"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts." -- Abraham Lincoln, American president, 1861-1865

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President Joe Biden suffered another gaffe during a speaking event as he tried to paint his opponent, former President Donald Trump, as untrustworthy. 

Biden, at 81 years old, the oldest president in American history, appeared before supporters at a community college in Tampa, one week before Florida bans abortions past six weeks. 

He called out Trump, his 2024 general election opponent, as the sole person responsible for the 'cruelty and chaos' that's occurred after the overturn of Roe v. Wade. 

However, when he did so, he accidentally asked: 'How many times does he have to prove we can't be trusted?' 

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has touched down in China to soothe tensions with the nation, after Beijing called the Senate's approval of an $8billion aid package for Taiwan a 'dangerous situation.'

The package was part of a massive $95billion foreign aid bill that was passed by Congress last night, and is expected to be signed into law today by President joe Biden

China said the $8billion set aside to counter Chinese threats in Taiwan and the broader Indo-Pacific 'seriously violates' US commitments to China and 'sends a wrong signal to the Taiwan independence separatist forces'.

A spokesperson for the mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office added that Taiwan's ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, which won a third four-year presidential term in January, is willing to 'become a pawn for external forces to use Taiwan to contain China, bringing Taiwan into a dangerous situation'.

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Fukushima has been frozen in time for more than a decade since a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami, causing one of the worst nuclear disasters in history.

When the 9.0-magnitude quake struck on March 11, 2011, waves of more than 33ft (10 metres) overcame insufficient sea defences, destroying backup generators and triggering meltdowns in three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

It released hydrogen and radioactive materials and some 160,000 residents were evacuated from the surrounding area, many of whom have never been able to return home, abandoning their homes, businesses and belongings.

Entry to some of the zones, which continue to have relatively high radiation levels, remains strictly limited, with 'difficult-to-return' areas only accessible with permission.

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Russian troops have reportedly pushed through Ukrainian lines to take the strategic town of Ocheretyne in Donetsk - the latest scoop for Vladimir Putin's forces amid a recent string of gains on the battlefield.

Videos shared on the Telegram messaging app by Russian military bloggers appeared to show the Russian tricolour flying atop a damaged building in the town that once was home to 30,000 Ukrainians. 

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Columbia University anti-Israel protesters are refusing to leave their Gaza encampment despite a midnight deadline to dismantle and NYPD counterterrorism officers gathering at the Ivy League gates.

The Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine group released a statement claiming they backed out of negotiations after the university threatened to call the National Guard on them.

'Columbia University threatened CUAD negotiators to call both the National Guard and NYPD if we do not acquiesce to their demands,' the group said.

'The student negotiating team has left the table and refuses to return until there is a written commitment that the administration will not be unleashing the NYPD or the National Guard on its students.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned that foreign terrorist groups are again looking to attack the United States in an “increasingly concerning” way.

In a speech at the American Bar Association luncheon in Washington, the FBI director said the agency is attempting to prevent an attack on U.S. soil via terrorist groups such as ISIS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan.

“Foreign terrorists, including ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their adherents, have renewed calls for attacks against Jewish communities here in the United States and across the West in statements and propaganda,” Mr. Wray said at the event Tuesday. He then made reference to a terrorist attack claimed by ISIS in Moscow, Russia, that left more than 140 people dead.

Webmaster addition: Getting ready for another false-flag event?

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Minnesota state Sen. Nicole Mitchell (D) was arrested Monday and charged with burglary in the first degree — a crime for which an American citizen without political connections could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000.

The 49-year-old leftist's alleged attempt to steal into her estranged stepmother's home and abscond with human remains may not have only jeopardized her career but her party's control over the Minnesota Senate where Democrats only have a one-seat majority. With Mitchell behind bars, her comrades may find it difficult to advance their agenda in the state, at least in the final weeks of the present legislative session.

KVRR-TV reported that Mitchell, a former Minnesota Public Radio meteorologist and a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard, traveled hundreds of miles away from her Twin Cities stomping grounds to a home in Detroit Lakes, whose owner called police around 4:45 a.m. Monday to report "an active burglary in process."

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The end of the pandemic-driven liquidity boom marks a turning point for the U.S. economy, with dwindling savings and rising delinquencies among low-income borrowers signaling potential economic trouble ahead. As excess household savings vanish, concerns about financial strain and tightening credit availability underscore the need for careful economic management.

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But this rainfall, the worst ever recorded in the city’s history, is surely no coincidence.

Actually, some mainstream media outlets have admittedly attributed this mess to the practice of cloud seeding, the act of spraying chemicals and minerals into the atmosphere to affect weather patterns, such as creating or preventing rain, or reducing the effects of sunrays on the earth.

Published on April 18th, Bloomberg ran a headline titled “Dubai Grinds to Standstill as Cloud Seeding Worsens Flooding.” It was later changed to say, “Dubai Grinds to Standstill as Flooding Hits City.” Be that as it may, the article still went on to attribute the mass flooding to weather modification.

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New audio reveals suspected government operative James Ray Epps repeatedly lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigations in a never-before-released interview with the bureau obtained by The Gateway Pundit. Lying to the FBI is a crime punishable by up to an 8-year prison sentence.

In January 2021, when Ray Epps returned home to Arizona two days after the Capitol riot, he called the FBI and audaciously asked a federal agent to remove his photograph from the “Most Wanted” list, insisting that he would “do anything” to assist the weaponized intelligence agency with identifying suspects he believed should be arrested for their actions on Jan. 6 while providing fabricated accounts of what he did and what transpired that fateful day. 

“What federal violation are you calling to report tonight?” a female agent asks Epps at the start of the 27-minute interview with the bureau on Jan. 8, 2021, in an attempt to evade federal charges.

Epps informs the government that he had just become aware that his photograph was published on the FBI’s website.

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This last week, when Iran unleashed its barrage of 350 drones and missiles against the Jewish State, maybe the most surprising aspect was that Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) supported Israel.

Let that sink in for a moment. All these nations are opposed to what Israel is doing in Gaza. They’re not friendly with Israel in every respect. However, these three nations supported Israel against an aggressive attack from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Even Jordan took part in shooting down Iranian missiles. You could say, “These missiles were over their airspace. They would obviously shoot them down.” Well, years ago, they would have been glad to have any missiles flying over their airspace knowing the target was Israel.

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Two military horses, their hides soaked in blood, tearing through central London at the height of rush hour. Pedestrians scatter as chaos ensues, with injuries mounting and emergency services scrambling to contain the rampage. It's a scene straight out of a nightmare, leaving the city in shock and disbelief.

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In January 2024, Amazon terminated its agreement to acquire iRobot, the company that manufactures the Roomba robot vacuum. That company then laid off nearly one-third of its work force. In a joint statement, the companies said they saw "no path to regulatory approval in the European Union." But busybody American lawmakers also helped scuttle the deal.

Under the August 2022 acquisition agreement, Amazon intended to purchase iRobot for $1.65 billion. At that time, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission separately began investigating the proposed merger.

In November 2023, the European Commission sent Amazon a Statement of Objections, saying the deal "may restrict competition in the market for robot vacuum cleaners." Since iRobot sells Roombas alongside competitors in the Amazon marketplace, the Europeans worried that in the event of a merger, Amazon "may have the ability and the incentive to foreclose iRobot's rivals."

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Today, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in City of Grants Pass v. Johnson, a case which raises the issue of whether a law that criminalizes camping on public property by homeless people who have nowhere else to qualifies as "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Eighth Amendment. I highly doubt the Eighth Amendment can do much to help the homeless. But courts could help them in a different way: by striking down exclusionary zoning as a violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Today's oral argument reveal more sympathy for the plaintiffs' argument among the justices than I might have expected. But I highly doubt there are going to be five votes to affirm the Ninth Circuit's ruling in their favor. The fundamental problem with the plaintiffs' position is that the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the Eighth Amendment only restricts the types of punishments that the government can use, not the range of activities it can criminalize in the first place. Prof. Michael Mannheimer, a prominent academic expert on the Eighth Amendment, articulates this point well in his amicus brief in the case.

At the oral argument, Justice Neil Gorsuch suggested some criminalization of sleeping outside by homeless people might be forbidden by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, or by the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment. I think he may be right about that, though I don't know enough about the relevant questions to be sure. These issues, however, are not before the Court.

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I wanted to change up the newsletter's format a little bit to write about an underappreciated benefit of increasing the production of private, market-rate housing: It's an incredibly simple strategy for improving housing affordability!

If states and cities remove zoning restrictions, complex permitting processes, and the like, builders will construct more housing and prices will fall. There's endless evidence that this neat-and-tidy free market story is true.

America's non-market affordable housing strategies, in contrast, rely on a bewildering system of price controls, mandates, and subsidies to achieve the same results.

In addition to being costly to taxpayers, hard to navigate for program participants, and occasionally constitutionally problematic, this needless complexity is also self-defeating.

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As a direct result of the United States approving $61 Billion in new military aid to Ukraine, Russia has announced they are now required to take two additional states of Ukraine - Sumy and Kharkiv -- to assure Russian national security.

The aid package from the United States includes long-range ATACMS missiles, which can be used to strike targets inside traditional Russia, so Russia needs a safety zone to protect itself from such launches.

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Authored by Steve Watson via Modernity.news,

Scientific American has published a piece claiming that “misinformation,” such as the notion that there are only two sexes, is “being used against transgender people” and in order to target “gender-affirming medical care.”

The article states that there are three types of “misinformation,” and they are “oversimplifying scientific knowledge, fabricating and misinterpreting research, and promoting false equivalences.

How Anti-Trans Efforts Misuse and Distort Science

Three types of misinformation are being used against transgender people: oversimplifying scientific knowledge, fabricating and misinterpreting research and promoting false equivalences

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Falsehoods and half-truths obscure the actual science around trans rights.

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In 2023 alone, more than 500 anti-trans bills were proposed or adopted in nearly every state in the United States, targeting everything from drag performances to gender-affirming medical care to school inclusion policies for trans people. Support for these measures has been enabled and propelled by scientific misinformation, which has proven to be a distressingly effective tool in outraging a public that might otherwise be broadly empathetic, or at least uncertain about where to stand. In the following Q&A, law professor Florence Ashley and scientist Simón(e) Sun describe to OpenMind co-editor Corey S. Powell how deceptions in science have been used to disenfranchise trans people and other marginalized groups. (This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)

Claire's Observations:  Where please is the evidence that "deceptions in science have been used to disenfranchise trans people, and other marginalized groups"?!?  That is what I would like to see, please!!  If one has a record of this happening, I want to know about it.  Please present it, rather than throwing wild-ass speculations out there, would you?!?  We have had enough of those, thank you very much!!

And let's treat ALL human beings with kindness and compassion;  enough said?!?!?  As a Christian, who has several translations of the Bible at home, in every translation of the Bible I have after Jesus asked us to "love thy neighbor as thyself", there were zero  exceptions to that, period, end of discussion!!!!



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West Prep Academy, a New York City middle school with a significant percentage of special needs students, is planning on sending them to an unsafe 127-year-old building to make room for migrant kids. The school, in which 43 percent of students have special needs, and 90 percent are Black or Latino, shares a building with PS 145, which has been inundated with a surge in enrollment of migrant children.

“This building is not equipped to house students with special needs [or] students that don’t have any special needs — it’s not equipped, it’s 127 years old,” said Denise Johnson, a parent of a West Prep Academy sixth-grader. “The issue is we are coming from a building that is substantial, with all [the] equipment to service their students to a building that lacks resources.”

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April 23 was marked by new Russian precision strikes on Ukrainian military and industrial facilities in various rear regions, including in the capital. After several waves of night strikes, Russian missiles were also launched in the day time. After the air defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was depleted both in the rear regions and near the frontlines, Russian drones and missiles are effectively destroying their targets no matter when or where.

On the night of April 23, explosions thundered in Kiev, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Odessa and Poltava regions.

Russian strikes were reported in the Ukrainian capital and on its outskirts. Explosions thundered in Kiev, as well as in the areas of Vasilkovo and Bila Tserkva. According to unconfirmed local reports, Russian strikes destroyed at least one launcher of an air defense system deployed south of the capital.

The southern Odessa region is pounded by Russian strikes on a daily basis. Russian drones and missiles are destroyed the port infrastructure and various military targets in the region, where the military equipment from NATO and other Kiev’s partners is coming by sea.

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