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Hamas shoots down Biden’s talk of temporary cease-fire in Gaza

                                               President Joe Biden meets with UAW members during a campaign stop at a phone bank in the UAW Region 1 Union Hall, Feb. 1, 2024, in Warren, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Top Hamas leaders are throwing cold water on President Biden‘s assertion there is a temporary cease-fire in the works that would get Israeli hostages out of Gaza during the holy month of Ramadan.

One official, Ahmad Abdelhadi, told a Lebanese broadcaster that the Palestinian militant group was sticking to its demand for a permanent cease-fire before it releases over 100 people who are still being held inside the densely populated Gaza Strip enclave.

The militants are “not interested in any concessions that do not lead to a complete and total cessation of the aggression against our people,” he said.
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Basem Naim, a Hamas spokesman, told The New York Times the group had not received any new proposals since mediators met in Paris last week.



Israeli Officials Puzzled by Biden's Optimism on Cease-Fire Deal

                                                    

Senior Israeli officials said on Tuesday that they were unaware of any basis for U.S. President Joe Biden's remarks on Monday that a hostage-for-cease-fire agreement in Gaza is imminent.

During an unannounced visit to Van Leeuwen Ice Cream in Manhattan, near Rockefeller Plaza, Biden was asked about when a cease-fire in Gaza might start.

"I hope by the end of the weekend," Biden said, per the pool report.

"My national security adviser tells me that we're close. We're close. We're not done yet," Biden said. "My hope is by next Monday, we'll have a cease-fire."

Ynet quoted the senior Israeli officials as saying on Tuesday morning that they do not understand "what the American president's optimism is based on."



McConnell, Trump Teams Discuss Potential Endorsement


Sources close to former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who reportedly have not spoken to each other since December 2020, say teams behind both powerhouse politicians are working toward the Kentucky Republican endorsing Trump's return to the White House.

"We've reached the part of the primary where the party is coming together," a source familiar with the discussions commented to The Hill. "The absolute worst thing that can happen to this country is electing Joe Biden for four more years, and you can expect to coalesce around that point over the next nine months."

According to The New York Times, which first reported the possible endorsement, conversations have been taking place between Trump campaign adviser Chris LaCivita and McConnell confidant and political strategist Josh Holmes.

The two started making an effort last month at about the time of the Iowa caucuses, sources told The Times, and Trump and McConnell were made aware of the talks.

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The closer: Fourth witness places Biden at center of son’s China, Russia business deals

                                                      House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, flanked by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., left, and House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., right, speaks to reporters after Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, defied a congressional subpoena to appear privately for a deposition before Republican investigators who have been digging into his business dealings, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. Hunter Biden insisted outside the Capitol on Wednesday that he'd only testify in public. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

New jailhouse testimony from a former Biden family business associate details at least two calls between Hunter Biden and his father, then the vice president, about lucrative business deals with China and Russia.

One of the calls puts Mr. Biden in contact with a Russian oligarch and former mayor of Moscow.

Jason Galanis, sentenced to more than 11 years for securities fraud, is the fourth former business associate to put President Biden in the center of Hunter Biden’s enormously profitable business deals as lawmakers investigate him on charges that he helped his family carry out an influence-peddling scheme.



IDF wipes out Hezbollah commander on embattled Lebanon streets in dramatic footage


The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claim they took out a significant Hezbollah leader, Hassan Hussein Salami, in an airstrike in southern Lebanon today.

Salami's role as a brigade commander came to a dramatic end today as his vehicle was targeted while he was driving in the southern Lebanon village of Majadel. The IDF says Salami ran a regional unit in Hezbollah and led attacks against Israeli soldiers and communities in northern Israel.

The recent attacks that Salami took part in included firing anti-tank missiles at Kiryat Shmona and the 769th "Hiram" Regional Brigade's base, the IDF told us. Hezbollah has confirmed his passing but didn't mention his role as a commander.

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Ken Buck unveils resolution calling on Cabinet to remove Biden under 25th Amendment


Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) introduced a resolution Monday that calls on the Cabinet to remove President Biden through the 25th Amendment, citing his mental and physical health.

Buck’s resolution relies on a report released this month by special counsel Robert Hur, which cleared Biden of criminal wrongdoing for his handling of classified information after he left the White House in 2017.

“The Hur report officially addressed what many Americans have long witnessed with their own eyes — that President Biden is no longer fit to successfully discharge the critical duties of his office,” Buck wrote in a statement to The Hill. “Numerous instances were articulated in the report, and have played out in full public view, showing President Biden’s apparent cognitive decline and lack of mental stamina.”

In his report, Hur said that Biden struggled to remember dates and important events, and described the president as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Biden strongly denounced the characterization.



Biden, Trump to make dueling visits to border this week

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President Biden and former President Donald Trump will make dueling visits to the border on Thursday, jockeying for political advantage and blame on an issue increasingly crucial to voters.

Mr. Biden will take a look at a relatively calm part of the border in Brownsville, Texas. The White House said he would meet with Border Patrol agents and local officials and press Congress to pass legislation giving him more flexibility to control the flow of migrants.



Rep. Scott Perry says House GOP should cancel Biden’s State of the Union


Rep. Scott Perry suggested that House Republicans shouldn’t allow President Biden to give his State of the Union address next week over the lack of border security measures.

“We need to use every single point of leverage,” the Pennsylvania Republican said Monday on Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.”

“He comes at the invitation of Congress, and Republicans are in control of the House. There’s no reason that we need to invite him to get more propaganda.”

Mr. Perry, the former leader of the House Freedom Caucus, said Mr. Biden will use the speech to “blame the American people for the crisis he’s caused.”



CBS News returns confidential files of reporter covering Hunter Biden laptop scandal


CBS News on Monday finally returned confidential files belonging to fired investigative reporter Catherine Herridge amid mounting pressure from the House Judiciary Committee and the union representing the journalist, The Post has learned

Herridge — who is in the middle of a key First Amendment case — had been probing the Hunter Biden laptop scandal when the acclaimed journalist was shockingly fired as part of mass layoffs by parent company Paramount Global nearly two weeks ago.

Her personal files — along with her work laptop, which may have contained other confidential info — were immediately confiscated and locked away at the CBS News office in Washington, DC.



Wealth destroyers: New York once had a reputation for having world’s most honest financial courts


Perhaps the single largest wealth destruction in history took place last week, due to the actions of only two people: New York Attorney General Letitia James and Judge Arthur Engoron. They fined former President Donald Trump nearly $500 million, using an interpretation of law never used before — where there were no victims claiming injury, and where Mr. Trump was not allowed a jury trial and is not being allowed to appeal without putting up the entire amount of money.

Ms. James said she will seize Mr. Trump’s properties if he does not come up with all the money within 30 days. She would then put them up for sale at fire-sale prices (probably 20% to 30% less than their pre-ruling value). The estimated value of private real estate in New York City has been placed at $1.7 trillion. Every owner of property there is probably shaking, realizing if they can do it to Mr. Trump, they can do it to anyone.

Major investors have already announced they are either pulling out of New York or not going ahead with planned investments, which means all New York City real estate is suddenly worth considerably less. A conservative estimate might be 20% less, or a $340 billion reduction in value. This loss is over a hundred times as great as what Ms. James and Judge Engoron are trying to get from Mr. Trump — which can only be characterized as fiscal madness.



Why Online News Isn't Saving Journalism


Bad news for the media often feels like good news for conservatives.

So word that Vice and BuzzFeed are laying off hundreds of journalists, weeks after the complete collapse of The Messenger, won't elicit much sympathy from the right.

Then again, it's not just conservatives who disapprove of the news business today:

Gallup last year found a paltry 32% of Americans say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust in the mass media.


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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

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.


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            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/

            MOCK/mockingbird.html 

            http://www.grandconspiracy.com/library.html#operation

            2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

            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. www.geoffmetcalf.com