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With an election involving a former top Obama administration official looming, leftists are desperate to explain away the so-called “Obamagate” scandal, calling the Obama administration’s “unmasking” of former national security advisor Michael Flynn everything from “routine” to “conspiratorial” (on the part of supporters of President Donald Trump).

Left-leaning Vanity Fair opinion writer Gabriel Sherman tried to back Trump supporters into a corner over the issue on Monday, suggesting that Flynn got what he deserved for communicating with a Russian ambassador.

“Serious questions for Trumpers,” Sherman tweeted. “What is the scandal of unmasking an American official caught on an intercept discussing US sanctions policy with Ambassador of a hostile foreign country that had just launched a massive cyber attack on our election?”

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz didn’t even need to bat an eye to bat down Sherman’s theory.

Addressing Sherman in a quote-tweet, Cruz explained it perfectly.

“Uhh, he was the incoming National Security Advisor & a 3-star general,” Cruz shot back. “He’s SUPPOSED to discuss sanctions policy. That’s his job. The unmasking was part of outgoing admin launching a massive sting operation to try to entrap him. Maybe this helps: imagine Bush doing same to Obama.”

Indeed, Flynn was discussing sanctions with a Russian official — not simply a random Russian citizen, but a Russian ambassador, albeit one that was under surveillance by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice. As the national security advisor for an incoming administration, Flynn was charged with establishing Trump administration communications with ambassadors of global governments, including Russia.

“Unmasking” typically refers to requests, made to intelligence agencies, to identify unnamed officials mentioned in surveillance reports. In this case, it appears that members of the Obama administration — as senior as President Barack Obama and former Vice President-turned-2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden — repeatedly requested “unmaskings,” likely to determine whether Trump campaign and transition team members were communicating with any unsavory individuals, in order to discover a “smoking gun,” tying the campaign to Russian efforts to upened the 2016 presidential election.

It’s also simpler than that: it was Flynn’s job to establish lines of communication, and it was a job the Obama administration was pledged to assist with. The State Department, although it seemed like a joke at the time, indicated back in June of 2019 that they would, indeed, help members of an incoming Trump administration make those contacts.

Then there’s the matter of the Obama administration leaking information about Flynn’s communications which is, in and of itself, a separate and perhaps more critical issue, tied closely in with the theory that the Obama administration intended to paint the Trump administration as crooked from the beginning.

Fortunately, Ted Cruz was able to put it more succinctly: it was simply Flynn’s job and the issue might not be the same if the parties involved were switched.

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  • Matt says:

    That told him! Good job, Ted!

  • FiuToYou says:

    Obama and Biden both belong in the house!!! The “BIG HOUSE”!!! Worst President and Vice ‘PEDO’ Biden in the history of America!!

  • Intellectual Impaler says:

    Democrat gamesmanship. Albeit a very dangerous one. Remember when Bill left office his Administration pulled all the W’s off every keyboard before George came in. But this what Obama and his Cartel did altogether different. I pray his day in Court will come and all his cronies in every dept rot in cells for treasonous activity.

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    NBC‘s “Saturday Night Live” mocked President Joe Biden over the weekend as being brain damaged.

    “Weekend Update” host Michael Che made the joke after talking briefly about how the White House has tried to deal with a pending railway strike by signing a bill into law that makes a rail strike illegal.

    “President Biden signed a measure that would force railway workers to accept a deal that averts a strike but does not include paid sick leave,” Che said. “But how do you expect Biden to care about sick leave when he shows up to work every day with full-blown CTE?”

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a serious brain degeneration disorder that experts believe is likely caused by repeated head traumas, although much is still unknown about the condition, the Mayo Clinic reports. The diagnosis cannot even be made while a person is alive “except in those rare individuals with high-risk exposures.”

    Symptoms of CTE include memory loss, cognitive impairment, executive functioning impairment, risky and aggressive behavior, mood issues, and motor impairments.

    WATCH:

    Biden said Friday morning at the ceremony to sign the bill, “The bill I’m about to sign ends a difficult rail dispute and helps our nation avoid what, without a doubt, would have been an economic catastrophe at a very bad time in the calendar.”

    Biden has repeatedly faced questions about his mental fitness for office as polls have shown that the majority of Americans are concerned about his mental wellbeing.

    Former White House physician, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who served in the role under the Obama and Trump administrations, said during an interview back in September that U.S. officials must explain to the American public what is going on with Biden’s mental fitness for office.

    “You know, it’s continued to get worse since he was candidate Joe Biden,” Jackson said. “When I first started talking about this, the American people have continued to have questions about a lot of his bizarre behaviors, this holding hands thing is one of them, the way he makes up stories, and he just repeatedly tells the stories that everyone has documented are not true, that happens pretty frequently. He has these emotional outbursts. He shuffles when he walks. He slurs his speech. He always looks frail and fragile. I just think it’s continued to get worse and worse.”

    “And I think that now the Democrats and the mainstream media now are starting to say, ‘we can’t ignore this a whole lot longer,’” Jackson continued. “At some point or another, we’re going to have to address this, we’re going to have to explain to the American people what’s going on, you know, I have to ask them multiple times to see his complete medical record for the American people to see it, for him to do cognitive tests.”

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    Chris Christie’s Niece Accused of Biting, Injuring Cops During Violent Plane Meltdown

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    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’ niece was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight and arrested after she accused a Latino family of “smuggling cocaine” — and allegedly injured six sheriff’s deputies, one of whom was bitten.

    Shannon Epstein, 25, alleged caused the ruckus on a 6 a.m. flight from New Orleans, Louisiana to New Jersey on Thanksgiving Day. She asked a Latino family sitting nearby if they were “smuggling cocaine,” Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Rivarde told NOLA.com.

    Epstein, the niece of the failed 2016 Republican presidential contender, grew angry and was being disruptive on the flight, the local outlet first reported Saturday.

    Airline workers decided to remove her from the plane, which had already left the gate.

    But Epstein allegedly refused to leave after the plane returned from the tarmac — and she became “extremely combative” when approached by deputies, the sheriff’s office told The Post.

    She injured six deputies while resisting arrest, Rivarde said, including biting one on the arm and breaking skin. She kicked another officer in the groin, he added.

    Epstein also threatened the officers, saying her uncle is friends with former President Donald Trump and that she knows powerful people, Rivarde said.

    “Throughout her entire interaction with deputies, she repeatedly stated that they would lose their jobs or be arrested because of her familial relationships,” Rivarde told The Post on Sunday.

    She ultimately had to be handcuffed to a wheelchair before being removed from the area.

    The brash-talking Garden State pol’s niece was charged with six counts of battery on a police officer, three counts of disturbing the peace, one of resisting arrest by force and one of remaining after forbidden, the outlet reported.

    She was released from Jefferson Parish Correction Center on Thanksgiving Day after putting up $10,750 in bail. Her next court appeared is schedule for Jan. 23, the site reported.

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    Parents of Murdered Idaho Student Say Two Victims’ ‘Means of Death Don’t Match’

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    The way two of the four University of Idaho students were killed Nov. 13, “don’t match,” parents of slain student Kaylee Goncalves contend.

    “I’ll cut to the chase – their means of death don’t match.” Kaylee’s father, Steven Goncalves, told Fox News on Saturday.

    The grieving dad was pressed if he was referring to his daughter and her best friend, Madison Mogen, who was sleeping in the the same bed as Goncalves when the horrific attack occurred.

    “They don’t match,” he repeated. “Their points of damage don’t match.”

    “I’m just going to say it,” he continued. “It wasn’t leaked to me. I earned that. I paid for that funeral.”

    “I sent my daughter to college — she came back in a box,” he said. “I can speak on that.”

    The two 21-year-old college seniors were fatally stabbed in their home near the university’s campus along with roommate Xana Kernodle, 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chapin, also 20, in the early hours of Nov. 13. carn

    Three weeks later, police have not named any suspects or motive in the senseless slaughter.

    Goncalves’ family also told NewsNation on Friday that police were not being forthcoming providing information to the families of the victims — and that their investigation in some instances seems to have moved too quickly.

    “I just feel like there’s been a couple individuals that were cleared very fast that maybe should not have been,” said Kristi Goncalves, Kaylee’s mother.

    Police have said they cleared several people, including the person who made the 911 call and two other roommates in the house who were unharmed in the terrifying attack.

    In another interview, the heartbroken Steven Goncalves said the family has held off on holding a funeral service for Kaylee because the killer seems like the “sick kind of twisted person” who would show up to the service.

    “My wife’s biggest fear, part of the reason we didn’t have a funeral, is because she couldn’t be guaranteed that that monster was going to not be there,” he told ABC News early last week.

    The mystery killer has been on the loose for three weeks, leaving police in Moscow, Idaho, scrambling as parents of the victims grow more frustrated with the lack of answers.

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    Elon Musk Will Not Sign Autographs ‘Ever Again’ As He Warns Assassination Risk Is ‘Quite Significant’

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    Twitter CEO Elon Musk told groveling paparazzi over the weekend night that he will “never again” sign autographs as he warned that the risk that someone will try to assassinate him is actually “quite significant.”

    Musk told the paparazzi that he would no longer sign autographs after he landed in at Dulles International Airport Saturday night, TMZ reported.

    “I want to be clear, I’m not doing any more signings ever again,” Musk said as he was surrounded by security guards.

    The news comes after Musk said during a chat on Twitter Spaces Saturday afternoon that the risk to his security has increased in recent months.

    Musk told listeners that he would “definitely” not “be doing any open-air car parades, let me put it that way,” Musk said. “Frankly the risk of something bad happening to me, or even literally being shot, is quite significant.”

    “It’s not that hard to kill somebody if you wanted to, so hopefully they don’t, and fate smiles upon the situation with me and it does not happen,” he added. “There’s definitely some risk there.”

    The comments from Musk come after he released internal company communications through journalist Matt Taibbi late last week that showed that the company had previously censored conservatives at the behest of the Democrat Party.

    Twitter’s former head of trust and safety claimed Friday night that Musk was putting people’s lives in danger by revealing the documents that showed how employees at the company had not only censored conservatives, but also censored the negative news story about then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son in the run up to the 2020 election.

    “Publicly posting the names and identities of front-line employees involved in content moderation puts them in harm’s way and is a fundamentally unacceptable thing to do,” Roth posted on Mastodon.

    Musk said that he decided to release the information because it was “necessary to restore public trust” in the platform after it censored the New York Post’s bombshell report about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

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    Here’s How Much US Home Prices Will Plunge in Current Market Bubble: Expert

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    US home prices will likely have to decline by as much as 20% over the course of a multi-year correction before the housing sector can get back on track with historical trends, a research firm warned this week.

    The most recent correction cycles that occurred in the US housing market, such as a bubble in the 1990s and the sector’s implosion in the mid-2000s, took several years to conclude, DataTrek Research co-founder Nicholas Colas said.

    In the current market, US home prices have only begun to fall in the last few months – suggesting the declines will continue for the foreseeable future.

    “US home prices need to fall by about 15-20 percent over the coming years in order to return to their long run growth trend. That process is clearly starting but has a good way to go,” Colas said in a note to investors this week obtained by Insider.

    Colas stated that peak home prices in June were 29% higher than their historical trend.

    US home prices surged to their highest level on record during a period of loose financial policy and low interest rates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But prices began a rapid descent this year as the Federal Reserve implemented interest rate hikes to cool inflation and slow the economy.

    Mortgage rates have more than doubled this year, briefly topping 7% in October for the first time in 20 years. As of Thursday, a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.49%, according to Freddie Mac.

    Increased rates have crushed home affordability for prospective buyers and forced sellers to slash their listing prices to jumpstart interest.

    “Higher mortgage rates will do part of the work in bringing prices back down, of course, but history says any correction in this market will take time,” Colas added.

    Colas’ prediction matched that of Pantheon Macroeconomics’ chief economist Ian Shepherdson, who has also projected a home price decline of up to 20% during the current correction.

    In a speech at the Brookings Institute earlier this week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell described conditions during a pandemic-era boom in the housing sector as a “bubble” that has since burst.

    “Coming out of the pandemic, rates were very low, people wanted to buy houses, they wanted to get out of the cities and buy houses in the suburbs because of COVID,” Powell said. “So you really had a housing bubble, you had housing prices going up very unsustainable levels and overheating and that kind of thing.”

    “Now the housing market will go through the other side of that and hopefully come out in a better place between supply and demand,” Powell added.

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    Secret Service Finds Records in Hunter Biden Gun Case After ‘Error’

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    The Secret Service found more than 100 records that may be responsive to a lawsuit seeking details about an investigation into a gun-related incident involving Hunter Biden, according to a recent court filing.

    The disclosure marks a turn in the long-running Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case brought by Judicial Watch after the Secret Service previously walked back a statement that said it had found potentially responsive documents about communications regarding the discovery of a firearm owned by Biden that was found in a Delaware dumpster several years ago.

    Although Judicial Watch is casting the fresh development as evidence of the Secret Service being unable to get its story straight about the records, the joint filing between the conservative watchdog group and Homeland Security Department, which is the parent agency of the Secret Service, states that the two parties held consultations that led to further clarity on the scope of the request.

    “USSS initially responded to Judicial Watch on April 2, 2021, that it had located potentially responsive records and would process them in accordance with FOIA, but this response was sent in error. On October 13, 2022, USSS sent an updated letter to Judicial Watch to inform it that USSS had actually never located any records responsive to Plaintiff’s request after conducting a search and, thus, should have sent a no-records response on April 2, 2021 instead,” the filing says.

    “Since the Complaint was filed, the Parties have conferred about the intended scope of Judicial Watch’s FOIA request and, in response, USSS has run supplemental searches and located over 100 records, totaling over 400 pages, potentially responsive to Judicial Watch’s request under the clarified understanding of that request,” the filing adds.

    The joint filing, which was submitted last month in Washington, D.C., federal court, was published by Judicial Watch on Thursday.

    Judicial Watch initially filed its FOIA request after the Blaze reported a source who claimed Hallie Biden, the widow of then-presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Beau, took a handgun owned by Hunter and placed it into a trash can outside of a Delaware supermarket in October 2018. Hallie and Hunter, who was her brother-in-law, were dating at the time. At the behest of Hunter, after he had been informed of what she did, Hallie went to retrieve the firearm, but she found it missing, according to a police report obtained by Politico. Sources told the news outlet that the gun was returned days later by a man who regularly rummages through the grocery store’s garbage seeking recyclables.

    In text messages between the pair reported by the Washington Examiner, Hallie said she was worried Hunter would “use” the firearm. Hunter complained how he did not believe he would “ever recover from all of this,” noting that Hallie’s actions made it appear he had “threatened you and your family with a gun.” No arrests were made nor charges filed in connection with the incident, but there remains an air of mystery about the role played by the Secret Service, which was not providing protection to now-President Joe Biden at the time.

    Sources told Politico that Secret Service agents asked the owner of the store where Hunter purchased the gun, seeking paperwork about the sale, but the owner refused under suspicions that they wanted to conceal his ownership of the firearm. The Secret Service told the Washington Examiner last year it had “no involvement in this incident.” Hunter, who has struggled with drug addiction over the years, said “no” when asked if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance,” according to paperwork associated with the gun purchase.

    The Secret Service will complete its initial processing of records in the FOIA lawsuit by January 9, 2023, at which time the agency will give any responsive, non-exempt records to Judicial Watch, the November joint filing says. The Secret Service will continue to do so on a rolling, monthly basis as consultations with other Executive Branch entities take place, the filing adds.

    Upon publishing the filing to the group’s website, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released a statement that said, “The Secret Service’s changing story on records raises additional questions about its role in the Hunter Biden gun incident. One thing is clear, Judicial Watch’s persistence means the public may get records that the Secret Service suggested didn’t exist.”

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    DOJ Investigated Tara Reade After She Accused Biden of Sexual Assault, Docs Show

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    The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a subpoena probing Twitter for information on Tara Reade’s accounts in 2020 months after she issued allegations about being sexually assaulted by President Joe Biden in 1993, documents obtained by the Daily Caller show.

    The DOJ asked Twitter to testify before a grand jury on Dec. 16 of 2020 and provide “all subscriber information” from Reade’s accounts, according to emails and subpoena documents obtained by the Caller.

    The subpoena shows that Twitter was asked to provide information on two of Reade’s Twitter accounts, including @ReadeAlexandra and @TaraMcCabe.

    The requested information included the accounts’:

    1. Subscriber name;
    2. Address;
    3. Records of session times and durations, to include attempted/failed/unauthenticated logins;
    4. Length of service (including start date) and types of service utilized;
    5. Telephone or instrument number or other subscriber number or identity, including any temporarily assigned network address; and
    6. Means and source of payment for such service (including any credit card or bank account number)

    The DOJ, Twitter and Perkins Coie, the law firm representing Twitter for the subpoena, did not respond to the Caller when asked to verify the authenticity of the subpoena.

    Reade said she doesn’t “know why” her Twitter accounts were of interest to the FBI.

    “Other than coming forward about Joe Biden, there would be no reason for them to do that,” she said.

    The initial grand jury date was July 9 of 2020, but a lawyer representing Twitter, Hayden Schottlaender of Perkins Coie, spoke with Reade on Dec. 8 of 2020 to inform her of the subpoena, emails show.

    Schottlaender told Reade over the phone that Twitter fought the subpoena in court and “then had to file a motion” to inform her it “was happening,” Reade told the Caller, saying that’s why it took months for the social media company to go forward with the subpoena.

    Schottlaender asked her if she intends to file a motion to “quash” the subpoena, and said that Twitter otherwise intended “to comply.”

    “To recap our conversations to date, I represent Twitter and have contacted you to inform you that Twitter received the attached subpoena from the United States Department of Justice, seeking data related to your Twitter account(s). The subpoena issues in a sealed proceeding,” Schottlaender wrote to Reade over email.

    “As I mentioned, Twitter intends to comply with this subpoena on December 16, 2020, unless it receives notice from you that a motion to quash or otherwise invalidate this subpoena has been filed. If you do file any such motions, please send a copy directly to me at this email address. If, on the other hand, you have no concerns with Twitter producing the requested data, please similarly let me know,” Schottlaender added in his email to Reade.

    Reade told the Caller that she did not file a motion to “quash” the proceeding, because she did not have the money or the proper attorney.

    The initial grand jury date was scheduled a few months after Reade said she filed a police report in April of 2020 about Biden allegedly sexually assaulting her. She said she filed an internal sexual harassment report after the alleged incident in 1993, and finally came forward to the police in 2020 after speaking to a trauma expert.

    Reade alleged that Biden sexually assaulted her in a Senate corridor in 1993 when she was his Senate aide by pinging her against a wall and reaching under her clothing before sexually violating her.

    To corroborate her claims, Reade has pointed out that several people close to her have said she told them about the alleged sexual assault over the years. She also said her mother called into “Larry King Live” in August of 1993 and asked host Larry King what her daughter could do other than go to the press with “problems” she encountered after working for a “prominent Senator.”

    Audio confirms that a woman did call in to the show at the time, and Reade has claimed that the woman on the line is her mother.

    Biden’s spokespeople have repeatedly denied the allegations over the years.

    Those who worked alongside Reade in Biden’s Senate office denied knowing that any sexual misconduct took place, the New York Times reported in 2020, citing interviews with the former staffers. Critics of Reade point to that she could not remember details about the incident, including the exact time, date and location of the alleged sexual assault. Biden supporters also have argued that Reade writing four op-eds in the Russian publication RT and a 2020 probe into Reade allegedly providing a false statement under oath to undermine her credibility.

    The 2020 probe was completed with no charges filed, according to the Intercept, and Reade told the Caller that her “political opinions about Russia are simply not relevant to what happened.”

    “I was proud of the handful of op-eds that were published. I tried to have one published in the New York Times but it was rejected. Bottom line, I was Joe Biden’s full time staffer in 1993 when he sexually harassed and assaulted me. Any other conversation about what I thought or even who I worked with now is irrelevant to the crime he committed in 1993 and as to why Biden has never even been investigated,” Reade said.

    Reade told the Caller that she would be willing to testify under oath about her allegations, and called on the GOP-majority House to launch an investigation. She said an official investigation has never taken place.

    If Biden’s former Senate staff “had to go under oath, I think they would have to admit something very different,” Reade said.

    “I think we need to have the conversation instead of me being erased,” she added, saying that silencing her is hurting other women who may want to come forward.

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    Elon Musk Vows ‘More Smoking Guns’ from Twitter After Hunter Biden Bombshell

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    One day after Twitter’s new CEO Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibbi released a bombshell report on political censorship at Twitter, Musk said that there are “more smoking guns” he plans to reveal in the future.

    He said he hopes that by showing how Twitter worked to suppress information — like it did with The Post’s expose on Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020 — it will force mainstream media to be more committed to the truth.

    “We’re just gonna put all the information out there try to get a clean slate we will be iteratively better and it will force other media companies to also be more truthful or else they’ll lose their readership,” Musk said in a live Twitter Space Question and Answer session, which tens of thousands of users tuned into.

    On Friday, Taibbi published a shocking collection of internal communications revealing that Democrat insiders communicated with Twitter to suppress The Post’s coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

    Musk said Saturday that he believes there are “more smoking guns” at Twitter he wants to share with the public — but said it’s not clear when the information will be released.

    However, he noted that he has “not been poring over the Twitter files personally,” he said, instead leaving that to Taibbi and journalist Bari Weiss.

    Despite not reviewing the documents themselves, Musk said it appears there were “a very different standard applied to Republican candidates in the US versus a Democrat candidates,” on Twitter.

    “I’m not saying this is definitely the case. There appears to have been a double standard where Democrats were not censored … and Republicans were and it was and I think this is frankly obvious to anyone who uses Twitter.

    “It’s frankly the the behavior that is to be expected from an organization that is that is based in San Francisco which is far left,” he said, noting that political contributions from Twitter were over 99% Democrat.

    “Well, what kind of viewpoint would you expect people to have then? It’s the behavior you would expect from a company that is essentially a distillation of San Francisco politics.”

    Twitter’s former chief censor Vijaya Gadde will come under Judiciary Committee scrutiny when Republicans take control of the House in January — as fallout from the first installment of Musk’s findings of political favoritism and censorship at Twitter continues to mount.

    “We’re tracking Vijaya Gadde’s role in the suppression of the New York Post story on Hunter Biden’s laptop,” a committee spokesperson told The Post on Saturday. “We absolutely plan to investigate this more. Stay tuned.”

    Gadde, 48, Twitter’s former head of legal, policy, and trust, played a “key role” in suppressing The Post’s Hunter Biden coverage, Taibbi wrote after his review of the social media company’s internal communications for a report he called “The Twitter Files.”

    The ex-exec, who also played an instrumental role in the company’s decision to ban former President Trump from the platform, was fired by Musk in October shortly after he purchased the company for $44 billion.

    Gadde — who landed an influential administration post in an advisory committee to the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency while still a Twitter employee — reportedly earned $17 million in 2021.

    Musk reveled in the traffic that Taibbi’s Friday document drop was generating for his newly acquired site.

    “Twitter servers are running at Warp 9!!” he exulted early Saturday.

    Taibbi’s report revealed that a small group of top-level execs chose to label The Post’s story about the son of then-candidate Joe Biden as “hacked material” without any evidence — and repeatedly bowed to Democrats’ demands to excise all discussion of the explosive report from the site.

    According to Taibbi, the social media company “took extraordinary steps to suppress” the laptop story, removing links to the expose shared by users and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.”

    In other news:

    • Mainstream journalists — in lockstep with Democratic strategists — smeared Taibbi as a “sad” “fraud” for working with Musk to substantiate the internal documents. “Selling your soul for the richest white nationalist on Earth,” Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali posted. “Matt Taibbi always was, and still remains, a fraud,” wrote Dem pollster Matt McDermott.
    • Both the New York Times and the Washington Post refused so far to cover the Twitter firestorm, earning Musk’s ire. “The New York Times has become, for all intents and purposes, an unregistered lobbying firm for far-left politicians,” Musk wrote on Twitter after radio host Clay Travis pointed out the glaring absence from the two newspapers’ websites.
    • Furious Republicans blasted Twitter’s partisan censors. “Leftists hate your freedom,” tweeted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who compared their suppression to that of the Chinese Communist Party. “They want to silence all dissent.” Meanwhile, tech investor and GOP donor Peter Thiel cheered the report. “Sunlight is the best disinfectant!” Thiel told The Post.
    • Actor James Woods, who Taibbi found was targeted for Twitter censorship at the behest of the Democratic National Committee, threatened to lead a class action lawsuit against the social media giant and the DNC. “How would you like to fund a class action suit for those who were suppressed?” Woods asked Musk in a tweet that thanked the billionaire for making the documents public. “I’ll be happy to be lead plaintiff.”
    • Twitter may have interfered in another national election as well, Musk said: the Oct. 30 contest in Brazil, where left wing stalwart Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ousted far right President Jair Bolsonaro.. “It’s possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates,” Musk tweeted early Saturday in response to a user who asked him to find out whether the platform had meddled in any other nation’s politics.
    • French President Emmanuel Macron met with Musk during his tour of New Orleans late Friday, pressing him to reinforce Twitter’s content moderation. “We will work with Twitter to improve the protection of children online,” Macron posted. “Elon Musk confirmed it to me today. Let’s better protect our children online.”

    Musk, 51, the world’s richest man, purchased Twitter last month in order to transform it into a haven for free speech.

    Musk has insisted full disclosure is needed on the company’s controversial choice to block The Post’s bombshell report about President Biden’s son ahead of the 2020 election — and has been teasing the release of the internal files for days.

    After Musk’s blockbuster takeover of Twitter, its top advertisers fled the site, devastating the company’s revenue. On Saturday, Musk confirmed that Apple — the platform’s historically and presently biggest advertiser — had returned, among others.

    “I think we’re starting to see a lot of other advertisers also resume their spending,” Musk said in the Twitter Space Q&A. “I think that the problem is that they would read all these stories in the media and then think that they were true and they’re not true.”

    Musk said advertisers are returning as “it’s becoming clear that the media stories about Twitter being some sort of, like, right wing hellscape, which it absolutely isn’t,” are unfounded, adding that he’s “cautiously optimistic about the future” of the company.

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    California Man Arrested for Throwing Molotov Cocktail Towards Officer

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    A 32-year-old man allegedly tossed a Molotov cocktail at police in Corning, California, earlier this week — after which an off-duty officer tackled the suspect, KRCR-TV reported.

    However, when the suspect continued to resist arrest, police used baton strikes and “pain-compliance techniques” in order to subdue him.

    Officers said they heard loud banging outside the police department on Third Street just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and saw Cassidy Russ walking toward Solano Street, the station said.

    Police said Russ was fumbling with an item near his waistband while walking away and ignoring officers, KRCR reported — and that’s when he lit a Molotov cocktail, threw it toward an officer, and ran away west on Solano Street.

    The Molotov cocktail missed the officer and exploded near a parked vehicle, police said in a press release.

    Officers chased Russ on foot and in a patrol car, the station said, before an off-duty officer finally tackled him.

    Police said Russ resisted arrest by concealing his hands in his waistband and backpack, KRCR reported.

    Officers then used baton strikes and “pain-compliance techniques” as he continued to resist arrest, police said, adding that officers eventually were able to get him into handcuffs.

    Police said Russ had an active arrest warrant for a previous incident in late July when he threw a Molotov cocktail near a staging area for marked patrol cars, the station said.

    Russ was booked into the Tehama County Jail on several charges including attempted murder, possession of an explosive device, arson, battery on a peace officer, and resisting arrest, KRCR reported.

    He is being held without bail and is set to appear in court Dec. 6, Fox News reported.

    Corning is about three hours northeast of San Francisco.

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