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JD Vance: Dems 'Trying to Throw Their Nominee Under the Bus'

                                                      JD Vance formally picked as Trump's ...

In mere hours this weekend, President Joe Biden went from having to talk Democrats into not abandoning him to having to explain his administration's failure to protect his political opponent from a would-be assassin.

But now the contrast between Democrats in "disarray" and a Republican Party "really united" could not be more stark and driving more "momentum" for the Trump-Vance ticket, J.D. Vance told Newsmax in a live on-set interview Night 2 of the GOP convention in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

"President [Donald] Trump's, I think, roundhouse kick in the first debate is part of the reason why you have Democrats in total disarray right now," Vance said, referring to the June 27 debate between Biden and the former president. "It is really the contrast between Republicans and Democrats.



Ronald Kessler: Remove USSS's Cheatle Immediately

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U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle should be removed from her position immediately, former Washington Post investigative journalist Ronald Kessler told Newsmax on Tuesday.

Kessler told "Carl Higbie FRONTLINE" that when Cheatle "gave an ABC interview it was just shocking, because she talked about the fact that the local police was supposed to take care of the perimeter. That's not the way it is supposed to work. It is supposed to be the Secret Service taking care of the perimeter."

Kessler pointed out that, at such an event, "the local police are there for directing traffic and taking care of crowds."
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  • Biden rejects responsibility for overheated rhetoric: ‘I’m not engaged in that’

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    President Biden laid blame for the country’s overheated rhetoric at the feet of former President Donald Trump in an interview Monday and said he sees no need to change his own behavior.

    A day after asking all sides to “cool” their words and two days after a gunman narrowly failed to assassinate Mr. Trump, Mr. Biden told NBC that it’s Republicans who have crossed the lines — and particularly Mr. Trump’s “inflammatory” words.

    “I’m not engaged in that rhetoric. Now my opponent is engaged in that rhetoric. He talks about ‘bloodbath’ if he loses,” Mr. Biden said.



    Conservatives slam reports of Biden Supreme Court overhaul, call it a legal ‘coup’

    Term limits, mandatory ethics rules denounced by advocates
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    Conservative legal advocates are warning against President Biden’s reported plans to endorse major institutional changes to the Supreme Court, which was remade with a conservative bent by his predecessor — and 2024 political opponent — former President Donald Trump.

    Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty Institute, said new reports of Mr. Biden’s plans to back term limits on the justices and impose an ethics code on the Supreme Court would politicize the nation’s highest court, calling the overhaul proposal a “radical attempt by a desperate politician.”

    Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project and a former clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, took to X, suggesting Mr. Biden was moving to change the court because it is blocking his attempt to use the legal system as a weapon against his campaign rival.




    Reuters Poll: 80 Percent Say US 'Spiraling Out of Control'


    Americans fear their country is spiraling out of control following an assassination attempt on Donald Trump, with worries growing that the Nov. 5 election could spark more political violence, a Reuters/Ipsos poll that closed Tuesday found.

    The two-day poll found Republican presidential candidate Trump opening a marginal lead among registered voters – 43%-41% – over Democrat President Joe Biden, an advantage that was within the poll's 3 percentage point margin of error, suggesting the attempt on Trump's life had not sparked a major shift in voter sentiment.

    But 80% of voters – including similar shares of Democrats and Republicans – said they agreed with a statement that "the country is spiraling out of control." The poll, which was conducted online, surveyed 1,202 U.S. adults nationwide, including 992 registered voters.



    Rebuild military, limit foreign wars, unleash AI: GOP platform lays out Trump’s security priorities


    The construction of an Israel-style Iron Dome missile shield over America. A new and seemingly less-regulated approach to artificial intelligence. Pushing allies to spend even more on their defense. And a trade-centric approach to U.S.-China competition that aims to undercut the global economic advantages Beijing has spent decades building.

    Those are a few of the foreign policy and national security planks in the Republicans’ official 2024 platform, which is light on many specifics but heavy on the broad “America First” principles that have come to define Donald Trump’s party.

    The platform seeks to build a bridge from Reagan-era conservatism to today’s Republican Party. Under Mr. Trump’s leadership, the party embraces a deep-rooted skepticism of foreign military operations and seeks to avoid dispatching U.S. troops abroad unless absolutely necessary.



    Sen. Bob Menendez guilty of taking bribes in cash and gold and acting as Egypt’s foreign agent

    U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez was convicted on Tuesday of all the counts he faced at his corruption trial, including accepting bribes of gold and cash from three New Jersey businessmen and acting as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government.

    U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez was convicted of all charges Tuesday in a sweeping corruption trial in which he was accused of accepting bribes of gold and cash from three New Jersey businessmen and acting as an agent for the Egyptian government.

    A jury in Manhattan deliberated for parts of three days before finding the Democrat guilty of 16 crimes, including bribery, extortion, honest services fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

    Prosecutor said he abused the power of his office to protect allies from criminal investigations and enrich associates, including his wife, through acts that included meeting with Egyptian intelligence officials and softening his position toward that country as he speeded its access to millions of dollars in U.S. military aid.

    Menendez, 70, looked toward the jury at times and appeared to mark a document in front of him as the verdict was read. Afterward, he sat resting his chin against his closed hands, elbows on the table. He vowed to appeal as he left the courthouse.



    Biden’s bogus Trump website spews election lies, misinformation


    It’s an election year. That means President Biden’s intelligence agencies and Justice Department are stirring up visions of foreign election interference, this time via “bots” and other internet influencers.

    But they can look much closer to home, say right at the White House, where Mr. Biden is acting like a bot farmer by sending out disinformation under a web address similar to former President Donald Trump’s.

    On July 9, the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence put out statements on their war against foreign disinformation.

    Attorney General Merrick Garland, who conservatives believe is there to prosecute Mr. Biden’s political adversaries such as Mr. Trump, said the Justice-intelligence team had taken down a Kremlin-operated bot farm. It used artificial intelligence to create fake American personas to “disseminate disinformation to sow discord in the United States and elsewhere,” the Justice Department said.



    Who’s really responsible for attempt on Trump’s life?


    There are some moments in life so heart-shattering, petrifying and beyond the pale — so outside the realm of normalcy — that people of all stripes unite in absolute horror and disbelief.

    The attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump this past Saturday was one such political shock wave that left world leaders and citizens alike in stunned disbelief. Americans have subsequently been feeling an avalanche of emotions, with fear, anger and confusion leading the charge.

    Almost immediately, debate percolated over who was responsible for the shooting that claimed the life of Corey Comperatore, a heroic rally attendee who shielded his wife and children from the rifle shots. Meanwhile, three others — including Mr. Trump — were injured.



    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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