NATO member blocks accession talks for Sweden and Finland – media

NATO member blocks accession talks for Sweden and Finland - media --Turkey has opposed the Nordic states' accession to the bloc, accusing the countries of supporting terrorist groups | 18 May 2022 | Turkey has blocked NATO accession talks with Finland and Sweden, several media outlets reported on Wednesday. Representatives of the military bloc's member states gathered seeking to open the negotiations just hours after both nations officially submitted their applications. However, Ankara has reportedly stopped the vote at the start of the talks. Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had said that the first stage of negotiations on the two nations' applications could be concluded within one or two weeks. However, Turkey's resistance casts doubt on whether that was still possible.

Another NATO state wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining

Another NATO state wants to block Sweden and Finland from joining | 18 May 2022 | Croatian President Zoran Milanovic plans to instruct Ambassador Mario Nobilo, the country's permanent representative to NATO, to block the accession of Finland and Sweden to the decades-old military alliance, he said Wednesday. Refusing consent would turn the international community's attention to problems facing ethnic Croats in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milanovic told reporters. Under the current election laws, Croat representatives tend to get elected with the votes of Bosnian Muslims, also known as Bosniaks. Zagreb is pushing to revise this. Stockholm and Helsinki formally broke with their history of neutrality on May 15 and applied for NATO membership. However, the acceptance of new countries to the bloc requires the unanimous consent of all members.

11 GOP Senators Break with Mitch McConnell and Vote Against Latest $40 Billion in US Aid to Ukraine

11 GOP Senators Break with Mitch McConnell and Vote Against Latest $40 Billion in US Aid to Ukraine | 17 May 2022 | The US Senate passed legislation to send another $40 billion to Ukraine on Monday night. Eleven Republican Senators broke with Mitch McConnell and voted "no" against the latest funding of Europe's most corrupt regime. On Saturday several US Republican Senators went to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy for a photo-op. Mitch McConnell led the delegation. Here are the 11 Republican senators who voted against the latest aid to Ukraine: Blackburn (R-TN), Boozman (R-AR), Braun (R-IN), Crapo (R-ID), Hagerty (R-TN), Hawley (R-MO), Lee (R-UT), Lummis (R-WY), Marshall (R-KS), Paul (R-KY), and Tuberville (R-AL).

Gas prices hit $4 in all 50 states for the first time, national average reaches record high

Gas prices hit $4 in all 50 states for the first time, national average reaches record high --California has the highest gas prices at more than $6 a gallon | 17 May 2022 | Gas prices continued hitting record highs this week, as the average gallon of gas now costs at least $4 in all 50 states for the first time ever, according to the auto club AAA. Just three states - Georgia, Kansas, and Oklahoma - hadn't crossed $4 a gallon on Monday, but they all saw jumps on Tuesday to hit that threshold. Kansas still has the cheapest gas in the nation at $4.006 a gallon, while California has the priciest at $6.021 a gallon.

Doug Mastriano wins Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor

Doug Mastriano wins Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor | 17 May 2022 | State Sen. Doug Mastriano, who was endorsed late in the campaign by former President Donald Trump, won the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday. The Associated Press declared Mastriano the winner at 9:51 p.m. At about 11:20 p.m., Mr. Mastriano was leading former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, 44% to 21%. Mr. Mastriano will face off against Attorney General Josh Shapiro in November in the race to be the next governor of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shapiro was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

An estimated $163 billion from pandemic unemployment benefits were misspent or stolen - report

An estimated $163 billion from pandemic unemployment benefits were misspent or stolen - report | 15 May 2022 | A sprawling community of victims have been caught up in a massive series of attacks targeting the nation's generous coronavirus aid programs. The more than $5 trillion approved since the start of the pandemic has become a wellspring for criminal activity, allowing fraudsters to siphon money away from hard-hit American workers and businesses who needed the help most. The exact scope of the fraud targeting federal aid initiatives is unknown, even two years later. With unemployment benefits, however, the theft could be significant. Testifying at a little-noticed congressional hearing this spring, a top watchdog for the Labor Department estimated there could have been "at least" $163 billion in unemployment-related "overpayments," a projection that includes wrongly paid sums as well as "significant" benefits obtained by malicious actors.

Turkey opposes Finland and Sweden's NATO bids - Erdogan

Turkey opposes Finland and Sweden's NATO bids - Erdogan | 16 May 2022 | Turkey will not say "yes" to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership bids, the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding that any attempts to persuade Ankara to change its position would be fruitless. Both governments officially announced their intention to join the US-led military bloc this weekend. Turkey had previously warned that it might oppose the move, with Erdogan calling the two Nordic countries "guesthouses for terrorist organizations." He was referring to the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Front (DHKP/C), which have been outlawed by Ankara.

Biden approves sending US Special Operations troops to Somalia

There's no baby formula to be had, but is there any country on earth safe from the U.S./NATO pig snout? Biden approves sending US Special Operations troops to Somalia --Pentagon request to target al-Shabab fighters also approved | 16 May 2022 | A senior U.S. defense official has confirmed to Fox News on Monday that Joe Biden has authorized the deployment of hundreds of Special Operations troops inside Somalia. The decision comes alongside approval of a Pentagon request for standing authority to target about a dozen suspected leaders of the al-Shabab terrorist group that operates inside the east African country's borders, the official said. It also comes after the Pentagon announced in December 2020 that the "majority" of U.S. troops previously stationed in Somalia would be removed from the Horn of Africa in early 2021.

Air force jets to enforce a no-fly zone over World Economic Forum over Davos

Air force jets to enforce a no-fly zone over World Economic Forum over Davos --As many as 5,000 military personnel will support local police. | 15 May 2022 | Movers and shakers arriving for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) this month can pack sandals instead of ski boots for a rare springtime version of the event in Davos, the Swiss ski resort that is Europe's highest city in Switzerland... Construction crews have been finishing pop-up networking facilities for the business and political elite that descend for the May 22-26 conference. Soldiers are erecting security fences. The Swiss government will deploy as many as 5,000 military personnel to support local police. Air force jets will again circle above to enforce a no-fly zone.

More Oil From U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve Heads to Europe

More Oil From U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve Heads to Europe --U.S. crude is flowing to Europe at rates never seen before. | 12 May 2022 | Europe is set to receive more cargoes of U.S. crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as the European Union discusses an oil embargo on Russia and looks to reduce reliance on Russian oil, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing tanker-tracking data and sources with knowledge of the shipments. In recent weeks, Europe has increased purchases of U.S. crude as it considers the details of a ban on imports of Russian crude and refined products. A week after the European Commission officially proposed a full ban on Russian crude and oil product imports by the end of the year, the EU is still scrambling to find a common position, trying to persuade Hungary and some other central European countries to drop their opposition to an embargo. Meanwhile, U.S. crude is flowing to Europe at rates never seen before.

Buffalo Shooter References Ukrainian Azov Battalion Nazi Symbols, Hated Those Opposing US Involvement in Ukraine Conflict

Buffalo Shooter References Ukrainian Azov Battalion Nazi Symbols, Hated Those Opposing US Involvement in Ukraine Conflict | 14 May 2022 | The Buffalo shooter published a manifesto which showed support for the same symbols used by the Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine. He also expressed hatred for those against US military involvement in the Ukraine conflict. In other words, he supported the globalist agenda in Ukraine and showed sympathy for Nazi elements in-country. He also expressed hatred for Fox News, which is opposite what mainstream reporting is putting out. "On the political compass I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category..."

Pennsylvania US Senate Candidate Fetterman Hospitalized After Stroke

Pennsylvania US Senate Candidate Fetterman Hospitalized After Stroke | 15 May 2022 | Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate and current Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said on May 15 that he suffered a stroke but is recovering in the hospital. "I'm feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn't suffer any cognitive damage. I'm well on my way to a full recovery," the Democrat said in a statement. Fetterman, who is still hospitalized, said he intends to continue in the Senate race. Pennsylvania's Democratic primary election is on May 17 and some analysts and polls suggest Fetterman is favored to win. He's facing U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta.

Church Shooting in Southern California: Four Critically Wounded, One Fatality

Church Shooting in Southern California: Four Critically Wounded, One Fatality --Police: One Person Detained, Weapon Recovered | 15 May 2022 | A church in Southern California was the target of a mass shooting Sunday afternoon with initial reports of four wounded, one person killed and a suspect in custody. According to photos of emergency response vehicles at the scene and a block location given by police, the shooting appears to have taken place at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. Shooting took place during a meeting by the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church that shares space with the Geneva church. Suspect is reported to be a "68-year-old Asian man."

US ready to provide military support to new NATO hopefuls

US ready to provide military support to new NATO hopefuls | 15 May 2022 | The United States is prepared, if needed, to provide Sweden and Finland with military support as these countries await NATO’s response to their membership applications, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has said. On Sunday both Finland and Sweden formally announced their intention to join NATO, despite multiple warnings from Russia. Moscow, which considers NATO expansion as a direct threat to its own security, has previously pledged to take adequate measures in response. In a BBC interview which was recorded on Friday and broadcast on Sunday, Kirby said that Russia’s warnings are "clearly concerning."

Buffalo Shooter Described Himself as Left-Wing, Trashed Conservatism

Buffalo Shooter Described Himself as Left-Wing, Trashed Conservatism | 15 May 2022 | Law enforcement officials have provided an update after a gunman shot and killed at least 10 people in an attack on a Buffalo area grocery store. The suspected shooter, who was taken into custody, described his political beliefs as "mild-moderate authoritarian left" in a manifesto reportedly written by him. Leftist politicians and pundits have attempted to pin the shooting on numerous right-leaning figures, including President Trump and Fox News host Tucker Carlson. The suspected gunman, an 18-year-old male, reportedly posted his manifesto online prior to carrying out the attack.

Ukrainian army loots banks and stores while retreating - local resident

Ukrainian army loots banks and stores while retreating - local resident | 13 May 2022 | The Ukrainian military is burning houses, looting stores and banks, and expropriating cars of civilians while retreating, a resident of the village of Vladimirovka in the Donetsk region said, RIA Novosti reported on May 13. "The village of Rudnik here, there were three two-story buildings standing there, people were being burned alive, I saw it with my own eyes," he said. At first, militants of the Ukrainian army drove residents out of their apartments, which they occupied themselves after that, into the basements and when the DPR and Russian militaries approached, "they started burning people out," the resident of Vladimirovka said. The agency’s interlocutor also said that members of Ukraine's armed units looted stores, drugstores, and banks – "everything in front of my eyes." "They take everything - cars, generators. If you open your mouth, you get a bullet in the forehead," he said.

New York police say that 13 people shot, 10 dead, during 'mass shooting' at Buffalo grocery store

New York police say that 13 people shot, 10 dead, during 'mass shooting' at Buffalo grocery store | 14 May 2022 | Police in New York State said in a tweet on Saturday afternoon that it was on the scene of a "mass shooting" at a grocery store in Buffalo. During a press conference, Buffalo police commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said that 13 people were shot, and 10 people died as a result of the shooting, which is being investigated as a hate crime. Gramaglia said that an 18-year-old White male allegedly committed the shooting and was live-streaming it online. According to officials, the shooter traveled from "hours" outside of Buffalo. The shooting happened at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

Yuma County Investigates 16 Voter Fraud Cases

Yuma County Investigates 16 Voter Fraud Cases | 13 May 2022 | The Yuma County Sheriff says it will investigate 16 election fraud cases involving voting and registration fraud in the 2020 General Election. The Yuma County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) and the Yuma County Recorder's Office (YCRO) are now working together to "actively examine cases of voting fraud from the 2020 General Election and now a recent pattern of fraudulent voter registration forms leading up to the 2022 Primary Election," according to the May 11 press release.

Pfizer Booster Protection Against Omicron Wanes in Just Weeks, Study Finds

Pfizer Booster Protection Against Omicron Wanes in Just Weeks, Study Finds | 13 May 2022 | Second and third doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine provide protection against the Omicron variant for only a few weeks, according to peer-reviewed research published today in JAMA Network Open. "Our study found a rapid decline in Omicron-specific serum neutralizing antibody titers only a few weeks after the second and third doses of [the Pfizer-BioNTech] BNT162b2," the authors of the research letter wrote. Danish researchers studied adults who received two or three doses of BNT162b2 between January 2021 and October 2021, or were previously infected prior to February 2021 and then vaccinated. They found that after an initial increase in Omicron-specific antibodies after the second Pfizer shot, levels dropped rapidly, from 76.2% at week 4, to 53.3% at weeks 8 to 10, and 18.9% at weeks 12 to 14.

Ballot dropbox concerns in Luzerne County

Ballot dropbox concerns in Luzerne County | 12 May 2022 | (Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA) A Luzerne County Elections Official reported someone trying to drop off multiple ballots. This happened Wednesday afternoon at Penn Place. Eyewitness News talked to Board of Elections Chair Denise Williams about how the incident is being handled. Williams says a woman tried to put four mail-in ballots in the drop box at Penn Place while Director of Elections Michael Susek and another employee were emptying it.

Time running out to stop Biden's plot to secretly undermine U.S. national sovereignty

Time running out to stop Biden's plot to secretly undermine U.S. national sovereignty | 13 May 2022 | (Opinion) The fact that the European Union has the Digital Services Act and the U.K. has proposed an Online Safety Bill are among the latest evidence that it was not mere coincidence that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently decided to create a Disinformation Governance Board. This is all tied in together, along with the sneaky ploy by the Biden administration to create an all-powerful United Nations World Health Organization, which we were among the first to report back on April 24. The idea, directed by the billionaire backers of the World Economic Forum, is to crack down on free speech at the very same time they are setting up a noose to hang around the necks of sovereign nations... The EU’s new regulations, experts said, may have far-reaching impacts beyond Europe. [CLG FounderMichael Rectenwald, author of "Google Archipelago: The Digital Gulag and the Simulation of Freedom," said he can foresee a future in which such regulations might affect all speech -- not just speech on social media platforms.

North Korea says 6 people dead, 187,800 in quarantine due to 'fever'

North Korea says 6 people dead, 187,800 in quarantine due to 'fever' --Figures come a day after North Korea confirmed its first outbreak of COVID-19 | 13 May 2022 | At least one North Korean confirmed to have COVID-19 has died and 187,800 are under quarantine due to "fever," North Korea's state media reported on Friday, a day after confirming the country's first outbreak. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported that approximately 18,000 people experienced fevers on May 12 alone and that six had died. Of those six, only one person tested positive for the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron. "A fever whose cause couldn’t be identified explosively spread nationwide from late April and more than 350,000 people got fever in a short span of time," according to KCNA.

Johns Hopkins center against child sexual abuse hires professor who defended 'minor-attracted persons'

Sick freaks, one and all: Johns Hopkins center against child sexual abuse hires professor who defended 'minor-attracted persons' | 13 May 2022 | A Johns Hopkins University center aimed at preventing child sexual abuse has hired a transgender professor who resigned amid controversy after remarks attempting to normalize the phrase "minor-attracted persons," which expanded on a book about the subject. The Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in Baltimore, Maryland, announced Thursday that Allyn Walker, Ph.D., will join the center as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25. The Moore Center confirmed the news in a statement to Fox News Digital. "Allyn Walker, PhD, joins the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse as a postdoctoral fellow on May 25, 2022," a spokesperson noted.

Shock poll reveals Americans are 'OK with Ukraine losing' the war with Putin's Russia

Shock poll reveals Americans are 'OK with Ukraine losing' the war with Putin's Russia | 7 May 2022 | Americans are "OK with letting Ukraine lose" the war to Russia, a shocking poll for Express.co.uk has revealed. The monthly Democracy Institute/Express.co.uk poll of 1,500 Americans who are "likely voters" has shown that 43 percent are "OK" with Ukraine losing compared to 41 percent "not OK" while 16 percent have no opinion. ...Americans also appear to be losing confidence in the sanctions regime against Vladimir Putin's Russia with 53 percent believing it hurts the USA more with the cost of living crisis the top political issue.

Russia set to reap largest-ever wheat harvest

Russia set to reap largest-ever wheat harvest --This year's production is set to total 87 million tons, according to President Putin | 12 May 2022 | Russia is expecting a bumper crop this year, including a record wheat harvest, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, citing preliminary data. "A good harvest is expected this year. According to experts - of course, these are preliminary estimates - grain harvest can reach 130 million tons, including 87 million tons of wheat," Putin said, noting "this can become a record [wheat harvest] in the entire history of Russia." ...Putin said that a number of countries are facing the threat of famine, pointing out that the blame for that lies entirely on "the Western elites."

Illegal migrants first to get 'pallets' of hard-to-find baby formula

Illegal migrants first to get 'pallets' of hard-to-find baby formula | 12 May 2022 | The nationwide shortage of baby formula that has sent mothers desperately rushing from store to store has evaded one lucky group: illegal immigrants detained by Border Patrol. According to videos posted by a Florida lawmaker, the Biden administration has been shipping "pallets" of baby formula to migrant holding facilities. "They are sending pallets, pallets of baby formula to the border," said Republican Rep. Kat Cammack in one of two online postings yesterday. "Meanwhile, in our own district at home, we cannot find baby formula," she added, holding a photo of empty shelves where the formula would be.

Mark Middleton dead at 59: Bill Clinton's special advisor 'who let Epstein into White House seven times' dies

Mark Middleton dead at 59: Bill Clinton's special advisor 'who let Epstein into White House seven times' dies | 11 May 2022 | President Bill Clinton's former special advisor, Mark Middleton, passed away Saturday at the age of 59 as confirmed by his family. Middleton is known for cementing the former president’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The cause of his death was not revealed or confirmed. Middleton ran an air conditioning business in Little Rock, Arkansas for decades before becoming a special advisor to Clinton and financial director for his Presidential Campaign.

Feds Open Investigation Into Elon Musk, Report Says

Feds Open Investigation Into Elon Musk, Report Says | 11 May 2022 | The U.S. government has reportedly opened an investigation into Elon Musk's business dealings surrounding his recent $44 billion purchase of Twitter. "The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing Mr. Musk's tardy submission of a public form that investors must file when they buy more than 5% of a company's shares," The Wall Street Journal reported. "The disclosure functions as an early sign to shareholders and companies that a significant investor could seek to control or influence a company." The report said that Musk's April 4 disclosure filing was at least 10 days late, a move that is believed to have saved him more than $140 million because share prices could have been higher if the public knew about his ownership of 5% of the company.

Biden administration cancels oil and gas lease sales in Alaska, Gulf of Mexico

Biden administration cancels oil and gas lease sales in Alaska, Gulf of Mexico | 11 May 2022 | The Interior Department will not move forward with planned oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet, it announced Wednesday night. A spokesperson for the department confirmed the Cook Inlet lease sale would not proceed due to insufficient industry interest. Meanwhile, the planned sale of two leases, lease 259 and lease 261, in the Gulf of Mexico will not proceed due to contradictory court rulings on the leases, the spokesperson confirmed. Shortly after taking office, Joe Biden signed an executive order freezing all new oil and gas leasing on federal lands. Last summer, Judge James Cain, a Trump appointee, struck down the ruling, prompting the Biden administration to appeal.

Michigan Police Seize Voting Machine During Investigation Into Possible Election Breaches

Michigan Police Seize Voting Machine During Investigation Into Possible Election Breaches | 9 May 2022 | Police officers in Michigan took custody of a voting machine as the state expands its investigation into what it’s described as possible unauthorized access to election equipment. Michigan State Police and officials with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office seized an Irving Township voting tabulator on April 29, township supervisor Jamie Knight told The Epoch Times in an email. The seizure was done pursuant to a search warrant, she said. "The Township intends to fully cooperate with law enforcement, and the Township attorneys have been in contact with the Michigan State Police regarding this matter. The Township has no further comment at this time," Knight added.

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