand tied behind your back.”

“The stakes of the 2024 presidential election cannot be overstated. With Donald Trump promising to act as a dictator ‘on day one,’ it is not hyperbolic to say the future of American democracy hangs in the balance,” Shroff wrote Wednesday.

“Against this backdrop, the Biden campaign faces a critical challenge: conveying a strong and effective image of President Joe Biden to a population and media ecosystem increasingly focused on optics over substance. Given the president’s concerning performance last week, it’s time for the Biden campaign to consider leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to effectively reach the voting public.

Webmaster addition: If an AI wins the election, does the AI become the President?

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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A House subcommittee is exposing the Transportation Security Administration’s decision to let Cuban agents visit a U.S. airport and tour agency facilities, a potentially embarrassing episode for the Biden administration as polls show Latino voters are up for grabs in the 2024 election.

Rep. Carlos Giminez, R-Fla., the chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, has scheduled a hearing Wednesday titled “Protecting the Homeland - Examining TSA's Relationships with U.S. Adversaries” that will focus heavily on the episode a few weeks ago at the Miami airport that has drawn widespread condemnation, particularly in the Cuban ex-pat community in America. 

U.S. officials have confirmed that a delegation from the Communist government of Cuba, hosted by TSA, was given a tour of Miami International Airport (MIA) and a meeting at TSA headquarters in the nation’s capital.

“Not only were representatives of a dictatorial regime designated by the U.S. State Department as a State Sponsor of Terrorism welcomed to TSA sites – as well as TSA Headquarters in D.C. – but the agency also decided not to notify the airport or Congress in advance,” Giminez told Just the News. “Even more concerning, the visit took place on the 122nd celebration of Cuban Independence Day, an extremely significant date for the Cuban exile community.

Tags: CUBA/CARIBBEAN, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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A restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, named the 'Railway Tuan Café,' refused to serve Israeli customers, stating, "My shop doesn't accept people from your country." The café also displayed a 'Free Palestine' sticker outside. This incident has sparked significant controversy and online discussion, drawing attention from both locals and tourists. Despite the backlash, the café's owner has not publicly commented on the situation. Located in a popular area, the 'Railway Tuan Café' remains a notable point of interest in Hanoi.

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Genetic determinism: the belief that an individual’s character, thoughts, and actions are the result of his genes.

Freedom means: being free from, and outside of, ironclad cause and effect.

Which side of the argument will win? Nothing is riding on this…except the future of the human race.

For the past 150 years, genetics has been emerging and taking center stage as the pre-eminent philosophy of life on planet Earth.

For most people, philosophy is of zero concern. They refuse to believe it can influence their lives in any way.

However, we currently have the RNA COVID genetic treatments called vaccines, targeting billions of people. According to the bought-off experts, these destructive treatments are working, in machine-like fashion, to protect us from a phantom virus.

The genetics on which the vaccines are based occupy a distinct philosophic position: our thoughts and actions are the effects of our genes; scientists can interfere with that structure and replace it with another genetic framework, which in turn will impose new all-consuming actions, thoughts, and biological alterations upon us.

One new machine taking over from an older machine.

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Report Confirms Israel Ordered ‘Hannibal Directive’ During October 7 Response

The directive means the Israeli military could use any means to prevent Israelis from being taken captive even if it puts their life in danger by Dave DeCamp July 7, 2024 at 2:41 pm ET Categories NewsTags Gaza, Israel

A report published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Sunday confirmed that the Israeli military implemented a secretive procedure known as the “Hannibal directive” during the response to the October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel.

The directive allows Israeli forces to prevent Israelis from being taken hostage, even if that means putting their lives in danger. The directive had historically only applied to soldiers, but it was also used on Israeli civilians during the October 7 response.

A “very senior” source in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed to Haaretz that the Hannibal directive was ordered on October 7. The report also cited documents and testimonies from soldiers and officers and found that the order was given multiple times throughout the day

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Authored by Yuhong Dong M.D., Ph.D. via The Epoch Times 

We’re not afraid of the tigers in the zoo because we trust they cannot attack. But what if someone opens the cage?

Many viruses are highly lethal in nature but cannot infect humans. Fear arises when these viruses break the species barrier.

This can happen naturally or through risky research practices, particularly gain-of-function (GOF) research.

What Is GOF?

Just as all substances have functions, specific genes enable viruses to spread rapidly or cause severe diseases. GOF research involves introducing new functioning genes into a virus, enhancing its ability to infect hosts or increasing its virulence.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Authored by Pepe Escobar,

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the 2024 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this week in Astana, Kazakhstan. It can certainly be interpreted as the antechamber to the crucial BRICS annual summit, under the Russian presidency, next October in Kazan.

Let’s start with the final declaration. As much as SCO members state "tectonic shifts are underway" in geopolitics and geoeconomics, as “the use of power methods is increasing, with norms of international law being systematically violated”, they are fully engaged to “increase the SCO’s role in the creation of a new democratic, fair, political and economic international order.”

Well, there could not be a sharper contrast with the unilaterally-imposed “rules-based international order”.

The SCO 10 – with new member Belarus – are explicitly in favor of “a fair solution to the Palestinian issue”. They “oppose unilateral sanctions”. They want to create a SCO investment fund (Iran, via acting President Mohammad Mokhber, supports the creation of a SCO common bank, just like the NDB in BRICS).

Additionally, members that “are parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty stand for compliance with its provisions”. And crucially, they agree that “interaction within the SCO may become the basis for building a new security architecture in Eurasia.”

The last point is actually the heart of the matter. That’s proof that Putin’s proposal last month in front of key Russian diplomats was fully debated in Astana – following Russia’s strategic deal with the DPRK de facto linking security in Asia as indivisible with security in Europe. That is something that remains – and will continue to remain - incomprehensible for the collective West.

Tags: ASIA, CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, ENERGY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Self-described liberal Joe Rogan and progressive Jimmy Dore delivered epic rants blasting President Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Robert DeNiro, and everyone in the Trump derangement cult.

"It's all because of Trump derangement syndrome that they have to pretend like Joe Biden is some kind of guy with integrity, dignity, instead of, you know, the horrible criminal, anti-worker guy that he's been his whole life. He's been anti-student, anti-worker and he crushed a Goddamn railroad strike, and everybody just memoryholes that. If Trump did that they would it would be on billboards forever," said Dore – a progressive political commentator who appeared on The Young Turks network for over a decade.

Rogan likened diehard Democrats to an ideological cult.

"These people are deranged. These people are no different than the Manson family – in that they are in a cult. Yeah, they're locked into this ideology. It's not as bad as the Manson family. But it's clearly a cult," Rogan stated. "It's an ideological cult where you're not willing to go against any of the doctrines of the cult."

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The increase in illegal crossings has had a profound impact in recent years on American farmers and ranchers who own land near the southern border.

Illegal immigrants crossing into the United States have trespassed through agricultural land, often contaminating crops or causing property damage. Law enforcement has reported incidents of human smugglers performing "bailouts," a term used to describe when traffickers transporting illegal aliens attempt to make a high-speed car escape to evade capture. In these situations, the smugglers intentionally crash their vehicles, and the unlawful occupants flee on foot in different directions.

Simon Hankinson, a senior research fellow in the Border Security and Immigration Center at the Heritage Foundation, told Blaze News, "The damage to federal and private land, agriculture, and wildlife caused by mass illegal border crossings by foot is one of the many types of preventable collateral damage caused by the Biden administration's opening of U.S. borders and neglect of law enforcement. Those who claim to care about the natural landscape seem to keep quiet on this issue."

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It’s easy to misunderstand what happened in Britain on Thursday. I’m talking about the general election, of course, which saw the election of a new Labour government, under Keir Starmer.

If you look at the number of seats alone, you’ll be apt to think Starmer must be a pretty popular guy. Labour now has 412 seats in the House of Commons, with a majority of 174. The Conservatives, by contrast, have just 121 seats, their worst result in history.

Peer a little closer, though, and things are not quite as they seem. The kinks of Britain’s first-past-the-post system soon reveal themselves. For 34% of the vote share, Labour got 63% of the seats. The Conservatives, meanwhile, on 24% of the vote, got 19%. The surging Reform party, led by Nigel Farage, got 14% of the vote. And do you know how many seats they got? Five, or less than 1% of the total. The Liberal Democrats, traditionally Britain’s “third party,” got 12% of the vote—-and 11% of the seats.

Hardly seems fair, does it?

“The Electoral Reform Society says this was the most disproportional election in British history,” Tweeted Nigel Farage this morning. They’re right, and so is he.

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