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Trump pits minority voters against illegal immigrants in effort to soften Biden coalition

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Former President Donald Trump says the surge of illegal immigrants is more than a safety risk and a drain on public resources — it’s also hurting Black and Hispanic Americans’ ability to get jobs.

Mr. Trump has made the claim a staple of his campaign speeches, urging voters to punish President Biden for unleashing the record-shattering border chaos that has flooded the country with perhaps 5 million newcomers.

“The people coming across the border — all those millions of people — they’re inflicting tremendous harm to our Black population and to our Hispanic population,” Mr. Trump said at a recent campaign stop in Detroit, which is predominantly Black and the key to Mr. Biden’s chances of winning the swing state of Michigan.

Steven A. Camarota, a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies, said Mr. Trump is tapping into something real.



Israeli Forces Intensify Attacks Across Gaza

                                                           Israeli forces storm Gaza City neighborhood

Israeli forces pounded Rafah and other areas across the Gaza Strip and engaged in close-quarter combat with fighters led by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, residents and Israel's military said.

Residents said the Israelis appeared to by trying to complete their capture of Rafah, the city on the enclave's southern edge that has been the focus of an Israeli assault since early May.

Tanks were forcing their way into the western and northern parts of the city, having already captured the east, south and center. Israeli forces fired from planes, tanks and ships off the coast, forcing a new wave of displacement from the city, which had been sheltering more than a million displaced people, most of whom have been forced to flee again.
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  • WSJ: No. of Surviving Israeli Hostages May Be as Low as 50
  • WH: Netanyahu's Comments on Weapons 'Incorrect'
  • Houthis Sink 2nd Ship; Shippers Urge Red Sea Action
  • Head of Lebanon's Hezbollah Threatens Israel
  • WH Cancels Meeting With Israel Over Netanyahu Spat
  • Shippers Urge Red Sea Action as Houthis Sink 2nd Vessel



  • Washington Post will not bring in Robert Winnett as its top editor after report raised ethical questions


    The Washington Post said Friday that Robert Winnett, the British journalist who had been slated to take over as the newspaper’s top editor, will no longer join the publication that has been ensnared in a weeks-long crisis over ethics questions.

    “It is with regret that I share with you that Robert Winnett has withdrawn from the position of Editor at The Washington Post,” Will Lewis, The Post’s embattled publisher and chief executive, told staff in a Friday morning memo.

    Winnett, who had been tapped this month by Lewis to join The Post following the November election, will now remain deputy editor of London’s Telegraph newspaper. The decision comes after Winnett’s journalistic integrity was questioned in a 3,000-word front page expose published by The Post, which reported that Winnett had previously used materials from a self-described “thief” for reporting.




    Supreme Court upholds a gun control law intended to protect domestic violence victims

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    The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal gun control law that is intended to protect victims of domestic violence.

    In their first Second Amendment case since they expanded gun rights in 2022, the justices ruled in favor of a 1994 ban on firearms for people under restraining orders to stay away from their spouses or partners. The justices reversed a ruling from the federal appeals court in New Orleans that had struck down the law.

    Last week, the court overturned a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, the rapid-fire gun accessories used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The court ruled that the Justice Department exceeded its authority in imposing that ban.



    Ukraine Captures Russian 'Barn' Tank Modified Against Drone Threat


    The Ukrainians call it a "barn" tank, a bizarre-looking Russian battlefield vehicle captured by Kyiv's forces that shows how troops are trying to adapt to the constant threat of drone attacks.

    The vehicle, built from a ramshackle, rusted T-62 tank, was modified to have a boxy metal shell as its exterior, a cage at its rear and electronic warfare devices attached to it, soldiers told Reuters after it was captured this week.

    They say it was used to shuttle around food, ammunition and troops. Its canopy appeared aimed at protecting against drone attacks, particularly cheaply produced FPV (First-Person-View) drones, which are strapped with a munition and flown to their target by a pilot watching on a screen.



    Senators want to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terror after Putin’s pact with North Korea


    Two senators announced legislation Thursday that would designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move that would put Moscow in a small notorious group because of its defense pact with North Korea.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed their defense agreement on Wednesday.

    Sens. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, introduced a resolution to designate the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.



    Wales could become first country to criminalize politicians who lie


    Trust and confidence in UK politics and the election system have never been lower. One of the central reasons for this breakdown in trust is the widespread popular belief that some politicians have made a practice of lying to the public. Research published in 2022 showed the British public overwhelmingly wanted lying politicians to face consequences. And while the UK’s general election is grabbing the headlines, a proposal in Wales’ Senedd (Welsh parliament) is seeking to address this issue by introducing new legislation that would criminalize politicians who lie.

    If passed, Wales would become the first country in the world to introduce criminal sanctions for lying politicians.

    The proposals are being led by the former leader of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price, who has described a “credibility gap” in UK politics as a “gaping chasm.” Price has pushed for such changes since the mid-2000s when he campaigned for the impeachment of Tony Blair over the war in Iraq.


     
    Is Jack Smith’s appointment constitutional? Trump’s Florida judge is set to decide.

    A hearing starting Friday will delve into Trump’s claim that the special counsel lacks authority.

    Special counsel Jack Smith’s case against Donald Trump for allegedly stealing national security secrets is on trial Friday — just not in the way Smith intended.

    U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has punted the case indefinitely and seems many months away from preparing it to go before a jury (assuming the case even makes it that far). Meanwhile, she has scheduled a multi-day hearing in her Fort Pierce, Florida, courtroom focused on whether Smith, the prosecutor leading the case, was unconstitutionally appointed or is otherwise acting without legal authority.

    The claim is a far-fetched bid by Trump to scuttle the case altogether. Numerous courts have rejected nearly identical constitutional challenges to other special counsels.

    And in a case that has moved like molasses for a year, Cannon’s decision to devote substantial time and resources to the argument is just the latest, and perhaps most blatant, example of her unusual approach. Her management of the case has frustrated the special counsel’s team and prompted critics to accuse her of being in the tank for Trump, who appointed her to the bench during his final year in office.



    The Kremlin’s bid for global dominance
    A deep dive into the psychology of Russian decision-making during the Cold War

    The Cold War, as we are taught, was an existential struggle between two irreconcilable systems: Communism vs. democratic capitalism.

    A worldwide conflict emerged from the clash over Eastern Europe’s future that was underway before the final Allied victory in 1945, its tentacles reaching most of the globe until one of its combatants collapsed under its own decay. One ideology survived. The other, to borrow a phrase, was swept into the dustbin of history.

    In this common interpretation, foreign policy was the means to achieve an ideological end, to expand freedom and capitalism for the West (led by Washington) or spread Marxism-Leninism for the East (led by the USSR and China). This framing obscures as much as it clarifies, as Communist ideology itself “does not get us very far in understanding Soviet behavior. It was an ill-fitting cloth that never adequately draped the incongruent lines of Moscow’s ambition,” writes the historian Sergey Radchenko in his provocative reinterpretation of the motivations behind Soviet foreign policy. Mr. Radchenko is a Russian and Chinese security policy expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.



    How Trump can win: Everything hinges on a strong debate performance:


    Former President Donald Trump can win the election. In the first debate next week, he should ignore President Biden and instead focus on the viewers at home who will yearn to hear real ideas to solve the challenges in their lives. Without a studio audience, he must look into the cameras and tell Americans how he is going to make our country great again.

    The issues are on his side. People across the country are concerned about high prices and jobs. They have every right to be upset. During Mr. Biden’s tenure as president, prices have gone up more than 20%. Gas prices alone have gone up by a buck a gallon in Wisconsin. Housing prices are up 43%. My son and daughter-in-law are buying their first home, and thanks to Mr. Biden, their mortgage payment will be about $1,000 more per month than it would have been four years ago under Mr. Trump. That’s real money. 

    High prices and jobs are concerns to more than just conservatives. In polling for Young America’s Foundation, college students ranked the economy as their top issue. Economic issues are also driving a major shift in voting patterns of Black and Hispanic voters nationwide.



    From the Archive....


                TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD
                     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.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

                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 http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/

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