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Hollywood star George Clooney, a lifelong Democrat and megadonor, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on July 10 arguing that President Joe Biden is incapable of winning reelection due to his age and the Democratic Party needs a new nominee.

Clooney’s op-ed comes just days after Biden sent a letter to fellow Democrats doubling down on his plans to stay in the race. Media outlets and various lawmakers have called for Biden to withdraw since his alarmingly weak performance at the June 27 presidential debate against former President Donald Trump. 

In Clooney’s op-ed, he wrote that he loves Biden as a friend, senator, vice president, and president. Biden has “won many of the battles he’s faced,” Clooney wrote. “But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can.”

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The tremendous suffering that we are seeing all over the world right now is only just the beginning.  As I have documented repeatedly, we are in the midst of the worst global food crisis in modern history, and we haven’t seen this many countries engaged in military conflict since World War II.  In other words, this is a time of famine, and it is a time of war.  This represents a major problem for those that believe that humans are intrinsically good and that humanity is moving into a new golden era of peace and prosperity.  If humans are intrinsically good, why is there so much evil all around us?  Of course the truth is that the evil that we see all around is the product of the evil in human hearts.  Humanity is the reason why there is so much war, so much famine, so much greed, so much corruption, and so much suffering.
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Could deploying over 100,000 U.S. troops in Europe be the flashpoint that ignites a larger conflict with Russia? Join us as Phil Giraldi, a seasoned geopolitical analyst, uncovers the nuanced history behind U.S. involvement in Ukraine since 2014 and draws startling parallels to Israel's military tactics in Gaza. We scrutinize President Biden's recent military maneuvers and question the strategic vulnerabilities that could reshape global stability. Giraldi provides a thought-provoking analysis of NATO's role and the broader implications for international peace.

We then turn our focus to the escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia, fueled by recent events in Ukraine, including the controversial use of cluster bombs in Sevastopol. With a close examination of President Biden's increasingly aggressive rhetoric and Russia's calculated responses led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, we unpack the intricate dance of diplomacy and conflict. Additionally, we delve into the financial ties between the U.S. and Israel, exploring how tax-deductible donations and congressional appropriations have complexly intertwined American foreign policy and Israeli military actions.

In our final segment, we confront the tragic underreporting of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Lancet's alarming findings on the death toll linked to the Israeli invasion shed light on the dire state of media coverage. We dissect the controversial Hannibal Directive, revealing potential war crimes and the complicity of U.S. officials. The dismissive stance of U.S. State Department spokesperson Matt Miller underscores the diminishing credibility of American foreign policy.

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Poland's Army Chief of Staff, General Wieslaw Kukula, today publicly urged his people and nation to prepare for full-scale war with Russia.

Poland is preparing the Military for a full-scale conflict with Russia, Polish Supreme Commanding General Wieslaw Kukula said at a press conference!!

Poland needs to prepare its soldiers for all-out conflict, its armed forces chief of staff said on Wednesday, as the country boosts the number of troops on its border with Russia and Belarus.

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The UK's new Prime Minister Keir Starmer is a pro-war, neoliberal Blairite who is closely linked to British intelligence and the US government. He was backed by big business interests after the corporate media destroyed popular left-wing, anti-imperialist Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Ben Norton discusses how Britain is an oligarchy, not a democracy.

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The hot political event this year is the NATO Summit in Washington, DC. All Western world leaders showed up, not to discuss NATO’s future, but to see if Joe Biden survives the meetings without dumping a load in his Depends or keeling over dead. Sort of the same reason people attend a car race — i.e., they are waiting for the crash. Nothing like a fiery car wreck to get the adrenaline pumping.

If Shakespeare was still roaming the earth and writing iconic prose, he would be front-and-center at the NATO Summit. It is a meeting of political ghosts, i.e. “dead men walking.” Maybe Will would do an update of Richard III, with the decrepit Joe Biden in the starring role. Accompanying Biden on stage for the official photo is the politically castrated Rishi Sunak, the impotent couple — Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz. Nothing says NATO unity like a photo comprised of some politically irrelevant hacks along with President Orban of Hungary, who has been excoriated in recent days by many of his “colleagues” feigning a smile for the camera.

Biden kicked off the festivities and managed to get through a teleprompter speech without mangling too many words or devolving into gibberish. Mission Accomplished (so far). Yet, the content of Biden’s speech was absolutely delusional. Here are some of the lowlights.

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Joe Biden’s campaign is like a ship taking on water, and even Hollywood’s elite are jumping ship. After a disastrous debate performance, some Democrats have demanded he step down as the 2024 nominee.

Biden has seen his poll numbers dip significantly, but he remains stubbornly defiant. The tide seems to be turning against him, however, as top Democrats and now a famous liberal voice are slamming the door on Biden’s campaign.

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The political landscape is shifting, and for Democrats, this is a time of introspection and urgent action. Joe Biden’s recent debate performance has sent shockwaves through his party. The decline in his poll numbers, especially in critical swing states, has left Democrats scrambling to reassess their strategies and regain footing.

But perhaps the most shocking development is the sudden competitiveness of Donald Trump in areas previously considered Democratic strongholds. Americans are completely stunned by how competitive Trump has become in top Democratic areas. This shift is causing ripples of panic among the Democratic elite and could have significant implications for the 2024 presidential race.

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The walls are closing in on President Joe Biden faster than ever before. Even top Democrats are starting to turn on him.

For years, the Democratic Party had been trying to hide Biden’s cognitive failings from the rest of the world. Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, top Democrats defended Biden’s mental capabilities at every turn. They repeatedly claimed that there was nothing wrong with him cognitively.

Then last month’s disastrous presidential debate happened. While Biden was on the debate stage, Democrats could no longer protect him. There, his mental decline was on full display for the entire world to see.

Now, Biden has gotten hit with his most crushing blow yet. The former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is seemingly starting to have second thoughts about him running again.

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The road to the White House has never been a smooth one. Candidates face countless obstacles and unexpected twists. As election cycles come and go, the American public is treated to a front-row seat to the drama and intrigue of political campaigns.

The current race is no different. Joe Biden is facing serious headwinds in his reelection bid. Aside from his many failures, Biden crashed and burned in the last debate.

Now, we are seeing some of the early aftershocks of Biden’s debate debacle.  Democrats fight over replacing him. Meanwhile, top polling firms are going to the people. What do voters in swing states think about Biden, after he flopped? This kind of information should make up Dems’ minds about finding a new candidate.

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The U.S. voting system has long been a contentious issue, sparking debates from coast to coast. From the dawn of the republic, ensuring the integrity of elections has been paramount. This concern has only intensified with the advent of modern technology and the increasing complexity of election logistics.

The last presidential election was marred with voting “irregularities.” Despite assurances from Democrats and the media, many Americans doubt our elections are safe.

Citizens are left wondering if their vote truly matters or if the system is rigged against them. That fear has only increased since Biden let in 10 million illegal aliens through the border. Democrats are now trying to stop a bill from passing that would prevent a major election crime. And Trump is calling on Republicans to act.

From The Post Millennial:
Donald Trump said that the voting system is under siege by Democrats after they opposed the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act. The bill would require those who register to vote in elections to have proof of US citizenship.

The White House and Democrats scrambled to oppose the bill this week. In response, Trump posted to Truth Social: “Republicans must pass the Save Act, or go home and cry yourself to sleep. Non citizen Illegal Migrants are getting the right to vote, being pushed by crooked Democrat Politicians who are not being stopped by an equally dishonest Justice Department.”

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Some left-wing lawmakers in France have proposed that a separate group be created in the parliament following the victory of the leftist New Popular Front (NFP) coalition in the parliamentary elections, French broadcaster BFMTV has reported.

The broadcaster reported on Tuesday that some elected lawmakers from the NFP have offered the Greens party and the French Communist Party, who are also a part of the coalition, to split from the coalition and create their own group. The initiative was voiced by lawmakers Clementine Autain, Alexis Corbiere and Francois Ruffin, who sent an official letter to the said parties on Tuesday, BFMTV reported.

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As NATO marks the 75th anniversary of its creation at a summit in Washington July 9-11, the alliance finds itself grappling with a slew of internal challenges, from political turbulence among allies to funding disputes and a system of arms contracts which benefits some members (guess which ones) far more than others.

Sputnik takes a closer look at some of the problems wracking the bloc:

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The official statement by Russian Permanent Representative at UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine provided by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

Point of order

Dear Colleagues,

In view of the fact that by assuming the UNSC presidency the Russian Federation  took on the obligation, as always, to act in a transparent and impartial manner, I would like to openly explain the situation around Ukraine’s participation in today’s meeting.

Yesterday, the Secretariat received a letter from the Permanent Representative of that country requesting the right to speak at the briefing.

Unlike all other requests, including that of the EU and Poland, the way it is drafted violates greatly the established practice; it is not addressed to the President of the Security Council, nor does it contain even basic protocol language of diplomatic communication.

The only sentence the letter had was a request to allow Ukraine to participate in the meeting.

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The Russian military has destroyed an Israeli-made Improved and Enhanced Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (ieMHR) of Kiev forces in the Kharkiv direction using a Lancet loitering munition.

Video footage of the strike surfaced online on July 9. The footage shows the radar receiving a direct hit from a Lancet right after being deployed in a tree line. The explosion of the loitering munition set the radar on fire, effectively destroying it.

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A new European parliamentary alliance between Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orbán, and other leading populists — the ‘Patriots for Europe’ — is now the third largest group in the EU Parliament and the biggest populist group in the history of the bloc.

Off the back of large gains across the continent in last month’s EU Parliament elections, a new populist grouping has leapfrogged Giorgia Meloni’s centre-right European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) and Emmanuel Macron’s neo-liberal Renew Europe (RE) to become the third-largest faction in Brussels.

Replacing the Identity and Democracy (ID) group, the Patriots for Europe group will be headlined by former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s National Rally and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz.

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Burger King. Wendy’s. Boston Market. Red Lobster. Popeye’s. Arby’s. Corner Bakery. Carl’s Jr. The list goes on. On top of being some of the most iconic restaurants in the U.S., what do all of these companies have in common? According to U.S. Court documents, these brands have all faced bankruptcies over the past year as the “Restaurant Apocalypse” continues to wreak havoc across the nation.
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Poland’s Army Chief of Staff, General Wieslaw Kukula, has emphasized the need to prepare the country’s forces for a full-scale conflict rather than an asymmetric-type conflict. The situation has arisen due to deteriorating relations with Russia and Belarus since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
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Unemployment in Canada ticked up by 0.2% in June to 6.4%, yet the economy lost 1,400 jobs. Around 1.4 million Canadians were looking for work as of June 2024, a 42,000 person increase from May. Overall employment has fallen in eight of the past nine months to 61.1% in June. So where are all the jobs? Canada’s population surpassed 41 million, marking an all-time high. Canada’s population has surpassed 41 million, but it is not due to new births. Statistics Canada declared that the population rose 0.6% or 242,673 people since last quarter, standing at 41,012.563 as of April 2024. The nation rose by 1.27 from 2022 to 2023 or a 3.2%. . Nearly all population growth (99.3%; 240,955 people) was solely attributed to migrants arriving in Canada.
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Mike Levine

Biden asserts executive privilege over special counsel interview recordings

Republican lawmakers say the Biden administration is refusing to release a set of audio recordings that could help settle the debate over whether President Joe Biden's faltering performance at last month's presidential debate was just a one-off "bad night," as he has repeatedly claimed.

"We all know why they don't want to turn over the audio because it will ... show exactly what we all saw on the debate stage a couple weeks ago," House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, told reporters on Tuesday. "That is something they want to cover up."

The recordings capture Biden's two-day interview last October with then-special counsel Robert Hur, who ultimately concluded that while Biden improperly retained classified documents, he shouldn't be charged with any crimes because -- unlike former president Donald Trump, who was indicted for allegedly hoarding hundreds of classified documents and then trying to cover it up -- Biden cooperated with investigators and would likely convince a jury that he made "an innocent mistake." Trump, meanwhile, has denied all charges.

Democrats and the White House immediately blasted Hur for making what they insisted were unfair and inaccurate conclusions. Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, demanded the audio recordings, claiming that to fulfill their oversight responsibilities they wanted to assess for themselves the evidence that Hur used to reach his conclusions.

White House Counsel Ed Siskel later said Republicans had no "legitimate need" for the recordings and likely only wanted them to "chop them up, distort them, and use them for partisan political purposes."

Claire's Observations:  White House Counsel Siskel, a word, please; if you have the originals, and they demonstrate  Biden's complete coherence, there is absolutely nothing about which to worry, and your compliance should be forthcoming.  IF there is any "nasty editing" to make Biden sound absolutely more horrifically that he did during his apocalyptic melt down during the debate, you will have the original with which to compared the doctored video, to show how it has been edited.

But Counsel Siskel, you may well soon be  in the position of dealing with a Contempt of Congress citation; not a great confidence builder for your next job, sir.  I would politely suggest that compliance here, may well be the order of the day, and soon, with the safeguards I have mentioned.

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In June, both the ISM Manufacturing Index and the ISM Services Index fell below 49. These indices are important indicators of economic activity in the manufacturing and services sectors, respectively. When the index value is below 50, it suggests contraction in the sector. The decline in both indices may signal challenges or slowdowns in these areas of the U.S. economy.
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