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    (CNN)Former Vice President Mike Pence will sound very much like a White House hopeful looking to lead his party beyond former President Donald Trump when he touts his "freedom agenda" for the Republican Party in a speech in Washington on Monday evening.Pence will deliver remarks about a proposed conservative agenda at the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank, just one day before Trump makes his first visit to the nation's capital since leaving office in January 2021."The Freedom Agenda provides a clear roadmap for conservative leaders looking to connect deeply with the American people on their top priorities," Pence plans to say, according to prepared remarks obtained by CNN. "It is built upon the belief that Americans want to create more economic opportunity, restore American leadership on the world stage, and are proud of traditional American culture and want to preserve it."His prepared remarks touch on the importance of building a "lasting majority" and the need for "unified conservative action" as opposed to looking backward."Some people may choose to focus on the past," Pence's planned remarks read. "But I believe...
    (CNN)"He chose not to act," declared Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger at the outset of Thursday's January 6 committee hearings. With those words, the congressman got right to the heart of the final hearing of the summer. The committee examined the 187 minutes then-President Donald Trump spent watching Fox News in his private dining room while the insurrection was unfolding at the US Capitol. Meanwhile, members of his inner circle tried and failed for hours to get Trump to issue an unequivocal statement denouncing the violence and urging the mob to go home. Through the testimony of figures such as former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews and former Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger, the committee made a convincing case that Trump wasn't just negligent -- he didn't want to stop the violent insurrection he incited against Congress on that dark day. Opinion: Why Trump didnt want to lift a finger on January 6As this phase of the hearings concludes, one outstanding political question will certainly be debated: have the January 6 hearings significantly damaged Trump's standing within...
    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was convicted Friday of contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.  A jury found Bannon, 68, guilty of two misdemeanor counts for refusing to provide testimony or documents to the House of Representatives select committee. He faces up to two years in federal prison when he's sentenced on Oct. 21. Each count carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, as well as a fine of $100 to $100,000. The verdict by the jury of eight men and four women, after less than three hours of deliberations, marked the first successful prosecution for contempt of Congress since 1974, when a judge found G. Gordon Liddy, a conspirator in the Watergate scandal that prompted President Richard Nixon's resignation, guilty. His conviction ends a chapter for a stunning rise and fall for a man who seemingly came out of nowhere to lead Donald Trump to the presidency.   The famed flame-thrower was Trump's campaign manager in the final stages of the 2016 election, having risen from...
    Donald Trump has plans to purge the so-called 'deep state' beyond what any president has done before if he runs for and wins the presidency in 2024 and as many as 50,000 government workers could find themselves on the chopping block.  The former president, if elected again, would move in with a plan being drawn up now to 'drain the swamp' and cut tens of thousands of civil servants from what are typically apolitical roles, according to an Axios report.  He would clean house of mid-level staffers at the Pentagon, Justice Department, State Department and beyond and bring in thoroughly vetted candidates who were found to be more closely aligned with his 'America First' agenda.   After interviews with over a dozen Trump-world insiders the outlet's investigation found that Trump is planning to use an executive order called 'Schedule F,' which he issued in October 2020 and Biden later rescinded.  The order would reclassify tens of thousands of civil servants who were deemed to have some influence over policy as 'Schedule F' employees, which would strip them of their employment protections. ...
    The political events of 2022 have been unprecedented in United States history. On one hand, former President Donald Trump’s numerous critics — from liberals and progressives to centrist Blue Dog Democrats to right-wing Never Trumpers — are hoping that the evidence being skillfully presented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee on the January 6, 2021 insurrection will lead to Trump facing a federal prosecution and going to prison. But on the other hand, Trump’s diehard loyalists are hoping that he will run for president in the 2024 election, win and return to the White House in January 2025. Never before in U.S. history have Americans asked the question: Will our former president be going to federal prison for promoting a violent insurrection, or will he be returning to White House Oval office three years from now? Trump’s critics fear that U.S. democracy as we know it will cease to exist if Trump becomes president again, and a disturbing report by Axios’ Jonathan Swan describes the ways in which Trump and his MAGA allies would like to “radically reshape”...
    Getty Former National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger and former Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Matthews are sworn in during a hearing by House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on July 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. The bipartisan committee, which has been gathering evidence on the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol, is presenting its findings in a series of televised hearings. On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol Building during an attempt to disrupt a congressional vote to confirm the electoral college win for President Joe Biden. Matthew Pottinger is married to wife Yen Pottinger. The former Former Trump National Security Council official was called to testify at the House Select Committee Jan. 6 hearings on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Pottinger and his wife have two children, according to The Washington Post. The July 21 hearing aimed its focus on former President Donald Trump’s inaction to stop supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building as...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) gave viewers a sneak peek at the January 6 Committee’s upcoming hearing by posting a montage of Donald Trump’s former White House officials talking about what the former president was doing while his supporters were rampaging around the U.S. Capitol. The committee’s eighth hearing is scheduled to begin Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, and it’s expected to focus on Trump’s actions at the White House while the Capitol was coming under assault by his followers. The committee intends to examine Trump’s refusal to act against the violent mob, his refusal to condemn them, and the argument that the former president welcomed the chaos as he watched them fight on his behalf to overthrow the 2020 election. Kinzinger gave his Twitter followers an idea of what to expect by posting a series of deposition clips from former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former Mike Pence National Security Adviser Keith Kellogg, former Executive Assistant Molly Michael, and former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. All four were asked what was Trump doing as the Capitol attack transpired,...
    Russia's former president today warned that Ukraine could 'disappear from the world map' amid Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country. Dmitry Medvedev, a Putin ally, also dismissed US President Joe Biden as a 'strange grandfather with dementia' in a scathing post on Telegram.  Medvedev warned NATO was 'creating a real threat of world conflict and the death of a significant part of humanity' by sending military equipment to Ukraine and troops to countries on Europe's eastern flank, such as Estonia and Lithuania.  His warning comes just days after he said Ukraine and the West will face a 'Judgement Day' response should they attempt to militarily dispute Russia's control of Crimea.  The refusal of Ukraine and Western powers to recognise Moscow's ownership of the peninsula poses a 'systemic threat' for Russia, the former president said on Sunday, before declaring the Kremlin would hit back with maximum force if the territory is attacked.  Russia's former president Dmitry Medvedev (pictured on June 29 in St Petersburg) has warned that Ukraine could 'disappear from the world map' amid Vladimir Putin's invasion of the country...
    (CNN)The House January 6 committee's final prime-time hearing Thursday is all about 187 minutes.That's the period of a little more than three hours as the riot unfolded in the US Capitol that the House select committee has argued then-President Donald Trump was derelict in his duties. The committee says it plans to show, minute-by-minute, how Trump failed to make any effort to tell the rioters to leave the Capitol or to try to help lawmakers -- and then-Vice President Mike Pence -- as they were forced to flee the House and Senate chambers.In the previous hearings, the committee has sought to tie Trump to the violence at the Capitol, showing how he was warned by his aides that his claims the election was stolen were baseless and that there was a risk of violence on January 6, 2021. The committee's final hearing in this series will attempt to illustrate how the former President "refused to act to defend the Capitol as a violent mob stormed the Capitol," according to committee aides.Like past hearings, the committee is likely to rely on...
    Former President Donald Trump has entered the LIV Golf debate and he’s urging those who have the opportunity to ‘Take the money now’. LIV Golf will head to New Jersey next week for the league’s next stop at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, on Monday to share his thoughts on the PGA’s newest competitor. In his post, Trump wrote, “All of those golfers that remain ‘loyal’ to the very disloyal PGA, in all of its different forms, will pay a big price when the inevitable MERGER with LIV comes.”Former President Donald Trump urges golfers to join LIV GolfLIV Golf has been a thorn in the side of the PGA Tour since its inception. The upstart tour has grabbed more than just the headlines, it’s grabbed some of golf’s biggest names in the process. Led by its CEO Greg Norman, LIV Golf has secured the services of former major champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, and Louis Oosthuizen just to name a few. There are also rumors...
    Comedian Joe Rogan speculated that former president Donald Trump boosted his attention span and his energy level with Adderall, called him a 'man baby' for his inability to handle bad news. During last Thursday's interview with fellow comic Tom Segura on The Joe Rogan Experience, the two marveled at the former president's vim and vigor while he was in office. 'The thing that's incredible about that guy is, even when you watch him as president, he was full of f***ing energy,' Segura said. 'And everybody said he slept for four hours a night. He was one of those people.' To which Rogan shot back: 'He's on Adderall' then put the question to his guest. Adderall is a stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder which is often abused by people to keep awake and alert.  Podcaster Joe Rogan, pictured, speculated that ex-president Donald Trump was on the drug Adderall, used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Comedian Tom Segura, pictured above, said that he heard that the former commander-in-chief need to take the drug to stay focused and alert...
    Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Ukraine and the West will face a 'Judgement Day' response should they attempt to militarily dispute Russia's control of Crimea. The refusal of Ukraine and Western powers to recognise Moscow's ownership of the peninsula poses a 'systemic threat' for Russia, the former president said yesterday, before declaring the Kremlin would hit back with maximum force if the territory is attacked.    'Judgement Day come very fast and hard. It will be very difficult to hide,' he announced, according to Russia's TASS news agency. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 after a pro-Moscow president in Kyiv was toppled amid mass street protests.  The Kremlin then also backed pro-Russian armed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, which its army has since supported to seize the Luhansk and much of the Donetsk oblasts since the February 24 invasion. Medvedev's comments were aired a day after a Ukrainian official suggested that Crimea could be a target for U.S.-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) missiles, recently deployed by Kyiv...
    THE VIEW fans are begging show producers to hire the former president's daughter Chelsea Clinton to be a permanent co-host as fans want Whoopi Goldberg fired. Fans loved seeing Chelsea guest co-host on the morning talk show as many fans have been frustrated by Whoopi's recent performance. 5The View fans are begging producers to add a new host to their panelCredit: ABC 5Fans think Chelsea Clinton was a 'smart and classy' guest host and want to see her on the show full-timeCredit: ABC As fans have been calling for Whoopi to be fired, they think Chelsea would be a great addition to The View panel. One fan thought: "I hope - if she wanted - they add her to the panel. I think she’d be a great moderator." About her time guest-hosting the show, a fan commented: "She was just classy, smart and knows how to work a panel discussion." Another agreed and wrote: "She is so smart. You can hear it when she speaks." Read More on The ViewSHOW STOPPER The View's Whoopi stops show to make emotional plea...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — If elected president, Sri Lankan opposition leader vows to ‘listen to the people’ and hold former president accountable. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief and onetime ambassador to Washington.Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief has branded U.S. President Joe Biden a "much diminished president" as the president arrives in Jeddah to discuss oil production, defense and human rights. During his visit over the weekend, Biden is expected to urge the Saudi government to ramp up oil production in a bid to rein in soaring costs, which have in part driven U.S. inflation to a four-decade high of 9.1% in June ahead of crucial midterm elections in November. However, relations between the two countries remain strained on account of the current administration's outspoken condemnation of Saudi Arabia's human rights record, an issue Biden has vowed to raise in bilateral talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Speaking to CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Friday, Prince Turki Al-Faisal said Biden was coming in as a "much diminished president" compared to when he was inaugurated in January 2021.VIDEO2:2602:26Prince Turki: President Biden is coming to Saudi as 'a much diminished president'Capital Connection"As an example, on energy issues, he came...
    Greg Kelly, the Trumpiest host at ardently MAGA cable channel Newsmax, dismissed the blockbuster revelation that former President Donald Trump tried to call a witness set to appear before the Jan. 6 House committee. According to Kelly on Tuesday evening, this was much ado about nothing because the ex-president likely just “butt dialed” that person. At the end of Tuesday’s explosive Jan. 6 hearing, committee vice-chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) disclosed that the twice-impeached former president attempted to contact the unidentified witness—who has yet to publicly testify—following the committee’s June 28 hearing. The witness did not take the call and instead referred it to their lawyer, who then contacted the committee. Cheney then added that the committee referred the matter to the Department of Justice. “We will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously,” she declared. Kelly predictably trashed the hearings on his primetime broadcast, snarking at the “bombshell” dropped by Cheney about the former commander-in-chief’s potential efforts at witness tampering. “Are you ready for this? Apparently, Donald Trump made a phone call and nobody answered it,” the...
    Top Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee say they have no idea what witness Rep. Liz Cheney is talking about after the Wyoming Republican accused former President Trump of witness tampering on Tuesday. Even the chairman of the committee - Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters after Cheney made the bold accusation that he was unaware of who she was referring to.  Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that the committee had known Trump had tried to contact a witness for 'a couple of days' but said that he also was unaware of the witness' identity.  Trump has not yet publicly commented on the accusation.   'After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,' Cheney said during Tuesday's Jan. 6 committee hearing, without revealing a name. 'That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us. And this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice. ' 'Let me...
    A slew of just-published polls spell bad news for both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump: The overwhelming majority of people don't want to see either run for president in 2024. A Tuesday poll from Morning Consult and Politico found that only 29% of over 2,000 respondents thought the president should run for reelection, compared to 64% who said he shouldn't. That comes just days after the New York Times saddled Biden with his lowest approval rating yet, 33%, in a poll that also found 64% of Democrats, including 94% of Democrats under 30, hoping for a new nominee in 2024. The poll did give Biden a slight 3-point advantage over Trump in a head-to-head matchup. DEMOCRATS POSITION THEMSELVES TO RUN AGAINST BIDEN IN 2024 Poll respondents pointed to Biden's age as their chief concern, followed closely by his actual performance thus far as president. Senior Democratic officials have worried for months that Biden's inability to advance liberal proposals, ranging from voting rights to an ambitious social spending bill, would drive down turnout among younger voters in...
    The Jan. 6 Committee, in its seventh hearing on Tuesday, revealed the underbelly of a violent extremist movement—which had been aided and abetted by Donald Trump’s allies, and egged-on by the former president in his attempt to stay in office. Today’s hearings showed that—having exhausted bogus legal appeals after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden—Trump convened a December 18 meeting in the Oval Office that ended after midnight in a flurry of profane shouting between the outside “crazies” and the inside White House lawyers. Upon concluding that unhinged meeting, at 1:42am, Trump tweeted about the planned protests on Jan. 6: “Be there. It will be wild.” That was the call to arms that summoned the mob to Washington—more evidence of how (in committee vice-chair Rep. Liz Cheney’s telling) Trump was “substantially and personally” involved every step of the way in the events that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Cheney also promised that next week’s (supposedly) final hearing will feature a witness we have not yet heard from—who refused to take a phone call from...
    (CNN)Rep. Liz Cheney, the vice chairwoman of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection, said at the panel's hearing Tuesday that former President Donald Trump attempted to contact a witness who has not yet been publicly identified."After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation, a witness you have not yet seen in these hearings," the Wyoming Republican said at the conclusion of the hearing, which focused on ties between Trump and extremist groups that stormed the US Capitol. "That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us. And this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice."As notable as Cheney's revelation is, she also raised the possibility that the incident could prompt interest from Justice Department prosecutors. The comments were the first time the committee has explicitly described providing information to the DOJ that they discovered during their probe. However, it's not the first public suggestion of witness tampering the committee has made. Previously, the...
    Elon Musk's much-talked-about tiff with Donald Trump continued in full force this week - with the Tesla CEO this time taking to Twitter to question the ex-president's credibility and brain capacity. The online barrage from Musk - who pulled out of $44b deal to buy the social media platform last week - saw the outspoken mogul slam Trump as a liar, and 'too old' to run for president. The claims came in response to a recent appearance by the politician - who has repeatedly hinted at a second presidential run in 2024 - that saw him mock Musk by calling him a 'Bull***t artist.' The insult followed a claim from Trump that Musk lied about voting for him during his ill-fated presidential run in 2020. The accusation referred to a Tweet from Musk last month, which saw the South African businessman brag about voting for a Republican for the first time, casting a ballot for new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores. Trump seemingly took issue with the endorsement, and accused Musk of lying about his political allegiance at the Alaska event Saturday....
    Former President Donald Trump continues to lead all challengers in a poll of Republican voters – but with nearly half of GOP voters saying they prefer someone else. And the poll reveals a sizable chunk – 16 per cent – of Republicans who say they would vote for President Joe Biden if Trump is the party nominee. The New York Times / Sienna College poll comes as Trump continues to try to assert his dominance within the party, picking favorites in key primaries and trying to defeat Republicans who voted to impeach him.  Nearly half of Republican voters want someone else besides former President Donald Trump as the party's nominee, according to a new poll Trump gets the support of 49 per cent of Republican voters who are asked to name their preferred candidate in the poll. That doubles up support over his top rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who party insiders view as the most potent threat to him. There is a substantial dropoff after that, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz getting 7 per cent support, former Vice President...
    According to a report from the Daily Beast's Jose Pagliery, Donald Trump and his family are about to enter what the journalist called a "summer of legal hell" as a multitude of his legal problems -- both civil and criminal -- come to a head. While much of the focus of the former president's legal travails has been on the House select committee Jan 6th hearings attempting to prove that Trump had a hand in the seditious insurrection, as well as the special grand jury in Georgia looking into his attempts to subvert the 2020 election results, the former president is also facing several depositions he must endure tied to lawsuits he and his family are facing. With former Trump fixer Michael Cohen joking, "I don’t suspect that he’s going to have the free time he has had in the past to play any golf,” Pagliery detailed what the former president is facing over the next two weeks -- and beyond into Labor Day. "During the week of July 18, Trump and two of his adult children will face tough...
    Former President Donald Trump gaffed Friday in Nevada that he was able to get drug use in the White House down by nearly one-fifth during his term in office. Perhaps it was a gaffe, or perhaps drug use really was rampant in the West Wing at one point during the 45th president’s tenure. In any event, Trump stumped for a pair of candidates he has endorsed in Las Vegas at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. While addressing the crowd, he vowed Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo and GOP Senate candidate Adam Laxalt would fight for his agenda and represent Nevadans. Throughout the speech, Trump celebrated successes during his four years running the country. Among them, he said, was a decrease in executive branch drug use, which he attributed to former First Lady Melania Trump. “We got drug use down 18% in the White House with an effort headed up our great first lady,” Trump said. “She worked very hard on that.” Trump: We got drug use down 18% in the White House.. pic.twitter.com/yaabwaUCzK — Acyn (@Acyn) July 9,...
    (CNN/CBS13) — President Joe Biden on Thursday awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 Americans, including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Gold Star father Khizr Khan. The 17 individuals are the first people Biden has awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor since taking office. Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attended the ceremony at the White House as well. READ MORE: Suspect Vandalized Amazon Delivery Truck After Dispute With Neighbor In Citrus Heights“The Fourth of July week reminds us what brought us together long ago, and still binds us — binds us at our best, what we strive for. We the people, doing what we can to ensure that the idea of America, the cause of freedom, shines like the sun to light up the future of the world,” Biden said in his opening remarks. “That’s the soul of our nation. That’s who we are as Americans.” The medal is “presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace,...
    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s ex-President Blaise Compaore returns from exile for a meeting of former leaders on the country’s future. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)President Joe Biden on Thursday will award the presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 people, including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and, posthumously, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and former Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona. The 17 individuals will be the first people Biden will honor with the nation's highest civilian honor since taking office.. Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff are scheduled to attend the ceremony Thursday afternoon at the White House.The medal is "presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors," the White House said. Megan Rapinoe, a member of the US women's national soccer team who is an Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, will become the first female soccer player to receive the medal. Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who served on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Catholic social justice leader Sister Simone Campbell, the former executive director...
    Chelsea Handler recently revealed an unlikely friendship between her and former President George W. Bush during a recent episode of her podcast. While speaking with Martha Stewart on the Thursday episode of her show Dear Chelsea, Handler began discussing her love of Martha’s Vineyard and an interesting friendship she had developed on the island. “I told you about my experience in Biddeford pool, right? Where I ran into the Bushes?” She asked Stewart. “I went over to Kennebunkport to the compound and George Bush gave me a tour of all of his artwork. And then wouldn’t let us leave the house. We were captured!” Handler recalled jokingly. The invitation for Handler to visit the compound was originally from the former president’s daughter, Barbara Bush, who wanted to host Handler and her friends for a game of pickleball. But,the 43rd president had other ideas. “I brought my whole crew. I had my brothers, my sisters, like 10 friends. We went over, played pickleball. And then I hear the former president go, ‘Miss Handler, is that you?'” Handler said. “And I thought,...
    (CNN)Mick Mulvaney is no one's idea of a Donald Trump hater.The former South Carolina Republican congressman held the job of acting chief of staff to then-President Trump for more than a year. He also served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget and as a special envoy to Northern Ireland.He resigned that last post following the riot at the US Capitol. "I called [Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I was resigning from that," said Mulvaney at the time. "I can't do it. I can't stay."And then, well, not much. Mulvaney was, generally speaking, a predictable defender of the former President.That is, until recently. Mulvaney has become a defender of the House select committee investigating January 6 and a Republican willing to say that fellow members of his party need to be tuning into the hearings in the wake of the testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.Read MoreAs Mulvaney tweeted in the wake of Hutchinson's testimony last week:"A stunning 2 hours:1)Trump knew the protesters had guns2)He assaulted his own security...
    Vladimir Putin has staged nuclear drills with his road-launched intercontinental Yars missiles in a forest in western Siberia. The 7,500-mile range of the missiles means they would be capable of striking Britain or anywhere in Europe. The test come just hours after Russia's former president and current head of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, issued the Kremlin's nuclear threat, warning of of the end of the 'existence of mankind' if Moscow is punished for war crimes. Vladimir Putin has staged nuclear drills with his road-launched intercontinental Yars missiles in a forest in western Siberia The 7,500 mile range of the missiles means they would be capable of striking Britain or anywhere in Europe Putin put his nuclear forces on alert earlier in the war with Ukraine and regular drills continue to be held A statement from the Russian defence ministry said today: 'Over 100 pieces of hardware are taking part in the exercise. 'Launch vehicles of the Yars road-mobile missile systems of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces' Novosibirsk Missile Formation have trained redeployment during a scheduled drill. RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    President Joe Biden is reportedly losing the support of some of his most reliable cheerleaders — Hollywood celebrities who dutifully propagate White House talking points to their millions of social media followers. In a recent White House call with dozens of celebrity Democratic backers, the mood was angry and despairing over the Biden administration’s inability to push its agenda forward, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s recent reversal of Roe v. Wade , according to a CNN report. NBC’s Will & Grace star Debra Messing was especially angry, reportedly putting her buyer’s remorse on full display by yelling and claiming that she had gotten Biden elected. The left-wing actress demanded to know why she was being asked to do anything at all, saying there didn’t even seem to be a point to voting. Others wondered why the call was happening at all, CNN reported. "Debra Messing was fed up. The former "Will & Grace" star was among dozens of celebrity Democratic supporters and activists who joined a call with White House aides last Monday" Yeah… they actually began this piece with...
    Host Alex Marlow begins today’s podcast with a quick recap of his Independence Day weekend. He makes the case that middle regular old America does not share the same negative world view of this country as most of the people who run our big cities. He reads some awful tweets and headlines from the media class to illustrate. Then, he breaks down President Joe Biden’s take on Independence Day. Biden announced that America isn’t doing all that great (he takes no responsibility for this, of course) and that gas stations must lower gas prices now because hey, President Joey says so. Then Alex gives some of the details on the Highland Park, Illinois, Independence Day parade shooting. It was horrible, in every sense of the word, including how the media is dealing with it. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R) seems to be trying to egg on former President Donald Trump to run again. And finally, Alex has an epic “Woke Update” today, which includes a description of shocking video footage at Breitbart News of a particularly debased, fetishistic “pride” parade...
    As part of a New York Times analysis on the impact that the Jan 6th hearings are on having on those who are skeptical that Donald Trump will be held to account for the Capitol riot that sent lawmakers fleeing, one Donald Trump insider is claiming that the former president knew fully well that he had lost the 2020 election and that he has been playing a part. As the Times' Baker wrote, "For a year and a half, Mr. Trump has been shielded by obfuscations and mischaracterizations, benefiting from uncertainty about what he was thinking on Jan. 6, 2021," before adding, "But for a man who famously avoids leaving emails or other trails of evidence of his unspoken motives, any doubts about what was really going through Mr. Trump’s mind on that day of violence seemed to have been eviscerated by testimony presented in recent weeks by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack." According to the report, the tide has been turning against the former president with each hearing and more witnesses come out of the woodwork to...
    Donald Trump suggested that January 6 witness Cassidy Hutchinson must be related to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson because they have the same last name and are both 'real losers'. The criticism comes as pro-Trump factions of the GOP continue to try and discredit Cassidy Hutchinson after her explosive testimony on Tuesday claiming that the ex-president lunged at his security detail and frequently threw plates of food in the White House when he was frustrated. 'How did the Great State of Arkansas ever have a total RINO Stiff like Asa Hutchinson as their Governor. Any relationship to Lyin' Cassidy Hutchinson, another real loser?' Trump wrote in a Truth Social post on Sunday. Governor Hutchinson has long been at the end of Trump's ire after the Arkansas GOP leader started breaking with the former president. In a separate post on Sunday, Trump said that 'proof' the former top aide to his then-chief of staff Mark Meadows knew he did nothing wrong was her desire to stay on the team when he was vacating the White House and moving his operation to his...
    United States Congressman and member of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol said on Sunday's edition CBS' Face the Nation that "For four years, the Justice Department took the position you can’t indict a sitting president. If the Department now were to take the position that you can't investigate or indict a former president, then the president becomes above the law. And that's a very dangerous idea that the Founders would never have subscribed to, even more dangerous I think in the case of Donald Trump" Schiff said. Donald Trump is someone who has shown that when he is not held accountable he goes on to commit worse and worse abuses of power," Schiff continued. "So I agree with [District] Judge [David] Carter in Calfornia. I think there is evidence that the former president engaged in multiple violations of the law. And that should be investigated." READ MORE: Washington Post: DOJ 'should conduct a criminal investigation' into Donald Trump Schiff posted the segment to Twitter along with a rehashing of...
    NACS also noted that gas stations make a "10- to 15-cent profit" on a gallon of gas. NBC News reported, "Station owners make most of their profits in their stores, on sales of food and drinks, as well as alcohol where sales are legal."Twitter Reactions to President Biden blaming gas stationsCommentators quickly called out the president for not taking responsibility for record gas prices while assigning guilt to gas stations, Vladimir Putin, former President Donald Trump, and the COVID pandemic. Congressional candidate Robby Starbuck: \u201c@POTUS This is you Joe. \u2b07\ufe0f\u2b07\ufe0f\u2b07\ufe0f\u201d — President Biden (@President Biden) 1656777600 Entrepreneur Patrick Bet-David: "First the White House blamed Trump. Then COVID. Then Putin. Then Oil companies. Now gas station owners. What’s next, blaming car owners for driving too much?" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): "My message to the guy running your teleprompter: It’s YOUR fault. Reverse the dozens of executive orders, regulations & agency actions targeting American energy, and gas prices will fall…FAST." Journalist Erielle Davidson: "The market sets the price at the pump, not the gas stations. How are you this economically illiterate....
    Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is claiming Donald Trump will be announcing that he is running for president in 2024 on Monday, July 4. Jones made the claim this week and said it was “exclusive” to his controversial InfoWars, citing Roger Stone. According to Jones, Trump ally Stone said Trump had no intention of running until recently seeing the numerous crises the U.S. is facing under President Joe Biden or, as Jones puts it, that Biden “ran America into the ground so bad.” “Imagine the explosive political, cultural, economic, medical, [and] financial implications of that,” Jones said of Trump running again in a video flagged by Ron Filipkowski on Twitter. Jones was one of the earliest vocal supporters of Trump’s jump into politics, bringing him on InfoWars and endorsing him for president, though they have had a rocky relationship since then. Jones has blasted the former president multiple times, including calling wondering aloud if the former Celebrity Apprentice host is a “dumbass” last year for promoting Covid-19 vaccinations to his supporters. Trump has hinted at a potential 2024 run multiple times,...
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday he is "laying down the foundation" for a possible 2024 presidential run that could see him face off against former President Donald Trump. The Republican governor said that testimony given to the House Jan. 6 committee over the past three weeks has shown that Trump "acted irresponsibly" and was a "risk to the nation." "That's not the behavior we want to see in a responsible president," he told CBS Mornings. "I will not be supporting him for 2024." GOP GOVERNOR STINGS TOP 2024 CONTENDERS AS HE HINTS AT PRESIDENTIAL RUN Hutchinson added that Trump lacked the traits needed to be an effective leader and that the former president "has disqualified himself" to lead the country based on his actions leading up to and on Jan. 6. "We have to go in a different direction for our country, for my party," he said. "I want to be a voice for commonsense conservatism, and we'll see how that resonates." Hutchinson, who is term-limited and is not seeking reelection, said he has been preparing for a possible...
    Mark it on your calendars. This was the week the meteoric political career of Donald Trump did what meteors often do and collided with planet Earth, leaving a large, ugly mark on the landscape. The fact that Trump may soon announce his candidacy for the presidency in the days ahead is itself more of a sign of his political collapse than it is of any strength he may have. The first time he ran for president, he did it because he thought it would boost his brand. This time he is likely to do it because he thinks it may make him more difficult to prosecute. And because he can use it to mount one last big attempt to fleece his supporters. Everywhere you looked this week there were stories that were the debris thrown into the air when Trump re-entered the atmosphere and, like all other space junk, turned into a bright orange fireball heading for oblivion. There were the revelations of White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to the Jan. 6 committee and the reactions to her shocking, credible...
    A Secret Service agent has spoken out and poured cold water on claims made by a former White House aide that on the day of the January 6 Capitol riot, former president Donald Trump reached into the front seat of his SUV and attempted to grab the wheel. They suggested that Trump's 'girth' and his 250lb, 6ft 3in frame would likely prevent him from making such an 'agile' maneuver in what is a specially adapted SUV that comes complete with a partition between the front and rear seats. 'Trump's not a little guy, right? And the space to actually be able to lunge towards the wheel is not that big,' a former agent said to Insider.  'I don't mean to sound disparaging to the former president, but just his girth would prevent him from actually getting to the steering wheel. [He is] not the most agile human being.' The fully armored SUV is not like a regular Suburban and instead comes complete with added security features. Secret Service Agents have cast doubt on White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony where she...
    Former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin said Thursday that she helped Cassidy Hutchinson provide additional information to the January 6 committee after the top Mark Meadows aide had her initial interview.  'Cassidy actually came to me and said, "There's more I want to share with the committee," a couple months ago,' Griffin said on CNN's New Day. 'I put her ... in touch with Congresswoman Cheney. She got a new lawyer and that's how this testimony came about.'  Hutchinson testified Tuesday that former President Donald Trump knew that his supporters had weapons when they attended his Ellipse rally the morning of January 6.  Hutchinson also told the Democrat-led committee that Trump wanted to join them at the Capitol Building - so much that he threw a tantrum in his SUV - and threw a plate of food at the wall when he found out Attorney General Bill Barr had publicly knocked down his false claims of widespread voter fraud.   Former White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah Griffin (pictured) said Thursday that she helped Cassidy Hutchinson provide additional...
    Olivier Douliery, AFP/Getty Images. A former Secret Service agent claims Donald Trump’s “girth” would have prevented him from reaching the steering wheel of an armored SUV on Jan. 6, 2021. On Tuesday, former White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the Jan. 6 committee. She said a Secret Service agent named Tony Ornato told her Trump had briefly grabbed the steering wheel as he was being driven back to the White House. Trump had just held a rally at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., where he encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol where the election was about to be certified in Joe Biden’s favor. Trump told the crowd he would join them, but once he got in the vehicle, Secret Service told him they were taking him to the White House instead of the Capitol because doing so would be unsafe. He reportedly became “irate” and grabbed the steering wheel, said Hutchinson while relaying Ornato’s telling of the story: Tony described him as being irate. The president said something to the effect of, “I’m the F-ing president! Take...
    One of Donald Trump’s previous legal defenders says the former president is increasingly vulnerable to criminal charges in light of the revelations that have come from the House January 6 committee. CNN recently reached out to Ty Cobb, who represented Trump during Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the former president or his inner circle was connected to Russia’s interference during the 2016 election. The network spoke to him and several other attorneys to get their thoughts on Trump’s level of exposure after Cassidy Hutchinson’s explosive testimony Tuesday on the Trump administration’s conduct around January 6. According to CNN’s report, Cobb says Trump is now in more legal danger than he was throughout the Mueller special counsel investigation: Cobb, who represented Trump in the White House during Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, said this situation is much different than with Mueller. At the time of the Mueller investigation, Cobb believed Trump shouldn’t be charged with any crime – and the President wasn’t. Nor did Cobb believe Mueller’s investigation was warranted. Now, that is not the case. “Here there are many damning...
    (CNN)Cassidy Hutchinson, a former Trump White House aide, told the House January 6 committee that she was contacted by someone attempting to influence her testimony, three sources familiar with the hearing presentation told CNN.The committee's vice chairwoman, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said at Tuesday's hearing that two witnesses -- whom she did not name -- told the committee they had heard from people connected to former President Donald Trump's world who may have been trying to intimidate them. Sources tell CNN Hutchinson is one of those witnesses.The committee closed their presentation Tuesday at their blockbuster hearing by showing examples of testimony that described the witnesses being asked by people close to the former President to be loyal to him and his administration."We commonly ask witnesses connected to Mr. Trump's administration or campaign whether they have been contacted by any of their former colleagues, or anyone else, who attempted to influence or impact their testimony," Cheney said during the hearing, before showing snippets of how witnesses responded to that question.In both examples, the committee showed testimony where witnesses were...
    A right-wing news outlet is blasting former President Donald Trump in a blistering new editorial released in wake of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony during the House Select Committee hearing on Tuesday. Following the incriminating hearing, The Washington Examiner released an op-ed with its assessment of the latest revelations. According to HuffPost, Hutchinson's testimony appears to confirm that the former president was well aware of the fact that his supporters were "armed and potentially violent but encouraged them to help him overthrow the 2020 election anyway." Hutchinson also shed light on a confrontation involving Trump and a secret service agent. According to the former aide, who worked as a staffer for former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, "a Secret Service agent told her that Trump tried to grab the wheel of his armored limousine to turn back to the Capitol when the Secret Service informed him they’d be unable to take him there on Jan. 6." The Washington Examiner also emphasized the fact that Hutchinson, who was 25 years of age when she worked in the...
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- GOP Rep. Liz Cheney delivered a fierce critique of former President Donald Trump during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley Wednesday night."It is undeniable -- the Republican Party cannot be both loyal to Donald Trump and loyal to the Constitution. We must choose," Cheney told the crowd."We must not elect people who are more loyal to power or to themselves than they are to our Constitution," Cheney went on to say.The Wyoming representative spoke at the library's speaker series focused on the future of the Republican party.She spoke to an audience that received her remarks well.Cheney is one of just two Republicans on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection and has emerged as one of Trump's top critics.Cheney took pains before addressing Trump and the Jan. 6 committee to reiterate that she holds deeply felt conservative policy beliefs and has long been connected to the party, in part through her father, Dick Cheney, a former secretary of defense and vice president. She also took time to criticize Democratic...
    Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier said Tuesday on his network’s coverage of today’s hearing by the House Select Committee investigating January 6, 2021 that the testimony was “stunning” and moved the ball. Discussing the testimony from Mark Meadows’ former aide Cassidy Hutchinson about Donald Trump, Baier said, “Inside the limo saying he wanted to go up to Capitol Hill. They said you have to go to the White House. According to her testimony, he said, I’m the f-ing president. Take me there, and goes to grab at him. This testimony is, first of all, stunning because we haven’t heard this. Two, it is compelling because of her proximity to power all of these people directly having conversations with her.” He contained, “It’s methodical. We always point out the caveat, there is not a minority here that’s pushing back or questioning the other way, but it leads up to January 6, the concern that it might ‘get real, real bad’ in the days before, the concern that the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers would be there, the concern there would be weapons on the mall. The radio transmission that they saw weapons, AR-15s and...
    House January 6 committee witness Cassidy Hutchinson testified Tuesday that President Donald Trump would throw dishes when served with bad news.  Hutchinson, a 25-year-old former White House aide who worked under Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, said she remembered 'hearing noise' shortly after an Associated Press article came out that quoted Attorney General Bill Barr - who said there was no evidence of widespread 2020 election fraud, like Trump claimed.  Meadows, she said, was summoned to Trump's office and when he returned, she walked toward the White House dining room.   'And I noticed that the door was propped open and the valet was inside the dining room changing the tablecloth off of the dining room table,' she said. 'He motioned for me to come in and then pointed toward the front of the room near the fireplace mantel and the TV.'  'Where I first noticed there was ketchup dripping down the wall,' she continued. 'And there's a shattered porcelain plate on the floor.'  'The valet had articulated that the president was extremely angry at the attorney general's AP interview and...
    Mark Wilson/Getty Images Former White House official Mick Mulvaney is predicting things will “get worse” from here on out for his former boss Donald Trump, after explosive testimony before the January 6 congressional subcommittee on Tuesday. In a string of tweets, Mulvaney offered his own analysis of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony. The former White House aide alleged that Trump knew about and allowed weapons, including AR-15s, into his January 6 rally and planned on visiting the Capitol himself before the riot that broke out. When informed he was not going to be going to the Capitol with his supporters, the then-president allegedly lunged at his head of security, Robert Engel, and attempted to turn the vehicle around himself. “This is explosive stuff. If Cassidy is making this up, they will need to say that. If she isn’t they will have to corroborate,” Mulvaney wrote. “I know her. I don’t think she is lying.” My guess is that before this is over, we will be hearing testimony from Ornato, Engle, and Meadows. This is explosive stuff. If Cassidy is making this up,...
    Former President Donald Trump tried to distance himself from former aide Cassidy Hutchinson who was the House January 6 select committee's special guest during Tuesday's surprise hearing.  'I hardly know who this person, Cassidy Hutchinson, is, other than I heard very negative things about her (a total phony and "leaker"), and when she requested to go with certain others of the team to Florida after my having served a full term in office, I personally turned her request down,' Trump posted to his social media site Truth Social as Hutchinson's testimony was ongoing.  Hutchinson provided a number of embarrassing anecdotes about Trump's behavior during her Tuesday testimony - including that he tried to grab the wheel of the presidential limo, the 'Beast,' after he was told he couldn't go to the Capitol Building on January 6 and threw food at the wall after Attorney General Bill Barr said there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.  Using Truth Social, former President Donald Trump (left) tried to distance himself from ex-aide Cassidy Hutchinson (right) as she testified Tuesday in front...