"Everything went strictly ‘by the book,’ using means that were permitted by the constitution. At first there were ‘emergency decrees’ by the president of the Reich, and later a bill was passed by a two-thirds majority of the Reichstag giving the government unlimited legislative powers, perfectly in accordance with the rules for changing the constitution." -- Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler (paperback, Kindle, audiobook)
A number of US troops and logistics forces have been arriving in the Syrian city of Raqqa recently, and are in the process of establishing a new military base in the area, in Hasakeh Province.
The location makes some sense, though no official announcement has been made yet. The US has an estimated 1,000 troops left in Syria, and 28 declared military sites. They are mostly in Hasakeh, so it makes sense that the new base would be there too.
Bill LaPlante, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, said that he expects Congress to grant the authority to allow wartime purchasing power at a level not seen since the Cold War, Defense News reported on Monday.
To continue arming Ukraine, LaPlante has been calling for the Pentagon to be granted the authority to lock in multiyear contracts for weapons purchases, which are typically reserved for procuring naval vessels and warplanes. The idea is to get arms makers the incentive to ramp up production.
The Senate has added an amendment to its version of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act to grant the authority. It would allow the Pentagon to make multiyear purchases through 2023 and 2024 of certain arms made by Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, and Raytheon, the former employer of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Well, technically, any outcome tomorrow will be beneficial for stocks, but a red wave should be especially bullish.
According to Deutsche Bank economists, their base case is that Republicans will take the House but Democrats will maintain their slim majority in the Senate, although they admit that the latter is a close call. And indeed, according to PredictIt, the odds of a Red tide (full sweep) have now risen to 71%, more than double from their early September lows.
An anti-Russia propaganda campaign originating from a “bot army” of phony automated Twitter accounts flooded the internet at the start of the war.
The research shows that of the more than 5 million tweets studied, 90.2 percent (both bot and non-bot) came from accounts that were pro-Ukraine, with fewer than 7 percent of the accounts being classed as pro-Russian.
The university researchers also found these automated tweets had been purposely used to drive up fear amongst people targeted by them, boosting a high level of statistically measurable “angst” in the online discourse.
The research team analysed a massively unprecedented 5,203,746 tweets, sent with key hashtags, in the first two weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine from Feb. 24. The researchers looked at predominately English-language accounts. A calculated 1.8 million unique Twitter accounts in the dataset posted at least one English-language tweet.
The far-right Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir is set to demand tougher conditions for Palestinian security prisoners, as well as unfettered access for settlers into Al-Aqsa Mosque, during informal coalition talks with Likud party chief Benjamin Netanyahu expected on Monday, according to local media.
Netanyahu’s bloc won 64 seats out of 120 in last week's election in Israel, and is expected to form a government with ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and UTJ, as well as with Ben-Gvir's far-right Religious Zionism-Otzma Yehudit alliance.
During last year’s election cycle, Netanyahu said Ben-Gvir - who used to keep a picture of Baruch Goldstein, who massacred 29 Palestinians in a mosque in 1994, in his home - was not fit to be a minister.
Jewish settlers sprayed about 60 olive trees with toxic chemicals in the town of Jaloud, near Nablus, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Ghassan Daghlas, a local official, said on Monday that Jewish settlers sneaked into the outskirts of the village and sprayed the trees with the toxic chemical ruining all of them..
He said the settlers, who have been escalating their attacks against olive trees and Palestinian farmers during this olive harvest season, sneaked into the outskirts of the village and sprayed the trees with the toxic chemical, damaging all of them.
The olive harvest season is an important time for thousands of Palestinian households throughout occupied Palestine.
Every year, illegal Jewish settlers, protected by Israeli soldiers, violently attack farmers, and often steal the crops.
NWhen the lies come to light at an exponential rate, some of those who have been proven wrong become nervous – so nervous, in fact, that they plead to let the past rest. But being wrong comes at a price, and this is why we need to put them to the test.
The Atlantic 1 has come under fire for suggesting that all of the terrible pandemic-era decisions about lockdowns, closing schools, masking and punishing a whole group of people question the effectiveness and wisdom of taking a hasty, experimental vaccine — for a virus with a 99% survival rate in most — should all be forgotten and forgiven, writes Dr. Joseph Mercola .
Brown University economist Emily Oster writes in The Atlantic, 2 “We must forgive each other for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID.” Brendon Marotta tells in his Substack Hegemon Media 3 :
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a Texas federal district court judge Monday ordering the release of True the Vote leaders Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips from a Houston prison.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt ordered that the pair be held for at least a day or “until they fully comply with the Court’s Order,” Hoyt wrote.
Engelbrecht and Phillips have refused to tell the court information the judge has ordered them to produce concerning elections software company Konnech, according to the Texas Tribune.
Late Show host Stephen Colbert in an attempt to discredit Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Dixon decided that she was lying a father coming to her with a story about woke school teachings. As it turns out this parent is real and here to tell the story.
According to a report from Just the News, Florida has held the line regarding undergrads enrolled in Florida’s public universities paying the lowest tuition in the country.
The state has maintained low tuition and fees since 2014-2015. Across the nation, states have seen an increase of 17 percent within the same time as Florida.
According to the latest analysis by the College Board, students in Florida pursuing a bachelor’s degree pay the lowest tuition in the U.S. The Annual Trends in College Pricing reports for 2022-23, Florida ranks as the least expensive state for students attending a public university to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
This is the latest accusation against him after saying he opposes late-term abortions. He says that now, but he voted in the House of Representatives for unlimited access to abortions on many occasions. Thus, it seems that Ryan is not consistent with his position. He is merely striking out to take his best shot at convincing Ohio voters that he is on their side.
A new study proves that 27 of the 30 worst cities for homicides are run by Democrats. Fox News noted that at least 14 of those cities are run by Democrats who have rogue prosecutors who don't seem to want to enforce the law in any absolute sense. Thus, the criminals are getting away with operating in plain sight, and Democrats seem unwilling or unable to do anything to stop them.
Authors of the study, Charles Stimson, Zack Smith, and Kevin D. Dayaratna, noted in their report that left-wing prosecutors are doing little to stop or reduce crime in their cities. In many ways, they
are going in the opposite direction. They are making it clear to those who come to their cities that crimes are not punished nearly as severely as they might be elsewhere.
Joe Biden was involved in his son Hunter's foreign business deals while he was Vice President, a new whistleblower with direct knowledge claims.
The whistleblower has identified themselves to Senate investigators but asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
The informant says they were party to a 2012 conference call involving then-VP Joe, Hunter, 52, his business partner Jeff Cooper, 53, late Senate majority leader Harry Reid and his son Key Reid, 48, who was also in business with Hunter.
Thanksgiving is typically a time for big family celebrations and lots of food, but a new survey finds the struggling U.S. economy is forcing many Americans to cut back this year — or not celebrate at all! In a poll, commissioned by digital wealth management company Personal Capital, one in four Americans say they’re actually skipping Thanksgiving altogether in order to save money. One in three are hosting smaller dinners and a staggering 88 percent are cutting at least one dish from their table in order to make ends meet.
New Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni pledged during her campaign to safeguard Italy and stop ships harboring illegal aliens from Africa. Fortunately for Italians, this lady’s not for turning unlike most of her European counterparts.
"So has the AP given up pretending they’re not a totally and completely biased ***? That’s all we can assume when we see them posting a melodramatic video from their ‘National Politics Reporter,’ Meg Kinnard, talking about **GASP** what happens if (when) Democrats LOSE."
ANALYSIS – Can we say dangerous left-wing intelligence hack?
With Joe Biden and the Democrats demonizing conservatives, partisan, out-of-work former intelligence officers, without much of a ‘war on terror’ to fight anymore, and looking for new work, are now targeting Americans as their new terrorist bogeyman.
This despite the fact that the Pelosi attacker was a crazy, life-long pot-smoking hippie, left-wing nudist and illegal alien from Canada who only started making ‘right-wing’ social media posts a few weeks ago.
But once you designate your domestic political opponents as ‘extremists’ and ‘enemies of democracy,’ you open the door to widespread abuse and repression by the state.
And targeting American citizens as if they were ISIS is the result.
A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who left nails to pop car tires near the Charlevoix County Republican Party, police said.
Boyne City police officers were called Saturday to the party's headquarters on 123 North Park Street for a report of someone leaving multiple items placed near it. Officials said the items appeared to be designed to damage vehicles parked at the address.
Investigators collected evidence from the scene and it is being examined. An anonymous donor is offering the $2,000 reward, police said.
John Jarema, chairman of the Charlevoix County Republicans, said in a statement that one of the party's volunteers stepped on one of the "tire spikes" and immediately alerted others. The devices were made from flattened bottle caps with roofing nails pressed through and painted in black to blend in with the parking lot's blacktop, he said. One was found in the tire of at least one vehicle.
More striking will be the partial eclipse phase, which will begin at 4:09 a.m. EST (0909 GMT) and last just over an hour. This is when the moon enters the Earth's umbra, or darker portion of the Earth's shadow. If you didn't notice the penumbral eclipse, you should be able to see this with your unaided eye.
"To the naked eye, as the moon moves into the umbra, it looks like a bite is being taken out of the lunar disk," NASA wrote in its guide.
Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 34 Florida counties on Monday in preparation for what is currently known as Subtropical Storm Nicole, which is expected to begin impacting the state as early as Tuesday.
This system could become a hurricane before making landfall somewhere along the Florida Coast Wednesday night into Thursday. It will then crawl up the East Coast through the weekend as a possible Nor’easter.
DeSantis' order is a cautionary move. The announcement was made the day before Election Day, and the emergency order did not say that people should refrain from going to the polls. A press release from the governor's office advised people to have a disaster plan, know if they live in a flood or evacuation zone, have multiple ways to get weather alerts and keep half-full gas tanks.
"While this storm does not, at this time, appear that it will become much stronger, I urge all Floridians to be prepared and to listen to announcements from local emergency management officials," DeSantis said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor the trajectory and strength of this storm as it moves towards Florida."