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Top Researchers Are Calling For A Real Investigation Into The Origin Of Covid-19

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A group of prominent biologists say there needs to be a “safe space” for asking whether the coronavirus came out of a lab.

A year ago, the idea that the covid-19 pandemic could have been caused by a laboratory accident was denounced as a conspiracy theory by the world’s leading journals, scientists, and news organizations. But the origin of the virus that has killed millions remains a mystery, and the chance that it came from a lab has become the theory that cannot be put to rest.

Now, in a letter in the journal Science, 18 prominent biologists—including the world’s foremost coronavirus researcher—are lending their weight to calls for a new investigation of all possible origins of the virus, and calling on China’s laboratories and agencies to “open their records” to independent analysis.

“We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data,” the scientists write.

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Joy Behar Claims Tim Scott ‘Doesn’t Understand’ The Difference Between A Racist Country And Systemic Racism

Joy Behar claimed Thursday that Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott didn’t seem to understand the difference between a “racist country” and “systemic racism.”

Behar reacted to both President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress and Scott’s rebuttal during the opening segment of ABC’s “The View.”

Cohost Whoopi Goldberg asked Behar to weigh in on Scott’s claim that the United States “is not a racist country.”

“Joy, what country is Tim Scott living in?” Goldberg asked.

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Kamala Harris: America Isn’t a Racist Country — But We Have to ‘Speak Truth’ About History of Racism

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday reacted to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s congressional address.

In responding to Biden Wednesday, Scott pushed back against the notion of the United States being a “racist country.” His comments were met with backlash from Democrats and members of the media.

In an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Harris agreed with Scott about the country not being “racist,” but emphasized the importance of speaking “truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”

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‘The 1619 Project’ and the Red Meat Project

Washington — According to the Washington Times — also known as the Good Times — last week, the Biden administration made plans “to offer grants for U.S. history classes that teach critical race theory and the ‘1619 Project,'” which is a confection of The New York Times. Both critical race theory and “The 1619 Project” are based on the fundamental insight that slavery is, according to the Washington Times, “the centerpiece of the American narrative.”

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Caught on camera: Liz Cheney fist-bumps Biden before his speech

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She didn’t need to be there last night, of course. And if she was intent on attending, she could have stayed away from the aisle to avoid a photo op like this one that’ll surely be used against her in her next election by MAGA types.

The only way this moment could have come about is if Cheney wanted it to. Which is curious, since her relationship with Kevin McCarthy and the House GOP leadership is already “very near a breaking point.”

She made sure to issue a statement afterward clarifying that she thinks Biden’s policies are bad for the country…

…but one of her primary challengers in Wyoming didn’t care:

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Hawley Introduces Bill to Reduce Pentagon’s Reliance on Technology from China and Other ‘Adversary Nations’

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill aiming to reduce Chinese control over technology used by the U.S. armed forces.

Called the Protecting Critical Boards and Electronics Through Transparency and Enduring Reinvestment (PCBETTER) Act (pdf), the measure intends “to prevent Beijing from inserting and exploiting vulnerabilities in printed circuit boards (PCBs) that are made in China and used throughout the American military,” Hawley’s office said in an April 28 statement.

Hawley’s office said that “a disproportionate amount” of printed circuit boards used in the Pentagon’s electronic systems come from China, where they are “vulnerable to sabotage” by the Chinese regime.

Under the measure, Department of Defense contractors would be required to notify the Pentagon if the systems they provide contain printed circuit boards made in China “or other adversary nations” so that the U.S. military could take precautionary measures.

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Water: The Forgotten Nutrient

Quick! What’s the most important nutrient that you need to consume several times each day? If you guessed protein, vitamin C, or calcium, you’d be wrong. It’s water. Even though water isn’t a vitamin or mineral, it’s a nutrient that’s vital to human life. If you think otherwise, consider this: You can live for weeks without food, but only for about three days without water. It’s considered essential because your body needs more than it can produce on its own. That’s because you lose a lot of water each day through evaporation, elimination, respiration, and sweat. Water is an incredible workhorse in so many ways. Here are just some of the things it does to keep you healthy: Fluid balance: Water helps you maintain the balance of fluids in your body. You’re made up of about 60 percent water, and when you become oversaturated, you lose water through urination. If …

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German spies monitor anti-lockdown activists for suspected sedition

Germany’s domestic spy agency is monitoring individuals who have joined anti-lockdown protests to decide if their rejection of government curbs amounts to subversion and incitement to violence.

The surveillance includes some members of the “Querdenker” or “Lateral Thinkers” movement, which has been organising increasingly violent protests against coronavirus lockdowns and includes conspiracy theorists and suspected far-right extremists, a spokeswoman for the BfV spy agency said.

The movement started with small demonstrations in the southern city of Stuttgart last year but has grown in scope and reach, drawing to its protests Germans from all walks of life frustrated with lockdowns in place since November.

Authorities fear that far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who either deny the existence of COVID-19 or downplay its threat to public health are exploiting lockdown frustrations to stir anger against politicians and state institutions five months before a general election.

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Purchase Orders Show FDA Bought “Fresh” Livers of Viable Babies Killed in Abortions

Americans’ tax dollars are keeping the abortion industry going, not only by supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions but also by purchasing their body parts for scientific research.

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request show just how connected the abortion industry is with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and taxpayer-funded scientific research.

The Federalist recently highlighted one of these documents, an email from an FDA contract specialist asking for a quote for aborted babies’ “tissue” to be used in experiments involving “humanized mice.” The email was written to Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), a human tissue procurement group that works with Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities.

On June 28, 2017, the FDA asked ABR for an estimate for 16 livers and 16 thymuses from second-trimester aborted babies. It specified that the babies’ bodies must be “free of known chromosomal abnormalities” and “fresh and never frozen.”

According to the document, the FDA wanted livers and thymuses “approximately two to three times per month.”

According to the FDA email, researchers wanted organs from babies between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. Babies are viable outside the womb by about 22 weeks, so some of the aborted babies whose organs were harvested may have been viable outside the womb.

While the FDA referred to the organs as “tissue” and never to the babies from whom they came, it did acknowledge in a roundabout way that the aborted babies were, in fact, babies by mentioning their “mothers.”

In the email, the FDA contract specialist wrote, “No tissues where the mother is known to be positive for HIV or for Hepatitis A, B, or C viruses.” Later the specialist also made a reference to “maternal blood.”

These references to mothers are significant because they make the barbaric reality of what is being done clear. Mothers had their unborn babies killed in abortions. Then their babies’ bodies were dissected, labeled with a price tag and shipped to scientific researchers – at the American taxpayers’ expense.

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NC Sheriff: 2 deputies killed, suspect and 2 others dead


In this image taken from video Wednesday, April 28, 2021, law enforcement work the scene of a fatal shooting outside a home in Boone N.C. Two deputies were killed and three other people including a suspected gunman were found dead after the lengthy standoff in North Carolina, a sheriff’s office said Thursday, April 29. (WSOCTV via AP)

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Two deputies were killed and three other people including a suspected gunman were found dead after a lengthy standoff in North Carolina, a sheriff’s office said Thursday.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s office said Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were dispatched to a home in Boone at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday after the homeowner and his family didn’t report to work or answer telephone calls. Both were hit by gunfire. Other officers were able to pull out Ward, who later died at a hospital. Fox died at the scene.

“The individual suspected of killing the two officers is also suspected of killing two civilians in the residence,” the statement said. Sheriff Len Hagaman said they were the suspect’s mother and stepfather, WSOC-TV reported.

A Boone Police officer, a Boone firefighter and an Appalachian State University police officer were shot at during an initial attempt to rescue the deputies, and the Boone police officer was hit, but he escaped injury to his Kevlar helmet equipment, Hagaman told WSOC.

Morganton Department of Public Safety Maj. Ryan Lander told The News Herald just before 11 p.m. that the suspect appeared to have killed himself, the newspaper reported.

Hagaman said Ward died at a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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Trump Floats 2024 Presidential Run Again, Says DeSantis Could Be Potential Running Mate

Former President Donald Trump said he is floating a 2024 run and could consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a potential running mate.

“I endorsed Ron and after I endorsed him he took off like a rocketship,” the former president told Fox Business on Thursday. “He’s done a great job as governor. I’m saying what I read and what you read, they love that ticket. Certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.”

If Trump doesn’t run, DeSantis has been considered a potential GOP frontrunner for 2024. The Florida governor has been praised by numerous Republicans for his move to lift all COVID-19-related restrictions in his state in September, making Florida one of the most open states.

“I ran twice, and the second time I got 12 million more votes than the first time,” Trump also remarked in the interview.

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Ashli Babbitt’s family plans to sue Capitol Police, officer who shot her

Babbitt, draped in then-President Donald Trump’s campaign flag, was shot as she tried to climb through a smashed-out window into the House of Representatives Speaker’s Lobby.

The 35-year-old Californian was a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She traveled to DC to participate in a large pro-Trump demonstration branded “Stop the Steal” on the day Joe Biden was to be officially certified as president-elect based on electoral votes.

The officer who killed Babbitt has never been publicly identified and was not charged with a crime after a Justice Department review, but attorney Terry Roberts told Zenger News he knows their name, Newsweek reported.

“What it looks like is this guy shot this lady for no legitimate law enforcement purpose. And you know, they ought to be pretty ashamed of that,” Roberts said.

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Giuliani’s Lawyer Accuses DOJ of ‘Corrupt Double Standard’ In Executing Warrants Against Him

Rudy Giuliani’s attorney accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of a “corrupt double standard” by executing warrants against Giuliani on suspicion of failing to register as a foreign agent, while allegedly ignoring “clear evidence” on a laptop purporting to belong to Hunter Biden that would support similar allegations and a probe. Federal investigators on Wednesday executed search warrants at the home and office of Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and attorney to former President Donald Trump, and seized electronic devices, Bob Costello, Giuliani’s attorney, confirmed in a statement. Costello said the devices seized by investigators at Giuliani’s office are “replete with material covered by the attorney-client privilege,” and complained that their seizure amounted to a “disturbing example of complete disregard” for the constitutionally-protected privilege. The attorney alleged that the DOJ was biased in its actions as it “completely ignored clear evidence” on a laptop hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, …

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US Catholic bishops may press Biden to stop taking Communion

FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington. When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June 2021, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t partake of Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t receive Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.

At issue is a document that will be prepared for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by its Committee on Doctrine, with the aim of clarifying the church’s stance on an issue that has repeatedly vexed the bishops in recent decades. It’s taken on new urgency now, in the eyes of many bishops, because Biden — only the second Catholic president — is the first to hold that office while espousing clear-cut support for abortion rights.

Such a stance, by a public figure, is “a grave moral evil,” according to Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who chairs the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities and believes it’s necessary to publicly rebuke Biden on the issue.

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WATCH: Christian Pastor Arrested in London for Quoting ‘Homophobic’ Bible Verses

Police in London arrested a Christian street preacher for allegedly causing “alarm and distress” to pedestrians for citing allegedly “homophobic” verses from Genesis.

On Friday, Pastor John Sherwood was preaching alongside Pastor Peter Simpson of the Penn Free Methodist Church outside the Uxbridge Underground Station — in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own constituency.

Writing in the Conservative Woman on Tuesday, Pastor Simpson said that Sherwood preached on the final verses of Genisis 1, saying: “God’s design in creating mankind was to set human beings in families, headed by a father and a mother, not by two fathers or by two mothers. The distinction within mankind of just two genders, male and female, made in the image of God, constitutes the essence of God’s created order.”

Simpson said that the police informed them that three complaints were made in response to the street sermon.

He said that a police officer warned that he and Sherwood should avoid making any “homophobic statements” and that there is “no freedom to make statements which offend people”.

The police ultimately dragged Sherwood off his step stool and forcibly handcuffed the septuagenarian preacher.

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Minneapolis parking app hacked, personal information stolen

The company contracted to run Minneapolis’ pay-by-phone parking app said somebody hacked its system and stole users’ license plate numbers, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and, in some cases, mailing addresses.

No credit card information was accessed and no information related to users’ parking transaction history was taken during the data breach last month, according to Parkmobile, the Georgia company that operates the MPLS Parking App. The breach affected customers in Minneapolis and 90 other U.S. cities where Parkmoblie operates mobile parking apps, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York City and Tampa.

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Scott Outshines Biden, Enrages Libs With Inspiring Tale of Overcoming Adversity

Sen. Tim Scott (R., S.C.) delivered a powerful and inspiringly diverse response to President Joe Biden’s congressional address on Wednesday, causing professional journalists and other liberal ideologues to lose their minds.

Scott argued that Biden—a “good man” whose speech was “full of good words”—had failed to deliver on his promise to unite the country and “lower the temperature” after his victory in the 2020 election. “The Biden administration has pushed us apart,” he said, praising the bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation passed under former president Donald Trump and the success of Operation Warp Speed. The radical policies Democrats have proposed, he argued, were not intended to find “common ground.”

Invoking his personal story of being raised in poverty by a single “prayin’ momma,” Scott challenged the lockdown policies backed by Democratic politicians that have closed down the institutions that aided his improbable rise, including schools and churches. He spoke of his experience as a black man in America and his struggle to be taken seriously by Democrats and their supporters.

“I get called ‘Uncle Tom’ and the N-word by progressives, by liberals,” said Scott, who also called out the Washington Post for publishing a widely condemned fact check suggesting “my family’s poverty was actually privilege.” He challenged the prevailing corporate and cultural norms regarding issues of race, denouncing those who are “making money and gaining power by pretending we haven’t made any progress at all.”

In contrast to Biden’s rambling tirade, Scott envisioned a “joyful springtime for our nation,” where his illiterate  grandfather “saw his family go from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.” This was precisely the claim that Post chief fact checker Glenn Kessler, whose grandfather was a Dutch steel magnate, dinged for lacking “nuance.”

Nuance was certainly lacking from the liberal response to Scott’s speech. MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said the speech was “delivered from a planet where facts don’t matter.” Democratic analyst Jason Nichols, in a since-deleted tweet, called Scott a “clown” whose “ancestors are ashamed of him.” At least one left-wing media personality had to apologize for “an ironic joke” using racially charged language. The term “Uncle Tim” was trending on Twitter.

The post Scott Outshines Biden, Enrages Libs With Inspiring Tale of Overcoming Adversity appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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CCP Arrests Netizen for Posting Vaccine Death

The Chinese regime is believed to be silencing the discussion of Chinese vaccine-related deaths on social media. One Chinese netizen is now in custody over an online post saying her brother died after receiving the vaccine.

The post CCP Arrests Netizen for Posting Vaccine Death appeared first on NTD.

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Facebook Blocks #ResignModi Posts for Hours as India Crisis Grows

Facebook Inc. blocked posts tagged #ResignModi before restoring them hours later, stoking a controversy that’s erupted over government requests to remove social media content as India grapples with an escalating Covid crisis.

Facebook said it barred the hashtag by mistake and not at the behest of the government, without elaborating. Facebook periodically blocks hashtags for a variety of reasons, some manually but many also based on automated internal guidelines. The error stemmed from content associated with the label and not the hashtag itself, the spokesperson added.

The hours-long block, which came ahead of the final phase of lawmaker elections in a key state and effectively wiped posts calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign, follows public outrage and official efforts to curb content critical of the way his government has handled the pandemic. This year, the country established new rules that require the likes of Facebook and Twitter Inc. to take down unlawful content quicker, triggering a debate over freedom of speech in the world’s largest democracy.

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Border Patrol Chief Tells Biden: ‘I Cannot’ Comply With Demand To Use Non-Legal Immigration Terms

The chief of the US Border Patrol is bucking a recent order of Democratic President Joe Biden to soften the legal terms to refer to illegal crossers to the country warning against politicizing the agency and saying that doing so would impact the morale of those in charge of protecting America’s borders.

Rodney Scott, made the comment in response to the memo reportedly sent by the Biden administration to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — instructing them to drop the use of terms like “illegal alien,” and “assimilation” when referring to immigrants seeking to enter the country.

Scott sent a memo to Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Troy Miller, saying that he cannot endorse Biden’s new order against the use of some illegal immigration terms which are part of US federal statutes.

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U.S. Tells Citizens to Leave India as Covid-19 Swamps Hospitals

The U.S. government told its citizens to get out of India as soon as possible as the country’s Covid-19 crisis worsens at an astonishing pace.

In a Level 4 travel advisory — the highest of its kind issued by the State Department — U.S. citizens were told “not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so.” There are 14 direct daily flights between India and the U.S. and other services that connect through Europe, the department said.

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Pompeo knocks Biden: He ‘successfully outlined a radical, socialist agenda’

Pompeo knocks Biden: He 'successfully outlined a radical, socialist agenda'
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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized President Biden‘s first joint address to Congress on Wednesday, calling the policies he called for a “radical, socialist agenda.”

“So far, President Biden has successfully outlined a radical, socialist agenda for the next 4 years. That should trouble every freedom-loving American,” Pompeo, also a former congressman, tweeted.

 

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Biden Takes Credit for Ending Afghan War – After Extending It – in Speech to Congress

President Joe Biden applauded his own administration for supposedly “ending the forever war in Afghanistan” during remarks to Congress on Wednesday, despite the fact that he acted to prolong the war beyond the May 1 deadline set by predecessor Donald Trump.

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Judge Denies Request to Stop Arizona Audit | Recorded April 28, 2021 | Video: 12 Minutes 44 Seconds

The War Room celebrates a big victory in Arizona with Boris Epshteyn and Mark Finchem. The temporary restraining order, denied. The most historic election recount will press forward in Maricopa County, Arizona.

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Pompeo: Trump Changed How We Look at China | Americans’ Distrust in Media at Record High

In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times’ American Thought Leaders in January, 2021, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump helped change the world’s view of the Chinese Communist Party, and there’s no going back.

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Connecticut Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Religious Exemptions to Vaccines, Health Freedom Advocates Vow Legal Challenge

Connecticut lawmakers Tuesday voted to repeal the religious exemption for vaccines for all Connecticut students, from daycare through higher education.

House Bill 6423, “An Act Concerning Immunization,” passed by a vote of 22 – 14 after about nine hours of debate. The bill passed almost along party lines, with all but two Democrats in favor of removing the exemption, and all Republicans against. Two lawmakers, both Democrats, abstained.

The bill includes an amendment which allows students who had exemptions on file prior to the bill passing to remain in school. However future Connecticut students of any age will now be required to be fully vaccinated per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended schedule.

Wasting no time, Gov. Ned Lamont signed the bill today.

Attorneys representing health freedom advocates and other opponents said they will bring legal actions to challenge the bill. Connecticut activists groups joined Children’s Health Defense in calling on the media to investigate if pharmaceutical money pouring into the state legislature had any influence on the vote.

Nearly 5,000 activists gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to encourage legislators to vote no on the bill. The day began and ended with comments from several Connecticut legislators who told the crowd why they strongly opposed this bill.

Some legislators spoke of their opposition to government infringement on parental rights, religious freedoms and bodily autonomy. Others spoke to the issue of parents not being able to find medical doctors who will provide medical exemptions, even if their children were already injured by vaccines.

“We are at a critical time when our rights concerning freedom, religious freedom, and even the freedom to express one’s position or faith is being stripped away from us,” said Dr. Aaron Lewis, senior pastor at Family of God Church in Hartford. “Without immediate intervention, I’m afraid that the freedoms we’ve enjoyed will cease to be forever.”

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Texas Counties Declare Disaster Over Border Crisis

A Honduran woman’s body was found dumped in the brush on private property in Goliad County, Texas, after she had been smuggled hundreds of miles north from the border in March, according to county Sheriff Roy Boyd. In another case, an old shed on a ranch was being used to strip stolen vehicles in preparation for smuggling people.

Boyd says the county—which sits about 200 miles north of the U.S.–Mexico border—is used as a staging area for smuggling illegal aliens to Houston.

“What happens is they’ll bring them up from the border to somewhere in this area. They’ll drop them off at a temporary holding site and then someone from Houston comes and picks them up and then takes them to Houston, where they’re distributed across the United States,” he said.

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Ex-Trump aide sues Biden administration, alleging discrimination against white farmers

A legal group started by former Trump aide Stephen Miller filed a class-action lawsuit on Monday on behalf of Texas’s agricultural commissioner and others arguing that the Biden administration’s funds reserved for “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers” discriminate against white people.

The complaint from America First Legal (AFL) specifically takes issue with a proposal enacted by Congress as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The suit argues that through the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is “actively and invidiously discriminating against American citizens solely based upon their race.”

“The United States Department of Agriculture administers numerous statutes that provide government aid to ‘socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,’” the group said in the complaint.

“The Department of Agriculture interprets this phrase to include African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders,” the lawsuit noted. “But white farmers and ranchers are not included within the definition of ‘socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers,’ making them ineligible for aid under these federal programs.”

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Astronaut Michael Collins, Apollo 11 pilot, dead of cancer

In this file photo US Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins is seen at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to discuss the impact of his historic mission to the moon on April 15, 2019. Collins, who flew the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates became the first people to land on the Moon in 1969, died on April 28, 2021 after battling cancer, his family said.
In this file photo US Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins is seen at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to discuss the impact of his historic mission to the moon on April 15, 2019. Collins, who flew the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates became the first people to land on the Moon in 1969, died on April 28, 2021 after battling cancer, his family said. | Getty

Collins was part of the three-man Apollo 11 crew that effectively ended the space race between the United States and Russia and fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s.

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the ship from which Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left to make their historic first steps on the moon in 1969, died Wednesday of cancer, his family said. He was 90.

Collins was part of the three-man Apollo 11 crew that effectively ended the space race between the United States and Russia and fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s.

Though he traveled some 238,000 miles to the moon and came within 69 miles, Collins never set foot on the lunar surface like his crewmates Aldrin and Armstrong, who died in 2012. None of the men flew in space after the Apollo 11 mission.

“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand,” Collins said on the 10th anniversary of the moon landing in 1979. “Exploration is not a choice really — it’s an imperative, and it’s simply a matter of timing as to when the option is exercised.”

Collins spent the eight-day mission piloting the command module,. While Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the moon’s surface in the lunar lander, Eagle, Collins remained alone in the command module, Columbia.

“I guess you’re about the only person around that doesn’t have TV coverage of the scene,” Mission Control radioed Collins after the landing.

“That’s all right. I don’t mind a bit,” he responded.

Collins was alone for nearly 28 hours before Armstrong and Aldrin finished their tasks on the moon’s surface and lifted off in the lunar lander. Collins was responsible for re-docking the two spacecraft before the men could begin heading back to Earth. Had something gone wrong and Aldrin and Armstrong been stuck on the moon’s surface — a real fear — Collins would have returned to Earth alone.

Though he was frequently asked if he regretted not landing on the moon, that was never an option for Collins, at least not on Apollo 11. Collins’ specialty was as a command module pilot, a job he compared to being the base-camp operator on a mountain climbing expedition. As a result, it meant he wasn’t considered to take part in the July 20, 1969, landing.

“I know that I would be a liar or a fool if I said that I have the best of the three Apollo 11 seats, but I can say with truth and equanimity that I am perfectly satisfied with the one I have,” he wrote in his 1974 autobiography, “Carrying the Fire.” “This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two.”

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AP Sources: Feds Search Rudy Giuliani’s NYC Home, Office

New York (AP) — Federal agents on Wednesday raided Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office, seizing computers and cell phones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office were searched Wednesday by federal agents executing a warrant to seize evidence, including electronic devices, from the ex-New York mayor and lawyer to former President Donald Trump, people familiar with the matter said.

Manhattan federal prosecutors have been investigating Giuliani’s involvement with efforts to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine ahead of the 2020 election. Executing a search warrant is an extraordinary move for prosecutors to take against a lawyer, let alone a lawyer for a former president, and it marks a major turning point in the long-running probe.

Prosecutors had been seeking approval for a Giuliani warrant from the Justice Department in Washington for months, but senior officials declined to approve it during the Trump administration for several reasons, including the proximity to the presidential election and Trump’s challenge to the results, according to one of the people. Giuliani served as Trump’s main lawyer alleging Biden’s win was due to widespread voter fraud.

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AZ GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward: Democrats Want to Stall Process to May 14th — Here’s Why…

Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward joined Grant Stinchfield on Newsmax TV on Tuesday night.

Ward gave an update on the ongoing forensic audit of Maricopa County ballots.

During the discussion, Dr. Ward revealed the continued lies by the Democrats and their multiple attempts to shut down the entire process.

Then Dr. Ward added this — Democrats are trying to shut down and delay the audit now because they know the Arizona Senate, both Republicans and Democrats, have rented Veterans Memorial Coliseum until May 14th.

This is why they stall!

They are terrified of what Republicans will find.

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MS-13 Gang Member, Child Sex Offender Attempt To Breach US Border.

Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Arizona intercepted an MS-13 gang member and child sex offender attempting to breach the U.S. southern border. Both illegal entry attempts occurred in the early…

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Election watchdogs urge Jimmy Kimmel to scrap plans to host MyPillow CEO

Election integrity advocates are urging Jimmy Kimmel and ABC to cancel a scheduled appearance by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” late Wednesday.

In a letter sent to Kimmel and several top executives at ABC, the groups, including Common Cause, the Democracy Initiative and the League of Women Voters of the United States, say Lindell should not be given a platform to spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election.

“Lindell’s work in pushing election disinformation has already had significant consequences for our nation, including the violent insurrection on January 6th at the U.S. Capitol that led to at least five people losing their lives,” their letter reads.

Lindell’s unproven conspiracy theories about electoral fraud are “also rooted in racism and white supremacy,” the groups wrote.

“The disinformation he is trying to sell is part of a larger narrative that essentially wants to throw out millions of votes from cities where people of color make up a majority or significant portion of the voting population, including Detroit, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Las Vegas,” they said.

Lindell has been a vocal supporter of former President Trump and has continued to push claims of voter fraud leading to an election result Trump has said was “rigged” against him.

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Just 0.03% of fully vaccinated in Wisconsin have gotten COVID-19, state says

Wisconsin has had 605 COVID-19 cases among the 1.8 million residents who are fully vaccinated, state health officials said Tuesday after the Wisconsin State Journal reported that officials had repeatedly declined to release the data.

The “breakthrough” infections represent 0.03% of people who have had both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer injections or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot.

That’s a higher share than the 0.008% represented by 7,157 breakthrough cases among more than 87 million fully immunized Americans reported last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the CDC said the national tally is an undercount, and experts say some infections are expected among those fully vaccinated because no vaccine is 100% effective.

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North Carolina man killed by deputies hit them with car: prosecutors

District Attorney Andrew Womble told a judge at a hearing Wednesday that he viewed body camera video and disagreed with a characterization by attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. that his car was stationary when the shooting started.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — A North Carolina prosecutor says that a Black man killed by deputies hit law enforcement officers with his car before they opened fire.

District Attorney Andrew Womble told a judge at a hearing Wednesday that he viewed body camera video and disagreed with a characterization by attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr. that his car was stationary when the shooting started.

Womble said the video shows that Brown’s car made contact with law enforcement twice before shots could be heard on the video.

“As it backs up, it does make contact with law enforcement officers,” he said, adding that the car stops again. “The next movement of the car is forward. It is in the direction of law enforcement and makes contact with law enforcement. It is then and only then that you hear shots.”

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Expected COVID baby boom may be baby bust: analysis

In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, a couple walks alone in a Kansas City, Mo., park at sunset as stay-at-home orders continue in much of the country in an effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.
In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, a couple walks alone in a Kansas City, Mo., park at sunset as stay-at-home orders continue in much of the country in an effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. When most of the U.S. went into lockdown in 2020, some speculated that confining couples to their homes with little to entertain themselves would lead to a lot of baby-making. But the statistics suggest the opposite happened. | AP

Births have fallen dramatically in many states during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary data from half the country.

NEW YORK — When most of the U.S. went into lockdown over a year ago, some speculated that confining couples to their homes — with little to entertain them beyond Netflix — would lead to a lot of baby-making. But the statistics suggest the opposite happened.

Births have fallen dramatically in many states during the coronavirus outbreak, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary data from half the country.

The COVID-19 baby boom appears to be a baby bust.

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Outdoor mask guidance echoes what many Americans already do

In the small Nebraska town of Oxford, the school district dropped its mask mandate last month in what was a fairly straightforward decision: Cases were down dramatically and it didn’t bother local officials that their move flouted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Those federal mask guidelines just didn’t seem to fit local conditions well in the town of about 800 people where hardly anyone wears a mask.

“We haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to what is going on at the federal level — mainly what is coming out through the state,” Southern Valley Superintendent Bryce Jorgensen said. “You just can’t compare Chicago to Oxford, Nebraska. Things are just different.”

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15 shot, 3 fatally Tuesday in Chicago

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed September 22, 2019 in Chatham on the South Side.
Fifteen people were shot, three fatally, April 27, 2021, in Chicago. | Adobe File Photo

A 19-year-old man was found fatally shot in the 8300 block of South Sangamon Street.

Fifteen people were shot, three fatally, Tuesday in Chicago including a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot in Gresham on the South Side.

About 10:05 p.m., the man was running in an alley in the 8300 block of South Sangamon Street, when he was shot, Chicago police said. He was found in the backyard of a residence in the 8300 block of South Peoria Street, with a gunshot wound to the chest. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.

Less than an hour prior, a 31-year-old man was shot to death in Ashburn on the South Side. The man was driving about 9:20 p.m. in the 8300 block of South Keating Avenue, when someone got out of a green-colored SUV and fired shots, police said. He was struck in the face and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.

A man was fatally shot in Canaryville on the South Side. The 29-year-old was in the 4600 block of South Normal Avenue about 3 a.m., when someone in a dark-colored SUV fired shots, police said. He was struck in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified him as Ryan Jackson, of South Shore.

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Merkel Calls for Deeper Cooperation With China on Covid Vaccines

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germany and China to join forces to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and raised the prospect of deeper cooperation on Covid-19 vaccines.

In her opening remarks during virtual talks Wednesday with her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang, Merkel said the two nations should “speak openly and transparently about vaccine production.”

“And, if possible, also mutually recognize vaccines,” she said, adding that this should take place under the auspices of the World Health Organization.

“We can only contain this pandemic together,” Merkel said. “China and Germany can play an important role in this.”

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New CDC mask guidance draws clear line between vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans

In the eyes of U.S. health officials, there are two groups of people: those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who are not. And they’re stepping up their efforts to get unvaccinated Americans to switch sides.

New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding when people can safely shed their masks make the benefits of vaccination abundantly clear. Instead of focusing on the serious and potentially deadly risk of COVID-19 to those who aren’t immunized, they emphasize the extent to which those who are can return to an almost-normal life.

“Over the past year we have spent a lot of time telling Americans what they cannot do, what they should not do,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a briefing Tuesday. “Today I’m going to tell you some of the things you can do — if you are fully vaccinated.”

Walensky painted a detailed picture of the greater freedom vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy compared with their unvaccinated peers. She and other health officials hoped that doing so would incentivize those who haven’t yet rolled up their sleeves to change their minds and get their shots.

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Woman who was repeatedly raped by her scientist father tells of her childhood in new book  

EXCLUSIVE: Woman whose scientist father plied her with bootleg alcohol to rape her from the age of 11 and performed DIY abortions after getting her pregnant twice shares her harrowing story in a new book

  • Kim Chown, 52, from Darlington, Durham spoke of horrific abuse suffered at hands of dad Francis Beaumont
  • Paedophile father was renowned microbiologist and lecturer at prestigious universities around the world
  • She lived a life of forced depravity and rape at his hands – shares experiences in book Who Will Believe You?
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Multi-Day Operation by Human Trafficking Task Force Leads to the Recovery of Three Minors & Multiple Arrests

On Monday April 19, 2021, two females who appeared to be very young were observed as they engaged with vehicles occupied by lone males. Both were contacted by members of the Task Force. One of the females was identified as a fourteen year old who had been reported missing; she is six months pregnant. The second female was identified as a sixteen year old. A third juvenile female whom investigators determined had been reported missing, is seventeen years old. In one case, the victim told investigators she had been working as a prostitute since the age of twelve. All three juveniles were reported missing from cities outside of Pomona. All juveniles were turned over to the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. {Paragraph 3}

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CEO of $2 Billion Startup Ousted for Taking LSD at Work

Marketing startup Iterable Inc. dismissed its chief executive officer over violations of company policy, Iterable said in a note to employees on Monday.

The fired CEO, Justin Zhu, said the board’s chief reason for ousting him was that he took LSD, an illegal drug in the U.S., before a meeting in 2019. Zhu told Bloomberg he was experimenting by taking a limited amount of the drug, or microdosing, in an effort to boost his focus.

In an email to staff, co-founder Andrew Boni said Zhu’s dismissal was over unspecified violations of “Iterable’s Employee Handbook, policies and values.” The board replaced Zhu with Boni as CEO, Boni wrote. A spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based company didn’t immediately provide a comment.

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Judicial Watch: Documents Show CA State Officials Coordinated with Big Tech to Censor Americans’ Election Posts

Used Biden for President’s Communications Firm to Identify ‘Misinformation’ 

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it received 540 pages and a supplemental four pages of documents from the office of the Secretary of State of California revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube)) to censor posts about the 2020 election. Included in these documents were “misinformation briefings” emails that were compiled by communications firm SKDK, that lists Biden for President as their top client of 2020. The documents show how the state agency successfully pressured YouTube to censor a Judicial Watch video concerning the vote by mail and a Judicial Watch lawsuit settlement about California voter roll clean up.

The records were obtained in response to Judicial Watch’s California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests to the Office of the California Secretary of State for records related to the Office of Election Cybersecurity’s database of social media posts; communications with social media companies; and other social media related records regarding the 2020 elections. Judicial Watch filed the requests after a December 2020 report surfaced that the state agency was surveilling, tracking, and seeking to censor the speech of Americans:

The Office of Election Cybersecurity in the California Secretary of State’s office monitored and tracked social media posts, decided if they were misinformation, stored the posts in an internal database coded by threat level, and on 31 different occasions requested posts be removed. In 24 cases, the social media companies agreed and either took down the posts or flagged them as misinformation, according to Jenna Dresner, senior public information officer for the Office of Election Cybersecurity.

“We don’t take down posts, that is not our role to play,” Dresner said. “We alert potential sources of misinformation to the social media companies and we let them make that call based on community standards they created.” 

On September 24, 2020, a California Secretary of State chartlists a video from Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton and falsely alleges: 

Head of conservative group Judicial Watch Hosts video alleging Democrats benefit from incorrect voter rolls and ballot collection.

The Secretary of State’s office details its communication with YouTube: “We wanted to flag this YouTube video because it misleads community members about elections or other civic processes and misrepresents the safety and security of mail-in ballots.” The chart quotes Fitton describing Judicial Watch’s statement about its federal lawsuit settlement with Los Angeles County that will require it to clean up voter rolls and how a Michigan court “changed the rules” on ballot deadlines and ballot harvesting. (The controversial decision was overturned in October 2020.)

The document shows that California state officials contacted YouTube directly to remove the video on September 24, 2020, and that YouTube seemed to respond by deleting the video on September 27, 2020. . .

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Total Betrayal | FBI Even Spied On Citizens Invited To “Foster Greater Understanding Of The Role Of Federal Law Enforcement In The Community” & “Victims Of Crime”

1. Violations of the Querying Standard

NSD has reported a number of compliance incidents that were oversight reviews at FBI field offices, which suggest that the FBI’s failure to properly apply its querying standard when searching Section 702-acquired information was more pervasive than was previously believed. For example, between April 11, 2019, and July 8, 2019, a technical information specialist in the [REDACTED] who was conducting “limited background investigations” conducted approximately 124 queries of section 702-acquired information using the names and other identifiers of: 1) individuals who had requested to participate in FBI’s “Citizens Academy” — a program for business, religious, civic, and community leaders designed to foster greater understanding of the role of th federal law enforcement in the community; 2) individuals who needed to enter the filed office in order to perform a particular service, such as a repair; and 3) individuals who entered the field office seeking to provide a tip or to report that they were victims of a crime. Page 39, FISA Court Opinion, 10-19-2020

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FBI Abused Secretive Surveillance Program, Court Finds

The FBI continued abusing the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act program, including searching for information on people who had gone to the bureau to report they were victims of a crime, a newly declassified document shows. One FBI information specialist between April 11, 2019, and July 8, 2019, conducted approximately 124 queries of information obtained through secretive methods under the act, or FISA, which permits warrantless surveillance of foreigners outside of the United States. The surveillance can and has been used to ultimately obtain information on Americans. The searches included looking at information for people who had requested to participate in a bureau-run citizens academy, a program for local leaders designed to foster greater understanding of the role of law enforcement, and people who needed to enter the field office the FBI worker was based in to conduct work, such as a repair, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reported in the … [Continue]

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The Growing Cartel of Big Government, Big Media, and Big Tech With Rachel Bovard | Video: 9 Minutes 29 Seconds

“You have this growing cartel between big government, big media, and big tech” that is “punishing any individual that disagrees,” says Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute.

Criticisms of mask mandates and lockdowns are being suppressed, including Governor Ron DeSantis’ roundtable with leading doctors and public policy experts.

How does self-government survive in an era of, as Bovard describes it, “massive, concentrated corporate control” over speech? This segment is part of American Thought Leaders, an in depth, open discussions series on important issues that affect our society.

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China: Further information: Lawyer faces charges for reporting torture: Chang Weiping

Human rights lawyer Chang Weiping was officially charged with “subversion of state power” on 16 April 2021, six months after police officers took him away for publicly detailing incidents of torture that he experienced during an earlier detention in January 2020. He is currently being held incommunicado at Feng County Detention Centre. Given his isolation and the reports of the torture Chang previously endured, there are grave concerns for his physical and mental wellbeing.

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Israel condemns report accusing it of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘apartheid’ towards Palestinians

Israel condemns ‘preposterous’ report accusing it of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘apartheid’ towards Palestinians.

  • Human Rights Watch released a new 213-page report on Tuesday accusing Israel of pursuing policies of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians and its own Arab minority
  • Israel has rejected the report but it has been welcomed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • The report comes  just weeks after the International Criminal Court announced it would investigate war crimes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip
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Cuomo denies sexual harassment allegations: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is flatly denying he engaged in sexual misconduct as he faces an investigation following accusations from several women who say he harassed them or made them feel uncomfortable.

“The report can’t say anything different,” Cuomo said on Tuesday, “because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

The governor’s remarks came during a rare in-person briefing with reporters in Upstate New York as Cuomo has mostly stuck to virtual press events and coronavirus response briefings in the wake of the allegations.

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Simon & Schuster employees tell publisher no book deals for Trump administration authors

Employees at Simon & Schuster have submitted a petition demanding the publishing company not make book deals with former Trump administration officials, following one for a memoir from former Vice President Mike Pence.

They submitted the petition Monday to upper management with 216 signatures, which is 14 percent of the company’s workforce, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Employees asked the management not to treat “the Trump administration as a ‘normal’ chapter in American history.”

The letter was sent to Simon & Schuster’s CEO Jonathan Karp, and publisher Dana Canedy. The company has not commented about the petition publicly.

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Businessman to Admit Smuggling Marine Tech to China

Qin Shuren made no secret of his interest in underwater drones, according to his neighbors in the affluent Boston suburb of Wellesley.

The Chinese national once invited local kids to test a subaquatic robot in his backyard pool, they recalled, and another time demonstrated one at his children’s school.

Neighbors were stunned when police arrived at Mr. Qin’s colonial-style home in 2018 and placed him under arrest. On Wednesday, Mr. Qin is set to plead guilty in federal court to felony charges that he illegally procured more than $100,000 in U.S. marine technology for a Chinese military research institute.

Under a plea agreement Mr. Qin reached with the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, he is expected to plead guilty to counts of conspiring to commit export violations, visa fraud, lying to government agents, money laundering and smuggling.

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GOP Governors Sign Bills Restricting Abortion in Oklahoma, Montana

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Monday each signed three bills to restrict abortion in their states.

Republican Gov. Stitt announced on Twitter the three bills set to be effective Nov. 1 in Oklahoma. “I’m keeping my promise to sign all pro-life legislation,” he said. “We now have three more laws protecting the lives of the unborn! HB 2441, HB 1904, and HB 1102.”

The state’s HB 2441 (pdf), set to be effective Nov. 1, stipulates that no person shall carry out an abortion without first checking whether the unborn child has a heartbeat. If a heartbeat is detected, typically at about six weeks of pregnancy, the abortion is prohibited. Anyone who violates the law “shall be guilty of homicide.”

The post GOP Governors Sign Bills Restricting Abortion in Oklahoma, Montana appeared first on NTD.

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It’s Not Just Here | “Trucker Who Had Arm Broken by Illegal Migrants Jailed for Buying Stun Gun, Pepper Spray”

A lorry driver who purchased a stun gun and pepper spray for self-defence after being attacked by illegal migrants has been imprisoned.

The offending articles were found in the cab of 40-year-old Graeme McMurray, of Denny, during a spot check at a ferry terminal in Cairnryan, Scotland, as he was en route to Belfast.

McMurray had been attacked by illegal migrants in France in Boulogne, France, in 2018, leaving him with a broken arm, according to a court report. Such attacks on lorry drivers by migrants seeking to break into their vehicles and cross the British border are far from uncommon, but the judge was unsympathetic.

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Grenell: John Kerry allegations ‘incredibly serious’, was constantly undermining Trump policy behind the scenes

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell lashed out at former Secretary of State John Kerry Monday, saying he undermined former President Donald Trump’s foreign policy objectives on a regular basis and suggested he was a threat to national security.

In an interview with Tammy Bruce on “Fox News Primetime,” Grenell, who also served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany under Trump, responded to a New York Times report that cited leaked audio of Kerry informing Iranian officials that Israel had covertly struck them hundreds of times in Syria.

In the roughly three-hour recording, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Kerry told him Israel attacked Iranian assets in Syria “at least 200 times” while also expressing shock that the top U.S. diplomat would reveal such sensitive information. […]

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18-Year-Old Charged With Second-Degree Murder After 2 Teens Fatally Shot Over Social Media Argument

An 18-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed two teens over a social media argument, according to authorities.

Zachary Burkard allegedly shot and killed two unidentified teens on Sunday in Springfield, Virginia, Fairfax County police said in a statement. Officers responded to the scene around 3:18 p.m. and found one victim inside a garage with gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said. They attempted life-saving measures but the teen was declared dead by responding authorities.

A second teen was found in front of a nearby home with gunshot wounds to the upper body as well. Police said that the teen was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

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Russia: Police target peaceful protesters identified using facial recognition technology

Responding to the news that Moscow police have detained several activists and journalists identified using facial recognition technology as attendees of the peaceful rally in support of Aleksei Navalny on 21 April, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director, said:

“This is a new and extremely disturbing turn of events. Never before have the police been able to cast their net so widely to identify and target peaceful protesters using facial recognition technology. The police detained not only those who had joined the protests but also at least three journalists who were simply reporting on the rally.

“Previously the protesters’ main risk was being beaten and arbitrarily detained by police at a rally. As of now, avoiding this fate does not mean that you can feel safe – the repressive state knows who you are and can come for you at any point. The risk of attempting to exercise your right to freedom of peaceful assembly has never been so high in Russia.

“We reiterate our call to ban the development and use of facial recognition technologies for identification purposes. The authorities’ persecution of peaceful protest is now reaching a whole new level in Russia.

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Iranian Foreign Minister: Kerry Informed Us Of Hundreds Of Israeli Covert Actions

(Kevin Lamarque/Pool via AP, File)
Talk about burying the lede. The New York Times got information that a high-ranking official in the Obama administration tipped off Iran to Israel’s covert actions, and that news ended up in paragraph 21 … in a 26-paragraph story. A leaked audio recording of Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reveals that John Kerry revealed that information to Tehran, presumably during the negotiations for the deal with Iran over its nuclear-weapons development:

Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said.

 

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Pompeo Pushes Investigation Into Kerry for Leaking Secrets to Iran

Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Republican foreign policy leaders in Congress are demanding a formal investigation into John Kerry following revelations he informed Iranian leaders about covert Israeli military operations.

A leaked audio recording of Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, who worked closely with Kerry when the 2015 nuclear accord was negotiated, catches the Iranian official claiming the former Obama administration secretary of state informed him about at least 200 Israeli strikes on Iranian military positions in Syria. That Kerry shared these intimate details “to his astonishment,” according to the New York Times, suggests Kerry may have been disclosing classified information. It would also represent a stunning betrayal of America’s closest Middle East ally. Israel relies on the United States to protect shared intelligence from its top regional enemy.

The revelation is already generating calls for Kerry, the special presidential envoy for climate, to resign from the Biden administration and face a congressional investigation for possibly spilling highly classified secrets to one of America’s leading enemies.

Former Trump administration secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the audio tape proves “what I’ve said for years: That [Zarif] continued to engage with former secretary of state Kerry on policy matters after Kerry’s public service and, according to Zarif, Kerry informed the Iranians of Israeli operations.”

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John Kerry is skirting the line of treason with Iran

The rather curious defining feature of Democratic Party foreign policy, going back at least four decades, is that our friends must be bullied and our enemies must be appeased. The Democratic worldview holds that America is a source of geopolitical evil whose destructive influences must be tamed and reined in, and that America’s enemies must be emboldened in order to tilt the global playing field away from America’s noxious ambit.

Barack Obama’s administration encapsulated this toxic ideology through its single-minded pursuit of a nuclear accord with the world’s No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism during the president’s lame-duck second term. Many of the leading hucksters who comprised Team Obama’s “negotiators” with Tehran — Wendy Sherman, Robert Malley, and Colin Kahl among them — are now reprising their roles during Uncle Joe Biden’s third Obama term.

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White House Refuses Comment on Tapes Exposing John Kerry Leaks to Iran About Israel

The White House refused to comment on a report exposing Climate Czar John Kerry leaking information about Israel military operations to Iran.

“We’re not going to comment on leaked tapes,” Psaki replied shortly, when asked about the report.

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“This Never Happened” – Flustered John Kerry Denies He Told Iran’s Foreign Minister About Israel’s Covert Operations in Syria

John Kerry denied he ever told Iran’s foreign minister about Israel’s covert operations in Syria.

In a recently leaked audio, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said then-Secretary of State John Kerry informed him about Israel’s covert operations in Syria.

John Kerry served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2013 – 2017 and currently serves as Biden’s special climate envoy.

Zarif said he was shocked by John Kerry’s revelation that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria over 200 times.

John Kerry is denying the allegations and calling Zarif, his “trusted friend” a liar.

“I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally false. This never happened – either when I was Secretary of State or since,” a clearly flustered John Kerry said in a tweet Monday evening.

The post “This Never Happened” – Flustered John Kerry Denies He Told Iran’s Foreign Minister About Israel’s Covert Operations in Syria appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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Kerry Denies Discussing Israeli Strikes in Syria With Iranian

In a leaked recording of a phone conversation, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Mr. Kerry, a secretary of state under President Barack Obama, had informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times.

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Buck Sexton: ‘Border Czar’ Kamala Harris ‘Hasn’t Been Able To Find Her Way Down There Yet’ And Won’t Want To | Video 3 Minutes 25 Seconds

“Kamala Harris is the border czar and she hasn’t been able to find her way down there yet,” Sexton told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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It’s Been Obvious To Most Americans For Some Time Now | “Tucker: The Democratic Party Is Now A Religious Cult” | Video: 5 Minutes 39 Seconds

After almost 200 years, the Democrats were a political party with conventional political goals. That’s no longer true. The Democratic Party is now a religious cult, with all that implies. Dissent has been banned. Anyone who questions the party’s leftward fringe is denounced as a racist heretic.

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John Kerry Wrong On The Middle East, Wrong On Climate Change | Video: 5 Minutes 48 Seconds

As John Kerry flies around on private jets, what does his actions say about whether he believes his own rhetoric about climate change posing an “existential” threat to humanity?

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When Democrats & Their Mainstream Media Allies Screams Cult, They Should Look In The Mirror | “Marianne Williamson Reveals the Democrats Are a Cult”

How did Marianne Williamson, the author of 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever, and other stuff you might see on the bottom layer of a garage sale, end up on the 2020 debate stage?

The obvious answer is that she’s been there for a very long time.

Lefties love to claim that they’re the movement that believes in science. But the Third Law of Thermodynamics isn’t something you believe in. Fermat’s Principle doesn’t give your life meaning.

Marianne teaching you spiritual lessons about weight loss on an episode of Oprah does.

Hillary Clinton held a séance in the White House. The seance overseen by Jean Houston, the author of The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transformation, encouraged Hillary to contact Eleanor Roosevelt. Hillary and Houston hit it off after the Clintons invited self-help book authors to Camp David to help them cope with their defeat. The authors included Marianne Williamson.

Marianne Williamson had reportedly participated in some of Hillary’s White House seances.

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It Appears John Kennedy Discovered Early On Why The Biden Administration Chose John Kerry | Here’s Biden’s New Energy Policy, “We’re not going to produce our own oil. Instead, we’re gonna buy oil from countries that hate us so they’ll have more money to buy weapons to kill us.” | Video 3 Minutes 7 Seconds

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Rose McGowan: Democrats ‘Are in a Deep Cult’

Actress and activist Rose McGowan said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Primetime” that she has realized Democrats were “in a deep cult that they really don’t know about.”

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We Should Have Already Been Toast | John Kerry Makes DIRE Prediction About Global Warming – in 2014! | Video: 23 Seconds

John Kerry, an “expert” on climate change, has a terrible history of making dire predictions about global warming.

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Days Before John Kerry’s Malfeasance Confirmed | “Navarro: John Kerry is a ‘Useful Idiot on Steroids'” | Video: 4 Minutes 18 Seconds

Dr. Navarro says John Kerry is a “useful idiot on steroids.” And explains what the Chinese Communist Party’s strategy is to weaken the U.S. and why we must decouple from China.

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Psaki’s Unhelpful Response To John Kerry Leaking Israel’s Covert Military Action To Iran | Video: 39 Seconds

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D.C. Police Department Data Is Leaked in a Cyberattack

The department appears to be the third police force to be targeted in a ransomware attack in six weeks, and the 26th government agency hit this year.

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The Enemy Within | “John Kerry Divulged HUNDREDS of Israel’s Covert Attacks to Iran, Leak Reveals”

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, now President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, briefed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on hundreds of Israel’s covert attacks on Iranian interests in Syria, according to leaked audio reported by The New York Times on Sunday. This revelation echoes reports that Obama officials saved the life of terrorist and Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani by notifying Iran about an Israeli plot to assassinate him in 2015.

“Former Secretary of State John Kerry informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times, to his astonishment, Mr. Zarif said,” according to the Times.

As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey noted, the Times buried this lede in its story about the leaked audio, which featured lengthy remarks from Zarif. The Times focused on Zarif’s complaints that the Revolutionary Guard Corps calls the shots in Iran, often overlooking diplomatic concerns. Zarif accused Soleimani of undermining the Iran nuclear deal, among other things.

While these internal conflicts in the Iranian government are noteworthy, it seems far more shocking and newsworthy that Kerry would expose as many as two hundred covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.

The Full Story is at PJ Media

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Rand Paul Demonstrates How To Respond To Hostile Mainstream Media On Election Fraud | Here You Will Find The Full Exchange | Video: 6 Minutes 32 Seconds

Rand Paul demonstrates how to respond to hostile mainstream media on election fraud. He appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos when we were hot in the throes of the Election 2020 dispute. His stance is more relevant than ever. “You’re saying people are liars if they want to investigate what happened in the election. Should we examine the fact that tens of thousands of absentee ballots did not have addresses on them and normally would be disqualified and this time they were counted?” ~ Senator Rand Paul

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Maricopa County Judge Recuses Himself from 2020 Election Audit Case

The judge who is overseeing a legal challenge to the Arizona Senate’s audit of votes cast in the state’s largest election during the 2020 presidential election has recused himself from the case less than 24 hours before a scheduled Monday morning hearing. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury recused himself from the legal challenge on Sunday afternoon after learning that attorney Chris Viskovic, with whom he’d had a prior working relationship, had joined the case, 12 News first reported. According to a copy of the recusal obtained by the news outlet, the court received filings at 4 p.m. that included names of new attorneys, including Viskovic, who worked at the office of Coury “as an extern within the past five years.” Viskovic now holds a position as a junior associate at Kolodin Law Group PLLC, which is representing the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas in court. Cyber Ninjas is one …

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Analysis: Three Vulnerable Senate Democrats Give GOP Shot Retaking Upper Chamber

Republicans did not have a great year in 2020, but 2022 could be a much better year than anyone is expecting – especially if they target these three vulnerable Senate Democrats who each won their seats with 50 percent of the vote or less.

Democrats control the Senate, but barely. The 50-50 split means Vice President Kamela Harris is needed to break ties – and that a single Democrat could stop his party’s agenda at anytime.

Working in the Democrats’ favor is their culture of putting the agenda first. While Republicans loathe to burn a seat, Democrats recognized they were sent to Washington to accomplish a mission, not build a nest and feather it. President Barack H. Obama lost the House and the Senate for the majority of his two terms, but his landmark legislations, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, remain the law of the land.

If Republicans stand any chance of stopping President Joseph R.Biden Jr.‘s agenda in the Senate, they have to target and pressure vulnerable Senate Democrats, so the fear of losing their seat breaks their party allegiance.

Colorado

Colorado’s Sen. Michael F. Bennet seems safe from the outside looking in, but the former investment banker and senior official in the Clinton Justice Department had a tough race against a Republican newcomer retired Air Force Lt. Col. Darryl L. Glenn in 2016.

Bennet can be beaten.

Nevada

The next vulnerable Senate Democrat is Nevada’s Sen. Catherine Marie Cortez Masto (pictured right), annointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to be his successor and who is a leading figure in the Reid political machine–a machine, which took a big hit when radical leftist Judith Whitmer became the new state party chairwoman earlier this year.

This Nevada Senate seat is in play.

New Hampshire

The first two examples of endangered Senate Democrats earned their designation from close races in 2016 and their recent demonstrated weakness, Bennet’s failed White House run and Cortez Masto’s loss of control of her state party.

In the case of New Hampshire’s Sen. Margaret C. “Maggie” Hassan (pictured left), she was a very close race in 2016 and unlike the first two, she has a serious challenger on the horizon Gov. Christopher T. Sununu.

Trump redux

The final factor making these five Democratic senators vulnerable is President Donald J. Trump himself.

Trump is still the biggest and only game in town. No other political figure in American politics generates the passion and attention as Trump – and if he is fully engaged in targeting these seats, they are flipping to the GOP.

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Texas state lawmaker says that according to science there are 6 biological sexes

Texas Democratic state representative on Tuesday claimed that there are six biological sexes according to science.

Lone Star State Rep. James Talarico said “modern science obviously recognizes there are many more than two biological sexes” and that the number is actually six, which he noted that he found surprising.

The Washington Times reported: “He explained that there are ‘six really common biological sexes’ based on X and Y chromosomes: Not just XX (female) and XY (male), but also single X, XXY, XYY and XXXY.”

According to the outlet, Talarico said, “Biologically speaking, scientifically speaking, sex is a spectrum, and oftentimes can be very ambiguous.”

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China: Further information: Uyghur held in solitary confinement for 2 years: Ekpar Asat

Uyghur tech entrepreneur Ekpar Asat has been held in solitary confinement since January 2019, according to information shared with his family. It is believed that his prolonged isolation, malnutrition and lack of access to proper medical care has caused his health to dramatically deteriorate. Convicted without any known trial on charges of “inciting ethnic hatred and ethnic discrimination” and sentenced to 15 years in prison, there are grave concerns for Ekpar Asat’s condition and wellbeing.

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Oscars 2021: Ricky Gervais trolls ‘host-less’ Academy Awards and tweets 2020 Golden Globes monologue

The Academy Awards on Sunday was a very different show due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had no host or audience and just a handful of presenters and nominees.

But the reason for the changes didn’t stop British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais from the trolling the 2021 Oscars telecast.

‘It’s The Oscars tonight! I wasn’t invited. Was it something I said?’ he tweeted as he shared video from his no holds barred celebrity take down during his 2020 Golden Globes hosting gig.

The British star, 59, had warned the A-list audience at the Globes in January 2020 that he wouldn’t be hosting the show again and was set to take no prisoners.

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Minnesota AG explains why Floyd’s death not charged as hate crime

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison made his case for why George Floyd’s death was not charged as a hate crime, arguing that systemic racism, not individual racial motivation, was at work when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes.

In an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, CBS’s Scott Pelley asked Ellison if he thought Floyd’s death was a hate crime. After a brief pause, Ellison responded it wasn’t.

“I wouldn’t call it that because hate crimes are crimes where there’s an explicit motive and of bias,” Ellison said. “We don’t have any evidence that Derek Chauvin factored in George Floyd’s race as he did what he did.”

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Spanish Man Charged With Infecting 22 People With COVID-19

MADRID—A Spanish man with COVID-19 symptoms who coughed on work colleagues and told them “I’m going to give you all the coronavirus” has been charged with intentionally causing injury after allegedly infecting 22 people. Spanish police said their investigation began after a COVID-19 outbreak at the company where the 40-year-old man worked on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Days before the outbreak, the man showed COVID-19 symptoms but refused his colleagues’ suggestions to go home and self-isolate, police said in a statement. After work, and showing no improvement, he went for a PCR test before visiting a gym and returning to work the next day. Though his superiors told him to go home after he allegedly had showed a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees F), the man refused. He walked around his workplace, lowering his face mask and coughing on people, saying “I’m going to infect you all …

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Los Angeles Hypocrites Remove Homeless Camp and Erect Fence to Protect the Stars at Oscars

The Hollywood hypocrites were accused of removing homeless camps and erecting a fence to protect the elites for the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The perimeter around Union Station is cordoned off by security fences and the entrances to the building are blocked to prevent the wrong element from gaining access.

Breitbart.com reported:

Hollywood is full of anti-border wall celebrities. But on Tinseltown’s biggest night, ten-foot security fences have been erected around Union Station in Los Angeles, California, to keep celebrities safe and the public out during Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards.

The perimeter around Union Station is cordoned off by security fences and the entrances to the building are blocked by similar structures. Signs posted to the fences bear a stark warning: “This property is closed to the public. No entry without permission”…

…The hypocrisy seen in the contrast between Hollywood’s anti-border wall posturing and the erection of a security fence around the Academy Awards is similar to the contrast between Hollywood’s anti-Second Amendment rhetoric and the use of good guys with guns to keep celebrities safe.

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You’re no safer from COVID-19 social distancing at 6 or 60 feet, study says

Social distancing inside at 60 feet is no safer than at 6 feet  — and “exposure time” indoors is actually far more important, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In a report that challenges widely accepted COVID-19 prevention guidelines, researchers say there’s “little benefit” to health officials’ “6-foot rule” especially when wearing masks inside.

“The distancing isn’t helping you that much and it’s also giving you a false sense of security because you’re as safe at 6 feet as you are at 60 feet if you’re indoors,” MIT engineering professor Martin Bazant, who authored the study, told CNBC.

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Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

In a leaked audiotape that offers a glimpse into the behind-the scenes power struggles of Iranian leaders, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Revolutionary Guards Corps call the shots, overruling many government decisions and ignoring advice.

In one extraordinary moment on the tape that surfaced Sunday, Mr. Zarif departed from the reverential official line on Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the commander of the Guards’ elite Quds Force, the foreign-facing arm of Iran’s security apparatus, who was killed by the United States in January 2020.

The general, Mr. Zarif said, undermined him at many steps, working with Russia to sabotage the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and adopting policies toward Syria’s long war that damaged Iran’s interests.

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‘TRUTH’ With RFK, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Mercola: The Shadowy Alliance Between Big Pharma and Big Tech

In the latest episode of “TRUTH” with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Kennedy interviews Dr. Joseph Mercola on the fear-driven COVID-19 narrative, ongoing efforts to resist government restrictions and the loss of freedom seen around the world.

Highlights from their wide-ranging discussion include:

  • Notes about the soon-to-be-released book “The Truth About COVID-19,” by Mercola and Ronnie Cummins. Kennedy, who wrote the forward to the book, says the pandemic is being used to shift wealth upwards, abolish civil rights and destroy democracy. The official release of the book is April 29.
  • The massive effort from the get-go to sell the idea that the only possible way to control COVID was through masks and lockdowns.
  • How the public was largely conditioned to believe the world needed to wait on a vaccine for any meaningful intervention against COVID.
  • How government officials and the media suppressed information about potential treatments such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
  • How personal data collected by Google over the past nearly two decades is being used to manipulate public behavior.
  • How Google searches steer people away from anything that goes against Pharma’s narrative including natural health, chiropractors and nutrition.

All “Truth” episodes can be found on Children’s Health Defense’s social media, and on Children’s Health Defense’s channel found on Peeps TV, a network on Roku. Roku is accessible from any Smart TV and can be purchased separately for older TVs.

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SpaceX craft had close call with UFO after launching into orbit

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft had a close call with an unidentified object before successfully reaching the International Space Station, a report said.

US Space Command warned the crew aboard the spacecraft of a possible collision with an unknown object after launching into orbit on Friday, Futurism reported.

“The possibility of the conjunction came so close to the closest approach time that there wasn’t time to compute and execute a debris avoidance maneuver with confidence, so the SpaceX team elected to have the crew don their pressure suits out of an abundance of caution,” NASA spokesperson Kelly Humphries told Futurism.

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After Finding a Christmas Wish List Tied to a Balloon, This Man Drove Hundreds of Miles to Make Two Little Girls’ Dreams Come True

Twin sisters received a late Christmas gift from a stranger almost 650 miles away after he found a holiday wish list tied to a balloon.

In December, Leticia Flores-Gonzalez had her 4-year-olds, Luna and Gianella Gonzalez, tie their lists to balloons and release them into the sky above their home in Liberal, Kansas. It was their way of reaching Santa Claus.

“It was important doing something special for my girls because of the hard year we had during the coronavirus pandemic. I wanted them to feel like 2020 was another year spent with mom making beautiful memories,” Flores-Gonzalez told CNN.

“It was never with the purpose someone would find the balloon. I thought it would deflate and would just disappear somewhere in a tree nearby.”

But one of those balloons did make it to a man with white facial hair—and a big heart.
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FBI Releases Seth Rich Documents | First Names On Page One? Email From Peter Strzok to Lisa Page

Email From Peter Strzok to Lisa Page

Email From Peter Strzok to Lisa Page Starts Off Seth Rich Document Release

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Cuomo’s Office Won’t Reveal What It Told DOJ About CCP Virus Deaths at Nursing Homes

The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo refused to say what it told the Department of Justice regarding CCP virus outbreaks in nursing homes, in part because the disclosure would be an “invasion of personal privacy.” The DOJ sent requests to several states last year concerning statistics on deaths and infection in nursing homes from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. The initial request was expanded in December following news reports that the state’s nursing home numbers were significantly undercounted. Cuomo has been cooperating with the DOJ since last year, but his office declined a request from The Associated Press for copies of what was provided to the federal authorities. Notably, the governor had supported releasing the same records earlier this year. “Look, I would have no problem with it,” the governor said in February. “I would have to have the lawyers talk …

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Maxine Waters’s Long History of Reckless Rhetoric

The Ku Klux Klan was in Huntington Beach, Calif., on April 12, holding a “White Lives Matter” rally. It was a 37-minute drive away from the Hawthorne district office of Rep. Maxine Waters. “Auntie Maxine” (as the Democrat calls herself) declined to confront the Klan. But she flew all the way to Minneapolis last weekend to coach protesters awaiting the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial.

“I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty,” Ms. Waters said. “And if we don’t . . . we’ve got to stay on the street. We have to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational.”

The 82-year-old lawmaker has been notorious for such incendiary language since she was first elected to Congress in 1990. She called the 1992 riots that followed the acquittal of the Los Angeles police officers who were filmed beating Rodney King an “insurrection.” She meant it as a term of approbation. Sixty-three people died during the L.A. riots, but Ms. Waters declared that she wouldn’t tell her constituents “to go inside, to be peaceful, that they have to accept the verdict.”

Ms. Waters has always shunned the peacemaker role in favor of rioting. Thirty years after the L.A. riots, nothing has changed.

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Obama administration scientist says climate ‘emergency’ is based on fallacy

‘The Science,” we’re told, is settled. How many times have you heard it?

Humans have broken the earth’s climate. Temperatures are rising, sea level is surging, ice is disappearing, and heat waves, storms, droughts, floods, and wildfires are an ever-worsening scourge on the world. Greenhouse gas emissions are causing all of this. And unless they’re eliminated promptly by radical changes to society and its energy systems, “The Science” says Earth is doomed. 

Yes, it’s true that the globe is warming, and that humans are exerting a warming influence upon it. But beyond that — to paraphrase the classic movie “The Princess Bride” — “I do not think ‘The Science’ says what you think it says.”

For example, both research literature and government reports state clearly that heat waves in the US are now no more common than they were in 1900, and that the warmest temperatures in the US have not risen in the past fifty years. When I tell people this, most are incredulous. Some gasp. And some get downright hostile.

These are almost certainly not the only climate facts you haven’t heard. Here are three more that might surprise you, drawn from recent published research or assessments of climate science published by the US government and the UN:

  •  Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century.
  • Greenland’s ice sheet isn’t shrinking any more rapidly today than it was 80 years ago.
  • The global area burned by wildfires has declined more than 25 percent since 2003 and 2020 was one of the lowest years on record.

Why haven’t you heard these facts before? . . .

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Colorado’s Victim Rights Act leaves some crime victims without protection

Michael Bird intended to see the court case through after he was punched in the face during an argument with a neighbor last year.

The neighbor was arrested and charged with assault under Englewood’s municipal ordinances. When Bird tried to attend the first hearing in Englewood Municipal Court, he found out it had been rescheduled. He would be informed of the new date, he was told.

But he never heard another peep from anyone about the case, he said, until March, when he found out the charges had been dropped and the case dismissed at the request of the prosecutor.

“I was dumbfounded,” he said. “The fact that I wasn’t notified at all, that I had no voice in what proceeded with this, it left me feeling revictimized.”

Under Colorado law, victims of some crimes are guaranteed certain rights during the court process. Those victims are entitled to be notified of key hearings and to have a chance to weigh in on a prosecutor’s decision to offer a plea deal or otherwise resolve a case. They also have the right to be told about scheduling changes or cancellations, among numerous other protections. Victims who feel they’ve been mistreated can file a complaint that is investigated by state officials.

But the Victim Rights Act only applies to certain crimes charged under state law, and does not cover municipal courts, where crimes are prosecuted under local ordinances. At that level, officials can choose to follow the guidelines, but are not mandated to provide any rights to victims.

That leaves an entire swath of crime victims in Colorado without the protections afforded others, and with no recourse or avenue to file a complaint if they feel they’ve been mistreated.

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Donald Trump Supporters Square Off Against GOP Leadership in Savannah

Members of the Chatham County Republican Party apparently had an unsuccessful convention last weekend in Savannah as witnesses said a rift between pro-Trumpers and the party establishment provoked a shouting match that ended business prematurely.

These events transpired at a restaurant last Saturday.

The Georgia Star News made repeated  attempts this week to interview Chatham County GOP Chair Don Hodges and party official Carl Smith for their perspectives. Those attempts ended unsuccessfully.

Robert Taylor, who said he belongs to the GOP’s pro-Trump wing, said the fracas began when people realized they couldn’t nominate new officers from the floor.

“They didn’t want any of us conservative people to have anything to do with this,” Taylor said, adding the people in charge were Republicans-in-Name-Only (RINOs).

“It got real loud. Everybody was yelling. They wanted a point of order. What they were trying to do was get them to nominate from the floor. Carl Smith said it’s not in our rules that we have to do that. That is when the meeting broke down completely. All of it was yelling and screaming from then on.”

Members of the Chatham County Republican Party select delegates to represent their area at GOP state and national conventions.

“We are done with the good ole boy system, and we are apt to change it,” Taylor told The Star News.

Savannah resident Debbie Broderick said last weekend’s melee never reached outlandish proportions.

“I didn’t see anybody rioting. I didn’t see anybody standing on tables. Nobody yelled profanities. There was nothing of that sort that went on,” Broderick said.

“There were just people strong in their convictions, and they didn’t want to be railroaded. They wanted to have a voice, simple as that.”

Broderick told The Star News that the convention needs more transparency.

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Trump to Hannity: “Big Tech should face antitrust scrutiny”

In an exclusive interview with “Hannity,” former President Donald J. Trump said that social media and Big Tech firms like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Google should face the scrutiny of antitrust investigatory bodies, given their monopolistic actions toward American political discourse. The Palm Beach, Fla., resident added that a video released by investigative journalist James O’Keefe proves that CNN committed “campaign…

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Hospitals Overrun as India’s COVID-19 Infections Surge

People across India scrambled for life-saving oxygen supplies on Friday and patients lay dying outside hospitals as the country recorded over 300,000 new COVID-19 cases a day for two days straight. India’s second wave has hit with such ferocity that hospitals are running out of oxygen, beds and anti-viral drugs. Many patients have been turned away […]

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Health officials are dropping outdoor mask mandates, following numerous studies

Eleanor Bartow, DCNF

  • Several studies have shown a low risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors, except when there is lengthy interaction with others at a close distance.
  • Mask requirements need to be nuanced or some people will ignore the rules, according to a public health expert.
  • Several cities have relaxed outdoor mask requirements this month, but many states still require outdoor masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.

It’s time for authorities to reduce outdoor masking requirements and give Americans more credit for understanding the nuances of the risks of outdoor transmission of COVID-19, multiple studies and health experts have said.

Several studies since October have shown a low risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors, with the exception being lengthy interaction with others at a close distance.

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POLL: Most say government going too far prosecuting Trump supporters after Jan rally

Ninety-six percent (96%) say the government went too far prosecuting Trump supporters after attending the January 6th rally. That’s according to the latest unscientific poll at SharylAttkisson.com. Three percent (3%) of the over 1,500 respondents said they did not think the government went too far in prosecuting Trump supporters after the January 6th rally. Is […]

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Montana Gov. Gianforte Signs Law Prohibiting Federal Ban on Gun Ownership

Montana passed a new law on April 23 that will prevent the federal government from placing prohibitions on gun ownership in the state, whether by new federal law, executive order, rules, regulation, or any new interpretations of existing law. “Today, I proudly signed Rep. [Jedediah] Hinkle’s law prohibiting federal overreach into our Second Amendment-protected rights, including any federal ban on firearms,” Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) wrote on Twitter on April 24. “I will always protect our [Second Amendement] right to keep and bear arms.” House Bill No. 258 (pdf) titled “Montana Federal Firearm, Magazine, and Ammunition Ban Enforcement Prohibition Act” was passed under the authority of the second and tenth amendments of the U.S. constitution, as well as the Montana constitution, and Montana’s compact with the United States. The new law, which passed 30–20, means that no subnational government agency or official may cooperate in the enforcement of any federal ban on …

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Smithsonian museums, National Zoo announce reopening dates

The Smithsonian Institution announced Friday that about half of its museums, along with the National Zoo, will reopen in May after shuttering in November because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight of the Smithsonian’s 19 locations in the Washington, D.C., area will open to the public next month but with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Guests will need to reserve a timed-entry pass, wear face mask and practice social distancing, Smithsonian officials said.

“We have a lot of signage keeping people moving in the right direction,” said Smithsonian COVID Response Coordinator Doug Hall. “All of the things are primarily geared toward social distancing, keeping people separate and of course cleaning at the end.”

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: FBI Finally Releases Records on Murdered DNC Analyst Seth Rich – Via Attorney Ty Clevenger

The FBI on Friday finally released the requested documents on murdered DNC operative Seth Rich.

For years the FBI denied there were any documents on Seth Rich’s unsolved murder.
We caught them in this lie.

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Wray’s FBI Caught in Another LIE and Cover Up – FBI EMAILS ON SETH RICH UNCOVERED

And now they release the documents but they are highly redacted.

The FBI cannot be trusted.

Today they finally released the documents to Attorney Ty Clevenger.

We posted the documents here at The Gateway Pundit after Clevenger’s website crashed.

As you can see, the FBI redacted most of the documents.

FBI Releases Records About … by Jim Hoft

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