$1.7 Trillion, 4,155-Page Omnibus Bill Passes Senate with Help of 18 Republicans

$1.7 Trillion, 4,155-Page Omnibus Bill Passes Senate with Help of 18 Republicans | 22 Dec 2022 | The $1.7 trillion omnibus bill passed the Senate by a vote of 68-29 on Thursday afternoon. Eighteen Republicans voted for the 4,155-page bill just released days ago. The House will vote on the bill potentially Thursday and be signed into law before Friday night’s deadline ahead of a government shutdown. Senators were rushing to vote on the bill before terrible weather hit Washington, DC, that would prevent them from returning home. The $1.7 trillion, 4,155-page bill includes $45 billion of aid for Ukraine, adding to the $66 billion of taxpayers' money lawmakers have already approved for Ukraine. As a blank check and without any accounting for funds spent, American taxpayers have given more aid to Ukraine in 2022 than Afghanistan, Israel, and Egypt combined in 2020. In just a few short months since the Ukrainian war began, the amount of U.S. aid to Ukraine also surpassed three of the largest recipients of U.S. military aid in history.

'Without a Shadow of a Doubt': Kari Lake Responds After 2-Day Election Trial Ends

'Without a Shadow of a Doubt': Kari Lake Responds After 2-Day Election Trial Ends | 23 Dec 2022 | Arizona GOP candidate Kari Lake released a statement Thursday saying that her lawyers proved that there was "malicious intent" that caused disruption during Maricopa County's Nov. 8 election, although lawyers for Arizona's Secretary of State office and Maricopa County argued that she didn't offer any evidence of alleged fraud or misconduct. ...Kurt Olsen, one of Lake's attorneys, said officials tried to downplay the effects of the printer problems in Maricopa County. On Nov. 8, County Supervisor Bill Gates and Recorder Stephen Richer announced during a news conference that there were printer errors at dozens of polling locations countywide, telling voters to either drop their ballots inside drop-boxes or go to another polling location. "This is about trust, your honor," Olsen said. "It's about restoring people's trust. There is not a person that's watching this thing that isn't shaking their head now."

Florida Supreme Court Approves Governor's Request for COVID Shot Investigation

Florida Supreme Court Approves Governor's Request for COVID Shot Investigation | 23 Dec 2022 | Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court approved Governor Ron DeSantis's request to impanel a grand jury to review evidence to hold COVID-19 injection manufacturers accountable under Florida law. Governor DeSantis held a "Public Health Integrity Committee" live roundtable conference on December 13 with medical professionals and vaccine-injured citizens and announced that the state of Florida is taking action to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for COVID shot-related injuries and misconduct. DeSantis stated, "In Florida, it is against the law to mislead and to misrepresent, particularly when you're talking about the efficacy of a drug." ...During the conference, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said that Florida will be increasing surveillance regarding scientific dishonesty and media dishonesty.

Jordan demands FBI turn over all communications with Twitter as probe of censorship heats up

Jordan demands FBI turn over all communications with Twitter as probe of censorship heats up | 23 Dec 2022 | House Judiciary Committee Republicans led by incoming Chairman Jim Jordan demanded Friday that FBI Director Chris Wray turn over records of all communications and payments the law enforcement agency had with Twitter, signaling aggressive investigations of social media censorship next year. Jordan's office said the release of internal files by Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, had unmasked an "ongoing surveillance operation" that exceeded FBI investigative authorities and that resulted in a "coordinated misinformation effort between the FBI and Twitter to suppress and censor free speech." "We are investigating politicization and abuses at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Big Tech's censorship of conservatives online," Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., wrote Wray in an oversight letter. "Newly released information shows the FBI has coordinated extensively with Twitter to censor or otherwise affect content on Twitter's platform."

IRS delays controversial $600 reporting requirement for digital commerce sites like Venmo, PayPal

IRS delays controversial $600 reporting requirement for digital commerce sites like Venmo, PayPal | 23 Dec 2022 | The IRS announced Friday that it will delay the implementation of a plan to require e-commerce platforms such as PayPal and Cash App to send tax forms to customers who have transactions of more than $600. "The additional time will help reduce confusion during the upcoming 2023 tax filing season and provide more time for taxpayers to prepare and understand the new reporting requirements," acting IRS Commissioner Douglas O'Donnell told The New York Times. This rule doesn't change what income is taxable, just what payment information the IRS will receive. Though congressional Democrats and Republicans expressed concerns about the requirement, they failed to get a rule to stop it inserted into the omnibus fiscal 2023 funding bill they passed this week. [But the uniparty made sure Ukraine got its $45 billion though, right?]

Biden Regime Delays Paychecks to National Guard Members for Christmas After Announcing Another $45 Billion Giveaway to Ukraine

Biden Regime Delays Paychecks to National Guard Members for Christmas After Announcing Another $45 Billion Giveaway to Ukraine | 23 Dec 2022 | Earlier this week, Senate Republicans, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, came to an agreement with Democrats on a $1.7 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. The bill gives another $44.9 billion to Ukraine -- where it disappears into the ether. According to Roll Call, "The package includes $858 billion in defense spending, a nearly 10 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, and $787 billion in nondefense spending, close to an 8 percent increase. It also would provide roughly $85 billion in supplemental funding for Ukraine and disaster relief." But despite the price tag, the bill does not secure the open US border with Mexico. And the bill does little to help working Americans or their families. National Guard members were informed this week that their check will not come in until after Christmas.

McConnell's Ukraine comments show why Republican voters flocked to Trump

McConnell's Ukraine comments show why Republican voters flocked to Trump | 22 De 2022 | Senate Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell (R-KY) is a veteran of the Washington Swamp [deep-state dirt-bag] and a savvy politician who's been in office since 1985... But his most recent comments about Ukraine are indicative of why Republican voters have grown to loathe the "establishment." Even more so, it shows why many of them supported former President Donald Trump. McConnell believes the country should keep sending endless billions of taxpayer money to Ukraine. It's a puzzling statement, given his political experience, and not representative of the sentiment of most Republican voters. "Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the No. 1 priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans," McConnell said.

GOP Attorney General Candidate's Election Challenge Can Go to Trial - Arizona Judge

GOP Attorney General Candidate's Election Challenge Can Go to Trial - Arizona Judge | 21 Dec 2022 | An Arizona judge on Tuesday ruled that a lawsuit filed by Republican Abraham Hamadeh challenging the results of the election for attorney general can proceed. Hamadeh lost to Democrat Kris Mayes by 511 votes out of 2.5 million ballots. Along with the Republican National Committee, Hamadeh filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County court on Nov. 22 against his opponent alleging "errors and inaccuracies" at voting locations during the election process and requesting "judicial intervention" to ensure the candidate who “received the highest number of lawful votes is declared the next Arizona Attorney General.” Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen said in a filing on Tuesday that Hamadeh can attempt to prove his case during a trial scheduled for Friday and can inspect ballots in Maricopa, Pima, and Navajo counties.

ICE Lost Track of 150,000 Illegal Immigrants - Florida AG

ICE Lost Track of 150,000 Illegal Immigrants - Florida AG | 21 Dec 2022 | Florida's Attorney General Ashley Moody has revealed new video evidence that shows officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lost track of 150,000 illegal immigrants who had entered the United States. In March 2021, border officials began releasing immigrant illegals, asking them to report to the ICE office closest to their intended residence. However, the officials did not issue formal charging documents for these migrants. Charging documents require illegal aliens to appear before a federal immigration judge. ICE officials use these documents to locate and remove them. In November 2021, the Biden administration implemented "Operation Horizon" to locate over 150,000 migrants released by the officials so that they can send official charging documents by mail. However, ICE training videos released by Moody, which were recorded between November 2021 and February 2022, show that officials were quite restricted in their ability to locate and remove illegal immigrants as they lacked the identifying information of such aliens.

House GOP locates emails, texts showing Pelosi office directly involved in failed Jan. 6 security

House GOP locates emails, texts showing Pelosi office directly involved in failed Jan. 6 security | 21 Dec 2022 | House Republicans gathered a trove of text and email messages showing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was directly involved in the creation and editing of the Capitol security plan that failed during the January 6, 2021, riot and that security officials later declared they had been "denied again and again" the resources needed to protect one of the nation's most important homes of democracy. The internal communications were made public Wednesday in a report compiled by Republican Reps. Rodney Davis, Jim Banks, Troy Nehls, Jim Jordan and Kelly Armstrong that encompasses the results of months of investigation they did of evidence that had been ignored by the Democratic-led Jan. 6 committee. The lawmakers were authorized by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to do their own probe.

2 dead, 'widespread damages' after 6.4 earthquake in Humboldt Co; at least 12 hurt

2 dead, 'widespread damages' after 6.4 earthquake in Humboldt Co; at least 12 hurt --One county official tells ABC7 the city of Rio Dell is a "total mess," with houses off their foundation and no power or water. | 20 Dec 2022 | A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook parts of Northern California early Tuesday, jolting people awake, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing widespread damage and leaving thousands without power. The earthquake occurred at about 2:34 a.m. near Ferndale, a small community in Humboldt County. It was followed by at least 80 aftershocks. At least 12 individuals have been injured, with none critically, officials said. Two individuals, ages 72 and 83, have died as a result of medical emergencies occurring during and/or just following the earthquake, according to Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal.

White House Can't Mandate COVID Jabs for Federal Contractors - Appeals Court

White House Can't Mandate COVID Jabs for Federal Contractors - Appeals Court | 20 Dec 2022 | A federal appeals court on Monday struck down a White House rule requiring anyone employed by a federal contractor to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of government contracts. A three-panel judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to affirm a lower court judgment that barred Joe Biden's September 2021 executive order in three states after Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi sued to challenge the rule. These three states sued the Biden administration in the Western District of Louisiana in their capacities as federal contractors themselves, winning an injunction and stay by the district court. In upholding the lower court finding, Judge Kurt Engelhardt, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said in his majority opinion (pdf) that a broad interpretation of the law could have given Biden "nearly unlimited authority to introduce requirements into federal contracts."

Kari Lake's election fraud case WILL go to trial: Republican warns Americans to 'buckle up' as she attempts to overturn Arizona 'election' result: 'These people are corrupt'

Kari Lake's election fraud case WILL go to trial: Republican warns Americans to 'buckle up' as she attempts to overturn Arizona 'election' result: 'These people are corrupt' --Lake told her followers on Monday night: "Buckle up, this is far from over" | 19 Dec 2022 | Kari Lake's election case will be going to trial, after attempts to throw it out by Governor-elect [sic] Katie Hobbs were squashed on Monday. Lake was the Republican nominee for governor in Arizona and has launched legal action to have her defeat overturned or have the [so-called] election rerun because of [myriad] problems at polling stations. The two phases that will be moving forward to trial are her chain of custody challenges and intentional malice regarding widespread printer breakdowns -- leading to her loss [sic] to Democrat Katie Hobbs. She tweeted this evening: "Our Election Case is going to trial. Katie Hobbs attempt to have our case thrown out FAILED. She will have to take the stand & testify. Buckle up, America. This is far from over." ...Lake, 53, alleges that a Maricopa County official interfered with the machines, violating both federal and state law.

DOJ snooped on House Intelligence Committee investigators during Russia probe, subpoenas show

DOJ snooped on House Intelligence Committee investigators during Russia probe, subpoenas show | 19 Dec 2022 | In an extraordinary intrusion on congressional oversight, the Justice Department used grand jury subpoenas to secretly obtain the personal email and phone data of at least two top House Intelligence Committee investigators back in November 2017 just as they and their boss, then-Chairman Devin Nunes, were assembling bombshell evidence of FBI abuses in the Russia collusion probe, Just the News has learned. The subpoenas, obtained by Just the News, show the DOJ demanded that Google turn over personal email and phone data from the two senior staffers on Nov. 20, 2017, and that responsive materials were to be returned to DOJ by Dec. 5, 2017. The subpoenas were delivered during a critical time frame in the committee's effort to expose the Donald Trump-Russia collusion investigation as having been driven by an uncorroborated political opposition dossier funded by Hillary Clinton. Nunes's committee was locked at the time in a bitter struggle to force the FBI and DOJ to turn over records to the committee.

Supreme Court temporarily blocks lifting pandemic-related asylum restrictions

Supreme Court temporarily blocks lifting pandemic-related asylum restrictions | 19 Dec 2022 | The Supreme Court is temporarily blocking an order that would lift pandemic-era restrictions on asylum seekers. But it is leaving open the prospect of lifting the restrictions by Wednesday. The order Monday by Chief Justice John Roberts comes as conservative states are pushing to keep limits on asylum seekers that were put in place during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. They are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort before the limits are set to expire. In the one-page order, Roberts granted a stay pending further order and asked the government to respond by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

El Paso Mayor Declares State of Emergency Amid Surge of Illegal Aliens

El Paso Mayor Declares State of Emergency Amid Surge of Illegal Aliens | 18 Dec 2022 | The mayor of El Paso declared a state of emergency on Dec. 17, citing a surge in the numbers of illegal aliens in the city's streets and an expected influx of more to come across the Southern border as the Title 42 border policy is set to end by Dec. 21. Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, said the emergency measures will allow the city to have more resources and authority to shelter those who have crossed the southern border, and that this is expected to become more necessary with the Title 42 policy's ending on Dec. 21, reported the El Paso Times... On Dec. 21, the increase in illegal aliens would be "incredible," and daily apprehensions and street releases could reach up to 6,000 per day, Leeser told reporters, according to the El Paso Times.

U.S. public not warned that monkeys imported from Cambodia carried deadly pathogens

U.S. public not warned that monkeys imported from Cambodia carried deadly pathogens --Documents reveal that pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses, including one deemed bioterrorism risk, entered U.S. but "no indication CDC has been transparent" | 18 Dec 2022 | Animal activists are calling for the US government to stop the importation of non-human primates for laboratory use after documents from the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that deadly pathogenic agents, zoonotic bacteria and viruses -- including one deemed to be a bioterrorism risk –- entered the country with monkeys imported from Asia between 2018 and 2021. Documents obtained by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and seen exclusively by the Guardian, along with a case report by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, reveal that there have been six cases of Burkholderia pseudomallei identified in primates imported from Cambodia to the U.S. B pseudomallei, endemic in Southeast Asia, causes melioidosis, a rare but potentially deadly disease in humans, usually caused by contact with the pathogen in soil or water. It has a mortality rate of up to 50% and B pseudomallei is, according to the CDC, a "Tier 1 select agent" with potential as a bioterrorism agent. Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, a PETA senior science adviser, told the Guardian: "There is no indication that the CDC or research industries have been transparent with the public about these diseased monkeys."

FBI treated Twitter as a 'subsidiary,' flagged tweets and accounts for 'misinformation'

FBI treated Twitter as a 'subsidiary,' flagged tweets and accounts for 'misinformation' | 16 Dec 2022 | The FBI and other law enforcement organizations treated Twitter as a "subsidiary," flagging numerous accounts for purportedly harmful "misinformation" since January of 2020, according to the sixth installment of the "Twitter Files" released Friday. Independent journalist Matt Taibbi described the FBI's relationship with Twitter as having a "master-canine quality" with "constant and pervasive" contact between the bureau and the social media giant. "Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth," Taibbi wrote, referring to the executive who helped suppress The Post's reporting on first son Hunter Biden's extensive overseas business interests. Taibbi also found that a "surprisingly high number" of the FBI's missives were requests "for Twitter to take action on election misinformation," including obvious jokes from accounts with low number of followers.

Oxford Introducing Traffic Restrictions for Privately Owned Cars After 2023

This is Great Reset terrorism that must be nipped in the bud: Oxford Introducing Traffic Restrictions for Privately Owned Cars After 2023 | 8 Dec 2022 | In England, the Oxfordshire County Council has introduced a new traffic scheme it believes will clear up roadway congestion, improve pedestrian safety, and also address climate issues. However, the plan involves prohibiting where residents of Oxford can drive (unless they have the proper paperwork) by breaking the city into six zones. Predictably, the concept has proven to be wildly unpopular with some of the locals. Over the last week, residents have been up in arms about the scheme... According to the Oxfordshire County Council's own website, "traffic filtering" involves stopping vehicles from moving through selected checkpoints by leveraging a network of preexisting automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras. While locals will be eligible to purchase permits that will allow them to drive between the zones "up to 100 days per year," exceeding this limit will result in fines. That means if you commute daily via your own car, you're already guaranteed to exceed the permitted allotment -- assuming you were actually able to get accredited in the first place.

U.S. troops deployed near Russian border

U.S. troops deployed near Russian border --Estonia's defense ministry has announced the arrival of an American infantry company as part of NATO's presence in the country | 16 Dec 2022 | A United States infantry company arrived in Estonia this week as part of NATO's effort to bolster the military bloc's eastern border with Russia, the Baltic country's defense ministry has revealed. A statement published on the ministry's website on Friday said that U.S. service members are stationed at Taara base in the town of Voru, some 20 kilometers from the Russian border. Commenting on the U.S. service members' arrival, Colonel Mati Tikerpuu, the commander of the 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Defense Forces, said he expects to be able to "integrate our allies on a brigade level and gain an additional maneuver unit." Colonel Richard Ikena, U.S. 1st Infantry Division Artillery Commander, said American troops are "excited to be in Estonia" and "look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder, alongside our Allies."

Troops at two dozen bases exposed to toxic chemicals in drinking water

Troops at two dozen bases exposed to toxic chemicals in drinking water | 15 Dec 2022 | An internal Defense Department study completed this year found that the drinking water at 24 installations exposes about 175,000 service members a year to dangerous levels of chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses. The report, made public by the Environmental Working Group on Thursday, found that water tested from each of the bases contained more than 70 parts-per-trillion of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, the Environmental Protection Agency’s previous cut-off for safe drinking water. The bases with dangerous PFAS levels include Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, as well as several Army and Air Force installations in South Korea.

Google Goes Full-on Racist, Will Start Marking the Race of Business Owners

Google Goes Full-on Racist, Will Start Marking the Race of Business Owners | 15 Dec 2022 | Remember the old "Whites Only/Colored Only" signs on water fountains and bathrooms in the old Jim Crow South? Thanks to Google, that kind of open, in-your-face racism is back with a vengeance. Google is so concerned that you not be racist that it is doing the most racist thing a major corporation has done at least since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: it is planning to mark the race of the owners of various businesses so that racists of all varieties can patronize only the stores of their favored group. Jeremy Kauffman of LBRY.com tweeted Thursday: "Google has launched a new campaign called 'Buy Black' that encourages people to shop based on the race of the store owner. Stores in search and map results will be given icons indicating the race of the owner to make this easier."

Senate passes defense bill rescinding COVID vaccine mandate

Senate passes defense bill rescinding COVID vaccine mandate | 16 Dec 2022 | A bill to rescind the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military and provide nearly $858 billion for national defense passed the Senate on Thursday and now goes to Joe Biden to be signed into law. The bill provides for about $45 billion more for defense programs than Biden requested and roughly 10% more than last year's bill... The Senate passed the defense policy bill by a vote of 83-11. The measure also received broad bipartisan support in the House last week. To win GOP support for the 4,408-page bill, Democrats agreed to Republican demands to scrap the requirement for service members to get a COVID-19 vaccination... An amendment from Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also went down to defeat. It would have allowed for the reinstatement of those service members discharged for failing to obey an order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and compensate them for any pay and benefits lost as a result of the separation.

Cub-side delivery gone wrong! Black bear steals 30 Chick-fil-A nuggets and a large fry off a front porch in Florida

Cub-side delivery gone wrong! Black bear steals 30 Chick-fil-A nuggets and a large fry off a front porch in Florida --Despite making a run for it with the nugget, the bear wasn't too greedy, leaving the Newmans a healthy salad to munch on | 16 Dec 2022 | A hungry black bear wandered onto a Sanford, Florida, property on December 13 and stole their Chick-fil-A dinner right off their porch, homeowner Paul Newman captured on his doorbell camera. Although the thief didn't steal all the food, as he apparently had enough of his greens for the season, leaving behind a salad. "He didn't want the salad, though, nothing to do with the salad. Weird," Newman joked. "This video was beary surprising!" a statement said, according to the Miami Herald. "We aren't launching 'cub-side' delivery, but may consider it. While this guest hasn't reached out directly to us yet, we'd love to replace their nuggets and waffle fries and pass along a special message from the Cows."

Documents Reveal Secret Twitter Portal U.S. Government Used to Censor COVID-19 Content

Documents Reveal Secret Twitter Portal U.S. Government Used to Censor COVID-19 Content | 15 Dec 2022 | New documents reveal how the United States government used a secret Twitter portal to censor COVID-19 content that contradicted the government's narrative. In its ongoing probe into Twitter's censorship practices, America First Legal has obtained a fourth set of documents exposing a secret Twitter portal, which U.S. government officials used to censor dissenting COVID-19 views in violation of the First Amendment. It's a revelation Elon Musk described as "extremely concerning." The documents reveal that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was collaborating with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and Mafindo to mitigate "disinformation." Mafindo is a Facebook third-party fact-checking [sic] partner based in Indonesia that is funded by Google, known to have censored searches for keywords like Coronavirus, and COVID-19 as well as blocking information regarding adverse reactions and deaths caused by COVID-19 vaccines.

Philadelphia public school students, staff must wear masks for 10 days after returning from winter break

Philadelphia public school students, staff must wear masks for 10 days after returning from winter break --The School District of Philadelphia also imposed a mask mandate for the first 10 days of the school year | 15 Dec 2022 | Students and staff in Philadelphia public schools will be required to wear masks for two weeks after the winter break, officials said Wednesday. The mask mandate will run from Jan. 3 through Jan. 13, 2023. Tony Watlington Sr., superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia, confirmed the temporary return of masking on Wednesday, Fox Philadelphia reported.

On the 100th Anniversary of the USSR

On the 100th Anniversary of the USSR By CLG Founder, Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. | 15 Dec 2022 |

I was asked by a reporter from Sputnik News Agency, a Russian news outlet, to answer some questions for an article on the 100th anniversary of the Soviet Union. The reporter was particularly interested in my take on the significance of the Soviet Union to the Western Left. The questions and my answers follow:

Over the past 100 years, there have been many changes in leftist thought, from the debates between communists and social democrats in the first part of the twentieth century, followed by the rise of the Frankfurt School and New Left in Europe and the US after WWII, as well as the postmodernist and post-Marxist theories later on. In your opinion, have these changes transformed the meaning of being on the Left, and, if so, in what way?

Watchdog estimates civilian death toll from Ukrainian attacks on Donbass

Watchdog estimates civilian death toll from Ukrainian attacks on Donbass --More than 4,500 people have been killed since mid-February, with supplies of NATO weapons resulting in a surge of deaths, observers claim | 14 Dec 2022 | Weapons supplied to Ukraine by NATO countries have allowed Kiev's military to significantly ramp-up attacks on civilian targets in Donbass, a local watchdog has said. The group claims that over 4,500 civilians have been killed and 4,000 injured since Ukrainian forces escalated shelling in mid-February. "Military terror has escalated beyond all limits after NATO members started supplying weapons to Ukraine," the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), a monitoring group that tracks attacks on the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics, said on Wednesday. "We have recorded a four-fold increase in the number of victims among the civilian population," Natalya Shutkina, a representative from the Donetsk People's Republic at the JCCC, said as quoted by TASS.

Pete Buttigieg often flies on taxpayer-funded private jets, flight data show

Pete Buttigieg often flies on taxpayer-funded private jets, flight data show --Biden Cabinet member has taken at least 18 flights on taxpayer-funded private jets, despite calls to curb carbon emissions | 12 Dec 2022 | Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, an advocate of increased government action to curb carbon emissions, has taken at least 18 flights using taxpayer-funded private jets since taking office, Fox News Digital has learned. Buttigieg has traveled across the country -- visiting Florida, Ohio and New Hampshire, among other states -- and out of the country using a private jet fleet managed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to flight tracking data reviewed by Fox News Digital. The flight records align with Buttigieg's schedule of external and public engagements obtained by government watchdog group Americans for Public Trust (APT). Buttigieg's predecessor, Elaine Chao, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, faced criticism for using the same jets on seven occasions in 2017, costing taxpayers nearly $94,000, Politico reported at the time. And Trump-appointed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign after reportedly taking 26 private jet flights that same year, costing taxpayers about $1.2 million.

U.S. Officials Overwhelmed by Immigrant Flood at Border as Case Backlog Swells to Record Numbers

U.S. Officials Overwhelmed by Immigrant Flood at Border as Case Backlog Swells to Record Numbers | 13 Dec 2022 | Illegal immigrants are flooding across the U.S. border with Mexico in such numbers that federal immigration officials are being overwhelmed by the biggest-ever backlog of pending cases even though they are being processed faster, according to new data obtained by a government watchdog group. "Latest case-by-case court records through October 2022 reveal that Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 marked the largest number of individuals granted asylum in any year in the Immigration Court's history. Grant rates averaged 46 percent, up from 36 percent in FY 2021," according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). "Not only were more asylum applications granted by immigration judges than ever before, but many asylum cases moved through the system faster due to a variety of Biden administration initiatives, including the Dedicated Docket. In this program, families seeking asylum were given expedited proceedings and moved to the head of the line, in front of those waiting in the court's existing 1,977,988 case backlog," TRAC continued.

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