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A former Virginia state police officer “catfished” a minor teen girl online then killed her mother and grandparents.

According to police, Austin Lee Edwards, 28, traveled to Riverside, California to meet up with a 15-year-old girl he linked up with online.

Riverside police last Friday received calls of a girl who “appeared distressed” while getting into a car with a man, ABC News reported.

Responding officers also received reports of a house fire nearby.

The three people found deceased in the burnt home are the teen girl’s 38-year-old mother, Brooke Winek and grandparents, Mark and Sharie Winek.

The fire was intentionally set, Riverside police said.

A neighbor told The Daily Mail that the teen girl’s mother and grandparents were bound and gagged when first responders removed them from the home.

“I looked with binoculars from the back window of my house,’ the 68-year-old resident of the Riverside cul-de-sac said. ‘They carried them out. Their hands were tied behind their backs. One lady had tape over her mouth. It was frightening.” the neighbor told The Daily Mail.

Austin Lee Edwards sped off with the teen girl and led Sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase and fired shots at them.

Edwards died in a shootout with Riverside Deputies after losing control of his car and driving off the road; the teen girl was not injured.

ABC News reported:

A former Virginia police officer allegedly “catfished” a teenage girl online before traveling to Riverside, California, and killing her family, according to police.

The murders were discovered on Friday after authorities received a report of a girl “who appeared distressed” while getting into a car with a man, Riverside police said.

As officers responded to that report, they received calls of a fire at a nearby house.

Police said three family members were found dead in the house from apparent homicides: 69-year-old Mark Winek; his wife, 65-year-old Sharie Winek; and their daughter, 38-year-old Brooke Winek.

The Wineks “were loving people who didn’t deserve this,” the family said in a statement.

The fire appears to have been intentionally set, police said, adding that the causes of death were still pending.

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  • That guy should’ve already been a lamp post decoration by now.

  • Carey ONeal says:

    Though the skeptics will undoubtedly sneer at my remarks, when God was kicked out of the public arenas, young people are not given a moral compass that includes teaching them morals and behavior guided by the Ten Commandments and faith in Christ and His teaching from the Sermon on The Mount (Matthew 5, 6, & 7. Our prior Supreme Courts turned their backs on 150+ years of precedents where our Government openly advocated America as a Christian Nation dependant upon God for it’s security, blessings, and provision; a condition we desperately we need to return to.

    • Robert Waltrip says:

      Please don’t worry yourself over the skeptics. Do you worry about the self serving ignorant, perverse, criminally insane or the Devil have to say? I certainly don’t. So please never be embarrassed nor apologetic for your sacred beliefs of good wholesome family values through your Holy Creator (Elohim) and savior.

      By the way, and as you most likely already know, the definition of the word “God”, is actually a title, just like “Elohim” “Lord”, “Master”, “The Messiah”, “Boss”, “General”, etc, etc,. They both have actual names, however! keep in mind, the Letter “J” wasn’t even a letter up until about 500 yrs ago. So what did the 12 Disciples call the Messiah over 2000 yrs ago? Shalom!

      Elohim’s name = יהוה‎‎ Transliteration = YHVH
      Messiah’s name = ישוע Transliteration = Yəhōšūa

      https://eliyah.com/pronunciation-messiahs-name/

  • I mean seriously at this guy. He looks like his cheese slid of his cracker a LONG time ago.

  • John says:

    Another example of sick woke dope satanic Democrat New World Order programmed indoctrinated mentally ill pedophiles and child molesting future democratic communist protected party supporter or future candidate , only in commieForney where all the Demonic pedophiles and Satan worshipers live let’s all pray and Hope their entire Satan worshiping mentally ill gruesome Newsome State slides into the ocean with a massive earthquake and they burn in hell on Earth here before they burn in hell for eternity protect your children kill from any corrupted communist government agency or any of their program demonic voting demons from trying to harm good people’s children , this is what their party programs protects and creates more scumbags programmed indoctrinated, by the communist demonic Democrat followers like this privileged and entitled pedophile and murderer

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    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin convened a meeting with senior Department of Defense leadership Wednesday to discuss the balloon, and it was decided not to take military action due to “the risk to safety and security of people on the ground from the possible debris field,” the official said. At the time, Austin was visiting Camp Navarro in the Philippines, which is around 2,000 miles from China.

    The balloon’s discovery also comes as the U.S. and Philippines agreed to increase its military presence within the islands amid escalating tensions between China and Taiwan.

    The senior defense official said that the government has been tracking the balloon for “some time” and said it entered U.S. airspace a “couple of days ago.”

    While maintaining that the balloon doesn’t present a military threat to the U.S., the official said that it likely isn’t gathering any information of significant value to the People’s Republic of China.

    “They’re trying to fly this balloon over sensitive sites, one of which was just mentioned to collect information,” the official said, adding that it’s not the first time that a balloon “of this nature” has been over the U.S.

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    WATCH: AOC Suffers Meltdown – Screams Racism, Smacks Her Book – Over Omar’s Committee Exit

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    Rep. Cori Bush accused Republicans of ‘white supremacy’ as she and other left-wing members of the Squad condemned their efforts to remove Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

    Omar was removed from the committee after losing a largely party line vote 218 to 211.

    But her left wing colleagues offered a fiery defense of their comrade, who had been accused of making antisemitic comments.

    ‘This institution is better because of her leadership and the foreign affairs committee benefits from her perspective,’ she said.

    ‘So let’s talk about what’s really happening.

    ‘Republicans are waging a blatantly Islamophobic and racist attack on Congresswoman Omar and I’ve said it before I’ll say it again: The white supremacy happening is unbelievable.’

    Before the vote count was handed down, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the GOP for what she said amounted to ‘racism and incitement of violence against women of color.’

    ‘Don’t tell me this is about consistency. Don’t tell me that this is about a condemnation of antisemitic remarks…This is about targeting women of color in the United States of America,’ the fellow Squad member said.

    And Rashid Tlaib broke down as she said: ‘Congresswoman Omar, I am so sorry that our country is failing you today through the chamber.

    ‘You belong on this committee.’

    She raised her voice in a howl as she was told her time was cut off.

    ‘You belong on this committee,’ she half sobbed, half screamed before her microphone was cut off.

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    Democrats screamed ‘no’ before the GOP completed Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s bid to get the Squad member removed over her history of comments comparing Israel to Hamas and the Taliban and saying the relationship between the Jewish state and the U.S. is ‘all about the Benjamins’ in 2019.

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    Project Veritas Exposes Pfizer Director Expressing Concerns over Vaccine-Related Menstrual Cycle Changes

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    In a video released by Project Veritas on Thursday, Pfizer Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning Jordon Trishton Walker revealed that the company was concerned over reports that women’s menstrual cycles were affected by the Covid-19 vaccine.

    Walker told the undercover journalist that the company “still have to do the monitoring” for vaccine-related issues over time, but added, “so, there haven’t been any problems so far, but we’ll see.”

    “I hope nobody is growing three legs or something like that,” the Project Veritas journalist quipped.

    “yeah, or like the entire next generation’s super f*cked up. Could you imagine the scandal? On my God. I would take Pfizer off my resume” Walker responded.

    After a cut, Walker said, “There’s something irregular about their menstrual cycles. We will have to investigate that down the line, because that is a little concerning.”

    “Because, if you think about the science, it shouldn’t be interacting with, you know, it’s called the hypothalamus, pituitary, gonadal axis. You know, the hormones that regulate their menstrual cycles and things like that. And the vaccine shouldn’t be interfering with that,” Walker added.

    After pressing from the journalist as to whether this was happening and whether it should, Walker said that “there is something happening,” but the company doesn’t know what.

    Walker later added, “I hope we don’t discover something really bad down the line.”

    “I hope we don’t find out that somehow this mRNA lingers in the body and like — ’cause it has to be impacting something hormonal to impact menstrual cycles,” Walker said.

    Walker said later in the conversation that “if it does come back down the line that there was something wrong with the vaccine, then obviously people will criticize the big push” that the government, society, and jobs placed on people to get the jab. “The scale of that scandal would be enormous.”

    During the conversation, Walker also revealed that Pfizer is trying to move past Covid with mRNA vaccines, with uses “not just for viruses” including in oncology and “gene editing.”

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    WATCH: Ron Klain’s Farewell Speech Dissolves Into Tears — Over A Rock

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    Ron Klain had a small boulder to cry on as he delivered a farewell address marking his exit as White House chief of staff.

    At an event Wednesday in the East Room, Klain choked up as he talked about the “best job” he ever had, standing next to his boss President Joe Biden. Klain got emotional throughout his remarks, and toward the end, held up a small souvenir rock in his hand and tearfully explained its significance to him.

    “This plain and simple rock was given to me a year ago on one of our darker days — by Louisa Terrell,” Klain said, referring to the head of White House legislative affairs.

    “And it’s always symbolized to me the fact that this team has been rock solid in their support of our agenda and the president,” he added. “We’ve never wavered. We’ve been as solid as a rock. And so I ask you today to continue to play that role. I ask each and every one of you to continue your jobs as the rock of this White House, this administration, and this presidency. That’s our mission.”

    Klain then introduced his successor as chief of staff, Jeff Zients, before giving Biden a hug while those in attendance applauded.

    Earlier in the event, the president introduced Klain by sharing how they have been working together for decades, stretching back to when Biden was a senator.

    “I knew the moment he started, he was a once-in-a-generation talent. And that’s not hyperbole,” Biden said. “He’s a fiercely brilliant intellect. And again, those of you who work with him know it to be true. And just as important, he has a heart as big as his head,” he added, prompting a round of laughter.

    During his remarks, Klain expressed effusive praise for Biden and touted a number of accomplishments. “I learned everything I know about how to be a good father from Joe Biden,” he said. “He’s the best father I know and the best role model I know.”

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    Biden’s New Adviser is a Climate Alarmist Who Suffered an ‘Acute Mental Health Crisis’ After Trump’s 2016 Victory

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    The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The board counts among its alumni a Medal of Honor recipient, a steel magnate, a secretary of defense, a retired admiral, and a former state governor.

    Joining the board Thursday per President Joe Biden’s apparent wishes: Kim Cobb, a climate alarmist who was admittedly left bedridden as a result of the American people’s election of former President Donald Trump in 2016.

    Biden announced his intention to appoint Cobb to the PIAB on Jan. 26.

    Cobb noted that she has “much to learn” but hopes “to contribute to the critical work of this esteemed Board.”

    Cobb’s biography, lifted from her Brown page and included in the White House’s statement, is seeded with potential clues concerning the president’s decision.

    Cobb is a climate scientist who has repeatedly appeared on CNN to discuss the specter of anthropogenic climate change. She co-authored an alarmist UN report in 2021 that simultaneously held that various allegedly man-made climate trends under way are now irreversible and it is still imperative that the world transition off fossil fuels.

    Cobb has served as director at both the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech.

    Extra to her background in politically charged weather science, Cobb also “champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does … and enjoys frequent exchanges with policymakers about climate impacts and solutions,” according to the White House.

    Outside her past role as ADVANCE professor for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Cobb has made a show of her ideological bona fides on Twitter, where she has underscored her support for BLM; her belief that “racial justice and equity are inseparable from climate action”; and her support for hiring on the basis of skin pigmentation or sexual preference.

    While climate change is her apparent nemesis, Cobb’s weakness is evidently democratic electoral results that she finds unfavorable.

    In a 2019 interview with the leftist publication Mother Jones, Cobb reflected on that moment, years earlier, when she learned of Trump’s resounding defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

    Cobb had traveled by fossil-fuel-consuming vehicles to an idyllic atoll in the Pacific Ocean, 1,300 miles south of Hawaii. She had gone to collect coral skeletons in hopes of establishing historic ocean temperatures suggesting a tendency of weather patterns to change over time. Trump’s victory made her scientific beachside getaway especially trying.

    “I was diving with tears in my eyes,” said Cobb.

    Soon, the news that the American people chose someone she did not like because they prioritized issues besides the weather proved too much for Biden’s new intelligence adviser to bear.

    “I had the firm belief that Washington would act on climate change and would be acting soon,” she said. “When Trump was elected, it came crashing down.”

    Cobb claimed that upon returning home to Atlanta, she could not get out of bed, having suffered “an acute mental health crisis.”

    She would reportedly sob sporadically and obsess over the question of “how could my country do this?”

    Ultimately, she had to confront the possibility that “there was a veritable tidal wave of people who don’t care about climate change and who put personal interest above the body of scientific information that I had contributed to.”

    Apparently, Biden may be willing to subordinate American interests to the body of “scientific information” Cobb and other climate scientists peddle in.

    The Washington Free Beacon reported that Cobb’s appointment reflects the Biden administration’s “whole-of-government approach” to addressing fears about climate change, noting that one of the first things Biden did as president was make climate alarmism “central to United States foreign policy and national security.”

    In a 2021 fact sheet, the Biden administration stated, “The climate crisis is reshaping our physical world, with the Earth’s climate changing faster than at any point in modern history and extreme weather events becoming more frequent and severe.”

    Cobb appeared to audition for the role in a November CNN interview in which she tearlessly denigrated the previous administration, lauded the Biden administration’s ambitions, and discussed statist measures to clamp down on emissions:

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    Chris Pratt Drops Huge News About ‘The Terminal List’

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    Chris Pratt dropped huge news on Thursday about the status of his hit show “The Terminal List” when he posted a clip on Instagram of his character sailing away to a new destination.

    The 43-year-old actor didn’t caption the video he posted for his 41 million followers, but the shot picks up where the show left off at the end of the first season. In the clip, his character, Navy SEAL James Reece, is on board the same boat from the end of the first season — hinting at a new mission for the second season.

    At one point the camera pans down to a map, making a reference to where he’s headed. Pratt’s character holds down the map with one hand and the camera focuses on the location “Mozambique” and “NIASSA.” The clip ends with him turning the wheel of the boat in a new direction as the shot fades out.

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    Reading through the comments, followers seemed more than thrilled to learn that Reece was headed out on another mission after barely surviving his last one which started with the murder of members of his SEAL team and his family.

    One comment that definitely stood out was from the official account for “The Terminal List” which read, “Do you believe?”

    Former Navy SEAL and “The Terminal List” author Jack Carr also commented on the post with the emoji of the official flag of Mozambique, a southeast African country.

    On Wednesday, Deadline reported that it had learned that Amazon had indeed finalized a second season of the hit series.

    The eight-episode first season was a huge hit for Amazon, scoring the No. 2 spot on Nielsen’s weekly Top 10 streaming ratings chart, the outlet noted. The show is about “a former Navy SEAL officer” who “investigates why his entire platoon was ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission,” a description on IMDb reads.

    In September, Pratt and Carr hinted that fans would be getting another season when the Marvel star appeared on Carr’s podcast “Danger Close,” as The Daily Wire previously reported.

    “To the rabid fans of ‘The Terminal List’ out there, you have nothing to worry about,” Pratt shared. “We love you and appreciate your support. It’s our life’s mission to make sure you can come back to the well. We are working away.”

    Carr replied, “There may be some cool stuff on the horizon being discussed.”

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    People Who Think Themselves Unattractive More Likely To Keep Wearing Mask: Study

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    A report comprised of three studies showed that people who thought they were less attractive were more likely to wear masks.

    The report was derived from three studies conducted by the Department of Psychology and Center for Happiness Studies at Seoul National University in South Korea. The first two studies found that people who thought they were good-looking were less willing to wear a mask; they were less likely to believe that mask-wearing made them look better. The third study found that their belief was stronger in situations where they needed to deliver a favorable impression.

    “Research shows that individuals who perceive themselves as more (vs. less) attractive possess more socially desirable attributes … have higher self-esteem … and enjoy better mental and physical health,” the study stated.

    The study claims that “as essential cues that signal (un) attractiveness (e.g., facial symmetry) … can be censored with a mask, mask-wearing might critically influence how one’s attractiveness is perceived. … relatively unattractive individuals are deemed more attractive with masks … previous findings suggest that mask-wearing enhances perceived attractiveness among unattractive individuals, while the opposite is true for attractive individuals.”

    The study points out that in South Korea, the term “ma-gi-kkun,” was coined to refer to people who intentionally wore a mask to give a more favorable impression; the study cites the American term “mask-fisher” to mean the same thing.

    “We expect that individuals who perceive themselves as attractive (unattractive) will be less (more) likely to endorse the belief that wearing a mask enhances their perceived attractiveness,” the study states, concluding, “Our results consistently demonstrated that self-perceived unattractive individuals were more willing to wear a mask, as they believed it would benefit their attractiveness.”

    The Daily Mail reported that the people examined in the study were Americans recruited from Amazon Mechanical Turk and the average age of those in the study was 33 years old.

    According to an Ipsos report from early December, roughly half of the Americans they surveyed reported wearing masks “at all times or sometimes when on an airplane.” 39% of respondents said they wore masks at all times or sometimes when on public transportation or in a rideshare; 33% said they wore masks at all times or sometimes in grocery stores. 85% of respondents said that the COVID-19 virus would not go away during their lifetimes.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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