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 The Federal Reserve announced an interest rate hike of 0.75 percentage points, bumping the range of the federal interest rate to between 3.75% and 4% following a Wednesday meeting of Fed policymakers.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 12:06

 Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard endorsed Republican Arizona Senate nominee Blake Masters on Wednesday, her seventh Republican endorsement since leaving the Democratic Party.

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Posted on: Nov 03 12:05

After over two decades of keeping Serbia in a semi-colonial state, the European Union seems to finally admit that it sees the Southeast European country precisely as such – a semi-colony. For approximately 20 years, Brussels played the carrot and stick cards with Belgrade, forcing it to renounce important segments of its sovereignty in return for access to EU funds and markets.

The neoliberal economic framework that the EU insisted on devastated the country’s hybrid market socialist economy and ruined domestic economic power, paving the way for the dominance of foreign investors and turning the country into yet another source of cheap labor for Western corporate interests. However, even while implementing such policies, disastrous for any country’s economic (or any other form of) sovereignty, it created an image of growth.

And yet, the waning economic power of Brussels, resulting primarily from its suicidal subservience to Washington DC’s Barbarossa-like push against Russia, is starting to affect the “carrot” portion of the EU’s policy toward Serbia. Frustrated by the country’s refusal to conform with the political West’s clinically Russophobic frenzy, the bureaucratic empire is now resorting to using the “stick”. With little to nothing left to offer, the EU is now threatening to scale back the benefits it gave Serbia in the last two decades to punish the country for its non-compliance in regards to the bloc’s anti-Russian sanctions and policies. To make matters worse, Brussels insists that Belgrade should still continue renouncing parts of its sovereignty while the EU is rolling back the apparent benefits it previously gave in return.

Tags: EUROPE, SYRIA
Posted on: Nov 03 12:03

In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, Republican officials around the country have been giving increasing attention and resources to investigating election crimes. Most have focused on the alleged wrongdoing of voters.

But Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is also working a different angle: His office has been criminally investigating the people who help run elections.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 03 12:02

Amid Washington’s aggressive attempts to wrest control over energy reserves and plunder natural resources in conflict-plagued Yemen, a new batch of US military forces has entered the country’s oil-rich eastern province of Hadhramaut.

Yemen Press Agency, citing informed local sources who asked not to be named, reported that Hadhramaut Provincial Governor, Mabkhout bin Madi, had a face-to-face meeting with the US delegation in his office.

During the meeting, bin Madi complained to the American military officials about the Sana’a-based National Salvation Government’s decision to ban the Saudi-led coalition from exporting the Yemeni crude oil, asserting that the decision would have adverse effects on the global energy market.

The development comes as visits by Western officials to eastern Yemen has lately witnessed an accelerating trend, the most recent of which was the visit of French Ambassador to Aden, Jean-Marie Safa, in late September. The visits are viewed as West's efforts to secure its energy needs against the backdrop of the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.

Tags: ECONOMY, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 03 12:01

An FBI official who contributed to shaping the decision of social media platforms to suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story is still briefing Facebook and Twitter about foreign influence threats, according to a recent report.

Leaks to The Intercept and analysis of court filings reveal that FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force Chief Laura Dehmlow is still advising private companies, including social media websites, on threats related to subversive information.

Dehmlow and FBI San Francisco field office special agent Elvis Chan were named in a court filing last month as being involved in communications with Meta, Facebook's parent company, which resulted in suppression of the October 2020 New York Post story revealing the contents of President Joe Biden's son's hard drive for the first time.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 03 12:01

The world's five nuclear superpowers are 'on the brink of a direct armed conflict' which will have 'catastrophic consequences', Russia has warned. 

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that avoiding a nuclear clash between the world's nuclear powers was its first priority, but accused the West of 'encouraging provocations with weapons of mass destruction'.

Western capitals have said Moscow is behind a ramping up of nuclear rhetoric since Russia invaded Ukraine in February - most recently by repeatedly accusing Kyiv of planning to use a radioactive 'dirty bomb' without offering evidence. Kyiv has denied having any such plan.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
Posted on: Nov 03 11:58

The Foreign Ministry summoned Britain’s ambassador to Russia on Thursday in connection with last week’s Ukrainian attack targeting Russian military and civilian vessels in Sevastopol. The act of terrorism prompted Moscow to temporarily freeze its participation in the Black Sea grain export deal with Kiev.

Moscow summoned British Ambassador to Russia Deborah Bronnert in connection with London’s suspected involvement in the October 29 attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Foreign Ministry has revealed.

In a statement, the Ministry indicated that it had information that London transferred a number of unmanned underwater drones to Kiev, and that British specialists have been actively involved in the training and supply of Ukrainian special operations forces, including those involved in sabotage operations at sea.

Moscow warned that Britain’s actions threaten to escalate the security crisis and lead to “unpredictable and dangerous consequences,” and that such “hostile provocations” on London’s part were “inadmissible” and must be stopped immediately.

“If such acts of aggression, fraught with [the UK’s] direct involvement in the conflict, continue, the entire responsibility for their disastrous consequences and the growth of tensions in relations between our states will lie entirely on the British side,” the Foreign Ministry said.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 03 11:01

 The state of Pennsylvania has spent $16.7 million in taxpayer money on sex-change surgeries and other gender transition services for children since 2015, according to a Tuesday report from the Pennsylvania Family Council (PFI).

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:58

 Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Tuesday creating a commission intended to increase diversity within the University of North Carolina’s governing system.

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Posted on: Nov 03 10:57

 Republican lawmakers will probe the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and large private investors for their role in pushing an environmental agenda throughout the financial sector after the midterm elections.

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Posted on: Nov 03 10:57

 White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday that “mega MAGA” Republicans do not “believe in the rule of law” and don’t accept elections, hours ahead of President Joe Biden’s speech that is expected to focus on elections.

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Posted on: Nov 03 10:56

 An audience at a Fox News town hall Thursday booed and shouted at Democratic Ohio Senate candidate Tim Ryan after he claimed the Capitol rioters killed a police officer.

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Posted on: Nov 03 10:55

The guy facing charges in the home invasion beating of Paul Pelosi doesn’t exactly sound like a “Mega MAGA” conservative Republican.

As much as the mainstream media and the Democratic Party would like to paint David DePape as some kind of conservative activist, the facts don’t bear it out.

One California state lawmaker has acknowledged knowing DePape from San Francisco’s vibrant “public nudity” movement.

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Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 03 10:55

The father of a Democrat running for a seat in the Washington state House of Representatives has accused his son of lying about his military service.

Brett Shavers is the father of 10th District candidate Clyde Shavers, who has claimed in his campaign that he served for eight years as a nuclear submarine officer, according to the Everett Herald.

The Herald said it spoke to the elder Shavers to ensure it was him who wrote a letter to Republican opponent Greg Gilday.

“I have told him not to do embellishments and exaggerations and it continued and continued, it just reached a point where it’s affecting everyone’s integrity and honesty,” Brett Shavers said by phone, according to the report.

The letter, which addressed multiple issues that Shavers had with his son’s campaign material, said “Clyde was never a submarine officer, not even for a day.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 03 10:54

A suspect is in custody today after attempting to assault New Hampshire Republican Senate nominee Don Bolduc. The attack happened before the retired general debated Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan at Saint Anselm College Wednesday night.

“As the General said on stage tonight, it’s time to lower the temperature of the political discourse in this country,” a Bolduc campaign spokesperson said. “Prior to the debate, an individual in the crowd gathered outside attempted to punch the General and was quickly apprehended and arrested. We are grateful to the quick response from law enforcement on the scene.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 03 10:54

Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, alleging the race-based admissions policies of both schools discriminate against Asian Americans.

According to the complaint against Harvard, the Ivy League school’s undergraduate admissions policies “intentionally and improperly” discriminated against plaintiff students “on the basis of their race and ethnicity.” The University of North Carolina similarly employs “racially and ethnically discriminatory policies and procedures” through their admissions program, the University of North Carolina suit alleges. 

“Classifications of citizens solely on the basis of race are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality,” the group cited Supreme Court case Shaw v. Reno. “They threaten to stigmatize individuals by reason of their membership in a racial group and to incite racial hostility,” SFFA further invoked.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Nov 03 10:53

During a debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980, Ronald Reagan famously asked, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?" Which is a sensible and basic question that's been asked in political races ever since — and next week's midterm elections are no different.

As Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, one ought to consider if you, your family or your business is better off today under Democrat control of one's state and one-party rule in Washington, or not. Unless you like paying significantly higher prices for essential items like food, gas, rent, heating bills and just about everything else, I suspect the answer is no.

Tags: ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:52

If a mentally ill intruder broke into Mar-a-Lago and struck Trump in the head with a hammer, not only would the Trump-deranged Left barely contain their laughter and glee — for they'd deem it retribution, as they felt when Trump contracted COVID-19 — they'd recruit the thug for Congress.

Where was the media and their fellow Democrats when longtime Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said about Trump Cabinet members: "If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."

Where was the media and their fellow Democrats when, during the Trump administration, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stood outside of the Supreme Court Building and, referring to Trump's court nominees Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, said: "I want to tell you Gorsuch. I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."

Why didn't the media and Dems connect the dots to "hateful rhetoric" when, during former President Barack Obama's second term, two New York cops, three Baton Rouge, Louisiana, cops and five Dallas cops were killed execution-style by three different black men — all motivated by the lie of anti-black police "systemic racism"?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 03 10:50

There have been so many reports of changes at Twitter since Musk officially took control of the company last week that nobody could be blamed for feeling confused or out-of-touch with what’s going on at the social media giant.

On Wednesday, Fox Business put together a list of what it called the “top five moves the world’s richest man” has either accomplished or at least announced his intention to accomplish in the near future, which should help anyone curious about the current situation at Twitter feel more up-to-date.

On Thursday, immediately after taking the reins, Musk fired a number of high-level executives from Twitter. Those included Parag Agrawal and Ned Segal, the CEO and CFO, respectively.

Musk also fired general counsel Sean Edgett and Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top legal and policy executives.

Gadde played a key role in getting Trump banned from Twitter in 2021, even though at the time he was the sitting president of the United States.

She was also instrumental in censoring news stories about Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings in China and Ukraine in the weeks before his father, Joe Biden, faced Trump in the 2020 election.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA
Posted on: Nov 03 10:46

 “The View” co-hosts on Wednesday accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of “not understanding diversity” due to his opposition to affirmative action.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:44

 NBC reporters said Wednesday that voter ID laws disproportionately affect transgender people, voicing this latest claim of voter suppression just six days out from the midterm elections.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:43

 The Biden administration is on pace to quickly meet its cap for a program to grant Venezuelan migrants legal entry just a few weeks after implementation, according to Reuters.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:42

 Democratic officials, along with members of the health care establishment, are reportedly fretting over the possibility that Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will become the most powerful legislator on the Senate’s top healthcare committee.

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Posted on: Nov 03 10:41

 YouTube should "stop discriminating against conservative views" and "restore" lawful videos it removed following pressure from Democratic senators, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen demanded in a letter Wednesday to the streaming giant.

YouTube censored several videos about firearms, including one from licensed Montana gun dealer Jason Schaller giving a tutorial on how to build a gun legally, after five senators in February called on the platform to do so. Such censorship is "deeply troubling" to Knudsen, a Republican, who asked YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner to stop removing "speech it dislikes" and restore videos it scrapped from the platform.

"So long as YouTube acts hand-in-glove with federal politicians to repress constitutional rights, States will continue finding ways to reign in the power of Big Tech," the attorney general wrote in his letter. "It is past time that you considered the consequences of those actions for your company’s bottom line and withdrew your complicity from the trampling of rights disfavored by D.C. Democrats."

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Nov 03 10:40

A transgender activist in New York City was arrested and charged for allegedly soliciting a minor, legal documents show. 

Trans and HIV activist Lailani Muniz was arrested last month in the Bronx after corresponding with someone whom Muniz thought was a 14-year-old boy identified as “Josh” on the LGBT dating app Grindr, according to the criminal complaint obtained by Fox News Digital.

“Josh,” however, was actually a man who works at the nonprofit NY Creeps Spotlight, which exposes people who target children. The man asked Fox News Digital to only be identified as FM. 

Muniz, 39, began messaging with “Josh” in March and had acknowledged the supposed teenager’s young age before soliciting oral sex, according to the criminal complaint. The criminal complaint states “Josh” identified as a girl, but FM told Fox News Digital he was posing as a teenaged boy. 

“I’m about to shower brb. Np. What u looking for and into. Are u cutting school and looking for company lol. Are u into guys and trans girls? Any xxx pixs,” Muniz responded to “Josh” when asked if Muniz cared if he was only 14 years old, according to the criminal complaint

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:38

New Twitter owner Elon Musk on Tuesday said the platform won't allow anyone who was removed from the service to return for at "least a few more weeks" until there is a "clear process" to let them back in, and that he's spoken to "civil society leaders" about plans concerning content on the site.

"Twitter will not allow anyone who was de-platformed for violating Twitter rules back on platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks," Musk posted early Wednesday.

Musk also said, in a separate tweet, that he spoke with "civil society leaders" about how Twitter "will continue to combat hate & harassment & enforce its election integrity policies."

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA
Posted on: Nov 03 10:37

Jake Tapper's stint as a CNN primetime host is coming to an end, with the network confirming that he will be returning to his late afternoon slot following the midterms.

The longtime media personality had been temporarily bumped up to the 9 pm slot in September, however there was speculation that the move would be permanent.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA
Posted on: Nov 03 10:35

The UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reported on Wednesday, November 2, that 12 inches (30.5 cm) of snow fell in 24 hours in Soda Springs, California, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Video posted by the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab on Wednesday shows fluffy flakes falling on the snow-covered ground in Soda Springs, a sharp contrast from footage of flurries posted just a day earlier.

The lab said that they were expecting an additional two to five inches of snow on Wednesday. The snowfall in the mountain range caused “slippery roads,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issued a winter storm warning until Wednesday evening.

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Tags: CLIMATEGATE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 03 10:31

 Scientists now believe that descending from a survivor of the Black Death, the plague which wiped out one-third of Europe nearly seven hundred years ago, makes individuals more susceptible to certain medical conditions.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 03 10:18