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Upstart Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said the quiet part out loud, declaring that Russia taking over Ukraine is not a “top foreign policy priority” for his campaign — or for America.
“Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary said companies are paying close attention to Target‘s “stunning” market plunge amid a “Pride” collection controversy.
New York City debuted a new vending machine Monday that provides free crack pipes, condoms, and Narcan for drug overdoses, among other items.
Some fans of the new animated Sony film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” are convinced that the fictional character Gwen Stacy is transgender.
In a 3-2 vote, The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board approved St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School, a charter school to be funded by taxpayers and run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, on Monday.
The Pacific Northwest has been home to some of history’s most prolific serial killers, but police in Portland, Oregon, are trying to shut down “online rumors” that the recent deaths of several women are connected.
Allowing Ukraine to lose to Russia on the battlefield will unleash world war, according to US Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley. The former South Carolina governor told a town hall audience in Iowa on Sunday that arming Kiev was all about “preventing war” by “sending a message” to America's rivals.
“When Ukraine wins, that sends a message to China with Taiwan, it sends a message to Iran that wants to build a bomb, it sends a message to North Korea testing ballistic missiles, it sends a message to Russia that it’s over.”
“It is in the best interests of America, it is in the best interests of our national security for Ukraine to win. We have to see this through, we have to finish it,” Haley declared.
Webmaster addition: You have two military aged children, Nikki. When are they planning to enlist?
The marxist shit(covered)show that is San Francisco is imploding before our very eyes in ways that are both terrifying, memorable wholly different each and every day.
First, it was commercial real estate: at 30%, the city has the highest office vacancy rate in the US...
... and amid an existential crisis for the city's tech-focused tenants, finds that it can't even sell office skyscrapers at a firesale price of 80% off the purchase price, and even in the best case, a 71% discount is as good as it gets (it got worse as we detailed in "There's Poop Everywhere": San Francisco's Office District Not Only A Ghost Town, It's Also Covered In Sh*t).
Of course, it's not just commercial real estate: residential is just as bad, with home prices in San Fran now tumbling double digits y/y, and just that other liberal disaster, Seattle, seeing home prices plunge faster.
But while we expect the implosion in residential housing prices to accelerate, it's really CRE where the ticking neutron bomb is to be found, and according to the latest horror story out of San Fran's commercial real estate market, the owner of two of San Francisco’s biggest hotels — Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 — has stopped mortgage payments and plans to give up the two properties.
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed court rulings in which local governments seized two homes over unpaid tax debts and kept sale proceeds that far exceeded the tax owed.
Critics call the practice “home equity theft.”
The case came after Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), which represented the homeowners in both cases, released a report late last year saying that 12 states and the District of Columbia allow local governments and private investors to seize dramatically more than what is owed from homeowners who fall behind on property tax payments. PLF is a national nonprofit public interest law firm that takes on governmental overreach.
The U.S. Supreme Court released unsigned orders (pdf) on June 5 summarily reversing two rulings of the Supreme Court of Nebraska.
The nation’s highest court did not explain why it was issuing the orders. No justices dissented.
A small but vocal group of demonstrators gathered on June 3 outside the Detroit office of the FBI to demand the firing of Christopher Wray, the bureau’s director.
Organizers of a protest against the politicization of the FBI in Detroit, Mich. on June 3, 2023. (Steven Kovac/Epoch Times)
“Wray must be fired, and the FBI must be decentralized and moved out of Washington, D.C.,” protest organizer and Trump supporter Brian Pannebecker said. “As long as the FBI and DOJ [Department of Justice] continue to illegally withhold subpoenaed evidence from Congress, we will continue to fight.”
Wray was nominated by then-President Donald Trump to succeed FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in the summer of 2017.
When asked about that by The Epoch Times, Pannebecker said: “Yeah, Trump made some really bad appointments. He’ll know better in his next term.”
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a temporary restraining order to freeze Binance assets after investors pulled $780million out of the exchange in just 24 hours.
The proposed order would prevent Binance.US - the American branch of the world's largest crypto exchange - from accessing funds in its customer's wallets, but would still allow customers to make withdrawals themselves.
The emergency order on Tuesday evening came a day after US regulators sued Binance's billionaire CEO Changpeng Zhao over an alleged 'web of deception' and 'blatant disregard for the federal securities laws' - sending investors into a frenzy.
Although the SEC action targeted Binance.US, Binance customers around the world appeared to be feeling the heat.
Russia may be plotting to blow up the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, Ukraine has warned, after explosions at a major dam and hydroelectric plant caused mass flooding in the Kherson region and sparked a humanitarian disaster.
A series of blasts yesterday morning caused the critical Nova Kahkovka dam, which lies along the Dnieper river in Russian-held territory, to partially collapse and led to 'catastrophic' floods.
Some two dozen towns were overrun by the deluge with shocking footage from the region showing how entire villages were submerged and houses swept away.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of detonating an 'environmental bomb of mass destruction', saying authorities expected up to 80 settlements to be flooded and urging the world to 'react'.
'This crime carries enormous threats and will have dire consequences for people's lives and the environment,' Zelensky said, while US security officials warned there would likely be 'many deaths' as a result of the floods.
The Kremlin meanwhile has blamed Ukraine for the blast, claiming it was a ploy by Kyiv to distract from the launch of a major counteroffensive Moscow says is faltering. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the attack on the dam as a 'barbaric act'.
Christian persecution is common worldwide. In America, Christianity has enjoyed a relatively safe haven until recently. Under the new guidance of the anonymous Puppet Dictatorship, you might expect Christians soon to become an endangered species. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Christians and conservatives are a serious threat to America’s viability.
Not that long ago, we’d consider this a joke, but the Biden team’s DHS considers groups like The Heritage Foundation, Christian Broadcasting Network, the National Rifle Association, Turning Point USA, and other right-leaning news and political groups to be a threat to America, on par with militant neo-Nazis. The assault on Constitutional supporters shows obviously, we are a direct threat to the Biden Administration. Why else would DHS award over $350,000 to the University of Dayton project that lists freedom lovers as far-right radicals and terrorist threats?
Under the DHS Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program, the university developed “The Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization,” which depicts “increased levels of Extremism” in ascending order. The lower two tiers incorporate the American good guys. Even Fox News and the Republican National Committee are considered significant threats.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer held a press conference on Monday to share the latest on the FBI document that may implicate President Joe Biden in a $5 million-dollar briber scandal.
“Today FBI officials confirmed that the unclassified FBI-generated record has not been disproven and is currently being used in an ongoing investigation,” Comer said at a press conference.
Missouri's Attorney General Andrew Bailey (R-MO) shared his observations from the first hearing scheduled for the lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. The lawsuit exposed the Biden White House's social media censorship campaign and further documented the worrying state censorship-technological nexus where state agencies and social media platforms engage in joint censorship schemes against disidents and the politically undesirable.
The state attorney general outlined on Twitter that he thought the first hearing went well and that "The federal government had a hard time convincing a judge last week that it hasn't been working with and coercing social media companies to censor free speech." He shared several memorable moments from the hearing in a series of tweets.
Harris Faulkner opened “Fox News Tonight” on Monday, relating stories of patriotism and Christian faith while also revealing something that happened to her at a restaurant recently.
“The Lord has determined I am a woman,” she began during the opening segment. “And my pronouns are U.S.A. Our nation’s soul is at stake. And we really only have a couple of choices, three, really: We can be bad at protecting the greatest nation on the Earth. We can be average at protecting the greatest nation on the Earth. Or we can be elite at protecting the greatest nation on Earth. We know who we are. And we know whose we are.”
She went on to say that she was kicked out of a restaurant for praying before she ate.
California Democrats on Monday honored a member of the anti-Catholic “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” despite backlash over the Los Angeles Dodgers also honoring the anti-Catholic drag group.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) suggested on Tuesday that FBI Director Christopher Wray could face jail time if he refuses to turn over the highly sought-after document alleging a $5 million foreign criminal bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden.
On Monday, Fox News’ Harris Faulkner discussed the “spiritual fight” the country is in, calling President Joe Biden weak, and slamming the gender ideology push as a “mad leftist science experiment on women and children.”
Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of embattled beer brand Bud Light, agreed to pay over half a million dollars to the Environmental Protection Agency after being accused of violating the Clean Air Act.
A federal judge on Tuesday concluded “gender identity is real” in a ruling that partially strikes down Florida‘s new law banning doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors.
Most Tennesseans want authorities to focus on arresting dangerous people rather than confiscating weapons from those deemed mentally ill, according to a new poll that comes as Republican Governor Bill Lee pushes for a variation of a red flag law following the Covenant School shooting.
The scale of the censorship campaign against negative news like that of the Hunter Biden laptop story against Joe Biden in 2020 was an egregious act of election interference. That this campaign to provide Biden cover against the story on account of it being Russian disinformation had approval from and participation from certain corners of the active intelligence community in the CIA only heightened this problem. Now, Congress has undertaken an investigation of the extent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's possible role in shutting down the laptop story in 2020, according to Just the News.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) divulged in a letter to the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government dated back to February 2022 that "Whistleblowers approached my office with allegations that the FBI created an assessment in August 2020 – the same month that the FBI briefed me and Senator Johnson...According to these whistleblowers, that assessment was used by FBI Headquarters to improperly discredit negative Hunter Biden information as disinformation. This scheme allegedly caused investigative activity then to entirely cease."
A newly released batch of emails between Hunter Biden, his associates, and the Obama administration indicate that President Joe Biden, then Vice President, had complete access to knowledge about his son’s influence-peddling schemes, something the president has steadfastly denied.
House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-KY) announced that conservative group American First Legal had obtained emails from the National Archives which show Biden “lied to the American people when he said he had no knowledge of his son’s business dealings.”
Actor and former California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently described heaven as “some fantasy.”
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against former President Donald Trump heated up again this week.
Law enforcement sources revealed a “supervising detective” assisting Bragg’s case against Trump has been suspended for his contact with Michael Cohen, who previously served as Trump’s lawyer and has become adversarial to the 45th president.
“Jeremy Rosenberg, who investigates financial crimes for Bragg, had his gun removed recently for his interactions with Cohen, the sources claimed. A law enforcement source said Bragg’s office is looking at how Rosenberg shared communications about Cohen with the office,” New York Post reported. “Rosenberg also assisted in the prosecution of Steve Bannon in the alleged $15 million border-wall fundraising scam, for which Trump pardoned him. He did not return a call for comment.”
“The office is conducting a review of an investigator’s compliance with internal office protocols,” a Bragg spokeswoman said.
The federal judge who issued a temporary block on portions of Florida’s law protecting children from life-damaging medical treatments in the name of so-called gender-affirming care has a history of thwarting the Sunshine State’s conservative movement.
A three-judge federal appeals court in Georgia has rejected an administration request for permission to keep releasing illegal migrants into Americans’ society via the parole pathway.
The rejection is a win for Florida’s Attorney General — Ashley Moody — because it narrows the parole gateway that President Joe Biden’s pro-migration border chief is using to let poor economic migrants compete against Americans for jobs, housing, and school attention.
Damon Atkins, a Christian, was arrested this past weekend during a ‘Pride‘ event in Reading, Pennsylvania, for reading the Bible aloud, causing significant controversy over First Amendment rights.
Atkins, who was standing on the outskirts of the Pride event, was reading from 1 Corinthians 14:33, a verse that speaks of peace, when law enforcement intervened and arrested him. “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints,” the verse reads.
In under a minute of standing on the sidewalk, Atkins found himself in handcuffs.
The January 6th riot has been a source of controversy since its occurrence over two years ago but details continue to come out after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) recently turned over security footage to certain journalists like John Solomon and Julie Kelly.
Those journalists are working to release meaningful footage from that day that previously never saw the light of day. John Solomon recently released footage of a door on the West side of the Capitol building that was left open and basically unguarded on that day. This breach of security allowed some 300 persons to flow into the building without major obstacles even as other entries were jealously guarded by Capitol police, according to Just the News.
The footage confirms concerns raised by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) which were unduly dismissed by the Democratic-controlled House January 6th Committee. Johnson told Just the News that "Some people did enter the Capitol, not by committing acts of violence, but were literally let in."
Johnson previously pointed out that police did not appear to be concerned over the breach. He wrote a letter back on June 10, 2021, to the Capitol police that "Over the span of a 14-minute period, approximately 309 unauthorized individuals entered the Capitol on January 6 through the upper west terrace doors. At approximately 2:26 p.m. on January 6, a security camera showed a male inside the Capitol attempting to open one of the upper west terrace doors to exit the building. This unauthorized individual, who was by himself at the time, walked through a narrow hallway to the double doors and attempted to exit through the left door by pushing the door’s crash bar."
He further wrote that "[t]he door did not open and the individual turned around and walked back through the hallway and away from the doors. Approximately seven minutes later, at 2:33 p.m., security footage showed five unauthorized individuals walking down the same hallway, past a police officer."
Senator Johnson recalled that the police never responded to his observations with answers. He noted, "[w]e do not have, we don't know the truth...And what always haunts me is that history is written by the victors and we know the Democrats -- we know the liberal left -- wants to paint conservatives as potential domestic terrorists. I didn't see any armed insurrectionists there...There may have been a few insurrectionists in there but there weren't thousands of armed insurrectionists. And yet, that was a narrative that the left wanted to push. They continue to push it. It's just dishonest."