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"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all." -- Michael Rivero
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Kennedy (R-LA), and John Cornyn (R-TX) held a press conference on Thursday morning to introduce the Respect for the Second Amendment Act; the act as introduced is intended to “codify second amendment rights for law-abiding citizens.”
Graham shared the news on Twitter.
“With this bill, we are ensuring that the rights affirmed by the Supreme Court are part of the federal code – and preventing a future Supreme Court from reversing this decision.”
Senator Rand Paul stormed out of the Homeland Security Committee hearing, and suggested every Republican leave the meeting as well on Wednesday.
During the hearing, Paul (R-Ky.) butted heads with Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich.) who serves as Chair on the committee, after Peters blocked each Republican amendment to the Fire Grants and Safety Act.
“We have what, unlimited second-degree amendments?” Paul said.
Peters then proceeded to tell Paul that he does not have jurisdiction to call an amendment up for a vote.
“You can’t call it up, senator, only the chair,” Peters said. “You weren’t recognized to call it for a vote. Only the chairman can do that. The chair can call up the amendments as the chair sees fit.”
“If this is the way you’re going to run the committee, I would suggest that Republicans leave,” the Republican Senator replied. “I don’t see why we should stick around if you’re going to make up the rules. I mean you’re going to offer up a third-degree amendment.”
National Security Adviser to President Biden Jake Sullivan played a prominent role in plotting the September 26, 2022, sabotage against the Russo-European Nord Stream pipelines, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed. So, who is Jake Sullivan: “the cat’s meow,” “once-in-a-generation intellect,” or a reckless hawk?
“I have great respect for Hersh and his reporting and believe that Sullivan could certainly have been instrumental in pushing for and carrying out this deceitful campaign that likely has inflicted monumental damage on citizens worldwide while also sapping America’s remaining national prestige,” Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist Charles Ortel told Sputnik.
In December 2021, Jake Sullivan, acting with Joe Biden’s blessing, convened men and women from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, and the State and Treasury Departments to come up with a plan on how to destruct Nord Stream 1 and 2 designed to pump Russian natural gas to Europe, according to Seymour Hersh’s recent bombshell.
In early 2022, the CIA told Sullivan that they knew how to blow up the pipelines. The group decided to keep the risky plot on a hush. The US Congress wasn’t informed. The US military and intelligence operatives did their best to conceal Washington’s role in the sabotage. As per the investigative journalist, the team had concerns about the legality of the plot and was well aware that it could quickly morph into a foreign policy nightmare.
China has launched dozens of satellites in the past six months and the People's Liberation Army now has 347 orbiting craft that can gather intelligence on American armed forces, according to the head of the U.S. Space Force.
Gen. Chance Saltzman told senators that Beijing was the 'most immediate threat' to U.S. operations as it develops lasers to disrupt satellite sensors, electronic warfare jammers and even builds craft that could grab and move rival orbiting platforms out of position.
It is all part of its plan for a fully modernized, world-class military designed to achieve China's 'Space Dream' of being the most powerful nation in space by 2045, he said.
“Geraldo still doesn’t get it — after 50 years in journalism you have to assume he simply doesn’t want to get it,” Michael Caputo responded, and a number of others quickly followed suit.
They pointed to the 2020 presidential election — and the fact that multiple outlets and social media platforms had actively suppressed The New York Post’s bombshell report on Hunter Biden’s now-infamous laptop. Many of them argued that he hadn’t really been investigated until after the election was over, when other outlets slowly began to concede that the laptop was real and did, in fact, belong to the younger Biden.
But it was The Federalist’s Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway who did exactly as Rivera asked — she “put up” multiple crimes that may have occurred — and she may have given him more than he bargained for.
“Setting aside the gun crimes, prostitution crimes, drug crimes, tax crimes, bribery receipts, foreign agent shenanigans, money laundering, pay-for-play, and kid-glove treatment from the corrupt and politicized FBI and DOJ, this is a really astute observation,” Hemingway tweeted.
DeSantis continues to attack the leftist agenda.
He recently made headlines for wanting to eliminate Critical Race Theory from educational curriculums and started probing what colleges do regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. After he sent a request for information regarding staff, courses, and activities that fall into the DEI category, most people were curious. Now, we know what DeSantis was planning.
A new bill, called HB 99, seeks to restructure higher learning by eliminating those courses. It has passed the House and now moves on to be heard in the Florida Senate.
The new CEO of failed Silicon Valley Bank is a familiar name to many in Charlotte’s banking community — Tim Mayopoulos was fired as general counsel of Bank of America in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis and escorted out of the office by an HR representative.
The Silicon Valley Bank failure was the second-largest in U.S. history.
The FDIC closed Silicon Valley Bank on March 10, started a new bank called Silicon Valley Bridge Bank, and named Mayopoulos as CEO on Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron imposed a highly unpopular bill raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 on Thursday by shunning parliament and invoking a special constitutional power.
Lawmakers were shouting, their voices shaking with emotion as Macron made the risky move, which is expected to trigger quick motions of no-confidence in his government. Riot police vans zoomed by outside the National Assembly, their sirens wailing.
The proposed pension changes have prompted major strikes and protests across the country since January. Macron, who made it the flagship of his second term, argued the reform is needed to keep the pension system from diving into deficit as France’s population ages and life expectancy lengthens.
Amid its worst ratings in over a decade, CNN recently sought to reinvent its primetime strategy. But that gambit to boost viewership looks like it has failed.
More than a year after firing its most-watched anchor Chris Cuomo over an ethics scandal involving his disgraced ex-governor brother, the cable-news pioneer has struggled to find a permanent replacement in the 9 p.m. time slot. Last month, the network decided to fill the pivotal hour with town-hall events and specials focusing on hot-button news topics, as well as interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities.
Since implementing that formula late last month, however, CNN has yet to see viewers embrace the new direction. In fact, CNN’s primetime specials have attracted a smaller audience than the network’s regular programming in that same time slot this year.
Since the start of the year, CNN has averaged 679,000 total viewers in the 9 p.m. time slot whenever Anderson Cooper, whose nightly program airs at 8 p.m., has anchored the hour. Prior to Cuomo’s move to primetime a few years ago, Anderson Cooper 360 was a two-hour news show. Additionally, 7 p.m. CNN anchor Erin Burnett has averaged an overall audience of 567,000 when filling in during the primetime slot. Cooper also has averaged 159,000 viewers in the key advertising 25-54 demographic during his 9 p.m. broadcasts, while Burnett has pulled in 114,000 in the demo.
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Russia has proposed suspending its double taxation agreements with what it calls “unfriendly countries” - those that have imposed sanctions on Moscow, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.
“The Russian Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry proposed that the President of Russia issue a decree suspending double taxation agreements with all countries that introduced unilateral economic restrictive measures against Russia,” it said. (Reporting by Reuters)
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, is set to become the first higher education institution in the state to offer its students access to emergency contraception via a vending machine on campus.
The machine will provide 24/7 access to the "morning after pill" at a discounted price that has yet to be determined. The move follows the example of Boston University and George Washington University, which have already adopted similar schemes.
According to a spokesperson for Miami University, students will be able to purchase emergency contraception for around $7 to $15 from the vending machine. This will provide a more affordable and accessible option than visiting a pharmacy, which can be difficult to access at odd hours when stores are closed.
Americans watch as a newly-elected senator appears to be falling apart. We’ve warned the country about this man, who suffered a stroke during the election cycle last year. John Fetterman has not appeared to have recovered from that severe episode. After a few days in the hospital last month, he admitted himself into Walter Reed, for “depression.”
We can’t say if this depression is really a front for other, serious complications from his stroke. But things aren’t looking good. He’s been MIA for weeks, now. Even his family has run off to Canada. We’ve received no updates from the man himself. Not videos of him thanking supporters for their “thoughts and prayers.”
Finally, his office gave an update. But it’s far from reassuring.
From the New York Post:
Sen. John Fetterman’s health is reportedly improving but he could remain hospitalized for up to two more weeks as doctors work to get his medication “exactly right.” […]
The policies of the US Federal Reserve are responsible for the unfolding banking crisis and could lead to more failures in the sector, Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy Paul Craig Roberts believes.
The official, who served in the US Treasury in the 1980s, talked to RT about the recent high-profile bank failures that have rattled the US financial system and the potential fallout of those events.
“For many years, the Federal Reserve kept the rates very low, so the interest on the financial assets that the banks have on their balance sheet is low. When the rates start rising, the values of their portfolios fall, but their liabilities don’t,” Roberts explained.
The United States Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has reportedly asked potential rescuers of some failed U.S. banks not to support any crypto services.
The FDIC regulators have asked banks interested in acquiring failed U.S. lenders like Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank to submit bids by March 17, Reuters reported.
The authority will only accept bids from banks with an existing bank charter, prioritizing traditional lenders over private equity firms, the report notes, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The FDIC aims to sell entire businesses of both SVB and Signature, while offers for parts of the banks could be considered if the whole company sales do not happen.
The FDIC has also required any buyer of Signature to agree to give up all cryptocurrency business at the bank.