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Back in 2015 the NIH under the direction of Dr. Tony Fauci gave a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology is now the main suspect in leaking the coronavirus that has killed more than 50,000 Americans and, thanks to Dr. Fauci again, destroyed the US economy.

As early as 2018 US State Department officials warned about safety risks at the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab on scientists conducting risky tests with the bat coronavirus.

Despite the warnings the US National Institute of Health (NIH) awarded a $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan lab studying the bat virus. This was after State Department warned about the risky tests going on in the lab.

The deadly China coronavirus that started in China sometime in late 2019 has now circled the globe. Evidence suggests that the coronavirus didn’t come naturally. We still don’t know whether the deadly virus was leaked intentionally or if it was an accident.

But we do know that the Chinese did attempt to market a cure for the coronavirus to the world in January after the virus began to spread.
According to the report from Wuhan the coronavirus came from either the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention or Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.

These reports linking bats to the coronavirus started making the rounds back in January. A research paper published in the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention determined the source of the coronavirus is a laboratory near the Seafood Market in Wuhan.

On Sunday Rudy Giuliani dropped a bomb on Dr. Fauci. Rudy scolded the NIAID Director of granting $3.7 million to the Wuhan lab that leaked the coronavirus.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Rudy Giuliani questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci’s involvement in grants from the United States to a laboratory in Wuhan, China, that has been tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a report, the U.S. Intelligence Community has growing confidence that the current coronavirus strain may have accidentally escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology rather than from a wildlife market, as the Chinese Communist Party first claimed. During a Sunday interview on The Cats Roundtable, Giuliani questioned why the U.S. gave money to the lab.

“Back in 2014, the Obama administration prohibited the U.S. from giving money to any laboratory, including in the U.S., that was fooling around with these viruses. Prohibited! Despite that, Dr. Fauci gave $3.7 million to the Wuhan laboratory — even after the State Department issued reports about how unsafe that laboratory was, and how suspicious they were in the way they were developing a virus that could be transmitted to humans,” he claimed.

He added, “We never pulled that money. Something here is going on, John. I don’t want to make any accusations. But there was more knowledge about what was going on in China with our scientific people than they disclosed to us when this first came out. Just think of it: If this laboratory turns out to be the place where the virus came from, then we paid for it. We paid for the damn virus that’s killing us.”

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  • Shawn Dollar says:

    This was an act of war brought on us by our own government /democratic party /liberal left and should be dealt with vote everyone of them out and hold everyone of them accountable and tried for treason and mass murder of all who have died do to the virus

  • Donna Wilkins says:

    Why do will still employ a traitor like that?

  • Matt says:

    Fauci gave money to a Chinese laboratory that had been condemned as inadequate and unsafe by fellow Americans?

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    “So much to be #thankful for on the #thanksgiving day. Leaving the hospital and home for #thanksgivingdinner,” he captioned the clip.

    The ever-cheery anchor joked that his hospital departure was his “version of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

    Later that day, the weathercaster uploaded a picture of himself watching the parade hosted by his “Today” colleagues Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, plus fellow meteorologist and anchor Dylan Dreyer.

    He wrote, “Back home in time to catch a little bit of the #macysthanksgivingparade. Missing being next to @savannahguthrie and @hodakotb.”

    He also posted a photo of himself and his family, including wife Deborah and kids Courtney, Leila and Nicholas, writing, “So very #thankful to be able to be home for #thanksgivingdinner #dinner with #family.”

    A second source told us that Roker was staying “positive,” despite his health concerns.

    “Al is the most positive, upbeat, energetic person. Everyone is rooting for him.”

    A spokesperson for “Today” told Page Six, “Al is forging ahead on the road to recovery. He has the unwavering love and support of Deborah, his children, and his entire TODAY family.

    “He is beyond grateful for the outpouring of well-wishes, and we cannot wait for him to be back with us in studio and with our viewers at home.”

    A spokesperson for Tesla didn’t immediately get back to us about Roberts’ lockout, an issue that reportedly happens after the car’s battery dies.

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    Philly Filmmaker Dies ‘Suddenly in His Sleep’ at Age 45 on Thanksgiving

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    Frank Tartaglia, a filmmaker and beloved fixture in the south Philadelphia arts scene, died suddenly last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

    Here’s how writer Mike Newall described Tartaglia’s passing:

    On Thanksgiving Day, just weeks after his first major film headlined the Philadelphia Festival to positive reviews, Frank Tartaglia died suddenly in his sleep at his family home in South Philadelphia. He was 45. The family said they did not yet know the cause of death. Family members said they were shocked — and that he had been in good health and excited about the success of his film.

    Tartaglia was described as a “writer, filmmaker, comedian, painter, singer, and arts enthusiast, who first found show business success as a childhood performer,” the Inquirer said, adding that he was “celebrated as much for his endless originality, sweet nature, and outgoing personality as for his openness about the struggles of living a creative life, and his unflagging encouragement for those who chose the same path.”

    Tartaglia’s brother Joseph died in 2013 at the age of 44 after a six-month bout with an aggressive form of brain cancer, the paper added.

    “That spirit, that energy, the color they brought to the entire neighborhood — it’s irreplaceable,” Peter Pelullo, co-owner of Connie’s Ric Rac club with the Tartaglia brothers, told the Inquirer. “There is never going to be another Frankie — his whole spirit was creative.”

    The Ric Rac — a storefront near Ninth and Washington that the Tartaglia brothers’ dad gave them in 2006 — became a gathering spot for local artists but closed permanently during the pandemic in 2021, the paper said.

    “It really did become a sort of public living room on Ninth Street for artists,” improv comedian PK Kelly recalled to the Inquirer. “If there was a crack in the door, I would pop in to find something special happening behind the doors.”

    By age 11, Frank Tartaglia got into an HBO kids’ comedian contest; at 15, he and a friend won the $10,000 grand prize on “America’s Funniest People”; and soon he was writing — still in his teens — for MTV comedy show “Squirt TV,” the paper said.

    He also fronted a rock band, the Discount Heroes, the Inquirer noted. Here’s a clip of Tartaglia (left) singing with cofounder of the group Robert Ogus in 2011:

    “He was endlessly fascinating, a Dickens character straight out of South Philly, full of droll self-awareness and a never-ending knack for helping to amplify the creative spark of hundreds of dreamers who wandered in and out of Connie’s Ric Rac over the years,” James Doolittle, a Philadelphia producer and longtime friend, told the paper.

    Tartaglia also worked on numerous film projects over the years, and the Inquirer noted that his first major film, the recently released crime drama “Not for Nothing” — based in south Philly and starring actor Mark Webber — was praised by critics as a “gripping tale.”

    Here’s a behind-the-scenes vignette about creating “Not for Nothing,” in which Tartaglia and others offer commentary. (Content warning: language):

    “It hadn’t happened yet, but he was going to be huge,” Pelullo added to the paper.

    Tartaglia’s family will greet relatives and friends Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Burial Company funeral home at 1327 Broad St., the Inquirer noted. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Casa Mexico at 1132 S. South 9th St., the paper said. The interment is private, the Inquirer said, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tartaglia’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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    Bill Clinton Tests Positive for COVID-19, Urges People to Get Vaccinated and Boosted

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    Former President Bill Clinton announced that he tested positive for COVID-19, noted that he is thankful he is vaccinated and boosted, and encouraged others to get the vaccine jabs as well.

    “I’ve tested positive for Covid. I’ve had mild symptoms, but I’m doing fine overall and keeping myself busy at home. I’m grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, which has kept my case mild, and I urge everyone to do the same, especially as we move into the winter months,” he tweeted.

    Clinton served as president from early 1993 though early 2001. His wife Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Republican candidate Donald Trump — she had previously served as secretary of state during a portion of President Barack Obama’s White House tenure and, before that, as a U.S. senator from the state of New York.

    Earlier this year, Hillary Clinton announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

    “Well, I’ve tested positive for COVID. I’ve got some mild cold symptoms but am feeling fine. I’m more grateful than ever for the protection vaccines can provide against serious illness. Please get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already!” she tweeted in March.

    Earlier this month, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry tested positive for COVID-19.

    “Secretary Kerry is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt,” spokesperson Whitney Smith said in a statement, according to the New York Times. “He is fully vaccinated and boosted and experiencing mild symptoms.”

    Last month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky tested positive, took a course of Paxlovid, tested negative, but then tested positive again.

    “COVID-19 vaccines may not prevent every infection, but they do provide us important protection against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. My updated #COVID19 vaccine helped ensure my immune system was equipped to protect me against severe illness,” Walensky noted earlier this month in a tweet.

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    Prince William’s Godmother Resigns After Asking Black Guest ‘Unacceptable’ Question

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    A Buckingham Palace official has resigned after she allegedly asked a black guest where she “really came from.”

    The late Queen Elizabeth II’s lady-in-waiting, Susan Hussey, made the remarks during an event that took place at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, per the BBC. The publication noted that she asked the background question of charity founder Ngozi Fulani.

    Fulani said she was “totally stunned” by Hussey’s comments. The 83-year-old former royal official is Prince William’s godmother.

    A spokesperson for Prince William said “racism has no place in our society” and called the comments “unacceptable,” saying that “it is right that the individual has stepped aside with immediate effect.”

    Eyewitness Mandu Reid, who is leader of the Women’s Equality Party, told BBC News that she found the comments by Hussey to be “offensive, racist and unwelcoming.” She also recalled having a “sense of incredulity” upon hearing the question.

    “We take this incident extremely seriously and have investigated immediately to establish the full details,” Buckingham Palace shared in a statement.

    “In this instance, unacceptable and deeply regrettable comments have been made. We have reached out to Ngozi Fulani on this matter, and are inviting her to discuss all elements of her experience in person if she wishes,” the statement continued.

    “In the meantime, the individual concerned would like to express her profound apologies for the hurt caused and has stepped aside from her honorary role with immediate effect. All members of the household are being reminded of the diversity and inclusivity policies which they are required to uphold at all times.”

    Fulani was attending the reception at Buckingham Palace as a representative of London-based charity Sistah Space, which supports African and Caribbean women who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse, the publication noted.

    This isn’t the first time the royal family and employees have been accused of racist behavior. Former senior working royal Meghan Markle, who is half black, claimed during an interview with Oprah Winfrey that a royal family member had questioned what skin tone her children would have.

    Markle said that individual expressed “concerns” over her son Archie’s skin tone and “how dark the baby’s going to be potentially and what that would mean or look like.”

    Prince Harry corroborated his wife’s story but refused to identify which person made the statements. “That conversation I’m never going to share,” Harry said.

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    Fitness Celebrity ‘Liver King’ Claimed to Be All Natural. Alleged Leaked Email Says Otherwise.

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    A man who has gained fame online by showing off his ripped physique while claiming that he eats raw liver and bone marrow has allegedly been revealed to have been on a hardcore regimen of steroids despite claiming that he does not do steroids.

    Brian Johnson, who goes by “Liver King,” claims that he was bullied growing up and so decided to get jacked to be “able to impose my will.”

    “I took ownership and I ran towards my demons. I led myself to confidence and I created a new life for myself … a life that I wanted to live in,” he claims. “That was my rite of passage, and it changed me and it forged me into the evolutionary hunter, the unrelenting fighter, the serial ancestral entrepreneur, that I am today. Thirty years later (now [45]), I’m in the best shape of my life.”

    “If you’re asking what changed … that’s simple. I started putting back in what the modern world left out. #BeforeAncestralLiving,” he added.

    A YouTuber named Derek, who runs the highly popular channel More Plates More Dates, revealed this week an email that he claims that he got from the Liver King last year that allegedly shows the thousands of dollars of steroids that he consumes every month.

    The alleged email states in-part:

    As it relates to my goals, I’m the face of several brands, including Ancestral Supplements, and I’ve just hired a team to build the Liver King brand with the goal of 1MM followers by March 2022 — I’m pouring ridiculous resources into making this happen including hosting a video guy, that will be living at my guest house, and a film crew that will be filming 7 days a month… stated, I have to stay in great f***ing shape year-round (maybe take 1-2 months off / year). Here’s a clip of where I’m at currently: [Instagram link]

    I’ve been working out for 35 years. I know how to eat, train, rest and recover (I even have a hardshell hyperbaric chamber at my house)… but… as I’ve reached my mid-forties, it’s getting harder and the back fat f***ing kills me. To support these exhaustive efforts, I’ve recently started taking Omnitrope… the 5.8MG vials from Empower Pharmacy ($11K USD per month for my new dose which is 4 vials / week – 16 vials / month). I don’t know if this s*** is grossly underdosed or what but I have been taking 2 vials per week and my IGF-1 is only at 139 (see recent labs below). My doctor told me that I could double it in an effort to get to the upper 200s/ low 300s. She thinks I could be a hyper non-responder??? I’m wondering if taking a f***load of other peptides could be confounding the results and possibly interfering with efficacy. For instance, here’s what I’m currently taking….

    • IGF-1 LR — been taking this for a year
    • CJC w/ Imap — been taking this for a year
    • Ibutamoren – been taking this for 2 months
    • Omnitrope – been taking this for 6 weeks
    • Test[osterone] cyp[ionate] 0.6cc per week – cruise dose
    • Decca [Nandrolone] 0.6cc per week — been taking this for 3 weeks
    • Winstrol 50mg / day (just started this) — been taking this for 3 weeks

    Joe Rogan, host of the “The Joe Rogan Experience,” has weighed in on the Liver King in the past, saying that it is absurd for people to believe he is not on steroids.

    “The Liver King thing drives me nuts,” Rogan said. “Because that guy’s on steroids. Just, shut the f*** up. I know he’s eating really healthy. It’s clear he’s eating all these animal foods and, you know, he’s eating organ meat which is very rich in nutrients. All that is true, but he’s dodging the main bullet.”

    “Look at him,” he continued. “Do you know how rare it is to have a physique like that and not be on steroids?”

    The Liver King has not yet responded to the allegations made by More Plates More Dates.

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    Here Are the 12 Senate Republicans Who Helped Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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    Twelve Senate Republicans on Tuesday supported final approval of a bill securing federal protections for same-sex marriage, allowing it to surpass the 60-vote threshold needed for passage.

    The Republicans in the upper chamber who backed the bill were:

    • Sens. Susan Collins (Maine)
    • Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
    • Rob Portman (Ohio)
    • Thom Tillis (N.C.)
    • Mitt Romney (Utah)
    • Roy Blunt (Mo.)
    • Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.)
    • Richard Burr (N.C.)
    • Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.)
    • Dan Sullivan (Alaska)
    • Joni Ernst (Iowa)
    • Todd Young (Ind.)

    The GOP senators’ support came as no surprise since they all supported advancing the legislation in a series of recent votes, and Tuesday’s 61-36 vote now sends the legislation back to the House, which previously passed a similar version.

    Three of the bill’s Republican supporters — Collins, Portman and Tillis — served as lead negotiators.

    The five-member group, which also included Democratic Sens. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), had punted the legislation until after the midterm elections to improve its chances of passing, also adding provisions to alleviate some Republicans’ religious liberty concerns.

    “Tonight, the Senate took a historic step to help prevent discrimination, promote equality and protect the rights of all Americans by passing the Respect for Marriage Act that @SenatorBaldwin and I authored,” Collins wrote on Twitter. “Our bill would help ensure everyone is treated with respect and dignity.”

    Blunt, who had publicly expressed support for the delay, cited the religious liberty protection additions in voting for the bill.

    Blunt, Portman and Burr did not seek reelection this year and will retire from the upper chamber in January.

    Some Republicans who supported the bill, including Lummis, said they did so while personally disagreeing with gay marriage.

    “Wyoming is the Equality State, and while I firmly believe marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman, I respect that others hold different beliefs,” Lummis said in a statement, citing her state’s constitution.

    Romney, who earlier this fall was still undecided on the bill, similarly voiced approval after the Mormon church announced it supported the legislation. Romney is a longtime active member of the church.

    “While I believe in traditional marriage, Obergefell is and has been the law of the land upon which LGBTQ individuals have relied. This legislation provides certainty to many LGBTQ Americans, and it signals that Congress — and I — esteem and love all of our fellow Americans equally,” Romney wrote in a statement after an earlier vote to advance the legislation.

    With the exception of Sen. Raphael Warnock, who missed Tuesday’s vote as he campaigned for Georgia’s upcoming runoff, all Senate Democrats supported the legislation.

    Retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who previously opposed a procedural vote on the bill, also missed the vote, in addition to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

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    Kari Lake Doesn’t Concede After Maricopa County Certifies Results

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    Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake did not concede on Monday after Maricopa County certified its election results in favor of Democrat Katie Hobbs and said she is “firmly in this fight.”

    “I want you to know that I am firmly in this fight with you,” Lake said in a video released on Twitter shortly after the election results were certified in Arizona’s most populous county. “Maricopa County just couldn’t wait to certify their botched election,” she said.

    Citing issues reported by Maricopa County officials and voters on Nov. 8, Lake then said that “Election Day voting centers were inoperable” and said that “Arizonans were expected to wait in line two, three, four, even five hours” to cast a ballot.

    Lake, a former television news anchor backed by former President Donald Trump, said that she is currently working with lawyers on a legal case to challenge the election in Maricopa County. It came after her team filed a lawsuit last week against officials there.

    “State statute requires certification before our case can move forward,” Lake asserted. “You know how hard I worked on the campaign trail leading our movement to bring common sense solutions to our problems. I am taking that same work ethic and using it behind the scenes right now, building a strong legal case.”

    In the Twitter video, Lake did not elaborate on the nature of her next lawsuit. The one her team filed last week (pdf) demanded the release of Maricopa’s election records, which Lake later said would be the basis of a larger legal challenge.

    During the public comment period on Monday, a number of voters told Maricopa County supervisors that thousands of voters were disenfranchised at polling locations on Nov. 8. They made reference to problems at some voting centers such as being forced to drop off ballots in dropboxes, also accusing Maricopa officials of being corrupt.

    County officials, however, pushed back on claims that voters were disenfranchised and said that tabulator machines were fixed later on Election Day. The five supervisors unanimously voted to certify the results of the election.

    “Every voter had that opportunity to put their vote in that ballot box.” Scott Jarrett, an elections official, told the hearing on Monday.

    And Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates told the audience that they had no choice but to certify the result of the election. The last day under state law to certify is Nov. 28.

    “Certification is not an optional act for boards of supervisors,” he said. “We’ve had this date circled on our calendars for quite a while now.”

    Gail Golec, a Republican candidate for supervisors, said that Gates’ claims are inaccurate, according to local media. The county’s elections manual said a certification, or canvass, shouldn’t be conducted “until all necessary audits have been completed to verify the accuracy and the integrity of the election results.”

    “We do not have accuracy, we do not have integrity in these election results,” Golec told the board, adding that more audits are needed.

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    Sam Bankman-Fried Addresses Rumors Whether He Laundered Ukraine Donations

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    The disgraced former head of the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange tells his side of the story in candid but occasionally inarticulate interviews.

    Former FTX head Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) selected cryptocurrency vlogger Tiffany Fong for a series of lengthy and candid telephone interviews. In the two interviews that had been released on YouTube at press time, SBF speaks about many of the major questions connected with the collapse of FTX.

    The first interview was conducted Nov. 6 and released Nov. 29 on YouTube. “I’ve started to trust my gut on things like this,” SBF said, explaining why he selected the relatively unknown figure to speak to. Fong has less than 10,000 subscribers to her channel. “Here’s someone who will, like, approach this from at least a somewhat neutral and interested vantage point,” he said of her. He continued:

    “We as a society, in my opinion, my humble opinion, have spent quite enough time this week trying to figure out whether anyone living in [the FTX residential facility in] Albany [Bahamas] was polyamorous […] and the answer is too boring for people to believe.”

    The recording began with SBF saying, “You don’t get into the situation we got in if you, like, make all the right decisions.” Taking her cue from that, Fong started her interview by asking about the “backdoor” that allowed SBF “to execute commands that could alter the [FTX] company’s financial records without alerting others.”

    SBF expressed surprise at the very idea. “And this is something I would be doing?” he asked. “That I can tell you is definitely not true. I don’t even know how to code. […] I literally never even opened the code for any of FTX.”

    This set the tone for the rest of the conversation, in which Fong politely asked hardball questions and SBF answered with seeming openness.

    SBF went on to comment on FTX’s FTT coin. “I think it had real value. That being said, there are a few problems. […] This was f*****g embarrassing given my background. […] I think it was basically more legit than a lot of tokens in some ways. Its was more economically underpinned than the average token was,” he said.

    “Illiquidity didn’t cause the crash,” SBF continued. Rather, it was “the massive correlation of things during market moves, especially when they are triggered by fear over the position itself.”

    SBF agreed with Fong that “the recovery looks pretty slim” for international customers, while “U.S. is a hundred percent. If its Amazon account had not been turned off, “they could already be withdrawing.”

    Speaking about his political activities, SBF said, “I donated about the same to both parties. […] All of my Republican donations were dark.” He addressed rumors about money laundering of Ukrainian donations:

    “The Ukraine one? I wish I could have pulled that off. I wish. I didn’t fully understand the goal of it. I was helping Ukraine launder funds for the Democratic Party? I don’t know why Ukraine is laundering funds for the Democratic Party. I don’t know how they would or why they would.”

    In the second, undated, phone interview, SBF addressed the use of FTX customer funds by Alameda Research. Struggling for words, SBF said that he should have thought more about “what a hyper-correlated cross-scenario looks like. It’s the oldest game in the book in finance. […] There was no one person in charge of monitoring risk positions at FTX.” Fong pressed for specifics from the situation, with little success.

    SBF took a moderate position on the role of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) in the FTX downfall. “Things would certainly be a lot more stable and there would be a lot more ability to generate liquidity […] and I don’t know for sure.”

    Asked about the impact of the collapse of FTX and surrounding scandal on him, SBF said, “I wake up each day and think about what happened, and I have hours per day to ruminate on it. […] It’s different than what it seems to other people.”

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    New Twist: Cars of Idaho Slaughter Victims Seized as Killer Remains on the Loose

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    Authorities towed away five vehicles from the house where four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered as investigators continue to search for clues on who killed the students.

    A tow truck removed the cars — some of which are believed to have belonged to the victims — one by one Tuesday and brought them to a city-owned lot, where they’ll be processed for any evidence.

    “Today, as part of the ongoing homicide investigation and original search warrant, there will be an increase in detective activity and tow trucks onsite as investigators move five vehicles from within the police perimeter to a more secure long-term storage location to continue processing evidence,” the Moscow Police Department said in a statement.

    A day earlier, forensic investigators were seen recombing the off-campus rental in footage obtained by The Post. Detectives dusted windows for fingerprints, looked over the crime scene inside the house and were spotted in a nearby wooded area as mournful neighbors looked on.

    The four students — Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20 and Ethan Chapin, 20 — were each stabbed to death by an intruder as they slept in their beds around 3 a.m. on Nov. 13.

    More than two weeks later, police have yet to name a suspect or a motive in the slayings. The murder weapon is still missing as well, but investigators believe their killer used a fixed-blade knife — possibly a KA-BAR-style combat knife.

    Gonclaves and Mogen, who were best friends, were killed while they slept in their own bedrooms on the third floor of the 2,300-square-foot home. Housemate Kernodle and her boyfriend Chapin were killed in her bed on the second floor, police said.

    The coeds’ two other roommates who had bedrooms on the ground floor of the house were unharmed and are believed to have slept through the early-morning murders.

    The Moscow police and FBI have processed more than a thousand tips, collected 103 pieces of evidence, conducted nearly 100 interviews and taken more than 4,000 photographs of the crime scene but have not made a breakthrough in the case.

    The father of Goncalves told ABC News he’s hopeful investigators will find his daughter’s killer in his first on-screen interview Tuesday.

    “I know that there’s some really good, hard-working guys and girls that are on this case that I’ve met,” Steve Goncalves said. “And they looked me in the eyes and they told me straight out that they’re working and they’re doing everything in their power.”

    The quadruple homicide has rocked the small college town as the murderer is still out there.

    Steve Goncalves said the hurt he feels for the loss of his daughter is compounded by the fact that the killer is “having a great life out there, and [we’re] just left in shambles.”

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