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August 8, 2022

China Retaliates Against US After Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit

1786: Congress unanimously selects the dollar as the monetary unit for the United States of America.

China retaliated against the U.S. after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visited Taiwan, suspending all planned discussions on major international issues.

The U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party were reportedly supposed to discuss climate change, drug networks, and military action.

“The cancellation also sent a clear signal to the U.S. that the Chinese side will never accept the U.S. blatantly damaging China-U.S. relations without bearing any consequences,” said Lü Xiang, a U.S. studies scholar from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed the recent trip to Taiwan, trying to smooth things over.

“I want to speak to the recent activity concerning Taiwan because I know it’s on a lot of people’s minds,” Blinken said on Thursday.

“The United States continues to have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We oppose any unilateral efforts to change the status quo, especially by force.”

Source: Fox News

August 7, 2022

Alex Jones Ordered To Pay $45.2M

A Texas jury found that Alex Jones must pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Parents Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis had sought $150 million, while the Infowars founder claimed that even $2 million would “sink” him and his company.

The order comes just one day after jurors had awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in compensatory damages. The ruling marked the first time that Jones had been held financially liable for defamation pertaining to the Sandy Hook massacre.

“I ask that with your verdict, you not only take Alex Jones’ platform that he talks about away. I ask that you make sure that he can’t rebuild the platform. That’s what matters,” said Wesley Ball, an attorney for the parents. “That is punishment. That is deterrence.”

Free Speech Systems, the parent company of Infowars, reportedly filed for bankruptcy two weeks ago.

After the verdict, an attorney for Jones told the judge that he intends to appeal the decision.

“We think the verdict was too high. … Alex Jones will be on the air today, he’ll be on the air tomorrow, he’ll be on the air next week. He’s going to keep doing his job holding the power structure accountable,” said attorney Andino Reynal.

August 7, 2022

Republicans Promise “Hell” For Democrats Over Bill

1990: The US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia, beginning Operation Desert Shield.

The U.S. Senate is in for a long weekend as Democrats attempt to pass the sweeping Inflation Reduction Act without bipartisan help.

“So, what will vote-a-rama be like?” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Friday. “It’d be like hell.”

“They deserve this. As much as I admire Joe Manchin and Sinema for standing up to the radical left at times, they’re empowering legislation that will make the average person’s life more difficult,” he added.

The Hill reported that Graham and Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) both threatened to refrain from voting for a key funding measure ahead of a September deadline — when government funding is set to expire.

The outlet noted that Democrats are trying to pass the Inflation Reduction Act by using a complex method known as budget reconciliation. The procedure would allow Senate Democrats to pass the bill with a simple majority rather than the usual 60-vote threshold.

The GOP used budget reconciliation to pass former President Donald Trump’s tax law in 2017.

August 6, 2022

Dick Cheney: Trump is the Biggest “Threat to Our Republic” [Video]

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says that former President Donald Trump is a “coward” and a “threat to our republic” in a new campaign ad for his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

The harsh words come from Dick Cheney during a one-minute ad titled “He Knows It.”

“In our nation’s 246-year history, there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our republic than Donald Trump. He tried to steal the last election using lies and violence to keep himself in power after the voters had rejected him,” Dick Cheney says in the video.

“He is a coward. A real man wouldn’t lie to his supporters. He lost his election, and he lost big. I know it, he knows it, and deep down, I think most Republicans know it.”

The former VP says he and his wife are “proud” of their “fearless” daughter, who is “honoring her oath to the Constitution.”

“There is nothing more important she will ever do than lead the effort to make sure Donald Trump is never again near the Oval Office. And she will succeed. I am Dick Cheney. I proudly voted for my daughter. I hope you will too,” he concludes in the ad.

August 6, 2022

FBI Director Addresses “Deeply Troubling” Accusations

1945: Atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima by the US B-29 Superfortress “Enola Gay.”

Christopher Wray, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), addressed FBI agents allegedly labeling damaging information about Hunter Biden as misinformation, saying the whistleblowers’ claims are “deeply troubling.”

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) asked Wray about the allegations from “highly credible whistleblowers.”

“When I read the letter that describes the kinds of things that you’re talking about, I found it deeply troubling,” Wray said.

Wray also vowed that the whistleblowers would be protected.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has called on Wray to take more action.

“It’s about time Director Wray acknowledges that the politicization of the FBI is ‘deeply troubling,’” Johnson told Fox News. “Unfortunately, this has been obvious during his entire tenure as director, and he’s done nothing about it.” 

“I suppose better late than never,” he added. “But I’m not holding my breath.”

Source: Fox News

August 5, 2022

White House Declares Public Health Emergency

The Biden administration has officially declared a public health emergency over monkeypox.

“We are prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Robert Fenton, the Biden administration’s national coordinator for the monkeypox response, said the declaration “will allow us to explore additional strategies to get vaccines and treatments work quickly out to the impacted communities.”

“And it will allow us to get more data from jurisdictions so we can effectively track and attack this outbreak,” Fenton said.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, criticized the Biden administration’s response to the outbreak, saying it should have been swifter.

“A communicable disease outbreak following so closely on the heels of COVID-19 should be met with a swift, decisive, and organized response. Instead, HHS is repeating the exact same mistakes they made during the pandemic: painfully slow to begin testing, wholly disorganized in distributing vaccines and treatments, and messaging that’s confusing and outdated,” Burr said.

Meanwhile, House Democrats praised the White House’s announcement.

“This critical step will allow the Biden Administration to build on the progress it has already made to expand the availability of vaccines, testing, and treatment nationwide,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the move was “welcome news.”

“As we learned from the COVID crisis, we must act swiftly and decisively to get ahead and stay ahead of this virus,” Pelosi said.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly all of the 6,600+ monkeypox cases in the U.S. are among men who have sex with men, The Hill reported. The outlet noted that roughly a third of the cases are in New York state.

August 5, 2022

Alex Jones Reprimanded By Judge [Video]

1864: Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral David Farragut with the cry “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” (US Civil War).

The judge presiding over the Austin, Texas, defamation trial against Alex Jones admonished the Infowars founder for lying under oath.

A jury found that Jones must pay Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., $4.1 million in compensatory damages for claiming that the tragedy was a hoax.

Earlier this week, Travis County District Court Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reportedly told court staffers that she was sending the jury home after prosecutors raised concerns over Jones telling falsehoods on the witness stand.

“Mr. Jones, you may not say to this jury that you complied with discovery,” said Judge Gamble. “That is not true. You may not say it again.”

“You may not tell this jury that you are bankrupt,” Gamble continued. “That is also not true. You may have filed for bankruptcy, I don’t know that but I have heard that. That doesn’t make a person or a company bankrupt. You’re already under oath to tell the truth. You’ve already violated that oath twice today in those two examples. It seems absurd to instruct you again that you must tell the truth when you testify. Yet, here I am. You must tell the truth while you testify. This is not your show. You need to slow down and not take what you see as opportunities to further the message that you’re wanting to further. Instead, only answer the specific and exact questions you’ve been asked. No asides. The comments about discovery. The comments about the larynx or whatever it was.”

“None of those were responses to questions,” the judge said. “They’re just you abusing my tolerance and making asides to the jury improperly and, in at least two cases, untruthfully. Do you understand what I have said?”

“Yes,” said Jones. “I believe what I said was true. So, I don’t know —”

“Yes, you believe everything you say is true, but it isn’t,” Judge Gamble said. “Your beliefs do not make something true. That is what we’re doing here. Just because you claim to believe something is true does not make it true. It does not protect you. It does not allow — you’re under oath. Those things must actually be true when you say them.”

The Infowars founder started to speak again.

“Don’t talk,” the judge said. “Do you understand what I have said?”

“I do understand,” Jones replied.

On Wednesday, after years of claiming that the massacre was a hoax, Jones said it was “100% real.”

“Especially since I’ve met the parents. It’s 100% real,” Jones said.

However, he later added a caveat.

“I think Sandy Hook happened. I think it was a terrible event,” he said. “I think it was a cover-up. The FBI knew it was going to happen.”

Gamble ordered the jury to return Friday to consider punitive damages.

August 4, 2022

Details of Paul Pelosi’s DUI Arrest Emerge

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), allegedly showed “signs of impairment” including “symptoms of alcohol intoxication” when he was arrested in May for driving under the influence (DUI) charges.

According to court documents, Paul Pelosi’s Porsche and another driver’s Jeep had “major collision damage” in the May 28 crash. The other driver was identified as John Doe.

The DUI report claims that Paul Pelosi handed responding officers his driver’s license and an 11-99 Foundation card — a charity supporting California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers. Pelosi reportedly had “red/watery” eyes and was “unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.”

According to the documents, Pelosi was the only occupant of his vehicle and was in the driver’s seat when officers arrived at the scene.

Responding officers reportedly transported Pelosi to a CHP office in Napa and took a blood sample. Paul Pelosi had a blood alcohol level of 0.082 — higher than the state’s legal limit.

On Wednesday, Amanda Bevins, Paul Pelosi’s lawyer, pleaded not guilty to both counts on her client’s behalf. He is due back in court on August 23 for a settlement conference, Fox News reported.

The outlet obtained and published the court documents as the House Speaker visited Taiwan this week.

Sources: Newsweek, Fox News

August 4, 2022

GOP Congresswoman Dies in Car Accident

1944: Anne Frank was arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (Grüne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) was killed in a car accident on Wednesday afternoon.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed the tragic news in a statement from Walorski’s office.

“Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon,” the statement read.

“She has returned home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. We will have no further comment at this time.”

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said the accident was a two-vehicle crash. According to The Hill: “Authorities said a passenger car traveling northbound collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle traveling southbound.”

Walorski, 58, and two of her aides, Zachery Potts, 27, and Emma Thompson, 28, were in the vehicle traveling southbound. Potts and Thompson also died in the accident, as did the occupant in the northbound vehicle.

“I am devastated and saddened to learn about the tragic passing of my dear friend Jackie Walorksi and two of her staffers,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA).

Elkhart County authorities are investigating the collision.

August 3, 2022

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Biden Administration for Promoting “Child Abuse”

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) blasted the Biden administration for promoting “child abuse” through statements that endorse puberty-blocking procedures.

“Puberty-blocking procedures promoted by the Biden/Harris Admin are child abuse,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter. “The FDA has just confirmed these hormones/drugs have extremely dangerous side effects, like brain swelling and vision loss.”

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), AKA puberty blockers, could cause brain swelling, vision loss, and other serious risks for children.

Gabbard’s criticism comes after U.S. assistant secretary for health Rachel Levine, the first transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate, endorsed children receiving “gender-affirming care.”

“Gender-affirming care is life-saving, medically necessary, age-appropriate, and a critical tool for healthcare providers. As a pediatrician, when it comes to making sure kids are healthy and happy, I know how important care that affirmed someone’s true identity can be,” Levine said.

Source: The Daily Wire

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