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Arizona’s top state prosecutor requested that the FBI and Internal Revenue Service investigate a conservative nonprofit group featured in the controversial documentary 2,000 Mules.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a Republican, claims True the Vote has refused to cooperate with state investigators and won’t share evidence it put forward in the Dinesh D’Souza documentary, which raised ballot-harvesting allegations that have fueled claims of widespread election fraud in the 2020 election. His office also claims that the group has used the claims to raise large sums of money, prompting the call for an investigation by the IRS.

True the Vote claims it has already shared the data with Arizona prosecutors, something the letter from Brnovich’s office asking for an investigation calls “patently false.”

“TTV alleges it has in its possession geolocation data from a number of mobile devices showing those mobile devices making several trips in which it is said people are walking to, from, or past ballot drop boxes,” Chief Special Agent Reginald “Reggie” Grigsby wrote in the letter.

“Information has not been provided as to the specific location, whether or not there is in fact a drop box at that location, nor is there any information on the person(s) who may be in possession of the mobile device. TTV did not provide any video evidence to support claims of ballot box stuffing. TTV is adamant it has evidence of ballot stuffing and voting fraud. However, when asked to provide the information, which Ms. Engelbrecht and Mr. Phillips promised to do, TTV never provided the information.”

“TTV has raised considerable sums of money alleging they had evidence of widespread voter fraud and their efforts would train the public to protect election integrity at the polls and to help protect all voters’ rights. They indicate they have provided the information to law enforcement agencies; in our case they have not after promising to do so. Another law enforcement agency has also stated they have not provided them the information, informing them they had given the information to us,” the letter concludes. “Given TTV’s status as a nonprofit organization, it would appear that further review of its financials may be warranted.”

The information the letter lays out points out “potential violations” of the tax code given the conservative group’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status. On its website, True the Vote claims that it has been in contact with law enforcement and other officials.

“We did involve federal and state officials and law enforcement and are working with those who wish to act. Unfortunately, some are not willing to work with us which is why we are encouraging all Americans to take action in their state to ensure free and fair elections,” the post says.

  • NG says:

    Brnovich was never on our side. However, if True the Vote cannot give them names of those possessing the cell phones, how is he supposed to protect them? Getting the IRS involved is a dick move.

  • PAULETTE says:


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    30-Year-Old Republican New Jersey Councilwoman Shot Dead Outside Her Home



    A local councilwoman in New Jersey was killed during a shooting outside her home Wednesday evening, according to officials.

    Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, a Republican, was 30 years old and described by Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick as “dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents.”

    A 911 call reported shots fired around 7:22 p.m, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. A female, identified by New Jersey Globe reporter David Wildstein as Dwumfour, was found dead in her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.

    “This is an active and ongoing investigation anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area is asked to call Detective Rebecca Morales of the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or Detective Michelle Coppola of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office 732-745-3477,” the prosecutor’s office said.

    Kilpatrick called the shooting a “despicable criminal act.”

    A Facebook account for Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Doctor Nelia Rodriguez also reported that Dwumfour was killed.

    “We are so heartbroken to announce that our friend, Councilwoman from Sayreville, part of our HRC (Human Relation Commission), our personal friend, a woman of God Eunice Dwumfour was [murdered] tonight in Sayreville,” the couple wrote.

    They added, “She was an amazing friend, a woman who loved God. We were just at our HRC meeting January 5th 2023 and I just saw her this morning at the store. I remember saying to her I see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow, not knowing tonight was going to be the end of her life. I can’t stop crying. She was 30 years young and full of life.”

    It is not immediately clear if she was the intended target of the alleged shooting.

    “Beyond her dedication to our community, I can share that she was a woman of deep faith and worked hard to integrate her strong Christian beliefs in to her daily life as a person and a community leader,” Kilpatrick continued. “On a personal note, I can’t adequately express my feeling of sorrow at the loss of a friend.”

    Community organizer Charles Kratovil also reported the death.

    “A huge loss for the Sayreville community as Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed at approximately 7:20pm causing a crash near Samuel Circle & Check Avenue,” Kratovil tweeted.

    He added, “I personally knew her to be a very kind person and public servant. May she rest in peace.”

    According to her LinkedIn, Dwumfour was a scrum master, with a background as an IT Business consultant.

    Dwumfour was elected to the Borough Council in 2021, and her term was set to run from January 2022 through December 2024.

    She received a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from William Paterson University, located in Wayne, New Jersey.

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    Pelosi Endorses Schiff For Senate — with One Caveat



    Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) endorsed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for Senate if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) chooses not to seek re-election in 2024.

    The longtime Democratic leader chose Schiff over Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), who announced a Senate campaign last month, and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), who is widely expected to join the race.

    If Feinstein decides not to run, “I will be supporting House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, who knows well the nexus between a strong democracy and a strong economy,” Pelosi said in a statement Thursday. “In his service in the House, he has focused on strengthening our democracy with justice and on building an economy that works for all.”

    Local media described the development as “the strongest sign yet that Feinstein will not seek re-election.”

    In a statement of his own, Schiff said he is “honored to have earned” Pelosi’s support. He said after Pelosi made clear her stance, 20 current and former members of the California delegation also endorsed his campaign for Senate.

    Schiff, whose district includes parts of Los Angeles County, announced his campaign for Senate two days after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) removed him from the House Intelligence Committee over accusations of repeated lying. Schiff called the move “petty, political payback” for his participation in investigations into former President Donald Trump.

    Pelosi said the United States is at a “crossroads” leading up to the 2024 election, casting the Democrats as the defenders of democracy and freedom while characterizing Republicans as being beholden to special interests.

    “Ever since I supported Adam in his race for Congress in 2000, I have known his commitment to putting the American Dream in place for everyone,” Pelosi said in her statement. “Coming from a family of immigrants, Adam has dedicated his life to public service. Every time I have asked Adam to take on the tough fight against extremist forces, he has responded with integrity, strength and success.”

    Feinstein has not yet shared whether she will seek another term. She told Bloomberg News late last month she would share her plans “in the spring sometime.”

    At the age of 89, Feinstein is the Senate’s oldest member, and in recent years her colleagues have raised concerns about her mental fitness. She raised less than $600 in the last three months and has under $10,000 in her campaign account, The Hill reported Wednesday.

    In her statement, Pelosi praised Feinstein as an “iconic” senator with a “remarkable legislative record.” Feinstein “has my whole-hearted support” if she does decide to run for re-election, Pelosi added.

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    ‘Let’s Start Treating Each Other with Respect’: Biden Pleads for Unity as GOP Prepares Hunter Investigation



    President Joe Biden issued a plea to Republicans and Speaker Kevin McCarthy to ‘treat each other with respect’ – as the GOP prepares to investigate him and his son Hunter.

    He sat alongside McCarthy at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, after their White House showdown over the debt limit, and said: ‘Let’s just sorta, kinda, join hands a little bit.

    ‘Let’s start treating each other with respect. That’s what Kevin and I are going to do. Not a joke.

    ‘We had a good meeting yesterday. I think we got to do it across the board. It doesn’t mean we’re going to agree – fight like hell. But let’s treat each other with respect.’

    Republicans are planning to start their probe into the Biden family’s influence peddling and Hunter Biden’s foreign business deals after his State of the Union address next week.

    Biden’s appeal to GOP sentiments came hours after Hunter sent letters to prosecutors, urging them to target critics who had shared his laptop with the media.

    Biden’s call also came as both chambers of Congress have ratcheted up the partisan infighting.

    Later in the day, House Republicans will hold a vote to kick Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a practising Muslim, off the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her past comments critical of Israel.

    The vote comes in retaliation after Democrats last year booted far-right GOP lawmakers from committees over their incendiary, violent remarks.

    Biden didn’t answer DailyMail.com when asked about his call for respect, given the investigation his son is facing and the Omar vote.

    But, in his remarks at the breakfast, he acknowledged that tensions were high.

    ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself. That’s the hardest one. I think. At least it’s hardest here,’ Biden said. ‘Didn’t used to be hard.’

    ‘I’ve been here a long time, but it seems to be getting harder. It’s easy to say. It’s hard to do,’ he added.

    ‘My prayer for this prayer breakfast is you started to see each other again, look at each other, travel with each other again. Argue like hell with each other again, but then still go to lunch together.’

    Biden, who spent 36 years as a senator representing the state of Delaware, joked about his long service to the country.

    ‘I know I don’t look it – but I’ve done it for a few years,’ he said to much laughter.

    Even as lawmakers came together Thursday morning in the Capitol complex, they prepared to take battle stations later today and in the days to come.

    In addition to the vote on Omar’s removal, House Republicans are gearing up to go after the president’s son.

    The House Oversight Committee has scheduled a February 8 hearing on Hunter Biden’s laptop and Twitter’s attempt to suppress a New York Post story on it.

    The hearing will be the day after President Biden’s State of the Union address, in which he will lay out his vision for the country for the next year. He is expected to issue a call for bipartisanship.

    Hunter’s legal team has gone on the offensive by sending letters to state and federal prosecutors urging criminal investigations into those who accessed and disseminated his personal data.

    They also sent a separate letter that threatened Fox News host Tucker Carlson with a defamation lawsuit, The Washington Post reported.

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    Top Biden Economic Adviser to Leave White House



    Brian Deese, the top White House economic adviser to President Biden for the past two years, will depart the White House in the coming days, the president announced Thursday.

    Deese served as the director of the National Economic Council and helped craft Biden’s economic agenda. He was also a key player in negotiations with Congress on major legislation Biden signed during his first two years in office, including the Inflation Reduction Act, which contained several of Biden’s major priorities on climate change and health care.

    “When I took office, we faced high unemployment, an economy in crisis, and main streets shuttered across the country. I knew we needed to not just get families back to work and businesses re-opened, we needed to rebuild our economy so no one was left behind,” Biden said in a statement.

    “For the past two years, I have relied on Brian Deese to help me do just that,” Biden continued. “Brian has a unique ability to translate complex policy challenges into concrete actions that improve the lives of American people. He has helped steer my economic vision into reality, and managed the transition of our historic economic recovery to steady and stable growth.”

    Biden credited Deese with playing an integral role in passing some of the most significant pieces of economic legislation of his term thus far, including the bipartisan infrastructure law that was passed in 2021 and the CHIPS and Science Act, which was passed last year and will boost manufacturing in semiconductor chips.

    Deese, who had been commuting to Washington, D.C., from New England, where his wife and two children live, had been rumored since last year’s midterm elections to be a likely candidate to depart the administration.

    He joins former chief of staff Ron Klain as the second major Biden White House official to depart in the new year.

    It is not yet clear who will replace Deese to lead the National Economic Council. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Lael Brainard and Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo are considered two of the likeliest candidates.

    Deese departs his role at a time when Biden and his team are bullish on the economy ahead of a likely 2024 reelection campaign. They have repeatedly pointed to low unemployment numbers and steadily falling inflation over the past few months, which have soothed some recession fears among economists.

    But Deese’s replacement will still contend with an uncertain economic outlook and will be involved in a looming fight with congressional Republicans over raising the debt ceiling.

    Lawmakers likely have until some time in June to reach a deal to lift the debt ceiling before the federal government defaults on it debt. Economists have warned that a default, or even the specter of it, would send the economy into a tailspin, reducing government services, roiling markets and damaging the country’s credibility.

    Biden on Wednesday met with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to discuss the debt ceiling. McCarthy emerged optimistic about a potential agreement, while the White House said Biden indicated he would be open to discussing spending cuts as a separate issue from raising the debt limit.

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    CDC Warns Not to Use Eye Drop Brand as It Investigates Death, Infections Across 11 States



    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking people to stop using a brand of artificial tears that could be behind dozens of infections across the U.S.

    The CDC says lab and epidemiological evidence have tied the use of EzriCare Artificial Tears to a multi-state cluster of Pseudomonas aeruginosa patients, but the investigation is ongoing and there is not yet a definite link.

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria live in the environment, are highly resistant to antibiotics and can cause infections in the blood, lungs (pneumonia) and other body parts. Often these cases occur after surgery.

    The CDC is investigating at least 50 cases in 11 states that have led to hospitalization, permanent vision loss and even one death. The cases are located in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Washington.

    While working to determine the cause of the illnesses, CDC investigators found that the majority of people used artificial tears, with EzriCare being the most popular brand. Investigators identified the drug-resistant bacteria in open bottles of the drops, the CDC said. Testing of sealed bottles is ongoing.

    “CDC recommends that clinicians and patients immediately discontinue the use of EzriCare Artificial Tears until the epidemiological investigation and laboratory analyses are complete,” according to a Jan. 20 news release.

    EzriCare said in a statement Wednesday that they were not aware of any testing that definitely linked the eye drops to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but said they stopped selling the product.

    “To the greatest extent possible, we have been contacting customers to advise them against continued use of the product, the company said in a statement on its website. “We also immediately reached out to both CDC and FDA and indicated our willingness to cooperate with any requests they may have of us.”

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    Dr. Peter McCullough Unbowed After Winning Legal Case: ‘Wouldn’t Do Anything Different’



    A district judge vindicated Texas cardiologist and outspoken COVID vaccine critic Dr. Peter McCullough on Wednesday, dismissing a lawsuit filed against him approximately two years ago by his former employer Baylor Scott and White Health system.

    McCullough, dubbed a prominent purveyor of COVID misinformation by his detractors, was sued by the health system two years ago for allegedly violating a separation agreement and bringing the Baylor Scott and White Health name into the media. Associate Judge Tahira Khan Merritt of the Judicial District Court Dallas County dismissed the suit with prejudice.

    “This is a strong victory for freedom of speech and fair balanced publication and media presentation of clinical data as it has emerged over the course of the pandemic crisis,” McCullough told The Daily Wire. “My analyses and conclusions have been accurate, consistent, and have always been my own, not those of any institution.”

    Baylor accused McCullough in the $1 million lawsuit of “reputational harm,” stating that McCullough gave several media interviews and was published in journals that mentioned Baylor as an affiliate even though he had parted ways with the employer.

    Baylor Scott & White Health told The Dallas Morning News in a written statement at the time of the filings that McCullough’s views don’t represent those of the health care provider.

    “The lawsuit was filed to enforce this separation and avoid public confusion,” the statement said. “We take very seriously our responsibility to be a trusted source of medical information in the communities we serve.”

    Yet, representatives for the cardiologist asserted McCullough never stated he was employed by the health system and that it was third parties who referenced the relationship.

    “The lawsuit, in a sense, represented a form of intimidation and professional reprisal, and I feel vindicated by the dismissal,” McCullough said.

    The Daily Wire reached out to Baylor Scott and White Health for comment but received no reply.

    McCullough participated in health system task forces, led research activities on COVID for the health system, and teamed with government officials throughout the early days of the pandemic in 2020. Prominent medical journals published peer-reviewed studies of McCullough’s early treatment and response to the COVID health crisis.

    In response to his work, McCullough claims the health system decided not to renew his contract, which was “tantamount to termination” without reason or due process. Following the non-renewal, McCullough said he negotiated a settlement agreement that made way for the lawsuit.

    “I’m glad it’s behind us,” he said. “The process was draining,” he continued, adding that he believes the lawsuit was designed to injure his professional career.

    “Moreover, it was a message to other doctors to follow a narrative,” he said. “And that narrative is becoming increasingly uncomfortable for physicians in terms of a narrative that directs doctors not to treat patients early for COVID-19 and to continue to support and recommend emergency use authorized COVID-19 vaccination, despite mounting data that the vaccines have a very unfavorable safety profile.”

    McCullough became a controversial figure in the medical field amid the global pandemic, which prompted medical associations and legacy media to discredit his promotion of hydroxychloroquine and other early treatments.

    In December 2021, the cardiologist appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast where he made a number of claims about information surrounding treatments for the coronavirus, including questioning the efficacy and safety of the vaccines and how the pandemic started.

    “When I graduated from medical school, I took the Hippocratic Oath, which said that, above all, I would do no harm to any patient, and I would do everything in my power to help each and every patient,” McCullough said. “I’ve done that throughout the pandemic — not only with my personal patients — but through my public statements in my work as a public figure to help as many people in the world as possible, helping them avoid hospitalization and death with COVID-19 illness and helping them avoid injury, disability and death with COVID-19 vaccination.”

    “I think this is a very important stance — I wouldn’t do anything any differently,” he said. “Whether there was a lawsuit or no lawsuit — this is very important. The question on the table is, ‘Why can’t all doctors in America in the world say that?’”

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    Surprise Oscar Nod Leads to Investigation, Criticism of No Black Best Actress Nomination



    Actress Andrea Riseborough’s surprise best actress nomination for her brilliant performance in the little-seen film “To Leslie,” which meant that the category had no black actresses, triggered an investigation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and condemnation from a black film critic.

    “To Leslie” earned a paltry $27,000 when it was released in October, but many Hollywood stars who saw the film praised Riseborough’s work, including Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams, and Kate Winslet, with the latter calling the performance “the greatest female performance onscreen I have ever seen in my life.” But some black critics expressed their fury that performances by black actresses did not receive a best actress nod.

    “What does it say that the Black women who did everything the institution asks of them — luxury dinners, private academy screenings, meet-and-greets, splashy television spots and magazine profiles — are ignored when someone who did everything outside of the system is rewarded?” film critic Robert Daniels wrote in the Los Angeles Times.

    “We live in a world and work in industries that are so aggressively committed to upholding whiteness and perpetuating an unabashed misogyny towards Black women,” Nigerian-American director Chinonye Chukwu wrote after the nominations were announced,

    Meanwhile, the Academy launched an investigation into whether a campaign for Riseborough’s nomination broke any of the Academy’s rules. The Academy scrutinized the efforts of actress Mary McCormack, who is married to “To Leslie” director Michael Morris, and her manager, Jason Weinberg, who represents Riseborough, to elicit support from Hollywood friends to push the film.

    Additionally, actress Frances Fisher consistently praised the film, suggesting people vote for Riseborough’s nomination since “Viola, Michelle, Danielle & Cate are a lock for their outstanding work.”

    Actress Christina Ricci slammed the investigation, writing in a later-deleted post, “Seems hilarious that the ‘surprise nomination’ (meaning tons of money wasn’t spent to position this actress) of a legitimately brilliant performance is being met with an investigation. So it’s only the films and actors that can afford the campaigns that deserve recognition? Feels elitist and exclusive and frankly very backward to me.”

    But on Tuesday, the Academy announced it would not rescind Riseborough’s nomination. “The academy has determined the activity in question does not rise to the level that the film’s nomination should be rescinded,” Chief Executive Officer Bill Kramer declared. “However, we did discover social media and outreach campaigning tactics that caused concern. These tactics are being addressed with the responsible parties directly.”

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    Male Accused of Raping Girls Ages 4 and 9 to Serve Less Than 180 Days in Jail – Not Required to Register as Sex Offender



    A 20-year-old Minnesota man accused of raping two girls, ages 4 and 9, when he was around 16 years old will serve less than 180 days in jail and up to 30 years of probation. He will not have to register as a sex offender, and the charges against him will be dismissed from his criminal record at the completion of his probation, the Post Bulletin reported.

    Mohamed Bakari Shei faced three felony first-degree charges in two rape cases involving minor victims. Shei was initially charged in 2019 after he was accused of sexual assaults against a 4-year-old and 9-year-old girl when he was 15 and 16 years old.

    The court documents revealed that one of the underage victims reported in April 2020 that she had first been raped by Shei on Mother’s Day in 2018 at a residence. The girl informed the police that Shei had promised to give her money and buy her toys.

    In June 2021, a second underage victim told authorities that Shei had raped her multiple times at the same residence.

    In December 2022, Shei entered an Alford plea, which meant that he did not admit guilt of the sexual assault crimes, but he did admit the jury would likely convict him based on the evidence.

    According to Shei’s lawyer, James McGeeney, the court could not sentence Shei to serve jail time because it would violate the plea agreement.

    On January 30, 2023, District Judge Jacob Allen disagreed with McGeeney and sentenced Shei to serve, with good behavior, 116 days in the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center and 30 years probation. The judge also ordered Shei to undergo a sex offender program and complete 200 hours of community service.

    Shei’s plea deal called for a stay of adjudication and two of the three charges to be dropped. After the completion of Shei’s probation, all charges against him will be dismissed and removed from his criminal record.

    One of the victims and several family members spoke during Monday’s sentencing hearing. “There is no moving on or getting over it, I’ve tried,” stated one of the victims.

    “Some day you will have to answer for this egregious act against a child,” said a family member of one of the girls.

    “I hope you heard what was said in this court today,” Allen told Shei. “The conduct they described and the way it affected them should be something that haunts you.”

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    Hunter Biden Finally Admits Infamous Laptop is His



    First son Hunter Biden’s lawyers admitted late Wednesday that the infamous laptop the now-52-year-old abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop in the throes of his crack cocaine addiction does indeed belong to him.

    The revelation came in a petulant letter from Hunter’s lawyers seeking a criminal probe into what they called, attempts to “weaponize” its contents.

    In the 14-page letter to Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, Biden attorney Abbe Lowell claimed that repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac “unlawfully” accessed Hunter’s laptop data and worked with former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to “weaponize” sordid and incriminating contents on it against Joe Biden.

    “This failed dirty political trick directly resulted in the exposure, exploitation, and manipulation of Mr. Biden’s private and personal information,” Lowell wrote.

    “Mr. Mac Isaac’s intentional, reckless, and unlawful conduct allowed for hundreds of gigabytes of Mr. Biden’s personal data, without any discretion, to be circulated around the Internet.”

    Mac Isaac took possession of the laptop and hard drive late in 2019 after trying and failing for months to notify Hunter that the device was ready to be picked up. Once the shop owner saw the laptop’s contents — including emails detailing influence-peddling involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and videos of the younger Biden smoking crack and having sex with prostitutes and his work subordinates — he alerted the FBI.

    The feds picked up the laptop in December 2019, but not before Mac Isaac made a copy and gave it to Giuliani’s personal lawyer, Robert Costello.

    Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of the hard drive in October 2020.

    Lowell’s letter singles out Mac Isaac, Giuliani, Costello, former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon, former Trump White House aide Garrett Ziegler, Bannon associate Jack Maxey, and founder and CEO of cyber analytics firm XRVision and former aide to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Yaacov Apelbaum as parties who gained unauthorized access to the laptop’s contents and disseminated it to the media and lawmakers.

    “We believe that the facts and circumstances merit further investigation as to whether the conduct of Messrs. Mac Isaac, Costello, Giuliani, Bannon, Ziegler, Maxey, and Apelbaum violated several provisions of Delaware’s criminal code – including, but not necessarily limited to, computer-related property offenses … theft … possession of stolen property … and misapplication of another’s property … Each of these offenses, if violated, has the potential to be a felony, depending on the value of the property in question,” Lowell writes.

    Letters were also sent by Hunter Biden’s lawyer on Wednesday to the Justice Department’s National Security Division and the IRS.

    “I think with Congress starting investigations next week, it’s a scare tactic,” Mac Isaac told The Post Wednesday.

    “The flak is heaviest when you are over the target!” he added.

    The House Oversight Committee will commence hearings next week on Hunter Biden’s alleged influence peddling, and claims he cashed in on ties to his then-vice president father to rake in millions from foreign companies, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the chairman of the panel, told the National Press Club on Monday.

    Ziegler, who worked as aide to Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro and has published the laptop’s data on his Marco Polo USA website, told The Post on Wednesday that the letters were a “desperate attempt” by the Biden family to get the spotlight away from “their crimes.”

    “With respect to the letters from the President’s son pleading with his daddy’s agencies to target those who expose his blatant criminality, Kevin Morris did not get a lot of bang for his buck,” Ziegler told The Post, referencing Hunter Biden’s fixer and “sugar brother,” Kevin Morris, who allegedly lent the president’s son $2 million to help pay off his overdue federal taxes and has become the architect of Hunter Biden’s legal and media strategy.

    “You’d think that Morris would spend $1,400+/hour on an actual tax attorney when funding Hunter’s legal misadventures, which Abbe Lowell is not,” Ziegler said.

    “The letter to the IRS about Marco Polo is full of speculations and basic misunderstandings about the case law surrounding 501(c)(3) organizations. Hopefully, federal and state investigators will see this for what it is: a desperate attempt by Hunter and his family to get the attention off of their crimes,” he added.

    Costello told The Post that Lowell’s allegations were “ridiculous” and a sign of “desperation.”

    “This letter is a ridiculous attempt to intimidate that will not succeed. It is the product of desperation by Hunter Biden because they know judgement day is coming for the Biden family,” he said.

    Costello points out that Mac Isaac has a “signed work order that gives [him] authorization to examine the hard drive and the property is deemed legally abandoned after 90 days. It is the property of John Paul Mac Isaac.”

    Mac Isaac said it’s no coincidence the letter from Hunter Biden’s lawyer comes just as House Republicans are ready to open probes into the president’s son.

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    Republican Introduces Impeachment Articles Against Top Biden Official



    Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs introduced articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Wednesday over his handling of the surge of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Under Mayorkas’ leadership, federal authorities at the border have seen record surges in illegal migration, with December marking the highest month on record with more than 250,000 migrant encounters. That led Biggs to introduce the impeachment articles alongside more than one dozen of his Republican colleagues.

    Biggs also centered his decision around the surge in drugs, particularly fentanyl, coming over the southern border. CBP seized more than 14,000 pounds of fentanyl at the border in fiscal year 2022 and more than half of that in the first three months of fiscal year 2023.

    “The actions of Secretary Mayorkas have made the border less secure and encouraged aliens to enter the United States illegally, instead of taking actions to maintain operational control of the border. His actions have subverted the will of Congress and the core tenants of the Constitution,” the resolution introduced Wednesday states.

    Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon introduced articles of impeachment against Mayorkas on Jan. 3. Biggs also first introduced impeachment articles against Mayorkas in August 2021 in the last Congress, accusing the secretary of “dereliction of duty in protecting our nation’s borders constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”

    Then-Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged Nov. 22 to impeach Mayorkas if the secretary failed to resign from his post.

    “Secretary Mayorkas is proud to advance the noble mission of this Department, support its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American people. The Department will continue our work to enforce our laws and secure our border, while building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system,” DHS said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation at the time.

    “Members of Congress can do better than point the finger at someone else; they should come to the table and work on solutions for our broken system and outdated laws, which have not been overhauled in over 40 years,” the department then added.

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    WH Refuses To Say If FBI Searching More Biden Locations For Docs, Won’t Disclose How Many Seized



    The White House refused to say Wednesday whether federal law enforcement officials were searching other locations associated with President Joe Biden as they search for classified material in their criminal investigation into the president.

    The news comes after the FBI seized materials from Biden’s beach home in Delaware on Wednesday afternoon while conducting a four-hour search of the residence. Biden’s personal attorney claimed that the materials were not classified.

    Ian Sams, senior advisor to the White House Counsel’s Office, was asked by a reporter if the FBI has conducted any searches of any other locations associated with the president that the administration is aware of.

    “Look, I think we’re providing information as this goes on and answering questions about the search activities as they’ve been happening,” Sams said. “I don’t want to speak too much to the DOJ’s practices in an ongoing investigation. I can say, you know, that we have cooperated fully, though the president’s personal attorneys have provided information to DOJ.”

    Sam tried to portray that the administration was being transparent about searches that have been taking place, however, it never disclosed that the FBI searched Biden’s former office at the Biden Penn Center back in November.

    Sams later said that he did not want to “speak too much to the Justice Department’s decision-making and their activities.”

    When asked if the White House believes that there are more classified documents that are out there connected to Biden, Sams would not answer the question.

    Sams again tried to paint the administration as being transparent, claiming that it has offered “unprecedented access” to Biden’s homes and office. However, this claim is misleading as federal law enforcement officials were prepared to have a judge sign off on a warrant to search the property.

    When asked how many classified documents have been seized by the FBI, Sams did not answer the question.

    Sams could not say if the White House told the National Archives that they could not issue a press release about the discovery of classified documents.

    Sams was later asked again about the FBI potentially searching other locations associated with Biden and was asked if the reason that he refused to answer the question was that he knew the answer. Sams would not answer the question.

    Classified documents connected with Biden were first found in his former private office at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C., on November 2, less than a week before the 2022 midterm elections. Since then, Biden’s attorneys have located more classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on multiple occasions: an unspecified number found in the garage on December 20, one document found in Biden’s study on January 11, and five more found in the study on January 12.

    Federal officials confirmed two weeks ago that they found more classified material during a 13-hour FBI search of Biden’s home on January 20.

    CNN reported last week that while Biden’s team claimed it was cooperative in dealing with the Department of Justice, federal investigators were prepared to get a search warrant if Biden did not consent to being searched.

    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur — who served during the Trump administration — to serve as special counsel in the investigation after the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, who was assigned to do an initial review of the case, recommended to Garland that a special counsel be appointed.

    CNN described the special counsel investigation by Hur as a “full-blown criminal investigation.”

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    Tom Brady is About to Cause Fox Drama with $375 Million Contract



    And just like that, the retired Tom Brady transitions from being considered the greatest player in NFL history to the most interesting person in sports television.

    It is not only that he is Tom Brady, but the situation that he and Fox Sports have created is intriguing. As The Post exclusively reported, Brady has a 10-year, $375 million contract with the network to be its No. 1 NFL game analyst alongside Kevin Burkhardt.

    If the prospects of Brady in the booth weren’t juicy enough, the man who has kept Brady’s seat warm and will call Super Bowl LVII with Burkhardt a week from Sunday, Greg Olsen, has been really good at the job.

    If Olsen throws for the booth version of four touchdowns during Eagles-Chiefs, then the intrigue will only grow stronger.

    The way it is set up now, Brady can jump into the No. 1 booth when he is ready. It is possible he could go for a gap year, but he very well could be calling the top games next season.

    As for this Super Bowl, which is on Fox, all indications are that network executives will not put him in the booth. They know it would be stupid and unwise with their $375 million investment to try a three-man setup for the first time with 100 million people watching. If Brady was unsteady, he would immediately create more questions as to why Fox is replacing Olsen with him. And that investment might quickly look poor.

    What seems entirely possible and a wise move for both is for Brady to be part of Fox’s pregame. Who wouldn’t want his star power and knowledge to bring more shine to the endless analysis and features that will lead into Feb. 12?

    There have been some feelings from important people in the business that Brady signed the Fox deal as a hedge and that he may never call a game. After Joe Buck and Troy Aikman fled for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” for contracts that totaled $165 million and some change, Fox Sports did what it historically has done — swung for the fences. The money kept rising and rising until Brady’s total broadcasting contract ended up higher than the around $330 million he made as a quarterback.

    Is this going to be a passion for Brady? It doesn’t feel that way initially. There is nothing like playing, but he has talked about being like Johnny Miller was on golf. If he is that cutting, that would be a must-listen.

    As for Olsen, the prevailing wisdom is he may get a raw deal. We are a long-run contrarian on this point of view. He is 37 and is making around $10 million a year. When Brady arrives, Olsen will be slotted down to the No. 2 spot on Fox’s depth chart and will make in the $3 million range. That is still a tremendous job.

    But Olsen has his future in his hands. His contract, according to sources, allows him to leave if there is a No. 1 job around. He could end up being this generation’s Cris Collinsworth — having a long, lucrative career, despite not having played quarterback or for the Cowboys or in New York. People love an underdog — especially if the person delivers.

    Brady’s announcement makes the media aspect of the Super Bowl that much more juicy, which is why Fox Sports wanted him — he is a star among stars.

    And so Brady walks away from football to become the most interesting person in sports media, because, even with a $375 million contract in hand, Brady has already proved that “What’s next?” is not so easy to figure out with him.

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    Biden Admin Announces New Crackdown On Gas Stoves



    The Department of Energy revealed a proposed rule Wednesday that would set a new “energy conservation standard” for gas stoves and electric cooking equipment, according to an announcement.

    The DOE’s proposed rule-making would create energy efficiency standards for newly manufactured gas stoves, but wouldn’t cap consumers’ usage of them, according to the rule. In January, a commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission told Bloomberg that the Biden administration was considering a nationwide ban on gas stoves, citing a December 2022 study claiming the stoves account for roughly 12.7% of childhood asthma cases in the U.S.

    However, the study itself was partially funded by two nonprofits that are pushing for American households to use electric stoves. A separate 2013 study found that there was “no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis” after sampling 500,000 children worldwide.

    “Any new or amended energy conservation standard must be designed to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that DOE determines is technologically feasible and economically justified,” a summary of the proposed rule said. Most importantly, this legislation will target electric stoves for the very first time on the condition that they may not use a linear power supply.

    The rule would improve the nation’s energy saving by at least 3.4% compared to a scenario where these standards were not applied and better the security and reliability of the American energy system, according to DOE.

    “The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (“EPCA”), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including consumer conventional cooking products. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings,” according to the rule.

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    High-Profile Biden Donor and Reality Show Husband Could Face Decades in Prison



    A high-profile former lawyer who donated big money to Democrats and hosted a fundraiser for President Biden was indicted by federal grand juries on Wednesday in two states for allegedly embezzling more than $18 million from legal clients.

    The Justice Department announced that Tom Girardi, 83, was charged in Los Angeles with five counts of wire fraud, which carries a maximum 20-year federal prison sentence. According to prosecutors, the charges were part of an indictment accusing him of embezzling more than $15 million from clients and using the funds to cover his law firm’s payroll and pay his personal expenses.

    The case also includes charges against Christopher Kamon, the former chief financial officer of Girardi’s LA-based law firm, Girardi Keese, indicating they “devised, participated in, and executed a scheme to defraud victim clients” until the firm collapsed in late 2020.

    In Chicago, meanwhile, Girardi, his son-in-law David Lira, and Kamon were charged with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of contempt of court. Prosecutors allege the trio stole more than $3 million in settlement funds meant for family members of those who died in a Boeing plane crash off the coast of Indonesia.

    Wednesday’s indictments mark the latest chapter in the remarkable downfall of Girardi, who was one of the most prominent attorneys in LA before being disbarred in disgrace in California last year.

    Before his downfall, Girardi cultivated close ties with a plethora of powerful Democratic politicians at all levels of government — mayors, governors, members of Congress, presidents, and presidential candidates — through large donations and lavish spending on fundraisers.

    Girardi, his relatives, and employees gave at least $7.5 million in political contributions to candidates and political committees, from city council races to presidential campaigns, according to a 2020 analysis by the Los Angeles Times. Most of that money went to Democrats, including Biden, for whom Girardi also hosted a ritzy fundraiser in LA during the 2020 presidential cycle.

    When reached for comment, the White House referred Fox News Digital to the Democratic National Committee, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

    In addition to Biden, Girardi has given tens of thousands of dollars each to the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and a host of other elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels.

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom received a total of $87,600 from Girardi for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign and a total of $8,500 for his 2014 lieutenant governor campaign, campaign finance records show.

    Over the last decade, Girardi and his estranged wife, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” reality TV star Erika Jayne, gave more than $2 million to the national Democratic Party and individual candidates, according to election filings. And that was despite Girardi reportedly defaulting on high-interest loans and being forced to liquidate his stock portfolio.

    Girardi’s deep pockets and status as both a celebrity and high-powered attorney reportedly gave him easy and intimate access to Democrats both on Capitol Hill and in the California governor’s mansion.

    However, amid worsening legal issues, Girardi’s lavish lifestyle steadily came crashing down, culminating with Wednesday’s indictments.

    Beyond losing his political influence, Girardi is also in the process of divorce from Jayne, who filed for the separation in 2020 after 21 years in marriage. The two had appeared on Jayne’s reality show together.

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    FBI Investigating George Santos’ Alleged Involvement In ‘GoFundMe Scheme



    Federal law enforcement officials are reportedly investigating Rep. George Santos (R-NY) over his alleged involvement in a “GoFundMe scheme” that was set up for a disabled U.S. Navy veteran’s dog.

    Santos told Politico that two FBI agents contacted Richard Osthoff, the disabled Navy veteran, as part of an investigation being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.

    Osthoff says that Santos raised $3,000 for life-saving surgery that was needed for his pit bull and then ran off with the money. He reportedly gave agents text message exchanges that he had with Santos.

    “I’m glad to get the ball rolling with the big-wigs,” Osthoff said on Wednesday. “I was worried that what happened to me was too long ago to be prosecuted.”

    The text messages, which were first reported by Patch, allegedly show Santos going by the name Anthony Devolder and claiming that he had a pet charity called Friends of Pets United.

    The New York Times reported in December that there was no evidence the charity was even real.

    The freshman congressman, who has admitted to lying about aspects of his career and personal life, is facing probes from federal and local authorities in addition to congressional investigations.

    “With the ongoing attention surrounding both my personal and campaign financial investigations, I have submitted a request to Speaker McCarthy that I be temporarily recused from my committee assignments until I am cleared,” Santos said in a statement. “This was a decision that I take very seriously.”

    “The business of the 118th Congress must continue without media fanfare,” he continued. “It is important that I primarily focus on serving the constituents of New York’s Third Congressional District and providing federal level representation without distraction.”

    Santos has already admitted that he fibbed about working for financial titans Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; he also admitted that he did not graduate from college. Furthermore, Santos admitted that he embellished some of the details of his personal life, his religion, and his sexuality.

    The New York Times reported earlier this month that law enforcement officials in Brazil “intend to revive fraud charges” against Santos stemming from an incident in 2008 that involved a checkbook that was allegedly stolen.

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    ‘Dances With Wolves’ Actor Arrested For Allegedly Running Sex Cult



    A former actor who appeared in the 1990 film “Dances With Wolves” was arrested by Las Vegas police on Tuesday for allegedly running a sex cult.

    Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, better known as Nathan Chasing Horse, was arrested following a SWAT raid on his home in North Las Vegas, the New York Post reported. Chasing Horse reportedly lived at the home with five wives, with one allegedly given to him as a “gift” when she was just 15 and another becoming his wife after she turned 16.

    In a 50-page search warrant obtained by the Associated Press, authorities alleged that Chasing Horse is the leader of a cult called The Circle, where he used his position to allegedly abuse underage Native American girls. Authorities investigated Chasing Horse for months after receiving a tip in October 2022, though it is alleged that his crimes have been ongoing for about two decades.

    Chasing Horse was known for his role as Smiles a Lot, a young Sioux tribe member, in the film “Dances With Wolves.” Following his appearance in the film, Chasing Horse was known as a medicine man among tribes in the U.S. and Canada, and would perform healing ceremonies and spiritual gatherings, the AP reported. It was in this position that Chasing Horse allegedly abused at least six victims, including at least one as young as 13.

    “Nathan Chasing Horse used spiritual traditions and their belief system as a tool to sexually assault young girls on numerous occasions,” the search warrant said, according to the AP.

    The search warrant added that Chasing Horse’s followers apparently believed he could actually communicate with higher beings, and called him “Medicine Man” or “Holy Person.”

    Chasing Horse was arrested for crimes allegedly committed in Clark County, Nevada, but the search warrant reportedly includes information pertaining to crimes committed in other states, including Montana and South Dakota and other parts of Nevada. Chasing Horse is accused of sex trafficking and sexual assault of a child younger than 16, as well as child abuse. In addition, he is alleged to have recorded sexual assaults and arranged for other men to have sex with the victims for a fee.

    The warrant also alleged that Chasing Horse was kicked off the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, Montana, in 2015 after being accused of human trafficking.

    Chasing Horse was born on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation and is a member of the Sicangu Sioux tribe, one of the seven tribes of the Lakota nation, the AP reported.

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    MSNBC Anchor Hospitalized with Severe Myocarditis, Pericarditis



    An MSNBC anchor revealed in a recent segment that she was hospitalized with heart inflammation in December, leading her to miss work for about a month.

    Yasmin Vossoughian said that the health scare started on Dec. 20 when she started to experience chest pains that “waxed and waned over a period of 10 days.” Those pains “continued to get worse” over the coming days, she added.

    The anchor, who hosts a weekend program on the left-wing network, said she went to urgent care on Dec. 30 and was told she had acid reflux. A day later, she woke up with severe chest pains and pain in her left shoulder, leading her to believe she was suffering from a heart attack.

    Vossoiughian, 44, said she went to the emergency room. Doctors diagnosed her with pericarditis, or inflammation of the lining of the heart. They claimed it was caused by “a literal common cold,” she said.

    She added that she doesn’t smoke, she runs several miles per week, does yoga, doesn’t eat meat, and drinks occasionally. “I’m a pretty healthy person,” she said.

    After she was admitted to the hospital, she spent several days there before she was released on Jan. 4, Vossoiughian said.

    “But that was not the end … three days later, I was readmitted when I felt a flutter in my heart like a butterfly,” she said. Doctors then informed her that she developed myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, and she spent another five days in the hospital.

    Vossoiughian then said that it was “just the cold that was doing … all the inflammation in and around my heart.”


    With Vossoiughian’s confirmation that she suffered pericarditis and myocarditis, there was widespread speculation on social media that it may have been caused by a COVID-19 vaccine or booster. The MSNBC host did not make mention of COVID-19 or vaccines during her segment, and she said her doctors blamed it on the common cold virus.

    Both pericarditis and myocarditis are considered side effects of mRNA vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, according to the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    But, according to Johns Hopkins University, while rare, myocarditis can be caused “by an infection in the body,” including the common cold, influenza, and COVID-19. Bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections can also lead to myocardial inflammation.

    The Myocarditis Foundation, meanwhile, says that “viral infections are the leading cause of myocarditis,” but it notes that “a wide range of infections, diseases, and substances may cause this condition.”

    And the UK National Health Service says that “pericarditis often follows a viral infection, such as a sore throat or cold.”

    In 2021, Vossoiughian wrote on social media that she was fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “We are both vaccinated…that was confirmed before this pic!” she said in April of that year. Comcast’s NBCUniversal also mandated that its employees, including those working at MSNBC, get the vaccine before returning to the office in early 2022.

    Later in the segment, the MSNBC host brought on her physician, Dr. Greg Katz, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Hospital, for an interview. Vossoiughian asked him about anecdotal claims that more and more people are now suffering from pericarditis and myocarditis.

    “Could be the season is more virus heavy, maybe our immune systems are different because we’ve been masking and social distancing,” Katz claimed, adding that “nobody knows why this is.”

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    11 US Cities — All Governed by Democratic Mayors — Listed Among 50 Most Dangerous in World



    Eleven U.S. cities rank among the 50 most dangerous in the world, according to a recent report published by Numbeo, a global quality of life database. All 11 are governed by Democratic mayors.

    Three U.S. cities — Baltimore, Memphis and Detroit — are ranked among the 20 most dangerous cities on the planet.

    The three cities have more in common than just violent crime. All three are run by Democrats.

    Baltimore ranks #15 on the annual dangerous cities list, with Memphis and Detroit close behind at #18 and #19, respectively.

    Brandon Scott, just 38 years of age, is the mayor of Baltimore. Jim Strickland Jr., an attorney and politician, is the 64th and current mayor of Memphis, where the Memphis police department has just announced plans to permanently deactivate the unit that five of the officers involved in the vicious beating of Tyre Nichols belonged to. Mike Duggan, meanwhile, is currently serving as the mayor of Detroit.

    Two more U.S. cities run by Democrats appear among the 30 most dangerous in the world: Albuquerque (#23), where 45-year-old Tim Keller serves as the 30th mayor, and St. Louis (#27), where Tishaura Oneda Jones has served as mayor since April of 2021.

    Tracking back for a wider view yields a still grimmer perspective for Democrats, as another six Democrat-run cities rank among the world’s 50 most dangerous: New Orleans (#35), Oakland (#38), Milwaukee (#40), Chicago (#43), Philadelphia (#46), and Houston (#50). Again, all of these cities are run by Democrats.

    Numbeo’s report contains both a Crime Index, which is an estimation of overall levels of crime in a given city, and a Safety index. A city with a high safety index is considered very safe. A city with a high crime index is considered anything but. If a city’s crime levels are lower than 20, for instance, this is considered excellent. Crime levels between 20 and 40 are considered good; crime levels between 40 and 60 are moderate; crime levels between 60 and 80 are considered high. Finally, crime levels higher than 80 are considered dangerously high. The Safety Index, meanwhile, is ranked in the completely opposite way, with scores higher than 80 indicating that a city is very safe, and scores under 20 indicating that a city is borderline uninhabitable.

    Baltimore has a Crime Index score of 75.5 and a Safety Index score of 24.5. “Charm City” finds itself sandwiched between Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, and Rosario, Argentina’s third-most populous city.

    In 2019, then-U.S. Attorney General William Barr referred to Baltimore as the country’s “robbery capital.” Although the comment was deemed controversial by some commentators, it is amply substantiated by crime statistics. Last year, the city of 576,000 experienced a sharp spike in robberies, with robberies of convenience stores jumping by 300%. Baltimore also suffered a sharp increase in homicides.

    Some 900 miles away, in Memphis, overall crime increased by more than 8% last year. By August of 2022, 4,501 crimes had been reported in the downtown area of the city, 600 more than had been reported by August of 2021, according to the city’s Data Hub.

    In Detroit, more than 220 officers left the police department last year. Long known as the automobile capital of the world, Detroit has, in recent times, become more closely associated with assaults, shootings and homicides. On New Year’s Day, for instance, a total of 6 people were shot, one of them fatally. Five days later, a 16-year-old was killed and an 11-year-old was injured in yet another shooting.

    Democrats have often been labeled “soft on crime” by their opponents. The latest Numbeo report will do little to stem such denunciations.

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    Here Are the 4 Senators Most Likely to Lose Their Seats in 2024



    A top nonpartisan political handicapper is forecasting that Democrats face a serious challenge holding on to four crucial Senate seats as they attempt to protect their razor-thin majority in the chamber in the 2024 elections.

    The first Senate race ratings of the new cycle by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics are the latest by a leading election handicapper to point to a rough road ahead for the Democrats.

    Democrats flipped a GOP Senate seat in Pennsylvania in November’s midterm elections, and they currently hold a 51-49 majority in the chamber – which includes three independent senators who caucus with the Democratic conference.

    But Republicans are energized by a very favorable Senate map in 2024, with Democrats defending 23 of the 34 seats up for grabs. Three of those seats are in red states former President Donald Trump easily carried over President Biden in 2020: Ohio, West Virginia and Montana. Five other Democratic seats are in key swing states narrowly carried by Biden in the 2020 presidential election: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In Michigan, longtime Democratic Sen Debbie Stabenow announced she’ll retire after next year rather than seek re-election.

    According to Sabato’s Crystal Ball, three Democratic held seats are toss-ups while one is ranked as lean Republican.

    “Democrats are playing much more defense than Republicans,” Kyle Kondik, Sabato’s Crystal Ball managing editor, highlighted. “Of the current Democratic seats, West Virginia starts as the clearest Republican takeover opportunity, with Arizona, Montana, and Ohio as Toss-ups.”

    And Kondik notes that “the GOP has no Toss-up or Leans Republican seats to defend at the starting gate.”

    Here are the four Democratic senators who face challenging re-elections.

    Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia

    Manchin, a former governor and moderate Democrat who hails from one-time Democratic leaning state that’s turned overwhelmingly red in recent cycles, has yet to announce if he’ll seek another term next year. Manchin won re-election in 2018 by three points in a state then-President Donald Trump carried by nearly 40 points two years later. Sabato’s Crystal Ball ranks this race as lean Republican.

    “It is fairly unusual for us to start an incumbent as an underdog, but we think it’s warranted in this instance,” Kondik emphasized.

    Sen. Jon Tester of Montana

    Tester, a farmer, three-term senator, and the only Democrat to hold statewide office in the red state of Montana, has yet to say if he’ll run for re-election in 2024.

    Trump carried Montana by 16 points in 2020 and Sabato’s Crystal Ball ranks this race a toss-up.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio

    Brown, who’s served nearly a half century as an elected state and federal office holder, has already said he’ll run next year for a fourth six-year term in the Senate.

    Ohio, which was once a premier general election battleground state, has shifted red in recent cycles, and this race is also ranked a toss-up.

    “Brown should be able to get at least some crossover support, but will that be enough to overcome a GOP margin of, say, 8 points for president (Trump’s margin in both 2016 and 2020)?” Kondik wrote.

    Republicans are already taking aim at all three senators. As Fox News first reported earlier this month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) launched a “retire or get fired” digital campaign targeting Manchin, Tester and Brown, and tying them to President Biden.

    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona

    Sinema, a moderate Democratic lawmaker, last month announced she was leaving the party and registering as an Independent. Sinema has yet to announce if she’ll seek another term in 2024.

    But she already faces a challenge from the left, as earlier this month progressive Rep. Ruben Gallego launched a bid for the Democratic Senate nomination in the key southwestern battleground.

    “The Arizona situation is fascinating, given the possibility of a true three-way race,” Kondik highlighted.

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    Jordan Peterson Announces World Economic Forum Alternative



    Professor of psychology and public speaker Jordan Peterson has announced the formation of an international consortium that would serve as a kind of populist alternative to the elitist World Economic Forum (WEF) and provide a countervailing force against globalist aims and narratives.

    Peterson laid out his plan in an appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast, telling him that an inaugural event of the group is being planned for the cusp of October/November 2023 in London.

    Around 2,000 business, cultural, and political figures will be invited to take part in the consortium, he said, adding that he wants the discussions open to the public and membership in the organization to be as broad as possible.

    That would put participation at a similar scale to the WEF’s recent meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which amassed around 2,700 international leaders, Wall Street executives, central bankers, and celebrities.

    Peterson said that a core idea of the consortium—which does not yet have an official name—will be to provide an “alternative vision of the future … an alternative to that kind of apocalyptic narrative that’s being put forward, at least implicitly, by organizations like the WEF.”

    ‘Year of the Polycrisis’

    Critics have argued that the WEF uses scare tactics and paints a dire picture of the future to justify proposed solutions, such as the Great Reset.

    For instance, ahead of this year’s WEF meeting, the group declared 2023 the “Year of the Polycrisis,” laying out an extensive matrix of threats, with a strong focus on the supposed emergency of climate change that critics have lambasted as unfounded alarmism.

    The Great Reset, which has been associated with the controversial slogan “you’ll have nothing and you’ll be happy,” puts forward a top-down approach to managing various threats that include rejigging capitalism to distribute its benefits more evenly and strengthening the global architecture of multinational institutions.

    Critics of the Great Reset say it’s an attempt by international organizations to undermine national sovereignty by centralizing power and decision-making at the expense of individual freedoms and local communities.

    There are also concerns that the solutions the scheme proposes involve a high degree of economic interventionism by governments and social engineering by global elites who want to impose progressive values and beliefs on traditional-minded populations.

    As an alternative to what he described as the WEF’s “apocalyptic narratives,” Peterson said the consortium wants instead to “put forward a vision that’s enticing and inviting.”

    “Imagine you can have the world you want” with “none of this Malthusian Limits to Growth nonsense.”

    The Malthusian Limits to Growth is a concept based on the notion that population growth will eventually outstrip the food supply, leading to widespread famine, disease, and death.

    A key criticism of the idea includes that it’s overly simplistic and fails to account for the complex interplay of food production, population, and technological advancement. It’s also inconsistent with historical data, as the model’s dire predictions have failed to pass despite a growing global population, as food production has kept pace through advancements in technology and agriculture.

    “We get our act together,” Peterson said, “and everyone can have enough—and maybe more than enough.

    “There is no limit to the abundance the natural world can produce,” he added.

    Core Ideas of Peterson’s Consortium

    Peterson listed some of the core ideas that will be discussed at the October/November 2023 meeting, including enhancing energy production and distribution, protecting individual freedoms against tyranny, and pushing back against falling birth rates with pro-family policies.

    “You don’t get to save the planet by making energy prices so expensive that no one poor can afford them. That’s off the table,” he said, adding that the development of alternative sources of energy would be welcome but “you don’t get to impose your utopian vision in the service of your narcissism on the poor.

    “We’re going to try to make the poor rich—try to alleviate poverty,” he said.

    Experts have criticized agendas like the Green New Deal for pushing technologically immature solutions by government dictates and subsidies, making energy less reliable and more expensive, with a disproportionate impact on the poor.

    Peterson said a key discussion point of the consortium will be how to obtain “energy and resources at the lowest possible cost, as rapidly as possible, to the largest number of people around the world.”

    Another is to look at ways to manage governance in order to “stop the march of something like pathological gigantism,” which he described as big and growing power by a combination of corporate, governmental, and media in what he described as a kind of “corrupt collusion.”

    He also said that discussions would involve exploring a “pro-human” view of stewardship.

    “How do we prioritize our attempts to establish our states and our international relationships properly, so that we prioritize human well-being” in a way that’s in harmony with nature to the extent possible, while avoiding the trappings of the Malthusian idea that there are too many “mouths on the planet to feed and that you’re evil if you just think about having children.”

    Further, Peterson said the consortium will explore policies that would counteract falling birth rates by encouraging stable, two-parent families that are “child-centered.”

    “In the West, because we’re very immature, we think that the purpose of a marriage is the happiness of the people who are involved in the marriage, the husband and the wife. And that’s just not the purpose of marriage at all,” Peterson said.

    “The purpose is long-term facilitation of their psychological and spiritual development and the establishment of an environment that’s beneficial to children,” he added.

    He also touched on the primacy of voluntary cooperation among members of societies, rather than top-down coercion.

    “One story is power rules everything,” he said. “But that’s not a very good story. It’s a very pathological story.”

    Peterson argued that taking responsibility at the most local level is key to preventing the rise of tyranny. He said this is based on the idea that personal responsibility should be taken at each step of oneself, family, community, state, and nation.

    “The idea is you have to produce a hierarchy of responsibility, distributed responsibility, as an antithesis to tyranny,” which Peterson suggested could be a model for good governance.

    He said this idea is rooted in Western tradition and is an antidote to the notion that power is the only factor that rules.

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