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  • Here We Go Again ... With a Debt Ceiling Battle Looming, It Looks Like Speaker Kevin McCarthy Is on His Own

    01/24/2023 7:34:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/24/2023 | Joe Cunningham
    The sky seems to be perpetually falling if you ask Democrats, journalists, and even some Republicans, and the current fiscal fight in the House seems to be no exception.Joe Biden and the Democrats are adamant that a clean debt ceiling increase has to happen or else the consequences will be dire. Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader in the Senate, is only telling reporters “We will not default.” But in the House, Republicans are poised to force a lengthy battle over the debt ceiling and potential cuts to the federal budget.That puts House Speaker Kevin McCarthy somewhere he may not be...
  • Just One Like of a JK Rowling Tweet Took Mark Hamill from Beloved Actor to "Transphobic" Enemy

    01/24/2023 7:31:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/24/2023 | Brandon Morse
    It’s fascinating how Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling went from being one of the world’s most celebrated authors to being a litmus test for being considered a good or bad person in modern society. Any kind of friendly interaction with her means you’re truly an evil person deep down.Apparently, hard leftists on Twitter found that famed actor Mark Hamill is a hateful bigot despite years of open advocacy for some of the most leftist of positions. This was revealed to them after he did the unthinkable; he liked a Rowling tweet.The tweet that Hamill liked was a response by Rowling...
  • Edward Snowden May Be Polarizing, but His Take on the Classified Documents Scandal Is Hilarious

    01/24/2023 7:24:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | 01/24/2023 | Bonchie
    Edward Snowden, who leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013, has been one of the most polarizing people in politics over the last decade. Ask a libertarian, and they’ll tell you he’s a hero for exposing a range of government surveillance programs, some of which pushed or violated constitutional boundaries. Ask someone of a more hawkish leaning and they’ll tell you he got Americans killed and is a traitor to his former country.I tend to be one of the squishes who falls somewhere in the middle. I think calling him a whistleblower is a stretch given...
  • Sen. Cruz: DOJ Should Search Biden Documents at University of Delaware

    01/24/2023 7:15:39 PM PST · by conservative98 · 8 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 January 2023 | Jeffrey Rodack
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is calling for the Justice Department to search through President Joe Biden's papers at the University of Delaware for any classified documents. He made his comments Monday on his "Verdict" podcast. Cruz's remarks came after classified documents dating back to Biden's term in the Senate were found at the president's Wilmington, Delaware, home. "If Biden's Senate documents include classified documents outside of classified settings — which is illegal — how many more classified documents are illegally in his Senate papers?" Cruz said. "During the 2020 campaign, there was a concerted media effort to try to get...
  • Ukraine SitRep - No Southern Push Yet, Kiev Government Trouble, Tanks And Escalation

    01/24/2023 7:13:04 PM PST · by elpadre · 7 replies ^ | January 24, 2023
    Last week, following two days of heavy fighting along the southern front in Ukraine, I concluded that the expected push from the south into the back of the Ukrainian forces at the Donetzk frontline, was finally happening. Ukraine - Russian Army Activates Southern Front I was wrong. I, and other analysts following the war, had been deceived by the sudden rush of news from that frontline. It said that Russian forces made progress in a large number of towns. But nearly as soon as I had published my peace that news died down. In the following days nothing happened but...
  • Why Is Russia Expanding Short-Range Air Defenses Around Moscow?

    01/24/2023 7:12:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 77 replies
    Southfront ^ | 1/24/2023 | Drago Bosnic
    While Moscow is protected by one of the world's best air defense networks capable of shooting down ICBM's incoming MIRV warheads, satellites and other space-based weapons, this doesn't make it immune to sabotage attacks invoving drones and drone swarms. Air defense is one of the key modern military capabilities that provide adequate protection for ground units, helping them retain their combat capabilities. In recent decades, these systems have become increasingly networked and multilayered, giving the defenders a plethora of other options to shoot down hostile jets, missiles, drones etc. More recently modern militaries have started relying on swarms of well-coordinated...
  • Senators grill Live Nation leader over TIcketmaster's Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco

    01/24/2023 7:00:14 PM PST · by DennisR · 25 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01-2402023 | CLARE HYMES, IRINA IVANOVA
    Ticketmaster defended itself publicly for the first time since the concert promoter's highly publicized meltdown late last year during ticket sales for Taylor Swift's "Eras" tour.
  • If Biden isn’t on the ticket, Harris’s pick for vice president will be key to 2024

    01/24/2023 6:57:49 PM PST · by xxqqzz · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 21, 2023 | douglas Mackinnon
    Well before classified documents were found in President Biden’s Delaware home, its garage, and the Penn Biden Center, it’s fair to say a certain number of Democrats were uncomfortable with the idea of our octogenarian president seeking reelection. Now a narrative is building that if the classified documents found at these locations aren’t the leverage needed to convince him not to run — or even to resign at some point — his age and health very well could be a reason for him to do just that by the time campaigning begins in earnest next year. So, on the admittedly...
  • No-needle’ COVID vaccine may protect you better, researchers say. How does it work?

    01/24/2023 6:53:23 PM PST · by Golden Eagle · 74 replies
    News & Observer ^ | January 24, 2023 | Julia Marnin
    Could a “no-needle” COVID-19 vaccine protect against the virus better than traditional shots? A new inhaled COVID-19 vaccine created in Canada is “far more effective” at kickstarting the body’s “protective” immune response than shots, according to researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. This is based on the results of published, pre-clinical trials, which have paved the way for the vaccine to be studied in people. With the first phase of studies in people underway, the researchers have now received over $8 million in funding to support a larger Phase 2 study involving up to 500 people in the coming months,...
  • FBI arrests ‘high-heeled hijacker’ for string of Texas robberies and a kidnapping

    01/24/2023 6:49:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | MaryAnn Martinez
    One person she stole from described the woman as nicely dressed but smelling “heavily of body odor,” according to Houston Police. Coleman’s crime spree started Nov. 15 when investigators said she approached Katie Otten, an employee at Galleria Houston, in the mall parking lot and demanded money, reported KTRK. The thief had her hand in her pocket, making Otten think Coleman was armed. Otten told the Houston station. “She forced her way into my vehicle and was like, ‘OK, take me to an ATM.'” The hijacker then forced the terrified woman to drive to multiple ATMs before making a final...
  • [Devotional] St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr–R (III)

    01/24/2023 6:45:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    [Devotional] St. Timothy, Bishop, Martyr–R (III) January 24 St. Timothy, who is the best-known disciple of St. Paul, was bishop of Ephesus in Asia Minor. He was stoned to death by pagans in 97. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* TIMOTHY was a convert of St. Paul. He was born at Lystra in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jewess, but his father was a pagan; and though Timothy had read the Scriptures from his childhood, he had not been circumcised as a Jew. On the arrival of St. Paul at Lystra the youthful Timothy, with his mother and grandmother, eagerly embraced the Faith. Seven...
  • Church of England Apologizes for Treatment of LGBTQ People

    01/24/2023 6:43:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/23 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON (AP) — The Church of England formally apologized Friday for its treatment of LGBTQ people, even as it said that same-sex couples still won’t be allowed to marry in its churches. The apology from the church’s bishops came in a report following five years of debate on the church’s position on sexuality. The report will be delivered to the church’s national assembly, the General Synod, which is meeting in London next month. “We want to apologize for the ways in which the Church of England has treated LGBTQI+ people – both those who worship in our churches and those...
  • Rep. Spartz: Arm Ukraine With Longer-Range Munitions

    01/24/2023 6:41:07 PM PST · by conservative98 · 67 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1.18.23 | Luca Cacciatore
    Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., on Wednesday called for the White House to provide longer-range munitions to Ukraine, a press release revealed. Spartz, who was born in the northern Ukrainian city of Nosivka, also urged the Biden administration to be more "proactive" in providing security assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces roughly one year into the conflict. "The next six months will be critical to the brutal war in Ukraine and longer-range capabilities will be crucial for its success," she stated, asking for Guided Multiple Rocket Launch System or Army Tactical Missile System munitions to be sent over. "What these capabilities...
  • For Italy’s Catholic Church, the Battle of the Bells Tolls On

    01/24/2023 6:39:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/23/23 | John Allen Jr
    ROME – Anyone who’s ever taken an English literature course in an American high school likely knows the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem “The Bells,” which, among other turns of phrase, celebrates “the tintinnabulation that so musically wells .. from the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.”Those lines, however, were written in mid-19th century Baltimore. In Italy, where it’s basically impossible to find a square inch of space that isn’t with easy acoustical reach of a nearby church tower, yet where levels of religious practice are declining while cultural diversity expands, the constant tintinnabulation of the bells isn’t uniformly...
  • Illinois Councilwoman Slams Censor-Happy Residents Outraged over Anti-Grooming Event

    01/24/2023 6:36:40 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Alana Mastrangelo
    Des Plaines Councilwoman Alderman Carla Brookman slammed censor-happy leftists and hecklers during a recent city council meeting, proclaiming, “If you don’t allow discussion, that is a real problem in our society.”
  • Second Bystander Ensnared by English Ban on Prayer Outside Abortion Clinics

    01/24/2023 6:33:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/22/23 | Kevin J. Jones
    Denver, Colo., Jan 22, 2023 / 05:00 am (CNA). Amid continuing controversy over strict limits on behavior outside abortion clinics in some English cities, a man faces a fine for praying silently outside one clinic in memory of his dead son. “I would never have imagined being in a position to risk a criminal record for praying silently,” Adam Smith-Connor said, according to the legal group supporting him, Alliance Defending Freedom UK. Smith-Connor had approached a British Pregnancy Advisory Service abortion facility in Bournemouth, in the southwest English county of Dorset. He intended to pray for his unborn son, who...
  • Schools Should Think Twice Before Punishing Faculty for Their Speech. A North Carolina institution may soon learn a valuable lesson.

    01/24/2023 6:29:33 PM PST · by karpov · 5 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 23, 2023 | George Leef
    Public educational institutions are constitutionally forbidden to retaliate against faculty members because of their speech. A professor can’t be fired, demoted, or otherwise penalized just because he or she has said something that bothers administrators. There have been numerous cases fought on that issue, and freedom of speech always comes out on top. One might think that school officials would learn from that, but they seem strangely obtuse about the legal ramifications whenever they want to go after someone who has gotten their goat. Two such cases have recently been resolved, and a new one has just arisen here in...
  • FBI Offers $25,000 Reward for Information on Attacks Against Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

    01/24/2023 6:29:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/20/23 | Joseph Summers
    The announcement also mentioned attacks on so-called 'reproductive health clinics', reflecting the FBI director’s attitude that the Bureau is 'equal-opportunity' when it comes to 'abortion-related violence.'WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a press release Thursday announcing a $25,000 reward for information related to damage caused to several pro-life pregnancy centers. The announcement comes months after a wave of attacks against pro-life pregnancy centers and churches began after the initial Dobbs decision leak last May. The announcement also mentioned attacks on so-called ‘reproductive health clinics’, reflecting the FBI director’s attitude that the Bureau is “equal-opportunity’ when...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Boasts Double-Digit Lead in Utah

    01/24/2023 6:29:07 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2023 | HANNAH BLEAU
    Former President Donald Trump has a double-digit lead in the hypothetical 2024 Republican primary race in Utah, an OH Predictive Insights survey released this week found.They survey took an early reading of the general sentiments of Republican Utah voters, over a year ahead of the 2024 presidential primaries. The survey listed 12 potential candidates, including Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former Vice President Mike Pence, former Rep. Liz Cheney, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA), Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), former Secretary of...
  • Get your own house in order: China tells US to fix its debt problems after Yellen's Africa remarks

    01/24/2023 6:19:55 PM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    India Today ^ | 1/25/2023 | Reuters
    Chinese officials in Zambia have responded sharply over US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's remarks calling China a "barrier" to debt reform in Africa After US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called China a "barrier" to debt reform in Africa this week, Chinese officials in Zambia had a pointed response-get your own house in order. The Chinese Embassy in Zambia said on its website Tuesday "the biggest contribution that the US can make to the debt issues outside the country is to act responsible on monetary policies, cope with its own debt problem, and stop sabotaging other sovereign countries' active efforts to...