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Dilbert creator Scott Adams, author of the new book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter, joined SiriusXM hosts Joel Pollak and Rebecca Mansour on Breitbart News Sunday to talk about President Trump’s skill at gaining and holding the attention of the public.

Adams explained how he became one of the few prominent observers of the 2016 election to predict Donald Trump’s victory, based on his analysis of Trump’s persuasion techniques.

“I have a background that includes being a trained hypnotist. I’ve been studying persuasion in all its many forms for decades. Candidate Trump, he sort of pinged my radar early on because he started using some of the techniques of persuasion that a lot of people wouldn’t recognize if they don’t study this stuff. But I had, and so I kept seeing almost pitch-perfect persuasion choices: everything from his logo, to the red hats, to the imagery he used, to his nicknames for his opponents,” Adams recalled.

“A lot of that stuff looked to the untrained as being just a random crazy guy who had no shame, but indeed almost every one of his choices were just perfect in terms of persuasion technique. That’s what I saw,” he said.

Adams said some others who have attempted to adopt Trump’s techniques, such as Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), have adequately imitated the “how do you get attention part,” which is the crucial first step in persuasion, because “if people are listening to you, they’re not listening to other people’s messages, and repetition itself is persuasive.”

“So he gets that part right,” he said of Lieu. “I haven’t studied his technique, but I haven’t seen anything in it that told me he’s using real persuasion technique. I think he just knows how to get attention so far.”

Adams said Trump’s attention-getting techniques, most recently including a tweet that dubbed Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “Senator Jeff Flake(y),” have a tendency to become “almost immediately viral.”

“They stick in your head. They usually have some kind of a physical reminder, or there’s something that the person is going to do that will reinforce it. So any time Jeff Flake does something that’s, let’s say conflicts with the party, people are going to say, ‘Well, that’s a little flakey.’ That’s one of the signs that Trump is doing the engineering of these things right is that you’ll be reminded of them all the time,” he said.

Adams said Trump’s demolition of then-front-running Republican candidate Jeb Bush by dubbing him “Low-Energy Jeb” was his labeling masterpiece since it also played up the contrast between Bush and Trump’s own high-energy approach.

“The moment he’s painted his opponent as ‘low-energy,’ it was such a primal – you could almost respond to it on a biological level. It’s like, yeah, you don’t want a leader that’s kinda droopy,” he chuckled. “And then you knew that any time you saw Jeb in the future, that frame would just haunt him. You’d say, yeah, that is a little low-energy, the way he said that. That one was probably his best work.”

Adams said another element of Trump’s victory was the growing perception of Hillary Clinton’s physical frailty, despite constant efforts by her campaign to downplay evidence that she was ill.

“I had predicted nine months before she collapsed that by the end Trump would be, quote, ‘running unopposed’ because of this health problem,” he recalled. “Now, I didn’t know what the health problem was. It just seemed to be that it looked kind of serious. When she collapsed on 9/11, that’s as close as you can get to a spooky correct prediction, especially when Donna Brazile later confirmed they were actually thinking of replacing her at that late date, in part because of her health issues. That was crazy.”

“I think when people see their leader doing something that’s just physically weak, you can use all the rationalization in the world – say well, this is temporary and well, everybody gets sick, and well, they’re a certain age – and all of that’s true, but still on some deep irrational level, you think to yourself, ‘if my tribe gets attacked by a pride of lions, do I want the strong one of the weak one up there?’ I think that did make some difference towards the end,” he reflected.

Pollak asked how Adams would recommend using the tools of persuasion in the toughest of current political contests, Judge Roy Moore’s Senate race in Alabama, which was derailed by allegations of inappropriate conduct with young girls when Moore was in his thirties.

“Well, I don’t think there’s any way that Roy Moore can win,” Adams said frankly. “It seems to me that the ending is already written for this. The real question is, how do you lose as gracefully as possible with the least amount of blowback for the rest of your life?”

“Maybe his best strategy is what he’s doing, which is denying and just going forward. He’ll be able to blame the other side for creating these, what he will call ‘fake allegations,’ but I don’t think the public is having any of it. I think the public, or at least enough of the public to affect the election, has already decided that he’s guilty with the evidence that they’ve seen,” he predicted.

Adams agreed with Pollak’s prognosis for the 2018 election that “it’s starting to shape up as a Republican massacre.”

“The two forces I see that are the big ones are, even the people who are Republicans may want a little bit of check on the president’s power,” Adams speculated. “I think the people saw that Congress, even when it was a Republican Congress, the fact that it was even close, that it was just a bare majority in the Senate, that was enough to keep President Trump from getting what he wanted. I think people actually like the gridlock model, especially when there’s a strong president, so I think some people will be voting for gridlock, which you would not necessarily get in every election, at least not to this extent.”

The other great force Adams perceived to be at work in the 2018 election is the women’s vote. Despite her shortcomings, he credited Hillary Clinton with “breaking the glass ceiling” by running for president and inspiring a sense that “it’s just the right thing to do to populate the bench and make it more of a fair fight next time” by voting more women into Congress.

Pollak asked what might happen if a deeper Democratic bench produces a candidate far more adept at persuasion than Clinton to run against Trump in 2020, prompting Adams to issue a prediction of Democratic victory that disappoints Trump voters in his audience.

“I’m getting ready to demolish my fan base pretty soon,” Adams replied with a laugh. “I’ve got some things coming up that are going to make people really unhappy. The only thing I can promise everybody, both the people who like anything I’m doing at the moment or hate it, I’m past the point in my life where I need to do it for myself. Really I’m only going to do things that I think are going to have some net benefit to the country, the greater good. So you’re going to see me jumping the fence back and forth a few times – and yes, I would expect that the net effect of that would be to make me completely unemployable by the time we’re done with all that.”

Mansour asked if Adams had any tips for dealing with political arguments around the Thanksgiving dinner table in these contentious times.

“Well, I’ll give you a few tricks. I’ll put some context on this: I probably lost 75 percent of my friends over just politics, so my problems are much less than other people. I have fewer people to run into now,” Adams replied humorously.

“Here’s what I would do: The first thing I’d do is, of course, bring a copy of my book to give to your crazy uncle who just desperately needs it,” he continued. “I would try to keep the conversation to questions, not statements. The ones that get you in trouble are, ‘My candidate did this great thing.’ That’s trouble. But if somebody makes some comments about your candidate, you could say, ‘Well, what would be your top priorities for example, if you were in charge of the country? What would be, say, your top five priorities?’”

“Now, most people are going to say, ‘Well, you know, the economy, and ISIS, and terrorism, and jobs.’ It turns out that those are all the things that Trump is doing well,” he continued.

“One of the top five things that he’s doing poorly on is race relations. I think you need to give the other side that one, and just say, ‘Okay, he is doing terrible on race relations.’ Now, I think he can turn that around, but at the moment that’s a weak spot. So I would first say you need to go into your family gathering acknowledging that this is not a perfect situation. You might like the net of it, but there are some holes, and there are some things that are really good points,” he said.

“Make it more of a question, less of a statement, acknowledge that there are some holes. I would actually encourage people to listen to the other side,” Adams advised.

“And here’s my best advice: you could probably win a lot of money on Thanksgiving because almost nobody knows the real facts, and if you run into someone who’s only reading one side of the media – either they’re getting their news all from the left or even all from the right – you can win some serious bets on facts. Those people don’t know the facts. But if somebody is actually sampling both sides, don’t take a bet with that person,” he said.

Pollak asked what Adams thought of President Trump’s active presence on Twitter, where he is often criticized for commenting too quickly or in an unpresidential manner on breaking events, or engaging in personal squabbles with other media and political figures.

“President Trump has merged theater with politics in a way that we’ll probably never see again,” Adams responded. “One of the things I predicted long ago is that as obnoxious and scary and chaotic as he seems, over time people get used to almost anything.”

He mentioned Trump’s current Twitter feud with sports personality LeVar Ball, deemed ungrateful by Trump for the president’s efforts to get his son out of Chinese prison. In one of his tweets, Trump mused that maybe he should have left Ball’s son and the other basketball players incarcerated for shoplifting in jail.

“Here’s the thing: if you had heard that even, let’s say, six months ago, it would have seemed a lot worse to you,” Adams pointed out. “But he’s sort of taken us on this ride where at first people weren’t sure: was he crazy, was he just reckless, why was he tweeting like this? But we knew that it was funny a lot of the time. Now he’s kind of, I would say he’s opened the hood and let us look underneath, and it’s obvious that it was always meant to be humorous, and effective at the same time as theater. This one really drives that home, because there’s nobody that says, ‘Okay, the president was really going to leave three Americans in jail because of some insult or something.’ Nobody thinks that’s serious. But a few months ago, they would have. That’s a big, big difference. I predicted we would get here if we waited long enough.”

“One of the things I predicted when I first started writing about him and seeing that he was going to, as I said, ‘rip a hole in the universe so that we could look through to sort of a deeper understanding of the human condition,’ if you will – if you had asked anybody, if you had said two years ago, could somebody tell five untruths in public a day and become president, I think everybody would have said, ‘Of course not, that’s ridiculous.’ But we watched it. Could anybody tweet the way he’s tweeting from the presidency, or even running for president, and still get elected? Almost everybody would have said, ‘No way, there’s no way people are going to put up with that nonsense,’” Adams contended.

“He’s made almost every rule that we thought was a real rule, he’s shown that it isn’t, and that you can actually sort of craft your own reality if you have enough of a will, and you get enough of people’s attention, and you’ve got enough skill to do it. I mean, he’s destroyed two dynasties, the Bushes and the Clintons. He’s changed politics forever. He’s making a huge impact with the executive orders and the courts and everything else. He probably will be one of the most consequential presidents of all time when he’s done,” he predicted.

“It’s still going to look like a surprise to some people, but he really came with all the firepower and all the tools,” said Adams. “They just weren’t the ones that people are accustomed to seeing. That’s why it was a little bit invisible to the untrained, I’d say.”

Pollak brought up a conversation he had with Adams where he said Trump voters would feel motivated to re-elect him in 2020 to validate the decision they made in 2016 and reaffirm the importance of the issues, but Adams said he wasn’t certain Trump would run for re-election.

“I’m expecting that he’ll have an unexpectedly successful four years, meaning that he’s going to get a lot done that at least Republicans wanted to get done, and given his age, and given his expertise with branding, it seems to me there’s a really good chance that he would want to go out on top,” Adams elaborated.

“If he has a strong four years, the economy is looking good, the last thing you want to do is be still president during four years when something really unlucky happens because it always does,” he added. “There’s always an economic downturn that nobody saw coming, there’s a war that nobody saw coming, a terrorist act that nobody saw coming. If he has a really good four years, he’s probably going to say, ‘I’m not going to gamble with my health’ – because at a certain age those concerns are much bigger, especially mental health. He might want to go out on top. That would be the ‘branding’ thing to do, and it would be kind of spectacular in its own way.”

“Now, arguing against that, he’s one of the most competitive people that we’ve ever seen. If he has something to prove, if he’s not done, if there’s just something he needs to make a point about, he might stay in there. I think he would be almost impossible to beat for a second term,” Adams predicted.

He added that Republican primary challengers would have difficulty contrasting themselves against President Trump in a way that captures the attention of voters.

“It’s like President Trump is Technicolor times ten. Put him in the White House and what’s already big and impossible to look away about him just gets even bigger. I can’t even imagine somebody standing on the podium next to him. It’s like they would have no energy at all. They would just disappear on stage at this point. It would be a terrible contrast problem to try to solve,” he explained.

Looking at potential Democrat challengers who might be able to generate enough star power to overcome that contrast problem, Adams predicted that actor George Clooney would be “dragged down” by the Hollywood sexual harassment crisis, but added that “he has all of the master persuader skills.”

“He’s got the charisma, he’s got the phrasing, the wording. He’s got the visual language. He’s got the full package. So if he wanted to, and he were not a Hollywood product, he could really make a dent. But the Hollywood thing is going to hold him back,” Adams said.

“Mark Cuban is interesting,” he continued. “I think he said he was interested in running as a Republican. I hope that was a clever thing to say so that Republicans will think fondly of him, should he decide to run as a Democrat, because then people would say, ‘Well, he’s practically a Republican, not really a Democrat, he’s just running because it’s easier over there.’”

“He’s what I call a ‘learning machine’ – meaning that if you said, ‘Is he ready right now?’ I’d say ‘Absolutely not.’ If you said, ‘Would he be ready in three years?’ I’d say, ‘Get out of the way,’ because he probably will be, if he wants to be. There’s probably nothing that he can’t master between now and the next election that would be important. I think he’ll have the full arsenal by the time he gets there,” Adams said of Cuban.

Adams made a concluding observation that Donald Trump is exceptionally good at speaking like the people he is “most interested in getting to vote for him.”

“It’s brutally effective. Early on in the race, people were saying, ‘He’s talking like a sixth-grader! How could we have a president with a sixth-grade vocabulary?’ I was saying right away, ‘Oh, man, you’re totally missing this story,’” he recalled.

“By the way, all of the people who have my same training – the linguists, the cognitive scientists – they’ll tell you the same thing. His simple, repetitive language is easy to quote, it’s viral, it’s easy to understand. People just eat it up. That was one of his biggest strengths, which the people who missed everything for two years imagined would be one of his biggest weaknesses,” said Adams.

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  • Douglas K Bowman says:

    As an educator for over 34 years I am here to tell you America communicates largely on a 4th grade level.And as dumb as you think this president might be, the stock market under his administration just continues to climb. That is more than can be said for the GW or the Obama administration. We finally have a CEO in the White House. I support President Trump. Thinkof the world of shit we’d be in if Hillary had been elected.

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    Chabot is running for a 14th term. He was first elected in 1994 and has served in congress so long that he was House impeachment manager during the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton.

    Redistricting now puts Chabot at a disadvantage as the new boundaries cover an area that Biden would have won by around 9 points in 2020. Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman is a former Cincinnati Public Schools teacher who won the Democratic primary.

    Political analysts call the race a toss-up.

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    Chris Wallace Show Tanks on CNN, Loses Big to His Former Network

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    Former “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace’s CNN show debuted with lackluster ratings — losing big to his former network’s Sunday evening show hosted by former Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

    According to a report from RadarOnline, Wallace’s much-touted interview show — titled “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” — racked up only 43,800 viewers in the key 25-54 age demographic. Wallace scored just 401,000 total viewers during his show, which aired in the 7 p.m. ET hour.

    In comparison, the former South Carolina Congressman hosted “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” — and pulled in more than triple Wallace’s total viewers with over 1.3 million. He also nearly doubled Wallace’s number in the key demographic, racking up 78,000 viewers aged 25-54.

    “Total Bomb!” @johnnydollar01 shared the news. “Chris Wallace’s CNN Show Premiere Tanks, Pulls Only 44k Viewers In Key Demo. The program was down double digits across every category vs the 2022 average. On Fox @TGowdySC scored a massive 1.3M viewers with 78k in the key 25-54 age demo …”

    Critics were quick to pile on Wallace — who abruptly left “Fox News Sunday” in December of 2021 — suggesting that perhaps he was beginning to wish that he had stayed put.

    “FoxNews made Chris Wallace, didn’t need him. Ratings don’t lie,” Mike Cernovich tweeted.

    Wallace initially said when he left the network, he was just looking for a change.

    “After 18 years, I have decided to leave FOX. I want to try something new, to go beyond politics, to all of the things I’m interested in,” he explained during his final “Fox News Sunday” broadcast. “I’m ready for a new adventure, and I hope you’ll check it out. And so, for the last time dear friends, that’s it for today.”

    Wallace later claimed that he had found the situation at FOX — particularly in the wake of January 6th — to be “unsustainable.”

    “I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion,” Wallace said. “But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable. I spent a lot of 2021 looking to see if there was a different place for me to do my job,” he said.

    Within days of leaving FOX, Wallace had announced his plan to move to CNN+ — but the streaming service launched, floundered, and folded in less than a month.

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    ‘The Worst Is Yet to Come’: Top Hedge Fund Manager Compares American Inflation to the Fall of Rome

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    Carl Icahn, the chair of hedge fund Icahn Enterprises, warned last week that inflation in the United States is comparable to the monetary phenomena that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire.

    Price levels between August 2021 and August 2022 rose 8.3%, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking a slight moderation from an 8.5% year-over-year increase in July and a 9.1% year-over-year increase in June. The Federal Reserve responded on Wednesday by increasing the target federal funds rate by 0.75% — a move that caused a stock market selloff and mirrored identical aggressive rate hikes in June and July.

    During an interview with MarketWatch, Icahn pointed to the central bank’s quantitative easing regime over the past two years as the key impetus for soaring inflation and warned that “the worst is yet to come.”

    “We printed up too much money, and just thought the party would never end,” remarked Icahn, who worked as a special regulatory reform adviser during the Trump administration.

    To encourage business and consumer activity during the lockdown-induced recession, the Federal Reserve had pegged a near-zero target interest rate and acquired bonds from the market. The rollback of the monetary stimulus occurs as price levels rise at the fastest rate in four decades.

    “Inflation is a terrible thing. You can’t cure it,” Icahn added, observing that rapidly rising price levels led to the collapse of the Roman Empire. “You can’t get that genie back in the bottle too easily.”

    In addition to political turmoil and military conflict, the period between 200 AD and 300 AD saw multiple currency devaluations, with prices rising nearly 1,000% between 258 AD and 275 AD alone, according to a lecture from Baruch College history professor Joseph Peden. The last Western Roman emperor was deposed by Germanic barbarian forces in 476 AD.

    However, policymakers have sought to convince market actors that the Federal Reserve is serious about curbing inflation. During a speech at the central bank’s symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said that officials are prepared to “bring some pain” to combat rising price levels and return inflation to the long-term target of 2%.

    “Price stability is the responsibility of the Federal Reserve and serves as the bedrock of our economy,” he asserted. “Without price stability, the economy does not work for anyone. In particular, without price stability, we will not achieve a sustained period of strong labor market conditions that benefit all.”

    The central bank’s newfound hawkishness has provoked criticism from other experts. Steve Forbes, the chair of Forbes Media and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, argued on Monday that monetary policymakers do not need to dampen the economy in order to fight inflation. “No central banker today — hardly any — talks about stable currencies. It’s about depressing the economy to fight inflation,” Forbes remarked. “With unstable currencies you get less productive long-term investments, which is key to economic growth.”

    Lawrence Summers, who led the Treasury Department and the National Economic Council during the Clinton and Obama administrations, said that policymakers will likely fail at curbing inflation without increases in joblessness. “Core inflation is higher this month than for the quarter, higher this quarter than last quarter, higher this half of the year than the previous one, and higher last year than the previous one,” he said.

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    WATCH: Man Tries to Tow with His Electric Truck — It Was a Total Disaster

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    While EV trucks may lessen your “environmental impact,” some most definitely fail to perform what should be one of a truck’s most basic functions — towing over long distances. Take the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, for example.

    Automobile savant and commentator Tyler “Hoovie” Hoover decided to test the Lightning’s towing capacity in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on Friday.

    The experiment didn’t go so well, to say the least.

    Hoover’s goal was to drive the truck 32 miles with only an empty trailer in tow, load up his recently purchased 1930 Ford Model A pickup truck and then tow it back the same 32 miles.

    The automotive aficionado was originally going to make the trip a second time, so he could load up something heavier to test the Ford’s maximum tow capacity. After the first trip ended in “total disaster,” however, Hoover determined it wouldn’t even be worth trying.

    Upon simply loading up the empty aluminum trailer and driving roughly one-quarter mile out of his neighborhood, the EV had already used up 3 miles of range. By the time Hoover traversed the first 32 miles, the Ford had lost a whopping 68 miles of range. As you might imagine, once he loaded up the Model A truck, the situation took a sharp turn for the worse.

    Despite having the EV charged for 200 miles of range at the start of the 64-mile trip, by the time he returned with his Model A truck in tow, only 50 miles of range remained.

    “Are you kidding me? That’s almost 90 miles of range in 30 miles. Are you serious,” Hoover said in the video, clearly bewildered.

    “That’s nuts. What a joke,” Hoover added as he laughed.

    At the end of the video, Hoover gave a brief overview of the experience.

    In his view, if you’re wanting to buy a truck for appearance’s sake, the Ford F-150 Lightning is a fine vehicle.

    However, if you need a truck that actually functions like a truck, Hoover recommended his viewers not opt for an EV.

    “If the future is electric, there has to be some kind of solution for this,” Hoover said, speaking to EV’s towing issues. “If a truck towing 3,500 pounds can’t even go 100 miles … that is ridiculously stupid.”

    “This truck can’t do normal truck things. You would be stopping every hour to recharge, which would take about 45 minutes a pop, and that is absolutely not practical.”

    This isn’t the only time the F-150 has failed to tow effectively. Two journalists from MotorTrend tested out the truck’s towing range capacity, and their test didn’t go much better than Hoover’s. “With the largest available battery pack, a fully charged 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck has less energy onboard than a regular F-150 with four gallons of gas in its tank,” the two journalists reported.

    Similarly, YouTuber Fast Lane Truck ran a test on the Lightning’s towing range capacity, finding that the truck’s range was left wanting. The EV needed to charge roughly 85 miles earlier than initial estimates indicated.

    According to Autotrader, towing large loads reduces the range of electric cars significantly, sometimes by as much as one-third or one-half.

    Maybe transitioning to electric is the future.

    But in the here and now, EVs like the Ford Lightning simply cannot replace their fuel-powered counterparts when it comes to towing something farther than your city limits.

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    New Study Reveals Trace Amounts of COVID Vaccine mRNAs Found in Breast Milk

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    A new study published Monday revealed trace amounts of COVID-19 vaccine mRNAs were found in the breast milk of some lactating women.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association, an international peer-reviewed general medical journal published since 1993, released the study to the public and has now issued a warning for women breastfeeding infants younger than six months.

    “Caution is warranted regarding breastfeeding infants younger than six months in the first two days after maternal COVID-19 vaccination,” the journal said in a tweet.

    The study included 11 healthy lactating women that were asked to collect and immediately freeze samples of their breast milk after receiving either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine within six months of delivering their newborn babies.

    Participants also provided breast milk samples before vaccination and for five days post vaccination.

    Of the 11 volunteers, 7 samples from 5 women showed trace amounts of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, with the mRNA samples appearing in higher concentrations than whole milk.

    The study said, however, that no vaccine mRNA was detected in pre-vaccination or post-vaccination samples beyond two days of collection.

    “The sporadic presence and trace quantities of COVID-19 vaccine mRNA detected in EBM suggest that breastfeeding after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination is safe, particularly beyond 48 hours after vaccination,” the study reads.

    Officials said that despite believing it is safe to breastfeed after maternal COVID-19 vaccination, they did not “test the possible cumulative vaccine mRNA exposure after frequent breastfeeding in infants.”

    “In addition, the potential interference of COVID-19 vaccine mRNA with the immune response to multiple routine vaccines given to infants during the first 6 months of age needs to be considered,” the study reads. “It is critical that lactating individuals be included in future vaccination trials to better evaluate the effect of mRNA vaccines on lactation outcomes.”

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held off on approving vaccinating infants younger than six months until more data on how it could impact their immune system became available.

    However, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended offering the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to breastfeeding women.

    “Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) blasted President Joe Biden over his “abuse of power” by pushing a vaccine mandate.

    “Now we find out that Biden’s vaccine mandates caused infants (for which no safe dose has been established) to receive mRNA through their mother’s breast milk,” Massie said. “Does abuse of power get any more evil?”

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    California Man Arrested After Allegedly Planning ‘Las Vegas-Style’ Massacre

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    A California man was arrested on Sunday after threatening to kill law enforcement officers and preparing a “Las Vegas style” mass shooting, police say.

    Dallas Marsh, 37, was arrested at a Super 8 Motel in Chico, California after obtaining evidence of his intent, police say.

    Investigators said that Marsh made “criminal threats to kill specific individuals, specified law enforcement officers, and was preparing to commit a ‘Las Vegas-style’ mass shooting with a specified deadline.”

    Police have not released details about how the evidence was obtained or what the evidence contained.

    The Las Vegas massacre saw sixty people killed and more than 400 wounded after a gunman shot from the Mandalay Bay hotel in 2017.

    Marsh allegedly threatened to kill more officers and their families once he was arrested.

    Marsh was booked into the Butte County Jail and was being held without bail, reports Fox News.

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    This Was the Largest Armed Robbery in United States History, and It Was Committed by the FBI

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    A recent class-action lawsuit alleges that FBI agents illegally seized more than $86 million in assets stored in safety deposit boxes located in Beverly Hills, California, under the presumption that the assets were somehow linked to unidentified crimes.

    Back in 2015, the FBI began investigating a U.S. Private Vaults store in Beverly Hills, suspecting that the owners were engaging in drug trafficking and money laundering. During the course of the investigation, agents secured six warrants, five of which were rather straightforward and pertained only to the business and the business owners.

    However, according to a story from the LA Times, the sixth warrant, signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Steve Kim in 2021, authorized agents to seize business equipment from the store, including 1,400 safety deposit boxes located in the store, even though agents did not know the identity of the box owners or have probable cause to suspect that the owners were involved in any drug trafficking or money laundering scheme.

    “The government did not know what was in those boxes, who owned them, or what, if anything, those people had done,” said Robert Frommer, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice which is representing approximately 400 USPV customers whose safety deposit box contents were seized by the FBI.

    “The scope of what the FBI did is unprecedented,” Frommer added. “This was the largest armed robbery in United States history, and it was committed by the FBI.”

    According to court filings, the FBI insisted on the affidavit that the “warrants authorize the seizure of the nests of the boxes themselves, not their contents,” and Judge Kim reiterated on the warrant he signed that “[t]his warrant does not authorize a criminal search or seizure of the contents of the safety deposit boxes.” However, the FBI seized and searched the boxes anyway, the lawsuit alleges.

    The FBI later claimed that it was under no obligation to inform Judge Kim “how later actions, such as criminal investigations against boxholders or forfeiture of box contents, would play out.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office then sought to keep from the public all court documents which suggest the FBI deceived Kim, but a judge denied that request.

    The lawsuit also claims that some of the box holders who came forward to reclaim their seized property were then subjected to another investigation. The FBI supposedly examined their bank and DMV records, tax returns, and other criminal history checks. Approximately 20 to 30 box holders decided to forfeit their property, FBI agent Lynn Zellhart said, and many have speculated that those holders who walked away wanted to avoid either becoming an FBI target or the tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees that people must often pay to defend themselves during such investigations.

    Of all 700 USPV customers affected by the FBI raid, just nine were referenced in the FBI affidavit. Thus far, it is believed that none of the customers have been charged with any crimes, and the FBI would not say whether any of them had been the subject of a criminal investigation prior to the USPV raid.

    The LA Times further reports that the evidence against the safety deposit box holders is “thin.” For starters, Zellhart alleged in an affidavit that only those who are “irrational” or who have criminal motives would rent a box from USPV rather than a bank.

    She also claimed that many customers arrived at the store in cars with out-of-state plates, particularly Illinois. “Based on my training and experience in money laundering investigations, Chicago, Illinois is a hub of both drug trafficking and money laundering,” Zellhart wrote. “I believe these patrons were using their USPV box to store drug proceeds.”

    Finally, she said that many USPV customers used rental cars, another characteristic associated with drug traffickers. So-called drug dogs were also able to smell traces of marijuana and other drugs on some of the cash seized, but marijuana is now legal in California and traces of street drugs on money are not necessarily evidence of a crime.

    Though USPV pled guilty to the drug and money laundering charges, little else came from the investigation. The company went out of business, and the owners were never charged. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner must still determine whether the FBI raid against USPV customers was unconstitutional. It is unclear when he is expected to make that decision.

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    New Midterm Poll Spells Bad News For Democrats On The Economy

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    A Sunday poll from ABC News and The Washington Post found that the Republican Party leads the Democratic Party on economic issues by double-digit margins.

    The poll results painted a generally dismal picture for the Democrats less than two months away from the midterm elections. As the approval rating of President Joe Biden reaches new lows, 74% of Americans now believe that the economy is in bad shape — an increase from 58% in the spring of 2021. Only 35% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want the commander-in-chief to run for a second term.

    The economy and inflation are key issues among voters, with 84% considering the former to be a top factor on their minds. The Republicans lead the Democrats by a 16% margin and a 19% margin with respect to trust on handling the economy and inflation respectively, according to the poll.

    Price levels between August 2021 and August 2022 rose 8.3%, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, marking a slight moderation from an 8.5% year-over-year increase in July and a 9.1% year-over-year increase in June. Nevertheless, month-to-month prices for food, shelter, and medical services ticked upward, while core inflation — a metric that excludes food and energy, which tend to be more volatile — continued to rise.

    The Federal Reserve responded last week by increasing the target federal funds rate by 0.75% — a move that triggered a stock market selloff and sent the Dow Jones more than 1,500 points lower than the level seen on the day of Biden’s inauguration.

    A rapid increase in energy prices has fueled much of the inflation observed over the past two years. Indeed, Biden has advanced renewable energy policies while leasing less federal land for oil drilling since the conclusion of World War II and nixing expansions to the Keystone XL pipeline project at the beginning of his tenure.

    The national average price of gasoline was $2.38 per gallon when Biden assumed office and increased to $3.53 per gallon by the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After surpassing $5.00 per gallon in early June, prices have subsided to $3.73 per gallon as of Monday, according to data from AAA.

    In the aftermath of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade — broadly considered one of the largest conservative political victories in more than a generation — many Democratic operatives hope that abortion will drive high turnout among left-leaning voters. However, abortion trails economic concerns in the poll, with only 62% of respondents calling abortion a top issue — although respondents prefer the Democrats more than Republicans on the matter by a margin of 20%.

    Among second-order issues, voters favor Democrats on education and climate change respectively by 6% and 23%. On the issue of crime, Republicans boast a 14% lead — including a 34% lead among independents. Twelve of the major American cities which set new homicide records last year were run by Democrats.

    In more than 100 polls from ABC News and The Washington Post since 1982, Americans have typically favored Democrats over Republicans on managing “the main problems the country faces in the next few years” by a 5% margin. In the most recent poll, however, the two major parties were evenly split.

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    ‘Leave Now, Do Not Wait’: 300,000 Floridians Are Ordered to Evacuate — 50-Mile Traffic Jams

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    Floridians have been urged to ‘get out now’ as Hurricane Ian barrels towards the Sunshine State and is set to bring 15ft waves and 140mph winds.

    Local officials warned residents ‘do not wait’ and stressed ‘time is of the essence’ as the monster storm loomed in the Caribbean Sea just south of Cuba.

    They ordered more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes in parts of Hillsborough – including Tampa – Manatee, and Hernando counties, with more expected to follow.

    Terrified residents have started desperately digging huge trenches to redirect flood water while others have stripped shelves bare of water and essentials.

    Stark pictures and videos from across the state show prolonged queues at checkouts as locals stocked up and prepare to bunker down ahead of the monster weather front.

    Ian strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane overnight Sunday, but it is feared it will warp into a major Category 4 this week – hitting Florida on Wednesday night or Thursday morning after battering Cuba.

    It is expected to be the worst hurricane Tampa has seen since 1921, when 115mph winds battered the coast city and left a trail of devastation.

    Huge swathes of the area was submerged under 10ft of water from the deadly surge, with breaking waves ripping apart buildings and killing eight people.

    Ron DeSantis declared an emergency across the entire state and its 67 counties on Saturday afternoon in a sign of how concerned officials are.

    The Florida Governor on Monday warned the impacts from the storm will be ‘far and wide’ and felt on both coasts in the form of power outages and severe flooding.

    Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said: ‘For all practical purposes, get out right now.’

    Hillsborough County Administrator Bonnie Wise said: ‘Do not wait. Time is of the essence. Act now. We expect to have to evacuate over 300,000 people, and it will take some time, which is why we are starting now.’

    Desperate Tampa residents began besieging home improvement stores today for plywood sheeting to cover their windows.

    At Home Depot on the city’s Memorial Highway, the lumber department was packed with homeowners and contractors scrambling for supplies.

    One, a partner in a gas station who would only give his name as Mr Byrd, said: ‘I’ve got the sheets to board up the business.’

    Asked he if would be leaving following the mandatory evacuation order for a huge part of Hillsborough County – the main county for Tampa, he replied: ‘We are going to play it by ear.

    ‘They haven’t determined which way it’s going to go, so it depends on how bad it looks later on.

    ‘I’ve been through this before, with Hurricane Irma in 2017. We evacuated to Lakeland, Florida, and that got it. So you never know what’s best.

    With the man upstairs, I’m hoping like always things will swing in the right direction. We pray a lot.’

    All public schools in Hillsborough County are shut from today (Monday) through Thursday.

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    Edward Snowden Speaks Out After Putin Grants Him Full Russian Citizenship

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    Edward Snowden said Russian citizenship will give his family stability nearly a decade after the former National Security Agency contractor leaked files on U.S. surveillance operations and fled to Moscow.

    “After two years of waiting and nearly ten years of exile, a little stability will make a difference for my family. I pray for privacy for them—and for us all,” Snowden tweeted on Monday in his first public comments since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decree granting him citizenship.

    Snowden said two years ago that he would apply for dual U.S.-Russian citizenship after he was granted permanent residence in Russia.

    State Department spokesperson Ned Price reiterated the United States’ position on Monday that Snowden should return to face trial on espionage charges.

    “I am familiar with the fact that he has in some ways denounced his American citizenship,” Price said. “I don’t know that he’s renounced it.”

    Snowden’s wife, American Lindsay Mills, will also apply for Russian citizenship, his lawyer told state-owned new outlet RIA Novosti. Snowden tweeted a photo on Monday of Mills and the couple’s two sons.

    The U.S. whistleblower’s revelations in 2013 about the NSA’s surveillance operations drew praise from privacy advocates and sharp condemnation from U.S. officials who accused him of damaging national security.

    His newly-acquired Russian citizenship comes amid escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington, D.C.

    Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is entering its eighth month, with the Kremlin ordering a partial mobilization to conscript 300,000 Russian men into the military.

    Price suggested on Monday that Snowden could be conscripted and sent to Ukraine, but his lawyer told Russian media that won’t happen.

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    Alec Baldwin Looks Defeated as He Faces Criminal Charges Over Fatal On-Set Shooting

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    Alec Baldwin buried his head in his hands when he answered a cell phone call Monday, just hours after it was revealed that a New Mexico prosecutor was looking to file criminal charges against him in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, exclusive DailyMail.com photos reveal.

    The apparent scene of despair, coming after a weekend in which he welcomed his eighth child into the world, unfolded after he arrived at Domino Park in Brooklyn, where he took a stroll with his children along the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge.

    He stood alone for 10 minutes on the phone call, grim faced and displaying heavy bags under his eyes while hunched over a fence overlooking the river. At another point, he could be seen with an armful of popcorn and a water bottle, a blue mask covering his mouth but not his nose.

    Earlier in the day, news broke that New Mexico prosecutors may charge the actor, after he handed over his cellphone to be considered as evidence.

    In a letter to the state’s financial board, asking for funding to prosecute the high-profile case, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said she was ‘ready’ to file charges against four people.

    She stopped short of confirming the charges she planned to bring but said she was ‘certainly looking (at) all the homicide statutes and any gun statutes under New Mexico criminal code’.

    ‘One of the possible defendants is well known movie actor Alec Baldwin,’ she wrote, adding that there could be four separate criminal trials.

    Meanwhile, the Hutchins family is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the actor. And earlier this month, a judge ruled he was primarily responsible for firing the shot that killed Hutchins during the filming of Rust in New Mexico last October.

    It was in the midst of all these developments that Baldwin last week placed his largest asset – his $29million estate on Long Island – on the market.

    Legal observers tell DailyMail.com that Baldwin’s decision to sell his $29million estate in the Hamptons may be part of an effort to shift and potentially shield assets from lawsuits that could cost him a fortune.

    His timing has sparked speculation that the actor, who last weekend celebrated the birth of his eighth child, is less interested in a lifestyle change than in preparing for a potential doomsday in the courts.

    Baldwin purchased the estate in 1996 for $1.75 million and listed it just last week for more than 16 times that amount, days after a judge ruled he was primarily responsible for firing the shot that killed cinematographer Hutchins last October.

    So the 64-year-old could be looking to transfer his wealth into more protected assets, such as irrevocable trusts for his kids or real estate in a state that shields properties from creditors, experts speculate.

    ‘I’d be interested to see if he’s buying anything in Florida because Florida has special homestead protections,’ Robert Steele, a Manhattan trust lawyer, told DailyMail.com. ‘O.J. (Simpson) bought a house in Florida and got protections there that you can’t get in most states. I’d be curious to see if the creditors could claw that back.’

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    Kari Lake Reacts To Liz Cheney’s Vow To Campaign Against Her

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    Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake on Sunday blasted statements made by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who vowed to “do everything” possible to “make sure Kari Lake is not elected,” including campaigning for Democrats.

    Appearing on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump-endorsed Lake her reaction to Cheney’s promise.

    “That might be the biggest, best gift I’ve ever received,” Lake quipped. “I mean, the people of Wyoming can’t stand her, I’m pretty much sure that the people of Arizona don’t like Liz Cheney,” she continued.

    Cheney, who was defeated in her primary election by Trump-backed Harriet Hageman last month, made the comments at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Saturday.

    “In this election, you have to vote for the person who actually believes in democracy,” Cheney said, referring to Lake as an “election denier” and “dangerous,” and claiming that electing her would be “putting the Republic at risk.”

    “Here’s the deal, Maria. The Republican party, the new Republican party is the party of ‘We The People,’ it is no longer the party of warmongers,” Lake told Bartiromo. “And so, Liz Cheney should probably change her voter registration. Turns out she really is a Democrat after all.”

    Cheney, who made the remarks when she was asked whether or not she would campaign for Lake’s opponent, Arizona Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, was one of ten Republicans in the House to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. At the same event in Texas, Cheney said she would not be voting for her former GOP rival, Harriet Hageman.

    “It’s a tough question,” Cheney replied when asked whether she would prefer if the Democrats held a majority in the House after the midterms.

    Lake responded on Twitter to Cheney’s remarks, saying, “She’s putting more energy into electing Democrats than she did into winning her own primary lol.”

    The comments come weeks after Hobbs announced she would not debate Lake before the election. The Daily Wire previously reported that Hobbs also skipped a debate during the Democratic primary. Lake responded to the announcement by saying, “Hobbs’ strategy is to hide from Me, the Press, and the Voters throughout the entirety of the campaign and run out the clock on the people of Arizona.”

    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) replied to a video clip of Cheney vowing to campaign against Lake, writing, “In 2020, when Liz Cheney was the GOP House conference chair, she backed my primary opponent. I won that race 81% to 19%.”

    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) also replied to the clip, tweeting, “Liz Cheney gets crushed in her ‘home’ Wyoming by 40+ points… But now we are supposed to believe she has the juice to take on [Kari Lake]?”

    According to a recent poll by The Trafalgar Group, Lake is leading Hobbs 50% to 45.6% with 4.4% undecided. Cheney lost her primary to Hageman 66.3% to 28.9%.

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    ‘Worse Name Than Malibu Barbie’: Alec Baldwin Debuts Newborn Daughter, Twitter Mocks The Baby’s Name

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    Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria recently welcomed their seventh child, a daughter, and the baby’s name has already inspired much mockery on social media.

    The 64-year-old actor and his 38-year-old wife updated fans of the birth via Instagram. “She’s here! We are so excited to introduce you to our tiny dream come true,” Hilaria shared in the caption of a short video montage.

    “Both she and I are happy and healthy,” she continued. “Her Baldwinito siblings are spending the day bonding and welcoming her into our home.”

    The Baldwins named their newest addition Ilaria Catalina Irena. The name sounds extraordinarily similar to Hilaria, plus it recalls a recent controversy where Hilaria leaned into her Spanish heritage despite actually being a woman named Hillary from Boston.

    “if hilaria baldwin can name her baby ilaria, then I will be having a child and naming them erek,” a Twitter user named Derek quipped.

    “Ilaria, daughter of Hilaria, is a worse name than Malibu Barbie,” another person agreed.

    “Alec and Hilaria Baldwin have named their seventh child Ilaria,” someone else noted. “Which is kind of ilarious.”

    “She is beyond narcissistic with this naming,” another tweet said. “It’s absolutely bonkers.”

    The Baldwins’ six other children are sons Eduardo “Edu” Pao Lucas, 2; Romeo Alejandro David, 4; Leonardo Ángel Charles, 6; and Rafael Thomas, 7; and daughters Maria Lucia Victoria, 19 months (via a surrogate); and Carmen Gabriela, 9. Alec also shares daughter Ireland, 26, with his ex-wife Kim Basinger.

    In 2020, Hilaria was accused of trying to impersonate Spanish culture. She refuted the claims, saying she celebrates both her Spanish and American heritage, as The Daily Wire previously reported.

    At the time, she said that it was “frustrating” and wondered why “it [can’t] be” that she “has two cultures.”

    “Because that is my story,” she said. “And I think that’s like a really great thing.”

    “I’m not gonna apologize for the fact of having two versions of my name, which is the same name,” Hilaria said of using the Spanish version of her given name.

    ” … it’s the same name just some letters different. This is not somebody trying to pretend to be something else; it’s literally just, you have two cultures. … That’s my life experience, and I don’t have to apologize for my life experience.”

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    Manchin Begs Republicans to Support His Flailing Permitting Reform Deal

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    Moderate Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin implored Senate Republicans to pass his permitting reform side deal.

    Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin begged his Republican colleagues to support the deal he secured with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to reform the energy permitting system in the U.S. Manchin’s deal is flailing because of opposition from both Republicans and progressive Democrats. If the Senate cannot reach a deal, it may jeopardize a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

    “[T]his is a chance in a lifetime for us to have energy independence,” Manchin told host Shannon Bream. “For us to have security in this nation, which we need, and making sure that we can take care of the American people with low energy prices, producing more oil, producing more gas. But we have to have permitting reform if you’re going to deliver it. You have no way of infrastructure to deliver it. So, everyone knows that. My Republican friends know that.”

    Manchin dismissed an alternative piece of legislation put forth by 46 of his Republican colleagues, calling it a “messaging bill”; and claimed that his bill includes everything in the Republican bill.

    He also dismissed criticism from progressive Democrats who voiced their opposition. “I never expected Bernie Sanders and the far extreme left to ever be for any permitting,” said Manchin. “They’ve never been for permitting reform. That’s why we never had it. [But this] is one time when overwhelmingly, Democrats in both the House and the Senate are supporting … We have a golden opportunity and we have a majority, overwhelming majority of Democrats supporting it. This is the most important thing that we can do today.”

    “[T]he process has come down to party line vote which is unfortunate, but it is what we’re dealing with in a toxic political atmosphere,” Manchin concluded. “But I can assure you, everybody, we try to take everyone’s input on this and my Republican friends’ input is in this piece of legislation.”

    Democrats in the Senate are expected to move forward with a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. But continued squabbling over the details of Manchin’s permitting reform legislation threatens to tank the government funding bill.

    The deal began to fall apart early this month, when more than 70 progressive Democrats in the House signed a letter to House Democratic Leadership signaling their opposition. A week later, Republicans blasted Manchin’s proposal for not going far enough, and proposed permitting reform legislation of their own. This week, Progressive Democrats in the Senate, led by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, announced opposition to the bill as well.

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    Obamas Park in Handicapped Spot for 2 Hours While Dining at Swanky LA Sushi Restaurant

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    Barack Obama’s SUV was parked in a handicapped spot as the former president and his two daughters, Sasha and Malia ate at a swanky sushi restaurant.

    Obama’s Secret Service took up a handicapped space in front of West LA’s trendy Hamasaku sushi restaurant Saturday night.

    Barack Obama flew to Los Angeles and took a gas-guzzling SUV to dinner with his daughters.

    Meanwhile, Obama is lecturing the world on the virtues of making sacrifices in order to fight climate change.

    The Daily Mail reported:

    Former President Barack Obama’s Secret Service SUV was spotted parked in a handicapped spot for two hours as he dined at a swanky West Los Angeles sushi restaurant with his two daughters.

    The black SUV stayed in a spot marked for handicap parking as it waited for the Obamas to finish eating at the pricey Hamasaku restaurant, where eight-piece sushi rolls cost $50 and specialty rolls go for more than $20 each.

    The former president was pictured in all white as he stepped out of the restaurant alone while being escorted by secret service agents. His daughters, Malia and Sasha, left separately.

    Obama could be seen waving goodbye to the restaurant staffers and turning down their offer of free ice cream dessert before the agents warned them to stand back as they made their exit.

    Obama was enjoying dinner with his daughters on Saturday night while former First Lady Michelle was in Seneca Falls, New York, being inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

    The family chose to dine at Hamasaku, a trendy restaurant located on Santa Monica Boulevard, in West LA.

    Barack Obama was spotted walking out of the restaurant and hopping into the SUV.

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    Swastika-Wearing Gunman Kills 13 and Wounds 21 Others in School Massacre

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    A gunman opened fire in a school in central Russia on Monday, killing 13 people, including seven children, and wounding 21 others.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee said the shooting took place in School No. 88 in Izhevsk, a city about 600 miles east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region. It identified the wounded as 14 children and seven adults.

    The governor of Udmurtia, Alexander Brechalov, said in a video statement that the gunman shot himself.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the shooting as “a terrorist act” and said that President Vladimir Putin has given all the necessary orders to the relevant authorities.

    “President Putin deeply mourns deaths of people and children in the school, where a terrorist act took place,” Peskov told reporters Monday.

    The school educates children between grades 1 and 11. It has been evacuated and the area around it has been cordoned off, the governor said.

    The Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the same school. It said in a statement that Kazantsev wore a black t-shirt bearing “Nazi symbols.” No details about his motives have been released.

    Russia’s National Guard said Kazantsev used two non-lethal handguns adapted to fire real bullets.

    A criminal probe into the incident has been launched on charges of multiple murder and illegal possession of firearms.

    Izhevsk, a city of 640,000, is located west of the Ural mountains in central Russia.

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    DEVELOPING: Potentially ‘Life-Threatening’ Category 1 Hurricane on Path Toward Florida

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    Florida is bracing as tropical storm has Ian developed into a ‘large and powerful’ Category 1 hurricane with warnings of storm swell sofa up to 15ft.

    The Sunshine State is set to be hit by the major hurricane which has forced residents to empty the shelves as they panic buy water and other essentials ahead of the storm hitting.

    It is expected to hit Florida midweek, either late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, and bring with it 130mph winds.

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared an emergency across the entire state and its 67 counties on Saturday afternoon in a sign of officials’ high concern.

    Hurricane Ian is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Sunday and reach ‘major’ hurricane strength – anything Category 3 or above – on Tuesday before it hits Cuba.

    Ian was upgraded to a hurricane early on Monday morning by the National Hurricane Center, warning of an ‘additional rapid strengthening’.

    Floridians have packed into stores and ransacked the for snacks, materials and water to get through the hurricane.

    They have been loading up on planks of plywood to board their windows up. Many have been left empty handed after others stock piles the basic’s such as water, with one woman telling CBS ‘I tried to get water, but it’s no more. not too much at this moment.’

    People have been desperate to fill up on gas, causing huge queues at many stations as others are preparing by sandbagging roads outside their properties in an attempt to limit the damage.

    Jose Lugo told WFTV he knows what can happen if the worst hits and has been preparing by filling up bags of sand alongside other community members in Orange County.

    He said: ‘It’s better to be prepared than sorry later, I was in Puerto Rico visiting my parents a couple days before Fiona hit.

    ‘I was helping them out, and now I’m here helping myself and everybody else.’

    Some areas in Tampa are having to show proof of residency to gain access to the sandbags, with a 10-bag limit per house.

    Tampa’s Mayor, Jane Castor, said that they are ‘preparing for the worst and hoping for the best’ when it comes to preparing for the hurricane.

    Ian is expected to cause more devastation that the 1921 Tampa Bay hurricane, which saw winds of 115 mph and a 10.5’ Storm Surge in Tampa.

    Parts of the area became submerged under 10 feet of water from a deadly storm surge with breaking waves destroying buildings after originating west of Cuba.

    Authorities in Cuba suspended classes in the Pinar del Rio province on Sunday and said they will begin evacuations on Monday as Ian was forecast to strengthen before reaching the western part of the island on its way to Florida.

    A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Cayman and the Cuban provinces of Isla de Juventud, Pinar del Rio and Artemisa.

    The US National Hurricane Centre said Ian should reach the far-western part of Cuba late on Monday or early on Tuesday, hitting near the country’s tobacco fields.

    At 5am on Monday, Ian was moving north west at 13mph, about 90 miles south west of Grand Cayman, and had maximum sustained winds of 75mph.

    Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, Kevin Guthrie said ‘everyone in Florida is going to feel the impacts of the storm.’

    A major concern is how quickly the storm can intensify, stressed Jason Dunion, director of NOAA’s hurricane research field program.

    He said: ‘The storm can increase in speed 35 miles per hour in one day. You can go from a tropical storm to a Category 1, or Category 1 to a Category 3 in just that 24-hour period.

    ‘That makes it especially important for folks to pay attention to this storm the next couple of days.’

    DeSantis activated the National Guard on Sunday morning, saying though the path of the storm is still uncertain, the impacts will be broadly felt throughout the state.

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    Top Vaccine Expert with FDA and NIH Warns Healthy Young People Not to Get COVID Booster

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    A top vaccine expert is advising that healthy young people should not get the latest COVID-19 booster shot because “there’s not clear evidence of benefit.”

    Paul Offit is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a member of National Institutes of Health (NIH) working group on vaccines, and a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). Previously, Offit was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

    Offit is also one of the few vaccine experts voicing caution regarding the new COVID boosters.

    On Aug. 31, the FDA granted emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of COVID-19 boosters from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. The bivalent version of the previous vaccines are for use as a single booster dose at least two months following primary or booster vaccination. Moderna’s mRNA booster shots are approved by the FDA for individuals 18 years of age or older, and the Pfizer-BioNTech version is authorized for those 12 or older.

    However, Offit is advising healthy young people to skip the new booster shot.

    During an appearance on CNN earlier this month, Offit said that those over 65, the immuno-compromised, and anyone with serious chronic health ailments could benefit from the boosters.

    He was concerned that government health agencies were going to try to oversell the booster to everyone.

    “What I fear is that they’re going to say everybody should get it when in fact, the healthy young person really is unlikely to benefit from the booster dose, and so I hope they targeted more specifically, to those really who are most likely to benefit from this additional dose,” he said during the CNN interview.

    The CNN anchor was perplexed that the health official didn’t recommend everyone get the new jab.

    She asked the vaccine expert, “Why not get it? Right? If it does give you even if it’s a smaller benefit, is there any reason not to get the booster?”

    Offit replied, “I think that when you’re asking people to get a vaccine, I think there has to be clear evidence of benefit, and we’re not going to have clinical studies before this launches.”

    Moderna has begun human trials on the booster shots, and Pfizer is expected to begin theirs this month. Experts believe that trials likely wouldn’t be completed until the spring.

    “But you’d like to have at least human data people you know, getting this vaccine, you see a clear and dramatic increase in neutralizing antibodies, and then at least you have a correlate of protection against BA.4 and BA.5,” he continued.

    “You’re asking people to get a new product for which there’s no data,” Offit also told CNN. “Mice data are not adequate to launch 100-plus-billion-dose effort.”

    The booster shot was authorized by the FDA despite not having been tested on humans. Pfizer’s preliminary findings were based on tests on eight mice. The FDA based the EUA authorization on the testing of mice, data from current COVID-19 vaccines, and earlier iterations of boosters.

    “Because if you don’t have that, if there’s not clear evidence of benefit, then it’s not fair I think to ask people to take a risk no matter how small,” Offit declared. “The benefit should be clear.”

    On Sept. 21, Offit wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled: “CDC Oversells the ‘Bivalent’ Covid Shot.”

    “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 12 receive a ‘bivalent’ COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose,” he wrote. “But only a select group are likely to benefit, and the evidence to date doesn’t support the view that a bivalent vaccine containing omicron or its subvariants is better than the monovalent vaccine. The CDC risks eroding the public’s trust by overselling the new shot.”

    Americans are not rushing to get the latest booster shot.

    According to CDC data released on Thursday, an estimated 4.4 million Americans received the new booster. That figure represents approximately 1.5% of people in the U.S. who are eligible to receive the injection.

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    Shocking Moment Thugs Storm and Ransack Philadelphia Wawa Store, Twerk on Counter

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    Dozens of rampaging youths trashed a Wawa convenience store in northeast Philadelphia Saturday night — hurling food and drinks at one another as one belligerent young woman twerked on a counter, video of the chaos shows.

    The rowdy group of about 100 young people were captured on video — shot inside the chain location at 7001 Roosevelt Blvd. — as they ransacked the shop at about 8:20 p.m. and recorded the pandemonium on their phones.

    An employee filming the wild scene from behind a sandwich counter in the store can be heard scolding the vandals.

    “You’re all stupid,” he said in the video. “For real. You’re all stupid, ugly, broke.”

    A video of the aftermath shows the store completely torn apart. The floor is covered with items pulled off shelves, spilled drinks and trash.

    The unruly crowd also broke several shelves at the shop, according to the footage.

    The lawlessness apparently continued into the store parking lot where the vandals were caught yelling, cursing and fighting one another, the video shows.

    Philadelphia police said they responded to the scene and found approximately 100 juveniles inside the Wawa, stealing and damaging store merchandise. The officers dispersed the crowd, but made no arrests.

    There were no reported injuries, cops said.

    The youths unleashed anarchy inside the convenience store as crime surges across the City of Brotherly Love.

    As of Sept. 18, property crimes surged a whopping 32% from the same period last year and violent crimes were up nearly 7%.

    Saturday’s vandalism mirrors a similar incident at a local business in the Germantown section of Philly last month.

    In early August, a wild mob of teens trashed a Jamaican restaurant, Zion Cuisine, and attempted to harm its employees. The group flipped tables, threw chairs and other objects at workers and shattered a security glass inside the eatery, video shows.

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