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Thursday/Friday 8-24/25-23


Verse(s) for today:

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: But a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 13:20 KJV


For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:6 KJV


Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 KJV


Former President Donald Trump's Mug Shot Released:

Mug shot of Donald Trump shows scowling former president during speedy booking at Atlanta jail

Former President Donald Trump has been booked at a jail in Atlanta, forced to pose for a mug shot as he surrendered on charges that he illegally schemed to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia

ATLANTA -- A scowling Donald Trump posed for a mug shot Thursday as he surrendered inside a jail in Atlanta on charges that he illegally schemed to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, creating a historic and humbling visual underscoring the former president's escalating legal troubles.


The booking photo instantly becomes part of the former president's legacy as he confronts criminal charges in four American cities while seeking to reclaim the White House. His aides swiftly seized on the image, fundraising off the first mug shot in American history of a former president as representative of the persecution they contend Trump is encountering. His opponents, meanwhile, are likely to use it to remind voters of dangers in electing a president facing dozens of felony charges.


Trump was released on $200,000 bond and headed back to the airport for his return flight home to New Jersey, flashing a thumbs-up through the window of his sport utility vehicle as his motorcade left. Unrepentant but subdued after the brief jail visit, he again insisted that he "did nothing wrong" and called the case accusing him of subverting election results a “travesty of justice.”


“If you challenge an election, you should be able to challenge an election," he told reporters on the airport tarmac.

Trump’s surrender to law enforcement authorities, the fourth time this year, has by now become a familiar election-season routine in a way that belies the unprecedented spectacle of a former president, and current candidate, being booked on criminal charges. But his visit to Atlanta was notably different from the three past surrenders, unfolding at night and requiring him to visit a problem-plagued jail — rather than a courthouse.


And unlike in other cities that did not require him to pose for a mug shot, a booking photo of him was taken. It depicts Trump, wearing a navy suit and red tie, angrily scowling at the camera, his brows furrowed as he stares into the lens.

Before Trump's plane had crossed North Carolina, his campaign was already using the image to solicit contributions on a fundraising site. And for the first time since Jan. 8, 2021, he made a post on X, the website formerly known as Twitter, issuing a fundraising plea on the platform that prevented him from using his account after he helped spark the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.


“This mugshot will forever go down in history as a symbol of America’s defiance of tyranny,” said a Trump campaign fundraising email.

He also called into conservative TV channel Newsmax to talk about what he said had been “a very sad day for our country,.”

His jail visit created a remarkable split-screen visual during a 2024 Republican primary contest in which he remains the leading candidate, swiping the spotlight at least temporarily from his opponents and coming one day after a debate in Milwaukee where eight of his leading rivals sought to exploit Trump's absence by trying to stand out from the pack.

Trump landed in Atlanta around 7 p.m. and was driven to jail for the booking process. He offered a wave and thumbs-up as he descended the steps of his private plane.


He completed the process in a brisk 20 minutes, providing officials as is customary with his physical measurements: 6 foot 3 inches. 215 pounds. Blond or strawberry hair. And Trump, who for four years in the White House reveled in the title of “Mr. President,” was given the inmate number of P01135809.

The Fulton County prosecution is the fourth criminal case against Trump since March, when he became the first former president in U.S. history to be indicted. Since then, he's faced federal charges in Florida and Washington, and this month he was indicted in Atlanta with 18 others — including his ex-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — under a racketeering statute normally associated with gang members and organized crime.


District Attorney Fani Willis had given all of the defendants until Friday afternoon to turn themselves in at the main Fulton County jail.

Just ahead of his surrender, Trump hired a new lead attorney for the Georgia case.

Prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow replaced another high-profile criminal defense attorney, Drew Findling, who had represented Trump as recently as Monday when his bond terms were negotiated. But by Thursday Findling was no longer part of the team, according to a person with knowledge of the change who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Sadow said in a statement that “the president should never have been indicted. He is innocent of all the charges brought against him.”


Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. He said in a social media post this week that he was being prosecuted for what he described in capital letters as a “perfect phone call” in which he asked the Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to help him “find 11,780 votes” for him to overturn his loss in the state to Democrat Joe Biden.

The Fulton County jail where Trump surrendered has long been a troubled facility. The Justice Department last month opened a civil rights investigation into conditions, citing filthy cells, violence and the death last year of a man whose body was found covered in insects in the main jail’s psychiatric wing. Three people have died in Fulton County custody in the past month.


He did not spend much time there. His attorneys and prosecutors had already agreed to a $200,000 bond, plus conditions that include barring the former president from intimidating co-defendants, witnesses or victims in the case.

Charles Shaw, CEO of Foster Bail Bonds in metro Atlanta, said his company put up Trump’s $200,000 bond. Shaw said Trump paid his company 10% — or $20,000 — which is customary for bail bondsmen to charge. Shaw said he doesn’t know Trump, but that Trump’s Atlanta defense attorneys have a close business relationship with his company.


Unlike in other jurisdictions, in Fulton County, arraignments — in which a defendant appears in court for the first time — generally happen after a defendant surrenders at the jail and completes the booking process, not on the same day.

That means Trump may have to make another trip to Georgia in the coming weeks though the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has said some arraignments in the case may happen virtually if the judge permits. Or Trump's arraignment could be waived.

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Tucker reported from Washington, Colvin from New York. Associated Press writers Sudhin Thanawala, Jeff Amy and Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Russ Bynum in Savannah, Ga. contributed to this report.


[ABC News Media]

By: ERIC TUCKER,

KATE BRUMBACK and

JILL COLVIN

Associated Press

August 24, 2023, 12:41 AM


Hunter Biden IRS Whistleblower Calls for Special Counsel To 'Investigate' Actions of Weiss, Garland:

Internal Revenue Service investigator Gary Shapley, who came forward along with Joseph Ziegler as a whistleblower in the Hunter Biden tax probe, told Fox News Special Counsel David Weiss' credibility has been rendered "nonexistent" and Attorney General Merrick Garland's behavior may warrant its own probe.

Shapley said that Weiss, the Trump-appointed but Biden-holdover U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, was reportedly found to have not planned to bring charges against Hunter Biden in his investigation until Shapley and Ziegler went public about the case.

Questions also arose from Weiss' reported closeness with then-Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden – the president's elder, now-deceased son, a decade ago.

"For David Weiss to continue on in this as a special counsel's investigation just raises so many questions for the American people," Shapley told "The Story."

"His credibility is and is just nonexistent at this point. He played his cards," he added.

Weiss and the Wilmington federal prosecutor's office along with the DOJ never anticipated they'd be scrutinized for their reported machinations behind the scenes, Shapley said.

"And they're being held accountable now. And I hope that Congress continues to pursue that and push it forward to ensure that the American people will be confident that our Department of Justice is equal," he said.

To that end, Shapley suggested such scrutiny should rise all the way to the top of the DOJ with Garland as well as Weiss.

"What we really need is … a special counsel to investigate this investigation – And that includes the actions of U.S. Attorney Weiss, Attorney General Garland, the statements made to Congress, the letters sent to Congress over and over again as information comes out has proven that what they told the American people, what they told the Congress was not accurate," Shapley said.

Congressional Republicans and other observers have claimed there have been conflicting narratives as to whether Weiss was given the ability to bring charges against Hunter Biden in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia, while other claims arose that the prosecutors in both jurisdictions, Martin Estrada and Matt Graves respectively, turned him down.


Garland ultimately named Weiss special counsel in the case earlier this month, which some said called into question whether he had such acclaimed free prosecutorial reign in the first place, to bring charges outside the First State.

Others meanwhile, claimed Garland violated federal regulations in naming Weiss – a sitting federal prosecutor – as special counsel.

In a recent Fox News Opinion column, legal analyst Gregg Jarrett cited 28 CFR 600.3, which states a special counsel shall be selected from outside the United States government. Jarrett argued in the column that Weiss' new appointment is therefore a "farce."

Previous special or independent counsels Kenneth Starr, Robert Mueller and Robert Hur were all either out of government or resigned at the time of their naming to the post.

On Fox News, Shapley said the recent developments are another example of why he decided to go to Congress with his concerns.

"I came forward for the American people and I put myself at risk for the American people. And, you know, at the end of the day, they need to be confident that this investigation is actually looked at independently and fairly," he said.

"I would be fully onboard to assist moving forward, whether it was with Mr. Weiss or with a different special counsel," he added, when asked if he or Ziegler would welcome being invited back into the investigation.

For more Culture, Media, Education, Opinion, and channel coverage, visit foxnews.com/media.

Charles Creitz is a reporter for Fox News Digital.

He joined Fox News in 2013 as a writer and production assistant.

Charles covers media, politics and culture for Fox News Digital.

Charles is a Pennsylvania native and graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Story tips can be sent to charles.creitz@fox.com.

[Fox News]

[Patriot Digest]



Judge Issues 11th Hour Emergency Decision in Trump’s GA Case:

In Fulton County, two previous members of the Trump administration, namely Mark Meadows and Jeffrey Clark, made attempts to stop the ongoing criminal proceedings against them. However, their efforts were promptly dismissed by a federal judge. These individuals are facing charges alongside Donald Trump, accused of participating in an extensive racketeering conspiracy aimed at undermining the outcomes of the 2020 election.


Democrats are behind the charges in hopes that Trump will not be able to continue his campaign for president.

Two orders, each spanning six pages, were issued by U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones headquartered in Atlanta. These rulings have the effect of guaranteeing that Meadows and Clark will be subject to arrest during the current week. Both individuals made efforts to prevent this outcome through a series of emergency filings.

Both Meadows and Clark had made appeals to Jones, urging him to prevent District Attorney Fani Willis from apprehending them before the Friday deadline, which required the 19 defendants to surrender themselves. Both individuals assert that their claims need to be addressed and eventually dismissed by federal courts due to their employment inside the Trump administration.


Jones, who was nominated by President Barack Obama, supported Willis’ assertions that the legislation pertaining to the transfer of state criminal cases to federal court explicitly states that such proceedings may proceed while a federal judge deliberates on the suitability of transferring the case to the federal jurisdiction.

According to Jones, “Until the federal court assumes jurisdiction over a state criminal case, the state court retains jurisdiction over the prosecution and the proceedings continue.”

According to the judge’s ruling on Meadows’ motion, “The clear statutory language for removing a criminal prosecution … does not support an injunction or temporary stay prohibiting District Attorney Willis’s enforcement or execution of the arrest warrant against Meadows.”


The presiding judge acknowledged that the pertinent provision of federal legislation can result in the apprehension of defendants, and in certain instances, their prosecution, even though petitions to transfer their cases to federal court are still under consideration.

Jones remarked that “The Court’s research has found that [the statute] has been followed even in cases where a criminal defendant, who had filed a notice of removal in federal court, was required to proceed to trial in the state court.”

Shortly before Jones’ rulings, Willis submitted documents that presented a strong argument against the attempts made by Meadows and Clark to seek the court’s immediate involvement. According to the speaker, there is no legitimate justification for a federal court to intervene in state proceedings only on the grounds that two defendants have requested an expedited transfer of their cases.


According to Willis’ team, “Federal courts have repeatedly denied requests to interfere in state criminal prosecutions.” This statement was made in response to the efforts by Meadows, who held the position of White House chief of staff in the final nine months of Trump’s presidency. The response provided by Willis’ team spans 13 pages. “Generally, only in cases of proven harassment or prosecutions taken in bad faith without hope of obtaining a valid conviction is federal intervention against pending state prosecutions appropriate.”

Willis also observed that Donald Trump, who was previously the employer of Meadows, “voluntarily agreed to surrender himself to state authorities, while other defendants have already surrendered.”


The initial substantial submissions made by Willis in response to Meadows and Clark mark a significant development following the recent indictment of Trump and 18 other individuals. The accusations against them pertain to an alleged conspiracy to undermine the 2020 election in Georgia. The individual in question aims to initiate legal proceedings against the former president before March 4. However, it is anticipated that she would encounter various pretrial challenges from a significant number of the 19 defendants, thereby impeding her proposed timeframe.


As an illustration, Kenneth Chesebro, a legal practitioner strongly affiliated with Trump’s endeavor to undermine the election, submitted a motion on the preceding Wednesday, advocating for an expeditious trial to be conducted prior to the conclusion of the current year. This proposed timeframe is notably swifter than that which Judge Willis had first set. David Shafer, the former chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, has also made a request to transfer the matter to a federal court.


President Trump has refrained from expressing his stance on a preferred schedule for the trial, nevertheless, he has persistently criticized the issue through public channels on social media. On Thursday, he is expected to surrender himself to Willis’ custody for the purpose of being booked. Last Monday, the individual in question was charged by a grand jury on a total of 13 charges, which encompass offenses such as racketeering and the act of encouraging Georgia officials to breach their sworn oaths.


The district attorney’s answer to Clark, who held the position of Senate-confirmed chief of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division within the Justice Department during the majority of the Trump administration, was notably more direct.


During the last stages of the administration, the individual in question participated in a strategic initiative aimed at securing President Trump’s directive to replace the acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, with Clark. The endeavor, which sought to prompt the Justice Department to encourage states to delay the certification of the presidential election, was terminated following the collective threat of resignation by Rosen and the remaining members of the department’s leadership cadre, as an act of protest.


In his application to move the matter to federal court, Clark vehemently criticized Willis’ prosecution, asserting that it was driven by political motives. Furthermore, Clark firmly rejected the idea that he should be subjected to state procedures for his actions as a federal government officer. Additionally, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the need to quickly make travel arrangements to Atlanta for the purpose of booking, without any involvement from the federal court.


Jack Smith Abruptly Ends Case Against Trump!

According to a court filing by special counsel Jack Smith, the federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., responsible for examining former president Donald Trump’s purported mishandling of classified documents has concluded. The filing also revealed additional information regarding the investigation’s discreet expansion to include an examination of alleged attempts to conceal evidence.

The submission, spanning 12 pages, was made by David Harbach, a subordinate of Smith. This development occurred during a contentious debate between prosecutors and defense attorneys on the utilization of two separate grand juries to probe into President Trump’s purported accumulation of classified materials at Mar-a-Lago, his personal residence and exclusive club. Former President Donald Trump is facing charges of unlawfully maintaining classified national defense information subsequent to his departure from the White House, as well as impeding the government’s endeavors to recover said material.


In the filing submitted on Tuesday, the prosecutors justify the utilization of a federal grand jury in DC, and one in Florida, to consider the evidence in the case. They assert that this dual method was appropriate in order to gain insight into the alleged illegal behavior that took place in both locations.

According to prosecutors, two officials affiliated with the Trump administration are accused of providing false statements to the grand jury convened in Washington. Carlos De Oliveira, an individual implicated in the aforementioned case, has been accused of providing false statements to FBI agents, albeit not explicitly to the grand jury. Mr. De Oliveira has entered a plea of not guilty in response to these charges. Furthermore, Yuscil Taveras, a technical worker, commenced collaboration with investigators subsequent to Trump’s initial indictment and has not yet faced any criminal charges.


The recent court document affirms several particulars that were previously disclosed by The Washington Post. These include Taveras’ decision to switch legal representation shortly after the indictment in June, as well as his subsequent provision of evidence against De Oliveira, Trump, and another Trump employee named Waltine “Walt” Nauta, who were all implicated in the case. Three individuals in Florida have been accused of engaging in a conspiracy with the intention of tampering with security camera footage at Mar-a-Lago. The footage in question captured the presence of boxes containing confidential information being relocated within the premises.


According to the petition submitted on Tuesday, Taveras, referred to as “Trump Employee 4” in the court documents, provided cooperation subsequent to providing misleading responses to the D.C. grand jury earlier this year.

During the grand jury proceedings held in the District of Columbia in March 2023, Trump Employee 4 consistently refuted or professed a lack of recollection regarding any interactions or discussions pertaining to the security footage at Mar-a-Lago. During the testimony presented before the aforementioned grand jury, De Oliveira similarly refuted any form of communication with Trump Employee 4 pertaining to security footage. According to the filing, the evidence presented by the Government suggests that the testimony given by Trump Employee 4 and De Oliveira was found to be untrue. However, subsequent to obtaining new legal representation, Trump Employee 4 recanted his previous false testimony and disclosed information that implicated Nauta, De Oliveira, and Trump in their involvement in attempts to delete security camera footage.

According to the prosecutors, the aforementioned falsehoods presented before the grand jury served as a basis for the continued utilization of the federal grand jury in DC, notwithstanding the indictment of Trump by the Florida grand jury. The presiding judge in the docs case, U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, requested an explanation from the government regarding its utilization of two separate grand juries in distinct jurisdictions.

According to the submission made by the attorneys from the Justice Department, they contend that the shared legal representation of Taveras and Nauta by Stan Woodward necessitates a hearing by Cannon to investigate any possible conflicts of interest that may arise as a result of a defendant and a prosecution witness having the same lawyer.

According to the prosecutors’ filing, it is contended that even if Woodward was not cognizant during his representation of Taveras that his client would furnish incriminating information against Nauta, he possesses knowledge of this fact at present. The reliability of Taveras is expected to be a matter of concern during the trial, as prosecutors argue that he provided false information to a grand jury.

Cannon has not yet made a determination regarding the convening of a hearing to address the matter of the disagreement.

The investigators have conducted extensive interviews with witnesses regarding the payment of lawyers’ fees for witnesses involved in the documents case by Trump’s political action committee. Previous reports from The Post have indicated that the investigators have also been exploring the existence of any conditions attached to this legal counsel.

The defense attorneys have refuted any suggestion of impropriety regarding the payment of legal fees for witnesses by Trump’s Political Action Committee (PAC), highlighting that this practice is commonplace among both corporate entities and political campaigns that face scrutiny from investigative bodies.

Donald Trump is currently confronted with allegations in three other criminal cases. The individual in question has been formally accused in the jurisdictions of Washington and Georgia, specifically on accusations at both the federal and state levels related to impeding the progress of the 2020 election. Additionally, in the state of New York, they face charges pertaining to the manipulation of company records, specifically in relation to reimbursements made for the purpose of concealing hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign. [Republic Brief]




This is interesting:

Censoring a presidential nominee other than Trump

The USA has most certainly become a ‘Third-World’ Nation…

Corruption has become the new Norm… [Dan Brooks]



Kevin McCarthy threatens impeachment if the DOJ uses a special counsel to obstruct a House investigation into Joe Biden:

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy threatened an impeachment investigation if the Department of Justice used David Weiss' special counsel status to obstruct an investigation by the House Oversight Committee.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Weiss as special counsel to investigate allegations against Hunter Biden on Friday, as The Daily Caller reported.

Biden pleaded not guilty to all charges on July 26, after United States District Judge Maryellen Noreika rejected the initial plea agreement and a more limited revision.

“The only reason you know of all this information is because we took the majority and we’re holding the administration accountable,” McCarthy told Fox Business host Larry Kudlow. “It is appalling of what we have learned.

"It is different than what President Biden had told us. He told us he had never talked to his son about any business dealings, that he has never been involved in his family’s business, that they never received any money from China.

"We now learn while he was vice president the family created 20 shell companies, they did receive more than a million dollars from China and he did call in to the business meetings and he did go to dinners.

"These dinners were very profitable. They got a new Porsche, they got $3.5 million, but the really most compelling thing here is there is somebody lying.”


The House Oversight Committee disclosed bank records on August 9 indicating that Hunter Biden received millions of dollars from Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, who was married to deceased Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov until his 2019 death.

"The House Oversight Committee identified payments to the Biden family totaling approximately $20 million.

“We wanted to have a special prosecutor back in February but we were told by Garland that there was no need for one,” McCarthy said.

“David Weiss told us he could do it if he wanted, but what he told us privately with the IRS agents and what he told publicly along with the attorney general Garland, somebody is lying in this process and the only thing I realize here is the only stories that have not changed are the whistleblowers from the IRS. Their story has held up time and again.”

During a House Oversight Committee hearing on July 19, Internal Revenue Service whistleblowers Gary Shapley and Joseph Zeigler testified about interference with the investigation into President Biden.


“If the Biden Administration continues to fight to withhold information that could really clear all this up, did they take bribes, did they deal in the business, if they hold that up, we would have to move into the impeachment inquiry, which you know, Larry gives us apex of power to Congress and subpoena power and others to get us the documents we need, the bank statements, the credit card statements and others,” McCarthy said.

“Show us where the money went. Show us where you’re taking money from outside sources and that would clear most of this up, but they seem to fight it every step of the way.”

[American Digest]


AZ Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs weighs in on prospect of Trump indictment in her state:

https://americandigest.com/az-democrat-gov-katie-hobbs-weighs-in-on-prospect-of-trump-indictment-in-her-state/?

As criminal indictments against former President Donald Trump continue to mount in various courts across the country, the leader of yet another state has weighed in on whether she would like prosecutors in her jurisdiction to follow a similar path, as KTAR in Phoenix reports.

The outlet indicated that Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) appeared to opine last week that her state should pursue charges against Trump over his alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Hobbs was responding to a reporter's inquiry about her take on the Fulton County, Georgia indictment of Trump, which was announced last Monday, and whether she thought her state should heed that example.

The governor replied, “Absolutely. I have been an advocate for holding folks involved in trying to overturn the will of the voters in the 2020 election accountable and this part of that process.”

Hobbs continued, saying of the Georgia charges, “Accountability is critical. I don't think we're going to change direction until there's accountability at the top level. And this is an important step forward that I think should move forward and play out in the legal process.”


The prospect of an Arizona indictment of Trump indeed appears to be a real one, according to CBS News, which reported last week that the state's attorney general, Kris Mayes, is currently engaged in an ongoing probe of the aftermath of the 2020 election.

That investigation reportedly centers largely around the creation of an alternate slate of electors designed to benefit Trump in the event his legal challenges to the result in Arizona proved successful.

Precisely when Mayes' probe began, its current status, or the breath of its scope are all unanswered questions, though the AG publicly addressed its existence for the first time on Wednesday.

“We are taking this investigation very seriously, very solemnly,” she said, adding, “we're going to do it on our timetable as justice demands.”


Mayes' willingness to delve into issues surrounding the aftermath of the 2020 contest is not entirely surprising, given that she rose to office by defeating a Republican candidate who had expressed doubt about the integrity of the election results, and as part of her campaign, Mayes vowed to probe the aforementioned alternate elector strategies employed by supporters of the former president, CBS News further noted.

It is worth noting, however, that in the wake of Hobbs' comments, which seemed to declare her belief that charges against Trump are conclusively warranted, her office has since issued something of a clarification, as KTAR explains.

An editorial note appended to the outlet's original story on Hobbs' aforementioned remarks revealed that Christian Slater, communications director for the governor, later stated that the state's chief executive had “misheard the question” about a potential Trump indictment in Arizona.


“She was responding generally about her belief that anyone who breaks the law must be held accountable for working to overturn free and fair elections. As she has consistently stated, she believes in allowing the legal process to proceed independently and without political interference,” the statement added.

However, given Hobbs’ prior rhetoric on the matter, the spin her office attempted to put on her remarks after the fact comes across as disingenuous at best, and the notion that there might actually be a fair and unbiased review of the facts as they relate to Trump seems to be a ship that has long since sailed.

[American Digest]


Lockdowns & Mandates fully implemented by November 23:




R.I.N.O. Republican leaders held their first debate last night.

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Simon Ateba is suing Karine Jean-Pierre and they need your help:

https://anedot.libertycenter.org/1857b9d7-a299-4940-b9b6-0b1a22061774

Friend, Joe Biden's White House just changed the requirements for a journalist to obtain hard-pass credentials. The result... ...effectively banning our client, Simon Ateba, and more than 440 reporters from the White House Briefing Room. The White House is sending a loud, clear message: if you don't work for CNN, The New York Times, or another legacy media outlet, and if you refuse to mindlessly lob soft balls to Karine Jean-Pierre about Joe Biden's ice cream du jour, you don't belong in the White House Press Corps. Because this White House doesn't respect the freedom of the press. Which is why I'm asking you for an urgent donation of $35 or more today to help fund Simon's lawsuit against the White House and Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. This White House has a terrible record of censoring journalists whose stories make the White House look bad. We all remember how the Biden Administration pressured "Big Tech" to censor journalists questioning the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, the White House is shifting its attention to our client, Simon Ateba. Simon Ateba is a journalist and White House correspondent with Today News Africa, a small a news organization focusing on ties and interactions between Africa and the United States. Simon frequently challenges Karine Jean-Pierre's non-answers, inaccurate information, and demands transparency and the truth. In response to Simon's insistence on getting the truth, the White House and Jean-Pierre changed the rules, I believe, to specifically target Simon and other journalists like him who want nothing more than to do their job as real journalists. That's right - the White House rewrote the rules to shut out hundreds of hardworking reporters. And that's why we're suing the White House and Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on behalf of reporter Simon Ateba. Will you send an urgent donation $35 or more to the Center for American Liberty today to support our lawsuit on behalf of Simon Ateba and his fight for justice? You and I know the White House's actions here are a clear violation of the freedom of the press. This is bigger than Simon or any one journalist, {\var:first_name Friend}. Because the Biden Administration doesn't just want to shut up Simon... ... it wants to censor every journalist who challenges the White House's lies, corruption, or abuse of power. We need your help right away. Which is why I'm asking you for an urgent donation of $35 or more today to help fund Simon's lawsuit against the White House and Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. That's why we've taken on Simon Ateba's legal battle - and why I hope you will step up and help us win this important battle. Simon needs you; our attorneys need you, and your country needs you. Thank you in advance for your support. [Harmeet K. Dhillon] [Founder & CEO]



Senate Armed Services Committee orders Joe Biden to stop selling border wall materials.

https://americandigest.com/senate-armed-services-committee-orders-joe-biden-to-stop-selling-border-wall-materials/?

GOP members of the Senate Armed Services Committee are demanding that the Biden administration stop selling off materials purchased to build the border wall, the New York Post reported. Republican lawmakers estimate that nearly $300 million in construction materials remain unused since President Joe Biden took office and halted construction.

Construction on the border wall has come to a standstill under Biden, who favors open borders instead of security. The Biden administration has begun auctioning these materials that were purchased under former President Donald Trump.


Since April, 81 lots of steel pieces meant for the border wall worth $2 million were sold off. Another 13 lots will be on the auction block on Aug. 23 and Aug. 30.

In response to this, Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee have called up Biden to stop the practice. "We are deeply disappointed to learn that rather than using construction materials that were purchased to secure the southwest border for that purpose, the Department of Defense has begun auctioning these materials off for other purposes," they wrote Tuesday in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.


Led by Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MI), the GOP members of the panel charge that the administration is in violation of the Finish It Act that was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2024. Instead of the sale, the materials should given to border states or simply used to complete the project.

Now the panel members demand Austin cease operations so they can assess the situation. The panel would like an inventory of what's being stored as well as information like how much storage fees have cost the Defense Department.


They have given Austin a deadline of Sept. 5 to comply. They have further threatened to delay the hearing for a new Under Secretary of Defense for Policy until their demands have been met.

The letter to Austin was undersigned by all 12 GOP members, including Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA). "The Biden administration canceled border wall projects and left materials to rack up dust," Ernst told The Post.


“As I have worked to hold him accountable for wasting taxpayer-funded parts and use them to actually secure our border — President Biden is shamelessly auctioning them off for pennies on the dollar!” she charged. “This is a clear signal he does not take border security seriously,” Ernst said of the president.


“President Biden cannot get away with subverting Congress’ work on this.” This is more than a legal issue, with this happening during a time of record-breaking immigration.

In the fiscal year 2022, the Border Patrol reported 2.4 million encounters. This year brought 1.97 million encounters so far, with the fiscal year 2023 ending in October.


Even blue cities are beginning to admit that unchecked immigration is a problem. New York is constructing tent cities to deal with an immigration crisis that is adding to the difficulty of dealing with the existing homeless population, CBS News reported.

The governor of Massachusetts was forced to declare a state of emergency after several cities, including Boston, had been pushed to their breaking point with so many needy newcomers. Progressive cities like Chicago, Denver, and Sacramento are similarly at a loss as resources are stretched thin while the Biden administration allows more people in.

It’s an insult to the citizens in these cities to watch the government sell off pieces of a border wall while the crisis continues. It’s sending a signal that Biden doesn’t care about stopping illegal immigration, and that’s a problem.

[American Digest]


Viral Singer Tops Billboard Chart:

Oliver Anthony's Viral Country Song 'Rich Men North of Richmond' Is Controversial and Topping Charts

The song, which has been embraced by the right, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

An unlikely, controversial hit is topping the Billboard Hot 100.

After officially dropping on Aug. 11, country artist Oliver Anthony’s single “Rich Men North of Richmond” debuted at No. 1 on Monday.

The stripped-down country song has become a viral sensation and gained a great deal of criticism, as its politicized lyrics have been embraced by the right.

The song is the breakout release of Farmville, Virginia singer-songwriter and former factory worker Oliver Anthony (who performs under his grandfather’s name and whose real name is Christopher Anthony Lunsford). According to Billboard ,the track about socio-political issues first gained traction on TikTok before it was uploaded to the radiowv YouTube account on Aug. 8, which highlights independent country artists in the Virginia and West Virginia area.

It’s a HIT… A really BIG ONE!

[Patriot Digest]


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Maui Disaster Update:



Real News Headlines for Thurs. 24 Aug. 2023:


  • · The White Hat Global Alliance Military has recently assembled in 22 different Time Zones across the Globe, with Military action pending.

  • · JPMorgan Chase filed a suspicious activity report on Hunter Biden, suggesting his potential involvement in “human trafficking.” Six banks, including Bank of America, US Bank and Wells Fargo submitted over 170 suspicious activity reports to the Treasury Department regarding the Biden family, alleging their involvement in money laundering, human trafficking and tax fraud, according to Congressional Investigators.

  • · The illegal US Corp. has bankrupted, and all stolen funds have been recovered including 650 plane loads of gold from the Vatican.

  • · The BRICS Alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa has expanded to include Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emeritus. (UAE). There were other countries, including Germany and the US, that have a secret Alliance with BRICS. The BRICS Alliance now represents over half of the World’s population and 60% of the World’s Gross National Product. France President Emmanuel Macron was rejected entry to the BRICS Summit.

  • · On Tues. 22 23 Aug. 2023 the BRICS Summit appeared to have announced the Global Currency Reset through their launch of BRICS Pay, a decentralized multicurrency digital international payments system: https://www.brics-pay.com/

  • · Covid: Countless mainstream media outlets are now pushing the existence of “Eris”, a new “Covid variant” named by the WHO after the Greek goddess of discord and strife.

  • · EBS: The reason for the delay in release of the EBS and an eight hour documentary on crimes of Cabal members was that it took time to coordinate the broadcast with completion of the unprecedented military operations that were saving children from human trafficking around the world.

  • · The Global Alliance-US Special Forces has been busy with these child rescue and arrests of criminals’ operations.

  • · The Western Mainstream Media did not cover the stories, but rather glossed over and excluded them as a “conspiracy theories” using scholars and critics.

  • · Instigator of the Deep State Cabal that ran this International Child Sex Trafficking Ring was former CIA Director and US President George W Bush. During his presidency more than 30 years ago, underground tunnels and secret fortresses for Child Sex Trafficking were dug between the White House and the US Capitol.

  • · Now in Washington DC alone the international Black Market for Adrenochrome extraction (obtained through torture of children) has reached sales of over $69 billion a year.

  • · In addition, Bush established with the Mafia, Cocaine routes in South America, Colombia and Heroin routes in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Mexico for the purpose of funding CIA nefarious activities.

  • · Get Ready for Military GESARA and NESARA Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) – American Media Group (amg-news.com)

  • · EBS – ‘World Emergency Simultaneous Broadcasting System’ = Global Declassification – American Media Group (amg-news.com)






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