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Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi privately told President Joe Biden in a recent conversation that polling shows that the president cannot defeat Donald Trump and that Biden could destroy Democrats’ chances of winning the House in November if he continues seeking a second term, according to four sources briefed on the call.

The president responded by pushing back, telling Pelosi he has seen polls that indicate he can win, one source said. Another one of the sources described Biden as getting defensive about the polls. At one point, Pelosi asked Mike Donilon, Biden’s longtime adviser, to get on the line to talk over the data.

This phone call would mark the second known conversation between the California lawmaker and Biden since the president’s disastrous debate on June 27. While the exact date of the conversation was not clear, one source described it as being within the last week. Pelosi and Biden also spoke in early July.

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California delegates for the Democratic Party are reportedly in disarray as debate over the president's chances of re-election threatens to tear the party apart.

Private group chats across multiple social media platforms have been set up to facilitate discussion among the delegates, who almost universally worry that a second Biden term is an impossible sell to voters, according to Politico.

A cache of messages was reportedly leaked to the outlet — only the latest in a deluge of leaks from inside the Biden administration and the wider Democratic Party.

"Obviously, the first step would be that President Biden steps down of his own accord and frees his delegates," DNC delegate Susan Bolle posted in a Facebook group discussing the issue. "We should discuss this. This is a painful experience on every level, but we play an outsized role in history this election. This cannot be left to chance."

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Okay, so we are supposed to believe that a 20-year-old kid “who was turned away from his high school rifle club for being a ‘comically bad’ shot” and that had no military training whatsoever was able to pull this off all by himself?  We are being told that it was “a mistake” that the ideal location for a sniper to be located was left unguarded, and somehow Thomas Matthew Crooks was able to identify this oversight and position himself accordingly.  Just 150 yards away from where Donald Trump would be speaking, Crooks was able to climb on to a roof with a rifle and stay there for nearly half an hour before he finally started shooting at Trump.  Either this was a cataclysmic security failure, or Crooks had some help somewhere along the way.
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President Trump was shot in an attempted assassination at his campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13. It’s history repeating itself – the history of the American deep state putting those patriotic leaders in its crosshairs who refuse to bow down to its anti-American agenda.

Failing to take down President Trump, who thankfully and by an incredible play of luck – or call it divine intervention – survived the attempted assassination by a shooting from the roof of a building in the area. The federal government and anti-Trump media instantly started the cover-up operation for the suspected deep state’s hand in this crime.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wasted no time in issuing the statement that “its investigation so far suggests the shooter acted alone,” as reported by Forbes while adding that the agency is investigating the assassination attempt as a potential case of domestic terrorism. The Gateway Pundit pointed to the FBI’s subsequent statement that they can’t access the shooter’s phone data. The story cited Elon Musk asking on X (Twitter):

“How do they know he acted alone if they can’t get into his phone?”

Webmaster addition: The FBI has since claimed they got into the phone ... but won't say what they found.

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Former President Donald Trump’s eldest granddaughter, Kai Madison Trump, became a late speaking addition to the Republican National Convention when she asked her dad, Donald Trump Jr., if she could get the chance to speak.

Before I begin my remarks, I’m going to do something a little uncharacteristic. A Trump is going to give up the microphone. It doesn’t happen often, you may never see it again, but I got a call on Monday morning from a young lady who said, ‘Dad, I want to speak at the RNC. I want to speak at the RNC because I want America to know what my grandpa is actually like,'” Trump Jr. said after taking the stage on Wednesday night. He then introduced his eldest daughter, who told convention goers that she wanted to, “share the side of my grandpa that people don’t often see.”

“To me, he’s just a normal grandpa. He gives us candy and soda when our parents aren’t looking. He always wants to know how we’re doing in school. When I made the high honor roll, he printed it out to show his friends how proud he was of me. He calls me during the middle of the school day to ask how my golf game is going and tells me all about his,” she said, drawing cheers from the crowd and a big smile from her grandfather.

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The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General is reviewing the assassination attempt on President Trump, focusing on the preparedness and operations of the Secret Service's Counter Sniper Team. This investigation follows significant concerns about the agency's effectiveness and protocols during this serious incident.
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A tightening U.S. Senate race in California is putting pressure on Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to break away from the pack after the GOP’s presumptive nominee picked up some serious traction in the past fundraising quarter.

The latest federal financial disclosures show that Republican Steve Garvey out-raised the 11-term congressman in the year’s second quarter, and not just by a narrow margin. Garvey bested Schiff by $1.2 million, bringing his total haul to $5.44 million. Schiff, a longtime ally of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) whose liberal district borders her San Francisco territory, brought in $4.2 million. Over 67,000 donors contributed to Garvey’s campaign, bringing his average donation down to $81.

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The U.S. bombing of Iraq, June 26, 1993, in retaliation for an alleged Iraqi plot to assassinate former president George Bush, “was essential,” said President Clinton, “to send a message to those who engage in state-sponsored terrorism … and to affirm the expectation of civilized behavior among nations.” 

Following is a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination (or planning for same) the United States has been involved in since the end of the Second World War. The list does not include several assassinations in various parts of the world carried out by anti-Castro Cubans employed by the CIA and headquartered in the United States.

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Secret Service head Kimberly Cheatle's bizarre statement that her agency didn't properly secure a building used by a would-be assassin to shoot at Donald Trump because of a sloped roof is falling flat with a former top FBI official.

'I think this sort of micro-excuse for this and that just rings hollow,' former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker told DailyMail.com, hours after Cheatle floated the excuse.   

'I’m looking at that rooftop. Nobody’s saying you have to have somebody on the rooftop. You need to have eyes on the rooftop 100 percent of the time,' he said.

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President Joe Biden allegedly could not recognize familiar faces at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) 75th anniversary summit in Washington, D.C. held last July 9 to 11, according to an attendee.

Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk consultancy firm Eurasia Group, disclosed this in a July 9 appearance on the MSNBC program "Katy Tur Reports." He attended the summit and talked to several world leaders. According to Bremmer, most of the world leaders he encountered at the summit "don't think [Biden] can serve another four years." He told program host Katy Tur that the sentiment is true across the political spectrum, regardless of political ideology, and that Biden's cognitive decline "isn't news to them."

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The Secret Service was practically useless during the (thankfully) failed attempt against Donald Trump’s life, but even that meager protection would have been taken away if it were up to Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Nine House Democrats wanted to take away the Secret Service protection for Trump, leaving him completely at the will of would be assassins.

Granted the Secret Service was more like the Keystone Kops at Trump’s Pennsylvania rally and they almost got Trump killed. But Democrats didn’t even want that much protection for the former president.

These nine scumbags filed what they called the Denying Infinite Security and Government Resources Allocated toward Convicted and Extremely Dishonorable Former Protectees Act, or the DISGRACED Former Protectees Act. It would have amended the law to deny any candidate who has a criminal record from being eligible for SS protection.

Webmaster addition: So the plot to assassinate Trump goes back at least that far.

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Thomas Crooks was spotted by security as a person of interest at former President Donald Trump’s rally long before Crooks fired the bullet that killed a spectator and wounded Trump and two others, according to a new report.

“Earlier in the day, he went through Secret Service security WITH his rangefinder and scoped out the snipers, who spotted him and said they need to keep an eye on him,” News Busters journalist Curtis Houck wrote in a post on X.

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A letter by Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) claims that the United States Air Force is continuing to push the Biden administration’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI agenda) in direct violation of federal law.

In a letter obtained by The Daily Wire, Banks addressed Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower & Reserve Affairs Alex Wagner, claiming that the Air Force had disguised the implementation of its DEI agenda to thwart provisions in the 2024 National Defense Authorization ACT (NDAA) that prevent the Defense Department from adding new DEI positions or filling any vacant DEI positions.

Banks, who serves as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, wrote, “Rather than following the law, it appears that the Air Force has simply rebranded DEI.”

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I don’t have to tell you that social media was on fire in the minutes following the attempt on Trump’s life. News was coming out thick and fast and users were commenting on it immediately. Social network X was no exception, with millions of Trump supporters commenting on the horrific event.

One of those people was X owner Elon Musk. Soon after it was learned that Trump survived an assassin’s bullet, Musk posted this message.

I fully endorse President Trump and hope for his rapid recovery pic.twitter.com/ZdxkF63EqF

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 13, 2024

The rebel billionaire has never shied away from expressing his views. He has frequently criticized Democrats and the Biden administration. Musk outraged liberals when he bought Twitter and turned it into a free speech haven. Now, the left is going to lose it when they discover Musk’s plan to help Trump win big.

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Iran has formally rejected claims by anonymous US intelligence sources in US media this week that the Islamic Republic is supposedly plotting to kill Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Prolific Iranian-American political observer Dr. Mohammad Marandi tells Sputnik why the claims make no sense, and what they are designed to conceal.

Iran considers former president Donald Trump a “criminal” who “must be prosecuted and punished” for the January 2020 assassination of IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, but “has chosen the legal path to bring him to justice,” the Iranian mission to the United Nations has told Sputnik.

The allegations made in US media this week that Tehran was plotting to kill Trump using extrajudicial means are “unsubstantiated and malicious,” the mission added, echoing comments made by other Iranian officials that the allegations carry no substance whatsoever.

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The Iwo Jima 2.0 pic, immortalizing the Trump fist surviving an assassination attempt, has taken the world by storm – generating everything from a meme tsunami on China’s Weibo to fresh anime in Japan. Not to mention the deluge of hats and T-shirts.

The inestimable Alastair Crooke has explained how Sullivan and Little Blinkie’s deliberations are “spread through a matrix of interlocking ‘clusters’ that includes the Military Industrial Complex, Congressional leaders, Big Donors, Wall Street, the Treasury, the CIA, the FBI, a few cosmopolitan oligarchs and the princelings of the security-intelligence world.”

Yet the key – invisible – point is who (italics mine) tells Sullivan and Blinkie what to do.

These are the people who really (italics mine) run the show: the Big Families, and the Big Donors – old money and especially new money (as in invisible Vanguard shareholders).

They are all stunned.

They never thought it would come to this debacle – even if Joe Biden was expressly chosen for what he is: a crude, corrupt, easily-manipulated lackey, and head of a crime family. Everyone in a position of real power in the Blob knew he was becoming a zombie ages ago.

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Establishmentarians and other radicals have in recent years wished ill upon President Donald Trump, circulated images glorifying violence against him, and trafficked in the kind of violent and dehumanizing rhetoric that some have suggested set the stage for the deadly attack that took place Saturday in Pennsylvania.

Middling comedian Kathy Griffin posed, for instance, for a photograph in 2017 holding up a bloody likeness of a decapitated Trump.

When Hurricane Dorian made landfall in 2019, a former Canadian prime minister tweeted, "I'm rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago."

Geriatric performer Madonna indicated in a 2017 speech at the Women's March in Washington, D.C., that she had been contemplating "blowing up the White House" while Trump occupied it.

Webmaster addition: The hateful rhetoric was very bad, but had nothing to do with the attempted assassination of Trump. That was clearly an attempt to "remove the competition" going into the elections.

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Researchers have figured out a fascinating new way to tell if a portrait of a human was AI-generated or not: by using the same techniques astronomers use to analyze observations of galaxies.

As detailed in research presented at this year's Royal Astronomical Society’s National Astronomy Meeting, a team led by University of Hull masters student Adejumoke Owolabi found that light reflections in the eyes of deepfaked humans simply don't line up.

"The reflections in the eyeballs are consistent for the real person, but incorrect (from a physics point of view) for the fake person," said University of Hull professor of astrophysics Kevin Pimbblet in a statement.

It's an ingenious and unorthodox application of scientific research that could have useful implications as AI image generators become eerily good at generating photorealistic images of people who don't exist, blurring the lines between reality and a deepfaked alternative universe.

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Authored by Tom Kool via OilPrice.com,

China aims to avoid coal shortages during the peak summer demand season by stockpiling coal and increasing production.

China boosted its coal production in June to the highest level in six months as it looked to meet power demand for cooling in the summer and as eased mining safety inspections allowed some mines to resume operations. 

Chinese coal production stood at 405.38 million metric tons in June, the highest volume since December 2023 and a 3.6% rise compared to June last year, according to data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported by Reuters on Monday.  

Earlier this year, Chinese coal output was weaker, due to numerous safety inspections at mines following deadly incidents, and lowered production in the province of Shanxi, China’s top coal-producing area, which accounts for nearly 30% of domestic output. 

Claire's Observations:  Coal mining and processing are, by their very natures very dirty, dangerous businesses, no matter how many safety features are put in place.

That being said, coal provides proven energy to fuel power plants; and the Proletariat running China understand this; they did not get to their places in the "governmental pecking order" of the CCP through stupidity.

And to Greta Thunsberg, the literal "Poster Child" for the "Climatistas", a word, please.

There are moments, when one can almost appreciate your misplaced anger, and your rage against a world which, essentially, still runs on fossil fuel, because it works.

But here's an idea whose time has come.  

Instead of screaming at the major polluters (which has not worked, and will not work), why don't  you develop a collaboration with universities around the world, for developing cheap, workable alternative power, which will leave wind and solar in the utter dust because of their unreliability?!?  

We have some great brains in these institutions, and the prize would be money for science scholarships for the collaboration which comes up with the answer to the needs for energy the most quickly.  Then, go to your friends who fund these kinds of causes, and get your "seed money" which would be  handled by a blind trust.  Get your friends in PR to promote the heck out of this.

Greta, to turn your campaign from bitterly nagging and Quixotic to something positive for the entire planet, please consider this; it could positively impact the lives of every person on planet earth in ways you cannot possibly imagine.

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The IMF is upgrading its economic outlook this year for China, India and Europe. It reduced its expectations for United States and Japan.
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Section 1. (a) I hereby delegate to the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 1352(g) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (Public Law 118-31) (the “Act”).
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It’s completely crazy that the rumor mill suggests Biden might be out of the race by the end of the week.

Isn’t this the guy who just won 81 million votes!?

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