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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.

  • RockyMtn 1776 says:

    Little to nothing on the news about the Pound Sterling tanking in the UK.

  • W. Hamil says:

    Retirement accounts are screaming for mercy!!!

    Good Luck to many of those who had hoped to retire soon – might have to keep working to make up for the giant losses from Biden’s disastrous economy, inflation, and stock market.

    But ZERO sympathy for the liberals who lost $$$ – they voted for this mess and deserve to pay the consequences for their actions.

    Conservative voters realized a Democrat administration would destroy our entire economy – and they have.

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    WATCH: Pope Francis Breaks Down in Tears for the Suffering in Ukraine



    Pope Francis struggled to speak on Thursday as he was overcome with emotion while praying for peace in Ukraine, before a crowd cheered him on to finish.

    Appearing near the Spanish Steps in the centre of Rome during an annual Christmas visit to venerate a statue of the Virgin Mary, Francis leaned over and choked up, unable to speak precisely as he arrived at the part of the prayer.

    He said: ‘I would have liked to have brought you the thanks of the Ukrainian people -‘

    He began to tremble as he mentioned the Ukrainians and he had to stop speaking. As the crowd of thousands of dignitaries, clergy and ordinary Romans realised the pope was overcome with emotion, they broke into applause and urged him on.

    After a long pause of 30 seconds, Francis continued the prayer, picking up from where he left off: ‘- the Ukrainian people for the peace we have so long asked the Lord.’ When he resumed the prayer, his voice was cracking.

    ‘Instead I must present you with the pleas of children, elderly, mothers and fathers and the young people of that martyred land, that is suffering so much,’ he added.

    The moment came during the pope’s annual visit to the Spanish Steps, which falls on the December 8 feast day dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The day is a national holiday in Italy, and the pope was joined by Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri.

    The event marks the unofficial start of the Christmas season in Italy.

    After reading the prayer on Thursday at the statue near the Spanish Steps, the pope greeted people in the crowd, including journalists.

    When one of journalists mentioned to Francis that she had seem him overcome with emotion, he responded: ‘Yes. It (the war in Ukraine) is an enormous suffering, enormous. A defeat for humanity.’

    Since Russia invaded its neighbour in February, Francis has mentioned Ukraine in nearly all his public appearances and grown increasingly critical of Moscow.

    On Wednesday, he compared the war in Ukraine to a Nazi operation that killed some two million people, mostly Jews, in the first years of World War Two.

    And in September, Francis said Ukraine was being ‘martyred’ and slammed Russian president Vladimir Putin’s ‘monstrosity’ in the war.

    That same month, the pope revealed he had been involved in efforts to release 300 Ukrainian prisoners of war held by Russia.

    Speaking at the time, he said he received ‘Ukrainian emissaries’ at the Vatican, including a military chief who brought with him a list ‘of more than 300 prisoners’.

    He made the remarks on September 15, a week before Russia and Ukraine carried out an unexpected prisoner swap involving almost 300 people – the largest since Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

    The pope said:’They asked me to do something so that an exchange could be made. I immediately called the Russian ambassador to see if something could be done, if an exchange of prisoners could be expedited.’

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    First Gen Z Person Elected to Congress Whines When Rental Application Is Denied Over His Poor Credit



    The first member of Generation Z to be elected to Congress complained that his rental application was denied because of his poor credit.

    Community organizer Maxwell Alejandro Frost won a U.S. House seat for Florida, but he’s having trouble finding a place to rent in Washington, D.C.

    “Just applied to an apartment in DC where I told the guy that my credit was really bad. He said I’d be fine. Got denied, lost the apartment, and the application fee,” tweeted Frost from his official social media account.

    “This ain’t meant for people who don’t already have money,” he added.

    Members of the House get paid about $174,000 a year. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in D.C., according to Rent.com, is $2,435.

    Frost went on to explain that he had bad credit as a result of the expenses he incurred while running for Congress.

    “Didn’t make enough money from Uber itself to pay for my living,” he tweeted. “For that primary, I quit my full time job cause I knew that to win at 25 yrs old, I’d need to be a full time candidate. 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day. It’s not sustainable or right but it’s what we had to do.”

    Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York had a similar complaint when she was first elected, saying that she could not afford the rent in D.C. before obtaining her first congressional paycheck. She then complained when Fox News hosts mocked her and her wardrobe.

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    Parents Caught Up in After School Satan Club Controversy Speak Out



    As controversy roils a Virginia town over a planned Satanist after-school club, organizers and parents on both sides of the issue spoke to Fox News Digital to share their perspectives.

    The city of Chesapeake has recently drawn national attention as the center of a firestorm sweeping the southeastern Virginia community after The Satanic Temple has attempted to establish an After School Satan Club (ASSC) for kids at the local B.M. Williams Primary School.

    ‘Fear and indoctrination’

    “Regarding parents who are upset about the club, I would like them to know that we are here because we have worked with educators to develop an after-school program that is engaging and fun and helps young minds grow and thrive,” June Everett, an ordained minister in The Satanic Temple and campaign director of ASSC, told Fox News Digital.

    Maintaining that ASSC “fosters creativity and projects [that] are often designed to benefit the community and promote empathy,” Everett said The Satanic Temple attempts to establish such clubs “as a constructive and positive alternative to other religious after-school clubs that often glorify fear and indoctrination.”

    Everett said she was first led to The Satanic Temple five years ago after her first-grader “was traumatized by his classmates on the playground one day, and they were attendees of the Good News Club that was taking place at the public elementary school he was attending at the time.”

    “I picked him up from school one afternoon, crying and upset after he was told that he would burn in hell away from his mommy and daddy and Molly, our dog at the time, if we didn’t accept Jesus Christ into our hearts and start going to church,” Everett continued. “I knew there was a Good News Club [there] at the time, and this prompted me to start researching them more, and I realized that this is their goal: to use children who attend the club to proselytize to their peers.”

    “Satanism truly has made me a better person, a better friend, a better parent and a much better contributing member of society.”

    Everett, who earlier this week resubmitted an application to establish an ASSC in Chesapeake after the original sponsor withdrew, said the congregation at her local chapter of The Satanic Temple took her in “with such open arms.”

    “I had never met such genuine, non-judgmental people in my life,” she said. “Satanism truly has made me a better person, a better friend, a better parent and a much better contributing member of society.”

    Everett said she believes that “the evangelicals” in particular emphasize fear and indoctrination in their approach, citing that the Child Evangelism Fellowship’s (CEF) stated mission for the Good News Clubs they sponsor is “to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.”

    ‘We emphasize the goodness of God’

    Lydia Kaiser, a spokesperson for the Missouri-based CEF, could not comment on the specifics of Everett’s situation because she was not involved, but she described as “typical” the accusation that Good News Clubs browbeat children into Christianity. Their curriculum materials for children, however, emphasize God’s goodness and do not contain vivid descriptions of hell, she told Fox News Digital.

    “We believe that there is a physical place called hell, we believe all that the Bible says about it,” said Kaiser. “But when we’re talking to children, the way we describe it is ‘separation from God.’”

    “You don’t need all the scary description,” Kaiser continued. “We don’t want to scare children into making a decision. We want them to desire a relationship with God. That’s our goal. And so we emphasize the goodness of God, how much God loves them and wants to forgive them for their sin and be their friend, their Savior and their Lord.”

    “We try to draw children into a relationship with God by describing him as good, and the bad we describe as separation from all of that,” she added.

    Kaiser, who noted that parents are welcome to observe what goes on at after-school Good News Clubs, parried arguments that children are too young to reflect on spiritual issues by pointing out how children are expected by adults to learn other basics of human existence such as a healthy diet and personal hygiene.

    ‘The real danger’

    Stephen Mannix, who said he has served for about 15 years as the chairman of his local CEF chapter in the Virginia Tidewater region, said he plans to speak about the ASSC brouhaha at next week’s scheduled school board meeting in Chesapeake.

    “They say they don’t have any religious content, but it’s bigger than that,” Mannix told Fox News Digital of the Satan clubs.

    ASSC claims not to teach of a personal devil, but rather serves as a place where young students can learn about benevolence and empathy, critical thinking, problem-solving, creative expression, personal sovereignty and compassion.

    Both Mannix and Kaiser believe that since The Satanic Temple started its ASSC campaign in 2016, it has been using the 2001 Supreme Court decision in Good News Club v. Milford Central School to stir up hysteria in various places that sponsor Good News Clubs until school boards feel compelled to shut down after-school clubs altogether.

    The case ultimately rose to the Supreme Court after an upstate New York school district denied an application to a Good News Club on the basis that “the kinds of activities proposed to be engaged in by the Good News Club were not a discussion of secular subjects such as child-rearing, development of character and development of morals from a religious perspective, but were in fact the equivalent of religious instruction itself.”

    The Supreme Court’s opinion, which was written by former Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, ruled in favor of the Good News Club, noting that restrictions on speech in a “limited public forum” such as a public school must not discriminate on the basis of the speaker’s viewpoint.

    The school district’s attorneys in the case argued that having a religious club on public school property, even after school hours, would violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution by leading children to believe that the school or the government was somehow establishing a particular religion.

    The Court shot that argument down, writing: “Finally, even if we were to inquire into the minds of schoolchildren in this case, we cannot say the danger that children would misperceive the endorsement of religion is any greater than the danger that they would perceive a hostility toward the religious viewpoint if the Club were excluded from the public forum.”

    The Satanic Temple “does not believe in introducing religion into public schools and will only open a club if other religious groups are operating on campus,” according to their website.

    “We are only doing this because Good News Clubs have created a need for this,” Lucien Greaves, cofounder of The Satanic Temple, told The Washington Post in 2016. “If Good News Clubs would operate in churches rather than public schools, that need would disappear. But our point is that if you let one religion into the public schools you have to let others, otherwise it’s an establishment of religion.”

    “The danger becomes this lie of a secularized space that bans and censors and tells Christians to go home,” said Mannix. “That’s where the real danger is.”

    Kaiser and Mannix pointed out the short shelf life of Satanist clubs as an indication of their intention merely to sow discord in an attempt to shut down competing Christian clubs.

    Everett confirmed to Fox News Digital that only four clubs are currently active in the U.S., pending the approval of a fifth in Chesapeake.

    ‘Wearing down the inhibition of children’

    “They say that they don’t actually teach kids about Satan,” Kaiser said of the Satan clubs. “They say it’s more about humanism and so-called tolerance, which is ironic when they’re actually being intolerant, trying to get us kicked out.”

    “But they have an 8,000-pound statue of Satan with two little elementary-aged children looking at it adoringly,” Kaiser continued. “If every time the story was run, they would show a picture of this mascot, people would be able to judge for themselves whether they’re trying to appeal to children with Satanism.”

    “They’re wearing down the inhibition of children so that they’ll think it’s fine to attend a truly satanic event when they’re older,” she added.

    The statue Kaiser referenced, which The Satanic Temple unveiled in 2015, cost $100,000 to make and has featured repeatedly in its public campaigns. Standing at nearly 9 feet tall, the bronze figure depicts a boy and a girl gazing up at a winged, goat-headed hermaphrodite known as Baphomet, which has historically been presented as a satanic symbol.

    Based on an 1856 sketch of the “Sabbatic Goat” by French occultist Éliphas Lévi, the statue is replete with occult symbolism representing the union of supposed binary opposites such as human and animal, male and female or good and evil.

    In Lévi’s original depiction, the figure was androgynous, but Greaves told the BBC in 2015 that in their iteration, Baphomet’s breasts were removed to avoid wading into cultural gender debates. He noted to the outlet that the original drawing’s “male-female dualism” is represented instead by the two children.

    ‘At their wits’ end’

    Citing “the heightened emotional situation in our city” following the recent mass shooting at a local Walmart, the original sponsor of the ASSC in Chesapeake withdrew her name this week, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Other organizers promptly resubmitted the necessary paperwork and still aim to roll out the ASSC at the primary school on Dec. 15.

    Aspen Nolette, a local parent and founder of Chesapeake Parents for Freedom, said the ASSC has caused an “uproar” in her community and that parents are increasingly wearied by what is going on in public schools.

    “People are extremely upset, they’re extremely disturbed, I think,” Nolette told Fox News Digital. “In the nation right now, you’ve got boys attempting to go into girls’ bathrooms. You saw what happened in Loudoun County, Virginia, and the assault that happened there because of that. You’ve got pornographic books and graphic novels in our schools that parents are extremely upset about because we have laws about distributing pornography to children.”

    “And now you’ve got After School Satan Clubs. From what I’ve seen, and I’ve been involved in this for a couple of years, parents are at their wits’ end,” Nolette added. “The Satan clubs seem to be where they drew the line.”

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    ‘Suffered Immense Cruelty’: Former NYPD Officer Gets 25 To Life For Killing Autistic Son



    A former New York City police officer was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of his young son.

    Michael Valva was found guilty by a jury last month on five charges related to the January 2020 killing, including endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree murder.

    Prosecutors argued Valva forced his 8-year-old son Thomas and his older brother, both of whom had autism, to sleep in the family’s frigid Long Island garage as temperatures dropped below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Jurors were also told that Valva screamed at and struck Thomas as he died of hypothermia in the garage, according to WABC.

    The defense had argued during the case that the death was an accident, and Valva’s then-fiancée, Angela Polina, gave him the idea to put the children in the garage as punishment for urinating and defecating in the house. Polina is charged with murder, and her trial is still pending.

    “This guilty verdict will not bring back 8-year-old Thomas, who suffered immense cruelty at the hands of his father, the same person who was entrusted to protect, provide and unconditionally love Thomas and his older brother Anthony,” said Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney, per NBC New York.

    “No child should ever have to endure such evil acts. While there is nothing that we can do to bring Thomas back, we are satisfied with the jury’s decision,” Tierney added.

    Local reports said Valva was crying as he read a statement to Judge William Condon, who was also emotional.

    “I don’t think you intended to kill Thomas, not at all,” Condon said to Valva. “But there is no getting around that Thomas and Anthony lived their lives in constant duress in the place they should have felt safest, their own home.”

    “An 8-year-old boy who right now should be getting excited for Christmas is dead, I speak for everybody out there, we can never let this happen again,” the judge also said.

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    ‘Twitter Files 2’ Reveal Secret Suppression of Conservatives — Elon Musk Announces Big Change Coming to Twitter



    The second installment of the so-called “Twitter Files” was released Thursday evening after the company turned over documents to a journalist who then started to publish the findings on the platform.

    Musk released internal company communications through journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday about the company’s censorship of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election and about how the platform removed content at the behest of the Democrat Party.

    However, Taibbi’s release of the documents was somewhat muddled because one of the people that he was reporting on, former Twitter Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker — the same Jim Baker at the center of Trump-era drama at the FBI — was the person who was vetting the content that was being sent to Taibbi. Baker was subsequently fired by the company after this was revealed earlier this week.

    The second installment of the Twitter files was released by Bari Weiss in a similar manner that Taibbi released his installment of the files, slowly tweeting out content, making people wait several minutes before the next tweet was published, which annoyed many users.

    “A new Twitter Files investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users,” Weiss tweeted. “Take, for example, Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (@DrJBhattacharya) who argued that Covid lockdowns would harm children. Twitter secretly placed him on a ‘Trends Blacklist,’ which prevented his tweets from trending.”

    “Or consider the popular right-wing talk show host, Dan Bongino (@dbongino), who at one point was slapped with a ‘Search Blacklist,’” Weiss continued.

    Weiss further noted that another major conservative account was hit with a “Do Not Amplify” restriction.

    Weiss highlighted how executives at the company, including leftist Vijaya Gadde, then-Head of Legal Policy and Trust, had previously denied that the company took these actions.

    “The group that decided whether to limit the reach of certain users was the Strategic Response Team – Global Escalation Team, or SRT-GET. It often handled up to 200 ‘cases’ a day,” Weiss said. “But there existed a level beyond official ticketing, beyond the rank-and-file moderators following the company’s policy on paper. That is the ‘Site Integrity Policy, Policy Escalation Support,’ known as ‘SIP-PES.’”

    Weiss then documented how the popular conservative account Libs of TikTok was censored by the platform.

    Elon Musk’s Response

    Following tonight’s release of the Twitter Files Pt. 2, Twitter owner Elon Musk went online to comment on the findings.

    Elon took a veiled shot at his former head of censorship, Yoel Roth.

    And he also fired a tweet out on his former top censor Vijaya Gadde who openly lied to the public while she was censoring conservatives.

    And Elon announced a BIG change to the Twitter platform.

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    Same-Sex Marriage Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk: Here Are the 39 Republicans Who Voted for It



    The House of Representatives gave final approval to the Respect for Marriage Act Thursday. The bill, which passed 258-169, is now headed to President Joe Biden’s desk.

    Every single Democrat voted for the legislation, as did 39 Republicans. Most Republicans (169) voted against the measure, while 1 voted “present” and four did not vote.

    The Senate passed the bill, 61-36, last week.

    The bill seeks to codify the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Biden is expected to sign it into law.

    The House previously voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act in July. All Democrats voted in favor (220), while 157 Republicans voted against. Forty-seven Republicans joined their Democrat colleagues in voting for the bill.

    These included Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Republican Conference; Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Scott Perry, R-Pa.; Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.; and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.

    Rep. Perry appears to have walked back on his decision to vote for the bill. Perry said in a November interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins that he did not have much information on the bill before it went up for a vote in July. “This bill did not come through committee in the House—it came directly to the floor,” said Perry. “We were given a choice, as we understood it… to vote either against traditional marriage or against interracial marriage.”

    Perry explained he had to vote on the bill almost immediately. “I calculated incorrectly … that my long-standing support of traditional marriage would be understood, and I didn’t want to vote against interracial marriage.”

    Remarking on the upcoming Senate vote, Perry said: “Now they’re going to offer some kind of amendment… but this literally destroys religious freedom.”

    Twelve Senate Republicans who previously supported the bill joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting for its final passage last week. Among these Republican senators were Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, and Mitt Romney of Utah.

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced a religious liberty amendment to the Senate version of the bill. “The [Respect for Marriage Act’s] leading proponents amended the bill by adding protections for religious service attendance and the solemnization of marriage,” Lee wrote in a November op-ed. “But those protections are inadequate to address many of the gravest risks posed by this bill, particularly those threatening the tax-exempt status of religious non-profits.”

    Lee’s amendment, which garnered 48-49 votes, failed to meet the 60-vote requirement to pass the Senate.

    Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, introduced his own amendment in the House Rules Committee last week. The House Rules Committee ruled his amendment—which would have offered protections for those who believe out of religious or moral conviction that marriage is a union between one man and one woman—out of order on Monday.

    “The House Rules Committee blocked my common-sense amendment to the so-called Respect for Marriage Act. In doing so, Rules Committee Democrats silenced the American people’s voice in the House chamber and put our fundamental rights in the crosshairs,” Roy said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

    Roy said that “not a single committee held a hearing, heard from witnesses, or deliberated the details of this legislation” before the vote, so members of Congress “will be forced to vote up or down on a bill that they were not allowed to amend or even seriously debate.”

    “No free American should have to live in constant threat of having their life upended and ruined in court for holding millennia-old religious beliefs,” Roy added. “Further, every Americans deserves to know whether their representative wants the federal government to target people of faith.”

    Here are the Republicans who voted for the bill, according to preliminary reports. Most also voted for it in July, but some did not:

    Kelly Armstrong (N.D.)

    Don Bacon (Neb.)

    Ken Calvert (Calif.)

    Kat Cammack (Fla.)

    Mike Carey (Ohio)

    Liz Cheney (Wyo.)

    John Curtis (Utah)

    Rodney Davis (Ill.)

    Tom Emmer (Minn.)

    Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.)

    Mike Gallagher (Wisc.)

    Andrew Garbarino (N.Y.)

    Mike Garcia (Calif.)

    Carlos Gimenez (Fla.)

    Tony Gonzales (Texas)

    Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)

    Jamie Herrera Beutler (Wash.)

    Ashley Hinson (Iowa)

    Darrell Issa (Calif.)

    Chris Jacobs (N.Y.)

    David Joyce (Ohio)

    John Katko (N.Y.)

    Nancy Mace (S.C.)

    Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.)

    Peter Meijer (Mich.)

    Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa)

    Blake Moore (Utah)

    Dan Newhouse (Wash.)

    Jay Obernolte (Calif.)

    Tom Rice (S.C.)

    Mike Simpson (Idaho)

    Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)

    Bryan Steil (Wis.)

    Chris Stewart (Utah)

    Mike Turner (Ohio)

    Fred Upton (Mich.)

    David Valadao (Calif.)

    Ann Wagner (Mo.)

    Michael Waltz (Fla.)

    Here’s a list of House Republicans who previously voted for the bill but voted against it on Thursday:

    Cliff Bentz (Ore.)

    Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)

    Brian Mast (Fla.)

    Dan Meuser (Pa.)

    Scott Perry (Pa.)

    Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.)

    Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.)

    Finally, two Republicans who supported the bill in July did not vote Thursday (Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger and New York’s Lee Zeldin), while Burgess Owens (Utah) voted “present” on Thursday after voting “yes” in July.

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    House Passes $858 Billion Defense Bill That Reverses Military Vaccine Mandate



    The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday authorizing $858 billion in national defense funding, including reversing the U.S. military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

    Lawmakers approved a final version to repeal the mandate through the passage of the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual defense bill.

    The 4,000-page legislation advanced with a solid bipartisan majority, 350-80, which requires the Pentagon to rescind the Covid vaccine mandate for active duty service members within 30 days of its enactment.

    The bill also includes several policy provisions, including a 4.6% pay raise for military service members, strengthening defense strategies using air force, land warfare, cybersecurity, and increasing U.S. support for Ukraine and NATO, as reported by CNN.

    While the bill would remove the vaccine mandate for U.S. troops, it would not reinstate service members who were discharged or had their benefits slashed for refusing to be immunized against COVID.

    On Monday, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby asserted that President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin opposed repealing the Defense Department’s vaccine mandate.

    “Secretary Austin’s been very clear that he opposes the repeal of the vaccine mandate, and the president actually concurs with the secretary of defense,” Kirby stated, adding that Biden “continues to believe that all Americans, including those in the armed forces, should be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 … Vaccines are saving lives, including our men and women in uniform.”

    Part of the language in the new NDAA will order the Pentagon to find a means of compensating service members punished for refusing to be vaccinated.

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Tuesday night that the Biden administration’s COVID vaccine mandate for the U.S. military would end.

    “The end of President Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate is a victory for our military and for common sense,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Last week, I told the president directly: it’s time to end the COVID vaccine mandate and rehire our service members.”

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Wednesday that President Biden would “look at the NDAA in its entirety, and make his judgment on that” on wether he would sign the bill.

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    Paul Whelan Speaks Out After Brittney Griner Released from Russian Prison



    The former Marine still detained in Russia begged the Biden Administration to secure his release Thursday, saying not enough has been done to free him while speaking on CNN.

    Whelan spoke exclusively to CNN following news that WNBA star Brittney Griner had been released from a Russian penal colony in exchange for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout.

    “I have to say I’m greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release,” Whelan told CNN. “Especially as the four-year-anniversary of my arrest is coming up. I was arrested for a crime that never occurred.”

    “I would say that if a message could go to President Biden, that, you know, this is a precarious situation that needs to be resolved quickly. And I would hope that he and his administration would do everything they could to get me home regardless of the price they may have to pay at this point.”

    Whelan also said he was shocked to learn he was not being freed.

    “I was led to believe that things were moving in the right direction, and that the governments were negotiating and that something would happen fairly soon.”

    Whelan was detained in December of 2018 by Russian authorities who alleged he was part of an intelligence operation. Whelan was convicted and sentenced in June of 2020 to 16 years in prison.

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    Here’s How the CDC Used a Backchannel with Twitter to Control the COVID Narrative



    Twitter set up a portal for government officials and “stakeholders” to submit posts that allegedly contained COVID-19 misinformation for Twitter to review, according to documents released by America First Legal (AFL) on Tuesday.

    Twitter officials used the portal to track online posts for review, and invited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials to enroll, according to documents AFL obtained through its litigation against the CDC. Twitter’s Todd O’Boyle enrolled the CDC’s Carol Crawford in the portal in May 2021 after she sent an email labeled “COVID Misinformation” with links to several Twitter posts who wrote about microchips and “vaccine shedding.” O’Boyle described the channel as “the best way to get a spreadsheet like this reviewed.”

    O’Boyle wrote in his response that he agreed that her submissions were “important trends to note” and assured her Twitter would review them.

    On Sept. 2, Crawford emailed O’Boyle that a CDC “Lab alert” regarding PCR testing was allegedly “misinterpreted and was shared via social media.” Crawford then flagged the hashtag “pcrtest” to be monitored.

    Crawford also asked for Census Department officials to be able to use the Twitter portal to flag COVID-19 misinformation, according to the documents.

    “Also, would there be any issues or complications stemming from flagging COVID misinformation on the portal using the existing census.gov accounts that have access?” Crawford wrote May 24.

    “In recent months, millions of Americans have witnessed the peeling of the ‘misinformation’ onion. Beneath each layer of shocking details about a partnership between the federal government and Big Tech is yet another layer of connections, conspiracy, and collaboration between power centers that seek to suppress information from the American people,” Gene Hamilton, America First Legal vice-president and general counsel, said in Tuesday’s press release. “We are proud to play a leading role in fighting for the rights of all Americans and revealing this vital information to the American people.”

    Tuesday’s announcement was the fourth set of documents AFL released about COVID-19 censorship. The other sets released by AFL revealed additional information about how the government censored information about the COVID-19 pandemic, “built the evidentiary record showing that CDC specifically sent Facebook and Twitter-specific posts to take down, throttle, censor, or flag,” and linked the CDC’s guidelines on in-school mask mandates to “political polling by liberal dark money group The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF),” according to the press release.

    KFF “is a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy,” according to it website.

    KFF received funding from platforms including Google and Twitter and its officials have served in both the Biden and Obama administrations, a November AFL press release claimed. Drew Altman, KFF president and CEO, claimed in an August 2021 email to Biden officials that mask mandates in school were popular and those who opposed the policy ” is “made up of the usual suspects” who are “large enough to make some trouble,” AFL revealed.

    O’Boyle, Crawford, the CDC, the WHO, Facebook, Google, KFF and Twitter did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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    Celine Dion Reveals Heartbreaking News About Her Health



    Iconic singer Celine Dion revealed Thursday that she is suffering from an incredibly rare disease that prevents her from currently performing.

    The singer, who shot to international stardom after her duet with Peabo Bryson for “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991, stated she has been diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome (SPS), a progressive disease that leaves its victims as “human statues” who cannot walk or talk, according to the Daily Mail.

    SPS currently has no cure, although treatments can slow its progression. Last spring, Dion canceled the North American dates of her Courage World Tour, three months after she canceled her Las Vegas comeback.

    “Hello, everyone,” Dion said softly. “I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reach out to you. I miss you all so much and can’t wait to be on stage talking to you in person. As you know I’ve always been an open book and I wasn’t ready to say anything before but I’m ready now.”

    She then revealed ongoing health problems, including the rare neurological disorder.

    “I’ve been dealing with problems with my health for a long time and it’s been really difficult for me to face my challenges and to talk about everything that I’ve been going through,” she said. “Recently I’ve been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff-person syndrome which affects one in a million people.”

    She said that the condition had caused spasms that made it difficult to sing.

    “While we’re still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what’s been causing all of the spasms I’ve been having,” she acknowledged. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I’m used to.”

    Tearing up, Dion, who has three sons from her marriage to her late husband René Angélil, said her family was giving her hope.

    “It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won’t be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February. I have a great team of doctors working alongside me to help me get better and my precious children who are supporting me and giving me hope,” she said. “I’m working hard with my sports medicine therapist every day to build back my strength and my ability to perform again but I have to admit it’s been a struggle.”

    “All I know is singing,” said Dion, who became a singing sensation in Canada barely in her teens. “It’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most. I miss you so much. I miss seeing all of you, being on the stage, performing for you. I always give 100 percent when I do my shows but my condition is not allowing me to give you that right now.”

    “For me to reach you again I have no choice but to concentrate on my health at this moment and I have hope that I’m on the road to recovery. This is my focus and I’m doing everything that I can to recuperate. I want to thank you so much for your wishes and love and support on my social media. This means a lot to me. Take care of yourselves. Be well. I love you guys so much and I really hope I can see you again real soon,” she concluded.

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    WaPo Claims ‘Shark Week’ Has Too Many ‘Men Named Mike’ And ‘Lacks Diversity’ – Mike Rowe Responds



    Former “Shark Week” host Mike Rowe had a few thoughts about a recent Washington Post article claiming that the Discovery Channel’s regular summer event “lacks diversity” and “overrepresents men named Mike.”

    Rowe, who hosted the annual week-long event in both 2006 and 2008, responded to the Post’s assertion by crowd-sourcing a response via social media. Having not yet had his coffee, he explained, he needed a little outside help.

    “Good Morning. As a white male named Mike who hosted Shark Week more than once, this headline caught my eye in The Washington Post,” Rowe began, explaining that he had come across the article while in New York City to promote another new season of the show that made him a household name: “Dirty Jobs.” The new season, he noted, is set to premiere on Discovery on Sunday at 8 p.m.

    “I have not yet had my coffee, or time to formulate a cogent response, but in the course of promoting a new season of ‘Dirty Jobs,’ (Sunday at 8pm on Discovery,) I suspect I might be asked to respond specifically to this headline,” Rowe continued, calling on his fans to make suggestions as to how he should respond.

    “If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below,” Rowe added, warning, “Unless of course, you’re a white guy named Mike. I think we’ve all heard quite enough from you …”

    Rowe concluded the message with a postscript reminding fans once again about the upcoming Sunday premiere of the new season of “Dirty Jobs” — and then added a second postscript, musing, “Gotta wonder how former Shark Week host, Mike Tyson, is taking the news …”

    During 2020’s Shark Week, Tyson participated in a stunt labeled “Rumble on the Reef,” during which he placed a shark into tonic immobility by grabbing it by the nose. “I am champion of the shark!” Tyson shouted upon his success.


    Yet another “Mike” — history’s most decorated Olympian of all-time Michael Phelps — has also appeared as a part of Shark Week programming in 2017, “racing” against a great white shark.


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    Jennifer Lawrence Claims She Was First Ever Woman to Lead an Action Film – There’s Just One Problem



    Jennifer Lawrence said that before “Hunger Games,” no one “had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie.” But there’s just one problem with that. It’s not true.

    During Variety’s Actors on Actors interview, the 32-year-old actress claimed she was the first woman ever to be cast in the lead role of an action film when she landed the part of Katniss Everdeen in the 2012 hit dystopian movie.

    “I remember when I was doing ‘Hunger Games,’ nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie because it wouldn’t work — because we were told girls and boys can both identify with a male lead, but boys cannot identify with a female lead,” Lawrence claimed.

    Lawrence spoke with fellow actress Viola Davis, who did not push back against the claim.

    “It just makes me so happy every single time I see a movie come out that just blows through every one of those beliefs, and proves that it is just a lie to keep certain people out of the movies,” Lawrence added. “To keep certain people in the same positions that they’ve always been in.”

    For as far back as the 1980s, many women have landed action hero lead roles, such as sci-fi action heroes like Linda Hamilton in the monster 1984 hit “The Terminator,” and Sigourney Weaver in “Aliens” in 1986.

    There were also female action stars like Bridget Fonda in 1993’s “Point of No Return,” and Geena Davis in “The Long Kiss Goodnight” in 1996. Not to mention actresses such as Angelina Jolie in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill: Volume 1” in 2003, and Milla Jovovich in “Resident Evil” that same year.

    At one point in the interview, Lawrence also discussed how her career has changed since becoming a mother while making her new movie “Causeway.”

    “I made the movie right before I got married,” the actress shared. “And then we had the pandemic. Two years later, I’m pregnant, we go back, and we make the rest of it. It was the scariest thing in the entire world to think about making a family. What if I f*** up? What if I can’t do it? And I was so scared that I would f*** it up. And it was so interesting to make a movie where I’m feeling so scared and feeling this mirrored in Lynsey.”

    “Every day of being a mom, I feel awful. I feel guilty,” she added. “I’m playing with him and I’m like, ‘Is this what he wants to be doing? Should we be outside? We’re outside. What if he’s cold? What if he’s going to get sick? Should we be inside? Is this enough? Is this developing your brain enough?”

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    Florida GOP State Representative Indicted in Fraud Involving COVID Relief Funds



    The Republican Florida lawmaker was indicted on fraud charges Tuesday for allegedly participating in a scheme to defraud the government of COVID-19 relief funds.

    State Rep. Joe Harding is facing two counts of wire fraud, two counts of engaging in monetary transactions with funds derived from unlawful activity, and two counts of making false statements to the Small Business Administration related to the scheme, according to the federal grand jury indictment against him.

    The maximum punishment for each sentence is 20 years in prison for wire fraud, 10 years for money laundering, and five years for making false statements. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and is set to go to trial on Jan. 11.

    Prosecutors accuse Harding of using dormant companies to apply for more than $150,000 in pandemic-related relief loans from the Small Business Administration between Dec. 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 and using fake bank statements as supporting documentation on his loan applications.

    The 35-year-old state representative from Ocala was elected to the Florida House in 2020 and sponsored legislation banning discussions related to gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools up until the third grade.

    The legislation, derided as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by liberals, sparked protests and was opposed by Disney, Central Florida’s largest employer. The bill was signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in March of 2022.

    Harding, who is free on bond, will be tried at a federal courthouse in Gainesville, Florida, before District Judge Allen Winsor in a trial scheduled to begin early next year.

    The charges against Harding carry a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison.

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    Ocasio-Cortez Responds to Being Under Congressional Investigation



    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) responded Wednesday evening to the news that she is under congressional investigation by claiming that she takes ethics “incredibly seriously.”

    “The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests,” Ocasio-Cortez’s office claimed in a statement. “We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”

    The House Ethics Committee announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Ocasio-Cortez was under investigation over a complaint that they received over the summer.

    “The Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 23, 2022,” the committee said in a statement.

    The statement said that the “mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”

    No information was released on why the committee was investigating Ocasio-Cortez.

    Ocasio-Cortez was the subject of two complaints submitted to the committee last year over her attendance at the Met Gala, the New York Post reported.

    One complaint alleged that Ocasio-Cortez violated rules because she accepted free tickets to the event, which would normally be allowed if it was a charity event and the tickets were provided by the organizers, the report said. However, the Post noted that the group that filed the complaint alleged Ocasio-Cortez should not have been allowed to accept the ticket because “invitations are controlled by a for-profit company” and “tables at the event are similarly sponsored by corporate entities.”

    The second complaint alleged that the dress Ocasio-Cortez wore to the event, which featured giant red letters stating, “Tax The Rich,” constituted accepting a gift that she was not allowed to accept because it was “directly related to AOC’s ‘position with the House’ as a highly visible and controversial Member.”

    Despite borrowing the dress for the event, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Ocasio-Cortez did not report receiving any gifts in 2021 aside from a $3,000 engagement ring from her then-boyfriend, Riley Roberts.

    The report added that the committee was also investigating outgoing Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for allegedly violating ethics rules by soliciting an invitation for the event.

    “If they’re going after Representative Carolyn Maloney for her soliciting a free ticket to the gala, worth $30,000, surely AOC is a target for more scrutiny,” National Legal and Policy Center attorney Paul Kamenar said.

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    Brittney Griner Released in Prisoner Swap for Convicted Russian Arms Dealer



    WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian prison in a prisoner exchange for convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, according to multiple media reports Thursday morning.

    President Joe Biden said Griner is safe and on her way home during an address Thursday with Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, and Vice President Kamala Harris. He thanked the United Arab Emirates for helping facilitate Brittney Griner’s return home.

    “She’s lost months of her life,” he said.

    “We’ve not forgotten about Paul Whelan, who has been unjustly detained in Russia for four years,” Biden said. The United States offered a deal to Russia over the summer to repatriate both Griner and former Marine Whelan, who is serving a hard labor sentence after being arrested in 2018 and convicted of espionage.

    “This was not a choice about which American to bring home,” Biden said. “Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case different than Britney’s, and while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up.”

    Griner pleaded guilty in July to drug charges after she was arrested in February in a Moscow-area airport for having a cannabis vape in her luggage. She was sentenced to nine years in prison and sent to a forced-labor camp.

    Biden did not mention the reported prisoner swap during his address Thursday morning.

    Bout, a former Soviet Army lieutenant colonel, was convicted in 2011 of conspiring to kill Americans and provide material support to terrorists, including the Colombian FARC guerilla army. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder called Bout “one of the world’s most prolific arms dealers” and said his “arms trafficking activity and support of armed conflicts have been a source of concern around the globe for decades.”

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    Federal Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation Into Disgraced FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried: Report



    U.S. prosecutors have reportedly opened a criminal investigation into whether disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, a prolific Democrat, committed financial crimes that led to the collapse of the company last month.

    The New York Times reported that the investigation is centered around examining if Bankman-Fried “steered the prices of two interlinked currencies, TerraUSD and Luna, to benefit the entities he controlled, including FTX and Alameda Research, a hedge fund he co-founded and owned.”

    Federal prosecutors and officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are also investigating if Bankman-Fried broke the law by transferring FTX’s customer funds to Alameda, the report said.

    The same entities were already investigating whether the company broke money laundering laws long before the company’s public collapse, Bloomberg News reported.

    FTX, which is headquartered in the Bahamas, was launched in 2019 and had accrued more than one million users by 2022. Users suddenly demanded $6 billion in withdrawals after an article published by CoinDesk revealed last month that the two arms of Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency empire, FTX and Alameda Research, had significant overlap on their balance sheets in the form of the cryptocurrency FTT, which FTX invented.

    The disheveled 30-year-old went from boasting a $15.6 billion net worth to having “no material wealth” over the span of approximately two days.

    When asked late last month during an interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Dealbook Summit whether he had ever lied during his time at FTX, Bankman-Fried responded, “I don’t know of times when I lied, I think, look, there are certainly times when I was acting as a, um, as a representative, as a marketer for FTX.”

    “I didn’t ever try to commit fraud on anyone,” Bankman-Fried claimed. “I saw it as a thriving business and I was shocked by what happened this month.”

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    Elon Musk Hits San Fran Mayor with Reality Check Over City Investigation in Twitter HQ



    The city of San Francisco is reportedly investigating Elon Musk for converting some office space inside Twitter’s headquarters into sleeping quarters for employees.

    When Twitter employees returned to work on Monday, they discovered that several conference rooms inside the company’s headquarters had been made over as bedrooms.

    Forbes reported:

    A photo of one converted bedroom shared with Forbes showed bright orange carpeting, a wooden bedside table and what appears to be a queen bed, replete with a table lamp and two office armchairs just begging for convivial workplace collaboration.

    One source said that no announcement or context was provided to employees, and presumed that the beds are for remaining “hardcore” staffers to be able to stay overnight at the office.

    San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection is investigating Musk and Twitter for potentially violating city building codes by using space designated for work as living areas, according to Forbes.

    The investigation was initiated after someone filed an official complaint with the city.

    “We need to make sure the building is being used as intended,” Patrick Hannan, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement. “There are different building code requirements for residential buildings, including those being used for short-term stays. These codes make sure people are using spaces safely.”

    “No one is above the law,” he declared.

    Hannan explained that city inspectors will “conduct a site inspection as part of our investigation,” and if Twitter is found to be in violation of building codes, then the city will “issue a notice of violation.”

    Musk responded on Tuesday by highlighting the irony of San Francisco wasting time inspecting Twitter’s headquarters when the city overall remains in disarray. He directed his response at Mayor London Breed (D).

    “So city of SF attacks companies providing beds for tired employees instead of making sure kids are safe from fentanyl,” Musk responded. “Where are your priorities @LondonBreed!?”

    Musk linked to a horrific story detailing how a 10-month-old baby died last week after having “suffered an accidental fentanyl overdose” while playing at a San Francisco park.

    The baby’s tragic death remains under investigation.

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    New York Times Journalists on 24-Hour Strike After Contract Negotiations Fail



    Hundreds of journalists at the New York Times went on strike Thursday, their union announced, after bargaining over their contract fell through Wednesday.

    The historic 24-hour walkout, which reportedly began at midnight Thursday, represents the first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.

    “Today we were ready to work for as long as it took to reach a fair deal, but management walked away from the table with five hours to go,” the NYT Guild tweeted Wednesday night. “It’s official: @NYTimesGuild members are walking out for 24 hours on Thursday. We know what we’re worth,” the union said.

    The New York Times said representatives were in the midst of negotiations when they were told the strike was confirmed.

    “It is disappointing that they are taking such an extreme action when we are not at an impasse,” Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha said.

    The union last week announced tentative plans for the Thursday strike and revealed that over 1,000 members committed to the walkout if demands were not met.

    Negotiations took place Tuesday and Wednesday, but the sides remained far apart on issues including wage increases and remote-work policies.

    The mega-news corporation conceded to several of the union’s requests, including agreeing to expand fertility benefits and rescinding attempts to kill pension plans, the union said.

    The guild is pushing through with the strike after accusing management of rejecting several of the union’s “most important priorities,” such as attractive pay increases, keeping pay minimums for new highs and contributing more to employee’s healthcare funds.

    The Times offered to raise wages by 5.5% upon contract ratification, followed by 3% hikes in the next two years, Deputy Managing Editor Cliff Levy said.

    The Guild is fighting for 10% pay raises at ratification, however, which it believes would make up for the raises not received during the last two years when the contract lapsed.

    “Their wage proposal still fails to meet the economic moment, lagging far behind both inflation and the average rate of wage gains in the US,” the union said.

    The union is also seeking the option to work in a hybrid setting, while the company requires employees to be in the office three days a week.

    Striking journalists will protest outside The New York Times’ Midtown headquarters Thursday afternoon, while their non-union coworkers will be left to pick up the slack. Ha said the newspaper will rely on international reporters and other journalists to churn out stories.

    “We will produce a robust report on Thursday,” Joe Kahn, the executive editor of The Times, wrote in a note to the newsroom. “But it will be harder than usual.”

    Union workers are asking supporters not to cross the digital picket line by abstaining from all New York Times platforms on Thursday.

    “Read local news. Make something from a cookbook. Break your Wordle streak,” the union members are sharing on Twitter.

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    WATCH: Transgender Activists Attack Feminists Protesting Men in Women’s Prisons



    Women protesting the possible transfer of convicted killer Dana Rivers—a biological man who identifies as female—to a women’s prison were attacked outside of the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 5.

    The women, representing mainly feminist and lesbian groups, said they are opposed to a California law that allows male inmates who self-identify as women to request to be housed in women’s prisons.

    One hooded assailant was caught on video, obtained by The Epoch Times, throwing an egg into the group of women and also seen striking one with an umbrella, while another attacker in all black garb with red armbands on a bicycle plowed into the women from the opposite direction.

    The women, who wore sashes reading “Woman Adult Human Female,” and carried signs saying “No Men In Women’s Prisons” and “Dana Rivers Is A Man,” were also pelted with pies in the video.

    Rivers, born David Warfield, was convicted last month on three counts of first-degree murder and felony arson. He was found guilty in the 2016 slayings of lesbian couple Charlotte Reed and Patricia Wright, and their teenage son, Benny Diambu-Wright, as well as setting their home in Oakland on fire.

    According to multiple news reports, Rivers shot Reed multiple times and stabbed and bludgeoned her. He also shot Wright twice and the teen in the heart.

    A hearing to determine Rivers’ mental competency at the time of the murders began Dec. 5. If found “insane,” Rivers is expected to be sent to a mental hospital for part of or all of his impending sentence.

    Rivers waived his right to a jury for the insanity plea phase of the trial.

    If the judge overseeing the trial determines Rivers was sane when he committed the murders, it is unclear if he will be sent to a women’s or men’s prison.

    Several sources told The Epoch Times he is currently being held in protective custody in the women’s section of the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Calif., in Alameda County.

    “We are firmly opposed to housing any men in women’s prisons under any circumstances, including Dana Rivers,” Kara Dansky, president of Women’s Declaration International, told The Epoch Times preceding the protest. “All men are male, regardless of any administration of hormones and/or surgeries, and our view is that women’s prisons ought to be for female inmates only, which is in alignment with the principles of international law.”

    Dansky said the women had planned the peaceful protest to demand justice and stand in solidarity with lesbians and incarcerated women.

    In 2020, the California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 132, The Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act, authored by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

    The law, which was enacted on Jan. 1, 2021, allows prisoners who identify as transgender, non-binary, and intersex “to request to be housed and searched in a manner consistent with their gender identity,” according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    There are currently 1,657 incarcerated people in California prisons who identify as transgender, non-binary and intersex,” according to the corrections and rehabilitation department. The agency additionally reports 342 men requested transfers to women’s jails since the end of November. Of those, 47 have been approved for transfer, 19 were denied, and 31 changed their minds. The remaining requests remain under review.

    Women protest the possible transfer of convicted killer Dana Rivers—a biological man who identifies as female—to a women’s prison outside of the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 5, 2022. (Courtesy of Women’s Declaration International, U.S.A.)

    “It’s happening in numerous other states. We just rarely hear about it because the media doesn’t like to talk about it,” Dansky said. “We know that the state of Washington also houses male prisoners in the women’s prison on the basis of their so-called female gender identity. We know that it’s happening in New Jersey on the basis of a settlement that was entered into between the state and the ACLU.”

    Danksy, who is also the author of “The Abolition of Sex: How the ‘Transgender Agenda Harms Women and Girls,” said her chapter of the organization has more than 5,000 U.S. signatories supporting its declaration, “ to advance women’s sex-based rates in law and throughout society all over the world.”
    Lierre Keith, of the Women’s Liberation Front, a group that is suing the state over the issue of biological males in women’s prisons, said female inmates are “living in terror” of violent male prisoners entering women’s facilities.

    “Right now, in California, any man can simply declare he is a woman and get transferred to a women’s prison—even if he’s murdered two women, even if he stabbed a woman 28 times in the face,” she said.

    Jesika Gonzalez of TERF Collective, a group “working to end the international campaign of female erasure that is transgender ideology,” also spoke at the protest.

    “In California … even the most dangerous men are moved to women’s prisons upon request. Dana Rivers is the kind of man that proves the need for single-sex prisons,” Gonzalez said.

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    Peru’s Socialist President Kicked Out of Office and Arrested for Staging Attempted Coup



    Pedro Castillo, the left-wing president of Peru, tried to dissolve Congress and was instead impeached and arrested by police.

    Vice President Dina Boluarte was sworn into the presidency on Wednesday and became the first female president of the Latin American nation.

    Castillo announced in an address to his nation that he was dissolving the Congress ahead of a potential vote to remove him from office. He was reportedly under investigation for alleged corruption over accusations that he was personally profiting from public works. Castillo denied the allegations and said he would rule by decree until another Congress could be elected and another constitution drawn up.

    Instead, the members of the Peruvian Congress voted to impeach Castillo and remove him from office.

    Boluarte criticized his attempt to dissolve Congress in a statement on Twitter, saying, “A coup that aggravates the political and institutional crisis that Peruvian society will have to overcome with strict adherence to the law.”

    Boluarte was sworn in as the sixth Peruvian president in five years.

    The U.S. government opposed Castillo’s order and called for the democratic process to continue in Peru under the current constitution.

    “We will continue to stand against and to categorically reject any acts that contradict Peru’s constitution, any act that undermines democracy in that country,” said spokesperson for the U.S. State Department Ned Price.

    The left-wing leader had narrowly risen to power in a presidential vote. He previously worked as a schoolteacher and a union leader and ran under the platform of rewriting the constitution and the redistribution of wealth through state power.

    Castillo’s status is unknown.

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