From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
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6/1/2022 'I was wrong': Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen concedes she misread threat of inflation by Joey Garrison and Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY
© Evan Vucci, AP
    WASHINGTON — The Biden administration acknowledged Tuesday that it was wrong to downplay the threat of rising inflation last year as the White House works to combat rising consumer prices that have hampered Joe Biden's presidency, because of inflation.
Biden hits 'ultra-MAGA' GOP as inflation woes rise
    "I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in an interview on CNN.
    Yellen in March 2021 said inflation posed only a "small risk."    Two months later, she said she didn't anticipate inflation would "be a problem."    Earlier that spring, Biden signed his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan into a law, providing a boost in spending that his critics blame for accelerating inflation.
    "As I mentioned, there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that boosted energy and food prices, and supply bottlenecks, that have affected our economy badly that I, at the time, didn't fully understand," Yellen told CNN.    "But we recognize that now."
More: Powell says Fed will keep hiking interest rates until it curtails inflation
    The secretary's admission is the most direct concession yet from the White House that officials failed to grasp the scale of inflation that would come as the U.S. recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.    The administration later predicted the rise in consumer prices would be temporary.
    With inflation at a 40-year high, Biden met Tuesday with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and promised to give him the space to tackle surging consumer prices.
    "    My plan to address inflation starts with a simple proposition: Respect the Fed. Respect the Fed's independence," Biden said in brief remarks ahead of the Oval Office meeting.
    Biden this month called tackling inflation his "top domestic priority."    Biden and Democrats face major headwinds to maintain control of Congress during November's midterm elections as as result of the price rises that have made many consumers increasingly anxious.
    The Consumer Price Index increased 8.3% annually in April, slightly lower than the 8.5% in March, as a drop in gasoline prices offset a continuing run-up in food, rent and other costs.    The average price for gasoline Tuesday hit a record $4.62 per gallon, according to AAA, about $1.50 more than drivers were paying last Memorial Day weekend.
    More: Soaring inflation slowed in April.    Will price-weary shoppers get a bit of relief?
    The Federal Reserve earlier this month raised its key short-term interest rate by a half percentage point.    The Fed was created by Congress as an independent agency, though the members of its Board of Governors, including the Fed chairman, are appointed by the president.
    Some economists fear a rising risk of a recession as higher-interest rates prompt consumers to curb their spending.
    Brian Deese, director of Biden's National Economic Council, argued the U.S. is "uniquely well positioned" so that steps targeting inflation won't come at the expense of newly added jobs.    The unemployment rate fell to 3.6% in April.
    "We can actually take on inflation without having to sacrifice all of those gains," he told reporters.
More: Some top economists say a recession is growing more likely, but it probably would be mild
    The meeting, which came at Biden's invitation, was his first with Powell since the president nominated him to a second term in November as head of the Federal Reserve and their third meeting overall.    Powell was confirmed by Congress earlier this month as chair of the central bank and he was sworn in last week.    Yellen and Deese also attended.
    The central bank has also said it will begin shrinking its $9 trillion in bond holdings next month, a strategy that will nudge long-term interest rates higher.
    Other obstacles to fighting inflation, such as Russia's war in Ukraine and supply-chain issues, remain outside the control of the central bank.
More: Biden calls inflation his top domestic priority, blaming Republicans for lacking a plan
    Biden's hands-off approach with the Federal Reserve differs from that of former President Donald Trump, who often railed against the Federal Reserve, of ten times publicly calling on Powell – whom he nominated in 2017 – to cut interest rates to boost the nation’s economy.    Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also avoided confrontations with the Fed.
Contributing: Paul Davidson
    Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.
    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'I was wrong': Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen concedes she misread threat of inflation
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6/1/2022 Trump on Sussmann verdict: ‘Our country is going to hell’ by Dominick Mastrangelo – The Hill
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    Former President Trump on Tuesday expressed outrage at the news that Micheal Sussmann, a lawyer who represented Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic Party, was found not guilty of lying to the FBI.
    Sussmann is being investigated by a special counsel in relation to the origins of the bureau’s probe of Trump’s 2016 campaign for president.
    “Our Legal System is CORRUPT, our Judges (and Justices!) are highly partisan, compromised or just plain scared, our Borders are OPEN, our Elections are Rigged, Inflation is RAMPANT, gas prices and food costs are through the roof,” our Military “Leadership” is Woke, our Country is going to HELL, and "Michael Sussmann is not guilty,” Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social, the small conservative social networking site he founded.
    Trump and his allies have long claimed Sussmann and others within the federal law enforcement and intelligence communities were part of a politically motivated “deep state” attempt to undermine his first presidential campaign.
    Conservative media outlets have relentlessly covered the special counsel’s probe and Sussmann’s role in the narrative.
    Before his acquittal this week, prosecutors had alleged that Sussmann, a key figure in the special counsel’s investigation, had lied to the FBI regarding the case.
    “While we are disappointed in the outcome, we respect the jury’s decision and thank them for their service.    I also want to recognize and thank the investigators and the prosecution team for their dedicated efforts in seeking truth and justice in this case,” John Durham, the special counsel, said in a statement on Tuesday.

6/1/2022 Prices, Asian markets could blunt EU ban on Russian oil - Ukraine president presses for even more sanctions by Lorne Cook and Samuel Petrequin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel leave after a meeting of EU leaders
to discuss Ukraine, energy and food security in Brussels. OLIVIER MATTHYS/AP
    BRUSSELS – The European Union’s groundbreaking decision to ban nearly all oil from Russia to punish the country for its invasion of Ukraine is a blow to Moscow’s economy, but its effects may be blunted by rising energy prices and other countries willing to buy some of the petroleum, industry experts say.
    European Union leaders agreed late Monday to cut Russian oil imports by about 90% over the next six months, a dramatic move that was considered unthinkable just months ago.
    The 27-country bloc relies on Russia for 25% of its oil and 40% of its natural gas, and European countries that are even more heavily dependent on Russia had been especially reluctant to act.
    European heads of state hailed the decision as a watershed, but analysts were more circumspect.
    The EU ban applies to all Russian oil delivered by sea.    At Hungary’s insistence, it contains a temporary exemption for oil delivered by the Russian Druzhba pipeline to certain landlocked countries in Central Europe.
    In addition to retaining some European markets, Russia could sell some of the oil previously bound to Europe to China, India and other customers in Asia, even though it will have to offer discounts, said Chris Weafer, CEO at consulting firm Macro-Advisory.
    “Now, for the moment, that’s not financially too painful for Russia because global prices are elevated.     They’re much higher than last year,” he said.    “So even Russia offering a discount means that it’s probably selling its oil for roughly what it sold for last year also.”
    He noted that “India has been a willing buyer” and “China’s certainly been keen to buy more oil because they’re both countries who are getting big discounts on global market prices.”
    Still, Moscow has traditionally viewed Europe as its main energy market, making Monday’s decision the most significant effort yet to punish Russia for its war in Ukraine.
    “The sanctions have one clear aim: to prompt Russia to end this war and withdraw its troops and to agree with Ukraine on a sensible and fair peace,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said.
    Ukraine estimated the ban could cost Russia tens of billions of dollars.
    “The oil embargo will speed up the countdown to the collapse of the Russian economy and war machine,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address that Ukraine will be pressing for more sanctions, adding that “there should be no significant economic ties left between the free world and the terrorist state.”
    Simone Tagliapietra, an energy expert and research fellow at the Brussels based think tank Bruegel, called the embargo “a major blow.”
    Matteo Villa, an analyst at the ISPI think tank in Milan, said Russia will take a pretty significant hit now but cautioned that the move could eventually backfire.
    “The risk is that the price of oil in general goes up because of the European sanctions. And if the price goes up a lot, the risk is that Russia starts to earn more, and Europe loses the bet    ,” he said.
    Like previous rounds of sanctions, the oil ban is unlikely to persuade the Kremlin to end the war.    Moscow seized on the new sanctions to try to rally public support against the West, describing it as bent on destroying Russia.
    Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy head of Russia’s Security Council who served as the country’s president, said the oil ban aims to reduce the country’s export earnings and force the government to scale down social benefits.
    “They hate us all!” Medvedev said on his messaging app channel.    “Those decisions stem from hatred against Russia and against all of its people.”
    Russia has not shied away from withholding energy to get its way. Russian state energy giant Gazprom said it is cutting off natural gas to Dutch trader GasTerra and Denmark’s Oersted company and is also stopping shipments to Shell Energy Europe that were bound for Germany.    Germany has other suppliers, and GasTerra and Oersted said they were prepared for a shutoff.
    Gazprom previously stopped the flow to Bulgaria, Poland and Finland.
    Meanwhile, the EU is urging other countries to avoid placing trade barriers on farm products as Russia’s war increases the risks of a global food crisis.
    Zelenskyy has said Russia has prevented the export of 22 million tons of Ukrainian grain, much of it meant for people across the Middle East and Africa.    He accused Moscow of “deliberately creating this problem.”
    Russian oil delivered by sea accounts for two-thirds of the EU’s oil imports from Moscow.    In addition to the EU cutoff of such imports, Germany and Poland have agreed to stop using oil from the northern branch of the Druzhba pipeline.
    Agreeing on sanctions against Russian natural gas is likely to prove much tougher because it represents a larger percentage of Europe’s energy mix.
    “The very loud and clear message that Moscow will hear is that it will be near impossible for the European Union to get any agreement on blocking gas because gas will not be as easily replicated from other sources in Europe as oil will be,” Weafer said.
A volunteer helps a man leaving his home in a building damaged by an
overnight missile strike, in Sloviansk, Ukraine. FRANCISCO SECO/AP

6/1/2022 Supreme Court blocks Texas law on social media censorship by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – A divided Supreme Court has blocked a Texas law, championed by conservatives, that aimed to keep social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter from censoring users based on their viewpoints.
    The court voted in an unusual 5-4 alignment Tuesday to put the Texas law on hold, while a lawsuit plays out in lower courts.
    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett voted to grant the emergency request from two technology industry groups that challenged the law in federal court.
    The majority provided no explanation for its decision, as is common in emergency matters on what is informally known as the court’s “shadow docket.”
    Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch would have allowed the law to remain in effect.
    In dissent, Alito wrote, “Social media platforms have transformed the way people communicate with each other and obtain news.”
    It’s not clear how the high court’s past First Amendment cases, many of which predate the internet age, apply to Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and other digital platforms, Alito wrote in an opinion joined by fellow conservatives Thomas and Gorsuch but not Kagan.
    The order follows a ruling last week by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found a similar Florida law likely violates the First Amendment’s free speech protections.
    Republican officials in several states have backed laws like those enacted in Florida and Texas that sought to portray social media companies as generally liberal in outlook and hostile to ideas outside of that viewpoint, especially from the political right.
    The Texas law was initially blocked by a district judge, but then allowed to take effect by a panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A divided Supreme Court blocked a Texas law that aimed to keep social media
platforms from censoring users based on their viewpoints. ALEX BRANDON/AP FILE

6/1/2022 Trudeau proposes freeze on handgun sales - Canada has seen rise in homicides, registered guns by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ban would apply to buying, selling, transferring and importing handguns. AP
    Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said in a news conference Monday that he’s introducing a “national freeze” on handgun sales in his country to curb the increase in homicides.
    Trudeau’s announcement comes a week after 19 children were killed in a school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
    Trudeau’s decision didn’t come without pushback from government ministers, and the legislation couldn’t become finalized until the fall.    The proposed ban would apply to the buying, selling, transferring and importing of handguns in Canada.
    “We cannot let the guns debate become so polarized that nothing gets done.    We cannot let that happen in our country,” Trudeau said in Ottawa.    “People should be free to go to the supermarket, their school or their place of worship without fear.    People should be free to go to the park or to a birthday party without worrying about what might happen from a stray bullet.”
    Canada had a reported 743 homicides in 2020 – the highest number since 1991.    Canada had initiated a 2020 law banning assault-style firearms and a buyback program to those who possessed the weapons.
    The number of registered handguns in Canada increased by 71% from 2010 to 2020, according to Trudeau’s office.
    In the U.S., a bipartisan group of senators began informal talks last week to address gun-related deaths after mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde.    President Joe Biden has pushed for gun control since the Uvalde shootings, saying, “there’s only one reason for something that can fire 100 shots.”

6/1/2022 White House Downplays Inflation, Economic Crises by OAN NEWSROOM
National Economic Council director Brian Deese speaks during the daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Biden administration is keeping its head in the ground as the US economy is on its way to catastrophe. At the White House and on corporate networks Tuesday, several of President Joe Biden’s economic advisors tried to downplay the severity of rampant inflation and chocked supply chain.
    Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese echoed the long defunct talking point that the economy is in a “transitory period.”    Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell blasted officials for using that term last year.     At that time, he said it was too late in the game to call the crisis transitory.    That didn’t stop Deese from downplaying the economic woes experienced at the hands of the Biden administration while also claiming the US economy is in a good place.
    “The economy we have right now is in a transition from this period of historical economic growth to a period that can be more stable, resilient growth,” he stated.    “That required focusing on inflation and doing so from a position of relative strength.    The US is in a better position to do so in part because of the strength of our labor market recovery, the strength of household balance sheets.”
    However, the numbers show the economy is not in a good place.    Economists have lamented the inflation rate is at a more than 40-year high.    Additionally, gas prices have soared since Biden occupied the Oval Office with national averages exceeding $4.00 and in California more than $6.00.    It appears that those prices keep hitting record highs week after week.    Other experts have pointed to the problems with the supply chain that is causing store shelves to run dry and is keeping baby formula from nurturing children.
    Recently, Powell warned Americans are going to feel some more pain while the central bank posits to fight inflation.    However, the Biden administration appears to be incapable of admitting its mistakes.    Instead, Biden officials have continued to blame COVID-19 and Russia’s Vladimir Putin for America’s crumbling economy.
    “What we understood about inflation at the time was that it was tied to the pandemic," said chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Cecilia Rouse, PH.D.    “We are still in the midst of this pandemic.    Russia’s war on Ukraine disabled not only gas prices and food prices, but also disrupted supply chains.    We didn’t foresee Delta, we didn’t foresee Omicron.    And So, yes, there have been unexpected challenges, which have disrupted getting us back to the natural equilibrium that would help bring down those prices.”
    There is one Biden administration official who is taking responsibility for her miscalculations.    Treasury Secretary Janet     Yellen told reporters that she was wrong to say inflation would not snowball in several interviews last year.    She admitted there were several Biden administration programs, including massive spending bills, energy cutting policies and insufficient supply chain, that contributed to the economic crisis.
    However, Yellen and President Biden have said the administration is not ready to correct course and is deferring responsibility to the Federal Reserve.    The Treasury secretary said the fed will have to lead the way on combatting inflation and the rest of the Biden administration will follow suit.
    “And for our part, President Biden is focused on supplementing what the Fed does with actions we can take to lower the costs that American face for important expenditures they have in their budgets,” Yellen stated.
    In the meantime, Powell has vowed to wage war on inflation until the Consumer Price Index returns the Fed’s target at 2 percent.    Some economists and lawmakers warned a recession could come in the coming months if the Biden administration fails to take hold of inflation.

6/1/2022 Critics Claim Canada’s Handgun Ban Will Punish Law-Abiding Citizens by OAN NEWSROOM
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces new gun control legislation
in Ottawa, Ontario, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press via AP)
    A gun shop owner in British Columbia said Canada’s hand gun ownership freeze punishes law-abiding citizens, while the government rewards criminals.    Matt Mendel, the co-owner of Wanstall’s Hunting & Shooting, strongly disagrees with the sweeping declaration by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
    The legislation freezes the buying, selling and transfers of handguns between consenting parties until further notice.    Mendel thinks the order is unlikely to decrease violence in Canada as most weapons used at crime scenes are obtained illegally.    He lamented the measure will greatly reduce his sales volume, in turn, diminishing the recreational shooting industry from year-round to seasonal.
    “This does not do anything to address the illegal firearms that are being picked up after the scene of the crime where 82 percent of them are smuggled in coming from the United States,” explained the gun shop owner.    “I think it’s a waste of resources that could be better allocated towards anti-trafficking, for example.”
    While addressing the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday, Conservative Party Leader Candice Bergen found it hypocritical for Trudeau’s government to punish law-abiding citizens, while simultaneously loosening repercussions for criminals.
    “On one hand, they’re banning handguns,” he noted.    “On the other hand, they’re pushing through Bill C-5, which tells criminals, don’t worry if you’re convicted of a gun crime, you just hang out at home for your sentence.    This is not keeping community safe, and it is not reassuring to moms and dads who are worried about their kids.”
    Bill C-5, which was proposed late last year, removes minimal sentencing for a number of gun-related crimes, excluding the usage of a firearm in connection to a criminal organization.    Trudeau, however, doubled down on his progressive policy, while claiming it will fix the inequitable composition of Canada’s penal system.
    Bill C-5 legislation does not stop police from charging people with gun offences or prosecutors from pursuing convictions,” claimed the prime minister.    “What it does do is make sure criminals face serious penalties, while addressing the overrepresentation of black Canadians and indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system.”
    The legislation, pushed forward by Trudeau on Monday will also limit magazines to a five-round capacity and even ban toys resembling guns.    Additionally, Canada’s public safety minister also announced a mandatory buyback program for so-called assault weapons later this year.
    Conservative MP, Raquel Dancho blasted the move on Twitter, while claiming Canada’s crime rate has been rising despite years of gun bans and buy-backs.    However, Trudeau has made it clear he won’t allow discussions on effectiveness slow down gun control agenda.

6/1/2022 Baby Formula Shortage Rate Jumps To 70% by OAN NEWSROOM
Only a few scoops are left in her next to last can, as Yury Navas, 29, of Laurel, Md., feeds her infant son,
Jose Ismael Gálvez, 2 months, with the only formula he can take without digestive issues, Enfamil Infant, from her dwindling
supply of formula at their apartment in Laurel, Md., Monday, May 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The baby formula out of stock rate has jumped to 70 percent.    That’s according to recent retail data firm Datasembly, which found the national spike to be more extreme in certain cities and states for the week ending May 21.
    As parents try and address the growing crisis, children with special needs or health issues who need certain formula to survive are more at risk.    According to an exclusive report, 14-year-old Morgan Furhman has a rare genetic disorder and needs a specialized formula.
    “Because of her disorder, her life expectancy isn’t what a typical person would be,” explained the teen’s mother, Kathy Furhman.    “If the formula, if that was the reason, I don’t think I could ever forgive myself.”
    As the shortage worsens, some parents are feeling responsible.    While the US is working to get more baby formula back on shelves, some practitioners are blaming the shortage on a drop in breast feeding rates, which is a problem they said increased during the pandemic.
    The longer the crisis persists, however, the more parents are searching for different alternatives to feed their children.    Some have even tried making their own formula at home.
    “It doesn’t take much to make a baby become very sick,” warned Jessica Smith, Pediatrician at Mercy Clinic Pediatrics.    “Can have seizures, not get the calories they need and end up in the hospital, so it is not safe to make your own formula at home.    I would not even use your grandmother’s recipe.“
    Meanwhile, FDA Commissioner, Robert Califf believes the shortage may be over within a few months.

6/1/2022 Former AG Whitaker says Michael Sussmann acquittal 'looks like jury nullification' by Opinion by Fox News Staff
Former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker joined "Fox & Friends" to address his concerns with
a D.C. jury finding former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann not guilty of lying
to the FBI. Whitaker pointed to the partisan leanings of the jury members.
    They were acting US Attorney General Matt Whitaker joins us right now.
    Matt Whitaker: 'This looks like jury nullification'
    MATT WHITAKER: 4% of Washington, D.C. voted for Donald Trump.    Obviously, this is going to be a pro-Democrat, pro-Clinton jury.     My biggest concern is the jury foreman came out and really gave up what the jury was discussing, which is that they thought this case should have never been brought to their attention in the first place.    And that's a little concerning because this looks more like a jury nullification, where even though the evidence was overwhelming, even though they, the government, proved their case, that the jury just decided that this wasn't a case worth pursuing.    So this case, to me, factually and legally was a slam dunk case.    But as I had said earlier, leading up to this jury verdict, this jury was going to be very difficult for Durham and his team to get a conviction of the 2016 election.    The Democrat operative speaking out after Matt Whitaker: This was a pro-Clinton jury.

6/1/2022 Biden Reportedly Frustrated With His White House Staff’s Handling Of Inflation by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden participates in a change of command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Washington.
Adm. Karl L. Schultz is being relieved by Adm. Linda Fagan as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Joe Biden is reportedly upset with his administration’s handling of the highest inflation in decades.    According to a Washington Post report published on Wednesday, over the past several months Biden has privately sounded off about how White House aides are not sufficiently addressing inflation.
    Biden was said to have told aides they are not doing enough to explain what is causing inflation and what they are doing to reduce it.    The President’s reported frustration comes as recent polls indicate most Americans do not approve of his handling of inflation or the economy as a whole.
    Despite this, Biden administration economists have said the looming economic recession is nothing to worry about.
    Administration officials appear to be keeping their heads in the ground as the US economy is on its way to catastrophe.    At the White House and on corporate networks Tuesday, several of President Biden’s economic advisors tried to downplay the severity of rampant inflation and chocked supply chain.
    Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese echoed the long defunct talking point that the economy is in a “transitory period.”    Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell blasted officials for using that term last year.    At that time, he said it was too late in the game to call the crisis transitory.    That didn’t stop Deese from downplaying the economic woes experienced at the hands of the Biden administration while also claiming the US economy is in a good place.
    “The economy we have right now is in a transition from this period of historical economic growth to a period that can be more stable, resilient growth,” he stated.    “That required focusing on inflation and doing so from a position of relative strength.    The US is in a better position to do so in part because of the strength of our labor market recovery, the strength of household balance sheets.”
National Economic Council director Brian Deese speaks during the daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    However, the numbers show the economy is not in a good place.    Economists have lamented the inflation rate is at a more than 40-year high.    Additionally, gas prices have soared since Biden occupied the Oval Office with national averages exceeding $4.00 and in California more than $6.00.    It appears that those prices keep hitting record highs week after week.    Other experts have pointed to the problems with the supply chain that is causing store shelves to run dry and is keeping baby formula from nurturing children.
    Recently, Powell warned Americans are going to feel some more pain while the central bank posits to fight inflation.    However, the Biden administration appears to be incapable of admitting its mistakes.    Instead, Biden officials have continued to blame COVID-19 and Russia’s Vladimir Putin for America’s crumbling economy.
    “What we understood about inflation at the time was that it was tied to the pandemic," said chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Cecilia Rouse, PH.D.    “We are still in the midst of this pandemic.    Russia’s war on Ukraine disabled not only gas prices and food prices, but also disrupted supply chains.    We didn’t foresee Delta, we didn’t forsee Omicron.    And so, yes, there have been unexpected challenges, which have disrupted getting us back to the natural equilibrium that would help bring down those prices.”
    There is one Biden administration official who is taking responsibility for her miscalculations.    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told reporters that she was wrong to say inflation would not snowball in several interviews last year.    She admitted there were several Biden administrations programs, including massive spending bills, energy cutting policies and insufficient supply chain, that contributed to the economic crisis.
    However, Yellen and President Biden have said the administration is not ready to correct course and is deferring responsibility to the Federal Reserve.    The Treasury secretary said the fed will have to lead the way on combatting inflation and the rest of the Biden administration will follow suit.
    “And for our part, President Biden is focused on supplementing what the Fed does with actions we can take to lower the costs that American face for important expenditures they have in their budgets,” Yellen stated.
    In the meantime, Powell has vowed to wage war on inflation until the Consumer Price Index returns the Fed’s target at 2 percent.    Some economists and lawmakers warned a recession could come in the coming months if the Biden administration fails to take hold of inflation.

6/1/2022 Biden: US ‘Will Not Be Directly Engaged’ In Russia-Ukraine by OAN NEWSROOM
US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a one-hour phone conversation Saturday. (AP Photos)
    President Joe Biden is walking back claims that he wants to see Vladimir Putin removed from office, despite previously stating the Russian leader “could not remain in power.”    In a New York Times editorial Tuesday, Biden said the US does not seek a war between NATO and Russia.    Additionally, he said the US will not push for Putin’s ouster.
    The President said as long as the US or our allies are not attacked, America will not directly engage in the war.    Biden also asserted US troops will not be sent to Ukraine or attack Russian forces.    However, despite his claim, Biden affirmed the US will keep continue military, humanitarian and financial support for the Ukraine government.
    Meanwhile, Russia held nuclear drills after President Biden announced plans to send advanced rocket systems to Ukraine.    On Wednesday, Russian media reported nuclear drills were held in an area northeast of Moscow.
    Also in Tuesday’s op-ed, Biden said he would be sending more military equipment as part of a new $700 million package for the Ukraine government, including anti-tank missiles and precision rockets.    The Kremlin warned Biden is “adding fuel to the fire,” despite the US President stating that Ukraine will not be able to used those rocket systems to strike into Russia.
    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated those sentiments Wednesday.    He also said there is a strong trust between Ukraine and the US, along with NATO allies and partners.
    “The Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory,” Blinken stated.    “There is a strong trust bond between Ukraine and the United States as well as with our allies and partners.    I’d also say that throughout this aggression, indeed even before, President Biden was very clear with President Putin about what the United States would do if Russia proceeded with its aggression, including continuing to provide security assistance that Ukraine needs to defend itself against the Russian aggression.”
    In the meantime, energy market analysts believe oil prices could hit $150 per barrel in coming weeks as a result of tensions with Russia.    According to reports Tuesday, Russia may reduce oil exports by 18 percent this year.    This comes as Russian companies prefer to sell oil in the domestic market and export excess supply to Asia amid Western sanctions.    Experts have suggested geopolitical tensions may contribute to an economic downturn in the US.

6/1/2022 Gov. Abbott Calls For Special Legislative Committees by OAN NEWSROOM
Texas Governor Greg Abbott passes in front of a memorial outside Robb Elementary School to honor the victims
killed in this week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Sunday, May 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) called for the formation of special legislative committees to address school safety in the wake of the recent mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.    On Wednesday, Abbott requested the creation of the committees through a letter addressed to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R-Texas) and House Speaker Dan Phelan (R-Texas).
    “As Texans mourn the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last week, we as a state must reassess the twin issues of school safety and mass violence,” Abbott wrote.    “As leaders, we must come together at this time to provide solutions to protect all Texans.”
    The committees would examine and develop legislative recommendations on school safety, mental health, police training, social media, firearm safety and more.
    Texas is among 14 states where only the governor has the power to call a special session.    During his governorship, Abbott has ordered five special sessions to address matters, including abortion laws, COVID relief funding, a transgender sports ban, bail reform and voting laws.
    Abbott believes legislative leaders must come together to provide solutions to protect all Texans.    He said that existing laws would not have stopped the rampage in Uvalde.

6/1/2022 Oil up $0.14 to $115.14 which does not make sense since gas prices increased by at least $0.20 a gallon, DOW down 177 to 32,813 and gas was up to $4.47 a gallon in KY from $4.10 overnight and it will be easy to vote Republican this year.

6/2/2022 US sending Ukraine medium-range rockets - Systems aren’t meant to strike inside Russia by Lolita C. Baldor, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – The Biden administration says it will send Ukraine a small number of high-tech, medium-range rocket systems, a critical weapon that Ukrainian leaders have been begging for as they struggle to stall Russian progress in the Donbas region.
    The rocket systems are part of a new $700 million tranche of security assistance for Ukraine from the U.S. that will include helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, tactical vehicles, spare parts and more, two senior administration officials said Tuesday.    The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview the weapons package that was to be formally unveiled Wednesday.
    The U.S. decision to provide the advanced rocket systems tries to strike a balance between the desire to help Ukraine battle ferocious Russian artillery barrages and the desire not to provide arms that could allow Ukraine to hit targets deep inside Russia and trigger an escalation in the war.
    In a guest essay published Tuesday evening in The New York Times, President Joe Biden confirmed that he’s decided to “provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine.”    Biden had said Monday that the U.S. would not send Ukraine “rocket systems that can strike into Russia.”    Any weapons system can shoot into Russia if it’s close enough to the border.    The aid package expected to be unveiled Wednesday would send what the U.S. considers medium-range rockets – they generally can travel about 45 miles, the officials said.
    “The Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.    “There is a strong trust bond between Ukraine and the United States.”
    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that the U.S. is “deliberately and diligently pouring fuel on the fire.”    He added that the Kremlin doesn’t trust Kyiv’s assurances that the multiple rocket launch systems supplied by the U.S. will not be used to attack Russia.
    “In order to trust (someone), you need to have experience with situations when such promises were kept. Regretfully, there is no such experience what- soever,” Peskov said.
    The expectation is that Ukraine could use the rockets in the eastern Donbas, where they could intercept Russian artillery and take out Russian positions in towns where fighting is intense, such as Sievierodonetsk.
    Sievierodonetsk is important to Russian efforts to capture the Donbas before more Western arms arrive to bolster Ukraine’s defense.    The city, 90 miles south of the Russian border, is in an area that is the last pocket under Ukrainian government control in the Luhansk region of the Donbas.
    Biden in his New York Times’ essay added: “We are not encouraging or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders.    We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia.”
    It’s the 11th package approved so far and will be the first to tap the $40 billion in security and economic assistance recently passed by Congress.
Damaged buildings and destroyed cars are seen May 24 following Russian attacks
in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. FRANCISCO SECO/AP FILE

6/2/2022 FBI: Hospital cyberattack was foiled by Eric Tucker and Alan Suderman, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – The FBI thwarted a planned cyberattack on a children’s hospital in Boston that was to have been carried out by hackers sponsored by the Iranian government, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.
    Wray told a Boston College cybersecurity conference that his agents learned of the planned digital attack from an unspecified intelligence partner and got Boston Children’s Hospital the information it needed last summer to block what would have been “one of the most despicable cyberattacks I’ve seen.”And quick actions by everyone involved, especially at the hospital, protected both the network and the sick kids who depended on it,” Wray said.
    The FBI chief recounted that anecdote in a broader speech about ongoing cyberthreats from Russia, China and Iran and the need for partnerships between the U.S. government and the private sector.
    He said the bureau and Boston Children’s Hospital had worked closely together after a hacktivist attacked the hospital’s computer network in 2014.    Martin Gottesfeld launched a cyberattack at the hospital to protest the care of a teenager at the center of a high-profile custody battle and later was sentenced to 10 years in prison.    The attack against the hospital and a treatment home cost the facilities tens of thousands of dollars and disrupted operations for days.
    “Children’s and our Boston office already knew each other well – before the attack from Iran – and that made a difference,” Wray said.    He did not ascribe a particular motive to the planned attack on the hospital, but he noted that Iran and other countries have been hiring cyber mercenaries to conduct attacks on their behalf.
    When it comes to Russia, he said, the FBI is “racing” to warn potential targets about preparatory actions that hackers are taking toward destructive attacks.    In March, for instance, the FBI warned that it was seeing increased interest by hackers in energy companies since the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
    Hackers from China, meanwhile, have stolen more corporate and personal data from Americans than all other nations combined as part of a broader geopolitical goal to “lie, cheat and steal,” Wray said.
    The speech took place as the FBI continues to combat ransomware attacks from criminal gangs, an ongoing concern for U.S. officials despite the absence of crippling intrusions in recent months.
    Wray emphasized the need for private companies to work with the FBI to thwart ransomware gangs and nation-state hackers, adding that building those relationships is a key to success.
    “What these partnerships let us do is hit our adversaries at every point – from the victims’ networks, back all the way to the hackers’ own computers,” Wray said.
    The FBI and other federal agencies have been working to assure hacking victims that it is in their best interest to report intrusions and cybercrimes.    Many companies attacked by ransomware gangs often don’t go to the FBI.
FBI director Christopher Wray said that “quick actions by everyone involved, especially at the hospital,
protected both the network and the sick kids who depended on it.” BONNIE CASH/POOL VIA AP FILE

6/2/2022 OIL SANCTIONS IMPACT - EU’s tough restrictions on Russian imports are unlikely to affect Moscow in short-term by Mike Corder, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The European Union has agreed to slash Russian oil imports in a tough escalation of the bloc’s campaign of sanctions to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.    It’s a landmark decision that will hit Russian coffers in the long-term, but could also hurt consumers across the European continent.
    The move agreed late Monday at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels came amid soaring energy prices in Europe and could spark more rises, particularly later this year as nations compete for natural gas supplies to heat homes and fire industries, analysts said.
    Just hours before U.S. markets opened Wednesday, benchmark U.S. crude had climbed $1.25 to $115.92 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
    Analysts said that amid high oil prices, the sanctions are unlikely to hit Russia hard soon, but they deprive Moscow of one of its most important customers for oil – likely for a long time to come.
What has the EU done?
    European Union leaders agreed to cut Russian oil imports by about 90% over the next six months, a dramatic move that was considered unthinkable just months ago.    The 27-country bloc relies on Russia for 25% of its oil.
    The ban applies to all Russian oil delivered by sea.    It contains a temporary exemption for oil delivered by the Russian Druzhba pipeline to certain landlocked countries in Central Europe.    Germany and Poland have agreed to stop using oil from the northern branch of the pipeline.
    Russian oil delivered by sea accounts for two-thirds of the EU’s oil imports from Moscow.
What about gas?
    Russia has the world’s largest natural gas reserves and is the largest global exporter, according to the International Energy Agency.
    But don’t expect the 27-nation bloc’s leaders to sign off on a ban on Russian gas imports anytime soon.    The bloc imports 40% of its gas – used for everything from generating electricity to heating homes – from Russia, and finding alternative supplies is tougher than for oil.
    “Russian oil is much easier to compensate … gas is completely different, which is why a gas embargo will not be an issue in the next sanctions package,” said Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer.
    That doesn’t mean gas is immune from the geopolitical tensions.    Russia is flexing its economic muscle and retaliating to other sanctions by cutting off or restricting gas supplies to some European nations.
    Russian state energy giant Gazprom said this week it is halting the flow of gas to Dutch trader GasTerra and Denmark’s Oersted company and is also stopping shipments to Shell Energy Europe that were bound for Germany.    Germany has other suppliers, and Gas-Terra and Oersted said they were prepared for a shutoff.    Gazprom previously stopped the flow to Bulgaria, Poland and Finland.
    “Who’s next?” said Lucia van Geuns, an energy expert from The Hague Centre for Security Studies.
    She said the tightening of the net by Moscow could leave EU countries competing for gas supplies from other sources to fill up storage facilities over the summer and to use next winter – a move that would likely drive-up prices even further.
What does it mean for consumers?
    In short: higher prices. Amid concerns about the devastating war in Ukraine and moves to punish Russia, energy bills and gasoline prices have been high for months and governments have been cutting taxes in a bid to spare their citizens.
    Even so, energy consumers – that’s basically everyone who flicks a light switch, takes a shower, looks at their phone screen or fills their car’s fuel tank – are feeling the pinch and looking for ways to cut costs where they can.
    As oil prices rose again Wednesday, motorists in the eastern Netherlands were crossing the border in droves to refuel in neighboring Germany, where government tax cuts have made a liter of gasoline much cheaper than in the Netherlands.    Dutch broadcaster NOS showed lines of cars with Dutch license plates waiting outside German gasoline sellers.
What does it mean for Russia?
    Moscow is waging a hugely expensive war in Ukraine.    Oil and gas exports go a long way to footing the bill. Last year, they accounted for 45% of the federal budget, the International Energy Agency said.
    Europe is Russia’s main energy customer, and once the 27 countries have stopped using its supplies, they might not go back.
    In the short-term, the oil ban will likely not hurt Russia too much amid high oil prices that mean Moscow can sell at a discount to clients in Asia and still make a profit, said Chris Weafer, CEO at Macro-Advisory Ltd., a consulting firm.
    “The financial pain for Russia probably will come more next year or over the next couple of years if it still has to offer discounts,” Weafer told the AP.
    Russian oil is much easier to compensate … gas is completely different, which is why a gas embargo will not be an issue in the next sanctions package,” says Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, above.

6/2/2022 Nikki Haley Accuses UN Human Rights Chief Of ‘Looking The Other Way’ On Uighur Genocide by OAN NEWSROOM
    In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, A screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping, right,
holds a virtual meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
Xi defended China’s record to the top U.N. human rights official Wednesday, saying each nation should be allowed to find its
own path based on its particular circumstances and criticizing those countries that lecture others
on human rights and politicize the issue. (Yue Yuewei/Xinhua via AP)
    Former United Nations envoy Nikki Haley said UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet should be fired for seemingly legitimizing China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims.    On Wednesday, Haley asserted that Bachelet made a “Chinese propaganda tour” to the province of Xinjiang, where the acts are taking place.
    Haley stressed, Bachelet’s talks with Chinese officials was an inappropriate normalization of China’s actions.    This coms as the UN has faced criticism for not doing enough to punish China for holding up to 1 million Uyghurs in forced labor camps.    Despite this, Chinese diplomats have repeatedly denied the harsh treatment of Uyghurs, specifically during Bachelet’s visit.
    “Xinjiang is not at all a human rights issue, but a major issue concerning upholding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity,” Haley stated.    “Clouds cannot overshadow the sun and truth will debunk all lies.    China has made clear its stern position on the so-called Xinjiang report, and resolutely opposes smearing and attacking China with lies and disinformation.”
    Haley also said Bachelet was looking the other way on the suffering of Uyghurs while suggesting she doesn’t care about human rights.    According to the National Review, she also linked the trip to the Biden administration’s decision to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council.    Haley expressed to reporters that she feels it’s shameful that President Joe Biden “justifies American participation in the farce known as the UN Human Rights Council.”

6/2/2022 5 Killed, 10 Wounded In Tulsa Hospital Shooting by OAN NEWSROOM
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 27: Crime scene tape is stretched around the front of a home where a
man was shot on May 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    A shooting at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma left five people dead, including the suspect.    The Tulsa Police Department responded to an active shooter situation on the second floor of the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Hospital on Wednesday.
    “It appears both weapons at one point or another were fired on the scene,” said Tulsa Police Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish.    “The officers who arrived were hearing shots in the building and that’s what led them to the second floor.”
    Authorities described the scene inside as “catastrophic.”    While officers were busy neutralizing the threat, first responders safely evacuated bystanders from the hospital.    Police have also said up to 10 people were wounded. No officers were reported injured.
    “I was very happy with what we know so far regarding the response of our officers,“ Dalgleish stated.
    In spite of the carnage that took place inside the hospital, Saint Francis Health System’s president and CEO made sure to thank authorities for preventing more lives from being lost.
    “I can’t stand here and not thank the first responders in this city,” voiced Saint Francis CEO Cliff Robertson.    “I mean, look around us.    The response has been incredible and I don’t know that I’ve truly understood just how important our first responders can be and are every day.”
    Tulsa Police have yet to release a motive for the shooter, but have said his actions were not random.    A residents thought to belong to the suspect was searched Wednesday night in connection to a possible bomb threat.
    No explosive device was found inside the home.

6/2/2022 Adm. Linda Fagan Becomes 27th Commandant Of US Coast Guard by OAN NEWSROOM
Adm. Linda Fagan attends a change of command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, Wednesday,
June 1, 2022, in Washington. Adm. Karl L. Schultz is being relieved by Fagan as the Commandant of the
U.S. Coast Guard and Fagan will be the armed forces’ first female service chief. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Joe Biden hailed Adm. Linda Fagan as the 27th Commandant of the US Coast Guard.    During a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, Biden said there is no one more qualified to lead the proud men and women of the Coast Guard.
    The promotion made her the first woman to lead a branch of the military in American history.    Adm. Fagen has served with the Coast Guard for 41-years after graduating from the academy in 1985.
    “Admiral Fagan is part of a generation of pioneering women in the force, and this ceremony is historic and a historic first in that effort,” Biden sated.    “Promotion earned through a career of outstanding leadership and accomplishment.    Now we need to keep working to make sure Adm. Fagan may be the first, but not the only person.”
    Meanwhile, Biden commended Adm. Fagen for her decades of service while adding she has shown exceptional skill, integrity and commitment to the United States.

6/2/2022 Scotus Ruling Could Affect Pa. Primary by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidates David McCormick, left, and Mehmet Oz
during campaign appearances in May 2022 in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/File)
    The US Supreme Court halted the count of some mail-in ballots casted in Pennsylvania’s primary elections.    Justice Samuel Alito gave the order Tuesday, pausing a lower court ruling over a disputed 2021 local court election.    That case would have allowed for the counting of mail-in ballots without a handwritten date on them.
    It’s unclear when the Supreme Court will review the case further or how long it would take, but Pennsylvania’s Senate primary race will likely be affected.    The new ruling will no longer allow election officials to count dateless ballots.    This means Republican Senate candidate David McCormick likely won’t catch up to his competitor Mehmet Oz as the recount must be finished by June 8.
    As McCormick scrounges for ballots to make up the gap with Oz, Alito’s order could freeze McCormick’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania state courts.    A senior campaign official briefed reporters about the plans and offered several complaints.
    “I can’t tell you today with full confidence, I can’t tell my client how many votes we have,” stated the official.    “We’re doing a recount of a count that I actually don’t know the results of.    We have essentially two different sources of data.    One being the counties, two being the Department of State with completely different results.”
    The eventual winner will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) who won the Democratic nomination in November.

6/2/2022 Funerals For Uvalde School Shooting Victims Begin by OAN NEWSROOM
Balloons honoring the victims killed in last week’s school shooting sway in the wind at a memorial
at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Thursday, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Mourners gathered in Uvalde, Texas to pay their respects to the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting. On Wednesday, Uvalde said goodbye to high school sweethearts Irma and Jose Garcia.     Irma Garcia was one of the two teachers killed in the horrific shooting.    Her husband Jose Garcia died of a heart attack just two days after the incident, following a visit to her memorial.    Garcia died while using her body to shield students after the shooter entered the school last week, killing her co-teacher and 19 children.    The two were married for 24 years and left behind four children.
    “They came to mass every Sunday,” said Father Eduardo D. Morales.    “Helping whenever we needed help.    She shielded the children and that’s who she would be.    They say will you lay your life down for one, she did.”
    Visitations, funerals and burial services for the 21 victims started this week.    The funerals will continue through mid-June.    Services for 10-year-olds Amerie Jo Garza and Maite Rodriguez were held on Tuesday.    Both died while trying to save their classmates from the shooter.
    “Ten years isn’t enough for her,” voiced Destiny Esquivel, cousin of Maite Rodriguez.    “She had more than that.    In the casket she looks like nothing happened to her, she looks like she died at peace.    We all know that every single one of these kids had their story to tell and it was cut short.”
    The Texas Department of Public Safety said Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo has yet to respond to a request for a follow up interview with investigators.    Questions as to why it took officers over an hour to breach the classroom remain unanswered. In the meantime, authorities continue their investigations into the shooting.

6/2/2022 White House: US Offensive Cyber Operations Do Not Contradict Biden’s Policy Of No Direct Engagement With Russia by OAN NEWSROOM
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The White House is, once again, justifying President Joe Biden’s statements after reports of US cyber-attacks against Russia have emerged.    According to administration officials, this offensive against Russia does not violate Biden’s policy of not directly engaging with the country.
    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fielded questions Wednesday about recent reports that the US was engaged in hacking operations aimed at Russia.
    Reporter: Just speaking specifically about the offensive cyber action being taken from the United States against Russia.    Is that not contrary to what the President has said in the past about not wanting to engage directly?
    Jean-Pierre: No, it’s not. We don’t see it as such.
    Reporter: Can you talk about why offensive cyber activity against Russia is not?
    Jean-Pierre: I mean, it’s just, we just don’t see it as such.    We have talked about this before. We’ve had our cyber experts here at the podium layout what our plan is.    That has not changed.    So, the answer is just simply, no.’
    The White House’s response came after the head of US Cyber Command, General Paul Nakasone, confirmed to Sky News that the US conducted a series of offensive hacking operations in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    The four-star general did not offer details, but said they were offensive, defensive and information operations.
    In a New York Times editorial Tuesday, Biden walked-back claims that he wanted to see Russian President Vladimir Putin removed from office despite previously saying he “could not remain in power.”    Biden said the US does not seek a war between NATO and Russia.    He also noted the US will not push for Putin’s ouster.
    The President said as long as the US or it’s allies are not attacked, America will not directly engage in the war.    Despite his claim, however, Biden affirmed the US will continue military, humanitarian and financial support for the Ukraine government.    Nonetheless, the President failed to mention anything about cyber-attacks.

6/2/2022 Report: Biden’s Crises Help Advance ‘Green Transition’ by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – In this May 13, 2020, file photo, Tesla cars are loaded onto carriers at the Tesla electric car plant in Fremont, Calif.
the Golden State wants electric vehicle sales to triple in the next four years to 35 percent of all new car purchases.
Regulations passed Tuesday, April 12, 2022 by the California Air Resources Board set a roadmap for the state to achieve
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious goal of phasing out the sale of new gas powered cars. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
    A new report suggested President Joe Biden’s economic failures could be part of a plan to unleash the so-called “green economy.”    According to the analysis of Biden’s economic policies by the Epoch Times, skyrocketing gas prices and the supply chain crisis are actually helping advance the administration’s green agenda.     The report pointed out that Biden’s officials believe the US is in the midst of a “green transition.”    It noted, citizens would be better off in the future if the Biden administration discouraged the use of gas-powered vehicles and realigned supply chains now.
    Biden has suggested the current crises helps bring down what he has called “the old economy.”    The Epoch Times speculated that today’s economic problems may have been planned.
    “Here’s the situation: when it comes to gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place,” Biden stated.    “And God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over.”
    Meanwhile, a rising number of economists are warning Biden’s energy policies are becoming the driving factor behind the inflation crisis.    Investor Stephen Schork said rising prices on natural gas are driving fuel and heating prices, while also contributing to rising food prices.    He believes “the war on natural gas is a war on the American consumer.”
    “So, the inflation has not peaked…and this is the problem, runaway inflation at the gas pump and the grocery counter has been the lead indicator for recession of the last six recessions in the United States,” Schork explained.
    As a result, US consumers are facing shrinking incomes and worse quality of life.    The US economy shrank nearly 1.5 percent in the first quarter, which has added to the fears of a broader economic downturn this year.

6/2/2022 Ford Adding 6,200 Jobs In Three States by OAN NEWSROOM
A view of the inside of a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning all-electric truck taken during
a press conference, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Avon Lake, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)
    Ford is adding thousands of union jobs in three states, including Michigan, Missouri and Ohio, as part of its plans to accelerate production of electric vehicles.     “This is the first time in my career that we are expanding the plant before the plant is built,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford Blue.    “The reservations were so much higher than the production capacity that we had put in.”     Galhotra made the announcement at its assembly plant in Sheffield, Ohio.    The company will also work on building two new redesigned combustion engine models. Hundreds of workers cheered on the news alongside Governor Mike Dewine.
    “The ingenuity and talent of Ohio’s automotive workforce are second to none, and Ford’s investment in Avon Lake will play an essential role in growing the EV space,” voiced Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.    “Ford has been a partner in Ohio for generations, and its confidence in the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant operations secures EV operations in Lorain County that will be critical for decades to come.    I want to thank all the workers, give yourself a hand.”
    Ford is investing $3.7 billion in the three states over the next four years and $1 billion will go towards improving the work experience in its factories.    The company said 3,000 temporary workers will be converted to full-time with pay raises and benefits.
    “We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” stated Jason Williams, a union bargaining representative at the plant.    “We’re trying to secure the future for our kids, our families, families of the community.”
    In addition to the 1,800 jobs Ford is adding in Sheffield, 90 more will be added in other factories in Ohio.    The company will also hire more than 1,100 workers in Missouri and 2,000 will be added at three of its plants in Detroit, Michigan.    About 1,200 will be hired at other facilities in the state.

6/2/2022 Biden Meets With NATO Chief, NSA Sullivan At White House by OAN NEWSROOM
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, attends a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
at the Pentagon, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    On Thursday, President Joe Biden and his National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg to discuss the Ukraine crisis.    The three officials spoke at the White House about the bids by Sweden and Finland to join NATO amid opposition by Turkey.     “The decisions by Finland and Sweden to apply for NATO membership are historic,” said Stoltenberg. “They will strengthen our Alliance.    We have to address the security concerns of all allies and I’m confident that we will find the united way forward.”
    In recent days, Turkey accused Sweden and Finland of supporting terrorism. He believes those countries have no place in NATO.     He also acknowledged that NATO is preparing for a long-lasting conflict in Ukraine.     “Wars are by nature unpredictable and therefore we just have to be prepared for the long haul,” he stated.     Stoltenberg declared that while NATO does not want confrontation with Russia, the western military alliance has a “responsibility” to support Ukraine. He plans to meet with leaders from those three countries in the coming days.     “The easiest way to get more grain out and to reduce the pressure on food prices is for President Putin to end the war,” the NATO Chief voiced.    “As long as that’s not the case, I welcome the effort by different countries.”     Stoltenberg said he looks forward to welcoming President Biden to the NATO summit in Madrid in the coming weeks.

6/2/2022 Oil up $2.37 to $117.16, DOW up 400 to 33,213 and gas up to $4.58 a gallon in KY and will keep going up.

6/3/2022 Temporary stop put on gas tax - Price freeze to last from July 1 to mid-January by Morgan Watkins, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
The price of gas at a Marathon convenience store on Breckinridge Lane in Louisville on March 7. PAT MCDONOGH/COURIER JOURNAL
    Gov. Andy Beshear is taking action to prevent a 2-cent-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax Kentuckians pay at the pump, which otherwise would be triggered by the recent rise in gas prices.
    Gas costs just over 50% more in the commonwealth than it did a year ago, the governor said, with the average price hitting $4.31 per gallon as of May 31 compared to $2.85 about a year ago.
    Beshear said his administration is instituting an emergency regulation Thursday to freeze Kentucky’s state gas tax.    Without that, the tax rate of 26 cents per gallon would jump to 28 cents per gallon on July 1 because of a quirk of state law.    “Under     Kentucky statute, there is a formula whereby, when the average wholesale price of gas goes up a certain amount, the gas tax goes up as well,” he explained.
    That formula wasn’t intended for a situation like this where there’s such a rapid increase in prices, the governor said.    It’s hard to reduce gas prices through state government policy, but this is a step he can take to prevent an increase from happening because of the gas tax.
    He estimates this will collectively save Kentuckians about $35.4 million at the pump from July through mid-January, which is how long his emergency regulation is set to last.
    “And right now, with everybody having to drive to work and wanting to take their kids, rightfully, on vacation after two years of a pandemic, preventing an increase is an important thing,” Beshear told The Courier Journal.    “It’s going to help our families get out and do more.    It’s going to help them pay other bills."
    “... Because I get that while the future of Kentucky is incredibly bright, with all the new investments and the new jobs, inflation is making the present very difficult on our families. And we want to do everything we can to help.”
    Two cents per gallon may not sound like a big savings, but Beshear said it adds up.
    It could mean someone can cover their co-pay for a prescription drug instead of spending that money on the higher gas tax, for example.
    Early next year, Beshear indicated state legislators can decide if they want to make changes to the law concerning the gas tax and this built-in increase tied to rising gas prices when they hold their annual legislative session.
    He also said he’s sending a letter to Attorney General Daniel Cameron (a Republican who recently announced he’ll run for governor next year) that asks for advice on whether Kentucky’s government should declare a state of emergency that would trigger a price gouging statute.    Doing that would allow Cameron’s office investigate whether certain gas stations or companies are taking advantage of Kentuckians by improperly hiking their gas prices.
    “Other states are exploring this.    Some have even launched investigations,” Beshear said.    “But without that state of emergency, the price-gouging statute cannot be triggered.”
    He stressed that this is an “honest request for their analysis” at the attorney general’s office about whether this course of action is warranted.
    Beshear also intends to formally ask the Republican-run legislature next year to use surplus revenue in the state’s general fund to make up for the anticipated impact this temporary freeze he’s instituting on the state gas tax will have on transportation funding.
    He estimates the rate freeze will reduce revenues by about $14 million for the state transportation budget and by a little less than that for county and local governments.
    He stressed that this shouldn’t hamper existing transportation projects at the state or local level in the meantime.
    Morgan Watkins is The Courier Journal’s chief political reporter.    Contact her at Follow her on Twitter: @morganwatkins26.

6/3/2022 Stellantis, Controlled Thermal reach lithium hydroxide deal
    Automaker Stellantis has reached a deal to have Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. supply battery-grade lithium hydroxide for its electric vehicles in North America.
    CTR will supply Stellantis, the company that combined PSA Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler, with up to 25,000 metric tons per year of lithium hydroxide over the 10-year term of the agreement.
    CTR will produce battery-grade lithium hydroxide and lithium carbonate along with geothermal energy in California with a resource production capacity in excess of 300,000 metric tons per year.
    In November, Stellantis announced that it secured a five-year supply of battery-grade lithium hydroxide in Europe to support its plans to convert to 98% electrified vehicles by 2025.

6/3/2022 Britain, Netherlands approve new North Sea gas projects
    British regulators gave final approval Wednesday to develop a new North Sea gas field, while the Dutch government announced that it has issued permits for a joint gas exploration project with Germany.
    Britain’s business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said UK regulators approved the Jackdaw gas field being developed by Shell.
    Separately, the Netherlands issued permits for a new gas field off its North Sea coast on the border with Germany.    The Dutch government said permission from German authorities to drill for gas in the region was still pending.
    European nations are scrambling to tap new sources of natural gas to wean themselves off supplies from Russia, but environmentalists have criticized the decision to invest in fossil fuels.
From wire reports

6/3/2022 House’s Jan. 6 committee sets primetime hearing to go public with findings by Farnoush Amiri, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., center, flanked by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., left, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.,
makes a statement as the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol convenes in March.
The committee will go public with its findings in a hearing next week. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP, FILE
    WASHINGTON – The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol will go public with its findings in a primetime hearing next week, the start of what lawmaker’s hope will be a high-profile airing of the causes and consequences of the domestic attack on the U.S. government.
    Lawmakers plan to hold a series of hearings in June that they promise will lay out, step-by-step, how former President Donald     Trump and his allies worked feverishly to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election, spreading lies about widespread voter fraud – widely debunked by judges and his own administration – that fueled a violent assault on the seat of democracy.
    The six hearings, set to begin June 9 and expected to last until late June, will be the first time the committee discloses “previously unseen material” about what it has discovered in the course of a sprawling 10-month investigation.
    The committee, which has called Jan. 6 “one of the darkest days of our democracy,” was formed in the aftermath to “investigate the facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.”
    Unlike any other congressional committees in recent times, the panel’s work has been both highly anticipated by Democrats and routinely criticized by Trump and the former president’s allies who complain it is partisan.
    More than 1,000 people have been interviewed by the panel, and only brief snippets of that testimony have been revealed to the public, mostly through court filings.    The hearings are expected to showcase a series of witnesses but the committee has not yet publicly released the names.

6/3/2022 Energy Secy Sees Silver Lining In High Gas Prices by OAN NEWSROOM
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks during a press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    A representative of the Biden administration gave an update on its so-called Green Agenda.    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (D) claimed high gas prices will justify a transition into supposedly clean energy.    On Thursday, Granholm spoke at the Hillsborough River dam in Tampa to promote hydroelectric energy.    During her speech, the former Michigan Governor laid out the Biden administration’s plan to replace fossil fuel.
    “We’re going to get to this clean energy economy,” Granholm declared.    “One hydroelectric project, one solar panel, one wind turbine, one geo thermal project, one advanced nuclear reactor, one electric vehicle, one battery at a time.”
    However, the US relies on fossil fuels for more than 80 percent of its energy consumption.    Granholm acknowledged that Americans are paying exorbitant gas prices and are unlikely to see much relief by the end of the year.
    “The Department of Energy has a energy information administration,” the secretary voiced.    “Which is an objective entity that does analysis projecting the prices of gasoline.    They said that things might stabilize by the end of this year, but the price of gas is likely to remain above four dollars a gallon.”
    Americans saw a 53 percent increase in gas prices over Memorial Day weekend compared to last year.    The national average for a gallon of gasoline surpassed $4.60 that week, with motorists in downtown Los Angeles seeing pump prices of more than $8 per gallon.    Rather than increasing fuel supply, the White House has stifled domestic oil drilling and production.
    Joe Biden used an executive order to effectively cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office.    More recently, he cancelled the sales of drilling leases in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.    Secretary Granholm believes the price Americans are paying today will pay off in the form of a so-called green energy future.
    “Ultimately, this price hike that we are seeing globally will likely remain high,” she said.    “We want to make sure that at the same time that we are calling upon an increase in supply, that we are also accelerating our future to clean energy solution.”
    Biden expressed less apprehension towards foreign oil. He is visiting the kingdom of Saudi Arabia after it agreed to increase production.

6/3/2022 Pain At The Pump: National Average Gas Hits $4.76 by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE— High gas prices are shown in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
    Gas prices hit another record high under the Biden administration.    According to AAA, the national average price per gallon of gas has risen to $4.76.    This is up from $4.72 on Thursday.    Gas prices were about $4.60 a week ago.
    GOP lawmakers demanded answers regarding the Department of Energy’s plan to backfill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a letter addressed to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.    The letter came after officials released a record setting amount of oil from the reserve, in hopes to bring down record high gas prices.
    On Thursday, Repbulican’s accused the White House of draining the nation’s strategic reserves as a “stopgap measure” that did little to combat high gasoline prices.
    “The American people deserve to know more about DOE’s plan to backfill the SPR,” said the letter signed by Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.    “The SPR is intended for emergency supply chain disruptions, not as a stopgap to make up for the Biden administration’s war on domestic energy.”
    President Biden has tapped the nation’s strategic oil reserves, yet fuel costs continue to rise causing more pain at the pump for drivers across the nation.

6/3/2022 Gunman Kills 2 Iowa State Univ. Students Before Turning The Gun On Himself by OAN NEWSROOM
People pray at the CrossRoad Baptist Church parking lot after a shooting at Cornerstone Church
in Ames, Iowa, U.S. June 2, 2022. Nirmalendu Majumdar/USA Today Network via REUTERS
    On Thursday night, a lone gunman killed himself after fatally shooting two women at the Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa.
    During a press conference Friday morning, the Story County Sheriff’s Office identified the two women killed in the shooting as 22-year-old Eden Moriah Montang and 21-year-old Vivian Renee Flores.    The women were both Iowa State University students.
    Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald later named 33-year-old Boone, Iowa resident Johnathan Lee Whitlatch as the shooter.    Reports indicated Whitlatch had gone to the church as a result of a domestic dispute with one of the victims.    The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after firing multiple rounds from a nine-millimeter handgun in the church’s parking lot.
    “This shooting is a result of a domestic situation between the shooter and Eden montang,” claimed Fitzgerald.    “The shooting is classified as a targeted act of violence.”
    The women reportedly attended a college bible study at the church when Whitlatch drove up and began arguing with Montang.    He then fired multiple shots at her and the two women accompanying her.    Montang and Flores were struck multiple times, while the third woman was not hit.    Emergency responders provided aid to all three at the scene but were unsuccessful.
    Fitzgerald later noted that Whitlatch had been arrested earlier in the week and charged with harassment and impersonating a public official.    His arrest was in connection with another incident that involved Montang on Tuesday.    The two previously dated and recently broke up.
    Further investigation revealed he purchased the ammunition just an hour before the shooting.    Authorities are now asking for privacy for everyone involved.

6/3/2022 Police Reveal Motive Behind Okla. Hospital Shooting by OAN NEWSROOM
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 27: Crime scene tape is stretched around the front of a home where a man was
shot on May 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Police in Oklahoma revealed there was intent behind the fatal shooting in Tulsa.    On Thursday, Tulsa PD confirmed the target of the deadly shooting was Dr. Preston Phillips at Saint Francis hospital.
    “At 4:52 p.m. on June 1 a third party who was on a video chat off location with an on-location doctor called 911,” said Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin.    “The doctor told her to call 911 saying there had been a shooting.”
    A letter recovered on the gunman identified as Michael Louis made it clear he came to the hospital with the intent to kill.    Phillips performed back surgery on the gunman on May 19 and he was seeking additional help for ongoing pain.
    After continuously asking for help, police say the gunman blamed him for his suffering.    The gunman purchased a semi-automatic handgun at a local pawn shop on May 29 and a AR-15 style rifle on June 1, just hours before entering the hospital.    Police received multiple calls of a shooter and quickly responded to the scene.
    “As officers were calling out Tulsa Police and advancing towards the suspect’s location, they heard a gunshot,” stated Franklin.    “We believe that was the final gun shot with the suspect taking his own life.”
    A total of four people were killed, Dr. Phillips, Dr. Stephani Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn, as well as a patient William Love.
    The mayor of Tulsa spoke with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R).    He voiced flags statewide will be lowered to half-staff until sundown on June 5 in honor of the four victims killed.

6/3/2022 Ohio Takes Step Toward Hardening Security At Schools by OAN NEWSROOM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses proposals to improve school safety in the state following this week’s massacre of 19 children
and two teachers in a Texas elementary school, on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)
    Schools in Ohio may be a bit safer in the near future as the state legislature passes a bill allowing school employees to arm themselves with 24 hours of intense training.
    The Ohio Senate passed House Bill 99 on Wednesday.    Critics argued the bill sends the wrong message to children in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Texas.    Proponents said it would give schools an option to protect America’s children.
    “Last week I called on the General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow local school districts to designate armed staff for school security and safety,” said Ohio Governor Mike Dewine (R).    “My office worked with the General Assembly to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum irrelevant to school safety to ensure training requirements were specific to a school environment and contained significant scenario-based training.    House Bill 99 accomplishes these goals and I thank the General Assembly for passing this bill to protect Ohio children and teachers. I look forward to signing this important legislation.”
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle made their cases in support or opposition to the bill.    Many Republicans said now more than ever it is time to act.
    “Our teachers didn’t sign up for this job to be sharpshooters,” voiced Michelle Mueller, a member of a gun safety group called Moms Demand Action.    “They will tell you in their own voice.    They are there to educate our children.”
    Others pointed to the fact that after major tragedies or threats, security has been boosted where those events took place but not in schools.    The training would include how to stop an active shooter, how to de-escalate a violent situation, trauma and first-aid care, at least four hours in scenario-based or simulated training exercises and a completion of tactical live firearms training.
    “More guns in schools only increases the access that students have to guns,” high school student Katherine Hiland stated.    “I would know best, I’m a teenager.    We get up to a lot of trouble even when we don’t mean to.”
    Slight changes made in the senate mean the bill will now head back to the House for a final vote.    It will then be sent to Dewine’s desk to be signed.    If signed, each school district will be able to decide if their staff can carry firearms and schools will be able to require more training if they find it necessary.

6/3/2022 House Judiciary Committee Debates Gun Control Legislation by OAN NEWSROOM
From left, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., confer as the House Judiciary Committee
holds an emergency meeting to advance a series of Democratic gun control measures, called the Protecting Our Kids Act, in
response to mass shootings in Texas and New York, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation seeking to further gun control in the wake of several mass shootings across the nation.    On Thursday, the Democrat-led House panel met for an emergency session to discuss a package of measures called the Protecting Our Kids Act.
    Despite Republican lawmakers concerns that Democrats are politicizing mass shootings, committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) emphasized lawmakers must act swiftly.
    “You say it’s too soon to take action, that we are politicizing these tragedies to enact new policies,” he stated.    “It has been 23 years since Columbine, 15 years since Virginia Tech, 10 years since Sandy Hook, seven years since Charleston, four years since Parkland and Santa Fe and the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.    It has been three years since El Paso.    It has been a week since we learned again that gun violence can reach any of our children and grandchildren at any time.
    Republicans on the panel argued it’s too soon.    Specifically, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) emphasized protecting children is not a Republican or Democrat issue.
    Meanwhile, GOP congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called consideration of gun control legislation at this time “irresponsible.”    He also said Democrats “have no idea” if the bill they are pushing would actually be effective.
    “It is reflexive and it is irresponsible to consider bills while we’re still trying to figure out what happened in some of these circumstances that you suggest animated the need for this hearing,” said the Florida Republican.    “The chairman referenced Uvalde in the first moments of this hearing, but yet we’re still deciphering key elements of the law enforcement response of the physical plant of points of intrusion.”
    The legislation would raise the aged for buying a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21-years-old and allow states to crack down on gun trafficking.    It would also ban high-capacity ammunition magazines and the sale of ghost gun kits as well as require a firearms safe storage.
    In the meantime, as the debate in the House continues, the legislation faces a tougher path in the Senate as the bill will need at least 10 Republican votes in the upper chamber to move forward.

6/3/2022 Gov. DeSantis Touts Importance Of Fathers, Pushes Pro-Family Legislation by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at Miami’s Freedom Tower, on Monday, May 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) had a message for fathers as fatherhood awareness month kicked off.    He declared society is in dire need of present, engaged and loving fathers.
    During an exclusive interview with the podcast “Solving the Fatherless Crisis,” DeSantis said the key to solving social problems in America starts at home.    According to DeSantis, more than 18 million children do not have a father figure.
    “If every kid in America had a loving father in the home, we would have far fewer things we would have to deal with as a society,” said DeSantis.
    The governor has three children with his wife Casey.    He claimed that building a family changed his perspective on life and opened his eyes to challenges parents face.
    “I think meeting my wife really changed my life, based off where I was going,” he stated.    “Having the first child is really another one of those life altering experiences.    It changes your perspective on life. Your living now to be able to raise these kids right.    What I’m doing is trying to make sure we leave them a better world, a better state, a better country.”
    At a press conference last April, DeSantis signed groundbreaking legislation, which allocated $70 million to support involved fatherhood in Florida.
    “If you look over the last many decades, one of the worst social trends has been the decline of fatherhood,” the governor voiced.    “We have a fatherhood crisis in this country.    The fact of the matter is when you take kids that do not have a father present during their upbringing, the chances of them dropping out of school, getting involved with trouble with the law and having other issues increases dramatically.”
    According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, a loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities.    Additionally, studies suggest that children with present fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, show empathy and avoid criminal activity.

6/3/2022 Oil up $2.85 to $120.39, DOW down 349 to 32,899.

6/4/2022 National gas prices have doubled since Biden took office by Timothy Nerozzi – FOX News
© Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
    National gas price average could hit $5 in a few weeks, expert says Gas prices have more than doubled under President Biden's administration.
    Since Biden took office in January 2021, the price for a gallon of gas has doubled.
    On Jan. 20, 2021, the average price for a gallon of gas nationwide was approximately $2.39.    As of Saturday, the price for a gallon of gas has skyrocketed to $4.81, up five cents from Friday, according to AAA.
    The White House this week cheered an OPEC decision to boost supply and has tapped the Strategic Petroleum Reserve while criticizing U.S. energy companies for not increasing production.
    Republicans have used the ongoing, unprecedented rise in gas prices and inflation as an effective cudgel against the Biden administration.
    "Joe Biden’s war on American energy has forced families across the country to empty their wallets to fill their tanks," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News in a statement.    "Unfortunately, Biden is doubling-down on his disastrous agenda because he’s not the one paying the price – the American people are."
    It's becoming even more likely that the national average will reach $5 per gallon and that could hit as soon as June 17, Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, projected.
    The White House Tuesday declined to say Biden's policies are responsible for the high inflation that has materialized under his watch.
© REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Gas prices grow along with inflation as this sign at
a gas station shows in San Diego, California, November, 9, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
    "His policies has helped the economy get back on its feet.    That's what his policy has, his policies has done," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in response to a question from Fox News' Peter Doocy about if Biden takes any responsibility for inflation.    "When we talk about the gas prices right now, this is indeed Putin's gas hike… We have seen about 60% increase in the past several months because of the amassing and his invasion of Ukraine."
    In a press conference Friday, Biden admitted Americans don’t really care why gas prices are so high, they just want them to go down.
    Fox News' Kristen Altus contributed to this report.

6/4/2022 No Oil or DOW info.

6/5/2022 Abbott restarts baby formula plant by Matthew Perrone, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Abbott Nutrition has restarted production at the Michigan baby formula factory that has been closed for months because of contamination, the company said Saturday, taking a step toward easing a nationwide supply shortage expected to persist into the summer.     The February shutdown of the largest formula factory in the country led to the supply problems that have forced some parents to seek formula from food banks, friends and doctor’s offices.     Abbott said it initially will prioritize production of its EleCare specialty formulas for infants with severe food allergies and digestive problems who have few other options for nutrition.    The company said it will take about three weeks before new formula from the plant begins showing up on store shelves.
    The plant’s reopening is one of several federal actions that are expected to improve supplies in the weeks ahead.    President Joe Biden’s administration has eased import rules for foreign manufacturers, airlifted formula from Europe and invoked federal emergency rules to prioritize U.S. production.
    Abbott closed the Sturgis, Michigan, factory in February after the Food and Drug Administration began investigating four bacterial infections among infants who consumed powdered formula from the plant.    Two of the babies died.    The company continues to state that its products have not been directly linked to the infections, which involved different bacterial strains.
    FDA inspectors eventually uncovered a host of violations at the plant, including bacterial contamination, a leaky roof and lax safety protocols.
    The FDA has faced intense scrutiny for taking months to close the plant and then negotiate its reopening.    Agency leaders recently told Congress they had to enter a legally binding agreement with Abbott to assure all the problems were fixed.
    Abbott’s February recall of several leading brands, including Similac, squeezed supplies that had already been strained by supply chain disruptions and stockpiling during COVID-19 shutdowns.
    The shortage has been most dire for children with allergies, digestive problems and metabolic disorders who rely on specialty formulas.    The Abbott factory is the only source of many of those products, providing nutrition to about 5,000 U.S. babies, according to federal officials.
    Abbott is one of just four companies that produce about 90% of U.S. formula.    The company’s recalls and shutdown triggered a cascade of effects: Retailers have limited customer purchasing to conserve supplies and parents have been told to switch brands to whatever formula is in stock.
    FDA Commissioner Robert Califf recently told lawmakers it could be about two months before formula supplies return to normal levels.    The agency has waived many of its regulatory requirements to accept more formula from the United Kingdom, Australia and other nations.
    U.S. manufacturers, including Reckitt and Gerber, have also stepped-up production, running plants 24/7 and sourcing more formula from alternate facilities.
Abbott Nutrition has restarted production at the baby formula factory

6/5/2022 US agencies review misses on Ukraine - Will look at the will and ability of foreign governments to fight by Nomaan Merchant and Matthew Lee, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A man carries water in front of an apartment building damaged in an
overnight missile strike Tuesday in Sloviansk, Ukraine. Francisco Seco/AP file
    WASHINGTON – The question was posed in a private briefing to U.S. intelligence officials’ weeks before Russia launched its invasion in late February: Was Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, made in the mold of Britain’s Winston Churchill or Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani?
    In other words, would Zelenskyy lead a historic resistance or flee while his government collapsed?
    Ultimately, U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Zelenskyy and Ukraine while overestimating Russia and its president, even as they accurately predicted Vladimir Putin would order an invasion.
    But Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, did not fall in a few days, as the United States had expected.    And while American spy agencies have been credited with supporting Ukraine’s resistance, they now face bipartisan pressure to review what they got wrong beforehand – especially after their mistakes in judging Afghanistan last year.
    Intelligence officials have begun a review of how their agencies judge the will and ability of foreign governments to fight.    The review is taking place while U.S. intelligence continues to have a critical role in Ukraine and as the White House ramps up weapons deliveries and support to Ukraine, trying to predict what Putin might see as escalatory and seeking to avoid a direct war with Russia.
    President Joe Biden’s administration announced it would give Ukraine a small number of high-tech, medium-range rocket systems, a weapon that Ukraine has long wanted. Since the war began on Feb. 24, the White House has approved shipping drones, anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, and millions of rounds of ammunition.    The U.S. has lifted early restrictions on intelligence-sharing to provide information that Ukraine has used to strike critical targets, including the flagship of the Russian navy.
    Lawmakers from both parties question whether the U.S. could have done more before Putin invaded and whether the White House held back some support due to pessimistic assessments of Ukraine.    Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, told officials at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month that 'had we had a better handle on the prediction, we could have done more to assist the Ukrainians earlier.'
    Ohio Rep. Mike Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview he thought the White House and top administration officials had projected 'their own bias on the situation in a way that lends itself to inaction.'
    The Senate Intelligence Committee sent a classified letter last month to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence asking about how intelligence agencies assessed both Ukraine and Afghanistan.    CNN first reported the letter.
    Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers in May that the National Intelligence Council would review how the agencies assess both 'will to fight' and 'capacity to fight.'    Both issues are 'quite challenging to provide effective analysis on and we’re looking at different methodologies for doing so,' Haines said.
    While there is no announced timetable on the review, which began before the committee’s letter, officials have identified some errors.    Several people familiar with prewar assessments spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.
    Despite its vast advantages, Russia failed to establish air superiority over Ukraine and failed at basic tasks such as securing its battlefield communications.    It has lost thousands of soldiers and at least eight to 10 generals, according to U.S. estimates.    Russian and Ukrainian forces are now fighting in fierce, close quarters combat in eastern Ukraine, far from the swift Russian victory forecast by the U.S. and the West.
    While Russia has entered recent proxy wars, it had not directly fought a major land war since the 1980s.    That meant many of     Russia’s projected and claimed capabilities had not been put to the test, posing a challenge for analysts to assess how Russia it would perform in a major invasion, some of the people said.    Russia’s active weapons export industry led some people to believe Moscow would have many more missile systems and planes ready to deploy.
    Russia has not used chemical or biological weapons, as the U.S. publicly warned it might.    One official noted that the U.S. had 'very strong concerns' about a chemical attack, but that Russia may have decided that would cause too much global opposition.    Fears that Russia would use a wave of cyberattacks against Ukraine and allies have not materialized so far.
    Other Russian problems were well-known, including low troop morale, a prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse among troops, and the lack of a noncommissioned officer corps to oversee forces and deliver instructions from commanders.
    'We knew all of those things existed,' said retired Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.    'But it just became a cascading effect of how overwhelming all of that became when they tried to do even the most simple of operations.'
    Sue Gordon, the former principal deputy director of national intelligence, said analysts may have relied too much on counting Russia’s inventory of military and cyber tools.
    Zelenskyy has received worldwide acclaim for refusing to flee as Russia sent teams to try to capture or kill him. Britain’s Churchill, throughout the yearlong blitz of London by German aircraft during World War II, often watched the bombing raids from rooftops and he made special effort to walk the streets in places where thousands were killed.
    In contrast, Afghanistan’s Ghani slipped out of his country on a Sunday last August, lonely and isolated, a few months after America’s top diplomat had urged him to forge a united stand as the American military pullout neared.    Ghani did not even tell other political leaders who had been negotiating a peaceful transition of power with the Taliban that he was heading for the exit.    His sudden and secret departure left Kabul, the capital, rudderless as U.S. and NATO forces were in the final stages of their chaotic withdrawal from the country after 20 years.

6/5/2022 Shootings expose religious divisions - Differences on abortion, gun rights are stark by Deepa Bharath and Holly Meyer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    After a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, several pastors around the country challenged their conservative counterparts with this question: Are you pro-life if you are pro-gun?
    One of those faith leaders is the Rev. Steven Marsh, senior pastor of Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California.    That’s where a gunman, who officials say was fueled by hate against Taiwan, opened fire on May 15 at a luncheon organized by members of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, killing one and injuring five others.
    “I’ve heard people tell me I’m not Christian because I’m pro-choice,” Marsh said.    “I ask those people: How can you be pro-life and not support getting rid of assault rifles?    You can’t pick and choose where you want to be pro-life.”
    Marsh’s emotional statement is a vignette in the larger narrative of a nation divided on how – or if – guns should be regulated. The faith community is not monolithic on this issue.
    People of faith who are tired of years of failed gun control efforts and grieving the latest mass shooting victims are pointing out what they say is hypocrisy – conservative Christians pushing to abolish abortion and grant unfettered access to guns.    Those who disagree contend the real problem is sin and soft targets. It’s not guns, but the “evil” in people and abortions that kill, they say.
    These entrenched, partisan divisions in the U.S. on abortion and gun rights are stark after high-profile massacres in New York, California, Texas and elsewhere as the country awaits a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion.
    According to 2017 Pew Research Center data analyzed for Christianity Today, 41% of white evangelicals own a gun compared to 30% of Americans overall – the highest share of any religious group.    The survey also shows 74% of all gun owners in the U.S. agree that their right to gun ownership is essential to their freedom.    Most states allow firearms in places of worship.
    Christian author and activist Shane Claiborne disputes the notion that the U.S. has a sin problem, but not a gun problem; he says it has both.    Claiborne recently went to Uvalde to support victims, and to Houston to pray and protest at the National Rifle Association’s convention held after the massacre.
    He passed out tracts asserting “We can’t be pro-life and ignore gun violence” and asking “Will we choose the gun or the cross?” Claiborne said he was among those asked to leave the NRA’s Sunday prayer breakfast after disrupting the program to call for prayer for the Uvalde victims.
    Claiborne wants to see laws change, including policies to raise the age of gun ownership, limit magazine capacity, ban assault-style weapons and mandate training.    He said laws can’t make people love each other, but they can make it more difficult to take a life.
    “We want to make it harder for folks to kill other people, and we’re making it really easy right now,” Claiborne said.
    Conservative pastors have said mass shootings and other social harms are the result of an overall degradation in moral values and disregard for human life.
    Pastor Tim Lee, an evangelist and a former U.S. Marine who lost both legs during the Vietnam War, was one of the featured speakers at the NRA prayer breakfast that Claiborne and others were asked to leave.
    After the Uvalde shooting, Lee posted on his Facebook page: “This is so heartbreaking.    I have said it so many times – When kids hear adults say that it’s OK to kill babies (abortion) then all respect for human lives is gone.”
    The gun debate is deeply personal for the Rev. Chineta Goodjoin.    Her best friend, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of nine people shot and killed by Dylann Roof in June 2015 as they sat in prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
    Goodjoin, who leads New Hope Presbyterian Church in Anaheim, California, said people of faith must rise up in “righteous anger” to demand common- sense gun regulation. When massacres occur in community spaces like churches, schools and supermarkets, it tests an entire community’s resiliency, she said.
    “How can you teach in schools when people are traumatized by gun violence?” she said.    “When a church is no longer a safe space, do I work to enhance security or enhance people’s faith?    The impact is like an epidemic that touches every fiber of our being.”
    But others, like the Rev. Russ Tenhoff, say it is simply not possible to “legislate safety.”
    “There are plenty of laws, but people who are lawless don’t obey them,” said Tenhoff, lead pastor of Mountainside Community     Fellowship in Kingwood, West Virginia.    “Murders are going to happen even without firearms.    We’re never going to be able to prevent gun violence.”
    As a firearms safety officer who trains adults and children, Tenhoff says the solution is to “harden the schools,” which have become soft targets.
    “We need to put one-way locks on schools, have metal detectors and an armed officer in every school,” he said.
    For a Catholic pastor in Newtown, Connecticut, who a decade ago experienced the grief that now envelops Uvalde, the lack of political will to enact gun legislation is unfathomable.
    Monsignor Robert Weiss, who leads the St. Rose of Lima parish, presided over the funeral of eight victims who were murdered in Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.    He held an evening Mass in his church the day after the Texas shooting.
    “I guess I was a fool to think Sandy Hook was going to change the world,” he said in a video of the service.    Weiss also questioned the consequences of individualism in America.
    “Is that what our forefathers intended for us?” he asked.    “To live in a country where unborn babies are aborted, where children are murdered in school where they should be safe, where you can’t even go to a grocery store or to a church or to a library and feel like you’ll be OK?
    Pastor Mike McBride, who leads The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, California, said those on different sides of the gun issue must find common concerns to unite around and work on solutions together.
    McBride says many who are pro-gun are also worried about accidental gun deaths, intimate partner violence and suicides.
    “Those shared concerns can be addressed with targeted strategies that don’t keep us bogged down in the Second Amendment fight,” he said.
    McBride suggests having listening campaigns across church groups and neighborhoods – a “peace infrastructure” to combat violence.
    Marsh, the Laguna Woods pastor, says the shooting in his church and other recent massacres have inspired him to have “more serious conversations about this issue” in his community.    He would like to see diverse faith communities organize marches in local seats of government to push legislators to act.
    “Enough is enough,” he said.    “We need to stop using Christianity as a veneer to deny reality.”
A group prays next to a cross at the site of a memorial for the victims of the Buffalo supermarket
shooting outside the Tops Friendly Market on May 21 in Buffalo, N.Y. JOSHUA BESSEX/AP FILE

6/5/2022 Woke LA District Attorney strikes out in California court by Opinion by Washington Examiner
As a matter of both law and good policy, the California State Court of Appeals well served the public by ruling on Thursday that left-wing Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon actually must do his job.
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    Gascon, one of a bevy of district attorneys elected with financial support from radical financier George Soros or his affiliates, is turning Los Angeles into a crime-infested danger zone, with homicides at a 15-year high.    This matches the experience of most Soros DAs and those who adopt similar policies, with murder rates or violent crime rates likewise rising in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago, and elsewhere.
    All these prosecutors openly boast that their goal is to cut incarceration numbers and sentence lengths in the name of mercy and equity.”
    Never mind the lack of mercy for the victims of the increase in crime that naturally follows from letting hardened offenders walk free.
    At issue for the California appeals court was a “special directive” announced by Gascon ordering deputy district attorneys not to follow the state’s “three strikes” law that mandates a prison sentence of 25 years to life for someone convicted of a third serious or violent felony.    Californians enacted the law by a statewide referendum with the unambiguous language that the sentence "shall be" imprisonment for at least 25 years and that prosecutors "shall plead and prove all known prior serious or violent felony convictions."    Nonetheless, directly and openly flouting that law, Gascon ordered a blanket policy of refusing to enter the prior convictions into the record.
    When sued by the county’s Association of Deputy District Attorneys, Gascon made two arguments.    He claimed the law violated his discretionary powers as a member of the executive branch of government and thus violated the separation of powers.    He also argued, as a policy matter, that the reason he wanted discretion was that “there is no compelling evidence” that longer sentences “improved public safety,” but that they have “contributed to prison overcrowding … [and] exacerbated disparities in the justice system.”
    The California appeals court made mincemeat of the constitutional separation-of-powers argument.    It did so on the basis of California law, but its reasoning should apply nationwide.    Amid a much lengthier (and entirely convincing) discussion of the issue, the court wrote that the district attorney “is an elected official who must comply with the law, not a sovereign with absolute, unreviewable discretion.”
    This is a lesson all U.S. governmental executives, from mayors up to the president, must heed: If a constitutionally passed law says “shall” or “must,” an executive cannot ignore it.
    Gascon isn’t simply wrong about his legal duties, though.    His policy choices are catastrophic as well, and his claims about the worthlessness of tough sentencing are ludicrous.
    For the quarter-century before California voters enacted the three-strikes law in 1994, the rate of violent and property crimes exceeded 5,000 per 100,000 California residents.    It cannot be entirely a coincidence that the rate then dropped precipitously, to just 3,000, within five years and had dropped to near 2,000 by the time Gascon took office.    Almost immediately upon his election, that good trend reversed.
    A comprehensive 2008 Santa Clara University study, even after controlling for pre-existing crime trends and economic, demographic, and policy factors, found that although there is considerable legitimate debate about the financial costs versus its benefits, “the presence of a Three Strikes law appears to be associated with slightly but significantly faster rates of decline in robbery, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft nationwide.”
    “Only a tiny fraction, as low as 1% of the population, commit most crime, especially violent offenses,” said Sean Kennedy, a California native who is a renowned crime policy analyst and visiting fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute.    “Critically, criminals often escalate the seriousness of their offenses toward acts of violence over their criminal careers until they are ‘incapacitated’ or imprisoned for lengthy terms.”
    Gascon and his fellow Soros DAs are wrong about their legal obligations and tragically wrong in their policy choices.    Courts should rein them in, and voters should evict them.

6/5/2022 Poll: Nearly Three-Quarters of Americans Disapprove of Biden’s Handling of Inflation by Caroline Downey - National Review
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    Over 70 percent of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of soaring inflation and gas prices, indicating that economic security remains a high priority for the voting population.
    As of June 3-4, 71 percent said they are unsatisfied with Biden’s efforts to curb inflation and 72 percent said the same for gas prices specifically, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.    Meanwhile, 28 percent say they are content with Biden’s management of the inflation crisis.
    Thirty-seven percent said they approve of the president’s handling of the economic recovery following the Covid-19 downturn, although that number represents a sharp drop of 16 percent from July 2021, when 53 percent approved of Biden’s performance on economic recovery.
    Fifty-one percent of respondents reported that inflation and the economy will be “extremely important” in influencing their voting behavior in the 2022 midterm elections.    Asked to rank key issues in terms of personal importance issues inflation and the economy received the highest percentages for “extremely important,” beating out the Ukraine conflict, the pandemic, and abortion.
    Twenty-one percent of respondents said that inflation would be the “single most important issue” impacting their midterm vote, while 19 percent said the same of the economy, making those issues the top two highest rated in terms of importance, respectively.    The poll surveyed a nationally collected sample of 542 adults from June 3 to June 4.
    Biden’s approval rating has been sinking for months, dropping to the lowest level of his presidency in late May at 39 percent.    Satisfaction with his leadership has been declining for the last year of his tenure in office, according to a recent poll conducted by the Associated Press and National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (AP-NORC).
    While many issues have plagued the Biden administration, economic uncertainty and dwindling consumer purchasing power seem to be contributing most to Americans’ negative outlook for the country.
    As of mid-May, just 16 percent of voters said the country is headed in the right direction while 75 percent of voters said it is headed down the wrong track, a NBC News poll showed.

6/5/2022 Schiff calls DOJ decision not to charge 2 Trump aides "deeply troubling" by Melissa Quinn – CBS News
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    Washington — Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, harshly criticized a decision by the Justice Department not to prosecute two top aides to former President Donald Trump for defying congressional subpoenas, calling the move "deeply troubling."
    In an interview with "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Schiff said it was "puzzling" that the Justice Department declined to charge former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino for refusing to cooperate with House investigators, but did indict former White House adviser Peter Navarro and Trump ally Steve Bannon.
    "There is no absolute immunity.    These witnesses have very relevant testimony to offer in terms of what went into the violence of Jan. 6, the propagation of the big lie," Schiff said.    "The idea that witnesses could simply fail to show up, and when the statute requires the Justice Department to present those cases to the grand jury, they don't, is deeply troubling."
Schiff calls DOJ decision not to charge 2 Trump aides "deeply troubling"
    Schiff said the select committee hopes to learn more from the Justice Department regarding Meadows and Scavino, but said it's a "grave disappointment, and could impede our work if other witnesses think they can, likewise, refuse to show up with impunity."
    Meadows, Scavino, Navarro and Bannon were all summoned to appear before House investigators as part of its examination of the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack, though all four refused to comply with subpoenas for testimony.    As a result of their decision not to cooperate, the full House voted to hold all four in criminal contempt of Congress.
    While Navarro and Bannon outright refused cooperation with the select committee, Meadows and Scavino engaged in negotiations with committee lawyers.    Meadows turned over 9,000 pages of emails and text messages to the panel before he stopped cooperating.
    Schiff said the two aides, who worked closely with Trump and were involved in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, can testify before the committee with no "plausible claim" of executive privilege, as they both were involved in campaign issues and have records they could turn over to investigators.
    "None of this is protected by privilege, and the idea that you can simply refuse to show up rather than show up and say, 'As to this question, I'm going to exert a privilege,' that just invites others to be in contempt of Congress or be in contempt of judges around the country, in other courtrooms, and I think it's a very dangerous precedent to set," he warned.
    Nearly a year into its investigation into the events of Jan. 6 and Trump's efforts to thwart the presidential transfer of power by claiming the 2002 election was rife with voter fraud, the select committee is poised to present its findings to the American people, beginning with a public hearing in primetime on Thursday.
    The panel said during the proceedings, they will "present previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony, preview additional hearings, and provide the American people a summary of its findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power."
    This week's hearing will be the first of nine, and Schiff said the goal of committee members is to "present the narrative of what happened in this country, how close we came to losing our democracy, what led to that violent attack on the 6th."
    "The American people, I think, know a great deal already.    They've seen a number of bombshells already.    There's a great deal they haven't seen," he said.    "But perhaps most important is the public hasn't seen it woven together, how one thing led to another, how one line of effort to overturn the election led to another and ultimately led to terrible violence, the first non-peaceful transfer of power in our history."
    While he would not comment on specific witnesses who will testify before committee members, namely Marc Short, former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, Schiff said one of the "themes" the panel is examining is the fact there was an understanding of the propensity for violence on Jan. 6, given the participation of far-right extremist groups and the continued spreading of the so-called "big lie" — that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump — to rile up the former president's supporters.
    The New York Times first reported and CBS News confirmed that the day before the Jan. 6 attack, Short warned the Secret Service that there could be a potential threat to the vice president.

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6/6/2022 Biden scrambles to avoid Summit flop - No-shows, political woes could take center stage by Elliot Spagat, Joshua Goodman and Chris Megerian, ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Joe Biden, right, meets with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in November 2021.
López Obrador is atop a list of leaders threatening to stay home from this week’s Summit of Americas to protest
the United States’ exclusion of authoritarian governments from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Susan Walsh/AP file
    LOS ANGELES – When leaders gather this week in Los Angeles at the Summit of the Americas, the focus is likely to veer from common policy changes – migration, climate change and galloping inflation – and instead shift to something Hollywood thrives on: the drama of the red carpet.
    With Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador topping a list of leaders threatening to stay home to protest the United States’ exclusion of authoritarian leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, experts say the event could turn into a embarrassment for U.S. President Joe Biden.    Even some progressive Democrats have criticized the administration for bowing to pressure from exiles in the swing state of Florida and barring communist Cuba, which attended the last two summits.
    'The real question is why the Biden administration didn’t do its homework,' said Jorge Castañeda, a former Mexican foreign minister who now teaches at New York University.
    While the Biden administration insists the president in Los Angeles will outline his vision for a 'sustainable, resilient, and equitable future' for the hemisphere, Castañeda said it’s clear from the last-minute wrangling over the guest list that Latin America is not a priority for the U.S. president.
    'This ambitious agenda, no one knows exactly what it is, other than a series of bromides,' he said.
    The U.S. is hosting the summit for the first time since its launch in 1994 as part of an effort to galvanize support for a free trade agreement stretching from Alaska to Patagonia.
    But that goal was abandoned more than 15 years ago amid a rise in leftist politics in the region.    With China’s influence expanding, most nations have come to expect – and need – less from Washington.    As a result, the premier forum for regional cooperation has languished, at times turning into a stage for airing historical grievances, like when the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez at the 2009 summit in Trinidad & Tobago gave former President Barack Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s classic tract, 'The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent.'
    The U.S. opening to former Cold War adversary Cuba, which was sealed with Obama’s handshake with former President Raul Castro at the 2015 summit in Panama, lowered some of the ideological tensions.
    'It’s a huge missed opportunity,' Ben Rhodes, who led the Cuba thaw as deputy national security advisor in the Obama administration, said recently in his 'Pod Save the World' podcast.    'We are isolating ourselves by taking that step because you’ve got Mexico, you’ve got Caribbean countries saying they’re not going to come – which is only going to make Cuba look stronger than us.'
    To bolster turnout and avert a flop, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been working the phones in recent days, speaking with the leaders of Argentina and Honduras, both of whom initially expressed support for Mexico’s proposed boycott.    Former Sen. Christopher Dodd has also crisscrossed the region as a special adviser for the summit, in the process convincing far right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump but hasn’t spoken to Biden, to belatedly confirm his attendance.
    Ironically, the decision to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela wasn’t the whim of the U.S. alone.    The region’s governments in 2001, in Quebec City, declared that any break with democratic order is an 'insurmountable obstacle' to future participation in the summit process.
    The governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela aren’t even active members of the Washington-based Organization of the American States, which organizes the summit.
    'This should’ve been a talking point from the beginning,' said former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon, who in a long diplomatic career attended several summits.    'It’s not a U.S. imposition.     It was consensual.    If leaders want to change that, then we should have a conversation first.'
    After the last summit in Peru in 2018, which Trump didn’t even bother to attend, many predicted there was no future for the regional gathering. In response to Trump’s historic pullout, only 17 of the region’s 35 heads of state attended.    Few saw value in bringing together for a photo op leaders from such dissimilar places as aid-dependent Haiti, industrial powerhouses Mexico and Brazil and violence-plagued Central America – each with their own unique challenges and bilateral agenda with Washington.
    'As long as we don’t speak with a single voice, no one is going to listen to us,' said former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, who also faults Mexico and Brazil – the region’s two economic powers – for the current drift in hemispheric relations.    'With a cacophony of voices, it is much more difficult to find our place in the world.'
    To the surprise of many, the U.S. in early 2019 picked up the ball, offering to host the summit.    At the time, the Trump administration was enjoying something of a leadership renaissance in Latin America, albeit among mostly similar-minded conservative governments around the narrow issue of restoring democracy in Venezuela.
    But that goodwill unraveled as Trump floated the idea of invading Venezuela to remove Nicolás Maduro – a threat recalling the worst excesses of the Cold War.    Then the pandemic hit, taking a devastating human and economic toll on a region that accounted for more than a quarter of the world’s COVID-19 deaths despite making up only 8% of the population.    The region’s politics were upended.
    The election of Biden, who was Obama’s point man for Latin America and had decades of hands-on experience in the region from his time on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, set expectations for a relaunch.    But as popular angst spread during the pandemic, the Biden administration was slow to match the vaccine diplomacy of Russia and China, although it did eventually provide 70million doses to the hemisphere.

6/6/2022 Inflation leaving some in financial struggle - While wealthiest in US splurge, poorest pull back by Anne D’Innocenzio and Christopher Rugaber, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A confluence of factors – the expiration of federal stimulus checks and surging inflation
on staples like gas and food – are driving some to take advantage of community services,
such as food banks, on a more frequent basis. PROVIDED BY NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOD BANK VIA AP
    NEW YORK – Americans at the low end of the income rung are once again struggling to make ends meet.
    A confluence of factors – the expiration of federal stimulus checks and surging inflation on staples like gas and food – are driving an even bigger wedge between the haves and have-nots.
    While wealthier shoppers continue to splurge, low-income shoppers have pulled back faster than expected in the past two months.    They’re focusing on necessities while turning to cheaper items or less expensive stores.    And they’re buying only a little at a time.
    It’s a reversal from a year or so ago when low-income shoppers, flush with money from the government and buoyed by wage increases, were able to spend more freely.
    Kisha Galvan, a 44-year-old mother of eight children from ages 9 to 27, was able to stock up on groceries for the week and buy extras like clothing and shoes at Walmart for her children last year.
    But without the pandemic-related government support and inflation hovering at a near 40-year high, she is buying more canned food and depending on the local food pantry several times a week instead of once a week.
    “I shop meal to meal,” said the Rockford, Illinois, resident who has lived on disability for the past 15 years.    “Before, we didn’t have to worry about what we were going to get. We just go get it.”
    The deep divide in spending was reflected in the latest round of quarterly earnings for retailers.    At the high end of the spectrum, Nordstrom and Ralph Lauren reported stronger-than-expected sales as their well-heeled shoppers returned to pre-pandemic routines.    Lululemon also reported strong quarterly sales of its pricey athletic wear.
    But on the other end, Walmart’s customers are switching to cheaper lunch meats and half gallons of milk from full gallons.    Kohl’s, a mid-priced department store, said its customers were spending less on each visit.    And Gap slashed its annual financial outlook, specifically citing the strain from inflation at its low-price Old Navy chain.
    Both Dollar Tree and Dollar General, which historically benefit from shoppers trading down during difficult economic times, raised their sales outlooks last month.    Meanwhile, discounter Big Lots suffered steep sales declines in the latest quarter, noting cutbacks in items such as furniture.
    “We are now in a new chapter where high inflation is greatly limiting the ability of consumers to make discretionary purchases, especially of high-ticket items,” Big Lots CEO and President Bruce K. Thorn told analysts late last month.    “We know that many Americans now are once again living paycheck-to-paycheck.”
    The pullback among low-income shoppers has not affected overall spending, which is still up.    In April, the government said retail sales outpaced inflation for a fourth straight month, a reassuring sign that consumers – the primary drivers of America’s economy – are still providing vital support and helping ease concerns that a recession might be near.

6/6/2022 Jan. 6 hearings promise full story - House committee hopes people pay attention by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The House committee investigating last year’s attack on the Capitol hopes to explain what happened minute-by-minute Jan. 6, 2021, in public hearings starting Thursday, but the challenge is whether the tick-tock sets off alarms or the viewing public simply hits the snooze button.
    Court records described the debunked legal strategy behind former President Donald Trump’s effort to reject votes in closely contested states.    Texts illustrated panic about the violence among Trump’s relatives and aides, as Republican lawmakers discussed martial law.    Closed-door testimony described Trump’s inaction for hours after the Capitol was breached.
    A year and a half after the attack, the question is whether the public will stay tuned.
    “Our job is to tell the truth, it’s not to create the next Marvel movie,” said one committee member, Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.    “Our job is to organize this in a way that people understand, that we hold their attention if they’re watching, and it’s our hope that people will understand that we want to fight for democracy, that this was an attempt to thwart a peaceful transfer of power.    And that our job is to tell a story about that day.”
    Aguilar and other lawmakers on the panel said more revelations are coming.    More important, lawmakers said, the hearings will connect the dots of what is publicly known and provide a comprehensive description of what happened.
    Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., acknowledged a risk in overselling the hearings.    At Georgetown University in April, he promised they would “blow the roof off the House.”
    “Our job is to tell the truth, it’s not to create the next Marvel movie.    Our job is to organize this in a way that people understand, that we hold their attention if they’re watching.” Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.
    “I do believe that we are going to tell this story of perhaps the greatest political crime or attempted political crime in American history,” Raskin said.    “We have voluminous detail that is helping us put the whole story together.”
    Raskin said he didn’t know who leaked information about the committee’s investigation, but he argued the leaks promoted rather than dampened interest in the probe.    “They are definitely whetting the public’s appetite for the hearings because we are going to tell a far more systematic and coherent story than the narrow leaks that are getting out,” Raskin said.    “The leaks obviously contain just a small proportion of information that is out.” Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., said her goal through the hearings is to paint a thorough picture of what led up to and what happened that day.    “People have gotten information in snippets over the course of a year plus, but the fact is that we’re going to tell the story in a coherent thread through the hearings,” she said.
    The committee will present its findings Thursday to a country split over the attack and the panel itself.
    More than half the country (53%) said storming the Capitol was an attack on democracy that should never be forgotten; 44% of respondents said too much was made of the attack and it was time to move on, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released in January.
    The Quinnipiac poll found Americans supported the congressional investigation nearly 2-1 (61% to 33%), but results were starkly divided by party: 83% of Democrats backed the probe, and 60% of Republicans opposed it.
    A Pew Research Center poll conducted in the same month found nearly twothirds of Republicans (65%) said too much attention was paid to the attack, and 79% said they had little or no confidence in the fairness of the committee’s investigation.    About half of Democrats (48%) said too little attention has been paid, and about two-thirds (65%) were at least somewhat confident the investigation would be fair and reasonable.
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on May 22 that people need to understand what happened Jan. 6, 2021.
    “My worry is that everybody will retreat to their ideological corner, and so nobody will listen,” Gates said.    “I think maybe the best thing to do is just to rerun the videos.”
    Robert Gibbs, who was press secretary for President Barack Obama, told the “Hacks on Tap” podcast Tuesday Democrats could stoke interest in the midterm elections with hearings about the Capitol attack while debating gun control and abortion rights.    Gibbs said those issues might get drowned out by concerns over the scarcity of baby formula and the high price of gas.
    “You hope that energizes the base a bit more,” Gibbs said.    “But I don’t know that it’s in any way going to trump – no pun intended – gas prices or inflation.”
    The committee plans eight hearings.    A coalition of 150 advocacy groups announced Tuesday they would organize watch parties for the hearings in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
    “This is a criminal conspiracy that has been unfolding for more than a year, not just another blip in the news cycle,” Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen, said in a statement.    “It’s a top story that includes the fragility of our democracy and the ongoing threats to its integrity.”
    The first session will provide an overview for hearings that delve into specific subjects.    A final report is expected in the fall.
    “The first hearing will lay the case and talk about the path ahead to the next seven,” Aguilar said.
    One likely theme of the hearings will be Trump’s responsibility.    The Capitol attack, when 140 police officers were injured as a mob ransacked the building, temporarily halted Congress counting Electoral College votes certifying Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
    Trump argued he was fighting election fraud in challenging the results of the election, urging his supporters Jan. 6 to march on the Capitol and “fight like hell”    Rioters cited Trump’s invitation to Washington and his rally speech that day to try to justify their actions.    The Justice Department found no evidence of fraud, and several courts rejected the claims as baseless.
    The hearings will probably lack the marquee witness: Trump.    The committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said the panel doesn’t expect to call Trump because of uncertainty he would provide more information than what it’s collected.
    “I think the concern is whether or not he would add any more value with his testimony,” Thompson said.
    The committee continues discussions with former Vice President Mike Pence, who has distanced himself from Trump, though he might not be called because of cooperation from his advisers, Thompson said.
    Other witnesses likely to miss the hearings are five Republican House members who spoke with Trump or his chief of staff in the days leading up to and on Jan. 6, 2021.    The committee subpoenaed them, but each lawmaker said he would fight the investigation, which they all called partisan.
    The lawmakers are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who spoke with Trump on Jan. 6, and Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, who helped plan to bring protesters to Washington; Mo Brooks of Alabama, who spoke at Trump’s rally; Jim Jordan of Ohio, who spoke with Trump on Jan. 6; and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, who discussed replacing the attorney general with Trump’s chief of staff.
    Even without key players, the committee hopes to shine a spotlight on the three hours between Trump’s speech at 1:10 p.m. and his tweeted video urging rioters to go home at 4:17 p.m.    Live television that day showed the crowd surrounding the Capitol, battling police and breaching the building at 2:13 p.m.
    Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee’s vice chair, said Trump’s silence spoke volumes.    The panel has firsthand testimony that Trump watched the attack on television in the dining room next to the Oval Office without acting, she said.
    “While the attack was underway, President Trump knew it was happening” and “took no immediate action to stop it,” Cheney said on the House floor.    “This appears to be a supreme dereliction of duty by President Trump, and we are evaluating whether our criminal laws should be enhanced to supply additional and more severe consequences for this type of behavior.”
    Trump’s silence will be contrasted at the hearings with officials who took action.
    Pence, in his role as Senate president, refused to reject electors from contested states, as one of Trump’s lawyers, John Eastman, urged during an Oval Office meeting Jan. 4, according to court records. Eastman continued sending messages Jan. 6 to Pence’s counsel, Greg Jacob, who concluded the legal reasoning was “essentially entirely made up,” according to court records.
    Trump considered ousting acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen during his final weeks in office, to replace him with someone who would contest the election results.    Trump relented after top Justice Department officials threatened to resign as a group if Rosen were removed.
    Luria said the hearings will show who took the right action leading up to and including Jan. 6.    She said what stood out for her was Trump’s duty under a clause in the Constitution that says the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
    “It essentially says that the president has the duty to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed,” said Luria, a former Navy commander.    “To me, that is something that can be woven through all of this because the president has an explicit duty in the Constitution.”
    “We’re going to tell the story in a coherent thread through the hearings.” Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va.

6/6/2022 McCaughey: Beware Fauci’s scheme to empower World Health Organization by Betsy McCaughey – Boston Herald
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    When the next pandemic hits, President Biden wants the World Health Organization — a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party — to have more power over the U.S. and other countries.    Among other changes, WHO is pushing for “equity” in access to vaccines and medicines, meaning the U.S. will be hindered from rushing new vaccines and treatments to its own population until poor countries are supplied, never mind who develops and pays for the drugs.    Should the U.S. surrender its ability to care for its own population for the sake of global “equity”?    The answer is no.
    Anthony Fauci, Biden’s top delegate to WHO, is behind the dangerous idea of enlarging WHO’s power.    We should all vigorously oppose it
    WHO lost its credibility early in 2020, when COVID struck outside China.    WHO parroted China’s false denials about human transmission, delayed declaring a global health emergency and advised against travel restrictions — all in service to Beijing, instead of offering unbiased advice to the world?
    Georgetown University professor and globalist Lawrence Gostin said the agency and its director-general were “caught in an awfully difficult position between what science dictates and a very, very powerful country.”    Nonsense.    The morally correct course was obvious, but WHO kowtowed to China instead, jeopardizing millions of lives.
    No wonder President Donald Trump moved to sever connections with WHO.    But Biden re-engaged them on his first day as president, putting Fauci in charge of rejoining WHO.    Fauci, in turn, promised the move would produce transparency on COVID’s origins and reform of the agency.    So far, there have been no answers and no reform.    WHO keeps taking America’s money while taking orders from China.
    WHO’s pro-China bias was on display last week at its annual meeting in Geneva.    WHO spurned a U.S. request to admit Taiwan as an observer — on orders from Beijing.
    WHO also re-elected Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for another term.    He ran unopposed.    The U.S. made no attempt to replace him, despite his subservience to China at the expense of America’s safety and well-being.    Why?    Misplaced loyalties.    Ghebreyesus calls Fauci “my brother,” and Fauci considers Tedros “my dear friend.”    American interests be damned.
    Even more troubling, the assembly voted to begin revising its regulations, which spell out a country’s legal obligations if a disease outbreak could spread internationally.
    It’s unclear how the revisions might impede the U.S. from making decisions about travel bans and other issues.    But Reuters already reported one red flag: African nations supported the revision effort only after being guaranteed vaccine and therapeutics “equity” for poor countries.    Tedros has been pushing “equity” since 2020, insisting that wealthy countries should not be permitted to meet the needs of their own populations before sharing with underdeveloped nations.
    As troubling as Taiwan’s exclusion, Tedros’ re-election and the proposed rule changes are, the worst is WHO’s failure to produce information on COVID’s origins.    The first WHO-sponsored investigation allowed China to dictate the terms, barring access to Chinese doctors and patients’ medical records and discounting evidence of a lab leak.    Fauci has touted WHO’s promise of a second investigation and report, but so far, it’s come to nothing.
    Fauci and Biden seem willing to forget 1 million American deaths from COVID, but the rest of us want answers.    There should be no cooperation with WHO or funding for WHO until we get them.
    WHO “failed the American people and the world by working hand in hand with the Chinese Communist Party to conceal the origins of COVID-19,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).
    Congressional Republicans launched measures recently to block further entanglements with WHO.    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced legislation mandating that any new agreement with WHO be deemed a treaty requiring advice and consent of the Senate.
    The world needs a global institution to man an early-warning system, track disease outbreaks and coordinate an international response.    WHO is disqualified from that role.    Biden is endangering our health security by entrusting it to Fauci and his WHO cronies.

6/6/2022 A liberal D.A. finds voters’ moods have changed even in San Francisco by Scott Wilson – The Washington Post
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    SAN FRANCISCO — Chesa Boudin ducked into the Lucky Pork Store, established in 1949, seeking some help.
    The district attorney is in trouble.    On Tuesday, he faces a recall election a little more than halfway into his first term, one shaped by the pandemic and a sense among this city’s often fearful, always frustrated residents that his approach to prosecution is too lax for the times.
    In fluent Spanish, Boudin made his pitch.    “They are attacking me,” he told Hipolito Barraza, the store’s manager.
    “With millions, I heard,” Barraza replied.
    “We have less than one week and we need your support,” Boudin said.
    “And then we work together,” Barraza said with a smile.
    This is what the stretch-run to hold onto his office looks like for Boudin.    He was elected in 2019 as a “progressive prosecutor,” the term given to about a dozen or so district attorneys across the country who have sought to reduce what they view as overly punitive sentencing and overall incarceration rates, which have affected people of color disproportionately.
    The recall campaign has revealed a city debating the nature of crime, how to measure its dips and spikes, and who to blame for perceptions of danger.    Other primary contests statewide are turning on similar questions, as California again attempts to find the balance between deterrence and fairness, a twisting course that has charted its politics for decades.
    After pioneering so-called “three-strikes” laws in the 1990s that toughened sentencing, state voters, facing drastically overcrowded prisons, agreed in 2014 to soften some sentences and recategorize some felony crimes as misdemeanors.
    Like most big U.S. cities, San Francisco has seen a rise in homicides during the pandemic, although rates remain far below those of past decades, and other cities have experienced bigger per capita jumps.    Overall violent crime here remains at some of the lowest levels it has been in four decades.
    Property crime, which deepened during the pandemic as stay-at-home workers left the city largely empty, is declining gradually to pre-covid levels. Residential burglaries remain higher than pre-pandemic levels — and terrifyingly, often happen when residents are at home. The nature of those break-ins adds to a prevailing sense here that the city’s law enforcement agencies have only a loose handle on the overall problem.
    The state of the streets, including many of the major commercial ones, remains heartbreaking, an open-air stage of human misery defined by homelessness, mental illness and drugs.    In 2020, twice as many people died here of drug overdoses than died of covid-19.    All of that has sharply altered the political environment.
    “The themes that were salient to voters when Boudin was elected — criminal justice reform, over-incarceration, police conduct — are not the same issues salient with voters now,” said Jason McDaniel, an associate professor of political science at San Francisco State University.    “What’s most salient now is this feeling that things are just not going well, whether it’s with covid, the economy, homelessness, or other issues.    That’s a shift.”
    The in-or-out verdict on Boudin has also prompted a fresh argument about the use of the recall, a time-tested method of civic democracy in this state that was first envisioned as a way to rid the government of corruption and limit the influence of big-money special interests.    No cause is needed to mount one.
    Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) easily defeated a recall effort against him. Boudin’s contest is the second recall effort in this city alone this year, the first successfully removing three members of the San Francisco school board.
    “This says a lot more about the playbook that police unions and Republican operatives are using these days than it does about my policies,” Boudin said in an interview, conducted between vote-seeking stops in the city’s Mission District.
    “There’s going to be a backlash,” he said.    “They can’t win elections so they are relying on recalls and other measures to strip those we have elected of power.”
    Public drama is not new to the prosecutor.    Boudin was born to David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin, who in the early 1980s were members of the Weather Underground, a violent anti-imperialist group characterized by the FBI as a domestic terrorist organization.
    When Boudin was a little more than a year old, his parents participated in the 1981 robbery of a Brink’s truck in a suburb about 35 miles north of New York City.    The failed effort left the armed guard and two police officers dead.
    Kathy Boudin pleaded guilty to murder and robbery. She was released from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in 2003 and died last month.    David Gilbert, was convicted of murder and robbery.    After more than forty years in prison, Gilbert was released from the Shawangunk Correctional Facility late last year.
    Boudin was raised by Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, who co-founded the Weather Underground organization in the 1960s.
    Chesa Boudin, a former public defender in San Francisco, followed another liberal prosecutor into the job: George Gascon, a former Los Angeles police officer now serving amid similar controversies as the district attorney there.
    Like Boudin, who is 41, Gascon faces resistance within his office, much of it from front-line prosecutors who believe new charging rules are too lenient.    But Boudin’s predicament is more dire, according to recent polls.
    Boudin has made the recall itself part of the message, arguing that it is a distraction from solving the city’s most pressing social problems.
    “My primary argument isn’t that this is unfair to me, but that it will do nothing to make us safer,” he said.    “What is happening is undermining democracy and undermining public safety.”
    Boudin’s opposition took shape about a year into his tenure when a sputtering Republican-led effort to recall him gave way to another led by Democrats, who account for 63 percent of the electorate in the city.    The main organization is called San Franciscans for Public Safety, which by late May had spent $3.8 million on the “Yes on H” campaign, as the recall effort is officially known.
    Other groups that have raised money in favor of the recall will push total spending against Boudin to more than $4 million.
    The money is coming from venture capitalists, some of them Republican, doctors and lawyers, and many real estate developers and associations. About 80 percent of its donors are from San Francisco.
    Boudin may be able to spend only half that amount in seeking to keep his job, although McDaniel, the political science professor, noted that given the attention the race has received and the apparent gap in the polls “money is not going to determine the outcome of this race.”
    Among the leaders of the primary recall group is Brooke Jenkins, a homicide prosecutor in Boudin’s office until last fall when she left over a dispute involving whether to allow a man convicted of murdering his mother to argue insanity during sentencing.
    Jenkins contended that he should not be allowed to do so, worrying it would lead to a far earlier release for someone she believes was very dangerous.    Boudin, she said, eventually told her to allow the insanity argument in sentencing.
    Jenkins said much of the energy behind the recall derives from a sense that Boudin does not hold himself accountable for the crime experienced every day by residents, including a frightened and vulnerable Asian American community that has long viewed this city as a sanctuary.
© Haven Daley/AP Volunteers with signs stand along 19th Avenue urging motorists
to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, on May 26, 2022.
    There have also been major incidents — such as a coordinated smash-and-grab theft ring that struck tourist-rich Union Square late last year — that have dominated the debate over crime.
    One case involved Troy McAlister, then 45, who on New Year’s Eve of 2020 ran a red light and killed two women crossing a street in downtown San Francisco.    Police at the time said McAlister, who fled the scene, was armed and had alcohol and methamphetamine in his system.
    Law enforcement records showed that McAlister was on parole at the time, and that Boudin’s office had declined to file charges against him for several alleged crimes in the previous months.    Boudin said he had referred those cases to the parole board for consideration.    But the killings helped galvanize opposition to his tenure.
    “This is about San Franciscans wanting a district attorney who’s actually dedicated to prioritizing public safety,” Jenkins said.    “People’s issue with Chesa is that he has been tone deaf to their pleas for accountability.    They think things have gone a bit too far with crime and they don’t feel as though he is setting the right tone.”
    If Boudin is recalled, Mayor London Breed (D), with whom he shares a strained relationship, will appoint his replacement until next year’s election when he would have been on the ballot.    Asked if she is a contender to replace Boudin, Jenkins replied: “I trust the mayor to make the right choice.”
    The turnout for the recall is projected to be very low, a mix of recall fatigue and the fact that the top-of-the-ticket races for governor and U.S. Senate are lightly contested.    Early voting patterns have shown that more conservative neighborhoods have participated more heavily so far, but Boudin won his first race with a heavy election-day turnout.
    What Boudin is doing now, as much as time allows, is spending his days on the streets.    As he walked along Mission Street last week, Boudin waved as a few people shouted his name in support.    A Prius honked a horn in his favor.    The scent of weed, carried on a brisk wind from an open-air crafts market, joined a few “we’re with you” calls from vendors.    This is a neighborhood that must vote heavily for Boudin if he is to have a chance.
    Outside La Coroneta Taqueria, Tommy Ak, a 49-year-old taxi driver, wanted a word with Boudin.    His car has been broken into three times in the past two years, his wife’s car on another more recent occasion.
    “The problem with car break-ins in San Francisco has existed for many, many years,” Boudin said.    “We have seen them fall, but not fast enough.”
    The two shook hands.    Asked if he planned to support Boudin, Ak, a three-decade San Francisco resident, said he did.    “He can’t do everything himself,” Ak said.
    It is easy to find merchants who have experienced crime in recent years.    Nahil Hanhan, 64, owns Oxford Street Designer Menswear on Market Street.    Three times thieves have drilled through her steel door, taking about $10,000 in merchandise in all.
    “They are getting away with it,” said Hanhan, who has already cast her mail-in vote for the recall.    “That’s the problem.    When they get away with it they just come back.”
    In pandemic times, crimes against Asian American residents here have risen sharply and many feel a frightening unpredictability in a city they have known and loved for generations. Boudin is suffering perhaps most among these voters, who for differing reasons helped propel the school board recalls.
    “They spit at me — they spit at me on elevators, on the streets,” said Henry Wong, 74, who once worked for the late comedian Robin Williams and calls Boudin “the worst district attorney the city has ever had.”
    “These are crimes,” said Wong, a lifelong San Franciscan who has already voted for the recall.    “And he doesn’t care. It’s just so easy to break the law.”
    But there are also voters who want Boudin to get more of a chance, and do not believe he has during the dark years of the pandemic.    Walking his two Shar-Pei dogs on the lawn in front of City Hall, Terence Greiner, homeless until two years ago, said he thinks “anyone elected into office should be allowed to finish their term.”
    “Otherwise, why elect them in the first place?” said Greiner, who is 53 and currently on disability.    “And it seems to me there was just as much crime before he took office as there is now.”
    Peter Milewicz, 74, walks with a cane, as he did on this recent afternoon along Mission Street.    He shook Boudin’s hand.
    “I’m pulling for you,” said Milewicz, who worked with young psychiatric patients before retiring.    “And I want this garbage to go away.”     He has lived in the city for 30 years and has already cast his vote against the recall.
    “I have hope he can survive this, but I wouldn’t bet the farm,” Milewicz said.    “It takes a lot more than a couple years to undo something as unfair as our justice system.”

6/6/2022 Rep. Stefanik: GOP Ready To Prove J6 Committee Is ‘Illegitimate’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., listens during a House Intelligence Committee
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said Republicans are ready to prove how unconstitutional the January 6 Committee is.    She asserted the panel is a merely a witch hunt for “patriotic Trump supporters” across the country.    During an interview Saturday, she argued the panel failed to address the real issue: inadequate capitol security.    The Empire State lawmaker then said Republicans have a plan if they take back the majority to focus on matters that are actually hurting Americans, including rising inflation, sky high gas prices, the crisis at the border and more.
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appointed five Republicans to the panel, three of which taken off by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.    In response to this, the House Republican conference chairwoman asserted that the panel is only looking to punish political opponents.
    Her remarks came after former White House economic advisor Peter Navarro was charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the committee.    McCarthy along with congressmen Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) were also subpoenaed by the panel.
    Stefanik said she’s working closely with President Trump and his team along with House Republicans to set the record straight and prove the panels illegitimacy.
    “I’m going to stand up for my constituents and the American people, and continue to speak the truth and work with all of the House Republicans, with Kevin McCarthy with Jim Jordan, to make sure that the facts are out there for the American people to know,” she stated.    “And expose what Nancy Pelosi does not want the American people to know.    Pelosi’s office is the only one off limits and that she bears responsibility for the security posture.”
    Meanwhile, the committee announced it will be holding its first public hearing on June 9.

6/6/2022 June 6 Marks 78 Years Since D-Day Landings In France To Defeat Nazi Germany by OAN NEWSROOM
A World War II reenactor pays tribute to soldiers during a D-Day commemoration ceremony of the 78th anniversary for those
who helped end World War II, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Monday, June 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)
    One of the most important operations in World War II took place on June 6, 1944 One day prior, General Dwight Eisenhower approved ‘Operation Overlord’ an ambitions strategy in Normandy, France that would be the largest seaborne invasion in history.
    Shortly after midnight on this day in 1944, the first part of the operation was put into action in the air.    Numerous American and British bombers attacked targets along the coast.    In addition to that, thousands of allied paratroopers dropped into the surrounding area while other allied forces used gliders to secure key structures like bridges.
    In the water, minesweepers cleared the area in preparation for the landing.    Then at 6:30 a.m. the first Higgins boats would hit Normandy’s shores, which were divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beach.
    Weather not only proved to be a challenge in the air, but in the water as well as many of the crafts were blown east of their intended positions.    However, there was a greater obstacle when the allied troops made landfall.    Axis opposition was heavy as the allies not only faced gunfire, but a beach strewn with obstacles.
    The casualties were numerous with at least 10,000 on allied side, but so too was achievement as nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on D-Day.    One of those allied troops was Theodore Roosevelt Junior.    At age 56, he’s believed to be oldest person to storm the beaches, but he wasn’t the only Roosevelt. His son Quentin landed at Omaha Beach.
    While all of the operation’s ambitious goals were not achieved on the first day, the heroic efforts of the allied forces on D-Day eventually proved vital in the European theater.    In 1984, on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, Ronald Reagan said this about the brave troops that stormed Normandy on this day in 1944:
    “Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their value, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died…

6/6/2022 Sen. Toomey: Biden Not Helpful In Gun Reform by OAN NEWSROOM
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 30: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) leaves the Senate chamber
on January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Republicans have lamented that the path to solving gun violence in America seems to be impossible amid an extremely partisan White House.    This comes as Democrats in Washington, D.C. seem to be unwilling to lay down their partisan arms to solve the problem of gun violence.
    While speaking on Face the Nation Sunday, lame duck Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) lamented Biden has not been helpful in current negotiations.    Toomey was tapped to be on a bipartisan group that seeks to bring forward legislation that hopes to lessen the likelihood of mass shootings.    The Pennsylvania Republican stressed he and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have advocated to expand background checks for private purchases.    However, Toomey claims Biden misled voters when he campaigned on being the unifying president who would reach across the aisle.
    “He has sided with the far left of his party and really not reached out to Republicans,” said the GOP senator.    “He gave a speech on this topic where he advocated policies that he knows for sure have no chance of passing the Senate, probably couldn’t even get 50 votes…So once again, the President is not being very helpful.    I think at the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether we can reach a consensus in the United States Senate.”
    Additionally, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) warned Democrats’ objective is to take guns away from law abiding citizens.    The Louisiana lawmaker claimed Democrat proposals to adopt red flag laws is unconstitutional and would allow the federal government to seize firearms from individuals based on an assumption they pose a threat.    He asserted that even a liberal federal court upheld the Second Amendment by striking down a bill raising the gun ownership age in California.    Scalise urged lawmakers to focus their efforts on actual solutions.
    “We need to be focused more on stopping things before they happen,” he noted.    “This isn’t something that we’re having a conversation about right now and it should be.    It immediately becomes about Democrats wanting to take away guns.”
    Meanwhile, top officials within the Biden administration officials are trying to end mass shootings by launching a barrage of ad hominem attacks across the aisle.    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg slammed Republicans for criticizing school doorways in light of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.    This comes as reports indicate a door was open at Robb Elementary School that allowed the shooter to enter and kill 21 people.
    “The idea that us being the only developed country where this happens routinely, especially in terms of the mass shootings, is somehow a result of the design of the doorways on our school buildings is the definition of insanity of not the definition of denial,” said Buttigieg.
    In the meantime, experts have warned Democrats could try to jam through gun control bills through the House while the lower chamber has a slim majority.    However, they said those proposals would likely be blocked in the 50-50 Senate.

6/6/2022 Trump Slams January 6 Committee-Related Navarro Indictment by OAN NEWSROOM
Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro speaks to reporters Friday, June 3, 2022, outside of
federal court in Washington. Navarro was indicted Friday on contempt charges after defying a subpoena
from the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Former President Donald Trump weighed-in on former economic advisor Peter Navarro’s recent indictment for not complying with subpoenas from the January 6 Committee.
    Trump took to Truth Social on Monday to say Navarro was put in jail while the “lowlifes of Antifa and Black Lives Matter are allowed to rip off the public, kill people and destroy our once great cities.”    He then asked when this double standard will end and added that the American people will not stand for it much longer.
    Navarro maintains he has committed no wrongdoing and the January 6 Committee is engaging in a politically charged effort to target Trump.    He is facing up to two-years behind bars if convicted on both contempt of Congress charges.
    “What that kangaroo committee is doing right now is investigating for punitive purposes,” explained the former economic advisor.    “They’re essentially acting as judge, jury and executioner.    Their mission, their clear mission, is to prevent Donald John Trump from running for president in 2024 and being elected for president.”
    Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has declined to press charges against former Trump White House officials Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino despite contempt referrals from the January 6 Committee.    That’s according to recent reports citing a letter from the US district attorney for Washington, D.C. to the House Select Committee’s counsel.
    In the letter, the prosecutor said his office conducted a thorough investigation of contempt allegations brought forward by the panel.    The Democrat-led panel pushed the Justice Department to charge both over their refusal to cooperate with subpoenas.    Unlike Meadows and Scavino, the agency is pursuing contempt cases against Navarro and former White House’s chief strategist Steve Bannon.

6/6/2022 Biden’s Commerce Secy Still Blames Russia For Inflation by OAN NEWSROOM
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo attends a panel session at the World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum
is taking place in Davos from May 22 until May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
    Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has continued to try and shift blame for the inflation crisis sweeping the US.    During an interview Sunday, Raimondo repeated a debunked claim that US inflation and high gas prices are the result of the latest Ukraine crisis.
    “Americans are struggling with inflation,” she declared.    “I don’t think anyone predicted Putin’s war in Ukraine or various other things that have happened that have been unexpected.    I still think we will get inflation under control.”
    However, US inflation was 7.5 percent in January 2022 during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    It has since risen to 8.3 percent.
    “American’s are struggling with inflation, but I don’t think anyone predicted Putin’s war,” the secretary said.
    Raimondo insisted America’s economic problems are Russia’s fault.

6/6/2022 Oil down $2.08 to $118.33, DOW up 16 to 32,916.

6/7/2022 Biden seeks to boost solar panel production by Will Weissert, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Biden’s move comes amid complaints by industry groups that the solar sector
is being slowed by supply chain problems. Julio Cortez/AP file
    WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden ordered emergency measures Monday to increase U.S. manufacturing of solar panels and declared a two-year tariff exemption on panels from Southeast Asia as he attempted to jumpstart an industry key to his climate change-fighting goals.
    His invoking of the Defense Production Act and other executive actions comes amid complaints by industry groups that the solar sector is being slowed by supply chain problems due to an ongoing Commerce Department inquiry into possible trade violations involving Chinese products.
    The Commerce Department announced in March it was scrutinizing imports of solar panels from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia, concerned that products from those countries are skirting U.S. anti-dumping rules that limit imports from China.
    Solar energy companies gained ground in morning trading Monday on Wall Street.
    White House officials said Biden’s actions aim to increase domestic production of solar panel parts, building installation materials, high-efficiency heat pumps and other components like cells used for clean-energy generated fuels.    They called the tariff suspension affecting imports from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia a bridge measure while other efforts increase domestic solar power production – even as the administration remains supportive of U.S. trade laws and the Commerce Department investigation.
    The Commerce Department has defended its investigation.    Secretary Gina Raimondo told a Senate panel in May the solar inquiry is following a process set by law that doesn’t allow consideration of climate change, supply chains or other factors.
    Still, clean energy leaders have been warning since then that the investigation – which could result in retroactive tariffs of up to 240% – would severely hinder the U.S. solar industry, leading to thousands of layoffs and imperiling up to 80% of planned solar projects around the country.    That could jeopardize one of Biden’s top clean energy goals and run counter to his Democratic administration’s push for renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

6/7/2022 Mexico president to skip summit - Biden’s effort to reassert clout in Americas stung by Elliot Spagat, Joshua Goodman and Chris Megerian, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been pushing the U.S.
to invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images
    LOS ANGELES – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed Monday that he will skip the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to rally governments to work together to address surging migration in the hemisphere.
    López Obrador had been leading a chorus of mostly leftist leaders pushing the U.S. to invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to the gathering taking place on U.S. soil for the first time since 1994. Other leaders, including from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – the three main drivers of migration to the U.S. – have indicated they’ll stay away too.
    'There cannot be a summit if all countries are not invited,' López Obrador said Monday, indicating that Mexico would instead be represented by his foreign affairs secretary, Marcelo Ebrard.    'Or there can be one, but that is to continue with all politics of interventionism.'
    With so many no-shows, critics say the event risks turning into an embarrassment for President Joe Biden, who has struggled to reassert U.S. leadership in a region where mistrust of the U.S. runs deep and China has made major inroads the past two decades.
    Even some leaders who are attending drew differences with the U.S.
    'In respect to Cuba, we have always been there to support and defend human rights,' Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Ottawa at a news conference with visiting Chilean President Gabriel Boric.    'We’ve also pushed for greater democracy.    Canada has always had a different position on Cuba than the United States.'
    Trudeau and Boric will both attend.
    Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a strong critic of the Cuban government, applauded the exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela and took a swipe at López Obrador, saying his decision to skip Los Angeles would set back bilateral relations.
    Menendez said the Mexican leader was siding with 'dictators and despots over representing the interests of the Mexican people in a summit with his partners from across the hemisphere.'
    The Biden administration said it would not include autocratic governments that jail opponents and rig elections, pointing to a declaration from the 2001 summit in Quebec City, when the region’s governments committed to barring any government that breaks with democratic order from future gatherings.
    However, many critics, including some progressive Democrats, have criticized the administration for bowing to pressure from exiles in the swing state of Florida to bar communist Cuba, which attended the last two summits.
    Biden since taking office has reversed many of the Trump-era policies tightening a decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba.    He also sent a senior level delegation to meet with Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro to offer possible relief from crippling oil sanctions in exchange for a commitment to resume negotiations with the U.S.-backed opposition.
    The Summit of the Americas was launched by President Bill Clinton as part of an effort to galvanize support for a free trade agreement stretching from Alaska to Argentina.
    But that goal was abandoned more than 15 years ago amid a rise in leftist politics in the region.    With China’s influence expanding, most nations have come to expect – and need – less from Washington.
    As a result, the premier forum for regional cooperation has languished, at times turning into a stage for airing historical grievances.
    To bolster turnout, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris worked the phones in recent days, speaking with the leaders of Argentina and Honduras, both of whom initially expressed support for Mexico’s boycott.
    The office of Argentine President Alberto Fernández indicated Monday he will attend.
    Former Sen. Christopher Dodd crisscrossed the region as a special adviser for the summit, persuading far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who was a staunch ally of President Donald Trump and hasn’t once spoken to Biden, to belatedly confirm his attendance.
    Trump didn’t attend the last summit in Peru in 2018, and many predicted there was no future for the gathering.
    In response to Trump’s pullout, only 17 of the region’s 35 heads of state attended.    Few saw value in bringing together for a photo op leaders from such dissimilar places as aid-dependent Haiti, industrial powerhouses Mexico and Brazil and violence-plagued Central America – each with its own unique challenges and bilateral agenda with Washington.
    'As long as we don’t speak with a single voice, no one is going to listen to us,' said former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, who also faults Mexico and Brazil for the current drift in hemispheric relations.    'With a cacophony of voices, it is much more difficult to find our place in the world.'
    To the surprise of many, the U.S. in early 2019 offered to host the summit.    At the time, the Trump administration was enjoying something of a leadership renaissance in Latin America, albeit among mostly similar-minded conservative governments around the narrow issue of restoring democracy in Venezuela.
    But that goodwill unraveled as Trump floated the idea of invading Venezuela to remove Maduro.    Then the pandemic hit, taking a devastating human and economic toll on a region that accounted for more than a quarter of the world’s COVID-19 deaths despite making up only 8% of the population.
    The election of Biden, who was Obama’s point man for Latin America and had decades of hands-on experience in the region from his time on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, set expectations for a relaunch.
    But as popular angst spread during the pandemic, the Biden administration was slow to match the vaccine diplomacy of Russia and China, although it did eventually provide 70 million doses to the hemisphere.    Biden also maintained the Trump-era restrictions on migration, reinforcing the view that it was neglecting its own neighbors.
    Since then, Biden’s hallmark policy in the region – a $4 billion aid package to attack the root causes of migration in Central America – has stalled in Congress with no apparent effort to revive it.

6/7/2022 PROUD BOYS CHARGED IN RIOT - Leader and 4 others linked to the extremist group face seditious conspiracy charges in latest indictment by Michael Kunzelman and Alanna Durkin Richer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Supporters of former President Donald Trump clash with police and security forces as they storm the U.S. Capitol
in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. A leader of the Proud Boys and four other members of
the extremist group were charged Monday with seditious conspiracy. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
    The former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and other members were charged Monday with seditious conspiracy for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
    The latest indictment against Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the former Proud Boys chairman, and four others linked to the group comes as the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot prepares to begin public hearings this week to lay out its findings.
    The indictment alleges that the Proud Boys conspired to forcibly oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power.    Tarrio and the others – Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola – were previously charged with different conspiracy counts.
    They are scheduled to stand trial in August in Washington, D.C.’s federal court.
    The seditious conspiracy charges are among the most serious filed so far, but aren’t the first of their kind.    Eleven members or associates of the anti-government Oath Keepers militia group, including its founder and leader Stewart Rhodes, were indicted in January on seditious conspiracy charges in a serious escalation in the largest investigation in the Justice Department’s history.
    Three Oath Keepers have already pleaded guilty to the rarely used Civil War-era charge that calls for up to 20 years in prison.    The indictment alleges that the Oath Keepers and their associates prepared in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 as if they were going to war, discussing things like weapons and training.
    Tarrio, the group’s top leader, wasn’t in Washington, D.C., when the riot erupted on Jan. 6, 2021, but authorities say he helped put into motion the violence that day.
    More than three dozen people charged in the Capitol siege have been identified by federal authorities as leaders, members or associates of the Proud Boys, whose members describe it as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists.”
    Police arrested Tarrio in Washington two days before the riot and charged him with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during a protest in December 2020.    Tarrio was released from jail on Jan. 14 after serving his five-month sentence for that case.
    An attorney for Tarrio said his client “is going to have his day in court.”
    “And we intend to vigorously represent him through that process,” said Nayib Hassan.
    Defense attorney Carmen Hernendez, who represents Rehl, said her client is “as innocent of these charges as the ones that had already been pending against him.”
    “Seditious conspiracy requires the use of force, and he never used any force nor thought about using any force,” Hernandez said.
    More than three dozen people charged in the Capitol siege have been identified by federal authorities as leaders, members or associates of the Proud Boys, whose members describe it as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists.”
    They have brawled with antifascist activists at rallies and protests.    Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who founded the Proud Boys in 2016, sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it as a hate group.
    The indictment alleges that the Proud Boys held meetings and communicated over encrypted messages to plan for the attack in the days leading up to Jan. 6. On the day of the riot, authorities say Proud Boys dismantled metal barricades set up to protect the Capitol and mobilized, directed and led members of the crowd into the building.
    Prosecutors have said the Proud Boys arranged for members to communicate using specific frequencies on Baofeng radios.    The Chinese-made devices can be programmed for use on hundreds of frequencies, making it difficult for outsiders to eavesdrop.
    Shortly before the riot, authorities say Tarrio posted on social media that the group planned to turn out in “record numbers” on Jan. 6, but would be “incognito” instead of donning their traditional colors of black and yellow.
    Around the same time, an unnamed person sent Tarrio a document that laid out plans for occupying a few “crucial buildings” in Washington on Jan. 6, including House and Senate office buildings around the Capitol, the indictment says.    The nine-page document was entitled “1776 Returns” and called for having as “many people as possible” to “show our politicians We the People are in charge,” according to the indictment.
    Nordean, of Auburn, Washington, was a Proud Boys chapter president and a member of the group’s national “Elders Council.”    Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, is a self-described Proud Boys organizer.    Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia.    Pezzola is a Proud Boy member from Rochester, New York.
    A New York man pleaded guilty in December to storming the U.S. Capitol with fellow Proud Boys members.
    Matthew Greene was the first Proud Boys member to publicly plead guilty to conspiring with other members to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote.    Greene agreed to cooperate with authorities investigating the attack.
    Another Proud Boy, Charles Donohoe, of Kernersville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and assault charges and also agreed to cooperate in the Justice Department’s cases against other members of the extremist group.
    In December, a federal judge refused to dismiss an earlier indictment charging alleged leaders of the Proud Boys with conspiring to block the certification of Biden’s electoral college win.    U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly rejected defense attorneys’ arguments that the men were charged with conduct that is protected by the First Amendment right to free speech.
    “Seditious conspiracy requires the use of force, and he never used any force nor thought about using any force,” by Carmen Hernendez, Defense attorney for Zachary Rehl
Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four others linked to the group were indicted Monday for their roles in the Jan. 6
attack on the Capitol. They are scheduled to stand trial in August in Washington, D.C.’s federal court. ALLISON DINNER/AP

6/7/2022 EU blames Russia for food crisis - Russian UN envoy walks out of security meeting by ASSOCIATED PRESS
Farmers harvest a wheat field near the village of Tbilisskaya, Russia. The Russian tanks and missiles besieging Ukraine
threaten the food supply and livelihoods of people in Europe, Africa and Asia who rely on the vast, fertile
farmlands known as the “breadbasket of the world.” Russia and Ukraine combine for about a third of the world’s wheat
and barley exports and provide large amounts of corn and cooking oils. European Council President Charles Michel
accused Russian forces of stealing grain from areas it has occupied. VITALY TIMKIV/AP FILE
    UNITED NATIONS – European Council President Charles Michel accused Russia on Monday of using food supplies as “a stealth missile against developing countries” and blamed the Kremlin for the looming global food crisis, prompting Moscow’s U.N. ambassador to walk out of a Security Council meeting.
    Michel addressed Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia directly at the council meeting, saying he saw millions of tons of grain and wheat stuck in containers and ships at the Ukrainian port of Odessa a few weeks ago.
    That was “because of Russian warships in the Black Sea,” and Moscow’s attacks on transport infrastructure and grain storage facilities, and its tanks, bombs and mines that are preventing Ukraine from planting and harvesting, he said.
    “This is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty, and destabilizing entire regions,” Michel said.    “Russia is solely responsible for this looming food crisis.    Russia alone.”
    Michel also accused Russian forces of stealing grain from areas it has occupied “while shifting the blame of others,” calling this “cowardly” and “propaganda, pure and simple.”
    Nebenzia walked out during Michel’s briefing, giving Russia’s seat to another diplomat.
    Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky tweeted later on Telegram’s Russian channel that Michel’s comments were “so rude” that the Russian ambassador left the Security Council chamber.
    The Security Council meeting was supposed to focus on sexual violence during the war in Ukraine but Russia’s invasion and the consequences, especially on global food shortages and rising prices, were also raised.
    Michel gave strong backing to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ efforts to get a package agreement that would allow grain exports from Ukraine and ensure that Russian food and fertilizer have unrestricted access to global markets.
    Ukraine and Russia together produce almost a third of the world’s wheat and barley and half of its sunflower oil, while Russia and its ally Belarus are the world’s number two and three producers of potash, a key ingredient of ferport tilizer.
    Guterres warned last month that global hunger levels “are at a new high,” with the number of people facing severe food insecurity doubling in just two years from 135 million before the COVID-19 pandemic to 276 million today.
    He said more than 500,000 people are living in famine conditions – an increase of more than 500% since 2016.
    Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya told the Security Council on Monday that the country remains committed to finding solutions to prevent the global food crisis and is ready to create “the necessary conditions” to resume exports from the key southern of Odesa.
    “The question is how to make sure that Russia does not abuse the trade route to attack the city itself,” he said.
    Kyslytsya said the question has become more relevant since four Russian missiles hit a plant in the capital Kyiv on Sunday where freight cars that carry grain to Ukrainian ports were being repaired.
    “It means all Putin’s fairy tales about his readiness to facilitate Ukrainian wheat export that he so eloquently tells his rare interlocutors remain too far removed from reality,” the Ukrainian ambassador said.    Nonetheless, “we continue our work with the U.N. and partners to ensure the functioning of the maritime rules for the expert for Ukrainian agricultural products,” Kyslytsya said.
    “As a first step,” he said, “Russia must withdraw its naval forces in the maritime waters around Ukraine and provide security guarantees against attacks in ports” and against commercial ships.
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, at a virtual roundtable discussion with private sector groups on food security issues arising from the conflict, accused Russian forces of planting explosives in captured farmland and hoarding Ukraine’s food exports.
    Blinken said Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing this and “aggressively using his propaganda machine to deflect or distort responsibility because he hopes it will get the world to give in to him and then the sanctions.
    In other words, quite simply put: It’s blackmail
    “The Kremlin needs to realize that it is exporting starvation and suffering well beyond Ukraine borders,” with African experiencing “an outsize share the pain,” he said.

6/7/2022 Govt. Aid To Ukraine Could Be Divided Into Nearly $405K For Each US School by OAN NEWSROOM
An empty classroom at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 shows that a teacher has prepared for the start
of the school year on September 02, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
    The US has sent nearly $54 billion to Ukraine, but many are pointing out that money could be used to help fund schools in America.    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as of 2020 there are 130, 930 K-12 schools.    If the federal government divided the foreign aid to Ukraine evenly among those schools each would receive just under $405,000.
    Former President Donald Trump recently proposed a top-to-bottom overhaul of school safety while urging lawmakers to take back unused COVID-relief money.    He pointed out that if the US has $40 billion to send to Ukraine then the government should “be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home.”
    The 45th president went on to say, “before we nation build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children.”    Meanwhile, Republicans have lamented that the path to solving gun violence in America seems to be impossible amid an extremely partisan White House.
    This comes as Democrats in Washington, D.C. seem to be unwilling to lay down their partisan arms to solve the problem of gun violence.    Experts have warned Democrats could try to jam through gun control bills through the House while the lower chamber has a slim majority.

6/7/2022 Ron Paul Criticizes NATO Drills With Sweden & Finland by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Flags flutter in the wind outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, Feb. 7, 2022. With Finland and Sweden taking steps
to join NATO, the list of “neutral” countries in Europe appears poised to shrink. Security concerns over Russia’s
ongoing invasion of Ukraine changed the calculus for Finland and Sweden which have long espoused neutrality and caused
other traditionally “neutral” countries to re-think what that term really means for them. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)
    Former congressman Dr. Ron Paul said expanding NATO to include Sweden and Finland amounts to “foreign adventurism” and “provocation” paid for by US taxpayers.
    “They wanna be taken care of, they want to be in NATO, they want the American people to pay for it, that sort of thing,” he stated.    “That to me was disappointing, but also it invites a response also too.    This doesn’t go unnoticed with Russia.”
    While speaking on his Liberty Report on Monday, Dr. Paul criticized NATO military drills with Sweden and Finland in the Baltic Sea this week.    He said those exercises may provoke a response by Russia.    Dr. Paul added, there’s no point risking a direct confrontation with Russia over Sweden while the Ukraine crisis is underway.
    “These war games are just sort of intimidation.    Why do it?” he asked.    “If you know what’s going on, if there are problems, why can’t this be solved with, you know, a little bit of discussion and be diplomatic.    Instead, it’s always innuendo.”
    Dr. Paul stressed America needs national defense instead of endless military adventures in foreign countries.

6/7/2022 Biden Invokes DPA To Mass Produce Solar Panels by OAN NEWSROOM
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Biden administration decided to mass produce solar panels, while Americans continue to pay record prices at the pump. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre disclosed President Joe Biden had invoked the Defense Production Act to sure up the materials needed to create the panels.
    Jean-Pierre claimed the move was made to advance his so-called Clean Energy Agenda.    The order is also intended to increase the production of fuel cells, heat pumps and build insulation.    When asked why Biden invoked the DPA, which is supposed to be reserved as a war-time measure, Jean-Pierre failed to come up with a concrete justification.
    “When the president takes the Defense Production Act, it’s to make sure he is delivering for the American people,” stated Jean-Pierre.    “It is an important tool that he has used a couple of times and it has been incredibly effective.    He is invoking the act to rapidly expand domestic production of solar panel parts.”
    Many critics were concerned with the benefits communist China stands to gain from the solar panel production.    The global titan has dominated the solar panel supply chain for years with many components originating in China.    Additionally, a large portion of the world’s Polysilicon, which is also used to produce solar panels comes from the Xinjiang province.    This is where China has been accused of committing a genocide against Uighur Muslims.    Jean-Pierre brushed off concerns and said China is not a variable in the White House’s plan.
    “Today’s announcement is about one country and one country only,” she declared.    “It’s about the United States.”
    Furthermore, Biden’s move grants a two-year tax exemption on solar panels imported from southeast Asian countries. The topic of fossil fuels was eventually addressed during the press conference.    When asked about soaring costs with no end in sight, Jean-Pierre offered no solutions, but diverted the blame away from the Biden administration.
    “Everything is on the table,” the press secretary voiced.    “If you look at what happened when Putin started amassing troops on the border with Russia, the price of gas has increased by $1.51."
    The White House’s statement on the matter mentioned no efforts being made to combat surging fuel prices.

6/7/2022 3 Dead, 14 Injured In Shooting Near Tenn. Nightclub by OAN NEWSROOM
Police lights. (AP PHOTO)
    An investigation is underway after a shooting near a Tennessee nightclub left three people dead and more than a dozen injured.
    The Chattanooga Police Department reported early Sunday that at least 14 people were struck by gunfire and three were hit by vehicles while attempting to flee the scene.    Officials said two of the victims died from gunshot wounds and one other person died from injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle.
    “CPD units responded to the 2100 block of McCallie at a nearby nightclub on a report of a shooting,” said Police Chief Celeste Murphy.    “And once on the scene, they encountered multiple victims and began rendering aid as well as working to secure the scene.”
    Police believe multiple shooters using several types of firearms were involved in the incident.
    “So right now we’re looking at, there’s going to be multiple shooters, we cannot confirm how many, but there’s definitely more than one shooter,” Chief Murphy continued.    “So, I don’t want to confirm the exact amount, but there looks like there will be multiple shooters…we’re still combing through evidence, looking at video and evidence that was left on the scene.”
    According to reports, several victims remain in critical condition.    In the meantime, a motive for the shooting remains unclear. However, authorities believe one or more of the victims were the intended targets.

6/7/2022 Voters In Calif., Iowa, Miss., Mont., N.J., N.M., S.D. Gear Up For Primary Elections by OAN NEWSROOM
    Voters across several states are gearing up for their primary midterm elections.    One America’s Cynthia Kaui has more.

6/7/2022 Treasury Secy. Yellen Says Biden Admin. Has Done Everything It Can To Bring Down Energy Costs by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE— High gas prices are shown in Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. State Sen. President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced a legislative budget agreement on Wednesday, June, 1. The plan includes a $200 rebate
to help with the rising gas prices for most taxpayers who make below a certain income level. Gov. Gavin Newsom has not agreed
to the plan yet. Lawmakers and Newsom will continue negotiating through the month of June. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggested the Biden administration is out of options to lower gas prices in America.    While testifying before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday, she continued to lay the blame at Vladimir Putin’s feet for the soaring cost of gas.
    “With respect to energy, the administration has done everything that they can to bring down energy costs,” Yellen claimed.
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm echoed Yellen’s stance in agreement.    This comes as fuel prices in America set a new record high for the tenth day in a row while hitting $4.91 a gallon.    That’s more than double since former President Donald Trump left office.
    Meanwhile, a recent survey shows a vast majority of Americans don’t like the way President Joe Biden is handling the nation’s energy crisis.    In an ABC News and IPSOS poll, 72 percent of respondents disproved of Biden’s gas policies.    Americans have been feeling the pain at the pump for months with the national average continuing to rise.
    A separate poll suggested a majority of Americans feel the economy is in bad shape and that they are struggling financially.    In the Wall Street Journal-NORC survey released Monday, 83 percent of respondents said they believe the economy is either “poor” or “not good.”
    The poll also found more than a third of those surveyed are not satisfied with their current financial situation and 38 percent believe their finances got worse over the past few years.    This new survey comes as President Biden has sought to downplay concerns of a potential recession amid high inflation and other economic factors impacting Americans nationwide.

6/7/2022 Kyle Rittenhouse Prepares Legal Action Against Media by OAN NEWSROOM
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 12: Kyle Rtttenhouse looks back as attorneys argue about the charges
that will be presented to the jury during proceedings at the Kenosha County Courthouse
on November 12, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)
    Kyle Rittenhouse is prepared to take legal action against the media for defamation.    Rittenhouse spoke to Fox News on Monday, along with his attorney.    He declared that he is going to “make the media pay” for it’s coverage of him.
    “We’re going to look at everything that’s been said,” stated lawyer, Todd McMurtry.    “Then determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there.”
    The teen was charged in the fatal shooting of two men during the 2020 Kenosha riots.    He testified that he acted in self-defense and was ultimately acquitted of all charges.    Several news outlets have referred to Rittenhouse as a white supremacist and mass murderer.
    “Let’s just use for an example what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg said about Rittenhouse,” McMurtry voiced.    “They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident.    This was not a mass murder incident.    It was clearly factually false.    To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory.    Then to use the power of social media to basically censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character.”
    His attorney acknowledged the teen was charged with a crime and the media is allowed to report that, but giving him labels without evidence is clearly defamatory.    He believes Rittenhouse has “10 to 15 solid” cases against “large defendants.”

6/7/2022 Largest Migrant Caravan From Southern Mexico En Route To Border by OAN NEWSROOM
A migrant carries a U.S. flag as he pulls luggage during a migrant caravan leaving the city
of Tapachula in Chiapas state, Mexico, early Monday, June 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)
    A massive caravan that departed from Tapachula, Mexico on Monday is still en route to Texas’s southern border.
    Multiple reports say up to 15,000 people are making the thousand-mile journey with many of them coming from Central America, Venezuela and Cuba.    Migrants trying to enter the country see this as an “open door opportunity” to cross over.
    “This for us is nothing,” said Venezuelan Migrant Rosan Marquez.    “It can rain, it can thunder, nobody can stop us.”
    One of the caravan organizers said they planned this trip while the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles took place.    Group leaders were slated to discuss asylum needs of incoming migrants.     “We also want to tell President Joe Biden to sit down with the Latin America countries to see what is happening,” stated Caravan Organizer Luis Villagran.
    In the meantime, there is still no word on when exactly the migrant caravan will get to the states and how CBP is going to handle it.    However, officials at the border remain on high-alert.

6/7/2022 DHS Warns Of ‘Heightened Threat Environment’ In US by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – The Department of Homeland Security logo is seen during a news
conference in Washington, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned of a ”heightened threat environment” in the US in the coming months.    The agency warned of both domestic and foreign threats on Tuesday, asserting high-profile events could trigger detrimental responses from fringe radical groups.
    “The United States remains in a heightened threat environment, as noted in the previous Bulletin,” DHS said in a new bulletin from the National Terrorism Advisory System.    “Several recent attacks have highlighted the dynamic and complex nature of the threat environment.”
    This is the sixth time the department has issued a NTAS bulletin since January 2021.    The DHS has also spent at least $77 million through a Homeland Security Grant Program to prevent and prepare for domestic violent extremist threats.
    Officials stressed the upcoming mid-term elections, the reaction to the Supreme Court’s looming ruling on abortion and other political events could be exploited to justify acts of violence.
    “In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets,” DHS stated.
    The message comes amid a slew of violence in the US, including several mass shootings and surging crime across the country.

6/7/2022 Oil up $0.58 to $119.98, DOW up 264 to 33,180.

6/8/2022 Bannon Subpoenas Pelosi And Jan. 6 Panel In Attempt To Hit Back At Contempt Charges by Summer Concepcion – Talking Points Memo
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    Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has reportedly subpoenaed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and members of the committee in an attempt to push back at the contempt charges he faces, according to CNN.    Bannon is scheduled to go on trial next month in the contempt charges the Justice Department brought against him last year for failing to cooperate with the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s investigation.
    Late last year, Bannon was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress follow his refusal to comply with the committee’s subpoena.    Bannon pleaded not guilty.
    In an effort to fight the contempt charges he’s facing, Bannon’s legal team reportedly subpoenaed 15 lawmakers and congressional staffers to testify at his trial next month, one of Bannon’s attorneys and copies of the subpoenas obtained by CNN indicated.    The subpoenas reportedly target all nine members of the committee, three committee staffers and House general counsel Douglas Letter.    Additionally, Bannon reportedly subpoenaed Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders such as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC).
    Related video: Steve Bannon praises Nancy Pelosi's approach to impeachment the CBS Evening News. Democrats are so united in this and I look
    Steve Bannon praises Nancy Pelosi's approach to impeachment
    CNN noted there are challenges to compel members of Congress to testify, citing protection of their legislative activity under the Constitution’s Speech and Debate Clause.    Therefore, lawmakers and staffers subpoenaed by Bannon’s legal team could possibly file a motion to reject those subpoenas.
    Bannon’s legal team are reportedly seeking to challenge the legitimacy of the committee and the panel’s motives for targeting Bannon.    Like other Trump allies in Congress and the former president’s administration who have defied the committee’s subpoenas, Bannon has claimed executive privilege in refusing to comply.
    The subpoenas by Bannon’s attorneys also request documents related to the establishment of the committee, the decision to refer Bannon for criminal contempt, and communications between the panel and one of Bannon’s lawyers.
    Additionally, Bannon’s legal team specifically requested documents related to recently published books by committee members Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
    Bannon’s reported subpoenas to the committee and Democratic leadership come amid other prominent Trump allies’ refusal to comply with the panel’s subpoenas.    Last week, former Trump White House trade adviser was charged with two counts of contempt of Congress relating to his refusal to testify before the committee.    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) have also stated their refusal to comply with the panel’s subpoenas, which they claim is constitutionally invalid because it fell short of certain legal standards.    Meanwhile, Reps. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently outlined their list of demands for the committee before they would commit to a testimony.    The panel swiftly shot down Jordan’s demands.

Zelenskyy appeals for more long-range weapons
    Sanctions have failed to deter Russia’s invasion and a stalemate in the war is “not an option for us,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday.
    Zelenskyy, speaking at a Financial Times Global Boardroom conference, appealed for more long-range weapons to combat Russia’s missile strikes.
    “We are inferior in terms of equipment, and therefore we are not capable of advancing,” he said.    “We are going to suffer more losses.    And people are my priority.”
    Zelenskyy also rejected talk of Ukraine yielding Crimea or the Donbas as part of any peace deal.    And he chastised Western governments that might grow impatient because of the economic impact of the war.
US officials sail away with Russian-owned superyacht
    U.S. authorities took command of a $325 million, Russian- owned superyacht and sailed it out of Fiji’s Lautoka harbor Tuesday after the South Pacific nation’s Supreme Court lifted a stay that had delayed the seizure.
    Fiji Chief Justice Kamal Kumar ruled that the chances of defense lawyers mounting a successful appeal were “nil to very slim.”
    He said the 348-foot yacht Amadea “sailed into Fiji waters without any permit and most probably to evade prosecution by the United States.”
    The FBI has linked the yacht – featuring a lobster tank, swimming pool and helipad – to Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov.
Japan to increase cooperation with NATO
    Japan is seeking to bolster its ties with European countries and will boost its military spending amid concerns about the impact of Russian aggression and the looming presence of China.
    As Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force participated in NATO naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi told NATO Military Committee chief Rob Bauer on Tuesday that Japan welcomes the alliance’s expanded involvement in the Indo-Pacific region.    The parties agreed Tuesday to increase military cooperation.
    Later in the day, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet approved an annual policy plan that calls for a drastic strengthening of defense capabilities and spending within five years from the current level of just more than 1% of gross domestic product.
Russia says it controls 97% of Luhansk region
    A “significant” part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the Donbas are now occupied by Russian troops, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.
    Shoigu also said the residential areas of Sievierodonetsk have been seized, and now the army is working to take control of the industrial zone and the surrounding settlements.
    The head of the military-civilian administration of Sievierodonetsk, Alexander Stryuk, said fierce street battles are raging.    Ukraine forces face heavy artillery fire but are doing their best to defend the city, he said.    Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk are the last major cities in Luhansk to avoid complete Russian occupation.
    “In general, 97% of the territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic has been liberated to date,” Shoigu said.
4,200 civilian deaths confirmed since war began
    More than 4,200 civilians have been killed and 5,000 injured since the war began Feb. 24, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says.
    The agency says the actual figures are probably considerably higher, as the receipt of information from some locations where intense hostilities have been ongoing has been delayed and many reports are still pending corroboration.
    The confirmed deaths include 1,617 men, 1,064 women, 100 girls and 105 boys, as well as 67 children and 1,300 adults whose gender is yet unknown, the agency said.
    Contributing: John Bacon and Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
Emosi Dawai looks at the superyacht Amadea at the Queens Wharf in
Lautoka, Fiji, in April. The US took command of the vessel Tuesday. AP

6/8/2022 World Bank’s view on global economy dims - Many countries will face prospect of recession by Paul Wiseman, ASSOCIATED PRESS
If the Federal Reserve and other central banks continue to raise
interest rates to combat inflation, they risk causing a recession. RICHARD DREW/AP FILE
    WASHINGTON – The World Bank has sharply downgraded its outlook for the global economy, pointing to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the prospect of widespread food shortages and concerns about the potential return of “stagflation” – a toxic mix of high inflation and sluggish growth unseen for more than four decades.
    The 189-country anti-poverty agency predicted Tuesday that the world economy will expand 2.9% this year.    That would be down from 5.7% global growth in 2021 and from the 4.1% it had forecast for 2022 back in January.
    “For many countries, recession will be hard to avoid,” said David Malpass, the World Bank’s president.
    The agency doesn’t foresee a much brighter picture in 2023 and 2024: It predicts just 3% global growth for both years.
    For the United States alone, the World Bank has slashed its growth forecast to 2.5% this year from 5.7% in 2021 and from the 3.7% it had forecast in January.
    For the 19 European countries that share the euro currency, it downgraded the growth outlook to 2.5% this year from 5.4% last year and from the 4.2% it had expected in January.
    In China, the world’s second-biggest economy after the United States, the World Bank expects growth to slow to 4.3% from 8.1% last year.    China’s zero-COVID policies, involving draconian lockdowns in Shanghai and other cities, brought economic life to a standstill. The Chinese government is providing aid to ease the economic pain.
    Emerging market and developing economies are collectively forecast to grow 3.4% this year, decelerating from a 6.6% pace in 2021.
    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has severely disrupted global trade in energy and wheat, battering a global economy that had been recovering robustly from the coronavirus pandemic.    Already high commodity prices have gone even higher as a result, threatening the availability of affordable food in poor countries.
    “There’s a severe risk of malnutrition and of deepening hunger and even of famine,” Malpass warned.
    The World Bank expects oil prices to surge 42% this year and non-energy commodity prices to climb nearly 18%.    But it foresees oil and other commodity prices both dropping 8% in 2023.    It likened the current spike in energy and food prices to the oil shocks of the 1970s.
    “Additional adverse shocks,” the agency warned in its new Global Economic Prospects report, “will increase the possibility that the global economy will experience a period of stagflation reminiscent of the 1970s.”
    The prospect of stagflation poses a dilemma for the Federal Reserve and other central banks: If they continue to raise interest rates to combat inflation, they risk causing a recession.    But if they try to stimulate their economies, they risk driving prices higher and making inflation an even more intractable problem.
    The World Bank noted that the previous period of stagflation required rate increases so steep that they tipped the world into recession and led to a series of financial crises in the poor countries of the developing world.

6/8/2022 White House again defends Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia — which he promised to make a pariah — saying he'd meet anyone who could help the US by (Bill Bostock) – Business Insider
© Provided by Business InsiderA composite image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
and US President Joe Biden. Pool via REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque; REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic
  • The White House is defending Biden's upcoming to Saudi Arabia.
  • Biden promised to make Saudi Arabia a "pariah" in 2020, but the US now needs Saudi oil amid the Ukraine war.
  • The White House said Monday that Biden will meet anyone who serves "the interest of the US."
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    Biden is teasing a coming decision on student-loan forgiveness.    Here's everything we know about how it could look.
  • Pressure has been mounting for Biden to cancel student debt, as he pledged during his campaign.
  • Last month, he said his decision on relief would come in a matter of weeks.
  • While Republican opposition mounts, a few developments hint at the kind of relief borrowers might see.
    Despite President Joe Biden's campaign pledge to cancel $10,000 in debt per borrower, he's been largely silent on the issue through his presidency.
    But there may be a light at the end of tunnel for more than 40 million Americans with federal student loans.
    In late April, Biden said he'd "have an answer" on relief in the coming weeks.    That was a year after Biden asked the Department of Education to prepare a memo outlining his legal power to cancel student debt.    Insider found that the Education Department created and circulated the memo, but Biden has not revealed its contents.
    Instead of relief for all borrowers, so far, Biden has focused on targeted groups like borrowers with disabilities and those defrauded by for-profit schools, who have seen more than $9 billion in collective debt relief.    He also extended the pandemic pause on student loan payments four times since taking office, following two from former President Donald Trump.
    Democrats are pressuring him to relieve borrowers in fear of low midterm turnout, with some progressives urging him to cancel at least $50,000 for those in debt.    Meanwhile, Republicans senators have introduced bills intended to prohibit cancellation.
    Biden's approval rating among the young people who helped get him elected is tanking.    With the payment pause set to expire after August 31, Americans are on pins and needles to find out what Biden will do.
    Here's everything we know so far.
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    The White House has again defended President Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia in the face of mounting criticism.
    On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden had promised to make the kingdom a "pariah" over the journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, which the CIA said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had likely ordered.
    As president, Biden went on to ostracize Crown Prince Mohammed — also known as MBS — by demoting his rank even though he is the de facto leader of the kingdom.
    However, Biden and the White House have since softened on Saudi Arabia, a shift culminating with reports last week that Biden will visit Saudi Arabia in July.
    The news sat poorly with several rights activists and Democratic lawmakers, with Rep. Adam Schiff saying Sunday that MBS, whom he called a "butcher," "should be shunned."
    Addressing questions about Biden's decision to visit MBS despite his previous pledge to ostracize him, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Monday that Biden "is focused on getting things done for the American people."
Joe Biden to seek Saudi Arabia oil deal
As you can see Joe's face above he now knows that the world does not revolve around him
and his policies are pushing everyone toward the conservatives
    "If he determines that it's in the interest of the US to engage with a foreign leader and that such an engagement can deliver results, then he'll do so," she said.
    "There's no question that important interests are interwoven with Saudi Arabia.    And the president views the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an important partner on a host of initiatives that we are working on, both in the region and around the world."
    Jean-Pierre noted that Saudi Arabia has been a "strategic partner of the US for nearly 80 years."
    An anonymous senior US official previously defended Biden's trip to The Guardian on Thursday, using identical phrasing to Jean-Pierre.
    A key driver of the recent realignment is the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on rising US gas prices.
    The US banned Russian oil imports in February and subsequently pleaded with Saudi Arabia to pump more as prices started to rise at home.    (Gas prices hit a high of $4.87 a gallon on Monday.)
    However, the kingdom denied those requests and later said it was committed to production levels agreed with the oil-producers group OPEC+, with MBS reportedly ignoring Biden's phone calls about boosting production.
    Since then, a stream of senior US officials have flown to Saudi Arabia for discussions about oil, including CIA Director Bill Burns and Biden's chief Middle East advisor, Brett McGurk.
    The US is fighting a headwind.    Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have recently become unhappy with the US' lack of commitment to maintaining their security, a key underpinning of the Saudi-US relationship, following a series of terror attacks on the Gulf.
    Experts recently told Insider's John Haltiwanger that Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia suggests that MBS "got away with murder" over Khashoggi.
    MBS has said he wishes people would stop bringing up Khashoggi, telling The Atlantic earlier this year that "it hurt me a lot" that he was accused of ordering the hit, a claim he denies.
    Read the original article on Business Insider

6/8/2022 White House Struggles to Talk About Inflation, the ‘Problem From Hell’ by Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Jeanna Smialek – The New York Times
© Doug Mills/The New York Times
    WASHINGTON — President Biden was at a private meeting discussing student debt forgiveness this year when, as happens uncomfortably often these days, the conversation came back to inflation.
    “He said with everything he does, Republicans are going to attack him and use the word ‘inflation,’” said Representative Tony Cárdenas, Democrat of California, referring to Mr. Biden’s meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in April.    Mr. Cárdenas said Mr. Biden was aware he would be attacked over rising prices “no matter what issue we’re talking about.”
    The comment underscored how today’s rapid price increases, the fastest since the 1980s, pose a glaring political liability that looms over every major policy decision the White House makes — leaving Mr. Biden and his colleagues on the defensive as officials discover that there is no good way to talk to voters about inflation.
    The administration has at times splintered internally over how to discuss price increases and has revised its inflation-related message several times as talking points fail to resonate and new data comes in.    Some Democrats in Congress have urged the White House to strike a different — and more proactive — tone ahead of the November midterm elections.
© An Rong Xu for The New York Times - A gallon of gas surpassed $5
at a Sunoco station in Sloatsburg, N.Y., last month.
    But the reality the White House faces is a hard one: There is little politicians can do to quickly bring price increases to heel.    Federal Reserve policy is the nation’s main solution to inflation, but the central bank tempers price gains by making money more expensive to borrow to cool off demand, a slow and potentially painful process for the economy.
    “For a president, inflation is the problem from hell — you can’t win,” said Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management.
    “Because it’s so difficult economically, politically it is even worse: There’s nothing you can do in the short run to solve it.”
    Consumer prices increased by 8.3 percent in the year through April, and data this week is expected to show inflation at 8.2 percent in May.    Inflation averaged 1.6 percent annual gains in the five years leading up to the pandemic, making today’s pace of increase painfully high by comparison.    A gallon of gas, one of the most tangible household costs, hit an average of $4.92 this week.    Consumer confidence has plummeted as families pay more for everyday purchases and as the Fed raises interest rates to cool the economy, which increases the risk of a recession.
    The White House has long realized that rising prices could sink Mr. Biden’s support, with that risk telegraphed in a series of confidential memos sent to Mr. Biden last year by one of his lead pollsters, John Anzalone.
    Inflation has only continued to fuel frustration among voters, according to a separate memo compiled by Mr. Anzalone’s team last month, which showed the president’s low approval rating on the economy rivaling only his approach to immigration.
    “Economic sentiment among the public remains poor, with most worried about both inflation and the possibility of a recession in the coming months,” according to the memo, dated May 20.    The information was sent to “interested parties,” and it was not clear if the White House had received or reviewed the memo.
© Jason Andrew for The New York Times Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
has said she supports relaxing tariffs on Chinese goods to ease prices.
    The polling data shows that about eight in 10 Americans “consider the national economy to be in poor condition” and that “concerns are high about the potential for an economic recession in the near future.”
    Economic anxieties have been echoed by members of Congress, leading academics and pop culture standard bearers.    “When y’all think they going to announce that we going into a recession?” Cardi B, the Grammy-winning rapper, wrote in a tweet that went viral this weekend.
    The White House knows it is in a tricky position, and the administration’s approach to explaining inflation has evolved over time.    Officials spent the early stages of the current price burst largely describing price pressures as temporary.
    When it became clear that rising costs were lasting, administration officials began to diverge internally on how to frame that phenomenon.    While it was clear that much of the upward pressure on prices came from supply chain shortages exacerbated by continued waves of the coronavirus, some of it also tied back to strong consumer demand.    That big spending had been enabled, in part, by the government’s stimulus packages, including direct checks to households, expanded unemployment insurance and other benefits.
© Mark Abramson for The New York Times The Port of Los Angeles in February. While much of the upward pressure
on prices has come from supply chain shortages, some of it is also tied to strong consumer demand.
    Some economists in the White House have begun to emphasize that inflation was a trade-off: To the extent that Mr. Biden’s stimulus spending spurred more inflation, it also aided economic growth and a faster recovery.
    “Inflation is absolutely a problem, and it’s critical to address it,” Janet L. Yellen, the Treasury secretary, recently told members of Congress.    “But I think at the same time, we should recognize how successful that plan was in leading to an economy where instead of having a large number of workers utterly unable to find jobs, exactly the opposite is true.”
    But the president’s more political aides have tended to sharply minimize that the March 2021 package, known as the American Rescue Plan, helped to goose inflation, even as they have claimed credit for strong economic growth.
    “Some have a curious obsession with exaggerating impact of the Rescue Plan while ignoring the degree high inflation is global,” Gene Sperling, a senior White House adviser overseeing the implementation of the stimulus package, wrote on Twitter last week, adding that the law “has had very marginal impact on inflation.”
    Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, acknowledged in an interview last week that there are some disagreements among White House economic officials when it came to how to talk about and respond to inflation, but he portrayed that as a positive — and as something that is not leading to any kind of dysfunction.
    “If there wasn’t healthy disagreement, debate and people feeling comfortable bringing issues and ideas to the table, then I think we would be not serving the president and the public interest well,” he said.
    He also pushed back on the idea that the administration was deeply divided on the March 2021 package’s after effects, saying in a separate emailed comment that “there is agreement across the administration that many factors contributed to inflation, and that inflation has been driven by elevated demand and constrained supply across the globe.”
    How to portray the Biden administration’s stimulus spending is far from the only challenge the White House faces. As price increases last, Democrats have grappled with how to discuss their plans to combat them.
    The president and his top political aides have trotted out a few main talking points, including blaming President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for what Mr. Biden calls the “Putin price hike,” pointing to deficit reduction as a way to lower inflation and arguing that Republicans have a bad plan to deal with rising costs.    Mr. Biden regularly acknowledges the pain that higher prices are causing and has emphasized that the problem of taming inflation rests largely with the Fed, an independent entity whose work he has promised not to interfere with.
    The administration has also highlighted that inflation is widespread globally, and that the United States is better off than many other nations.
    The renewed messaging comes as Mr. Biden and his top aides have grown increasingly concerned about the public’s negative views of the economy, according to an administration official.    Economists within the administration are more sidelined when it comes to setting the tone on issues like inflation than in previous White Houses, another person familiar with the discussions said.
    So far, the talking points have done little to change public perception or to mollify concerns on Capitol Hill, where some Democrats are pushing for the White House to find a more compelling story.
    “There has to be more of a laser focus on the economy, a bolder message, a clearer story,” said Representative Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who wrote a New York Times opinion piece last week saying that Democrats need a more ambitious plan for fighting inflation.    He added that “rhetoric about — ‘Well, we’re doing really well,’ does not capture the profound sense of anxiety that Americans feel.”
    Part of the difficulty is that there is only so much politicians can do to fight price increases.
    The White House has taken steps to blunt the impact of inflation or to help supply catch up with demand.    It has released strategic petroleum reserves to help slow gas price increases and pushed to unclog ports, for example.
    Most of the tweaks are helping only around the edges.    Yet inflation factors into the discussion over every decision the White House entertains.
    This spring, Mr. Biden suspended a ban on summertime sales of higher-ethanol gasoline blends to try to temper price increases at the pump, spurring frustration among climate activists still angry over the collapse of the president’s climate and social-spending package.
    Talks over whether to roll back Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods have also gotten caught in the inflation maw.    Ms. Yellen has said she supports relaxing tariffs to help ease prices, but other Democrats are wary that removing them would make Mr. Biden look weak on China.
    Inflation is also influencing conversations about whether to forgive student loan debt, one of Mr. Biden’s key campaign promises.    Economists in the administration think that loan forgiveness would, at most, push inflation up a little bit by giving people with outstanding student debt more financial wiggle room.    But some economists in the administration’s orbit have expressed concern about the possibility of doing something that could stimulate demand — even slightly — at a moment when it is already hot.
    To help mute the inflationary effect, forgiveness would most likely be accompanied by a resumption of interest payments on all student loans that have been paused since the pandemic.
    For now, the administration is considering forgiving at least $10,000 for borrowers in a certain income range, according to people familiar with the matter.    Mr. Cárdenas said Mr. Biden knew he would be attacked over inflation but he did not think the issue would prevent the president from canceling at least $10,000 worth of debt.
    “Will it affect him going beyond that?    It may,” he said.
    Jonathan Martin contributed reporting.

6/8/2022 'Outnumbered' sounds off on Biden’s D-Day snub: 'They can't be that incompetent' by Opinion by Joshua Nelson – FOX News
© (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
'Outnumbered' panel sounds off on President Biden’s D-Day snub
    "Outnumbered" guest Morgan Ortagus said on Tuesday that President Biden waiting until nighttime to acknowledge D-Day was "disappointing."
    "I think incompetence doesn't necessarily answer the question.    When you say was it incompetence or was it purposeful?    I just look and think they can't be that incompetent.    So was it purposeful?    Did they just want to talk about climate change or did they not want Americans to think about the military because of their epic failures in Afghanistan and the Russian war in Ukraine?" the former State Department spokesperson argued.
    On Monday, the Biden administration waited until 8:45 PM to mention anything about the historic 78th anniversary of D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 1944, and cost the lives of 4,414 allied soldiers.    The acknowledgment came hours after Fox News and other outlets asked the White House about the lack of commemoration.
    Not only was the anniversary nearly over in the United States by the time the tweet was posted, but it was also already June 7 in France.
    When the official Biden Twitter account finally got around to tweeting about D-Day, it stated, "Today, we mark 78 years since D-Day and honor those who answered duty’s call on the beaches of Normandy.    We must never forget their service and sacrifice in defense of freedom, and we must strive every day to live up to the ideals they fought to defend."
Biden slammed for waiting until nighttime to acknowledge D-Day
    Co-host Kayleigh McEnany said Biden’s D-Day snub was "stunning," especially because the same thing happened last year.
    "This is year two. When it happens twice.    I mean, what is going on over there?    Mark your calendar, set an alarm … This isn’t incompetence at this point.    You did it twice."
    Co-host Emily Compagno said it is an "indication of priority" on the part of the White House, pointing out the president always ends speeches with the line, "God bless our troops."
    "This is someone who has worked in government for over 50 years.    This is someone who talks about his son Beau and his service every chance he gets," said Compagno.

6/8/2022 House Committee Debates Gun Control Legislation by OAN NEWSROOM
House Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole, R-Okla., left, and Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., confer as the panel
prepares to advance a Democratic gun control bill to the floor, the Protecting Our Kids Act, in response to the recent mass shootings
in Texas and New York, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The House Rules Committee debated on two pieces of gun control laws.    In a Tuesday hearing, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) presented the Protect Our Kids and the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Acts.
    The Protect Our Kids and the Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act is an omnibus package which raises the purchasing age for semiautomatic rifles, prohibits the possession of high-capacity magazines, establishes requirements regulating the storage of firearms in residences and creates a registry for bump stock owners.    Additionally, this measure would allow a family member or law enforcement official to petition a federal court to prohibit an individual they believe to be a risk to themselves from purchasing a firearm or ammunition.
    “The measures before us offer sensible solutions that a clear, convincing, in fact overwhelming majority of voters agree with,” McGovern stated.    “As a country, our leaders, including all of us here in this room, are responsible for making choices.    If we do nothing, we are making a choice.    We are choosing to be powerless.    We are choosing to do nothing to stop the next mass shooting from happening on our watch.”
    McGovern also claimed that a majority of gun owners supported these two bills in the aftermath of the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.
    “Most gun owners, I think, favor the stuff that we’re talking about here today,” he noted.    “But the extremists in the gun lobby, you know what?    They’ll have the last word and more children will die.    And I hope maybe this is the moment that there are enough people in a bipartisan way here that will come together and actually do something.”
    In response to his arguments, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) argued they violated the Second Amendment and Congress should be looking into approaching the issue of mass shootings from a public health perspective.
    “Our nation is in the midst of a widespread mental health crisis,” Cole explained.    “The growing number and frequency of mass shootings are a reminder that our country must take a comprehensive public health approach to gun violence that addresses culture, mental illness, gun safety and regulations that also respect the Second Amendment.    But unfortunately, the measures before us today do not meet that test.”
    Meanwhile, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) pointed out a major flaw in the Democrats push to implement gun reform legislation.
    “The gun bills that are presented here today all suffer a common flaw that almost all gun control suffers from, and that is criminals don’t obey the law,” he stated.    “Good guys obey the law.    They’ll disarm in a gun free zone and then that’s, those are the types of places that the criminals seek out.    The chairman said that these bills are not an attempt to take away people’s guns, but in reality these bills will take all guns from some people and some guns from all people.    And predominantly it will limit law abiding citizens access to guns.”
    In the meantime, both bills are expected to hit the House floor this week.

6/8/2022 Biden Signs 9 Bills On Improving Veteran Care by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden arrives to speak and sign into law nine bipartisan bills that will honor and improve care for America’s veterans
during an event in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Joe Biden signed nine bills into law helping veterans.    However, some are still criticizing him for past grievances.    This comes as both sides of the aisle are in agreement when it comes to helping veterans.
    Biden signed the legislation into law Tuesday to honor and improve care for veterans.    Some of the bills seek to provide better access to mammograms for veterans exposed to burn pits, improve breast imaging services...and to compensate veterans who have developed cancer or medical conditions from World War II-era nuclear programs.    Additionally, the President said they are focused on veterans’ future.
    “We’re going to strengthen the oversight of the VA’s activities so veterans get the care they deserve,” Biden stated.    “And restoring educational systems benefits so veterans displaced by COVID-19 can continue to gain new skills to meet the demands and change in the workforce.”
    However, Army combat veteran and Florida congressional candidate Cory Mills slammed the administration on Tuesday for failing to show respect for veterans in the past.
    “This is the same guy who wouldn’t even recognize the 13 fallen who died in Afghanistan and perished during his State of the Union address,” said Mills.    “He has missed multiple engagements to actually try and show sympathy or show honor, show respect for our fallen heroes and he’s failed to do so.”
    Biden was also criticized for acknowledging D-Day late.
    “We had 150,000 brave Americans who actually landed on the shores to try and take back and fight against the axis of evil,” said Mills.    “That 150,000 was considered to be an invasion? We have just in the last couple of months, over 150,000 who have crossed our borders, but the Biden administration still refuses to call that an invasion.    The Biden administration is failing us in every single way and what a gaffe to not actually recognize the greatest generation of our lifetimes.”

6/8/2022 DEVELOPING: 1 Dead, Dozens Injured After Car Crashes Into Crowd In Germany by OAN NEWSROOM
Police officers cover a victim’s body after car plowing incident in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Soh)
    An investigation is underway in Germany after a car crashed into a crowd, killing one person and leaving several others with life-threatening injuries.    The incident happened Wednesday in a busy shopping district in Berlin.
    According to reports, the car crashed into a store after hitting the crowd.    Witnesses detained the driver until police arrived on the scene.    Authorities are trying to determine if this was a deliberate act or if the driver had a medical emergency.
    The crash happened near Breitscheid Square, where an extremist carried out a vehicle attack in 2016 that left 12 people dead.    More information will become available as the situation further develops.
A police officer speaks on the phone near the crashed vehicle. (Photo Credit/ Reuters)

6/8/2022 San Francisco Recalls District Attorney Chesa Boudin by OAN NEWSROOM
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, leave an election night gathering Tuesday, June 7, 2022,
in San Francisco. San Francisco residents voted Tuesday to recall Boudin, a progressive, following a heated campaign that
captivated the country and bitterly divided Democrats over crime, policing and public safety reform. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
    Voters in San Francisco, California choose to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin.    The embattled public official lost his seat in Tuesday’s elections with more than 60 percent of voters calling for his removal.
    Critics cited his soft-on-crime policies as a contributing factor to the area’s surge in crime rates.    They also cited an up-tick in shoplifting, burglaries and open-air drug dealing as reasons to recall him.    Despite this, Boudin blamed his loss on being outspent three-to-one.
    “Voters were not asked to choose between criminal justice reform and something else,” he stated.
    “They were given an opportunity to voice their frustration and their outrage, and they took that opportunity.”
    Boudin is the first San Francisco district attorney to be recalled in the city’s history.    Meanwhile, the recall effort for fellow progressive District Attorney George Gascon of Los Angeles could be on November’s ballot if the petition garners enough signatures.
    There has been speculation that Boudin may be picked up by President Joe Biden as an added member of his administration.    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.) took to Twitter to call on Biden to confirm this will not be the case.    As of Wednesday morning, the White House has made no comment on the possibility.

6/8/2022 White House Puts $3.2B Towards Stemming Migration by OAN NEWSROOM
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a roundtable discussion with business executives during
the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Vice President Kamala Harris announced funds to address what the Biden administration considers to be key causes of migration.    On Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s border czar declared the inception of the Central American Service Corps, which is intended to target supposedly root causes of migration such as poverty, violence and climate change.    The Vice President claimed the package will give individuals incentives to remain in their countries of origin.
    “This investment is on track to generate, as a result of what we have done so far,” said Harris.
    “Tens of thousands of jobs, as well as investments in sectors such as agriculture and textiles.    This investment also means that more than 10 million people will have access to banking systems and credit.”     The spending plan funds multiple private industries to expand operations in Central America, including $250 million for Visa to increase digital payment systems, $100 million for auto-part supplier Yazaki to hire more employees and a $700 million expansion of mobile networks in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.    The measure is also intended to promote youth programs, civil engagement activities and so-called green jobs.
    According to Harris, the funds will be an investment in making many Central American countries more attractive to reside in.
    “Consider that El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have a total population size of about 30 million people,” the vice president voiced.    “A $3.2 billion investment will then have a direct impact on the quality of life for people throughout that region.”
    Although the funds are heading to Central America, they will not reach the migrant caravan currently making its way through Mexico.    The caravan of up to 15,000 people is more than three-miles long and is marching towards the US border in anticipation of Title 42’s expiration.
    Since taking the role as border czar in March of last year, Harris has only visited the region twice.

6/8/2022 Russia’s UN Envoy Refutes Accusations, Walks Out Of Meeting by OAN NEWSROOM
UN Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia is pictured. (Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images)
    Russia’s United Nations ambassador walked out of a panel meeting to protest accusations against Russian military personnel in Ukraine.    During a UN discussion Monday, President of the European Council Charles Michel accused Russian troops of committing alleged sexual violence against civilians in Ukraine.
    “Mr. President, I would once again like to categorically refute any accusations against Russian personnel of sexual violence,” stated UN Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia.    “We roundly condemn this lie.”
    UN Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia suggested there has been no reliable evidence to back up such claims.
    However, the European official pressed the issue prompting a hard rebuttal by the Russia diplomat.
    “I would like to declare that the actions of Russian forces are subject to strict rules and for torture and violence against civilians the strictest treatment is reserved,” he stated.    “Upholding the norms of international humanitarian law is a non-question priority for us.    Unfortunately the same cannot be said for service personnel of the Ukrainian armed forces and nationalist battalions.”
    The Russian envoy then left the meeting while suggesting the UN should look into the Ukraine government’s record of violating human rights.

6/8/2022 Armed Man Arrested Near Justice Kavanaugh’s Home by OAN NEWSROOM
Erin Schaff/Pool via AP
    Members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., April 23, 2021.
    An armed suspect was arrested outside of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s (R-D.C.) home.    According to reports on Wednesday, the California man told police he was there to kill Kavanaugh.
    The suspect, 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske was carrying a handgun, a knife, pepper spray and burglary tools.    He never made it to the home, authorities stopped him on a nearby street after receiving a tip.
    “This kind of behavior, it’s obviously behavior that we will not tolerate,” said US Attorney General Merrick Garland.    “Threats of violence and actual violence against the justices of course strike at the heart of our democracy.    We will do everything we can to prevent them and hold people who do them accountable.”
    Two people familiar with the situation said the man was upset about the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade, as well as the recent wave of violence across the country.
    More information will become available as the situation further develops.

6/8/2022 Rep. Jordan: FBI Targeting Conservative Employees by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and House Republican
Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., right, speak to reporters following a Republican
Conference meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) revealed the FBI purged it’s employees who hold conservative views.    In a recent letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, the Ohio Congressman demanded an explanation of the bureau targeting it’s own employees.
    “Since our May 6 letter, we have received new protected whistleblower disclosures that suggest the FBI’s actions are far more pervasive than previously known,” Jordan alleged.
    He stated a number of concerned FBI agents have come forward as higher-ranking FBI officials questioned their allegiance to the US over their political views.    This after Jordan revealed, some FBI agents are facing suspension and termination for participating in January 6 protests.
    “We are conducting oversight to ensure the FBI is not retaliating against FBI employees for exercising their First Amendment rights,” he wrote.    “We ask for your personal assurance that the FBI will cooperate fully with the Inspector General’s examination.”
    Jordan also said a separate “whistleblower” who has since left the FBI, told him about retaliation they received for criticizing the FBI in an anonymous survey taken of employees following January 6, 2021.
    The Ohio Congressman feels political purges have no place in the US government.

6/8/2022 Rep. Taylor Greene Accuses Sen. Graham Of Helping Biden by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year
2023 budget for the FBI in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Ting Shen/Pool Photo via AP)
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) ripped into Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).    In a recent episode of her podcast, Greene criticized Graham for being open to voting on gun control legislation.    She argued that his decision would only hurt the people who voted him into office.
    “There’s a lot of gun owners in South Carolina,” said Greene.    “They are not going to be very happy with the senator that they elected and sent to Washington, D.C., to represent their values, to defend their freedoms, and protect their gun rights and uphold the Constitution.    They are not going to like it very much when he’s up here helping Joe Biden pass his communist agenda and go ahead and destroy their Second Amendment rights.”
    Additionally, she accused him of helping Biden pass his “communist agenda” and wanting to destroy the Second Amendment.    Graham is a member of a bipartisan negotiation in the Senate regarding gun control.    Graham issued a statement following Biden’s speech in response to recent mass shootings.
    “I stand ready to vote on all the proposals mentioned by President Biden tonight," he stated.    “I encourage the Democratic Leader to bring them forward for votes.”
    Senators claimed they need more time on negotiations, but have said they are making progress.    The South Carolina Senator has not indicated what direction he will vote.

6/8/2022 Oil up $2.55 to $122.32, DOW down 269 to 32,911.

    I, author of this website, and I am 71 years old.    So Joe Biden, I bought my dream Van that has everything a man wants in it and have taken it to Florida vacations from Kentucky 3 times in the last 4 years and this Van was my last vehicle that I intend buy and it is paid off and I intend to inherit it to my two sons who are 12 and 14 years old now for them to drive when they turn 16 years old and get licensed, and to let you know I have no other option and I will have to pay for your gas hikes until I die even if it goes to $8+ a gallon even if I have to buy it illegally if such happens.    To let you know I mainly because I am not going to pay for a new electric car at $60,000 plus, and etc. to charge it which I could not pay off that vehice probably before I die and will not put that debt on anyone else or my children and as the next articles tell me you do not have any plan to make things better so may the God of Abrham, Isaac and Jacob send a dream to you to see your fate if you continue on your destruction of this country.

6/9/2022 How a battery shortage is hampering the U.S. switch to wind, solar power by Nichola Groom - Reuters
© Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
    (Reuters) - U.S. renewable energy developers have delayed or scrapped several big battery projects meant to store electrical power on the grid in recent months, scuttling plans to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar energy.
    At least a dozen storage projects meant to support growing renewable energy supplies have been postponed, canceled or renegotiated as labor and transport bottlenecks, soaring minerals prices, and competition from the electric vehicle industry crimp supply.
© Reuters/DAVID GRAYFILE PHOTO: A fence surrounds the Hornsdale Power Reserve,
featuring a lithium-ion battery made by Tesla, near the South Australian town of Jamestown
    One previously unreported dispute over a delayed California storage project has even wound up in court.
    The slowdown in utility-scale battery installations threatens the pace of the U.S. transition away from fossil fuels as the Biden administration seeks to decarbonize the grid by 2035.    The delays could pose a threat to power reliability in states that already depend heavily on renewable energy like California.
© Reuters/DAVID GRAYFILE PHOTO: Warning signs adorn the fence surrounding the compound housing the Hornsdale
Power Reserve, featuring a lithium-ion battery made by Tesla, near the South Australian town of Jamestown
    Storing power is considered vital to the expansion of solar and wind energy because it allows electricity generated when the sun is shining or wind is blowing to be used at the end of the day when consumers need it most.
    The delays span states including California, Hawaii and Georgia, with battery providers including Tesla and Fluence warning of disruptions to supply, according to a review of regulatory documents, corporate statements and interviews with project developers and power providers.
    The delays, some of which have not been previously reported, range from several months to a year, according to the Reuters reporting.
    "i>I have not seen a nascent industry challenged on so many fronts," said Jamal Burki, president of IHI Terrasun Solutions, the U.S. energy storage arm of Japanese heavy equipment maker IHI Corp.
    European energy storage projects are also facing delays, but that region lags the United States in the development of grid-scale storage, making the issue less pronounced.
    Ben Guest, fund manager at Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, which invests in battery projects in Britain, said he has seen two-to-three-month delays in projects primarily due to component shortages and shipping challenges.
    Energy storage makes up about 3% of U.S. operating clean energy capacity and has been growing rapidly.
    Installations soared 170% in the first quarter to 758 megawatts, according to the American Clean Power Association, roughly enough capacity to power 144,000 homes.
    But the pace is dipping below forecasts.    Energy research firm Wood Mackenzie told Reuters it may revise down its current outlook for U.S. storage installations of 5.9 GW this year because of the rising evidence of market disruptions, after 2021 installations came in at about two-thirds of what it initially expected.
    Prices for lithium-ion batteries, three-quarters of which are produced in China, have soared as much as 20% since last year as lithium and nickel costs rise, COVID-19 lockdowns disrupt manufacturing, and transport constraints slow shipments.
    For some, the word nuclear may conjure images of Robust demand from EV producers for batteries has also been a headwind, industry players told Reuters.    Battery manufacturers are favoring the EV market because their orders are more predictable compared to the lumpy, project-based orders from power storage developers.
    "When the pullback happens, it's felt worse by the storage industry than it is by the electric vehicle industry," said Andy Tang, vice president of energy storage and optimization at storage developer Wartsila.    "We're a difficult customer."
    Recent turmoil in the solar industry, caused by uncertainty over potential tariffs on Asian imports, has also impacted storage development.    Constructing storage alongside solar allows facilities to claim a federal tax credit that does not exist for standalone batteries.    The Biden administration this week announced it would waive tariffs for two years on panels from countries impacted by a Commerce Department investigation, an attempt to revitalize solar installations.
    These obstacles have raised questions about the fate of some 14.7 gigawatts of U.S. battery storage in development, some of which state authorities had hoped would be in place to prevent blackouts as early as this summer.
    Among recent delays is 535-MW of storage Ameresco Inc is developing for Southern California Edison, one of the state's biggest utilities.    It expects just a portion of the project -- about 300 MW -- to be online by its August target.
    Ameresco did not respond to a request for comment.
    Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE), which purchases power on behalf of 430,000 customers in five California counties, is also facing delays of six clean energy projects, including 122 MW of storage, needed to meet state-mandated clean energy requirements, according to spokesperson Catherine Stedman.
    The developers of the projects, originally meant to come online this year and next, have warned of delays between six and 12 months, Stedman said.
    CCCE and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority, its partner in several projects, meanwhile, have sued developer EDF Renewables over its termination of contracts for the Big Beau solar and storage project that started generating power last year.
    EDF in March had asked to increase the price for the project's still unfinished energy storage component by $76.8 million -- a 233% increase, according to the complaint filed May 9 in California state court in Santa Clara County.
    EDF did not respond to a request for comment.
    The disruptions have concerned state officials, already dealing with perennial power shortages during peak summer demand.    Governor Gavin Newsom said in April that the state had been counting on new battery storage projects, many of which were procured following rolling blackouts in August 2020, to shore up summer reliability.
    "Delays in the online dates of these projects are a very real concern," California Public Utilities Commission spokesperson Terrie Prosper said in a statement.
    Energy research firm Rystad said that given the large appetite for batteries from a surging EV market, global supplies for utility storage projects are not expected to be able to meet demand in the medium-term.     That's a problem, the International Energy Agency says.    Battery storage needs to reach 585 GW by 2030 to decarbonize the global power sector, a 35-fold increase from 2020.
    "If you can't get the batteries manufactured and reliably delivered at a price point that is coming down... you're going to slow the ability of batteries to accelerate the transition," said Jim Kapsis, founder of climate technology advisory firm the Ad Hoc Group.
    In Hawaii, utility Hawaiian Electric is seeing delays in solar and storage projects it contracted to help replace the state's only coal-fired power plant, set to retire in September. The developer of four projects, Canada's Innergex Renewable Energy, revealed on a conference call last month that it was seeking to renegotiate the terms of the deals – including price and timing - after receiving force majeure notices from its battery supplier, Tesla.
    Hawaiian Electric spokesperson Sharon Higa said the utility expected just 39 MW of the 378.5 MW of solar and storage it procured to be in service prior to the AES coal plant retiring.
    Innergex and Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.
    Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk acknowledged earlier this year in a conference call that the company had prioritized EV battery supplies over stationary storage.
    Fluence, meanwhile, said in a conference call last month that it has issued force majeure notices on three contracts because its battery suppliers in China were not able to fulfill their obligations.    It said it had also raised prices on new contracts by 15% to 25% and would price future contracts based on raw material indices to guard against volatility.
(Reporting by Nichola Groom in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Susanna Twidale in London; Editing by Richard Valdmanis and Lisa Shumaker)

6/9/2022 Gov. Ron DeSantis to WaPo, ‘legacy media’ after ‘smear’ attempt: ‘We don’t care what you think anymore’ by Lindsay Kornick – FOX News
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    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis condemned the Washington Post and "the legacy media" during a press conference on Wednesday in which he told them, "We don’t care what you think anymore."
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    At an appearance in West Palm Beach, DeSantis was asked about a recent piece from the Washington Post that accused his press secretary Christina Pushaw of potentially violating the Foreign Agents Registration (FARA) Act by belatedly registering herself as a foreign agent for the former president of the country of Georgia.
    DeSantis called the article a "smear piece" and said he was "not deterred" by the attempt.
    "I am not deterred by any smear piece by these legacy media outlets.    The only reason they’re attacking her is because she does a great job and she’s very effective at calling out their lies and their phony narratives," he said.
    He continued, "Whenever they’re smearing somebody, you know that person is over the target and they’re scared of them.    I would be much more concerned with my press secretary if the Washington Post was writing puff pieces about her.    Then I would think something was wrong."
    Pushaw’s attorney Michael Sherwin said in a statement obtained by Fox News, "Ms. Pushaw did volunteer work helping to advocate for former Georgian President Miikheil Saakashvili," a close ally of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and the need for free elections and democratic institutions in Georgia where she was living at the time.
    "She was then paid for some of that work, totaling $25,000 over two years, which covered some of her living expenses.    Her efforts included writing op-eds, reaching out to supporters and officials, and advocating on his behalf in Georgia and in the United States," Sherin explained.
    "The work ended in 2020. Ms. Pushaw was notified recently by the DOJ that her work on behalf of Mr. Saakashvilli likely required FARA registration.    Ms. Pushaw filed for the registration retroactively as soon as she was made aware," the statement concluded.
    DeSantis also called out media for continuing to push hit pieces against his administration.
    "I think what we need to understand is that these legacy D.C. and New York outlets - we don’t care what you think anymore.    We know you peddle narratives.    We know you lie.    We know you don’t care about the facts.    And so you can try to smear me or anyone in my administration all you want to.    All that’s going to do is embolden us to continue moving forward for the people in Florida," DeSantis said.
    He concluded, saying, "I think it was a totally ridiculous attempted smear and it’ll have absolutely no impact on anything that we’re doing in our office."
    In a comment to Fox News, Pushaw said, "I am blessed to work for a leader who genuinely does not care what legacy media thinks about him, his agenda, or his team.    The point of FARA is transparency, and I’ve always been transparent and open about my experience working in Eastern Europe, which concluded months before I started working for Governor DeSantis.    As soon as I was told that I might be required to register, I worked proactively to complete the registration as soon as possible."

6/9/2022 Progressives see signs of hope fade after disappointing night by Hanna Trudo – The Hill
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    Primary results in California are adding to woes for progressives, who are seeing limits on the political support for their reformist vision of the country.
    In San Francisco, voters recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin (D), whose criminal justice and police reforms spooked residents who saw policies like cash bail stripped away under his tenure.    At the same time, Rick Caruso, a Republican-turned-Democrat, had a surprisingly strong showing in the Los Angeles mayoral race while funneling tens of millions into a centrist, tough-on-crime platform and will face Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who has built a progressive reputation, in a runoff election.
    The bleeding didn’t stop there. Just days prior, Texas officials announced anti-abortion rights Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), considered the most conservative Democrat in the House, had defeated activist and attorney Jessica Cisneros by fewer than 300 votes in the Democratic runoff for Texas’s 28th Congressional District, delivering perhaps the primary cycle’s biggest blow to progressives.    And the week prior, Justice Democrats-backed Rana Abdelhamid suspended her House bid in New York.
    The left wing saw glimmers of hope last month when longtime Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) lost to liberal challenger Jamie Mcleod-Skinner in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.    Schrader, one of only two lawmakers President Biden endorsed, was seen as an obstructionist within his own party, and voters declined to reelect him to an eighth term.
    They also celebrated wins in Pennsylvania.    Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) won a coveted Senate primary over moderate Rep. Conor Lamb (D), and activist Summer Lee edged out a win for a House seat that covers>     But the latest defeats give a two steps forward, three steps back feeling for dispirited progressives desperate to keep their movement’s energy intact.
    “The far left was talking a big game at the start of this cycle, but reality has intruded,” said Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a top centrist think tank.
    “Democratic voters keep saying, over and over, that they do not want what the far left is selling.    Deep-blue San Francisco has sent that message twice this year in recall elections.    Voters in Minneapolis said the same, as did Democrats in New York City.”
    In San Francisco, crime dominated the discussion. Considered one of the left’s biggest vulnerabilities, the issue proved to be a losing one at the ballot box, and validation for moderates who had for months warned of the electoral problems with the “defund the police” mentality.
    For the activists and few progressive officeholders who embraced Boudin’s platform, an overwhelming number of voters didn’t.    They rejected a belief that a softer approach on crime was needed in their city and proved that positions messaged toward safety were paramount.
    Boudin, who came into office just three years ago with much adoration from liberals, was recalled by 61 percent, according to The Associated Press.
    “Ultimately,” said Kevin Liao, a political operative with the Democratic consultancy Bryson Gillette, it’s about “making sure to address the feeling of safety that people are going through in their everyday lives.”
    Just a few hundred miles away in Los Angeles, the race to elect the city’s next mayor had become more challenging for progressives than some anticipated.    They saw Bass, a former leader in Congress close to both activists and party leadership, lose support to Caruso, whose billionaire status allowed him to self-fund his campaign.
    Much like in San Francisco, crime and unmitigated homelessness drove voters’ fears and preferences in the primary, though Bass has come out strongly against the progressive “defund the police” slogan.    Bass and Caruso will face off against each other in the fall elections.
    In the latter weeks of the campaign, Bass tried to tie Caruso to his past support for GOP base issues like guns and abortion.
    “That will only permeate more in the general election,” said Liao, who expects to see sharper contrast drawn between both campaigns.    “Do the big national Democratic figures and groups come out in support of Bass?    Do you get [Sens.] Bernie [Sanders] and Elizabeth Warren endorsements and visits?
    “That nationalization of the race will only grow as we get closer to November,” he said.
    No race was perhaps as nationalized as the Texas runoff, where Cisneros mounted a rematch against Cuellar for control of the state’s conservative-leaning district.
    Democrats watched in anticipation as votes trickled in from pro-Cuellar and pro-Cisneros counties in what amounted to a too-close-to-call election night.    Days later, state officials finally certified the results narrowly in Cuellar’s favor after the congressman had already declared victory twice.
    Cisneros is now calling for a recount.
    “Progressives have an uphill battle in this political environment,” said Joel Payne, a Democratic strategist and campaign veteran.
    While Cisneros came up just short of a House seat and potential place in the “Squad,” some Democrats argue that progressives who are already in office are also coming up short, with voters searching for a common target.
    Confusion over who contributed to Biden’s social spending package tanking and fears of more losses coming in the midterm elections are adding to those concerns.
    “There are a lot of progressives in positions of influence and power at a time where the country is unhappy with its leadership,” Payne said.
    The news on Tuesday wasn’t all bad for progressives.
    Gabriel Vasquez, a progressive former councilman, won a lesser-watched race for a New Mexico House seat to face off against Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell.
    But without linear traction, liberals are struggling to make the case that their platform is viable. And moderates see an opening in the cracks.
    “If they can’t sell their vision to primary voters in the Bay Area or the Bronx, it’s pretty tough for them to argue that their approach will work in a general election in suburban Richmond,” said Bennett of Third Way.
    Still, progressives are not the only ones facing criticism. Biden is increasingly taking heat from all sides as his approval ratings continue to sink, as domestic problems rip through the country and as his search for a new strategy and message hits up against the midterm clock.
    The optics of regular infighting don’t help.
    “The county’s been in a constant state of tumult,” Payne said.    “People are unhappy with everybody and everything right now.    And they’re going to reach at the closest thing they can grasp at.    That’s usually the incumbent.”

6/9/2022 MASS SHOOTINGS - HOUSE PASSES GUN CONTROL BILL - Wide-ranging legislation prompted by Buffalo, Uvalde attacks by Kevin Freking, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – The House passed a wide-ranging gun control bill Wednesday in response to recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, that would raise the age limit for purchasing a semiautomatic rifle and prohibit the sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds.
  • The legislation passed by a mostly party-line vote of 223-204. It has almost no chance of becoming law as the Senate pursues negotiations focused on improving mental health programs, bolstering school security and enhancing background checks. But the House bill does allow Democratic lawmakers a chance to frame for voters in November where they stand on policies that polls show are widely supported.
  • “We can’t save every life, but my God, shouldn’t we try? America we hear you and today in the House we are taking the action you are demanding,” said Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas. “Take note of who is with you and who is not.”
What’s in the bill?
  • Raises the age limit for purchasing a semiautomatic rifle
  • Prohibits the sale of all ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds.
    The push comes after a House committee heard wrenching testimony from recent shooting victims and family members, including from 11-year-old girl Miah Cerrillo, who covered herself with a dead classmate’s blood to avoid being shot at the Uvalde elementary school.
    The seemingly never-ending cycle of mass shootings in the United States has rarely stirred Congress to act.    But the shooting of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde has revived efforts in a way that has lawmakers from both parties talking about the need to respond.
    “It’s sickening, it’s sickening that our children are forced to live in this constant fear,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
    Pelosi said the House vote would “make history by making progress.”    But it’s unclear where the House measure will go after Wednesday’s vote, given that Republicans were adamant in their opposition.
    “The answer is not to destroy the Second Amendment, but that is exactly where the Democrats want to go,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
    The work to find common ground is mostly taking place in the Senate, where support from 10 Republicans will be needed to get a bill signed into law.    Nearly a dozen Democratic and Republican senators met privately for an hour Wednesday in hopes of reaching a framework for compromise legislation by week’s end.    Participants said more conversations were needed about a plan expected to propose modest steps.
    In a measure of the political peril that efforts to curb guns pose for Republicans, five of the six lead Senate GOP negotiators do not face reelection until 2026.    They are Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.    The sixth, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, is retiring in January.    It’s also notable that none is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
    While Cornyn has said the talks are serious, he has not joined the chorus of Democrats saying the outlines of a deal could be reached by the end of this week. He told reporters Wednesday that he considers having an agreement before Congress begins a recess in late June to be “an aspirational goal.”
    The House bill stitches together a variety of proposal Democrats had introduced before the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde.    The suspects in the shootings at the Uvalde, elementary school and Buffalo supermarket were both just 18, authorities say, when they bought the semi-automatic weapons used in the attacks. The bill would increase the minimum age to buy such weapons to 21.
    “A person under 21 cannot buy a Budweiser.    We should not let a person under 21 buy an AR-15 weapon of war,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
    Republicans have noted that a U.S. appeals court ruling last month found California’s ban on the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under 21 was unconstitutional.
    “This is unconstitutional and it’s immoral.    Why is it immoral? Because we’re telling 18, 19 and 20-year-olds to register for the draft.    You can go die for your country.    We expect you to defend us, but we’re not going to give you the tools to defend yourself and your family,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.
    The House bill also includes incentives designed to increase the use of safe gun storage devises and creates penalties for violating safe storage requirements, providing for a fine and imprisonment of up to five years if a gun is not properly stored and is subsequently used by a minor to injure or kill themselves or another individual.
    It also builds on executive actions banning fast-action “bump stock” devices and “ghost guns” that are assembled without serial numbers.
    Five Republicans voted for the bill: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Chris Jacobs of New York, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Fred Upton of Michigan.    Only Fitzpatrick seeks reelection.    On the Democratic side, Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon were the only no votes. Schrader lost his reelection bid in the Democratic primary.
    The House is expected to approve a bill Thursday that would allow families, police and others to ask federal courts to order the removal of firearms from people who are believed to be at extreme risk of harming themselves or others.
    Nineteen states and the District of Columbia currently have such “red flag laws.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the vote would “make history by making progress.” MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP

6/9/2022 UN report: Ukraine war is increasing suffering of millions - War exacerbated ‘global cost-of-living crisis’ by Edith M. Lederer, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Residents of the Oworonshoki slum in Lagos, Nigeria, carry food parcels from the Lagos Food Bank Initiative,
a nonprofit nutrition-focused initiative committed to fighting hunger in poor communities, on July 10, 2021.
Record-high energy prices are triggering fuel shortages and blackouts in all parts of the world. SUNDAY ALAMBA/AP FILE

    UNITED NATIONS – The ripple effects of the war in Ukraine are increasing the suffering of millions of people by escalating food and energy prices and worsening a financial crisis, coming on top of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, a U.N. report said Wednesday.
    The U.N. Global Crisis Response Group said the war “has exacerbated a global cost-of-living crisis unseen in at least a generation” and it is under mining U.N. aspirations to end extreme poverty around the globe and achieve 16 other goals for a better world by 2030.
    The group, appointed by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to assess the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, also said 60% of workers have lower real incomes today than before the pandemic and 60% of the poorest countries are in debt distress or at high risk of it.
    Guterres, who chairs the group, said at a news conference that “the war’s impact on food security, energy and finance is systemic, severe and speeding up.”
    He said the war, along with other crises, “is threatening to unleash an unprecedented wave of hunger and destitution, leaving social and economic chaos in its wake.”
    “Vulnerable people and vulnerable countries are already being hit hard, but make no mistake: No country or community will be left untouched by this cost-of-living crisis,” the U.N. chief warned.
    Food prices are near record highs and fertilizer prices have doubled, Guterres said.
    “Without fertilizers, shortages will spread from corn and wheat to all staple crops, including rice, with a devastating impact on billions of people in Asia and South America, too,” he said.
    “This year’s food crisis is about lack of access,” he added.    “Next years could be about lack of food.”
    According to the report, about 180 million people in 41 of 53 countries where data was available are forecast to be facing a food crisis or worse conditions this year and 19 million more people are expected to face “chronic undernourishment globally in 2023.”
    In addition, the report said, record high energy prices are triggering fuel shortages and blackouts in all parts of the world, especially in Africa.
    Guterres said many developing countries are facing a continuing financial squeeze on top of the risk of debt default and economic collapse because of the COVID-19 pandemic and unequal recovery from it and the climate crisis.
    Rebeca Grynspan, secretary-general of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development who is a co-facilitator of the Global Crisis Response Group, said food, energy and finance -are interconnected and all three must be tackled to solve the global crisis.
    According to the report, one of every two countries in sub-Saharan Africa remain significantly vulnerable and are exposed to all three dimensions of the crisis.    The Latin American and Caribbean region is the second-largest group facing the cost-of-living crisis, with nearly 20 countries deeply affected.
    Grynspan warned of social unrest and political instability “as a result of the weakened ability of countries and families to cope with yet another global crisis, on top of COVID-19 and the climate crisis.”    She said that “there is no solution to the cost-of-living crisis without a solution to the finance crisis.”
    Grynspan urged international financial institutions – especially the boards of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund –- to increase rapid disbursements to bolster the financial resources of countries in need.
    She urged the G20, comprising the world’s 20 leading economies to reinstate the suspension of debt repayments for poor countries and push back debt maturities by two to five years.

6/9/2022 Report: NIH Officials Took Secret Payments From Outside Firms by OAN NEWSROOM
Dr. Anthony Fauci in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    A new report revealed top officials at Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) are receiving millions of dollars in secret royalty checks.
    An investigative report by Open the Books, an American nonprofit organization that describes itself as a transparency group devoted to uncovering disclosed government spending, found more than $134 million was paid to 1,600 NIH executives, scientists and researchers by third-party groups. The payments were revealed after a Freedom of Information Act request.
    The scheme reportedly involves the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, along with several US Department of Health and Human Services and Pentagon agencies as well as the US Agency for International Development.    Republican lawmakers are aware of this report and they are calling for a deeper inquiry.
    “The NIH is in the midst of, as you know, awarding grants for research,” said Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Mich.).    “Is also in the position of sort of evaluating or giving opinions on drugs that work or don’t work.    And the idea that scientist may be benefiting financially from work that they have done at NIH, that creates to me an appearance of a conflict of interest.”
    According to the GOP, royalty payments to NIH officials may undermine public trust in the government’s certification of medical drugs.

6/9/2022 5 Marines Killed In Southern Calif. Osprey Aircraft Crash by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – A MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flies at Marine Corps Air Facility at
Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., on on Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
    Five marines were declared dead after a transport aircraft crash in Southern California.    The Marine Corps confirmed the news Thursday morning.    On Wednesday, local and federal firefighters responded to the scene after the Osprey aircraft went down during a training exercise in a remote area, some 115 miles east of San Diego.
    “We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap,” Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering said in a statement.    “Our h/earts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.”
    The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft used to move troops and supplies, according to the Marines.    It can take off and land like a helicopter, but can also fly like a plane.    Naval Air Facility El Centro said “contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft.”
    The military said the identities of the service members will not be released until 24 hours after their next-of-kin has been notified.    The investigation is still ongoing as officials search for what caused the crash.

6/9/2022 House GOP Decry Democrat-Proposed Gun Control Laws by OAN NEWSROOM
Republican members of the House Second Amendment Caucus, from left, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.,
Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., talk to
reporters as they criticize a series of Democratic measure to curb gun violence in the wake of the mass shootings at a school
in Uvalde, Texas, and a grocery in Buffalo, N.Y., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Republicans responded to new gun control laws proposed by Democrats.    GOP representatives hosted a press conference regarding legislation being proposed in Congress.
    On Wednesday, congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said proposed new bills would not end mass shootings.    She pointed to places like New York and Chicago that have rampant gun violence despite implementing strict gun control measures.
    One proposal seeks to adopt red flag laws on the federal level, while an omnibus package contains measures such as codifying a ban on bump stocks and banning high-capacity magazines.
    “What we shouldn’t do is accept the Democrats jamming radical left-wing legislation through Congress at the expense of the American people’s liberty and freedom,” Boebert stated.    “It would not end school shootings, but it certainly would disarm law abiding citizens.    And if the leftist policies and these gun grabbing bills worked then New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, these cities would be safer than Mayberry, but they’re not.”
    Additionally, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) accused Democrats of not wanting to address mental health issues that could reduce gun violence.
    “They’re doing it because they don’t want to focus on the root of the problem,” asserted the Louisiana lawmaker.    “We’ve offered time and time again legislation to get to the root of the problem.    Why are young kids committing more violent acts?    Why shouldn’t we be asking that question?    Why shouldn’t we be working on solving that problem as opposed to the Democrats approach of just taking away more guns?
    Boebert ended the press conference by reminding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about her husband who was recently arrested for driving under the influence.
    “Maybe you all should do your job and remind Speaker Pelosi how dangerous DUIs are and how many lives are lost at the hands of drunk drivers, rather than pushing forward eight unconstitutional gun legislation this week in Congress,” said the Colorado congresswoman.
    Later on, Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 228-to-199 in favor of the Protect Our Kids bill that would raise minimum age to purchase certain weapons from 18 to 21.    The House has yet to vote on the Federal Risk Protection Order, which is expected to happen later this week.

6/9/2022 Biden Tries To Lead Western Hemisphere On Economy, Migration by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden speaks during the opening ceremony at the Summit of the
Americas Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    The Biden administration has attempted to solve economic and migration woes with the country’s neighbors.    President Joe Biden promoted his economic policies to the Western Hemisphere as inflation has continued to cripple America’s middle class.    While speaking at the Summit of the America’s in Los Angeles Wednesday, he took a swipe at the tax cuts of the Trump administration.
    “What’s true in the United States is true in every country,” Biden said.    “Trickle-down economics does not work.    When we invest in strengthening workers and the middle class, the poor have a ladder up and those at the top do just fine.    That’s how we can increase opportunity and decrease the persistent inequity.”
    Since the beginning of the year, the Biden economy has not seen year-on-year inflation rates dip below 7 percent.    Despite his calls to address inequity, a recent report from Bank of America found such inflation disproportionately affected people of color and rural communities.
    In the face of such numbers, the President vowed to increase supply chains and trade throughout the America’s.    He also addressed the northward migration taking place in the hemisphere.    The Democrat teased a cooperative migration plan with the summit’s participants as his administration tries to scrap the Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and Title 42.
    “We’ll also come together to launch the Los Angeles declaration,” he declared.    “A ground breaking integrated new approach to managing migration and sharing responsibility across the hemisphere.    The declaration represents a mutual commitment to invest in regional solutions that enhance stability, increase opportunities for safe and orderly migration through the region.”
    Biden’s remarks on immigration arose from a caravan of up to 15,000 people who are currently sneaking their way through Mexico towards the southern border.    Leaders of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras were not present despite being the source of 90 percent of America’s migration flow.
    Brazil and Argentina’s heads of state threatened to skip the conference until they were granted bilateral meetings with US officials.    While trying to put on a brave face to America’s neighbors, Biden lamented to reporters about his negative press coverage regarding the economy and foreign policy aboard Air Force One.

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6/10/2022 A harrowing American moment, repackaged for prime time by TED ANTHONY, AP National Writer – Associated Press
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Promised: New footage.    New testimony.    New and damning revelations designed to eliminate all doubt.    Hired to package it all for the airwaves: A former network news president.    The time slot: 8 p.m. on the East Coast, once a plum spot for the most significant television programming in the land.
    Presented in prime time and carefully calibrated for a TV-viewing audience (itself increasingly an anachronism), the debut of the Jan. 6 hearings was, in essence, a summer rerun.    Designed as a riveting legislative docudrama about an event that most of the country saw live 18 months ago, it tried mightily to break new narrative ground in a nation of short attention spans and endless distractions.
© Provided by Associated PressVice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., left, gives an opening statement, with Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.,
as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal
the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
    But did it?    Can it?    Even with gripping, violent video and the integrity of American democracy potentially at stake, can a shiny, weeks-long production that prosecutes with yesterday’s news — news that has been watched, processed and argued over ad nauseam — punch through the static and make a difference today?
    “The idea of a televised investigative proceeding maybe feels a little obsolete when so many people already had so much access to what happened," said Rebecca Adelman, professor and chair of media and communication studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.    “This is a population that by all evidence is fatigued by a lot of things.    I’m not sure how much sustained attention anyone has left at this point.”
© Provided by Associated Press An image of Ivanka Trump is displayed on a screen as the House select committee investigating
the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long
investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Jabin Botsford//The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    That's why the hearings needed one key thing most legislative committees lack: a professional TV executive — someone who could arrange and curate violent amateur and surveillance video, 3D motion graphics, eyewitness testimony and depositions into a storyline built to echo.
    Enter James Goldston, the former president of ABC News. The language Axios used in reporting his involvement was instructive.    Goldston, it said, would approach Thursday night's hearing “as if it were a blockbuster investigative special" with "makings of a national event."
    Those are not often words you hear about a committee hearing.    They're the words of showmanship — something politics has always had, actual governance less so.
    During the media-savvy (for its era) Kennedy administration, the historian Daniel J. Boorstin famously coined the term “pseudo-event” — an event conducted expressly for the purpose of being noticed.    While that isn't the case with the Jan. 6 hearings — actual governance is taking place — the buildup and presentation makes it easy to conclude otherwise.
    Could it be that this is the only way to grab the public's attention? After all, since Jan. 6, 2021, much of America has moved on to fresh worries.
    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, seized on some of those in a series of tweets attacking the committee. “When’s the prime-time hearing,” he asked in six tweets, followed by “on $5 per gallon gas,” “on baby formula shortages,” “on record crime in Democrat-run cities,” “on the left’s 2020 riots,” “on record high grocery prices," “on Democrats attacking parental rights at school board meetings" and “on threats against Supreme Court Justices and their families.”
© Provided by Associated PressFrom left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.,
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.,
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., are seated as the House select committee
investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a
year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    By many appearances, the country is operating as it was before the insurrection. Joe Biden was inaugurated as scheduled 14 days after the insurrection.    No evidence of election fraud surfaced.    The pandemic ebbed.    People are talking about guns and gas prices and Russia — not its interference in U.S. elections, but its invasion of Ukraine.
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    All of this, of course, belies the fact that the Capitol riot undermined the sanctity and security of the democratic process.    After more than 200 years in which the peaceful transfer of power was taken for granted in America, it suddenly and very violently wasn't.     And yet, in this meme-soaked era when loud events fade from the consciousness and are replaced by other loud events within days, it apparently takes what is essentially a Very Special Episode of Congress, packaged up like a documentary brimming with video clips and text-message screengrabs, to get the public's attention.     And that public is ... who, exactly?     The masses of Donald Trump supporters and opponents who have dug in their heels on both sides — those who think this is ridiculous political posturing and those who insist that day represented an existential threat to democracy — may not be the target audience.    More likely, it is Americans who retain an open mind and have kind of moved on; who could use a reminder in the most American way possible: by being presented with an on-screen drama to consume. (Unless you watch Fox, which vociferously refused to air it.)     High-profile public legislative hearings about the workings of government — from the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 to the Watergate hearings in 1973 to the Iran-Contra hearings in 1987 — have a history of drawing the nation's attention and being their era's version of must-see government TV.     But all those came in the days when a “phone” was something that made calls and was plugged into the wall — well before the era of media fragmentation produced by the internet and, a decade later, the rise of social media and content creation in your pocket.     The raw material presented Thursday night was at times banal and procedural (depositions, speeches).    But at times (the violent and profane video montage, the eyewitness testimony of Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards), it felt compelling, terrifying and immediate.     “We’ve lost the line! We’ve lost the line!” viewers heard one Capitol police officer shout as he was being attacked by rioters.    Yelled another, terror in his voice: “Officer down!” And this chilling shout, from the background of one scene of chaos: “We're coming!
    Then the production values took center stage — a perfectly timed voiceover of Trump saying, “They were peaceful people" and ”the love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it" before the sequence fades out.
    These are surely the moments that will be cannibalized on social in coming hours and days.    So much of political discourse happens online these days, and what was once must-see TV is now on your phone, on demand.    Content producers on TikTok and Twitter and Instagram are driving the moments to remember.    And if this was a produced TV show, those will be its tiny offspring.
    “People will be making their own spinoffs, a few seconds at a time,” said Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University.    “Now ... we’re in the age of developing stories as an interactive video game, where you take the coverage of that day and you turn it into a meme and get 30 million viewers.    I think that’s how a lot of people are going to experience these hearings.”
    So, check out your social media feeds, 2022-style, for the next phase of this drama — political and entertaining and unsettling all at once, and aggressively, messily American.
    “We watched the preseason. We watched the season.    And now this is behind the scenes in `American Politics: The Sport,‘” said John Baick, a historian at Western New England University.    “I don’t think anyone’s going to remember where they were when they watched the Capitol investigations."
    Ted Anthony, director of new storytelling and newsroom innovation at The Associated Press, has written about American culture since 1990.    Follow him on Twitter at

6/10/2022 Capitol officer recounts 'war scene' of Jan. 6 in testimony by FARNOUSH AMIRI, The Associated Press
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards described to lawmakers Thursday night what she could only describe as the “war scene” that she and other officers faced when rioters began viciously attacking them on Jan. 6, 2021.
    “It was something like I’ve seen in movies.    I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Edwards said.
    “There were officers on the ground.    They were bleeding.    I was slipping in people’s blood.”
    “It was carnage," she said.    "It was chaos.”
    The raw and at times explicit testimony from Edwards played out in the first public hearing on the findings of the House committee investigating the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
    Her recollections of the day amounted to the latest moment in the spotlight for the police officers who fought for hours as a violent mob of pro-Trump rioters, some armed with pipes, bats and bear spray, charged into the Capitol, quickly overrunning the overwhelmed police force.    More than 100 police officers were injured, many beaten, bloodied and bruised.
© Provided by Associated PressU.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn, second from right, and U.S. Capitol Police Sgt.
Aquilino Gonell, right, listen as U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards testifies as the House select committee
investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a
year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Over her shoulder as Edwards testified sat fellow Capitol Police officers Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell and Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, all of whom testified about the violence they endured at a hearing of the panel last summer.    There were moments in her testimony that brought Dunn, a 13-year veteran of the force, to tears.
    Edwards’ testimony was accompanied by a barrage of never-before-seen footage, testimony and evidence the committee has gathered in the past 11 months to document how former President Donald Trump’s words and actions led to the assault on the Capitol.    Officers are seen in the footage being pummeled with flagpoles, trashcans and bike racks.
    “My literal blood, sweat tears were shed in defending the building I spent countless holidays and weekends working in,” Edwards said.
© Provided by Associated PressU.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn talks to U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards after
she testified during a public hearing of the House select committee investigating the attack is held on Capitol Hill, Thursday,
June 9, 2022, in Washington. U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell looks on at right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Edwards said she has worked on hundreds of civil disturbances but it quickly became apparent that this one was different.    She asked her supervisor for backup.
    “I think we’re going to need a few more people down here,” she recalled saying, calling it “the understatement of the century,” as officers were quickly outnumbered by the hundreds of rioters.
    She said she suffered a concussion after rioters forced a bike rack over the top of her head, pushing her backward.    “I blacked out,” she said, adding that she experienced fainting spells for months after the insurrection.
© Provided by Associated PressSandra Garza, the long-time partner of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,
right, hugs U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards as they leave after the House select committee
investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol held its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a
year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    But the moment Edwards recalled most vividly was the moment when she saw fellow officer Brian Sicknick turn “ghostly pale.”
    Sicknick, who was injured while confronting rioters during the Jan. 6 insurrection, suffered a stroke and died from natural causes the day after the attack.    Members of his family sat alongside officers Dunn and Gonell as Edwards described his injuries.
    Before she could go to help Sicknick, Edwards said, she was pepper-sprayed by the mob.
    “Never in my wildest dreams did I think as a police officer, as a law enforcement officer that I would find myself in the middle of a battle,” Edwards said.        "I am not combat-trained.    That day it was just hours of hand-to-hand combat.”
© Provided by Associated PressU.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn tears up as a video of the Jan. 6
attack on the U.S. Capitol is played during a public hearing of the House select committee investigating
the attack is held on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Committee vice chair Liz Cheney thanked Edwards and the other officers and their families for being there and assisting in their investigation.    The Wyoming Republican noted the sacrifice the officers made that day with the limited resources and equipment they had been given.
© Provided by Associated PressThis image from video from police worn body camera from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol,
was played as a committee exhibit as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,
held a hearing Thursday, June 9, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (House Select Committee via AP)
    “As part of our investigation, we will present information about what the White House and other intelligence agencies knew, and why the Capitol was not better prepared,” Cheney said.
© Provided by Associated PressGladys Sicknick, mother of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick,
who died on Jan. 7, 2021, after having two strokes the day after he responded to an attack on the U.S. Capitol,
listens as U.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards testifies as the House select committee investigating
the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long
investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    But Cheney pushed back on Republicans who have challenged the Jan. 6 panel to focus more intently on security failures.
    “We will not lose sight of the fact that the Capitol Police did not cause the crowd to attack," she said.    "And we will not blame the violence that day, violence provoked by Donald Trump, on the officers who bravely defended all of you.”
© Provided by Associated PressU.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Harry Dunn, right, Sandra Garza, the longtime partner of fallen
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, center, and Serena Liebengood, widow of Capitol Police officer Howie Liebengood,
left, react as a video of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is played during a public hearing of the House select committee
investigating the attack is held on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 9, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

© Provided by Associated PressU.S. Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, left, and British filmmaker Nick Quested, are
sworn in as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing
to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

© Provided by Associated PressWashington Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges, left, and
former Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, center, listen as the House select committee
investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing to reveal the findings of a
year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

6/10/2022 Europe’s central bank to hike rates, 1st in 11 years - Energy prices soaring amid war in Ukraine by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    AMSTERDAM – The European Central Bank will raise interest rates next month for the first time in 11 years and add another hike in September, catching up with other central banks worldwide as they pivot from supporting the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic to squelching soaring inflation.
    The surprise move Thursday marks a turning point after years of extremely low interest rates but faces risks from weakening prospects for economic growth.    Russia’s war in Ukraine has sent shock waves through the global economy, particularly as energy prices have soared and clobbered Europe, which relies on Russian oil and natural gas.
    “Russia’s unjustified aggression towards Ukraine continues to weigh on the economy in Europe and beyond,” bank President Christine Lagarde told reporters.    The war is “disrupting trade, is leading to shortages of materials and is contributing to high energy and commodity prices.”
    The bank’s 25-member monetary policy council, which met in Amsterdam, said inflation had become a “major challenge” and that those forces had “broadened and intensified” in the 19 countries that use the euro currency.
    Consumer prices rose by a record 8.1% in May.    The bank’s target is 2%.
    The ECB will first end its bond purchases that buoy the economy and then raise rates by a quarter-point in July.
    It left open the possibility that it would make a more drastic, half-percentage- point increase in September, saying that if the inflation outlook persists or deteriorates, “a larger increment will be appropriate.”
    The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key rate by a half-point May 4 and has held out the prospect of more of those larger increases.    The bar to a half-point hike in September “has been set very low,” said Marc Ostwald, chief economist and global strategist at ADM Investor Services International.
    How far the bank will go after that is harder to tell, said Carsten Brzeski, global head of macro at ING bank.
    “Simply put, the ECB just announced the end of a long era,” Brzeski said.    “Whether this will also be the start of a new era of continuously rising interest rates, however, is still far from certain.”
    The prospect of rapid increases has sent shudders through stock markets, as higher rates would raise the returns on less risky alternatives to stocks and can make credit more expensive for businesses.    Lagarde said, however, that the path of increases would be “gradual but sustained” after September.
    “High inflation is a major challenge for all of us,” the bank said in a policy statement.    “The governing council will make sure that inflation returns to its 2% target over the medium term.”
    By raising its benchmarks, the bank can influence what financial institutions, companies, consumers and governments have to pay to borrow the money they need.    So higher rates can help cool off an overheating economy.
    But higher rates can also weigh on economic growth, making the ECB’s job a delicate balance between snuffing out high inflation and not blunting economic activity.
Christine Lagarde, head of the ECB, said the war in Ukraine “is disrupting trade ... and
is contributing to high energy and commodity prices.” SEM VAN DER WAL/ANP/AFP

6/10/2022 Biden finds open discord at summit - US criticized over excluded countries by Chris Megerian and Josh Boak, ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Joe Biden, center right, speaks at a meeting with Caribbean leaders beside Vice President Kamala Harris,
right, at the Summit of the Americas on Thursday. Biden tried to present a unifying vision for the Americas.
    LOS ANGELES – President Joe Biden tried to present a unifying vision for the Western Hemisphere on Thursday but the Summit of the Americas quickly spilled into open discord, a telling illustration of the difficulties of bringing North and South America together around shared goals on migration, the economy and climate.     “There is no reason why the Western Hemisphere can’t be the most forward looking, most democratic, most prosperous, most peaceful, secure region in the world,” Biden said at the start of the summit. “We have unlimited potential.”     Quick on the heels of Biden’s remarks, Belize Prime Minister John Briceño publicly objected to countries being excluded from the summit by the U.S. and to the continued U.S. embargo on Cuba.
    “This summit belongs to all of the Americas – it is therefore inexcusable that there are countries of the Americas that are not here, and the power of the summit is diminished by their absence,” Briceño said.    “At this most critical juncture, when the future of our hemisphere is at stake, we stand divided. And that is why the Summit of the Americas should have been inclusive. Geography, not politics, defines the Americas    .”
    Biden faced additional criticism from Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández.    “We definitely would have wished for a different Summit of the Americas,” Fernández said in Spanish.    “i>The silence of those who are absent is calling to us.”
    The backlash over exclusions occurred even though a consensus had been reached at the 2001 summit in Quebec City that undemocratic governments would not be included at future conferences.    The U.S. president spoke again later and tried to smooth over the differences by focusing on the issues at hand rather than the guest list.     “I think we’re off to a strong start. We heard a lot of important ideas raised,” Biden said.    “And notwithstanding some of the disagreements relating to participation, on the substantive matters what I heard was almost uniformity.”
    The disparities in wealth, governance and national interests make it challenging for Biden to duplicate the partnerships he has assembled in Asia and Europe.    That had already created low expectations at a summit that the United States is hosting for the first time since 1994.
    With diplomatic efforts strained by summit boycotts and legislative proposals stranded in a polarized Congress, Biden focused on trying to get corporations and the private sector behind his efforts.    Yet the summit has hardly lived up to the promise put forth by the U.S. president, particularly with the notable summit boycott by Mexico’s president and uncertainty as to whether the right incentives exist for Latin America to draw more closely to the U.S.
    “It’s always been difficult to find consensus in Latin America,” said Ryan Berg, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.    “This is a hugely diverse region, and it’s obviously difficult for it to speak with one voice.”
    On a busy day of diplomacy, Biden met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and agreed to visit Canada in the coming months, two government officials familiar with the plans told The Associated Press.    They were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
    Biden also held talks with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, an ally of former President Donald Trump.
    Bolsonaro is running for a second term and has been casting doubt on the credibility of his country’s elections, something that has alarmed officials in Washington.
    The meeting could have been filled with tension, as Brazil’s leader had asked that the U.S. president not confront him over his election attacks, according to three of the Brazilian leader’s Cabinet ministers who requested anonymity to discuss the issue.
    Biden avoided confrontation in his opening remarks in front of reporters, saying that “the principal driver of our relationship is our connection between our people.”    He added that Brazil has made some “real sacrifices” in protecting the Amazon.
    Bolsonaro was defensive on his country’s track record in the Amazon, saying “we stand as an example in the eyes of the world when it comes to the environmental agenda.”    He said he was committed to preserving democracy and hoped to help foster peace after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
    On a full day of diplomacy, Vice President Kamala Harris met with Caribbean leaders to talk about clean energy, and first lady Jill Biden was hosting a brunch to build relationships with fellow spouses.    The day was to end with a dinner at the Getty Villa, an art museum with views of the Pacific Ocean.
    The nature of democracy itself became a sticking point when planning the guest list for the event.    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wanted the leaders of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be invited, but the U.S. resisted because it considers them authoritarians. Ultimately an agreement could not be reached, and López Obrador decided not to attend. Neither did the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

6/10/2022 Trump: Jan. 6 Panel An Unselect Committee Of Political Thugs by OAN NEWSROOM
A video of former President Donald Trump at a rally near the White House on Jan. 6th, is shown as committee
members from left to right, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Adam Kinzinger,
R-Ill., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., look on, as the House select committee investigating the
Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Former President Donald Trump criticized the January 6 Committee as another partisan sham.    In a statement Thursday, he said the Democrat-controlled panel is a “unselect committee of political thugs.”    Trump stressed, the committee includes the same group of people who were pushing the false Russia collusion hoax and then denied the obvious evidence of fraud in the 2020 elections.
    The 45th President made his comments just ahead of the January 6 show trial.    Trump also said the Democrat committee knows he was asking for 20,000 National Guard or troops to be deployed at the US Capitol ahead of the protest, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down the offer.
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) echoed the sentiments while suggesting Democrats are playing politics.    During a press conference Thursday, the California lawmaker affirmed Republicans have repeatedly denounced the violence at the US Capitol and Democrats are ignoring the crises that are effecting the American people.
    The House minority leader was also joined by Congress members Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) who argue the panel is an attack on the GOP and President Trump. They asserted that Democrats refuse to take responsibility for the crises their policies have created and the committee’s focus is not to keep the US Capitol safe.
    House Minority Whip Scalise said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t want the truth to come out.    He pointed out how she failed to increase security despite receiving intelligence reports.
    As House Republicans continue their own investigations into the committee, Rep. Stefanik claimed the panel will not prevent another January 6 from happening and asserted its sole purpose is to punish political opponents.

6/10/2022 Sen. Kennedy: Inflation Is Killing The American Dream by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to examine the American
Jobs Plan, focusing on infrastructure, climate change, and investing in our nation’s future on Tuesday,
April 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Americans feel discouraged as the government failed to address the nations top issues.    On Thursday, the Louisiana Republican argued DC has let the American people down.
    “I think most American’s are very discouraged right now,” said Kennedy.    “They’re worried about inflation, crime, the border and their kids’ education.”
    Kennedy said inflation destroyed the American Dream and assured Louisiana is bearing the brunt.
    “In my state, the price of gas is so high that it would be cheaper to just buy cocaine and run everywhere,” the senator voiced.
    The Republican senator reiterated his sentiments in a video posted to his YouTube channel Thursday.    He stated that president Biden’s coronavirus relief bill put America over the top.    He shed light on what some of the funds were actually used for.
    “In New York they used $12 million to expand a minor league baseball stadium,” he said.    “In Arizona they spent $7.2 million to increase the prize money at horse racing tracks.”
    Kennedy affirmed the government needs to stop spending money it doesn’t have.    Meanwhile, the inflation rate has continued to hit its 40-year highs, landing at 8.3 percent in April.    This comes shortly after Biden’s Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, landed in hot water for admitting she was wrong about her past assessments of the inflation crisis.
    Sen. Kennedy reiterates, it seems like Biden has given up.    He questioned when the administration will start firing people for their mistakes.

6/10/2022 Soros-Backed Group Buys US Spanish Radio Stations by OAN NEWSROOM
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez, left, speaks at a news conference along with Cuban exiles, of their concern of the
sale of two local Spanish language radio stations, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at the Bay of Pigs Museum and Brigade
2506 headquarters in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Cuban exiles describe it as a clear attempt by Democrats to stifle
conservative and anti-Communist voices in a Hispanic community where they’ve lost ground. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Globalist billionaire George Soros unveiled a new program to prevent Latinos from voting Republican.    A group of investors, led by a Soros-linked company, reportedly spent $80 million to establish a new media operation. It’s uniquely named Latino Media Network.
    The new network purchased 18 Spanish-language radio stations in 10 key markets across the US.    These include Miami, Houston and Las Vegas where a significant number of Latino residents shifted to the Republican Party in recent years.
    Many Cuban Americans expressed outrage of the network’s possible acquisition of Miami radio mainstays WQBA and Radio Mambi.    Attendees of a Bay of Pigs Museum news conference voiced concerns that Latino Media Group would attempt the stamp out the legacy socialism has left on Latin America.
    “We are very much afraid that it is a tremendous effort to silence the voices of our exile community, to silence the voices of the victims of communist tyranny in Cuba and elsewhere in our hemisphere,” expressed Sylvia Iriondo of the group Mothers and Women Against Repression in Cuba.
    Other speakers warned this is not only an attempt to erase the past, but to ignore current human rights injustices.
    “We’re unified in our condemnation of human rights abuses in Cuba and these two stations are iconic,” said Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat from the group Assembly of the Cuban Resistance.    “They’re a central hub of information from Cuba and about Cuba. And we’re concerned because there’s a political and ideological background here, baggage.”
Sylvia Iriondo, left rear, president of Mothers and Women Against Repression, speaks at a news conference along with other
Cuban exiles, of their concern of the sale of two local Spanish language radio stations, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at
the Bay of Pigs Museum and Brigade 2506 headquarters in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    While at the event, Florida Lt. Governor Jeanette Nuñez expressed her concern that the acquisition is a naked attempt to steer the country in a far-left direction in November.
    “And what we will not stand for is an attempt to control the narrative, to silence conservative viewpoints because it doesn’t fit with an overall agenda that is, in my opinion, very damaging to this country led by George Soros,” Nuñez stated.
    Prominent Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Sunshine State GOP Sen. Marco Rubio have also criticized the pending deal.    Opponents of Latino Media Network have made preparations in case the acquisitions are approved.
    The Soros-backed network reportedly employs several pro-Democrat celebrities in an effort to propagandize Latino voters.    This comes as only 24 percent of Hispanic voters approve of president Biden, according to a Wednesday Quinnipiac poll.

6/10/2022 US Inflation Surges To New 41-Year Record High, Gas Prices Continue To Soar by OAN NEWSROOM
Shoppers walk outside an outlet mall in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Saturday, June 4, 2022. President Joe Biden faces a delicate
trade-off as he tries to help his fellow Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. He needs U.S. consumers to pull back just
enough so that inflation eases, but not so much that the economy risks plunging into a recession. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    US inflation has reached a new 41-year record high.    On Friday, the Labor Department released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for May.    According to the data, inflation increased 8.6 percent from a year ago.    This is worse than economists’ expectations of 8.3 percent.
    Meanwhile, on a monthly scale, consumer prices rose 1 percent in May from April.    The CPI measures a range of prices from gas, groceries, cars and furniture to name a few.    The Labor Department said the largest contributors were the indexes for housing, airline fares, used cars and new vehicles.
    The Federal Reserve has already raised interest rates in an effort to offset rising inflation with more hikes planned throughout the year.    However, economists are warning of a recession later this year.
    Meanwhile, gas prices are also soaring to a new record high.    According to AAA, the national average price per gallon of gas has risen to $4.99.    This is up from $4.97 cents on Thursday and about $4.76 a week ago.
    The highest average price for gas is in California, where residents are paying an average of $6.40 per gallon.    There are now more than 20 states where residents are paying an average of %$5 or more for a gallon of gas.    President Joe Biden has tapped the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, yet fuel costs continue to rise.

6/10/2022 ‘Operation Fly Formula’ Continues: Shipment Arrives From Australia by OAN NEWSROOM The Biden Administration announced new steps to address the baby formula shortage stating there were several key factors to be looked at. The fourth “Operation Fly Formula” mission resulted in more than 300,000 pounds of baby formula shipped from Australia. Pennsylvania and California received the first round of it’s shipment on Thursday, with another coming Saturday. This delivery of Bubs Australia powder formula will be equivalent to more than four million eight-ounce bottles. The company is also sending goat milk formulas. “We’re doing everything in our power to get more formula on shelves as soon as possible,” said President Joe Biden. The administration said additional shipments from Bub Australia will be announced in the coming days. This comes as the supply of infant formula across the country has decreased 40 percent since April, and the out-of-stock rate rose 70 percent near the end of May. 6/10/2022 New Development In Search For British Journalist In Amazon Rainforest by OAN NEWSROOM People take part in a vigil outside the Brazilian Embassy for Dom Phillips and Bruno Araujo Pereira, a British journalist and an Indigenous affairs official who are missing in the Amazon, in London, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP) New developments have emerged in the search for a missing British journalist and a Brazilian official in the Amazon Rain Forest. Brazilian Police said Thursday, they found blood trails in a boat used by a suspect involved in the disappearance of freelance reporter Dom Phillips and his colleague Bruno Pereira. “We’re looking for a possible link,” said Gen. Carlos Alberto Mansur, the state’s public security secretary. “But for now, we have nothing.” The pair went missing over the weekend, after they were confronted by an armed group of men as they were returning by boat to a nearby city. The journalist and official were traveling in a lawless part of the Amazon where indigenous people operate under rules granted by Brazil’s president. “We want to carry on with the search. We want to find out what is happening to them and we want anyone responsible for any criminal act to be brought to justice. We want a persistent deep and open investigation,” she added. Phillips sister said she last heard from her brother last Wednesday, as he set off for the rainforest from his home in Salvador, where he lives with his wife. When he disappeared, Phillips was gathering material for a book about conservation.
6/10/2022 DOJ Sues Small Town Of Harrison, N.Y. by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – In this May 14, 2013, photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building
in Washington is photographed early in the morning. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
    The Department of Justice is suing a small town in New York over alleged gender discrimination.    This week, the US Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York filed the lawsuit on behalf of a female member of the Harrison Fire Department.
    Former firefighter Angela Bommarito joined the Harrison Fire Department in 2015 where prosecutors allege senior firefighter Henry Mohr stalked and harassed her.    Prosecutors claimed the department created a hostile work environment by allowing the plaintiff to do such things after she tried to end a sexual relationship with him.
    According the suit, the Harrison Police Chief made sure the allegations would not be investigated.    The DOJ is seeking damages for the plaintiff and for the town to implement a gender discrimination and harassment program.
    In the meantime, the Department of Justice said Bommarito has suffered monetary damages, humiliation, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the actions of Mohr and Harrison town officials.

6/10/2022 ‘Operation Fly Formula’ Continues: Shipment Arrives From Australia by OAN NEWSROOM
    The Biden Administration announced new steps to address the baby formula shortage stating there were several key factors to be looked at.
    The fourth “Operation Fly Formula” mission resulted in more than 300,000 pounds of baby formula shipped from Australia.    Pennsylvania and California received the first round of it’s shipment on Thursday, with another coming Saturday.
    This delivery of Bubs Australia powder formula will be equivalent to more than four million eight-ounce bottles.    The company is also sending goat milk formulas.
    “We’re doing everything in our power to get more formula on shelves as soon as possible,” said President Joe Biden.
    The administration said additional shipments from Bub Australia will be announced in the coming days.    This comes as the supply of infant formula across the country has decreased 40 percent since April, and the out-of-stock rate rose 70 percent near the end of May.

6/10/2022 New Development In Search For British Journalist In Amazon Rainforest by OAN NEWSROOM
People take part in a vigil outside the Brazilian Embassy for Dom Phillips and Bruno Araujo Pereira, a British journalist and an
Indigenous affairs official who are missing in the Amazon, in London, Thursday, June 9, 2022. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
    New developments have emerged in the search for a missing British journalist and a Brazilian official in the Amazon Rain Forest. Brazilian Police said Thursday, they found blood trails in a boat used by a suspect involved in the disappearance of freelance reporter Dom Phillips and his colleague Bruno Pereira.
    “We’re looking for a possible link,” said Gen. Carlos Alberto Mansur, the state’s public security secretary.    “But for now, we have nothing.”
    The pair went missing over the weekend, after they were confronted by an armed group of men as they were returning by boat to a nearby city.    The journalist and official were traveling in a lawless part of the Amazon where indigenous people operate under rules granted by Brazil’s president.
    “We want to carry on with the search.    We want to find out what is happening to them and we want anyone responsible for any criminal act to be brought to justice.    We want a persistent deep and open investigation,” she added.
    Phillips sister said she last heard from her brother last Wednesday, as he set off for the rainforest from his home in Salvador, where he lives with his wife.    When he disappeared, Phillips was gathering material for a book about conservation.

6/10/2022 Oil down $1.05 to $120.36, DOW down 812 to 31,461.

6/11/2022 US inflation hits new 40-year high in May - Consumer prices surge 8.6% from year earlier by Christopher Rugaber, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gasoline prices jumped 4% just in May and have soared nearly 50%
from a year ago. They’ve risen further this month. RICK BOWMER/AP FILE
    WASHINGTON – The prices of gas, food and most other goods and services jumped in May, raising inflation to a new four-decade high and giving American households no respite from rising costs.
    Consumer prices surged 8.6% last month from 12 months earlier, faster than April’s year-over-year increase of 8.3%, the Labor Department said Friday.    The new inflation figure, the biggest yearly increase since December 1981, will heighten pressure on the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates aggressively.
    On a month-to-month basis, prices jumped 1% from April to May, much faster than the 0.3% increase from March to April.    Behind that surge were much higher prices for food, energy, rent, airline tickets and new and used cars.
    The widespread price increases also elevated so-called “core” inflation, a measure that excludes volatile food and energy prices.    In May, core prices jumped a sharp 0.6% for a second straight month and are now 6% above where they were a year ago.
    Friday’s report underscored the worry that inflation is broadening well beyond the spike in energy prices stemming from clogged supply chains and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    And the increased pressure on the Fed to raise rates even faster – which will mean higher-cost loans for consumers and businesses – raises the risk of recession.
    “Virtually every sector has higher-than-normal inflation,” said Ethan Harris, head of global economic research at Bank of America.    “It’s made its way into every nook and cranny of the economy.    That’s the thing that makes it concerning, because it means it’s likely to persist.”
    Gas prices jumped 4% just in May and have soared nearly 50% from a year ago.    They’ve risen further this month.    The national average price at the pump reached $4.99 Friday, according to AAA.
    The cost of groceries surged nearly 12% last month from a year earlier, the biggest such increase since 1979.    Restaurant prices jumped 7.4% in the past year, the largest 12-month gain since November 1981, reflecting higher costs for food and workers.
    Housing costs are also climbing.    The government’s shelter index, which includes rents, hotel rates and a measure of what it costs to own a home, in- 5.5% in the past year, the most since 1991.    Airline fares have skyrocketed nearly 38% in the past year, the sharpest such rise since 1980.
    America’s rampant inflation is putting pressure on families, forcing them to pay much more for food, gas and rent and reducing their ability to afford discretionary items, from haircuts to electronics.    Lower-income and Black and Hispanic Americans, in particular, are struggling because, on average, a larger proportion of their income is consumed by necessities.
    Some evidence in recent weeks had suggested that inflation might be moderating, particularly for long-lasting goods that were caught up in supply chain snarls and shortages last year.    But that trend appeared to reverse itself in May, with used car prices rising 1.8% after having dropped for three straight months.    New car prices also rose.    And clothing prices increased after having declined in April.

6/11/2022 INFLATION SOARS TO 40-YEAR HIGH IN US - No respite from rising costs for households by Christopher Rugaber, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – The prices of gas, food and most other goods and services jumped in May, raising inflation to a new four-decade high and giving American households no respite from rising costs.
    Consumer prices surged 8.6% last month from a year earlier, faster than April’s year-over-year increase of 8.3%, the Labor Department said Friday.
    The new inflation figure, the highest since 1981, will heighten pressure on the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates aggressively.
    On a month-to-month basis, prices jumped 1% from April to May, much faster than the 0.3% increase from March to April.    Contributing to that surge were much higher prices for everything from airline tickets to restaurant meals to new and used cars.
    Those price spikes also elevated “core” inflation, a measure that excludes volatile food and energy prices.    In May, core prices jumped a sharp 0.6% for a second straight month.    They’re now 6% above where they were a year ago.
    Friday’s report underscored fears that inflation is spreading well beyond energy and goods whose prices are being driven up by clogged supply chains and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    It also sent stock prices tumbling.    The increased pressure on the Fed to raises rates even faster – which means higher-cost loans for consumers and businesses – will raise the risk of a recession, too.
    “Virtually every sector has higher-than-normal inflation,” said Ethan Harris, head of global economic research at Bank of America.    “It’s made its way into every nook and cranny of the economy.    That’s the thing that makes it concerning, because it means it’s likely to persist.”
    Gas prices rose 4% just in May and have soared nearly 50% in one year.    The national average price at the pump reached $4.99 on Friday, according to AAA, edging closer to an inflation adjusted record high of $5.40.
    The cost of groceries surged nearly 12% last month from a year earlier, the largest such increase since 1979.    Rising prices for grain and fertilizer after Russia’s war against Ukraine, is intensifying that rise.    Restaurant prices jumped 7.4% in the past year, the largest 12-month gain since 1981, reflecting higher costs for food and workers.
    Employers face immense pressure to raise pay in a job market that remains robust, with low unemployment, few layoffs and near-record job openings.    Although average wages are rising at their fastest pace in decades, they aren’t increasing fast enough for most workers to keep pace with inflation.    Many households accumulated savings from government stimulus aid during the pandemic and are now having to draw on those savings to pay bills.
    Housing costs are still climbing.    The government’s shelter index, which includes rents, hotel rates and a measure of what it costs to own a home, increased 5.5% in the past year, the most since 1991.    Airline fares are up nearly 38% in the past year, the sharpest such rise since 1980. Rampant inflation is imposing pressures on families.    Lower-income and Black and Hispanic Americans are struggling because, on average, a larger proportion of their income is consumed by necessities.
    In light of Friday’s inflation reading, the Fed is all but certain to implement the fastest series of interest rate hikes in three decades.    By sharply raising borrowing costs, the Fed hopes to cool spending and growth enough to curb inflation without tipping the economy into a recession.    It will be a difficult balancing act.    The Fed has signaled it will raise its key short-term rate by a half-point – double the size of the usual hike – next week and in July.    Some investors hoped the Fed would slow its rate increases to a quarter-point hike when it meets in September or perhaps even pause its credit tightening.    But with inflation raging hot, investors now foresee yet another half-point hike in September, which would be the fourth since April.
    A report from the World Bank this week made clear that high inflation is a global problem that threatens to slow economies around the world.    For the 19 countries that use the euro currency, inflation fueled by rising food and fuel prices hit a record 8.1% last month, leading the European Central Bank to announce that it will raise interest rates for the first time in 11 years, starting in July and again in September.
    In the coming months, prices in the United States might ease somewhat. Some large retailers, including Target, Walmart and Macy’s, are now stuck with too much of the patio furniture, electronics and other goods that suddenly are no longer in demand.    Target said it’s cutting prices because of mounds of unsold inventory.
    Many small businesses are still struggling to keep up with rising costs for supplies and labor, a sign that price hikes will continue.    Andrew McDowell, founder of With Love Market & Cafe in Los Angeles, said he’s paying more for food supplies, workers and reusable bags, which used to cost him 23 cents but now cost 45 cents.
    The company’s chicken BLT now costs 20% more than it did before the pandemic.    McDowell said he’s grappling with the highest prices for supplies and workers he’s ever faced.    He thinks he may have to rise prices again, by 10% to 20%.
    “Every product is impacted, every aspect of the business is affected,” Mc-Dowell said.

6/11/2022 Biden vows to continue economic fight by Chris Megerian and Josh Boak, ASSOCIATED PRESS
“My administration is going to continue to do everything we can to lower
the prices for the American people,” says President Joe Biden. DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AP
    LOS ANGELES – In President Joe Biden’s estimation, the U.S. is in a strong position to overcome the worst inflation in more than 40 years.    But so far, inflation just keeps getting the better of the U.S. economy and of the Biden administration.
    The president’s policies, his deals with the private sector, regulatory actions and public jawboning have not stopped prices from marching upward.
    Biden on Friday pledged to keep fighting against inflation while touring the Port of Los Angeles, America’s busiest port and a place that the White House said in October would be key for reducing price pressures.
    “My administration is going to continue to do everything we can to lower the prices for the American people,” the president said after a decidedly bleak new report on consumer prices.
    The Labor Department reported Friday that consumer prices climbed 8.6% in May from a year ago.    That’s the worst reading since December 1981 and a troubling sign for the economy as rate hikes by the Federal Reserve have yet to tamp down inflation as gasoline costs are surging upward.    Rising prices are imperiling the U.S. economy as well as Democratic control of the House and Senate, putting Biden on the defensive.
    AAA separately reported that average U.S. gas prices reached a record $4.99 a gallon, an increase that has overwhelmed the president’s previous efforts to reduce overall inflation.    The pain at the pump is hurting Biden’s public approval ahead of the midterm elections.
    The president on Friday also blamed corporate profits for inflation, saying some companies – including shipping firms and the oil industry – are focused on maximizing profits.    Biden specifically targeted ExxonMobil for not doing more to increase oil production.
    “Exxon made more money than God this year,” he said.
    ExxonMobil responded to Biden’s comment by saying that it is producing more oil.
    “We have been in regular contact with the administration, informing them of our planned investments to increase production and expand refining capacity in the United States,” Casey Norton, a spokesperson for the company, said in an email.    “We increased production in the Permian Basin by 70%, or 190,000 barrels per day, between 2019 and 2021.    We expect to increase production from the Permian by another 25% this year.”
    The Port of Los Angeles moved to round-the-clock operations in October under an agreement the White House helped to shepherd.    The goal was to clear backlogs of ships waiting to dock and containers waiting to flow into the country, a logjam that was pumping up prices as the world began to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
    The port is now moving out a record 200,000 containers on a rolling 30-day average.    But the forces driving inflation have largely shifted to rising energy and food costs in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    There has also been a broader increase in prices that go beyond supply chain issues.    Housing, airfare and medical services expenses rose significantly in May.
    Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said there were many levers that caused performance to improve in terms of getting goods to consumers and businesses faster. But he specifically credited the “convening powers of the federal government to bring people to the table” and the Biden administration’s focus on the supply chain.
    “We’ve reduced those ships that have been waiting to get into the port by 75% this year,” Seroka said.    “These guys are really working because we’ve got strong consumer demand still.”
    The Biden administration is seeking to further reduce shipping prices with a bipartisan bill that the House could pass as soon as next week.
    The bill would give the Federal Maritime Commission tools to make ocean-based trade more efficient and price competitive, improving the flow of exports and imports.
    “What I have found here in California is that they want us to do whatever we could possibly do to address the inflation problem – and this is clearly one significant part of the problem,” said Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., a sponsor of the bill.
    Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., said he saw a need for the additional tools in part after a cheese processor in his state had 2 million pounds of lactose rot because no carriers would take the product, even though 60% of shipping containers were going back to Asia empty.
    “This is not a silver bullet with regard to inflation,” said Johnson, who sponsored the bill.    But he noted that, as the provisions get implemented, “this will absolutely have an impact on inflation.”     Strong consumer demand has been a mixed blessing for Biden.    It reflects the robust job growth and solid household balance sheets that followed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed last year.
    The White House contends the U.S. can tackle inflation without stumbling into a downturn because the economy is so strong with its 3.6% unemployment rate that it can withstand a slowdown.
    Biden is also trying to frame inflation as a global challenge, having been triggered first by the pandemic and then by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    The president is attempting to rebut criticism by Republican lawmakers that inflation was the result of his government aid being too generous and his restrictions on U.S. oil production too onerous.
    Biden has attempted to slow inflation by improving port operations and twice releasing oil from the U.S. strategic reserve, in addition to other regulatory initiatives and a domestic agenda that includes budget deficit reduction and would need congressional approval.

6/11/2022 Migration pact reached at Summit of the Americas - Deal includes legal path to enter countries, aid by Elliot Spagat and Chris Megerian, ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Joe Biden shakes hands with Colombia President Ivan Duque as Panama President
Laurentino Cortizo Cohen looks during the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. JIM WATSON/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
    LOS ANGELES – President Joe Biden and other Western Hemisphere leaders on Friday announced what is being billed as a road map for countries to host large numbers of migrants and refugees.
    “The Los Angeles Declaration” is perhaps the biggest achievement of the Summit of the Americas, which was undercut by differences over Biden’s invitation list.    Leaders of Mexico and several Central American countries sent top diplomats instead after the U.S. excluded Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
    A set of principles announced on the summit’s final day included legal pathways to enter countries, aid to communities most affected by migration, humane border management and coordinated emergency responses.
    “Each of us is signing up to commitments that recognize the challenges that we all share,” Biden said on a podium with flags for the 20 countries that joined the accord extending from Chile in the south to Canada in the north.
    “This is just a start,” Biden said, expressing hope that more countries join.    “Much more work remains, to state the obvious.”
    The White House highlighted measures that were recently announced and some new commitments.    Costa Rica will extend protections for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans who arrived before March 2020. Mexico will add temporary worker visas for up to 20,000 Guatemalans a year.
    The United States is committing $314 million to assist countries hosting refugees and migrants, and is resuming or expanding efforts to reunite Haitian and Cuban families.    Belize will “regularize” Central American and Caribbean migrants in the country.
    It is a blueprint already being followed to a large extent by Colombia and Ecuador, whose right-leaning leaders were saluted at the summit for giving temporary legal status to many of the 6 million people who have left Venezuela in recent years.
    President Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador last week announced temporary status for Venezuelans in his country, estimated to be about 500,000.    He said at a panel discussion Tuesday that his country was paying back the generosity of Spain and the United States for welcoming large numbers of Ecuadoreans who fled more than two decades ago.
    Lasso was the only other leader to speak at a brief ceremony Friday.    President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil arrived late.
    “I would like to highlight that migration is a significant phenomenon and it demands joint actions under the principle of shared responsibility and differentiated between countries of the region,” Lasso said.
    President Iván Duque of Colombia, who stood next to Biden at the ceremony, got standing ovations at an appearance Thursday for describing how his government has granted temporary status to 1 million Venezuelans in the last 14 months and is processing another 800,000 applications.
    “We did it out of conviction,” Duque told the Associated Press, saying he couldn’t be indifferent to Venezuelans who lost their homes and livelihoods and was prepared to suffer in approval ratings.
    “They were invisible (in Colombia),” he said.    “They couldn’t open bank accounts, they couldn’t work, they couldn’t get health care.    They were practically a community with no future.”
    Although the measures are not universally popular – Duque’s vice president, Marta Lucia Ramirez, has said Colombia has reached its limit and Ecuadoreans notice when a Venezuelan commits a high-profile crime – Venezuelans have generally assimilated without major backlash.
    “The two most dangerous phenomena are xenophobia and indifference, and I believe we have managed to conquer both (in Colombia),” Duque said.
    The United States has been the most popular destination for asylum-seekers since 2017, posing a challenge that has stumped     Biden and his immediate predecessors, Donald Trump and Barack Obama.    But the U.S. is far from alone.    Colombia and neighboring South American countries host millions of people who have fled Venezuela.    Mexico fielded more than 130,000 asylum applications last year, many of them Haitians, which was triple from 2020.    Many Nicaraguans escape to Costa Rica, while displaced Venezuelans account for about one-sixth the population of Aruba.
    Key countries that send or receive migrants, or serve as transit corridors joined the agreement: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United States. Also participating are Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Paraguay and Uruguay.
    The absence of the presidents of Mexico, northern Central America and other counties deprived Biden of symbolic heft.
    “What are those countries expected to do to contribute to shared responsibility?” said Adam Isacson of the human rights advocacy group Washington Office on Latin America.

6/11/2022 Jan. 6 committee lays out road map - House panel to go into greater detail of Trump’s role by Kevin Freking, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., gives her opening remarks as Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.,
left, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., look on Thursday night as the House select committee investigating
the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its first public hearing. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
    WASHINGTON – The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol has laid out a road map for the hearings this month as it examines former President Donald Trump’s responsibility for the melee and the damage that resulted for law enforcement officers, members of Congress and others in attendance that day.
    The next round of hearings won’t take place in prime time like the debut on Thursday, but lawmakers will go into greater detail about specific aspects of the riot.
    Here’s a snapshot of what the committee said is ahead:
‘False and fraudulent’
    Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the Republican vice chair of the committee, said lawmakers will present evidence Monday at the second hearing showing that Trump “engaged in a massive effort to spread false and fraudulent information” that the election had been stolen – even though advisers and allies told him repeatedly he lost.
    The panel touched on that theme in its first hearing with a clip from former Attorney General Bill Barr, testifying that he repeatedly told the president “in no uncertain terms that I did not see evidence of fraud” that would have affected the election.    As well, Trump campaign attorney Alex Cannon was shown discussing conversations with then White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sometime in November 2020.
    “I remember sharing with him that we weren’t finding anything that would be sufficient to change the results in any of the key states,” Cannon said.    When asked how Meadows responded, Cannon said: “I believe the words he used were, ‘so there’s no there there.’”
Pressure on Justice Department
    Cheney said the third hearing Wednesday will focus on how Trump pushed for the Justice Department to “spread his false stolen election claims in the days before January 6.”    Senior Justice Department officials refused, telling him his claims were not true.
    She noted how Trump sought to elevate Jeffrey Clark, an environmental lawyer at the department, to the job of acting attorney general.    Clark had drafted a letter to send to Georgia and five other states saying the Justice Department had “identified significant concerns that may have impacted the outcome of the election.”
    Trump nearly gave the top job to Clark but backed down when senior Justice Department leadership and White House lawyers threatened to resign, testimony has shown.
    “The men involved, including Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen and Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue, were appointed by President Trump,” Cheney said.    “These men honored their oaths of office.    They did their duty, and you will hear from them in our hearings.”
    Clark has invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and refused to testify to the committee.
Spotlight: Mike Pence
    Cheney said the fourth hearing will focus on Trump’s efforts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to stop Congress from certifying some electoral votes for Biden on Jan. 6 – something he had no power to do in his ceremonial role.
    There was a gasp in the hearing room when Cheney read an account Thursday from inside the White House.    When Trump was told the Capitol mob was chanting for Pence to be hanged for refusing to block the election results.    Trump responded that maybe the mob was right, that he “deserves it,” Cheney said.
    The day promises plenty of political intrigue as Trump and Pence seek to shape the Republican Party for years to come, and perhaps make a run for the presidency in 2024.
‘Find’ the votes
    Cheney said the fifth hearing, expected the following week, will focus on the president’s efforts to pressure state legislators and state election officials to change the election results, including additional details about Trump’s call to Georgia officials urging them to “find” 11,780 votes.
    She also is promising new details about efforts to instruct Republican officials in multiple states to create false electoral slates and transmit those slates to Congress, Pence and the National Archives, falsely certifying that Trump won states he had lost.
Back to Trump
    Cheney said the final two hearings will focus on how Trump summoned supporters to march on the Capitol, and when the violence was underway, failed to take immediate action to stop them.
    The last hearing will have a moment-by- moment account of Trump’s response to the attack from former White House staff, through live testimony in the hearing room and via videotape.
    “There is no doubt the President Trump was well aware of the violence as it developed,” Cheney said.
    “White House staff urged President Trump to intervene and call off the mob.”

6/11/2022 Climate ‘fuhrer’ ripped for urging censorship of Biden critics by Paul Bedard – Washington Examiner
    Ademand from President Joe Biden’s climate czar that social media take down criticism of the administration’s energy policies has drawn an angry response from free speech environmental advocates who have eagerly ripped the green initiatives.
© Provided by Washington Examiner Climate ‘fuhrer’ ripped for urging censorship of Biden critics
    Top officials from several outlets slammed Gina McCarthy, former President Barack Obama’s environmental director, for suggesting on Thursday that Big Tech censor anyone who challenges climate change claims made by the administration.
    She went so far as to charge critics with spreading “disinformation,” a word that has triggered sites including Facebook and Twitter to pull posts off their platforms.
    In a statement to Secrets, Steve Milloy of the Energy and Environment Legal Institute labeled McCarthy as Biden’s “climate fuhrer” and said she is “the one peddling disinformation.”
    He added, “Psychologists have a term for McCarthy’s use of disinformation.    It’s called projection.    She’s actually doing what she accuses others of doing."
    In an Axios virtual interview, McCarthy said, “The tech companies have to stop allowing specific individuals over and over again to spread disinformation. ... We need the tech companies to really jump in.”
    Social media firms have moved to censor some criticism of climate change warnings, but McCarthy appears to want more at a time when people are paying record high gas and diesel prices and are eager for cheaper fuel.
    “Now it has moved from denial, but the dark money is still there,” McCarthy said.    “The fossil fuel companies are still basically trying their best to make sure that people don’t understand the challenge of climate."
    “Gina McCarthy is urging a frightening end-run around constitutional free speech protections, and Big Tech happily colludes with government for this illegal purpose.    It's time for the American people to denounce and protest this assault on our democracy,” said James Taylor, president of the Heartland Institute.
    Gregory Wrightstone, geologist and executive director of the CO2 Coalition, said, "Climate czarina Gina McCarthy is advocating further censorship of any and all criticism of planetary doom linked to a false climate crisis.    They don't want the public to know that our ecosystems are thriving and that humanity is prospering precisely owing to modestly increasing temperature and more carbon dioxide.”
    And Frank Lasee, former Wisconsin state senator and former member of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, said, "It is un-American to censor those that question the Democratic Party or government narrative.    That is something that dictatorships and communist China do to opponents of the regime.    It shouldn't ever be done here in America.”

6/11/2022 How San Francisco's D.A. recall election shows a rift in the Asian American community by Claire Wang – NBC News
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    Asian Americans, galvanized by rising crime rates and violent attacks against elders, appeared to be a driving force in Tuesday’s recall election that ousted San Francisco’s reformist District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
    Community organizers say the result reflects the group’s simmering frustrations with progressive leaders for not taking seriously the trauma they’ve faced over the past two years.    They themselves are split on the matter, with some campaigning for the recall while others opposed it, highlighting a widening divide in the group’s outlook on policing and crime.
    Aarti Kohli, executive director of Advancing Justice—Asian Law Caucus, said that Asian Americans, though united in their concern about rising anti-Asian hate, hold a wide range of views regarding public safety.
    “We need to acknowledge our communities’ fears while having a fact-based dialogue on what has and hasn’t worked,” she said.    “Decades of policing and mass incarceration have not made us any safer.”
    Right-wing media and Boudin’s critics slammed his reformist policies, like eliminating cash bail and reducing jail and prison populations, for causing a perceived rise in violent crime.    (The data is not clear-cut: from 2019 to 2021, the homicide rate in San Francisco jumped 37 percent, but reported rates of violent crime in general have fallen.)
    These policies do not poll particularly well among Asian Americans nationally.    Recent data show an increasing support within the community for tough-on-crime tactics to address public safety.    About half of Asian American adults say stronger hate crime laws would be the most effective policy in preventing violence, according to a Pew Research Center survey last year.    Another 14 percent chose increasing local police presence as the top measure.     Boudin’s relationship with the city’s Asian American community has long been fraught.    Last March, he came under fire for calling the murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant, the result of a “temper tantrum” and declining to pursue hate crime charges.We’re tired of having attacks on our seniors dismissed, delegitimized, ignored,” the Asian Pacific Democratic Club tweeted.    “It’s not progressive or Democratic to talk at, instead of listen to, communities of color.”
    Other groups, like the Chinese Progressive Association and Chinese for Affirmative Action, opposed the recall campaign, which they say was marred by misinformation and disinformation from the Chinese right wing.
    According to a poll conducted last month by the local paper the San Francisco Standard, more than two-thirds of registered Asian American voters said they favored the recall — the highest level of support of all racial groups.
    Boudin’s ouster is part of a string of high-profile local elections that spoke to the burgeoning political power — and shifting allegiances — of the country’s fastest growing racial group.
    In February, Asian parents in San Francisco, incensed by the scrapping of a merit-based admissions system at an elite high school, powered a successful recall campaign of three progressive school board members.    In New York City’s mayoral race last November, Asian Americans, frustrated also by proposed reforms to specialized high school admissions and plans to build a jail in Manhattan’s Chinatown, came out in force for Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa.
    Charles Jung, a trial lawyer and executive director of the California Asian Pacific American Bar Association, said the recent results should be a warning sign to Democrats to start listening to Asian Americans instead of continuing to take their support for granted.
    “They want our votes but they place us last, if they consider us at all,” said Jung, who identifies as a life-long Democrat and spoke to NBC in his personal capacity.    “That has to stop.    You can’t expect to rely on our vote and not actually care.”
    Jung, who helped organize three national rallies against anti-Asian violence, said many activists he worked with grew frustrated with Boudin’s superficial outreach to the community.    He said that Boudin mishandled criminal cases, pressured victims to agree to diversion and falsely affiliated himself with grassroots initiatives, such as tweeting about a self-defense class that he had no ties to.
    In late May, as the recall election approached, Boudin stepped up outreach to Asian American voters and launched a new victim services unit.    But for skeptics like Jung who’ve long felt neglected by his policies, the move seemed too little too late.
    You can’t fail API victims, then make up for it with window dressing, photo-ops with Asian people, and tweets,” he said.    “The community isn’t stupid; we can sense the fakeness.”
    Some advocates, though, doubt tough-on-crime policies will leave a positive impact on vulnerable Asian American populations.
    Manjusha Kulkarni, co-founder of the reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate, said less than 15 percent of thousands of self-reported hate incidents against Asian Americans actually constitute crimes.    The vast majority are instances of verbal harassment or nonviolent forms of discrimination for which perpetrators cannot be arrested.
    Because of this, Kulkarni said, increasing policing “won’t be at all effective in addressing anti-Asian hate.”    Even for the small share of reported hate crimes, she said, the effectiveness of a criminal law approach is dubious.
    “There’s no evidence, no studies, that show that hate crimes prosecution leads to any deterrence in the commission of hate crimes,” she said.
    Kohli, of Asian Law Caucus, said Boudin implemented numerous initiatives, such as multilingual services to hate crime survivors, that enhanced “a sense of safety and healing” in Asian American enclaves.    More humane than carceral approaches, she said, increased funding for such victim-centered and restorative justice programs will be more effective at combating anti-Asian violence and discrimination.
    “We’ve seen across cities that have tough-on-crime policies that increased law enforcement and policing do not actually reduce crime,” Kohli said.    “We need community-based resources like mental health services, and for our communities to be housed, educated, employed, and offered social support.”

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6/12/2022 WTO aims for trade deals amid uncertainty - Experts: Reform needed for group to be effective by Jamey Keaten, ASSOCIATED PRESS
World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala expressed “cautious optimism”
that progress could occur during this week’s meetings. SALVATORE DI NOLFI/KEYSTONE VIA AP
    GENEVA – The World Trade Organization is facing one of its most dire moments, the culmination of years of slide toward oblivion and ineffectiveness.    Now may be a chance to turn the tide and reemerge as a champion of free and fair trade – or face a future further in doubt.
    For the first time in 4 1/2 years, after a pandemic pause, government ministers from WTO countries will gather for four days starting Sunday to tackle issues like overfishing of the seas, COVID-19 vaccines for the developing world and food security at a time when Russia’s war in Ukraine has blocked the export of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to developing nations.    Facing a key test of her diplomatic skill since taking the job 15 months ago, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in recent days expressed “cautious optimism” that progress could be made on at least one of four issues expected to dominate the meeting: fisheries subsidies, agriculture, the pandemic response and reform of the organization, spokesman Fernando Puchol said.
    Diplomats and trade teams have been working “flat out – long, long hours” to serve up at least one “clean text” for a possible agreement – that ministers can simply rubber-stamp and not have to negotiate – on one of those issues, Puchol told reporters Friday.
    The Geneva-based body, barely a quarter-century old, brings together 164 countries to help ensure smooth and fair international trade and settle trade disputes.    Some outside experts expect few accomplishments out of the meeting, saying the main one may simply be getting the ministers to the table.
    “The multilateral trading system is in a bad way.    The Ukraine situation is not helping,” said Clemens Boonekamp, an independent trade policy analyst and former head of WTO’s agricultural division.    “But the mere fact that they are coming together is a sign of a respect for the system.”
    Alan Wolff, a former WTO deputy director-general, sounded optimistic that members could make at least some headway.
    They might reach an agreement, he said, to help relieve a looming global food crisis arising from the war in Ukraine by ensuring the U.N. World Food Program receives a waiver from food export bans imposed by WTO countries eager to feed their own people.
    Wolff, now senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, expressed confidence in Okonjo-Iweala, saying, “I’m not willing to sell her short.”
    He said members “seem to be making progress” on an agreement to scale back subsidies that encourage overfishing – something they have been trying to do for more than two decades.
    “Do they wrap it up this time?” Wolff asked. “Unclear.    It’s been a drama.”
    One problem – among many – is that the WTO operates by consensus, so any one of its 164 member countries could gum up the works.
    In short, the WTO has become an important diplomatic battleground between developed and developing countries, and some experts say reform is needed if it’s ever to get things done.

6/12/2022 Average gas price hits $5, AAA says - Cost up 19 cents in past week, $1.93 over 2021 by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW YORK – The nationwide average price for a gallon of gasoline has topped $5 for the first time ever.
    Auto club AAA said the average price on Saturday was $5.    Motorists in some parts of the country, especially California, are paying far above that.
    The national average price has jumped 19 cents in just the past week, and it’s up $1.93 from this time last year.
    There are several reasons for the surge in gasoline prices.
    Americans typically drive more starting around Memorial Day, so demand is up. Global oil prices are rising, compounded by sanctions against Russia, a leading oil producer, because of its war against Ukraine.
    And there are limits on refining capacity in the United States because some refineries shut down during the pandemic.
    Add it all up, and the cost of filling up is draining money from Americans who are facing the highest rate of inflation in 40 years.
    California has the highest average price, at $6.43, according to AAA.    The lowest average is Mississippi, at $4.52.
    While this is the first time breaking the $5 barrier, it’s still not a record when inflation is taken into account.    Gas peaked at $4.11 a gallon in July 2008, which would be equal to about $5.40 a gallon today.

6/12/2022 Bipartisan Senate Group Reaches Deal On Gun Reforms by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks during a rally near Capitol Hill in Washington,
Friday, June 10, 2022, urging Congress to pass gun legislation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Senate group tasked with finding a bipartisan solution to gun violence reached a deal.    In a joint statement on Sunday, the group, led by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), said their plan aimed to save lives and protect the rights of law abiding gun owners.
    The plan would allocate more funding for mental health services across states, school security and flags potential gun buyers who have criminal records.
    “Our plan saves lives while also protecting the constitutional rights of law abiding Americans,” the 20 senators said in their statement.    “We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense proposal into law.”
    Additionally, purchasers under 21-years-old will go through an investigative period to review their mental health and juvenile records.    The group hopes the general Senate body will adopt their proposal.
    Meanwhile, President Joe Biden said he’d sign the bill as is.

6/12/2022 Economists Warn Inflation May Still Get Worse by OAN NEWSROOM
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 29: Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser of Allianz appears on a segment of “Mornings With Maria”
with Maria Bartiromo on the FOX Business Network at FOX Studios on April 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
    Economist Mohamed El-Erian said inflation has yet to reach it’s peak. Appearing on CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sunday, the Allianz Chief Economic Advisor said he fears inflation may reach nine percent.
    “We got here because we got a combination of things happening,” said El-Erian.    “All these things came together and are now feeding this inflation.    The price of nearly everything is going up and making us feel really insecure.”
    This comes after inflation hit 8.6 percent in May, the highest since December of 1981.    El-Erian said their was hope it would be temporary and inflation was partially avoidable, but argued the federal reserve mischaracterized the issue and fell behind.
    Meanwhile, during an interview with CNN Sunday, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers disagreed with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s recent claims a recession is not in the works.
    “I look at what’s happening in the stock and bond markets,” voiced Summers.    “I look at where consumer sentiment is.    I think there is certainly a risk of recession in the next year.    I think given where we’ve gotten to, it’s more likely than not that we’ll have a recession within the next two years.”
    However, even the usual Biden critic took a jab at the GOP, claiming so-called “Banana Republicans” who allegedly fanned the flame of the Jan. 6 protests, are partly at fault for the nation’s economic crisis.

6/12/2022 N.Y. Gun Owners Voice Opinions On Gun Control by OAN NEWSROOM
New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a ceremony where Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package
of bills to strengthen gun laws, Monday, June 6, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    Gun owners in New York weighed in on gun control legislation being proposed by Democrat politicians.    Several firearm instructors voiced their opinion on the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the state’s conceal carry law, which restricts the carrying of a handgun out in public.
    Prior to this, Governor Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) signed several pieces of gun control legislation which raised the purchasing age for a semi-automatic rifle and expanded New York’s’ red flags.
    “If you’ve already passed a background check, hopefully you’ve received some training,” said firearms instructor Steve Lollo.    “I’m a big believer in if you own a gun, you should be trained.    If you have a permit, you should be good to go everywhere.    I have a permit and I’m not shooting people here.    If I carried in the city, would I be a danger to shoot people?    Absolutely not.    The only one I’m going to shoot is someone who needs shooting, someone who’s a threat to me or someone else.    Those of us who have permits, who have gone through the process of permitting, we’re the most law-abiding people on the planet.”
    Additionally, Second Amendment advocates voiced their disdain for the banning of high-capacity magazines which was part of an omnibus package passed by the house of Representatives in response to the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo.
    “Illegal gun owners are running around with high-capacity magazines,” voiced the instructor.    “But me, as a legal gun owner in the state of New York, I’m limited to ten rounds in my magazine.    That person could have 30.    Who would you bet on to win that fight?    Some of my bullets are not going to make contact and some of his are not, but he has more of them.”
    They then went on to voice their support for a solution to mass shootings being advocated for by most conservatives both at the state and federal level.
    “Schools are a soft spot for me having been a father,” he expressed.    “I personally feel that if someone is going to educate my child, they should also protect my child.    When it comes to teachers personal feelings are removed from it, they’ve already shown that they’re capable of higher education.    Firearms are not complicated devices, they’re very simple.    I personally feel you are the last line of defense with that room full of children.    If you’re there willing to educate them, you should be there willing to defend them with your life.”
    In the meantime, the Supreme Court is expected to issue their ruling within the next few weeks.    New York Attorney General Letitia James (D-N.Y.) will proceed with her lawsuit against the NRA in an effort to dissolve the organization.

6/12/2022 Marine Corps Identifies 5 Killed In Osprey Crash In Calif. by OAN NEWSROOM
In this photo provided by U.S. Marine Corps/3rd MAW, an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Operational Test and
Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 transports ordnance during an Expeditionary Advanced Base Operation (EABO) exercise to
Old Highway 101 near Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on May 25, 2022. (U.S. Marine Corps via AP)
    The Marine Corps released the identities of the five marines who were killed in an aircraft crash last week.    On Friday, the Marine Corps said all victims were members of the “Purple Foxes,” of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 at Camp Pendleton, California.
    “It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of five Marines from the Purple Fox family,” Lt. Col. John C. Miller, commanding officer of VMM-364 said in a Friday statement.    “This is an extremely difficult time for VMM-364 and it is hard to express the impact that this loss has had on our squadron and its families."
    Two pilots were killed, 31-year-old Captain Nicholas Losapio and 33-year-old Captain John Sax.    The other victims were tiltrotor crew chiefs, 21-year-old Corporal Nathan Carlson, 21-year-old Corporal Seth Rasmuson and 19-year-old Lance Corporal Evan Strickland.
    “We appreciate all the prayers and support from the strong extended Purple Fox family,” the officer voiced.    “We want them to know that more information will be forthcoming on how to help.”
    The Osprey aircraft went down during a training exercise in the desert and the crash remains under investigation.

6/12/2022 9 Injured After Truck Crashes Into L.A. Street Vendors by OAN NEWSROOM
A police officer speaks on the phone near the crashed vehicle. Reuters
    Nine people were injured after a truck crashed into several street vendors in Los Angeles.
    On Saturday, police reported six people, including two children, were taken to the hospital when the truck veered off the road near Macarthur Park and onto the sidewalk.
    “It was originally reported that a firearm was pointed at the driver by an unknown male,” according to an LAPD statement.
    “However, after further interviews with the driver and witnesses, no firearm was ever seen.    The investigation also revealed there were no signs of impairment or other related crimes.”
    Officials say, one adult was seriously injured while the others suffered minor injuries.    It was unclear if the motorist was cited or arrested.

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6/13/2022 1/6 panel: Consider indictment of Trump - AG must decide if prosecution warranted by Hope Yen, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Sunday they have uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
    The committee announced that Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is among the witnesses scheduled to testify at a hearing Monday that focuses on Trump’s effort to spread his lies about a stolen election.    Stepien was subpoenaed for his public testimony.
    As the hearings unfold, Rep. Adam Schiff said he would like the department to “investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity on the part of Donald Trump.”    Schiff, D-Calif., who also leads the House Intelligence Committee, said that ”there are certain actions, parts of these different lines of effort to overturn the election that I don’t see evidence the Justice Department is investigating.”
    The committee launched its public hearings last week, with members laying out their case against Trump to show how the defeated president relentlessly pushed his false claims of a rigged election despite multiple advisers telling him otherwise and how he intensified an extraordinary scheme to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
    Additional evidence is to be released in hearings this week, Democrats say, that will demonstrate that Trump and some of his advisers engaged in a “massive effort” to spread misinformation, pressured the Justice Department to embrace his false claims, and urged then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject state electors and block the vote certification on Jan. 6, 2021.
    Stepien, a longtime Trump ally, is now a top campaign adviser to the Trump-endorsed House candidate in Wyoming’s Republican primary, Harriet Hageman, who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee’s vice chair and a vociferous critic of the former president.    A Trump spokesman, Taylor Budowich, suggested that the committee’s decision to call Stepien was politically motivated.
    Monday’s witness list also includes BJay Pak, the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta who left his position on Jan. 4, 2021, a day after an audio recording was made public in which Trump called him a “never-Trumper”; Chris Stirewalt, the former political editor for Fox News; noted Washington elections attorney Benjamin Ginsberg; and Al Schmidt, a former city commissioner in Philadelphia.
    The panel will also focus on the millions of dollars Trump’s team brought in fundraising in the run-up to Jan. 6, according to a committee aide who insisted on anonymity to discuss the details.
    The committee has said most of those interviewed in the investigation are coming forward voluntarily, although some have wanted subpoenas to appear in public.    Filmmaker Nick Quested, who provided documentary footage of the attack, said during last week’s hearing he received a subpoena to appear.
    Committee members said they would present clear evidence that “multiple” GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., had sought a pardon from Trump, which would protect him from prosecution.    Perry on Friday denied he ever did so, calling the assertion an “absolute, shameless, and soulless lie.”
    “We’re not going to make accusations or say things without proof or evidence backing it,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
    Lawmakers indicated that perhaps their most important audience member over the course of the hearings may be Attorney General Merrick Garland, who must decide whether his department can and should prosecute Trump.    They left no doubt as to their own view whether the evidence is sufficient to proceed.
    “Once the evidence is accumulated by the Justice Department, it needs to make a decision about whether it can prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt the president’s guilt or anyone else’s,” Schiff said.    “But they need to be investigated if there’s credible evidence, which I think there is.”     Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said he doesn’t intend to “browbeat” Garland but noted the committee has already laid out in legal pleadings criminal statutes they believe Trump violated.
    “I think that he knows, his staff knows, the U.S. attorneys know, what’s at stake here,” Raskin said.    “They know the importance of it, but I think they are rightfully paying close attention to precedent in history as well, as the facts of this case.”
    Garland has not specified whether he would be willing to prosecute, which would be unprecedented and may be complicated in a political election season in which Trump has openly flirted with the idea of running for president again.     No president or ex-president has ever been indicted.
    Richard Nixon resigned from office in 1974 as he faced an impeachment and a likely grand jury indictment on charges of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. President Gerald Ford later pardoned his predecessor before any criminal charges related to Watergate could be filed.
    Legal experts have said a Justice Department prosecution of Trump over the riot could set an uneasy precedent in which an administration of one party could more routinely go after the former president of another.
    “We will follow the facts wherever they lead,” Garland said in his speech at Harvard University’s commencement ceremony last month.
    A federal judge in California said in a March ruling in a civil case that Trump “more likely than not” committed federal crimes in seeking to obstruct the congressional count of the Electoral College ballots on Jan. 6, 2021.    The judge cited two statutes: obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.    Trump has denied all wrongdoing.
    Schiff appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” Raskin spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and Kinzinger was on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
From left, Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., take a break during
the House select committee’s first public hearing to reveal the findings of a year-long investigation. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

6/13/2022 Brookings boss resigns amid scandal - FBI probe focusing on lobbying efforts for Qatar by Alan Suderman and Jim Mustian, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Allen was tapped as president
of the Brookings Institution in late 2017. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP
    The president of the Brookings Institution resigned Sunday amid a federal investigation into whether he illegally lobbied on behalf of the wealthy Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.
    Retired Gen. John Allen wrote in a letter to the think tank that he was leaving with a “heavy heart” but did not offer a direct explanation.
    “I know it is best for all concerned in this moment,” Allen’s letter said.
    A retired four-star Marine general who led U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Allen’s announcement came less than a week after the Associated Press was first to report on new court filings that showed the FBI had seized Allen’s electronic data as part of the lobbying investigation.
    Allen has not been charged with any crimes and, through a spokesman, has denied any wrongdoing.
    Brookings, which had put Allen on administrative leave the day after the AP’s initial report, issued a statement thanking Allen for guiding the think tank through the coronavirus pandemic and other contributions.    The institution said information about the search for a new president would be forthcoming.
    The new court filings detail Allen’s behind-the scenes efforts to help Qatar influence U.S. policy in June 2017, when a diplomatic crisis erupted between the gas-rich Persian Gulf monarchy and its neighbors.
    An FBI agent said in an affidavit in support of a search warrant there was “substantial evidence” that Allen had knowingly broken a foreign lobbying law, and had made false statements and withheld “incriminating” documents.
    Allen’s alleged lobbying work involved traveling to Qatar and meeting with the country’s top officials to offer them advice on how to influence U.S. policy, as well as promoting Qatar’s point of view to top White House officials and members of Congress, the FBI’s affidavit said.
    The federal investigation involving Allen has ensnared Richard G. Olson, a former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan in the Obama administration who pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier this month, and Imaad Zuberi, a prolific political donor now serving a 12-year prison sentence on corruption charges.        Several members of Congress have also been interviewed.
    Brookings, one of the most prestigious think thanks in the U.S., had initially hired Allen as a senior fellow before tapping him as president in late 2017 and paying him more than $1 million a year, according to recent tax records.
    “The integrity and objectivity of Brookings’s scholarship constitute the institution’s principal assets, and Brookings seeks to maintain high ethical standards in all its operations,” the think tank said in its statement Sunday.
    Qatar has long been a major financial backer of Brookings, though Allen decided in 2019 to stop taking any new donations from the country.
    Qatari officials have not responded to requests for comment about the Allen investigation.

6/13/2022 Giuliani son barred from debate over vax status by ASSOCIATED PRESS
Andrew Giuliani, a Republican candidate for Governor of New York,
has said he will debate remotely Monday night. MARY ALTAFFER/AP
    NEW YORK – Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani said he has been barred from participating in-person in an upcoming primary debate because he has refused to submit proof he has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
    At a news conference Sunday outside the offices of CBS-TV, which is televising the debate Monday night, the son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he has chosen not to be vaccinated but that he told debate organizers he would take multiple tests leading up to and on the day of the debate.
    Andrew Giuliani said he was told initially that he only needed to take a test on the day of the debate, then was told he had to show proof of vaccination.
    “I told them I would not do that,” he said.    “I don’t think that’s something that even someone who has chosen to get the shot should have to do, from a constitutional standpoint.”
    In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for CBS-TV said the policy requiring visitors to its broadcast center to be vaccinated was introduced last year, in consultation with health care experts and government officials.
    “Any candidate who doesn’t meet this requirement is encouraged to participate in Monday’s debate remotely,” the statement said.    “We look forward to providing the opportunity Monday night for the Republican candidates to share their views on matters of importance to the residents of New York State.”
    Giuliani has said he will debate remotely.    The former adviser to former President Donald Trump is facing Rep. Lee Zeldin, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson in the primary.
    Giuliani has criticized vaccine mandates in New York City and said Sunday that, if elected, he will restore the jobs of public workers fired for not getting the vaccine.
    He said he chose not to be vaccinated “for a couple of different reasons,” including that federal health officials have said the vaccine “doesn’t actually stop transmission” of COVID-19.

6/13/2022 Biden: ‘Exxon Made More Money Than God’ by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden arrives at Kirtland Air Force Base to meet with state and local officials
on the New Mexico wildfires, Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Joe Biden has refused to take responsibility for astronomical gas prices, Instead, he appears to be pointing his finger at oil companies.    The President accused Big Oil of exploiting supply shortages to boost profits.
    While addressing dockworkers at the port of Los Angeles on Friday, Biden claimed oil and gas companies are using the war in Ukraine to justify excessive price hikes.    His finger pointing comes as the national average price of gas is $4.99 per gallon and is more than $5 a gallon in 19 states, according to AAA.
    However, the President went into his typical “whisper mode” to deflect responsibility away from his policies that have cancelled oil field leases and restricted drilling.
    “They have 9000 permits to drill, they’re not drilling.    Why aren’t they drilling?” Biden asked.    “Because they make more money not producing more oil.    The price goes up, number one.    And number two, the reason they’re not drilling is they’re buying back their own stock, which should be taxed, quite frankly.    Buying back their own stock and making no new investments.”
    Exxon spokesperson Casey Norton responded to Biden’s comments.    He said the company has been in regular contact with the administration and laid out its plans to increase production as well as expand refining capacity in the US.    For starters, Norton said Exxon is significantly expanding its operations in Texas.
    Last month, the Biden administration cancelled three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, removing millions of acres from possible drilling.

6/13/2022 GAO: Biden’s ‘Infrastructure’ Bill Was Inefficient by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE- In this June 19, 2018, file photo a router and internet switch are displayed in East Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
    The Government Accountability Office found President Joe Biden’s so-called infrastructure bill, which passed last year, was inefficient.    According to new GAO report, Democrats spent at least $65 billion with “no national strategy” or obligation to update America’s internet services.
    The reported noted, the Biden administration does not have a plan to provide high-speed internet to all Americans.    The $1.2 trillion bill did not even require government agencies to develop a broadband strategy.
    It’s unclear how that money was spent.    Republican lawmakers have said Biden’s spending spree was the main factor behind runaway inflation sweeping the US.
    “You have to understand why demand went up everywhere, why did it go up across all segments of the economy,” explained GOP Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).    “Because we printed money, we just passed out money.    We literally passed it out this time around, but inflation is basically a consequent of debt.    So in the last two years, we added $6 trillion worth of debt.    We’ve never added that much debt in our history.”
    Following the GAO report, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called for accountability and transparency at the federal government.    He asserted its spending spree has, indeed, fueled inflation.

6/13/2022 NATO Chief: Turkey Has Raised ‘Legitimate’ Security Concerns by OAN NEWSROOM
Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, right, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
attend a joint press conference at Harpsund, the country retreat of Swedish prime ministers,
in Sodermanland County, Sweden, Monday, June 13, 2022. (Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via AP)
    NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg said Turkey has raised “legitimate concerns” over Finland and Sweden joining the military alliance.    While speaking in Finland on Sunday, the secretary general said its important to keep in mind that no other NATO ally has suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey.
    “The summit in Madrid was never a deadline,” he stated.    “At the same time, I would like to see this solved as soon as possible.    And therefore, we are working hard with our NATO ally, Turkey and also with Finland and Sweden to address those issues that Turkey has raised.”
    Stoltenberg also claimed no other ally hosts more refugees, while noting Turkey plays a key role in providing support to Ukraine.    Terrorism and weapons exports are among Turkey’s concerns, but the two Nordic countries have agreed to continue discussions.
    “As in international politics, it is all the reasons to take seriously what your counterpart is saying and that’s what we are going to do, take seriously what Turkey puts forward,” stated Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland.
    Stoltenberg assured the two Nordic countries joining was the right decision and stresses it will strengthen security and stability throughout the Euro-Atlantic area.

6/13/2022 Rep. Ryan Claims He’s For ‘Working Class’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, running for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, speaks to supporters after the
polls closed on primary election day Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
    Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) claimed he’s for the “working class,” even though his voting record says otherwise.    In recent reports, it was revealed Ryan has actually voted 100 percent with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on issues impacting the working class.    Additionally, Ryan has reportedly voted with President Joe Biden 100 percent of the time.
    Meanwhile, according to reports, Ohio has it’s highest gas prices in the state’s history.    However, Ryan still claims he’s fighting for workers in the Buckeye State.
    “…Get these jobs back, build stuff again, start making stuff again here in Ohio,” stated the Democrat.    “And so, I want to look people in the eye.    I want them to examine me, examine my record and realize that we don’t need another millionaire in the Senate.    We need someone who comes from a working-class community.”
    Ryan will face off against Trump-endorsed Republican Senate nominee J.D. Vance in November’s general election.

6/13/2022 Rick Scott says Biden 'destroyed America's economy' in ads calling on president to resign by Fox News – FOX News
© AP Photo/John Raoux
    FIRST ON FOX: Republican Florida Senator Rick Scott on Monday released the latest installment in a series of television ads targeting President Joe Biden and promoting Scott’s "Rescue America" plan.
    "Joe Biden has destroyed America’s economy," Scott says in the ad.    "It’s time to be honest with the American people.    Joe Biden is unfit for office and should resign."
    The ad features a video of the president referring to Sen. Scott as being from Wisconsin, and warns that Biden is forcing America into a recession. In a previous ad, Scott called Biden "incompetent and confused."
    The ads are part of a seven-figure television buy to promote Scott’s "Rescue America" plan: an 12-point guide for how Republicans can "save this country" should they reclaim power after the midterms.    It covers areas from education, to immigration, to the economy.
    Since its release in the spring, "Rescue America" has received fierce criticism from Democrats and pushback from some Republicans.
    In a tweet, Biden called it "Senator Rick Scott’s ultra-MAGA agenda."    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized its call to require low-income Americans to pay at least some federal income taxes, which Scott later dropped from the plan.
© (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Biden has struggled to get the American economy back on track. AP Photo/Susan Walsh
    Though Scott chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is leading the GOP’s effort to take back the Senate majority, the ad is funded by his own Senate reelection committee, Rick Scott for Florida.
    The ad will run on cable channels nationwide.

6/13/2022 Bipartisan Gun Control Framework Includes Grants by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on domestic
terrorism, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    A bipartisan group of Senators announced a framework for gun control following the recent mass shootings in New York and Texas.    On Sunday, the senators announced they had reached an agreement for increased mental health and school security funding, as well as expanded checks on buyers under 21.
    However, one provision could allow states to violate multiple constitutional rights of it’s citizens.    Part of the framework includes a provision to give taxpayer funded incentive grants to states, which implement so-called red flag laws.
    Such laws, already in place in 19 states and Washington D.C., allow neighbors, coworkers, ex-relations and family members to go to a judge and petition to have guns taken from individuals they claim are dangerous.    A judge can typically order an immediate seizure of firearms, sending police to the home to remove the guns.
    “Put simply, red flag laws empower the government to take firearms first and ask questions later.    Often much, much later,” stated Senator Ted Cruz.
    No crime has to have been committed, just the accusation of being “dangerous” to yourself or others.    The judge can have the separation order enforced without the citizen being present to defend themselves in court.    According to the far-left ACLU, such laws can infringe not only on the Second Amendment, but also violate the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, if they are not tailored properly.
    One example, of issues that arise from such laws occurred in Maryland in 2018.    A man had a red flag order placed against him and while no information on the reason for the order has been released, the man was not committing any crime by continuing ownership of the firearm.
    Despite this, police showed up to his door and he was armed, but placed the weapon on the ground until police informed him why they were there.    The man reportedly became irate, picked up the firearm and had an argument with police.    The argument turned violent and shots were fired, resulting in the man’s death.
    According to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, this suppression of rights has no positive trade offs.    He said research showed that red flag laws do not stop mass shootings and negligibly reduces suicides.
    “No research has found any statistical reduction in crime,” said Cruz.    “Including, mass shooting fatalities from confiscation laws and studies about suicide reduction show mixed results.”
    Despite the red flag incentives being proposed, the Republican leader in the negotiations Texas’s John Cornyn (R) still maintains an A-Plus rating from the NRA.    The gun rights organization has said they will oppose efforts to strip constitutional rights from Americans, but only once a bill is drafted outside of a framework.
    Along with Cornyn, nine other Republican Senators, including Ohio’s Rob Portman and South Carolina’s Lindsay Graham, back the framework proposed red flag grants and all.

6/13/2022 Youtuber/Boxer Jake Paul Slams Biden ‘Accomplishments’ by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden waits to speak at a bill signing ceremony for the “Commission To Study the
Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture Act,” Monday,
June 13, 2022, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Popular Youtuber turned Boxer Jake Paul is not a fan of President Joe Biden.    Paul took to his millions of followers on social media and pointed to Biden’s “accomplishments.”    He stressed Biden’s administration has overseen record high gas and rent prices, along with a decades high inflation rate as top accomplishments.
    He finished off his post with “if you’re reading this and voted for Biden and you still don’t regret it, then you are the American problem.”
    Attorney and Political Commentator A.J. Delgado, who served as senior adviser to the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, disagreed with Paul’s claims.
    In a tweet, Delgado voiced “If Trump had been elected instead of Biden the only thing different below would be, I’ll grant you, slightly lower gas prices (bc he wouldn’t have sanctioned Russia as much).    But that’s it.    The rest is NOT caused by Biden.”
    Many of the Boxer’s followers chimed in to say the border crisis and the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan should be on the list.

6/13/2022 $1.5M Donation To Uvalde, Texas Community by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Education Secretary Miguel Cardona speaks during the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year
event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    The Department of Education announced a major donation to the community and victims of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting.    On Monday, “Project School Emergency Response to Violence” granted $1.5 million to the Uvalde Independent School District.
    This comes shortly after Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited the school and vowed to support recovery efforts.
    “No community should have to experience a tragedy like this alone,” said Cardona.    “While in Texas, I saw the Uvalde community come together in deep and meaningful ways to support one another and all the families who lost loved ones.    It is our turn to support them.”
    Project SERV funds are available for use under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.    They can be used for activities that help restore a sense of safety and security for the district’s students, teachers, staff, and families.
    “In the hours and days since that tragic day, we have committed to providing the Uvalde community with every available resource they may require from the Department,” the secretary voiced.    “Today’s release of these emergency funds is an initial step that will be followed by technical assistance and on-the-ground supports in the months and years to come.”
    According to the Department of Education, this will include funds for summer programs, new mental health services and overtime pay for teachers and staff.

6/13/2022 Pence: Help Is On The Way For Law Enforcement At Border by OAN NEWSROOM
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 30: Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the
National Press Club on November 30, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Former Vice President Mike Pence (R) took a trip to the southern border to hear from law enforcement officials amid the Biden border crisis.    On Monday, Pence spoke with the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona and his deputies about border security.
    Pence stressed, any conversation regarding border security needs to start with officers on the front lines.    However, he called out Democrat lawmakers and mainstream media news outlets that have stopped covering the crisis at the southern border.
    “I truly do believe we are in the midst of an American tragedy,” said Pence.    “It is also tragic that our national media has turned their attention virtually and entirely away from the crisis at our southern border.    That, as Director Roemer said, is literally costing American lives on both sides of the border.”
    Pence went on to say the American people see what’s happening at the southern border and he hopes voters will elect a new generation of leaders who’ll focus on border security.    This comes as critics have lambasted the Biden administration’s immigration policies, with several claiming it is causing more illegal immigration.
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) tested positive for COVID-19 and wasn’t able to attend the planned political event with Pence.    Both are working to amplify GOP messaging on border issues that they see as a potent political issue.

6/13/2022 Schiff Claims ‘Powerful Evidence’ Against Trump In J6 Probe by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., listens as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol continues to reveal
its findings of a year-long investigation, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has claimed the Democrat-controlled January 6 Committee could come up with criminal charges against former President Donald Trump. The California Democrat alleged Sunday that he has “very powerful” evidence that Trump was responsible for clashes at the US Capitol.
    “And we’ll be presenting what we’ve found,” Schiff told reporters.    “I don’t want to predetermine or prejudge the strength of what we will show you.    We’ll show you what we’ve been able to determine.”
    This comes despite Trump saying he offered to deploy 20,000 National Guards ahead of the protest, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) rejected his offer.    Republicans have said Trump’s impeachment failed back in 2020 despite Schiff’s similar claims of “powerful evidence” at the time.
    “Well I don’t think we learnt anything new,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).    “I mean, we already knew that they want to get rid of the electoral college, they want to make it so that President Trump can’t run in 2024…I don’t think we learned anything new, even with hundreds of witnesses, thousands of hours of testimony, no ability for Republicans to do any type of cross examination.”
    Trump has also criticized the latest January 6 show trial, while asserting that it’s led by a gang of “political thugs” pursuing partisan goals.

6/13/2022 Oil down $0.32 to $120.30, DOW down 877 to 30,516 and it has gone down 7,000 points due to Biden’s policies.

6/14/2022 Internet Explorer Is Being Permanently Canceled by Dan Lawrence – Giant Freakin Robot
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    These days, Internet Explorer isn’t so much a web browser as it is a victim of memes.    Once upon a time, the browser ruled the roost, but along with the lines of Blockbuster, it has quickly become a thing of the past.    It would appear that Microsoft also believes that Internet Explorer is what some might call a 90s relic, as TimesNow reports that the web browser is being permanently cancelled on June 15.
    Microsoft has been planning Internet Explorer’s final days for some time now.    A year ago, the tech giant announced the June 15 death date for Internet Explorer, a three-year cut into the original plan to axe the browser in 2025.    It seems ironic that the browser’s death has sped up but alas, the web browser that made its debut in 1995 will soon be no more.    IE’s 1995 debut came as a paid add-on for Windows 95 users and the browser would go on to become the dominant force in web browsing in the late 90s and early 2000s.    In 2003 the browser hit its peak, with a reported 95% usage share.
    Since Internet Explorer’s 2003 heyday, the web browser has entered a steady decline.    Whereas once IE was the be-all and end-all of surfing the web, be it updating your MySpace page or checking out the latest videos on some new site called YouTube (which reportedly is doing quite well these days), the browser quickly got outrun by competitors such as Google Chrome.    Now Internet Explorer is the byword for slow speeds and sketchy security and hasn’t received any development since 2016.    This lack of development is part of Microsoft’s reasoning for shutting the browser down.    However, the main factor behind Internet Explorer’s demise is its younger browser sibling, Microsoft Edge.    “The future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge,” says Microsoft Edge Program Manager, Sean Lyndersay.    The future of Internet Explorer?    Will the afterlife prove fruitful for the browser?
    For those few out there still using Internet Explorer as their main browser (a select few most likely), there is no need to fret that all will be lost on June 15.    Sean Lyndersay has stated that IE will live on in some shape or form on Microsoft Edge; “Microsoft Edge has Internet Explorer mode (‘IE mode’) built in, so you can access those legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge.”    This news will be welcome to the sub 2% of web browser users who are still surfing the net on IE.
    The sub 2% web browser market share stat for Internet Explorer (as of May 2022 via StatCounter), shows just how far Internet Explorer has fallen.    The wider usage stats also paints a picture of the task Microsoft still faces in producing a viable web browsing alternative to today’s main competitors.    As of May 2022, Google Chrome accounted for a massive 64.95% of the browser market share.    This puts Chrome way ahead of the field, with Safari ranking in second place with 19.01% and Microsoft Edge a distant third with 3.99%.    While it does appear that Chrome is the king of the web in the modern era, 90s kids, millennials and all-around nostalgic folk will be proud that Chrome’s 64.95% market share is still some way off of Internet Explorers 2003 high-water mark of 95%.

6/14/2022 German leader coy on possible Ukraine visit - Chancellor faces growing pressure to show support by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BERLIN – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declined to comment Monday on reports that he is planning to visit Ukraine together with his counterparts from France and Italy soon.
    Weekly Bild am Sonntag had reported that Scholz would travel to Kyiv with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Premier Mario Draghi Berlin before this month’s summit of leaders from the Group of Seven major economies in Germany.
    Several other European leaders, Germany’s opposition leader and members of Scholz’s own Cabinet have visited Ukraine in recent weeks to express solidarity with the country in the face of Russia’s military assault, raising the pressure on the German chancellor to do likewise.
    Scholz fobbed off questions about the reported travel plans, saying that he wouldn’t go beyond what his spokesperson had told reporters earlier in the day.    The spokesperson had declined to discuss the reports.
    While Germany has contributed considerable financial and military aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion three months ago, Scholz’s government has been criticized both at home and abroad for being slower to do so than the United States and some smaller European countries.    Scholz pushed back against such criticism, saying that the advanced howitzers Germany is providing to Ukraine, for example, require extensive training before they can be used.
    “I think it would be good if those who express their views on this or that issue spent a moment thinking about it first,” he said.
    Ukraine’s president made clear he believes Germany’s military support could have come faster.
    “To be honest, Germany joined a little later than some of our neighboring countries, as far as the arms deliveries were concerned.    That’s a fact,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy told German public broadcaster ZDF in an interview aired late Monday.
    Zelenskyy said he expected the German chancellor to show “personal support” for Ukraine’s membership of the European Union and on the issue of sanctions against Russia.
    It is “important that Chancellor Scholz comes here during wartime,” he added.

6/14/2022 Biden Admin. Continues To Engage With Asian Leaders by OAN NEWSROOM
Secretary of State, Antony Blinken shakes hands with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin at the
State Department in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2022, after a news conference. (Roberto Schmidt/Pool via AP)
    Biden administration diplomats have continued to push their influence on world affairs through Asia.    On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin.    The two top diplomats took aim at North Korea.
    The US-South Korea and North Korea relations have been strained since Joe Biden took over the presidency.    Biden has continued to order joint military drills between America and South Korea’s military.    This has garnered threats from Kim Jong-un’s regime who have equated those exercises to declarations of war.
    Last week, Kim called to bolster the country’s military while claiming the international sphere is a “aggravating environment.”    The rouge state has launched dozens of ballistic missile tests so far this year and US Intelligence officials warned another test of a nuclear weapon is on the horizon.
Secretary Blinken stressed, if North Korea wants to be taken seriously by international leaders then it will have to gain favor through diplomacy.
    “A nuclear test would be dangerous, it would be deeply destabilizing to the region,” stated the US official.    “It would blatantly violate international law as set out in multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions, so we urge the DPRK to refrain from further destabilizing activity.    We call on the DPRK to engage in serious and sustained diplomacy.”
    America’s top diplomat went on to say North Koreans could be negatively affected if its government continues its path toward instability.
    “We want to support the people of North Korea, including with COVID-19 vaccines,” Blinken noted.
    “Indeed, we have offered our help consistently throughout the pandemic and again during the awful surge that they are now enduring, which comes on top of severe economic and humanitarian crises.    Our goal, simply put, is a peaceful and stable region and world. Until the regime in Pyongyang changes course, we will continue to keep the pressure on.”
    Meanwhile, State Department Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman was sent to Vietnam to cement ties with Hanoi.    Sherman touted the US has pledged nearly 20 million to help clean up any unexploded ordinances left over from the Vietnam war.    Additionally, she promised to work with Vietnamese officials to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman shakes hands with Vietnamese Foreign Minister
Bui Thanh Son in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday, June 13, 2022. Sherman is visiting Vietnam, the last stop
in her Asian trip after South Korea, the Philippines and Laos. (AP Photo/Hoang Duong)
    Both countries seem to agree that they are integral partners and can be a strong influence for the Association of Southeast Asians Nations (ASEAN).     “We agree with you our partnership is critical to ensure an independent and prosperous Vietnam,” said Sherman.    “We have great respect for each other’s systems and our joint efforts are to build a better future for our people.”
    Additionally, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met with Thai defense officials in Bangkok. The military leaders discussed modernizing Thailand’s military in several areas, including cyber security and space technology.
    These discussions were met with the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party who has taken aim at the Biden administration for trying to turn leaders in the region against them.    Chinese officials claim that along with engaging in diplomatic relations with Asian officials, the US is also making allegations that China wants to subjugate Taiwanese residents.
    “The US’ remarks vilifying China will not fool the international community, but only compromise its own credibility,” stated Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin.    “We urge the US to match its words with deeds, follow through on its commitment not to seeking confrontation or conflict, not to seeking ‘a new Cold War’ or ‘an Asian version of NATO’ or forming antagonistic blocs in the region.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin. (Reuters Photo)
    The latest developments in the Biden-Asia relations landscape seems to show the Biden administration can follow it’s promise to bolster the region at the expense of the CCP.


6/14/2022 Sen. McConnell Slams Democrats For Inflation by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, speaks
during a news conference in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently slammed Democrats for creating the worst inflation in decades.    While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, the Kentucky lawmaker said President Joe Biden claimed inflation reached its peak months ago.    Since that declaration, however, prices have only increased to their highest points in decades.
    In particular, McConnell said that prices for gas, food and rent have been particularly inflated.    He then pointed out that most Americans are pinching pennies preparing for even greater increases.    He said that the money Americans worked hard to earn just isn’t going as far as it once did.
    “Day by day, all of these painful milestones add up to one simple reality,” stated the Senate Minority Leader.    “Americans hard earned dollars just aren’t going nearly as far as they once did. Runaway inflation has swallowed up any shot at rising pay bringing more prosperity.”
    As far as gas prices go, the Biden administration’s energy outlook forecast for 2022 revealed officials dramatically misunderstood the state of America’s energy supply.    According to a Townhall report in December, Biden predicted gas prices would average $2.88 per gallon in 2022.
    At the beginning of January, however, gas prices were already at $3.13 a gallon and those prices have exceeded $5 a gallon nationally.    The pain at the pump is getting worse as gas prices are inching higher by the day.    According to the latest data from AAA, national average price of gas is up 15 cents from just last week and more than 55 cents from last month.
    Meanwhile, Biden has failed to take responsibility for the crisis and has blamed Russia’s Vladimir Putin and COVID-19 instead of his policies.    McConnell’s floor speech came as the Wall Street entered a bear market with experts increasingly warning of a recession.    On top of that, the May inflation report revealed the highest consumer price index since 1981.

6/14/2022 Hunter: Joe Biden Would Do ‘Anything I Want Him To’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Joe Biden, left, and his son Hunter Biden, right, in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    A new audio tape from Hunter Biden’s laptop reveals the President’s son was saying Joe Biden would do anything that he would ask him to.    The tape was released by the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.
    In the audio, Hunter relayed the message that business deals overseas exposed him to undue foreign influence, which he could pass on to Joe Biden.
    “He’ll talk about anything that I want him to, that he believes in,” Hunter stated.    “If I say it’s important to me, then he will work a way in which to make it a part of his platform.”
    Republicans have said Hunter’s multi-million deals in Ukraine in China could have influenced the Biden administration’s policy in those countries as well as at home in the US.    However, Hunter downplayed any political risks of his questionable businesses.
    “My dad respects me more than he respects anyone in the world, and I know that to be certain,” he stated.    “So it’s not going to be about whether it affects his politics…
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are continuing their investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden’s foreign businesses dealings.    They said a deeper probe would begin after midterm elections.

6/14/2022 N.Y. Governor Approves Abortion Safe Haven Laws by OAN NEWSROOM
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers her first State of the State address in the Assembly Chamber
at the state Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)
    New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed a bill expanding abortion access in the Empire State.    She approved six bills to make her state a “safe haven” for the procedure in case the Supreme Court rules Roe v. Wade to be unconstitutional.
    “Our heart goes out to the women in those other states, we’ll be there for the women of other states,” stated the governor.    “And mark my words, just never, never, here in the state of New York because New York has always been a beacon for those yearning to be free.    And I want the world to hear that that will never change.”
    The laws are intended to provide legal protections for both abortion participants and providers from outside states where the operation may be outlawed, including the prevention of New York authorities from cooperating with outside law enforcement agencies in abortion-related investigations as well as restricting out-of-state medical malpractice insurance claims against New York abortion providers.    Additionally, Empire State abortion providers will be immune to professional misconduct charges while institutions that refuse to perform abortions may be sued.
    Under one of the provisions, abortion providers may even obscure their addresses in order to evade legal action.    The governor also announced the formation of a task force that will research the effects of pro-life pregnancy centers.    Hochul alleged these protections for abortion are by extension protection for so-called “bodily autonomy.”
    “Because as the first female governor of New York, I take this personally and that’s a fight I’m willing to take on,” she continued.    “Not just on behalf of the women of New York, but for women all across this nation.    I refuse to go backwards and I promise you, as long as I’m governor, we will not because these are rights that have been fought for, for generations. And New York State has led every step of the way.”
    Despite championing bodily autonomy, Hochul maintained former Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health care worker COIVD-19 vaccine mandate, on top of that, New Yorkers were required to be vaccinated to participate in various indoor activities earlier this year.
    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court could hand down its decision on Roe as soon as Wednesday. Should the measure be stricken down, each state will have sovereignty over its own abortion policy.

6/14/2022 Oil down $2.56 to $118.43, DOW down 152 to 30,365.

6/15/2022 Soros takeover: Outrage as Miami’s anti-communism Radio Mambi could be controlled by Obama, Clinton staffers Opinion by Brian Flood, Nikolas Lanum – FOX News
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    Miami’s iconic, Spanish-language conservative talk radio station Radio Mambi could soon be controlled by political strategists who worked for President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.    The pending sale to a George Soros-linked group has caused outrage inside the station, throughout Miami’s Cuban-American community and among conservative media watchdogs.
    Soros-backed group’s takeover of Miami’s conservative Radio Mambi ‘is about power,’ Jorge Bonilla says     Radio Mambi, which is historically linked to the Cuban exile community and offers an anti-communism view, would be controlled by a group of liberals partially funded by Soros, a far-left billionaire, if the $60 million deal is approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
    Media Research Center director of MRC Latino Jorge Bonilla blasted the move as a power grab by the left.
    "This is about power; this is about control.    This is not about free speech.    This is not about this misinformation.    This is about controlling the flow of information to a specific community for political purposes, and that is what makes this deal, I think, so controversial," Bonilla told Fox News Digital.
    "You're looking at the shutdown or the radical restructuring or the reformatting… of an iconic radio station, a station that for decades has been a beacon to Miami's Cuban-American community," Bonilla continued.    "[Radio Mambi] has been really the community's voice politically and culturally.    It's a beacon of anti-communism, and so these are the concerns that emerged as a result of this transaction."
    Bonilla believes the looming takeover has a specific, strategic purpose as influential liberals are set to control Miami's "mainstay of the right" in addition to Spanish-language stations in other major markets, including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Antonio.
    The formation of the Latino Media Network, a new network set to be made up of 18 Hispanic radio stations including Radio Mambi, was partially financed by Lakestar Finance, an investment group affiliated with Soros Fund Management.    The stations, currently owned by Univision, would be controlled by Jess Morales Rocketto, a former Hillary for America and AFL-CIO employee, and Stephanie Valencia, a former Obama White House staffer, if the venture receives FCC approval.
    Bonilla believes it’s an "unprecedented" situation, and he had a hard time coming up with a comparison until conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh came to mind.
    "I guess the closest equivalent would be to imagine Rush Limbaugh's affiliate in New York City.    His flagship in New York City at the height of when he first came out and made a ruckus in the '90s," Bonilla said.    "Imagine a Clintonite group coming in and buying that station out and basically setting up [former left-wing radio network] Air America in its place and knocking Rush Limbaugh off the air."
    There have been protests throughout the Miami area, local South Florida politicians have spoken out and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has criticized the deal.    Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted, "The Soros-funded radical Left is running a scheme to manipulate local media in Florida to push their Marxist agenda on voters."
    Radio Mambi staffers are furious, and some popular on-air personalities have been offered retention bonuses simply to stick around, according to both station insiders and Bonilla’s own reporting.
    "Some of the talents have gone on the air saying that they're going to reject this money, that they don't want a dime of Soros money.    There is an ongoing sense of revolt, of unease at the station," Bonilla said.     Bonilla learned of an all-hands meeting last Thursday in which Valencia traveled to Miami to help ease tensions inside the station.    Fox News Digital has confirmed the meeting took place, and that Valencia was accompanied by Cuban-born, anti-Trump conservative Al Cardenas in an attempt to calm panicked staffers.    Cardenas is married to liberal CNN political commentator Ana Navarro, who remains a Republican but worked in Florida to elect Joe Biden in 2020 and openly supports Democrats.
    During the meeting, the former Obama aide claimed "nothing will change" at Radio Mambi, but employees don’t buy it.
    "Nobody believes her," a Radio Mambi insider who attended the meeting told Fox News Digital.    "Honestly, they really believe we are stupid."
    The insider said that Valencia claimed Soros was simply a "lender," not an investor.    According to the insider, Valencia then told the group she didn’t have a plan for the station yet, so someone asked why Soros would lend $60 million to a group that doesn’t have a plan.    "They like what we want to do," Valencia responded, according to the insider.
    "There's already this sort of backpedal, this attempt to do crisis comms as the deal finishes gelling," Bonilla said.    "But as far as I've heard, there's advertisers already looking ahead to the exits.    There's employees already looking ahead to the exits."
    Bonilla noted that many Radio Mambi staffers are the children of Cuban exiles and there is a great sense of pressure at home not to partake in any sort of left-of-center format.    One prominent employee even admitted that his own mother expects him to walk away from his job if the deal is approved, according to Bonilla.
    "There's a lot of turmoil going on and a lot of unease in Radio Mambi right now," he said.
    Bonilla feels that liberals controlling Radio Mambi would be a significant factor in the 2024 presidential election, as the Hispanic community doesn’t have many well-established conservative media options.    Florida's shift to the right in the past two presidential elections has mirrored an increase in Latino support for Republicans – former President Trump comfortably carried Florida in 2020 over Biden, in part by making major gains in Miami-Dade County with increased support from Cuban-Americans.
    "So, Miami, because of its ecosystem, where it's a city populated on the Hispanic side, mostly by victims of communism and their descendants, that makes Miami and that Miami market very unique in the nation," Bonilla said.    "I think that this is an effort to sort of consolidate control of the message Hispanics receive."
    The Soros-backed group would take control of the station in 2023 if the FCC approves the deal.
    Valencia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.

6/15/2022 Trump’s Picks Win Big In Nev., S.D., S.C. Primaries by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – State Rep. Russell Fry addresses a crowd awaiting former President Donald Trump, March 12, 2022,
in Florence, S.C. Fry who is running against Rep. Tom Rice in the 7th District in the Republican
primary has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)
    It appears former President Donald Trump continues to have the Midas touch in the Republican Party as his picks dominated primaries in South Carolina, Nevada and North Dakota.
    The biggest news coming out of Tuesday’s contest was Trump-backed Russel Fry’s defeat of incumbent Rep. Tom Rice in South Carolina.    Fry won with more than 51 percent, therefore, eliminating a no run-off.    Rice, who voted to impeach Trump in 2021, said earlier Tuesday that Trump’s hold on the GOP was waning.
    “I had hoped that the situation would have been reversed, but again, this seat doesn’t belong to me,” Rice stated.    “It belongs to the voters, right?    It’s what they want…"
    Fry became the first Trump-backed candidate to oust a GOP incumbent this primary season.        However, Trump’s dark horse Katie Arrington was edged out by Rep. Nancy Mace by less than 10 points.    Trump, who has shunned Mace over the past several months, congratulated her on Truth Social and asserted she should easily be able to defeat her Democrat opponent in November.
    Governor Henry McMaster was nominated for a second term in South Carolina with 83 percent of the vote.
    Meanwhile in Nevada, former Attorney General Adam Laxalt won the state’s Republican Senate primary.    The Trump-endorsee took more than 50 percent of the vote, while fending off a challenge from retired Captain Sam Brown.     Laxalt will now advance to face Democrat incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
    Also in Nevada, Jim Marchant won the GOP nomination for the state’s Secretary of State with 36 percent of the vote.    Finally in North Dakota, Senate candidate John Hoeven and congressional candidate Kelly Armstrong swept through the GOP primary with Trump’s backing.

6/15/2022 Biden Touts Economic Performance While Economists Warn Of Recession by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden addresses the AFL-CIO convention, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Joe Biden has continued to insist the economy is on the right track while economists warn of an impending recession.    While speaking to union workers on Tuesday, Biden touted his economic performance despite record high inflation.
    “The bottom line is this; I truly believe we made extraordinary progress by laying a new foundation for our economy, which becomes clear once global inflation begins to recede,” claimed the President.    “There’s so much at stake, but the truth is I’ve never been more optimistic about America than I am today.”
    While Biden is more optimistic than ever, economist don’t share the rose-colored outlook.    According to a recent Financial Times survey, nearly 70 percent of economists expects the US to spiral into a recession in 2023.    Biden then went to say he will continue to rely on foreign markets to bring down the cost of fuel, which has reached a national average of $5 a gallon according to AAA.
    “So I have a plan to bring down the cost of gas and food,” said the President.    “It’s going to take time, but let the world coordinate the largest release.    What I’ll be able to do for the largest release of oil from the global fund in history.    Million barrels a day and 240 million barrels to boost global supply.    I convinced other nations to join us to keep prices from rise, keep prices from rising even more.”
    Biden is set to visit to Saudi Arabia later this year to speak with the country’s Crown Prince about possibly importing some of their oil.    Meanwhile, the American Petroleum Institute has put out a 10-point proposal that promotes domestic oil production, which they asserted is a better solution to ease the pain at the pump.
    “This is America, we can do any damn thing we put our minds tom” Biden stated.    “And guess what?    We’re not going back to the false promises of trickle-down economics.    We’re going forward.”
    Despite all the warnings from experts, Biden remains convinced the American economy is improving under his administration.    In the meantime, inflation continues to be a hot button issue for voters moving into the midterm elections.

6/15/2022 Republican Flips Blue House Seat In Texas by OAN NEWSROOM
A campaign sign for Mayra Flores. (Denise Cathey/AP Photo)
    Republican House candidate Mayra Flores edged out her Democrat opponent in a Texas special election.    Flores finished Tuesday with 51 percent of the vote, while Dan Sanchez came in second with 43 percent. Sanchez later conceded in a statement on Twitter.
    This is a historic win as the seat Flores will be filling until at least January was held by a Democrat for 10-years.    Her win narrows the Democrat majority in the House and she will also be the first Mexican-born congresswoman to serve in the upper chamber.
    Flores touted Trump-era policies during her victory speech, while bringing attention to pain at the pump, high grocery costs and inflation under the Biden administration.
    “Policies are being placed right now are hurting us,” she stated.    “We cannot accept the increase of gas, of food, of medication.    We cannot accept that and we have to say the facts that under President Trump, we did not have this mess in this country.”
    Flores said she looks forward to standing strong for conservative values of faith, family and freedom in Washington.    Meanwhile, Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk even chimed in on her victory.    He confirmed that she, in fact, received his vote in the Texas special election.    Musk then alluded to a 2022 red wave.

6/15/2022 Rep. Donalds: Biden Has No Idea How Economy Works by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., speaks during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on gun violence
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (Jason Andrew/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    According to congressman Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), President Joe Biden has no idea how the economy works.
    During a press conference on Tuesday, the Florida representative said the money Americans have to pay at the pump could be going to better use.
    While families struggle to pay for gas and put food on the table, consumer prices have increased significantly as well.    US inflation rate increased to 8.6 percent last month, which is the highest in more than 40-years. Americans’ personal finances are becoming considerably tighter.
    “You can’t take that vacation, you can’t go buy that new article of clothing, you can’t go do the next thing that you choose to do,” said Donalds.    “This inflation is the largest tax increase on poor families and middle-income families in decades in the United States.”
    The Republican lawmaker called out President Biden for comments the President made about currently “changing people’s lives.”    Donalds noted, by “changing people’s lives” the President means paying nearly $500 more monthly for essential goods and services.    The congressman asserted that Biden has actually made Americans’ lives worse.
    Meanwhile, other House Republicans have also criticized the Biden administration’s failing economic policies as inflation continues to be a hot button issue for voters moving into the midterm elections.

6/15/2022 Biden Urges Oil Companies To Ramp Up Production, Slams Profit Margins by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Washington.
Biden is returning to Washington after speaking at the AFL-CIO convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    President Joe Biden has urged several top oil companies to ramp up production while taking aim at refiners for high profits amid soaring gas prices.    In a letter to Exonn Mobil, Chevron and five other firms Wednesday, he said the companies must take immediate action to increase the gas and diesel supply.
    The President said refiners historically high profit margins are worsening the intense financial pain the American people are feeling.    These remarks came after Biden recently accused oil companies of purposefully curbing supply to raise prices.
    “Exxon made more money than God this year,” asserted the President.    “Any by the way, nothing’s changed.    One thing I want to say about the oil companies, they talk about how they have 9,000 permits to drill.    They’re not drilling.    Why aren’t they drilling?    Because they make more money not producing more oil.    The price goes up.”
    Biden also informed the companies the federal government is prepared to use all tools and emergency authorities to increase capacity as well as output in the near term.

6/15/2022 Democrats’ Midterm Nightmare: Polls Suggest Party Could Face Historic Loss by Alison Durkee, Forbes
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    Democrats could experience a “greater-than-average” loss in the midterm elections this November, new Gallup polling, finding that voters’ satisfaction with the country and federal government are largely at record lows compared with other years.
Key Facts
    The Gallup poll, conducted May 2-22 among 1,007 U.S. adults, found only 41% approve of President Joe Biden’s job performance, 18% approve of Congress’ performance and 16% are “satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S.”
    Only 14% have a positive view of economic conditions right now and 46% rate the economy negatively, meaning Americans have a 32-point net negative view of the economy.
    All of those metrics are at least 10 points below the average for midterm years, based on Gallup’s polling going back to 1974.
    Americans have a 51% approval rating for the president on average during midterm election years, a 30% congressional approval rating, 35% satisfaction with the state of the U.S. and a nine-point net positive rating of the economy.
    Other than presidential approval rating—where Biden’s 41% approval is tied with former President Donald Trump’s in 2018 and higher than President George W. Bush’s 38% in 2006—every metric recorded this year marks a historic low.
    Gallup suggests the low ratings mean Democrats will likely lose seats in the election this year—as a president’s party typically does during the midterms—and their losses would likely be even larger than usual if these low ratings hold.
    Big Number 23.    That’s the average number of House seats a president’s party loses during the midterms, Gallup found based on data going back to 1974.    Parties suffer even bigger losses when Americans aren’t satisfied with how things are going, though: Republicans lost 40 seats in 2018 when Americans had a 21% positive view of Congress and 41% approval of Trump, for instance, and Democrats lost 63 seats in 2010 during Barack Obama’s presidency.    Though Obama was slightly more popular than Biden (45% approval), Americans similarly had a 21% approval of Congress, 22% satisfaction with the U.S. and 31-point net-negative view of the economy that year.
Two Democrats seek party nomination in 10th congressional district
    How Democrats will fare in the midterms.    Republicans only need to flip five House seats to gain control of the chamber, and one seat in the Senate, where the parties are now evenly split.    Based on current trends, Gallup projects the midterms will potentially be a “wave election” for the GOP and give them a “comfortable governing majority.”
What We Don’t Know
    How things could change before November for Democrats.    The Supreme Court is poised to likely overturn Roe v. Wade and let states ban abortion in the coming weeks, for instance, which recent polling has suggested may help galvanize Democrats and get more to the polls.    Gun control could also come into play in the wake of a string of mass shootings, Gallup notes, as polling shows most Americans favor stricter gun measures and thus could be motivated to vote against Republicans who oppose them.
Key Background
    Gallup’s polling comes as Biden has seen record-low approval ratings in recent months, with a FiveThirtyEight analysis finding 39.7% approve of him on average—the lowest share at any point during his presidency.    The president has not had an average approval rating over 50% since August 2021.    Other polls have similarly found Republicans are likely to have a clear advantage in the midterms, with a FiveThirtyEight poll analysis finding 45% of Americans prefer to vote for a Republican candidate in November versus a Democrat (42.6% would support the Democrat).    A Morning Consult/Politico poll from May found Republicans were still more enthusiastic about voting in the midterms than Democrats (61% versus 54%), even after Politico leaked a draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade.
Further Reading
Usual Midterm Indicators Very Unfavorable for Democrats (Gallup)
Biden’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low, Poll Finds (Forbes)
Do Voters Want Democrats Or Republicans In Congress? (FiveThirtyEight)
Abortion Will Affect Americans’ Midterms Votes More Than Ever, Poll Suggests (Forbes)

6/15/2022 Pavlich: Merrick Garland’s dereliction of duty by Opinion by Katie Pavlich, opinion contributor – The Hill
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    Last week Attorney General Merrick Garland, prompted by a question from a reporter, pledged to protect Supreme Court justices and their families.
    “This kind of behavior is obviously, we will not tolerate it,” Garland said.    “Last month I met with the Marshal of the [Supreme] Court, I convened a meeting with her, as well as the deputy director of the FBI, the director of the [U.S.] Marshals Service and with our own law enforcement, our own prosecutors to ensure every degree of protection available is possible.”
    But with the final Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision looming and increased violence since a draft of the opinion was leaked in May, Garland isn’t enforcing federal law.
    Title 18, Section 1507 of the U.S. Code, on picketing or parading, states: “Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”
    Despite the likely illegality of protesters picketing the homes of federal judges, Garland allows it to continue.    In the aftermath of an alleged plot to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, raucous activists are still descending on homes.
    “Protesters typically appear two evenings a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and come in the evening at around 7 p.m. — when many of the local residents are putting their children to bed, a task made difficult when loud protesters are marching up and down the street,” Fox News Digital reports.
Mr Turney general on the topic of gun violence, a man was arrested
'We will not tolerate' violence, threats against Justices - Garland
    With tolerance from the Department of Justice (DOJ), pro-abortion rights activists aren’t stopping at the justices.    They’re threatening to show up outside their children’s schools and at their churches.    Neighbors are being harassed as the Justice Department stands by, complicit in the behavior.
    “The pro-abortion group ‘Ruth Sent Us’ suggested targeting the children of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett with protests against the court’s leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization,” a National Review writer states.    “The group tweeted an infographic with the name of Barrett’s church.    It also identified the school Barrett’s children attend, and encouraged protesters to ‘voice your anger’ by demonstrating there.”
    This is a dereliction of duty, and one Americans should expect Garland would take more seriously given his work as a federal judge.
    Further, Garland is undermining the rule of law by refusing to fully investigate and prosecute several violent attacks against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers over the past five weeks.
    “Attacks against crisis pregnancy centers, some of them faith-based, have risen steadily since the leak of a draft opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization,” the Washington Examiner reports.    “A Washington Examiner review identified recent incidents of arson, vandalism, or both at at least 13 anti-abortion centers across the country.”
    The reason for Garland’s refusal to enforce the law by prosecuting illegal intimidation of justices and those allegedly attacking pro-life pregnancy centers is simple.    By looking the other way, President Biden’s DOJ appears to be fine with terrorizing the court, perhaps in the hope it will push justices to change their minds on the Dobbs case.
    This itself is an attack on the judiciary, but to some progressives, the ends seem to justify the means.    To them it’s worth it, even if people get hurt or if institutions such as the Supreme Court are damaged in the process.    The White House has not only refused to condemn this kind of behavior thoroughly and forcefully; it has encouraged activists to continue their “protesting.”
    Regardless, Garland has a duty to put an end to the harassment of Supreme Court justices at their homes and attacks on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers before someone gets hurt.    Certainly, he should do so before someone gets killed.
    Pavlich is the editor for and a Fox News contributor.

6/15/2022 Biden threatens oil companies with 'emergency powers' if they don't boost supply amid inflation spike by Anders Hagstrom – FOX News
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Charles Payne: Crude oil costs have skyrocketed
    President Biden may resort to using emergency powers if American oil companies don't increase output at their refineries, the president told oil CEOs in a series of letters Wednesday.
    Biden's statement blames oil companies for running "historically high profit margins" even as Americans experience surging gas prices.    Biden has recently faced criticism for a lack of executive action aimed at curbing inflation.
    "There is no question that Vladimir Putin is principally responsible for the intense financial pain the American people and their families are bearing," Biden wrote.    "But amid a war that has raised gasoline prices more than $1.70 per gallon, historically high refinery profit margins are worsening that pain."
    "Your companies and others have an opportunity to take immediate actions to increase the supply of gasoline, diesel and other refined product you are producing," he continued.    "My administration is prepared to use all reasonable and appropriate Federal Government tools and emergency authorities to increase refinery capacity and output in the near term, and to ensure that every region of this country is appropriately supplied."
© AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes A gas tank driver delivers 8,500 gallons of gasoline at an
ARCO gas station in Riverside, Calif., Saturday, May 28, 2022. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
    Biden sent letters to Marathon Petroleum Corp, Valero Energy Corp, ExxonMobil, Phillips 66, Chevron, BP and Shell.
    The letters represent Biden's latest attempt to use executive action to curb inflationary pressure.
    Inflation currently sits at a 40-year high of 8.6% and shows no signs of slowing down.
    The letters come one day after Biden ordered the sale of another 45 million barrels of crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve.
    Biden's letter does not offer a timeline for when his administration would resort to emergency powers, threatening only to do so in the "near term."
    The oil companies have yet to publish a response to Biden's letter Wednesday.

6/15/2022 Fed Raises Interest Rate By 0.75%, Biggest Increase Since 1994 by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve,
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Washington. The Federal Reserve is expected to announce its largest interest
rate hike since 1994 — a bigger increase than it had previously signaled and a sign that the
central bank is struggling to restrain stubbornly high inflation. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    As expected by many, the Federal Reserve is undertaking the biggest interest rate increase since 1994.    On Wednesday, Fed Chair Jerome Powell announced the Central Bank is raising interest rates by 0.75 percent, which is up to a range of 1.5 to 1.75percent.
    This is the Fed’s latest attempt to bring down record-high inflation, which hit 8.6 percent in May.    This marks the highest level in more than 40-y ears.    Last month, the Fed raised interest rates by 0.5 percent, which was the biggest single rate hike since 2000.
    A new poll has suggested a majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.    In the Politico/Morning Consult survey released Wednesday, 74 percent of respondents said things in the US have gotten off on the wrong track compared to just 26 percent who said things are headed in the right direction.
    The poll also found 56 percent of respondents disapprove of the job Democrat President Joe Biden is doing in the Oval Office.    This may come as no surprise as high inflation, supply chain issues and other economic issues have prompted concerns of a potential recession.
    Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is expected to announce more hikes later this year, despite fears it may cause a recession, as officials are trying to bring inflation down to 2 percent.    This comes as inflation woes have continued to hurt pocketbooks of every day Americans.

6/15/2022 Biden’s Saudi Trip Garners Mixed Response From Lawmakers by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – President Joe Biden waits to speak during a bill signing ceremony, June 13, 2022, in the
East Room of the White House in Washington. Biden will make his first trip to the Middle East next month
with visits to Israel, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    President Joe Biden is causing yet another stir in Washington, D.C. with his latest foreign policy decision.    On Tuesday, the White House announced Biden will be visiting Saudi Arabia in June, where he will reportedly meet with crowned Prince Mohammed bin Salman.    GOP critics warn this is just another attempt to beg the Saudi government to produce more oil as the US faces a growing energy crisis.
    Previously, the Crown Prince refused to take Biden’s calls back in March and later humiliated his national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, when he tried to meet with Saudi officials to discuss oil exports.    Biden even sent an arms package to the Saudi government, only to be snubbed in return.    House Republicans claim the latest visit is a “Hail Mary” pass to simmer the skyrocketing gas prices.
    Even Biden ally Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) expressed concern with Biden’s trip.    While admitting the Biden administration is struggling to handle the energy crisis, Durbin couldn’t come around to agree that meeting with bin Salman is the right way to go.    He cited the Saudi government’s numerous human rights abuses, including the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
    “The Saudi Arabia record, particularly when it comes to Khashoggi, is an outrage,” Durbin stated.    “It is the type of thing that clearly it was a designed murder and an effort to dispose of the corpse in a way that it could never be discovered.    We now know what happened, at least to a large extent, and to say that that is just the ordinary course of business for a government is outrageous.    So, I have mixed feelings on this and if the President called me, I would say, ‘Mr. President, you can’t trust these people.'
    However, Biden’s State Department defended cozying up to the Saudi royal family.    Spokesperson Ned Price stressed there are copious issues plaguing the Middle East that needs to be addressed, including Iran’s violent attacks in the region.
    Price also touted the Biden administration’s response to the Khashoggi killing, adding Biden remains committed to punishing those responsible for the attack.    However, he failed to mention how meeting with the US President is holding bin Salman’s feet to the fire even as the Intelligence Community suggested the Saudi Crown Prince orchestrated the hit.
    In the meantime, Biden is set to meet with Saudi officials in mid-July at the end of a Middle East trip, where he will also meet with officials from the Israeli government and the Palestinian authority.
FILE – In this photo released by Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaks during
the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 14, 2021. After President Joe Biden took
office, his administration made clear the president would avoid direct engagement with the country’s defacto leader,
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, after U.S. intelligence officials concluded that he likely approved the 2018
killing and dismemberment of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

6/15/2022 Oil down $2.98 to $116.10, DOW up 304 to 30,669 and Biden had a reckoning today as the walls are caving in on him and Biden ordered the sale of another 45 million barrels of crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve and no plan to refill the 650 billion barrels up if we have a war.

6/16/2022 Had a hard time finding tampons? You’re not alone by Jessica Guynn, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
Tampons have been harder to find for months, especially popular brands like Tampax, shoppers tell USA TODAY.
“Every store you go to looks like this,” said Santa Cefalu, an underwriter from Arizona. PROVIDED BY SANTA CEFALU
    The latest household supply shortage? Tampons.
    The sanitary protection product has been harder to find for months, especially popular brands, shoppers tell USA TODAY.
    “You wouldn’t think that tampons would be a hot commodity, but apparently they’re flying off the shelves, if they’re even getting onto the shelves,” said Santa Cefalu, an underwriter from Arizona.
    Cefalu says she started to notice the shortage in March when she couldn’t find her favorite tampon.
    Now “the only ones that are left at the stores are the ones that nobody likes,” she said.
    Kimberly Georgekopoulos says she regularly searches shelves at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Target near her Silver Lake, Ohio, home for boxes of Ultra Tampax for her daughters.
    She’d love to take advantage of the Walgreens offer for one box at the regular price and the second 50%, but she says she’s lucky to find even one.
    “It’s just like toilet paper when we had that shortage,” she said.
    In Louisville, there’s empty space on hygiene shelves at stores like CVS and Walgreens, but shoppers mostly said they weren’t having trouble finding tampons or that they use alternative period products.
    One shopper, however, said they are having issues finding what they need.
    Em Harris, of Louisville, was at a CVS on Seventh Street on Monday when they said that super plus tampons were scarce.
    “I feel like the only tampons I’ve actually been able to find lately are the ones that nobody wants to use,” they said.
    Harris can’t find what they need, and they said it was uncomfortable to ask staff for tampons.    “There’s a stigma around menstruation and periods,” Harris said.
    Resource centers in the area are stocked up too.    A clinic spokesperson said its supply cabinet was piled high with an array of tampons when asked if they were experiencing an issue.
Retailers can’t keep Tampax and other popular brands in stock
    Amanda Currie says she has scoured stores all over the Detroit suburb where she lives for boxes of Tampax Ultra without any luck.    She tried to pick up a few boxes on, but the prices were astronomical.
    After sharing her tampon search on Facebook, friends began grabbing a box whenever they spotted them.    “I have been Venoming people for tampons, it’s outrageous,” said Currie, who is so fed up that she’s thinking about switching to period underwear or menstrual cups.
    “If this was a product a man needed, like, how would the shelves look then?” she said.    “I am not trying to be cheeky, but it’s in the back of my mind.”
    Walgreens says retailers are experiencing “some temporary brand-specific shortages in certain geographies.”
    “While we will continue to have products at shelf and online, it may only be in specific brands while we navigate the supply disruption,” the company said in a statement.
    Walgreens advises shoppers hunting for a specific product to check inventory at their local stores on its website.
    CVS says it’s trying to keep shelves stocked.
    “We’re working with our suppliers to meet the current demand for feminine care products,” spokesman Matt Blanchette said.    “In the event a local store experiences a temporary product shortage, our teams have a process in place to replenish supply.”
    Target says it has a “wide variety of sanitary products” in stores and on its website.
    “We’re working closely with manufacturers where product has been more limited to secure additional inventory,” the company said.
Procter & Gamble says it’s making Tampax tampons as fast as it can
    Procter & Gamble, which makes Tampax tampons, said it’s working to address the tampon shortage.    Time reports that Tampax, the nation’s most popular brand, saw demand increase by 7.7% since 2020 and is running one of its production facilities around the clock to keep up.
    “We understand it is frustrating for consumers when they can’t find what they need, and we are working hard to ramp up production to meet the increased demand for our products,” the company said in a statement.
    Kimberly Clark, which makes the U by Kotex brand in the U.S., said it has not experienced product shortages.     “We’re working closely with our retail partners to keep shelves stocked,” the company said in a statement.
Why are some tampons in short supply?
    Market research firm Mintel does not have a precise estimate of the current tampon shortage, said Jennifer White Boehm, the firm’s director of US Personal Care, Household and Health and Wellness Reports.    But anecdotal evidence “appears to show that there are more empty shelves than there used to be,” she said.
    Like any other product, tampons are affected by consumer demand.    Sanitary protection products are considered essential by the majority of the menstruating population, according to Mintel.
    The feminine hygiene and sanitary protection category saw sales increase by nearly 4% in 2021, reaching estimated sales of $4.1 billion, according to Mintel.
    “We’re in a unique time right now when demand for tampons is really high, with people starting to travel again and going back to work and at the same time there is a really tight supply of these products,” said Arun Sundaram, a senior equity research analyst at CFRA Research.
    Sundaram said pandemic-driven raw material and labor shortages, freight bottlenecks, and port delays also continue to make it harder to meet demand for tampons.
    The good news?    “Barring any new COVID outbreak or major shock to the supply chain, we expect supply to improve over the next few months and hopefully that supply will catch up to demand so you start seeing more product on the shelves,” he said.
High price of cotton fueling tampon shortage
    Tampon price hikes are likely here to stay, however.
    Soaring costs of raw materials are also playing a role in the tampon shortage, according to absorbent materials expert Jamie Rosenberg.    He blames a decade-old trend of tampon brands increasing the “superabsorbent/fluff pulp ratio” to meet consumer demand for thinner products.
    “With superabsorbent becoming more expensive, that’s becoming less sustainable,” said Rosenberg, associate director of household reports at Mintel.
    Another culprit: the Ukraine war.    “Because cotton is a very fertilizer-intensive crop, and because there are so few alternatives to Russian fertilizer, that’s a nonwoven input that’s seeing some of the fastest price increases,” she said.
    Out of tampons?    Here are some alternatives
    Until shortages ease, plan ahead and be flexible about which brand you buy.
    There are a growing number of feminine hygiene alternatives to tampons such as menstrual cups, menstrual discs, period underwear, disposable pads and reusable cloth pads.
    Courier Journal reporter Rae Johnson contributed to this story, contact them at    Follow them on Twitter at @RaeJ_33.
    “I feel like the only tampons I’ve actually been able to find lately are the ones that nobody wants to use.”    Em Harris, Louisville resident
Procter & Gamble, which makes Tampax tampons, said it’s working to address the tampon shortage. MARK LENNIHAN/AP

6/16/2022 US sending $1B more military aid to Ukraine - Allies now providing longer-range weapons by Lolita C. Baldor and Mike Corder, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, and Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley
discussed U.S. aid for Ukraine. OLIVIER MATTHYS/AP
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. announced it will send an additional $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine, as America and its allies provide longer-range weapons, they say can make a difference in a fight where Ukrainian forces are outnumbered and outgunned by their Russian invaders.
    President Joe Biden and his top national security leaders said Wednesday the U.S. is moving as fast as possible to get critical weapons to the fight, even as Ukrainian officials protest that they need more, faster, in order to survive.
    The latest package, the U.S. said, includes anti-ship missile launchers, howitzers and more rounds for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) that U.S. forces are training Ukrainian troops on now.    All are key weapons systems that Ukrainian leaders have urgently requested as they battle to stall Russia’s slow but steady march to conquer the eastern Donbas region.
    “Gen. Milley and I have been in a number of fights.    And when you’re in a fight, you can never get enough,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at a press conference in Brussels, referring to Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    “I certainly understand where the Ukrainians are coming from, and we’re gonna fight hard to give them everything they need.”
    The HIMARS and anti-ship systems are the kinds of longer-range capabilities that over time can make a difference in the fight, Milley said.    He said Ukraine will have trained HIMARS crews in the fight in a few weeks.
    “If they use the weapon properly and it’s employed properly, they ought to be able to take out a significant amount of targets and that will make a difference,” he said.    But he also noted that the numbers clearly favor the Russians.
    “In terms of artillery, they do outnumber, they outgun and out-range” the Ukrainian forces.
    The aid is the largest single tranche of weapons and equipment since the war began.    Biden, who spoke by phone with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for about 40 minutes Wednesday, also said the U.S. will send $225 million more in humanitarian assistance to provide safe drinking water, medical supplies, food, health care, shelter and money for families to buy essential items.
    The U.S. remains committed, Biden said in a statement, “to supporting the Ukrainian people whose lives have been ripped apart by this war.”
    The aid comes as Austin convened a meeting in Brussels of more than 45 nations to discuss support for Ukraine.    At the start of the meeting, he warned that the West must step up weapons deliveries to Ukraine and prove its commitment to helping the country’s military fight along a 620-mile front line in a grinding war of attrition with Russia.
    He told the participating nations, “We can’t afford to let up and we can’t lose steam.    The stakes are too high.”
    Overall, since the war began in late February, the U.S. has committed about $5.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine, including this latest package.    Officials said that about one-third of the latest $1 billion will be from presidential drawdown authority, which means the Pentagon will take weapons and equipment from its own stock and ship them to Ukraine.    The remaining two-thirds would be equipment and weapons purchased from industry by the U.S. and then transferred to Ukraine.
    Austin’s meeting, also attended by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, came on the opening day of a two-day gathering of NATO defense ministers at the alliance headquarters.
    Increased arms supplies can’t come too soon for the Ukrainian forces battling to keep Russia from taking control of their country’s industrial east after more than 3½ months of war. In his nightly address to the nation, Zelenskyy pleaded Tuesday for more and faster deliveries of Western arms, specifically asking for anti-missile defense systems.
    “Allies are committed to continue providing the military equipment that Ukraine needs to prevail, including heavy weapons and long-range systems,” said Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary-general.
    Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said Tuesday that without help from the West, “we will not be able to win this war.”    She said Ukraine uses 5,000 to 6,000 artillery rounds a day, while Russia uses 10 times that many.
    The defense ministers also planned to discuss moves to beef up forces along NATO’s own eastern flank and elsewhere, which have gathered strength since Russia invaded Ukraine.
    “This will mean more presence, more capabilities and higher readiness, with more NATO forward deployed combat formations to strengthen our battlegroups in the East, more air, sea and cyber defenses, pre-positioned equipment and weapon stockpiles,” Stoltenberg said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks next to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov in Brussels.

6/16/2022 Laura Ingraham exposes Democrats' 'twisted priorities' by Opinion by Fox News Staff – FOX News
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Angle: Twisted Priorities
    Laura Ingraham showed how Democrats' priorities are "twisted" in Wednesday's opening monologue of "The Ingraham Angle."
    INGRAHAM: You can tell a lot about a person by what he or she prioritizes in life. … When the you-know-what is hitting the fan in the country, do you jump in to solve the problem or do you blow it off and work on pet projects that don't help solve anything?    That's what's happening right now here in the United States.
    The sad truth is that the Democrats have been out of steam for years.    They're not interested in raising your standard of living or keeping the streets safer or making sure the public schools are competitive with their global counterparts.    They're not interested in any of that.    All they're capable of is decline, division and hate.    Just look at the freaks still showing up at the homes of Supreme Court justices.    Look at the attacks on crisis pregnancy centers and the relative silence from elected officials.    Left-wing criminals have the tacit approval of the Democrat[ic] Party that's currently on life support.    These are people with twisted priorities and no real plans to help the country.    They're going to pretend, of course, they're hard at work on things like fighting climate change or fighting institutional racism or corporate greed.    But in the end, it's all just a pathetic power grab.    But in less than five months, the voters will be doing a power grab of their own.

6/16/2022 Sen. Paul, Dr. Fauci Battle Over Vaccines At COVID Hearing by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., questions witnesses during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update
on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19, Thursday, June 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    The Senate Health Committee held a hearing regarding the ongoing federal response to the Coronavirus pandemic.    Doctor Anthony Fauci appeared before the panel virtually Thursday, shortly after he tested positive for the virus himself.    This didn’t stop the 81-year-old from sharing a heated exchange with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R).
    “Can you tell me if anybody on the vaccine approval committees ever received any money from the people who make the vaccines?” Paul demanded.
    This comes after the FDA green lit Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for kids under the age of five.    Paul asked Fauci if he was aware of any studies that show reduction in hospitalization or death for children who take a booster.    Fauci said there “hasn’t been enough data accumulated.”
    “If I give a patient 10 mRNA vaccines and they make protein each time,” Paul questioned.    “Is it true that we should give people 10 boosters?
    Prior to his testimony Fauci argued booster shots have shown to significantly reconstruct and enhance the level of antibodies that neutralize Omicron and other variants.    Despite this claim, he received two booster shots before testing positive for the virus.
    Meanwhile, the committee continued to discuss the White House’s request for additional COVID funding.
    Republican Senator Richard Burr (N.C.) claimed their needs to be accountability as to how the $1.9 trillion devoted to COVID was spent.

6/16/2022 Leaked Documents Show Google Struggling To Curate by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured outside a Google office near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California
    Leaked documents show Google is struggling to find alternatives to words or phrases flagged as non-inclusive.
    According to Breitbart News on Thursday, the tech giant curated a list of phrases to replace terms such as “motherhood,” “manhole” and “cowboy.”    These replacements will be suggested to Google Drive users through their auto correct feature.
    “This was an amazingly ham-handed feature,” said an anonyms Google employee.    “A crude manually curated, but poorly vetted list of anything vaguely race or gender-related that led to an obviously bad user experience.    It’s hard to believe it ever went through user research.”
    However, the company struggled to find alternatives for words such as “shaman” and “manhandle.”    The new feature was announced earlier in the year, with trial runs being met with universal negative reviews.    This described the company’s attempt to be more inclusive as being overzealous.
    In leaked footage from an internal Google town hall meeting in 2016, the company’s top executives talked about using their technology to make advance progressive values, this just days after Donald Trump was elected.
    The company’s Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat, tearfully pledged that the company would “use the great strength and resources we have to continue to push forward really important values” in the Trump era.
    Google has yet to respond to the leak.
[WE NEED TO CHANGE THE NAME GOOGLE TO BONGOOGLE AND A XXY and Sex In particular, someone born with an xxy chromosomal pattern standard biological paradigms of sex in which male is xy while a female is xx and anything else is an unknown or does not exist unless it is a certain type of worm and in todays world there are some slimy people who match to that.].

6/16/2022 Ginni Thomas ‘Looking Forward’ To Speaking With J6 Committee by OAN NEWSROOM
Chapman School of Law professor John Eastman testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington,
on March 16, 2017, at a House Justice subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
hearing on restructuring the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    The Jan. 6 committee has invited Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to testify.    She said she is “looking forward to speaking with the committee.”
    Thomas made the comment to the Daily Caller on Thursday, and told the outlet she can’t wait to clear up misconceptions.    This came as Committee Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters the panel sent a letter to Thomas requesting she testify before them.
    “We have sent Ms. Thomas a letter asking to come and talk to the committee,” Thompson said.
    The conservative activist is reportedly being targeted by the committee over text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and alleged emails to Attorney John Eastman regarding the 2020 election.
    Thompson said the emails “might come up at some point” in their hearings, though they were still in the “discovery phase.”    Eastman claimed he did not discuss matters before the Supreme Court with Ginni Thomas or her husband.
    “Whether or not those news accounts were true, I can categorically confirm that at no time did I discuss with Mrs. Thomas or Justice Thomas any matters pending or likely to come before the Court,” Eastman voiced.    “The emails with Ginni Thomas were related to an invitation to give an update about election litigation to a group she met with periodically.”
    Thomas’s attempts to overturn the election results have drawn fierce criticism from Democrats.    Her involvement in the efforts has raised ethical questions over her husband’s role in deciding cases related to the election and Jan. 6.    Justice Thomas has argued his decisions are entirely separate from his wife’s activism.

6/16/2022 FDA Endorses Moderna, Pfizer Vaccines For Infants by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter
at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore. on Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
    Moderna plans to study its COVID-19 vaccine in infants as young as 3-months-old.    The biotech company announced Wednesday that it will enroll as many as 700 babies in their experiment, dubbed Baby Cove, in September.    The babies will reportedly receive two doses of Moderna’s vaccine within an eight-week period.
    The announcement comes as the FDA declared Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines to be safe and effective for children 6-months to 6-years-old, which means this is one step closer to full FDA authorization.    During a Wednesday hearing, an FDA committee unanimously endorsed both vaccines after a testimony from a panel of medical experts and representatives from both companies.
    “I do believe the benefits far outweigh the risks that were involved and personally, I really do believe this recommendation does fill a significant unmet need for a really ignored younger population in need of options,” said Dr. Michael Nelson, an FDA committee member.    “Families will now have a choice that they did not have before, and I fully believe in the intelligence of families to make the right choice for their family and children.”
    The committee endorsed the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines while citing a recent report from the CDC, purportedly showing an increase in COVID deaths amongst infants and young children.
    “Unfortunately, infants and young children can and do die with COVID,” said Dr. Evan Anderson of the Emory School of Medicine.    “As of June 2, more than 440 infants and young children aged zero through four have died with COVID as documented by CDC.    This is a tremendous burden of disease.”
    The hearing ended with the committee expressing concerns about “vaccine hesitancy” due to reports about adverse side effects such as paralysis tied to COVID-19 vaccines.    Other adverse symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, appendicitis and herpes.
    “I have a lot of concern that many of these kids will not get the third dose,” expressed Dr. Jeannette Lee, another FDA committee member.    “As we know, it’s a struggle to get people in for two.    We’ve already seen with the boosters for adults, lots of people don’t take them.    And so my concern is that you have to give them three doses to really get what you need.    I’m just concerned that that some won’t.”
    The decision is now in the hands of CDC advisers who will vote on Saturday whether to sign-off on authorizing both vaccines.    If authorized, the vaccines could be made available for young children as soon as next week.

6/16/2022 Kavanaugh Murder Plot Ignored By Democrats, Liberal Media by OAN NEWSROOM
Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands during a group photo at the Supreme Court
in Washington, on April 23, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Democrats and the mainstream media appear to be downplaying the attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (R).    Apart from a White House statement condemning Kavanaugh’s assassination attempt in his Maryland home, President Biden has not spoken personally about the matter.
    This comes despite Biden making several public appearances to promote his agenda since the incident earlier this month.    So far, Attorney General Merrick Garland has been the most prominent Biden administration official to personally address the assassination attempt on Kavanaugh.
    “This kind of behavior is obviously behavior that we will not tolerate,” Garland voiced.    “Threats of violence and actual violence against the Justice is a strike at the heart of our Democracy.    We will do everything we can to prevent them and to hold people who do them accountable.    Last month, I accelerated the protection of all the Justice’s residences 24/7.”
    Mainstream media outlets also appear to be mostly avoiding the issue.    On air, apart from the initial coverage of the incident, the murder attempt has been largely ignored by NBC and CNN among others.    On print, it was shoved deep in the pages of the New York Times the day after the incident and not on the cover of a number of publications.
    The dismissal was noted by many of Kavanaugh’s neighbors whose community was recently swarmed by protesters angry over the possibility the conservative judge will be among those who could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
    “You don’t get to take away my bodily autonomy and enjoy your Saturday night at home,” a protestor stated.    “You can do one or the other.”
    The Justice’s neighbors contend had the assassination attempt happened to a liberal federal official, the media would treat the threats more seriously.

6/16/2022 Bipartisan Negotiation On Gun Control Bill Stalled by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to the media about the southern border
of the U.S., Wednesday, Feb., 2, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has raised concerns about the bipartisan gun control bill being proposed in the Senate.    While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the Texas lawmaker said they had to iron out a few issues before an agreement can be reached.
    Cornyn then pointed out two key issues: whether the federal government should be offering states financial incentives to implement red flag laws and closing the so-called “boyfriend loophole.”    In the meantime, other GOP senators told One America News the “devil is in the details” and they remain cautious when it comes to supporting any potential bipartisan agreement on a so-called bipartisan gun safety measure.
    One America’s John Hines has more from Capitol Hill.

6/16/2022 White House Refuses To Say When Biden Was Last Tested For Covid by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens
during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related
Agencies hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (Shawn Thew/Pool Photo via AP, File)
    On Wednesday, The White House addressed concerns over President Biden’s last COVID test, after Doctor Anthony Fauci tested positive for the virus.
    Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said she did not have information regarding the Presidents most recent test.    She refused to say what day of the week the President was last tested and would not commit to sharing such details in the future.
    “He has a regular weekly cadence,” Jean-Pierre voiced.    “I just don’t have a date as to when he was last tested.”     Fauci is fully vaccinated and received two boosters, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease said in a statement.    He hasn’t had recent contact with Biden or other senior government officials.    According to the White House, a slew of Biden administration officials and Cabinet Secretaries have tested positive in recent months, but none were considered to be close contacts of Biden.
    On Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also revealed that he tested positive.    His case came right after he attended a regional Summit of the America’s with Biden in Los Angeles.
    “What we have said now is if he were in close contact we would share that with you,” she said.    “Then that’s when his testing cadence would change.    His testing cadence has not changed, he gets tested once a week.”
    Although Biden is tested weekly for the virus, it is still unclear as to what day of the week he was last tested.

6/16/2022 GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Lombardo Leads by OAN NEWSROOM
Clark County Sheriff and Republican candidate for Nevada governor Joe Lombardo speaks
at an election night party Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
    According to a new poll, Nevada gubernatorial GOP candidate Joe Lombardo held a slight lead over Democrat incumbent Steve Sisolak.    In a Club for Growth survey of likely voters released Wednesday, Lombardo received 48 percent of respondents support while Sisolak garnered 47 percent.
    Lombardo, who is the current Sheriff of Clark County and received 45th President Donald Trump’s endorsement in April, won the GOP nomination on Tuesday. In a speech on election night, he said the win was not just about him.
    “Tonight is just a victory for a campaign,” he voiced.    “Tonight is a win for Nevada to cross the state.    It’s a win for parents and their children’s education.    It’s a win for safer communities and it’s a win for small business owners.”
    Lombardo has been campaigning on a platform centered around US jobs and the economy.    He has previously accused his opponent of refusing to find a bipartisan solution to curb inflation.
    Meanwhile, President Joe Biden’s unpopularity in the state could be working in the Republicans favor.
    According to the same Club for Growth survey, Nevadans only 39 percent of respondents considered the sitting President to ben ”very favorable” or “somewhat favorable.”

6/16/2022 Poll: More Than Half Of Americans Believe US Is In A Recession by OAN NEWSROOM
In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, a trio of specialists work
at a post on the floor, Monday, June 13, 2022. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)
    New polling showed more than half of Americans believe the US is in a recession.    The YouGov and The Economist survey released on Wednesday, found 56 percent of respondents believe America is currently experiencing an economic recession.    Twenty-two percent of respondents did not agree with the majority, while another 22 percent were unsure.
    “The economy is going to collapse,” veteran investor Michael Novogratz voiced. “We are going to go into a really fast recession, and you can see that in lots of ways.”
    Broken down by political affiliation, 70 percent of Republicans say we’re in a recession, while 45 percent of Democrats agree.    The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday, that it will hike interest rates at the fastest pace its seen in nearly 30 years.
    The poll came as Americans nationwide grapple with rising inflation, high gas prices and increasing costs for everyday staples.
    “There are layoffs in multiple industries and the Fed is stuck,” he said.    “With a position of having to hike interest rates until inflation rolls over.”
    The polls were conducted from June 11 to 14, with a total of 1,500 respondents participating in the survey.

6/16/2022 Economists Say Fed Rate Hike May Be ‘Too Little Too Late’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell leaves after a news conference following an Open Market Committee meeting,
at the Federal Reserve Board Building, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The US Central Bank has made yet another attempt to bring down record-high inflation, this time with the largest rate increase in 28 years.    Fed chair Jerome Powell announced Wednesday that benchmark federal funds rate is going up by point 75 percent.    This is an increase to a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent.    Powell acknowledged the economy and the country have been through a lot over the past two and a half years.
    “We’re strongly committed to bringing inflation back down and we’re moving expeditiously to do so,” stated the Fed chair.    “We have both the tools we need and the resolve that it will take to restore price stability on behalf of American families and businesses.”
    This as comes inflation hit 8.6 percent in May, which is the highest level in more than 40 years.    That same month, the Fed raised interest rates by 0.5 percent, which was the biggest single rate hike since 2000.
    Meanwhile, economists are worried the Fed may be doing too little too late.    According to Guggenheim Chief Investment Officer Scott Minerd, the Fed is running out of time and an economic downturn may be just around the corner.
    “We saw those retail sales numbers come out, those were very weak numbers and there’s a chance that we are already in a recession,” he noted.    “And so, if we are in a recession or we’re close to a recession and the Fed pushes on this more, and then we find that all of a sudden we have a decline is asset prices like stocks did in 87' then if the Fed reverses course they are going to look like they are weak on inflation.”
    Similarly, Herbert Business School Economics Professor Michael Connolly pointed out that despite this major rate hike, the Fed is still “way behind what’s necessary” to slow inflation.
    “So, the Fed’s action is not really a surprise, even though it seems dramatic,” he stated.    “And it will help to accelerate the interest rate and treasuries, and that passes on of course to everything else with the expectation’s effect.”
    The Federal Reserve is expected to announce even more hikes later this year, despite fears it may cause a recession.    In the meantime, officials are trying to bring inflation down to 2 percent.

6/16/2022 Biden Admin. Open To Using Defense Production Act To Address Oil Refinery Issues by OAN NEWSROOM
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press briefing
at the White House, Monday, June 13, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden is ready to use the Defense Production Act to boost America’s oil refinery capacity.    Wednesday’s announcement came in unison with Biden firing off a letter to oil refining companies, demanding to know why they are not producing more fuel.
    “He’s open to all reasonable uses of federal government’s tools to increase output and lower cost at the pump, including emergency authorities like the Defense Production Act,” Jean-Pierre confirmed to reporters.
    The administration has claimed the lack of production is hurting its efforts to blunt the impact of the so-called “Putin price hike” at the pump. . In a letter to Exonn Mobil, Chevron and five other firms Wednesday, Biden said the companies must take immediate action to increase the gas and diesel supply.    The President recently accused the oil companies of purposefully curbing supply to raise prices.
    “The letter is intended to solicit companies best ideas on how to increase capacity and how the government can help them do it in the spirit of honest and pragmatic dialogue,” Jean-Pierre continued.    “But we feel this is a good step for us to move forward, and hopefully we’ll come and get some solutions.”
    America’s refining capacity peaked in April of 2020 at just under 19 million barrels a day.    For the White House Press Secretary’s full response regarding questions about whether or not Biden intends to invoke the Defense Production Act, watch the full briefing below.

6/16/2022 Nev. GOP Senate Candidate Laxalt Releases Ad Criticizing Democrat Opponent by OAN NEWSROOM
Nevada Republican U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt speaks as he celebrated his victory with family, friends
and supporters at the Tamarack Casino in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, June 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes)
    Nevada Senate candidate Adam Laxalt has hit the ground running after winning the state’s GOP primary.    The Trump-endorsee took more than 50 percent of the vote, while fending off a challenge from retired Captain Sam Brown.    Laxalt will now advance to face Democrat incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
    The GOP Candidate released an ad Wednesday that takes aim at his Democrat opponent, Catherine Cortez Masto, as well as President Joe Biden.    In the video release, Laxalt said crime, illegal immigration and drug trafficking are surging in the state.    He also added, it’s no wonder why fewer than half of Nevadans approve of the incumbent senator.
    In the 30-second spot, he accused Cortez Masto of supporting policies that are wreaking havoc for hard working Nevada families.    Laxalt will face-off with Cortez Masto in November in an election that could determine which party controls the upper chamber.

6/16/2022 Oil up $1.34 to $117.17, DOW down 741 to 29,927.
Wall Street tumbles on fears for economy as more rates rise
    Fear swept through financial markets Thursday, and Wall Street tumbled as worries roared back to the fore that the world’s fragile economy may buckle under higher interest rates.
    The S& P 500 fell 3.3% in a widespread wipeout to more than reverse its blip of a 1.5% rally from a day before.    The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.4% and was briefly down more than 900 points, while the Nasdaq composite sank 4.1%.    It was the sixth loss for the S&P 500 in its last seven tries, and all but 3% of the stocks in the index dropped.
    The S&P 500 fell 123.22 points to 3,666.77.    The Dow lost 741.46 to 29,927.07, and the Nasdaq dropped 453.06 to 10,646.10.    Thursday’s biggest losses hit the stocks of the smallest companies, a signal of pessimism about the economy’s strength.    The Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks sank 81.30, or 4.7%, to 1,649.84.

6/17/2022 With a new unit and F-35s, US Air Force 'aggressors' are trying to replicate the latest threat posed by China (Christopher Woody) – Business Insider
© US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Alexandre MontesF-35As and F-15s after a combat training mission to mark the 65th Aggressor
Squadron and its reactivation, at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, June 9, 2022. US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes
  • This month, the US Air Force reactivated the 65th Aggressor Squadron and unveiled its first F-35.
  • The Air Force's aggressor squadrons mimic adversaries' tactics to provide training for US pilots.
  • The squadron and the F-35s it will operate reflect US concerns about facing rivals' advanced jets.
    The US Air Force reactivated the 65th Aggressor Squadron and unveiled the first F-35 stealth fighter assigned to the unit in a ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base this month.
    The Air Force's "aggressor" squadrons replicate the tactics and techniques of adversaries in exercises with other US pilots, and reactivating the 65th squadron with F-35s reflects the service's efforts to keep up with the threat it sees from China, which is developing its own advanced aircraft.
    Prior to the ceremony, Gen. Mark Kelly, who oversees the organization, training, and maintenance of combat-ready units as head of Air Combat Command, flew an F-15E against the first F-35 assigned to the 65th Squadron, which was piloted by the squadron's new commander, Lt. Col. Brandon Nauta.
    The F-35 and the F-22 are considered fifth-generation jets because of their advanced capabilities, including low-observable technology.    The only other fifth-generation jets in operation are flown by Russia and China.    F-15s and F-16s are fourth-generation fighters without stealth characteristics.
© US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Josey BladesLt. Col. Brandon Nauta, 65th Aggressor Squadron commander,
at the squadron's activation ceremony, June 9, 2022. US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Josey Blades
    Because of "the growing threat" posed by China's development of fifth- and sixth-generation jets, "we must use a portion of our daily fifth-generation aircraft today at Langley, Elmendorf, Hill, Eielson, and now Nellis to replicate adversary fifth-generation capabilities," Kelly said in a release, referencing other US Air Force bases.
    "Precisely because we have this credible threat, when we do replicate a fifth-gen adversary, it has to be done professionally.    That's the Aggressors," Kelly added.
    The 65th Aggressor Squadron flew F-15s out of Nellis from 2005 to 2014.    After its deactivation, the 64th Aggressor Squadron, which flies F-16s, continued the mission.    In 2019, Air Force officials announced plans to reactivate the 65th Squadron and assign it F-35As in order to help prepare pilots for "the high-end fight."
    During an exercise last summer, F-35s worked "in concert" with the 64th Squadron's F-16s in the "Red Air" role and "dismantled significant components of the 'Blue Air' game plan," Col. Scott Mills, commander of the Nellis-based 57th Operations Group, said in the release.
    "Using the F-35 as an aggressor allows pilots to train against low-observable threats similar to what adversaries are developing," Mills said.
'Step up our replication'
© US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum The 64th Aggressor Squadron debuts a
new paint scheme for its F-16s, August 5, 2016. US Air Force/Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum
    The Chinese air force and navy now have the world's third-largest aviation force.    Many of China's fighter jets were bought or copied from the Soviets and Russians, but Beijing has also developed its own fighters, bombers, and special-mission aircraft, and the Pentagon has said China's air force is catching up to its Western counterparts.
    The J-20 stealth fighter, which is believed to have been developed with designs stolen from the US, still faces challenges, like engine problems that limit its capabilities, but US commanders have noted that China is making progress with the jet.
    "What we're noticing is they are flying it pretty well," Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of US Pacific Air Forces, said of the J-20 this spring.
    Wilsbach said it wasn't clear what in role the J-2o would be used but described an encounter "where we got relatively close to the J-20s with our F-35s in the East China Sea and were relatively impressed with command-and-control that was associated with the J-20s."
    The US Air Force has for years relied on contractors flying older jets — including Russian MiGs and Sukhois and used F-16s — to supplement its aggressor training, but the service believes that is no longer an effective option in the face of increasingly sophisticated threats.
© US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Alexandre MontesF-35As and F-15s after a combat training mission to mark the 65th
Aggressor Squadron and its reactivation at Nellis Air Force Base, June 9, 2022. US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes
    "These companies do wonderful work for the Air Force, especially at our formal training units" where pilots receive basic flight training, Lt. Gen. David Nahom, Air Force deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, said at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in May.
    "What we are finding now, though, is these contracts aren't very effective at Nellis in that high-end training environment," Nahom added.
    In questions to Nahom, Sen. Jacky Rosen of Nevada expressed concern about the Air Force's plans for aggressor training, noting that private firms provide 63% of aggressor flying hours and that by ending contracts with them at Nellis without a firm plan to replace them with F-35s the service risked creating a "capability gap" that could affect overall training capacity.
    Nahom underscored the growing challenge posed by China and said contractors at Nellis were "not meeting what we need" to prepare.
    "Five, six years ago, we wouldn't be talking about F-35s being adversary air because our adversaries didn't fly fifth-generation airplanes.    Well, the Chinese do now," Nahom said.    "As the China threat has stepped up, we have to step up our replication."

6/17/2022 Biden says a recession is ‘not inevitable’ - In interview, president defensive on inflation by Josh Boak, ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Joe Biden’s Oval Office is filled with the portraits of presidents who faced crises that have
imperiled the country, and Biden acknowledged there were parallels to his own current situation. EVAN VUCCI/AP
    WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden said Thursday the American people are “really, really down” after a tumultuous two years with the coronavirus pandemic, volatility in the economy and now surging gasoline prices that are slamming family budgets.    But he stressed that a recession was “not inevitable” and held out hope of giving the country a greater sense of confidence.
    Speaking to The Associated Press in a 30-minute Oval Office interview, the president emphasized the battered economy that he inherited and the lingering psychological scars caused by a pandemic that disrupted people’s sense of identity.    He bristled at claims by Republican lawmakers that last year’s COVID-19 aid plan was fully to blame for inflation reaching a 40-year high, calling that argument “bizarre.”
    As for the overall American mindset, Biden said, “People are really, really down.”
    “Their need for mental health in America has skyrocketed because people have seen everything upset,” Biden said.    “Everything they’ve counted on upset.    But most of it’s the consequence of what happened, what happened as a consequence of... the COVID crisis.”
    That pessimism has carried over into the economy as record prices at the pump and persistent inflation have jeopardized Democrats’ ability to hold on to the House and Senate in the midterm elections.    Biden addressed the warnings by economists that fighting inflation could tip the United States into recession.
    “First of all, it’s not inevitable,” he said.    “Secondly, we’re in a stronger position than any nation in the world to overcome this inflation.”
    As for the causes of inflation, Biden flashed some defensiveness on that count.    “If it’s my fault, why is it the case in every other major industrial country in the world that inflation is higher?    You ask yourself that?    I’m not being a wise guy,” he said.
    The president’s statement appeared to be about inflation rising worldwide, not necessarily whether countries had higher rates than the U.S. Annual inflation in Japan, for example, has risen in recent months though it’s still at a yearly rate of 2.4%, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
    The president said he saw reason for optimism with the 3.6% unemployment rate and America’s relative strength in the world.
    But restoring confidence so far has eluded Biden, whose approval ratings have been in steady decline as he has lost support among Democrats and has little evidence to show that he could restore a sense of bipartisan normalcy to Washington.
    Biden’s Oval Office is filled with the portraits of presidents who faced crises that have imperiled the country, and the president acknowledged there were parallels to his own situation.    A picture of Franklin Delano Roosevelt hangs over his fireplace, a place of prominence because the historian Jon Meacham told Biden that no president had come into office with the economy in such dire circumstances.    There is also a painting of Abraham Lincoln, who became president with a nation brutally divided and on the verge of the Civil War.
    Yet Biden’s remedy is not that different from the diagnosis made by former President Jimmy Carter in 1979, when the U.S. economy was crippled by stagflation.    Carter said then the U.S. was suffering from a “crisis of confidence” and “the erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.”
    The president said he wants to endow the U.S. with more verve, fortitude and courage.
    “Be confident,” Biden said.    “Because I am confident.    We’re better positioned than any country in the world to own the second quarter of the 21st century.
    Biden’s bleak assessment of the national psyche comes as voters have soured on his job performance and the direction of the country.    Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to a May poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from already negative ratings a month earlier.
    Overall, only about 2 in 10 adults said the U.S. is heading in the right direction or that the economy is good, both down from about 3 in 10 in April.    Those drops were concentrated among Democrats, with just 33% within the president’s party saying the country is headed in the right direction.
    Biden said Republican social policies were contributing to public anxieties.    He suggested GOP lawmakers could face consequences in the midterms if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, possibly removing national protections for abortion access.    Voters will consider the “failure of this Republican Party to be willing” to respond to “the basic social concerns of the country,” the president said.
    The president outlined some of the hard choices he has faced, saying the U.S. needed to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine in February even though tough sanctions imposed as a result of that war have caused gas prices to surge, creating a political risk for Biden in an election year.    He called on oil companies to think of the world’s short-term needs and increase production.
    Asked why he ordered the financial penalties against Moscow that have disrupted food and energy markets globally, Biden said he made his calculation as commander in chief rather than as a politician thinking about elections.
    “I’m the president of the United States,” he said.    “It’s not about my political survival.    It’s about what’s best for the country.    No kidding.    No kidding.    So what happens?    What happens if the strongest power, NATO, the organizational structure we put together, walked away from Russian aggression?
    Biden spun out the possibility of chaos in Europe if an unimpeded Russia kept moving deeper into the continent, China was emboldened to take over Taiwan and North Korea grew even more aggressive with its nuclear weapon ambitions.
    Biden renewed his contention that major oil companies have benefited from higher prices without increasing production as much as they should.    He said the companies needed to think of the world in the short term, not just their investors.
    “Don’t just reward yourself,” he said.    Consumer prices have jumped 8.6% over the past year, the steepest rise in more than 40 years.    Republican lawmakers have said that Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package from last year kick-started a spiral of price increases.
    The president said there was “zero evidence” for that claim, noting that other countries have endured higher prices as economies reopened and people became vaccinated.    Still, Biden acknowledged Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s contention that the spending had a limited inflationary effect.
    “You could argue whether it had a marginal, a minor impact on inflation,” he said.    “I don’t think it did.    And most economists do not think it did.    But the idea that it caused inflation is bizarre.”
    Still, high inflation has created a conundrum for Biden. He prioritized bringing back millions of jobs and has seen the unemployment rate return to close to pre-pandemic levels.    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday increased its benchmark interest rate, in hopes of slowing the economy and pulling inflation down to its target rate of 2%.
    The president is still trying to steer his domestic agenda through Congress, after an earlier iteration last year failed to clear a 50-50 Senate.    Biden said “I believe I have the votes” to lower prescription drug prices, reduce families’ utility bills with tax incentives and place a 15% minimum tax on corporations.    He said his plans would lower expenses for many Americans, though the measure would be scaled back.
    “I’m going to be able to get, God willing, the ability to pay for prescription drugs,” Biden said.    “There’s more than one way to bring down the cost for working folks.”


6/17/2022 Biden signs new shipping law - White House says move will help lower prices by Will Weissert, ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Joe Biden is applauded after signing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act
in the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday. EVAN VUCCI/AP
    WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday meant to make shipping goods across oceans cheaper – a move the White House says will help lower retailer costs that have remained high since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and helped fuel record inflation.
    The Ocean Shipping Reform Act passed unanimously by the Senate via voice vote in March after winning bipartisan House support.    It empowers the Federal Maritime Commission to investigate late fees charged by carriers while prohibiting ocean carriers and marine terminals from refusing to fill available cargo space.
    The president also stressed that a concentration of corporate shipping power in the hands of just nine, large and foreign-owned companies has fed higher shipping costs in ways that hurt businesses and exacerbate problems with inflation.
    “These carriers made $190 billion in profit in 2021, seven times higher than the year before,” Biden said.     “The cost got passed on, as you might guess, directly to consumers, sticking it to American families and businesses because they could.”    He added that the new law would “bring down prices to give American families a bit more breathing room.”
    The Federal Reserve this week raised its key interest rate by three-quarters of a point, the largest bump since 1994, after data released last week showed U.S. inflation rose in May to a four-decade high of 8.6%.
    “People know that prices are too high and we have to do something.    And this was one of the obvious culprits,” said Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who cosponsored the law with South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune.    “There’s a lot of things, but this was pretty glaring.”
    Klobuchar, who attended the law signing at the White House, said U.S. exporters saw their prices to access shipping containers increase by at least four times during the past two years of the pandemic.
    The new measures should prompt shippers to quickly lower costs, Klobuchar said.
    But if not, lawmakers could take further steps – including examining antitrust exemptions.
    “If I were them, I would take great heed at the unanimous vote in the Senate, the strong vote in the House, that we could act very soon if they don’t start being fair,” Klobuchar said.    “If they keep their prices so high and don’t respond to the needs in our country, I think you will see legislation, more legislation, in the mix.”

6/17/2022 White House Looking Into Reports Of Possible Capture Of Americans In Ukraine by OAN NEWSROOM
State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State
Department, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)
    The State Department said a possible third American is missing in Ukraine.    During a Thursday press briefing, spokesperson Ned Price said they received reports of an additional American who went to fight in Ukraine whose whereabouts are unknown.
    However, concerning the two veterans who also went missing, the State Department has not contacted Russia over the matter.    The US veterans volunteered to help fight in Ukraine.    On Thursday, the White House said they were looking into it.
    “We don’t know where their whereabouts are,” stated White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.    “We are working very hard to learn more about this, about their, about these Americans who are now missing, our hearts go out to their families during this difficult time.”
    According to their families, 39-year-old Alex Drueke and 27-year-old Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh disappeared together near the city of Kharkov after their platoon came under heavy fire on June 9.    Both Drueke and Huynh last communicated with their families on June 8.
    Huynh had served in the Marines for four years and was planning a wedding with his fiancée when he felt pressed to go to Ukraine and help its government. “We just really want him back he’s got such a big heart,” said his wife to be Joy Black. “He knew this wasn’t the easy thing, but this was the right thing.”     Meanwhile, during an exclusive with NBC News, Drueke’s mother Lois received a call from one of her son’s friends on June 13 that stated the mission had gone bad and after 36-hours everyone had come back except the two veterans.
This undated photograph provided by Diane Williams shows U.S. military veteran Alexander Drueke
of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and his mother, Lois “Bunny” Drueke. Alex Drueke traveled to Ukraine to help with
the fight against Russian invaders and was later reported missing. (Lois “Bunny” Drueke/Diane Williams via AP)
    Drueke previously served two tours in Iraq as a US Army service member and was said to be volunteering in Ukraine as a “civilian with army training.”
    “If the worst were to happen, I would know that he felt fulfilled,” stated Lois. ‘And that he was content with what he had done and accomplished.”
    The US State Department has continued to urge Americans not to go to the country amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

6/17/2022 VP Harris To Head New Disinformation Task Force by OAN NEWSROOM
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a meeting about abortion rights and Roe v. Wade, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, from her ceremonial
office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Vice President Kamala Harris is set to lead the Biden administration’s latest disinformation task force, which appears to be disguised as programs and policies.    On Thursday, White House officials unveiled plans they claim are intended to protect “political figures” and journalists from “misinformation” as well as “abuse.”
    According to the presidential memorandum. the task force protects the online expression of those seeking government roles from internet critics.    Some have seen this as a preemptive defense measure for future Biden nominees as disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz resigned after her internet footprint resurfaced during her nomination process.
    However, Harris claimed the measure will shield all members of the intersectional community from disproportionate online scrutiny.
    “The internet is a place of fear. One in three women under the age of 35 report being sexually harassed online,” she noted.
    “Over half of the LGBTQ+ people in our country are survivors of severe harassment.    Nearly one in four Asian Americans report being called an offensive name, usually motivated by racism.”
    Harris touted the task force as a way for the government to make the internet safe, covering a variety of sectors such as online extremism to protecting a woman’s location as she is receiving an abortion.    The Vice President claimed laws must change with the times and promised increased funding to train officials on the new protocol.
    “The collective work will help modernize the federal government’s response to violence against women and people of all genders,” she stated.    “It will lead to more evidence informed policies and interventions.    And it will support more federal funding to address online harassment and abuse, including grants to train law enforcement and prosecutors.”
    This new task force will include Attorney General Merrick Garland and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and will submit its blueprint to combat gender-based violence to multiple agencies within the next six months.    Within the next year it will issue recommended measures to be taken by internet platforms, stand and local governments and schools.
    In April, critics slammed President Biden for what they believed was his attempt to create a “dystopian” disinformation bureau intended for the government to patrol online free speech.    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre could not clarify how the new task force will differ from the disinformation governance board.
    Watch the full briefing here:

6/17/2022 Reports: Biden May Talk With Chinese President XI by OAN NEWSROOM
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: (AFP OUT) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (R) and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping
shake hands before an expanded bilateral meeting with other U.S. and Chinese officials in the Roosevelt Room
at the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Joe Biden is reportedly planning to speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping amid speculation he may lift Trump-era tariffs on China.    According to Bloomberg News on Thursday, the Biden administration considered holding a talk with Xi this summer amid attempts to bring down inflation in the US.
    “I think you could see some tariffs lifted,” said AGF Investments Chief US Policy Strategist Greg Valliere.    “Their is a fight within the administration right now.    The New York Times had a good piece on this yesterday, between people who feel the tariff should be listed and others who say no.”
    The sides are expected to discuss steps to prevent escalation in mutual tensions.    Previously, Biden’s officials condemned China for refusing to join anti-Russian sanctions and advancing it’s political influence in Southeast Asia.
    Back in May, Biden landed in South Korea and met with new President Yoon Suk-yeol.    He had North Korea at the top of his agenda.    He also spoke with Jinping during the visit.    National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan predicted the two would speak again soon following the conversation.
    “I wouldn’t be surprised if in the coming weeks President Biden and President Xi speak again,” Sullivan voiced.
    Sullivan previously spoke with Yang Jiechi, a key foreign policy adviser to Xi.    He claimed he was “direct with him about our concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile activities and our view that this is not in China’s interests.”
    “It’s not in America’s interests,” he stated.    “China should contemplate taking whatever steps it can to reduce the possibility of a provocative North Korean Act.    We had a good back and forth on that subject.”
    In the meantime, a potential phone call between Biden and Xi could take place as soon as July.    An in-person meeting would have to wait until after a Chinese Communist Party Summit this fall.    Analysts said Biden could make concessions to China to remedy the US economy.

6/17/2022 Sen. Romney: White House COVID Funding Request Was Not Transparent by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, questions witnesses during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Committee hearing, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has accused the White House of not being transparent with how it spent COVID relief funds.    The Utah lawmaker made the accusation during a Senate COVID hearing with administration officials Thursday.
    While questioning Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Dawn O’Connell, Romney asked why the administration had misled legislators while requesting pandemic aid.    The senator claimed the White House had said it was unable to procure additional therapeutics and vaccines, but was suddenly able to do so in June.
    “We have runaway inflation, yet this administration has recklessly and unilaterally spent taxpayer money and has failed to be transparent with Congress about it,” noted the Republican.    “Their careless stewardship and dishonesty tears at the trust relationship our branches of government operate on.”
    Romney alleged the White House knew it was feasible to purchase such means, but chose to disperse funds towards other endeavors.

6/17/2022 Steve Bannon: GOP To Win Back Congress In ‘Blowout’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Former advisor to the US president and US publicist Steve Bannon poses during a photo session in Paris
on May 27, 2019. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
    Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has welcomed the victories by Trump-endorsed candidates in this week’s GOP primaries.    While speaking outside a courthouse in Washington Thursday, Bannon said primary results show the Democrat Party is losing its grip on power.    He also stressed the January 6 Committee is illegitimate.
    “MAGA is on the march,” he stated.    “The adjacent committee is totally irrelevant.”
    Bannon proclaimed Republicans will take back the House and the Senate in November.
    “We believe in the ballot box,” he noted.    “He believes in fair, free and transparent elections.    And we’re winning everywhere.    We’re going to get 55 to 60 percent of Hispanic vote this November, we’re going to get 50 percent of the African American male vote this November.    We’re going to have a blowout win.”
    Bannon is set to appear in court on July 18 for defying political subpoenas by the January 6 panel.

6/17/2022 FDA Approves Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines For Children As Young As 6 Months by OAN NEWSROOM
This May 2022 photo provided by Pfizer shows production of the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children
under 5 in Puurs, Belgium. U.S. regulators on Friday, June 17, authorized the first COVID-19 shots
for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. (Pfizer via AP)
    The Food and Drug Administration authorized both Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six-months-old.    The agency announced its approval of the vaccines in a press release Friday.    They asserted they found them to be both safe and effective.
    FDA officials said the vaccines will provide younger children with “protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death.”    They determined that the known and potential benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the known and potential risks in the pediatric populations.
    “Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D.    “As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death.    Those trusted with the care of children can have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines and can be assured that the agency was thorough in its evaluation of the data.”
    However, the drugs still must be approved by the CDC’s vaccine advisement panel, which is set to vote on the issue Saturday.    The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a primary series of three doses in which the initial two doses are administered three weeks apart, followed by a third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose.    The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a primary series of two doses, one month apart.    The vaccine is also authorized to provide a third primary series dose at least one month following the second dose.
    “As with all vaccines for any population, when authorizing COVID-19 vaccines intended for pediatric age groups, the FDA ensures that our evaluation and analysis of the data is rigorous and thorough,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.    “In addition to making certain the data for these vaccines met FDA’s rigorous standards, the agency’s convening of an advisory committee was part of a transparent process to help the public have a clear understanding of the safety and effectiveness data that supports the authorization of these two vaccines for pediatric populations.”
    If fully approved, the White House expects vaccinations to start as early as Tuesday.

6/17/2022 Oil down $7.76 to $109.24, DOW down 38 to 29,889.

6/18/2022 Cameron gets Trump endorsement for 2023 - Former president backs AG in Ky. governor’s race by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal, USA TODAY NETWORK
President Donald Trump, left, brought candidate for Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron to the stage after
he made remarks supporting him at Rupp Arena in Lexington on Nov. 4, 2019. Sam Upshaw Jr./Courier Journal
    Kentucky’s 2023 primary in the race for governor is still a long ways away, but former President Donald Trump jumped in Thursday night with a very early endorsement of Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
    'At every level, Daniel has stood out, he will be a Great Governor of Kentucky, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!' Trump stated in a press release.
    Cameron, who in 2019 became the first Black candidate independently elected to a statewide office in Kentucky, launched his run for governor last month.
    The field of Republican candidates running for a shot to replace Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear next year is already wide, with state Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joining the race shortly before Cameron, and state Rep. Savannah Maddox announcing her candidacy two weeks ago.
    Other Republicans to officially launch their candidacies for the office include state Auditor Mike Harmon.
    One potential candidate that is also publicly considering a run for governor is Kelly Craft — a prolific GOP donor who was also the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the Trump administration.
    Craft and her coal magnate husband appeared flanking Trump at the Kentucky Derby last month, but the twice-impeached former president’s statement indicated he is all in for Cameron — 11 months before the primary election and long before the race has even heated up.
    Stating that 'a young star is born before our very eyes,' Trump said he has known Cameron 'right from the beginning of his meteoric rise, and he is absolutely outstanding in every way.'
    'He is Strong on the Military and out Vets, a Fierce Defender of our Borders, Protects our totally under-siege Second Amendment, and is a Crime Fighter who represents the absolute opposite of ‘Defund the Police.’'
    Cameron is a political protégé and former general counsel for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — Kentucky’s Republican patriarch who has faced withering criticism from Trump since he left office.
    McConnell has not yet indicated which Republican candidate he will support in the 2023 race for governor.
    Cameron grew up in Elizabethtown, where his father owned a local coffee shop and his mother was a professor at the local community college.    He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Louisville, where he also played on the football team.
    As attorney general, Cameron’s office has faced off against Beshear in court many times with varying success, most often over challenges related to the governor’s use of emergency powers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Cameron was also the center of national attention related to the Louisville police killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020.    His office investigated her shooting but did not recommend the grand jury indict any of the officers for her death.
    Eric Deters, a suspended attorney from Northern Kentucky, had also filed to run as a Republican, but announced after the Cameron endorsement that he would run as an independent, calling Trump’s move 'just another slap to his supporters.'
    Other Republican candidates considering a run for governor include state Sens. Ralph Alvarado and Max Wise.    Alvarado stated last month that former Gov. Matt Bevin — who lost to Beshear in 2019 — is also weighing a potential run.
    Reach reporter Joe Sonka at and follow him on Twitter

6/18/2022 WTO ministers reach string of deals by Jamey Keaten, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Indian Minister of Commerce Piyush Goyal congratulates World Trade Organization
Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Friday. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
    GENEVA – After all-night talks, members of the World Trade Organization early Friday reached a string of deals and commitments aimed at protecting stocks of ocean fish, broadening production of COVID-19 vaccines in the developing world, improving food security and reforming a 27-year-old trade body that has been back on its heels in recent years.
    WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, after a pair of sleepless nights in rugged negotiations, concluded the WTO’s first ministerial conference in 4 1/2 years by trumpeting a new sense of cooperation at a time when the world faces crises like Russia’s war in Ukraine and a once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken millions of lives.
    “The package agreements you have reached will make a difference to the lives of people around the world,” said Okonjo-Iweala, landing what she called an “unprecedented package of deliverables” after 15 months in the job.    “The outcomes demonstrate that the WTO is in fact capable of responding to emergencies of our time.”    There were tears of joy and hugs exchanged, applause echoed through the WTO’s concrete halls, and many ministers broke out into renditions of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate belatedly the Monday birthdays of Okonjo-Iweala and Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal after the deals were finalized.
    The agreements could breathe new life into a trade body that faced repeated criticism from the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, which accused the WTO of a lack of fairness to the United States, and was caught in a growing U.S. rivalry with China.    In recent years, Washington has incapacitated the WTO’s version of an appeals court that rules on international trade disputes.
    The WTO operates by consensus, meaning that all its 164 members must agree on its deals – or at least not get in the way.    The talks at times took place in backrooms or in side chats because some delegates didn’t want to be in the same space as their counterparts from Russia – as a way to protest President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which has had fallout far beyond the battlefield, such as on food and fuel prices.
    Among the main achievements Friday was an accord, which fell short of early ambitions, to prohibit both support for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and for fishing in overtaxed stocks in the world’s oceans.    It marked the WTO’s first significant deal since one in 2013 that cut red tape on treatment of goods crossing borders – and arguably one of its most impactful.
    “WTO members have for the first time, concluded an agreement with environmental sustainability at its heart,” Okonjo-Iweala said.    “This is also about the livelihoods of the 260 million people who depend directly or indirectly on marine fisheries.”
6/18/2022 Germany’s leader: Direct talks with Putin a must by ASSOCIATED PRESS
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has held several telephone conversations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. MICHAEL KAPPELER, DPA/AP
    BERLIN – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday that it’s “absolutely necessary” for some leaders to talk directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid efforts to end the war in Ukraine, and he and France’s president will continue to do so.
    Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron have held several telephone conversations with Putin, separately and together, since Russia’s invasion began on Feb. 24.    Those contacts have drawn some criticism – including from Poland’s president, who said recently that they achieve nothing and serve only to legitimize the Russian leader.
    “It is absolutely necessary to speak to Putin, and I will continue to do so – as the French president will also,” Scholz told a German news agency in an English-language video interview a day after he, Macron and the leaders of Italy and Romania held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
    “There are some countries needed, and some leaders needed, that speak to him – and it is necessary that they are clear,” Scholz said.
    “When I speak to Putin I say, for instance, the same things I said to you,” he added.    “Please understand that there will be no dictate(d) peace, and if you really believe that you will rob some land and then hope that the times will change and all the things will become normal again, this is a mistake.”
    He said his message is that “you have to withdraw your troops and you have to find an agreement with Ukraine which is acceptable and right for the people of Ukraine.”
    During Thursday’s visit to Kyiv, Scholz and his fellow leaders pledged support for Ukraine’s candidacy eventually to join the European Union.    On Friday, the EU’s executive Commission recommended making Ukraine a membership candidate.

6/18/2022 Ex-Trump aide Navarro pleads not guilty - Refuses to testify before Jan. 6 panel by Michael Balsamo, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Peter Navarro, left, an adviser to former President Donald Trump, talks to reporters with his new attorney John Rowley
after Navarro was arraigned at the Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington on Friday. CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES
    WASHINGTON – Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro pleaded not guilty Friday to contempt of Congress charges after refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
    Navarro, 72, appeared in federal court in Washington to be arraigned on the two-count indictment.
    He was charged with one contempt count for failing to appear for a deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack and a second charge for failing to produce documents the committee requested.
    U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta scheduled a trial for November.    Navarro’s attorneys asked for the trial to be held next year, saying the case presented constitutional and legal questions that need to be litigated.
    Navarro has argued the select committee investigating the attack is unlawful and therefore a subpoena it issued to him in February is unenforceable under law.

6/18/2022 UK orders Assange’s extradition to America - WikiLeaks founder says he will appeal the order by Jill Lawless, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Stella Assange
    LONDON – The British government on Friday ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges, a milestone – but not the end – of a decadelong legal saga sparked by his website’s publication of classified U.S. documents.
    WikiLeaks said it would challenge the order, and Assange’s attorneys have 14 days to lodge an appeal.    “We’re not at the end of the road here,” said Assange’s wife, Stella Assange.    “We’re going to fight this.”    Julian Assange has battled in British courts for years to avoid being sent to the U.S., where he faces 17 charges of espionage and one charge of computer misuse.
    American prosecutors say the Australian citizen helped U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning steal classified diplomatic cables and military files that WikiLeaks later published, putting lives at risk.
    To his supporters, Assange, 50, is a secrecy-busting journalist who exposed U.S. military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    A British court ruled in April that Assange could be sent to face trial in the U.S., sending the case to the U.K. government for a decision.
    Britain’s interior minister, Home Secretary Priti Patel, signed an order on Friday authorizing Assange’s extradition.
    The Home Office said in a statement that the government had to approve his move to the U.S. because “the U.K. courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr. Assange.”
    Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S. lawyer, said it was “disappointing news that should concern anyone who cares about the First Amendment and the right to publish.”
    Assange’s lawyers said they would mount a new legal challenge, and legal experts say the case could take months or even years more to conclude.
    “We will appeal this all the way, if necessary to the European Court of Human Rights,” Assange attorney Jennifer Robinson
    Robinson asked U.S. President Joe Biden to drop the charges brought against Assange during Donald Trump’s presidency, arguing they posed a “grave threat” to free speech.
    During a press conference outside the British Consulate in New York City, Assange’s father, John Shipton, also urged the U.S. to drop the prosecution.
    “All it will take is a simple telephone call from Attorney General Merrick Garland to the home secretary in the United Kingdom to drop these charges.    That’s all it will take. It’s not complex,” he said.
    Assange’s supporters and lawyers maintain he was acting as a journalist and is entitled to First Amendment protections of freedom of speech.    They argue that the case is politically motivated, that he would face inhumane treatment and be unable to get a fair trial in the U.S.
    Silkie Carlo, director of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, said the British government’s “complicity in the political persecution of a journalist simply for revealing uncomfortable truths to the public is appalling, wrong and shames our country.”
    Stella Assange, a lawyer who married her husband in a prison ceremony in March, said the U.K. decision marked “a dark day for press freedom and for British democracy.”
    “Julian did nothing wrong,” she said.    “He has committed no crime and is not a criminal.    He is a journalist and a publisher, and he is being punished for doing his job.”
    Friday’s decision came after a legal battle that went all the way to the U.K. Supreme Court.

6/18/2022 Senators Introduce Taiwan Bill To Boost Security Assistance by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks during a Students Demand Action event, near the
West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Monday, June 6, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    A pair of Senators proposed a reconstruction of the US policy toward Taiwan seemingly drifting away from America’s One China policy.    Senators from both sides of the aisle proposed legislation to clarify and strengthen the nation’s commitment to Taiwan’s Democracy.
    On Friday, Senators Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the “Taiwan Policy Act” of 2022, which included $4.5 billion in military assistance to Taiwan for over four years.    The bill would also designate the island as a “Major non-NATO Ally.”
    Though the bill is aimed to boost US support for Taiwan, President Biden insisted he is not seeking any major changes and even walked back a previous claim to use the military to defend the island if China were to attack it.
    “The policy is not changed at all,” Biden said.    ”I stated that when I made my statement yesterday.”
    Despite ambiguity from the US, China asserted it would never allow the secession of Taiwan, which the communist-ruled nation considered to be part of the country.
    “Gone are the days when western invaders could take over a country by setting up a few cannons on the coast in the east,” Chinese politician Liu Jieyi voiced.    “Anyone should not underestimate the firm determination, the strong will and the powerful ability of Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity!    We will never allow any people or any forces to separate Taiwan from China.”
    Additionally, China’s Ministry of National Defense claimed that the US is only using Taiwan to contain China from rising as the new world power.    Menendez and Graham appeared to be undeterred by China’s stance on the issue.    In a statement on his bill, Menendez said there should be no doubts about America’s determination to stand with the people of Taiwan and Democracy.
    “The One China principle is the political foundation of China and US relations,” stated Wu Qian, a spokesman for Chinese Ministry of National Defense.    “Using Taiwan to contain China is doomed to fail.”
    Graham stressed the US must show strength in the face of Chinese aggression towards Taiwan.    If passed, the bill would allow arms sales to Taiwan to be prioritized and expedited until Congress determines the security threat to the island has severely diminished.
    Graham said he is hopeful the proposed legislation will receive bipartisan support and will be backed by the Biden administration.

6/18/2022 Vaccine, Lockdown Critic Dr. Simone Gold Sentenced To 2 Months In Prison by OAN NEWSROOM
An American flag waves below the U.S. Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2022.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will hold
the first in a series of hearings laying out its findings on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    A prominent doctor and outspoken COVID-19 skeptic was sentenced to prison for entering the Capitol building on January 6.    Doctor Simone Gold was sentenced to two months behind bars this week, after she pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of illegally entering the restricted building in March.
    Gold, a former emergency room physician, has since expressed regret in participating in the Capitol events, asserting she ”should not have been there.”    Gold followed a crowd into the Capitol, but claimed she didn’t witness any violence and didn’t think she was breaking any laws.
    I can certainly speak to the place that I was and it most emphatically was not a riot,” Gold said.    “Where I was, was incredibly peaceful.”
    Gold founded America’s Frontline Doctor’s, a group known for purveying COVID-19 misinformation.    The judge expressed to Gold that her anti-vaccine activism wasn’t a factor in her sentencing.    The Communications Director for America’s Frontline Doctor’s John Strand was also charged.    He pleaded not guilty and has a trial scheduled to start on July 18.
    “My reputation has been utterly shredded,” she voiced.
    More than 800 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the riot at the Capitol.    Over 300 of them have pleaded guilty mostly to misdemeanors and nearly 200 have been sentenced.
    She has also been ordered to serve 12 months under supervised release and pay a $9,500 fine.

6/18/2022 4 Inmates Escape From Federal Prison Camp In Virginia by OAN NEWSROOM
This photo provided by Federal Bureau of Prisons shows from left, Corey Branch, Tavares Lajuane Graham,
Lamonte Rashawn Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw. (Federal Bureau of Prisons via AP)
    Authorities are searching for four inmates who escaped from a federal prison in Hopewell, Virginia.    Corey Branch, Tavares Graham, Lamonte Willis and Kareem Allen Shaw, were discovered missing from the Federal Correctional Complex satellite camp on Saturday.
    Branch is serving 13 years for intent to distribute fentanyl and felon in possession of a firearm.    Graham is serving a 10-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and gun charges. Willis is serving an 18-year sentence for possessing and concealing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.    Shaw is serving a 16-year sentence for conspiracy to sell heroin.
    Officials said the inmates walked away from the camp that houses 185 male offenders.    Meanwhile, an internal investigation has been initiated. US Marshalls, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been notified.

6/18/2022 Shots Fired At Tysons Corner Mall In Virginia by OAN NEWSROOM
Virginia State Police stand watch outside the Bloomingdale’s store, following a shooting inside
the Tysons Corner Center mall, in Tysons Corner, Va., Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
    Shoppers were sent running after a shooting at a mall in Virginia.    Fairfax County Police responded to reports of shots fired at Tysons Corner Mall on Saturday, after a fight broke out between a small group.
    Officers said one man was described as a black male in a black hoodie and jeans.    He displayed a firearm and discharged multiple shots.    Police said they were unable to confirm the number of shooters or how many shots were fired.    There are no reports of injuries from gunfire, but three people were transported to area hospitals for injuries sustained while trying to flee.    Officers believe they may have identified suspects and a vehicle involved.    They now have to go through several angles of surveillance footage.
    “We’re going to find them.    I promise you that,” Police Chief Kevin Davis said.
    “They’ll be held accountable and that’s going to be in short order.    This shouldn’t happen.    It can’t happen.    This isn’t acceptable to any of us.”
    Davis said that shoppers, employees, mall security and local law enforcement did an “exemplary” job of coordinating as the shooting took place and in its aftermath.    He touted the department’s quick response as he claimed their active violence incident training has only enhanced since Uvalde and Buffalo.
    “We’re always fortunate if there’s not an injury,” he voiced.    “When shots ring out inside of a shopping center here or anywhere else in America and no one suffers a fatal or a non-fatal gunshot wound.
    What’s not a good thing, is that it happened
    The mall is closed and will reopen at 11 a.m. Sunday.

6/18/2022 Biden Falls Off Bike During Ride In Delaware by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden gets back on his bike after he fell when he tried to get off his bike to greet a
crowd at Gordons Pond in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    President Joe Biden took a spill while riding his bike in Delaware.    Biden was on a ride with the first lady near their beach house on Saturday, when his foot got caught on the pedal while trying to stop in front of reporters.
    The president told the group “I’m good,” and was quickly surrounded by Secret Service agents to help him back up.    Jill Biden had already made the turn and missed her husband’s fall.
    The spill came as Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson claimed the US President does not appear to be “physically or cognitively fit.”    He urged the President to come to terms with accepting that his job is “demanding.”
    “He’s not inspiring confidence,” Jackson said.    “It’s sending the wrong message to our adversaries.”
    Following the incident, he was met with a round of applause and the White House released a statement saying no medical attention was needed.    Delaware reporters went on to ask Biden if he was satisfied with the progress on gun legislation.
    “In Delaware I am,” the President voiced.    “Did you see what they did in Delaware?    Passed an assaults weapons ban.    They did what I did years ago and I am happy with the progress.”
    The Biden’s are spending the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, in celebration of their 45th wedding anniversary.    Biden said he looks forward to spending time with his family.

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6/19/2022 How did Russia-Ukraine war trigger a food crisis? by Kelvin Chan and Paul Wiseman, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Farmer Serhiy, a local grain producer, shows a crater left by a Russian shell on his field
in the village of Ptyche in eastern Ukraine on June 12. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
is preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world.” EFREM LUKATSKY/AP FILE
    LONDON – Russian hostilities in Ukraine are preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world” and making food more expensive across the globe, threatening to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability in developing countries.
    Together, Russia and Ukraine export nearly a third of the world’s wheat and barley, more than 70% of its sunflower oil and are big suppliers of corn.    Russia is the top global fertilizer producer.
    World food prices were already climbing, and the war made things worse, preventing some 20 million tons of Ukrainian grain from getting to the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia.
    Weeks of negotiations on safe corridors to get grain out of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports have made little progress, with urgency rising as the summer harvest season arrives.
    She says 400 million people worldwide rely on Ukrainian food supplies.    The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization projects up to 181 million people in 41 countries could face food crisis or worse levels of hunger this year.
    Here’s a look at the global food crisis:
What’s the situation?
    “This needs to happen in the next couple of months (or) it’s going to be horrific,” said Anna, who studies crisis management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is on the board of the Kyiv School of Economics.
    She says 400 million people worldwide rely on Ukrainian food supplies.    The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization projects up to 181 million people in 41 countries could face food crisis or worse levels of hunger this year.
Here’s a look at the global food crisis:
    Typically, 90% of wheat and other grain from Ukraine’s fields are shipped to world markets by sea but have been held up by Russian blockades of the Black Sea coast.
    Some grain is being rerouted through Europe by rail, road and river, but the amount is a drop in the bucket compared with sea routes.    The shipments also are backed up because Ukraine’s rail gauges don’t match those of its neighbors to the west.
    Ukraine’s deputy agriculture minister, Markian Dmytrasevych, asked European Union lawmakers for help exporting more grain, including expanding the use of a Romanian port on the Black Sea, building more cargo terminals on the Danube River and cutting red tape for freight crossing at the Polish border.    But that means food is even farther from those that need it.
    “Now you have to go all the way around Europe to come back into the Mediterranean.    It really has added an incredible amount of cost to Ukrainian grain,” said Joseph Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington.
    Ukraine has only been able to export 1.5 million to 2 million tons of grain a month since the war, down from more than 6 million tons, said Glauber, a former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    Russian grain isn’t getting out, either.    Moscow argues that Western sanctions on its banking and shipping industries make it impossible for Russia to export food and fertilizer and are scaring off foreign shipping companies from carrying it.    Russian officials insist sanctions be lifted to get grain to global markets.
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and other Western leaders say, however, that sanctions don’t touch food.
What are the sides saying?
    Ukraine has accused Russia of shelling agricultural infrastructure, burning fields, stealing grain and trying to sell it to Syria after Lebanon and Egypt refused to buy it.    Satellite images taken in late May by Maxar Technologies show Russian-flagged ships in a port in Crimea being loaded with grain and then days later docked in Syria with their hatches open.
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia has provoked a global food crisis.    The West agrees, with officials like European Council President Charles Michel and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying Russia is weaponizing food.
    Russia says exports can resume once Ukraine removes mines in the Black Sea and arriving ships can be checked for weapons.
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov promised that Moscow would not “abuse” its naval advantage and would “take all necessary steps to ensure that the ships can leave there freely.”
    Ukrainian and Western officials doubt the pledge.    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said last week that it may be possible to create secure corridors without the need to clear sea mines because the location of the explosive devices are known.
    But other questions would still remain, such as whether insurers would provide coverage for ships.
    Dmytrasevych told the EU agriculture ministers last week that the only solution is defeating Russia and unblocking ports: “No other temporary measures, such as humanitarian corridors, will address the issue.”
How did we get here?
    Food prices were rising before the invasion, stemming from factors including bad weather and poor harvests cutting supplies, while global demand rebounded strongly from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Glauber cited poor wheat harvests last year in the United States and Canada and a drought that hurt soybean yields in Brazil.    Also exacerbated by climate change, the Horn of Africa is facing one of its worst droughts in four decades, while a record-shattering heat wave in India in March reduced wheat yields.
    That, along with soaring costs for fuel and fertilizer, has prevented other big grain-producing countries from filling in the gaps.
Who’s hardest hit?
    Ukraine and Russia mainly export staples to developing countries that are most vulnerable to cost hikes and shortages.
    Countries like Somalia, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan are heavily reliant on wheat, corn and sunflower oil from the two warring nations.
    “The burden is being shouldered by the very poor,” Glauber said.    “That’s a humanitarian crisis, no question.”
    Beside the threat of hunger, spiraling food prices risk political instability in such countries.    They were one of the causes of the Arab Spring, and there are worries of a repeat.
    The governments of developing countries must either let food prices rise or subsidize costs, Glauber said.    A moderately prosperous country like Egypt, the world’s top wheat importer, can afford to absorb higher food costs, he said.
    “For poor countries like Yemen or countries in the Horn of Africa – they’re really going to need humanitarian aid,” he said.
    Starvation and famine are stalking that part of Africa.    Prices for staples like wheat and cooking oil in some cases are more than doubling, while millions of livestock that families use for milk and meat have died.
    In Sudan and Yemen, the Russia-Ukraine conflict came on top of years of domestic crises.
    UNICEF warned about an “explosion of child deaths” if the world focuses only on the war in Ukraine and doesn’t act.    U.N. agencies estimated that more than 200,000 people in Somalia face “catastrophic hunger and starvation,” roughly 18 million Sudanese could experience acute hunger by September and 19 million Yemenis face food insecurity this year.
    Wheat prices have risen in some of those countries by as much as 750%.
    “Generally, everything has become expensive.    Be it water, be it food, it’s almost becoming quite impossible,” Justus Liku, a food security adviser with the aid group CARE, said after visiting Somalia recently.
    Liku said a vendor selling cooked food had “no vegetables or animal products.    No milk, no meat.    The shopkeeper was telling us she’s just there for the sake of being there.”
    In Lebanon, bakeries that used to have many types of flat bread now only sell basic white pita bread to conserve flour.
What’s being done?
    For weeks, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been trying to secure an agreement to unblock Russian exports of grain and fertilizer and allow Ukraine to ship commodities from the key port of Odesa.    But progress has been slow.
    A vast amount of grain is stuck in Ukrainian silos or on farms in the meantime.    And there’s more coming – Ukraine’s harvest of winter wheat is getting underway soon, putting more stress on storage facilities even as some fields are likely to go unharvested and because of the fighting.
    Serhiy Hrebtsov can’t sell the mountain of grain at his farm in the Donbas region because transport links have been cut off.    Scarce buyers mean prices are so low that farming is unsustainable.
    “There are some options to sell, but it is like just throwing it away,” he said.
    U.S. President Joe Biden says he’s working with European partners on a plan to build temporary silos on Ukraine’s borders, including with Poland, a solution that would also address the different rail gauges between Ukraine and Europe.
    The idea is that grain can be transferred into the silos, and then “into cars in Europe and get it out to the ocean and get it across the world.    But it’s taking time,” he said in a speech Tuesday.
    Dmytrasevych said Ukraine’s grain storage capacity has been reduced by 15 million to 60 million tons after Russian troops destroyed silos or occupied sites in the south and east.
What’s costing more?
    World production of wheat, rice and other grains is expected to reach 2.78 billion tons in 2022, down 16 million tons from the previous year – the first decline in four years, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said.
    Wheat prices are up 45% in the first three months of the year compared with the previous year, according to the FAO’s wheat price index.    Vegetable oil has jumped 41%, while sugar, meat, milk and fish prices also have risen by double digits.
    The increases are fueling faster inflation worldwide, making groceries more expensive and raising costs for restaurant owners, who have been forced to increase prices.
    Some countries are reacting by trying to protect domestic supplies.    India has restricted sugar and wheat exports, while Malaysia halted exports of live chickens, alarming Singapore, which gets a third of its poultry from its neighbor.
    The International Food Policy Research Institute says if food shortages grow more acute as the war drags on, that could lead to more export restrictions that further push up prices.
    Another threat is scarce and costly fertilizer, meaning fields could be less productive as farmers skimp, said Steve Mathews of Gro Intelligence, an agriculture data and analytics company.
    There are especially big shortfalls of two of the main chemicals in fertilizer, of which Russia is a big supplier.
    “If we continue to have the shortage of potassium and phosphate that we have right now, we will see falling yields,” Mathews said.    “No question about it in the coming years.”

6/19/2022 In rural New Mexico, anger builds - Skepticism over election security has taken flight by Morgan Lee, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this March 12, 2019, file photo, advocates for gun rights in New Mexico approach the state Capitol in
Santa Fe on horseback. Behind the raw public frustration and anger over election security that has played
out this week in New Mexico was a hint of something deeper — a growing divide between the state’s Democratic
power structure and conservative rural residents who feel their way of life is under attack. MORGAN LEE/AP FILE
    SANTA FE, N.M. – Behind the raw public frustration and anger over election security that has played out this week in New Mexico was a hint of something deeper – a growing divide between the state’s Democratic power structure and conservative rural residents who feel their way of life is under attack.
    In Otero County, where the crisis over certifying the state’s June 7 primary election began, County Commissioner Vickie Marquardt struck a defiant tone as she relented under pressure from the state’s Democratic attorney general, Democratic secretary of state and a state Supreme Court dominated by Democratic appointees.
    One of the explanations she gave for reversing course had nothing to do with questions over the security of voting machines – the reason the all-Republican, three-member commission had originally refused to certify its election.
    “If we get removed from office, nobody is going to be here fighting for the ranchers, and that’s where our fight should be right now,” said Marquardt, the commission chairwoman in a county where ex-President Donald Trump won nearly 62% of the vote in 2020.
    Otero County is similar to the handful of other New Mexico counties where residents have questioned the accuracy of election results and given voice to unfounded conspiracy theories about voting systems that have rippled across the country since former President Donald Trump lost re-election in 2020.
    In the state’s vast, rural stretches, frustration over voting and political representation has been building for years.    Residents have felt marginalized and overrun by government decisions that have placed limits on livelihoods – curtailing access to water for livestock, shrinking the amount of forest land available for grazing, or halting timber operations and energy developments due to endangered species concerns.
    Tensions have mounted as Democrats in New Mexico consolidate control over every statewide office and the Supreme Court.    Democrats have dominated the Legislature for generations.
    Even as they voted to certify elections, sometimes reluctantly, commissioners from several New Mexico counties said they were bound by law to take that step – thanks to legislation passed by Democrats.    They urged their residents to take the fight to the statehouse.
    Some bemoaned what they felt was an encroachment by the state on the powers of local government.    Marquardt, from Otero County, complained of her commission’s meager “rubber stamping” authority under laws enacted by Democrats and an election certification “railroaded” through by larger forces.
    Otero County is among more than a dozen self-proclaimed 2nd Amendment “sanctuary” counties in rural New Mexico to approve defiant resolutions against recent state gun control laws.    The county has embraced resistance to President Joe Biden’s goals for conservation of more private land and waterways for natural habitat, arguing it will cordon off already limited private land.
    Amid alienation, skepticism about the security of elections is taking flight.
    On Friday, Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was the lone dissenting vote in the election certification, though he acknowledged that he had no evidence of problems or factual basis for questioning the results of the election.    His vote came after the county elections clerk said the primary went off without a hitch and that the results were confirmed afterward.
    The former rodeo rider and co-founder of Cowboys for Trump dialed into the meeting because he was in Washington, D.C., where hours before he had been sentenced for entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
    Applause rang out when Griffin declared, “I think we need to hold our ground.”
    The developments in New Mexico can be traced to far-right conspiracy theories over voting machines that have spread across the country the past two years.    Various Trump allies have claimed that Dominion voting systems had somehow been manipulated as part of an elaborate scheme to steal the election, which Biden won.
    There has been no evidence of widespread fraud that would have changed the results of the 2020 presidential election, and testimony before the congressional committee investigating the insurrection has made clear that many in Trump’s inner circle told him the same as he schemed to retain power.
    The election clash that erupted this past week worries Dian Burwell, a registered independent and coffee shop manager in the Otero County seat of Alamogordo.
    “We want people to vote and when they see all this, they’ll just say, ‘Why bother?’” Burwell said.
    Despite New Mexico counties’ eventual votes to certify their primary results, election officials and experts fear the mini-rebellion is just the start of efforts nationwide to sow chaos around voting and vote-counting, building toward the 2024 presidential election.    The New Mexico secretary of state’s office said it had been inundated with calls from officials around the country concerned that certification controversies will become a new front in the attacks on democratic norms.
    In another New Mexico county where residents angrily denounced the certification, commissioners were denounced as “cowards and traitors” by a hostile crowd before voting.    Torrance County Commissioner LeRoy Candelaria, a Republican and Vietnam veteran, voted to certify the results without apologies, despite the personal insults.
    The semi-retired rancher and highway maintenance foreman said he has taken time outside commission meetings to explain his position that New Mexico’s vote-counting machines are well-tested and monitored.
    “My personal opinion is there are people who are still mad about the last presidential election,” Candelaria said. … Let’s worry about the next election and not take things personally.”

6/19/2022 Scholz: G-7 to support Ukraine ‘for as long as necessary’ by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BERLIN – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says the Group of Seven leading democracies will make clear at their upcoming summit that Ukraine can expect to receive the support it needs “for as long as necessary.”
    In an interview with Germany’s dpa news agency published Saturday, Scholz said he wants to use an upcoming meeting with fellow G-7 leaders in the Bavarian village of Elmau to discuss Ukraine’s long-term prospects.
    “We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary,” Scholz was quoted as saying.    “We want to make sure that Russian President (Vladimir Putin’s) calculations do not work out.”
    “Putin obviously hopes that everything will fall into place once he has conquered enough land and the international community will return to business as usual,” he added.    “That is an illusion.”    Scholz said he and his counterparts from France, Italy and Romania had discussed further weapons supplies for Ukraine – specifically ammunition and artillery – with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during their visit to Kyiv on Thursday.    The four leaders also backed Ukraine’s bid for membership in the European Union, a stance Scholz said he hoped all of the bloc’s countries would support at an upcoming gathering in Brussels.

6/19/2022 Large crowds take to London streets to protest soaring costs of living by ASSOCIATED PRESS
People from different unions and members of the public in London hold up signs as they take part in a TUC national demonstration
to demand action on the cost of living, a new deal for working people and a pay rise for all workers. YUI MOK/PA VIA AP
    LONDON – Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday in a protest over the soaring cost of living in Britain.
    Huge crowds flooded into the British capital for the rally to demand that the government do more to help people faced with bills and other expenses that are rising more quickly than their wages.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticized for being slow to respond to the cost-of-living crisis.    Inflation in Britain and across Europe has been surging, as Russia’s war in Ukraine crimped supplies of energy and food staples like wheat.    Prices were already rising before the war, as the global economic recovery from the COVID- 19 pandemic resulted in strong consumer demand.
    Demonstrators carried banners with messages such as “Cut war not welfare.”    They booed when they passed by 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence, according to videos posted on social media.
    Ben Robinson, who works for a housing charity in south London’s Brixton neighborhood, said the government doesn’t realize how bad things are going to be for the poor.    “We’ve got residents who are coming into our offices who are choosing between feeding their own kids, not themselves, their own kids, and paying rent and heating,” he said.    “That is just not a choice that anyone should have to face, you know, in the fourth biggest economy in the world.”
    The TUC, an umbrella organization for labor unions that organized the protest, said its research suggests workers have effectively lost a total of almost 20,000 pounds ($24,450) since 2008 because pay hasn’t kept pace with inflation.
    Johnson’s government is facing heavy pressure to do more.

6/19/2022 WHO chief 'does believe Covid was leaked from a lab’ by Jasper King - Metro
    The leader of the World Health Organisation (WHO) privately believes Covid was ‘leaked from a lab’, it has been claimed.
© Provided by Metro The public stance on the origins of the
outbreak remains neutral (Picture: Reuters/Getty Images)
    Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus privately confessed to a European politician the most likely cause of the outbreak was a catastrophic accident at a labatory in Wuhan, according to a government source quoted in the Mail on Sunday.
    That is despite the organisation maintaining publicly that ‘all hypotheses remain on the table’.
    In the past, the WHO has been criticised for its acceptance a lab leak was just a ‘conspiracy theory’.
    But the organisation has increasingly taken a ‘neutral’ public stance after limited evidence to suggest a ‘zoonotic’ spread – the process by which a virus leaps from an animal to a human, has been found.
    When it comes to green credentials, it unsurprising that Scandi capitals ranked high on the latest Sustainable Cities Index - Oslo (above) scooped up the top spot, with Stockholm coming in a close second.    In fact, European cities dominated the list, which ranks 100 major urban areas on how sustainability benefits its citizens.    But you might be surprised to know that five US cities made the top 20!    Read on to find out which ones made the cut (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
    Western intelligence services first aired concerns about the Wuhan Institute of Virology back in April 2020, suggesting that scientists were manipulating coronaviruses from bats in caves 1,000 miles away from the centre.
    Those caves may be where Covid-19 originated.
© Provided by Metro Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the comments to a European politcian (Picture: Reuters)
    Dr Tedros recently told member states in an update on the disease: ‘We do not yet have the answers as to where it came from or how it entered the human population.
    ‘Understanding the origins of the virus is very important scientifically to prevent future epidemics and pandemics.
    ‘But morally, we also owe it to all those who have suffered and died and their families.    The longer it takes, the harder it becomes.    We need to speed up and act with a sense of urgency.’
    He added that ‘all hypotheses must remain on the table’.
© Provided by Metro There have long been claims the virus was leaked
from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (Picture: Getty Images)

© Provided by Metro Not everyone believes the virus escaped from a lab (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
    An original report concluded the SARS-CoV-2 virus probably passed to humans from a bat via another unidentified species.
    But the likes of the UK, US, Australia and 14 other nations criticised those findings as being heavily compromised.
    Dr Tedros went on to admit that the report was flawed and ordered the new process.
    A WHO spokesman said: ‘Dr Tedros has been consistently saying all hypotheses remain on the table as scientists pursue their work.’

6/19/2022 Biden Praises Vaccine Approval For Children by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, a health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
during a vaccination clinic in Reading, Pa. U.S. health advisers have recommended COVID-19 vaccines
for infants, toddlers and preschoolers — the last group without the shots. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    President Joe Biden praised the CDC’s decision to authorize Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for younger children.    In a statement Saturday, Biden called the move a “monumental step.”
    “For parents all over the country, this is a day of relief and celebrationz,” he said.
    This comes after the FDA authorized the vaccines for children as young as six-months-old.    Children will receive a two-dose regimen for the Moderna vaccine and will be given three doses under the Pfizer vaccine.    Biden said parents will be able to schedule vaccine appointments starting this week.
    “As the first country to protect our youngest children with COVID-19 vaccines, my administration has been planning and preparing for this moment for months,” the president voiced.    “Effectively securing doses and offering safe and highly effective mRNA vaccines for all children as young as six-months- old.”
    Meanwhile, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb predicted a slow coronavirus vaccine rollout for kids.    During an interview on CBS Face the Nation Sunday, Gottlieb said only 30 percent of kids ages five to 11 have received two doses of the vaccine.
    ”I think it’s gonna be more of a slow roll out, relevant to what we’ve seen in past rollouts with other age groups,” Gottlieb stated.    “There are going to be pharmacy’s that are giving vaccines.    CVS is going to move it into their pharmacy’s, but their only moving it into the pharmacy’s with advanced care providers.”
    Gottlieb believes the vaccine doesn’t ensure complete safety from the sickness, but will increase the baseline immunity against infection.    A recent Keiser Family Foundation survey found just 18 percent of parents were eager to get their kids vaccinated.    The current Pfizer board member predicts those numbers may be even lower.

6/19/2022 Kari Lake Leads Poll For Ariz. Governor by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Empty poll kiosks await voters at the Mississippi Second Congressional District
Primary election precinct June 7, 2022, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
    Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) is leading in polls to be the next Governor.    According to a recent Trafalgar Group poll, Lake had 38.5 percent support among Republican voters.    The group surveyed 1,068 likely GOP primary voters from June 14 to June 16. Experts say it could be because of her previous role as a Fox 10 News anchor in Phoenix, as well as her endorsement from President Trump.
    “Kari will make her wonderful family and the MAGA movement very proud,” Trump said.    “Kari Lake has my complete and total endorsement.    She will be a great Governor for the incredible people of Arizona.”
    Lake voiced that on her first day in office she will make a “Declaration of Invasion,” with the intent to close the open border.    She also stated that she plans to enter into an interstate compact with other states to circumvent federal immigration and border policies if elected.
    Karrin Taylor Robinson (R) trailed behind Lake earning 26.7 percent among Republican voters, while 17.4 percent remained undecided.    Voters will be able to cast their vote on Arizona’s primary election on August 2.

6/20/2022 No Oil or DOW info yet.

6/20/2022 Germany will burn more coal, limit gas by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BERLIN – Germany’s economy minister said Sunday that the country will limit the use of natural gas for electricity production amid concerns about possible shortages caused by a cut in supplies from Russia.
    Economy Minister Robert Habeck said Germany will try to compensate for the move by increasing the burning of coal, a more polluting fossil fuel.
    “That’s bitter, but it’s simply necessary in this situation to lower gas usage,” said Habeck, a member of the environmentalist Green party.
    Russian gas company Gazprom announced last week that it was sharply reducing supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for technical reasons, but which Habeck said appeared to be politically motivated.
    Germany, which has long relied heavily on energy imports from Russia, began significantly scaling back its imports because of the war in Ukraine.
    The government has nevertheless insisted that Russian gas will be needed for a while until alternative sources of energy, such as LNG brought in by ship, are available.
    Habeck said storage facilities – currently at 56.7% capacity – were still able to make up the shortfall from Russia with purchases from elsewhere, but nevertheless described the situation as “serious” and said further measures may be necessary.
    The German government recently called on citizens to cut back their energy use in light of the tense supply situation.

6/20/2022 Poll: Biden’s Job Approval Hits New Low At 32% by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden reacts when asked how he was feeling as he leaves St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church
in Rehoboth Beach, Del., after attending a Mass, Saturday, June 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    A new poll has revealed President Joe Biden’s approval rating fell to a new low amid expectations of economic recession.    According to data collected by Civiqs, Biden’s job approval fell to 32 percent in June, which down from 34 percent in May.    This marks its lowest level since the Democrat took office last year.
    A whopping 57 percent of respondents said they do not approve of Biden’s job performance.    In addition to this, the President’s net approval ratings are now negative in 48 states, which is up from 47 states last month with the exception of Hawaii and Vermont.    Biden now has a national net approval rating of -25 and most respondents are concerned about his poor handling of the economy.
    Meanwhile, Biden’s officials have continued to downplay risks of an economic downturn, despite economists warning of 72 percent odds of a recession.    In an interview Sunday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen claimed consumer spending is strong and it supports economic growth, despite shrinking household incomes.
    “It’s natural now that we expect a transition to steady and stable growth, but I don’t think a recession is at all inevitable,” Yellen asserted.
    Economists have said rising federal interest rates and runaway inflation are undermining financial well-being of Americans.    In the meantime, investors have said a recession is likely.    According to Bloomberg Economics models, the odds of this happening is now at 72 percent.
    Despite all the warnings, Yellen also called to remove some tariffs on China that were imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018 as the Biden administration claims such restrictions serve “no strategic purpose.”

6/20/2022 Trump Speaks Out On Endorsement Of Rep. McCarthy by OAN NEWSROOM
Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Former President Donald Trump recently clarified his endorsement of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was for his re-election and not for House speaker.
    In a recent interview with conservative talk show host Wayne Allyn Root, Trump was asked about the future of the Republican Party if they take over Congress after the midterms.    Root also brought up the possibility of Trump running for House speaker himself after November, but Trump declined to say if he would or not.
    Political analysts predict Republicans have a strong chance to take the majority of the lower chamber because of the national environment and Democrats not adequately addressing important issues to voters like inflation.

6/20/2022 Pro-Abortion Demonstrators Protest Outside Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Home by OAN NEWSROOM
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett speaks with Board of Trustees Chairman Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.,
at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation in Simi Valley, Calif., Monday, April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
    Pro-abortion activists were spotted protesting outside of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s home.    A youth activist group known as ‘Rise Up for Abortion Rights‘ brought baby dolls and wore clothes with blood to illustrate women getting abortions outside Barret’s home in Falls Church, Virginia over the weekend.     Barrett is considered a pro-life justice and part of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.    The group claimed it’s calling on the “pro-choice majority” of the nation to stop the court from overturning Roe v. Wade.
    This comes as a recent poll indicated most Americans believe it’s wrong to protest outside the homes of justices. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has previously stressed anyone threatening violence outside a judge’s home must be charged with a federal crime.
    “They should enforce federal law because there is a law that explicitly prohibits protesting at the homes of justices, jurors or prosecutors,” said Cotton.    “Joe Biden should go out and say law enforcement will put an end to it tonight.    If any person gets close to a justices home they should be charged with a federal crime.”
    As protests have intensified, the Senate passed legislation to boost security for the justices.    The Supreme Court Police Party Act is expected to provide details similar to those given to members of Congress and White House officials.    Nonetheless, protesters have suggested this won’t be the last time they demonstrate outside the home of a Supreme Court justice.

6/20/2022 Sen. Barrasso: Biden Admin. Has ‘Smug Superiority’ Complex by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks with reporters after a Republican caucus
luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) called out Democrat elites in Washington, D.C. for gas-lighting the American people amid the inflation crisis.    During an interview on Sunday, the Republican said the Biden administration is out of touch with reality when it comes to its economic policies.     Barrasso asserted that Biden administration officials don’t understand the impact of their policies because many, including Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, get driven to work in limousines.    He also added, top Democrats don’t have to worry about feeding their families like regular Americans do.
    “What the administration: Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Transportation, what Joe Biden want them to spend their money on are electric vehicles,” stated the Wyoming lawmaker.    “They don’t want them to buy a house, they want them to buy electric vehicles…and I have to say, never again should we be dependent on China.”
    John Catsimatidis · Sen. John Barrasso – Wyoming has plenty of natural resources.    Just need to mine.
    Barrasso went on to say the Biden administration has the power to solve the supply chain, energy and inflation crises.    However, he Biden’s officials are choosing to depend on other countries’ supplies of valuable goods instead.

6/20/2022 Migrant Children Crossings Rising At Southern Border by OAN NEWSROOM
Migrants cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico at the Rio Grande River,
as they enter El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    Officials from the Biden administration have reported an alarming number of unaccompanied migrant children attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.    Just in the month of May, Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 14,000 of unaccompanied minors.    This represents an increase of nearly 22 percent since April and the largest month since July 2021, which peaked to nearly 19,000.
    Although Biden plans to combat the crisis with his Los Angeles declaration plan, analysts doubt his measures will make any difference as they do not appear to directly address the issue.
    “First, stability and assistance, making sure that communities welcoming refugees can afford to care for them, to educate them, medical care, shelter and job opportunities,” stated the President.    “Second, increasing pathways for legal migration throughout the region as well as protections for refugees.”
    However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) made additional efforts to protect his state from Biden’s immigration crisis.    On Friday, he directly addressed the issue announcing his petition to the Florida Supreme Court to create a statewide grand jury to investigate human smuggling networks.
    “The purpose of the grand jury will be to investigate individuals and organizations that are actively working with foreign nationals, drug cartels, coyotes to illegally smuggle minors, some as young as two-years-old across the border and into Florida,” DeSantis explained.    “This is just wrong what they’re doing and we are going to go after it.    The grand jury will also investigate the methods that these smugglers use to transport so-called unaccompanied alien children across the southern border and any criminal activity that is associated with these operations.”
    Among his other initiatives is to sign a bill that penalizes contractors hired by the federal government that transports unauthorized immigrants to Florida.
    In Biden’s fiscal year of 2021 alone, the Customs and Border Protection reported 1.7 million encounters with illegal migrants at the southern border, which is the highest number ever recorded in a single year.    This came despite his pledge to fix the immigration crisis he claimed former President Donald Trump.
    Currently, the average number of unaccompanied children apprehended is nearly 14,000 per month.

6/20/2022 Govt. Economists Fail To Say Recession Is Coming by OAN NEWSROOM
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (right) meets with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
of Finance Chrystia Freeland in Toronto, on Monday, June 20, 2022. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
    The messaging seems to be clear among economists within the Biden administration: don’t say recession.    They appear to be reluctant to say a recession is looming, despite warning the economy is likely to slow down.
    Several of Biden’s economists were scattered around on several corporate news outlets, where they asserted inflation will likely “not come down to the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent target” and the US economy will “slow down” yet a recession is “not inevitable.”
    President of the Cleveland Fed, Loretta Mester said she agreed with Fed Chairman Jerome Powell that the Central Bank cannot do much more than it already has done.    Powell announced last week that the Fed is going to hike the interest rate by 75 basis points, which is 50 percent more than they originally planned.
    Mester asserted, this will aim to moderate demand for goods and services, so that it can get back in balance with the supply side of the economy.    However, she went on to blame external factors for high prices of gas, while pointing to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    “Of course there are other things going on as well,” said Mester.    The Ukraine situation which is a tragedy has really led to the prices.    Other things were moving on the supply side as well.    No doubt, supply conditions remain constrained longer than I think anyone thought.”
    Meanwhile, Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen echoed the administration’s talking point that the economy under Biden was booming until it suddenly went bust.    Yellen claimed the labor market is the strongest in decades, despite record number of people quitting their jobs.    She also blamed Russia for America’s high energy and food prices.    She stressed, the only way to manage the economic crises is to submit to Biden’s climate agenda.
    “I think that producers were partly caught unaware by the strength of the recovery in the economy and weren’t ready to meet the needs of the economy,” Yellen expressed.    “High prices should induce them to increase supplies over time and look at some medium-term matter.    The way in which we can assure reasonable energy expenses for household is to move to renewables, to address climate change.    That’s the way to free us from GO political movements and gas prices.”
    Additionally, Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese downplayed the negative impacts of Biden’s economic policies.    He noted the long discredited practice of calling the sky-high inflation rates as “transitory” and also tried to say there are immensely positive things Biden has done.
    “We need to navigate through this transition in a way that gets us to stable growth without giving up on all the economic gains that we’ve made,” expressed Deese.
    However, former the US Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, Larry Summers, said a recession is in fact on the horizon.    Many experts have credited Summers as one of the most prophetic critics who accurately predicted the economic crises coming into fruition.    He asserted that record inflation, food and energy prices are all signs that point to a recession.    The former top economist said there are several things the government can do to pullout of the economic crisis.
    “If at long last we can have some kind of bipartisan budget bill with three elements,” stated Summers.    “Reduction of pharmaceutical prices put in place, the partial repeal of the Trump tax cuts and more energy supply approach.”
    In the meantime, the Fed is gearing up to unleash another massive interest rate hike if the inflation rate that will continue to soar.    Critics of the Biden administration have urged officials to stop playing the blame game and work towards fixing their mistakes.
    Several polls have shown American voters are looking to make a change in the midterm elections.    They want to see better economic policies in America.

6/20/2022 Teen Killed, 3 Others Injured In D.C. During Shooting At ‘Moechella’ Music Event by OAN NEWSROOM
Crime scene police tape in front of blue and red police lights at night. Image by Gerd Altmann
    A 15-year-old is dead and several others are injured, including a police officer following a shooting at a music festival.    The incident happened in D.C. Sunday, during a music festival called “Moechella” celebrating Juneteenth with hundreds in attendance.
    A fight and another incident reportedly led to some people being trampled and injured, prompting police to disperse the event before the shooting occurred.    Officials noted that this was an “unpermitted” event.    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stressed the importance of ensuring proper planning to prevent tragedies like this.
    “We have a child who was killed today at an event that did not have any proper planning for the number of people who are here in with guns involved,” Bowser said.    “With our police managing a crowd on site, somebody used a gun and a child is dead.    The chief and I will continue to make sure we have the resources we need on these corridors and all of our corridors, but we need some accountability here.”
    Authorities said they recovered several firearms in the area, including a gun from one of the victims shot at the event.    Officials have yet to release the identity of the teenage victim who died in the incident as their investigation continues.
    “There’s a theme that you see here,” voiced Police Chief Robert J. Contee III.    “Illegal firearms in the hands of people who should not have them make events like this unsafe for people who just want to enjoy the beautiful weather, who want to enjoy Father’s Day and want to enjoy our city.    This is unacceptable.”
    According to police, the injured are in stable condition.    They have not recovered the firearm used in the shooting.

6/20/2022 American Airlines Cuts Flights Due To Pilot Shortages by OAN NEWSROOM
A passenger wearing a mask enters a line to drop off his bag with Delta airlines at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
    Staffing issues forced American Airlines to cut service to three US cities.    Beginning September 7, American will no longer offer service to Toledo, Ohio, Ithaca, New York and Islip, New York. This due to pilot shortages.
    “In response to the regional pilot shortage affecting the airline industry, American Airlines has made the difficult decision to end service,” American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Koos said in a statement.    “We’re extremely grateful for the care and service our team members provided to our customers in Islip, Ithaca and Toledo and are working closely with them during this time.”
    The decision came on the heels of thousands of flight cancellations and delays in recent months.    More and more people are traveling for the first time since the pandemic, putting a strain on the industry.    The airline also said they are making changes to eight other routes, which they claim will better match the current demand environment.
    “The new PSA agreements will not only help PSA hire and retain quality pilots, but will set the standard for other regional carriers to follow suit,” John Ebbert, chair of the ALPA’s PSA pilot group stated.
    Multiple airlines have begun to cut flights from their daily schedule.    Delta Airlines cut 100 flights between July 1 and August 7.    Southwest Airlines cut 20,00 flights.
    Large numbers of Americans are taking trips for the first time since the start of the pandemic.    This has caused travel demand to surge.    The Transportation Security Administration said it screened about 2.44 million people at airports on Friday, a total greater than any other day since November 28, 2021.
    Airline executives are also struggling to keep up with rising fuel costs, which has left them little choice but to increase fares.

6/20/2022 Rep. Biggs To Hold Off-Site ‘Bidenflation, Biden’s Energy Crisis’ Hearing by OAN NEWSROOM
Chairman Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., speaks as Federal Reserve Board chairman Jerome Powell testifies on the
Federal Reserve’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during a House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee
on the Coronavirus hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    A top House Democrat is already making contingency plans for if President Joe Biden decides not to run in 2024 elections.    Speaking on CNN on Monday, House Democrat Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said his number one choice to replace Biden on the Democrat ticket would be his Border Czar Kamala Harris.    He went on to backpedal his position and claimed “a Biden presidency is what America needs right now.”
    “You know, there’s no question in my mind that Joe Biden is doing exactly what needs to be done for this great country of ours,” Clyburn replied.    “We all know that our Democracy is teetering on edge.    We need a Joe Biden to get us through this rough patch and I think he’s doing great with that.    We know that his forecast includes Vice President Harris.    I support her.    I’m just saying that if he chooses not to run again, first on my list after him would be Kamala Harris.”
    This comes amid reports that Democrats are increasingly skeptical of a possible Biden run in 2024, as he has vowed to run again.    Democrats are also expected to lose in this year’s midterms.    American’s have begun to decry Biden’s handling of the economy, foreign policy and the social issues facing of America.
    “I think a lot depends upon what the issues are after the midterm elections,” he explained.    “What kind of impact his policies will have on the outcome of that election and I think that he will make a decision based upon that.    I think that Democratic voters will be doing that as well.    Everybody knows that none of us are getting any younger.    We all tend to adjust our activities based upon what time it is at any given juncture.    He’ll do the same.”
    However, Clyburn did admit that Biden is at an advanced age and he may not be up for a second term.

6/20/2022 Ala. Sen. Candidate Katie Britt Touts America First Agenda by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt talks to supporters
during her watch party on May 24, 2022, in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo/Butch Dill, File)
    Trump-endorsed Katie Britt (R) made her final plea to voters.    She made her case for why she is the best candidate to serve as US Senate seat in Alabama and aimed to take on Washington elites.    As she spoke to Breitbart News, the Trump-backed candidate stressed she will fight for the hardworking people of the Cotton State.
    Britt said she has shifted along with Republican voters from a party run by big business to a party run by the people.    She lamented, people in Washington don’t get the struggles of the average American.
    “I think these career politicians just don’t get it anymore,” expressed Britt.    They’ve been there too long and they just don’t understand what hard working people are going through.    People cannot afford gas.    We must become not only energy independent, but energy dominant.    Every dollar the government spends, the dollar in our pocket is worthless.”
    Britt went on to vow to bring back several America First policies, especially when it comes to securing the southern border.    She said President Joe Biden’s failed foreign policies in countries, including Afghanistan are exacerbating the migrant crisis and are radicalizing terrorists who are illegally entering the US.    Additionally, Britt said she will work to pass legislation that aims to reduce immigration and create a merit-based system for foreigners to become American citizens.
    “You can go all the way back to Ted Kennedy’s 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act,” she voiced.    You see the shift that occurred there and it wasn’t for the better.    We’ve got to stand up for hard working Alabamians and Americans.    We got to end the chain migration system and create an actual merit-based immigration system.    We’ve got to find a way to increase wages so that people can provide for their family and have a pathway to success.”
    Meanwhile, several Republicans have backed Britt’s bid for Senate in favor of her primary opponent and current Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).    Trump unendorsed Brooks earlier this year over the Representative’s lackluster stance on election integrity and lambasted him for having no loyalties but to himself.
    However, after Britt got the “Trump bump” she received glowing endorsements from high profile Republicans, including South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C) and Trump’s former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
    Several America First candidates, including Adam Laxalt (R) in Nevada, Doug Mastriano (R) in Pennsylvania and JD Vance (R) in Ohio, won in their primaries and are headed to the November general election.    Britt hopes this new band of America First patriots will coalesce to make America great again.
    The runoff election between Britt and Brooks is expected to take place Tuesday.

6/20/2022 2 Killed, 5 Shot During Family BBQ In Texas by OAN NEWSROOM
LOUISVILLE, KY – FEBRUARY 11: Caution tape used to section off an icy area of sidewalk
is seen on February 11, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
    Authorities in Texas are searching for the suspect in connection with a shooting, which left two people dead and five others injured.    The San Antonio Police Department said a drive-by shooter opened fire while a family was barbecuing in their front yard Saturday night.
    “It sounded like fireworks because none of that ever happens here,” a young man who lives down the street said.
    Police said about 20 to 30 shots came from the vehicle.    They added that two of the victims were women and the remaining five were men.    Two men were killed and five others were transported to the hospital with wounds from gunfire, police said. Authorities noted six children were inside the home and all were left unharmed.
    “I still hear the little girl screaming.    She was just screaming.    And I could hear a lady screaming.    And I mean, it was, it was like a nightmare.    You’re not safe anywhere.    Not even at church, not even at school.    It’s getting bad, it’s getting worse,” an anonymous neighbor expressed.
    While there is no clear motive, officials believe the shooting may be related to another incident due to the vehicle matching a description.    Investigators believe the incident was not random, but targeted.

6/20/2022 Secy. Blinken Speaks At Three Seas Initiative Summit by OAN NEWSROOM
Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Senegal’s Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall,
at the State Department in Washington, Friday, June 17, 2022. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool photo via AP)
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke virtually at the Three Seas Initiative Summit.    He delivered a speech by video to representatives several European Union member nations in Latvia on Monday.    He appeared to give them advice the Biden administration isn’t taking itself.
    Blinken emphasized energy independence and developing infrastructure, despite the administration killing energy projects on US soil.    He acknowledged that increasing energy independence will make countries less vulnerable to coercion from Russia through oil exports.
    “The region’s roads, rails and airfields have been used by NATO to move personnel and equipment in order to reinforce the alliance’s eastern flank,” stated Secretary of State.    “They’ve been used to get lifesaving humanitarian and security assistance into Ukraine and to get nearly 6 million civilians out of Ukraine, most of whom have found refuge and remarkable generosity in your countries.”
    Blinken also touted the “critical importance of strong transportation infrastructure” amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    He also said the US will commit new funding to the Three Seas Initiative Fund.

6/20/2022 Oil down $0.46 to $108.78, DOW down 38 to 29,889.

6/21/2022 ‘I’m considering it’ - BIDEN SAYS DECISION ON GAS TAX HOLIDAY MAY COME THIS WEEK by Aamer Madhani and Josh Boak, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Gas prices continue to skyrocket in Arizona, as this gas station shows
a typical price to pay for gas June 7 in Phoenix. ROSS D. FRANKLIN/AP
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – President Joe Biden said Monday that he will decide by the end of the week whether to order a holiday on the federal gasoline tax, possibly saving U.S. consumers as much as 18.4 cents a gallon.
    “Yes, I’m considering it,” Biden told reporters after taking a walk along the beach near his vacation home in Delaware.    “I hope to have a decision based on the data – I’m looking for by the end of the week.”
    The administration is increasingly looking for ways to spare the public from higher prices at the pump, which began to climb last year and surged after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.    Gas prices nationwide are averaging just under $5 a gallon, according to AAA.
    Biden said members of his team were to meet this week with CEOs of the major oil companies to discuss rising prices.    Biden lashed out at oil companies, saying they are making excessive profits when people are feeling the crunch of skyrocketing costs at the pump and inflation.    But Biden said he would not be meeting the oil executives himself.
    “I want an explanation for why they aren’t refining more oil,” Biden said.
    “It’s been a substantial burden on American households and I think, while not perfect, it is something that should be under some consideration as a policy to address it.”
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
    The Biden administration has already released oil from the U.S. strategic reserve and increased ethanol blending for the summer, in addition to sending a letter last week to oil refiners urging them to increase their refining capacity.    Yet those efforts have yet to reduce price pressures meaningfully, such that the administration is now considering a gas tax holiday.    Taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel help to pay for highways.
    The Penn Wharton Budget Model released estimates Wednesday showing that consumers saved at the pump because of gas tax holidays in Connecticut, Georgia and Maryland.    The majority of the savings went to consumers, instead of service stations and others in the energy sector.
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” cautioned that “part of the challenge with the gas tax, of course, is that it funds the roads.”
    But Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday noted “consumers are really hurting from higher gas prices” and remained open to a gas tax holiday.
    “It’s been a substantial burden on American households and I think, while not perfect, it is something that should be under some consideration as a policy to address it,” Yellen said in Toronto at a joint press conference Monday with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.
    Oil refiners say their ability to produce additional gas and diesel fuel is limited, meaning that prices could remain high unless demand starts to wane.
    The American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers sent a joint letter to Biden on Wednesday that said refineries are operating near their maximum capacity already and nearly half of the capacity taken offline was due to the facilities converting to renewable fuel production.
    “Today’s situation did not materialize overnight and will not be quickly solved,” the letter said.    “To protect and foster U.S. energy security and refining capacity, we urge to you to take steps to encourage more domestic energy production,” including new infrastructure and reducing regulatory burdens.
    Strolling on the beach with his daughter Ashley, granddaughter Naomi, and his granddaughter’s fiancé, Biden stopped frequently to chat with beachgoers who were spending the Juneteenth federal holiday at the beach.
    He took a moment to offer assurances about inflation – the consumer price index increased to a nearly 40-year high of 8.6% in May from the same month a year ago – and growing warnings from economists that a recession may be around the corner.
    “We’re going to get through this, guys,” Biden told one group of beachgoers.
    Last week, the Federal Reserve stepped up its drive to tame inflation by raising its key interest rate by threequarters of a point – its largest increase in nearly three decades – and signaled more large rate increases to come.
    Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that in his estimation, “the dominant probability would be that by the end of next year we would be seeing a recession in the American economy.”
    Biden said he spoke with Summers, who served as treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, on Monday morning.
    “There’s nothing inevitable about a recession,” Biden said.
Adam Wright looks over gas prices at Casey’s gas station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday. Wright, who works as
a security guard, says that he has had to cancel some travel plans and to limit his driving in order to stretch a tank
of gas for several weeks instead of refueling due to increasing gas prices. NICK ROHLMAN/THE GAZETTE VIA AP

6/21/2022 Mo. Senate Candidate Greitens Urges Supporters To Order Their ‘RINO Hunting Permit’ In Campaign Ad by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, speaks at the Taney County Lincoln Day event at the
Chateau on the Lake in Branson, Mo., April 17, 2021. Greitens, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in
Missouri, has posted a campaign video ad on Twitter that shows him brandishing a long gun and declaring that
he’s hunting RINOs, or Republicans In Name Only. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)
    Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens is facing backlash for his recent campaign video with both Facebook and Twitter censoring him for it.    The 38-second ad shows the retired Navy SEAL holding and cocking a gun, while urging constituents to order their RINO (Republicans In Name Only) permits.”
    Greitens went on to suggest it’s “open season” for Republicans caving to the left.    As of Monday, the video had already received 2.7 million views.    Both Facebook and Twitter said it violated their rules with Facebook going as far as to remove the video completely.
    The ad is still viewable on Twitter, but it was flagged it for “abusive behavior.” However, the platform noted “it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”    Meanwhile, Greitens’ team said if anyone doesn’t get the metaphor, they are either “lying or dumb.”

6/21/2022 VP Harris Botches History Lesson On Slavery by OAN NEWSROOM
Vice President Kamala Harris visits with families for a celebration of Juneteenth at the
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Monday, June 20, 2022, in Washington.
Standing alongside Harris is her husband Doug Emhoff. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate Juneteenth.    On Monday, she was greeted by cheers from a group of elementary school children who were visiting the museum.
    The Vice President spoke about the importance of Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Her history lesson was met with criticism due to her claims that slavery lasted for 400 years in the US, despite historical records indicating that it actually lasted for less than 250 years.
    “I think that we all know today is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom,” Harris stated.    “And think about it in terms of the context of history, knowing that black people in America were not free for 400 years of slavery.“
    The White House has since issued a responding, suggesting Harris was referring to the amount of time since slavery was first practiced in the country.

6/21/2022 Sen. Kennedy: Public Trusts Media Like They Trust Gas Station Sushi by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to examine the
American Jobs Plan, focusing on infrastructure, climate change, and investing in our nation’s future on
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) recently criticized mainstream media for trying to stir up partisan hatred against Republicans.    During a Monday interview, the Louisiana lawmaker specifically decried the actions of staffers working for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
    Last week, a group of seven CBS employees were arrested for walking the halls of the US Capitol without badges.    They were reportedly trying to catch Republican lawmakers off guard, while attempting to interview them through the “dog puppet” character called “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.”
    Kennedy said the American people know this was an attempt to make Republicans look bad.    He added, Americans don’t take mainstream media seriously.
    “I’ve said it in another context, that’s why the American people — they are not fooled,” stated the Republican.    “They trust the media now like they trust gas station sushi.    And the media, everybody knows that — not everybody, but many members of the media — have no self-awareness.    They think they are fooling the American people.”
    Sen. Kennedy also said narratives curated by mainstream media are fueling hysterical outcries against conservatives.    These include protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices violent unrest and cancel culture.
    Colbert defended his staff during an episode of the show following their arrest by Capitol Police.    He noted authorities are more cautious now while alluding the reasoning to be on part of the January 6 protests.    Nonetheless, the seven staffers were charged with unlawful entry after disturbance call.
    According to a Capitol Police statement, “This is an active criminal investigation and may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”

6/21/2022 Biden: High Gas Prices ‘Good Opportunity’ For Renewable Energy by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden stops and speaks to members of the media as he walks on the beach with his granddaughter
Natalie Biden and daughter Ashley Biden, in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Monday, June 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    President Joe Biden is facing backlash for saying high gas prices are a “good opportunity” for the country to transition to green energy.    While speaking to reporters at a Delaware beach Monday, he defended his approach to runaway inflation and his so-called “clean” energy policies.
    “My dear mother used to have this expression: for everything lousy, something good will happen if you look hard enough for it,” Biden stated.    “We have a chance here to make a fundamental turn towards renewable energy.    Electric vehicles.    Not just electric vehicles, but across the board.”
    His comments were immediately interpreted as “tone deaf” to most Americans, who are now paying more than $5 a gallon for gas.    The President said he will decide by the end of the week whether to pause the federal gas tax.
    Meanwhile, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) appears to break with the some of the White House’s claims about the economy.    During an interview Monday, the Democrat said “for a lot of people” we are in a recession.    He added, “if you can’t afford gas you are in a recession.”
    Clyburn’s comments appear to contradict President Biden’s insistence that a recession is not inevitable as his administration attempts to alleviate high inflation.    Despite Biden’s claims, recent polling indicates most Americans already believe the nation is in a recession.

6/21/2022 Biden’s Old Age Has Democrats Worried For 2024 by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden speaks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5,
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    A top House Democrat is already making contingency plans should Joe Biden decide not to run in the 2024 presidential election.     While speaking to reporters Monday, House Democrat Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said his number one choice to replace Biden on the Democrat ticket would be Vice President Kamala Harris.
    However, Clyburn went on to backpedal his position, while claiming “a Biden presidency is what America needs right now.”    Nonetheless, he did admit Biden is at an advanced age and he may not be up for a second term.
    Meanwhile, David Gergen, who served as an advisor to four presidents, reiterated his belief that Biden and Donald Trump should not run for president in 2024. Gergen added, Biden, who’s currently 79-years-old and Trump, who’s now 76, should “step back from these elections because of their age.”
    “To take office, the most complex office in the world and most powerful office in the world, one where, you know, the president makes one mistake in judgment and there can be calamitous results,” he explained.    “I think that someone who is in their 80s is not an appropriate person to be making those kind of decisions over a four-year period.”
    Gergen went on to say that a president’s age and the challenges that come with it needs to be explored more fully by medical professionals.
    “I just think it’s a mistake for either party to put forward people who are going to be essentially trying to run the country in their 80s,” he noted.
    In the meantime, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Democrat insiders are skeptical of a possible Biden run in 2024, but are reluctant to come forward and oust him.    They said their concern lies with Biden’s age and spiraling approval rating as the Biden administration is overseeing record high inflation rates, gas and food prices.
    Other reports have noted the large appetite for Republican policies as experts predict a red wave is coming this November.    Polls have shown Americans want new leadership in the White House, one that puts the people first.

6/21/2022 Oil up $0.00 to $109.24, DOW up 643 to 30,532.

6/22/2022 Beshear’s plan to cut gasoline prices denied by Eleanor McCrary, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear’s request to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency to temporarily trade more pollution for lower gas prices has been denied.
    Since the 1990s, EPA has required areas with high levels of smog to sell reformulated gasoline, known as RFG.    This gasoline burns more cleanly and reduces toxic pollutants in the air.
    EPA says RFG is responsible for 75 million people breathing cleaner air.
    It also costs 20 to 30 cents more per gallon than other kinds of gasoline, Beshear said earlier.
    With gas prices in Louisville close to $5 a gallon, some have had to choose between food or fueling their cars for the week.
    “I get why (RFG requirements) are in place,” Beshear said.    “But our families are suffering in paying for gas.”
    Locally, the RFG mandate is in place for Jefferson County and parts of Bullitt and Oldham counties.
    John Mura, the spokesperson for the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet, said while the EPA has denied the request, it is continuing to monitor the situation.
    “While we’ve been told ‘no,’ we’ve been told ‘no’ for now.    We’re going to keep pushing in different ways,” Beshear said Tuesday.
    He has also encouraged the federal government to suspend the federal gas tax and said it would “provide a much greater level of assistance all over the country.”
    “My hope is if they do that, everybody, no matter what letter is behind their name or how they feel or how they describe themselves, would support that step,” Beshear said.
    Beshear has also issued an emergency regulation to prevent a 2-cents-per-gallon increase to the state’s gas tax, which was set to automatically go into effect July 1.
    The same morning Beshear said he was requesting the EPA lift the order — June 9 — a group of local Republican lawmakers held a press conference at a BP station near the state fairgrounds, calling on Beshear to make the request.
    “If you have a family of four and you’re going to load up your SUV today, you’re paying 32 cents more per gallon than you need to be,” Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, said at the time.    “We’re trying to get that changed for the hardworking taxpayers of Jefferson, Oldham and Bullitt counties, and you can feel that within a week.”
    Staff writer Billy Kobin contributed to this report.
    Reach news intern Eleanor McCrary at

6/22/2022 Draghi’s Coalition Roiled as Minister Quits Party on Ukraine by Chiara Albanese - Bloomberg
    (Bloomberg) -- The largest party in Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s governing coalition split on Tuesday after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio quit the group over its refusal to back military support for Ukraine.
© Bloomberg Giuseppe Conte, Italy's prime minister, right, speaks to Luigi Di Maio, Italy's deputy prime minister, left,
after delivering his maiden speech to the Senate in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Civil law professor Conte, 53,
was vaulted from faculty battles at Florence University to the head of a potentially fractious coalition when Luigi Di Maio of the
Five Star Movement and League Leader Matteo Salvini needed an outsider to reconcile their different priorities.
    Di Maio told reporters in Rome that he was leaving the Five Star Movement, which he used to lead, and would start a new parliamentary group.    The decision follows days of back and forth with former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the current Five Star leader.
    The move is the biggest political shake-up in Draghi’s government since he became premier last year, but it does not threaten his majority in both houses of Parliament, where his coalition has a comfortable majority.    Conte has signaled he intends to continue to support Draghi’s government.
    But following the shake-up, Matteo Salvini’s League will become the largest party in the coalition, giving him a stronger voice on his core policy platforms, including blocking tax rises and pushing for more state aid.
    Conte is opposed to sending weapons to Ukraine, conflicting with the government’s stance.    Draghi has been one of the most outspoken backers for the country and traveled to Kyiv earlier this month to voice support for Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union.
Italy's Mario Draghi arrives in Kyiv for talks with Zelesnky
    Five Star “had the duty to support the government without ambiguity,” Di Maio said.    “At this historical juncture, supporting European and Atlanticist values cannot be considered a fault.”
    The debate has divided both Italy’s public opinion and Draghi’s wide coalition government.    The rift widened this week ahead of a closely watched parliamentary debate on Italy’s position on the war.
    Di Maio now plans to set up a separate parliamentary group.    At least 60 out of 227 Five Star lawmakers are set to join him, according to news agency Ansa.    Conte instead is considering leaving Draghi’s coalition and offering his support only on ad hoc basis, according to people familiar with the matter.    Five Star said in a statement they had no plan to quit the government.
    Five Star came first in Italy’s 2018 elections but has since fallen dramatically in the polls.    While Draghi on Tuesday vowed to continue providing aid and defended the European Union’s sanctions regime, 57-year-old Conte has called on the government to focus on reviving peace talks and halt weapons deliveries.
    The poor performance of the party under Conte’s leadership has been exacerbating internal tensions.    With his stance on the war in Ukraine, Conte has harmed Italy’s international image “without even succeeding” in shoring up the party’s electoral fortunes, Di Maio said.

6/22/2022 CNN has worst weekend since 2000 among critical demographic as viewers flee network by Brian Flood – FOX News
    Americans largely avoided CNN during Father’s Day weekend as the network continued to hemorrhage support from the demographic most coveted by advertisers, for the Atlantic, saying Biden should not run for reelection.
    CNN's John Harwood defends Biden's mental state amid age criticism
    CNN managed only 67,000 average viewers between ages 25-54 from June 18-19 for its smallest weekend audience since 2000 in the category that pays the bills.    It was the network’s third-worst performance in the critical demo during a weekend since 1993.
    It was also the network’s smallest audience on a Saturday among the demo since October 1993 when only 58,000 tuned in, and only the second time that CNN delivered under 60,000 demo viewers on a Saturday in 29 years.
    In total-day viewership, CNN had its smallest Saturday audience since 1997 and its smallest primetime audience on a Saturday since 2000.
    On Sunday, CNN’s "Reliable Sources" with left-wing host Brian Stelter averaged only 421,000 total viewers and a mere 56,000 among the demo.    It was the smallest audience for "Reliable Sources" since December 27, 2015, among total viewers and the smallest since Dec. 29, 2013, among the demo.
    Reruns of "Family Matters," "Roseanne," "The Office," "Shark Tank" and "Family Guy" all outdrew Stelter’s program among the 25-54 demo, as did children's programming such as "Peppa Pig" and "Spongebob SquarePants."    Over 5,000 cable telecasts topped "Reliable Sources" in the demo last week.
© (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana/Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNNCNN averaged only 67,000 viewers between ages 25-54
from June 18-19 for its smallest weekend audience since 2000 in the demographic coveted by advertisers. Pictured
are weekend anchors Brian Stelter and Jim Acosta. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana/Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN
    CNN’s rough weekend came after Friday concluded a miserable weekday stretch, averaging only 88,000 demo viewers June 15-17 for its worst three-weekday performance since June 2014.    For the week, CNN only aired two of the 100 most-watched cable telecasts CNN has shed viewers as recently appointed CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht is evaluating who should be shown the door, as he is "determined to tamp down spectacle" and restore the network’s hard news reputation it shed under Jeff Zucker.
© Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht is currently
evaluating all anchors and executives. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Discovery
    Licht is currently on a "listening tour" and evaluating the network’s anchors, pundits and executives to determine who deserves to stick around.    He previously announced CNN’s long-struggling morning show would be "re-imagined," but hasn’t announced other changes yet.    Those close to him don't know what he has planned.
    "I don’t know what changes he’ll ultimately make," a CNN insider told Fox News Digital.
    All ratings data courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

6/22/2022 Biden Warns Of Looming Pandemic While Promoting Child Vaccinations by OAN NEWSROOM
A vial of a children’s dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine sits in the foreground
as children play in a hospital room waiting to be able to receive the vaccine at Hartford Hospital
in Hartford, Connecticut on November 2, 2021. (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)
    As most of the country returns to normal, the Biden administration predicts another COVID-19 pandemic is on the horizon.    The President recently promoted vaccines for infants while providing an ominous warning of what’s yet to come.
    Joe Biden visited a Washington, D.C. vaccination clinic alongside White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ashish Jha to hail the latest FDA approved shots on Tuesday.    Children aged six months to 5-years-old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer and Moderna doses.
    During his speech, the President gave a stern warning against those who question the necessity of the vaccine for the age group.
    “I know some parents might have questions, I encourage you to talk to a doctor after you make a plan to get your child vaccinated for your children over five years of age,” Biden stated.    “For everyone else, get your shots, get your boosters.    And let’s be clear, elected officials shouldn’t get in the way and make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be vaccinated.”
    Biden’s remark was a thinly veiled jab at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) who has expressly said his state has no plan to distribute vaccines to children under the age of five.
    According to UNICEF, 0.4 percent of those infected with COVID under the age of 20 died from the virus with 42 percent of that figure being made up of children aged nine or younger.
    Although most municipalities have returned to pre-COVID protocols, Biden asserted his administration still requires funding to fight the virus.    When asked why, Biden warned the next plague may be just around the horizon.
    “But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually, we need more money to plan for the second pandemic,” he asserted.    “There’s going to be another pandemic, we have to think ahead.    And that’s not something the last outfit did very well, that’s something we’ve been doing fairly well.    That’s why we need the money.”
    The next most prevalent virus in the news cycle, Monkeypox, has had less than 3,000 reported cases worldwide since early May.

6/22/2022 Treasury Secy. Yellen Says Fed Is Responsible For Addressing Inflation by OAN NEWSROOM
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee during a hearing on proposed
fiscal year 2023 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    US Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen recently appeared to shift the responsibility of dealing with inflation away from the White House.    While speaking to reporters on Monday, she claimed the Federal Reserve is responsible for dealing with the American economy.
    Her statements came after the organization announced an interest rate hike in attempt to address inflation.    Prior to this, Yellen suggested the Biden administration was running out of options to address its mishandling of the economy.
    “The primary role for addressing inflation rests with the Federal Reserve,” she noted.    “That said, the President, President Biden would be supportive of some complimentary fiscal actions that would supplement and support what the Fed is doing.”
    Additionally, she took aim at 45th President Donald Trump’s economic plan by labeling it as a failed strategy, which did not boost private investments.    Her remarks came in spite of economists saying his tax plan increased business investments by over 10 percent with corporate investments being boosted by 15 percent.
    “We had very large tax cuts, corporate tax cuts, in the United States in 2017 intended to boost private investment,” said Yellen.    “They didn’t succeed in boosting private investment at all and I think if you look at the history, this has simply not been a lot to boost growth in the United States.”
    Meanwhile, President Joe Biden found another target to blame rising inflation on during his vacation in Delaware.
    “We also can move in the direction that we can provide for increasing the tax, taxes on those in the corporate area as well as individuals as it relates to Trump’s tax cut, which is inflationary,” stated the President.    “Going out and buying a yacht doesn’t help the economy a whole lot.”
    In the meantime, Biden remains in denial about his mishandling of the economy with economists raising concerns about a possible recession.

6/22/2022 Biden to Call for Three-Month Federal Gasoline Tax Suspension by Andrew Restuccia, Andrew Duehren, Tarini Parti – The Wall Street Journal
    WASHINGTON—President Biden is planning to call for a three-month suspension of the federal gasoline and diesel taxes, according to senior administration officials.
© Nick Rohlman/Gazette of Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Associated Press Biden to Call for Three-Month Federal Gasoline Tax Suspension
    Mr. Biden and his advisers have been discussing the issue for months in the midst of increasing political pressure to take action to address record-high gas prices.    The announcement is expected on Wednesday, officials said, when Mr. Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on gas prices at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
    A suspension of the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gasoline tax and 24.4-cents-a-gallon diesel tax through September would require congressional approval, so a move by Mr. Biden to throw his support behind the effort would be largely symbolic.
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday that he doesn’t know if Democrats have the votes in that chamber for the gas tax holiday Mr. Biden is proposing.
    Mr. Hoyer noted that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), along with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D., Ore.), had expressed reservations about it.    “The president of the United States has proposed it.    We’ll look at it,” Mr. Hoyer said.    “We all agree the price at the pump is hurting working Americans.”
    He said lawmakers would need to be assured that a gas tax holiday would actually bring the retail price of gas down for the consumer—not just the wholesaler or retailer—and that it wouldn’t deplete funds available for highways, bridges and other infrastructure projects.
    Republicans panned the proposal as a gimmick and bad policy.
    “President Biden’s proposal is like applying a Band-Aid to a gaping wound,” said Sen. Todd Young (R., Ind.) in a statement.    He said a gas tax holiday would have a short-term impact without actually increasing energy supply.
    “Consumers will respond by purchasing more gasoline, which will cause prices to rise, and ultimately there will be little benefit to families struggling with high fuel costs,” Mr. Young said.
    Sen. Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.) said in a statement, “Suspending the gas tax is nothing more than a knee-jerk political stunt providing minimal relief while blowing a hole in our infrastructure funding.”
    Mr. Biden will call on Congress to suspend those federal taxes without affecting the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for infrastructure spending and is funded by the gas tax, officials said, adding that the roughly $10 billion in costs could come from other revenue streams.    The president is also expected to ask state and local governments to suspend their gas taxes or offer rebates.
Biden to call for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes
    A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline averaged about $4.97 on Tuesday in the U.S., according to AAA.    That is down slightly from the record of just under $5.02, which was set June 14.
    Gas prices began increasing last year and surged to record levels following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    High prices on everything from food to fuel have weighed down Mr. Biden’s approval ratings, prompting concerns that Democrats could see major losses in the midterm elections.    Overall inflation is the highest in decades, running at 8.6% in May.
    Mr. Biden, who has said inflation is his top economic priority, has taken several steps in recent months to address high gas prices, with limited success.    The administration tapped oil supplies from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency waiver in April allowing gas stations to sell high ethanol content gasoline this summer, despite environmental concerns.
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has in recent weeks sought to modify elements of the European Union’s sanctions on Russia because of her concern about the impact they could have on global oil prices.
    Last week Mr. Biden urged U.S. oil refiners to expand capacity and accused the companies of profiteering as the public pays record prices at the pump. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is scheduled to meet with the heads of major U.S. oil refiners Thursday, according to the White House.
    Mike Wirth, the chief executive of Chevron Corp., one of the companies Mr. Biden urged to expand capacity, said in a letter to the president Tuesday that his administration has at times vilified the oil industry.    “We need clarity and consistency on policy matters ranging from leases and permits on federal lands, to the ability to permit and build critical infrastructure, to the proper role of regulation that considers both costs and benefits,” Mr. Wirth wrote.
    Asked by a reporter Tuesday for his response to the letter, Mr. Biden said of Mr. Wirth, “He’s mildly sensitive.    I didn’t know they’d get their feelings hurt that quickly.”
    Some of Mr. Biden’s advisers have raised concern in private that a suspension of the gas tax will do little to help consumers because the fee accounts for a small proportion of the overall cost of gas.
    In 2008, Barack Obama, then a candidate for president, called the idea a gimmick.    Jason Furman, a Harvard economist who was chair of Mr. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, wrote Tuesday on Twitter before news of Mr. Biden’s expected announcement became public: “Most of the 18.4 cent reduction would be pocketed by industry—with maybe a few cents passed on to consumers,” On Capitol Hill, lawmakers across the political spectrum have questioned the wisdom of the move.
    Mrs. Pelosi earlier this year said the arguments for suspending the gas tax were largely optical.    In March, she called the arguments for suspending the gas tax “very showbiz,” characterizing proponents as arguing, “Let’s just do something, there it is.”    She argued that the benefits of a suspension are “not necessarily landing in the pocket of the consumer.”
    Republicans have hammered Mr. Biden for high gas prices but dismissed the gas-tax suspension, instead urging more federal support for fossil-fuel production.
    Still, many Democrats who face competitive re-election races this fall have advocated for the move as they prepare to face voters upset about inflation.    Sen. Maggie Hassan (D., N.H.) said in a recent campaign ad that she was “taking on members of my own party to push a gas tax holiday.”
    “That’s how we lower costs and get through these times,” she said in the ad.
    The Biden administration is exploring other options for trying to lower inflation, including paring back tariffs on imports from China, though that idea also faces skepticism from some in the administration.
    Write to Andrew Restuccia at, Andrew Duehren at and Tarini Parti at

6/22/2022 Biden Calls On Congress To Suspend Federal Gas Tax For 3 Months by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – High gas prices are shown as a pedestrian waits to cross the street in Los Angeles, June 16, 2022. President Joe Biden on June 22
will call on Congress to suspend the federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months. It’s a move meant to ease financial pressures
at the pump that also reveals the political toxicity of high gas prices in an election year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
    President Joe Biden has asked Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for three months.    In a speech from the White House Wednesday, he suggested the move.    The Democrat also urged state and local governments to pause their fuel taxes as well.    The federal tax is 18 cents per a gallon of gas and 24 cents for diesel.
    The President also denied concerns that he’s not doing enough to increase domestic oil production.    He claimed the US is on track to set a record oil production next year.
    Biden also claimed a “gas tax holiday” would have no significant impact on funding for highways.    He said suspending the gas tax is not going to have much of an impact on major road construction or repairs.    His remarks comes as the Highway Trust Fund could potentially lose up to $20 billion in revenue if suspended.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) pointed out a gas tax holiday would relieve pain at the pump for Americans, but only temporarily.    In an interview Tuesday, the senator stated relief from suspending the gas tax would only help for about 12 days with how gas prices are going up every week.
    Scott also said the bigger conversation needs to be around restarting the Keystone XL pipeline to reintroduce confidence into the marketplace.    He explained that without a predictable and consistent energy policy, Biden is just moving figures around and not making a long-term impact.

6/22/2022 Proposed Senate Gun Bill Expands Background Checks, Mental Health & School Safety Programs by OAN NEWSROOM
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., crosses through a construction tunnel at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday,
June 22, 2022. After Senate bargainers reached agreement on a bipartisan gun violence bill, Schumer predicted Senate approval
later this week and passage by the Democratic-led House could follow quickly. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The Senate advanced an 80-page gun bill, shortly after its text was released.    On Tuesday, 14 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), joined Democrats to push the bill to debate in a 64-to-34 vote.
    The bill includes enhanced background checks for those under 21, funding for mental health and school safety, incentives for states to implement red flag laws and limits on the so-called boyfriend loophole.    The Senate is looking to pass the gun reform package before summer recess, which begins July 4.
    Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is sounding the alarm that Democrats are planning to flood the House with more gun control bills.    In an interview on Tuesday, he pointed out House Democrats have already passed several measures targeting Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
    The Arizona lawmaker added, more are set to come that go after ammunition and ammunition manufacturers.    Biggs also said. . a ban on so-called assault rifles could be put to a vote in the lower chamber.    However, Biggs stressed the bills sent to the Senate have not passed and will likely fail amid strong opposition from Republicans in the upper chamber.
    The National Rifle Association voiced their opposition to the bipartisan gun control bill proposed in the Senate.    In a press release Tuesday, the NRA said they would oppose the legislation while asserting it does little to address violent crime and could open the doors to unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners.    NRA officials said they will support legislation which addresses mental health and school safety.

6/22/2022 GOP: Schiff Lied About Russia ‘Collusion’ & Ukraine Impeachment by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,
speaks with members of the press after a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee slammed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) after the latest evidence of his lying to other members of Congress was revealed.    On Tuesday, the GOP House Judiciary said Schiff lied about “evidence” of debunked Russian collusion and he lied during Trump-Ukraine impeachment.
    The Republican lawmakers added, the January 6 Committee still presents Schiff as “credible,” despite his record of lying for partisan purposes.    Their remarks came after Politico reported Schiff misinterpreted text messages by Lev Parnas, who House Democrats accused of trying to “dig up dirt” on the Biden’s in Ukraine on behalf of Donald Trump.
Parnas mentioned “Mr. Z” who Schiff claimed was Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during impeachment hearings, while in reality Mr. Z” was Hunter Biden’s business partner Nikolai Zlochevsky.    Who is Zlochevsky?    He’s the founder and president of gas company Burisma.
    The House Judiciary Committee GOP members also released a video exposing Schiff’s lies
    Meanwhile, the Democrats claimed Parnas wanted to pressure Ukraine government to hurt the Biden family, but in reality, he was in communication with Hunter Biden’s business partner.

6/22/2022 Mayra Flores Becomes First Mexican Born Female In Congress by OAN NEWSROOM
In this Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, photo Republican congressional candidate Mayra Flores attends
a Cameron County Conservatives event in Harlingen, Texas. Flores argues that Democrats are forcing
Texans choose between their energy sector jobs and curbing climate change. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    GOP representatives welcomed newly elected Texas Republican Mayra Flores with open arms.    In a ceremony held on Tuesday, Flores was sworn in with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) making the historical announcement.
    Flores made history by becoming the first Mexican-born woman to hold a seat in Congress. This came one week after she won a special election with over 51 percent of the vote for Texas’s 34th District, which predominantly leaned Democrat up until her historic victory.
    “Nothing’s greater than the American story, nothing is greater than Myra Flores’s story,” said McCarthy.    “It’s not just that she was born in Mexico.    It’s not just what she was able to achieve, but think about the seat in which she won.    It is a seat that the Republican Party has not had in more than 100 years of the Rio Grande Valley.”
    Flores, who is the daughter of a GOP organizer, had the following message for Democrat politicians.
    “I was born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, Mexico, raised with strong values to always put God and family first,” she stated.    “My father, Saul Flores, moved us to the United States because of the promise of America, he told me.    In this country, if you work hard, you can accomplish anything.    My story proves he is right.    But right now, our people are struggling. They are taken for granted.    That ends now.”
    She believes her story can inspire others to achieve the American dream despite the current rhetoric surrounding so-called white privilege.
    “I am a proud Border Patrol wife and a mother fighting for a better future for our children,” Flores continued.    “I want to inspire every child that today is working in the fields — strawberry, onions, cotton field and you name it — I want you to know that you can become a congressman, a congresswoman if you work hard.”
    Flores will fill the vacated seat until January, but is set to square off against Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez in the general election in November.

6/22/2022 Oil down $3.93 to $105.74, DOW down 47 to 30,483.

6/23/2022 Fed chairman contradicts Biden, says Russia’s Ukraine invasion not the main inflation driver by Bradford Betz – FOX News
    Can the Fed attain a soft landing as the central bank tries to curb red-hot inflation?     Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday appeared to contract President Biden’s repeated insistence that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the primary driver behind inflation in the U.S.     During a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., got Powell to admit that inflation was high well before Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.
© AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to the
Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, as he presents the Monetary Policy Report
to the committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Washington. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
    Hagerty noted that in December 2021, inflation has risen to 7% – up from 1.4% in January 2021, when President Biden took office.    Since Russian tanks rolled across the border of Ukraine, inflation has risen incrementally to its current level of 8.6%.
    With these statistics stated, Hagerty asked Powell if he believed the war in Ukraine was the "primary driver" of inflation as the Biden administration has tried to portray.
    "No inflation was high … certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out," Powell said.
    "I’m glad to hear you say that.    The Biden administration seems to be intent on deflecting blame," Hagerty said, noting that as recently as Sunday, the administration "spread the misinformation that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was the ‘biggest single driver of inflation.’"
    "I’m glad you agree with me that that is not the truth," Hagerty told Powell.
    Powell has sought to reassure the public that the Fed will raise interest rates high and fast enough to quell inflation, without tightening credit so much as to throttle the economy and cause a recession.
© REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Gas prices grow along with inflation as this sign at
a gas station shows in San Diego, California, U.S. November, 9, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
    The central bank's accelerating rate increases – it started with a quarter-point hike in its key short-term rate in March, then a half-point increase in May, then three-quarters of a point last week – has alarmed investors and led to sharp declines in the financial markets.
    Powell's testimony comes exactly a week after the Fed announced its three-quarters-of-a-point increase, its biggest hike in nearly three decades, to a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. With inflation at a 40-year high, the Fed's policymakers also forecast a more accelerated pace of rate hikes this year and next than they had predicted three months ago, with its key rate reaching 3.8% by the end of 2023. That would be its highest level in 15 years.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

6/23/2022 6 Major Cities Note Violent Crime Increases From Record 2021 Levels by OAN NEWSROOM
Police officers stand guard Wednesday, June 15, 2022, near a crime scene where two police officers were shot and killed
Tuesday at a motel in El Monte, Calif. The two police officers were killed in a shootout while investigating a possible
stabbing in the suburban Los Angeles motel, and the suspect died at the scene, authorities said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
    Six major US cities are set to surpass the record violent crime rates they set in 2021.    According to crime data, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta and New York City are all on pace to supersede their levels of violent crime last year.
    The Big Apple has seen a near 26 percent jump in violent crime compared to the same time last year, while Washington D.C. has experienced an 8 percent hike.    Meanwhile, Philadelphia and Baltimore have recorded increases of seven and 6.1 percent respectively.
    “People are robbing, people are killing people,” said Janice Johnson Dias, a sociology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.    “People are doing a lot of things; I don’t feel safe as we used to.”    Janice Johnson Dias, a sociology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
    Homicides are reportedly driving violent crime rates up nationwide, increasing 30 percent from 2019 to 2020 and an additional 5 percent from 2020 to 2021 with rates expected to increase again this year.    Experts say anti-police sentiment, an emergence from pandemic restrictions and a lack of judicial enforcement are to blame amid waning confidence in government’s ability to protect it’s citizens.
    In California, residents of some cities have pushed to recall liberal district attorneys.    San Francisco voters recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin earlier this month, partly due to his policies which eased prosecution and pushed for reduced incarcerations.    In Los Angeles County, opponents of District Attorney George Gascon are currently collecting signatures to trigger a recall election against the progressive.
    “I think as goes California, so goes the nation,” stated Jonathan Hatami, Deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles County.    “And so what we’re looking at really is that we’ve given Chesa Boudin the boot in San Francisco, we are going to give George Gascon the boot in Los Angeles.    And I do believe that will be the beginning of the end of the reign of rogue and radical prosecutors throughout the nation.”
    Earlier this month, the Recall DA George Gascon campaign announced they passed the official threshold of signatures needed to initiate a recall and revealed they collected nearly 567,000 signatures.
    Democrats have consistently sought to distance their policies and past calls to defund the police from rising crime, but at least some voters in Democrat-led areas appear to be now making the correlation as crime continues to surge.

6/23/2022 Defense Production Act To Address High Gas Prices by OAN NEWSROOM
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks during the daily briefing at the
White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said the Defense Production Act is a “tool” in the Biden administration’s belt to address high gas prices.    While speaking to reporters Wednesday, she said the administration has not drawn any lines in the sand at the moment in terms of invoking the defense law or other emergency measures.
    Granholm also told reporters President Joe Biden can’t control the price of gas alone and acknowledged his proposed federal gas tax suspension won’t have a substantial impact on prices.    She then emphasized Biden’s outreach to the oil industry.
    “He’s calling upon states as well to consider doing gas tax holidays,” explained the Energy Secretary.    “On the state side, he’s urging oil companies to use their profits to increase output.    He’s calling upon the industry to pass along the decrease in oil prices, which we have seen at the barrel level over the past week, for example, at the pump.    And he is demanding that that the industry come to the table with some solutions on refineries.”
    Granholm also said the nation needs more creativity and collaboration to get through what she called an “unprecedented” situation.    She then pointed her finger at Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine as well as the aftermath of pandemic constraints.
    The Energy Secretary went on to suggest that that President alone cannot control the spiking gas prices, which is why he has asked Congress as well as companies in gas and oil industry to act.
    Granholm said “the only way out” is by “deploying clean energy.”    These sentiments echo the Biden administration’s continued push for so-called green energy.

6/23/2022 Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Law on Concealed Weapons by Jess Bravin – The Wall Street Journal
    The Supreme Court struck down New York state’s system for issuing concealed weapons permits, ruling that the century-old law requiring that applicants demonstrate “proper cause” and “good moral character” violates the Second Amendment.
© CALLAGHAN O'HARE/REUTERS Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Law on Concealed Weapons
    The 6-3 decision, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, marks the widest expansion of gun rights since 2010, when the court applied nationwide a 2008 ruling establishing an individual right of armed self-defense within the home.    It puts in question similar laws in at least eight other states and the District of Columbia, where authorities hold substantial discretion over issuing concealed-weapons permits.
    While Republican-leaning states have been loosening gun regulations over the past decade, California, Hawaii and more urban states in the Northeast have maintained their traditional limits on concealed weapons.
    Elected officials in New York said they were worried about the implications of the court ruling against the permitting system. New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former police captain, said it would make policing more difficult if more people were allowed to carry guns.    “This is not the wild, wild West,” he said earlier this month.
    As a matter of legal interpretation, the Bruen opinion reflects the triumph of originalism—the method championed by conservatives that applies the Constitution according to the court’s determination of the text’s “original public meaning” at the time it was adopted.    Both majority conservatives and liberal dissenters argued that history supported their positions.
    The Supreme Court made its first significant opinion regarding the Second Amendment in decades with its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.    That opinion, striking down Washington’s municipal handgun ban, recognized an individual right to armed self-defense within the home.    Two years later, invalidating a similar ordinance in Chicago, the court extended that right nationwide.    Both 5-4 decisions, adopted over liberal dissent, discarded earlier views that the Second Amendment referenced a collective right to militia service that states retained upon establishing the Union.
    The move toward broader gun rights then paused, with the court passing up opportunities to elaborate on the extent to which the Constitution protects weapons possession.
    Liberal justices never accepted the new construction that elevated individual decisions about self-defense over public-safety regulations adopted by state and local lawmakers.    Conservatives at the court’s center, including Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, remained silent as their colleagues further to the right, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito among them, argued that the new Second Amendment right was left to atrophy.
    Lower courts, over the intervening decade, upheld most state and local weapons laws against Second Amendment challenges, often noting the Heller decision’s allowance for reasonable regulation of firearms.
    The landscape changed when President Donald Trump—who pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices from a list cleared by leaders of conservative organizations such as the Federalist Society—had the rare opportunity of a one-term president to fill three vacancies.    Two of his nominees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, stood significantly to the right of their predecessors, Anthony Kennedy and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.    Among conservatives activists pressing for change on constitutional issues, expanding access to weapons has long stood second only to rescinding abortion rights as an objective.
    Democrats who control New York’s state government enacted a series of laws this month to strengthen the state’s gun controls.    The new laws increase the minimum age to purchase a semiautomatic rifle to 21 from 18 and ban the sale of bullet-resistant vests.
    Write to Jess Bravin at

6/23/2022 Live updates | Biden 'deeply disappointed' by court ruling by Associated Press
    The Latest on the Supreme Court ruling on New York's gun law:
© Provided by Associated Press FILE — A police officer guards the main entrance to the
Supreme Court in Washington, Oct. 9, 2018. The Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, struck down a
restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says he’s “deeply disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s Thursday ruling striking down New York state’s century-old restrictions on the concealed carry of firearms.
    In a statement, the president said the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.”    He added that after mass shootings across the U.S., the country should be doing more, not less, to rein in firearm availability.
© Provided by Associated Press FILE - A handgun from a collection of illegal guns is reviewed during
a gun buyback event in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 22, 2021. The Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, struck down
a restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, FIle)
    As Congress appears set to approve modest gun law changes, Biden urged states to go further and “enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence.”
© Provided by Associated Press FILE — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signs a package of bills to
strengthen gun laws, June 6, 2022, in New York. The Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, struck down
a restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety.    Lives are on the line,” he added.
    NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams released a statement Thursday criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.
    He stated the ruling puts New Yorkers “at further risk of gun violence.”
    Adams said the city has and will continue efforts to mitigate risks of gun violence in the city, including reviews of defining license application processes and “sensitive locations” where guns are banned.
    “We will work together to mitigate the risks this decision will create once it is implemented, as we cannot allow New York to become the Wild West,” the statement said.
    “This decision may have opened an additional river feeding the sea of gun violence, but we will do everything we can to dam it,” he added.
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Democratic state Rep. Robert Craven said Thursday he wasn’t surprised by the ruling.
    “I see the court headed in that direction,” he said.    “It’s taking a stricter interpretation that the Second Amendment is absolute — it says what it says, you have a right to bear arms.”
    Craven, an attorney and chair of the state's House Judiciary Committee, questioned whether the court will now use that same thought process for cases about banning military-style weapons.
    For concealed carry permits, New York’s requirements are more onerous than Rhode Island’s are.    Craven said he represented the city of East Providence, Rhode Island in three cases where permit denials were challenged in the past decade, and the city prevailed in all three at the state Supreme Court.
    Craven said he’ll read the opinion in the New York case to determine whether or not it creates a concern that Rhode Island’s requirements could be challenged, and whether that can be remedied by state legislation.
    NEW YORK — New York's members of Congress reacted to Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state gun law.    U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik applauded the ruling and said it “correctly declares New York’s shameful attempt to shred Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers unconstitutional.”    Stefanik is a Republican and staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called the ruling “irresponsible” and “downright dangerous.”
    “Our nation is in the middle of a gun violence epidemic and instead of working to protect our communities, this court has made it even easier for potentially dangerous people to carry concealed handguns in public spaces,” the Democrat said.
    NEW YORK — Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a New York gun law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public has no immediate impact on other laws, including rules on background checks and age requirements for gun purchases.
    That’s according to Alex McCourt, the director of legal research for the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
    McCourt said that instead, courts will reevaluate the laws, determining whether they violate the Second Amendment.
    “It’s possible that these laws will face a new challenge, and that’s particularly true for any laws governing the public use of guns which was not previously considered part of the Second Amendment,” McCourt said.

6/23/2022 WAPO Writer Appears To ‘Inadvertently’ Write A Heart-Warming Pro-Life Story by OAN NEWSROOM
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)
    It appears a Washington Post writer unintentionally sent out a pro-life message in her latest feature story.    The article, published Monday, featured the story of a young Texas woman named Brooke who, under the state’s Heartbeat Act, could not get an abortion as her pregnancy had already exceeded six weeks.
    Although the writer intended to showcase the act’s supposed cruelty for forcing pregnant women to become mothers, the story took a positive turn when Brooke decided to keep her 12-weeks old babies she discovered to be twins.
    However, many on Twitter caught the writer’s condescending portrayal of Brooke’s new maternal life, slamming the author for portraying Brooke’s twins as if they were a major inconvenience and barricade to her success.
    At one point, Caroline Kitchener claimed Brooke would have still been in school with her “eyes on a real estate license” and how she would have enjoyed her long-desired trip to Hawaii had the twins not been born.    A pro-life activist reacted by accusing Kitchener of depicting Brooke’s life to be bleak and dark, while a leftist author praised the article for illustrating how women are supposedly “manipulated” by the pro-life movement.
    Kitchener reinforced the incongruence between her sentiments and Brooke’s by tweeting how much Brooke aches for the life she may never have despite her deep love for her children.    Despite this, Brooke said she immediately believed her twins were a miracle from God the moment she saw them in the ultrasound, hence her decision to keep her children.
    This scenario is what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and what other conservatives are calling an amazing and compelling pro-life story.

6/23/2022 US supreme court overturns New York handgun law in bitter blow to gun-control push by Ed Pilkington and Martin Pengelly in New York – The Guardian
    The US supreme court has opened the door for almost all law-abiding Americans to carry concealed and loaded handguns in public, after the conservative majority struck down a New York law that placed strict restrictions on firearms outside the home.
© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: José Luis Magaña/AP
    The governor of New York, a Democrat, said the ruling was “not just reckless, it’s reprehensible.”    Pointing to recent mass shootings in New York and Texas, a leading progressive group called the ruling “shameful and outrageous.”
    Joe Biden said: “This ruling contradicts both common sense and the constitution and should deeply trouble us all.”
    On the left, outrage is growing over the court’s rightward march.    Earlier this week, the court handed down a ruling which attacked the separation of church and state.    As soon as Friday, it is expected to undermine or remove the right to abortion, guaranteed since 1973, and to reduce the federal government’s ability to cut emissions contributing to the climate crisis.
    The New York law struck down on Thursday required anyone wanting to carry a handgun in public to prove that they had a “proper cause” to do so.
    The decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen renders the law an unconstitutional violation of the second amendment right to bear arms.
    In his ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote: “Apart from a few late-19th-century outlier jurisdictions, American governments simply have not broadly prohibited the public carry of commonly used firearms for personal defense.    Nor have they generally required law-abiding, responsible citizens to ‘demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community’ to carry arms in public.”
    The New York law, Thomas wrote, also violated the 14th amendment, which made second-amendment rights applicable to the states.
    In his statement, Biden pointed to the longevity of New York gun laws and to past supreme court acceptance of the need to regulate gun ownership.
    The president said: “Since 1911, the state of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to require a license.    More than a century later, the United States supreme court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens.”
    Biden added: “As the late [conservative] Justice [Antonin] Scalia recognized; the second amendment is not absolute.    For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use and the places they may carry those weapons.    The courts have upheld these regulations."
    “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety.    Lives are on the line.”
    Let's bring in Darrell Miller to talk more about gun law reforms.
© Provided by The Guardian Biden said the ruling ‘contradicts common
sense and the constitution’. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
    The ruling has profound implications for the safety and conduct of up to 83 million people in New York and seven other states plus Washington DC with similar “proper cause” laws.    They include heavily populated states, such as California and New Jersey, which account for roughly three out of every four Americans.
    Just weeks ago, an 18-year-old carrying a legally bought assault-style rifle shot and killed 10 people in a racist attack on a supermarket in a majority Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.
    Ten days later, another 18-year-old broke into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and killed 19 children and two adults before being shot dead by law enforcement.
    Democratic and Republican senators have since agreed a framework for gun reform.    On Thursday Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, said the proposals did not “lay one finger on the second amendment” and would make the country safer.    But any gun legislation inevitably faces strong headwinds, with the potential to blow all the way to the court McConnell helped pack with conservatives.
    In his dissent to the New York ruling, Stephen Breyer, a liberal justice soon to retire, wrote: “In 2020, 45,222 Americans were killed by firearms.    Since the start of this year there have been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day."
    “Gun violence has now surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents.    Many states have tried to address some of the dangers of gun violence just described by passing laws that limit, in various ways, who may purchase, carry, or use firearms of different kinds."
    “The court today severely burdens states’ efforts to do so.”
    Rahna Epting, executive director of the progressive group MoveOn, lamented “a shameful and outrageous decision which will lead to more deaths and more violence,” adding: “The conservative-packed supreme court, in concert with Republicans in Congress, is ensuring our schools, our grocery stores, and our churches will continue to be targets of violence and not the sanctuaries and safe places they should be.”
    The court has steadily undermined gun laws.    In 2008 it recognized a right to keep guns at home for self-defense.    It extended that right 2010.
    The New York case reached the court after two men sued the state.    Under the “proper cause” law, the men could secure unlimited permission to carry concealed guns in public only if they could demonstrate a special need for self-protection.    Lawyers argued that carrying a firearm outside the home was a “fundamental constitutional right.    It is not some extraordinary action that requires an extraordinary demonstration of need.”
    Several civil rights and gun safety groups attempted to dissuade the court from gutting New York regulations.    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that lifting controls on carrying guns in public places would harm first amendment rights such as assembly, association and speech.    Gun control advocates warned that scrapping the law could exacerbate relations between police and citizens because anyone coming into contact with law enforcement would be more likely to be legally armed.
    On Thursday, the governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, said: “The supreme court is setting us backwards in dealing with gun violence … This decision is not just reckless, it’s reprehensible.”    Hochul also said she was “prepared to call the legislature back into session to deal with this.”
    Letitia James, the New York attorney general, said the decision would not “deter us from standing up to the gun lobby and their repeated efforts to endanger New Yorkers.”
    Brian Frosh, the attorney general of Maryland, said the ruling would “make the lives of law enforcement more difficult and more perilous.    The epidemic of gun violence sweeping our nation demonstrates daily the folly of introducing more guns into this boiling cauldron.”
    Epting said: “It is hard to imagine a supreme court more out of touch with the people.    Commonsense policies to reduce gun violence are supported by nine out of 10 Americans.    This court has once again shown its true colours.    It is now nothing more than the political arm of the most extreme elements of the Republican party.”
    Pointing to McConnell’s unprecedented denial of even a hearing to Barack Obama’s third nominee – Merrick Garland, now attorney general – and the confirmation of three justices under Donald Trump, Epting said Republicans “stole seats and packed this court to enact what voters have repeatedly rejected at the ballot box."
    “It is far past time we expand the court, reform it, and restore balance to our judicial system.”

6/23/2022 Supreme Court Rejects N.Y. Concealed Carry Law by OAN NEWSROOM
Anti-scaling fencing is seen outside the Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The Supreme Court issued a ruling striking down New York’s concealed carry law.    The decision, released Thursday, had six justices stating it violates the Second Amendment while three dissented.    In the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the state’s licensure laws are unconstitutional.
    New York banned the issuance of concealed carry permits unless there is a demonstrable need for self-defense, allowing the state to reject most permits.    The court has now upheld the right of every American to self-defense both on their own property and in public.
    New York GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik praised the Supreme Court ruling striking down the state law.    In a statement Thursday, she said the court correctly declared the state’s shameful attempt to shred the Second Amendment of New Yorkers to be unconstitutional.
    Stefanik also called out the far-left for pushing unconstitutional gun measures as New York’s failed bail reform policies have made communities more unsafe.    She contended the court’s ruling allows gun owners in the Empire State and across the nation to exercise their constitutional right to concealed carry.
    The court’s decision came shortly after the Senate advanced an 80-page gun bill.    On Tuesday, 14 Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), joined Democrats to push the bill to debate in a 64-to-34 vote.
    The bill includes enhanced background checks for those under 21, funding for mental health and school safety, incentives for states to implement red flag laws and limits on the so-called boyfriend loophole.    The Senate is looking to pass the gun reform package before summer recess, which begins July 4.

6/23/2022 Okla. Gov. Kevin Stitt Outlines Plan To Combat Inflation by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks, April 12, 2022, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Legislature is returning
Monday, June 13, to the Capitol for a special session to consider tax cuts the governor wants and how to allocate
federal COVID-19 relief funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan Act. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
    Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (R) is waiting for the state Senate to pass his inflation relief package as he advocates for real solutions to the Biden inflation crisis.    The Governor voiced that he is dedicated to providing Oklahomans relief amid skyrocketing gas prices, high taxes and runaway inflation.
    He insisted that Oklahomans need “relief right now,” not just a check for a tank of gas that "will come in December.”    This comes after Stitt called for a special session of the legislature back in May and demanded more solutions.    He said Oklahoma is one of only 13 states taxing groceries and that he’s committed to changing this in his inflation relief package.
    “My inflation relief plan includes eliminating the state grocery tax and cutting personal income tax for every single Oklahoman,” he stated.    “This will save the average Oklahoma family $453 each and every year.”
    The Governor was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who also highlighted the Biden administration’s inability to provide real relief with its current budget plan.    He reminded Oklahomans they should not have to wait for the Federal Government.
    “The only tax reform that’s currently in the budget is motor vehicle tax,” the governor uttered.
    “That’s not real relief.    It only helps those who can afford a new car or truck in the first place.    Cutting the new car sales tax does nothing for families who are struggling to afford price for food, gas and everything in between.”
    In addition to inflation relief, Stitt said he will always “back the blue” and ensure state law enforcement receives a pay increase.
    “Something I’m really excited about is pay increases four our law enforcement, he expressed. We will always back the blue in Oklahoma.”
    Stitt is now seeking re-election for his second term and his campaign got a major boost.    He got backed with the backing of Trump.    He called the incumbent Governor a “fearless defender” of the Second Amendment and “fighter for the incredible people of Oklahoma.”

6/23/2022 Biden Admin. Sends Mixed Messages On Tackling Key Issues by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – President Joe Biden speaks at United Performance Metals in Hamilton, Ohio, May 6, 2022.
As the challenges confronting Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political
future for the Democratic Party are growing bolder. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    The Biden administration struggled to convince consumers that they’re really attempting to bring down gas prices.    On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris claimed officials were working to get gas prices under control.
    “Let me just tell you that the president and I, and our administration, is absolutely committed to doing everything that we can to bring down the cost of gas at the pump,” voiced Harris.
    However, President Joe Biden does not seem to be quite as optimistic.
    “The idea we’re going to be able to click a switch and bring down the cost of gasoline is not likely in the near term,” said Biden.
    Critics recently mocked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre for saying Biden is doing what he can to “alleviate” gas prices.
    “The President has been very clear in making sure that he does everything he can to alleviate the pain that American families are feeling when it comes to gas prices,” the secretary expressed.
    Despite this, the White House said they’re going to suspend the federal gas tax for 90 days in an effort to help consumers, which will allow families to feel a little bit of relief.    A whole 18 cents per gallon of gas.    However, critics have derided the move as they state even former President Barack Obama criticized the idea of a gas tax holiday during his presidential campaign in 2008, calling it a “gimmick” at the time.
    “For us to suggest that 30 cents a day, for 3 months is real relief, that that’s a real energy policy,” stated Obama.    “It means that we are not tackling the problem that has to be tackled.”
    Additionally, Biden has called on states to provide relief to consumers by suspending the state gas tax, while continuing to blame the conflict in Ukraine for high gas prices and inflation.    According to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Ukraine is not the driving force behind rising inflation.
    “Given how inflation has escalated over the past 18 months, would you say that the word Ukraine is the primary driver of inflation in America,” questioned Powell.    “No, inflation was high certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out.    I’m glad to hear you say that the Biden administration seems to be intent on deflecting blame and recently this past Sunday spread the misinformation that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the biggest single driver of inflation.    I’m glad that you agree with me that’s not the truth.”
    Critics said the real problem with Biden’s gas prices and rising inflation are his own policies.    A recent poll by I&I and Tipps showed 53 percent of Democrats believe Biden’s policies are to blame for inflation.    Two-thirds of the poll’s respondents showed 66 percent believe too much federal spending has worsened inflation.    Somehow despite it all, Biden refuses to take the blame.

6/23/2022 Senate Advances Bipartisan ‘Gun Reform Bill’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who has led the Democrats in bipartisan Senate talks to rein in gun violence, talks to reporters,
at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Senate bargainers reached agreement on a bipartisan gun violence
bill yesterday, with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer predicting Senate approval later this week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The US Senate advanced the bipartisan gun reform bill clearing the way for its full approval by the end of this week.    The senate voted 65 to 34 on Thursday, to break a filibuster on the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” despite concerns it may violate the Second Amendment.
    “This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives,” said Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).    “While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed.”
    The last significant federal gun control legislation was passed in 1994.    It banned the manufacture for civilian use of assault rifles and large capacity ammunition clips.
    The bill will increase background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21.    It also closes legal loopholes in buying firearms and will provide funding for mental health programs and security in schools.    The blueprint will also call for funding to incentivize states to implement “Red Flag” laws to remove firearms from people considered a threat.
    This comes as the Supreme Court ruled to expand gun rights the same day, allowing Americans to carry firearms in public for self-defense.    However, the National Rifle Association, rejected the deal.
    “We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level,” the NRA said in a statement.    “It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law abiding gun owners.”
    Proponents of the bill hope to get it passed before this weekend just ahead of the July recess.

6/23/2022 Oil down $0.23 to $104.08, DOW up 195 to 30,678.

6/24/2022 Powell's warning: 'Surprises could be in store' on inflation by Victoria Guida - Politico
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell vowed to do whatever it takes to tackle inflation but admitted he can't control some cost spikes, including the most politically sensitive one — prices at the pump.
© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo Fed Chair Jerome Powell said a recession
is "certainly a possibility" if the Fed raises rates too high, too fast.
    Powell told the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday he doesn't expect gas or grocery prices to go down as a result of the Fed's campaign of rate hikes, which are designed to dampen spending but can't help fix insufficient supply.
    “There’s really not anything that we can do about oil prices,” he said.    “They're set at the global level.”
    Fuel prices have soared since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, adding to inflation woes that could lead to significant electoral losses for Democrats this year.    In a bid to address Americans' anxiety, President Joe Biden called for a three-month pause on the federal gasoline tax, though it stands almost no chance of passage in Congress.
    Powell said inflation wouldn't be this high without strong demand for goods and services by American consumers, but he also stressed that global supply chains are still experiencing strains, which the Fed doesn't have the tools to address.    And surging food prices “would certainly be much lower” if not for the war in Ukraine, he said.
    Here are some other takeaways from Powell's testimony:
The risk of overdoing it
    Powell appeared before the committee a week after the Fed pulled the trigger on a three-quarter percentage point rate hike — the largest single-meeting increase in nearly 30 years.
    Democrats on the panel expressed worry that the Fed was engaging in aggressive rate hikes to fight inflation that they say is predominantly caused by supply chain problems and the war.    They fear it might hurt the economy without helping much on prices.
    “Rate increases make it more likely that companies will fire people and slash hours to shrink wage costs,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said.    “Rate increases also make it more expensive for families to do things like borrow money to buy a house.    Inflation is like an illness, and medicine needs to be tailored to the specific problem, otherwise you could make things a lot worse.    And right now, the Fed has no control over the main driver of rising prices.”
    Powell and other Fed officials have acknowledged that while some factors affecting inflation are outside their control, they believe there's still plenty of room to slow purchases for goods and services — and by extension, demand for workers — to a more sustainable pace.
    “It’s clearly both factors are principally at work here,” the Fed chief said.    “You couldn’t get this kind of high inflation without strong demand, and you certainly couldn’t get it without the kind of supply issues we’ve had, both in the labor market reflected in high wages and in the goods market.”
    Still, he acknowledged that a recession was “certainly a possibility.”
Warren to Fed chair: Don’t ‘drive this economy off a cliff’
    "We are not trying to provoke and do not think we will need to provoke a recession, but we do think it’s absolutely essential” to cool inflation, he said.
Fed understands full scope of inflation problem, says Chair Jerome Powell
Late to the party
    Republicans chided Powell for not raising borrowing costs until earlier this year, with some arguing that the central bank needs to go much further.
    “Though I am pleased you have begun taking the drastic action necessary to right the U.S. economy, these actions are long overdue and monetary policy remains too loose,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), pointing to the 8.6 percent increase in prices over the past year.
    Tillis revived a longtime GOP talking point that the central bank should be bound by formalized rules in its interest rate decisions.    He pointed to a formula, named after Stanford economist John Taylor, suggesting that the central bank's main policy rate should be multiples higher than it is.
    “The Fed has largely boxed itself into a menu of purely reactive policy measures,” he said.
    “Unless the Fed works quickly to move away from their discretion-based monetary policy approach that has remained consistently well behind the curve, I am concerned the Fed will lose its credibility to effectively manage the national economic situation.”
Is the labor market too hot?
    The unemployment rate is sitting near modern lows at 3.6 percent, and there are more job openings than available workers, a state that led Powell to refer to the labor market as “unsustainably hot.”    Fewer people are participating in the workforce than before the pandemic, which has exacerbated labor shortages.
    “We want people to get strong wage increases, but at a certain point, wages become high enough that companies start raising prices, and you end up getting high inflation,” he said.    “It’s really not about reducing wages.    It’s about having a more sustainable pace of increases.”
    Inflation has been growing faster than average wages, meaning that most workers are actually ending up with less money despite getting raises.
    Powell has said that pay raises for Americans are not yet a driving force behind inflation, but the Fed fears a scenario where incomes are being driven higher by inflation, rather than by greater productivity, which can then lead to an unhealthy feedback loop where prices and wages keep pushing each other up.
    The risk is that “we would allow this high inflation to get entrenched in our economy,” he said.    “We know from history that that will hurt the people we like to help, the people in the lower-income spectrum who suffer now from high inflation.    That would hurt them more than anyone.    So we can’t fail on that task.    We have to get back to 2 percent inflation so that we can have the kind of labor market that we really want.”
Watching home prices
    The housing market is highly sensitive to interest rate increases, and Powell said he expected the Fed's moves to be clearly felt by those looking to buy and sell real estate.    As mortgage rates have surged to nearly 6 percent, demand for homes has begun to slow, he said.
    “That should have an effect on housing prices, perhaps even fairly quickly, so that prices won’t necessarily come down, but price increases will flatten out,” he said.
    For the Fed's purposes, this will mean that its policies are working as intended, but he acknowledged that it could also slow housing construction in a market that has long been lacking enough supply.    That could pose broader affordability problems that the central bank isn't equipped to address.
    “It’s very possible where we’ll be in a position where there isn’t enough appropriate housing at the right price,” he said.
The economy moves in mysterious ways
    Powell underscored that while the Fed expects to keep raising rates, how quickly and how high it does so depends on how economic data unfolds.
    “Making appropriate monetary policy in this uncertain environment requires a recognition that the economy often evolves in unexpected ways,” Powell said.    “Inflation has obviously surprised to the upside over the past year, and further surprises could be in store.    We therefore will need to be nimble in responding to incoming data and the evolving outlook.    And we will strive to avoid adding uncertainty in what is already an extraordinarily challenging and uncertain time.”
    Kate Davidson contributed to this report.

6/24/2022 G-7 leaders have a full plate - Economy overshadows climate at meetings by Francesca Chambers, USA TODAY
President Joe Biden, who called on Congress this week to suspend the federal
gas tax, will confer with G-7 leaders on inflation. DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES
    WASHINGTON – Skyrocketing gas prices.    Surging food costs.    Markets in freefall.
    The international financial crisis will be front and center as President Joe Biden meets with leaders of some of the world’s most advanced economies this weekend in the Bavarian Alps.
    Rich nations that make up the Group of Seven, or G-7, will band together in an attempt to stabilize the global economy while maintaining and potentially increasing punitive actions on Russia over its war in Ukraine.
    Clean-energy initiatives that Biden and other world leaders had hoped would be the focus of the summit will take a back seat to discussions about support for Ukraine, fears of a global recession and ways countries can work together to fight inflation.
    “There are no quick solutions to these challenges,” said Miriam Sapiro, who was acting U.S. trade representative under President Barack Obama.    “Working on the right plan and getting it implemented – whether we’re talking about energy security, food security, reconstruction needs, financing for those needs and potentially reparations – there’s planning that needs to take place now in a cohesive, expedited way.”
    World leaders are grappling with expansive challenges, many stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s assault on Ukraine.    Leaders committed to discussing those issues along with infrastructure development, democratic resilience and climate security during their talks in Europe.
Soaring inflation a theme
    Inflation has soared since countries that make up the G-7 – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and Japan – imposed stiff economic sanctions on Russia, which was once a part of the cohort.
    Food, housing and gasoline costs rose in the USA in May, and year-over year inflation increased 8.6% in the latest consumer price report.    The spike in costs was a 40-year high.
    In the U.K., inflation was 9.1% higher in May than a year before.    France saw a 5.8% year-over-year increase in inflation.
    Next year, the USA could enter a recession, prominent economists warn.    Organizations such as the International Monetary Fund predict slowdowns in economic growth and revised down their growth forecasts.
    “Everybody is lowering their projections for what the world economy is going to do,” said Mark Weisbrot, codirector of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.    “And there are going to be recessions.”
    Central banks around the world responded to heightened inflation by raising interest rates.    The Federal Reserve announced last week a threequarters of a point increase in short-term interest rates, the biggest since 1994.
    “The dirty secret is, political leaders can’t usually do a whole lot to change immediate economic trajectories, because they are so bound up in a global cycle of supply and demand,” said Christopher Smart, a former Obama White House economic adviser.
    As wealthy nations emerge from the pandemic, demand for oil has outstripped supply, leading to higher fuel costs and grocery bills.
    “Some of it is Russia, but some of it is just the recovery from the pandemic and a tight oil supply, even before the Russian invasion,” Smart said.
    Biden asked oil companies last week to offer ideas for how to increase output and lower costs for consumers. Wednesday, he called on Congress to approve a 90-day suspension of the federal gas tax and urged states to pause their fuel taxes.
    The attempt to make summer travel cheaper for Americans cuts against Biden’s broader effort to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
    “All of these G-7 countries are in the same boat,” said Maurice Obstfeld, a former economic adviser to Obama and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.    “The consumers are facing higher energy prices, which are feeding inflation, and they’re all trying to take measures to soften that blow to their economies.”
    The United States could try to further target inflation by dropping restrictions on the amount of steel and aluminum that can be imported from Europe dutyfree, accelerating planned investments in renewable energy and buying more oil from nations such as Saudi Arabia, experts said.
    Eliminating tariffs on European metals would not significantly reduce inflation, but it could help Biden build cooperation with U.S. allies and show he is fighting high prices with every tool at his disposal, said Desmond Lachman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former IMF official.
    “He’s got an election coming up in November, and inflation is the No. 1 problem.    So he needs to be seen to be doing something to try to get control on the inflation side,” Lachman said.    “Whether he can get anything meaningful that is going to make much of a difference, I am pretty doubtful on, but he needs to be seen to be doing something.”
    At a virtual forum of major economies last Friday, Biden emphasized that nations are working together to stabilize global energy markets by investing in green energy initiatives.
    Biden set a goal of 2030 for half of America’s cars to be zero-emission.
Pressures at home for Biden
    His approval rating stuck at 39% in the latest USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll, Biden insisted last week that a U.S. recession is not inevitable and urged midterm voters to have confidence in the economy.
    Biden’s political and economic woes at home are set against the backdrop of Russia’s unrelenting assault on Ukraine, which tops the agenda for the global economic summit.
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is expected to address leaders virtually at the gathering at a luxury hotel and spa in the German Alps.
    Zelenskyy will also speak to the NATO summit in Madrid, which Biden will attend after the G-7 gathering. NATO nations will seek to show solidarity on their response to Russia’s war.
    “There’s a general theme that emerging economies are less on board with sanctions and trying to chart a middle course,” Obstfeld said.
    Allied nations will consider new ways to squeeze Russia and tap into oligarchs’ wealth at the back-to back conferences.    They are likely to discuss ways to fund Ukraine’s reconstruction.
    “Billions of dollars of infrastructure have been destroyed already. Roads, bridges, ports, whole towns,” Sapiro said.    “There should be an examination by the G-7 leaders as to whether seized or frozen Russian assets could be used for reparations and reconstruction.    That would be an important signal to send.”
    Josh Lipsky, director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center, said G-7 leaders are unlikely to take a joint, public stance.

6/24/2022 White House To Provide Additional $450M In Aid To Ukraine by OAN NEWSROOM
John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, speaks during
a briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Biden administration announced an additional $450 million in security assistance to Ukraine.    The Department of Defense received the green-light for another draw-down package Thursday to meet the country’s critical arms needs.
    The package will include rocket systems, ammunition, grenade launchers and patrol boats.    It will also include tactical vehicles, machine guns, spare parts among other equipment.
    “Now this is the thirteenth time that President Biden has authorized a presidential draw-down package during this crisis, bringing the total amount of security assistance that we provided Ukraine to approximately $6.1 billion just since February 24th,” stated John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications for the National Safety Council.    “Approximately $6.8 billion since the beginning of this administration.”
    The package being sent to Ukraine will be drawn from existing Defense Department stocks.    Kirby confirmed the US plans to continue defense support amid the invasion from Russia.    He said President Joe Biden spoke to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky just last week and maintained US support for his country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
    Biden is set to visit Europe next week, with Kirby explaining the President will be announcing news steps to “strengthen European security alongside expected major new contributions from allies.”    A NATO Summit will be held in Madrid with heads of state from US alliances.    This will be an historic gathering an Indo-Pacific leaders from Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea will be included.

6/24/2022 Roe V. Wade Overturned After 49 Years by OAN NEWSROOM
Anti-abortion protesters celebrate following Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, federally protected
right to abortion, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. The Supreme Court has
ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years, a decision by its
conservative majority to overturn the court’s landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
    There is developing news out of the Supreme Court, which has just announced its decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson officially overturning the half century precedent Roe v. Wade.    That vote came down Friday morning In a six-to-three decision.
    This landmark case challenged the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi state law that bans most abortion operations after the first 15-weeks of pregnancy.    This decision came after Politico published a leaked draft opinion last month, which indicated the Supreme Court was set to overturn Roe v. Wade the 1973 case that established a federal right to an abortion.
    Now, in a post-Roe America, states will be free to set their own abortion standards and over a dozen states will immediately ban the procedure outright.    Tensions were high outside the Supreme Court ahead of the decision with protesters on both sides of the argument battling.    Police officers formed a wall with bicycles and motorcycles in an attempt to calm tensions outside.
    Pro-abortion activists chant “Pro-life is a lie, they don’t care if children die” in the face of pro-life protesters outside SCOTUS@OANN
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) June 24, 2022
    With abortion protections ending following the high courts decision, 13 states are set to move forward with restrictions that they prepared ahead of this moment.

6/24/2022 Reality bites Biden by Jonathan Schanzer – Washington Examiner
    For a president who sought to walk away from the Middle East, focus American foreign policy toward its traditional alliances, and end America’s oil dependency, Joe Biden’s policy of treating the Saudis like a “pariah” never made much sense.    His forthcoming visit to the desert kingdom is an acknowledgment of that.
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    The public has simply had it with the Middle East after watching successive governments fail to transform the region over two decades through hot wars, drone wars, and wars for hearts and minds.    College students are too young to remember 9/11.    Older Americans remember but now resent the blood and treasure squandered for little to no gain.    The war on terrorism is over (or perhaps it’s on hold until the next major attack).    For better or worse, gone are the days of exporting traditional American values abroad.    Americans are more interested in yelling at each other about vaccines, masks, and other facets of the culture war.
    Along with redeployments, pivoting from the Middle East meant that America was giving up on trying to engineer regime changes.    Yet this was exactly what Biden seemed to want.    After the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 at the hands of a Saudi hit squad in Turkey, the president and his party wanted to punish Riyadh.    Saudi human rights abuses at home, including the imprisonment of regime detractors, further angered Democrats (and Republicans in smaller numbers).    A poorly prosecuted war in Yemen that killed far too many civilians only made things worse.    The primary target was the crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, known more commonly as MBS — the country’s de facto ruler and the king’s designated successor whose ascent, some Democrats reasoned, could theoretically still be derailed before it becomes de jure.
    Ironically, even as the crown prince fought off these heavyweight detractors, he pushed his backward country into the 21st century.    The dreaded mutawa (religious police) are now nowhere to be seen.    Radical clerics are losing influence.    Women are driving and can travel without permission from male custodians.    In other words, some of the reforms that America tried to encourage over the past two decades are now occurring without intense engagement from Washington, and at a time when Saudi-U.S. relations have been the most strained.
    The crown prince, like a cornered boxer, played “rope-a-dope” while his American detractors exhausted themselves.    There was no knockout blow.    The fight ended when it was overtaken by other events.    Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February thrust the world into an energy crisis.    America, in an effort to calibrate its sanctions against the Kremlin while keeping energy flowing, now needs alignment with the government that sits atop the world’s largest proven oil reserves.    Saudi Arabia can also sway the oil cartel OPEC to increase production.
    Of course, America can produce its own fossil fuels.    A few short years ago, this country was virtually energy independent.    For purported environmental reasons, however, this president eschews domestic energy production.    So long as that is true, Biden needs to rely on the foreign policy formula that has guided the U.S.-Saudi relationship for the better part of a century: a reliable supply of Saudi oil in exchange for American security and diplomatic backing.
    In other words, after two years of unforced errors, the president has submitted to the superiority of the status quo. His forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia next month is an acknowledgment of that fact.
    But Biden’s visit has an interesting wrinkle.    He’ll be flying to Saudi Arabia directly from Israel.    The itinerary of his trip alone suggests extraordinary diplomatic opportunities, a chance to not merely embrace the success of Sunni-Israel cooperation but build on it.
    The Saudis and Israelis have quietly grown closer over the last decade, due in large part to the mutual disdain for American-led nuclear diplomacy with their shared enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran.    This disdain was a basis for the normalization agreements of 2020 brokered by the Trump administration between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.
    Saudi Arabia was rumored to be next in line if Trump won a second term.    Remarkably, however, when Biden took office, he disavowed the momentum of his predecessor, despite the significant diplomatic achievements that suddenly appeared possible.    Partisan politics was clearly at play.    The State Department spokesman for a time would not even utter the words “Abraham Accords.”
    But there was more to Biden’s ambivalence.    He understood that America’s dangerous diplomacy with the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism contributed significantly to the budding Saudi-Israeli alliance.    He was vice president when the wrong-headed nuclear bargaining with Iran began under Barack Obama, and he continues to support a policy of enriching the clerical regime in exchange for fleeting nuclear concessions.    This further strained ties with Riyadh, and to a lesser extent Israel.
    Recently, however, the landscape has started to shift.    The obstinance of Tehran has ground the recent nuclear talks to a halt.    The U.S. team, despite embarrassing attempts to appease the regime, has seemingly run out of concessions, while the Iranian team refuses to budge.    The White House is slowly adjusting to a new realization, namely that the regime in Iran may not want to join the community of responsible nations, as Obama and Biden naively believed.
    Meanwhile, the Saudis and Israelis recently engaged in a diplomatic agreement that signaled mutual recognition.    Egypt sought to hand control of two Red Sea islands — Tiran and Sanafir — to Saudi Arabia.    However, the islands were subject to the 1979 peace agreement between Egypt and Israel.    In order for Egypt to complete the transfer, Israel was required to bless the deal.    It did.
    Suddenly, Biden was poised to take Saudi-Israeli normalization to the next level.    He simply needed to embrace the policy of normalization that his predecessor had harnessed.
    With the announcement of his Middle East trip next month, Biden made his pivot.    But now, new complications loom.    The Israeli political system is convulsing in the wake of a collapsed governing coalition.    Elections are slated for October.
    It’s unclear whether Biden will seek to advance normalization with a caretaker government.    On the one hand, any steps in this direction will unquestionably be respected and implemented by future Israeli governments.    On the other hand, major diplomatic initiatives like this are rarely taken with caretaker governments, owing to America’s stated policy of staying out of others’ electoral politics.    A U.S.-brokered agreement would likely provide a boost to the tandem leadership of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid as they fend off a challenge from former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Whether Biden waits until the autumn or forges ahead now for a rare foreign policy win remains to be seen.    Ironically, it may all hinge on decisions made by the royal court in Riyadh.    Regardless of the outcome, the president’s forthcoming Middle East visit is a course correction that was long overdue.
    Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism finance analyst for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is senior vice president for research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.    Follow him on Twitter @JSchanzer.

6/24/2022 Rep. Boebert Looks To Put America First For Two More Years In Congress by OAN NEWSROOM
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, expressing opposition
to “critical race theory,” during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is running for re-election to continue fighting for Colorado’s Third District in Congress.    Since being sworn into office in January of 2021, Boebert has been both a champion for the “Save America Movement” and a staunch opponent of the progressive policies of the Biden administration.
    She has been quick to point out the inconsistencies in Democrat COVID policies such as masking small children in schools, while allowing migrants to flood into the country with a single COVID test or vaccine card.    The Republican isn’t just worried about the people coming across the southern border.    In order to combat the nation’s leading cause of death for those aged 18 to 45, Boebert has introduced legislation to classify Fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.
    “Take my home state of Colorado,” said Boebert. “In 2019 there were 222 deaths, in 2020 there were 540 and now in 2021 there were more than 900 fentanyl related deaths.    Moms, dads, sons, daughters, fentanyl does not discriminate and we need to take serious steps to combat this.”
    Boebert is also an avowed defender of the Second Amendment.    The Congresswoman has broken with establishment Republicans by taking the words “shall not be infringed upon'” literally, as Democrat-backed policies have made the country less safe.
    “We’re not going to send police to protect you,” she voiced.    “I will not give an inch of the Second Amendment of the rights of the people to keep and bare arms to protect themselves, especially when cries from this chamber are calling to defund law enforcement and our southern border is wide open.”
    The firebrand also has a less than conventional way of illustrating what a tyrannical government can do to a defenseless population.    Boebert is especially passionate about the Amendment she exercises on the House floor, the right to free speech.
    The Coloradan has long been a critic of the administration’s policing of the COVID narrative and the DHS’s persecution of parents at school board meetings.    In reaction to Biden’s so-called disinformation task force, Boebert and her colleagues introduced the “Protecting Free Speech Act” to ensure the United States does not follow in the footsteps of Maoist China and Stalin’s Soviet Union.
    “Now is when we the people make our voices heard,” The Congresswoman expressed.    “We will not accept being called domestic terrorists for showing up to school boards and we sure as hack won’t allow these Bureaucrats to create a ministry of truth to gaslight the American people.”
    President Trump has formally endorsed Rep. Boebert’s re-election campaign.    He called her a “fearless leader” and a fighter against “loser rinos” and “radical Democrats.”

6/24/2022 Biden Admin. ‘Disappointed’ In Supreme Court Gun Ruling by OAN NEWSROOM
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily briefing
at the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Biden administration expressed frustration with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing Americans to carry handguns in public.
    “We are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling,” stated Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre.    “The Second Amendment, as you’ve heard the President (Joe Biden) say, is not obsolete and permits common-sense gun regulation.”
    In a press briefing Thursday, she said Biden is still calling on individual states to continue enforcing anti-gun policies.    She cited New York as an example where a concealed carry law from the year 1911 was upheld by the Department of Justice.
    “Am I disappointed…I’ll answer this one question and I was just talking to the governor of New York about this,” stated Biden.    “I am disappointed in the Supreme Court gun decision.    There is one little bit of solace in the minority making up the majority opinion has laid out that it effects not every state, it effects only 40 states.”
    Republicans have said the Biden administration has no respect for the Supreme Court or other US institutions, adding Democrats seek to impose their own agenda by all means necessary.
    Their remarks came after the US Senate advanced the bipartisan gun reform bill, clearing the way for its full approval by the end of this week.    The Senate voted 65 to 34 on Thursday to break a filibuster on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, despite concerns it may violate the Second Amendment.
    “This bipartisan gun safety legislation is progress and will save lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).    “While it is not everything we want, this legislation is urgently needed.”
    The last significant federal gun control legislation was passed in 1994.    It banned the manufacture for civilian use of assault rifles and large capacity ammunition clips.
    The bill will increase background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21.    It also closes legal loopholes in buying firearms and will provide funding for mental health programs and security in schools.    The blueprint will also call for funding to incentivize states to implement red flag laws to remove firearms from people considered a threat.
    This comes as the Supreme Court ruled to expand gun rights the same day, allowing Americans to carry firearms in public for self-defense.    However, the National Rifle Association, rejected the deal.
    “We will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level,” the NRA said in a statement.    “It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law abiding gun owners.”
    Proponents of the bill hope to get it passed before the July recess.

6/24/2022 Justice Thomas: Reconsider ‘All’ Substantive Due Process Cases by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits as he is introduced
during an event at the Library of Congress in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
    Justice Clarence Thomas said Dobbs could set precedent to overturn several landmark cases.    In his concurring opinion issued on Friday, Thomas said all cases dealing with substantive due process precedents should be reconsidered.
    “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” voiced Thomas.    “Any substantive due process decision is demonstrably erroneous.    We have a duty to correct the error established in those precedents.”
    Thomas mentioned that the three cases are all landmark decisions that established certain constitutional rights.    In Griswold v. Connecticut, the court ruled in 1965 that married couples have a right to access contraceptive.    In 2003, the court said in Lawrence v. Texas that states could not outlaw consensual gay sex.    The Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
    He noted cases favoring contraception, same sex marriage and “homosexual conduct” could be overturned.    This comes after the Supreme Court handed down an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, arguing the right to an abortion is not a form of liberty under the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
    “I join the opinion of the Court because it correctly holds that there is no constitutional right to abortion,” he said.    “Respondents invoke one source for that right.    The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.    The Court well explains why under our substantive due process precedents the purported right to abortion is not a form of liberty protected by the Due Process Clause.    Such a right is neither deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition nor implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.”
    Thomas claimed that it is the duty of the Court to correct these errors.

6/24/2022 Oil up $3.40 to $107.43, DOW up 824 to 31,502.

6/25/2022 Joe Biden's presidency is failing. And Americans are hurting because of it. Opinion by Chris Schlak, USA TODAY – USA Today
    Joe Biden is stumbling.
    Last weekend, the president cruised on a bike trail in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, with cameras clicking.    As he finished the ride, Biden lost his balance and, like a cow being tipped, slowly fell with his bike – while it was stationary.
    Thankfully, he is OK, and I’m glad he wasn’t harmed. But his fall is symbolic of his presidency.
    In his first months in office, Biden rode high with a 55% to 59% approval rating.    He signed a slew of executive orders and pushed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan through Congress.
    Then, in August, he decided to pull the United States out of Afghanistan.    The botched withdrawal, which earned negative news coverage from the right and the left, sent his presidency into a precipitous decline.
    More cooperation and less 'political rhetoric'
    Now, soaring inflation, supply shortages, record gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine have left Biden and his presidency sputtering in the dust.
    Yet, after so much bungling and misfortune, Biden continues to remain headstrong in key areas where different policies could potentially mitigate the problems Americans are facing.    One of those areas is gas prices.
© Susan Walsh, AP President Joe Biden's public approval rating fell for a fourth straight week to 36%, matching
its lowest level last seen in late May, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on June 22, 2022.
    On Tuesday, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth wrote a letter to Biden that called for more cooperation and less “political rhetoric.”    He recommended “increasing American (energy) production,” “clarity and consistency on policy matters” and following the oil industry’s 10-point plan to free up American energy and bring down gas prices.
    What was Biden’s response?
    "(Wirth's) mildly sensitive.    I didn’t know they’d get their feelings hurt that quickly," Biden remarked during a news conference.    "Look, we need more refining capacity.    This idea that they don’t have oil to drill and to bring up is simply not true."
    In other words, Biden continued to spout political rhetoric – criticizing instead of cooperating – and used the oil companies as a scapegoat, just as he did last week when he placed a large share of the blame for high gas prices on them in a letter.
    "There is no question that Vladimir Putin is principally responsible for the intense financial pain the American people and their families are bearing," Biden wrote.    "But amid a war that has raised gasoline prices more than $1.70 per gallon, historically high refinery profit margins are worsening that pain.”
President's disapproval rating surges
    Biden is in no position to remain this uncooperative and stubborn.    His disapproval rating now, ironically, averages between 55% and 59%.
    To be fair, Americans do tend to blame the president for their problems, whether or not the criticism is warranted. But with so much economic pain not long after the Biden administration and Congress spent trillions of dollars and made significant changes in energy policy, the turmoil can’t all be accidental.
If your power goes out this summer: Blame President Biden's energy policies
    More from Chris Schlak: Primary election shows Trump still influences voters.    Republicans, why do we allow it?
© Greg Schlak USA TODAY Opinion Fellow Chris Schlak
    Even left-wing economists and media sites are beginning to concede that the American Rescue Plan contributed to worsening the inflation.
    President Biden must realize that he is not the only one hurting here.    Americans are hurting, too, especially low-income families.    According to the Urban Institute, “Rising gas prices could mean reduced or costlier access to employment, recreation, education, and other needs.”
    Biden needs to try something different.    He should at least be open to accepting some of the oil industry’s proposals.    What does he have to lose?
    Chris Schlak is an Opinion fellow for USA TODAY.    He recently graduated with a degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2022.    He founded and edited The Texas Horn, an Intercollegiate Studies Institute student publication at UT Austin.
    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Joe Biden's presidency is failing.    And Americans are hurting because of it.

6/25/2022 Biden signals growing desperation in fight against inflation by Naomi Lim – Washington Examiner
© Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden stops by a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday,
June 23, 2022, with governors, labor leaders, and private companies launching the Federal-State Offshore Wind
Implementation Partnership. The new partnership focuses on boosting the offshore wind industry. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    President Joe Biden imploring Congress to pass a gasoline tax holiday is being ripped as a political gimmick that only underscores his powerlessness regarding 41-year record-high inflation and his increasing desperation as the midterm elections approach.
    Biden's three-month gas and diesel tax holiday, proposed through September, is his latest overture to counter inflation, which reached 8.6% in the year ending May, as confidence in his economic management plummets.
    Biden's latest move comes with increasingly heated rhetoric about the criticisms he has faced over his handling of the issue.
    The president leaned into his "Putin price hike" rhetoric while announcing his gas tax holiday proposal this week, asking Republicans whether they considered "we were wrong to support Ukraine."
    "Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin?" he said.    "Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe?"
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm justified Biden's Big Oil and Russia stances before Thursday's meeting between Granholm and CEOs from the country's seven major refineries.
    "The fact is that no president alone can control the price of gasoline, and we need more players at the table," Granholm said during a briefing room appearance.    "So, the president is asking Congress to act.    He's asking states to act.    He's asking the oil and gas industry to do their part as well."
    Republican strategist Ron Nehring disagreed with Biden's underlying energy policy, quipping that higher fuel prices are "an essential element to coerce Americans into being dependent on even more expensive forms of energy such as solar and wind."
    "He is proposing a small, temporary gas tax holiday not because he believes in it but because his approval ratings have plunged into the basement and he needs to change the narrative," Nehring said of Biden.
    John Pitney, a former Republican operative-turned-Claremont McKenna College politics professor, concurred that "a gas tax holiday will do little to fight the broad problem."    The White House projects savings of up to $1 per gallon of gas if the federal taxes of 18 cents per gallon of gas and 24 cents per gallon of diesel are suspended in conjunction with their state equivalents and retailer cooperation.
    "People would barely notice the difference," Pitney said.    "But as a political matter, he has little choice because his critics would attack him for not trying it."
    For Christian Grose, a fellow political scientist and academic director of the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute, the long-term impact of Biden's gas tax holiday is amorphous, though many contend it could exacerbate inflation by increasing demand.
    "An attempt to relieve some financial pain at the pump could give him a temporary boost or at least stop the bleeding in his approval ratings," Grose said.
    Nehring urged Biden to instead prioritize domestic production to render energy more affordable, including restarting the Keystone XL pipeline and encouraging oil and gas exploration "everywhere possible."
    "Biden demonizes energy producers, yet their profit margin on fuel is a fraction of what the government makes on fuel sales," Nehring said.
    Biden has been unafraid to condemn the likes of ExxonMobil, alleging this month during a Los Angeles Port speech that Exxon had "made more money than God this year.”    Then, this week, he accused Chevron CEO Michael Wirth of being "mildly sensitive" after Wirth complained about the president's posture.
    "I didn’t know they'd get their feelings hurt that quickly," Biden said of the executives.    “We need more refining capacity.    This idea that they don't have oil to drill and bring up is simply not true."
    Jean-Pierre described the oil CEOs' meeting as "productive" and "a first step," defending Biden dropping into an offshore wind meeting at the White House but not attending the Energy Department oil meeting.
    "The president wanted to find a straightforward way to give consumers relief at the gas pump," she said Thursday.    "We know the policy works."
    The Republican National Committee, in addition to its Senate and House campaign counterparts, has scrutinized Biden's gas tax holiday proposal after the president's Strategic Petroleum Reserve releases, biofuel regulation reforms, and Defense Production Act clean energy invocation failed to avoid gas averaging $5 per gallon nationwide.
    The RNC has amplified past dismissive comments from former President Barack Obama to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as well as recent remarks from such economists as Moody Analytics's Mark Zandi.    There has also been a slew of negative statements from members of Congress who can stymie the measure, including Sens.    Tom Carper (D-DE), who served alongside Biden in the Senate, and Joe Manchin (D-WV), along with Reps. Richard Neal (D-MA), House Ways and Means Committee chairman, and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), House Transportation Committee chairman.
    "As Obama said, 'this isn’t an idea designed to get you through the summer.    It’s an idea designed to get them through an election,'" RNC spokesman Kyle Martinsen wrote.    "The only solution is to end the war on American energy, but Biden won’t do that. Why? Because he wants you to feel pain."


6/25/2022 Biden Signs Bipartisan Gun Control Bill Into Law by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden signs into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill, in the
Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    President Joe Biden signed the most sweeping gun control bill in decades.    On Saturday, Biden said while the bill doesn’t have everything he wanted, it includes actions he’s long called for that are going to save lives.
    “Lives will be saved,” the President said.    “Their message to us was to do something. Well today, we did.”
    The house passed a compromise made by a group of bipartisan Senators on Friday, which included enhanced background checks for buyers under 21 and provides federal funding for states to implement “Red Flag” laws.    Biden signed the measure two days after the Supreme Court’s ruling struck down a New York law that restricted people’s ability to carry concealed weapons.
    “From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde,” Biden voiced.    “For the shootings that happen every day in the streets that are mass shootings we don’t even hear about.”
    It also gets rid of the so called “boyfriend loophole,” prohibiting those convicted of domestic abuse from owing a firearm.    Most of the $13 billion cost will help bolster mental health programs and aid schools, which have been targeted in Newtown, Connecticut, Parkland, Florida and elsewhere in mass shootings.
    “I know there’s much more work to do,” he stated.    “I’m never going to give up, but this is a monumental day.”
    The new law does not include tougher restrictions long championed by Democrats, such as a ban on assault style weapons and background checks for all gun transactions.    However, it is the most impactful firearms violence measure produced by Congress since enactment of a long-expired assault weapons ban in 1993.
    Biden went on to say he will host an event for lawmakers and families affected by gun violence on July 11.

6/25/2022 GOP Run States Move Quickly To Ban Abortion by OAN NEWSROOM
A family of abortion opponents stand outside the Jackson Women’s Health
Organization clinic in Jackson, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Trigger laws took effect in several states quickly after the Roe reversal.    Republican-run states across the nation moved quickly to ban abortions following the Supreme Courts ruling.
    Thirteen states have passed “i>trigger laws” that ban abortions designed to automatically take effect once Court Justices struck down Roe v. Wade.    At least eight enacted a ban the day of Friday’s ruling.
    Missouri’s Attorney General Eric Schmitt certified outlawing most abortions just minutes after the decision.    He said the state was the first in the nation to effectively end the procedure.
    “The one thing about it is you’re not doing away with it either,” said Governor Mike Parson (R-Mo.). We may be in this state but there’s other places to go if people want to do that in time, but right now this is something some of us have all worked hard for.    I hope people respect this one and behave accordingly.”
    Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Alabama followed suit.    All of those states allow abortions in cases of medical emergency, which makes those performing it a felony punishable by years in prison.    Women undergoing the procedure cannot be prosecuted.    In Texas, Tennessee, North Dakota, Mississippi and Idaho trigger bans are expected to take effect in the coming weeks.
    “With it now in place we don’t need a special session to be called,” stated Amy O’Donnell, Author at Texas Alliance for Life.    “We don’t need the attorney general to make any kind of statement.    It simply is the law.    It doesn’t take effect immediately; it actually takes effect 30 days after the final judgment is rendered.”
    According to the Washington Post, abortion has been legal and will likely remain protected in at least 20 states and the District of Columbia.    Meanwhile, tens of thousands continue to protest as the overturn of Roe sent shockwaves across the nation.

6/25/2022 Va. Gov. Youngkin Seeks Ban On Most Abortions At 15 Weeks by OAN NEWSROOM
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks prior to signing the budget at a ceremony
at a grocery store Tuesday June 21, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) vowed to find middle ground when it comes to the issue of abortion.    On Friday, Youngkin spoke to the Washington Post and said he’ll push an abortion ban after 15 weeks.    He admitted the divided state legislature would likely pass a ban after 20 weeks.    Youngkin asked four Virginia lawmakers who are all anti-abortion Republicans to craft legislation.
    “Virginians elected a pro-life governor and he supports finding consensus on legislation,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter said in a statement.    “He has tapped Senator Siobhan Dunant, Senator Steve Newman, Delegate Kathy Byron and Delegate Margaret Ransone to do so and prioritize protecting life when babies begin to feel pain in the womb, including a 15-week threshold.”
    Youngkin welcomed the high court’s ruling as an “appropriate” return of power to the states.    Youngkin’s policy announcement is his most explicit policy statement to date.    This was an issue that he tried to avoid during last year’s campaign.    It only seemed to aggravate the partisan divide.
    “Virginians do want fewer abortions as opposed to more abortions,” Youngkin voiced.    “I am not someone who is going to jump in and try to push us apart, there is a place we can come together.”
    In D.C. and Maryland Democratic leaders criticized the ruling and pledged to safeguard abortion access rights.    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said via email that his state passed laws 30 years ago to protect access to abortion.
    “I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of Maryland,” Hogan declared.    That is what I have always done and will continue to do as governor.”
    Youngkin added that he supports exceptions for rape, incest and if the mother’s life is in danger.

6/25/2022 Rep. Tenney Runs For Re-Election To Take On Big Tech by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE PHOTO: 3D-printed images of the logos of Facebook and parent company
Meta Platforms are seen on a laptop keyboard in this illustration
    A fighter for election integrity is running to keep her Congressional seat. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) is running for re-election to represent New York’s 24th Congressional District.
    Tenney voted against all tax increases while she’s held office.    She represented upstate New York in the state assembly and sponsored legislation to eliminate the state personal income tax.    The Congresswoman is best known for being a fighter for transparency at the voting polls and launched the election integrity caucus.    She has a background as an attorney and business owner.    The Republican also co-chairs the caucus, where she brings to the table her experience of winning her 2020 election despite Democrat partisan meddling by Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.).
    She has been at the forefront of defeating three ballot propositions that would have impacted election integrity.    Another issue Tenney fights strongly is censorship of Republicans in the Big Tech industry.
    She revealed through an investigation that Mark Zuckerberg, the found of Facebook, funneled more than $144 million to influence Democrat leaning counties in battleground states.
    Former President Donald Trump has formally endorsed Tenney’s re-election campaign.    He called her a fantastic Rep. and said she will continue to fight for the America First agenda.

6/25/2022 Vermont Police Attacked With Excavator by OAN NEWSROOM
PARK CITY, KS – FEBRUARY 26: Police tape hangs across the street in front of the house that
Dennis Rader lives in February 26, 2005 in Park City, Kansas. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)
    The parents of burglary suspect are in custody after they impeded their son’s arrest.    Tallman’s parents tried to stop officers from arresting their son as Troopers Skylar Velasquez and Gabe Schrauf arrived at the scene.
    “They don’t have a scenario at the academy where we practice this one,” stated Matt Dalley, Vermont State Police Capt.
    Dashcam footage shows Vermont State Police attempting to arrest 24-year-old Brandon Tallman on burglary and assault charges.    The suspect’s mom Amy Tallman got into a scuffle with the arresting officers, while the suspect’s dad Wayne Tallman lowered the boom of an excavator and swung the bucket at the troopers.    While Daley was not there that day, he said the troopers made good decisions.
    “It was a dangerous situation that you guys were put in,” Capt. Daley said.    “In the end you came out on top.    You effected the arrest.    You guys both came home that night and that’s the goal of why we went there.”
    Brandon Tallman pleaded not guilty to charges and was released on bail.    His is dad Wayne Tallman is being held without bail on charges, including attempted second-degree murder.    The wife faces charges for impeding an officer.

6/25/2022 D.C. Police On High Alert After Abortion Ruling by OAN NEWSROOM
Kiki Fox, 34, of Washington, who is 8 months pregnant, poses for a portrait as she joins abortion rights demonstrators, Saturday,
May 14, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington, during protests across the country. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Police in the Nation’s Capital are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding abortion.    Officers in Washington, D.C. were “fully activated” on Friday, many of them outfitted in riot gear just in case things got out of hand.
    Protestors and others waited outside the court for this historic ruling to be released on Friday morning.    Hundreds of protestors were still outside the high court as the sun set, banging drums, leading chants and for the most part they remained peaceful.    President Biden urged “peaceful” protests.    He said that “violence is never acceptable.”
    “We must stand against violence in any form, regardless of your rationale,” he said.
    Former President Barack Obama was quick to condemn the Republican led court and former President Donald Trump for their role in overturning the nearly 50-year-old Supreme Court decision.    The mayor of DC held a press conference addressing the matter.
    “The Chief of Police has been working in close coordination with our federal partners as well to make sure that we are providing MPD support around the courthouse and other sensitive areas,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.    “We are also.    We stand ready to deal with any First Amendment demonstrations.”
    The full departmental activation will extend through the end of the third watch on Tuesday, June 28.

6/25/2022 Truck Plows Into Pro-Choice Protesters In Iowa by OAN NEWSROOM
Abortion-rights protesters cheer at a rally, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    A truck rammed through a group of pro-choice protesters in Iowa.    The incident took place at an abortion rights rally in Cedar Rapids on Friday and police confirmed at least one person was injured.
    The group was made up of mostly women protesters that were demonstrating against the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, when an unidentified man driving a black Ford truck drove into them.
    Footage showed bystanders hitting the truck to make it stop after witnesses said the unidentified driver grew impatient. Local journalist and author Lyz Lenz said the suspect swerved around several other vehicles to hit female protesters in the crosswalk.
    “I’m still in shock a little.    I saw a man try to kill two women while his wife screamed and told him to stop,” said Lyz Lenz.
    Protestor Alexis Russell described the truck driver as “a gray-haired white male dude, probably in his 50s or 60s.”    She said she tried to stop the truck by grabbing the steering wheel, fell over, and was injured when the driver sped off.    She was later hospitalized.
    “I think he wanted to hurt me when he sped off,” stated Russell.    “I landed on my butt and it really hurts.    My lower back, my inner thighs and hamstring.”
    Meantime, police have yet to make an arrest.

6/25/2022 No Oil or DOW info today.

6/26/2022 After abortion ruling, critics renew blasts at Maine senator by David Sharp and Patrick Whittle, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was blasted Friday for the Supreme Court ruling allowing states to ban abortion because she voted
to confirm two of the justices who were in the majority opinion: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. J. Scott Applewhite/AP file
    PORTLAND, Maine – Sen. Susan Collins was blasted Friday for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, as opponents targeted her votes to confirm two justices to the Supreme Court who were in the majority opinion allowing states to ban abortion.
    Critics of the Maine Republican haven’t forgotten the key role she played in confirming Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and she was ripped anew on social media.
    Some opponents took to name-calling and attacked Collins for being naive or complicit.    Others called for her resignation.    University of Maine professor Amy Fried said Collins 'helped make this happen,' and the Maine Democratic Party said part of the blame lies at Collins’ feet.
    Collins was considered a crucial vote on Kavanaugh.
    She waited months before announcing her decision in a 45-minute floor speech.    Shortly after her speech ended, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced he, too, was voting for Kavanaugh.
    The Senate vote was 50-48.
    Mainers For Accountable Leadership, a liberal advocacy group, said Collins 'must immediately apologize to these organizations who she dismissed and demeaned in her floor speech announcing her support of Kavanaugh.'
    Rachel Irwin, who works for Building Back Together, which promotes President Joe Biden’s policy agenda, called Friday’s abortion news Collins’ 'legacy.'
    Collins has been a supporter of a woman’s right to an abortion.    She has also crossed the aisle on key issues – including splitting with Republicans on former President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several Muslim countries, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and on whether to convict Trump after his impeachment following the Capitol riot on Jan.6, 2021.
    The senator said in a statement Friday that she had received assurances from Kavanaugh and Gorsuch that Roe v. Wade was an established legal precedent.
    'Throwing out a precedent overnight that the country has relied upon for half a century is not conservative,' she said.    'It is a sudden and radical jolt to the country that will lead to political chaos, anger, and a further loss of confidence in our government.'
    Collins’ statement came moments before President Joe Biden called the ruling 'a tragic error.'
    She did not respond to a request for an interview Friday from The Associated Press.
    The senator in her statement took aim at Gorsuch and Kavanaugh for their about-face from what they told her privately and said in their confirmation hearings.
    'This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon,' she said.
    The vote to confirm Gorsuch wasn’t as narrow as for Kavanaugh, whose nomination was nearly derailed by accusations of sexual assault that he denied.    Senators approved Gorsuch’s nomination with a 54-45 vote.

6/26/2022 Inflation sparks global wave of wage protests - Rising cost of living exacerbates inequality by Aya Batrawy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Members of various trade unions protest the rising cost of living in Brussels on Wednesday. As food costs and fuel bills soar, inflation
is plundering people’s wallets, sparking a wave of protests and workers’ strikes around the world. GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT/AP
    Rising food costs.    Soaring fuel bills.    Wages that are not keeping pace.    Inflation is plundering people’s wallets, sparking a wave of protests and workers’ strikes around the world.
    This week alone saw protests by the political opposition in Pakistan, nurses in Zimbabwe, unionized workers in Belgium, railway workers in Britain, Indigenous people in Ecuador, hundreds of U.S. pilots and some European airline workers.    Sri Lanka’s prime minister declared an economic collapse Wednesday after weeks of political turmoil.
    Economists say Russia’s war in Ukraine amplified inflation by further pushing up the cost of energy and prices of fertilizer, grains and cooking oils as farmers struggle to grow and export crops in one of the world’s key agricultural regions.
    As prices rise, inflation threatens to exacerbate inequalities and widen the gap between billions of people struggling to cover their costs and those who are able to keep spending.
    “We are not all in this together,” said Matt Grainger, head of inequality policy at antipoverty organization Oxfam.    “How many of the richest even know what a loaf of bread costs?    They don’t really, they just absorb the prices.”
    Oxfam is calling on the Group of 7 leading industrialized nations, which are holding their annual summit this weekend in Germany, to provide debt relief to developing economies and to tax corporations on excess profits.
    “This isn’t just a standalone crisis. It’s coming off the back of an appalling pandemic that fueled increased inequality worldwide,” Grainger said.    “I think we will see more and more protests.”
    The demonstrations have caught the attention of governments, which have responded to soaring consumer prices with support measures like expanded subsidies for utility bills and cuts to fuel taxes.    Often, that offers little relief because energy markets are volatile.    Central banks are trying to ease inflation by raising interest rates.
    Meanwhile, striking workers have pressured employers to engage in talks on raising wages to keep up with prices.
    Eddie Dempsey, a senior official with Britain’s Rail, Maritime and Transport Union, which brought U.K. train services to a near standstill with strikes this week, said there are going to be more demands for pay increases across other sectors.
    “It’s about time Britain had a pay rise.    Wages have been falling for 30 years and corporate profits have been going through the roof,” Dempsey said.
    Last week, thousands of truckers in South Korea ended an eight-day strike that caused shipment delays as they called for minimum wage guarantees amid soaring fuel prices.
    Peru’s government imposed a brief curfew after protests against fuel and food prices turned violent in April.
    Protests over the cost-of-living ousted Sri Lanka’s prime minister last month.    Middle-class families say they’re forced to skip meals because of the island nation’s economic crisis.
    The situation is particularly dire for refugees and the poor in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Myanmar and Haiti, where fighting has forced people to flee their homes and rely on aid organizations, themselves struggling to raise money.

6/26/2022 Dueling narratives of Arizona protests - Abortion rights protest ends with tear gas by Jonathan J. Cooper and Bob Christie, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arizona State Troopers deploy tear gas as they confront abortion-rights protesters. ANTRANIK TAVITIAN/THE REPUBLIC
    PHOENIX – Protests outside the Arizona Capitol over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that ended with a volley of tear gas were variously described Saturday as either peaceful or driven by anarchists intent on destruction.
    Republican Senate President Karen Fann issued a news release describing it as a thwarted insurrection, while protesters called it a violent overreaction by police who they said acted without warning or justification.
    Arizona Department of Public Safety statements said state troopers launched the gas as some in a group of 7,000 to 8,000 people that rallied at the Capitol on Friday night were trying to break into the state Senate.    Lawmakers were working to finish their yearly session.
    The vast majority of people were peaceful and state police said there were no arrests or injuries.    While both abortion opponents and abortion rights backers were there, most of the crowd opposed the high court’s decision.
    Police fired tear gas at about 8:30 p.m. as dozens of people pressed up against the glass wall at the front of the Senate building, chanting and waving signs backing the right to abortion.    While most were peaceful, a handful of people were banging on the windows, and one person forcefully tried to kick in a sliding glass door.
    That’s when SWAT team members with the Department of Public Safety stationed on the second floor of the old Capitol building fired the tear gas.
    Video taken from inside the Senate lobby by Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita showed the scene.    Another she took moments later showed state police in riot gear forming a line inside the building, facing protesters on the other side of the glass.
    She said in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday morning that the protesters were clearly trying to enter the locked building.
    “They were aggressively banging on the windows in a way that at any moment it could break,” Ugenti-Rita said.    “This wasn’t a knock on a window.    I mean, they were trying to break the windows.”
    Hundreds of protesters could been seen in her videos milling about the plaza between the House and Senate buildings, while about a hundred were closer, near the glass wall at the front of the Senate building.
    “There was no other conclusion than they were interested in being violent,” she added.    “I have no other takeaway than that.    I’ve seen many protests over my years, in many different sizes and forms.    I’ve never seen that ever.”
    Democratic state Rep. Athena Salman of Tempe, however, said those gassed were peaceful.
    “A bunch of House and Senate Democrats voted to give these cops a huge pay raise,” said on Twitter in a post showing police firing tear gas.    “Some even called it historic.    Remember that every time the cops gas peaceful protesters.”
    State police said in a statement that what “began as a peaceful protest evolved into anarchical and criminal actions by masses of splinter group.”    And they said they had issued multiple warnings for people to leave.
    Police said gas was deployed “after protesters attempted to break the glass” and was later deployed again in a plaza across the street.    Police said some memorials at the plaza were defaced.
    No broken glass was visible at the Senate building after the crowd dispersed.
    State Senate Democrats issued a statement Saturday saying the vast majority of protesters were peaceful while noting that a small number tried to enter the building.

6/26/2022 Trudeau: US abortion ruling could mean loss of other rights by Rob Gillies, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    TORONTO – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Saturday that the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn a constitutional right to abortion could lead to the loss of other rights and indicated his country would continue to allow Americans to get abortions in Canada.
    Trudeau called the court’s decision “horrific” and voiced concern that the ruling could someday allow a rollback of legal protections for gay relationships, including the right for same-sex couples to marry.
    “We know that this is an extremely, not just scary, but disheartening time for so many women,” Trudeau said at a news conference in Kigali, Rwanda, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
    “Women for generations have fought for more rights in the United States, (only) to see this setback, to worry as well about how this can be expanded to more rights be taken away in the United States,” he said.
    “This is a reminder of how we need to be unequivocal in our defense of people’s rights, in not taking anything for granted, in staying vigilant, and always standing up for woman’s rights, for LBGT rights, for the rights of people who are disenfranchised and marginalized,” he added.    Asked if his government would help American women seeking abortions in Canada, Trudeau did not directly respond, but said: “Everyday Americans who find themselves in Canada access our health care system in Canada and that’s certainly something that will continue.”
    However the cost, the need to travel and to have a passport make that prohibitive for some Americans.
    The ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half of American states.
    Thirteen states, mainly in the South and Midwest, already had laws to ban abortion in the event Roe was overturned.    Another half-dozen states have near-total bans or prohibitions after six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant.
    Trudeau vowed to continue to stand up for woman’s rights in the U.S. and elsewhere.
    “We have a commitment in Canada to ensure, first of all, that every women has full, safe legal access to the full suite of sexual health and reproductive services, including safe and legal abortions and we’ve been working hard to increase access to women across the country,” Trudeau said.

6/26/2022 Greitens: American People Are Sick Of RINO’s by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, speaks at the Taney County Lincoln Day event at the Chateau
on the Lake in Branson, Mo., April 17, 2021. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP, File)
    Missouri senate candidate Eric Greitens claimed RINO Republicans are helping the far left destroy America.    Greitens doubled down on his calls to take down Republicans who don’t wave the banner of the America First movement.        During an interview with Breitbart News Saturday, he said he’s honored to have the enemies he’s made.
    “It’s clear that the RINO’s have failed America,” Greiten said.    “It’s not just the left with their crazy ideas and attacks on the country that have put us in crisis.    It’s not just the main stream media, it’s also RINO’s because of their corruption that have created this crisis.    RINO’s who stab President Trump in the back.    RINO’s who stab the American people in the back.    RINO’s who failed on election integrity.    RINO’s who failed to pass a border wall.    RINO’s who supported Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion bill and RINO’s this past week who sold out America on the Second Amendment.    People are sick of RINO’s.”
    He pointed out George Soros, the satanic temple, as well as establishment Republicans Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have come after him for standing up to the political elite.    This comes amid outcry from the mainstream media, Big Tech and establishment Republicans over a campaign ad Greitens released last week where he pretended to go RINO hunting.
    The retired navy seal added, it’s former President Trump’s MAGA movement that is championing conservative values and making things happen.    He highlighted Trump’s efforts to appoint hundreds of conservative Justices to the federal judiciary, including the three Supreme Court Justices who voted to repeal Roe v. Wade.
    “The great momentous moment that we all experience is because of President Trump,” he voiced. “Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision would not have been possible without President Trump.    He nominated conservative judges that respect the constitution.    He’s the one who took out Hilary Clinton and he did it with no help from the RINO establishment.    When I served as Governor they wouldn’t pass pro-life legislation.”
    Greitens went on to say that the Never Trump Republicans are trying to handicap America First patriots, including former President Trump from holding public offices.    He pointed out that Republicans like Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) are helping the January 6 committee smear Trump’s final days in office.    Greitens also said Senator McConnell has already launched a pact to target the Grietens campaign because he is scared of losing power in congress.    Meanwhile, he vows to uphold the US constitution.
    “The first country I ever went to was in 1993 and I went to China,” he shared.    “I was actually arrested there for talking about the United States constitution. I’ve been willing to stand up against communists.    As a navy seal I fought for the US constitution and I’m gonna continue to do that in the United States senate.    By contrast, these RINO’s are after me in this race because they know I’m not going to give into their globalist ideas and I’m going to stand up and fight for the US constitution.”
    Greitens will face off against other GOP candidates in the August 2 primaries and already has sights on the November 8 general elections.    He said America First candidates need to get through to congress and stand up to the far left.    He laments, establishment Republicans cave to any pressure from progressives, highlighting they folded on gun control, infrastructure and massive spending bills.

6/26/2022 Federal Court Blocks FDA Ban On Juul Products by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE — A woman exhales while vaping from a Juul pen e-cigarette in
Vancouver, Wash., April 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
    A federal court temporarily blocked the FDA’s order to ban sales of Juul products in the US. The DC circuit appeals court granted Juul’s request to stay in what the company called an “extraordinary and unlawful action.”
    The move came less than a day after the FDA said findings raised “significant questions” about potential risks from consumers using their products.    The e-cigarette company said the decision lacks evidence and they are now allowed to continue selling products as the court further deliberates Juul’s case.
    In 2019, Juul was pressured into halting all advertising and eliminating its fruit and dessert flavors after they became popular among middle and high school students.    The next year, the FDA limited flavors in small vaping devices to just tobacco and menthol.
    Chief Regulatory Officer at Juul Labs Joe Murillo said in a statement to Axios that the company would seek a stay and explore other options “under the FDA’s regulations and the law, including appealing the decision and engaging with our regulator.”
    Juul said that the FDA cannot argue that there was a “critical and urgent public interest” in immediately removing its products from the market when the agency allowed them to be sold during its review.
    Meanwhile, the court noted their decision should not be interpreted as a ruling on the merits of the motion.

6/26/2022 Pres. Trump Rallies For Rep. Mary Miller In Illinois by OAN NEWSROOM
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Former President Donald Trump pushed his preferred candidates in the “Land of Lincoln.”    Trump brought down the house stumping for Rep. Mary Miller (R) in Illinois.    At Saturday’s rally in Western Illinois, he came right out the gate to declare that the people of the state would help fire Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
    “You’re going to elect a slate of rock-solid conservatives up and down the ballot and together we are going to end Nancy Pelosi,” said Trump.    “She’s crazy.    We’re going to end her political career once and for all.    We’re going to bring it to an end, it looks like it’s coming to an end.”
    Reacting to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Trump touted his placement of constitutionalists on the Supreme Court and the crowd let him know who they think is responsible for the win for life.
    “As for the Republican party, we are today the party of life,” he stated.    “We’re the party of everyone.”
    He slammed pro-abortion activists who tried to intimidate Justices, threaten violence and blame the Democrat Party directly for it.    Trump said that they are proving that there are two systems of Justice in the country as the Democrats are running January 6 show trials, while keeping silent on judicial intimidation.     “There can be no greater illustration of the two-tiered system of justice,” voiced the former president.    “We’ve never had anything like what’s going on right now.    At the moment the radical Democrats are staging a ridiculous fake trial over January 6.    Their party leaders are saying nothing about the violent intimidation of the United States Supreme Court.”
    According to Trump, the root of America’s problems goes right back to November 2020 when Democrats used COVID to rig the presidential election and force him out of office.
    “They refuse to mention the election fraud and all the irregularities,” he voiced.    “There has never been anything like what took place in 2020. They used COVID to rig and steal an election.”
    He said that the best way to oppose Nancy Pelosi’s committee and the “RINO’s” who support it is to vote for Mary Miller to continue on in the 15th Congressional District.    In a surprise to many, the president gave his full endorsement to gubernatorial candidate and State Senator Darren Bailey (R-Ill.).    Bailey is running to unseat Democrat JB Pritzker.    He believes Bailey is just the man to win where other ‘republicans’ may not.
    “No matter how big or powerful these corrupt radicals may be, you must never forget this nation does not belong to them, this nation belongs to youWe will make America great again!
    Trump went on to slam Democrats pushing far-left theories onto children in schools.    Despite all of the problems facing the nation, Trump told the crowd that the nation belongs to them and their movement to “Make America Great Again.”

6/26/2022 Rep. Lucas Wants To Continue Advocating For Farmers by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – In this April 20, 2020, file photo, a farmer is silhouetted by the setting sun
as a field is planted near Walford, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP, File)
    An incumbent Republican in Oklahoma is fighting for another term in Congress.    Rep. Frank Lucas is asking the voters of Oklahoma for another term in Washington D.C. to advocate for taxpayers.
    The Congressman is the longest serving House member from the state and a ranking minority member of the science, space and technology committee.    Lucas has been representing his constituents in public office since 1994.
    First serving in Oklahoma’s sixth Congressional District, then representing the third Congressional District since 2003.    He touted that Oklahomans know they have a strong conservative voice in Congress when he’s in Washington D.C.
    “I believe in Frank Lucas, he’s a great man,” said a friend of the Congressman.
    Lucas is perhaps best known for being an advocate for farmers and ranchers.    At a House committee hearing on financial services in March, Lucas illustrated how out of touch Democrats truly are with rural America.    The Congressman emphasized in the hearing that when you increase the amount of money chasing goods and services, it drives up the price and it impacts farmers.
    “If you dramatically increase the amount of money chasing the same or fewer goods and services, then you drive up the price of the goods and services,” Lucas stated.    “Farmers across the country are experiencing higher cost for chemicals, seeds, fertilizer, equipment, fuel and labor, among other increased input cost.    The squeeze and uncertainty felt by farmers and ranchers right now will be felt for years to come.    This means higher food prices we see now may be with us for some time.”
    The fifth generation Oklahoman received the official Trump endorsement in April.    The former president affirmed that Lucas promotes American farmers, defends the Second Amendment, supports military Veterans and encourages innovation.

6/26/2022 S.D. To Prosecute Abortion Doctors, Restrict Access To Pills by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2002 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Orlando, Fla. South Dakota
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg faces the state’s first impeachment trial next week for his conduct
surrounding a 2020 car crash in which he struck and killed a pedestrian.    A conviction
would be a victory for Noem, who has adamantly pushed for Ravnsborg’s ouster. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
    Governor Kristi Noem said South Dakota will prosecute doctors who perform abortions in the state. On Sunday, Noem assured prosecution will only focus toward doctors who knowingly break the law and not the mother.
    “We’ll continue to have those debates on how we can support these mothers and what it means to really make sure we are not prosecuting mothers ever in a situation like this,” Noem said.    “Prosecution will always be focused toward those doctors who knowingly break the law to perform abortions in our state.”
    A Mississippi case banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is what struck down Roe v. Wade and allowed individual states to prohibit the practice or put restrictions on it.    In South Dakota, all abortions are illegal except if deemed necessary to save the mother’s life.    There are no other exceptions, including for rape or incest.
    “These are very dangerous medical procedures,” Noem voiced.    “We don’t believe it should be available, because it is a dangerous situation for those individuals.”
    She also plans to ban telemedicine appointments, in order to prevent abortion pills from being prescribed online and sent through the mail.    Biden has stated that his administration would defend American’s rights to abortion pills.
    Noem argued these are dangerous medical procedures and doesn’t think the pill should be available without being medically supervised by a physician.

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6/27/2022 ROE V. WADE – OVERTURNED - SPLIT VOTE: Supreme Court ruling frees states to outlaw abortion - AMERICA DIVIDED: Jubilation and anger as emotions run high NOT OVER: Abortion battle will continue in state legislatures, courts by John Fritze, USA TODAY
Anti-abortion demonstrators in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington celebrate Friday as the
court released its decision upholding a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks. The decision by
default overturns Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. JOSH MORGAN/USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion, a watershed decision that overturns Roe v. Wade and erases a reproductive right the high court established nearly five decades ago case to arrive at the Supreme Court in years, a majority of the justices – all of whom were appointed by Republican presidents – held that the right to end a pregnancy was not found in the text of the Constitution nor the nation’s history.
    The decision set off a flurry of reactions from political leaders on the right and left, including President Joe Biden and members of Congress.
In the most closely watched and controversial
    Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion for a 6-3 majority upholding a Mississippi ban on most abortions after 15 weeks.    There were five votes to overturn Roe v. Wade, because Chief Justice John Roberts wrote he would not have gone so far as to upend one of the court’s most recognized precedents.    The court’s liberal justices dissented.
    “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote for the majority.    “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences."
    “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
    The decision instantly shifts the focus of one of the nation’s most divisive debates to state capitols: Republican lawmakers are set to ban abortion in about half the states, while Democratic led states are likely to reinforce protections for the procedure.    Access to abortion, in other words, will depend almost entirely on where a person lives.
    “After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had,” the court’s three liberals wrote in the dissent.    “The majority accomplishes that result without so much as considering how women have relied on the right to choose or what it means to take that right away.”
    The decision will also play into the November midterm elections, in which control of Congress is up for grabs, though there are signs it may not be as salient for voters as other issues, such as inflation.    In a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll taken before the decision, even those Americans who opposed striking down the landmark decision said 2-1 that the economy will be more important to their vote in November.
    “This fall, Roe is on the ballot,” Biden said from the White House, adding that the decision “casts a dark shadow over a large swath of the land.”
    Though not unexpected, the court’s decision hit like a political and cultural earthquake, reshaping the relationship between millions of Americans and the government.    Though the opinion will be celebrated by conservatives, it will almost certainly lead to protests, lawsuits and charges from the left that the nation’s highest court – ostensibly above the partisan fray – is just as political as the other branches of the federal government.
    That’s exactly what happened when a draft opinion in Mississippi’s challenge to Roe v. Wade leaked May 2.    The unprecedented breach of Supreme Court protocol, which showed how the conservative justices might overturn Roe, led to protests across the country.    The opinion Friday appeared to closely track with the earlier leaked draft.     Anti-abortion groups, which had pushed for Friday’s outcome for decades, applauded the decision.
    “Today marks an historic human rights victory for unborn children and their mothers and a bright pro-life future for our nation,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.    “Every legislature in the land, in every single state and Congress, is now free to allow the will of the people to make its way into the law through our elected representatives.”
    Experts say the decision may set off challenges to other rights that, like abortion, have been grounded in the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of due process.    Many of those have been taken for granted for years, such as the right to same-sex marriage, the right to interracial marriage and the right to access contraception.
    In a concurring opinion, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should now “reconsider” some of those other rights established by the high court.    No other member of the court joined Thomas, and the court’s majority opinion stressed that other rights were not at issue in the case.     Democrats and groups that support abortion rights decried the decision.
    “Today, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has achieved the GOP’s dark and extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.    “Because of Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party and their supermajority on the Supreme Court, American women today have less freedom than their mothers.”
    The opinion follows a decades-long movement by conservatives to overturn the high court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a constitutional right to abortion.    The effort to roll back that right was aided by President Donald Trump, who was elected in 2016 in part on a promise to name justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.    Over the course of a single term, Trump managed to put three conservative justices on the high court.
    At issue in the case is a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy – earlier than had been permitted under the high court’s previous decisions.
    Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, writing the dissent challenged the state law in 2018, asserting it conflicted with Roe v. Wade and a subsequent case in 1992 that upheld Roe.    A 7-2 majority in Roe v. Wade established a constitutional right to abortion and allowed people to exercise the right until the end of the second trimester.
    A subsequent decision in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, ended the trimester framework and allowed people to obtain an abortion until viability – the point when a fetus can survive outside the womb, or about 24 weeks into a pregnancy.
    Two lower federal courts agreed with the clinic, citing Roe and Casey.    Mississippi appealed, asking the Supreme Court not only to uphold its ban but also to do away with the constitutional right to abortion altogether.    Because the issue is so divisive and personal, the state argued, it should be decided by state lawmakers accountable to voters rather than by federal courts whose jurists enjoy lifetime appointments.
    The frenzy around the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, had almost as much to do with the justices who are on the high court as it does with the Mississippi law.    Conservatives enjoy a 6-3 majority on the court for the first time since the Roosevelt administration.    Three of them were nominated by Trump: Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
    Mississippi had explicitly asked the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling it “dangerously corrosive to our constitutional system.”    That is a more aggressive position than the state took when it first brought the case to the court in 2020.
    For years, the legal battle over abortion has focused on regulating the procedure, such as requirements that minors inform their parents before ending a pregnancy or requiring doctors performing the procedure to have privileges at nearby hospitals.    For anti-abortion groups, the Dobbs case represented the first opportunity in decades to focus squarely on whether the procedure itself is constitutional.
    “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.    Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences.” Associate Justice Samuel Alito
Writing the majority opinion
    “After today, young women will come of age with fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had.” Associate Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan
Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court early Friday as Americans awaited a decision that
would determine the future of reproductive rights in the United States. JACK GRUBER/USA TODAY

Demonstrators march outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday after justices ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson
Women’s Health Organization. Protests by anti-abortion and abortion rights groups were held nationwide. JOSH MORGAN/USA TODAY

6/27/2022 More Than 1M Voters Leave Democrat Party For GOP As Biden’s Approval Numbers Continue To Sink by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden gestures, during the G7 leaders’ summit at Castle Elmau in Kruen, near
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Monday, June 27, 2022. The Group of Seven leading economic powers are
meeting in Germany for their annual gathering Sunday through Tuesday. (Lukas Barth/Pool Photo via AP)
    While midterms are around the corner, President Joe Biden’s latest approval ratings reveal how unpopular he is among Americans.    In a new CBS poll, Biden received a 66 percent disapproval rating over his handling of the economy while 71 percent of respondents said they disapprove of Biden’s handling of inflation.
    Over the past year, the GOP has seen major gains while adding a staggering 1 million registered voters across 43 states who switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party.    That’s according to voter registration data analyzed by the Associated Press.
    The findings show college educated voters in the suburbs returned to the Republican Party, despite opposing Donald Trump in 2020 elections.    However, the Democrat Party gained 630,000 voters in cities, small towns and the suburban areas.    The data shows Republicans are likely to retake the majority in Congress after November midterms.
    This comes as a rising number of Americans believe the US economy is getting worse and are concerned about their personal finances.    According to a recent poll by CBS News and YouGov, 75 percent of Americans view the state of US economy as bad or getting worse.    That’s up from 63 percent who said the same back in April.
    Additionally, 33 percent of respondents expressed concern for not affording basic goods while a total of 73percent said they are concerned about their ability to save money.    Meanwhile, only 10 percent of Americans said… are confident about their retirement plans in this economy.

6/27/2022 Abrams: Nothing Sacrosanct About 9 Member SCOTUS by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams talks to the media during
Georgia’s primary election on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
    Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) suggested packing the Supreme Court could be an option after it overturned Roe v. Wade.    In an interview Sunday, Abrams said she wants the Senate to abolish the filibuster for abortion and to allow the federal government to take over state election systems.
    “As someone who is pro-choice and proudly pro-choice, I believe we need leaders right now who are willing to defend who we are and defend the women under our care,” Abrams said.    “We have to be deeply concerned about what is happening to our LGBTQ+ community, to people of color, especially black women who face the highest rates of maternal mortality in the nation and that is exacerbated in the state of Georgia.    I believe we need to do more and I want the president to do more.    I want our Congress to do more, but we have to recognize that the stage we are in right now is left to the states.”
    In 2019, a law was signed by Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp that would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, generally at the six week point in a pregnancy.    The law was held up in the courts as the Supreme Court considered Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which it decided on Friday, as it overturned Roe.    Abrams claimed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs will help her in her campaign against Kemp.    On Sunday, she voiced that she would work to reverse the state’s abortion ban if she defeats him in November.
    “I would tell anyone,” she expressed.    “Whether you are a business or a citizen thinking about being in Georgia, take into very real consideration the danger that Brian Kemp poses to the life and welfare of women in the state.”
    The Democrat declared there is nothing sacrosanct about a nine justice Supreme Court.
    “This is a choice that has to be made by our both legislative and executive branch,” Abrams stated.    “I think we have to recognize there is nothing sacrosanct about nine members on the United States Supreme Court, but that is a long-term question.”
    Abrams comments came as Georgia’s trigger abortion ban took effect barring the procedure after six weeks.

6/27/2022 World Bank Chief: We’re At A Crisis, Countries Fall In One By One by OAN NEWSROOM
World Bank President David Malpass walks during the official welcome ceremony of G7 leaders and Outreach guests
at Castle Elmau in Kruen, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Monday, June 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
    World Bank President David Malpass said the global economy will significantly slow down due to high inflation, which will cause political problems in a number of countries.    In an interview Sunday, Malpass said the US and it’s allies need to increase production of goods and services, while keeping their economies open and not restrict international trade.
    His remarks followed anti-Russian sanctions earlier this year that caused problems in the global energy, food and capital markets.    He claimed the western world is facing an economic crisis.
    “It’s a sharp slowdown, including even China,” he said.    “We’ve seen the world growth fall by half since January in terms of GDP growth, but there’s also shortages, there’s inflation.”
    Malpass voiced those central banks should change their policies and regulations to encourage more production of everything, which may alleviate the hardship.    He believes record inflation and shortages of key commodities like oil, fertilizer and wheat mean “it’s going to be very hard” for some countries to avoid recession.
    "It’s possible to produce enough to soften that crisis, but at the rate that we’re going right now the fertilizer isn’t being made,” he stated.    “A giant source of fertilizer is from natural gas, through the ammonium channel into the most useful fertilizer.    It also is used to make the electricity that converts the minerals into fertilize and that’s just not happening.    A lot of the world is shutting down for lack of fertilizer and then those shortages of crops will last for multiple years.”
    The World Bank President admitted that a recession in the US isn’t out of the question, but he doesn’t disagree with estimates that put the risk of a recession in the US as high as 5o percent.

6/27/2022 Report: Biden Spoke With Hunter About Chinese Dealings by OAN NEWSROOM
Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter Biden, right, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
    A new report revealed Joe Biden did, in fact, discuss with his son Hunter his business dealings in China, despite him denying doing so in the past.    A voicemail from Joe Biden found in Hunter Biden’s inbox and released by the Daily Mail uncovered that the President wanted to talk to his son about a report on his Chinese business.
    The voicemail dates back to the year 2018 and Joe Biden notably commented, “I think you’re clear.”    That article raised questions about Hunter Biden profiting from selling political influence in the US.
    The article in question detailed Hunter Biden’s dealings with Chinese financial giant CEFC and it mentioned how his main business partner, Ye Jian-ming, was arrested and later convicted for bribery.

6/27/2022 Biden Commits $200B To Global Infrastructure Plan by OAN NEWSROOM
President Joe Biden waits for the start of a lunch with the Group of Seven leaders at the Schloss Elmau
hotel in Elmau, Germany, Monday, June 27, 2022, during the annual G7 summit. Joining the Group of Seven
are guest country leaders and heads of international organizations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    President Joe Biden urged G7 leaders to “stay together” against Russia’s war on Ukraine.    While kicking off the summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday, leaders agreed to strengthen sanctions by banning imports of Russian gold.     The move came shortly after Russian missiles rained down on Kyiv earlier that morning and is additional effort to weaken Russia’s economy.
    President Biden also announced the launch of the partnership for global infrastructure movement to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative project.
    “And I’m proud to announce the United States will mobilize $200 billion in public and private capital over the next five years for that partnership,” announced the President.    “We’re here today because we’re making this commitment together as a G7 in coordination with one another and to maximize the impact of our work.
    Collectively, we aim to mobilize nearly $600 billion from the G7 by 2027
    The initiative is a new version of Biden’s “Build Back Better World,” which he revealed at last year’s summit.    Additionally, Biden claimed the effort is critical to America’s economic and national security.
    “I want to be clear; this isn’t aid or charity,” he stated.    “It’s an investment that will deliver returns for everyone, including the American people and the people of all our nations.    It will boost all of our economies and it’s a chance for us to share our positive vision for the future, and let communities around the world see themselves and see for themselves the concrete benefits of partnering with democracies.”
    Meanwhile, leaders will continue their meetings in Germany until June 28.    Biden will head to Spain soon after to attend the NATO summit in Madrid.

6/27/2022 Sen. Warren: Biden Should Provide Abortion On Federal Lands by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., express their frustration during a news conference
as the Supreme Court is poised to possibly overturn Roe v. Wade and urge President Joe Biden to use his executive authority
to protect abortion rights, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has called on the Biden administration to provide abortions on federal lands in the states that may outlaw that practice.    In an interview Sunday, the Democrat said this administration should send money and volunteers to establish abortion services in pro-life states.
    Federal lands include Indian reservations, national parks and military areas which are mostly in the western US. Warren also said Democrat-run states could provide abortion services to residents of red states.
    “Now, we’ve got a lot of things on our agenda right now,” said the Massachusetts lawmaker.    “First of all, we need to help the women who are pregnant right now and need help.    That means sending resources to states like New Mexico that border other states that are going to try to help out.    It means getting involved by volunteering and sending money.”
    The Supreme Court abolished Roe v. Wade last week, prompting several red states to restrict abortions and sparking far-left protests across the nation.
    “Six justices have overturned Roe, but the Supreme Court doesn’t get the final say on abortion,” Warren noted.    “The American people do.    We must restore our democracy, so that a radical minority can no longer drown out the will of the people.”
    According to Warren, individual rights should not be left to the states to decide.    She believes access to abortion and relating medical procedures should be available across the board to all Americans.

6/27/2022 Bank For International Settlements: Stagflation May End Era Of Western Prosperity by OAN NEWSROOM
A man exchanges Nigeria’s currency Naira for US dollars in Lagos, Nigeria,
on April 19, 2021. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Central Bank of all Central Banks warned high inflation may end the era of economic prosperity in western countries.    According to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) that oversees Central Banks, the only way to prevent an inflationary shock is to sharply increase interest rates.
    The BIS added, the global economy is entering a period of stagflation where prices grow out of control while economic growth is low or negative.    The BIS said national finance ministries and Central Banks have exhausted their capabilities to prevent stagflation.
    “The space of fiscal and monetary policy has been to large extent depleted,” stated Agustín Carstens, BIS General Manager.    “Therefore, we should not depend so much on a fiscal and monetary policy to induce economic growth.     We need to pass it along so to say to structural policies and, therefore, other sources of growth.”
    The Swiss-based bank also said western countries must undertake economic reforms to ensure growth in the non-financial sector.

6/27/2022 Ill. Rep. Miller: Roe V. Wade Victory Owed To Trump by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., speaks as Republican members of the House Second Amendment Caucus
talk to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, June 8, 2022. Miller, is challenging five-term
Rep. Rodney Davis in the Republican primary on Tuesday, June 28. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    According to Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.), credit for the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade should go to 45th President Donald Trump.    During an interview on Saturday, Miller said it was wonderful to wake up in a post-Roe America.
    She then lamented that for nearly 50-years that decision caused severe pain and damage to many Americans.    Miller went on to say President Trump’s success in stacking the Supreme Court ensured this win for the pro-life movement.
    “It’s another campaign promise that he fulfilled by putting pro-life justices on the Supreme Court,” stated the Illinois lawmaker.    “I’m so grateful to President Trump.    I do have to say though if it was up to RINOs like my opponent Rodney Davis this would never have happened.”
    Miller stressed her primary opponent, Davis, is an establishment Republican who admitted to voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.    She further added, a Clinton victory would have led to the court being run by far-left activists.

6/27/2022 Sen. Hawley: The Radical Left Has Become Very Anti-Democratic by OAN NEWSROOM
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s confirmation hearing before
the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC, U.S., February 22, 2021. Demetrius Freeman/Pool via REUTERS
    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (Mo.) and his wife Erin warned that the Democrat party has been taken over by far-left activists who are fighting against Democracy.    During an interview on Monday, the Hawley’s called out the Biden administration for encouraging protesters to use violent means to express their frustration.
    “It’s outrageous,” Hawley stated.    “The Biden administration has really turned a blind eye towards this left-wing violence and have really encouraged it by saying it’s fine to protest at the justice’s homes even though it is illegal.”
    They pointed out Antifa protesters were protesting outside their home while Erin was helping Mississippi lawyers in the Dobbs v. Jackson case.    This as some left-wing activists called for the deaths of Republican appointed Supreme Court justices for overturning Roe v. Wade in their Dobbs decision.
    “It really shows that the radical left has become very anti-Democratic,” he said.    “What they don’t want is the people to have any say when it comes to laws protecting life and the regulation of abortion.    They don’t want the people in the states or anywhere to be able to weigh in and that is what this decision does. It turns it back to the people.    That is not what the left wants and it really shows.”
    Sen. Hawley pointed out that the Biden administration officials have fanned the flames of these threats.    In the meantime, Erin Hawley stressed the Dobbs ruling empowers women who can have babies in a world with better technology and financial resources to help them carry to term and beyond.

6/27/2022 Blinken: Standard Of Living For Russians Is Dropping by OAN NEWSROOM
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken addresses the media during a
press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
    Secy of State Antony Blinken said Russian President Vladimir Putin has not accomplished the goals of his invasion.    During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday, Blinken said Putin’s goal was to erase Ukraine sovereignty and independence from the map, yet he’s already failed.
    “Let’s not confuse the tactical with strategic,” Blinken said.    “When it comes to Putin’s strategic objectives, it’s not working.”
    Russia’s initial attempt at a surprise attack to seize Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine did not go as planned.    In recent weeks, it’s forces have seized cities in Ukraine’s east, including Mariupol and Sievierodonetsk.    The adjacent city of Lysychansk is now under intense attack.
    “We have seen sporadically,” he voiced.    “Ever since Putin lost the battle for Kyiv and had to shift his focus just to Eastern and Southern Ukraine, they have occasionally launched missiles at a distance basically to terrorize people.”
    Blinken’s remarks come out of Germany where G-7 leaders announced a ban on new imports of Russian gold.    This comes as the ruble has hit it’s highest level in seven years, but Blinken affirmed Russians are bearing the brunt of economic sanctions.    According to the latest report by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 34,530 Russian servicemen have died since the beginning of the war.    Ukrainian forces have also destroyed 1,507 Russian tanks, 3,637 combat armoured vehicles, 759 artillery systems, 241 multiple rocket launcher systems, 99 air defence systems, 216 warplanes and 183 helicopters.
    “Even if Russia succeeds in capturing more territory, he will inherit cities and towns that his own artillery have turned to rubble and the local population that hates him,” he expressed.

    Blinken said that Ukraine is going to be around a lot longer than Putin is on the scene.

6/27/2022 Mississippi To Ban Most Abortions In 10 Days by OAN NEWSROOM
Anti-abortion activist E.C. Smith, paces outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic
with his message sign in Jackson, Monday, June 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Mississippi’s Attorney General Lynn Fitch activated a law that will make most abortions in the state illegal in 10 days.    Fitch signed Mississippi’s trigger law on Monday. The law comes after Roe v. Wade was overturned.
    The only exceptions to the law are to protect the life of the woman or rape with a formal charge.    In a video posted to Twitter, the AG said she is excited for the state to move forward in the new post-Roe era, which will empower women and promote life.
    Diane Derzis is the owner of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization.    She has said the clinic will close when the law takes effect. With the 10-day timeline, the law should take effect July 7.
    “The law in Mississippi says we have ten days to remain in business from the moment the Attorney General signs the certification,” explained Diane Derzis.    “So that means that we will be open for the next 10 days and we will be seeing patients for the next 10 days.”
    Fitch claimed Mississippi’s laws to promote life are solid.    She believes Roe v. Wade presented a false choice between a woman’s future and a child’s life.

6/27/2022 Oil up $2.21 to $109.35, DOW down 61 to 31,440.

6/28/2022 Zelenskyy: Forces face urgent moment - G-7 leaders pledge to provide aid to Ukraine ‘for as long as it takes’ by Zeke Miller, Darlene Superville and Geir Moulson, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Group of Seven leaders gather for a lunch at the Schloss Elmau hotel in Elmau, Germany,
on Monday. Leaders of the major economies were poised to unveil plans to pursue a price cap on
Russian oil, raise tariffs on Russian goods and impose other new sanctions. Susan Walsh/AP
    ELMAU, Germany – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday underscored the urgency of helping his country’s military improve its position against Russia in a video meeting with leading economic powers, who in turn pledged to support Ukraine 'for as long as it takes.'
    Zelenskyy addressed the delicacy of the moment for Ukraine in its war with Russia to the Group of Seven summit as the leaders of the major economies prepared to unveil plans to pursue a price cap on Russian oil, raise tariffs on Russian goods and impose other new sanctions.
    In addition, the U.S. was preparing to announce the purchase of an advanced surface-to-air missile system for Kyiv to help Ukraine fight back against Vladimir Putin’s aggression, a day after Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv for the first time in weeks and as its military continued a full-on assault on the last remaining Ukrainian redoubt in the Luhansk region in the east.
    The new aid and efforts by the G-7 leaders to punish Moscow come as Zelenskyy has openly worried that the West has become fatigued by the cost of a war that is contributing to soaring energy costs and price hikes on essential goods around the globe.    The Ukrainian leader discussed his strategy for the course of the war, which has transformed into a bloody artillery battle in the country’s west and east.
    U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Zelenskyy’s top request was for further air defense systems, followed by economic support to help his government meet its financial obligations.    Sullivan said most of the conversation was 'about the way forward and how President Zelenskyy sees the course of the war.'    Zelenskyy also briefed the G–7 leaders on how his administration is using the assistance he’s received to date 'to maximize Ukraine’s capacity both to resist Russian advances, and to pursue counter attacks where possible,' Sullivan said.
    Sullivan added that the Ukrainian leader was 'very much focused on trying to ensure that Ukraine is in as advantageous a position on the battlefield as possible' in coming months because 'he believes that a grinding conflict is not in the interest of the Ukrainian people.'
    Zelenskyy also told the leaders that he needs to be in stronger position before engaging in peace talks with Russia, according to a senior French diplomat, who spoke under condition of anonymity in line with the French presidency’s customary practices.
    After hearing from Zelenskyy, the leaders pledged in a statement to support Ukraine 'for as long as it takes.'    They said it is up to Ukraine to decide on a future peace settlement.
    Leaders were also finalizing the deal to seek a price cap. G-7 finance ministers will resolve details of how it would work, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to preview announcements from the summit.
    Some market analysts doubt how effective a price cap on Russian oil would be, as enforcement by the G-7 would likely depend on cooperation from India and China.
    'It is questionable whether countries like India and China will agree to cease purchasing Russian oil, especially as it is trading at a significant discount on the global market price,' said Carsten Fritsch, a commodities analyst at Commerzbank.
    The largest democratic economies will also commit to raising tariffs on Russian imports to their countries, with the U.S. announcing new tariffs on 570 categories of goods.    President Joe Biden on Tuesday increased the tax to 35% on certain Russian-made goods.
    Biden is expected to soon announce the U.S. is purchasing NASAMS, a Norwegian-developed anti-aircraft system, to provide medium-to-long-range defense for Ukraine, according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.    NASAMS is the same system used by the U.S. to protect the sensitive airspace around the White House and U.S. Capitol in Washington.
    Additional aid includes more ammunition for Ukrainian artillery, as well as counter-battery radars, to help counter the Russian assault in the Donbas, the person said.    Biden is also announcing a $7.5billion commitment to help Ukraine’s government meet its expenses, as part of a drawdown of the $40billion military and economic aid package he signed into law last month.
    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is hosting the summit in the German Alps, said after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that 'we are taking tough decisions, that we are also cautious, that we will help ... Ukraine as much as possible but that we also avoid that there will be a big conflict between Russia and NATO.'
    Britain’s Boris Johnson said that, under the circumstances, the G-7 has to 'continue to help the Ukrainians to rebuild their economy, to get their grain out, to export their grain, and, of course, we have to help them to protect themselves.    And that’s what we’re going to continue to do.'
    In Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance will increase the size of its rapid reaction forces nearly eightfold to 300,000 troops as part of its response to an 'era of strategic competition.'    The NATO response force currently has about 40,000 soldiers, which can deploy quickly when needed.
    Stoltenberg commented before he opens a NATO summit Tuesday in Madrid. The organization’s 30 member countries are expected to also agree on further support for Ukraine.
    The G-7 already is committed to help finance Ukraine’s immediate needs and plans support to rebuild its economy long term.    Finance ministers from the group last month agreed to provide $19.8billion in economic aid to help Kyiv keep basic services functioning and continue its defense against Russian forces.
    A senior U.S. administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations among G-7 leaders, said the U.S. and Europe are aligned in their aims for a negotiated end to the conflict, even if the nature of their outreach differs.

[Second Amendment. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
    As you can see above it does not define what kind of arms we can bear, which means you can get whatever you deem to get to secure a free state and shall not be infringed as they are trying to do below, which cannot be repealed in any way and stupid Biden thinks this is not absolute so do not think his comments below is as false as he is.]
6/28/2022 Repeal the Second Amendment: ‘No one has the absolute right to own any weapon they want’ - Opinion by Register-Guard - Yesterday 1:09 PM
    Biden: 'The Second Amendment is not absolute'
The context of the right to bear arms
    The Second Amendment must be understood in the context of the time it was proposed.    A single shot, muzzle-loading weapon that took more than 60 seconds to arm is quite different from a weapon of war designed not just to kill but to obliterate the victim.
    A wide-open frontier with dangers from the British and other groups attacking, and the necessity for hunting to feed a family is quite different from our current reality.    An environment in which a "standing militia" was needed to provide immediate defensive protection is quite different from today's reality of police departments, National Guard units and a large standing military.
Landmark gun ruling: Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law, making it easier for Americans to carry handguns
    The first 10 Amendments, the so-called Bill of Rights, each had historical antecedents causing many to raise issues that would prevent the approval of the Constitution.    Madison worked hard to formulate them and ultimately the document went into effect.    There is nothing sacred about anything in the Constitution.    Imperfect humans, trying to do the best they could, created a government on paper.    No one has the absolute right to own any weapon they want.    The good of "The People" supersedes any individual's desires to have what they please.
Jerry Ragan, Eugene
Repeal the Second Amendment
    Two days after the massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Sen. Ted Cruz was asked by a British reporter as to why there are so many mass shootings in America.    Cruz just walked away without answering.
    The answer is obvious.    America has the Second Amendment and no other Western country has an equivalent in its constitution.    Meanwhile, America continues to have its all too frequent mass killings while the rest of the world rarely experiences such tragedies.
    Bipartisan gun deal: Gun safety bill clears key procedural hurdle, setting up final vote in Senate.
    It is painfully clear that the Second Amendment provides an impenetrable buffer against any sensible gun control legislation.    The NRA has basically unfettered license to sell any weapons to anybody reaping huge profits. Our politicians, mostly Republicans, hide behind the Second Amendment to justify their stance in blocking any sensible gun laws, and, at the same time, have their hand-out accepting sickening amounts of campaign money from the NRA.
    The only way we will ever curb this utterly predictable carnage in our society is to repeal the Second Amendment or at least revise it to permit “some weapons under certain conditions.”    Are we willing to do this?    Sadly, the alternative is more of the same – “Only in America.”
Geoff Colvin, Eugene
Reinforcing the NRA's stance
    Gun safety law, what a farce.    There is nothing different about guns, ammo, etc.    The mental health component just reinforces the NRA stance that it is crazy people who kill people, not guns.    This is not progress, but a slap in the face to the victims and their families.
Don French, Eugene
Make gun ownership akin to smoking cigarettes
    To, “provide for the common defense” is in the preamble of U.S. Constitution, listed as one of the six reasons why, in 1783, the Constitution was written.
    “Common defense” is what the militia did in those days, and the need for a “a well-regulated militia” was why the Second Amendment was added in 1791.
    The confusion comes in the last line, which says, to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”     To bear arms? In 1791, arms were borne by the militia.    To keep arms?    In 1791, arms were kept in the armory of the militia.
    Arms manufacturers and sellers have become wealthy with the help of the Supreme Court mis-reading in 2008 of the 27 words of the Second Amendment.    Its mis-reading it to mean that it was talking about individual rights, not the militia. That mis-reading has also been central in the gun related death of more than 30,000 people every year from suicide, accident and murder.
    We must start thinking of gun ownership the way we think of smoking cigarettes in public places: considered reprehensible by almost everyone.    Only then can enough like-minded politicians be elected and a solution to the gun problem be found.
Lionel Youst, Coos Bay
    A viable source of information?
    Based upon the criteria that you don’t destroy what you love or lie to those you respect, Fox “News” has demonstrated its complete and utter contempt for the truth, our country and its own viewers by refusing to air the first Jan. 6 hearing. To think that anybody would consider it a viable source of information after that is mind boggling.
David Hixson, Springfield
    This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: Repeal the Second Amendment: ‘No one has the absolute right to own any weapon they want.’

6/28/2022 Sen. McConnell: We Will Be Very Picky With Biden Appointments by OAN NEWSROOM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks with reporters following a closed-door
caucus lunch, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave the US Supreme Court an ‘A’ grade in effectiveness and the Biden administration an ‘F’ for far-left.    While speaking at a rotary club in Florence, Kentucky on Monday, he praised recent decisions in the Supreme Court that bolstered the Second Amendment and stripped federal protections created by Roe v. Wade.    McConnell claimed the Dobbs decision on abortion was the correct decision because it takes away the power to legislate the issue from a deeply divided Congress.
    “In the Senate, most things require 60 votes, not just 51,” he noted.    “Neither side of this issue has come anywhere close to having 60 votes, so I think this is likely to all be litigated out in the various states around the country through the democratic process.”
    Meanwhile, McConnell stressed President Joe Biden has turned the executive branch into a far left playground. He pointed out     Biden has never been a moderate, but claimed to be because he was running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) for the Democrat presidential nomination.
    Since taking office, McConnell said Biden has shown his true colors.    The GOP lawmaker vowed to stop him from further tilting America to the left when Republicans take back the Senate.
    “So, if I’m majority leader, we’ll be really picky on appointments,” said McConnell.    “There’s 12,000 executive branch appointments that come to us. They’re not all as important as the Supreme Court, but many of them are quite important.    They have to be confirmed by the Senate.”
    McConnell went on to say there’s still a chance for Biden to come back to the center if the predicted red wave crashes down in November.    He then pointed out, Bill Clinton pulled back his sweeping agenda after the 1994 mid-term elections.
    In the meantime, McConnell asserted he will continue trying to center the Biden administration.    Additionally, the Senate Minority Leader said he will compromise with Democrats on several issues like he did with raising the debt ceiling, infrastructure and gun control.    However, he said the fate of America is up to the American people who will be giving Biden his ultimate midterm report card this November.

6/28/2022 Dozens Of Migrants Found Dead In 18-Wheeler In Texas by OAN NEWSROOM
Police and other first responders work the scene where officials say dozens of people have been
found dead and multiple others were taken to hospitals with heat-related illnesses after a semitrailer
containing suspected migrants was found, Monday, June 27, 2022, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Dozens of migrants were found trapped in a tractor trailer that tipped over on a highway in San Antonio, Texas.    According to reports, at least 50 people are now confirmed dead after being abandoned inside the trailer.    Other survivors were transported to area hospitals are said to be in varying conditions.
    The events unfolded on a sweltering day with temperatures reaching 100-degrees outside.    Officials said there was no working AC or signs of water in the truck.    Republicans have called this tragedy another example of President Joe Biden’s open border policies with no deterrence in the US immigration system.
    San Antonio Fire Chief, Charles Hood said the survivors ranged in age and suffered from heat-related ailments.
    “Fortunately, we were able to transport 16 people: 12 of those are adults and four are pediatric,” he stated.    “All of them were conscious at the time upon transportation.    The patients that we saw were hot to the touch.    They were suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion.    No signs of water in the vehicle.    It was a refrigerated tractor-trailer, but there was no visible working AC unit on that rig.”
    San Antonio Mayor, Ron Nirenberg lamented at the human toll accumulated by traffickers taking advantage of people in need.
    “So, I would urge you all to think compassionately and pray for the deceased, the ailing, the families,” he noted.    “And we hope that those responsible for putting these people in such inhumane conditions are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
    San Antonio Police Chief, William McManus said three individuals were taken into custody in connection to the incident, but it’s currently unknown whether the suspects were directly involved in human trafficking.    An investigation into the matter is currently being spearheaded by the US Homeland Security Investigations.
    The incident is not the first human smuggling tragedy San Antonio has witnessed. Back in 2017, 10 migrants perished while trapped inside a truck at a Walmart parking lot.    Additionally, the bodies of 19 migrants were found inside a vehicle during a heat wave back in 2003.

6/28/2022 VP Harris Says Abortion Is Preferable To Fatherhood by OAN NEWSROOM
Vice President Kamala Harris smiles after ceremonially swearing-in Ambassador Bridget Brink as the
Ambassador to Ukraine, in the Vice President’s Ceremonial office, Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Eisenhower
Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Vice President Kamala Harris drew criticism for her reaction to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.    During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Monday, Harris gave weight to her opinion on the ruling because she is a “woman.”
    This comment drew snide reactions on social media as many progressives have been unable to define the word “woman” and have asserted men can get pregnant.    Harris also claimed the decision affects males as they will be forced into fatherhood instead of simply financing their partner’s abortion.
    On Friday, liberal critics lambasted a picture Harris shared of herself watching the Supreme Court’s decision aboard Air Force Two.    Comments accused the tweet of being “tone deaf” and out-of-touch.

6/28/2022 House Minority Leader McCarthy: Democrats’ Abortion Stance Is Too Radical For Voters by OAN NEWSROOM
FILE – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters
at the Capitol in Washington, March 18, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said most Americans do not agree with the Democrat Party’s abortion platform.    In an interview Monday, the California lawmaker weighed in on the left’s outrage at the overturning of Roe v. Wade.    The Republican said every House Democrat voted for late-term abortions, which he said fails to align with the mainstream voter.
    McCarthy also accused Democrats of gas lighting the American public by claiming Roe’s end was un-democratic.    Rather than outlawing abortion, the House Minority Leader said the ruling allows citizens to decide the issue on a state-by-state basis.
    “Democrats aren’t just for abortion, every single one in Congress voted to have abortion up to the moment of birth,” he noted.    “America does not support that.    So now what most people would want (is) to have their own opinion, be able to have input in it, within each state and that’s what will go forward.”
    Although McCarthy noted Democrats are trying to campaign on abortion, he predicted it will fail to prevent a red wave in November

6/28/2022 Mother Harassed For Speaking Out Against Uvalde Police by OAN NEWSROOM
A back door at Robb Elementary School, where a gunman entered through to get into a classroom in last week’s>br> shooting, is seen in the distance in Uvalde, Texas, Monday, May 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
    A mother who rescued her children from the Robb Elementary School shooting said police are harassing her after she decided to speak out about the incident.    Angeli Gomez shared her story earlier this month about how she was handcuffed for trying to run by police to get to her two sons inside the school.
    Since then, police have allegedly posted-up near her house.    She was also stopped after police allegedly received a tip that she had illegal immigrants in her car which was not true.    However, this has not deterred Gomez from sharing her story.    She recounted the events from that day:
    “Immediately, they start evacuating that classroom and my son runs out to me and he’s like, ‘mom, mom!’ I just remember when my son saw my other son, one hugged the other one and said, ‘I’m so glad you’re okay,’ and the other one said, ‘I was so worried you weren’t.’    So it was a big thing.    In that moment I was like, they’re really happy to see each other.”
    Gomez’s lawyer is considering suing for false imprisonment stemming from her temporary arrest outside the school.

6/28/2022 White House cites ‘dangerous ramifications’ to providing abortion services on federal land by Alex Gangitano – The Hill
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday warned that there could be dangerous ramifications to providing abortion services on federal lands in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that struck down Roe v. Wade.
© Provided by The Hill White House cites ‘dangerous ramifications’ to providing abortion services on federal land
    The Biden administration has come under pressure from progressives to take tougher actions in response to Roe v. Wade’s overturning, including considering the use of federal land in states opposed to abortion to provide the service.
    But Jean-Pierre said it doing so could put those providing and getting the service at legal and physical risk.
    “With this proposal — we understand the proposal is well intentioned, but here’s the thing: It could actually put women and providers at risk.    And importantly, in states where abortion is now illegal, women and providers who are not federal employees, as you look at the federal land, could potentially be prosecuted,” she told reporters on Air Force One.
    Related video: Karine Jean-Pierre holds White House press briefing, touts administration's diversity podium, I am obviously acutely aware that my presence at this podium.
Karine Jean-Pierre holds White House press briefing, touts administration's diversity
    “As we understand why they would put forward this proposal, there’s actually dangerous ramifications to doing this,” she added.
    Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), have called on the Biden administration to use federal land to create places where people can receive abortions in states that restrict them.
    Vice President Harris on Monday told CNN that the Biden administration is not discussing providing abortion services on federal lands when she was questioned on what executive powers Biden has to act following the Supreme Court’s historic decision.
    Jean-Pierre on Tuesday also told reporters, “We’re looking at an array of other actions.”
    Biden in remarks on Friday vowed to do what he can with his executive authority, including by ensuring access to Food and Drug Administration-approved contraception and medication to end early pregnancies and by protecting women who will now be required to travel to states where abortion rights are protected.

6/28/2022 ‘No Magic Bullet’ for Preserving Abortion Access, Biden’s Health Secretary Says by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Charlie Savage – The New York Times
    WASHINGTON — President Biden’s health secretary, facing criticism from other Democrats that the administration is not doing enough to counter the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, said on Tuesday that there was “no magic bullet” to preserve access to abortion — even as he outlined a series of steps his department will take in an effort to do so.
© Patrick Semansky/Associated Press Xavier Becerra, the secretary of health and human services, said
his department would work with the Justice Department to ensure that women have access to abortion pills.
    Xavier Becerra, the secretary of health and human services, told reporters that at Mr. Biden’s direction, he had instructed his agency to take a number of actions, including making sure that federal programs cover medication abortion in cases of rape or incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.
    At a morning news conference, Mr. Becerra said his department would work with the Justice Department to ensure that women have access to abortion pills — two different drugs, taken 24 to 48 hours apart and authorized for the first 10 weeks of pregnancy — in places where state law conflicts with the judgment of the Food and Drug Administration, which has approved the drugs for use and determined that they are safe and effective.
    It will also require hospital emergency rooms to comply with a federal law mandating that they stabilize patients experiencing a medical emergency — including by performing abortions if necessary.    And it will take steps to ensure that patients’ records are private, to keep state or local officials from identifying women who have had abortions.
    But those steps may not go far enough for progressive Democrats and other advocates for reproductive rights.    Some lawmakers, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have pressed the administration to build abortion clinics on federal land and pay for people to travel out of state to seek abortions.
    Those were not among the measures that Mr. Becerra announced on Tuesday, and he sounded a note of caution about what the administration can and cannot do.    There are still complex legal issues to sort out, he said, to ensure the administration does not violate the court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
    “It was a long decision and it did upend 50 years of precedent, and so you want to make sure that what you do is within the confines of the law,” Mr. Becerra said.    “We’re not interested in going rogue.”
    He called the court’s decision “despicable,” and at one point said he wanted to offer “my apologies” that the administration could not do more.    “There is no magic bullet,” he said, “but if there is something we can do, we will find it and we will do it.”
    The administration has studied, but remains skeptical about, the idea of hosting abortion clinics on federal enclaves like military bases and national parks — where state prosecutors lack jurisdiction — in states where abortion is now a crime.
    The problem, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations, is that the federal government could not ensure that doctors who are not federal employees performing official duties — and potentially patients — would not be at risk of prosecution.    The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, dismissed the idea on Tuesday, telling reporters aboard Air Force One that it could have “dangerous ramifications” for women and doctors.
    If a Republican were to win the presidency in 2024, his or her Justice Department could charge people with state-law abortion crimes — and the statute of limitations for charging conduct dating back to 2022 will not have run out.
    States could strip doctors of their medical licenses.    And state prosecutors could try to charge people with related conduct that took place outside the enclave — like helping women get there — under a theory of aiding and abetting or conspiracy.
© Shuran Huang for The New York Times Activists unfurled a banner that
read “Biden: Protect Abortion” near the White House on Tuesday.
    Offering financial help to women to cross state lines to get an abortion could also be problematic for the administration, because it might violate the so-called Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funds from being used to pay for abortion except in cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the mother is at risk.    Mr. Becerra was asked on Tuesday if the Department of Health and Human Services might provide such financial help.
    Once officials know “exactly what we believe we are able to do, and have the money to do, we will let you know,” he said.    “But until then, what I could simply say to you is: Every option is on the table.”
    One area where the administration can act is to ensure that women have access to emergency contraception — the so-called morning-after pill, also known as Plan B — and intrauterine devices.    Both are common methods of contraception, but abortion opponents regard them as “abortifacients” and have tried in some states to restrict access to them.
    Some family-planning clinics in states that are banning abortion say their supplies of Plan B are now running short, because women — fearful that the pills will be outlawed — are stocking up.    Hailey Kramer, a nurse practitioner at Tri-Rivers Family Planning in Rolla, Mo., said on Monday that the clinic’s supplier was grappling with soaring demand and that the pills had been back-ordered since a draft of the opinion overturning Roe was leaked last month.
    Mr. Becerra also said he had directed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to take action against states, including Missouri, that have excluded Planned Parenthood, a major provider of birth control, from Medicaid family planning programs that reimburse for such services.
    “We will make clear that family planning providers are able to participate in the Medicaid program,” he said.

6/28/2022 Mexico President Lopez Obrador: US.-Mexico Border ‘Out Of Control’ by OAN NEWSROOM
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico, gestures during a state visit to Mexico at
Palacio Nacional on October 17, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
    Mexico’s president slammed the Biden administration’s border policies after at least 50 migrants were found dead in Texas in an alleged human trafficking incident.    On Tuesday, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the US-Mexico border is “out of control.”
    He further lamented 22 of the deceased were Mexican nationals while seven were reportedly from Guatemala and two from Honduras.    Lopez Obrador claimed the surge of migrants going into the US is a result of poor economic policies affecting Central and South America as well as the entrepreneurship of human smugglers.
    “These unfortunate events have to do with the situation of poverty and desperation of our Central American and Mexican brothers and sisters,” stated the Mexican President.    “It happens because there is also human trafficking and lack of controls at the border between Mexico and the United States and inside the United States.”
    Lopez Obrador said he will meet with President Biden on July 12 to discuss migration.    Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are speaking out regarding the left’s open border approach to immigration.
    Specifically, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) blamed Biden’s border policies, or lack thereof, for the dozens of migrant deaths that took place in the Lone Star State.    In a tweet Monday, Abbott said the deaths occurred due to Biden’s refusal to enforce the law.
    His criticism comes as the death toll has risen to at least 50 people after a large group of migrants was discovered Monday in an abandoned 18-wheeler.    The migrants were coming from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.    Authorities said there weren’t any signs of a working air conditioner or water and are unsure how long the migrants were stuck for.
    Record numbers of migrants have crossed the southern border under Biden’s watch and Border Patrol carried out more than 222,000 apprehensions in May alone.

6/28/2022 NATO Expansion Moves Ahead With Finland, Sweden Agreement by Natalia Drozdiak, Kati Pohjanpalo and Firat Kozok - Bloomberg
    (Bloomberg) -- NATO moved one step closer to bolstering its eastern front with Russia after Turkey dropped its opposition to Swedish and Finnish bids to join the military alliance.
    The deal reached on Tuesday night as leaders gathered in Madrid to discuss NATO’s future path all but ensures a major expansion on Russia’s doorstep.    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday that the alliance would invite the two Nordic countries to join while leaders are still in the Spanish capital.
    Stoltenberg called the invitation “a historic decision,” with the alliance’s 30 members then due to ratify membership.    “I expect that also to go rather quickly because allies are ready to make that ratification process happen as quickly as possible,” he said.
    The move will radically change the defense dynamic of Europe, stabilizing security of the group’s Baltic members.    The leaders will discuss issues including boosting NATO’s deterrence and defense, support for Ukraine, and sign off on long-term strategic guidelines.
Turkey agreed to support inviting the two Nordic countries into the military alliance, after receiving pledges from Finland and Sweden addressing its security concerns, including restrictions on Kurdish groups that Turkey considers terrorists, and avoiding arms embargoes.
    “The talks were intense and tough, not in mood, but in terms of the subject matter, and after four hours, we reached an understanding,” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said.    “Turkey becoming an ally now could impact the considerations” on arms export permits on a case-by-case basis, he added.
    Membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the two previously neutral countries would mark a significant shift in the European security landscape after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met earlier on Tuesday with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, Niinisto and Stoltenberg to hammer out the agreement.
    The alliance is sending “a very clear message to President Putin that NATO’s door is open,” Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.    “He wanted less NATO, now President Putin is getting more NATO, on his borders.    So what he gets is the opposite of what he actually demanded.”
    The membership process will still take many months, including ratification from NATO members’ parliaments, before Finland and Sweden become members and can benefit from the alliance’s article 5 collective defense commitments.
    Stoltenberg said he expected allies to sign the Nordic countries’ accession protocols “immediately” after the summit.    All 30 alliance members need to sign off.
    A senior US administration official said President Joe Biden’s goal this week was to help get the deal across the finish line.     Biden told Erdogan Tuesday morning in a phone call that he should seize the moment and finalize negotiations for an agreement during the Madrid summit.
U.S. to press Turkey as Finland, Sweden hope for NATO breakthrough
    There were no US concessions to Turkey to get the deal completed and Turkey never tied long-standing requests like F-16 fighter jets to any agreement to allow Sweden and Finland to begin the process of joining the alliance, the official told reporters Tuesday evening after it was announced.
    “It’s good for Sweden and Finland’s security but in equal measure it is good for NATO as we would contribute to the common security of the alliance,” Andersson said in a phone interview.    “Sweden and Finland were able to explain our work against terrorism and how we have tightened legislation and will continue to strengthen it.”
    The US has stressed that bringing Finland and Sweden into the fold could make the alliance more secure.    Turkey’s block complicated the allies’ efforts to present a united front in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
© Bloomberg Path to NATO Membership
    Sweden has tightened laws on terrorism in recent years, and more steps in that direction are under way.    Niinisto has said Finland’s anti-terror legislation is on par with current NATO members following a revamp last year.
    The Nordic nations have also highlighted constitutional protections for freedom of speech, meaning they could not prevent peaceful Kurdish demonstrations, and said any extraditions requested by Turkey must be ruled on by courts.
    When it comes to lifting bans on arms exports, Andersson in June signaled that the Swedish authorities that grant arms-export approvals may take a different view on shipments to Turkey in light of the NATO membership bid.
    Throughout the negotiations, Finland and Sweden insisted they meet all NATO’s entry criteria.
    Finland, which has 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of border with Russia and a history of wars against its eastern neighbor, was driven into NATO’s fold by Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, and pulled neighboring Sweden along.
    The attack shifted popular opinion overnight, with policy makers rapidly kicking off the process to join.
© Bloomberg NATO Fortified | The alliance would have more control of the Baltic Sea if Sweden and Finland joined
    Both nations’ militaries are compatible with NATO and include a large number of artillery and tanks.    Finland has held onto a conscription-based system, meaning about 900,000 citizens in a country of 5.5 million have had military training, and it’s able to deploy 280,000 of them in war time. Sweden brought back military conscription from 2018.

6/28/2022 Oil up $1.95 to $111.77, DOW down 491 to 30,947.

6/29/2022 Consumer anxiety mounting across US by Matt Ott, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence slipped to its lowest level in 16 months as persistent inflation and rising interest rates have Americans as pessimistic as they’ve been about the future in almost a decade.
    The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index slipped to 98.7 in June from 103.2 in May, the second straight monthly decline and the lowest level since February 2021.
    The business research group’s expectations index, based on consumers’ six-month outlook for income, business and labor market conditions, tumbled in June to 66.4 – its lowest level since 2013 – from 73.7 in May.    It has been a consistently weak spot in the survey recently.
    “Consumers’ grimmer outlook was driven by increasing concerns about inflation, in particular rising gas and food prices,” said Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s senior director of economic indicators.
    “Expectations have now fallen well below a reading of 80, suggesting weaker growth in the second half of 2022 as well as growing risk of recession by year end.”
    The present situation index, which measures consumers’ assessment of current business and labor conditions, ticked down less than a full point in June to 147.1.
    Inflation has soared over the past year at its fastest pace in decades, with rising costs for nearly everything negating Americans’ pay raises.

6/29/2022 Primaries Decided In Colo., Ill., N.Y., Okla., Utah by OAN NEWSROOM
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, walks out with his family in the background to declare victory to supporters during a Utah Republican primary-night party
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in South Jordan, Utah. Lee defeated two challengers in the primary. (AP Photo/George Frey)
    The Trump endorsement has reaped substantial wins for Republican candidates across the country.    This comes as general election match ups solidified in Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, New York and Illinois.
    In Utah, Sen. Mike Lee declared Republican voters had chosen freedom after he decimated his primary opponents after securing more than 60 percent of the vote.    In November, the two-term senator is favored the win in his race against independent and 2016 presidential hopeful Evan McCullin who has been endorsed by a number of Utah Democrats.
    Meanwhile in neighboring Colorado, conservative firebrand Lauren Boebert thrashed her moderate challenger, state Sen. Don Coram, by nearly 30-points.    She will take on former Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch in November.
    “You don’t mess with God-fearing women who put their country first, who stand up for what’s right, will not bend over backwards to the establishment and let their people get run over,” Boebert exclaimed amid her primary victory speech.    “Those days are over!
    Additionally, 2020 election skeptic Joe O’Dea will attempt to end incumbent Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett’s aspirations of attaining a third term.
    Meanwhile, Oklahoma saw no-nonsense conservative Sen. James Lankford take another step towards re-election, while Rep. Markwayne Mullin emerged from a special election primary to replace retiring Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe’s’ seat.    Also, despite the controversy surrounding his pro-life governance, Governor Kevin Stitt has asserted his constituents are pleased with the current path of the sooner state.
    “I’m looking forward to seeing who my opponent is in the general and then having a great conversation with Oklahomans about the direction they want our state to go,” Stitt stated.    “And I’m confident Oklahomans love the direction that we’re going.”
    Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul easily warded off challenges from NYC public advocate Jumaane Williams and Rep. Tom Suozzi.    On the right side of the aisle, Rep. Lee Zeldin managed to defeat Andrew Giuliani with 43 percent of the vote for the Empire State’s GOP gubernatorial nomination.
FILE — Lee Zeldin appears during New York’s Republican gubernatorial debate, at the studios
of Spectrum News NY, June 20, 2022, in New York. (Brittainy Newman/Pool via AP, File)
    The biggest upset of the night came from Illinois, where state Sen. Darren Bailey won the state’s Republican governor primary despite the GOP establishment donating millions to his opponent’s campaign.    Bailey’s toughest opponent, Richard Irvin, received $50 million from GOP donor and Citadel founder Ken Griffin.    The dark horse candidate is looking to unseat Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker, who he has been called the worst governor in America.
    “We were outspent my tens-of-millions of dollars in the primary and look what happened,” said Bailey.    “This is how it’s done…here’s tip and some advice for J.B. Pritzker: start packing, friend.”
    Twelve Trump-endorsed candidates from Tuesday’s primaries will appear on general election ballots.    His current primary election endorsement track record stands at a 93 percent success rate.

6/29/2022 Biden Announces Increase Of US Forces In Europe by OAN NEWSROOM
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden speak before attending a round table meeting
at a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. North Atlantic Treaty Organization heads of state
will meet for a NATO summit in Madrid from Tuesday through Thursday. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)
    President Joe Biden announced the US is ramping up fo