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Biden Attacks ‘MAGA Republicans’ in Angry Speech, Labels Them ‘Threat’ to Democracy | 1 Sept 2022 | Joe Biden attacked supporters of former President Donald Trump in a speech Thursday evening in Philadelphia that many across the political spectrum viewed as divisive, castigating large scores of Republican voters as “extremists” and threats to democracy. “Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” Biden said. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” “They fan the flames of political violence,” Biden added. Biden’s remarks come after earlier attacks on Trump supporters in which he claimed many Republicans had embraced “semi-fascism” during a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has largely doubled down on Biden’s rhetoric, arguing that Biden’s characterization of many Republicans as “extremists” was accurate as they allegedly don’t share the beliefs of the majority of Americans.
Over 50 Biden Administration Employees, 12 US Agencies Involved in Social Media Censorship Push – Documents | 1 Sept 2022 | More than 50 officials in Joe Biden’s administration across a dozen agencies have been involved with efforts to pressure Big Tech companies to crack down on alleged misinformation, according to documents released on Aug. 31. Senior officials in the U.S. government, including White House lawyer Dana Remus, deputy assistant to the president Rob Flaherty, and onetime White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt, have been in touch with one or more major social media companies to try to get the companies to tighten rules on allegedly false and misleading information on COVID-19, and take action against users who violate the rules, the documents show. In July 2021, for instance, after Biden said that Facebook was “killing people” by not combating misinformation effectively, an executive at Meta reached out to Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a Biden appointee, to say that government and Meta teams met after the remarks “to better understand the scope of what the White House expects from us on [alleged] misinformation going forward.”
‘Censorship Enterprise’: Emails Reveal Biden Administration Coordinated With Facebook, Twitter | 1 Sept 2022 | Dozens of federal officials across multiple agencies within the Biden administration communicated extensively with social media companies to coordinate censorship of information, according to internal documents released by Republican Attorneys General Eric Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana. Officials within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent emails to employees at Facebook and Twitter to flag instances of alleged misinformation and provide talking points to counter allegedly false narratives spreading on the platforms. Government officials would occasionally initiate this activity, with one message from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official requesting monthly meetings with Facebook to plan “debunking” strategies, and a White House official requesting the removal of a parody Anthony Fauci account. One collection of emails shows Facebook staff collaborating closely with staff at the the Department of Health and Human Services to remove Facebook groups, with one message describing the collaboration as “critical.” Staff from the CDC discussed setting up “regular chats” with Twitter.
Ukraine launches raid near Zaporozhye nuclear plant – Russia –Two commando groups landed nearby while amphibious teams were intercepted en route, Moscow has said | 1 Sept 2022 | Ukraine deployed troops from several directions in an apparent attempt to capture the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday morning, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced. In one incident, two separate “sabotage groups” with a total strength of up to 60 troops used seven speedboats to cross the Kakhovka Reservoir and land about three kilometers from the nuclear facility to the northeast early in the morning, according to the claim. The Ukrainian commandos were presumably hoping to capture the station from the Russian troops who are guarding it, but were blocked, the ministry indicted. The Russian military deployed attack helicopters to support the plant’s guards, it added.
Ukraine planned to use IAEA team as ‘human shields’ – Russia | 1 Sept 2022 | Kiev forces wanted to seize the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in a daring military raid and use the personnel of the UN nuclear watchdog as “human shields” to maintain control over the facility, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed on Thursday. The botched raid came shortly before a team of experts with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – including the organization’s head, Rafael Grossi – arrived at the plant for an inspection. According to the Russian military, multiple Ukrainian “saboteur groups” crossed the Kakhovka Reservoir in speedboats and barges near the plant early in the morning, but were intercepted and destroyed by Russian troops and National Guard forces. “Obviously, if the operation of the Kiev regime to seize the station was a success, the head of the IAEA, [Rafael] Grossi, and the experts of the mission would become a ‘human shield’ for Ukrainian saboteurs to prevent any attempts to destroy them by the Russian armed forces,” the Russian MoD said in a statement.
U.S. artillery stockpiles ‘uncomfortably low’ after Ukraine aid – WSJ | 30 Aug 2022 | The US military is running low on some types of ammunition after the White House approved and delivered billions of dollars in “lethal aid” for Ukraine since February, several military officials told the Wall Street Journal on condition of anonymity. In addition to thousands of guns, drones, missiles, artillery platforms and rocket launchers, Washington has supplied Kiev with large amounts of ammo, including up to 806,000 155mm howitzer rounds. The stocks of the latter munitions are running “uncomfortably low,” an unnamed Pentagon official told the Journal… The United States has devoted nearly 14 billion in direct weaponry supplies to Kiev this year alone.
Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91 –He will be remembered as the father of ‘‘perestroika’ but also for presiding over the fall of the Soviet Union | 30 Aug 2022 | Mikhail Gorbachev, the first and only president of the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 91, in Moscow. His death was reported on Tuesday night by the Central Clinical Hospital, which said in a statement “Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and prolonged illness.” According to the news agency TASS, Gorbachev was hospitalized at the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, at the request of his doctors, and had been under medical supervision ever since… A divisive figure, supporters credit him with having played a key part in bringing about an end to the Cold War, while opponents accuse him of aiding in the fall of the Soviet Union and a major loss to Moscow’s prestige and global influence.
CDC Panel Votes in Favor of Recommending New Covid Booster Shots That Have Never Been Tested on Humans | 1 Sept 2022 | A CDC panel on Thursday voted in favor of approving the latest Covid booster shot that hasn’t even been tested on humans. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky still has to give the final approval. The latest Covid booster was supposedly reformulated to ‘protect’ against Omicron subvariants. The new COVID boosters were not tested on humans — only mice. The boosters got emergency authorization this week and a CDC panel on Thursday voted to recommend the shots for people over the age of 12.
Colorado Utility Locks 22,000 Customer Thermostats Amid Heatwave | 1 Sept 2022 | Record-breaking heat is hitting Western states, and customers looking for a reprieve on Aug. 30 turned to their air conditioners for help. But more than 22,000 Xcel Energy customers in Colorado were greeted with the message “energy emergency” on their smart thermostats, preventing them from reducing the temperature below 78 degrees. With tempers and temperatures flaring, Xcel’s customers took to Twitter to vent their frustration, prompting Xcel to remind customers that they agreed to such lockouts in exchange for cash.
House conservatives prep plans to impeach Biden | 30 Aug 2022 | Republicans hoping to seize control of the House in November are already setting their sights on what is, for many of them, a top priority next year: impeaching Joe Biden. A number of rank-and-file conservatives have already introduced impeachment articles in the current Congress against the president. They accuse Biden of committing “high crimes” in his approach to a range of issues touching on border enforcement, the coronavirus pandemic and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. “I have consistently said President [sic] Biden should be impeached for intentionally opening our border and making Americans less safe,” said Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.). “Congress has a duty to hold the President accountable for this and any other failures of his Constitutional responsibilities, so a new Republican majority must be prepared to aggressively conduct oversight on day one.”
Garland sends memo warning DOJ against talking to Congress | 30 Aug 2022 | Attorney General Merrick Garland has circulated a memo to Department of Justice personnel articulating DOJ policy that its personnel are not to communicate with Congress directly, but to go through an internal office first. “[N]o department employee may communicate with Senators, Representatives, congressional committees, or congressional staff without advance coordination, consultation, and approval by OLA [Office of Legislative Affairs],” Fox News quoted the memo as stating. The memo only restates existing policy and does not represent a change. “All congressional inquiries and correspondence from Members, committees, and staff should be immediately directed to OLA upon receipt,” according to an existing DOJ policy manual the outlet highlighted. The memo comes as whistleblowers have flocked to Republican elected officials with whistleblower allegations of political bias in the aftermath of the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
DOJ opposes special master in Trump case, alleges classified materials were concealed | 31 Aug 2022 | The Biden Justice Department late Tuesday told a federal judge it opposes naming a special master to review evidence taken from Donald Trump’s Florida home, alleging there may have been an effort to conceal classified documents after the president’s lawyers received a grand jury subpoena earlier this summer. DOJ “developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed” from a storage locker in Mar-A-Lago and “that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” prosecutors argued in the new filing. In its 36-page filing, DOJ said the former president’s request for a special master “fails for multiple, independent reasons,” including that it would “harm national security interests.”
DOJ Says FBI Agents Took Potentially ‘Privileged’ Materials in Trump Raid | 29 Aug 2022 | Officials have completed their examination of documents that were taken during a raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and it’s possible “attorney-client privileged information” was seized by FBI agents, the Department of Justice stated in an Aug. 29 filing. The Justice Department (DOJ) was responding to a motion filed by Trump to request the appointment of a special master to review the seized documents. The DOJ’s “privilege review team” was tasked with reviewing the documents, prosecutors said in the Aug. 29 legal brief, coming in response to a weekend ruling by U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon to schedule a hearing on whether an independent third party to oversee the department’s combing of evidence is needed. That team “identified a limited set of materials that potentially contain attorney-client privileged information, completed its review of those materials, and is in the process of following the procedures,” according to the DOJ’s filing, which noted that the review was carried out before Trump’s request.
Trump: Why Release Picture of Secret Documents? | 31 Aug 2022 | Former President Donald Trump suggested FBI agents were reckless with classified documents during the raid at Mar-a-Lago “perhaps pretending it was me who did it.” Trump’s latest comments about the FBI search at his Florida home were posted Wednesday morning on Truth Social. “Terrible the way the FBI, during the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, threw documents haphazardly all over the floor (perhaps pretending it was me that did it!), and then started taking pictures of them for the public to see,” Trump said.”Thought they wanted them kept Secret? Lucky I Declassified!” The Justice Department in court papers Tuesday said it had evidence that classified documents were deliberately concealed from the FBI when it tried to retrieve them from Trump’s Florida home. The DOJ released a photograph of some of the records found inside Trump’s home. The Daily Mail reported that the bombshell photo showed papers — many marked “top secret” — on the carpet of the Florida mansion during the Aug. 8 search.
FBI ‘unraveling’ after reportedly shielding Hunter Biden from criminal probe, prosecutor claims | 30 Aug 2022 | The FBI appears to be “unraveling” from the inside as allegations mount that the agency’s behavior in the Hunter Biden laptop story may have violated federal law enforcement norms, a former Utah federal prosecutor told Fox News on Tuesday. Brett Tolman told The Story that recent actions and overtures from within the bureau and the Justice Department are either “an unraveling…or perhaps it’s damage control.” “It is no coincidence in my mind that you have the Joe Rogan interview with [Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg] that reveals that the FBI clearly made a connection of Russian disinformation in the Hunter Biden release. You then have some of the specific agents in question like Tim Thibault,” he said. Thibault, an assistant special agent-in-charge in the District of Columbia, resigned over the weekend. Thibault has been accused of instilling political bias in his handling of the Hunter Biden investigation.
Top agent exits FBI amid charge of political bias undermining Hunter Biden probe, sources say | 29 Aug 2022 | A senior FBI official in the bureau’s Washington field office has abruptly resigned after coming under congressional scrutiny for suspected political bias in handling the investigation of Hunter Biden’s laptop computer. The Washington Times learned that Timothy Thibault, an assistant special agent in charge, was forced to leave his post. The information came from two former FBI officials familiar with the situation. Mr. Thibault was seen exiting the bureau’s elevator on Friday. He was escorted by two or three “headquarters-looking types,” according to eyewitness accounts provided to one of the former officials.
Gavin McInnes Raided By Feds Live on Air, Allegedly Sitting in Jail Right Now | 26 Aug 2022 | On Thursday night, political commentator and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was arrested by federal law enforcement live on air. McInnes is seen sitting in his hosting chair – and looks toward someone entering the studio. “We’re shooting a show, can we do this another time?” McInnes asks. After he steps off camera, you can hear him saying he’d be happy to talk to them but he needs his lawyer. You then can’t hear much. Someone pumped up the audio from the clip, and you can sort of hear chatter, and maybe someone saying “federal investigation.” His empty chair was then broadcasting for 30 minutes until the show ended. At time of writing, there has been no announcements from the feds about his arrest, but a fellow broadcaster on Compound Media, Josh Denny, says he’s in jail.
‘Treasonous’: Rick Scott Slams McConnell’s Wing of GOP for Trashing Republican Senate Candidates | Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), slammed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Deep State-KY) and the establishment wing of the Republican party on Thursday for trashing GOP Senate candidates in swing states. “Unfortunately, many of the very people responsible for losing the Senate last cycle are now trying to stop us from winning the majority this time by trash-talking our Republican candidate,” Scott wrote in the Washington Examiner about the establishment uniparty in Washington, DC. “It’s an amazing act of cowardice, and ultimately, it’s treasonous to the conservative cause,” Scott continued. “Giving anonymous quotes to help the Washington Post or the New York Times write stories trashing Republicans is the same as working with the Democratic National Committee.” Speaking with Politico, Scott called out McConnell directly for misaligning his political agenda with the NRSC, which is in charge of reclaiming the Senate in November.
Greenwich first selectman seeking investigation after video suggests discrimination in Cos Cob against Catholics, conservative teachers | 1 Sept 2022 | (CT) Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo called Wednesday for an independent investigation into the town’s hiring practices after a school administrator said in a video that he avoids hiring conservatives and Roman Catholics. A former Republican state legislator, Camillo was responding to comments made by a Cos Cob School assistant principal in an undercover video that was made by Project Veritas… The educator, Jeremy Boland, was placed on administrative leave as both Republicans and Democrats condemned his comments. In a video that lasts 12 minutes, Boland talked extensively at different locations to a woman who is not seen on the video. “Believe it or not, the open-minded, more progressive teachers are actually more savvy about delivering a Democratic message without really ever having to mention politics,” Boland said. When asked if he would ever hire a Catholic, Boland responded, “Honestly, I don’t want to. …Because if someone is raised hardcore Catholic, it’s like they’re brainwashed. You can never change their mindset.” He added, “I’m not a huge expert on religion, but Protestants in this area are probably the most liberal. But if they’re Catholic — conservative.”
School Board Backtracks After Parents Speak Out Against Submitting Student-Athlete Data to Gates-Linked Platform | 31 Aug 2022 | After controversy erupted at an Aug. 17 school board meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida, the School District of Palm Beach County School Board walked back a policy that would have required medical data for student athletes to be submitted online via Aktivate, a digital platform connected to Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. The policy would have required all mandatory forms and medical data for the registration of middle school and high school athletes to be submitted via the Aktivate platform, instead of in paper form. Aktivate is a private company, founded in 2021, that designs and markets software for the registration of student athletes and the submission of their medical data. Although the school board is said to have been aware it would be signing a contract with Aktivate as early as February 2022, finalizing that deal in May, parents and athletic personnel were not consulted and not informed until July, shortly before athletic registrations for the new school year were to begin.
Satanic Temple to hold back-to-school event at Pennsylvania high school | 25 Aug 2022 | (Dillsburg, PA) On Tuesday, Northern York County School District officials gave the green light for The Satanic Temple (TST) to host an event at Northern High School. The event is a back-to-school night for the After School Satan Club. “We know people have assumptions about what Satanism is and those assumptions are almost universally wrong,” said Lucien Greaves. Greaves is the co-founder of The Satanic Temple, which is based in Massachusetts. The scheduling of the satanic event comes just a few days after Northern York hosted a prayer night by the Christian-affiliated, Dillsburg Community Worship and Prayer. Greaves says congregants of The Satanic Temple should have similar access to school facilities.