“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the Roman Empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigor of the military government was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of Barbarians.” — Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter 38 “General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West”

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In the financial landscape of commercial real estate (CRE), looming debt obligations signal a potential crisis, with nearly $929 billion in commercial mortgage loans set to mature by the end of 2024. This staggering sum, outlined in the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) 2023 Commercial Real Estate Survey, underscores the mounting pressure on America's small- and medium-sized commercial banks and private mortgage lenders.

Entrepreneur Tom Ellsworth, echoing concerns shared by many industry experts, warns of an impending banking system crisis. Against the backdrop of a high-interest-rate environment, the Federal Reserve's recent pronouncement of prolonged rate increases adds further strain. With interest rates poised to remain elevated, the specter of bank failures and commercial real estate entering receivership looms ominously.

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Weeks after a Republican election official in Georgia raised questions about the outcome of the 2024 elections, it appears the state will be implementing reforms to ensure that the questionable results aren’t repeated in the future.

The Georgia Election Board on Thursday agreed to a series of measures intended to provide oversight in Fulton County, home to notorious anti-Trump prosecutor Fani Willis and the site of so many votes in 2024 that they outnumbered actual residents, according to one official with the county’s election board.

The Georgia Recorder reported that the board agreed in a 2-1 vote to provide an election overseer this year who will independently monitor Fulton County’s election procedures. The change comes four years after county officials double-scanned 3,075  ballots during a statewide recount, according to the Western Journal. Another complaint stated that 17,000 ballots went missing. However, investigators within the office of Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger concluded the errors would not have changed the outcome of the election where President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by a margin of 11,779 votes.

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Dr. Mercola says he strongly recommends getting sensible sun exposure each day, and one of the reasons why is because it helps naturally optimize your vitamin D levels. Low vitamin D levels are linked to an increased risk of cancers,1 while vitamin D can attach to the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in your cells, setting off a series of signals that may affect how they grow, develop and survive.2

In this way, vitamin D acts like a brake on the process of cell growth in many tissues of the body, helping to control the speed at which cells multiply. This is particularly important when it comes to cancer because one of the key features of this disease is cells growing out of control. Moreover, vitamin D has been observed in animal studies to help delay some age-related changes by activating another important pathway via the vitamin D receptor.

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The “36 inconsistencies” consisted of double and triple-counted batches of ballots that accounted for over 6,000 ballots incorrectly counted and reported.  Based on the analysis, Rossi stated there would be a net gain of 4,081 votes for President Trump in Fulton County’s 148k absentee ballots alone if the incorrectly counted Biden votes were removed.

Despite over-counting by more than 6,000 ballots, a 4% difference from the machine-counted absentee ballots, the hand-count “audit” somehow matched the machine count (742 vote difference out of all ballots cast).  This has never been explained nor corrected by the Georgia SOS.

On November 17th, 2021, Governor Kemp sent a letter and report outlining his office’s findings and confirming Rossi’s report to the SEB for further review.  In the letter, Kemp stated that “the 36 inconsistencies…are factual in nature, pose no underlying theories outside of the reported data, and could not be explained by my office after a thorough review.”  Kemp’s office spent almost seven weeks reviewing Rossi’s data and findings.

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Lawyers for former President Donald Trump presented compelling evidence to a Manhattan jury on Thursday, suggesting that Stormy Daniels’ attorney Keith Davidson engaged in potential extortion. In a recorded phone call from April 2018 between Davidson and Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, Davidson is heard claiming that Daniels berated him and pressured Cohen for money, indicating a desire for it “more than anything.”

The recording, rife with explicit language, featured Davidson saying that Daniels was furious with him, allegedly calling him a “p—y” and urging Cohen to resolve her claims promptly. “She wanted this money more than you can ever imagine,” Davidson told Cohen in the call as reported by The New York Post. “I remember hearing her on the phone saying, ‘You f–king Keith Davidson. You better settle this goddamn story.’” Davidson added that Daniels was fearful that if Trump lost the election, “we lose all f–king leverage” and “this case is worth zero.”

Daniels, however, firmly denied berating Davidson. “No, I did not, actually; I never yelled at Keith Davidson,” she testified in court, adding, “It sounds like a threat from Keith Davidson.”

The phone call and ensuing testimony form part of a larger narrative being crafted by Trump’s legal team, which aims to cast doubt on the credibility of Daniels’ account of her relationship with the former president. Daniels herself is at the heart of the trial against Trump, offering what she characterized as a consensual yet uncomfortable account of her alleged encounter with him.

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Retail investors are pulling out of stocks amid signs of economic slowdown, reflecting a shift towards caution. Many are tapping into savings and reducing stock exposure, signaling a realization of economic challenges ahead. While some investors remain bullish, a majority are opting for safer options, avoiding unnecessary risks.

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It doesn’t matter whether you hate or love Donald Trump. What’s being done to the former president by our government should disturb every single American.

Reports have revealed that FBI agents placed “cover sheets” onto allegedly classified documents found during its raid of Mar-a-Lago in order to make the photo they took of the documents far scarier.

The cover sheets indicated the highest levels of secrecy — and without question, the media then fell right in line and used the doctored evidence to slam Trump.

“This is never done,” Glenn Beck says, shocked.

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Michael Jordan attended the opening of his family's third medical clinic in North Carolina on Tuesday alongside his mother Deloris.

Jordan, 61, has teamed up with healthcare company Novant Health to launch the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic on Greenfield Street, Wilmington, which will offer medical services to those who are either uninsured or underinsured.

The basketball great, who already owns two other clinics over in Charlotte, made a stunning $10million donation to get all three medical centers up and running in his hometown.

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The White House cleaned up President Joe Biden's threat to stop sending weapons to Israel, saying the shipments are continuing. 

'Everybody keeps talking about pausing weapons shipments. Weapons shipments are still going to Israel. And they're still getting the vast, vast majority of everything that they need to defend themselves,' National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Thursday. 

Biden told CNN on Wednesday that he would pause more arms shipments to Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launches a full-scale invasion of Rafah.

Israelis reacted with fury and ceasefire negotiations have stalled. Netanyahu didn't respond directly to Biden's comment, but he posted a video on social media of a defiant speech he delivered this week in which he said 'no amount of pressure' will 'stop Israel from defending itself.'

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There is a hidden feature in users' Google accounts that lets the tech giant quietly record their voices that it stores for other uses.

Google saves the audio recordings from web and app activity, along with verbal interactions with Search, Assistant and Maps, which it uses 'to develop and improve its audio recognition technologies.'

However, A tech expert recently shared a 'cheat code' that he claimed will stop Google from recording your smartphone activity. 

Users need to manage their Google account and unselect options in 'Data and Privacy,' which a digital expert has claimed will block the tech company from accessing your microphone and camera.

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During a Cinco de Mayo event hosted at the White House, President Joe Biden unveiled plans to extend taxpayer-funded healthcare access to illegal aliens enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden also described DACA recipients, also known as “DREAMers,” as “model citizens” who “deserve” taxpayer-funded healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.

Biden reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, emphasizing the narrative that these illegal aliens deserve for taxpayers to fund their healthcare and deserve citizenship.

“DREAMers can now get health insurance, as they deserve,” he said.

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Pro-Palestine student protesters disrupted a talk by a US tech billionaire at Cambridge university over accusations he is profiting from a genocide in Gaza. 

Peter Thiel, the founder of US software company Palantir, was delivering a talk to students at the Cambridge Union on Wednesday evening when a pair of activists stood up and accused him of profiting off genocide through the defence contracts his firm has with Israel

The duo, brandashing a Palestinian flag, were quickly removed from the event by security guards, but were supported by around 200 further protestors outside the event trying the 'drown out' Mr Thiel's talk. 

Pro-Palestinian campaign group, Youth Demand claimed responsibility for the disruption, stating that Mr Thiel was 'assisting Israel in bombing hospitals'. 

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Former President Donald Trump's legal team has filed a "major motion" with a New York appellate court, challenging the constitutionality of a gag order imposed on him in his ongoing criminal "hush money" trial. 

Key Details:

  • Trump's defense team is seeking an expedited ruling from an intermediate appeals court or permission to appeal directly to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals.
  • The gag order, imposed by Judge Juan Merchan, prohibits Trump from making statements about witnesses, jurors, attorneys, and others associated with the "hush money" case. The order however, has not been extended to witnesses in the case, like Michael Cohen, who pled guilty to lying to Congress, yet has been portrayed as D.A. Alvin Bragg's "star witness" in the case while attacking former President Trump on cash-grab TikTok livestreams.
  • Speaking on the motion outside of the courthouse Thursday morning, Trump said: "We've just filed a major motion in the appellate division concerning the absolutely unconstitutional gag order, where I am essentially not allowed to talk to you about anything meaningful that's going on in the case—and many good things are going on with the case—it shouldn't have been filed."
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Trump’s attorneys filed a motion for mistrial on Thursday after Stormy Daniels took the witness stand.

Stormy Daniels took the witness stand again Thursday in Alvin Bragg’s lawfare ‘hush money’ trial against Trump in New York City.

Trump was accused of paying porn star Stormy Daniels, AKA, Stephanie Clifford, ‘hush payments’ through his then-attorney Michael Cohen in a scheme to silence her and stop the story about their alleged affair from being published in the National Enquirer.

The payments made to Stormy Daniels did NOT come from Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The payments were made through internal business records – there was no tax deduction taken and there was no obligation to file it with the FEC, according to Trump attorney Joe Tacopina.

Bragg alleged Trump committed fraud because the payment was labeled “legal fees.”

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