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February 25: The Post Newspaper:
Will the real employment numbers please stand up?

February 2nd, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reported unexpected employment creation numbers.  According to BLS’s “Establishment [Payroll] Number,” an estimated 353,000 (seasonally adjusted) new jobs were created, compared to the experts’ estimates of 185,000.   Annually, between December and January there is drop in employment after the Christmas season to the tune of between 2.5 and 3 million jobs.  So, either BLS’s figures are really good news or somebody is blowing smoke! Unfortunately, it appears the BLS numbers don’t hold up under closer scrutiny. The point is your government may not be being honest with you. The reasons are for you to decide, but as a wise man once said, "Don't take everything on face value." Check other available sources and see whether they confirm what you are being told is the truth. [Read the entire column]

Trump at a town hall meeting in South Carolona
February 24: Fox News:
Trump wallops Heley in her home state of SC

With 78% of the vote in, Trump has 60.5% to Haley's 38.8% of the SC vote. President Trump said he is not sure Nikki Haley is "even really in the race" after winning yet another Republican primary Saturday night, saying he is focused on beating Joe Biden in the general election in November. The Fox News Decision Desk declared Trump the winner of the South Carolina Republican Primary just moments after the polls closed Saturday night. Trump defeated former two-term South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her home state, and came another step closer to clinching the 2024 GOP nomination. "I was honored that I received the largest vote in the history of the state," Trump said.

February 24: The Washington Times:
McCain comment in 2022 may hurt Lake in reaching moderate Republicans

Kari Lake danced on John McCain 's political grave in 2022, but the late Arizona senator may get the last laugh this November. Lake's criticism of McCain and his brand of Republicanism in her failed gubernatorial campaign is coming back to haunt her as she looks to broaden her appeal with moderate Republicans and independent voters in her bid for the U.S. Senate. Her recent attempts to play nice and recast the disparaging McCain remarks as a joke are meeting some stiff resistance and outright scorn - including from McCain's family. Meghan McCain, the late senator's daughter, says Lake has already shown her true colors and says she is softening her message purely for political reasons. Polls, meanwhile, show Lake's MAGA magic is working in the primary but could cost her, for a second straight time, in the general election. "Kari Lake's charmless charm offensive isn't going the way she hoped," said Barret Mason, an Arizona-based GOP strategist. "Instead, she's reminding moderate Republicans and right-leaning independents just how much vitriol she held for them."

February 23: The Epoch Times:
Trump moves for dismissal of Mar-A-Lago case; Smith lacks authority

President Donald Trump filed several motions to dismiss a classified documents case being pursued against him in Florida on Thursday, arguing that, amongst other things, special counsel Jack Smith "lacks the authority" to prosecute the case. In one of four motions, attorneys for the former president contend that neither the U.S. Constitution nor Congress had officially established the special counsel's office, rendering Mr. Smith's appointment invalid. Furthermore, they argue that the special counsel's office is being funded "off the books" by the Biden administration. The motion, which cites the Appointments Clause, argues that Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the authority to appoint a "like-minded political ally" as special counsel "without Senate confirmation." "As such, Jack Smith lacks the authority to prosecute this action," the motion reads. President Trump's lawyers argue that the only remedy is to dismiss the superseding indictment.

February 23: News Max:
White House restores Trump-Rescinded policy in step away from support for Israel

The Biden administration on Friday restored a U.S. legal finding dating back nearly 50 years that Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are "illegitimate" under international law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. believes settlements are inconsistent with Israel's obligations, in the Biden administration's latest shift away from the pro-Israel policies pursued by former President Donald Trump. Blinken's comments came in response to a reporter's question about an announcement that Israel would build more than 3,300 new homes in West Bank settlements as a riposte to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack. It wasn't clear why Blinken chose this moment, more than three years into his tenure, to take this action. But it came at a time of growing U.S.-Israeli tensions over the war in Gaza, with the latest settlement announcement only adding to the strain. It also came as the United Nations' highest court, the International Court of Justice, is holding hearings into the legality of the Israeli occupation.

February 23: The Daily Caller:
DA Willis, in the GA Trump case is in the hot seat, could face disbarment and jail time

Special prosecutor Nathan Wade's cell phone data suggests he and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may have lied on the witness stand, opening them up to greater consequences than disqualification from the case against former President Donald Trump, legal experts said. Phone records contained in a Friday court filing by Trump's attorney appeared to contradict Wade's testimony that he visited Willis' condo less than 10 times, showing "a minimum of 35 occasions" where his phone was in her neighborhood for an extended time, and appears to undermine Willis' claim that he never spent the night. If they are found to have lied under oath, Willis and Wade could face charges and potential disbarment, legal experts said. The data, which revealed "over 2000 voice calls and just under 12,000 text messages" between the pair in 2021, also further calls into question the timeline of their relationship, which they have insisted began in 2022, after Wade's contract started. Atlanta-based defense attorney Andrew Fleischman said that the "cell phone location data is powerful circumstantial evidence of a close personal relationship before 2022, as are the sheer number of texts and phone calls exchanged." "The judge may find that the State was not truthful in its testimony and that its conduct in defending against disqualification is an independent basis to remove them," Fleischman said.

February 22: iHeartMedia/KTRH Houston:
AT&T working to restore cell phone service after massive nationwide blackout

AT&T says it's restoring services to thousands of customers who woke up to a cellular outage today. Other carriers, including Verizon and T-Mobile, had issues, but those were on a smaller scale compared to AT&T. The outages started overnight and at one point impacted more than 70,000 customers. As for what caused the outage, AT&T isn't saying. All the company said in a statement was that, "Some of our customers are experiencing wireless service interruptions this morning. Our network teams took immediate action and so far three-quarters of our network has been restored. We are working as quickly as possible to restore service to remaining customers." A defense official told Fox News that there was "no indication it was a cyber attack." The Federal Communications Commission said it was aware of the outages. "We are aware of the reported wireless outages, and our Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is actively investigating," the FCC posted on X. "We are in touch with AT&T and public safety authorities, including FirstNet, as well as other providers."

February 22: News Max:
Speaker calls out Biden election year actions after three years of allowing open borders

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., excoriated President Joe Biden for "brazenly" misleading the public about his authority to address the southern border crisis but said that ultimately, any talk of Biden now thinking of addressing the border amounts to "election-year gimmicks." Johnson released a statement Thursday reacting to Wednesday's report that Biden is mulling executive action that would stem the flow of migrants through changes to asylum standards and stricter points of entry. This after emphatically telling Americans he needed Congress to give him authority to use executive action and after Johnson telling Biden he had the power already. "Now, in an election year, after the president has surrendered the border to cartels and smugglers … the President suddenly seems interested in trying to make a change using the legal authority that he claimed until recently didn't exist," Johnson said in the statement.

February 22: Breitbart News: Biden oversees 7.2 million illegal aliens at Southern border; equivalent of two years of U.S. births
Joe Biden has overseen a record-breaking level of illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border — a large portion of which is being released directly into American towns and cities. From February 2021 through January 2024, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data shows that more than 7.2 million illegal aliens have arrived at the nation's porous southern border. Thus far in Fiscal Year 2024, with only four full months completed, nearly a million illegal aliens have crossed the southern border. In Fiscal Year 2022, Biden broke records by overseeing close to 2.37 million illegal aliens at the border, and he shattered that record the following fiscal year when 2.47 million arrived. This year, the nation's foreign-born population is expected to hit 50 million thanks, in part, to Biden's policies regarding illegal immigration, as well as legal immigration levels that import more than a million legal immigrants annually to the U.S. In January, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly said in private that the agency is releasing into the U.S. interior about 85% of all border crossers and illegal aliens arriving at the southern border.

South Carolina Town hall with Trump and Laura IngramFebruary 21: Fox News:
Trump says who maybe on list for VP running mates

President Trump indicated that at least a half a dozen contenders — including three former rivals for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination — are on his shortlist for running mate. The commanding frontrunner for the GOP nomination had plenty of praise for one of those potential candidates who joined Trump at Fox News town hall on Tuesday in this upstate South Carolina city. During the program, Trump was asked about half a dozen potential running mate choices: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, multimillionaire biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a Democrat turned independent. "Are they all on your shortlist?" Laura Ingraham asked the former president. "They are," Trump answered. "Honestly, all of those people are good. They're all good, they're all solid."

February 21: The Daily Caller: Democrats hope of holding on to the Senate may have just gotten a setback; Hogan (R-MD)
Democrats' hopes of holding a Senate seat in the blue state of Maryland might have just gotten crushed as a widely popular, moderate Republican is now in the running. Former GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, who was comfortably elected twice statewide, launched a surprise Senate campaign on Feb. 9 for the seat currently held by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. After receiving a batch of daunting poll numbers, several Maryland-based political operatives believe Hogan's candidacy is upending the Democrats' chances at holding what otherwise would've been an easy seat to retain. "Republicans view this as a gift, and the Democrats view it as a nightmare," Paul Ellington, Republican strategist based in Maryland and former state GOP executive director said. Hogan won the governor's race in 2014 by nearly four points and secured a second term by roughly 12 points in 2018, becoming only the second Republican in state history to be reelected to the position. The former governor left office in early 2023 with his statewide popularity intact, as 77% of Marylanders approved of his job performance. Democrats awarded Hogan with higher numbers than Republicans did at 81% to 68%, respectively, and 76% of unaffiliated voters approved of the governor. "I think there's a very real chance that he could win, because he has a record to run on. He has eight years as being the governor, he did not raise taxes, he governed from a common-sense point of view and [focused on] kitchen table issues.

February 21: iHeartMedia/KTRH Houston:
Dems continue to use illegal methods to win elections and hold on to power

As if Harris County voters needed any more reasons to doubt election integrity, the Harris County election board has been caught encouraging people to 'vote Democratic,' likely an illegal display of partisanship. KTRH spoke with policy analyst James Quintero, who remarked, "I think it's fairly obvious that their lawless acts are only becoming more brazen." He explained that even at the school board level, Democrats are resorting to cheating in elections to maintain their grip on money and power. When asked about the solution to this problem, Quintero emphasized that we have the laws to address these petty election crimes; they simply need to be enforced. He stated, "The next Texas legislature needs to step up and make improvements to the existing system so that people can begin to regain confidence in election results." This issue is particularly significant when it occurs in blue jurisdictions with lenient District Attorneys, as Attorney General Ken Paxton, under a ruling by the Criminal Court of Appeals, can no longer prosecute them.

Joe Biden's Dog Commender draws blood again February 21: The New York Post: Commander-in-Chief gives Commander away after he draws blood
Joe Biden has given first dog "Commander" to relatives, the White House said Wednesday following revelations of more brutal attacks on Secret Service employees — including a case in which White House tours were suspended to mop up blood from the floor of the East Wing and another attack where an agent suffered a "severe deep open wound" at Biden's Delaware vacation home. Commander's propensity for biting Secret Service members was first revealed in July 2023, with internal documents showing at least seven agents were injured — but the Biden's didn't immediately part with the German shepherd, claiming that the secret service agents were lying about an attack by his previous dog "Major." Major was also relocated after multiple incidents were reported.

February 21: The Epoch Times: The "Rage" of the progressives; NY AG says she may seize Trump properties if he doesn't pay the fine
New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Feb. 20 that she's prepared to seize former President Donald Trump's buildings and assets if he can't pay the penalty imposed in the state's civil fraud case. The former president was recently ordered to pay nearly $355 million and barred from doing business in New York state for three years by liberal and biased state Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron. During an interview with ABC News, Ms. James said that it was "really not my business" if President Trump doesn't have the money to pay the penalty, while also noting that she has her eyes on the Trump Building in Lower Manhattan. "If he does not have funds to pay off the judgment, then we will seek, you know, judgment enforcement mechanisms in court, and we will ask the judge to seize his assets," she said.

February 21: News Max: America's oldest gun maker leaves New York for Georgia; seeking a more favorable business climate
Remington, the nation's oldest gun manufacturer, which has been located for more than 200 years in Ilion, New York, will move to LaGrange, Georgia, on March 4. "Two hundred and eight years of history. Gone, gone," Ilion Mayor John P. Stephens told the New York Times. "Ilion is Remington. Remington is Ilion." "The history and the nostalgic loss that we're going to suffer is almost, if not bigger, than the financial loss," Stevens added, whose father was an employee at Remington for 37 years. Remington said it no longer feels welcomed in left-leaning New York. The company's chief executive, Ken D'Arcy, referred to Georgia as "a state that supports and welcomes the firearms industry." "We are deeply saddened by the closing of this historic facility," D'Arcy continued. " New York State's legislative environment remains a major concern for our industry." The bottom line? Actions by politicians have economic realities.

February 20: The Epoch Times: New York gets unwanted news: Businesses say they won't invest given treatment given to Trump
Real estate investors are losing interest in investing in the Big Apple after biased New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron's staggering ruling last week in a civil fraud case against President Donald Trump. President Trump and Trump Organization executives were ordered on Feb. 16 to pay $355 million in fines, plus interest, after Justice Engoron found them liable for inflating the values of their assets to obtain better rates from lenders and insurers. The judge also barred the former president and his sons from managing Skyline of New York City where businesses say they won't invest given the treatment of Trumptheir businesses in New York for three years. If it can happen to Trump, it could also happen to us one person observed. "I'm shocked at this. I can't even understand or fathom the decision at all. There's no rationale for it," "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary told Fox Business. The Canadian businessman, often called "Mr. Wonderful," described New York as a "mega loser state" for business. "New York was already a loser state, like California's a loser state," he said. "There are many loser states because of policy, high taxes, uncompetitive regulation. It was already on the top of the list of being a loser state. I would never invest in New York now."

Meanwhile the Trump legal team says the President is willing to pay a $400 million bond in order to appeal the judge's ruling. It is likely he would win such an appeal since nobody was injured -- in fact the banks would love to do business with him again -- and the lenders said during the trial that no fraud took place in that Trump probably undervalued the worth of the properties he was putting up for collateral. Not likely, but some think Trump should seek damages from the state if he wins on appeal.

February 20: News Max:
Arab voters urge Democrats to ditch Biden over Palestinian issue

Joe Biden is receiving flak from Arab American grassroots organizations, with one calling for him to resign because of his support for Israel and urging voters to select "uncommitted" for Michigan's Democrat presidential primary on Feb. 27. Arab American are feeling betrayed by Biden's support for Israel in its war against Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip after Hamas massacred more than 1,200 Israeli citizens and took about 250 others – including infants and women – hostage. Biden hasn't outright called for a cease-fire and has tried to negotiate with Israel for a temporary pause to allow for the return of the remaining hostages, some of whom are believed to be Americans. The U.S. on Tuesday also vetoed a widely supported U.N. resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war, the third time it has vetoed a U.N. cease-fire resolution.

Embroyos are children in AlabamaFebruary 19: The Washington Times:
Alabama Supreme Court rules that embryos are children under state law

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos are children in a wrongful death lawsuit over the destruction of several frozen embryos, reversing a lower court's decision to dismiss the case. Three couples had sued a fertility clinic, The Center for Reproductive Medicine, and the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center after a wandering patient trespassed into the area, handled their embryos and dropped them. It's alleged the patient burned himself on the sub-zero freezer, causing him to drop the embryos, thus killing them. The lawsuit claimed the facilities were negligent and breached their contracts with the couples. It also cited the Wrongful Death of a Minor Act. The finding reinstates the lawsuits against the medical facilities. "The Wrongful Death of a Minor Act applies to all unborn children, regardless of their location," the court said in its opinion. "Neither the text of the Wrongful Death of a Minor Act nor this Court 's precedents exclude extrauterine children from the Act's coverage. Unborn children are 'children' under the Act, without exception based on developmental stage, physical location, or any other ancillary characteristics."

February 19: Fox Business:
ITC decision could shutter WVA producer and adversely impact U.S. canned food sector

A West Virginia steelworkers' union president is livid over the International Trade Commission's (ITC) decision against tariffs on foreign tin imports, a verdict that could shutter the doors of a mill in the Mountain State and put nearly 1,000 jobs at risk. "This is a total travesty. It's totally un-American to me. It's one of the most un-American decisions that has ever been made that's going to jeopardize the food industry in this country. It's going to be a national security issue," Mark Glyptis, president of the United Steelworkers Local 2911 union, said Monday. "I'm going to do anything I could possibly do to overturn this decision. It's a wrong decision by our government. They're supposed to be looking after America and its people, not foreigners," he said. According to the Associated Press, Steelmaking company Cleveland-Cliffs announced last Thursday it would be shuttering the Weirton, West Virginia plant indefinitely after the International Trade Commission voted against the foreign tin tariffs.

Israel-Hamas wor continues as Biden pushes for a 2 state solution February 19: News Max:
Biden push for two-state solution falling on deaf ears as Israel continues winning against Hamas

A push by Joe Biden's administration for a two-state solution is falling on deaf ears because Israel is winning the war against Hamas and could end it in less than a month, retired Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt said Monday. "The Israelis are winning this war right now," Holt said. "Even Egypt is backing off. And when you're winning a war, you don't tend to look at your ally and say, 'Oh, we'll stop fighting now.' They're going to victory, and then they're going on their way to Hezbollah." The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected the latest Hamas calls for a cease-fire as it prepares for a final invasion of Rafah, giving the terrorists until March 10 to release the remaining hostages, which are estimated to be in the range of 100 that have yet to be confirmed dead. Holt said Israel and world leaders have little fear in telling the Biden administration to stay out of their war decisions. "Openly and on the world stage, you've got states now telling the United States and this administration in particular: 'You're not going to bully us; you're not going to – just because you have a political problem at home with your own elections doesn't mean you get to inflict political damage here in our country where we've endured horrific, barbaric attacks that are unprecedented in the modern age and that we would somehow reward the Palestinians' – who three times by the way rejected a two-state solution, because they want a one-state solution where Israel is driven into the sea, in their words only," Holt said. "The administration, its academics, it's nonpractitioners – it's folks who know zero about warfare and geopolitics – are looking at polls here domestically with the Arab populations that they have lost for voters.

February 19: The Washington Examiner: Congress should investigate Joe Biden & Hunter Biden's business dealings if DOJ doesn't
If the Department of Justice doesn't open an investigation into Joe Biden 's involvement in Hunter Biden's foreign business, Congress should investigate. The Biden family's former business associate, Tony Bobulinski, told Congress last week that no one in the DOJ, FBI, IRS, or local law enforcement followed up on an explosive interview he gave the FBI on Oct. 23, 2020. At that meeting, Bobulinski outlined serious allegations against the family and backed his accusations with significant corroborating evidence. Since then, Bobulinski's credibility has been buttressed directly and indirectly by other witnesses and evidence. To date there is no indication of action by DOJ. Bobulinski, a past donor to Democratic campaigns. Hunter and his uncle James enlisted Bobulinski as CEO of a joint investment venture they and two associates put together with CEFC, a huge Chinese conglomerate tied to the Chinese government. Bobulinski says he was told Joe Biden was a silent partner in the deal when he was vice president in 2015. He also says he discussed these business dealings with the man who is now president on "multiple occasions" in 2017. The Chinese agreed to provide the entire $10 million for the venture, half for its ownership stake and half as a forgivable "loan" to the Bidens. In effect, it seems as though the Bidens got a $5 million share of a company despite putting up no money.

February 18: The Washinton Examiner:
Senate GOP scuttles Biden border plans, he reacts; Black mail?

One week after Senate Republicans rejected the White House-backed legislation that would have sent $3.7 billion to bail out sanctuary cities while also mandating the catch and release of all migrants arrested for illegally entering America from Mexico, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials threatened to release thousands more migrants into the U.S. by slashing capacity to detain them at the border. This unveiled threat by Joe Biden is despicable, but is also laughably empty, for the cuts he is threatening are to the exact levels his administration sought in his last budget. Biden's plan to deal with budget shortfalls at ICE, caused entirely by his misgovernment of the border, is just a rehash of how he wanted to deploy ICE resources in the first place. When Biden took office, ICE could detain more than 55,000 migrants at one time. Immediately upon taking office, Biden began dismantling this detention capacity to just 29,000 beds. He has sought to lower it further, requesting 25,000 detention beds in each of his last two budget requests. Instead of detaining migrants, Biden prefers to release them into the country. In the final year before Biden came into office, the Department of Homeland Security issued just 200,000 "Notices to Appear" to migrants arrested at the border. These notices begin the deportation process and are the documents most commonly given to migrants when they are released into the country.

February 18: The Daily Caller: Liberal groups back proposed rule that would further entrench the bureaucracy as polls show Trump surging
Liberal advocacy organizations are throwing support behind a proposed federal rule that would make firing bureaucrats more difficult amid polling suggesting that President Donald Trump may win November's presidential election. According to the Federal Register, a proposed Office of Personnel Management (OPM) rule would make it more difficult for civil servants to be reclassified as Schedule F employees, who can be fired at will by a president. Liberal organizations like Democracy Forward and Protect Democracy, which are involved in efforts to obstruct a potential second Trump term, have voiced support for the rule. Some conservative organizations have expressed opposition to the proposed rule, citing the necessity to root out political bias in the federal bureaucracy. "The federal workforce has ideologically polarized, and this rulemaking would impede the ability of presidents whose views differ from the bureaucracy's to implement their agendas," the America First Policy Institute argued in a letter to OPM. Some former federal employees also oppose the rule saying that whether a person continues in federal service should be based upon merit and that refusing to live within the lawful policies provided by duly elected officials should be grounds for removal.

February 17: The Daily Wire: They won't get away with it! Trump's attorney says
President Donald Trump's attorney Alina Habba slammed Judge Arthur Engoron and New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday, following an unbelievable and stunning judgment against Trump in a controversial civil fraud case brought by James. Engoron ordered Trump to pay more than $350 million, barred him from doing business in New York for three years, and fined his sons, Don Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, more than $4 million each. "I think the biggest message I can give the American people tonight is that he's not going to get away with it," Habba said of Engoron on Fox News. "Letitia James is not going to get away with it; the Biden administration is not going to get away with it." Now that the trial was over and she felt "free to speak," Habba made it clear that the legal team will "come at them," "come hard," and "will literally fight until the truth comes out." "They will not get away with it," she continued. "President Trump has done nothing wrong. All he has done is win a campaign, and that is scaring them because they know when he goes back in November 2024. He is going to clean house, and that is truly the problem. It's not about Mar-a-Lago's worth."

February 17: The Epoch Times:
Gov. Abbott want to build large National Guard "Base Camp" on the border/Eagle Pass

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday a plan to build a military base camp in Eagle Pass that will house Texas National Guard troops tasked with responding to what he refers to as "President Joe Biden's border crisis." The base camp will be built on 80 acres of land in Eagle Pass and accommodate up to 1,800 Texas National Guard members, with room for an additional 500, to bolster the state's border security capabilities. Other states have offered to augment the Texas Guard and the facility will accommodate them as well. "This will increase the ability for a larger number of Texas Military Department soldiers in Eagle Pass to operate more effectively and efficiently," Mr. Abbott said at a press conference. The Republican governor said that the base camp, called "Forward Operating Base," would "dramatically improve" living conditions for soldiers deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border. "Texas would not be able to respond to President Biden's border crisis without the brave men and women of the Texas National Guard, and it is essential to build this base camp for them," he added. The base camp will include a 700-seat dining facility, a recreation center, laundry facilities, WIFI access, individual rooms for soldiers, chaplaincy programs, and medical and psychological health facilities.

Joe Biden visits East Palastine, OH , residents say its too late
February 16: The Gateway Pundit:
East Palestine residents protest Biden's visit one year after toxic train crash

Joe Biden on Friday departed the White House for East Palestine, Ohio. The visit was to the scene of a massive toxic train wreck that happened over a year ago. On Feb. 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train derailed near East Palestine, a small Midwestern town of about 4,800 people near the Ohio border with Pennsylvania. At least 11 of the train cars that derailed contained hazardous materials. Several cars were carrying vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing substance. Government officials decided to burn the chemicals rather than let them drain onto the ground. The chemical explosion was enormous. The chemicals formed a gigantic toxic plume over the region. Residents protested the Biden visit sending a simple message, "Too Little Too Late Joe!" One young protestor held a sign that read "Don't Sniff Me. And another's sign read "Resident not President!" President Trump arrive in the town right after the derailment to deliver supplies to residents in need.

February 16: The Daily Wire:
NY Judge, who declared Trump guilty before trial, fines President millions of dollars

President Donald Trump was fined hundreds of millions of dollars in a civil fraud trial on Friday and was banned from running his businesses in the state for three years. Judge Arthur Engoron ordered the President and the Trump Organization pay more than $350 million in damages. The controversial judge who declared Trump was guilty before the trial started, banned Trump from serving in top roles at any company in the state for three years and extended the punishment for a two-year period to both of his sons and ordered that they both pay more than $4 million. Other former top executives at the Trump Organization were also banned from "serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation or other legal entity in New York for a period of three years." Trump will almost certainly appeal the ruling and will likely ask an appeals court to pause restrictions that stop the family from running the business while the court evaluates the case. In the end, some experts expressed doubt, given the judge's open bias in the case, that the ruling will stand.

February 15: The Epoch Times:
Filings with SCOTUS differ over Smith's desire to go to trial in the midst of an election

President Donald Trump, in response to special prosecutor Jack Smith's filing, on Thursday again urged the Supreme Court to grant a stay of his trial over his alleged actions related to Jan. 6, 2021. "There are overwhelming reasons why the case should not go to trial 'in three months or less,'" President Trump's attorneys said. The case involves almost 13 million pages of discovery, thousands of hours of video footage, and hundreds of potential witnesses," they said. "With any other defendant, it would be virtually unthinkable for the case to go to trial so soon, and 'wildly unfair' to do so." President Trump's legal team seeks to dismiss a federal criminal case against him based on presidential immunity. The appeal aims to stay a lower court decision pending a review from SCOTUS. Trump's attorneys said "it makes no sense to conduct a complex criminal trial while a case is pending in [SCOTUS] that might invalidate half the charges in the indictment." A decision by the Supreme Court regarding President Trump's request is imminent. Special Counsel Smith wants to finish the trial prior to the November election and has claimed that the public has a right to a speedy trial. However, statutes state that it is the Defendant who has a right to a speey trial and not the public nor the prosecution. If the justices opt to review the case, it is likely to extend the trial timeline by several months, with the Supreme Court expected to schedule oral arguments later this year. In the Trump filing they point out a "logical inconsistency" in Special Counsel. Smith's requests to the Supreme Court. "The Special Counsel argued in December that it is 'imperative' that the Court should grant certiorari in this case. He now insists, with a straight face, that the Court should somehow not grant certiorari on the same issues. Logical consistency is absent from the Special Counsel's response, and he provides no convincing reason to deny the requested stay. The stay requested by President Trump should be granted."

February 15: The Washington Examiner:
Trump team files brief with SCOTUS over immunity while in office

President Trump made his final pitch Thursday to the Supreme Court in his bid to pause a trial over the 2020 election subversion charges brought against him by special counsel Jack Smith. "There are overwhelming reasons why the case should not go to trial 'in three months or less,'" the 16-page filing states. "With any other defendant, it would be virtually unthinkable for the case to go to trial so soon, and 'wildly unfair' to do so," Trump's lawyers argued. They contend that any former president should have immunity from charges over actions they took while in office and has said that Congress must secure a conviction during the impeachment process in order for any former president to face criminal charges in a court of law. Trump was impeached twice by the Democrat-controlled House but the Senate failed to convict him both times. The court could within the next few days decide on Trump's bid to have them take up the case, which if they choose so to do would extend the delay in his criminal trial.

February 15: The Daily Caller:
Willis's lover dodges questions about what he did with the money she gave him

Special prosecutor Nathan Wade dodged inquiries Thursday on where he placed cash that was given to him by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for various outings, including a birthday celebration. President Donald Trump's co-defendant Michael Roman alleged in a Jan. 8 motion that Willis improperly benefited from appointing Wade as special prosecutor when they went on vacations together using funds earned from his position. Wade's testimony took place during a hearing on whether Willis should be disqualified from her case against Trump.

Meanwhile News Max reported on DA Willis's taking the stand and getting heated. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis took the witness stand Thursday and pushed back against what she described as "lies" about her romantic relationship with a special prosecutor during an extraordinary hearing over misconduct allegations that threaten to upend one of four criminal cases against Donald Trump. A visibly upset Willis, who originally fought to stay off the witness stand, agreed to testify after a previous witness said her relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade began earlier than she had claimed. The testimony grew heated under questioning from a defense attorney who's trying to remove Willis from Trump's 2020 election interference case, with the prosecutor at one point raising papers in front of her and shouting: "It's a lie!"

U.S. Coast Guard captures Iranian weapons bound for Houthi rebelsFebruary 15: News Max: USCG intercepts and seizes ship transporting weapons from Iran to Houthi rebels
U.S. forces intercepted an Iranian vessel packed with missiles and drones bound for Houthi rebels, the Pentagon said Thursday. The seizure, on Jan. 28 in the Red Sea, marked another instance of Iran's support for the Houthis in their maritime attacks. The operation, reminiscent of a previous January mission where two Navy SEALs perished during the boarding of an Iranian ship, resulted in the discovery of over 200 packages containing various weapons and equipment, including ballistic missile components, explosives, and anti-tank guided missile launcher assemblies, along with other weapons and equipment

February 14: iHeartMedia/KTRH Houston:
Trump; Biden not too old, just too incompetent

To date, President Trump has chosen not to go after Joe Biden for being 81 years old. He continued this position after a Special Counsel released a statement this week saying Biden was guilty his handling of classified documents he wasn't aphorized to keep after he left office as Vice President but that because he of was feeble, old, has had memory losses he shouldn't be prosecuted. Trump stated Biden shouldn't be reelected, not because of his age but, because he is incompetent. He pointed to several people who served in high leadership positions – like Winston Churchill – in their old age and that history judged them to be good national leaders.

Criminals posing as asylum seekers flood the Southern US borderFebruary 14: AmmoLand.com:
Criminals posing as asylum seekers turning major U.S. cities into war zones

Criminals posing as asylum seekers are turning American cities into war zones. The Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua, feared for how it tortures its victims, is setting up business in New York City, police sources reveal. Gang members recruit migrants from shelters and as they come off buses from Texas, putting then to work in retail theft rings or on mopeds, grabbing phones and handbags and roughing up pedestrians. NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban warns of a "wave of migrant crime." Democrat pols deny it. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says migrants "are looking for a better life." True for many, not all. Two-man teams snatch pedestrians' phones and deliver them to Tren de Aragua stash houses, where professional hackers make fraudulent banking transactions and drain cash from all accounts. Then, the phones are wiped clean and shipped to South America for resale.

February 14: The New York Post: George Soros looking to purchase nations' second largest radio network, conservatives feel threatened
George Soros is poised to take a massive stake in the nation's second-largest radio company, which owns more than 220 stations nationwide, according to court filings and sources close to the situation. The left-leaning billionaire's Soros Fund Management has bought up $400 million of debt in Audacy — the No. 2 US radio broadcaster behind iHeartMedia. One insider close to the situation, noting that he was a Republican, said he believed it was possible Soros was buying the stake to exert influence on public opinion in the months leading up to the 2024 presidential election. "This is scary," the source said. Sources told The Post that Soros's stake is equal to about 40% of the company's senior debt — a massive chunk which, although not a majority, could yield effective control of the media giant when it emerges from bankruptcy.

February 13: The Daily Wire: Chinese flood the border
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 269 Chinese nationals attempting to enter the U.S. illegally on Monday, raising the number of Chinese illegal immigrants encountered by Border Patrol agents to over 20,000 in the past five months alone. A CBP source the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector detained 269 illegal immigrants from China in a single day after CBP reported that agents from the same border sector apprehended over 8,500 illegal immigrants from 73 different countries in one week at the beginning of February. In fiscal year 2024 alone, which began in October 2023, saw more than 20,000 Chinese nationals being encountered at the border — that's compared to 450 who reportedly crossed in all of fiscal year 2021. Chinese nationals currently make up he fastest-growing group of illegal migrants crossing the southern border. President Trump said earlier this month that he believes the Chinese Communist Party is directing the flow of Chinese nationals coming to the U.S.

February 13: The Epoch Times:
SCOTUS asks for DOJ input on Trump's immunity assertions

Chief Justice John Roberts has requested the Justice Department (DOJ) respond to President Donald Trump's attempt to assert presidential immunity in his ongoing Jan. 6-related case in D.C. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Trump's attempt to overturn Judge Tanya Chutkan's refusal to dismiss DOJ's prosecution based on presidential immunity. Justice Roberts' Feb. 13 request comes less than a week after the justices heard President Trump's appeal a Colorado ruling that he was disqualified from appearing on the state's ballot. With a deadline of Feb. 20, the Court's request points to an urgency for the judicial system to address relatively untested questions of law that could impact the 2024 presidential election. President Trump is asking for the Supreme Court to halt the appellate decision because it incorrectly ruled that presidential immunity didn't apply to Mr. Smith's prosecution of him. His attorney, D. John Sauer, had argued in January that the Constitution required presidents first face impeachment and trial by Congress before they could be criminally prosecuted within Article III courts. Additionally, Trump poses the question, if a president can be prosecuted, other than impeachment, for his official acts, will any president be willing to make the hard calls while in office?

February 13: News Max: House Dems considering a discharge petition to get consideration of the Senate bill giving Ukraine billions
Senior House Democrats are considering the use of a discharge petition to get around Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) if he refuses to allow consideration of the $95 billion overseas aid bill approved by a 70-29 vote in the Senate on Tuesday. Discharge petitions seldom succeed since they require a majority of House members backing it Johnson has not said if he will bring the bill to the floor. The Senate's bill allows $60 billion of military aid for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, $8 billion for Taiwan, and less than $10 billion in wider humanitarian assistance, including in Gaza. Johnson has said on numerous occasions the he prefers separate measures.

FOIA Documents reveal secret meeting on electionsFebruary 13: The Gateway Pundit: FOIA documents reveal secret 2020 CISA election meeting
Recently, investigative journalist Yehuda Miller received several FOIA documents that completely reshaped what we were told to believe about the 2020 US presidential election. The election was billed by the Democrat Party, Joe Biden, the mainstream media, and former CISA Chief Chris Krebs as the most secure election in US history. Today, we are learning that The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) had a secret 2020 Election Day phone call. CISA was originally intended to be an ancillary agency designed to protect "critical infrastructure" and guard against cybersecurity threats. In the years since its creation, CISA metastasized into the nerve center of the federal government's domestic surveillance and censorship operations on social media. The discovery that a private meeting was organized by CISA officials on November 3, 2020, at 3:30 PM Eastern Time with select members of a secret "Election Security Initiative," has raised some eyebrows. The meeting included representatives from ERIC, Dominion and ES&S -- which have been embroiled in issues over the use of their voting machines and the ability to hack them. The Gateway Pundit has reported extensively on the ERIC voter roll system that is used in 23 states, including Texas at one point, and which was originally promoted as a tool to clean up voter rolls. More recently, it has come to light that ERIC has over 7 million registered voters in Wisconsin, a state with less than 4 million eligible voters. The Pundit has also discovered that the ERIC founder was sharing information from ERIC with Mark Zuckerberg-funded leftwing organizations during the 2020 election.

February 12: Axois:
House Republicans want recordings of Biden's special counsel interview

A trio of Republican-led House committees are demanding the Justice Department turn over any transcripts, video or audio from Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur's office. Details of the 81-year-old's memory lapses in the interview sparked a firestorm among lawmakers in both parties last week. House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY), Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Ways and Means Committee Chair Jason Smith (R-MO) made the demand in a letter on Monday. DOJ has previously rebuffed their requests for information about the special counsel probe on the grounds that it was ongoing, they wrote, adding that it "has now concluded." The committee chairs said the request is part of their impeachment inquiry into Biden. House Republicans are negotiating with Hur to testify to Congress as soon as early March, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The special counsel investigation was opened last January to probe Biden's retention of classified documents from his vice presidency. Hur ultimately decided not to recommend charges for Biden, with the report listing as a factor that Biden would present to a jury as a "sympathetic, well meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," citing his interview.

February 11: News Max:
Narrowly divided Senate move closer to funding Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan

A narrowly divided Senate moved closer to passing a $95.34 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan on Sunday, showing undiminished bipartisanship despite growing opposition from Republican hardliners and Donald Trump. The Democrat-led Senate cleared the latest procedural hurdle and moved the foreign aid measure -- of just shy of $1 trillion which the US doesn't have -- further on toward an ultimate vote on passage at some point in the coming days. The money is viewed as crucial by Kyiv, as it grinds toward the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But Senate passage would send the bill on to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future. The bill includes $61 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel in its war against Hamas and $4.83 billion to support partners in the Indo-Pacific, including Taiwan, and deter aggression by China.

February 11: The Epoch Times: SECDEF back in the hospital DOD reports
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has been readmitted to hospital, the Pentagon said Sunday afternoon. Pentagon Press Secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder gave an update on the defense leader's condition, saying that the hospital admission had occurred early Sunday afternoon. "Today, at approximately 2:20 pm, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III was transported by his security detail to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be seen for symptoms suggesting an emergent bladder issue," he said. Following criticism over an earlier hospitalization that was kept a secret from the public and even the White House, the press secretary said that the deputy secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been notified of Austin's admission in addition to notifying Congress.

February 11: Breitbart News:
Sanctuary City, Denver, cuts services to Americans in order to serve migrants

The Democrat mayor of Denver, CO, is imposing a wartime-like "share sacrifice" on Americans rather than curbing his welcome of tens of thousands of illegal migrants. Mayor Mike Johnston — like other Democrat big city mayors — is also hoping his imposed sacrifice on Americans will spur voter turnout against former President Donald Trump. Johnston spoke at a February 9 press conference, three days after Republicans blocked a bad migration deal pushed by Majority Leader Schumer D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell's deal opened Americans' border to the government-directed mass inflow of migrants and also provided $5 billion to help the migrants settle in a myriad of cities and towns.

February 10: The Washington Examiner:
Interesting week as control of the Senate in 2025 gets complicated

It was a consequential week for the 2024 race for control of the US Senate, where a contentious GOP primary in Montana may help Democrats and a decision by a popular GOP former governor in Maryland could make the race for current Senator Ben Cardin's (D) seat more competitive. Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT) has announced he will run for the Montana senate seat, defying the wishes of national Republicans and setting up a contentious primary to take on vulnerable Democrat Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Meanwhile, Maryland's Larry Hogan (R-MD) a popular former governor, announced plans to run for to run for the state's open Senate seat, potentially making the race to replace Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) a much more competitive race.

February 10: The Gateway Pundit:
Georgia DA Willis accused; Over half of her campaign contributions
allegedly tied to illegal money laundering

The Soros-funded Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is now at the center of another scandal involving her campaign finances. A new complaint filed alleges that nearly half of Willis' campaign contributions, amounting to approximately $168,000, are linked to illegal activity, including money laundering and identity theft. A bombshell investigation has apparently uncovered jaw-dropping connections between Fani Willis and a sprawling web of election fraud and money laundering activities. Sources close to the matter suggest Willis was a massive beneficiary in the Federal and Georgia RICO enterprises. It appears that she is currently playing a key role in orchestrating a systematic scheme to manipulate election outcomes, casting doubt on the integrity of the entire electoral process.

February 10: The Epoch Times:
Difficult week for Biden; mental acuity called into question, memory lapses

Joe Biden has probably had one of the most difficult weeks of his political life, with his mental acuity called into question by a special counsel report detailing instances of memory lapses. Special counsel Robert Hur's report, issued Thursday, found evidence that Joe Biden "willfully retained" and shared highly classified information after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen [and not authorized to have said documents], but determined that should not be charged due, in part, to an inability to convict "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." The report referred to the Biden's memory as "hazy," "significantly limited," "faulty," and "poor." The White House attacked the report's findings about Biden's memory, calling them "gratuitous" and "politically motivated." The report stated that during an interview with the special counsel's office, Joe Biden displayed poor memory, as he couldn't recall the start or end of his vice presidency.

February 10: The Daily Wire:
Trump: Charges against me should be dropped if Biden not charged for same thing

President Donald Trump argued Friday night for charges against him to be dropped in his classified documents case after a DOJ special counsel recommended no charges for Joe Biden in a separate classified documents probe. Trump spoke to a crowd gathered for a National Rifle Association meeting in Pennsylvania and said that Special Counsel Robert Hur's Thursday report suggesting no criminal charges for Biden is an example of "selective persecution." Hur's investigation concluded that there is "evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen," but said "no criminal charges are warranted in this matter."

Special Cousel brings into question Joe  Biden's mental capacityFebruary 9: The Daily Wire:
Democrats panic after Biden disastrous press conference, worse than indictment!

Joe Biden's press conference on Thursday has sent shockwaves throughout the Democrat Party, with several top officials reportedly saying on background that the event was an unmitigated disaster for the 81-year-old. Biden held the press conference after Special Counsel Robert Hur released the findings from his criminal investigation into Biden's handling of classified material which concluded that, while Biden "willfully retained and disclosed classified materials," no charges should be brought with one of the top reasons that Biden showed strong signs of having serious memory issues — including not remembering when his son died or when he served as vice president in the Obama administration. Hur concluded a jury would view Biden as "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." Biden decided to hold a press conference late Thursday night in response to the report during which he exploded at reporters who pointed out voters' concerns about his age. Biden declared he was the most qualified person in America to be president. During the event, he mixed up the presidents of Egypt and Mexico, forgot the name of the church where his deceased son got the rosary that he wears every day, and forgot key details from the special counsel's report.

February 8: The Galveston County Daily News:
Voter Fraud is still with us; examples from across the nation

Naysayers claim fraudulent voting doesn't exist; their claim is based on a lack of prosecutions. Under a ruling by Texas courts, our Attorney General is prohibited from prosecuting election fraud cases – only the local District Attorneys can do so. This reduces the number of prosecutions but it can work with well DAs like we have in Galveston County. But this isn't so in all counties. Testimony last year in Austin made clear that voter fraud exists, especially in Harris County, where thousands of dead people, voters who no longer live in the county, and people who didn't request an absentee ballot were actually voted illegally and there were no prosecutions. We need to clean up voter rolls and perhaps move to a biometric method on absentee ballots -- like fingerprints on carrier envelopes -- to verify it's a real person voting, and -- if contested -- to be able to identify who the voter is while ensuring ballots aren't being harvested. This isn't voter suppression; it's ensuring every eligible voter can vote while stopping those who want to threaten the integrity of our elections. There is voter fraud, and together we need to stop it.

February 8: The Daily Caller: It appears most of the SCOTUS justices are dubious over Colorado's attempt to kick Trump off the ballot
Nearly every Supreme Court justice expressed reservations Thursday about allowing a single state to remove former President Donald Trump from the 2024 election ballot. The justices heard oral arguments Thursday for Trump's appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court's December decision to disqualify him from the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The practical consequences of the decision, along with the historical context of the Civil-war era amendment, left a strong majority seemingly skeptical about letting the ruling stand. Justice Elena Kagan boiled the problem with the Colorado voter's position down to one question: Why does a single state get to decide who gets to be the president of the United States? With this question, followed by others involving what would happen if another state's court developed an alternate factual record or came to a different conclusion about whether Trump engaged in an insurrection, the justices left Jason Murray, the attorney for the Colorado voters, with little ground to stand on. Chief Justice John Roberts urged Murray to consider the "plain consequences" of his position and how it might be used to advance partisan goals on the other side of the aisle. "Your position has the effect of disenfranchising voters to a significant degree," Justice Brett Kavanaugh told Murray.

Joe Biden too feeble to prosecute, ulike Donald Trump who is of sound mind February 8: Breitbart News:
Special Counsel report: Joe Biden "willfully retained" classified documents but he is too mentally feeble to prosecute

Special Counsel Robert Hur won't charge Joe Biden for his handling of classified documents he was not authorized to have as a former Vice President/Senator because of Biden's deteriorating mental state; perhaps something that is more damming to him politically. The report says the investigation "uncovered evidence that [Joe] Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen." Yet Hur's assessment of Biden's "significantly limited" memory played a part in his decision not to prosecute. "We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," the report states. "Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt."
Joe Biden classified documents  he wasnt auhorized to have, stored unprotected in his Deleware home

February 8: News Max: Report:
Biden's memory "hazy" and "poor" raising questions about his ability to run the country

The longstanding concerns about Joe Biden's age and memory intensified on Thursday after the release of a special counsel's report investigating his possession of classified documents. The report described the 81-year-old Democrat's memory as "hazy," "fuzzy," "faulty," "poor" and having "significant limitations." It noted that Biden could not recall defining milestones in his own life. "He did not remember when [the years] he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended ('if it was 2013 — when did I stop being Vice President?'), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began ('in 2009, am I still Vice President?')," the report said. "He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died." The report could undermine Biden's message to voters that he can manage the government and safeguard the country. Voters are already going into this year's election with severe misgivings about Biden's age, having scrutinized his gaffes, his coughing, his slow walking and even a tumble off his bicycle.

February 8: The Gateway Pundit: Tucker Carlson interviews Putin for two hours
Former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson acknowledging the risks of meeting with such a high-profile leader as President Putin listed a few reasons why he decided to go forward. He said the first purpose is because it is the sworn duty of a real journalist and the press to inform the public. He went on to elaborate on how big of a disaster the Ukraine War is and noted it has wholly upended global and military trade alliances. He went on to bash the American networks for lying to their viewers about the Tucker Carlson interviews Russian  President Putinactual state of the conflict. The Russian media reported "Tucker got what he wanted" and held the interview with the Russian leader. "Americans have a right to know all they can about a war they're implicated in, and we have the right to tell them about it because we are Americans, too. Freedom of speech is our birthright. We were born with the right to say what we believe. That right cannot be taken away, no matter who is in the White House. But they're trying anyway," Tucker contended. "Almost three years ago, the Biden administration illegally spied on our text messages and then leaked the contents to their 'servants' in the news media. They did this in order to stop a Putin interview that we were planning last month. We're pretty certain they did exactly the same thing once again. But this time, we came to Moscow anyway. We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States and we wanted to remain prosperous and free," Tucker said. You can watch the entire interview on Twitter (X).

February 7: Finish the Race:
Thousands of Chinese nationals enter California illegally as the invasion continues

60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reported Sunday night on a tiny gap in the border wall in southern California near the town of Jacumba located about sixty miles east of San Diego where thousands of Chinese migrants who illegally enter the United States every week, are processed by Border Patrol and then shipped off to San Diego where a well-funded NGO helps the migrants make connections to move further into the U.S. The gap is promoted on TikTok with 'step-by-step' instructions on how to get there. Migrants showed Alfonsi the TikTok videos on their smartphones. The timing of the stunning report didn't bode well for the controversial Senate border-Ukraine bill that dropped Sunday night. The land where the migrants enter is owned by a legal immigrant from Yugoslavia who was arrested last year for firing a warning shot because a group of migrants camping on his land were knocking down and burning his trees for warmth. He was not charged but his gun was confiscated. He says about 3,000 migrants a week enter his property through the wall break. Video shows his property looks like a homeless camp with tents and trash everywhere.

February 7: iHeartMedia/KTRH Houston:
Senate GOP leadership changes its mind: Efforts to move harmful border, Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan bill thwarted; legislation killed in a procedural vote

The so called "bipartisan" border bill that many conservatives had panned as being the wrong approach and harmful to U.S. national security has died in the Senate. This is the same measure that the House Speaker said would be dead on arrival and wouldn't be voted on in the House if it some how made it out of the Senate. The vote was 49-50. It needed 60 votes to pass. The vote went mostly along party lines. The $118 billion package included $60 billion for Ukraine, $14 billion for Israel, aid to Taiwan and humanitarian assistance to Gaza, and $20 billion in measures to tackle the historic and ongoing crisis at the southern border. It came in response to a White House supplemental funding request submitted to Congress late last year and would allow 5,000 illegal migrants to enter the U.S. each day before actions would be taken to stop them. The Senate will now have to pass a package with aid for Israel and Ukraine without tying it to the border, something the Biden Administration did not want to do.

February 7: The Washington Examiner:
Willis attempts to quash subpoena by Trump co-defendant

Wednesday, Fulton County DA Fani Willis sought to quash subpoenas that would force her and members of her staff to testify as part of a hearing to find out whether she engaged in misconduct and should be barred from prosecuting Donald Trump and a number of co-defendants in her election interference case. Willis wrote in her motion that "each of these subpoenas appear transparently to be an attempt to conduct discovery in a (rather belated) effort to support reckless accusations made in prior court filings." Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark had become the sixth defendant to file a motion seeking to disqualify Willis. The calls are for Willis to recuse from the case due, in part, to co-defendant Mike Roman's mid-January motion, in which he accused Willis of engaging in a romantic relationship with Nathan Wade, the attorney she appointed to serve as special prosecutor to oversee the case. Roman alleged Wade was not qualified for the job and that by paying for vacation expenses, uncovered in credit card statements from the special prosecutor's divorce case, he and Willis benefited financially from the case.

February 7: The Washington Times: Perjury issue delays NY civil case against Trump
A monumental ruling that could upend President Trump's business empire in New York is on hold while the judge tries to figure out if Trump organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg lied from the witness stand. Judge Arthur Engoron told lawyers in the case he wants to know more about reported plea talks between Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Weisselberg because of alleged false testimony last October. Engoron said it is important that he get the full scope of Weisselberg 's testimony, which focused on the size of Trump 's apartment at Trump Tower, before he issues his ruling. Lawyers for both sides are waiting for Engoron to deliver a ruling on whether Trump submitted false financial statements to gain favorable terms on loans and insurance. The lenders testified that Trump undervalued his holdings. Trump said he followed normal real estate practices and that banks were happy to do business with him because they were repaid in full, made money on the loans and in a number of cases were paid early.

February 6: Fox News:
In a close vote Impeachment of Mayorkas fails with three GOP defections

On Tuesday, the U.S. House failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the crisis at the southern border – marking a major blow for House Republicans who have pushed for Mayorkas' removal. The House voted mostly along party lines, but Republicans suffered a number of defections that torpedoed the vote. Four Republicans ultimately voted no: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Blake Moore (R-UT), who switched his vote at the last minute in a procedural move to be able to bring the resolution back to the floor. But Democrats remained united. The vote was 216-214. Lawmakers voted on a resolution combining two articles of impeachment that accused Mayorkas of having "refused to comply with Federal immigration laws" and the other of having violated "public trust." A Cabinet secretary has not been impeached since 1876, when Secretary of War William Belknap was impeached.

International Police Union endorses Trump for President February 6: Breitbart News: Trump endorsed by International Union of Police Associations (IUPA)
IUPA endorsed President Trump in his bid for the White House as polling shows crime is a top issue to American voters. n a press release, IUPA announced the organization's executive board of directors unanimously endorsed Trump. "President Trump's history of support for the men and women of Law Enforcement is unmatched. His policies and actions were directed at improving safety in our communities and the men and women who provide that shield," the release stated, adding that the 45th president "earned and deserves" the IUPA's "wholehearted support." The organization, first chartered in 1979, went on to call out aspects of Democrats' "doctrine" that have had "tragic" impacts on communities.

February 6: News Max: King Charles has cancer, Buckingham Palace reveals
King Charles III's cancer diagnosis heaps more pressure on the British monarchy, which is still evolving after the 70-year reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II. When he succeeded his mother 17 months ago, Charles' task was to demonstrate that the 1,000-year-old institution remains relevant in a modern nation whose citizens come from all corners of the globe. Now the king, who turned 75 in November, will have to lead that effort while undergoing cancer treatment. Buckingham Palace announced Monday that Charles had been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer. The king plans to continue fulfilling his state duties, such as reviewing government papers and meeting with the prime minister, but he will step back from public appearances.

February 5: The Daily Wire: Chip Roy (R-TX):
Senate "border Bill" does little to stop illegal immigration and hurts the USA

On Monday, Rep. Chip Roy unleashed a harsh critique of the "bipartisan" Senate legislation combining border security reforms with money for foreign wars and other causes, calling it the "War, Debt, and Open Borders" bill. Using the Twitter/"X" [LINK] X the Texas Republican warned the $118 billion package is geared toward getting Joe Biden re-elected in a prospective 2020 rematch against former President Donald Trump. Roy also compared some of the 370-page measure 's provisions to H.R. 2, which is a border security bill the GOP-led House passed last year that the Democrat-controlled Senate never took up for consideration. The Senate bill "is NOT well-intended. It is also not a border security bill. It is, however, a bill designed by Democrats to boost Biden against Trump by helping Dems blame Republicans for open borders," Roy said, "a trap into which some GOP willingly walk in order to fund an insatiable desire for endless wars."

February 4: Fox News: Biden fears political fallout over report showing how he handled classified documents he wasn't supposed to have!
Biden's team reportedly is fearing photos included in Special Counsel Robert Hur's imminent report on the handling of classified documents could impact his 2024 re-election bid. Axios reported that Biden's aides do not expect criminal charges as a result of the investigation, but they are concerned about potentially embarrassing photos included in Hur's expected report that could be released as soon as this week. The images could show how Biden stored classified materials, which were discovered in late 2022 in the garage of Biden's Delaware home, as well as in a private office he used. The classified documents were carried over from Biden's time as former President Obama's vice president. The treatment of Biden's handling of classified documents he was not authorized to take with him when he left office verses the treatment of President Trump – an assault on his Mar-a-Logo residence by armed FBI agents – is a comparison the Administration would rather avoid if possible. Biden's aides told Axios that they are fearful President Trump's campaign could use the photos against the Democrat incumbent ahead of their likely 2024 rematch. Trump himself is facing more than 40 counts, including obstruction of justice and willful retention of national defense information, for improperly storing classified documents at his private residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida after leaving the White House following a probe by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

February 4: The Epoch Times:
Trump drops two names as possible VP choices; Scott and Noem

President Donald Trump has dropped the names of several contenders for his running mate. Names that have been mentioned in the past are Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SC), Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Trump only mentioned Scott and Noem when asked who was in the running for the number two slot. The key consideration, Trump said is "who would be a good president?"

February 4: The Daily Wire: Biden official – Sullivan – Contends a separate Palestinian state is needed now more than before Hamas' violent attack, October 7th
Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden's national security adviser, argued over the weekend that it was more important now to create a Palestinian state than before Palestinian terrorists with Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis during their unprecedented terrorist attack. The remarks from Sullivan, made during a Sunday interview on ABC News come after top Israeli officials have warned that the creation of a Palestinian state would threaten the very existence of the state of Israel. "The U.S. position on this is very straightforward," Sullivan said. "The only long-term answer to peace in the region, to Israel's security in the region, is a two-state solution, with Israel's security guaranteed. A Palestinian state that also has security guarantees for Israel. That's what we're going to keep working for." However, Sullivan is ignoring the goal of Iran, and the terrorist groups it supports, that want to eliminate Israel. "We were doing that before October 7th," he continued. "I think since October 7th the need to work on that has only increased and we would like to deliver an outcome over time that has alluded administrations of both parties for decades that is in the best interests, we believe, of everyone in the region and in the wider world." On October 7, 2023, thousands of terrorists from Hamas and other Palestinian civilians stormed into Israel during a surprise attack that was years in the planning. In addition to killing 1,200 Israelis on that day, more than 5,000 were injured and hundreds were taken hostage

February 4: Axios: Haley's campaign coffers take off, partly from Dem and "never Trumper" contributions
Nikki Haley had an eye-popping month of fundraising in January, hauling in almost as much cash as the prior three months combined, Axios has learned. The Haley campaign has the money to keep her long-shot presidential bid alive, even as many leaders in her party have called for the GOP primary to come to an end. She has raised $16.5 million in January. Haley's campaign raised more cash than it spent in 2023, while rival campaigns like Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) all burned through more cash than they brought in.

February 3: The Daily Mail: Manhattan Dem DA Bragg defends releasing illegals accused of attacking police in Times Square
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has defended the decision to release a group of migrants who allegedly attacked police officers in Times Square, as Bragg is slammed by Supreme Court justice for prosecuting COVID vaccine card dodgers. On Saturday, seven suspects were arrested and charged with robbery and felony assault following a vicious attack on NYPD officers in Times Square. Four of those believed to have been involved were released without bail are now feared to have fled by bus to California using a church-affiliated migrant charity. Earlier this week, state Supreme Court Judge Brendan T. Lantry slammed Bragg and dismissed felony charges brought by his office against two New Yorkers who bought fake COVID vaccine cards. In a ruling, Lantry called the case overkill and threw out the charges against them the two unknown individuals. Hundreds of people were accused of purchasing fake vaccine cards in order to avoid needing to choose between getting COVID shots or losing their employment.

February 3: The One America News Network:
NYC launching massive pre-paid credit card program for illegal alien/asylum seekers

New York City will be launching a $53 million program to offer migrants pre-paid credit cards. According to reports, the goal of the Mobility Capital Finance and Mayor Eric Adams' (D-N.Y.) office initiative is to help immigrants with their food costs while they wait for federal authorization to work. Only bodegas, grocery stores, supermarkets, and convenience stores accept the cards. In order to avoid being kicked out of the program, recipients must sign an affidavit promising to use the money only for food and baby supplies. Various amounts will be loaded onto cards based on the size of the family and their income. A family of four could get $35 per day or $1,000 per month and refills for cards will be made every 28 days. While NYC is claiming the influx of illegals is putting a strain on their finances, the amounts involved in this program are potentially greater than the stimulus checks sent to people by the Biden Administration earlier in it term in office.

February 3: The Daily Caller:
House to move standalone aid package for Israel as Senate omnibus bill faulters

House Republicans put forward a $17.6 billion standalone Israel aid package on Saturday as a compromise Senate proposal faces increasingly long odds. The Senate bill includes funding for border security and Ukraine rather than just Israel aid and negotiations were dragging on as well as facing Republican opposition. House Republicans are proposing this new bill to move faster and not combine aid for various issues in one bill. It also puts members on Congress in the position of voting for or against Israel and not complicating the issue with other funding. The Biden Administration wants to tie Israel funding to a so-called border security measure that would allow up to 5,000 illegal immigrants to enter the country per day, that's 1,825,000 annually and that's not border security, Republican members contend.

February 2: iHeartMedia/KTRH Houston: Fulton County DA admits to affair with Trump prosecutor; meanwhile the GA House is moving forward to impeach Willis and there appears to be enough votes in the GA Senate to convict her
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis admitted in a Friday court filing to a relationship with a lawyer she appointed to prosecute President Donald Trump. While she admits having the relationship, Willis claims it did not interfere in the case. This is the first time Willis as admitted the affair. If Willis ends up recusing herself from the case, it could end the county's prosecution of Trump or potentially delay the proceedings until after the election. Earlier this week, Georgia House members passed a bill to recreate a committee to remove Willis. Gov. Brian Kemp supports this and was against launching a criminal investigation into Willis.

Florida National  Guard to deploy troops to the Texas  border February 2: The Texas Scorecard: FL sending National Guard troops to TX to help secure the border
After December's record-breaking number of illegal alien encounters, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced he will be sending National Guard troops from his state to assist Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in securing the Texas-Mexico border. On Thursday, DeSantis held a press conference announcing that he will be deploying up to 1,000 troops to Texas. Fox News reports 100 soldiers are being sent initially. "We are here to join as Floridians to say that we need to stop this invasion at our southern border once and for all," DeSantis said. In addition to the National Guard, the Florida State Guard will also be deployed, making it the first time they have been sent out of the state. Two dozen other states have also voiced support, although some states have yet to say whether they will send troops. Idaho's Governor Brad Little authorized a small envoy of state troopers to the Lone Star State last week as he proclaimed January to be "Idaho Stands with Texas in Securing the Nation's Border Month." The support comes as Texas is currently fighting multiple legal battles with the Biden administration over border security.

February 2: The Daily Wire: Biden tells Iran when and where US will retaliate for 3 US shoulders killed by Iran-backed terrorists
The U.S. Military officially began its retaliatory strikes against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian-backed terrorist groups in the Middle East late Friday, U.S. Central Command (USCC) reported. The strikes come after the Biden administration has repeatedly telegraphed its plans to Iran over the last several days, including general details about when the strikes would likely start, where they would occur, and what they would target. "The airstrikes employed more than 125 precision munitions," USCC said. "The facilities that were struck included command and control operations, centers, intelligence centers, rockets, and missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicle storages, and logistics and munition supply chain facilities of militia groups and their IRGC sponsors who facilitated attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces."

February 2: Fox News: Trump's DC trial postponed indefinitely; may not happen until after November election, if then
President Trump's trial stemming from Special Counsel Jack Smith's 2020 election interference investigation has reportedly been delayed indefinitely. The trial was set to begin on March 4 — a day before the critical Super Tuesday primary contests, when Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Vermont vote to select a GOP nominee. Washington, D.C., federal Judge Tanya Chutkan on Friday formally vacated the March 4 trial date, saying the court will "set a new schedule if and when the mandate is returned."

February 1: iHeartMedia/KTRH Houston:
OR Supreme Court rules 9 GOP Senators can's seek reelection

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that ten state senators who engaged in walkout last year may not run for reelection, upholding a newly passed measure that limits the number of unexcused absences. Measure 113 was passed in 2022 after Republicans held up business by refusing to show up for votes on controversial legislation. State law requires that at least two-thirds of the members must be in attendance to have a quorum to hold the session. While the Democrats control the 30-person chamber with 17 members, they need at least three Republican attendees in order to meet the quorum requirements. Republicans used the quorum rule to hold up votes by boycotting sessions, causing anger among some voters. The Democrat-controlled legislature approved 113, which bars any lawmaker with more than ten unexcused absences from running for reelection.

February 1: The Israeli Times: Biden executive order takes unprecedented actions against Israelis reacting to Palestinian actions
Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday declaring a national emergency that allows him to implement new measures to combat settler violence, including sanctions concurrently announced against four Israelis who carried out "acts of violence" in the West Bank. The action is the furthest that any administration has taken to address the phenomenon, which has persisted despite repeated US warnings for Israel to address it, including after a series of first-of-their-kind visa restrictions were announced in December. The announcement also comes amid growing heat between Biden and progressive Democrats over his continued support for Israel in the war against Hamas and Biden's opposition to a permanent ceasefire. "The situation in the West Bank — in particular high levels of extremist settler violence, forced displacement of people and villages, and property destruction — has reached intolerable levels and constitutes a serious threat to the peace, security and stability," Biden said in the order.

No charges for those committing sex acts in Senate committee room on camera, only for January 6th defendants February 1: One American News Network:
Capitol Hill police refuse to file charges against two men taping and engaging in gay sex act in Senate committee room

The U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) announced on Thursday that they will not file charges against the two men who had recorded themselves inappropriately engaging in homosexual intercourse in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room last December. "After consulting with federal and local prosecutors, as well as doing a comprehensive investigation and review of possible charges, it was determined that, despite a likely violation of Congressional policy, there is currently no evidence that a crime was committed," USCP said in a statement. "The two people of interest were not cooperative, nor were the elements of any of the possible crimes met," the statement added. "Our investigators are willing to review new evidence should any come to light." Sen. Ben Cardin's (D-MD) aide Aidan Maese-Czeropski, who was dismissed after a video of the gay tryst went viral on social media, has been named as one of the males involved. However, the other man in the video still remains a mystery. Police have not disclosed the second man involved.

February 1: The Washington Examiner:
Biden gets a reelection gift from House Republicans

Joe Biden received a win for his economic agenda this week from an unlikely source — the Republican-led House of Representatives! A bipartisan coalition of Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly passed a $78 billion bill that expands the child tax credit and renews key business investment deductions. The bill was negotiated between House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and advances the key agenda for the Biden administration in expanding the child tax credit. The legislation, which still must pass a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate, increases the maximum refundable per child credit each year through 2025. For tax year 2023, it goes from $1,600 to $1,800, then rises to $1,900 in tax year 2024 and $2,000 for tax year 2025. The GOP helping pass a bill that advances one of the president's agenda items in an election year has been a head-scratcher for some conservative critics, such as the Wall Street Journal editorial board, who questioned the "in-kind contribution" to Democrats' 2024 pitch.

January 31: Fox News:
House panel votes articles of impeachment for DHS Secretary Mayorkas

On Tuesday the House Homeland Security Committee approved two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas -- teeing up a floor vote as early as next week to impeach the embattled Biden official. The committee voted along party lines to approve the two impeachment articles, which accuse Mayorkas of having "repeatedly violated laws enacted by Congress regarding immigration and border security" and of having "made false statements to Congress" that the border is secure and closed and that DHS is in operational control of the border. The articles will now go to the House where they will be voted on the House floor. The vote came after a lengthy, and at times, fiery hearing in which Republicans outlined their case for why Mayorkas should be removed from office for Illeagles que up to enter the USAallegedly mishandling the crisis at the southern border and Democrats accused Republicans of debasing the impeachment process for political purposes. Of course, they didn't have the same objections when they impeached Donald Trump and attempted to remove him from office.

Meanwhile, iHeartMedia/KTRH reported that the articles of impeachment passed by the committee is not guaranteed to pass the full house. Mayorkas impeachment in the House isn't assured. Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) said on KTRH "Hopefully we'll pass it. We have a very thin majority now. We can only afford to lose one or two votes. We'll see what happens on the floor." Democrats claim that what happened in committee is revenge. Roy says that's the furthest thing from the truth. "The Secretary lied to us under oath, has failed to secure the border, does not have operational control of the border, and as a result has endangered the people of Texas," Roy explained.

January 31: The Gateway Pundit: The White House refuses
to release transcript of Biden's Ukraine speech where he called for the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating the company his son was involved with

"The White House is REFUSING to hand over early drafts of President Biden's 2015 Ukraine speech where he called for the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin." the House Oversight Committee said. "These drafts are important as it is believed, based on public reporting, that the then-VP "called an audible" and changed U.S. policy toward Ukraine to benefit his son on the plane ride to Ukraine," the Committee said. "Joe Biden later bragged about withholding a U.S. loan guarantee if Ukraine did not fire the prosecutor." "For more than five months the White House has declined to authorize the production of these draft speeches to the Oversight Committee or to assert a valid privilege over them," the letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel said.

January 31: Breitbart News: Biden and Blinken reportedly considering the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian State, a slap in the face to Israel
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly asked his department to review options for a unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state at the end of the war between Hamas and Israel – a major break from past US policy and from Israel. While U.S. officials say there has been no policy change, the fact the State Department is even considering such options signals a shift in thinking within the Biden administration on possible Palestinian statehood recognition, which is highly sensitive both internationally and domestically. For decades, U.S. policy has been to oppose the recognition of Palestine as a state both bilaterally and in UN institutions and to stress Palestinian statehood should only be achieved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

January 31: The Western Journal: GA state Senator causes fuss at Allanta airport over illegals in hidden room guarded by US soldier
A Republican Georgia state senator caused a fuss at Atlanta's airport Tuesday night as he sought to document illegal immigrants passing through the facility. State Sen. Colton Moore, vice chairman of the Georgia Freedom Caucus, said he went to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after getting a tip from a whistleblower about the presence of illegal immigrants at the airport. What he found was a room filled with illegals with what appeared to be a U.S. soldier guarding them. "The room was absolutely packed with people from every continent on this planet," Moore said. He called out Joe Biden and Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA) saying "this is a total dereliction of your duty and breach of public trust onto Georgians. GA Borders are Breached. Treason!"

January 31: The Washington Times: Gingrich:
The bedrock principle of religious liberty faces a historic test right now in Japan

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told an audience at a major summit in Washington this week, the bedrock principle of religious liberty faces a historic test right now in Japan, warning that a dangerous, communist-backed effort to punish the Unification Church could carry severe consequences for people of all faiths around the globe. Gingrich and other speakers at the International Religious Freedom Summit 2024 cast a bright spotlight on the Japanese government's push to strip the tax-exempt religious status of the Unification Church, which has operated in the country since the late 1950s. Gingrich and others say the roots of the campaign against this religious sect can be traced back decades, but the most recent spark started after the 2022 assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The killing of Abe and its aftermath seem to have emboldened fringe Japanese communists. Critics say they have since tried to smear and discredit Abe's long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party over its links to the sect. The gunman who shot Abe allegedly was motivated by the former prime minister's links to it, which he blamed for bankrupting his family two decades ago.

Trump trial continues in NYCJanuary 30: The Epoch Times:
Trump attorney says judge disallowed key witnesses for the defense in NY civil trial

An attorney for Donald Trump has claimed that her experts were denied the chance to testify before a New York jury that ultimately ruled in favor of a writer who accused the former president of defamation. Attorney Alina Habba said the presiding Judge Lewis Kaplan allegedly made sure that "every single defense that President Trump had" was not raised in the case. She said her team's "experts were denied" and couldn't take the stand. Her comments came just hours after a jury ruled that President Trump should pay $83.8 million to writer E. Jean Carroll, finding that he defamed her in 2019 when he denied accusations that he assaulted her decades earlier. It was the second time Ms. Carroll was awarded damages from the former president after making those accusations, which he denies to this day. The case will be appealed and will likely be overturned.

Reagan warned Iran three times and then sunk half their nnay and destroyed two of their oil rigs in the Gulf January 29: Fox Business:
Kudlow: Biden should read up on military history

According to the LA Times in 1988, on April 18 of that year U.S. warships and aircraft sank six Iranian naval ships and also took out two Iranian oil platforms, that were also used as command-and-control radar sites. President Reagan called it a measured response to renewed Iranian mining of the Gulf that damaged a U.S. frigate. Reagan said: "We've taken this action to make certain the Iranians have no illusions about the cost of irresponsible behavior. We aim to deter further Iranian aggression, not provoke it." The late president added: "They must know that we will protect our ships – and if they threaten us, they'll pay a price." Some military analyst said at the time that, on that one day, Reagan took out nearly half the Iranian navy. Today, U.S. military assets in the Middle East have taken over 165 hits from Iran or Iran-sponsored terrorist groups. Three US servicemembers tragically lost their lives Saturday, apparently two of our best of the best Navy SEALs may be lost from an earlier Iranian-backed action. 80 U.S. servicemembers have been injured by Iran-backed attacks since October 17 – plus reportedly more than 40 injured this past Saturday night and still the Biden administration has refused to strike back directly at the Iranian puppet-masters and paymasters. Appeasement, not deterrence, continues to reign over Biden foreign policy.

January 29: The Epoch Times:
Ex-IRS contractor who leaked Trump's tax returns sentenced to 5 years in prison

A former contractor for the IRS was sentenced to five years in prison on Jan. 29 for leaking tax information associated with thousands of individuals, including former President Donald Trump. Charles Littlejohn, 38, pleaded guilty in October 2023 to one count of unauthorized disclosure of tax returns and return information. He leaked President Trump's information to The New York Times in 2019 and shared data on some of the wealthiest Americans with ProPublica in 2020. His crime, U.S. District Judge Ana Reyes said, was the "biggest heist" in IRS history. His sentence included $5,000 in fines and community service. "It cannot be open season on our elected officials," Judge Reyes said before adding that judges had a duty to make that clear. She later noted that Mr. Littlejohn purposefully sought his job at least in part to leak tax information.

January 29: The Daily Caller: GA Lt. Gov to announce members of investigatory committee looking into the Fani Willis affair
Reportedly, Georgia Lt. Governor Burt Jones will announce members of a new investigatory committee Monday that will have subpoena power and are looking into Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The committee will be bipartisan, with six Republicans and three Democrats, and will look into Willis' relationship with her alleged lover Nathan Wade, an alleged misuse of taxpayer funds, and failure to report how funds were used. Willis has faced continued scrutiny over whether her indictment against Trump was politically motivated. "The Georgia Senate has the right and responsibility to investigate misuse of taxpayer resources by public officials. I have full faith in the members of this investigative committee, chosen this morning by the Committee on Assignments, and their efforts to pursue the truth wherever it may lead," Jones said.

January 28: The Daily Wire: Senators call upon Biden Administration to respond directly against Iran for three dead service members at the hand of Iran-back terrorists
U.S. Senators pushed for direct military action against Iran on Sunday after news broke that at least three U.S. soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack carried out by an Iranian-backed terrorist group. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that "three U.S. service members were killed and 25 injured from a one-way attack [Unmanned Aircraft System] that impacted at a base in northeast Jordan, near the Syria border." Subsequent reporting said that more than 30 U.S. soldiers were injured in the attack. Joe Biden said in a separate statement that the attack was "carried out by radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq." There was a bipartisan show of support among U.S. senators for the Biden administration to hold Iran directly responsible. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the most direct in stating what he believes the U.S. should do in response.

January 28: The Daily Caller:
House releases draft articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas

The House Homeland Security Committee released draft articles of impeachment Sunday against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The first article of impeachment against Mayorkas is for "willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law" and the second is for "breach of the public trust. The committee held two hearings recently on impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas that centered around his handling of the southern border and heard the testimonies of Republican attorneys general, legal experts and mothers who've lost their kids to fentanyl and an MS-13 gang member. The first article surrounds the record levels of migrants coming illegally and getting released into the country that has happened under Mayorkas' watch. One of the ways the committee believes Mayorkas played a role in the issue is through a September 2021 memo in which he directed his agency to limit immigration enforcement. The second article asserts that Mayorkas lied to Congress when he said the southern border is "secure," "no less secure than it was previously," that it's "closed," and that DHS has "operational control" of the area. One section of the article points to Mayorkas' previous statements supporting a false narrative accusing Border Patrol agents of "whipping" illegal migrants in September 2021.

January 28: The Epoch Times: Arizona GOP announces new state chair after former chair attempted to bribe Kari Lake not to run for office
The Arizona Republican Party selected a new Trump-endorsed chair on Jan. 27 after the former party leader resigned following a bribery controversy. "We proudly present our new Chairwoman [Gina Swoboda], alongside the dynamic new AZGOP Board!" the party said in a Jan. 28 post on Twitter [X]. "With a laser focus on the 2024 elections, our mission is clear: to win additional seats in the state legislature, reclaim our Senate and Congressional seats, take control of school boards, and win back the White House. We are ready for victory!" Swoboda was elected at the annual GOP meeting held at Dream City Church in north Phoenix on Jan. 27, which was attended by more than 1,000 people. Previously, only elections for the party's lower-level positions were scheduled for the day.

January: The Gateway Pundit: Culling v Raffensperger lawsuit; Evidence Dominion voting machines have vulnerabilities now in the Federal Record
On January 9th, the seven-years-long federal lawsuit -- Curling v. Raffensperger -- began in Atlanta, GA. in Judge Amy Totenberg's court. The case challenges the constitutionality of the Dominion Voting machines (used since 2002 and replaced in 2019 by Fulton County), arguing that the touchscreen Ballot Marking Devices (BMD) fail to create a voter-verifiable ballot because the actual voter intent is contained in a QR code that cannot be read by the voter. Just before the plaintiffs rested their case to allow the defendants to proceed, attorney David Oles was able to show evidence to the court from the expert witness declarations of Professors Philip Stark and J. Alex Halderman. Dr. Halderman testified that he was able to hack into the Dominion ICX BMD in just five seconds using a ballpoint pen, which in deed he did in the courtroom before the judge. He asked the state's attorney to let him borrow his pen and with it was able to place the Dominion machine in safe mode and then to change the vote totals. This was a significant development in the case as the overall theme thus far has revolved around the illegality and vulnerabilities of the touchscreen BMDs. However, the case has all but ignored significant vulnerabilities in the computerized election system as a whole and has shown support for hand-marked paper ballots counted by optical scanners, as done in most election jurisdictions throughout the country.

January 27: The Post Newspaper: Stop Trump movement; What will they try next?
First there was the Russia hoax, then two impeachment attempts, and now attempts to keep Trump off the ballot. Here's something to ponder; perhaps, just perhaps, those who are threatened by Trump and his America First policies feel they cannot win at the ballot box and they'll try anything to stop him. Case law and a SCOTUS ruling from the time the 14th Amendment was enacted shows a concern overzealous prosecutors who were attempting to disqualify Southern Democrats from serving. Congress was forced to passed a statute which required that section 3 could only be used if a Federal Case was brought by a Federal Prosecutor using a Federal Grand Jury convicting the defendant of insurrection by a unanimous verdict using a standard of beyond reasonable doubt and fully affirmed on appeal. Since none of these requirements have been met, SCOTUS should find the 14th Amendment doesn't apply to Donald Trump.

January 27: Fox News:
Texas stands firm – Doesn't blink – in standoff with
Biden's DHS over access to Texas-owned land

Texas has again rebuffed demands from the Biden administration for it to have "full access" to the Shelby Park area of Eagle Pass amid an ongoing standoff between the federal government and the state. DHS had written to Attorney General Ken Paxton this week seeking "full access to the Shelby Park area currently obstructed by Texas" after Gov. Greg Abbott's administration had taken control of it earlier this month. DHS has repeatedly sought access to the area, and in response last week Texas said it will allow entry to any Border Patrol personnel responding to an emergency. In response, DHS said it wants unrestricted access during emergencies, as well as regular access to the port of entry, the boat ramp and border barrier entrances. Paxton dismissed the DHS demand and its claim that the U.S. government owned some of the land they want access to. Paxton said, "With respect to parcels identified in your maps that are actually in the vicinity of the park, publicly available records suggest the United States does not even purport to own what your latest letter claims." He went on to request that the agency supply maps and deeds showing the areas it claims the U.S. government owns and how officials are blocking access to them. He also dismisses claims by the administration that it needs access to the area to patrol the border noting "… you (unsurprisingly) omit the statutory language that your agency continues publicly to disregard: Border Patrol is tasked with 'patrolling the border to prevent the illegal entry of aliens."

Traffic through the Suez Canal is down by 45% because of  Houthi  rebel attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea January 27: Sky News:
Traffic through the Suez Canal down 45% because of rocket attacks in the Red Sea

Freight travelling through the Suez Canal has almost halved since Yemen's Houthi rebels began attacking cargo vessels in the Red Sea. The key shipping lane links between producers in the Asia-Pacific region and Western markets in Europe are being impacted as alternative routes such as going around the African continent are being used with increased shipping times and additional costs. The attacks are by the Iranian-backed militant groups, which it says are in support of Palestinians in Gaza. The United States and Britain have carried out airstrikes against rebel positions but this has not seemed to deter attacks from rebel forces. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), which supports developing countries in global trade, said the number of ships using the canal over the last two months had fallen by 39%, leading to a 45% decline in freight tonnage. Jan Hoffmann, the agency's head of trade logistics, said there were now three key global trade routes disrupted, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the Panama Canal, where low water levels from drought meant shipping last month was down 36% year-on-year and 62% from two years ago.

January 27: The Jerusalem Post:
UN-RWA chief is "shocked" by countries pausing funding after staff members found to be caught up in the October 7 attack on Israel

The head of the UN Refugee Agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) said on Saturday that nine countries' decisions to suspend funding over allegations staff were involved in the October 7 attacks on Israel was shocking and urged them to reverse course. "These decisions threaten our ongoing humanitarian work across the region, including and especially in the Gaza Strip," Philippe Lazzarini said in a statement. Meanwhile, The Israeli Times reports, Foreign Minister Israel Katz says UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini should step down, after the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees expresses alarm as countries pull funding over allegations that UNRWA staff were involved in Hamas's October 7 terror onslaught in southern Israel. "Mr. Lazzarini please resign," reads a terse tweet from Katz.

January 26: The Washington Times: McCaul (R-TX) calls for investigation of Commerce Department's handling of tech transfers to China
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) has investigated the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security and determined that BIS had effectively enabled the flow of American technology to China, facilitating the PRC's rise into a technological, economic and military superpower rivaling the U.S. The committee's investigation found that BIS overwhelmingly approved license applications for the transfer of technology to blacklisted companies identified on the Entity List, which names foreign people and institutions that are not allowed to receive U.S. technology and products because of national security concerns. Mr. McCaul's investigation said the bureau is understaffed and lacks resources to conduct proper oversight. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is the committee with authorization and oversight responsibility over BIS and the Export Administration Act.
[Editor's Note: Things have changed since the 1990-early 2000's when I worked with this agency, its licensing and enforcement arms. I'm sad to hear what Chairman McCaul found in his investigation.]

January 26: News Max: Texas AG Paxton; the SCOTUS decision allowing Feds to cut razor wire on the border doesn't stop us
The U.S. Supreme Court siding with the Department of Homeland Security to allow federal border officials to cut state-installed razor wire along the Rio Grande "does not stop us from protecting our areas that we control, that are owned by Texas governments," says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. "All they did was remove the injunction from the federal government to come onto our property and cut down wire. It does not stop us from protecting our areas that we control, that are owned by Texas governments, and it does not stop the state of Texas from continuing to put up fences and wire, so it doesn't do anything to change what we should be doing," he added. "I don't think [Texas Gov. Greg Abbott] is going to stop, I don't think he should stop." Texas has installed rows of razor wire in the park and says more is being added after the Supreme Court cleared the way for Border Patrol agents to cut or remove the sharp metal barrier. The fencing has become one of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's most visible measures to deter migrants in the border city of Eagle Pass. Texas seized control of the park this month and began denying entry to Border Patrol agents, escalating a feud between Abbott and Joe Biden's administration, which the governor accuses of not doing enough to curb illegal crossings. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security sent the state a letter demanding access again to Shelby Park, which is next to the Rio Grande, to date, the state of Texas has not stepped down. An interesting side note: The move by the Biden administration to actively remove barriers (such as razor wire and buoys) meant to deter or at least slow down illegal border crossings flies in the face of an important campaign issue which recent polling shows voters want the flow of an invasion on our southern border stopped.

House Speaker: Senate immigation deal dead on arrival in the HouseJanuary 26: Fox News:
Biden/Senate border bill "Dead on Arrival" House Speaker Johnson says

Joe Biden on Friday appeared to tout negotiations between his administration with the Senate to address the crisis on the southern border despite House Speaker Mike Johnson saying such legislation would be "dead on arrival" in his chamber. The measure pieced together by Senate Democrats and moderate Republicans has been opposed by conservative senators like Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT). In a statement released by the White House, Biden urged Congress to support a bipartisan package that would tie border security measures with aid to Ukraine. He said the terms negotiated with senators would be the "toughest and fairest" set of reforms ever to secure the border. Critics are asking why Ukraine funding is being linked to efforts to secure the U.S. border and are not enthused with providing Ukraine funding until the invasion at the border is stopped.

January 26: One American News Network:
U.S. pauses funds to UN Relief and Works Agency over disclosure some of its staff were involved in the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel

Due to numerous claims that United Nations (UN) staff members were involved in the Hamas attacks on October 7th, the U.S. has decided to suspend financing for UNRWA, the UN's organization for Palestinians. According to the UNRWA, the agency has now fired "several employees" and launched an inquiry into data provided by Israel. However, many reports have stated that at least 12 employees were discovered to have been directly involved in the attack. Antonio Guterres, the secretary-general of the UN, expressed his horror at the news and demanded a prompt investigation. In the historic and tragic attack, Hamas killed at least 1,200 individuals, the majority of them civilians. 250 individuals were also kidnapped during the incident.

January 26: The Washington Examiner: Trump attorney blasts biased judge for not allowing a valid defense in civil defamation case
Alina Habba, attorney for former President Trump, blasted U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan for not allowing her client any defense in front of the New York jury deciding whether Trump defamed E. Jean Carroll over her allegations of rape. "We were stripped of every defense, every single defense before we walked in there, and I am proud to stand with President Trump because he showed up, he stood up, he took the stand, and he faced this judge," Habba said. A jury found on Friday that Trump should pay $65 million in punitive damages to Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, and $18.3 million in compensatory damages for emotional harm and other damages for defaming her in his denial of her claim that he raped her in the mid-1990s. Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York, which Trump called a "hoax" and Carroll a "liar." The judgement is likely to be appealed.

January 25: The Epoch Times:
Federal Judge hints Trump's January 6th trial will be delayed

The federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's looming Jan. 6-related trial may have signaled that his case will be delayed after she scheduled a different case just a few weeks after the trial is slated to start, former prosecutors say. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, based in Washington, on Wednesday scheduled an alleged Jan. 6, 2021, defendant, Anthony Mastanduno, to start on April 2. That's only about three and a half weeks after she initially set the former president's trial date for March 4. All progress in the case against Trump was halted by the judge on Dec. 13, 2023, as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears whether the former president is immune from prosecution in the case. Earlier this month, Judge Chutkan hinted that his trial date might be pushed back, which served as a blow to special counsel Jack Smith, who brought the charges against the former president and who wants to proceed prior to the Novembre 2024 election.

January 25: Axios:
Chaos on Capitol Hill over the invasion of the U.S. by illegal migrants

The logistical and humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border is triggering constitutional challenges and a massive political headache in Congress — with upcoming election season only pouring more fuel on the fire. Some Republican senators are working furiously to salvage a bipartisan border security package that Trump opposes because he believes, given their history, the Biden Administration won't implement. Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) is contending the Biden Administration has failed in it constitutional duty to defend states from a border "invasion." Earlier this month, the Supreme Court got rid of the stay which prohibited federal law enforcement from cutting and/or removing concertina/razor wire erected by the state of Texas. It did so, on a temporary basis, until the appeals process works its way through the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – not on the merits of the case. So in the midst of all this, Capitol Hill is in chaos as Democrats are trying to establish that they have done something about border security which is a major campaign issue in which they, and the Biden Administration, find themselves underwater in recent polling.

Senator Kennedy is a tough questioner of nominees... better know what your job is before you go before his Judiciary CommitteeJanuary 25: The Daily Caller:
Biden nominee "freezes" under questioning from Senator Kennedy (R-LA)

Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy who has a history of stumping judicial nominees from the Biden Administration did it again. His point is that a nominee should, at the least, understand what the court he or she is being nominated for does and what kinds of situations he or she might encounter. In the latest case Kennedy asked nominee Robin M. Meriweather questions about how the Court of Federal Claims works. He started his line of questioning by asking how many motions Meriweather has argued in the court of federal claims. Meriweather attempted to answer the question, missed the mark, to which Kennedy asked "Okay, so the answer is zero?" The witness concurred. This was the first of several inquiries Kennedy made of the witness with the same answers. Finally, Kennedy said, "I'm going to run out of time. What's a contract of adhesion. If you don't know, just tell me." Meriweather responded "…I have not dealt with the question of what a contract of adhesion is but should it be presented to me I would…" "Sure, you'll look it up," Kennedy interjected. According to Cornell University, an adhesion contract is a "contract where the parties are of such disproportionate bargaining power that the party of weaker bargaining power could not have negotiated for variations in the terms of the contract. These contracts are prepared by the party with greater bargaining power for use in all similar business transactions and given to customers on a take-it-or-leave-it basis."

January 25: The Daily Wire: Younkin; Virginia stands with Texas
Siding with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Wednesday, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) criticized Joe Biden and his "border czar" for continued problems at the US/Mexico border. Abbott is in a dispute with the White House over the security at the border. According to Abbott, Texas has a "constitutional right to self-defense," and therefore the right to try to secure the Texas border if Biden refuses to enforce federal immigration laws. "Virginia stands with Texas," Youngkin said on Twitter (X) on Wednesday. "Greg Abbott is doing the job Joe Biden and his border czar refuse to do to secure our border," Youngkin continued, referencing U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. "The Biden administration has turned every state into a border state," the Virginia governor continued. "We must stop the flow of Texas National Guard protects Texas properties from illegal  invasionfentanyl, save lives, and secure our southern border." In the meantime, the Biden Administration wants to cut razor wire put up by Texas and there by removing a barrier that will, at the least, slow down border crossings by illegal aliens.

The Daily Wire reports further that all the Republican governors (25 of them) have banded together to support Texas' efforts to protect its borders. Twenty-five Republican governors from across the country released a joint statement Thursday afternoon expressing support for the state of Texas as it fights to secure its border with Mexico. The statement comes as the Biden administration is fighting to stop Texas from securing its borders and preventing millions of illegal aliens from flooding into the state. "Biden and his Administration have left Americans and our country completely vulnerable to unprecedented illegal immigration pouring across the Southern border," the statement, said. "Instead of upholding the rule of law and securing the border, the Biden Administration has attacked and sued Texas for stepping up to protect American citizens from historic levels of illegal immigrants, deadly drugs like fentanyl, and terrorists entering our country."

January 24: The Daily Signal:
Ohio Senate overrides Gov. DeWine's veto of Gender and Women's Sports measure

The Ohio State Senate voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine's (R) veto of House Bill 68, which will protect minors from experimental transgender treatments euphemistically referred to as "gender-affirming care" and safeguard fairness in women's sports. The override passed the Senate 24-8 Wednesday, after passing the House of Representatives, 65-28, on Jan. 10. The measure, that will now become law, will bar physicians from performing gender-reassignment surgery on a minor and from prescribing cross-sex hormones or drugs to block puberty for the purpose of gender transition. It also will enable students to sue if they are deprived of a fair playing field in sports due to gender activism and protect parents' rights to raise their children according to their biological sex.

January 24: News Max:
Kari Lake (R-AZ) pressured not to run for Senate, Head of Arizona GOP resigns

Arizona's top Republican Party official pushed Kari Lake, a loyal supporter of former President Donald Trump, into not running for a U.S. Senate seat, DailyMail.com reported. The outlet obtained an audio recording of a supposed conversation between Lake, who's running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and Jeff DeWit, chair of the Arizona Republican Party. On the recording, DeWit, 51, whose identity was confirmed by two sources, is heard asking Lake to name her price to stay out of politics for two years. "There are very powerful people who want to keep you out," DeWit tells Lake in a conversation reportedly recorded in March. At the time, Lake was considering entering the Senate race. DeWit tells Lake that he thinks Trump will lose in the 2024 presidential election and it's time to make way for someone else. He then asks Lake not to mention the conversation to anyone. "So the ask I got today from back east was: 'Is there any companies out there or something that could just put her on the payroll to keep her out?'" DeWit reportedly says to Lake. An irritated Lake responds: "This is about defeating Trump and I think that's a bad, bad thing for our country."

Dominion voting machines can be hacked very easilyJanuary 23: News Max:
Expert: Dominion voting machines can be hacked

According to Law360, which is covering the trial, a voting systems expert testifying in a Georgia trial last week demonstrated that Dominion Voting Systems machines were so easily hackable he could use a Bic pen and smart card to copy, edit, and change votes in seconds. Professor J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan, the author of a highly publicized report detailing deficiencies in Dominion's voting machines, testified at an Atlanta trial Thursday in a case filed in 2017 against the state of Georgia. The suit was originally filed by the Coalition for Good Governance, a liberal activist group, which claimed the state's use of voting machines which include touch-screen computers to cast ballots without the benefit of a verifiable print ballot, made the voting counts susceptible to manipulation. After the suit, Georgia election officials changed their voting vendor in 2020 to Dominion Voting Systems, which also used a touch-screen ballot but provided voters with a paper ballot containing a QR code containing their vote information. The Good Governance suit, however, asked a federal judge to order Georgia to stop using Dominion since they claimed their machines remain vulnerable to attack. The suit also claimed the Dominion machines offer voters a paper QR code that cannot easily be read to verify the accuracy of their vote. Halderman, who wrote a 96-page report in July 2021, began his demonstration before U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg in Atlanta by asking a plaintiffs' attorney to borrow a pen. The professor then inserted the pen into the Dominion voting machine and held it there for a few seconds, which caused the machine to reboot into "safe mode," according to Halderman. Halderman then explained that a person could copy or change files on the voting machine, change its operating settings, or install malware. Halderman said accessing the "terminal emulator" could allow a user to bypass the computer's normal security settings and obtain "super-user" access — something that allows a person to read, monitor, and change "anything," including ballots, on the voting machine with "no limits."

January 23: The Daily Caller:
Trump defeats Haley in second match up – New Hampshire

Former President Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, defeating former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and effectively marching his way into the GOP presidential nomination. Historically, Trump is in an excellent position to become the GOP's next standard-bearer. Except for Joe Biden in 2020, no presidential candidate has won the Republican or Democratic nomination and placed below second in the first two nominating states. Trump won both. At the time of this writing Trump received 54.1% support from New Hampshire voters compared to Haley's 45% (some of whom were reportedly Democrats who switched parties in an effort to help the lady from South Carolina win). The former president has now won the first two nominating contests of the 2024 season, as he secured 51% of the vote in the Iowa caucus just last week.

January 22: The Daily Wire:
Judge's decision in divorce proceeding could spell trouble for Georgia DA Fani Willis

A judge ruled Monday that the divorce case of Nathan Wade, who is the special prosecutor in the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' racketeering and election interference case against former President Donald Trump, can be made public. The ruling from Judge Henry Thompson could spell bad news for Willis, who is already under scrutiny for allegedly being romantically linked to Wade. Reportedly Judge Thompson, who is overseeing the divorce case of Wade and his wife Joycelyn Wade, ruled during an emergency hearing in Cobb County that the case be unsealed for public access. A court filing from Joycelyn says Wade paid for Willis to accompany him on at least two trips; one in 2022 to Miami, and one last year to San Francisco. That filing includes credit card statements from a Visa Signature Business account that purports to show Wade booking round-trip flights for himself and Willis. The credit card statements are significant, since it is seemingly the first hard evidence backing up allegations of a romantic relationship first made by Trump co-defendant Michael Roman.

January 22: The Texas Scorecard: SCOTUS allows feds to cut Texas razor wire
The United States Supreme Court ruled today that border patrol agents have the authority to cut Texas' concertina wire fencing previously installed at the southern border to deter illegal border crossing. The one-page court order voids a December 19 decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that previously prohibited federal agents from destroying or removing the wire fences. The 5-4 vote by the Supreme Court follows a granted emergency request by the Biden administration to allow federal agents to destroy the border fences. The justices voting in the majority were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Amy Coney Barrett, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. "The Supreme Court's temporary order allows Biden to continue his illegal effort to aid the foreign invasion of America," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote on Twitter (X) today. "The destruction of Texas's border barriers will not help enforce the law or keep American citizens safe. This fight is not over, and I look forward to defending our state's sovereignty."

Small store leaves Oakland  due to crime in the areaJanuary 22: One America News Network:
Local "In and Out" burger joint in Oakland CA closing due to rising crime

The only In-N-Out restaurant in Oakland, California, is closing down due to rising crime. Company Chief Operating Officer Denny Warnick released a statement saying that the store was profitable, but that regular car break-ins, property damage, theft, as well as armed robberies of customers and employees led to the decision to shut it down. "We are grateful for the local community, which has supported us for over 18 years, and we recognize that this closure negatively impacts our Associates and their families," Warwick said. "Additionally, this location remains a busy and profitable one for the company, but our top priority must be the safety and wellbeing of our Customers and Associates – we cannot ask them to visit or work in an unsafe environment." And so it is that lack of support for law enforcement hits those communities which need a police presence the most.

Leningrad Terminal attacked by UkraineJanuary 21: News Max:
Russian region on high alert over suspected targeting by Ukrainian drones

Russia's Leningrad region, home to a fuel export terminal disrupted on Sunday by a fire that Ukrainian media reported was the result of a Ukrainian drone attack, announced it had put key facilities on high alert. "In all districts of the Leningrad region, a high alert regime has been declared at critical infrastructure facilities," the regional administration said on Telegram. "Security units and law enforcement agencies have received orders to destroy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles if they are detected in nearby territories," it said. The Interfax-Ukraine news agency, citing unnamed sources, said the fire at the Ust-Luga complex, on the Gulf of Finland about 110 miles west of St. Petersburg, was the result of a special operation carried out by Ukraine's security services.

January 21: The Washington Examiner:
Soros dumps cash into Texas in attempt to save Congressional seat

The move by left-wing billionaire George Soros to pour major cash into turning Texas blue in 2024 shows Democrats are afraid of the GOP's momentum in the state, Republican candidate and ex-Rep. Mayra Flores said in an interview. Soros personally has transferred at least $100,000 since August 2023 to the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Cameron County, which is part of the Lone Star State's 34th Congressional District, where Flores is seeking to unseat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX). The Democratic megadonor also made donations to Hidalgo and Dallas counties and has wired hundreds of thousands of dollars to the liberal Texas Majority PAC, according to financial disclosures.

January 21: The Epoch Times:
Trump retires "DeSanctimonious" nickname after DeSantis suspends campaign

Former President Donald Trump announced after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's departure from the presidential race that he was officially retiring his nickname for the Florida Republican, "Ron DeSanctimonious." Earlier, DeSantis dropped out of the race, saying he had no path to victory after failing to achieve a significant upset in Iowa. He immediately endorsed President Trump. President Trump's campaign responded to the departure graciously, thanking the Florida governor for his endorsement and calling on the Republican Party to come together behind the clear frontrunner. "With only a few days left until President Donald J. Trump's victory in New Hampshire, we are honored by the endorsement from Governor Ron DeSantis and so many other former presidential candidates," a statement emailed to President Trump's supporters read. The campaign repeated calls from the 45th president and others for the GOP to come together behind President Trump and focus their attention on defeating Joe Biden. "It is now time for all Republicans to rally behind President Trump to defeat Crooked Joe Biden and end his disastrous presidency."

January 20: The New York Post: Not "Peachy," Calls continue for Georgia prosecutor of Trump to step down following disclosure of romantic affair with DA Fani Willis
A Trump impeachment lawyer called on the lead prosecutor in the Georgia election fraud case against the former president to step down amid explosive allegations he was hired while in a relationship with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Norm Eisen, who served as special counsel to the Democrat House Judiciary Committee during former President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial told The Washington Post the controversy surrounding Nathan Wade's hiring as special prosecutor will only continue to snowball — and the allegations of impropriety risk delaying a verdict for the former president and his 14 co-defendants. "If he were to come to me as ethics czar … I would tell him that no matter the law discretion is the better course of valor," Eisen told the outlet. He went on to call the pair's personal relationship "unwise," and added that while there's no legal basis to disqualify Wade from his role as special prosecutor under Georgia law, the pair's alleged behavior — such as claims that Wade showered Willis with airline tickets and other gifts — could violate Fulton County's ethics policies. On Friday, county Commissioner Bob Ellis demanded Willis provide any information related to Wade's appointment as special prosecutor in the Trump case.

January 20: One America News Network: Senator Scott (R-SC) endorses Trump
Senator Tim Scott has endorsed former President Donald Trump ahead of the New Hampshire Republican primary. On Friday, former GOP presidential candidate Scott endorsed the 45th president while on stage with the former president at a campaign event in Concord, New Hampshire. "We need a president who will close our southern border today. We need Donald Trump," Scott said. "We need a president who will unite our country. We need Donald Trump. We need a president who will protect your social security and my mama's social security. We need Donald Trump."

January 20: Breitbart News: GOP senators warn against immigration deal
Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Tim Scott (R-SC) all warned against the bipartisan immigration deal, believing it would do nothing to stem the migrant crisis at the southern border. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and congressional Democrats have struck an immigration framework that Breitbart News has said would only reward illegal immigration. Among other things, the deal's framework would include: Increase green cards by 50,000/year, award work permits for adult children of H-1B holders, Give immediate work permits to every illegal alien released from custody, assign taxpayer funded lawyers to certain UACs and mentally incompetent aliens. Would increase expulsion authority for a limited number of days ONLY if encounters exceed 5k/day over a seven day period. And would restrict parole for those who enter without authorization between ports of entry.

January 19: Axios:
Netanyahu inflames tensions with Democrats over Palestinian statehood

Democratic members of Congress and the Biden administration are admonishing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for opposing the establishment of Palestinian state after the Israel-Hamas war. It's just the latest rift between Democrats in Washington and Israel as Joe Biden begins to lose patience with the Israeli premier. "He's just proving to be an incredibly problematic partner ... it's a growing issue," said a House Democrat, adding, "The special relationship is with Israel, not with Bibi."

January 19: The Washington Times:
Speaker Johnson losing support including from some in GOP leadership

Once again, House Speaker Mike Johnson relied on Democrats to pass another short-term funding measure to keep the government open, but this time even fewer Republicans voted in favor of the legislation. Among the 106 Republicans who bucked the speaker on Thursday — 13 more than the last stopgap in November — were key lawmakers in positions of power in the House GOP, including House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and a member of the speaker's leadership team. Stefanik said that she had concerns about how the stopgap did not address issues with an influx of illegal migrants in her "northern border district," which is why she voted against the measure. Stefanik's defection, along with a slew of committee chairs like Budget Committee Chair Jodey Arrington (R-TX) and Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-TN), could signal a rocky path forward for Johnson. Complicating matters for the Speaker is the GOP's razor-thin majority and how archconservatives have used that tenuous grip on power to steer the speaker toward shutting down the government and rejecting a spending deal with Democrats.

January 19: The Daily Caller: Biden Admits Border Isn't Secure Nanoseconds After Saying He Has No Clue Why Republicans Are Impeaching
Joe Biden admitted the southern border isn't secure just moments after saying he had no idea why Republicans were moving to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. For weeks, Biden's supplemental package that would fund Ukraine and Israel has been held up in Congress while Congressional leaders debate border security initiatives. Meanwhile, according to federal data, under Mayorkas' leadership, U.S. Border Patrol encountered more than 2.2 million migrants crossing the southern border during the 2022 fiscal year and more than 2 million in the 2023 fiscal year. "What do you say to Republicans who are trying to impeach Mayorkas?" a Fox News White House correspondent asked Joe Biden. "I don't get it," Biden responded. Then moments later the reporter asked Biden if he believes the border is secure. "No, it's not," Biden responded. "I haven't believed that for the last 10 years," he continued. "And I've said it for the last 10 years."

January 18: Axios:
Revenge likely in response to Speaker's CR at current spending levels

The House Freedom Caucus may begin to routinely hijack Republican messaging bills as an act of retaliation against House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), according to multiple members of the group. It would mark a significant escalation in hardliner's rebellion against Johnson after he pursued bipartisan deals to pass critical government funding bills. "If they don't want or need our votes for the material legislation that impacts the country or the large spending packages ... you shouldn't presume that you have our votes for the messaging bills that will go nowhere in the Senate," said Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-VA). Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX) said he "wouldn't be surprised" if Freedom Caucus members tank votes when the House returns later this month.

January 18: The Jerusalem Post:
Israel slow to eliminate Hamas threat in Southern Gaza

Despite reports that the military has an updated operational plan for entering Rafah in southern Gaza Strip, or for at least securing the Egypt/Gaza border, known as the Philadelphi Corridor, there is, at the current time, no immediate decision to move forward. In the initial stages of the war, Israel wanted to give millions of civilian Palestinians a place to retreat to – Southern Gaza. But may of the Hamas terrorist leaders moved south as well. Israel is concerned that not upset the Egyptians or force a massive evacuation from southern Gaza across the Egyptian border. At the same time, they want to wipe out the Hamas terrorist leadership. The two objectives, at times, seems to contradict each other. Ergo, the slow speed of Israel's advance into Southern Gaza.

January 18: The Daily Signal: GOP bill would require mothers be shown an ultrasound of their baby before getting an abortion
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is introducing legislation this week that would require a woman to be shown an ultrasound of her unborn child before she obtains an abortion. His Ultrasound Informed Consent Act stipulates that abortionist or "an agent under the supervision of the" abortionist must perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman while simultaneously providing an explanation of what the ultrasound is depicting. Under the measure the abortionist must "display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them" and "provide a complete medical description of the ultrasound images," including the baby's dimensions, cardiac activity, and the "presence of external members and internal organs." "The Biden administration's heinous pro-abortion policies continue to incentivize women to end the lives of innocent, unborn American children," Biggs said. If the measure were to pass the House it would certainly be dead on arrival in the Senate.

January 18: The Daily Wire: First son to be deposed February 28th
House Republicans announced on Thursday that Hunter Biden will appear next month for a deposition, signaling an end to a standoff in the impeachment inquiry into his father, Joe Biden, for the first son's testimony. Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) shared the news in a brief statement that included interview plans for other witnesses. "Hunter Biden will appear before our committees for a deposition on February 28, 2024. His deposition will come after several interviews with Biden family members and associates. We look forward to Hunter Biden's testimony," they said. IMAGE: BOSTON-WalgreensClosing.jpg

Dems cities legalize shopliftingJanuary 17: The Daily Wire:
Dem cities legalize shoplifting then are shocked that businesses are leaving

Suffolk County, Massachusetts — which includes the city of Boston — embarked on a first-of-its-kind, real-life social experiment. Under the leadership of their new district attorney, Rachel Rollins, Suffolk County decided to stop prosecuting criminals who were accused of most non-violent misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct and shoplifting. The cops would arrest the shoplifters, and then the prosecutors would just let them off the hook. Their reasoning was if you let criminals get away with shoplifting, they're less likely to get in trouble with the law in the future. But that doesn't mean they've stopped shoplifting and committing petty crimes. In fact, if anything, it means they're shoplifting a lot more than they used to, because why wouldn't they? They're going to shoplift so much that it becomes impossible for businesses to stay open, which means that very quickly, so-called "disadvantaged communities" will lose access to convenience stores and pharmacies. They will become even more disadvantaged, which is supposedly the opposite to the stated goal of "restorative justice." As an example, Walgreens is closing its fourth store in Boston and minority and disadvantaged area are losing access to corner stores and pharmacies. IMAGE: MR&MRSTrump.jpg

Mr. and Mrs. Donald TrumpJanuary 17: Fox News:
Trump to skip trial appearance in order to attend mother-in-law's funeral; Judge refused to delay the trial for 24 hours

President Trump said he will miss the E. Jean Carroll trial on Thursday so that he can attend his mother-in-law's funeral, blasting saying the judge presiding over the case was "nasty" for not delaying court proceedings for the day. "So, it happened very terribly as we asked to just delay the trial for one day so I could go to the funeral tomorrow and then we could start Friday or Monday or any time they want," Trump explained. "And he said, absolutely not, the trial will go on just as it is." "I thought it was terrible. I thought it was terrible," Trump continued. "So, he would rather have me miss the funeral or go to the funeral and miss the trial." He added: "That's a nasty man. He's a nasty judge. He's a Trump-hating guy. And it's obvious to everybody in the court it's a disgrace, frankly, what's happening. It's a disgrace." Trump was referring to Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who was a Clinton appointee. Former first lady Melania Trump's mother, Amalija Knavs, passed away last week at the age of 78.

January 17: News Max:
House Committee to markup Mayorkas impeachment January 31st

Republicans have scheduled a markup for articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for 10 a.m. on Jan. 31, according to an internal GOP memo. The plan detailed in the memo tracks with the timeline already pledged by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-TN) who sought prompt proceedings to expel Mayorkas from his current post. Green would not "corroborate a memo" when asked. "I'm not confirming or denying any dates or time," he said. Green said, "We're not playing this game anymore. "Mayorkas' passive aggressiveness about trying to schedule us is a smokescreen. That's all it is. And we're just not going to play that game. We've been after him to come since August. And he keeps saying no."

January 16: The Epoch Times: MSNBC's refusal to air Trump's victory speech after Iowa win portends future treatment/coverage
According to legal scholar Jonathan Turley, MSNBC's refusal to air former President Donald Trump's victory speech and the media platform's framing of his supporters as fascists serves as an omen of future election coverage. Upon former President Trump's victory at the Iowa Caucus, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC co-host, told her viewers that they would not air his speech because he speaks "untrue things." About his speech, Maddow said the news platform will "keep an eye on that" and let its audience know if he makes any "noteworthy, substantive, and important" statements. In other words, they want to censor and cut and paste what they air so it fits with their narrative.

January 16: The Daily Wire: Special Counsel rips Hunter Biden attempt to dismiss gun charges: We "found drugs" on his gun pouch
Special Counsel David Weiss' office shredded Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, in a court filing on Tuesday for attempting to get the felony gun charges he faces dismissed. The filing came in response to a motion that Biden's team filed last month that claimed he faced a "selective and vindictive prosecution" that was politically motivated. "The charges in this case are not trumped up or because of former President Trump — they are instead a result of the defendant's own choices and were brought in spite of, not because of, any outside noise made by politicians," Weiss wrote in the filing this week. Hunter Biden's team argued that Weiss "buckled" under political pressure from "former President Trump (who appointed Mr. Weiss), extremist House Republicans, and the far-right media." Weiss fired back in his filing, saying that Hunter Biden produces no evidence to support his allegation that the Executive Branch, led by his father, Joe Biden, and its Justice Department, led by the Attorney General appointed by his father, authorized prosecution by the U.S. Attorney and Special Counsel of their choosing for an "improper political purpose."

January 16: The Washinton Examiner:
Lloyd Austin's team requested a "subtle" ambulance during health scare

The person who called an ambulance for Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin requested they approach his Virginia home without their lights and sirens. Austin underwent surgery to treat prostate cancer on Dec. 22, and on Jan. 1, someone with him called 911 as he suffered from "nausea with severe abdominal, hip, and leg pain," as his doctors have since said. The member of his inner circle who called 911 asked the dispatcher, "Can I ask — can the ambulance not show up with lights and sirens? Um, we're trying to remain a little subtle," according to the recording, the Daily Beast reported. The individual also told the dispatcher he hadn't passed out and was alert. The dispatcher affirmed the request, noting that "usually when they turn into a residential neighborhood, they'll turn them off." Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder told reporters last week that Austin's personal security detail accompanied him to the hospital and his junior military aide was there to see him the next day.

Axelrod warns biden about formidale trumpJanuary 16: News Max:
Axelrod warns Biden about "formidable" Trump

Former White House senior adviser and noted Democrat strategist David Axelrod said Tuesday that Joe Biden and his campaign had better "get into gear" because they're going up against a "formidable" opponent in GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Axelrod, an adviser to former President Barack Obama, made the comments Tuesday morning in the aftermath of Trump's landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses the night before. "The president and his campaign need to get into gear, and they need a message," he said on "CNN. Axelrod has been a frequent critic of Biden, previously saying that Biden is solely going after Trump as a threat to Democracy, reiterating Tuesday that Biden will need more than that. "And they need a message that takes in not just democracy but the day-to-day concerns that people have, and they need to prosecute it every single day through every single surrogate," Axelrod said. Trump won in Iowa with 51% of Republican support, a margin of roughly 30 points over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, living up to the polls almost to the number. Further, 66% of the caucus-goers said Biden's win in 2020 was illegitimate, Biden almost certainly won't win Iowa under any circumstances in the general election, but there are likely voters in swing states who feel the same way about the 2020 election, meaning Biden had better have a Plan B, Axelrod said.

January 15: The Daily Caller: Contracts show Willis offered top RICO expert lower hourly rate than he alleged lover in the case against Trump
According to recently obtained documents, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis paid her alleged romantic partner, Nathan Wade, to work at a higher hourly rate on the case against former President Donald Trump than she contracted one of the state's leading racketeering experts. John Floyd, who wrote a book on federal and state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes and is considered Georgia's top expert, entered into a contract with the Fulton County District Attorney's office on March 10, 2021 at an hourly rate of $150 per hour. Nathan Wade, who Willis appointed special prosecutor, was retained at a rate of $250 per hour, the documents show, although Willis claimed Sunday all her special counsels were paid the same rate. It's possible the other attorneys were later paid at a higher rate, as the records obtained only extend through April 2022. One of Trump's co-defendants claimed in a motion seeking to dismiss the case last week that Willis' alleged lover benefited from the awarding of "lucrative" contract because he used payments he received for his position to take her on cruises and vacations. Wade filed for divorce from his wife on Nov. 2, 2021, the day after his contract to work under Willis began. DA Willis claimed that her "friend" Wade was only being attacked because he is black.

January 15: Fox News: Obama appointed Ex-US Attorney:
Willis should step down over alleged romantic relationship with her employee

Fulton County, Georgia district attorney Fani Willis, who brought charges against President Trump on election interference, should step away from the case amid allegations brought against her of having an "improper" romantic relationship with a prosecutor, according to an Obama-appointed former U.S. attorney. Court documents filed earlier this month say Willis hired special prosecutor Nathan Wade, her alleged romantic partner, to prosecute Trump and benefited financially from the relationship in the form of lavish vacations that the two went on using funds his firm received for working the case. Interestingly, Willis has not confirmed or denied the claim. Former U.S Attorney Michael Moore said if the allegations of an improper romantic relationship between Willis and Wade are true, they are an "unforced error by the Fulton County DA that would challenge the integrity of the case.

January 14: The Epoch Times: Attorney says Trump co-defendants in Georgia trial ready to testify in possible case against AG Willis
An attorney for a Trump co-defendant in Georgia's Fulton County said there are witnesses who are willing to testify against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her top prosecutor. Last week, defendant Michael Roman issued a court filing in Fulton County that alleged Ms. Willis engaged in an "inappropriate" relationship with a special counsel she had appointed, Nathan Wade. Few details were provided in the filing about the relationship, while neither Wade nor Willis have denied the allegations. Wade has played a significant role in the case against former President Donald Trump and more than a dozen co-defendants. The court filing, in part, claims that Wade had paid for vacations with Willis while using Fulton County taxpayer funds that his private law firm had received, while Roman is seeking to disqualify Willis from overseeing the case. "I would never have filed something like this if I didn't have multiple sources to corroborate," Roman's attorney, Ashleigh Merchant, told a local news outlet over the weekend about the recent bombshell filing. Meanwhile, the attorney said that she has documentary evidence and witnesses to back up the claims in the filing. "We look forward to litigating this motion in court where we can bring forward all of our evidence," she added, saying that eyewitness testimony about the alleged Wade-Willis relationship will be provided soon.

January 14: The Washington Times: Fulton County top Trump prosecutor Wade found in contempt of court for failure to provide financial documents
Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade (mentioned in the Epoch Times story above) was held in contempt of court for "willfully" failing to turn over court documents relating to his income, including income gained from prosecuting the case regarding President Donald Trump. Wade has come under national scrutiny regarding an alleged undisclosed relationship he had with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, potentially jeopardizing the election interference case against Trump. Wade was put in charge of the prosecution of Trump by Willis, despite allegedly having little experience in such cases and while carrying on a romantic relation with Willis. Wade has allegedly been paid over $650,000 for his prosecution and using at least part of it to take DA Willis on expensive vacations. The court overseeing Wade's divorce case with his wife reportedly asked Wade to produce a record of his finances since 2016 as part of the discovery process -- which would allegedly include the billable hours related to the prosecution of Donald Trump. To date Wade has failed to provide said documents. IMAGE: RedChineseExpected2esclateTentions.jpg

Red Chinese Communists expected to increase on Taiwan/USAJanuary 14: Axios: Red China communists expected to increase pressure on Taiwan/USA after elections on the Island nation didn't go their way
China is likely to increase its coercive measures towards Taiwan in an attempt to push both Taipei and Washington to adopt more accommodating positions towards Beijing after the island elected ruling Democratic Progressive Party's William Lai president on Saturday. China's growing military and economic pressure on Taiwan could fracture the already delicate balance between the U.S. and China, sending relations between the two superpowers spiraling and risking stability in the region. Lai's election marks an unprecedented third term for the DPP, which in the past eight years under President Tsai Ing-wen has seen Taiwan further strengthen its relationship with the U.S. and move to diversify its trade away from China. Beijing is expected to pressure Taiwan through a variety of means, an analysts told Axios. There will likely be an "immediate uptick" in the number of Chinese military incursions into air and sea near to Taiwan to "send the signal, you voted poorly," said Dean Cheng, senior advisor to the China program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Beijing could "conduct some kind of military demonstration around inauguration day to signal their displeasure with the incoming Lai administration," Raymond Kuo, director of the RAND Corporation's Taiwan Policy Initiative, said. There could also be "new trade restrictions on Taiwanese companies, and heightened cyberattacks on Taiwan. IMAGE: WHITEHOUSEunderSeige-SMALL.jpg

White House under seige by protestorsJanuary 13: Fox News: White House staffers "relocated" after pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel protestors storm perimeter "anti-scaling" fences
Anti-Israel protesters and rioters gathered outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday night, with some demonstrators damaging security fencing and hurling objects at police. The demonstrators were heard chanting "Ceasefire Now" and "Free, Free Palestine," with many waving Palestinian flags. "Yemen, Yemen makes us proud / Turn another ship around," was also recited at the demonstration, hours after strikes were launched against the Houthis in Yemen. The U.S. Secret Service said some fences were damaged outside the White House, and that staff members and journalists were "relocated" as a result. The White House also said on Saturday that Biden is currently at Camp David. "The right to peacefully protest is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and the Metropolitan Police Department has long supported those who visit our city to demonstrate safely," Pamela Smith, DC's Police Chief said. "However," she added, "violence, destructive behavior, and criminal activities are not tolerated." No arrests were made and damage to the fence was quickly repaired by Secret Service Support Staff.

January 13: News Max: Record cold temps forecast for Iowa as it prepares for the first in the nation primary caucus
Despite the record cold forecast for Iowa for Monday's first-in-the-nation caucus, Arizona's Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake predicted the record-breaking will be for President Donald Trump and his margin of victory. "The greatest victory we've ever seen historically in Iowa since 1972 in the caucus, when there's been a crowded field, is a 12-point victory; I think President Trump will surpass that," Lake said. "But we can't go out and act like it's going be a blowout and we don't show up. So that's one thing I worry about. We've got to get out there. Iowa, you've got to get out there and show up, assume it's a 1-point victory and get out there and show up." Lake is a native Iowan is predicting the record cold temperatures will only make Trump's extreme voter enthusiasm surpass all challengers in the state. "The people of this state love President Trump," Lake said. "They really do. They know what he did for them during his four years as president. In three years, he brought this state more than 22,000 new jobs, more than half of them in manufacturing. Conversely, you know, Biden lost this state a couple 1,000 jobs, so they know that he helped make ethanol a year-round fuel and actually was helpful in making us energy independent. They know that he [Trump] had the courage, the spine to take on the CCP and China, which was doing so much damage to the Iowa economy, and he had the courage to take them on. While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a strong ground game in Iowa, having completed the "Full Grassley" tour of all 99 counties, named after longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IO) Lake sees a potential surprise finisher being Vivek Ramaswamy. "I think the surprise could be that Ramaswamy might actually do better than one of these others — perhaps he comes in third place — who knows?" Lake said.

January 13: The Daily Caller: Why can't they do their job?
Congressional leaders kick the funding issue down the road, again Congress intends to vote on a stopgap funding bill next week that would fund the government through early March, according to multiple reports. Congressional leaders agreed on a continuing resolution (CR) to prevent a government shutdown from happening and a source familiar confirmed same. The resolution would maintain the "laddered" two-part approach of the November CR, extending funding for four departments until March 1 and the others until March 8. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Chuck (D-NY) said the measure's text would be posted online on Sunday evening. House Republicans intend to hold a conference call Sunday evening on the plan. Johnson said in December that "operating by CRs and shutting down the government is a dereliction of duty," and yet, that appears to be exactly what they are doing.

January 12: The Washington Times: Hunter Biden makes a U-turn, now willing to appear for a deposition with the House committee after an "in your face" rejection earlier this year
Hunter Biden will provide closed-door testimony to a House committee investigating his father for corruption as he faces a contempt of Congress charge for refusing to comply with two subpoenas. Hunter's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, wrote to lawmakers Friday criticizing the two subpoenas and the looming House contempt of Congress vote against Biden, but offered to accept a new request now that the House has formally voted to hold an impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden's involvement in his son's business deals. "If you issue a new proper subpoena, now that there is a duly authorized impeachment inquiry, Mr. Biden will comply for a hearing or deposition. We will accept such a subpoena on Mr. Biden's behalf," Lowell said. Biden's capitulation comes two days a after House panels voted to hold him in contempt for failing to show up for a Dec. 13 deposition and as the House is poised to vote on, and likely pass, the contempt resolution. House lawmakers said they plan to keep the contempt vote on the table until Hunter Biden agrees to a date for the deposition. "While we will work to schedule a deposition date, we will not tolerate any additional stunts or delay from Hunter Biden. The American people will not tolerate, and the House will not provide, special treatment for the Biden family," House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said. If the contempt resolution were to pass it could place the Justice Department, which would be responsible for enforcement, in an untenable position, having prosecuted Trump staffer Steve Bannon, but not wanting to prosecute the president's son.

January 12: One America News Network:
Fetterman slams South Africa for suing Israel for genocide

Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) has slammed South Africa for accusing Israel of committing genocide. When speaking before the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center on Wednesday, he criticized the nation for suing Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Fetterman said that it's ironic that South Africa is accusing Israel of apartheid given they practiced segregation until the 90's. He then laid out all the human rights abuses that Hamas has committed against the Jewish State. "Who are they really fighting?" he asked. "It's a group of cowards. They hide in tunnels, they hide behind civilians, they attack, kill and mutilate children and women, and they do that. Stop talking about proportion on that." On December 29th, South Africa brought a case against Israel where they accused the county of committing a genocide against the Palestinian people. Oral arguments began on January 11th.

January 12: Fox 5 Atlanta: Jim Jordan (R-OH) announces investigation into DA Fani Willis' alleged lover/prosecutor
U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan has announced an investigation into Fulton County Special Prosecutor Nathan J. Wade. The committee, in a letter addressed to Wade, expresses its belief that he may "possess documents and information about the coordination of the Fulton County District Attorney's Office (FCDAO) with other politically motivated investigations and prosecutions, as well as the potential misuse of federal funds." Wade is accused in the letter of receiving a substantial amount of money from Fulton County, which he reportedly spent "extravagantly on lavish vacations" with his superior, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The letter further points out that invoices submitted by Wade for payment by the Fulton County District Attorney's Office shed light on the "collusion" between FCDAO and other politically motivated prosecutions. Specifically, the new information seems to substantiate the House Judiciary Committee's concerns that "Ms. Willis's politicized prosecution, including the decision to convene a special purpose grand jury, was aided by partisan Democrats in Washington, D.C." Meanwhile, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton on the EIB Network raised the question of whether DA Willis hired her lover, paid him over $600,000, and then together they enjoyed the use of the money she paid him. If this turns out to be the case, they contend, if could be a criminal offense or, at minimum, a conflict of interest on the part of Willis.

January 11: Texas Scorecard: Gov. Abbott take control of park on the border, prohibits Federal agents access while detaining illegal aliens that use the park
Reports from the border indicate Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has taken over riverfront land and is denying federal officials access to the illegal crossing point near the international bridge in Eagle Pass. Shelby Park has been a hotspot for illegal crossings, and now the State of Texas under the governor's emergency powers has seized all city property along the riverfront. As reported in NewsNation "All access to the property is limited to state authority only. Border Patrol will be permitted to enter the property to remove their equipment and supplies — Agents will not have access to the area unless there is a medical emergency." All individuals who cross the border illegally into Shelby Park are expected to be cited for criminal trespass— which can include a punishment of 180 days in jail if found guilty. The governor's spokesperson said, "Texas is holding the line at our southern border with miles of additional razor wire and anti-climb barriers to deter and repel the record-high levels of illegal immigration invited by [Joe] Biden's reckless open border policies." "Texas will continue to deploy Texas National Guard soldiers, DPS troopers, and more barriers, utilizing every tool and strategy to respond to President Biden's ongoing border crisis," according to the governor's office.

January 11: Fox News: Trump gives closing statement in his NY civil trial – trial is another form of election interference
President Donald Trump said Thursday that his "legal issues" have been "set up" by Joe Biden and the Democrats, declaring that it is "their new form" of election interference. He held a press conference after closing arguments were delivered in the non-jury civil trial stemming from New York Attorney General Letitia James' lawsuit against him. James claimed Trump inflated the value of his holdings in order to get a better deal with lenders. However, the lenders involved have said he actually undervalued the properties Trump used as collateral. Additionally, Trump has repeatedly said his financial statements had disclaimers, requesting that the numbers be evaluated by the banks. The judge in the trial stated before the case was presented that Trump had acted fraudulently – so much for blind justice -- and is likely, he will find Trump guilty. However, it should be pointed out that five of the judge's rulings in the case have already been appealed and all have been overturned. If found guilty, Trump is expected to appeal the findings and legal observers believe that a guilty verdict will also be overturned.

January 11: News Max:
Judge Napolitano: Trump makes a compelling argument in his NY civil trial

President Donald Trump "makes a compelling argument" that the New York civil fraud case against him was "brought for political reasons," former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano said. "He bases that on the words out of the mouth of the AG [Letitia James] herself when she was running for AG, 'I'm going to get Trump.' We know that," Napolitano continued. "She did make a prima facie case. He did show that some of the buildings on which loans were taken, the amounts of pledge, the security for the loan was not consistent with the true value. But Trump showed that nobody lost a nickel, that jobs were created, that everybody was paid back, and that the bank that he supposedly defrauded said it would do business with him tomorrow." "He's going to lose in the trial court and, in my opinion, prevail in the appellate court. This judge [Arthur Engoron] has been appealed five times during the trial; he's lost all five times," he added. "This is not consumer fraud. This is no fraud. It is a fraud on me," Trump said in his closing argument. A verdict in the case is expected by the end of the month.

January 11: The Daily Caller:
CNN's political commentator Jonah Goldberg on Trump's NY civil trail

CNN political commentator Jonah Goldberg said Thursday that New York Attorney General Letitia James' case against President Donald Trump should have never been brought, describing it as entirely political. Trump gave a closing statement as his civil trial concluded. AG James brought the case in Sept. 2022, alleging Trump inflated the value of his properties to obtain better loan terms. The Democratic AG is seeking a penalty of $370 million and to ban Trump from doing real-estate business in the state for life – given the way NY has treated him, why would he want to stay there in any case, one person observed! Goldberg said, "I think this whole trial, prosecution was a mistake. I think it's very political. Someone campaigned on an election to do this. It's an elected judge. It was part of sort of the party machinery." Goldberg called Trump a "sleazy businessman" before doubling down on his description of the trial as "politicized."

January 11: The New York Post:
Hunter Biden arrives for arraignment in LA on tax fraud charges

Hunter appeared in court without his Hollywood lawyer Kevin Morris or the camera crew (which trailed him yesterday for his surprise "visit" at his contempt hearing on Capitol Hill) for his long-promised documentary. Hunter, who lives in Malibu, buttoned his navy-blue suit and told the judge in a serious tone, "Not guilty," when judge Scarsi asked how he would like to plead. Scarsi imposed several standard conditions of pretrial release on Hunter, including a prohibition on using drugs or alcohol, a ban on gun possession and a requirement that he seek employment. He also ordered Biden to submit his state and federal taxes, detail his income and inform his case judges in both Los Angeles and Delaware if he has any travel plans. Hunter's legal team asked for more time for discovery to which the prosecutors countered they had already turned over three "voluminous" sets of documents from their five-year investigation. Hunter's legal team has argued that a probation-only plea deal remains in effect, even though their client jettisoned the pact at a dramatic July court hearing in Delaware where the Federal judge refused to agree to the "sweetheart" deal.

January 10: The Daily Wire:
Christy, before he drops out of race for president, rips Haley on an open mic

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley during a hot mic moment on Wednesday, saying that he believes she is going to get "smoked" in the Republican Party primary race. The moment came right before Christie told supporters in Windham, New Hampshire, that he was suspending his campaign for president. "I mean, look, she spent $68 million so far, just on TV. Spent $68 million so far, $59 million by DeSantis. And we spent 12," Christie said on the hot mic. "I mean, who's punching above their weight and who's getting a return on their investment, you know? And she's going to get smoked. And you and I both know it. She's not up to this." DeSantis responded to the hot mic moment by posting on X: "I agree with Christie that Nikki Haley is 'going to get smoked.'"

Hunter Biden shows at Committee markup of contempt of congress resolution against himJanuary 10: The Epoch Times:
Hunter attends contempt of Congress hearing unannounced, leaves before Rep. Green (R-GA) called for his arrest, and spurned showing up for a deposition

Hunter Biden could have been arrested when he appeared on Jan. 10 during the House Oversight and Accountability Committee's markup session on a Contempt Resolution citing him for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena. However, a majority would have to approve such an event, according to the Congressional Research Service. Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) told members of the Oversight Committee during the tumultuous proceeding marked by Joe Biden's son's unexpected appearance in the audience that he should be taken into custody by the Capitol Police. "I think Hunter Biden should be arrested right here right now and go straight to jail," Mace declared. "This nation is founded on the rule of law and the premise that the law applies equally to everyone no matter what your last name is." The subject of the committee's markup was Biden's refusal to appear at a closed-door deposition after receiving a subpoena. During the Jan. 10 session, Mr. Biden and Abbe Lowell, his lead attorney, were seen frequently whispering and laughing as Chairman James Comer (R-KY) and Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) exchanged barbs, challenges, and interruptions. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), any individual who refuses to comply with a lawfully issued congressional subpoena, can be arrested and detained under the inherent contempt power. "In comparison with the other types of contempt proceedings, inherent contempt has the distinction of not requiring the cooperation or assistance of either the executive or judicial branches. The House or Senate can, on its own, conduct summary proceedings and cite the offender for contempt," to a 2012 CRS report. In addition to "the long dormant inherent contempt power [that] permits Congress to rely on its own constitutional authority to detain and imprison a contemnor until the individual complies with congressional demands," the CRS said.

NY Democrat Judge Bars Trump from participating in his closin argumentsJanuary 10: iHeartMedia/KTRH: Judge prohibits Trump from making closing arguments in NY Civil Trial
Donald Trump will not be delivering a closing statement in his civil fraud trial in New York. Trump's lawyers asked for permission to have Trump speak during their closing statement, and Judge Arthur Engoron granted him permission to do so on Monday (January 8). However, his approval came with caveats, and he asked Trump's legal team to ensure that their client would remain on the topic while he spoke. On Wednesday, Engoron rescinded permission for Trump to speak for failing to respond to his request about keeping the closing arguments to "relevant" facts about the case. During Trump's testimony earlier in the trial, he was scolded by Engoron for going off on tangents and refusing to answer questions from the prosecutor. Trump was scheduled to take the stand as a defense witness but abruptly changed his mind at the last minute. Engoron said he plans to issue a written verdict on the case before the end of the month. Trump could face hundreds of millions in fines and be barred from doing business in New York.

January 9: The Daily Caller: Legal analysts say allegations against Democrat DAr Fani Willis warrant a "pause" in the case against Trump
Fox News analyst Gregg Jarrett on Tuesday compared the scandal surrounding allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis hired a romantic partner to serve as a prosecutor against former President Donald Trump to a "screwball comedy," and that the judge should "pause" the trial to investigate the allegations. Attorneys for Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign aide, filed a motion that alleged that Willis hired Nathan Wade, who she was allegedly seeing romantically, to help prosecute the former president on a 13-count indictment the Fulton County district attorney secured against Trump in August, including state RICO charges, over the former president's efforts to contest the state's elections results. Jarrett told Fox Business host Larry Kudlow the allegations, including that Wade paid for lavish vacations for the pair derived from the fees he was paid to prosecute Trump, were serious, and called for a delay in the trial while the allegations are investigated.

January 9: Fox News:
Judge rule in favor of student newspaper against pro-choice Notre Dame professor

A pro-choice professor at the University of Notre Dame has lost a defamation lawsuit against a conservative student newspaper that she said misrepresented and defamed her. Tamara Kay, a sociology and global affairs professor, sued the Irish Rover in May over two of its articles that she said contained "false and defamatory information," according to a copy of the complaint. The complaint specifically named two student journalists, W. Joseph DeReuil and Luke Thompson. In response, the Irish Rover said the lawsuit violated Indiana's Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) law. St. Joseph County Judge Steven David reportedly wrote that the alleged defamatory statements were in fact true and not made with actual malice and did not contain "a defamatory inference." Stevens noted there were no damages that could be "causally linked" to the articles in question and that the reporting was "lawful."

January 9: The Epoch Times: Fauci could remember many things when asked questions by House Committee
Dr. Anthony Fauci said a surprising number of times that he could not recall when he was asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic in a close-door session with a Congressional committee, top lawmakers said on Jan. 8. "There may be over 100 or so, so far, 'I don't recall', 'I don't remember' answers," Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) told reporters on Capitol Hill after Dr. Fauci answered questions for seven hours. Fauci, the longtime head of the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) until around the end of 2022, was testifying to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. He was speaking in the private session under oath for the first time since he left office. The last time he spoke under oath, he also said he didn't recall in response to a number of questions. Fauci was accompanied by two personal lawyers and two government lawyers. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) said that lawmakers were going through the grants process with Fauci and trying to figure out whether any U.S. money helped fund the creation of COVID-19. She said that Democrats did ask Fauci briefly about his involvement with a paper that claimed COVID-19 could not have come from a laboratory, even though the paper did not show that, and that Republicans might delve into that later.

January 8: Fox Business: Larry Kudlow Torpedoes Biden Admin leadership
Joe Biden can blather on as much as he wants about Republican insurrectionism that never existed. I'm going to vote that the voting public could care less about what was essentially a protest rally that went bad three years ago. Trump was neither charged nor convicted of insurrection. It's a Biden red herring meant to distract from all of the Biden policies gone bad. This will not work. Besides unaffordable Bidenomics, the catastrophe at the Southern border and $3 trillion of regulations stifling small businesses – even decent employment reports have been revised lower by an incredible 443,000 in just the last four months. In the middle of two wars, arguably three if you count the southern border catastrophe, Joe Biden forgot to talk to his Defense Secretary for a week and now Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the White House are scrambling to paper this over. From my own experience – the situation room people are very good and I worked for a president who was constantly calling at all times, day or night. How could this communications chain of command break down? There's something seriously wrong with the Biden operation. It has nothing to do with insurrection. The Bidens need to look at themselves in the mirror, re-check all their badly managed operations, and, while they're at it, think about completely changing their failed left-wing policies.

January 8: The Daily Wire: Trump: Biden should fire "SecDef" for "Dereliction of Duty"
President Donald Trump called on Joe Biden to terminate Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after the Pentagon chief was incapacitated for days without telling anyone including the Commander in Chief. Trump said the defense chief should be "fired immediately" after Austin failed to notify the White House or top national security officials for several days that he was hospitalized. Austin checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week over complications from an elective surgery. Biden claimed Austin was missing for a week, and nobody, including his boss, (the Commander in Chief) had a clue as to where he was, or might be." People are asking what would have happened if an emergency situation had developed? Even worse, what would have happened because Austin's chief deputy was out of the country on vacation.

January 6th protestors included over 200 FYI undercover assets presentJanuary 8: The Daily Signal: FBI reportedly had 200 assets in the January 6th riot
A member of Congress investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 protest at the U.S. Capitol estimates the FBI had 200 undercover assets both inside and outside the building. "We believe that there were easily 200 FBI undercover assets operating in the crowd, outside the Capitol, embedded into groups that entered the Capitol or provoked entry of the Capitol," Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) said. Higgins appeared with Tucker Carlson for an interview that aired on the third anniversary of the day now commonly known as J6. He's among the elected Republicans still questioning the official media narrative about the day's events. "Given the scope of the operation and the number of doors where entry was allowed or even encouraged—and the number of people that were actually outside the Capitol and that entered—we believe 200 [is a] conservative number," Higgins said of his estimate. Carlson reacted by saying "It's shocking what you're saying and confirms everyone's worst suspicions about this," Carlson told Higgins. "It's clearly true."

January 8: The Washington Times:
Rising political violence stokes fear of serious bloodshed in 2024

Joe Biden has blamed former President Donald Trump and his followers for the growing wave of political violence in the U.S., but analysts say the surge in threats and attacks is a bipartisan phenomenon. In a series of speeches to kick off the campaign year, Biden said Trump and his supporters "embrace political violence and laugh about it." Those who study the issue say both sides of America's increasingly hostile politics have plenty of culpability. "It's not all about Trump. There are forces on the left that are just as intemperate as Trump," said Benjamin Ginsberg, who researches political violence at Johns Hopkins University. "Trump bears some of the blame, but there are plenty of Democratic politicians and operatives who are intemperate and prone to violence." He pointed to the violent rhetoric spewed by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). "Maxine Waters told Democrats to 'get in the face' of Republicans. It is a prelude to shooting at them," he said. As 2023 came to a close, at least three Republican members of Congress said they were victims of "swatting," in which someone falsely reported a shooting, prompting a heavily armed police SWAT team to show up at a target's home. The prank has potentially deadly consequences. Other Republican candidates have received death threats.

January 6: Fox News: Missouri official threatens to remove Biden from the 2024 ballot if Trump is not allowed on the ballot
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is threatening to remove Joe Biden from the election ballot as other states make efforts to disqualify President Trump from securing a second term over his alleged actions during the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether Trump can appear on Republican primary ballots in Colorado after the state Supreme Court ruled, he couldn't, citing the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause. The Colorado Supreme Court decision was the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was used to bar a presidential contender from the ballot. On Friday, Ashcroft, said the efforts in Colorado and Maine were "disgraceful" and "undermines our republic." "While I expect the Supreme Court to overturn this, if not, Secretaries of State will step in & ensure the new legal standard for Donald Trump applies equally to Joe Biden!" Ashcroft wrote on Twitter. "I'm not in favor of going down this path. But if we will go down this path, it's inevitable, if the Supreme Court does not stop this," Ashcroft told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The rules will be applied equally. I just hope they will not be the rules of Colorado and Maine." Republicans have heavily criticized Democrats for attempting to remove Trump from 2024 presidential election ballots, saying it undermines the will of voters. Last month, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested taking Biden off the ballot because of his handling of the southern border.

January 6: Breitbart News: Chinese Police arrest underground Catholic bishop for being loyal to the Pope not the CCP
Chinese security forces have arrested Peter Shao Zhumin, an underground Catholic bishop, who has refused to join the state-run Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Bishop Shao was ordained coadjutor bishop in 2011 with a papal mandate from Pope Benedict XVI but has never been recognized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because of his unwillingness to enlist in the Patriotic Association. Shao was supposed to assume the leadership of the Catholic diocese of Wenzhou — one of China's oldest and most vibrant Catholic communities — upon the death of his predecessor, Bishop Vincent Zhu Wei-Fang, in 2016, but he has been prevented by authorities from carrying out his ministry. Beginning in 2014, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has targeted Wenzhou in its brutal cross-removal program where authorities have removed more than 2,000 crosses from church buildings. The crusade to eradicate the iconic Christian symbol from China's landscape has included the demolition of crosses and churches as well as beatings and arrests when Christians have attempted to resist.

January 6: The Daily Wire: SCOTUS allows Idaho abortion law to remain in effect until case can be heard on its merits
The Supreme Court has allowed an Idaho law making it a crime to perform an abortion to take effect before it weighs in on the law. A federal judge had previously blocked implementation of Idaho's "Defense of Life Act" after the Biden administration sued to overturn the law saying that it violated the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in April, but will allow the law to be enforced in the meantime. The law says that those who administer abortions shall be punished with two to five years in prison and the suspension of medical license on first offense and revocation on second. In response to the decision, the White House claimed that the law "denies women critical emergency abortion care required by federal law." The Biden administration has argued that federal law would allow doctors to do abortions in circumstances not allowed by state law.

January 5: The Washington Examiner: Argentina isn't a Venezuela, at least not anymore!
In January 2007, the newly reelected Hugo Chavez sent a "chilling message to foreign investors." "Let it be nationalized," the Venezuelan president said of, the country's largest telecommunications provider. "All that was privatized, let it be nationalized." And he did so, tightened his grip on Venezuela's economy, nationalizing gold mining, banking, and transportation sectors among others. His policies proved disastrous. Its gross domestic product took a nose dive. Estimates are that between 2016 and 2019, Venezuela inflation was just under 54 million percent with 96% of its population living in poverty (79% in extreme poverty), ergo the mass exodus from the country.

In Argentina, the second largest economy in South America, something very different is happening. As it approached its national election in November its annual inflation rate had reached 161%, a consequence of a massive expansion of its money supply. But since the election when Argentines chose a different path and elected libertarian Javier Milei the number of federal ministries is being cut from 18 to nine. Milei initiated a massive currency devaluation, but he didn't stop there. In a recent televised announcement, Milei said he would "repeal rules that impede the privatization of state companies." He backed up those words by a 300-measure order designed to deregulate internet services, eliminate various government price controls, repeal laws that discourage foreign capital investment, abolish the Economy Ministry's price observatory, and "prepare all state-owned companies to be privatized." Milei intimately knows Adam Smith and has adopted Smith's view of economics.

America's own economic trajectory is more than a little alarming, which is why Americans should be paying attention to events in South America. In the coming decades, as our federal debt continues to surge, interest payments on the federal debt snowball, and the dollar's purchasing power is further eroded, we're likely to face a choice similar to that of the Venezuelans and Argentines. Will we choose Argentina's new approach!

January 4: The Epoch Times: Carlson; Tucker Haley is a puppet for the Democrats
Democrats are increasingly backing GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley who is serving as the party's "puppet," former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has claimed. Carlson made the comments in a video alongside Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy which was published on Twitter. He contends Democrats are backing former SC governor Haley. Carlson said Democratic donors are increasingly turning to Haley, whose campaign raised $24 million between October and December and who has received recent major endorsements from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Americans for Prosperity Action, which is backed by billionaire Charles Koch. "So what do you do?" Carlson asked. "Well, if you're smart, maybe you subvert the other party. Maybe you back a Republican candidate who's actually a Democrat, whose priorities are identical to yours. And of course, they found one, her name is Nikki Haley," he said. "Strip away all the outward characteristics, and Nikki Haley is identical in her priorities to Joe Biden and the people who back Joe Biden," he said. Tech entrepreneur Mr. Ramaswamy then weighed in on Mr. Carlson's claims, concurring with the TV host that Ms. Haley is a "puppet" for the Democratic Party, and branding her a "Trojan horse."

January 4: News Max: NYC Mayor's lawsuit against Texas bus companies is absurd, Arizona Congressman contends
The lawsuit New York City Mayor Eric Adams filed Thursday against 17 Texas charter bus companies for transporting thousands of migrants into the city is the "most absurd, frivolous lawsuit I can imagine," and "stupid ideas" like it will continue to happen if Republicans keep funding the Biden administration, said Rep. Andy Biggs, (R-AZ). "This is the most absurd, frivolous lawsuit that I can imagine, and I hope that [Adams] has sanctions issued against him and his legal team," Biggs said Thursday. "There are a handful of us that have actually stood up and voted 'No' time after time, because that's all we got because our colleagues continue to fund this administration. And as long as you fund this administration, you're going to get stupid ideas like Eric Adams suing bus companies who are providing a lawful service under contract. And you're going to continue to have an open border.

January 4: Fox News: Prosecutor on Jack Smith's team discouraged FBI from investigating Clinton Foundation in 2016
A top prosecutor on Special Counsel Jack Smith's team discouraged the FBI from pursuing an investigation into the Clinton Foundation in 2016 due to what he viewed as negligible evidence, despite reportedly multiple Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) related to hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign transactions. Ray Hulser, the former chief of the DOJ's Public Integrity Section (PIN), who serves on Smith's team currently prosecuting former President Donald Trump, was identified as the official who "declined prosecution" of the Clinton Foundation in 2016 in Special Counsel John Durham's report. According to the report, in January 2016, "three different FBI field offices, [New York, Washington, and Little Rock field offices] opened investigations into possible criminal activity involving the Clinton Foundation." The report reveals that the case was opened referring to an intelligence product and corroborating financial reporting that a particular commercial "industry likely engaged a federal public official in a flow of benefits scheme, namely, large monetary contributions were made to a non-profit, under both direct and indirect control of the federal public official, in exchange for favorable government action and/or influence." The New York and Little Rock investigations included predication "based on source reporting that identified foreign governments that had made, or offered to make, contributions to the Foundation in exchange for favorable or preferential treatment from Clinton."

January 4: iHeartMedia/KTRH:
House Speaker Phalen faces an up hill battle for reelection in 2024

Usually the person serving as Speaker of the Texas House is in a safe district, but given Dade Phalen's attempt at impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton and his efforts to circumvent enacting many of the Texas GOP legislative priorities he is facing stiff opposition back in his district with two candidates working hard to unseat the Speaker. Phalen's polling in his district is underwater as is his popularity. Add to this all the special sessions the Governor has called, which essentially kept the House in session all of 2023, resulted in eating up valuable time the Speaker had to be back in his district to mend fences. He may still be able to pull the rabbit out of the hat in a three-way race, but it won't be a walk in the park.

January 4: The Daily Wire: Trump accuses Special Counsel Smith of violating a court order; wants him cited for contempt
On Thursday, President Donald Trump accused special counsel Jack Sith of violating a court order pausing the proceedings in the case against the president and wants to hold Smith in contempt of court. The Trump lawyers pointed to a stay of the proceedings granted by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, an Obama appointee, after the Trump team appealed her rejection of their request to dismiss the case. Although the appeal, which hinges on presidential immunity and double jeopardy claims, was taken up by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Smith's team went along making submissions anyway, Trump's team noted. Prosecutors violated last month's stay "almost immediately" by serving thousands of pages of discovery and a "purported" draft exhibit list, the filing said. . Despite a "warning" from Trump that he would seek relief if their "malicious conduct" continued, prosecutors then filed another motion filled with "partisan rhetoric, including false claims," the filing added. "In this manner, the prosecutors seek to weaponize the Stay to spread political propaganda, knowing that President Trump would not fully respond because the Court relieved him of the burdens of litigation during the Stay," Trump's legal team wrote. "Worse, the prosecutors have announced their intention to continue this partisan-driven misconduct indefinitely, effectively converting this Court's docket into an arm of [President Joe Biden's re-election] Campaign."

January 3: The Epoch Times: Appeals court may soon consider whether appointment of Special Counsel Smith was illegal
On Tuesday, the Washington Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that it could consider questions regarding whether Jack Smith was lawfully appointed to oversee President Trump's case. Outside legal experts question whether Smith is authorized to hold the position of special counsel. The court may ask questions regarding whether special counsel Jack Smith was lawfully appointed, coming after a former attorney general, Edwin Meese, filed an amicus brief suggesting that he wasn't. The appeals court wrote in a brief order that involved parties should be prepared for "any inquiries by the Court regarding discrete issues raised in the briefs" raised by former Attorney General Edwin Meese in his filing that Mr. Smith's appointment was illegal. He, along with two law professors, argue there is no provision in the Constitution to allow an attorney general to name "a private citizen to receive extraordinary criminal law enforcement power under the title of Special Counsel," which is what they argued was done in regards how Smith was appointed by the Department of Justice. Other friends of the court briefs that were filed in the case were submitted by the nonprofit group American Oversight saying to the appeals court that President Trump's immunity appeal can't made because he hasn't been tried or convicted on such matters.

January 3: The Washington Times:
Cartels make $32 million a week from illegal aliens headed to America

The smuggling cartels are making $32 million a week for bringing illegal immigrants into just one 245-mile stretch of the border, according to congressional Republicans who are on a tour of the southern boundary Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee posted the eye-popping figure on Twitter [X], saying the estimate came from the Border Patrol.

January 3: News Max: House to start impeachment process for HHS Secretary Mayorkas
Reportedly the House Homeland Security Committee is moving forward with the impeachment of Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, as proceedings are scheduled to start Jan. 10. Homeland Security Committee Chair Mark Green (R-TN) said last month at the conclusion of the panel's probe that it has provided House Republicans with enough evidence to impeach the secretary. Green accused Mayorkas of misusing taxpayer funds and intentionally ignoring border security measures. "Our investigation made clear that this crisis finds its foundation in Secretary Mayorkas' decision-making and refusal to enforce the laws passed by Congress and that his failure to fulfill his oath of office demands accountability," Green told Punchbowl News. "The bipartisan House vote in November to refer articles of impeachment to my committee only served to highlight the importance of our taking up the impeachment process – which is what we will begin doing next Wednesday."

WISC judge; Ballots by mail with errors must still be countedJanuary 3: The Epoch Times: Wisconsin Judge rules mail-in ballots with certain errors must still be counted
A judge in Wisconsin on Tuesday ruled that state election clerks can accept absentee ballots that contain errors, including missing portions of witness addresses. The Dane County Circuit Court ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in its lawsuit to clarify voting protections for voters whose absentee ballots have minor errors in listing their witnesses' addresses. The county circuit judge wrote that "After all, a witness's address says nothing about the voter's citizenship, age, or residency. Nor does it say anything about whether the voter has been disenfranchised due to a felony conviction or adjudicated incompetent to vote. The address is simply not material to determining the eligibility of a voter." However, the ruling did not address the possibility that the witness might be bogus or be a ballot harvester. Judge Nilsestuen had previously served as chief legal counsel to Democrat Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' office. Evers named him to the post in December 2022.

January 3: Fox News:
Reportedly, Putin may kill families of "criminals" if he cannot find the "criminals" themselves

Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has called for the execution of family members of suspected criminals who cannot be found. During a Dec. 30 meeting of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Chechen Republic Kadyrov told security commanders that relatives are acceptable recipients of punishment for criminal suspects who are not apprehended. "If someone infringes on public safety, an officer or a tourist, and if we don't even find the offender, we won't keep looking for them, but we will definitely find their relatives," said Kadyrov, according to translations from Newsweek.

January 2: The Georgia Record:
Federal judge rules in favor of True the Vote in 3-year voting integrity case

The Federal Court of the Northern District of Georgia has ruled in favor of True the Vote in their three-year long case brought by Stacy Abrams NGO, Fair Fight. The Judge said "the Court finds that there has not been any violation of Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act by any of the named Defendants in this case." The case recently went to trial in Gainesville, where many speculated that the motivation for Fair Fight NGO to bring the suit was about stopping efforts to clean up Georgia's voter rolls. By tying True the Vote up in court for the past three years, efforts to demonstrate that Georgia's rolls contain hundreds of thousands of invalid registrations have been hampered. Registrations containing inaccurate voter information (in many cases for voters who no longer reside in Georgia) are no longer legally qualified to vote in the State. Catherine Englebrecht and the True the Vote team, brought forward data to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office in a meeting in December 2020 and provided research showing over 300,000 such erroneous registrations were included in Georgia rolls, to which Raffensperger and his team replied "that sounds about right." Raffensperger's office has been under heavy scrutiny in recent days as word of errors found in 2021 has spread across Georgia. SoS Investigators, Gabe Sterling, Assistant AG Charlene McGowan, and certain members of the State Election Board all appear to have taken steps and made statements to deflect the facts of the errors away from Raffensperger, even though a letter from Brian Kemp (following an investigation by the Governor's office) confirm the validity of the findings which first surfaced in 2021. The outstanding question remains; What is the State of Georgia going to do about this issue?

Supreme Court asked to wade into the Texas border wire issueJanuary 2: The Washington Examiner: Biden asks SCOTUS to wade into issue over Texas razor wire at the border
The Biden Administration asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to lift an injunction imposed by an appeals court that allows Texas to keep wire barriers at the southern border, arguing the barriers inhibit Border Patrol agents from crossing and arresting illegal immigrants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in December halted a lower court order that gave Border Patrol agents the green light to cut concertina wire that Texas military had put in place along the banks of the Rio Grande to prevent immigrants from walking into the state of Texas and the United States. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a third-term Republican, sued the Biden Administration in October, arguing that Border Patrol agents wrongfully destroyed state property when its agents cut through the concertina wire, allegedly to "assist" immigrants to "illegally cross" the border.

January 2: The Texas Scorecard: Fed court backs Texas requirement for a physical signature in order to register to vote
Texas can continue requiring original "wet" (physical) signatures on voter registration applications after a federal court shot down claims by Democrat attorneys that the bipartisan election security measure was unconstitutional and violated civil rights laws. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that requiring applicants to physically sign voter registration forms, creating a "wet" signature instead of simply an electronic signature, fulfills a legitimate state interest in secure elections and does not unduly burden the right to vote. "Texas's interest in voter integrity is substantial," the judges wrote, adding that the state's interest "relates to the qualifications to vote—are the registrants who they claim to be?" Because the state's application form includes the qualifications for voting and penalties for perjury next to the signature line, the court determined that an original signature attesting to the truth of the information provided is "a material requirement." State legislators enacted the election law requirement in 2021 with near-unanimous bipartisan support. The law clarified that applicants who submit a voter registration form by fax must also mail a paper application to their county voter registrar that contains "the voter's original signature."

Gay out as President of HarvardJanuary 2: The Daily Wire: Harvard's woke President resigns claiming "Racial Animus" not malfeasance
As reported in the Harvard Crimson, Claudine Gay resigned as president of Harvard University on Tuesday in a letter to the university community. Gay's reported resignation comes in the wake of numerous plagiarism allegations as well as her controversial congressional testimony on what Harvard is doing to combat anti-Semitism on campus after Hamas' attack on Israel. Gay tried to diminish the allegations against her by claiming "racial animus" had fueled some of the criticism against her. One of her critics posted on Twitter (X); "Rather than take responsibility for minimizing antisemitism, committing serial plagiarism, intimidating the free press, and damaging the institution, she calls her critics racist. This is the poison of DEI ideology. Glad she's gone."

Maine Secretary of State takes unconstitutional actionJanuary 2: Fox News: Trump defense team appeals decision by Maine's Secretary of State to boot Trump off the ballot
President Trump, on Tuesday, appealed the decision to remove him from Maine's Republican primary ballot based upon allegations he played a role in the efforts to enter the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The decision to keep him off the ballot was made by left-wing Democrat Shenna Bellows, Maine's Secretary of State, a member of the state's executive branch, doing so without any evidence or any indictment for insurrection having been presented to any court in Maine. Bellows is claiming Trump "engaged in insurrection," even though Trump has not been indicted or charged with doing so.

January 1: Fox News:
Harvard students turn on their president, call for her resignation

Harvard students penned an editorial in the university's student newspaper calling on embattled President Claudine Gay to resign from her position following weeks of allegations regarding antisemitism and plagiarism. "University President Claudine Gay should resign," the piece said. "Harvard's presidency is no mere empty honor; it is a deeply challenging managerial job with deeply challenging duties, not least of which is navigating national outcry," the piece continued. "In each of these respects, Gay has failed," the students stated in their Harvard Crimson editorial. "The Harvard Corporation must find a leader who can do better."

Iranian Destroyer enters the Red SeaJanuary 1: News Max:
Iranian warship enters the Red Sea

Iran's Alborz warship has entered the Red Sea, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, at a time of soaring tensions on the key shipping route amid the Israel-Hamas war and attacks on vessels by forces allied to Tehran. Tasnim did not give details of the Alborz's mission but said Iranian warships had been operating in open waters to secure shipping routes, combat piracy and carry out other tasks since 2009. Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis have been targeting vessels in the Red Sea since November to show their support for the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in its war with Israel. The Alvand class destroyer had been a part of the Iranian navy's 34th fleet, alongside the Bushehr support vessel, and patrolled the Gulf of Aden, the north of the Indian Ocean and the Bab Al-Mandab Strait as far back as 2015, according to Iran's TV Press.