"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world." -- Thomas Jefferson

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President Biden’s cognitive decline is readily apparent and a concern for dozens who have interacted with the 81-year-old commander-in-chief in recent months, according to a shocking report Tuesday.

Some of the more the 45 Republican and Democratic lawmakers and staffers interviewed by the Wall Street Journal described a president who spoke so softly during meetings that participants struggled to understand him.

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The president flew into Wilmington, Del., on Sunday night, where his 54-year-old son’s felony gun trial begins Monday, and will spend the whole day there with no official duties.

Joe Biden’s looming presence in the strange small city leaves nobody in any doubt of the message he is sending to Delaware special counsel David Weiss, the prosecutors, the judge, and the jury pool being chosen Monday: You mess with my son, you mess with me

It’s all very subtle, in a flagrant way, much like Joe’s impromptu visit to Hallie Biden, the widow of Beau and former lover of Hunter, just nine days before his son’s trial, at which she is the star witness for the prosecution. 

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is demanding that global governments begin cracking down on members of the public who criticize the United Nations (UN) agency’s anti-human agenda.

Like its parent agency, the UN, the WHO has been advancing plans that seek to strip citizens of their rights and freedoms in order to assert global control.

Along with the World Economic Forum (WEF), the unelected globalist organizations are hoping to usher in their agenda by claiming that anti-humanity measures are vital in the “fight” against looming pandemics and “climate change.”

However, most of the taxpaying public doesn’t want to be forced to live in mud huts, eat insects, give up travel, be boosted to death, or be locked in their homes, all while paying to fund bureaucrats who impose such measures.

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Two things have become painfully clear on Capitol Hill this week: Lawmakers and staffers say sexual harassment is “rampant” – but even members of Congress have no idea just how widespread the problem is.

The controversial and sensitive issue has taken center stage in Congress this week, with female lawmakers making fresh allegations of sexual harassment against unnamed members who are currently in office, and the unveiling of a new bill on Wednesday to change how sexual harassment complaints are reported and resolved. On Thursday, a woman shared her story of being groped and kissed without her consent by Sen. Al Franken in 2006.

So far, there’s been little specific data to help illuminate just how pervasive sexual harassment is on Capitol Hill, but one figure has emerged: the total that the Office of Compliance, the office that handles harassment complaints, has paid to victims.

On Thursday, the Office of Compliance released additional information indicating that it has paid victims more than $17 million since its creation in the 1990s. That includes all settlements, not just related to sexual harassment, but also discrimination and other cases.

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Lest We Forget The Tiananmen Square Massacre On This Day In 1989

by Tyler Durden

On the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, human rights supporters continued to speak up about the democratic uprising that was brutally suppressed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on June 4, 1989.

The incident led to a massive death toll among unarmed students, and for decades, the CCP has systematically censored all information related to the massacre.

“People commemorate the ‘June 4 Incident’ because it symbolizes universal values such as democracy, freedom, human rights, and peaceful protest. It stands as a bloody testament to the courage and resistance of the Chinese people,” said Du Wen, the former executive director of the Legal Advisory Office of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Government, now in exile in Europe.

He told the Chinese language edition of The Epoch Times that his generation remains nostalgic about the June 4 incident even though it is nearly impossible to find any trace of it inside China, where any discussion of it is taboo.

As Mary Hong reports, that large-scale democratic movement provided the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with an excellent opportunity to peacefully transition from autocracy to democracy. At that time, the young students did not make any demands regarding the CCP’s power itself. Their demands were solely for freedom of the press and speech, expressing dissatisfaction only with the corruption among the CCP elite. The interest of young students in national affairs was largely due to the enlightened thinking and reformist spirit of two successive CCP General Secretaries, Hu Yaobang and Zhao Ziyang.

However, CCP elders, represented by Chen Yun, believed that the students’ calls for freedom and democracy challenged the very foundation of CCP rule. Consequently, the hardliner Deng Xiaoping ordered the violent suppression of the democratic movement. While this temporarily stabilized the regime, the opportunities that the democratic movement presented to both the CCP and China were lost.

The wound of history is still bleeding. China continues to pay a heavy price for the massacre. The issues that the students demanded the CCP address at that time did not disappear, instead, they have accumulated over history. The massacre made the CCP’s perceived legitimacy even more fragile in the eyes of the people. Many say that the CCP lost its legitimacy because of the “June 4th” massacre. I have always disagreed with this view. The CCP regime forcibly seized power from the Republic of China with the blatant military intervention of the Soviet Union. Claiming legitimacy for something taken by force is itself absurd and laughable. Moreover, the Chinese people never had the opportunity to question the legitimacy and effectiveness of the CCP’s governance. Objectively speaking, since 1949, the Chinese people have tacitly accepted a new regime imposed on them, thus the existence of the CCP regime at most holds a semblance of reasonableness. However, in the minds of the Chinese people, this reasonableness was significantly damaged by the “June 4th” massacre

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The persecution of political dissidents in the US is becoming commonplace. People who oppose Washington’s aggressive foreign policy are being seen as enemies and treated as criminals, even when there is no plausible reason to charge them. Recently, military analyst Scott Ritter had his passport confiscated by US authorities without any specific reason, showing the advanced levels of tyranny in the country.

Ritter was on a plane at the New York airport. His plan was to travel to the Russian Federation, as he had a special invitation to participate in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, which will begin in the next few days. Ritter was already boarding when three policemen suddenly forcibly removed him and seized his documents. When asked about the reason for this action, the policemen said they were following orders from the US State Department and refused to clarify any details about the case.

“I was boarding the flight. Three [police] officers pulled me aside. They took my passport. When asked why, they said ‘orders of the State Department’. They had no further information for me (…) They pulled my bags off the plane, then escorted me out of the airport. They kept my passport,” he told journalists.

Without his passport, Ritter is unable to leave the US territory. In practice, he will begin living under a regime similar to house arrest, not only being monitored by American authorities, but also being prevented from leaving the country. It is curious that this happened precisely during a trip by Ritter to Russia. It seems that Washington is trying to make it clear to all its citizens that there will be no tolerance for citizens who maintain any form of ties with Moscow.

Ritter has long been one of the most vocal critics of military support for Ukraine. In his interviews and articles, he openly advocates for an end to arms supply and for a friendly policy between the US and Russia. Ritter has repeatedly exposed the truth about Ukrainian Nazism and Western collusion with ultranationalism and racism. In addition, his main work as a military analyst consists of providing detailed, technical analyses that show the situation of the sides in the conflict.

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Billionaire Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum (WEF), and their globalist allies are advancing plans that allegedly seek to “save the planet” from “climate change” through the use of vaccines.

In recent months, unelected elites have been targeting the global food supply over claims that farming contributes to the so-called “climate crisis.”

The WEF and the United Nations (UN) insist that emissions from agriculture are preventing governments from complying with “Net Zero” targets.

The meet the goals of the WEF’s “Net Zero” agenda, governments are increasingly under pressure to destroy the farming industry, despite the obvious threat to the food supply.

Gates, America’s largest farm owner and a vocal advocate of the anti-meat agenda, has been funding the development of new vaccines through his organization which he claims will help tackle “global warming.”

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More recent figures suggest that violent crime seems to be decreasing from the recent peaks, with the local police department using new camera technologies such as ‘Flock’ cameras to bring rates down. These cameras can detect license plates of cars that are of interest to law enforcement and alert the police instantly.

I study these trends, so I can give you the real statistics. Too many writers focus on the most populated cities and fail to consider all U.S. cities.

Readers often ask me such a question- which are the most dangerous places in America?

Of course, since I am asked such a generic question, it depends on what you consider dangerous. You’re probably thinking of crime rates. But I once wrote a about why Miami, Florida, is statistically the city in which you are most likely to die an untimely death, including characteristics such as vehicular accidents, weather, and crime. East St. Louis ranked second, largely based on crime.

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I’ve long criticized our current US justice system – on all levels – as becoming much more about political justice than blind justice. The bizarre trial and conviction of former President Donald Trump last week on 34 felonies only reinforces my concerns.   

The New York District Attorney, Soros-backed Alvin Bragg, has been notorious for downgrading felony charges against others to misdemeanor charges. According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, Bragg had downgraded 60 percent of felony cases to lesser charges, resulting in violent criminals being released on the streets and a crime wave across New York City.

But when it came to Donald Trump, Bragg lurched in the other direction, upgrading what normally would have been misdemeanor charges against anyone else to 34 felony charges against the former president. How can this sudden “about-face” be explained other than politics?

Jonathan Turley, who is no fan of Donald Trump, has been covering the trial closely and has found more than a little disturbing the exuberant celebrations of Trump’s conviction among the mainstream media and his political opponents. Recently, he wrote:

“The conviction of former President Donald Trump in Manhattan of 34 felonies produced citywide celebrations [which] extended to the media, where former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace that it was ‘majestic day’ and ‘a day to celebrate.’ When I left the courthouse after watching the verdict come in, I was floored by the celebrations outside by both the public and some of the media.”    

Regardless of one’s view of Donald Trump, it is a disturbing development in our society when justice is treated more like a football game where you root for your “team” rather than a way of preserving our freedom and liberty in an equal way for all.

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It appears that Democrats and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) have accomplished a feat that even Donald Trump couldn't for the last decade: turn "Never-Trump" voters into Trump supporters.

Trump's conviction proved to be a massive fundraising boon for his campaign. But it's also persuading Americans reluctant to support Trump in the past to vote for him in November.

'I feel the need to send a message to the Democrats that their dirty politics will not be rewarded.'

It's the law of unintended consequences personified.

Last week, venture capitalist Shaun Maguire made headlines with his six-figure donation to Trump's campaign in the wake of the verdict. In a new interview, Maguire told the Free Press that it wasn't necessarily the verdict that persuaded him to support Trump — but Democrats' lawfare against the former president.

"We were told that Donald Trump would be the end of democracy, but it turns out that lawfare tactics have been escalated by the Democrats and not by the Republicans," he told the news outlet. "And so it’s from that backdrop that I believe the Republican Party is less of a danger to democracy than the Democratic Party right now."

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by Tyler Durden

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S has raised its full-year guidance for the second time in a month. This upward adjustment comes as strong demand for containerized shipping, along with disruptions in the Red Sea, has led to a surge in the cost of shipping a 40-foot container on major shipping routes.

The Denmark-based shipper, a bellwether for global trade, wrote in a press release Monday, "On the back of continued strong container market demand and the disruption caused by the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea, A.P. Moller - Maersk A/S (Maersk) now also sees signs of further port congestions, especially in Asia and the Middle East, and additional increase in container freight rates." 

Source: Bloomberg

Maersk pointed out, "This development is gradually building up and is expected to contribute to a stronger financial performance in the second half of 2024." Higher container costs allowed for a second upward revision in its annual outlook in a month. The shipper now expects earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization of $7 billion to $9 billion, up from its earlier estimate of $4 billion to $6 billion.

However, the shipper noted, "Trading conditions remain subject to higher-than-normal volatility given the unpredictability of the Red Sea situation and the lack of clarity of future supply and demand." 

The Red Sea crisis has had a profound impact on containerized shipping, with Bloomberg Intelligence estimating an 80% reduction in container sails through the Suez Canal. This has forced ships to take longer routes, such as sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, adding at least a week to their total travel time. As a result, global fleet capacity has been reduced, leading to a significant boost in containerized freight rates.

We covered this dynamic in a note last week titled "Supply Shock: Shipping Container Costs Top $10,000 Amid Red Sea Turmoil Thinning Global Capacity," showing how major shipping lines, from Shanghai to Los Angeles, Shanghai to Rotterdam, Shanghai to Genoa, and Shanghai to New York are experiencing a sizeable price jump to ship 40-foot containers.

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"Earnings expectations will need to move higher for Maersk and the broader liner market amid a surge in freight rates from increased port congestion and an earlier start to peak demand from the dislocation created by the Red Sea crisis. Strong pricing will remain as long as ships can't safely traverse the Suez Canal," Bloomberg Intelligence's Lee Klaskow wrote in a note.

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While world leaders prepare to convene in Switzerland for a “peace summit” ostensibly called to advance peace in Ukraine despite excluding Russia from the meeting, Brazil and China have proposed an alternative. Both countries released a joint statement calling for an international peace conference with equal participation from both Russia and Ukraine. Vijay Prashad, the Executive Director of the Tricontinental Institute, calls the Switzerland summit a “facade” and explains how the US and NATO are thwarting any real chances for peace.

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A strange anti-logic is driving Washington today, and it cannot be explained solely by the military industrial complex, late-stage empire, metastasizing corruption or so-called colonial capitalism.

We see it in a bifurcated legal system that targets and punishes enemies of the “current” state – but this is not anti-logical.  The state, wherever it prevails, predictably protects its actors and players, while fending off competitors.  The health of the state is war, and not just war with other countries, but war between gangs competing for “free” state resources, malleable state authority, and rent-seeking advantages.  What we deride as “Banana Republics” is actually all states, wherever they exist, to one degree or another.   

The legal tools chosen and exercised against the Clinton, Bush, Biden/Obama Crime syndicates are not the same as those chosen and exercised against Trump, and those seen as Trump allies.  The legal tools exercised against those who assist the state are very different than the ones used against those who expose the state.  Lawfare is old news, and well-practiced in the United States, as elsewhere.

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Sheinbaum claims she is a feminist and her Jewish identity is not something she thinks about…   Yet her alliance with David Daniel Kabbaz – a Jewish real estate tycoon who founded Grupo Danhos – is said to be a close political and economic alliance.  As mayor of Mexico City, Sheinbaum instructed a crew to demolish a wall next to a chapel – and accidentally demolished most of the chapel as well.  The parish priest claimed he was not even given notification of the demolition!  

A World Economic Forum member, Sheinbaum served on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change in 2007 and completed the Advanced Studies Program in Sustainable Development and the Environment at the Center for Demographic, Urban, and Environmental Studies.  Prior to taking the dive into politics, Sheinbaum was a member of the Party of the Democrat Revolution – a far left socialist Marxist organization that merged with Mexico’s communist party.

The Open Society foundation has an office in Mexico City.    She is touted by all the right players:  Wilson Center, Politico, WAPO, Bloomberg…   She is simply another Milei.

In 2020, Mexico’s President, Obrador, complained that two groups were working in Mexico to illegally intervene in their elections and in their policies:  MCCI – Mexicans Against Corruption & Impunity, and Article 19.

According to Obrador, both groups are funded by;  Omidyar, Ford Foundation, Open Society foundation, McArthur Foundation, Bill Gates, NED, The Netherlands, and USAID.

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Hallie Biden, the ex of Hunter Biden and widow of his brother, will testify about her use of crack with Hunter, prosecutor Derek Hines said during Tuesday’s opening statements of the gun trial.

Hallie, 50, dated Hunter in 2018 and found a Colt Cobra .38 handgun in Hunter Biden’s truck outside her home, prosecutors say. Hallie dumped the gun in a nearby grocery store trash bin, according to prosecutors.

Hunter used crack when he purchased the firearm, a wide variety of photos from the time on his abandoned laptop show. The Secret Service allegedly intervened in the investigation of that incident.

Hunter Biden is charged with one count of false statement in the purchase of a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and one count of false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer.

Hines said Hallie’s testimony would be “embarrassing” but necessary, according to court reporters.

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Polls are showing that as more Americans learn about transgender athletes, opposition to allowing them to compete against women is increasing, not going down.

The website Boys vs Women tracks the differences in scoring between grown women and boys to show that, in most cases, adult women aren’t even fast enough or strong enough to beat high school boys in sports.

The site’s main question is featured at the top of the main page, asking, “If boys win against the fastest women, is it fair for males to compete in female-only athletic events?”

On its X account, the site recently reviewed the polling on the acceptance rate for transgender “women” in sports.

It appears that the left’s tactic of forcing everyone to accept males competing in women’s sports — especially in schools and colleges — is failing to have the effect of cajoling people into agreeing with the practice.

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Demanding the immediate release of documents pertaining to “credible allegations” of “improper collusion by the Biden White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) in the sham political show trial of President Trump conducted by Alvin Bragg, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and Judge Juan Merchan,” America First Legal is suing the Department of Justice.

The principal target of the allegations of cooperation between the Biden Administration and Bragg’s office is Matthew Colangelo, a senior Biden DOJ official who joined Bragg’s team as a prosecutor after leaving the department. Before accepting a low-level position as a prosecutor in Bragg’s office, Colangelo was the Department of Justice’s third-highest ranking officer official.

“Today, AFL sued the DOJ to compel the immediate release of previously requested records regarding Matthew Colangelo, a key figure in the partisan and politically-motivated prosecution of President Trump in Manhattan,” America First Legal wrote in a press release.

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US lawmakers have given the green light to a bill set to slap sanctions on the International Criminal Court over its issuance of a war crimes warrant for Israeli leaders. Reporting live from Washington DC, Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro emphasizes that while several procedural hoops remain before the sanctions are enforced, the move is significant as it materializes the long-debated notion within the US House of Representatives.

Webmaster addition: The moment Joe Biden signs that bill into law, his administration becomes accessories after-the-fact to genocide.

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From Blaze Media:
Ana Navarro has gone after fellow Latinos who have expressed their support for former President Donald Trump amid the 2024 presidential election. She said their behavior toward immigration is “very stupid,” according to the Daily Mail.

She said that some among the Latino population have forgotten about their own roots and believe that being anti-immigrant will allow them to better assimilate into American society. She went on to suggest that such a mindset contributes to the fissuring in American society.

“There are some Latino immigrants who forget they came here as immigrants and who want to shut the door behind them, and who think being anti-immigrant somehow is going to make them pass as more American, pass as whatever. And that’s a very stupid attitude to have.”

Her dog-whistle call is likely to fail miserably as Latinos across America are flocking to Trump instead of bowing to Biden. Navarro and her leftist media cronies can’t stand this reality and have nothing left in their quiver of leftist nonsense other than straight up insults.

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Since Democrats in New York convicted Donald Trump, his campaign has raised over $200 million. Eric Trump made this announcement while speaking with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. If true, this is one of the biggest hauls in campaign history.

And it will terrify Democrats to no end.

According to Eric Trump, $70 million of these donations were small-dollar, which are around $20 each. And 30% of those who donated to Trump were donating to a political campaign for the first time.

This is devastating news to Democrats, who apparently assumed the guilty verdict would tank Trump’s campaign. Instead, Americans from all walks of life seem to be coming out of the woodwork to support Trump. It seems Americans are viewing these Democrat-led prosecutions as examples of the corrupt government system that Trump has vowed to destroy.

The more Democrats prosecute and malign Trump, the more voters are convinced of this.

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Sally Buzbee has abruptly resigned as Executive Editor of the Washington Post, stepping down just months before the upcoming presidential election. Buzbee’s departure comes after three years at the helm of the struggling newspaper, which has been grappling with financial difficulties and a declining audience.

Fox News Digital reports that Matt Murray, former editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, will replace Buzbee temporarily. He will remain in the role until after the election, at which point Robert Winnett, the current deputy editor at the Telegraph Media Group, will take over resignation.

William Lewis, CEO and Publisher of the Washington Post, explained that the change was necessary to better serve the paper’s audience. “We are taking a definitive step away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach and moving towards meeting our audiences where they are,” Lewis told the New York Post. He praised Buzbee, saying, “Sally is an incredible leader and a supremely talented media executive who will be sorely missed.”

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Ukraine last night claimed it successfully hit a missile system inside Russia using U.S. weapons.

It said the country’s forces destroyed Russian missile launchers with a strike in the Belgorod region.

Senior politician Yehor Chernev claimed Ukrainian forces used a High Mobility Rocket Artillery System, or HIMARS, The New York Times reported. 

It comes just days after the U.S. granted permission for Ukraine to fire American weapons into Russia.

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Harrison Mann, a U.S. Army major who worked in the Defense Intelligence Agency, resigned to protest U.S. military support for Israel's war in Gaza. In an exclusive CBS News interview, Mann, who is Jewish, tells chief investigative correspondent Jim Axelrod why he can no longer serve.

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Hunter Biden’s wife Melissa strode up to a former Trump staffer and called him a ‘Nazi piece of s**t’ in a dramatic outburst outside the Delaware courtroom of the First Son’s gun crimes trial Tuesday morning.

Melissa, wearing a baby blue jacket, pink shirt and heels, got six inches from former Trump staffer Garrett Ziegler who was attending the trial, pointed in his face and said ‘You have no right to be here you Nazi piece of s**t.’

Ziegler did not reply.

He has become infamous to the Bidens, after publishing extensive material from Hunter’s laptop through his right wing nonprofit Marco Polo.

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Hunter Biden's gun trial was shown his infamous laptop and saw photos, videos and text messages from when he was in the depths of his addiction to crack cocaine during a dramatic day in court.

Melissa Cohen, the wife of the president's son, shook her head as Prosecutor Derek Hines took the Macbook Pro 13 from a plastic sleeve, walked it across the courtroom and held it up to the jury.

The revelation came on a second day of the trial that heard Hunter 'smoked crack every 15 minutes' and went into details into his life of 'debauchery'. 

Hines' first witness FBI agent Erika Jensen confirmed it belonged to Hunter in an admission that flew in the face of many who tried to discredit its contents as Russian disinformation. 

He then showed the court evidence taken from the 'Laptop from Hell' - including pictures of text messages where Hunter refers to himself as an ‘addict’ and his conversations with suspected drug dealers.

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AT&T and Verizon have it managed to resolve an outage that left customers unable to reach 911, make calls or use the internet. 

At least 24 states were experiencing problems that plagued thousands of Americans from North Dakota to Illinois and New York.

DownDetector, a site that monitors online outages, showed AT&T disruptions occurred around 12:26pm ET, but skyrocketed about four hours later, and Verizon experiencing issues throughout the day.

Customers reported dropped calls and an inability to hear the person on the other end of the line. 

AT&T said that they had managed to resolve the issue shortly after 8pm ET, while Verizon said their network was working normally - with only users in the Northeast and Midwest experiencing issues. 

This is the second major cellular outage for the year amid growing warnings that hackers are targeting US infrastructure.

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