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Biden says he supports an ‘exception’ to the Senate filibuster to allow Democrats to pass abortion, privacy protections

                    Biden says he supports an ‘exception’ to the Senate filibuster to allow Democrats to pass abortion, privacy protections

President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support making an exception to the Senate's filibuster to codify Roe v. Wade's protections for a woman's right to an abortion and privacy rights.

Biden says he supports an ‘exception’ to the Senate filibuster to allow Democrats to pass abortion, privacy protections

"I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law. And the way to do that is to make sure that the Congress votes to do that and if the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights, it should be ... an exception ... to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision," Biden said in remarks at a press conference in Madrid, Spain when asked if he would declare a public health emergency in response to the Supreme Court's ruling overturning the 1973 landmark decision.

Asked to clarify his position further, Biden said he would support making an exception to the filibuster to protect the right to privacy.

The Senate's filibuster requires 60 votes to advance to a final vote on most pieces of legislation. Progressive Democrats have been pushing to eliminate the filibuster in order to pass major pieces of Biden's agenda.

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Supreme Court strikes blow to Biden administration’s climate change push

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday for states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, dealing a blow to the Biden administration’s climate change agenda.

The court reviewed the Trump administration’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan, which under the Obama administration in 2015 handed down guidelines to states in regulating emissions from power plants.

The 6-3 decision affects the federal government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could put a dent in the Biden administration’s climate change policies.

But it also raises questions about how much discretion executive agencies, such as the EPA, should have to interpret and implement confusing and even contradictory directives from Congress written in the law.




At least 90 lawmakers became foreign agents after exiting Congress since 2000, study finds

                       In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, file photo, a U.S. flag flies on the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

At least 90 former members of Congress since 2000 have gone to work lobbying as foreign agents, according to a report from the Quincy Institute.

Foreign interests in Turkey enlisted the most former lawmakers, 16, with governments and groups in South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and China not far behind.

The Quincy Institute research identified some prominent former Democratic lawmakers performing “perfectly legal influence work” at the behest of Turkish interests. They include former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt of Missouri and former Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan.



Biden: Americans could pay high gas prices ‘for as long as it takes’ to drive Russia out of Ukraine

                         Gas is advertised for more than $6 per gallon at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, May 27, 2022. Many California households could soon get help to pay for the state's record-high gas prices. Most California households would get up to $1,050 from the government to help them put the nation's most expensive gasoline in their cars, part of a relief package in the state's record-setting operating budget that lawmakers are scheduled to approve later this week. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

President Biden on Thursday warned Americans that they could be paying high gas prices for a while longer, saying that energy costs will remain high until Russia is driven from Ukraine.

Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, where he wrapped up a three-day summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mr. Biden was asked how long Americans will be paying a premium for gas.

“As long as it takes, so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine, and move beyond Ukraine,” Mr. Biden responded. “This is a critical, critical position for the world.”

Gas prices are expected to remain near record highs as Americans head into the July 4th holiday weekend, typically one of the busiest travel times of the year.



Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm


NATO was facing rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges ” to global stability.

The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged into a dangerous phase of big-power competition and myriad threats, from cyberattacks to climate change.

NATO leaders also formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance, after overcoming opposition from Turkey. If the Nordic nations’ accession is approved by the 30 member nations, it will give NATO a new 800-mile (1,300 kilometer) border with Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned he would respond in kind if the Nordic nations allowed NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory. He said Russia will have to “create the same threats for the territory from which threats against us are created.”



Debunking AOC’s absurd argument for impeaching Supreme Court justices


It was inevitable that the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would prompt tremendous backlash from liberals.

But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken things a step further than most of her allies, even floating the idea that several conservative Supreme Court justices should be impeached and removed from their positions.

For context, AOC is one of the many liberals falsely claiming that Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett "lied under oath" during their confirmation hearings. These critics are (incorrectly) suggesting that the justices promised not to overturn Roe v. Wade in their sworn Senate testimony. AOC also apparently thinks they should be impeached for this supposed lie because lying under oath is a crime.



Cassidy Hutchinson did not do her job

                        Cassidy Hutchinson did not do her job

The Jan. 6 House committee held a last-minute hearing on Tuesday, again attempting to distract people from other disastrous events unfolding in the country. Unfortunately for them, their “star witness” didn’t do her job in helping with that distraction — she merely exposed it.


Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified to the events that happened leading up to and on Jan. 6.

“With intimate knowledge of what went down inside the Trump West Wing, Ms. Hutchinson shared what she saw and heard during the attack on the Capitol,” a New York Times column wrote.

Yet if someone was actually to listen to Hutchinson’s testimony, she was simply regurgitating what she thought other people said, what they saw and heard.

Two Secret Service agents plan to dispute part of Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony regarding Trump



Zelenskyy: Russia Could Invade NATO Country by 'Next Year'


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Western leaders during NATO's ongoing Madrid summit that Russia could spread its invasion to an allied country within the next year, CNBC reported.

The Ukrainian leader made his remarks at the historic event virtually on Wednesday, just a day after Turkey agreed to lift its opposition toward Finland and Sweden joining the alliance.

"Next year, the situation may be worse, not only for Ukraine, but also for several other countries, possibly NATO members that may be under fire from Russia," Zelenskyy stated. "Then it will be our common failure — both for Ukraine and for NATO."

Zelenskyy followed up by posing a question to NATO officials regarding which countries Russian President Vladimir Putin could target next. He suggested that Moldova, the Baltic states, and Poland could soon be at risk of the Kremlin's aggression.



Skyrocketing Chicago crime has small businesses, corporations pack their bags: 'Enough is enough'


Abusiness owner in Chicago, Illinois tells Fox News Digital that skyrocketing crime in the city forced him to quit doing business in town adding to the list of individuals and businesses that have fled Illinois over the past couple of years amid surging crime.

Gary Rabine, founder of the Rabine Group and owner of 13 businesses, told Fox News Digital this week that surging crime in Chicago was a driving factor in his decision to pull his road paving company out of the city after his crews were repeatedly robbed, sometimes in broad daylight, even after adding security to the jobs.

Rabine said that the additional cost of security and insurance for the "thousands" of jobs in the city each year eventually caused jobs to cost "twice as much as they should be". Rabine explained that the higher costs ultimately hurt the ratepayers, many of them with modest financial means, who ended up paying more for utility services.



Supreme Court says EPA does not have authority to set climate standards for power plants


The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the Environmental Protection Agency does not have authority to set standards on climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants.

In its 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said that Congress, not the EPA has that power.

The court's ruling on the case affects the federal government's authority to set standards for planet-warming pollutants like carbon dioxide from existing power plants under the landmark Clean Air Act.

The decision is a major setback for the Biden administration's agenda to combat climate change, specifically the goal to zero out carbon emissions from power plants by 2035 and cut in half the country's emissions by the end of the decade.

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Want to destroy democracy? Look to the left
Liberals are always the first to undermine faith in our institutions

Radical leftists believe that — until that great day when they control every aspect of our lives and wield complete power over all three branches of government — democracy in this country is always going to be at stake.

“What I believe that the president and the Democratic Party needs to come to terms with is that this is not just a crisis of Roe; this is a crisis of our democracy,” “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opined on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday when asked about the Supreme Court giving states the right to determine abortion policies. “The Supreme Court has dramatically overreached its authority. … This is a crisis of legitimacy.”

The New York Democrat then floated the idea of impeaching Supreme Court justices, a radical departure from traditional norms. Only one Supreme Court justice has been impeached in American history.



The last piece on abortion you need to read

Fact: Europe is far more restrictive than the U.S. on abortion

Unless you had the great good fortune to be living in a cave the past few days, all you’ve heard about is abortion, abortion, abortion.

To hear the mainstream media tell it, America is now worse than China, with its one-child policy, and North Korea, where no one even knows what goes on behind its Red Curtain. In half the country, women will soon be in back alleys performing abortions with coat hangers, if you believe the mainstream media. And America is worse, certainly, than every sophisticated country in the world, which former President Barack Obama so badly wanted the U.S. to emulate.

So let’s dissect that argument for a bit, just for spritz and wiggles.

And let’s go straight to a Supreme Court brief in the very case that the Supreme Court ruled on Friday, in which Mississippi officials methodically laid out how the U.S. law is out of step with Western nations — and actually in step with regressive Communist countries.


" It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
     (1899-1973) British playwright

Medal of Honor
Bill Conveys Special Honor to Last WWII Medal of Honor Recipient ...
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.
GeneTrerally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.

Since then there have been:  • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor. 

Citation

Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.


From the Archives

We Have Met the Enemy…

      
Geoff Metcalf
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
              
--Benjamin Franklin
“The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.”
              
--Louis Freeh
In the wake of the clamor over the most recent WikiLeaks data dump, ‘Vault 7’, ‘UMBRAGE’, et al, it should be noted this is not really anything new. What we are seeing here is simply the evolution of something that goes back to the late 50s (to the incomplete best knowledge I have).

It is kinda cool to finally see even The New York Times acknowledging material I was writing about in 1998.

In April of 1998 I wrote “Privacy has become an anachronism.” I was commenting on “a massive system designed to intercept all your e-mail, fax traffic and more.” I was explaining ‘Echelon’, the illegitimate offspring of a UKUSA Treaty signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its purpose was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster, which allegedly shares common goals. The system was so “efficient” that reportedly National Security Agency folk from Fort Meade could work from Menwith Hill in England to intercept local communications without either nation having to burden themselves with the formality of seeking approval (a court order) or disclosing the operation. And this was all pre-9/11 and pre-the anti-constitutional  'Patriot Act'.

It is illegal (without a Judge’s signed permission) for the United States to spy on its citizens … kinda. The laws have long been circumvented by a mutual pact among five nations. Under the terms of UKUSA agreement, Britain spies on Americans and America spies on British citizens, and then the two conspirators trade data. A classic technical finesse. It is legal, but the intent to evade the spirit is inescapable.

I often fictionalized the genesis of ‘Echelon’ as an informal meeting of a group of post war American and British intelligence types drinking in some remote rustic bar. An imagined CIA type complains to his MI6 buddy about the hassles of US laws preventing US intelligence from surveillance of bad guys, and the Brit echoes the same complaint.

“Hey wait a moment mate,” says Nigel, the make-believe MI6 guy, “I can spy on your guys and you can spy on our bad players…why don’t we just come up with a mechanism whereby we spy on your villains, you spy on our villains, and we just ‘share’ the intel?”

This system was called ECHELON, and has been kicking around in some form longer than most of you. The result of the UKUSA treaty signed by the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster which allegedly shares common goals.

The report noted: “Within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National Security Agency, transferring ll target information from the Eurv opean mainland via the strategic hub of London, then by satellite to Fort Meade in Maryland via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill, in the North York moors in th UK.

“The ECHELON system forms part of the UKUSA system but unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed during the Cold War, ECHELON was designed primarily for non-military targets: governments, organizations and businesses in virtually every country.”