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CLG: Train car carrying toxic perchloric acid explodes in Nebraska rail yard

Evacuation orders issued for four mile radius as huge plume of smoke fills sky above North Platte

Pictures have been shared on social media showing the smoke billowing into the air in the city
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Breaking: CLG News Founder Michael Rectenwald Launches Presidential Bid as Libertarian by Legitgov | 15 Sept 2023 | CLG News Founder, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., has entered the 2024 U.S. presidential race as a Libertarian. Rectenwald, 64, is an author, scholar, and pundit. In a campaign email, Rectenwald stated: “I am officially announcing my candidacy for President of the United States and seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for office… [As an NYU professor] in the fall of 2016, I dared to speak out about the ‘social justice’ madness on campuses across the U.S. and was promptly savaged by the woke mob. I was a target of ‘cancel culture’ before the term was even invented. These social justice radicals forced me to see the light. I became a hardcore Libertarian and a champion for liberty, and haven’t looked back.” Rectenwald told CLG exclusively: “As the founder of CLG News, I’m running to wrest power from the corrupt, incompetent, and tyrannical federal government and to restore it to the people.”

Judge Halts New York Attorney General’s Fraud Trial Against Trump | 15 Sept 2023 | A New York appeals court judge halted the scheduled Oct. 2 trial in New York Attorney General Letitia James’s fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization, a spokesman for the court confirmed Thursday. State Justice David Friedman, with the 1st Department of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, granted an interim stay of the trial–slated to start Oct. 2–and referred the matter to a five-judge panel, which expects to rule in the last week of September, a spokesperson said. He also ordered the full appeals court to consider a reported lawsuit that President Trump had filed against the trial judge, Arthur Engoron, on an expedited basis. President Trump’s lawyers had raised issue with Judge Engoron’s refusal to grant a request for a three-week trial delay, which he said was “completely without merit.” They also asked the judge to pause the trial until he issues a ruling on the statute of limitations regarding certain claims in Ms. James’s lawsuit, it was reported.

Justice Alito temporarily pauses order restricting Biden administration’s social media contacts | 14 Sept 2023 | Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito paused an order restricting the Biden administration’s communications with social media companies after lower courts ruled officials engaged in censorship practices. Alito’s temporary hold on a federal judge’s July 4 ruling comes after the Justice Department asked the high court to stay the decision, arguing it infringes on the First Amendment rights of government officials and impedes their duties. The preliminary injunction is short-lived. Alito’s order noted it would be stayed until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 22. Responses to the government’s application are due Sept. 20.

White House Demands Media Outlets Target Republicans With More ‘Scrutiny’ Over Biden Impeachment Probe | 14 Sept 2023 | The White House has asked media outlets to subject House Republicans to greater scrutiny after they launched an impeachment inquiry against President [sic] Joe Biden, focusing on allegations of corruption. In a memo to media outlets obtained by The Epoch Times, White House spokesperson Ian Sams said, “It’s time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies.” Mr. Sams said in the memo that Congressional Republicans have for years tried to “muddy the waters” by making supposedly spurious allegations against Joe Biden and attracting media coverage that only serves to “generate confusion, put false premises in people’s feeds, and obscure the truth.”

Whistleblower alleges CIA offered officials money to change view of COVID origins | 12 Sept 2023 | A whistleblower from the CIA told Congress that the agency offered officials on a team investigating COVID-19 origins “significant monetary incentive” to change their positions, from that it originated out of a leak from the Wuhan lab to “unable to determine” the origins, Fox News Digital has learned. Fox News Digital obtained letters House Coronavirus Subcommittee Chairman Brad Wenstrup and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner sent to the Central Intelligence Agency and a former official. “The Select Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have received new and concerning whistleblower testimony regarding the Agency’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19,” Wenstrup and Turner wrote to CIA Director William Burns Tuesday. “A multi-decade, senior-level, current Agency officer has come forward to provide information to the Committees regarding the Agency’s analysis into the origins of COVID-19,” they wrote.

California quietly disavows medical misinformation law before courts can strike it down –Repeal provision slipped into Medical Board of California reform bill in recent weeks, but no one is taking credit for it. 9th Circuit questioned law’s constitutionality this summer. | 12 Sept 2023 | California’s COVID-19 medical misinformation law, which threatens the licenses of doctors who deviate from a fluctuating “scientific consensus” in conversations with patients, got a frosty reception in front of trial and appeals courts this year. Signed into law by Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom nearly a year ago, AB 2098 may not exist by the time judges get around to deciding its constitutionality. A provision to repeal the law was apparently added to Senate Bill 815, which makes changes to the Medical Board of California, in late August or early September with the legislative session winding down. Nobody seems to know, or is willing to say, how it got there.

Moscow Slams Inclusion of Kim Jong Un in Ukrainian ‘State Enemy’ Database | 15 Sept 2023 | ”North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s inclusion in the Ukrainian neo-Nazi [and CIA-backed] website Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) is another provocation by Kiev and a vain attempt to intimidate everyone,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin said on Friday. The Myrotvorets website has taken the liberty of disclosing the personal information of journalists, military personnel from the recently annexed Russian territories, and various other individuals whom the creators of the website deem as “adversaries of Ukraine.” People on the database often received threats from Ukrainian nationalists after their contact details were disclosed on the website. “Once again, the Kiev regime seeks to provoke and instill fear in us all. However, their attempts are futile, just like everything that the Myrotvorets website and its supporters from the Kiev regime stand for.” Galuzin told reporters.

Julian Assange: more than 60 Australian MPs urge US to let WikiLeaks founder walk free –MPs from major parties say continued extradition and prosecution would be ‘unjust’ and lead to an ‘outcry’ in Australia | 13 Sept 2023 | More than 60 Australian federal politicians have explicitly called on the US to drop the prosecution of Julian Assange, warning of “a sharp and sustained outcry in Australia” if the WikiLeaks founder is extradited. With a ;small cross-party delegation due to fly to Washington next week, the Guardian can reveal the lobbying trip has won the open support of 63 members of Australia’s House of Representatives and Senate. In a letter, the 63 MPs and senators said they stood in support of the trip to the US and were “resolutely of the view that the prosecution and incarceration of the Australian citizen Julian Assange must end.”

Train car carrying toxic perchloric acid explodes in Nebraska rail yard: Evacuation orders issued for four mile radius as huge plume of smoke fills sky above North Platte –Authorities are asking people living near a railroad in North Platte, Nebraska, to evacuate after a rail car carrying perchloric acid exploded –Footage near the city shows toxic white smoke billowing into the air, as emergency teams try to contain the blaze –The fire erupted inside a stationary railcar situated at the Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yards, which is the largest railroad yard in the world | 15 Sept 2023 | A train carrying toxic perchloric acid has exploded in a Nebraska rail yard, prompting evacuation orders to be issued, as huge plumes are seen engulfing the city. The incident happened on Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the city of North Platte earlier today. North Platte Volunteer Fire Department announced that they would order those living in the area to evacuate due to the toxic smoke from the railroad.

Hunter Biden Indicted on Felony Gun Charges –Hunter Biden has been indicted on felony firearm charges in a federal court in Delaware. | 14 Sept 2023 | Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has been indicted in a federal court in Delaware on felony gun charges. Court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on Sept. 14 show that Mr. Hunter Biden was indicted on three counts in connection with allegations that he made false statements to a gun dealer and possessed a firearm while using drugs. Two of the counts relate to allegations that Mr. Biden “knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement, intended and likely to deceive” a gun dealer when he sought to buy a firearm in October 2018.

Tyranny Takes Hold in America: Reporter Owen Shroyer Sentenced to 60 Days in Prison for Speech Crimes – DOJ Says ‘Shroyer Helped Create January 6’ Through His Speech | 12 Sept 2023 | Infowars reporter and War Room host Owen Shroyer was sentenced to 60 days in prison — Owen stood outside the Capitol and warned Trump supporters not to go inside the U.S. Capitol. Owen also frequently spoke out against the stolen 2020 election. DOJ prosecutors sought prison time against Owen for this speech crime. For this he was sentenced to 60 days in prison.

Trump soars past Biden in key swing states – poll | 15 Sept 2023 | Former President Donald Trump has staked out clear leads against President Joe Biden in key swing states that could hand him the 2024 presidential election. At the national level, Trump and Biden tied with 39% support each in a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey. In the American electoral system, however, it is not the popular vote winner that necessarily claims the White House. Rather, one must claim a majority of votes in the Electoral College, which in practice go to the winner of the state the electors represent. In the key swing states of Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nevada, and Michigan, Trump notched a 6% lead over Biden, 41% to 35%. A further 24% were undecided.

Libertarians Want Control Over Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell | 12 Sept 2023 | The U.S. Libertarian Party has filed for conservatorships for President [sic] Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, referring to them as “geriatric elites” mentally unfit to properly serve the American populace. Biden, already the oldest living president at age 80, currently plans to run for reelection and, if successful, would be 82 at the beginning of his second term and 86 at its conclusion. He has been ridiculed for myriad gaffes and rambling statements, including mixing up Ukrainians and Iranians as well as referencing dead lawmakers in speeches. McConnell, 81, has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 1985. Calls for his resignation ramped up following two separate but similar incidents in which the lawmaker froze in public–once on July 26 while addressing reporters in the U.S. Capitol, and more recently on August 30 in Covington, Kentucky, as a reporter asked if he would seek reelection in 2024.

House Republicans launch probe into Biden administration’s handling of Maui ‘wildfires’ | 15 Sept 2023 | House Republicans on Friday announced the start of a probe into the Biden administration’s handling of the devastating wildfires Directed Energy Attacks in Maui, Hawaii. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) and Government Operations and the Federal Workforce Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) wrote a letter to FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell, announcing the probe. “To ensure locals are receiving the assistance they need, and taxpayer dollars being used effectively, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability is taking action and seeking information from FEMA on all ongoing recovery efforts in Maui,” the letter reads. “The Oversight Committee has a responsibility to ensure FEMA is utilizing every tool at their disposal efficiently and will work to ensure FEMA delivers assistance in a seamless, swift timeframe.” The letter raises concerns about a possible delayed federal response, how Federal Emergency Management Agency employees were allegedly staying in top hotels there and multiple people could not contact the agency shortly after the disaster. 

GOP Rep. Emmer Introduces Legislation to Block Federal Reserve from Issuing CBDCs in Any Form, Citing Surveillance Risks and Monetary Policy Concerns | 13 Sept 2023 | House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (MN-06) reintroduced his flagship legislation, the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Anti-Surveillance State Act, signaling a strong countermove against the Biden regime’s overreach into Americans’ financial privacy. Emmer has rallied a significant bloc of 50 original Republican co-sponsors, underscoring the concern among conservatives about the implications of a government-issued digital currency. At the core of this legislation is the principle that a Central Bank Digital Currency, unlike decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, would give the federal government unprecedented powers to monitor and control individual financial transactions.

Pandemic unemployment fraud as high as $135B, watchdog says | 12 Sept 2023 | Fraudulent unemployment insurance payouts during the pandemic amounted to 100 billion to 135 billion, according to an estimate from the Government Accountability Office included in a report released on Tuesday. The congressional watchdog produced the estimate based on sampling of pandemic unemployment insurance payouts and the use of a statistical model that took fraud risks into account. According to the report, as of May 1, just 1.2 billion in fraudulent overpayments have been recovered by states. The Department of Labor, in reply comments dated Aug. 28, 2023 that were included in the report, said GAO’s model “likely overestimates the level of fraud,” and took issue with the sampling methodology.

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