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  • Bernie Sanders: Israel Doesn’t Have a Right ‘to Kill 12,000 People in Six, Seven Weeks’

    11/27/2023 6:19:18 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/27/2023 | Pam Key
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Monday to CBS News that Israel did not have a right “to kill 12,000 people in six, seven weeks” in response to the October 7 terror attack. Sanders said, “Well, this was how I respond. Look, Israel was attacked in an absolutely horrific way by Hamas, 1,300 innocent people were slaughtered. Israel has a right to defend itself, but what Israel does not have a right to do, in my view, is to kill 12,000 people in six, seven weeks, two-thirds of whom are women and children. That they don’t have right to do, that’s...
  • Yes, Hamas is Legally, Morally, and Factually a Terrorist Organization

    10/31/2023 6:17:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Jonathan Turley ^ | October 25, 2023 | Jonathan Turley
    Below is my column in the New York Post on the Associated Press guideline for reporters to avoid calling Hamas a terrorist organization. Voice of America and other media outlets have made the same decision. This is not about supporting the Palestinian cause. It is about correctly describing a group that commits terrorist attacks as a terrorist organization. Here is the column: Confucius once said that “the beginning of wisdom is the ability to call things by their right names.” That does not appear to be the approach of the Associated Press this week after the media organization told its...
  • New House Speaker Mike Johnson tried to overturn 2020 election, raising concerns about the next one

    10/26/2023 4:43:38 AM PDT · by central_va · 71 replies ^ | 10/26/23 | File AP
    The new leader of one of the chambers of Congress that will certify the winner of next year’s presidential election helped spearhead the attempt to overturn the last one, raising alarms that Republicans could try to subvert the will of the voters if they remain in power despite safeguards enacted after the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
  • A man with a gun was arrested at the Wisconsin Capitol after asking to see the governor. He returned with an assault rifle.

    10/05/2023 9:37:45 AM PDT · by Coronal · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 6, 2023
    A man illegally brought a handgun into the Wisconsin Capitol, demanding to see Gov. Tony Evers, and returned at night with an assault rifle after posting bail, a spokesperson for the state said Thursday. The man, who was shirtless and had a holstered handgun, approached the governor's office on the first floor of the Capitol around 2 p.m. Wednesday, state Department of Administration spokesperson Tatyana Warrick said. The man was demanding to see the governor, who was not in the building at the time, Warrick said. The man was taken into custody for openly carrying a firearm in the Capitol,...
  • RNC’s livestreaming partner for the GOP debate is a haven for disinformation and extremism (Rumble being attacked on multiple fronts)

    09/25/2023 7:26:45 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 31 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) — The second Republican presidential debate will be broadcast Wednesday on Fox Business Network and Univision, but the exclusive online livestream will take place on Rumble, an alternative video-sharing platform that has been criticized for allowing— and at times promoting — far-right extremism, bigotry, election disinformation and conspiracy theories. By bringing viewers to Rumble to watch the GOP debate, as it did with the first one last month, the Republican National Committee is driving potential voters to a site crawling with content that flouts the rules of more mainstream ones such as Facebook, uh Instagram and YouTube.
  • Trump cancels press conference on election fraud claims, citing attorneys’ advice

    08/17/2023 10:22:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 72 replies ^ | August 18, 2023 | JILL COLVIN
    Former President Donald Trump now says he won’t be holding a news conference next week to unveil what he claims is new “evidence” of fraud in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election — even though no fraud has ever been substantiated — citing the advice of lawyers as he prepares to face trial in two criminal cases that stem from his election lies. No compelling evidence of the wide-scale fraud Trump alleges has emerged in the two-and-a-half years since the election in Georgia or elsewhere, despite Trump’s baseless claims. Republican officials in the state have long said he lost fairly and three...
  • What do we know about Pelosi Epps phone calls leading up to Jan 6 ?

    08/03/2023 10:17:20 AM PDT · by chiller · 41 replies
    self ^ | 8/3/2023 | chiller
    What do we know ? AP fact checks it as false. Snopes fact checks as false: Neither are to trusted. Both claim FOIA does not apply to congress persons.
  • Russia has halted a wartime deal allowing Ukraine to ship grain. It’s a blow to global food security

    07/17/2023 4:21:02 AM PDT · by McGruff · 91 replies
    AP ^ | July 17, 2023 | COURTNEY BONNELL
    Russia halted a breakthrough wartime deal on Monday that allows grain to flow from Ukraine to countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where hunger is a growing threat and high food prices have pushed more people into poverty. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia would suspend the Black Sea Grain Initiative until its demands to get its own food and fertilizer to the world are met. While Russia has complained that restrictions on shipping and insurance have hampered its agricultural exports, it has shipped record amounts of wheat. “When the part of the Black Sea deal related to...
  • Putin wants to attend an August summit. Host country South Africa doesn’t want to have to arrest him

    07/16/2023 11:50:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 116 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2023 | GERALD IMRAY
    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to attend an economic summit in South Africa next month and the country is desperately trying to persuade him to stay away to avoid the legal and diplomatic fallout over his international arrest warrant, South Africa’s deputy president said in an interview with a news website on Friday. As a signatory to the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court, South Africa is obliged to arrest Putin on an indictment the court issued against the Russian leader in March for war crimes involving the abduction of children from Ukraine. Moscow has dismissed the warrant. South African...
  • Trump wants to keep ‘communists’ and ‘Marxists’ out of the US. Here’s what the law says

    06/28/2023 10:07:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2023 | Rebecca Santana and Ali Swenson
    Donald Trump has announced a new campaign proposal on United States immigration — barring “communists” and “Marxists” from entering the country. The Republican former president, who is making another bid in 2024, on Saturday said he would use “Section 212 (f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act” to “order my government to deny entry to all communists and all Marxists.” The announcement was reminiscent of Trump’s ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries during his first term… […] He also said there needs to be a “new law” to address communists and Marxists who grew up in America, but...
  • Ann Counter: The Trump Indictment

    06/15/2023 7:20:19 PM PDT · by Angelino97 · 146 replies ^ | June 14, 2023 | Ann Coulter
    Last week’s indictment of Donald Trump is the latest example of why liberals really should have read my book, “Resistance Is Futile.” Or Aesop’s fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” Either one. After years of making insane accusations against Trump, from Russian collusion to indicting him for misdemeanor record-keeping errors in his blackmail payments to a porn star, liberals finally have him dead to rights committing serious felonies. And no one believes them. It’s your own fault, liberals. Much to my surprise, the documents Trump had spirited away to Mar-a-Lago were not cheesy souvenirs appealing to his juvenile sensibility, like...
  • Russia's improved weaponry and tactics pose challenges to Ukraine's counteroffensive

    06/12/2023 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Mariner · 44 replies
    The Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | June 12th, 2023 | Unattributed (nobody wants the stink on them)
    Ukrainian troops are probing Russian defenses as spring gives way to a second summer of fighting, and Kyiv's forces are facing an enemy that has made mistakes and suffered setbacks in the 15-month-old war. But analysts say Moscow also has learned from those blunders and improved its weapons and skills.Russia has built heavily fortified defenses along the 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) front line, honed its electronic weapons to reduce Ukraine's edge in combat drones, and turned heavy bombs from its massive Cold-War-era arsenal into precision-guided gliding munitions capable of striking targets without putting its warplanes at risk.The changing Russian tactics along with...
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of destroying major dam near Kherson, warns of ecological disaster

    06/06/2023 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 153 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 6, 2023 | SUSIE BLANN
    The wall of a major dam in a part of southern Ukraine that Moscow controls collapsed Tuesday after a reported explosion, sending water gushing downriver and prompting dire warnings of ecological disaster as officials from both sides in the war ordered residents to evacuate. Ukraine accused Russian forces of blowing up the dam and hydroelectric power station, while Russian officials blamed Ukrainian military strikes in the contested area. The fallout could have broad consequences: Flooding homes, streets and businesses downstream; depleting water levels upstream that help cool Europe’s largest nuclear power plant; and draining supplies of drinking water to the...
  • US Defense Secretary Austin says Washington won’t stand for ‘coercion and bullying’ from China

    06/02/2023 11:07:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 3, 2023 | David Rising
    American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin vowed Saturday that Washington would not stand for any “coercion and bullying” of its allies and partners by China, while assuring Beijing that the United States remains committed to maintaining the status quo on Taiwan and would prefer dialogue over conflict. Speaking at the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual forum bringing together top defense officials, diplomats and leaders, Austin lobbied for support for Washington’s vision of a “free, open, and secure Indo-Pacific within a world of rules and rights” as the best course to counter increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region. The U.S. has...
  • Blinken says no Ukraine cease-fire without Russia’s withdrawal

    06/02/2023 3:50:24 PM PDT · by Mariner · 92 replies
    AP/Military Times via Yahoo ^ | June 2nd 2023 | Susie Blann and Matthew Lee, Associated Press
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says there can be no cease-fire in the war in Ukraine unless it is part of a “just and lasting” peace deal that includes Russia’s military withdrawal. Blinken said Friday that “a ceasefire that simply freezes current lines in place” and enabled Russian President Vladimir Putin to “rest, rearm, and re-attack” would not be “a just and lasting peace.” In a speech during a visit to Finland, Blinken said that Russia must also pay for part of Ukraine’s reconstruction and be held accountable for its full-scale invasion of its neighbor...
  • Satirical Post Falsely Claims Anheuser-Busch Closing Half its US Breweries

    05/01/2023 6:03:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    AP News ^ | 5/1 | JOSH KELETY
    CLAIM: Anheuser-Busch is closing half of its U.S. breweries following backlash over a Bud Light marketing initiative. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The claim stems from a website that publishes satirical content. No such widespread brewery closure has been announced by Anheuser-Busch. THE FACTS: Blog posts claiming that Bud Light’s parent company is closing half of its breweries in the U.S. have spread widely across social media in recent days, following the brand’s partnership with a transgender influencer and subsequent calls for boycotts by some prominent conservatives. SNIP But the claim is fabricated. It was first published by a website that is...
  • Belarusians wary of being drawn into war with Ukraine

    04/26/2023 4:50:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 26, 2023 | YURAS KARMANAU
    For Ruslan, an engineer in the Belarus capital of Minsk, Russia’s war in neighboring Ukraine suddenly seemed closer than ever when a conscription office recently sent him a summons for military training. It’s part of an effort that will see thousands of men in Belarus attend drills amid fears that the staunch Moscow ally could be drawn into the fighting. “They are telling us that Belarus won’t enter the war against Ukraine, but I hear Russian warplanes roar over my house heading to the Machulishchi air base outside Minsk,” the 27-year-old told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He...
  • Semi-automatic rifle ban passes Washington state Legislature

    04/22/2023 5:54:27 AM PDT · by Twotone · 63 replies
    AP News ^ | April 19, 2023 | Lisa Baumann
    A ban on dozens of semi-automatic rifles cleared the Washington state Legislature on Wednesday and the governor is expected to sign it into law. The high-powered firearms — once banned nationwide — are now the weapon of choice among young men responsible for most of the country’s devastating mass shootings. The ban comes after multiple failed attempts in the state’s Legislature, and amid the most mass shootings during the first 100 days of a calendar year since 2009. The Washington law would block the sale, distribution, manufacture and importation of more than 50 gun models, including AR-15s, AK-47s and similar...
  • Revisionists attempt to whitewash Jan. 6 riot with ‘Justice for All’ song

    04/21/2023 5:20:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2023 | By DAVID KLEPPER (D-AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The song is simple and tinny, but that hasn’t stopped it from being embraced by former President Donald Trump and his allies in their campaign to rewrite the history of the deadly Capitol riot. The tune, “Justice for All,” is the Star-Spangled Banner, and it was sung by a group of defendants jailed over their alleged roles in the January 2021 insurrection. Recorded over a prison phone line, the national anthem sounds more like a dirge than celebration and is overlaid with Trump reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Despite its low fidelity, “Justice for All” has garnered...
  • NATO chief visits Ukraine for 1st time since Russia invaded

    04/20/2023 4:32:20 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 20, 2023 | LORNE COOK and SAMYA KULLAB
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg visited Ukraine on Thursday for the first time since Russia invaded more than a year ago, a highly symbolic trip that underscores the alliance’s commitment to helping Kyiv defend itself. The Kremlin quickly warned that Ukraine must not be allowed to join NATO. Russia has given various and shifting justifications for going to war, but it has repeatedly pointed to the expansion of the military alliance toward its borders in recent years, including citing fears that Kyiv would be admitted. Images published in local media showed Stoltenberg apparently paying tribute to fallen Ukrainian soldiers in Kyiv’s...