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Trump Shreds 'Fake Fani Willis Case' in Ga.: 'Game Over'

                                                          Pictured: Former President Donald J. Trump, flanked by lawyers Christopher Kise (L) and Alina Habba (R), sits in court during closing arguments in the Trump Organization civil fraud trial

Donald Trump led a chorus of criticism against Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis, whose testimony in a hearing Thursday over her alleged misconduct sparked a wave of reaction, with the former president asserting, "game over."

One lawmaker called Willis' testimony a "historic meltdown."

Willis was put on the defensive over her admitted romance with Nathan Wade, a man she installed as top prosecutor in the criminal case against Trump in the very courtroom she appeared in Thursday. At issue is when Willis' romantic relationship with Wade began; a witness and former friend of Willis said it began three years before the two are claiming.

A judge will decide if it's enough to disqualify Willis and Wade from prosecuting the case.

Trump says Georgia election interference case ‘tainted’ and must be dropped

Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russia’s Putin, has died, Russian authorities say

                                                                        Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appears via a video link from the Arctic penal colony where he is serving a 19-year sentence, provided by the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service during a hearing of Russia's Supreme Court, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russia’s official press has confirmed that Alexei Navalny, the country’s best-known dissident and a caustic critic of President Vladimir Putin, had died while serving a sentence at a Siberian penal colony.

The official Tass news service confirmed on Friday that Mr. Navalny, 47, had died and that Mr. Putin had been informed of his passing.

The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, known as the FSIN, said in a statement that Mr. Navalny had fallen ill while taking a walk and efforts to resuscitate him had failed. The cause of the death has not been determined and prison officials claimed that Navalny had “no health complaints and there were no medical requests made by his relatives before the incident,” according to the Tass report.

Mr. Navalny had reportedly been ill in recent months and was still dealing with the lingering effects of a suspected nerve agent while campaigning against Mr. Putin in August 2020, an attack widely believed to have been ordered by the Kremlin.

Fani Willis won’t return to the witness stand as judge weighs disqualification in Trump case
The Fulton County district attorney’s office has opted not to put Fani Willis back on the witness stand, avoiding the spectacle of more testimony about the top prosecutor’s personal life as she fights an effort to derail Donald Trump’s 2020 election interference case.
                                                   'One of your motions you tried to implicate I slept with him at that conference,  which I find to be extremely offensive,' Willis snapped at lawyer Ashleigh Merchant

The Fulton County district attorney’s office opted not to put Fani Willis back on the witness stand Friday, avoiding the spectacle of more deeply personal testimony from the top prosecutor as she fights an effort to derail Donald Trump’s 2020 Georgia election interference case.

While Willis will not answer more questions in court, a defense attorney who is trying to have the prosecutor removed from the case is expected to call other witnesses to try to rebut the district attorney’s testimony about her romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

Allegations of misconduct have taken center stage in the case, which was supposed to be about efforts to overturn Georgia’s presidential election results but has become embroiled in controversy over the love lives of the prosecutors seeking to hold Trump accountable.

During fiery and sometimes combative testimony on Thursday, Willis was grilled by lawyers over the relationship defense attorneys allege presents a conflict of interest that should force Willis and her office off the case. Willis and Wade have both acknowledged they were in a relationship, but say their personal lives have no bearing on the case.

Fani Willis Tells All in Wild Testimony, Talks Cash Piles in Safe, Father’s Advice, Preferring Grey Goose Over Wine
Nathan Wade grilled by Trump attorney over when he had SEX with Fani Willis:
Fani Willis AVOIDS more testimony as state attorneys choose NOT to question her after she was grilled on her sex life with 'Southern gentleman' prosecutor 'lover' Nathan Wade

Special counsel charges former FBI informant with falsely claiming Burisma bribed the Bidens
                                                                       Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, accompanied by his attorney Abbe Lowell, left, leaves a House Oversight Committee hearing as Republicans are taking the first step toward holding him in contempt of Congress, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The prosecutor who charged Hunter Biden with tax fraud and gun crimes has indicted a former FBI informant on charges of fraudulently claiming President Biden and his son received bribes from Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.

Special counsel David C. Weiss announced Thursday he is charging Alexander Smirnov with two counts of lying to the FBI about Hunter Biden and his father.

Mr. Smirnov, 43, was arrested Thursday at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas upon return from a foreign trip. He faces up to 25 years in prison on the charges.

With help from Democrats, House votes to overturn Biden’s freeze on new LNG exports
A heat exchanger and transfer pipes at Dominion Energy's Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby, Md., June 12, 2014. The Biden administration is delaying consideration of new natural gas export terminals in the United States, even as gas shipments to Europe and Asia have soared since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

The House passed legislation Thursday to overturn President Biden’s moratorium on new liquefied natural gas exports, marking the latest instance of centrist Democrats joining Republicans to buck the president’s green energy agenda.

The bill, led by Rep. August Pfluger, Texas Republican, passed on a 224-200 vote, with nine Democrats joining the Republicans. It would lift the moratorium on new exports but faces an all-but-certain blockade in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Last month, the Department of Energy stopped granting new applications for LNG exports pending a review to determine whether such projects are in the public’s best interest and how the agency can better factor climate change mitigation efforts into its approvals.

Most Americans call Biden presidency unsuccessful, poll finds
                                                                      President Joe Biden delivers remarks on a $95 billion Ukraine Israel aid package being debated in Congress, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Most Americans rate President Biden‘s first term in office poorly, according to a new poll.

A survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports sought to assess the public’s perception of Mr. Biden‘s presidency as either a success or a failure, a fundamental test with implications for his potential reelection bid.

According to the poll results, a majority of participants, 58%, viewed Mr. Biden‘s tenure as unsuccessful. This sentiment was further broken down, with 40% labeling his presidency a “complete failure”—the most negative option provided—while another 18% found it to be “mostly unsuccessful.”

In contrast, a portion of those surveyed did consider Mr. Biden‘s presidency successful; however, just 9% went so far as to describe it as “a complete success.”

Israeli Troops Storm Gaza Hospital, 4 Die as Oxygen Cut Off

The storming by Israeli troops of southern Gaza's main hospital brought chaos to hundreds of staff and patients inside, as health officials Friday said four people in intensive care died after their oxygen cut off.

Troops were searching the facility, where the military said it believes the remains of hostages abducted by Hamas might be located.

The raid came after troops had besieged Nasser Hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis for nearly a week, with staff, patients and others inside struggling under heavy fire and dwindling supplies, including food and water.

What do Democrats do with a problem like Biden?

President Biden will again be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States of America. Even after a special prosecutor in his own Department of Justice described the 46th president as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” the only path to a replacement is Mr. Biden himself stepping down. That’s not going to happen.

Sure, it’s fun to speculate. For months, pundits on social media have been promoting the theory that California Gov. Gavin Newsom would sweep in at the last minute and save his party. Those rumors seemed to die down after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Fox News host Sean Hannity provided Mr. Newsom with a verbal beatdown in a nationally televised debate between the two governors.

Lately, the big buzz has been about the well-liked former first lady Michelle Obama. She consistently polls ahead of other Democrats. In a party consumed by identity politics, her selection would make more sense, as allowing a White man to leapfrog over Vice President Kamala Harris would be an insult to many — particularly younger voters whom Democrats desperately need to win come November.

Democrats Are Too Resigned to Biden

If he steps aside, he’ll be a hero to his party. If he stays, his legacy may well be a second Trump term.
     By Peggy Noonan

The only time Democrats get excited now is when the subject is Donald Trump. Then they get marvelously worked up. An official of the administration called to let off steam. “Trump says NATO doesn’t pay its bills—has anyone noticed the irony? Donald Trump is the biggest deadbeat in history. How many hundreds of contractors did he stiff through his career, how many plumbers didn’t get paid for their work, and he complains about others? Talk about projecting!”

But when the subject is Joe Biden, they’re depressed. They have accepted that he is the inevitable nominee and explain the reasons. I can’t get myself to buy them. The thinking is too limited, too weary and defensive about life. And so a last stab at why it doesn’t have to be this way.

Mr. Biden is stuck at 39% approval; Mr. Trump is leading; a large majority of the country thinks he’s too old for the job. It’s not that his walk is slow or stilted, not that he occasionally loses his thought. It’s that the presidency is a speaking role and he can’t make a sustained case on Ukraine, Israel, illegal immigration, all the great issues. This leaves things confused, without a central voice, and makes people nervous: there’s too much mystery around this White House. They say he’s fine when he’s well-rested, but events don’t knock softly on the door and ask if you’re ready for them.

This is what Democrats argue: There is nobody else. But there is. Here we summon the usual names, starting with the Gs—Gov. Gavin Newsom, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Add Jared Polis, Josh Shapiro, all the candidates of the 2020 primary. There is no Biden movement within the party that would bolt without him, no Biden cult that must be appeased.

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

From the Archive....

                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.”

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird



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