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CIA Sued for Working with the Biden Campaign to Produce 'Dirty 51' Intel Letter Calling Hunter's Laptop Disinformation
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The CIA has been sued for its role in helping to craft a letter from 51 intelligence officials discrediting Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation.

The letter that was signed by 51 intel officials in 2020 immediately before the presidential election falsely claimed that Hunter Biden’s laptop had all the ‘classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’

A Republican report released in May showed that the CIA was actively involved in getting signatures for the letter which ‘was a political operation to help elect’ Joe Biden in November 2020.

Government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit Thursday after it failed to receive requested documents from the agency regarding the internal crafting of the letter.

The GOP report alleges that a CIA employee ‘may have helped in the effort to solicit signatures for the statement’ and accuses former Deputy CIA director and Acting CIA Director Mike Morell and the Biden campaign of conspiring to quickly get the letter approved.

One signer of the statement, former CIA analyst David Cariens, ‘disclosed to the Committees that a CIA employee affiliated with the agency’s Prepublication Classification Review Board (PCRB) informed him of the existence of the statement and asked if he would sign it,’ the House investigative report notes.

The CIA employee allegedly ‘asked’ Cariens if he would sign the statement, to which he agreed.

‘The Committees have requested additional material from the CIA, which has ignored the request to date,’ the report continues.

On October 19, 2020, Morell allegedly sent the CIA the final version of the letter to the Prepublication Classification Review for review and called it a ‘rush job’ so it could be approved.

The new report also revealed that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided editorial advice to ‘strengthen the verbiage.’

On October 18, emails included in the report show Clapper emailing Morrell his intention to sign onto the letter.

He also offered a key phrase to include, writing: ‘I have one editorial suggestion for the letter: I think it would strengthen the verbiage if you say this has all the classic earmarks of a Soviet/Russian information operation rather than the ‘feel’ of a Russian operation.

Morrell replied that Clapper’s suggestion was accepted and ‘It was a good one.’

Morrell testified before the House Judiciary Committee that an Oct. 17 call with Biden’s current Secretary of State Antony Blinken had ‘absolutely’ triggered his interest in coordinating the letter.

However, Blinken has insisted that he was not behind the infamous letter, insisting that he doesn’t ‘do politics.’

‘One of the great benefits of this job is that I don’t do politics, don’t engage in it,’ the secretary of State said. ‘But with regard to that letter -it wasn’t my idea, I didn’t ask for it, didn’t solicit it,’ Blinken said on Fox News.

At the time he was allegedly behind the letter Blinken was not secretary of state but a Biden campaign adviser.

Asked by Fox News on if he accepted the laptop’s legitimacy after most major news organizations have verified it, Blinken said he would not talk politics.

‘I’m not not engaging in politics. I’ve got a lot on my agenda. Some things that we just talked about, trying to help the Russian aggression against engaging with our allies, partners around the world and dealing with some of the challenges posed by China. We have a situation now in Sudan, this has fully occupied my time.’

Biden and his campaign at the time cited the letter to discredit Hunter Biden’s laptop as a ‘Russian disinformation campaign.’

The then-presidential candidate cited it during a debate with Trump just a few days after its publication on October 22, 2020 to deflect scrutiny of his son’s alleged foreign influence peddling schemes.

Then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said at the time that Hunter’s laptop was actually ‘not part of a Russian disinformation campaign’ and had made that clear to the FBI and the larger intelligence community.

The Republican report also detailed how the CIA coordinated with the Biden campaign to shop the letter around and gain press coverage.

Former CIA senior adviser Nick Shapiro drafted a media pitch that he sent to a number of outlets including Politico – which ended up writing the initial story – the Washington Post and the Associated Press.

Current White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, who was serving as Biden campaign rapid response director at the time, was included on emails from Shapiro regarding the push to disseminate the letter to the media.

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  • Acecool says:

    Sued? So that means the Tax Payers would end up with paying off any settlement. How about INDICTED?

  • Sheri D. says:

    Corrupt pieces of crap should be in prison!

  • Sicsam says:

    Senators…you have more than ample proof of the Bidens, to impeachBiden!.

  • Sicsam says:

    There is more proof of the Bidens. Quit pussy-footing around and impeach Biden

  • Leo says:

    They all need to go Straight To FN Jail! Destroyed the Integrity of our respected Intel agencies. Communists Marxists At Work.

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    “The people have spoken and so it shall be,” Musk then wrote early Sunday after more than 1.9 million people voted, according to the platform results.

    A few hours later, Jones’ posts were visible again, and he retweeted a post about his video game. In 2022, Jones was ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting for spreading lies about the 2012 massacre.

    The account @RealAlexJones had more than 821,100 followers on X as of Sunday morning. When Jones was banned in September 2018, he had about 900,000 followers on Twitter, and Infowars had about 430,000, according to the Associated Press.

    In 2018, Twitter permanently banned Jones and his Infowars show, saying an unrelated video he shared violated the company’s policy for abusive behavior.

    The move came just a day after Twitter’s then-CEO Jack Dorsey had testified before Congress about alleged bias against conservatives on the platform. Jones shared a video of himself yelling at CNN journalist Oliver Darcy for some 10 minutes in between the two congressional hearings where Dorsey testified.

    Before Musk’s takeover, Twitter had rarely banned anyone not associated with former President Trump, allowing international despots like Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and even terrorist groups to remain.

    Musk, who purchased Twitter in October 2022 with the goal of restoring freedom of speech to the platform, said the move to reinstate Jones was about protecting free speech. In response to a user who posted that “permanent account bans are antithetical to free speech,” Musk wrote, “I find it hard to disagree with this point.”

    The billionaire Tesla CEO also said it is likely that Community Notes, X’s crowd-sourced fact-checking service, “will respond rapidly to any AJ post that needs correction.”

    Jones previously claimed on his Infowars show that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children and six educators never happened and was staged in an effort to tighten gun laws. Relatives of many of the victims sued Jones in Connecticut and Texas, winning nearly $1.5 billion in judgments against him.

    In October, a judge ruled that Jones could not use bankruptcy protection to avoid paying more than $1.1 billion of that debt.

    Relatives of the school shooting victims testified at the trials about being harassed and threatened by Jones’s followers, who sent threats and even confronted the grieving families in person, accusing them of being “crisis actors” whose children never existed. Jones is appealing the judgments, saying he didn’t get fair trials and his speech was protected by the First Amendment.

    Musk previously said he would not let Jones back on the platform despite repeated calls to do so.

    Last year, Musk pointed to the death of his first-born child and tweeted, “I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame.”

    Restoring Jones’ account comes as Musk has seen several big brands, including Disney and IBM, stop advertising on X after a report by liberal advocacy group Media Matters said ads were appearing alongside pro-Nazi content and white nationalist posts. Musk himself was accused of endorsing an antisemitic conspiracy theory by responding to an X user.

    Musk later apologized and visited Israel, where he toured a kibbutz attacked by Hamas terrorists and held talks with top Israeli leaders. But in an on-stage interview late last month at The New York Times DealBook Summit, Musk told company CEOs instating an advertising boycott, and essentially trying to “blackmail” him with money, “Go f— yourself.”

    After buying Twitter last year, Musk said he was granting “amnesty” for suspended accounts and has since reinstated Trump; Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West; and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was kicked off the platform for violating its COVID-19 misinformation policies.

    Trump, who was banned following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, has his own social media site, Truth Social, and has only tweeted once since being allowed back on X.

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    Over 5K Federal-Only Ballots Cast in Arizona 2020 Election Without US Citizenship Proof

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    More than 5,600 federal-only ballots were cast in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, without proof of U.S. citizenship required by the voters who cast them, according to data from the state’s counties.

    Arizona is a state with the unusual situation of bifurcated elections, in which residents who provide proof of U.S. citizenship can vote in all elections while the others may vote only in federal elections, resulting in ballots cast by voters who haven’t proven their U.S. citizenship.

    Arizona law requires residents registering to vote in the state to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

    However, after the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Arizona must accept U.S. voter registration forms because of federal requirements under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, the state allows residents registering to vote who don’t provide proof of citizenship to receive ballots for federal races only.

    Federal voter registration forms require those filling them out only to sign a sworn declaration that they are U.S. citizens.

    When residents of Arizona register to vote or update their registration, an election system accesses their driver’s license records to verify whether they have proof of citizenship.

    Those without documentation are ineligible to vote in state elections and registered as “federal-only” voters, according to the Associated Press.

    Last year, Arizona enacted a law that requires counties to check federal-only voters for citizenship against multiple databases. The counties must reject any federal applications if they find the individual is not a U.S. citizen, and any official knowingly ignoring the requirement could receive a felony charge.

    The Justice Department sued Arizona over the law in July 2022, claiming it is “a textbook violation of the National Voter Registration Act,” according to Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the agency’s Civil Rights Division. The agency also claims the law violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Former Arizona Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wright told Just the News on Thursday that she believes Arizona is “one of the only states to have bifurcated elections” because the U.S. Election Assistance Commission didn’t allow the state to require driver’s licenses for voter registration, despite other states having the requirement.

    Wright said that when a person registers to vote, their name is supposed to be compared to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ SAVE database by county recorders to determine if they’re non-citizens.

    While there is not a system in place to ensure that the recorders are checking for non-citizens when registering voters, state law requires them to only register residents and certify that the voter roster is correct, she added, citing A.R.S. 16-183 and A.R.S. 16-169A.

    If non-citizens register to vote before becoming naturalized citizens, then it could hinder their naturalization.

    In fact, according to a report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation earlier this year, the most likely reason for a foreign national to admit that they have been registered to vote is that “they want to remain in the United States as future naturalized citizens.”

    In the naturalization application process, foreign nationals are asked whether they have prematurely registered to vote. If there are voter registration records, then “they are often ordered by immigration officials to get said records cancelled,” according to the report.

    PILF’s report also found that in Maricopa County, voter registrations for 222 foreign nationals have been canceled since 2015, with nine of them casting 12 ballots over four federal elections.

    Below is a list of 13 of the 15 Arizona counties that provided information to Just the News regarding the number of federal-only ballots cast in the 2020 and 2022 general elections and the number of federal-only voters registered in both elections.

    Cochise County required a public records request to obtain the information and informed Just the News on Wednesday that the request for the federal-only ballots and voter information was no. 125 in the queue.

    However, according to state law, “the county recorder shall report to the secretary of state and shall prominently post on the recorder’s website the number of persons who are registered to vote using the federal or state voter registration form and who have not provided proof of citizenship to the county recorder and, after each general election, shall post on the recorder’s website the number of ballots cast by those persons who were eligible to vote a ballot containing federal offices only.”

    At least 5,697 federal-only ballots were cast in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, most of which came from Maricopa County. Only some of the counties specified as to whether all the federal-only ballots cast were also accepted.

    The 2020 presidential election results showed former President Donald Trump with 10,457 votes less than President Joe Biden in the state.

    Information for some counties regarding federal-only registered voters came from the numbers reported to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office about a month before the elections, which includes both active and inactive voters (specified below as “all federal-only voters”). Other counties provided federal-only registered voters that were active. Voters are eventually moved to ‘inactive’ status if voting materials sent to their address are returned undeliverable.

    Apache County:

    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 162
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 97

    Cochise County:

    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 288
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 297

    Coconino County:

    • Federal-only ballots accepted and counted in 2020: 335
    • Federal-only ballots accepted and counted in 2022: 116
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 2,381
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 2,841

    Gila County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast and accepted in 2020: 23
    • Federal-only ballots cast and accepted in 2022: 5
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 88
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 67

    Graham County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast and counted in 2020: 8
    • Federal-only ballots cast and counted in 2022: 5
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 40
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 45

    Greenlee County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2020 and accepted: 4
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022 and accepted: 1
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 9
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 6

    La Paz County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2020: 11
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022: 0
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 27
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 16

    Maricopa County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2020: 8,114, with 4,484 of those accepted and counted
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022: 2,749
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2020: 14,298
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 27,441

    Mohave County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2020: 257
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022: 80
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 707
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 484

    Navajo County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast and counted in 2020: 14
    • Federal-only ballots cast and counted in 2022: 2
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2020: 46
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2022: 82

    Pima County:

    • Federal-only voters in 2020: 1,942
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022: 27 provisional and conditional provisional ballots counted
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 7,211
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 9,095

    Pinal County:

    • Federal-only ballots accepted and counted in 2020: 96
    • Federal-only ballots accepted and counted in 2022: 49
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2020: 1,369
    • All federal-only voters registered in 2022: 1,233

    Santa Cruz County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2020: 7
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022: 5
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2020: 30
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2022: 30

    Yavapai County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast and accepted in 2020: 279
    • Federal-only ballots cast and accepted in 2022: 63
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2020: 509
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2022: 226

    Yuma County:

    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2020: 179
    • Federal-only ballots cast in 2022: 53
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2020: 333
    • Federal-only voters registered in 2022: 403
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    Trump to Take Witness Stand, Give Final Word in His Defense in NY Fraud Trial

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    Former President Trump will give the final word in his defense against claims his business engaged in a decade of fraud as the New York trial threatening his business empire nears its end.

    The former president is expected to take the witness stand for a third time Monday, this time under questioning from his own legal team.

    In testimony last month during the state’s case, Trump defended his business practices and declared the trial as corrupt.

    “It’s a disgrace that a case like this is going on; all you have to do is read the legal scholars — the papers — and you’ll know,” Trump testified in November, raising his voice. “This is a political witch hunt.”

    Throughout the defense case, which began in mid-November, several witnesses reprised previous testimony while offering up their own spin.

    The first time Donald Trump Jr. testified in the New York attorney general’s case, he distanced himself from documents at the heart of the case — his father’s statements of financial condition, which detail the value of the Trump Organization’s various assets and were sent to banks and insurers to secure loans and deals. New York Attorney General Letitia James’s (D) lawsuit claims the Trump Organization falsely adjusted the value of its assets to receive tax and insurance benefits.

    A defendant in the case, Donald Trump Jr. said he did sign off on Trump’s financial statements while his father was president. However, he said he counted on the work of accountants and executives including then-Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg to be correct.

    “As a trustee, I have an obligation to listen [to] those who are expert — who have an expertise of these things,” Donald Trump Jr. testified.

    But when he testified again in the defense case, the key financial statements were hardly the focus of his testimony. Instead, Donald Trump Jr. walked Judge Arthur Engoron through a glossy slideshow titled “The Trump Story” — a flashy narration of the Trump Organization’s origin story, complete with sleek photographs of the company’s luxury golf courses and hotels. Notably glossed over were the valuations of those properties.

    Jeff McConney, the Trump Organization’s ex-corporate controller and another defendant in the case, had similarly variant testimonies when called as a state-versus-defense witness.

    McConney’s testimony was used as a vehicle for state lawyers to show evidence that Trump’s statements of financial condition were integral to some loan deals. He also said he believed Trump reviewed those documents before they were finalized, linking Trump to the skewed documents.

    But McConney’s testimony for the defense focused far less on logistics. Nearly in tears, he testified to the exhaustion caused by the Trump Organization’s barrage of legal issues, which ultimately led the 36-year veteran of the company to retire in February.

    “I’m very proud of the work that I did,” McConney said before detailing all the investigations and legal proceedings he’s been pulled into.

    “I just wanted to relax and stop being accused of misrepresenting assets for the company that I loved working for,” he said.

    When Trump retakes the stand, arguments he attempted to make while testifying for the state could be bolstered and reframed after other defense witness testimony backed him up.

    Several Deutsche Bank executives, for example, affirmed defense arguments including that the bank wanted to work with the Trump Organization, did its own due diligence and found no fraud. Trump made those points in his own testimony.

    “Banks check the work,” Trump testified, arguing that his statements of financial condition weren’t just taken at face value by the bankers with which Trump Organization executives worked.

    Deutsche Bank Managing Director David Williams testified last month for the defense that bankers viewed their clients’ statements of financial condition as “subjective or subject to estimates” — and, that the bank took its own look at reports of net worth.

    “I think we expect clients’ provided information to be accurate,” Williams said. “At the same time, it’s not an industry standard that these statements be audited.”

    “They’re largely reliant on the use of estimates,” he added, so bankers routinely “make some adjustments.”

    In the month since he testified, Trump and his counsel have been locked in a battle with the trial judge, whom they claim has been biased against them from the start. The dispute began after Engoron imposed a gag order on Trump and his lawyers barring them from publicly discussing the judge’s staff.

    The former president faces a combined 91 charges across four criminal cases, the first of which is expected to head to trial in Washington on March 4.

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    Dem John Whitmire Wins Houston Mayoral Race — Sheila Jackson Lee Suffers Blowout Defeat

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    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) suffered a blowout defeat Saturday night in Houston’s mayoral runoff election against Texas Sen. John Whitmire (D-15).

    Whitmire, 74, focused his campaign on reducing crime in the city, the Associated Press reported, noting that he heavily outspent Jackson Lee.

    With 57% of the expected votes counted, Whitmire was up 86,734 votes to 49,075 votes, 63.9% to 36.1%, NBC News reported.

    Jackson Lee’s campaign was embroiled in controversy after an audio recording was released back in October in which Jackson Lee was allegedly berating staffers.

    On the secret recording, obtained by Current Revolt, Lee could be heard allegedly berating a staff member because they did not know the exact date of an event.

    “I don’t want you to do a g**d*** thing. I want you to have a f***ing brain,” she said. “I want you to have read it. I want you to say, ‘Congresswoman, with such and such date.’ That’s what I want. That’s the kind of staff that I want to have. So some stupid other motherf***er did it. And, and I don’t have the information. Nobody sent me the information. I need to, uh, ensure my, um, schedule and, uh, you know, if, if Boo Boo did it, s*** a** did it, f*** face did it. And nobody knows a g**d*** thing in my office. Okay? Nothing. I gave it to you. Your job was to get it on the calendar, imprint it in your brain, or send me the information back saying, ‘Congresswoman, I made sure that the Ovide Duncantell event that you gave me, uh, for a so-and-so date at seven is on the f***ing calendar.’ Not to, ‘oh, Jerome has it.’”

    “So when I called Jerome, he only sitting up there like a fat a** stupid idiot talking about, uh, what the f*** he doesn’t know,” she allegedly continued.

    “He doesn’t know. Okay? Both of y’all are f*** ups [inaudible]. It’s the worst s*** that I could have ever had put together. Two g**d*** big a** children f***ing idiots serve no g**d*** purpose. Ain’t managing nobody. Nobody’s respecting them. Nobody gives a s*** about what you’re doing and you ain’t doing s***. And this is an example of it. I gave it to Jerome. This is not child’s work.”

    Lee responded to the recording by claiming in a statement that she “strongly believes that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” including her staff.

    She said that she was “not perfect” and that she had a lot of “zeal” for serving her constituents.

    “To anyone who has listened to this recording with concern, I am regretful and hope you will judge me not by something trotted out by a political opponent that worked to exploit this, and backed by extreme Republican supporters on the very day that polls open, but from what I’ve delivered to Houstonians over my years of public service,” she said as she avoided giving a direct apology.

    She then claimed that many who have worked for her have gone on to “bigger and better opportunities” and dismissed the leaked tape as a “political attack and stunt.”

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    Javier Milei Sworn in as President of Argentina

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    The 53-year-old libertarian economist Javier Milei was sworn in as Argentina’s president on Sunday.

    He has vowed there will be no “half-measures” as he confronts decades of overspending, debt and convoluted currency controls in Latin America’s third-largest economy.

    “I swear to God and country … to carry out with loyalty and patriotism the position of president of the Argentine nation,” he said as he took the oath of office.

    Meanwhile, thousands of his supporters lined the streets in front of the Congress in Buenos Aires, waving the blue and white flag of the country and chanting Milei’s rallying cry of “Freedom!”

    ‘No alternative to shock treatment’

    After the swearing-in ceremony, Milei promised a new era for the country, but warned of painful austerity measures and an economic crisis that will “get worse” before it gets better.

    “Today begins a new era in Argentina,” he said, highlighting that “no government has received a worse inheritance than what we are receiving.”

    “The bottom line is that there is no alternative to austerity and there is no alternative to shock treatment,” Milei warned, saying his predecessors had left the country without funds and on a path to hyperinflation.

    Milei faces enormous challenges

    Inflation in Argentina has reached 140% year-on-year, and 40% of the population lives in poverty. Analysts have warned that foreign exchange reserves are deeply depleted, and the heavily indebted country has few options for borrowing.

    Milei has said he plans to radically restructure the country, which is in the midst of a severe economic crisis. During the election campaign, Milei warned of spending cuts equivalent to 5% of Argentina’s gross domestic product.

    He even said that he would abolish the central bank and adopt the dollar as the national currency due to extremely high inflation.

    Guests from around the world

    The ceremony’s guests included Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

    Milei spoke briefly with Zelenskyy on the steps of Congress, and the two men shared a warm embrace. The Ukrainian leader said on social media that he had also held talks with the leaders of Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay as he sought to shore up support for war-torn Ukraine.

    The right-wing former President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro was also present, as was Chile’s leftist president, Gabriel Boric. However, leftists Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the current Brazilian leader, and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador were some of the major absences.

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    Trump Warns That “Biden Indictments” Against Him Opened “Pandora’s Box” at NYC Gala

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    Former President Donald Trump addressed a raucous crowd chanting his name at Cipriani’s flagship location on New York’s Wall Street Saturday evening, rallying the faithful and warning President Biden that indicting a former commander-in-chief would be a two-way street should he return to the White House.

    “He’s opened up a Pandora’s box that will never let our country be the same. I can only say to Joe: Be very careful what you wish for, but you have done is a terrible thing,” Trump thundered to roughly 1,000 assembled guests, who dined on wild mushroom risotto and filet mignon.

    The swanky event was sponsored by the New York Young Republican Club.

    “I am being indicted for you. These are not indictments in the traditional sense. These are Biden indictments against their political opponent,” the 77-year-old 2024 frontrunner said.

    Trump faces 91 felony counts from four separate state and federal probes — something he repeatedly bragged about.

    “I am the first guy who ever got indicted whose poll number went up,” he said in jest while comparing himself to notorious gangster Al Capone.

    Trump vowed to win the GOP primary and the White House in the 2024 presidential election — and said he would even win the deep blue Empire State.

    “We’re going to take New York,” Trump said to applause. “I believe we have a great chance … With hundreds of thousands of people living on the sidewalks and streets and illegal aliens invading our city and state like nobody thought possible.”

    Trump laced into his political enemies as well, mocking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as “DeSanctimonious,” and his former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley as “birdbrain.” He savaged New York Attorney General Letitia James as “peekaboo James” and a “vicious lunatic.”

    Trump spoke after a lengthy evening which also featured remarks from Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).

    About 30 minutes before speaking, Trump enjoyed dinner at a roped-off table and was spotted in deep conversation with New York Young Republican Club President Gavin Wax. He was also briefly treated to a personal serenade from the aptly named Hungarian violinist Zoltan Maga.

    Master of Ceremonies Alex Stein made light of Trump’s legal troubles by joking that he hoped the former president went to jail because it would help with “the black vote.”

    Among those spotted in a VIP cocktail hour ahead of the ceremonies included Rep. Cory Mills (R-Fla.) Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Col.) and Andrew Giuliani. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon also purchased his own table for the event — where individual tickets ran about $700 a head.

    New York City GOP Councilwomen Vickie Paladino and Inna Vernikov were also in attendance. Vernikov herself was honored by Trump on stage — who approvingly noted that he kept reading about her in the press.

    “That’s why I wanted to see her,” Trump said after exchanging a kiss on both cheeks.

    “Well, that was not planned,” Vernikov texted The Post from her table.

    Former New England Patriots Defense End Jake Bequette was also on hand, carrying a Super Bowl ring he allowed admirers to pose for pictures with. Vish Burra, a top aide to former Rep. George Santos — who was expelled from Congress last week after a cascading series of corruption allegations — was also spotted schmoozing and defending his former boss, whom he lovingly called “the Princess Diana of our generation.”

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sat at a table with his former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik.

    As in years past, the event has an international flair. Miklos Szantho, the head of the right-leaning Hungarian Center for Fundamental Rights, and Hungary’s Ambassador to the US Szabolcs Takács both delivered brief remarks from the main stage.

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    ‘SNL’ Swings and Misses with Cold Open Attempting to Skewer Antisemitism Hearings Hours After UPenn Prez Resigns

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    Viewers blasted “Saturday Night Live’s” cold opener after the show mocked this week’s congressional hearings on antisemitism on college campuses — hours after University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned amid a flurry of backlash over her testimony.

    The opening sketch, set up as a C-SPAN broadcast, tried to poke fun at the presidents of Harvard, UPenn and MIT — portrayed by Ego Nwodim, Heidi Gardner and Chloe Fineman, respectively — as they testified before the House Education Committee.

    There were few laughs to be heard from the audience.

    Viewers took to social media to slam the sketch, which some saw as undermining the seriousness of incidents of antisemitism on college campuses in recent weeks since Israel’s war with Hamas began on Oct. 7.

    Others thought it was just flat-out bad.

    Newcomer Chloe Troast played Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, and targeted her line of questioning during the hearing as the butt of the sketch.

    “I’m going to start yelling questions at these women like Billy Eichner,” she says.

    “Antisemitism — yay or nay?” she screams at the three women. “Yes or no! Is calling for the genocide of Jews against the code of conduct for Harvard?”

    “Well, it depends on the context,” answers Nwodim’s Dr. Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard.

    “What? That can’t be your answer,” Troast’s Stefanik shoots back.

    “UPenn lady, same question, yes or no?” she asks Gardner’s Magill.

    “Well, we are serious about stopping all forms of hatred, anti-semitism, Islamophobia,” she answers. Stefanik then poses the same question to Fineman’s Dr. Sally Kornbluth, president of MIT.

    “If you don’t say yes, you’re going to make me look good, which is really, really hard to do,” Troast’s Stefanik says. “So I will ask you straight up. Do you think genocide is bad?”

    Fineman’s Kornbluth responds: “Could I submit an answer in writing at a later date?”

    “Am I winning this hearing?” an incredulous Stefanik says. “Somebody pinch me!”

    The three presidents breathe a sigh of relief when Stefanik learns her time is up, but another member of the committee yields their time back to her, giving her another chance to speak.

    “I am here today because hate speech has no place on college campuses. Hate speech belongs in Congress, on Elon Musk’s Twitter, at private dinners with my donors and in public speeches by my work husband, Donald Trump,” Troast’s Stefanik says.

    The sketch also ridiculed the vague, evasive answers from the academic leaders.

    “Only a hate-filled, anti-Semitic SNL could do a sketch about the anti-Semitic college presidents testifying in front of Congress and make the questioner Congresswoman Stefanik the target of the sketch,” radio host Mark Simone tweeted.

    “Rather remarkable how few laughs there were in #SNL’s Cold Open. They – oddly – tried to skewer Elise Stefanik (who by all accounts won the day) as shrill. I guess I was under the misapprehension that calling a woman “shrill” was sexist,” one X user posted.

    “The worst cold open on SNL I’ve ever seen the audience was barely laughing,” another wrote.

    “Gotta be the worst cold open I’ve ever seen on SNL absolutely abysmal,” another said.

    Another user remarked: “SNL is taking a big swing in the cold open and it looks like it’s going to be a miss…”

    While largely falling flat, the sketch was somewhat saved by an appearance from show veteran Kenan Thompson, who played the president of the online University of Phoenix.

    “Can you take a moral stance on anything? Can anyone here say yes to a single question?” Troast’s Stefanik shouts.

    “I am willing to say yes to anything,” Thompson says.

    “See, see, finally. A real president of a real university,” Stefanik answers.

    “That’s actually our school motto: U of P: We are a real university,” he answers.

    Her Stefanik asks if he would promise to eliminate antisemitism from the school’s campus.

    “My campus is the internet. Antisemitism is kind of our most popular major, and our mascot is porn,” Thompson quipped.

    The real Stefanik, meanwhile, gave a scorching response when news of Magill’s resignation broke.

    “One down. Two to go,” the congresswoman posted on X.

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    Foreign Gangs Are Targeting Wealthy Neighborhoods in US for Burglaries

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    Law enforcement officials in Michigan announced the creation of a new task force to combat a surge of burglaries in upscale neighbors by foreign gangs.

    Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard announced the new task force, Southeast Michigan Collaborate Arrest Prosecute (SEM CAB), in partnership with multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.

    WXYZ reported that transnational gangs operating across the U.S. are targeting “high-end homes, jewelry stores, and cars” and are using sophisticated methods to carry out their crimes.

    Crew of approximately four to six “highly functional and well-trained” gang members have targeted approximately 40 homes in the area over the last couple of months.

    “They reportedly use a jammer to overcome wireless security systems that depend on WiFi to operate,” the report said.

    “The crews are all dressed in black, with backpacks, and gloves. Bouchard says they are non-confrontational and their goal is to get in and out of the homes quickly.”

    The gangs are “mostly from Latin America,” the report added, with Bouchard stressing that people should not use security systems that rely on WiFi.

    The agencies involved in the new task force included:

    • Auburn Hills Police Department
    • Berkley Police Department
    • Birmingham Police Department
    • Bloomfield Hills Police Department
    • Bloomfield Township Police Department
    • Canton Police Department
    • Chesterfield Township Police Department
    • Farmington Hills Police Department
    • Federal Bureau of Investigations
    • Franklin Police Department
    • Grosse Pointe Farms Police Department
    • Homeland Security Investigations
    • Keego Harbor Police Department
    • Lake Angelus Police Department

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    Tucker Carlson Launches New Subscription Site

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    Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson launched a new subscription-based site on Saturday for paying fans to watch his interviews and exclusive content.

    “Hey, it’s Tucker Carlson. We’ve been out of work for 7 or 8 months now, hard to know. Time flies when you’re unemployed, but actually we have been working in secret and producing an awful lot of material for months now, interviews, etc. And all of it has found its way to TuckerCarlson.com,” Carlson told his followers on Saturday.

    Carlson added that the subscription service was apart of a larger plan, claiming “We’re launching a brand new thing very soon, and we’d love for you to see it. So go to TuckerCarlson.com to see it first.”

    Users have the ability to “join Team Tucker” by creating an account and paying $72 one-year subscription to become a “Founding Member.”

    Carlson was fired from the cable news network back in April following the $787 million settlement with Dominion for defamation.

    Since his removal, the former primetime host has used his account on X, formerly known as Twitter, to release interviews and monologues, including with Former President Donald Trump, Javier Milei, Andrew Tate, Alex Jones, and other.

    Back in October, Axios reported that Carlson had raised $15 million to jumpstart his new media company. The new venture will share video content across social platforms as well as have it’s own website and app.

    The money was raised via 1789 Capital, which was founded by investor Omeed Malik.

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    Tucker Carlson Responds to Becoming Trump’s VP

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    Former Fox News host and current X/Twitter star Tucker Carlson is garnering VP consideration from conservatives and members of President Trump’s team. Now, Tucker has responded to these calls.

    As Semafor reported, Tucker gave the keynote speech Thursday night at the American Principles Project Foundation’s annual Christmas gala where he spoke about his Christian faith, optimism, and an America where “everything’s falling apart. Afterward, an audience member asked him to address the VP reports.

    While Tucker did not wholly rule out serving as Trump’s sidekick, he said, “God would have to yell at me very loud.” He also expressed anxiety about transitioning from being a well-paid private citizen to becoming a politician.

    “To go from being, like, a well-paid street corner schizophrenic to, like, a politician — it’s just kind of hard to envision,” Tucker said.

    He also said he did not know Melania, his most prominent advocate for the VP slot, very well. That would change if he officially joined forces to create the ultimate MAGA team.

    Despite Tucker’s hesitation, Semafor reported audience members erupted in cheers when Carlson left the door open.

    One can understand Tucker’s skepticism about accepting the VP slot. This means bypassing potentially millions of dollars and ceding some of his influence.

    But throughout American history, there have been political figures who have expressed great skepticism at the idea of becoming VP only to accept the position later on.

    The most prominent example is the current White House occupant. Joe Biden was initially hesitant on accepting then-Senator Barack Obama’s offer to join forces back in 2008 before relenting.

    Accepting the position would certainly make one man quite happy. The Gateway Pundit reported last month that Trump explained during an interview with conservative radio host Clay Travis why he would consider Tucker as his running mate.

    “I like Tucker A LOT,” Trump said. “He’s got great common sense. We want to have safe borders, we want to have a wall because walls work.

    Trump alone will make the ultimate call on who will become his sidekick, and he is anything but predictable. If Tucker receives that phone call, his response will be one of the most anticipated in modern American political history.

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    UPenn President Resigns After Backlash Over Antisemitism Testimony

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    University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill has resigned Saturday after widespread public outrage over her testimony to Congress on antisemitism.

    The announcement came after days of intense pressure from Penn alumni and elected officials following Magill’s botched Capitol Hill testimony earlier in the week. After refusing, along with the presidents of Harvard and MIT, to unequivocally condemn calls for genocide of Jews, Magill reportedly faced the likelihood the school’s board of trustees would fire her as soon as Sunday.

    “I write to share that President Liz Magill has voluntarily tendered her resignation as President of the University of Pennsylvania. She will remain a tenured faculty member at Penn Carey Law,” Board of Trustees Chairman Scott L. Bok wrote in a statement.

    Bok said that Magill agreed to stay on until an interim president is appointed.

    “It has been my privilege to serve as President of this remarkable institution. It has been an honor to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members to advance Penn’s vital missions,” Magill wrote in a statement.

    Magill resigned days after major donor Ross Stevens rescinded a $100 million gift to the school in protest of the college’s handling of antisemitism on campus and her leadership. The board of Penn’s Wharton business school also asked Magill to resign and the university’s board of trustees held an emergency meeting Thursday as the school faced backlash over her comments.

    Both Stevens and the Wharton board pointed to Magill’s disastrous Congressional testimony in statements explaining the reasons for their respective actions.

    Magill will keep her position as a tenured faculty member at the university’s law school.

    At issue were remarks Magill made before the House Education and Workforce Committee this week in which she refused to outright say that antisemitic chants and calls for the genocide of Jewish people violate the school’s code of conduct.

    During the hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., asked Magill if “calling for the genocide of Jews violate[s] Penn’s rules or code of conduct? Yes or no?”

    “If the speech turns into conduct, it can be harassment. Yes,” Magill responded, later adding “It is a context-dependent decision.”

    “This is unacceptable. Ms. Magill,” a stunned Stefanik responded. “I’m gonna give you one more opportunity for the world to see your answer. Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate Penn’s code of conduct when it comes to bullying and harassment? Yes or no?” she asked again.

    “It can be harassment,” the University of Pennsylvania president replied.

    Those comments set off a firestorm of scathing condemnations of the university and extracted clarifying remarks from Magill posted on X a day later.

    “There was a moment during yesterday’s congressional hearing on antisemitism when I was asked if a call for the genocide of Jewish people on our campus would violate our policies. In that moment, I was focused on our university’s long-standing policies aligned with the U.S. Constitution, which says that speech alone is not punishable,” Magill said. “I was not focused on, but I should have been, on the irrefutable fact that a call for genocide of Jewish people is a call for some of the most terrible violence human beings can perpetrate.”

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    Tornado Rips Through Tennessee — Killing at Least Six People

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    At least six people are dead across two Tennessee counties and nearly two dozen injured after a gut-wrenching video posted to social media showed multiple twisters barreling through the south on Saturday.

    Residents reported seeing twisters in Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Those states and Alabama are under a tornado watch that is expected to last at least until the end of the day.

    Montgomery County, Tennessee officials confirmed that at least three people have died, including a child, and 23 more were being treated for injuries at a local hospital as a result of the storm.

    In a separate report, The Nashville Emergency Operation Center said in a post on a social media account that three people were killed by severe storms.

    Multiple municipalities have reported injuries, roofs torn off homes and knocked out power to thousands in Tennessee on Saturday as a line of severe storms ravaged the state.

    Several people posted videos of the tornados across the South to social media, including one poster on X who saw a twister from a wrestling school in Madison that caused a huge explosion.

    A man in Clarksville – which is in Montgomery County – surveyed the damage to his home and said he had heard people were confirmed dead.

    ‘We’re safe but there are confirmed deaths and lives forever destroyed….my friend lost his home..it went right past our house and straight to my friends house,’ Vincent Welshman wrote.

    In North Rutherford, another man surveying the damage said the twisters had destroyed a park and a fire department.

    A reporter in Clarksville documented how the chaos had spread across multiple homes, businesses and a Pizza Hut parking lot.

    Police and firefighters in Clarksville were responding to multiple reports of damage in the northern part of the city, which is north of Nashville near the Kentucky state line.

    Photos posted by the local fire department on social media showed destroyed houses with debris strewn in the lawns, a tractor trailer flipped on its side on a highway and insulation ripped out of building walls.

    ‘This is devastating news and our hearts are broken for the families of those who lost loved ones,’ said Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts in a statement.

    ‘The city stands ready to help them in their time of grief.’

    No other information about the victims was immediately available Saturday.

    Residents were asked to stay at home while first responders evaluated the situation. In a briefing shared on social media, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said there was extensive damage.

    ‘So please, if you need help, call 911 and help will be on the way immediately. But if you can, please stay home. Do not get out on the roads. Our first responders need time and space,’ he said.

    The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a tornado touched down around 2 p.m.

    The statement said that there were no confirmed injuries or missing people but that it was continuing to search the area.

    A shelter was set up at a local high school.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said he and his wife, Maria, were praying for all Tennesseans who had been affected by the storms.

    ‘We mourn the lives lost and ask that everyone continue to follow guidance from local and state officials,’ Lee said in a statement.

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