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Many Germans are not happy with their country’s support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, which is causing ratings for the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) to plummet in many regions, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has acknowledged.

In an interview with the ARD broadcaster on Sunday, Scholz, whose party recently suffered a major setback in the European parliamentary elections, commented on the fact that the SPD had as little as 7% support in some parts of eastern Germany, which has traditionally been more positively predisposed toward Russia. 

“Something is going on there,” the chancellor said, adding that there is “no way around it.” 

He acknowledged that the poor support for the SPD stemmed, among other things, from the fact that “many people do not agree with the support for Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia. This is also reflected in the election results,” Scholz stated. “There is no alternative to changing that.” 

Webmaster addition: The only ones happy about Ukraine aid are the defense contractors and everyone on the kickback list!

Tags: GERMANY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Were the National Rifle Association (NRA) truly a racist organization, they’d be engaging in minority outreach marksmanship lessons across the nation on a weekly basis. As it is, another black mass shooting happened in a formerly safe major US city (Montgomery, Alabama), once populated by a majority of white people who left when black crime became untenable to live near.

More than 350 spent rounds were found at the scene of the violent outburst by blacks, and not one death.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for Ursula von der Leyen to be replaced as president of the European Commission, describing the five years of her tenure as the “worst” in the history of the EU.

He told reporters from the German media group Funke on Sunday that the EU’s green transition had gone against the economic and industrial interests of the bloc, while its migration package had also proven entirely unsuccessful.

“The past five years have been perhaps the worst five years in the history of the EU. The successes of the European Commission and the Brussels elite are weak,” Orban said. The EU needs efficient leadership and there are “plenty” of talented politicians “capable of doing this job,” the Hungarian prime minister said. He claimed that the results of the recent European Parliament elections had also shown that people want change in Brussels.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Let’s be frank. David Petraeus never misses an opportunity to promote himself as a modern-day MacArthur, a genius in the art of war whose 2007 military campaign in Iraq is the gold-standard for aspiring strategists seeking to profit off the travesties of armed conflict.

It should come as no surprise then that the former general and CIA director weighed in recently with a didactic primer for Israeli civilian and military leaders overseeing one of the worst war-related calamities of the 21st century. Follow my counsel, Petraeus submits, and you too shall succeed, as did I, in turning around a failing war.

Last week Petraeus co-authored an opinion piece in Foreign Affairs with Harvard Kennedy School professor Meghan L. O’Sullivan and Richard Fontaine, the CEO of the Center for a New American Security. But make no mistake,this was no serious analysis of the ongoing Israeli conflict, rather a chance for the general himself to highlight his personal “successes” in Iraq and demonstrate their universal lessons to any conflict in the Middle East.

In reality, what Petraeus and his co-authors penned was an example of why a lessons-based approach to history is wrongheaded at best and dangerous at worst. It also highlights how, nearly 15 years after U.S. troops departed Iraq, the retired general still aspires to both control and revise the narrative over America’s disastrous intervention in Middle Eastern affairs.

Tags: IRAQ, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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What do all these stories have in common? They are all written by prominent members of arms industry-sponsored think tanks (although these affiliations are rarely mentioned in corporate media).

Think tanks are organizations of “experts” that work to influence public opinion and government policy on all manner of issues. They produce reports, talk to the media, write articles, and lobby politicians. They are usually funded by the rich and powerful, and this has become a crucial way in which the 1% launder their ideas and outlooks into public consciousness. Big corporations pay these groups to advocate for positions that will increase their influence and power. And when it comes to foreign policy, it is no different.

It is in weapons companies’ direct interest that we go to war. When we do, they make billions in profit. So it is a no-brainer for these groups to spend a few million dollars every year funding think tanks that will push a pro-war message in Washington and into our media. And they are having a profound effect.

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In case you needed a preview of what to expect during this week's presidential election debate - hosted by CNN - we present the following...

Just seconds after Trump 2024 National Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt began to discuss CNN's historical bias against her candidate - most specifically that of debate moderator Jake Tapper's history of anti-Trump lies - CNN anchor Kasie Hunt "ma'am'd" her and immediately cut her mic and ended the interview...

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Researchers at Fudan University in China analyzed blood samples of 1,076 participants, finding 65 percent of contained Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The team found that forever chemicals in the bloodstream are making their way into the placenta, umbilical cord and breast milk to contaminate fetuses during and after pregnancy.
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Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams were initially scheduled for a nine-day stay, which was pushed back twice this month and now sits at an undetermined date. The extended stay is to allow more time for review of technical issues encountered by the capsule as it traveled to the ISS, which included thruster failures and leaking valves, Boeing said in a statement. DailyMail.com spoke with several experts who said that NASA could be forced to launch a rescue mission, and could tap Elon Musk's SpaceX to carry it out.
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Diplomatic and media delegations toured Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport on Monday, one day after UK newspaper The Telegraph released a report claiming that Hezbollah had hidden weapons inside the facility

Lebanon’s Information Minister Ziad al-Makari, Foreign Minister Abdullah Bou Habib, Tourism Minister Walid Nassar, and other officials attended the airport tour. Several ambassadors and media correspondents, including one from The Cradle, were also present. 

They were shown the main cargo centers, a site storing imported goods, and several locations in the vicinity of the airport. 

"The British Department of Transport is an official body concerned with transport. It visited Beirut Airport six months ago and viewed all its corners. It would have been more effective for this newspaper to rely on the Authority as a source in its article and not to unknown people and unknown parties," Lebanese Transport Minister Ali Hamieh said during a press conference after the tour. 

He also reiterated what he said a day earlier, on Sunday, about consultations being held with Lebanon’s prime minister and legal teams to file a lawsuit against The Telegraph, adding: "What is happening is a psychological war against Lebanon... we have proven that the article is ridiculous."

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Two major incidents in the last week suggest we might be about to see a change in the narrative surrounding the Russian war in Ukraine.

First we saw Piers Morgan interviewing economist and former US diplomat Prof. Jeffrey Sachs.

Sachs is noted for his eloquent and historically literate takes on the history of NATO and Russia and his persistent warning on the danger of World War III, all of which he repeated during an interview where Morgan’s essentially just let Sachs talk:

Why? The people who run Morgan’s show know exactly what Sachs was going to say – not least because he said it all in an 3 hour interview with Tucker Carlson last month – so why did they invite him on?

Guests on high profile programs like that are vetted to the max, and if they might say something the producers don’t want their audience to hear they don’t get invited on.

Taboo opinions are simply never given a platform, it is the first and most effective form of censorship.

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I guess this scientist watched Star Trek Voyager https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_Post_Facto_(Star_Trek:_Voyager)
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Israeli troops are poised to shift toward the country’s border with Lebanon to confront Hezbollah as the fighting against Hamas in the Gaza Strip winds down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed.

Speaking on Sunday in his first Israeli television interview since the war with Hamas started last October, Netanyahu said major combat operations in the Palestinian enclave are nearly over. “It doesn’t mean that the war is about to end, but the war in its intense phase is about to end in Rafah,” he added. “This is true. We will continue mowing the grass all the time.”

With many of the troops in Gaza being freed up, the prime minister said, Israeli units will “face north.” The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will be redeployed to the border region, where exchanges of rocket fire with Hezbollah have intensified in recent weeks. Israeli residents of the region have been evacuated since the war with Hamas began over eight months ago.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Joe Biden’s campaign was hit with a deadly blow after Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report. Hur refused to recommend Biden be prosecuted but did more damage by saying he was a confused old man with a poor memory.

The White House tried to slander the DOJ official while the media played interference.

Congress wanted the audio recordings of these interviews. The DOJ refused, accusing House Republicans of doing the very thing Democrats do every day: using criminal cases to push their partisan agenda. House Republicans hit AG Garland with a heavy charge. And now, one Republican is taking it further.

From Fox News:
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., is planning to force a vote on directing the House Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest Attorney General Merrick Garland sometime this week.

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Critics have frequently pointed out Biden’s failures while in office. Joe promised to “build back better” in 2020. But today, most Americans believe we are worse off than we were four years ago. Biden is responsible for a massive illegal immigration crisis, rampant crime, and two wars overseas.

And Donald Trump is not going to let voters forget it.

During a recent speech, he highlighted Biden’s biggest failure. Thanks to Joe, millions of Americans are suffering. While the media has tried to blame other factors, most know Biden’s decisions brought us here. And Trump had a brilliant visual to prove it.

From Washington Examiner:
Former President Donald Trump hit President Joe Biden‘s economic policy failures by explaining inflation seen under the Biden administration with a miniature Tit-Tac container…

“Inflation, this is what it does to you. This is Tic-Tacs now,” Trump said, holding the prop and receiving laughter from the crowd. “That’s what inflation has done. I’m glad everybody in this room has good eyes. But I will end the Biden inflation nightmare.”

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In the event of an “all-out war” with Hezbollah, the United States has assured Israel of its support, American media outlet CNN reported Friday. The report comes as cross-border strikes by both Israel and Hezbollah, which began on Oct. 8, have intensified in recent weeks.

The U.S. media outlet revealed that senior U.S. officials had “reassured” an Israeli delegation — including Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi — visiting Washington this week of American support. “Should all-out war break out on the northern border between Israel and Hezbollah, the Biden administration is fully prepared to support its ally, according to a senior administration official,” CNN reports. The Israeli delegation met with various Biden administration officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House Middle East Coordinator Brett McGurk and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, it adds.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The top U.S. military officer warned on Sunday that any Israeli military offensive into Lebanon would risk an Iranian response in defense of the powerful Hezbollah militant group there, triggering a broader war that could put U.S. forces in the region in danger.

Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Iran “would be more inclined to support Hezbollah.” He added that Tehran supports Hamas militants in Gaza, but would give greater backing to Hezbollah “particularly if they felt that Hezbollah was being significantly threatened.”

Brown spoke to reporters as he traveled to Botswana for a meeting of African defense ministers.

Israeli officials have threatened a military offensive in Lebanon if there is no negotiated end to push Hezbollah away from the border. Just days ago, Israel’s military said it had “approved and validated” plans for an offensive in Lebanon, even as the U.S. works to prevent the months of cross-border attacks from spiraling into a full-blown war.

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Benjamin Netanyahu is a wanted man. The Israeli Prime Minister is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. He is considered a leading suspect in the 9/11 false flag attacks. And he is also very much wanted, meaning desired, as a guest speaker at the US Congress in Washington, DC.

Normally, Congress isn’t in the habit of inviting serial killers to deliver solemn declamations. Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, Jeff Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Charles Manson were never issued bipartisan invitations to address America’s legislators, any more than Jack the Ripper was rolled out the red carpet to proffer perorations to Parliament.

But Netanyahu is a special case. His scheduled July 24 speech marks the fourth occasion that America’s top congressional leaders have honored the world’s leading child murderer and genocide perpetrator with a speaking opportunity. If he evades Interpol and arrives safely in DC, Netanyahu will overtake former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as the foreign leader who has delivered the most speeches to Congress. (Churchill was “only” invited three times.)

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On his primetime Fox News show, Jesse Watters reported that CNN has issued a gag order against the Trump campaign just days before they are set to participate in the network’s upcoming presidential debate.

“CNN just slapped a gag order on the Trump campaign, days before the debate,” Watters said.

“We knew Trump’s mic would be muted during the debate, but we didn’t know his campaign’s mic would be muted before it. You can go on CNN and lie about Trump, Russia, call Republicans racist, Nazis, but you can’t say Tapper’s biased. If Jake’s not biased, why is he celebrating Trump losing?” Watters questioned.

Watters continued, expressing his dismay and concern over the fairness of the upcoming debate.

“They’re not only gagging the Trump campaign but also feeding Biden tips,” he added, suggesting a double standard in the treatment of the presidential candidates.

Podcaster Tim Pool also chimed in on this issue, stating, “CNN is now threatening any social channels that provide commentary on the debate stating they will not allow the use outside of CNN Commentary on a presidential debate is the epitome of fair use and we fully intend to provide insight and real-time fact-checking Thursday LIVE.”

Webmaster addition: I guess I was rather prophetic with this one!

Joe Biden may not be doing too well on his debate prep!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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New documents obtained by America First Legal show Biden’s DHS intel group used January 6 and the Mar-a-Lago raid to justify expanding surveillance of political dissent:

Today, following its victory in disbanding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Homeland Intelligence Experts Group,” America First Legal (AFL) is releasing the third tranche of the group’s internal meeting notes, exclusively obtained from litigation. This is the third installment of #DeepStateDiaries, a multi-part series of releases including newly obtained documents.

Today’s installment shows how the Biden administration’s allies on the Brennan-Clapper committee discussed using January 6 and the manufactured raid at Mar-a-Lago to justify further targeting and surveillance of political dissent.

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New concerning details have emerged about the theft of a key fob at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC), worrying some that Arizona election officials are plotting another stolen election starting again with the Primary.

As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier, on Thursday morning, a temporary election worker, Walter Ringfield Jr., allegedly stole a security fob and keys from MCTEC.

The man was reportedly previously charged with stealing $1,000 cash from a grocery store. Prosecution reportedly suspended the case after the suspect entered a diversion program, possibly indicating a plea deal was accepted. How he passed the background check required to work in the election department is unclear.

Election workers are now in the process of reprogramming the tabulators and reconducting Logic and Accuracy Testing, which was a source of controversy after the 2022 election when tabulators were programmed to intentionally fail on election day.

The Gateway Pundit previously reported on video footage of reprogrammed machines jamming as employees tested them before the 2022 General Election, just like they did on Election Day. Still, the County claims this testing was not done in secret despite no public warning, oversight, or media presence. They also claim that it was not “testing.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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The truth is finally coming out about Oakland, California, and Mayor Sheng Thao.

After incumbent Libby Schaff’s term expired on November 8, 2022, Sheng Thao, a Democrat, was elected Mayor.

On January 20, 2023, Sheng Thao was sworn in as Mayor.

After the FBI raid on Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao’s home Thursday, a former chief of staff said she thinks the Mayor should resign.

Renia Webb, former Mayor’s chief of staff and trusted advisor, speaks out about pay-to-play allegations despite the FBI not linking Thao to illegal activity.

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A bankruptcy trustee on Sunday filed an emergency motion to shut down Infowars and Alex Jones’ parent company Free Speech Systems and liquidate its assets to pay the Sandy Hook families.

Earlier this month a federal judge ordered the liquidation of Alex Jones’ personal assets.

Judge Christopher Lopez approved Alex Jones’ request to convert a Chapter 11 business reorganization bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy.

However, a couple of weeks ago the judge dismissed the bankruptcy reorganization of Infowars and its parent company Free Speech Systems.

Legal experts said the Sandy Hook families could go back to the bankruptcy court and demand Alex Jones liquidate his company to pay off the Sandy Hook debt.

On Sunday the bankruptcy trustee said he intends to conduct an “orderly wind down” of Alex Jones’ media company.

Webmaster addition: Infowars may be gone but Alex Jones will still be here!

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As the war situation gets more difficult by the day, and against the background of his expired Presidential mandate in May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has his reasons to be worried about being driven out of power the hard way.

To prevent this outcome, the embattled leader is ordering a complete purge of the Department of State Protection, after members were arrested on suspicion of plotting assassinations.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Biden DOJ official Kristen Clarke was hit with a DOJ criminal referral, ethics complaints, and bar complaints for lying under oath about a previous arrest which was expunged from her record.

Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke in 2021 falsely testified to the Senate that she had never been arrested.

Clarke was previously arrested for attacking her then-husband with a knife and slicing his finger to the bone, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Signal.

Earlier this year Clarke admitted she lied during her Senate confirmation hearing.

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Earlier today, CNN’s Kasie Hunt cut off President Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt after she brought up Jake Tapper’s years of comparing Trump to Hitler.

President Trump and Joe Biden will face off in the first presidential debate on Thursday evening at 9 pm ET. The debate will be hosted by CNN in Atlanta.

Trump haters Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are moderating this week’s presidential debate on CNN.

Of course, the debate rules are designed to protect Joe Biden.

The bar is set so low for feeble Biden that all he has to do is show up and not keel over and he will be applauded.

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Open-air heroin use, mentally disturbed homeless people, human waste and troubling spasms of violence have turned a stretch of the East Village into a “s–thole,” locals say.

The area along East 14th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, was a dangerous eyesore even before the broad-daylight stabbing on Sunday that left one person dead and two others wounded, according to residents.

“It’s a s–thole. It’s horrid,” Barbara N., who has lived in the neighborhood since the 1980s, told The Post on Monday.

“It has gotten so bad.”

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A top-secret US submarine prototype weapon called “Manta Ray” has been spotted by eagle-eyed Google Maps users and remains plainly visible to the internet public.

Satellite photos showing the “Star Wars”-looking vessel docked at Port Hueneme naval base in California went viral Sunday, its unmistakable profile standing out like a sore thumb in contrast to its dockmates.

The futuristic looking top-secret vessel was plainly visible on both Google Maps and Google Earth Sunday. Google Maps

The smooth-looking autonomous vessel was named after the sea creature for its slick design and its ability to anchor itself deep underwater while operating in low-power mode.

Produced by Northrop Grumman as part of a US Navy project to develop long-range underwater weapons, Manta Ray is a sophisticated underwater drone capable of hibernating on the sea floor for “very long periods” without refueling.

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