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New data from Realtor.com shows that inventory on the US Housing Market surged by 30% in April 2024. With the share of sellers cutting the price also spiking to the highest rate since 2018.

Surging homes for sale and price cuts suggests the housing market is weakening that home prices could drop significantly in coming months. Particularly in housing markets like Texas, Florida, and Arizona, where there is the biggest spike in homes for sale and price cuts.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently re-hired "Professor Doomsday" Sergei Karaganov, his former adviser who thinks their people have "despotic DNA," to ensure the country is "deterring the West" effectively.

The 71-year-old political scientist believes that Russia should nuke the West and Europe "to save the world" from a full-blown war. Such a move would supposedly test the resolve of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as well as the United States' commitment to its allies. Last year, he said no country would consider responding to a strike because it would leave the world in "radioactive ruins."

"The enemy must know that we are ready to deliver a pre-emptive strike in retaliation for all of its current and past acts of aggression to prevent a slide into global thermonuclear war," he wrote in an essay.

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The US ambassador to Israel has downplayed President Biden’s warning to Israel about its assault on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, saying that nothing has fundamentally changed in the US-Israel relationship and that the two countries don’t have “real disagreements.”

Biden said the US wouldn’t send heavy bombs to Israel if it launched a major attack on “population centers” in Rafah, a city that’s been a refuge for over one million civilians. Ambassador Jack Lew told Israel’s Channel 12 on Sunday that so far, the US has approved Israel’s operations in Rafah, which continue to escalate.

“What the president said was: He doesn’t think it’s a good idea to have a massive ground campaign in a heavily populated area. But he specifically said that 2,000-pound bombs shouldn’t be used in that setting,” Lew said.

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Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The administration of US President Joe Biden has assessed that Israel has enough troops in the Gazan city of Rafah to proceed with a full-scale ground operation in the coming days, CNN has reported, citing senior officials.

At the same time, it is still unclear for senior US officials whether the Jewish state decides to move forward with a full-scale offensive, which they think would be a gesture of defiance against Biden, who had warned the Israeli leadership against such an operation, CNN reported in an article on Monday.

The Biden administration is also alarmed that Israel has not made any preparations for post-war governance of the enclave as it goes on achieving its goals on the battlefield, according to the report.

Last Monday, the IDF launched what it called a counterterrorist operation in the east of Rafah, on the border with Egypt, and took control of the Gaza side of the border crossing. On Friday, Israeli media reported that Israel's military cabinet had approved expanding the ground operation. Israeli authorities say the operation is aimed at eliminating the remaining battalions of Palestinian movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Below is my column in the New York Post on the first day of the examination of Michael Cohen. He is expected to start his cross examination today. How bad will it be? After lying to Congress, courts, banks, and most everyone else, it will be bad. Years ago, Cohen threatened a journalist and told him “what I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting.” Well, that bad. On cross examination, Cohen faces a reckoning of biblical proportions.

Michael Cohen apparently wants a reality show but, if his testimony Monday is any indication, reality is about to sink in for not just Cohen but the prosecutors and the court.

In stoking interest in his own appearance, the former Trump counsel promised the public that they should be “prepared to be surprised.”

Thus far, however, Cohen has offered nothing new and, more importantly, nothing to make the case for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Just before he took the stand, the New York Post revealed that Cohen has been peddling a reality show called “The Fixer,” including working with Colin Whelan, who helped create “Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up.” Whelan appears interested to stay within that genre.

The Cohen pitch came with a cheesy promo video where he promised viewers, “I am your fixer.”

His first post-Trump client, Bragg, may have to disagree.

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The radical Left was hoping 2024 would be all about Donald Trump.

Instead, the No. 1 issue in a world on fire is Joe Biden’s incompetence.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The US plans to expand the production of 30,000-pound bombs designed to penetrate deeply buried nuclear facilities believed to exist in the DPRK and Iran, as reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday.

According to the report, the expansion initiative will take place at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, situated in southeast Oklahoma.

This expansion aims to significantly ramp up the monthly production of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs, also referred to as bunker-penetrators.

These colossal munitions are exclusively deployable from B-2 stealth bombers, the report notes.

Tags: IRAN, KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Antony Blinken decided that at the very moment things are at their most dire point for Ukraine's struggling armed forces in Kharkiv amid the new major Russian cross-border offensive, he would put on a concert featuring himself at a bar in Kiev.

It has resulted in near universal revilement, even among some of Ukraine's staunchest supporters.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Another day, another foreign policy disaster from the failed Biden regime. This time around, inept Secretary of State Antony Blinken is praying to whatever “god” will listen to him at this point, hoping the American people don’t discover that Ukrainian officials in Kharkiv have been using US tax dollars to get rich quick by investing in fake companies.

Well, tough luck, Blinky; we’re about to blow the lid off of it…

Now, if the name of that town rings a bell, it’s likely due to recent reports of Russians entering the city and taking it over with barely a struggle. Why, you ask? It’s because officials pocketed the money meant for “defense” and used it to line their own pockets.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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With the overwhelming successes that the Russian Federation forces are enjoying in the North near Kharkov, and the relentless push in the eastern Donetsk Oblast, the situation of the Ukrainian defenders is as bad as it’s ever been in this war.

In this context of near breakdown in the Ukrainian lines in several points, President Volodymyr Zelensky decided to postpone all his foreign trips.

There is also the fact that his Constitutional presidential mandate expires on May 20th, meaning that, after cancelling elections, he will be an illegitimate president, kept in place by force.

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A rare, highly progressive neurodegenerative disease has become more prevalent after the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Prion diseases, which hollow out the brain and lead to rapid death, have increased over the last three years. According to the medical literature, many new cases have occurred after the administration of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Because prions rapidly destroy similar proteins types, the disease can be transmissible if an individual is exposed to organs or blood already affected by prions.

Cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease increase after COVID-19 vaccination

One of the main prion diseases is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). CJD was traditionally seen as an extremely rare neurological and degenerative disease, representing approximately 1 case per one million people. Traditionally, there are approximately 350 cases of sporadic CJD in the United States each year. CJD cases makeup 90 percent of all prion diseases.

In April 2023, medical researchers documented a fatal case of CJD after the 68-year-old patient received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Another case documented in September 2022 involved a 59-year-old man suspected of having CJD, who developed symptoms following multiple COVID-19 vaccinations. In a third researched case, a 68-year-old woman suffered rapid memory loss, behavior changes, headaches and gait disturbance a week after COVID-19 vaccination. By June 7, 2022, the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS) had captured 42 cases of CJD after vaccination. Sid Belzberg, an independent researcher, gathered an additional 60 reports of prion diseases after COVID vaccination on a website he’d set up to collect data on the neurological side effects of the jabs. These 60 cases came from a population of approximately 15,000 people who visited the site, suggesting an alarming trend.

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The Florida theme park Disney World has removed Tinker Bell from its meet and greets. The character used to appear alongside Mickey Mouse and others, greeting families at locations at the park.

But according to reports, the innocent fairy has been brandished as “problematic” by the woke crones running the company. How can a small, sweet fairy be seen as remotely “problematic”?

Because she was seen as “body conscious.” We are not clear on what that even means. But the nail in her coffin was that she “desired Peter Pan’s attention.” Oh, now it makes sense. A female character who is attracted to a strong, male figure. The feminist goons that run Disney can’t have that!

These PC clowns are so woke, that they even brandished Captain Hook—the villain of the film—as problematic too because, get this, he has a hook. The liberals who run Disney fear this might be seen as a “negative portrayal of those with disabilities.”

Uh… so now Disney doesn’t like cartoon pirates because they think it will offend someone with a prosthetic in real life? Does anyone really think Hook is evil because he has a hook for a hand? Give me a break.

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Donald Trump had accomplished plenty of good during his short stint in the White House. He helped broker trade agreements in the Middle East, defying expectations. He kept the world’s enemies under his thumb, including Iran and North Korea.

He even helped make America the world’s leader in exporting energy, something Biden has devastated in just a few years.

Now, a group in Congress is looking to recognize Trump’s achievements. A few Republicans are pushing to give Trump the highest honor the House can give to a civilian.

From Daily Wire:
A group of House Republicans have banded together in trying to get former President Donald Trump a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award the Legislative Branch can bestow.

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Bahrain has signalled its willingness to be a member of an Arab multinational force that would administer security in Gaza once Israel ends its war on the embattled enclave, a US official familiar with the Biden administration's plans for the region has told Middle East Eye.

US officials have made several overtures in recent weeks to see if Bahrain would be a member of the force that will fill the security vacuum in Gaza until a Palestinian governing authority can be formed, the US official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Manama has said it wants to take a bigger role in post-war Gaza's governance, pointing to its position as the fourth country to normalise ties with Israel in 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords agreements, the official said.

Bahrain's willingness to entertain the idea suggests that Saudi Arabia is also open to an Arab peacekeeping force in Gaza, given Manama's political, military and financial reliance on its larger neighbour.

Tags: ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Ireland will recognise a Palestinian state before the end of this month if not on May 21 as first thought, Irish Foreign Minster Micheal Martin said on Wednesday.

European Union members including Ireland, Spain, Slovenia and Malta, had planned to make the recognition next week, arguing that a two-state solution is essential for lasting peace in the region.

"We will be recognising the state of Palestine before the end of the month," Micheal Martin told Newstalk radio. "The specific date is still fluid because we're still in discussions with some countries in respect of a joint recognition."

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The editor of WikiLeaks denounced the British judicial system as crooked on Wednesday, days before a crucial court hearing which could end the legal battle by the organisation's founder Julian Assange to stop extradition to the United States.

Assange, 52, is wanted by U.S. prosecutors on 18 charges, all bar one under the Espionage Act, over WikiLeaks' release of thousands of confidential U.S. military records and secret diplomatic cables.

At a hearing on Monday, judges at London's High Court could agree to rubber stamp his extradition, give him permission for a full appeal or even set him free, his wife Stella Assange said.

"Julian is just one decision away from being extradited," she told reporters on Wednesday. "If the judges find against him on Monday, then there will be no further avenues for appeal in the UK."

In March the High Court provisionally gave Assange permission to appeal but said satisfactory assurances - that the U.S. would not seek the death penalty and would allow him a First Amendment right to free speech in a trial - would make this unnecessary.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WHITE HOUSE
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Rhetoric from the Pentagon and the arms industry suggests that integrating artificial intelligence, or AI, into U.S. weapons, communications, and surveillance systems will improve efficiency, innovation, and national security.

The Pentagon is beginning to back its rhetoric on emerging technology with resources. The department’s Office of Strategic Capital now has the authority to grant executive loans and loan guarantees to invest in firms researching and developing 14 “critical technologies,” including hypersonics, quantum computing, microelectronics, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence.

Meanwhile, the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the Advanced Defense Capabilities Pilot, which contains a mandate to establish public-private partnerships with the goal of “leverag[ing] private equity capital to accelerate domestic defense scaling, production, and manufacturing.”

Proponents argue that the rapid development and deployment of autonomous systems, pilotless vehicles, and hypersonic weapons will shorten the time between recognizing a potential threat and destroying it — a process analysts and military leaders often refer to as shortening the "kill chain." This shift is portrayed as a positive development, when in fact it could easily enable deadly escalations by accident or design.

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President Joe Biden and his administration have been accused of being complicit in enabling a famine in Gaza by failing to sufficiently act on repeated warnings from their own experts and aid agencies.

Interviews with current and former US Agency for International Development (USAID) and State Department officials, aid agencies working in Gaza and internal USAID documents reveal that the administration rejected or ignored pleas to use its leverage to persuade its ally Israel – the recipient of billions of dollars of US military support – to allow sufficient humanitarian aid into Gaza to stop the famine taking hold.

The former officials say the US also provided diplomatic cover for Israel to create the conditions for famine by blocking international efforts to bring about a ceasefire or alleviate the crisis, making the delivery of aid almost impossible.

“This is not just turning a blind eye to the man-made starvation of an entire population, it is direct complicity,” former State Department official Josh Paul, who resigned over US support for the war, told The Independent.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The Islamic Resistance in Iraq says it has fired advanced cruise missiles at vital targets in the Israeli-occupied territories in retaliation for the massacres committed by the Zionist regime against civilians in Gaza. 

The resistance, which is an umbrella group of anti-US and anti-Israel factions, said in a statement it hit vital targets in the areas of Ariha Valley, also known Jericho, and the Nevatim Airbase using Arqab cruise missiles.

The statement vowed the resistance will continue its operations for as long as the genocide in Gaza continues.

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq has been conducting many such attacks on Israeli targets since the occupying regime launched the genocidal campaign in Gaza in early October.

Tags: IRAQ, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A senior Iranian commander sounds a note of warning addressed to the UK, Germany, and France after the trio deployed their warplanes to defend the Israeli regime against a retaliatory operation staged by Iran last month.

Brigadier General Esmail Qa’ani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), made the remarks on Wednesday.

“All criminals should know [this] that their measures and crimes have been chalked up to their accounts,” Qa’ani said.

“France, Germany, and the UK should not think that they deployed the planes that night and that the issue was over. Yes, that night was over, but they will be held accountable in due course,” he added.

The commander was addressing a ceremony held to mark 40 days since the martyrdom of the IRGC’s General Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi.

Haji Rahim, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, an IRGC Quds Force commander, and five of their accompanying officers were all martyred on April 1 in an Israeli terrorist attack against Iran’s diplomatic premises in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Tags: FRANCE, GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak has told reporters in a briefing that "there is no doubt" that the attack was a politically motivated assassination attempt. "The inability to accept the will of some part of the public, which some group does not like, is the result that they have worked towards today," he said in reference to Fico’s political opponents. A video is widely circulated of the detained suspect's interrogation wherein the man, identified as Juraj Cintula, confesses to saying he "disagreed" with his government's policies. 

Western media coverage of the attempted killing has been interesting to say the least. Fico was alongside Viktor Orban a dissenter when it comes to the NATO line on Ukraine.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has commented, for example, "Listen to this Sky News report on the shooting of Robert Fico. Not only do they come close to justifying it because he opposes aid to Ukraine, but they also casually imply that he's being paid by the Kremlin.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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