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Brazil is reinstating its visa requirement for US tourists, previously lifted in 2019. Although e-visas were briefly available, the system was abolished. The processing time for visas averages five working days, but officials advise applying two months in advance.

Starting April 10, 2025, travelers from the US, Canada, and Australia must obtain a visa to visit Brazil, a requirement that includes submitting financial proofs like bank statements or pay stubs, the NY Post wrote this week.

Those earning under $2,000 will need a sponsor to visit, the report says, per the Brazilian government.

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 09:00 PM

Google has temporarily blocked access to California-based news outlets for some state residents, as the search giant escalates its battle with the state over a landmark bill which would force tech giants to pay online publishers for their content.

In doing so, the company has revived a political tactic used repeatedly by the tech industry to try and derail similar legislation in places like Canada and Australia which require online platforms to pay outlets for articles featured on their websites, Politico reports.

"We have long said that this is the wrong approach to supporting journalism," said Google's VP for global news partnership, Jaffer Zaidi, in a Friday blog post. According to Zaidi, the bill could "result in significant changes to the services we can offer Californians and the traffic we can provide to California publishers."

Sacramento is hosting the latest round of a global fight over the journalism industry’s future in the digital age, and California’s battle has taken on additional resonance because the state is home to tech titans. Advocates for such legislation argue companies like Google and Meta have helped decimate already flagging newsroom revenues through their control over digital advertising, and outlets deserve compensation for content that users may see on their platforms for free.

The companies counter that these laws could stifle vital sources of information — and they’ve fought back by attempting to preview what they say that would look like. -Politico

In Canada, Google similarly threatened to block content before reaching a deal with the government last November, three weeks before the 'Online News Act' came into effect. The company agreed to make annual payments to news outlets in the range of $100 million.

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid President Joe Biden’s legal bills of $1.5 million for the classified documents scandal, financial filings show.

The payments come in spite of the DNC’s repeated attacks against former President Donald Trump for using campaign funds to cover legal fees.

Special counsel Robert Hur launched a probe into Biden in January 2023 for mishandling classified documents. Despite Biden’s millionaire status as a lifelong politician, the DNC picked up the legal tap, Axios reported:

  • From July 2023 to February 2024, the DNC paid $1.05 million to Bob Bauer PLLC — the professional limited liability company for Biden’s lead attorney, Bob Bauer.
  • Those payments were largely for handling the special counsel probe, including bringing on veteran lawyer David Laufman. He’s a former Justice Department official who previously oversaw the politically fraught probes into Hillary Clinton’s email server and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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Representative Anna Paulina Luna has called for a rare procedural move to delay the Senate’s consideration of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 extension, pushing for a new vote in the House of Representatives.

This move comes in the wake of the House’s approval of a bill that further empowers the ‘Deep State’ by allowing it to surveil Americans without a warrant.

On Friday, the House cast a vote of 273 to 147 in favor of extending Section 702 of FISA, a provision originally enacted in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

This legislation permits U.S. agencies to monitor foreign targets abroad but has come under scrutiny for its implications and past misuse in surveilling American citizens. The vote displayed a uniparty alliance, with 147 Democrats and 126 Republicans supporting the bill, while 88 Republicans and 59 Democrats opposed it.

Webmaster addition: "A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.  An act of Congress repugnant to the Constitution cannot become a law.  The Constitution supersedes all other laws and the individual's rights shall be liberally enforced in favor of him, the clearly intended and expressly designated beneficiary." -- Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

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by Tyler Durden

Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 09:40 PM

Harvard is joining the ranks of other universities in recognizing the obvious: SATs are a great way to measure aptitude. And now that Harvard is busy grappling with other issues like plagiarism among its top ranks, it has decided to quietly shuffle SAT requirements back to where they were pre-Covid. 

Harvard will reintroduce standardized testing requirements for admissions starting with the Class of 2029, deviating from its prior commitment to remain test-optional through the Class of 2030.

This change, prompted by criticism as peers like Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown resumed mandatory testing, will affect applicants for fall and winter 2024, who must submit SAT or ACT scores unless exceptions apply. In specific cases where students can't access these tests, Harvard will accept scores from Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams instead, according to the Harvard Crimson.

A small  note of sanity coming from the voice of academia?!?  This is indeed a Hallelujah  moment, not only for Harvard, but also the rest of its peers!!

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As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser were both warned about the security situation prior to January 6th and both of them turned down National Guard troops at the US Capitol that day.

Pelosi and Mayor Muriel Bowser turned down thousands of National Guard troops at the Capitol on January 6 for political reasons.

Chris Wray’s FBI also refused to notify the Trump administration and his cabinet secretaries that they believed there could be violence like the mass protests at the Capitol that took place that day.

Nancy Pelosi also refused the National Guard at the US Capitol due to politics.

Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund said he asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup. But they both turned him down.

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Google announced Friday it would remove links to California news sites from its search results for some users as it continues to push back against a pending state bill that would require the company to pay publishers.

In a blog post published Friday, the search giant said the bill, officially known as the California Journalism Preservation Act, would change the company’s business model.

If signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill would require tech companies like Google to pay news outlets a “journalism usage fee” when they sell advertising alongside news content.

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Israel's Iron Dome is being "overwhelmed" by Hezbollah rockets, according to reports, as officials have warned an attack by Iran is imminent.

A second round of Hezbollah missiles hit the dome on Friday, sources said.

Videos show multiple rockets from the Iran-backed group soaring across northern Israel and hitting the dome as sirens blare in the background.

Observers said the rockets appeared to have "overwhelmed" the Iron Dome, due to the sheer scale of the attack, though no casualties have been confirmed yet.

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A federal judge has refused to throw out a federal gun case against Hunter Biden, rejecting the president's son's claim that he is being prosecuted for political purposes as well as other arguments.

District Judge Maryellen Noreika's ruling increases the prospect that Biden could face trial in the case as early as June, during his father's reelection campaign. 

His efforts to scuttle the other criminal case he faces in California involving tax allegations have also failed.

Norieka denied several defense requests to dismiss the case charging Biden with lying about his drug use in October 2018 on a form to buy a gun that he kept for about 11 days.

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Joe Biden’s cognitive decline is no longer just a talking point for Republicans and Trump supporters. It’s so glaringly obvious now that the whole world can see how bad the president’s mental health really is.

Biden’s mental acuity was put on display during a briefing in a White House garden on Wednesday.

Not only did Biden arrive late for a presser with the Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, but he was also seen clutching his handler’s list of pre-written answers to questions from pre-approved reporters.

Biden’s handlers can’t be too careful!

“Who do I call on next? Hang on a second. I got my list here…” Biden began.

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Royal Marines are poised to lead a 'Dunkirk-style' evacuation of thousands of UK nationals from the Middle East should Iran launch a missile strike on Israel.

Commandos have already conducted reconnaissance along the Lebanese coastline ahead of a potential maritime rescue mission.

Tonight, speaking exclusively to the Mail, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed he 'stands ready' to assist any Britons trapped in the region. 

The Foreign Office has already advised all UK citizens to leave Lebanon.

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Midnight: Moscow launches an intercontinental ballistic missile bearing a nuclear warhead at the UK. Twenty minutes to impact.

12.05am: Nato becomes aware of the threat and alerts national governments.

12.10am: News channels and radio stations start broadcasting an emergency warning to the public to seek shelter.

12.13am: Britain's Ministry of Defence restricts citizens' access to 'base transceiver stations', stopping phones from sending messages. This affords the Government, via a secure network, a clear line of communication to every UK-registered device.

12.15am: The Home Office sends a signal to every British mobile phone, warning of the threat.

12.18am: Perhaps half the UK population knows what is coming. The time it takes to boil a kettle, if that, is all most of us have to prepare for a nuclear bomb.

Webmaster addition: Prudent advice, or fear-mongering?

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By Tyler Durden

According to an opinion poll carried out in March in all of India's 543 constituencies by India TV and CNX, Narendra Modi's BJP and its allies are projected to win almost three quarters or 399 seats in India's lower house Lok Sabha in this year's national election which starts on April 19. Right now, the party's National Democratic Alliance has 346 seats in the assembly, or 64 percent.

As Statista's Katharina Buchholz reports, a landslide victory of the BJP had been predicted previously.

However, due to the loss of strategic allies and the party's general weakness in the region, Modi's results look less than perfect in India's South, where constituents continue to vote for opposition parties like the Indian National Congress and its allies of the I.N.D.I.A. coalition. 

Infographic: BJP Dominates Election Polls But Loses Southern India | Statista

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Bloomberg Opinion points out that while the rejection of Modi in the South won't matter this time around as the current prime minister has captured much of the populous North and Center, many of India's progressive cities and regions are in this part of the country. Southern constituents are important for the country as a whole due to the region's strong industries and flourishing economy but currently lack a sufficient voice in national politics, which has already led to friction with India's leaders.

In Tamil Nadu, popular voting choices include Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the socialist leading party expected to win 18 seats (46 percent). Congress itself is projected to take another eight seats (21 percent) in the state, while unaffiliated All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which disassociated from the BJP last year, could win four (10 percent). In neighboring Kerala, the mostly-Congress aligned United Democratic Front (UDF) is expected to take 10 seats (50 percent) while another seven (35 percent) could fall to the communist-dominated Left Democratic Front (LDF), which has ruled the state legislature since 2016. In Telangana, Congress' voting intentions would amount up to nine seats (53 percent)

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Biden could be left off the ballot in three states.

Ohio, Alabama, and Washington election officials have revealed Biden could be left off thential election b general presideallot due to date conflicts with the Democratic National Committee’s nominating convention and state ballot deadlines.

On Thursday, the director of elections in Washington State wrote a letter warning the DNC’s chair that “the deadline for ballot certification under state law falls on Aug. 20, the day after the DNC convenes in Chicago to nominate their presidential and vice presidential selections.”

Alabama and Ohio’s  Secretaries of State have also warned the DNC Biden is in danger of not being on their general ballot, too, due to the same issue.

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I keep saying it because it’s so true….2024 feels exactly like 2016, just even more amped up!

2020 felt very wrong and “off”.

But 2016 was magical and 2024 is looking like it’s going to eclipse the 2016 magic.

And you know what that means, FOUR MORE YEARS of Trump!

We need it so badly.

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A bipartisan pair of AIPAC-funded senators have introduced a new bill backed by the Anti-Defamation League aimed at silencing criticism of Jews and Israel and policing Americans' online speech.

The bill comes as Israel is committing an active genocide of Palestinians with US-supplied bombs and inducing a man-made famine in Gaza.

"The Countering Antisemitism Act is the most far-reaching antisemitism initiative to be introduced in Congress," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Thursday on X. "It offers a smart, bipartisan, whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to combating this hatred and protecting Jews around the country." 

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Once again, Biden is scrambling to forgive billions in student loans. The Supreme Court ruled only Congress to make such moves. Yet Biden appears to be doing it to win over young voters—as he did during the 2022 midterms.

Many voters hate this student loan “forgiveness” scheme. It puts a huge burden on taxpayers—many of whom never went to college.

But it seems Democrats think this will be enough to win back young voters, including progressives who have turned on Joe over the war in Israel. If that is the case, Biden might be in for a rude awakening.

From Fox News:
It is evident that the aging and unpopular Democratic president is facing a problem connecting with young voters…

A recent Fox News poll shows Biden is at risk of losing this coalition as Donald Trump currently carries voters under 30 by 21 points, 46% to 25%. Worse, 1-in-5 (18%) young voters, feeling alienated by both parties and the political system more generally, say they will vote for RFK Jr…

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It’s not a secret that the homeless crisis is exploding across major cities. This problem is affecting every corner of the country. But Democrat-run states are feeling the biggest brunt.

This is due in part to the decriminalization of drugs and laws that prohibit police from clearing away homeless encampments.

One blue state has 30% of the nation’s homeless. Democrats in charge have spent billions to address the problem. Unsurprisingly, it has only gotten worse. Now, a report is revealing that shocking thing Democrats did—or, better put, refused to do.

From Fox 2:
California spent $24 billion to tackle homelessness over a five-year period but didn’t consistently track the outcomes or effectiveness of its programs, according to state audit released Tuesday…

“Up until last year, midway through 2023, there was no centralization of data around the flow of dollars from the state to local jurisdictions,” said Cortese.

Among other things, the report found that the California Interagency Council on Homelessness, which is responsible for coordinating agencies and allocating resources for homelessness programs, stopped tracking spending on programs and their outcomes in 2021 despite the continuous funding from the state. It also failed to develop a collect and evaluate outcome data of these programs due to the lack of a consistent method.

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Iran has reportedly readied more than 100 cruise missiles as part of an 'imminent' strike on Israel after the US moved more forces into the Middle East over fears an attack could spark a full-scale war. 

Military officials briefed on the matter told both ABC News and CNN that the US has observed Iran readying at least 100 cruise missiles, indicating they could be ready to attack.

ABC also reported that a large number of drones that could be used in an attack on Israel have also been readied by the nation. 

Pentagon officials said the US would beef up its presence in the region and the USS Dwight Eisenhower would be sent into the Red Sea in a warning to Tehran. 

Iran has publicly threatened to hit back at Israel over an attack in Syria last week, which Tehran say was an Israeli airstrike on a Iranian diplomatic building in Damascus. 

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