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Jan 21 14:09

Epidemic of insanity strikes America’s leaders

It must be a hitherto unreported side-effect of the Omicron strain, perhaps a malignant protein activated by the rays of the full moon. America’s political class, Democrat and Republican alike, appear to have gone babbling, barking mad, starting with President Joe Biden, but afflicting his political opponents as well.

Biden’s January 19 press conference drew pity from the global press, with verbal gaffes unlike anything that has escaped the mouth of an American president before. He predicted a Russian military move into Ukraine: “My guess is he will move in. He has to do something.” Russia will be “held accountable if it invades,” Biden said, but added, “It depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera.”

Jan 21 13:33

Liberties Only Kept Safe by Limitation of Government Power

I was recently struck by the explosion of the federal government’s size and reach, as well as its apparent ambition to super-size itself even more, in an unusual way.

I had been looking up something in one of my old public finance textbooks, when I came across a section on the size and growth of government. What struck me was that the authors used exclamation points (an almost extinct species in such writing) over two decades ago to describe government’s expansion, particularly at the federal level. But the rate at which government has recently metastasized leaves those exclamation points in the dust. We would also have to use all caps today (as in “YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE WON”). From said book: total expenditures by all levels of government in 1990 were substantially smaller than just one of the recent stimulus bills.

Jan 21 13:32

Watch: Recap Of Worst Moments In Biden's Press Conference

President Joe Biden claimed his achievements one year into office had outstripped expectations, blaming Republicans for the difficulties in moving his legislation forward — even as key Democratic senators are those who stand in his way.

“I didn’t overpromise. But I have probably outperformed what anyone thought would happen,” Biden replied to reporters in a news conference Wednesday when asked if a course correction was appropriate. The President used the opportunity of his second White House news conference to tout his successes.

Jan 21 13:24

'Nasty liar Joe': we shouldn't be surprised

Jan 21 13:01

Biden’s Election Integrity Reply Puts WH In Cleanup Mode

Less than 24 hours after President Biden told RealClearPolitics – and a national TV audience – he was not prepared to say that the coming midterm elections would be legitimate, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was saying the exact opposite Thursday during television interviews, on Twitter and twice to reporters in the briefing room.

The clarification may have come too late. Before Psaki could do damage control, both Vice President Kamala Harris and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the Democrat perhaps most responsible for making Biden president, seemed to amplify a message that the White House would have to disavow hours later.

Jan 21 13:00

Joe Biden Says He Has ‘No Idea’ Why Americans Would Think He’s Mentally Unfit

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden dismissed recent polls that showed a large of Americans believed he was not mentally fit.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll from November showed that 48% of Americans believe Biden is mentally unfit, while 46% believe he is mentally fit.

A more recent poll from this week showed a large change in those numbers, with only 40% believing Biden is mentally fit, and 49% disagreeing.

The president made his remarks during a press conference at the White House.

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Jan 21 12:17

Biden Promised to Close Gitmo. Instead, He’s Upgrading It.

President Joe Biden was clear on the campaign trail that he wanted to close Guantánamo Bay. But nearly one year into his presidency, not only is the Biden administration not closing Guanátnamo Bay, it’s funding millions of dollars’ worth of upgrades, leaving prisoners languishing there with no end in sight.

Namely, in the coming year, the administration is planning on building a new courtroom on Guantánamo Bay, according to Ron Flevsig, a spokesman for the Office of Military Commissions. The courtroom is expected to cost American taxpayers $4 million, according to The New York Times, which first reported the news.

Jan 21 12:00

Kayleigh McEnany blasts Biden: ‘Most delusional press conference I've ever seen’

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany didn't pull any punches when describing President Joe Biden's Wednesday press conference.

McEnany joined co-hosts on Fox News's Outnumbered on Thursday to discuss the press conference, which reflected on Biden's accomplishments during his first year in office.

“I thought that was the most delusional press conference I have ever seen,” McEnany said. “He said he overperformed and that the American people give him a 33% approval rating in Quinnipiac.”

Jan 21 11:53

US Mulls Evacuating Diplomats' Family Members From Ukraine; Blinken-Lavrov Meeting 'Positive'

The US State Department is reportedly mulling a plan to evacuate diplomats' family members from Ukraine as a precaution amid the continued crisis wherein Washington has predicted some level of a Russian offensive on the Ukraine border.

At the same time, Russia's embassy in Washington D.C. has been calling on the West to "end the hysteria" - assuring that there are no plans to invade Ukraine. Earlier in the week it issued a message on Twitter, saying, "We stress once again: Russia is not going to attack anyone. The practice of moving troops on our own soil is a sovereign right."

Jan 21 10:40

First look: Biden inaugural to blanket airwaves today

President Biden's Presidential Inaugural Committee will mark his first anniversary in office by blanketing today's airwaves — from breakfast to evening news to prime time — with a video promoting a recovering, resilient America.

The video is narrated by Tom Hanks, who was part of Biden inaugural festivities, and features cameos by everyday Americans — a UPS driver, a Teamster from Michigan and a bed-and-breakfast owner in Wisconsin.

"I can feel the change," says Sandra Lindsay, a New York nurse who was the first person in the U.S. to get the COVID vaccine.

President Biden says near the end: "I've never been more optimistic about America's future."

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Jan 21 10:38

Joe Biden one year on: Has the United States become ungovernable?

One of Joe Biden's central election campaign themes was restoring unity to an angry and divided nation. Twelve months after assuming office, things aren't any better, writes Nick Bryant.

Long before the sun had risen over the dome of the US Capitol on the day that Joe Biden was sworn in as president, technicians on the inaugural platform tested the teleprompter he would later read from by scrolling through America's most celebrated sermon:

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure."

Jan 21 10:30

‘What A Stupid Question’: Biden Snaps At Female Reporter Over Simple Question She Asked

This has been a rough week for Joe Biden.

The president snapped on a female reporter on Thursday and mocked her question about Russia as being “stupid.”

“Why are you waiting on Putin to make the first move, sir?” Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich asked Biden at the end of an event.

Biden laughed and said, “What a stupid question.”

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Jan 21 10:26

Biden Stares Blankly at Reporter Who Asks About Ukrainian President’s “No Minor Incursions” Comment, Motions For Him to Leave (VIDEO)

Biden forgot the name of his infrastructure czar…. again!

“I’m gonna turn it over to the…uh…the guy who, uh…” Biden said of his infrastructure czar, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Jan 21 10:16

German chancellor turned down Biden invite to discuss Ukraine crisis - Der Spiegel

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz turned down an invite at short notice from U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss the Ukraine crisis, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Friday.

Jan 21 10:08

Must See: Biden's Website For COVID Testing

The Biden Administration launched its website to order at-home COVID tests without fanfare on Tuesday, a day before it was officially open.

The website, COVIDTests.gov, includes a link for Americans to order up to four tests per residential address, to be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

Jan 21 10:05

By the Numbers, a Failing President

What is the message that the totality of these numbers conveys? -- Democrat and media obsession with Jan. 6, their vast exaggeration of what happened, and the campaign to indict the GOP as a mortal threat to “American democracy” has failed as a strategy. And Biden’s presidency is seen by the people he leads as a failing presidency. -- If the election of 2022 were held next Tuesday, Democrats would be swept from power in both houses of Congress, and a Republican Congress would face a lame-duck President Joe Biden for the next two years.

Jan 21 10:03

US stance on Russia's NATO demands revealed by Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has hinted that Washington will never agree to Russia’s proposal to limit NATO expansion close to its borders by blocking Ukraine from trying to join the military bloc.

Speaking to reporters following talks in Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Friday, Blinken said that the American side had given a “firm and substantive” response to two draft treaties proposed by Moscow.

“I made clear to Minister Lavrov that there are certain principles that the US, our partners and allies, are committed to defend. That includes those that would impede the sovereign right of the Ukrainian people to write their own future. There is no trade-space there – none,” he said.

Jan 21 10:02

Lavrov reveals outcome of security talks with Blinken

Washington has pledged to respond in writing to Moscow’s proposed security guarantees, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced following talks with his American counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva on Friday, Lavrov said the US side had set out its initial view on the two draft treaties developed by the Kremlin. “Blinken told me he was satisfied with the exchange we had and that it will help him, he assured us, to issue a written response next week.” However, Lavrov added, at present “their reaction is only preliminary – we were warned about this.”

Jan 21 08:11

Patrick J. Buchanan: By the Numbers, a Failing President

If the left believed that draping the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021, around the neck of former President Donald Trump and the party that refused to repudiate him would sink the GOP, it appears to have miscalculated.

For, as the left painted the Capitol riot as an "armed insurrection," "domestic terrorism," "attempted coup," and political atrocity that stands beside Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as "a day that will live in infamy," Republicans were displacing the Democrats as America's first party.

Democrats began 2021 as the preferred party of 49% of the country. Only 40% identified as Republicans.

When 2022 began, the standings had been reversed.

Forty-two percent of Americans identified as Democrats, and 47% as Republicans, a turnaround of 14 points.

Jan 21 08:06

A Politicized FBI Helps Biden Get Rid of Democrat Representative Cuellar, an Open Borders Critic

The “investigation” of Rep. Henry Cuellar will help his challenger smear him.

The Democrat Party has made it clear that they intend to flood the country with illegal aliens and to give them the vote. New York City already has. The Democrat Party has declared war on the white American majority. Every white idiot who votes Democrat is committing suicide not only for himself but for all of us.

Jan 21 08:05

Biden Clarifies Ukraine Stance After ‘Minor Incursion’ Comment Sparks Backlash

President Biden caused quite the stir during his press conference on Wednesday when he suggested the US might not do anything if Russia carried out a “minor incursion” into Ukraine. On Thursday, he clarified that the US would respond if any Russian forces entered Ukraine.

“I’ve been absolutely clear with President Putin. He has no misunderstanding. If any — any — assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion,” Biden said.

The president added that a Russian invasion would be “met with the severe and coordinated economic response that I’ve discussed in detail with our allies, as well as laid out very clearly for President Putin.”

Jan 21 07:10

Why Is Biden REFUSING To Share His Visitors Log?

The White House defended its decision to withhold visitor log records for President Joe Biden’s Delaware residences as tallies show the President spending a quarter of his first year in office in his home state.

“The President goes to Delaware because it’s his home,” press secretary Jen Psaki declared Tuesday, noting that this is where Biden’s son, first wife, and daughter are buried. “It’s a place that is obviously close to his heart.”

Jan 21 07:07

US Secretary of State Blinken Holds Press Conference After Meeting With Russian FM Lavrov

Moscow previously put forward security guarantee proposals to de-escalate Russia-NATO tensions by restricting troop deployments for both sides and putting a halt to the bloc's expansion. Earlier this month, Russia held talks with the US and the alliance regarding the said proposals.

Sputnik is live from Geneva, Switzerland, as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a presser after his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The two diplomats met to discuss Russia's security proposals and the recent escalation around Ukraine. The US secretary of state previously called the situation surrounding Ukraine "a crisis with global consequences" and urged for it to be resolved.

Jan 21 06:59

Biden's dangerous, incoherent ramblings about the threat of war between Russia and Ukraine show that his mental decline may have disastrous consequences for America and the world, writes JIM GERAGHTY

On Thursday, President Joe Biden and his administration frantically walked back an incredibly dangerous blunder that he made less than 24 hours ago.

Sitting behind a desk and reading from a script on Thursday, Biden pretended that yesterday didn't happen.

'Well, let me start by first getting a few words about Russia and Ukraine,' he said, looking down to read, 'I've been absolutely clear with President Putin. He has no misunderstanding, if any, any assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion.'

Jan 21 06:57

GOP Leaders on Biden’s First Year: ‘Worst Human Rights Record’ of Any Modern U.S. President

Several Republican congressmembers joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) at a press conference Thursday to mark President Joe Biden’s first year in office, issuing scathing remarks on a slate of crises they said were a “direct result” of his presidency.

The opening speaker, House GOP Conference chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), summarized that with Democrats in control in the White House and both chambers of Congress, “America has faced a year of unprecedented crisis.”

Jan 21 06:54

Stoltenberg Says NATO Helping Train Ukraine Forces to Resist Russia

NATO is helping train Ukrainian forces to resist a possible Russian invasion of their country, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

“We are training, helping Ukraine with equipment, training their forces so they can resist. They have an inherent right for self defense,” Stoltenberg told CNN in response to a question about what he wishes to convey to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Stoltenberg explained Russia says it wants less NATO presence, but its aggressive actions are leading to the opposite situation and the alliance is currently considering deploying more troops the eastern flank.

The NATO allies are united and have sent a clear message Russia will pay a high price if it further invades Ukraine, Stoltenberg said.

Jan 21 06:52

Brzezinski clan returns to Poland after 84 years to subvert Belarus, boost NATO

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by brother Ian and insufferable sister Mika and her spouse.

Mark Brzezinski sworn in as new US ambassador to Poland

Brzezinski, who was last month approved by the US Senate to serve as the country’s next envoy to Warsaw, took his oath of office from Vice President Kamala Harris during a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Wednesday….

He is expected to arrive in Warsaw later this week.

Jan 21 06:51

After NATO, EU, OSCE, Kiev and West try next gambit: the UN

UN must use its mandate to avoid worst-case scenario for Kyiv – Ukraine’s delegation

[This is the method used by the U.S. and its allies against Russia over Afghanistan in 1980: Ending one 40-year war, starting another? Joe Biden’s Jimmy Carter moment. Then Washington, stymied by a Soviet veto in the Security Council, moved the issue to the General Assembly and with the assistance of its allies China and Saudi Arabia rallied the so-called Third World and the Muslim world to pass Resolution 462 condemning the deployment of Soviet troops to Afghanistan in December of 1979.]

The UN General Assembly must make full use of its mandate to maintain peace and security in order to avoid a worst-case scenario amid the buildup of Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine.

Jan 21 06:46

Why Washington’s Focus on ‘Credibility’ Is a Recipe for War

The most pressing threat to global security right now isn’t so-called “provocations” by either Russia or China. It is the United States’ misplaced obsession with its own “credibility”.

This rallying cry by Washington officials – echoed by the media and allies in London and elsewhere – is code for allowing the US to act like a global gangster while claiming to be the world’s policeman. US “credibility” was apparently thrown into question last summer – and only when President Joe Biden held firm to a pledge to pull US troops out of Afghanistan.

Jan 21 06:44

Biden’s warning risks destabilising Ukraine-Russia crisis: Moscow

US President Joe Biden has risked further destabilising the Russia-Ukraine crisis with his harsh warning to Moscow, the Kremlin said.

On Wednesday, Biden told reporters at the White House: “Russia will be held accountable if it invades – and it depends on what it does … It is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.”

Jan 21 06:43

Exclusive-U.S. Seeks Way to Speed Delivery of New Fighter Jets to Taiwan

The United States is looking for ways to potentially accelerate delivery of Taiwan's next generation of new-build F-16 fighter jets, U.S. officials said, bolstering the Taiwanese air force's ability to respond to what Washington and Taipei see as increasing intimidation by China's military.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they have not yet come up with a solution on how to speed delivery of Block 70 F-16s, manufactured by Lockheed Martin and equipped with new capabilities. The aircraft are currently slated to be delivered by the end of 2026.

Jan 21 06:40

Joe Biden Clings To A Bad Trump Policy

The Chavista regimes of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro have been catastrophic for the Venezuelan people. Authoritarian populists both, they wrecked the economy. They squandered oil resources. They destroyed democracy. They brutalized critics. They drove millions of despairing Venezuelans abroad. And they held onto power irrespective of the cost to everyone else.

What is America’s policy? Huffing and puffing, while punishing the Venezuelan people. The Trump administration sanctioned Venezuela, multiplying the hardship of an entire population already barely able to feed itself, claimed that an expired politician last elected in 2015 was the country’s legitimate president, and then cited the two-century old Monroe Doctrine when Iran, China, and Russia appeared in the country.

Jan 21 06:38

This mumbling, stumbling President is a clear and present danger to world peace: The secuity of Europe is on a knife-edge, the credibility of the United States is on the line... and America's allies are looking for a cool head.

The message was unmistakable. At his first press conference since November — an event that was meant to be a reset for a presidency that has already had more resets than a dud satellite box — Joe Biden gave Vladimir Putin the green light to attack Ukraine.

That’s what I heard when I watched his mumbling, stumbling performance on Wednesday afternoon. It’s what millions of Americans heard — and it’s what Vladimir Putin was waiting to hear.

Biden said that Russia ‘will be held accountable if it invades’ Ukraine, but then added that ‘it depends on what it does’.

Jan 21 06:34

Biden administration reportedly seeking conflict with Russia to 'restore credibility'

In a data dump given to Human Events on Wednesday evening by a White House staffer, they state that the Biden administration is allegedly using the growing tensions with Ukraine and Russia, and the reportedly impending conflict, as a way to restore credibility and divert attention from the "crippling failures of their agenda."

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This is a really dumb reason to risk a nuclear war!

Jan 21 06:29

Russia will be met with a 'united, swift and severe' response should it invade Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns as he arrives in Geneva for talks with Moscow

The US has warned of a 'united, swift and severe' response if Putin invades Ukraine as Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived for talks with his Russian counterpart in Switzerland today.

Blinken, arriving at the Geneva hotel where the crunch talks are now taking place, said Washington is 'committed to a path of diplomacy' for resolving border tensions between Russian and its ex-Soviet neighbour.

But he added that America stands ready with a 'united, swift and severe' response if Moscow invades. 'This is a critical moment,' he said.

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Still trying to undo Biden's gaffe at the press conference.

Jan 21 06:23

Biden retreats from Congress with deal-maker reputation in tatters

President Biden campaigned as a wily Senate deal-maker who would bring both parties together, but he is abandoning that model after one year of failed deal-making in the White House.

Despite serving 36 years in the Senate, Mr. Biden acknowledged after one year as president that all of his experience on Capitol Hill hasn’t benefited him in the Oval Office like he imagined it would.

Jan 21 06:14

Russian FM Lavrov Holds Presser After Meeting With US Secretary of State Blinken

Russia and the US held negotiations earlier this month, as Moscow offered to limit troop deployments for both sides and stop NATO's eastward expansion to put an end to tensions.

Sputnik is live from Geneva, Switzerland, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is addressing the press following his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding the escalation in Ukraine and the recent security guarantee proposals put forward by Moscow.

Jan 21 06:13

Biden Shouldn't Be Picking 'Amateur Diplomats' for Critical Diplomatic Posts, Ex-Official Warns

The president vowed not to hire anyone solely for being a major donor. Still, he has so far appointed 25 donors to his campaign as ambassadors - presumably for their skills.

US President Joe Biden should appoint more seasoned diplomats to critical ambassador posts instead of picking "amateur diplomats", a former director of global engagement for Barack Obama, Brett Bruen, has suggested. He warned that failing to do so would undermine America's already complicated position in the world.

"These aren't the good ole' days […] Our position in the world has weakened significantly and we no longer have the luxury of sending amateur diplomats abroad", Bruen stated in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

Jan 21 06:12

Lavrov & Blinken meet for crunch Russia-US talks in Geneva

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, are sitting down to discuss Moscow’s security proposals and determine whether a deal can be done to de-escalate tensions with NATO.

The two top diplomats are holding talks in the Swiss city of Geneva, with the pair expected to publicly announce the results of their discussions later on the same day. The head-to-head is the latest in a series of diplomatic meetings held after Russia unveiled two draft treaties, one addressed to Washington and the other to NATO, that it says would reduce the risk of conflict on the European continent.

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Talks are still ongoing. No word yet on the outcome.

Jan 21 06:08

US sanctions anti-NATO Ukrainian politicians

The US Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned two Ukrainian MPs – Taras Kozak and Oleg Voloshyn – and two former officials – Volodymyr Oliynyk and Vladimir Sivkovich, accusing them of participating in a Moscow-backed conspiracy to destabilize the pro-Western government of Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Russia has directed its intelligence services to recruit current and former Ukrainian government officials to prepare to take over the government of Ukraine and to control Ukraine’s critical infrastructure with an occupying Russian force,” read a statement from the Treasury, which followed the White House’s line that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine.

Jan 21 06:00

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts "Warmongers" Taking US Toward "Destruction Of The World" Over Ukraine

Former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is once again calling out the US hawks' rush to escalate toward military confrontation with Russia over Ukraine. The Iraq War veteran and reserve officer who also became well-known for exposing the dirty war on Syria said in a Thursday video message posted to Twitter that confrontation between "two nuclear armed powers" can only end in "the destruction of the world and life as we know it."

She deplored during the clip taken from a recent news appearance that the unhinged and dangerous jingoism is coming primarily from "warmongers" currently in office, who are now "influencing the decisions that are being made by this White House.”

Jan 21 06:00

BRZEZINSKI BECOMES US AMBASSADOR TO POLAND

Mark Brzezinski, son of former US national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, has been sworn in as US ambassador to Poland. Vice President Kamala Harris conducted the ceremony on Wednesday, which was attended by Brzezinski’s sister Mika and brother-in-law Joe Scarborough, both hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Brzezinski, who previously served as US ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015, was nominated for the position in August and confirmed by the Senate last month.

His father, Zbigniew, served as the national security advisor under former president Jimmy Carter and was well known as the architect of the Grand Chessboard theory of geostrategic power. The elder Brzezinski viewed the Eurasian continent as the fulcrum of world power and believed it was in the best interests of the US to control it, given its richness in natural resources, physical wealth, and population.

Jan 20 15:51

U.S. clears Baltic states to send U.S.-made weapons to Ukraine

The U.S. State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send U.S.-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.

Jan 20 14:46

BARRIER GOING UP AROUND PARLIAMENT HOUSE IN CANADA, SAME AS WHITE HOUSE

Jan 20 13:41

NATO teases massive Arctic drill

NATO allies and partners will soon hold massive war games in the European Arctic involving the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 8, the country’s mission to the military bloc has said. The reminder comes amid tensions with Russia over NATO’s enlargement on the continent, which Moscow considers a threat to its national security.

The Cold Response is scheduled to launch in March and will bring together “35,000 soldiers from 28 nations,” the American mission tweeted on Wednesday.

Jan 20 13:33

Kevin McCarthy: Americans have watched Biden’s first-year ‘weaknesses’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argues U.S. borders should be secure, small businesses should be open, and Biden’s mandates need to be stopped.

Jan 20 12:09

Biden must give Putin ‘bloody nose’ if Russia invades Ukraine – US senators

Republican lawmakers turned up their anti-Russia rhetoric on Wednesday after a meeting with President Joe Biden. The elected represtatives told reporters that the American leader needs to give Russian President Vladimir Putin a “bloody nose,” should Moscow invade Ukraine. Talks between Washington and the Kremlin on the matter are currently stalled.

A bipartisan coalition of senators met with Biden on Wednesday morning after returning from Ukraine, where they pledged US support to pro-Western factions in Kiev. Following the closed-doors meeting, the Republican contingent struck a hawkish tone.

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Here are your rifles...

Jan 20 12:05

Watch: If Joe Has Dementia, What Is Kamala's Excuse For Her Stupidity?

No ladies and gentlemen, you are not watching a sitcom or some comedy sketch - this is your Vice President. Based on the roles Biden is giving her it is obvious the administration has no faith in her either.

While everyone was sleeping or watching late-night infomercials for some next-generation cleaning product that kind of looks like everything else on the store shelves, Joe Biden put Kamala Harris in charge of getting the voting rights bill passed. As we all know, that means the Biden Admin is conceding that nothing will get done with this - as was the case with her championing the border crisis.

Jan 20 11:41

The SAF raises the alarm on Biden-Harris

One thing we can’t ignore, and honestly gun owners and Second Amendment advocates have been great about being engaged on this, is the fact that the Biden-Harris administration is no friend to civil liberties. From a party that talks such a big game about the rights of the people, they sure do love to completely stfile and infringe upon American’s right to keep and bear arms. With the influx of millions of brand new gun owners the Second Amendment Foundation has stepped up to the plate on trying to keep them informed.

Jan 20 11:30

Must See: Tucker 'Makes Sense' Of Biden's George Floyd-MLK Comparison

There are not many things Tucker Carlson agrees with when it comes to Joe Biden, however an insane resurfaced clip from 2020 in which Biden alleged that Martin Luther King was less significant than Goerge Floyd sparked Tucker to actually agree with the verbally challenged President.

Back when President Joe Biden was the presumptive Democratic nominee in June 2020, he alleged George Floyd's death in Minneapolis policy custody, which ignited violent Black Lives Matter riots, had more significant "worldwide impact" than the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 20 11:28

Biden 'Ally & Friend' Hammers First Nail Into Administration's Coffin

In a CBS interview, Virginia Democrat Senator Tim Kaine confesses that Biden's Build Back Better agenda as we understand it is doomed. Although, he thinks that key items within the legislation will survive.

Former 2016 running mate to Hillary Clinton and survivor of traffic on the I95 had this to state on Face the Nation to host Margaret Brennan.

Jan 20 11:24

Best Question At Biden's News Conference Before Being Escorted Out of the White House

Jan 20 11:17

NATO’s northeast spearhead states speak of imminent war

Estonian Defense Forces commander: There will likely be war in Ukraine soon

Threat of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine is “Serious” Says Polish Deputy FM

Canada, echoing U.S., says it fears armed conflict could erupt in Ukraine

Jan 20 11:15

Flanked by Blinken, Ukrainian FM says conflict will only end when last Russian soldier leaves Crimea, Donbass

All efforts of the international community are currently aimed at making Russia adhere to the diplomatic settlement of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which will be resolved only when Russian troops leave the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba made a corresponding statement at a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kyiv….

The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine will be settled only when the last Russian soldier leaves the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine’s chief diplomat stressed.

Jan 20 11:13

NATO Military Liaison Officer in Kyiv

NATO has a military officer in Kyiv as part of the NATO Liaison Office (NLO). This officer and his staff focus at the military aspects of the NLO's mission in Ukraine. This webpage gives further information on these military aspects.

The NATO Liaison Office (NLO) was established in Kyiv in April 1999 to facilitate Ukraine's participation in the Partnership for Peace and to support Ukrainian efforts in the area of defence reform.

NATO and Ukraine are working to deepen and expand their partnership and create a strong framework for cooperation. This will include intensified consultations and cooperation on political, economic and defence issues, with a view to raising the relationship to a qualitatively new level.

Jan 20 11:06

‘One-sided, incendiary’: Russian diplomat slams NATO’s space policy paper

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova took NATO to task over its space policy paper at a briefing on Thursday, branding it as slanted and incendiary.

According to her, the document entitled NATO’s Overarching Space Policy, which was published on January 17, covers the Western-led bloc’s priorities in space.

"The document is one-sided and in fact incendiary as it is based on destructive beliefs of the US-led NATO members who have an important role in space," Zakharova emphasized.

She added that by releasing the document, NATO sought to legitimize the use of force in outer space, which ran counter to the international community’s efforts to prevent an arms race in space. "That said, the alliance is turning outer space into a battlefield," the Russian diplomat noted.

Jan 20 11:05

More Than Two Dozen FBI Agents Descend on Home of Texas Democrat Rep. Who Blasted Biden and Harris Over Border Crisis

What’s going on?

More than two dozen FBI agents descended on Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar’s Laredo, Texas home on Wednesday.

The FBI was also present at Cuellar’s campaign office in Laredo.

“Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation. He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld,” his office said.

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The FBI is Biden's Gestapo!

Jan 20 10:57

Diplomats & experts: negotiate, or expect ‘drastic escalation’ by Russia

On Monday January 17, the Quincy Institute convened a small closed door working group of former American and British ambassadors and experts on Russia and Ukraine to discuss possible scenarios in the context of the present crisis between Russia and the West. Senior fellow Anatol Lieven chaired the meeting and summarizes its conclusions here.

Is a Russian invasion of Ukraine now certain? This was the belief of one participant in the discussion, on the basis of the fact that Russia enjoys overwhelming military superiority and that the United States and NATO have simultaneously made clear that they will not fight Russia and that they will not accede to Russia’s key demands.

The rest of the participants were not so pessimistic. All agreed though both on the extreme seriousness of the present crisis, and that we only have a matter of a few weeks at most to prevent a drastic escalation by Russia.

Jan 20 10:56

US Giving Ukraine Extra $200 Million in Military Aid

The US is giving Ukraine an additional $200 million in military aid that was approved by the Biden administration in December, a senior State Department official confirmed with reporters on Wednesday. The additional military aid was announced while Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Kyiv.

The official didn’t detail what military equipment would make up the new aid package. Since 2014, the US has provided Ukraine with over $2.5 billion in military aid. Under the Trump administration, the US started giving Ukraine lethal weapons, including Javelin anti-tank missiles and armed patrol boats.

Earlier reports said the Biden administration was considering giving Ukraine more stinger missiles, mortars, and more Javelin missiles. Another plan under consideration is giving Ukraine military aid that was meant for the now-defunct US-backed Afghan government that would include Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters.

Jan 20 10:48

Biden Says Redesignating Houthis as Terrorists ‘Under Consideration’

President Biden said during a press conference Wednesday that redesignating Yemen’s Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization is “under consideration.”

The Trump administration listed the Houthis as a terror organization as one of its last foreign policy moves. The UN and other aid groups warned the designation would lead to a massive famine since the label essentially criminalizes delivering food to Houthi-controlled areas of north Yemen, where most of the country’s starving population lives.

Because of the dire warnings, President Biden quickly lifted the designation when he first came into office. But now, the UAE is calling on the US to redesignate the Houthis as terrorists after the Yemeni Shia group launched an attack on Abu Dhabi that killed three people. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging war against the Houthis since 2015, so the attack isn’t much of a surprise.

Jan 20 10:41

Biden's Handlers Scramble After He Suggests 'Minor Incursion' by Russia Into Ukraine Will Be Met With Proportionate Response

Joe Biden's handlers had to step in on Wednesday after the "president" suggested that a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine would be met with proportionate force.

Though America's border has been intentionally thrown wide open, Ukraine's borders must be protected at all costs.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki put out a statement shortly after Biden's press conference to clarify that if any Russian forces step foot over the border they'll be met with a "swift, severe" response.

Jan 20 10:27

Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia Waiting for US Approval to Send Weapons to Ukraine - Reports

Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are waiting for US approval to send American-made lethal weapons to Ukraine in order to deter an alleged Russian invasion, Politico reported on Wednesday.

The three Baltic countries are prepared to transfer weapons such as anti-armor and ground-to-air missiles to Ukraine, the report said citing officials from the countries and people familiar with the matter.

Sen. Jim Risch, who is the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Politico he hopes the Biden administration will immediately approve the transfer of weapons to Ukraine.

Jan 20 10:26

If Blinken Doesn’t Want a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Why Is He Provoking One

Some time ago I wrote about the falsification by historians of World War I. Now we are watching the falsification of history in Ukraine. What is essentially a US invasion of Ukraine is called a Russian invasion, and the conflict that Washington is provoking is being blamed on Russia.

My generation associated dystopias, such as George Orwell’s 1984, with the Soviet Union, a country in which explanations were controlled and criticism of Stalin would land a person in the Gulag.

We thought of the United States and our life in America much differently.
But with the passage of time the difference between life in the Soviet Union in the 20th century and life in the Western world today is disappearing.

Jan 20 10:16

US: Swift, severe response if Russia sends troops to Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Thursday that there would be a “swift, severe” response from the United States and its allies if Russia sends any military forces into Ukraine.

Blinken’s comments in Berlin appeared to be another effort to clear up any confusion about the position of the U.S. and its NATO allies after U.S. President Joe Biden was heavily criticized for saying a “minor incursion” by Russia would elicit a lesser response.

“If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border and commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine, that will be met with a swift, severe, united response from the United States and our allies and partners," Blinken told a news conference with his German counterpart.

Later, Blinken accused Russia of threatening the foundations of world order with its buildup of an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s border. He said Russia must face a concerted and severe global response if it invades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trying to back peddle from Biden's "Minor incursion" remark.

Jan 20 10:15

'There are no minor incursions' pleads Ukraine leader after Biden remarks

Western countries sought to project unity over Ukraine on Thursday, after U.S. President Joe Biden suggested allies were split over how to react to any "minor incursion" from Russia, prompting Kyiv's leader to plead that there was no such thing.

Jan 20 10:14

Top US, European diplomats hold talks on Ukraine crisis

Top American and European diplomats are meeting in Berlin on Thursday as the allies seek to project a united front to Russia over concerns that it may be planning an invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine, and U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks Moscow will invade. He warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country would pay a “dear price” in lives lost and a possible cutoff from the global banking system if it does.

Against that backdrop, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks Thursday with diplomats from Germany, France and Britain — a so-called Quad meeting. A day earlier, he met Ukraine’s president in Kyiv to discuss the threat.

Russia has denied it is planning an invasion and has, in turn, accused the West of plotting “provocations” in Ukraine, citing the delivery of weapons to the country by British military transport planes in recent days.

Jan 20 10:05

The Road To Tyranny Is Paved With Dementia

Block quotes = WebMD stages of dementia.
Italics = Inner Dialogue + quotes from the film Memento.

You'll notice more changes in their thinking and reasoning. They may have trouble making plans, and they may repeat themselves a lot. They may also have a hard time remembering recent events.

So, Where are you? You’re inside an oval office. It doesn’t look like the oval office when Barack was here. It looks like a pretend staged version. Why are you here? There’s a man on a screen who appears to be talking to me. Who is he? Don’t ask me a question, don’t ask me a question…

Jan 20 09:45

Oil nears $87 after Keystone Pipeline canceled one year ago

Joe Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021, and within hours the new president could not wait to sign a slew of executive orders. Yet the one that has set the tone for his presidency and perhaps laid the groundwork for his plunging popularity and surging inflation was canceling the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Jan 20 09:45

How Biden torched the Trump recovery

The White House celebrated its first-year economic achievements by tweeting: “When @POTUS and @VP were sworn in, our economy was on the brink of collapse.”

That is a flat-out lie.

As Biden first set foot in the Oval Office a year ago, real GDP was growing at 6.3 percent, inflation was 1.4 percent, the price of gasoline was $2.39 a gallon and Michigan’s consumer sentiment index stood at 79. Today, real growth has slowed to just over 2 percent, inflation is at 7 percent, gas is up to $3.31 a gallon and the Michigan Index is 68.8.

In addition, real wages dropped 2.4 percent over the past year, with inflation overwhelming pay hikes after several years of gains under President Trump.

Jan 20 09:40

Footage shows FBI agents entering Democratic congressman's home

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that it is doing a "court-authorized" search of the Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). CNN's Evan Perez reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rep. Henry Cuellar was critical of Der Biden, and this stunt only reinforce the impression that the FBI is a modern day Gestapo.

Jan 20 09:32

Biden plans to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian

“It is as if both Biden and Blinken are deaf, dumb, and blind when it comes to reading Russia,” noted Scott Ritter.

There are currently reports that Ukrainian air defenses on full alert and civilian air traffic is being rerouted. According to a report from Yahoo News, the CIA has been training Ukrainian paramilitaries since 2015 to eventually launch an attack which will be blamed on Russia.

Biden said the US and its allies have expressed their readiness to cause a serious damage to the Russian economy if Russian “invades” Ukraine. Russia has little to gain from invading the corrupt and failed state which is Ukraine, but has rejected Ukraine’s plan to join NATO as a “red line”.

Jan 20 09:22

Joe Biden's Awesome First Year

The Gallup agency released a picture of the comet that is the Joe Biden presidency on its first anniversary. This is what a one-year, 14-point party affiliation swing looks like:

The pollsters put the numbers in context:

Both the nine-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the five-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991.

How great was life for Joe Biden a year ago? MSNBC’s John Heilemann compared him to Lincoln; PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor said the return of the Democrats “felt like we are being rescued from the craziness and now here are the superheroes to come and save us all”; Rachel Maddow went through “half a box of Kleenex” in joy; even Chris Wallace on Fox said Biden’s half-coherent inauguration speech was “the best inaugural address I ever heard,” JFK’s iconic “Ask Not” included.

Jan 20 08:23

Biden’s press conference was an utter disaster

If President Biden’s press conference Wednesday was supposed to inspire confidence, it failed — horribly.

Even though he spent most of it clearly calling on reporters from a list of “safe” questioners provided by his staff, he stumbled and bumbled and all too often made no sense at all. Plus, he repeated his bizarre “whisper shout” gimmick to emphasize certain points — when what it actually emphasizes is his age.

On that note, he kept walking down memory lane, reminiscing about how “in my day” cable news was like that, the Republican Party was like this, and so on. He’s fighting old wars in his head, or maybe he’s just confused about the modern world.

Jan 20 08:22

US warns it may ban chip exports to Russia

In a phone call last Friday, White House National Security Council (NSC) officials Peter Harrell and Tarun Chhabra reportedly told representatives of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) to get ready for immediate actions in the chip sector if Russia invades Ukraine.

Following the phone call, the SIA director wrote in an email to the board seen by Reuters that “the [US] administration is actively considering any and all options,” including potentially blocking Russia’s access to global electronic supplies.

“The NSC relayed in blunt and stark terms the gravity of the situation they are currently grappling with in Ukraine, noting that this is an extraordinary situation and potentially the worst cross border invasion to take place since World War II,” the message reportedly read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia will just get their chips from Taiwan and China.

Jan 20 08:02

Be Very Afraid: Highlights From Biden Press Conference Is Cause For Concern

Why make up stories when the truth is so much worse? Last night, President Biden began a rare Press Conference that marked the end of his first year in office by talking about how well things are going in the country. No mention of inflation, no mention of the energy crunch, and aloof on what is actually happening in the world.

Addin to his delusion, Biden said the country is in a “very different place now” than it was two years ago when the pandemic began. He says because of vaccinations and other medical advances we can “save lives and keep schools and businesses open.” He ignored how many businesses were closed under Democrat-led cities and their draconian laws or the extortion by teachers' unions to ensure Zoom would replace the classroom.

Jan 20 07:57

Here Are The Highlights From Biden's "Longer-Than-Expected" Press Conference

Update (1800EET): In what seemed like an attempt to make up for the fact that this was only the second solo presser of his presidency, America's geriatric Democrat-in-chief stretched his Q&A out for nearly two hours. In that time, he blamed a gallery of villains for the woes plaguing contemporary American society. They included: the virus (but - and this is important - not the Communist-controlled one-party state that unleashed it), meat processors (for driving up prices on meat), Vladimir Putin and, of course, his predecessor, President Trump (but not Dr. Fauci, who helped finance the gain-of-function research that may have helped Chinese scientists create SARS-CoV-2).

First of all, Biden admitted that he suspects Russia will attempt to invade Ukraine. But if they do, Biden promised that the economic costs will be extremely "heavy". He has "never seen sanctions like the ones I’ve promised will be imposed" Biden said, referring to his rival, President Vladimir Putin.

Jan 20 07:54

Biden: "My Guess" Is Russia Will Invade Ukraine: "I Don't Know If Putin Decided What He Wants To Do"

President Joe Biden's Wednesday afternoon "solo" press conference spent a lot of time on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. While he consistently echoed prior assessments given via White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (that an invasion could come "at any point"), the most interesting new statements from the president gave a bit more detail as to what he's willing to do or not willing to do regarding "consequences".

The big question that remains is: given any "incursion" or "offensive" by Russia into Eastern Ukraine, will Biden order a military response in support of Kiev, or will the US stop short by merely ramping up sanctions? Biden began early in the Q&A with journalists by underscoring his belief that Putin is planning to invade Ukraine: "my guess is he will move in," he stated.

Jan 20 07:48

Biden Says There’s ‘Room to Work’ With Russia on Ukraine Issues

At a press conference on Wednesday, President Biden said there is “room to work” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the guarantees Moscow is seeking on Ukraine.

Putin wants the US to guarantee that it won’t deploy missiles to Ukraine and that Kyiv won’t ever join NATO. Biden said the US and Russia can “work something out” on the missile deployments issue.

Concerning NATO, Biden signaled he wouldn’t make a commitment on Ukraine’s membership but said it’s unlikely Kyiv would be joining the military alliance anytime soon. “The likelihood that Ukraine is going to join NATO in the near term is not very likely,” Biden said.

Russia likely won’t accept a verbal pledge from Biden on NATO expansion considering the US broke a similar promise that was made at the end of the Cold War. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made it clear on Wednesday that Russia wants “watertight” guarantees on NATO expansion.

Jan 20 07:47

Biden Says Redesignating Houthis as Terrorists ‘Under Consideration’

President Biden said during a press conference Wednesday that redesignating Yemen’s Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization is “under consideration.”

The Trump administration listed the Houthis as a terror organization as one of its last foreign policy moves. The UN and other aid groups warned the designation would lead to a massive famine since the label essentially criminalizes delivering food to Houthi-controlled areas of north Yemen, where most of the country’s starving population lives.

Because of the dire warnings, President Biden quickly lifted the designation when he first came into office. But now, the UAE is calling on the US to redesignate the Houthis as terrorists after the Yemeni Shia group launched an attack on Abu Dhabi that killed three people. The UAE is part of the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging war against the Houthis since 2015, so the attack isn’t much of a surprise.

Jan 20 07:47

Breathe Easier: Blinken, Lavrov Meet Friday

Whoa! Could this mean that reports of the death of U.S.-Russia security talks are greatly exaggerated? What about the impasse, the deadlock? Might it mean no Russian invasion of Ukraine – at least not yet?

Actually, figuring out what the planned bilateral talks Friday in Geneva mean requires no PhD in political science. Nevertheless, the notion is so alien to consumers of the corporate media that one can, I suppose, give the New York Times credit for admitting, matter-of-factly:

"[The fact] that Mr. Lavrov [Russia’s foreign minister] will meet with [Secretary of State] Mr. Blinken on Friday indicates that Russia is prepared for at least one more round of diplomacy."

Jan 20 07:32

Biden told one absolute truth during his press conference

Biden’s scariest answers concerned Russia and Ukraine. We’ve currently reached a situation that has no good outcomes: Putin has massed troops on the border and can’t pull out unless he gets concessions. The real concession he wants is a promise that Ukraine won’t join NATO. As Tucker Carlson said, for Putin, having NATO on his doorstep would be as if Mexico fell under China’s military control. Ironically, NATO doesn’t want Ukraine because Ukraine is famously corrupt. That means that the push for NATO is about national one-upmanship and ego.

Biden, after conceding that Russia probably would invade Ukraine and doing a bit of his “weak man talking tough” shtick, eventually offered his Solomonic, split-the-baby decision that the U.S. probably will not enter into full war with Russia (a nuclear power) if Russia just does a “minor incursion” into Ukraine:

Jan 20 07:32

'Total disaster': Critics crucify Biden over his 'rambling' first press conference in 78 days in which he claimed to have 'over-performed' during first year despite 7% inflation, tanking approval, COVID chaos and woeful Afghan withdrawal

Joe Biden sought to reset his presidency in a marathon first year press conference on Wednesday, vowing to reconnect with voters and touting successes, in an almost two-hour performance that his critics derided as rambling and incoherent.

'I didn't overpromise, but I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen,' he said.

'Can you think of any other president that's done as much in one year?' Biden asked, ticking off the epic struggle against COVID-19 and trillions of dollars in government funding to save the US economy from pandemic fallout.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm not the only one who noticed!

Jan 20 07:30

Biden's Handlers Scramble After He Suggests 'Minor Incursion' by Russia Into Ukraine Will Be Met With Proportionate Response

Joe Biden's handlers had to step in on Wednesday after the "president" suggested that a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine would be met with proportionate force.

Jan 20 07:29

'It gives Putin the green light!' Furious Ukraine officials slam Biden after he said Russia could get away with a 'minor incursion', sparking White House to furiously backpedal

President Joe Biden said Wednesday it would be a 'disaster' for Russia if President Vladimir Putin orders an invasion of neighboring Ukraine – as he said he did not know Putin's intentions but said his counterpart doesn't want a 'full-blown war.'

But the president also said publicly it was unclear what the response would be if Russia did something short of an all-out invasion – requiring the White House to move immediately to clean up his remarks.

'It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,' Biden said at a White House press conference where Russia came up repeatedly.

Jan 20 07:28

Secret Service hid details of Hunter Biden's overseas travel to China, Russia and Kazakhstan, two Republican senators claim

Two Republican senators are demanding answers after the Secret Service refused to hand over details about Hunter Biden's trips to Kazakhstan, Russia and China.

Biden, now 51, was granted Secret Service protection while his father was vice president from 2009-17 - although he requested it cease in July 2014.

At the time, he was a globe-trotting businessman, and Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are investigating Biden for 'his use of government-sponsored travel while he conducted private business.'

Jan 20 07:25

New evidence of huge military build-up within striking distance of Ukraine in preparation for 'nine-month war' emerges after Joe Biden said Putin now 'has to do something'

New evidence of a huge military build-up within striking distance of Ukraine in preparation for a 'nine-month war' has emerged hours after US President Joe Biden said Russia's Vladimir Putin now 'has to do something'.

Satellite images dated January 19 show a battlegroup deployed at Voronezh base around 200 miles (330km) from the Ukraine border with rows of tank artillery and support equipment massed at Yelnya, 77 miles (125km) from Russia's border with Belarus.

Other images show military equipment gathered at two bases, Klintsky and Klimovo, that sit only 18 miles (30km) from the Belarusian frontier and no more than 31 miles (50km) from Russia's border with Ukraine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Canada is sending weapons to Ukraine. Britain is sending weapons to Ukraine. The US is sending weapons to Ukraine. And they call Russia the agressor? Why don't you tell us again about Saddam's nuclear weapons?

Jan 20 07:24

The Big Lie: Joe Biden Casts Doubt on Legitimacy of Midterm Elections

President Joe Biden questioned the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm elections, after repeatedly lecturing former President Donald Trump and Republicans for casting doubts on the 2020 presidential election.

During a press conference at the White House, Biden was asked by a reporter if he believed the upcoming elections would be fair and legitimate.

“It all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election,” Biden replied.

Biden recalled that Americans had the highest voter turnout during the 2020 election even though it was held in the middle of a pandemic.

He raised concerns that Republicans were making it more difficult for minorities to vote, calling into question the results of future elections.

Jan 20 07:18

Poll: Biden FAILED The US According To Over A Third Of Americans

If dropping grades are a symbol of unpreparedness, President Joe Biden ought to learn more, as a devastating new poll showed more than a third of American voters grade his first year at the White House with an "F."

The survey was carried by Politico and Morning Consult and published on Wednesday, one day before the first anniversary of Biden's inauguration.

Jan 20 07:16

Biden’s Coronavirus Test Website Prevents Apartment Residents from Placing Orders

President Joe Biden launched a website for Americans to order free coronavirus tests on Tuesday, but some people who live in apartments were blocked from placing orders.

Each household can order up to four coronavirus tests from covidtests.gov that will be shipped within 7-12 days, according to the website. However, some people living in apartment buildings had trouble ordering tests from the website.

“I won’t be able to receive at-home tests since my apartment is connected to a commercial building. Wonder how many others will have this issue,” tweeted one user who attempted to order a test.

Jan 20 07:14

Biden lays bare Nato divide over Russian aggression against Ukraine

Joe Biden confirmed at his press conference on Wednesday what has been apparent for weeks – Nato remains divided over how to respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

His admission of a split was overshadowed by his passing remark that a minor incursion would be treated differently to a full-scale invasion. The White House afterwards clarified that a minor incursion meant cyber-attacks, as opposed to a movement of Russian troops into Ukraine sovereign territory.

None of this is academic since Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin would risk an invasion, however much Nato tried to change the Russian president’s calculus with threats.

The greatest tension over the correct response is between the US and Germany, hence the visit of the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, to Berlin on Thursday before a meeting with Russian officials in Geneva.

Jan 19 17:05

Biden Says Putin Has Never Seen Sanctions Like the Ones US Preparing Now Over Ukraine

On Wednesday, Biden is holding just the second comprehensive solo press conference in his nearly full first year in office. The press conference is taking place amid a rather difficult year for the administration, for both its domestic and foreign agendas.

US President Joe Biden said at his presser that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has never seen sanctions like the ones that will be imposed if tensions escalate in Ukraine.

The president added when discussing the state of bilateral relations with Russia and the existing tensions that he had "very frank discussions" with Putin, and that they both had "no problems" in understanding each other during their encounters either via phone or in person.

Moreover, he said he believes that Putin "still does not want a full-blown war."

Jan 19 17:03

US warns about nukes in Belarus

Russia could station nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus under the terms of Minsk’s new draft constitution, a high-ranking US State Department official has claimed, as Washington and Moscow seek to do a deal on European security guarantees.

Speaking at a special closed-door briefing on Tuesday, the unnamed American official voiced concern that the changes put forward may “indicate Belarus’ plans to allow both conventional and nuclear Russian forces to be deployed on its territory.”

According to the high-ranking representative, such a move would pose a challenge to European security and may require a response from Western officials.

Jan 19 13:49

NATO Military Buildup near Belarusian Borders Won’t Go Unnoticed by Russia: Envoy

The buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus will not be left unnoticed by Russia, Russia’s new Ambassador to Belarus Boris Gryzlov said.

"We see that the buildup of NATO personnel and military equipment literally at our doorstep continues without cease. During the above-mentioned migration crisis, additional forces, including heavy weaponry, were deployed near the Belarusian border. Of course, it won’t go unnoticed," he said in an interview to TASS.

"We are very thorough in our approach to border safety matters. Joint Russian-Belarusian patrols of the Union State’s aerial borders is conducted on a regular basis, including with the use of Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers, Su-30 multirole fighter aircraft and so on," the ambassador continued.

Gryzlov went on to say that the new version of the Union State’s military doctrine was approved in November 2021.

Jan 19 13:21

Poll finds only 10% of Americans trust media on COVID, 30% trust Fauci

Put it another way, almost 90 per cent of Americans don’t trust the media when it comes to COVID and fewer than one in five trust Joe Biden.

No wonder Biden is begging social media companies to engage in even more censorship of information relating to COVID-19.

Jan 19 11:34

How Good Has Joe Biden Been For Republicans? Poll Shows 'Record Breaking' Good

In one of the most significant moves since Gallup began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991, Americans' political party preference during 2021 shifted from Democrat to Republican.

Democrats pivoted from a nine-percentage-point advantage in the first quarter of 2021 to a rare five-point deficit to the GOP in the fourth quarter, Gallup said Monday.

Jan 19 11:28

US seeking ways to profit should Russia-Ukraine conflict break out – reports

The US State Department has reportedly held talks with international energy majors on the possibility of contingency supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe if conflict between Russia and Ukraine disrupts deliveries.

Over the past several months, the White House has repeatedly expressed the concern that Russia is preparing to launch a military assault on Ukraine. Russia has made it clear it has no such plans.

The US administration has threatened Moscow with another round of “crippling” sanctions in the event of a conflict between the neighboring states.

The imposition of penalties could disrupt the supply of Russian LNG to Europe, which accounts for about a third of European energy imports, and would inevitably exacerbate the energy crisis that has recently hit the region.

Jan 19 11:04

JOE 2.0 NEEDS TO ADDRESS INFLATION AND CRIME: Biden Has to Refocus His Efforts in 2022.

There’s no way around it —President Biden is incredibly unpopular. But according to a new Fox News report, the Administration may be switching things up in 2022. And after that devastating Quinnipiac poll that found only 33% of Americans approve of the job Joe is doing, they really have no choice.

“Wednesday afternoon’s East Room press conference is emblematic of a White House attempting to reconstruct itself into a less-cloistered outfit that embraces the public…And so, at the podium Wednesday, the press and the nation will behold Biden 2.0,” Fox News reports.

“Until recently, the White House did not seem to be taking inflation very seriously. Just three months ago, Biden’s chief of staff retweeted a tweet calling inflation a “high class” problem. Meantime, the White House has sought to emphasize that the economy is growing and that various other economic data look great.”

Jan 19 10:48

NATO Signs Deal With Ukraine To Deepen Cyber Cooperation

Early this week NATO signed a new deal with Ukraine to boost cyber cooperation amid simmering tensions with Russia.

Ukraine and NATO first signed a technology-related agreement in 2015, and cooperation has increased over the years. The new deal aims to help Ukraine’s military modernize its information technology and communications services.

Jan 19 10:43

US to sanction pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine as Blinken visits: report

The United States is set to levy financial sanctions on pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine as tensions grow between Washington and Moscow — with Secretary of State Antony Blinken due to meet his Russian counterpart Friday.

US officials told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the sanctions are meant to pressure Russia into pulling back from a potential invasion of its western neighbor.

The penalties could be announced as early as Thursday and will freeze the assets of at least four people, the Journal reported. The outlet noted that the sanctions will target Ukrainian nationals rather than Russian citizens, in an apparent attempt to signal that the Biden administration is still interested in pursuing diplomacy with the Kremlin.

Approximately 100,000 Russian troops have amassed along the Russia-Ukraine border in recent months, causing many to fear an invasion similar to when Russia annexed Crimea eight years ago.

Jan 19 10:41

Blinken urges Western ‘unity,’ warns Russia could attack Ukraine on ‘short notice’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia Wednesday of trying to sow division between the US and its European allies and urged Western nations to remain united against Moscow’s “relentless aggression.”

Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev to provide assurances that the US and its allies are committed to supporting Ukraine and its democratic ambitions, even after Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed more than 100,000 troops along its neighbor’s border.

“The Ukrainian people chose a democratic and European path in 1991. They took to the Maidan to defend that choice in 2013, and unfortunately ever since you have faced relentless aggression from Moscow,” said Blinken, referring to ?pro-democracy protests in Kiev’s main square that led Kremlin-linked former President Victor Yanukovych to flee the country in early 2014.

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