Four years after the Hunter Biden scandal first burst into the limelight, news media fact-checkers are still revising their narratives. Once declarative in their findings, the latest fact checks have begun to hedge and equivocate in the face of contradictory evidence uncovered by Congress and open-records litigation.
The freshest example surfaced Friday when The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler updated his reporting on how Joe Biden as vice president came to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees in late 2015 to force the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor whose office was investigating the Burisma Holdings energy firm that employed Hunter Biden.
Citing documents uncovered by Just the News, Kessler admitted for the first time that Joe Biden may have “called an audible,” or changed the plan, on the firing of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin on his way to Kyiv aboard Air Force Two in December 2015.
This month, Just the News reported newly uncovered State Department and European Union documents, both of which indicated that Ukraine had made adequate progress in its anti-corruption reforms, including within its Prosecutor General’s Office. “Ukraine has made sufficient progress on its reform agenda to justify a third [loan] guarantee” and “the anti-corruption benchmark is deemed to have been achieved,” the State Department Interagency Policy Committee and the EU European Commission confirmed, respectively.
The woman on the phone wanted Jose Mendoza to know that she wasn’t “about throwing people out on the street.”
“We want to help you,” she said in a voicemail. Still, his family had to leave. “I want you to know your house has been foreclosed,” she said. She told Jose that the house his family had been living in for seven years — the house that he said he had never missed a mortgage payment on, and that he was almost done paying off entirely — had been sold. She said she was calling on behalf of the home’s new owners.
Jose thought it was a scam. But Lupita, Jose’s ex-wife who still lived in the home with their two children, had gotten a similar strange call that week. Conversations with the city and their realtor confirmed what felt unimaginable.
“We realized it was actually true: Someone else owned the house,” said Naomi Mendoza, Jose and Lupita’s 20-year-old daughter. “We didn't get any notices that our house was going to go on foreclosure,” she said. “We would have done something to prevent all this.”
The Mendozas’ was the latest in a string of foreclosures initiated last year by the homeowners’ association that governed their neighborhood. Their problems had started with a series of $100 to $400 charges for what seemed to them likeminor violations — oil-stained pavement; a dead tree — and had snowballed into a debt of more than $6,600, more than half of it HOA attorneys’ fees. They knew they were behind on payments. But they didn’t know that now, like hundreds of Coloradans before them, they would have to pay with their house.
A viral social media post revealing how much Bill Gates profited from the Covid pandemic was viewed over two million times in just two days.
Popular X account Pelham shared the post, writing, “Bill Gates purchased shares in BioNTech (Pfizer’s partner for its mRNA Covid shots) in September 2019… just months before the pandemic was announced…”
“Gates purchased 1,038,674 shares at pre-public offering price of $18.10 per share…” the user explained.
Signs posted around the Olympic venues urge extreme caution. Nine hundred troops stream into the area to help. Worried organizers sequester 1,200 people in their rooms.
Officials are scrambling on the eve of the biggest planned event in South Korea in years — not because of anything related to North Korea and national security, but in an attempt to arrest the spread of norovirus at the Pyeongchang Games.
Many South Koreans have poured scorn on the government's response and preparations asking: are the Games hygienic? What will people think about South Korea? Could this spread to the athletes?
Fears about the virus may turn out to be much ado about nothing. But with a national reputation on the line, officials are scrambling to contain its spread.
Recent reports have shown that the White House-induced inflation has not gone away. Inflation has been consistently higher during the Biden administration than in previous years. The steady increase in the cost of everything has hit working Americans harder than anyone else. Some experts explained that the continued inflation has amounted to a pay decrease for most Americans.
August 2023 saw a new jump in inflation, as Biden’s other blunder–cutting of U.S. oil and gas–contributed to growing costs. American workers are not seeing their pay increase with inflation. Now, a major group of workers is growing very unrestful, thanks to inflation. And this large Democrat voter base might break from the party.
The 150,000-member [United Auto Workers union] could go on strike as early as Thursday if they cannot reach an agreement with Detroit’s Big Three automakers over their contracts, which expire this week…
“Look, this is actually the fault of Joe Biden because one of the things driving this strike is the fact that people’s wages have deteriorated so much,” Carney said. “Of course, the unions want to be paid more because they’ve seen their buying power go down. Their cost of living has skyrocketed. So, of course they need to make more money.”
In recent history, whistleblowers within the federal government have turned to House Republicans. These federal employees have divulged information against, in some cases, top federal officials–at great risk to themselves. Using these testimonies, Congress has been able to probe alleged crimes reaching the highest levels of government.
And there seems to be no sign these leaks are stopping. Another whistleblower has approached ranking House committee members. This person is blowing the whistle on one of the most powerful agencies in America. They are accusing the CIA of bribing its own officials. Why? So, they would not out a foreign nation.
From The Post Millennial:
A new letter penned by Reps. Mike Turner (R-OH) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), who chair the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, respectively, revealed that a CIA whistleblower has said to Congress that the government agency handed bribes to its own agents so they would claim that Covid did not originate from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
This is bombshell news, if proven true. According to Republican Reps. Mike Turner and Brad Wenstrup, a “multi-decade, senior-level, current Agency officer” within the CIA is blowing the whistle on an alleged scheme.
In the summer of 2020, America witnessed countless acts of rioting and chaos. Radical activist groups staged protests in most major cities. These events frequently devolved into riots, which inflicted billions of dollars worth of damage to homes, businesses, and communities.
The worst of the rioting happened in Democrat-controlled cities. In Seattle, a BLM march almost ended up being a scene of horrific carnage. A man marched with over 1,000 protestors on their way to a police building. He happened to be carrying 12 Molotov cocktails, intent on burning the building to the ground. Now, three years later, he faces justice.
From Daily Wire:
Authorities sentenced a Washington man to 40 months in prison on Wednesday for his role in a plot to burn down the Seattle Police Officers Guild building…
Justin Christopher Moore, 35, of Renton, created and carried a box of 12 Molotov cocktails during a protest march of over 1,000 people toward the police building in downtown Seattle on Labor Day 2020, according to court documents.
A retired police chief was bicycling when he was run over by a car in Las Vegas. The 64-year-old man later died from his injuries. Police in Nevada suspect that the fatal hit-and-run was intentional after viewing a video that the teens recorded of the deadly collision.
Police say an appalling video uploaded to social media is the smoking gun in a fatal hit-and-run on Aug. 14 that took the life of Andreas Probst.
The shocking video features two teens in a car – which police say was stolen. Video taken by the passenger in the vehicle shows the driver of the car purposely rear-ending a white sedan, and causing it to careen into the median.
One of the teens screams, "B***h a** n****! Stop talking s**t, b***h!"
Then a bicyclist in the bicycle lane is spotted by the teens, and one says, "Ready?" The other eagerly replies, "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Hit his a**."
The teens are heard on video giggling.
The driver pilots the stolen 2016 Hyundai Elantra into the bicycle lane and directly smashes the bicyclist near Tenaya Way and Centennial Parkway. Probst is thrown off his bike, then onto the hood of the car before slamming and shattering the windshield.
While I have stressed that I do not believe that there is currently sufficient evidence for an actual impeachment, I am mystified by the claim that there is not ample evidence to warrant an inquiry into possible impeachable offenses.
Joe Biden's relationship with his attorney general, Merrick Garland, is so icy it is 'in the deep freeze', according to a report on Saturday.
Biden and his aides are infuriated by Garland's decision to appoint special counsels to investigate both Biden's handling of classified documents, and his son Hunter's business affairs. They told The Wall Street Journal that Garland was seen as going too far in his effort to appear independent from Biden, who appointed him.
But Garland's aides told the paper that the widely-respected, low-key official was simply trying to stop any suspicion that Biden was influencing his decisions.
Biden, 80, stressed repeatedly in his hiring of Garland, 70, that he was choosing someone with integrity and independence.
Destabilizing the social, political and economic structure of 190 sovereign countries cannot constitute a “solution” to combating the virus. But that was the imposed “solution” which was implemented in several stages from the very outset of the corona crisis in January 2020. It’s the destruction of people’s lives. It is the destabilization of civil society.
Fake science was supportive of this devastating agenda. The lies were sustained by a massive media disinformation campaign. 24/7, Incessant and Repetitive “Covid alerts” in the course of the last two years.
The historic March 11, 2020 lockdown triggered economic and social chaos Worldwide. It was an act of “economic warfare”: a war against humanity.
This diabolical agenda has undermined the sovereignty of nation states.
It has contributed to a wave of bankruptcies. It has impoverished people Worldwide.
It has led to a spiralling dollar denominated global debt.
The powerful structures of global capitalism, Big Money coupled with its intelligence and military apparatus are the driving force.
Using advanced digital and communications technologies, the lockdown and “closure” of the global economy is unprecedented in World history.
In a shocking turn of events, presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been denied Secret Service protection by the federal government, despite his repeated pleas and the constant threats to his safety.
This refusal was brought into sharp focus when an armed man, posing as a federal marshal, infiltrated a campaign event in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.
The Los Angeles Police Department was alerted to a disturbance at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre at 4:30 pm. According to Breitbart, the police reported that "a male was in front of the event venue with 'a badge on their lapel, a gun, and a shoulder holster, and claimed to be a U.S. Marshall.'"
The man alleged to be part of the event staff, however, his claims were not substantiated by any staff member. Breitbart viewed a note provided by an officer at the scene to the campaign that read, "Male imp. fed. agent w/ handgun and ammo exposed. Claimed to be employed for event, but wasn't recognized by sec."
In a significant development, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been acquitted of 11 out of 16 articles of impeachment by the Texas Senators.
The move comes after a series of allegations were leveled against Paxton, leading to his impeachment trial.
Paxton, a stalwart in the fight against what some perceive as a Democrat-Marxist onslaught in Texas, has been a target of both Democrats and some Republicans within his own party. His staunch conservative stance has earned him both admiration and animosity in equal measure.
The impeachment trial, which commenced on Tuesday, was a result of allegations of misconduct that led to Paxton's impeachment by the Republican-led Texas House in May. As reported by the Associated Press, the charges against Paxton included bribery, unfitness for office, and abuse of public trust, among others.
The Senate decided to consider 16 out of the 20 articles of impeachment against Paxton. A conviction on even a single charge would result in his removal from office. Pending the outcome of the trial, Paxton was placed on administrative leave.
However, in a turn of events, Texas Senators acquitted Paxton on 11 of the 16 articles of impeachment on Saturday. CBS provided a detailed account of the proceedings, reporting that Paxton was acquitted of articles 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 of impeachment.
After 10 months of court battles over the 2022 election, Arizona Republican Kari Lake still has some fight left.
Lake has claimed that the election for governor, which she narrowly lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs, was tainted by misconduct that included malfunctioning election systems and improper signature verification of early voters’ ballots. She launched multiple efforts in Arizona’s state court system to have the results overturned but has not been successful.
She filed her latest appeal of a court ruling that went against her in May, according to the Arizona Republic. That appeal, which dealt with election issues in Maricopa County, was transferred to an appeals court based in Tucson.
Lake’s opening brief in the case says there is new evidence to support her allegations.
How many years has Joe Biden told us a ton of malarkey that he never spoke about business with his son?
After so much evidence came out that they no longer could deny it, the White House then made an Orwellian transposition, claiming they'd always said Biden was never "in business" with his son, which wasn't what he said. In any event, evidence shoots down both of those claims.
We reported on new information about a breakfast meeting with Joe and Hunter Biden, as well as two of his business associates. One of the associates was trying to get a favor from Joe, while Hunter and Devon were trying to have that business associate work with Burisma.
Now, the House Oversight GOP has dropped a new video. The video shows Newsmax's Greg Kelly commenting on a C-Span video from April 22, 2005, of Joe and Hunter Biden in attendance at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner thrown by the South Carolina Democratic Party.
The chemical in question is Bisphenol A that is often used in plastic packages and therefore praised by the food industry. According to some researchers, BPA may disrupt human hormones and lead to serious conditions, including breast cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Bisphenol A aka BPA – a chemical allegedly responsible for hormone disruption - was found in the bodies the vast majority of adults in Europe, a report by the European Environment Agency has found. Scientists analyzed urine samples of roughly 2800 people from nearly a dozen countries, including Switzerland, France and Germany.
"A recent Horizon 2020 research initiative, HBM4EU, measured chemicals in people's bodies in Europe and detected BPA in the urine of 92 percent of adult participants from 11 European countries," the watchdog said in an official statement.
NATO, in accordance with its new defense plans, can deploy 300,000 soldiers in the first month of a potential attack on the bloc, while the total number of the alliance’s military personnel could reach 3.5 million people, Chair of the NATO Military Committee Adm. Rob Bauer said on Saturday.
"If we are talking about collective defense, you do not have the time to prepare for an attack if the attack happens. And it is not us planning the attack, it is the opponent planning the attack. If they attack, you have to be ready. Therefore, we need more soldiers at high readiness … We are talking, in NATO as a whole if Finland and Sweden have joined, of about 3.5 million soldiers in the alliance. So the 300,000 is the number … that we foresee at high readiness available for basically the first 30 days if it is necessary," Bauer told reporters at a press conference with Norwegian Chief of Defense Gen. Eirik Kristoffersen.
On 12 September, at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, President Vladimir Putin said that the development of the Arctic is a strategic priority for Russia, in addition to the development of the Far East.
Russia will deliver a response to the strengthening of NATO's military potential in the Arctic with a set of appropriate measures, including preventive ones, the Foreign Ministry's Ambassador for Special Assignments, Nikolai Korchunov, said.
"The strategy to reinforce NATO's military capability in this area, which involves Finland's accession to the alliance and Sweden's looming connection to it, highlights the prevalence of aggressive tactics within NATO to safeguard its own security in the northern latitudes, even if it comes at the expense of other nations' security," he stated.
Tim Gurner, founder of the real estate company Gurner Group, with an estimated net worth of $584 million, has gone viral after a comment he made at the Financial Review Property Summit in Sydney this week.
The Australian multimillionaire said, “We need to see unemployment rise. Unemployment has to jump 40-50%, in my view. We need to see pain in the economy. We need to remind people that they work for the employer, not the other way around.” This extreme statement reflects the fact that class warfare is very real – and it’s not workers starting it.
He also said that workers have been “paid a lot to do not too much in the last few years,” which is certainly not true. In the Western world, wages have been decoupled from productivity for decades, with the latter soaring while the former has stagnated. Any modest gains made during the Covid-19 pandemic have mostly evaporated.
Webmaster addition: In a class war, it is the upper classes that tend to lose because there are so few of them!
The training given by the US and other Western states to Ukrainian troops has not prepared them for their counteroffensive against Russian forces, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing Western analysts and military sources.
So far, the Ukraine has “not achieved the desired decisive breakthrough,” a source told the outlet, adding that some Western officials believe that Kiev has failed to use the opportunities offered by massive Western military aid at a time of “possibly peak political support.”
Some US officials have privately complained that Ukrainian troops “failed during training to master modern operations that combine mechanized infantry, artillery and air defense.” Ukraine’s losses early into the offensive were reportedly “unsustainable,” the sources claimed, amounting to “nearly a fifth of the NATO kit provided for the counteroffensive” in late May and early June alone. Such setbacks forced Kiev to change tactics and go back to an “attritional approach.”
Webmaster addition: An attritional approach doesn't work. Think Vietnam and Afghanistan!
Kiev will respond if EU countries decide to impose unilateral restrictions on Ukrainian grain in contravention of decisions made in Brussels, President Vladimir Zelensky has said.
On Friday, the European Commission opted not to extend a ban on deliveries of Ukrainian wheat, maize, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The curbs, which were introduced in May, expired on September 15.
While the Bulgarian authorities supported the move, the other four EU member states said they would now introduce restrictions at national level due to the need to protect their agricultural industries.
Zelensky wrote on Telegram that he had talked to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the phone, telling her that he was “deeply grateful” to her for “keeping her word and maintaining the rules of the free market.”
It is becoming increasingly obvious that there are two systems of justice at play in the United States – one for Republicans and the other for Democrats. But how long will the American people tolerate such glaring hypocrisy in their courts?
Between May 2020 and January 6, 2021, the United States experienced two tumultuous events – one at the hands of liberals, the other of conservatives – that resulted in many millions of dollars in property destruction, as well as injuries and loss of life. Yet just one side in those battles suffered severe legal consequences for its actions.
During the Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots that swept the US in the summer of 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd, protesters went on a rampage and stormed various government buildings in Portland, Oregon. One of the attackers, Kevin Benjamin Weier, 35, was arrested for setting fire to the federal courthouse. Many (right-wing) commentators have described that willful destruction of government property, and the assorted acts of violence by other protesters, as seditious acts against the US government.
For over 100 days the protesters kept Portland residents under a state of siege, as Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler seemed unwilling or unable to halt the violence. That should come as no surprise considering that the Portland City Council slashed millions from the police budget, and even ordered the police to stop using tear gas in a futile attempt to appease the mob (Note to Portland: it’s impossible to appease a mob). Finally, President Donald Trump shocked liberal sensitivities by sending in federal agents to help restore order and arrest the perpetrators.
So what happened to Antifa member Kevin Benjamin Weier and his motley crew of anarchists? While many protesters around the country had their prison bail paid by Hollywood celebrities, Mr. Weier, whose felony charge made him eligible for 10 years in the slammer, together with a hefty $250,000 fine, was ultimately sentenced to two years’ probation and a $200 fine. In other words, about the same slap on the wrist that a Los Angeles shoplifter could expect to receive.
Former GOP Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake announced Saturday that she and her legal team filed an appeal in her election case with the Arizona Court of Appeals.
"New evidence produced by Maricopa STRONGLY suggests County officials intentionally sabotaged the 2022 General Election, then gave false testimony attempting to cover up their misconduct," she wrote on X, the platform previously called Twitter.
In the appeal, Lake alleged the co-director of elections gave false testimony about the root causes of the problems that happened the day of the 2022 election.
"Maricopa’s Co-Director of Elections, Scott Jarrett, gave false testimony about the causes and the extent of the Election Day tabulator ballot rejections caused by misconfigured, speckled, or faded BOD-printed ballots," the appeal alleged.
The Biden administration proposed a new rule Friday seeking to bolster protections for federal workers, an explicit attempt to thwart plans by former president Donald Trump and his allies to replace career government officials with political loyalists should he be reelected.
The rule seeks to halt any attempt to gut the foundation of the federal civil service, whose 2.2 million career employees serve any occupant of the White House without regard to partisanship — and have rights to due process at every level.
In the waning days of his administration, Trump tried to subvert those principles with a sweeping executive order that stripped job protections from employees in policy roles across the government. President Biden revoked that executive order on the third day of his presidency, and the new rule Friday seeks to further protect those officials. The rule comes as Trump continues to dominate the Republican primary field and appears likely to once again capture his party’s nomination for president.
Kansas will no longer allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate after Republicans passed a law enshrining the biological definition of woman into law.
The state’s health department was compelled to follow the law after Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach sued to stop state agencies from allowing people who say they are transgender to be able to change the gender on public documents.
After a legal back and forth, Kobach won in court, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said on Friday that it could “no longer process gender identity amendments to birth certificates.”
The health department said that birth certificates previously given out with changed gender would not need to be updated unless the individual needed to get a new one.
Australia’s fifth-largest bank has announced it will scrap cash transactions in all its branches, outraging customers and consumer advocates. Macquarie Bank will begin phasing out all cash, cheque and phone payment services in its Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane branches from January as moves to digital-only transactions. It will have ceased all in-branch cash transactions by next November.
‘Between January 2024 and November 2024, we’ll be phasing out our cash and cheque services across all Macquarie banking and wealth management products, including pension and super accounts,’ the bank said in a statement.
Finance expert Sarah Wells told Daily Mail Australia that Macquarie’s move ‘is the next step [towards] a cashless society.’ ‘My biggest concern is when one starts the rest will follow,’ she said. Earlier this year ANZ and Commonwealth Bank to stop handling cash in a handful branches but no bank had taken the step across all its branches.
‘The next [step] may be cash rationing at ATMS which for some won’t be an issue but for others it will be, especially as brick and mortar banks look to serve their customers over the needs of those that use their ATMs,’ Ms Wells told Daily Mail Australia.
YouTube recently demonetized a video it had previously approved consisting entirely of quotes of Republicans and Democrats alleging election vulnerabilities and crimes, the video’s creator confirmed to The Federalist Tuesday. Matt Orfalea showed The Federalist a June 7 email from YouTube saying his video was “suitable for all advertisers” after “manually reviewing.”
A YouTube spokesman Tuesday, however, told The Federalist the video was just a few months later banned from providing its creator ad revenue because it contained “demonstrably false claims that could significantly undermine participation or trust in an electoral process.” The spokesman did not answer The Federalist’s question of exactly what information in the video was “demonstrably false.”
With no other notification from YouTube, on Aug. 21, Orfalea found a notice inside his channel saying a YouTube reviewer had decided the video depicted or encouraged “harmful or dangerous acts” and presented “situations that may endanger participants.” The video consists entirely of quotes from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, a few TV reporters, and some other Republicans and Democrats publicly contesting election results from 2016 to 2020.