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Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Gorbachev's time leading the Soviet Union was marked by his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, pursue summits with the free world via President Ronald Reagan, and the ultimate dissolution of the USSR. His policies of perestroika and glasnost were welcomed by the outside world with hope that some liberalization would come along with his leadership. Those policies, along with more openness, shook the "Evil Empire" enough to speed up and bring about its demise as freedom triumphed over Gorbachev's Soviet communism.
Of the Cold War meetings between
Gorbachev and Reagan, one of the most consequential was their October
1986 summit in...Read more and see tweets here.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Due to legislation passed when Virginia was dominated by Democrats, the commonwealth is on its way to following California’s footsteps in banning the sale of new gas vehicles by 2035.
California has a special Clean Air Act waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency allowing it to set vehicle emissions standards that are stricter than the federal government’s. The Virginia legislation, passed in 2021, adopts these standards.
Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he’s “already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians” because “California’s out of touch laws have no place in our Commonwealth.”
Speaker Todd Gilbert said Republicans are going to advance legislation
in 2023 to “put Virginians back in charge” but Democrats control the
state Senate by one vote. Read more and see tweet here.
This unsurprising development comes from a disclosure in reporting from The Jerusalem Post last week about Israel’s fears caused by the looming uncertainty amid negotiations for a revived Iran nuclear deal. One that would allow Iran more resources and connections with the free world despite its status as one of the world’s leading state sponsors of terrorism.
“Prime Minister Yair Lapid has requested a meeting with US President Joe Biden during his visit to the US for the UN General Assembly next month,” The Post reported, “amid deep concern in Jerusalem over an impending nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran.” Read more here.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Once the site recovered, the affidavit was revealed to be a 38-page document that is heavily redacted — despite Judge Reinhart saying that the FBI’s redactions are “narrowly tailored” — leaving even more questions still unanswered. In all, 20+ pages are entirely or significantly redacted.
What remains un-redacted is a narrative of what most already knew…Read more here.
Friday, August 26, 2022
The directive from U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart came hours after federal law enforcement officials submitted under seal the portions of the affidavit that they want to keep secret as their investigation moves forward. The judge set a deadline of noon Friday for a redacted, or blacked-out, version of the document.
The order means the public could soon get at least some additional details about what led FBI officials to search Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8 as part of an investigation into classified documents being retained at the Palm Beach property. Documents already made public as part of the investigation show that the FBI retrieved from the property 11 sets of classified documents, including information marked at the top secret level. Read more here.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Among those left behind is a 49-year-old interpreter who worked for a NATO contractor in 2010 accompanying convoys in Kandahar. Only six days after the Taliban reached the capital last August, they came looking for him.
“They come to my house and they threatened my son and my wife (when) I was not at home. They (then) destroy my office,” he told AP via WhatsApp referring to the place where he taught English. He asked that his name not be revealed for security reasons.
This month, he was interrogated by the Taliban again for more than two hours.
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
The former president filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in the Southern District of Florida on Monday afternoon saying his Fourth Amendment rights had been violated by the seizure of certain documents, including two of his passports.
It comes a magistrate in Florida prepares to decide whether to unseal the search affidavit that led to the raid two weeks ago.
Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice. President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary and in the 2024 General Election, should he decide to run’, the lawsuit reads.
It adds that the raid on Mar-a-Lago was ‘shockingly aggressive’ and the move showed ‘no understanding of the distress that it would cause most Americans.’ Read more and see video and court filing here.
every development regarding this federal ransacking, two things remain
unchanged. It looks increasingly clear that the Trump legal team was
cooperating with federal officials regarding the documents in question,
so the obstruction of justice allegation gets weaker by the day. Read more, see tweets and videos here.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Dr. Anthony Fauci testified in front of the Senate Health Committee Tuesday morning and was corned by Senator Rand Paul, who is also a doctor, for engaging in retaliation tactics against Ivy League scientists who disagreed with him about the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
"Your email exchange with Dr. Collins, in which you conspired, and I quote here directly, to do ‘a quick and devastating published takedown’ in order to discredit three epidemiologists from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford," Paul said, presenting Fauci with his own emails. "...
The Biden administration argued “the present record justifies keeping the entire Affidavit under seal,” but Judge Bruce Reinhart, who cleared the initial search warrant, said in a 13-page ruling issued Monday that the government had not given a strong enough argument for that request.
“I was — and am — satisfied that the facts sworn by the affiant are reliable,” Reinhart said in the order
Reinhart ruled last week that he would consider unsealing portions of the affidavit after conferring with the Justice Department and determining whether proposed redactions would be sufficient to protect the ongoing criminal investigation connected to the search. But in his order, Reinhart emphasized that he may ultimately agree…Read more here.