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Biden ID’d as ‘chairman’ in son’s Chinese business deal; president has met most of foreign execs

                                                                     President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden arrive at Fort McNair in Washington on Sunday, June 25, 2023. Hunter Biden has been charged with felony gun possession. A federal indictment filed in Delaware says Biden lied about his drug use when he bought a firearm in 2018 while struggling with addiction to crack cocaine. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Hunter Biden referred to his father as “the chairman” in a group chat with business partners working to secure a multimillion-dollar deal with a Chinese energy company, according to evidence produced by House lawmakers investigating President Biden over corruption allegations.

The president has denied having a role in any of his family’s businesses, and Democrats accuse Republicans of conducting a political witch hunt that has turned up no evidence of corruption.

Lawmakers say they now have evidence that Mr. Biden, at the very least, met with most of the foreign business executives who later awarded millions of dollars to his family, including Ye Jianming, chairman of CEFC, an energy company tied to the Chinese Communist Party.

U.S. racks up munitions costs in indefinite fight against Houthis

                                                                             Houthi supporters attend a rally against the U.S.-led airstrikes on Yemen and in support of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Yemen, in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Feb. 09, 2024. (AP Photo/Osamah Abdulrahman)

The U.S. military’s open-ended war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels is getting expensive.

The conflict with the Iran-allied forces over the past few months appears to have cost U.S. taxpayers well over $100 million in munitions alone, according to most estimates, with a total price tag that will soon easily clear $1 billion.

Determining to the penny how much the Pentagon has spent on its campaign against Houthis is difficult. The cost includes regular downings of Houthi anti-ship missiles and drones over the Red Sea and a growing number of strikes on rebel targets in Yemen. U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military activity in the Middle East, did not provide specific figures when asked by The Washington Times. It cited operational security concerns.

ICE Facing $700M Shortfall

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could release thousands of migrants as it faces running out of money by May.

Four ICE officials told The Washington Post that the agency has drafted plans to release migrants and cut its capacity to hold detainees after the failure of a Senate border bill that would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall.

While the Post reported sources saying the shortfall is $700 million, two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials told NBC News that ICE is forecasting a budget shortfall of more than $500 million unless Congress takes action. Customs and Border Protection is among other areas of the department facing similar shortfalls.

The $118 billion bipartisan Senate deal last week targeted more than $15 billion to DHS but that package was killed by House Republicans, who have proposed a more restrictive border security bill passed last year.

House Votes to Impeach Mayorkas, a Historic Rebuke of Sitting Cabinet Member by GOP

                                                              Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill, Nov. 8, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The U.S. House voted Tuesday to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, with the Republican majority determined to punish the Biden administration over its handling of the U.S-Mexico border after failing last week in a politically embarrassing setback.

The evening roll call proved tight, with Speaker Mike Johnson’s threadbare GOP majority unable to handle many defectors or absences in the face of staunch Democratic opposition to impeaching Mayorkas, the first Cabinet secretary facing charges in nearly 150 years.

In a historic rebuke, the House impeached Mayorkas 214-213. With the return of Majority Leader Steve Scalise to bolster the GOP's numbers after being away from Washington for cancer care and a Northeastern storm impacting some others, Republicans recouped — despite dissent from their own ranks.

President Joe Biden said in a statement released after the vote, “History will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games.”

Israeli Victims of Oct. 7 Press ICC to Investigate Hamas

Israeli survivors of the Oct. 7 attacks and relatives of victims are stepping up efforts to get the International Criminal Court prosecutor to scrutinize Hamas' crimes as part of his investigation into the attack and Israel's response in Gaza.

"We want to make sure that the world acts and that their freedom is hindered," Udi Goren, cousin of 41-year-old Tal Haimi who was abducted Oct. 7, said of leaders of the Palestinian group Hamas. Haimi was later confirmed dead, his body still being held in Gaza.

Israeli survivors of the Oct. 7 Hamas attack and families of victims want the court to target Hamas leaders with arrest warrants.

"We want to ... make sure that the leaders of Hamas are taken into custody or that they cannot leave Qatar anymore and that this puts pressure on them to release the hostages," Goren said, speaking at Israel's Ben Gurion airport.

Goren was among a group of around 100 family members of hostages preparing to fly to the ICC's headquarters in The Hague.

US Rejected Putin's Suggestion of Ukraine Cease-Fire, Sources Say

Russian President Vladimir Putin's suggestion of a cease-fire in Ukraine to freeze the war was rejected by the United States after contacts between intermediaries, three Russian sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.

The Kremlin on Wednesday denied the sources' claim Putin proposed a cease-fire to the U.S.

Asked if the Reuters report that Russia had made peace proposals was true, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "No. It is not true."

The failure of Putin's approach ushers in a third year of the deadliest conflict in Europe since World War II and illustrates just how far apart the world's two largest nuclear powers remain.

Biden’s silent war on America’s steel industry

Tariffs instituted under Trump should be reinstated

The United Steelworkers Union has received “assurances” from President Biden that he will support its members in their fight against a potential takeover by Japan-based Nippon Steel of Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel.

U.S. Steel is the company that once made America the world’s largest steel producer — and is now a shadow of its former self because of decades of unfair competition.

My strong Trumpian message to the union‘s leaders as Mr. Biden presses them for a presidential candidate endorsement as a quid pro quo is this: Don’t be fooled into thinking that he has the backs of rank-and-file steelworkers. Only former President Donald Trump ever has, and the statistics don’t lie.

Room and Board to Those Who Rob Make Cities War Zones

Criminals posing as asylum seekers are turning American cities into war zones.

The Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua, feared for how it tortures its victims, is setting up business in New York City, police sources reveal.

Gang members recruit migrants from shelters and as they come off buses from Texas, putting then to work in retail theft rings or on mopeds, grabbing phones and handbags and roughing up pedestrians.

"This is organized crime. It's just like the Mafia," says Paul DiGiacomo, president of the NYC Detectives' Endowment Association.

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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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            Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication.