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    The average American has lost $4,200 in income due to soaring inflation and rising interest rates, according to an analysis by the Heritage Foundation.  Experts at the right-leaning think tank analyzed consumer prices data and the Federal Reserve's interest rates. Consumer prices have risen 12.7 percent since 2021, far outpacing wages and Heritage experts believe this has cost Americans about $3,000 each in purchasing power.  As the Fed pushes interest rates to a range of 3-3.25 percent, higher borrowing costs are squeezing Americans on mortgages, vehicle loans and credit cards, costing another $1,200 per year.  The $4,200 loss erases the $4,000 increase in annual earnings that occurred under the Trump administration, according to Heritage.  'Instead of correcting course over a year ago when inflation began rising, the Biden administration and Congress continued the profligate spending spree and the Fed let the printing presses roll,' E.J. Antoni, who found the data, said in a statement. 'Many Americans have taken on additional debt to cope with higher living costs. Now, the Fed is finally fighting inflation, which is pushing up...
    Richard Lathan wasn’t sure how to react when he got a letter in July informing him that the Los Angeles police detective who helped put him in prison for murder had made a racist remark about Black people. A glimmer of optimism that the revelation could win him a new trial collided with the profound anger he felt about the more than three decades he has spent in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. Lathan had always suspected the detective, Brian McCartin, targeted him simply because he was Black and a gang member. And something else about the letter bothered Lathan: It said McCartin, who is now retired, made the remarks in 2014. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, however, didn’t notify Lathan about them until this summer — eight years after prosecutors first learned of the comments and four years after The Times published a front-page story detailing them. Why, he wondered, hadn’t he been told sooner? It is a basic rule of the U.S. justice system that prosecutors must turn over to defendants...
    A Pennsylvania restaurant known for being named on NBC comedy series, “The Office,” has filed a lawsuit against a customer who left a $3,000 tip and later took it back, NYPost reports. The manager of Alfredo’s Pizza Cafe in Scranton, an eatery mentioned in an episode of the show’s fourth season called “Launch Party,” said the incident first began back in June, when a customer named Eric Smith left a $3,000 tip for server Mariana Lambert on a $13 order for a stromboli, the report says citing local news station WNEP. The staff thought their worries were over once the story went viral and the credit card bill went through — however, it wasn’t long until the business received a letter in the mail stating that Smith was fighting the charge for the tip, the outlet says. After the staff reached out to Smith on Facebook and the customer stopped replying, Alfredo’s filed a lawsuit in the hopes of getting back the $3,000 that was lost. “Unfortunately, we had to file charges through the magistrate’s office because now we’re just...
    FAIR arrived at the $20.4 billion figure after multiplying the estimated number of illegal immigrants who have recently entered by a conservative cost estimate of $9,232 per illegal alien per year. Dan Stein, president of FAIR, suggested that this money could alternatively "address some very important needs of the American public, instead of covering the costs of the surge of illegal migration triggered by this administration's policies." FAIR looked at how else this money could be spent and determined that this money might otherwise have been used to: provide every homeless veteran in America $50,000 per year for ten years; give every family earning $50,000 or less a $410 grocery voucher; provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to over 7 million additional needy American families; hire more than 315,000 police officers nationwide to combat rising crime; and complete construction of the majority of the southern border wall. Although the price tag on unchecked criminal migration is high, it is likely to run higher.If the Biden administration's spring decision to end Title 42 — currently in legal limbo — goes...
    A judge ordered Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin to leave his Otero County commissioner post effective immediately. Ruling that Griffin's participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a violation of the 14th Amendment, a New Mexico judge determined on Tuesday that Griffin was disqualified from holding office, marking one of the first times such a ruling took place since 1869, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. COWBOYS FOR TRUMP FOUNDER SENTENCED FOR JAN. 6 TRESPASS “This is a historic win for accountability for the January 6th insurrection and the efforts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power in the United States. Protecting American democracy means ensuring those who violate their oaths to the Constitution are held responsible,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder said. In May, Griffin was found guilty of illegally entering restricted Capitol grounds during the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. This included one count of disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds and another charge of entering and remaining in a restricted building. He was later sentenced to...
    A Hudson Valley man who entered the United States Capitol Building during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and took photographs of a senator's papers has been found guilty of a felony charge. Dutchess County resident Christopher Patrick Moynihan, age 41, of Salt Point, was found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced on Tuesday, Aug. 23. He also pleaded guilty to five related misdemeanor charges, according to the report. Earlier report - Hudson Valley Man Caught Taking Photos During Capitol Riot Enters Plea Moynihan was among the rioters who broke through the security on the east side of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, and joined others outside the Rotunda Door, the US Attorney's Office said. At about 2:40 p.m., he entered the building and briefly entered the Senate Gallery at 2:45 p.m, the announcement said. Minutes later, he entered the Senate Chamber and looked through a notebook that was on top of a senator's desk, the US Attorney's Office said. He took photos of papers with his cellphone, and said, “There’s...
    by Bethany Blankley   Since President Joe Biden took office and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas altered federal immigration policies, roughly 5 million people from over 150 countries have entered the U.S. illegally. This includes 3.9 million who have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally nationwide and 3.4 million at the southern border. It also includes a minimum of 900,000 gotaways, those who’ve intentionally entered the U.S. illegally and evaded law enforcement who haven’t made asylum or immigration claims. The number of gotaways is significantly higher than what is reported and believed to be well over 1 million, Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officials have told The Center Square. The estimated 5 million are now greater than the individual populations of 25 states – up from 23 states reported in June. They are greater than the estimated populations of Louisiana (4.6 million), Kentucky (4.5 million), Oregon (4.3 million), Oklahoma (4 million), Connecticut (3.6 million), Utah (3.3 million), Iowa (3.2 million), Nevada (3.1 million), Arkansas (3 million), Mississippi (2.9 million), Kansas (2.9 million), New Mexico (2.1 million), Nebraska (1.9 million), Idaho...
    Donald Trump's former national security advisor John Bolton accused the ex-president of lying when he claimed Friday to have a 'standing order' that all documents taken from the White House while he was in office were to be declassified. Bolton said the claim was 'almost certainly a lie' in a New York Times piece published on Sunday.  'When somebody begins to concoct lies like this, it shows a real level of desperation,' he said. It comes about a week after Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida was targeted in an unannounced search by FBI agents who took a trove of documents sought by the National Archives and Records Administration. The warrant, which was unsealed on Friday, suggests the former president took top secret documents and may have violated the Espionage Act. Trump has offered multiple rebuttals, from claiming he was cooperating with investigators to insisting the 'raid' was a political 'witch hunt.' On Friday, ex-Fox News contributor John Solomon - who is representing Trump with the National Archives, according to the Times - read a statement claiming the documents were declassified...
    The office of former President Donald Trump issued a statement Friday claiming all documents he removed from the Oval Office and brought to the White House residence were declassified, by definition. On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, where they seized 11 sets of classified documents, as well as other materials that were supposed to have been turned over to the National Archives when Trump left office. Appearing on Friday’s Hannity, the editor-in-chief of the right-wing site Just the News read an exclusive statement his outlet obtained from Trump’s office. “I apologize for looking down,” said John Solomon. “It’s so fresh, it’s on my phone. It literally just came in. This is from President Trump’s office. It Just came in a few minutes ago.” Solomon read the statement: As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare the work the next day, often took documents including classified documents to the residence. He had...
    (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended Tampa's elected prosecutor, Andrew Warren, for pledging not to use his office to go after people who seek and provide abortions or on doctors that provide gender affirming care to transgender people. DeSantis also accused Warren of not pursuing criminals to the fullest extent of his powers as the state attorney of Hillsborough County. "To take a position that you have veto powers over the laws of the state is untenable," DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa surrounded by law enforcement. The move by DeSantis, a Republican, to remove a Democrat twice elected by Hillsborough voters drew an immediate and sharp rebuke from Democratic state lawmakers and officials. Minority Leader Sen. Lauren Book said DeSantis was "behaving more like a dictator than 'America's governor.'" And Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate for governor, called Warren's suspension "a politically motivated attack on a universally respected state attorney democratically elected to exercise prosecutorial discretion.""Ron DeSantis is a pathetic bully," Fried said.Read MoreA spokeswoman for Warren did not immediately respond to a request...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group says Sri Lanka’s government is using emergency laws to harass and arbitrarily detain protesters who are seeking political reform and accountability amid the island country’s economic crisis. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement Wednesday that Sri Lanka’s military sought to curtail protests through intimidation, surveillance, and arbitrary arrests of demonstrators, activists, lawyers and journalists since President Ranil Wickremesinghe took office last month. Sri Lanka’s Parliament approved a state of emergency July 27. The decree gives the president the power to make regulations in the interest of public security and order. Wickremesinghe, who had ordered arrests of protesters, has said that although the protests started peacefully, groups with political interests took over later and became violent, citing the burning of dozens of ruling party politicians’ homes in May. Sri Lankans had been protesting for months over the country’s economic crisis that has led to a severe shortage of many essential imported items like medicines, fuel and cooking gas. Wickremesinghe’s predecessor Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country after protesters...
    A man is in the hospital after being shot by a police officer in Fairfax County, Virginia, during an attempted arrest Tuesday evening. It happened near Arlington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive in the Seven Corners area. Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said undercover narcotics officers were doing a drug investigation when they singled out a group of people sitting inside a car accused of illegally distributing drugs. When officers approached the vehicle to arrest the suspects, they drove away “at a high rate of speed,” Davis said. “Preliminarily, we know that the car that they were in took off, jumped a couple of curbs,” Davis said. “We blocked that car in, and one of our Fairfax County undercover detectives discharged his firearm during the apprehension effort to take these persons into custody.” The suspect was shot in the arm during the attempted arrest. Davis said the man received a “non-fatal gunshot wound,” and he is expected to be OK. No officers or witnesses were injured during the encounter. Davis said the officer who fired his gun is now...
    According to a report from Rolling Stone's Kat Bouza, former President Donald Trump took the stage hours late at a rally in Arizona on Friday night and turned in a "rambling" performance that saw him complaining about the House Jan 6th insurrection investigation and his part in it. Trump was in Prescott, Arizona for a “Save America” rally on Friday with the plan to boost the electoral fortunes of Republicans Kari Lake and Blake Masters and took the opportunity to complain that he is being persecuted for his four years in office before he was ousted in an election he claims was loaded with fraud. According to the report, Trump told the crowd, "If I announced that I was not going to run any longer for political office, the persecution of Donald Trump would immediately stop. They’re coming after me because I’m standing up for you.” Writing that Trump's speech, "rapidly devolved into the type of meandering, ego-stroking affair emblematic of the Trump presidency," Bouza added, "Taking the stage over an hour late, Trump delivered a rambling speech focused primarily...
    All of the Tennessee State Supreme Court justices will have their retention elections take place on August 4. The current Tennessee Supreme Court is composed of Justices Sharon G. Lee, Jeffery S. Bivins, Holly Kirby, Sarah K. Campbell, and Chief Justice Roger A. Page. These justices are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. In turn, they are empowered to appoint the state’s attorney general, which they will when current Attorney General Herb Slatery III leaves office at the end of August. Retention elections differ than normal elections. The only choice next to the justice’s name is a vote to retain or not to retain. Bivins took office on July 16, 2014 and was appointed by former Governor Bill Haslam. Campbell took office in 2022 and was appointed by Governor Bill Lee. Kirby took office in September 2014 and is a Haslam appointee. Sharon Lee was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen in 2008. Page, the sitting chief justice, was appointed by Haslam and took office in 2016. The Tennessee Star previously reported the position of chief justice rotates...
    Investigators are refusing to rule out the possibility that the bombing of a tax office in Athens this week that caused substantial damage could be linked to domestic terrorism, with far-left extremists taking credit for the blast. The suspected bombing took place before dawn on Wednesday at a tax office in the suburb of Maroussi in northern Athens, and is said to have been a powerful blast that not only broke several windows on the facade of the tax office building but also damaged a nearby wall. No one was injured in the blast, but investigators have expressed concern over the incident as no warning was received before the explosion, initially prompting fears it may be linked to domestic terrorism, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini reports. Greek anti-terrorism investigators have since taken over the investigation in the case. Far-left anarchist extremists took credit for the explosion on Thursday, stating the bombing was in retaliation for the imprisonment of anarchist extremist Yannis Michaelides. The group claimed they used around two kilos (4.4 lbs) of explosives in the bombing. Far-Left Anarchist Suspected Armed Bank...
    A woman didn't quite make it to her preferred destination of Richmond, Virginia, earlier this week, but her consolation prize was a free trip to jail.  Michelle Oliver, 34, was hassling customers outside a Wawa convenience store on Gateway Drive in south Stafford around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office said. She was asking them for money and a ride to a ride to the state capitol. The store called the Sheriff's Office to get her to leave.  When the deputy asked her to move along, she took two steps back and lunged at him instead, the Sheriff's Office said. The two fought, and she took him to the ground before the deputy got control and put her in handcuffs, authorities said. The deputy said Oliver was high.  The deputy arrested her on a charge of public intoxication and assault on a law enforcement officer, the Sheriff's Office said. And she got a free ride to the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
    (CNN)Five people were injured after being shot at a trail ride concert organized by a Texas motorcycle club early Sunday.The Smith County Sheriff's Office received a call around 12:35 a.m. alerting them to gunshot victims at an event at a large pasture in Winona "described as being a trail ride, ATV ride and horse show," the office said in a news release.An altercation near the concert stage resulted in "one or more trail ride groups" firing shots into the crowd, witnesses told investigators. A second shooting took place when event attendees took back their guns from security personnel who had confiscated them before allowing entry into the concert, according to the news release.A third shooting happened after law enforcement arrived, the sheriff's office said."At this time it is believed that all injuries took place during the original shooting incident as no new victims were located at the scene by law enforcement subsequent to the third shooting," the news release said.Read MoreFour of the people shot were transported to area hospitals, the sheriff's office said. One person who was shot in...
    A woman in her 30s and another in her 50s were found dead Monday in an East Rutherford home down the block from the borough police station. Authorities who are investigating don't suspect foul play.  A man said to have been the former spouse of the property owner apparently found the bodies in the rented unit directly across from the Homewood Suites by Hilton off southbound Route 17 just past Route 120, barely two miles from MetLife Stadium. Authorities initially suspected carbon monoxide might be to blame, but firefighters took readings that dismissed the possibility. Drugs may have been involved, responders said. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office was investigating with East Rutherford police, the Bergen County Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification -- which collected evidence -- and the Bergen County Medical Examiner's Office, which took custody of the bodies.
    During portions of an interview with NBC aired on Friday’s “NBC Nightly News,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said that he isn’t sure that Los Angeles County is safer now than it was when he took office and that while the county is safer than it was 20, 30 years ago, there’s “a higher level of insecurity today” than there has been in the last three or four years. Host Lester Holt asked, “Is Los Angeles County any less or more safe since you took office?” Gascón responded, “It’s a complicated question, right? I’m not sure.” He also stated, “We’re safer than we were 20, 30 years ago.” And “If you’re looking at what has occurred maybe in the last three or four years, then it’s a higher level of insecurity today.” Gascón also said, “Some of the more conservative counties here in California have higher per capita violence than we do, but you never see anybody blaming those prosecutors for the increase in violence.” Holt also asked, “There’s a lot of perception that things are getting worse....
    Montana Governor Greg Gianforte is out of the country on a personal trip, as historic flooding continues to ravage the state, and Yellowstone National Park faces 'indefinite' closure. Exactly where Gianforte is as towns in his state are destroyed by flooding is unknown - beyond confirming that he is abroad, his office has declined to offer any details about his location. The governor's office has said that he will be returning 'as quickly as possible,' but provided no specifics about when that would be.  Gianforte has been active on Twitter throughout the disaster, writing that was 'closely monitoring' the situation, leading to outraged and mocking replies from users on the platform. The governor has also received criticisms from Montana lawmakers, who have accused him of trying to hide the fact that he was abroad while his state was in crisis.  Montana Governor Greg Gianforte. He has not been seen in Montana since June 10, and his office confirmed that he has been out of the country Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and his wife, Susan. The pair are said to be on...
    President Joe Biden told the largest federation of labor unions on Tuesday that he's working to rebuild the U.S. economy around workers - while at one point falsely declaring that families have less debt and more savings than when he took office. The speech before the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia was the president's attempt to reset the terms of the debate on the economy as his own approval ratings have slid while consumer prices - and the cost of gasoline - have surged.  'Since I took office, with your help, families are carrying less debt nationwide. They have more savings nationwide,' Biden said. But despite the president's pronouncements, data from the Federal Reserve shows that household debt has increased by over $1.5trillion since Biden took office in January 2021. And the country's credit card debt is at record highs as well after jumping nearly 20% during the month of April to $1.103 trillion. The previous pre-pandemic record was $1.1 trillion. Inflation is also at a more than 40-year high - which has caused voters to sour on the economy, despite...
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday compared former President Donald Trump to President Herbert Hoover as the only two presidents to leave office with fewer jobs than when they started. The comparison between Trump and Hoover, who is infamously linked to the Great Depression that led to the rise of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came during a speech to union members in Philadelphia. BIDEN EAGER TO SIGN BIPARTISAN GUN BILL THAT FALLS WELL SHORT OF HIS OWN PLANS "We've come a long way in a short time," he said before members of the AFL-CIO. "Can you remember what our economy looked like before we took office? Three thousand Americans were dying every day from COVID. Twenty million Americans had lost their jobs under the last guy." Biden then made the comparison with Hoover, who was swept out of office after a single term in 1932 with the country in the throes of a worldwide economic depression. "In fact, so many Americans lost their jobs that my predecessor became just the second president in history to leave...
    The three main stock exchanges in the United States all plummeted on Monday - with the S&P 500 officially entering bear market territory amid deepening concern that the country could soon be entering a recession. The S&P 500 sank 3.9%, bringing it more than 20% below the record high it set in January  and erasing all of the market gains experienced since President Joe Biden entered office in January 2021. The Dow Jones index sank a stunning 900 points on Monday as well.  The declines hit high-growth technology stocks and other recent market darlings especially hard: Tesla slumped 7.1%, Amazon dropped 5.5% and GameStop tumbled 8.4%.  The sharp downturn has heralded a period of 'stagflation' - economic stagnation coupled with high inflation - that economic experts say could soon devolve into a full-blown recession, which arrives after at least two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.  With Americans concerned about soaring inflation, rising gas prices and shortages of basic good such as baby formula and tampons, the White House is also being urged to do more to combat a worsening cost-of-living crisis...
    As inflation continues to wreak havoc on America, the country hit a grim milestone in the continued skyrocketing of gas prices.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021. At that time, the average gallon of gas ran you $2.39, but as of Saturday, that same gallon now costs $4.81, according to AAA.  But in some places it is much higher. A Chevron gas station in Mendocino, California was seen charging nearly $10 for a gallon of regular gas on Friday.  That price is even up five cents from Friday alone, as Republicans continue to hammer the current administration on the pinch at the pump. 'Joe Biden's war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks,' Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.  Earlier Saturday, gas prices surged to nearly $10 a gallon in parts of California as costs continue to climb.  The price for a gallon has doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021....
    President Joe Biden gave remarks about the better-than-expected May jobs report that showed 390,000 jobs created and an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. On Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., the Bureau of Labor Statistics dropped its hotly-anticipated May Employment Situation Summary, which featured some encouraging toplines: Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 390,000 in May, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in professional and business services, and in transportation and warehousing. Employment in retail trade declined. The jobs number is well above the Dow Jones estimate of 328,000, but also represents a slight cooling from several consecutive months of jobs creation in excess of 400,000 — which is ironically considered a good sign for inflation. Later Friday morning, the president took to the podium at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center near his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to deliver his reaction to the news. Biden opened by summarizing some of “today’s excellent jobs report,” and said “I want to speak about our...
    Gas prices reached a national average of $4.72 per gallon on Thursday, another record high that comes as fuel costs have nearly doubled since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. On the day of his inauguration, fuel prices stood at just $2.39 per gallon, according to AAA. Since then, prices have increased sharply due to high inflation, a surge in demand, and fallout amid Russia's war in Ukraine. The record-high prices also come at the start of summer driving season, when prices are expected to climb even higher. Analysts predict drivers could pay more than $5 a gallon this summer, and JPMorgan analysts have forecasted a national average that could climb as high as $6.20 per gallon by August. Speaking at the White House yesterday, Biden said there is little his administration can do in the short term to alleviate the spike in fuel prices, which he acknowledged are unlikely to fall anytime soon. MILLIONS NOW FACE WATER USE RESTRICTIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMID DROUGHT “The idea we’re going to be able to,...
    A 65-year-old Indiana pastor has stepped down from his role in the church after admitting he had an affair with a 16-year-old girl in front of his entire congregation.  Pastor John Lowe II stepped down from the New Life Christian Church after being confronted on stage by Bobi Gephart, a 43-year-old woman who came forward with a microphone to tell their church in Warsaw, Indiana, how he'd groomed her as a teen, starting when she was 16 - the legal age of consent in the state. Pastor Lowe II had just told the church that he 'sinned' 20 years ago by committing adultery, without mentioning how old the woman or girl was at the time.  He begged for the church's forgiveness, then received a standing ovation.  Bobi then stormed towards the stage with her husband, Nate, to say it 'was not just adultery' because she was so young at the time.  'For 27 years I lived in a prison... I lived in a prison of lies and shame. Lying to protect the Lowe family. For years I thought I was...
    Dr Anthony Fauci smirked, laughed and pleaded ignorance when asked on CNN about why the Biden administration had tweeted a claim that it had rolled-out COVID vaccines across the US.  He said 'I just can't explain it,' when asked by CNN host Jake Tapper about the incorrect tweet Friday.  Fauci added that he'd had nothing to do with the tweet being sent, and couldn't be held responsible for every social media post sent by the White House, for whom he serves as COVID tsar.  'When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available,' the offending missive read.  'In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% - the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President's new term ever recorded,' a Thursday afternoon tweet read.  The claim is incorrect. The first Covid-19 vaccination in the United States took place in December 2020 when former President Donald Trump was still resident in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Dr. Anthony Fauci laughed off a mistake tweet by the The...
    Washington (CNN)The official White House Twitter account tweeted Thursday about the sharp decline in the unemployment rate during President Joe Biden's tenure -- but the tweet began with a false claim about Covid-19 vaccinations. "When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available," the tweet said.Facts First: It's just not true that "there was no vaccine available" at the time Biden took office. About 3.5 million people were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and about 19 million people had received at least one vaccine dose as of Biden's inauguration day on January 20, 2021, according to statistics published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The US was already administering an average of more than 1 million doses a day at the time. The first doses administered outside trials were given on December 14, 2020, while President Donald Trump was still in office. And Biden himself received his second dose nine days before he was sworn in. Biden got the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which obtained emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration...
    Miguel Medina/Getty Images The White House has come under fire for tweeting that “there was no vaccine available” against Covid-19 when President Joe Biden took office. “When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded,” tweeted The White House. When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6% — the fastest decline in unemployment to start a President’s term ever recorded. — The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 12, 2022 The first Covid-19 vaccine in the United States began being administered in December 2020, when Donald Trump was in office. Twitter users, including Fox News anchor John Roberts, fact-checked and/or ridiculed the White House. Who’s manning the @WhiteHouse Twitter account? Delete this false tweet. Biden himself has said 8% of...
    As Bernie saw it, to win, we would have to reach out to new audiences. That didn’t only mean going on Fox or Rogan. Bernie wanted to create his own media. For that reason, probably no development was more important to our campaign than something that had occurred nearly two years before it launched. In February 2017, Donald Trump would deliver his first address to Congress. While the Democratic Party would have an official response, Bernie decided to do one of his own as well. We had a massive audience on Facebook and the ability to stream live from the studio on the sixth floor of the Hart Senate Office Building. And we knew millions of supporters from the 2016 campaign would want to hear what he had to say. During Tom Daschle’s time as Democratic leader, he built a fully functioning television and radio studio for the caucus. The Senate has a facility that all members can use, but the one Daschle built is just for Democrats. The facility includes a full soundstage and a modern control room. Most...
    Former President Donald Trump released a short statement Friday highlighting a story about the net worth of his political rival Gov. Brian Kemp (R), which has reportedly grown by millions since he took office. “ICYMI: “Kemp’s net worth grew by more than $3M since he took office” said the headline from Trump’s statement. ICYMI stands for “In Case You Missed It.” The one-sentence statement simply directed recipients to a story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Kemp’s wealth increase. “Gov. Brian Kemp’s latest financial report reveals his wealth has grown by more than $3 million since he took office in 2019, thanks partly to a string of real estate holdings and business investments that appreciated in value,” that story says. Trump, who has endorsed former Senator David Perdue (R-GA) in this year’s gubernatorial race, used the report to suggest that Kemp is making money off of his office. The former president has made it a personal goal to battle Kemp for what he sees as a betrayal after the 2020 election, where he lost Georgia by a slim margin to President Joe Biden....
    Imran Khan has been ousted as Prime Minister of Pakistan after losing a dramatic late-night no-confidence vote from his MPs, triggering a political crisis that threatens to drag the country to the brink of chaos. The cricketer-turned-Islamist and his allies earlier tried to sidestep the vote by dissolving parliament and calling early elections, but Pakistan's Supreme Court ruling ordered the vote to go ahead. Pakistan's parliament met on Saturday to proceed with the vote following a 13-hour impasse in which Khan's Tehreek-e-Insa party used filibustering in an attempt to slow the process. Several of Khan's closest allies and a key coalition party deserted him as opposition parties swooped in and agreed to oust the embattled leader. The combined opposition that spans the political spectrum from the left to the radically religious will form the new government, with the head of one of the largest parties, the Pakistani Muslim League, taking over as prime minister. His removal from office continues Pakistan's ugly record with Prime Ministers, with not a single leader completing their full five-year tenure since 1947. In an impassioned...
    The FBI is in the preliminary stages of an investigation into the handling of classified materials that were in the 15 boxes of material that were moved to Mar-a-Lago from former President Donald Trump's White House.  The New York Times and Washington Post reported Thursday that the probe was in its infancy and was triggered by the discovery of 'top secret' information found in the boxes filled with documents and momentos from Trump's four years in office. In January, the National Archives and Records Administration recovered the 15 boxes from Trump's Florida estate, disclosing the move publicly in February, noting that the contents should have been handed over to the National Archives as required by the Presidential Records Act.  The FBI is in the preliminary stages of an investigation into the handling of classified materials that were in the 15 boxes of material that were moved to Mar-a-Lago from former President Donald Trump's White House A moving van was parked outside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on January 14, 2021, just days before former President Donald Trump left office. Boxes and materials were...
    by Robert Romano   Since President Joe Biden was sworn into office in Jan. 2021, more than 2.5 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the southern border, the greatest unchallenged influx of illegal immigrants in American history, according to data compiled by U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP). Of those, just 167,392 were either deemed inadmissible or expelled due to health concerns, according to the CBP. Currently, just 20,146 illegal immigrants are currently detained in FY 2022 according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 136,725 have been released in FY 2022: 7,879 were bonded out, 85,747 were given orders of recognizance and 38,745 were paroled out. Besides that, ICE reports that Alternatives to Detention (ATD) currently number at 191,988. That’s catch and release. In addition, reports that in FY 2021, there were just 59,011 removals in its latest annual report, a 68 percent decrease from FY 2020, when 185,884 illegal immigrants were deported. And that was during the height of the Covid pandemic, and with far fewer apprehensions to work with. So, working through the numbers: 2.5 million illegal immigrants were caught at...
    NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Thursday.Murphy took a rapid antigen test as part of a testing regime, and it came back positive. His office then says he took a PCR test, which also came back positive.His office says he is currently asymptomatic and feeling well, and said in a statement,"The contact tracing process has begun to notify everyone who may have come into contact with the Governor during the potential infection window. Per CDC guidance, the Governor will cancel in-person events, isolate for the next five days, and continue to monitor for symptoms before taking an additional PCR test."----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    The population of illegal immigrants in the United States has jumped by 1.1 million in President Joe Biden’s first year, says a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). CIS said in an announcement distributed to the press that the data from the Department of Homeland Security is from 2018, so it used the federal government’s “household survey” to get more current information about the number of illegal aliens inside the country. Data from the survey showed the illegal alien population was 11.4 million in January of 2022. The center’s preliminary population estimate for February 2022 is 11.5 million. “The number of illegal immigrants grew dramatically this past year as the result of Biden administration policies which released most of the people encountered at the border and stopped most interior enforcement,” Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and the report’s lead author, said. “Absent a change in policy it seems certain the illegal immigrant population will continue to grow rapidly,” Camarota said. The 1.7 million growth in the total foreign-born population (legal & illegal) over the...
    A plurality of Americans believe the country is more divided since President Joe Biden took office, a Monmouth University Poll released this week found. “Has the country become more united, more divided, or not really changed since President Biden took office?” the survey asked.  A plurality, 48 percent, said the country has become “more divided,” compared to 15 percent who said “more united” and 35 percent who said it has “not really changed.” This serves as yet another blow for the commander-in-chief, who chose “unity” as one of his top priorities upon taking office. However, he has continued to drive wedges between Americans over his first year in office, particularly after targeting unvaccinated Americans and warning that his patience was wearing “thin.”  According to Monmouth, “divided” is one of the top words Americans used to describe the U.S. in its current state, but other words or phrases included “confused,” “trouble,” “mess,” “fractured,” “lost,” “disappointing,” “broken,” and “chaos.” According to the survey: Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the country has become more divided since Biden took office. Just 15% say...
    Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani in 2016 Ukraine may have saved our democracy and its own back in 2019 by resisting Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the country’s government into announcing an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden. What many people don’t realize is that Rudy Giuliani had already begun pushing to get the Ukrainian government to announce such an investigation as early as January 2019, when he met in New York with Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko. That’s months before Volodymyr Zelenskyy, running on an anti-corruption platform, won the April 21, 2019, presidential run-off election against incumbent Petro Poroshenko. Biden officially announced his candidacy just four days later. I would recommend that everyone read the Ukrainegate timeline prepared by Just Security, an online forum that analyzes U.S. national security policy. It outlines the complex chain of events in the campaign to pressure Ukraine that eventually resulted in Trump’s first impeachment. And there was a a quid pro quo offered to Poroshenko—although it did not involve withholding weapons, according to the Just Security timeline. The Wall Street Journal reported that in late Feburary 2019, Giuliani’s associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman met...
    by Jennie Taer   The number of migrants encountered at the southern border in January nearly doubled that of January 2021, when President Joe Biden took office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported Friday. CBP agents encountered 153,941 migrants in January, according to an agency press release, nearly twice the 78,414 migrants encountered in January 2021. “CBP’s January Monthly Operational Update shows migratory flows decreased in January, with CBP personnel encountering 14 percent fewer individuals along the Southwest border than December. Most encounters in January were of single adults and a majority were expelled under Title 42,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in the press release. “Overall illegal narcotic seizures decreased, though there was a substantial increase of fentanyl interdictions. CBP continues to take important steps to improve our ability to interdict narcotics and keep dangerous drugs off our streets,” Magnus said. CBP noted that the number of expulsions during the pandemic caused many migrants to attempt to cross into the U.S. multiple times. Out of the total encounters, CBP encountered 111,437 new migrants who hadn’t previously attempted to cross, an 18% decrease from December 2021. Compared...
    The National Archives confirmed on Friday that Donald Trump took classified documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago when he left office  The National Archives confirmed on Friday that Donald Trump took classified documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago when he left office. The agency has informed Congress and is now in talks with the Justice Department about an investigation after the sensitive material was found in 15 boxes seized from his Florida home. 'Because NARA identified classified information in the boxes, NARA staff has been in communication with the Department of Justice,' said the letter, written by David S. Ferriero, the national archivist, to Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney. Ferriero has also said that White House staffers conducted official business using 'non-official electronic messaging accounts that were not copied or forwarded into their official electronic messaging accounts'.  It is the latest in a series of revelations in the past two weeks about Trump's handling of files when he left office, including claims he stuffed documents down the White House toilet and got the Pentagon to incinerate papers. Among the other...
    The number of foreign criminals deported in Ireland has collapsed under Ireland’s most recent Justice Minister, who recently launched an amnesty program to ‘regularise’ illegal immigrants. Minister of Justice Helen McEntee of the ruling Europhile Fine Gael party has seen the deportation of criminal aliens from Ireland plummet under her tenure, according to figures recently released by the Irish Department of Justice. According to the data, 634 criminals with EU citizenship and 1,012 who do not have been forcibly removed from the Irish state since 2012, with a notable drop-off occurring since Minister McEntee took office. A report into the data published by Gript Media notes that the number of non-EU criminals deported under McEntee’s fell dramatically when compared to previous years, with 155 being deported in 2019 — the year before McEntee took office — compared to a measly five under her leadership of the department in 2021. Furthermore, the publication’s report notes that the vast majority of 2020’s deportations also happened before McEntee took office in June, with the publication claiming that only four deportations took place between March 2020...
    President Joe Biden's approval rating has dipped below 40 per cent for the first time since he took office, according to an average of recent national polls. A vast majority of American voters are frustrated with rising inflation, the continuing Covid-19 pandemic - and the resultant vaccine and mask mandates - as well as unrest at the border with Mexico. After holding above 50 per cent approval ratings in his first months in office, Biden's popularity has dropped since August last year as Covid deaths surged across the country and the U.S. backed Afghan government collapsed.  And now, his approval rating has taken another hit and fallen below 40 per cent based on an accumulation of nationwide polling data taken since Biden's inauguration in January last year. Real Check Politics took an average of the most recent national surveys - 304 polls taken from January 2020 to this month - which measured Biden's standing.  Their cumulative poll put the President's approval rating at 39 per cent and his disapproval at 54 per cent.  Democrats are increasingly worried that dissatisfaction with...
    Among the items items the National Archives retrieved from former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago is the infamous hurricane map that the president allegedly scrawled on with a Sharpie pen to expand its possible path. The National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of official White House records from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida – and the former president's aides continue to look for material that belongs to the U.S. government. 'Former President Trump's representatives have informed NARA that they are continuing to search for additional Presidential records that belong to the National Archives,' the National Archives and Records Administration said in a statement Monday. The trove of information Trump failed to hand over when he left the White House in January, 2021 includes his 'love letters' with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. It also included original versions of the letter former President Obama left for Trump in the top drawer of the Resolute Desk, where he told his successor: 'We are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions –...
    by Casey Harper   A majority of Americans say they are not better off financially than they were a year ago, according to a new poll. Gallup released the polling data Thursday showing that only 41% of Americans say they are financially better off than they were a year ago, when President Joe Biden took office. “That is up slightly from 35% in January 2021 but still well below the record-high 59% reporting they were better off in January 2020, right before the start of the coronavirus pandemic,” Gallup said. The poll also found the same percentage of Americans, 41%, say they are worse off financially with the rest remaining the same. Last year, only 36% of Americans said they were worse off financially. “Americans’ pandemic-era doubts that they are advancing financially contrast with the prior six years, from 2015 to 2020, when significantly more said they were better rather than worse off,” Gallup said. “Today’s sentiment is similar to what Gallup found in 2013 and 2014, and in the early 2000s, when Americans were about evenly divided in these...
    A MAN who took his uncle's body to a post office to collect his pension has claimed that he didn’t realise he was dead. Peadar Doyle, 66, died on Friday — not long before he was propped up by his nephew Declan Haughney and another man at the counter of Hosey’s shop in Carlow, Ireland. 2Peadar Doyle's body is removed from the post office on Staplestown Road in Carlow 2His nephew Declan Haughney cliams he did not realise that he was deadCredit: refer to caption Declan, 40, insists that the duo did not realise Mr Doyle was dead when they took him on the five minute walk to collect his pension. He now says he has been branded a “murderer” in his local community - but he maintains his innocence and says he’s “not an eejit”. Declan currently has a black eye and facial injuries after allegedly being attacked following the incident last Friday He told The Irish Mirror: Why would I want to rob my uncle? I’m 40 years of age yeah, I’m not a child. I’m not a...
    Police investigating the disappearance of Kathleen McCormack Durst in 1982 had "tunnel vision" that led to "missed opportunities" in their quest for answers, namely by tailoring their quest for answers based on a narrative provided by the victim’s husband, now-deceased real estate heir Robert Durst, New York officials said Wednesday.  Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference that investigators were wrongfully "guided by Durst’s version of events." She made the revelation while announcing that her office would release the investigative report related to McCormack Durst’s disappearance.  Noticeably absent from the event was the family of McCormack Durst, which has been outspoken about seeking justice for Kathleen, known as "Kathie." ROBERT DURST DEAD: CONVICTED REAL ESTATE HEIR WAS 78 The D.A.’s office’s Cold Case Bureau resumed the investigation into McCormack Durst’s disappearance when Rocah took office last January and a grand jury returned an indictment against her husband, an heir to the Durst real estate fortune, on November 2021.  Rocah said the office released the report in the wake of Durst’s death earlier this month,...
    LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (WCCO) – The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help identifying a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run, which took place in Little Canada in mid-December. The sheriff’s office released surveillance video of the crash on Thursday. In it, a motorist in a white four-door sedan with tinted windows drives east on Little Canada Road. Then, the motorist drives off the road near the fire station and hits multiple pedestrians. Officials say the crash, which took place shortly after 1 a.m. on Dec. 15, caused “serious injuries.” The motorist then drove back onto the road and fled, going east. The state patrol says the car should have minor front-end damage. Anyone with information is asked to call 651-266-7323.   More On WCCO.com: Isaiah Foster, 18, Charged In St. Paul Purse Snatching That Injured Grandmother Gathered Oaks: Minnesota’s Popular Countryside Grain Bin Airbnb New Laws Going Into Effect Jan. 1 Include Free Park Permits For MN Tribes, Increase On Med-Assisted Rx Rates MN Sheriff’s Deputy Dies Of COVID-19 Complications, Gov. Orders Flags At Half-Staff Friday...
    Joe Biden criticized his administration's own handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming the response hasn't been 'good enough' as the Omicron variant spreads like wildfire, leading to a massive surge ahead of Christmas. 'We're nearly two years into this pandemic, you're a year into the presidency. Empty shelves and no test kits in some places – three days before Christmas when it's so important. Is that good enough?' ABC's David Muir asked the president in an interview that aired Wednesday evening. 'No, nothing's been good enough,' Biden candidly replied. 'But look, look where we are,' he added of the progress. 'Last Christmas we were in a situation where we had significantly fewer people vaccinated, emergency rooms were filled, we had serious backups in hospitals that were causing great difficulties. We're in a situation now where we have 200 million people fully vaccinated. And we have more than that who have had at least one shot – and we're getting these booster shots, as well.' President Joe Biden said in an interview that aired on ABC News Wednesday evening that his...
    (CNN)The US Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday night shut down external access to its computer systems for 12 hours in response to a critical software vulnerability that is roiling the internet, the office said Thursday. The patent office said it took the action in light of "serious and time-sensitive concern" around the vulnerability, which is in software known as Log4J that organizations around the world use to log information in their applications. The move temporarily prevented people from filing patent applications with the office, the agency said in an email to its website users viewed by CNN. As of Thursday morning, the patent office said its computer systems were back online.US cybersecurity officials have sounded the alarm about the Log4J vulnerability, warning that hundreds of millions of devices around the world could be affected by the bug. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Tuesday night that there were no signs of breaches at federal agencies using the vulnerability.But Microsoft has warned that hackers linked with the governments of China, Iran, North Korea and Turkey have moved to...