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Jan 18 11:37

DESPERATION: DEMS TOUT OLD INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN AS BIDEN’S DOMESTIC AGENDA DISINTEGRATES

Desperate Democrats touted the bipartisan Infrastructure plan Friday as Joe Biden’s domestic agenda disintegrated all around them; including a series of death blows to Build Back Better, election reform bills, and other legislative priorities.

“Exciting news! Thanks to the new infrastructure law, more than $1 billion in federal funding is starting to arrive in Massachusetts to improve our bridges. That means more good-paying jobs, a better transportation system, and a stronger economy,” claimed Elizabeth Warren.

Jan 18 11:21

Tucker: Why is the United States doing this?

Jan 18 11:05

Poll: Americans See Biden Is Doing Nothing To Fight Inflation

A large majority of American voters do not believe President Joe Biden's priorities are in the proper order when it comes to record-setting inflation currently ripping the country; a sinister new poll showed on Sunday.

The agenda items the Progressive President has been focused on, like his $1.75 trillion Build Back Better bill, are only pushing his critics further away, according to the poll from CBS News and YouGov.

Jan 18 11:00

Seen this?

Jan 18 10:47

CANADIAN TRUCKER WARNS TRUDEAU AND BIDEN HAVE CONSPIRED

Jan 18 10:46

FLASHBACK - White supremacy 'most lethal' threat to America, Biden says

White supremacist terrorism is the deadliest threat to the United States, President Joe Biden told lawmakers Wednesday night as he aimed to pivot from the country's post-9/11 foreign fights to one at home.

"Make no mistake. In 20 years, terrorism has metastasized. The threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan," Biden said, describing the lingering threats of the Islamic State and al Qaeda before warning of a new war in Americans' backyard.

Jan 18 10:15

Joe Biden spent a quarter of his first year as president in Delaware

President Biden spent 28 percent of his first year as commander-in-chief back home in Delaware, worrying transparency advocates who note that he exempted his homes from visitor log disclosure.

Biden, who returns to the White House on Monday night from his house in Wilmington, simply likes being home, his press representatives say.

But critics are concerned about who may be seeking to influence public policy while paying Biden or his family a visit.

“Generally speaking, the American people have a right to know what the president is up to. This president specifically changed policy to presumably disclose who’s been visiting the White House,” said Tom Fitton, president of conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which for years has battled for White House visitor log transparency.

Jan 18 09:08

America is lurching from pandemic to major recession, after Biden's massive government spending programs released the inflation Kraken, writes ANDY PUZDER

As we emerge from the pandemic, Joe Biden's economic policy bungling is driving America into a brick wall of malaise and stagflation.

For those of us who lived through it, the comparisons to Jimmy Carter's failed presidency are hard to ignore.

So, why is the Biden administration so determined to ignore both the cause of Carter's economic failure and President Ronald Reagan's very successful formula for reversing it?

Jan 18 08:51

Jen Psaki Refuses To Call Out Antisemitism

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and the Biden administration have been denounced for declining to properly describe the hostage situation in Texas, where a suspected Islamist jihadist took hostage a Jewish synagogue in Colleyville, a Fort Worth suburb.

Jan 18 08:27

Iran Demands Legal Pledge That U.S. Won’t Quit Nuclear Deal Again

As the Biden administration tries to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, one of the biggest obstacles is Tehran’s demand that the U.S. provides a guarantee that it won’t again quit the pact and reimpose sanctions, diplomats involved in talks in Austria say.

The demand, a reaction to former President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, appears to be a paramount political objective for the government of Iran’s new hard-line president, U.S. and European diplomats here say. The diplomats said they don’t believe the demand is designed by Iran to simply drag out the talks.

The U.S. has consistently said no president can legally tie the hands of a successor without a treaty that would need to garner the backing of two thirds of the U.S. Senate. The U.S. has also said the current talks should remain focused on restoring the 2015 deal, not seeking new commitments on both sides.

Jan 18 08:24

Iran Says US Stalling Vienna Talks By Not Lifting Sanctions

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the US has been stalling the nuclear deal negotiations in Vienna by not making a decision on sanctions relief.

“There are crucial differences left in Vienna and most importantly is the disproportionate speed of the opposing parties, especially the United States,” Khatibzadeh said. “In the discussion of lifting sanctions, the talks are subject to political decisions that have been stalled by the other side.”

If President Biden ever decides to give Iran the necessary sanctions relief to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, he would come under a lot of political pressure from Republicans in Congress and some Democrats. Iran is also seeking guarantees and verifications on sanctions relief since the US withdrew from the JCPOA once before.

If the US decides to lift sanctions, Khatibzadeh said the two sides would “reach a lasting, reliable agreement at a good pace.”

Jan 18 08:23

Biden almost stumbles on truth about gun control

I’m pretty sure that, if pressed, Biden would argue that universal background checks would have somehow stopped this tool from getting a gun. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure that a guy who went to homeless shelters looking for a gun is someone who probably did so because he knew no one in that community would care who they were selling the gun to. -- No gun control will ever actually work so long as criminals are willing to break the law. It’s just that simple and anyone with half a brain knows it.

Jan 18 08:02

Count-Down to Apocalypse: Are the US and Russia Finally on Course toward World War III?

“We are closer to WW III then we were during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Now is the time to let US-NATO know that we DO NOT support the provocative military encirclement of Russia.”

– statement from Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space [1]

Jan 18 07:49

Blinken will fly to the Ukraine today in show of support amid growing fears Russia is set to invade after amassing 100,000 troops on the border

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of its neighbor, the State Department said Tuesday.

Blinken will be in Kyiv later today on a hastily arranged trip to show U.S. support following inconclusive diplomatic talks between Moscow and the West in Europe last week that failed to resolve stark disagreements over Ukraine and other security matters.

Instead, those meetings appear to have increased fears of a Russian invasion, and the Biden administration has accused Russia of preparing a 'false flag operation' to use as a pretext for intervention. Russia has angrily denied the charge.

Jan 18 07:48

MEGHAN MCCAIN: Joe Biden's smearing of millions of ordinary Americans as racist is the mark of a man who only wants to be your president if you agree with him – and your master if you don't

Joe Biden's message and the promise he made to the American people from the beginning of his campaign for the presidency was that he was going to 'heal and restore America's soul.'

Over and over again on the campaign trail, he spoke and pleaded with the American people in an effort to convey that he alone was the antidote to the divisive chaos of the Trump years.

He promised to be a president for all Americans and to usher us out of what was one of the most divided times in American history.

Jan 18 07:43

The Russians are coming? What Moscow could do to make life difficult for the US in Latin America

As the US refuses to halt the march of its NATO military bloc, in Eastern Europe, Moscow could leverage its ties with friendly Latin American states to ruffle Washington’s feathers. But would such a course of action be worth it?

Cuba and Venezuela suddenly made the headlines alongside Ukraine and the Baltics states after Russia made remarks about putting military hardware in Latin America. RT looks at the potential cost of deploying Moscow's forces in what the US counts as its "near abroad," "hemisphere" or "sphere of influence," depending on whom you ask.

As Moscow and Washington negotiated security arrangements in Europe, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made a statement about Russia’s capabilities on the other side of the pond.Amid strained relations even a very evasive statement from Russia about the prospects of deploying military infrastructure in Cuba or Venezuela was something of a bombshell for some observers.

Jan 18 07:29

One step backward: US to assist French in failing African counter-terror ops

On January 12, the Washington Post’s John Hudson published an article detailing the Biden administration’s decision to continue supporting French counterterrorism operations in the Sahel region of Africa — despite the unsuccessful nature of those operations over the last decade.

Jan 18 06:51

Patrick J. Buchanan: Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed

In 2014, when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a U.S.-backed coup that ousted a pro-Russian regime in Kyiv by occupying Crimea, President Barack Obama did nothing.

When Putin aided secessionists in the Donbass in seizing Luhansk and Donetsk, once again, Obama did nothing.

Why did we not come to the military assistance of Ukraine?

Because Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We had no obligation to come to its aid. And to have intervened militarily on the side of Ukraine would have risked a war with Russia we had no desire to fight.

Last year, when Putin marshaled 100,000 Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine, President Joe Biden declared that any U.S. response to a Russian invasion would be restricted to severe sanctions.

The U.S. would take no military action in support of Ukraine.

Why not? Because, again, Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

Jan 18 06:33

Kremlin on US Threats of 'Sharp Pain' Over Ukraine: Russia Considering Various Scenarios

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland announced Saturday that the US had prepared 18 scenarios to respond to hypothetical Russian 'aggression' over Ukraine, saying the conversation between the US and its allies has been about "inflicting very sharp pain very fast if Russia makes this move in any form".

Russia is considering its own scenarios in the event of a continued escalation over Ukraine, but has fewer of them than undersecretary of state Nuland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has said.

"Of course, in the context of the current situation, Russia is thinking about how to ensure its own security. We know that Mrs. Nuland has 18 scenarios. We are considering different scenarios; we believe that there should be far fewer of them because the formulation of the question is extremely correct for us; there is no need to make it complicated, because it is not so complicated. The question is extremely direct and extremely specific," Peskov said in a briefing Monday.

Jan 17 16:53

Clusterf**k: Biden Writing Checks His Administration Cannot Cash

Some health insurers announced they will have trouble adapting to a new federal rule from the Biden administration instructing them to cover the costs of 8 at-home tests per month.

The rule, which takes effect this Saturday, needs private insurers to cover the costs of in-home tests, though a New York Times report this week states that many insurers aren't in a position to meet those requirements in the short term.

Insurers are stating it could take weeks to organize a proper system and pointing to the fact that over-the-counter tests are different from doctors visits and hospital stays that are generally covered.

Jan 17 16:32

White House Denies Report Saying US & EU Rule Out Russia's Disconnection From SWIFT

Earlier, Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper reported, citing German government sources, that Western governments are no longer considering cutting Russian banks off from the SWIFT global payments system.

The White House has denied a report saying that the US and EU have abandoned their plans to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT system as part of restrictive measures that would be imposed if Russia invades Ukraine.

The US does not rule out such a possibility, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said, quoted by the presidential pool.

He added that Washington has remained in close contact with its European colleagues concerning possible grave consequences for Russia should it invade Ukraine.

This comes after earlier on Monday, Handelsblatt reported, citing German government sources, that the West was no longer opting for blocking Russia from SWIFT and was mulling economic sanctions against major Russian banks as an alternative.

Jan 17 13:48

Biden’s approval rating bottoms out as vast majority of Americans see democracy “in danger of collapse”

Joe Biden’s presidency continues to collapse, if the steady cratering of his approval ratings is any indication, proving once again that there is no way this basement campaigner garnered ‘the most votes in the history of the country.’ -- According to a new Quinnipiac University survey, Biden’s approval has all but bottomed out at just 33 percent, the lowest of his failed presidency thus far and far below Donald Trump’s real approval ratings at this time in his presidency, while 53 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the job he’s doing (such as it is).

Jan 17 13:23

Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0? Putin may put hypersonic missiles, troops in Cuba, Venezuela, as NATO deploys forces closer to Russia

The world has always been a dangerous place, but geopolitically speaking, it has become much more unstable under the ‘leadership’ of Joe Biden, a president who proves daily he is incapable of being commander-in-chief because he can barely speak and function. -- When Donald Trump was president, sure, he sent out ‘mean tweets,’ but he also quite obviously commanded respect from our enemies and near-peer competitors. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not threaten their neighbors like they are now threatening Ukraine and Taiwan, respectively; North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Trump and did not advance his nuclear weapons program, but has since resumed it. Ditto Iran; Biden’s “strategy,” in fact, is to blame Trump. -- In fact, the Biden regime is so bad at geopolitics and foreign policy that America is now facing a Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0.

Jan 17 13:13

ROGUE ART IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Apparently Someone Is disenchanted With Biden & Fauci

Jan 17 12:22

Crimes at the border: Illegal immigrants, illegal drugs flow freely in southwest border

Blame President Joe Biden for the United States losing control of the southwest border, which experienced record highs in illegal migrants and flow of illegal drugs into the American soil. Mark Morgan, former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), described the situation in the southwest border during Biden’s first year in office as “utter catastrophe.”

Jan 17 11:10

U.S. insane if it imagines it can and should confront Russia over Ukraine: ex-Senate candidate

“The United States’ leadership is certifiably insane if it believes it can and should confront Russia using Ukraine as the pretext,” Mark Dankof tells the Tehran Times.

Some American critics warn that the United States has no compelling historic national security interest in Ukraine, a country considered historically as Russia’s backyard.

Russia’s reaction to recent NATO expansionist moves on its doorstep reminds one of the strong American reaction in October 1962 to the installation of medium and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba.

“The United States has no business continuing to recruit new members to NATO, and positioning American military assets and military exercises ever closer to Russian borders in Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Black Sea, the southern underbelly of Russia, and the ‘Stans’ countries,” Dankof argues.

Following is the text of the interview:

Jan 17 10:14

The US Enables Criminal Israeli Behavior

Given all the attention focused on the covid-19 pandemic, the Build Back Better bill, the January 6th attack on the Capitol and the media-hyped crises over Ukraine and Taiwan this past year, many other important issues have not received much attention. One example is the Palestinian/Israeli situation.

Views of Israel

Jan 17 08:58

NATO-Russia Relations Near Red Line Due to Alliance's Military Support of Ukraine, Peskov Tells CNN

The Kremlin spokesman's interview with CNN comes several days after talks in Geneva between Russia and the US - along with Russia-NATO talks - over tensions in Ukraine ended.

Relations between Russia and NATO are nearing the red line because of the military support the alliance is giving to Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN on Sunday.

Peskov also told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Moscow considers it necessary to keep troops near the border with Ukraine because of "a very tense situation and very unfriendly environment."

According to the Kremlin spokesman, Russia "cannot put up" with NATO "gradually making its way" into Ukraine.

"We have seen NATO gradually invade Ukrainian territory with its infrastructure, its instructors, supplies of defensive and offensive weapons, teaching the Ukrainian military and so forth. That has brought us to the red line, a situation which we couldn’t tolerate anymore," he said.

Jan 17 08:57

Israel Reportedly Made 'Wish List' of Weapons for US to Engage Iran, Hezbollah

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennet, which came to power last year, has repeatedly warned that it might act preemptively to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Tehran insists that it doesn't seek to build nukes and that its nuclear programme is peaceful.

Tel Aviv compiled a secret "wish list" of weapons it wants the US to store in its Israeli-based War Reserves Stock Allies (WRSA-I) – stockpiles of American weapons stored for the country's use in case of war, the military news outlet Breaking Defense has reported, citing anonymous military sources in Tel Aviv.

The "wish list" reportedly contained various "aerial munitions" that Tel Aviv believes might be needed in the event of a conflict between Israel and either Iran or Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

Jan 17 08:57

Some of America's NATO Allies Were 'Unsettled' by 'Certain US Ideas' at Security Guarantee Talks

During the Russia-NATO negotiations on Moscow's security guarantee draft agreements earlier this week, the alliance reiterated its reluctance to stop its eastward expansion, something that runs counter to the bottom line of the proposals.

Some NATO countries were "unsettled" with "certain ideas" that US officials put forward in recent negotiations with Russia on security guarantees, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has quoted unnamed diplomats from the alliance as saying.

The sources said that during the talks, the US and its allies publicly presented "a united front" as they rejected Russia's "demands that they rule out NATO enlargement and pull military forces back from the alliance’s eastern flank".

Jan 17 08:36

False Flags Suddenly No Longer A Crazy Conspiracy Theory

In a drastic pivot from typical denunciations of false flag operations as conspiratorial nonsense that don’t exist outside the demented imagination of Alex Jones, the US political/media class is proclaiming with one voice that Russia is currently orchestrating just such an operation to justify an invasion of Ukraine.

“As part of its plans, Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.

“We have information that indicates Russia has already pre-positioned a group of operatives to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.”

“Without getting into too much detail, we do have information that indicates that Russia is already working actively to create a pretext for a potential invasion, for a move on Ukraine,” Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby told the press on Friday.

Jan 17 08:31

Stoltenberg Says NATO Won't Agree to Keep Military Within Pre-1997 Borders

Russia previously slammed the alliance's creeping expansion, saying that NATO should return to the positions that existed at the moment of signing the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act. The Russian Foreign Ministry has underscored that strengthening NATO’s military potential near Russia’s borders poses a national security threat.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday the bloc would never pull allied troops from member states that had joined it since 1997, but is ready to discuss arms reduction with Russia.

"Of course, we cannot agree that we should have no NATO troops in all the countries that have joined NATO since 1997. That’s actually half of our members," he said in an interview with CBC News airing Sunday.

Jan 17 08:04

New Poll Shows Vast Portion of Americans Not Happy With Biden's Handling of Economy, Inflation

President Biden, who is celebrating a full year in office next week, has faced a number of major crises over the past year, including migrants at the southern border, inflation levels not seen in decades, and new, more transmissible strains of COVID-19.

A majority of Americans believe the Biden administration has not focused enough on the economy and inflation, and 50% say the president's first year in office has left them "frustrated," a fresh CBS/YouGov poll released Sunday showed.

According to the poll, 58% feel the Biden White House has not paid enough attention to the economy, and 65% say the same about the administration's handling of inflation.

Jan 17 08:02

Kremlin on US Threats of 'Sharp Pain' Over Ukraine: Russia Considering Various Scenarios

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland announced Saturday that the US had prepared 18 scenarios to respond to hypothetical Russian 'aggression' over Ukraine, saying the conversation between the US and its allies has been about "inflicting very sharp pain very fast if Russia makes this move in any form".

Russia is considering its own scenarios in the event of a continued escalation over Ukraine, but has fewer of them than undersecretary of state Nuland, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has said.

"Of course, in the context of the current situation, Russia is thinking about how to ensure its own security. We know that Mrs. Nuland has 18 scenarios. We are considering different scenarios; we believe that there should be far fewer of them because the formulation of the question is extremely correct for us; there is no need to make it complicated, because it is not so complicated. The question is extremely direct and extremely specific," Peskov said in a briefing Monday.

Jan 17 07:48

Kremlin reveals how it will respond to NATO deployments to Ukraine

Russia believes it would be “madness” to start a war over Ukraine, but doesn’t rule out taking “counter-actions” to NATO deployments if security negotiations fail and its concerns are left unaddressed, the Kremlin has told CNN.

Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's long-time spokesman, added that Russia is deeply concerned by a recent spiraling-up of tensions in Europe, in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

“We have too much tension on the border [with Ukraine]. We have too much tension in this part of Europe. It drags [in] more problems automatically. It is extremely dangerous for our continent,” he told the host of the ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’ show.

According to Peskov, the only way forward for the US and NATO is to finally address Russia’s concerns in earnest, instead of brushing them off. “This is the reason we are insisting on receiving a direct response,” he explained, adding that Moscow expected an “extremely specific” response to its “extremely specific proposals.”

Jan 17 07:45

Et Tu? Chuck Todd Savages Biden Over Failing Presidency As Liberal Media Cuts Bait

As legacy media continues to distance itself from the Biden administration amid dismal approval ratings (and dismal viewership), MSNBC's Chuck Todd delivered perhaps the harshest indictment of a president his network has spent the last three years breathlessly fluffing.

In light of the press's previously 'complicit' relationship with the Biden White House, Todd's monologue was blistering to say the least.

Jan 17 06:35

Insanity Rules in Washington

The opening remarks of Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland prior to her friendly “press conference” with well-tamed US “journalists” reveals the unreality of the world in which Washington exists.

The Russians have told Washington as frankly as it can be stated that the expansion of NATO to her borders, with US missile bases in countries on Russia’s borders, US plans to include Ukraine in NATO, Ukraine’s failure to abide by the Minsk Agreement, massive US arms deliveries to Ukraine, and constant other provocations and insults have made Russia uncomfortable about her security and unwilling to accept any longer the tension and uncertainty created by hostile US and NATO policies. Russia has stated without qualification that unless the West cooperates in removing the threat to Russian security, Russia will remove the threat with dire consequences to the West.

This is clear honest talk.

But no one in Washington or NATO heard.

Jan 17 04:47

Politics promises an interesting year in store

No, the Left doesn’t want America to recover. They want America to change. But this isn’t Obama’s “Change We Can Believe In” — quite the contrary. It isn’t just Biden’s approval ratings that have tanked, America’s economy is tanking too. That’s according to plan — loyal to Marx and Lenin, the Left wants to destroy America in order to save “democracy.” -- There’s only one problem. There’s an election next November. How are they going to win it?

Jan 17 04:31

Shocking photos show sea of discarded boxes from train robberies as thieves steal items bound for consumers, worsening supply chain crisis

A Los Angeles-area journalist has recorded and posted stunning photos showing a sea of discarded boxes stemming from items bands of thieves took from parked rail cars, providing new visual evidence of societal collapse. -- The mass robberies also deprive consumers of their goods even as a nationwide supply chain crisis continues to worsen under the Biden regime.

Jan 16 08:24

Study: Most Americans Disapprove Of Biden's COVID Handling

A new poll seems to signal some bad news for the White House on how voters are regarding the White House's response to the Coronavirus pandemic, which President Biden has long viewed as the key issue of his presidency.

Jan 16 07:13

NATO to deploy two carrier strike groups, 35,000 troops for war games off Russia’s northwest coast

With the aim to train reinforcement of northern Norway, Cold Response will be the largest NATO exercise inside the Arctic Circle since the 1980s. Some 35,000 soldiers from 28 nations will participate and a significant portion of the training that kicks off in March will be at sea and in the air.

…[A] conflict in eastern Europe could spill over to the Arctic as the Kola Peninsula is home to some of Russia’s most powerful weapon systems, including hypersonic cruise missiles and the naval component of the strategic nuclear triad.

On January 11, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy announced that its newest aircraft carrier, the “HMS Prince of Wales”, will sail to the Arctic to lead naval involvement in the large-scale Norwegian-led exercise Cold Response.

Jan 16 07:08

Russian Roulette: As Croupier at This Particular Casino Table, I Invite You To Place Your Bets

The Russia-US-NATO-OSCE meetings this week have come and gone. The Russian verdict was succinctly delivered by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Ryabkov, who explained even before the OSCE session was over that the talks have come to “a dead end” and it was unlikely the Russians will participate in any follow-on talks.

This opens the question to what comes next.

Jan 16 06:58

US to train ‘Ukrainian insurgents’ in EU – media

The US is mulling a strategy of subverting Russia’s aims, without direct involvement, in case it invades Ukraine, the New York Times reported on Friday, adding that it may involve arming and training Ukrainian fighters in Europe.

American President Joe Biden has apparently not made up his mind about what his government would do in the event that Moscow occupies the former Soviet republic, the newspaper claims. However, it insists that officials have come up with a possible US response in case an attack does take place.

Washington apparently believes that Ukraine does not stand a chance against a potential Russian invading force in an open battle and it instead has focused on supporting Ukrainian “guerrilla” warfare on territory that could be occupied by Moscow, the report explains.

Jan 16 06:57

Why is Washington collectively punishing the Afghan people?

Afghanistan is facing a major economic and humanitarian crisis, and the U.S. has it within its power to prevent at least part of the approaching disaster.

The Biden administration’s decision to freeze nearly $10 billion in Afghan government assets has put an already impoverished, suffering country on a disastrous path to mass poverty and starvation, and it must move swiftly to release these assets. It is understandable that the administration does not want to be seen as “rewarding” the Taliban after it seized control this summer, but that is not a good enough reason to keep these funds frozen. Refusing to unfreeze these assets will impose a terrible punishment on tens of millions of ordinary Afghans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because Biden is a sore loser?

Jan 16 06:53

US Prepared 18 Response Scenarios in Case of 'Russian Invasion' of Ukraine, Victoria Nuland Says

The US, NATO, and Russia met earlier this week to discuss European security issues, including the alliance's continuing expansion towards Russia's borders, which Moscow opposes, and the ongoing concerns of the West regarding an alleged Russian military buildup near Ukraine.

The US prepared 18 response scenarios in case Russia decides to invade Ukraine as the West fears it might do, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has stated. She refused to elaborate on what exactly they were, but promised that Washington and its allies are ready to inflict high costs on Russia if it acts aggressively.

"I would simply say that our commitment and the conversation that we have with our allies is around inflicting very sharp pain very fast, if Russia makes this move in any form", Nuland said.

Jan 16 06:50

Russia is right: The West promised not to enlarge NATO & these promises were broken

With Russia challenging Western unilateralism in a way not seen since the end of the Soviet Union, two major issues keep coming to the fore. Both, it seems, are centered on America's flagship military bloc, NATO.

First, there is Moscow’s claim that there was a Western promise not to expand NATO beyond its Cold War area. Second, there is a Western claim that NATO cannot, let alone will not, put an end to admitting new member states.

Jan 16 06:36

Biden Forms New Task Force To Tackle Future COVID Variants

Even Bill Gates believes that omicron might finally mark the end of the COVID pandemic, but with his approval rating reaching new lows, President Biden is pulling out all the stops to assemble a group that will help protect the US from any future COVID variants.

Biden's new organization is called "The Pandemic Innovation Task Force", and it was created by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (or OSTP). It will focus on developing vaccines, treatments, diagnostic tests and other tools, according to officials familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity as the details aren't yet public.

This will help prepare the US should new versions of SARS-CoV-2 surface, or should any new viral threats emerge in the coming years.

Jan 16 06:31

HRW criticises Biden for weak defence of human rights in Middle East

Human Rights Watch has criticised US President Joe Biden and other western leaders over their "weak" defences of democracy and human rights, saying their continued support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel contradicted their stated foreign policy goals.

While Biden has had a completely different approach to his predecessor, President Donald Trump, who was described by HRW executive director Kenneth Roth as having an "embrace of friendly autocrats", the rights group said on Thursday that the current administration continued weapons sales to repressive governments and remained reserved on certain human rights violations.

Jan 16 06:27

Munchausen's White House

Munchausen Syndrome and Munchausen by Proxy are two forms of a rare, grave mental illness in which a deranged person seeks attention, power, and admiration by faking sickness and malady, including unnecessary hospitalization, in themselves or in a proxy. The proxy is a vulnerable person over whom the unhinged person has power. The proxy form of this characterological mental illness occurs when a caregiver with a pathological need to appear devoted and caring inflicts, worsens, and dramatizes illness in a dependent person. People with Munchausen by Proxy (MSP) enjoy medical and hospital environments, seek close relationships with medical personnel, and revel in being admired as devoted caregivers who have turned over their lives to care for sick family members. The MSP abuser fears that his victim will be given the appropriate treatments and recover, thereby risking discovery of his malignant mishandling of another's health.

Jan 15 09:12

Pelosi Agrees: Everyone Who Opposed Biden are "Domestic Enemies"

Jan 15 09:01

JOE BLOW: EPIC LOSING STREAK…

In the two months since signing the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombed big time on the things that matter most. -- The big picture: Biden, who marks one year in office next Thursday, has never been less popular nationally, after personally lobbying his party and the public on Build Back Better and voting rights — and failing.

Jan 15 08:58

President Biden DEMANDS Big Tech ‘Deal with the Misinformation’ on Platforms

President Joe Biden called for social media companies to censor American citizens online during a speech Jan. 13, amidst a presidency marked by censorship and government crackdowns.

Biden made a “special appeal to social media companies and media outlets” calling on them to “please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that's on your shows” in his address. He said, “It has to stop," admonishing Big Tech and the media for somehow “sitting on the sidelines'' by not censoring enough speech.

Biden’s calls for censorship marked the first month of his administration.

Surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy declared he was “urging all Americans to help slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” according to a public advisory he released in July. He proclaimed in no uncertain terms that “health misinformation is a serious threat to public health.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now that is a clear violation of the First Amendment!

Jan 15 08:55

Biden’s Georgia Speech Is a Break Point

It is startling when two speeches within 24 hours, neither much heralded in advance—the second wouldn’t even have been given without the first—leave you knowing you have witnessed a seminal moment in the history of an administration, but it happened this week. The president’s Tuesday speech in Atlanta, on voting rights, was a disaster for him. By the end of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s answering speech on Wednesday you knew some new break point had occurred, that President Biden might have thought he was just crooning to part of his base but the repercussions were greater than that; he was breaking in some new way with others—and didn’t know it. It is poor political practice when you fail to guess the effects of your actions. He meant to mollify an important constituency but instead he filled his opponents with honest indignation and, I suspect, encouraged in that fractured group some new unity.

Jan 15 08:53

Fauci Just Admitted That Despite Biden's Draconian Rules, Nothing Can Stop Transmission

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's Chief Medical Adviser, has predicted that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 will "find" and affect just about everybody.

During a conversation on Tuesday with J. Stephen Morrison, the Senior Vice President with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fauci stressed that while the highly transmissible strain is everywhere, mainly unvaccinated people will feel the "brunt" of any severe illnesses.

Jan 15 08:46

Low End Of The Poll: Biden Sinking Faster Than The Titanic

According to survey results published on Wednesday, a mere one-third of U.S. adults approve of President Joe Biden's job performance as he nears a full year in the White House.

Thirty-three percent approve of Biden's presidency, a 3 point drop from the last poll conducted in November, while 53% do not approve, a Quinnipiac University poll found. Another 13% were undecided.

Jan 15 08:41

"YOU'RE LYING ABOUT THE VACCINE" Reporter SILENCE Jen Psaki

Jan 15 08:38

Insanity Rules in Washington

UNDER SECRETARY NULAND: Thank you. Good afternoon, everybody. .

This is, as you all know, a very important week. We have three sets of diplomatic talks ongoing: the U.S.-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue yesterday; the NATO-Russia Council meeting tomorrow, both of which are led for us by Deputy Secretary Sherman; and the Permanent Council meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday – all of this in an effort to resolve through diplomacy the crisis that Russia has created for Ukraine, for European security, and for global stability.

So before I go into some of the diplomatic substance, let’s remember how we got here.

It is Russia that created this crisis out of whole cloth.

It is Russia that has amassed 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s borders.

It is Russia that has prepared internal sabotage, destabilization, and false flag options for Ukraine.

Jan 15 08:27

Say It Ain't So, Joe Biden: Did the US President Quote Joseph Stalin?

In a heated statement to reporters, US President Joe Biden appeared to quote Joseph Stalin, the premier of the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953, when he said, "state legislative bodies continue to change the law, not as to who can vote, but who gets to count the vote".

The confusing outburst occurred after a meeting between the US president and Democratic lawmakers over the voting rights bill. Biden was visibly agitated by the outcome of the meeting.

Jan 15 08:26

This one-two punch from China and Russia marks the end of American adventurism

Damascus officially joined China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Wednesday, which will provide a massive lifeline to the country that has been torn to shreds after more than a decade of war and Western sanctions. But more than this, this development has set a precedent that will fundamentally change the geopolitical landscape.

This is because the decade-spanning Syrian conflict has hosted several proxy conflicts, which has invariably left the United States and its Western allies the losers.

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For starters, while the conflict itself was, at least initially, part of the Arab Spring in the early 2010s, numerous sources (including U.S. government sources published by WikiLeaks) suggest that the United States had been seeking regime change in Syria long before then. There are also countless reports by very good journalists, including on RT, that have dug up these connections.

Jan 15 08:24

US, China step up race for rare-earth dominance

A bipartisan piece of legislation to be introduced in the US Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earth minerals from China by 2026, Reuters reports.

The bill will also require the use of the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile of the strategic minerals. It essentially uses the Pentagon’s purchase of billions of dollars-worth of fighter jets, missiles and other weapons as leverage to require contractors to stop using Chinese rare earths and thus support revival of domestic output. Waivers are allowed only in rare situations.

Rare-earth metals – a group of 17 elements that are critical for a wide range of industries from consumer electronics to military hardware – have long been at the center of the US-China trade war. The US used to be the world’s number-one producer of those minerals, but is now heavily dependent on Chinese exports.

Jan 15 08:14

11 Reasons Why This Was Joe Biden's Worst Week Ever

Joe Biden has had a lot of bad weeks over the last 12 months, but this week has got to take the cake. In fact, it is hard to remember the last time that any president had a week that was this bad. But this wasn’t supposed to happen. Democrats were promising a return to “normalcy” after the Trump years, but instead virtually everything seems to be going wrong. No matter where you are on the political spectrum, you should be able to admit that Joe Biden’s presidency is not going very well at all. At this point, even many Democrats are using the word “failure” to describe Biden, and this is fueling rumors that Hillary Clinton may run again in 2024.

Yes, Biden’s presidency has been such a complete and utter disaster that the absolutely unthinkable could actually become a reality.

Just when you think that things can’t get any worse, somehow they do. The following are 11 reasons why this was Joe Biden’s worst week ever…

Jan 15 08:11

The US Needs To Compromise Over Ukraine

The prospects of a Russian invasion of Ukraine have resulted in high level talks in Geneva. This is the second time the Biden administration has met there to negotiate over its disagreements with Moscow, the previous time being back in June of 2021.

The first set of meetings produced little of substance. Unfortunately, the second set of meetings seem to be achieving something similar.

According to recent reporting Russia claims the negotiations have hit a "dead end" and that there is no reason to continue them.

The tone surrounding the meetings are pessimistic, if not dire. Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that because of Russian behavior it "…seems that the risk of war in the OSCE area is now greater than ever before in the last 30 years."

Jan 15 08:10

Report: US Considers Backing Insurgency in Ukraine

The New York Times reported Friday that the Biden administration is considering backing an insurgency in Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion.

Although the Russians strongly deny that they are planning to invade Ukraine, the Biden administration continues to warn of the possibility. Now, the US is accusing Russia of plotting a “false-flag” operation in eastern Ukraine to create a pretext for an invasion, another accusation Moscow denies.

The Times report cited unnamed Biden administration officials that said the US has made clear to its allies that the CIA and Pentagon would back a Ukrainian insurgency if Russia quickly captured territory in the country.

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Didn't the US already do that a few years back? :)

Jan 15 08:07

Did this week’s US-NATO-Russia meetings push us closer to war?

On January 12, 2022 — a date that will live in hypocrisy — NATO member states declared their heroic determination to fight to the last Ukrainian. They did this by in effect rejecting Russia’s conditions for agreement with the alliance, centered on the demand that NATO rule out further expansion to Ukraine, Georgia and other former Soviet republics.

The hypocrisy and idiocy — over which historians of the future are likely to shake their heads in bewilderment — lie in the fact that NATO has no real intention of admitting Ukraine, nor of fighting Russia in Ukraine. Both Washington and Brussels have openly ruled this out. Indeed, NATO could not do so even if it wanted to. U.S. forces in Europe are wholly inadequate to the purpose, as are what is left of the British and French armies.

Jan 15 08:04

This Is How the U.S. Does ‘Dialogue’: Triggering Financial Instability against Russia. “This Bill Sounds like a Declaration of War”

Washington will not consider Russian proposals on no expansion of NATO, and has no intention of even discussing the idea. So much for “dialogue”.

It was the first high-level Russia-NATO meeting since 2019 – coming immediately after the non sequitur of the U.S.-Russia “security guarantee” non-dialogue dialogue earlier in the week in Geneva.

So what happened in Brussels? Essentially yet another non-dialogue dialogue – complete with a Kafkaesque NATO preface: we’re prepared for dialogue, but the Kremlin’s proposals are unacceptable.

This was a double down on the American envoy to NATO, Julianne Smith, preemptively blaming Russia for the actions that “accelerated this disaster”.

By now every sentient being across Eurasia and its European peninsula should be familiar with Russia’s top two, rational demands: no further NATO expansion, and no missile systems stationed near its borders.

Jan 15 08:03

NATO Expansion: What Gorbachev Heard

Declassified documents show security assurances against NATO expansion to Soviet leaders from Baker, Bush, Genscher, Kohl, Gates, Mitterrand, Thatcher, Hurd, Major, and Woerner.

Slavic Studies Panel Addresses “Who Promised What to Whom on NATO Expansion?”

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

Jan 15 07:43

Now Manchin and Sinema turn on Biden over COVID: Democrat senators demand to know why president 'failed to take significant steps earlier to increase access to at-home tests' after blocking him on filibuster reform

Democratic Senators Joe Machin and Krysten Sinema, who blocked Joe Biden's filibuster reform earlier this week, have now joined other Democrats in demanding to know why the president did not roll out nationwide distribution of at-home COVID tests earlier in the pandemic.

In a letter sent to the nation's COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffery Zients, Democratic Senators Machin, Sinema, Jacky Rosen, Mark Kelly and Jon Ossoff asked 'why the Administration failed to take more significant steps earlier to increase access to at-home tests.'

'Across America, there are lines for city blocks long to get COVID testing, signs in pharmacies saying they are out of rapid tests, hospitals operating under crisis standards of care, health care staff and first responders falling ill, and millions of people who are exhausted from the toll this pandemic has had,' the senators wrote.

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Biden didn't roll out the tests because he siphoned money out of the Covid funds to fly illegals into red states.

Jan 15 07:38

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Joe Biden: ‘He Has Betrayed Us All’

President Joe Biden has “betrayed us all,” Tulsi Gabbard said on Friday, accusing the president of going back on his promise to unite the country.

Gabbard, who ran against Biden in the 2020 Democrat presidential primary, admitted that she supported him after dropping out of the race.

“I know Vice President Biden and his wife and am grateful to have called his son Beau, who also served in the National Guard, a friend,” Gabbard said in a statement at the time in March 2020.

“Although I may not agree with the Vice President on every issue, I know that he has a good heart and is motivated by his love for our country and the American people,” she added.

“I supported Joe Biden, and millions of other Americans voted for Joe Biden because he promised to unite us,” she said in the video Friday, speaking of his lofty promises to “bring us together [and to] to end the divisiveness.”

Jan 15 07:25

China blasts US sanctions on Iran with launch of strategic partnership

China has reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran as the Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers announced the launch of a 25-year cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening economic and political ties.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province on Friday, with a summary of the meeting posted on China's foreign ministry website on Saturday.

Wang, who is also State Councilor, said the US bears primary responsibility for the ongoing difficulties with Iran, having unilaterally withdrawn from a 2015 nuclear deal.

The United States reimposed the sanctions that the agreement had removed and slapped new bans under different labels.

Wang said China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions against Iran, political manipulation through topics including human rights, and interference in the internal affairs of Iran and other regional countries.

Jan 15 07:18

Audio: NATO rules out withdrawal of troops all along Russia’s western border

NATO will not give in to Russian pressure to withdraw forces from its eastern flank, the alliance’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Beata P?omecka, Polish Radio’s Brussels correspondent, in an exclusive interview.

Jan 15 04:09

Joe Biden’s ‘woke’ military prepares for war upon America as ‘paper’s please’ becomes official policy in Washington DC – We’ve seen this madness before and the road leads to destruction

Whatever liberal fantasy you have about using the military against Americans is exactly that, a fantasy. Number one it is unconstitutional. Number two, a brother against brother conflict will have no winners. Half would not comply, and then you would have war. Who would want that other than our enemies? -- Beats me what it is, but the political climate feels like it’s going to blow. Big time. -- People cannot take being lied to about SO MANY things for an extended period. This country is going somewhere that it will never return from. -- The Pentagon is conducting war exercises against American citizens on American soil. Sounds like a paranoid conspiracy theory to me… except it is not.

Jan 14 20:24

Grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies… (article deflects the incompetence of the Biden regime though)

High demand for groceries combined with soaring freight costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of backlogs at processed food and fresh produce companies, leading to empty supermarket shelves at major retailers across the United States.

Jan 14 19:23

Is Someone About To Light The Match Which Will Spark A War With Russia?

For years, I have been warning about the steady deterioration of U.S. relations with Russia, and now events appear to be building up to a grand crescendo. -- But a war doesn’t have to happen. -- It should be so easy to reach an agreement with Russia that will bring stability to the region. -- Unfortunately, the Biden administration can’t seem to do anything right, and pretty soon someone might end up crossing a line that will never be able to be uncrossed.

Jan 14 14:52

Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home

For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit — a program that was intended to be part of President Joe Biden’s legacy but has emerged instead as a flash point over who is worthy of government support.

Retiree Andy Roberts, from St. Albans, West Virginia, relied on the checks to help raise his two young grandchildren, whom he and his wife adopted because the birth parents are recovering from drug addiction.

The Robertses are now out $550 a month. That money helped pay for Girl Scouts, ballet and acting lessons and kids’ shoes, which Roberts noted are more expensive than adult shoes. The tax credit, he said, was a “godsend.”

Jan 14 09:03

NATO, US brought world close to brink of nuclear war during talks with Russia - expert

The behavior of the US and NATO during talks on security guarantees with Russia in Geneva and Brussels brought the world closer to the brink of the nuclear war and further consultations can be useful only in case the West changes its approaches, representative of the Schiller Institute in New York Richard Black told TASS.

"What NATO and US have done from Monday through Wednesday [consultations with Russia were held on different floors from January 10 to 12 - TASS] on this going week is to bring the world close to the brink of nuclear war by insisting on the continuance of placing the weapons with nuclear strike capability not near but at Russia’s border," Black said.

"What is needed is a new world security architecture, which guarantees all nations security and it includes Russia and the United States. West needs to give up its violent fantasy of getting win Russia and China," the expert noted.

Jan 14 08:59

Further escalation in Russia-NATO relations probable, expert says

Initiation of a dialog on purely military-technical matters of European security or further military-political escalation are two possible scenarios in evolvement of Russia-NATO relations after talks on security guarantees in Brussels, Valdai Club expert Dmitry Suslov told TASS.

The first scenario of initiated talks on military-technical aspects of European security is less probable but more preferable for the West, the expert said. "On such issues as control over conventional and nuclear arms, strengthening of de-conflicting mechanism on Russia-NATO borders, deployment or non-deployment of small- and medium-range missiles in Europe and so on. Avoiding at the same time discussion of fundamental political issues and principles of European security, NATO expansion and setting new rules of the game in European security, whereby NATO and the US should respect vital interests of Russia and its national security," Suslov noted.

Jan 14 08:59

Biden administration not waiting for nuclear talk denouement to begin damage control

Since he entered office, and even before, US President Joe Biden has made a point of insisting that Iranian escalations in the past several years are a direct result of his predecessor Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Interviews and briefings with Biden officials on Iran policy were almost sure to include a reference to the former president’s 2018 withdrawal from the deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

But this week, the White House found it necessary to double down on the message, with press secretary Jen Psaki reading a prepared statement to that effect during her Wednesday briefing.

Jan 14 08:54

Ukrainian FM thanks EU-NATO-U.S. triumvirate for “unshakeable” support

“We welcome the unshakable unity demonstrated by the United States, NATO, and the EU in rejecting Russia’s illegal demands,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba while commenting on the US-Russia and NATO-Russia meetings.

Jan 14 08:50

Can Russia do a deal with the West?

A diplomatic marathon that saw Russia hold talks with the US and NATO on European security guarantees, this week, ended with the bloc offering to address a range of issues it had previously refused to even discuss with Moscow.

The areas now apparently open for negotiation include reciprocal limitations on deploying missile systems, a reduction in the scale of military exercises, and the reopening of military communication channels. At the same time, NATO is not going to renounce its Open Door policy, with Ukraine’s aspirations to join a key area of contention. Neither will it remove its troops and infrastructure stationed in the former Warsaw Pact nations that joined after 1997, as Moscow has requested. In short, the situation remains tense and unpredictable.

Jan 14 08:23

Huckabee: I don't think Biden knows what he's saying

Jan 14 08:08

This Is How the U.S. Does 'Dialogue'

It was the first high-level Russia-NATO meeting since 2019 – coming immediately after the non sequitur of the U.S.-Russia “security guarantee” non-dialogue dialogue earlier in the week in Geneva.

So what happened in Brussels? Essentially yet another non-dialogue dialogue – complete with a Kafkaesque NATO preface: we’re prepared for dialogue, but the Kremlin’s proposals are unacceptable.

This was a double down on the American envoy to NATO, Julianne Smith, preemptively blaming Russia for the actions that “accelerated this disaster”.

By now every sentient being across Eurasia and its European peninsula should be familiar with Russia’s top two, rational demands: no further NATO expansion, and no missile systems stationed near its borders.

Now let’s switch to the spin machine. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s platitudes were predictably faithful to his spectacular mediocrity. On the already pre-empted dialogue, he said it was “important to start a dialogue”.

Jan 14 08:05

Bidenflation Is Something The White House Has Been Prepping For

When the new data on inflation comes out Wednesday, the Administration of President Joe Biden is preparing to go into damage control.

The Administration is describing the predicted higher inflation numbers in the Consumer Price Index December report as "transitory," according to Axios, as they did earlier in the year to abate anxieties that the numbers are marking a much longer trend upward.

Jan 14 08:00

US will act ‘decisively’ if Russia deploys military to Cuba or Venezuela – White House

The American authorities would act “decisively” if Russia deployed its military to Latin America, the White House said on Thursday, following suggestions that Moscow could station some of its troops in Venezuela or Cuba.

United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called the idea “bluster in the public commentary” and noted that the deployment of Russian military infrastructure to Latin America was not a point of discussion at the recent Russia-US Strategic Stability Dialogue in Geneva.

“If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively,” he said, responding to a question from a journalist.

The US opposition to Russian troop placement in the Americas may raise some eyebrows in Moscow, which has repeatedly complained about US armed forces being located near Russia’s western frontier.

Jan 14 07:54

White House responds to SCOTUS blocking Biden’s vax mandate

The White House claims the Supreme Court has blocked “common-sense life-saving requirements for employers” by opposing President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 mandate on US businesses.

In a Thursday statement, the president said he is “disappointed” by the court’s decision and claimed his much-contested mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees was “grounded squarely in both science and law.”

Instead of enforcing the federal mandate, states and individual employers will now have to “determine whether to make their workplaces as safe as possible for employees” by separately requiring employees to get vaccinated, he added.

Jan 14 07:54

Russia-NATO relations at critical level, Moscow warns

Ties between NATO and Russia have plummeted to an alarming low, the country’s Defense Ministry has warned, in the wake of discussions between the US-led military bloc and Moscow over security concerns on the European continent.

Speaking following a meeting between the two parties in Brussels on Wednesday, Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin stressed that Russia is counting on a constructive discussion of the proposed guarantees.

“The Russian side has repeatedly proposed to the [bloc] to take measures to de-escalate the situation,” the department’s press service quoted him as saying, adding that Moscow’s initiatives have been ignored.

The ministry cited the official as warning that “Russia-NATO relations are at a critically low level.” He added that “this creates preconditions for incidents and conflicts, as well as undermining the foundations of security."

Jan 14 07:51

Biden calls for tighter censorship of Covid-19 content

US President Joe Biden’s latest “surge response” to fight the spread of Covid-19 includes an appeal for Big Tech and media companies to block allegedly false pandemic-related claims.

“I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets,” Biden said on Thursday. “Please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows. It has to stop.”

Biden made the comment as he announced a series of new measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, including plans for free masks, more free tests, and additional deployments of military medical teams to help hospitals cope with rising patient loads. He didn’t specify what constitutes misinformation or disinformation in the pandemic age.

Jan 14 07:50

Harris sends Americans struggling to get Covid test to Google

US Vice President Kamala Harris shrugged off a question about Americans having trouble securing a coronavirus test, suggesting a simple Google search was an optimal solution to the problem.

Appearing on NBC’s ‘Today’ show on Thursday, Harris was asked by host Craig Melvin why the Joe Biden administration hadn’t obtained more Covid tests amid shortages around the US, saying “After the Delta surge in the fall, why are we at a point now where folks can’t get tests?”

“We just ordered – I don’t have the number in front of me, but millions of tests,” Harris replied. “We have 20,000 sites where people can go, and I urge people to Google it, or go on any search engine, and find out where free testing is available.”

Jan 14 07:47

Two NATO Carrier Groups To Sail North For Large-Scale Arctic Exercises Near Russia

At a moment both sides are firmly rejecting the other's position in ongoing Russia-NATO talks, and as the Kremlin could stage fresh naval drills in the Black Sea if the West continues to "provoke" Russia, there's also set to be a military building in the far north, within the Arctic Circle.

The maritime monitoring site Barents Observer reports that two NATO carrier groups are currently en route to waters off northern Norway, not far from Russia's border, for the "the largest NATO exercise inside the Arctic Circle since the 1980s."

Jan 14 07:42

Kazakhstan And The Limit Of American Power

When you represent the unipower, the essential nation, you rarely let a thought about other nations go unexpressed. So it is with the crisis in Kazakhstan, an authoritarian Central Asian state wracked by violence and now reliant on foreign troops.

The State Department has had plenty to say, but so far nothing helpful. For instance, department spokesman Ned Price condemned the violence, called for “restraint” on all sides, and urged “a peaceful resolution.” Moreover, he appealed “for all Kazakhstanis to respect and defend constitutional institutions, human rights, and media freedom, including through the restoration of internet service.”

In fact, there is little that Washington can do about Kazakhstan, which is as geographically distant and isolated as any country can be. American policymakers might better concentrate on practical problems, such as safeguarding U.S. diplomatic personnel and aiding U.S. citizens at risk.

Jan 14 07:41

“I Thought It Was Fabulous!” – Pelosi Praises Biden For Calling Americans Who Oppose Democrats’ Radical Election Overhaul ‘Domestic Enemies’ (VIDEO)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday praised Joe Biden for labeling millions of Americans “domestic enemies.”

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Tuesday traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to push the Democrats’ ‘voting rights’ bill that will make it easier for them to steal elections.

Jan 14 07:35

Patrick J. Buchanan: Floundering Biden Calls  Republicans Racist (“Bull Connor, George Wallace”, Etc.) Will Only Harden Resistance

Reaction was swift. "So much for unifying the country and working across the aisle," said Sen. Mitt Romney.

"Pure demagoguery," said Sen. Mitch McConnell: "The world saw our sitting commander in chief propagandize against his own country to a degree that would have made Pravda blush."

"Perhaps the president went a little too far in his rhetoric," said the Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin.

The Rev. Al Sharpton dissented, describing Biden's speech, which he had urged the president to make, as "monumental."

Well, we shall see.

Jan 14 07:25

Peeking Past the Pall Put Over Arms Talks With Russia

Western media are painting an image of gross failure for Russia at the U.S.-Russia bilateral talks in Geneva, as well as subsequent talks between Russia and NATO in Brussels and the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.

Adamant! is the impression being fostered by both Russia and the West (largely for domestic consumption): Russia will continue to oppose NATO membership for countries like Ukraine and Georgia; NATO, for its part, will continue to reject Russian opposition as “none of your business”. (Bear in mind that Ukraine and Georgia are each several years away from qualifying for NATO membership in any case.)

The corporate media takeaway is that Russian President Vladimir Putin abjectly failed to get the West to agree formally on no further expansion of NATO and that, in these circumstances, no one can divine how he might lash out (maybe invade Ukraine?). World War III, anyone?

Jan 14 07:08

If the U.S. and Russia are Implacable Foes, Then All Lines of Inquiry Lead to NATO

In 1961, as a young academic Henry Kissinger had an opportunity to interview President Harry Truman. He asked the former president what in his presidency had made him most proud.

Truman replied, “That we totally defeated our enemies and then brought them back to the community of nations.”

Unfortunately, the U.S. chose not to emulate Truman’s achievement in the years that followed. With the disintegration of the Warsaw Pact, the military threat to Western Europe had ended, but NATO alliance did not disband itself. Mission accomplished was not good news for the military alliance — it needed new enemies and a new mission for self-preservation.

Jan 14 07:08

Kamala Harris blunders her way through her latest TV interview

A day ago, Vice-President Kamala Harris sat down for a wide-ranging one-on-one interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin.

Melvin asked Harris about the Biden administration's lack of progress in the fight against COVID-19. He inquired why they haven't updated guidelines on masks since public health officials acknowledge that cloth masks are not as effective as KN95s and N95s masks.

Harris was also asked about Biden’s divisive rhetoric on the Voting Rights Bill during his speech in Atlanta and why the administration hasn’t been able to convince moderate Democrats to vote for their bill.

Jan 14 07:07

Biden: 'I don't know whether we can get this done'

President Biden in a moment of brutal honesty on Thursday admitted that his push to enact changes to voting laws and the Senate’s filibuster rule may be doomed.

“The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done,” Biden said after leaving a more-than-hour-long meeting with Senate Democrats to persuade them to change the Senate’s rules.

“I hope we can get this done but I’m not sure,” he said.

Jan 14 06:54

Politics or war: Moscow makes the West face simple, but tough choice

Two rounds of negotiations between representatives for the United States and Russia can be called unsuccessful, Kremlin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reports.

Politics or war: Moscow makes the West face simple, but tough choice
According to Peskov, the parties failed not reach an agreement on specific issues.

"The negotiations were initiated in order to get specific answers to specific fundamental questions raised. It is these fundamental issues that we had disagreements on. This is bad,” Peskov assessed the recent talks.

Answering a question of possible sanctions against Russia, Peskov said that Moscow was extremely negative about such a development. The issue of sanctions does not contribute to the formation of the constructive atmosphere in the negotiations on security guarantees, he said.

Jan 14 06:47

Biden's woke Federal Reserve nominees: Economist married to a Democrat who wants to choke off oil and gas lending, Obama-era official who has written about the economics of lynching and professor who is expert on economics of poverty 

Joe Biden has nominated three people to the board of the Federal Reserve in what would usher in the most diverse group in the Fed's history - and the most woke.

The president is intent on nominating a white woman, Sarah Bloom Raskin; a black woman, Lisa Cook; and a black man, Philip Jefferson.

If they are confirmed to their posts, the seven-person Fed board would have four women, one black man and two white men - the most diverse team in the Fed's 108 years of existence.

Jan 14 06:43

White House is forced to CORRECT Kamala Harris’ claim 500 million free COVID tests will be sent out next week and clarifies they will be distributed later this month

The White House had to clean up a comment by Vice President Kamala Harris after she said in an interview the administration would start shipping out millions of free covid tests 'next week.'

Harris made her comment in an interview with NBC, where she said the tests would start going out 'shortly' and said they have 'been ordered.'

But she may have jumped the gun on the state of play. The White House soon said in a statement that 'the President’s 500 million at home tests will be sent out later this month, and we expect all contracts to be awarded over the course of the next two weeks,' CBS reported.

Jan 14 06:40

'It's up to states to do the right thing': Biden tells states to ignore Supremes and impose vax mandates anyway after SCOTUS votes 6-3 to BLOCK his federal order

President Biden urged businesses to bring in vaccine mandates on their own and pushed states to 'do the right thing' after the Supreme Court voted 6-3 to block his sweeping rules on private companies in a crushing blow to his pandemic response.

The high court did however allow a vaccine mandate for employees at health care facilities receiving federal dollars to go into effect. Twenty-seven states had petitioned the Supreme Court to issue a stay on the rule while it is battled out in the judicial system.

It's the latest setback in a devastating 48 hours for Biden, who failed to get enough support among Senate Democrats to kill the filibuster and pass voting rights legislation.

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Biden throws a tantrum!

Jan 14 06:39

Bills for 'bunny rabbits and ice cream' aren't 'rewarding': Psaki's bizarre defense of Biden who she says is pushing 'hard things' after collapse of voting rights push

Battered and bruised by 24 hours of rising inflation numbers, a Supreme Court block on vaccine mandates for private companies and all-but-certain defeat for a voting rights push, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reached for a favorite tool: Snark.

'We could certainly propose legislation to see if people support bunny rabbits and ice cream but that wouldn't be very rewarding to the American people,' she said, when asked whether it was time for a reset.

'So the president's view is we're going to keep pushing for hard things.

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