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Breaking:House passes McCarthy-Biden debt ceiling deal with more Dems voting for it than Republicans | 31 May 2023 | The House passed legislation late Wednesday to implement the debt ceiling agreement negotiated between Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, putting Congress on track to allow more borrowing just days before the government is expected to run out of money. The bill passed in a 314-117 vote that saw majorities in both parties support the agreement, which also meets the GOP demand of cutting non-defense discretionary spending over the next two years. Republicans supported the bill by a 149-71 margin, and Democrats supported it 165-46. Democrats took credit for helping get the bill across the finish line. Earlier in the day, 52 Democrats made the rare move of voting with Republicans in a procedural vote to keep the bill alive.

Republican Rep. Rosendale to vote against $4 trillion debt ceiling deal: ‘Insult to the American people’ | 29 May 2023 | Rep. Matt Rosendale, a Republican from Montana, released a statement Sunday evening signaling he would vote against the “Fiscal Responsibility Act,” the debt ceiling deal released to the public earlier in the day by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Rosendale said the proposal, which he called the “Fiscal Irresponsibility Act,” failed to rein in federal spending. He also said lawmakers who support the bill are insulting the American people. “The D.C. Swamp has proposed the largest debt ceiling increase in our nation’s history, adding 4 trillion to the existing 31 trillion national debt,” said Rosendale. “The Fiscal Irresponsibility Act fails to cut spending and continues to fund the Democrats’ and Biden Administration’s radical agenda.” He added: “It is frankly an insult to the American people to support a piece of legislation that continues to put our country’s financial future at risk. Montanans did not send me to Washington to support business as usual, which is why I will be voting AGAINST the Fiscal Irresponsibility Act.”

WHO do you think you are? Outrage over ‘unprecedented land grab’ that ‘could see World Health Organization force Britain, the U.S. and Australia into lockdowns in future pandemics’ —The WHO could order governments to impose rules in future disease outbreaks —Tory MPs have called for a block on powers that would dictate UK health policy | 28 May 2023 | New powers could potentially plunge Britain, the US and Australia into lockdown measures at the whim of the World Health Organization, it was claimed today. The UN agency — heavily criticized for how it handled Covid — is considering 300 amendments to its legally binding rulebook. One measure floated, MPs and campaigners fear, opens the door for member states to be made to comply with any orders issued during future pandemics, such as enforcing vaccine passports and border closures. It states that countries vow to “undertake to follow WHO’s recommendations in their international public health response.” Critics today described the proposal — which still has to be voted on before ever cropping up in real-world policy — as an “unprecedented land grab.”

EU Parliament COVID-19 Summit: ‘Covid-19 was an Act of Biological Warfare Perpetrated on the Human Race and a Financial Heist’ | 26 May 2023 | The EU Parliament held the International COVID-19 Summit III in Brussels, Belgium, earlier this month. In a recent address to the European Parliament, a U.S. businessman specializing in patent auditing, David Martin, claimed that COVID-19 was not a natural occurrence but a calculated act of “biological warfare and a financial heist. Nature was hijacked, science was hijacked.” In his presentation in front of the EU parliament, Martin argued that the pandemic we said happened in the last few years did not overnight, citing sources in the public domain. According to him, the coronavirus was first identified in 1965 and serves as a model pathogen. In addition, they learned that coronaviruses can be modified.

Majority of COVID Hospital Deaths Were Due to Untreated Bacterial Pneumonia By James Lyons-Weiler, Ph.D. | 17 May 2023 | Hospital protocolists sticking to the strict hand-me-down highly profitable “COVID protocol” may have doomed a majority of admitted COVID-19 patients to death due to a perfect storm of institutional failure. I first warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in early 2020 that because the commercial kits did not use internal negative controls there would be arbitrarily high COVID-19 false positive rates due to the abuse of non-quantitative PCR… Knowing that people who were symptomatic for respiratory infections would be among the most tested population and that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s medical approach to COVID-19 was to tell people to go home and get as sick as possible, it was readily clear that people would be dying due to lack of treatment for treatable conditions, like bacterial pneumonia and fungal infections in the lung. Now a study from the National Institutes of Health-funded researchers in Chicago has found that unresolved respiratory infections — not necessarily those involved in SARS-CoV-2 — were present in people who failed to “respond” to mechanical ventilation.

Most Infected in COVID Outbreak at CDC Conference Were Vaccinated, Agency Confirms | 29 May 2023 | A COVID-19 outbreak unfolded at a conference held by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) despite most attendees being vaccinated. About 1,800 CDC staffers and others gathered in April in a hotel in Atlanta, where the CDC is headquartered, for a conference focused on epidemiological investigations and strategies. On April 27, the last day of the conference, several people notified organizers that they had tested positive for COVID-19. The CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health worked together to survey attendees to try to figure out how many people had tested positive… Approximately 80 percent of attendees filled out the survey. Among those, 181 said they tested positive for COVID-19. Pretty much all respondents–99.4 percent–had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Comedians paid by CDC to shill for vaccines dropping dead all around the globe | 30 May 2023 | In less than one year, 27 comedians around the world have “died suddenly.” Not a single report mentioned that every single one of them was likely injected with millions of toxic spike proteins that are known to cause sudden “unexplainable” cardiac arrest or stroke. Eleven of them were Americans, and several died right on stage, after pushing for other people to run out and get the COVID-19 clot shots, which are known to cause fatal vascular clots, invade the cleansing organs and trigger hyper-immune reactions that wind up sending these joke-telling vaccine pushers six feet under. Although several billion humans have been vaccinated for COVID-19 at least once, if not a few times, only a handful of autopsies of those who “died suddenly” afterward have been performed… It’s happening to military members, athletes, pilots, and now joke tellers, who, ironically, get paid by the vaccine pushers to push propaganda and insult those who avoid the clot-shots like the plague.

U.S. Postal Carrier: ’19 People Have Died on My Mail Route in Last 4 Months’ – Is the Vax the Cause? | 27 May 2023 | A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has released a video explaining that on her route, which covers 460 homes, an average of one or two people die each year. But in the last four months, she is shocked to note that NINETEEN people on her route have died. She theorizes the high number of deaths could be due to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Biden Regime to Send Another $300M Package for Ukraine Amidst Debt Ceiling Crisis | 31 May 2023 | No need to wait for the flawed uniparty debt ceiling deal vote. On Wednesday, the Biden regime announced the release of a new 300 million defense aid package for Ukraine. From the press release: “This security assistance package also contains artillery, anti-armor capabilities, and ammunition, including tens of millions of rounds of small arms ammunition, valued at up to 300 million to help Ukraine continue to defend its sovereign territory. The capabilities in this package include: Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems; AIM-7 missiles for air defense; Avenger air defense systems; Stinger anti-aircraft systems; Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)…”  

Russian Forces Destroy Last Ukrainian Warship | 31 May 2023 | The Russian forces have destroyed the last Ukrainian warship in the port of Odessa, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. “On May 29, as a result of a strike by a high-precision weapon of the Russian aerospace forces at…the port of Odessa, the last warship of the Ukrainian naval forces, Yuri Olefirenko, was destroyed,” the ministry said in a statement. The Yuri Olefirenko warship is classified as a landing craft that were built in the 1960s and 1970s in Poland for the USSR Navy. The ship was commissioned in 1971. In the meantime, the most fierce fighting is ongoing in the area of Avdeevka in the Donetsk direction, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that Ukraine lost over 200 soldiers here over the past day. According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in May alone, Ukrainian troops lost more than 16,000 servicemen, as well as over 20 planes and helicopters, 466 drones, four hundred tanks and other armored vehicles, 238 field artillery guns and mortars.

U.S. ‘encourages’ Ukraine to attack Russia – ambassador –The West is backing “terrorists” in Kiev, Moscow’s envoy to Washington has said | 31 May 2023 | The U.S. has been inciting Ukraine to strike Russian territory, despite claiming the opposite, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday. Antonov argued that Washington’s statements in response to the recent drone raid on the Russian capital “sound like an encouragement for Ukrainian terrorists.” “Doesn’t the [U.S.] administration understand that no one believes their slogans about non-support of Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory?!” the diplomat said, according to a statement on the embassy’s Telegram channel. Antonov’s remarks came after a White House spokesperson told reporters “as [a] general matter, we do not support attacks inside of Russia.” The goal of the drone attack was to “sow fear among Russians” and undermine trust in the authorities, he said.

Putin confirms strike on Ukrainian military intelligence HQ –Kiev’s continuing attacks on Russian soil are aimed at provoking a “mirror response” from Moscow, the president has said | 30 May 2023 | Russia has targeted the headquarters of the Ukrainian military’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) in Kiev, President Vladimir Putin confirmed on Tuesday. “We’ve been talking about the possibility of striking the ‘decision-making centers.’ Naturally, Ukraine’s military intelligence headquarters falls into such a category, and it was hit two or three days ago,” Putin stated. The Russian president also acknowledged a Ukrainian drone attack on Moscow, which occurred earlier in the day. The main goal of such strikes is attempting to “intimidate” Russian citizens, which is a “clear sign” of “terrorist activity” on Kiev’s part, he said. Unlike Ukraine, which has been targeting “residential buildings” in Russia, Moscow is striking only military targets, such as ammunition dumps or fuel depots, with “high-precision” weaponry, he added.

One person killed in Ukrainian shelling of Donetsk –The capital of Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic was attacked several times on Friday, local authorities say | 26 May 2003 | One person was killed as Ukrainian forces used multiple rocket launchers to shell Donetsk, the capital of Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the city’s mayor Aleksey Kulemzin has said. A research institute in the city’s Kalininsky District was struck on Friday morning, the mayor wrote on Telegram. A 37-year-old woman was killed in the attack, he said. Kulemzin also posted images of the affected four-story building, with its windows blown out and damage done to the upper floors…The military authorities in Donetsk reported that six missiles from multiple rocket launchers had been fired at the city from the Ukrainian side. They didn’t specify if U.S.-supplied HIMARS or some of Kiev’s remaining Soviet-era systems were used in the attack.

Erdogan Wins Turkish Presidential Election Runoff | 29 May 2023 | Turkiye’s Supreme Election Council said on Sunday that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the nation’s sitting president, had won the runoff election with 52.14% of the vote, while his opponent, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, received 47.86%. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that “the century of Turkiye” would begin following his victory in the second round of the presidential election. Speaking to supporters at his residence in Ankara on Sunday night, Erdogan said that “Turkiye is the winner. The winner is our nation itself with all its segments. The winner is our democracy. If you remember, we said at every opportunity that no one in our country would lose if we won.”

EU Issues Warning After Elon Musk Pulls Twitter Out of Anti-‘Disinformation’ Agreement | 28 May 2023 | Senior European Union officials were furious over the weekend after Twitter owner Elon Musk pulled the social media platform out of the bloc’s “Code of Practice,” which critics say is tantamount to a censorship regime. The EU’s internal market commissioner, Thierry Breton, wrote that Twitter left the bloc’s Code of Practice, after reports claimed the platform would do so. Breton warned that Twitter would face some legal liabilities. “Twitter leaves EU voluntary Code of Practice against disinformation. But obligations remain. You can run, but you can’t hide,” Breton wrote. “Beyond voluntary commitments, fighting disinformation will be legal obligation under #DSA as of August 25. Our teams will be ready for enforcement.” …Jacob Mchangama, a Danish historian, sounded the alarm about the Digital Services Act in late 2022, writing in an opinion article that the plan would be a case of the “cure” being “worse than the disease.”

Wray offer to see Biden bribery allegation file not enough, Comer says | 31 May 2023 | House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said no deal Wednesday after FBI Director Christopher Wray offered to let him privately review an informant file alleging Joe Biden was involved in a bribery scheme, while vice president. A source familiar with Wray’s early afternoon call with Comer (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Post that the FBI chief confirmed the existence of an FD-1023 informant file from June 2020 accusing Biden of corruption and offered Comer and committee ranking member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) “in camera review” of the document. The FBI had refused to share the document following a legally binding May 3 subpoena from Comer, which the chairman said Tuesday he would enforce with contempt proceedings against Wray. In a statement following the call, Comer indicated the document standoff would continue. “Today, FBI Director Wray confirmed the existence of the FD-1023 form alleging then-Vice President Biden engaged in a criminal bribery scheme with a foreign national. However, Director Wray did not commit to producing the documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee.”

Republicans to hold FBI Director Wray in contempt of Congress over Biden document –Document allegedly describes a criminal scheme involving Joe Biden and a foreign national | 30 May 2023 | House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer is taking steps to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress after the Bureau notified the panel it will not comply with its subpoena related to a possible criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Joe Biden. The FBI, though, said Tuesday evening it remains committed to cooperating with Congress, and will provide access to the document “in a format and setting that maintains confidentiality and protects important security interests and the integrity of FBI investigations.” Comer, R-Ky., has subpoenaed the FBI for a document that allegedly describes a criminal scheme involving Biden and a foreign national and relating to the exchange of m-ney for policy decisions. The document is an FBI-generated FD-1023 form.

Republicans Cry Foul: Biden’s DOJ Targets West Virginia Governor’s Family After He Launches U.S. Senate Campaign Against Democrat | 31 May 2023 | Republicans are crying foul following the news of Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) targeting West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s (R) family. Justice, who is also a GOP Senate candidate hoping to unseat Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), is the latest to experience political targeting from Biden’s DOJ, as it has filed a civil complaint against his family’s coal empire — over a dozen coal businesses ran or owned by his son Jay Justice — citing “repeated violations of the law” in hopes of recovering what the assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Todd Kim described as “penalties they owe as a result of those violations.” The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) was among the first to accuse the Biden DOJ of sheer abuse of power, connecting the announcement to Justice’s recent candidacy for Senate. “Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has gone totally rogue. Democrats weaponizing the federal government to attack the family of a Republican Senate candidate is a complete abuse of power,” NRSC spokesman Tate Mitchell stated.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin deploys 100 Virginia National Guard troops to assist Texas border response –Virginia is the latest GOP-run state to send personnel to the border following similar deployments from four other states. | 31 May 2023 | Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday announced the deployment of 100 Virginia National Guard soldiers and 21 supporting personnel in compliance with a request from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for military support to respond to the border crisis. The service members, who will be deployed to Texas for 30 days, are supporting Abbott’s Operation Lone Star with the goal of securing the border and reducing the flow of the deadly opioid fentanyl into the U.S. Virginia is the latest GOP-run state to send personnel to the border following similar deployments in recent weeks from Tennessee, Nebraska, Mississippi and Florida.

CNN hits Biden with ‘horrible news’ as poll shows 66% of Americans call a 2024 victory a ‘disaster,’ ‘setback’ | 25 May 2023 | CNN delivered “horrible news” for Joe Biden as the network’s latest polling offered a grim forecast ahead of his 2024 reelection bid. The poll released Thursday show a whopping 66% of Americans view a Biden victory in the upcoming presidential election as either a “disaster” or a “setback” for the United States. “Horrible news, horrible for Joe Biden,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper reacted to the poll. “Those are some bad numbers,” he later added.

Ex-Biden aide Tara Reade flees to Russia over safety concerns | 31 May 2023 | Tara Reade, an ex-congressional aide to Joe Biden who accused him of sexual assault, has indicated that she intends to apply for a Russian passport. The ex-staffer-turned-journalist recently moved to Russia, claiming she no longer felt safe in the U.S. Speaking on Tuesday at a press conference, Reade said that after being constantly persecuted in the U.S. over her allegations, she hoped to “find safety” in Russia — a country she never regarded as an enemy — adding that she “appreciates my friends in Moscow…that have opened their arms” to welcome her. “I’m going to make a request, and it is a large one. I’d like to apply for citizenship in Russia from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,” the ex-aide stated, promising to be “a good citizen.”

Utah Target evacuated after it received a bomb threat for ‘turning its back’ on LGBT community after Pride collection walk back – store is one of several to receive threats –A Target in Layton, Utah, was evacuated after bomb threats were made against the store, and several others in Utah and Ohio, to local news stations Police said the threats were made from a ‘bonus email address’ –A local Ohio newspaper also received an email threatening five stores, claiming: ‘We will continue to bomb your Targets until you stop cowering…’ | 27 May 2023 | A Utah Target has been evacuated and a bomb squad has been called in after multiple threats were made against stores across the state and five in Ohio after the company’s annual Pride collection sparked fury. A Layton Target – located at 810 West 2000 North – was evacuated after receiving multiple bomb threats. A bomb squad and a K9 unit were deployed to the store around 1pm, according to KUTV. All staff and customers were directed to the parking lot. Police said stores in Layton, Salt Lake, Taylorsville and Provo were threatened. Authorities became aware of the threats after local news stations received emails threatening danger and referencing the company’s new controversial Pride collection. Five Targets in across Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania were also threatened, according to Cleveland 19, who received a threatening email listing stores in Stow, North Canton, Boardman, Niles, Ohio and Monaca, Pennsylvania.

$50 million settlement, criminal charges dropped against PG&E in deadly 2020 Zogg Fire | 31 May 2023 | (Redding, CA) A Shasta County judge has dismissed all criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric for its role in the deadly Zogg Fire, as the utility agrees to 50 million civil settlement with Shasta County district attorney. “We have reached a civil judgment with PG&E to increase safety and preparedness and provide services in our community,” said Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett. The Zogg Fire broke out in 2020, killing four people and burning more than 56,000 acres in Shasta County. It was caused by a tree falling on a PG&E distribution line, according to Cal Fire. Thursday’s ruling comes after a tentative court order that found no evidence that multiple inspections of the area fell below industry standards.